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I am a an educator from Helena, MT currently living in the Czeck Republic.

Vernal Equinox March 20 2017

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“If you want to move forward, you’ll have to start with the bottom line: what do you need to do so you can survive and build? Forget about complicated maneuvers. Turn your attention to what you want, and get to work. “ ~ http://rubyslipper.ca 

Dear Yoganauts,

I truly hope that with all of this challenging energy you have been able to attain high levels of self-care, a balanced view of your life and our shared difficulties and an expansive connection to yourself.  We are truly shocked by what we face these days, but I want to ask a question about this.  What if what we are seeing is our own self-treatment?  What if the pain-body projection is coming to us in larger than life materialism?  What if it’s showing us that we have valued things over people?  Are we being shown that we truly are not valuing ourselves?

This Venus retrograde is the harshest of all her aspects; the failure of love.  As Venus goes into the underworld we face the ultimate rejection: that our efforts to make ourselves beautiful and lovable have failed.  Because she enjoys and bestows all things beautiful, refined in retreat she is simply not feeling her value.  Coupled with Uranus square Pluto we are trying WAY too hard to defend against the ugly.  And what is ugly?  PAIN is ugly.  Pain makes do the ugliest things.  It is here for one purpose: to awaken us to change.

The danger is not in having a negative emotion, it is in staying in that emotion and acting from that space of pain toward others.  The danger is in not asking for help when we need it or humbling ourselves enough to admit mistakes.  There is a purpose to the pain.  If we can be with it, accept it and allow it for just a few minutes we can see that pain carries a very potent message and one that we almost never heed: love yourself, value yourself, honor yourself.

Here’s another great message from pain: get out of your head.  Your head may try to convince you of a great many things.  Your heart will wait for you to ask.  Your heart is a pretty quiet organ unless it is singing or keeping the beat.  Do what makes your heart sing if you are lucky enough to know what those things are and have access to them.  Be with people who make your heart sing if you are near them.

This Vernal Equinox Saturn is stationing at the Galactic Center.  May the lessons of Lunar Yoga serve you well: recognize the polarities and commit to stay in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual integrity and balance.  It’s a tall order, but it focuses energy to have goals.

Speaking of goals, I don’t want to complain or sound unbalanced, but my efforts to prove I am good for the Czech Republic are endlessly hindered and agonized.  Talk about unrequited love!  I have earned a certificate that is universally recognized and another that puts me ahead of the game with experience.  I have several great references, have met some amazing people and have seen 5 European countries on a shoestring budget, but the fact remains: the Zivnostensky list visa is not in my possession after 5 months of effort.  Being not quite legal in a place that doesn’t have discernible laws is too much expansion for me.

For so many reasons I have decided to turn my efforts toward returning home.  I am satisfied with what I have done and right now I am really struggling here.  I need to be back in the US.  I know I have asked for help so many times that you are probably just tired of hearing it, I understand and regret that, but I am sinking despite all my efforts to float.

I will know more in the next week about when I actually can leave and am already applying for summer jobs that provide food and boarding in MT.  I filled out an application to see if I can stay at the YWCA, but if you know anyone who would like to see an extensive manager/trainer/teacher CV or needs a roommate, would you let me know?  I hope to be home by the end of May, if not sooner.  As for the rest, there are still ways to donate if you can help me take advantage of this opportunity to try to embrace change again.  Please see the links below.  Thank you so much.  Please reach back if you have some time, I can’t tell you how much I would love to hear from you.

I’m going to let this be the last entry to our Lunar Flow Yoga Blog, we’ll start something new when I get home.  I‘m sorry I missed the last full moon, please forgive my shortcomings.  I’m grateful for you for even reading this far.

Mind Your Heart,

Lynn

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Between Chaos and Form: A New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces (Tropical) and Aquarius (Vedic) Sunday * 26th February 2017 * 03:58:23 pm CET 7:58 a.m. MST

If you are doing sankulpa, try 48 hours after and not during void moon–these energies need to play out a bit.

And Angie?  Sorry about all the Pisces.

In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance. ~Jeanette Winterson


“Mercury in Aquarius is just ingenious at solving problems. Sometimes all it takes is to look at a situation from another perspective. This may be key in navigating this week.” ~astrologybylauren.com 


“The busy time leads into a stillness. There is a collective surrender in Pisces. This time before spring, before many animals become more active, before the plants send forth new shoots, before the ground is ready for sewing. In olden days when the community relied upon the Earth for sustenance more directly, Pisces marks the time of year when the collective community relied upon its efforts of the past year to ensure it has food and fuel through this time of scarcity. Hence, we refer to Pisces as the sign of karma, when we rely upon what we have done in the past, whether that is having stored enough food or developed positive relationships with those who have.  There is an Astrological suggestion here that this is a time for ‘beyond the usual’ revelations and a revolutionary blow to established power structures. Humans have an opportunity to tune into a revelation from beyond.” ~webvic.com


You see her up there?  Holding it all . . . ~L

Solar Eclipse: the light is on–the light is off–the light returns. ~L

 

“Watch for everything to fall into place on the February 26th New Moon Pisces eclipse. The eclipse, along with a Mars/Uranus conjunction (opposing Jupiter Rx) will fuse all the influences over the past few days in a bright flash. Endings and beginnings may be simultaneous, and Mars/Uranus/Jupiter adds urgency. A total reversal may spin you around and spit you out. After the dizziness subsides, welcome to your next chapter.” ~www.rubyslipper.ca 


PISCES/AQUARIUS IS THE TRUTH THAT SETS THE CAPTIVE FREE ~L

“Events will happen quickly, and they will be the results of what’s been brewing for awhile (Mars/Pluto, Sun/South Node). The past and future could collide, but the future always takes precedence (especially with Uranus driving a New Moon). This eclipse will conjoin Neptune -the new possibilities could exceed your imagination, as long as you flush away the old stuff.”                                                                                                              ~ rubyslipper.ca


“Should you feel the need to go turbo, focus first. Is your driving mechanism a hybrid of the purest points of your personage? In listening to the inspiring messages in the ethers, are you perfectly focused and tuned in on the cosmic dial? Remember, everyone endures the turbo sense of personal urgency (at this new moon annular solar eclipse ~L). It’s not just you. However, your highest priority is you, and how you interact with all those you meet claiming their personal you-ness.” ~philipsedgwick.com 

“Satabhishawhich translates literally as “100 healers,” is in an area of the sky within the constellation of Aquarius. The purifying waters of Aquarius pour through these stars and into the deep cosmic ocean of the night known as the Milky Way. These miraculous waters create a portal through which descends a primordial healing power.  Illness rooted in Satabhisha is often difficult to diagnose, however if the treatment is applied under its influence the remedy is highly effective.

The Hindu holiday of Maha Shivaratri—or “The great night of Lord Shiva”—falls prior to the eclipse, on the evening of February 24, 2017. On this night, the thin sliver of waning moon—the Shiva Moon—which he wears in his matted hair, will be seen rising before dawn.

 

In India, it is customary to stay up all night, fasting and singing mantras to Lord Shiva, who is known as the destroyer. Often depicted in a wild dance of destruction, Shiva is also seen as the consummate yogi seated quietly on a Himalayan mountainside, deep in contemplation.

Satabhisha is called the “veiling star” because of its powerful ability to cloak (and uncloak) the mysteries of consciousness. It is said that Lord Shiva burns through this veil of illusion – maya – when he opens his third eye, and that prayers and offerings to him have the power to alter the laws of destiny and break our karmic ties. By offering your prayers to Lord Shiva, and by repeating the mantra Om Namah Shivaya, you can accelerate the healing process sparked by this eclipse.” ~anandastrology.com

This eclipse, like all others, will kick off a cycle of approximately six months of development, so show up for whatever emerges – and emerge it will! During the Eclipse, Mars will be sitting on top of strong-willed and explosive Uranus. This will totally change the expected vibe of a Pisces New Moon into a more edgy event. Watch out for battles to prove or maintain your independence; these aremore about pissing on your territory than expressing your needs. Embody your truth without shoving it down other’s throats, no matter how tempting it may be.

It’s not enough to know what you are; you need to know what you’re not, too. The 27th brings us our final kick in the fanny from the Red Planet as it sits opposite from expansive Jupiter. Jupiter is a gambler, but Mars hates to lose. The thing that Mars needs to get is that the only way to really lose is if you don’t learn. Growth happens through struggle and strife as often as it comes from falling in love or being healed by the cuteness of cats.”~lovelanyadoo.com

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“Mercury (Sun’s messenger) enters Pisces on Saturday, joining the Sun in Pisces. This is our last week before the Lenten season (46 days) begins, starting with Mardi Gras next Tuesday. This is a week of festivals, a secret birthday celebration, preparations, a solar eclipse and a new moon.

Each sign has a specific purpose & task. The Pisces task is to “save the world.” Pisces is called the “Light of the World.” The Light of Pisces reveals the Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness (ignorance, unkindness, criticism, judgment, etc.) of matter. All of Earth’s kingdoms absorb this “saving” Pisces light.  During Pisces, and with Mercury in Pisces, humanity (World Servers and Saviors in potential) is informed of its sacred tasks – “to save ourselves by loving each other in order to survive, sustain, create and thrive in the new world.” 

Sunday is Pisces new moon solar eclipse. All eclipses inform us that something has been completed and is disappearing so something more vibrant and useful can come forth. Solar eclipses tell us something deeply essential to our lives is over. The eclipse new moon occurs at 8 degrees Pisces. Where is that degree of Pisces in everyone’s astrology chart? That tells us what area of life is being affected by this new moon eclipse. The keynote for Pisces new moon is, “Go forth in matter, in order to experience (and later save) the world.”

~nightlightnews.org

If I had told you, more than a year ago when we began looking beyond duality toward the process encompassing it that our world was going to take a giant evolutionary step backward at the start of 2017, you would never have believed it.  If I had told you that just as you were beginning to get comfortable with the idea of embracing a both/and vision of creation you would have to endure the most lopsided oscillation you had ever imagined, would it have made sense to you?  If I asked you to run the most important exercise of wait-and-see, don’t-blink-first chicken while it felt like the world was unraveling, would you have bothered with me?  With lunar yoga?  With mindful meditation?

Of course you would have!  You are a Yoganaut and your craft is built for rough seas and vast cosmic spaces!

This is the last Pisces new moon for 19 years. The new moon starts a new emotional cycle, but with it this time is a huge amount of ending/releasing because of its alignment with the South Node and it’s placement in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac. This eclipse holds a potent triad of planets squaring Pluto: Uranus conjunct Mars opposite Jupiter.  Pluto’s rotation and return (which completes in the chart of the USA in 2020) marks the end of a 250 year empire cycle.  Any seduction, manipulation, control will dissolve in the truth that love is surrender and cooperation. (Belief is control, love is surrender.)  We all come together to reveal one another to each other.  We are all showing ourselves to ourselves through ourselves.  No one is more god than any other.

The wound, the self-abandonment is going to lessen.   It is really extreme right now, as is the empathy.  Darkness is increasing after all, both through the new moon and the eclipse.  In that, there is a supreme access to past patterns and shadow.  Fully feel what you want to release.  Make time and space for it, please, oh, please.  I try not to issue maxims (no absolutes!), but it can really help to focus on what you want to let go of.  That really is why it’s being amplified, it’s not to torture you.  Remember this is hundreds and thousands of years of processing you are doing, that’s why it’s so super-sized and up in your grill.  Be gentle with yourself, be kind to others or step away if you cannot.  Everyone is beyond triggered and fighting battles we cannot perceive.

I seldom talk about raising vibration, but I want to make one suggestion: is it possible that we raise vibration by releasing attachment?  I think this is true for me and why I am so challenged right now.

Hold the line with me and mind your heart,

~L

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Continue reading Between Chaos and Form: A New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces (Tropical) and Aquarius (Vedic) Sunday * 26th February 2017 * 03:58:23 pm CET 7:58 a.m. MST

Leo Full moon Lunar Penumbral Eclipse Feb 10 5:33 pm for you Feb 11 1:33 am for me.

 “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.” ~Alice Walker

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“Probably the best chant for the week’s energy is:

NAM  ME  OH  HO
WREN  GAY
KEY  OH

I have written the chant exactly as it sounds, not as it’s spelled. It’s a Buddhist chant; my friends and I call it the Tina Turner chant because it’s the one she did that gave her the strength to leave Ike. The chant is enormously soothing and like all chants connects the body, mind, and spirit in right and perfect balance. I use mala beads when I chant.”

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The Queen of Swords lives in each of us and knows exactly when to detach from absolutely everything and retreat. She is the best of thought and air, a mental vacation from all the bullshit, and that aspect of self we turn to when we need clarity. When I am overwhelmed, which is pretty par for the course these days, it’s my Queen of Swords who says, “Come. You’re going to chant now and then you’re going for a walk.” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fight her advice, I do, but I’m getting better at following it, because it takes me out of the hamster in the wheel thinking that is of virtually no benefit and keeps me locked in futile battles.”
                   Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools. Kat                               
 

Like chanting?  Try the Brahma Mudra!

https://youtu.be/-XupR5iGYM8

(This is a demo video I created for Scribeflow, my movement and writing project with Stacey Rezvan of Kitewriting http://www.kitewriting.co.uk/ –more info soon.)
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Hey Ashley!  The eclipse axis will move into Aquarius/Leo (Western): tribe and innovation vs self expression (and self appreciation) .  Since you are the experienced Yoganaut you know that this means Rahu and Ketu move here, too since they are the Nodes of the moon.  When those nodes shift, the global focus follows.  This eclipse will give us a glimpse of what to expect.  It harks back to 1998-9.

Essentially, we are revamping our give and take for the good of humanity.  On a personal level we are reinventing our hearts.  It’s an invitation to love you.  Value you.  I do. ~L  

“The North Node in Leo, Fixed Star Regulus & “The Great American Eclipse”

The North Node is always the mission statement we should (how about could? ~L) be forcing (eep! ~L) ourselves to move towards. The North Node typically moves in retrograde motion, so we work backwards through Virgo until May 10th.  The time when the North Node is still in Virgo is, of course, still a time of practicing discernment and logical analysis over sweeping emotions and snap judgement. Once in the fixed sign of Leo, the goal is to use well honed skills developed in Virgo for the new purpose of emboldening our personalities. Leo is a sign that tries to develop courage and confidence; on the personal level this should hopefully be a time of recognizing where we ought to be proud of ourselves.

Around the time that the North Node is at the earliest degrees of Virgo and then hits 29 degrees Leo, the North Node will be conjunct a fixed star called Regulus. There has historically been strong ties between Regulus and military generals. This is a time to closely watch in regard to what is being orchestrated by military leaders. The North Node at the mundane level often just indicates fatedness.

 That eclipse is a New Moon Total Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo, the so-called “Great American Eclipse” for the eclipse path/visibility will only affect American soil. Yes, this eclipse is a big deal for America. It’s a big deal for Donald Trump, just one degree off his ascendant. America has a “birth chart” known as the Sibley chart (July 4th, 1776) with the Moon at 27 degrees Aquarius, the sign opposite Leo. While the gears are turning around the world, there’s a particularly intense stirring awaiting those of us living in the U.S. as the Great American Eclipse hits our President and our people in one fell swoop.

 (There are three other eclipses in 2017: the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 22 degrees Leo on February 10th; the New Moon Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces on February 26th; and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Aquarius on August 7th.)” ~ Clarissa at www.vivacombusta.com

(This whole article is really worth your time, in my opinion.~L)

https://vivacombusta.com/2017/01/16/2017-the-year-of-conviction-and-contradictions/#more-2699

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 “As with all Full Moons, our problems will intensify as the Full Moon approaches on Friday, Feb10; then afterwards, they will diminish or disappear. The Sun in Aquarius is supported by lucky Jupiter; and Saturn and Jupiter are on good terms. This gives us faith in our future.

Remember: Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.”
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“We are already cascading into some personal sort of inevitability. The Aquarius to Leo Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is at 23 degrees; lining up with the other big planets. The eclipsing Moon makes a Grand Trine with Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius, The Sun trines Jupiter in Libra. The harmony in the Air and Fire elements is very supportive of positive results. Shifts are happening in the material plane.  Positive shifts are indicated all over the place. The question is how well do we adapt and go with the flow. We come to see where we are at in life through this eclipse cycle, which we are now entering.  ~ http://www.webvic.com/astrology/weekly.php

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Jupiter is not necessarily weaker. In fact, often planets seem to have a stronger influence during their retrograde phase. What is happening though, is that the focus is shifting from our outer world and circumstances, and being redirected within.

 

Oftentimes when Jupiter stations retrograde, we become more conscious of issues surrounding unethical or immoral behavior in the outer world.  Although it is important to be aware, alert and informed, it is even more important to pay attention to whether or not we are living up to our own standards and principles. And for the 4 months each year that Jupiter is retrograde we are asked to direct our attention to, and align ourselves with these core principles, beliefs, and standards.”

~ http://www.astrologybylauren.com/apps/blog/

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And so, we return to our Yoganaut notion of the parts of the whole and the self as a portal.  The Leo full moon loves the drama of the differences, but as Yoganauts we know that the flow of energy supports all life and flow is our focus.  We let it MOVE THROUGH.  The energy is hitting the choke points of difference and polarity (sun and moon opposition, Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter t-square), but we can use the fire and air energy of this chart to fuel a forward escape toward liberation and freedom.  Soul flows through constrictions with greater force in this acceleration.  We balance the distortion with greater and more focused alignment.  Good portals have to stay open while holding together.  Both/and, yo.

3 gunas

(Little heart in the middle, yo.~L)
“In the yoga philosophy and Hinduism the primordial nature of intelligence upon which the universe exists and functions is called Prakriti. It is the essential part of the universe and is at the basis of all the activity of the creation. In the text Bhagavad Gita is is described as “primal motive force”. Prakriti has 3 qualities of forces that make up nature and creation and these are called Gunas, meaning strand, thread or rope.” ~ http://www.michellecross.co.uk/3-gunas/

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Sun Soul Moon

Sun Earth Moon is the cosmic order of the lunar eclipse.  The moon is meant to reflect the sun, the Atman the all that is, but just now the earth’s shadow, the shadow of matter is distorting the reflection.  during this eclipse the moon falls in Magha nakshatra (or at least Vedic astrologer Michael Reed says so — it’s remarkable how many different stories you can get on something that seems factual, no?) and Magha is the 1st of the 9 Tamasic lunar houses.

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As we have noted before, something is trying to show itself to us, through us.  This eclipse in this placement is like the soul newly aware of matter.  It’s the first glimpse of the world, the other, the body (I mean the WHOLE body, the planet and all her people as one system) and the shock and awe are profound.  There is rage (Rajas) and profound sadness (Tamas) and then there is a third thing . . .  The opportunity is here to release the deeper thread that connects the triggers, the traumas and attain a greater freedom FOR ALL OF US.  There’s an outrageous number of sextiles and supportive aspects for gradual elimination of the things that no longer serve the collective, and that’s good news!  Just listening or sharing from the heart can be so supportive at times like this . . .  Find your courage, live your vision.
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“Sattva is the ultimate state of harmony, balance and joy, infused with consciousness and intelligence. An all round yoga practice of meditation, asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra. It’s resting in the truth of who you are and observing the other two gunas at play and not reacting to either. That pause can diffuse.”~ http://www.michellecross.co.uk/3-gunas/

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There are just so many forces acting on the planet right now and the novelty and acceleration have reached this ridiculous fever pitch crescendo: ancestors, pride, ethics, beliefs, nationality, money, migration, evolution . . . on and on with the polarities and bifurcation.  There is only on force in the known universe that can balance a human system swinging as wildly as this and guess what it is?  It’s a bigger system!  It’s nature.  It’s a planet.  It’s a cosmos.  And LUCKY MOTHERFLOWER YOU, you have got one.  And you know what this planet does? IT PEOPLES!  Which means your body is made of planet and you get to live there full-time!  You literally live in an energy-balancing planetary machine!  Feeling out of whack?  That’s because you have been working so hard!  AND YOU ARE GETTING A MASSIVE UPGRADE.  May not the best time to push, you may not have all the information till March 12, but change that comes organically can be welcomed.

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(Forgive me if this image is a bit triggering, it’s not meant to shame, just to describe.~L)

All I can do is point to the sky and notice that the sun in Aquarius, the moon in Leo, Jupiter retrograde in Libra and Uranus, Venus and Mars in Aries form a 5 pointed star at this eclipse and that is your portal’s calling card.  I’d recognize it anywhere.  There is also a mystic rectangle two golden triangles and a Yod. This is Meant to bring us all back into balance. This is the start of the eclipse season.  It’s a process.   It’s the signature of the flow that supports all of life.  Can the flowing energy come when you call?  Can flow realign you even in chaos?  Can you sit with the discord and let your heavenly and earthly body carry it back into resonance?  Only YOU know what is best for you.  Only you know how to respect the flow of life as you see it.  Now more than ever, there is the chance to look within from a new perspective.

I will send a more personal update with photos as soon as my schedule permits, just wanted you to have the hopeful view I am seeing!  As always, I am so appreciative to have this time out of time to connect in a different way and fly my phreak phlag phly.

Sure do miss you all.

Mind your heart,

~L


Spot the phreak!

The New Moon of January 27/28 2017 Welcoming the Overwhelm

Aquarian (t)/ Capricorn (V) New Moon January 27 5:07 pm MST January 28 1:07 am in Brno, CZ

“In Vedic Astrology, this new moon is close on the heels of a crucial karmic reboot; Saturn‘s shift into Sagittarius. This once in 30-year occurrence triggers the notorious degree called the Abhukta Mula, a rare and turbulent influence that destabilizes social structures and triggers reform.  Read more about Saturn’s position here.  

The new moon will be in the area of the sky known as Shravana nakshatra.  This Vedic lunar mansion is also called “the ear of God,” as it magnifies the power to hear and absorb knowledge.  Shravana offers the supportive blessings of Lord Vishnuwho sustains order and peace.
In the trinity of Hindu deities, Brahma is the creator, Shiva is the destroyer, and Vishnu is the great preserver. 
Use this stabilizing and protective energy as an opportunity to observe yourself and the world. The silence between words offers insight into infinite wisdom and clarity.
In India this new moon also has the special significance of Mauni Amavasya (Mauni=silence/Amavasya=dark moon).  A vow of silence is sometimes taken on this new moon to support self-reflection and increase receptivity.
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 that voice of pain? it’s not who you are. love yourself enough to know it, love yourself through the pain. ~L
 
On the lighter side, Venus (the planet of love) will shift signs on this new moon.  On Jan 27 (6:46 am PT) Venus will enter Pisces for a rare four-month transit that will include a 5-week retrograde cycle in March. The romantic influence of Venus will strengthen the human spirit against adversity and give an extra charge of hope to the world.
© Kari Field, Anandashree Astrology, 2014 – 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kari Field and Anandashree Astrology with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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“New Moon 27/28 January 2017 at 8º Aquarius Decan 1 Aspects: None.  Fixed Star: Alpha Tucana In the Toucan.


The needy embryonic Moon is not comfortable in a decan that is so much about cutting the umbilical cord to freedom. It is also one that will tend to rebel against its mother country and feel at odds in whatever home they find themselves. The Moon here is continually searching for the ‘Promised Land’ but rarely finds it. This New Moon Aquarius 1 is so idealistic, that it finds squaring its high expectations with earthly domestic reality extremely hard.

By the end of the month any alienation that is felt matures into great self-sufficiency. The ability to look after oneself then is in turn bestowed upon the various waifs and strays that this New Moon can attract. At this time we might find ourselves providing temporary accommodation for those making difficult life transitions. A cosmic home is found amongst other outsiders.”~DarkstarAstrology.com

Healing the rejected feminine, the part of us that is connected to the planet and the sacred.   Pull back together the things that have been separated, the masculine and the feminine unified in the new Aquarian wholeness.  In you.  In me.  Here and now. ~L

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The new moon in Aquarius take place in the evening on, Friday, January 27th. This is a potent new moon in that it’s unaspected.

The ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, is in the warrior sign, Aries. Consequently, I see this new moon as if the universe is throwing down the gauntlet. It’s a challenge to reinvent yourself (sun) and your feelings (moon). ~elsa.com

Choosing sacred existence, restoring the compassionate, empathic plan for all beings on this jewel of a planet. ~L

Balsamic moon, horoscopes, weekly horoscopes, Chinese New Year, Rooster, Cock, Fire Rooster, 2017, New Year, Happy New Year, Mars, Aries

 

“There’s an anxiety you can feel during this phase of the moon. Perhaps you have visions of how your life can look better, how it will change. Or need to change. But you can’t connect all the dots. Everything feels a bit murky. Become okay with that.

Your task during a balsamic moon is to drop the belief that you can even connect all the dots now. You likely can’t. Or if you could, you’d probably connect them in a way that’s based on stale info. There’s a faith-building and surrender that comes at a balsamic moon that’s necessary and sometimes just hard to do. Content yourself with the visions and clearing away what could block your intentions and blessings.

Balsamic moons are notorious for feeding hard-headedness. We’re sure what works best for us. Even when something clearly isn’t working. Check in on your own hard-headedness. Yes, ask yourself, “What am I holding on to that’s not helping me?”

You’ll have room to breathe in new possibilities and inspirations once you’ve cleared that space. Then you can better appreciate Mars moving back into Aries, his home sign, on Friday. He’ll arrive like a brawny guy with a U-Haul van, ready to help you move and fill that space. That’s perfect for Chinese New Year.

Happy Year of the Fire Rooster!”~http://unlockastrology.com/horoscopes-1-23/

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“Just when you thought things were ready to calm down: supriiiiise, they’re not! This week there’s a New Moon in heady Aquarius. New Moons are usually a wonderful time to open up to possibility and mark the start of a new cycle. This one, not so much. Tenderhearted Venus will take a swift kick in the gut from hardheaded Saturn, and it’s likely to make for some defensive and sad feels. This is a great time to get clear about what you are and what you ain’t, and gurl, if you’ve been letting someone else define you, it’s gonna hurt.

By the time Mercury catches up with Pluto, you’ll have plenty to obsess over, but whatever you do, don’t pick fights. The energy from the 27th-1st is going to be too wild to tame, so investigate, gestate, and meditate for best results. Ask yourself if the reason you’re pressing for answers is because you want to avoid the stress of sitting with things as they are now or if you actually think you can change things up. When in doubt, wait 72hrs before saying your piece because this week, motive means everything. Keep yours squeaky clean, bbs.” ~ http://www.lovelanyadoo.com/

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Sorry I am so late, Yoganauts!

Especially this time around!  So many people MIA or WAY too present, so much polarization, so much judgement, change, fear and intimidation.  The good news is that something amazing is being born and something horrific is dying.  The bad news is that something beautiful is dying and something wicked is gaining ground.  It’s a time for patience and a determined return to your personal vision and inner knowing.  The moon is about listening inwardly to the truth you KNOW.

Collective patience, deliberate building and careful construction of a new world, Yoganauts.  Discipline, integrity and a commitment to doing the necessary work as the moon sextile Saturn demands, yo.  Do the work willingly, or as willingly as you can.  Thank the nudge, shove or pitchfork that is helping you make the changes. It’s all about the changes.  The pitchfork? The most unfair thing?  The oppression?  No matter what it looks like, that is the thing that’s being cleared.  

We are at the halfway point of the Venus Saturn Square that started in October and will peak in April.  Find your feet, commit to going on, what else did you have planned anyway? You CAME to stand in your integrity, in the light of your truth.  Chop wood, carry water and call your elected officials.

We are clearing those stagnant energies and purging the things we don’t need.  It’s going to take time. Let’s remember, we are Yoganauts.  We know this music.  We have been working on changing the patterns of dualistic thinking in our minds for a more than a year now.  We know from experience that the shadow does not go quietly.  But bit by bit, moment by moment, the awareness can be brought to the wound and it can be healed with love instead of rejected and spurned with hate.  In the end, even the darkness serves the light. Put your frustration, anger and desire aside listen with your whole self and you will see the path again.

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It  is dark, you can tell it’s underground and it would be easy to panic or give up but remember: it’s a tunnel, not a tomb.  It’s only a tomb if you stop going forward.  The blessing of Aquarius/Capricorn is detachment. Detachment without trauma requires an awareness of wholeness beyond the appearance of dualism.  The moment of transformative awakening is at hand. Good thing you are preparing and have an amazing team.  You got this.

Happenings:

The new blog:  www.facebook.com/breathemovewrite/  www.scribeflowblog.wordpress.com

The old blog:  www.dogmoonyoga.wordpress.com Lunar updates still live here. You can comment anonymously.

An ESL article I just got published:   http://www.weareteacherfinder.com/blog/english-fluency-pronunciation-prosody-pyramid/

The Zivnostensky fundraising campaign:  https://www.fundmytravel.com/campaign/PF3kZTYtP0

It is impossible to say how grateful I am for the presence of this forum in my life and for those of you who have reached out to help me with travel and encourage my writing.  Please know that I welcome any feedback you would have time to give and if you need to “unsubscribe” I will not take it personally. I swear.

Mind your heart,

~L

Rare Astrology (Cancerian / Gemini Full Moon)

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Statue of Neptune in the town square of Trento
I am worthy of achieving all that I desire in this life.”
All planets move direct from January 7 to February 6, 2017.
  
Courage is of the heart and the heart is about love; courage then is an act of love.  Refuse to budge from the process of self-discovery. You are mining for the truth and wonder of you, that was buried by life and living. Give yourself the gift of your own authenticity and let your radiance shine.
 
  Commit to not judging yourself. If you are continually coming up lacking in your own eyes, then that against which you’re judging yourself, (all judgement is a result of comparison), is dysfunctional.Right use of judgement is discernment, of love, by love, and for love.

 I am wishing you loud courage, love beyond all reason, great good humor, and snark when you need it. May we destroy the illusions and tainted belief systems that keep us cut to size and manageable.”
 
Live loud, love fierce, and suffer no fools.  Kat of http://www.goddesshealmystic.com

 

Castello di Lazise on Lake Garda
“Full Moon processes increase the assimilation of the vibration from environment regardless of their nature. If the vibrations from the environment are hostile, or contain a predominance of materialism, our subconscious energies will be saturated with low frequency vibration, resulting in predisposition to violent behavior, mental agitation, inner restlessness, animal, instinctual action.”~www.yogaesoteric.net (Here in CZ!!~L)
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“Friday, January 13th

The number 13 has always been associated with the Goddess as there are 13 moons in a year. The word for Friday derives from the Latin phrase, “dies Veneris”, which simply means “day of Venus.” The only bad thing about Friday the 13th is the misogynistic misinformation that keeps us from celebrating its namesake and power.”~www.chaninicolas.com


This is a mountain in the Italian Alps (the Dolomites) where I stayed with Franco and Martzia Bosetti of Trento for 14 days.  I was invited by their daughter-in-law and son
Agneiszka and Fabrizio and was lucky to stay with their children Natalya and Eryk.

“To better understand the influence of the Full Moon, it is necessary to look at the movement of the  Moon as a cycle that has a minimum and maximum moment of impact. Minimum moment of impact is the New Moon period and the period of maximum influence is during the Full Moon.

We have shown that growth phase (from New Moon to Full Moon ) is a gradual accumulation stage , the absorption processes, sedimentation are becoming more intense. Precisely because of this, the last stage of growth which culminates with the full Moon, is a saturation point where there is the possibility of excess, that we can accumulate more than necessary, we eat more than we can digest, we can assimilate more information than we are able to apply.  As a very important conclusion, it is necessary to have sense of proportion and balance especially in this phase of maximum influence of the moon.” ~yogaesoteric.net

“New Moons and Full Moons are not, strictly speaking, “lunar” factors; they are phases in the relationship of the Moon to the Sun, as it is seen from the point of view of the Earth.  The Lunation Cycle is a cycle by the related motions of the Moon and the Sun. “~Dane Rudhyar The Lunation Cycle


The Alps of Rifugio Predaia where we spent New Years Eve and day hiking.

“Early in the week, the sun will square Uranus and Jupiter, with the full moon following suit. Jupiter is in a year long situation with Uranus sending us along unexpected avenues of growth. This week, both the sun and full moon activate that pattern.

Being a dynamic and emotionally intense full moon in Cancer, all feelings will be on full blast. Cancer energy evokes vulnerability. Cancer energy will make even the toughest babe bawl.

Cancer energy activates the wisdom of emotional intelligence both in ourselves and in others.

Logic is too cruel when divorced from the wisdom of the heart.”~chaninicolas.com


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“The full moon sits in opposition with Pluto in Capricorn and in a square aspect with Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This all adds up to what astrologers call a Cardinal Grand Cross.  A grand cross is made up of four stressful squares and two tension-filled oppositions.  Pulled in four different directions, we are asked to maintain our focus while incorporating many sides to a situation.  Vesta’s conjunction with the full moon in Cancer suggests that we try coming from a place of great care and understanding.”

~chaninicolas.com


Lake Garda

“It may come as no surprise that this full Moon falls in line with the current theme of communication and commerce in the astrology of the United States. With an inauguration roughly a week away we may begin to see a shift towards a new order that sheds light on our past incongruities and missteps. If we were not exposed to the errors of our collective ways we would not take steps towards repairing them.

This same full Moon brings a cardinal square that involves, the Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Uranus all standing at 90 degree angles to each other. A time of deep change is in store.   As Jupiter expands this theme we may be forced to take the bitter medicine.” ~www.chrisflischer.com

 

Franco and Martzia’s well-fed and fiesty pup, Lily.  Franco called her Lilena and called me Lena.
Well, Yoganauts, it’s official.  I have been everywhere.  Just kidding.  It only feels like it.  And I am not bragging.  I feel like the sole of a shoe.  This full moon is very personal and it has got me on the ropes.  This full moon falls on my birth degree (at 22 degrees of Cancer), my mother’s birth degree and my country’s birth degree.  My relationship to myself, my mother and my country all at once.  As Aga would say, “Jesus”.
You may not have much sympathy for this (and you probably should not) but it is difficult to keep up with an Italian/Polish holiday.  These people have STAMINA and they like to drink.  And ski.  And hike.  And shop.  And eat.  And drink.  Anyone who knows me well knows I am a little out of practice with drinking, especially when I am hiking!  But that ain’t all!
I knew when I left Brno that my trip to bella Italia would not end in the sunny Dolomites of Trento where Agnieska and her family had attended to my every need for two weeks.  I knew that I would have to make the trip from Trento to Bologna by high speed train with Fabrizio, then catch a plane to Prague (all courtesy of the Bosetti family–just for the pleasure of my broke, English-speaking company?!?) and from there ((dunt-dunt-DAH!)):
TO THE CZECH EMBASSY in BERLIN.
  (It rained ice.  The ice hurt.  I started calling it “snert”.)
Because, of course, one must apply for a Czech visa at the Czech embassy in another country.  Of course.  Where else would one do such a thing?  Wholly crap, Yoganauts.  That was NOT in the brochure.  Neither were certain other details that I will outline in my next email (sure to follow very quickly) when I reopen my “Fund My Travel” Account.  Don’t kid yourself, European bureaucracy IS all they say it is (by they I mean Kafka) and they REALLY don’t much care for Americans right now.  To the point that I have occasionally adopted an Irish accent, solely for administrative visits, of which I have 2 more.  In Berlin.  In the snert.

Mossimo’s pizza oven in Alessandria.  This is on the patio of his house.  Here we had the loudest Italian lunch (which is actually dinner) EVER!
So forgive me.  Please forgive me.  Forgive me!  I have been out exploring the world and trying new things and I return to Brno to the flat that I rented before I left (which is literally one room–kitchen and toilet included) and the full moon is coming and my life is fabulous and I am depressed.  And lonely (for the first time–really!).  And a whole host of other negative emotions that I have LITERALLY not felt in over a year.  This full moon is really intense energy and I am under it.
Luckily, I know what to do: let it move through.  Remind myself (dimly remembered) that this will pass if I let myself feel it.  It wants to talk to me and move on, so I am going to let it.  It’s like Dane Rudhyar is trying to explain to me in The Lunation Cycle.  The phases of the moon are not changes in the moon itself, but changes in the moon’s relationship to the sun as we see it from Earth.  It’s a relation of unity and separation.  A duality.  Sometimes close and allied, sometimes far and disconnected, but always whole.  Rudhyar says that this is the same cycling of the male~female relationship in biology: separate, unified, separate. And the parent child relation, too.  Sometimes the unity returns at the end, but not always.  Now we can add a third relationship: citizen and state.

Mossimo’s kitchen.  While everyone is invited to sit at the table, the head seat was given to his wife.  Not just anyone can sit at the head of a table like this one.
I really miss Montana (ok, not the 30 below, but compared to Europe, it is SOOOOO glorious at home–people can’t believe the pictures) and I want to come home (right now) more than I want my next breath.  So would you guys please hurry up and impeach the tangerine-colored trashcan fire somebody elected as president?  Thanks.  Should be about as easy as my getting a work visa in the Czech Republic.
Gaud, do I miss you.  You can’t believe how much.  I feel it, and I let go of it.
Mind your heart,
~L

Happy Solstice, Yoganauts. Both and. Not either or.

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Look, Yoganauts, I know you have been lied to.  A LOT.  I know the New Age is just as guilty as Catholicism is just as guilty as the media, as I am and just as guilty as you are.  Here’s the deal: if you buy into the idea that we are all one (whether you come by it spiritually or scientifically) then the logical extension is that we will feel each other’s bliss and each others pain.
We are processing each others’ emotions.  It’s not personal.
It’s the Capricorn~Cancer Axis.
Seriousness meets emotion.
Wise and practical male energy meets mama bear lunacy.
Defacto god~godess projections and expectations meet the cold, stark, light of day.
It’s also NOT logic.  It IS emotional.  So it doesn’t follow laws or rules.  It does whatever the hell true, raw emotion does. IT’s information, coming to us, THROUGH us.  So it has it’s own credibility.  It’s emotionally sovereign.  It has it’s own emotional authority.   And we all know what the mystical symbol for emotion is, now don’t we . . .
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And from her, we get the word “Lunatic”.
And what’s more, the mystical tradition tells us that the only way healing ACTUALLY occurs is if I actually ALLOW the feeling.
That’s right, I have to actually FEEL the FEELS for the HEAL to be REAL.
And here’s the kicker: it isn’t mental.  It won’t make sense sometimes, how you feel won’t stand up to reason.  FEEL IT ANYWAY.  Nature is impersonal in emotional distribution.  It has energy that it needs to process and (we hope) transmute.  So, sometimes it is unfair.  Sometimes you are the best vessel to ground some awkward energy.  That’s all.
Feel your way through.
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Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest
However, we do need to consider what happens emotionally on this planet when there is genocide.  We do need to acknowledge the emotional reality, even if it is not logical.  Some of you may be feeling this present moment pretty deeply, if you are not, please don’t judge your emotional response compared to others’.  This tightening of the gyre, this passage through the darkest night is what magnificent vessels are built for: to hold and contain the sacred substance of an emerging Universe.  Hold fast, Yoganauts.  Hold the line.  Feel it fully.  It has never before been here.  Feel it pass.  Even this will change.

Brno by night.  Goddess on top.
“The patriarchy is the 6,000 year birth canal of the great mother Goddess.” ~Richard Tarnas
“Nothin’s easy.”~Jethro Tull
 
The final note I’d like to play as our Vedic Lunar Yoga concerto approaches it’s final written draft (note: I did not say first performance) is that I cannot underestimate the importance of knowing how I personally feel and doing all I can to stay open in my heart and mind.  I cannot know how I help others and the planet by maintaining my vibe.  Self care, rest and gentle introspection are the order of the day.  Even and especially in these times.  The more compassion I can embody, the more I can be kind, the more people, places and things and can love and bless the more I bring the needed energies to this place.
I have to remember this is a birth of a thing never before seen.
No one knows what it will look like.
I must keep my personal vision of a loving, just, peaceful, gentle world alive.
Only I know what that looks like.  Only I know what it takes to keep that portal open.
And holy hell, Yoganauts, I must hold that portal open.
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It’s important to remind myself that I am a portal.  What is being born is coming to me, THROUGH me.  Like any birthing mother MUST know the dangers of birth and be careful to watch for signs, it is also important to remind myself that this process is safe (on some level that reassures me–so I go through, not back) and that I was built for this passage.
I cannot rely on others (not my family, my job, my city, my government–not anyone) to hold the portal open for me.
Others can help, but their help is not compulsory.  Others CANNOT be allowed to hurt.  Not this time, not at this birth.  Too much is at stake.  If that sentence speaks to you please take it into consideration.  Others may be telling you that self-care and elimination of dangers is selfish at this time.  Please find your own truth in that.  Check in with that part of you that senses something coming.  Ask it what it wants.  What do YOU want?
Will you make a tomb out of this tunnel?
 
And the final, final note of recent music I want to try and play for you?  It’s not my job to figure out how all of this works and what pieces need to come together or develop some twisted strategy.  My job is to just keep hammering on the love pedal, the art pedal, the acceptance pedal at every opportunity.  Because I have an opportunity to do my job and CHOOSE.  My job is to make a choice about how I feel.  I can’t let my 3 year old self run the show.  My job is achievable, based in reality and uber practical.  BUT IT IS NOWHERE NEAR EASY.
I have to make conscious choices. Every time.   
 
Mercury Retrogrades in Sagittarius and its polarity is Gemini.
So “the truth” confronts “the facts”.  The veil lifts and lowers.  The “real world” is becoming more and more the “surreal world”.  If reality is up for grabs, this review could be really helpful.  Welcome the chance to revisit, revise any resource or financial goal and make peace with what you reasonably can achieve, in light of was emotionally decided or chosen in fear.  Let go of unreal expectations of others.  Distortions abound.  Viveka, viveka, viveka, yo.
Join me in this cooperation, at my gracious Czech hosts would say.
 
Oh yeah, and the nodes are back in Virgo (N) and Picses (S).
“No, no, no to boo, hoo, hoo.”~ Mama Maga of Karma2dharmaastrology.com
Yep, it’s the September eclipses all over again.

“We get to tell our own story, we are in charge of our narrative.”

#nodapl #followyourlight

http://nyti.ms/2hGp4uf” ~ Sacred Stone Camp shared Josué Rivas Fotographer‘s post.

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September full moon over Brno.
“We approach the Solstice on the 21st, one of the most spiritual times of year, Mars in Pisces brings other intentions to hand: seeding acts of compassion; inspiring us to put aside our own needs in order to aid our fellow man; and opening our hearts to the collective. At this time we may see the wisdom of going into retreat, slowing down, conserving our energy and working on things from behind the scenes, rather than broaching a direct confrontation.”~astrologybylauren.com
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Brno observatory and planetarium.

“The Galactic Center is a supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is a place of incredible energy, pushing and pulling us towards experiences that will make us grow. Sometimes these are pleasurable, and sometimes they´re painful. The Galactic Center attains heightened importance in 2017 as Saturn will go retrograde precisely at this point. February-May and November-December 2017 is when Saturn approaches the G.C. before ending its transit through Sagittarius.

The information you receive now as the Sun prepares to conjunct this point in the sky will absolutely set the tone for what you do throughout 2017!!!”

This astrological – and – oracular prime-time. Reach out to teachers, guides, astrologers, facilitators you trust.

Sun (26 Sagittarius) conjunct Pholus-and-the-Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius): We´ve talked a little about the GC, so I´ll focus on Pholus. This asteroid relates to the energy of awakening, of the bottle that is suddenly uncorked – and out pops the genie! The information revealed often leads to breakthroughs in generational healing.

Other Resources for more info on this centaur planet (more gateways for knowledge):

Mary Plumb – http://mountainastrologer.com/tma/nessus-and-pholus

We´ve also got Saturn (19 Sagittarius) trined Uranus (20 Aries). The next 12 days are going to see this energy bring even more insights into our consciousness, especially around the tail end of December / New Year´s Eve. Uranus will station direct on December 29/30 (depending on where you are in the world) – that brings a change in the nature of how we awaken and carry forth that energy in the world. If you´ve got bodies near 20-21 Leo – this will be a phenomenal Grand Fire Trine for you. Meeeow! Talk about astro-dynamite. (And again – you´re going to be working on these insights throughout 2017 … )”

~ Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2016. All rights reserved.

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Ugh.  Yoganauts.  That is all I have.  I am just spent.  I have finally collected and submitted all the forms for my work visa.  One of my Polish classmates has invited me to spend the holidays with her family in Trento, Italy.  (I am incredibly fortunate in all my friends–please count yourself among them)  Then I go back to Prague to meet with the woman helping me with my visa (“say this, not that–be a little less American, please”) and then to the Czech embassy in Berlin.  I found a flat I hope to afford and 3 jobs.

I am frightened and exhilarated and . . . starting to recognize a polarity when I see one.

Everything I need comes to me when I need it.

I am always free to seek a better feeling thought.  I know more emotional shocks are coming, but I do have a measure of control of the thoughts I surround them with.

Security is inside me, not outside.

I will mind my heart.

Miss you,

~L

Full Moon in Gemini (Mrigashirsha) 13/14 December: Wander from FEAR to LOVE

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If this period of energies is feeling familiar, Yoganauts, it’s because this full moon is reigniting the mutable energies of the September 2016 eclipses.  (It’s on the blog to remind you.)
You guessed it, Angie: THE VIRGO~PISCES AXIS activated by the nodes of the moon (past and future).  GAAAH!  (Remain calm, Yoganauts–you know this music: victim, martyr, spiritual wounding, the last thousand times you got persecuted for your spiritual gifts, artistic talents and sensitivities–yeah, that AND the fear that it will never end, made worse by a certain recent election.)  Limitations are part of the process.  If it gets too heavy, TAKE A NAP!!!
  Because you need to preserve your energy and stay true to your inner knowing.  No more going along to get along.  Only YOU can make this world safe for your expression or anyone else’s. This time you will survive and thrive.
Bring what is in you, what is in alignment, what is true INTO THE LIGHT.
BEYOND FEAR!!!!~L
Photo Copyright Xiao Shuai. Photo processing by Jeff Dai. Used with permission.
These ripples are high in the upper atmosphere. They’re thought to be caused by gravity waves. Photo copyright 2016 Xiao Shuai. Photo processing by Jeff Dai. Used with permission, The direction of these photos were toward the south, and the foreground mountain was illuminated by the rising moon.  Location: 30°53’54’’N and 102°54’03E.Date and time: November 24, 2-4 a.m. (GMT +8)~earthsky.org
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“No spiritual practice can be liberating if it isn’t also deeply challenging in its nature. To only listen to teachings that lull us to sleep isn’t spiritual in nature. Spiritual practice is meant to jolt us awake. Disrupting our lives. Interrupting our complacency. It is a call so loud that it stirs the same kind of howl within us. It engages us with the world. As it is. As imperfectly as it appears. As difficult as it can be to contend with.

Don’t be afraid of the work. Don’t be resistant to the changes. They are both for your overall benefit. They are both for your overall liberation. They are both for your growth. And they are good. “~ Chani Nicolas

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Venus, ancient goddess of love, luxury, beauty and money, continues to fall into one pit or another this fall.  At this time she is in a challenging mix with Saturn and Pluto.  These two planets are not the best of companions.  One demands work and effort, while the other creates dramas and fear of the Powers That Be.  This arrangement makes it hard to stand with honor and integrity in relationships but it can be done.  Remain with your values, even if they are threatened by a tsunami.  Don’t succumb to pressure or make demands of others.~horoscopesbyvivian.com

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“It is certainly a time for delays and hindrances as the Sun nears its conjunction with Saturn.  These challenges are like a cosmic reminder to think before we act, act purposefully, and stay on course!  Wonderful to have some good folks around to share our stories with while stranded here or there.  Here’s hoping that you are making those new connections with others who are on similar paths and not only help the time go by but offer comfort, support, and wisdom teachings in between!

This is accomplished by getting over some of our judgments about ourselves and others.  It is so easy to approach relationships from either a place of superiority or inferiority!  Both of those get in the way of truly connecting with another person.  This is a good time to watch yourself and see just how quick you are forming opinions of other people (and yourself) and make efforts to suspend some of your conclusions until further information is gathered (Gemini Moon).  ” ~Kaypacha Lescher www.newparadigmastrology.com

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Home, for now.  Brno, CZ.~L

“We’ve been under the influence of a midpoint picture that has kept Saturn stationed between Jupiter and Mars since the first of the month. By my recollection that configuration has kept the wolves at bay, during a window of time that could have seen all of us eaten alive. At this stage it’s all up to us. And what happens next will go a whole lot better for everyone if we are wise and self aware enough to leave both our weapons and our baggage at the door.”~ Cal Garrison at – See more at: http://mountaintimes.info/volatile-time/

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“In Vedic Astrology, this full moon will illuminate the area of the sky known as Mrigashirsha, (Mriga = deer, shirsha = head).  It is found in the constellation of Orion the hunter and has long been revered as the restless “searching star.” Consider what it is you search for, and what gives you a sense of fulfillment.

PictureDeity Soma (God of the Moon) whose vehicle is the deer/antelope.

Soma is the lunar deity that rules Mrigashirsha and soma is also the nectar that drips from moonlight.  The angels and the demons both seek out this nectar-elixir for its blissful and empowering effect.

But take heed, anxiety can run high on this full moon. Like a startled deer that quickly flees danger, unequal power dynamics between people may suddenly come into focus.  Be wary of confrontations and try to avoid drama. Also, with Saturn closely conjunct the sun (fully combust on Dec 10) your energy may be low. If your mind is prone to worry, take it easy and don’t be overly critical of yourself and others.

This is the final full moon of the year preceding the Winter Solstice (Dec 21), when the nights are longest in the northern hemisphere.  This is a yearly turning point that is auspicious for planning, envisioning and vetting your heart.~ Kari Field of www.anandastrology.com

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These wild and crazy times come as the looming T-Square of judicial Jupiter, jack-in-the box Uranus and power hungry Pluto comes close to reforming in the heavens. Watch out for this around December the 19th when Jupiter and Uranus complete the first of three oppositions, Mercury heads into reverse gear and fiery Mars changes from universal Aquarius into sacrificial Pisces. It will conjunct the USA Moon as it does.  This will set the scene for a political roller coaster right through until April 2017, with late February and early March the climax.

The Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square brings political insurrections.  When the guillotine fell at 10.22 am January 21 1793, the T-Square was active.  Thankfully, the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square is a rare occurrence. It’s more recent appearances were in the early to mid 1930’s and from August 2013 through to the Grand Cross of late April 2014. Both periods had a notable effect on France.

Austria, recognisant of the danger of extremist politics, last week chose their first Green Leader in Alexander van der Bellen. Although even there, the far right has been a growing force, despite the lessons of WWII.

They are looking for a balance between economy and ecology. A step towards a new and different future. More importantly, they are showing that the future doesn’t have to be a mindless re-run of the past.

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“Mercury was the Roman god who carried messages from the gods down to Earth. (The Greeks called him Hermes.) Mercury is associated with travel, commerce, trade and all forms of communication. During times of Mercury retrograde, the Romans kept their cell phones turned off in an attempt to reduce mixed-up communications. (Tragically, this was the reason Calpurnia was not able to warn Caesar about the betrayal of the Senate and Brutus.) Mercury is slowing down now to go retrograde on the 19th.” ~ www.georgianicols.com
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“The December 13th Full Moon in Gemini delivers a Moon/Saturn opposition, and a Jupiter in Libra/Uranus Rx in Aries opposition (with Ceres – fiery rebirth). These stressful aspects are connected with harmonious aspects, creating a unique mix of pressure and flow, limits and freedom (technically known as a Mystic Rectangle). Saturn will pinpoint one issue and essential reality. If you’re blocked, Jupiter/Uranus can present a loophole. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by any surprises that Jupiter/Uranus dish up, Saturn can keep you steady and focused on what needs to be done.

Chiron in Pisces squares this Moon, and makes an awkward inconjunct to Jupiter. Events will not be pain free, but the Cardinal (Libra/Aries) and Mutable (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces) qualities of this mix can help you push forward while dealing with contradictions. Despite Saturn, this can be a fast-acting Moon that offers you positive alternatives. ” ~ www.rubyslipper.ca

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“Remember that, to get what your heart truly needs, you’re not obliged to give anything up.”  ~ www.cainer.com

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“In true Gemini style, this full moon is multifaceted in its lessons. The full moon will be in direct opposition to the Lord of Bummers (Saturn), in a close sextile with the rambunctious, disruptive duo (Uranus and Eris), and in a grand air trine with the Warrior (Mars) and Lord of Plenty (Jupiter).

“Now an evening star, Mercury is slowing down to station retrograde on December 19th at 2:55 AM PT. Here it will journey into the underworld, slipping out of sight, until it makes its reappearance as a morning star, and stations direct on January 8th.

If Saturn wasn’t in the picture, this full moon would be all wild energy, unpredictable activity, and radical enthusiasm. While Saturn can be a major buzz kill, it can also bring the gravity needed when energy gets too whipped up and strewn about, as it can with air signs.

Now an evening star, Mercury is slowing down to station retrograde on December 19th at 2:55 AM PT. Here it will journey into the underworld, slipping out of sight, until it makes its reappearance as a morning star, and stations direct on January 8th.

Mercury is the ruler of this full moon. It’s upcoming retrograde starts out particularly intensely, due to its near-conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn reveals the impact and intricacies of structural greed. The Mercury/Pluto conjunction as Mercury stations retrograde asks us to rethink the ways in which we utilize our resources in a particular area of our chart. It asks us to purge on a major level. It asks us to release trying to control what we cannot.” ~chaninicolas.com

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THIS is an astrological clock.  Brno’s response to Prague.  Not kidding.

Ugh, Yoganauts!  I wish this was going to a long, leisurely meander through the current astrological energies, but I have more to do than I know how to and some of it is in a foreign language, so let me just reiterate that you are very well prepared for this moment.  You know how to drop your attention into your heart and breathe.  You are becoming more and more aware of the language of the body and you know that everything around you is language, too.  Somehow, the world is trying to show something to us, through us.

Please, please engage it like you are trying to listen and not like you already know.

I have personally made that mistake before and I am so sorry/glad I did.

No Absolutes!!  Onward and upward!!  You got this.

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Mind your heart, maybe find your pants,

~L

Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury and then Neptune. Find the Others and TALK with them.

You know what this On December 2, Annie Lewis in Madrid, Spain caught a wide angle view of the sky, showing not only Venus and the moon, but also Mars and some constellations. The moon will be moving up past Mars in the days ahead. means?  Good things! ~L

On December 2, Annie Lewis in Madrid, Spain caught a wide angle view of the sky, showing not only Venus and the moon, but also Mars and some constellations. The moon will be moving up past Mars in the days ahead.

Link: http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-mars-at-nightfall-december-4?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

 

Use the moon to find Mars this evening. Bright Venus is nearby. Then watch day by day, as the gap on our sky’s dome between Mars and Venus shrinks.

April Singer in the U.S. wrote:
Shared via Shareaholic (My name is Lynn (Hi Lynn!) and I have been a Shareaholic for 45 years.)

When the lovers of the Zodiac meet in the sky, there is a soothing, calming influence.  Even the Army Corps of Engineers can come to their senses!  (Whew!  That was a close one, huh?)  LOVE NEVER DIES.  LOVE ALWAYS WINS.  (No Absolutes. ~L “I contradict myself?  I contradict myself!”~Walt Whitman)
 
The moon is at the center of all of this: first caught between the pull of Mars to Venus and then awash in the depths of Neptune all against the Aquarian backdrop.  Find the others and LOVE THEM.  (What means, love them?  Drop your awareness into the heart and OPEN the door to peace within.)   Throw the Mercury alignment into it and it says “find the other and TALK with them”.  Pretty cool, yo?~L
The moon, Venus and Mars as seen from North America on December 4, 2016. But no matter where you reside worldwide, look first for the moon on this date, and then seek out Venus and Mars. Read more

The moon, Venus and Mars as seen from North America on December 4, 2016. But no matter where you reside worldwide, look first for the moon on this date, and then seek out Venus and Mars.

Throughout December 2016, an imaginary line from Mars through Venus points in the direction of Mercury. The only problem is that Mercury might have set by the time Mars becomes visible. In that case, draw your imaginary line to the horizon, using Mars and Venus. Then the following evening, look at this spot on the horizon for Mercury. Read more.

Throughout December 2016, an imaginary line from Mars through Venus points in the direction of Mercury. The only problem is that Mercury might have set by the time Mars becomes visible. In that case, draw your imaginary line to the horizon, using Mars and Venus. Then the following evening, look at this spot on the horizon for Mercury.  ~earthsky.org

Venus is in Capricorn from November 11-December 7.
Venus is in Aquarius from December 7-January 3. We move towards unconventionality, independence, and freedom as themes in our social relationships under this influence. Aquarius can be just as faithful as Capricorn, but it has to be on his own terms! Experimental relationships are more intriguing now. Being friends as well as lovers is important to us during this cycle. Allowing one another freedom of expression, and treating others fairly, unselfishly, and impartially, are themes now.
Mars is in Aquarius from November 9-December 19. Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit-or-miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. We are team players–cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective.

Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:

Venus in Capricorn Marry for money and then learn to love ’em: that’s what your heart tells you now, as a new cycle gets underway in your life. Does that sound cynical? Maybe so – but it does reflect the yearning you feel for security and stability now, and it suggests the kind of compromises you may be willing to make to accomplish these objectives.

Venus in Aquarius A love for the unusual, a distaste for stodgy old rules and conventions, a feeling that you’re above the petty bourgeois stuff and nonsense: that’s what a new cycle brings into your life now. (“I love humanity; it’s people I can’t stand!”) Unconventional romantic and social connections are likely at a time like this.

Venus semi-square Neptune December  Romantic confusion as well as relationship ups and downs. Self-deception may come to light now.

Venus parallel the Sun December 5-6. A strong desire for harmony and comfort fill us now. We may be moved to express our affections.

Venus parallel Saturn December 9-10. We may express our affection sparingly, but also responsibly and in practical ways. Relationships begun under this influence often feel burdensome over time, but they may last longer than most.

Venus semi-square Saturn December 10. Feelings of isolation, of not getting what we really want, and of not being loved the way we want to be loved can get in the way of pleasant relations with our partners.

Venus parallel Pluto December 10-11. The desire for drama and intensity in relationships is with us. Love feelings and relationship issues can be all-consuming now, assuming more importance in our lives than usual. Interactions with others are intense now, and themes of sharing and trust dominate in relationships.

Venus semi-square Chiron Deccember 11-12. Love cannot be forced. This is not a commitment-friendly transit, as we may feel alienated for no apparent reason and unwilling to give of ourselves.” ~cafeastrology.com

This looping animation shows a simulated two-degree-wide field of view (approximately 25x magnification) displaying the Moon's motion relative to Neptune from 9pm to 10:30pm at ten-minute intervals (all stated times are GMT) on Tuesday 6 December 2016 as seen from the heart of the British Isles. Magnitude +6.9 star HIP 111910 reappears from behind the Moon close to 9:27pm and HIP 112156 (magnitude +8.5) disappears near 10:03pm for mid-UK observers. The preceding dark lunar limb passes in front of magnitude +7.9 Neptune close to 10:33pm GMT for those viewing from the heart of the British Isles, but only observers in the west will see the occultation as it occurs very close to the west-southwest horizon. AN animation by Ade Ashford.

This looping animation shows a simulated two-degree-wide field of view (approximately 25x magnification) displaying the Moon’s motion relative to Neptune from 9pm to 10:30pm GMT at ten-minute intervals on Tuesday 6 December 2016 as seen from the heart of the British Isles.

Moon in Aquarius on Sunday & Monday will get the FLOW of energy going through you – by unblocking any blockage – to ensure you wake-up and communicate – indeed – the breakthrough will be surprising and unexpected for some of you – because you never expected to see what’s about to happen – and that’s when your aura will have a breakthrough.

 Then all the people who are ALIVE and DESTINED to be in your life – as you ‘re destined to be in their lives – will be communicating and talking, laughing and giggling as everyone shares the GOOD vibes and GOOD news with each other.

 “I’m sure you “know” yourself that when you’re excited about something good that’s happened to you – you come alive – full of excitement means you will automatically SHARE your positive vibes with others – because positive energy is an OPEN energy it can’t be kept locked-away.

 The SHOCK and unexpected surprise will be WHAT and WHO it is that is the liberating Aquarian catalyst to OPEN you up and make you come alive – with an excitement to TALK and COMMUNICATE. And the fact that it’s Sun in Sagittarius [Fire Sign] means once your aura has had the positive breakthrough – then this is it forever – there’s no keeping you quiet – at least for the next 3-4 months !

 The strongest aspect during Moon in Aquarius will be Moon 19° Aquarius conjunct Mars 19° Aquarius on Monday this will be exceedingly 100% clear to you – what and who is the source of your destined and essential life-source – the facet of your life that you NEED in order to live and exist – which indeed as defined by Mars is MONEY and success which ensures you can live.

Monday 5th December 2016

Moon 17° Aquarius trines Jupiter 17° Libra

Moon 18° Aquarius sextiles Saturn 18° Sagittarius

Moon 19° Aquarius conjunct Mars 19° Aquarius

Moon 20° Aquarius sextiles Uranus [retrograde] 20° Aries

 Tuesday 6th December 2016

Moon enters Pisces  4am UK – 5am Europe – 9:30am India

[Monday 11pm USA EST] – 2pm Sydney, Australia”

~http://www.astrology.co.at/today.html

OK Yoganauts!
Sometimes I am not sure why all this stargazing is so important to me, but it is and I truly hope you find it meaningful in your life, too.  I’m in a car 2 nights ago in the Czech city of Brno an amazing person.  She is a young Moravian (23-25?) and has graciously invited me to share her flat (all newly renovated–and SHE hasn’t even moved in yet) and EVERYWHERE we turn while we run our errands in her brand new car we see this:

The moon and Venus like a massive exclamation mark in the sky. (It is upside down as I write, hope it straightens itself out.)
Now, I told you that I felt the Trinity TESOL Certificate was hard to attain.  The woman I am with, Anna, got the same certificate in her SECOND language (English).  She thinks we make a good team (we helped each other a lot in class) and has supported my every move here.  I moved in to her and her boyfriend’s flat on Friday and have been trying to figure out buses, trams, interviews with International companies and generally life in Europe for 2 days.
  I don’t have a conclusion to draw from all of this except to say that since I leapt from the arms of a more secure and rather complacent future the universe has pretty much showered kindnesses on me and shown me things I could only imagine.  I’m not saying this is for everyone, but if you haven’t already (and I know most of you have) you might like radically embodying the human experience and doing something you always wanted to try.  Just saying, yo.
One thing I wanted to mention, I looked and looked for astrology on what these lunar line-ups mean I found precious little, Vedic or Tropical.  There was some information from the Chaldean, or ancient Hebrew astrology . . . I included one passage above.  Interesting, yo?  Anyway, thanks for humoring me.  I needed a break from trying to create a life plan in the spin cycle of the washing machine!
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“Observing Sun and Moons movement from Earth is straight forward, because we are dealing with bilateral movement of two objects (Sun-Earth, Moon-Earth). But when dealing with Mecury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Venus, we are observing the movement of two objects (eg Mercury revolving around Sun) from a third object which is Earth, hence the complexity of calculations increases, since for calculating the movement of Mercury(as seen from earth), the movement of earth should also be taken into consideration. Our Astrologers have mastered all these movements and were able to calculate the position of planets as seen from earth for any point of time in past, present and future. How were they able to do this, without a telescope or any other equipment, is it possible without deep understanding of the Solar system? Whether to call it mystic science or divine knowledge is up to you.– Written by Saravana Kumar G”  ~https://innovativeastrosolutions.wordpress.com
Mind your heart,

New Micromoon Nanodiamonds: Cosmic Truth or Global Deception (Viveka, viveka, viveka!)

  Have Faith.  Feel Hope.  Love Never Dies.  Love Always Wins.

Sagittarian New Moon

on 29 Tuesday November 8:55 pm for you 13:18 for me asks:

“Can I learn to speak a difficult truth in a loving way? 

 Even when I am triggered?”

~ Mama Maga of Karma2DharmaAstrology.com

So here is a really triggering rant: despite the fact that he did not pull us out of Afganistan or close Guantanamo, I liked Obama.  I liked him personally, but I did not need a leader who could dance on Jimmy Fallon and get along well with narcissists.  I needed a leader who would be ready when the holy people who tend the sacred connection to the land asked for morality to count.

We are all aware that money has been ruling our lives more and more since the 60’s.  That was the moment when the military industrial complex took over, prisons became traded on Wall Street and we completely lost our moral compass.

“In October 2013, the incarceration rate of the United States of America was the highest in the world, at 716 per 100,000 of the national population. While the United States represents about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners.[1]“~wikipedia.com

The people protecting the Missouri headwaters (for most of you that’s YOUR DRINKING WATER–and someone else is protecting it FOR YOU) are about to become part of that statistic on Monday December 5th.  Please find your feelings on this matter.  Please look into your heart and see if love for this earth and each creature inhabiting it does not live there still.  Look into your heart and see if you can feel the adjustment this New Moon asks us to make.

This patriarchy, this abandonment of ourselves to the highest bidder and the biggest bully is failing.  It never was a good plan, anyway.  These things that seem so scary are simply last grabs at power by the people we trained to protect us from a world that isn’t trying to hurt us, anyway.   This world IS trying to change us.  We need to see that caring is our collective superpower.  It’s hard see that when you’d rather sleep.  To care one needs to be attentive, alert (the world needs more ‘lerts) and compassionate.

SO!  This week could have some amazing happenings as Venus in Capricorn and Neptune squares the new moon in Sag (ruled by Jupiter, yo).  It is time to choose how to go forward.  Waiting for her accountants to count the votes isn’t going to cut it.  Bloody revolution and acting from fear isn’t going to get us out of this.  You guessed it Yoganauts, the change has to come from within.  What could be easier or better?  Stand in your truth and BREAK THROUGH.  You know what needs to go.  This is the moment.

No more going along to get along.  Time to wake up and STAY AWAKE.

Have Faith.  Feel Hope.  Love Never Dies.  Love Always Wins.

~L

     

Original Photo by Tomas Karmelo ~ Edits by Achintya Devi

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“Having the so-called ugly feelings DOES NOT CREATE YOUR REALITY; splitting off from them does, (remember, “dis-pair” “depress”? ~ L) because the feeling is thrust in shadow, repressed, where it will continue to fester and grow and become the lens through which you view life. If you’re having a feeling, you have a damned good reason to have it. Feelings are not facts; feelings are a barometer of what’s going on with you.” ~goddesshealmystic.com

Triangulum galaxy - aka M33 - via the VLT Survey Telescope at European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Triangulum galaxy – aka M33 – via the VLT Survey Telescope at European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. (Meet the neighbor, yo.  Messier 33.~L)

“Why is it so hard to just love one another? Why can’t it be enough, to love each other, to love this beautiful earth? Why can’t we just do that? Why can’t I just do that? Why can’t I just be happy and loving? Why can’t that be enough?”
I had no idea how deep my grief was. Absolutely no idea.
(And may I just add–to this heartbreakingly REAL and poignant post: Thank you, Mr Trump, whatever you are, for showing me how deeply I am grieving the state of this planet.  I am spending so much time trying to hide who I am, how I feel and get by that I forgot.  No more going along to get along.  It’s time for me to wake up and STAY AWAKE, as Europe and the elders at Standing Rock are showing me.~L)
And I think under what I was saying was a very plaintive – Why can’t I be loved and accepted, just as I am? 
and under that – the ultimate question:  Why can’t I love myself just as I am?”
 

There is no longer any reason to fear, any reason to hold back, any reason to hide, and to not open my heart to you. The time of hiding my heart, thinking strategically about what I say and what I share is past.

We have come into a time of needing great heart, and great honesty about what we are really feeling, so we can get past all the resentment, all the anger, even the grief, and find the love. ~Scout Wilkins  
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Artist's illustration of our Local Group via Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

The Sun stands virtually centered in Sagittarius aligned with the Great Attractor at this time. This is very hopeful. The Great Attractor includes all known frequencies of light and energy. Nothing excluded or ignored. The Great Attractor permits a look around objects such that total transparency can be demanded.

The conjunction of Uranus and Eris is in Aries. Ultimately, for everyone, it all comes back to you. How does it affect you and what are you going to do to ensure your most innovative and progressive ideas are included by the collective? How are you going to find a fit that permits total application of all the tools you received by birth or cultivated thus far during this incarnation?

To the point of self expression, how can you declare your connections to the Sun in Sag and line ups with Great Attractor truths in a manner that does not appear dictatorial, or as if you have some sort of conversion therapy in mind?

Yes, there is a revolution in progress. It is internal and it is the summation of your spirit and consciousness seeking to find the greatest and most far-reaching applications possible. With the Sun at your back, perception intact and progressive vision as your lodestone, affirm, confirm and declare your perfect fit. What a gift to give yourself just in time for the holiday season.” ~Skyscraping.com  by Philip Sedgwick

Lost Earth?

(Just when I think Philip Sedgwick can’t get any more insightful or amazing, I find something new on his website.  Please visit the link above.  It’s just great.~L)

Mystery of The Great Attractor –“Unknown Force Pulling Our Milky Way Galaxy Towards It With the Force of a Million Billion Suns”

from www.dailygalaxy.com 

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Having the so-called ugly feelings DOES NOT CREATE YOUR REALITY; splitting off from them does, (remember, “dis-pair”? ~L) because the feeling is thrust inshadow, repressed, where it will continue to fester and grow and become the lens through which you view life. If you’re having a feeling, you have a damned good reason to have it. Feelings are not facts; feelings are a barometer of what’s going on with you.” ~goddesshealmystic.com (just thought it was worth repeating. ~L)

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(This is where I spent the past week teaching one-on-one English classes in the primordial Polish forest of Lipowy Most.  It was part of a scholarship with a group called Angloville and ANY English speaker can apply. ~L)

A Micromoon happens when a Full Moon or a New Moon coincides with apogee; the point in the Moon’s orbit farthest away from Earth.

Full Moon and branches against a dark sky.
Micro Moon: A Full or New Moon at apogee.©iStockphoto.com/Wouter van Caspel

The Moon orbits Earth in an elliptical path, which means one side of the path is closer to the Earth than the other.

The Farthest Point

(You knew it was coming.

Have Faith.  Feel Hope.  Love Never Dies.  Love Always Wins.~L)

The point in the Moon’s orbit closest to Earth is called perigee, while the point in the orbit farthest from Earth is known as apogee. The average distance between Earth and the Moon is 382,500 kilometers or 237,700 miles.

When a Full or New Moon occurs around apogee, it’s called a Micromoon, Minimoon or Apogee Moon. A Full or New Moon occurs around perigee is called a Supermoon.

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Lipowy Most Hotel/ Golf Park.  I met some really amazing people and spoke A LOT of English here.  www.angloville.com ~L

Have Faith.  Feel Hope.  Love Never Dies.  Love Always Wins.

Standing Rock Protests:
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“The new moon in Sagittarius occurs on November 29th at 4:18 AM PT. Sagittarius is the centaur, half-man, half-beast, holding a bow and arrow. Sagittarius is a sign that brings together both our impulses and our intelligence. It is a sign that aims its arrow towards the truth. A sign that seeks the meaning of the moment. A sign that burns bright with an unquenchable thirst for life, it reminds us of the dangers of overextending.

Because this new moon ties together the Saturn/Neptune square that was a key factor in 2016’s astrology, we now get to witness the dissolving effect that Neptune has on the Saturn structures of our lives. This moment, weighty with meaning and yet still very unknown in its impact, is one we must show up to.

‘You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.Michelle Obama’ ” ~www.astrologybylauren.com

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Fixed star Antares.  The heart of the Scorpion, the Anti-Ares.

“The brash and highly charged New Moon at 7 degrees Sagittarius takes place on Tuesday, November 29th (6:18 AM CST). This is one most people will feel coming. The New Moon will be conjunct fixed star Antares and in exact conjunction to soul mate asteroid Juno, square Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces and the North/South Nodes at 8 degrees Virgo/Pisces.” ~Clarissa at VivaCombusta.com

(You know this music, Yoganauts.  You are ready for this energy.  This is the moment when you can clearly DISCERN (viveka, viveka, viveka) where we are deluding ourselves, where we are being deluded by others, what’s beyond our self-imposed limitations and how to see through habitual assumptions.  The contrast will be extreme, but fruitful. ~L)

“In thinking about abundance and the give-away idea, I was reminded of the Vedic concept of the purusharthas, or the four aims of life. The four aims are: dharma (duty, truth), artha (material prosperity), kama (pleasure), and moksha (spiritual liberation).  These are pursuits we follow in order to live a balanced and fulfilling life of purpose.  Each of the four pursuits are indicated once on the individual level, the interpersonal level, and the societal or universal level.

Dharma most generally indicates the idea of right living. It represents the idea of doing what is right, and living in truth.

Artha represents the idea of fulfilling a purpose in the material world. This includes the work that we do as professionals, as well as the material prosperity we gain from it.

Kama is actually the name of desire personified as a Hindu deity (aka Kamadeva, similar to Eros or Cupid). We are all divine sparks, but the universal design placed us divine beings here to live a human experience. The desirous mind is part of what makes us human, and part of humanity’s aims as indicated by Vedic thought.

Moksha is the idea of spiritual liberation, freedom, or the breaking of bondage. The fourth house is the dharma house of the individual level. It represents our innermost heart space (as well as personal spaces like our home and vehicles). It is through the fourth house and the heart that we find peace at the individual level.” 

When we achieve abundance and fulfillment here, we have one of the greatest gifts that we can then give in turn: wisdom.  The great saints and sages stay on earth to teach and inspire, to love and serve, until every last one of us reaches the ultimate state of moksha.  Until then, we hopefully find inspiration to give away what we can to support others, as demonstrated by turkey medicine. ~somyadevi.com

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Today I am in Warsaw.  Having coffee and waiting for my AirBnB (which I am sharing with 3 other Angloville “native English speakers”) to be ready.  My apologies to Budapest, I much prefer this friendly and fastidiously clean northern city.  Truth be told, I really like ALL the people I have met in these glorious central European cities, the preferences about the cities are merely aesthetic.~L

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My mind is still pretty mushy, Yoganauts.  I essentially did a Master’s degree worth of work in a month while living with unescorted children in a foreign city, then traveled from Prague to Hungary to Warsaw to Belarus and back again on a teaching tour.  Now I must establish myself either in Brno or Prague begin a series of interviews (my teachers at Oxford House have set me up with about 20 schools!) and start my life anew.  As weird as it sounds, this is oddly fun, exhausting and NEVER, EVER boring.

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Those lessons we did about viveka and yogic discernment keep coming back for me.  Boundaries.  We must say “no” when it is appropriate.  Even darkness serves light and we must be skilled in the use of both.

I think our Native American elders are showing us the appropriate use of “no”.   There are some limitations to what’s OK and what’s not OK, but how do we agree in such a crowd?  With all the forces acting upon us? The pace of our lives?  The danger to our future?  When we are so far BEYOND triggered?

(Did you notice?~L)

Chander Devgun in New Delhi, India contributed this wonderful shot of the moon and Jupiter on November 25. Notice Jupiter's moons!

Chander Devgun in New Delhi, India contributed this gorgeous shot of the moon and Jupiter on November 25. Notice Jupiter’s moons! ~earthsky.org

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As usual, self-care is essential at this juncture.  Part of self-care is staying aligned with my wonder, magic and divinity.  Another part of self-care is telling it like I see it.  It’s not OK to allow governments and corporations to rule immorally, hurt people and the planet.  Gotta vote with my dollar, do the right thing and break through.

We are SO provided for.  This planet has been KIND to us.   In return, I will try to put a little space around others and their journeys.  Feel the feels and move toward forgiveness.  Compassion might work better than shame. If we unify, we might get through this.  But if we divide further, this planet is going to scrape us off like gum from a shoe.  If we are divided, we all lose.

  

“Since ancient times it has been understood that through division we are conquered by this world, but through friendship and unity comes true success. This new moon cycle will lift the heavy veil that separates us from one another, allowing for the light of understanding and empathy to flood in. Anuradha is called the “star of success” because it is ruled by the empathetic god of friendship, Mitra.  This Vedic aditya rallies its allies together, and even befriends its enemies to unify and create tremendous power.”

~Kari Field Anadastrology.com

Have Faith.  Feel Hope.  Love Never Dies.  Love Always Wins.

Stay strong, mind your heart, unify,

~L