Full Moon in Cancer 

How is everyone doing? We have been having a major winter storm in my neck of the woods, and there is currently a lot of snow on the ground – and we don’t normally get much snow. It’s completely disrupted things unless you stick close to home and family! It’s an interesting cue from Mother Nature, to slow down and let go of what you can’t control. 

We are hours away from the full moon in Cancer, exact at 3:34 AM PST at 22-23 degrees Cancer. The sun is at 22-23 degrees Capricorn, and still fairly cozy with death and rebirth Pluto. This sun/Pluto – Moon opposition squares expansive Jupiter in Libra and electric and erratic Uranus in Aries creating what is known as a cardinal cross. This can be challenging energy, however the moon moves quickly and pressure built up will find release soon after the moment when all of these planets sit at 22-23 degrees of their respective signs.  

As things arise right now turn your focus within and find your center. Get in touch with your emotions and the story that you are telling yourself. Is it helping you? Or hurting you? Moon in Cancer can have a tendency to nostalgic, moody, and needy, but also nurturing and intuitive. When swimming through this seeming sea of feelings, be sure to pay attention to where you end and another begins. Consider that sometimes we best help others by allowing them to make their own choices and help themselves.  

We currently have a stellium in sensitive Pisces: harmony seeing Venus, dreamy Neptune, action hero Mars, and wounded healer Chiron all all teamed up there and forming harmonious relationships with the sun/Pluto and particularly with the Moon. This grouping of planets is another cue to us to tune in to what we are feeling and determine how we really feel and if what we are feeling is our own. Once you have found center, take some time to practice the skill of reaching out and feeling, and then turning in to center and remembering. Notice how the complexity of what is going on around you teaches you about yourself and what you are capable of.  

Despite the forced slowed down pace (at least where I live), the energy of the moment is quite juicy and rich and ripe with possibilities. The energy is changing and supports a nimble mind and countenance. The more attached to something you are, the harder it can be to go with the flow when circumstances require it. Remember that delay does not equal defeat: Sometimes a bit more time is needed in order for us to give birth (Cancer is the sign of the Mother, after all) to something even more amazing than we originally envisioned.  

Feminine energy is building on the planet, and this is needed in order to balance the masculine. Remember that men have feminine energy just as women have masculine energy, and all are balancing these to various degrees. Feminine energy is receptive, it observes. If you live where storms are currently disrupting your day to day, take advantage of this time to be receptive and observe; allow the feminine energy into your body.  

Also, play! Enjoy the moments with childlike wonder, for the world is indeed filled with wonders.  

Much love and many blessings, 

❤Aiyanna 

New Moon in Capricorn – Time to Plan!

Depending on where you are in the world, the Capricorn new moon will occur either the evening of December 28th or early in the morning on the 29th.  

Exact at 10:53PM PST, the sun and moon will meet up at 8 degrees of the practical, grounded Capricorn. Capricorn is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and do whatever hard work is necessary to create something of high quality that will withstand tests of time. Now is the time to plan. With Mercury retrograde (also in Capricorn, more on that in a minute), it may not be time for serious action yet, but taking small steps is encouraged as Capricorn likes to see some progress and have things begin to feel like they will take shape in the future, and the right time. Capricorn is patient, relentless, and plays for keeps.  

Sun and moon form a harmonious aspect with action hero Mars in intuitive Pisces, and dreamy Neptune, also in Pisces. Beauty and balance seeing Venus in innovative Aquarius forms a harmonious trine connection with expansive Jupiter in diplomatic Libra, death and rebirth Pluto (in Capricorn) challenges expansive Jupiter, and also erratic Uranus in freedom seeking Aries. Stern Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) squares wounded healer Chiron in Pisces and trines erratic Uranus in Aries. There is a great deal of texture and depth in this energy. We are able to see past the layers of noise and drama of the past couple of months and feel our way forward toward a course of action. As I mentioned earlier today, 2016 has been a 9 year, a year of completion. We are readying for a new phase, one that is palpably different and asks us to trust that we have done the work and laid the foundations that we need in order to move forward. It will feel different. Things will feel strange. For may of us, this is a sensation that we have become familiar with over this past year. Ground changed under our feet to shake loose the stuck places that we needed to let go of in order to be ready – or at least ready enough – for a lot of things that will be brand new. Whether you feel it or not, you are ready; you were born for moments like this. 

Because of the level of change that is coming, focus on what you want to feel as you dream your future into being. Capricorn will support your ability to be agile as the ground continues to shift under your feet, and aiming for an emotional experience will help you identify whether or not you are on the right track as you walk through this transitional period. Adopt a practice that helps you stay grounded, something that you can turn to as you step into new territory. Practice kindness and compassion toward yourself and others as we move forward; be patient. Change is hard, and we have been through a lot. Connect with others, connect through the heart rather than through the mind.  

Mercury is retrograde until January 8th when it will appear to stand still before appearing to move forward again. We continue to be called inward to process the lessons of the era that we are leaving behind as we step forward into 2017. Everything that surfaces is an opportunity to heal old emotional patterns and if we allow the process, we free ourselves to embrace the change we are facing and the answer the call to action that we are hearing.  

Much love & many blessings, 

❤Aiyanna

Winter Solstice 2016

Winter Solstice 2016 – The sun moves into Capricorn at 2:45AM PST on Wednesday, December 21st. This is the moment that the Northern Hemisphere tips furthest away from the sun. Sunlight shines on the Southern Hemisphere, which is enjoying the height of the summer and the longest day, while the Northern Hemisphere experiences the longest night.  

Now is the time to tune inward to reflect upon and make sense of the past 12 months. Consider everything, the ups and the downs, the twists and the turns – all of it. Often we don’t understand the journey that we have taken until we look back on it. In review, we can see how far we’ve come. One of my teachers used to say “it’s all included” the good as well as the bad, and all experiences are valid and useful. 

Capricorn is a practical, grounded sign, it wants to build things that will last. How is your “foundation?” How has it changed over this past year? What would you like to build in the next year? It’s not quite time to build yet, but it’s the perfect time to plan.  

In addition to the solstice, this week we also saw Mercury station retrograde, further underlining an emphasis on reflection and planning. Pay attention to what comes up during this retrograde phase, there is much to be gained from allow time to process what is arising and to let go of what you’re ready to let go of. It’s a good time to clean house, literally and figuratively, create space. We are moving into a time of rapid changes and shake-ups that will call us to find what centers us over and over again. There is an almost overwhelming darkness in one moment, and incredible light in the next. Remember that everything passes and keep breathing! ❤ Stay as present as possible for the lows as well as the highs, for they have unlimited potential to teach us.

Many are experiencing vivid dreams at the moment, it’s as if the work seems to continue even when we sleep, there is so much to process. Notice the themes and emotions. I’ve heard it said that everything in our dreams is a representation of us – the events, the people, all of it. It’s all you being reflected back to you.  

For me personally, there has been much brought to the surface in the past month and a half, which is why I have not be posting as much. I am following my own advice and standing bravely through the storms while allowing myself time to process and heal. Additionally, my chart ruler this year is Mercury, and with my chart ruler retrograde at the moment, it’s easier to express myself non-verbally in drawing and other creations.  

For most, while some of what has come to light has been very painful, it’s also helped to make sense of a few long-standing mysteries. Perhaps you’ve experienced the same. Reminder: It’s important to be gentle with ourselves as we process times like these, and remember that when healing trauma the process often includes a reframing of your entire life as new truths are revealed.  

Much love and many blessings, 

❤Aiyanna 

New Moon in Sagittarius

We are in the window of the new moon in Sagittarius.. Exact on Tuesday November 29th at 4:16AM PST. 

Sagittarius is the sign of exploration and higher mind, and today we have the sun, the moon, Saturn, and Mercury in Sagittarius. The sun is our vitality, what makes us shine, the moon is our emotional reset button – where we go to recharge, Saturn is the teacher or coach who wants us to get it right, and Mercury represents the mind, communication, and travel. All of these planets are actors, and the costume they are wearing, the lens they are looking through, is Sagittarius. The Sage, philosopher, teacher, traveling sales person, on a quest for understanding the deeper meanings of things.  

The waning moon phase that we have just been through was one of the most powerful of the year. We have come so far, and we have shed so much. November has been a true test, traveling through the deep and shadowy truth that Scorpio affords us the opportunity to look at. Emotions have been high, and disappointment, disillusionment, and grief have surfaced to be recognized and healed. We have become more and more of ourselves, more and more whole. More and more authentic. That’s what Sagittarius wants. The real you.  

What do you stand for? To what lengths are you willing to go in order to meet yourself more fully? Make no mistake, while Sagittarius is brighter and lighter feeling that Scorpio can be, we are still in the dark time of the year; the time for reflection. What do you believe in? What do you not believe in? And how do these beliefs color your world? What kind of world will you create for yourself in this next chapter?  

Reflect well as you set your intentions for this new moon cycle. Sagittarius supports setting intentions in the realms of travel, study, spiritual practices, laughter, gratitude, and abundance.  

A Look at the Aries Full Moon Energy 

The Aries Full Moon window is open! Exact at 9:23PM PDT on October 15th with the moon (our emotions) conjunct Uranus (the erratic, unpredictable change-maker) and Eris (named after the Greek goddess of discord and strife) in headstrong Aries opposite the shining Sun in fairness and balance seeking Libra. 

That in and of itself is interesting enough, however add in dynamic tension with Pluto (death and rebirth) and passionate, warrior Mars in make-it-happen Capricorn creating a square to both the Sun and the Moon. We balance this energy by actively doing something transformative. If you haven’t already done it, now is the perfect time to “clean out your closets” in preparation for the next stage of your growth. 

Where I live, the energetic Aries Full Moon will be dramatically punctuated by a big rain and wind storm, which I find apt and very interesting.  

We have had enormous opportunity to open up and examine our shadow side on an individual and collective level particularly as it relates to the balance of masculine and feminine power as well as whether or not we are better off being separate from one another or celebrating our connection to each other on a deeper level. As often happens when we are learning something new, there can be a tenancy to swing wildly from one extreme to the other as we process and honor what we have experienced and how we have approached the world and everything in it up until this point. Once we are ready to let go of what has been familiar but perhaps not so healthy, we are able to plunge head-long into a new chapter.  

Sometimes old ways die hard. Wounds and traumas are often opened up in order to be healed. Sometimes we are thankful for moments like this that provide the momentum to let go and move on – to “let go and let God.” Change is not simply coming, change has arrived, and your relationship to that reality will impact your experience deeply right now. Allow yourself to soften and release your grip. Perhaps just let the energy carry you, let the falling leaves be your guide and reminder to let go.  

We are well into the harvest time of the year, a perfect time to reflect back on all that we have experienced and celebrate how far we’ve come – and we have come so far! Energy is still “busy” but is slowing down, heading into a period of rest. At least that is what the seasonal energy is encouraging us to do, and as we head toward and past Halloween/Samhain, we would do well to remember this as the holiday party invitations come pouring in. Winter is meant to be a period of DEEP REST. 

One of the expressions we hear a lot about this time of year is “the thinning of the veil” and it’s true – as we watch the natural world around us dying back and letting go in preparation for winter, we can notice the subtler energies around us shifting and changing as well. The sun falls lower in the horizon, rises later and sets earlier, the air grows colder, and – at least where I live – it grows more and more damp. The energy of summer is dying and falling lower and lower to the ground where it will eventually be digested like the leaves fallen from the trees, turning to mulch and rich and eventually rich and fertile soil for new life come spring time. As the natural world dies around us, we recall our ancestors and invite the wisdom of their experience into our lives along with a remembrance of love shared.  

New Moon/Black Moon in Libra

The Libra new moon, exact on Friday at 5:11PM PDT. This is the second new moon this month, known as a Black Moon.  

Sun and moon will meet up at 8 degrees Libra, and expansive Jupiter is close behind at 4 degrees. Sun, moon, and Jupiter square passionate Mars which has just entered the enterprising sign of Capricorn, forms a wide square with death and rebirth Pluto in enterprising Capricorn, and sextiles lord of Karma Saturn in truth seeking Sagittarius.  

Elsewhere, the lovely goddess Venus is plumbing the depths of Scorpio with a harmonious connection to dreamy Neptune in the ocean of Pisces. Mercury in discerning Virgo forms a square with stern Saturn and opposes wounded healer Chiron in Pisces.  

The Black Moon is considered and excellent time for shadow work – work that involves acknowledging and integrating the parts of ourselves that we would usually deny in order to heal them – and planetary aspects of this moon set the stage for support of that work. In my article for Lotus Moon Magazine (link in the comments), I referred to this moon as a healing moon, allowing us to tap into the deeper aspects of ourselves and our relationships with others in our lives. Which of those relationships are supporting us, and which seem to drain our resources? Can we approach the relationships that drain us in a more balanced way to equalize the energy of give and take that we are experiencing within them? How are we showing up in our world, really? How are we acting in ways that are out of alignment with the message that we are communicating? And, in the relationships that are troubling us, how have we contributed to the state of those connections, and how might we adjust our approach so that we are better able to connect?  

Now is also an excellent time to take a look at the rubble that you might find yourself surrounded by as a result of the September eclipse cycle. What was revealed? How are you handling it? Is it time for self care? Is it time to tap into your joy again?  

With sun, moon and Jupiter linked up in Libra, I would say that is is. Now is an excellent time to get together with kindred spirits – your tribe – and enjoy the heck out of your connections. Cherish them, revel in them, allow the joyful connected experience to seep all the way through your bones and infuse your soul with the possibilities that lie ahead. 

Much love and many blessings – 

❤️Aiyanna 

Pisces Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse 

The Pisces full moon and lunar eclipse window is open. Exact at 12:05PM PDT on Friday, September 16th, how this lunation impacts you will vary based on where it lands in your chart. 

Shiny sun and mental Mercury in Virgo stare down the sensitive moon conjunct wounded healer Chiron in the emotional, watery depths of Pisces, and both ends of this see-saw square passionate Mars in the truth seeking sign of Sagittarius, creating what is known as a mutable T square. Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces are mutable signs, so named because they represent the energy of the changing seasons. As an example, right now the sun is in Virgo and the season (at least in the northern hemisphere) is summer, but in a week’s time the sun will enter Libra and Fall will begin. Virgo energy supports transition. So does Sagittarius, the sign that the sun is in during late Fall until it enters Capricorn on the winter solstice and the season of winter officially begins, and the sun is in Pisces during late winter until the spring equinox when it moves into Aries and spring begins.  

T square energy is the dynamic tension that gets us up off the couch and address something that’s gone from mildly annoying to incredibly irritating, and we are likely all at that point by now as this mutable T square has been in place for a while. It’s frustrating, it feels like nothing is settled, and there is so much to do, so many things to address, we are not sure where to start.  

We are likely to feel fired up, fed up, and ready to speak up, however, we are not likely to see the outcome that we want if we blow up. Remember to breathe, stay grounded, and choose your battles. The purpose of the pressure points that you have been noticing is to get your attention so that you’ll spend some time reflecting on how you are really feeling.

Moon in Pisces might find it challenging to discern what emotions are mine and what are not mine. Check in with yourself. I do this by placing my hand on my belly and inwardly asking myself the question “whose (insert emotion here) is this?”  

We are also experiencing the last in a series of squares between stern, structured Saturn and nebulous Neptune which could add to potential confusion – or it could offer the opportunity to look at things in a new way. It could also simply feel confusing, and that’s OK, too, for in time things will become clearer and make more sense.  

This is the last in the current series of eclipses that make up this fall’s eclipse season. You’ve heard me say this a lot in the past few months, but eclipses are like re-set buttons; often information that was hidden from us is revealed. In the aftermath, we adapt, we face parts of ourselves we weren’t familiar with and tap into strengths we didn’t know we had. In short – we grow.  

Stay present and notice what arises.  

Much love and many blessings, 

❤️ Aiyanna