Strong Book Recommendation (SBR)- my new acronym:

Hello all,

I’m in the thick of a great book – i read a lot of great books, all of the time… (as do you, I’m sure!) but this one made me want to get to word out very quickly to everyone in reach.  It’s perfect for Zone living or flow living (several authors have been writing about flow) – anyways being involved in a number of paradigms (and fields of influence), while having been in the cross-roads of many of them, and weaving together my own tapestry of wholistic thought and practice, well; it has taken a lot of investment on my part to acquire, open my mind, and then to integrate and share my sources in the networked brain language way that is uniquely me. This book I am bringing forward in mid-stream, haven’t integrated any of it yet (okay, maybe some) – when I took my first leap in 2007.

Anyways, without further ado: I strongly recommend those who are wishing to expand – to read: The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks

When I first encountered Gay and Katie Hendricks, it was in one of those emails I signed up for several years ago – when my consciousness expansion was rounding a new corner. I probably listened to one of the free web-conferences when they were just budding into a field of opportunity that many are still capitalizing on.

Anyways,

I’m still working on photographs (in my mind), astrology updates (in the ethereal, too), and going back into my deep dive – pulling a swan dive for this one, so I have to really work on my physical body to get that grace and elegance flowing and ready to be channeled….

Love you all!

Ka

 

P.S. I’d like to add that this book is a good recommendation for the Mars/Pluto conjunction that is currently taking place in Capricorn. I have (Mars/Pluto) natally in Libra (a nice square for me – even ‘extra’ pressure to ‘transform’) and for me is works well with this book – that 12th house is all about the unconscious…. this book is all about (the rest of the title): “Conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level.” Anyways, I believe that no matter where in your chart is the Mars/Pluto conjunction that we are all experiencing… this book will help you get past what Gay call’s your (ULP) – Upper Limit Problem.

Scarab Beetle with Wings

http://www.universeofsymbolism.com/scarab-symbolic-meaning.html

Yesterday, at Balboa Park, I was greeted by an interesting type of flying Scarab beetle.

During our somewhat brief interaction, I went into a position with my arms out, as though I was being smudged with sage before a ceremony. It even took a couple of passes across the length of my body and around my heart chakra. SO COOL!!!! How do those little wings hold up that big, green, sparkling body?! The energy of it felt wonderfully soothing, there wasn’t a touch of fear in my body. Otherwise, a big, buzzing bug, that seemed to arrive out of nowhere, might startle me.

I had some computer trouble this past week, and car trouble; so the computer didn’t get resolved yet. I’m also looking at a loss of files. This was classic Mercury retrograde (and we’re still in it!). Natal Moon and Mercury in Cancer, and a Jupiter and Saturn in Virgo- plus the “more-or-less-there” grand cross activates my personal planets –especially my natal Moon square Pluto. Not to mention the Chiron retrograde at the Solstice, and my natal 3rd house (Mercury/Gemini) Chiron. I haven’t been able to practice my Chinese since my laptop firmware issue – the Apple Manufacturing defect required them to wipe everything – that I only partially backed up, due to perceived time constraints. See my former Mercury retrograde article. I’ll come back and edit this article eventually.

Meanwhile… amazingly awesome and mystical encounters…allow me to know that I am

 

 

http://www.universeofsymbolism.com/scarab-symbolic-meaning.html

Moon trine Pluto in the Earth Signs: Dig? How deep?

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It was in the process of attempting to write a new blog post for Fiesta Estrella a couple of days ago, when I realized I need to write a book. So, I am. I’ve recently begun this awesome task, and I’m letting it lead me. It requires some level of unearthing the tap root. This is quite like current planetary configuration’s theme.

Moon trine Pluto in the Earth signs: finding the root of the situation

A few keywords about what the moon represents:

nurturing, the past, the emotional body, unconscious, feminine

A few keywords about what Pluto represents:

Occult, resurrection, unearthing depth, psychology, transformation

With the moon in Virgo we have a chance to analyze the depths of things, gain deeper awareness about our physical health, and perhaps even tap into the root of our psyche with regard to our relationships (Pluto conjunct Venus). Venus is also in Capricorn, and in trine with the moon, so I consider them buddies.  Other possibilities could be a time where we can gain deep insight (Pluto) into our finances and our spending habits.  Virgo also is a supportive sign (it likes to help others, and be of service) so maybe this also a time where we are more aware of our contribution, our need to make a contribution, or our need to impact the bottom-line (Pluto) in Capricorn (business) and in Virgo (human concerns). What is the health of our finances, and could this be related to the depth of our relationships? Pluto asks us to go deeper into things—and rarely will leave any stone unturned.

You never know what may turnip?

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Sometimes this energy can be frightening to people because the Plutonian urge can be experienced as compulsive or intense (Scorpios should be very familiar with this energy, as Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio).  Also with Pluto is a marked capacity for resilience, not entirely unlike Capricorn, the sign Pluto has been currently residing.  The difference in Scorpio/Pluto (from Capricorn) is the depth. Capricorn relates to systems of all kinds, crystallized methods and processes. In the face of Plutonian transformation, this can leave one feeling on the verge of death—usually in terms of ‘psychological deaths.’ As one door closes and another door opens, the saying goes. This is the understanding that change and transformation is just another type of birth, or doorway to walk through. Transformation is also a re-organization of essential energies.

Photocredits:

For the shovel, is from a wonderful blog post (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/04/the-eight-types-of-shovels-everyone-should-know/) by Andrew Tarantola about “The 8 types of shovels everyone should know.”

For the turnip goes to Niki Jabbour, a blogger who writes about her adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener. She’s working on her second book, check her out at: http://yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.com/2011/02/you-say-rutabaga-i-say-turnip.html There you will find more images of turnips. The images, she says, “…are some of my beloved Hakurei turnips that mature in just 38 days!”

New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day: Constructing the New Earth

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“The pottery wheel is symbolic of what he builds his ambitions on. When he feeds it a lot (“colossal” amounts) of clay, he is being ambitious.” Image and quote from Aesop Rock Lyrics page @ rapgenius.com

As I look forward to this New Year 2014, I know I am not alone. I know that there’s this whole blogging universe of conscientious people.  As I read many blogs in the blog-o-sphere, I begin to notice that I can relate to a lot of writers in ways I hadn’t even realized. It’s true; I feel most connected with those who are on a spiritual journey, especially in the context of many lifetimes, serving humanity from places of much personal and spiritual exploration.

I feel SO connected to all these beautiful-hearted people, who just like me, are sharing a bit of their experience, knowledge, and inspiration!  I see some really beautiful things happening with many co-creators who are acting from source. It’s SO exciting.

As we move into 2014, and I look at the Cardinal Cross pattern in the sky on the new moon date, January 1, 2014. I feel very much encouraged to see a time period of much forward momentum and tremendous creativity.  I feel so grateful to be part of this evolving consciousness here on Gaia – and it’s only going to get better.  These patterns are calling for dynamic change. Changes will be very purposeful as the cardinal signs indicate direction, and the grand squares, act to send us on our way…making and creating our new earth.

January mentionables:

This month has 3 different lunations. The new moon on January 1, 2014, in Capricorn, the full moon January 15, 2014 in Cancer, and the new moon on January 30, 2014 in Aquarius; all these dates are based on PST.  Throughout the new moon and the full moon Jan 1-15, there will be a cardinal cross pattern (since this occurs on New Year’s Day, this pattern sets the tone for the whole year).

If you’ve noticed the need to clean your closets, and dig deep within your relationships for the real substance, Pluto has been particularly active; with transits to Uranus and Venus, and now with the new moon on January 1st conjunct Pluto.

“Unless there’s an underlying attractor pattern, nothing can be experienced,” says Hawkins in Power vs. Force. This is a reminder while Pluto shows us our shadow side. It’s often something we project onto others – so whatever sticks, and is bothering you externally, is likely to be a part of your own psyche or energy field.

I feel like I have savvy readers and they know much of that already.

By the new moon on January 30, in Aquarius, the square between Mars and Jupiter weakens, but Venus will be conjunct Pluto, opposing Jupiter. The solstice Venus retrograde is still an active theme until the 31st. As an astrologer, I feel like I’m growing bored talking about the Uranus square Pluto transit, and I’m looking forward to the last exact square to end this pattern, March of 2015. In the meantime, we still have it active in 2014. On the super plus side, Pluto is *really* helpful with deep healing. Pluto will clear out anything that needs to see the light – and help cleanse that etheric body.

My favorite period to work with intention is a New Moon. This is potentially because I was born under a balsamic moon phase (the phase right before a new moon).  I find that the new moons are the times where silent energy patterns are woven and we are most able to affect and direct our affairs by setting intentions.  Since traditionally many will be thinking about their New Year’s resolutions at this time, I see us potentially having a more *conscious* new year – all the better for our new earth creation!

Wow! I’m just so excited and looking forward to seeing this marvelous potential play out. Each one of us is here on earth at this time to bring with us the vibrations of all that we are and have ever been. When I connect with a client, a lot of times it is about understanding that we are not here to predict the fate of our lives without sincere consideration for how our actions and expectations shape our realities. It’s imperative that we recognize our power and act accordingly. There’s something unique and purposeful here for each one of us; we are all contributors and are contributing to this new earth. Let’s be mindful and clear about it (smiley face).

So, here are my New Year wishes for you:

Have a deliciously mindful New Year, experiencing and cultivating much creativity.  Find times to reward yourself, but work consciously.  Relax and experience the satisfaction of knowing that you are already beautifully manifested, and are a necessary co-creator of the new earth—that we continuously sculpt from our actions and intentions. We are blessed to be equipped with freewill, foresight, and hindsight!  Om Nama Sivaya

November 17, 2013, Taurus Full Moon, Relationships, Art

 

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Image credits:  Candlelight and Wine, by Ralph Hocker, Acrylic ― 11″ x 14″ www.sevenlivelyartists.com/hocker.html

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ARIADNE, VENUS AND BACCHUS BY TINTORETTO (1518-1594)

“Beautiful colors can be bought in the shops on the Riato, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist’s talent with patient study and nights without sleep.”   ~ Tintoretto   (such is the tenacity of Saturn and the depth of Pluto, influencing this full moon)

As I sit to write about the full moon in Taurus on November 17, 2013 PST at 7:16am and UT 15:16, I’m savoring some wonderful aspects. Mercury is trine Neptune after just turning direct in the sky on the 11th, providing forward momentum in the mental clarity department. Mercury and Neptune are conjunct the North Node (the future direction), and so some of the fog and uneasiness of the solar eclipse experience is lifting. Also, Neptune will be turning direct on the 14th of the month—bringing some “AHA” moments and spiritual insights during a time of continued dramatic and dynamic change (Uranus square Pluto).

*Sigh* Taurus is an energy for sensuality.  It is the experience of the material world of the senses, of the sounds, of tastes, the smells, and the touches. It is the ability to savor a thing or two.

Sure, we still have Saturn conjunct the Sun, keeping us busy working and keeping us from indulging too much (Taurus). Saturn is, however, sending super-friendly trine vibes to Pluto/Venus (which are currently side-by-side), Jupiter, and Mars at the full moon. I try to remind everyone that Saturn isn’t “the bad guy.” In this case, Saturn is still keeping things strong while other planetary actors are involved in some ruckus. Whenever Venus is aspected like it is, relationships are effected.In this case, it looks like relationships are being re-arranged. With Venus square Uranus, the keyword is WEIRD.

Huge transformations in the relationships department–not just romantic, these are transformations that are long overdue and likely to be long-lasting.  Mars in Virgo is where to put the energy, into exercise, work, and analysis. Virgo symbolizes the mentality, using discretion and clarity. It is also an earth sign which goes so nicely with our earthy Taurus full moon. One way or another, this full moon will stir your senses to eat, decorate, and/or make love. ~maybe even desire chocolate 🙂 Taurus (by itself) is a lazy energy, a slow moving and reliable sort of settle-down-and-get-cozy, energy. It’s a good time to write poetry, enjoy music, savor good cooking, and take in all the smells of autumn…

Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, November 3, 2013: Aglow in the Dark

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In astrology a solar eclipse is considered stronger than a new moon. It is still a new moon though, and has similar astrological meaning in the sense that it is about planting a seed for something new, for something yet to come. Historically, a solar eclipse brought fear, especially in areas where it is can be seen, for temporarily there is an obscuring of one body of light in the presence of another. Not just any light, but that of the sun: the most necessary and important light of all. Eclipses generally corresponded to big events and turning points in people’s lives – not unlike a rite of passage. Also, astrologically speaking, eclipses have a wider range of impact than a new or full moon, and can be felt up to a week or more before and after the eclipse date. I’ve heard astrologers quote longer time periods as well.

This solar eclipse is taking place in the sign of Scorpio. The sign that has everything to do with espionage and subterfuge, maybe this is why we have a lot of news right now internationally regarding the spying that the U.S. has been doing. 

The Sabian Symbol for Scorpio 12 is, “an official embassy ball.” According to Nicholas Devore’s, Encyclopedia of Astrology this is a degree of business. Well, perhaps this is a ball by sheer number, not so much celebratory. It definitely points to a lot of movement among international dignitaries, not too cheery.

What strikes me about this solar eclipse chart is the series of trines (120 degrees) which show a lot of zippy energy into the Scorpio Eclipse (Sun/Moon). This sort of aggrandizes, or jacks up what’s happening here in the sign of the scorpion. Also, Jupiter, the planet of abundance is also a symbol for pomp and regalia –he will be retrograding on November 7th, introverting any assumed air of entitlement.

The Neptune-involved T-square aspect at the full moon in Taurus on November 17, communicates back to this Solar eclipse that there’s something removed from reality about the Neptune in Pisces trine sun/moon conjunction in Scorpio. There’s a bit of shock about it all, or confusion about “why’s this happening?” Some ideal is being unmet, or unseen. There’s some muddy water surrounding it, illusions (Neptune). More will be revealed at the Full Moon, or at least, what’s going on will become clearer then. Neptune undraws lines. But, lines will still be drawn.

Saturn is conjunct the Sun during this solar eclipse on the 3rd. Themes of father, fatherhood, authority, the establishment, and constraints on time come up. There is also awareness of discipline needed to reach goals and navigate intensity surrounding the eclipse. This is Saturn speaking to those well-trained. Otherwise, it’s like black paint’s been smeared all over your new blueprints – push-back onto old habits and structures. Perhaps the new blueprints aren’t ready until they are fully tested. Like, how well did you have them memorized? Can you redo them?

Yod

Another notable aspect of the solar eclipse chart is Uranus’s yod Aspect. A yod is also referred to as the “finger of god,” and it sometimes gets distinction with astrologers as an “aspect of fate.” Essentially what it is is an arrow pointing to one planet that marks it as the point of adjustment between two other planets, which form quincunxes (150 degrees) to it. The two planets are sextile (60 degrees) to each other. So, taking all 3 points together, it looks like a long, skinny piece of pie. The tip of the pie, the part that would touch the pie’s center, that’s where the yod points to –the adjustment point.

In this case, in the solar eclipse chart, you have Uranus in Aries at the adjustment point. Mars in Virgo (point 1) and the Sun/Moon eclipse (point 2) both quincunx Uranus in Aries (point 3). Generally speaking, let’s look at the U.S. healthcare plan. The website for the healthcare program (Mars in Virgo) needs a lot of work if it’s going to revolutionize (Uranus) how individuals get insurance coverage (Scorpio deals with the insurance stuff, and loans, and taxes). In fact, the key to making this whole new healthcare system work is the internet/technology (Uranus) facilitating its start (Aries). The yod (the finger of god) points to Uranus.

The “Finger of God” aspect sounds pretty dramatic when taken by itself, but there are bigger or longer patterns in effect. Uranus is involved in the ‘Uranus square Pluto’ transit lasting until 2015, which is part of the larger Uranus/Pluto cycle which started with the conjunction back in 1966.

Uranus/Pluto

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto. Pluto continues to be in and out of exact square aspect with Uranus up until 2015, with another exact square on November 1, 2013, 3:30 PDT (Rx Uranus in Aries @ 9’26’’ and Pluto Direct at 9’26’’ Capricorn). The history of this Uranus/Pluto cycle began with the conjunction of the planets on January 7, 1966. That’s when Uranus and Pluto were side by side, in the sign of Virgo. We are talking about a 138 year Uranus/Pluto cycle here, ending at the beginning of the next one, in 2104 in the sign of Taurus. What we are currently experiencing is a square. A square is a tough aspect, it creates friction, hardship, and requires some creativity, some testing. We’re dealing with the square part of the cycle for about 4 years, from 2012-2015. Personally, I prefer a square to the quincunx. The quincunx looks like nothing is happening but the energy is all frustrated (which can run amok). With the square, at least something is happening, there are sparks, and it’s creative.

A solar eclipse in the sign that is ruled by Pluto is gonna bring on this pattern with greater potency, especially since an exact square of Uranus/Pluto is within 2 days of the Scorpio Eclipse. This should make for a very interesting and particularly ghoulish Halloween. Have some fun with it. Dress up like your alter ego or something, bring some levity and some treats, everyone will appreciate that. Be careful with the caramel in the candied apple – that could ruin some teeth!

Breakthrough

Scorpio is all about the urge to merge. But it’s also the kind of energy that wants to destroy itself, to get so entirely consumed with the intensity of the object of desire that it transforms its own very essence. This is Scorpio’s gift: transformation. This is really about the phoenix rising from the ashes, something so innate, where purging is the process that brings growth; it’s the dark and sometimes ugly stuff that really, really creates the fuel for the happy, pretty things in life.

I see a lot of breakthroughs in this solar eclipse not the kind of outward progress than can be seen in the news, but the kind of under-the-layers (Scorpio) unseen breakthroughs.
There’s a small theme that starts now with Mars in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces, looking ahead at the full moon in Taurus on November 17, I see that Mars in Virgo will get some kind of props for a job well done. For those who assert (Mars) themselves in assisting others (Virgo) to help get things in order, to develop practical methods for actualizing Neptune (ideals, utopia). In Virgo, being “right” is relinquished for being truly helpful. Utilize reasoning rightfully now.

I said this before with Saturn’s presence and since the planet is such a major player (the ruler of Pluto occupied Capricorn right now, and conjunct solar eclipse), it’s still very valid. Maintain the focus, keep the discipline, and use the quickly flowing, uninterrupted trine energy to release some pressure valves in your life. Find protected areas to blow off some steam, and channel any mobilized energy into financial and joint pursuits. Consider your insurance policies carefully, and order your affairs. Basically, Scorpio helps us look deeply –I mean to look really deeply into just about, well, Anything…even into things apparently ‘not there.’