First Full Moon of 2016: Full Moon in Leo/Wolf Moon

Welcome to the first Full Moon of 2016 which is exact on Saturday, January 23rd at 5:46pm PST, 8:46pm EST.  This Full Moon is known as the Wolf Moon and is in the sign of Leo; which from our view on Earth, is directly opposing the Aquarius Sun.  The names of each Full Moon date back to Native American tribes indigenous to the northern and eastern hemispheres of the United States.  These tribal cultures created specific symbols for each Full Moon to identify the different seasons and to express the spiritual essence and nature of each lunation cycle. 

The Wolf Moon was created as the snow gathered deep in the woods and the howling wolves were heard echoing throughout the forest.  This literal explanation paints a beautiful picture and still has powerful significance today.  It perfectly embodies the nature of the universal energy we are experiencing on a conscious level.  

Much like the totem of the wolf, it is time to fully embody our wild, sovereign nature and our innate instinctual wisdom.  I am channeling this Full Moon energy as an opportunity to individually step into power while simultaneously remembering and owning who you are.  This is not the realm of the ego, but rather it is remembering your essence and why you’re here.  This is ancient memory buried deep within, waiting patiently to be realized and to be of service.

A Full Moon is the time to step into the fullest expression of your raw, primal self.  It encourages us to embrace the most authentic aspects of our core and to show up wholly and completely.  Use this power with deliberate intention to transcend toward the highest vibrations of Spirit and your greatest good.  Now is the moment of truth; it is time to reclaim your power, shine your Divine light, own your true sovereign nature and share your gifts with the world.  Now is the time to empower your inner Queen or King and proudly allow that white light to emanate through you.

With the Mercury Retrograde/Pluto conjunction still in effect today, the archetype of the Wolf is powerfully significant.  This transformative aspect  aligned with the Full Wolf Moon calls on us to venture deep into our psyches to face the abyss of our fears. The wolf is the supreme hunter; fearless, swift, resilient and strong.  It is time we dive deep into our own dark forests, into the restrictive paradigms that are no longer serving us.  This transcendence of knowledge serves to empower and will inevitably help us gain better awareness to our true nature and potential.  We must finally face our fears so we can bravely move forward in our lives. 

Traditionally, wolves are known as great teachers and leaders. They love and fiercely protect their family and guard their young. They remain loyal and respect pack order and elders with great discipline.  Using their resources and instinctual nature, they rely on intelligence and intuition to adapt to even the harshest environments to ensure the pack will thrive.  These ideals perfectly describe the vision needed in order to properly manifest within the current Moon in Leo/Sun in Aquarius polarity.  In order to create and manifest, one must discover what is loved, embrace these unique gifts and then define where they belong.  Protect your dreams and vision with love.  Respect and honor your creative gifts and then propel them into the world from a place of authentic presence.   Now is the time to use this energy to fiercely nurture your goals to life.

This Full Wolf Moon gives us a chance to focus on balancing the masculine (Sun) and feminine (Moon) energies within us all on an individual and a collective level. As the Sun calls toward our will to create, manifest and push forward, please keep in mind the feminine energy of the Moon and it’s receptive, intuitive, and nurturing nature.  As we connect with the Great Mother and this Divine Feminine energy, we are accessing the frequency of unconditional love- something that is much needed at this time. There is a Father Sky/Mother Earth, Sun/Moon, assertive/receptive polarity within each of us and to understand, appreciate and integrate these energies is to truly evolve and transcend.  

Although the ancient wisdom of lunar cycles and how they relate to our bodies, our experience and our consciousness has been a lost language for some time, I believe it is imperative to bring this information back.  Rediscovering  the patterns of the cosmos and then synergistically relating them to the internal cycle within will bring a better balance to the ego and into the patriarchal society in which we live.  Each lunation cycle not only uncovers the intricate patterns of the Universe, but it also reveals the secrets which lie within.

At our core, our DNA understands we are lunar rhythmic. We must reclaim and uncover this ancient knowledge and begin to embrace it again.  We need to rediscover and reactivate these codes of light that have been dormant within our DNA for thousands of years.  

God has designed our bodies with an intricate rhythm.  As you begin to embrace this aspect of yourself, you will find better balance and regain better overall health.  As a greater appreciation for this symphonic rhythm grows, a deeper compassion and stronger love for yourself and for others will be nourished.  Embracing and celebrating the Divine Feminine and each lunar cycle is to embrace and celebrate the primal wisdom of creation; and this wisdom is within each and everyone one of us.   

 

Lunar Goddess Invocation and Affirmation for the Aquarius Moon

My power is deeply unique, Divine, sacred and pure.  It is the source of creation.  I fully step into my power and allow this great energy to flow through me and emanate outward in perfect love and perfect trust.  I am a channel of grace and illumination; and so it is. 

First New Moon of 2016: Saturday, January 9th

The FIRST New Moon of 2016 is exact today at 5:31 PM PST in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. A New Moon is the celestial event when both the Sun and Moon meet in the heavens, when the Moon passes over the Sun. The Moon changes signs every 2.5 days, so this is the beginning of a new 28 day Moon cycle. In astrological terms, this alignment is known as a conjunction, or as I like to call it, a cosmic kiss in the sky.  

The Sun is your center of self; your vitality, your essence, your spirit. The Moon rules your feelings; our emotions, the Mother and what comforts us. When these two luminaries meet, it is our heart and our feelings coming together, synchronistically aligned to make decisions and manifest. A New Moon is the best time to set intentions and plant the seeds for what you’d like to grow in the next month ahead. In the earthy, powerful sign of Capricorn, now is the perfect time to align your goals with changes needed to be made in your immediate reality in order to manifest your dreams to life.

Today is the perfect time to nurture your ambitious nature. Capricorn energy is focused and deliberate, and with this New Moon, our consciousness (Sun) and instinctual nature (Moon) more easily align to drive us closer to accomplishing tasks that will bring fulfillment and propel us toward our goals.  Today our awareness and emotions have help from the planet Pluto, which is conjunct the Sun/Moon combination within a three degree orb. Pluto is ruled by Scorpio and is the planet of transformation and personal power. It helps us break through and break free of old paradigms and whatever is holding us back. This is the reason why Pluto rules the death and rebirth cycle.  It brings the death of what is no longer serving us to make room for the creation and birth of something new. Pluto will help us define our goals today, because with Mercury in Retrograde, you may be questioning the details and in which way to go or where you’re headed. Call on the energy of Pluto today to be the authority of your own personal power. Anything created now has the ability to sustain.  Pluto conjunct both the Sun and Moon will help clear out the darkest remnants of the past to help overcome challenges and the most perplexing obstacles. 

This New Moon energy is also triggering the prevailing Uranus/Pluto square we have been experiencing since 2012. Uranus is ruled by Aquarius and brings electrically charged energy toward revelations and revolutionary change. A breakdown needs to occur so we can finally reach a breakthrough in our collective consciousness. We must release today, as light from the heavens is shining down on us to push us forward toward personal healing and renewal. There is a powerful force of energy toward either growth or destruction, and it is up to us to decide. Channel this energy for your greatest good, as it can either be a day of personal empowerment or power struggles within yourself and with those around you.

During each New Moon phase, I love to perform what I call my “Moon Ceremonies” and time them as closely as I can to the moment the conjunction is exact in the sky. I find comfort in clearing my personal space with sage, collecting all my crystals and casting them in a circle. I light candles, visualize my intentions, and say prayers and meditate in the sacred space I create in my home. I find it both empowering and rejuvenating, and for me, it’s the perfect way to clear my energy field, define my goals and put forth positive energy into the Universe for the month ahead.

Sending so much love and positive energy out to you all and wishing you many New Moon blessings on this beautifully powerful day. May your intentions be clear, your mind be focused and your heart be pure. Believe in your vision, it can and will manifest ❤️

The Truth about Mercury Retrograde

I feel it’s important to clarify this naturally occurring phenomenon, as my guides are telling me it’s much needed at this time.  Although I think it’s wonderful Mercury Retrograde is once again becoming a part of our modern collective consciousness, I believe its effects are widely misinterpreted and misunderstood as a period to be feared or dread.  

Mercury Retrograde was exact at 5:06am PST January 5th and will remain until January 25th, 2016.  At its worst, communication lines are blurred, computers go on the fritz, travel plans may be postponed and/or phone service will be disconnected more often than usual. Perhaps in its own way even modern technology has the need to purge what is no longer serving it; but aren’t we all in need of our own reboot or refresh every now and again?  

During this time lost items may reappear or people from your past may reenter your life unexpectedly.  If you take a step back to evaluate, I think it’s important to note whether or not they are coming back at this time for a very good, very specific reason. 

As an astrologer, you cannot convince me to sign a contract during this period if my life depended on it.  However, it is important for me to clarify this belief does NOT stem from fear, but rather the nature of Mercury Retrograde and its propensity for reversals and change.  If you’re looking at a contract for the beginning of a new venture or a completion of something, I’d say not today.  During the retrograde period, a contract is more likely to become undone or possess misleading hidden text.  On the other hand, if your intentions for the contract are to be something temporary or eventually absolved, then by all means, sign away. 

I would venture to say many of you out there reading this have a natural natal placement of Mercury Retrograde.  Speaking from personal experience (my natal Mercury is retrograde at 15 degrees Gemini) I actually feel kinda normal amidst this acute and interesting time.  In fact, Mercury Retrograde happens an average of 3 or 4 times a year, usually for about three or four weeks at a time.  With the shadow period, which is the two or three week period leading up to the Retrograde, the effects last even longer than you might think.

This particular retrograde is first happening in the sign of Aquarius, which as any astrologer will tell you, Aquarian energy is far from the norm.  Aquarians are the forward thinking rebels with a cause.  They possess an eccentric yet innovative brilliance that sparks our imagination and challenges us to think outside the box.  This is the energy that keeps us creating and pushing forward. Mercury is the planet that rules communication and our linear mind. With our present Mercury Retrograde beginning in Aquarius, then quickly moving backward to hit 15 degrees Capricorn before it stations direct on the 25th, these next three weeks are guaranteed to be a very interesting and exciting time. 

I believe the duality between a forward minded Aquarian vision and the Retrograde’s ability to reboot our thought patterns and temporarily turn back the clock, is something we should ponder in the next few weeks.  Without a clear perspective on our past, how can we move forward in a healthy way to create a better future?  How can we truly grow without striving for and obtaining resolution from our past?  Aren’t our own dreams a dormant part of our subconscious rising up to the surface for a better view?

Mercury Retrograde is actually giving us all a second chance for review; a refreshed opportunity to reprogram our consciousness. Right now the Universe is giving us a chance to find healing and to focus on issues that may have been left behind unresolved.  In this case, Mercury Retrograde is in fact a gift to us all and nothing to be feared. “Problems” commonly associated with a retrograde force us to take a step back and take an introspective look into who we are now and how our past decisions and actions have shaped and defined us.  It forces us to look at what we give our power to and what’s important to us. How can that not be a good a thing?  

The trick during this time is to remain flexible and resilient, with an understanding that perhaps the Universal energies and God have a greater plan for us all.  Unfortunately that plan may or may not include you talking to so-and-so right now or taking that trip exactly as planned.  Annoying at times, yes, but in the bigger picture, I truly believe a Mercury Retrograde is a blessing

Mercury Retrograde is an event in the cosmos, a Divine Intelligence, that gives us an opportunity to recondition ourselves toward individual growth and a collective awakening here on Earth.  Any energetic phenomena that creates awareness and allows us to relate synchronistic events in our present reality with the chance to heal, is in my opinion, a profoundly beautiful thing. 

Love and Blessings,

Erika Othen