“We live in stressful times and are bombarded daily with bad news. In contrast, how little we hear of the trend of tremendous good that is being done, the trend of compassionate, generous humanitarian action that is occurring on the planet. Here’s some good news: we have the power to unlock ourselves in this very instant, to drop the cell phone, the earplugs, the ear receiver, and just for a while, sit still and simply be. Not be someone, but just rest in our pure being….”
“Right now on the ground where you now stand, dare to unhook form all the complaining, excuses, projections onto others, blaming—all the rackets that we run in order to cope with life. It is absolutely within our ability to rejuvenate, regenerate, and resurrect ourselves. When we see or hear about others who have transcended their individual challenges, we can be confident that they have first transcended they tyranny of trends by beholding a deeper dimension of their innermost core.”
~Michael Bernard Beckwith from Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential
“Many of the things people do for other people are for the purpose of receiving love in exchange. You may have been taught that love was something you had to earn through your good behavior and through fulfilling other people’s needs. You may have trouble setting boundaries with others, thinking that to do so might hurt their feelings or push away their love. If you think love comes to you only when you earn or deserve it, it is time to experience the magnetic quality of soul love.”
“Reflect on your relationship with the person you have selected to soul link with. Are you working hard to earn this person’s love, doing things you do not truly want to do? Are you being pulled between doing what you think the other person wants you to do, so that this person will love you, and fulfilling your own goals, aspirations and soul’s directions? What do you think this person might do, or how might this person feel, if you stop doing the things you’re doing to earn love?”
“Sense your heart center, filled with your soul’s magnetic love. It is not what you say or do; it is the love that is the essence of your being that draws people to you and keeps them with you. Fill your heart center with your soul’s love. Soul link and radiate the magnetic quality of love to the person you have chosen. Feel how magnetic your love is to receiving love in return.”
“Translate your soul connection into a statement that defines for you the new way you were going to think about this relationship. You might say something such as, ‘I offer you soul love. Is the most important gift I can give you. I now magnetize the highest and best of our relationship has to offer.’”
“…Feel the difference between being magnetic to love and working hard for love. When you magnetize love you stay in the center of your being and in touch with your soul. Love flows out from you and draws love to you. You do not send your awareness out to others to anticipate their needs and moods so you can then behave in certain ways to gain their love.”
“When you are magnetic to love you stop doing things you do not want to do so others will love you. Instead you do things that are loving to yourself. When you’re magnetic to love you’re not dependent upon one person as your source of love; you can receive love from anywhere and everywhere. You are serene because you know you can experience an abundance of love by radiating soul love that magnetizes love in all of its forms and expressions to you.”
The quiet miracle of love is that without our interference, it, like water, accepts whatever is tossed or dropped or placed into it, embracing it completely.”
“Of course, we are human and are easily hurt if not loved back or if loved poorly. But we waste so much of life’s energy deliberating who and what shall be worthy of our love when in the deepest elemental sense, these choices are not in our province, anymore than rain can choose what it shall fall upon.”
“Certainly we need to make decisions: Who will I spend my time with? Who will I learn from? Who will I live with? Who will I marry? But beneath all that, the element of love doesn’t stop being elemental. It does not stop covering everything before it. And over a lifetime, the pain of withholding this great and quiet force is more damaging than the pain of being rejected or loved poorly.”
“For love, like water can be dammed, but toward what end?”
“In truth, the more we let love flow through, the more we have to love. This is the inner glow that sages and saints of all ages seem to share: the wash of their love over everything before them; not just people, but birds and rocks and flowers and air.”
“Beneath the many choices we have to make, love, like water, flows back into the world through us. It is the one great secret available to all. Yet somewhere the misperception has been enshrined that to withhold love will stop hurt. In truth, it is the other way around. As water soaks scars, love soothes our wounds.”
“If opened up to, love will accept the angrily thrown stone, and our small tears will lose some of their burn inthe great ocean of tears, and the arrow released to the bottom of the river will lose its point.”
~Mark Nepo from The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
New Moon Blissings
“The Gemini New Moon on June 8 creates a springboard for fresh ideas, inspired action and making new connections. You have an outstanding opportunity to socialize, network and have fun. You are to share your ideas, vision and passion. You are a powerful creator. You create with your thoughts, words and behavior.”
“You don’t get what you want in life. You get what you believe. You deserve the best in life. Believe it. Live it. Raise your vibration. The energy you give out–are the results you get.”
“Gemini’s ruling planet is Mercury, the messenger. Mercury is traveling though the sign of Cancer at the New Moon. Mercury is reminding you to think with your heart. Your feelings are your guidance system. Feelings tell you what is truly going on in each moment. Feelings guide you to your right choices, right life path and right relationships.”
“Mercury is forming a powerful ‘T-square’ to Uranus and Pluto at the New Moon. On the one hand, Mercury can offer you a flash of insight, surprising realizations and brilliant breakthroughs. On the other hand, watch out for scattering your energy and overtaxing your nervous system.”
“Do not allow other people to talk you into things that are not right for you. You can be a detective and cut through the superficial to find the truth for yourself. The truth will set you free, especially when followed by empowered action. Truth frees you from the illusions of this world. You were born to be free.”
“The Gemini New Moon is a gateway to evaluate what is holding you back from realizing your dreams. In the new energy paradigm, don’t wait for the money to come before you start a new business, go to school, and/or change your life. You must take action first. Put your plans in motion, and the money will come as result of your initiative. Results come from inspired action—you act as if you already have what you want.”
“… In Gemini, it is easy to say the right things people want to hear. However, we want be in our integrity when speaking and making promises. We want to be honest and sincere.”
“…The Gemini New Moon provides us with the opportunity to play, spread our wings and fly…So, your days may be long, you may work hard and play hard. Yet, you can be so busy you forget to take time for yourself. You want to make time to play, have fun and see the lighter side of life. Focus on what is working for you. Focus on the positive in your life.”
“If something is not working, rework it, or let it go. In challenging situations and/or a crisis, ask yourself: ‘What would I do if I loved myself?’ Whatever the answer is for you, trust it. Follow your answer with inspired action.“
© Copyright 2013 ~ Kelley Rosano All Rights Reserved
From the insighful Cathy Pagano from her Wisdom of Astrology:
“Gemini deals with the Mind, how we use it and how it uses us. It’s time to align our behavior and perceptions with our inner values and truth. If you value honesty, then be honest in all your dealings, especially with yourself. Don’t turn away from the truth—both light and dark—of who you are. Gemini is mutable enough to accept all of you. Then you have to know what you value and live accordingly.”
“Gemini is concerned with exploring your immediate environment, communicating with those around you and learning to understand how the world works..When the Sun is in Gemini, we are preparing to engage in the world as summer approaches and our projects take form. Who do you need to talk to about your projects or issues? Coaches are helpful; friends are helpful when you actually listen to them! But having someone to bounce your ideas off of will be very helpful this month. With Gemini, two heads are better than one!”
“Gemini is the sign of the Twins and as such it also reflects the opposites of feminine and masculine, female and male, intuition and logic. How do we come into a harmonious relationship with our inner Beloved as well as our outer Beloved? How do we get our intuition and our logic to work together? Don’t fall back on behavior that includes accusations, criticism or too much talking that goes nowhere.”
“This New Moon energy wants you to plant new intellectual seeds, seeds that offer you new ways to perceive your world and your relationships. When you change your limiting thoughts, you change your behavior. To really change your whole attitude, you need to change the story going on in your unconscious. That’s where Mercury the psycho-pomp can help. Listen to your dreams now and then work with them to understand their hidden messages.”
“When you program your Mind for change, you have to get to the root story you’re actually living in. If you live in a story of fear, perhaps you need to look at what it is you’re really afraid of. Usually, it’s not what you think. It’s time to do some spring cleaning of your mind! Clean out the cobwebs and get rid of old beliefs that no longer serve you…”
“This New Moon is in a frustrating, quirky relationship with the Scorpio North Node, making us vulnerable to changing opinions and ideas about our future goals. Since Gemini is open to all options, we sometimes experience this as being indecisive or wishy-washy. So see if you can unite your mind and heart in a soulful way and you’ll find your future.”
© Copyright 2013 ~ Cathy Pagano All Rights Reserved
From the wonderful Sarah Varcas from her Astro-Awakenings:
“…the contact this Moon desires is that of one open mind to another, not the contact of one headstrong ego to another with a subsequent battle to clarify who’s right and who’s wrong. This is contact which recognises we all have thoughts, feelings, beliefs and opinions which make perfect sense to us at the time we have them, no matter how they may appear to anyone else. Everyone has their story and their understanding of what life’s about. We can all justify our views on the things that matter to us, even when those views are in direct opposition to someone else who can just as readily justify their position.”
“So what does this Moon want of us? She wants us to stop, just for a moment, and remember that each of us lives within our own story, our own drama, out of which we fashion our lives and until we can bring a compassionate awareness to that fact we may miss the clues in someone else’s words or behaviour that say ‘Underneath all this anger I’m in pain or fear’; ‘Behind this arrogance I’m terrified’; ‘I don’t listen because I fear what you may have to say’. It can be a real challenge to listen in this way, to experience the deeper truth beneath someone’s words, especially when those very words arouse anger, objection or bitterness within us. We are all of us trapped within a labyrinth of thoughts, feelings and associations from the past, but the more we can step outside of them even just for a moment, to listen with pure awareness to the words of another, the more likely we are as a global community to eventually come together in a state of peace and understanding.”
“This New Moon seeks that very peace. She sees the barriers to it and offers a helping hand to those who want to step over or break them apart rather than stop at them and hurl stones across. She encourages us now, in the theatre of our everyday lives as much as on the world stage, to listen to the truth behind the words, both our own and other peoples’, remembering that suffering is born of suffering and peace is born of peace. And if each of us can, just for a moment, bring a compassionate awareness to an exchange which would previously have been one of conflict and discord, seeds of peace are planted which can, in due course, grow into a collective harvest of healing and unity.”
© Copyright 2013 ~ Sarah Varcas All Rights Reserved
And finally from astrologer Pat Liles from ThePowerPath.com:
“Mercury is in Cancer at New Moon so what we will most want to communicate are our feelings and emotional needs, and we will be able to listen and receive others (the receptive aspect of communication). Mercury is in exact position to directly oppose Pluto and square Uranus forming a T-square…”
“So some evolving and disruption is definitely going on at the personal levels as well as collective levels, and Mercury now in Cancer is helping to shift our thinking/communicative function to our feeling-centered self. Our emotional bodies will answer our questions, show us where we need to be if we can open and acknowledge our receptive channels. With Pluto/Uranus involved, we might be letting the truth come to light on something we’ve been holding deep in the recesses of our emotional holding tank. Telling the truth about our needs will free us to move along the path we need to go.”
“Earlier in the week, Mercury completed a Grand Trine in water signs with the slower moving Saturn and Neptune (in 5º Scorpio/Pisces). Now Venus is in that position. Water Grand Trine will give us access to the feminine, receptive, fluid, intuitive aspects of our nature. Oh Happy Day! We need that respite from the driving period of growth we have just experienced in the past month-long eclipse period.”
“We’re in for an extended period of ease and grace now introduced by Mercury and Venus each moving through the degrees that form the Grand Trine, but by the last week of June, the Sun will take up that position just before expansive, generous Jupiter changes sign to Cancer and moves in to trine position for practically the whole month of July.”
“A Grand Trine provides experience with being in sync with the ‘flow of life’. You may feel like you are unfocused and can’t get things done, but that’s just the point. Going with just what comes up without resistance or ideas about what YOU think should be happening is a good practice for all of the caffeine-fueled, list makers among us.”
“Give Spirit some room to provide you with just what you need. Just be clear on your path and about what you want to create and experience how Spirit provides for you. Enjoy a good cosmic laugh on yourself as you watch yourself ‘pushing the river’. Play more, drift, let your imagination have its way with you, relax! This communion with the feminine aspects of life will serve us well as we enter a more volatile fall season.”
“More subtly, there is a second Grand Trine in evidence made up of South Node in the power sign of Scorpio, Vesta, ruler of the sacred temple hearth, and Chiron, healer and teacher – all in water signs. This suggests a path for finding and releasing our feminine power by acknowledging the Sacred Feminine in ourselves, our planet, our partners and bringing healing and renewal back to this ancient vein that has been underground for thousands of years. The Grand Trines are linked through Mercury, so be ready to receive the message and The Messenger.”
“Grand Trines aren’t known for their dynamic energy, only their easeful nature. The Pluto/Uranus square that is on-going 2012-2015 is just the needed tension and reminder that we are in a major cultural shift period. Although Jupiter in Cancer at 5º will be creating beneficial positive effects in July, by the time it moves to 11º in mid August, it will be creating a potentially volatile T-square with Pluto/Uranus. So practice and strengthen acceptance, forgiveness and love for all that arises and dissipates before you.“
The craving we see for pornography today perhaps reflects a deeper need. A longing for initiation into the secrets of the subtle body and Kundalini’s activation and ascent- ways to take the activated energy into all aspects of our being and integrate our ecstasy.
The first thing the Goddess shows us is to approach everything from the heart. If your heart is open and filled only with love, it is a good magnet to draw the energy to it and so flood the body with sublime sensation. Without that, the sexual stimulous and release is but a reaction, a spasm of muscles, a ‘getting off’, but not really ‘getting on’. On the beam, in the zone, to feel and be part of the great ecstasy of creation. I believe that grand connection is what the longing is really about, and we are accepting ‘first level’ substitutes because there isn’t anything better. But there could be, Goddess Tantra is here to make it happen.
It is a wholistic approach that provides ways and means for an individual to live their whole life as a dynamic process of spirituality in action. It embraces everything and puts no limitation on human potential. That makes it very exciting. It does, however, put a strong emphasis on the accessing and channeling of libidinous energy, for that is our root, core energy of creation, the same energy that can become enlightened revelation. Tantra deals with powerful energies, you need rocket fuel if you want to reach the stars.
‘Kundalini’ comes from the root word ‘kunda’, meaning ‘pool’. It is the primal pool of liquid fire within each one of us. To access our own inner resource of ‘free energy’, Goddess Tantra courts and seduces the goddess within. Awakened Kundalini will not only impact your sex life in a dynamic way, she will infuse everything in your life with vibrancy, more joy, more bliss. You will feel more awake, more alive in general. There is an element of surrender necessary for any tantric practitioner, surrender of the self and all its holdings to the illuminated goddess within. The ego and all its limitations need to step aside and let Kundalini take control. And if you understand that the energy is not separate from you, but lies within you, then what is to fear in losing control?
Some of the basic principles of Goddess Tantra as it pertains to the yoga of joining with Kundalini:
Love your body as your Temple. It is both physical – the flesh and its senses, and subtle – the immortal body of light.
A divine goddess lives within you who is both erotic bliss and enlightened consciousness. Do all you can to make your temple her suitable abode.
See all your existence as various forms of making love. Open your heart to everything.
Develop the mental atmosphere conducive to divine encounters. Replace negative thought forms with positive new programs. Release old holdings and emotional patterns by going straight to source and surrendering to your inner goddess. Empower her with all the deepest aspirations of your soul.
Know that the goddess within you is a part of the Great Goddess of all creation. If fears arise as energies are released, call to Her with all your heart and she will bring you all you need.
Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.
Tonight’s Full Moon in Libra will synchronize with climaxes, resolutions, and confirmations within the realm of relationships that all work to establish peace, justice, equality, and solidarity. Some relationships will not survive because they are so grossly imbalanced and because their time has come to end. Many of us will receive confirmations about significant others in our dreams, God’s way of reassuring us in His mysterious way.
Under this moon’s brilliant light we are wise to assess the health of our life relationships, weigh them justly for imbalances, and strive to make personal changes which welcome greater levels of harmony and trust into our lives. Those who are adverse to the Libran virtues will experience endings, losses, and hardships. As our connections with other people are re-balanced we should deepen bonds with those with whom we resonate or with whom have been proven.
Of special mention is the fact that the universe thrives on the equal exchange of energy. An excellent point of contemplation tonight is on this very truth. Do I give as I receive? Do I give so that I may receive? Am I just in my dealings? Am I biased or objective in my handling of scenarios? Do I interface as well as I could with other people? Do I keep to my commitments or promises? These are all timely and important questions to meditate on tonight.
In Libra, the domain of dispute and controversy, we contend with open enemies. Under this Full Moon many decisions and resolutions will come forth to settle turbulent matters. Some will be shocked because of the upsets without realizing that from a higher level, they are lacking in Light, which is how we are all measured by God. Expect these things to unfold beneath and in the two days beyond this Full Moon.
Let us recommit ourselves to spiritually rich relationships tonight, free from mundane controversies that impair the exchange of the divine gifts and potentials we all carry from benefiting those with whom we find in our lives. Through serving others we are serving God and through the strength of our bonds we can more quickly create ideal lives. As this Libra Moon peaks with light, let us work together toward God’s delight.
Your cosmic partner,
1.Sex is physical; love is spiritual.
2.Love gives. Sex only wants to get.
3.The moment sex comes in, love goes out.
4.In sex, bodies were meeting; in love, souls are meeting.
5.If you move into sex with awareness, it can turn into tantra.
6.Sex can reach love only when meditation is there, otherwise not.
7.Sex plus awareness… and something tremendous starts changing.
8.Sex is the lowest form of love, compassion the highest form of love.
9.Transform your sex into love, and transform your love into prayer.
10.Sex is like darkness in your being. It can exist only if you are unaware.
11.The question is how to transform sex into love, then jealousy disappears.
12.Dig into sex and you will find love. Go deep into love and you will come to prayer.
13.Only love and sex in their totality, accepted, blissfully enjoyed, can bring orgasm.
14.Sex creates jealousy; find, discover love. Don’t make sex the basic thing — it is not.
15.When sex arises, create love — they are the same energy — and walk from sex to love.
16.Sex is unconscious, earthly, the lowest form of love. Love is conscious, higher than sex.
17.Love comes only when sex has gone. Before that, love is just a lure, a foreplay, and nothing else.
18.Buddha wants you to transform sex energy, not to repress it, because it is the only energy you have got.
19.Observe sex; don’t discard it. Be aware of it. Move into it with full awareness and go on trying to find out what the innermost core of it is.
20.If jealousy is there, know well there is no love. You are playing a game, you are hiding sex behind love. Love is just a painted word, the reality is sex.
21.Sex has to be transformed — neither repressed nor madly indulged. And the only possible way to transform sex is to be sexual with deep meditative awareness.
22.Love is the basis of sex. If you deprive people of love completely, sex becomes perverted. Meditation is the basis of mind. If you deny meditation, the mind goes mad.
23.A woman is not much interested in sex. She is much more interested in warmth, in cuddling, in friendliness, in love. Man is much more interested in sex.
24.As sex disappears you will find authentic love growing in you. Sex is not love; it is just a fallacy, a blindness. You are tricked by biology into believing that this is love.
25.Make your love a really festive affair, don’t make it a hit and run affair. Dance, sing, play music — and don’t let sex be cerebral. Cerebral sex is not authentic; sex should be spontaneous.
26.I am not saying renounce sex, I am saying transform it. It need not remain just biological: bring some spirituality to it. While making love, meditate too. While making love, be prayerful. Love should not be just a physical act; pour your soul into it.
27.You condemn sex, then you become unable to transform its energy. And it is simply energy. It can move in any direction, downwards, upwards. If you accept it, in the very acceptance it starts moving upwards, because you are befriending it. The moment you reject it, you are creating an enmity, a division in yourself.
This is the beginning of the astrological new year, although some purists will wait for the Aries New Moon on April 10th for that.
On this day of balance between light and dark, we emerge from our long winter’s sleep and open up to more sunlight and warmth.
There’s lots of stress in this chart but also some saving graces. The Sun enters Aries, the sign of the pioneer, the adventurer, the hero. It’s very close to both Mars and Uranus so expect the unexpected for at least the next 3 days – and probably 3 months.
Mars and Uranus will join up on Friday at 9* Aries: Two hands conjuring over a brilliant crystal ball. This image indicates we need to work with the imagination, with focused visualizations. Especially in light of the news right now, we could all focus some love and light toward the Middle East. We really don’t want this energy to be explosive, which it can be if approached unconsciously.
Mars and Uranus square both Pluto in Capricorn (which has been an ongoing square and will be until 2015) and the Moon in Cancer. The radical change demanded by the Uranus/Pluto square now hits home through the Cancer Moon. We have to change the way our governments and financial institutions do business. There will be plenty of trouble in the next 3 months around finances but also around the environment. The Moon is in Cancer opposite Pluto, so dig deep within for our inner, spiritual resources to get us through these next months. The Moon’s square to Mars and Uranus challenges them to act in a more nurturing way. Or else, their energy will drain our emotions–ie, we’ll get upset! Think wild boys and a tired mother. The only way to slow them down is to tell them a story. So lets find a new story for the Spring Equinox.
The grand trine in the 3 Water signs, Moon in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune, Mercury, Chiron and Venus in Pisces, will help us find that more nurturing story. We need to use our imaginations to find answers to our pressing problems. This calming water trine will help us to go within and meditate, so we can send out energy and light through the collective unconscious.
The story might entail the two swords that are in this chart. There are 2 YODS, called the Finger of God or the Sword in the Stone. It is a fateful aspect, but only if you remain unconscious. If you would be King or Queen of your own life, you need to focus and draw those swords out of the stone.
The first sword is made up of Saturn in Scorpio sextiling Pluto in Capricorn with their point at Jupiter in Gemini. Saturn and Pluto have exchanged homes for the moment, so they’re happy to work together. Saturn is finally cleaning out the mess in Scorpio — left-over violence, betrayal, anger, hurt. Time to see what we learned from those hard emotions and let them go. It’s time for an emotional rebirth, just in time for Easter.
We all can see what Pluto is doing to Saturn’s Capricorn structures–he’s taking his recking balls to decaying structures. Change won’t happen overnight, but at least we can see what needs re-structuring now. Jupiter in Gemini says, let’s expand our understanding of the universe, each other, and ourselves. Let’s look at our limiting beliefs and let them go. Let’s give ourselves room to grow. Perhaps this is the Sword of Truth.
The second sword has at its base Jupiter in Gemini and Mars/Uranus in Aries. Hopefully Jupiter can give all that Aries energy ideas to work on–they need something to do to keep them out of trouble. The point of the sword is Saturn in Scorpio. This sword needs to clean up its act. Perhaps like Excalibur, this sword will help defend what we believe in.
Get ready to move ahead now that Mercury is direct, but remember it’s still in watery Pisces until April 13th. Listen to your dreams, imagine what you’ll do with those swords and plan to jump into the fray by the middle of April.
The Cosmos is with us. We just have to remember to align ourselves with the heavens.