Eclipse Season begins to boil over this weekend with the masculine throb and pulse of Air and Fire signs everywhere. The Eclipses, always two weeks apart from each other, act as super catalyzing New And Full Moons, causing directional shapeshifts in our relationships, career, creativity, and home environment. Friday the 10th is the Lunar Eclipse at 22 deg. of Leo, sparking this very suggestive sabian symbol: A bareback rider in a circus displays her dangerous skill.
The shadow of this Leo Eclipse looms in the arrogant, egoic, “mad king,” me-first energy. We don’t have to look too far to see how we’ve projected this dark god into our current American “leadership.” (Yes, he’s a Mars in Leo, and Leo Rising). The test now is to let go of our judgements, and invoke our own charismatic leader – if you were in your sexiest, solar brilliance, your most magnetic and innovative creator, serving your community, how would you step into the Full Moon spotlight with this Lunar Eclipse? Don’t wait—do it this weekend.
This commandment also erupts from the “warrior lovers” Mars and Venus, as they conjoin to strip down into naked, wild, raw Aries passion. YUMMM. But if all the world’s a sexy stage, then we must beware the feisty Aries combustion and rage if not given the freedom to follow its animal instincts. Can we follow our inner solopreneurial mission and our deepest desires without succumbing to reactive separation and unnecessary antagonism?
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Also, amped by messenger Mercury’s circus flight into wild Aquarius the rest of February, the Jupiter in Libra to Sun in Aquarius air trine inspires tribal kin-nection, facilitating expansion of our creative purpose within our communities. This energy is about saying YES to the opportunities unveiling Now: collaborate, teach, grow with the assistance and reflection of those you party, play, and learn with.
Remember the sabian symbol for this Leo Full Moon: A bareback rider in a circus displays her dangerous skill.
Are you ready to risk it all?
We are ready to bask in awe at your daredevil glow
Celebrate your roar.
We are ready to dance in its echo.
How will your career, love, and home environment be affected this year?
How best to prepare?
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Juno is a complicated archetype, which makes her fitting for relationships. Juno was the Roman equivalent of the Greek Hera, whose name splits into he era, meaning “the earth,” and also translated as “lady,” the feminine form of “hero.” For the Romans, each man possessed an inner reproductive power called his genius, while each woman had her conceiving and bearing power, called her juno. Juno’s most important function was as a patroness of married women. She oversaw all major social rites and customs, especially that of marriage. From her name derives the month of June, which was sacred to her, and is still the month with the greatest number of marriages.
In one story of their origin as a couple, Zeus develops a romantic longing for his sister Hera as he spots her walking near a mountain. He changes himself into a cuckoo bird. In Greece, the cuckoo’s cries announced the rain that brought forth the food and fruits, so the bird was considered a harbinger of fertility. Zeus, as god of storms, then caused a powerful rainstorm to descend, and he flew, shaken and shivering from the cold into Hera’s lap. Hera took pity on the bird and wrapped it with her cloak. Immediately Zeus took his original shape and ravished her. And here is the important point: Hera feels shame for her violation, and so marries Zeus out of guilt and obligation.
This version of the myth recounts to me the soul-contracts which two people fashion between each other in the spirit-world. There is a sense of pathos, compassion, or divine pity we feel for those who are members of our soul-cluster. We play various roles with them from one incarnation to the next, and we are obligated to do so, in order that we may grow and develop into a greater sense of wholeness. As we continue with Juno’s significance, we will see that she has much to say about our cosmic appointments and our karmic duty.
In one of my most important relationships, I met a woman the day after she found out she had gotten pregnant. I immediately provided a nurturing role for her. I showed up exactly at the moment when she needed the support of a spouse. In studying our Juno contacts, I found that my Juno was within just a few degrees of her South Node, the point most associated with past lives, linking our souls across space and time, most likely as partners before. Juno transits can also signify when these key connections will seem to magically appear in our lives.
In another version of the Zeus-Hera myth, the two gods mate in secrecy in a palace beneath the sea on the island of Samos. They partner up as equals, enjoying a three-hundred year honeymoon of limitless bliss. But then the soap opera starts once Zeus brings Hera to Mt. Olympus, and rarely do we hear of any shared bliss between the divine couple again.
Why? As king of the gods, Zeus indulges in many affairs with mortals and immortals alike, at times arrogantly displaying his conquests for all–including his wife–to see. In the stories, Hera repeatedly plots revenge, at times humiliating Zeus. The two punish and manipulate each other as only the best and worst of beloveds can. This tragic component is fundamentally interwoven into our astrological Juno contacts, especially highlighted by the notion of the gods’ honeymoon, isolated in the palace beneath the sea.
One of my potent Juno contact was a relationship which began at Burning Man – an instant falling-in-love. For a year, we navigated the long distance dance, which ultimately had an overwhelming sadness to it, where we wanted so bad to be with each other, but circumstantially could not. Both of our Junos were conjunct, within just a few degrees, so that we mirrored our concepts of the sacred partner. Our few moments of re-union over vacation times were blissful, but recalled the ‘artificial heaven‘ of the Hera-Zeus honeymoon.
It is important to mention here how the aspect of undulation occurs in our Juno contacts. Because of the depth of the connection on a soul level, we find ourselves possibly leaving and returning with these partners, The Greek myths emphasize Juno’s need for retreat in solitude and renewal, as her empathic link to Zeus seemed to require her to bathe in the waters of the spring of Kanathos to regenerate herself after hearing of Zeus’ love affairs..
The Juno role will be projected on anyone considered to be our “primary partner,” the person we check in with, the lover we live with, or the one we share our body and soul with–whomever knows us better than anyone else. She is the one, whether male or female, who we bear our naked souls to in utter vulnerability. This vulnerability is what frightens us, because we can no longer hide. At any moment, that Juno partner can use their knowledge of our fragile and weaker parts against us. On the other hand, with a reciprocal bond of respect, the Juno partner can act as a guide who perceives the various layers of our psychological fabric, if we are willing to see ourselves mirrored.
The fears and promises of naked transparency with another demonstrate the Scorpio and eighth house flavor of Juno’s meaning in her revelation of certain pathologies in relationships—fears, sacrifices, power struggles, and also the potential of soul-blending. These fears include the fears of betrayal, abandonment, and even the overwhelming intensity of sexuality itself. The fact that Juno has been in Scorpio since the end of 2015, is retrograding here and at the last degree of Libra in early Summer, and will not leave Scorpio until November suggests that all of our closest relationships will reveal our deepest shadows and test our potential for alchemizing the dark reflection into the light emanation.
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It sounds cliched and new-agey, and the ego despises it. But LOVE knows its Truth and this Truth produces Faith. What mantra of the Universe delivers us from the shackles of fear into the liberating arms of Faith?
Everything happens for a reason.
There is a plan.
The Divine Will IS.
Approaching March 8th’s Pisces Solar Eclipse, our faith and trust in The Plan will be tested for the most powerful eclipse of 2016 will be fresh off the heels of a Mars-Mercury square and Sun-Neptune conjunction during the week of March 1st. We must be careful with reactive and aggressive words during this week, with an inability to protect ourselves since the Sun-Neptune conjunction makes boundaries obsolete. We may seem to be feeling EVERYTHING happening in the world all-at-once. Yet empathy, compassion, and unity can be realized in our more quiet moments of contemplation or in opening our channels to art, music, and dance.
These moments of lucidity can return us to the unfolding of the Divine Plan.
Aristotle and other ancient philosophers called this concept The Telos: the overarching aim, and the ground of Being which gives purpose to all. We as intuitive beings know that it’s all going to work out, but we don’t know HOW it’s going to work out, because that’s what we came to LIVE out. Spiritual teacher Matt Kahn uses the metaphor of the novel: “We are wanting resolution that happens in a future chapter during a chapter that it’s not meant to arrive. And then we pretend that it might not work out, which means that we have to try and run around and figure it out, even though: Everything Always Works Out.”
We see and feel this in every meaningful synchronicity in our lives, in the signs, in the symbols, in the esoteric languages —astrology, numerology, Human Design—which so clearly reflect our lived processes, our experienced patterns.
SPRING PUZZLE PATTERNS
Amidst three different T-Square configurations, including the faith-bending, structure-dissolving, go with the crazed flow Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune/Chiron T-Square – this eclipse window, and the Spring that follows, is going to be like riding the breeching humpback whale straight into the shadow core of our wounds and into the potential for successful mentorship, spiritual healing, and even business breakthrough. But the journey will be a majestic overwhelm, a furious wave of mad, but necessary impermanence, the slippery blubber of our realities disintegrating before us under a tidal wave of change.
The eclipse window, between March 8-March 23rd—a Lunar Eclipse in Libra—always suggests the potential for total transformation in major areas of life such as career, relationship, living environment, and outer identity. The Death/Rebirth experience, however tumultuous, is an evolutionary necessity at this time, in order to progress. This will be most acutely felt by those with angles or planets in the mutables signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
By March 15, Venus joins the Sun and Mercury in Pisces, Jupiter in Virgo, and Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius to add the spice of the God and Goddess to this Mutable cocktail of planets. If these transits were a mixed drink, they’d be the Long Island Iced Tea, with so many different planets swirling, spiraling, and a
The most important aspect of 2016 to consider is the Mutable T-Square between Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. Mutable signs are the wild cards, the shapeshifters of the zodiac. Marked by their malleable nature, these signs take the element that they are in and adapt and evolve it to the point where they become influential teachers and inspiring artists.
However, the challenge with the Mutable T-Square comes with its rapid flux and undulations as we are incapable of holding on to truths that seem to evaporate just as we finally allow ourselves to mold into them. The first key to surviving all the change in 2016 is to surrender into Faith. Chapters 17 and 18 of A Course in Miracles speak directly to this Spring’s Call for Faith:
There is no problem in any situation that faith will not solve. There is no shift in any aspect of the problem but will make solution impossible…Is it not possible that all your problems have been solved, but you have removed yourself from the solution? Yet faith must be where something has been done, and where you see it done.
The second key to success in 2016 is to embrace impermanence and to avoid the attachments and disappointments that arise with expectations. The T-Square challenges us to integrate disparate elements and us masters of mutability will allow the flow to guide us where Spirit wills in the year ahead. We cannot allow ourselves to suffer frustration as apparent realities evaporate before eyes, for this process will fuel both the imagination and the heart of the philosopher-poet—the archetype which carries the torch in 2016. What do you truly believe and how do you pulse that truth every day? What is your mantra that begins your morning and carries you through the mad and mysterious tides of our shapeshift existence?
The Cayenne Monkey Year
The Monkey year in the Chinese calendar provides ample opportunities for innovative spontaneity and creative experimentation. Monkey resonates with the zodiac sign of Leo—affirming that charisma, charm, and playful enthusiasm will support the shifty, stimulating environments and relations this year.
The Fire Monkey confirms what we explored in previous newsletter—the shapeshifting and adaptability needed with 2016’s mutable square and with the numerology of the 9 year—the more that we hold on, attach, and affix, especially to the past, the more we will likely suffer It’s like we’re all suspended from precarious branches over a huge campfire—we can take the leap to another tree, clap our monkey hands and entertain and laugh with each other, even if we slip on the next branch. Or we can burn our tails from hanging on too tight.
We all know that the monkey is a fickle animal, easily distracted, and this energy is true in relationship as well, as romance and generosity are potential allies, if we don’t get overwhelmed and irritated with our “monkey mind” and the silly games it can play.
Fearless, uninhibited self-expression can create inspiring leaders this year, especially when we follow our passion with determined strength and dynamic passion—the invitation of the Fire element. We all benefit from how use our mental alertness, cunning, and clever engagement with new technologies as well as our physical hands to continue to learn, adapt, evolve, and heal.
Whereas Numerology’s Personal Year describes the major motifs, situations, circumstances, and challenges you will address individually in a given year, the Universal Year describes the umbrella themes for all of humanity in 2016. 9 is the terrain we travel this year, and this landscape is summarized in one word: SURRENDER. Since the 9 year is a the completion of a nine-year cycle began in 2008, think back to what began then in your life and how it may be coming to completion, whether in career, relationship, home, or another core area of your life.
The 9 is a year of transition, preparing us all for a profound spark, an intense ignition of something brand new in 2017. But first we must fulfill our karmas, allow the mirrors to instruct us on what resistances must be shed, on what patterns but be transmuted, and what shadows must be consumed by the fire. Let go and Let God is the mantra in 2016.
Below are a few other themes to keep close to your heart in 2016’s dynamic year of change.
What must be released in the name of evolution?
• Patience and perseverance that is found in the bigger picture.
• Endings and Completions – Work, Relationships, Home, Projects
• Go with the flow, allow, accept
• Forgiveness, making amends, karma-clearing
• Nostalgia and clinging to the past prevents progress
• Holding on/Resistance creates destruction, shadow-actions
• Potential for transformation in all areas of life.
• Dreams/Visions/Story into instant manifestation
• Spiritual Growth, the Divine Will/Higher Power at play
What will you release in 2016?
One of the most revealing techniques in Locational Astrology is called Local Space. With this tool, we can see what areas of the earth will invite a certain kind of energy to emerge for you. We can also think of Local Space as places where specific planetary “teachers” will profoundly influence all aspects of your life.
A quite obvious example of Local Space occurs for former President George W. Bush in Iraq, the exact location where his Mars line emanates. Mars is the god of war, battle, confrontation, aggression, and rash decision and phrases like: “You’re either with us, or against us” or “The Axis of Evil.” (Bush also has a Mars line through Afghanistan – Mars is on his angle of career there. Whatever planet may be on this angle is what we are recognized or remembered for in a certain location.)
Bush’s Local Space Sun line goes through Texas, where he has achieved incredible solar popularity and where his fame first began. Also, Bush’s Sun is in Leo, sign of governance, rule, and in its shadow, self-righteous arrogance. The sun rules Leo, strengthening Bush’s Sun in Texas and influencing his rise to the Leonine ruler of governor in that state. His Local Space Saturn line, which represents where we must put dedicated effort and discipline, goes directly through Austin, Texas where he worked as the governor of the state.
In my own life, I traveled to a Venus Local Space line when I taught at the Boom Festival in Portugal in 2010. This line crosses southern Portugal and Spain. In addition to love, Venus rules both aesthetics and the attractive principle. I met numerous beautiful people, felt a sense of popularity, ease, and pleasure, discovered music I adored, and swam daily in the exquisite waters of the lake. Venus lines also bring women into prominence in our lives. Within a day, I met a woman with whom I shared a profound sense of familiarity, especially of being past life beloveds.
My Venus is in Gemini as is hers. Gemini themes of teaching, travel, language, and even sibling rivalry dominated our connection. We met after I taught an astrological workshop, discussed astrological systems and esoteric teachings of the Egyptians and Maya, often spoke both English and Spanish with each other, and traveled together across the Spain and Portugal—all of which support the Venus in Gemini themes of attraction—foreign tongues, accents, enticing information, and busy city travel by car. I also wrote many short stories, not common for me, in this short trip, and Gemini is the sign of the writer.
Imagine on the day of your birth, Mom or Dad lifted you up the heavens and pointed to each planet in the exact direction it was in the sky—there’s Jupiter, there’s Saturn, there’s Mercury. This is the premise for what astrologers call Local Space Lines.
One way to think about Local Space lines is almost like Feng Shui energies that compel you towards certain areas of the earth to realize aspects of your soul. In these regions, you will encounter archetypal energies specific to the planetary lines. They are the directions of influence in our lives.
To understand the concept of Local Space further, it is helpful to think of a planet as a teacher—a unique intelligence and specific energetic force within your psyche. The closer you travel to or live on a Local Space line, the more a certain planetary teacher rises to dominate your consciousness and teach you its lessons. These lessons will also be specific to how that planet is configured in your chart i.e., the expressive flavor of its sign, house, and aspects. The sign is the pattern of energy the planet embodies, the house is the area of life it lives in your chart as well as the area of life it rules, and the aspects are how the planetary teacher interacts with other planets. These elements make up the experiential gestalt of a Local Space planetary line.
In terms of proximity to living or traveling to one’s Local Space lines, the same rules apply as they do to the more well known locational Astrology technique called Astrocartography (ACG): the closer you move to a planetary line, the more you receive the influence of that planetary intelligence, and how it is conditioned in your birth chart.
The following is a list of keywords for Local Space energy lines:
Sun – creative purpose, vitality, fame, popularity
Moon – emotional sensitivity, rootedness, hearth and home, family themes
Mercury – ideas and information, ideal for education, networking, business
Venus – concern with recreation, beauty, and the arts, an enhanced enjoyment of life, possibility of earning more money, attraction of relationships and the feminine, possible vanity
Mars – energized, motivated, passionate, driven, defensive, territorial, battleground, conflict
Jupiter – embodying the teacher, inspired optimism, synchronistic flow, opportunity, expansion, overindulgence, exaggeration
Saturn – hard work, discipline, maturity, seriousness, professionalism, responsibility, pressure
Uranus – desire for freedom, rebellious, inventive, original, unexpected surprises, sudden changes, themes around technology
Neptune – dreamy, poetic, mystical, contemplative, myth and story, the imagination and arts, confusion, deception, depression, idealism, disappointment
Pluto – intensity, drama, empowerment and power struggles, control issues, resistance and release, shamanic work, the unconsious, shadow emotions, hidden agendas in self and other
Chiron – recognition of woundedness, stories of victimization, opportunities to heal, mentors, coaches, guidance
Juno – issues of fairness and equality, soul-contracts, balance in relationship, marriage partner
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Jupiter – planet of fortune, success, and opportunity. Sounds enticing. But how can Arnold Schwarzenegger’s astrology in California inspire all entrepreneurs, coaches, and teachers to follow your Jupiter lines?
Astrologers are in general agreement, an have been for millenia, that planets are strongest when they are located on angles in your chart. Thus, if a planet rises, (near the Ascendant) it will affect your outer persona, and the energy people receive from you. Planets setting (near the Descendant) will strongly influence all relationship dynamics. When a planet appears on the bottom of your chart (IC), it will greatly affect your home life. If a planet graces the Midheaven (MC) or top of your chart, your career and public image will feel the energy of that particular planetary function of the human psyche. The study of how different planets influence these various angles of the chart is called Astrocartography.
Let’s present a famous example of Astrocartography in action. Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, but moved to the U.S. to pursue a bodybuilding career, eventually blossoming into becoming not only Mr. Olympian seven times, but a huge Hollywood star, and finally arising as the Governor of California. One would imagine that California would hold some pretty potent energy for Schwarzenegger.
California is a very powerful location for Arnold on many levels. But we are most interested in the planet Jupiter at the top of the chart, within four degrees of the Midheaven—the point of career and vocation in a birth chart. Jupiter on the Midheaven locations can bring some of the widest public recognition for our work. There is a need to keep growing professionally here and to push boundaries in our career, perhaps through teaching, publishing, or travel. The possibilities are endless for success and prosperity in the public domain here. We will also be highly visible along these lines and benefit from knowing influential or prominent individuals.
Arnold moved to Venice near Los Angeles, California to pursue his bodybuilding career, in which he attained the status of Mr. Olympia seven times over, unprecedented before and since. He also published articles (Jupiter) for various bodybuilding magazines. In addition to his long and successful acting career, he defied all odds by becoming a foreign-born state Governor, tapping in to the fortunate gambling success of Jupiter.
It is interesting to note first, that Jupiter is the biggest, the most gigantic of all planets. (300 earths fit inside of Jupiter.) Schwarzenegger was literally known as the biggest man, and in a VERY BIG way: he won the Mr. Olympia competition seven times. When Jupiter is strong in a location, extravagance, exaggeration, and extreme expressions, usually to our benefit, will be very likely to occur.
Also, we must note that Jupiter is in Scorpio in Arnold’s chart. This means that in California, the planet Jupiter is in Scorpio at the most public place of his chart. Arnold’s most famous roles—Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Commando, and Conan the Barbarian—are all very Scorpionic indeed, with major themes of apocalypse, murder, war, alien invasion, and world takeover by artificial intelligence. Scorpio is also the sign of power gained through merging our resources with others, such as in the political sphere or marriage. In California, Arnold did both as he married into the Kennedy family through his relationship with Maria Shriver and reigned as the “Governator” for eight years. Thus, Arnold wields his most amplified and expanded (Jupiter) sense of power (Scorpio) over the earth in California.
For entrepreneurs especially, finding locations where Jupiter is prominent, and where the sign of Scorpio is strong, especially on the angle of career, could be some of the best places to post up your business, seek clients, or get chummy with influential locals.
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These days, few of us live where we were born. This fact alone suggests the vital importance of interpreting our birth charts as if we were born in the area we currently live. Although the imprint of your birth chart will always be carried with you, your influences will be vastly different depending on where you travel to or reside. Thus, all of us would benefit from recognizing the differences in our charts from one location to the next.
The foundation of AstroLocality, or Relocation Astrology, lies in a few basic ideas. In Step 1 of this artful science, we must relocate your birth chart to a city you would like to move or travel to, using that city as your location. We can also relocate your birth chart to where you currently reside.
This relocated chart is then interpreted to tell us what influences and life experiences will be most dominant in that location for you. The various planets—which represent intelligences, teachers, and psychological functions—will become more or less prominent, and they will radiate energy into certain areas of your life.
If, for instance, you were born on the East Coast, but moved to California in your 20‘s, all of your planets—the various psychological forces within you—would be radiating their influence in different houses, or spheres of life experience. Just by moving one time zone, you might shift a concentration of planets in your 6th house—a heavy burden of daily tasks, health issues, and stress—into your 7th house, and now your area of relationships will be affected by those same planets, affecting all partnerships in ways to particular to those planetary meanings. If you move Saturn and Pluto into your 6th house, and you are seeking a light-hearted, playful, romantic relationship, this shift will not support you at all, since Saturn is about serious commitments, hardship, and tests of stamina, while Pluto is about dramatic intensity and transformation.
All aspects of life—career, love, financial fulfillment, family, spiritual and artistic pursuits—have their more ideal and less attractive power places in your country of origin and on the earth as a whole. No location is perfect for all aspects of life. But with the many aspects of AstroLocality we describe in other posts, and with the clarity of a client’s intention for relocation or travel, we can weigh the pros and cons of specific locations to find the most supportive places for an individual, a couple, or a family. In this process, we often discover significant locations that may never have been on your radar.