Thursday, November 8, 2018

Scorpio New Moon, Rising From the Depths of Hades

On November 7, 2018 at 11:01AM we birth a new cycle with the New moon in Scorpio at 15* of Scorpio.  Scorpio is ruled by Pluto/Hades, Lord of the underworld with his trusty best friend, Cerberus guarding the gates.  Cerberus will wag his tail and welcome you like a long lost friend.  He entices you into the underworld lair and as you go deeper and deeper into the depths of the abyss, and the light grows dimmer and dimmer, you may try to quickly crawl back up and out.  Only to find that he is now growling and menacing, blocking your exit.  There is no way to go but down.

So, the descent continues just like Inanna or Isis.  Speaking of Isis, Venus/Aphrodite went retrograde on October 6th while she was at 10* of Scorpio.  In astrology, this period is sometimes referred to as the Descent of Inanna.  Now, when Inanna descends, she goes looking for her paramour, Ishtar who has been cut into pieces.  (7 or 14 depending on which myth we are talking about).
In public view on the world stage, we saw first the disappearance of Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian businessman and arms dealer at the Turkish Embassy.  The next thing we hear, is that there is an audio tape of him being ‘cut into pieces’.  So once again, As Above, So Below, everything is being televised if you have the eyes to see.

While Venus is retrograde, she may put a crimp on your money streams, or cost you money through things that all of a sudden need to be repaired, because she stands in opposition to Uranus at 29*, also retrograde having recently re-entered Aries.  Uranus rules the unexpected, out of the blue stuff and Aries is a Cardinal sign that likes to get things started and all fired up.  Venus is what we love or possess.  It is your MONEY/INCOME.  Now, while it can be a crimp in the hose of income/money, it also can BRING BACK THAT WHICH WAS DUE TO YOU, THAT YOU DIDN’T GET ON HER WAY THROUGH THE FIRST TIME.

You may have thoughts about past loves, or even run into or rekindle an old love and particularly affairs, since this is Scorpio and Uranus we are dealing with in this mix.  So, obviously CAUTION should be taken, when she goes direct on November 15th at 5:51AM at 25* of Libra, who is always seeking harmony, balance and justice.  This could be a return to love.

When planets cross from one sign into the next, the energy is palpable.  Any planet at the Anaretic degree 29th* can create a crisis, it is a critical degree that wants to finish things up.
We also see Jupiter is at the 29th degree of Scorpio, that is a whole lot of Plutonian energy and adding to that, a critical degree.  Jupiter/Zeus expands what it comes into contact with.  He is classically considered a benevolent planet, but he can expand upon undesirable energies/planets and points.  He can also expand the waste-line, typically when found in the 1st house of the native.

So all the while this is happening in our heavens, Pluto/Hades is traversing through the energy of Capricorn the Goat and is now at 19*.  Capricorn/10th house is the public eye, the top of the mountain.  It is career and those who rule over us, (bosses at work) and traditionally the ‘old man’ as Saturn or Pan.  There is Pluto, churning up the deep guts inside of that mountain (and your own depths) getting rid of everything that stands in his way that doesn’t have the integrity or strength to handle this inferno.

There is an awful lot of layers being burned off that were occluding our ability to clearly see into your/our own soul and your/our own past, including the collective.  The ghosts have come home to visit.  Following in Pluto’s lava trail, is Saturn/EL The Lord of the Rings, who is now at 5* of Capricorn and is the ruler of the 10th house/Capricorn.  Saturn is structure and stability.  He is the Master Builder.  While Pluto is tearing it up, Saturn is all about putting the structure back into place, so we see new structures being built, perhaps even in your own home, or restructuring adding into the foundations of your life.  Yes, this is a hot seat for the Cardinal Signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

These two will meet up in January of 2020…and what we see now, is only the beginning of a lot of dismantling of the old to make way for the new.

Saturn is Lord of Karma.  Ruler of Time. 

You may be asking yourself about how you SPEND your time, or how much money you are making, are the hours being compensated at the rate which you are satisfied?  How better can you use the time you have to climb up that mountain?  Are you judging yourself and how far down your path/career you have travelled thus far?  Those questions will likely be popping up now and for some time to come.

Adding to this we are also in the middle of the Head and Tail of the Dragon, also known as the nodes of the moon, shifting after around 18 months in the Aquarius/Leo axis, they move into the Capricorn/Cancer Axis on November the 15th at 8:28PM, after being in the very Yang Leo/Aquarius axis since April 2017 This is like hot needle on the pulse of a vibrating world all searching from the depths of their souls, trying to find the light.  Many may feel exhausted while a tension palpably unnerves and forces little holes into the dark cave, light streaming in and with it the fresh air to fill the lungs and lift the wings.

Back and forth, from clearing to stagnation, hope to futility…we must find the deepest light and the gusher of love to assuage the wounds newly ripped open.

Now, in the Yin world of Capricorn (the tail, the past) and his opposite, Cancer the Moon, the MOTHER where the Head of the Dragon is entering and where he is pointing eye of the needle to the future.

All things earth and nurturing will be where we find solace.  A walk in the woods, getting the home fires burning in the hearth.  Getting together with family and friends.  A nice hike on the beach (Typically a Cancer favorite).
Mercury/Hermes at 8* Sagittarius has a lot to say and would love nothing more than to run off and not look back and with Neptune/Poseidon at 13* PIsces (again in rulership) she is forming a lovely trine to the sun and moon’s rendezvous, music and a nice glass of wine are the perfect order to let go some stress and feel the body enjoying this earth.
Jupiter/Zeus is making his way, ready to ingress into Sagittarius, the sign he also rules on November 8th at 7:39 AM…THIS IS A GOOD THING.  In mythology, Jupiter breaks open the head of his father, EL/Saturn/Cronos.  He frees his siblings and together the siblings fight the titans and win, installing Zeus/Jupiter as the new Gd that rules the sky.  (Like Jesus coming to give a softer version of the LAW/ EL has laid down, Jesus brings COMPASSION.  Something sorely missing from our world now.

He will help us to move forward in positive ways.  It will also be really nice to not have one more energy adding to the depths of Pluto’s lair.

So, by now you are much clearer about who you are, and the error of your own ways, ready to forge ahead with a better perspicacity to use the Eagle energy of Scorpio/Pluto, seeing far down the road and lifting up to the sun, your true identity begins to become as clear as day.

And I think it’s about…forgiveness.  Even if, even if, you don’t love the same way anymore.  A deeper love abides.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The New Moon Finding Balance Between the War of the Sexes

Our lovely Luna is in perfect harmony as she nuzzles up to her solar paramour at 15* of Libra in the new moon at 11:46 PM EDT on October 8th, 2018. The duo also forms a hard square to Pluto/Hades who is at 18* of Capricorn may put the somber realization of just how much there is to be done, to achieve the transformation that is necessary.

Many may be feeling as though they have hit a wall of resistance right now, and deep inside the cold nagging fear that something ominous is floating on the horizon, even as the sun and moon do their best to find peaceful resolutions and moments of calm.

The storm?  While Jupiter/Zeus has drug up a lot of painful memories as he transits Scorpio, Venus/Aphrodite now Retrograde in Scorpio is forming a challenging square to Mars who is at 9* Aquarius, another fixed sign…this will have people digging in on different sides of the issues…and the classical, ‘male vs female’ dynamic stimulated into full charge with the energy of the new moon.

Uranus is opposing Mercury/Hermes who is at 28* of Libra, also trying to find the balance before his exit, but ultimately realizing there needs to be a new form of communication.  We have to reach a higher level of awareness to deal with the detritus of the past.

As we near the full moon, we will find the sun has cozied up to Venus at 01* and 04* Scorpio respectively, as the sun has now found his way to illuminate all that dark mess that creeped out, that magnifying love EL-ement opposes a 0*Uranus now electrifying the moon who is at 1* Taurus, and EL is supporting both via sextile and trine, so what we have here, is some reconciliation and medium ground being found, that hopefully has indeed found that virgin ground of shared values, pain and healing…together.

That of course, comes AFTER the blow ups that could spill out onto the merry making, as Neptune trines Venus on this new moon, from her perch at 14* PIsces.

Careful what you are energizing now, it is going to become much bigger in the future screen of your life, as Venus/Aphrodite/Inanna makes her decent, she is retrograde and does not begin to station direct on November 15th when she has travelled all the way back into Libra, where she will rule again at 25*, coming just weeks after Jupiter ingresses into Sagittarius, where he also rules.  Justice may be on its way after all.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Essential Component of Ester

Essential oils are made up of different chemical compositions.
This brief article will touch on one of them~ Esters.
Essential oils such as Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Petitgrain have higher ester contents in their chemical composition.

 In chemistry, an ester is a chemical compound derived from an acid in which at least one –OH group is replaced by an –O–alkyl group. Usually, esters are derived from a carboxylic acid and an alcohol.

The German chemist Leopold Gmelin was the first to give the name Ester to molecules with the –COO functional group.
Glycerides, which are fatty acid esters of glycerol, are important esters in biology, being one of the main classes of lipids, and making up the bulk of animal fats and vegetable oils. Esters with low molecular weight are commonly used as fragrances and found in essential oils and pheromones. Phosphoesters form the backbone of DNA molecules. Nitrate esters, such as nitroglycerin, are known for their explosive properties, while polyesters are important plastics, with monomers linked by ester moieties.

Esters are formed from alcohols and acids, and are named after both their original molecules with the alcohols dropping the "ol" and gaining an "yl" and the acids dropping the "ic" and gaining an "ate".
The esters found in essential oils are normally very fragrant and tend to be fruity and their therapeutic effects include being sedative and antispasmodic. Some esters also have anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties - like the anti-fungal properties in geranium oil.
The most well-known ester must be linalyl acetate, which is found in lavender and clary sage.
Even though, a chemist may identify (most) of the chemical components that nature combines to make up the oils, using gas chromatography for instance, the best chemist CANNOT reproduce an identical oil, using the exact same chemical proportions. This replicated oil will not have the same therapeutic effect as the natural and pure essential oil. Science cannot replicate the brilliant mystery of Mother Nature, using the best minds and advanced technology available.
Lavender essential oil, for instance, can be used to successfully treat burns, as was first re-discovered by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist who used lavender essential oil when he suffered severe burns in his lab in 1910.
Of this he wrote, “In my personal experience, after a laboratory explosion covered me with burning substances which I extinguished by rolling on a grassy lawn, both my hands were covered with a rapidly developing gas gangrene. Just one rinse with lavender essence stopped the ‘gasification of the tissue’. This treatment was followed by profuse sweating and healing began the next day.” Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy, 1937.
But even if the best chemist using all the correct chemical components, such as borneol, terpineol, lavandulol geraniol and linolol, they would NOT have the secret formula that could successfully treat burns.
In fact, you cannot make up lavender essential oil in a laboratory, you will not have an oil that can successfully treat burns, reduce inflammation or calm you down, the way that true lavender oil can. You could even cause harm.
According to Jeannie Rose, it is the Lavendula Angustifolia that is grown in higher altitudes that has the best medicine that is distilled into the lovely and fragrant essential oil that most Aromatherapist suggest for use.
Essential oils are Organic compounds and are all hydrocarbon molecules.
These are further classified as terpenes, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, ketones and phenols, oxides, etc.
Here we can take a closer look at esters, for instance:

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Blood Moon Eclipsed by the Roaring Lion Devouring False Belief's

The full moon at 4* Aquarius comes at 3:20 PM EST and is conjunct Mars at 3* swimming alongside in the night sky, the second most visible light and both line up in opposition to a Fiery Leo Sun, who is conjunct the head of the dragon.

Mars is the closest it has been in 15 years and the atmosphere of the earth will shroud the moon in a reddish hue, turning her ‘Blood Red’ as we head into a full lunar eclipse, that will last almost 4 hours in totality, the longest in a century.

As the sun begins to set, a heated Mars is blowing up emotions and making people feel very uneasy and antsy.  Our identities will be under serious scrutiny, as we peel back even more layers of the hidden, being revealed.  Emotional outbursts will unpack our deeply held fears and self-inflicted flaws creating a new base of authentic soul to shine the light on newly emerging realities.

If we go back to the new moon, we will recall that Pluto was at 20* Capricorn, opposing the 20* Cancer coupling of the sun and moon.
If we go back even further, to the August eclipses last year at the new and full moon we find Mars in that mix again…aggravating sensitive ego’s and inflaming and super-heating conditions in the Lion…now Mars is retrograde in Aquarius and keep in mind, that Pluto is an octave above Mars, co-ruling Scorpio, the eagle that holds the lower energy of the serpent that crawls on his belly in his talons. 

I hope, hope, and hope that this won’t be an explosive new war in the Middle East, since it hovers there for a good portion of the eclipse.
The eclipse will start just west of Hawaii…and could pull that eruption into a full blown volcanic explosion, with the tug of the nodes of the moon.

The good news, this will not be seen in the US, so a lot of its fomentation will be spared here, but in the Middle East and Europe?  Not so much.
It will also end just off the south east coast of the US, so islands in the Caribbean may suffer new assaults, including Puerto Rico or Haiti, who have yet to recover from their last onslaught.  (Yes, I hope I am wrong, just the messenger).

To add to this cocktail, Uranus (ANU) is forming the handle to the T-square at 2* of Taurus, so the FIXED CROSS: Taurus the bull, Leo the Lion, Scorpio the Eagle and Aquarius, (angel of man) are all being seriously triggered, and these are also ‘GATEWAYS’.  Uranus is anything but comfortable as the planet of change and eccentricity/electricity in stable earth sign Taurus.  This will change financial equations as well as the earth herself.

Once again we are finding the end to certain path’s or roads, and beginning or feeling the need to change directions, as ambition and drive find new footing, and ready themselves to move forward when the many retrograde planets Station forward too.

Mercury recently Retrograded at 23* of Leo on July 25th…oh the architect is a brilliant designer…pulling back the sling shot of information and confounding both what is put into the airwaves and our ability to comprehend or hear the message.

There are so many messages flooding us now, the more you see the world’s stage of symbols, numbers, names and SIGNS, the less they can affect you subliminally. 
Just for fun, how many Russian’s were indicted?  Add the one woman and you have 13…how many children were trapped in a CAVE?  12 plus one leader.
When did the indictments come out?  Was it on the eve of Friday the 13th, when our president went to meet with the queen?
All of this is CODING.  These times have people being drawn and quartered while the back room deals are moving fast and furious.

Fortunes will rise, and many will fall and this is only the beginning.

On a positive note, as all of this is excavated and the darkness is exposed, we have a lovely trine formed by Venus/Aphrodite at 19* Virgo to a retrograde Pluto/Hades at 19* Taurus…asking us to put our ducks in a row and pay attention to the budget that a newly direct Jupiter now at 13* Scorpio and also forming a widening trine to 16* Neptune in PIsces is frantically whipping up into ILLUSIONS AND UNREAL EXPECTATIONS.

He will also expand those horizons and dreams for those who have been building on solid ground.

You will find yourselves peering through a steamed glass spectacle, able to momentarily wipe away just enough to get a quick prelude into the future, seeing that new road to travel, yet having it fog back up so quickly, you may doubt what you actually saw in the first place.
So, meditation and prayer, trying to keep the virtues in mind and heart:
The four cardinal virtues, from ancient Greek philosophy, are prudence, justice, temperance (meaning restriction or restraint), and courage (or fortitude). The three theological virtues, from the letters of St. Paul of Tarsus, are faith, hope, and charity (or love).

The core of our very being is challenged and forged in times like these.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A New Moon eclipse and a Trine to the Bull

The new moon eclipse on July 12th 2018 happens at 9:47 PM EDT.  Lady Luna will nuzzle up to ‘ECLIPSE’ her solar paramour, our sun at 20* Cancer…her rulership.  Just beginning the 3rd decanate of Cancer they oppose Pluto/Hades who is retrograde at 20* of Capricorn, opening the CARDINAL directions, they will also close out or eclipse out old patterns and habits.

You have a fresh new road to embrace.  Some will feel as though they are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel from February’s new moon eclipse at 27* of Aquarius, which bleed into the Cardinal sign of Capricorn, where Pluto/Hades now stands in opposition to the sun and moon’s liaison.

Pluto is the ruler of the underworld, mobs, taxes, wills and of course, Scorpio, who is legendary as the insatiable sexy lover.

With Saturn/EL also retrograde at 4* Capricorn, pulling back the veil to help expose all TRUTH while he is gearing up to meet up with Pluto later in 2020.

Jupiter/Zeus has just gone direct and is now at 13* of Scorpio he is ready to expand the horizons and open up the pocket books again, people will start to
splurge and feel a bit more positive, without really even knowing why.

Of course, just as some see the opening and can breathe again, others will feel the opposite way, they will be going down, ships passing in the night.

You may also have found yourself ‘magically transported’ in recent weeks, as if you have been put into a time machine and are reliving the exact feelings and good vibes from times past, out of the blue.  (Even decades ago)

The opposition to Pluto may bring some earth changes, while Mars is also retrograde at 7* of Aquarius, or when Mars, Saturn and Pluto go direct in the coming months.  (You can look this up, here):

Mars will travel his circuitous route through the heavens back to 28* of Capricorn.  Best to follow your gut instinct after you mull things over.  Tempers have been flaring with the currents charging the energy up to this new moon eclipse, lots of emotions being opened up and the rivers gushing…

We also have a lovely trine, being made from Saturn/EL at 4* Capricorn reaching across to Venus/Aphrodite who is at 3* of Virgo (where she is not so comfy, but she will get earthy and real) and Uranus who is at 2* of Taurus.

This earth trine, will have people tidying things up, sprucing up the homesteads and finding time to entertain at the home.  This is great for gatherings and cookouts.  It is also good to seed some ideas and put some real plans in order that are practical…(after following the gut instinct and sitting with those ideas and plans, and then finding practical ways to implement them as the planets go direct again.)

You will see things come to fruition or exposure as we near the full moon eclipse on July 27th when the moon is eclipsed at 4* Leo. Mercury/Hermes will begin to station retrograde on July 25th at 23* of Leo, just before the full moon eclipse…so…things could get frustrating and confusing to say the least.

Once again, we will see the changing of the guard as we head into the August eclipses…hang on.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hermes Stations Direct with the Aries New Moon

Lord Hermes Stationed Direct on April 14th.  Communications might ease up a bit now, but so will the terrible things he held back.  I couldn’t write the new moon blog, because it was still too heavy.

The thing for me, is that I love to learn and know all about life, history, especially language and art.  To really learn or know anything, you have to LIVE INTO THE ANSWERS, as Rainer Maria Rilke would say.  So for instance, I wanted to learn about Animal Speak, how they communicated with us.  Who knew I would end up living in a barn, without running water, but a prime location to truly learn about animals. 
Have you ever heard cats on a hot spring night, er, ‘making love’?

Well, if you are woken from a deep sleep in the middle of the night, by Raccoons that live above you, doing the same thing…you have no idea!  Talk about scaring the living daylights out of me!  I grabbed the nearest weapon I could find, a handy broom and began stalking the place, looking for openings and fixating on the crawl space opening, sure they would barge through at any minute with all the screeching and thumping going on.
I didn’t clean off the spider web when I was preparing the space to move into either.  I negotiated with the mice, who liked to eat the filters on my cigarettes in the middle of the night too.  (Yes, I smoked back then).

All of that pales in comparison to learning what the ‘crosses’ in astrology actually meant.  Because I have a critical 13* degree Libra sun that was nailed on those crosses the last decade.  So, I write about that.

Today, in conversation with a client/friend, she told me of a difficult situation that she is now enduring, and a woman who told her: ‘Life never gives you more than you can handle’.  I am sure the woman was well-intentioned, but what she and many others who glibly parrot those words, don’t realize is just how cruel that actually can be to say to someone.  Almost as bad if not worse, than the’ just bless it and let it go’.

When you are LIVING IN THE PAIN, words like this are hurtful…more guilt for not being all ‘positive’ in the face of a difficult time.

This new moon, which began her new phase on April 15th at 9:57 PM EDT, has some good aspects, there will be some light poking through for those who have been having a hard time, yes some are oblivious and having their own grand time, but for some this has been anything but an easy time.

You can’t, ‘not focus on the bad and wish it away’, like a child.  Not if you are even trying just a little bit to consciously evolve.  Don’t worry, though I have been saying this for over a decade now, a lot of others are finally coming to the table with this truth.  Guess with things the way they are, they are realizing that steady drum beat of ‘destroying the earth at our own peril’ is finally coming home to roost.  Not soon enough.

Oh well, I only know how to share the truth, even though it has cost me dearly.

Just before Lady Luna teamed up in her darkest hour with her Solar paramour, she made an exact square to Vesta, Saturn/EL (Lord of the Rings) at 9*, Mars/Ares (the war planet) at 16* and then to Pluto/Hades (death and transformation/rebirth) at 21* Capricorn, and of course only hours later she will bring the burning fury of the sun to Uranus who is at 28* of Aries, readying to ingress into Taurus on May 15th.  Did I mention, these are squares?  Squares are not comfortable, they FORCE US TO DO THINGS, THEY FORCE WORDS OUT THAT HAVE BEEN BURIED MERCURY (ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING RETROGRADE AND ONLY STATIONED DIRECT THE DAY PREVIOUS), EMOTIONS IN THE CASE OF THE MOON, PASSION AND DRIVE IN THE CASE OF ARIES, STRUCTURE, LESSONS, LIMITATIONS, THE FATHER OR OLD MAN IN THE CASE OF SATURN AND WITH PLUTO, IT COULD BE ABOUT TAXES, INHERITANCE, INSURANCE, SEX, DRUGS, AND LITERALLY, LIFE AND DEATH.

So, no…I was not all ready to write about the new moon. 
There is good news in the middle of this, whatever you have managed to hand onto, keep building during these times, and has weathered the storms, is probably a pretty solid bet that will grow, if not without hard labor and effort, but it will prove to be a pretty solid bedrock in your life.

Relationships that have been tested, and survived, will most likely find themselves on good footing, even if it is not the most romantic variety, it will have proven even more valuable…’STABLE’ AND ‘TRUE’.

These times might make you feel as though you are Sisyphus, almost making it over the hurdles of life, and then sliding back down.  Sometimes it is best just to rest and wait for a better opportunity or timing.

On a brighter note, the sun is actually poking his head through the dreary days of cold and grey, and flowers are rising up to see the sun too.

Take a clue from them, get what sun you can, get that vitamin D cooking and take in a hike, enjoy the world around us, let mother earth know you see Her, you love and appreciate Her, all of life wants to be ‘witnessed’.  To be continued….