Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ Full Moon in Taurus


Nov 17 ~ Full Moon at 25 degrees, 16 minutes of Taurus

Give yourself a moment of rest, of pause, of simplicity.  One way to do this is to bring yourself back to your body.  Feel your body supported by the chair, couch, bed, floor, grass and/or Earth underneath you.  Feel the breath of life moving through you and the subtle rise and fall of your abdomen.  Notice the air around you and on your skin, its temperature and your body's reaction to the warmth, heat, cool, cold or "just-right-ness" of it.  Are there any areas of tension or discomfort in your body?  If so, breathe into those spaces, and invite them to relax and open so that they can be nourished by the life-force pulsing through your body.  Stretch and let your body move in a way that feels good and pleasurable for you.  Let your hands caress and stroke those areas of your body that feel like they just need some loving care and attention-the healing power of simple, caring touch.

No matter what the circumstances of your life at present, no matter what challenges you must overcome or what problems you think you need to solve, you can connect to the simple miraculous phenomenon of your body existing in this moment, running quite smoothly without your having to make it happen.

It is happening.  You are happening.  Enjoy yourself.  Have a bite to eat-something that pleases you-and savor every moment of it.  Listen to the sounds within and without.  See all the amazing light reflecting off of all the surfaces around you.  Let yourself be quiet and still.  Simply BE.

Taurus reflects the wisdom that is inherent in the simplicity of the body and Mother Nature.  Peace is found in simply being, existing and appreciating the beauty of it all in this moment.

Without these moments of quiet, stillness, rest and appreciation, we lose ourselves in all the activity.  This full moon gives an opportunity to put all of the current evolutionary intensity and striving into perspective.  Let some doors close that have to do with dismissing your own need for self-care, rest, quiet, peace, stillness, and any denial that YOUR BEING AND BECOMING ARE QUITE ENOUGH.

When things get hectic or overwhelming in the next two weeks, bring yourself back to the breath and your body.  Breathe and be quiet and still.  Even if your body is in pain, some effort to do this can bring you some relief.

Key Astrological Alignments
* Nov 20 ~ Chiron Stations Direct (Integrating Healing & Applying Transcendent Wisdom)
* Nov 22 ~ Sun enters Sagittarius (Support for Exploring & Expanding Philosophical Awareness)

We are fast approaching the holidays and the end of the year, and there is support for the expansion of our awareness and understanding of just how far we have come.  The evolutionary and revolutionary alignment of Pluto (power) and Uranus (liberation) continues to propel us forward (sometimes kicking and screaming!) into deeper and broader awareness and growth, while we are still feeling the intense transformational energies that were awakened two weeks ago at the eclipsed new moon in Scorpio.  With Chiron stationing direct in Pisces, and the Sun moving into Sagittarius, THE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS itself is being highlighted.  Consciousness seeks EXPERIENCE, LEARNING and EXPANSION.  With some conscious relaxation and reflection, as we head into the new year, we can be grateful for the journey and all that we have come to experience and learn.  We can recognize that this year's journey, with all of its challenges and opportunities, has helped us to expand.  We can thank it all, and begin to prepare for a whole new cycle of potential expansion that is about to dawn.

Tarot Reflections ~ Knight of Cups
Remember: IT IS ALL FOR LOVE.  One moment of love given or received makes the journey worth it.  The answer to every question or problem is love.  And remember to include yourself in your own loving embrace.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 3, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ Eclipsed New Moon in Scorpio


Nov 3 ~ Eclipsed New Moon at 11 degrees, 13 minutes Scorpio

Feel all of the energies moving in your body, heart and mind.  There are forces deep within that are driving the movement of these energies.  They are wanting to find a new balance through a new authenticity of expression and being.  You may feel pushed and pulled, stressed (in a good or bad way), on edge, charged, anxious.  This is because the evolutionary call toward expansion and true fulfillment is in dramatic focus at this time.  "BE ALL YOU CAN BE" is one way to describe this inner calling.  And this force is hitting up against old patterns of limitation and wounding that need to be cleared, balanced and healed before you can truly move forward into the expansion that beckons you.  The sign Scorpio asks for nothing less that COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION.  Death is required and seen as a natural part of evolution.  An ego death must occur.  A surrendering to the inner Self is called for, and then the true POWER can be tapped and used to create new relationships, new creative opportunities, new material foundations, new everything.

Many new doors are opening, and these are doorways into much deeper alignment with your soul and soul purpose.  It is an intense time that rewards hard work and effort towards personal transformation with a deep wisdom of the creative process and the deep wisdom of LETTING GO.

Scorpio's domain is INTENSE RESEARCH AND PROBING INTO THE DEPTHS TO UNCOVER HIDDEN TREASURES, INTIMACY, TABOO, EXPLORATION OF POWER/HELPLESSNESS, DEATH, MYSTERY, PSYCHOLOGY, TRANSFORMATION and HEALING.

So at this time, some or all of the above may be highlighted, either the negative side of these matters or the positive.  At the negative end of the spectrum there might be FEAR OF DEATH/CHANGE and a deep anxiety over what cannot be quite understood or controlled.  These fears lead to secrecy, manipulation and abuse of power in order to control what cannot be controlled.  The positive end of the spectrum reveals deep resources of COURAGE, HEALING ENERGY, POWER and INTIMACY WITH SELF AND LIFE.  The positive end is a letting go into the larger forces of life and becoming their guide and co-creative partner.

For the next two weeks, face those fears and listen to the information they have for you.  Let go of what wants to die in and around you, and prepare for REBIRTH.  What is real and what matters can never truly be lost.

Key Astrological Alignments

* Nov 1 ~ Uranus Square Pluto (Evolution & Revolution!)
* Nov 7 ~ Jupiter Stations Retrograde in Cancer (Expansions Under Review)
* Nov 11 ~ Mercury Stations Direct in Scorpio (Communications and Plans Move Forward)
* Nov 14 ~ Neptune Stations Direct in Pisces (Ideals, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirituality Externalized)
* Nov 18 ~ Full Moon in Taurus (Completions/Culminations...for "good" or "bad")

The astrological symbolism is intense!  It's all about working through deep layers of fear, limitation, wounding and unconsciousness in order to emanate new levels of authenticity and alignment with soul and soul purpose. The core of you is speaking loud and clear "It is now or never!"  Well, that's just me being dramatic, but it could FEEL this way to you.  The times now can feel like "Do or die."  The new moon in Scorpio, however, is giving us a much needed burst of energy and resource from the depths of our being.  We have the power to heal the past, wake up and begin creating our futures from right where we are.

Tarot Reflections ~ 2 of Swords (Peace)
With these extremes pushing and pulling at you, you don't want to go off the deep end.  You don't want to do anything rash or negatively impulsive.  Spirit never feels urgent or coercive.  It never yells or tries to force you to make a move.  Spirit acts through LOVE, which is patient, gentle, kind, and ALWAYS LETS YOU CHOOSE.  So, don't give any fuel to the extremes that may be raging inside.  If you cannot decide or don't have clarity, WAIT.  PAUSE.  Let the insight and the intuition make itself felt and known.  Be fluid, and relax into the peace at the center of the storm.  When you stop trying to force a resolution or a direction, the answers will come.

~ Old Sage

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ Full Moon Eclipse in Aries


Oct 18 ~ Full Moon Eclipse at 25 degrees, 51 minutes of Aries

Climax.  Clarity.  Pause.  Rest.  The opposing forces see each other clearly, and from this vantage point, maybe each side can see that they can compliment each other more than the need to oppose each other.  At this time the Sun is in fair and balancing Libra, while the Moon is in aggressive and self-absorbed Aries.  At the same time there is an eclipse, which intensifies and amplifies the already heightened qualities of the Full Moon.  Doors are closing, and there is completion.  There is a letting go.  The focus is on Aries, however, as the eclipsed Moon is in this sign.  So there is a letting go of a certain aspect of the "war-ing" mentality and perhaps, a deeper understanding of which wars actually need to be fought.  Right now, we are acutely aware of where we stand versus where others stand.  We are acutely aware of what is "me" versus what is "them."  But  this is a quiet moment of pause where we can integrate the experiences of the past two weeks and allow it to become wisdom.

We can see this in the American government "shut-down" being lifted and the sense that there is potential to come to a new and workable balance.  It is happening at the personal level, as well, where we can see more clearly what battles and wars we need to set aside so that our energies can be focused on matters that will actually make more of a difference to what we want to create and experience.  Fighting will lead to understanding...eventually.

The tension of this intense time remains and continues to build, even as we have a small breather and period of rest.  The next two weeks will see us negotiating and coming to many valuable compromises and resolutions before tackling the next round of issues and challenges that face us.  We are still in the "getting down to the nitty-gritty" phase of our evolutionary transition.  We are rolling up our sleeves, diving in and doing the work of sorting through all the mess in order to create something that serves us better.

Key Astrological Alignments

* Jupiter Exalted in Cancer Square Sun/Moon Opposition (Growth Potential & Expansion)

Jupiter is leading the way, giving us forward motion, optimism and a sense of WHAT IS POSSIBLE.  From a traditional Astrological perspective, Jupiter is the Greater Benefic that symbolizes FAITH, TRUST, WISDOM and EXPANSION.  He can also represent INFLATION, ARROGANCE and IRRESPONSIBILITY.  We are definitely seeing both ends of the Jupiter spectrum at this time.  However, Jupiter is exalted in the sign of Cancer, which means we are all hearing the call of that WISE ELDER that lives within each of us.  We all have tremendous support, now, for growth and expansion and transforming vision, potential and possibility into reality.

Tarot Reflections ~ 3 of Wands (Virtue)

There is much virtue when the mind, heart and body are aligned.  One could say that this alignment equals a force that is similar to the power of the Sun entering Aries at the Spring Equinox.  There is an outpouring of energy and creativity.  There is a vitality that pulses through Life.  Every Spring we begin again, and we have this same capacity for renewal in each moment.  Even as the challenges of life press in on us, our inner spirit is ALIVE with CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES and an awareness of how to meet each challenge with PRESENCE and INTEGRITY.  We must all begin somewhere.  This card reflects the energy, spirit and drive to put the wheels in motion, to start the new adventure.  This is a symbol of the SPIRITUAL WARRIOR that is in each of us that must come forward, if we are to meet the challenges facing us at this time.  We are ready to begin again with expanded creativity and vitality.

~ Old Sage


Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ New Moon in Libra


Oct 4 ~ New Moon at 11 degrees, 56 minutes of Libra

Of course, these are intense and dramatic times.  They always are when you are shifting from one paradigm to another.  The collective has been shifting from a paradigm of competition and "looking out for number one," to a paradigm of equality, cooperation and "we're all in this together."  This lunar month will highlight these transformational and turbulent times.  The renewal and new beginnings are in the area of RELATIONSHIPS, COOPERATION, BALANCE, HARMONY and DIPLOMACY.  You may feel a new impetus to work together to create a win-win in various areas of your life.  Beauty and harmony are emphasized, and ART may stand out as more than mere entertainment.  Art can be a way of life that soothes the soul in these disruptive times.  The energy is swift and intense.  This is a time to be social, to communicate with others, to exchange heartfelt dreams and goals.  Partnerships are highlighted along with the realization that you will "get there" only with mutual support and teamwork.  If you are having trouble figuring out what you want or what your next steps are, turn your attention toward another and seek to HELP THEM with their goals and next steps.  More and more you are discovering the OTHERS with whom you are sharing time and space.  It can all be so much lighter, more pleasing, more beautiful.  But you have to come to agreement and work toward these ideals together.  There may be turbulence before the dynamic balance is allowed/created, but it will have been worth the struggle.

Key Astrological Alignments

* T-SQUARE between Sun/Moon, Uranus and Pluto (creative conflict, being "forced" to grow)

The Sun represents Spirit, while the Moon represents the Soul.  Uranus is the AWAKENER.  He awakens through SUDDEN SHOCKS and DISRUPTION OF THE STATUS QUO.  When he is involved, CHANGE is a given.  Pluto is the GREAT DESTROYER, as well as the GREAT CREATOR.  Her power cannot be denied.  She brings EVOLUTIONARY ERUPTIONS.  These forces are in dynamic alignment at this new moon, infusing the collective with more energies that continue to catalyze our evolutionary growth and shake our foundations.  These are times of GROWING PAINS, but the only way out is through.

Tarot Reflections ~ 10 of Cups (Satiety)

The 10 of Cups signifies COMPLETION, FULLNESS and EMOTIONAL ABUNDANCE.  This reflection may seem at odds with the intense and chaotic nature of the times, but it is "right on time."  During intense times of challenge and uncertainty, of tragedy and war, RETURN TO YOUR INNER SOURCE OF HEALING AND LOVE.  There may be strife all around you, but there is always a quiet place of peace within.  There is always healing and love overflowing from your inner cup of soul and spirit.  RETURN TO YOU.  Remember the love that is around you, the others who love you, your family, your friends.  Help each other.  Turn to each other.  Let yourselves reflect the unconditionally loving spirit within.  We are entering a place of completion and fullness before moving into a new cycle.  Take frequent dips in the inner springs of love.  You are eternally sustained from within.

~ Old Sage


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Refining & Putting Ideals to the Test ~ Fall Equinox Reflections ~ September 22, 2013

 
Now is time to put your ideals to the test.  It is not enough to have "nice thoughts," without actually learning how to apply them to your day-to-day life.  This Fall will be a time of moving deeper into the heart of your life, your relationships and your projects, so that you can put your ideals and strengths to the test.  This does mean there will be challenges.  Relationships appear to be one area of challenge (Equinox Sun in Libra, ruled by Venus conjunct Saturn in Scorpio), as you all will be sorting through what works and what doesn't, who now has similar values and goals as you and who doesn't, who has their own vision and who is sharing in your vision.  There may be some bittersweet goodbyes, as some from your circle of intimates move on.  There is a hectic pace to this Fall's energy, with a steady crescendo toward the end of the year.  It may at times feel as if the pace of life has accelerated beyond your control, and this of course is true, in the sense that you will be more aware of the aspects of life that you never had any control over to begin with.  In these areas, better to surrender to the flow and seek to change your own way of looking at things.  Life does not appear to be at a standstill at this time of the year.  It is just the opposite!  If you felt stagnant or like energies were not moving for you, this would be the time of the year where the dams burst open, and the energy begins to move again.  In terms of timing, October would be when the pressure builds, November the time when the cracks begin to appear and the water begins to spray forth, and December the time when everything is noticeably rushing forth to find a new level.  This pattern will more than likely be mirrored in the media and world events. This theme of "putting your ideals to the test" will be working itself out in personal and global circles.  It is true that this is a theme of importance and exploration at all times, for all groups of people on some level, but there is an intense focus on this theme at this time, and it will be unable to be ignored by most.  Over the course of the year, most of us have already been given an upgrade in terms of our VISIONS, VALUES and TRUTHS.  We KNOW what matters to us and how we want to BE in the world.  But many of us have not yet figured out what that looks like from a lens of realistic expectation and how life will refine those visions, values and truths, as we gain more experience along our chosen paths.  That may be the most intense realization for many this Fall; that IT NEVER ENDS SO I MIGHT AS WELL EMBRACE THE CHANGES AND FLOW WITH LIFE.  It is a scrappy time of diving into life and letting the current carry you, while you experiment, play, test out ideas, learn and grow.  You are planting seeds for the future and refining new thoughts, new impulses, new visions.  Enjoy this exploration, and remember to celebrate rather than condemn yourself when you find that some aspect of your ideal will not be manifested in the way that you thought.  This is where the SPIRIT meets MATTER and something new is created.  This is where the REAL WORLD teaches you something even better than what you had envisioned. Let all the parts coalesce into a workable whole, and by year's end, you will understand how all the pieces are beginning to fit together.

Key Astrological Alignments


* Oct 18 ~ Lunar Eclipse at 26 degrees Aries (Completion & Letting Go)  
* Nov 1  ~ Uranus Square Pluto, 4th exact alignment of 7 (REVOLUTION & EVOLUTION)
* Nov 3  ~ Solar Eclipse at 11 degrees Scorpio (New Beginnings & New Opportunities)

We continue forward into this decade of the Uranus/Pluto Square.  We all continue to be shaken up by old structures collapsing and making way for new growth (Pluto in Capricorn) and a powerful, rebellious, inner spirit that is charging forth into life in order to express more of itself (Uranus in Aries).  Some continue to fight for the old way, as more and more get on board with change and EVOLUTION into more positive expressions.  Some want to maintain a false sense of power and security, but there are rising forces that are inciting REVOLUTION.  And the current keeps gaining momentum.  

Tarot Reflection ~ Adjustment/Justice (VIII) 
Adjustment reflects processes of clear and objective evaluation of various departments of life in order to bring about simplification, order, harmony, balance and beauty.  When Adjustment appears, we are in the process of making very important decisions and choices that will help us to return our parts into a better balance and whole.  In this process, it may seem that the emotions are disregarded.  It may seem that some aspect of life and circumstances are unfair.  But this could not be further from the truth.  On a deeper level, everything is allowed and/or created by us, and this is a time of reclaiming our power through accepting responsibility for the creation of our lives.

~ Old Sage

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ New Moon in Leo


August 6 ~ New Moon at 14 degrees, 34 minutes of Leo

It's NEW BEGINNING and RENEWAL time, folks!  It's NEW MOON time!  It's time to embrace the rising energies and enthusiasm and to focus your life-force energy on building momentum toward new goals.  This New Moon is in the fiery sign of LEO!

Remember the electricity in the air when we kicked-off the astrological new year with new moon in Aries back in April?  Well, now, the energy of the second fire sign of the zodiac is being activated, which means we get a another infusion of fiery life-force that we can channel towards manifesting our desires and dreams.  It is time to get moving with PASSION, BOLDNESS and THE JOY OF EXPRESSING ONE'S UNIQUE BEING IN THE WORLD.

The sign of Leo is all about embracing one's unique spirit and talent and unabashedly GIVING THAT SELF TO THE WORLD.  Leo overcomes insecurity and self-doubt.  It MUST be creatively self-expressed.  Leo knows that when it becomes a confident center of creativity and self-expression that others will be motivated to unleash their potential, as well. So, go ahead and get yourself out there!  Get in the creative "zone" for the sheer joy of it!.  Create the time to DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO!  Play!  Have fun!  Make love!  Be entertained by life!  Let your inner child inspire you to begin a new phase of enjoying your very own being.

Mars (energy and drive) and Uranus (innovation) are in harmonious alignment with this New Moon, and they are lending their energies to give us that extra boost of energy and ideas.  There is also a very powerful T-Square between Uranus (awakening), Pluto (transformation) and Jupiter (expansion) that might provide just the right amount of friction and conflict that may help us to unleash more of our creative potential than we ever knew we could.  Even Chiron, the "wounded-healer," is getting in on the action, as he closely aspects this New Moon.  With Chiron in the mix, you can bet that we will come face-to-face with any past wounding that has yet to be healed, as we attempt to move forward and express more of ourselves in the world.  And this is as it should be, if we want to experience greater wholeness.  Chiron teaches us to learn from our wounds and to transform past darkness into light.  When we have healed and accessed more of our wholeness, then we can use that same light to help others heal.  There's no doubt about it; YOUR LIGHT HEALS.  And there is no other light in the world quite like yours.  Do whatever work on the self that it takes to let more of this light into the world.  We are all in need of it.

We are leaving behind July's watery over-flow and soothing grand trines, as the planetary energies build momentum towards more creativity through tension and conflict.  This is an awesome time to bring forward more of our CREATIVITY, FLEXIBILITY and COOPERATION.  We are all in this evolution together.  So, let's see how much light we can radiate together in support of smoothing out the edges of this intense planetary transition.

Many blessings, all!

~ Old Sage

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ 3rd-Quarter Moon in Taurus


July 29 ~ 3rd-Quarter Moon at 6 degrees, 45 minutes of Taurus

Here we are, again, at another critical moment of waning energy at the 3rd-quarter moon phase.  We are experiencing a possible CRISIS IN CONSCIOUSNESS.  What happens when you reach your goals in the external world?  What happens when you fail to reach your intended goals?  After failure or success, it is then time to come to terms with WHAT IT ALL MEANS.  Has experience taught you something new?  Have your beliefs been challenged?  Are you uncertain about what comes next?  This is all a part of the waning 3rd-quarter moon energy.  It is a time to let go of what has come before and reorient your consciousness in preparation for a new cycle.  At this time, you may not be able to move forward with external plans as clearly, swiftly or with the certainty with which you would prefer.  And this gives you an opportunity to clarify your inner world of consciousness and belief.  The planetary energies are forming a beautiful but brief GRAND SEXTILE.  This grand sextile is made up of two GRAND TRINES; one is in Earth Signs (material matters), and the other is in Water Signs (emotional matters).  Eight of the 10 planets (this includes the Sun and Moon) are participating in the grand sextile.  This symbolizes a great deal of energy that is flowing harmoniously and stimulating new and exciting possibilities.  Even though there are also a few oppositions (polarization) and squares (conflict) that are occurring at the same time, there is a great deal of support for integration of the more intense and challenging aspects.  Put another way; current challenges and tensions are forcing us to grow and evolve, while the new patterns are finding many pathways through which to express and manifest themselves in our psyches and physical realities.  This could be the time where you experience a great deal more insight into the larger patterns of your life and more understanding for current relationships and experiences.  You might also be able to flow around and through challenges with greater ease.  I also get the sense that through this grand, geometric, sky-pattern, our friends in Spirit are able to infuse our planetary collective with more vibrations of peace, patience, adaptability, softness, harmony, fluidity and tolerance.  Therefore, we might have an easier time of calling upon these qualities within ourselves, even when the going gets rough.  INTEGRATION is the keyword for this particular lunar phase.  We all have the opportunity to move to new levels of peace and harmony within, even as the external world is in chaos and confusion.  Give yourself time to reflect on your own personal shifts in consciousness and to understand what messages are there for you.  This will help to bring you to the perfect place from which to launch into the next cycle of activity that begins with the Leo New Moon in one week.

~ Old Sage

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013 ~ Sage Insight: "Love Is Not What You Think It Is" ...



Love is not what you think it is.  It is much more.  Just when you think you have a handle on it, it teaches you its deeper teachings.  There will always be more to learn.  Remain open to love's teachings, and your evolutionary journey will inspire, transform and enlighten you.

~ Old Sage

Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013 ~ Lunar Reflections ~ Super Full Moon in Aquarius


July 22 ~ Super Full Moon at 00 degrees, 5 minutes of Aquarius

The energies have reached their peak at this Full Moon in Aquarius.  The month of July has been a watery and dreamy month.  Emotions, nurturing and intimate bonding have taken the lead, as the Sun and many other planets have been traveling through the intuitive sign of Cancer.  We have moved past the climax of the days' light, which was reflected by the Solstice, and now we are moving into longer and longer nights.  We are fast approaching harvest time, which is also a theme during the time of the Full Moon.  Full Moons bring COMPLETIONS, CLOSURE, AWARENESS and ILLUMINATION.  At the Full Moon, we either see the harvest of our previous actions, or we see failure and collapse of our plans and relationships.  It is a time of great feeling and emotion, for good or bad.  But if we can allow ourselves to move into our higher perspectives, to detach from the overly-personalized and dramatic ways of looking at the events that can occur during this lunar phase, then we can be illuminated and enlightened about the "mistakes" of yesterday and the potentials of tomorrow.  The Full Moon in Aquarius brings even more of an emphasis on illumination and enlightenment.  Aquarius is the sign of the rebel, the eccentric, the genius, the bringer of knowledge that will help to enlighten collective consciousness.  Aquarius is highly intuitive and regularly receives flashes of brilliant insight that help it to envision more fulfilling futures for all.  Aquarius wants freedom from cultural conditioning and the status-quo.  It wants to become fully individualized and to manifest its unique self in the world.  It knows that being true to itself is the best way to support the collective in moving forward.  At this time, your own uniqueness will be calling for your embrace and love.  You will be getting many intuitive flashes of awareness that help you to see yourself with more clarity.  Friendship is very important to Aquarius, as well, and this time will emphasize becoming more aware of your TRIBE and those people and groups where there is mutual acceptance and encouragement for being authentic and real.  You may be made more aware of just how different you are from some others around you, especially if those others are asleep and following the false security of cultural conditioning and imprinting.  This is a time to celebrate your eccentricities, for your eccentricities are a part of your genius!  Saturn (hard-work) is squaring the Sun and Moon and supporting us in getting real about our unique gifts:  how we have already shared them and how we will continue to share them in the future.  And the Grand Water-Trine (which peaked last Wednesday) is continuing to support us, as well.  This Grand Trine would be underscoring the potential for greater intuitive and psychic awareness of how and where we will be channeling our gifts in the near future.  If you find yourself disappointed with the results of your efforts at this time, feel the feelings, but don't over-indulge or wallow in them, or you might might miss a very supportive stream of information coming to you from your INNER SELF.  So let it go and breathe deep into the NOW.  Give yourself a moment to relax, receive all the connections and ENJOY BEING YOU.  You will be able to begin again with new awareness two weeks from now at the New Moon in Leo.

~ Old Sage

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013 ~ Sage Insight: "Learning to Love" ...


  

You've got creativity to spare.  You ARE creativity manifest!  Never doubt your inherent creative nature.  You are creating consciously or unconsciously.  Another way of saying this is that you are either asleep or awake.  Take full responsibility for all of your creations, and you stand wide awake as a creator.  Blame others and you fall back into sleep.  If you are frustrated with your creation, choose again.  You are learning to create consciously and be awake.  Another way of saying this is that you are learning to LOVE.

~ Old Sage

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ 1st-Quarter Moon in Libra


July 15 ~ 1st-Quarter Moon at 23 degrees, 46 minutes Libra

This 1st-quarter moon in Libra may be a bit "softer" than the usual 1st-quarter lunar phase energy.  1st-quarter moons signal times of CRISIS IN ACTION.  These are times when our ideals and plans meet their first tangible walls and obstacles, and we have the opportunity to push forward and adapt to real-world factors, if we want to continue nurturing our plans and dreams.  It's not that this particular moon-sun combination will be without any friction, it's just that there are some mitigating factors that might help to smooth-out any conflicts.  The Libra Moon is ruled by Venus currently in the sign of Leo.  Both the Moon and Venus are receptive, cheerful planets, and they both seek fulfilling and pleasurable bonds with others.  Add the influences of the signs Libra and Leo, and there might be a party or two thrown into the mix!  This is a very social energy that wants to mix-n-mingle with others while having a good time.  The Sun (and three other planets-Mercury, Jupiter and Mars), however, is in the more introspective and home-loving sign of Cancer.  There could be a conflict of interests at this time between parts of yourself or between you and others.  One side may feel that getting out and networking is the way to carry ideals and plans forward, while the other side may feel that it is time to go within and seek and wait for guidance before taking more action in the "outside" world.  The Cancer parts of you may just need some quiet time at home and some reassurance that everything will be ok, while the Libra and Leo parts will want to be playing a more active part in making dreams come true.  The two sides will need to talk it out and come to an agreement.  Both sides will have to get their needs met in order to contribute to any forward motion.  The probabilities for coming to workable agreements are high.  The Moon in Libra is said to "rule" all of the planets in the sign of Cancer, which means that the Cancer planets may be more willing to hear Libra's side of things without feeling threatened.  And Libra is all about cooperation and harmony, anyway, which also softens the potential friction of this square.  Another softening factor is Jupiter exalted in Cancer (expansive nurturing) in a Grand Water-Trine with Neptune in Pisces (spiritual consciousness) and Saturn in Scorpio (concentrated regeneration).  Empathy levels could be high at the moment, which could go a long way to easing any tensions.  We are definitely continuing to do deep work, here, as Saturn is again moving direct in the sign of Scorpio.  Whatever we have transformed and healed inwardly while Saturn was retrograde, we will now be bringing out into the light.  This could mean that we have reached some conclusions about the current circumstances and relationships that exist, and we are ready to make some changes that could be tough on all parties.  But it would be clear that these changes need to be made in order to continue growing and expanding.  We are still in the midst of the decade-long, revolutionary and evolutionary Pluto/Uranus square.  Without friction, there is no growth.  If you are noticing conflict, friction and challenges at this time, and feeling like obstacles are getting in the way of the fulfillment of your intentions, pause to see how you can soften the edges of these seeming interruptions and intrusions.  Look to see if you are needing to retreat to a secure home-base within or without in order to nurture yourself (Cancer), and look to see how you might be able to take your mind off of it, at times, by having a good time with friends and/or meeting new people (Libra and Leo).  At this time, there will likely be a time and a place for both methods, and it will be up to you to creatively and compassionately integrate both and use this new wholeness to move forward.

~ Old Sage

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ New Moon in Cancer


July 8 ~ New Moon at 16 degrees, 17 minutes of Cancer

Water, water, WATER!  At this new moon, 6 planets are in the emotional, intuitive and dreamy water signs: Jupiter, Sun, Moon and Mercury are in nurturing Cancer, Neptune is in soulful Pisces and Saturn is in penetrating Scorpio.  We begin our first lunar cycle of the summer with an abundance of support for FEELING and INTUITING our way forward.  Dreams are heightened, now, along with the messages they bring from the unconscious.  Empathy and compassion are also in great focus.  It is time to CONNECT deeply to ourselves and others and fully accept that we are not alone on this journey.  It is time to be with cherished friends and family, to enjoy shared blessings and to let already close bonds grow even deeper.  This time is about FAMILY, however we may define it.  Jupiter is exalted in the sign of Cancer and leading the way into an expanded sense of family during this time of personal and collective revolution.  As the energies of the Pluto/Uranus square continue to intensify and propel us forward into a new era of collective evolutionary manifestation, we will need all of the support from family that we can get.  Cancer's wisdom paves the way to a collective sense of family, the one WORLD FAMILY of which we are all a part.  But we will continue to undergo dramatic upheaval and revolution before we reach this ideal across the board.  At this new moon, there are intense energies striving to be integrated and used with more consciousness.  The Cancer planets oppose Pluto in Capricorn and reflect the imbalance of power that currently exists between the smaller units of family (Cancer) versus the power of the "state" (Capricorn).  At this time, we may be feeling powerless against the vast networks of corruption that currently exist within the major corporations, but at the same time, we are realizing our own power to affect change from our small little spheres-of-family that we cultivate.  While this polarization (and eventual integration) is being emphasized in consciousness, we are also being "awakened" by Uranus squaring this above-mentioned opposition.  Uranus continues to bring shocks, interruptions, surprises, disruptions and unexpected events that serve to break down the rigid structures, personally and collectively, that no longer serve the evolutionary desires of the WORLD SOUL.  We may all be feeling the need to retreat into the rescuing arms of family, but find ourselves continuously being drawn out into the wider world of family, so that we are forced to realize the impact of our participation in the community.  Still in the background of this intense theme of growth through conflict, is the grand water trine between Neptune (universal love), Saturn (structure and form) and Jupiter (expansion).  This harmonious aspect is reminding us to DREAM, to IMAGINE, to refine those IDEALS that we will spend the next few years working towards manifesting.  And we are also being reminded to remember our INTERCONNECTEDNESS TO ALL.  Our sense of CONNECTION to ourselves, others and the world around us, will determine how we continue to move through this intense time of change.  How do our individual goals affect and align with the greater collective?  How do we experience ourselves as one big family?  What is our role within the family?  These are all questions that we will be pondering more and more as this lunar cycle unfolds.

~ Old Sage

Monday, July 1, 2013

June 29, 2013 ~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ Last-Quarter Moon in Aries



June 29 ~ Last-Quarter moon at 8 degrees, 34 minutes of Aries

With this last-quarter moon, the heavens continue to reflect an interesting mix of dissonance and harmony.  Although the main theme of CRISIS IN CONSCIOUSNESS is still the focus for this last-quarter moon, it seems this may be the quiet before the storm that may come later in July.  How you experience this waning lunar-solar energy will depend on how well you have been cooperating with the historic and revolutionary Pluto-square-Uranus energies, as well as how comfortable you are with the great "waters" of life.  This last-quarter moon is in feisty Aries and very close to Uranus (rebellion).  This is "full-steam-ahead" energy, and a "let's-get-there in-the-most-surprising-and-adventurous-way-possible" kind of energy!  This energy conflicts with an opposition between Pluto (power & control) and the Sun (life-force) and Jupiter (expansion).  These planets are forming a cardinal T-SQUARE in the sky.  Cardinal signs like to initiate activities and deal with crises, but they all like to do it in a different way: Aries wants to do it NOW, Cancer wants to do it at it's own pace and without upsetting anyone, and Capricorn wants to to do it slowly, methodically and preferably in such a way that it can be the boss.  What will be the outcome when all of these leaders get together in the same room and begin to stake their claim?  The jury is still out on this one, but there is another factor to consider that may be a calming element within the approaching storm; the Sun/Jupiter end of the t-square is also a part of a GRAND WATER TRINE that also includes Neptune (compassion) and Saturn (form).  Whereas the t-square represents conflict and tension, the grand trine symbolizes ease and harmony.  Thus, the foreground energies during this lunar phase are tense and catalytic while the background energies are flowing and expansive.  These major planetary themes will be increasing in strength over the course of July, and it will be interesting to see how we navigate these unpredictable waters.  As last-quarter moons always herald the time during the lunar cycle when it is better to contemplate and reflect on where we have been and where we may be going, rather than to push-through uncertain circumstances with forced action, this watery and reflective grand trine energy would seem to have a special focus at this time.  While the "crisis in consciousness" theme is asking us to reorient ourselves and let go of what we thought we knew, the grand water trine is supporting us in "tuning-in" to the subtle messages that are coming from the unconscious.  We will get nowhere with a forceful approach to solving problems at this time.  We must let our intuition sort through the inner and outer conflicts and guide us as to how to bring integration and resolution to energies that are pulling in many different directions.  Mercury has also begun its retrograde journey in the intuitive sign of Cancer, which would also support our slowing down and taking time to reflect on and review what has come to pass over the past few months.  By week's end, we will come to the new moon in Cancer when we will be fully submerged in its emotionally deep and charged waters.  After that entrance, it might be more challenging to simply flow with these intense energies without reacting powerfully to unfolding events.  The transformational energies of the second half of the year are quickly gathering momentum.  But for now, wade quietly in the waters of your own imagination and receive all the subtle messages you will need in order to navigate the rest of the month of July and the rest of the year in a space of confidence and calm.

~ Old Sage

Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013 ~ Growth


Growth



After yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, I can't help but think that America has moved closer into alignment with the cosmic truth of LOVE.  As a nation and as a world, we certainly have much further to go before we see ALL PEOPLE LIVING AS EQUALS, but we have taken one more step in that direction.  The Spirit of Love releases its joyful cry!  I AM!

~ Old Sage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013 ~ Spark


Spark



Follow your heart.  Take that risk.  Fear was never meant to stop you from LIVING.  Dance!  Sing!  Play!  Create!  Flirt!  LOVE!  Be courageous alongside your fears and witness your own transformation.

~ Old Sage

Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 23, 2013~ Lunar Phase Reflections ~ Full Moon "Supermoon" in Capricorn


June 23 ~ Full Moon "Supermoon" at 2 degrees, 10 minutes of Capricorn

"Supermoon" means the moon is very close to the Earth.  No other full moon this year will be as close as this one is.  This is a full supermoon!  Feeling romantic, anyone?  Feeling emotional?  Feeling FULL?  This is an interesting full moon, as there is quite an interesting mix of planetary energies blending with the full moon theme of COMPLETION.  We began this lunar cycle with the new moon in Gemini on June 8th.  The energies around what was begun at that time have been building up to this climax.  Now is the time where we get the first glimpse of whether our plans are succeeding or failing, and it is through our relationships that we will come to learn the necessary lessons about why we are succeeding or falling short.  The moon is in Capricorn, which is not the easiest sign for the moon to transit, and she is approaching powerful and transformational Pluto.  The word CONTROL comes to mind when I tune-in to this influence.  With such a powerful full super moon partnering-up with volcanic Pluto, I get the sense that emotions might be controlled in order to keep some eruptions from occurring.  But the more we clamp down, the worse the explosion will be.  This same moon is ruling the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Cancer.  Cancer wants to cry and get it all out, but the Capricorn planets want to push feelings to the side and "get down to business."  Capricorn is comfortable with the tangible world, but very uncomfortable with the chaotic, non-rational world of feelings.  As always during an opposition like one that occurs between the moon and sun during the time of the full moon, the two poles seek integration in order to experience a greater wholeness.  Our Cancer parts can feel, and our Capricorn parts can bring some structure and grounding to the watery out-pourings so that we don't drown.  Both signs represent THE PARENT ARCHETYPES OF MOTHER (Cancer) AND FATHER (Capricorn), and there may be some awareness of the necessity to re-parent parts of ourselves in terms of how we relate to our feelings and emotions.  Pluto always symbolizes the potential for deep catharsis and healing, and this might be one of those times when we get to let go of the control and let ourselves be loved back into the experience of wholeness.  There is a GRAND TRINE supporting a healing flow of energy between our conscious and subconscious selves.  Both the sun and moon are in harmonious aspects with the trine between Neptune (universal love) and Saturn (ego).  We are being given a graceful nudge to let more of Spirit into our day-to-day lives, to let more compassionate awareness in, to let more of our ideals become a reality.  All this is being activated very close after the SUMMER SOLSTICE.  The message I hear in all this is that in order to bring who we are fully into the world, fully into the LIGHT OF DAY, we must also acknowledge, honor and heal the wounding we have been carrying in the darkness.  There is nothing to be ashamed of, and when we let ourselves be loved, we can see this truth ever so clearly in the "light" of the full moon.  Wherever you may be on your journey of manifesting your dreams, whether you feel you are on course or feel your efforts are coming-up short, remember that the new moon in two weeks is symbolic of the truth that you can always begin again.  If you so choose, each day, each moment of each day, can be a brand new beginning.  Try again.

~ Old Sage

Friday, June 21, 2013

~ Celebrate


Celebrate



Celebrate!  Celebrate your body!  Celebrate your mind!  Celebrate your heart!  Celebrate your spirit!  Celebrate your friendships!  Celebrate your health!  Celebrate Life!  Celebrate Love!  Celebrate the blessings of being alive in a body!  Celebrate!

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!!!

~ Old Sage

Thursday, June 20, 2013

~ The New


The New



The wheel keeps turning, doesn't it?  Endings and new beginnings turning round and round.  If you try to cling to what was, you lose your evolutionary edge.  You don't stop, but you slow down.  Your fortune lies in letting go and allowing your expansion.  Embrace the changes.  Be grateful for the old circumstances and relationships that have brought you to where you are now, and let go.  Welcome the new.  Your creativity lives in evolution's inexorable march.  Do not try to hold on to what was.  Do not try to hold on.  Evolution is exhilarating.  Enjoy the ride!

~ Old Sage

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

~ Relationships


Relationships



Relationships will experience moments of sadness and challenge, from the smallest "bump in the road" to the most extreme event of separation.  This is natural.  This is how we grow.  In  your relationships, you will experience highs and lows, depths and riches that touch you to the core...if you're doing it right, that is.

~ Old Sage

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Lunar Phase Reflections ~ 1st-Quarter Moon in Virgo


June 16 ~ 1st-Quarter Moon at 25 degrees, 43 minutes of Virgo

The CRISIS IN ACTION at this 1st-quarter moon is likely to manifest as a gentle process of sorting and evaluating our beliefs about what is useful at this time and what needs to be discarded.  The Sun and Jupiter are in information-seeking Gemini, while the moon is in detail-oriented and discerning Virgo.  We are all feeling that urge to be out mixing and mingling with others, gathering information and feedback and learning new ideas about how to move forward with our plans.  Expansive Jupiter is encouraging us to gather more, More, MORE information.  We are feeling adventurous!  But critical Virgo wants to make sure that all of the new ideas and information can actually be applied to our lives in a practical way.  This match-up feels good to me.  At this time we can explore and expand our horizons, taking in all kinds of new data that we will use to move us ahead on our respective paths, while at the same time letting go of what is not immediately useful and would just serve to clutter our minds and hearts.  We are being gently guided to become more focused on what serves our deepest intentions.  Life is flowing along quite smoothly, now, and rapidly.  We are getting use to the flow.  We are getting used to the CHANGES.  And we are beginning to enjoy the evolution or our hearts, minds and bodies.  We are realizing this can be fun!  There is also a subtle and sublime influence, now, that is supporting us in grounding more of our ideals and spiritual vision into reality.  Saturn (structure and form) and Neptune (Spirit and ideal) are working in a beautiful harmony at this time.  I sense this as a quiet humming flow between our intangible inner lives of vision and ideal and our physical mundane realities.  We are having an easier time of learning how to incorporate our higher selves into our day-to-day lives and how to make our dreams become reality.  There is a sweetness available to us at this time and a great opportunity to feel very connected to our s/Selves and to Life itself.  This sweet energy will carry us all the way into the Summer Solstice on the 21st and the full moon on the 23rd.  We are reaching the peak of yet another collective energetic crescendo.  The peak of this cycle is all about being who we are and fully showing-up in the world.  It is a time where we can experience our inner worlds and outer worlds being very much in alignment.  Our BEING and DOING can come into an exquisite harmony.  Let's enjoy this flowing energy between Spirit and matter/personality and make peace with all that has come before and all that may come after.  It is time to let go fully and enjoy BEING HERE NOW.

~ Old Sage

Friday, June 14, 2013

~ LOVE


LOVE



LOVE is worth it.  All of this is worth it because of LOVE.  If we can come to a greater understanding and expression of love, then it will have been worth it.  All the pain, confusion and loss will have served a purpose.  If we can let all of this be a means to learn to be more loving, more forgiving, then it will have been worth it.

~ Old Sage

Thursday, June 13, 2013

~ Seeking


Seeking



Penetrate to the essence of what you see, feel, touch, hear, smell, taste and know.  Get the inside and outside scoop on everything.  There is more going on here than you remember.  To access the information, be open to receive.

~ Old Sage

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

~ Intimacy


Intimacy



Pain and loss can be the catalysts for transformation and healing.  Pleasure and gain can be, as well.

~ Old Sage

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

~ New Thought


New Thought



There are many thoughts in your mind.  Have you ever tried following any of the threads-of-thought to their conclusion?  Do any of these paths lead anywhere, or are they dead-ends?  How many of these threads are scripts that play over and over again like a broken record?  Much of this mental activity is noise.  But every now and again you will hear a thought that stands out against the cacophony of the familiar monkey-mind.  This thought is a part of your guidance system.  It will be gentle and quiet and open-ended.  You could listen or not...follow-up on it or not...indulge it or not.  But if you do decide to pay it some attention, chances are this thought or series of thoughts will lead you to a phase of creative unfolding and activity that brings you new possibilities of fulfillment, rather than the same old stuff you've experienced already.  So why not give this other voice a try?

~ Old Sage

Monday, June 10, 2013

~ Choose Peace


Choose Peace



 It is possible to have harmony within, even when everything around you is in chaos.  To find this inner place of peace, remember that you can only handle one thing at a time.  Focus on one thing at a time.  Focus on one day at a time.  You've been here before, and just like the last time, you will make it through.  As you put one foot in front of the other, and take one step at a time, remember to enjoy all the moments of support, humor, beauty and wonderment that break through the clouds, even on the stormiest of days.  Choose the peaceful perspective, and soon your external world will return to a quiet harmony.

~ Old Sage

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Lunar Phase Reflections ~ New Moon in Gemini


June 8 ~ New Moon at 18 degrees, 00 minutes of Gemini

We leave steady, patient and determined Taurus behind, now, as we begin another new moon cycle in the sign of the twins.  Gemini is the zodiac sign that reflects the natural evolutionary process or part of our psyche that seeks to gather new information so that it can use this input to help create a more solid sense of self and to help gain clarity about where that self fits into the surrounding world.  Gemini is a social and intellectual sign that represents constant motion and exchange of information with the immediate environment.  Gemini is open, curious and seeks TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW.  At this new moon, COMMUNICATION is emphasized.  We have gone as far as we can go with taking action to accomplish our concrete goals.  Now it is time to go out into the world and TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO CREATE.  It's time to make connections with others and get feedback on how best to continue forward with our commitment to turn our dreams into reality.  By itself, Gemini can get detached from the heart.  It can be so intellectual and focused on logic that it has a hard time including feelings into the equation of learning.  During this new moon, this tendency is being modified, however, due to the ruler of Gemini, Mercury, being in the emotional, sensitive and intuitive water sign of Cancer.  In fact, this mercury in Cancer is ruling all four Gemini planets in the sky (Mars, Sun, Moon and Jupiter).  This means that while intellect, learning and communication are being emphasized, the heart will also be coming along for the lessons.  Mercury in Cancer is also working in unison with Venus in Cancer, and Venus adds her harmonious and receptive nature to the mix.  This combination of Gemini and Cancer influences working through these planets and aspects means that we have a wonderful opportunity to make heart-to-heart connections as we share our ideas and plans with each other.  We are being supported in our capacity to truly LISTEN and learn not only valuable information that can help us move forward with our concrete goals, but also learn just how important loving interactions can be for keeping us inspired and motivated to continue walking the paths we have chosen.  There is allot to learn here, and it will probably not come without some resistance and pain.  Chiron, symbol of the wounded healer, is stirring up old wounds in our psyches.  Some of this feedback from others may hit some sensitive spots that will need our nurturing attention.  If we find ourselves reacting negatively to something that was communicated to us, we may want to take a step back to reflect on why we are being triggered, and to see what old wound has been opened.  From this more objective and empowered place, we can tend to the hurt and pain that is ours and still be present to receive the valuable feedback that is coming our way.  This time is all about being open and keeping our sense of humor.  If we get too serious, or take ourselves too seriously, we might miss the point of some of these interactions with others.  As for the two outer-planet-heavyweights, Pluto (death/rebirth) and Uranus (liberation), who have been reflecting this major era of evolutionary and revolutionary change back to us for the past two years, they are both quietly supporting this new moon energy behind the scenes.  How we evolve and move forward has much to do with how we are able to CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER AND SHARE WHAT IS NEEDED TO MOVE ALL OF US FORWARD.  We are becoming more and more aware of the truth that we are all in this together.  We need each other, and we were not meant to do this thing called Life alone.  Let's embrace this truth and allow our minds to open to new ideas about ourselves and the world we live in and create.  We can do it!  All it takes is pausing, taking a breath and LISTENING WITH AN OPEN HEART AND AN OPEN MIND.

~ Old Sage 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lunar Phase Reflections ~ 3rd-Quarter Moon in Pisces



May 31 ~ 3rd-Quarter Moon at 10 degrees, 28 minutes of Pisces

Can anyone even remember where we began this current lunar cyvcle with the new moon in Taurus almost a month ago?  With all of the dust still stirred-up in the air due to this most recent period of eclipses, I bet not.  The eclipsed Taurus new moon on May 9th activated a new beginning in relationship to being more grounded and practical with our ideas and visions.  We were all stimulated to take concrete action, commit to our dreams and appreciate the prosperity that we already have.  But the eclipses were a part of this story, and many of us had to make course-adjustments, be flexible and trust the flow into new relationships and new circumstances.  Now, we are three-fourths of the way through the lunar month, and we have reached the place in the cycle where a CRISIS IN CONSCIOUSNESS is being emphasized.  It is time to LET GO and prepare for a burst of new energy at the new moon in seven days.  So what can we learn at this 3rd-quarter moon?  The keyword for this lunation is SPIRITUALITY.  The emphasis is on your personal relationship with SPIRIT and how you LISTEN for the deep communications that come from your deep, core ESSENCE.  This is a time of feeling into your SOUL LIFE and exploring your intuitive and psychic awareness.  It is a time of deep contemplation and reflection that could manifest in time alone, spiritual retreats, a sense of quiet connection to Nature, inspired creativity, blissful moments of union with significant others and moments of seeing your Self in everything.  It could also be a time of confusion, divine discontent and an over-active imagination that sees only worst-case future scenarios.  As the moon (soul), neptune (the ALL) and chiron (bridge between the world of spirit and matter) are all together in the sign of PISCES (which is the sign ruled by other-worldly neptune), our right brain functions are being activated at this time.  We are being given the opportunity to make some healing and inspirational realizations about ourselves, the direction we are headed and how we are connected to the collective journey that is unfolding at this time.  Well, what's so bad about that?  Nothing, other than that there is another grouping of planets in GEMINI (the sun, mars, jupiter and venus) that are in a creative-conflict with the more intuitive and psychic energies symbolized by the planets mentioned above.  This square aspect in the "heavens" is reflecting our own inner striving for holistic clarity.  We are being challenged to bring the use of our left and right brain functions to a higher level of integration.  We may have a tendency to go to extremes-one moment being overly rational and analytical, and in the next moment relying too heavily on our intuition and psychic impressions.  In order to get the most out of this influence, we must use both aspects of our minds in order to glimpse the truth and possibilities that lie before us.  Even though this necessity of integration may be true overall, as we look at the BIG PICTURE, I still feel that our intuitive connection to the ocean of consciousness will be the stronger force during this lunation.  It is time to surf the waves again.  It is time to swim and play in the ocean of consciousness.  Sometimes we can analyze and think about what beliefs, attitudes and behaviors we need to let go of, and then we can come to great intellectual clarity and understanding about the process.  At other times, we can only FEEL our way through the maze of being and allow parts of ourselves to change and transform without our intellectual understanding.  This doesn't have to be a confusing or frustrating time.  It can be fun!  We spend way too much time "in our heads," anyway.  Might as well let ourselves JUST BE for awhile, flowing downstream and noticing all the sensations, sights and sounds along the way.  It's a perfect time to get to know our souls better and to learn to trust what we hear arising from the silent depths.  We'll take to the shore again and exercise our rational minds once we start the new lunar cycle in 7 days.  Until then, I say it's time to break-out the scuba gear!

~ Old Sage

Monday, May 27, 2013

~ Revelation


Revelation



What is false will eventually be revealed and come crashing down.  Consider this a blessing.  You will only find the peace of your true Self behind the lies and shaky-belief structures.  When everything else that you have put your faith in comes crashing down, what is left?  When you realize nothing you thought was true is true, what is left?  When the symbols of your secure material life decay, collapse or explode right from under you, what are you left with?  Experiences of loss are the most powerful catalysts for spiritual awareness and transformation.  TRUTH IS.  If you find yourself desperately holding on to old ways of thinking and being, let go, and experience your transformation and evolution into a new way of seeing and being.  Renovation, renewal and re-birth are at hand.

~ Old Sage

Friday, May 24, 2013

Lunar Phase Reflections ~ Lunar Eclipse Full Moon in Sagittarius


May 24 ~ Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at 4 degrees, 8 minutes of Sagittarius

This lunar eclipse full moon in Sagittarius marks the end of this eclipse season, which began with the lunar eclipse full moon in Scorpio on April 25th.  Our period of intense, cosmic course-adjustments are now coming to an end.  Some of us, more than others, have experienced unexpected and dramatic CHANGE.  Some doors have closed, and other doors have opened.  As this full moon is on the GEMINI/SAGITTARIUS axis of the zodiac, we will all be feeling a sense of potential integration between our lower/rational minds and our higher/intuitive minds.  We have a wonderful opportunity to put all of this motion and change into a greater perspective, but Neptune, symbol of INSPIRATION and ILLUSION, may be throwing a subtle fog over our perceptions.  At the higher end of this Neptunian spectrum, we may have great soul-clarity as to the wisdom of unfolding events and be enjoying a deep surrender to the flow of life.  At the lower end of the spectrum, we may be quite confused about recent events and finding it extremely difficult to trust the flow.  It is a deeply emotional full moon, and we may be experiencing vague feelings of sadness, longing and/or feelings that are hard to define.  In many ways, we are under water at night in the ocean of collective un-consciousness.  Everything within and without may seem to have a foreboding or a numinous glow.  It may be hard to see clearly at this time, but we can trust that whatever has come to a close has also come with a new beginning close at hand.  Four days ago, evolutionary Pluto and revolutionary Uranus reached another exact square.  This planetary symbolism continues to reflect the conflict between the old decaying paradigm of COMPETITION and the new paradigm of EQUALITY and SHARING that is being played-out on a planetary level at this time.  Saturn (structure) is also playing a part in this evolutionary dynamic during this full moon.  He is supporting the transformation of our fundamental structures, while teaching us how to create new structures that are in alignment with our higher ideals and visions.  With four planets in GEMINI (two of which are the rulers of the Sun and Moon), you can bet that we are all connecting in new ways with the world around us and taking in enormous amounts of data.  Our intellects are being primed to create new truths about our lives.  This Gemini influence is emphasizing INTELLECTUAL OPENNESS, CURIOSITY, LIGHTNESS and a PLAYFUL attitude toward the great waves-of-transition that we are surfing at this time.  All-in-all, I would say that before reaching any conclusions about where we are and where we're going, we definitely need to allow time for the eclipse-period dust to settle.  If we can take our focus off of the future for small moments at a time, and allow ourselves to let go into the present, we have the opportunity to feel a sublime connection to the ALL-THAT-IS-PERFECTION of life. We can surrender to that greater whole that we are a part of and trust where the eclipse energies have carried us...further and further into a new potential to manifest our authentic selves in every sphere of our lives.

~ Old Sage

Thursday, May 23, 2013

~ Your Expansion


Your Expansion



New Age philosophy often says "DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND THE MONEY WILL COME."  "Do what you love, and everything else will fall into place."  This may be true, but how do you get there?  When you have a 9-to-5 job, 3 kids and are barely paying your bills, how do you get to the place of doing what you love?  You get there one small decision and one choice at a time.  You have to make some decisions and choices that bring up fear and insecurity in you, or you will never leave your comfort zone.  That is, untill life "pulls the rug" out from under you, and you find yourself forced to make new choices.  I say start small, and make a few small changes over time that will eventually add-up to one big change.  This is one way to go about it.  Another, more radical way to go about it, would be to LEARN TO LOVE (ACCEPT) WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW.  Resistance to WHAT IS keeps attracting more of what you don't want.  Let go of the resistance, find the good in what you do have and what you are doing, and life can begin to gently guide you into more ideal circumstances.  BE GRATEFUL for what you are doing, now, and life will give you more to appreciate.

~ Old Sage 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

~ Your Success


Your Success



True success comes from being your TRUE SELF.  Be patient as you grow and unfold your authentic self.  There is no rush.  You crawl before you learn to walk.  You walk before you learn to run.  If you can relax into your life-process, then your success will come in perfect timing.  Only you can define what success means for you.  As you are a unique part of the whole, it is only natural that your definition would be unique, as well.

~ Old Sage

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

~ Mirth


Mirth



If you can't laugh at yourself and the absurdities of life, you're in trouble.  Life is a hoot!  You may feel tempted to sell your soul in exchange for money, power or status-reflections of FALSE SECURITY.  It might not be money.  It could be the intoxication of sexual stimulation.  You might give your power away to another who seems to be the source of your pleasure and happiness.  Nothing on the physical plane is the source of your happiness.  YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF YOUR HAPPINESS.  You get to choose how you will interpret your experiences and how you will respond to life.  Choosing to laugh at your foibles and shenanigans is one way to help unravel the painful knots of life.  If you can laugh at yourself and your journey of trial-and-error, you can free up great reserves of energy and creativity.  Then you will be able to enjoy all the wondrous pleasures of the body and the physical plane without getting lost in them.

~ Old Sage

Monday, May 20, 2013

Completion


Completion



When your life is going smoothly, do you acknowledge it?  When your relationships are inspiring and joyous, do you take the time to let those people know you are grateful for having them in your life?  When you are aware of the fact that not only are you giving and receiving what you WANT out of life, but also what you NEED, do you take the time to pause and bask in that realization of goodness?  Life will not always show up in such preferred ways.  It will not always be smooth and joyous.  But when it is, those are the moments when you can come home to yourself.  You can embrace and comprehend the larger truths about your s/Self and Life.  You can be renewed.  You can heal.  You can move to a new and more prosperous level of experience.  Let yourself be complete and rest in the goodness before moving on to the next chapter and adventure.

~ Old Sage





Saturday, May 18, 2013

~ Unconditional Love


Unconditional Love



We have heard the words that we need to learn to love ourselves so much that it has become cliche.  I used to wonder HOW?  At first, I thought that it meant doing for myself what I would do for one of those special others.  So I would take myself to the movies or out to a nice dinner, buy myself flowers or take myself for a nice walk in the park.  That is certainly a part of it, but I learned that it goes much deeper than this.  It begins with SELF-ACCEPTANCE.  I had to learn to accept the parts of me that I had always criticized, judged and hated.  I hated that I felt needy sometimes.  I hated my vulnerability.  I hated the anger and rage that would sometimes erupt inside of me.  I hated that I couldn't ever be perfect.  Eventually, I had to accept that I was a human BEING and a human PROCESS.  And from there, the love began to flow and overflow, as I realized I'm beautiful enough just the way I am!  

Take a look in the mirror.  Look at the being looking back at you.  For a moment, just accept whatever there is about you that has been hard to accept.  Resisting it, hating it and beating yourself up about it, will not make it go away.  See yourself as a mysterious process of creation-beautiful beyond compare.  

When I was ordained into The Order of Melchizedek, the Reverend Dan Chesbro said something I will never forget.  It helped me to open the doors to my own source of unconditional love:

"There are only two beings who can love you unconditionally: one is God and the other is you...so what are you waiting for?"

~ Old Sage

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lunar Phase Reflections ~ 1st Quarter Moon in Leo


May 17 ~ 1st Quarter Moon at 27 degrees, 24 minutes of Leo

There is one word that sums up the reflection of this 1st quarter moon:  PRESSURE.  We may sense this pressure coming from "inside," in the form of anxiety and fears that are being stirred up by intense emotional, mental and spiritual energies bursting at the seams of our bodies.  These energies seem to be demanding an outlet for their expression.  We may be experiencing this pressure coming from "outside," in the form of external challenges and obstacles.  It could be both.  There is a CRISIS IN ACTION and a great sense of mounting pressure to manifest more of our ideals into physical reality.  Put another way: we may be feeling a very strong inner urge to express our individuality and make our "mark" on the world through tangible contributions.  The moon is in Leo, and she represents that part of us that wants to boldly go forth and express herself in the world.  She wants to shine with vision and creativity and be noticed and appreciated for it.  This part of us wants to feel that it has given all of itself to life and that it has touched others in an inspiring way.  But right now, this part may be in conflict with the aspects of ourselves that are more practical, reserved, slow, steady and focused on patient and persistent pursuing of material goals.  This is reflected by the Sun and Mars in Taurus squaring the Leo moon.  These Taurus parts are not reaching for fame and immortality.  They demand that we focus on the essentials of life and that we create a lasting material comfort and security.  How do we resolve this tug-o-war?  We have to give each part its due.  We honor the Taurean wisdom that shows us how to take grounded, patient and persistent action towards manifesting our goals, AND we honor that part of us that must play, take risks, be spontaneous, and put itself and its creativity out there in a big way.  It is not enough to only pay attention to practical matters and steadily checking off our goals as we accomplish them.  We must also pay attention to when life is asking us to be courageous, bold, spontaneous, adventurous, to take risks and express our unique selves for all to see.  We need the healthy expression of BOTH sign influences to manifest our deepest dreams.  And there is more to this 1st quarter moon story.  The outer planets Pluto (mission and purpose), Neptune (universal love and compassion) and Uranus (liberation), are putting evolutionary pressure on both the sun (life and vitality) and moon (heart and soul).  As if this were not already enough pressure to "get our acts together," the revolutionary and evolutionary square between Pluto and Uranus reaches its 2nd exact aspect on Monday the 20th.  All of this symbolism is about natural evolutionary pressure that forces us to make a choice.  We either give-up and hide from life or WE GROW AND BECOME MORE THAN WE WERE BEFORE.  Life is now asking us to be more and manifest more of our authenticity and creativity.  As always, we have support.  Venus (beauty and harmony) and Jupiter (wisdom and expansion) are working together in the sign of Gemini to help us overcome the past.  The emphasis here is on BEING OPEN TO LEARNING SOMETHING NEW FROM THE INFORMATION AND FEEDBACK WE GET FROM OTHERS.  In order for us to move forward, we must connect with each other, talk and listen, share, teach and learn.  We must be willing to have our ideas and beliefs challenged and replaced with more appropriate ones.  We must be willing to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and a rapidly changing paradigm.  And let's not forget to cultivate our lightness and SENSE OF HUMOR!!!  Yes, we may feel that life is asking allot of us right now, but Life is also giving a great deal to us, as well.  More than ever, we have the opportunity to align with our souls and experience our wholeness.  In the near future, we will be masters of our capacity to use evolutionary pressure to transform lead into gold.  Hell, we may even be able to say, "Pressure? Ha!  I eat pressure for breakfast!"

~ Old Sage