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Saturday, March 29, 2014

EcoAstrology: Aries New Moon Plus-Lots of Stuff Happening in the Sky

Guest Blogger: Stephanie Austin M.A. is a full time 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, visit


EcoAstrology: Aries New Moon Plus

Important Dates:
March 30: New Moon 11:45 AM PDT (10º Aries)
April 1: Sun square Jupiter (12º Aries-Cancer)
April 2: Sun conjunct Uranus (13º Aries)
April 3: Sun square Pluto (14º Aries-Capricorn)
April 8: Sun opposite Mars (19º Libra)
April 15: Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon 12:42 AM PDT (25º Libra-Aries)
April 20-23: Grand Cardinal Cross (Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter-Mars, all at 14º)
April 29: Solar Eclipse/New Moon 11:14 PM PDT (9º Taurus)
March 28, 2014
Dear Friends,
We have reached a major tipping point. Beginning with the next new moon, which forms on March 30 at 10º Aries, the following four weeks provide almost nonstop opportunities for pivotal revelations, shifts, and breakthroughs. A precise grand cross involving Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, and Mars, combined with two eclipses, signals that we have reached a critical crossroads, both personally and collectively. To harness this huge wave of energy, rather than being buffeted by it, it is vital to stay centered, grounded, and in touch with our inner guidance. Beware of impulsiveness and impatience; respond rather than react. Hold ‘Beginner’s Mind;' remain curious, open, and willing to be surprized. Choose and move from love rather than fear. Remember what Gandhi said when asked what he did when he was too busy to meditate; he said: “I meditate twice as much.” It has never been more important to frequently take time out, or more precisely, time in, to check our spiritual compass and align with our higher self, so that we can use these transformative tailwinds to move us forward, rather than feel blown sideways. Where in your life are you ready for a quantum leap?
New moons are times to inhale, to tune into the core of our being. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the energy of initiation, of breaking new ground and birthing new forms. It takes courage to grow. It takes willpower to overcome the pull of the past. It takes resolve to endure discomfort or disapproval. It’s not easy to leave the familiar, to step into the unknown, to dive so deeply into density that we risk forgetting from where we came. Astrology helps us to remember who we really are and what we came to do on Earth. It reminds us that everything is connected, that we are not alone, not separate, not adrift in a meaningless universe; rather, that each of us is a unique spark of the divine, endlessly exploring the frontiers of time and space. What do you want to create now? What needs to change for that to manifest?
Whenever the Sun, Moon, or any faster-moving planet aligns with a slower outer-planet configuration, the evolutionary pace picks up, increasing tailwinds for transformation. This new moon conjuncts Uranus, amplifying the ongoing alignment between Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto (see below), advising us to get ready for the next big step on our path. Uranus functions as the Awakener, liberating us from the slumber of conformity; its archetypal energy may shatter and shock us into radically new ways of seeing and being. Juno’s conjunction with this new moon — along with the transiting North Node now in Libra (February 18, 2014 to November 11, 2015) — emphasizes the imperative for relationships of all kinds to become more balanced, equal, and co-creative. Juno’s mythic battles with Jupiter illustrate that, both the reconciliation of inequities in power and status between genders and balancing our internal masculine and feminine sides, are necessary for harmony in partnerships and peace in the world.
Uranus and Pluto are in the process of making seven exact squares between 2012 and 2015, pressuring us to manifest the visions seeded in the 1960s during their last conjunction. Their fifth of seven squares forms on April 21, at 14° Aries-Capricorn, and will be greatly intensified by Mars at 14° Libra and Jupiter at 14° Cancer. This will be the second time Mars has linked up with the Uranus–Pluto square; the first was December 25–30, 2013 (8°–11°), and the third will be June 14–25 (13°–16°). This extraordinary combination requires that we balance and integrate four major areas of our life -- individuality (Aries), relationships (Libra), home (Cancer) and work (Capricorn), calling for courage and collaboration, emotional intelligence and integrity. Uranus in Aries galvanizes us to think out of the box. Mars in Libra advises us to be both assertive and respectful. Jupiter in Cancer expands access to our feelings, needs, and feminine side, while Pluto in Capricorn reveals where we must face inconvenient truths and make profound changes. Grand crosses offer pivotal opportunities to resolve long standing issues and conflicts, if we are able to transcend polarized thinking and move into our heart. Those with natal planets or angles in the mid degrees of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will feel the developmental pressure of these grand squares most strongly, as well the United States, with its natal Sun at 13º Cancer and Saturn at 15º Libra.
Grand Cross survival tools:
1. Clarify your intentions. What are your primary goals now?
2. Question old beliefs; they may no longer be true, or never even true in the first place.
3. Notice what triggers you. What is the real issue? What needs are not being met?
4. When stressed, take slow, deep breaths and a few drops of Rescue Remedy.
5. Have compassion for yourself and others; we are all on the edge of a new frontier.
6. Be grateful for everything; our greatest challenges often become our greatest blessings.
7. Ask for help; your guides are always on standby.
8. Discover the power of silence; turn off your cell phone, TV, and Wifi whenever possible.
9. Simplify; clean out closets, cupboards, and clutter.
10. Move your body; walk, dance, do yoga or some kind of physical activity daily.
11. Spend as much time as possible in nature.
12. Do what brings you joy.
We are in a huge transition, where much is falling away in order to make room for something better. That doesn’t mean those people, places, jobs, situations etc. were bad; only that they have served their purpose in this phase of our life and learning. Be ready for very quick developments; when we look back, we see that they have been in the works for quite some time. Use this new moon to attune to the core of your being, which is always in touch with the core of the Earth and the Cosmos. Prepare for takeoff, and keep in mind: “… it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” (C. Joy Bell)


• April 1, 5:30 PM PDT: online Upwising Event with Swami Beyondananda. Register here.
• April 5, 6 PM PDT: Gregg Braden on Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes. Register here.
18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently by Carolyn Gregoire available here.
Beyond Reason: 90 minute film on the perceptual limits of our five senses available here.
The Art of Empathy with Karla McLaren; download two empowering talks here:
Part I and Part2
Stephanie Austin
PO Box 1745 Port Townsend, WA 98368

Friday, March 21, 2014

Octavia Butler, Queen of Science Fiction, for National Women's History Month

It was easy for me to select Octavia Butler (1947-2006), a renowned science fiction writer, for National Women’s History Month. Ms. Butler has always been one of my favorite writers. As I researched her life, I learned a lot about this astonishing author. I not only selected her because of her great works, having been the recipient of both two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Society and two Nebula Awards from the Science Fiction Writers of America, but also because of her strong character.

At the age of twelve she watched what she considered a bad science fiction movie on T.V. At that moment she decided she could write a better story.  And she did. In 1995, Octavia became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. Her writing became her life. She did not let being an African American woman writing in a genre dominated by white males, or that she’d dyslexia deter her from her life’s purpose of writing.
You only have to read her books to appreciate, her writing skills, style and her powerful imagination.  Humanitarian causes, social issues, and especially women rights meant a lot to her. These themes are prevalent in her books. 

My favorite book is Kindred. In this book, she tells the story of a modern-day black woman who travels back in time to antebellum South to save the life of a white, slave-holding ancestor. Skillfully written, she puts you into that time period with its pain, cruelty, and hatred that black people had to endure. Equally as skillful was the transition of the main character from one time period to another.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times in 1998, Octavia Butler said, “I’m black, I’m solitary, I’ve always been an outsider.” And she was all of those things, but her legacy lives on and she has opened the door for countless writers who inspire to follow in her footsteps. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 Books for the Body, Mind and Spirit

The movement of human awareness from the dense molecular vehicles of matter to the conscious exploration of the non-physical parallel dimension of the universe.~William Buhlman

Ammon-Wexler Jill Amaze Yourself Take a Quantum Leap

Buhlman, William Adventures of the Body

Fritjof Capra The Tao of Physics

Gikandi, David Cameron A Happy Pocket Full of Money

Holden, Robert, Ph.D Happiness

Michael, JJ Path to Truth: a Spiritual Memoir

Roberts, Jane Seth Material

Talbot, Michael Mysticism and the New Physics

Tolle, Eckhart Power of Now

Yogananda, Paramhansa Autobiography of a Yogi

Zukov, Gary The Dancing Wu Li Masters