The Renewal of Desire: Mars

The Renewal of Desire: Mars

Men are not free when they’re doing just what they like.
Men are only free when they’re doing what the deepest self likes.
And there is getting down to the deepest self! It takes some diving.

D.H. Lawrence

Cancerian Flow: Water and the Soul

Cancerian Flow: Water and the Soul

Every year Summer Solstice marks the Sun’s ingress into Cancer, the lunar water sign. The Cancer new moon is on Friday the 23rd, and Mercury and Mars are also moving through this sign for the next few weeks. This is a period where the imaginative resources, emotional subjectivity and self-reflective capacity of Cancer is ripe.

Spring Equinox playlist

Spring Equinox playlist

When the Sun enters Aries it marks a kind of rebirth in the zodiac wheel. We are in the season of renewal as the Sun illuminates Aries which is symbolized by the leaping ram who rushes forth into life, bounding and exploring with a surefooted innocence. We begin again. Spring in its merciful tenderness brings an increase of light and the promise of blossoms. I’ve collected some instrumental pieces evocative of this moment—the cello expresses the transition between winter and spring with such longing and joy.

Love in Strife ~ Jupiter in Libra

Love in Strife ~ Jupiter in Libra

It seems we are surrounded by an ocean of sound and noise. Social and political concerns pull at us like the unyielding tide, and we navigate the news and what seems like daily incursions on freedoms and principles. We are living in a period of massive upheaval with breakdowns, breakthroughs, and revolution (Uranus) being empowered and compelled by underlying archetypal processes of change (Pluto). “Nobody told me there'd be days like these/Strange days indeed/most peculiar”. Thank you, John Lennon.

A Winter Solstice Lighthouse

A Winter Solstice Lighthouse

On December 21st we enter the season of Capricorn, which marks another turning of the great wheel of the year as the Winter Solstice. 

Pluto and Kali as Divine Guests

Pluto and Kali as Divine Guests

In challenging times, whether personal or collective, astrology is a great aid because it can identify in symbolic language what is trying to come into consciousness. Our inner growth seeds and blossoms in archetypal patterns, and astrology is a tool by which we can distinguish the laws that underlie the chaos that we feel.

Crossing into Scorpio playlist

Crossing into Scorpio playlist

Crossing the threshold into Scorpio and the autumnal mysteries that take us inside, underneath and in-between things.

‘I desire’, Scorpio’s phrase, brings us into the depths. To know and articulate your desire you have to feel into things, explore, spelunk. This is a time for penetrating surfaces, getting to the bottom of things, secrets, mysteries, the intimacy of turning inward. As if from the fearless heart of Scorpio come these words of Rumi’s:

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from the beyond.

This is also a time of year when we turn to our ancestors whose legacies are in our bones and need to be honored. Celebrating our connection to the underworld in all hallows eve, samhain, dia de los muertos…

To get us into the flow of Scorpio, I’ve curated a playlist of some ambient and world fusion beats. Slow rhythms and deeper resonances to help mark this threshold crossing. Invite the darkening of the light.

 

 

Libra, Aphrodite and the Horai

Libra, Aphrodite and the Horai

The season of Libra is drawing to a close with the full moon upon us, and the evening hours arriving earlier each day. Mercury is in Libra now along with the Sun. Add to this pair Jupiter, and needless to say, I’ve had Libra on my mind. Since Libra is ruled by Venus, it is a symbol intimately related to the Goddess. So let’s head off on an archetypal excavation, exploring the symbolism of Libra and the mythology of Aphrodite. Great Lady, be kind to us.

Mercury’s Virgo Retrograde

Mercury’s Virgo Retrograde

Oh, Mercury retrograde... attitudes in response to this regular phenomenon, coming up August 30th to September 22nd, range wide: worry-bead clicking, cautious planning, liberal scapegoating of this wily god for what goes wrong, and then there’s the annoyance all these views incite, which leads to writing-off and ignoring the retrograde altogether. Now this is not to say that things don’t go wonky when Mercury goes retrograde, they certainly do, but literalism and causal thinking have done a number to the way we think about this aspect of Mercury’s cycle. I therefore want to bring some reconsidered reflection to Mercury’s retrograde. 

Virgo deep

With the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo right now it feels like a perfect moment for some reflective thought. Over a cup of coffee, of course! And, Mercury will be going retrograde next week in Virgo too---stay tuned as I have a blog piece coming out on this upcoming retrograde and its invitation to move with Mercurial cool.