About Simone Butler

Simone Butler is an intuitive astrologer with more than 25 years of experience helping people engage with the mystery of their lives. In addition to having a consulting practice with clients throughout the world, Simone has taught many astrology classes and workshops, most recently at Vintage Religion in San Diego and the Golden Door Spa in Escondido. Simone's articles have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer, The L.A. Times and many other publications. She wrote the daily forecasts for the Starscroll for many years, as well as the lunar forecasts for Tarot.com. Simone loves ritual and combining astrology with feng shui. She lives in San Diego, California, and can be contacted through her website.

Aries New Moon: Time to Misbehave!

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Are you up for a little healthy risk? Lately I’ve been witnessing friends and family members doing outrageous things in the name of self-discovery. One friend just got back from a two-month South American journey, where she had so much fun that she’s now offering exotic trips for her coaching clients. Another left a stable position and relationship to move cross-country for her dream job. And, a third just bought a house in another state, where she’s moving with or without her long-time partner.

Are these people being selfish? Are they abandoning established careers and relationships to satisfy their impulsive desires? To me, they’re just following their dreams. Perhaps they’re “misbehaving” a bit—but if that’s what it takes to shake up the status quo and bring new vitality into your life, then why not?

According to an article by Rebecca Webber in Psychology Today, misbehavior can be liberating, even necessary. The healthy way to do it, she says, “is to occasionally break rules, norms, or expectations in ways that don’t cause any serious harm. By doing so, we can test out roads not normally taken, and make sure we’re on the path that’s right for us. Misbehavior usually reaffirms our established ways just as it provides a refreshing break from them. But it sometimes reveals an even better direction in which to steer our lives. If we never misbehave, we’ll never know what we’re missing…and it could be something great.”

Misbehavior is written all over the Aries New Moon (Sunday March 30, 11:45 a.m. PDT), which some astrologers are calling the most important New Moon of the year. Fiery Aries wants to strike out on its own—an impulse greatly intensified by rebellious Uranus, go-get-‘em Jupiter and all-or-nothing Pluto making an inflammatory T-square with the Sun and Moon. The ego-driven Sun’s involvement is apt to stir up trouble, especially in combustible regions around the globe. Push could easily come to shove in our personal lives, as well. Yet the urge for freedom can’t be denied—especially in matters related to the house where the New Moon falls. (Email me at simone@astroalchemy.com for a $50 Snapshot reading on what’s being activated for you).

This New Moon offers a preview of the potentially life-changing April 20-23 Grand Cross, in which Mars will retrograde back to oppose Uranus and square the Jupiter-Pluto opposition. Like the Sun, Mars is a fiery, impulsive planet—especially when frustrated by its retrograde passage through peace-loving Libra. By mid-April, bracketed by eclipses on the 15th and 29th (more about that in my next post) the Grand Cross will trigger the results of whatever is now being initiated. Throughout April, emotions will run high—necessitating forethought and careful attention to our words and actions. If you’re truly ready to charge ahead with something, go for it—just be aware that with Mars retrograde through May 19, progress could be slowed.

Most important right now is to get clear on your goals, and recommit to whatever truly makes your heart sing. Check in–this may have changed. If you’ve been conforming to rules or limitations that no longer make sense to you, develop an exit strategy. Dare to be selfish—especially if you always strive to make others happy. If you’re not ready for a big change, find a harmless way to misbehave—stay out late dancing, take a spontaneous vacation. Do whatever it takes to feel more alive and fulfilled.

For helping in pumping up your life force and career at the Aries New Moon, check out this ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a mini-makeover at the bottom of that page showing how I helped one woman transform her porch—and career path.

Featured image from a painting by Claudia Fernety. See more of Claudia’s work her website.

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Pisces New Moon: Soulful Communion

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Kristi Rodriguez’ ten-year-old son Sean was struggling with reading in school. One day Rodriguez, a program coordinator for the Animal Rescue League in Berks County, PA, had an inspiration. She decided to bring Sean in to read to the shelter’s cats. He loved it so much – and so did the cats – that she knew she was onto something. So Rodriguez launched The Book Buddies Program in August 2013. Since then Sean has shown great improvement in his reading. And, over 20 children grades 1 to 8 visit the ARL on a weekly basis, where they enjoy reading to and bonding with an appreciative feline audience.

The program is a win-win for all concerned, especially kids struggling in school, who receive small prizes for each book they read aloud. And, the shelter’s cats enjoy the rhythmic vocal sounds, while they get some much-needed company and socialization. “One little boy has autism and his mom home schools him,” says Beth Ireland, the shelter’s marketing director. “He’s blossomed while he’s here. It’s so sweet to watch.”

Soulful communion, interspecies bonding, joyful learning—all depicted by the upcoming Pisces New Moon in exact trine to expansive Jupiter (March 1, 12:00 am PST). Watery Pisces connects us all at the deepest level, while stationary Jupiter in connective Cancer brings the urge to bond as it prepares to turn forward within a week. Plus, messenger Mercury turns direct on Feb. 28, just prior to the New Moon, bringing greater mental clarity and helping us release internal frustrations from the last three weeks. Sounds like cause for celebration, eh? Yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Tough love planets Mars and Saturn turn retrograde on March 1 and 2, respectively. Mars’ retrograde turn in Libra (through May 19) demands that we review and re-evaluate agreements and partnerships, while Saturn’s backward turn in Scorpio (thru July 19) plunges us into deep waters to heal old wounds and reassess emotional or financial commitments we’ve made since last fall. This combination will require finesse and patience, especially through May. Yet the transcendent nature of the March 1 New Moon suggests that great blessings are coming if we just keep the faith, stay centered in our hearts and have compassion for one another. Still, it’s wise to be extra cautious this weekend, especially when it comes to travel, finances and relationships, as Mars and Saturn both station retrograde.

To tap into the mysterious, psychic nature of the Pisces New Moon, try this Water Gazing ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. On that page you’ll also find a mini-video of my Health gua makeover at the center of one couple’s home – which led to a whole new life for them.

 

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Aquarius New Moon: Welcoming the Horse

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As a girl, Koelle Simpson spent hours engaging with horses near her rural home in Tennessee. They helped her heal from the sexual abuse that had left her feeling broken and withdrawn. In her passion for understanding these amazing creatures, Simpson studied everything she could about the equine nature. In the process, she developed a skill often called ‘horse whispering,’ or what she refers to simply as “communicating with horses in their own language.”

Simpson discovered how, sometimes within a matter of hours, to transform an abused horse from a stampeding demon into an angelic companion—using only gentleness and patience. Soon she and her equine pals began helping people who’d been similarly scarred. Seemingly miraculous healings occurred as people learned, from interacting with horses, how to treat themselves more gently instead of whipping, hobbling or denying their instincts and true selves.

We’re entering the Year of the Horse on January 31, and those who follow Chinese astrology are predicting a New Year characterized by rapid expansion, fast-paced spurts of growth, optimism and achievement of goals. This makes sense on one level, since the horse is an energetic force of nature, running wild and free. And there is bound to be a release of energy as we leave behind two years of watery influences (first the Dragon, then the Snake) and gallop into the fiery Year of the Horse.

Yet horses are also very sensitive, social creatures, with an intense desire for companionship. Since a lone animal is vulnerable to predators, horses need one another for protection, and easily become spooked when feeling exposed. So the freedom-loving horse also symbolizes the need for community, safety and a slow, gentle approach. We’d do well to bear this in mind—especially because the first half of this year is rife with retrogrades, suggesting that patience will be the key to manifesting our goals.

Love goddess Venus ends her six-week retrograde on Jan. 31st, just as action-hero Mars starts to slow down in preparation for his backward turn from March through May. The retrograde of Mars can be particularly frustrating, because it demands that we make internal changes rather than trying to force external results. And, with February and June both colored by communicator Mercury’s backward turn, there’s a retrograde flavor to the period through early July. The Horse may need a lot of love and gentling before he really hits his stride in mid-July, when Jupiter canters into fiery Leo for a year.

Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year and Venus’ direct station both happen within hours of the Aquarius New Moon (January 30, 1:39 p.m. PST). The New Moon’s Aquarian bid for freedom is accentuated by its sextile to independent Uranus. Combined with the incoming Horse energy and Venus casting off her retrograde shackles, it should make for a potent breakthrough period. Throw in an opposition from blustery Jupiter to an intense Pluto-Venus conjunction, however, and things could easily get out of hand. Hold your horses before doing anything rash, especially where relationships are concerned. This holds true for the entire month of February, in which Mars will be virtually stationary in fair-shake Libra and Mercury turns retrograde in nebulous Pisces before heading back into Aquarius. We’d do best to cultivate our own pastures now rather than blaming others for not taking us on the grand ride we think we deserve. On the other hand, these energies favor the cultivation of community and friendship, as well as making slow, steady progress that lays the groundwork for rapid expansion this summer.

This is a good time to reach out for aid, as you energize your Helpful People gua (to the right of your front door as you enter). For guidance, check out this New Moon ritual  from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You can also view a short video at the bottom of that page, showing how one woman attracted the help she needed by shifting things dramatically in her bedroom.

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Capricorn New Moon: Beauty from Chaos

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“This is what a chakra looks like,” Richard explained as he texted me this stunning crystalline image. (We’d just been connecting our chakras over the phone—a practice that keeps us close while he’s away). The ‘chakra’ had manifested on the hub of his tire while driving through an ice storm – a great example of beauty arising from chaos!

chakraOur world is shaped by intricate geometric patterns that lie just beneath the surface of things, like the chakras that animate our physical bodies and connect us to our higher selves and each other. The shifting angles made by the planets are another example of this. When these angular connections are particularly strong—as they are in the chart for the New Moon on New Year’s Day—they tend to trigger intense feelings, prompting decisive action and new beginnings.

The Capricorn New Moon (Jan. 1, 3:14 a.m. PST) catalyzes a grand cross between Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The planets involved represent strong yang forces, intensified by their presence in action-oriented cardinal signs. Do-or-die Pluto conjuncts the Sun, Moon and Mercury and exactly squares headstrong Mars. This forceful call for evolutionary change can prompt a fresh start, but it can also trigger antagonism and impatience if we’re not careful to channel it wisely.

Because this powerful energy colors the entire year ahead, we can expect 2014 to be a magnificent, make-it-or-break-it year. The good news is, if you’re inclined to cut ties with the past, launch new projects or begin running marathons, this alignment will give you the push you need. The bad news is, if you persist in clinging to old patterns or being less than your authentic self, you’re apt to suffer.

Complicating the planetary picture, Venus is currently retrograde in Capricorn (Dec. 21 – Jan. 31). Pleasure-loving Venus can feel weighed down in that serious earth sign, but she’s also able to devise effective plans for change, and cement healthy habits in existing relationships (not a great time to start new ones, though). Don’t rely overmuch on others’ financial or emotional support during this retrograde, as it’s meant to guide you into your own depths to reclaim your talents, power and self-esteem (although it is a good time to recoup losses or receive money owed to you). Through the end of January, you may have to dig deep to find the softer side of love, to unconditionally accept yourself and others—but your efforts will be richly rewarded.

Working with your chakras is a great way to empower yourself and find the beauty in chaos; to learn how, check out my friend Paula Shaw’s illuminating new book, Chakras, The Magnificent Seven: Pathways to Higher Energy, Happiness and Health. Visit her Amazon e-Store and enter the promo code: NTKJMZAM before Jan. 1 to receive $5 off your order.

If you need some help cultivating self-confidence, check out this Capricorn New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find an inspirational mini-video to help you transform the Fame gua of your home and attain more authenticity and recognition in 2014.

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Sagittarius New Moon: Liberation!

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Imagine you’d been caged for 50 years in a laboratory, with nary a glimpse of the sky. You knew there were others of your kind nearby, but you were unable to see or touch them and could only offer mute sympathy as each of you was tortured in the name of science.

Then suddenly one day, everything changed. You escaped out a window into a grassy expanse where you could climb trees, commune with one another and live the life you were meant to live.

This is what happened recently for over a hundred government-owned chimpanzees who were retired to Chimp Haven (watch this inspiring three-minute video to see the looks of wonder on their faces). This unprecedented release will hopefully be the first of many, as funds are raised to provide sanctuary for another thousand chimps still languishing in medical labs across the country.

Liberation is the theme this month, as the atmosphere lightens and the heaviness of the last few months begins to lift. A New Moon in optimistic, freedom-loving Sagittarius (Dec. 2, 4:22 p.m. PST) promises release for all who are willing to look beyond suffering and let their spirits soar. This New Moon trines liberating Uranus and squares sensitive Chiron, guiding us to transcend limiting beliefs that keep us identified with pain—to know ourselves as divine creators.

Uranus will turn direct at the Dec. 17 Full Moon, ending the retrograde it began in July as it invites us to throw off the shackles that bind. Between now and then, take inventory of where you’re at. What are you ready to release, internally or externally? The planets offer a supportive net as you dare to take the leap across that chasm into new territory.

Treasure maps are an excellent technique for transitioning into new terrain, and the Dec. 2 New Moon is an ideal time to make one. Check out this ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life, for inspiration on this fun and powerful activity.

Painting by Claudia Fernety. To see more of Claudia’s work, visit her website.

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Scorpio New Moon: Honoring the Darkness

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Have you been beset lately by obsessive thoughts and feelings, or a sense of not being able to gain traction? For almost two weeks we’ve been moving through the dark tunnel between two eclipses. This liminal yet magical space is intensified by Samhain (Halloween) and the Day of the Dead—a time of year when the veil between worlds is transparent. Sex, death and psychological purging are up for many of us, accentuated by Mercury’s deeply introspective retrograde passage through Scorpio. With five planets and the North Node in emotional, intuitive water signs, it’s time to shine light on the darkness within and honor our secret depths and passions.

One of the best ways to do this is through ritual art-making. I recently spent an evening at Tish Sjoberg’s wonderful Expressive Arts Studio, creating a big collage of fierce images to represent my dark side. Normally I prefer to feature uplifting, positive images—but Scorpio wanted something much more primal. The process was cathartic. But be forewarned: It’s easy to manifest whatever you collage right now, especially with a solar eclipse approaching!

Sunday’s New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse (November 3, 4:50 a.m. PST) is amazingly potent, given its close proximity to decisive Saturn and supportive aspects to regenerative Pluto, Mars and Chiron. Lunar energies take prominence when the Moon eclipses the Sun, bringing emotions, fears and desires to the surface. We’re shedding our old skins to reveal a more authentic version of ourselves, and should begin to see the results after Mercury turns direct on Nov. 10. By the end of the year, whatever house of your chart contains 11-13 degrees Scorpio will be altered in some way. And if the eclipse aspects your natal planets, an even more significant shift could be at hand.

Adding to the intensity, on November 1 Uranus and Pluto (Scorpio’s ruler) make the fourth of seven exact squares. This brings an explosive, life-changing element into the mix. Because Pluto and Scorpio rule the dark side of life, many of us are feeling out of sorts as our shadow selves seek expression and healing. Finding emotional balance could require a fierce expression of anger or other ‘dark’ emotion. Look beneath the surface, invite your primal feelings to arise and let ‘em rip (preferably in private!). You’ll be clearing your slate for magical, abundant new beginnings.

For help with burying the past at this eclipse, check out this Scorpio New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a short video on how to transform your Wealth gua to open yourself to new, Scorpionic prosperity.

Painting “Blue Lily” by Claudia Fernety. See more of Claudia’s work at her website.

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Libra New Moon: Perfectly Imperfect Love

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When Arielle Ford met Brian Hilliard, she knew he was “the one.” In fact, they were both so certain they were soul mates that they got engaged within three weeks. Yet there were obstacles to their bliss. Arielle was aware that Brian was athletic, but she soon began to see the full magnitude of his sports fanaticism. When he wasn’t watching games, he was obsessively making notations in the sports section of the newspaper. Arielle realized that their marriage was doomed if she didn’t find a way to appreciate this aspect of Brian. So she opened herself to the possibility of actually loving sports. She made an effort to learn about her husband’s passion, and soon they were enjoying games together.

In her book, Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships, Arielle explains, “Early on in our relationship, we decided that our union would be our number one priority. We promised each other that our choices would be based not on what Arielle wanted, or on what Brian wanted, but on what was ultimately best for our relationship.” The couple took a Wabi Sabi approach to their marriage, adopting the ancient Japanese principle of finding beauty in what could otherwise be perceived as imperfection. And now, 14 years later, they’re more in love with each other than ever.

This level of unconditional love represents the highest potential of relationship-oriented Libra. Even though it’s a mental air sign, Libra’s task is to balance and reconcile opposites—something which can only occur in the heart. The upcoming Libra New Moon (Oct. 4, 5:34 p.m. PDT) offers a chance to open your heart, connect deeply with others and drink in the magic elixir of love.

The New Moon squares nourishing Jupiter in Cancer, opposes electrifying Uranus in Aries and squares transformational Pluto in Capricorn, creating a dynamic Cardinal Grand Cross that can crack open the most stubborn heart. If this sounds painful, imagine filling in the cracks with 14 karat gold—the Wabi Sabi technique for highlighting imperfections in ceramics. Simply breathing love and healing into your heart may be enough to do the trick. Or perhaps you’ll need to shed some tears and forgive someone or have a long-overdue talk with a loved one. Soon Mercury will be going retrograde (Oct. 20 – Nov. 9), which is an especially good time for breathing new life into long-standing relationships.

For an infusion of self-love to jump-start your love life, try this Libra New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. On that page, you’ll also find a mini-slide show showing how one woman transformed her Love Gua to breathtaking effect!

Painting by Claudia Fernety. See more of Claudia’s work at her website

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Virgo New Moon: Superhuman Strength

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If you’ve ever taken a Bikram yoga class, then you know the meaning of the word endurance. Now imagine swimming 110 miles in shark-infested waters for 53 hours straight.  Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad made headlines this week for doing just that, becoming the first person to brave the waves from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

Emerging onto the Key West shore on Monday, Nyad, 64, advised cheering onlookers, “Never, ever give up. You’re never too old to chase your dream.”

Five previous attempts were short-circuited due to boat trouble, storms, unfavorable currents or jellyfish stings that left her face swollen beyond recognition.  But this time Nyad was fully prepared. She warded off jellyfish attacks by wearing a mask, as well as a full bodysuit, gloves and booties. And, her support team carried equipment that generated a faint electrical field around her, to keep sharks at bay.

Nyad was born 8-22-49 on the cusp of Leo and Virgo (time unknown), with Moon in Leo and Mercury in Virgo.  Her dynamic combination of Leonine strength and stubbornness with Virgoan planning and patience is a great illustration of what’s possible this month.

The upcoming Virgo New Moon (Sept. 5, 4:36 a.m. PDT) provides the practicality, determination and sense of purpose to accomplish just about any goal, from launching a project to de-cluttering the house to swimming from Cuba to Florida. The Sun and Moon oppose Chiron, however, suggesting the need to overcome difficulties or wounds (Nyad’s face mask cut painfully into her mouth the entire time, yet she didn’t let it stop her). Successful outcomes are favored, as the New Moon receives support from lucky Jupiter in Cancer, iron-willed Saturn and North Node in Scorpio and empowering Pluto in Capricorn.

Just a few days later, on September 9, Mars in indomitable Leo squares Saturn in do-or-die Scorpio. This intense combo, which evokes images of surgeons, mobsters and race car drivers, will be approaching as the Sun and Moon join in exacting Virgo on the 5th. This five day period will help you ruthlessly face and heal deep wounds, excise something or someone toxic from your life, and tap superhuman inner strength to set amazing results in motion. Just be sure to avoid run-ins with the law, dubious folks or high-risk situations that could land you in the E.R.!  If you channel the intensity in productive ways, the first half of September can be the breakthrough period you’ve been waiting for.

It’s going to be extra important to stay relaxed and focused this month. For help with this, check out my Virgo New Moon ritual from Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. And, watch the mini-makeover video at the bottom of that page to see how one couple enhanced their Health and Work gua at the center of their home, and catalyzed a life-changing move.

Painting by Claudia Fernety. See more of Claudia’s work at her website

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Leo New Moon: The Divine Child Within

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On July 22, Mars joined royal Jupiter to herald the birth of a prince. Though he entered the world with his Sun at the last degree of Cancer, Prince George’s arrival triggered the kind of ecstatic joy and adoration that’s pure Leo (and reflective of the Aquarius-Leo Full Moon a few hours later). The jubilant energy was over the top, especially in Britain, where people celebrated on every corner.

the-sun-175x300As depicted in the Rider-Waite Tarot, The Sun (ruler of Leo) represents a spark of new life–the Divine Child within. This is the true self behind our masks and personalities, the part of us that feels deeply alive, energetic, creative and fulfilled. And through the first half of August, while the Sun continues to illuminate the fiery, regal sign it rules, we’re encouraged to express that pure, innocent side of ourselves, the divine prince or princess who feels joy and sadness alike, lives without shame and delights in free self-expression and play.

The Leonine energy flares brightly at the August 6 Leo New Moon (2:51 p.m. PDT). Provocative Uranus in experimental Aries trines the Sun and Moon, lighting a spark that urges us off the couch toward more creativity and fun. Now the planets are supporting positive, progressive change. Perhaps the recent Grand Water Trine fired your imagination or loosened the emotional underpinnings that have kept you stuck. Now you can take the next step, however small, toward expressing your true self.

Here’s the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 15 Leo: “A pageant, with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people.” We’re celebrating a spark of newness in some area of our lives. That place where things are stirring, perhaps after a long period of stagnation. In Leo we learn to open our hearts—to love and create. Where is the Royal Birth happening for you? The house in which the New Moon falls provides clues, but if you don’t know where 14-15 Leo is for you, just tune in to whatever feels most fun and enlivening. Mighty Jupiter opposing passionate Pluto on the 7th and communicative Mercury entering Leo on the 8th will help you express your power, truth and creative fire—just make sure you don’t overdo it!

If you need help creating more joy, check out this Leo New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find a mini-video at the bottom of that page showing you how to charge up the Creativity and Children gua of your home, and really get your juices flowing.

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Cancer New Moon: Blood Lightning!

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The ancient Mayans were aware of an energy that connects each living being to heaven. They called this energy Eb, or blood lightning—the vital force which drives consciousness. When I first heard the term, I was so taken with it that I decided to call the movie I’m writing Blood Lightning. It seemed appropriate to my theme of a young woman coming into her spiritual power during the tumultuous period of 1850s New Orleans.  And now, just as we enter the Eb Trecena (July 1 – 14), which calls forth blood lightning, the screenplay is finally taking a deeper turn and building power, after many starts and stops.

According to the Mayans, Eb helps us connect our physical and spiritual beings, synchronize our hearts with Earth’s natural rhythms and gather energies within. Carlos Barrios says of this period, “Your true destiny is designed to be revealed when you follow your heart as it beats in harmony with universal energies.”

Can you feel this energy building? It corresponds with the magical Grand Water Trine between Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Saturn which is taking shape in the heavens. Though this trine won’t be exact until July 17-22, its power can already be felt. We’re sure to experience it at the July 8 Cancer New Moon (12:14 a.m. PDT), when the Sun and Moon embrace in the sign of the Great Mother, trine the North Node (destiny) in potent Scorpio. This powerful trine is a prelude to the Grand Water Trine, which unites Jupiter in Cancer (emotional truth), Saturn in Scorpio (karmic rectification) and Neptune in Pisces (heavenly bliss). All greatly energized by Mars conjunct Jupiter at the July 22 Full Moon. So, by tapping into our emotional truth, we can rectify old wrongs and climb the ladder to heaven, or fulfillment.

Though that may sound grandiose, the power of this energy is not to be scoffed at. Big changes are possible with very little effort this month. Heavenly aid is amazingly close and magic is available in a way that seldom happens. If this Grand Trine should fall near your birthday, as it does for me, the year ahead is bound to be one of advancement and good fortune (it activates my Mercury, so I’m looking forward to selling that screenplay!). Even if it’s not your birthday, any planets you have around 5 degrees of water signs will be greatly energized. This also applies to the houses in which the Grand Trine falls.

The key to all this potential good fortune is the nurturing of your emotional body. If you’ve been disregarding your feelings and soldiering on, it’s time to have a truth session with yourself. A core belief is probably holding you back from having what you want. Saturn in Scorpio pulls us to examine the root cause of our behaviors, so we can turn things around—especially in relationships and finances. Gather your energies and make any needed adjustments while Mercury is still retrograde through July 20. Then, as the July 22 Full Moon brings things to fruition, you’re apt to see some miraculous results.

Contact me for a Snapshot reading ($35) to find out what houses and/or planets the Grand Water Trine activates for you—and how you can maximize that energy. (Email me at simone@astroalchemy.com). And, because the Cancer New Moon is an ideal time to contact your ancestors for help, check out this ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. At the bottom of that page, you’ll also find a mini-video showing how to make over your Family gua to achieve greater harmony with family or improve issues related to home or property.

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