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Transformational Astrology – August 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

August 2017

By Henry Seltzer

The astrology of August features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and two eclipses. Mercury is retrograde the last half of the month. The Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon of Monday, August 7th, features a strong presence of Pluto, as well as Neptune, while the recent Leo New Moon that set the stage for the current lunation cycle, up to the August 21st Solar Eclipse, has a strong presence of Saturn, which is moreover stationing later in the month to direct motion. Saturn remains in close parallel with Pluto all month long, so that structural transformation and conservative empowerment, the hallmarks of Saturn-Pluto, are very important themes for the August period. A grand trine in Fire signs between Saturn, Eris, and Mercury is also present in this recent New Moon, indicating that your sense of mission and commitment is still very present for what you most deeply believe. You win by taking an individual stand for where you think that your evolution is truly headed, and that act forms a piece of the whole, just like your own personal hologram. The society at large benefits greatly – and fails on the lack – of the sincerity of all these individual strands.

An important factor of the Lunar Eclipse of August 7th to be mentioned is Neptune. The eclipse Moon falls directly on the Neptune/Pluto midpoint, while Jupiter, the Sun and Uranus closely aspect Neptune as well. Mercury stations retrograde on the 12th, opposite Neptune, making for an introspective time. With Neptune invoked there is an element of deception, including self-deception, uncertainty and spiritual ramification involved in this important juncture. Eclipses are more powerful lunations, with symbolic effects that last longer, up to six months, than an ordinary Full Moon. The angst that we are, all of us, beginning to feel has these Neptunian components, and on the cultural level, also concern regarding the earth’s oceans. Of course, climate change is becoming a more and more prominent theme, as we speak, as are issues of sea-level rise and the acidification of ocean waters with the consequent dying off of all coral reefs, world-wide. These issues are not going away, and, again, it is very much a question of mass consciousness and political will concerning these very serious global problems.

The August 21st Solar Eclipse, also in the sign of Leo, makes an almost perfect trine with Uranus, while Saturn is also greatly emphasized, bringing the familiar triumvirate of Saturn, Uranus, Pluto which was prominent in the volatile sixties. We have in the latter part of the month not only the highlighted presence of Saturn but also the increase in polarization implied by Saturn-Uranus and as well the major and thorough-going transformation symbolized by Uranus and Pluto in combination, just as their square begins to draw somewhat closer, coming to within 6 degrees by the end of the year. We may expect further fall-out from this decade of change the last half of this year, as we mentally begin to approach the power-packed configurations of 2020 and beyond. There is quite a lot that we have to face in the coming years. It is not only the massive structural changes that we are in the midst of, both culturally and individually, but also, more significantly, the mass recognition of this.

What can one do? Well there are plentiful forms of escape in our modern-day culture, and certainly television and/or drugs among others seem almost perfectly designed to take our minds off what is happening. And, yet, there is also the quiet joy of deeply examining where you are really at, reflecting long and hard on this idea to find your bottom line beliefs, and taking some sort of a stand for these. It might be as simple as writing a letter while you toil away at an unwanted job, or it might be as courageous as leaving that job, headed for unknown outcomes, for the sake of your deeper values. Whatever it may be, each action in support of soul intention is so freeing and empowering that it can ultimately lead to peaceful calm in the midst of the storm.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are entering into a time of spiritual rebirth, Aries, especially regarding your self-expression and other manifestations of artistic creativity. You will feel this on many simultaneous levels and each one amplifies all the others, and interweaves with them in the deeper meaning that you might apply. When Mercury retrogrades, that brings up a detail-oriented and introspective time. What is happening over this monthly cycle may be viewed as essentially a transformation of values, in support of activities nearer to your true heart’s desire. It pays to be very attentive to whatever happens to you, including your dreams, and to attempt to decode the events of your life in a way that reflects your evolving worldview. Partners and trusted confidants are helpful in providing new perspectives. These will of necessity involve what is here right before you in the physical plane, and also what is beyond the physical.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a big month for you, Taurus, especially with the eclipses of August taking place in angular houses in your chart. These are associated with career and home life, and you will find that issues with either the separation of public and private concerns, or their potential merger, will occupy your thoughts for the next six months or more, beginning with the Full Moon and lunar eclipse of August 7th and continuing through the retrograde of Mercury on the 12th which introduces an introspective element to your musings. Your values are shifting, along with your commitment to find higher purpose in everything that you do, including your public works, thereby taking what emerges from the intuitional layers of your inner world into full account as you make career choices. You are not only looking for the deeper meaning of what goes on in your life but also seeking to apply that to your plans and goals to create a better alignment between inner and outer concerns.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an important month for you, Gemini, especially in terms of some of your favorite areas, communication, learning, and evolving worldview. These have been major themes ever since the Leo New Moon, a week before the month began, and right through the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse of August 7th when they will get a boost. The eclipses of this month are powerful for you, and dovetail with the retrograde of your ruler, Mercury, through your fourth and ultimately your third house. Issues of home and family will likely come up for introspective meditation and review over the latter half of the month of August, even as the way that you communicate and reach out to others remain front and center throughout the month as well. The shift in your world view takes greater account what comes to you on an intuitional basis from deep inside you, and allows you to more fully partake of plans and goals that allow greater alignment between inner and outer priorities.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a vital month for getting clear on the deeper layers of your personality, Cancer. This might seem less important than the concerns of worldly affairs, but just the opposite is true. Everything comes to you from the inside. Valuable recognitions along these lines might be expected to arrive this month by secret messenger, which you find is really your higher Self, whispering, once it is that you are able to more fully tune in. The Full Moon and lunar eclipse of Monday, August 7th, represents a time of revelation and of getting in closer touch both with partners, and also yourself. Relationship has been a changing landscape for you, and this timing is one peak of that significant cycle. You are digging in for greater commitment to an overriding sense of mission, in closer alignment with what you have been discovering within your own inner world.

 

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a magical time for you, Leo, when you are experiencing rebirth. You profit by thinking quite seriously about who you are and where you are headed. The Full Moon and lunar eclipse of Monday, August 7th is quite powerful for you; a time of increased awareness of your own inner world, as well as the importance of partnership in your life. This is an action-oriented month that also has its element of introspection. This latter becomes more evident with the retrograde of Mercury on August 12th. You are feeling a sense of mission, to make more out of your day-to-day existence than the demands of the marketplace would offer or require. The solar eclipse of the 21st puts you in better touch with profound intuitional realities that have been knocking on your door, and ultimately signals a shift to practical outcomes and a consolidation of the major changes that are sweeping through you.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is a big month for otherworldly experiences, Virgo, upsetting the apple cart of ordinary events before you even have finished counting all the apples. This is not at all bad for you or even difficult, however, once you accept the fundamental truth of your situation. Mercury, your ruler, is retrograde after the 12th, inspiring introspection. What arrives by means of deep intuition is pure gold, couched in terms of unconscious rather than conscious factors. This comes on strong during August, with the first Leo New Moon, before the month began, followed by two eclipses lighting up your dream sector as well as aspecting Uranus in your sector of intimacy and personal evolution, along with numinous Neptune in your relationship sector. You both idealize and are uncertain concerning partnership right now. The information is continuous and startling, when you are able to closely tune in, and takes you much farther down the road of your own spiritual evolution.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month of seizing your destiny, Libra. The powerful Full Moon and lunar eclipse of August 7th lights up your sector of creative self-expression in the context of a general emphasis on outer world planning. The eclipses of this month align with your sector of future plans, and also bring an element of deep intuition to bear, which could change everything. You play the lead in the drama of your own life, taken as a work of art, and you benefit from taking that role seriously. As you move into greater fields of accomplishment as presaged by your ruler, Venus, at the top of your chart, outer meets inner. Especially around the 12th, when Mercury stands still and then begins to move in retrograde motion, you have a much more introspective stance to be solidly integrated with the focus that is already there on public achievement.

The following was written by this month’s guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School:

It doesn’t get much brighter for you, Libra, than having Jupiter in your first house for a full year, but this month is extra special because there will be two eclipses falling into your eleventh and fifth houses, and both will be in a sextile and trine with Jupiter in your first house, which means they both have the potential to be very beneficial for you. Let’s take a closer look at these two eclipses and what you might expect from them this month.

The first eclipse is a lunar eclipse (lunar eclipses always take place at full moons), in the sign of Leo, which happens to be your fifth solar house. The fifth house was traditionally known as the “Joy of Venus,” and it is related to children, pregnancy, creativity, joy, recreation, and pleasure. Lunar eclipses in the fifth house may bring the end or culmination of a creative era in your life, the birth of a child, children leaving the nest, or significant events in the lives of your children. On the other hand, as a house related to pleasure, lunar eclipses in the fifth may also bring endings relative to where or how you take pleasure or joy. For example, I have a Libra client who is starting a forty-day sugar and alcohol cleanse starting this August. I have another Libra client who is completing a creative project she has been working on for years!

This first eclipse in Aquarius is followed by another eclipse in Leo on August 21st, this time a solar eclipse (solar eclipses always happen on new moons). The media is already calling this “the great American eclipse,” as it will be fully visible in many places across the United States. Solar eclipses represent powerful new beginnings, or new opportunities, and this eclipse is falling into your eleventh house. The eleventh house was traditionally called the “joy of Jupiter,” and this is because it was related friends and allies, benefactors and support from people in power, wishes and hopes for the future, and things destined for success in time. The reason it was associated with these themes has to do with the fact that planets in this portion of the sky will advance by the rotation of the earth to the midheaven, the highest point in the sky, next. So, these planets are being brought by the natural “primary motion” (created by the 24-hour revolution of the earth on its axis) to the culmination point of the sky, which was associated with rulers, success, fame, promotion, and so forth. For this reason, planets in the eleventh are associated with all manner of people and events that shape our vision of the future, in terms of our goals and aspirations and those things that help us achieve them.

So, while some doors may be closing in your fifth house of creativity, pleasure, children, or pregnancy, there is also an opening coming through this second eclipse that is quite unique. You may see new dreams, goals, or wishes appearing rather dramatically, or new friends, alliances, or opportunities for support presenting themselves, perhaps unexpectedly. The phrase, “where a door closes, a window opens,” is more than just a cliché for you this month. And remember, with Jupiter in your first house beholding both eclipses from a sextile, whatever new hopes and dreams for the future are coming through this month, whatever new friendships, group allegiances, or forms of support you discover, they have the power to boost your confidence and add to your life in positive and exciting ways. Remember, the eleventh is the natural “joy” of Jupiter, and in fact the eleventh house was traditionally called the house of “good spirit.” So, have a magical and blessed month of August, Libra. Good luck!

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a terrific month for progress, Scorpio, with respect to both internal and external agendas. You are making a fresh start in career and profession, and taking your depths more completely into account as you do so. Even as you plan and act, you are making a trust fall, straight backwards, counting on the universe to catch and sustain you. As you gain greatly in terms of outer world success, you simultaneously find your deep commitment to soul intention, which might in time prove to be the core basis of true fulfillment. All month long you are building toward the climactic moment of the New Moon solar eclipse of August 21st which takes place near the top of your chart, and confirms in you a sense of mission, and of revised values consistent with your most idealized viewpoint on what you have to contribute to the world around you.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Your future is calling you, Sagittarius, and it is becoming quite different than you have ever before conceived it. The eclipses of August illuminate your sector of foreign travel, education, and higher mind, so that new worldviews are swimming into your ken all through the month of August, while Jupiter, your ruler, is highlighted in your house of group dynamics, friendships and goals. You are quite active socially this month, and there is also a point to it in terms of finding your way forward in a manner that is consistent with your evolving values. Your commitment has been growing to focus on only those issues that emanate from your own core personality, including both conscious and unconscious factors. Once you discover what deeply motivates you beyond all else, a revolution takes place from within. There is no turning back. Your viewpoint on the world around you and your activities within it are forever changed.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You have a unique set of opportunities and responsibilities looming this month, Capricorn. This is not only about outer world commitments, although in terms of career and professional life, you are sailing along in rare form with the help of partners of various kinds. Due to the placement the two eclipses this month, as well as that of Saturn, your ruler, you also have a mission to be looking to the inside. This refers to the hidden half of your personality, the part that is more or less unknown, and that yet represents the wellspring for much of your easeful feelings of fitting in with the natural energies of the universe. You win when you can pay close attention to these underground parts of yourself, in any way that you can. That studied action leads you through transformation and the whitewater rapids of your life into the calmer waters of true success.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a huge month for you, Aquarius, with the eclipses of August illuminating your seventh sector of relationship and interpersonal connection. Communicative outreach of all kinds is highlighted for you, especially after the 21st. The first three weeks of August could in some ways be considered as preparation for that final week, a time when significant relationships are emphasized, as well as the new perspectives that they bring. These factors peak with the Full Moon and lunar eclipse of August 7th, which is quite powerful for you, representing a culmination of relationship initiatives and the recognition of new identity for yourself. All this month, relationships are reborn, and also the significant intimacy that you have with your hidden parts. One important lesson of this entire month is that only when you are familiar with your own inner workings are you ready for the next stage of partnership.

 

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a significant month for you, Pisces, when you will be further refining your understanding of yourself. The eclipses of August take place in your sector of service, and to your discipleship to your higher Self, so that you are engaged in finding your point of interaction with the world, in line with those values to which you most deeply aspire. Moreover, the Mercury retrograde of August 12th affects you strongly because prominent in your chart, and directly opposed to your ruler, Neptune, located in your first or identity sector. Over the last half of the month, punctuated by the solar eclipse New Moon of August 21st in your opposite sign, you may come to some startling conclusions regarding your true calling and the way that this manifests in your work in the world. As C. G. Jung once wrote, “It is not the children of the flesh but the children of the spirit that know freedom.”

 

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

 

 

Transformational Astrology – July 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

July 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of July features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, Pluto and Eris. The recent Cancer New Moon that set the stage for the current lunation cycle, up to July 23rd, has, once again, strong inner to outer planet connections. In this potent configuration, Venus is in partile or same-degree trine with Pluto, with implications for looking more closely into our relationship dynamic, while Mars in Cancer closely trines Neptune in Pisces, aided and abetted by Jupiter in Libra. With a Cancer Mars the energy of this fiery planet is muted, and directed toward emotional realities rather than external goals. Then, too, Saturn precisely trines Eris, to the degree. Eris, the new planet beyond Pluto only discovered and named as recently as 2006, represents a spiritual warrior energy for promoting soul intention over all else. This represents therefore a greater commitment to attempting to discover, within, your most profound purpose, that which you came into this lifetime to accomplish. Meanwhile, Mercury is conjunct the Sun and Moon at the timing of this watery New Moon, making this a thoughtful and meditative month when you are likely to spend time plumbing the depths of your emotions and becoming more familiar with your inner realms.

The Full Moon of Saturday, July 8th, constitutes an important juncture, when the Sun has moved closer to Mars, deeper in Cancer, and opposite Pluto, with the Moon conjunct. July is thus a very Plutonian time, a time of change, and of letting go of what no longer serves. Pluto transits are trouble to the extent that you resist. When you can quite easily accept the inevitability of change, and move on, Pluto becomes your friend.

In addition to the might of Pluto being thrust into prominence this Cancer cycle, there is also another major power planet, namely Neptune. This numinous and delicately complex planet has a transformational aspect to him as well, like Pluto, although far more subtle. Neptune is featured in the New Moon that began the Cancer cycle, and also the July 8th Full Moon, when Jupiter has moved to an even more perfect trine with Neptune. The July 23rd New Moon in the first degree of Leo also aspects Neptune by sesquiquadrate, so that we have a Neptune-filled month. This archetype is closely connected to the vast unconscious realms within you, which are also brought forward by Mars in Cancer. This is the seat of our emotions, and many of our emotional strengths, as well as our potential hang-ups. This latter is mainly the case when we allow complexes to build up inside us, by not paying sufficient attention to the messages that the unconscious parts of ourselves are trying to get across to us. The lesson for this month is to pay close attention to everything that happens, dreams included, and to take even chance occurrences quite seriously. Neptune also helps us to see the world around us as paradoxical, rather than black and white, either or. A famous psychologist of the 20th century, Thomas Moore, who wrote Care of the Soul, has written: “the nature of the soul is paradox.”

Another event that is taking place this month is the station of Eris to retrograde motion, on July 20th, just in the timing of the Leo New Moon a few days later, and closely trine Saturn. Saturn too is slowing down, preparing to station direct in August, and remains within 2 degrees of a perfect trine to Eris for the remainder of the month. This brings to greater prominence their combination, which could be summarized as a strong commitment to discovering soul intention. There is something within you, of which you might already be aware, that urges you on to a particular outcome. This depends on your most profound values, your most cherished goals; whatever it is that, once you are fully aware of it, you cannot NOT do. It is possible that this month will supply clues to this important factor that arises from deep within you.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are centered on home and family concerns this month, Aries, as indicated by the placement of the recent New Moon from the final weeks of June, having taken place in this sector of your solar chart. The thirty days of the current Cancer lunation cycle will have this flavor for you, and might bring unexplored awareness to you concerning this general set of issues, including current family dynamics as well as family of origin, and reflecting back on your own depth psychology. Relationship partners of all kinds help you to become grounded in your process. The final week of July becomes more playful. You are also intent upon better defining a growing sense of mission that speaks to what you alone uniquely bring to the table, and that partly emanates from the deeper layers of your personality, below the level of overt conscious understanding. This may guide you to a spiritual sense of meaningful activity in this world.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). You are coming into yourself in a new way, Taurus. A spiritual sense of mission drives you from almost unconscious levels, as you make attempt to reconcile these stirrings with your more natural tendencies. This includes acknowledging the importance of career achievement, and the practicalities of making a living, and yet also that something uniquely your own calls you from within. You seek new grounding for your idealistic visions, and a new basis for emotional security. As you try to sort all this out, communication with peers and with intimate partners is vital to you now. This is also an excellent month for you to journal regarding your ideas for finding your way into a more livable future. Your worldview is evolving and your plans along with it, so that new perspectives are helpful, as you accommodate to a grander vision of your possibilities, and of where your life is taking you.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is time of outer world activity and inner awareness, Gemini. Your career moves are greatly emphasized this month, with both the usual practical concerns and also a subtler shift in attitude, in favor of considerations of life purpose. You are feeling a growing sense of mission over recent months, and are coming to believe that this sense of deep intention has to take priority over the details of making a living and progress in worldly affairs. You are energized toward a new grounding and the way that you define yourself to include a built-in sense of security that does not depend on your bank balance alone. Your own unconscious is very present to you, and holds volumes when you tune your mind to listen. Dream journals might be a helpful adjunct now. Your inner spaces could speak to you more truely than all your overt thought process and mental logic.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an interesting and rather intense month for you, Cancer. The recent New Moon in your sign was significant for your understanding of who you are, adding new waves of thoughtful self-definition. Your have had plenty of energy ever since, especially concerning potential career moves. This is especially so with feisty Mars, along with the Sun and Mercury, located in your first, or identity sector. There is a certain sense of vagueness and indecision going on with your plans though, that could seem troubling. This is likely connected with the urge to go deeper into your truest values. You are feeling serious about where your ultimate destiny is taking you, seeming to involve discovering more of your own unique pathway forward, what you alone might be able to bring to the table. There is a feeling of mystical possibility that has been slowly emerging as an active component to your evolving worldview.

 

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a mysterious month of inner exploration, Leo. Due to the recent Cancer New Moon in your sector of unconscious process, as well as the highlighted presence of Mercury and Mars passing through this same sector, you are very much pulled to the inside. This is where entire worlds within worlds exist, relatively unknown to your conscious self, yet still influencing your behavior from below. You can get ahead of the curve of stultified consensus thinking by paying close attention to what you hold inside. Communication with peers is vital for you right now, or perhaps journaling, including your dreams. You might find as well this month that your outer world persona is transforming in uncharted ways. You are not sure where this is headed so that It might be best to take a wait-and-see attitude, as you actualize and fit into new ways of seeing the world around you.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an exciting month for figuring out your future, Virgo. Due to the placement of the recent Cancer New Moon conjunct Mercury, your ruler, you are more attuned than ever to your prospective direction. This is in the light of your evolving world view and the recognition of your deepest values, what in fact is most important to you, long term. Partnership ideals also play a large role for you right now in helping to define your values. You sense major transformational activity just below the level of your conscious awareness and you do well to encourage further explorations of all your possibilities by a process of intuition combined with the hard-and-fast logic that your sign is known for. This affects career moves as well as those representing more personal choices. Everything that you choose right now has implications for a broader application to a more studied life path.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a month for interesting and innovative career choices, idealized partnership interaction, and refining your mission statement, Libra. You are getting serious about finding a life purpose that speaks to your innermost Self, in part through the agency of partnership interaction. You have what is perhaps an idealized viewpoint on relationship that can get you into trouble, but that also has a spiritual component when you can take the high road in all your partnership interactions. First and foremost, it is important to recognize that you are changing at the core, and that idealism in service to this concept of greater self-knowledge is well placed. As you sort out what are your most treasured goals, and how to plan your activities in the outer world consistent with your deeper values, to the extent that you can discern these, it helps when you can maintain the courage of your convictions.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is another rather intense month for you, Scorpio, one in which you are seeking the deeper significance of everything that you do. You can perhaps find spiritual meaning even in the midst of the most mundane details. You are also coming into a new conception of who you are in this world, the persona that you choose, not so much as a mask, but rather as a transmitter, to meet up with others around you. Intimate relationship in particular will be especially empowered in this way. As you discover the darkest, most inner secrets of interpersonal connection you better understand its import for you currently. This inevitably leads you back to your own inner world. The eventual result of these depth researches is that you become more aware of your most treasured values, and that in turn gives you a more complete basis for an emerging sense of life purpose.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is an unusual month for you, Sagittarius, filled with emotional stirrings of soul-level progress more than surface play. This is not dire but it is deeply felt. There is transformation involved for you in this month’s happenings, as you turn more directly inward. Your finances or your attitude toward your resources could also be affected. The recent Cancer New Moon represents, for you, a time of greater intimacy with partners, or with the potential for relationship, along with becoming more familiar with your own vast inner realms. As circumstances require you to delve within, feelings of resistance could come up although you do well to move beyond these knee-jerk reactions to a more profound exploration of what you hold on the inside. This takes intuition rather than logical analysis. Your life course forward is equally involved, as you navigate these tricky waters and attempt to make your future path more fully aligned with inner values.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are still transforming, Capricorn. Pluto in your sign is even more greatly highlighted this month than the last. Then, too, the cosmic currents imply some sort of fresh start in your partnership activities, stemming from late last month. The potent Full Moon of July 8th will bring this process to one peak, perhaps a moment of fulfillment, and yet also potentially one of trial that will test the depth of your commitment. Although relationship is involved with your current set of changes, it is your particularized personal arc of development that remains front and center. If you have a choice, working on your own end of the dyad is the recommended approach, and the only one that you can actually control. These deeper changes within you have been going on for quite some time now and it is difficult to be patient; but it won’t be over till it’s over.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a powerful month for you, Aquarius, especially with regard to work that you can do on yourself starting from the inside out. The cosmic currents are pointing you toward deep-seated changes emanating directly from your inner realms, if you make the time and have the subtlety and the patience to attune to the messages that you receive in this way. Everything has significance: dreams, seemingly chance occurrences, notions that occur to you, all of this has meaning for you and carries some part of what your unconscious is attempting to convey. If you have been feeling like you have been getting off track lately, these changes from below your normal level of awareness might be just the ticket to help you to regain your footing. You may also feel called to concepts of service, and to discover the spiritual essence of ordinary existence.

 

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a vital time for you, Pisces, when you are feeling a greater sense of responsibility in areas of career and professional life. These feelings may also encompass a wider range of commitment than just to the working world. You are exploring new facets of identity, coming to a new view of your possibilities that includes intimations from unconscious realms beyond your more obvious surface concerns. It is important that you pay attention to these inner stirrings, as best you can discern them. If fully incorporated into your future plans, the very concept of your work might open up for you, to accommodate this broader vision. Along with the lure of additional possibilities with regard to your outer world role, you might be feeling restrictions of your choices. Sometimes yielding to necessity can lead to the right doors opening up for you, provided you can keep faith with the universe to guide you.

 

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

Transformational Astrology – June 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology – June 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of June features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. Venus finally enters her own sign of Taurus this month, on June 6th, after her long stay in Aries due to her March-April retrograde. Before the month began, from mid-Aries, Venus perfectly squared Pluto in the May 25th New Moon that initiated the current lunation cycle, and subsequently makes a perfect trine to Saturn in the First Quarter Moon of June 1st. Meanwhile Mercury enters its sign of Gemini on the afternoon of the same day. The inner planets are all powerfully placed in this dynamic month, so that our actions in relationship and in expressing our personal prerogatives are favored. Mars in the New Moon occupies an interesting degree, of 23 Gemini, placing him in direct opposition to Saturn, and in perfect sextile to the new planet, Eris, still at that degree of Aries, with Uranus nearby. Saturn is also therefore in close trine with Eris, and especially with Uranus, less than one degree separating them at the significant New Moon timing. All this adds up to an emphasis on Saturn, once again, and on the contrast between this conservative archetype of obstacles and serious intention versus freedom-loving anything-goes Uranus. This latter archetype represents – in his conjunction with Eris – the principle of taking a potentially rebellious and position corresponding to what each one of us uniquely holds as unwavering set of cherished values, deep inside. When we can manage to take that stand, then nothing can really harm us in the arbitrary workings of the world around us, including the polarities that surround us of conservative reaction versus progressive change.

There is thus likely to be no let up as the summer commences in the extreme divergence of the national mood, both here in the United Sates and as echoed in current European politics as well. Saturn and Uranus perfectly reflect the two sides, conservative and progressive, in our ongoing conflict of opposing viewpoints. Saturn has his place however in curbing the involuntary excesses of strong Uranus, when the impulsivity reaches dangerous levels. This is true in our personal lives as well as in the collective, when the question becomes whether a contemplated action is just too much, deserving the dampening effect of applied caution.

The New Moon that began the current cycle being in Gemini, this is a thoughtful time when we are engaged in providing a logical basis for our idea and actions, although prominent Uranus does also bring a strong and perhaps illogical flavor of intuition to the proceedings. Furthermore, with Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, in Venus-ruled Taurus, there is an emotional and relationship-oriented component now to all our musings.

The death and rebirth symbolized by strong Pluto is a factor now as well, along with Uranus, so that radical transformation is still very much with us this month, as represented by the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square, the defining outer planet aspect of our troubled decade. We will want to be asking ourselves where we need to allow significant structural changes to take place in spite of our resistance to such change, and what outmoded habitual parts of ourselves need to be let go of in the process.

Finally, we must not forget that third significant outer planet archetype of Neptune, strongly aspected as well in this month’s astrological energies. The June 1st First Quarter Moon opposes Neptune, and in the Full Moon of June 9th, the Sun and Moon make a T-square to this otherworldly archetype, while Jupiter is in close inconjunct or quincunx aspect to Neptune for the entire monthly cycle. All month long, numinous Neptune colors our reality-thinking with the higher reality that takes us far beyond the grasp of the physical plane into other-dimensional fantasies and holistic perspectives. It is no longer quite so simple. With Neptune in the picture, false dichotomies of either-or, black or white, blue or red, commingle into a paradoxical way of seeing the world around us as both-and. This important and largely spiritual astrological factor can therefore provide a welcome relief from the seeming constrictive polarities of our situation.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). Ready or not, you are in for an interesting and educational ride this month, Aries. The astrological currents are still running strong, and provide you with both difficulties and also opportunities for understanding more about you true situation. Because your ruler, Mars, is opposed right now to Saturn, it might feel at times as though you are slogging through mud to get things done. Several repetitions may well be required, as unexpected challenges come out of left field just when you thought that you had everything wrapped up. You may be stymied in your sense of proper speed in accomplishment, but the lessons are there to be absorbed if you allow yourself to slow down enough to appreciate them. This is all part of your ongoing major structural transformation that was planned by your angel guidance and your higher self, long ago, perhaps, on another plane of reality.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a difficult month is some ways, Taurus, because you are being asked to let go of some aspects of your life that are no longer serving you. This goes much better, though, if you can accept and allow. These changes might involve feelings of security that are based not on material considerations, but rather what comes from faith in the universe, or a higher power, to see you through. There are relatively unconscious parts of yourself that are there for you, and ready to do their part in allowing you to evolve in the way that you have all along intended. In this sense, amazing things can happen unexpectedly when you can stay open to possibility. It is more of a magical universe than we are often able to credit, and it can be something of a relief when you can step back and simply allow your process to take you forward.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a month of new beginnings for you, Gemini, as is appropriate for your birthday time of the year. This is also a particularly eventful one, with outer planet energies stirring up your chart, and with Mars prominent in your sign. You have an idealized sense of what you are after career-wise that can also be confusing. You are feeling a powerful initiative to be up and doing, with sudden impulses and wild ideas, that you must either stifle or else go with. There are also definite impediments to be encountered along the way, as unexpected blockages arise. It is best when you can take everything philosophically, because there are important lessons to be learned in navigating these obstacles to your ultimate satisfaction. This is a time of deep change taking place within you, so that no matter how much artistry you bring, your own inner metamorphosis is your most important product.

CANCER (June 21-July 20). This is a time of outer world activation, Cancer, and also for bringing what is going on inside into greater consciousness. This latter concept is the major thrust, for you, in this complex and transformational month. Your strong career orientation has the distinct flavoring of your process of even more greatly delving into your own inner world. You have loads of energy for moving ahead with new life direction agendas that depend on becoming more clear regarding your deepest goals and desires. As Mars moves into your sign in this first week, individuality reigns, and yet the ongoing transformation of your partnership practices is getting a sharp boost as well. You are learning what it means to give priority to the relationship dance, be it personal, professional, or potential, without giving up the important emphasis on your own very significant current arc of developmental growth. You cannot have the one without the other.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21). This is a yet another intense, interesting, and powerfully transformative month for you, Leo.  You are very outer-world oriented at this time, and seeking a better idea regarding your pathway forward, a path that is consistent with your rapidly evolving worldview and your renewed understanding of all that you hold deep inside. Career and profession call to you, but only career choices that partake of this broader perspective are of any real interest to you now. You are also delving into concepts of service to the larger collective that surrounds you, something that you have been wrestling with for quite some time now, and that finds another stage of fruition as this current month’s cycle unfolds. You are very idealistic and impulse-driven especially along lines of greater learning, however this freedom loving side becomes tempered with greater caution as you get into working through the nitty-gritty details of practical considerations.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month you are feeling like action, Virgo, and are seeking where and how to direct the outer-oriented energy that is bubbling over. This is also an important time of taking stock, and of casting your gaze back over the magnitude of what you have recently gone through. This has involved reassessments in several areas, not least of these the relationship front, where difficulties have exposed opportunities for growth. Your entire worldview has been put through the blender and a new concoction is now emerging for you to savor. As you navigate this month’s cycles, you are aware of business agendas that remain, as well, largely personal. You are seeing your way clear to your true values and your more profound goals, and as you begin to acknowledge the depth of your ongoing transformation, it makes for changes to your relationship to your own inner spaces.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is This is yet another month for you of learning and growing, Libra. You have been delving into partnership, and issues of intimacy, and this has provided you with many lessons. You might find yourself now reflecting with fresh eyes on all that has gone before. Your understanding of your own inner world has been changing, as has your belief system itself. What is slowly transforming over time is your familial relationships, both current and as stemming from family of origin. You are getting serious about integrating your intuitional responses in all these areas into your evolving sense of who, at base, you really are, and becoming more aware than ever of structural changes taking place in the deeper layers of your psyche. Where all this is going is anybody’s guess, so that you do well to stay as open as you can to all of your possibilities.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This month you are called to partnership in a deep way, Scorpio, one that involves a reintegration of your own inner workings along lines that transcend traditional thought. You have been, over these past several weeks, in somewhat of a meditative space regarding your mission statement, and as well the contribution to this that important persons in your life might be able to make. The role of significant others has been on your mind, but you must not neglect the more primary goal of integrating your own deep center with what takes place at the surface layers of your psyche. You are beginning to recognize the call of your own profound inner process, a summons that takes you far beyond mere rationality, involving instead a process of deep intuition. Follow that path wherever it might lead, and you will prosper, not in terms of more obvious material remuneration, but, more importantly, the rewards of the Spirit.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month you are taken somewhat out of yourself, Sagittarius, as partners in your life become increasingly important to you in all kinds of ways. Romantic relationship certainly, but also business partnerships, mentoring, significant friendships, those who are helpful to you in clarifying your true aspiration. You are quite serious regarding this, as you study your path forward. In the thrust of these intense times, you are making a determined effort to better understand your major contribution to the society around you, and how you can join with like-minded groups having similar objectives to your own. You are also involved in shaping your creative productivity along the lines that are indicated by your deepest values and goals. You have been through a period of reassessment in this area, and are now coming into greater clarity. As you do it remains vitally important that carefully consult your intuition, as more effective than the simplistic logic of more ordinary surface thinking.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This continues to be a powerful time of change for you Capricorn, one in which your very identity is shifting. These past few weeks of intensity have prepared you to take significant steps in unknown directions, toward an uncertain outcome. To feel secure about these experimental moves you must be willing to trust in your own process, and have faith in the presence of a benevolent universe to see you through. In this, intuition is key. When you are able to attune to its message, the information bubbling up from deep inside you tells you true, more so that all the logical flow of normal consensus thought. You might be suspicious of what arrives to you from mysterious origins, and may need to follow caution when you feel it. Nevertheless, you benefit by staying as open as you can to all your possibilities, as these develop amidst your growing awareness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are coming into yourself in a new way, Aquarius, after many weeks of introspection regarding where your life is currently taking you. You tend to stay with the surface layers of your psyche, applying mental machinations to the situation, and now, this month, you are instead journeying through your inner world. Recent depth experiences are changing you from the inside out. It is not so much that you are choosing this mode of deep reflection, as that something within you is calling these shots. In some ways your experiences are choosing you right now, so that all you have to do is to get out of the way.   It helps when you can pay attention to everything that is going on within you and outside of yourself. Then, with luck, you can follow the inward turning road, and thereby unlock the full creative potential of your scintillating self-expression.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month is another interesting and changeful time for you, Pisces, prompting you to delve even further into your fecund depths. You are getting beyond a time of questioning the foundation of your emotional security and are now taking as a new starting point that your best answer comes from what lies within. Your connection to home and family concerns is at hand, front and center in your awareness this month, leading you to reconsider familial connection in both present tense situations and from the ancient past. This opens you up to an even more thorough exploration of all that you hold inside. You are also simultaneously firming up the conclusions of your months-long investigation into what you most sincerely believe. As you come to a better understanding of your own soul intention, you are proceeding to discover that your true basis for security derives from inner strength of purpose.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.

The Science of Mastering Sleep by Sifu Matthew

The Science of Mastering Sleep

by Sifu Matthew

As a society, we are trained to move forward with fervor: grasp the next idea; improve at rapid paces to achieve; maintain beauty, fitness, and wealth — and compete at all costs. Striving at this rapid continuum can secretly deplete our invaluable body chemical stores and, while we may not be aware of it happening for months and sometimes years, our body and its wisdom will come crashing down and leave us in a stressful and sleepless paradigm, chasing desperate measures to find quick solutions that can damage our systems even more.

 

THE POWER OF SLEEP

Without proper sleep the body will function poorly on more levels than we can imagine. Improper rest will produce many symptoms ranging from lack of energy that impairs clear thinking, creates mood swings and causes irritability, all the way to auto-immune issues, poor detoxification, and even severe fertility and menstrual imbalances.

 

ACCUMULATING DAMAGE

While we can run after remedies including prescription medications that can cause great toxicity to our livers and organs, or natural herbs and bio- machines that reregulate inner rhythms for a time period, these fixes alleviate the stress and imbalance at the surface, without truly altering the depth of the stress patterns that created the problem. Without addressing those issues, they will continue to grow and even fortify themselves.Ultimately regaining the power to sleep must come from within–by understanding the miraculous electromagnetic nature of our body’s healing power.

As an expert in the application of the manipulation of forces, attained through my years as a Master of the Martial Arts, I’ve learned to apply these principles to heal many of people’s most intractable conditions and illnesses using natural means. Sleep deprivation is a common problem that can be easily resolved when approached through the proper pathways of working with the earth’s grounding forces.

 

THE CORE OF STRESS AND SLEEP DEFICIENCY

Your body is designed to sleep and rest, as well as to gather massive amounts of minerals and elements that it receives during the non-active external moving periods. The minerals and elements are gathered through the earth’s magnetic pull while the body is in a lying, receptive, and unstressed position. The heart and bones together serve as a dynamic means to absorb both electricity and minerals– and store them for use the next day, as well as for upcoming periods of greater need.

Both stress and sleep are electromagnetic reactions that occur based on your ability to balance your magnetic field with the forces and fields around you. When you cannot sleep, your organs are too hot or active and have no capacity to connect to the earth and surrounding mineral fields that are designed to stabilize you and absorb the cooling and replenishing properties of the night for your body to gather for detoxification and healing.

The lack of coolness and flow is why stress literally feels like a constant inner shaking, a tension that creates the inability to calm or slow down. It is a failure to engage the cooling powers of the body’s system and control one’s own electromagnetic field. Ultimately, sleep cannot happen without the body being allowed to enter back into its cooling and absorbing rhythm.

All the feelings we experience are electrochemical reactions between the stimulus in our environment and our body. Sleep is an engagement between the earth and the body; the body  cools down based on the shift of the earth’s position in relation to the body, the sun, and the particles in the atmosphere.

 

CHANGE YOUR MAGNETISM AND MASTER YOUR SLEEP

By learning to control your magnetism and consciously using the surrounding magnetic fields properly, we can immediately create dramatic shifts to re-regulate our sleep cycles naturally — and dominate stress forever.

Here’s how to start.

FACING NORTH – “ACHEIVING BALANCE POSITION”

POSITION- Extracting Balance

HEALING BENEFITS:

• Engaging the bodies balance system for regulating rhythms
• Gathering new energy into the core of the body
• Calming stress and PTSD

From a standing position, place the right back of your hand behind your back on the spine and the left hand toward the earth like a spear.

Hold this position for 5 to 10 minutes and breathe through the nose and all of your bones.

Do even breaths of 4 seconds in, 4 seconds hold and 4 seconds out.

 

FACING NORTH – “SLEEP POSITION”

POSITION – “Drop of Water Pierces Eternity.”

HEALING BENEFITS:

• Inducing Sleep
• Healing the kidneys and regenerating hormones
• Reduction of Inflammation
• Healing the ears and digestive system.
• Reducing Cravings

From a standing position, place the right, back of the hand against your kidneys. Place the left hand out with thumb up and two fingers extended. Turn feet in slightly and squeeze the side of the body gently.

Draw in through the fingers by pressurizing toward your kidneys and heart.  Hold for 4 seconds on inhale… pause and hold the energy for 4 seconds…exhale for 4 seconds as you send a pulse out your back-right fingers.

Perform this a minimum of 12 times.

You should see results within a day or two. Repeat these exercises daily for maximum impact.

 

 

Sifu Matthew is a world-renowned,healing power and teacher known for eliminating and correcting non-responsive conditions rapidly through his understanding of the science of the body’s lectromagnetism.  He is the founder of The Martial Arts of Wellness tm (www.themartialartsofwellness.com) and a pioneer in Addiction Recovery Sciences™. He has helped thousands of people including professional athletes, Hollywood stars, fighters and veterans solve their health challenges and optimize their paradigms for power and wellness.   For more information on sleep recovery intensives, healing addiction or injuries, contact him. Sifu Matthew can be reached via info@themartialartsofwellness.com

Transformational Astrology for May, 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

for  May, 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. The biggest news is Mercury, in that the Taurus New Moon from the middle of the last week of April, and that therefore kicked off the current lunation cycle, revealed a prominent Mercury-Uranus conjunction, with Mercury still in retrograde just one degree away, moving quite slowly and about to turn around to direct motion just as this month gets underway. While covering only two degrees of late Aries the entire time, Mercury remains in close conjunction with Uranus through mid-May. Coincidentally, Mercury was also closely conjunct Uranus at the previous Aries New Moon, so that we have here a couple of months of Mercury-Uranus, generating unexpected happenings, vital insights, and very stimulating thoughts and ideas, while greatly emphasizing the Mercury Retrograde period just ending.  Because the Mercury Retrograde period is in any case known for reflection and introspection, we will be spending lots of mental energy sorting out tentative conclusions from the previous month as May continues to unfold.

Venus, too, is still recovering from her recent station to direct motion, which involved close long-term aspects to both Chiron, the Wounded Healer, in Pisces and, as well, Saturn in late Sagittarius. She finally left the final degree of Pisces on Friday, April 28th, crossing once more into Aries where she will spend the first half of May. In highlighting the ongoing Chiron-Saturn square Venus has brought forward into our awareness the wound of misplaced authority, whereby we fear the agency of those set up to be our governors and protectors, that they will not truly have our best interest in mind as they take action.  We can see this all around us, and perhaps in the saga of our individual lives as well. All and all, this is thus quite an April legacy to be in recovery from.

The current astrological energy points to a re-stabilization of our very basis for security, both in terms of how we think about our situation, and also what we hold inside us as our most cherished values. When we truly understand what that is, as I frequently aver, then nothing external to ourselves can hurt us, because we know where we stand. This is the message of prominent Eris-Uranus, as has been the case all year, indeed, since last summer. There is a quiet rebellion of ideas and values going on (and at times not so quiet) as reflected in collective events and individual attitudes, and this month is an important part of that larger process.

The other major feature of this month’s energies is the prominence, along with Uranus, of both Saturn and Pluto. Both these planets recently retrograded, last month, and while their meaning is essentially unchanged, being outer planets, they are very nearly stationary in the sky, over the entire month. Also, they remain in parallel aspect to each other, indicating that major transformation of the structure of our lives is still coming down, again on both individual and collective levels. At the timing of the late April New Moon, Mars was also closely parallel to Pluto, highlighting that energetic wrecking ball of an astrological archetype, while the Sun and Moon in the May 10th Scorpio Full Moon closely aspect Pluto by trine and sextile.

Having a lot of Uranus and Pluto in the current month, what do we do about it? There are ways that we have each accepted the massive changes taking place within us, reflected also in our world, and yet also ways that we have of ducking the most important of these, and the only ones that we can directly control, namely the personal metamorphoses that we are each going through in our individual lives. This month calls us forth to become more aware of these changes. The fact that conservative Saturn is prominent as well means that we are deadly serious now about what is before us, unpleasant though it might be to move forward with major transformation, which inevitably implies leaving some part of ourselves behind, habitual patterns that have become outmoded or other significant factors that no longer serve us. It might help us to reflect that life itself is change. As Bob Dylan succinctly put it during the volatile 1960s “Everybody is busy being born or busy dying.” Can we face these changes squarely and come to see their necessity, or do we find further and ever more elaborate escapes? The choice is ours.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). This month in some respects makes for a bold new beginning for you Aries, and yet it is in other ways a difficult passage. Unexpected events have become your recent norm, and these continue and even multiply. You are impulsive now, complexified by the uncertainty of prominent Mercury in retrograde, and the introspective attitude that this also implies, though at least the first two weeks. You may be sensing altering needs for establishing feelings of security in new and different ways. This affects your idea of where you comfortably stand, and all your relationships. You are very curious now regarding these changes and where they are leading you, especially in terms of what is taking place in the deep inner parts of your psyche. There is no doubt that you are still in major transition, including worldview, and the way that you put yourself out into the world around you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Welcome to another dynamic month for you, Taurus, in this your birthday time of the year. You are making a fresh start with many areas of your life. The New Moon from late last month that kicked off the current May cycle featured your ruler, Venus, making some rather intense and potentially difficult connections with other planetary energies. You could have been feeling stuck in some ways lately, and yet, with determination, you find that you can make it through. Difficulties breed character. Your intuition is extremely powerful now, and you find that you contain universes within you. Your feelings of emotional security seem to depend on these inner realities fully as much as the world of schedules and ledgers. All that is going on presents a significant opening to further explore what is below the surface of ordinary awareness, a precious gift that allows you to ultimately become more whole.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This month is a somewhat crazy time for you, Gemini, especially at the very beginning. The good news is that you have the chance to make some real differences in your thinking about where you are currently heading. You are also becoming more aware, every day, of what is going on beneath the surface layers of your psyche, those dim but fertile regions that yield their important truths to a process of deep intuition, of which you have an abundance these days. That inner knowing, and as well your fertile imagination, which allows you to travel to worlds beyond the merely physical, brings you ideas that inspire you, and that you also find that you must doubt and resist, at times. The nay-saying side of your personality can find expression through difficult circumstances and also the communication of practical partners. You do need to be practical, but this month is also a time when you must dare to dream.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is a big month for you, Cancer, as the Mercury retrograde period winds down and you gather yourself for your next major stage. Your evolving understanding of how partnership works in your life is one major focus. Changes that have been accumulating on the sidelines are getting ready to burst forth into full-blown momentum, although you may find that you must pick and choose the ones that you are really ready for. Novel ideas keep coming on strong and involve choices at career and professional levels that reflect back on more private concerns. The first two weeks of the month bring continual surprise and uncertainty so that it might be best to let some of the dust settle before absolutely signing off on a proposed course of action. Your inner world is very present to you now, and offers important clues for you to learn how to navigate your somewhat fractured situation.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) Changes and epiphanies continue, Leo, with novel ideas coming into consciousness so fast you can hardly keep track. These arise in part from your deep intuition that transcends logical thought. You are making a fresh start in your work place, perhaps literally as well as metaphorically, and as you do, you are taking into account your burgeoning awareness of your own inner process, normally hidden from view. Deepening this connection in turn has a salutary effect on intimate ties with important others in your life. You find yourself quite purposeful in partnership bonding lately, making interpersonal bonds a significant component of evolving worldview. We tend to think of the physical world around us as already formed, and our ideas about it as more fluid, but it is actually the other way around. When you can arrive at your boldest vision for the future, the world opens up to this, and follows your lead.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month represents another in a series of intense lunation cycles, Virgo, having begun with the very potent New Moon from the final week of April. Your understanding of the world around you is subtly altering, and this includes relationship with important others, and perhaps most significantly, yourself. The past few weeks have brought you tons of insights, and as this continues over the first half of May, your task for the remainder of the month is to begin to integrate the information and the awareness that you have been able to glean. There is an expansive feeling about what most deeply moves you, while you have been dealing with issues of old wounding arising from partnership interaction and re-evaluating its impact upon your life. You are making inroads on establishing a mission statement for yourself, and ongoing workplace or career decisions based upon it, that enables the full spectrum of your values to be involved.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another intense month for you, Libra, with a distinct relationship focus and a dreamy commitment to your evolving mission statement as you are beginning to more fully understand it. Partners are changeable, informative, and encouraging, and you are riding that wave into a very different future than you originally contemplated. The Mercury station of May 3rd leads you to direct insight and even revelation regarding the impact of partnership on your life. This entire month represents a period of astonishing events and surprising enlightenment and yet this might be one of the peak moments. You find that you are quite serious about making your learning curve work for you and allowing imaginative vision to rock your outer world presentation and goals. As the month unfolds, and the information you are accumulating in massive bursts continues to sink in, you find yourself transforming in the deep inner layers of your psyche more even than on the outside.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month of consternation and revelation, Scorpio, in ways that involve others in your life as well as yourself. As you launch into another month of navigating deep change, with a decided focus on partnership interaction, there is information coming at you from all directions. You want to innovate and yet you want to stay still. Your curiosity regarding the world around you becomes an all-out serious search for meaning. There is an enormous impulse for finding your most appropriate mission – that set of tasks you came into this lifetime to fulfill – and hesitation about committing to one avenue of exploration. With Mercury in retrograde, or just recovering, there is a great deal of introspection. You are changing in important ways, and close connection with intimate others is a mirror for your progress as well as one catalyst for growth. You create balance within yourself by reaching down and by reaching out.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month is an unusual amalgam of stop and go, Sagittarius. The astrological currents swirling about you now are many and varied, including the prominent recovery of Mercury. You have the impulse to travel along the potential of your multifaceted intention as far as the eye can see. And yet along with these urges comes the reigning-in tendency represented by prominent Saturn in your sign. With enthusiasm for partnership agendas as well as your own, and with ultimate faith in a properly evolving future that you can almost taste, you are fundamentally optimistic. With Mercury only stationing to direct motion on May 3rd, caution is anyway indicated, because the next few weeks are supplied with a great deal of uncertainty. The bottom line is to put all the effort that you can into discerning your most sincere values, and then to stay true to these, no matter what the world manages to throw at you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is another month of intensity of both inner and outer work, Capricorn. You are all for getting ahead and making your mark, and your creative energy is sizzling, but the retrograde of Mercury continues to pull you to the inside, as does the deep placement of your ruler, Saturn. You have an imaginative and somewhat confusing communication style these days, which over the past several weeks has enabled you to get right to the heart of the matter, no matter how painful, and you will want to keep what you have gleaned from these experiences as you continue to explore what lies below the superficial surface regions of your psyche. A basic instability at the core continues into the present cycle, which nevertheless permits you a depth of intuition into your most cherished values, and these are vitally important to hang onto. You may be somewhat at sea regarding emotional stability, although these feelings of lack of security dwindle as the month continues to unfold.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a very intense month for you, Aquarius, made more so by the early stationing of Mercury with Uranus, your ruler. Because you are all tangled up in the retrograde in this way, your introspective curiosity could be at an all-time high regarding worldview, intellectual pursuits, and where your life is currently headed. You can expect the frustrations that this particular retrograde is known for to an unusual degree, most strongly from the last week of the previous month right on through to May 10th, at least. It might take until the end of May for you to better understand what is going on for you; this involves getting to know yourself below the surface layers. What your soul wants you to get out of this is a more solid connection to your deepest values, those that you will defend to the maximum, no matter what. If you can arrive at some conception of these, all the difficulty will have been worthwhile.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This month is another in the series of interesting and intense monthly cycles for you, Pisces. You may feel, at times, as though the wheels were coming off your life, but the truth is that there is, at depth, a gold lining to these clouds. You might have to do some digging to find it, however. Once you do, the rewards are great indeed. Your entire feeling of self-definition is up for review and revising, along the lines of a more integrated state of psyche. Curiosity and communication are your watchwords now, the better to explore your inner layers and to come to a stronger emotional basis for security. One important focus would be your serious level of work commitment and as well your evolving goals for future activity. These succeed in a new way when you can come to them in alignment with your most cherished values, as you are coming to more fully understand them.

 

 

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  www.astrograph.com.

The Cosmic Hologram by Jude Currivan, Ph.D.

The Cosmic Hologram

In-formation at the Center of Creation

By Jude Currivan, Ph.D.

New Book Reveals Scientific Evidence that Information is Reality, Mind is Matter and Consciousness Isn’t Something we Have, It’s What We and the Whole World Are

Early praise:
“Illuminating and inspiring, The Cosmic Hologram’s cogent articulation of quantum mechanics and its integration in cellular biology is a must-read for all those working to create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.” — Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., bestselling author of The Biology of Belief

Our understanding of the Universe is about to transform at all levels, from the tiniest Planck scale to the vast reaches of space. Recent scientific discoveries show that the information that upholds all of our modern technologies is exactly the same as the universal in-formation that underpins, pervades, and is all we call physical reality.

Exploring how information is more fundamental than energy, matter, space, or time, Jude Currivan, Ph.D., examines the latest research across many fields of study and many scales of existence to show how our Universe is in-formed and holographically manifested.

She explains how the fractal in-formational patterns that guide behavior at the atomic level also guide the structure of galactic clusters in space. She demonstrates how the in-formational relationships that underlie earthquakes are the same as those that play out during human conflicts.

She shows how cities grow in the same in-formational ways that galaxies evolve and how the dynamic in-formational forms that pervade ecosystems are identical to the informational structures of the Internet and our social behaviors. Demonstrating how information is physically real, the author explores how consciousness connects us to the many interconnected layers of universal in-formation, making us both manifestations and co-creators of the cosmic hologram of reality.

She explains how Quantum Mechanics and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity can at last be reconciled if we consider energy-matter and space-time as complementary expressions of information, and she explores how the cosmic hologram underlies the true origin of species and our own evolution.

Concurring too with ancient spiritual wisdom, the author offers solid evidence that consciousness is not something we “have” but the fundamental nature of what we and the entire Universe are. With this understanding, we can each transform our own lives and help co-create and in-form the world around us.

 

Author bio:  
Jude Currivan, Ph.D., is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. She has a master’s degree in physics from Oxford University and a doctorate in archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK. She has traveled extensively, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and is a life-long researcher into the nature of reality. She is the author of 5 books and is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders circle.

Transformational Astrology – April 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology – April 2017 

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of April features Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Eris. Inner planet retrogrades dominate the astrological landscape, leading to an inward-looking time, including Venus continuing from the previous month up until the 15th, and Mercury beginning on April 9th. The signs of these retrograde planets will also prove to be of great interest in a more detailed analysis, below. Neptune is strong in his own sign of Pisces, lending an air of spiritual fulfillment and, also, of confusion to the proceedings. Saturn, representing the conservative backlash to major change, is also quite powerfully placed, especially during this first week because stationing on April 5th to retrograde motion. Meanwhile, Uranus continues to be extremely prominent, due to his ongoing long-term conjunction with the new planet, Eris, which greatly strengthens his influence in the direction of an activist agenda, and the opposition between Uranus and Jupiter. While getting wider, this key combination is still active, creating a T-square to Pluto and bringing front and center the radically transformative effects of Uranus-Pluto, the signature outer-planet combination of this difficult decade. Our lives are in metamorphosis, and we are growing through the changes, and this would seem to be an inescapable fact.

Like it or not, and ready or not, we are, all of us, transforming in some level of our being. We can try to hide from it and maintain a fading status quo, or as I put it once, attempt to get back to the safety of a harbor that no longer exists, but the truth is that we are evolving along the lines that we are somehow, all along, intended to. This becomes far more problematic, not to mention painful, when we resist, thinking that we can plan our lives on our own. That is one choice of course, and it is the way that many of us proceed, moving from crisis to crisis, stumbling, as Sarah McLachlan puts it, into ecstasy. It is far easier when we can accept the Universe that surrounds us as co-creator, maybe more knowledgeable even than we are, although this is easy to say, hard to do. This is sometimes referenced as “surrendering to a higher power.” No particular philosophy of life or religious preference is implied here, although from my way of looking at things there is definitely surrender involved.

In our arc of development over this confusing and somewhat chaotic month we are aided by the meditative stance that these inner planet retrogrades of Venus and of Mercury imply. Venus is now in her Aries phase, for the remaining 584 days of her synodic cycle, having just appeared as the Morning Star, in the second degree of Aries, but she spends most of the month moving backward through Pisces. Similarly, Mercury is in a retrograde period that formally begins after the first week of April, culminating in its station to direct motion on May 3rd, closely conjunct Uranus, in Aries. This is in many ways an Aries cycle of retrograde Mercury, but it begins in the early degrees of Taurus, a very different sign, ruled by Venus. This brings up looking more closely into our values, and what truly motivates us, as does the symbolism of the Venus retrograde. The fact that Venus is now in her Aries phase, incidentally, has quite interesting implications for the empowerment of women in our society, already a growing theme.

The bottom line might be that we are examining, from many different standpoints, the way that we move ourselves forward, both spiritually and practically, and the underlying values that motivate us to do so in one particular way, or another. In these fractious times, it is important to know our deepest values and goals, and where we feel that we can contribute to the ongoing evolution of the society itself. Once we have that down, than nothing that happens “out there” can really affect us, because we are secure in our own inner compass. We know where we stand.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)
Welcome to the wild roller-coaster ride that is April for you, Aries. The last month was powerfully life-changing and this month even more so! You have an unusual ongoing set of opportunities, responsibilities, and daydream visions, which provide holistic inspiration or else serve as fantasy escape when the responsibilities of life on planet earth opposing your desire for unencumbered sailing get to be just too difficult. The truth is that your urge for freedom could be perhaps illusory and the strictures upon you build character, or is it the other way ’round? This month has you guessing, and one solution is to consult your inner sense of direction that is strong in you now. When you can turn to the inside for guidance, and trust yourself in the doing of that, you are well on your way to a new self-identity that has long been brewing at deep levels.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)
Ready or not, you are connecting with your deep inner process, Taurus. You are being given many indications that spring from down inside you, and only some of these will be intelligible. You are the better for it when you can seize each opportunity to investigate your inner world by thinking and meditating. This would include dreams that seem to convey profound information, or passing thoughts and daydream visions that you could seek to explore more thoroughly. Even the ordinary events of your life could be seen to contain a deeper meaning when you look into them more closely. Modern rationalistic thought holds these things to be mere coincidence, but the truth is that everything that happens to you is full of meaning. You are headlong into your transition toward the mystical future that awaits you, and these are the clues that will help you to get there.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20)
This is in some ways a difficult month for you, Gemini, although it need not be, provided that you can detect what it is that you most sincerely value, on the inside. The energy comes at you from all directions, and so this can be a confusing time. You could be puzzled about career opportunities and your true desire in that department of life. You are operating in the real world in quite an idealized way, with a spiritual bent. You are looking toward the future in some very new and different ways, and as your ruler, Mercury, goes through its retrograde cycle from April 9th to mid-May, you will more deeply explore your options. You are both drawn to new horizons and also somewhat fearful of what you are leaving behind, so that it is fortunate that you have an interesting time of introspection to be able to more thoroughly sort things out.

CANCER (June 21-July 20)
This is a month of confusing but rewarding overall progress, Cancer, especially if you can take the widest possible view of your actual goals. You are heavily invested in career successes, and in your creative output in support, with important new beginnings unfolding there. You are also well aware of inner priorities, and that these, while more subtle, might be of more significance in the long run. You are somewhat struggling to define your home base in the psychological sense and also your future direction, which seems to be somewhat up in the air at the moment with the retrograde of Mercury through this sector of your chart. You win when you have the patience to wait for the river to clear, by mid-May, before making any major decisions, and when you can keep your gaze turned inward as well as outward to see all that there is to see.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21)
This is a complex month for you Leo. With one part of yourself you will want to be charging ahead with significant priorities on both professional and educational/travel arenas. With other parts of yourself a more conservative approach will be what seems to be indicated, so that you will be faced with a continual and potentially confusing series of choices. In order to navigate this morass most successfully you will be well advised to check with a level of deep intuition within yourself, and this includes getting a better idea of what you most actively want. The retrogrades of both Venus and Mercury as different phases of the month continue to unfold will drive a deeper level of introspection that deserves recognition as this timing evolves. Taking everything as it comes, in acceptance, is essential now, so that it is best to pay the closest possible attention to your own internal knowing, reflecting what inner guidance has to offer.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21)
This month is quite a series of ins and outs for you, Virgo. Nothing goes straight ahead, so that you might just as well give up on simplistic solutions to depth issues. It helps in these kinds of situations if you can attempt to “go with the flow” and try to see beyond what it was that you thought you knew. You are investigating aspects of your own inner workings, especially as these relate to issues of intimacy and partnership considerations, and you could stumble upon important realizations that you might never have considered before. Surprises abound, as well as trickster events designed by a benevolent universe to shock you into greater awareness. This is actually a mysterious area of life where logic no longer entirely holds sway, and where only a kind of magical thinking will prevail to aid you in your journey toward ultimate wholeness.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22)
This is another interesting and rather intense month for you, Libra, as you contemplate partnership connection and look more closely into your own inner workings. With the recent Aries New Moon as the kick-off for your month, and with your ruler, Venus, retrograde and about to cross backwards into Pisces, your relationship sector of your chart is receiving most of the action in a time of ups and downs. You are in a meditative mode, especially in the early weeks, as symbolized by the retrograde. The astrological currents swirling about you now can be confusing, and you benefit from paying the closest possible attention to everything that is going on for you on the inside. Your intuition is very highly developed during this entire monthly cycle, and represents your best guide to more fully understanding yourself at the deeper layers of your being, and in your own internal relationship motivation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This is a month of philosophical speculation and introspection, Scorpio. In the first half of the month, you will be drawn toward a meditative internal stance regarding current or potential partners. You are coming into greater consciousness concerning partnership in your life and also for joining yourself to a broader cause than your own personal self-interest. Just as you have a body and need to nourish it on a physical level, you have an ego and that, too, needs nourishing. There are currently intimations of a sense of going beyond the immediate areas of life to make yourself part of a bigger picture. This involves a level of intuitional awareness that is quite strong in you this month, leading you to attune more closely to how you relate to key partners in your life and also to your own mission of service to your surrounding community.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20)
This month is something of an energy splash for you, Sagittarius, with impulses fanning out in all directions, some future-oriented and some holding back, some outer-oriented and some inner. It is undoubtedly a confusing time. The first two weeks of April are the heaviest going, especially as Mercury turns retrograde on the 9th and with the dynamic Full Moon of April 10th. With the current inner planet retrogrades, this is a time of deep introspection and of looking into all your motivations, in particular the direction in which you would like to take your next steps. This involves career and profession, but is not limited to this area. The biggest question is how to keep your head above water and the best response is to look inside yourself for the answers that you seek. Your intuition is extremely powerful this month, and will tell you true in ways that simple cause-and-effect logic will not.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Your month is a dramatic one, Capricorn, although it gets better when you can be flexible and adjust quickly to changing circumstances. You are transforming in your very identity and the way that you interact with the world around you. You can choose to go along quietly, or else resist and suffer by trying to stick with your status quo. Sooner or later the universe will have its way with you. Over these past weeks and months, sudden realizations have been coming at you from an unusual source, namely your own inner knowing, and this process continues and even accelerates into the present monthly cycle. This is an introspective time, with inner planet retrogrades, and with highlighted activity in your home and family sector. One clue to your present set of changes is that you are being gently urged to look to the inside for answers to questions that can be resolved in no other way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17)
You are coming to important realizations this month, Aquarius, with also some potential pitfalls along your way to greater growth and understanding. You are also reexamining family dynamics, either current or family of origin, and you might be making a symbolic move in that direction by relocating your dwelling space or considering a remodel. This is a confusing time, and it is difficult to know where to find the ground beneath your feet. You are continuing to focus on your deepest and most sincere beliefs. Progress there will be your mainstay, and will defend you against the many forms of deceit that are so prevalent in this age of spin. You are learning what you have in the interior of your mind and heart, beneath the surface layers, and this includes getting a better handle on where and how to put your energy forward in order to match with what you are discovering on the inside.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)
This month is an interesting one for you, Pisces, bringing to a focal point many months of struggle to better define yourself and your pathway forward. Your feelings of security come into play, and depend on monetary and emotional ways to believe in yourself, and more. Your evolving values are one important factor, so that determining where you stand, while not at all simple nor easy, will take you a long way toward relative peace of mind. You are involved in relationship with significant persons in your life, both financially and otherwise, and this aids your process. More importantly you are partnering up with yourself at the deeper, inner layers that are normally hidden from your conscious viewpoint. As you better define all that you hold inside, and as you attempt to discern your road ahead as consistent with these inner values, it is important to recognize what in fact it is that constitutes your true sense of security.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website, astrograph.com. His new book about Eris, the planet beyond Pluto only recently discovered, in 2006, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon, or from your local bookseller through New Leaf distributing. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.astrograph.com” www.astrograph.com.

The Accidental Shaman

The Accidental Shaman

Excerpt – 5

SOUL RETRIEVAL  

“The soul is not in the body, but the body in the soul.” 
     –Alan Watts

For thousands of years the most prodigious philosophers, sages, and theologians have attempted to define what the soul is. More than two thousand years ago, Aristotle in his book De Anima (On the Soul) acknowledged that this is one of the most challenging enigmas for a philosopher to master. In Greek the word for soul is psyche, and this term in contemporary usage has varying interpretations; it is worth noting that the term psychology literally means “study of the soul.” 

To provide a working definition of soul in a healing and transformative context I refer to it as life force. This is the life force that animates our physical life on Earth. Soul is metaphorically in the body, in our guts. It responds to life, to rhythm, the joy of life, music. The purpose of soul retrieval is to have as much of our life force as possible in order to live this life to the greatest degree that we can as human beings. 

My subjective vision of the soul or life force is of a bio-geometric structure that contains our memories, our emotions, and our experiences from our very beginning in the physical world–the moment of our conception. I usually describe the soul using a metaphor of a three dimensional tapestry consisting of threads, fibers, and filaments. Each thread is a discrete element, a story or an experience that stretches back in time. In addition these threads form part of a larger geometric structure of our parents and personal ancestry that also stretches back in time and is part of a larger more encompassing structure and so on. 

Soul retrieval is one of the most effective and well-known practices to restore lost life force. The loss of life force is known as soul loss, and this can take place when we suffer a trauma—an accident, separation from a partner, the death of a loved one–or go through a pervasive period of difficult circumstances. When we undergo a severe trauma typically a part of our life force goes away, so that we can survive whatever is happening to us. It is a way for the body and consciousness to survive severe trauma. But problems develop when the soul part or fragment does not return. 

Shamanism does not dwell on past events; there is only this great moment of now where there is no separate past, present, or future. It is possible for a practitioner to journey and move outside of linear time to go to the place where that traumatic event is still occurring for a person and to locate and restore that person’s life force, which has been held in that energetic event. When this restoration has been carried out, the deep healing can truly begin. 

The concept that the threads contained in our individual soul connect to larger structures or fields of consciousness is shown in the following story. Helga, a German woman in her early thirties, came to see me with severe asthma, which she had suffered with most of her life. I must point out that her intention was purely for relief of the asthma and not any soul retrieval or related work. 

As I made my initial energetic connection to her, I felt this overpowering sense of smothering, oppression, and choking. The feeling was so strong that it didn’t seem possible that it came from her. I started to energetically move through the layers of her soul-tapestry, and as I followed the thread I entered Germany during the Nazi era. I saw the Swastikas, and I could hear the voices and marching music of that time. Although this was unexpected, I have learned through experience to trust my vision and intuition, after all I was following the thread of her asthma. 

I suggested that I take a shamanic journey to explore the source of her asthma. She agreed, and I started to journey. At my initial “conference” with the Spirit guides they issued me a gas mask. Again, this was unexpected, but I put it on. I came into a town where the atmosphere was filled with thick, yellowish, pungent fumes. I walked around this town covered in this thick yellowish fog, and then felt a “pull,” a kind of magnetic attraction to enter a particular house. I entered the house and down below in the cellar I found Helga as a young girl of about eight or nine. She was sitting against a wall, with her knees drawn to her chest in great fear and anxiety. I gently approached her and told her who I was and why I was there, which was to rescue her, to take her out of this place and bring her home to her future self. 

I brought her back. In that reality she was a little girl and in the physical reality the little girl became energy or life force. I blew the returned soul part into the woman’s chest, at which she experienced an enormous shudder, followed by very deep breathing at the return and union of her life forces. Helga’s immediate response was that she felt energized, clearer, and just lighter in her body, and no longer had the feeling of being crushed in her chest. 

Once she had rested, we spoke again, and she told me that in the town where she was born there was a factory where the poisonous Zyklon B gas used in the Nazi extermination camps had been manufactured. She emphasized that “although everybody knew this, no one ever talked about it.” So this young woman who was not even alive at the time of the war had suffered what I can only describe as an existential trauma–a collective soul wound. Her lifelong breathing predicament–manifested as asthma–connected directly to the figuratively speaking poisoned atmosphere that resulted from the unspoken conspiracy to conceal this dark secret.

Author bio:  Howard G. Charing is a director of the Eagle Wing’s Centre for Contemporary Shamanism and has taught at Dr. Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He holds workshops internationally and in addition runs Plant Medicine Retreats in the Peruvian Amazon. He lives in England and Peru.

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Transformational Astrology March 2017 by Henry Seltzer

Transformational Astrology

March 2017

by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of March features Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris. All the outer planets are once again invoked, presaging the transformation of life structures and urging us to reach beyond the surface events of our lives for the deeper meaning. The very dynamic New Moon and Solar Eclipse of late February has ignited a lunation cycle for the current month that has plenty of strength of movement. In the midst of a series of powerful monthly cycles, we therefore come upon what might be the time of peak intensity for the first half of a very intense year. This is so because the Uranus-Jupiter opposition is still close, emphasized by Eris in close conjunction with Uranus, coming to exact by March 17th, and this opposition is triggered by Mars in conjunction with Uranus in the solar eclipse configuration. This brings into full prominence the Uranus-Pluto square, hallmark outer-planet combination of this decade, so that Pluto moves front and center into the picture, square to both ends of the opposition. Additionally, the Sun and Moon at the eclipse moment closely conjunct Neptune, allowing all the subtlety and the paradox of this numinous other-dimensional planetary archetype to hold sway. This is a quite potent brew, aimed directly at all of us, encouraging us, if we have the courage, to begin letting go of previous assumptions and habitual modes of behavior in favor of the unknown possibility.

My research has shown Eris to be a Feminine Warrior energy for soul intention. Eris and Uranus in combination lead us to the inescapable conclusion that we must strive to the utmost to understand and express our deepest truth, and act upon that knowledge no matter how unusual the messenger or how much this might run counter to the consensus thinking that we see evidenced all around us. This makes for an important catalyst, encouraging us to boldly continue with the radical structural changes of this potent decade, as indicated by Uranus and Pluto in their square alignment in support of meaningful change.
Along with Uranus, and Eris, for the March cycle both Venus and Mars are found in Aries. Mars is in perfect conjunction with Uranus in the eclipse configuration, while Venus in mid-Aries turns to retrograde motion on March 4th, introducing an introspective turn of mind and heart. We may well be looking under the covers of all our relationship motivation. Our values and our basis for feelings of security also come into greater scrutiny. Intuition and impulsiveness run strong. We may need to beware of jumping ahead so fast that mistakes or even accidents take place. Brilliant ideas become the norm, and can be useful for allowing us to think about old difficulties in new ways, or to make an imaginative leap outside the box of former conceptions.
A dynamic month of March awaits us, with the potential for either disruption or radical new beginnings. Instead of choosing to quail before the power of these changing times, let us rather celebrate them as the harbinger of a brighter dawn, for our beleaguered society, and for each one of us individually.

 

ARIES (March 20-April 19).This is an entirely dynamic month of March for you, Aries. You have an amazing collision of energies in your sign that practically jet-propel you out of existing ruts and onto the trail of new endeavors, while, at the same time, you are also paying even closer attention than in the recent past to your own deep interior process. This is a powerfully transformative time, most of this past year, in some ways peaking now. In another month full of surprises, you could find that you are being challenged to leave behind outmoded dysfunctional behaviors that are holding you back. Partners are extremely helpful, with new perspectives on ancient situations. The New Moon eclipse that preceded the advent of the current month by a few days’ time took pace in your sector of dream imagination and inner work, indicating that most of your transformation is taking place on the inside.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 19). This is a month that takes you away from ordinary pursuits, Taurus,  the better to allow you to return, eventually, to your more authentic self. There are several indications in the astrological currents swirling about you now that you are passing through a deeply meditative time when much of what seems to be on the table for you is shifting and morphing. You may have become dissatisfied lately with future prospects, and yet, this month, finding renewed optimism. With a powerful emphasis on inner work, you are looking to the inside for better answers. Your ruler, Venus, is retrograding for most of the month in this same sector, so that you are driven further inward. Due to this retrograde cycle, Venus, now in Aries, will not enter your sign until early June. You are thus in the midst of a months-long period of reassessment, and of increasing meditative awareness, that you do well to make the most of.

 

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an interesting, powerful and somewhat crazy time for you, Gemini, in the midst of months of such intensity. The surprises keep magnifying upon each other and exceeding the previous high-water mark for the unexpected. To keep sane, the trick is that you can read the events your life just like a novel, the symbolism is so direct, even stark, and that they can lead you to some overwhelming conclusions if you will let them. You are finding your way forward in an innovative manner that allows business as usual to take place, and yet to also be transcended by that which is of greater value. Your self-expression is powerfully invoked, along with all the many layers of your career aspirations, and yet there is a sense that it must be more. When your creativity fits itself into a pattern of concretely available societal evolution, only then does it becomes truly satisfying.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another month of intensity for you Cancer, and yet also of the opportunity to take away some fresh insights, as you are able to read between the lines of events and stories. Even though your work in the outer world is buzzing like a super productive hive, although at times in unexpected directions, your primary mission is to glean wisdom from everything that is happening to you now, including on the relationship front. In spite of business accolades you are very tied to your own inner world, just as the astrological currents have stimulated your thirst for an expanded worldview that depends on more fully understanding yourself in these deeper layers of your psyche. In the midst of turns and twists of circumstance, and in spite of preconceived ideas, you are being gently nudged to embrace the fundamental paradox of existence and to surrender to what is.

 

LEO  (July 21-Aug. 20) This is a month of discovering, growing and transforming, Leo, like many of the past six months or more. There yet is a way that you will reach new levels of growth over the course of a wild cycle of surprising and even startling enlightenment. Your learning curve is steep right now and so too are the rewards you will glean from following your inner instincts in this quest for knowledge and self-understanding. You have likely been a bit stuck in certain ways, reluctant to fully let go of some element of your behavior that has long passed its usefulness, and if so it is time to accept your flaws and move on. In furthering your continuing psychic momentum, communication and perception are key. The more you take in, the greater the opportunity for allowing that to ferment inside you in order to produce meaningful, and lasting, change.

 

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month in many ways concerns partnership, Virgo, and its effect on your life, but it is also about your own self-development. It might be that a huge role is played by a process of mentorship and the helpful perspectives that important others bring. The issue of partnership is symbolized throughout the March lunation cycle, as this was kicked of by a powerful New Moon eclipse in your opposite sign. You could be celebrating the importance of your relationship connections, or become engaged in mulling over the ways that others impinge upon and enrich your own experience. This month is also all about getting a better handle on values, goals, and settling into a sense of psychological security that is based on inner knowing rather than any form of outer validation. As you look within, and study your relationship interactions, you will be making headway in better understanding yourself.

 

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an interesting month for you, Libra, one of attempting to more firmly establish a sense of personal mission for yourself. Your process there is fraught with many unexpected twists, turns, and confusions. Your ruler, Venus, located in your relationship sector as the month begins, turns to retrograde motion on the 4th and does not re-enter your opposite sign until nearly the end of April, symbolizing that this is essentially a month and a half of introspection and of getting your bearings. You might spend an extraordinary amount of time mulling over recent events, and your responses to them, trying to find the golden thread connecting these to your true destiny. This involves inner values over outer concerns, and takes partnership interaction very definitely into account as well. You benefit by paying close attention to intuition. You are in an essentially fortunate place of good instincts and of forging ahead to the destination your angel guides are nudging you toward.

 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a month of finding your path forward in innovative ways, Scorpio, while exercising your individual talents to the max in favor of societal evolution. Holding on to more established tracks has its appeal, and yet some aspect of that idea may be gradually yielding. You have an unusually strong configuration of planets, including Mars, your ruler, nudging you toward more completely defining your sense of personal mission. As you deal with surprises amidst day-to-day ordinary events, you also find unexpected enlightenment in so doing. All the while your self-expression is sizzling, along with your communicative outreach. Your sense of how to get your point across is continuing to evolve, finding strength in inner work equally as much as in outer. The bottom line is that you are tired of productivity for the sake of productivity and are searching for a means to convert your efforts into benefits for the social setting that surrounds you.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month is yet another instance of intensity, uncertainty, and introspection, Sagittarius, the culmination of a series of such months. Surprising and perhaps startlingly unexpected events abound, and yet these all have something to teach you, when you look at them objectively. If you have the habit of projecting your own ideas into interpreting the details of whatever you experience, now would be a good time to abandon that practice, preferring to take each moment of the day as an entirely fresh start. You are exploring new beginnings in home and family matters, and the better understanding of what drives your behavior from below the level of consciousness. Old patterns can trip you up unless and until you are willing to consider ditching them for a different alternative. All the while you are very focused on establishing a life plan for yourself that takes inner priorities more firmly into account.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You have a very intense month of March coming up for you, Capricorn, in the midst of a succession of such months. In particular, you are being challenged to stretch the boundaries of your beliefs and values, in response to new information. This month initiates an even steeper learning curve whereby you will more deeply explore both your own internal states, below the level of conscious control, and also question certain aspects of what you are doing with yourself out in the world. There could be a way that you have fallen out of alignment with what you most deeply aspire to, and if so, adjustment is required. You are at an important crossroads, and have the introspective cast of mind to begin to more closely examine your life and where it is truly headed. Only the path with heart will truly satisfy you now.

 
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are coming into another month of intensity, Aquarius, but you will be taking something away from it in terms of increased understanding of your innermost values. There is a major axis in the current astrology along which brilliant concepts can flow, that has been growing in influence in recent weeks, peaking in March. If you are feeling stuck in certain ways, or on the horns of a dilemma, innovative ideas and creative solutions are available that can help you to find a third alternative. You are very invested now in discovering the true underlying motivation of all that you do. Your values are shifting and your relationship to your finances also. You could encounter challenge to your ideals, or vague goals, or might even encounter outright deception to deal with. As you look more thoroughly below the surface layers of your psyche, you are potentially exploring every aspect of what makes you tick. You win when you pay the closest possible attention to everything that happens to you.

 
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are changing, Pisces, no longer any doubt about that. This month represents a significant stage on your developmental arc leading from one version of yourself to what will be quite another. While you are making great strides in the world of concrete achievement you find that you must also take inner priorities into greater account. A major shift in self-identity is indicated by the recent powerful Solar Eclipse in your sign, conjoined your ruler, Neptune. Deep-seated changes are taking place within you, although the full extent of your transformation might only become evident with the passage of time. Your values and your basis for feelings of security are altering. This also involves adventures in intimacy with important persons in your life, a growing closeness that depends on more fully understanding your own inner world. When you find familiarity within yourself you are more available to discover it with others.

Heal your Heart by Sherry Klinger

Heal Your Heart-
Can a gift prevent disease?

by Sherry Klinger

What goes into maintaining a healthy heart? Is it just the physical heart muscle and circulation that matters, or is there an active emotional component? Can the simple act of conveying your best wishes and intentions make a real difference in the health of the recipient’s heart — and even your own?

What does the science say?

These questions are being addressed, some for the first time, by Conscious Inspirations, Inc., the American company which makes Cards&Cloth™ — a new, patent-pending product that features “The Gift of Blessings” — emotionally-powerful tokens of affection and blessings that come in the form of an actual blessing cloth wrapped inside specially-created message cards.

What effect does this kind of “gift of blessings from the heart” have on the receiver, and on the giver?

Dr. Joshua Leichtberg, MD, Internist, states that the act of conveying positive, heartfelt messages to a friend or loved one is good for all concerned. “Giving your genuine best wishes to someone else has a twofold effect,” says Dr. Leichtberg. “The receiver benefits to the extent the salutary message brings comfort and lowers anxiety levels. The fascinating part, though, is the extent to which the giver also benefits. Giving, it seems, is as good as getting… possibly better.”

According to Dr. Wendy Basil, PhD, Psychologist, “Everyone benefits where blessings are concerned — both the receiver and the person sending good thoughts. This is backed by real science.  Blessings and good intentions are part of what I call Heart-to-Heart communications.”

No one believes in this more than the folks at Conscious Inspirations, who created Cards&Cloth™ for this very purpose. Every Cards&Cloth™ unit features the integration of a genuine blessing cloth into a heartfelt message card designed for maximum emotional impact.

How important are these emotions to the physical health of receiver and giver?

Research has shown that emotional stability, faith and contentment can actually reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. One groundbreaking 10-year research study reported in the European Heart Journal found that certain emotional factors such as happiness and satisfaction appear to play a direct role in preventing heart disease. Participants were able to reduce their incidence of cardiovascular disorders by as much as 22% just by having a positive attitude.

And a number of studies have confirmed the physical health benefits associated with giving to others, including signals of good health such as lower blood pressure, improvements in chronic illness and a significantly lower risk of mortality (Ironson, 2007; Piferi & Lawler, 2006; S L Brown, et al., 2003; McClellan, Stanwyck, & Anson, 1993).

The idea behind Cards&Cloth™ is to give consumers a powerful, heartfelt, all-in-one solution for effectively conveying their best wishes, love and blessings to anyone, on any occasion. The combo product offers comfort, hope and inspiration along with a tangible gift (the Blessing Cloth) that detaches from its message card and may be kept forever as a keepsake — a permanent memento of the giver’s best intentions.

Shelly Dubow, a company spokesperson, puts it this way: “What better gift is there than one that so clearly comes straight from the heart? And people love carrying the Blessing Cloth everywhere… for comfort and good luck.”

But how can giving a heartfelt, inspirational gift like this affect your own heart, as well as the recipient’s?

In a 2006 study, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that the act of giving stimulates the reward center in the brain of the giver, releasing endorphins in the brain and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.” These effects lead directly to lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels and improved cardiovascular health.

In another study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, people who gave support to others were found to have lower blood pressure and fewer cardiovascular problems than those who did not.

Neurologist Dr. Norman Narchi, MD, says that receiving — and especially giving — elicits the relaxation response and helps harmonize the nervous system.

And as Psychiatrist Dr. Karl Menninger, MD, famously said: “Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”

Cards-&-Cloth’s extensive line of blessing-cloth/message-card combinations is currently rocketing in popularity as a single-purchase solution to some difficult questions:
What shall I get him/her?
How can I best express the feelings in my heart?
How can I do all this within a reasonable budget?

The key is realizing that it’s always the thought that counts. Research has shown that it’s the emotions conveyed that have the most impact on the receiver as well as the giver.

Cards&Cloth’s patent-pending blessing-cloth-gift-inside-a-message-card retails for about $10-$11 and is as thoughtful and impactful a gift as you are likely to find at any price — because it is actually priceless — the “Gift of Blessings,” from the heart — with measurable benefits for all concerned.

The company website is located at www.cardsandcloth.com.

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