Guest blogger is Stephanie Austin M.A. is a professional astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, please visit www.EcoAstrology.com
June 4: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse at 4:12 AM PDT at 14º14' Sagittarius-Gemini
Neptune Rx 3º09’ Pisces (D+ 0º22‘Pisces on November 11)
June 5-6: Venus Transit 15º44’ Gemini
June 1, 2012
The next full moon is not just another full moon, and the next week is not just another week, as we have an extra potent lunar eclipse, an extremely rare Venus transit across the Sun, and Neptune turning retrograde, all occurring within less than 48 hours. This special download of Divine Love and Divine Intelligence offers a profound opportunity for healing the split between head and heart, masculine and feminine, matter and spirit. We are rewiring and reconnecting our analytical left brain with our intuitive right brain. We are moving from polarization to partnership, transcending centuries of gender imbalance and creating new archetypes and models of relationship. We are evolving from the love of power to the power of love.
Lunar eclipses are super charged full moons. During an eclipse, the close alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth intensifies shifts in the electromagnetic fields of the Earth and all its inhabitants, destabilizing existing matrices and facilitating the reconfiguration of consciousness. All full moons bring light to the dark, illuminating what’s been in the unconscious, and what we need to see to move forward in our lives. Nineteen years ago, on June 4, 1993, there was a lunar eclipse at 13°53’ Sagittarius–Gemini, very close to the degree of this eclipse. What was important to you back then? What is calling you now? What beliefs are holding you back? From birth onward, we are programmed by parents, teachers, culture, religion, government, and mass media to regard reality in very specific and limiting ways. We are taught to rely on our five senses, even though 96% of our universe is “dark matter,” imperceptible to our eyes and even to our most sophisticated scientific instruments. So, what is real? What is true? What do we think, and what do we know? This full moon/lunar eclipse symbolizes that those answers will come not from our head, but from our heart.
Greatly amplifying the potency of this eclipse is its alignment with the Great Attractor, located at 14º02’ Sagittarius. Our entire Milky Way galaxy, along with its celestial neighborhood of another 30+ galaxies (called the Local Group), each composed of billions of stars, are all gravitating towards an even greater source of stellar radiation called the Great Attractor. Gravity bends light; light encodes information, so any cosmic body aligning with these super powerful transmitting sources opens up a wormhole (a shortcut in time and space), enabling us to grasp things ordinarily hidden or beyond our field of awareness.
Further widening the doors of perception, just hours after the peak of this lunar eclipse, Neptune takes its yearly turn retrograde, stationing at 3°09’ Pisces. It remains retrograde until November 10, turning direct at 0°22’ Pisces and returning to 3°09’ Pisces on March 2, 2013. Neptune enables us to feel our interconnectedness, as well as our infinite potential. The mythic god of ecstasy and madness reminds us that there are many worlds, many levels, many dimensions of consciousness. Neptune turns up the volume on our right brain, amplifying our intuition and our capacity to envision a new world. As with all archetypes, the more consciously we engage Neptune, the less likely we are to experience its energy in a disruptive or detrimental manner. Meditate, contemplate, be in nature, do art, play music, dance — whatever puts you in a quiet, receptive state, so you can grasp the special messages the Cosmos has for you. Viewing and meditating during an eclipse facilitates receiving upgrades and downloads. This will be a partial eclipse, visible across North and South America, the Pacific, eastern Asia, and Australia, beginning around 3 AM PDT. According to NASA: “At maximum eclipse, around 4:04 am PDT, 37% of the Moon's surface will be in the dark.” (http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/28may_strawberry/).
Venus plays a prominent role in this eclipse, as it conjuncts the Sun in Gemini, closely squares Mars in Virgo, and most importantly, makes a rare Transit across the Sun on June 5–6. Venus Transits occur in pairs; the first was on June 8, 2004 (18º Gemini). The previous pair of Venus Transits occurred in 1874 and 1882; the next will be in 2117 and 2125. For a map and times where the Venus Transit will be visible, safe viewing techniques, and a live webcast, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/index.php.
Venus was closely observed by the Mayans and known in the ancient world as the Great Goddesses Inanna, Ishtar, Hathor, and Aphrodite; she is the Western equivalent of the Hindu Shakti, the creative power of the feminine. As the esoteric or spiritual ruler of Gemini, Venus represents the divine marriage, the unification of opposites that leads to enlightened awareness. Mercury, the traditional ruler of Gemini, is also an alchemical figure; Hermes (its earlier, Greek version) is associated with kundalini, the primal force at the base of the spine that, when activated, produces unity consciousness. Venus’s transit across the Sun, highlighted by this eclipse, symbolizes a collective readiness for the re-emergence of the divine feminine; it supports women reclaiming their power and men reclaiming their feminine side. It accelerates the healing and opening of the heart for all choosing to ascend from duality and competition into unity and collaboration.
After thousands of years of patriarchy and centuries of the Cartesian paradigm (“I think, therefore I am”), which propagate a mechanistic view of life and separated matter from spirit, modern science has ascertained that the heart has a powerful, innate intelligence that is in constant communication with the brain and every cell in the body -- neurologically (via nerve impulses), biochemically (via hormones and neurotransmitters), and biophysically (via pressure waves). On a more subtle but no less powerful level, it has been discovered that the heart generates an electromagnetic force field thousands of times stronger than that of the brain, emitting waveforms which can be detected up to ten feet away and potentially around the world. For more on this, read Renee A. Levi’s article, “The Sentient Heart: Messages for Life,” at: www.collectivewisdominitiative.org/papers/levi_sentient.htm.
Beauty opens the heart and feeds the soul. Venus represents what is most dear to us, and what is really worth our time, energy, and resources. Where Venus is located in our chart — by sign, house, and aspects — describes our preferences and requirements in relationship and lifestyle choices. Are we living in accordance with our values, or with those that have been instilled by our parents, culture, or the media? Have we bought into the Western belief that power equals money (for men) and beauty (for women)? Do we love ourselves? Can we trust that everything we need is already on its way? Can we allow ourselves to receive what has already been given?
Venus corresponds to the heart chakra, the subtle energy center which enables us to feel a sense of connection and belonging. When our hearts are open, we know that we are a beloved part of all Creation. We are able to see both the uniqueness and equality of all beings. We enjoy being in a body, and are grateful to be alive on this amazing planet at this extraordinary time. We are able to give and receive. We are able to appreciate and create beauty. We are compassionate and courageous. We see that we are creators, not victims, and that our inner guidance steers us in the direction which is right for us.
From Lena Steven’s June Forecast: “...be prepared for something to dissolve to make way for that expansion... The whole process this month is about reversing our imprint of how things actually work. Many of us have been taught that you have to have the vision first and then you set your intention and then you infuse that intention with creativity to make it happen. That puts the masculine first and the feminine second... Pure unorganized creativity, the void, chaos, inspiration and beauty have to come first... The need to control chaos is rooted in the fear of the feminine and thus breeds a fear of creativity, destruction and change... This space of holding creativity without form may be uncomfortable for many of you, but if you resist the urge to control it you will be rewarded with Vision coming in its own time... You may not understand intellectually what you are feeling or sensing but it will seem right. Learn to follow a new set of signals and guiding principles. And remember that help is always around. All you have to do is ask.” (full article at http://www.thepowerpath.com/index.php/power-path-home/the-power-path/monthly-forecast/457-june-forecast-2012)
You are an eternal spirit, limited only by your beliefs and fears. Monitor your thoughts. Think with your heart. Gather with like minded souls and remember: “Love never divides; it only multiplies.” (Leslie Temple-Thurston, www.Corelight.org).