Winter Solstice 2016

The Winter Solstice is on December 21.

At the winter solstice, when the Sun moves into Capricorn, astrologers look to the sky for insights into what this new year may portend. As we mark the beginning of the return of the light with longer daylight, this is the beginning of a new cycle of gestation, birth and growth, not only for nature, but also for the human spirit

Baked into this year’s solstice chart there remains the waning, yet still powerful Uranus/Aries square to Pluto/Capricorn, an aspect that began over five years ago. Collectively, we’ve seen a struggle between the status quo of the plutocratic establishment and humanity’s need for authentic, revolutionary and systemic change that allows for individual human rights. This will persist for another four years.

Uranus went retrograde last July. As it goes direct at the end of this month, the confusion from the recent election results will begin to clear and a new wave of populist uprising will press for further changes.

Currently, Jupiter in Libra joins this dynamic by opposing Uranus and will continue to do so until next November. Jupiter’s drive for expanded understanding will at times inspire us to relate to others with hope and generosity, yet at other times our enthusiasm may spill over as impatience and provocative bluster. Jupiter’s square to Pluto indicates we will be challenged to renew our confidence and optimism in the face of continued blows to our hopes. Our strategy to sustain through these challenging times will be to bring our best to each and every relationship we have, being conscious to intend unity and oneness, even with perceived enemies we may have never met in person. Jupiter’s sextile with Saturn and trine to Venus, thankfully lend a balancing sensibility and social ease to our good intentions. In coming years, as the Uranus-Pluto aspect weakens, this personal approach to relationships will pay off, individually and collectively.

In this solstice chart, the Sun trines the North Node, indicating that all of us will feel drawn to step outside the comfort and safety of our home and family in order to lend our individual voice to the public forum. The Sun’s sextile to Mars will enhance our willingness to be assertive. However, with Mars conjoining Neptune in Pisces and both opposing the North Node, there is also a strong temptation to escape the awareness of the suffering around us by turning to addictions of entertainment, food, sports, etc. If we allow ourselves to remain aware of the pain around us, while applying our spiritual wisdom to self-care, we will more likely intuit the words and actions we need to stay engaged in the collective process around us in a way that does not diminish us or others. Creativity, artistic expression and spiritual maturity are needed here in ways that provide practical service to each other.

Another aspect for this yearly forecast is the Sun squaring the Moon. The Sun and Moon, among other things, represents the father and mother principles, or masculine and feminine principles. Collectively, humanity is coming to terms with the ways we have infused our societies institutions with our limited understanding of those principles and how the resulting shadow energies that have emerged. If humanity were a “family”, this square aspect challenges us to question both “Dad” and “Mom” in how they may have contributed to or enabled abuse and neglect in our human “family”. Perhaps we are ready to resolve that polarity to a new level of consciousness and thus a new collective paradigm. There are planetary aspects on the horizon that point to great potential for breakthroughs in consciousness and better times ahead.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

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Current Astrology: Sagittarius, Jupiter and Current Transits

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

The Sun moved into Sagittarius on November 21. sagittarius

Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius. As a reflection of our inner dynamics, Jupiter represents the part of us that knows, albeit subconsciously, that we are really spiritual beings having human experiences. Even without religious or spiritual training, we each have this inner wisdom, and from the moment we are born into these constricting physical bodies, with all the illusions of separation and limits, our Jupiter energy remembers being whole and infinite, and thus begins the subliminal longing to bring that awareness to consciousness.

As children, this gets expressed as the joy of exploration, adventure and the fearless and risky behaviors that are oblivious to death. As we grow, this expression continues as interests in travel, philosophy, expanding perspectives and looking for new opportunities to grow our sense of self and self-expression. With the difficult blows that come our way in life, our inner Jupiter begins to seek understanding, context and meaning. Thus religion, spirituality and metaphysics begin to resonate. All of these are ways we attempt to see past the illusions of this world, seeking truth and reconnection to the reality of our spiritual identity.

Jupiter’s rulership of Sagittarius is an easy one to understand. Sagittarius is the part of the journey through the zodiac in which our ego, after having been through the death threatening crucible of Scorpio vulnerability and intimacy, now comes out the other side, reborn, ready to live a new day, in a new way, more conscious of being a servant to a higher soul-self. This is the emotional and psychological alchemy that inspires our inner Jupiter to grow past our ego’s limited and childlike view and begin to ask adult questions about reality and our place in it. Sagittarius invites that exploration and fuels the path of the truth seeker. If I can survive death, what does that mean? What now shall I do? In finding the answers to these questions and more, our journey gives our life deeper meaning and brings us closer to discovering a higher sense of earthly purpose. In Capricorn, the next sign, our inner Saturn, now aligned with our soul’s divine intentions, will help us give definition, structure and impact to that purpose.

Of course, if our ego has not reaped the rewards of spiritual transformation and consciousness in it’s challenging Scorpio experiences, then Jupiter’s natural longing for truth remains clouded by the dense illusions of separation created by the limited five senses of our human form. Our ego still thinks and acts primarily from fear and is drawn to the truths, the philosophies, and the religious doctrines that resonate with that fear. Our sense of worldly purpose will then of course flow out of that limited perspective and meaning. Capricorn and Saturn, waiting on the horizon, will deliver us tough love through lessons of accountability, consequences, and discipline, thus providing karmic fuel for our next journey through the cycle.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on November 29. new-moon-nov-2016

This Sun-Moon coupling squares off with a Neptune-South Node conjunction, thus beckoning us to ask the big questions about what reality we believe we live in and how that informs our shadow work. Neptune was retrograde from mid-July to November 21, which had the effect of channeling idealism into delusions and denial. Now that Neptune has gone direct, we are rudely awakened.

Likewise, as Venus joins Pluto in its square with Uranus and Jupiter, the more particular focus is on our values and relationships. What values do we hold onto from the old paradigm of separation and how can we empower ourselves and others to live in the reality of oneness. How can we reach out with compassion and respect to others who differ with us and establish a common ground of unity without sacrificing our individual authenticity? Jupiter is in play here, expanding our willingness to be open to a larger truth and perspective. Neptune, in conjoining the South Node, is amplifying our compassion and forgiveness for those among us who have not yet reached disillusionment with the old and out-lived paradigms of truth. The demand for change is still strong (Uranus oppose Pluto), but this new moon invites us to inject a larger (Jupiter), heart-centered (Neptune) paradigm into the process.

The Full Moon is on December 13. full-moon-dec-2016

As Saturn conjoins with the Sun in Sagittarius, it brings perhaps harsh lessons for our beliefs and sense of truth. The opposing Moon in Gemini is tugging at our emotional need to communicate our thoughts and feelings, yet Saturn urges self-discipline and expanded awareness. Chiron in Pisces squares off with this Sun – Moon polarity, challenging us to infuse all our communications with the intention for healing, being aware that we all carry wounds that can be triggered by over-confident opinions and beliefs. Mars sits in a harmonious aspect to this full moon, allowing our warrior energies to lean into the Aquarian principles of brotherhood and mutual respect. While Jupiter continues to bring expansive truth and opportunity to the Uranus-Pluto struggle for transformative change, Mercury conjoins with Pluto in Capricorn to ground Saturn’s above-mentioned influences into effective and empowering thought and communication, if we choose.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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How We Got To Trump

 How We Got To Trump: an astrological view

By Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

To many of us who aspire to the spiritual principles of unity and oneness (and if you are reading this, that probably includes you), this U.S. election outcome has felt like a violent thrust to our gut, knocking the wind out of us, and sending our 3rd chakra solar plexus into spasms of fearful contraction and angry aggression. For some, it’s a trauma that rekindles old pain. For others, it’s a disillusionment that invites despair. We feel this viscerally, personally and collectively.

Only a few astrologers were willing to predict a Trump win. I didn’t make an astrological prediction, but like most people, I was certainly surprised. Many astrologers, however, did accurately predict the basic components of social and political dynamics that would play out through and emerge from the election. My own take on this tended to lean into a more hopeful manifestation of the archetypal dynamics.

Though some people look to astrology for certainty and predictability, modern astrology has evolved past these expectations and into a more nuanced understanding of the power of our souls to manifest reality in multiple ways, each in alignment with the meanings of the symbols as they reflect the constantly changing energy in each moment. Thus, none of the presidential candidates were going to win because of the configuration of the planets. Rather, any of their victories could have reflected accurately on the planetary placements of the times, though at different levels of consciousness. The real deciding factor was the collective consciousness of the American population.

Post-election, millions of us are now painfully awakened from a denial of where America is really at in spiritual maturity. After all, didn’t nearly every liberal and progressive and even most conservatives assume the populace wouldn’t elect this man? Yet, this disillusionment is the very stuff of what astrology has warned us about over this past year. So, in looking back, I offer an astrological view, revealing my decidedly biased perspective.

Uranus and Pluto have been aspecting each other in square since 2010. This will continue 2016-election-aspectsinto 2020. This square dynamic reflected the ongoing tensions we’ve seen in the past five years between the principles of individual freedom, rights, and progress (Uranus) and the collective powers of government, religion, oligarchy and the like (Pluto). The higher intentions of this aspect would invite progressive transformation of society through the assertion of individual authenticity. The Arab Spring in 2011 illustrated this. A lower manifestation of this aspect would manifest as the “the powers that be” repressing individual rights and progress, as illustrated by the GOP takeover and retro transformation of Wisconsin government and the uprising of tens of thousands of demonstrators, also in 2011. Similar events, both ways, have repeated all over the planet since then.

In the Democratic primary, Sander’s public persona held the energy of Uranus, modeling authenticity, calling for progressive change to the system, and relying on the power of individuals to participate and donate. Clinton’s public persona held the energy of institutional power. She virtually owned the party, had deep connections to institutional powers, and used that power to her advantage.

Once Clinton had the nomination secured, the Uranian synergy of people power was lost. Her identity as a Plutocrat and an establishment candidate is what stuck to her public image, for both the left and the right.

In similar fashion, Saturn began a square dance with Neptune a year ago. This indicated a challenging dynamic between our need to imagine a more ideal future, reflecting a spiritual reality (Neptune), and our ability to apply a earthly-grounded plan of order and discipline to getting there (Saturn). In the Democratic primary, these two principles were personified by Clinton (Saturn) and Sanders (Neptune). After the primaries, feeling their idealism dismissed by the Clinton campaign, the Sanders supporters withdrew enthusiasm. The public was then left with the image of Clinton as a cold “status quo”, establishment figure (Saturn). Neptune was retrograde from mid-July, just before the conventions, to November 21, which had the effect of channeling idealism into delusions and denial. Now that Neptune has gone direct, both left and right are rudely awakened.

On the GOP side, Trump’s persona, like Sanders, aroused the Uranus energy in the populace, promising to empower “lost and forgotten” individuals by shaking up the system at it’s roots.

He also personified both planetary energies of Saturn and Neptune, but at a much courser levels. His appeal to “law and order” resonated with peoples’ Saturnine instincts and fears. His use of delusional thinking and illusive promises appealed to voters’ Neptunian longings for something better. His bullying tactics and overbearing forcefulness seemed to many to be a match for the entrenched Plutonian powers of institutions.

Trumps appeal to the Uranian populism as evidenced by his promotion of individual power (he paid for his own campaign), his seeming authentic, non-conforming, though disturbing personal expression, and his call for radical, though retro change tapped into public sentiment in ways that none of the other GOP candidates (nor Clinton) could match.

Once the primaries were over, and the Bernie movement felt betrayed and ridiculed, the energy of Uranus (populism) and Neptune (inspired hope) drained from the Democratic campaign, thus leaving to Trump the full hand of all four planetary energies with which to manipulate the populace and emerge the winner. The Democrats lost the edge of authenticity, radical change and inspired idealism. Trumps authentic personality allowed him to deceive successfully.

Had Sanders prevailed in the primary, his Saturn and Pluto qualities might well have been a match to Trumps. Sanders and his followers had the discipline to follow through (Saturn) and Clinton’s supporters would have surely followed. Also, Sander’s campaign aimed at transforming the institutions of power (Pluto). Many disgruntled independents might have responded to Sander’s version of transformation, instead of Trump’s.

If astrology can offer us lessons from this election cycle it is this: for the progressive movement to move forward, we need candidates who each reflect the full spectrum of planetary energies at an enlightened level of consciousness. In this way, our leaders can resonate with and appeal to the higher vibrations of the universal archetypes in each voter.

As the planetary aspects above continue to play out into the coming year, voters will continue to learn new lessons about authenticity and power. By 2020, more people will have to dig deeply inside to balance their desire for the ideal with the demands of the physical world. As always, the support of our loving universe of spirit will continue to offer opportunities for individual awakenings and collective advances. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will move into Aquarius and begin a whole new and hopefully, more progressive 240 year cycle of change. And astrology will reflect the journey.

Planet Sanders Clinton Trump
Saturn Grounded persistence

Accountability

Status quo

Limited thinking

Fear

Law and order

Authoritarian

Fear

Uranus Individuality

Authenticity

Progressive change

Not expressed as part of her persona Non-conforming

Authentic (seeming)

Rebellious change

Neptune Idealism

Compassion

Not expressed as part of her persona Delusional thinking

Deceptive promises

Pluto Transform institutions

Personal empowerment

Institutional power

Entrenched power

Fear

Transform institutions

Bullying

Fear

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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Current Astrology: Scorpio, Pluto and Current Transits

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

The Sun moved into Scorpio on October 22. scorpio

In traditional astrology, Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio. In Aries, our fiery Martian will learns to assert it self boldly, selfishly into the world, to claim its right to be here. In Scorpio, that same willfulness must adjust and respond to the same assertion from others, especially in our most intimate relationships. After the commitment we form with partners in Libra, in Scorpio, our personal will is now tested. Our ego is challenged. Between two egos that see the world from the illusion of separation and fear, vulnerability is dangerous. Intimacy can feel life threatening. Power struggles arise and in the illusion of winner-takes-all, emotional melodrama can run rampant.

The discovery of the outer planetary bodies of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto during the last three centuries has given astrology a modern understanding of planetary rulerships. Unlike the inner planets like Mercury, Venus and Mars, which represent different expressions of our human personalities and egos, these outer planets* represent our ego’s ability (or lack of) to connect directly to our soul consciousness. Uranus, as a higher octave of Mercury, is our mental and cognitive connection to soul. Neptune, as a higher octave of Venus, is our heart and feeling connection to soul. Pluto is our connection to the soul’s will to transform and evolve, and in this way, is a higher octave of Mars. Thus, in today’s astrology, it is Pluto that also rules the sign of Scorpio.

Why? Well, because it is in Scorpio, in the intimate and emotional power struggles between two egos, that we are invited to reach past the limiting perspective of our ego. We use the human love (Venus) that is there as a motivating force to call in the higher wisdom (Uranus) that comes from our soul, to deepen our love beyond our mortal fears (Neptune), and to invoke our soul intention to transform (Pluto) the way we experience self and other. From a higher, spiritual perspective, whatever has created discord and conflict can now be seen as opportunity for expansion, growth, and evolvement of consciousness. Each time we engage in such a battle of wills between egos and choose to reach for this higher calling from our soul, we learn how to align the limited power of our ego (Mars) with our soul’s more powerful and transformative possibilities (Pluto), which are in kind aligned with the greater power of divine intentions. This is the synergy and magic that happens when two or more people conspire to blend their ego energies with loving intentions.

This is why watery Pluto and Scorpio are often associated with birth and death and rebirth, with darkness and light, with change. As spirit, we choose to come into form for the very purpose of experiencing the phenomenon we call emotions and feelings. Emotions are the energy of our souls interface with physical form and therefore are key to our returning to full consciousness of spirit within physical form. Pluto in Scorpio, though like Halloween, dark, scary and death-like, is the crucible of initiations toward mastery, leading to the wisdoms and unlimited expansions encountered through Jupiter in the next sign of Sagittarius.

Current Transits

The Full Moon is on November 14.  full-moon-nov-2016

With Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Taurus, this full moon illuminates the polarities between our material needs and our spiritual longings, between self-reliance and interdependency, and between self-preservation and intimate vulnerability.

As the Sun in Scorpio is quincunx (150 degrees) Uranus in Aries, and the ruler of both those signs, Mars, is in Aquarius, we are challenged to bring higher awareness and authenticity to our masculine tendencies toward individualism and domination by inviting egalitarian connections to others, with a vulnerability and interdependence that can result in synergistic co-creativity.

The Uranus – Pluto square that has precipitated the unrest of social and political upheaval over these past five years is still in play through 2019. As Jupiter, in Libra, joins this square, off and on, for the next year, opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto, it indicates support and opportunities for major societal reform and progress, including advancements in freedom and equality in relationships.

Important to this unfolding is Neptune conjoining the South Node of the Moon in Pisces, which invites us to step through the shadows of victimhood, martyrdom, co-dependency, addictions, escapism and blame and instead embrace our sensitivity, compassion, creativity, intuition, and imagination and live from the paradigm or unity, rather than separation.

The New Moon is on November 29. new-moon-nov-2016

This Sun-Moon coupling squares off with that Neptune-South Node conjunction mentioned above, thus beckoning us to ask the big questions about what reality we believe we live in and how that informs our shadow work. Likewise, as Venus joins Jupiter in its square with Uranus and Pluto, the more particular focus is on our values and relationships. What values do we hold onto from the old paradigm of separation and how can we empower ourselves and others to live in the reality of unity.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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Current Astrology: Venus, Libra and Current Transits

By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Libra on September 22. libra

Venus rules two signs; Taurus and Libra. Last spring, in Taurus, Venus, the relationship planet, focused our attention on that of this physical world which we need to create security and comfort for our human self. The emphasis was on attracting and building property, wealth, comfort, security and pleasure. This was our earthy Venus.

Now, in Libra, Venus applies the laws of attraction to a much more complicated and airy endeavor; one-on-one relationships with people. Having awakened our emotional needs (Moon) in Cancer and our egoic expression (Sun) in Leo, and having taken in feedback (Mercury) in Virgo, it’s time to apply all we’ve learned to creating, maintaining and improving relationships, especially those that meet our needs for emotional fulfillment.

In this regard, Libra represents the first of the signs in the second half of the zodiac, and thus challenges us to become aware of the polarity of self and other. Our inner Venus is our yearning to connect to others through love and mutual creativity. Who doesn’t desire a partner, a lover, or even just a best friend? To create such relationships for ourselves, we must learn how to relax our own ego needs and tune into other people’s wants, needs and goals.

The experience of “falling in love” is just that. It’s the joy we feel when it seems that we can finally let down our Martian armor of self-protection and embrace another soul as if they are a part of our greater self. It feels safe. It feels affirming, comforting, and pleasurable; a bit like coming home. Yet, unlike attaining and possessing a physical object we have come to value and can “own”, maintaining a positive relationship to a valued human soul requires much more of us. Here is where we begin the process of applying our human emotional learning to our growing emotional needs. To continue to grow an emotionally fulfilling bond with a loved one requires an ongoing awareness and valued attention to both our own continuous emotional experiences and to the same in our beloved other. What they feel and experience must become as important as what we feel. This is the “commitment” that most people long for in relationship. Venus in Libra invites us to that commitment.

However, once committed, we are awakened to a whole new level of relationship learning. To manifest the harmony, balance, fairness and beauty that Libra represents, we must come to understand the many lessons around our role in supporting our beloved. A primary principle in this is the polarity between self (Aries) and other (Libra). Finding the balance is key. Are we responsible for our partner’s emotions? No. Are we responsible for our own? Yes. Can we fix our partner’s hurts? No. Can we be supportive and nurturing? Yes. What does being supportive mean? When is it appropriate to defend our own interests?

This is the stuff that builds a partnership and, over time, leads us into deep and real intimacy with an other soul. Yet, it will be through our Pluto in Scorpio, the next sign, that we are inspired and challenged, in intimacy with other, to test the boundaries of our ego’s capacity to actually fully let go and surrender to a much greater relationship with our true beloved: our own soul.

Where Venus sits in your birth chart by sign and house can reveal what you value and are attracted to in relationships. It also points to the kinds of lessons you chose to experience in relationships in this lifetime. For example, a Venus in Gemini in the 5th house will attract very intellectual and highly romantic encounters. By contrast, A Venus in Aries in the 11th house will tend to remain a loner and prefer a wide circle of friends.

Current Transits

The Full Moon is on October 15.

full-moon-oct-2016With the Sun in Libra, the Moon opposes it in Aries, bringing to the surface the polarity between self and other. Uranus will join with the Moon, fueling you with many intuitive awarenesses about your emotions and your need to assert your individuality. This affords the opportunity to test your awareness about power within your relationship(s). Pluto has just ended a long retrograde and invites a discernment between the outcomes of worldly power struggle and the spiritual outcomes of ego transformation. Can you bring your attention to both?

Neptune is a key player, also. As it continues it’s year long square with Saturn, your need for balancing your practical, real world perspectives with your idealized and compassionate vision can be advanced by attention to power dynamics within your primary relationships.

The New Moon is on October 30.

new-moon-oct-2016This New Moon is in Scorpio. Scorpio draws our attention to the deep, dark mysteries of life and death, the energy of change and transformation and thus, the fears that arise such. Mercury conjoins this moon and trines Neptune, inviting and advancement in our ability to understand and embrace change. Mercury represents our mental capacities for taking in information, sharing it, as well as our ability to see patterns and connections. Neptune is our ability to channel our divine soul’s love and compassion. As the world presents us with scary and dark prospects, this new moon is a good time to commit ourselves to staying mindful of the larger, divine and loving guidance we all receive that help us accept the death of the old and birth of the new and trust our ability to negotiate the coming changes. It’s always darkest before dawn.

 

 

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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Current Astrology: Mercury, Virgo and Current Transits

  By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Virgo on August 22. Virgo

Last month, with Sun in Leo, we honored our ego, celebrating our soul’s intention to shine our light through our personality. This month, in Virgo, the energy is focused on feedback, discernment, improvement and service.

People often use the terms “big” ego and “strong” ego, sometimes confusing the two meanings. It’s important to understand the difference. A big ego implies that a person is filled with self-love, is able to express her thoughts and feelings in big ways that demand or invite other’s attention. This can be warm, entertaining and delightful or brash, self-serving and boorish. Think Robin Williams versus Donald Trump. By contrast to them, the proverbial quiet, introverted librarian has a “small” ego.

A strong ego, on the other hand, is about a person’s ability to withstand criticism or rejection. The capacity for one to maintain self-love, self-worth, and belief in oneself is the measure of an ego’s strength. The quiet librarian might not command people’s attention with a bright personality, but might radiate warmth and not emotionally collapse in the face of harsh feedback from friends, colleagues or failures. Think of Rosa Parks, who humbly and lovingly refused to go to the back of the bus, fueling a wave of civil rights activities.

Williams and Trump both have large, but weak egos. The librarian and Parks have smaller, but stronger ego.

In any particular incarnation, we may choose a big ego or small, whichever serves our soul’s goal for that lifetime.

The strength of our ego varies less and is a reflection of the ongoing work we’ve done over many lifetimes of soul evolvement.

All this talk of egos is important to understanding the role of your Mercury as it rules the sign of Virgo. It is through the Virgo qualities of your human experience that you take in, through your Mercurial rational mind, the observations and details of how your ego actually affects other people. This sometimes comes directly through feedback and criticism from others. More often, you begin to discern unspoken and repeating patterns of rejection or acceptance, failure or success, needs and desires met or not. If you are learning from this feedback and applying lessons to future choices of how you express your ego, then you build successful connections to others, relationships that satisfy your needs and validate your self-worth. If not, relationships tend to be difficult and you feel alone.

The key here is learning to embrace the feedback from people and the world, to value the information as clues to self-fulfillment. As you focus your attention on what others have to say about how they experience you, you can begin to relax your ego’s drive for self-assertion, incorporate other people’s feelings, thoughts and desires into your own values and thereby make choices that serve those to whom you wish to relate and love.

Mercury’s role in ruling Gemini was to sharpen mental awareness for connection to environment. Now in Virgo, Mercury uses those same attributes of logic and communication to create a practical approach toward connection to other beings. Success in this endeavor improves the ability of our Venus (the relationship planet), in the next sign of Libra, to create fulfilling one-to-one relationships with friends, lovers and even business partners.

Current Transits

The New Moon (Solar Eclipse) is on September 1. New Moon Sept 2016

Solar eclipses mark both endings and beginnings. Where this falls in your birth chart (9 degrees Virgo) indicates where you are reaching a completion or are ready to go to a next level. Because this New Moon eclipse forms an exact alignment with the ongoing Saturn-Neptune square transit affecting us all this past year, it heightens our attention to the dynamics in play between our Neptunian dream of an ideal life and world through our imagination and intuition and our Saturnian commitment to the rules of time, space and the physical world, which seemingly limit our choices and possibilities with “reality”. This Saturn-Neptune square will hit exactly for the third time on September 10. So, get ready for some intense times that challenge us to let go of dogmatism, blame, victimhood and take responsibility for giving away our power to fallacies and addictions. To integrate our Saturn with our Neptune, we must trust our own inner voice of truth and move away from fear-based beliefs and programming derived from our youth, culture, religion, education and media.

With so many planets in Virgo during this New Moon (Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, Moon, North Node), the main theme in this is our materialistic and mechanistic view of reality. It feeds the illusion of separation that fuels our fears. How can we honor both body and soul, equally?

The Full Moon (lunar eclipse) is on September 16. Full Moon Sept 2016

As a lunar eclipse, this Full Moon affects our self-perception through our subconscious, emotional levels, revealing motivations that are hidden. As we evolve our intention for balance of body and soul from the earlier New Moon, this Full Moon heightens our awarenss of the Pisces-Virgo duality. This calls for a healing between spirit and matter, feminine and masculine, heart and head. With Mars squaring this moon polarity, our personal will is challenged to bring greater awareness into decisions and actions.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

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Current Astrology: The Sun, Leo and Current Transits

by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

The Sun moved into Leo on July 22.   Leo

Nearly everyone knows their Sun sign, because the Sun, in astrology, represents the core of your ego’s sense of self. Your soul shines it’s light through the prism of your Sun sign, giving specific, dominant qualities to your personality. Other planets, in other signs in your chart, give a richer and more nuanced texture to your personality, but the Sun, as it does in the solar system, provides the light and warmth of your human being.

Through the first four signs of the zodiac, the soul having established itself in human form as an ego, evolves into the sign of Leo, ruled by the Sun. It is here that the soul, as a unique and divine ray of the one light of creator, makes use of the ego to express the essence of that light into the physical realm through creative passion, playful competition, and radiant love.

Which sign and house your Sun falls in your birth chart will describe how you radiate your soul’s unique light. For example, a Sun in Gemini in 11th house can shine as an intellectual wit, orator and communicator within groups and among friends. A Sun in Scorpio in the 6th house may bring brilliance to serving others in emotionally supportive and intimate ways. Just how well these personalities express the highest potentials of their qualities depends on the level of wholeness and consciousness one has developed thus far in the soul’s journey. If one’s Taurus/2nd house experiences have left a void in the area of self-worth or material security, one’s Sun expression might be cut short, repressed, and/or distorted by needs of the shadow wound.

Typically, we all have a unique blend of shadow/wound backgrounds that hamper the fullness of our light’s expression. This becomes the stuff of what is termed our “healing work”. Among our goals as spiritual beings choosing to incarnate as humans again and again, is to develop, as humans, enough wholistic consciousness to allow our soul to flow through our human egos without distortion or blockage. It is in this way, that in the long run, we are able to shine our lights into this world, with full brilliance as the powerful stars that we are. This is what fuels our creation of heaven on earth.

It is in the next sign, Virgo that we will learn to receive feedback and develop discernment, necessary for mastery in this endeavor.

Current Transits

The New Moon is on August 2 in Leo. New Moon Aug 2016

New Moons are beginnings. In Leo, this New Moon invites us to embrace our majesty as a child of the one creator, to be a co-creator of this world. What is your unique expression? How do you radiate agape love and joy? By becoming the fullness of your personality’s potential, you are a hand of God, so to speak. The trick is to do it in alignment with your soul’s wisdom.

Neptune is quincuxing this New Moon, urging you to trust your heart’s feeling intuition, even in the face of the unknown. With Venus also in Leo, love will inform your creative expressions and give you courage. Mars, having just entered Sagittarius, conjoining Saturn and trining the New Moon, will lend wisdom and purpose to your actions. So, if you get an inspired idea during this New Moon, trust it deeply and commit.

Saturn has been retrograding since March 25 and now turns direct on August 13. Since it also remains in square with Neptune into September, it is time to take what you’ve learned about your beliefs over the past four months, perhaps involving some disillusionment, and incorporate it into this next cycle of creating your heart’s desires. Devotion and discipline are key factors.

Discernments will come as Mercury in Virgo squares this Saturn/Neptune alliance August 6-7, focusing awareness on your beliefs regarding service versus servitude. When Venus in Virgo squares that same duo on August 13-14, the invitation will be to gently relax your inner critic and follow your joy and playfulness instead of your fear.

The Full Moon is on August 18 in Aquarius. Full Moon Aug 2016

A Full Moon casts light on the shadows of the sign polarities. Leo, in shadow, is domineering and unaware of the needs of others. The Aquarius shadow is unaware that changing the world begins with self. Again, opening your heart to your soul’s warm radiant light, through joy and gratitude, dissolves the shadows and is the doorway, for us all, to creating a more beautiful future, personally, and for the world.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.

 

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