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EcoAstrology: Gemini-Sagittarius Full Moon
December 6: Full Moon 4:27 AM PST (14º Gemini-Sagittarius)
December 8: Jupiter turns retrograde (23º Leo)
December 14: 6th Uranus-Pluto square (13º Aries-Capricorn); Geminids meteor shower
It is far more powerful to live your truth than to preach it. -- Rasha
All great changes are preceded by chaos. -- Deepak Chopra
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. -- Rabindranath Tagore
December 4, 2014
For many, the coming weeks are extra full with holiday preparations. For all, the Great Awakening continues, challenging each one of us to make an evolutionary leap in consciousness. It is when we are the busiest and most stressed that quiet, meditative, soul time is most important; even a few minutes before you head out the door can make a huge difference in how the rest of your day goes, as well as your life. Meditation strengthens our ability to be present; we make fewer mistakes, and see alternatives more readily. It helps us be in the Now, which is the only place where we have control and can make changes. We concentrate better and are more creative; by going into an inward, receptive state, we can connect with a greater reality, where we can access our intuition and true potentials. We become more self-reliant and self-directed, rather than overly influenced or dependent on others. On a physical level, meditation reduces cortisol levels, increases serotonin, and strengthens the immune system. Life becomes less stressful, more peaceful, and more joyful. Give yourself (and everyone around you) the ongoing gift of connecting with your higher self daily. Lawrence LeShan's book How to Meditate is an excellent resource on the basic types of meditation and their effects. Download Leslie Temple Thurston's beautiful fifteen minute Conscious Awareness Meditation for no charge at this link.
The full moon which peaks on Saturday December 6 at 4:27 AM PST marks yet another crossroads, where the import and consequences of our choices are pivotal. If we like what we see, we can take a quantum leap forward now. If we need to change something in our relationships, job, or living situation, that becomes crystal clear. Sagittarius is the sign of faith, meaning, and truth. What do we believe in? What do we live by? What do we live for?Gemini is the sign of curiosity, intelligence, and communication. Where might we be operating on old assumptions? Where do we need to be open to new information? Where do we need to speak and listen more truthfully?
Several aspects to this full moon highlight the imperative for a spiritual revolution — a dimensional shift in consciousness from duality to unity, from the illusion of separation to the realization of our inherent divinity and interconnectedness. Mercury, the Sun, Ceres, and Venus are all in Sagittarius, supporting our grasping the bigger picture and our role in the grand scheme of things. Mercury, the planet most associated with Gemini, is closely conjunct the Sun and even more closely square Chiron in Pisces, emphasizing that we need not only a change of mind, but a change of heart. Chiron in Pisces teaches that healing comes from surrendering our defenses to truth, forgiveness, and compassion. Squares call for a shift in perspective; otherwise we face endless variations of the same problem. When we perceive and choose from the heart, we are able to evolve from competition to cooperation, from isolation to community, from fear to love.
Most importantly, Uranus and Pluto are approaching their 6th of 7 exact squares on December 14 (12º35' Aries-Capricorn), a vast shift which spans 2012–15. Uranus is known as the Great Awakener, symbolizing freedom and innovation, rebellion and reform. Pluto represents our evolutionary edges, where we face our fears, own our shadow, and ascend into a more unified level of consciousness. In many spiritual traditions, the human body has seven chakras -- subtle energy centers which correspond with different dimensions of consciousness. The 6th chakra is associated with our 'sixth sense'; our ability to perceive realities beyond our five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Uranus is associated with this chakra, representing the higher mind, which is capable of not only logic and deduction but also intuition and metaphysical perception. Uranus transits often correspond with sudden insights and revelations, liberating us from our illusions and attachments; and sometimes, "The truth shall upset you free" (Swami Beyondananda). Uranus square Pluto offers huge transformational tailwinds, springing us from the prison of fear and separation to the freedom of our inherent divinity, wholeness, and unity.
Squares represents turning points, and are most challenging if we are in resistance to change. When we trust our intuition and let go of what's no longer in alignment with our evolution, we take big steps forward on our path. It's interesting that the Geminids meteor shower peaks this year on December 14, with up to 120 meteors per hour possible. These meteors are the remnants of a comet named 3200 Phaethon, some of which have already been visible since November 26 as the Earth passes through the comet's debris stream. Meteors (and comets) have been found to carry water and primitive life forms; these meteor showers may be seeding new life forms on our planet. According to channel Steve Rothers,"All meteors carry life in some way." (www.LightWorker.com).
Our solar system, along with billions of other stars in our Milky Way galaxy, is gravitating toward a gigantic mass in space called the Great Attractor, currently located at 14º Sagittarius. In September, astronomers discovered that our galaxy is part of an even bigger stellar agglomeration, Laniakea — an immense supercluster composed of 100,000 other galaxies, all of which are being pulled toward the Great Attractor and radiating vast amounts of radio waves and other forms of electromagnetic energy. During the peak of this full moon the Sun makes its annual alignment with that quadrant of space, focalizing the tremendous amount of energy radiating from it. Light encodes information; any cosmic body aligning with these super-powerful transmitting sources opens a wormhole (a shortcut in time and space), enabling us to grasp things ordinarily hidden or beyond our field of awareness.
Further increasing our access to greater realities and new possibilities, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system and the ruler of Sagittarius, trines the Sun during this full moon, as does Uranus in Aries, forming a very inspiring and galvanizing grand trine in fire. On December 8, Jupiter stations retrograde at 23° Leo, appearing to move backward until April 8, 2015, when it turns direct at 13° Leo (Jupiter once again reaches 23º Leo on July 6, 2015). While retrograde, Jupiter facilitates letting go of limited beliefs. In Leo, Jupiter magnifies both our ego and our essence, so we can more easily discern the difference between who we have been programmed to be, and who we really are. What were you born to do? What were you born to be? Jupiter's passage through Leo adds to the evolutionary pressure of the Uranus-Pluto square to listen to our heart and choose from love rather than fear.
Take time around this full moon, and each day, to check your spiritual compass. Ask yourself often: Is the best use of my time and energy right now? What assumptions am I making that may not be true? What are alternative possibilities? Remember: "You are not naked when you take off your clothes. You still wear your religious assumptions, your prejudices, your fears, your illusions, your delusions. When you shed the cultural operating system, then, essentially you stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche…and it's from that position, a position outside the cultural operating system, that we can begin to ask real questions about what does it mean to be human." (Terence McKenna)
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Stephanie Austin M.A. is a full time astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, visit www.EcoAstrology.com.
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December 6, 2014: Turning Your Holidays into Holy Days with Andrew Harvey here.
Balancing The Brain & The Power of Choice -- fascinating interview with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor at this link.
There's a New Mainstream Out There -- and You're Probably Part of It by Dianne Collins here.
Science Proves That We Are All Connected by Richard Samson at this link.