New Moon Solar Eclipse in PISCES – Fresh Coordinates from Your SOUL

A solar eclipse is a very exact New Moon, aligned so that it blocks out the light of the Sun.  On a deep symbolic level, this powerful spectacle re-calibrates of our sense of Self (our core motivations and energy, represented by the Sun, our life-giver here on Earth).  As the Sun emerges from Moon’s shade, after being “swallowed up” by darkness, a fresh set of coordinates is inscribed in our Soul by this radical renewal of light.   If you’re lucky enough to have seen a Solar Eclipse, you can probably sense why the ancients ascribed such momentous predictions and prophesies to these events – there’s something inherently awesome and spooky about seeing the Moon “eat up” the Sun, and the first sun-ray popping out from the eerie dim disk sets off a palpable wave of relief – the “juice is back on”, we’ve got power again!:)  The light has prevailed over the dragon of darkness once more.

This Pisces eclipse arrives at the scene of considerable cosmic drama – Mars, the planet of action is about to catch unpredictable Uranus in the fiery battlefield of Aries.  The impulse to DO something, anything, QUICK is almost unbearable…but existing structures and agreements (represented by Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra) have raised up ramparts of resistance.  Grrr, we could easily beat our heads bloody against the wall… Thankfully, this Eclipse can lift our gaze above this pugnacious power-play to reveal a refreshingly WIDER and WISER path.  The trouble is – are we willing to listen, to pop our heads above the fray long enough to receive this gift of GRACE?

A few days before this Eclipse, I was advising a new client on the verge of making major changes in the practical aspects of her path – where to move to, what to do for a job?  Hearing my pitch of this Pisces Eclipse as a fresh soulful download from “the bigger picture”, she asked with a note of understandable anxiety: “Will there be a sign? Like, where am I supposed to go?”  The words “supposed to” stuck out like a sore thumb, making me pause and dig deeper for an answer.  As an aside, there is a fun and fascinating branch of astrology called “astro-cartography” which can indeed point to places that will be more conducive for particular aspects of life – such as love, healing or career – for a particular person…but, my intuition was pointing to a more fundamental need here – I wanted to help her regain confidence in her OWN SOUL compass, instead of heaping more external authority on her somewhat scrambled system.  So, I invited her to breathe deep and FEEL her way into the kind of environment she’d truly love to live in, allowing colors, scents and shapes to emerge from the unfettered expanse of her soul.  And, to be open to the subtle tugs on her heart, the first fleeting glimpses of these precious new coordinates, as the eclipsed Sun re-emerges on Feb 26th.

So, my NEW MOON ECLIPSE MAGIC spell for you, dear reader, is to craft your own version of sacred SOUL LISTENING:  honoring oceanic Pisces, use the WATER elementtake a luscious bath with home-made aromatic salts (add your fave essential oils and speak your soulful spells into the salts, then dissolve the magic mix in the water).  Relax, let it all soak in, absorbing the messages on a cellular level.  Allow the cosmic currents to caress you as you float, to gently guide you in the direction of your dreams…no drama necessary:)  Being by the ocean can amplify and accelerate your eclipse spells, so jump in the water and swish like a fish: swim, sail, surf! (I plan to do all of the above:)  If no sea or bathtub around, sing in a decadently long shower...anything that gets you into the FLOW of imagination is the magic medicine of this New Moon:)

Let me know how your Moon Magic goes!  For a personal astro-reading, e-mail me: katrinhaiba@gmail.com

Full Moon Eclipse in Leo – Hear Me Roar!

Eclipse season is here – the rapid (r)evolutionary roller-coaster is gathering speed!  Eclipses act as accelerants, kicking our butts out of familiar ruts.  This Leo Eclipse sheds light on our shadow loyalties – the beliefs and pictures we cling to that cloud our innate ability to shine and thrive.  Leo is ruled by the Sun.  This heavenly body, our life-giver here on Earth, sheds its light on everyone.  Whether you thank the Sun or curse it, it still shines…light, warmth and energy are its very nature.  There’s an innate generosity to a happy healthy Leo – an ability to light up the room just by being one’s sunny self.  This eclipse can help us recover our own innate glow, if we’re willing to let our rage and resentment go.  And by letting go, I don’t mean sweep under the rug, no no!  Leo energy calls for EXPRESSION – letting it rip & roar.  Let’s dance & shake it out under the Full Moon, until we fall down laughing…that’s the spirit!

Full Moon MAGIC tips: Leo energy loves a bit of drama…a wild and wacky Full Moon ritual popped into my head, to help us “get out of our own way”: imagine an SNL comedy skit of your own worst self, a ridiculously amped up version of you portrayed by a talented cast of comedians.  What would burst your bubble so that embarrassment would tip over to liberating laughter?? Play with it:) Or, for those with visual skills, draw a cartoon version of your most pompously puffed-up persona and burn it in a Full Moon fire.  Who are you really, once the pressure to maintain a certain self-image is gone?  And how would you relate to others, free of any need for applause or approval?  There’s a ton of stellar support in the sky for authentic expression, for true camaraderie and community… if we’re willing to take off the mask.

Full Moon SPELLS to play with:

“Riddiculus!” – a most fun and effective spell from the Hogwarts “Defence Against the Dark Arts” class – it destroys boggarts, most annoying creatures that take the shape of our worst fears.  The antidote – turn the frightening thing into something stupidly funny, and watch it pop!

“Revelio!” – a charm used to reveal concealed objects and the true appearance of someone who’s changed their appearance with a spell.  Try it on yourself, to reveal your authentic self…if not to others, at least to yourself:)

Enjoy this Moon’s magic, and share what it’s stirring up for you!  Xoxo

For personal cosmic wave guidance, contact me at katrinhaiba@gmail.com

FEBRUARY Scopes – Wake UP! crows the Rooster:)

Happy Year of the Rooster!

Since Mercury was still retrograde at the start of 2017, the Lunar New Year that kicked off with the Jan 28th Aquarian New Moon feels to me much more like the real fresh start, a palpable energetic shift ushering in a wild set of waves.  In keeping with the Chinese Zodiac theme, I was planning to pop in the famous “Chinese curse” – “May you live in interesting times” – highly appropriate in sentiment, but, as it turns out, also rather apropos in other ways in this “alternative facts” era – turns out this phrase has no known origin in Chinese language or culture and is actually made up by an Englishman…go figure!;)

Meditating on the messages of this fiery red rooster year in the sleepy Mexican village that is my winter home, it finally hit me: what do roosters do for us?  They WAKE US UP, loudly, often at really annoying hours for a night-owl like me.  And, looking around at the wider world, many of us feel like we’ve been shaken rather rudely out of our solipsistic slumbers…grrr… But, there’s no time to mourn the shredded blanket of illusion.  Mars, the planet of action and motivation entered its home terrain, the fiery sign of Aries on Jan 28th, just as the New Moon ushered in the rooster’s rule.  Sleep is simply not an option, at least not till March 10th when Mars takes a breather in much more mellow Taurus.

This Martian mojo can move mountains, helping us create massive change in a matter of moments.  It’s high-octane fuel that should come with a warming label: “handle with CONSCIOUS CARE”.  We’re all in for a crash-course in personal pyrotechnics this month.  On a practical level, when you feel like you’re just about to “blow your top”, take a deep breath and go for a run instead…or any sport that helps you release the tension…perfect time to lose those stubborn holiday pounds, instead of losing your temper:)

Roosters are also known to “strut their stuff”, parading proudly in their finest feathers.  2017 calls on all of us to be more bold and public, to crow out courageously and risk being SEEN in our full glory.  This takes a ton of “cojones” (Spanish for balls;)  But, it doesn’t mean we got to be cocky in that annoying macho manner (though, yeah, we’ll see more of that this year than most).  Revealing our authentic passion, putting our heart on the line requires courage of a different, deeper kind – the guts to be vulnerable and real, to risk seeming ridiculous or “way out there”.  The root of “courage” is “coeur”, HEART in Latin.

Rooroosters-1801620_1920sters walk with their big bold heart front and center.  We can borrow a bit of their instinctive confidence and add our voice to the wake-up choir!   Sure, it may not sound pretty, this cacophony of cries, but out of Chaos new creation comes.

PS- personal “2017 Year Ahead” readings are also available for potent precision navigation! Contact me at katrinhaiba@gmail.com to schedule a private “cosmic surf” session

Now, let’s see what area of life the Fire Rooster shakes awake for each sign:

ARIES  TAURUS  GEMINI  CANCER  LEO  VIRGO  LIBRA

SCORPIO SAGITTARIUS  CAPRICORN  AQUARIUS  PISCES

The focus of these Scopes is how to best ride the cosmic energy: how to catch the good waves and use the challenging ones as opportunities to transform & learn.
As I saw on the wall of a surfshop: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf!” 🙂

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