The Winter Solstice and Loving Responsibility

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A Joyous Yule to You!

As we reach the moment of this Winter Solstice, when the Sun moves into the sign of Capricorn (11:29 AM Eastern, Dec. 21, 2017), we see the trees with their stark, naked limbs as reminders that we are in a natural time of retreat from the fullness of life, and entering a time of deep reflection. At this shortest day and longest night of the year, the dark offers us solace and the space to replenish.

Since the Autumn Equinox and its moment of balance, the Sun has diminished in power and strength, moving continuously Southward in the sky, until this day, December 21, when we become lovers of the darkness, and welcome her opportunity to introspect on the year’s passing; all that we have fulfilled, and all we have yet to accomplish. The Winter Solstice is the “one step back” in the natural “two steps forward, one step back” cycle of life, bringing us the opportunity to withdraw, to rest, to restore ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I love to imagine the hibernating animals in their dens, sleeping peacefully until the first thaw. Metaphorically, this is the image we can hold in our psyches to help us find comfort and to understand this time of harsh, bleak weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

The movement of the Sun at this time each year gives us food for thought as well. The Sun actually appears to stop once it reaches its southernmost point. He pauses in place for 3 days around the Solstice – in fact, the word “solstice” means “the sun stands still.” This is the space in which we can also stop and explore our inner workings, contemplate how we will rise to the coming year, as the sun begins to rise again after the third day.

MAAS-Winter-Solstice-Return-of-the-SunWhile the Winter Solstice is physically a time of darkness, the thing we celebrate at this time of year, as we have for thousands of years, is the return of the light – the return of the Sun. Ancient humans saw the annual decline of the Sun as a time of hardship, the time when they were tested in their ability to survive until Spring. But just after the Winter Solstice, even though the weather was still bitter, the Sun began again to rise northward in the sky, gaining in strength each day. They rejoiced in this, knowing that the days of cold, darkness, and little food would pass with the rising of the light, and their survival would become easier.

This hopeful message is also our experience during this time of year. Our hearts are lighter as we give gifts to our loved ones and celebrate with family gatherings. Our homes are brighter with candles, fires lit in fireplaces and fire bowls, and twinkle lights hanging all around. We are symbolically welcoming and calling the light back, to feed, to nurture, and to heal us. We have faith our fears will subside with the coming of the Sun, and we evoke life by bringing in evergreens to inspire us in our own continuity. It is a glorious time during which we welcome the purity the light promises and brings.

The message of this particular Winter Solstice, as viewed from an astrological perspective, is one of loving responsibility. Pause for a moment and lean into that phrase, “loving responsibility.”

The horoscope for 11:29 AM Eastern on December 21, 2017 shows a strong Saturn influence, not only from the sign of Capricorn into which the Sun just entered, but Saturn himself conjoins the Sun and Venus at this moment. The influence of Saturn is one of commitment, duty, and practical management. He asks us to work hard toward our dreams, and to put strong structures in place that will stand the test of time. Venus shows us the beauty of harmony, fairness, and the blessing of our loved ones. As these two energies combine with the Sun, the message is one of holding our loved ones close, and of doing our best by them so that we strengthen our bonds, grounding them in reality. At this time, may we also use Saturn and Venus to extend loving responsibility to all our fellow humans, and indeed to all our fellow beings.

So, I invite you to light your Solstice fire and to look intently into the flames as you ponder the year just past. Allow the flames to inspire you toward a profound sense of loving responsibility as you welcome the glorious return of the Sun.

A Note:

There is another face of Saturn that I believe we often forget – the idea of rich rewards for work well done – of digging in and doing the hard work when it is required, and then reaping the rich rewards of that committed effort; of creating a solid structure from which good things can grow and thrive. As you sit before your Solstice fire introspecting about the year just past and setting your intentions for the year to come, remember this dynamic of Saturn as well, and remember to extend your loving responsibility beyond yourself and toward all within your reach. Your blessings and rewards will be great.

If we remember our mythology, it was during the reign of Saturn that humans enjoyed The Golden Age, which was then celebrated in Rome for centuries as Saturnalia at this very time of year. For a week each Winter Solstice, Rome was rich with feasting and evergreens and merrymaking to honor Saturn and that mythological Golden Age.

 

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The Winter Solstice 2017 – 11:29 AM Eastern, December 21, 2017, Atlanta, GA

 

Mars & Saturn Together – Oh My!

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Today, Mars and Saturn, two of the glorious bodies orbiting ceaselessly with us, are coming together in the sign Sagittarius.

This alignment can be viewed in a couple of different ways, but I see this as a moment in time to take up a challenge with integrity and make something tangible happen via your serious efforts. Yes, there will be the naysayers who only want you to believe that Saturn’s ability to stifle and stymie will simply put the brakes on any right efforts you’re attempting… but this is the lower vibration of these two engaging energies. The higher vibration of this combination is what my mom would’ve termed “elbow grease.”

If you’re not familiar with that old fashioned phrase, it means – get down to work and put your back into it. Full effort. Full energy. And when you’re finished, you’ll feel great. A sense of accomplishment based not only on your efforts and strength of will, but on your sense of integrity – that part of you that operates from your highest ground and best intentions. Integrity means making whole – so let that be the impetus behind your actions.

That these two planets, Mars and Saturn, are together in Sagittarius lends us an even broader message. That message is to take responsible action not only with integrity, but also to fully engage your wisdom. And share it. And along the way you might find the rich positivity in going beyond your personal limits with strength and vitality – and with assurance of success.

So please – go and do! No complaints, just pushing through even beyond the hard bits. You might just surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

Hey! Be sure to look for Mars and Saturn in the night sky… they’ll be aligning directly overhead tonight between 8 and 9 pm Eastern, with the fixed star Antares – a delightful threesome in a lovely line across the heavens.

 

Change one small habit… Change your life.

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Change one small habit… change your life.

With Saturn and Uranus dancing together in the sky, that’s something to think about – and make a plan for. Why? SATURN is connecting to URANUS via a trine, a connection that doesn’t compel but rather flows, for quite a long time.

Saturn touches Uranus during the Spring of 2016, the Winter of 2016, and pretty much all of 2017.

Changing an ingrained habit (change is the domain of Uranus) requires a plan enacted in a practical, orderly, patient, and pragmatic manner (the domain of Saturn). And fortunately, this is just what the Saturn connection to Uranus offers.  So, get clarity about what you want to change, commit to it, and use the long-term Saturn trine to Uranus to carry out your intention of breaking an old habit and creating a new one. 🙂 Feel free to let me know how it goes… and if you want to know where the Saturn/Uranus connection will be impacting you via your birthchart, I’m happy to help. astrology@michellegregg.com 

January 17, 2013 – By the Light of the Moon – Moon connects high emotions with our relationships today. A great day for discovery!

Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire... great example of Moon connecting to Venus/Pluto!

Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire… great example of Moon connecting to Venus/Pluto!

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Read by Michelle

That lustrous orb that sweeps our oceans to and fro is also the harbinger who describes and defines our day-to-day fluctuating energy. As the face of the Moon is ever changing, so are the feelings and intuitions that push and pull us through our daily rounds. The sign of the Zodiac the Moon occupies changes about every 2-and-a-half-days and as she orbits she makes different connections to other planets, touching all of them in different ways as she speeds her way through the sky. Each of us will resonate to the energies of the flirting, capricious Luna in different ways and with different reactions according to the energies of our own birthcharts – our own dispositions and levels of consciousness. However, this comes as a guide to help you understand which fickle face our Lady Moon is showing today.

If you know your birthchart, or at least your Sun, Moon, or Rising signs (or better yet – all three – and if you don’t know any of them, maybe it’s time for you to send me an email) knowing where the Moon is playing and who she’s playing with will help you understand how to navigate your day and why you may be feeling the way you are or why you’re having the reactions or responses that you’re having. 

I’m going to try to write this everyday for you – or at least, most days. No promises being made here, but I hope the days I manage it, that you’ll find some peace, and maybe even gain a little edge, in knowing. I want to dedicate this effort to Kat. She told me that she missed my posts. So Kat – this if for you. If any of you enjoy this lovingly crafted energetic gift – please let me know! It will help to keep me motivated to continue…

(The above 3 paragraphs will be repeated each “By the Light of the Moon” post, so if you’ve read it before and know it by heart, just skip to the stuff just below.  All times given in this column are Eastern time. )

Listen to today’s “By the Light of the Moon”
Read by Michelle

The day begins with quite a bit of relational intensity as the Moon in Aries, symbolizing pretty high energy emotions, throws down the gauntlet to both Pluto and Venus in Capricorn. Pluto and Venus coming together want to go to the depths of our relationships and heal them – or control them, depending on the way you use the energy. And Capricorn operates with authority… and wants to advance itself. There could potentially be head-butting and some scrambling to see who’s on top with these 3 players (the Moon, Venus and Pluto) involved. Both sides in this challenge, Moon in Aries on the one hand and Venus and Pluto in Capricorn on the other, really want to be right and will, in different ways, go about making that happen. So just be aware of the potential for a little drama, and try to make sure that you aren’t the one perpetuating it. There are better ways to use this energy.

This same configuration is great for uncovering things – research. Stuff that breaks open taboos and brings darkness to the light. Sherlock Holmes would love this energy!

As the day progresses things lighten up as the Moon moves away from that challenging point, and links herself in a “let’s play nice” with Mars. Still high energy that’s fairly testosterone driven, but this could turn the tide in favor of physical, rather than psychological, themes. Get moving. Go for a run. Work out. Release tension. Try not to use this as a way to be a bully about whatever went down earlier. 😉

Venus also touches Saturn today (as does Pluto – but that’s been that way for a while) and if we can get ourselves beyond the earlier fireworks, we could actually hunker down to some pretty productive work that we could find some sort of opportunity through. If you can manage it, don’t let this pass you by unused.

Thanks so much for being here! 

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January 15, 2013 – By the Light of the Moon – The Moon in Pisces Connects to Saturn… and the Nodes of the Moon

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That lustrous orb that sweeps our oceans to and fro is also the harbinger who describes and defines our day-to-day fluctuating energy. As the face of the Moon is ever changing, so are the feelings and intuitions that push and pull us through our daily rounds. The sign of the Zodiac the Moon occupies changes about every 2-and-a-half-days and as she orbits she makes different connections to other planets, touching all of them in different ways as she speeds her way through the sky. Each of us will resonate to the energies of the flirting, capricious Luna in different ways and with different reactions according to the energies of our own birthcharts – our own dispositions and levels of consciousness. However, this comes as a guide to help you understand which fickle face our Lady Moon is showing today.

If you know your birthchart, or at least your Sun, Moon, or Rising signs (or better yet – all three – and if you don’t know any of them, maybe it’s time for you to send me an email) knowing where the Moon is playing and who she’s playing with will help you understand how to navigate your day and why you may be feeling the way you are or why you’re having the reactions or responses that you’re having. 

I’m going to try to write this everyday for you – or at least, most days. No promises being made here, but I hope the days I manage it, that you’ll find some peace, and maybe even gain a little edge, in knowing. I want to dedicate this effort to Kat. She told me that she missed my posts. So Kat – this if for you. If any of you enjoy this lovingly crafted energetic gift – please let me know! It will help to keep me motivated to continue…

(The above 3 paragraphs will be repeated each “By the Light of the Moon” post, so if you’ve read it before and know it by heart, just skip to the stuff after the … All times given in this column are Eastern time. )

Just after midnight Eastern Time this morning of Jan 15, 2013, the lovely Pisces Moon made a sweet aspect to Saturn. (That is possible you know! The “sweet” part I mean.) Last night being a school night, I’m not sure that we in the Southern U.S. were able to gain the benefit of Saturn connecting to our emotional natures, which, as this is the beginning of a work-week, is sort of a drag. We could’ve tapped into that combo with some great, disciplined results. For those of you in parts of the world where you were awake and working during that time, you probably, very unlike yesterday, were ready to get things done and to do them well.

Is there such a thing as pragmatic sleep? If there is, it would be inspired by this combination. Or maybe, those of us in the US were very good and took ourselves off to bed at a very reasonable and practical hour as a result of the Moon’s connection to Saturn. That is actually what I did! Or maybe some of us stayed awake… with both the Moon and Saturn in water signs, Pisces and Scorpio respectively, perhaps some of us took the opportunity to work on our deeper emotional issues.

The Moon has moved away from that connection with Saturn by 7 AM Eastern – and it doesn’t make any other planetary connections all day. (Today would be a great time to really explore pure Pisces energy. You can get a jump start on that by re-reading yesterday’s post which expressed much about that.)

What the Moon does connect with today are the North and South Nodes of the Moon – in an aspect that is both feels comfortable and brings opportunity. These Nodes are not planets, but points in space. The South Node describes what we already know from the past (if you’re woo-woo enough you can interpret that as past lives) and where we are very comfortable, while the North Node describes what we’re meant to be learning (in this life-time if you will), and the path our lives are meant to take to ensure our Soul’s evolution. The Nodes, in my estimation, are very big deals.

As the Moon reaches out to her North and South Nodes today, I suggest you look strongly to the past in order to get an inspired idea of where you should be heading in the future. Do this from an emotional perspective… what nurtures you? What makes you feel connected? When, where and how do you feel in touch with your inner Divinity – and knowing that how can you make it happen frequently so that you are supported and grounded enough to do your life’s work in the best possible way this time around – balancing karma?

This is all lovely fodder for your creative hearts today… happy exploring!

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New Energy! Venus in Virgo and Saturn in Scorpio…

There are some new energies afoot!

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 Venus moved from Leo into Virgo. With this shift your attention moves from valuing yourself at the center of your awareness to valuing what you can do in service to others.

Venus was in Leo from Sept. 7, 2012, so you’ve  had a month to focus on whatever magnificence comes from your heart, your creative efforts, how your resources can benefit them or what you receive as a result of them. This was the time to love for fun for and pleasure. 

With this shifting of Venus from the 5th sign of the Zodia to the 6th (Virgo) comes an emphasis on becoming practical in the way you interact with the people closest to you and with those with whom you work on a regular basis. In what way can you offer something of benefit to them? In what way can you contribute to the smooth functioning of your primary circles. Venus in Virgo is love on purpose! 

Another shift we’re experiencing is the movement of both Mercury into Scorpio. 

Mercury in Scorpio (coming from Libra) is a fairly brief visit, as Mercury orbits so quickly. It was in Libra from Sept. 17 until today, Oct. 5, 2012. Mercury in Libra put the focus on thinking and talking about relationship and how to keep them in balance. Now your mind, with Mercury in Scorpio, turns more toward thinking and communicating in depth – from your core – with a desire to expose the truth. Mercury in Scorpio is the natural placement of the detective, so this is a fantastic time for research projects that need laser beam mental prowess. Mercury is in Scorpio until Oct. 28. Focus on what your can reveal and uncover during this time. Watch out for obsessing about what you know or what you need to learn – or inconsistencies in your thoughts or the communications of others. 

And the biggie – Saturn is also in Scorpio as of today at 4:34 Eastern time. When Saturn makes an ingress into a new sign, it’s a big deal. Saturn has been in Libra fully since Oct. of 2010… so for almost 2 years Libra and all the Cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn – have been learning Saturn lessons. Now it’s time for the fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – to have their Saturn moment. If you have any planets in any of these four signs, then at some point over the next couple of years – until December of 2014 (it does Retrogress back into Scorpio for a good part of 2015 ) – you’ll have your lesson with Saturn to learn as well. And please don’t jump to negative conclusions. Without the lessons of Saturn, honestly, we’d all be floating around in chaos. 

Saturn lessons are lessons of resistance – and where you feel resistance there is probably fear. Saturn also lets us know when it’s time to balance karma in a particular area. It also brings the opportunity to mature and make practical progress somewhere. The beauty of Saturn lessons is that we get to grow up, get something accomplished and really find our authority somewhere. So, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – pull on your big girl panties and let go of resistance. 

Saturn in Scorpio is a penetrating energy that asks us to get real with overcoming our deepest fears and darkest, most taboo places. Saturn is all about testing the strength of your structure and in Scorpio it will suss out any weaknesses. There is an emphasis on power, on transformation and on merging. There may be an impact on your resources – and depending on whether your foundation and structure are strong or not – there may be limits places on your resources or you may reap the rewards of your practical progress and good planning. Becoming comfortable with limits is one of the keys to successfully navigating any Saturn transit. 

Don’t let the heavy sound of this energy put you into a negative space or a pity party… throughout our lives we experience challenges. It is the way we meet those challenges that determines the outcome. Meet this time of maturing with the best that you have (I’m mostly talking to those with planets in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). Understand that resistance, digging in your heals or blaming others, will probably create suffering on some level… and be thankful that you’re entering a very important time of change and growth. Of course the intensity of these changes will ebb and flow… right now it’s those with planets in the very early degrees of these signs who will feel this energy most. As Saturn moves forward the middle-degree people will come more into the light of this energy and as more time passes within the 2 year period, those with planets in the later degrees of the fixed signs will be feeling it more prevalently. 

It would be wonderful to hear from some Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn folks on what their experiences have been with Saturn impacting them over the past 2 years. Please feel free to comment with a story if you feel moved!

The Saturn Ingress into Scorpio – Oct. 5, 2012 – 4:34 PM Eastern

New Moon in Leo Meditation – August 17, 2012

This New Moon in Leo is a time for “getting real” with your creative drive and your heart’s desires.

The New Moon occured on August 17, 2012, at 11:54 AM Eastern

I’m feeling the energy of the Leo New Moon having just finished up the free New Moon in Leo 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 was such a powerful sharing! I wish wide-open heart spaces, loving support and gratitude, practical forward movement  in your heart’s desires, and inspired creativity to every one. 

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 Leo as they emphasize and engage our hearts – in love, in relationship, in creativity and self-expression. At this moment, the New Moon, intended to restore your soul, the Sun and Moon are involved in a sextile aspect to Saturn. That simply means that these bodies are 60 degrees apart in the sky. This is a connection of opportunity between your core creative being symbolized by the Sun, your emotional being symbolized by the Moon, and the impetus to bring form and structure into reality symbolized by Saturn.

This connection brings an opportunity to engage realistically with your emotions and your heart’s desires and lends practical support to expressing them. 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.

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

LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION

New Moon in Leo 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.

Now 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 all the people you have ever loved, and who have loved you, are standing in a circle around you. Family, friends, teachers, mentors, co-workers, those you have met in your travels, even if only briefly. These are the people with whom you have shared loving moments in time and space, no matter how brief or how long your experience. These are the people with whom you have shared your life: those still in their earthly bodies and those who have gone on before you. Each one is smiling at you with love shining from their eyes and their hearts. Imagine you can see the love radiating toward you in golden waves of light and energy. This light emanating from them is pure, unconditional and endless love. It is the most supportive feeling you have ever experienced. Accept it. Accept the love they offer. Know with your whole being that you deserve their love and support and open yourself to feeling it completely. Immerse yourself in it.

Continue breathing and let go of your discomfort. Release any guilt. Let go of any shame. Let go of any grief. Release misunderstandings. Let go of slights and grudges. Push all of these feelings down from your heart and out of the soles of your feet into the body of Mother Earth. She will dissolve it all and transform it into love to be shared among all of you.

Open fully to accepting love. Continue to see the love, affection, tenderness, appreciation and gratitude radiating from their hearts and eyes… all for you.

Now, continuing to breathe deeply, it is your turn to radiate. Feel the love for these beautiful souls generate and then gather in your heart. Feel your appreciation for each and every one of them for the role they have played in your life and for the rightness of the lessons they’ve offered you. Feel the magnitude of completeness and grace that spreads throughout your body as you feel pure, unconditional love for every person in your circle. Push the love out toward them, shining it through your heart and your eyes, and ask each one to accept the love you offer as you accept their love for you.

You have become both a conduit and a generator of pure Universal love. You have created an unbreakable circuit of support and of giving and receiving, bestowing and accepting. And this is the space of creativity.

Imagine that your heart is a bridge between your Higher Self, which is your Consciousness, your Intuition, your Visionary, your Mind, your Communicator  – all who reside in the upper reaches of your body, with your Will, which is your Power, your Manifester, your Pleasure Principle, and your Physical Self – all who reside in the lower reaches of your body.  Your heart connects and binds all of your selves with love, with acceptance, with appreciation, with gratitude and with generosity. With your heart as the loving bridge to all parts of you, you are freed to create your reality, and to honor your life’s dreams and desires.

Keep breathing and take a few moments to see yourself as the loving creator of your dreams. Feel your passion rising. Feel your passion rising. See yourself realizing, manifesting your life’s potentials as the you who is balanced by love. Envision helpers coming to assist you in the real work and manifestation of your heart’s desires. Steep for a few moments in the you who creates your reality and manifests your dreams.

Continue to breathe in and out with the light of love. And now, see your heart not only as the bridge within you connecting all of your inner potential and talents, but also the bridge that connects you with your circle of loving and supporting people – the people of your heart. See your heart expanding to reach them as their hearts also become bridges to you. Together you are creating a wheel of loving energy that can manifest anything that comes from a place of love, acceptance, giving and receiving.

Breathing, feel the amazing power of loving energy radiating in all directions within your circle of love, and then begin to expand the waves that all of you create out into every direction. Beam the love into the whole of the world, connecting with heart bridges of possibility, potential, appreciation, generosity, acceptance, forgiveness, and creative expression with everyone who exists.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

In. Out.

Feel the vortex of creative energy that you’ve birthed within and without. Feel your dreams becoming reality via the bridges of love and support that now exist. See yourself taking loving action toward your heart’s desires, with passion and boldness, knowing that you cannot fail because your circle of people, the people of the world and the Universe supports and accepts your vision and creative genius. Know that you succeed because the world needs your creative breath, your loving heart, to live into the next paradigm.

Now – hold these feelings within your heart as you begin to bring your breath to a natural rhythm and your awareness to your physical surroundings.

Breathing, know that you take this moment of love and creation with you beyond this moment – and into all the moments of your life. You are a loved and loving creative force with the power and support to fulfill your purpose and manifest your heart’s desires. Your heart is the bridge linking the creative and the manifesting forces inside you. Your heart is the bridge connecting you to the loving support that will help you in every way to fulfilling your dreams.

When you’re ready, come to full awareness and open your eyes; eyes that are now glowing with love and creative drive, ready to plant the seeds and then to reap the harvest of your heart’s desires. Breathe. Smile…

Now slowly open your eyes, feeling refreshed and restored.

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 your creative passions or your heart’s desires 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 Leo!

New Moon in Cancer Meditation

The Dark of the Moon in Cancer – July 19, 2012
On the day of new moon, the moon rises when the sun rises. It sets when the sun sets. It crosses the sky with the sun during the day… and she is not visible to us at all. This is the time to turn inward, regenerate and restore in preparation for a new beginning…

 

This New Moon is proving to be such a powerful event for me! This evening I hosted a New Moon Tele-Class and Meditation, and was just elated with all the folks who joined the call and shared this special time. Thanks to all of you! 

Now I want to share our meditation with everyone. Enjoy it for the next 2 days when we’re in the Dark of the Moon phase, and into the next two weeks before the Full Moon on August 1. 

In creating this meditation I focused specifically on the energies of the New Moon and Sun in Cancer in a square aspect (a 90 degree angle) to Saturn. It is meant to get you to that space of the Dark of the Moon – to experience the healing energy of darkness – the fertile dark womb of creation – and to become refreshed, restored and to regenerate your spirit in that space so that you are ready for a new beginning at the Crescent Moon. 

Listen to the meditation here.

Or read the meditation just below:

New Moon in Cancer Meditation – July 19, 2012

This is a guided imagery meditation. I’m using Earth imagery and Water imagery since the New Moon chart shows the Sun and Moon in the Water sign of Cancer, and they are both strongly connected to the planet Saturn – the Earthiest of planetary energies.

The best way to experience this meditation is sitting comfortably upright with your bare feet on the ground or the floor, with closed eyes and an open heart and 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, allowing your feet on the floor to support them gently. 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.

Now empty your mind. Free yourself into a blissful conscious darkness.  Breathe there, relaxing in pleasure.

Now breathe your breath into your heart imagining warm, gentle dark hands lovingly holding and supporting your heart-space. Breathe gently and feel the love that is offered.

Breathe into your breasts. Let them become full with your breath and the loving presence of the Great Mother who offers perfect nourishment and comfort, a solace from the world of light.

Breathe into your stomach. Allow it to expand with the nourishment that is offered from the Mother and know that it will digest everything you need to assimilate and move forward perfectly.

Breathe into your womb. Feel it awaken and quicken with your divinely inspired creativity and intuition.

Now, imagine that you you’re lying down in a dark, wild wooded place. Smell the damp earth. Hear the sounds of the night creatures. Listen to the music of the dark flowing stream that runs nearby. Know instinctively that you are home here – completely protected and safe. Breathe in the sensation of safeness, even in the velvet darkness of the moonless night.  No sight is needed. Everything is understood through your feelings and intuition. Lie here in perfect safety and comfort, connecting your breathe to the pulse of the earth, understanding that the Earth is your mother and safe haven.  Breathe deeply and gently.  In. Out. In. Out.

Now ever so slowly and gently imagine that you sit up, legs crossed in meditation pose, continuing to breathe deeply, eyes staying closed, feeling safe within the dark womb of the woods, and settle your 1st Chakra, the area of the tail bone, onto the warm ground. Feel it connect with the Earth. Feel yourself becoming one with the Earth. Settle deeply upon it. You are connecting with the ancient feminine, understanding that you are part of that powerful source and as such, also ancient and indestructible. Your first Chakra is soaking in the infinite support and love that the Mother offers, healing and replenishing.

Now that you are grounded in pure Mother Love, slowly rise and walk to the edge of the dark night stream. Move confidently and with grace and power through the black, feral night. Squat down beside the clear flowing stream, placing your hands in the warm, pulsing waters. Bring the water to your face and as you become accustomed to the feeling, lie down with your whole body in the water and feel it flow and contour around you. The water of the Mother, the water of life is cleansing your body and soul and opening you to feeling wholeness as a woman, a mother, a protector, a nourisher, of yourself and of those you love. Feel the sensation of the liquid warmth and revel in it with joy, understanding that pleasure, feeling, and sensation are your right. Breathe deeply and gently as the water flows over and around you, bringing you peace in the darkness.

Breathe. In. Out.

Breathe. In. Out.

Now, feeling restored and regenerated, imagine that you slowly rise and lift your arms to the night sky. As you do your body is dried and warmed by a comforting breeze. Walk with a lifted spirit onto the shore and become aware again of the soft dark earth at your feet. The rustlings of dark nature all around you. You sense that the dark moon is passing and that a tiny sliver of light will be visible when you walk from the forest into and open field.  You are refreshed and your light consciousness begins to flow as you get your first glimpse of the lovely crescent of the New Moon.

You have been nourished, regenerated, made whole in the Dark of the Moon and now it is time to release newly formed ideas into your Creative Spirit and out into the world. Just as the Moon begins to show herself anew, so can you, with confidence and surety. You are supported and loved. Your creativity is poised to spring forward.

When you’re ready, begin to bring your breathing back to a normal pace. Still sitting, still with eyes closed. Still relaxed – but with stirring thoughts and an emerging idea. Breathe. Smile.

Now slowly open your eyes, feeling refreshed and restored. 

If this was meaningful to you and you’d like to go further with this healing energy, I invite you to a consultation with me so that we can get very specific about how and where in your life this energy impacts you.

What house does the New Moon occur in your chart? Which area of your life is being impacted and is up for change and growth? What does your personal Moon Sign say about how you need to nurture yourself to feel whole?  Reach out and we can explore this month’s energies in your personal birth chart and see what is ripe for transformation. If you’re having relationship challenges, or mother or family issues, or you’re not expressing your creativity the way you’d like to – all Moon related issues – please email me at astrology@michellegregg.com. I’d love to help! 

Thank you!! And I hope to hear from you soon and to share with you on the next New Moon Tele-Class & Meditation on Friday, August 17, 2012 when the New Moon is in Leo. A very different energy! Be well and Happy New Moon!

Some Food for Thought in Preparation for the free New Moon in Cancer Tele-Class and Meditation on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Free New Moon Tele-Class & Meditation
Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6 PM Eastern

 

I want to offer some key words and phrases to focus on in advance of my upcoming free New Moon Tele-Class and Meditation on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6pm Eastern.

Call 218.862.1300 and use code 122069 to join the call.

This New Moon occurs in the sign Cancer, on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

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

emotional becoming (i.e. allowing emotions to be more prevalent in the focus of becoming you)
sustained emotional growth
carefully expressing deep feelings
long-term emotional bonding
creating comfort
understanding where you belong
nurturing the self
nurturing loved ones
Mother (the great archetypal Mother, you as a mother, your mother, what it means to be a mother)
your children
your inner child
balancing home and work
emotional security
the bonds of love
the responsibility of family

That’s probably enough to start with…

And I look forward to talking with you on Thursday!

Here is the chart we’ll be using, from the perspective of Atlanta, GA.

New Moon in Cancer on July 19, 2012 from the perspective of Atlanta, GA

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New Moon Tele-Class & Meditation on Thursday, July 19 at 6pm Eastern!

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Everyone who joins me on this New Moon Tele-Class and Meditation will receive 20% off your first Individual Consultation until the Full Moon on August 1st! That’s two weeks to take advantage of this Great Gratitude Offer! To schedule your gratitude appointment, just email Astrology@MichelleGregg.com after the class on Thursday.
Looking forward to it!

Happy Friday the 13th! A little Love and Romance on an Inauspicious Day…

Not the stuff of superstition...

I have a bit of hard time understanding the superstitious fears around Friday the 13th… and this year we’ve got 3 of ’em! So sorry to be the bearer of that inauspicious news to those of you who don’t relish this infrequent date. (After this year there won’t be another Friday the 13th until 2026 according to Charles Walford, columnist for Mail Online in the UK in this very eye opening article.)

Here are a couple of bits of Friday the 13th lore: Friday is considered unlucky in the Christian tradition because it is the day of Christ’s crucifixion. 13 is considered unlucky because Judas, the last and 13th to show up for the Last Supper, was the same disciple who betrayed Christ resulting in his crucifixion. And 13 is the number of turns of the rope that tie the hangman’s noose.

In just doing a little reading I’ve discovered that auto accidents really do go up A LOT on any given Friday the 13th (maybe due to anxiety?) and the real estate business slows down to a trickle… people just don’t want to buy on this inauspicious date and many won’t even think about buying a residence that has the number 13 attached to it. Who knew?

Well this particular Friday the 13th doesn’t have any black magic attached to it that I can see. So take a deep breath and let your fears subside. 

This day looks to be largely about relationships according to the astrology at hand. Venus and Neptune are conjoined lending the possibility of  gentle romance, idealism, yearning for the Other (with the alternate possibility being deception or dissolution in relationships – so there is that to watch out for). Chiron, the Wounded Healer is involved with that combination as is the Moon – there is the potential for healing past transgressions now – particularly with family members and lost loves. And Saturn lends support to our relationships today, helping us to understand and define them and possibly helping to create stability. Mars strokes the Sun lending desire, strength of will and a bit of earthy assertion to the package while the Moon kisses Pluto and Mercury perhaps compelling some of us to want to dig deeply and emotionally for the truth in our relationships and, of course since it is Mercury, to talk about it.

If you are opting out of life today – staying home and out of trouble – watch romantic films, read  poetry, dive into art, or curl up with a good psychology book. Probably a great day to chat with friends, get the scoop on the stars (movie stars that is), and to re-connect. Have a glass or two of wine…

So, happy Friday the 13th! And have fun relating… family, friends, lovers – let them all know how you feel!