Mars in Taurus (February 14 – March 31)

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.

Setting the Stage (Lunar Eclipse in Leo)

 

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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Moon Conjunct Uranus in Taurus

Hypergenese de la Reapparition, by Victor Brauner

As I write this, the Moon is fresh into the sign of Taurus and exactly conjunct Uranus at 1°. Uranus is in the process of retrograding back into Aries until Early January, when it will station direct and make its final push into Taurus for the next seven years.

There is much talk of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus having an inevitable effect upon the global economy, as well as our own personal economies. Related to that is the fact that Uranus will also have an effect upon how we feel about ourselves in general. Taurus represents that which makes us feel like we have the supplies and resources to survive, which of course means our money and our material belongings. But that also boils down to our self-esteem and self-worth, because without either of those we struggle immensely to survive and fend for ourselves. So, this brings us to Uranus and the Moon…

Although Uranus is the closest of the outer planets, it still takes seven years for it to move through one zodiac sign. This means it has its way with all of us at a relatively glacial pace. It imbues shades of progress, raising the bar, scientific advancement, higher consciousness, and idealism, yet it also can spell shocking disruptions, electrifying spontaneity (yes, literally), elitist mentalities, and unhealthy detachments. In the sign of Taurus, Uranus is going to shake up these tendencies in all of us. It will let us know, perhaps shockingly so, if we are feeling good about ourselves for the wrong reasons (do we feel better than others because of our social status or wealth, do we avoid situations because we don’t want to appear dirty or lower than our peers?). But positively, Uranus will beckon us to upgrade our self-esteem, advance our perspective on the world through awakening to a higher consciousness, allow us to reevaluate how we approach our worth through lessons in humility (crumbling elitist mentalities), and ultimately bring us all into a higher awareness of the value of our resources as a collective. What is this bright blue ball spinning free worth to us? How can we ideally advance humanity to respect collective resources? How do we regulate the global economy while minimizing corruption? Will cryptocurrencies evolve more into the mainstream in order to counter the rampant fraud associated with our current state of affairs? Will there be a new method of exchange? We shall see.

Moon was just full in Aries on Monday night. This was a powerful full Moon because it occurred at 1° Aries, which is pretty much the absolute beginning of the zodiac. Talk about a brand new cycle for us all! It shined upon us telling us to begin anew, stand up and fight, and TAKE ACTION! Now that she is in Taurus, especially conjunct Uranus, we are being called to recognize our resources, recognize what they mean to us, and truly understand how they can provide for our family, our home, our security, and our progress moving forward. This beautiful deity is shining beams of ideas down upon us, asking us to listen quietly so we can hear how we can feel strong, confident, and capable of sustaining ourselves, while at the same time channeling the higher ideals and awakening creative visions of our futures. It can be bring artists flashes of immense personal inspiration, helping align our emotional processes in rapid downloads of creative enlightenment.

Remember, Moon travels through each sign for only 2.5 days, so don’t miss this opportunity to find quietude so you can listen to the Moonbeams charged with the frequencies of Uranus channeling the outer depths of Taurus.

We can all identify with an innate desire to raise the bar on our self-esteem, how we value ourselves, and how we sustain our own lifestyles. We need to recognize how to approach these desires with a higher consciousness so that we are not seeking them for mundane base purposes, but instead to build a sustainable future for ourselves and those we love. Taurus appreciates everything that is truly built to last.

Mercury Cazimi in Virgo

Mercury Cazimi in Virgo

Let’s get busy!

Cazimi is a medieval astrological term referring to when a planet is so close to a conjunction with the Sun that it is “in the heart” of it, which is the literal translation of cazimi. Mercury will be conjunct the Sun at 28° Virgo tonight at 9:30pm (EDT). This cazimi only happens in Virgo every year or two. Let’s explore that….

Mercury will be supercharged by the Sun in one of its own ruling signs (Virgo) today and tomorrow, prompting us to finalize and complete our projects, check everything off our lists, perfect that spreadsheet, put a more perfect coat of finish on that furniture, run those extra two miles, eat the healthiest salad, and be the best we can be before we need to go face other people. We want to be in control of our lives. We want to be able to manage and handle everything that comes our way…perfectly. And we at last want to be recognized for it all!

Virgo is the last sign of personal ego development before we recognize the need for others in our lives (Libra). This is why it is the sign of perfecting, fixing, maintaining, as well as our health. It is how we manage our lives, it is how we work, how we function. The last stop on our own train of selfhood before everyone else gets on board. We want to look and function our best for that significant other in our lives, right? Well, the health of that relationship, and our relationship to everyone, depends on how healthy our relationship to ourselves is. This is what we analyze in Virgo, what we care about. We want to be beautiful, productive, healthy, and in control.

Mercury also rules Gemini, which is the sign of gathering information and knowledge, studying, and trying to figure everything out. Virgo, Mercury’s other domain, is the act of implementing that knowledge and making it work as best we can; what you do with your Gemini knowledge.

When Sun and Mercury come together, it is a merging of the energies of Leo and Virgo. These two signs are next to each other in the Zodiac and represent, respectively, the expression and refinement of our personal ego development. They create a sense of need and duty to perform, accomplish, and be recognized. They challenge our capacity to function as optimally as possible. When they are in Virgo, we are pushed to shore up all possible malfunctions, rid ourselves of any unhealthy patterns, bring our lives into a place of peak management, and show the world the results. Think of it as a car that needs work. Today we are focused on fixing every single thing wrong with that car so it will run smoothly for years and years to come. And then we break out the soap and warm water and hand-wash that car until it looks like it’s brand new. Then we vacuum the inside, polish the dashboard, and Windex the speedometer.

It should go without saying, but it is important to understand why we do all these things. We function better, things work more smoothly, tasks get accomplished, progress is made, we are rewarded for our efforts, we are recognized and can feel better about who we are and what we do. We now identify with how important it is to function properly, to work hard, and to stay healthy.

Mars Retrograde (June 26 – August 27, 2018)

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!

Two Sunsets over Candlewood Lake

Regarding photography, a friend once casually remarked, “Sunsets get boring after a while. They all end up looking the same.” Well, sometimes you capture one or two that are especially pretty.

Sunset over Candlewood Lake
June 20, 2018
New Milford, Connecticut, USA

 

Sunset over Candlewood Lake
June 21, 2018
New Milford, Connecticut, USA

Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way

Late at night on June 16, 2018 looking south in Raymond, Maine, USA.

Mars, Saturn, and the Milky Way
June 16, 2018
Raymond, Maine, USA

 

You can see the subtle arc of diurnal motion in the movement of this long exposure. Again, Mars and Saturn are the brightest.

Moving Mars and Saturn
June 16, 2018
Raymond, Maine, USA

 

Country Roads to Saratoga Springs

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