December 27th Musings

I was recently gifted a new oracle deck for Christmas, the Rumi Oracle by Alana Fairchild. The energy when holding the deck immediately told me it had things to say and that I needed to listen. After becoming acquainted with each card, I pulled one for the day asking what lessons it had for me. The card I pulled was the Dance of the Divine Feminine.

If a tree could move
from one place to another,
it would not suffer the pain of the saw
or the oppressive wounds.

If the Sun and the Moon
stood still like the rocks,
they could not offer brilliance.

How bitter the taste of water would be,
if the river stopped its flow
remaining still like seawater.

When the seawater rises
to become a cloud,
it loses its bitterness
and pours the rain of sweetness.

I have given you only a few examples.
You can figure out the rest.
Break away from the self
and enter the Kingdom of Love
-Rumi

This message could not be more appropriate for what is going on in my life but also for the astro weather brewing. Neptune is making some major aspects, asking us to delve into the divine, while Saturn holds one of Venus’s hands and the Sun holds the other. She’s moving away from the restriction of Saturn and into the creative arms of the Sun. Neptune is forcing Mars to take a deeper look before he hits Jupiter and expands his energies outward. Neptune wants Mars to use his energy in a healing way, bringing in Mercury to help connect everything together.
The moon is dancing, though briefly, through it all, twirling with Uranus and showing her deepest individualistic expression. Her eyes are closed and she doesn’t care if anyone is watching- she just wants to feel the energy in the air as Uranus fills her with electricity.

This card is telling us to take control of our lives. Don’t be afraid to make some changes; Saturn might make us feel like our energies are stifled but he really wants us to let go of what isn’t serving us. He’s highlighting areas we feel inadequate about and telling us to hone in on them, work on them, and gain back our confidence. We often stay stagnant because of fear- we don’t know enough, we aren’t strong enough, people will laugh at us, we can’t succeed. Saturn is telling us to stop the self-defeating talk, follow our dreams and ignite our desires instead of hiding behind fear. Everyone does this in a different way- my way is finding the divine feminine inside myself and allowing her to break free of the restrictions I’ve held her under for too long. If the water around you tastes bitter, shake things up- allow fresh water to flow through.

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Welcome home Saturn!

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I have been seeing plenty of material over the last few weeks written about Saturn entering Capricorn yesterday so instead of writing anything on it myself, I soaked in the last of Sagittarius/Saturn energy and rode the waves into Capricorn. I wanted to feel the full extent instead of intellectualizing it, which I have a tendency to overdue, and let me tell you…it felt great! Honestly, it was liberating, which would seem a little odd for Saturn, bearer of chains, entering its ruling sign of hard working Capricorn. I guess my Aquarius moon dancing with my natal Saturn feels more than happy to have Capricorn controlling Saturn again- Sagittarius just didn’t really know what to do with him!

I know that’s how I felt in my case- how do I blend those two energies? I had a lot of great ideas, and now that Saturn is back in Capricorn, I feel the freedom to carry out those ideas to the best of my abilities. Beautiful!

Immediately, the Virgo midheaven I am, I decided to start a plan of action for 2018. I’m ready to hunker down again and get the ball rolling on the things I’m most passionate about instead of making excuses as to why I can’t. Many people write down intentions for moon phases, and those are great for short term goals, but this is prime time for long term goals. Where do you want to be in three years? What can you do to get there? What do you need to work harder on and what might you need to let go? You have two and a half years to utilize the strength of Saturn in Capricorn, and then another two and a half to expand upon that with Aquarius. This is where you do the work and reap the rewards. Saturn wants to help you succeed.

Welcome to Mercury Retrograde!

 

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Mercury stationed direct December 3rd and turned retrograde December 4th at the very end of Sagittarius- just before it entered into Capricorn. Mercury wasn’t ready to solidify the lessons learned while transiting Sagittarius. Mercury will take the next month to rewind, reflect, and relearn. January 11th 2018 is when these lessons will be solidified; Mercury will enter Capricorn and finally turn ideas into reality.

Mercury retrograde is known for disruptions in travel, communication mistakes, scheduling difficulties, technology malfunctions and the past coming back to ‘haunt’ us. All of these things are more likely during Mercury Retrograde, but that’s not all there is to it.

Think about what this means- Mercury, the actual planet in the sky, looks as if it is moving backward in its orbit. In reality, it’s not moving backward, it just looks like it is. Take this into account when analyzing how it affects us- there may be scheduling errors, problems with travel, technology issues, communication not going as planned, etc. All of this is due to perceiving the situations incorrectly (perceiving that the planet is moving backward but it’s really not). How can we remedy this? Be patient, take your time, avoid making huge decisions especially regarding signing contracts- things are foggy, and with careful planning mistakes can be avoided, but it’s better to wait until the fog lifts.

You don’t have to hide under a rock until December 23rd and the retrograde is over. Mercury retrograde can be an amazing time for reflection and reworking things you’ve put to the side. It’s also a great time to focus on your dreams, writing down and thinking about what they might be trying to tell you. It’s a time for silence and reflection.

This specific Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius will be in a trine to Uranus. Uranus can create even more difficulties surrounding technology on a mundane level, but on a personal development level, it can show great strides in communicating with ourselves. Uranus can create an electric environment, and with Mercury turning your thoughts inward, it creates a lot of mental energy that will need to be harnessed effectively. Writing down random thoughts, creating a log for your dreams upon waking, making lists of what needs to be done, etc. are all ways you can harness this energy. Don’t let this intense energy turn into nervous energy- skip the paranoia and worry and trust yourself and the universe to provide. Trust that you can get through whatever is thrown your way and the worries will fade. New ideas will be sparked; you can take past situations and see them in a completely different light, aiding in healing past wounds. Inspiration will strike if you’re letting yourself be open to it.

What does this mean for you and where should you focus?

Aries; This Mercury retrograde is about expanding your mind and your energy. You’ll want to reflect on where you want to go from where you currently reside, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Talk to yourself about your views on life and decide if they are helping or hindering your path. Decide what you want your path to be and write down steps to bring yourself toward manifesting those desires.

Taurus; You might feel yourself in uncomfortable territory with this Mercury Retrograde because it’s asking you to look deeply inside yourself and how you relate to others on a level beyond the surface. You might want to avoid the past, or you might not want to let it go, but you’re being asked to stare straight into the abyss and confront what you see. If you’ve been holding onto past hurts or any sort of bitterness, reflect on why you can’t loosen your grip. The theme is to understand and then to let go.

Gemini; Other people may seem less than transparent with you but look at yourself and decide if you are being completely open and honest. Reflect on how you wish others would treat you and if you are allowing that energy into your life, or if you are showing it yourself to others. This Mercury Retrograde season wants you to reflect on your relationships with others, both currently and in the past, and figure out how you can do things more positively and from the heart.

Cancer; What do you do on a daily basis that nourishes your body and soul? Mercury demands you look inside yourself and ask if you’re treating yourself with love and respect. Create a plan for adding in positivity to your daily life. You’ve likely already been thinking about this and brewing up some ideas on how to create a better life for yourself mentally and physically.

Leo; Uranus teaming up with Mercury Retrograde this season is likely to spawn a massive amount of creativity for you! Write down all your ideas, even ones that might seem silly, and hold them close to you. These are very potent times for self-evaluation. Reflect on what you feel confident about, what you want to bring into the world, fun relationships with others and how you can bring about the most light. Reflect on your inner child and if you are feeding them or hindering their expression. If you are hindering your inner child use this Mercury Retrograde to get to know them and relearn how to play.

Virgo; Thinking about your childhood (maybe even your own children) is likely to pop up this Mercury retrograde. Your home needs to be a cozy environment for you to thrive during this season. Observe how your environment affects your mood. You are a prime candidate for dream mapping this month. You can use this as one technique to heal childhood traumas and painful memories from your past. Your family and home will be the number one source of comfort this month.

Libra; This season is about taking a look at how you communicate with others and how important words can be. Think things through before impulsively jumping in. You should also look at how you talk to yourself and whether it brings about positive or negative results. Writing down, speaking, or reading new ideas will continuously spark new ones. Observe whether you are afraid of sharing your voice with others and take steps to be more confident, if you lack confidence, in sharing your ideas.

Scorpio; A more serious tone is needed for this Mercury Retrograde, asking you to reflect on what you call your own and decide if it’s a healthy attachment or one creating discord. Ask yourself if you’re living by your truest values, in fact, ask yourself what those values are! Write them down, explore them, hone in on what needs to be done to live according to your soul. Are you relying too much on material things or feel like you’re missing a part of yourself? Dive into these feelings- you will find out what is missing and what you can do to bring peace back into your life.

Sagittarius; Internally, you’ll need to take a look at yourself and decide if you are being authentically you. How are you denying yourself, how are you rewarding yourself, how are you presenting yourself to others? If you’ve felt lost, now is the time to find yourself. Take a step back from life if it is too chaotic to spend time with yourself to think.

Capricorn; This Mercury retrograde will be extra foggy for you, possibly making you uncomfortable with what comes up. What have you been hiding from yourself and others? Have you been denying yourself or others crucial parts of your life? Secrets will bubble up either during or right after Mercury Retrograde, either outwardly or internally, and you’ll be forced to deal with what you’ve repressed. Do you have resentments you need to let go of? Stare into the abyss (Taurus will be staring at it with you) and don’t run from what you see. Think about compassion, for yourself and others, and decide how you can incorporate it in your life.

Aquarius; You’ll be pleased with Uranus connecting with this Mercury Retrograde because it means extra insights into your hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. It can provide new ways of looking at friendships and how they either bring about positivity or negativity to your life. Ask yourself what you want your future to look like and if the people or situations you surround yourself with help or hinder that dream.

Pisces; The way others see you might weigh heavily on your mind during this season. Are you presenting yourself in a way you’re proud of? Are you obsessing too much about success or lack of it? Think about how you judge yourself and others depending on their ‘status’ or perceived success. Spend time reshaping your views on success, jobs, the future, and reputation into a more positive and compassionate approach. Write down your plans for the future and how you can take steps to get there without harming your own sense of self or others.

Venus into Sagittarius Horoscopes

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Yesterday, December 1st, Venus entered into Sagittarius! She’s now transiting through Sagittarius, gifting each of us a new way to observe how we love and what we love. What does this mean for each sign?

Aries, Venus is hitting your house of expansion. It’s time to explore! Travel, expand your mind, focus on higher learning, discover new things that excite you. Venus is feeling very happy here and wants to bring you on an adventure.

Taurus, Venus is delving deep inside you. It’s time to take a deeper look at yourself- take your time navigating your inner world. Avoid ignoring issues you know need to be explored. You can make great strides if you listen to your heart.

Gemini, Venus feels quite at home in your 7th house of relationships. This is a great time to focus on your relationship and do extra romantic things. If single, it’s an optimistic time of new budding romances.

Cancer, you are focusing on your body and health while Venus is transiting Sagittarius. You may be extra focused on becoming more healthy, and if you aren’t, you should take steps to care for yourself on a day to day basis. Perhaps start a yoga routine, eat some extra leafy vegetables, and drink more water. That’s just a start!

Leo, you’re feeling extra sassy and flirty now! You might have a boost in creativity and desires to go out and let a little loose. Have some fun, connect with your inner child.

Virgo, your home life is extra important. You might want to redecorate or clean up a bit around the house. Add something special to your home that makes it more beautiful. Now is a great time to cozy up with yourself or your loved ones and simply appreciate what you have.

Libra, Venus might make you more chatty than normal. Talk to your siblings or neighbors, find some friends, talk about what you love and what they love. Share gratitude for what you have in your life. Write and read! Something might be revealed to you that you’ve been trying to figure out for awhile now.

Scorpio, now is a time to truly love and take care of yourself. Think about your values and what is most important to you. If you stay true to yourself, this time will be filled with cozy feelings. If you have been straying from your true self, you need to reevaluate and start listening to and loving yourself for who you truly are.

Sagittarius, Venus in your 1st means it’s time to let your personality shine through! Being yourself won’t be hard and you’ll likely feel confident this month, sharing beauty with those around you.

Capricorn, this time is about looking inside yourself. Meditating can be helpful, but Sagittarius in your 12th will illuminate how you treat love and beauty in your life and demand you take steps to harvest true love in your life.

Aquarius, you want to spend more time with your friends and so you should! You find a sense of loving connection when with those you love. Write down hopes and wishes and steps to manifest those into your life!

Pisces, you might be focused on how others view you or your career. This is a good time to map out what you want to do with your life, or how you want to put your mark on the world. You’ll be feeling optimistic about the future.

Thoughts on the Full Moon Eclipse Feb. 10, 2017

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Just a little musing about this full moon eclipse coming up in 22 degrees Leo.

I’m calling this full moon and eclipse the Chiron Activation eclipse. It sits exactly on my Chiron, activating an opposition with my moon (so sun is conjunct my natal moon also), a trine with my North Node, and a square to my Pluto, as well as some other minor aspects with Mars and Jupiter.

When I first saw this, I’m going to be honest, I panicked a tiny bit. I turned to Bernadette Brady and her awesome book The Eagle and The Lark which informed me that this saros cycle is a positive one. There may be a pleasant surprise, a lucky break, and/or sudden joy.

This is further supported by the easy, free-flowing energy between the Sun, Jupiter, Moon, and Uranus, which gives us a mystic rectangle. Each of these planets are working together. The Sun and Moon are of course opposing along with Jupiter and Uranus- this creates friction that the trines and sextiles easily use to create positive change. There is a spiritual energy coming from this eclipse and the prediction of sudden joy, pleasant surprises, etc. are easily seen as these energies play with each other.

Though Chiron isn’t making a major aspect to the eclipse, he is in a quincunx, adding some annoyance to what the Moon is trying to achieve. I’m taking a look at the energy of my natal  Chiron because of the conjunction it’s making to my chart, but I suggest taking a look at yours also. Eclipses can hit on emotionally charged times, especially with this full moon showing its face, and I feel Chiron could always use some attention during them. How can you heal yourself from past wounds or restrictive thinking that is bringing you down in order to allow yourself to thrive? This eclipse IS about thriving, so take the steps to free yourself from mental and emotional chains. Don’t let the annoyance keep you from the potential this eclipse can unlock for you.

On a further note, anyone else super excited for CHANGE? From negativity to healthy expressions, from being stuck to soaring? This Leo energy can re-spark your creative flame. It can help you discover your true self and how you can live your life as authentically as possible. Embrace it, enjoy it.

Much love to you all. Happy full moon eclipse!

Cancer Full Moon, January 12th 2017

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I am unsure how to start this post because there is simply too much to say about this full moon coming up in less than 12 hours. I know I’m late in posting this, and I even tried to avoid the responsibility I felt in writing something about it, but here I am…being pulled in…as Luna does every time.

Welcome to the Cancer Full Moon energy, the truest of all full moons, the deepest part of the moon’s soul. Luna is opposing the Capricorn Sun, sending a message to us about our emotional nature and the way we structure our lives. For me, personally, I see this message quite clear. This particular full moon sits right on top of my Mars, urging me to take to heart the lessons the Cancer Full Moon is shining in my face: feel and don’t stop feeling. Don’t apologize for feeling. Live to the point of tears, as my dearest Albert Camus said (also shares with me the same Mars placement in degree and sign, as well as Sun/Moon/Mercury!!). I am truly grasping this concept, learning that these tears are not always sad, but can be beautiful as well. Embrace the beauty that brings you to tears.

Enough about me though, what does this mean for everyone? It follows along the same lines. Take a look at how you live your life- are you forcing yourself to repress certain emotions? Are you allowing your emotions to rule your life? Are you feeling numb or apathetic? Are you feeling overwhelmed and manic? All these things can relate to being too heavily reliant on one side of this teeter-totter. If you feel like Capricorn is weighing too heavily on you to where you can’t find joy in simple things or you’re too exhausted to enjoy relaxing at home and with those you love, then look to Cancer and bring some nurturing into your life. If you feel like Cancer is weighing too heavily on you to where you’re depressed, lonely, or letting your emotions get the better of you, look to Capricorn, set some easily achievable goals and go for them, bring a little more structure to your life, but don’t forget to do so while having an open heart.

In general, this full moon is making some rough connections with other big players in the horoscope for Thursday: A Grand Cardinal Cross to be exact. It urges us to get moving but also cautioning that it’s not going to be that easy to do so. Lessons are being dished out left and right, so navigate with care. In fact, rather than physically ‘getting moving,’ I suggest making a plan first. The full moon is opposing Pluto which is conjunct the sun, transforming ourselves in order to better connect with our emotional nature (that’s the goal at least) as well as squaring Jupiter and Uranus (think wide-scale and sudden). Jupiter and Uranus are of course squaring the sun/Pluto as well, forcing us into the widescale transformations.

If this is making you panic, stop, take a breath, and listen. YOU have the ability to transform this intense energy into something beautiful, something healing for yourself. The way to survive any transit, no matter how ‘possibly difficult,’ is to go at it with an open heart and to learn to let go of all that is unneeded and to trust that this is boosting you toward where you are meant to be in order to be the best version of yourself. The stars will bring the energy, it’s up to you to use it in a positive way. So get excited! It’s a great time to make goals, set resolutions, create intentions, meditate, focus on compassion, write down your feelings, etc.

The full moon wants to cradle you in her arms, whispering secrets of the universe into your ear until you fall fast asleep and dream up ways to create a beautiful reality.

Much love and light,

Vesta Lyn

12/9/16 Aspects

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Saturn and the Sun are exactly conjunct today. The sun is trying desperately to keep in the mood of Sagittarius season, but with Saturn on top of him, it might be difficult. Even in Sagittarius, there may be extreme pressure from the cosmos today. You may not even know where this feeling is coming from. Take some time to relax, take deep breaths, and realize that whatever is happening will pass. You can work extra hard to create your vision of the future when the sun leaves Saturn’s realm, but at this point, feel free to either hone in on that energy if you can handle it, or ignore Saturn telling you GET IT DONE NOW, because it’s really not worth the stress.

The Moon has also teamed up with Uranus, creating an unsteady feeling in MY stomach, and possibly yours too. Uranus here can cause sudden upsets, especially in Aries and with Mars connecting so closely in a sextile, so try and stay clear of arguments and appreciate individual approaches.

Uranus on the moon with Saturn on the sun can create discord, and the energy of the two are firey and flowing easily between each other with a trine, possibly making you feel uneasy and uncomfortable. There may be an excess of emotional energy that you have no idea what to do with. Mediate, write, draw, do anything to get that energy out! It needs to go somewhere or it’ll manifest in other ways.