From Rejection & Projection to Integration - Libra Season

The Sun enters Libra Monday September 23rd at 12:50am PDT. This is the Fall Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and Spring in the Southern hemisphere. Whether you are welcoming in greater light or greater dark, on this day we will globally be in a state of balance between the two. Both Fall and Spring are vata season, the seasons of change, of officially being in a new season that is right between two extremes. And so that we don’t get taken away in the winds of change, groundedness is called for, as is finding the relationships and allies (being people, plants, philosophies) that support grounded change.

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In the Northern Hemisphere we are inviting in a deeper call to the shadow, to the parts of us unseen, and we can do this through our relationships with other people. Libra is Yang Cardinal Air, and is the outer expression of Venus, how we harmonize with others. We often think of Libra as the scales perfectly in balance, when in reality it is often more like a back and forth dance of navigating life and learning about what balance means in all the varied situations we find ourselves in. Like riding a bike, we stay balanced while in motion, or in other words, while making decisions every day. We don’t often get to just stop everything completely and weigh out all the pros and cons. 

 

The number one thing I hear from people working with Libra challenges is that decision making can be impossible! This makes sense and is common for many, especially when you are truly endeavoring to honor and meet the needs of those you are in relationship with, as well as your own. What happens when the needs are in conflict? Or even more likely, what happens when we simply don’t communicate our needs? Even deeper of a question, what about when we are completely unaware of our needs and therefore have no real idea of how to communicate them to those we love?

 

The important thing to know about needs is that they have to be met. When we are talking about relating with others, much of the time it really is a conversation around our needs, wants, desires, and how to manifest them in some way. As we reflected internally on what it means to be authentic within ourselves throughout Virgo season, now in Libra season we get the opportunity to practice the balancing act of harmonizing our path and journey of authenticity in alignment with the needs of our relationships. 

 

When it comes to making decisions, the most important thing is alignment within yourself, and then if others are involved, being able to communicate that to them. This is the practice of Libra season, and don’t be afraid, because we are all doing this together. 

 

The specifics of this Equinox:

 

The Sun is opposite Chiron Rx in Aries, highlighting the need for integrating our internal and externally manifesting oppositions. Since retrograde planets always ask us to redefine the function of that planet by integrating more of the opposite sign, this definitely pulls in more of the Libra need to find harmony with others. This may require learning skills like active listening, which is simply listening to people and what they are saying and repeating it back to them to ensure you understand, and asking questions that allow the other person to feel heard and understood.

 

It is a valid need to be seen and understood by others, even though we so often feel misunderstood. We really only get to see a limited amount of what is going on in another person’s universe, so the more we can master asking questions the more we can show our interest in really getting to know others. This is also a practice that we can use with ourselves, especially in aspect work or parts work. 

 

We can learn to ask different parts of ourselves different questions that demonstrate that we are honoring and listening to the needs of those parts of ourselves. This is really a core tenet of what could be called shadow work, or integration work. The more we understand our own shadow, or that which simply isn’t consciously known to us, or a fragment of ourselves that is buried deeply in our subconscious, the less we will project those misunderstood parts of ourselves onto others. 

 

As we know, one of Libra’s keywords is projection. We know we are projecting onto someone when we either intensely love or hate something about them or what they’re doing. The parts that we love in others are the same parts that we love in ourselves, and the parts we vehemently oppose in others are often linked in some way to an aspect of ourselves that has been rejected. The key to healing is integration, and the key to integration is learning how to communicate with ourselves and others, which is a prime Libra season goal.

 

We also have Venus and Mercury conjunct in Libra on the day of the Equinox, alluding to the importance of having conversations about our needs and point of attraction. We can attract to us people that we can connect with that are mutually supportive to us understanding ourselves better. We can find many reciprocated feelings and mirrored expressions of what we are putting out in the world. We can get to know ourselves better by witnessing our reflections. 

 

A great practice we can do to connect more intimately with Libra is to meditate with the energy of our needs. We can go into ourselves either on our own or with a partner and ask ourselves the questions that we need to know around our needs. We can ask the Sun in Libra what it want us to know or see. We can ask the Moon always to help us feel what we need to have reflected to our awareness.

 

This will be an especially poignant practice at the New Moon in Libra time which will be September 28th. The Moon is how we see ourselves, and in Libra this emphasizes seeing ourselves through the eyes of the other, or observing our own light of consciousness through the reflection. During the New Moon time, this is more so looking at what you feel needs to be reflected within you, and perhaps the various parts of you that are seeking harmonization.

 

During the Full Moon which will be in Aries October 13th, this will be more involved directly with other people and finding the balance between your Self and others. 

 

Circling back to the day of the Equinox, it’s also important to note where the Moon is and what phase of their cycle we will be feeling into. She will be at 15˚ Cancer, conjunct the North Node, and therefore in the last-quarter phasal relationship with the Sun. Cancer and Libra are natural squares by sign, as are Libra and Capricorn, so it is important to acknowledge the nodal axis this season as it will be directly triggering to the Libra planets. 

 

Essentially, the Libra planets will be in a t-square involving the nodal axis, inviting us to consider the path of integration we have been working on this whole past year.

 

To understand this t-square more, let’s look at the link between Libra and Cancer/Capricorn. They are all cardinal signs, pulling us into greater embodiment and connection with our identity. They are also signs that call us to do something new, or begin a new path of self in some way. They are calls to action, and when embodied in their highest forms can emphasize leadership and aligned initiative. When they are working through healing, they can often show us any issues we have with expressing ourselves authentically or in an aligned and balanced way. The energy of a t-square calls in the overcoming of frustration, and the apex planet (the ones being squared) are what can help solve the issue of the planets in opposition. 

 

Looking at Libra, or the Sun, Venus and Mercury in Libra as our apex planets variably throughout the month, this can bring up what we project onto others, perhaps as rejected parts of ourselves. 

 

Now think about Capricorn here, who can hold guilt and shame, and also fear of somehow not living up to the expectations that are set either by the individual, or the partner, or the system at large. Pluto, Saturn and South Node make up this half of the opposition. 

 

And Cancer, who can out of fear put up walls to keep itself safe, but can isolate instead of reaching out for connection. The Moon is also in Cancer on the ingress of Libra season, so this definitely adds a greater emotional awareness of what parts of ourselves we are working on integrating.

 

So, looking at this trifecta of potential healing, we are looking at re-owning the parts of ourselves that we have rejected and that have turned into parts that are ashamed to show up or exist in a healthy and loving way in our lives. It’s often that these parts have been shamed into a corner or into the basement of our subconscious, and are then only able to get out when shame or fear is triggered. 

 

What we are projecting onto others is related to what we have rejected about ourselves, and we have the opportunity this Libra season to consciously work through this re-integration process. We will be shown by the people around us what exactly we are projecting and rejecting, so that we can in turn love those parts and get to know their highest expression instead of rejecting and shaming them.

 

An exercise from Teal Swan on releasing shame suggests making a list of all the things that we either don’t like about ourselves or that we feel we’ve failed at in some way. While that can be a rather triggering task, don’t worry, it doesn’t end there. We then go into each of those character traits or failures and connect with the part of ourselves that is being represented. We ask as much as we can to get to know that part of ourselves better, like when it became rejected, what are its needs, what can we do to support that part to feel safe and loved, and so on. We also make sure to find out what is the highest expression of that part of ourselves. 

 

When we bring all of this subconscious information to the light of our consciousness, we have no choice but to integrate it. Imagine all that you could do in your life with the power and leadership of an angry part you have rejected, for example. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the longer you spend time with these kinds of practices, also known as parts-work, the more acquainted you can become with the truth and wholeness of who you are. This self-knowledge brings greater balance to all relationships, so really, the responsibility for this process of integration and relationship healing starts with us. (You can find more information about Teal Swan’s Self-Love Course here).

 

We have cosmic support for this process, as we always have Higher-Self support throughout life. Neptune transiting in Pisces reminds us of using empathy and compassion to heal our relationship with those parts of ourselves, and therefore with others as well. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, who reminds us of Divine Love, or Cosmic Love, which is inherent in Timeless Truth, and is always 100% accepting and loving of us, no matter how hard our ego has fought to reject any part.

 

Something that has helped me to embody empathy and compassion for all beings comes from Matt Kahn, who reminds us to see all beings as somebody else’s hero, friend, child or soul mate. And we can apply this the parts of ourselves as well, having compassion for the parts that were rejected, and find a new way to embody them through the eyes of love. (You can find more about Matt Kahn here).

 

With that, I wish you harmony in your integration process this Libra season. Until next time, bowing to you on your journey!

Love Nura

Surrendering to Integration - Full Moon in Pisces

The Full Moon is in Pisces Friday September the 13th, 30th at 9:32pm PDT, at 21˚05' Pisces. This is Yin Mutable Water of the Moon reflecting back to us the light of Yin Mutable Earth of the Sun in Virgo. While you're busy preparing for the future, strategizing your livelihood and taking care of your temple, what are you learning about the process of integration? Trust? Surrender? Flow?

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Bowing in reverence to you and your journey,
Nura

New Moon in Virgo

Key points: Aug 30th, 3:37 am PDT

Moon conjunct Sun at 6˚46’ Virgo

Virgo stellium involving Mercury, Juno, Sun, Moon, Mars and Venus

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The Moon is in new phase conjunction to Mercury, emphasizing new thought patterns around how we see ourselves, and this often brings up strong emotion. In virgo, this can also pull up energy of self-improvement or personal development, and we just have to keep reminding ourselves that as much as there is always room to improve or make something better, we are already always enough. This is pulling in the Black Moon Lilith Rx in Pisces opposition to the New Moon. 

 

This opposition can bring up the back and forth feelings of comparison to God/Goddess, the deep, profound questioning of “am I enough?” and from there, how to strategize in alignment with what is most supportive for our integration work at this time. BML often helps us to pull out the shadow aspects that have been fragmented in our psyche that are seeking reconciliation in some way. The untamed, unwelcome, “wild” parts of our inherent nature, which is simply who we are, that has for whatever reason been judged, demonized, cast out, ignored or simply rejected. 

 

Think about the ban against discrimination of African American hair that has currently just been passed in a few states in the US. This is a bill that is allowing people to have the right to wear their hair, literally the way that it grows out of their scalp. Talk about what is natural, or inherent in our being that has been cast out or demonized in some way. This is a really good example of something going on collectively where we are seeking to integrate our shadow. It can still bring up a lot of the pain associated with having been cast out for being yourself in the first place. 

 

That is the nature of Black Moon Lilith, showing us where our natural self has been excluded from the realm of socially acceptable. So it is our job to re-integrate those parts, as it is not only damaging to an individual to not be able to fully be themselves as they naturally are, but obviously on a collective scale we stand to gain a lot the more open we are to integrating these parts that have been lost or abandoned within our collective psyche.

 

This whole energy being included in the New Moon in Virgo will carry into the rest of this Moon’s cycle, so think about the seeds of self-love that you are planting right now. This is a sort of radical self-love that I’m referring to, not just loving what looks good on the surface, or loving what is socially acceptable, but rather loving all the parts.

 

Virgo as an archetype carries the energy of sainthood. This is where and how we purify ourselves to be the best version of ourselves we can be, so that we are in right relation with our role in life. 

 

This Virgo stellium is involving a purification of our minds, our internal reflections (Mercury), our soul contracts and commitments to being our best selves (Juno), our self-image and emotional well-being (Moon), our purpose & vitality (Sun), our action language and desires (Mars) and how we attract what we are seeking (Venus). This is a personal planet stellium which is the most common given that they move rather quickly through almost all the signs each year, but nonetheless potent for really working consciously with Virgo energy.

 

With Black Moon Lilith Rx in Pisces within a 7˚ orb of Neptune at 17˚ Pisces, also Rx, I would include Neptune’s influence in this new moon, especially because the Full Moon in Pisces, September 13th, at the other end of this cycle will be in a new phase conjunction to Neptune. So, for now, the way we are working with this relationship is to help us to dissolve whatever is in the way of the authentic truth of our being, or whatever is in need of purification, to allow us to get that much closer to our inherent divine nature. This makes me think of Virgo season as a time to connect with the practices that support our temples, so that we can honor and revere them in all the ways possible.

This is a generally good time for taking a look at our eating habits, as Virgo rules the assimilation process. You can think of a new kind of mantra, instead of “you are what you eat”, instead, “you are what you assimilate”. Really, no matter how well we think we’re eating, if there is something off about our digestion process and we can’t assimilate all the nutrients, or there’s a build-up of toxins, our temples are going to let us know that they need support. 

 

This is an excellent time to refine the existing self-care and wellness practices we’re familiar with, but also a great time to try something new. Something that can ground us in a deeper way, something to tether us to the Earth and the health of our temple in a way that we haven’t yet discovered. Virgo is a Mutable sign that loves to learn new things, and to try new practices, especially around self-improvement, health and personal development. So what new kinds of wellness practices have been calling to you? 

 

I should also mention that the New Moon is in a first-quarter phase trine to Uranus, our great awakener and liberator. He’s also Rx, reminding us to continuously pull in the energy of redefinition, recalibration, re-invigorating, re-awakening, and so on. This strength of Earth signs, during this New Moon time, including the Capricorn planets also loosely in trine to Mars and Venus is pulling in a combination of new energy and letting go, which is always part of a New Moon, but specifically in relation to what’s going on with the outer planets. 

 

The first-quarter trine of the Virgo Stellium to Uranus differs in energy to that of the disseminating trine to the Capricorn planets (Saturn and Pluto). First quarter trines pull in a sense of ease around adjustment to inviting new energies in, a waxing phase of pulling in greater alignment with our resources. It could also be finding the skills (Virgo) that pull in greater resources (Uranus in Taurus). This is a time for grounding into the newness of our Earthly experiences that are calling out new energies to be integrated and shifted. 

 

We are working collectively with Uranus in Taurus for the next 6 years, so this is a long-term awakening to better use of our individual and collective resources, but whenever we have strong aspects to Uranus through the other transiting planets, we will get a special taste of what is seeking awakening or liberation between the archetypes involved, so right now this is a special time to awaken to the highest potential of how Virgo can operate in our lives. This can mean new jobs, roles shifting within already existing jobs, this can mean starting school or a new program, or a new physical practice that is more aligned with your values, or sustainable living or health and wellness in general.

 

The disseminating trine from the Virgo stellium to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, plus the South Node, is involving more of a cutting away of old habits that keep us out of alignment with our authentic nature and therefore our health. So this is definitely a time to up our consciousness around what our bodies are telling us. If you are even the slightest bit tired, take a nap. If you feel the slightest of a headache, listen to it, and inquire as to what your body and mind and overall energetic field need. 

 

This is not a time to “push through” whatever our to-do list is, no matter how tempting it may be during a busy bee Virgo season. If you haven’t noticed this pattern already this year regarding the lunar nodes, south node in Capricorn, north node in cancer, we are not necessarily being rewarded for pushing ourselves farther than we can authentically go. This is a time for upping our overall self-care and wellness routines so that we can even continue on this path of service and sharing our gifts with the world. 

 

It probably sounds cliché to repeat this, but really, think of your well. If it’s not full, you will not be able to fulfill those Capricornian or Virgoan duties, so think less is more with just about everything except water. More water is more water, so taking baths, drinking water, herbal teas, cutting down on the acidic food and drink intake, all of these things will support us as we are shifting the seasons toward the Fall Equinox.

 

So just to recap, because I know we’re all busy this season, look at wherever you have Virgo in your chart (think between 0-15˚ or so), and the corresponding opposing degrees of Pisces to include Black Moon Lilith and also Neptune, these are the areas of your life where you may be undergoing a sort of self-disillusionment, and a re-integration of your full, wild self. Remember you are inherently perfect, and already always enough, as you are here on this Earth. You’re supposed to be here, doing what you do, because you are here. This is a fundamental tenant of loving what is, as you include yourself in your profound love and gratitude for life.

Bowing to you on your evolutionary journey, happy New Moon in Virgo!

Love, Nura

Full Moon in Capricorn Partial Lunar Eclipse

Here we go with another eclipse, this one a Full Moon in Capricorn partial lunar eclipse, happening Tuesday July 16th at 2:38 pm pacific time.

We have been already feeling it for a while now! This energy you’ve been working through, this is it, this is how the Full Moon in Capricorn is supporting you in embodying and integrating the wisdom you are receiving. This is leading you up to a powerful culmination and integration. Full moons always invite in greater meaning and wholeness, as we embrace two opposites, united in one event, one integrating consciousness. This full moon has an even stronger emotional pull being a partial lunar eclipse, one that is visible pretty much everywhere in the world except North America. Eclipses are more powerful when we are visibly witnessing them, so if you are in Australia, most of Asia, Europe, Africa, or South America, things may seem that much more intensified. But the energy of an eclipse is felt throughout the Earth, so we are all of us around the globe working with this powerful energy. 

 

This is an eclipse cycle of dissolving our fear-based identities that have been constructed in the past, so we can actually make space for the more integrated identities that are naturally emerging. So, what are you afraid of? Get nice and intimate with that, as it’s not going away. If anything, trying to control and grip and battle with fear is only going to make it stronger. We need to instead look at it, sit with it, integrate any aspects of ourselves that have been split off because of the fear. The world needs us to be whole and intact as we step up to the plate of change in this new age.

 

The Moon at 24˚ Capricorn is opposite the Sun at 24˚ Cancer, both close enough to the lunar nodes to be an eclipse. With the Moon conjunct Pluto and to a lesser degree her own South Node and Saturn, we are working with past energies to reveal and expose old limiting fear or control patterns. You might be noticing more patterns that emanate from subconscious fear, as all the retrograde planets are pulling up these powerful insights rooted in our memory. Much of what we consider limiting thought patterns, beliefs, actions or energies stem from fear. This could be fear of the loss of control with Saturn and Pluto involved. This could be fear of underperforming in society or according to social standards that we hold ourselves up to. This could be based on literal lies you have been told or told yourself about who you are and what you are capable of creating. If you’re not sure if or where you have fear, look at what you try to control, and you’ll have your answer. Look at what situations or people you try to control, and you’ll know where you carry fear. 

 

Look to where you have Cancer/Capricorn in your chart to dig into what fears are seeking to be exposed, most notably the Capricorn side of things right now with Saturn, South Node, Pluto and the Moon. The key to working with this energy is not to run away from it, or repress it, or stuff it back down and pretend it isn’t there. The key to healing from the fear patterning is to look at it, confront it, sit with it, be with your feelings.  

 

Ask yourself what would happen if you just let go of the need to control that thing, person, situation or experience. What would be the worst thing that could happen? Imagine it did. Sit with how that feels. Then keep going deeper in this process until all that is left is the core feeling that you are trying to avoid feeling, and what fears it is attached to. If you sit with this process long enough, you can start to overcome a lot of the story around fear, which actually helps to dispel fears hold on your subconscious mind, and therefore your conscious thoughts, words and actions. We have to go into the underworld, into the subconscious to do this work, because 95% of how we live our everyday lives is based in subconscious patterning. 

 

While we wrestle with trying to control everything on a conscious level, we’re only working with 5% mind power unless we’re able to tap in and access what’s really going on underneath it all. Our emotions are our greatest tools for navigating the unknown. They are our guidance system when we don’t or simply can’t have all the answers on a mental level. So why do we try so hard to control everything with our mind? Why do we cause ourselves so much needless suffering? We can instead move into the state of trust in our process, trust in our emotional guidance system to help us lead the way forward, lead us up and out of any tangled webs of our ego.

 

So, let the insights come to you as you sit with how you are feeling. Full Moons often bring up heightened emotions, as our emotions are more plainly visible to ourselves and others. We can physically see the Moon in the sky in all her brightness, so her showing her full face gives us the subconscious encouragement to do the same.

 

With the eclipse that will cover some of the Moon’s light, this is like a reset button. We turn off the old pattern of how we saw ourselves, and then turn it on again with a newfound insight, one that will come to us emotionally.

 

With Mercury retrograde in Leo, and soon to be back in Cancer, the sign of the Moon, this is an especially potent time for sitting with our feelings and letting them inform our intellect rather than the other way around. We so often try to control our feelings with our mind. We know the truth of “thoughts become things”, and so in our constant striving and efforting toward greater abundance, health, love, and happiness, we can often try to bypass the process that involves the grittier, heavier emotions like frustration, overwhelm, anger, sadness, or fear. This doesn’t actually make those emotions go away… they just get shuttled down to the underworld where they wait, lurking beneath the surface, prepared to jump out at you, usually unexpected and not with great timing. This being a Capricorn Full Moon, this is actually about taking full responsibility for our feelings, not running away from them because they are scary. 

 

This is a time to practice emotional maturity, which contrary to what many of us has been taught, does not mean emotional repression. It does not mean abandoning ourselves to “look” strong for others. Maybe you need to be that rock for someone else right now, as this eclipse is tied in with all sorts of energies around duty, obligation, and just getting our shit together for lack of better words. So, while we have to be grown-ups and honour our duties and responsibilities, we also need to give ourselves space to feel what we’re feeling.

 

Retrograde seasons always pull up past stories, and help us get a new insight on them. We have Jupiter, Ceres, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, Neptune and Chiron all retrograde right now. There are without a doubt past stories and versions of Self coming into your space right now. And it is likely not that gentle or subtle. It’s probably pretty obvious what you’re working on integrating right now. There will be different shades of this for everyone, but the core themes for all of us are around emotional security, self-nurturing, self-responsibility, and respect for both self and others. While it may not be always comfortable or bring about the warm fuzzies, as we awaken to greater conscious awareness, we naturally bring healing. We naturally bring in more love. We naturally bring in more clarity after any storms of confusion.

 

With the Full Moon quintile Chiron, this can bring up full awareness of the wounds you are healing as an individual, or a greater sensitivity to any information that can help heal humanity as a whole. Everything you work on healing in yourself is something that you heal for the world. The more you embody loving self-respect, the more you innately encourage others to do the same. It’s not about telling others what to do or be, it’s about embodying it, as the Moon so teaches us. 

 

Lunar wisdom is body wisdom, feminine wisdom, that is not simply ideas or exciting insights, but rather an embodiment of our evolving consciousness, which occurs through our emotions… evolution is biochemical, it’s not just a thought we have in our minds, although that can be part of the process. In short, you need to physically integrate the healing insights that come up. It’s not enough to just know them. Thankfully we have a massive retrograde season right now so we have a lot of time and space to reflect on how to physically integrate the wisdom we are receiving. We are spiritually supported to do that with the energy of a quintile between the Full Moon and Chiron. It’s almost as if nothing else really matters, other than fully integrating the wisdom and lessons we are learning. The universe is giving us space to integrate.

 

It’s likely that much of what you experienced around the New Moon total solar eclipse of a couple weeks ago is still strongly in your field of experience. This energy will actually be with us for up to 6 months through its ripple effect. We will still be working with these themes long-term, as we would anyway with the North Node of the Moon being in Cancer. We will come back to these eclipse energies again right at Christmas, but that time in Capricorn season. 

 

So, there is no running away from your soul-level obligations, duties and responsibilities. Really more than anything, this is a time to make soul, as mythologist Michael Meade puts it. He reminds us that with a world of a crumbling social order, more than ever we need to connect with our soul, and make more soul for the world. We do this through loving what we love. Loving our purpose in this life. An exact quote from Michael Meade: 

 

“…we are experiencing in culture a loss of soul. And we are here to make more soul. It begins with the individual, with everyone's personal genius, and once enough soul has been made by individuals, then we can reconnect to the collective and begin to change life. And our issues right now are so profound and widespread that we need many people's genius, and many people's soulful connections in order to build our way back to a meaningful culture, and a meaningful connection of culture to nature."

 

This sentiment that he so eloquently phrases is really what Pluto conjunct the South Node and this series of eclipses is all about. Pluto is the deepest desires of our soul’s evolutionary path. When we confront (Pluto) everything in the way of that, we make more soul, or we connect more with what our souls are really craving at this time. All of this occurs through us listening to our emotions. It happens through paying attention to the ways our conscious identities are shifting. This is all what the Moon symbolizes for us.

 

I hope this is helpful for you as you navigate the waters of this eclipse season. If you need support, I am here, and I encourage you to connect with your chart to really get all the angles of how this eclipse is moving through you and within you. As always, get your crystals out, say a prayer in reverence for your evolutionary journey, and maybe do something different, something that feels like an embodiment of the wisdom you’ve been integrating. Let your soul guide the way, you’re in good hands.

 

Truly honoring each of you on your journeys and bowing in reverence to all the hard work you’ve been doing to evolve, heal and shine your light in this world. Happy Full Moon. Namaste.

New Moon in Cancer Total Solar Eclipse

Welcome cosmic beings to Eclipse season. We have a New Moon total solar eclipse happening July 2nd, 2019, 12:16pm PDT at 10˚ 37’ of Cancer. We will also have a partial lunar eclipse with the upcoming Full Moon in Capricorn on July 16th. Something important to note about eclipses is that they only happen when the Sun and Moon are near to the nodal axis, which is currently at 17˚ of Cancer and Capricorn. 

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10˚ of Cancer is considered in the 2nddecan of Cancer, which includes Scorpio energy. This brings about a massive energy around transformation and mutation of our identity. Cancer is Yin Cardinal Water, pulling us inward, to source our innate emotional wisdom, our innate Goddess consciousness, our Great Mother who nourishes and supports us.

 

With Saturn Rx at 17˚ Capricorn conjunct the South Node, Pallas Athene & Asteroid Lilith at 13˚ of Libra, and Chiron at 5˚ of Aries, we have a Cardinal grand cross activation during this eclipse season. The Cardinal axis is about the fundamentals of our identity, the energy of initiating change in who we are. Whenever cardinal signs are being activated, we are steeped in the energy of putting ourselves out into the world in a new way. This axis also keeps us engaged with the dance of who we are at home in ourselves, and how we show up out in the world. What is the connection between our innate beingness and what is going on out in the world?

 

As we are witnessing much social upheaval and challenge on a collective level, with our political structure disintegrating and our new collective awareness that we need to step up as individuals and BE the change, this is pulling up a whole lot of gunk from our past. This is pulling up the histories that overshadowed the her-stories, the domination and suppression of the patriarchy, the foundations of our collective systems that are crumbling in their stagnant efforts of controlling the masses.

 

We are returning to a greater awareness of Goddess Consciousness. This implies reconnecting with the Earth, this beautiful home that supports us, houses us, feeds us and nourishes us. This process of returning to our wholeness requires a letting go and purging of who we thought we were. This requires a new look at our mythopoetic understanding of life… taking a look at the old stories and myths we’ve been told about who we are, and reconnecting to our true essence. We use stories, myth and poetry as tools for self-understanding. Think about the majority of the stories you’ve been told. Are they stories of truth, love, inherent beauty, authenticity and honoring natural processes? Or are they stories of shame, guilt, sadomasochism, domination and suppression? Likely there’s a mix of both of these spectrums, and our work is to peel back the layers and question the stories that do not align. Much of this is subconsciously programmed, and so we will need to dip into the realms of our subconscious to work this healing and repatterning. It’s a big task, and we will likely experience a strong push-back from the powers that be, but this is our life we’re talking about. This is the life of our planet and all the beautiful beings she holds that hangs in the balance of each of our individual self-awareness. We shift as a collective via the leadership of strong, aligned and authentic individuals who know themselves and their purpose in life. 

 

Saturn Rx conjunct the South Node is literally pulling off all of the layers of control, suppression, programming and conditioning around how we view life. Saturn was conjunct the South Node at the end of April a couple months ago. What were you working through then and how you are currently accelerating the evolution of your new self that is related to the deprogramming you began at that time? The very basis of what we consider reality is being challenged, as Saturn represents the consensus reality. As the consensus of the collective shifts into greater awareness of the flaws of our political and economic systems, we will start to witness greater change happening all around us.

 

The more we feel safe in showing up authentically in our true nature, the more we make space for all beings to return to nature in general. It is socially and environmentally imperative for us to remember the ways of our ancestors who walked in harmony with the Earth. To re-invigorate our sense of self-hood that is more in alignment with our true essence, our true identity. This requires us to acknowledge where and how we’ve been hypnotized, brainwashed or forced into submission. Through what has been dubbed the “dude standardization project” of the Renaissance, or the Enlightenment, or the Age of Reason, we have attempted to eradicate the Wisdom of the Goddess and associated Ways of Knowing.  The Goddess has spent millennia underground and in hiding, out of fear of persecution from the demonization of the patriarchy, and so has her wisdom. We are now reconnecting with this through our attention to holistic and alternative healing, embracing our intuition, and healing from the ways our very bodies have been shamed. 

 

“The patriarchal God has only one commandment: Punish life for being what it is. The Goddess also has only one commandment: Love life, for it is what it is.”– quote from the Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor

 

Think about what this quote is saying… the notion of punishing life for being what it is, original sin, being inherently sinful or needing to feel ashamed of our humanness, compared for embracing and loving life for what it is, and aligning with the natural flow.

 

With this eclipse, we are reconnecting ourselves to the source of life. We are coming back to our bodies, feeling into the reconciliation of spirit and flesh. We are no longer feeling ashamed of our wildness, or our untamed nature. This is foundational to what it means to heal our shadow.

 

Pallas Athene & Asteroid Lilith are working the return to the wild nature, embracing the un-tame nature that supports Goddess consciousness in her return to sovereignty, and therefore the sovereignty & autonomy of all beings. In Libra this can pull out patterns of relating where we hide ourselves for the sake of others’, or what we perceive others want from us. We can instead be an inspiration and a catalyst for others if we boldly align with our truth. We need to have these kinds of discussions and not shy away from these challenging topics.

 

With Chiron in Aries, we are healing our relationship with our own egos, and returning to a trust of our animal bodies, our instinctual nature, the part of us that wants what it wants as it receives information directly from Source.

 

We are healing the rift between the notions of Yin and Yang. Instead of seeing them as separate or opposing forces, we start to see them again as one continuum of the whole. We start to see how we can flow with the in and out breath of life, witness the symbiosis and unity consciousness that is inherent in Goddess culture. This is the consciousness that will engender a healthy planet and ecosystem, as we become more in alignment with the balance required in nature. We will support and align our human habits with natural processes instead of trying to box them in according to our dystopic consensus reality that have really just become about our convenience. While confronting that may be uncomfortable for some, it is a necessary push through to get to the other side of our authentic healing and collective growth and wellbeing.

Wishing you all a sweet & soulful New Moon in Cancer, may you be well, eat well, and love others well,

Nura

Cancer Season

Welcome to Cancer season, the point where the Sun hits the Northernmost point and it is Summer in the North, Winter in the South. Being of the North myself, that is the orientation I take, as it is Summer for me, but all of us around the world are working with Cancer energy. This is the energy of the home, nourishment, security, safety, the mother, the waters, the flow, the softness, what makes us feel at home with ourselves. My wish is for each of us to connect with a bit more softness this season.

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With the Sun’s ingress into Cancer, Neptune also stations Rx. Neptune stations retrograde today until November 27th, traveling between 18˚43’ and 15˚56’ Pisces. This small slice of Pisces degree points will be traversed a total of 3 times, and we’ve already moved through the 1st since Neptune has been in the pre-Rx shadow phase since the end of February.

 

We can look at the pre-Rx phase as indicating what potential confusion or disillusionment we require to work through this year. The actual Rx period shows us the work we need to do in going back to understand what has happened in the pre-Rx phase. What has been confusing for you over these past few months? This is the time to actively work through that by allowing the disillusionment process to take hold. We need to surrender to the process of letting go of our illusions, which eventually brings us to greater clarity. Then in the post-Rx phase (which lasts from November 27 to March 16th 2020), this is where we integrate fully our new-found clarity, and can see the fruits of our surrendering process.

 

Look at what planets you might have between 15-18˚ of Pisces for any conjunctions, or those same degrees in any sign. 15-18˚ in Gemini/Sagittarius will indicate squares or tensions emerging in your belief systems and how they connect to cosmic truth. 15-18˚ of Virgo will show what you are specifically integrating to be used in your daily life, what strategies, routines or patterns need to shift. 15-18˚ of any other sign will show other major & minor aspects, so be sure to play around with what is moving through your chart, what is being dissolved so you can connect more closely with Great Spirit.

 

We will have Venus in a gibbous phase opposition to Jupiter upon the Summer solstice, this emphasizes the reflective nature we are feeling into around our beliefs of the feminine while the Sun is culminating, our longest days of the year in the North, we might have more energy but also more time to think. We may be working through our own challenges in how we understand or identify with the nature of our own femininity, whether we identify as being in a male or female body. All genders carry the feminine and we all express feminine energy uniquely. But as we are collectively returning to the Goddess, much of what we experience can feel either very new, or perhaps like a long-lost sensation of déja vu or nostalgia for something we recognize deep within us. We can recognize the feelings of reconnecting with All Our Relations, through reconnecting with the Cosmic Mother, and bringing her wisdom back into how we organize our structures, systems, and paradigms currently.

 

This can challenge us to fight to hold onto our past beliefs about what reality is, as has been set out by patriarchal structures for the past few thousands of years. When we think about what has conditioned our present reality, we have to acknowledge that it has been built via belief systems, and is not based on inherent truth. We did not always operate from a place of industrialization, capitalism, putting the economy as the bottom line of success or fulfillment. 

 

Even as we collectively open up to more conversations around manifesting, there is still this strong remnant of a disjointed reality where everyone is an individual just creating their own world bubble, which is not quite accurate to what’s really going on. As we reconnect with the roots of our sacred nature, we remember that we are a collective, and we collectively manifest together. We have root systems that connect us around the world, similar to the mycelium that gather between the trees and provide us these beautiful fruiting bodies we call mushrooms. Cancer season in general is very much about reconnecting with our true roots, going back as far as we can, until we get close enough to reclaim the gifts our ancestors have left for us.

 

Mercury & Mars entering Leo mid-season, as they are currently conjunct in Cancer upon the Summer Solstice. With our minds and action language traveling through space together, we can have a greater ease on taking action on our ideas. As they are now in full phase opposition to Pluto, we are more able to let our thoughts and actions be directed toward relating with others, as we’ve just completed a major inner reflection with them in the gibbous phase. The full phase opposition is about finding integration, meaning and completion. The relationship between Mercury/Pluto and Mars/Pluto are about aligning our thoughts with our soul (Mercury), and our actions with our soul (Mars). Putting them together, we can be experiencing extremely aligned thoughts and actions that are propelling us forward at maximum speed toward our evolutionary intentions as a collective.

 

We have a New Moon total eclipse July 2ndwith the New Moon in Cancer. This will be a time of sweet surrender, softness, and reconnecting with our internal Mother. We may be developing a brand-new relationship with her, and perhaps extending the reach of our family and inner circle around this time. 

 

Then Venus will enter Cancer July 3rdjust after the New Moon, pulling us deep inside to explore the waters. It’s worth noting that all of the planets entering the beginning degrees of Cancer will square Chiron in Aries, pulling up the tensions between how we have presented ourselves in the past, or any wounding around our individuality, and how that intersects with our self-love, self-care, and nourishment. 

 

Mercury stations Rx July 7thuntil August 1stbetween the beginning degrees of Leo and back into Cancer. Mercury Rx in Leo is a time of bringing us closer to our heart, literally and figuratively. This can help us to identify mentally with what our heart is speaking to us, so we can actually connect our heart and mind energy centers, or chakras. Since Rx planets always pull in some of their opposite sign energy in order to find full integration, we need to look at the degree points between Cancer to Leo, and Capricorn to Aquarius. This will show us the axis we are working with in connecting mind and heart. 

 

Mercury will re-enter Cancer July 19, just before the end of Cancer season, pulling us back into the softness of our core, and we can ask how much our thoughts are aligned with our heart (Leo), and nourishing us (Cancer). Are our thoughts loving, and compassionate? Do we think about ourselves the way we would think about a child we loved unconditionally? The way a mother loves a child? Even me asking that question, what does that bring up for you? In what ways can you call in a greater softness and tenderness toward your own mother, in compassion for the challenges she’s had or the energy she’s given of herself to raise you?

 

Cancer rules the stomach, breasts, how we give and receive nourishment in our bodies. Cancer also has co-rulership over the womb space, and the umbilical cord that fed us first. We can imagine the umbilical cord of the great cosmic mother as symbolized through Neptune in Pisces, reconnecting us with her as a way to reconnect with our own wholeness. This is a time to learn what really nourishes us on all levels to be able to make the necessary changes here in our Earth experiences.

 

During Cancer season we can be coaxed into a reconnaissance with our childhood upbringing. More emotions can flow. We can pull in memories of who we were, perhaps to show us something that brings us closer to our authenticity. What did you enjoy doing as a child? If you are searching for greater joy and happiness in your life, perhaps you might want to try those same activities. For me it was hula hooping, collecting sticks and stones to make fairy gardens, and finding large rocks to hop over. I loved building tree forts. I loved hunting for bird nests. As an adult I still like these things, and am always grateful when I give myself time to connect with the simple joys and curiosities. Having a child definitely helps with this, but is not required in order to reconnect with your own inner child who is always with you. 

 

You can also look at what was difficult for you integrate or understand about yourself as a child. This can bring us to an even deeper awareness of what needs healing at this time. 

 

Chiron stations Rx July 8thuntil December 12thgoing between 5˚ to 1˚ Aries. This will pull us back into the ways we’ve been becoming friends with our egos, to deepen the relationship. The more we lean into the process of befriending our ego and maturing it, and away from the idea of transcending it or demonizing it, the deeper our healing will be. Perhaps beyond our self-healing, we may also find the tools to be of service and support for our fellow human beings, as we encourage the healthy expression of their egos. We can all mature together, and it doesn’t need to feel like a battle. 

 

The Full Moon in Capricorn will also be an eclipse on July 16that 2:38pm PDT. Look for 24˚ of Cancer and Capricorn, a rather sensitive point with the Moon being so close to Pluto and being an eclipse. Eclipses can only occur when the sun and moon are near to the lunar nodal axis, therefore this year with the Cancer/Capricorn new and full moons. Eclipses always mark a period of acceleration, which you may have already been feeling into depending on your level of attunement to the seasonal shifts. I will share more about this Full Moon closer to the date, but the more we can prepare for deep release of the past versions of ourselves, the faster forward evolution we can expect to occur during this upcoming Full Moon eclipse.

 

As we lean into the soft embrace of our Great Mother, we can ask ourselves what needs tending, what needs nourishing. We can spend this season dropping into our heart space, asking ourselves the right questions that offer us the greatest vantage point of enjoyment, creativity and presence. The more we dive into the cool, shallow waters, the more we can feel at home in ourselves, reminded that we are the universe. We carry the cosmic blueprint of existence within each of our cells, and with reverence to our ancestors and our lineage, we can honor the gift of our life.

 

Wishing you many blessings this Cancer season, until next time. Love, Nura

 

Cancer season at a glance:

 

June 21, Neptune Rx (until Nov 27, 5:32am PT) 7:35am PT

June 21, Sun enters Cancer, 8:55am PT

June 23, Venus opposite Jupiter

June 27, Mercury enters Leo

 

July

 

July 1, Mars enters Leo

July 2, New Moon total eclipse of Sun (Cancer), solar eclipse

July 3, Venus enters Cancer

July 8, Mercury Rx in Leo until Aug 1, Mercury conjunct Mars in Leo

July 8, Chiron stations Rx 4:40pm (until December 12)

July 9, Sun opposite Saturn

July 14, Sun opposite Pluto

July 16, Full Moon eclipse of Moon (Capricorn), partial lunar eclipse

July 17, Venus opposite Saturn

July 18, Venus trine Neptune (Cancer/Pisces)

July 19, Rx Mercury re-enters Cancer

July 21, Venus opposite Pluto, Ceres direct in Sag

Healing the Feminine - North Node in Cancer

This is a talk I gave for EA Zoom Meetings just before the Summer Solstice. Much of what we are collectively working through is purging the conditioning of the patriarchal domination and suppression of the feminine for the past 6000 years. More info can be found at the School of Evolutionary Astrology message board. Where we have the South Node, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn and the opposing North Node of the Moon in Cancer will show our process of reconditioning and returning to the Goddess.

With love,

Jordenne