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Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse: Embarking Upon The Quest

 

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse  arrives at 15 degrees of Aquarius on Monday, August 7 at 2:10 PM EDT.

If ever there was a time in which to invoke one’s courage, it is now. Our perceptive abilities are peaked. Look and listen astutely, for we are deep into an eclipse cycle that will serve to irrevocably alter who we are and the life we have been living. We have been catapulted into the fathomless chasms of our psyche. This month long interval of time requires us to rise to our highest levels of self mastery as we prepare for the monumental change that is upon us.

The Aquarius Full Moon Eclipse bears great significance for accelerated change, serving as the preparatory ground for the Leo Total Solar Eclipse on August 21; one which will bring profound re-calibration, both personally and collectively. In the end, we will bear witness to a magnificent remodeling of both our interior and exterior lives.

What we uncover during this lunar eclipse will unleash tremendous personal power as we clear away the discarded emotional debris from our psyche and release it to the light.  Emotions are tender and raw. Let the tears flow. They are tears that are pushing their way through the upward channels and canals from the volcanic depths of our emotional bodies. They are hot lava tears shedding themselves in order to clear the cluttered path that has been preventing us from our soul’s longing. Finally, we wholly recognize our true nature. We have embarked upon the quest of our authentic self. In doing so, we greet and embrace our soul’s deepest longing.

Emotions are riding high as we brace ourselves for recognition, release, reconciliation, and renewal.

Aquarius The Water Bearer is visiting upon us to facilitate the transition between who we think we are and who we really are. Now is the time to let go of old outmoded attachments to identities which no longer serve the emerging authentic self; the self who is ready to step into the new paradigm. This is a natural transitional juncture, though it may feel destabilizing; as any perception of leaving ourselves behind is frightening and unsettling. We are, however, only leaving behind aspects of the self which no longer serve us or fit the new patterns of consciousness  into which we are emerging; patterns of a regenerated self that will greatly assist the world as a result of marching to the beat of our own drum in fulfillment of the inner quest.

The cacophonous drums of the outer world have drowned us out long enough. Now we have an orchestral timpani section that is drumming us into a new rhythm, one in which we can keep step to as we unravel our new self into a new life; a life uncharted. A true quest offers no map. Our only compass is faith.

Eclipses act as portals. For those who have read and enjoyed Harry Potter, eclipses act as a Portkey! They propel us from the familiar to the unknown in the blink of an eye; in one fell whoosh! Eclipses are like that; they transport us in tornado like fashion from our established sense of order, no matter how uncomfortable or unhappy we are with it, to a new awareness, breakthrough, and reality. We may not recognize ourselves or our lives once the process is completed.

Aquarius is our guide and harbinger of hope for this arduous task!

Aquarius is often mistaken for a water sign, when in fact, it is an air sign. The Water Bearer is an archetype that brings solace to the masses with the purification waters of the stream of life; washing over us so that we may cleanse and dissolve the calcified energy of old habits, issues and thought forms.

Aquarius speaks to the masses, caring deeply for the collective; always striving toward that which serves the greater good in lieu of personal gratification. As a fixed air sign ruled by Saturn and Uranus, Aquarius possesses strong factors of loyalty, discipline, steadfastness, devotion, stubbornness, will, revolution, authenticity and individuality.  As air rules the mind, the higher mind as well as the intellect, Aquarius offers us the gift of detachment from that which weighs us down and stultifies us.

We are being offered the opportunity to stand back as a member of our own audience and view the drama that has been unfolding in our lives. Rather than having the stage, we are witness to the drama unfolding upon the stage. In this manner, we have the ability to gain perspective from outside of our limited view and ingrained habitual patterns. We have a first row seat to the frustration and helplessness regarding what we wish to change. From this detached point of view, we see the truth of the matter. In doing so, we release ourselves from old scripts that only serve to keep us stuck, treading water,  and running in circles.

Aquarius defies anything that compromises the authentic self. This lunar eclipse will bring to the surface the emotional matter that has inspired great suffering and for which we have not known how to emancipate ourselves from. Aquarius will grace us with the gift of intelligent discernment and recognition of a detached view which in essence will free us from our self-imprisonment.

Let go. There is no escaping the gravitational forces that are propelling you. Celebrate the opportunity to lose the self that holds you back.  Embrace the authentic self that is biting at the bit to follow your own quest.

Wherever Aquarius falls in your natal chart is where the Lunar Eclipse will land. Dive into that house and resurface as a renewed creature. Open the door. Welcome yourself as the guest.

Aquarius Full Moon Blessings Upon You.

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”  ~ Joseph Campbell ~

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”   ~ Joseph Campbell ~

“If you are falling…dive.”  ~ Joseph Campbell ~

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”  ~JosephCampbell~

Donna Greco, Astrologer

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LEO NEW MOON: Prelude To An Eclipse

The New Moon  arrives at 0 degrees of Leo on Sunday, July 23 at 5:45 AM EDT.

The New Moon offers a significant passage into the inner most sanctuary of the self where our own divinely subjective nature informs us of our inner truth. New Moons are fertile ground for seeding consciousness anew.

The Moon travels quickly. Don’t underestimate these frequent short term passages, as micro-cycles can produce long term beneficial results. But first, we must attune and awaken to the area of our chart where the New Moon has arrived. As we seek the bigger picture, we often overlook the subtle energies of our being which comprise a true and lucid journey map for the inner treasure we are seeking

Leo is a fixed fire sign, ruled by the Sun. Dynamic and ebullient by nature, Leo encourages us to shine forth, exuding the light of the true self. We recognize our own magnificence as well as the areas in which our true expression sheds light, encouragement, and joy upon the lives of others. Wherever Leo resides in your natal chart is an area of necessary self-expression, an area in which you inherently need recognition for and appreciation of this very facet of your being. If you hide your light under a bushel within this domain, or shed your light where it is not received, you will feel a deep inconsolable despondency.

The cycle of life abounds with opportunities for new beginnings! This passageway into the realm of Leo is highly auspicious, serving as the prelude to yet another New Moon in Leo on August 21; The Great American Solar Eclipse.  What we bring to enlightened fruition at this juncture will only serve to make this most challenging and irrevocable life changing eclipse more accessible to us, thus serving us on a scale of deep soul evolution.

It is now time to get to the heart of the matter. The heart is comprised of  multitudes of deep and layered strata. We may think we know what is really going on for us. However, when we delve beneath that which appears as the obvious dilemma, the perceived source of grief; we discover yet a much deeper layer of pure anguish that originated long before the manifestation of the current situation. Something has been repressed, boiling beneath the surface of our psyche, biting at the bit for emotional freedom. In order to accomplish such a feat, we are required to muster up the necessary courage by invoking Leo The Lion.

Passion is palpable as the New Moon in Leo arrives in conjunction with Mars, an alignment which is highly combustible. This is a fiery new beginning, one in which both healthy self-assertion and aggression are required of us. Rather than directing these outwardly, both of these qualities can facilitate a true facing of the self. By doing so, we are provided with the energy and determination to see things as they truly are, inspiring us to make the necessary perceptual shifts that will ultimately free us from self-repression, misplaced anger, and blame. The ride will be fast and furious. It is only from a deeply set intention of mindfulness that this energy can inspire us with exhilaration for expansion rather than rage that can ride roughshod over ourselves or another.

During this big cat filled expansion of time, gaze upon The Lion as a meditation. Have you ever seen anything so magnificent? So regal? So beautiful? So courageous? We all have an inner lion whose captivity is now over. This lion longs to lunge into  full expression within our lives, assisting us with our inherent courage as we navigate this eclipse season; a season which will challenge us on so many levels. We must prepare ourselves to face the great unknown.

Even though the lion roars, he is mostly quiet and at peace in his domain. He knows his strength.

This is a time to know your strength.

Know your strength. Know your strength. Know your strength.

Leo New Moon Blessings Upon You.

 

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow.”  ~ Mary Anne Radmacher 

 

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
~ Rabindranath Tagore 

 

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

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CAPRICORN FULL MOON: Moving Mountains

The Full Moon  arrives at 17 degrees of Capricorn on Sunday, July 9 at 6:30 AM EDT.

If ever there was a time in which to delve deeply into our emotions, the time is now.

The beauty of Full Moon cycles is that they offer vision. We cannot break through something that we cannot see. Full Moons are the quintessential time in which to see, really see, what is lurking beneath the surface of our psyches. This obscured emotional matter is informing our lives, often in ways which only serve to oppress us. The Moon’s incandescent light offers us a springboard for the the deep interior dive. As we travel the trajectory of this downward plunge, we will encounter shadow realms inhabited by old interior companions. Their names are Anger, Rage, Shame, Sadness, and Grief. These dimensions of the self we have long abandoned are desperately seeking our attention so that they can be recognized and released. We in turn, are emancipated from their oppression. When we face them with an open heart, we free ourselves.

Beneath the shadow of our human psyche lies the opulent gold of our highest nature. Herein lies our inherent gifts, desired enlightenment, and personal freedom. As we courageously catapult ourselves from the precipice of our calcified nature, the perceived structures of safety and security crack open like an ancient dinosaur egg. The primordial matter of our soul is released and we are healed. In order to have this vision, we must willingly enter the portal. Once we are through, we must love what we discover there.

During a Full Moon, as the Sun and Moon reflect each other, so do we. We are mirrors unto ourselves and each other. We only have to willingly recognize and lovingly embrace who and what is before us. We may not be fond of the reflection, and yet, the image that gazes back, offers us an elixir for awakening.

With any lunar cycle, there is a community of planets who for better or worse, interact with each other. The Capricorn Full Moon has Mars and Pluto as her powerful traveling companions. This is a most challenging and volatile alignment. And yet, the alchemy of these planetary travelers serve to further assist our navigation through this time. Each planet is an entity unto itself, contributing to the  gestalt of the multi-dimensional core of our being.

A most challenging three days is upon us. The Capricorn Moon will be the grounding force providing us with steadfastness, patience, and adherence to the path. Thus, we look to the qualities of Capricorn to see us through this arduous and trans-formative interlude of time.

Capricorn The Sea-Goat is a cardinal earth sign ruled by Saturn. Capricorn embodies the archetypes of The Hermit, The Father, and The Prime Minister. Capricorn loves a challenge, even in the face of being daunted by what lies ahead. The Sea-Goat is an ancient mythological creature with great stamina. He will climb the highest mountain and swim the widest ocean to arrive at his destination of accomplishment.

Capricorn embodies the qualities of authority, discipline, discipleship, solitude, accomplishment, melancholy, seriousness, determination, tenacity, boundaries, limitations and challenges. When Capricorn is out of balance, the less evolved expressions of aggressiveness, competitiveness, selfishness, avarice, depression and emotional stagnation arise.

Capricorn needs solitude in order to commune with the deep complexity that it’s ruler, Saturn, brings. While there is a tremendous desire for great accomplishment, there is also a deep seated fear of failure. Capricorn is daunted by their own greatness. Wherever Capricorn resides in your natal chart, is an area of great profundity, one which must be adhered to from a place of authenticity and self-authority. It is an area where you are being called to high achievement. And yet, this very realm may be challenged along the way with limitations, setbacks and delays. As a result, Capricorn can suffer from the proverbial inferiority complex. One of Capricorn’s most significant evolutionary tasks is to stay the course with the understanding that there are no shortcuts in attaining one’s goal. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, will test one’s character and self-confidence over and over again. This is when we call upon our inner Sea-Goat.

This Capricorn Full Moon cycle is facilitating our journey with the drive, strength and grounded determination that we need to move inner mountains. By doing so, we will clear a path. Once this path unfolds before us we will find determined strength to climb what we have once perceived as an unreachable peak. Once we reach the summit and see what lies on the other side, we will not be disappointed. Even if the journey has been a bit messy, a long awaited realization will have congealed to perfection.

It is a time in which to take ourselves seriously; not in a manner which inflates us, but rather, in a way in which we garnish ourselves with self-respect.

Where do we stop ourselves out of fear of failure? What is requiring discipline and devotion at this time? Are we recognizing our limitations?  Who and what are we raging at? How can we take responsibility for our feelings? Where do we need to set healthy boundaries?  How can we love that which we deem unlovable within us? What is our own particular brand of greatness?  Are we standing in our own authority? How can we author our own lives? What aspects of ourselves or our lives need to die? In what areas of our lives do we long for rebirth?

Capricorn is the solid ground provided in order for us to depart from that which no longer serves our true nature. There is a bigger picture.  We cannot see the new landscape until the dust has settled. In the meantime, the Capricorn Moon is casting an orb of true reflection before us. We must first see before we can understand. Self-understanding requires the ability to stand under oneself. Like a mountain.

Capricorn Full Moon Blessings Upon You.

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” 
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

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Sagittarius Full Moon: The Inner Quest

The Full Moon  arrives at 18 degrees of Sagittarius on Friday, June 9 at 9:09 AM EDT.

A pinnacle time is upon us. We are imbued with full spectrum light as the Moon in her radiance emanates the visionary centaur consciousness of Sagittarius. Revelation awaits us. It is time to en-lighten our worldly load with visionary understanding as we tend to our personal truth.

Our natal Moon informs us of our basic emotional and instinctual nature. As the most tender and vulnerable part of us, the Moon reveals the ways in which we need to be nurtured as well as how we nurture others. Thus, by attuning to our individual Moon, we are presented with wealth of self-knowledge, compassion and understanding. In essence, the Moon is the realm of our soul’s healing.

During the prolific Full Moon cycle, the Moon’s sign speaks to an enhanced awareness of the next step for our emotional evolution. The manner in which we are being cosmically informed may seem foreign to us, yet it is a necessary layer serving as a specialized lens to bring us into focus for the next leg of our journey.

In essence, we get to try on a new lunar costume and explore the realms that are represented by that unique sign. It is an opportunity to address a specific area of our consciousness.

The Moon puts us through our paces. And yet, it is the arduous task of addressing the unconscious where rewards are reaped as we discover true healing. When we tend to healing ourselves, we assist those in our lives as well as the collective at large.

The Full Moon is always in exact opposition by sign and degree to the Sun. Moon in Sagittarius and Sun in Gemini gaze upon each other with admiration as they unveil the revelation. They are luminary partners in consciousness; strutting the dance of duality in the midst of a vibrant conversation, enticing us to explore our thought forms. The most intellectual and literary duo of the constellation is beckoning us to rewrite our scripts.

This Sagittarius Full Moon cycle intensifies the need at this time to embrace our inner truth. What do we believe about ourselves? How do these beliefs inform our lives? Do these beliefs enhance our lives? Does our attachment to perceived identity inhibit our lives? Are we standing in our truth? Is what we hold true about ourselves really true?

Sagittarius is offering us a bigger picture beyond the petty concerns of the mundane world casting an orb of our true reflection before us. We must first see before we can understand. Self-understanding is the ability to stand under oneself.

As the Sun and Moon reflect each other, so do we. Full Moon cycles are optimal times to perceive the other, walk in someone else’s moccasins, gather new perspective. The answer awaits us. The seed of questing was planted during the Gemini New Moon two weeks ago. There is fruition, understanding and revelation.

Sagittarius has an inexorable desire for knowledge, persistently seeking to understand the laws of the universe amidst the struggle to be human. The reconciliation of earthly existence and spiritual evolution is deeply Sagittarian. After all, who would know better of this human-spirit duality than one who is half horse and half human?

Sagittarius The Centaur is a mutable fire sign. Sagittarius embodies the archetypes of Gypsy, Student and Philosopher. They are the great seekers; high-minded, idealistic and visionary. Sagittarius longs for journey and exploration, both without and within. They will wander to the ends of the earth, to the brink of their psyche, in pursuit of greater meaning. There is tremendous restlessness accompanied by an inherent need for personal freedom. As a fire sign, there is enthusiasm, optimism, and buoyancy.

Sagittarius thinks on a grand scale. Therein lies the wound of the Sagittarius spirit. For the idealist, life can often bear pain and discontent; there is no place on earth that can measure up to the visionary’s desire for utmost quality of life, where everyone is expressing from their most evolved state of being. Herein lies the breeding ground for intolerance, one of the most prominent characteristics of the Sagittarius shadow. As Sagittarius embodies the domain of belief systems, religion and political ideologies, other aspects of the shadow express arrogance, fanaticism, opinionatedness and superiority.

The Full Moon always illuminates the shadow side of each sign. Where light is offered, there is also darkness. They inform each other, ultimately presenting opportunity for the transformation of consciousness. Within and beneath the darkness lies our true essence.

Despite the arduous challenges of this time, sparks of optimism are flying through the cosmos. Allow them to sparkle you. Anything can happen. Your world can change in the blink of an eye. Embrace synchronicity. Watch and listen for the signs and symbols that visit upon you. There is affirmation everywhere.

We are being called to shoot our arrows into the sky not knowing where they will land. Now knowing is the path.

Wherever Sagittarius resides in your natal chart, is a most distinct area of profound truth. Within this very region, there is a deep longing for freedom.

I once heard an interview with one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Artur Rubinstein. He was and still is my most beloved concert pianist of all time. His playing was purely transcendental. Rubinstein spoke of his soul’s freedom. He expressed that he felt such freedom in his soul, that even if he were locked in a cell without a piano, he would always know his soul was a bird whose flight would never cease. While I was only in my teens at the time, he made an indelible impression upon my heart. It was the first time as a young performing artist that I realized the outer expression of our lives is completely reflective of what lies within. Rubinstein is always with me. I can still see his expression as he spoke those words; a face fully revealing that he was indeed free. He has served as the quintessential instructor of inner freedom; true freedom.

Perhaps, this is the epiphany that awaits us as we walk with The Centaur during this Full Moon.

Dispel a belief. Design a personal quest. Entertain possibilities. Compose your own prayer. Set yourself free.

Launch a flaming winged arrow into the sky and follow it to it’s bull’s eye landing as it soars smack to the center of your heart’s desire.

Ask the inexorable question. It is from this point that we embark. The question is the quest.

As Tolkien said: “Those who wander are not lost.” Let us ponder that those who wonder are not confused.

Sagittarius Full Moon Blessings Upon You.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:32 ~

“Follow your bliss.” ~ Joseph Campbell ~

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ” ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ~

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SCORPIO FULL MOON: CAVERNS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

The Full Moon arrives at 20 degrees of Scorpio on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:42 PM.

Full Moons catapult us from a deep slumber of gestation, illuminating not only the night sky, but our own precious consciousness, which like the Moon is always in flux. As the Sun offers his full reflection upon the Moon, an amazing mirror is held before us in which to gaze upon our true essence. Dear ones, in whatever capacity they may serve in our lives, are now personified mirrors showing unto us all that we have not claimed from within. 

The Moon is an emotional compass. If we stray from where the arrow is pointing, we become lost. From this condition of emotional displacement, we descend into darkness and chaos. If we disallow the lunar emotional life’s emergence from the depths of the unconscious, we act out in ways which are hurtful to ourselves and each other; for herein lies our shadow self, which only serves to shield the purest gold of our being. The shadow self has incarnated within our psyches in order to protect us from the pain of the human condition. It is where we have split off from our own divinity. When we take our shadow by the hand, it becomes our greatest ally in our navigation of the hero’s journey, the journey of the soul.

The Scorpio Full Moon is daring us to dive deeply into the caverns of our consciousness. We are up to the task. Our ability and willingness to do so has been mounting for some time. If we dare to travail the deep recesses of our  psyche, to seek, to look, to claim, to embrace all that we have been hiding from ourselves, we will at this sacred juncture experience a resurrection of power.

We are the phoenix rising from the ashes. We are the snake shedding it’s old skin in order to give birth to a new tender yet tenacious skin. We are the eagle soaring to great heights, with a complete perspective of the landscape below. All within the realm of Scorpio, these mythological and nature images serve to show us the spirituous tasks that Scorpio has set before us. Power as we know it, is irrevocably transmuted.

Scorpio The Scorpion is a feminine fixed water sign, ruled by Mars and Pluto. The Scorpion is a primordial creature. Scorpio rules death, transformation, transmutation, regeneration, depth psychology, the shadow of the human psyche, sex, intensity, secrecy, privacy, deep emotion, the occult and power. Archetypes for the sign of Scorpio are The Transformer, The Detective, The Sorcerer, The Hypnotist, The Alchemist, and The Witch.

Wherever Scorpio resides in your natal chart, there is a magic and alchemy. There is a reckoning with the dark dimension of the psyche. Herein lies an ancient wound. Within this wound lies your power. The Scorpio Full Moon is shedding light into these dark corners and neglected recesses of the multidimensional self. It is within these very places that you will experience the travails of emotional catharsis, which in the end, serves to reveal the depth of your authentic power. When we stand in our authentic power, no one has power over us, nor do we allow ourselves to be overpowered. Authentic power stands alone. When Scorpio expresses as such from within our nativity, we serve as a transformation agent to ourselves, to each other and to the world. It is an evolutionary opportunity.

Caverns are places of mystery. We encounter whirlpools, crevices and caves. Instinctively, we keep swimming. We may be sucked down and under by a sudden rapid. We may be lost in a maze with no light in sight. We keep paddling, kicking our feet, catching our breath. Some indistinguishable force propels us. When all seems lost, when we are about to be overcome, when we are immersed within the depths of cathartic oceanic emotion;  just as we feel that we will be overcome by the torrents of the violent currents, we shoot to the surface and find ourselves in open sea.

Scorpio Full Moon Blessings Upon You,

Having wandered some distance among gloomy rocks, I came to the entrance of a great cavern… two contrary emotions arose in me: fear and desire–Fear of the threatening dark cavern, desire to see whether there were any marvelous things in it. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Donna Greco

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Astrology Lecture by Donna Greco: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: A Stargazer’s View

AS ABOVE SO BELOW:
A Star-gazer’s View – Donna Greco
Sunday, April 23 at 1:30 PM 
Room F117 in Falk Hall on the campus of Chatham University 
 
Astrologer Donna Greco will discuss the significance of current planetary events and the messages we are being graced with both personally and collectively. The emphasis will be on Chiron, The Wounded Healer as it continues to travel through Pisces, as well as the ongoing Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square which is greatly affecting the political climate. The challenges, opportunities, themes and elements of transformation which are upon us, as well as global events as mirrors for personal reflection will be discussed. And, there is always the unexpected inspiration that strikes just before the talk! There will be opportunity for open discussion.
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NEW MOON IN ARIES: “To Thine Own Self Be True”

The New Moon arrives at 7 degrees of Aries on Sunday, March 27 at 10:57 PM EDT. 

New Moons offer us a three day window of time in which to embark upon a new emotional cycle.  As life unfolds before us each day, our emotions like the Moon,  wax and wane; like the ocean, ebb and flow. We are after all, liquid beings. Our physical bodies are 50-65% water. The Moon is the harbinger of oceanic tides as well as the steward of human emotions.

Our emotional body is an entity unto itself, exerting influences which bare great significance upon each and every area of our lives. Attuning to the lunar cycles coupled with astute awareness of where they appear in the natal chart, greatly assists us on our soul’s journey. The Moon is a prolific reminder that life is in a continuous state of flux. During each New Moon, we are washed ashore to a new landscape which offers us a new horizon yet unseen. Upon our arrival, we are filled with aspiration.

As the Spring Equinox is the astrological New Year, the Aries New Moon is a prolific time in which to embrace one’s nascent self. We are now as seedlings, pushing up through the earth, emerging as a new life form. Aries is the instinctual life force! Aries is the will to exist.

Aries The Ram is a cardinal fire sign embodying the archetypes of The Pioneer, The Warrior, The Daredevil, The Loner and The Survivor. Aries exudes the qualities of individuality, assertiveness, innovativeness, independence, courage, aggression, passion, ferocity and leadership. Keep in mind, that often times an Aries person does not naturally possess these characteristics, but rather, has come into this incarnation to explore and learn them. As with every sign, there is an evolutionary scale. While we possess the inherent potential and soul knowledge, some of the qualities and characteristics of a sign are still in process. We strive to bring those hidden areas of ourselves, both the flawed and the virtuous, into consciousness; for consciousness itself is the great emancipator.

Along with the Sun and Moon in Aries, these luminaries are accompanied by Venus, Mercury and Uranus, also in Aries. Thus we are endowed with a potent infusion of the fire element providing an optimization of our life force in which exuberance, determination, optimism, faith, confidence and courage are ever present as we embark on the next leg of the journey. Follow the path. It is a road not yet taken. It is solely your own.

We must be true and brave to the core of our being. Our own unique instinctual brilliance is our vital life force. When we deny our true nature, when we ignore our instinctual knowledge, anger explodes as lave from a volcano. While we may believe we are angry at a person or a situation, we are in fact really angry at the self.

Where have you been untrue to yourself? Aries challenges us to face this awareness as an impetus for change so that we may purely express our true nature from the core of our being.

Light your torch. Shed your own light.  There is nobody such as you.

Aries New Moon Blessings Upon You

“To thine own self be true.”- Polonius in Hamlet, William Shakespeare

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the road less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost –

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have the capacity  at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

” Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson –

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PISCES NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE: Swimming The Sea of Life

The New Moon Solar Eclipse arrives at 8 degrees of Pisces on Sunday, February 26 at 9:58 AM EST.

During a New Moon, we are offered the sacred conjunction of both solar and lunar consciousness. It is here where we blend and merge aspects of our psyche which may at other times be quite estranged from each other. Something within us awakens from an ancient slumber propelling us to embark upon a nascent journey.

Solar Eclipses always happen upon a New Moon, impressing upon us a heightened impetus toward a new beginning. Somewhere, within some dimension of our multi- layered lives, a spotlight shines forth. The stage is set. Herein lies heightened subjective awareness. Wherever the New Moon Solar Eclipse falls in your natal chart, wherever Pisces resides, there will be a marked change. Whether upon some exterior level, or within an interior realm, the life we have known is forever altered. As our interior world is the facilitator for our outer experience, we will most  likely see the changes both within and without. As Pisces is the most imaginative of the signs, these images are evermore potent and powerful thus exerting greater influence upon our lives.

Each lunar cycle forms a grand assembly of planetary participants who interact with each other, thus propelling us to commune with the different and sometimes opposing aspects within and of ourselves. There is complexity. We are assembling our own unique puzzle, searching for the missing pieces, finding that they were right in front of us in clear view all along. The Moon in Pisces is accompanied by Mercury, the  South Node, the Sun, Neptune and Chiron. Themes of communication, karma, essence, God and the wounded healer emerge and merge, huddling together as a cosmic team.

Prominent archetypal themes for this sign include The Dreamer, The Poet, The Mystic, The Martyr and The Redeemer. Pisces embodies the qualities of compassion, sensitivity, imagination, creativity, dreaminess, other-worldliness, changeability and attunement to the Divine.

As Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, it’s immersion within this Pisces cluster  imbues it with even more mystery, spirit, emotion, depth and sensitivity.

At this time, Pisces The Fishes is awakening within us deeper contemplation of where we belong in the grandeur of life. We find our ourselves, like The Fishes, swimming in opposite directions only to find that we come full circle.  As a mutable feminine water sign, Pisces adeptly circumvents the turbulent waters embracing duality.

We cannot escape the intensity of emotion that not only is reflective of our personal experience. We listen and hear the cries of the world as well. Collective consciousness looms large. There is a desire to expand the source of our spiritual awareness, thus facilitating healing for ourselves and each other in a world that is at the same time both consumed by and longing for compassion.

Wherever Pisces resides within our chart, we will encounter heightened sensitivity,  psychic expansion and experience of our oneness with life in its myriad forms. As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is a sign of karmic completion. We may be revisiting old themes, relationships and experiences that we felt we had processed and released. Now, they hauntingly return, requiring us to dive head on into the oceanic depths of emotional awareness.

Amidst this climate of swirling emotion and quiet softness, sudden change is afoot. Mars, Jupiter and Uranus are stirring the cauldron of our personal world as well as the world at large. The illusion is being shattered by this fiery trio. Courage is called upon as we face the unknown territory of three dimensional reality. The world we have known has become chaotic. Life is becoming stranger and thus a stranger unto us. As tectonic plates within the depths of the earth, the paradigm is shifting.

It is only by navigating our own interior with full awareness and personal responsibility that we can contribute authentic presence and mindful action to this ever changing and evolving earthly habitat. Despite all appearances, we are healing.

Emerging from the depths, we discover gold in the shadows. As we awaken to a society of dreams, we discover a soft tender spot wrapping ourselves and each other in love.

Pisces New Moon Blessings Upon You.

It is the belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. – Maya Angelou –

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
– Joseph Campbell –

One can give nothing whatever without giving oneself—that is to say, risking oneself. If one cannot risk oneself, then one is simply incapable of giving.
-James Baldwin-

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NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS: The Freedom To Be Free

The New moon arrives at  8 degrees of Aquarius on Friday, January 27 at 7:06 PM EST. 

New Moons offer us a three day window of time in which to plant seeds of intention. We set forth on a new leg of our journey. As the Moon and the Sun align, the subjective self emerges. This blending of the feminine and the masculine balances holistic awareness with translucent self-knowledge. Lunar cycles are small cycles within large cycles allowing us to attune more keenly to specific dimensions of the multidimensional self. 

During the last three days before the New Moon, we are in the Balsamic Moon Phase. Known as the bottom of the Moon, it is a cycle of karmic completion. We have at this time the opportunity to integrate and synthesize our experience of the past 26 days. We are significantly more attuned to our psychic sensibilities as the next round unfolds. As our sensitivity is heightened, our physical energy may wane. Solitude, rest and introspection form a solid foundation for the preparation of the new cycle. When the New Moon arrives we are once again energized.

Aquarius the Water-Bearer is a fixed air sign. Prominent archetypal themes for this sign include The Genius, The Revolutionary, The Truth Sayer, The Visionary, The Humanitarian and The Scientist.

Aquarius harbors an ethereal quality coupled with heightened mental faculties and a highly developed intuitive function. As the sign of humanity seeking the greater good for all, Aquarius raises its voice to the outer world decrying personal gain at the expense of others through greed and exploitation. For Aquarius, it is love, peace, freedom,  inclusiveness and justice for all.

At this juncture, we are awakening to those areas in our lives where we we are loudly called to march to the beat of our own drum, no matter how erratic it may seem. It is a time in which to express our truth authentically without worrisome thoughts of what others may think. It is by means of our own authentic self-expression that we most greatly contribute to the healing of the world. We cannot embrace another if we do not embrace ourselves. We cannot respect the freedom of another if we withhold from ourselves the freedom to be free.

As the first New Moon of the new year, Aquarius’ revolutionary spirit is largely upon us. We feel it within as we witness it’s expression in the outer world.  Aquarian themes of humanitarianism, brother and sisterhood, individuality and equality are bursting to the fore.  We are courageously facing the dark side of our society so that we may transform that which no longer serves the greater good. While it appears that a war has been waged, we are being graced with the opportunity to emerge into the light of newly awakened consciousness in which we fully realize and embrace equality for all.

During this Aquarius New Moon, we as a collective are imbued with our own visionary qualities. We have a unique opportunity to hone our intuitive faculties. This time is ideal for creatively visualizing the most positive outcomes for our lives and humanity. We embody the ability to envision and thus create a future of the greatest good for all. We enact goodness by honoring our unique talents, gifts and qualities. When we honor and express our authenticity, we serve humanity; we are healers who heal unto each other.

Wherever Aquarius resides in your natal chart is a distinctive area of life in which you are inspired to break out of the so called norm in order to live that particular realm of  life in your own unique, sometimes revolutionary manner. It is your realm of essential freedom. . 

Where can you begin anew from a place of inhibition, allowing yourself to express more freely? In what areas do you need more breathing room? How can you best enjoy your particular style of unique genius? How can your authentic  gifts serve the greater good? How do you relate to humanity? Where are you being called to express your humanitarianism? How does your inner revolution serve the outer revolution? 

Envision the Water Bearer standing before you, handing you the cup.

Now, pass it around.

Aquarius New Moon Blessings Upon you.

We will not achieve any higher-minded political goals until we transform the political process, and we cannot transform the political process without transforming ourselves.

– Marianne Williamson –

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”  -Bob Marley –

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”  – Carl Sagan, Cosmos –

“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”  – Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List –

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Sagittarius New Moon: The Road Less Traveled

The New Moon arrives at 7 degrees of Sagittarius on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:18 AM EST.

We are imbued each month with an auspicious time frame in which to begin anew in a specific realm of our interior being. When we activate this area, we begin to see changes in our immediate world as well. The new moon is a sacred portal, which upon entering can introduce us to a yet undiscovered dimension of the self. Each new moon offers a propitious juncture in which there is opportunity.

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Just before the new moon phase, we are in a completion phase known as the balsamic moon. We are integrating and synthesizing that which we began at the last new moon. These final three days of the moon phase are deeply psychic and interior oriented.  We are visited upon by ancient karmic issues. There can be a sense of exhaustion. Astrologers call this “the bottom of the moon.” We are best served by solitude, contemplation and rest. Our dreams may be more vivid during this time. When the new moon arrives, there is a distinctive shift in our energy. We are ready to begin anew.

At this juncture, Sagittarius the Archer is beckoning us to hear our truth. We are being called to follow our path, honor the nature of our truth and explore the unknown. We are at a crossroads.

Sagittarius embodies the archetypes of Gypsy, Student and Philosopher. They are the great seekers; high minded, idealistic and visionary. Sagittarius longs for journeying and exploration, both without and within. They will wander to the ends of the earth, to the brink of their psyche, in pursuit of greater meaning. There is tremendous restlessness accompanied by an inherent need for personal freedom.

As a mutable fire sign, there is enthusiasm, spontaneity, optimism, and buoyancy. Sagittarius thinks on a grand scale. Therein lies the wound of the Sagittarius spirit. For the idealist, life can often bear pain and discontent; there is no place on earth that can measure up to the visionary’s desire for utmost quality of life, where everyone is expressing from their most evolved state of being. Herein lies the breeding ground for intolerance, one of the most prominent characteristics of the Sagittarius shadow. As Sagittarius embodies the domain of belief systems, higher education, spirituality, religion and political ideologies, other aspects of the shadow express as arrogance, fanaticism, intolerance, opinionatedness and superiority.

Sagittarius has an inexorable desire for knowledge, persistently seeking to understand the laws of the universe amidst the struggle to be human.

These are strange times. We all feel it. The unfamiliarity of these times is being experienced not only in the outer world, but in our personal lives as well. In the midst of tremendous energetic transformation, there is often confusion and a sense of feeling lost. And yet, there is a strand of hope that leads us on. We are at the very core, spiritual beings.

We are striving toward understanding. We understand by standing under ourselves, beside ourselves, above ourselves.

In what area of your life are you longing for freedom? How can you cultivate freedom within your very being no matter what your circumstances are? Are you speaking your truth? Are you engaging with life beyond the physical realm? How can you engage more as an adventurer? What is your deepest longing? Where are you being called to break out of the familiar and travel a new path? Can you nurture tolerance and understanding for those whose opinions differ from your own? Where have you reached a real crossroads? Can you see yourself beyond this human existence?

I once heard an interview with one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Artur Rubinstein. He was and still is one of the most beloved concert pianists of all time. His playing was purely transcendental. Rubinstein spoke of his soul’s freedom. He expressed that he felt such freedom in his soul, that even if he were locked in a cell without a piano, he would always know his soul was a bird whose flight would never cease. While I was only in my teens at the time, he made an indelible impression upon my heart. It was the first time as a young performing artist in which I realized that the outer expression of our lives is completely reflective of what lies within. Rubinstein is always with me. I can still see his face as he spoke those words; a face entirely revealing that he was indeed, free. He has served as a quintessential instructor of inner freedom; the only freedom.

I wish you multitudes of Sagittarius blessings!

Dispel a belief. Design a personal quest. Entertain possibilities. Compose your own prayer. Set yourself free.

Launch a flaming winged arrow into the sky and follow it to it’s bull’s eye landing as it soars smack to the center of your heart’s desire.

As Tolkien said; “Those who wander are not lost.”  Let us also ponder that those who wonder are not confused.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”Pierre Teilhard de Chardin –

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”  – Robert Frost –

Donna Greco, astrologer

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