The Chinese New Year Wood Horse January 31st

The Chinese New Year…The Wood Horse…officially begins on January 31! blackhorseblackhorse

Just take a minute and think about the Magnificence of the Horse…..

Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after the Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius.

In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! A white celestial cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings. Horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to the power and strength of the Horse.

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Wood Horse 2014 will be a wild ride as the world changes, and changes fast!

The energy for the upcoming Year of the Horse is about letting go – breaking loose of emotional entanglements and ties to projects that are taking us in the wrong direction..(sound familiar…astrology grand cross)
The horse is open, intuitive, bright, strong and cheerful when it’s in balance. Those who can harness their own skills and natural instincts in service to their heart’s desire will benefit immensely. But, if the horse gets out of balance, it can balk, get spooked and gallop off in the wrong direction at a dangerous pace.
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At the other extreme, it can behave like a donkey or work horse – stubborn, wearing blinders, procrastinating on important decisions – it can even get rude and kick you in the pants!

So the transition from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Horse could be rough and full of surprises. Think of how a horse reacts to a snake – the two aren’t exactly the best of friends. Plus, if you thought last year went fast, think what the horse energy will do with our sense of time and space! 2 blackhorse

“The inhibitions of the past that have held you back can be eradicated if you are cheerful and direct in your approach to this Year of the Horse.

A few tips and points to consider…much like the astrology grand cross energy.

  • Sadness can be a great obstacle especially if you are prone to stubbornness: look for the issues or projects you feel you have to be right about and this is where you are stuck.
  • The complications and confusions of the past year will mercifully lift: if you know how to ride the horse and tame those emotions.
  • When you find yourself caught in competitive or argumentative situations, look for the entanglement and untie yourself from it.
  • This is a good year to tap into your own ways of doing things: unplug from the illusions and delusions that trap your natural abilities.
  • Old decisions based on a lack of self-worth will have far reaching consequences: use self-knowledge to transform the pattern into a glorious breakthrough that will lead to higher planes of happiness and fulfillment.
  • Travel is generally enhanced; however, lack of direction or reckless rushing around may very well lead to unhappy accidents: learn to hone your inner guidance and follow it.

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When moving out from the Year of the Snake and forward into the Year of the Wooden Horse, combine caution with quick-footedness. Your opportunities for fun and prosperity will abound!” Reanni Lightwater

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And we are off…….at a gallop!

Please and Blessings

Shelley

 

 

 

2014 = 7 The Chariot in the Voyager Tarot

The Charioteer The number 7 is 2+0+1+4 added together . This  is The Chariot card in the Voyager tarot deck . And, it is perfectly aligned with the cardinal grand cross and the astrological direction for the year. Here are the qualities and characteristic of the Chariot Card written by my friend and creative genius James Wanless:

The Chariot represents the law of motion. The Chariot is always in motion, the mind, heart, body and spirit are on the Move. Movement brings change, and change brings new experiences, learning, and growth, it leads to the achievement of your evolutionary destiny”

 Here are The Chariot Qualities to help us navigate this year of Change!

Mental: Have a purpose, a plan, an ideal: Set goals and objectives, and the routes and means for their achievement.

Emotional:    Be balanced amidst you emotional ups and downs:  Be Bold, Be courageous!

Physical:   Be Athletic, Stay in Shape;

Action in the world: Commit to victory and success!

Spiritual Wisdom:

Have a meditative awareness at all time, centered amidst change, inner stillness amidst movement and action! “

2014 Grand Cross – The Big Picture

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Elements of the 2014 Grand Cross

Starting on New Year’s Day, and building toward a peak in April, there are 4 planets in interlocking squares and oppositions, all competing with and stimulating one another. Because these slower moving outer planets are involved, this configuration reflects long standing problems that are very difficult to resolve. This is a powerful and trans formative time for all of us. No one will be left out. The best way to understand the impact of the powerful alignment is to breakdown each part of the Grand Cross.

Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn:

This aspect has been working its magic or challenge on all of us since 2012. We are half way thru this 3 year transit, and this year we will be entering the heart of this evolutionary aspect! The additional tension created by this Grand Cross with the introduction of Mars in Libra will activate and challenge this transformative configuration at very deep levels! (Note: Look back at what started for you in June of 2012, and I am sure you will see a pattern or thread connecting events and or situations in your life that are in the process of change.)

 What to look for and notice:

*Evolutionary breakthroughs, reform or revolution

*Freedom vs. control

* Powerful technologies

*Extreme situations or sudden changes in power

In our personal charts… letting go of the old stories, situations, jobs, relationships, and moving forward with new, innovative solutions in place of dead and dying situations!

(Note: Feel the fear and take the plunge!)

Exact square dates:

November 1 2013, April 21 2014, December 14 2014

Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn:

Jupiter has been moving thru Cancer since late June 2013, and will continue to expand and bless issues of home, family, love and nurturing. So, when this benevolent expansive planet is in direct opposition to Pluto, (power, transformation, breaking it down to rebuild it) what is being asked here is to pull the best of these two forces to create a win win. Work vs. home and family issues, big cooperation’s vs small grass roots movements that protect and nurture and are the voice of the people ( gun control, safety in school) ect. A great rule of thumb for these two giants is simply……… Do the right thing…It is about Heart, not profit

 What to Look for and notice:

*Secret use of power

* A drive for major achievements

*Important legal decision

*Good strategic perspective

*Deep polarization

*Operating outside the law

 The exact opposition is January 31 2014, and April 20 2014.

Mars in Libra Squaring Pluto in Capricorn:

Mars enters Libra on December 8th, and will remain in this sign thru July 27! This is an extra LONG time for Mars to be spending in one sign (close to 8 months instead of it normal 6 weeks)

Mars acts as a trigger wherever it transits by signs and house, so, it will be stirring up Libra issues, including all relationships, justice, peace, balance, harmony, beauty, art and creativity.

My biggest hope and prayer, is that world peace will take a huge step forward in the next 8 months!

 What to Look For and Notice:

*Instinctual action

*Physical endurance

*Ambition

*Courage

 Exact squares are on December 30 2013, April 23, 2014; June 14, 2014

Jupiter in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries:

These two planets will be asking us to be inventive yet stay true to our hearts, homes, and family

What to look for and notice:

*Invention from necessity

*Unrestrained freedom

*Innovation

*Law vs. lawlessness

 Exact Square is Feb 26, 2014 April 20 2014

Mars in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries:

This is a very volatile transit, no way around it.  Anger, frustration, sudden disruptive events will occur. If you are not the agent of creative change in your life, this transit will bring change in the form of disruptive circumstances.  On a brighter note, these disruptions and changes will liberate you in some way……always good…but unexpected!

What to look for and Notice:

*Rebellious action

*Throwing fuel on the fire,

*Accidents

*Independent action

Exact dates of the Square are December 25th 2013, April23 2014, and June 25th 2014

Mars in Libra square Jupiter in Cancer:

What to look for and notice:

*Action forcing growth, or growth forcing action

*Physical strength

*Risk taking

 Exact dates of the square are January 8th 2014, April 22, 2014, June25 2014

As you can see…the configuration will stay in effect thru April, with the most intense energy being in April 20-24, (that is when the grand cross is exact by degree).  So, whatever your challenges or situations are the first week of January, you will be working to transform them thru April.  This grand cross energy will help move forward to align, nurture, innovate, and release!

A note here…the more planets you have in Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, (especially between 11* degrees and 13 * degrees of those signs), the more effected you will be by this Grand Cross.  I call you the Leaders of this Revolutionary time, as you will be in the center of it all!

Here are a few examples of what Positive expressions may look like….

*Breakthroughs with personal or collective stuck patterns of behavior

*Wise risk-taking in areas previously controlled by ones fear

*Proactively challenging “opponents” for the sake of justice or positive change

*Willingness to try new things and make mistakes

*And the ability to be decisive when faced with the unfamiliar obstacles or when overwhelmed.

 And, a few examples of what negative expressions may look like…..

*Unhelpful reactions to challenges, due to fear of change or loss:

*Physical or legal aggression

* Turning away from new opportunities because you want to control:

*Overwhelmed people or institutions.

*Impulsive/reckless behavior or spending.

*Projection of shadow onto others (collectively, going to war)

*Escapism thru addictive or obsessive behavior.

 

In addition to the Grand Cross, we have Saturn in Scorpio (water element) continuing to reveal and bring to the surface that which is hidden.  Scorpio will be moving from 16* degrees to 24 * degrees during the first half of the year. Remember, Saturn’s influence is to delay, withhold, restrict, and test the viability of whatever it contacts!

Neptune is in Pisces also a water sign, inspiring us to vision, dream, connect spiritually, protect our water ways and systems, create and invent artistic ways to live, and she promotes compassion and heart!

It moves only a few degrees, so those with early degrees of Pisces (3 to 5 degrees) will continue to be under her spell!

These 2 planets, along with Jupiter in Cancer, are forming a water sub-signature  in the back ground of the Cardinal cross. Their mission is to provide protection and nurturing, working to sooth and relax us in the mists of the stormy cosmic weather! Please plan daily meditation, relaxation, and down time to access the inner YOU for guidance, direction, and insight!

And, this is what I know for sure:

When one door closes, another opens, and Spirit never gives us more than we can handle!

Pisces New Moon March 1

logoThis New Moon in Pisces offers an EXCEPTIONAL opportunity for profound insights, deep healing and major shifts in consciousness!  Here’s why. Neptune, (the Ruler of Pisces, Mythic God of the Seas), the Sun, Moon, and Chiron (the wounded healer) are ALL lined up in Pisces forming a huge celestial doorway into the higher dimensional realms. And, this is the final new moon of the astrological year. Pisces is the 12th and last sign in the zodiac, and represents our return to Source. Each sign has its set of lessons, and Pisces primary challenge has us unlearn most of what has been taught. Pisces takes us into trans personal territory, far beyond the limits of the mind and logic, and into the depths and mysteries of the heart.Kagaya_zodiac_art_PISCESS1s

In Pisces we realize that we are multidimensional beings and that the gateway to higher dimensions is unconditional love, and connection to the heart. Just as a TV or radio has different channels and programs, we too can attune to different frequencies. Pisces take us into our sixth sense, where mysticism and quantum physics meet, where nothingness is solid and everything is connected. Every culture and religion has its name for the greater reality…the Great Spirit, the Tao, the Force, Buddha, Brahman, and Sofia, Allah, God, Source, and many others.

Pisces, being a receptive, feminine, emotional water sign, works BEST when you completely submerge, and surrender yourself into the vast ocean of the invisible presence of our universe and unconditional Love! This is the place where dreams become reality and finding your higher purpose is available!in each of us is all of us

This New Moon comes on the heals of several major planetary aspects. The big one  of change, Feb 25th,  (Jupiter square Uranus  in effect thru May), Mercury turning direct Feb 28, and Mars turning Rx on March 1. With so many changes and shifts in energy, the best practice this week end is to lay low, relax, go with the flow, and spend as much time as possible in nature soaking up inner guidance, insights, beauty,  and the art of just being.

Many of you may be feeling this Pisces line up, as it has been building for a week. Some of the symptoms are: feeling bridge to moonsuper tired, wanting to play hooky more than usual, finding yourself daydreaming instead of plowing forward on projects, listening to music more than usual, having romantic fantasy’s (more than usual J)…and in general…feeling like you need a break!  Well….you are absolutely correct in your instinct.  The energetic pull of this spiritual sign is alluring and gentle, constant and relentless.  And, it won’t stop until you surrender to it!  So, this week end  surrender, and  do those things that have you align with your higher self….meditate, prayer, contemplation, yoga, gardening, dance, dream, sleep,  be in silence, be in gratitude…just BE!  The new moon is about BEING completely in the flow…don’t’ fight it…surrender to it, and you will have a breakthrough for yourself.

You will have plenty of time to take action and implement many changes once all the planets shift into Aries on the March 20th Equinox.

Take this time now to unplug, and listen deeply with your heart and soul. And, remember “In order to find new lands, you have to lose sight of the shore”. Happy exploring!

The New Moon in Pisces is exact at 12:00 AM  PST,  March 1st.

Pisces Rules Spirituality, Imagination, Trust, and Mystic Awareness, so, open your mind and heart, align with your Inner Self, and BE ready for something Divine to occur!

New Moons are about New Beginning! Each month we are blessed  to be able to  begin again….. making  course corrections and adjustments to our plans, dreams, and  intentions for the year. By utilizing the powerful  energy of the  New Moon we get a Cosmic Boost!  This month it is all about  the sign of  Pisces and the energy it rules.

Here are the details on how to do  your New Moon ceremony.

  1. Start at the exact time 12:00 AM PST on March 1  or AFTER. You have up to 8 hours after the New Moon to really capture the full intensity of this special time.
  2.  Get quiet, center, and make your ceremony sacred.
  3. Write  10 intentions, 10 only …by hand, not computer.
  4. Your intentions are best served using the natural qualities of Pisces, but feel free to create an intention that is a burning desire in your heart.
  5.  After writing your intentions, take a moment to SEE them complete, FEEL them complete, imagine them done and how happy you are…. next,  read them out loud,  and EXPECT , KNOW and BELIEVE  they will manifest!
  6. Most importantly….have fun, get creative, ignite your passion, and always follow your Heart’s Desire.

Now…on to your Pisces  qualities  and your intentions for this month!

Pisces Rules Spirituality:

 Including Surrender, Trust, Spiritual awareness, and Channeling of Spiritual power.

Sample intentions to Increase Connection with your Higher Power:

I surrender all worries and anxieties into the healing hands of a Higher Power.

I surrender and know my daily life is consistently being sourced by God.

I know and Trust that a Higher Power is successfully guiding my life.

I know and trust that everything occurs for my highest and greatest good!

I attract those who are on a similar spiritual path into my life!

Pisces Rules Spiritual Healing, Including:

Meditation and yoga, desire for inner peace, Angelic assistance, quiet time,  and spiritual purification.

Sample Intentions:

My meditation practice is easy and effortless.

I intend to find the perfect yoga class for me.

I am open and receptive to Angelic messages

I intend to create regular quiet time for my spiritual practice!

Pisces Rules: Illusive States, Including: Sleep, Fantasy, and Imagination

Sample intentions to Enhance Positive Illusive States:

I intend to play and TRUST my imagination!

I intend to allow my fantasy’s to emerge, becoming reality.

I intend to sleep as much as I need to rejuvenate and refresh daily!

 Pisces Rules Joyful States, Including:

Internal happiness, Bliss, Ecstasy, Universal love.

Sample intentions to Encourage Joyful States:

I consciously and consistently experience the joy of my inner being.

I am spiritually fulfilled and happy.

I embrace the ecstasy of pleasure.

I experience the peace of universal love now!

Pisces Rules Psychic Sensitivity, Including:

Emotional sensitivity, Gentleness, Awareness of subtle energies, Mystical states.

Sample intentions to Support Psychic Sensitivity:

I easily connect to nature and my environment on a deep level.

I  always have the clear mind of the mystic in viewing my life and circumstances.

I easily perceive and communicate with my guides and angels.

I trust my 6th sense implicitly!

Pisces Rules Unconditional Love, Including:

Forgiveness, Understanding, Nonjudgmental thinking, Tolerance, Acceptance, Compassion.

Sample intentions to Promote Unconditional Love:

I experience total forgiveness in the situation with

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I intend to feel love and compassion for

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I always remember that everyone is doing the very best they can with the tools and information they have in each moment.

I release my judgment about

I intend to lovingly accepting

without trying to fix her/him.

Pisces Also Rules Victim Mentality, Including:

Defeatist attitudes, Procrastination, Panic attacks, Deceptions, Additions, Disappointments

Sample intentions to release Helplessness:

I release and surrender all tendencies of self-deception and deceiving others.

I easily free myself from the addiction to

_and find it replaced with spiritual fulfillment!

I release and surrender all feelings of helplessness.

I release all feelings of disappointment and replace them with the knowing that that everything is working toward my highest good .

Please feel free to use these or make up your own!

 

  Albert Einstein was one of the most brilliant and famous Pisces.einstein_classic_old

I leave you with a few quotes from this mystical genius…..

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.”

 

Until Next New Moon…here’s wishing you Spiritual Enlightenment, Compassion, Understanding, Ecstasy, Bliss and plenty of quiet meditation and Angelic assistance!

Peace and Blessings

Shelley

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Cosmic Currents 2/25- 2/28

Week Overview:

This is quite an amazing week with lots of cosmic activity! First….the powerful square between Jupiter and Uranus Feb 25th brings about change and dynamic events.  Also, there is a very strong mystical presence as the Sun conjuncts (kisses) Neptune ( Feb 23th),  reminding us of our true nature and purpose.  And, Mercury goes direct on Feburary 28th, which is a breath of fresh air, however,  Mars stations retrograde on March 1.

Lets break it down….

Sunday, Feb 23:  The Sun conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, both  at 3  degrees line up exactly  forming a most mystical and Spiritual Energy! The veils between worlds are very thin today, so pay close attention to visions, daydreams, insights and cosmic guidance. It is a perfect Sunday to relax, go out in nature, journal, do art,  meditate and simply unplug!  It is not a day to push….but rather, go with the flow….connect and get inspired!

Tuesday Feb 25 Jupiter Square Uranus at 10 degrees: This event is quite potent for a couple of reasons. One is  this aspect will basically be in effect until early May, which is quite a long time for this type of dynamic change energy. The other is because both of these planets are agents of change, but  in different ways.  Jupiter opens you to new ways of seeing things and brings new opportunities, while Uranus creates an energy where change will occur suddenly and easily. When these two planets are working together, they make  sure that you not only see what areas of your life are in real need of change, but also they will bring forth energies and insights to guide you and help you take the steps necessary to make the changes needed.

Any area  that has suffered because of some excess in your life, will very likely get extra focus now, and any area that you have ignored, will now  need to be dealt with directly . This combo will be dynamic and potent, but will help to move stubborn blocks and break up old patterns! This is not a bad thing…but actually, perfect cosmic assistance to create freedom and expansion in areas that need it most! This is truly a life changing dynamic….freedom and liberation are yours if you attune, embrace and align with the currents in your life.

Friday Feb 28th Mercury stations Direct @ 6:00 AM! It is always so great when Mercury goes direct, and,  it is best to give it over the week- end before you charge forward on all the projects that  have been in on the back  burner.  This week end is mystical and magical with a Pisces New Moon, so relax, rest, incorporate change, and get final clarity on all your impending decisions!

Saturday March 1  New Moon in Pisces @ 10 degrees @ 12:00 am. Please see my new moon link for more info.and your new moon ceremony details.

 Saturday March 1 Mars goes Retrograde @ 27 degrees Libra @ 8;24 AM

Mars is the action planet and is often a catalyst or instigator where ever it is transiting in your chart. It goes Rx once every 2 years. So, for the next several weeks…until 5/20 , here are a few things you might see or experience.

Relationship issues, differences of opinions,  different approaches and priorities, what holds you back, who holds the power…

Increased conflicts, you may be more reactive than usual, misunderstandings,  people not listening to each other

Best practice is to  is slow down, rushing will make a mountain out of a mold hill! Breath and LISTEN. A good motto to keep in your pocket is  “it doesn’t matter who is right, but what is right”

Stay flexible, don’t resist for the sake of being right,  be honest…team work and active change is the way thru!