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Astrology 9: Stars’R’Us

When I lived in a small village in the hills a small way from the coast in mid-north New South Wales, Australia, I often used to go out at night and just look at the sky. The stars were so bright they were like miniature suns in the sky. The Milky Way meandered across the indigo darkness like a scattering of glitter spread by some galactic being winging along on the great winds of the galaxy. There was a silence which wasn’t silence, just the resonance of the galaxy’s song.

And I never cease to be in awe at the wonder and might of the great, mysterious Universe in which we live. To gaze at the stars is to be reminded again and again that we are creation, creation is us, our song on earth is creativity, the stars are us as we create, they are part of our hearts and souls, and there is no separation in the galaxy at all, we are interwoven and inter-dependent, all sparks of light in a great cosmic thread.

So finally our journey through the planets winds to an end among the stars and yet, paradoxically, leads us to beginnings, because we are part of a great, unending dance with the stars and, of course, with beginnings as we are part of all and all is part of us. We are an integral part of a kaleidoscope of complex patterns which shift and form and reform in endless patterns with no past, future or now once we quit the Earth’s limited perspective of time.

So how does the energy of the stars work with our hearts and souls? Although I’d like to wind up with the usual patterns of body, mind, emotions, heart, soul and spirit, I’m being driven intuitively to simply say: we are creation and so is the wonderful planet on which we live, complete with crystals, stones, earth, water, sentient beings.

The essence of our beings is creation and creativity. We are here on earth, as star beings, to bring creativity to life on earth – however our individual song sings to us – to lead us back to the ultimate force of creation – love.

In this perspective, we are indivisable – we become whole when we understand that we are the stars and they are us. Love is our essence and the stars are love – the great love of creation sweeping around us. That’s why the stars call to us at unknown levels when we look up at them at night-time – we know we come from them and that, ultimately, we will return to them.

And just as we are whole, so too is Mother Earth when we walk, dance, sing and fly with the energy of the stars. Planet Earth speaks so much to all of us through the beauty and energies of stones, rocks and crystals. All of these speak with the voice of the stars to guide us to Love. When we re-join with the stars, we know intuitively that every energetic being here on earth resonates with the stars and every aspect of our being –  our wholeness and creation.

We are guided to wholeness when we open our hearts to listen to the Grace of Earth energies.  In their guidance we are led back through our heart, the window of our souls, to our souls and to the star essence in our souls. Mother Earth and her gifted being hold us in their hearts on our earth journey. They ground us. They lead us back to the knowing that Mother Earth is part of us, is part of creation, is love incarnate. Yet they lead us back to the infinite wisdom that we are indeed infinite ourselves as are all the earth energies dancing with joy with us.

Death is the next big adventure as we leave our earthly bodies and return to the stars. And when we return to the stars, we are them, they are us, and still we are also the Earth, Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Chiron and Sedna.

That’s it, folks, our journey is over yet is now repeating itself as part of a never-ending spiral of love, love and more love. I wish you all a wonderful journey among the stars, may you shine bright on Mother Earth and just as brightly among the stars on your journey over the Rainbow Bridge to the stars and the infinity of the Universe.

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Astrology 7: Chiron

CHIRON

Chiron isn’t strictly a planet, but a planetoid. It was discovered in 1977 and became known as The Wounded Healer in astrological terms due to its association with Chiron, the Centaur. This mythological figure was half human, half horse and became a skilled healer and teacher. His father was Zeus and Chiron was immortal by virtue of this association. But, when he dropped a poisoned arrow as he was handing it to a student and it pierced his leg, he was unable to be healed due to the fact that he could not die. He prayed to the gods to let him die and be released from the terrible pain he was suffering. In gratitude for his teachings, they let Chiron die and placed him in the sky.

How does this relate to us? Chiron talks of life and death. Our walk in life is one of wounded- ness, passages of healing, a return to Spirit and of our return to life after Death – the next great adventure. We never die, we simply depart from our physical bodies, with thanks for its help during our earthly walk, and move to another dimension of our soul wisdom. We live on in ways which are unimaginable from our limited earthly perspective.

In our lives we all have experiences of wounding, whether we acknowledge it or not. We are disconnected from our ancestral roots. We are disconnected from Mother Earth. We are disconnected from our families as family and society breakdown occurs. On our planet at present, we can see the toxic evidence of this wounding in violence, unhappiness, intolerance, disharmony, dissonance, starvation in Third World countries, weight problems in Western countries, wars and, in countries like America, Australia and the UK, all this despite relative
affluence. Material wealth does not equal happiness. So what does?

Chiron was discovered at a time when there was a resurgence in holistic healing – delving to the roots of our pain instead of relying on allopathic medicine which all too often masks the cause of our pain (although that is not to downgrade the assistance allopathic medicine can offer us). It is also instructive to consider what we were doing in 1977 and what was happening in our
lives when this planetary influence and its inter-connection with ourselves chose to make themselves known.

Healing is far more than a quick fix for the physical body. When we are out of alignment with our hearts, soul and the spirit of our dance on Earth, we reflect this in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual disharmony. Healing requires delving deep within, being open to the pain of wounding and the release of that pain – not through our heads, but through our hearts. To journey to pain through our hearts requires courage and perseverance, the ability to feel pain, to acknowledge it, to recognise it as a part of ourselves, to embrace that pain and accept it, to ultimately release it and offer it to the gods for healing as Chiron did. And of course, the gods respond – not perhaps the gods and goddesses of Rome or Athens, but the gods of human beings, the Stone Elders; Mother Earth; the Green Elders; the Star Beings; Spirit. We have connections and songlines with every aspect of universal energy which work with us to heal our woundedness. We are the stone spirits; we are the green spirits; we are Mother Earth; we are the Planetary spirits; we are the stellar spirits. We are indivisible from the all-pervasive, unconditional love of the Universe which permeates everything in this and other galaxies. And all of these stand ready to offer us assistance as we walk our talk, talk our walk. All we need to say is: “Help me!”

Chiron energy actually offers us a bright light to illuminate our spiritual journey by returning to our hearts and our souls, to our community of spirit, to open up to all avenues of healing which step forward to offer us help. Being able to accept help is a key ingredient of Chiron – he asked for help from the gods when he was wounded and his cry was heard and answered. In today’s
society, too often we are offered the perspective of “I”, or the individual, as opposed to “we” and the collective. And we are the poorer for the model of living which sees us as separate instead of part of the greater whole. When we embrace healing, we radiate it to others, whether we take the path of healing work or simply living with love, forgiveness and compassion in our daily lives.

My own feeling is that ALL stone spirits relate to Chiron, but below are some of those I caretake who have stepped forward to offer their services. I have to say I am always interested in their choice of placement. My head often tells me to place a stone spirit where I think it ought to go, but the spirit is quite firm in going to an area my head would never consider. I always go by the
direction a stone spirit gives my heart.

Qualities:
Collective wisdom; healing of the spirit; disability; ability; pain; renewal; balance; acceptance; giving; receiving; ancestral roots; community roots; earth healing; rootedness in Mother Earth; wisdom; finding one’s path in life; feeling lost; patience; tolerance; impatience; aloneness; solitude; disconnection; connection; woundedness; soul retrieval.

Body: Balance; listening; pain; dissonance; rigidity; release; tenderness; sensitivity; discord; accord; connection.
Crystals: Green fluorite; Earth Mama; Goddess Stone; Red Jasper; Tube Jasper; Bull Canyon Tube Jasper; Fairy Stone Concretions; Bloodstone; Brecciated Jasper

Mind:

Muddle-headedness; stubbornness; openness; headaches; clarity of thought and intention; disconnection; schizophrenia; aimlessness; purpose.
Crystals: Ajoite; Papagoite; Vera Cruz Amethyst; Amber; Watermelon Tourmaline; Blue Lace Agate; Galaxyite; Astrophyllite

Heart:

Rootlessness; lack of nurturing; heart dissonance; circulation problems; coldness; warmth; compassion; tolerance; intolerance; hard-heartedness.
Crystals: Larimar; Rose Quartz Elestial; Peruvian Rhodochrosite Crystals; Gwindel Quartz; Cuprite; Peridot; Earth Angel

Soul:

Songlines; wisdom; truth; unconditional love; compassion; humility.
Crystals: Purpurite; Papagoite; Namibian Rose Quartz; Chiastolite; Angelite; Stigmata
Obsidian.

Spirit:

Great Spirit; forgiveness; love; timelessness; infinity.
Crystals: Pipestone; Pink Danburite; Girasol; Faden Quartz; Citrine; Tibetan Quartz; Chiastolite; Seraphinite.

This dance with Chiron has been prolonged. The big lesson for me has been introspection; patience; listening; understanding. Healing is not a process which can be run to order from the head. It requires openness and a willingness to wait until the healing gates open in their own sweet time and in their own sweet way. I hope the gates of healing swing open for you all as and when you need them. And I know that you will have the wisdom and courage to walk through them to the healing light shining for you on the other side of the gateway.

Astrology 6: Neptune & Pluto

NEPTUNE

I have a small set of cards which I bought years ago on which are reflective words such as “Love”, “Detachment”, “Wisdom”, etc., and I pull out one of these cards first thing in the morning to ponder and reflect over the word that emerges and see its relationship to my daily life.

When I started moving towards reflection on Neptune, I kept pulling out “Humility”. It helped me realize that “humility” is the catchphrase for Neptune because it is an energy which leads us into Divinity. Here we lose our attachment to ego and earthly desires and connect with the unknown. We encounter submergence – submission, submersion, transcendence – a sinking below the waves of earthly desires to surrender to the Light within and to co-dance with the Light of The Beloved.

This helped me understand Neptunian energy better as it was a bit like wrestling with a shapeshifter to start with, to grapple with an elusive illusion which slipped away like a dream does in the morning when we awaken and forget the visions of the night as soon as we open our eyes. You can’t pin Neptune down, it is a nebulous energy which permeates all aspects of our being and pulls us towards union with The Great Mystery and release of the illusion of separation.

Neptune calls us to a spiritual death, to leave our old path of ego and control, to let go of that which is no longer of use to our spiritual journey, and to start afresh with practical mysticism to truly feed and nourish our hearts and souls. Just remember too though that Neptune can also lead to illusion, deception and deceit as it casts mists around the truth and can lead us into the whirlpools of wishful thinking rather than clarity of vision.

Neptune takes 165 years to orbit the sun and spends roughly 14 years in each astrological house. It has been transiting Aquarius since 1998 and completes this transit in 2012. So the energy of this planet plays out slowly in our consciousness and influences generations due to its long-lasting and profound effects. Thus at present there has been an upsurge in interest in spiritual matters, for freedom, equality and for peace, and in taking responsibility for our own power and recognizing that Divine Light is in everything and everyone on and within Mother Earth. Neptune inspires us to open our hearts and embrace compassion and humanity as a whole.

Some of this spiritual searching is disconnected from the Earth, ungrounded if you will. This represents Neptune’s energies of illusion, and so is impractical and inspired by wishful thinking and ego, an example of the negative effects of Neptune, but nevertheless a search for higher understanding. Conversely, we are also witnessing the misuse of power, the surrender of power, feelings of powerlessness, turning off, sedation through the glitz and glamour of TV, celebrity cults, etc, closed hearts in relation to the people of other nations, and so on. We are imbalanced when we try to control our world and other people. We are in balance when we release control, allow the flow of universal energy and recognize that none of us can be the Pied Piper for other people, they have their own path to walk as we have ours. We can do this when we surrender to Divine Love and realize that we are an incontrovertible part of the great Web of the Universe as are all other energies in the galaxy.

Neptune is the 10th planet in our solar system, one which to me, numerologically, relates to the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new: 1+ 0 = 1. The sign of the God of the Sea represents the metamorphosis from the cycle we’ve experienced in the Sun, Moon, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus to the spiral of illumination, transcendence, enlightenment, expanding
our consciousness into a graceful, spirit dance with All That Is. Conversely of course, we may seek to avoid the Grand Vision of Neptune by turning to delusion, fantasy, aimlessness, seeking a high in drug addiction, to feed our earthly desires rather than surrender to Great Spirit.

However, for me, I don’t see Neptune carrying his trident just as an ornament – it’s to poke us into an awareness based on our connection with Mother Earth and not an awareness which is off into the wide, blue yonder capable of stuff all without the grounding of connection with the Mother who nurtures us. Neptune, through the oceans he rules, allows us to dive into submergence of the watery depths of emotion, inspiration, dreams and vision while ensuring we are capable of walking our walk and talking our talk on our life’s journey.

When this beautiful, blue, mysterious, giant planet way out in the Universe moves into retrograde mode – where its orbit in relation to Earth’s orbit makes it look as if it is going backwards – Neptune asks us to enjoy slowness and mystic envisioning – to reflect upon the preceding period and to consider how we have followed our dreams and visions. It is a time to embrace your dreams, visions, inspiration, creativity and artistic inspiration.

For me, the stone spirits of Larimar, Chrysocolla, Papagoite, Fairy Stone Concretions, Aquamarine and Amazonite embody Neptune’s subtle, swirling energies where we can let go, submerge ourselves in All That Is and trance dance with inspiration and The Great Mystery. Of all these planets, when we consider Neptune, I feel we each of us need to listen to its energies to bring forth the dance of inspiration with those stone spirits which are waiting to hold us by the hand and warm our hearts as we soar into Neptune’s spiritual spiral.

Qualities:

Transcendence; illusion; inspiration; vision; dreaming; glitz; glamour; smoke and mirrors; enlightenment; submission; humility, ego, addictions – drugs, shopping, etc; mystical experience; subconsciousness; visions; ungroundedness; delusion; faith; trust; hope; hunches; supernatural; occult; creative artistry; idealism; philanthropy; selfishness; hoarding; bondage; freedom.

Body: Addictions; out of body; movement; dance; yoga; purposeful action; shapeshifting; directionless; lack of boundaries; healthy boundaries.

Crystals: Black Tourmaline; Jet; Pink & White Calcite; Green Tourmaline; Chrysanthemum Stone; Red Jasper; Pietersite.

Mind: Inspiration; vision; artistic inspiration; procrastination; hypochondria, schizophrenia; insanity; delusion; wishful thinking; spiritual purpose & focus; emptiness as in Zen meditation; occult.
Crystals: Clear Fluorite; Kimberlite; Turitella Agate; Carnelian; Turquoise; Inca Jade; Congolese Gwindel Faden.

Emotion:

Bliss; depression; euphoria; black mood; disillusionment; happiness; deception; fog.
Crystals: Blue Vivianite; Mother’s Heart; Watermelon Tourmaline; Pearl; Opal.

Heart: Love; openness; embrace of all; fear; surrender to the Divine; sensitivity; resistance; separation; healing; release; sacrifice; identification with humanity as a whole; release of ego.
Crystals: Plum Quartz; Brandberg Amethyst; Dioptase; Peruvian Rhodochrosite Crystals; Papagoite; Malachite.

Soul:

Transcendence; connection with the Divine; connection to the Great Mystery

Crystals: Elestial Quartz; Scolecite; Staurolite; Fairy Stone Concretions; Pezzotaite; White Spirit Quartz

Spirit:

Love; mystery; trust; faith; hope; surrender; submergence.
Crystals: Blue Hemimorphite; Plancheite; Lapis Lazuli; Angelite; Amazonite; Azurite; Petalite.

That’s it for Neptune, folks. I invite you to climb onto a high diving board, take a deep breath and dive into the depths of Neptune to swim and dive with the dolphins, whales and other watery creatures to submerge yourself in vision, ecstasy and dreaming. But as you frolic in the watery depths, keep your eyes open for the caverns and canyons of Mother Earth below the waves so you keep grounded and practical as well as inspired and visionary.

PLUTO
Pluto is all about our shadow selves, our fears, our deepest held prejudices, our negative beliefs about ourselves – all the so-called junk we stuff down and pretend doesn’t exist within us. Having flung ourselves into the Universe with Neptune, embracing our intuition and creativity, we collide with all the deeply held shadow side and fears which hold us back and which we need to embrace before we can move forward into the wholeness of our inner light. Often the Underworld is truly hidden from our gaze, the release of the shadows from our subconscious is often accompanied by massive dislocation, upset and upheaval as the tsunami of release hits our conscious shores.

More than that, we are called to embrace the past in the form of our Ancestors – to re-connect with them, to surrender to their loving assistance and kindness, to reconnect with our ancestral heritage and live with our roots deep into where we came from spiritually speaking and deep within where we are now – co-habiting with Mother Earth and all other sentient beings here and in the wider Universe.

I found it interesting that a while back astronomers junked Pluto as a planet, saying it wasn’t a “real” planet. Hmmmm. This to me is a reflection of our desires not to go into the Underworld of ourselves – whether internally or externally – and face up to what we consider the “not so nice” bits and pieces. This dumping of Pluto as a planet came about at a time when we are facing global warming, global warfare, social dislocation, and so much more chaos in various places. We are being called to powerlessness by appeals to fear and hatred around the world. In this respect, let’s remember that Pluto was discovered in 1930 when the world started lurching towards the Plutonian energy of Hitler and people giving their power away to one individual and not taking responsibility for their own actions.

Yet this planet is about light and dark, good and bad, peace and war and yes, our own inner conflict with all these aspects which are reflected in the outer world. Unlike in earlier times where resistance to Hitler was slow to manifest, the use of Plutonian power now – regardless of where it manifests – is being met with people reclaiming their power and refusing to kneel at the altar of fear and ignorance. The world – through the vast advances in communication systems – is a much smaller place and powerfulness is nurtured by our growing awareness not just of facilities such as the Internet but of our interconnection not as citizens of individual countries but as beings of light connected to the magnificent web of love permeating every atom of our beloved Universe.

This is not just in the external world. Within we internalise fears from our childhood and later life, all the judgements we make about ourselves or the judgments of others we’ve taken on board. In doing so, we disrupt our own glimmer of light in the galactic web. We’re meant to shine brightly as a meaningful link in this web. As such, Pluto is a clarion call to embrace our own power wherever we are in the inner and outer worlds, whether in big or small ways. Ignore Pluto at your peril!

Pluto to me is characterised by The Tower in the Tarot, the point where, in order to advance, you need to let go or be forced into letting go – to de-construct yourself, surrender to the forces of upheaval and disruption, of digging deep into the shadowy depths, of acknowledging your fears, bringing them into the light to face them, and re-constructing yourself as the next step into the spiral of growth that is just beginning. It’s much like people who’ve lost all their possessions in a fire – they emerge with nothing in material terms but with a clean slate and with the amazing knowledge that they are alive, with no baggage, embarking on a life which has – literally – been cleansed by fire.

It’s no surprise that plutonium is part of the nuclear energy cycle which is so massively explosive. Pluto explodes into our lives to crunch us, chew us up, urge us to give up our bones free of the flesh which conceals them, get cleansed by the vultures of the light and dawn and day, and emerge afresh, sparkling clean, eyes bright, ready to prance down the Yellow Brick Road on our path to greater treasures waiting to be revealed.

To return to the world situation, for example, Plutonian energies as exercised by someone such as Hitler in general generate awareness not of giving one’s power away but taking one’s power back to stand in one’s own sense of ethics, justice and responsibility. So as darkness and chaos seem to reign, the other side of the coin is the upsurge in interest and awareness of healing the earth, working with compassion and tolerance, working for peace, organising to live lightly with this wonderful Mother Earth that supports us so wonderfully.

In hauling our shadow side to view, in helping us embrace all aspects of ourselves and integrating them into a Greater Whole, Pluto opens the way for the loss of attachment, of deep surrender to our own particular path and to the Song of the Universe chanting through our hearts and soul, to transformation and release. We are all the lighter for plunging into Plutonic energies, descending into the Underworld for deconstruction and then surfacing again for reconstruction in a world free of our fears and limitations, and welcoming us just as we are – us as unique, whole, integrated individuals with hopes, fears, light, dark, brightness, shadow, wonderful beings with eyes alight with awe and wonder as we see the Yellow Brick Road sparkling ahead of us leading us on to more mystery, adventure and soul evolution.

Qualities:
Underworld; shadows; disruption; pain; fear; deconstruction; reconstruction; mystery; release; transformation; cleansing; liberation; power; powerlessness; domination; abuse; self-empowerment; abuse of power; right use of power; unseen; sacred; subconscious; death (metaphoric); rebirth; suffering; depression; optimism; destruction; restriction; gateways; crossroads; sense of direction.

Body: Headaches; illness; nausea; pain; tension; loosening up; energy; lethargy, exercise; new health patterns.
Crystals: Wulfenite, Dogtooth Calcite; Morion Quartz; Black Melanite Garnet; Namibian Rose Quartz.

Mind: Resistance; turmoil; clogged up; foghead; clarity; direction; manipulation; obsession; decadance; serenity.
Crystals: Aurora Borealis Marble; Dreamweaver; Arkansas Shaman Stone; Wah Wah Amethyst Crystal.

Emotion:

Depression; Dark Night of the Soul; detachment; manipulation; optimism; brightness; emotional release, joy, honesty.
Crystals: Smoky Quartz with rainbows; Singing Shaman Calcite; Pink Pollucite

Heart: Confidence; meanness; hate; love; consideration; empowering others; support; bringing the sacred to light on earth; mutli-dimensional galaxy.
Crystals: Galaxyite; Green Fluorite; Fulgurite; Emerald Green Calcite; Garnet; Smoky quartz with rainbows; Starburst Nebula Stone

Soul:

Transformation; Love; Fearlessness; Courage
Crystals: Covellite; Metamorphosis Quartz; Libyan Desert Glass; Moldavite.
Spirit: The Power of Spirit; Alignment with Highest Good; Sanctity; Blessedness; Ancestral Links.
Crystals: Blue Kyanite; Metamorphosis Quartz; Proustite; Bolivian Blue Danburite.

That’s it for Pluto, folks. Good luck with your descent into the Underworld whenever it manifests, as it surely will. But just remember – the journey back to the Light makes it all worth while.

Astrology 5: Saturn & Uranus

SATURN

In the heart section of Saturn I mention cowardice and I want to explain this first of all. I dithered over this as it sounds a bit judgemental. Cowardice to me is when we ourselves know ourselves to be cowardly. It doesn’t matter what other people say, it is our own integrity which lets us know deep within whether our actions are right or not right. So in talking of cowardice, I am referring to how we ourselves view our actions. Saturn, after all, does not demand that we be stupid in our bigness, this energy also reminds us to be circumspect when the situation demands. But when we play small because of fear when we know we should stand tall, then our heart tells us if this is cowardly or not. Only we can know this and react accordingly.

It’s ironic that Saturn, the sixth planet in the system, should loom into our cosmic view just as we are ready to expand and sing our song courtesy of the majestic Jupiter. Here we are, all geared up not to play little but to play big to the cosmic fiddler waiting to start up the music of our own, individual, precious dance with life.

And then, dear people, Saturn hoves into view on our horizon – an absolutely splendid planet, taking thirty years to orbit the sun, and surrounded by beautiful rings. And there, in the rings, lies the heart of the Saturnian challenge – a vision of the greatness of our being, the explosion into our spiral to break out of our outmoded circle, but how do we ring ourselves in with our beliefs, our inner codes, our limitations, our bowing to outer authority and how do we break free by listening to our own intuitive, ethical inner voice and siren song of our hearts and souls?

Saturn, in Roman mythology, was the god of harvest. And certainly we can harvest through loving our uniqueness and listening to the Pied Piper leading us on the Magical Mystery Tour of our dance on earth. But harvesting can be a tough job, a hard taskmaster, so Saturn asks us: are we up to our own individual task on earth? What we sow, we reap, so be prepared for harvest
which comes through our own actions and for which we ourselves are responsible. No whining allowed by Saturn!

In the Tarot pack, Saturn/Satan is most often depicted as standing behind two people – a man and a woman – holding the chains around their neck. They are enchained – by Satan? Or by themselves? Saturn presents us with the challenge to release what is enchaining us, as the chains are loose and we can let go of them ourselves. When we listen to our inner authority however we may well find ourselves facing up to outer authority where sanctions may come into force or we may find ourselves in turbulent waters as we listen to our own dictates rather
than society’s dictates. We may well crash if we do crazy things in our efforts to break free but in landing on our butts, we can learn hard lessons from Saturn the taskmaster, and prepare better for our next bout of freedom-box-building.

It is common for challenges to our accepted way of thinking to occur when Saturn returns into our lives after the thirty years from when we were born, and thence another thirty years, the so-called “Saturn return”. Saturn can be seen as restrictions and limitations, but its challenge really is to recognise our own limits and boundaries, to realise what is achieveable and what isn’t, to be practical but to crash through not with the chaos of crashing willy-nilly, but with the discipline which comes with the wisdom of freedom from fear, ignorance and smashing our own personally built little box with which we constrain ourselves. As we age too Saturn reminds us of the wisdom that comes with the aging process, to honour our age and our bodies. At the same time we need to not allow ourselves to be put in the box of “old age” and constricting expectations of “golden oldies” but to realise this is indeed our golden age and we can be limitless in the dance of our Elder years.

The song which started playing in my mind when I was tuning into the energies of Saturn was: “Little Boxes” written in 1962 by Malvina Reynolds, I’ll just quote the opening lines:
“Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of tickytacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same”.

As children we are shaped by society’s rules and regulations into lookalike boxes and we need these to some degree to be able to survive and make our way in the world. But when these same rules and regulations – inherited not only from society generally but from our parents and the tribes we grow up with – limit us to living in smallness instead of our greatness, Saturn holds a mirror up to us to reflect who we are. “Do we want to remain in your box?” he asks. “Are you
happy in this box? Or is it grey and drags you down? Can you build a multi-hued, rich, rewarding box which nurtures your heart and soul?”

In Western society today we see, despite superficial prosperity and abundance, a deep sadness of the soul which is reflected in anger, violence, depression, high use of drugs – whether legal or illegal – which to me reflects the self-imposed boxes which drag us down and cause us so much spiritual conflict. To build our own structure is Saturn’s challenge. To build it with discipline and
responsibility to ourselves as spirit in a human body is Saturn’s breakthrough.

Qualities:
Structure; constriction; breakthrough; depression; maturity; ridigity; flexibility; persistence; inner authority; outer authority; rules and regulations; freedom; humbling experience; mistakes; learning; learning from mistakes; imprisonment.

Body:

Stiffness; flexibility; substance abuse; conscious diet, stretching; hunched over.
Crystals: Magnesite; White Howlite; Munjina Stone; Ruby; Obsidian; Rainbow Hematite; Mexican Fire Agate; Polish Red Zincite

Mind:
Fixed ideas; thinking outside the frame; black moods; constructive thinking; optimism; genius; inspiration.
Crystals: Rattling Moon Geode; Super Seven crystal; Mugglestone; Amblygonite; Citrine; Green Fluorite; Crocoite.

Emotions:

Depression; sadness, negativity; positivity; glumness; self-possession; cheeriness; optimism.
Crystals: Clear Fluorite; Carollite; Bronzite; Garnet; Bloodstone; Orange Calcite; Pecos Diamonds; Smoky Quartz; Ferroaxinite

Heart:

Lionhearted; courage; cowardice; shrinking violet; vulnerability; stoutheartedness; freedom to be oneself.
Crystals: Chrysanthemum stone; Emerald; Black Melanite Garnet; Nuumit; Ajoite-included Messina Quartz Crystal; Carnelian; Earth Angel;

Soul: Trust; Spiral of Learning; Universal Authority; Vision Clarity;
Crystals: Covellite; Singing Shaman Calcite; Purple Fluorite Cluster; Dreamweaver; Seraphinite; Moldavite

Spirit: Freedom; Grace; Universal Awareness.
Crystals: Celestial Diamentina Quartz; Selenite; Pink Morganite; Papagoite; Pietersite; White Pollucite; Nebula Stone

As you contemplate Saturn, you can listen to the Saturnine, constricting aspect which reflects those inner parts of ourselves which listen to our fears and call to us to shrink and play small. Or we can remember that the upside of Saturn is Saturnalia, the Roman festival which celebrated the re-birth of the sun. When we release our inner sun and honour it by being true to our own integrity, rules and authority, we still dance with Saturn but the trance dance of inspiration, of our own steps free of constraint and celebrating exuberance and the next steps of expansion.

So far, we have been looking at what are called the Inner Planets. Now we’re turning to the Outer Planets, which resonate with our unconscious energies.

URANUS
In the past couple of sections we’ve faced up to Jupiter demanding we shine our light and Saturn asking us to let go of self-imposed restrictions and to cast aside our boxes so that we can indeed step forward as the unique, individual beings we are, utterly worthy of ourselves and being here on this wonderful Mother Earth which supports us to beautifully.

So as the sides of our boxes fall apart and we step forward, Uranus soars majestically into view with an orbit which is quite different to every other planet. I’m quoting this description as it boggles my mind a bit (but that’s what Uranus is supposed to do anyway): “Other planets spin around an axis that is perpendicular to their direction of travel, but Uranus is tipped on its side and spins in the same direction as he travels, so he rolls around his orbit.”

So here is Uranus, the odd-person out in our planetary wanderings, and the conduit to the web of light which links us to all that is. Uranus calls to us to break out of old patternings, to question everything around us, to truly walk our own walk, however eccentric and different it may be, and sing our own song. When we tread that wholly individual path, we are deeply enmeshed with the unseen energy connections of the Universe – we know we are limitless beings and part of a limitless Universe.

It’s interesting to look at the mythology surrounding Uranus. Earth, represented by Gaea, produced Uranus, and then mated with him, giving birth to a race of monsters, the Titans and the Cyclopes. Uranus pushed these back down to the earth and incurred the wrath of Gaea. She made a sickle for her last-born son, Cronus, who then castrated his father. From the blood arose the Furies, and from the severed genitals flung into the sea, arose a white foam from which Aphrodite was born.

When I was tuning into Uranus and considering this myth, it struck me that this so much relates to ourselves. We castrate ourselves and bleed inside metaphorically-speaking when we internalise our furies and don’t live according to who we are but according to the box society would like us to live in so we don’t upset conventional ways of living, thinking and doing. The Titans and Cyclopes, the so-called “monsters” and the “Furies”, are really our internalized “shoulds”, “ought tos”, “musts”, “what-will-people-thinks” and all the other hedging around we do when we give our power to others and avoid placing ourselves in our rightful position with Gaia as our own God/Goddess here on earth because we embody the Great Spirit ourselves.

Uranus calls on us to recall our god-ness and goddess-ness – our goodness in other words, which is breaking the bonds of our conventions, tuning in to Aphrodite as she sings of our essence, Love, and causes us to dance joyously with our intuition and own sense of what is right in the dance of life.

We let loose with ourselves in a wild trance dance as we allow our intuition full rein to fuel our own integrity and sense of rightness and open ourselves to the miracle of Love.

Uranus reminds me of The Hanged Man in the Tarot pack, the person who is hanging upside down from a tree – rooted in the present world – but who is able to look at the world from a different, personal, unique perspective which provokes independence, freedom and rebellion. He also reminds me of The Court Jester, the courageous person in mediaeval courts, who presented the truth in new forms disguised by humour to the king or queen in order to open their minds to new ways of thinking and unpalatable truths.

I also had a vision of Uranus with winged feet and thought I was getting muddled up with Mercury. However, I’ve discovered that Uranus is considered the higher octave of Mercury, which makes a lot of sense to me. Uranus can’t be pinned down, is elusive and reflects our move to mature, independent creativity which flows from our own innate intuition rather than the strictures of society.

Now these qualities present a challenge for us because we come up against the strictures and structures of our society. It is hard to swim against the tide, to stand for your own personal god, when the current is flowing strongly in the other direction. But that is the spirit of Uranus and it resonates with the energies that were around when Uranus was first discovered. This happened in 1781 and is associated with a time of revolutions and uprisings in France and North America.

So this planetary spirit resonates with breaking the bonds of the past, embracing the new and questioning all the old rules and regulations of our inner and outer community. It represents discovery, experiments, breaking down barriers to new ways of thinking, doing and being; enlightenment. If Uranus is resonating with you, then you may feel the urge to upset your normal routine, turn your life topsy-turvy, have a good old clean-out and then, when the upheaval settles down a bit, you stick your head up for air and breathe the freshness of new air rather than the stultifying murk of old atmospheres.

At the same time as we seek to step into our personal goodness, Uranus also reminds us that being in our own power isn’t about exercising that power over others. It is about calling others into their power by shining our power responsibly by co-creation with spirit/god/goddess/Great Spirit, or whatever has a higher meaning for us. It calls us to community, to expand love into our walk and talk, to work for new structures which better serve humanity as a whole, to work for social justice, fairness and compassion.

I also want to wind up by raising a note of warning about working with Uranus or Uranian influences – respect other people and don’t pursue change for change’s sake. If you can work with Uranian energies and meld them with the framework of Saturn, you stand far more of a chance of bringing about change which respects the good of others. In other words, don’t follow the path “to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs”, because ultimately breaking eggs means damaging other human beings. It is far more effective to work towards change which carries people with you rather than invoking change which overthrows the existing order and may damage many people in the process.

Qualities:
Social justice; humanitarian issues; freedom; flower power; conservatism; hippy-ism; rules & regulations; blind obedience; innovation; discovery; anarchy; rebellion; anti-authoritarianism for its own sake; structurelessness; lack of direction; flailing around for the sake of it; imagination; intuition; radical change; wake-up calls; independence; dictatorship; slavery; unconventionality; inspiration; reform; prison, challenge to old ideas; imprisonment.

Body:

Flexibility; rigidity; looseness; athleticism; attunement to bodily needs; out of touch with bodily needs; travel; adventurousness; lack of adventure; overweight; underweight; anorexia; bulimia; obesity; balance.
Crystals: Jet; Kambaba Jasper; Earth Angel; Wonderstone; King Cobra Jasper; Arkansas Shaman Stone.

Mind:

Free thinking; originality; ideologically rigid; mindlessness; blind obedience; questioning; scientific discovery; truth; esoteric exploration; intuition; inspiration; doctrinaire; rigid thinking.
Crystals: Pipestone; Wonderstone; Witches’ Finger Quartz; Garden Quartz; Growth Interference Quartz; Metamorphosis Quartz.

Emotions:

Confidence; excitement; envy; hatred; recklessness; lack of confidence; warmth; loyalty; rigidity; happiness, unhappiness.
Crystals: Larimar; Chalcopyrite; Blue Vivianite; Mother’s Heart; Fairy Stone Concretion; Golden Apatite; Imperial Topaz.

Heart:

Jealousy; unconditional love; expansion; balanced chakra; unbalanced chakra; greed; generosity.
Crystals: Lavender Rose Quartz; Purple Jasper; Aurora Borealis Marble; Green Polish Zincite, Hematite.

Soul:

Freedom; expansion; intuition; psychic expansion.
Crystals: Staurolite; Pyrite; Silver Sheen Obsidian; Emerald; Elestial Quartz; Tanzanite; Gwindel Quartz; Fairy Stone Concretion

Spirit:

Limitlessness; joyousness; lightness; ability to soar; boundlessness.
Crystals: Libyan Desert Glass; Phenacite; Singing Shaman Calcite; Herderite; Iolite; Faden Quartz; white Tribe of Light; Fairy Stone Concretion.

So remember, folks, stick those flowers in your hair, wear a red hat, get yourselves togged up in purple and turn somersaults and cartwheels in the street. Rattle the railings. Live adventurously and alive in each and every moment.

Astrology 4: Mercury & Venus

MERCURY

Mercury, in strictly astrological terms, relates to communication in all its facets. Some of the areas which Mercury covers are talking, discussion, education, culture, the Internet, rhythm, expression, mental abilities and powers of communication.

Traditionally communication was regarded as intellectual, what went in your head, but now we’re being called to recognize Mercury’s influence on communication within and without, in overt and hidden forms, in truths and in untruths, in other words, extending its energies into every facet of our lives whether asleep or waking because we communicate in visible and invisible ways. Mercury can take us deep within to hidden truths within us to lead to freer expression of that which our soul wishes to express.

Mercury has certain periods in the year when it goes retrograde. It means that as you look at it from the Earth, it looks as if it’s going backwards, even though – obviously – it isn’t. Rationality can go out of the window. Journeys can get interrupted. Contracts can fold. Communications get stuffed up. Things get unhinged. You get unhinged.

On the other hand, you can work with Mercury retrograde in a laid-back fashion. You can give yourself extra time to do things like writing, talking, driving, making sure your computer’s up-to-date and backed up. You can consider Mercury in its evening phase and see it as a wonderful opportunity to enjoy being whacko. You can polish your sense of humour in the face of challenges and glitches. You can communicate with yourself at inner levels you might not otherwise reach or be aware of. Remember – there is no such thing as control so in a Mercury retrograde phase, let go and let things roll as the dice fall. It makes life a lot easier and you stay in good condition without any bald spots from when you pull your hair out.

Qualities:

Communication; communication screw-ups; clarity; light; darkness; speed; stuckness; Magician; Trickster; shadow side; truth; justice; lies; drivel; subterfuge; honesty; double dealing; upfront-ness; vision.

Body: Energy; direction; grounding; practicality; lack of direction; expressive movement; clumsiness; sense of direction; speediness; sportiness.
Crystals: Sunstone; Black Tourmaline; Faden Quartz; Growth Interference Quartz; Lapis Lazuli; White Howlite.

Mind: Clarity, vision, confusion, dark night of the soul; deceit; honesty; mindfulness; meditation; frustration.
Crystals: Smokey Quartz Elestials; Rainbow Fluorite; Golden Apatite; Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline)

Emotions: Depression; bright spirits; ability to communicate emotions; ability to communicate empathy; sympathy.
Crystals: Blue Calcite; Merlinite; Golden Calcite; Enhydro Quartz; Blue Kyanite; Black Kyanite

Heart: Heartfelt communication; blocked communication from the heart; subterfuge; openness; listening to intuitive responses.
Crystals: Pink Danburite; Rhodochrosite; Blue Calcite; Charoite; Seraphinite; Watermelon Tourmaline; Brazilian Blue Quartz
Soul: Communicating one’s own song; speaking the truth; integrity; wholeness; ancestral reverence.
Crystals: Libyan Desert Glass; Herkimer Diamond; Blue Vivianite Nodules
Spirit: Truth; wisdom; connection of timelessness; ancestral communication.
Crystals: Fulgurite; Clear Fluorite; Clear Calcite; Tanzanite; Angelite; Dioptase; Apophyllite with Stillbite

VENUS
When you learn to love and value yourself, you say and do what comes from the heart not from the head and an anxious need for approval. In other words, you give away powerlessness and you become powerful through the simple step of loving yourself. Good grief, the power of love! I have tucked away somewhere something that says humanity took a huge step forward with the discovery of fire. When love is rediscovered by all, a second fire will have been re-ignited. How true!

“Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfil them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Who among us, when we talk about Venus, doesn’t think of the seductive statue of Venus di Milo, Goddess of Love and Beauty. The statue is believed to have been sculpted in 130-90 BC as a tribute to Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love. It was found by accident on the small Greek island Melos in the Aegean Sea. Then there’s the beautiful Botticelli painting, The Birth of Venus, painted around 1485 for Giovanni and Lorenzi di Pierfranceso de’ Medici.

Both were created centuries apart but both are linked by successive generations’ obsession with Venus as the embodiment of love, lushness, sensuality and all things beautiful. It represents something that is at the core of us when we incarnate on Earth – love. No wonder Venus as a Goddess and embodiment of the Feminine has been venerated in various forms since time immemorial.

A modern day tribute would be the song: “What the world needs now, is Love Sweet Love”. And ain’t that the honest truth? We long for love, we seek love in appropriate and inappropriate ways, and all the paths to love lead us back to the heart as the window of our soul. This is where the essence of love lives, a spark of ever-living, ever-present Spirit within us, waiting to burst into a fire when we realize that all our searching brings us back to ourselves and the realization that all we need to do is embrace loving ourselves and everything falls into place, including love for the whole universe and everything and everyone in this great, magical adventure.

Venus strikes me as a bit of a shape shifter. She’s elusive. As children all we need to know is that we are loved and cherished whatever we do. Quite often we don’t get this reassurance from our parents and so begins our trek to learn that we are worthy of love just as we are. Venus, as the embodiment of love, flits around all over the place and leads us a merry old, convoluted dance in our lives.

Venus is the last star you see in the dawn and the first star you see at dusk. It’s a reminder that we come into this incarnation on earth to begin the journey to return to love the moment we are born, and to continue the journey until the moment we return to love in spirit when we cross over the Rainbow Bridge.

Venus is the bright energy in the sky which speaks to our hearts and really sings a song of what we all seek on earth – love. It’s such a simple concept and yet we make it so complicated here on Earth. My other vision of Venus is as a seductive flute player, who sings her elusive love songs as she lures us along in the material world, in our quest to find out just what love is.

It seems to me that so much of the dissonance in present-day societies is because we feel the lack of love, community and connection in our lives. We are commodified, presented as unworthy if we don’t have slim, beautiful bodies or aren’t in superb health or aren’t wearing the latest designer clothing or don’t have a house packed with the latest consumer items.

“Things” can’t give us love. *We* give love, to ourselves and to others when we come home to ourselves and realize that everything we seek is within us. When we know that love is at the heart of everything, we reach that feeling of peace because we finally know and acknowledge deep within us who we are and what we came into this Earth to do. Loving ourselves doesn’t simply mean being able to love others. It means we can reach out to all sentient beings and we can embrace Mother Earth for her beauty and her generosity in still extending her loving embrace to us when we recognize that she is as much a part of Divinity as we are.

As I said above, Venus is the first bright light to appear in the evening and the last bright light to fade at dawn as the sun’s rays begin to brighten the horizon. It is the second-closest planet to the sun and has a very dense atmosphere. These aspects seem to me to reflect the role of Venus in our lives – for love has a number of dual aspects. It can mean giving and receiving; selfishness and generosity; passion and obsession. Searching for love and coming to understand that we are all utterly worthy of love is reflected in the dense atmosphere of this Spirit glowing in the sky at dawn and dusk. We fight through a fog until we emerge into the light of love and the opening of our heart chakra to embrace ourselves and all that is.

Qualities:

Love; obsession; beauty; generosity; peace of heart; jealousy; selfishness; accommodation; maternal love; feminine qualities; physical body; unselfishness; caring for self; over-giving to others; lack of confidence; giving away one’s power for approval; approving of oneself without needs of others’ approval; intimacy; heart connection; art; creativity; depravity; greed; indolence; gossip; vanity; self-confidence; the unselfishness of self-love as the fount of love; self-obsession; earthiness, sensuality; attachment; release.

Body: Sensuality; abandonment; lushness; eating disorders; divorce from body; embracing body; acceptance of body; acceptance of difference; judging by difference, exhibitionism, withdrawal, love of body, love of Mother Earth.
Crystals: Bloodstone; Astrophyllite; Jet; Lepidolite; Sulphur; Witch’s Finger; Earth Mama concretion ; Blue Apatite; Mugglestone; Metamorphosis Quartz; Buddstone.

Mind: Softness; creativity; uncritical thoughts; critical thoughts; loving thoughts; appreciation of beauty; depression; radiance, balance; bi-polar.
Crystals: Rose Quartz elestial; Mexican Fire Agate; Pink Kunzite; Gem Silica; Maroon Mookaite; Goddess Stone; Unakite; Golden Apatite; Amblygonite; Ruby in Zoisite.

Emotions: Joy; hate; passion; acceptance; isolation; unhappiness; over the moon, radiance.
Crystals: Lavender Tribe of Light; Manganocalcite; Lithium-included Quartz; Pink Kunzite; Lepidolite; Wonderstone.

Heart: Love; happiness; grief; sadness; optimism; generosity; selfishness; giving; taking; release; vindictiveness.
Crystals: Dioptase; Rhodochrosite: Madagascan Rhodonite; Burmese Pink Spinel; Citrine; Ruby; Pezzotaite.

Soul: Love; unconditional love; love of the Universe for all; reconnection.
Crystals: Brandberg Amethyst; Pink Danburite; Diopside; Plancheite; Scocelite; Purperite.
Spirit: Unconditional love; universal energy; timelessness; embrace of all, eternal life.
Crystals: Quan Yin Fluorite; Rose Quartz crystals; Clear Pollucite; Cookeite; White Tribe
of Light; Celestite.

Astrology 3: Elements & Qualities –

When you check your chart out, and as you’ll see for Sun signs above, you’ll notice that each sign belongs to an element: fire; earth; air; and water.
*Leo, Sagittarius and Aries are fire signs. Full of energy and enthusiasm. Eager to create and express their aims and goals.

*Libra, Gemini and Aquarius are air signs. Rational, thinking, looking for knowledge and communication.

*Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus are earth signs. These are earthy, as the name suggests, practical, steady and stable. They are practical and are involved with material matters.

*Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio are water signs. These are feeling and sensitive signs, emotional, and may involve psychic qualities.

If you’re interested in looking more closely at your chart, you can also find out whether you have a preponderance or lack of any of these signs in your chart, or whether you balance out across the elements.

Qualities
Finally,  each Sun sign has a quality: cardinal, fixed or mutable.

Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are cardinal signs.

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed signs.

And Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are mutable signs.
Cardinal signs like to be active, to charge, take action, show leadership.
Fixed signs like things to be stable, they can be stubborn but are persistent and get things done.
Mutable signs, as the name suggests, are adaptable to circumstances, are more people oriented and are able to initiate compromise.

So while a cardinal sign will take action and do the leadership thing, fixed signs will go on to do the hard yakka of what cardinal signs set in motion, while mutable signs will organize the cooperation of the work, the communication and the adaptation so that everyone can work together and see the project through to fruition without descending into fisticuffs.

Astrology 2: Sun, Moon & Earth

THE MOON

The Moon, for me, represents my maternal ancestral lines and all the wonderful memories I have of my maternal grandmother. The Moon reminds me of dreams, mysteries, inner work and the sweetness of the sea of emotions. She also reminds me of the splendour of the Universe when I watch her riding in the sky with her cool light and mysterious disappearances behind the clouds.

The Moon dances in us as the fluids in our bodies resonate with the Dark Moon, the New Moon and the Full Moon. Her subtle power flows through the rivers, seas and oceans which rise and fall according to her ebbs and flows. When you live in the Mediterranean, it’s a surprise to see the lack of tide in this mainly inland sea as you realise how we take high and low tides for granted.

Communities and civilisations throughout history have venerated the Moon, flowing with her energies at earth level and dancing with her night light as they listen to the flow of the Universe’s energies.

Below I’ve listed the qualities of the Moon as I experience her, as well as crystals which I personally associate with moon energies. Other crystals may seem more appropriate for you, go with our intution not with my choices!

Qualities:
Feminine energies; maiden, woman & crone; Triple Goddess; mystery; dreams; shadows; darkness; moods; dreams; shadows; darkness; ebb & flow. Moon goddesses are: Selene; Artemis; Arienhrod; Cerridwen; Diana; Ix Chel, Marwu, to name but a few. (If you do a search on the Internet, you’ll see how many communities throughout history have recognised and venerated the power of Grandmother Moon).
Body: Menstruation/Moontimes; slowness; fluid flow; sleep; rising energy; stable energy; connection to Earth’s rhythms.
Crystals: Moonstone; Holey stones; Chiastolite; Smoky Elestial Quartz; Labradorite; Sacred Web Calcite; Turitella Agate.
Emotions: Happiness; sadness; optimism; pessimism; elation; quiet time, lunacy, elation, shadow self.
Crystals: Moonstone; Witches’ Finger Quartz; Golden Apatite; Citrine; Girasol; Blue Topaz; Rattling Moon Geode.
Heart: Lightness; darkness; flow of love; tolerance; passion; obession; balance.
Crystals: Moonstone; Ruby in Zoisite; Thulite; Peruvian Rhodochrosite; Pink Danburite; Carollite; Rose Quartz crystals.

Soul: Inner light; ancestral lineage; inner power; inner wisdom, grace.
Crystals: Moonstone; Brandberg Amethyst; Pyrite Moon; Cave Pearl; Libyan Desert Glass; Clear Fluorite; Herkimer Diamond; Celestite.
Spirit: Expression of Feminine Divine; yin energy expressed; interconnectedness of all; grace.
Crystals: Moonstone; Cave Pearl; Kunzite; Vera Cruz Amethyst; Selenite; Scocelite, Quan Yin Fluorite, Clear Danburite; Herkimer Diamond; Vera Cruz Amethyst Cross Quartz; Kyanite in Matrix.

THE SUN

The Sun in our life radiates light, life, energy and radiance. It is associated with creativity, joyfulness, confidence, affection and being open-hearted. The Sun represents our identity and our “here and now”. It offers our purpose and our sense of direction in life. It is what you are, how you act. It also represents your masculine energies and your father relationship – how you father yourself and how you relate to your own father.

I was actually quite amused when I first started writing this section as initially it contained very little information about the sun. This relates to the fact that I had a very difficult relationship with my own father, something I’ve resolved now but which did lead to some challenges for me in my life.

Qualities:
Masculine energies; heat; light; drama; circles; fire; brilliance; creativity; ego; stubbornness; get-up-and-go; drive; yang; burn-out. Some sun gods are: Ra; Apollo; Surya; Amun; Helios.
Body: Energy; drive; enthusiasm; activity; inactivity; purpose; direction
Crystals: Astrophyllite; Sunstone; Pipestone; Garnet; Carnelian; Aragonite; Amber; Madagascar Rhondonite.

Mind: Concentration; inspiration; insight.
Crystals: Libyan Desert Glass; Pyrite Moon; Sunstone; Vanadinite; Metamorphosis Quartz; Amber

Emotions
Optimism; black moods; cheerfulness; friendliness; withdrawal; depression; sweetness.
Crystals: Sunstone; Witches’ Finger Quartz; Carollite; Mexican Fire Agate; Galena
Heart: Love; Faithfulness; Loyalty; Jealousy; Possessiveness; Affection.
Crystals: Burmese Pink Spinel; Sunstone; Ruby; Black Melanite Garnet; Malachite;
Pietersite; Fuchsite; Cuprite

Soul: Inspiration; Courage; Light; Ancestral Lineage; Vision; galactic songlines.
Crystals: Sunstone; Herkimer Diamond; Sunstone; Aurora Borealis Marble; Polish Red
Zincite; Tangerine Quartz; Phenakite; Stibnite.

Spirit: Unconditional love; angelic energies; forgiveness; service with a smile; benevolent father energy; timelessness;
Crystals: Sunstone; African Selenite Rose; Fulgurite; Pyrite; Star Hollandite Quartz; Staurolite; Shiva Lingham Stone

THE EARTH

The strength of a society lies in its spiritual sense of self. It seems to me, in this context, that our disconnection from this planet comes through living in what Malidoma Patrice Some has called “machine society”. It is leaving more and more of us with an emptiness that is so glaring that our soul pain is pushing us into working to resolve it, even if we don’t know the resolution when we start on this quest for inner peace.

I know, from my own experience, that my first forays into the little glimmers of light leading to a new path led me right off the planet – lots of blue and purple clothing (you know, to show how spiritual I was), disdain for the “lower chakras” and all that earth stuff, and lots of airy-fairy flighty stuff. The path back to the Earth has been tortuous to say the least, but the lesson
for me is not that we follow the path back to ourselves and our sense of self through quitting the planet, its following the path TO the Earth which actually leads us to wholeness.

We share the pain of Planet Earth and her damaged self because we ourselves are so damaged when we are disconnected from any sense of this wonderful Earth beneath us. Her pain calls to our pain, and in healing ourselves we are heeding the call from Mother Earth to take steps towards healing the wonderful planet which nurtures, sustains and supports us.

Mother Earth welcomes us with open arms when we emerge from the womb, opening her heart to us with generosity and goodwill. My own feelings are that we are here to learn the lessons of living in a practical, grounded way which leads us in a labyrinth to the core of Mother Earth – love, the ability to see spirit in everything on Mother Earth including the Great Mother, and returning home to love in our hearts and souls.

In an internet search I did for Goddesses, I came upon Mother Earth as the Goddess of spring sunlight, summer life, autumn harvest and winter retreat; of huge storms and cyclones; of balmy summer breezes; of energizing spring days; of harvest-saving rain; of destruction and salvation. What a great teacher the Great Mother is.

Qualities:
Love; juiciness; birth; death; re-birth; grounding; space; growth; restriction; fear; strength; courage; helplessness; power; lessons; ignorance; healing; dis-ease; peace; war; conflict; repose; expansion; contraction.

Body: Birth; maturity; death (re-birth); growth; earthiness; solidity; grounding; direction; tribal links; wisdom; ignorance; action; cycles; security; energy.
Crystals: Cave Pearl; Clear Quartz; Tiger Iron; Obsidian; Ochre; Mochi Marbles; Galena; Black Tourmaline; Bloodstone; Petrified Wood.

Mind: Focus; Clarity; Fogginess; Practicality.
Crystals: Cave Pearl; Clear Quartz; Smoky Quartz; Unakite; Turitella Agate; Malachite; Blue John; Danburite

Emotions: Confidence; insecurity; doubt; depression; optimism; sadness; joy; love; grief; colour, fear; courage.
Crystals: Cave Pearl; Clear Quartz; Pink Pollucite; Plum Quartz; Lithium-included Quartz; Earth Mama; Peridot Elestial

Heart: Love; hate; peace; doubt; forgiveness; goodness; grief; sense of community; loyalty, betrayal.
Crystals: Cave Pearl; Clear Quartz; Pink Danburite; Indian Black Amethyst; Turquoise; Mother’s Heart; Dioptase; Strawberry (Pink and White) calcite; Watermelon Tourmaline

Soul: Eternal life; love; compassion; spirit realm connectivity; earth deva connectivity
Crystals: Turquoise; Clear Quartz; Cave Pearls; Goddess Stone; Emerald Green Calcite; Rose
Quartz elestials; Sugilite.

Spirit: Eternal Life; divinity; radiance; universal web of life; unity of Spirit.
Crystals: Earth Angel; Danburite; Amethyst; Rose Quartz crystals; Rainbow Hematite; Charoite; Phenacite

Astrology 1: Sun Signs – Potential & Pratfalls

Please remember that your Sun sign is only one aspect of you – check out your Ascendant and Moon signs to get a better picture of the sum of you. But also remember that astrology is incredibly complex – get a full reading if possible to get a sense of the whole of you astrologically.

Sun Signs – Potential & Pratfalls

Each Sun sign has potential you can live up to, in which case you are working with your inner power to positive effects. Conversely, each Sun sign has pratfalls, which are diversions, cul-de-sacs and dead-ends of negative expression of your energies. We need to be realistic about this. Sometimes we’re going to live up to our highest potential, and sometimes we’re going to go down into the depths and that’s where you have your pratfalls. But that’s life. It’s not easy. It has by-ways and highways so go easy on yourself if you’ve diverted into a pratfall, pick yourself up and resume your cheerful pursuit of your potential! (I have also mixed up nouns and adjectives below, my apologies, but I’m sure you’ll cope).

ARIES Around 21 March – around 20 April(Fire, Cardinal):
Potential: Drive, ambition, determination, power, courage, leadership, fiery, dynamic, idealism, positive, enthusiastic, extrovert, adventurous.
Pratfalls: Bully, cruelty, egotistical, tyrant, self-aggrandizement, self-centered, greedy, insensitive, selfish, foolhardy.

TAURUS Around 21 April – around 20 May (Earth, Fixed):
Potential: Steady, practical, loyal, strong, sensual, caring, loving, sharing, nurturing, patient, persistent, steadfast, dependable, kind, warm-hearted.
Pratfalls: Rigid, narrow, possessive, selfish, brutal, materialistic, suspicious, arrogant, superficial, full of rage, stuck in old ways or relationships, jealous.

GEMINI Around 21 May – around 21 June (Air, Mutable):
Potential: Smart, quick-thinking, charming, witty, adaptable, curious, intelligent, gregarious, fun-loving, quixotic, great communications, focused, mercurial.
Pratfalls: Duplicitous, nervous, tense, cunning, emotionally cold, ruthless, ambivalent, childish, scattered, shallow, ungrounded.

CANCER Around 22 June – around 23 July (Water, Cardinal)
Potential: Sensitive, compassionate, generous, kind, loving, intuitive, sympathetic, conscientious, joyful, enthusiastic, forgiving, giving, introverted.
Pratfalls: Self-centered, perfectionist, critical, fearful, isolationist, insecure, angry, resentful, indecisive, controlling, touchy, prone to depression, bears grudges, moody.

LEO Around 24 July – around 23 August (Fire, Fixed)
Potential: Enthusiastic, dynamic, loyal, generous, sunny, intelligent, charming, fearless, leaders, energetic, loving, humorous, expansive, extrovert, warm-hearted, broad-minded.
Pratfalls: Tense, driven, overachieving, temperamental, stressed, black moods, bossy, patronizing, compulsive, overbearing, lethargic, fear of failure, insensitive, self-centred.

VIRGO Around 24 August – around 23 September (Earth, Mutable)
Potential: Visionary, modest, healing abilities, disciplined, positive, conscientious, artisan, reliable, responsible, trustworthy, perfectionist, discriminating, systematic.
Pratfalls: Jealous, obsessive, narrowness, inverted, fearful, bland, fearful, indecisive, critical, fussy, worrier.

LIBRA Around 24 September – around 23 October (Air, Cardinal):
Potential: Diplomatic, charming, creative, intelligent, pleasure-oriented, harmonious, conciliatory, artistic, communicator, sense of symmetry, peaceable, logical.
Pratfalls: Indecisive, self-critical, unbalanced, manipulative, self-indulgent, insecure, undisciplined, anxious, gullible, easily influenced, gives power away to others, fearful.

SCORPIO Around 24 October – around 22 November (Water, Fixed)
Potential: Deep, sensitive, sexual, powerful, self-masterful, self-renewal, warrior spirit, heroic, joyful, passionate, intense, determined, magnetic.
Pratfalls: Vengeful, cold, ruthless, moody, depressive, controlling, secretive, obsessive, compulsive, jealous, obstinate.

SAGITTARIUS Around 23 November – around 21 December (Fire, Mutable)
Potential: Adventurous, optimistic, philosophic, humorous, idealist, generous, spiritual, expansive, freedom-loving, humanitarian, generous, exuberant, passionate, truth-seeking.
Pratfalls: Impulsive, over-optimistic, unrealistic, tactless, directionless, undisciplined, scatterbrained, self-pitying, restless.

CAPRICORN Around 22 December – around 20 January (Earth, Cardinal)
Potential: Patient, persistent, highly organized, diligent, tenacious, ambitious, disciplined, serious, dependable, loyal, devoted, tasteful, pragmatic, prudent.
Pratfalls: Tyrannical, materialistic, compulsive, tactless, insensitive, unthinking, social-climber, insecure, rigid thinker, miserly.

AQUARIUS Around 21 January – around 19 February (Air, Fixed)
Potential: Utopian, idealistic, humanitarian, visionary, freedom-loving, eccentric, genius, independent, individualistic, original, inventive, honest, inventive.
Pratfalls: Aloof, detached, out of touch, lunatic, unfocused, naïve, escapist, narcissistic, cold, irresponsible, violent, irrational, intractable.

PISCES Around 20 February – around 20 March (Water, Mutable)
Potential: Psychic, healer, emotional, romantic, compassionate, sympathetic, idealistic dreamer, visionary, intuitive, caretaker, artistic, imaginative, selfless.
Pratfalls: Self-delusionary, over-sensitive, escapist, addictive, ungrounded, impractical, enabler, martyr, easily led, weak-willed.

Own Your Life – Sing Your Body Electric! (65)

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Nobody has the wrong chart. There are no bad charts. Your chart tells you how to live. And your chart makes you a solemn promise. It describes a life that, if you live it more or less successfully, you will conclude it with a smile on your face. You will lie on your deathbed feeling, “I nailed it. I did what I came here to do.”

There is no greater victory in this world than that. And that is the vow your birthchart makes to you. If you trust anything in this world, let it be that.”

Stephen Forrest, The Book of Neptune

I’ve taken some time getting back with this post as I’ve been working through some major changes in my life, sparked off by reading the above book. Neptune is in my first house, which is about yourself and your life. As Astrology.com put its: “the First House speaks to the person we are becoming and will become, both internally and externally. It addresses our personality and presentation to the world, our essential qualities, approach to life, demeanor and basic sensibilities. The inner self and outer body are what the First House is all about.”

Neptune is the planet of illusions, magic, dreams, visions – all that appears to be yet vanishes in mists and swirling whirlpools of what may be and what isn’t.  In other words, Neptune – which is pretty close to my Ascendant – is the part of me which can go out into the Universe, which senses magic, which is open to the fae and other unseen energies, which can sense the energies of trees, and through which I can read people and feel their emotions.

For most of my life I was unaware of how this planet has worked – I have tended to be all things to all people, to drift into actions and activities rather than make decisive decisions about my life’s directions, to be ungrounded and ready to move house at the drop of a hat.

I do have one exception to that pattern – when I bumped synchronistically into my now husband one Friday night, knew he was the one, and we moved in together than very evening!

But I drifted into the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) more by osmosis than firm decision-making. It suited my social justice tendencies. Similarly, I drifted into the position of Vice-Chair by the choice of others rather than my own decision-making and I stayed there more by default because it pleased others more than it pleased me.  I was reliable, conscientious and steady because people then liked me and it didn’t rock the boat.

Until 1996, that is, when I quit the Party and began my journey with crystals, Reiki, healing, astrology, art and teaching – a really decisive action on my part which I still find quite amazing and also empowering.

But reading Stephen Forrest’s book has also made me realise that I’ve been writing about my life because others wanted me to.  And it’s really begun to drag me down, I’m having to force myself to write to please others. Now I want to please myself – to feel I’m living in accord with my inner wants and needs as I’m 68 and really don’t know how many more years I’ve got up my sleeve!

So, twenty years after I switched to the metaphysical side of my life and began to honour the strands of my astrological heritage from the galaxy, I’m now taking another decisive action – this is my final post!  I want and need to focus on my digital art because, here in North Cyprus, I have reconnected with nature, with the fairy elements of this world, with the power of trees and with the messages from the unseen forces around us. And boy, is this really Neptunian!

If you are interested, below is a link to a series of videos I made about astrology and connecting with the various elements.  I shall also continue posting material from my e-book on Mandalas, Crystals and Astrology, which you may find of use.

So there we go – from me, it’s adios, hasta la vista, ciao and all that stuff.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey as I’ve enjoyed your comments. I wish you a life which fuels your body, mind and spirit electric. May you live out your galactic heritage and may you, as Stephen Forrest says, at the end of your life feel you’ve lived well, with love and are at peace.

 

 

Singing the Stars to Earth, aka Nerdy Geeks & Geeky Nerds (63)

Singing the Stars to Earth

Singing the Stars to Earth

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. – Vincent van Gogh

(If you’re interested in astrology, I’d like to recommend two reports by Liz Greene, a well-known astrologer, at Astrodienst. One is the Psychological Horoscope and the second is Career and Vocation. Astrodienst has software which somehow knocks up all the ingredients of your birth sign, date of birth and time of birth into reports which make you feel someone’s seen deep inside of you and brought all your secrets and characteristics into the light of day. They aren’t dirt cheap but they’re a great investment. In addition, The Astrological Houses, by Howard Sasportas, is easy to read and makes astrological understanding of your own natal chart pretty simple to understand.)

If you want facts, figures, all sorts of odd bits and pieces of knowledge, recommendations about books to read, technie internet stuff – I’m you’re girl.

But if you want practical stuff done, plants grown, letters mailed in the post, housework up to date and no dust – I’m sorry, I’ll pass and you’ll have to find someone else for that.

In astrological terms I have 10 air signs, 4 water signs, 2 fire signs and no earth. Which explains the airhead part of me and the total bollocks at practical stuff part of me.

I was a nerd/geek before the terms was invented. I used to love going to the Ramsgate library where I started off in the children’s section before gravitating at a later age to the adult section. I adored the smell of books when you walked into the library, I’d inhale that scent as if it was created by Dior.

At the primary school Catholic Convent I was the Great Bright Hope of passing the 11+ exam and going to grammar school or to the adult convent. Since I hated the convent with a passion, the local grammar school, Clarendon House, was a no brainer for me.

I loved books, reading, learning, studying, absorbing facts and figures and foreign languages.  I was always first or among the top three at primary and grammar school. And I was very lucky to attend an all-girls grammar school where academic achievement was encouraged and praised. I flourished right through to my Advanced Level GCE’s. University was a lot tougher as I was suddenly mixing with clever and very clever students but I held my own.

So my life until I graduated from University with a 2:1 Joint Honours in French, German, French & German translating & interpreting, and German and French politics and economics was nose to the grindstone and head stuck in a book.  It was a hell of a shock to exit the academic atmosphere at the age of twenty-three and suddenly find a real world existed outside of the halls of learning.

It never occurred to me to question how I function until I came into contact with astrology. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m really rather partial to this very elegant system of understanding yourself and others.  It makes sense of how we manifest ourselves on earth – we are unique individuals, cast from the stars, we bring the stars down into our lives and breathe their energies out into the way we progress upon our paths on this lovely planet of ours.

Most people look at astrology as the sun signs published in daily newspapers, but it’s a lot more complex.  I am not going into all the intricacies because you can explore that yourself if you’re interested. I want to offer some simple comments from my own experience which, perhaps, might prompt you to do some of your own exploring of astrology and its role in explaining yourself and your own life.

I also want to stress that my interpretation of astrology is my very own, probably idiosyncratic, so to any astrologers who might happen to read this and differ from my own views – please don’t get your knickers in a twist, this is how it works for me so this is how I’m going to explain it.

Going  back to nerdy me, I have written all my life. I wrote stories back in primary school. I wrote stories in grammar school. I wrote stories at University. I have written stories in the good, bad and indifferent times of my life. It’s been the bane of my life that people call me a know-all but it’s because I absorb facts, figures and information, store them in my brain and can regurgitate that information really, really easily.

And I cannot not write.

Yet I took this gift for granted. It was so natural to me, I simply didn’t realise that writing isn’t easy for lots of other people. But when I started learning a bit about astrology, I got to understand myself a whole heap more, and also to understand my husband.

I have posted below a general overview of the houses in astrology, plus my own natal chart. In his book, The Astrological Houses, Howard Sasportas provides a brief, insightful summary of how astrology works:  “the planets show what is happening, the signs how it is happening, and the houses where it is happening.”

For me, the great majority of planets are bunched in air signs with three connecting into what is called a Grand Trine, and this Grand Trine compels me to communicate. I’m a gabster. I talk, I write, I communicate because it’s what the stars are offering via my own little miracle on earth.

I’m not special. We are all of us miracles on earth, which is what makes life on this planet so interesting. If you have a look at my husband’s astrological profile, he has 9 fire signs, 3 earth, 3 water and 1 air sign.  He is on the go all the time, energetic, impatient, fires up very quickly but then it’s all over. He’s a leader, a soldier (was in the British Army), a union organiser, loved working on high-rise building sites and is now retired, whereupon he fixes up our houses and creates wonderful gardens.

We are in a sense opposites, but complementary opposites. If you look at my chart, you’ll see that my Ascendant, the constellation which is on the horizon when you’re born and whose energies you first inhale, is Libra. My husband’s Ascendant is Aries, absolutely opposite. So we actually complement each other – I provide the patience, the nerdy, technological know-how, while my husband provides the practicality I lack. My family practised emotional lock-down, so when Bryan used to fire up, I would retreat and stop speaking. Eventually I learned that I had to stand up for myself and fire up too to stand my ground, and he learned to tone down the eruptions and also apologise when he went over the top.

I have watched someone who’s a Capricorn/earth sign (stubborn, practical, good with money) try to interact with someone who’s a Pisces/water sign (emotional, psychic, watery) with complete lack of understanding between the two. My friend is a Cancer/water and, while my husband and she get along, the idea of working closely together horrifies both of them.  I have married friends who are a Capricorn and Virgo, earth signs, who are practical, tidy and good with money, which completely astounds me – it’s beyond my experience!

None of this I understood until I started dabbling in astrology.

In my  next post, I’m going to look at the placements of my individual planets to illustrate what makes me tick – my interest in people; my extreme sensitivity to atmosphere and people’s energies; my psychic side; my writing about my life in order to a) get things off my chest and b) perhaps offer my experiences to help those with similar experiences. I’ll also explain why – although I love inter-acting withe people – close relations are difficult for me which coloured my family life and my participation in large groups.

Hopefully all this might inspire you to do some astro digging yourself!
Astrological Houses

Natal Chart for Mo Davies

 

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