The first thing that I want to say today is this: please remember that astrology does not DO anything to you. If you choose to sit back and wait for the aspects and energies to change your life for you, you may be disappointed. The astrology speaks to the energetic current that is occurring, and you can tap into that flow for expansion--or not.
Sometimes, it does happen that one can be pushed out of ones comfort zone by the energies, and we seem "forced" to adjust to the ensuing changes. This is the Universe helping us grow. It is rare, though, that anyone will be pushed INTO a more comfortable place. Expecting astrological happenings to spontaneously make your life better, or, expecting them to change those wrong headed other people in your life, is not it. Please don't expect "change" and "reset" to mean that all things will occur in such a way to make things work exactly the way that you are already managing them. That is not consciousness expansion.
In order to have the things in our lives that we wish to have, we have to hold a corresponding vibratory field. This means that any change we hope to see in the mirror of external circumstances must begin within. If you wish to have Love, become Love. If you wish to have money, walk in self-value. If you want other people to treat you with respect, stand in your truth.
The eclipses that we just moved through may have revealed some weak spots in our game. This can be humbling for some. The astrological energies that continue to unfold may also show us where we are very powerful and have yet to really own that power. Instead of seeing anything "negative" that might have happened as a failure, see it is as a powerful guidepost from Spirit as to where you can better align.
There is much going on in the world, and there is work to be done. Start with you, always.
The energies are still charged from last night's eclipse! I was lucky enough to be ale to see it from here in Salem, MA, in a beautiful clear sky.
A few hours from the time of this posting, Luna makes a conjunction and occultation with Uranus, the planet of awakening. So the vibe stays electric until Tues, when we finally get a bit of a break, as the Moon moves into steady and stable Taurus. We can then perhaps ground into-- and more fully decompress from-- the weekend's revelations.
Mars is slowly moving away from an exact sure with Saturn, which is helpful toward removing any obstacles that may have slowed things down. But he continues to activate the loose T-square which also involves Jupiter and Neptune in opposition. As he moves into closer contact over the next weeks, extremes of belief may reveal themselves through strong feelings and actions. Sober Saturn, currently in Jupiter's home sign of Sag, invites to check in with what is true for us. We can feel into the simple question: "Is it true". Fanaticism is often just shouted down doubt.
“Anachronism is not the inconsequential juxtaposition of epochs, but rather their inter-penetration, like the telescoping legs of a tripod, a series of tapering structures. Since it's quite far from one end to the other they can be opened out like an accordion; but they can also be stacked inside one another like Russian dolls, where the walls around time periods are extremely close to one another. The people of other centuries hear our phonographs blaring, and through the walls of time we see them raising their hands towards the deliciously prepared meal.”--Elisabeth Lenk
So... the Equinox. It happened at 4:21 AM EDT this morning, and its kind of a BIG DEAL. It means that the sun crossed one of the cardinal points, changing seasons. Here in the northeaster US where I live, the summer breeze has changed to a cool Fall wind. Both melancholic and refreshing.
We have a great deal happening astrologically that is causing the doors of perception to open wider. Eclipses, the Equinox, the Saturn-Neptune-Jupiter T square---and more. as the seasons shift, the wall between the worlds thins.
"Past lives," particularly those of women who have been persecuted in some way, may be coming up to be "remembered". Women as ancestors as well. As the Sun moves into an opposition with Lilith/South Node, there is a remembering (to re-member is to "put back together") of the suppressed wild Feminine. I had a conversation with my chiropractor, herself someone who feels an affinity with persecuted Healers/Wise Women past, about the source of my chronic neck pain. We half-joked about my past as a persecuted witch. (Yeah, this might not be my first time at the rodeo.) And the Anne Boleyn story has always been a source of great interest and even recognition for me...but I digress.
We are being called to become more aware also of our relationship to the external world, and to call ourselves on our belief that we are at all separate from it. We are not. It is complex to be sure, but I invite you now to play with the idea that everything that you see, feel, hear touch, is actually and extension of yourself. It is your own consciousness being reflected back at you, as a mirror. We have more power than we think. See what happens.
Holy Smokes y'all...the Universe is really rocking out right now! And guess what...you ARE the Universe ITself! So this means that YOU are rocking out right now.
It may seem that the world is happening to you, but I assure you, it is YOU that is happening to the world. Each of us is the divine itself, creating this mirror image via the vibration we emanate.
So anything that comes up now to be reckoned with, however unpleasant to our egos, is actually a friend. It is the Universe's way of showing us exactly what we are holding in our internal vibrational reality. Anything that we might feel badly about is showing us where we are out of alignment with True Will. If we feel badly, we are believing something that is untrue from the viewpoint of our Higher Self, and the bad feeling is the HS' s way of pulling us back to an aligned reality. We get a chance to clean up.
We get an opportunity to realign, and go toward what feels good. Toward what has heart and meaning for us. What is exciting and brings Joy. It IS a choice. Even when it doesn't feel like it.
What is it within us that needs some love and TLC? What is coming up in our dreams that needs to be sat with, loved up, brought into a higher level of consciousness? Its revelation time! We are moving up Density levels.
Wednesday is the Equinox, and this major astrological moment of crossroads is occurring within a powerful Eclipse Vortex. Mercury is retrograde, adding to the current trend toward pulling up old stuck energetic vibrations to the surface to be healed, loved, managed. Saturn has switched signs, puling us out of the depths of Scorpionic Shadow-workings into the heights of Sagittarian Higher Mind. What subconscious streams are causing us to believe in things out of synch with Love? How can we step into greater authority around what we call Truth?
A lot of people re asking me about the "Blood Moon"and what it "means". So I thought I'd talk about that a bit.
My understanding is that the Blood Moon is a term that seems to have been coined by some Christian pastors who are predicting the End of Days. That's about all I want to say about them, because I really don't care. Though I was born into a "Christian" family, my people have all really been unconscious Witches under cover, and so Christianity is not my point of reference. In fact, the Reverend at the church we almost never went to was a woman, so women in positions of spiritual power has never been a strange or revolutionary idea for me.
But I digress.
All that said, the term "Blood Moon" is kind of sexy, isn't it? So I like to use it, too. It can be used to describe lunar eclipses that are part of a tetrad, which is "four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons)."---Earthsky.org. We've got 8 of them to work with in the 21st century. That's a lot of apocalypses! (or, what is the plural...apocalii? I don't know...)
I see this time leading up to the next Blood Moon Sept 27th in Aries as another signature of the Dark Goddess current that has been acting on the collective psyche. Or, perhaps the Red Goddess Current? This is indeed a time of great change, much of it happening below the surface. As Saturn moves out of Scorpio and into the sign of Sag again, much will come up to the surface. This is a "revelation" of a sort, and a shifting of an era. I do think of the Judgement card in the Tarot, otherwise known as the Aeon in the Thoth deck. But a little bit of reckoning never hurt anyone, has it? Haha!
What? not funny?...
Look...right now, on a personal level, it can be a wild time! See what you can do to stay grounded in your Feminine centers of intelligence and knowing (this can go for women and men). And if you are not sure what this means, consider meditating on that a bit and see what comes up. You are empowered to do that, without me or anyone else giving you clearance. I think that we are being invited right now to get even clearer on what is true for ourselves in our heart of hearts. This is the best navigational guide any of us can possible have. In perfect Love, and perfect Trust.
We're in the portal, people, and so here we go...
Things might feel a bit tense...or intense:
The word INTENSE is late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin "intensus": ‘stretched tightly, strained,’ combined with the English "intend".
So we combine intentions with stretch/strain that makes for an intense kinda time!
I could just stop with the above description and that would sum up what happens at eclipse season. But, let's also throw in Mercury gearing up to go retrograde to f*ck plans and communications up a bit. And, the pending shift for Saturn from Scorpio into Sag, also on the 17th, bringing what has been repressed or hidden up into the consciousness. Blammo!
How to use these energies well? This is a good question. First, do remember your self-care. Cultivate kindness, especially toward yourself. Avoid pointless confrontations, but if you do find yourself in something that raises your ire, take it as an opportunity to get to know what might be behind it. Things are rarely as simple as they seem, and everyone outside of ourselves is a reflection of what is within. Avoid people and situations that raise your anxiety levels, and instead go toward what makes you feel good. Consider what IS going right, and you might yourself quite blessed. Try not to force things. Try to remember that many of us are feeling like that cat in the above picture. Take it light, like a woodpecker with a headache.
Love and LVX.
Venus has switched directions and gone direct!
This is good news for those of us who are wanting to get artistic or otherwise creative projects off of the ground. Now some of the efforts of the last several weeks can start to be seen. We should also be emerging a bit more confident than we might have felt in terms of relating to others. What we value--including self-value-- is clearer.
This is the time to balance talking with a deeper immersion into applied practice. With the Sun and Jupiter in Virgo, we get a focus on integrating all aspects--mind, body, and spirit. It is a great time to move out of book learning and theory into direct experience. Our words and opinions have more meaning when we can say that we actually do things. Traveling and gaining a new perspective can be helpful as well, to reduce any myopic tendencies. But even small steps are good. The point its be mindful of what we are actually doing with our time and energy, and gain more awareness of ways in which that may or may not not match up with what we think we're doing.
We have eclipses coming up! Next week is a New Moon Eclipse in Virgo, followed by a freakin' amazing Blood Full Moon Eclipse in Aries. Talk about Dark Goddess energies! Wow! These are some serious portals through which to travel, as that wall between the worlds cracks open. Let's talk about that more as it gets closer.
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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.