Happy Winter Solstice! The Sun at Midwinter: A Meditation, by John Matthews as read by Michelle Gregg

Father Yule...

Father Yule…

Listen to The Sun at Midwinter: A Meditation by John Matthews, as read by Michelle Gregg

The longest night of the year is upon us and it is time to reflect on the year behind us and ponder the year ahead… a time to cozy up in front of a fire and let go of any negativity that we’ve experienced during the past 12 months – and make wishes for and welcome the fresh new year that’s coming. 

Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate or sip a glass of wine and then listen to the Meditation below as I’ve recorded it. It is a very special way to bring in Mid-Winter at the Winter Solstice. The meditation is called “The Sun at Midwinter” and was written by John Matthews. You can find it in a book titled The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas. (Here it is on Amazon.)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. My family listens to this meditation as I recorded it years ago every Winter Solstice… 

Listen to The Sun at Midwinter: A Meditation by John Matthews, as read by Michelle Gregg

It’s the End of the World as We Know It… and I Feel Fine – The Winter Solstice 2012 and the Uranus/Pluto Influence

Mayan-Calendar

 

The Sun moved into Capricorn this morning, Dec. 21, 2012, at 6:12 AM Eastern Time welcoming the beginning of Winter according to the Gregorian calendar most widely used, and marking Mid-Winter on the Pagan calendar. Yule is here!

As is this much awaited day! Dec. 21, 2012 has been both anticipated as a fresh new start for humanity and dreaded as the end of the world, as a result of the ending of the Mayan Calendar on this date – what is referred to as The Mayan Prophecy. However, there are experts regarding the Mayan Calendar who tell us that the Mayan Prophecy is not one of only endings, but also a new beginning – of a new era, or a new bak’tun – moving from the 13th bak’tun to the 14th – a 400 year cycle. That is according to Simon Martin as reported by the BBC News.

Here are two extremely interesting articles regarding the “end of world” prophecies and the Galactic Alignment at the Winter Solstice that many believe is the reason that the Mayans chose today’s date to end their 13th bak’tun.

This article hypothesizes about the Dec. 21, 2012 Galactic Alignment  of the Earth, the Sun and the Galactic Equator in the Milky Way on the Winter Solstice and was written by Keith Hunter for Ancient World Mysteries.

This one denounces that there actually is a Galactic Alignment of the Earth, the Sun and the Galactic Equator in the Milky Way at all on Dec. 21, 2012 and is from NASA.

Regardless of whether we choose to believe there is or is not an alignment, or that the Mayan Prophecy is relative to us in this time, it’s clear to most of us I think that the times we live in are changing quickly and dramatically. It’s as though every thing is accelerated and intensified. Much of what many understood as time-proven, those things about our lives that both built and maintained the status-quo, are undergoing shifts that will no doubt leave our world and the people in it much different – and hopefully much better.

But for every new birth there are inevitably the birth pangs – the long, usually very painful passage from one way of being to another. I believe this is where we are right now… and I believe that astrology, as both the science and art that offers us insights into “as above, so below,” is a fantastic tool that we can use to help us understand the tremendous shifts that we, as a society, as a world, and personally, are undergoing right now. 

In that light, I want to say a bit about the current Uranus/Pluto square that has been in effect since 2008 and will be in effect until 2016.

These two planets last came together (in a conjunction – meaning they were 0 degrees apart – sharing space in the sky and operating in tandem) during the whole of the 1960’s and we experienced dramatic social, political, technological, economic and personal changes across the world. Events that occurred during that time included JFK and his assassination, MLK and his dream – and then his assassination, the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolom X and his assassination, the Black Panthers, a complete change in popular music and fashion, the Beatles rose to fame, women’s liberation, flower power, Viet Nam, Charles Manson, and the first man on the moon…

The time before when Uranus and Pluto came together was during the decade of the 1930’s. At that time these two were in a square aspect like they are now – 90 degrees apart. During that decade we experienced dramatic social, political, technological, economic and personal changes across the world. Events that occurred during that time included the crash of the stock market – Black Friday, the Great Depression, Pluto was discovered, scientists split the atom, Adolph Hitler and other dictators rose to power, there was the broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” which created havoc (much like our generation’s movie “2012”), and ultimately all led to the beginning of World War II

So – it seems worthwhile to talk about the square that these two planets are making to each other in our own time – especially today at the supposed “end of the world.”

Just below is info on Uranus and Pluto separately and together – very interesting!

 

Symbolism of Uranus

Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods.

Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods.

Positive: the light, highest heights, awakening, freedom, revolution, reform, fire from the Gods, the betterment of humanity as a whole, overturning the out-worn status quo, conscious perception, uniqueness, individualism, genius, mental and technological leaps, science, space, engineering, technology, inventions, electricity, radiation, lightening, aha! moments, ignition

Challenging: sudden impacting or shattering change, chaotic rebellion, erratic shifts, unexpected events, outcasts, the shunned, pronounced eccentricities, anarchy, radical anarchists, explosive and altering contact

What feelings come up for you when you hear these keywords of Uranus? What do you think about that’s been in the news?

One of my very favorite astrologers, who is so much more than that – he’s one of the most profound thinkers of our time and a prolific writer, professor and speaker – Richard Tarnas, wrote a book about Uranus called Prometheus The Awakener. In this book he compares the meaning of Uranus to the mythological figure Prometheus , who was rebellious enough and nervy enough to steal fire from the Gods and give it to humans to accelerate their evolution and break the hold that the Gods had over them. In this book he describes Uranus like this:

“Uranus is empirically associated with the principle of change, rebellion, freedom, liberation, reform and revolution, and the unexpected breakup of structures; with excitement, sudden surprises, lightning-like flashes of insight, revelations and awakenings; and with intellectual brilliance, invention, creativity, originality, and individualism. In addition to the occurrence of sudden breakthroughs and liberating events, Uranus transits are linked to unpredictable and disruptive changes, and thus the planet is often referred to as the “cosmic trickster.” In terms of personal character, Uranus is regarded as signifying the individualist, the genius, and the rebel.”

When I think of pure Uranus energy, the first person that comes to mind is Albert Einstein.

 

Symbolism of Pluto

Death, Transformation and Rebirth

Pluto-2Positive: the dark, deepest depths, intensity, deep and profound transformation, making the unconscious conscious, pure understanding of the cycles of life, alchemy, magic, shamanism, ultimate truth, pointed focus, depth psychology, the core of a matter, cycle of death & rebirth, true power of Self, purification, purging, nuclear energy

Challenging: power struggles, fear, terror, destruction, nuclear destruction, poison, trauma, putrefaction, decay, crime, criminal minds, obsession, suppression, the underworld, taboo subjects kept from society, shadow, the deepest depths, isolation, subversion, hidden agendas, waste, black magic

What feelings come up for you when you hear these keywords of Pluto? What do you think about that’s been in the news?

Archetypally speaking, Pluto represents the necessity of descending to the depths before you can ascend to the heights. It is the story of the phoenix – who out of hubris flew too close to the Sun and fell burned to the Earth – but! He then transformed his own ashes into a better, stronger version of himself and was able to ascend – to fly again – perfected.

Pluto also represents alchemy – the process of changing the base matter (lead) into the purified gold.

Pluto points to karma and to the needs of the Soul – our desire to learn the lessons in our lifetime that will purify us and evolve us – getting us closer to God.

Pluto will most often, when transiting our birthchart at a sensitive point or personal planet, take us down into darkness of some kind, where we undergo challenges necessary to purify us in some way, and then we come back into the light to continue our transformation.

 

Now let’s look at these two planets and their meaning when they come together in the sky.

Pluto describes bringing into consciousness from the absolute depths. Uranus describes breaking the status quo. Pluto describes transformation. Uranus describes revolution.

Uranus and Pluto Together = Metamorphosis

 

According to Banzhaf and Haebler in the book Key Words for Astrology:

“Archetype of Uranus and Pluto together: The Rebel and the Powerful Person

Shadow: The Eccentric and the Power of Darkness

General meaning: Sudden deep reaching changes. Rebellion against dependence and suppression. Bursting the bonds.

In Harmony: Desire for freedom. Powerful urge for individual freedom. Sudden perceptions and insights into power structures or collective shadow areas. Rigorous upheavals. Liberation movements.

In Discord: The Despot. Willful, irresponsible misuse of power for questionable, eccentric goals. Extreme inner tension and vacillations between highest heights and deepest depths, between total freedom and complete constraint.”

 

We can see then, from the words of these folks that the effects of Uranus and Pluto coming together has to be far reaching and life changing. And we are meant to change personally as a result. We are meant to awaken to our ability as a society to change the deeply rooted, dark and subjugating powers that be, bring them to light, demand freedom from them and then transform to the new way of being.

The Uranus/Pluto Square has seven dates when the two planets are exactly 90 degrees apart… meaning that the effects of the square are the strongest.

The Seven Epic Squares between Uranus and Pluto – 2012 through 2015

June 24, 2012
September 19, 2012
May 20, 2013
November 1, 2013
April 21, 2014
December 14, 2014
March 16, 2015

After that last date, the two planets are still what we call “in orb” through much of 2016, meaning that they are close enough to the exact square that the effects are in play.

The magic of a fireplace...

The magic of contemplation before a fireplace…

So – is it the end of the world today – The Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, 2012? Of course not. But – is this time that we’re living in transforming both us and society? Absolutely – it is in fact the end of the world as we know it. And like Michael Stipe and REM – I feel fine!

Change is good, and moving toward a more enlightened reality is fantastic, and that’s where I believe we’re headed, even if we have a period of darkness before the light returns. And isn’t that the way of Nature? Isn’t that the deeper meaning of the Winter Solstice?

We are living through, today, right now, the darkest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (bearing in mind that it is the lightest time of the year in the Southern Hemisphere as they experience their Summer Solstice). It is cold here and there are things on our minds – things that may be best to let go of. So… let go. During this night when we welcome the return of the Light, as you ponder the year behind you and the year to come, hopefully while sitting in front of a lovely, warming fire, let go… and welcome the bright new beginnings that are on the way!

Food for Thought in Preparation for the free New Moon in Sagittarius Tele-Class and Meditation on Thursday, December 13, 2012

FREE NEW MOON TELECLASS & MEDITATION
(click above for more info on the class)

Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6 PM Eastern Time

 

CLASS TIME IN OTHER TIME ZONES

USA:  12 Noon Hawaii (Honolulu), 3 PM Pacific, 4 PM Mountain, 5 PM Central, 6 PM Eastern

Call 218.862.1300 and use code 122069 to join the call.

This New Moon occurred in the sign of Sagittarius, on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:42 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Key Words / Phrases to Reflect On for this New Moon in Sagittarius

faith and hope in the future
optimistically opening to your heart’s desires
expanding your belief system
finding meaning in your life
discovering a talent for happiness (yay!)
holy, happy, noble, rich feelings


That’s probably enough to start with…

And I look forward to talking with you this evening at 6 PM Eastern!

Listen to The Sun at Midwinter: A Meditation by John Matthews, as read by Michelle Gregg
(
this link includes the transcript to the teleclass as well)

Here is the chart we’ll be using that is an Aries Wheel reflecting only the planets without a rising sign or houses – so no specific place specified. The chart is based on the natural wheel of the Zodiac beginning with Aries.

Chart for the New Moon in Sagittarius, Dec. 13, 2012, 3:42 AM EST. This is an Aries Wheel.

Chart for the New Moon in Sagittarius, Dec. 13, 2012, 3:42 AM EST. This is an Aries Wheel.

As of Today, Nov. 26, 2012, Mercury is Retrograde No More… At Least for the Next 3 Months!

I’m delighted to let you know that Mercury is going Direct in Scorpio today as of 5:48 PM Eastern Time. I can hear you shouting “Yay!!” as you jump up and down… No more Mercury Retrograde until February 23, 2013! I’m saying that just as a reminder that Mercury turning Retrograde is a very regular cycle in our lives that occurs every 3 months – 4 times a year – and it stays Retrograde 3 weeks each time. This is an example of the natural inhale and exhale, ebb and flow of life – of two steps forward, one step back, of needing rest after forward motion. Learning to move gracefully and fully engaged with that cycle is a terrific goal to have. (See my article “Mercury Retrograde: The Unlikely Healing Gift” for insights on that.)

This Mercury Retrograde for me has actually been quite smooth and fruitful… perhaps that’s the result of consciously working in accordance with the energy, or maybe, I’ve just been lucky this past 3 weeks. Trust me – I’ve had my share of truly DOOZIE Mercury Retrogrades! Whatever the reason for the ease of this one, I’m looking forward to the next 3 months as Mercury moves forward to see what will bloom fresh and new in my mind and how I will determine to express it to others.

Time-lapse image showing Retrograde motion in space.

Bear in mind that we will be in the “shadow” of Mercury Retrograde until Dec. 14. This simply means that Mercury goes back over the same degrees of the Zodiac it covered while it was going backwards, until it ends up where it started. During this time, the next 19 days, you might expect whatever came up during the Retrograde to resurface. (For this kind of retrospective, it’s helpful to know what degrees of Scorpio and Sagittarius the Retrograde covered – it began at 4 degrees of Sagittarius and moved back to 18 degrees of Scorpio – and where those degrees are in your birth chart – and what days over the past 3 weeks specific things happened. Always helpful to keep a journal for things like this so you can look back and find patterns or witness lessons learned or simply life experienced.)

I love watching annual trends with these kinds of Cosmic escapades. Last year, 2011, Mercury went Retrograde on Thanksgiving Day. This year, 2012, on Thanksgiving we were in the throes of Mercury Retrograde – just a few days before the end of it. And next year Mercury Retrograde will be over almost 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. But we’ll have a Retrograde Halloween! That sounds like the perfect time to communicate (Mercury) with those already gone before us (Retrograde).

Have fun in your forward journey all!

 

NOTE: Here’s a wonderful video that shows Mercury Retrograde motion astronomically – a space view of how we see Mercury Retrograde. Fabulous!

From the YouTube Video explanation:

Please watch in Full screen HD-mode! This animation shows from GEOCENTRIC point of view (Earth’ observer) how the innermost planet Mercury moves on its small orbit direct, than suddenly appears to move retrograde (backwards) and turns direct again. The red grid marks the ecliptical plane, in which the Sun and most planets move more or less. The figures indicate the 30° intersection of the ecliptical grid, so 0° longitude is the beginning at the vernal equinox = 0° Aries, Every further 30° step is the next astrological (tropical) sign of the zodiac, so e.g. 30°-60° = Taurus, 60°-90° = Gemini and so on. The movement for Mercury is shown for 2009 and 2010 covering two of its retrograde periods, which take about three weeks and occur four times every Earth year. Mercury’s orbit is shown in orange colour (ellipse). The panel on the left corner is in German and displays the calendar date of the animation. The timestep is 1 day per trail and computation. This is how the apparent retrograde motion of planets actually appears and happens. Stars and other planets are excluded in this animation. The animation was generated with Redshift 7 Premium by USM Media. More explanations will be inserted into the animation soon.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio Meditation – November 13, 2012

 

A Meditation for the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
The New Moon in Scorpio occured today, November 13, 2012, at 5:08 PM Eastern

LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION 

In creating this meditation I focused on this month’s New Moon chart with a particular eye toward the Sun and Moon coming together to begin a new cycle in Scorpio. This whole experience is intensified by the Solar Eclipse which occurs about 5 minutes after the New Moon, bringing with it huge opportunities for change, growth and evolution.

The higher vibration qualities of Scorpio are depth psychological healing, intensification of emotion and desire, and purification of the heart and soul. Incorporate these lessons into your own life over the next month.
 
The lower vibration qualities of Scorpio are power plays, manipulation and controlling others for personal gain, jealousy, staying in the Shadow. Move away from these characteristics and issues over the next 28 days.

 

New Moon in Scorpio Meditation

This is a guided imagery meditation.

The best way to engage in this experience is to sit comfortably upright with your bare feet on the ground or the floor, with closed eyes and an open heart and an open mind.

Relax your face. Smile and release any tension there. Relax your shoulders. Gently lift them and let them fall into a comfortable place. Shake your arms and hands lightly and then allow them to become comfortable and loose, resting your hands in your lap. Breathe deeply into your torso and as you breathe out twist easily and gently from side to side, then come to center and settle into an easy position. Now gently shake your legs and move them from side to side for a couple of breaths, then bring them to stillness, releasing any tension in them… just let them relax and become heavy. Now lift your feet a little and wiggle your toes and circle your ankles and let them come to rest, planting them firmly on the floor again, knees bent and wide, easily supporting your relaxed legs. Breathe very deeply, in and out, at a natural and comfortable rate.

Even gentle breaths – getting deeper and deeper as you relax.

Breathing slowly, slowing your heart rate. In. Out. In. Out.

Now the darkness behind your eyelids is growing even darker. Darker with every breath.

Open your mind to suggestion. Free yourself into a blissful conscious darkness.  Breathe there, relaxing in pleasure.

As you breathe, ask that your Soul to be fully present with you. Consciously present. Imagine who you are without the trappings of your ego, without work, social and family expectations. Become fully engaged in this experience of being one with your Soul.

How does your Soul look? How does he/she feel, both inside and around you? Become very clear with this.

Breathe in. Breathe out. And again. In. Out.

Now imagine that your Soul reaches into your mind – the very deepest recesses. Your Soul penetrates both your conscious mind and your sub-conscious mind, offering love, grace, gentleness and forgiveness to every particle, every thought, every image that scares or distorts the true You.

Watch as any negative or un-pure mental attachments are either released with your breath or transformed with the purity of the light of your Soul.

Breathing in. Breathing out.

Now see your Soul gently stroking your throat and encircling your neck, offering the power of the truth of who you are to your voice – to who you say you are and to how you speak your truth. Allow your throat to relax with the gentle power of your Soul’s guidance. Imagine that you are throwing out of your mouth any and all dichotomies between who you are and who you have made it a habit of professing to be. Purge.

Now, open your voice to the purification of your Soul’s voice. See yourself speaking, writing, singing your truth!

As you continue to breathe, imagine that your Soul lovingly touches your heart. And as your Soul’s touch becomes loving caresses, feel your heart expand and fill with the love that your Soul offers. Your heart is glowing with the light of your Soul – your Soul’s purpose. It is completely open to knowing the beauty and perfection of what your Soul is offering you. What is your passion? Why are you here? Allow your heart to feel these answers. Open your heart to feeling fully.

We are here to feel. To give and receive Love. Your Soul is telling you that it is both human and Divine to open your heart to the intensity of feeling that is possible as a human being – to the intensity of feeling that is your birth right as a human being imbued and guided by your Divine Soul. Feel any negative emotions as they rise and allow your Soul to transform them and to purge them forever from your heart. And know from your heart’s wisdom that every moment of your life should begin and end by being deeply and fully felt.

Continue breathing, in and out. Slowly. Fully. Deeply.

Now see your Soul reach into your solar plexus. Your Soul is stroking you with the fullness of your impact on the world. Without you, the entire fabric of the Universe would be altered. You are being offered the strength of self-esteem and the fortitude to realize your path and to achieve your life goals – the goals your Soul agreed to before you were born. Breathe in the sensation of how this feels and release any fears.

Breathing…

And now your Soul reaches lower, into your belly. Your feel it embrace you inside, stoking the fires of your creativity, your passion. As your Soul strokes you, you feel your desires rising, and you are fully engaged with them. Your Soul is caressing your belly, your sexuality, your pro-creativity with the gift of deep and complete intimacy. Feel yourself embracing true intimacy with yourself – knowing your passions and desires completely. From this place, your Soul tells you that you can now be fully intimate and accepting of another.

Breathe with this intimacy. Ask it to stay with you with your Soul’s blessing.

Imagine now that your Soul gently touches the very base of you. Allow your Soul to hold the area where your legs meet your body – the area of your tail bone and sexual organs. This is where your connection to the Earth and to Mother and to Survival live. Feel you Soul awaken you to the knowledge that you are safe. You are loved. You are protected. Your Soul offers you the gift of connection to your home – your roots. Know that you have all that you need to fulfill your Soul’s purpose. You are safe and loved.

Breathe with the rhythm of your Soul. Breathe fully and gently and deeply.

Now your Soul travels up the length of your body, spiraling, reminding, loving and finally rests with light and purity at the crown of your head. Feel the heat as it gathers there. And now, feel your Soul lifting out of the top of your head, connecting you, always connected now, to the highest reaches of the Cosmos – connecting you to Source. To God. To Goddess. To the heart of the Universe itself. And know that you are one with, and a spark of that Divinity. That perfection.

Envision you and your Soul in connection to all that is and know your purpose within it. Express your purpose with love, with healing, and with grace to all.

Breathe with this. Sit with it a moment. Inhale slowly and fully. Exhale slowly and fully.

And again.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

When you’re ready, bring your breathing back to its natural rhythm.

Begin to come to full awareness and open your eyes; eyes that are now glowing with your Soul’s intentions, purpose, and the knowledge that you are purified and aligned lovingly with your truth. Breathe. Smile…

Now you are feeling refreshed and restored, regenerated in the power of the New Moon in Scorpio.

Mmmmmm. Ok. Very nice. How do you feel?

Food for Thought in Preparation for the free New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio Tele-Class and Meditation on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Today's New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (Nov. 13, 2012) will only be visible in its entirety in northern Australia. During a total solar eclipse the Moon moves in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, their separation and alignment such that the Moon appears large enough to temporarily block out the Sun's light.

Today’s New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (Nov. 13, 2012) will only be visible in its entirety in northern Australia. During a total solar eclipse the Moon moves in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, their separation and alignment such that the Moon appears large enough to temporarily block out the Sun’s light.

FREE NEW MOON TELECLASS & MEDITATION
(click above for more info on the class)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6 PM Eastern Time

 

CLASS TIME IN OTHER TIME ZONES

USA:  12 Noon Hawaii (Honolulu), 3 PM Pacific, 4 PM Mountain, 5 PM Central, 6 PM Eastern

Call 218.862.1300 and use code 122069 to join the call.

This New Moon is also a Total Solar Eclipse and occurs in the sign of Scorpio, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Key Words / Phrases to Reflect On for this New Moon Solar Eclipse Chart

portal to emotional intensity
allowing the soul to lead
healing toxic emotions
sexual healing
going deeply into your internal landscape
purification of the heart

That’s probably enough to start with…

And I look forward to talking with you this evening at 6 PM Eastern!

Here is the chart we’ll be using that is an Aries Wheel reflecting only the planets without a rising sign or houses – so no specific place specified. The chart is based on the natural wheel of the Zodiac beginning with Aries.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
Today’s total solar eclipse (Nov. 13, 2012) will only be visible in its entirety in northern Australia. During a total solar eclipse the Moon moves in front of the Sun as seen from Earth, their separation and alignment such that the Moon appears large enough to temporarily block out the Sun’s light.

New Moon in Libra Meditation – October 12, 2012

The Greek Muses surround Apollo.

Due to circumstances I’m unable to control, I will not be able to offer the New Moon TeleClass & Meditation this evening at 6 PM as I usually do on the New Moons. But, I have created a beautiful meditation to share with you so please enjoy it on your own, either read or listen to it below, and allow it to inspire you as you honor this New Moon in Libra. 

 

A Meditation for the New Moon in Libra
The New Moon in Libra occured today, October 15, 2012, at 8:02 AM Eastern

LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION 

In creating this meditation I focused on this month’s New Moon chart with a particular eye toward the Sun and Moon coming together to begin a new cycle in Libra.

The higher vibration qualities of Libra – those characteristics and lessons to incorporate into your own life over the next month – are a wonderful sense of beauty and balance:
 
1. Create beauty for yourself and in your personal space.
2. Open your mind and heart and Soul to your own brand of artistic expression – whether your canvas is your hair, clothes, body; your home, your lawn or garden, or an actual canvas, sheet of music or a blank sheet of paper. Anything can become an artistic medium. Find your particular way of bringing beauty into the world. Let what nurtures you to be your guide.
3. Appreciate the beauty of others.
4. Appreciate the artistic expressions of others all around you in every form they take – from architecture, to dance, to food, to music, to paintings, to theatre, to writing; anything that has been imagined and brought to form.
5. Focus on those you love and look for ways to bring balance and harmony to your relationships.
6. Rest in the beauty of Autumn and allow Nature to imbue you with a sense of equilibrium. Autumn is the time of balance.
7. Use wisdom and the ability to clearly see all sides when it’s time to judge the best course to take.

Libra is the sign most concerned with relationship. The Sun and Moon together in Libra highlight our abilities to live in relationship with compromise and harmony and in peace with ourselves and our own emotions.

The lower vibration areas of Libra are the characteristics and issues to let go of over the next 28 days. As you focus on beauty and relationship, remember to move away from:

1. Any sense of feeling “better than.” Drop snobbery by the wayside. Everyone is worthy of love, recognition and has something to offer.
2. Inaction due to the inability to commit or the inability to decide. Use the ability to assess all sides clearly as a means to making clear judgments.
3. Stress and conflict are part of life. Welcome them as opportunities for growth rather than allowing them to paralyze you with indecision, fear, or dependency on others.
4. Move away from situations that are in place purely for the sake of appearances. Living to keep up appearances stunts your ability to live a truly fulfilling, self-expressive life.

 

New Moon in Libra Meditation

 LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION

This is a guided imagery meditation.

The best way to engage in this experience is to sit comfortably upright with your bare feet on the ground or the floor, with closed eyes and an open heart and an open mind.

Relax your face. Smile and release any tension there. Relax your shoulders. Gently lift them and let them fall into a comfortable place. Shake your arms and hands lightly and then allow them to become comfortable and loose, resting your hands in your lap. Breathe deeply into your torso and as you breathe out twist easily and gently from side to side, then come to center and settle into an easy position. Now gently shake your legs and move them from side to side for a couple of breaths, then bring them to stillness, releasing any tension in them… just let them relax and become heavy. Now lift your feet a little and wiggle your toes and circle your ankles and let them come to rest, planting them firmly on the floor again, knees bent and wide, easily supporting your relaxed legs. Breathe very deeply, in and out, at a natural and comfortable rate.

Even gentle breaths – getting deeper and deeper as you relax.

Breathing slowly, slowing your heart rate. In. Out. In. Out.

Now the darkness behind your eyelids is growing even darker. Darker with every breath.

Open your mind to suggestion. Free yourself into a blissful conscious darkness.  Breathe there, relaxing in pleasure.

As you breathe, open you mind to images of beauty that begin to come to your awareness.

A breathtaking Autumn landscape, delighting you with the golden warm colors of trees of every variety – reds, oranges, yellows and deep russet. These colors cover the mountains that rise up and over and beyond the horizon as a shimmering sun makes the colors leap and glow into your consciousness. Above these vibrant hues, the sky is a clear, crystal blue as the clouds shape shift across it in every shade of white.

Rising from the sparkling water set in the center of the mountains is your Muse. Allow this Muse to take whatever form has meaning for you – human, male, female, androgynous, animal, fairy, God or Goddess – whatever form speaks to your creative Soul. Take several moments, as you breathe, to allow your Muse to emerge, perfect for you.

Breathe in gently and fully – in and out – as the shape of your personal Muse takes form before you – rising from the beauty of the Autumn landscape.

Breathe in the form, the beauty, the voice, and the message of your Muse.

Open and listen to that voice. Open and see that beauty. Allow the message to enter you.

Your Muse moves toward you. You wait there in anticipation with your arms open to receiving, with your eyes and ears wide and alert, with your heart ready to embrace both your Muse and the creative expression that will generate from your relationship.

The Muse is in front of you now, holding out arms ready to embrace you and to hold you safely through your creative process. The Muse tells you that it is time to create your own peace, your own harmony, your own beauty from within. You climb into those arms and you are moving through space and time in a much different way. There are no barriers to your imagination or to possibility as the Muse shows you how your life can be when you fearlessly create the beauty, harmony and peace you so crave.

Breathe in the arms of your Muse as you see images of your own creation:

Your relationships as they become the result of pure loving intention.

Your home as it changes to reflect the harmony of those relationships.

Your surroundings as they shift to hold the fruits of your creative expression.

Your work as it describes the beauty that pours forth from your Soul.

Rest gently and confidently in the arms of your Muse as he or she shows you each and every setting, each and every relationship, each and every scenario that contains the results of your loving, artistic expression in both form and action. The two of you move through space and time together seeing the results of the beauty that you now allow to come forth and express through physical form, through your relationships, through your heart, through your thoughts and words, and through your connection to Source.

Breathe in these images of what you can create from your true creative core when it is fueled by love. See them clearly as you breathe and commit them to your memory.

Take a few moments for these images of your loving, artistic expression to become fully realized in your heart and consciousness. And remember that art is life – on every level. Life is art. See your life as your own work of art and breathe in and fully integrate the images that you’ve created of what a truly artistic life lived from love is for you.

Breathe with this. Sit with it a moment. Inhale slowly and fully. Exhale slowly and fully.

And again.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

When you’re ready, bring your breathing back to its natural rhythm.

Begin to come to full awareness and open your eyes; eyes that are now glowing with purpose and service, ready to plant the seeds and then to reap the harvest of your life as your own work of art. Breathe. Smile…

Now you are feeling refreshed and restored, regenerated in the power of the New Moon in Libra.

Mmmmmm. Ok. Very nice. How do you feel?

 

I Apologize! I’m Unable to Offer the New Moon in Libra TeleClass & Meditation this Evening…

I’m so sorry!

The New Moon TeleClass & Meditation for Tonight is Cancelled…

I apologize!

I’m so sorry, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m unable to offer the New Moon TeleClass & Meditation this evening. 

I will be posting a lovely Meditation however, and I hope you will enjoy it as you honor the New Moon in Libra on your own. The meditation will be posted here as soon as the technical difficulties with my recording host are resolved. Hopefully very soon!

I’ll be back next month with the New Moon TeleClass & Meditation as usual – so I look forward to seeing you then!

Full Harvest Moon in Aries: An Evolutionary Moment – What is YOUR “AH HA!?” September 29, 2012, 11:19 PM Eastern Time

Full Harvest Moon

Look at this day! Feel this potent moment! This Full Moon in Aries! 

It is truly an evolutionary moment in time. Why?

This Full Moon fully and perfectly connects with the Uranus/Pluto square – THE configuration for revolution, transformation and total change. 

The Moon is in Aries, conjuncting the planet Uranus within 23 minutes of exactitude, triggering a consummation within our personal emotions, and simultaneously fueling us with the energy to initiate. Even as we reach the denouement in the current monthly cycle something within us is enlivened! The Sun in Libra brings this energy into connection with those we love – with whomever we keep close company, our social circle. It ensures that whatever this moment holds, it is not only for ourselves but to be shared in the deepest possible way – and perhaps in the most unique and unexpected possible way. 

Both the Sun and the Moon are almost exactly squared to Pluto (again within 23 minutes – that’s about 37 minutes less than one single degree out of a possible 30), making Pluto the focal point of this amazing configuration. Pluto. The God of Death, Transformation and Rebirth. The God of what’s deeply rooted inside you that needs to erupt into consciousness. 

What is that for you? 

What is the challenging, rotting debris lying deep within your psyche that needs to be brought into the light of consciousness? (Don’t read another word until you think about that for few minutes. Really. What is it?)

Get down into yourself to answer that question – the deeper you go, the more uncomfortable you may feel. But – that’s the point! Bring it up and out – let it burst forth suddenly without questioning it or trying to stamp it back down. Allow Uranus (sudden enlightenment) and Pluto (the dark, sometimes frightening, underbelly of who we are) to work their magic on you tonight. 

This could be, as it has been for me today, one of the most momentous personal breakthroughs of your life. 

Today I realized suddenly – with elation and a sense of release – the way in which I have stood in my own way. For me that has been resistance to others. For me that has been the fear of surrender. Talk about an ah ha!! I can feel that the energy around me is different. I can feel that my heart is wide open. I trust that all is as it should be and that I am home – wherever I am physically. (This may sound cryptic, but that’s the gist of my evolution today without going into all the sordid details!)

What is this moment for you?

Now let’s move just for a moment from the personal (and transpersonal) to the relative world. What might this configuration mean in the “real” world?

With the Moon and the Sun as triggers of the Uranus/Pluto square, we could see events in nature – earthquakes would be my first guess, as they bear such similar energy to the sudden and unexpected energy of Uranus, and bringing up hot masses from the bowels of the Earth, which is the energy of  Pluto. Hopefully though, there will be far less disruptive ways for this energy to manifest. 

The Moon and Uranus coming together represent, on the lower vibration of the energy, sudden uncontrollable emotions erupting forth. And with this energy squared to Pluto, lower vibration activation could be some sort of destructive force played out as a result of those unbounded emotions.

So there is the possibility of some fairly nasty representation of this combination. In nature, in politics, in any arena… but we can choose, at least for our selves and our own domains, to vibrate at the higher level – one of evolutionary transformation and soul surging ah ah! moments. 

Happy Full Moon! 

See the chart for this powerful lunation just below. It is drawn as an Aries Wheel – meaning for no particular location. 

The Aries Wheel for the Full Moon in Aries on September 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

Here’s and interesting article and video about tonight’s Full Harvest Moon from the Huffington Post!

Full ‘Harvest’ Moon Rises Saturday, Watch It Meet Uranus In The Night Sky (VIDEO)

New Moon in Virgo Meditation – September 15, 2012

Goddess of the Harvest

The New Moon occurs on September 15, 2012, at 10:11 PM Eastern

I’m feeling the energy of the Virgo New Moon having just finished up the free New Moon in Virgo Teleclass & Meditation… just minutes ago. I’m so grateful to each and every one of you who took time out of your busy schedule to join me this evening. It being a Saturday, I almost expected no one to show up. But you did and I’m delighted! It was a remarkable meeting of minds and hearts – and a true melding! 

Now I want to share our gorgeous meditation with all of you! 

In creating this meditation I focused on the energies of the New Moon and Sun in Virgo as they emphasize and engage you in being complete unto yourself – the true meaning of the word “Virgin.” Virgin, in its original definition, means a woman unto herself.

At the moment of the New Moon, intended to restore your soul, the Sun and Moon are involved in a conjunction aspect to Mercury. That simply means that these bodies are sharing exactly the same spot in the sky. This is a connection of working in tandem – of close association – of a new beginning between your core creative Self symbolized by the Sun, your emotional Self symbolized by the Moon, and quickened thought processes and need for communication symbolized by Mercury.

This connection highlights a need to express to others your emotions and your heart’s desires in a way that is practical, discriminating and that leads to finding the Self through service. Allow this meditation to refresh, restore and regenerate your spirit as you prepare for a new creative beginning in the next few days. A new cycle of creation begins today.

Below you may listen to the meditation or read it for yourself. 

LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION

New Moon in Virgo Meditation

This is a guided imagery meditation.

The best way to engage in this experience is to sit comfortably upright with your bare feet on the ground or the floor, with closed eyes and an open heart and an open mind.

Relax your face. Smile and release any tension there. Relax your shoulders. Gently lift them and let them fall into a comfortable place. Shake your arms and hands lightly and then allow them to become comfortable and loose, resting your hands in your lap. Breathe deeply into your torso and as you breathe out twist easily and gently from side to side, then come to center and settle into an easy position. Now gently shake your legs and move them from side to side for a couple of breaths, then bring them to stillness, releasing any tension in them… just let them relax and become heavy. Now lift your feet a little and wiggle your toes and circle your ankles and let them come to rest, planting them firmly on the floor again, knees bent and wide, easily supporting your relaxed legs. Breathe very deeply, in and out, at a natural and comfortable rate.

Even gentle breaths – getting deeper and deeper as you relax.

Breathing slowly, slowing your heart rate. In. Out. In. Out.

Now the darkness behind your eyelids is growing even darker. Darker with every breath.

Open your mind to suggestion. Free yourself into a blissful conscious darkness.  Breathe there, relaxing in pleasure.

Now, breathing slowly and fully in and out, imagine that you are in a beautifully farmed field. Crops have been planted in perfect rows and beds, perfectly following the graceful rise and fall of the gentle hills. The varieties of ripe and heavy vegetables with their vibrant reds, yellow, oranges and purples and huge, luscious clusters of greens seem almost endless, growing with strength and perfect health from the rich, black, damp earth toward the gorgeous yellow sun on one side – and covered with dew and loud with the sound of insects wings under a black night sky on the other. You are standing in the fields, in the crux between the Sun and New Moon, of the Virgin.

The air around you is crisp and delightful – clean and pure. It vibrates with every hue, tangible and alive. The time of harvest has clearly arrived and there is a sense of expectancy.

Breathing slowly and deeply, turn toward the night side of the field. You begin to feel that there are others present. It is completely dark at the farthest reaches of the field, but you can feel their presence and slowly begin to hear rustlings as they seem to begin to move toward you.

Now you turn in the other direction, toward the glorious color of the ripened fields and sun and you see a woman walking purposefully, gracefully, toward you. As she gets closer, you see how fully awake, how vibrant, and how joyful she is! She is glowing with health, radiating love, and her eyes are alive with intelligence. Her clothes are all the colors of the fields and she carries a large woven basket. Then you realize that there is a glowing, ethereal light around her head. You suddenly realize that here is the Goddess of the Harvest, Virgo the Virgin herself, and it is because of her that this bounty is before you.

She catches and captures your eyes, and then very slightly nods to a place behind you. You turn to see the others that you sensed before, now walking toward the two of you, coming steadily from the darkness into the light. There are women, men and children. There are animals of every kind. There are birds and insects and frogs and creatures you don’t recognize. And as they come slowly forward, you realize that each of them is either hungry or in need in some way. They are the faces of all humanity, diverse in appearance, but the same in their need.

As you take in the state of these fellow beings, your heart is touched with compassion and your mind begins to race with the need to help, to restore all of them. You turn and look again to the Goddess, and you see that she is ready to do what is necessary to serve those who have come; those who have found their way to her perfect fields.

The Goddess beckons to you and as you move toward her, and the closer you get you feel that you are melding with her. As you come to her side, she smiles and embraces you and you feel yourself becoming one with her – becoming her! Your body is now her body, as hers is yours.

Your ideas now take on a life of their own as the mind of the Goddess becomes your mind. You now know what to do. You are energized and can now organize and put forth the perfect way to serve those before you who are in such need.

You move farther into the fields and begin to bend and pick the ripe vegetables. Your mind is so clear that you communicate silently to all present to move into a line in front of you, and as they do, you offer the first the food that you’ve harvested – all the while knowing that you are being guided by the Goddess herself. You can feel her energy inside and around you, smiling and joyous with this deed.

As you offer the food, you realize that even the vegetables themselves are happy and radiating light. They feel fulfilled that they have a purpose and that their energy is not wasted – that they also have a practical use that serves.

You continue to bend and pick, and feed the next in line and then the next. You are reaching out to each one not only with the food of your labors, but also with your mind. It is as though you understand the needs of each one and through making your offering of newly harvested food to them you also offer whatever it is that will make them whole. Your understanding of each other, your communication with each other, is complete.

The work is hard but it exhilarates you. You are becoming stronger and more vibrant with each offering. Within the body of the Goddess you feel that you are now positively glowing with life force energy.

Then as those who have eaten move from the line, you notice similar changes in them. They are more alive. They now wear smiles. Their eyes have begun to shine. And they are stronger too. They begin, one by one, to bend and pick the ripe food with you. They offer the others who have not yet eaten the same service that you have provided for them.

Before long everyone present feeds another, until everyone has been served and made stronger, happier and more alive.

As you are resting and breathing, happily lying in the fields with all the others, you have another realization. Each of these whom you have fed and served is a part of you! And with that realization comes another – every one, every animal, every being, every thing is a part of you. The ground, the Sun, the sky, the crops, the dew, the insects. You are all a part of each other and a part of the Goddess and a part of the Universe. To serve others is to serve yourself. To serve yourself is to serve others.

As you stand now in this fresh awareness you understand that you have become the Goddess. Her body is yours. Her mind is yours. And then, beautifully, all present share this understanding. Each one comes to you and as you embrace them, they all meld with you just as you did with the Goddess.

To serve others is to serve yourself. To serve yourself is to serve others.

Breathe with this. Sit with it a moment. Inhale slowly and fully. Exhale slowly and fully.

And again.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

When you’re ready, bring your breathing back to its natural rhythm.

Begin to come to full awareness and open your eyes; eyes that are now glowing with purpose and service, ready to plant the seeds and then to reap the harvest of your compassionate work in action. Breathe. Smile…

Now you are feeling refreshed and restored, regenerated in the power of the New Moon in Virgo.

Mmmmmm. Ok. Very nice. How do you feel?

I have loved sharing this meditation with you. I hope on some level that your experience here will make a positive impact on your life and that it will help you get through the month more meaningfully and gracefully and creatively. And I really hope you don’t leave this as “shelf help” – meaning don’t just put it away and forget it’s impact.

And I’m here to help you! Reach out for an Individual Consultation and we can explore this month’s energies within your personal birth chart – see where the New Moon requires growth for you – and then get you on track if that’s what you need! If you’re having challenges connecting or manifesting accomplishment, service toward others, or practical organization please email me at astrology@michellegregg.com! I’d love to help. We can get very specific to your needs in sessions that are one-to-one. So I’ll talk to you soon, and Happy New Moon in Virgo!