Follow the Moon: Astrology of intention and mindfulness

February 7, 2016 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on Follow the Moon: Astrology of intention and mindfulness

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by Teri Parsley Starnes

Teri’s interest with astrology lies with helping people see how following a practice of intention and self-awareness leads to a fuller relationship with Mystery. Astrology is a wonderful tool for this. Her weekly column orients readers to the seasonal energy of
each month’s Sun sign in order to set magical/mindful intention for the lunar month beginning at the New Moon.

Each week Teri will write about the unfolding energies that support and challenge our intentions. The ebb and flow of the lunar cycle resides deep in our souls. Through following the phases of the Moon, we remember the natural cycles that guide us.

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Astrology for February 7-13, 2016

February 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm | Posted in Astrology | 1 Comment

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Good golly Miss Molly! 2016 has started out with a lot of upset and endings. It seems like the entertainment and creative sectors has been hit extra hard as one musician, entertainer, or otherwise creative person after another has passed on. I am sure I am not alone in my pondering the topics of death and dying stirred up by these transitions. But here we are at Chinese New Year! This year I am viewing it as a New Years do-over. After all, Mercury was stationing to turn retrograde just 5 days after our traditional New Year and that brought is to a screeching halt. But it is this whole Fire Monkey thing that has me wondering about the year ahead. What tricks and treats, surprises, mischief, and misdeeds does it hold for us? 

Now that Mercury has turned direct again, we feel the nudge to move forward again. This is…

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New Moon in Aquarius. February 8, 2016. The Underworld Speaks.

February 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on New Moon in Aquarius. February 8, 2016. The Underworld Speaks.

Monika Carless Author *Intuitive Coach

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I have been greatly anticipating this New Moon in Aquarius.

We are just barely released from the shadowy effects of Mercury’s Retrograde. For many it was a wild ride full of percolating changes, emotional highs followed by drastic lows,  plans gone awry and confusing signals from loved ones.

But we have survived and even flourished! Capricorns, with their well laid plans may have found this time since the last Full Moon a challenge, but given their closeness to Aquarius, it is no surprise that each year the January/February cusp is an adventure to say the least, for them and every other sign.

Adding to the madness were the cleansing fires of the Festival of Imbolc, just passed, on February 2!

After months of closeness to our Dark Side and our deepest dreams, Imbolc was the day to take one more trip to the Underworld, to burn away the…

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Yang Fire Monkey (Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017)! What are the East-West Astro Energies at Play?

February 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on Happy Chinese New Year of the Yang Fire Monkey (Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017)! What are the East-West Astro Energies at Play?

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The Upcoming New Moon on Monday Feb 8 at 06:39 am PST at 19º15’ Aquarius initiates the Chinese New Year of the Yang Fire Monkey!

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Here in BC, Canada, we have quite an awareness of Chinese Astrology and year cycles, due to the presence of the Chinese community – obviously much stronger on the mainland than on Vancouver Island.

Yet, also in Victoria (where the Chinese population is about 30 000), the Chinese New Year will be celebrated again in Chinatown on Sunday, Feb 14 (traditional Lion’s Dance and celebrations) – the Sunday after the CNY.

Introduction to the Chinese Animal and Element Cycles

The Chinese calendar is Lunar based (as in Islamic, Mayan, Native American cultures), and therefore the New Year varies every year. It traditionally starts with the day following the second New Moon after Winter Solstice.

Yes, there…

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The Year of the Fire Monkey

February 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on The Year of the Fire Monkey

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This is reprinted from Gostica of Spiritual Lifestyle

On Monday Begins The Year Of The Fire Monkey – Changes In All Aspects of Life! Expect the Unexpected:

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New Moon “Setting Intentions”

February 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on New Moon “Setting Intentions”

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“New Moon” Setting Intentions 
Posted by Ruby

The actual day of the New Moon, the balsamic, or dark Moon period marks the beginning point when the heavens shift from dark to light, and the Moon and Sun join in a harmonious aspect in the Cosmos. The days that follow are filled with a magical energy that awakens our inner-self. During the New Moon cycle you should be asking the Universe for new beginnings by planting some seeds of intention and getting in touch with your higher-self. It’s a good time to be grateful for what you already have and to work on manifesting what energy you’d like to bring into your life next.

This is an opportune time to ask the Universe for new beginnings. The intentions that are set during a “New Moon” will set you on the right path towards your deepest desires. Have a conversation with the Universe (meaning your higher-power, God…

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Astrological Musings & More

February 7, 2016 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on Astrological Musings & More

Journey to the Center of the Mind

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In Chinese astrology, this is the year of the Monkey…but not just any monkey…it’s the Fire Monkey.

The general description of people born in this year is that they are fun, but hate confinement. They need their freedom and lots of elbow-room. They also have a remarkable ability to adapt to situations in a flash.

They hunger for what is novel and outrageous while also loving a mental challenge. They are well-known for their problem-solving abilities.

Being a Fire Monkey means you like being dominant in all things you do. They are ambitious and not afraid to look for a means to achieve their goals.

A fertile mind and imagination coupled with a capacity for hard work brings success to those born under this sign. They have to be careful though not to exhaust themselves before they reach their goals.

This same enthusiasm spills over into “having a good time”…

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AlchemyAstrology: Feb. 7-8, 2016, Sunday-Monday, very Active and rather fiery

February 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on AlchemyAstrology: Feb. 7-8, 2016, Sunday-Monday, very Active and rather fiery

Alchemy Astrology

This period, the challenge is being accident prone. If you concentrate on getting organized first you’ll be better able to avoid this tendency by staying grounded, especially while traveling.

Moon in Capricorn, laboratory process of Fermentation
changes inspirational – emotionally  reserved – Cardinal – Earth

Keywords:
persistently cautious, emotionally reserved, mentally independent, pleasantly objective, impulsively controlled, fortunately exuberant, and purposefully solidifying.

Sun in Capricorn – cautious, persistent
Moon in Capricorn – retentive, emotionally reserved
Mercury in Sagittarius – inspirational, independent
Venus in Sagittarius – inspirational, objective
Mars in Libra – unifying, controlled
Jupiter in Leo – organizing, exuberant
Saturn in Scorpio – solidifying, persevering
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The Sky Above February 7 2016

February 7, 2016 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Astrology | Comments Off on The Sky Above February 7 2016

New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Double Yod Key + Focused Yod

February 7, 2016 at 6:05 am | Posted in 2016, 2016-Lunations, Annual Repeating Aspects, Astrology, Holidays, Lunations, Patterns, Predictions | 4 Comments
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New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Double Yod Key + Focused Yod

2016 is an “interesting” year from the perspective of astrological patterns, and we are beginning to enter what many will look back to, and consider, a magical time.  Upcoming is a Valentine’s Day period (the days before and after February 14th as well as the day itself), and this New Moon sets the stage for that intricate set of pattern.

This New Moon marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the year of the Fire Monkey.  As is true with any element / animal combination of Chinese New Years, this particular combination will not repeat again for sixty years.  Since we are not specialists in Chinese Astrology, we will not discuss that further here but encourage you to read more elsewhere:

This particular New Moon (as is true with all Chinese New Year NM’s that I am aware of) is in Aquarius.  That marks the beginning of a new way of thinking and new insights that precede the dreams and intuitions of Pisces that set the stage for the beginning of an entirely new (Solar) cycle (namely the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of Aries).

Aquarius is all about creative problem solving but, in the end, it is about people and reaching out to the masses to (hopefully) improve their way of life.  Thus the association of Aquarius with electronics, internet, computers, cell phones, and tablets is really subservient to carrying “the message” (whatever that may be) on “the wind” (originally the mysterious phenomena of voices that traveled for, literally, miles when the weather conditions were correct but now radio (including satellite) and other electronic channels) to the masses (all of us regardless of station in life).

That said, from the perspective of astrological patterns, this NM is about DECISIONS.  TWO (and only two) patterns are present: (1) a Double Yod Key; and (2) a Focused Yod.  In this particular case, what we have is (1) a question (many of them, actually), and (2) an Answer (maybe “THE” answer).

If you are a regular reader of this blog, or click the DYK tag above, you can read what we have written about DYK’s before.  They represent a situation in which a minimum of two decisions, and often a number of decisions, face us.  Composed of two yods and a square, the DYK’s decompose into a total of four quincunx aspects.  The Quincunx is all about misunderstandings resulting from limited information often under unfamiliar circumstances with deadline pressure.  Invariably we are dissatisfied with the path we chose and look back on the other path nostalgically (not realizing that it might have been actually much worse).

We now present the chart for the perfection of this New Moon (NM), filtered for the DYK pattern:

New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Double Yod Key

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We note that the square that binds this DYK together is between, on one hand, the NM pair (Sun/Moon) at 19 Aquarius and Mars at 18 Scorpio.  Neither Sun nor Moon is strong in Aquarius (the sign associated with Uranus in modern astrology and one of two signs (the other is Capricorn) in traditional astrology).  Both are at a disadvantage here, but they CAN gain SOME power by the coalition they have chosen to form (the NM).

Mars is at home in Scorpio (in traditional astrology, along with Aries, the true home of Mars).  We note that the modern ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, currently in Capricorn (power structures in general but notably banks and financial institutions).  The ruler of Capricorn is in Sagittarius currently, not a strong placement for that planet.

Scorpio tends to”govern” (or be associated with) police, intelligence agencies, surveillance, encryption, assasinations, murder, poisons, drugs (both illegal and pharma), and any variant of the “underworld” (organized crime, mafia, sewers, underground pipes, coffins underground, caves, cave-ins, burials and funerals, pyramids or any other form of crypt, root plants (carrots and potatoes) and anything else similar).  Your individual situation dictates which of these apply to you individually, and the same applies to us collectively in communities, states, and nations.  We add that, at the state and nation level, this TENDS to be about police and intelligence agencies.

The hint of this situation is that Mars and Sun/Moon are currently balanced and in a bit of a “stand off” where neither can win despite the current strength of Mars and weakness of Sun/Moon.  Again, you will have to look at your individual situation to determine who might be the “winner” if anyone.

We could stop here, and many people would have much useful information to know how to procede on Monday.  (Make certain you “clean house” on Sunday during the void and avoid any major purchases or major commitments.  This is a very bad Super Bowl for some people to gamble upon; just don’t do it this time.)  But, as is popularly spoken on late night television: “But wait, there’s more!”

And, there is more.  That is because we have the Focused Yod which given that ONLY the DYK is present as an alternative pattern (and “The Question”), we can see that the FY gives us “The Answer” if we are paying close attention.

With that, we present the SAME CHART for the perfection of the NM, but filtered for the Focused Yod:

New Moon 2016-02-08 (Chinese New Year Fire Monkey) Focused Yod

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So, a bit weirdly (but, again, this is Aquarius), the answer is not found in Mars / Sun / Moon at all.  It is found in a Jupiter / Chiron opposition.  And, the interactions with Mars may be a distraction, noise that is not relevant at all to the long term “big picture” though it may seem compelling at the time.

An example of this could be a traffic ticket where you must go to court.  You may need a lawyer, and if you do not take care of the matter you could be in serious trouble in the future.  But, it is mostly a nuisance (in many cases it is really a tax on behavior that is not quite “perfect”), and in the long run in it contributes nothing to your well being, growth as a person, or ability to contribute in a useful way to society at large (Aquarius, again).  Despite the power involved and compelling demands, it is mostly a waste of time.  So, whatever it is, make a sufficient (but no more) effort to resolve it and move on with the more critically important issues.

What are the “more important issues”?  First, they involve Jupiter (foreign or long distance travel, religions in general and popes and gurus in particular, law and lawyers and courts, and universities and higher education), and they involve a decision between Vesta (usually tradition but sometimes kinky sex or prostitution) and Sun/Moon (mother + father; a married couple; or any other male / female pair).  Jupiter is also very much about earning and spending money, and it tends to do this in a big way.

Chiron is really a different face of Jupiter, more specific and more narrow.  In traditional astrology, Jupiter also ruled health, disease, and healthcare.  (Arguably it does in modern astrology as well, but Neptune / Pisces is more directly associated with that set of issues.)  That said, Chiron is a more narrow subset of the Jupiter issues: primarily teaching of any kind (including higher education) and health and healthcare.  Obviously combinations apply: the teaching of healthcare to nurses and physicians is a particularly Chironic kind of activity and Chiron would tend to trump either Jupiter or Neptune in this area if a disagreement (square, quincunx) occurred.  We also note that Chiron is known as the “Wounded Healer” and is associated with the teacher (or practitioner) trying to heal some problem within themselves.  And, Chiron specifically deals with “mentor” relationships.

So, how to interpret this?  We will provide two scenarios to illustrate.  Consider for example, that you live in the United States and have received an offer to study (education = Chiron) in China (or vice versa).  Regardless of which choice you make you will likely need to spend much money (Jupiter) and travel to a foreign land (also Jupiter).  If you do choose to travel, you may have to deal with certain legal issues (also Jupiter).  In particular, your desire is to become a nurse or physician (or accupuncturist) (very Chiron).  A rather progressive couple (Sun/Moon in Aquarius) has agreed to host you in the foreign country, and their offer seems particularly attractive.  But, staying home and following a traditional path (Vesta) has much appeal as well.  That path has less risk, but also represents less gain.  Which decision will you make?

Here is a totally different scenario.  You have been ill for some time (Chiron) and are exploring healing options (Chiron).  Either one will cost quite a bit of money (Jupiter) and one of the options requires that you travel to a distant (Jupiter) healthcare center, a teaching (Jupiter) facility that engages in a number of innovative healthcare procedures (NM Aquarius).  The travel and accomodations (Jupter) will be expensive, and some of the treatments you may have to pay for yourself (also expensive and Jupiter).  The other option involves going to the hospital near home that everyone else goes to (Vesta).  That is cheaper, but you know that the doctors are not very progressive and are worried that your health may deteriorate if you choose that option.

Which of these more closely fits your situation?  Keep in mind that Aquarius tells us the answer might be “neither,” and it then becomes your job to take these ideas and be responsible for crafting your own solution.

But, whatever choice you make, this New Moon represents a profound opportunity for some people.

Here is a list of New Moons in 2016.

Here are some other interpretations of this NM:

Here is our analysis of last month’s Capricorn New Moon.

Here is a list of Aquarian New Moons you may find to be useful:

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