FULL MOON in Pisces – September 8, 2014

asteroid-goddessesHere comes another Super Moon, the last of 5 that are usually formed when the Moon is at its perigee, or point closer to the Earth, therefore, giving us the opportunity to see it bigger than ever as the previous one was.Its power over the waters is stronger than ever, so large tides are common; many tsunamis have occurred at the time of super moons, its effect on our emotions, usually related to the element of Water is also powerful.
For the new moon in Virgo on August 25 which began the cycle this this full moon is bringing to a close, the Sun and Moon were in opposition to Neptune, whereas for this lunation of next week, the Moon is in conjunction to Chiron and therefore the Sun as opposed to the Centaur, son of Saturn, bringing to the for the subject of healing, making more obvious than ever, the areas of our soul that still hurt. At the same time, the Moon at 16º of Pisces, forms a Grand Trine to Juno, 16 ° Cancer and Vesta almost 17º of Scorpio, which is in line with Saturn 18º of Scorpio and Ceres at 10º of Scorpio.
The Moon with Juno and Vesta in a Grand Trine of female energy, which speaks to us of lessons to be learned about the importance of the balance of male-female, inside our psyche. In the article on the new moon in Virgo (https://cristinalaird.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/new-moon-in-virgo-august-2014/) I spoke about the emphasis of that lunation on the inseparability of mental with the physical, the soul with the body. This Moon in PISCES reminds us of the influence of these female goddesses in our lives.
As Carl Jung said: Archetypes are the essential universal thought forms available to human consciousness during all periods of time. The planets and asteroids bear the names of these deities, which correspond to this primal, immortal, eternal forces. To understand how the archetype of a planet or asteroid, operate, we must analyze the myth associated to each of them. It is precisely when we discover that we actually relive in our daily lives, the scripts described by these myths, that we begin to bring from the darkness of our psyche towards our consciousness, these patterns and stories often repeated literally.
The Moon which rises when the Sun sets, it has always been in all mythologies the symbol of the feminine, of the night, the dark and often hidden side of our psyche. With a host of deities as: Diana or Artemis, Selene and Hecate in Greco-Roman mythology, Hina and Mahina in Polynesia mythology, Metztli and Maya in the Aztec and Mayan mythology respectively, etc., etc. I would almost say thousands of them. Is in the full moon when the Sun and the Moon are opposite, facing each other, in line, therefore, the Moon receiving, in one of its sides, the light of the Sun in full, which offers us the possibility to see it in all its glory.
Venus, born of the castration of the God Uranus, is the symbol of the power of female beauty, the power of female seduction, without which our specie would perish. Without this extraordinary Venusian force that leads men to have an erection and therefore to want to copulate and have children, it would be the end of us.
Juno, Pallas, Vesta and Ceres, are other four facets of the female experience, completing the mandala which hold Venus right in the center. We can not be fooled by the size of these asteroids, as if they were insignificant, since some of them such as Ceres, now named dwarf planet like Pluto by astronomers, and much closer to earth than the latter, has the same value in our psyche that the Lord of darkness.
But in this lunation are Vesta and Juno who form the great Trine with the Moon. Vesta, the ability to focus the energy and the experience of finding completion by oneself, represents the studious woman, the nun, unmarried women, the woman who puts her own spiritual development, her mission in life, above relationships. The true ruler of Virgo, for me. Juno, on the other hand, is looking for the famous “other half”, finds completion through another. Represents the “wife”, “married woman”, the female earning power by its relationship with another, normally a partner, with money, lineage and power. She gives the power of social status and finances to the husband. It is related to the sign of Scorpio. Therefore this trine speaks of balance in our psyche of these female experiences both in men and in women. The principle of relatedness (Juno) in harmony with our feelings and our emotional security (Moon) and the need to pursue our destiny and our spiritual integrity (Vesta) form a large harmonic triangle, giving us the opportunity to find balance between these aspects of our lives, so important to the health of relationships and family.
An extraordinary opportunity to stop blaming the other for our frustrations, to forgive, to take responsibility for our failures and the power to take control of our destiny rather than feeling hostility and revenge toward the other. The Sun is in Sextile to Vesta and Juno, meaning is at the midpoint between these two deities, also offering men the chance to make peace with these two aspects of women.

Jupiter already in square to Ceres and trine to Uranus, will resonate with mothers who are released from their role as mothers, either by their children moving away to University or to other countries, offering the beginning of a new chapter in their lives and the possibility of reconnecting with Vesta and Juno.

Venus will spend two or three days in opposition to Neptune, which helps us investigate our desire and deepest longings of connection with the divine through another, offering us the chance to understand that everything is a reflection of our inner universe and that in the Source, we are everything, we are ONE and that it is only in the human experience that we live this illusion of YOU and I. Venus-Neptune help us realize that LOVE is not mine, not yours, LOVE is a universal feeling that sometimes we can connect to if we are in harmony with our whole self. Some people help us connect with it easier than others.

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS – August 20 and 21

Oscar Pistorius -1711471Interestingly, this is the second full moon in Aquarius, since last month’s one was too.The one on the 22nd of July was at 0º Aquarius and this one, tomorrow is at 28° of this sign opposite Leo, which is where the Sun is right now since July 22.
This is a Moon next to Nessus, the vengeful and abusive Centaur and Neptune and opposite the Sun (of course) which is located next to Mercury, Ceres and Vesta. The Archetypes of the asteroids shine in the heavens so that we take notice of the complexity of the human existence. The multiplicity of dimensions as our daily experience is difficult to grasp and this reminds us once again, that it is much easier to live within the same dimension all the time, ignoring the rest. But then a the full moon like this one comes along and suddenly everything is stirred and we wonder what is happening to us, what are these emotions that seem to erupt from the inside out and we don’t know how to read or much less control?
First and foremost this moon coincides with the fact that Jupiter from Cancer, just the next day, will make a square to Uranus, the first of three and we also know that whatever makes an aspect to Uranus, at this moment, it also does it to Pluto. Although the opposition to Pluto was already formed a few days ago, this contact to Uranus, re-enacts, re-vives the Urano-Pluto.
No doubt the situation in Egypt speaks loudly of it, as in Syria, or in the Arab world in general. But at the individual level, this is also a very important moment, as certain situation that we have been dealing with, in many cases, for years, have a new opportunity of review them, find a solution or at least a new idea to solve them. But it is also a brilliant opportunity so review our values, our intentions and above all, the costs of this struggles, not only financially but also emotionally. What or who is that we are struggling with? Is it worth our sorrow, is it worth to continue? Is the price of it simply too high? The case of Pistorius, the amputee runner who killed his girlfriend, in South Africa, was in Court today just on the eve of this full moon, although the trial will not be until March 2014, today Pistorius has officially been charged with premeditated murder.
As we have seen on several occasions with the Aquarius-Leo angle, I vs them. The great Them. The group, the tribe, the herd and I. The more I know, and more I change on the inside, the more I can affect the external changes, the group. These wars that we have at this moment in the world, are mostly tribal wars, where individuality disappears, is sacrificed for the needs of the herd. And while this is sometimes necessary, the balance between the two extremes is our only salvation.
This week we have been actually living the negative side of Jupiter, the exaggerated idealism, the emotional overflow and of water (Cancer), flooding can be heard in the news everywhere. Jupiter activating the square Urano-Pluto is being felt, with Venus quickly approaching from Libra to form a Grand Cross with these three planets and that will be exact on 25, 26 and 27 of this month. Emotions soar, situations ask for a solution, simply because we can not hide under the rug or table anymore. Everything about Libra and Venus has to do with human relations. Do we have the ability to put ourselves in the place of the other?, at least for a few moments?
Jupiter also maintains for few more days the Grand Trine to Neptune and Saturn, a sense that everything will be, what should be, supports us and reassures us. Still. how to decide which is the best option? One thing is certain: none of us can make the other love us the way we want to be loved, nor can we save who is unwilling to be saved, not even our own children. But the only thing we can not only do, but must do is to save ourselves, removing everything from our lives that thwarts our growth.
This full moon falls very close to Uranus in the birthchart of all those born in the years 1962-63, triggering the need to rid oneself of that which is represented by the House where Uranus is in the chart. This group of people are also born with Neptune in Scorpio, and are therefore experiencing the transit of Saturn over that Neptune. In reality this happens to all those born between 1957-70. If they are also born the last 10 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, then this full moon will be stirring a few issues that need to be expressed and projected inside out, from the depths of the soul.

When we start to feel some discomfort or anxiety, it is best to first remember that these 2 or 3 days before the full moon, are the most powerful and once the Moon reaches its peak, which will happen tomorrow night and early morning on wednesday, the anxiety will come down, so relax, but, what we must not do is to waste the experience, and we must ask ourserlves what is our soul trying to communicate that should be communicated somehow.
The Moon in conjunction to Neptune stimulates our imagination and puts us in contact with our deepest longings. What do you yearn for, or feel nostalgia for? These are the questions which we should find answers to. The proximity to Nessus, connects us with that part of our being that feels abused, powerless, which connects us with feelings of revenge and hatred. Remember, no one has power over us unless we grant it. Search inside yourself,find your inner power and use it, with peace and harmony. The Sun from Leo next to Mercury, Ceres and Vesta, reminds us that what we seek out to feel safe and protected is within ourselves. This place we are looking for is called acceptance and it exists only in the depths of our being. If I accept myself, I will accept others. If it sounds cliche is because it is, but is also true.
Enjoy this Aquarius Full Moon and comment on your experience.

Scorpio New Moon, November 5-6

Here we are in the Scorpio New Moon, when Both the Sun and the Moon find themselves at 13º Scorpio 40′. As we already know, new moons seem to start a new cycle, a new project, a new trend, which completes itself 2 weeks later when the next Full Moon . These cycles are sometimes at such a profound level, that we don’t even realize is happening.

This is the case with Scorpio. This sign is so profound and connects us with such inner dimensions that can be experienced as “uncomfortable” at best, or terrifying at worst, especially if you are an Air sign, but it can also be fascinating and magical, if you are a water or a fire sign. It is in this journey to the most secret part of your psyche that we encounter an array of nymphs, heroes, gods and s goddesses that turn our everyday life into an interesting fairytale or mythical story.

This New Moon offers us this possibility and as we open the door to the energies of it, first thing we encounter is Vesta or Hestia for the Greeks. This small asteroid of scarcely 450 to 600 km in diameter, was discovered on March 29, 1807 by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers in the constellation of Virgo. Is part of a belt of asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where Ceres and Pallas Athena, were discovered few years earlier. Juno finds herself there as well. They represent different aspects of the feminine in our lives.

Vesta is the daughter of Saturn (Chronos) and Rea, so she is an Olympian. In my opinion she is the true ruler of Virgo women. She represents the unmarried woman, same as Pallas. Except that Vesta was truly a virgin and was truly pure. She had no contact with men.

She is the Goddess of the Fire that warms our Home. Signifies the warmth that women are capable of bringing to a Home. Apolo and Poseidon offered her marriage but she remained true to herself and to her chastity vows and declined.

But what does she represent inside of us? She is our ability to remain true to ourselves, even in the eventuality of falling in love. Remaining a virgin, didn’t necessarily mean, no sex, but it meant not engaging in relationships.

In this New Moon we find the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Vesta in Scorpio. The intensity of these energies, will upset more than one relationship, many will be in the process of separation, many trying out a reconciliation, but the opportunity of this New Moon and Vesta is that of connecting with that part of ourselves that cannot be touched by power struggles. IT is our ability to follow out path and our calling, which takes us away from the loss of power inherent in many relationships.

To love does not mean to lose one’s power, to the point that if we realize that the present relationship does not allow us to grow, believe that we are trapped in it. We can always walk away. Never mind how difficult it seems. Vesta remind us of never getting to that point.

Vesta is the feminine principle in men and in women. If you are an Aquarian or a Leo, this could be a real situation in your life now. If you are a Cancerian or a Piscean, your relationships will become more intense and the opportunity to dig in and find out what is below the surface, is there for you. Aries and Libra, which are affected by Saturn and Pluto and their relationships are being tried as well, will get a chance to transform their approach to their relationships.

With all of what I said, it may sound that this would be a terrible 15 days to the next Full Moon in Taurus when this month’s cycle will conclude, but never forget that the transformative energies of Scorpio, can be extremely useful to take our minds and soul beyond the surface, beyond superficiality.

This is a good moment to really try to communicate your true feelings and find out what your “other one” is made of. What your relationship is made of.

If you are not in relationship, this is a great opportunity to connect to your work, your creativity and focus in what is important in your life. Vesta helps us focus on our true calling, our true work in life.

Mercury makes and exact square to Neptune, so it won’t be difficult to fantasize and create. The test of time will be necessary to make sure that what we see is real. It also contacts Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, so new ideas and projects will present themselves, creating a more positive outlook of life.

Pluto and the North Node seem to support the Scorpian energies of the Moon, inducing us to dig in and connect with our most secret feelings. If you are brave enough to enjoy digging into yourself, you will definitely enjoy this New Moon.

Juno is also part of the equation, as it is in Sextile to the Sun and Moon, so it will help us find a compromise in our relationships. She is the opposite of Vesta, Juno was Hera in Greek Mythology and it represents the “Wife”, who remained married to Zeus, in spite of his unfaithfulness.

If you find yourself in a relationship where you seem to be alienated from your true path in life, use the energies of this Moon to connect to your inner Vesta and let her get you back on track.

The one person you cannot afford to betray, EVER,is yourself.