New Moon in Aries – the primal JOY of being ALIVE

A few days before this New Moon, I had a chance to see a spectacular circus performance put on by a large group of kids from the circus-arts school Cirque de los Ninos in the small seaside Mexican town of San Pancho.  The young performers’ energy and excitement made my skin tingle and my whole body light up with sparks of joy.  In addition to admiring their acrobatic feats, I actually wanted to BE one of these happy little “monkeys” tumbling and doing somersaults!  (hmm…perhaps it’s not too late to run away with the circus?;)  Connecting with this rambunctious rush of raw life energy, expressed so fully by these kids, made me wonder what happened to my own “wild one inside”… I felt a tinge of sadness drop into the bubbly brew of bouncy beats… when was the last time I felt so unabashedly ALIVE?  And will I ever be able to experience this innocent and yet so primally powerful JOY again?

This Aries New Moon (exact at 10:57 pm March 27th in NYC, 5:57am March 28th in Estonia) offers us all a chance to recover this wiggly-giggly wild Soul in the very physical, felt expression of life – to bring back that proverbial “spring in our step”, to reawaken to LIFE in all its cosmically creative glory.  But, before we get all excited with writing out our New Moon wishes and goals, the starry patterns suggest a look back: the closest planet to this Moon is Venus, the Goddess of Love, who is on a retrograde journey all the way till April 15th.  To recover our spark, we might have to revisit the terrain and time when we lost it – perhaps way back in childhood, when our shrieks of laughter and mad-monkey antics were met with harsh spells of “SSushhh!”, when being a ball of effervescent energy was deemed a dangerous challenge to parental authority.  Whatever it was that squashed our spark, we might not really remember – over time, the societal straight-jacket can become so internalized that we “Shush!” and shame ourselves for being too much, too loud, too out there.

This Moon can help us find the keys to these hidden shackles in the very here and now, in the place we’d least expect to look: in our BODY, in our physical patterns of experience (Mars, the ruler of this New Moon, is in Earthy Taurus, inviting us to trust the guidance of “our guts”:).  We can start by tuning into moments of aliveness of any kind, whether pleasure or pain (a stubbed toe can bring a rush of energy and emotion, along with a flood of memories mixed with curses and tears;)  As we find these sparks, we will also notice any blocks in the flow.  What happens to a frozen dam of ice in a rushing river in Springtime?  It cannot hold forever…the inevitable influx of new LIFE breaks down the most stubborn barriers…starting with a trickle, culminating with a crashing crescendo!

The breakthroughs of this Lunar cycle may indeed require enduring some discomfort, as we come up against long-ingrained limitations, but nature’s innate drive for new growth is on our side – we can shake off the shackles of “Ssushh!” with a bold physical explosion of energy – dancing our hearts out, screeching like monkeys, even going for an all-out adrenaline-pumping run.  For the more mellow among us, a deeply releasing massage might do the trick, releasing the restrictions and rules stored deep in the tissues.

***A note from the retrograde Venus – this New Moon awakens our primal desires in their sexual expression as well…and with the Goddess of Love doing the “backwards-forwards” dance, we may stumble back into past’s turbulent passions!  So, before jumping into a spicy Spring fling with your “ex”, it’s wise to take a moment and tune in – is this truly heart’s deepest desire, or are you willingly binding your ecstatic energy back in the old cage?  I’m not saying recycled romance is always a “no-go”…but, this Moon’s primary drive is towards yourself – LOVE as the simple joy of being alive, rejoicing in your own being.   Venus will turn direct April 15th, bringing along the “birds and the bees”…a bit of patience, dear!

A New Moon SPELL to practice & play with: “Relashio!” – the spell Hermione used to release the Dragon from the dungeons of the Gringotts Bank in the Harry Potter series.  Go ahead, break the chains, free the wild one inside!   This Aries’ energy is bold and primal.  Let it refuel our lust for LIFE, bring the “zing!” of Spring back into every cell of our bodies!

For personal cosmic guidance contact me at katrinhaiba@gmail.com – I do readings for all kinds of occasions…even fun kid’s readings, to help the “little monkeys” thrive!:)

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New Moon in Scorpio – Treasures of the Deep

Seeds

3 of Earth – Growth

Tomorrow, Nov 11th, a subtle wave starts at the bottom of the ocean – the Moon is born again in soulful Scorpio.  There’s a beautiful healing and “whole’ing” possibility here, with supportive beams from Chiron in compassionate Pisces and Jupiter in verdant Virgo.  Pluto, the potent ruler of this Moon lends a hand as well from steady and committed Capricorn.  We can plant seeds of our deepest dreams into the fertile darkness, and TRUST the process of growth happening far below the surface. It is a kind of leap of faith, to put a seed or a bulb deep into the cold dark autumnal soil and believe that something beautiful will pop out in Spring.  Similarly, the inner impulses we set in motion around this New Moon will grow to full flowering in 6 month’s time.  Patience, patience…:) This image, an illustration from the Vision Quest Tarot for “3 of Earth- Growth” kept popping up as I thought of how to transmit my sense of this Moon’s promise.  You can use it too, to remind yourself that now is indeed the time to tend to the deep desires, with full faith in their potential to bloom.

This Scorpio Moon invites us to embrace even the darkest, most unlovable aspects of ourselves – our shame, our pain, our failures and hopelessness – everything that’s been locked away in the darkest dungeons of our inner castle.  For in these secret chambers Dragons lie – our wildest potency, our fire-breathing creative lifeforce is buried there under a pile of fear and regret.  The Dragon came to me in meditation this morning, inspired by tonight’s rather unsettling dream (yes, pay attention to dreams right now, please!  create moments of silence, of free-form reverie on the currents of consciousness… gather up the CLUES that lead to treasures there, clues that no one else can give you…).  In a flash of goofy brilliance, I used the Harry Potter spell “Relashio!” to free my inner Dragon (Harry used this spell to free the Dragon that was chained to guard the Gringotts Bank’s oldest and richest vaults).  Very effective!:)  Try it, perform whatever sorcery you need to release your inner resources from any bondage you or anyone else has put on them.  No person, project or a vault of gold is worth your undying devotion – this is a chance to recover and redeem yourself, no matter what you’ve done or been.  “I’d rather be whole than good”, said Carl Jung.  This beautifully supported Scorpio New Moon is the perfect time to learn to LOVE your Dragons.  TRUTH and TRUST will set you free!

PS- The banner photo is from the Witches & Wizards’ gathering in my backyard a few weeks ago.  I’m the Witch on the left:)  and, the nebula in this NASA photo looks kind of like a Dragon descending…well, it does to me:)

Wild October!

*** Happy WILD and Wonderful OCTOBER!  Wow, what an action-packed month ahead – a mind-bendingly creative Mercury retrograde, energizing Eclipses and the dynamic trio of “cosmic mover and shakers” (Uranus, Jupiter and Mars!) teaming up in a crackling Grand Trine in Fire.  Where do all these cosmic fireworks land for you, what inspiration they ignite? Find out by reading the OCTOBER SCOPES, and enjoy the wild ride!  Remember, excitement feels a lot like fear, but it’s WAY more fun!!   ***