Enthusiasm

In this moment ENTHUSIASM inhabits
these bits of now.
I enjoy this!
White caps, wind!
Gulls swept away by turbulence.
Trees, gleeful I imagine,
as they dance.
The wildness, when nature speaks
with enthusiasm is I!
Never not, never ventured
even a centimetre away 
from this truth.
I know it, you know it!
Just stand and watch the waves
return to the shore. 

When…

When,
was the ocean not or the moon?
the wind that circles here
and upon which our deep memories glide.
Ridges rise up from the sea, seem to float as 
they gather mist at dusk, at dawn. Their roots
hidden from view. 

We, 
fantasize of some mythic origin
and mythic beasts that
exist only in memory. Shift my gaze--
when was the sky not or the horizon line
that bisects above and below yet deeper than I see.
Yes, when was that not, when was I not. 

We are ‘a work of art’

New moon March 2022

I think of a great work of art as like a moon shining in the night sky: it illuminates the world, yet its light is not its own but borrowed from the hidden sun of the absolute.” ~The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

This passage went straight to my heart. For awhile I didn’t know why. Didn’t think why. But on a stroll along Shoreline park, observing so many people with children, with dogs, all an interwoven and integral tapestry, and the ever present glow that emanates from such every day scenes, it seemed obvious that each and every one of us is the moon, a great work of art, and in the sharing we radiate that which cannot be hidden in spite of some of our unconscious efforts.

Light shines from the most painful occurrences. The seed that was planted somewhere along the timeline sprouts from the driest, most inhospitable circumstances. Everything we learn in the journey brings us closer to the realization that whatever ‘I’ accomplish, whatever light I share I share with you and you with me and every ‘thing’ that graces our world.

Great works of art soothe our souls, bring to mind human capacity for suffering; the depths to which our human emotional selves dive, linger and rise again. All radiate the beauty of being here. Though we whine and complain, churn up drama about circumstances in our lives, beneath it all, surrounding it all is the ever present knowing that this is not Truth but a reality conjured and repeated based on thoughts we have also been sharing for a very long time.

Everything here is shared. What feels quite like an individual experience is also a collective journey. The more we open to our selves and risk exposing our vulnerability to others the stronger we become. Alignment with the natural flowing universal ‘way’ engages us in pure Being that delights us beyond reason. This touches everything. The moon, with its capacity to enchant is merely a reflection of the light that underlies existence; from which all things unfold.

Theoretical Physicist David Bohm (1917-1982) “conceived a new scientific approach to reality based on an understanding of the totality and oneness of existence as an unbroken and seamless whole.” ~Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

What enlightened masters realized centuries ago has been given substantiation through scientific observation and analysis. In Unfolding Meaning, A Weekend of Dialogue with David Bohm he explains fully his theories that include ‘implicate order’ (enfolding universe) and ‘explicate order’ (unfolding order). Not enough room here to discuss. He does talk about holomovement (holo, Greek for whole) as “the basic reality, at least as far as we are able to go, and that all entities…are features of the holomovement…”

If we talk about wholeness and wish to bring astrology for this New Moon into the conversation then Pisces is the sign which best describes the seamless whole. Pisces New Moon at 12 degrees 7 minutes is an expression of the limitless, unbounded whole.

Pisces is the soul, the ultimate mystical union with all, wordless sound, felt sense.” ~Cerena Childress, AstrologicalNow.com

Pisces New Moon with absence of light promotes seeking ‘answers’ from the light that is ever present, shines from within. The desire is to expand our capacity to radiate that automatically contributes to a pervasive ‘lightening’. Jupiter co-ruler of Pisces is at 14 degrees Pisces, conjunct the New Moon and a major player in the events that promote growth and utilization of wisdom. As circumstances appear to be devolving into greater chaos it is beneficial to also sense the deeper level of healing and maturation that occurs as a natural process of evolution.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree of Pisces is ‘a sword used in many battles is now in a museum.’ We have the potential to see the past displayed before us and make a collective choice to avoid repetition when it is clear that some of what has occurred in the past does not serve us.

Applying sound logic is one way of progressing based on facts rather than emotion and fiction. Saturn conjunct Mercury in Aquarius in this New Moon chart amplifies the powers of reason but can have a ruthless edge when considering collective good. Deleting individual priority in favour of what serves community may not please us. Clearly there is movement that is the result of centuries of activity contributed to by all of us that is an ongoing process, like an enormous juggernaut, that will not be stopped. Best to go with the flow.

A third exact conjunction in this chart is the Pluto, Mars, Venus aspect in Capricorn that points to the elimination of structure that supports an antiquated perspective of what we desire (Venus) and how we go about attaining that (Mars). There are many possibilities with this trio. The underlying energy though is one that seeks to continue the disintegration of dualistic notions that continue to create separation.

As we progress further from the Kali Yuga (the darkest time for human development) into the

Dwapara Yuga on way to the Golden Age, belief systems that do not serve the evolutionary ‘intent’ are naturally falling away. On an individual basis we are unaware of all that this entails. We can however become aware of this flow that is everything including me and you and intend to freely follow that flow.

A point for possible consideration, the exact square between Uranus and the asteroid Juno. Juno “embodied traditional ideas of monogamy and marriage.” ~Astrology.com This butting heads with Uranus the planet of revolution for evolution and taking into consideration the Pluto (destruction), Mars (yang) Venus (yin) conjunction speaks of a concentrated energy that pushes us to reconsider the basis of what defines us. Big stuff for these dynamic times! Nothing that ‘we’ are not ready for or cannot handle.

Black Moon January 31st 2022

When fabulous glistening fish leap into existence from nothingness, exploding the brilliant mirror surface of the lake, there are immediately three vital considerations: the still lake, the leaping fish and the awareness that is present in both.” ~from Roaring Silence by Ngakpa Chogyam & Khandro Dechen

No matter what is going on in our lives we can remember that it all arises from source/awareness. Everything leaps into existence from “that”. Makes one wonder, how can we have expectations that things be more, better or different? Can we really critique the infinite, eternal essence? That from which we continue to unfold, becoming clearer, less encumbered by the conditioning that began from a single thought such a long time ago.

Simply stated, when we have clarity there is only “that”. Our desire to, or ability to judge, question or analyze fades. We rest as Being—observation and knowing. Observing what appears on the screen of experience with little or no reaction and knowing that there is nothing to know and ‘I’ know nothing. The entire individual relaxes.

I unwind from the intricate web of confusion that has been my limitation. Suddenly my vision is panoramic, sweeps the surface of this existence and dives deeply into what is not defined in any way.

How surprising and how liberating! It isn’t necessary to describe the nature which is intrinsically ‘I’!

Less responsibility, more opening. And if I can describe it, that ‘it’, it is not.

We call upon the wisdom that resides within each of us to navigate this path to freedom. We are on auto pilot now. The car is driving itself without ‘my’ interference and will arrive faster if I give up control.

There is always what appears to be going on for an individual and there is at the same time the ever present flow of essence that is everything, moves everything. We all swim in that same sea. Whatever touches me, touches you. The vision that many many share at this time features abidance with what supports this vision and life with less suffering. As water levels rise so our emotional wisdom does exceed selfish myopic, tendencies. We all rise.

We have been talking about Uranus and its general influence during these last several months. It continues as we move through 2022. At this New Moon (12 degrees Aquarius) Uranus squares the dominants position from 10 degrees of Taurus. In Taurus, Uranus has shaken our foundations to the core requiring us to re-envision the structure which we have relied on for a sense of security. With little left to which to attach we are automatically driven to explore beyond what we know. No better time to look at Uranus’s influence than with New Moon, our monthly reset, in the sign of ‘the visionary’.

This New Moon is the second one of January on the west coast. We are able to reset our intentions with even greater resolve! Uranus went direct on January 18th after many months in retrograde. We can be sure that the forces for change will accelerate. The second New Moon (occurs once in two or three years) is called a black moon. Symbolically, do we dig a little deeper into our sense of values and what we most want to create? What are we most called to with the influence of Uranus?

Freedom! Freedom for all beings. Its a climb as we are all aware. Most of us have entered into the journey of healing our wounds and have experienced the multiple layers of ‘stuff’ that came in with the package. Is it never ending? We effort only as long as we feel there is a need to effort. It can be comforting to realize that it all happens quite organically and without my working at it. Liberation is attained when I no longer attach to thoughts that suggest, ‘There is more work to be done.’

The beauty of Uranus is the energy turned toward lightening the load (dissolution of old patterns and beliefs) and receiving the light of Truth that Uranus is known for. Uranus the ‘light bringer’. Uranus out with the old! Make way for the unknown.

Enligthenment is possible at any moment. The intrinsic spaciousness of being is continually reminding us of enlightenment.” ~Roaring Silence

Individuals with vision have great faith and trust in the unknown. They are aware of spaciousness, of what is the more that we seek.

They are aware of that which is most evolutionary residing within this territory. This aspect, of faith and trust, is most frequently associated with the planet Jupiter which began this year at zero degrees Pisces. Jupiter + Pisces is indicative of expansive consciousness, the rise of spiritual perspective, deep sensitivity to the collective expression and plight. Dissolving of the warp and weft that has bound us to certain beliefs. No boundaries. Everything is possible and not needing to know the how or why of it.

When we have realized, as Richard Tarnas* puts it, “that there is a deeper principal of order at work in the world connecting inner and outer”, we are more apt to become excited about the journey knowing that whatever happens is orchestrated by that ‘principal’. There is an element of mystery involved (Pisces) that nurtures Jupiter’s optimism.

The conjunction takes place in early April at 23 degrees of Pisces. The previous conjunction of these two planets occurred in 2009 at 23 degrees of Aquarius. The difference? Aquarius is futurism while Pisces is spiritualism. A word for each that is highly selective from many words that can describe these planets. The selection is based on what one perceives as the evolutionary trajectory of this planet, Earth. As we move further out of the Kali Yuga (darkest period of experience) toward the Golden Age, awareness is our path.

This conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces is a point of ‘light’ that illuminates further our way on the journey. The last meeting in Pisces occurred in 1865—end of American Civil War, abolition of slavery. The year of 1865 was associated with the wood Ox. 2022 is the year of the water Tiger. We have just moved through the year of the Ox, of subservience, obedience compared to the Tiger…strong and independent.

Our task for 2022 is not in the doing or efforting to make something happen but to listen to the inner calling that will lead us without effort in a way that is in harmonious alignment with the abiding principal that is Life.

Please stay tuned as Jupiter will conjunct March’s New Moon in Pisces that gives us the opportunity to adjust mindset according to everything that happens in every magical moment. Why we take one step at a time. We really do not know what will be next.

*Richard Tarnas is the author of Cosmos and Psyche. There are a couple of videos in which he discusses his work. The above quote is from Part I of Cosmos and Psyche

2022: To Overcome

January New Moon, New Year: Clarity!

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” ~Rumi

How simple and deeply profound. The words of Rumi bring peace to heart and mind. We struggle with trying to create balance when opposition exists. The mind is in a state of confusion when faced with this and that. We look for ways to reconcile that which is not in balance and harmony. We may not want to make a judgment and yet that may be what we end up doing when we think things exist in opposition.

Picture a field adorned perhaps with flowers and grasses that grow in abundance. The sky rises up endlessly from the horizon and is clear. We look up from our admiration of the floral carpet beneath our feet and become transfixed by seamless pale blue. The mind finds nothing to compare in this vast, unlimited vista. Within moments the individual is free from thinking in relative terms. That is our habit based on the nature of this duality within which we exist.

Stillness, peace in the absolute. The whole being can relax and know what it means when we are told,

“The Divine Mother takes care of everything. Why resist? Why worry?” We come to trust the quiet within that guides and informs us at all times. When we gaze at the endless sky nothing is out of place, nothing can be more, better or different. We have no expectations and so we rest.

A New Year, a water Tiger year (February 1st)! Tigers are fierce warriors and go it alone. They are the largest and most powerful of the cats. Known for agility (they can leap 26-32 ft.) and their ability to swim, tigers can tackle many obstacles successfully. There isn’t much that intimidates them. Tigers walk with supreme confidence.

This year will be markedly different than last year which was influenced by the metal Ox. Oxen are castrated bovine tat are docile and obedient. They are service animals that often work in pairs. Tigers are independent and solitary.

2022 will highlight our independent and fearless nature. We will have courage and wisdom to meet challenges and the confidence to follow through with our visions. We must listen deeply to our own intuition and to that which arises from our hearts. Fear resides in the mind, the heart is free to show patience, compassion and tolerance.

January is the month of Capricorn. We can give thanks for all the mountain goats who are patient and persistent as they pursue their goals with determination. Challenges are met with courage and a will to succeed! They will lead us higher as we seek to rise above any limiting circumstances. Capricorns are robust with an ability to resist illness. As focused as they are on work, they have no time to deal with sickness. Capricorn relates to structure, building and bringing together resources that successfully support any project.

With the New Moon in Capricorn we envision new structure that will support us on this journey as the old structure continues to crumble. Again we must take a look at the eccentric planet Uranus that invites us to rebel against control and limitation and to seek freedom. Uranus has been aspecting the New Moon since July of 2021 at which time it was quincunx or inconjunct (150 degree aspect) Sun/Moon. It’s influence is apparent in the upheaval that is taking place in the world environment. Uranus promotes change. It pushes, urges, pressures us to move beyond rules, regulations, boundaries that are suffocating us. We are not moving fast enough. Uranus promotes action without judgment. Change will occur! The Tower XIV of the major arcana exemplifies the energy of Uranus very well. Lightning strikes the tower and people fall from a height as the building collapses. This can happen suddenly so one needs to be prepared to give up whatever is limiting movement and not be too surprised if it is taken from us.

If we think again about the oppositional dynamic that we mentioned in the beginning of the article; there are those who have and those who have not. Now, it is true…this is as it is and has been, however the disparity between these two groups creates immense confusion, suffering and emotional discontent—unrest, not peace. We move in the direction of equality, balance and understanding that peace resides when the outer environment becomes a reflection of the inner environment or that which has been our true nature through eternity.

The Buddha-nature which is ours from the very beginning is like the sun which emerges from the clouds, or like a mirror which, when rubbed, regains its original purity and clarity. (217)” ~Edward Conze from Buddhist Scriptures

This is peace.

The New Moon in Capricorn at 12 degrees is almost mid-sign and in the second set of ten degrees or the second ‘decan’ ruled by Venus the ruler of the next earth sign, Taurus. This combination is hard work that does duty for the goddess of beauty and pleasure. Comfort has a lot to do with pleasure. We need to be comfortable before we can consider being pleased. Working towards a comfortable existence for the majority. That is the underlying objective with these astrological influences—Uranus, Capricorn, Venus and yet to be mentioned is Mercury in Aquarius the sign that is home to Uranus.

Mercury the messenger has just entered the sign of Aquarius, the voice of Reason, the voice of collective good, of that which serves an enlightened Life. We are challenged on an individual and a collective basis to embrace greater awareness and this we are doing! This is the time to reap the rewards for hard work accomplished in the past and utilize that powerful support system to gain ground in favour of enlightened society. This is the message of Mercury that is in Aquarius until the 27th of January when it retrogrades back into Capricorn.

Two steps forward, one step back! Cleaning up loose ends…break down, sweep out.

As Venus rules the Capricorn decan for this New Moon we also examine the position of this planet to see further into the vibration presented to us at this time. Goddess of Love conjuncts Pluto, God of the underworld. The motion is retrograde as of December 19th. We can be sure that there is some deep and unconscious revelation going on in terms of what values feel authentic and those that are simply arising from a place of relative desire. Not to dismiss those desires completely but to think a little about their origin and how might this serve me/us or not.

On January 6th Venus will exactly sextile (60 degree aspect-some ease) Neptune, planet of spiritual realization and hence also associated with illusion, fantasy and myth as many people may not clearly understand this aspect of human capacity—expressing Truth/Spirit in physical reality. We may waver between ‘knowing’ and ‘not knowing’. Perhaps wanting to create our perfect world but not quite realizing how to accomplish this. We are a work in progress! Perpetual change and motion! Just don’t stop, don’t resist. The machine is gaining speed (the Earth is actually speeding up its rotation, great article on https://earthdata.nasa.gov by Jane Beitler on this subject) and we will keep pace!

Paradise is not some kind of enchanted land filled with flowers and music. It is not some kind of spiritual Disneyland. Paradise is our primordial pure consciousness, which is free of all limitations but embodies the infinity of the divine.” ~Anam Thubten from No Self No Problem

We talk every month about the energies of New Moon, Full Moon sometimes taking note of what may occur regarding these times in relation to these. What is also good to know is the motion of our machine and how the constant change from day one moves us whether we realize this or not. It all contributes. We are being moved whether we think it or not. This actually allows us, if we accept this, to utilize less effort in our daily lives to have things happen. We can be assured that it all will continue even without ‘my’ effort.

To paraphrase the enlightened teacher Robert Wolfe, Living Nonduality, “The world gets along just fine without my intervention.”

May 2022, a number six, as above so below, perfection, peace, harmony and equality be the year of greater awareness and overcoming divisive thoughts.

2022 and Our Inner Smile

We are ripples on the pond, dust swirling in a whirl of wind, stars glittering in the midst of deep space. We are gems amongst gems and the wave returning to the sea. Life is simple and yet it may depend on from where you focus your attention whether or not you agree.

Once you have the View, although the delusory perceptions of samsara may arise in your mind, you will be like the sky; when a rainbow appears in front of it, it’s not particularly flattered, and when the clouds appear, it’s not particularly disappointed either. There is a deep sense of contentment. You chuckle from the inside as you see the facade of samsara and nirvana; the View will keep you constantly amused, with a little inner smile bubbling away all the time.” ~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

December 3 (PT), New Moon

December New Moon—Fanning the Flames

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom.” ~The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

If we have the courage to let go we may find also, all that we have that we never realized is there. When we let go of less essential things, automatically some of our beliefs and old habits begin to slip away, those that are limiting us from embracing the Self, others and all of life on a more intimate level.

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” ~Dogen

As we have just celebrated Thanksgiving and have experienced the powerful energy exuded upon this day of love, compassion and gratitude we are ready to fully embrace our next leap forward! It is a leap because we enter territory that asks for attention to a level of ‘existence’ with which we are not entirely familiar. And these days the doors to that are flying open! The universe beckons us deeper and we cannot help but be lured so hungry are we to touch the untouchable.

I sail with you on the ocean of my dreams, to a far away distant Place of great beauty and tranquility, where suffering and pain do not exist, where we give praises for our joy and happiness, where our Love intertwines with Love for all things.” ~Rumi

Brave souls we are that wander sometimes aimlessly or sometimes with great sense of purpose bringing light and warmth to many around us. The vast majority of souls look for the light and live in circumstances that challenge, moved by a knowing that has no origin and no end. And each of us in our own poetic way speaks the beauty of what lies just beyond the mundane experience.

These days, that reflect the rapid rise of collective consciousness are an expression of this beauty and the continuing bold determination of Earth’s citizens to let go and venture forth. As we approach the end of another year we naturally consider all that has transpired in the last 11 months and how we may wish to best utilize our abilities moving forward. To recognize that we are being called to a new level of performance and how best to serve this calling.

As always we are guided by more than the power of our minds. During this New Moon on December 3 (PT) at 12 degrees of Sagittarius we also experience a solar eclipse. The eclipse will not be seen in North America as it occurs in the Antarctic and partially in the southern most tips of S. Africa, S. America, Australia and New Zealand.

Feels as though symbolically, the shadow crossing the underside of the planet, will encourage the exposure of dark secrets and hidden agendas; those plans long in place attempt to rise further out of the shadow to control and limit. Saturn in Aquarius square to Uranus in Taurus—restriction and change, rules and regulations and the unpredictable. Saturn is establishment and Uranus is rebellion. Saturn rules structure and Uranus is the abolishment of same.

Uranus is at the helm of the New Moon ship right now having aspected the Sun/Moon conjunction for the past few months. (Discussed in last month’s article) This time Uranus is inconjunct* (150 degree aspect) the pair, less than 1 degree of separation. We are continuing to be urged to make adjustments in order to ‘go with the flow’ and to be open minded and flexible.

As the effect of a solar eclipse is months long we can expect that we are heading into some challenging times. Consider that the fixed star Rastaban/Alwaid at 11 degrees 58 minutes is conjunct the New Moon. This star is the eye of the dragon in constellation Draco. I like the following explanation for its influence at this time from the astrologyking.com.

Rastaban, the Dragon’s Head: (beta star in constellation Draco), is another Saturn-Venus star to keep up the healing theme of Serpens and Ophiucus. The implication is that: Open up this head full of knowledge, and we really do have the key to our ills and the healing of them.”

We are on a powerful trajectory to heal what ails us and Sagittarius shows us the way. The symbol of the archer with bow raised to the sky tells us that the journey is reaching for that which lies beyond our immediate grasp. Sagittarius seeks Truth and is determined to risk all in order to achieve the goal. Sagittarius is bold, determined, confident and optimistic. All characteristics that can serve to fan the flames that already leap about us on route to the purification that is inevitable. We burn away the dross to expose the Reality beneath.

Courage is Mars and confidence is Jupiter. These two square each other bringing to this current new Moon a mix of bold enthusiasm and aggression and impulsiveness. It is a highly energetic combination that again fans these flames.

Our task at this time is to keep our heads about us; to remain cool under pressure. To remember stillness as the source of everything and to feel the harmony within the conflict. Our thoughts create our reality. What is it that I create in any moment? Let it be derived from the ocean of peace. May we all move into the New Year with single embrace.

*The significance of an inconjunct is that the energies expressed by the planets involved (in this case Sun/Moon and Uranus) are not obvious to us from a mundane perspective. We will be frustrated if we attempt to harmonize the energy using conventional methods. We must look deeper to spiritual truth to follow the energy without stress; with peace.

The Eight Brocades

September New Moon; and the Eight Pieces of the Silk Brocade

I was sitting by the ocean one late summer afternoon, watching the waves rolling in and feeling the rhythm of my breathing, when suddenly I became aware of my whole environment as being engaged in a gigantic cosmic dance… I “saw” cascades of energy coming down from outer space, in which particles were created and destroyed in rhythmic pulses; I “saw” the atoms of the elements and those of my body participating in this cosmic dance of energy; I felt its rhythm and I “heard” its sound, and at that moment I knew that this was the Dance of Shiva, the Lord of Dancers, worshiped by the Hindus.” —Fritjof Capra

This quote I came upon recently describes perfectly how I was going to begin this article—with my experiences of doing Qi Gong (the Eight Pieces of the Silk Brocade) by the ocean. Fritjof Capra is a physicist and ‘deep ecologist’ who promotes the inherent worth of all living beings…

While I move slowly and from a place of deep knowing the mind is still, giving space for feeling into life that is everywhere. Time does not exist. There is openness. Sense of self vanishes. ‘I’ am the ocean, sand, cliffs behind and I soar with the pelicans gliding in platoon. Quiet, peace, swirling, unfolding, the universe flows—we flow—without focusing on our numerous thoughts, time and reference to the many details that define our reality cease to exist. There is freedom. Freedom from the relentless way in which we can drive our selves. Freedom to, just Be.

The Eight Pieces of the Silk Brocade (the 8 brocades) is a Qi gong practice a thousand years old that a young chinese general developed for his troops to enhance all of their abilities.

This practice is based on finding a graceful and fluid rhythm among your own integral energies. Each movement relates to an organ encouraging harmony throughout the body and a positive flow of energy.

When the body is in harmony it is one with the universal flow of energy. We are one with that. There is no separation.

Qi Gong is a strategy for freedom from our cage of isolation.” ~Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance

Qi Gong is empowering and stilling. As our fears subside, confidence increases and we are able to move through life with grace just as we do with the movements of Qi Gong.

A knowing is instilled through repetitive practice that cannot be defined by the mind. It feels so ‘right’ that it cannot be denied.

Qi Gong practice is perfect to consider during this New Moon in Virgo. The natural characteristics of Virgo, quiet, patient, observant, skilled, focused and dedicated are qualities that contribute to the mastery of such an art. And in the process of relieving our selves of old resistances we notice a lightness and peace that takes up residence. Feeling good is associated with the letting go and releasing that happens during practice.

This is an active New Moon chart as it includes an exact trine with the evolutionary giant Uranus. Will of the people, less focus on the individual. Universal causes, unity, no separation, equality, freedom. The energy of Uranus is electric, shocking, rebellious in its quest to liberate and wake us up! Therefore it would not be unusual for the individual to be feeling an extra level of tension cultivated by the tendency toward resistance that most humans feel when urged to change and the high voltage insistence of Uranus.

“Uranus brings with it a new way of looking at things, and its approach is best met with an expanded consciousness.” ~www.astrology.com

Seeing beyond the habitual is easier with Uranus in play. As the higher octave of Mercury, Uranus is about insight and knowing rather than thinking. It’s view is of the big picture and so demands that we open up to what is outside of our normal range of view. This might be a challenge for Virgo who prefers to deal with what is observable and practical.

This is where Qi Gong is a powerful tool for transformation and can be appealing to Virgo—taking practical steps through Qi Gong movement is all that is necessary the rest happens without our interference. There is nothing more to do.

Doing is the realm of Mars, also found in Virgo currently. This combination is action with precision and very beneficial for focusing the energy during a Qi Gong routine.

Mars is the planet of “do” and Virgo is the sign of “do it efficiently.” While Mars moves through Virgo, we’re able to figure out where to cut the fat…”

There is the additional energy of Neptune to consider here though, as Neptune is in opposition to Mars.

“Mars in Virgo retrograde is a powerful healer who goes inside the inside to heal you. Mars in Virgo retrograde opposing Neptune is the healer healing the healer. Hands-on, hands-off, doesn’t matter. And the message that heals is nothing you can grasp with the mind which Virgo finds… uncomfortable.~www.moonplutoastrology.com

It may feel uncomfortable, the lack of definition, however through Qi Gong the purpose of not being able to grasp ‘it’ with the mind becomes evident as we have mentioned all along. Let go and trust. One step at a time, one movement at a time and all questions become irrelevant even for the short time one is immersed in the Qi Gong dance. 

With Jupiter in Aquarius inconjunct or quincunx Mars, when the action is for expansion and moving with the Universal flow, it feels balanced, harmonious and ‘perfect’. If there is doubt and deliberation about any ‘this or that’, the discomfort will be noticeable. 

The trine to Mars from Pluto is a powerful energy to eliminate any tendencies that are limiting action toward greater self awareness. All the planetary players are in alignment to help us reach our most desired goals. There isn’t much that needs to be done except follow the movement and relax!

Video: Mimi Kuo-Deemer demonstrating the Eight Pieces of the Silk Brocade

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New Moon June

June 10, 19 degrees 47 minutes Gemini @ 3:53 a.m. PT

The New Moon is the time to set your intention for the coming month, be it for a new project, idea, plan, thought, relationship, job, etc. This is the day to invite change into your life and be open to new possibilities. There’s a pioneering quality and innocence to the New Moon and it’s also a vulnerable time of unknowing.” –Internet source

Gemini generally is out going: communicative, social, exploring, learning through daily experience. During this New Moon however, when we naturally seek a quieter place for contemplation as we plant the seeds that will blossom as our new visions, the ruler of Gemini, Mercury is in retrograde motion. Planets in retrograde motion slow down. Gives us time to think before we act.

Often with Mercury in retrograde motion communication of all kinds can be challenging. Patience is required. And when patience is required we take a step away from our usual ways of responding, expressing, reacting. Mercury retrograde is conjunct the Sun and Moon and so the mind, practicing patience, has opportunity to reset, re-evaluate, re-think some of the beliefs that have been motivating and influencing us; to be aware of what is on a level beyond our conditioned thoughts.

You may feel somewhat confused about who you are and what you want during this retrograde (Mercury). However, it’s only revealing the deeper layers of yourself, encouraging you to look a little more closely at your identity. Engage with the process of discovering yourself all over again. Chances are, there are aspects of yourself that you never truly acknowledged or respected the way you should have. Connect with a deeper confidence.”–Internet source

Often, within is what we are less familiar with. Without is a habituated experience. We see, hear, smell and are attuned to everything that goes on around us in physical reality for numerous reasons. This is fine. We can notice at the same time that in this physical reality is lack of permanence. What is, when all physical phenomenon cease to exist? Or what is it that precedes and succeeds all phenomenon? Looking within so to speak leads to greater awareness of a deeper Truth.

These kinds of questions might find there way to the surface whilst we are immersed in the energies of the New Moon and particularly when Mercury is retrograde. The usual answers that may be practical and rational do not seem to suffice now. Inward seeking can provide answers that elude us otherwise.

The Gemini mind will ‘seek’ answers, by nature they are seekers. And when the realm of questions dwindles to just a very few, the answers begin to lie not in words (Gemini forte) but in knowing. Finally Gemini becomes silent. During this New Moon such silence may be pervasive—and welcomed.

Therein are our answers, in the stillness that will dispel confusion, avoid distraction and encourage us to not be dismayed, for instance, by the Neptune square the Sun and Moon but to realize the gift of no boundaries, no limitations that Neptune represents. It is the nebulous quality attributed to Neptune that leads to astrologers describing Neptune as creating confusion.

Neptune can be a great gift, but it is important to stay grounded, as it easily looses touch with reality.”–Internet source

The gift of Neptune is suspending beliefs in order to ‘imagine’ the unimaginable. Neptune is a doorway from the power of the mind/ego to what is beyond thinking; what lies between the warp and the weft or the structure that defines our human experience. It is no wonder that Neptune is not easily expressed in words as it’s territory lies beyond definition. Any confusion related to Neptune’s influence is simply us unable to grasp with the mind the Truth that is all around us, is obvious and yet lies hidden by the mind and its numerous beliefs; that it cannot be as simple as knowing that my self is a construct whereas Self is without reliance upon any external phenomenon.

Neptune is not knowing, being open to what is out side of the box, what is greater than anything the mind can perceive. As such in order to inhabit the deep waters of Neptune we must surrender, and let go of beliefs all together. The ego is challenged to retreat.

The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.” C.G. Jung

We all have Gemini somewhere in our charts. We all have a natural sense of curiosity that moves us to discover more of life; how we live, express, communicate, reach out and share. Gemini likes to share. There is an understanding of the natural connection of all things that Gemini knows is how we thrive. Thriving is easily achieved when we listen to that which is generated from a deeper level of awareness.

Communication, Gemini’s gift encompasses all that transpires in the realms of connection as communication supports community.

Trees have their communication systems, some consisting of underground root systems that pass information along within the clan. Nature is full of ways of transferring ‘data’ that are not reliant upon words. Everything, as source is motivated by and moved by an eternal, omniscient, omnipresent ‘voice’ that arises from stillness. Communication is a word but we all ‘hear’ the voice and respond to it in the way in which we can and do.

During this New Moon take a look at the house in which the New Moon in Gemini resides and notice if its affect encourages you to delve deeper into awareness of what this house relates to.

Briefly the houses represent:

1st House: I seek self/Self

2nd House: I seek security/relationship to resources.

3rd House: I seek to learn and communicate

4th House: I seek emotional connection

5th House: I seek self/Self expression

6th House: I seek to perfect self

7th House: I seek to relate self to another.

8th House: I seek to understand

9th House: I findTruth

10th House; I find resources and build

11th House: I find collective connection, awareness

12th House: I find dissolution, Being

Basically the houses take us through a journey from self discovery (1st house) until the ego dissolves opening us to Self discovery (12th house).

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” Lao Tzu

The Superior Man understands that the Work is guided from within, and that choices which ignore this truth can only retard its progress. (Present actions originate future consequences: pay heed to your choices.)“–Internet Source from the I Ching #54, Kui Mei

Shining Brighter

Waking up into heaven. The sun shines all day long. Even the moon reflects the sun’s light. Clouds come, clouds go. It rains. It storms. The sun shines all day long. The tiny boat drifts off. The wind sighs. The moon appears as all else fades and moon beams dance on the waves.

“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry–all forms of fear–are caused by too much future and not enough presence.” ~Eckhart Tolle

This shoe lace flops about dangerously,
about to become two separate pieces to be dragged
along pavement, slapped in a puddle,
tangled in a bush that diverts my way home.

I bend to tie it together and wonder
how many times I have performed this task.
"Just once," I hear. "Right now, only once."

There is a sigh, relief. The little door springs open
and the melody of a tiny songbird pierces that thought.