Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Aries New Moon 2018: A New Creation Story

The Cosmic Story: Aries New Moon 2018
A New Creation Story

This Aries New Moon is the first new Moon of the astrological year. And it’s a big one! This is the time to plant the seeds of rebirth and renewal for this coming year, seeds that will take you into your future. What’s different about this Aries New Moon? It is cradled between the asteroid Eris, Goddess of Discord and the planet Uranus, sky god of freedom, revolution and sudden changes.

Add to this the fact that Mercury ends its retrograde earlier in the day and we can see that a new mind-set, a new perspective is waiting to be born within us, and hopefully within our society. As you look at the news (ruled by Mercury), for every attempt to turn the clock back on freedom, equality and environmental protections, you can see people rising up everywhere to stand against the regressive pull of old patriarchal thinking.

Just to remind you, we are in the ‘hero’s journey’ part of the Uranus/Pluto cycle where we have to overcome obstacles to make sure the new seeds of revolution and evolution planted in the 60s get stronger and spread their roots deeper in our collective consciousness. More people are waking up to the fact that we have to be citizens rather than consumers, that we have to be stewards of the Earth rather than users, and that democracy demands an awakened citizenry rather than sleepers who look for the ‘bread and circus’ our leaders would bestow on us. 

This Aries New Moon occurs on April 15 at 6:57pm PDT/ 9:57pm EDT and on April 16 at 1:57am GMT.


As you can see, most of the planets fall in the solar 1st and 10th houses.  The first house is our self-identity while the tenth house deals with how we contribute to our society.  That's the message of this new creation story.  As JFK once said, "Ask not what your country/world can do for you.  Rather, ask what you can do for your country/world."

With Uranus in its final connection to an Aries New Moon for the next 84 years, plant seeds for the unexpected! Plant seeds for inner revolution and freedom. While Uranus travels through Taurus from May 15 to November 6 before retrograding back to Aries until March 2019, we’ll be breaking new ground and beginning to work on our new foundations. What you end up building might not be what your ego expected you to create. Go with the flow and let your heart and soul do the creating.

If the myth of 2012 holds a reality, it is that a new age is dawning, one 26,000 years in the making. This is a time for a new creation story, just as Uranus was originally created out of Gaia’s birth.
first there was Chaos, and then appeared board-bosomed Earth, who bore, first of all and as her equal, the starry Sky, Ouranos. Then she bore the great mountains, valleys, plains and the Sea, and after that she mated with Ouranos and bore many children, among whom were the Titans and Titanesses...who represented the ‘titanic’ forces of the earth. (Hesiod’s Theogony)

The idea of a new creation story is validated by the Sabian symbol for this New Moon at 27* Aries: Through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained. The creative imagination is the source of all creation and so we must first imagine what it is we want so we can manifest it. Perhaps the lost opportunity is a chance to build a world of peace, love and beauty, rather than the world of war, domination and misogyny we’ve been living in during patriarchal times.

Now add in the meaning of the Sabian symbol for Mercury turning direct at 5* Aries: A triangle with wings. This is a symbol of a higher order of being, of pure aspiration. A new dimension of being is initiated by our creative imagination and endeavors. Together these symbols speak to us of a new creation. A New Story!

I’ve been reading the Rick Riordan books, The Kane Chronicles, about ancient Egyptian magic returning to our world. It’s a book that brings into focus, better than The Secret or even the Abraham-Hicks books, how to manifest a new reality. While these new age books seem to be obsessed with how to attract money and abundance, these children’s books get to the heart of the matter. It’s about becoming who you really are, rather than attracting material abundance. And that takes courage and sacrifice and hope.

To channel magic, you have to believe in it. And to believe, you have to feel it and embody it. The power of Egyptian magic came through the Sacred Word, but their sacred words were first and foremost pictures! The ancient Egyptians knew that saying a word did nothing if you didn’t also use your imagination to call it up on a feeling level. To make magic, we have to use both sides of our brain, the literal side and the imaginal side. You have to really know on a soul level what those words mean.

The hieroglyphs were pictures that went deeper than words, especially our English words, which are kind of flat. Most of us don’t know the depth of what our words originally meant. Such as discord meaning dis – against and cor – the heart. When we look up the definition of the word discord, we find it means ‘strife, conflict, friction, disagreement or opposition’. Nowhere does it mention ‘going against the heart’. Did you know that the word disaster originally meant ‘dis – going against and aster – the stars? That certainly feels different, doesn’t it?

Our children are being brought up with wonderful myths of magic and ancient gods and goddesses, with stories of psychic abilities that are used to battle evil, with children being the heroes and heroines. Perhaps this is why the children are leading the way now, because they know and believe it is their duty to fight against evil, rather than sit back while it destroys the world. That’s why Jesus said we had to become like children if we wanted to enter the kingdom of God.

So what does this have to do with Uranus conjunct this Aries New Moon and a new creation story? Uranus’ journey through Aries has asked us to re-define who we think we are, since Aries is about our self-identity. Uranus wants to awaken us to our soul-identity. It wants to free us from the patriarchal rules and bindings that shut down belief in the unknown parts of ourselves and our innate abilities. Our religions and our culture have rejected and vilified those very gifts which can give us strength and save us now. How many of you are re-discovering ‘psychic’ and healing abilities after confronting the fear of being burned at the stake, tortured for your beliefs and gifts?

So the new creation story promises us more than the old creation stories, which would bind us to beliefs about original sin, misogyny (it’s all Eve’s fault) and survival of the fittest. We are finding out that Nature operates out of connection and cooperation rather than strife and domination. Like Matthew Fox who speaks of our original blessings rather than our original sins, we need to see that we are co-creators, that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. When we really can imagine that, we will find that we’re not here to ‘make it big’ within the patriarchal mindset, but rather we are here to be spiritual mothers, spiritual warriors and holy stewards of Mother Earth.

So this very wild New Moon in Aries is blessed not only by the heavenly energies of Uranus/Ouranos but also by the ancient goddess Eris. The Greeks thought of her as the source of discord and disagreement, but as we saw, she really only creates that kind of strife when we ‘go against the heart’. The struggle within us is to break free of the old bindings of ‘shoulds and oughts’ and actually follow our hearts. She is the spirit of the enraged feminine side of life which has been rejected by patriarchy. To read more about Eris and Uranus in Aries, here is a link to Sarah Varcas’ article.

If we continue to follow the energy of the cardinal signs which initiate action, we can look to Aries’ ruler, Mars, which is very happy traveling through Capricorn along with Saturn and Pluto and Vesta. As a matter of fact, it stands at the midpoint of Saturn and Pluto, combining and balancing these two opposing energies. While Saturn is about form and structure and our 3D reality, Pluto purges and destroys what is no longer viable. Mars therefore is ready to work with what remains.

Mars works well in Capricorn, bringing focus and discipline and determination to the fires of creation this New Moon generates. If Capricorn is the sign of our dharma, our soul purpose, then Mars here is ready to work with and fight for that soul vision we need to birth. So remember, you are the author of your life. Now is the time to write a new story.

Vesta, the fire priestess, squares Mercury as it stations in Aries. We have to add the sacred dimension of life to how we think. And of course, the Sabian symbol for Mercury does just that. Add to that image the Sabian symbol for Vesta at 3* Capricorn:
A human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment. Here’s another symbol of new life, a new creation, a new story. This new life wants to take things to the next level. Are you ready?

The fixed signs are generating energy from Venus in Taurus, North Node in Leo, Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio and South Node in Aquarius, as they did at the Libra Full Moon. They help us ground in the longings of our hearts, our values and our connections to others. Own your shadow, understand what it’s teaching you and open your heart to embrace what life brings.

Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio teams up with Neptune, Juno and Chiron in Pisces to bring our emotional intelligence online. Listen to it and trust it. This is the energy that will help water those creative visions for the future. It’s time for us all to find our place in Mother Earth’s new creation story. I wonder how the adventure will unfold?!!!

May the Goddess of Life bless us all and may the God protect us as we recreate the world.


For Light -- John O'Donohue

Light cannot see inside things.
That is what the dark is for:
Minding the interior,
Nurturing the draw of growth
Through places where death
In its own way turns into life.

In the glare of neon times,
Let our eyes not be worn
By surfaces that shine
With hunger made attractive.

That our thoughts may be true light,
Finding their way into words
Which have the weight of shadow
To hold the layers of truth.

That we never place our trust
In minds claimed by empty light,
Where one-sided certainties
Are driven by false desire.

When we look into the heart,
May our eyes have the kindness
And reverence of candlelight.

That the searching of our minds
Be equal to the oblique
Crevices and corners where
The mystery continues to dwell,
Glimmering in fugitive light.

When we are confined inside
The dark house of suffering
That moonlight might find a window.

When we become false and lost
That the severe noon-light
Would cast our shadow clear.

When we love, that dawn-light
Would lighten our feet
Upon the waters.

As we grow old, that twilight
Would illuminate treasure
In the fields of memory.

And when we come to search for God,
Let us first be robed in night,
Put on the mind of morning
To feel the rush of light
Spread slowly inside
The color and stillness
Of a found word.

~ John O'Donohue ~

(To Bless the Space Between Us) 

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Copyright 2018  Cathy Pagano  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Libra/Aries Full Moon, March 31, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Libra/Aries Full Moon 2018
Time to Plan How to Birth Our New Life

Crocuses: First signs of Spring

This important Full Moon, the first of the astrological year, was birthed at the Pisces New Moon. Out of the ocean of life, out of the collective unconscious, we emerge, healed of our karmic wounds so we can birth a new world. Or at least we are aware now of the need to heal. The March for Life last Saturday, March 24th, was such a beginning.

We need to heal our collective wounds as well – to face our responsibility for the death and destruction of Native Peoples and of the Earth our home, as well as the many wars we’ve started around the world. It’s time to leave the death culture of the Piscean Age behind us and begin to live the vision of equality and justice that is the basis of the future Aquarian Age.

This Full Moon also marks the Jewish Passover as well as the Christian Easter celebrations. It’s a good time to remember that our freedom – from slavery, from crass materialism, from patriarchal thinking – is central to this new world we’re birthing. The Christ shows us that we are more than our bodies – that we are eternal souls, part of the Source of all Life. It is not a call to reject the world of matter and physicality, but to see it for what it truly is: the Garden where we incarnate to become creators and manifestors. Where we take up our God/desshood and live it consciously.

Garden of Peace

The Full Moon is a time of flowering and fulfillment, of perfecting what was planted at the New Moon. At the Pisces New Moon, Chiron, the Wounded Healer and mentor of heroes, planted the seed of our healing. We saw the children take up that seed of woundedness and heroism and raise it to awareness – we choose life rather than death. Just like my generation did in the 60s when we stood up to the war machine that was killing our brothers in Vietnam, today’s children are standing up for themselves against the death machine that has taken over our society and our politicians. And this time, parents and grandparents are standing with them. And the children shall lead them.

Libra Full Moon 2018

Thia Aries/Libra Full Moon occurs on March 31st at 5:36 am PDT/ 8:36 am EDT/12:36 pm GMT. 

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 11* Aries is: The ruler of a nation. As my kids used to tell me, ‘I am the captain of myself!’ or ‘You’re not the boss of me!’ It also can mean being original, innovative and active. Either way, we each have to be the ‘ruler’ of our own life so that we can be an example to each other and to the nation.

The Sabian symbol for Mercury retrograde at 13* Aries is: An unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest. Here Mercury warns us that immature and violent actions won’t bring about success. Think! You can’t fight violence and ignorance with the same tools. Be creative and imaginative with your response to life. (If you need help figuring this out, I’m offering a special discounted Mercury retrograde reading. Email me for details at

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 11* Libra is: A professor peering over his glasses at his students. This symbol speaks to seeing the big picture, not squinting at books. Seeing the best way to pass on information to younger minds. It speaks to mental creativity and an innovative, progressive, reforming intelligence, perhaps even eccentric ways of imparting information. So improvise and be spontaneous. Don’t conform to social norms and customs.

I’m going to discuss this Full Moon in terms of energy use, using the three modalities of cardinal, fixed and mutable energies. They show us how the energies of the zodiac work.

Cardinal energy begins the cycle, like a birth. Cardinal signs begin each season: Aries/Spring, Cancer/Summer, Libra/Autumn, Capricorn/Winter. These signs initiate new types of actions so life can continue to evolve. Next comes Fixed energy, which takes that new life and stabilizes it so it has solidity and continuity. This is the maturing energy. Finally comes Mutable energy, which takes over when life has run its course and the energy begins to run out. This energy is adaptable, able to make necessary changes before it breaks apart, to reform as something else.

So lets look at this Full Moon chart in terms of the energy flow.

Out of the Watery Depths

Let’s start with the planets in Cardinal signs, which move the energy forward. For planets in Aries, a fire sign, it’s a call for action. At this Full Moon, the Sun and Mercury retrograde are in Aries, sparking the new fires of Life within us. The Aries Sun acknowledges the new fire and the need to take action. Mercury retrograde so close to the Sun, however, cautions us to slow down and think things through – these are important decisions we’re dealing with right now, and we can use our intuitive, creative Aries Mercury retrograde best by going within to imagine and think about what the fires are awakening in us. Instead of jumping into them! Because if we really want to create a new life, a new set of habits, a new vision for the future, we have to shed our patriarchal skins and find our way from the inside out.

Both Eris and Uranus are also in the later degrees of Aries, still connected to Pluto in Capricorn. They form the energetic matrix that all these cultural challenges and changes are emerging from. They push us to discover: What is our archetypal identity? How has patriarchy wounded the divine feminine? How does the culture have to change to accommodate deeper self-awareness about ourselves and the world? The Eris/Uranus energy will play a big part in the Aries New Moon in a few weeks. What they’ve awakened in us in the past 7 years will inform what we do with this year’s blessings of life energy. How much will we take in and use? That’s up to us, isn’t it?

The balance we need to achieve comes to us through the Libra Full Moon. Libra is the sign of the Other/ the not-me. Libra wants us to act to create a balance between Self and Other. How do we ‘do unto others what we would have them do unto us?’ Libra is a cardinal air sign, so it energizes social give and take. Its’ energy brings people together to create change for justice and fairness. Like the March for Life, it sees that what happens to me could happen to you, so why not change things so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

We often talk about Libra in terms of our romantic relationships, but in reality, Libra is an air sign, concerned with all our relationships. And it’s not just concerned with our familial and sexual relationships, but our relationship to the whole world – its people, Nature, the Earth and Sky. How do we want to relate to our Tribe? Libra says, through art, music, beauty and harmony, Through fairness and justice for all.

The third cardinal sign energizing this Full Moon is Capricorn. It moves us to fill in the empty spaces left by the wrecking ball of the Pluto/Uranus square of 2012-2015. Three years later we can see the corruption of our economic/political systems, which gives rise to the uprising of people everywhere to change things. Finally, here is the change we’ve been waiting for. 

Mars and Saturn in Capricorn square this Full Moon, instructing us to take responsible action to change our habits and the unconscious habits of our society. It’s time to stop being consumers and start being citizens. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to live the life we imagine. And to do it, we have to slow down. Mars usually wants to leap before it looks, while Saturn urges caution. While the combination of Mars and Saturn can give rise to frustration and limitations, if used wisely, it can lead to great determination and mature actions. On April 2, Mars conjunctions Saturn, beginning a new 2-year cycle of bringing our desires (Mars) into reality (Saturn). So consider what you really want to bring into the world over the next two years. If you build it, they will come.

Once again, look at the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. They’ve used their wound and their passion to create change that will benefit everyone, and they’re doing it with more maturity than the adults running our country, our corporations and our world. They are the future.

There are planets in 3 of the cardinal signs. If anyone has planets in the 4th sign, Cancer, you can ground this energy more easily than others. Check to see if you have Cancer planets from 5*-15*, and 20*-29*.

So the Full Moon pattern of energy runs like this. Our identity and destiny are aligned with others. We are never alone in this world. We are connected through the great energy grid of Mother Earth. If we approach life with responsible action, we will benefit not only ourselves but everyone else. This is the set-up for this next year. If we stay true to ourselves while also considering others, we will create the deep and meaningful relationships we all long for.

Fixed energies (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) strengthen and build on the energies the cardinal signs engender. While Mars in Capricorn rules the Aries’ Sun, the Libra Moon is ruled by Venus. And since Venus is in her other home sign of Taurus, she is very powerful. Go look for her in the western sky at sunset. She is shining as the Evening Star of wisdom. For Venus, the question is always ‘what are my values’ and ‘where are my true connections’? For Venus in Taurus, her values lie in peace, beauty, love, the Earth and relating. But these values always arise from self-worth and self-acceptance. When we find our own inner beauty, peace and love, then we can open ourselves to the Other and to the world in all our relationships.

Venus, Moon, Mercury ~ Brett Joseph

Both the Leo North Node and Ceres want to ground in and nurture the fires of the heart in these values, while the Aquarius South Node connects us to our tribe who shares our values. We must remember that we are interconnected and need our people to accomplish our mission.

Jupiter in Scorpio asks us to acknowledge our Shadows and transform them as we adjust our values with others’ values. While we all have our own goals, we share many of the same general values and goals and Jupiter in Scorpio can teach us how to relate to others who we meet on our path. Not everyone is a member of our tribe, but we can acknowledge and accept other’s differences without judgment. For ourselves, Jupiter can bring a depth of psychological understanding that we haven’t seen before.

The Aries Sun and Libra Moon are supported by the Leo/Aquarius Nodes, bringing us together with our tribe and our hearts’ goals. How can we give our creative gifts to the world? That’s the question. Do we create just for ourselves or are we here to create something together for the benefit of the world? Isn’t it time to drop patriarchy’s limited ideas about the purpose of life? What if we are all on a mystical, magical journey to face down evil and bring the light of goodness and peace to the world? For all of you who ever wanted to be part of the Fellowship of the Ring or fight for Pandora, this is your chance!

Mutable energy disperses all the built up energy of this Full Moon chart. Pallas in Gemini finds us the right information for our purpose and helps us stragegize our next moves. Vesta the priestess lingers at the end of Sagittarius, holding the flames of our beliefs strong and steady. Neptune, Juno and Chiron in Pisces pull up the treasures of the collective unconscious - the wisdom of the World soul. People will be dreaming more, especially people with Virgo energy between *0, 13-17*, 25-29*. The answer to many of our questions about life come to us through our dreams. Don’t waste this opportunity to learn and grow.

Venus shows the way to our values and sends her wisdom to Saturn/Mars – to stand up for truth, beauty, peace and love. She bring our feminine energy into balance with the masculine energy of Mars/Saturn. Jupiter is big enough to recognize his own shadow and adjust his opinions and judgments to accept what is as a test of our resolve. Jupiter also adds to the spiritual messages and dreams coming out of Pisces.

Vesta in Sagittarius is in a waning square to Chiron in Pisces, both of them in the last degree of their respective signs. Vesta warms us with the flames of cosmic order, showing us the right way to heal our wounds -- through seeing with new eyes, with spiritual eyes. To live differently. To evolve.

Blessings of this special season – Easter, Ostara, Passover.

The Journey -- Mary Oliver

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice --
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do --
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Dream Work)

Copyright 2018 Cathy Pagano

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Pisces New Moon & Spring Equinox, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Pisces New Moon & Spring Equinox, 2018

Letting the Tides Take Out the Old and Bring In the New

I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, back billions of years to the beginning of life, across all the passing lives and deaths, the endless waves of swimming joy and quiet losses, of exquisite creatures with fins and fronds, tentacles and wings, colourful and transparent, tiny and huge, coming and going. There is nothing the ocean has not seen. –Sally Andrew
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. -Rainer Maria Rilke
And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. –John F. Kennedy
The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being. –Vera Nazarian
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. -Jacques Cousteau

Pisces New Moon, 2018

This last Piscean New Moon of the astrological year invites us to remember that we come from the ocean of life and will return to it when this life’s journey here on Earth is done. The ocean of life is deep and full, bright and calm, dark and dangerous. The ocean is a place of wonder and mystery. The Ocean is the Source of eternal life we are all seeking. It is where we are all One.

These days, with the pollution of our waters and the dying off of species, that might be hard to remember. These days, when our collective psyches are polluted with the violent images we see in movies, tv and real life, our inner life can be polluted and in turmoil. That’s when, as Rilke says, it’s time to go to the sea and let it wash us clean and impose its life-giving rhythm upon us once again.

The best way to get through times of turmoil and change is through a strong connection to our souls and a deep belief in the power of spirit. This is the time for deep soulwork. It’s time for inner work. The best way I’ve found to do this inner work is through dreamwork and shamanic journeying.

If we want to change the world, we have to change how we live in the world. That means we have to know ourselves and heal our wounds and then live our talents and our possibilities. It’s time to stop living by patriarchal rules and start living our soul’s dreams. This possibility is the gift of this last Pisces New Moon before the Spring Equinox: a deep dive into the collective unconscious, so we can cast our nets to gather all of our ancient wounds and gifts and bring them up into the light of day. 

Like the ocean, life doesn’t travel in straight lines but in currents and flow, waves and calmness. We have to be strong swimmers if we want to live a life outside the patriarchal patterns laid down for us by our parents, our society, our education and our religions. That’s easier said than done. 

We keep getting pulled down by the undertow of our old fears, beliefs and behavior patterns, so we re-act rather than take action. With the watery energy of Pisces, things are mutable – nothing is as it seems. With Chiron, the Wounded Healer, aligned with this New Moon, we have a chance to meet our inner mentor, who can help us see our wounds, understand our wounds and heal our wounds.
It’s time to heal the wounds of thousands of years of lifetimes. Whether we’re just dealing with the lifetimes of the Piscean Age or if it goes back even further, we are here this lifetime to finish up the old business. Because a New Age is upon us, and we have to go into it washed clean if we want it to be different from these past ages. 

It’s time to release our Judeo-Christian (and Islamic) guilt, that we’re not good enough, lovable enough, talented enough, worthy enough to actually connect with our heart and soul and live by their rules. Guilt is such a wasted emotion. Guilt keeps us stuck in old patterns and fears – even if those patterns seem to be good and helpful and kind. Guilt can keep us from making the decisions that will bring us our own purpose and destiny.

We can feel too much responsibility to others and so neglect what could bring us our own joy and freedom. That is what this New Age demands of us. It’s not a selfish act – it’s a responsible act because if we can’t access our own joy and freedom, how can others ever learn to live that way. We’re supposed to be examples of a new spirituality that embraces life rather than denies it. We are not supposed to carry other peoples’ crosses for them. No matter how much it hurts to see our people hurt, we cannot heal them. They have to heal themselves, they have to become conscious through their pain and suffering. Haven’t we gone through those dark nights of the soul to find our own light? It does them a dis-service if we don’t allow them this chance to heal themselves and access their inherent connection to their soul. 
Uranus prepares to leave Aries this year, dipping into Taurus from May 15 to November 6th (the US election) before heading back into Aries until it enters Taurus for good on March 6, 2019. Uranus in Aries has tried to wake us up to our real identities – our archetypal purpose. Instead of longing for the perfect love, perhaps we’re really here to be the Teacher or the Visionary. Instead of getting lost in Piscean service that sucks our energy, perhaps we are here to be the World Servant, one who balances Self and Other as the best kind of service we can offer. Instead of being called to Spirit as a nun or a monk who denies the body, perhaps we are called to be the Priestess or Priest of Life and Love, following the demands of our heart, our body and our soul, trusting the Truth they show us. 

If you want to discover why you’re here this lifetime, look for the house in your natal chart where your Sun lives. That is your true calling. If your Sun is in the 7th house of partnerships, you are here to balance others with harmony, beauty, justice and consideration. If your Sun is in the 2nd house of talents, you’re here to let your talent flourish for the world, not necessarily to make money. If you’re a 12th house Sun, be the Visionary. Patriarchy gives us few choices – to be in a ‘romantic’ relationship, to work, to make money. Boring and narrow choices that feed the patriarchal machine but don’t necessarily nourish the soul.

So if you haven’t already found your purpose, take these next few years to do it. The world will be better for it. And you’ll be more fulfilled. Once Uranus goes into Taurus from 2019 – 2026, we will be building our new world based on what we have discovered about ourselves.

Mars is in the last degree of Sagittarius conjunct Vesta – the fire priestess-- on the Galactic Center. He is her spiritual warrior and protector. They challenge this New Moon to stay open to new beliefs and possibilities. Don’t fall into the Shadow Sagittarius’ judgment and self-righteousness, although the world at the moment will call it forth. It’s okay to get angry at what is happening in the world or what your people are up to, but don’t get lost in the anger. All emotions are necessary and important. It’s how we deal with those emotions that matter. Stand up for your truth in the face of bullying and disrespect, but don’t do the same back. As that wise teacher, Jesus of Nazareth once said, ‘Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.Shame them into it if you have to by your own strong example.

Jupiter just turned retrograde in Scorpio on March 8th, allowing us time to dive even deeper into our complex psychological identities and expand our knowledge of who we are in ourselves and in our relationships. When Jupiter turns back to direct motion on July 10th, if we’ve done our inner work, we’ll be ready to ride the waves more securely into the future.

The Pisces New Moon occurs on March 17, 2018 at 6:11am PDT/ 9:11am EDT/ 1:11pm GMT.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 27* Pisces is: The Harvest Moon illuminates a clear autumnal sky. Dane Rudhyar in his An Astrological Mandala states that this degree is a karmic moment – it’s the seed of a new cycle of manifestation. Make it so! This harvest Moon is the light of fulfillment that blesses work well done.
The Sabian symbol for Chiron at 29* Pisces is: Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism. This next to last degree of the zodiac speaks to the fact that just as we seek unity with Self, with Spirit, with Other, we will always break up into multiplicity again – but on a higher level. Become the Rainbow! 
These images speak of letting go of the past and allowing a new order or configuration to arise from it. And see – it is BEAUTIFUL!

The Sabian symbol for Jupiter turning retrograde at 24* Scorpio is: Native Americans making camp after moving into a new territory. This image implies the ability to adjust swiftly to a new situation by tuning into its requirements. Living in harmony with nature helps us live intuitively. Live within nature’s cycle and you’ll be at home in the world.

Spring Equinox 2018

Spring Equinox arrives on Tuesday, March 20th at 9:16am PDT/ 12:16pm EDT/ 4:16pm GMT. On this day of the balance of Light and Dark, the goddess Persephone arises from the Underworld and brings back life to the northern hemisphere. The Sun will rise due East on this day as it begins its ascent into the northern hemisphere. And Aries, the first fire sign – the cardinal fire sign – brings back the fires of life to us. So take time today to meditate, journey and dream about what new life you want to bring into the world this year. 
The Sabian symbol for this first degree of the zodiac is: A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her. This symbol resonates with the symbol of last summer’s Great American Eclipse at 29* Leo: A Mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form. Let this new life come from your heart’s hope. It’s the only way to live if we want to change the world!

Kerstin Zettmar ~ Aphrodite Rise from the Sea

The Spring Equinox chart describes the next 3 months – some think it describes the whole next year. The chart has an Aries Sun trine the Mother Goddess Ceres, a waxing crescent Taurus Moon trine Saturn and Mars in Capricorn and sextile Neptune in Pisces, making for grounded, creative growth. Venus and Mercury are conjunct in Aries, helping us to speak with beauty and consideration – even when we’re irritated. There might be economic troubles heading our way, but we knew this, didn’t we?

Mercury Retrograde, March 22, 2018
It’s felt like Mercury retrograde for the past month or so, hasn’t it? Even though all the planets have been in direct motion until Jupiter’s retrograde on March 8th. I guess 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Mercury turns retrograde at 17* Aries back to 5* Aries. All the Mercury retrogrades this year are in fire signs – helping us curb our enthusiasm so we feel and think before we act.

The Sabian symbol for Mercury retrograde at 17* Aries is: Two dignified spinsters sitting in silence.  Spinsters originally were women who spun thread and yarn -- valuable workers who made clothesIt was only later that the word was used for older, unmarried women -- women who 'belonged to themselves'.  Never forget, the Fates were spinners. This symbol indicates it’s time to use our minds to turn within, look within and listen within. A great idea that indicates that this Mercury is related to the alchemical Thrice - Great Hermes. It's time to let your mind spin some magic!
May the Balance of Light and Dark guide you now.

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Copyright 2018  Cathy Lynn Pagano

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Virgo Full Moon, 2018
Channeling Our Soul’s Intention

Alex Grey ~ Super Consciousness
The January 31st partial solar eclipse in Aquarius gave us the opportunity to upgrade our operating system, helping us think ‘outside the box’ about what we can do as human beings. We are changing, becoming more intuitive, more self-aware and better able to stand up for our beliefs. We’re uniting our inner masculine and feminine energies to become what psychologist Jean Houston calls ‘the possible human’.

This possible human leads with the heart rather than the head. Not in an unconscious display of emotions like our fearful leader does in his twitter rants, but rather coming from a compassionate awareness that we are all in this together. The human heart has a bigger magnetic field than any other organ in the body, even the brain. It is our third brain, the mystical brain of compassionate awareness. Our other brains deal with survival and our creative imagination.

When we lead from the heart, we only see unity. We see that we are all one family called humanity.

The old operating system only sees divisions. It’s based on the need to survive at all costs and gives rise to hierarchies of power. We are seeing the end game of that kind of system. It leads to death, because it refuses to die so it can be reborn again on a higher level. The old death machine is fighting back, because that’s all it knows how to do now.

While I write this newsletter, my computer screen keeps flashing pictures of my 2 ½ year old grandson. My heart overflows with love whenever I see his smiling face. Our children are so precious.

And then I flash to what happened to our children in Florida, and to all the children who have died in school shootings, and think, ‘why should my grandson be more precious than these children?’ Children who died to feed a ‘dead’ society that just doesn’t want to die – a true Zombie Apocalypse


And my heart told me the Truth.

Our American society, which we want to see as good and loving, helpful and brave, is showing its underbelly. We are the ultimate corporate state. Our companies use slave labor to make the clothes we buy and throw out. We waste energy and pollute the Earth for profit. We don’t take care of our people or our common good. Selfishness leads to greed. We are consumers rather than citizens. That’s what America has fallen to.

Plato, who imagined an ideal and just City, would weep for our loss. We are definitely not ‘the shining city on the hill’ of justice and peace that all people of good will long for. This is not freedom to create the world we want and need. This is freedom to have 60 choices of soap and cheap, throw-away clothes, and dead, poisoned food. And insipid, 24-hour TV shows which dull the imagination and fill our psyches with violence.

Some of our people think they still live in the ‘wild west’ and need their guns for courage, for who knows when someone will attack. It doesn’t matter that our children are dying for their fears – both abroad in our multiple wars (why don’t our leaders and their children go to war instead of sending our youngsters) and at home, in our cities and for a long time now, in our schools. Who kills children?

We are the most fearful nation. Why? Not because of outside attacks. We are vulnerable from inside our own nation. Like cancer, we are rotting from the inside out. The need to get a gun and kill people is just as prevalent in America as it is in the Middle East. We just don’t call ourselves terrorists. We say, ‘oh, they’re just crazy’.

And yet we don’t call out the very people who make these weapons of death and destruction. They are the truly crazy people for they amass fortunes through death.

Fundamentalists fear the Anti-Christ. Perhaps they are the Anti-Christ. For sure our culture is. For we are against (anti) spirit (Christ-consciousness).

People don’t ‘need’ guns. They’ve been trained to believe they do. And they seem to enjoy killing, if not people, then animals. If they just want to test their skills, why not take up archery or knife throwing? They are tools for killing as well but not as lethal. And they give the other guy a chance to strike back. It equals out the power. But then you’d have to have some courage to face an opponent head on rather than from behind a gun barrel.

We refuse to hold our government accountable for these deaths. Our leaders let our home-grown terrorists access guns without any checks and balances. Who would sell an automatic rifle to a kid? Are we any better than Boko Haran and Islamic State who kidnap kids and make them fight and kill their own people?

Our government officials are accountable. They are bribed by groups such as the NRA and corporate killers. They have blood on their hands. And they don’t care.

We are accountable by not participating in our government. Isn’t it time we did?

Our children have had enough and they are standing up to this death machine. I wondered where they found the courage and will to do this. And then I re-watched a Harry Potter film “The Order of the Phoenix”, where Hogwarts is taken over by a crazed woman who refuses to acknowledge EVIL. She refuses to let these young magicians learn how to defend themselves from Voldemort, and punishes them for even believing that this evil was abroad in the world. And so Harry teaches them.

Our kids grew up with this powerful story of a boy and his friends standing up to EVIL. And like all great myths, these stories make us better people. Perhaps they gave our kids the courage to face down the evils in our society.

Our kids need us to stand up with them – which our parents didn’t do for us in the 60-70s when Uranus and Pluto started a new cycle of evolution and revolution. As the potent square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn wanes, we are called to transform our society. And the children are leading the way.

Virgo—Pisces Full Moon, 2018

The Virgo Full Moon occurs on March 1st at 4:51pm PST/ 7:51pm EST and on March 2nd at 12:51am GMT. 


The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 12* Virgo is: After the wedding, the groom lifts the veil away from his bride’s face. This is a time to unveil the mysteries of life. Interestingly, apocalypse means an unveiling. In mystical traditions, the groom is the Divine Spirit. The bride is the Soul. It’s time to marry our soul to spirit and live out its intention.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 12* Pisces is: In The Sanctuary Of An Occult Brotherhood, Newly Initiated Members Are Being Examined And Their Character Tested. Are we passing our initiation? Have we learned the lessons of our past? Can we go on to become newly awakened Possible Humans?

The Sabian symbol for Neptune at 14* Pisces is: A Lady Wrapped In A Large Stole Of Fox Fur. This is a feminine energy attuned to natural instincts. The Celts see foxes as wise guides, especially when confronted by obstacles and tricky situations. Fox is mentally and physically cunning and knows how to traverse the dark places as well as the dream world.

Combined with the Pisces Sun symbol, our spiritual consciousness has to be attuned to our instinctual wisdom. And the Virgo Moon wants to incarnate both.

Neptune is the spiritual energy of the creative imagination and it comes to us in vision, dreams and inspiration. But if left unconscious, it can drain our energies and confuse our ego. With four planets and two asteroids in Pisces, it’s time to let go of our ego agendas and let Spirit take us into the flow.

The Virgo Moon draws upon the Piscean energies of not only the Sun and Neptune, but also Venus, Mercury and Chiron in Pisces, bringing all that watery energy down to earth in a practical way to heal and purify us. Grounded in the here and now details of life, we can begin to discern the treasures of the creative imagination from our collective delusions and ‘fake news’.

We have entered a time very much like the early 70s, when there were protests and civic disruption. Our leaders were caught off-guard then, but you have only to turn on the news to see that our corporate elites have prepared for this round of revolution. They are trying to take away our 1st Amendment ‘right to protest’ just as they are determined to stop any curtailment of the 2nd Amendment ‘right to bear arms’. So it’s okay to kill people (especially children) but not okay to protest against a government that no longer serves the common good.

We will need the cunning of the fox to help us stand up for our values and beliefs. That’s where the ARTS come in. Pisces is very much connected to Art, for it is the sign not only of spirit but of imagination, which uses the vehicle of the Arts to express itself.

Alex Grey ~ Painting

The Republicans have eroded any government support for the ARTS, especially since it was our artists (think John Lennon) and musicians who led the way in the 70s for our cultural revolution. Now we once again need our artists to help change the collective tides. Art speaks to the heart and so I ask, where are our musicians, our Bards, our artists, our dancers? Where are they telling the story of NOW, of what it means to take a stand at these most dangerous and beautiful times of cultural transformation?

Mercury, Venus and Chiron are conjunct in late Pisces, giving voice to healing visions. With a strong trine from Jupiter in Scorpio, just before Jupiter turns retrograde on March 8th, we have the ability to dig deep into the soul, facing the wounds of this lifetime and many previous ones. What better way to express what we discover than through Art?

Art is one of the blessings of Pisces. And as we leave the Piscean Age, we need to take our Artists seriously. And they need to take themselves seriously and tell us the story of our times. That will begin a great healing of our collective psyche.

It’s time to bring more healthy nourishment into our collective lives, and that begins in our own lives. Don’t forget that we are all artists, so dance and sing, play music, create art and story and share it with your communities.

With Saturn in Capricorn and Pallas in Taurus forming a grand earth trine with this Virgo Moon, we have the energies to strategize and manage how to bring our dreams into manifestation. Just remember. Take it slow. Saturn wants to build solid foundations and so we have to be patient and let things develop in their own time and place. That means, we have to get off of patriarchal time and step into cosmic flow.

With Mars and Vesta in Sagittarius squaring the Venus, Mercury, Chiron conjunction, we have to know when and how to speak our truths, otherwise, they will go unheard.

Mars and Vesta in Sagittarius trines Uranus and Black Moon Lilith in Aries as well as the Leo North Node. Once again, be inspired to bring up what has been wounded and rejected and know that we can burn the old off if we use the vision of the possible human to guide us.

These are some of the characteristics of this new order of being.

1, We have to form a new relationship with what we have called ‘God’ in the past. Instead of an institution or a set of rules about what is ‘good’ or ‘evil’, we have to form an individual connection within to Spirit and learn how to distinguish Its voice from our ego’s voice. Listen to Susan Vega singing Leonard Cohen’s Story of Isaac. We are going to have our individual connection to the Creative Spirit.

2. We all have to become Self-Aware. We need to know who we are and what our individual purpose is. It is definitely NOT about what job we have. Know Thyself was inscribed on Apollo’s temple at Delphi.

3. We have to learn that we are all in this together. We are facing the serious environmental consequences of our modern lifestyle. We can no longer think in terms of them or us. We are all us.

On this final full Moon before the Spring Equinox starts another new cycle of life here in the northern hemisphere, let us leave the old behind and step into the future.

Do it for and with the children.

Walk in peace and love,

In Silence -- Thomas Merton

In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
To speak your

To the living walls.
Who are you?
Are you? Whose
Silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
Are you (as these stones
Are quiet). Do not
Think of what you are
Still less of
What you may one day be.
Be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.

O be still, while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you
Speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.

“I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can a man be still or
Listen to all things burning? How can he dare
To sit with them
When all their silence
Is on fire?”

~ Thomas Merton ~

(The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton)