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Solar Eclipse In Aquarius: Shifts In Our Social Networks

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We are having a partial Solar Eclipse in Aquarius on February 15th/16th 2018 depending on where you are located in the world. It is a supercharged New Moon with a longer term influence than a regular New Moon. It will only be visible in parts of South America and Antarctica which includes most of Argentina, the Southern half of Chile, Uruguay, and the Southern tips of Paraguay and Brazil.

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However, even if it is not visible in your geographic location, the energetic effects of all eclipses still affect everyone on the planet. This Solar Eclipse is followed by a Lunar Eclipse in Leo that occurred two weeks prior and is part of a series of eclipses happening in the Leo-Aquarius axis that started subtly in early 2017 but became more predominant last summer after the nodes of the Moon shifted into these signs in May.

Both Solar and Lunar Eclipses always occur when there is a New Moon or Full Moon near the Lunar Nodes, and this occurs every six months. The nodes are where the pathway of the Moon cross the Ecliptic from our geocentric perspective here on Earth. The ecliptic is what appears to be the pathway of the Sun from this vantage point. The Nodes are always in opposite signs and usually the eclipses happen in these signs as well, but in some cases could also occur in the signs next to these ones.

Generally, eclipses signify what is changing and shifting in our lives, which could start in the six weeks prior and can also play out over the next six months following until the next series of eclipses. However, the next eclipses will continue some of these same themes which will play out in different ways. Usually the weeks near these periods is when the themes come up more strongly which could trigger certain feelings within us and can also be reflected externally through circumstances that come up.

This Eclipse In Connection To Previous Eclipse Periods

This specific eclipse is connected to the Solar Eclipse in Leo that occurred in the summer, which was also known as the ‘Great American Eclipse’. It is almost exactly opposite of where that one occurred. It is possible that some of the things going on now may bring about some sort of conclusion or further change related to what was initiated or happening at that time. Alternatively, this period can also be the ‘next step’ of what has been going on over the last six months since then. In many cases, challenges could come up as well.

This eclipse is also connected to the Solar Eclipses that occurred in early 1999 and early 2000. Some of the major themes going on during those years will be similar to what is going on now except it will be a different version of this similar energy. For example, you may have had changes in your relationships back then, which might be similar to what is occurring now, however, these relationships will be different ones with different circumstances and variables. The deeper reasons connected to our inner and personal needs could be similar to that period.

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Solar Eclipse In Aquarius

With the South Node currently in Aquarius and North Node in Leo, this is a period in which we are facilitating changes and releasing things associated with Aquarius energy to help us be more in alignment with our Leo related wants and aspirations. This process will also continue over the next year.

Aquarius is associated with friends, social networks, groups, teams, colleagues, the collective, humanitarian deeds, and anything scientific or forward thinking. It is intellectual and social. On the other hand, Leo is about our heart’s desires, self expression, and our joy. It is associated with our creativity, performing arts, children, and it could even be associated with sports or in any modality that we shine in, and this could even include leadership.

This is a period to consider how our relations with others are serving our passions and how we want to shine in the word. Consider which of your friendships and connections are in alignment with the way you want to express yourself and which are not. Which of your social contacts contribute to your joy and which ones are contradiction or a conflict of interest. It is also possible that for some people there could be changes and challenges (beyond your control) that could come up in relation to your social network.

Solar Eclipse Conjunct Mercury

This eclipse is aligned with Mercury which rules the mind while the sign of Aquarius is also mentally oriented as well. When considering that Leo rules the heart, and the previous summers Solar Eclipse in Leo was also aligned with the star Regulus, known as ‘the heart of the Lion’, a theme for this period (mid 2017- late 2018) is to get out of our heads and to be in our heart more.

Our actions and pursuits should be based on what our heart is telling us, while our minds and mental processes should be working in collaboration with this. This is a common topic in the spiritual, New Age, and conscious community. However, during this time many of the challenges and circumstances coming up will be related to this, as the Universe is pushing this more strongly on us.

Mercury is also associated with communication and our thoughts. For some people, this can be a period of making changes in the way we communicate and our overall thought process which goes back to the need to be more heart centred as mentioned above. Sometimes when we are not in our hearts, the shadow of Leo energy can be expressed which is egoic. This can manifest in our communication and thoughts, however, it is possible that for some people these Mercury related shifts may not be necessarily connected to a lack of ‘heart-centredness.’

Solar Eclipse Conjunct Asteroid Juno

The observation of asteroids in astrology is not a primary thing to look at as there are thousands of them. However, there are some asteroids considered to be major ones and when I see a strong connection to one of those, I feel it is worthy of mention.

Juno is associated with unions and commitments such as marriage, but in this context it could also be related to other types of unions and commitments as well. Venus is in Pisces is in a sextile aspect with Saturn in Capricorn, which for some people can also be about commitments around love, with relationships being a strong theme that could develop over the coming months.

Juno is also associated with empowering oppressed women. Due to this being a South Node eclipse, this can also reflect any challenges that could come up around this subject.

Jealousy is also a theme connected to Juno, especially when it is somehow tied in with our unions with others. During this period, it is possible that some of the changes that have been coming up recently and during the coming months and may also be connected to these Juno themes mentioned, but not in every case.

Uranus and Chiron Also In The Mix, Jupiter Sextile Pluto

Uranus is in a sextile aspect with this eclipse (with Juno/Mercury) and was also in aspect with the summer Solar Eclipse, as well as with many of the recent and upcoming New Moons. This planet is about our uniqueness, liberation, breakthroughs, new experiences, and freedom. It is technological, futuristic, rebellious, and is also associated with metaphysics and subjects such as astrology. Some the changes reflected by this eclipse could be connected to these themes in combination with themes mentioned earlier in the article.

Chiron is making semi-sextile aspect to both Uranus and this eclipse, right at the midpoint of it all. This can be connected to healing as well as triggering wounds related to the Aquarius, Mercury, and Juno themes mentioned above. However, when we also consider that this is an easy aspect and with Uranus in the mix, this can be a great energy for overall healing and empowerment, and letting and overcoming wounds getting in the way of our authentic self expression. It can also have a positive healing influence in our friendships and social network as part of the Aquarian related changes represented by this eclipse.

Jupiter in Scorpio has been in a sextile with Pluto in the weeks leading up to eclipse season which will continue to play out until September and will be strong again next in mid-April. This combined with the Chiron-Uranus influence above can be very helpful in healing and transformations for many people, depending on how it all lines up with your natal chart. If you have been experiencing challenges throughout January and February, perhaps these energies are trying to get your attention and the need to transform aspects of your life are becoming more apparent.

Making Intentions And Things To Consider

What changes and improvements do you need to make in your relations with others? Which of your friendships are not in alignment with your true self and how you express your personal joy? Are you letting your social connections or colleagues get in the way of you shining in your light? Have you been too much in your head at the expense of your heart’s desires? What needs to change in your commitments and unions with others? What can you do to feel more liberated in expressing your own authentic expression?

These are some examples of what to reflect on at this time but not limited to them either. Keep in mind that the energy of this specific eclipse will also have an influence over the next 6 months although it may be being triggered more strongly at this time.

If you wish to do any sort of intentions for this eclipse period, it is best to do so within the 24 hours following. However, the first six hours following it will be best for reflection and tuning in to how you feel and after that period would be better for intention setting. The exact moment of the eclipse will be at 9:05pm Universal Time, you can click here to see what that is for your time zone.

Have you listened to my recent interview on the all new Collective Evolution Podcast? We spoke about astrology in general as well as some of the stuff going on in 2018 and beyond.  Check it out here.

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Monkey Sharpens Rock & Uses It To Smash Through Glass Enclosure At Zoo

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    At a zoo in China, a monkey uses a rock to smash its glass enclosure in what appears to be an attempted escape.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we treating animals on this planet in a way that we would want to be treated? If not, why? How does it feel to know we impede on the freedoms of living beings on a mass scale, and they don't like it?

Intriguing footage shows a Colombian white-faced capuchin at a zoo in China using a rock to smash through a glass enclosure in what appears to look like an attempted escape. The incident took place at the Zhengzhou Zoo in Central China’s Henan Province on the 20th of August 2019. Was it an actual escape? It’s hard to say, the monkey was surely surprised by the shattering of the glass, but why else would they be doing this if getting out wasn’t on their mind? Something to ponder.

In the video below you can see the monkey next to the glass, with a rock in its hand,  examining the glass before hitting it multiple times with a rock before finally shattering it.

According to Metro UK,  a bystander by the name of Mr. Wang told reporters that the monkey was actually sharpening the stone prior to hitting the glass. If this is the case, the attempted escape idea becomes much more likely.

‘The monkey was sharpening the stone, then it started hitting it on the glass. The monkey scared itself away, but it came back to take another look and even touched it,” Mr. Wang said.

Zhengzhou Zoo staff member Tian Shuliao said that this monkey actually knows how to use tools.

“This monkey is unlike other monkeys. This one knows how to use tools to break walnuts. When we feed walnuts to other monkeys, they only know to bite it. But it had never hit the glass before though. This is the first time. It’s toughened glass, so it would never have got out,[…]After it happened, we picked up all the rocks and took away all its ‘weapons’,” Shuliao said.

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Monkey begins hitting the glass with a rock.

Glass is now smashed as a result of multiple hits with a rock.

Why it matters: If this monkey is indeed attempting to escape, perhaps it doesn’t want to be in captivity. There are certainly times when humans intervene in nature to help animals who are hurt or cannot survive in the wild. Providing them with humane and expansive natural, yet safe, environments to live in can be helpful. But how often is this really the case when so much of what we do to animals is abuse and murder?

Perhaps humanity is at a time where we must reflect on whether using animals or entertainment and profit is not in alignment with a heart centred humanity.

The conscious takeaway: When it comes to the CE Protocol, looking at step 4, Living Aligned, is key because it points to being connecting with our true authentic self, beyond programmings of societal norms, but instead focused and being from a space of the heart. In this space and state of being, we are living from our authentic self and make decisions from that state of being.

From that space, how do we feel about animal captivity and the way we treat animals? This isn’t a question of belief systems, rather it’s a matter of first getting connected with your true authentic self and asking yourself how you truly wish to act in relation to animals and nature. This is why our focus is on the protocol and using the 5 Days of You Challenge to learn connection. It’s through this practice that truths and decisions become self-evident, not based on what someone else tells you or what you have to believe.

You can learn more about the protocol here, it’s how we structure all of our CE news and video content on CETV.

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Scientists Discover That The Heart & Brain Respond To Future Events – Before They Happen

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple experiments have shown strong evidence for precognition in several different ways. One of them comes in the form of activity within the heart and the brain responding to events before they even happen.

  • Reflect On:

    Do we have extra human capacities we are unaware of? Perhaps we can learn them, develop them, and use them for good. Perhaps when the human race is ready, we will start learning more.

Is precognition real? There are many examples suggesting that yes, it is. The remote viewing program conducted by the CIA in conjunction with Stanford University was a good example of that.  After its declassification in 1995, or at least partial declassification, the Department of Defense and those involved revealed an exceptionally high success rate:

To summarize, over the years, the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the (remote viewing) phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise… The development of this capability at SRI has evolved to the point where visiting CIA personnel with no previous exposure to such concepts have performed well under controlled laboratory conditions. (source)

The kicker? Part of remote viewing involves peering into future events as well as events that happened in the past.

It’s not only within the Department of Defense that we find this stuff, but a lot of science is emerging on this subject as well.

For example, a study (meta analysis) published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience titled “Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity” examined a number of experiments regarding this phenomenon that were conducted by several different laboratories. These experiments indicate that the human body can actually detect randomly delivered stimuli that occur 1-10 seconds in advance. In other words, the human body seems to know of an event and reacts to the event before it has occurred. What occurs in the human body before these events are physiological changes that are measured regarding the cardiopulmonary, the skin, and the nervous system.

A few years ago, the chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dr. Dean Radin, visited the scientists over at HearthMath Institute and shared the results of one of his studies. Radin is also one of multiple scientists who authored the paper above. These studies, as mentioned above, tracked the autonomic nervous system, physiological changes, etc.

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Scientists at HeartMath Institute (HMI) added more protocols, which included measuring participants’ brain waves (EEG), their hearts’ electrical activity (ECG), and their heart rate variability (HRV).

As HMI explains:

Twenty-six adults experienced in using HeartMath techniques and who could sustain a heart-coherent state completed two rounds of study protocols approximately two weeks apart. Half of the participants completed the protocols after they intentionally achieved a heart-coherent state for 10 minutes. The other half completed the same procedures without first achieving heart coherence. Then they reversed the process for the second round of monitoring, with the first group not becoming heart-coherent before completing the protocols and the second group becoming heart-coherent before. The point was to test whether heart coherence affected the results of the experiment.

Participants were told the study’s purpose was to test stress reactions and were unaware of its actual purpose. (This practice meets institutional-review-board standards.) Each participant sat at a computer and was instructed to click a mouse when ready to begin.

The screen stayed blank for six seconds. The participant’s physiological data was recorded by a special software program, and then, one by one, a series of 45 pictures was displayed on the screen. Each picture, displayed for 3 seconds, evoked either a strong emotional reaction or a calm state. After each picture, the screen went blank for 10 seconds. Participants repeated this process for all 45 pictures, 30 of which were known to evoke a calm response and 15 a strong emotional response.

The Results

The results of the experiment were fascinating to say the least. The participants’ brains and hearts responded to information about the emotional quality of the pictures before the computer flashed them (random selection). This means that the heart and brain were both responding to future events. The results indicated that the responses happened, on average, 4.8 seconds before the computer selected the pictures.

How mind-altering is that?

Even more profound, perhaps, was data showing the heart received information before the brain. “It is first registered from the heart,” Rollin McCraty Ph.D. explained, “then up to the brain (emotional and pre-frontal cortex), where we can logically relate what we are intuiting, then finally down to the gut (or where something stirs).”

Another significant study (meta-analysis) that was published in Journal of Parapsychology by Charles Honorton and Diane C. Ferrari in 1989 examined a number of studies that were published between 1935 and 1987. The studies involved individuals’ attempts to predict “the identity of target stimuli selected randomly over intervals ranging from several hundred million seconds to one year following the individuals responses.” These authors investigated over 300 studies conducted by over 60 authors, using approximately 2 million individual trials by more than 50,000 people. (source)

It concluded that their analysis of precognition experiments “confirms the existence of a small but highly significant precognition effect. The effect appears to be repeatable; significant outcomes are reported by 40 investigators using a variety of methodological paradigms and subject populations. The precognition effect is not merely an unexplained departure from a theoretical chance baseline, but rather is an effect that covaries with factors known to influence more familiar aspects of human performance.” (source)

The Takeaway

“There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing.”
 Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

We are living in a day and age where new information and evidence are constantly emerging, challenging what we once thought was real or what we think we know about ourselves as human beings.  It’s best to keep an open mind. Perhaps there are aspects of ourselves and our consciousness that have yet to be discovered. Perhaps if we learn and grow from these studies, they can help us better ourselves and others.

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Full Moon In Aries: Change & Renewal

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We are having a Full Moon in Aries which will be exact on October 13th at 9:08pm Universal Time. It will appear the fullest that night for the majority of the world, and on the night of the 12th for those in Hawaii.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Libra. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aries and Sun in Libra. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs.

We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Libra side and others expressing the Aries side. In some cases, Full Moon’s can also reflect/trigger some sort of release or change.

Aries is a fire sign ruled by Mars. It is about individual needs, action, moving forward, pioneering, independence, self-identity, self-orientation, and leadership. It is bold, courageous, and instinctual, yet it can also be aggressive, impulsive, impatient, selfish, and hot-tempered.

Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus. It is about relating, relationships, partnerships, codependency, consideration, harmony, balance, fairness, art, creativity, and beauty. It is sociable, diplomatic, and intellectual, yet it can also be indecisive, passive aggressive, vain, and even judgemental.

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Full Moon Square Pluto and Trine Jupiter

The Full Moon is in a tight square with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn. This can trigger the energy of the previous Lunar Eclipse which had strong themes of purging, letting go, as well as the potential for rebirth and transformation. It may reflect things from the past that need to be resolved or concluded.

The area of life in which this may occur depends on how it was interacting with your natal chart. It could be connected to Capricorn themes such as ambitions, career, control, management, social status, financial areas or potential structures in our lives.

This can also reflect issues pertaining to fears, obsessions, compulsive behavior, shadows, dark drives, manipulation, desires, deeply repressed feelings, jealousy, the underworld, and destruction. Conflicts around power and power struggles may also play out which may be connected to Aries-Libra themes mentioned above. Pluto may increase the potential of intensity and Saturn can reflect obstacles.

Although this configuration can be challenging, this Full Moon is also in a trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius which brings some positive and hopeful energy to it as well. This aspect can be good for expansiveness, exploration, and learning. Themes around morals, faith, beliefs, and perspectives may be a part of the equation. It can be good for addressing issues by looking at the big picture and incorporating a higher understanding.

Mercury In Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period, Sextile Saturn, Pluto and Trine Neptune

Mercury in Scorpio will be going retrograde on October 31st and has begun its pre-retrograde shadow period on October 11th/12th. Some of the developments or thoughts that are occurring now and over the coming weeks will go through a process in November in which there could be adjustments, new realizations, and overall some sort of re-calibration to set things up for the following months or even beyond that. I will be writing a separate article on this retrograde, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Mercury is in a sextile with Saturn in Capricorn which is strongest during the Full Moon and the following day. This is good for any type of mental effort and using our mind in a realistic, practical, tangible, or essential way. Communications with others can feel solidifying, productive, or have themes around responsibility and commitment.

Mercury is also in a trine with Neptune in Pisces which peaks on October 15th/16th. Our thoughts, communications, or activities can be idealistic, imaginative, inspired, spiritual, creative, compassionate, or sensitive. This can heighten intuition and we can be more tuned in to symbolism. It can also be good for doing anything involving visual media.

Mercury is in a sextile with Pluto in Capricorn which is strongest October 19th/20th. This can reflect wanting to understand or communicate things on a deeper level. We can be more focused, penetrating, strategic, persuasive, and compulsive. In some cases it can also be good for getting a point across to facilitate some sort of change,

Venus and Mars In Each Other’s Signs

Mars (the ruler of the Aries Full Moon) is in Libra which is ruled by Venus while Venus is in Scorpio which is traditionally ruled Mars. Generally these planets are considered to be challenged when in these signs on their own, however, in this case they are assisting each other in what is referred to as a ‘mutual reception’.

The midpoint of both Venus and Mars are aligned with the Sun/Moon opposition, as well as in aspect with Pluto. Considering all of this, it helps to alleviate any of the potential conflict between the Aries-Libra opposition and can also help to unify both sides of the polarity.

In the day prior to this Full Moon, Venus was in an opposition to Uranus which could have reflected some changes, insights, disruptions, or surprises around Venus ruled areas such as relationships, money, pleasures, or values. Following this, it is than moving towards a sextile to Saturn which peaks from October 19th-20th. This can bring a more stabilizing, mature, realistic, and supportive energy around relations or finances.

Things To Consider During This Period

How can you approach individual needs while also being considerate of others? What changes do you need to make to help you grow and expand? What is going on beneath the surface? Are any of the potential challenges happening in your life connected to something that you need to release or transform? How do you feel about everything when you take a step back and look at it from a higher perspective? What is the big picture and how can you incorporate your understandings to help you proceed or resolve any difficulties?

These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak when as wanes over the following two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on October 13th at 9:08pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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