Calling All Future Astrologers, Star seeds, Indigos, Light workers and Way showers……Astrology Soul School is Coming!

Have you been a part of the incredible astrology we have been living through? Have the last two, five or even ten years turned you upside down and inside out? Are you called to join the time honoured tradition of spiritual understanding through journeying the zodiac- does astrology call to you as a roadmap to understand yourself? Maybe you have listened to astrologers and spiritual teachers talk of the energy and light codes being brought to us, transformative energy with the power to change your life. Do you want to step into your sovereignty and harness this potential for yourself?

You may already know that the heavens hold great personal significance and power for you -if only you could speak and understand the language to mediate between your soul and the cosmic energies it is bathed in. You may feel as though you are moving through your life with a blindfold on frustratingly unable to utilise the language of light astrology uses to speak to your soul.

Imagine being able to take that blindfold off and stargaze, understanding your own unique vibration, your subconscious fears and desires, co creating with the universe instead of feeling bruised and battered by it! Imagine being able to meet and heal your shadow self, understanding where you have been stuck, or unaligned. Imagine working with the universe to move past this to a deeper more profound existence, a whole new timeline opened up for you. Imagine being your own translator, utilising your logic intuition and heart to become a confident astrologer and star messenger with a knowing of the cosmos you can share with others to bring illumination and growth to them too.

I have studied the night skies for over 15 years and had the honour of being their translator for other people, helping them obtain clarity and purpose. My method of astrology takes both the innate original meaning of the zodiac and instils a fresh modern spiritual approach with a fundamental understanding that ‘spirituality’ is with us every moment of our lives in our search for the integration of our internal alchemical feminine and masculine divinity. Now more than ever it is clear that we as a collective are being called deeper into the ascension process which means a deeper understanding of ourselves, collective energy and source itself.

This is why I will be opening the doors of Sovereign Astrology Soul School in the near future. Led in small interactive online cohorts you will have sacred space to discover the art of astrology and utilise it as a tool for ascension and soul growth. Perhaps this is a new area of learning to help you understand yourself, your place in the collective and even learn to help guide other people too, or you’ve dipped in and out of astrology without any real structure or principles. Designed to be open to both those new to field of astrology as well as those who want to further their knowledge and techniques. This immersive course will include:

Chart layout and components, correspondences, modalities, the ephemeris, elements, archetypes, house challenges, planets, aspects, retrogrades, karmic signatures, past life /soul growth indicators, shadow work, astro history, retrograde motion, mythology symbolism and psyche and chart interpretation/synthesis.

If this resonates with you and leaves you wanting to know more about the unique energy you chose this lifetime, your unique soul gifts only you can share with the world and your future soul growth direction be sure to complete the sign up form here or contact directly at astro.school@bellatrixorion.com to stay in the loop for further details.

Full moon October 1st at 9° Aries – The shamanic warrior moon

Sabian Symbol 9 Aries “A Crystal Gazer”

This moon is a bit of an ouchy but that’s ok and good, it is very much needed catharsis. This is the first of two full moons this month, and so the next one -on Halloween- will be a blue moon. Spooky.

The full moon is a time of ripe fertility, feminine power and clarity. We can really see to the heart of a matter the sign speaks to. In Aries we go solo, with the impulse of action and reaction, it is very innocent in its spontaneity as it isn’t tangled up in anything other than its own world. This Aries moon is also incredibly decisive so you may suddenly simply know what you need to do with certain matters and act accordingly even after months of debate and uncertainty.

Gut reaction rules the day until around the 3rd so it’s useful to make a note of what it is your gut is telling telling you, the only word of caution I would offer is to remember impulse and reaction is being given a watery slant (mist-not so good for clarity) so try to keep in mind that emotions will be heightened around this time and your responses not necessarily typical. In some situations it may well be worth taking a deep breathe or physically channelling emotion in a productive manner. However you feel and whatever your gut tells you, revisit it in a few days’ time and see if you still feel it as true.

The moon will be sat right next to Chiron the wounded healer who is currently retrograde. This will cause us to emote upon our inner wounding in an emotional way. Mars is close by too adding some fuel, he  is retrograde as well, again lending that internalised reflective quality.

Chiron is the master healer who helps us nurture ourselves in a very shamanic or homeopathic way. If anything does come up for you at this time it is asking for acknowledgement and love. Under the Aries moon we have the opportunity to accept these wounds as battle scars as opposed to fatal blows. If we do so, we can develop compassion and self-respect, if we can’t find self-acceptance or even look at our wounds we can run the risk of embedding them even deeper. This is a real chance for some powerful healing, Aries is our inner brave warrior and a leader sign too. We can learn through self-compassion what it is to lead by example and from the heart with this moon, by facing our own adversities and calling a truce. Physically you may be more prone to headaches and eyestrain during this transit.

As if that lot isn’t enough this moon will be pretty much in exact opposition with the sun over in Libra. This may manifest in one of two ways. Firstly, it may be that the outside world provides some balance and interpersonal support during the full moon or at the very least make it available, as we will all be under its influence this very much stands to reason. It could be felt by some of us however as intrusion if we want to feel free and unfettered to soul journey. Given all of the internal energy we have had pretty much continuously this year many of you may wish to go it alone. Whichever way you lean we can be sure that the sun is shining a light upon our Aries/Chironic combination with a demand for balance, good luck with that one sunshine. You can check which house this falls in for you here https://bellatrixorion.com/741-2/

Brave New World: Martian Summer 2020

“Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chance out between two worlds, fire walk with me”

These past few weeks I have been taking a close look at the newly arrived Mars in Aries where he will be residing for a whopping 6 months as he refuses to miss out on the retrograde motion all the other cool kids are up to (Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn Neptune and Pluto), so expect him to be here until early January next year (6th/7th), turning retrograde 11th September….Very important signs from the skies right there in September. Interestingly, his sister Eris is also hanging out here, they become conjunct in August which is a relief really- as you will see we already have plenty going on this month.

Aries season may have passed and we may be entering the watery depths of Cancer summer but we still need to prepare for a scorcher from the fire elements. Fire walking, bravery, tenacity of mind over matter and forward motion will be focused upon as opposed to a concentration of what we have had drummed into us to keep us safe. Transcendence by the mind will naturally, eventually, pull the body along with it. Trying to master your fear is trying to shatter the ultimate illusion in order to move forward in the brave new world. All of this is going to be themes not only for the collective but for the individual also (check your chart to see which house you have Mars in HERE). Many of us aren’t huge anger and fire fans and quite frankly have had enough of the drama of 2020 to last multiple lifetimes. But seriously we can all learn to straddle this energy, we are going to need to, as far as I am aware cryogenics hasn’t reached such advancement that we can tune out half a year, would if I could, trust.

However, pragmatically I have to say this placement by planet and sign is much needed. The world having come to a literal standstill, motion is now required. This will be tricky as flaming hot fast planets tend to be, and of course it could go off in spectacular fashion in any direction. New ways of working and being in the world are now demanded, progress is needed. We have talked before of feeling trapped between the old world we are so sick of and trying to bring in a newer profound experience- ‘one chance out between two worlds‘, has to start physically somewhere- right here, so lets get into it.

Every sign has a planetary rulership, a natural affinity between a sign and a planet which share elements and themes. Those of you who may have studied the classics will already see that indeed they are one and the same but lets break it down a little. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac ‘first out’ if you will. As such it is here to experience freedom, freedom of action and reaction based upon instinct. It is a cardinal sign, the fire cardinal, it initiates. Enthusiasm, passion, creativity, anger, arrogance, selfishness can all be attributed to Aries. Because it is the first sign and an initiator it can’t really take a sneek peek at what somebody else is doing or indeed has done, and with this can come issues, mainly insecurity or fear.

Mars is the lower octave of Pluto. Subconscious soul desires are passed along to Mars from Pluto to enact consciously in everyday life. It is masculine and motion based as is Aries and likewise, as well as desire, it carries the flip side – fear. Between the two then we see a combination of action, reaction, desire, fear all wrapped up in energy directed out into the world. Below you will see some dates for your diaries all you sensitive energetic beings out there- we are going to be feeling this in every which way.

Mars begins July squaring the nodes, Gemini and Sagittarius. To find out more about the current nodal energy you can click right HERE. I believe that we will all be struggling to switch up our game in terms of the information we choose to take in in order to expand our knowledge and experience of the world. In its distorted form Gemini will not only be incredibly selective in terms of the information it takes in to reaffirm its old weary belief system but will also polarise information into the ‘I’m right and You’re wrong’. Similarly Sagittarius can be guilty of needing to preach to one and all how it’s beliefs are the only ways to progress. Ugh. not terribly pretty and we can see how our active drive and impulse can get entangled in old stories which no longer serve. Remember, truth is relative and we are multi dimensional. Fear and stagnation will persist until we can be prepared to sing a new song and respect that there is more than one way.

Throughout the month Mars is in close sextile to Venus. Mars and Venus hold obvious connotations as receptive feminine energy and masculine energy so it is good to see them in support of each other in this gentle aspect particularly in Cancer season of all times. Venus, the mistress of our internal and external vibration is placed in Gemini with the North node, she is the energy helping us up and out of our nodal square funk by focusing us upon our path of soul progress. Let Venus hold your hand and gently guide you through new thought processes and relations with the rest of the world. She stays close all month almost as if she knows it can be a scary thing to be forced to change tack so quickly and propel ourselves into the unknown.

During the 7th-8th July, Mars is coming into conjunction with Chiron, as well as squaring Mercury retrograde in Gemini, on both counts make note of what is coming up for you during this time as they are about to both switch their motion further down line. For now, be aware that our action will be closely aligned to core wounds and healing- of every variety, personal and collective. Given that Mars is in stressful aspect to Mercury retrograde we may well have difficulty in being understanding and supportive of that needed healing inside of ourselves, Mars is busy yo, things to do, people to see….. Retrograde season is an incredibly internal energy where we naturally shut out the noise of external influences (whether we mean to or not!) to focus upon inner contemplation yet with Mars and Chiron placed as they are we have direct tension here. It may be difficult but we do need to place importance upon internal wellness, the world will keep turning but yours maybe not so well if you don’t practice self care.

11th and 12th of July the moon passes over the same spot in the zodiac held by Mars. Shortly after this tension held between Mars Chiron and Mercury we have an interesting tweak as our personal lens or egoic structure taps Mars on the shoulder with a gentle ‘oi’. Many of us will be feeling the Moon and Mars in Aries as a time to re assess and make sure that not only do we, but others also realise that our own personal holistic health and our personal control/autonomy of it is of great importance and priority.

Chiron turns retrograde on the 13th July and is in exact conjunction with Mars from the 14th, this pairing is semi sextile with the moon conjunct Uranus in Taurus. That notion of the importance of our self care personal will and prioritisation is now in full effect. Following the Moon’s gentle reminder to Mars, Chiron is also emphasizing this by, yes you guessed it, going into retrograde motion! There is no escape from our internal core wounding and we probe and we explore. In spite of the heady concoction of Mars and Aries this is a very sensitive aspect which will need care and due diligence. Mars isn’t necessarily ‘that into’ reflecting upon emotional needs. However indulge he must, as well as acknowledging that the health of others is of great import also.

If at this time you too feel that there are far more important things to be doing, so not right now thank you very much, please remember two things. Firstly, if you want to give your everything in the world being dynamic, exciting, moving and shaking you need to be energetically aligned on all levels. Secondly, there is a risk of physical frailty if we do not care for ourselves holistically. Appease your inner Martian by telling it you are taking time out because you are important and you matter the most- he WILL like that. The moon and Uranus are both in Taurus which emphasise the need for calm grounding, Uranus is a shocking bolt out of the blue at times so being in top form makes you prepared for whatever may (or may not) come your way.

The 18th-19th is an exact opposition with Juno in Libra, and T Square with the Moon in Cancer. Wow. This is interesting. T square dynamics are incredibly powerful and this is no exception. Juno mother of Gods and rightful equal consort of Jupiter remains in Libra very much seeking a redressing of balance in accordance with the whole theme of the merging of the Divine Feminine and Masculine. If you remember in mythology, Juno took no prisoners but did take a lot of unwarranted bullshit from the patriarchal forces of the day. No more. She sends Mars into clear action, driving this message home through her son but how do we make sure he sticks to the correct agenda? After all he can be a little, hot headed? By inserting the Moon in Cancer slap bang in the middle. Both the Moon and Cancer are the energies responsible for the internal balance of feminine and masculine energy- a double whammy of this energy will ensure that life on Gaia receives this message.

Ending our important July Mars transits we have 3 cardinal change making signs and 2 heavenly bodies in their rulership. Mark this clearly in your calendar- we will feel this and can very much assist this energy coming in but also benefit greatly from it. Spend this time focusing consciously upon the change you wish to affect within the world, the fears you wish to remove and the direction you wish to take. Be brave and dream hard, Mars will hear you and pay attention for sure- his mom’s watching.

Divine Re-balancing Solar Eclipse 21.06.2020

Solar eclipse at 0° cancer 21:

‘On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One’

We are approaching the final opening ceremony of the divine feminine taking her rightful equal place alongside the divine masculine and this Sabian symbol shows great poignancy. When I feel into these words I am put in mind of the beginning of a new energy filtering through the world, a new dawn for life on Gaia. So many of us are beyond ready within our hearts and minds to begin creating an expression of how we wish to see life, the changes we want to make and the progress we want very much to be a part of on our planet as we see through distortion and top heavy constructs no longer compatible with our needs and soul evolution.

However, I also think we should be incredibly careful with this imagery and be sure that within our desire to build anew we are not replacing one toxic distortion with its inverse and end up creating the same restrictive and censoring structures under the guise of different names. Old habits are, after all, hard to break. To me, this is certainly not about a replacement of the masculine with the feminine but a symbol which encapsulates the best of both of these energies creating anew together in synthesis. This we will find within the symbolism of the Cancer archetype once we dig a little deeper.

Cancer rules the 4th house, is found within the water triad and is ruled by the Moon. A feminine cardinal sign, it is the initiator of change. Cancer does not do this directly as such and rarely takes a linear straight forward approach, which can be quite confusing to other signs of the zodiac but Cancer trusts it’s inner knowing enough to do things its own way. It gets the job done.

Traditionally seen in the mainstream as the sign of the mother, of home, safety and security with its glyph or symbol being the breasts, those born under this sign are often told they are somehow matronly and nurturing always ready with the baked goods. Within the natal chart is where we look to see the parental energy responsible for nurturing us as children yes, but there is much more to it than that.

Cancer IS the sign of home and security but in the respect that it is searching for these elements, it is one of the most abandoned and solitary signs of the zodiac.

Many with this sign featuring heavily within their charts were not necessarily born into a perfect family environment (are any of us?). They chose instead to search the world for the security of kith and kin as part of that which they came to experience…. Cancer needs to understand that they have their own security literally in their body, that if they just take a minute and breathe they will see that they already had everything that they needed right where they are. Hence cancer is renowned for its strong emotional body, making it highly intuitive and psychic as it walks its strange walk and dances its even stranger dance on the ocean floor.

The biggest lesson for this archetype then, is to create its own emotional security, that it has everything it needs within itself to create the life it wishes to have, or that which its soul has decided it wants to experience within this lifetime. In its best aspect it is able to nurture and sustain itself and therefore is in prime position to be able to extend this out to others. Remember Cancer is a cardinal sign it progresses and moves us forward into new phases, as insecure as it can be Cancer has to look to itself for the comfort it needs.

Returning to the energy of this very special eclipse, we look even deeper at what is meant by Cancer having everything inside itself to fulfill its soul urges. The glyph for Cancer is also a 69 turned sideways thusly:

Cancer (1)

If we take this one step further -as I believe we should- we arrive here:

Jordan Peterson explains the yin yang symbol | Logo Design Love

I am incredibly hopeful that you can see the connection between our Sabian symbol, the Cancerian archetype and the energy being brought forward in summer eclipse season. I believe that this symbology right here is the new flag, the real and holistic interpretation of this forthcoming eclipse: Cancer is the assimilation and embodiment of the dual energies of yin yang, form and chaos feminine and masculine. The embracing of the female and male energy within each and every one of us is the Cancerian energy so badly needed within this world.

All of us called to be change makers across the globe can not do this in our most powerful position until we are able to nurture ourselves and accept the God given power of creation we each and every one of us hold within. By shining our own light and loving ourselves *in our entirety, unedited and whole* we will be able to affect those around us for the better so much more.

You are perfect the way you are, you do not need another to make you whole, you do not need anything outside of yourself to create anew, it is all in the palm of your own hand- or the shell on your own back, whichever way you wish to see it.

Here’s to us all embracing our full spiritual skill set.

Eris square Pluto a snapshot in time

Eris square Pluto

This pokey placement is exactly square now. Chances are you’ve been feeling it without even realising. Frazzled, scattered, unable to centre easily and clarify your path forward through the day let alone consider such things as ‘life purpose’ or ‘mission’. Eris the warrior goddess and chaos bringer is squaring up to Pluto keeper of the soul. It was her discovery in 2005 which lead to the demotion of Pluto as a planet, rather apt she be named after the goddess of strife and discord. This asteroid can be seen as very similair to Aries where she currently resides, or Mars in female persona. A hot head set in motion by triggering events, her eccentric and slow orbit varying the subtlety of her influence.

 

 

With this placement we expect to see tension, anger, rage, a desire for justice and freedom, anarchy is felt as we all internally and externally dismantle that which has held our souls captive and bound. Take a look at what’s happening on the main stage globally, this placement is in action across the world. It makes perfect sense that it is the divine feminine aspect challenging the soul of humanity right now as she is rising and meeting her counterpart after centuries of distortion and subservience. The female warrior archetype is in play defending the defenceless by confronting structure and thoughtform which would seek to keep and indeed increase the imbalances on Gaia. Interestingly, Juno the mother of all has been watching her children play out on the zodiac stage as she sits apart in Libra balancing the scales. It’s as if she herself has set Eris in motion as a call to arms. Enough is enough.

As a rule I dont polarise my astrology. I believe we use the energies to transcend, seeing neither side of an aspect as good or bad. However I don’t sprinkle unicorn shit on it either and see this square as a bit tough. Squares are uncomfortable by nature but they serve a purpose. They help us shape and define through metamorphosis if we are prepared to work with them. They can be a better friend than a trine even at times. We are all challenged by this aspect. Where are we all making room for the natural balancing of feminine and masculine? Both need equal reverence within our internal dynamics if we are to see a balanced harmonious world respectful of the individual and the collective, the man and the woman the adult and the child as well of course as mother nature and father sky themselves.

So, stay calm. Acknowledge the frenetic craziness raging on through the micro and the macro and remember- Eris is serving the collective a huge gift, through chaos comes form. It’s up to US to shape it. How will we bring forward and physically manifest the world we wish to see?

  • Breathe. Xx

Nodal axis shift into Gemini and Sagittarius

 

The Collective Current State April 2020

Well- it’s been a time so far this 2020 business. We kind of knew something was brewing, yet didn’t quite know what that something was. Now we do. Sort of. If only we had the clarity and deep understanding to figure it all out eh? So many complicated realities threaded into each other almost feels like a global spiritual crisis. What I believe we are witnessing is an unleashing of collective shadow work the likes of which we haven’t seen on such a scale in this life time.

Many of us have on an individual level honoured the process of shadow work and soul growth, diving deep into the murky depths to retrieve the pearls and clear away the debris. We have become used to the physical, emotional and spiritual energetic waves and have learned how to respect and ride them accordingly. So let me take you back……. When enlightenment first entered into your life on a conscious level, in all honesty it was probably a bit of a shit show. Bewilderment and confusion initially took over from sanity and security. Widely, many of us saw the removal of well embedded structure within our lives, as that which no longer served us was removed, often times quite swiftly and brutally. Remember how desperate we were for someone to talk us through the process and help us understand what the hell was going on? Still, we adjusted and began to get more aligned to the new ways of being we simply couldn’t deny any more (as much as we wanted to at 3 a.m most nights). I think this is now happening on a global scale, enough momentum has been gathered. As Sherlock Holmes would say “The Game is afoot”. He’s quite a good character for this post actually. I do see him as the ultimate mercurial figure (with a touch of Aquarius).

Anyway, it makes sense for some souls to go through this initial spiritual trial by fire before everybody else and get the hang of it, because these are the people who will be anchoring in their sanity and energy for others to lean on. In essence, they have to be the support they wished they themselves had had. That support simply being yourself and not condemning the person you are to project fear. For those of us who put our faith in the stars and heavenly bodies now is an interesting time in which we can see how the collective is ticking and the energies which will be coming into alignment in the very near future. Current circumstances given, the upcoming nodal progression feels incredibly potent and something we should be keeping in mind.

What are the Lunar Nodes?

They are not bodies or stars. Rather they are specific points in the sky relating to the moon-the 2 points where the path of the moon crosses the ecliptic relating to the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Within the natal chart it is held by many astrologers that the South Node represents ‘what you came in with’ and North node represents that which your soul has decided ‘to leave with’. It is the path of soul growth from A to B. The South Node can feel a little too comfortable at times as it is what you are used to in terms of ‘modus operandi’ whereas in contrast the North node is new and until you’ve tried it out it wont feel like a good fit for a while. However the aim is to reconcile the South and head to the North.

When we look at astrology for the planet, we see them as the two polarities we are feeling collectively with perhaps more of an incline towards the South. If we imagine a tightrope walker holding a pole out to keep themselves balanced, with the South side a little more weighted. This pole is the nodes- the interplay of the two energies to help us on our way. Of course, interesting times naturally call for an interesting polarity dynamic. This we see clearly within Gemini and Sagittarius so let us take a look at the current energies at play and then the two archetypes to come, their interaction and how we can best use them to help ourselves and of course help others.

Current nodal energy

If we take a quick look at the current nodes: North node in Cancer and South node in Capricorn we see a vast difference to the energetic dynamics to come. Cancer and Capricorn- to me at least- represent the parents of the zodiac. North node Cancer has seen us move towards the mother, the resurgence of the divine feminine, care of the planet, care of ourselves and each other to balance out the Capricorn structural masculinity and building (you can’t really have one without the other unless you want *everything* to go tits up). The Cancer Capricorn polarity saw a redressing of the necessity of both feminine and masculine, yin and yang, chaos and form. As such that which had been holding this back was loosened and allowed to shed- here we see the emergence of the global shadow work mentioned earlier. Structure, identity, thought, spirituality, emotion, ethics and ways of being all began to shift (mostly subconsciously for the majority).

In essence, we have been under the direct influence of parental energy in a way and how it governs our lives, where we put our faith and where we hand over our own sovereign power. What we are about to see and what some of us are already feeling and witnessing is very different indeed. As the individual asserts itself following the balancing or activation at least of the duel energies of masculinity and femininity within, people become their own parents/authority, eyes now open, they begin to question. This process by its very nature is going to be messy.

South Node: Sagittarius Archetype

I have a huge soft spot for this sign, I am a secret Sagittarius wannabe. Sagittarius the Archer is a mutable fire sign ruled by expansive Jupiter. With the influence of Jupiter and the element of fire we see the intrepid explorer, the adventurer and trailblazer. As a rule Sagittarius does not like being hemmed in and told what to do, they are busy being true to themselves and their higher mind. The 9th house journeys beyond known boundaries to explore new terrain of every kind. Philosophy, ethics, law and religion are all ruled within this domain, our archer ever seeking to expand its horizons and knowledge. As such, Sagittarius has one of the most precise and accurate bullshit detectors known to man. For those of you fortunate enough to know someone born under this sign as either ascendant sun or moon or with a loaded 9th/Sag house you will know that at times with one look and a cursory conversation they have a situation summed up and sold- next!

In a nutshell- a free roaming spirit in mind and body on a quest for their own personal truths and adventure not easily subjugated and contained. We will see opposition and agitation as a natural ‘default’ energy to the current status quo soon to be found on Earth. Has anybody else noted a serious upsurge in joggers and cyclists out on their allotted exercise? Just picture them with their bow slung over their shoulder- Sagittarius that.

North Node: Gemini Archetype

Gemini gets a bad rep in lazy astrology, honestly very undeserved in most cases. They aren’t two faced they are a thousandfold faced especially those of us with the moon in Gemini. Gemini is the sign of the twins, another mutable sign ruled by Mercury, mutable is flexible and they need this in order to assess and digest all of the information they insist upon devouring. The way to a Gemini heart is through it’s brain/mind. Gemini has to use their mind it is as natural as breathing thanks to Mercury, who provides the potent capacity to categorise and mentally structure their world. They want facts, statistics, data, information they can work with. We also see communication ruled by Gemini-this is where it gets the ‘chatterbox’ label but honestly not all Geminis will talk you to death. Communication comes in more than one form but the onus is on an exchange of information to ever expand knowledge and categorisation not inane conversation. Gemini likes to research, not to be spoon fed a party line. Their intellectual probing for information will enable them to see more than one opinion or truth, they are able to hold multiple standpoints.

In a nutshell- Gemini is the quick minded analysis of data and information in order to structure and compartmentalise, sift through the relevant and pertinent and get to the facts. This allows them to acknowledge multiple opinions and truths and  through exchange and communication beginning the whole process again in an elevated stance.

But what does it all mean?

Between Sagittarius and Gemini we can clearly see the seeking of universal truths on an individual basis, subsequent analysis and the formation of communication and group activity to further our experiential knowledge on a collective level. With Gemini in the mix this is not to remain within the individualistic Sagittarius domain. Rather we are being called to hold space for each other and our truths as we all mentally structure our own environment and are united with those who share our vision, if not physically then via a mode of communication you can use. Individual truth and freedom is to be transformed and shared with others.

Think about this within the current climate, what the world is experiencing in terms of the illusion of the removal of freedom, long held truths hidden from an acquiescing global populace whose trust has it would seem, has potentially been violated in many ways throughout the years. What does this do to the awakening individual/group psyche? Fear, outrage, seeking, defending, communicating, formation, is all going to occur on the individual level within the group mentality.

Imagine a boatload of centaurs all racing around in shock and outrage looking for their truth, looking to not be contained looking for their freedom. Messy yes? This is where Gemini comes in to play, calming down the fires and rationally analysing the question of what is the meaning behind all of which we are currently experiencing? This is where we are being tugged towards and it is up to us to keep the cool head and lead the way towards the North while acknowledging, loving and nurturing the South. I mean, would you mess with a group of centaurs? I wouldn’t.  As the collective shadow grows in conscious awareness so does the desire to see the light of truth. In whatever form that takes.

Galactic Centre and the Nodes

Very interestingly the  Galactic Centre will remain in close proximity and at times conjunct/opposing The South and North node respectively with some backwards and forwards retrograde motion. How do we make sense of this? Well, Galactic Centre is providing us with a lot of universal energy and information should we wish to receive it. Remember ‘galactic’ is of multiple dimensions and frequencies while holding on to a universal truth, that of source, the transcendence (not bypass) of polarity.

Is it any wonder then that we have Gemini and Sagittarius partying hard on the nodal axis in the very near future? As we have seen these two archetypes represent the quest for the individual’s truth as well as that of the collective, the latter being in Gemini’s realm opposing the Galactic Centre and thus more tricky of the two energies to navigate. We are being asked to hold our own reality as well as the respect of every other individual’s on the planet. Galactic Centre is emphasising to the nth degree the lessons we are to learn in the upcoming nodal axis.

I know- this seems an impossible ask given some of the colourful characters and situations we are aware of whom many perceive as a threat to not only individual freedom but a threat to humanity herself. We are being asked to be multidimensional in our views of life and indeed I believe this to be the very ascension we have all been called to be a part of. The question will be however, what is the fallout when not everybody is prepared to be bound by this universal law? Only time will tell on that front but we can say for sure that the next 18 months will be pivotal in regards to the direction humanity takes itself in and how it chooses to (re) form itself.

So there we go-hold space for your own values and truths as well as those of other people’s while remaining within the frequency of a sovereign being. I mean, I make it sound so easy right?

 

Mercury Retrograde Transit: The solitary magpie and scapegoat in the stars

I’m sat here in the eye of the hurricane….. we are mid Mercury retrograde betwixt dreamy ambiguous Pisces and revolutionary Aquarius as we get our faculties and houses (no pun intended) in order to continue ever onward into a new age. Guess what? It’s absolutely fine.

As an astrologer retrogrades are my soft spot, they have a very dear space in my soul but then I always have championed the underdog. This might have something to do with the fact that I have Mercury, Neptune and Uranus all retrograde in my natal chart, ever since I first saw my birth chart (quite a while ago now) that little ‘r’ has always held me enthralled. Given this, I would dearly like to begin debunking the fear we have become accustomed to where retrograde motion in the skies is concerned- in order to work with retrogrades we need to understand them. Once we understand the energy at play, fear of the misunderstood and confusing can be replaced with something altogether a little deeper and yet higher at the same time. It is worth taking the time to get to know both the natal retrograde as well as the transitioning one (by that we mean looking at both the birth chart as well as the current movement of the planets in the sky) in order to work with the energies they bring forth to us.

So, without further delay- meet Mercury!

Rather beautiful isn’t he? The smallest planet and closest to the sun (many of us have the sun and mercury close together in our natal charts) with an orbit period of 88 days. Mercury was first discovered by Assyrian astronomers way back in the 1300’s and is the ruler of both Gemini and Virgo, the 3rd and 6th houses.

Mercury is associated with cerebral activity of a left brained nature in fact he is one of the 2 rulers of the brain and nervous system. When balanced he affords analytical skill and structure based thinking in order to make sense of a phenomenological reality. What we mean here is that Mercury helps us structure and order our experience in a linear fashion. This then gives rise to speech and communication, a way to express and share with others our experience of life through the intellectual thought process. This communication itself creates further knowledge and understanding. When imbalanced he is frenetic, nervous, jumpy or exhausted and overwhelmed unable to make sense of his surroundings and constantly ‘on edge’ or so flat out and numb he is unable to get out of bed and function if that short circuiting has truly taken a hold. We quite often see that slightly agitated nervous or frenetic energy displayed in somebody with prominent Gemini or Virgoan aspects within their chart during a particular transiting aspect or personal challenge of some sort.

What is Mercury retrograde?

In a nutshell retrograde motion can be defined as a planet appearing to be moving backwards in the sky- ‘apparent retrograde motion’. It looks this way as there is a difference in how fast a planet is travelling coupled with how close they are to the Earth on their own path around the sun. This proximity creates the illusion of the other planet slowing down, coming to a standstill (stationary retrograde) and then moving backwards. After a time of moving backwards they once again appear to come to a standstill (stationary direct) then rev up and go on their merry way again. Mercury Retrograde is quite common, occurring roughly 3 times a year for 3 weeks.

There is no hard and set rule as to when and how you will feel the effects of a transiting retrograde. This will be entirely dependent upon the following;

Where in your chart it is moving through: Which house/s is Mercury moving through and which signs rule those houses in your chart? Mercury retrograde will be felt very differently by Gemini in the 6th house compared to Leo in the first for example.

What aspects are being made during this time: Is Mercury travelling over a cusp? Is it aspecting any of your natal planets? All of this will add to the energetic fingerprint of a retrograde period and totally individualize this for you.

Which houses are being traversed and you know, how sensitive you are generally to planetary motion: Different retrograde periods will affect us all differently as we have seen. Interestingly I have noted that those born under a Mercury retrograde seem more able to surf the energy than most which in probability is due to this frequency being an inherent part of their day to day lives though this is not a hard and fast rule at all.

If we take all of this into consideration it is clear that each retrograde is unique to us all just as we are all unique to this planet. Don’t buy what the astrology cook books and social media astro gurus try to sell you. One size does not fit all, it never has done and it never will do. Close examination of your natal energetic fingerprint is the only way to better understand your personal relationship Mercury.

What we can say for sure however is that traditionally there are certain parts of the Mercury retrograde which throw over to us a stronger and more intense energy in a defined pattern or rhythm, this will of course be of the nature of the signs it passes through and filtered for you personally through the lens of your natal chart.

We first encounter the retrograde during the shadow period which is just before Mercury turns stationary retrograde and is passing through the exact degree it will return to when it decides it is done with going backwards and wants to return to its forward motion way of moving. Here our energetic tentacles begin to twitch a little at the change in frequency if we are feeling this particular motion, certainly when it hits its first storm period (as it moves less than 40 minutes per day). When we have our stationary retrograde this is when the energy of the retrograde is quite concentrated, see it like a floodlight sat in the sky beaming out this energy. We are now truly in the realm of the retrograde vibe during which we have the second storm period (seriously though, don’t panic at this term) which is Mercury at it’s slowest during the actual retrograde itself. It then starts to speed up again until we become stationary direct, giving us a final blast of the retrograde horn echoed in the shadow period until it shakes itself off, dusts itself down and thus ends the backwards motion of Mercury.

As alluded to earlier, lots of people genuinely live in fear of this perfectly natural cycle. From a conservative refusal to sign contracts, make big decisions or switch jobs to out and out hiding under the bed until it’s all over we see the retrograde perceived as negative almost superstitious in its undertones. This all has its roots in genuine aspects of retrograde energy but it is also a sadly distorted lens through which to view a very important time of insular growth and renewal. I am making the presumption that if you are here you already have a good grasp on the fear based perspective many share with a Mercury retrograde. Regardless, you don’t need to worry because as far as I am concerned there is a different way we should be looking at the retrogrades entirely and the way it is viewed by many is a sad indictment of imbalance and lack of natural rhythm found within today’s society. Boo.

If mercury retrograde isn’t a period to be feared and cursed what exactly is it?

What we see in this type of transit is a specific state in which data and information of an external nature are specifically relegated in importance to the soul and instead the inner workings and what has been collated thus far are prioritized.

Quite literally the planet of communication, nerves, cerebral activity and mental processes is saying “slow down, stop.” This is a good thing although the experience itself might not necessarily feel comfortable depending upon what it is you are having to revisit and how in touch you are with your inner aspects to begin with, it is a much required internal review. How else do we do that other than drowning out the external noise? Here is the ‘breakdown in communication’ and the going awry people tend to be aware of during this time. It’s actually the disruption of external signals-a deliberate energetic act. Mercury is giving us a helping hand with this.

I feel so often in our harder faster more patriarchal imbalanced society that this reflection time within our inner sacred space is negated and seen as optional- in fact by many an indulgence we are not entitled to. I also think that this is where the distorted lens of the whole retrograde experience of Mercury stems from, it has become demonized by lack of knowledge of the true potential to utilise the ebb and flow of natural universal energetic currents. Divinity and spirituality have been gang pressed into submission, we in turn have become so disenfranchised from our sense of self and autonomy over our own experience on this planet that quite frankly to stop and process as an individual is unacceptable and fear inducing- and doesn’t it just suit ‘the man’ to keep us that way? Hence, Mercury retrograde is very often the scapegoat of a society which is no longer accustomed to a period dedicated to the inner individual world.

The thought of change, particularly that required as part of the retrograde process can be a scary one where our mental structuring is concerned. This is the ordering of life which has kept us safe so far and to change, this would mean a lack of consistency a plunge into the unknown, chaos and confusion? Yes perhaps, but it also offers forward motion (ironically) and a fresh perspective on your life once this assessment and evaluation has taken place. Change IS a scary thing -particularly for individuals with lots of fixed energy in their chart but it is just as necessary an element as established structure and status quo. It is these two dynamics working in tandem which sustains human life and evolution on this planet.

So yes, perhaps your laptop or mobile phone will go haywire during a retrograde (what a fecking cliche though) but do you need that experience? Do you need to be without that form of external communication? Do you need to review when you last upgraded said laptop/mobile phone? What are you being told? Personally, I think Uranus is more likely to interfere here but that’s another story for another day……retrograde energy can take us by surprise particularly if we are ill prepared for the transit but is that not a lesson in itself? In terms of how we attach so readily a sense of security and safety to our outside structured reality that when the rug is pulled we freak out and in actuality our security and grounding needs to come from us and our internal world?

The signing of contracts and initiating new projects under a retrograde gets a tweak in its slant also (revisiting old ones is certainly something to consider). Maybe starting something new isn’t a soul priority when the universal energies are telling you to re assess and review whatever area of your life is under Mercury’s radar? Perhaps to focus solely on that would be preferable before adding more data to your internal world. It doesn’t mean that the sky is going to fall if you have to initiate something new but if it can wait until you’ve enjoyed the natural internal dynamics of Mercury retrograde all the better, certainly given that the volume button on the external world will be put back up to audible levels making communication and digestion of external information clearer and more easier to understand. I am not for one second trying to make every retrograde transit sound like a bed of roses, it isn’t, obviously, as this is life but neither is it a bad omen of ill tidings or any other fatalistic drama. It is a unique time of insular growth, revision and re assessment which, yes, can be startling and surprising as can any other type of transit. I hope you read that in a loud slightly harsh tone all you retrograde nay sayers out there.

In order to maximize the message of Mercury retrograde and the taking of time for your own inner machinations I offer some thoughts. Firstly take time for your time out, have a look at your own chart, your own houses your own planetary positions (or I can do it for you-I’m nice like that) and then see how the energies within the skies match up with it:

Which areas of your life are you being asked to review and revisit? What are the houses being reviewed and who are their rulers in your chart?

Will any important areas in your chart be passed over by Mercury? Key areas such as the north and south node, cusps, ascendant and descendant as well as any natal planetary positions can all receive and react in spectacular fashion to a huge burst of retrograde energy.

I also think its a good idea to pay attention to any recurring or memorable dreams and repeated thought patterns we may not register normally, especially in the shadow period. With the Mercurial energy having a unique slant during the retrograde it can at times play like Jupiter and get all allegorical and metaphorical on us so journaling and meditation or simple deep thunk on these things can also really help us.

As you come out the other side of Mercury retrograde you will in all likelihood have a sense of renewal, internal restructuring and prioritizing which can really lend us some energy and motivation to start afresh in certain areas. You may also feel frazzled and exhausted with a sense of relief and accomplishment or confusion, this too is a valid experience. At the very least a sense of peace and letting go/removal of that which you have had to grapple with can very commonly be felt as Mercury begins to turn direct.

For those of you who physically feel Mercury retrogrades, that invisible weird bubble you’ve been in will pop at this point too. Talking of the physicalities of the retrograde if that is how you experience it, take note of this…. what is going on, are you thirsty? Drink more. Tired? Sleep more. Sensitive? Take alone time. You get the picture, once again Mercury is clearly showing us to take care of our individual world. After all, the external world is a reflection of our internal dynamics. I can’t help but feel that the more in touch with our inner dynamics we are the more we are able to dance cheek to cheek with Mercury through these periods.

Embrace your retrograde, embrace yourself and your innate autonomy over the structural reality of your inner world.