This weekend Venus moves from her earth trines with Jupiter and Pluto, to a meeting with solidifying Saturn.The last time these two planets came together in this way was at the 444 gateway, so look back to April for parallels.
This is major manifesting energy – whatever we have ploughed our love and care into, or value, now has the potential to take on added weight and form, allowing them to materialize in the 3D. So if you’ve been working hard on manifesting more career opportunities, success in creative endeavours or romantic commitment since the spring, then hang in there – your hard work and patience may be about to pay off. It is harvest time, after all!
Saturn’s involvement also touches on themes such as divine timing, as well as natural justice and commitments/obligations. It is also one of the social planets, focused on service, achievement, maturity and mastery. Venus is in Virgo, a very service-oriented sign, while Saturn is in Capricorn – it’s natural home.
Together, these two earth placements are highlighting the need to give as well as receive – to take what we have learned via our life experiences (including lessons learned through both pleasure and pain) and turn them into wisdom, so that others can benefit from them too.
By giving back, especially after being on the receiving end of good fortunate from the universe, we remain within the flow of life, becoming an elder and passing on the fruits of any knowledge and skills we have acquired to the next generation, thus seeding the information into the future.
This aspect touches on my discussion about Venus’ role in the Law of Attraction that I discussed in my Mid-October astrology forecast on YouTube, so if you are interested in this topic, then be sure to check it out.
Self-empowerment, inner strength and the call to come into your full power and splendour – these are just some of the core messages and potentials up for grabs at October’s New Moon in Libra on October 16.
At first glance, the Sun and Moon in Libra seem to be asking us to cultivate greater internal emotional balance, as well as more equality and peace within close relationships. And while it certainly is drawing our attention back to some of the themes and dilemmas raised at the Pink Supermoon back in April, there is another overriding them at work: the need to heal any distortions or rectify any gaps in our perception, skills, knowledge or abilities that may be preventing us from enjoying a greater sense of wholeness, better relationships as well as increased success and prosperity in our lives.
In many ways, this two week phase is really asking us to get clear about what our innate gifts and talents are, (these may include healing, teaching or creative abilities) and then to do whatever we can to take these diamonds in the rough and polish them up so that we are better able to handle the changing environment that we find ourselves in, but also so that we are in a better position to fulfil our true potential.
Venus in Virgo will be giving us a helping hand via a series of earth trines to the outer planets in Capricorn in the period leading up to and following this lunar phase. This could translate into events or encounters that help us gain greater clarity about what we are here to do as souls, and what work needs to be done in order to fulfil our soul’s purpose, whether that is to live a happier life or be of service to others and the world. It is also excellent for manifesting and abundance.
But, as usual, it is not all going to be smooth sailing – not only does this New Moon take place smack bang in the middle of a phenomenon known as Mars Opposition (see the above graphic), but the luminaries will also be making some difficult aspects to Saturn & Pluto in Capricorn, which could increase the pressure on us to make the individual and collective reforms, course corrections and structural changes called for back in January that will be necessary in order for us to successfully transition into the new 20 year cycle that begins in December at the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius.
To help us decode the messages of this New Moon and successfully navigate our way through what is likely to be a pretty intense but significant time period, I have prepared an in-depth astrology-based videocast, which you can view on my YouTube channel.
If your thoughts are beginning to take on a brooding air, and you’re feeling the urge to become a bit more reclusive, it could well be your energetic response to the slowing of Mercury in Scorpio as it prepares for its third and final retrograde of 2020. 🦇
Bringing new meaning to the concept of ‘betwixt and between,’ Mercury’s retrospective through the dark underground caves and pools of penetrating Scorpio is urging us to dig deep and look below the surface of things to find the answers to previous emotional, psychological or occult mysteries that may have thus far eluded us.
More than likely, you find clues in the the gaps – the silences, pauses, unspoken undercurrents and inuendos i.e. what’s not being said. So listen closely and focus on the spaces between things to see the patterns and connect the dots.
This is a time when secrets and hidden motives could be revealed, especially around the time of the Hunter’s Full Moon that takes place on Halloween across the signs of Taurus and Scorpio. It could also potentially be a time of huge collective clearing, when deeply buried traumas and wounds from our shared past come back, not so much to haunt us, but rather to present themselves within the frame of our consciousness for healing and integration.
For behind the dragon of every fear, wound or dark thought is a truth that wants to be heard, seen or acknowledged before it can take its rightful place within the greater cosmic order. These ‘angry ghosts’ need to be appeased, either ritually, via a ceremonial offering or symbolic act, or in certain cases, literally, by righting past wrongs so that energetic balance can be restored once more.
As we recognize, delete, or rewrite the programs/behaviors, conditionings, masks, and identities that we have unconsciously worn most of our lives, we learn to “get out of our own way” and draw ourselves into harmony with the natural world and its myriad energies. This important aspect of shamanism cultivates the deep work and enables us to take off these “masks” and link up with our authentic soul-self in order to be a clear channel for such things as healing and divination. This process must happen over and over again for the shaman to be free of their programming and clear the energetic, emotional, mental, and physical muck out of the way so their soul can shine into the world.Shamanism: Seeing in the Dark, Patheos
If I could offer one piece of advice, though, it would be to set aside all assumptions and suspend your usual logical modes of conscious perception momentarily’ and tune into your instincts – without allowing your emotions to cloud your judgement. For wherever this journey takes you, it is not about wallowing in victim consciousness, however tempting that may be right now.
Shamanism connects us with the powerful forces of energy, spirit, and our own soul-self by using our thinking machinery, wits and senses, awareness skills, and fact-finding abilities to shift our focus from ego to soul/spirit.Shamanism: Seeing in the Dark, Patheos
Mercury’s 2020 segue through Scorpio is about walking the path of power – about using your inner ‘moon’ eye (the eye of Hermes-Thoth in the hermetic tradition) to see in the dark, to arrive at the heart of the matter – and then to own and transform that truth from weakness or pain into strength. This is the original meaning of the word ‘shaman’ and it the shamanic tradition, kept alive by indigenous peoples and cultures all over the world, that we are being called to tap into right now. This taps into our innate abilities – some think originally developed for survival purposes – to sense danger and see the invisible threads that connect the seemingly separate – useful qualities for the volatile days ahead that will help to guide you through what is likely to feel like another phase of the collective dark night that is November – fearlessly and with courage – towards the cosmic reset happening at the December solstice, care of Jupiter and Saturn.
We often think of non-ordinary reality as the land of mysterious miracles and the paranormal in which only the wild-eyed few who have ESP can communicate. Not true. Shamans are ordinary people trained to enter the non-ordinary world to bring its benefits to the aid of the everyday world. We all have the innate ability to do this. Much of the art, music, and wisdom that we enjoy in our daily lives come from ordinary people who know the power, beauty, and ecstasy of the non-ordinary world even though they may not travel there consciously.Shamanism: Seeing in the Dark, Patheos
Libra season is all about Venus and this October, the planet of love and beauty will be urging us to place more value on the beauty and abundance of the Earth – the goddess Gaia. Something we see being reflected to us in documentaries like David Attenborough’s ‘Extinction: The Facts’ as well as the more hopeful visions for the future of agriculture presented in movies like ‘Kiss the Ground‘.
However, that’s not to say that there won’t be a chance for love – things could get decidedly dreamy next week when Venus kisses up to both Mercury and Uranus – just as Jupiter and Neptune come together for their grand finale.
Here are some key dates to mark in your diary for October 2020:
And then, of course, there’s the Libra New Moon, offering the chance for resets and second chances in matters of the heart.
With this in mind, I’ve created a special video love reading designed to look at relationship energies for the collective mid-October. Watch it now on my YouTube channel!
October will be topped and tailed by not one TWO full moons – one on the 1st and one on the 31st, which should make this month a VERY interesting time.
The first, a Full Moon in Aries, is all about balancing the needs of self vs those of others, including what some animists call the more-than-human i.e. the plant, animal, mineral kingdoms. This moon is called the Harvest Moon by the Native American Indians, which I think is all about the need to prepare ourselves for the coming metaphorical (and literal) winter that is likely to descend as the days shorten in the northern hemisphere and things begin to intensify astrologically in the lead-up to the November-December eclipses.
Relationships and unhealthy patterns of relating also have the chance to be healed over the next two weeks, care of a conjunction between the Moon and Chiron. Check out the special love reading I did on YouTube to coincide with this Full Moon if this is an issue that has come up for you. Male body or mental health issues, including testosterone-induced depression, as well as male body dysmorphia (eg. Freddy Flintoff’s recent admission about his struggles with bulimia seems very timely) may also make headlines, given that this is something that Chiron has been highlighting since its ingress into Aries in 2018.
The Libra Sun will also be emphasizing issues around fairness, diplomacy, peace and equality – a highly charged issue, especially in the UK and US right now. A newly direct Saturn will form a square to a packed stellium of planets in Aries from it’s position close to Pluto, is also likely to be a major theme. Look back to January and February for parallels.
The second, known as the Hunter’s Moon, will take place on Halloween or Samhain, as it is known in the Celtic/pagan/wiccan calendar, in the fixed signs of Taurus-Scorpio. Cue all the images of angry ghosts and karmic rebalancing I talked about in my recent Instagram post concerning Mercury in Scorpio, which turns retrograde mid-month – during the dark moon phase leading up to the New Moon in Libra on the 17th.
Clarity and coherence are two big themes at the Virgo New Moon. Over the next two weeks, we are being asked to simplify our lives and get really clear about our physical and emotional needs, as well as our plans and priorities for the future.
Helping us to cut through the noise of all the external ‘shoulds’ and clear out the mental clutter will be a contact between the luminaries and determined, contemplative Saturn. Use this to exercise discernment and become really focused on what you want to manifest in your life because this earth trine packs a punch!
Step by step improvements to health, wellbeing, diet and routines are also possible during this waxing Moon phase, if we resolve to be disciplined and create a plan, despite any resistance or obstacles thrown up by the ongoing square between Mars and Saturn that has been active all month.
Joy and diligence in spite of frustration – that ‘chin up’ spirit that the Brits are so well-known for, is also favoured under this particular set of cosmic energies, as can adopting a flexible, ‘can do’ attitude in order to find workarounds to Mars retrograde delays, obstacles or hiccups.
The only thing to watch out for is biting off more than you can chew, or of judgement, whether of yourself or via criticism from more short-sighted or conservative peers – a distinct possibility, c/o a square to Jupiter, planet of religion, culture, ethics and the law.
However, with outdated systems and social structures in the process of breaking down – something highlighted by the return of Saturn and Pluto to the positions they occupied back in January-February – it’s a never been more important to align with your inner compass and act from a place of sovereignty, rather than seek validation from others or simply react to external events.
The key is to find ways to create greater personal coherence – ie. harmony between the different levels of your body, mind, soul and spirit. This will go a long way towards helping you gain the clarity you need to navigate through what are likely to be an increasingly volatile few months.
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This week’s Pisces Full Moon promises to be a time of insight & clarity – as well as bountiful harvests, thanks to a series of positive earth aspects between the luminaries to Uranus; as well as Mercury contacts to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.
There could be some big reveals and surprise confessions in relation to matters of the heart now. Equally, this could also be a time of major psychological realisations that lead to us letting go of unrealistic expectations or hopeless causes in favour of healthier, more fulfilling situations.
The September Corn Moon is a wonderful combination of earth and water energy that leads to major leaps forward and rewards for past efforts. The clue is in the date!
Expect to feel all the feels whilst also having super sensitive – but highly accurate – intuitive antennae – a quality highlighted by the Sabian symbol for this lunar phase which is all about the search for illumination.
Venus will also be making a conjunction with Procyon, a star associated with tech innovations, as well as leaps forward in green energy and sustainable agricultural practices – hopefully we will see some announcements or product launches in this area over the next two weeks.
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Get ready for a major shift in the energies as we get closer to the New Moon in Leo on August 19th.
The Sabian symbol for this particular lunation is ‘A New Dawn‘ and in many ways, this is really all about upbeat solar energy – a metaphorical return of the light to the upper skies after a fairly deep and lengthy sojourn in the shadows of the underworld, a journey that began at the Capricorn lunar eclipse.
This image syncs in quite beautifully with the symbolism of the Lions Gate Portal, which is steeped in ancient Egyptian spirituality and cosmology. For me, this evokes the image of Ra Khepri – the irridescent scarab beetle – which for the ancient Egyptians, represented resurrection – the rebirth of the sun god on the horizon at daybreak, bringing with it a return of the life-giving force of the Sun to the Earth.
Energetically, I think this will coincide with an upsurge of light and outpouring of love from the heart and solar plexus chakras – an alchemical aurora consurgens after the recent Tower moments precipitated by the Mars-Jupiter and Mars-Pluto squares.
Unlike the July and August Full Moons, which were plagued with a lot of cosmic static in the form of intense and challenging aspects to Mercury, Mars and Jupiter, the Leo New Moon coincides with a number of positive planetary transits, including a ‘let’s make it happen’ Mercury-Mars fire trine and a popping Venus-Uranus sextile. The former promises fast shifts and forward movement after a period of stagnation and confusion, while the latter could bring with it unexpected good news about love or abundance. So, many reasons to celebrate!
August’s highly charged Aquarius Full Moon is all about healing the past and energtic uplevelling, thanks to some positive aspects between the luminaries and Chiron.
The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon puts the focus front and centre on the ascension process with its stair metaphor – let’s not forget that it occurs smack bang in the middle of the 2020 Lion’s Gate Portal, which in itself, is set to create some fairly seismic frequency shifts.
And with Uranus, planet of shock and awe, catalysing some lightning speed tower moments and personal awakenings, you may be surprised at where you find yourself by the end of this two week lunar phase.
We also have a number of oppositions occurring between Mercury and the three outer planets currently retrograde in Capricorn – Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto – both before and after this particular Full Moon, which could indicate feeling split or polarized between heart and head. We may find ourselves at crossroads, or be faced with a number of important choices.
Although you may be feeling tense and anxious as a result of the extra electrical energy surging through your nervous system from Uranus, or under pressure to make decisions quickly due to a cardinal Mars-Jupiter square, this may not actually be the case. So wherever possible, try to ground yourself and slow things down in order to work through those nervous physical charges and come back to a place of calm and centredness.
That way, you get to look before you leap, rather than do the knee-jerk lemming thing that our reptilian fight or flight system tends to do when triggered. This was the clear message from the Lions Gate Portal I Ching Divination – earth yourself (Hex 2) before riding the elephant (Hex 16), which is large, graceful and powerful and never moves quickly. Check it out if you haven’t seen it already.
July the 26th marked the opening of the 2020 Lion’s Gate Portal, an annual cosmic event that will peak on 8 August and remain open until approximately the 12th. Astrologically, this marks the time when Sirius, the brightest star in our galaxy, rises heliacally with the Sun at dawn from the lattitude of Egypt, which is located very close to the Tropic of Cancer.
Unsurprisingly then, this annual meeting of Sirius and the Sun was considered to be a very important event by the ancient Egyptians. After all, it marks the time of year when the two most luminescent stars in our galaxy come together to combine their light along the line of the horizon. From a spiritual point of view, this is blending of two suns – for every star is a sun, after all – something we tend to forget.
For the Egyptians, crossing the horizon marked the moment of rebirth – something the Sun did every day at dawn, when it emerged from its nightly journey through the Dwat or underworld.
So much so, that this event became an important part of their New Year celebrations – a festival designed to celebrate the return of the Nile floods – and therefore, of the life-giving waters that brought fertility and abundance back to the parched desert sands of the delta region.
In addition to being the brightest star in the sky, Sirius was important to the ancient Egyptians for other reasons. It was considered to be the power behind the sun. The sun kept the physical body alive and Sirius kept the spiritual body alive.
Sirius was associated with Isis, the mother goddess of the earth, who is part of the trinity of Egyptian mythology. The Great Pyramid of Giza is said to be built in alignment with Sirius.Ancient Egypt online
The Nile delta forms part of what is known as Lower Egypt and that, for much of its history, Egypt was divided into two parts, which is why it is often referred to as the land of the two crowns.
According to several Starseed channels, including Abigail Wainwright, this year’s event will be especially intense as we receive a large amount of lightcodes from the Sirius star system designed to accelerate the Ascension process. These involve upgrading both the physical body and spiritual ‘lightbody.’
Abigail Wainwright describes it thus:
This Lions Gate Portal is about opening more fully to this divine light & the embodiment of the soul within a physical form. It is a significant part of the awakening process. It is going to be felt deeply for all on a path to restoration on all levels of beingAbigail Wainwright
In Western numerology, this event has become more closely aligned with the symbolism of the number eight, which is all about transformation, transmutation, as well as the relationship between spirit and matter. So, a death and rebirth experience that has echoes of the astrological sign of Scorpio and its rulership of the 8th house.
Astrology has a long relationship with ancient Egypt (Western astrology was essentially ‘born’ here), so it should come as no surprise that the concept of the Ascendant – marked by the star constellation that is rising at birth – has close ties to Egyptian religion and the importance they placed on horizon events, particularly those associated with the Sun.
They believed that the Sun god travelled around the earth every day in a boat, rising at dawn, culminating at midday and then sinking into the underworld on sunset. Here the Sun would battle with the powers of darkness, the demons of the underworld, dying like Osiris at midnight, before being reborn on the horizon again at dawn.
Thus, as Abigail points out, this Lion’s Gate activation – or spiritual ‘rebirth’ may require a trip or two into the underworld – a breaking down and purging of shadow energy in order to rebuild, all of which fits perfectly with the symbolism of Pluto-ruled Scorpio and the number 8 in western numerology.
So, don’t be surprised if you are feeling much more raw and emotional than usual, or are experiencing what is sometimes known as ‘ascension flu’ symptoms. (Which in itself, can make you a little paranoid, right?!) I have certainly been feeling this energy since the lunar eclipse.
The good news is that after any period of darkness or confusion comes a new dawn – a breaking through into the upper sky at the liminal point of transition at the level of your own horizon – a return to our soul’s original and pristine state, before incarnation into the body and the suffering and mental conditioning that that often brings.
But first, a surrender to the divine feminine, goddess of the womb of creation, – the dark earth of Gaia and the inner field where new seeds are planted and new codes are activated within our DNA. This is all about re-imagining our relationship with Mother Earth – and moving away from the divisive male-female, light vs dark dualistic paradigm that pits everything earthly or ‘lower’ as inferior, (and which I see as part of the fears and shadows of the collective unconscious in the Western psyche) but simply a necessary component of polarity, which is part of the intrinsic nature of the 3rd dimension. Not seeing the lower world of the Dwat as demonic or hellish, but instead, as a place of rebirth, fertility and renewal, much as the ancient Egyptians did. These ideas resonate strongly with the messages that came out of the I Ching reading I did for the Lions Gate portal. Check it out on my YouTube channel.
According to Maria Baretta, another celestial channel and energy alchemist, the 2020 Lions Gate Portal is all about what she calls ‘higher heart awakening’ when new regions of the heart chakra associated with aquamarine light and higher forms of love (those associated with the planet Neptune), will be activated. This process may also open up new spiritual gifts or extra-sensory perception, but of course, this comes with the potential to feel more sensitive and vulnerable in the short term, (feelings amplified by the ingress of Venus into Cancer on August 7) with empaths and sensitives most likely to be feeling the pain of the collective – something I can definitely attest to.
On her Instagram account, she writes:
Through the Lions Gate portal, many will be awakening to even more advanced higher dimensional skills. There is a strong emphasis on communities (higher dimensions) coming together to begin building. This is a new phase – the last six months were about individuality – the next six – building with others. Stay open now, despite what you may feel or what seems to be happening.One Precious Light