The Pisces New Moon Total Solar Eclipse: A Time For Spiritual Healing and Renewal

The Pisces New Moon/ Total Solar Eclipse is exact today, March 8th at 5:26 pm PST/ 8:26 pm EST.

Each New Moon provides a direct channel for new beginnings and an opportunity to set intentions for the month ahead, but today, unlike any other, is an extremely significant, rare and powerful day in the heavens. This Pisces Solar Eclipse is the opening of a portal for a deeply transformative and regenerative time in our lives. Today marks the beginning of a new eclipse cycle for the 2016 year, and it is also a Super Moon, making this naturally potent energy even more compelling.

A Super Moon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth, making it appear larger in the sky. In turn, this energy has an even greater effect on the tides, our bodies and our emotions. Today, the Eclipse is exact at 18.56 degrees Pisces, while the Earth, Sun and Moon are all closely configured and aligned together, creating the foundation for this powerful celestial event.

I am channeling the Pisces New Super Moon Solar Eclipse to be a deeply powerful time for spiritual healing and cleansing; a time to be compassionate not only toward others but especially toward ourselves. We must use this powerful energy to put our dreams and highest aspirations into motion and to tap into our higher selves to better align toward our Divine purpose and calling.

Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac, and it is this energy that helps bridge the ethereal, spiritual realm with the tangible reality we experience here on Earth. That is the the Virgo/Pisces polarity. A Pisces Moon is a deeply intuitive and dreamy time. It is an opportunity to embrace the more perceptive, psychically sensitive aspects of ourselves and to become more awakened to the experience of life being an interwoven web and an unitive whole. It breaks open the ego, our limiting and sometimes destructive construct of self, and opens us up to tune into the Universe and the universal flow. It dissolves the illusion of separation and time, centering our collective psyche toward illumination and providing a channel to fully integrate all aspects of self toward unity with others and with nature. Pisces energy feels all things and goes beyond the dimensions of our reality. Now is the time to tune into the Divine consciousness to help renew hope and restore faith. It is time to call on our higher selves to energetically and spiritually uplift and guide us toward our greater cosmic purpose.

There is an intense, concentrated energy of planets in the heavens today. The Sun (our heart), Moon (our soul) Mercury (our mind), Neptune (our sense of perception and spirit), Chiron (self healing) and the South Node (the past) have all come together in the constellation of Pisces. Out of all these planets, I feel the close conjunction of Chiron and the South Node with the current Sun/Moon/Earth combination is the most significant.

Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer and it is the aspect in a personal natal chart where each soul will find healing in this lifetime. Chiron highlights where in past lifetimes healing has been elusive at best, and deeply scarring, inhibiting and traumatic at its worst.

We are all in search of emotional and spiritual transcendence during our journey, both on an individual and a collective level. Tapping into the potent energy of this eclipse, will help serve as a catalyst toward greater spiritual growth and evolution. Now is an ideal time to begin work on healing our deepest personal and ancestral wounds and to work toward fully discovering and embracing our spiritual identity.

There is much inner work to be done, and it can all seem incredibly overwhelming and scary, but the energy of this Solar Eclipse can truly serve as a powerful catalyst toward self discovery, revelation and advancement. Now is a serendipitous opportunity toward enlightenment and evolution on the deepest soul level. Taking a leap of faith today can provide a miracle, and will help nurture guidance and acceptance toward the next dimension of self realization.

This is not easy work, so remember to please be kind and deeply compassionate to yourself and toward others through this process. Pisces energy reminds us to be gentle and to be unconditionally filled with love and understanding as we uncover and work through all of the triggers and our deep rooted scars.

This New Moon Solar Eclipse is directly opposing Jupiter in Virgo, further highlighting and expressing the Virgo/Pisces polarity between life here on earth and that which exists in the spiritual realm. This energy helps illuminate the surmountable bridge between what we experience in our reality and the enlightened dream world we aspire to in the heavens. Jupiter helps expand everything it touches, and at 18 degrees in the earthy, practical sign of Virgo, it serves to amplify our power to manifest these dreams to life.

In numerology and step astrology, the number 18 is significant because it holds the key to unlocking the mystery of manifestation. During this Solar Eclipse, be extremely deliberate and specific about what your heart wants (1) and decide and commit to what it is that you truly love (8). One plus eight equals a nine, and nine is the number that traditionally represents Mars energy; it is the energy we assert to create and destroy and the energy we call on to help bring to life what we want to make tangible and real. With Jupiter ruling our wisdom and beliefs, identifying your hearts desire and truly believing in your dream is paramount in making this energy manifest. The potential to imagine, heal and create during this heightened state of awareness is limitless.

Each eclipse is a powerful vortex of energy that marks a monumental time for change. Unlike an ordinary New Moon which highlights the energy for each 28 day lunar cycle and the month ahead, the effects of a Solar Eclipse can last up to six months. This energy is then felt and triggered by each preceding eclipse throughout the duration of the complete cycle- with the ultimate potential for transformation and change lasting up to several years.

Now is the time to not only start with a fresh perspective, but to really dive in and go deep. Trust yourself and your heart in the process. Do the work needed to heal and renew every aspect of yourself and your soul. Fear, pain and doubt are all illusions that serve to separate and hold us back; allow these feelings to completely dissolve as you are gently and lovingly being restored and tuned in to your most pure, conscious and Divine state. The impact of this energy can have a dramatic, profound and lasting effect if you seize it and use it wisely.

I wish you many New Moon blessings on your journey today, and I am sending infinite love, compassion and healing energy out to you all. I pray you are surrounded and uplifted by this positive energy, and I pray that it lovingly supports, comforts and guides you through your process of self discovery and healing. May you channel this powerful energy toward your greatest good, your highest vibration and your true soul purpose.

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

Star Date: Tuesday, June 2 2015: Full Moon in Sagittarius

✨Star Date✨ Tues, June 2nd: Full Moon in Sagittarius

Just as the Moon’s gravitational force has the power to affect the world’s tides, our bodies are comprised of 70 percent water and are also affected by the Moon’s phases, transits and the eclipses. In many ancient cultures and Native American traditions, a woman’s cycle was referred to as her “Moon” and was revered as a profoundly powerful and spiritual time where she would separate from her village and fully embrace her divine feminine spirit by performing ceremonies and rituals with other women on their cycle. Perhaps most fascinating of all, is that many tribes believed women were more energetically and spiritually powerful during their menstrual cycle known as her Moon, and that they even had special intuitive powers. Women on their Moon would be called upon by Native American tribe members for their advice, insight and guidance, or to connect them to higher powers.

A Full Moon in Sagittarius is generally a time for optimism and change, but with this Full Moon opposing our Sun in Gemini at 9:19 PST, and other cosmic influences in the mix such as the wide conjunctions with Retrograde Mercury and Mars in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces, now seems to be a better time for quiet introspection and self examination. Today, try to avoid the temptation to overindulge and express emotions and ideas that are more rooted in grandiose fantasy rather than reality.

The days before, during and after a Full Moon are the perfect time for a cleanse, especially because Sagittarian energy rules great wisdom and the evolution of our beliefs and ideals. Cleansing your body by avoiding fatty and processed foods today, releasing old paradigms that no longer serve you by clearing energy in your mind and/or spirit and performing an energy clearing ceremony in your home with prayers and Saging can be extremely effective at this time.

Wishing many beautiful Full Moon blessings to you all on this lovely day and as always, sending lots of love and positive energy your way ❤️

Full Moon in Scorpio: Wednesday, May 14th 2014

 

The Full Moon is exact at 23 degrees Scorpio and occurs Wednesday, May 14th at 12:16 PDT/3:16 EDT and 7:16 GMT.

A Full Moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun as seen from our view on earth.  In Astrology, a Full Moon phase suggests something within the subconscious (the Moon) becomes illuminated into the conscious awareness (the Sun).

Wednesday’s Full Moon in Scorpio highlights the deep, intense and transformational energy which has been quite the focus as of late, especially after the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses and the Cardinal Grand Cross of April.  Scorpio energy is of the water element and is fixed in nature, and expresses its need for depth and transformation through intimacy and emotional truths.  As with all Full Moon phases, it is an extremely intense and emotional time for us all.  Whenever Scorpio energy is involved, it encourages us to dig even deeper and further under the surface, into the shadows of our subconscious and our emotions, to inspire and ignite a necessary change.

The Sun in Taurus is now in direct opposition with the Moon in Scorpio.  This suggests we are in a struggle with how we value ourselves and our perception of how others value us.  It is a power struggle between our higher spiritual selves and the material values and perceptions of the outside world.  Don’t fall victim to the boundaries and expectations of others or the illusions these perceptions create in our minds.  It is time to figure out what actions and thought patterns aren’t working in our lives and to face them head on.  It’s time to fully examine all the  “teddy bears” we are still holding on to that are in reality holding us back.  Let it all go.  Refuse to allow anything to take up energy or space in your consciousness unless it is divinely aligned with what you value at your core and hold true in your heart.  Now is the time to dive deep beneath the surface to determine what truly matters to you, to prioritize how you really feel and take that wisdom to transcend to new heights.

Recognizing self sabotaging behaviors and breaking free from old paradigms of thought takes perseverance and is the most significant catalyst toward moving forward with a brave heart.  It takes wisdom to know what needs to be changed, and raw, deliberate courage to integrate it into your conscious awareness and make change happen.  Courage is everything now, as you move deeper into faith, and further commit to surrendering to inner truth.   Now is the time for new values and new ways of life.  Challenge yourself to fully examine what is bringing you down and renounce it completely at the core of your being.  Extract the truth and allow it to rise up through your emotions, just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.  Remain in gratitude for the lessons learned and take ownership of your part of it, then allow yourself to detach and consciously take action to shift things into a higher frequency.  There is so much great potential for renewal, rebirth and the reemergence of a new, higher vibrational self after such a deep purge.  Although it may not always seem apparent, the truth is forever lying underneath it all.