Intensity Alert – The First Eclipse of 2017

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Is it just me or have things become a smidge more intense since that New Moon silently hung overhead last Saturday?

If you’re experiencing:

  • Out-of-left-field events
  • Sudden happenings that force you to go over old emotional ground (that you likely thought had been dealt with and left in the past)
  • The feeling of being pushed to the limit with all that’s being asked of you
  • A sense of anxiety and/or emotional anguish

… then I’m here to tell you that it’s okay.

You’re not going crazy.

You’re just being affected by the build up to next week’s Lunar Eclipse.

Something is being pushed to grow and emotionally this can indeed be a stressful time.

Partnership issues and family matters can come to the fore during Eclipses; owing to the symbolism of The Moon (Mother, Home, Family) and The Sun (Father),  and we are often asked to let go of something – a pattern, a belief system, a way of behaving…

Before we can let go, however, we need to become aware of what has been buried away in our subconscious; literally swept under the carpet.

It can be an emotionally potent time.

By becoming conscious of whatever this particular eclipse is highlighting within your life and by choosing to take responsibility for healing it, however, you are gifted with the chance to release old emotional wounds and issues.

This type of release clears space and with this Eclipse falling on the North Node, it is a harbinger for possible growth and expansion.

So, in short, it’s time for a clear out.

The type of clear out that allows the new to enter your life…

… But!! this will not happen without your awareness and your willingness to own the issue and to deal with it in the most conscious way that you can.

So, be brave and be honest with whatever appears to you at this time and also – be grateful, because by working through this, you may just make some room for something greater to enter your life.

Bernadette Brady writes in her book “The Eagle and The Lark” that this particular Eclipse belongs to “a family of eclipses that brings with it the element of pleasant surprise. Sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. The Events which will be occurring … can positively change the person’s life”.

If you’re having a week like mine then that may be difficult to see right now, but if my life experience to date is anything to go on then every cloud really does have a silver lining, so I’m hedging my bets and staying positive.

Especially so, as the eclipse chart holds a Yod, which can also be an indicator for powerful change.

Remember to look where this eclipse falls in your birth chart to see the area of your life that is likely to be affected.

Look for 22 degrees and 28 seconds of Aquarius (the Sun’s position) and 22 degrees and 28 seconds of Leo (the Moon’s position).

What are the themes of the houses that they fall across?

If you need help with understanding this, you can subscribe to my Newsletter and receive a free copy of my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

If the Eclipse falls within 2 degrees of a natal planet, then you are likely to be strongly affected by it. Look especially for 22 degrees and 28 seconds of the fixed signs (Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio).

Wishing you illumination, healing, an upturn and a positive outcome.

Much Love, Toria xo

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Surrender to Separation and Shine – New Moon in Aquarius

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If a man bestowed with a fart synonym for a surname can become president of the United States – what’s holding you back?

Could Donald have done us all a favour?

The New Moon will exact on 28th January at 10:06:57am here in Brisbane (AEST); bringing forth a potential new beginning in the area of your chart where 8degrees and 15seconds of Aquarius resides.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree is: “A Flag Is Seen Turning Into An Eagle” and it’s very in-keeping with the energy of Aquarius.

What flag are you waving and is it time to embody all the ideals and beliefs that you keep talking about?

We tap into a huge amount of personal power when we choose to be that which we aspire to.

Instead of just talking about it, which can lead to stagnant and frustrated energy and can bring on a sense of being the victim (disempowerment) and the feeling that we are being thwarted by life.

So,  what is it that’s holding you back?

Fear of being different?…

… that you’ll suddenly be seen as a sponge cake short of a trifle?

Possible rejection?

Worry of others’ judgement, ridicule or jealousy?

Or maybe you’re keeping your inner innovator on lock down, because you fear the isolation that going it alone may mean when you literally have to stick your neck out above the crowd.

Perhaps you stifle your spontaneous quirkiness through shyness or a feeling of inadequacy …

… or perhaps you’re still living with a belief system that you inherited in childhood that being different is somehow wrong?

We all have Aquarius energy somewhere within our psyche and we all need to embrace our individuality if we are to truly feel whole …

… so go on!!, let your strange shine out and embrace your eccentric side 🙂

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon seem very in-keeping with the political climate in America at the minute; especially with the quest degree of this symbol being :”A Man Who Had For A Time Become The Embodiment Of An Ideal Is Made To Realise That As A Person He Is Not This Ideal”.

Seriously, let that sentence sit for a while.

Read it again and think about it…

None of us are perfect and yes, we can be very quick to judge others for their foibles; especially those in the lime light.

But consider this for a minute – how much energy are you expending on the drama that is being emitted from the NEWS right now?

And… if you look at your own life – are you really the true embodiment of what you know you could be?

How about you turn off the TV, put down the Newspaper and stop letting yourself be distracted?

What are you not doing to honour your unique and separate self?

Where do you need to do more walking and less talking?

and where do you feel the need to break out right now and shake things up a little?

 

Aquarius is the sign of the humanitarian, the rebel and the progressive game changer, but as a fixed sign, it can also lend itself to rigidity.

We can get so caught up in our own ideas of what should be that we forget that not everyone is on the same page.

Astrology (also ruled by Aquarius) reminds us of that.

When we look at the variances in people’s energy fields (as indicated by their individual birth chart) it can really help with understanding the different journeys that we all walk.

I’m not one to watch the NEWS often, so I’m really no expert on politicians, but if history has taught us anything it’s that propaganda can be very real.

Therefore, I err on the side of caution and choose not to be overly judgemental about anyone whom I’ve not personally sat down with for ten minutes.

However, if a man bestowed with a fart synonym for a surname can become president of the United States, I say he’s done us all a favour

Seriously – the World is made up of many people and there will never be a one size fits all – because we are all so different!!

So, stop trying to be like everyone else and let yourself stand out from the crowd for once.

Strong Aquarian energy in a person can make that person appear aloof and emotionally-distant and with a Venus/Saturn Square in operation under this New Moon, you may feel like you need some space or, alternatively, that you’re being pushed out or excluded in some way.

Is it time for greater independence?

Saturn teaches us lessons and when he squares up to Venus we’re talking relationship lessons or perhaps financial ones.

Venus in Pisces wants romance, rose-tinted glasses and to merge with another – to literally dissolve into their essence.

It wants to lose all boundaries, to escape into a fantasy World, to be rescued and to avoid that dreaded ‘R’ word that Saturn does so well – ‘responsibility’.

Saturn teaches us limitation and reminds us that we exist in a material World.

In Sagittarius, he’s asking us to take responsibility for our own freedom, our personal beliefs and our individual growth; to not wait for some projection of an idealised politician to come and save us.

Saturn in Sagittarius wants us to work on bringing our own, personal vision to life so that we can live as an inspiration to others.

So that we can become the embodiment of the dream that Venus in Pisces has placed up on the pedestal.

Note that Aquarius is idealistic and individual, innovative and independent…

… All words that begin with ‘I’.

What can you bring to the group (to the society that you live in) as an Individual?

What does your unique imprint offer to the World and where can it Improve it?

The negative side of Saturn in Sagittarius can present as harshly judgemental and moralistic whereas Venus in Pisces is gentle, forgiving and compassionate.

Venus in Pisces can have a tendency to disappointment when disillusionment strikes and the beloved falls from the pedestal, but Saturn teaches that through commitment things can be worked through and evolved.

When these two energies form a difficult aspect it can be difficult to marry them, so be aware of where this dichotomy may be sitting with you and in your life right now.

 

Which house holds this New Moon degree in your personal chart and what are the themes associated with that house?

Where does your unique and individual expression want out?

At work, at home, on the bus, in the bedroom? …

You’ll find the house themes in my free E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”, which you can obtain by signing up for my Newsletter.

Make sure that you read the information on my sign up page carefully, that you confirm your subscription and, if you’d like a free copy of your natal chart, that you send me your birth details.

Now go, Surrender to Being Separate, Be Uniquely You and Shine your Special Light; the one that only you can turn on.

With Love,

Toria xo

 

 

What Gifts do you bring? – The Sun Moves into Aquarius

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Tomorrow morning (20th January 2017) at 07:24am (AEST) the Sun will enter the sign of Aquarius signalling a month to honour  innovation, individuality and your unique self.

What gifts do you bring to humanity when you stand in the light of your own truth?

What are you here to do/to be/to offer?

Aquarius ushers forth the humanitarians, the renegades and the misfits of society; those with a message that is often far too futuristic for some to grasp and yet this energy is needed if the World is to continue to evolve to a higher frequency.

How do you share your heart and your love with the collective?

What is your individual contribution to the group?

Aquarius can also be associated with the inner rebel and the eccentrics of this Earth.

When we feel different we can feel excluded from the World around us, rejected and alone.

Find your tribe – the ones that make you feel that you are home and love them with all your heart for they are your soul family, your supporters and the ones that will help you to shine.

Be wary of a tendency for overt rebellion and dogmatism.

Much Love, Toria xo

Heightened Sensitivity, Volatility and Family Love- Full Moon in Cancer January 2017

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January’s Full Moon will exact on 12th January at 09:34pm (AEST).

Remember that the week leading up to a Full Moon can illuminate the shadow side and magnify personal and/or relationship issues in need of healing and love.

Increased Sensitivity

With this Full Moon forming a kite with Chiron, Mars and the Black Moon (also in water signs), increased sensitivity and receptivity is likely along with heightened intuition.

Honour your feminine side (males and females), withdraw for a while if needs be and be alert for any triggers related to your emotional depth, sexuality or your vulnerability.

Home and Family

Cancer is the sign connected to home and family (physical or soul family), so this a beautiful Moon to give gratitude to your home for its shelter, warmth and protection and to your family for the love and nurture that you share.

Perhaps by purchasing something beautiful for your abode that enhances its ambiance or elevates its vibration and in turn makes you, and those who share it ,feel nurtured, loved and special.

Having a safe haven to retreat to could be just the ticket right now; especially if you’re feeling quiet or overwhelmed, either by your own intimate World or by your perspective on the wider World.

Remember that inner peace becomes outer peace and try to stay in your heart as much as is possible in the lead up to this Full Moon.

Cancer energy loves to care for others and with all the intuition available to you under this Moon’s energy you may know just what others need.

Be supportive and call upon those who support you, if needed.

Volatile Reactions

Of course, Full Moons can also highlight problems around relating and this one appears to be quite action packed with a T Square between The Moon, Jupiter, Uranus and The Sun/Pluto Conjunction.

That’s power-full energy!!

Drama and Power Struggles could be an issue right now and you may find yourself, events or others around you reactive, volatile or prone to eruptions right now.

Deep feelings could surface and require purging and Mars square to Saturn could bring up some angst around frustration or an inability to act on instinct.

If things have gotten to the point where something has to give, then that may just happen around this Full Moon.

Be aware of a tendency to judge others or yourself now and remember we’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve been given.

Be Love, Be Understanding, Be Tolerance as much as is possible and don’t beat yourself up with self-deprecation when you’re not in that place.

Feel, Honour and Release – Step Away From The Sugar

Nurture your body with healthful foods and steer away from a sugar overload, which could be used as a way to placate uncomfortable feelings.

Instead, try feeling into your emotions, go for a walk with them, sit by a waterfall and let them flow over you or write them out and express them.

Feeling is often healing.

Potential for Sudden Change

There could also be surprising opportunities, sudden epiphanies or unexpected changes now that require action.

Use that Saturn/Mars energy to pause, reflect and assert rather than react and with Mercury at the final degree of Sagittarius, let your inner wisdom be your guide.

Powerful change and transformation could certainly be on the cards for some.

What Area of your Life is this Full Moon Highlighting?

Remember to check your chart and to look for where 22 degrees and 27 seconds of Cancer and 22 degrees and 27 seconds of Capricorn fall.

What houses are these and which area of life do they represent?

Do you have any planets sitting around 22 degrees within your chart? What do they represent in your life?

If you’d like help with figuring this out you can sign up to my newsletter here and receive my free EBook “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

You can also use the same link to sign up for my Lunar Updates and be alerted as the Moon goes through her eight stages each month. This is a great way to track your intention setting and to tune into your own emotional ebb and flow.

With Love,

Toria xo

Time to Relinquish Judgement and To Open to Optimism & Trust – Mercury Reverses into Sagittarius

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At 12:17am this morning (AEST) Mercury reversed into Sagittarius on his retrograde journey.

With Mercury currently disposited by Jupiter in Libra, you may now receive insights that enable you to reflect upon your relationships; family or otherwise.

Where do you feel stifled and uninspired?

Is it time to consider how you can rework your life to honour your desire for greater freedom, truth, growth and adventure?

What aspects need to be relinquished, restructured or at least reviewed?

With the Moon in Aries from 02:20am Thursday 5th January until 06:18am Saturday 7th January (AEST), be aware of situations that trigger impatience, intolerance, moralistic attitudes, self-righteousness and judgement.

Sagittarius energy has a reputation for being blunt and when coupled with reactive Aries energy, you may find it difficult to count to ten before blurting out a few “home truths”.

What are those emotions attempting to alert you to and what can you learn from them?

Perhaps there’s a need for more optimism, generosity of spirit and acceptance either of others or of self?

Perhaps there’s a need to let go and forgive and to remember that we’re all doing the best that we can with the life that we’ve been given.

How connected do you feel to your spiritual self, your inner guidance and your innate wisdom?

Do you feel a need to refine this connection or to re-examine your spiritual beliefs?

For more possible expressions of Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius click here.

Mercury will turn direct on Sunday 8th January.

Until then, make the most of this time to redo your life; opening to trust and relinquishing fears and negative beliefs.

Think positive and get your optimism on 🙂

With Love, Toria xo

Inspire me NOW!! The Call to Adventure and the Arrival of the Uranus/Jupiter Opposition

The call to Adventure.pngI apologise for my late post in relation to this energy.

Not only  have I been in a Balsamic Moon Coma that saw me pinned to the sofa watching season 6 of Pretty Little Liars for much of the last two days, but I haven’t been able to entertain the thought restricting myself to sitting in front of a computer.

I’m craving adventure and the great outdoors.

I want a holiday – right now!! I want to move and stretch, to jump on an aeroplane and explore!!

The last thing that I want to feel right now is bored and yet, I am just that.

I’m restless and twitchy and if you’re feeling that too then chances are you’ve just been hit by the latest big transit to illuminate our skies – The Uranus/Jupiter Opposition, which exacted at 02:30am yesterday morning (27th December 2016) AEST.

Falling at 20 degrees and 33 seconds of Aries (Uranus) and Libra (Jupiter) this transit is activating my Sun and has just taken my own personal Uranus/Jupiter transit to a whole new level – I want growth, I want change and I want it with immediate effect!!

So, if you’re out there craving change, feeling uninspired and bored, please take heart –  take a life review and look where those changes are needed.

How can you make your beautiful life even more awesome? Even more inspirational and even more exciting?

With Jupiter in Libra, relationships could be the focus and with this transit being an opposition, it could be easy to want to blame your partner or other relationship for your lack of joie de vivre right now.

But here’s the thing – You are responsible for your life.

You are in charge of your destiny.

Of course, that destiny is all the more awesome if two people are willing to grow together and take some chances, so have a conversation and see where it takes you.

Uranus in Aries tends to bring sudden, unexpected change when it contacts a chart and the impatient urge to break out.

When coupled with Jupiter, it can be the unpredictable and sudden impetus for adventure.

Anything that feels restrictive and unwilling to change is unlikely to last during this transit, which will be in effect from now until mid September 2017.

Do remember not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, however and make sure that you look before you leap.

Sudden opportunities could present themselves right now, so be on the look out for those and make sure that you honour your need for freedom and space or that Uranus in Aries energy could lead to pent up aggression and resentment.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll also be aware that this is one of two big Jupiter transits that we are currently experiencing.

The other being the Jupiter/Pluto square that hit earlier this month.

Remember to check your own personal chart to see where Jupiter is travelling at this time.

For the duration of this transit:

Jupiter will be travelling between 20 degrees, 33 seconds and 27n degrees and 22 seconds of Libra.

Uranus will be travelling between 20 degrees, 33 seconds and 27 degrees and 22 seconds of Aries.

Where are you desiring growth, expansion and adventure?

Not surprisingly he’s in my 9th house of overseas travel!!

Growth can be experienced in all areas of life, however.

Maybe you’re wanting relationship growth (7th house), more inspiring friendships or to join inspiring groups (11th house). Perhaps it’s a change of residence (4th house), the desire to expand your family/creativity (5th) or your mind through study (3rd or 9th house). Perhaps you’re feeling a need to be more than you currently are (1st house), to expand your finances (2nd house) or shared resources (8th house). Maybe you want to improve your health (6th) or work situation (6th/10th) to go deeper with your spirituality (9th/12th) or to deepen your compassion for others (12th).

For help on understanding your personal chart, you can sign up for my Newsletter and receive a free copy of my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”.

Related Posts:

Are you Ready for Powerful Growth, Unexpected Opportunities and a Chance to Break Out of Restriction? – Move over Saturn – Hello Jupiter 🙂

The Potential For Powerful Growth, Bounty and the Realising of Ambitions – The Arrival of the Jupiter/Pluto Square

Any Communication Difficulties Yet? Mercury Retrograde – Plus Timeline

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The week before a Full Moon can be a little crazy.

Full Moon energy can bring us face to face with the shadow side of our personalities.

It wouldn’t be surprising given the energy of this particular Full Moon,which falls in Gemini (Gemini is the sign ruled by Mercury) and the fact that we are currently in the lead up (the shadow period) to Mercury’s impending retrograde if you have been experiencing communication issues.

Mercury rules communication and his retrograde periods (when Mercury seemingly travels backward across our skies) can be synonymous with delays and communication mayhem, so be on the look out for what is arising around you and within you.

Of course, all of this does not just happen.

It is always a prompt to something that is needing attention.

Something that Mercury is showing to us from within our psyche that is asking us to take responsibility.

Mercury Retrograde works very well with ‘re‘ words.

Words like rework, renovate, research and Mercury often gives us a chance to redo what isn’t working so well.

Often we experience technical glitches and mix ups.

Cars, computers and white goods can all be affected; often needing repair or replacement.

And… it’s a good time to check and double-check; to reread and to review, so in the build up to Christmas make sure that you’ve ordered everything that you think you have – that it’s the right item, size and colour.

 

Mercury will travel between 15degrees and 17seconds of Capricorn back to 28degrees and 50seconds of Sagittarius during this particular retrograde.

Where does that fall in your birth chart? Which house (area of life) is up for review?

Do you have planets around those degrees? What do those planets represent?

The following keywords are from my Ebook “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness”, which you can download for free when you sign up to my Newsletter.

Do you have lessons to learn around any of these?

 

Sagittarius

Keywords: Optimistic, Traveller, Freedom-Seeker, Spiritual-Seeker, Religious/Spiritual, Expansive, Exuberant, Adventurous, Inspirational, Unrestrained, Intelligent, Spontaneous, Restless, Explorer, Outspoken, Extroverted, Boisterous, Aware of the Bigger Picture

Negatively: Blunt, Opinionated, Indiscriminate, Clumsy/Accident-Prone, Careless, Extravagant, Exaggeratedly, Unreliable, Self-Righteous, Preaching, Fanatical

 

Capricorn

Keywords: Serious, Disciplined, Responsible, Hardworking, Reliable, Structured, Resilient, Careful, Prudent, Cautious, Ambitious, Incredible Integrity, Self Sufficient, Respectful, Reserved, Honest/Law-Abiding, Honest, Enterprising, Traditional, Conservative, Enduring, Wise, Mature, Achiever, Appropriate Boundaries

Negatively: Burdened, Pessimistic, Stern, Mean, Narrow-Minded, Fearful, Guilt-Ridden, Opportunistic, Hard, Inhibited, Bound, Walled-In

 

It is likely that this particular retrograde will bring up a combination of themes across both signs. These themes are vast and it all depends on your own personal circumstances as to how this may affect you.

You can play around with the keywords and look at the examples that are happening in your life.

Combinations; such as given here in the following examples, may well be playing out for some and more examples can be found in my previous Mercury Retrograde posts on these two signs, which can be found in the ‘Related Posts’ section below.

  • Lessons around loosening what keeps us bound, so that we can open to more spontaneity and adventure.
  • A need to take more responsibility to become more reliable where we have previously been a little lax.
  • Communication problems that may stem from being over-authoritative and strict or that arise from judgement. Is there a need to be more open-minded and open-hearted and less critical?
  • Is more inspiration required? What has become dull?

 

Related Posts:

Mercury Retrograde – You are now in the Shadow Period – Mercury Retrograde Through Sagittarius

Mercury in the Shadow Period – Mercury Retrograde Through Capricorn

Releasing Shackles, The Power of Words and Awakening to a Deeper Love – Full Moon in Gemini – December 2016