A journey into the realm of Gods, Goddesses and the human heart
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OB-HT644_merce3_F_20100305180450We are already at the New Moon in Leo of the year! After a month marked by the return to direct motion of Mercury in Gemini, but really completing its post shadow period in Cancer on its way to link with the Uranus-Pluto square, which we have been living through for the past 4 year. We are left with a new war on Israel-Palestine, military and passengers (M17) aircrafts shot down or lost, all of which remind us of the sign of Cancer and the need to defend our borders and our ‘home’? Theme that resonates and occur in other parts of the world as we all well know. We don’t seem to learn the lessons of the past, and dropping bombs on each other seems to be the only “no solution” to which we are still holding on to and each part with its well studied and heartfelt apologies for not sitting down to fix it in a more diplomatic and intelligent manner and exercise our “academic superiority” with respect to the other. What good does it do to progress both scientifically and academically if later we end up resorting to bombs?
It’s very nice to write about the maternal qualities of Cancer, and the feeling of the water sings, but the reality of the passage of Jupiter through this sign for the past 12 months, and now with Mercury in Cancer (the voice of the people, our land), in opposition to Pluto (power struggles and death) in square to Uranus in Aries (liberation from what oppresses us) have left us with many deaths, cyclones and floods, many wars and more deaths. The Grand Cardinal cross of the beginning of the year is certainly making us aware more than ever of the abuse of the dominant classes, the fact that the rich are becoming richer and all the others increasingly poorer. As well as the fact that 80% of the world is poor and corrupt and that nobody seems to know how to fix this either.
And now in a great effort not to sound negative, we have what should be this wonderful new moon in Leo, which peaks in conjunction to Jupiter (the great benefactor) recently established in this sign. But unfortunately, all of this links with a Mars just moved to Scorpio, today, after spending 8 months in Libra, which seemed to keep diplomatic efforts in action. Now the meetings of leaders eager to find a peaceful solution, will find the added tension between Leo (big egos) and Scorpio (revenge and death). The good news is that Saturn already about 17 degrees of Scorpio, forms a large trine to Mercury and Venus in Cancer and Neptune and Chiron in PISCES, which may somewhat counteract the high tension of the T-squares, but the large trine in Water, can be a little too “watery” in their efforts to find a solution to these conflicts. Venus in Cancer which also values the “home”, the “land of our ancestors”, opposes Pluto in Capricorn for this Lunation and of course connects with Uranus by square.
Is there something good in all of this? You may ask, and Yes. The wonders of a new moon in Leo, in conjunction to Jupiter, is without doubt, the possibility of finding a way to express our uniqueness, the extraordinary quality that makes us different from the others, despite belonging to a particular group. What is that that your psyche and your soul need to express, completely apart from your family and cultural conditioning, or the characteristics of “the land” in which you’ve born. It is here where we have a chance of surviving this nationalistic or cultural whirlwind. Who AM I besides belonging to this family, breed or particular tribe?. should i let myself be dragged by the ideas of the tribe, even when my heart asks for something else? The nationalist ground has more to do with Cancer. In Leo, we want to explore who we really are, besides..(being part of a particular tribe). Which is the Mission of my soul, if any, which is my personal Fate?, separate from that of my tribe or what is expected of me, in the place of birth?. What are my own ideologies? Must I be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, hindu, just because my ancestors? We know that if we rise to the place where all souls come together, the realm that some shamans call the North, Christians Heaven, the Greeks and myself the Olympus or the Underworld, then these differences blur and gradually cease to exist. In the “great soul”, every child who dies is the son of all of us, every woman who dies is the sister, mother and daughter of all of us, every man that dies is the father, brother and husband of everyone. The religious, national and tribal differences seem a distant and sad reminder of a separation which in reality does not exist. The question could be, do we keep throwing bombs to each other because we are manipulated by an elite that wants to sell weapons or because in some dark corner of our psyche, we are still in the jungle and we must protect ourselves from other predators and survive above all?
Last night I went to a creative event, which reminded me of the real importance of the message of the sign of Leo. In the mad rush of creativity, of connecting with what makes us unique, the importance of expressing it somehow, the risk that involves letting it out and sharing it with others and risking being criticizes, it is wonderful to watch the smile in the faces of the dancers, (in this particular case), at the end of the process, when after years, months or weeks of hard work and creativity, it is performed in what seems to be a second. When one realices that never mind how imperfect, or incomplete, whatever it came out, is part of you, to explore, to correct and perfect, to polish, or simply to share, to give to others who may or may not benefit from it. The Sharing is perhaps the most satisfactory part, when you see the reaction of others. Simply because sharing yourself is an act of Generosity, and Love and this is a supreme quality of the sign of LEO.
Use the energies of this new moon, to connect with your heart and investigate what more you have to give, to share with others which can help you be proud to be who you are and the possibilities you have. Don’t do anything that you may be embarrassed or regret later.
Even if you don’t paint or dance or play an instrument, every single action of your life, can be a choreography, a poem, a song. That’s Leo.

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September 11th, is an important date for the Catalans and also for the whole world, and for completely different reasons, I mean that while here in Catalunya marks a national day, or Diada, this time was celebrated in a loud way, while the rest of the world remembers the infamous S11, when the World Trade Center two towers were attacked by two plane loaded with passengers. For some reason, I have decided that it was time to write about this full moon in PISCES, which is not formed until the 19th, but to which we are all heading, in the hope of finding some response on the issues presented by the new moon of September 5. This lunation occurs two days before the Autumn equinox, for the northern hemisphere and Spring for the southern hemisphere, which mark the point when the days begin to shorten or lengthen respectively. The trip to and from the darkness to light-
As we all know, this lunation as all the others, has its special characteristics. In addition to illuminating the angularity Virgo-Piscis, which confronts us with the dynamics to give form to our spirit, to manifest in the physical world (Virgo), the immeasurable, the ineffable (PISCES). The development of a technique (Virgo) which will help us express our divine inspiration (PISCES). This angularity speaks of the birth of Christ (PISCES) of a Virgin Mother (Virgo). But before Mary, virgins were not only virgins for not having been sexually ravaged, but because they did not belong to any men. i.e. As in the case of Vesta (many think that this asteroid rules Virgo, somehow) who struggles to find completion and fulfillment in life on her own, without the need to include the other, through meditation and dedication to a God or Goddess. Hence the image of the Priestess, who returns to the temple, to think and meditate, theme which also colors the Virgo-Pisces opposition. What PISCES brings to Virgo is also the understanding that no matter how much technique we may have, the spirit is not always materialized when one wants to. Picasso said: “I work all the time, so when I connect with the divine inspiration, it finds me working”.
The most remarkable or extraordinary of this lunation is the Venus-Saturno-Lunar Node conjunction in Sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, trigone Neptune and especially Chiron, and in quadrature to Pallas and Mars in Leo. The theme of love and the abuse of power in relationships between men and women, comes to mind, and interestingly, for the first time in India, the 4 men who raped a 23 years old woman in a bus, late last year, which then died in the hospital of the wounds inflicted in the attack, have been sentenced to death, with incredible loud reaction from men and women, in this country which clearly shows that is really changing. Saturn and Pluto are in the third Sextile of this cycle, in which they are in mutual reception, meaning, in a sign that the other rules. Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. In various parts of the world quite a few sexual abuse cases have jumped to the press like never before and many rapists, some in their 80s have been held accountable for abuse of power over young people of both sexes, acts committed, in several cases, almost 40 years earlier. Saturn isn’t named “Lord of Karma” by nothing. It is difficult to escape the winds of Karma while you are alive and even after death, as in the case of Jimmy Savile, the presenter of the BBC, who has been found guilty of dozens of cases of sexual abuse, what has ruined his memory and reputation, posthumously.
In the universal Chart of this lunation, considering the Asc. as the 0 degree of Aries, the conjunction Venus-Saturn-node obviously falls in the 8th House or Gate into the world of Hades, which certainly confirms, the series of scandals of corruption of our politicians and authority figures, who keep coming to our Courts. the square with Mars and Pallas, speaks of more than one situation power struggles between two parties on issues of shared finances and/or inheritances. These themes seem to arrive to a pivotal point at the peak of this lunation. THE trigone to Chiron, reflects the possibility of healing in the experience of these themes which are very Scorpio themes. As the Second House talks about the money we earn, the 8th House or Scorpio, speaks to us of that money which we can have access to, but without any power, i.e., money which creates debts and dependence on others. Separations, divorces, inheritances, are all triggered by this lunation in Pisces.
Gemini and Sagittarius are also affected by this, specially all those born in the last degrees of these signs.
This lunation impels us to the analysis of our true intentions and the ability to recognize that it is time to let go of certain cultural and family patterns to emerge as individuals and live our lives fully. While it is sometimes easier to follow the road marked by those who were born before us and above all, our culture, before raising a flag, ask yourself, if you really are in accordance with that side you are fighting with.
Negotiations on possible intervention in Syria is what is on the table at the moment, internationally and meanwhile the number of refugees and displaced persons grows in the form of an invasion in bordering countries. The destruction on the streets of this country seems inconceivable. What is clear is that the number of people escaping the situation is greater than those who struggle, indicating that most people want to live in peace and to be able to feed and care for their children. We’ll see what this lunation brings to this situation, what is clear is that Pisces and Virgo also speak of discerning which side we are on and if we are on one side or the other, or as PISCES tells us, we all are ONE, we have many more things in common than differences, therefore, What are we really fighting for?

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The conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Libra (of the past 6 days), has left no doubt in anyone with Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) of the  frustration which emerges from this combination. Mars and Saturn is really a difficult combination, because even though Saturn,especially in good aspect to Mars can truly structure it,  more often than not would be frustrating for the person with such aspect, as Saturn forces Mars to confront its limitations, something  which Mars does not respond very well to. This planet hates limitations and prefers freedom of action.

August 23rd  Mars enters Scorpio, sign that rules together with Pluto. I think there is no doubt the connection between war and death, between confrontation and transformation, all  SCORPIOS themes. It has not been in this sign since September 2010.

In its transit through Libra, which is about to end, Marts  has inspired us to find a diplomatic solution to the confrontations that we encounter, and  better still,  a fair ending for the two parties; in its transit through Scorpio, though, diplomacy will lead to  anger and a need to win which could be difficult to handle, for many. The need for Justice, will be replaced by the need to win at all costs. Secret topics become more evident and it is possible that more than one situation  will come to light, previously, of a secret nature. Mars in Scorpio confronts us with our sexuality and our need to survive first and foremost. The darker motivations of our psyche, will emerge so we can be aware of what we are really capable of doing when our security and survival are threatened.

Those who have this natal position,  will feel it strongly, because they will be undergoing the Mars return, which happens approximately every two years. We all know, yet have trouble recognizing, the power of contained rage, and its effect on our health. Often, depression, anxiety, reactions in the skin, excess activity and/or work, addiction, especially  to sex, are directly linked with a personality that is unable to recognize and express anger. We are culturally conditioned to having to be “kind”, nice, cordial, all the time, as if that were possible. Anger is a  human feeling as joy, sadness, passion, etc, but we strive to automatically associate it with violence and this is not necessarily true. Violence emerges when we deny our anger. Recognized and healthy expressions of anger avoid violence. Those who learn at an early age to express  anger, get sick less.

People born with Mars in Scorpio, have an intensity that is unmanageable for many. With an extraordinary ability to get to the bottom of things and not be content with superficial explanations. This intensity can be used positively or negatively depending on the level of consciousness of the individual. It is an energy that is difficult to control, therefore, the lesson of control and containment is continuous. Mars in Scorpio, is very well expressed sexually, since that intensity  allows the person the illusion of  absolute union with the other(provided that Mars in Scorpio is not in contact with Saturn, for example). A conjunction of Mars-Saturn in Scorpio in a man, for example, can be particularly problematic. The need to perpetuate the species may be overwhelming for many, something that is kept in an unconscious state for most, disguised as a simple explanation like: ” i simply love sex”.

Mars enters Scorpio forming a sextile to the  Sun and a trine to Neptune, exalting our need to help others and the awareness of other people’s pain, to then,  sextile Mercury on September 5th, which gives us the opportunity to do research and concentrated work. Before entering Sagittarius October 7, it will form a square to Venus in Leo in the last days of September. The fixed signs, especially Aquarius and Taurus, feel their emotions soar though not necessarily in a negative way. Leo and Scorpio or those with planets in these signs shall be the depositaries of those emotional storms.

One of the evolutionary lessons of Mars in Scorpio is clearly that the need to perpetuate the specie must be controlled, that sexual union, does not mean owning the other, and that the need for total union with the other, may be achieved in many  different ways. But above all, that separation, does not necessarily mean death. Mars in Scorpio, even those evolved souls, live  through strong crisis and separations, until they learn what they have come to learn.They do not give up easily and if they fall, they do so, fighting. Revenge has a whole different meaning for Mars in Scorpio people, they enjoy it in a particularly intense way.

Let yourself be carried away by the intensity of these energies and incorporate risk and passion into your life, without victimizing yourself!

Celebrities with Mars in Scorpio: Leonardo di Caprio (rightly  became Edgar Hoover in film), Maria Callas, Marie Curie, Gandhi, Mao Tse-tung, Eleonor Roosevelt, Albert Schweitzer, Robert F Kennedy, Jennifer Aniston, Vanessa Paradis, Grace Kelly, Jude Law, Mel Gibson( you only have to watch the films he’s directed), Ophra Winfred, Marilyn Manson (any doubt?) Joaquin Phoenix (el Gladiador),  to name but a few.

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Here we are in the Scorpio New Moon, when Both the Sun and the Moon find themselves at 13º Scorpio 40′. As we already know, new moons seem to start a new cycle, a new project, a new trend, which completes itself 2 weeks later when the next Full Moon . These cycles are sometimes at such a profound level, that we don’t even realize is happening.

This is the case with Scorpio. This sign is so profound and connects us with such inner dimensions that can be experienced as “uncomfortable” at best, or terrifying at worst, especially if you are an Air sign, but it can also be fascinating and magical, if you are a water or a fire sign. It is in this journey to the most secret part of your psyche that we encounter an array of nymphs, heroes, gods and s goddesses that turn our everyday life into an interesting fairytale or mythical story.

This New Moon offers us this possibility and as we open the door to the energies of it, first thing we encounter is Vesta or Hestia for the Greeks. This small asteroid of scarcely 450 to 600 km in diameter, was discovered on March 29, 1807 by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers in the constellation of Virgo. Is part of a belt of asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where Ceres and Pallas Athena, were discovered few years earlier. Juno finds herself there as well. They represent different aspects of the feminine in our lives.

Vesta is the daughter

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of Saturn (Chronos) and Rea, so she is an Olympian. In my opinion she is the true ruler of Virgo women. She represents the unmarried woman, same as Pallas. Except that Vesta was truly a virgin and was truly pure. She had no contact with men.

She is the Goddess of the Fire that warms our Home. Signifies the warmth that women are capable of bringing to a Home. Apolo and Poseidon offered her marriage but she remained true to herself and to her chastity vows and declined.

But what does she represent inside of us? She is our ability to remain true to ourselves, even in the eventuality of falling in love. Remaining a virgin, didn’t necessarily mean, no sex, but it meant not engaging in relationships.

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this New Moon we find the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Vesta in Scorpio. The intensity of these energies, will upset more than one relationship, many will be in the process of separation, many trying out a reconciliation, but the opportunity of this New Moon and Vesta is that of connecting with that part of ourselves that cannot be touched by power struggles. IT is our ability to follow out path and our calling, which takes us away from the loss of power inherent in many relationships.

To love does not mean to lose one’s power, to the point that if we realize that the present relationship does not allow us to grow, believe that we are trapped in it. We can always walk away. Never mind how difficult it seems. Vesta remind us of never getting to that point.

Vesta is the feminine principle in men and in women. If you are an Aquarian or a Leo, this could be a real situation in your life now. If you are a Cancerian or a Piscean, your relationships will become more intense and the opportunity to dig in and find out what is below the surface, is there for you. Aries and Libra, which are affected by Saturn and Pluto and their relationships are being tried as well, will get a chance to transform their approach to their relationships.

With all of what I said, it may sound that this would be a terrible 15 days to the next Full Moon in Taurus when this month’s cycle will conclude, but never forget that the transformative energies of Scorpio, can be extremely useful to take our minds and soul beyond the surface, beyond superficiality.

This is a good moment to really try to communicate your true feelings and find out what your “other one” is made of. What your relationship is made of.

If you are not in relationship, this is a great opportunity to connect to your work, your creativity and focus in what is important in your life. Vesta helps us

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Mercury makes and exact square to Neptune, so it won’t be difficult to fantasize and create. The test of time will be necessary to make sure that what we see is real. It also contacts Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces, so new ideas and projects will present themselves, creating a more positive outlook of life.

Pluto and the North Node seem to support the Scorpian energies of the Moon, inducing us to dig in and connect with our most secret feelings. If you are brave enough to enjoy digging into yourself, you will definitely enjoy this New Moon.

Juno is also part of the equation, as it is in Sextile to the Sun and Moon, so it will help us find a compromise in our relationships. She is the opposite of Vesta, Juno was Hera in Greek Mythology and it represents the “Wife”, who remained married to Zeus, in spite of his unfaithfulness.

If you find yourself in a relationship where you seem to be alienated from your true path in life, use the energies of this Moon to connect to your inner Vesta and let her get you back on track.

The one person you cannot afford to betray, EVER,is yourself.