Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nuit Report Oct 30: The Ways of the Underworld




We now move from the past New Moon Eclipse in Scorpio toward the Full Moon In Taurus next week. We also have Samhain (meaning "end of summer" in the ancient language,) tomorrow. Here in the greater Salem, MA area, things get pretty wild! A very exuberant mix of the sacred and the profane.

"Love is a River, drink from it" Rumi
Love is not finite. It continues to flow an be available. We are reminded that when something dies, there is something else to be born. Death is a transformation; a season. There is a constant renewal. 

The mysteries of Persephone/Demeter and Inanna/Erishkigal can perhaps offer us a guide into our own personal journey at this time. As Scorpio is opposite Taurus in the zodiac, Samhain happens at the exact opposite pole from Beltaine (also called "Cetsamhain). Demeter (Taurus; Life) has to let Her daughter go to be violated/initiated by Pluto (Scorpio; Death) in order for the Shades of the Underworld to claim their Queen. And indeed, it is the Queen who also does the claiming, as She hears the call from within Herself; She picks the flower Narcissus (quest to know thyself), which is what precipitates the emergence of Lord Hades from the Great Below. Perhaps we, too, know that it is a trip we must take, in order to become fully ourSelves; in order to heal. 

Innana, also answers the call of Her Dark Sister (who is really Herself in shadow image!). As Queen of Heaven (consciousness) She must be temporarily sacrificed (made sacred) to meet own Dark half. Erishkigal needs to be seen and witnessed, just as the Shadows within us must be sat with, held, loved, accepted, and ultimately approved of. All demons were angels once. 

The Feeling Body can only be healed by feeling itself. The power of the Dark Feminine beckons us to go within. As the guardians of the Great Below say to an as yet uninitiated goddess: "The ways of the Underworld are perfect, Inanna, and cannot be questioned." In other words, don't try to come at this with your ego's stories and ideas. Be present and receive what is here. Your deep Self knows EXACTLY what it is doing. See if you can allow yourself to trust and stay with your truth. What freeing wisdom might await? 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aepril's Astrology Report Oct 29: Happiness

-Moon in Capricorn
-Sun sextile Mars
-Sun conjunct Venus
-Sun trine Neptune
-Mercury conjunct Node
-Mercury sextile Jupiter
-Venus sextile Mars
-Venus conjunct Node
-Venus trine Neptune
-Jupiter sextile Node
-Jupiter square Saturn
-Saturn square Lilith
-Uranus square Pluto

Capricorn in Mars reminds us to do things incrementally. One thing at a time! See if you can pay attention to each task fully, being completely present. Not only might this support efficiency and productivity, but it can be part of your overall practice of releasing the impulse to self-abandon (disconnected multi-tasking; distractions).

Mars in Capricorn and Saturn in Scorpio are in mutual reception, meaning that they support one another now. Mars in Saturn's home sign tells us that we do well to take action (Mars) in a step-by-step fashion (Capricorn), respecting the boundaries and cycles of Time and Space (Saturn) observing that all things cannot happen at once. We can allow for a more patient, gentle approach to our work, being present not only with the goals, but with our feelings while working as well (Scorpio). In each moment we can allow our intention to transform and adjust according to new information we receive, guiding us toward our Joy. This is a Universe of all Possibility, after all, and You are the Creator of it! Allow for changes of course and for new things to arise.

Each of us has--or IS--a Light that shines so brightly. This Light never stops shining; it stays brighter than bright at all times, and is always there. But as we live our lives, we perhaps accumulate shadows (thought forms, emotional traumas, etc.) that seem to obscure this Light, making us feel disconnected from Bliss. Scorpio season is a time when we get a special opportunity to clear away some of these shadows, by first and foremost accepting ourselves just as we are. This may mean deeply pausing and feeling what is present, including negative emotions, accepting them fully and asking them what they would like us to know. This also means remembering that it is HAPPINESS that we are ultimately after. Even our noble quest for Enlightenment is, at core, a quest for happiness.

We have a choice at every moment to step either toward bliss or toward more shadow creation. We may think sometimes that we have to step into unhappy situations time and time again...usually, (when we look deeply,) in pursuit of the insurance of future happiness. For instance, I'll take this shitty job now so that I'll have security (ie: comfort; what looks like possible happiness) later. But when does "down the road" start? Aren't we already in a what was once "the future"? Ask yourself how it has gone thus far. Perhaps what looks like "work ethic" or "discipline" might actually be an outside, imposed voice withholding happiness (which for some of us seems that it must be endlessly "earned" and "deserved"?).

When we take steps toward what makes us feel good, we step into closer alignment with our True Will. And all of Creation moves with us.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aepril's Astrology Report Oct 28: moon in the sky, not in the water

-Moon in Sagittarius
-Sun sextile Mars
-Sun conjunct Venus
-Sun trine Neptune
-Mercury conjunct Node
-Mercury sextile Jupiter
-Venus sextile Mars
-Venus conjunct Node
-Venus trine Neptune
-Jupiter sextile Node
-Jupiter square Saturn
-Saturn square Lilith
-Uranus square Pluto

“Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake.”
― Rumi

Luna is conjunct Mars this morning in Capricorn, perhaps giving lighting a fire under out asses to take concrete steps forward. The energy of Mars in Capricorn is about action taken to manifest. We manifest externally at a vibrational match to our internal state. Perhaps The Moon can remind us to tune into what is present in our bodies and feelings, raising our self-acceptance and consciousness and therefore raising our vibrational frequency.

Luna makes her way over to Pluto very late tonight/early tomorrow morning, so our dreams might be intense! Honor the Dream Agent if you wish by writing them down or voice recording--there could be some important messaging.

Venus and Sol also continue to be conjunct (joined) in Scorpio. We are invited by the Universe to continue removing any blocks within from receiving Love. Scorpio is about deep healing and intimacy. With Neptune also involved in this configuration, beware of the impulse to heal someone else without first healing oneself. The urge to "save" another person is often the psyche acting to save itself. Again, we manifest at EXACTLY the vibration that we hold. I invite you explore the idea that relationships (Venus) are a mirror of the unconscious (Scorpio) trying to become conscious (Sun). For instance, when we try to save the guy who is emotionally disconnected, we are really perhaps trying to reconnect to ourselves and learn presence with Self. Or, when we try constantly reassure or "reason with" the emotionally unstable girlfriend, we are really perhaps looking at our own instability and lack of heart connection, or deep need for attention and care. As long as we are trying to "fix" another person, we miss the opportunity to know ourselves truly and intimately. And, perhaps others end up feeling badly in the process. (Who likes being "fixed"? ie: told that they are wrong? Right. Not many people.)

Let's see if we might be able to use the energy of Neptune (inspiration, art, compassion, infinite possibility) to lucid-dream up our very best selves. I wonder what would happen if, in each move we make today, we could notice the choice inherent in the moment and perhaps choose Joy. Even if its just one more choice made in that direction than yesterday, its a worthy accomplishment.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Aepril's Astrology Report Oct 27: mutual reception

-Moon in Sagittarius
-Sun sextile Mars
-Sun conjunct Venus
-Sun trine Neptune
-Mercury conjunct Node
-Mercury sextile Jupiter
-Venus sextile Mars
-Venus conjunct Node
-Venus trine Neptune
-Jupiter sextile Node
-Jupiter square Saturn
-Saturn square Lilith
-Uranus square Pluto

Mars ingresses into Capricorn now, where he is in his exaltation. This means that he likes being in this sign of discipline, achievement, and worldly accomplishment. Now is a good time to consider what it is that you would like to accomplish in the next few weeks, and lay out a plan. You can always change it later if needed.

This shift in the sign placement of Mars also puts him in mutual reception with Saturn, who is in his classical rulership sign of Scorpio. The energies of these two planets form a circle of power, supporting and providing assistance to one another. We perhaps do well at this time to stay connected to the themes of this past New Moon (also a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio), which heralded a profound inward journey an rebirthing process for many of us; we are well guided by the deeper wisdom of the psyche and soul. It is unlikely that it is enough to apply superficial or wishful solutions to any resistances that arise to our intended progress; rather we are invited to practice the power of pausing to notice what is present in the Heart and Feeling Body before acting.

Venus and the Sun conjunct in Scorpio, and make a lovely trine to Neptune. According to classical astrology, Venus is in her "detriment" in Scorpio. Yet this is perhaps her sexiest and most compelling placement, as she moves more deeply into her tantric mysteries. We continue to have the theme of emotional realization and active healing at work. This is a great time to notice dreams, exploring the feeling tone of what they present, and honoring their messages with attention.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Nuit Report for Oct 24: Dark Goddess Serpent Wisdom



Three planets ingressed into Scorpio last night along with forming a New Moon Solar Eclipse...Mercury stations as he prepares to begin his journey forward again, through Libra and headed toward Scorpio. Venus conjuncts the Sun in Scorpio, bringing the powers of the Dark Goddess deeply into play. 

The ruler of Scorpio is Pluto/Hades; this is the husband of Underworld Queen Proserpina/ Persephone, whose greek name has roots meaning both "Bringer of Light" AND "Bringer of Destruction". She is the remover of that which binds us: fear, anger, old wounds, pain long held...through the wisdom of the Dark---that wisdom which, paradoxically, brings us to the Light. 

The Goddess Kali is worshipped at this time during the Diwali, the Indian "Festival of Lights". Though She appears to be fearsome, She is regarded by many to be the most compassionate face of the goddess of all. As the annihilator of the negative ego, she burns away all that we are negatively attached to, so that we may perceive ourselves to be at one with All that Is. 

It is often so that we are quick to think of "other people" who need to experience the power of the Dark Goddess, and receive Her "lessons". We might romanticize or sensationalize Her dark beauty or fearsomeness, and create fantasy about Her that actually serves to keep us from Her full experience. We may also see Her as punishing, and use Her as a vehicle to deepen and justify our attachment to pain---keeping it there instead of releasing it. But I wonder if we might be able to pause for a moment and allow for Her to speak directly to us. What might happen if we listened to Her call to fully experience ourselves. What if we were to perceive that She IS within; she IS us; She is the impetus and wisdom to feel fully and completely. Her doorway is full experience and acceptance. Her doorway is the truth of the Heart...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aepril's Astrology Report Oct 23: shamanic occultations

Chart cast by Hare of the Moon Astrology
Solar Eclipse tonight in Scorpio!
-Moon in Libra
-Sun sextile Mars
-Sun conjunct Venus
-Sun trine Neptune
-Mercury conjunct Node
-Mercury sextile Jupiter
-Venus sextile Mars
-Venus conjunct Node
-Venus trine Neptune
-Jupiter sextile Node
-Jupiter trine Uranus
-Jupiter square Saturn
-Saturn square Lilith
-Uranus square Pluto

Here in Eastern Massachusetts, it has been storming all night. Thunder, lightning, and long bouts of heavy rains. Even this morning as I write, a flash of lightning is seen and a clap of thunder is heard. Boom! Let's clear things out!!!!!

I have said much about this coming eclipse in previous reports. Yesterday's report may be worth another read. If you missed it, or if you'd like to just watch it again, my weekly forecast The Nuit Report : Solar Eclipse in Scorpio has a lot of information on today's eclispe.

The eclipse begins effecting us well before and well beyond the actual moment of the eclipse itself. This is a complex time period. The Moon occults Mercury, making travel and communications unpredictable. Let's see how many times we can let that Shadow psyche accidentally come out of the mouth...Ooops! Haha! Ah, well, maybe that needed to be said, however unmusical it sounded...

The Sun conjuncts Venus, bringing the Goddess of Love in her guise as Lilith/Babalon/Kali into the action. Release, rebirth, release, rebirth. This is a shamanic eclipse, possibly requiring a deep journey into the heart of the Self. We have to mediate the invisible, what is unconscious and in shadow.


We might encounter some fierce guardians at the gate at this time. They guard our own power from ourselves. They are not there to harm us or withhold unnecessarily; these guardians are very wise, and they have good reason for what they do. They ask us: are you ready? Are you ready for yourSelf? In fact, as it happens, these guardians ARE you. They are your own mechanisms for appropriate timing for self actualization and initiation. They will appear only as fierce as your own resistance and opposition is to YourSELF.

The main offering that these guardians require is PRESENCE. They don't require you to know everything, or be a full on Jedi master, or to be Super Mage, or to not be scared. They mostly require for you to show up fully and be present with all that you experience. Reject nothing. (Not even your own self rejection. See if you can own that, too!) See if you can be patient and curious.

You are the front line of the Universe experiencing ITself.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aepri's Astrology: Special Scorpio Eclipse Report Oct 22.

Death-Rebith by Lauren Raine
-Moon in Libra
-Sun sextile Mars
-Sun conjunct Mercury
-Sun conjunct Venus
-Mercury conjunct Node
-Mercury conjunct Venus
-Mercury sextile Jupiter
-Venus sextile Mars
-Venus conjunct Node
-Jupiter sextile Node
-Jupiter trine Uranus
-Jupiter square Saturn
-Saturn square Lilith
-Uranus square Pluto

Here we go...the dark is darknening into the dark. We are at the Dark Moon moment right before a very powerful eclipse in Scorpio tomorrow. This is the time to get to the bottom of our souls.

The moment we are born, (provided that we are healthy and alive) we come out crying. We are screaming as loud as we can!! I'M ALIVE!!!

We experience the first experience of what seems to be separation from Source. We become being with a separate body, heart, and mind. Our awareness of this continues to develop as well move through the stages of childhood, but this is the first moment.

So here we are...on the threshold of this Solar Eclipse. It's at 0 degrees Scorpio--ZERO--the beginning and the end. Some doors are closing, some are opening. All things on this plane happen cycles, round and round they go. Birth/death/birth/death...

Here is where we die, and where we are BORN. Here is where we might need to cry our at the top of our lungs in agony and ecstasy at the fact of being alive. Here is perhaps where we birth a bit more out of the womb of unconscious protection mechanisms that hold us back from living, and yet it may hurt to move out of the safety of it. It's cold out here, and I'm naked, for godssakes!!! Haha!! But you'll know what you are beyond the things that have buffered you up, things that you identified with and depended on that were illusions. They might go, but You will remain...

Here is a moment of Re-birthing ourselves. Truth is, we were never born, and we never really die. We are All that IS. Always and forever. Here is our moment to circle right back around to Source Perspective, here we see that we are not separate from anything at all!!! We are the Universe seeking to know Itself. Everything we desire, is simply ourselves wanting to experience ourselves. All we see around us is a mirror. Scorpio teaches us that it is not desire that is the source of suffering--it is the attachment of the mind to specific things and conditions, and an insistence on keeping those things unchanging (the shadow side of Scorpio's opposite polarity, Taurus) that causes us to suffer. That is what creates the illusion of separation and restricts the flow of Love.

Remember: In the womb, the HEART was the first thing that developed. It is the place from which all other systems developed, and it continues to have the most electromagnetic charge of all in our physical bodies (including the brain!). This is where to go for regeneration. See if you can rest in your heart, just rest there for now. Breath into it, and rest there. Let yourself cry if you need to, or accept that maybe you are not yet ready. All that happens here is correct.This, the Graal.

Even though we may be seeing the Goddess in Her darkest guise during this season, know that you are held by the Great Mother more closely than ever.

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