Now that the Mercury Retro clusterf*ck is on its way out, we can start getting into implementing our ideas. We have been invited to open our minds to new, more empowering possibilities over these last few days and weeks. The Moon in Virgo meets up with expansive Jupiter and the fateful North Node today. Virgo likes to get things checked off the list, organize, and work on stuff.
Purification is also a theme at this time, as Virgo is about an efficiently functioning body, mind, and spirit. As Mercury still makes an exact conjunction to purifying Pluto today, it may be the mind that needs purifying the most. Some lingering outdated ideas or beliefs could to get "the treatment" if they are the way of your ultimate growth. If you find yourself in conflict, see if you might be able to soften or let go of any rigid positioning. There could be another way.
In a few days these of us who live in the Norther Hemisphere will hit the cross quarter mark of Imbolc--a celebration of lights, and a time of renewal! The Light really IS coming back! These next week could be a good time to do some mid-winter cleaning, as well as fasting or otherwise purifying and integrating. Air out the house and reduce clutter and stagnation! The Wheel turns!
And...I will be choosing the next winner of a free mini-reading, chosen randomly from Monthly Donators! The drawing happens at Imbolc, Feb 1. All monthly supporters are automatically entered. Thank you again for your support!
Mercury goes direct today! Can I have a hell yes!!!!!!!!!
My gosh...its been a hum-dinger!
See but here's the thing: Mercury is still conjoined with Pluto. So we're still in some potentially volatile communication territory. Now is the time to get real, folks! If something is misaligned, its time to get that discussed.
This is some serious "shoot the messenger" energy that needs to be approached with care. Whether you are the messenger, or the one being messaged, try to avoid allowing for scapegoating to occur. It's not easy to tell the truth sometimes. Don't blame yourself for saying things that others may not wish to hear (as in "I'm too sensitive; why can't I just...etc. ), and please don't blame someone else for "ruining things" if they are telling you what you don't wish to hear (she's always looking for what's wrong, get off my back...etc.) . It's easy to do, and its a bad call.
Here's another thing: how another person responds to us is their thing. We cannot control that. We are only responsible for own alignment with our own truth, as it is today. Not everyone is ready to hear what we have to say. You might find that some relationships get wonky now. That's ok. Know that by staying with who you truly are and valuing that, you are opening space for new, more conducive relationships to enter. Who knows who you might be blocking out by trying to make something not-good "work".
The Sun enters the sign of the "Water bearer" today. Interestingly, though Aquarius has a watery name and motif, it is not a Water sign! Aquarius made of the element of Air. So, it has to do with thought: The power of the mind, dreams, visions, and communication with community. This is the solar-season that focuses on the role of the unique individual as s/he communes with the larger group.
Aqaurius ♒ is known as "The Great One" and has to do with awakening to a larger picture. It is associated with the Star card in the tarot, which is about truly honoring our unique self, our Star quality! This is the Star Goddess (also known as Nuit, for whom our weekly video reports are named!)
And look--tee hee--she's nekid in the card. This can be taken to mean that in order to fully actualize Aquarian energies, we have to also honor its opposite sign, Leo. Leo is about full self- expression, no holds barred and no compromise. It's about living our passion. "Every man and every woman is a star, " said the magician and poet Aleister Crowley. It is said that we have entered the Age of Aquarius, the New Aeon, and so this is the time in which we are to learn to live as our very best STAR self. This can mean that we know throughout our entire system that there is nothing about us that is not also part of this entire Universe, and therefore made of pure Love-Light. As above, so below.
The Moon will be Full in Leo this weekend, and so the energies will get bigger and bolder as the week continues. More about that in my next Nuit Report!
We're gearing up for a Full moon in Leo this coming weekend, and so the energy builds. The Sun prepares to change signs, moving from utilitarian Capricorn into visionary Aquarius. This is a great time to open up more to new, more empowering ideas.
Mercury starts to slow down again so that he can change directions once more, moving forward again on the 25th. As he stations, he remains in contact with the revolutionary Uranus/Pluto square. This is a crucial window of opportunity for us to get less certain about what we think is true! If a belief holds you back, it is time to replace it with a better one.
I really can't say enough that we are not our thoughts. They are not separate from us either, or necessarily out of our control. They are to be neither a center of identity nor an outside agent acting upon us. They are vehicles that we are in ownership of, that we have the power to make choices about. Whether we realize it or not, we CHOOSE every thought we have. They don't just "happen" to us. Even those of us who have disorders of thought, or who have mental illness, can practice paying attention to what feels good to think, and what does not. Just starting with this awareness can bring some ease. Bringing more consciousness to the choice making process of our thoughts can begin to override the tyranny of the unconscious mind. This may seem like a lot, but just getting started in small ways can bring movement.
Pluto Mercury can have to do with obsessive thinking as well as repetitive issues that come from habitual thought patterns. This is a great opportunity to inquire deeply and ask: what might I be getting out of thinking negatively? What counter-commitment might be present that keeps me from seeing things to my benefit? It's all about "the wolf we feed".
The Moon is exactly conjunct with Neptune on Wed morning, bringing a lovely soft-focus creativity into the mix. This is a nurturing, open hearted energy, which helps us connect emotionally to one another, and most importantly, to ourselves.
This is a good day to stop for moment and give yourself the nurturance and attention that you need. (Yes, you do have time. Everyone has 5 minutes to stop and breathe.)
Mercury and the Sun make a lovely trine over to the Jupiter/North Node conjunction today, helping us receive whatever downloads we are needing most from Higher Self. We can hear best when we're relaxed. Mercury retro is a great time to go inward and get the messaging we need. If you can value your life enough to spend the time, you will get valuable communication.
Mars in Scorpio makes a trine to Neptune, helping us take creative action. I think of Mars/Neptune aspects as symbolic of the Magician archetype. Where are we directing our power and energy? Tune into that, and make adjustments accordingly.
In one very empowering feature of the astrology of the next two days, Jupiter makes a consciousness expanding conjunction to the North Node in Virgo. Jupiter is the High Priest of the planets, showing us how to connect with Higher Self. The North Node points to the direction we need to move for evolution. These two together give us the invitation and opportunity to tune into our Higher Self with better refinement and clarity. Virgo rules purity and integrity. It is a also an earth sign related to the physicality of spirituality. We are prompted to pay attention to how our bodies feel as a guide for the next directions to move in. Health issues are indications that our Higher Self has something to tell us about the way that we are thinking or doing things. (This is not a judgement, by the way, but a message.)
Jupiter also has to do with beliefs. As I've mentioned before, this entire year will have to do with creating far more flexibility in our attachments to "truth". We don't just randomly "have" thoughts and feelings, we react mostly to what we believe about our experiences. What we believe is what we download into manifest reality. It's all about perception. If you want the same things to keep happening (maybe you do, maybe you don't!) keep believing what you believe.
The Sun in Capricorn starts to move into a trine with Jupiter and the Node, helping us manifest what we envision. What does your best self look like? Feel like? Act like? Believe? Instead of just reading this and thinking its a neat idea, feel into that for a moment. See what happens.
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Aepril Schaile, MFA, is Venus ruled; a Taurus with Libra rising; Lilith conjunct ASC. As an adept astrologer, Aepril provides readings which can help solve everyday problems and assist in regaining a sense of alignment with True Will, finding your deeper, uniquely powerful truth. She lives in Salem, MA and spends her days with her beloved canine companion, Gwyddion.