Many people who don’t know much about astrology, and even some of us who work with Stars & Symbols on a daily basis, tend to fear the Full Moon. The word “lunatic” comes to mind [moon = luna]. The feminine energy is feared, and since the moon is the symbolic matrix of all feminine, the Full Moon’s emphasis on our lunar luminary can elicit irrational emotionalism in this patriarchal society. As if insanity were the only option, people expect to go crazy!
it takes 9 months to carry a human child. before the pregnancy reaches full term, there is a process that mother and baby must mutually undergo during which each passing interval is as conducive as it is crucial to a healthy delivery. from conception to labor, everyone has an idea of what it’s going to be, but one never truly knows until the infant comes forth in its big debut. funny how a debut can double as a grand finale. there’s a thin, thin line between the two, and it blurs. i don’t mean to trigger a contraction, but if you look down, you might be surprised to find how close you have come to that line.
as with the developmental stage of any creation, names can change from moment to moment, shifting the vibration of the still-gestating entity. even after it has been christened, the consciousness of the creator must ascend to a certain height in order to finally behold the essence of the precious life that is being fostered in the totality of its glory.
in numerology, the study of numbers as metaphysical symbols, the goal is reduce every amount to a single digit through the mathematic process of addition. for example, the number 39 would be broken down to 3+9. Since 3+9= 12, the next task is to add 1+2, which leaves us with a single digit sum of 3. Now that we’ve arrived at a single digit number, we can start to explore the characteristics inherent in this number, as each of the single digits have their own individual traits and connotations.
now, let’s practically apply this little numerology lesson, shall we? take this new year, 2016. 2+0+1+6 = … 9! That makes 2016 a year that vibrates in alignment with the number 9, the highest and final single digit number. what does it all mean you ask? it might be in our best interest go explore the symbolism of 9 in numerology.
since 9 is the highest number [excluding, of course, double digits and beyond] there is a lofty quality associated with this symbol. imagine reaching the mountaintop and taking in the elevated view. even the air breathes differently up here. it’s not quite heaven, but it’s feels close enough to rub off on you and change your perspective from one of rugged individuality [in the vain of the number 1] to one of universal awareness. 9 is a heightened state of mind and the insights that one brings down to earth when aligned with this number are sure to be enlightening.
as 9 oversees everything from above, it relates to global affairs and matters that concern the masses. this number endows a respectable degree of leadership unto anyone who invokes it. because of this, popularity is an attribute of people [9 life paths], places [buildings with addresses that equal 9], and things [the year 2016] that resonate with this 9 energy.
as with the high stakes, “ready-to-pop” ninth month of pregnancy, the frequency of the number 9 is one of inspiring excitement. ruled by the action-packed planet mars, 9 is a zealous energy. when this number is in effect, the people of the world are motivated by the promise of big projects, especially if the endeavor is attached in some way to a humanitarian cause. speaking of attachment, the shadow side of 9 is its propensity to be aloof, ungrounded in the present reality, and disconnected from one on one relationships. just like the mother who could go into labor at any minute, there are simply bigger, more urgent concerns with which the number 9 concerns itself. usually those concerns are driven by visionary idealism and utopian desires. remember, too, that mars is known in the occult world as the warrior god, so it wouldn’t be farfetched this year to witness intensified strife on an international level. sometimes, it has to get worse before it gets better.
in the traditional tarot deck, the hermit [card 9] follows strength [card 8]. after conquering our fears, weaknesses, and insecurities with strength [2015 = 8], this archetype comes to a place of inner confidence, assured spiritually by the all the tests it has passed. like the hermit card, 2016 might be the year during which you reflect on the past through a lens that has never been as wise and all-seeing as it is now. no matter how dark it was and no matter how dark it could be in the future, there is an inextinguishable fire inside of everyone that burns as a guide to illuminate the path to deliverance, stoked by the love of ancestors and dearly beloved family members who have passed in the past 9 years or so. in this immortal light, everything that was a mystery starts to make a whole lot more sense.
an assignment of sorts:
make a mental note everything of significance that you remember from 2008. better, write down a physical list. now take that list and notice how many of the major themes of your life in the present moment made themselves apparent way back then in 2008. finally, if any of those ‘themes’ are still unsettled, make a wish for and visualize your ideal resolution in 2016. think of these resolutions as mantras. how can you can claim them if you don’t name them?
if nothing from 2008 rings a bell, make a list instead of 9 unresolved issues from any period of time that you would like to finalize. wish, visualize, mantra, same as above.
2016 is the year to wrap up all loose ends to reach enlightenment. 2016 is the year to come to a conclusion, because every beginning requires an ending [which is just another beginning in disguise]. 2016 is the year to reveal the labor of love that has been growing in the faceless, yet fertile darkness, finally!
Venus [in Leo] trine Uranus [in Aries]
Chiron [in Pisces] square Pallas [in Sagittarius]
Moon [in Capricorn] conjunct Pluto [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Capricorn] trine Jupiter [in Virgo]
Moon [in Capricorn] square Mercury [in Libra]
Moon [in Capricorn] sextile Chiron [in Pisces]
Have you ever thought that maybe you’re impressionable beyond the point of conscious awareness? Imagine how much of your behavior is influenced by the information you’ve taken in from your environment. Everything you could ever wish to know about your shadow side can be found by examining your unconscious indulgences for subtle patterns.
when the word ‘retrograde’ comes to mind, most of us are used to hearing it associated with the planet mercury. maybe that’s why as i’ve been mentioning venus retrograde [Jul 25 – Sep 6, 2015] to people, i’ve received such a curious response. venus goes retrograde less frequently than quick-moving mercury, but it always comes right on time to help us process all of our venusian intake.
art. love. money. just some quick keywords that fall under the domain of venus, mythical goddess of all things beautiful.
in astrology, venus is all those seemingly unrelated keywords, except they are all super related. our appreciation for art is related to our love interest is related to our capacity to circulate money. how? value. it’s all based on what we value and what we esteem to be worth it, including our own self-esteem. in short, we attract [venus keyword] into our lives the people, places, and things that we value, and what we attract has everything to do with our self-worth or lack thereof.
Sun [in Cancer] trine Chiron [in Pisces]
Mercury [in Cancer] trine Neptune [in Pisces]
Moon [in Gemini] square Chiron [in Pisces]
Moon [in Gemini] sextile Venus/Jupiter [in Leo], Uranus [in Aries]
Instead of allowing an ailment get the best of you, why not surrender to it instead? The dis-ease you feel could be the key you need to transcend to the boundaries of your individual ego and connect with the universal consciousness. By surrendering to an irreversible ache rather than fighting or fearing it as you’ve learned to do, you will come into an extra-dimensional awareness of holistic knowing that previously eluded you, initiating the process of your self-mastery.
Mercury [in Cancer] sextile Juno [in Virgo]
Mercury [in Cancer] square North Node [in Libra]
Moon [in Taurus] trine Pluto [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Taurus] square Ceres [in Aquarius]
Moon [in Taurus] sextile Mars [in Cancer], Neptune [in Pisces]
An enticing possibility dawns just over the horizon, drawing your attention to the not so distant future so that you can’t help but look the forward. You’ve made quite an impression, but now you are being pulled in a totally different direction, full of foreign challenges and unknown excitement and the promise of self-improvement if you choose to accept this auspicious proposal. Continue reading
Sun [in Cancer] trine Moon [in Pisces]
Sun [in Cancer] opposite Pluto [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Pisces] conjunct Neptune/Chiron [jn Pisces]
Moon [in Pisces] square Pallas [in Sagittarius]
Moon [in Pisces] sextile Pluto [in Capricorn]
Taking on more responsibility than you are able to shoulder might make you feel like you are powerful for a brief moment, but the effects will be insidious if continued. Whatever you are trying to prove by going out of your way to identify so intensely with such an unnecessary burden is rooted in a peculiar psychological pattern that must be exposed immediately. Doing everything yourself with no sort of delegation is another way, albeit cloaked in the guise of ambition, to manipulate the situation so that you are never powerless to an unanticipated variable, instead of allowing life to unfold as it will. You may even believe you are doing The Others a favor by assuming their share of duty, but as your fear-based motivations come up from the unconscious realm into the light of awareness today, interpersonal resentment could threaten to poison your relationships.
Venus [in Leo] sextile North Node [in Libra]
Moon [in Taurus] trine Pluto [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Taurus] square Jupiter [in Leo]
Moon [in Taurus] sextile Neptune/Chiron [in Pisces]
Today everyone is inclined to possess an awareness of drama and theatrics, coupled with a charming finesse, so The Ones who actively own their inner performer know quite well how to get away with murder when necessary. Whether you actually commit such a crime just because you can is up to you and whichever god[s] to whom you choose to answer. Morality is best left in the hand’s of the individual. It’s almost easy to judge and condemn the way others behave in this play called life, but until you live the life of someone else, it may be best not to judge their intentions. There’s always more to the story, so what’s wrong to one person may be an act of survival to the next.
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NENE LEAKES – So Nasty, So SHREWD
Say what you will about our favorite [?] “very rich bitch” Nene Leakes, but I believe she is a branding genius. Of course the Stars & Symbols have EVERYTHING to do with it.
Sun [in Pisces] conjunct Chiron [in Pisces]
Moon [in Libra] conjunct North Node [in Libra]
Moon [in Libra] opposite Mars [in Aries]
Moon [in Libra] sextile Saturn [in Sagittarius], Juno [in Leo]
Were you ever made to feel like you weren’t good enough, or that you should be ashamed of yourself for no logical reason? Although you may be decades removed from the abuse you endured, you might still be replaying the negative self-talk by which you were indoctrinated. It is possible that you are not consciously aware of this dangerous loop, and if that is the case, there could be an event today that triggers your insecurity in a way that is too personal to miss. So, when every expression of self is like re-opening an old wound, you have two choices…
1.) shrink away in repression and “play dead” to avoid the pain of putting yourself out there.
2.) exhibit with your unorthodox qualities regardless of the risk of being hurt
Keep in mind, by choosing the second option, you agree not only to expose yourself, but also to surrender to the truth… ie: how much of the “hurt” you live is self-inflicted? No matter what you think anyone else did to you, there comes a time when you must stop perpetuating the disease. Face your feelings. Forgive the external perpetrator, but forgive yourself as well. Learn the lesson. Addictions? Let them go.
You may never be able to fully repair the damage you endured for having the audacity to exist, but if you’re willing to share the trials and tribulations of your identity crises, you could inspire other people to overcome their struggles with self-esteem. Continue reading