First Quarter Moon Phase 90 – 135° October 2014

first quarter moon phase

In the First Quarter Moon Phase, the Sun-Moon angle is 90 – 135°

The Moon is now 3 signs ahead of the Sun and begins at the square, a difficult angle.  At the square the Moon and the Sun are uneasy with each other.  In this case we have an air sign (New Moon Libra) and our first quarter square in this particular phase happens in Capricorn.  Libra is ‘air’ and Capricorn is ‘earth’.  Mental energy squares with earth practicality.   Conflicts of interest between the signs is one way to say it.   At this point we have to find a way to satisfy the urges and needs of both signs–both aspects being stimulated in our psyche, our soul, our heart. And this drives us to some sort of “action” in some way.  The last phase was a crisis in consciousness and this phase is referred to as a crisis in action.

Many times folks born in this phase are do-ers, achieve-ers –they make things happen.  There’s a forceful, managerial feeling to how we approach life when Luna is in this phase.   (I so went through that when the Moon was applying to 90° and by the time the angle past, I was over it and ready to take action in various ways.  Yet, as I write this blog today, it’s still early in the phase.)

Typically, it is possible that feelings of unworthiness, failure or doubt can crop up at this time. That’s what they say because it’s a carryover from the Crescent phase from a few days ago.

And in my personal example,  a few days ago there was a fluctuation in the mood.  Not so much doubt from that ray of hope that came through the new phase but it was more like crunch-time as the saying goes.  I spent an afternoon adding, subtracting, multiplying so-to-speak in order to convince myself that this ray of hope is legit and completely possible, viable, practical and do-able. Any doubt now is waning or depleting.

It is said that group energy is a theme for this Moon angle and tension between self and group energy or the energy of idealism may occur.  This is where the Moon enters the brighter hemisphere; the realm of manifestation and where we meet “others” who may be antagonistic or oppositional.  In this lunar phase it would be good to remember one’s path and to not to let the result of drama leave a mark on the evolving spirit.

I understand that last paragraph–I’ve been drawing in comments from others (probably my own reflections) that sound much like, “Are you sure about this?”

This particular First Quarter Moon right now is occurs in the sign of practical Capricorn; thus the concerns with practicality. But as I make this post, the Moon is only 6° into Capricorn and will not complete the phase until 15° Aquarius and that’s not until October 4th which is 3 days from now.  I may be sharing my personal experiences of this lunar phase prematurely but can always come back and post an addendum at the bottom of the post.  So let’s go forward anyway–knowledge is power.  Forewarned is forearmed as they say.

The Moon in the sky is really beautiful right now—looking like a half Moon, very bright; I admired it while waiting  to pick up my grandson from band practice, sitting the parking lot of the High School last night.  Looking at that Moon I thought about how a psychic artist and teacher from my past told me many years ago, nearly 20 years ago now, to study the Moon phases–that it would be helpful for me to do that.  I was thinking how helpful that guidance really was.  Oh, this isn’t the first time I’ve studied the Moon phases, but the first time I blogged about them and really applied the knowledge to what was currently happening in my own life.

The lunation cycle is a a “cycle of periodic changes”

These changes are those of the solar-lunar relationship.  The start of the monthly phasal relationship between the Sun Moon begins at the conjunction–meaning at that time the distance between the Sun and the Moon is 0°, then the maximum distance is 180° (Full Moon)–the opposition.

It is probably good to remember that the Moon in the sky as it changes is the shadow that the Earth casts upon the Moon itself.  At the full Moon the earth casts no shadow and so the Moon is fully illuminated by the Sun.

So we have new mental concepts and new emotional developments that occur each month–the lunar cycle reflects our soul’s evolutionary growth day by day or phase by phase.  We can see how previous structures and emotions (from the previous month–lunar cycle) are changing.  Last month life was one way and now life is different, right?  I love the way the Moon’s transits and phases and really give us an up-close and personal view of our own evolution.  Its like looking at our life through a microscope.

Now, in this phase, there is a gradual assimilation; a gradual revelation.

The challenge is to now grow positively toward the fullness of the revelation rather than allow the mind that is crowded with the shells of the past structures to dominate the psyche. 

Will we repudiate the past and build the new?  Will we allow the seed that was planted in our consciousness (the seed we asked for, asked to be given through our intentions in our new moon meditations) to continue to be nurtured and to further grow?

The waxing phase (as the Moon is growing fuller) is a time to have an entirely positive attitude as much as possible.  Why? because at the Full Moon what we have been nurturing will become manifest in the psyche and in the outer experience too as a result.  We are laying the ground now for the time when the Sun’s light shines fully on the Moon–the solar power can make the Moon’s energy effective or not effective  based on the power of integration that we ourselves have been nurturing throughout the entire waxing phase.

The reference to “group” energy at the beginning of the post on this First Quarter phase (it feels to me) as if we are aligning with a particular group–like these are my “peeps” (as the slang term goes these days) and these are ‘not’ my peeps.  Said another way, there is a feeling of wanting to identify with a particular group now… this is occurring within me just since yesterday.  I am feeling an identification with people of my age group and in other ways, determining the line in the sand with other group energy.  And that is definitely a part of the whole New Moon intention and the ray of hope and the struggle within me to accept it as real possibility and now how the manifestation will affect my association with particular groups and group energy.  I had to think about this but I do see it.

We will encounter people who will antagonize us and ideas which oppose our own ideas.  We are at the midpoint of the waxing cycle in this phase.  There is an idealism and then a reality and there is one winner and idealism can win!  But there’s a struggle for balance too.  You know this quote?  “Thesis plus antithesis equals synthesis”.

There are crumbling structures, as Dane Rudhyar says about this phase, and the desire to commit to a principle; sort of like “do or die” type of commitment or decision about how it’s going to go from here on out.  We will NOT crumble along with those structures the way we’ve done in the past!

We have a principle or a personal ethic or a strong hope/desire and now it’s time to “win one” in some way. We know life isn’t perfect and our manifestation may not be perfection either but we ARE going to go toward it positively.  We may fear that we can’t but know that we must–the feeling now is sort of like this.

By the way, it is said that when the First Quarter Moon is in a Cardinal sign (in this case it’s in Capricorn, a cardinal sign) that there are excellent prospects for success.  This is true for people born in during this Lunar phase as well.  Cardinal signs are Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn.

This Moon phase is about building a NEW framework in some way which will overcome the past and serve the intentions for one’s future!

[…be back around or just after 15° Aquarius at the start of the Gibbous Lunar Phase which starts at 135° and extends to the 180° FULL MOON]

QUICK MOON PHASE LINKS: 

New Moon 

Crescent (Waxing)

First Quarter

Gibbous (Waxing)

FULL MOON

Disseminating (Waning)

Last Quarter

Waxing Crescent – Balsamic 

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When the Moon Transits the 10th House

Moon in the 10th House

 

The 10th:  the house of achievement and fulfillment in one’s life.  The true vocation — not the job; that’s the 6th house.

I was just about to think that the Moon in the 10th house has nothing to do with anything occurring in my life right now–when duhhh! How obvious could it be?  Let me explain.

When  the Moon transits the 10th house it hits the emotional psyche or the part of us that relates to what we do here!  Our work, our career, our cosmic job description!  The 10th is ruled by Saturn/Capricorn which relates to “society”, the public.

You know this, right?  That you can sell shoes and still be doing your cosmic job description, right?  I mean we do what we came here to do no matter what our J.O.B. happens to be and we do it whether we can help it or not really.

Anyway, how could I not get such an obvious connection with my life right now?   Today I’ve been revisiting/evaluating my prior job experiences, my writing work and some other things (details not as important as the archetype meaning that I’m getting at here).  Career and how we are viewed by the public and how we view our own role in the world–that’s the 10th house.  Its what and how we are doing what we are here to do.  Well, you get the idea.  It’s the authority connection to–the 10th.  Saturn links to “the boss” or the conventional authority figure and often that archetype relates to “father” or “dad” which is another connection that Saturn /Capricorn have as far as archetype meanings.

Do I want to change it up, mix it up, flip it or turn it all around.  Do the Hokey Pokey shake it all around?  Those topics, that subject, has been dancing around in my heart the past few days, especially today.  Psychic work, astrology work, writing the novel and being of service to the world in the ways that I know how to.

I’ve been thinking about how I see myself in the world and evaluating my ability to be of service in other ways today. And actually that’s  right on time with a Moon transiting in the 10th house of career and the public image.  The opposite polarity, the 4th house, relates to self-image while the 10th relates to public image.   My entire day today was consumed with these thoughts and actions–thus the earlier duhh!  How could I not realize this connection right off–it took me a few minutes thinking well, the 10th house Moon has nothing to do with ‘me’ right now.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Okay. What about you?  Generally speaking when the Moon transits the 10th house it is time to dedicate yourself to getting ahead in the world, either in your current career or setting things in motion toward your ultimate goals.  Authority of any kind can be an issue, either your own authority in the world or that of your boss or parents.

The soul’s wish to leave a mark in the world to bear fruit in the community somehow in a meaningful way would be triggered emotionally when the Moon moves through the 10th.

Issues of social ambiance can trigger the emotion too.  The Moon is sensitive to issues of social atmosphere in the 10th house.  Do you think this fits?  My sister just asked me if our other sister could come here at Thanksgiving.  More the merrier?  Not in this case! A religious nut and a Psychic in the same house?  Use your imagination.   Talk about right on time too– a great example of Luna transiting the 10th!  Thanks to the Angels for that great example actually.

Status or as they say over the pond STAY-tus is another thing the emotions could be sensitive to when it moves through the 10th house.  These things are good to know because while everything happens for a reason the emotional intensity in that area will back off when the Moon moves on in a day or two.  It’ll be back there next month but the great thing about the Moon and life in general is that… well, as my mother would often say, “This too shall pass.”

Our sense of life mission will be prominent in our heart when the Moon moves through the 10th.  We may feel that our emotional needs involve stepping outside of a “job description” to more of a calling instead.  We may, at this time, struggle with whether or not we are going to accept any kind of social external definition of our identity and we may be emotionally challenged to align the external sense of self with our internal.

Responsibility is also an archetype here.  Some days I do not have a client to work with but I still work.  I blog or use that day to write the weekly newsletter or work on my writing project–my “someday it’s going to be a novel”.   I make myself accountable or responsible to offer something to the community at large whether it is always noted or acknowledged doesn’t matter.  Any writer writes because they have to.   People who are ingrained in the standards of society don’t always understand this and this is what I mean by external and internal self worth.  Do I measure my worth in the world against my bank account?  That’s a great 10th house Lunar transit question.   And its a bit harder to grapple with when the Moon is here–the emotions they can clobber you about that if you’re not careful and aware.

The 10th, you see, is about standing alone just like the planet Saturn that rules here does.  And it can be lonely sometimes when those “You and Me against the World” feelings kick up.  Remember that song?

Responsibilities to pay those bills can grow and loom large when the Moon moves through here too–any responsibilities for that matter take an emotional hit from the Moon.  But the emotional triggers can help to make changes where those are necessary.  Everything happens for a reason and it’s not circumstances that upset a us, it’s the view we take of them as someone smart once said.

The more you know about the lunar cycle, the more consciously you are able to work with the energies of the psyche at that time, the more you are able to use the energy to your

advantage or at least the more equipped you are to understand yourself.  And if you know when the Moon is moving through someone else’s 10th house, that helps too.


 

 

 

 

Desire for Transformation – Mars sextile Pluto August 15, 2014 Astrology

marsMARS IS SEXTILE PLUTO….feels a little bit like the universe (in my version anyway) is holding it’s breath … like a long pause or something… so i turn to astrology to see what’s up and Mars is making a sextile to Pluto.

Keywords:  Mar/action  Pluto/transformation

But keywords never tell the whole story.  Mars represents the ‘conscious’ desires of the Soul... what we’re aware that we desire.

And Pluto?  Well, it’s retrograde.  That can relate to a very narrow focus in the soul.  We can see how our conscious desires easily (sextile) stimulate our soul in some way.  Can be confusing if you don’t know what you want–and around that desire, Pluto demands sacrifice.

What are you willing to sacrifice to fulfill the conscious desires?

This interpretation works for my own life right now.  Maybe the feeling of the long pause, holding of the breath, is because many other souls are also trying to work this out–the desire, the sacrifice that is demanded to fulfill it.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY we have the very practical and conservative CAPRICORN where Pluto is currently living and very emotional MARS… fire planet in a water sign, Scorpio.

Emotional intense and impulsive Mars in Scorpio has a desire and its pretty easy to see the possibility of how Pluto is pointing out the realities of that desire; possibly saying GET REAL MARS… your desire is not practical.  Yes, transformation is in order, but be realistic.

This aspect is asking us to be clear about our objectives.  Any action taken now could result in permanent and far reaching change.  Therefore, Intense emotion must be balanced with practicality at least for now.

Both mars and Pluto are making an exact sextile today at 11° and the energy will be within the orb of intensity for the next 3 days or so…. now through the weekend this energy may be quite prominent in the psyche’.

 

ADDENDUM:  a further look at my transit chart shows the current Sun right on/crossing over  my Ascendant and with Sun ruling my chart (27° Leo rising), maybe that’s the feeling of the universe holding it’s breath… and now i go to celebrate a happy un-birthday today!  

PS– if you have any insight about how you personally experienced a Sun over your Ascendant (happens once a year!) that you’d like to share, please email me:  joystar777@gmail.com.

 

Here’s a little interesting article on the Sun transits to AC, IC, DC and MC points that I just came across in the Mountain Astrologer:

http://mountainastrologer.com/tma/a-tribute-to-the-sun

On Karma and Intuition — The Moon Card in Tarot

18_The_MoonKarma!  Sometimes instantaneous, we are able to relate it to a very recent event; and other times appears suddenly out of the blue without any seeming association or link to the current life!  I’ve heard it told by the Eastern teachers how Karma manifest when the conditions are ripe for it, even if it comes from a prior life action–cause and effect.  That explains how people who seem to get away with all type of negative actions don’t seem to suffer the consequences when they should according to human timing but perhaps will later in the current life or subsequent lifetimes.  It also explains how people who seem to do no harm suffer terrible misfortune for no apparent reason.  Karma catches up when the timing is right.

Just because a person breaks a law or commits a crime or lies-through-their-teeth and gets away with it temporarily doesn’t mean the universe supports it–the karmic consequence will come to fruition during the right conditions (Divine Timing).  Astrologically, we often see this with aspects to the Moon’s Nodes.

How about people interfering with other people’s karma?  Do they create their own karma because they don’t (or do) interfere in other people’s lives?  When is it okay to do so and when is it not?  The teachers tell us that it depends upon our motivation.  I think intuition comes in handy in those cases of not knowing if one should interfere.

In the Catholic tradition they have the saying, “examine your conscience” in other words, check your motivation–is it pure or kind-heart-ed or not?  What do you hope to achieve and will the benefits outweigh any negative consequences?

I remember once hearing that to judge another person is to take on their karma.  I think I get where this comes from now after additional study study of Buddhism.

As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet,

To be, or not to be- that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them.

Intuition helps in certain decisions … to ask a question to help one examine the motivations if one interferes with the life of another.  (I’m a psychic after all, so have to use intuition!)    There’s the Tarot divination system to help guide and of course, more directly, one’s own intuition.  To ask for guidance and then to wait until one is shown or given a clue in some way.   Tarot can be pretty direct when asking a yes/no question using specific spreads.

Get your nose out of my karma! LOL

But let me pull a card, just generally, and ask not for the answer to one specific situation but rather generally for the benefit of any reader who happens upon this post, asking, “What should be considered if one is uncertain about a situation that could lead to further karma or karmic interference?”

Well, here’s a can of worms for ya’—the card I drew is THE MOON.  Immediately, the word “feeling” comes to mind and that the intuition speaks to us through feelings and to trust your feelings about any situation regarding karma (creating or interfering with another’s karma).  Trust the feelings in the stomach and you will know what to do.

A teacher told me long ago that when trying to make a decision that if you think about doing the action and a feeling of peace comes over you, then this is the answer rather than if you feel un-easy, meaning not to take the action.  Feelings of foreboding or dread should clearly indicate a “no” to the question.

 

The message of THE MOON card is that there is a Law of Balance operating in the Universe.  For every win, there’s a loss.  For every happiness, there’s a sadness.  For every positive, there’s a negative.  The best course of action when the Moon card comes up is…

BE NEUTRAL and FOLLOW YOUR OWN INNER LIGHT ;  shadow worlds can be very confusing

(…besides, unless it’s a matter of immediate life or death, let the Angels and the energy of the Universe handle karma)

PS- just as an aside for today, July 12, 2014:  the Moon is Full today in the sign of Capricorn.

Here’s a blog post about the Cap Moon:  CLICK HERE

The Grand Cross April 2014 It’s a Season of Astrological Weather and Everyone’s Affected

astrological weatherPeople with natal (birth) planets in CARDINAL SIGNS (Aries/Libra, Cancer/Cap) that are close to 15° in their birth chart are going to be most affected personally by this months intensification of the Cardinal Cross.

I’m one of those lucky folks (rocking my 2nd house); it is the same with my oldest daughter.  In another daughter’s chart, it’s hitting her natal Pluto and NN combo and yet another daughter has the grand cross really affecting the area of her Ascendant; so all of  my daughters are being affected by this grand cross because their natal houses have planets in those signs at those approximate degrees, just like mine.

I have to cringe a bit when other people shrug, smile and say something like, “I don’t think astrology works for me–because in my life things are rolling along just fine and actually better than ever, thank you”.    They probably don’t have natal planets in in those degrees in those signs, but everyone is going to be affected in some way, if not so personally, on a community, city, state, national or global level. 

And if your personal life is not deeply affected, it may be affected by someone else’s life who “is” deeply affected personally by this grand cross energy–in which case, you are still impacted in some way. I’ve always admired the way astrologer Steve Forest drives the point home with words.  In his recent newsletter, he wrote:  “Push comes to shove. Breaking points are reached. Crisis reigns. Squares and oppositions are exactly like the sound your engine eventually makes when you’ve decided to ignore the little red oil light on your dashboard. And the reasons are exactly the same: at squares and oppositions, bad behavior catches up with us. The law of consequences reigns.”

I’m not sure its all ‘bad behavior’ like Steven says; but then, he’s more of a master of astrology and myself the apprentice.  I think karmic situations are triggered–certainly and cause us to “work on our stuff” because that crisis energy helps us to see ourselves more clearly.  The cardinal energy is pretty stubborn stuff in our psyches’ and sometimes a bit of a crisis helps to move things along where we may have held on or been resistant.  It can move things along in a very positive way.

Maybe it’s the optimist in me but I can see that’s exactly what is happening in my life–moving things along in a direction that I’d not have (without that crisis push) taken.  But the direction is positive–or that’s how it looks from this point in time anyway.

DESCRIBING THE FEEL OF THE ENERGY:  Cardinal energy goes outward and then withdraws taking two steps forward and one step back and I must say that’s how a lot of energy in my own life has felt–very cardinal!   The energy sort of reaches out for freedom and then steps back for security and containment. AND with cardinal energy there can be a lot of projecting onto others instead of being responsible for one’s own emotions.  Holding other people responsible for one’s own happiness is an example of projection.

Using Steven Forests’ example of the red oil light on the dashboard you ignore right before you “blow a rod” and destroy your engine…. let’s say that if you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic and somebody else’s light comes on in their dashboard, their engine cuts out and doesn’t restart, you’re going to be affected anyway–maybe not directly, but indirectly.  AND, I might add, in a way that’s in divine order for you too!   The universe is magical that way–everybody gets what they need to evolve in one way or another.

Astrology can be vastly complicated or quite literal and simple.  There’s so much to be said about the dynamics of the Grand Cross and it has been — just Google the term.

I like the way Steve Forest puts it all.  Why re-invent the wheel (especially when I’m supposed to be packing right now–best get at it, chop! chop!)

Therefore, I refer you to Steve’s newsletter for more.

 

My Grand Cross April 2014 Freedom | Housing | Family | Power

photo Joy with Grandchildren
Joy with Grandchildren this past weekend

Yeah, really? seriously?  Wasn’t I just changing babies diapers the other day?  How could this be happening to ‘me’?  I don’t think of myself this way but being the good girl scout, looking ahead to be prepared, I see myself doing just what my own mother (God rest her soul–as they say) did when she was… well, yeah, I think right about my same age.  She found herself a place to live with others of her generation on her limited income and (cat out of the bag here), I’m doing the same thing right now.  I’m too early and way too young for this right?  Probably not; but LO! it’s taxing filling out all those forms and trying to figure it all out.  Which way to go? Which decision to make, while at the same time feeling completely at the mercy of the odds.  There’s not many ways to go actually. You just fill out the forms and pray you can manage until you move up on the list–and until the odds are in your favor, try to survive.

“May the odds be ever in your favor”–Hunger Games.

Well, anyway Cancer Capricorn is part of that grand cross with Aries Libra.  Yeah, there are the planets in those signs of course but let’s just think a minute about Capricorn/Cancer.  Sort of strange how those merge isn’t it? Capricorn (age) and Cancer (the baby/the child).

Isn’t it as we age that we become more childlike?  Think of (oh, do we have to?) those “adult day care centers”–I can’t believe they actually call them that!  That’s a perfect example of the merging of Capricorn (old) and Cancer (baby).  I just realized that just typed “old baby” and I’m about to gross myself out here and maybe you too reader!

And of course wouldn’t you know this grand cross is triggering my 5th and 11th houses and the 2nd and 8th.  Issues with the community, with my children, with my money and the money of others.  Yeah, that’s how it’s all playing out in my life–those areas are being triggered.

And it’s culminating, about to hit the fan as the saying goes.  Well, eventually I’m going to need some help and so I’m lining it up here–that’s just me facing old age even though I kick my legs and swing my arms in the pool as often as I can to stay young.  Yet, I’m falling into my mother’s footsteps to find a community of people my age where income is adjusted to what’s fair and reasonable.  I’m not like these younger adults with  a big corporate entity backing me up with a big paycheck every week; it’s just me out here mother/father god; just little ole’ me.  And maybe I’m delusional but I do deeply believe that I am employed by that unseen force that helps me to help others when I do psychic readings, counseling and astrology.  I’ve got a few calls into the ‘big boss’ if you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, I see some synchronicity–well, a good bit of it if I’m going to be fair in my blogging accounts.  I found out about help that came about in just that way serendipity, coincidence or whatever you’d like to call it–the path was shown and I’ve been following it and getting more and more direction and information.  So, I’m being led even though I see several possible outcomes, as if yet there’s no indication as to which one will manifest.  I’m, therefore, in the trust phase; and they don’t call it blind trust for nothen’!

It’s triggering that Aries/Libra thing too (Mar in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries).  I don’t like to ask for help and I want to remain independent and that’s hard especially as we are dealing with my money and other people’s money:  houses 2 and 8.  That’s the other part of the grand cross.

Wanting to be independent and yet needing to ask children and community–why? because I’m getting old and that’s still a hard one to admit since, like I said–it was just the other day that I was the mom of three little girls!

Yeah, and wanting to be rescued is part of that dynamic too.  Right now would be a good time for prince charming to ride in with saddle bags of money or at least a big house!  Not going to happen:  I know my astrology chart pretty well.  Even if it did, I’d very likely be held prisoner and Mars and Uranus would be totally pissed off about that!

For me the dynamic of this Grand Cross is kicking up some family issues and the realization of aging, housing, money for housing (Cancer — Jupiter [money]  in Cancer [home]) and family/freedom issues.  Echoes of my natal node’s soul lessons  actually–what else is new?

And looking up and out the window now I see the most beautiful sunset; the bright pink-orange with the dusty blue-purple.  And I think of the word Trust again and take a deep breath.  I will know which direction I’m going (or if I’m not going at all) by the time I need to know.

Breathing deeply, feeling so alone in this but remembering I’m not.

I’ve got a partner in spirit world helping and I don’t do anything alone.  Neither do you reader–we’re not alone, we have helpers and guides showing us the next step or keeping us from stepping at all. 

Blind trust; that’s all we need.  Again. And don’t expect anyone to be able to really understand; in fact, don’t seek to be understood–not this month.  Mars and Uranus are very independent and their both very active right now!  Just breathe.

(By the way, they [more adept astrologers than me] say this transit will stay intense through May.  That’s when I must decide about renewing my lease–not surprised about the timing.)

No Mud? No Lotus! Downstairs Neightbors and Spiritual Awareness

 Lotus Flower

No Mud? No Lotus! 

That quote came over my Facebook Timeline recently attributed to the often quoted and well-respected spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk).

That’s put so simply that it startles one—or it did me.  I collect images of the lotus flower and really love that symbol related to spirituality.  Then I had to break out laughing thinking how my downstairs neighbors from India are like my mud and tonight when their voices trailed up alongside me at my computer desk… the quick, choppy straining human voice sounds began to distract while I was writing.  No mud, no lotus I thought.  Likely, I’m their mud too in reverse.  We hear each other mostly because they do not put on their air conditioning to muffle the sound and have no furniture to absorb sound and the floor has no sound proofing!

I had a message for a client this evening and there was a reference to using others in relationships in order to process mental energy.  Suddenly, I wondered if this is like the two Indians beneath me—maybe they have to ‘talk it out’ all the time in order to process busy intellects.  Sounds like venting; releasing — lovely.

It’s neither their fault nor my own that there is no insulation and that we are living in essentially a mocked up tent and that they love the heat (apparently) and don’t run air conditioning.  The maintenance guys tell me that Indian apartments are stifling.  I sometimes resent that I run my unit to keep their noise down and they don’t and their heat rises to my upstairs apartment—no mud, no lotus.

I’ve essentially been dealing with the neighbor issues much better—although no one would know it but me; it’s all an inside thing.  Tonight was a mild setback—their incessant talking got to me.  But Nhat Hanh says that dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality.  Same for the boisterous and talkative downstairs Indian couple—when they go at it, it brings me to the present reality too.

Should be this way since I have Saturn transiting my 3rd house in Scorpio now; well, maybe not ‘should be’ but the location of the planet of lessons in the house that represents neighbors does explain a few things.

I’m going to turn to Nhat Hanh for more spiritual teachings because I do like that one–its simple, direct and profound:

No mud.  No Lotus.

No challenges.  No spiritual evolution.

Okay, I still wish they would go away…  meanwhile, mindfulness of the present reality is what it is.

PS–I must be growing lots of lotuses by now!

FEED YOUR SUN TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE FORCE AND TO FEEL STRONG, HAPPY, ENERGIZED

FEED YOUR SUN TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE FORCE AND TO FEEL STRONG, HAPPY, ENERGIZED

Feeding and Energizing Your SUN!
Feeding and Energizing Your SUN!

The Sun Sign is like a key which enables us to turn it to reach a particular channel of consciousness that vitalizes our essence physically, mentally and spiritually.  A weak Sun enables us to fall apart easily, feel physically weak, disoriented and depressed.  We need the Sun, the Light to energize our heart–our spirit here. When our Sun is healthy we feel strong and able to handle the challenges of life.  We should each know what it is that nourishes us and helps us feel our own power—and astrology can help us.  We should know and study the sign of our Sun and that’s the reason for today’s post!

I will list each Sun sign and a line or two about what you need to nourish your body, mind and soul to keep yourself healthy and energized—we should know how to feed our Sun; how to bring more Light into our body, mind and spirit so that we can feel happy here!

The Sun is thought to be Male energy—the animus as Jung called it.  Our Sun is our Life Force (as above, so below)–it’s our Prana and it helps us with our creative expression here.  More basically it is what produces our will to live and so we should know how to nourish it.

Nourishing (feeding) our Sun is what helps us to feel confident and it is different for each of us, based on our birth data. 

Almost everyone knows their Sun sign but if you don’t, I will include the list of signs with dates below.  This list isn’t intended to be all inclusive—this is just off the top of my head so-to-speak mentioning some of the key points that come to mind about each Sun which my own Libra Sun needs to do in order to feel energized an purposeful i.e. “relating”.  Anyway, here we go…

Aries2SUN IN ARIES (born March 21 – April 20)

You need fire and to express courage and a pioneering spirit and be out front or first in anything you do.  Any activity that encourages such things will feed your Sun and help your life force sparkle and shine brighter.  You need excitement and to try new things—as many as you can even if you don’t follow up with everything you start, you need those exciting “new starts” often and in some form in order to feed your Sun and help you feel confident and alive .

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SUN IN TAURUS (born April 21 – May 20)

You need earth and to express your very practical ideas in any way that you can.  You are good at handling resources and expressing this skill helps you to feed your life force and feel confident.  When you work with money/finances you shine just like you do when you express your strong tastes in creating beauty with earth resources.  When you care for your physical needs and comforts, you energize your body, mind and spirit.

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SUN IN GEMINI (born May 21 – June 21)

You need air, mental, thought to energize your sense of dualism—and when you can hold two views at the same time or unite two sets of opposites, this helps you to feel confident and powerful.  When you allow yourself to use your natural born gift of observation and combine that with words in any way—shazam, you are really rocking and feeling your light grow brighter.  Mental stimulation in any way, shape or form energizes you and when you talk about things this too helps body, mind and spirit unite—expressing yourself does it for you and helps you feel vital and alive.

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SUN IN CANCER (born June 22 – July 22)

Water, emotions and security are the key words here that feed this Sun and help people in this sign feel strong and vital. Home, family and tradition and things to do with the past help you feel a sense of purpose that enlivens your body, mind and soul.  Building a sense of home and doing that groundwork for that purpose feeds your sun and helps you feel more powerful, confident and alive – you take the past and create a self-image from that making an identity that helps you feel more yourself. When you care for others and protect and nurture them, this feeds your own Sun—your life force.  If you don’t use your deep feelings to care for others, you feel more vulnerable and loose energy; however, if your home or security are threatened this enables you to find your Sun and call upon your own natural inner strength making you aware of it and this ultimately enables you to feel more alive, confident and purposeful.

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SUN IN LEO (born July 23 – Aug 22, 23)

This person needs fire, passion and awareness of self and feels enlivened when in any kind of central position or at the core of anything that is going on.  If this type of individual is not feeling popular with others, it can dampen the spirit and it’s like put a blanket over their life force.  The person born under this Sun will feel the need to reach the pinnacle of achievement in some area but must also remember to have fun so that work and pleasure are in equal measure—if not, the life force depletes and the Sun is not being fed.  There is a susceptibility to flattery from others until this individual can learn how to nourish their own Sun by self-acceptance and true self-awareness.

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SUN IN VIRGO (born August 23, 23 – September 22, 23)

Humility, compassion and modesty and an urge to be of service and make a significant difference in the world in a hands-on and grounded way that is practical and useful; this is what feeds and nourishes the body, mind and spirit of those born under the Virgo Sun.  Other Sun signs can take advantage of the service oriented Virgo nature who likes to work behind the scenes.  Satisfaction comes from giving attention to details and by pursuing a natural interest in healing—those activities feed the Virgo Sun helping this individual feel confident and vital.

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SUN IN LIBRA (born September 23, 24 – October 22, 23)

The emphasis here is on non-self or the ‘other’ and on anything air related such as writing, speaking and in any way ‘relating’.  When the person born under this sign is uniting with others in some way there comes a feeling of wholeness and balance and harmony.  A person born under this Sun has a consideration of other people’s feelings, such as even if this person is expressing anger it is on behalf of another rather than self.  The Libra soul really has a strong need to justice and fair play and working for the benefit of others is what enables this soul to be energized and feel confident and vital.

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SUN IN SCORPIO (born October 23, 24 – November 22)

The person born under this Sun has an urge to fight an conquer foes whether real or imagined  and the need is to slay a dragon of some type and so here feeling the power of tenacity makes on feel alive and vital.  There’s an innate need for passion and sometimes engaging in activities to the point of obsession but this level of intensity is needed in order to feed body, mind and soul.  If the person can dig deeply for the truth even to the point of doing research in some way to find the deep bottom-line answer, then the life force is energized.  Anything involving psychology and learning about the motivations of others helps the person born under this sign to feel vital, alive and generally purposeful which feeds their life force.

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SUN IN SAGITTARIUS (born November 23 – December 21, 22, 23)

Expansion of the solar forces to their fullest potential happen with those born under the Sag Sun and there needs to be a wide field or area for this person to express their life force energy.  Here we have individuals who have a huge abundance of tolerance naturally and when this is being expressed, the Sag person feels that sense of purpose being fulfilled.  Honesty, freedom and optimism and cheerfulness need to be allowed expression in order for the person born under this Sun to feel confident and vitally alive.  The naturally restless spirit of the Sag Sun individual is soothed by experiencing some type of adventure and having an expression of freedom in their life in some way.  Teaching helps someone born in Sag to feel vitally alive, purposeful and thus feeds that life force, their Sun.  Travel or planning a trip is also something that a Sagittarius can do in order to feed their Sun!

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SUN IN CAPRICORN (born December 22, 23, 24 – January 20)

The Sun’s rays are usually weaker during these months but inside this individual there is a quiet drive that is powerfully present and needs feeding.  Anything requiring tenacity and determination will feed the body, mind and spirit of this individual.  This person needs a goal and something to master in some field or endeavor and has what it takes to endure hardship and to overcome obstacles and when these hardships and obstacles are overcome, the life force is revitalized.  There is purpose on the path of overcoming life that feeds this person’s body, mind and spirit.  This Capricorn Sun needs responsibility and can thrive on it!

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SUN IN AQUARIUS (born January 21 – February 19)

The person born under this Sun thrives on cooperation with others; and without it their life force fades and wanes.  Personal satisfaction comes from considering others first and in fact self-promotion diminishes one’s feeling of power and confidence.  Sharing with others and humanitarian concerns rule this individuals deepest inner desires and help one feel the life is being well-lived and furthers the feelings of brotherhood and friendship that keep this Sun fed.  Technology is also a place wherein a person born under this sign can shine and feel confident and purposeful; so developing technical skill helps one feel like shining even brighter especially if the technology enhances other people’s welfare.

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SUN IN PISCES (born 2/20 – 3/20)

The solar forces are probably the weakest here in those born under this sign.  Yet, in times of adversity, the solar spark ignites and inner strength asserts itself.  Here we can see folks who can be very resistant but in a very passive way but the resistance can be arduous and formidable.  The person born under this sign feels confidence and life force grow when expressing adaptability, tolerance and compassion.  If the person born under a Pisces Sun works on behalf of those less fortunate this generally motivates their life.  So, therefore, charity work and healing work are of benefit in feeding the Sun of those born under Pisces.  The thing here is that the individual is basically very kind but others perceive this as weakness and then take advantage; therefore, boundaries are crucial for those born under this Sun Sign.  If anything in the arts using imagination are pursued (music, dancing, etc.) this can feed the Sun here since those born with a Pisces Sun have a strong imagination.  Grounding, naturally, is something that should be balanced with the imaginative nature.

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I hope this little list will help you to know how to feed your own Sun and also for you to know a bit about how to help your family and friends enhance their life force as well.

lotus 5-26-13PERSONAL INTENTION AND PRAYER:

May this information reach the right people and the right time in order to make a positive difference in their life and may their life force be energized beyond measure for the good of all.