Are you ready to begin the true business of living? That is of living your life, for you, authentically, no one else in mind…your passions all yours, not what you think/feel/believe they “should” be, but what they really are. If you are then ok, great, time to be happy. There is much to be thankful for. Yes, there remain many mountains to climb and some may involve a rapid black run downward ski, but you will survive the excitement and you will be all the stronger for it. If the answer is no, not ready, not now, quite possibly not ever, then you are in for a severe scorching, at the very least, from the powerful line up of fire planets and the combustible energies that surround them. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
Firstly Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow and as the Sun is close by and so too the planet Venus, what was a secret becomes abruptly unveiled in all its not so glorious glory. Power shifts so quickly to and fro, those without good sea legs are likely to feel pretty queasy and will stagger about in an attempt to find a balance that will continue to be elusive, at least for the rest of this month..but it will feel like longer.
The lunar eclipse in Aries on the 8th illuminates the Shadow Self in such an obvious and straightforward manner that there can be no more believable excuses not to deal with what needs to change. The energy from the Harvest Moon facilitates this work wonderfully well, cutting through Karma like a knife through butter. While the newly exposed emotions may feel a little ragged around the edges, the sense of freedom engendered makes this period a truly Magical one. Time to indulge in our Wild Nature, to be expansive, to take some risks and to challenge authority with good grace.
In our most intimate relationships the prevailing desire is for further closeness. The closeness we want is one based on truth, on balance and on equality. In cases where the foundations are not thus, there are deep vibrational changes afoot that will incrementally evolve into earthquakes. The landscapes of our relationships will be permanently and irrevocably altered. There will be plenty of opportunities to fine sift through the debris and mull everything over, but for many “over” will be the defining word.
The Light that remains for us after this troubling and exhilarating period comes on the 23rd via the solar eclipse of the New Moon in Scorpio. It is this Light that will encourage us to see the beauty in ourselves, in others and in our World.
The autumn equinox approaches, that time of perfect balance, equal hours of light and dark, when we may celebrate what has been achieved and also make plans for our next harvest. X is the Rune known as “Gifu”, it encapsulates balance, for it is a representation of the process of an equal exchange of energies and of the Great Wheel of the Universe. It is a power that guides as it binds and in so doing, helps the attainment of harmonious relationships.
Keep in mind the balance and harmony theme, for now comes reference to another “X”, OR “x’s”…the past partner, friend, colleague, possibly patterns of behaviour..note the word “past”. During Mabon, the middle of harvest festival, it is not uncommon for X’s to appear and this year is far from being an exception. Maybe the Grand Fire Trine on the 29th, of Mars, Jupiter and Uranus has something to do with it, as that will certainly foster the ideal conditions for obsessions and paranoia, traditional territory for X’s of all descriptions.
However unpleasant these blasts from the past may appear, a greater good will emerge from the rubble. As we are shaken to our core, the roots of our Spiritual pain are revealed and once so, then cleansed, refreshed and revitalised. Visionary thinking may resume and a pure form of light surrounds us, a necessity as we approach the time of the Dark Mother, of Hecate, Kali and Demeter. When the Bringers of Darkness come we better understand our Shadow selves and true progress may be made that will ultimately assist our passage back up towards the Light.
In gratitude for all the gifts you have received this harvest, decorate your sacred space with abundant natural products: pine cones, corn, pomegranate, grapes on the vine, dried flowers and fruits…any and all reveal the glory of perfection, something we all delight in.
We all love to be comforted, to feel cosy and safe amongst the idealised familiar, the nostalgic fairyland realm we never really lived in, but pretended to. Nowadays we recreate that feeling in our homes. They become un theatre de banlieu, a suburban Downton where we take the starring roles and mostly from necessity, all the lesser domestic ones too.
We also derive comfort from being told that everything will turn out well in the end, for that is what we all want to hear, hence the “happy ever after” theme beloved of fairy tales and Hollywood. It is the main impetus for seeking out a psychic reading, an astrological forecast and/or divination in its many and varied wide forms.
For now…just be comforted. Let the gentleness of the month, when you allow yourself to experience its exquisite nature, wrap itself around you, reassure you with its magnificent bounty and merely hint at the more extreme times to come. Appreciate all that you have in your life that is good now, without wondering, worrying about what you don’t. Acquire relative serenity, if full cannot yet be managed, for all too soon comes the more demanding challenges of the Autumn equinox, of Mabon and the bringers of darkness.
Remember the wisdom of Socrates… ” the way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.”
Destiny, karma, chi, fate and/or the stars. Take your pick of these energies that are beyond the comprehension and control of most people…these are the forces that place us where we most need to be and at the exact time that we most need to be there. For the next few days and culminating over the weekend the climate is embarrassingly romantic. Strangely so perhaps when we consider the world environment in its savage disarray, where even in the quietest of places there is an increasing undertow of violence. Perhaps that is why…if ever a reason is required for love.
While the dance of Saturn, Mars and the Sun, an uncomfortable triangle, produce a strenuous and draining effect, the glorious partnering of Venus and Jupiter positively shimmers with the gifts all good fairies seek to bestow, those of luck and love and of luck in love, which is where we all most appreciate it.
The new moon in Virgo which follows the weekend supports and encourages the romance to flourish and also facilitates creativity in abundance, an essential ingredient when it comes to matters of the heart.
Time then to listen intently to the quiet murmors of your heart and to ask that your Highest needs may be met and we will see just what happens next…
Tonight the Sea seeks to cover us with Her wisdom. The Aquarius Full Moon Supermoon is watery in the extreme. The message is loud and clear: clean up your act, or the Universe will do so for you!
After this highest of tides, many will be left stranded and many more will be revealed in a stripped down and shamefully exposed form. If we are not to be amongst the wounded, we must explore these sea depths allowing ourselves to be lost, at least for a time, for only then will we be able to find ourselves, our fugitive past finally surrendered, our minds made beautiful and spacious again.
Life is to be deeply lived and yet must be lived lightly, a talent few are able to manage and yet now becomes the necessity for us all. The continuous cycle, the greenery of nature, reassures and reaffirms that of which we are a part and not apart from. The rest, all other…a benign emptiness. We may seek to rest there a while and reassemble our essential Souls, but it is no dwelling place for eternity.
More growth, further adventures both good and bad invite us back into the fray.To give up now is not an option.
Here we go again. Hello, Goodbye and the life that exists in being in between. Harvest is upon us. We may pretend during the odd dog day that Summer still reigns supreme and so holiday mode may too, yet the golden fuzz lining our fair fields tells of a year’s end. What we have given we are due to receive. Whether abundant and plentiful, meagre and scarce,something somewhere in between, any and all our responsibility and ours alone. Here then, is our opportunity to begin afresh, with next year’s harvest and our own cycle of growth.
Endings, parting of ways, new and further horizons, all intrigue and alarm in similar measures. A farewell of sorts is long overdue, thus avoiding asinine questions, bizarre insinuations and that special awkwardness which comes at the end of a long journey, when parting has been too long prepared for.
All at once comes the time of travelling alone, now that subconscious delaying tactics are too obvious to be believable. The enforced period of idleness this brings allows those deeply embedded hooks a tender extraction. Instead of groping for some meaning I, You, We …we become meaning.
Awaken quickly people. Take up position for the end game.
This coming weekend brings a full moon Super moon, set to challenge us further when we are weary and longing for some gentle respite. Perhaps I merely speak for myself and everyone else is ready and gagging for some further far reaching changes…perhaps not…anyway that’s what we are getting and so better to be forewarned.
Those with the enlarged egos of old Etonians will be relentless in the pursuit of self entitlement. Get ready to stand well back from the trough before the feeding frenzy begins. This Capricorn moon will illuminate the ugly disparities that characterise our particular “society” and our situation within it, or indeed, without it. Those who feel marginalised, misplaced and overlooked will feel increasingly so, allowing internal tension and disquiet to build up to dangerous levels.
If violent reactiveness can be avoided it will be possible to see far above this mundane plane and thus elevate consciousness accordingly…but that remains a big “if”. When the structure and order of everyday life is so obviously changing and so rapidly, then insecurity manifests on a global level.
We are already feeling it and have been for quite a while.
How can we experience these energies more positively? Is such a thing even possible? Have we the will to do so? The answers are there to be found, in our own bodies and beings. Time now to focus on health, on strengthening the body and with it to realign the mind back onto the Soul’s path. There we will discover more detailed information about our longings and our purpose. Then we can move beyond the intense moods and feelings of crisis point and into fresh and lighter unchartered territories, places where we can be passionate without the dangerous combustible elements of unexpressed rage.
Much that is unfolding during this period is around Karmic family ties. The family may be blood or Spiritual, whatever the link, the essence of it will be exhaustively examined and it is more than likely that its essence will alter. The family, yours and mine is being reinvented. That’s heavy Magic by anyone’s standards.
The title to this piece was to have been “Abyss”…but having considered that to be somewhat alarming given the current reactionary environment I have opted for the more positive approach. But there’s really no sugar coating this one, especially given I’m about to quote Nietzsche, so if you are of a nervous disposition take a good slurp of Rescue Remedy and read on…
He writes..”if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you”, a statement he makes when speaking of monsters and monstrous things, actions and reactions…but for me the abyss both before us and within us represents the Great Void, the place of the unmanifest, the endless sea of unconsciousness, out of which comes everything that may ever be created. It is a place of power and it is scary because of that power.
We are now faced with our own abyss, one that we cannot deny or diminish. It is the pure ground of our being, the primeval chaos that heralded our existence and may announce our demise. The small world reality that we have known, the value system we have adopted and operated within is being revealed as long dead, even as its ghost lingers. All that we pursued is being and having to be abandoned and radical alternatives are presenting themselves as the only viable routes forward.
As we are released from the restrictive, the antiquated and the corrupt, we find ourselves swirling around in the unfamiliar ( for most of us ) waters of subversive energy…Here it is possible to resonate with the psyche of the lowest Tribal frequencies and join the race for recognition and power and thereby miss this enormous opportunity for unprecedented Spiritual growth. My suggestion is quite simply, Don’t.
Don’t do the obvious. Dive underneath all the programming. Face the abyss calmly and with humour. Plumb your own depths and then swim upwards into the Light..The Light is you!
Find out who you really are and begin enjoying the whole of your existence. How? By embracing your creativity, discover it is there by not taking No for an answer. Play until you find one. Resonate with joy, not despair. All is well. Honest.
I could equally have gone with Fire and Deluge as a title…decided against it obviously…too fear inducing,to an uncomfortable level, while Wild and Free strike just the right note. See HOW DECEPTIVE IS lANGUAGE. Words do really mean what I want them to and then, handed over to you, they become what you choose to interpret them as. No exact Science there then. That’s another unreliable myth for another time.
The current climate is a nebulous one. It is being made more so by those who like to/need to and want to hide. Reasons as to why range from blackest black to ever so slightly grey lies, the ones we tell ourselves, those we tell others and the ones we feed and are fed on moment by moment the very second our quality of awareness and presence drops allowing fear and negativity to gain a creeping foothold.
Trust your Totems…they are reliable. Reconnect with them immediately. Dust them off and honour their energy with a focused meditation. Once activated be open to the teachings/lessons that come your way.
Think Mars and Neptune, engaged in combat with romantic overtones, translating as action versus immersion. Understand all this by Wednesday and you will have a hugely successful working day and something unique to celebrate by Thursday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius.
I mention the Archer for the fire power is increasing. As we lead up to the summer Solstice things heat up, esoterically speaking…as the most powerful day in the year approaches, to do with what you will.Meditate on what you want to achieve and prepare to work magic, or indeed, to have magic work through you!
Having survived the recent and highly savage Scorpio full moon, radical restructuring surely complete for now, I undertook a late Spring/early Summer pilgrimage.
In the days not so long past, when Prediction magazine was still alive and kicking, I wrote a piece on pilgrimages, stressing their value and importance. This is even more relevant in this modern, chaotic world we are currently experiencing.
To retreat, rebalance and be reborn…that is the ideal. Just such a thing happened to me on my recent Soul Journey. I had written a fairly lengthy and full account of exactly what occurred, but I have been prevented from posting it! Probably the same esoteric censorship that refused permission to photograph these specific magical places too.
Never mind.Find your own magical place to retreat to. Anywhere will be perfect, so long as it is in the full magnificence of the natural world.
This time of the year Nature Herself is at Her most powerful…there is so much energy, the energy of promise and potential. When we are encouraged and able to tap into that, there is nothing that we cannot achieve!
Love, Love, Love
and the Brightest of Blessings to all.