Astrology

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (Thursday, April 26, 2018)

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Victor Brauner, Weaning of the Ego, 1949

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (Thursday, April 26, 2018)

Capricorn is the authority of the Zodiac. The vigorous path of the warrior is molded by the discipline of Capricorn’s will upon our lives. Whether we think we know what is the right thing to do or not, this sign shows us the way one way or another. Although often regarded in a harsh light, Capricorn brings out the best in us through test upon test, even if that means letting go of things that might mean a lot to us. Because what might mean a lot to us may not necessarily be what we should be doing or following on our path. This is why it can seem harsh or cold.

The father, the teacher, the law, the bank…it may be divine authority or artificial authority. And it is tricky to know if some of our beliefs, actions, decisions, or desires are acceptable and worthy of hanging on to, because what might seem perfectly fine according to our belief system may not be fine according to man-made laws and regulations. The same is true the other way around. It may be fine to drink a lot, smoke a lot, eat a lot…but higher powers step in and awaken us to our health problems through ruptures in whatever facet of our lives we are not aligning ourselves to. This is why Capricorn is equated with Karma.

Take a moment to think about what is not working in your life right now. Is something out of alignment? Are you wondering if what you are doing isn’t good for you? It is highly likely that most of us are experiencing some form of change in our lives, perhaps big changes. These transits are difficult to navigate and understand. Sometimes the best counsel is to just learn to flow with them and make whatever changes are necessary, but it isn’t always this easy. These transits may be aligning with other planets or luminaries in our chart and wreaking havoc upon our lives. We may be feeling upside down or inside out, not knowing which way the wind is blowing even if it’s making our eyes water. Take heed! There is a message in that wind and that message is change. We must crawl deep into our own womb of discontent and listen carefully to our inner child to determine what changes need to be made and why.

Mars and Pluto are both associated with Scorpio, the sign of deep waters, deep emotions, deep secrets, deep fears. Pluto is the harbinger of limitations and death, though not necessarily physical death. Instead, it brings roadblocks so we can learn more empowering routes to redemption and greater achievement. The path we follow can grow old and monotonous with little veering or adjustments being made. Pluto will put something we don’t understand in front of us to steer us onto a new road; a road of greatness and growth. But be careful you don’t resist the limitation with force or malice or neglect! With Pluto and Mars in Capricorn, we are called to duty, responsibility, and discipline of the highest degree. Work is imperative if we are to succeed, grow stronger, and triumph on our paths.

Mars is the original ruler of Scorpio, the lower octave, if you will. It is the driving force behind the will of the sign. It is the strength, determination, and action needed in order to triumph. What we stand up for, what we believe in in the depths of our beings with all our soul’s essence; that is Mars. At times we can grow complacent, lackluster, mundane, even bored with life. Perhaps feeling like nothing matters. Mars is the fire in the root of our spine. It is the driving force of nature that bursts new life into being. It is the threshold, the birthing, the beginning of all things. This is why it is often the catalyst of change without thought. It doesn’t think, it does. Sometimes with dire consequences. Take heed of the wise counsel Capricorn bestows upon us with Mars in this placement, because if we don’t, we can skip the steps needed to take RIGHT action. Patience and perseverance are as valuable as the determination and will needed to achieve right action.

Pluto and Mars in Capricorn can indeed bring rapid change, even violent change. Ruptures of relationships, broken bones, accidents, etc. Be vigilant and watchful, with a keen eye on all that is around you and coming at you. You still may not see it coming, but if you’re prepared and equipped, it will be less traumatic than if you’re not. Be prepared to dig very deep, if you haven’t already been. Dig deep into the shadows of your darkest corners, the suppressed memories you didn’t ever want to remember, the limitations you always knew you had but pretended you had conquered. The pretending and hiding and denying is coming to an end.

This transit is brief but nearly as powerful as transits can be. Breathe through these days with an open mind and a bold heart. Love is the essence of the entirety of existence. Although you may believe evil is present, it is merely a profound ignorance and rejection of love. Those who reject their essence proceed darkly into their own pits of despair, quite often dragging many down with them. Beware those who claim the truth without acceptance of all beings. Beware those who claim the truth without also claiming love. Beware all teachings, decisions, actions devoid of love at their core. It is the fuel that feeds our path to redemption and resurrection. It is the thread that weaves through the journey of our lives, holding us fast to hope, faith, and serenity.

This conjunction is one of reckoning, despair, struggle, anger, darkness, and grim reaping of past decisions. But there is a light in this passing union, and through complete and utter surrender to the forces that surround and embody us we can emerge from it as completely rebirthed souls on our journey to enlightenment. Perhaps through others dear to us we can find a spark that ignites and guides us forward together, reaching toward the gold ring, as it were.

It is time to heed the counsel our darkest shadows have to teach us, determine right course of action, and ignite the spark that will explode our inner fires into the realms of new awakenings, new accomplishments, new journeys, rising from the ashes as though a phoenix, soaring beyond anywhere we ever could have imagined before.

Do this work and you will sail through this intact. Watch your tempers, calm your anxieties, relax your nervous systems. Find activities that nurture these things. Sleep longer, drink less, walk more, quietly stretch or do yoga, swim in calm waters, drink more water, absorb more sunshine, breathe deeply often. These are the pathways through this labyrinth.

Believe it implicitly
Love is tranquility
If you don’t know that
Then nothing is known.

– Robert Hunter

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Open Studio

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Friendly Reminder!

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 1st, from 10am-2pm Student Teacher Angelina will be at Redefining Yoga in Windham, Maine. Come in and check out the studio, make a new friend, share your journey, meditate, do some yoga, or just come see what the studio looks like. Stay as long or as little as you’d like. It’s up to you!

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Come Visit!

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Student Teacher Angelina Gronlund invites you to join her for Open Studio time at ReDefining Yoga in Windham, ME.

The ReDefining Yoga Studio will be open for walk-in visitors of all kinds on Thursday’s from 10am to 2pm. Feel free to stop in for an Introduction to Yoga, Meditation, a quiet practice just for you, or simply a relaxed casual conversation about anything under the Sun.

Along with Yoga, Meditation, and Life Coach Training, Angelina is a student of Evolutionary Astrology and would love to share more about this with you!

Please feel free to contact Angelina directly at angelina@rovingsouls.com

Come visit! We’d love to meet you! 🕊

 

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Coincidance

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Received a phone call yesterday from a good friend of ours who is moving from Maine to Austin, TX. He had a rough start leaving a few days ago, but eventually managed to get on the road Thursday afternoon. He called around 11am to let me know he was driving through Pennsylvania, because that is where my wife and I are from and he figured he’d better call while he was still in our home state. I thanked him for the call and asked him where he stayed the night before. He told me and my eyes bugged out because it was the town where my wife and I grew up! He had no idea. Yet another beautiful coincidance!

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Coincidance

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Roving about May 19th on the Upper East Side an unexpected German woman in her German accent stopped us to say, “Go zat vay.” The universe seemed to appear before us, so it seemed wise to listen. The woman had noticed our camera and wanted to recommend the view from Peter Detmold Park on the dead end of East 51st Street, a block from where she was standing. There is a pedestrian bridge which spans FDR Drive leading to a sitting area with views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, Queensboro Bridge, and the newly built FDR Memorial Park. After a short history lesson from a native New Yorker named Patrick we continued our Upper East Side stroll, zig-zagging our way south & west, allowing each intersection’s right-of-way to dictate our south or westward direction. About six or seven blocks later, and after a wish of catching that German Angel’s name, there she was…as if she was waiting for us. All three of us were very pleasantly surprised to see one another again, and she was anxious to hear if we had followed her recommendation, which we had.

I took this picture of Angelina as we approached the corner of 51st and 1st Avenue in New York City on Monday, May 19th…

Angelina on 1st Avenue
Angelina on 1st Avenue

Little did we realize the woman in the pink jacket standing ahead on the corner would steer our day a bit east and a bit different. Giselle was a beautiful soul with a heart of gold, and we sincerely wish her well with much peace.

Giselle
Giselle
Gastronomy

Rewind to Good Friday, Milano, Italy

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After an early Good Friday wakeup and complimentary continental breakfast we toured a few blocks on foot. After walking through gorgeous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II…

 

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano, Italy
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano, Italy

…we stumbled upon the most insanely magnificent building I had ever scene. Gasping with shock and amazement, my world stopped and all I wanted to do was run to the building to throw myself at its feet while sobbing like a baby because I’m a thankful believer…but I didn’t. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it was the Duomo of Milan. Geoff does a beautiful job of trying to capture the beauty of all we see but there’s nothing like the experience of seeing that Duomo in real life.

Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)
Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)

 

Front of the Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)
Front of the Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)

 

Detail of the Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)
Detail of the Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)

 

Bronze Door Detail of the Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)
Bronze Door Detail of the Milano Duomo (Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria Nascente)