13′s and Palindromes: Number Magic in this Week’s Skies

Pythagoras believed the number 13's energy was transformational.  For millennia, it's been seen as sacred to the Cosmic Feminine.

Pythagoras believed the number 13′s energy was transformational. For millennia, it’s been seen as sacred to the Cosmic Feminine.

Astrology is full of numbers and their magic.  Every degree in the sky is numbered.  The 360 degree wheel of the sky is divided into 12 signs, each with 30 degrees.  When the wheel is divided, the squares, stars, and triangles that are created generate energy of a particular type, when they’re activated by the constantly moving celestial bodies.

There’s quite a bit of number magic at work in this most powerful of weeks. We can see it in the degrees of the sky in which the Cardinal Cross will form, in the patterns of the Red Moon in Libra eclipse (and the Taurus Solar Eclipse just two weeks away).  It’s also in the calendar.  It’s another of the ways the Cosmos is revealing herself and her purpose to us.

The Goddess of Lausell, carved into the wall of a cave in the Dordogne region of southwestern France during the Paleolithic era, is the earliest known example of the deification of the feminine principle.  The crescent she is holding is marked with 13 notches.

The Goddess of Lausell, carved into the wall of a cave in the Dordogne region of southwestern France during the Paleolithic era, is the earliest known example of the deification of the feminine principle. The crescent she is holding is marked with 13 notches.

Cardinal Cross in the Goddess’ Number

On April 16, the day after the Red Moon, the dynamic and volatile Grand Cross that has been forming in the four cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn — becomes nearly exact.  These are the most dynamic signs in the sky.  Planets placed here in a birth chart or moving through by transit are change-makers. 

The Cross will form at 13 degrees of these four signs — bringing together Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto to stretch our consciousness, and our lives, wide to make room for the future that is waiting to be born.  By Wednesday, Jupiter, Uranus, and Puto will be in 13 degrees of Cancer, Aries, and Capricorn, with Mars at 15 degrees of Libra.  During the days when this Cross is exact – April 20-23 – all four will be in 13 degrees.  Even without a pair of eclipses framing their action and a Uranus-Pluto square coming in the middle of it, an exact Cardinal Cross would be enough to make astrological headlines.

For the ancient Greek spiritual teacher, philosopher, and mathematician Pythagoras, 13 was the number of transformation.  While is power has been associated with many traditions, it’s been recognized for millennia as sacred to the Divine Feminine (which is why it’s been regarded as unlucky in recent centuries).

The number 13 is highlighted in earliest example of the deification of the feminine principle — i.e., the recognition that there is something in the feminine energy that is part of the fabric of the Cosmos itself.  In the caves near Lascaux, France, a  27,000-year-old carving known as the “Earth Mother of Laussel”  depicts a female figure painted red (the color of the blood of life and rebirth — and of all total lunar eclipses, including tonight’s Red Moon in Libra).  She holds a crescent-shaped horn bearing 13 notches, one for each lunation in a lunar year.

 

Along with the numbers 5 and 8, 13 is a key number in Venus’ cycle.  13 is associated with the Norse goddess Freya  The 13th letter of the alphabet is “m,” which begins the words mother, mater, matter, mens, menses, menstruate, month, mama, mammary, and, in Latin, mare, or sea.  Even today, the dark basaltic plains on the Moon that were formed by ancient volcanic eruptions are known as the lunar maria.

While the Cardinal Cross of 13 is in effect — until April 28, with its peak occurring between April 20 and 23 — we will have a rare opportunity to experience the transformative nature of the number 13. Over the coming weeks, outgrown energies and situations will end and new ones will be born.

As with all births, Life itself is in charge.  This is a time for receiving.  Ask for guidance – and to receive it.  As astrologer Sarah Varcas says,  the way to connect with this energy is through the heart.  It is, as astrologer Tosha Silver puts it, a time to “make your life an offering” to Source — from your heart to the heart of the Cosmos.

Venus traces a five-petaled flower -- or five-pointed star -- in the sky every eight years, which is why all five-petaled flowers have long been sacred to her.

Venus traces a five-petaled flower — or five-pointed star — in the sky every eight years, which is why all five-petaled flowers have long been sacred to her.

5, 13, and the Cycle of Venus

As noted above, during this Cardinal Cross of 13, the cosmic change agents Uranus and Pluto will be making the 5th of their world-changing squares. It’s more than interesting that the Cross of 13 forms  immediately  after a Total Lunar eclipse in Venus’ sign of Libra, isn’t it?  

As I mentioned, 13 and 5 are, like 8, key numbers in Venus’ cycle.  As observed from the Earth, for every 8 times that the Sun goes around our planet, Venus circles the Sun 13 times, tracing a lovely five-lobed pentagram (known both as the Flower of Life and the Pentagram of Venus) in the sky where Venus comes closest to Earth.  You can see it for yourself here. 

Palindromes are Everywhere: The Numbers in this Week’s Calendar

 Finally, there is the fact that every day of this week is a palindrome. Here’s the sequence:  4/13/14, 4/14/14, 4/15/14, 4/16/14, 4/17/14, 4/18/14, 4/19/14.  (The calendar itself is based on the Sun and the Moon, and the days of the week are named after the planets.)
As the online magazine Slate commented, “With that “4″ right in the middle, today might be the most palindromest day of all. Celebrate/consult the skies for astral omens accordingly.”

And we already know what the skies say, don’t we?

Total Lunar Eclipse in Libra: The Red Moon of the Goddess Arrives

The way light bends around the Moon's curves at a total lunar eclipse makes every one a red moon, sometimes known as a blood moon.

The way light bends around the Moon’s curves at a total lunar eclipse makes every one a red moon, sometimes known as a blood moon.

It’s been six years since Pluto moved into Capricorn — or just over five, if you start with November 2008, when he returned after his first, brief visit from January-June earlier that year.  Since then, the structures of our world have not stopped shaking.  Three years later, in March 2011,  after a 3-month early activation in the spring of 2010, Uranus, the Cosmic Awakener, moved into Aries.  Ever since, he’s been seeding a new reality within us and around us

Almost two years ago, in June 2012, these two mighty change agents squared off for the first of seven energetic clashes.  When they did, they plunged us into a vortex of life-changing, world-changing energy that will remain “live’ for 33 months, until March 2015.

This week’s Total Lunar Eclipse in Libra lights the spark for the most intense portion of the 33-month Uranus-Pluto period – for the world, and also for you.

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Total Lunar Eclipse:  The Red Moon

 Like all total Lunar Eclipses, this one is a “Red Moon,” sometimes known as a “Blood Moon.”  When the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow, our atmosphere bends the Sun’s light around Luna’s curvature — and she takes on a red hue.   Some have associated the Blood Moon with omens of violence and war. The Moon, however, is one of the primary carriers of the Cosmic Feminine within you and around you.  Her purpose is not to make war, but to create and sustain life.

The feminine relationship with blood is not about violence, but about the shedding that is part of life.  A Red Moon signals a deep inner process of letting go all that can no longer nurture life, so that we may conceive and give birth to the future

The entire, dramatic sight of this Red Moon eclipse– like watching an entire moon cycle in just a few hours — will be visible throughout the U.S. and most of Canada, between 12:53 a.m. and 5:33 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 15, with totality occurring at 3:06 a.m. EDT

All lunations, and especially eclipses, intensify magnetic shift taking place within the Earth and within us all.  Emotional currents are turned way up, and the energies are strongly polarized and extreme in every way.

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A Gathering of Goddesses 

Energetically, this Lunar Eclipse in Libra is all about the Cosmic Feminine.   As the ruling planet of Libra, Venus, the great goddess of love, art, abundance, and justice, is the eclipse’s ruling energy.  And while she’s pulled at all sides by a dynamic and volatile Cardinal Cross forming around her — with both Mars and Pluto retrograde and at odds with Jupiter and a fiery Uranus conjunct Mercury —  she’s also surrounded by goddesses:

* Ceres, the Great Earth Mother, is in the same degree as the Moon, doubling Luna’s nurturing energiies with her fierce commitment to life.  

* Vesta, the Priestess, will be at Ceres’ side, in the same degree as the Moon’s North Node, our evolutionary GPS — reminding u that it is our reverence and devotion that carries the auspicious energy of our good future.  

Hekate, the Seer, who guides all at the crossroads and supports those undergoing transformative experiences in the invisible realm, is at Luna’s other side.

Hekate also enhances our ability to see past and future, to partake of “magical speech” (the meaning of the word “Hekat” in Egyptian).

 Hekate is our guide through the place where life is regenerated within us and around us – the fertile and dynamic Void, where  both positive and negative energies shapeshift and familiar forms and patterns fall apart.  She helps us trust the dark, where the vision that inspires renewal is to be found.  Wherever this Red Moon falls in your inner sky, Hekate’s wisdom is rising, 

The great stars Spica and Arcturus infuse this Libra Red Moon with their Radiant power.

The great stars Spica and Arcturus infuse this Libra Red Moon with their Radiant power.

A Star Powered Eclipse

Two mighty stars are also in the picture, infusing their powerful stellar energy into this eclipse:

 * Arcturus, the 4th brightest star in the sky — and believed to have played a key role in the fabled Atlantis. Known in ancient times as the Driver of the Bear (Ursa Major).  Arcturus conjunct the Moon has been associated with success in business, friendship, and domestic harmony.

* Spica, the star in the hand of the Virgin Goddess who is the constellation of Virgo.  Spica’s energy is the food that the Goddess feeds us.  Spica has also been associated with Ishtar, an ancient form of the Queen of Heaven.

The Red Moon Birth Canal

Despite the immense gifts this eclipse brings, however, its energy pattern is extremely volatile, and riding its intense waves will be quite tricky for many of us.  The Cardinal Cross that will begin to form on April 16 will bring intense and dynamic pressure to the parts of your life where it falls in your inner sky.

At the Libra Red Moon, were all birthing the future.

At the Libra Red Moon, were all birthing the future.

 Holding Space for the Future

The most important thing that you can do as you enter this portal is to hold space in your heart and mind for the good future that our hearts and souls know is possible – and to keep your intention clear and firm to help bring that world into being.  A tremendous amount of fear is presently flooding the planet, keeping our world in an energetic vise grip. 

The Earth and our own futures need us now to hold space for Love, the most powerful force in the Universe.

To do this as you ride the energetic white water ahead will require that you stay grounded and centered. That means

  • taking good care of your body
  • keeping your schedule as open as you can to process and integrate the energies, and most importantly,
  • keeping your connection with Source at the center of your life.

Only with your feet on the ground, your head,  in the stars, and your awareness in your heart can experience your reality as the meeting place for the realm we call Heaven and the realm we call Earth.  And that is the place — where you experience the reality of both the inner, invisible Cosmos and the outer, manifest Cosmos — where your evolutionary destiny unfolds into your life. That is the place where, whatever you gender, your birth the miracles of the Goddess.

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Deep Shifts After a Pisces New Moon: Invitation to the Mystic

5161800961It’s just two days since Luna made herself new. It was the first hours of the first day of March when her annual Pisces encounter with our Star occurred, in most of the U.S. The Pisces New Moon is always among the most creative and spiritual of the year. This year, a vortex of deep energetic shift magnified the power of our annual invitation from the Cosmos to venture deep “into the Mystic” – to borrow the title of the legendary song by the Irish singer Van Morrison (fittingly, from an album called Moondance).

A Vortex of Shifting Energy

Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, ended the first of his 2014 vision quests just 18 hours before the Pisces New Moon.

Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, ended the first of his 2014 vision quests just 18 hours before the Pisces New Moon.

1. Mercury changes direction.

The day before the New Moon, Mercury brought the first of his three 2014 retrograde vision quests to an end.  The Messenger began his quest in Pisces, just one degree shy of Neptune’s position. For most of February he searched in the early degrees of Pisces and the last third of Aquarius for the energy we need — yet have forgotten, lost, or overlooked — in order to more fully understand the transformational experiences that await us this spring. On February 28, exactly 18 hours before the New Moon, his journey came to an end.

Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, began his own retrograde journey through Libra just 8 hours after the Pisces New Moon.

Mars, the Cosmic Warrior, began his own retrograde journey through Libra just 8 hours after the Pisces New Moon.

2. Mars changes direction.

Eight hours after the New Moon, Mars began a 12-week retrograde of his own.  Since December 5, the Warrior has been in Libra, one of the two signs that belong to Venus, the Great Goddess of Love.  He’d nearly reached the end when his retrograde began.  Instead of moving on to Scorpio, it’s back to Goddess School for the Warrior.  Between now and May 20, he’ll re-visit the last half of the sign of Libra.  And in the process, we’ll re-assess how and why we take action.

46927131584.  Saturn changes direction.

Yesterday, just 24 hours after Mars changed directions, Saturn  did the same. Over the next 140 days, the Manifestor will be diving deep into the the degrees that roughly correspond to the third quarter of Scorpio.  He’ll be looking for the energy we need in order to transform our lives in ways that are deeper, more powerful — and more real.

Today's meeting of Chiron and the Sun is the third of the six that will take place between 2012 and 2018.

Today’s meeting of Chiron and the Sun is the third of the six that will take place between 2012 and 2018. 

3. The Sun conjuncts Chiron.

Today, the Sun moves into the degree that Chiron, the shamanic Wounded Healer of the Cosmos, will occupy until March 13.  This is the third of of the six conjunctions that will take place between the Sun and Chiron in Pisces between 2012 and 2018.  These encounters are enlarging our capacity to tap the huge field of consciousness that we aren’t ordinarily aware of.

When the giant Jupiter turns direct on Thursday,  his energies of grace and expansion will once again flow freely into our lives.

When the giant Jupiter turns direct on Thursday, his energies of grace and expansion will once again flow freely into our lives.

5. Jupiter changes direction.

On Thursday, the Blessing Giver brings his 4-month vision quest through the heart of Cancer to an end. Cancer is the sign of the Blessing Giver’s exaltation, and for the next 12 weeks, until he enters Leo on July 19, Jupiter’s grace and abundance will flow as freely as it ever does. 

Retrogrades & the Renewal of LIfe

Like Jupiter’s change in direction, the Sun-Chiron conjunction is a signal.  It tells us that, challenging though they may be,  the simultaneous retrogrades of Mars and Saturn are important to your future. These two planets carry the masculine energies of acting and building.  They represent our doing and our authority.  And, as we stand on the threshold of great and powerful waves of change, they are both being re-worked in the depths.

The enormous gamma ray bubbles that surround the center of our Milky Way Galaxy were invisible until just a few years ago - -just as the huge field of consciousness, and its untapped energy and potential, that surrounds us at all times is, to most of us, invisible.

The enormous gamma ray bubbles that surround the center of our Milky Way Galaxy were invisible until just a few years ago – -just as the huge field of consciousness, and its untapped energy and potential, that surrounds us at all times is, to most of us, invisible.

A Time to Re-create and Re-vision Your Reality

Retrograde transits are times when the planetary energies dive beneath the surface.  They can be the most frustrating of times when we try and conduct business as usual.  Yet when we can allow ourselves to turn inward, they are magical  opportunities to re-vision and re-create reality. 

Chiron and the Sun join forces today amid a quadruple retrograde storm.  It’s a potent time to tune in to the flow of Life Force throughout your body-mind-spirit. Feel how it connects you to Earth and to Cosmos. Feel your deep reality as the creative point between them. 

Deep Breakthrough: Jupiter Squares Uranus, Round 2

Other than the Sun, Jupiter is the largest planet by far in our star system.

Other than the Sun, Jupiter is the largest planet by far in our star system.

Tonight, the square that’s been building for weeks between Jupiter and Uranus becomes exact. A long-term process of breakthrough is being seeded at a very deep level with the energy that’s being released tonight.  The Moon has entered the Balsamic Phase which prepares the ground for Friday’s Pisces New Moon to work some creative magic.  The energy field in which the Sun and Moon will merge their vibrations in just two and a half days will be saturated with the energy of breakthrough.
Tonight’s square is the second of three dynamic encounters  between the Blessing Giver and the Awakener.  At the first square, which took place on  August 21, 2013, Uranus was retrograde.  The Awakener was searching deep beneath the surface for something that you need in order to more fully claim our own genius and capacity for breakthrough.
Tonight, it is Jupiter who is retrograde.  The Blessing Giver is the largest planet in our star system — with 2.5 times the mass of every other planet combined. Whatever this giant touches expands and grows.  
Larger than life in every way,  Jupiter is vision questing in Cancer, the ancient sign of the Divine Mother. In these creative, emotional depths, Jupiter is searching your unique energy pattern for the wounds that need healing so that you can experience his grace and abundance more fully.
When he collides tonight with the quantum, non-linear vibrations of Uranus, the Cosmic Awakener, the breakthrough will be deep. 

April 2013: The Breakthrough Integration Zone

The final integration of what happens tonight, however, won’t be felt for nearly two more months.  When the final conjunction in this process of breakthrough takes place, on April 22, we’ll be in the midst of the most turbulent and transformational energies of our lifetimes.  
The final Jupiter-Uranus square will comprise half of the Cardinal Cross that’s been forming and re-forming since January.  The most volatile and high-energy of all energy patterns, it includes Mars and Pluto as its other drivers.  In the tumultuous field created by these four, a quadruple play of transformative energies will unfold, within you and around you:
  • On April 22, Uranus will make the fifth of his seven exact squares to Pluto — the energy that is slowly and irrevocably  opening the pathway to the future and changing our lives and our world forever.
  • A lunar eclipse on April 15 and
  • A solar eclipse on April 29 complete the picture, guaranteeing that April 2014 will be a month no one will ever forget.
The square between Jupiter and Uranus, like all contacts between these two, is full of high-frequency cosmic electricity.  Together these two are creating the dynamism that can push you to a new level of authenticity and personal liberation.  It’s just the push we need to reach beyond the world we know and ride the great waves of change into the future.

Uranus & the Quantum Edge

The Cosmic Liberator is an original in every way, down to his lopsided orbit around the Sun.

The Cosmic Liberator is an original in every way, down to his lopsided orbit around the Sun.

Uranus brings a quantum, non-linear edge to Jupiter’s expansive energy. As these two make exact contact, it’s your consciousness that will determine which possibilities will be drawn into our three-dimensional reality — the realm of what quantum physicists call the particle state — from the infinite possibilities of the wave state.  
Tonight, let the Liberator and the Blessing Giver carry your creative and visionary energy into a breakthrough.  In the weeks and months ahead, what we call “reality” will follow them.

The Sun Conjuncts Neptune: Everything is Sacred

Every planet in our star system will be involved in important developments over the coming week.

Every planet in our star system will be involved in important developments over the coming week.

The week ahead is full of shift. In the week ahead, all of the planets are up to something new.  Setting the stage for all of what’s to come in the days ahead is today’s meeting of our Star and Neptune, the Cosmic Mystic and Dreamer.

Neptune moves slowly around our star system, taking almost 165 years to orbit the Sun.  The last time the Mystic visited Pisces was the middle of the 19th century.  After his September 1846 discovery brought into human consciousness the subtle, yet all-pervasive reality of the Oneness of all that is, the anti-slavery movement in the U.S. began to gain irresistible momentum, along with an artistic and spiritual renewal whose influence is still felt.

It’s just been two years since the Mystic returned to his home territory, where he is stronger than anywhere else in the zodiac.  Today’s meeting with our Star was only the third since Neptune returned to Pisces in early February 2012.  Eleven more of these encounters will take place before the Dreamer carries the vibrations that connect us with the Oneness of all that exists into Aries.

When Neptune leaves Pisces, we won’t be the same.  Our hearts will have been touched by Neptune’s infinite compassion.  Our dreams will have been infused with the energy of the Oneness.  By then we’ll be ready to launch a whole new cycle of spiritual awareness and cosmic creativity.

This year’s Sun-Neptune conjunction is the middle of three that take place during the URanus-Pluto square that is the defining energy of our times. Each reminds us, a little more deeply, that the changes that are unfolding within us and around us are, at their heart, are spiritual.  They carry the creative, blissful energy of the Source.

A Week of Shifting Energies

With this week’s shifts, we approach the threshold of profound and sustained energetic change that waits for us in April:

  • Mercury ends his retrograde vision quest through the first three degrees of Pisces and the last 12 degrees of Aquarius on Friday.
  • Mars begins his 12-week retrograde through Libra on Saturday,
  • the Sun and Moon create the seed energy of a new beginning in our spiritual and creative life at Saturday’s Pisces New Moon,
  • Jupiter and Uranus, who’ve been slowly creating the dynamic tension of breakthrough since early February, finally make the second of their three exact squares between August 21, 2013 and April 20,2014
  • on Tuesday, Pluto and Chiron make the last of their five exact sextiles since May 12, 2012, releasing their healing energy deep within you.
  • tomorrow, Venus and the goddess asteroid Psyche, the pivotal and uniquely feminine energy that achieved immortality through her willingness to follow the deepest call of her heart — even when it led her far beyond her own abiltiies.
  • and today, the Sun makes its annual pilgrimage to the degree of the sky occupied by Neptune, the Cosmic Mystic.

Setting the Stage:  The Sun Conjuncts Neptune

Neptune, the Cosmic Mystic, makes his annual pilgrimage to the Sun today.

Neptune, the Cosmic Mystic, makes his annual pilgrimage to the Sun today.

We’ll take a closer look at each of these cosmic events in the days ahead.  Today’s Sun-Neptune conjunction sets the stage for them all.

As our Star conjoins its power with the Mystic, it illuminates the dimensions of reality that Neptune connects us to — the Oneness of all that exists.

On the threshold of these days of potent, personal shift, these two have activated  enormous levels of spiritual awareness and creativity within you and around you.  At the heart of the transformative portal all of us on Earth are entering is a spiritual metamorphosis.

Today, it has baptized us.  Open your heart to the Cosmos, and be bathed in its bliss and compassion. Wherever you go is church — the true church of Life in a Miraculous Cosmos.

Full Moon in Leo: The Luminescence of Dawn

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Today’s Full Moon in Leo falls in a degree of the sky whose Sabian symbol tells us is saturated with “the luminescence of dawn.”  If there’s anything we’re ready for as we approach the halfway point of Mercury’s retrograde, it’s dawn.

The energies unfolding within and around this Full Moon tell us that there are some wondrous sights indeed to behold in the light of this dawn.  A trio of Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s) are cascading from our Sun into the Earth’s atmosphere while the lunar field is still active.   Mercury, at the precise middle of his retrograde vision quest, will conjoin the Sun tomorrow while the Moon is still within her 24-hour window of potency.

In the Heart of the Sun: Purifying the Mind

Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, is cazimi the Sun less than 24 hours after the Leo Full Moon.

Mercury, the Cosmic Messenger, is cazimi the Sun less than 24 hours after the Leo Full Moon.

The astrologers of the ancient Arabic world used the word cazimi  to describe a planetary conjunction with our Star of less than a third of a degree — 17 minutes, to be exact. The word cazimi means “in the heart of the Sun.”  Planets that are cazimi the Sun — as Mercury will be tomorrow — undergo a kind of energetic purification in the heart of our Star.  The dross of old programming is burned away in the pure radiance of our Star, renewing the energy within us and around us.

Mercury is the second planet to reach cazimi with the Sun in just over a month.  In January, Venus was similarly reborn at the midpoint of her 40-day vision quest.  Within us, some vital aspect of the capacity to love was reborn as well.  Now, as Mercury cazimis our Star, we become better able to perceive what it is that has changed — and just what it is that Love.  The awareness is amplified by the fact that this cazimi happens during a Leo Full Moon.  The heart is the stellar realm of Leo’s ruler, the Sun.

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Mercury will cazimi the Sun at 3:22 p.m. EST on Saturday.  It’s a moment when we can break free of the limitations of our linear mind and the left brain’s need to feel that it’s in control of the Mystery.  The entire day should be one of unfettered perception of higher dimensions of reality for those of us who make space on our calendars and in our hearts to see and hear what the Messenger is communicating to us.

As Mercury and the Sun merge their vibrations on Saturday, they will be at cross purposes with both Pluto, the power planet, and Jupiter, the healer.  For a month now, these two have been confronting each other from across the sky, polarizing our need for power and for growth. As with all oppositions of planetary energy, the choices they’re presenting us with are not the same.  And, as with every opposition, the moment that expands the field is the one when we recognize that  resolution is not a matter of “either / or,”  but of “both / and.”  

The energy pattern of this Full Moon is robust and dynamic.  It’s full of all the challenge we need to expand our awareness.  Saturn forms the tense, stubborn apex of a T-square with both Moon and Sun, pushing us against a wall of implacable resistance.  Yet the closest energetic connections in this sky bring a team of allies to our side.

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Mars, the Moon, and the Sun: Linking Will and Desire

With strong, positive — and almost exact — connections to both the Leo Moon and the Aquarius Sun, Mars is generating powerful stores of energy, enthusiasm, and confidence, connecting our wil and our desire.

6856234524Eris and Proserpina: Evolving Our Power

In an equally close connection, Proserpina and Eris challenge each other to more powerful and more free.

From her location at the very edge of our star system, Eris carries the unconventional and far-out. It was Mike Brown, the astronomer who discovered this cosmic edge-dweller in 2005, who first noted her resonance with Persephone, the feminine energy that transforms reality as it goes back and forth between visible and invisible realities, cycling through death and rebirth.  Spending part of each of her 542-year orbits around the solar system with Pluto, Eris represents a more cosmic, transcendental version of the transforming feminine energy.

Proserpina and Persephone lie in the main belt of asteroids that cycles between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, within the orbit of Saturn and the boundaries of our three-dimensional reality. Unlike the asteroids Persephone and Proserpina — each of whom carry a part of this profoundly transformative energy — Eris  is free from Saturn’s influence.  Now she pushes at Proserpina to free herself as well.

Proserpina, meanwhile, remains within two degrees of Persephone, her younger, more innocent side, and within two and a half degrees of Psyche, the feminine energy that follows the desires of the heart no matter where it calls.  Over the last few months, these three asteroids have been fusing their energies into a powerful force of transformative feminine energy. The sign where this triple conjunction has waxed and now wanes is the one where Venus has just completed her vision quest, and where Pluto is excavating deep below the surface as he engages in his long, slow life-changing, world-changing square with Uranus.

Medusa at the South Node: The Harvest of Fear

Once the wisest and most powerful serpent goddess of the pre-Hellenic world, Medusa  was perceived through the eyes of fear after the shift towards our culture of domination began.

Once the wisest and most powerful serpent goddess of the pre-Hellenic world, Medusa was perceived through the eyes of fear after the shift towards our culture of domination began.

Given this, it’s no surprise to find the goddess asteroid Medusa conjoining the South Node, by only a quarter of a degree, at this Full Moon. Medusa carries the Feminine power we have feared most deeply and demonized most viciously — because it cannot be controlled. Now she reminds us of the price of choosing fear as our primary relationship to reality.  At the South Node, Medusa warns us that to choose fear is to turn way from the future.

Like Persephone, Proserpina, and Psyche, Medusa is a main belt asteroid, lying between the personal planets — the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars — and the social planets, Jupiter and Saturn.  While the personal planets carry the energy we think of when we think of ourselves, it’s the social planets we want to become.  The main belt asteroids are the energy that lies between who we are and who we want to become.  Our relationships with them can be either bridge or barrier.

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This Full Moon brings a whole array of energies to help us forge a bridge towards breakthrough.  The most tightly allied of these include:

  • Pluto sextiling Chiron –  deep and powerful healing on the way
  • Psyche conjoining Persephone – the Heart willing to be transformed
  • Hekate conjoining Ceres – companioning us in our grief and despair
  • The North Node conjoining Ceres  –  pointing the way to the future in what nurtures us 

 Harnessing the Energies of Love

The energeis unfodling at this Leo Full Moon provide a map that show us how to tap the power ithat we call Love.  The great 20th-century philosopher of the Cosmos, Teilhard de Chardin,  described the importance of this:

“Someday after we have mastered the winds, the waves, and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love, and  then, for the second time in the history of the world, human beings will have harnessed the power of fire. “

This Leo Full Moon points the way.

 

 

Here are the years of the most recent Solar Maximums, including the month when the solar activity was highest: 1936-37 (April 1937); 1946-47 (May 1947); 1957-58 (March 1958); 1968-69 (November 1968); 1979-1980 (December 1979); 1989 (July); 1999-2000 (March 2000)

 

It’s time to bring both our hearts and our heads together to further our dreams of what Charles Eisenstein reminds us is “the more beautiful world  our hearts know is possible.”  It’s time to begin creating the harmony and beauty we desire.   What this Full Moon reveals is the energy that was created at the New Moon, now freeing itself from the dark as it breaks through the surface, seeking the light.

 

Saturn-Sun square is one of those reality checks we get periodically. Saturn in Scorpio wants to remind the Sun in Aquarius that lasting change often takes time.

Year of the Wood Horse: The Last Time We Saw Him, This Happened

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We’re still in the first week of the Year of the Green Wood Horse.  Around the world, Chinese people are still celebrating.  And just as the Horse arrives, the Big Re-think is about to begin. Day after tomorrow, Mercury will turn retrograde.  The timing should tell us something.  Bottom line? This one looks like a game changer.

The last time we saw the Wood Horse, it was 1954.  In the U.S., that was a year when Americans’ very sense of who we are changed forever.  The new technologies, experiences, and products that arrived in that Year of the Horse quickly came to define us.  Until 1954, the country didn’t even have a Census Bureau.

Most  U.S. towns didn’t have TV stations When the Green Wood Horse showed up in February 1954.  That changed rapidly.  There were no shopping malls, no fast food, and no interstate highways.  The Pledge of Allegiance did not contain the words “under God.” The Wood Horse changed it all.  

It’s startling to see how many of the dominant tropes in our culture, politics, and infrastructure showed up with the Wood Horse. It’s even more startling to see how the world the Horse created has, in many ways, run its course.  As we greet the Horse of 2014, we’re  a new 60-year cycle of cultural and economic change.

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The  Path of the Wood Horse in  1954

Here’s what a quick look back tell us the Wood Horse was up to 60 years ago:

  • Pop culture. 1954 was a banner year for popular culture.  TV stations spread like wildfire  across the U.S. The “Miss America” pageant aired for the first time and television shows capturing the zeitgeist premiered.  ”The Millionaire” and “Father Knows Best.”
  • Technology. Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio and IBM announced the first vacuum tube “electronic brain.”
  • Consumer culture. The first shopping mall opened, and so and the first Burger King.  Construction began on Disneyworld.
  • Transportation. The interstate highway system was planned and the first commercial jet in the U.S. was tested by Boeing.
  • Power relationships.  The demographic we now think of as “the 1%” held its first annual Bilderberg Conference was held. and a CIA-led coup overthrew the Guatemalan government.  The nascent Civil Rights Movement began to heat up, as school systems in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. integrated — and the White Citizens Council formed in Indianola, MS.  1954 was also the year when the McCarthy hearings took place,and by the end of the year, the U.S. Senate censured Senator Joe McCarthy for his slander campaigns.
  • The French surrendered in Vietnam and the country was partitioned into North and South Vietnam were created.

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Then and Now:  The Outer Planets, Stirring the Pot

In 1954, just as in 2014, Uranus, the Cosmic Liberator, was at the center of an energetic dust-up that was changing the world.  Now, of course, it’s Pluto that Uranus is squaring.  Sixty years ago, it was Neptune.  Pluto was sextiling Neptune.

When the outer planets make contact, the world changes.  Lives change.  The nonlinear, fluid, quantum powers of the Universe touch our lives and they are never the same.

Uranus and Neptune have a cycle that’s as world-changing as the one between Uranus and Pluto.  The quantum awakening of Uranus’ vibration complements the energies of  Neptune and Pluto in different ways. Uranus awakens the divine spark of genius — which originally meant a person’s “tutelary spirit” —  within us all.  Neptune, on the other hand, carries the energy of the Oneness we perceive in moments of mystic awareness.

And while Uranus is an energy associated with the vast regions of the Cosmos, Pluto is a force of the depths.

Whole eras begin and end when Uranus and Neptune merge their vibrations. The last time this happened was in  February 1993.  On the surface, not much that was earth-shattering appeared to happen.  Deep beneath, however, the very foundations of our reality began to dissolve.  If you think back, you might recall sensing that a great and far-reaching shift in reality was taking place.

The 1993 Uranus-Neptune conjunction was the first one that’s taken place since Neptune was discovered in 1850 — which makes it the first one we’ve been able to take part in consciously.  It’s fascinating to look at the changes that unfolded before and after the two previous conjunctions, in 1650 and 1821.

The 1650 conjunction essentially ended the medieval era.  Oliver Cromwell’s dictatorship in 17t-century London — and the 1666 London fire opened the way for a wave of change.  By 1821, the Industrial Revolution was underway in the West.  The era that spanned the death of Napoleon I, the U. S. Civil War, the Indian Removals, the two World Wars, ended in 1993, the year the Gulf War was declared.

1954, the last Year of the Wood Horse, appeared to be a moment of triumphal power — but it actually ushered in the final act in the 171-year cycle that began in 1821 and ended 21 years ago.  Closing squares begin a process of dissolution.  Nothing seemed less likely than dissolution amid the flurry of new developments on the technological, cultural, and economic landscapes that occurred in 1954.  Yet just 60 years later, nothing seems clearer.

It’s a great lesson in the power of the invisible realms. Even while it appeared that the American Empire was surging, Uranus and Neptune were dissolving and dismantling its very foundations from deep beneath the surface..

 

 

 

In the Year of the Wood Horse: Become One with Its Power

Thanks to Barbara Heile for finding this image.  Her blog, sistermotherbeloved@blogspot.com,  is full of the energy required for Horse-gentling.

Thanks to Barbara Heile for finding this image. Her blog, sistermotherbeloved@blogspot.com, is full of the energy required for Horse-gentling.

Yesterday brought the beginning of the lunar year. In Chinese astrology, it’s the Year of the Green Wood Horse, who’s arrived in our lives with great energetic pomp and circumstance: 

  • An Aquarius New Moon the day before infused it with power, bringing the seed energy for us all to receive life-changing inspiration in a silent hour.
The transformative Celtic fire goddess Brigid, rules this festival that marks the tilt of the energetic balance towards Spring.

The transformative Celtic fire goddess Brigid, rules this festival that marks the tilt of the energetic balance towards Spring.

  • * The Wood Horse rode in on the eve of the potent midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.  In the Celtic world, this day has long been known as Imbolc.  It’s a time the energetic balance tilts towards spring and its resurgence of life.  The transformative fire goddess Brigid is honored at Imbolc.
  • On first day of this Lunar New Year, the eve of Imbolc, Venus ended her 40-day retrograde vision quest in the arms of Pluto, confronting Jupiter from across the sky.
  • And Mercury entered Pisces. The presence of the Cosmic Messenger in the sign that taps the great Oneness of the Universe will powerfully support the qualities needed to develop trust and intimacy with the powerful energy of the young horse.  Those include deep intuition, emotional rapport, and the ability to process multiple levels of reality through the heart.
  • Mercury is moving slowly through this first week of the Horse.  On Thursday, February 6, he dives deep beneath the surface for a three-week retrograde.  It’s the perfect energy for getting to know the magical creature who’s entered your life.

First Task of the Year of the Wood Horse:  Gentling the Horse

The Horse is wild and willful, and the first task he brings us all is the process of bonding that all the horse whisperers call “gentling.”  Much of the energy in the sky is on this “gentling” team:

  • Jupiter is diving deep into Cancer on his own retrograde vision quest. Across the sky now from Venus and Pluto, the Blessing Giver is helping us to balance our need for deep healing and grace with the power of our desires
  • Mercury’s presence in Pisces, where Neptune and Chiron are also sojourning, supports deep intuition, empathy, and heart-centered awareness. All will help us develop the relationship with the Horse that will be necessary to ride this powerful being through the big, big waves of change ahead. The sign of Pisces is charged with more potency in the years between 2012 and 2020 than we’ve experienced in over a century and a half.  All of Mercury’s journeys through Pisces during this time help us understand this potency, and the Year of the Wood Horse can be particularly expansive for our consciousness.
As he travels through Pisces over our first two months with the Wood Horse, Mercury will conjoin both Neptune and Chiron, another cosmic horse being.

As he travels through Pisces over our first two months with the Wood Horse, Mercury will conjoin both Neptune and Chiron, another cosmic horse being.

Your Inner Horse Whisperers: Mercury, Neptune, & Chiron

Neptune, the Cosmic Dreamer & Mystic, is traveling through his home sign for the first time in over 150 years. Chiron, the Cosmic Healer, is here as well, for the fist time in 50 years. As a centaur, Chiron is himself part horse of the heavens.

Next month, after the Vernal Equinox, Mercury will merge his vibrations with both Neptune and Chiron. When he does, much about our spiritual kinship with the other animal beings who dwell on Planet Earth with us will be revealed to all who will receive the message.

  • Mercury will only be in Pisces until February 13, before moving back into Aquarius.
  • On March 18, the Messenger will return to the sign of the Oneness, for the revelatory meetings with Neptune and Chiron that will take place in the 8 days after the Vernal Equinox.

There’s a magical quality to the energy between now and February 13.  The first half of February will be a fertile, transformative time to begin to learn how to relate to the Horse as it’s showing up in your life. You’re two cosmic beings, you and the Wood Horse. With the Horse in the wave state and you in the particle state, as the quantum physicists would say, it’s a complete quantum relationship. The amount of trust, intimacy, and daring it contains will have everything to do with what happens to and for you in the year ahead.

 

Cancer Full Moon: The Goddess Returns

Tonights Full Moon in Cancer is saturated with the transformative energy of the Cosmic Feminine.

Tonights Full Moon in Cancer is saturated with the transformative energy of the Cosmic Feminine.

Every Full Moon brings revelation. When the Sun turns its radiance on the Moon from across the sky each month, life itself answers.  A responsive surge flows into your life, from the deep current of intuitive lunar wisdom that runs beneath your conscious awareness.

Like the Capricorn New Moon that preceded it, this Moon is full of potency.  When the Sun and Moon merged their vibrations on New Year’s Day, Mercury and Pluto joined them.  Now, at the Full Moon, the solar and lunar energies come into the most conscious moment in their relationship — when they face each other head on each month.  At this Full Moon, both Moon and Sun are fully empowered.

* Within the last week, the Sun has erupted a massive flare of solar energy into our star system. Four days ago, when our Star merged vibrations with Venus, a new cycle in her relationship with the life-giving Light at the center of our lives began.

* Luna is in her own sign, Cancer. This is  the part of the sky that belongs to the Divine Mother and her watery energy of origins. Arising now from Cancer’s creative depths is a deeply creative process of re-union —  occurring in the Cosmic Feminine herself, within you and all around you.

It’s worth remembering the big picture unfolding all around us as we approach this magnificent Full Moon.  Since the long-ago promise made by the goddess Durga – who came in the Deep Time to save the Earth from destruction by demonic forces of greed, violence, and domination — the return of the Cosmic Feminine to human consciousness has been oft and long foretold.

A Full Moon Saturated With Shakti Power

Shakti is the ancient name that arose in India for the all-pervading feminine energy that is the very substance of all that is.  In India, it was used to describe the female body of the Universe.

Over the 5,000-year history of the culture of domination has been developing, awareness of this shakti power has been steadily diminishing.  Yet the further our memory of her as receded to the depths of our hearts, minds, and imaginations, the closer we have come to the long-prophesied return to our consciousness. The central drama in the great shift unfolding within us and around us all is this return of the Cosmic Feminine, to our awareness, our lives, and our world. Tonight’s Full Moon in Cancer takes us a step further, towards her embrace at the center of our lives.

The super-massive vortex of transformation at the heart of our galaxy bears the energetic signature of the Cosmic Feminine.

The super-massive vortex of transformation at the heart of our galaxy bears the energetic signature of the Cosmic Feminine.

Shakti Speaks: Eleven Goddesses, With Seven Questions to Free Your Heart

One of the keys revelations of today’s Full Moon is the sheer, prolific abundance of the Goddess.  With 11 key forms of the Cosmic Feminine at play, this Moon brings a veritable goddess reunion to your life. Whenever we see the number 11, we know that the vibration of illumination and intuitive revelation has been activated.  These are the ways that the Goddess is awakening within you and around you, bringing illumination and revelation as she does:

Five Planets & A Point of Mystery, Making Magic WIthin You

Five planets bring their energies into the Full Moon magic:

  •  Luna is in every way the center point of this transformative process of reunion. Intuitive, creative, dynamic, and tender, she embraces her dark and hidden sister, Black Moon Lilith, confronting her her sister Venus across the sky. 

Luna’s question:  How can you nurture the sister hidden within you?

  • Black Moon Lilith is not a planet, but a point of potent mystery in the Moon’s orbit that is furthest from the Earth. There she carries her treasure — a hidden reserve of  vibrant, primal passion and deep wounding that is stored within each of us. Lilith, who carries feminine energy so wild and free it can be wounded, but never subjugated.

 Black Moon Lilith’s question: What wounds have you suffered to protect the energy os wild and free it can never be subjugated?

  • Ceres, the most ancient planet in our star system — as old as
    Ceres was considered an asteroid when she was sighted in 1801 -- the first of thousands upon thousands of asteroids since discovered orbiting the Earth between Mars and Jupiter.  In 2006, however, after the discovery of Eris, Ceres was reclassified as a dwarf planet.  She is the most ancient feminine body in our star system -- as old as the Sun.

    Ceres was considered an asteroid when she was sighted in 1801 — the first of thousands upon thousands of asteroids since discovered orbiting the Earth between Mars and Jupiter. In 2006, however, after the discovery of Eris, Ceres was reclassified as a dwarf planet. She is the most ancient feminine body in our star system — as old as the Sun.

    the Sun.  One measure of the return of the ancient and ever-renewing Goddess to our  world is Ceres’ change in status, in 2006,  from “asteroid” to “dwarf planet” — the same status that Pluto now carries .  Her energy of nurturing can manifest either as life-supporting or as controlling and with-holding.  Tonight, she brings a question to your heart.

Ceres’ question: Can you nurture the wild free feminine without controlling or withholding?   

  •  Eris, the most recently discovered planet in our star system, who dwells at its furthest edge, beyond even the orbit of Pluto.  The paradigm-shatterer and Cosmic Truth-Teller, Eris has been regarded as the goddess of discord for 2,000 years.

The Seven Sacred Asteroid Sisters & Their Gifts

Seven goddess asteroids are activated at this Full Moon.  Each carries an entire dimension of the the banished Queen of Heaven’s complement of power:

  • Hekate, goddess of the crossroads and guide to those who are undergoing a transformation in the invisible realm.

Hekate’s question: Can you support the journey of metamorphosis, in yourself and those you love, by being present to the suffering and vulnerability of transformation without short-circuiting it? 

  • Pallas Athene, the carrier of whole-pattern wisdom who is less threatening — because less connected to the deepest, most embodied feminine power — than Medusa.

Pallas’ question:  Can you expand your consciousness to name and honor the deepest wisdom of the feminine — the wisdom that comes from vulnerability, suffering and metamorphosis?  

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Venus, Mars, & Medusa: Giving Space to the Wisdom That’s Hard to Hea

Still close to the Sun from their embrace just four days ago is Venus, the Great Goddess of Love.  She’s nearing the end of her 40-day vision quest through the ancient depths of Capricorn. Only 16 days remain.  As she stands on the threshold of a whole new cycle, Venus pulled in opposite directions by two very powerful forces:

* Mars, the Cosmic Warrior and Venus’ most ardent lover, embodies the hot, assertive vitality of passion, conflict, and sexuality.  He’s in the early   part of an 8-month journey through Venus’ territory, the sign of Libra.  And this week he’s challenging the Goddess herself, pulling her energy and attention towards him and their relationship.

 Mars’ Question:  How can you be a more passionate warrior for Love, in your life and in our world?

*  Medusa is the goddess asteroid whose transformational power has long been feared and demonized by a culture of domination.  This week she pulls Venus and Mars to break new ground.  Today she’s across the sky from Mars. 

 Medusa’s Question: What is the wisdom that is hardest for you to hear, and to speak?

For Venus, this isn’t an either/or dilemma.  She — and you — must expand her consciousness of Love to embrace both intimacy and independence, harmony and the disequilibrium of transformation.

Venus’ Question: How do you allow the energy of transformation to enliven rather than destroy your relationships — with yourself, with others, and with the Cosmos? 

Proserpina, Psyche, & Persephone: Queens of the Invisible Realm of Power

This ancient carving depicts Persephone's removal from the sunlit world of her innocent youth.

This ancient carving depicts Persephone’s removal from the sunlit world of her innocent youth.

The path that the Feminine walks in this world can be best captured with one word:  transformational  All of her forms are variations of a shared energetic signature of  metamorphosis.  Tonight, her energy is exponentially multiplied, by three goddess asteroids who meet in the same degree of Capricorn to fuse their energy:

Psyche was the first woman to be made Divine, long ago, in the Deep Time when the energetic codes of our civilization were still being written. Unlike the men who had precedes her, Psyche did not achieve immortality because of a great and successful feat of daring and brilliance. In fact, each of her challenges was utterly beyond her.abilities. What softened the heart of the Cosmos itself was her complete and total willingness to follow the truth of her heart, even when it led her to attempt the impossible.  When we follow our hearts and attempt what seems impossible for the sake of what we love, we’re walking Psyche’s path through our lives.

Psyche’s Question:  Where are the limits of your love? 

On either side of Psyche at this Full Moon are two asteroids who carry later manifestations of the energy of the ancient Queen of Heaven, Inanna. (This was the name the Sumerians gave to the planet Venus). One of them is Persephone. The other is Proserpina.

The asteroid Persephone embodies the innocent young feminine within us all — whose destiny is to be transformed into the powerful queen of the invisible realm and its transformative mysteries.  Persephone goes back and forth between the worlds, renewing her life — and all of life — when she does.  When we find ourselves being pulled inward by depression, loss, or a compelling experience, we’re hearing Persephone’s call. 

Persephone’s Question: Where Is the feminine innocence within you waiting to be transformed into wisdom and power? 

On the other side of Psyche is Proserpina. She is the empowered queen who is Persephone’s destiny.

Proserpina’s Question: When do you know yourself as the powerful queen of the invisible realm?

Vesta and Eris: Serving the Paradigm-Shattering Truth of You

This stunning image of Vesta was made by NASA's Dawn Explorer.

This stunning image of Vesta was made by NASA’s Dawn Explorer.

Vesta and Eris represent two versions of the Cosmic Feminine that are difficult for us to recognize and embrace.  One is ancient, the other is the most recently discovered planet in our star system.  Vesta is the

 

The Cosmic Feminine, Your Life, & Our World 

Tonight, these ancient and ever-new forms of the Goddess become a more coherent and empowered cosmic force of feminine energy.  The lunar joy overflowing at this Full Moon springs from the depths.  It’s inviting your heart to open with compassion for all that is broken in us and in our world — and with the passion that is your birthright as a sentient being with intelligence and power in every atom.

Take a moment to honor the Mystery occurring all around you — and deep within you. Stand at a window. Go to a mirror. And bow. Bow deeply, from your heart, to the Mystery of life and of Love that you embody. It’s timeless – and it’s evolving.

Venus Conjunct the Sun, 2014: The Transfiguration of the Ancient Queen of Heaven

AR1944, the massive sunspot discovered on the Sun,  sent out a powerful X-class flare yesterday that was many times larger than the one in this image, which was taken in May 2013.

AR1944, the massive sunspot discovered on the Sun, sent out a powerful X-class flare yesterday that was many times larger than the one in this image, which was taken in May 2013.

We’re just four days from Venus’ vibrational union with the Sun, her first in Capricorn since January 2006.  An eight-year cycle in our relationship with the Cosmic Feminine is drawing to an end in the next four days.  On Saturday, our Star will turn its radiant fire on all that is irrelevant and superfluous about how and why we love. The field will be cleared for a new structure to contain and nurture what we love and value most.

Her conjunction with the Sun marks the halfway point in Venus’ vision quest, which continues until January 31.  It takes place in a sky with the greatest massing of planets in Capricorn since January 1995.  And it will be just 10 days after a Capricorn New Moon, when the Sun and Moon were conjoined with both Pluto and Mercury.  That power-packed New Moon inscribed the year 2014 with the world-changing potency of the Pluto-Uranus square, and the profound and ancient energy that both Pluto and Venus awaken in Capricorn.

As Venus approaches our Star, one of the largest sunspots to be seen on the Sun in years has turned its face towards the Earth.  Sunspots are vortices of the transformational high-frequency vibrations.  Called AR1944, this one is teeming with the powerful flares with which the Sun seeds our star system — including our own consciousness. Some of the dozens of dark cores in this tremendous sunspot are three times the size of Planet Earth. Yesterday, AR1944 sent out a powerful X-class flare, many times larger than the one in the image below, taken in May 2013.

Our Star is signaling you and me and our entire Cosmic community with energetic information about the great shift we are all moving deeper and deeper into. Venus will be receiving more of the details on Saturday. All of us are about to begin a new cycle in our relationship with Love.

The transformative power of the retrograde vision quests of Venus has stirred the human heart, soul, and imagination since the days of the ancient Sumerians who called her Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth.

The transformative power of the retrograde vision quests of Venus has stirred the human heart, soul, and imagination since the days of the ancient Sumerians who called her Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth.

The Transfiguration of the Goddess: The Chart for the Venus-Sun Conjunction

In the chart cast for Washington, DC at the moment of the exact conjunction, which occurs at 7:24 a.m. EST, Venus and the Sun are rising — a most auspicious sign.  Squaring Vesta, the priestess and widelky squaring Mars.  In the exact conjunction and as long as she remains within 17 minutes of the Sun, Venus will be transfigured with incandescent clarity.  Wherever we have 21 degrees of Capricorn in our birth charts, we will feel this moment of metamorphosis.

Luna will be sending Venus the powerful support of a trine, from the last minute of the last degree of Taurus.  The sign of the fertile, abundant earth is one of the two signs that Venus rules. From her other sign — Libra — Mars will be squaring her.  The unprecedented eight months that the Cosmic Warrior — who, we should never forget, the Goddess of Love found irresistible — is spending in Libra appears to be a kind of re-education.

Pointing to the purpose of this conjunction, and its work in our consciousness, is the Scorpio Midheaven.  It’s situated on the midpoint between the North Node, and its evolutionary energy, and Saturn. The presence of the planet that the astrologers of the ancient world called the Guardian at the Gates on one side of the Midheaven and the North Node on the other tells us a great deal about the power of this meeting between Venus and the Sun:  If we follow its call to us, we can create something enduring that will anchor the evolutionary purposes of these times.

The Cosmic Feminine and the Transformational Journey

The ancient astrologers of Sumer, a region of city-states in what is now Iraq, were the first to see in the cycles of Venus a distinctively feminine energy of transformation and regeneration.  Later forms of the descending and returning goddess Inanna were Persephone and Prosperina.

Strikingly, both of the asteroids bearing the energy of the later goddesses are now closely conjunct in Capricorn.  They are on either side of a triple conjunction with Psyche, who was the first woman to be made divine in the Deep Time when the boundaries between worlds were far more transparent than they have since become.

Unlike the male heroes and warriors who were became immortal, Psyche was honored not for her feats of prowess.  In fact, she failed at the tasks that were assigned to her.  What softened the heart of the Divine was Psyche’s willingness to follow her heart, even when it meant attempting the impossible.  Perhaps Venus herself now calls each of us to do the same.

Like the Moon, Venus has played a pivotal role in the squares of Uranus and Pluto that are creating the transformational vortex that is reshaping our lives and our world.  The first of their seven vibrational clashes, in June 2012, occurred less than three weeks after Venus passage across the face of our Star, the closing act in a once-every-130-years phenomenon.

Walking Inanna’s Path in the Modern World

As we have passed through the successive initiatory gateways opened within us by Uranus and Pluto, many of us have found ourselves traveling the ancient path of Inanna.  That was name the Sumerian people called Venus.  In the retrograde vision quests that take Earth’s sister planet beneath the Earth’s horizon every 19 months — rising again, reborn, on the opposite side of the sky — the Sumerians saw the outlines of a life-restoring journey by the planet they regarded as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Inanna’s journey to the Underworld to meet her dark sister, Erishkegal, where her fate was to hang, a rotting corpse, on a meat hook, is the oldest story on Earth recorded in the earliest form of a book.  It is also the oldest story of a Divine Being descending into the Underworld to undergo a profound transformation, from life to death to rebirth — and thus to regenerate life itself.  

This is the great journey now taking place within each of us, in a Cosmos charged as never before with the energies of transformation.. Today, the Goddess within moves towards the point of her transfiguration.