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Lunar Eclipse In Cancer: Navigating Heaviness

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We are having a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on January 10th  peaking at 7:10pm Universal Time which will be on the 11th in the East. It will be visible (weather permitting) wherever it will be night time when it is occuring. This includes all of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and parts of New Zealand.

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Most of the American continents will not be able to see it with the exception of Greenland, the Maritimes, parts of Quebec, parts of Maine, Northern Canada, Alaska, the Eastern tip of Brazil. However, this is a penumbral eclipse which is the least noticeable type as the Moon will have a slight shade which will subtly dim its brightness.

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As mentioned in my previous articles, the current series of Eclipses are in the Cancer-Capricorn axis as we are experiencing evolutionary changes associated with these signs. This series slightly began in mid-2018 as the eclipses were beginning to transition out of Leo-Aquarius, however they became exclusive to Cancer/Capricorn in early 2019 and will conclude later this year.

This one follows a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn at the previous New Moon that occurred on December 25th/26th. You can read more about it here. The energies of these specific back to back lunation’s will have influence over the following 6 months which may have begun in the 6 weeks leading up to them

Lunar Eclipse In Cancer

This eclipse is a Full Moon in Cancer near the North Node. This indicates changes and developments associated with this sign that have an increasing effect on how its energies are expressed. It opposes the Sun in Capricorn near the South Node which reflects shifts that have a decreasing effect on how that sign is expressing itself.

Cancer belongs to the water element which is associated with emotion, intuition, instinct, and feeling. Ruled by the Moon, this sign specifically is associated with the home, family, caring, nurturing, motherly energy, security, vulnerability, and bonding. It is sentimental, comfort seeking, protective and nostalgic. Negatively, it can be overly emotional, smothering, clingy, too subjective, insecure, and attached to the past.

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Capricorn belongs to the earth element which is practical, sensual, enduring, and physically oriented. It is associated with ambitions, career, achievement, orderliness, productivity, authority, governance, duty, and business. Capricorn is structured, disciplined, prudent, and responsible. Negatively, it can be too serious, stubborn, material focused, callous, overly concerned with social status, and highly controlling.

Having the lunar nodes and eclipses highlighting these signs could reflect adjustments in how we incorporate their themes in our lives. Circumstances that have been playing out in the last year and into this year can push us towards some sort of re-orientation between the polarity of Cancer and Capricorn. Shifts in work-life balance, emotional matters over material matters, security over status, wellbeing over productivity, are some examples of how this can be playing out.

Lunar Eclipse Opposing Saturn-Pluto Conjunction Joined By Sun, Mercury

The Sun and Mercury are joining the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn which are all opposing the eclipsed Moon. On its own, the meeting of Saturn and Pluto is the most significant planetary aspect of 2020 and in recent years. This current conjunction has been gradually building up in the previous months with the exact alignment happening on January 12th.

The combined energy of Saturn and Pluto can be heavy, serious, and can bring about some major challenges collectively while personalized experiences of it depend on how it is interacting with your natal chart. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn and this aspect can reinforce some of the eclipse related shifts connected to that sign mentioned above and in my previous Solar Eclipse article.

At best, this configuration can have a purging, transformative, or deepening effect on structures, responsibilities, and duties. It can also be a time to address fears, obsession, jealousy, compulsiveness, trauma, or shadows. Issues around power, control, limitations, anxiety, despair, boundaries, debt, sexuality, abuse, hidden matters, death, or manipulation may also play out.

Circumstances, developments, and thoughts that come up may be calling upon us to get real about an area of our life. For those into personal development, this can help to push us towards a necessary evolutionary change or perhaps bring endings to things to help us in future growth.

This eclipse highlights these Saturn-Pluto themes into the first 3-6 months of 2020 yet it will probably be experienced the strongest from January 9th-14th when it is exact and also joined by the Sun and Mercury. However, Saturn will still be within a close range to Pluto throughout much of 2020 and the conjunction happening this month can be a seeding period for whats to come this year.

The Saturn-Pluto Effect on Geopolitical and Collective Matters

On a geopolitical and collective level, whenever outer planets like Saturn and Pluto meet there is the potential for major developments and events in which important things are established, seeded, or concluded. It can also reflect conflicts that can contribute to a collective evolutionary process. The reason for this significance is because it is a transition of one long term cycle to another.

The last time Saturn and Pluto aligned was in November 1982 in Libra and this current period we are in now marks the ending of a Saturn-Pluto cycle that began then. Therefore there is a transition in what areas this combination of energies is being expressed. That cycle that is closing up now had a collective impact on how we approach relationships, marriage, equality, diplomacy, and other Libra related areas over a span of 37+ years. The challenges reflected by these planets contributed (directly or indirectly) to that process during the different phases of the cycle.

The transition period into the new cycle began in late 2014 and it is directly affecting Capricorn areas of ambitions, career, productivity, business, government/governance, banking structures, and a redefinining of how power and status is expressed.

A great recent example of how this is playing out is the changing dynamics of the British Royal family on how that can affect their role as head of state (for Commonwealth countries) in the decades to come. The current political landscape in the US and around the world is also seeding a process that will play out throughout this cycle.

Also in recent news, this Saturn-Pluto energy (combined with Uranus stationary, mentioned below) reflects the assassination of a major Iranian political figure a week prior to this eclipse. This conflict (whether or not it escalates) will contribute to the changes reflected in this new cycle but also can be closing up certain themes pertaining Middle Eastern tension of the previous decades.

Uranus Going Direct

During this Eclipse, Uranus is stopped in the sky as it is in the process of changing motion from our perspective here on Earth. It is ending its retrograde literally hours later. At this time, and in the weeks before and after, Uranus themes can be coming up strongly. It’s possible that some of the themes coming up now may be connected to thoughts, feelings, or circumstances that were happening last August or in April/May 2019.

There can be some surprises, liberating actions, or beginning to move forward in a freeing, innovative, unique, or unconventional way. This can also manifest as shake ups, disruptions, separation, accidents, or rebellion. Important developments pertaining to new technology or innovation can also play out. It is common to see more disasters in the news during these stationary periods, whether they are naturally occurring or man made.

Mercury Superior Conjunction

Mercury is joining the Sun on the day of this Eclipse in what is called a ‘Superior Conjunction’. This aspect will also be aligned with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction (mentioned above) which accentuates the significance of this overall planetary configuration.

This is a period in which we may experience more clarity and potential developments connected some of the themes that have been playing out in the last 1.5 months since Mercury’s previous retrograde has ended.

Ideas, situations, or other things that were seeded in November may have further developments or circumstances come up. We may experience a change or some sort of progress. It can even result in a beginning or ending due to increased certainty around a situation..

In comparison to these last few months, our minds can become more aligned with our true needs and self-expression from this period forward until mid-late February. We can better implement whatever we have been thinking about with greater confidence and direction. However, due to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, this energy can also have longer term implications in connection to the themes of the combined energy of those planets.

Jupiter Conjunct The Lunar South Node

Jupiter is aligned with the South Node of the Moon which highlights some of the themes of the previous Solar Eclipse. This can reflect changes and shedding connected to negative expressions of Jupiter which can include excessiveness, overconfidence, extremism,  dogmatic opinions/behavior, provocation, blind optimism, extravagance, wastefulness, judging others, gambling and speculative pursuits, inflationary actions, or behavior that disregards consequences.

Jupiter also rules beliefs, morals, education, aspirations, travel, foreign countries, publishing, as well as media and marketing and perhaps it can affect those things as well. Jupiter is naturally expansive and idealistic, however, considering it is aligned with the South Node in Saturn ruled Capricorn as well as the occurrence of the Mercury-Sun-Saturn-Pluto conjunction configured with the Cancerian Lunar Eclipse, this is a time to be realistic, cautious, take things more seriously, and focus on what is important in consideration of your emotional well being and security.

Things To Consider

What has transpired for you in recent weeks in regards to your feelings and circumstances that have been playing out? What has the Universe shown you to help you in decisions that you need to make? What area of your life requires you to take a more serious approach? What do you need to do to achieve a more fulfilling work-life balance? Do you need to reconsider your ambitions? What is important for your emotional well-being? Do you need address anything pertaining to personal shadows, power dynamics, trauma, fears, debt, sexuality, or boundaries? In what areas of your life have you been too excessive?

These are just some examples of the themes that can be playing out for you. It is best to try to tune into this energy and pay attention to your feelings to help you in decisions you need to make. The two weeks following this eclipse can be a good time to initiate any sort of releasing process. The eclipse begins at 5:08pm Universal Time on January 10th with it peaking at 7:10pm and finishing at 9:12pm. The Moon begins to wane after 7:21pm. You can click here to see when the peak will be in your time zone.

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A Spiritual Perspective On Smoking Cannabis: An Important Viewpoint To Consider

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  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Sadhguru shares his perspective on smoking marijuana and why it's not truly needed to achieve the feeling one may receive to do it.

  • Reflect On:

    I'm not saying there isn't medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I'm saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up.

I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being.

As I got older and I finally tried cannabis for the first time, and then a few more times after that as years went on, I started to realize it actually brought my state of being and clarity down. The tough part was trying to explain that to others when having conversations about how these substances don’t produce a true experience of higher consciousness, but more so give you a glimpse in a sense.

Before we go on, I want to bring something up. The challenge with this topic is that we tend to get very emotional and rigid about it. Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I’m not here to do that. I’m simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly thrive. So for a moment, set aside your own hard coded beliefs and just be open to what this article is shining light on.

Societal Cannabis Culture

For the most part society either breaks down into people who judge cannabis as a drug that is for ‘stoners’ and are very against it. These people tend to believe there are no positives to cannabis. On the flip side are the people who feel cannabis is an amazing wonder plant that can do no wrong, and that the “highs” it provides expand the mind and we experience peace.

The truth is, cannabis has good aspects and not so good aspects to it. And while the positives can be really helpful for a very small subset of people on this planet, smoking it is one of the worst ways to use cannabis health wise. Not only that, society is using its medical benefits to turn attention away from the addiction many users have to it. This is a tough pill to swallow and makes many people aggressive and angry when I bring it up, but it’s true. In a big way, but not all the time, we are using cannabis as a society to help cope with feelings deep down that we want to shut off or hide from. As a note, we are also using food, TV and other things in the same way, but right now I want to focus on this reflection.

Cannabis can assist people with autism, people who have seizures, and in some cases it may have helped people cure cancer. There are benefits that can come from this plant being used in a proper medicinal way, but we must remember to look at the downsides that come from regular cannabis use that many simply don’t want to acknowledge.

A Note On Legalization

First off, I do not believe the plant ever needed to be illegal to begin with. In fact I’ve done much research on how it became illegal and it really had more to do with protecting an industry more than anything else.

That said, there is something to consider here that many of us aren’t looking at too clearly when it comes to what legalization really means. It means that powerful people are going to be the ones who profit most from it, that’s why it’s becoming legal. Not only that, but the reason it is taking so long is so they can get in place the many aspects required to make sure they achieve what they want: stripping medicinal aspects out of the plant profiles, controlling the seeds, and ultimately feeding society cannabis focused solely on creating a THC based ‘high’. This is no different than controlling alcohol and feeding it to society in the ways we currently do.

The cannabis industry is worth over $40 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crop in the U.S. after corn. As stated in a powerful article by GQ, “And even though weed is still federally forbidden, it sounded like whoever was behind BioTech Institute had spent the past several years surreptitiously maneuvering to grab every marijuana farmer, vendor, and scientist in the country by the balls, so that once the drug became legal, all they’d have to do to collect payment is squeeze.”

Humans should be able to make choices as to what they want to do to themselves and their bodies i.e. smoke cannabis or consume alcohol, but I believe greater education needs to be placed behind both and ultimately: we must start looking at the real reasons as to why we use both of these substances so often.

Looking At Cannabis Differently

I see that in many ways the use of cannabis is making the average user numb, in the same way alcohol does. I’ve used cannabis before, in a number of ways -smoking, edibles etc. I’m not saying the feeling is the same for every single user, but I’ve also been around thousands of cannabis users in my lifetime while they were high and you notice the same ‘vibe’ virtually every time. Perhaps there are varying degrees, but for the most part it numbs us out and sometimes quiets the thoughts to create a calmness. Is this like meditation? No, but it can be confused as that. I know, I’ve been there too.

Below is a video of a perspective on cannabis I feel is very important for us to consider. Let me be clear, I’m not saying there isn’t medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I’m saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up. I am inspired to help create a world where we can truly empower ourselves form within, move beyond our mind and egoic challenges that help us grow and do just that – grow. But if we continually bury our challenges in substance, we won’t.

I believe it’s time we come to the uncomfortable truth and face the fact that as a society we have not done the greatest job in encouraging one another to truly explore, express and move beyond many of the emotional challenges life’s experiences have provided us, that are there for our growth. Think about it, do we want to just cope through life? Or do we want to truly move beyond our stuff? There is SO much suffering we can prevent by making it a societal norm to work through our challenges on a deep level. This is where I believe we must go.

Note: You can try meditation to help calm the mind and move more clearly through challenges. Here are more tools as well.

Lost relationships, divorces, losing jobs, feeling unloved, lack of confidence, depression etc. All of these things are not here so that we can use bandaids everyday to cover them up and get through them, they are here for us to learn more about ourselves, grow and evolve as people and as a society. To create a world where we can truly thrive. To get there, we must begin to face our challenges.

I made this choice 10 years ago when I started to discover meditation and inner reflection, and although I wasn’t a user of substances like alcohol or cannabis, I would use food to cover up my emotions or I would distract myself with TV, whatever worked. But I can share from experience, the incredible changes that come from shifting those stories within and gaining true empowerment will change everything in your life, and everyone can do it.

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New Moon In Virgo: Efficiency & Practicality

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We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 17th. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on October 1st/2nd.

Virgo season began on August 22nd/23rd, nearly a month prior to this Lunation, and will end on September 22nd/23rd when Libra season begins. However, his New Moon will still carry some of its Virgo themes into the first eight days of Libra season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, service, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, discerning, precise, and practical.

Virgo is about problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, this energy can be cynical, fussy, high strung, and perfectionistic. It can also be exorbitantly mentally oriented as well as overly critical and discriminating.

Mars began its retrograde a week prior to this New Moon which will last until mid-November. This energy is a significant part of the current astrological backdrop. Generally it is a time that can ultimately help to facilitate a change in how we apply ourselves in certain areas of life, however, the retrograde period itself can bring frustrations and challenges that help with that process. You can read more about this Mars Retrograde here.

New Moon Trine Saturn & Quincunx Mars Retrograde

This New Moon is in a tight trine with Saturn in Capricorn which is transitioning out of its retrograde at the end of the month. This can be a good period for operating in a responsible, cautious, orderly, productive, realistic and practical way. However, considering that Saturn is finishing up its backwards motion, these next couple of weeks are generally better for getting things sorted out and prepared as well as perhaps focusing on tasks that you have already been working on.

It is possible that in late September and in early October, we can experience some sort of shift, or change in gears, that can take things into a different direction. Saturn will be in a square with Mars Retrograde at that time, and we may have to contend with limitations and obstacles that can affect how certain things move forward.

This New Moon is also in a quincunx with Mars retrograde which can reflect annoyances, tension, or conflicts that may require adjustments and adaptability. Issues that come up may be at odds with our needs or the way we want to express ourselves. This energy is the strongest on the 19th/20th but can also be more noticeable on the day of the New Moon.

New Moon Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Square Jupiter

This New Moon is also in a close square to the North Node in Gemini opposing the South Node in Sagittarius. We may be at odds between the past (South Node) and the future (North Node), beliefs (Sagittarius) and facts (Gemini), our immediate aspects of life (Gemini) and the world at large (Sagittarius).

However, the focal point should be the North Node in Gemini and expressions of the South Node in Sagittarius energy should be serving that focal point and not be the emphasis. The rulers of the Nodes, Mercury (Gemini) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) are also in a tight square with each other at the time of this New Moon. This can reflect tension between these two sides and potentially conflicts between ideas, viewpoints, and opinions.

Jupiter is in the limiting Saturnian sign of Capricorn while Mercury is better placed in Libra, the sign of diplomacy, seeking common ground, considering different needs/perspectives, and fairness. Mercury square Jupiter can be good for learning but it can also be excessive when it comes to information and we can more easily be mentally scattered.

Mercury Quincunx Neptune, Then Square Pluto, Saturn & Opposing Mars

Mercury is in a quincunx with Neptune which is strongest on the 18th/19th. This energy makes it harder to integrate or juggle our intuitive, creative, imaginative, compassionate or spiritual expression with our mind, communication, tasks, and thought process. Issues pertaining to lack of boundaries, flakiness, delusion, escapism, intoxication, may come up.

Mercury moves towards a square with Pluto which is strongest on the 20th/21st. Our thoughts and communications can be deep, powerful, penetrating, investigative, raw, real, and potentially intense. This can also reflect obsessive or compulsive behavior, suspicion, fears, anxiety, or conflicts pertaining to power or authority.

Mercury then moves to a square with Saturn (22nd/23rd) followed by an opposition to Mars retrograde (23rd/24th), creating a t-square formation in that time period with the separating Pluto energy (20th/21st, mentioned above) tied into it a bit. This can be a time of obstacles, delays, communication issues, pessimism, and conflicts while we can get more easily irritated or angered. Circumstances may come up that can be pushing us to be more cautious, realistic, or responsible.

This period is the beginning of Mercury’s pre-shadow period in which it will be returning to another square with Saturn. Some of the issues or developments that occur at this time may be connected to things that will play out during the retrograde (October 13th/14th until November 3rd/4th) and weeks surrounding that period. It will also be the Equinox and therefore this energy is imprinted into the following three months in which it can manifest in other ways/areas separate from this initial period.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to be more practical, productive, and efficient? Is there anything you can or should implement to improve your health and functionality? What have the circumstances, developments, or challenges over the last week (leading up to this New Moon) shown you in how you should be applying yourself? Do you need to implement stronger boundaries? Do you need to be more adaptable? Are you clinging to the past or are you willing to take steps to help you grow? What aspects or details of your immediate life, surroundings, or relationships do you need to focus on more and what excesses or broad aspects of your life are getting in the way of that?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 11:00am Universal Time on September 17th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Why We Get Into Fights When Sharing Information

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We’re in a time when mainstream media and traditional conversations are failing to address a number of important topics within society, anything from current events to politics and so on, and this is birthing a great deal of ‘alternative conversation’ that often stems from alternative media.

But with this, comes to the common ‘fight’ between various ideas and ideologies that is much more avoidable than we often realize. I wanted to share a quick tid bit from a recent episode discussing how we can reflect to develop better communication and connection faculties that can make a big difference in how we communicate important ideas that are emerging without creating such huge divides ad tension.

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