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Mars in Taurus (February 14 – March 31)

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Windjammer Frances
Portland, Maine

Mars is fierce independence and individuality, as well as driving force and race horse stamina. Yet the fire that rages can burn and destroy if there is not valuable purpose and direction behind the energy. Mars seeks self-reliance while in this sign, teaching us how to fight to achieve our personal goals through independence and initiative. We will never achieve our goals if we do not take a stand and expose ourselves for the world to see. Risk is absolutely necessary on the path toward success. It is high time, especially as Mars is still conjunct Uranus, to hoist the sails, take the helm of your Soul, and set a course for where YOU need to go.

Beware: Due to the conflict between Taurus’s inertia and Mars’s stamina, tension can arise in many ways during this time; relationships, fatigue, finances, sexuality, and our fear of risk. There is potential for burning through our resources due to improper reflection and foresight, because Mars charges forth often without thinking things through.

Lesson: Be sure to have valuable reasons for individuating and seeking your own course, not just arrogant selfishness. Be bold in your independence while respecting the independence of loved ones and those you have relationships with.

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Setting the Stage (Lunar Eclipse in Leo)

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Monday, January 21, 2019, 12:16am EST
Sun 0°51′ Aquarius, Moon 0°51′ Leo
North Node 26°46′ Cancer, South Node 26°46′ Capricorn
Visibility: All of North and South America

As is always the case with eclipses, we have the opportunity to channel the direct transmission between ourselves (Earth) and our luminaries (Sun and Moon). Sun at 0° Aquarius > Earth > Moon at 0° Leo. This is a portal in the most real sense; a time to recognize and reflect upon the journey behind and ahead of us. With the Full Moon in Leo, this reflection is about self-awareness, self-identity, and especially creative self-expression. Through solemn intention, preparedness, and right action we can access potentials we might otherwise not access. The most promising future that can arise from the intensity of eclipses is a result of the actions we take to manifest it. 

A Lunar eclipse in Leo amplifies the importance of discovering the wholeness of our individual identity, often through self-expressive creativity or lucid recognition of the Self through emotional, intellectual, or intuitive awakening. It involves stripping away that which does not serve us in our self-centering process. Detaching. These awakenings can occur in glimpses when one suddenly recognizes their Self through their creative process. Leo sometimes gets a bad rap for self-centeredness, but it’s more accurately about finding the center of the Self. All that desire for being recognized is actually the desire for self-discovery.

How we act upon our intuitive and creative self-expression depends upon how self-aware and ready we are to do so. Said differently, the extent to which we are able to manifest the potentials of these celestial activations depends upon how evolved we are and how ready we are to receive them. Feeling into the direct transmission line between ourselves (Earth) and our luminaries (Sun and Moon) through bodywork, sexuality, meditation, the creative process, or intentional ceremony can help advance our preparedness so we can awaken to our most ideal course of action.

I recommend at least taking a moment Sunday evening, if not engaging in a full ceremony, to voice or write your intentions for the next six months. It is during these next six months that you must SET THE STAGE for the direction that must be taken at the end of that period. On July 2nd of this year, Mars enters Leo on the same day as the next eclipse (a Solar eclipse), thus the exact same placement of this Sunday’s Full Moon. This is a prime example of how these cycles work. Lunar eclipse with Moon at 0° Leo, Solar eclipse in six months with Mars at 0° Leo. How we spend the next six months reflecting upon our identity, our creative self-expression, and the path we need to take to manifest our legacy will have a direct impact upon how READY we will be to TAKE ACTION when Mars goes into Leo on July 2nd. As I mentioned above, we are SETTING THE STAGE during this eclipse. Gather your props, your characters, and channel the muse that sings between Sun and Moon Sunday night to write your script between now and then. Desire your wholeness, center yourself, align your sights, and prepare the stage for your next journey.

Ceremony and conscious intention combine to activate the potentials inherent in the placements of Sun and Moon. Sit in silence. Meditate. Listen to the higher mind, your inner child, your shadows. They speak softly.

Like anything else, observe where this eclipse (Moon, Sun, and Nodes) are aspecting your other planets and angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC, and IC) to understand in what arena this eclipse will be affecting your life. 

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Mars Retrograde (June 26 – August 27, 2018)

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Mars stationed retrograde on Wednesday, June 26th, at 9° Aquarius. Here’s what that means…

We follow patterns in life: habits, routines, responsibilities…unconscious behavior patterns. As Mars slows down and stations retrograde, these patterns emerge from our unconscious into our awareness, allowing us to glimpse a portion of our being that had been on autopilot for nearly two years. Instead of perpetually repeating our patterns and not heeding other winds of change blowing our way, the winds now cease so these can all crystallize in front of our very eyes. We can assess the patterns and understand much more clearly WHY we should take a new course of action. All the advice that was whispered to us over the past couple of years, all the subtle feelings of wanting to change but not feeling ready to, not wanting to, not believing it was necessary; they’re all staring us in the face with wide bright eyes waiting for us to open up our maps and plan a new course. And they are reassuring us that this new course is going to be better than the last!

If a new course is truly welcomed by us in our hearts, greater freedom will emerge and help liberate us from the shackles that chained us to our unconscious behaviors for so long. Aquarius liberates us if we heed its lightning flashes of inspiration with open hearts and minds. Mars stationing here brings a fiery fervor to this inspiration and stirs conceivably monumental achievement if we harness the flavors of this recipe. All the action you’ve been wanting to take but have put off? “Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.” New visions, new goals, new cycles and patterns, these all resonate with you becoming YOU! As Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn (August 12) to station direct and reemerge into Aquarius (September 10), we will be revisiting perhaps hard-to-handle truths and consequences that put us where we are. Capricorn shakes up the bullshit to expose boundaries and lies, wrong-doings, karmic patterns that need to shed like a snake sheds its skin in due time.

MAKE time to meditate upon your patterns, your bullshit behaviors, your shortcomings, etc. before (and during) Mars’ transit back into Capricorn on August 12th. If you get yourself in order and have a good sense of your map and new course before Mars reenters Capricorn, Capricorn will reward you with authority and recognition and a reputation that you deserve. That authority will come if you open your eyes to your old patterns, patterns you can consider old friends that you don’t have much in common with anymore. Make peace with those patterns, and instead of calling them bad or evil or horrible patterns, call them friends that brought you to where you are today. They taught you lessons, helped you understand your world, and helped you land upon the solid ground you’re standing upon now.

And beware! Mars in Aquarius can really shock your electronics, your speed, your elitism, your high standards, your higher-than-thouness! Advancement and progress through higher-consciousness with community, friends, and all collective endeavors is upon us. Gather with these people, open up your maps, plan your journeys, lash the mainsail, set a course, and embark upon those high seas of your destiny toward horizons of freedom and inspiration moving brightly through the rain and stars and wind!

Relationships can suffer due to Mars’ placement in Aquarius. It can bring a detachment to our passions, thus severing our grounded desires we tend to familiarize ourselves with. If you are aware of this subtlety it can serve your relationship well. Do things together with friends and community that can help you both grow and awaken and become more inspired in life. Brainstorm ideas, even if they’re far-fetched. Build dreams and visions. Go vision quest together or separately for the sake of your relationship. Understand the process of inspiration and freedom!

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Country Roads to Saratoga Springs

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Country roads from Portland, Maine to Saratoga Springs, New York – June 8-12. Route 4 west may have been a favorite, along with the town of Woodstock, Vermont. Quechee State Park Campground, outside White River Junction, Vermont, was a great quiet overnight resting spot. Started the next day with a beautiful gorge hike in Quechee Gorge, then a picnic lunch and fresh strawberries fueled the rest of the journey into a late afternoon arrival in Saratoga Springs. The town is an excellent destination with a bustling downtown and breathtaking parks, of which offer expansive trails, sprawling greens to walk, bike, or throw a blanket in the grass, and numerous sulfuric mineral springs bubbling or spouting everywhere. Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is debatably one of the greatest outdoor music venues ever. It could have something to do with how cool the town is and how seemingly laid-back people are, but its location in Saratoga Spa State Park is the best part. Favorite part of the journey is always meeting Roving Souls throughout the land. Blessings to you and everyone along the way. Enjoy the photos!

Angelina upon Departure
Angelina Overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee
Westward Bound on Route 4 in Vermont
Quechee Gorge
Angelina at Quechee Gorge
Roots at Quechee Gorge
Stumbled Upon Simon Pearce Factory and Showroom
Simon Pearce in Hartford, Vermont
Simon Pearce in Hartford, Vermont
Simon Pearce in Hartford, Vermont
Angelina Overlooking the Falls at Simon Pearce
Route 4 West near Rutland, Vermont
Both Ways
Fresh Saratoga Strawberries
Tallulah Spring in Saratoga Spa State Park
Geyser Spring in Saratoga Spa State Park
Behind SPAC
Geoff in Saratoga Spa State Park
Readings on the Road