Grand Sextile July29 Lunar Astrology Guide

Weekly Astrology Guide – “Your Spectacular Role in the World”

There is a spectacular astrological formation in the sky this coming week, and it supports the possibility for you to expand your own spectacular role in the world. The upcoming Grand Sextile truly is spectacular – just look at the chart to see for yourself!

Whatever your current role in the world, Monday’s formation of the Grand Sextile in the sky is providing extra fuel and energy to “expand” your influence of leadership, in your circle of friends, work, and community.

The Grand Sextile

The Grand Sextile: Last Quarter Moon July 2013When the Moon moves into position at 7° Taurus on Monday, precisely at the time of the Last Quarter Moon, it completes the extremely rare “Grand Sextile.” For those of you unfamiliar with the form, it’s created when there are six planets each located 60° apart. The six planets form a perfect hexagon or a star-tetrahedron.

The energy associated with a Grand Sextile is stable and balanced, allowing for the free flow of life’s vital forces. The result is the opportunity to feel an almost perfect flow of harmonizing energy. This week’s Grand Sextile has two special qualities which create the specific opportunity (through the Jupiter and the Sun) for expansion and leadership this coming week.

The Purpose of Expansion – Jupiter’s Role in Energizing the Grand Sextile

First, there is an special quality of “expansion” which comes from Jupiter’s position within the pattern. Combined with a cluster of other planets at one of the sextile points, Jupiter becomes the “driver” of the Grand Sextile, focusing the special energy as fuel for expansion and growth. Jupiter drives the energy because Jupiter always uses the principles of organization, harmonization, and assimilation for its purpose of providing expansion in your life.

At the most basic soul level, the idea of expansion feels good to us, but why? It’s because “Spirit” by nature is expansive. Spirit, or Source, is constantly expands by creating harmony, unity, cooperation, and new connections. This quality of expansive harmony is the very nature of Spirit working in the physical realm.

The Sun’s Role – Your New Vision of Inspired Leadership in the World

The second quality is a gift of inspiration and leadership, and it comes from the Sun, which is the only planetary body outside of the formation. As such, it’s creating the doorway or opening that allows the expansive energy to be expressed in your life, through the solar principle of leadership and illumination.

The most important thing to focus on during the week following this magnificent astrological formation is the creative tension the Sun is providing. The opportunity with the Sun (7° Leo) comes from the fact that it squares both the Moon and Saturn. This provides a creative outlet and container for the energy of the Grand Sextile.

With the Sun’s energy combining with the Grand Sextile, you’ll have the opportunity to feel yourself wanting to take on more of a leadership position within your sphere of influence. With this feeling you can expand throughout your existing social circle and business relationships. With this incredible flow of energy you can easily begin to feel yourself in a new and more spectacular role in the world.

Experiencing the Grand Sextile Flow of Energy

Seattle Astrology Grand SextileThe perfect flow of energy from the hexagonal Grand Sextile results in a high frequency of internal harmony. The feeling this creates can result in a level of internal balance and flow that is rarely experienced. Cherish it. Revel in its harmony and feel the stability it provides.

The effects of the Grand Sextile will be especially strong during the 5 hour golden period which begins at 8 am and ends at 1 pm PDT, Monday, July 29th.

After the golden period ends, and for the rest of the week, you’ll be able to feel the lingering imprint it made. By keying into this imprint of harmony and internal balance, you can access your own expansion and the insight of a more spectacular or expanded role for yourself in whatever you do. Accessing the feelings you experienced during this golden period will increase your awareness of how you might expand your leadership role in your own situation.

This week, as you feel these beautifully balanced and stable energies flowing, give yourself the opportunity to experience and envision a larger role of influence and visible leadership in your world. With the inspiration of the vision, then feel yourself expanding into it. Have a wonderful week.

For those interested in some of the technical astrology associated with the grand sextile, I have provided an additional article called, “The Grand Sextile: Is this the Holy Grail of Astrology?

Last Quarter Moon Tarot Spread

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In Closing

It is our deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you. Thank you again for your participation in The Lunar Matrix community.

Have a wonderful week,
Steven and Elizabeth,
The Matrix Team

The Grand Sextile: Is this the Holy Grail of Astrology?

by Steven Shroyer, Seattle Astrology USA

Last Quarter Moon July 2013There’s a lot of excitement about next week’s astrological pattern called the “Grand Sextile,” which will be appearing on July 29, 2013. This article takes a deeper look at the meaning and relevance of the Grand Sextile formation. (Please see The Lunar Matrix for the July 29 Astrology Guide.)

I have always looked at this cosmic pattern with great curiosity and I love its symmetry. The Grand Sextile looks spectacular, with the shape of a perfect hexagon, or a perfect six-sided star.

The energy associated with a Grand Sextile is stable and balanced, allowing for the free flow of life’s vital forces. The result is the opportunity to feel an almost perfect flow of harmonizing energy. Through its symmetry, the Grand Sextile holds a grid of harmony and balance. It also provides a superior level of organization that can be used in multiple ways, especially in various types of management.

What is the Meaning and Significance of a Sextile?

A Grand Sextile is a pattern of six individual sextiles (60° each) linked together to form a circle of 360°. To understand the meaning of a Grand Sextile it’s helpful to understand the significance of a single sextile pattern.

A single sextile is created when a distance of 60° separates two planets. Whenever it occurs this is considered an important accent within an astrology chart. In the most general sense, sextiles indicate a function of management and organization.

There are two types of sextiles, and each one indicates a particular type of organization.
The first type is a separating sextile where the faster moving planet has moved 60° away from the slower planet. A separating sextile indicates a new style of organization, for the purpose of inspiration and momentum. The driving dynamic is creating new structure that can be built on.

The second type is an applying sextile where the faster moving planet has almost completed its cycle and is only 60° away from its next conjunction. (In this case, it is actually 300° away from the slower moving planet.) An applying sextile indicates management that is focused on re-organization or re-orientation. The driving dynamic is centered around adapting to changing values.

The main difference between the two types of sextiles is that one creates new momentum and the other creates change. In other words, the “separating sextiles” are based on creating structure around new values, and the “applying sextiles” are more of a reaction to what’s not working.

The Challenge of a Grand Sextile

A Grand Sextile always contains both types of sextiles. These two types are working together to support the larger pattern. By reading the pattern of individual sextiles and their accompanying planets, you can identify strengths and see different ways that management and organization can be applied to different situations.

While the overall form contains dynamic elements, at the same time, because of its almost perfect symmetry, it also inherently lacks the dynamic interaction or tension needed to spur growth and transformation. In other words, an individual sextile holds tension and the potential for growth, However, once six sextiles are joined, the overall pattern of harmony stabilizes and neutralized the expressions of the individual sextiles. They lose their emphasis and their individual accent in favor of the larger pattern of harmony.

The challenge of a Grand Sextile chart is to find the creative outlet that provides enough tension to allow for the expression of all of the harmonized energies. The opportunities for growth in a chart are always identified by the patterns that create dynamic tension. In the Grand Sextile chart this pattern, the “accent,” must be found outside of the sextile itself.

What is an Astrological Accent?

An astrological accent is what is emphasized or what stands out in a chart. For example, the accent could be a planet isolated and standing by itself in a hemisphere. It could be the 90° angle between two planets that forms what astrologer’s call a square. It could be a group of planets (usually 4 or more) bunched tightly together forming a stellium. In a Grand Sextile, it could be the planet (or planets) not part of the pattern. In the case of the July 29, 2013, Grand Sextile, there is only ONE planet (the Sun) not included in the pattern so this creates the clear accent.

Accents are important in a chart because they create a dynamic quality which provides the catalyst for personal growth. Accents define creative purpose or tension in a chart and this tension is the builder of character and maturity. Their specific meanings and roles depend on the type of accent involved.

With a grand sextile, the accent is often the planet which is “not” included as one of the six points of the hexagon. Being separate creates a type of dynamic tension and channels extra energy into that planets force for growth and transformation. This is precisely the situation we have with the July 29, 2013 grand sextile formation (read article). The Sun isn’t part of the Grand Sextile formation and thus it channels all the free-flowing energy which would otherwise be stuck and spinning within the hexagon with no place to go.

Real-Life Analysis – Grand Sextile in a Birth Chart

Let’s take a brief look at how the Grand Sextile is expressed in a natal birth chart.

I’m familiar with the birth charts of two people with this beautiful Grand Sextile pattern. Relying on the analysis of the original astrologer, Leyla Rael, their lives were smooth sailing, with no drama, and no extra excitement. There was nothing particular to point to as being dramatic or challenging. Rael noted that they were both great managers, however they were so good at keeping everything running smoothly that they didn’t receive the recognition of the great job they were doing.

What surprised me the most, after reviewing what was said about these individuals, was how uneventful their lives were. My analysis is that with nothing or no one to push against, their lives flowed with stable, balanced energy that was almost unnoticed. This is similar to a perfectly round ball rolling along on a smooth surface. After all, in most cases it’s the sharp edges and bumps in the road that build our character and make life interesting.

The challenge of this cosmic formation in a birth chart is finding the opportunity for growth, in the face of such strong balance and harmony. Both of these charts had accents, but the overall dynamic was so stable and harmonious perhaps there wasn’t enough tension to create personal motivation for change or growth.

The Grand Sextile in a Transit

Transits are the passing formations in the sky that appear daily throughout our lives. Because of the rarity of a Grand Sextile, the most common scenario for experiencing one is as a transit. For example, those who are born on July 29, 2013 between 8 am and 1 pm will experience a Grand Sextile birth chart. The rest of us will experience the form as a transit.

Whenever a transit appears, it represents an opportunity for growth. The challenge of experiencing the Grand Sextile as a transit in your life centers around recognizing your personal opportunity for growth. You can recognize this opportunity by working with the accent in the chart. There is an opportunity for growth, however experiencing a Grand Sextile will most of all feel wonderful because of it’s stability and balanced flow of energy. It may feel so good that you may lack the extra motivation to do anything but enjoy it. Perhaps that is OK!

I believe the natural tendency will be to get immersed in feeling the incredible stability and balanced flow of energy it provides. Because of its dramatic flow of harmonizing energy it is much easier to sit back during a Grand Sextile and feel how good life is, thinking to yourself, “Wow, life’s great. I’m so blessed.” Perhaps this feeling of appreciation for the blessings of life, is its greatest gift. Maybe you will experience the Grand Sextile as a much needed Cosmic break. Maybe you will seize the opportunity for growth by working with the accent. Either way life is good.

Lunar Eclipse Energies all Month Long

 

Full Moon at Gold Canyon Arizona

Lunar Eclipse Summary

A Lunar Eclipse opens a portal, or energetic doorway, that offers a unique activation. The portal acts with the Full Moon to release a special cosmic gift, offering a new ability you can use for inspired action in your life.

The Full Moon Eclipse is offering a cosmic gift of courage. This is courage full of eagerness and inspiration that moves you forward in your life. It also holds the confidence to move through barriers that in the past have held you back.

This eclipse portal offers a unique opportunity to take a leap forward. This cosmic doorway will be open for the coming month, until next month’s Full Moon. Celebrate the illumination of light this week, and in the coming days continue to express your new courage and eagerness to move forward,

Trust your inner guidance and a new sense of connection to your Higher Self. Speak of your new ideas, share them, live them, BE them. Feel your power expand from within.

 Courage to Take the Next Big Step

Steven Shroyer’s weekly astrology reading offers unique insight into the specific potentials of Cosmic support available to us at this time.

The importance of this Full Moon Eclipse cannot be overstated. This is an incredibly exciting event, representing a powerful new opportunity to move forward in your life with positive momentum.

This Lunar Eclipse opens a cosmic portal directly to Earth and provides a new level of courage to help you move forward in your life. What’s unique about this Full Moon is that you have a special opportunity to move forward in a really big way. You can now take that next big step in your life with the confidence and courage necessary for success as new opportunities begin to unfold.

This doorway remains open for the coming month, until the next Full Moon on May 24. You have the opportunity this week to set the foundation for permanent and lasting changes in your life.

 The Gift of Courage

Full Moon April 2013This week’s astrology chart holds the Sabian symbol of a “Gold Rush” as a means of explaining the energetic potentials. A look at a related historical event offers some context and perspective. The California gold rush in 1849 offered new hopes and the prospects for unbelievable good fortune. This opportunity produced an eagerness that led some to risk it all and take a huge leap forward, regardless of the outcome. This step required courage. Some people risked everything for uncertain results.

This image of the intensity of the historical gold rush offers an important symbol to hold in your minds-eye, for it represents the type of eagerness and vision of unlimited possibility future that is possible at this point in your life. (See the end of this article for an expanded description of the California Gold Rush and the relationship of the two astrological charts.)

During this Full Moon, you’ll have the chance to experience a quality of eagerness, with the potential for life-changing expansion. This is an eagerness full of confidence, and provides the courage to risk it all for the potential for a greater life.

There is support during this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse to take advantage of these spectacular energies and commit to moving forward, release limiting patterns, or make a life decision you’ve lacked the courage to make in the past.

 The Risk Involved

With great potential also comes great risk. Without inner guidance there’s the potential for using this new level of courage in a chaotic or even harmful way. Your actions in the coming days don’t need to be grandiose. What’s important is your own “inner leap” of courage and your intention to commit to the best for yourself and others.

Going back to the image of the Gold Rush, the point of the Eclipse energies is not to use the gift of courage to risk it all for a get-rich-quick scheme, but to use the potential to gain a new sense of personal adventure. Oral histories of the Alaska Gold Rush reveal that despite the hardships, for many it didn’t matter whether they found Gold. The success of the journey wasn’t marked by this external measure. They left the adventure a changed person and the experience became a marker in their life.

In the astrology chart, the exploration of spirit (Pluto) and a heightened sense of inventiveness (Saturn) are offering support during the week following the Full Moon. Pluto is offering a new ability to explore your relationship to your Higher Self, including new awareness of connections that you already have. Saturn is offering creativity and the ability to think outside of the box.

 There are two important consideration in all of this expansion.

You may have the feeling that your actions need to be productive. The coming days are NOT about an external form of “productivity,” but rather about taking action to initiate something new. In other words, it’s not about acquiring more “stuff” or “doing more.” It’s not about meeting any kind of external standard of success. It’s about taking action from a new level of inspiration and eagerness, regardless if there is “success” in an external kind of measure. What’s important is success based on overcoming the obstacles and inertia that have kept you from moving forward.

You may also feel that you need to protect what you have. Avoid the tendency to feel that you need cling to physical security. What needs to be protected is your sense of expansion and creativity. You are being propelled by a cycle of growth and expansion, but only if you are able to move past the urge to horde security, or cling to the past, and retreat in fear.

The impulses for productivity and practicality are good, especially when they are connected to the good of your inner expanded guidance and not something that isolates you. All in all, this gift of courage is being offered to help you conquer obstacles which, in the past, you have been unable to surmount or move through.

 End Note on the California Gold Rush

Gold Rush 1849The Sabian Symbol for 6 degrees Scorpio includes the image of a gold rush, which is what led me to explore the possibility of a historical connection to this country’s largest gold rush, which peaked in the spring of 1849.

I consulted the astrological chart for exactly 164 years ago (1849) and found some surprising correlations with our Lunar Eclipse chart. In the 1849 chart, Mercury and Uranus were also in Aries, and Venus was also in Taurus. Pluto was in Taurus (an earth sign) and now Pluto is currently in Capricorn (also an earth sign). I believe this look into the past can be used to gain a glimpse of how powerful this Full Moon Eclipse portal can be.

 

How to Energize Your Life Purpose

New MoonNew Moon is Wed, Apr 10, 2:35a PDT
Sun is 21 Aries
Moon is 21 Aries
Monthly Theme – Energizing Your Life Purpose

Each month the New Moon releases a powerful wave of manifesting energy, with a new expanded sense of Cosmic purpose. This is why the New Moon provides an ideal time for setting intentions.

Energize Your Life Purpose:
The Aries New Moon

New Moon Night Sky

This New Moon in Aries contains more potency than I’ve seen in a long time. This special “potency” is a type of concentrated power with great potential.

Aries potency propels activity forward. This is focused power that’s been concentrated  for a specific purpose. In one sense, it’s a cosmic boost of pure potential just waiting to be used.

This cosmic boost of the New Moon in Aries is about providing the thrust you’ll need to move forward this year. It is always advantageous to get off you a good start in any endeavor and this coming year is no exception. The potency available should successfully jump-start all your new projects, new ideas, new relationships, and even new intuitive abilities, including ways you can relate to the universe as cosmic consciousness.

Now that you’re aware of the tremendous potency of the of the New Moon energies, two important questions come to mind.

  • First, if this potency is concentrated for a purpose, how do you determine what that purpose is?
  • Second, what’s the best way to release all this potent potential?

Clarifying Your Purpose

Every astrological cycle begins with a purpose. The same is true of each individual person. Everyone begins life with a unique life purpose. As your consciousness develops from a youth into an adult, life takes on meaning and significance and your purpose begins to unfold. As the desires of your youth undergo their natural maturing process, a deeper understanding develops around your activities and how they relate to your purpose in your life. At some point in life your purpose provides an outlet and a context for your desires. This helps you move forward in greater alignment through the integration of your life’s purpose with your desires.

The potency discussed earlier contains the activating power needed to energize your actions and desires in alignment with your core purpose. As you continue with this article, it will become clearer how to use the potency of this New Moon to propel your own unique purpose forward.

Releasing Your Potential

The planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars are offering key insights into how to release your potency and work with your unique life purpose during this New Moon phase.

Mars and Venus are working together to provide a substantial influx of harmonizing energies to help you make sense of all this available potency. This will be through a heightened receptivity to your positive life’s desires (Venus). At the same time, Mars is providing you with a new-found assertiveness to act on those desires. Relationships in general will also have a new ease that supports this process.

During the next week, things may feel somewhat impulsive or spontaneous, but it’s not random. More likely, the universe is providing you the potency to activate a new level of purposeful activity. If you’re uncertain about the spontaneity of new opportunities, key into the feelings of the moment. Ask yourself: “Do I feel the eagerness of moving forward in life, or am I playing it safe by retreating in the comfort of the old and familiar?”

The powerful energy of Aries can trigger fear, but Aries also contains an abundance of courage. This courage is easily be tapped into when you’re moving forward. If you’re feeling insecure, like it’s important to “play it safe”, consider that you may be rationalizing your own fear of moving forward.

Astrological Details

New Moon Chart Apr 2013These harmonizing energies of Venus and Mars are being freed up with the help of Mercury. Mercury’s function in this case is to sort through past actions and beliefs, especially those which surfaced during the previous month. This is a time to identify and discard what’s unnecessary. Ask, “What’s holding me back from fully embracing my life purpose?” Pay specific attention to any ways you have organized your daily life around habits and dogmatic rules which have lost their vitality and are naturally void of any personal meaning.

Moving forward now requires following the momentum of this concentrated Aries New Moon power. Releasing old habits and crystallized or dogmatic attitudes opens up your consciousness to receive new intuitive guidance.

This New Moon is a critical point in this year’s cycle. The energies signify that there is a quickening of Spirit which is available to your consciousness, but only if you are receptive to a new direction.

What this Means for You

To experience success, nurture the feeling that your life can benefit from a new infusion of energy. Be available to the cosmic support of a new boost of potency. In Aries, there is a new sense of happiness that comes from the larger vision of your whole life. All you must do is act on the opportunities that come your way.

Venus and Mars are working together this week to create an ease in expressing yourself in your relationships with others. The key to relationships this week is in keeping them dynamic. Practice both give and take. If you can be both receptive to what others need and at the same time be assertive in areas where everyone benefits, then your relationships will provide inner growth and fulfillment as you move forward.

Moving forward means letting go of all the little ways in which you unconsciously live your live by dogmatic rules. This New Moon will offer potency to propel you forward in a more meaningful life direction, but only through your conscious choice of purposeful action. As you replace dogmatic rules with your own unique requirements for purpose and meaning in your life, fulfillment and happiness will grow from within.

This is a powerful New Moon. Feel the momentum surrounding you. It’s just waiting for your go-ahead, and then you’ll be included in the flow. The intentions you set during this powerful time can propel you to new heights, new personal growth, and a life with more confidence, meaning, and purpose.

Manifesting with the New Moon

  • Tap into the feeling of power. Specifically, the power to moving forward in life with momentum.
  • Recognize that your unique life purpose is being supported by your deepest desires.
    For maximum results, this month align your manifesting intentions with your higher life purpose.
  • Set intentions to take simple actions that help you move forward in important areas of your life.
  • Ask for courage and confidence around issues that bring up fear, and support to release of old patterns that hold you back.
  • Spring Cleaning – Let go of clutter in all areas of your life. This includes the self-imposed rules which don’t support personal meaning in your life. Letting go in this way will help you to release your potency in an individualized way. Spring cleaning your home is a powerful way to make space for new energy to enter your life.
  • Manifest through your relationships. In your conversations, listen and provide support, and also ask for what you need. Communicate your eagerness about the big picture possibilities for you and others! These connections will support your inner feeling of ease and fulfillment.
  • Fear at this juncture is amplified by moving backwards or standing still in life. Intend to recognize these patterns, so that they become opportunities for making a shift.

Astrology Consultations:
Understanding Your Life Purpose

If you’re struggling with any aspect of understanding or releasing your life purpose, I would be happy to help. As you discover the finer details of your unique purpose you can more easily take advantage of your gifts and opportunities as you move forward in life. Check Steven Shroyer’s Availability

The Power of the Spring Equinox

The significance of the Spring, or Vernal, Equinox is in the balancing of the day-force with the night-force. This occurs twice a year in the spring and fall. At the equinox the length of daylight is equal to the night. What I find significant about the spring equinox is not necessarily that the days and nights are of equal length, but the idea that the day-force, which has been building in strength for 6 months, over takes and begins to dominate over the night-force.

The Power of Light

One of the important aspects of light is that it supports individualized growth. We can observe this in growth patterns within nature. Light provides a purpose for life. It allows life to grow, transform, and perpetuate. It is the individualizing function of the solar system. Light illuminates so that each person can see their own path in the world. Light allows for all the differences in the world to be supported, yet at the same time it transforms life into a unified cooperation, or eco-system, in order that life can perpetuate itself through the “seed.” The Sun, our source of light on Earth, is also the creative impulse for that which is new and emerging into form. The power of light working at the Spring Equinox is in the power of the new forms emerging, signified by the day-force once again moving to dominance.

The Astrology Chart – A Springtime Kite

Spring Equinox 2013This year’s Spring Equinox astrology chart feature a spectacular kite configuration. The backbone of the Kite features a Pluto/Moon opposition (activating personal awareness of higher-self) as it pulls in the higher structuring power of the Saturn/Neptune/Mercury connections within the Kite. This three planet connection allows for a new capacity to expand in the world through both the higher self and humanity as a whole. A powerful T-square activates a 4 planet stellium, bringing abundance as an integrating factor through both your higher-self connection and your personal relationships.

Kite configurations simultaneously incorporate three powerful capacities: a powerful new awareness, the ability to envision what can be done with the new awareness, and at the same time the organizational skill to bring it into form. The new awareness of our “Spring Equinox Kite” is a powerful new capacity to explore your personal connection to your higher self. This isn’t an overnight “Ah, I’m enlightened,” type of connection. Rather, it’s an unfolding opening of new avenues for learning how to work with and expand into your higher self. This spring your relationship with your higher self has the potential to shift from only being a higher guide to more of a partner with whom you can collaborate.

What Can You Expect this Spring Season?

I see the next three spring months as having a high potential for personal abundance. This new abundance will operate first at two internal levels. It will operate through your spiritual community as a generalized feeling of compassion and connection with humanity. You will experience abundance as an expansion of compassion and connection to humanity through your relationships within your community of support. This expanded compassion will in turn nurture your relationships.

The potential for abundance will also be operating at a personal level as you learn to connect as a more integrated partner with your higher-self. No longer will you be receiving “messages” from your higher self, you will experience a new level of collaboration with the more expanded aspects of your Self. To recap, you will experience the abundance of compassion and connection through your community of support. You will also feel a new sense of richness, joy, and connection through your own expanded relationship with your higher self.

Both of these types of abundance are internal, but there is good news for prosperity in the physical world as well. The type of material abundance indicated this spring stems from a fertility and receptiveness of awareness. Pay close attention to new possibilities in which which you can be a act as a pioneer, but only if you are completely willing to rise to the occasion, meaning the opportunity won’t just fall in your lap without a committed effort. For an extra level of manifesting support this spring, rely on your social circles, as complex relationships can contribute to your flow and expansion and easily translate into additional prosperity.

Conclusion

You have a new awareness of your higher self coming into form. If you can nurture this relationship to your higher self, as well as your relationships through your community of support, this spring can be an incredible time. Expect to have a feeling of abundance operating in your life which may also transfer into manifestation in the material world.

New Astrology Classes

A new astrology class is being offered called the Lunation Birthday. To my knowledge this is the first time this information has ever been presented in a classroom setting. In my opinion, your Lunation birthday is more important than you solar birthday because it is the clearest indicator of your personal path to success and fulfillment. This three week class will be offer once in April and once again in May.

No prior knowledge of astrology is required to attend this class. For more information and registration.

A Message of Unity from Your Higher Self

Special Edition: There is a very unusual astrological configuration with the New Moon. This article was written for the Lunar Matrix website.  I’ve decided to share it with everyone at Seattle Astrology.

New Moon – Monday, March 11, at 12:51 pm

New Moon
Sun in Pisces
Moon in Pisces
Lunar Phase in New

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  • Sun and Moon are 22 degrees Pisces
  • First Quarter Moon Tues, Mar 19, 10:27 am
  • Sun enters Aries Wed, Mar 20, 4:02 am
  • Spring Equinox is Wed, Mar 20

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Lunar Summary

Captain of the Moon

Each month the New Moon releases a wave of manifesting energy, focused specifically on a new expanded sense of Cosmic purpose. This is why the New Moon provides an ideal time for setting intentions.

This week’s New Moon is unusual and powerful. We are experiencing a special activation of cosmic purpose and unity. You’ll experience this activation in a personal way, at a deep and intuitive level. Although there is a tendency now to overwhelment, especially because of the “bigness” of the energies, if you’re able to access appreciation and bring your attention to the present moment, you can receive messages from your Higher Self.

It’s important this week to use simple awareness to avoid the frustration that comes with being overwhelmed or distracted. Bring your attention back to the moment, feel eagerness and creativity, and you will receive messages. They will come in the form of synchronicities, big or small. When they occur, look and feel beneath the circumstance and you’ll experience your connection to something larger. This is your Higher Self calling you forward.

What is being initiated this week is a new level of cosmic awareness and unity consciousness. Simple actions that follow inspiration will put you alignment with the expansive potentials of what is being born.

Weekly Astrology Guide – “A Message of Unity from Your Higher Self”

Steven’s weekly astrology reading offers unique insight into the specific potentials of Cosmic support available to us at this time.

With each New Moon there is always the opportunity to build on the potentials of the previous cycle. The previous New Moon on Feb 9th released an enormous wave of energy designed as a catalyst for change. The current New Moon is building on so much potential it is no wonder many of you are feeling the special nature of this coming week. Others of you may just plain feel overwhelmed. Either way, there’s good news just ahead.

This New Moon is special, indeed. In fact, there is a once-in-a-lifetime astrological pattern that supports this building of energies and offers a new impulse for personal expansion. Even those of you who aren’t astrologers will find it interesting to look at the New Moon chart included here. Before we discuss the specifics of the New Moon, I would like to take a moment to explain this rare and unusual cosmic pattern.

A Rare Opportunity

March 11th New Moon 2013This week the Sun and the 4 inner-most planets (Mercury, Venus, Moon, and Mars) are grouped together in the constellation of Pisces and sandwiched between two powerful outer planets, Uranus and Neptune. This grouping of inner planets (a stellium) indicates the opportunity for a powerful personal experience that leads to action. Uranus offers the opportunity to pierce the veil of limited reality, while Neptune dissolves ancestral boundaries and establishes a new order of harmony. In the middle of this pattern, the New Moon (Sun and Moon conjunct) activates the stellium and the Uranus/Neptune connection. Overall, this signifies the initiation of a new creative impulse within each of us to move beyond separateness to new levels of planetary harmony.

It’s also important to understand that this week’s New Moon constellation reactivates the recent Uranus/Neptune conjunction, back in 1993, which began a new cycle of planetary unity on the planet. Every 170 years Neptune and Uranus come together. When this happens the cycle always offers a new possibility. 20 years ago the conjunction initiated a new period of unity that moved beyond separateness into realizing the reality of harmony and unity on the planet in a never-before established manner.

This earlier conjunction is an important part of the current story, considering that this week’s New Moon re-visits and re-activates this impulse and brings it to a new level. Significantly, this current impulse is especially for individual expression. That is, the potential for unity consciousness will be felt and expressed by individual people in a way that hasn’t happened before.

What is Hidden beneath the Surface

The month of Pisces often involves a certain amount of confusing energies. Pisces is vast, connecting the individual to the home of global humanity. While it’s inspiring it’s also too big to grasp in entirety.

Pisces is also about completion. As the final Zodiac sign, we are integrating everything that unfolded in the previous cycle and preparing for the birth of the new cycle that begins with Aries at next week’s Spring Equinox. Mixed in with all of the new birth and potential we are feeling, there is also some necessary disintegration and letting go.

Pisces is about feeling the vastness of the larger realms and then going within and feeling our connection. In other words, it’s about focusing our own energies to personalize the bigness of what we’re experiencing.

Imagine a person living on an island within a larger group of islands. As they look out over the ocean at the other islands they can feel separated and alone, or they can feel connected by the ocean that supports them, through an island federation supported by a rich fishing trade and the waterway of transportation connecting all the islands together. It a matter of perspective.

The personal connection to the big picture can easily be missed by focusing on the vastness of the ocean. In this regard, Pisces represents a hidden opportunity or message, obscured by its immediate outward appearance.

This Week’s Message of Inspiration

The basic message of this New Moon is that there is powerful inspiration available to you. This is a unique and personal message, coming directly from your Higher Self, a message of inspiration that you can understand only by going within and accessing your inner guidance.

The opportunity of this New Moon is also subtle and somewhat hidden. The personal message could easily be lost in the “bigness” of Pisces. In order to access your personal connection to the message of inspiration you must go beneath the outer appearance of circumstances and connect to your own bigger picture.

An example may help point this aspect out more clearly. Consider a man blowing a bugle to announce an event. Its sound is piercing to the core. But as dramatic and penetrating as the bugle sound is, the real message is not about the sound itself. The man blowing the bugle is summoning those who can hear into participation and action. The deeper and hidden meaning in the bugle’s message is its call to action.

The New Moon “bugle call” is a special opportunity this week to receive a message which will inspire you to move forward in your life. The action you take may be simple, but it will put you in alignment with the larger momentum of change. Only you can intuit the hidden inspiration. This special message will vary greatly from person to person, but you have the opportunity to use it to mobilize your own creative energies to support a new harmony and unity in the world.

This New Moon directly supports the bigger picture of planetary Unity, especially connected to what was started at the 1993 Uranus/Neptune conjunction. Moving forward you have the opportunity to participate in this time of planetary change in your own inspired way.

 

Manifesting with the Pisces Moon

This New Moon is unusual, in that the manifesting energies are throughout the coming week rather than just in the hours surrounding the New Moon. Hold the focus of the following intentions as you go about the coming days leading up to next week’s Spring Equinox.

  • Allow the letting go of what has already served it purpose. As you release the past, you can allow the present to unfold, even if it is in unexpected ways.
  • Hold the big picture in the potency of the moment.
  • Feel the bigness of your connection to the unity of humanity. Set your intention to support the future and what will benefit the highest good for you and the world.
  • Allow yourself to be inspired by what’s coming next. Feel the coming birth of new hope, and what will emerge as new life in the next cycle.
  • Listen, look, and feel for messages from your Higher Self. Pay attention to synchronicities and the personal message beneath the outer circumstance.
  • Take simple actions this week from the inspiration of what you feel.

Many Blessing,
Steven Shroyer

Understanding Your Lunar Birthday

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Your Lunation birthday or “Lunar birthday” is more important than your Solar birthday.  It is your clearest indicator of your personal path to success and fulfillment.[/blockquote]

Class Description

This 3-week class teaches you how to interpret the astrology of the Moon and your own Lunar birthday. To my knowledge, this is the first time this information has ever been released for classroom study. This class teaches you how work with and amplify the energy of the Moon in relationship to your personal astrology chart.

An important function of the Moon is teaching you how to adjust your life for maximum results. You will learn to recognize when to back-off, when to take risks, when to go with the flow, and when to fight for a new course of action. Through understanding the power hidden in your Lunar birthday, you will also develop the tools for manifesting what you want in your life.

Class Size

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Class Content

  • No prior knowledge of astrology is required
  • The significance of the Moon in astrology
  • How to use Lunar astrology in your own life
  • How to calculate your Lunar Birthday
  • What your personal Lunar Birthday means
  • How to celebrate your Lunar Birthday
  • How to calculate and use your hidden Lunar path for success
  • An individualized approach to New Moon manifesting
  • How live in tune with the Lunar cycle

Class Dates

[icon_teaser type=”Calendar” style=”teal” align=”left”]This 3-Week class starting Sept 11

  • Thursdays: Sept 11, 18, 25  7-9 pm

Location: 8406 6th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117
425-243-2101

Cost

$150 per person
Register early, limit 8
[email_link email=”steve@stevenshroyer.com”]Email Steven Shroyer[/email_link]

Claiming Your Life Instead of Reacting to Chaos

Full Moon Lunar PhaseSun in 8 Aquarius
Moon in 8 Leo
Lunar phase is Full
Full Moon Jan 26th, 8:38p Pacific

The Full Moon energies are supporting a shift toward embracing a new level of “claiming” your life experience, instead of reacting to circumstances that don’t seem to fit into your life plan. The realization that “creative response” can be used as a replacement to reaction has been building in our consciousness since the last New Moon.

The recent New Moon was focused on a new capacity for inner strength as we expand into new ways of overcoming internal resistance toward “doing the right thing.” This right thing is of course, specific to your personal life and circumstances. But one thing is clear, doing the right thing often produces unforeseen consequences and may even perhaps lead to a new level chaos in you life as new potentials emerge.

Our current Full Moon holds a new opportunity which directly addresses the consequences of how you have been handling the events and circumstances in your life during the last two weeks.

Let’s consider three possible outcomes which could have transpired as a result of how you approached your recent life circumstances and synchronicities calling for your attention.

  1. The first possible outcome is that you were faced with the opportunity to act, but didn’t. This very likely did, or will, create some additional feeling of chaos or problems, as the unresolved circumstances are waiting your attention.
  2. The second possibility is that you claimed your power and did the right thing, but doing the right created a secondary problem or related event.
  3. The third possibility is that you took care of business and your life has improved, with every aspect of your life running more smoothly than ever.

Regardless of which of the three outcomes you may have encountered, this Full Moon carries with it a powerful opportunity for you to move forward, even if you are carrying old or “unfinished business.”

This new opportunity we will explore is called “authentic living.”

You Live in a Compassionate Universe

January Full Moon ChartThe Universe is compassionate and loving. It doesn’t give you just one chance to make things right, with the result ended in failure or success. You have as many chances as you need in life, or even future lives. The old dualistic idea that life is only a choice between good and evil is now moving out of our reality. This subversive idea is rooted in fear and designed to create feelings of vulnerability. It makes us feel powerless against the inevitable challenges in life.

In contrast, the compassionate Universe offers you a new source of power and a fresh start in every moment to handle these old challenges.

The compassionate Universe presents a bigger picture. This larger view says that life, growth, and transformation is a process. Each of us has a unique path in a compassionate world of changing opportunity and unlimited chances to “get it right.” You will grow at whatever pace suits your desire and destiny for becoming more that you currently are. You will receive as many chances and opportunities as you need for success and personal transformation.

Having discussed the compassionate nature of the Universe, I feel it is important to relate it to our current Full Moon opportunity. Regardless of the choices you have made in the past, or the current level of disorder or chaos in your life circumstances, the Full Moon is providing a clear solution for moving forward in your life.

This solution is based on the realization that your ability to make new decisions rests solely on your ability to address old challenges with fresh creative ideas from a new source of inspiration. This ability is what I am calling “Authentic Living.”

The Challenge of Authentic Living – Claiming Your Power

Living a life of authenticity requires you to move forward based who you are, and not on what’s popular, easy, or acceptable to friends and family. The challenge of authentic living is that it’s often inconvenient in a world which judges your life based on national averages and consensus thinking. We are conditioned from our first schooling experiences that “fitting in” is a basic necessity of survival.

So, how do you live authentically in a world that doesn’t support unique thinking unless it is fashionable?

This Full Moon is about expressing yourself in new ways which reflect how you feel about your future success in the world. Your new ideas of success are flowing from visions of a new world, just beginning to form in your consciousness. This new vision of the world supports relationships which feel genuine and are aligned inclusiveness and unique expression. This is a world void of judgment and “average-ness.”

The qualities needed for this new level of expression and vision stem from both inner strength and the resolve to make the necessary shifts in your life toward what inspires you. As you may recall, these were the basic Lunar themes of the past two weeks.

Authentic Living is a Creative Process

Two types of creativity exist. There is creativity which flows as a personal expression of your individual identity. This creativity flows like a river of light, up from the Earth, through you and out to the world. This is your individual creative power.

There is a second type of creativity, related to larger group consciousness. Instead of flowing from your personal connection to earth, up and out, this creative light flows from above. This creative light from above flows from the collective imagination, and higher realms of awareness. When you access this energy you are tapped into creativity that’s larger than yourself. It flows down through you, and out to the world. This is the creative power of the collective.

Authentic living unlocks the power of this new creative process. Esoteric astrology offers the keys to understanding these new forms of creativity.

This realization that creative power can flow from higher to lower is anchored in the symbolism of the zodiac sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. As water flows it descends. Imagine this flowing creative light can produce power in the same way a hydro-electric plant harnesses the power of water, flowing from a higher to a lower source.

Descending power is a group endeavor. In order to express this new higher form of authenticity you need the feeling of personal success, however you also need the feeling of supporting the success of others.

This type of authenticity is more than just being personally genuine. It’s also being genuine in how you participate in the energies of the creative collective. This power from above, descending power, flows from the collective and becomes focused in the world through individual expression. Then it becomes available for the benefit of all.

As creative inspiration flows from above and is freely offered to the world, inspiring new inventions, new skills, and new ways of living, it is also a spiritual process. Thus, Authentic Living is also a spiritual practice.

Authenticity is also a Social Process

Full Moon Circle

Understanding your new access to creative power, you have the ability now to uniquely express your life purpose at a new level, expressing both your own individuality as well as your embodiment of the larger whole.

When you claim your authenticity and bring your ideas into form, you become a channel for a new form of creative power which is spiritual and allows to participate in a larger reality. In practical terms being authentic means embodying your creative power, your creative insight, and your unique expression of what it means to be human.

It’s important to give back to humanity your own genius and access to creative ideas. In order to participate at this higher level, you must share your new connection to creative power with your circle of friends, family, and sphere of influence your “Authentic Self.”

Ideas for a Full Moon Circle

Your Full Moon opportunity this month can be maximized by creating a Full Moon circle.

At some point after the Full Moon on Saturday at 8:38p (Pacific), ideally within 48 hours, get together with at least one other person, creating a container or circle. Sit with the intention of receiving the creative flow from the power of the Full Moon.

Living authentically now, in this moment, means to draw from the power of inspiration and to express your creative connection to the realm of humanity in which group ideas are formed.

  • Sit with at least one other person and acknowledge the power of the moment and the creative potential for authentic ideas.
  • Use spontaneity and creativity to share ideas back and forth, or through the circle.
  • Let your ideas flow like a refreshing rain from above. Imagine a waterfall of light pouring through you.
  • Use your imagination to picture and vision a better future for you and the world.
  • Allow your ideas to trigger new possible directions or choices in your life that you haven’t even yet considered.
  • Share your own experience of power as it flows from the collective through you.
  • Feel the creative power of your Ideas.

In the coming days, respond to your new creative awareness. Express your new ideas, share them, live them, Be them. Feel your own authenticity from a new perspective.

Lunar Esoteric Journal

The Lunar Esoteric Journal is a Seattle Astrology Bi-monthly PublicationThe Lunar Esoteric Journal is published bi-monthly and follows the MOON cycles from an esoteric perspective. It’s an Astrology Journal that provides practical insight and advice to allow you to work with the Lunar energies in a positive way.

From an esoteric point of view, the MOON provides the psychic energy needed to access your intuition, your connection to planetary life-force, and the ability to nourish your soul within a changing environment.

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A Graceful Inner Strength

New Moon Jan 11

New Moon lunar phaseSun 22 Capricorn
Moon 22 Capricorn
New Moon, Friday, Jan 11th, 11:44a PST

 

A Graceful Inner Strength

New Moons are really quite special in the bigger picture of life. This week’s New Moon introduces a new capacity for inner strength which is needed to move gracefully into your future. Before we look at the specifics of this month’s chart, it feels appropriate at this first Moon of the New Year to review the transformative potential that each New Moon offers us.

The Importance of Each Month’s New Moon

January New Moon 2013Each New Moon involves a powerful activation (note to astrology students below). In the Big Picture it’s becoming clear to me that if self-aware individuals fully understood the raw power of the New Moon, our entire culture could make a dramatic shift toward manifesting a beautiful future.

The Joining together of the Sun and Moon is a type of fecundation or impregnation of pure potential. This is when the magic happens. When the Moon’s orbit comes between the Sun and Earth, the Moon’s light is hidden. Past traditions have referred to this Sun-Moon conjunction as “The Dark Moon.” as if there were an absence, But the Moon’s dark period is when the activation occurs.

During the New Moon, at the moment of conjunction, the Sun fertilizes the Moon and a new purpose is born. This birth of purpose represents the opportunity to begin again with a new idea, or a new opportunity. If the previous lunation cycle was successful, then the new opportunity also builds on the previous cycle.

This idea of building each month from the previous cycle holds a special type of cosmic gracefulness. Not only is each positive step forward rewarded, but there is also an ease in moving forward in life. With growth comes integration. With integration there is the possibility for new skills or mastery. With mastery, transformation is possible.

The magic of each New Moon is that the activation holds a future possibility of self-transformation. Creativity is regarded as one of the highest attributes of Spiritual activity, and during each New Moon creativity take a new form as potential is born into the physical world.

The Jupiter Factor with This Month’s New Moon

If you have followed the previous lunation cycle, which began on December 13th and includes the Winter Solstice, there has been a powerful release of cosmic light. This light is here not only inspire you, but provides the opportunity to begin using this light in your everyday life. This month’s New Moon continues the expansion of light in your conscious being by reinforcing a new level of inner strength within you.

Jupiter SymbolJupiter occupies a significant spot in this month’s New Moon chart as a benefactor of hope and expansion. The new year, as it begins to unfold after our spectacular Winter Solstice, brings a sense of hope to all of us. The planet Jupiter carries a powerful desire for an expansion of life. Its position in the chart is driving this current lunation cycle by giving you an increased capacity for inner integrity and inner strength.

Jupiter, in its alignment at the New Moon, indicates that your search for new knowledge will lead you to a fundamental level of faith in the sustaining power of life. The life of our planet is constantly supporting and sustaining us. It is this sustaining power of life that you have a new capacity to nurture within yourself. You have a increased capacity to trust in, and cooperation with, life itself. By life, I mean the experience of feeling the energies of life coursing through your body. Energy and Chi penetrate every level of life. This is an awareness of life “as a process” in which you are integrally engaged.

This idea of life as a process is an important concept to consider. Faith is a natural by-product of life itself. Our planet is alive and individual life everywhere is sustained and nurtured by this aliveness of Earth. We all live in a larger container of planetary life which, by its very nature, is cyclic. Your capacity to rely on this ongoing cyclic process of life forms the basis for your inner strength. It directly correlates to your inner faith. In this way, faith is not reduced to a set of mental ideas or beliefs on which one projects outwardly. Faith becomes a fundamental trust in an ongoing process. It becomes a point of integration and strength, because it is no longer an outward projection, but an inward reliance.

The hope which Jupiter brings to your consciousness stems from a new level of inner strength. This strength flows from the integration of Cosmic light which you are beginning to experience (since the previous New Moon Dec 13th). This Jupiter Factor is supporting your inner realms and inner faith. The New Moon brings a new capacity to move forward in life through the gracefulness of your inner strength. Let this inner strength continue to build in you throughout this lunar cycle.

New Moon Activities

The New Moon is at 11:44a on Friday the 11th. Here is a meditative activity you can do, ideally before the conjunction of Sun and Moon, either Thursday evening or Friday morning.

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  • Sit quietly with eyes closed for 10 minutes and feel the inner sensations of being alive. The inner sensations of “Life” moving through you.
  • Contemplate how alive Earth feels. Reflect on the ways in which everything related to life is part of a cycle and a process.
  • As you sit, realize how your life is part of the Earth’s life, how you are intimately connected though your cooperation, trust, and faith in the processes of life.
  • Sense your own significance and how your life is not random. Nurture the feeling that you are as significant as the Sun and Moon. See and feel yourself as a presence in the solar system as powerful as the Sun and Moon.
  • Feel your inner strength begin to build as you feel life moving you forward with purpose and meaning.
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Note to Astrology Students

Each month there are two important cosmic activations. The first is when the Moon conjuncts the Sun. The second is when the Moon conjuncts Uranus. Both of these activations are important and represent new energies which are available for use. The understanding of why they occur and how use them in chart interpretation would be typically will be covered in my upcoming astrology classes Esoteric Astrology Level I, and Your Lunation Birthday I.