The Sacred Season of FALL Equinox is About the …
Integration & Stabilization of Life
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Shanta & Kelly have collaborated for 10+ years, communing with the Angels & Ancestors, sharing the messages & tuning into the energetic support of each season. Join us as we celebrate the Equinox and honor the true balance that is available within & around us. Join us as we connect to Heaven & Earth and gather energy, nourishment & support for moving through the last quarter of 2017.
As many of you know, I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which just experienced Hurricane Irma, so this is my first time online and able to post anything. Actually, we were tremendously lucky in my area (as of last night, we have water, power & intermittent internet), but there are still many without power or basic services, grocery shelves are still only half-stocked or closed altogether and so are gas stations so we need to continue to hold everyone in our prayers. And I wanted to thank all of you who sent emails/texts/phone messages to me! It means a lot to feel your prayers & energetic support in challenging times. You may have heard me joke that just because I know what’s happening (with the planets) does not exempt me from the effects ; -) and the Eclipses alone have re-set all our systems in one way or another. At the very least, we are closing & initiating a new 19-year Path and Nature is just supporting us as we trust this new level and discern the first next step. To that end, I have added some additional energetic support to the Weekly Forecast (see below) and wanted to make sure you knew that Shanta & I are getting together to celebrate Equinox and offer prayers for the world. Please consider joining us this Friday/Sept 22nd @8pm (eastern) ~ all are welcome! Click Here to Register
9/17 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~trine~ Uranus (freedom & liberation):
This energy is likely to bring a little excitement into your life, one way or another. This is a good time to do something different, try something new & consciously put your Self in situations where you have to improvise & think on your feet. We are in times of breaking old patterns and re-setting them in more positive, effective ways. You can still live your true values & priorities, but in new & different ways. This blessing from the Cosmos allows you to align with more personal authenticity, which in turn is infused into all that you love & treasure. Relationships will have an unusual energy to them; an established relationship may sparkle with some extra “spice” or a new relationship begun under this energy may be stimulating & unusual, though probably short-lived too. This is not a bad thing! It’s perfect for experimenting with new ideas & expressions to see what your Heart aligns with, as you soak up some good energy from those who live on the fringes!
9/18 ~ Vesta Enters LIBRA (until 11/15):
Vesta takes about 4-years to make it through all 12-signs, so we haven’t had this opportunity/activation in Libra since 2013-14 and won’t again until 2021. Vesta rules what is sacred to you, where you place your deep focus, dedicate your energy & channel your passion. Often, because of this intense focus in one area, there is neglect or a famine in another area, something you have to give up in order to truly commit. This 2-months, what is sacred is Libra: balance, reciprocity, harmony, beauty, culture & conscious equal partnership – with ourselves, each other and the planet. This is always the goal when any planet (or asteroid in this case) animates Libra, but when Vesta is there, it indicates that it is time to dedicate some intense focus on how we relate and who we relate with, while we renew our commitments across the board (personal & professional). How can you make inner balance & outer harmony, not just important, but sacred?
Cycle Sidebar: Ok, y’all know ‘cycles & patterns’ is my thang! so when Vesta hit Libra, I felt like a broken record saying that we’re redefining & renegotiating all relationships again. I wondered why it felt like there has been some important planet/asteroid in Libra every year forever now and it’s practically true. We have had some intense focus, in the Libra departments of our charts, starting with Saturn in Libra 2009-2012. That is 8-years, ironically a Venus cycle and Venus rules Libra. What happens in a Venus cycle is a full cultivation of values & priorities (and often, relationships/jobs) run their course. So essentially, we have been redefining our values & priorities around our personal & professional relationships intensely for the last 8-years. We started with Saturn, getting real, making the hard assessments, and ultimately, choices and realizing just how out of balance things have really gotten in the last 28-years (or if it helps, the following years would’ve been pivotal & related: 1983-1985 / 1988-1990 / 1996-98 / 2003-2005).
I suppose this requires a longer article, but suffice it to say that as the reality of your relationships’ various strengths & weaknesses became obvious during 2009-2012, a couple of other key players came along in 2014 to intensify the focus around what is ‘sacred’ to you, what you deeply (and truly) desire, what Path you want to walk through life with others, which all led to now, 2017 with Jupiter in Libra illuminating all that we’ve learned about ourselves and each other and expanding our consciousness to what is possible if we integrate truth, fairness & integrity into all our relationships.
9/19 ~ Venus Enters VIRGO (until 10/14):
Venus (values, priorities, resources, love, art, beauty, culture) in Virgo (earthy wisdom, systems for living & natural timing) is a time to focus on healing the mind/body connection and perfecting the Spirit-in-Human-form. The current values & priorities should focus on how well your own systems for living are serving you and where you need to simplify your life in order to be more effective. As Virgo precedes the Libra focus of relationships and the response of others (to you), I recommend you keep the focus on you, and what your mind, body & spirit can actually handle & manage on a day-to-day basis. It’s time to release the nonessential, extraneous or redundant and make room for more quality nutrient, inner clarity & self-discipline. It’s time to focus on quality control and question everything ~ is it relevant & useful? Is it worth it? Is it practical? Does it make sense for me personally? Is it natural? Is it really important or valuable? Venus rules our romance & finance departments and in Virgo, you have to ask: does it actually work?
9/19 ~ Mercury (lower mind) ~oppose~ Neptune (Higher mind):
This energy requires us to balance the Higher and lower mind. Some sensitive souls will feel bombarded by energies from all sides and it may feel like information-overload and very stressful. The best use of this transit is meditation – not making important decisions or commitments for a week or so. Communication with others is challenged, another reason to only communicate with your Higher Self – or at least check in more often this week! Don’t believe everything you read or hear. Allow information to flow at a comfortable pace and wait for the energy to shift before making any decisions based on the information gathered. Some will access the necessary clarity for furthering their vision – others’ vision will be blurred and clarity will remain just out of reach.
9/20 ~ VIRGO New Moon:
… comes every year and presents us with an opportunity to reboot the *System* ~ which usually entails creating a whole new routine as well. Theoretically, during the last lunation (Leo/Aquarius), we decided what we were going to express (more authenticity) and invest in both Self & Community (more value & new priorities). Now, Virgo-time supports integrating all that you have recently learned about your core essential nature (Leo), into a new routine and creating a completely new system for living, that will support you better in the here & now. It’s time to digest, assimilate & integrate the last 9-months specifically. Also deeply supported this month is acknowledging (and releasing) any regrets, mourning any true losses or deaths and deepening your dedication to that which is vital, strong, healthy, evolving & alive (within & around you).
Pre-Harvest *Assessments* (Aug/Sept) always reveal what does or does not support your Physical & Spiritual Selves. Twice a year (Feb/Mar & Aug/Sept), we have to take time out to check in on the Physical Body (Virgo) & Spiritual Being (Pisces). If you’re healthy, great! But if you have pushed yourself to the limits, it’s time to pull-back and recalibrate. We also have to check in with our Spiritual Being. If your practice is strong and supporting you, great! But if you have neglected your yoga or meditation, silence or sleep, again, this is the best time to recalibrate. This is “pause-for-maintenance” time, which leads to Libra New Moon (10/19) when *NEW* Relationships & Collaborations will present themselves and by then, you will want to be as clean (Virgo) and centered/clear about the vision (Pisces) for your life as possible.
We are coming out of Fixed energy (Leo), which has activated both the need to stabilize certain things, as well as release (permanently) some aspect of Self, so that your life can actually work, in the physical reality you’re currently living. That said, no matter how bad it is, change really is only one decision and a renewed commitment away. Virgo energy helps us process & assimilate all that has completed/died/left/ended and make the necessary arrangements for new life to come in and thrive. Think: Nesting in the sense that you are preparing space for something new in your life. But because it is Virgo, it is more about how this new life/energy/direction is going to actually work into your natural rhythm & daily routine.
*IF* you have made a ton of new connections & friends recently, your individual creativity has been activated, and your heart engaged, then Virgo energy comes in and helps you create a new system and get used to your new rhythm. It’s time to create a whole new daily routine that better supports who you are and are becoming. We’re all finding various personal systems and regular routines (that have historically worked) are now obsolete and no longer work (for whatever reason). That is always a clear indication that it is time for a new one. And *IF* you are able to create one (while tweaking and leaving it open to ongoing revisions in the beginning), then when Libra comes next, you’ll be able to really make those connections with others, personally or professionally, and create some powerful new relationships & collaborations.
However, if you have spent the last month of Leo examining your own self-worth, wondering why you magnetize certain things & people, and repel others, and generally feeling like the life you’re living does NOT reflect who you are in your heart-of-hearts, then the annual dose of Virgo Medicine will help you heal aspect(s) of Self that will enable you to be in a better position to take full advantage of the coming opportunities in Libra.
That said, because we are on the other side of the Eclipses, you can use this month to restore your energy, replenish your Self, tend to your health & fitness, and create a daily practice that supports your current goals & aspirations. If you are resistant to doing whatever it takes to strengthen that trust within (your intuition), just note that the road will be that much more challenging for you. If you resist change and seek to control anything or anyone outside of Self, you are in for a bumpy & painful ride. If you want things to “go back“, you will be disappointed. So rather than resist the changes disrupting your life at this time, try silence, deep breaths, and intuitive, heart-centered decision-making. Use the earthy, practical energy of Virgo to direct the current powerful flow of energy, get present to here & now and take things one step at a time.
9/22 ~ Mercury (ideas, thoughts & concepts) ~trine~ Pluto (rebirth & transformation):
This activation makes any deep delving within easier and more fruitful. It encourages you to ask the deeper questions, clarify your deeper feelings and trust your intuitive gut-feelings that are telling you something has to die so some other aspect of your consciousness can live. You will want to explore your inner Self, sort through recently gathered information and try to understand better what your natural process really is. It is best to be alone for such research. Take a day or a weekend and grab your most powerful books & music and get somewhere beautiful if you can, if not, then your bedroom will do just as well – and dig deep! You are finally ready for the deeper truth, and you will be transformed by what you learn. If you must communicate with others, plan on that being deep as well, so best to talk to a trusted advisor or wise elder. Nothing superficial today. The only warning with this energy is not to become obsessive about one particular idea – and certainly don’t try to force your ideas on others. If you feel the deep need to focus on one particular thing, that is fine but try to keep some perspective or write down all your revelations so you can reflect on them at a later time when you can be more objective and prioritize better.
9/22 ~ FALL Equinox:
Harvest is about assessing and gathering all that you’ve created for the year, and ultimately, reaping the rewards of all your hard work and labor. Some of your *Harvest* will be tangible, in that, creative projects that can/will bear fruit now that they are complete, stable or in place … and some of your *Harvest* will be intangible, as you have further cultivated your own Being over the last year and now you (and others) can benefit from your personal integration & renewed strength.
Renewing your connection to Balance and cultivating this inner alignment with your Higher Self, will inspire the goals for the remaining quarter of the year. Equinox is a time of BALANCE. It is time of balance between Light & Shadow and takes us from movement out in the world, to more inner, “work with what you’ve got” energy, using your resources and creations to build on & expand, primarily behind the scenes in preparation for Spring Initiation, 6-months from now.
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