About Dana Gerhardt

A popular columnist with The Mountain Astrologer since 1991, Dana Gerhardt is an internationally respected astrologer. She has lectured extensively and written for astrology publications on several continents. Her ongoing passions are the moon and living the intuitive life. Dana worked for many years in the corporate sector, where she observed the undeniable influence of natural cycles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in literature at Columbia University and CSULA. Dana can be contacted by email.

Saturn-in-Sag Success Strategy #2: Be Philosophical

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It’s certainly like Saturn to erect scaffolding in the public square for a good old-fashioned public shaming. When the Stone Lord was in Scorpio, famous people were shamed for their dark vices, like drugging women and having sex with them, but now in Sagittarius, the sign of the ethical philosopher, our outrage has shifted.

We’re much more riled up about things like hypocrisy and lies. Poor Brian Williams. A tall story takes a big man down. He said his helicopter caught fire in the Iraq War and it didn’t. We don’t have a birth time for Williams; even so, we can see telling transits in the chart for his birthdate. The Uranus/Pluto square has Williams’ Mars in its crosshairs. Meanwhile Saturn takes aim at his natal Pluto/Jupiter square. (Read more from Anthony Louis and Elsa Elsa.)

But I’m most interested in the fact that we’re so interested. For weeks after American Sniper came out, articles and commentary kept appearing in my news feed, debating whether it was authentic or a pack of lies. Some said the movie lied and the book was true. Others said the book was a lie because their war experience was different. With Saturn in Sagittarius, we are examining the story tellers! People are more suspicious and opinionated. They’re willing to stick pins in helium balloons. Journalists, teachers, scholars, lawyers, politicians, marketers, publishers—shaky practices in these areas might assure a public shaming.

“Uh, remember the Brian Williams thing,” has become a kind of mantra running through celebrity and political interviews. The next sentence uttered is usually a cautious one. “Be accountable” is always Saturn’s message, along with “take responsibility” and “do your duty.” But be accountable and do your duty to what? For the next three years, the answer to that is “the Truth.”

And that’s why my second Saturn-in-Sag Success Strategy is “Be philosophical.” The truth isn’t easy. It’s usually not the first thing that comes into your head and out of your mouth. You have to think about it for awhile. Philosophers ask questions. And that’s what it means to be philosophical. Go to a high place and wonder a little about your life. What does it all mean? What really matters? Listen for some affirmation from your heart (who always has the final say in ethical matters). The truth has a capacity to light up your being. It moves you toward your higher purpose. Use the Saturn-in-Sag years to bring your actions in line with what you’ve always said are your ideals.

Or maybe the mob, with their torches and pitch forks, will start heading for you.

Throughout 2015 I’ll be offering Saturn-in-Sag tips on my blog.  See also:

Sag-in-Saturn Success Strategy #1!

Saturn in Sagittarius: Your Growth Coach for 2015

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Moonskills 101: Reading Feelings

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Among the many odd scenes in Lawrence Wright’s Scientology expose was Tom Cruise sitting in a Home Depot parking lot doing “tone drills” designed to develop his capacity for intuiting the emotional states of random people leaving the store. I don’t know how this exercise fits into Scientology doctrine, but given his Cancer Sun sign, Cruise does serve the Moon. And he was practicing a Moon skill (intuition) in a Moon place (Home Depot parking lot) focused on a lunar theme (feelings) being experienced by a Moon-ruled group (the public). I hadn’t thought of doing an exercise like this and I briefly wondered if it was worth adding to the Moon Academy syllabus.

The trouble is—most people who arrive at the Moon Academy are in the opposite situation. They want to learn how to stop registering what every person in the room is feeling. As an archetypal Mars action hero, Cruise “drills.” Masculine solar consciousness is focused. It hunts. Feminine Moon awareness tends to be absorbent and diffuse. It gathers and contains.

We don’t recommend prying into strangers’ psyches as a rule. Yet reading people’s emotions is not an especially exotic or invasive skill. Think about children playing in a schoolyard—how easy it is, even from a distance, to tell what various ones are feeling. The boy kicking gravel is bored. The girl sitting in a swing, dragging her feet and looking at the ground is sad about something. The two girls skipping over to a third friend are happy. The boy slamming the ball against the fence is mad. We’re social beings. Our bodies broadcast the ups and downs of our emotional states.

If you’re a sensitive—perhaps with a prominent Moon in your chart—you likely discovered this frequency early in life. Nobody had to introduce you to it. On your own, you recognized the benefits of reading others’ moods and figured out how to excel at it (which is why the Moon-ruled are usually quite gifted at working with people). You probably got good at interpreting visual cues—slumped shoulders, a tight face. You saw patterns—how whenever Sam got tired, anger would follow. But there was something else. Without really noticing how you were doing it, you began to know just by entering a room whether something was up. You got a sense for something happening in the air—tension, expectation, celebration. Maybe this helped you navigate through a childhood where your safety hinged on somebody else’s moods. Maybe it helped you avoid the bullies in the lunchroom.

Had you been born in a different time and place, your sensitivity might have attracted the attention of the temple priestesses who over the years would have initiated you into the many subtle layers of the Feminine mysteries. But it didn’t happen that way. That’s because it’s no longer necessary. In our time, intuition reveals itself from within—as a natural ability that gets better the more we pay attention it. Reading emotions is often a sensitive’s gateway into other more refined intuitive skills. Mood-reading carries us into the invisible world—which is sometimes thick with information. Emotions, in particular, have a highly energetic quality.

Imagine a game where you were deposited in a chair outside a large room and then blindfolded. A line of schoolchildren, the other game-players, were instructed to walk quietly past you before entering the room. Likely you couldn’t intuit what every child was feeling (nor would you want to!). But surely there would be some, as they walked slowly past, for whom you’d get a charge, an inkling, a picture, a sensation that wasn’t yours.

Frequency doesn’t matter. Maybe two hundred children file past before you notice anything. Just focus on the mechanics of that moment. When you get your inkling, what are you doing? How do you know what you suddenly know? If you’re using intuition, there’s only one answer. You aren’t doing anything. You’re just letting the information come to you. Intelligence is traveling on air.

Information often comes this way. You suddenly get the thought you’re going to run into Becca today, and later that afternoon, there she is at the post office. Or out of nowhere, you think to call your sister, who unbeknownst to you has just heard bad news and really needs some comforting. At the planning meeting, you find yourself distrusting what your boss is saying. Later you learn that he was forced to cover up management’s true plans.

As children we didn’t need to wonder how we knew what we knew. Often enough our knowing was invalidated. Concerned about our mother with her head in her hands, we might ask, “Is something wrong?” “I’m fine!” was a typical adult reply. Adults who’ve lost touch with with their own inner awareness can hardly train children to respect theirs. But now it’s appropriate—particularly if you’re in the Moon Academy–to wonder about how your intuition works. And that’s what I invite you to explore with your experience over the next two weeks. How is it that you sometimes “know’ things? And how come, at other times, you don’t? Pay particular attention to your awareness of other people’s moods. What is the mechanism that lets you pick up what one person is feeling but not the next one? Or with the same person—sometimes you can read them and sometimes you can’t—why?

I won’t pretend there’s one right answer. But I do have my own ideas and I’ll share them with you next time. (Hint: I’m thinking about containment.)

© 2015 Dana Gerhardt

At Mooncircles, we honor both the inner and outer Moons.
Each is a perfect way to explore the other.
To find out more about your inner and outer Moons, check out my Moon Workshop and/or my Moonprints report

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We’re entering Pisces too!

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The Sun–the source of our vitality–enters Pisces on February 18–just three minutes after our second Aquarius New Moon.  Pisces is the sign of the Dreamer, the Artist, and the Mystic.  The solar Pisces month encourages us to renew our vitality by nourishing these parts of ourselves. Grant some “me time” to the inner dreamer, artist, or mystic. These characters are most alive, perhaps, in the affairs of the house where Pisces falls in your chart.  But you don’t need to be that precise. Just vow this month to face the sky with your Mystic self.  Clear from your mind how astronomers have named the stars or astrologers have interpreted the planets.  Simply enter the night and see if there is a twinkling light—a star or planet–that catches your notice.  Settle your mind and ask:  “Do you have a message for me?”

The answer may come in words.  Or it may not.  It may come as a feeling, a sensation, a new conviction.  It may come immediately or hours later.  Your work is simply to be receptive and reverent.  Thank the sky by agreeing to bring this message into your world—through a new decision or action, a changed perspective, an inspiration you share with another.  You may even want to name your star and commune with it throughout the month.

Working this way requires a special dreamy kind of clarity.  Your conscious mind may be suspicious. It might diminish your reverence by accusing you of just pretending. The very phrase “just pretending” reveals how our culture typically views Pisces perception. As children, before we heard this phrase, we were wiser. We knew that we had this special ability. We could flow through our days like mermaids through water. We knew how to listen to  stars and how to get help from the fairies whenever we needed it most.  This is the month to remember all that.

If you’d like to harmonize with the Sun throughout the year, you may enjoy my enrolling in my Moon workshop (by snail-mail or email). It’s designed to deepen your relationship with the guardians of natural time, the Sun, the Moon, and the zodiac.

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3 Minute Full Moon Ritual

Ritual: Leo Aquarius Full Moon

Drawing down the moon…

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings…

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Feel that you have become the goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Leo and Aquarius, signs devoted to individual creativity and collective responsibility. They represent the forces of “me” and “we.” When the radiance of me joins hands with the reality of we, our world recognizes its interdependence, how what happens to one of us touches all of us. Imagine what a future we’d create if everyone brought me and we into balance. Out of balance, Leo promotes the toxic worship of celebrity, Aquarius the dangerous rule of technology.

When these shadow expressions run amok, we feel like our world is being run by children or mad scientists. Imagine this negativity circles the globe like a dark smoke. Know that if you breathe in this smoke you have the power to transform it in your heart-breathing it out as the pure white light of the goddess. Read the affirmations and visualize the world’s darkness dissolving with your breath. Find a comfortable rhythm and repeat the statements until your light has transformed the world.

  • Breathing in…
    self-centered egos, cold hearts.
  • Breathing out…
    warm smiles, loving hands joined round the globe.
  • Breathing in…
    global warming, the extinction of species.
  • Breathing out…
    ingenious solutions, saving the world.
  • Breathing in…
    The warrior raising his club,
    the goddess calling him names.
  • Breathing out…
    the knowing that all are divine.

Grounding the energy…

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.


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Moonskills 101: Holding Things

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Moon knowledge isn’t gotten like any other knowledge. You can’t read about it in a book. You can’t study your notes one night and pass a test on it the next morning. You have to make it personal. You need to explore. You need to use your body and your emotions—both are ruled by the Moon—to discover all the ways the Moon is now alive in you.

Astrologers throughout the ages have identified the phenomena ruled by every planet. That’s because it’s through these things—their kingdom—that the planets speak and influence our fates. These are living archetypes. If we want to locate the living Moon, we could start with a few of her subjects—like nests, homes, families, drawers and bowls. What unites these five Moon-ruled things? Do they share a certain quality, intention or vibration?

Most of us reach the Moon Academy like an uptight fellow who arrives in the tropics wearing too many clothes. We want to know what the rules are. We want to get it right. We bring layers of perceptions and questions as we try to make sense of what we’re doing. Gradually the mind quiets down, and eventually, if we stick with it long enough, we find ourselves just naturally standing naked in moonlight.

With this kind of nakedness we can better perceive the workings of the magical world. When I sense into our list of Moon-ruled items, I notice that each has a gift for holding things. Nests hold eggs, homes and families hold people, bowls and drawers hold liquids and objects. The Moon rules containers. And if your heart has ever sung on entering a contemporary container store, it’s because somewhere deep inside you knew this was a modern temple to the Moon.

But don’t take my word for it. Feel into this Moon ability. A good way to start is by sensing the energetic differences between what’s contained and what’s not. You and I might perceive this energy differently. I might see colors. You might get a feeling. Someone else might call it a “vibe.” There is no right or wrong way. There’s just what feels natural for your body. You want to find the easiest means to read energy using your instrument. And remember you’re standing naked in moonlight.

  • Imagine a drawer filled with a clutter of small treasures and junk. Pause and release this image. Now imagine the same pile of objects lying on a table. Release the image and investigate what you just experienced. Both images had an energy of disarray—but was there a difference between the feel of drawered items and those strewn on the table?
  • Imagine a baby in a diaper crying alone on a carpet. Pause and clear the image/emotion. Now imagine a crying baby wrapped in a soft blanket and held in her mother’s arms. Does this change the energy?
  • Imagine sitting on the moor in the howling wind. Pause. Imagine sitting inside a tent in the same wind.
  • Take five steps into an imaginary room where a dozen strangers are standing in a random pattern. Pause and clear. Now enter a room where a dozen strangers stand in a circle, holding hands. Two unclasp and invite you in. What’s the energetic difference between being here and in the room of randomly placed people?

My body senses what’s uncontained as being somehow more tenuous or vulnerable. It’s loose. It spreads. It can flood, overwhelm, or dissipate. It’s unprotected. There’s no “belonging.” What’s contained feels more valued, more welcome, more stable. The energy of contained things is calmer. The activity of “holding” is a good way to soothe a situation and shift the mood toward safety and belonging. It’s why our earliest ancestors recognized their baskets, bowls and woven bags as sacred gifts from the Great Mother Moon.

What bowls can do—so should we. We might not want to hold grains or soup, but how many times have you wanted to hold people or projects or just your own wild emotions together? The capacity to contain is an important and basic Moonskill.

Imagine a woman who’s just heard disturbing news. Like a storm, panic and fear start swirling through her body. She feels an urge to run out, wild and unstrung—but then a friend intercepts her, sits her down, and listens to her story. That’s one kind of container. Or perhaps the upset woman quickly heads home where she crawls into her bed and pulls the soft and familiar covers over her head. This warm safe place is another kind of container.

There are a thousand ways to do containing—but you’ll only know whether you’ve succeeded if you can tell the difference between what’s held and what’s not. Play with this discernment over the next two weeks. Notice when these two states naturally arise. This noticing is an important first step. It’s the foundation for the more sophisticated Moonskill of holding boundaries (more on that in future lessons).  If you’d like to take your containment practice further, visit my blog. My current post offers a nifty containment technique you can use when you’re most upset.

© 2015 Dana Gerhardt

At Mooncircles, we honor both the inner and outer Moons.
Each is a perfect way to explore the other.
To find out more about your inner and outer Moons, check out my Moonprints report

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Get hold of yourself!

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Maybe this happened to you as a child: someone with an alarmed expression looked at you and shouted, “Get hold of yourself!” Maybe you were being impatient or dancing out a tantrum or you just couldn’t let go of something. Maybe an authoritative person even shook you by the arm. But your nerves were firing and you had no idea how you were supposed to control them.

If only someone had been around who better understood the human body. Bringing ourselves to calm is hard-wired into our systems. There are many routes to doing this. One method is hinted at in the very phrase “Get hold of yourself.” We can do something physical. We can use action and touch. Holding ourselves—applying pressure to the body—actually calms the nervous system. This is the universal technology behind the human hug.

As a child with autism, Temple Grandin instinctively liked the feel of deep pressure but found hugs from people over-stimulating. During her summers at her Aunt’s ranch, she noticed how the cattle calmed down in the squeeze chute that was used to hold them still for inoculations. She eventually built a similar machine for herself—a squeeze box—which worked to calm her hyper-sensitive body’s frequent stress and anxiety.

Grandin’s revelation was at first scorned by psychologists. But it’s since been widely accepted and has helped not only those with autism, it’s also helped to make our slaughterhouses more compassionate. Cows heading to slaughter are “contained” in a way that reduces their distress. Using a similar principle, “thunder shirts” are now available for dogs; the tight and sturdy shirt applies pressure that helps to calm a variety of pet anxieties and fears. (A shirt like this worked well for my dog Jupiter.)

But we don’t need to buy anything to help ourselves. We just need to be willing to practice and learn the amount of pressure that’s just right for our body. It’s easy to do. Sit in a safe place where you won’t be interrupted. Take a few conscious breaths into your belly and then let your breath naturally relax and find its rhythm. Next, sense the internal space of your body. Become aware of how it feels as one continuous shape—going from your toes, into your ankles, up to your knees, through your hips and torso, your shoulders, fingers, neck and head. If there is tension anywhere within this shape, send breath there, until, as best you can, you can feel your whole body as one fabric.

Now lightly wrap your arms around yourself—with very little pressure. Notice any change in the internal space. Wait until your body feels comfortable with this gesture. Then, squeeze your arms as tightly as you can—and release. How does the internal body feel now? For many of us, strong pressure is uncomfortable and inspires resistance. We feel more stressed (as when tipsy Uncle Harold gives us too big and tight of a hug).

This information is useful because we’re learning how to calibrate ourselves to find the perfect degree of pressure. You’ll know when you’ve reached it because the internal space shifts. It feels pleasant and calm, better than when you began.  So go back to a light grasp and gradually draw your arms in, pausing as you go. The pausing is critical. Unless your self awareness is extremely refined, you can miss this moment. When you hit it right—the inner space lifts. In my own body, this moment comes as as sensation of uplift. Sometimes it feels like a soft golden light is warming my inner body or a precious nectar is flowing through it.

If you practice this exercise daily for thirty days, you’ll get good at it (eventually you can “charm” yourself into this state without using your arms). You’ll also notice a positive effect from daily calming yourself—which will likely decrease the occasions you’ll need to “get hold of yourself.” But if that happens, now you’ll know exactly what to do.

 

Emotional mastery is a natural consequence of  Moonwork.
Get support for starting your relationship with this fabulous celestial resource.
Enroll in Dana’s monthly Moon workshop!

© 2015 Dana Gerhardt

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Saturn-in-Sag Success Strategy #1

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Saturn energizes success, and when he’s in Sagittarius, he especially supports those who act and think in Sagittarian ways.  Since Saturn calls us to “focus” and optimistic Sag delights in what’s “positive,” one fine and simple strategy for 2015 is to “Focus on the positive.”  Such an attitude can open us up. It can lead to new opportunities and life-changing adventures. If we can keep our spirits up for the duration of Saturn-in-Sag (roughly now through December 2017), our lives may take some wonderful turns.

And nothing focuses our eyes on what’s positive better than a Gratitude List.

Ugh. Not that! If you’re like me, you’ve done a zillion gratitude lists. Maybe you’ve even signed up for one of those “gratitude” email campaigns that somebody somewhere is always offering.  Two things about gratitude lists: 1) They work. 2) They’re easy to stop doing.  Perhaps you write your first list reluctantly. Your mind is blank. You force yourself to think of something–maybe it’s just sunshine or the blue sky that you’re grateful for. You have a roof over your head. Your Aunt Charlie is still cancer-free. You still have all your fingers and toes. It doesn’t take too long before something happens. After listing a few things you’re thankful for (it doesn’t matter what they are), your mood starts to shift. You begin feeling good about things!  And the better you feel, the less inclined you are to continue making gratitude lists.  Then the inevitable happens: you fall back into your usual self-movie, with its muttering soundtrack of complaints.

You’re not a bad person. You’re just equipped with a human brain. It’s designed to look for trouble. Its generally negative focus is an evolutionary advantage.  We look for what’s out of place. If the pot isn’t sitting properly on the window sill, its contents will spill.  It’s good that we notice such things.  But if the sky is sunny, there’s little new to learn, which is why our brains generally tilt us towards the negative.  That’s why Gratitude Lists are a such fine tool. They help to reboot our thinking. We don’t have to promise to become perpetually happy and grateful, but we do need to clean out the negativity from time to time. So use Gratitude Lists whenever you need them–when life gets too tight or hopeless, when you lose confidence or your zest for life. You don’t have to make a big deal about it. You don’t have to write a GL daily for forty-two days without fail.  You’re an adult, says Saturn.  And a free one at that, says Sag. List what you’re grateful for whenever you decide you need that balance. And know that whenever you do over the next three years, Saturn will be watching with a smile.

What else does Saturn (and the other planets) want from you this year? Find out by checking your transits and progressions with a Skylog report!

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Saturn in Sagittarius: Your Growth Coach for 2015

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Does Saturn ever smile? That old grump just might in Sagittarius. After his passage through deep and serious Scorpio,  he’s ready to lighten up.  We all are. Since late 2012 we’ve all been slogging through Scorpio, for as Saturn goes, so goes the culture.  This is important news, because if you want to succeed in any year, you need to practice the virtues of whatever sign Saturn is transiting.  For the past two years, success meant going to the underworld. We’ve had to look at truths not easily discussed in “polite” society: the realities of racism, rape, inequality, brutality, entitlement, and greed.  We’ve seen the videos (an unconscious female being raped, an unarmed man beaten to death, another shot just for showing his driver’s license to the cops). We’ve heard the testimonies of women and children brutalized by violence and war.

If you haven’t been deeply outraged about something in the past two years, likely you haven’t been paying attention. We’ve had to accept new losses in privacy, call good people on bad behavior, and grieve when innocence is once more abducted and nothing seems to change. We’ve had to grapple with our shadow and face futures that scare us. Maneuvering through Scorpio is like going through a long dark tunnel. We can only hope there’s some light at the end.

There is. It’s the light that comes from Sagittarius—the expansive and optimistic fire sign that follows Scorpio—for good reason. After swimming through so much darkness, we need to lift our spirits. We need to rediscover our ideals. We need to start aspiring again. Otherwise, we’ll never build that better world we’ve so clearly seen we need. When a planet shifts from Scorpio to Sag, the collective mood brightens. The world grows bigger, more inviting. Adventures beckon. We’re willing to sign up for new subjects. It feels like we can breathe again.

“Don’t worry, be happy” sang Bobby McFerrin the last time Saturn was in Sagittarius (beginning Nov. 1985, ending Nov. 1988). Future culture guru and publisher, Oprah, debuted on national TV. Saturn-in-Scorpio introduced us to DNA fingerprinting (of course). But in the sign of the gypsy wanderer, Saturn oversaw our first disposable cameras, pocket calculators, Game Boys and laptops–ideal toys for “doing our thing” on the road. Of course there were disasters (the Challenger explosion and Chernobyl) and scandals (religious gurus Swaggart and Bakker fell). During his Sag transit, Saturn tests all areas that Sagittarius rules: religion, higher education, the law, politics, marketing, travel and publishing. Where there is weakness or hypocrisy, Saturn will call it out.  That’s already happening.

When religious extremists massacred the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, the world was shocked and galvanized. Old debates reignited: Does religion lead to violence? Should writers provoke and publish whatever they want? Such questions have Saturn-in-Sagittarius’ fingerprints, er, pencil, all over them.  The pencil is an odd symbol to act as lightning rod–but it’s made of Saturn materials, wood and lead, and it signifies a most important Sagittarian virtue: freedom of expression. Of course, Saturn is testing for “truth” in Sag.  Hypocrisy won’t fly. Many of those quick to say “Je suis Charlie Hebdo” are being called on their intolerance–defending some people’s freedom to speak even as they still deny it to others.

Saturn brings trouble wherever he goes. It’s really our trouble, but he likes to rub our noses in it. He’s a “tough love” guy, but he does love us. He wants us to learn from our mistakes. Even so, I’ve noticed that he does seem to be at his most benevolent when wearing Sagittarian robes. Astrology tradition says he’s neither “ruling” nor “exalted”in this sign, which means he doesn’t possess any special powers. Still, I think he kind of does. His seriousness adds ballast to our Sag enthusiasms. If we respect Saturn’s virtues, like patience, accountability, and hard work, we’ll find it’s easier to direct the centaur’s hooves and focus the archer’s arrow. With Saturn’s help we can actually accomplish our wild Sagittarian dreams.

So if something is stirring in you… some sense of a near-future adventure, pay attention. Success will come from stretching yourself now in Sagittarian directions. Take Saturn as your growth coach. You will see a great reward!

Throughout 2015 I’ll be offering Saturn-in-Sag tips on my blog. Here’s my Sag-in-Saturn Success Strategy #1!

.© 2015 Dana Gerhardt

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3 Minute New Moon Ritual

Ritual: Aquarius New Moon

Ground your body, clear your mind…

Become aware of your body. Notice how gravity holds and connects you to earth. It’s as though your body is an ancient stone temple—solid, strong, secure. Sanctify this temple. Imagine a priestess is pouring sacred water and scattering rose petals, all the way down, from your head to your toes. Any anxiety or negativity washes away. Notice the thoughts and feelings leaving the temple—your judgments, your distracted mind, your worried heart. Be sure to honor them. Give each a smile and a piece of cake as it departs.

Draw a circle of protection, call in blessings…

Visualize a ring of fragrant flowers surrounding you, protecting you. Know that you are safe and relaxed. Breathe deeply. Feel the power of the Sun and Moon pouring into your circle. The energy of Aquarius is gathering in your circle. It is inventive and unconventional. It can be detached and rational as a scientist and as passionately involved as a revolutionary. It works for the good of all even as it honors the unique gifts of the self. Inspired by its ruling planet Uranus, Aquarius is interested in shaking up whatever has grown stale or too traditional. Let yourself feel its electric energy tremoring at the core of your being. Let it shake you up and turn you toward inspired new directions.

  • I treasure what’s unique about me.
  • I regularly nourish myself with
    new and unusual ideas.
  • I’ve got the courage to revolutionize my life.
  • I delight in the whole human race.
  • I attract people and situations that
    take me to exciting frontiers.
  • I know how to appreciate my special genius.
  • I love opportunities that come
    in unexpected ways.
  • I appreciate my wide community of friends.

Allow seed intentions to form…

Your intentions for this cycle are gathering. You may already know what you wish to accomplish. Or you may not. Trust that all will unfold perfectly in time. Know that this brief ritual has aligned you with spirit. Now ask your heart if it has a closing message for you. This may come in words or as a picture, perhaps as a body sensation or sound. Give yourself time to receive this message. Digest it. Write it down. Then, in gratitude to yourself and spirit, return to normal awareness. Place a symbol of your Aquarius New Moon message on your altar.


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3 Minute Full Moon Ritual

Ritual: Cancer Capricorn Full Moon

Drawing down the moon…

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings…

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Feel that you have become the goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the forces of Capricorn and Cancer, signs devoted to responsibility and nurture. They represent the forces of “father” and “mother,” protecting, securing, holding, and stabilizing, each in their way. Out of balance, they raise the shadows of authoritarianism and helplessness. When we confront their shadow expressions, we feel lonely and unsafe; we feel un-fathered and un-mothered. This negativity circles the globe like a dark smoke. Know that if you breathe in this smoke you have the power to transform it in your heart-breathing it out as the pure white light of the goddess. Read the affirmations and visualize the world’s darkness dissolving with your breath. Find a comfortable rhythm and repeat the statements until your light has transformed the world.

  • Breathing in…
    The homeless, hungry, and abandoned ones.
  • Breathing out…
    protection, nurture, and love.
  • Breathing in…
    childhood nightmares and traumas.
  • Breathing out…
    warm lights, safe laps, comforting hands.
  • Breathing in…
    fearful and ignorant leaders.
  • Breathing out…
    wise and compassionate elders, guiding the world.

Grounding the energy…

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.


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