Today, Thursday April 25, 2013 is the full moon and lunar eclipse! Two more eclipses are also coming right up. This powerful time is like a wormhole, or shortcut, for evolving our consciousness.

According to astrologer Pat Liles “If we can stay grounded and on center, this
will truly push us onward and upward on our evolutionary path. If conscious
awakening is important to you, then this eclipse period is like a wise, old teacher
appearing at your doorstep. We are given the opportunity to be challenged by a
master who will engage us as deeply as we are willing to go and provide the lessons that will stretch us and facilitate our growth and evolution. (I have attached her entire full moon update at the end of this blog.)

This four week period of time is a great time to get clear on what you want to let go of—to dissolve. Getting clear, as well, to what you want to call in. Being in gratitude and appreciation. Spending time in nature, in prayer and meditation. Being centered and grounded.

I think it is also helpful to take stock of your life and see the places you are evolving and growing. I share the following story from my life…

Witnessing Versus Reacting

This past week I received two emails with a barrage of anger telling me how I had not done something right and had caused someone else a huge amount of inconvenience. In the past I think I would have looked at the first sentence of the email and hesitated to even open it.

Something inside me now was different than in the past. I could see the stress the person was in and to simply not take it personal. I realized in the past if I had felt attacked by someone I would energetically constrict– go back to the emotion of the first time I had ever experienced that feeling. The original incident.

This time I was able to see that it is simply not personal. I allowed myself to stay in my center and stay in a space of love and acceptance. To see the parts of what the person was saying that were true. Yes, I am guilty of some of those things, mostly from not knowing and not from bad intentions. In the scheme of things this was really not a big deal.

The next day I received a one page apology in the form of an email. She had been at her wits end—lashing out not only at me but to others and she was so sorry. I wrote back that we are all in this journey of life together and at some other moment in time I could be on the other end of things. Apology accepted. No worries.

I realized if I had gone into that energetically constricted place of the wounded child I would have reacted, been righteous and defended myself and made the other person wrong. Then they would most likely go back to their wounded place and react back. I saw how something so little that could start out as a miscommunication and not knowing could turn into something big and reactive.

Wow, how much easier to be in the place of witness and observe instead of taking things personally!!

Take a look at your own life—where are you making changes in how you are doing things now versus how you would have done something in the past. It is important to notice and be in appreciation of these changes in our life. Sometimes we are so close to ourselves it takes someone else pointing them out for us to really SEE them ourselves. However, if you are quiet and pay attention and look you will see these changes in your life. And be generous, when you see them in others take time to acknowledge them.

Pat Liles full moon update – she sends these out for free every new and full moon!

Written by Patricia Liles

ASTROLOGICAL NOTES:

Scorpio Full Moon Eclipse
Sun in Taurus 5º ~ Moon in Scorpio 5º

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM MDT
(7:58 PM Greenwich Mean Time)

It’s eclipse time! We are gifted with three eclipses in a row spanning Full Moon to Full Moon. So much can be accomplished using these portal alignments with strong intention. Expect an initial lunar eclipse at this Full Moon, a solar eclipse at New Moon May 9, and another lunar eclipse at the next Full Moon on May 24.
If we can stay grounded and on center, this will truly push us onward and upward on our evolutionary path. If conscious awakening is important to you, then this eclipse period is like a wise, old teacher appearing at your doorstep. We are given the opportunity to be challenged by a master who will engage us as deeply as we are
willing to go and provide the lessons that will stretch us and facilitate our growth and evolution. Cosmic energies are heightened during eclipse because the Earth, Sun and Moon are coming into a perfect alignment. Here at the lunar eclipse, the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon blocking the Sun’s light from the receptive Moon, and we see the Earth’s shadow cross the face of the Moon. A recalibration takes place, we realign our emotional bodies, our shadow material is made visible, a sloughing off of the old can manifest.

Eclipses can occur near the North or the South node; this group occurs with the South node (an inferior conjunction) and that emphasizes what we have brought in from the past and where we need to release, surrender and forgive what has gone before. We are collectively breaking the container of two thousand years
of consciousness dominated by the will and moving our focus to the heart where cooperation, support and connectivity are waiting to pour into us.

This Full Moon and eclipse occur on the Taurus/Scorpio polarity. Our issues of physical security and transformative power are brought to the fore. Venus rules Taurus, and in this stubborn, yet loving fixed, earth sign she endows Taurus with the desire to illuminate the senses and experience the pleasures of physical
embodiment. The sensuous Goddess of Love says, ‘show me beauty; let me savor the sights, the flavors, the sounds, the smells, the joys of incarnation. Let me gather around me those I value and love’. Self-esteem and resources of all kinds fall under the rulership of Venus. Our financial and material manifestations are under Venus’ rulership. We’ve just recently passed through tax time, so most of us have had to consider our material and monetary positions in detail. Pallas Athena is within one degree of ruling Venus. Invoke Athena to bring you wisdom, strategy, clear-sighted planning and skill to your material situation. With these two goddesses so close
to the Taurus south node we are able to eliminate our limited framing of personal prosperity, break the old, restrictive container of havingness and expand into the flowing river of creativity. But that takes courage, just what Mars sitting within 1º of the Sun in Taurus is willing to provide if called upon.

The Full Moon in Scorpio sits with stern Saturn. There may be a feeling of isolation, keeping one’s feelings to oneself, or emotional discontent in the background. But in the bigger picture, the Moon is involved in a Grand Trine in receptive and emotional water signs along with Ceres, the Mother Goddess, well placed in Cancer to nurture and support us, and Neptune, the source of our compassion and link to the mystical (or addictive) aspects of life. Let your heart open wide to embrace all aspects of the feminine.

The general configuration of the chart is actually more than a Grand Trine (which can contain so much ease that there is no movement, just a sensitive, dream-like state or reverie) ~ the configuration actually is a Kite with the Sun/Mars at the apex, and a Kite gives a much more focused, practical and productive energy. If you are sincere in wanting to uproot and eliminate some aspect of your life that is holding your creative forces hostage, with strong intention you can realign yourself to express more of who you are. Turn up the volume, break the mold, and express more of the outrageous, courageous love that you are. Bring God joy!

The tension in the chart comes from asteroid Juno squaring the nodes. Juno is ruler of all committed relationships and partnerships. Her intent here is taking us forward with balancing the masculine/feminine polarity within us and between us. Tension continues as the Sun opposes Saturn on April 28 and when Mars exactly opposes Saturn on April 30. There can be a lot of physical tension in Mars/Saturn;don’t get stuck in holding tension and building up irritation. Best use is put it to work on some big project and exert physical effort.

Full Moon in Scorpio brings to bear the nature of death, transformation and rebirth. We will be acutely aware of our fears and vulnerabilities now. Yet, if we are able to face our shadowy material and clearly assess where we are attached to false securities that so impact our true creativity and intuitive voices, we can claim more of our power and expression in the world. A wise doula (midwife) spoke in ceremony about that mysterious time during birth when the cervix begins to soften, transition takes place, and the actual movement of the new being through the birth canal begins. That softening cannot be rushed; it comes in its own time, and it precedes all movement. This eclipse period is your softening, you are transitioning into an even greater way of being, you are disengaging from what has been your secure, yet limited environment and with total faith, trust and the discomfort of surrender, you can lead the way to a more conscious way of life.

04/19 Sun enters Taurus
05/01 Beltane-midpoint between Spring/Summer also celebrated on May 5 (exact 45º midpoint)
05/09 Solar eclipse/New Moon Taurus 19º 6:29 PM MDT
05/20 Uranus square Pluto (third of five)
05/24 Lunar eclipse/Full Moon Sagittarius 4º 10:26 PM MDT

Written by Patricia Liles