The Full Moon in Aquarius: Consciousness, from Individuation to Awakening

This is an old post. I was surprised to see that I wrote this. The nodal positions are now in Aries/Libra axis. Happy Full Moon Everyone 🙂 I love you all.

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Aquarius Full Moon: Ushering in the New Era

There is a nature to the universe, an order, a unity that is divine. Early scientists had some interest in what they sensed as the divinity of order, and they sought to uncover it. At the Aquarian Full Moon, August 13th, 2011, we come clean to our awareness that there is perfect structure in creation.  We are witnessing within and without this extraordinary epoch of renewal, the unfolding of the universe before us–ever becoming, blossoming, simultaneously as our awareness blooms into space.

In this new era, we will see children differently, having allowed our own inner-children to grow up spiritually, we can allow our children to write their own stories/destinies from day-one. They will be encouraged to teach us by their individual expressions. When we are awakened, “Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish,” Albert Einstein. We will…

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Ananta Swa Bhava – My True Self has No limits or Boundaries

I’m not sure if this means my meditation was productive or a complete waste of time. Either way… I can live in equanimity with my creativity.

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Venus Retrograde: revisiting old flames, loves, and daemons

*Thank you to Alessia -nice to meet you! -who favored a tweet today of this blog post, and by doing so, reminded me me about a blog post I wrote when I had more time and energy for writing and astrology :-)* In honor of Venus Retrograde: Here it is…Cheers.

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“…How I longed to be over there with you…”


Dear Readers,

In lieu of Venus going retrograde, I thought I’d write you a letter and tell you about it. No matter what happens, I want you to know that the goddess of love is even closer to our hearts now than she is at any other time…


Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.” ~Washington Irving


Venus turns and dances backwards on December 21, 2013—she’ll be doing a foxtrot for her winter solstice celebration.  Retrograding just about every 20 months or 1.6777 years, this is not a terribly uncommon style for Venus.  But just because the planet of love is reverting to her former astrological turf in the sign of Capricorn, does not mean that her love shall -in any way- wane.



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New Moon in Cancer: Nourishment in Relationships

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New moon in Cancer 23 degrees squaring MC at 18 degrees 52 minutes Libra.
Transiting North Node is in Libra.

New Moon squaring the nodes in Aries and Libra, and on July 25, 2015 Venus goes retrograde. This lunation is about nourishment in our relationships, and freedom when we need it. Uranus, the liberator, is currently transiting in square aspect to the moon. We also have Mars in the mix, which is really putting the pressure on – it’s so close to this New Moon and Mercury! Also, we’ve got Pluto in Capricorn opposite the New Moon. Everything about this lunation is intense! It can be all about clearing out the dross from our lives, finding what nurtures us – and it’s yet another calling for self-nurture. What brings us security? With Saturn retrograde in Scorpio we need to be clear about our boundaries, especially while we reach deeply into our hearts and pull up more material from what may feel like the ether.

The Sabian Symbol for the new moon is “Cancer 24: A woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south.” According to astrologer Blain Bovee this degree is about “withdrawing to contemplate.” I feel like I can agree with that. I’m also feeling a lot of gratitude for my blogger friends. I found this picture in honor of us; in honor of our joining – how we nurture one another with friendship, space, togetherness, and the loving support of shared interest in learning and exploring.

What I dig about this new moon chart for my location is that its part of fortune is exactly conjunct its ascendant degree. This makes sense because this is the calculation for the part of fortune, which can be applied to any chart, it need not just be a birth chart; though I have not used it in horary:

Day Births: Fortune = Ascendant + Moon – Sun
Night Births: Fortune = Ascendant + Sun – Moon

Coincidentally this new moon chart’s ascendant is within orb of a conjunction to my relocation chart’s ascendant degree. I’ve got the part of fortune in my natal chart in my 11th house in the sign of Capricorn. Working with the vertex (and part of fortune) and checking it against other charts via synastry has been fairly informative to me throughout the years. My natal vertex is in my 7th house conjunct Jupiter. This chart also has Vertex conjunct Jupiter in the 7th house. As far as that goes, my favorite aspect to work with is the conjunction. A New Moon – which is the moon forming a conjunction to the sun, and starting a new cycle – are my favorites. It’s a time of uncertainty… it’s a time of new encounters and for setting intentions.

All the best to you and yours for this new moon in Cancer!


Once upon a time…when film was film

I have experienced so many profound things… and, I never wrote that story. I never became that professional photographer. I never found those words.  I never became the hero that I wanted to be. I couldn’t return to the townships in South Africa and say… Let’s play some music together again. I want to hit that drum with you again – join hands, transcend worlds…

So, here’s something from 2001.

Dear Woman, when the National Press Club notified me that I won the photo contest with your picture, I felt embarrassed. It took me a long time to find that smile you wore – to find it inside myself.

I could not afford to fly and see your image on the wall in the gallery. At the time, I could barely pay my rent. I wanted to see you again, not fly to Washington D.C. I needed the sunset and the sunrise to enter into my heart, just like it did when I could feel the whole jungle wake, as the funny monkeys stirred.

Old times, they do tug at my heart. People who I’ve met and exchanged with in depth of spirit, people on the journey. They moved on; we all just moved on.

Aloha.  Aloha. I love you. You have been in my heart all this time….

Your smile… is like no other I’ve ever seen. Here at Angkor Wat. Here at the temple where I continue to worship. The temple of shadows where smiles are forged from the hearts of connection. Where we don’t need things, or even hands, to smile.

Woman with smile_Angkor Wat

Dear Children, I want to see you free… free and free….

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Overcoming the desire to want everything NOW; Releasing the past

We’ve got the transiting Sun, Mercury, and Mars all in the tropical zodiacal sign of Cancer, and many thoughts and themes are about reminiscing and looking into the past. While I’m currently not writing deep analysis of the astrological themes at work, I am keeping a hand in it, or shall I say more aptly, a feeler out there for it.

In fact, I am ‘living’ it, just like all of you. Every week brings new challenges; and each day is another day to ‘find the fun’ in it. Which brings me to the comfortable, dare-I-say conclusion that:

‘I am here.’

The temptation to dip into the past is a juicy one, each year it can be all the more enticing. Carrying one’s past with them is inevitable, and at the same time, it can be a wonderful, pleasant, momentary respite to just reminisce. Sometimes some of us, we may discover a desire to start anew. Why not? Why not take every opportunity to give a fresh look to your situation, at your moment.

I want to introduce you to: The Sedona Method  I’m not trying to get you to click on the link, but I just wanted to quickly write this post and put it out there, because I want people to benefit from this technique, just like I have benefited. It’s that simple.

May your summer (or winter depending on where you are) days be fun!  If you think this method might be something that will help you, I will file it under ‘meditation,’ so you know where to find it for when, and if, you are ready… I also (and especially) recommend the book by written Hale Dwoskin. That was how I discovered the technique several years ago.

Image 1 credit: meditatecenter

Image 2 credit: Forgiveness butterfly,

Honestly, I want to introduce to all of you: The Sedona Method

Here’s a brilliant song inspired by a friend who reminded me of Toad the Wet Sprocket, and I like it for this post, it wasn’t an old personal “old favorite,” but it certainly fits the transits in the maternal and creative aspect of the sign Cancer: