Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – You didn’t come here to be NORMAL!:)

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 Aquarius Eclipse (essentially a very precise FULL Moon, exact on Aug 7th at  2:11pm in NYC, 9:11 pm in Estonia) shines a searing spotlight on the shady side of social cohesion: in the desperate dash to “make it” in this world, have we snuffed out our own peculiar brilliance, cut off our quirks in order to appear acceptable and employable?  And, to soothe the pain of such “necessary surgery”, are we now desperately looking for a Band Aid-personality in the form of masks we slap on in social media (another very Aquarian realm)?  The upcoming New Moon total Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug 21st opens the floodgates to a roaring river of Art and all manner of authentic expression. To ride this exhilarating Eclipse express, we need to break the stupefying spells of social conditioning, to close our eyes to the bright billboards of created culture and look to the Light that glows within.

 “You did not come here to be normal, you came here to be YOU!” said Robert Holden.  To me, this is the very heart of this Aquarius/Leo Eclipse cycle

You didn't come here to be NORMAL

You didn’t come here to be NORMAL!

Be very curious and open this amazing August – you may find the uniqueness of YOU reflected back in the eyes of your Aquarian tribe- your “motley crew” of mates old and new.  And, don’t forget to be a true mirror for every friend and stranger who crosses your path.  We all could use an uncensored look at who we are…especially our quirky qualities, the stuff we try to cover up and hide:)  Aquarian energy can be super-spacious in its highest expression, accepting (if not always loving:) a vast variety of expression.   Enjoy getting intimately acquainted with your own “looney” side under this Moon’s light… your so-called strangeness might be your greatest GIFT to the wonderfully wide and wacky web of the world!

Some Stellar Spells to play with, to accelerate your “evolutionary express”:

“Lumos!” – the spell to create an illuminating light at the tip of your wand.  Use it to see clearly, both inside and out, so you can untangle yourself from society’s sticky webs of approval and acceptance;)

“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’s stirring for you!  This August is quite a ride!  Xoxo

for a personal astro reading and starry spells, contact me at katrinhaiba@gmail.com

New Moon in Leo – the Sun in my Heart

New Moon in fiery Leo (exact at 05:45 am July 23rd in NYC, 12:45 pm in Estonia) invites us to re-ignite our heart’s passion and ACT from that irrepressible inner spark.  Leo is ruled by the Sun.  This heavenly body is our life-giver here on Earth – without the Sun, we would simply not exist in our kaleidoscopic creativity of forms – our planet would be a cold clump of rock circulating in the vast void.  A happy and healthy Leo radiates the Sun’s vivacious generosity, lighting up the room just by being one’s sunny self.  Like a summer sunrise in our heart, this New Moon can wake up our own innate glow, helping us recover the simple JOY of being ALIVE, buzzing with playful creativity.

Mars, the planet of action lends extra “oomph” and energy to this Lunar cycle – the key to igniting our inner fire is to actually DO whatever awakens our passion.  Curiously, for us “so called adults”, that’s sometimes the hardest thing – it seems silly, or somehow sadly out of reach.  But, frustrated passion can fuel a fight, warns the warrior planet!  If we don’t use this juice for growth, it will bubble up in all manner of drama …perhaps you’ve noticed the inner dictator raising its ugly head in a tempestuous tantrum in the past few days? (I certainly have, uggh;)  So, let’s turn our inner damaged divas into fun and fabulous shining stars by acting on our heart’s passion!  Let’s sow a seed of joy every day, no matter how seemingly silly or small.  It takes courage to choose LIFE…but, why not give it a go?

My plan for the New Moon day is to grab my surfboard and some friends and head to Fort Tilden, a hippy-trippy beach near NYC that used to be a restricted military fortification… crumbling cement barracks are covered with gorgeous graffiti and spontaneous sculptures sprout on the sand every day, swept away by the next high tide.  Fort TildenIt’s the one place where even the most self-conscious and serious New Yorkers shred their hard shells, becoming kids again for an hour or two…  if these high-strung ambition-addicts can do it, so can you:)

There is a lovely healing aspect to this Moon (a Chiron trine, to those astrologically inclined:) – opening up to more passion & play can help cure whatever ails us, body or soul.  Christiane Northrup, my favorite medical maverick told a story of one of her patients who was going through cancer treatment.  After listening to Dr. Northrup’s advice to include more pleasure in her life, the woman took the summer off, spending her days riding her bike and lounging on the grass, enjoying the clouds and sun.  Coming back to a follow-up appointment three months later, she looked radiant, healthy and fifteen years younger.  “What did you do?” asked Dr. Northrup, astonished at her stunning turnaround.  “I took summer into every cell of my body.  I hadn’t had a summer like this since I was a kid – it seemed to go on forever”.   Mmmm… this, I feel, is the essence, the highest promise of this lovely Leo New Moon – taking the Sun into our hearts, summer into our cells.  Enjoy!

New Moon MAGIC spells to play with:

“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 heart’s authentic passion…useful if you feel you’ve lost the childlike sunny spark in the daily grind!

“Riddiculus!” – a 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!  Use to “poof” away any inhibitions, fears or judgments that won’t allow you to let loose and PLAY:)

Enjoy sowing seeds of JOY under this playful & passionate New Moon!  For a personal “play prescription”, you can contact me for an astro reading at katrinhaiba@gmail.com  XOXO

Full Moon in Capricorn – Illuminating Thunder

Full Moon in Capricorn dominates the sky at midnight of July 9th (exact at 00:07 am in NYC, 7:07 in Estonia).  Some Native American tribes of North America call this midsummer moon the Thunder Moon, because the buildup of heat and humidity finds frequent release in spectacular thunderstorms this time of the year.  Gazing at the sky-chart of this lunation, the name is more than fitting – Pluto, the planet of deep transformation lends extra potency to this Moon, while Mars, the warrior opposes the Pluto-Moon pair from emotional Cancer – wheew, an intense and volatile cosmic cocktail indeed!  A flash of blinding light, a sudden release of a standoff, a realization that hits you like the proverbial “ton of bricks” from certainty’s crumbling castle… this dance of elemental energy can shake even the firmest of faith.  Capricorn governs the structures of life, our internal and external foundations.  In this Moon’s searing light, we cannot deny the cracks, the fissures in our firmament.  All that’s not truly solid can shatter in an illuminating instant… but, what’s still standing after the storm is refreshed and renewed, thoroughly tested and true.

Thunder invokes our most primal fears, and yet, there’s an intense attraction as well – our eyes are drawn to the eerie beauty of lightning’s ballistic ballet.  Huge reward can be gained by “hanging in there”, right in that scary place, with open eyes – getting a clear look at life is pretty priceless.  With all excess taken away, we can set our coordinates for only the most authentic goals and ambitions.  Capricorn has no patience for “bitching and moaning” about our curriculum in life’s school of hard knocks… under this Moon’s unflinching gaze, you cannot run or hide:)  As the potent peak of the storm passes, the path lies clear ahead.  It’s time to get to work.  No need to mourn the fallen false facades – practical Capricorn will help you recycle and reuse every ounce of energy, every brick and board in building a new Earthly abode from blueprints drawn by the most skilled sacred architect – your Soul.

Stellar Spells to max this Moon’s magic:

“Revelio!” – a revealing charm from the wonderful world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, used to reveal concealed objects. It can also be used to unmask the true appearance of someone who changed their appearance with a spell…hmm, very useful in this age of fake news and false facades;)  Cast this spell while gazing at this magnificent Moon, or during a spectacular summer thunder storm – it will invoke the elements of nature to work on your behalf, illuminating both inner and outer landscapes and enhancing your ability to chart a clear course ahead.

“Diffindo!” – the spell of “controlled destruction” that Harry and Hermione used to escape from the dark and dreary trap set for them in the dead Bathilda Bagshot’s house.  Use this Spell to blast away any constricting structures or crumbling foundations, and to clear the rubble of past disasters from blocking your path.

Happy Full Moon!  Enjoy its intense illuminating thunder… it will show exactly what you’ll need to know! 

New Moon in Cancer – Courage of the Tender Heart

This New Moon in nurturing Cancer (exact at 10:30 pm June 23rd in NYC, 5:30 am June 24th in Estonia) opens a door to a tender terrain, inviting us HOME to ourselves.  This year’s jagged journey has not been easy for some of us… the path ahead may still seem too steep, inflicting a soul-sapping weariness upon our shoulders.  This New Moon invites us into a safe space to refresh our soul and restore our strength… at its best, this caring Cancer Moon is like a warm hug melting our armor into dewdrops and tears.  If we allow these waters to flow, we’ll be gently carried along to a deeper source of sustenance – the fierce courage of our heart.  It’s the courage of a mother protecting her child, and each one of us, male or female, carries seeds of this primal power.  Surrendering to tenderness, we water these precious seeds.

Mercury, the divine messenger teams up with this Moon, offering a rare chance to express and share our feelings.  Language of the heart is sorely neglected in our education – I remember practicing all manner of mental gymnastics at school, but missing even the most basic introduction and initiation into emotional intelligence.  This gap has caused many a bruising stumble on my path…uggh:)  Like a caring mother, this Moon can hold our hands as we take a tender step or two, fumbling our way through a declaration of love… a plea for support…or a sharing of our deepest hopes or sorrows.  It still may feel awkward and strange… hang in there, breathe!:)  The surge of relief from getting something “off our chest” can grow into jubilant joy of genuine connection.

It happened to me last night, as I was conducting my “Dark of the Moon” ritual – a fire to burn and release a myriad of memories in the form of postcards and papers.  In my native Estonia, we have a tradition of “Disappearing Thursday” (Kaduneljapäev): on the Thursday before the New Moon, all manner of magic and healing can happen if you’re willing to let go, to clear out, to purge and cleanse, inside & out. There are spells for getting rid of all kinds of pests & pestilences.  I love to use FIRE as my ally for releasing.  As I was burning up an old sketch from an exercise on MASKs (what mask I wear, what am I hiding behind it…), my dear friend and “witchy sister” Cortney snapped a picture of the drawing dissolving into ashes.  FullSizeRender.jpgI had not planned to share this ceremony…it was my private inner world, why would it be of interest to anyone, I assumed…but, this picture was just  too spooky-cool, so couldn’t help posting it on Facebook, along with a bit of writing to explain its meaning.  And, to my great surprise, this dash of unplanned openness resonated deeply with some of my dearest friends, eliciting several soulful conversations and even a request for a shamanic healing ceremony (yes, I create personal ceremonies for peeps too, in addition to astro-readings…just saying:).  So, I encourage you to be a bit more daring in sharing what’s on your heart… this tender Moon will help you find the words that help and heal.  And, if words fail, a warm hug might be the best medicine of all!

A New Moon Spell to create a safe space for soulful sharing:

  • Protego Totalum! – a protective charm from the wonderful world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, used a create an invisible shield of protection around an area or dwelling for an extended period of time.  Use it to create your own version of a safe a haven, a sanctuary for soulful connection and yummy “solo time” – this Cancer Moon favors intimacy of all kinds, so take some tender time for yourself too, no guilt, no excuses!  This spell will ensure your bubble bath or a nap won’t get interrupted…you’ll be in a cozy cocoon, invisible to others’ distractions & demands…mmm… how sweet!

Full Moon in Scorpio – All That’s Hidden Comes to Light

Full Moon in Scorpio lights up the sky on May 10th (exact at 5:42 pm in NYC, 12:42 am May 11th in Estonia), sending a searing beam into the hidden halls and deep dungeons of our inner castle.  Whatever we’ve lost, neglected or deliberately concealed stands out in stark relief.  Some of what we find might not be pretty, but if we hang in there in honest curiosity, trash can turn to true treasure under our courageous and compassionate gaze.  Doorways of dreams are wide open under this Moon’s mesmerizing glow – ancient knowledge and potent personal guidance is available in our meanders into the “in-between”.  Deep and tender knowing can awaken as we brush aside the veils of convention, daring to explore the “taboo” territories of death, power, passion and soulful sex.  A potent brew this Moon is cooking up!  Do we dare to drink a cup?;)

Full Moons are culminations, peaks of a wave that started a while ago, perhaps without our conscious awareness.   Seeds were planted Halloween time, with October 30th Scorpio New Moon…after a long hibernation, a seeming death in the darkness of winter and a slow spreading of roots in early spring, the plants (and plans:) have finally popped.  What became of your seed?  Is it a flower or a weed?:)  This Moon grants us a glimpse into the mysteries of creation – the eternal cycle of birth-death-rebirth.  Phoenix is one of Scorpio’s ancient alchemical symbols…everything lost is found again – renewed, reborn, recycled.   One of the subtle gifts of this magical Moon is awareness of our influence, our co-creative power…and the responsibility required to wield this potent force with more consciousness and care.   An honest look at where we are is the perfect place to start.

Stellar Spells to enhance this Moon’s magic:

“Revelio!” – a revealing charm from the wonderful world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, used to reveal concealed objects. It may also be used to reveal the true appearance of someone who changed their appearance with a spell.  How perfect for some serious Scorpio sleuthing!  However, do we dare to turn the spell towards ourselves?  To cut through our own convenient web of little white lies?…hmm…:)

“Spirit grant me Second Sight, let all that’s hidden come to Light!” –  enhancement spell to increase our intuition and clear seeing, inside and out.

Happy Full Moon!  Enjoy this magnificent magnifying glass… it will show exactly what you’ll need to know!  

 

New Moon in Taurus – the Healing Power of Pleasure

This Taurus New Moon (exact at 8:16 am April 26th in NYC, 3:16 pm April 26th in Estonia) feels like a long-awaited “aaah!”, a thorough exhale of all the past month’s tensions and exacerbating efforts.  This April has not been easy for many of us – while the spunky Aries energy has urged us forward into action, the overlapping retrogrades of Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto have thrown many a curve into our tracks.  These delays and detours can direct us to a wiser, better thought out path…and, perhaps, most of all, teach us patience, the hardest of all virtues in these “instant download” times.  But, arrrgh, these lofty perspectives and glimpses of a greater plan don’t always save us from feeling like a volcano of frustration ready to pop.  At least, this has been my own experience with a construction project on my boat (which is also my floating home for several months in winter).  The contractor slides out with a smile and another “tomorrow…for sure…manana!” and leaves me steaming in Mexican mid-day heat.  To make matters worse, I’ve watched many a day of stellar surf pass by while “waiting for Godot” on the docks.

As the lunar cycle drew to a close, the waning Moon in Aries got a boost of raw fuel from Uranus, the cosmic rebel.  My patience reached the boiling point.  I stormed the welding shop with my husband, grabbing tools and materials and literally taking matters into my own hands.  This desperate act, and the dragonbreath of determination fuming from my Taurean nostrils seemed to make an impression – the project is finally moving forward, slowly but surely.  You too can expect to see the first forward steps in many of your Earthly endeavors, with steady Taurus energy at the helm for the next month.  Yes, it won’t be fast, and with Mercury still in retrograde till May 4th, some amount of rethinking and redesigning is bound to occur.  But, the satisfaction of at least SOME progress is sweet indeed!

Since the Springtime sign of Taurus rules the senses, there’s a way to add some “oomph” to this process of growth and germination – taking in and fully APPRECIATING any positive experience that occurs along the way.  Rick Hanson, a neuroscientist & meditation teacher has coined the phrase: “our brains are like velcro for negative and like teflon for positive” – meaning, our long process of evolution, focused on mere survival, has honed us to search keenly for the tiger in the bush while ignoring the hummingbirds, rainbows and flowers.  I certainly observed my mind spinning into many a sadistically satisfying negative loop with this stalled project, while there was plenty of beauty around to enjoy –warm breezes, sunsets, supportive smiles of friends…and the occasional surf sessions squeezed out from the chaotic construction schedule.  Luckily, part of me was awake and aware enough to laugh at my own folly and consciously redirect my “evolutionarily embattled” neural circuits towards more soothing and enjoyable stimuli.

Now, with this mellow Taurus New Moon gracing the sky, this process of “taking in the good” will be infinitely easier.  Rick Hanson suggests spending at least 15-30 seconds consciously enjoying a beautiful or pleasurable experience, to make sure it truly sinks in.  If we do this often enough, we can actually evolve our brains out of the twitchy-tense fight-or-flight mode and become more like the serenely smiling Buddha (who was a Taurus, by the way!:)  The fruits of this practice of conscious pleasure don’t need to wait till some far-off ideal of enlightenment – enjoying moments of delicious delight in the very here and now will make us instantly more happy, healthy and ALIVE.   And, an added bonus – this more mellow, mindful and appreciative approach will redirect our life to an easier flow, more in tune with the magic of nature’s cycles of growth.  Our projects will blossom and progress with way less struggle and strife.  As the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu remarked: “Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished”.   Hmm…perhaps the wayward welder was in fact my teacher here, a distressing “Buddha in disguise”!:)   ”manana, tranquilo, take it easy…breathe”:)

  • A New Moon Spell to practice and play with: “What I appreciate, appreciates!” Take a loving look around you – craft a ritual of GRATITUDE, add in daily doses of delight…and watch your life blossom in beauty.  Earth magic is seductively simple…and profoundly potent!
  • And, don’t forget the most magical words in every language (as my parents taught me in childhood, when I wanted something…”use your magic word!”;) “Thank you, Gracias, Aitäh, Grazie, Merci!“ These simple sounds are like cosmic fertilizer, coaxing ever more growth, abundance, satisfaction and smiles!

Full Moon in Libra – a Dynamic Balance

Full Moon in Libra lights up the sky on April 11th (exact at 2:08 am in NYC, 9:08 am in Estonia).  Libra’s symbol is the scales – balance, a rather tricky and often misunderstood concept.  Feeling into the energy of this Moon, it occurred to me that true balance is far from the static, blissfully calm and satiated state often aspired to but seldom, if ever, achieved.  In our ever-evolving universe, balance is the ability to ride the topsy-turvy waves of change with flexibility, responsiveness and intense awareness – always moving, always adjusting from one side of the scales to the other.  This Moon shines a bright spotlight on our balancing ability, amplifying thoughts and emotions (Jupiter, the planet of expansion right next to this Moon magnifies everything!) to show where we’ve swung too far, pointing the way to a graceful counter-move that can save us from a fumbling tumble:)

I have just returned from my first-ever 6-day juice cleanse retreat, where a small group of us submitted to a rather rigorous routine in order to re-balance our liver and digestive systems.  As days went by, feeling hungrier and hungrier, it occurred to me that this feels far from my blissfully (ignorant:) notion of what a health-retreat in the luscious Mexican jungle should be like.   My body was led to a temporary state of quite serious imbalance in order to bring about a refreshing restart, hopefully leading to a greater, more sustainable equilibrium.  Trusting the guidance of our very caring and knowledgeable resident healer and staff, I wasn’t worried.  Something deep in my somewhat grumbling gut told me this is just the right swing far out to the edge in order to bring me back towards the center.  Along the way,  I received a very lovely Libran bonus – the silly sense of humor and sweet support of my husband who (quite reluctantly:) stuck it out the whole retreat with me, and the beginnings of a beautiful friendship with a couple from Mexico City who were also doing the cleanse with us.  We all agreed how much easier (and more fun:) it was to get through it together.

The planetary patterns surrounding this Libra Moon – conjunction with Jupiter (expansion and amplification), opposition with Uranus (sudden rapid change) and square with Pluto (potential for deep transformation) are pretty darn intense.  The pendulum swings can feel quite wild and wanton.  Our saving grace is to remain flexible and awake, trusting the deeper, perhaps presently unfathomable purpose of this dynamic tightrope act.  Venus, the ruler of this Moon is on a retrograde journey through compassionate Pisces, about to embrace Chiron, the ancient archetype of the wounded healer – indeed, there is a silver lining, a beautiful healing potential.   Heart-to-heart connection with yourself and those around you is the glimmering moonlit path.

FULL MOON MAGICK to play with: stand on one leg with your eyes closed…observe what happens, how your body adjusts, twists and wobbles to keep the balance.  Switch legs and repeat.  Is it easier on one side or the other?  And what does your intuition say about that difference…what can you adjust in your life to feel more flexible and balanced?  Now, grab a friend and try the same trick again, this time standing side-by-side, holding hands.  Is it easier together?  (hopefully, at least, more FUN:) Can you offer support and receive the steadying hand of your buddy…in this game…and in life? 

Enjoy the wild swings and even the occasional tumbles of this Libra Moon!  And share how these topsy-turvy times are treating you!  XOXO

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