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Entering The Inner Heart and asking “What is Love?” | New Moon in Cancer Horoscope Forecast – August 14th, 2015

HandsHeartLightWaterThe past New Moon cycle of Conscious Communication being integrated through our emotional heart is coming to an end. On August 14th, 2015 the New Moon will begin a new cycle in Sidereal Cancer.

This cycle connects us with the themes of Cancer, showing the place were we learn the lessons of Love, Nurturing and Peace. The evolution begins with conditional love where the love we feel and offer to others is based upon whether we feel they have earned it or are worth of it. Have they behaved how we wish? Have they done for us what we desire? Do they have and act in ways we deem lovable and good?

From here, through spiritual practice and the experiences of the soul, there is evolution towards Unconditional Love, where Love is finally understood to be an experience of pure receptivity, pure openness. Love is no longer an action but rather a state of being. Like the highest ideal of a Mother that will love her children no matter what.

Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, invites us into a process of discovering our feelings and emotions and to evolve towards this state of Unconditional Love, but as part of the process we must overcome our fears of vulnerability. As we are placing conditions on the love we offer others, we are unconsciously afraid that others will be conditional in their acceptance of us as well. In that state of evolution, we feel we must protect our hearts because the Moon and Heart seeks connection to others through this emotional realm, and rejection is painful. But the more we learn to embrace ourselves, life and others without condition, the more our own Love evolves and the illusion of separation begins to dissolve. What remains is the reflection of our True Nature and the Unconditional Love that dwells within the Heart of the True Self.

A large part of the Spiritual Path is nurturing the qualities of our True Self and integrating them into our deeper sense of Self. Unconditional Love is one of these profound qualities.

With the Moon joining the Sun in Cancer as we begin this New Moon cycle, these themes will come to the forefront of the collective experience. A cycle of exploring the state of our capacity to Love and to be authentically vulnerable. And through that opening, to find Peace. When unconditional love awakens within us, the connection we all long for is found within our own Self and is experienced as a reflection within the outer world through others and the beauty of Life itself.

As part of the current cycle, Retrograde Venus and debilitated Mars are joined the Sun and Moon in Cancer. Retrograde Venus started on July 25th and continues the collective experience of reflecting on our experience of Relationship and our capacities to find happiness. As it backs up into Cancer, it is bringing that theme of the internal exploration of our relationships back into connection with our capacity to love. How does the evolution of your capacity to love impact your relationships? How truly unconditional can you be in connection to other? And what level of love brings the greatest connection, peace and happiness?

Because of the energy of the Venus retrograde, I have had a surge in Vedic Astrology Consultations that are focused on Relationship. It is “in the air” as some would say. I have also seen many posts from Facebook friends talking about reconnecting with old friends or past lovers, as the retrograde status of Venus can literally bring about a “revisiting” of relationships from the past. And these themes will continue until September 6th.

Mars is also in Cancer as this time, which will bring a hesitancy to our actions, creating a sense of frustration. Mars’ natural strength and capacity to act is challenged in Cancer, because the emotionally vulnerable waters can create confusion around the actions that need to be taken. Here, Mars feels uncomfortable and may react through agitation or even anger in an attempt to defend the vulnerability that it feels.

And so as the New Moon begins, it brings together the energies of our Capacity to Feel and Connect (Moon), our sense of Self and our Power (Sun), our Strength and Actions (Mars) and our Happiness and Desires (Venus). And with Venus retrograde, the themes of relationship, happiness and the fulfillment of desire are a strong component to this cycle.

The Sun, Moon and Venus are also in Ashlesha Nakshatra which is associated with the need to develop awareness of our Subconscious motivations within our emotional nature. How do we use our emotional nature? Do we use cunning, deceptive practices to trick others into doing what we want, potentially in the name of love? Are others pawns in our own exploration of happiness, or do we honor their happiness and their individual experiences as well? Are we willing to explore our deeper subconscious motivations and transform them so that we may live with integrity, honesty and clarity of emotional self awareness?

So what do we do when our emotions, power, actions and desires are being put into the place of emotional vulnerability, faced with exploring Love and Desire and Happiness? What happens when we reflect on relationship and desire and how we connect to others through our current evolutionary experience of love? And what happens when the invitation to open to greater and deeper experiences of peace and love are presented?

At various points in our growth, we all must walk through the experiences of feeling vulnerable. And when this happens there are two common reactions to end the discomfort.

One reaction is to protect the heart. To cover our feelings, sometimes even from our own selves. This strategy causes us, in the end, to simply feel less. And in the Tantric way of understanding, feeling less of anything requires that we feel less in general. If we wish to feel less of our vulnerability, our fear, our insecurity, then we are also unintentionally stifling our capacity to feel joy, love and freedom. The attempt to avoid pain and only let in what we think of as happiness backfires, as we end up feeling less of everything in the end. Joy feels less joyful because feeling is reduced.

Another reaction is to cling to others. When we are afraid that the connection, the love and the acceptance is going to be taken away, and that we can’t do it alone and need that Other to support us, love us and help us find peace, then we might find ourselves clinging. We might become emotionally needy and not want to let the other be in their own individual experience. Our own individual emotional strength is not strong enough, so we rely on another to prop us up.

These to reactions are common, but they don’t solve to deeper invitation to find love and authentic peace. As we are driven to connect to others for the fulfillment of desires, when that stretching to a new capacity feels challenging and we feel exposed we are invited to choose the path of deep feeling and opening. To stretch our capacity to love unconditionally and to embrace and accept others as they are without needing something from them or expecting them to be a certain way. And then from there, accepting their nature and how they show up, we interact with them accordingly.

In order for us to unconditionally love others, we must also unconditionally love and accept our own Self. To evolve, we want to strengthen our connection to the source of Love and Strength that dwells within our True Self. The more we are able to access the Well of Love within our own Self, the more easily we are able to unconditionally love those around us without feeling drained. We can receive support from others, but we also want to strengthen our inner connection so we will not need to reply upon others as we evolve.

These are the energies and themes that are being opened into our Collective Heart through the beginning of this New Moon Cycle. And in the early hours of August 17th, the Sun will shift into Leo carrying this cycle of evolving Love and Desire into the Creative Heart where we discover the passion for sharing our heart’s desires with the world. We do this through creative pursuits, through romantic connections and through passionately expressing our Soul’s deepest desires. The more clearly we are connected to the Truth of what and how we love as learned through the Cancer energy, the more effectively and clearly we can express and convey these creative energies into the world as a first step to connect to others and to share what’s in our heart with the world.

At this time, Jupiter (see also Jupiter Enters Leo – Acting Upon Inspired Principles), Mercury and Sun with be hemmed between Mars and Rahu, bring some frustration and confusion to this exploration and the best ways to share and communicate our passions and principles through this creative expression. This placement will also continue to bring those feelings into the reflection upon and inner exploration of Relationships.

I invite you to tune into these themes of love, relationship, desire over this next moon cycle of 27 days. How is it showing up in your own life, your relationships, at work? What might you be observing in those around you? Be willing to questions your own deeper motivations when it comes to love and connecting to others. Notice when you may be protecting your heart or clinging to others, and instead try to choose the Tantric practice of allowing yourself to just feel what you are feeling.

Also observe the process of creativity and how you feel about acting from inspired Principles, being mindful that you may feel a little less motivated or even some confusion in this part of your life in the short term.

Let me know your thoughts and share how these energies may be impacting your life below in the comments section. 🙂

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Reflecting on Love, Relationships and Communicating from your Heart – Capricorn Full Moon July 31st, 2015

FullMoonOverWaterThere have been many shifts in the planetary positions since July 13th where the New Moon began in the last degrees of Sidereal Gemini.

As I shared in the New Moon Report, it began a new cycle of exploring Conscious Communication and evolving from being entertained towards finding peace and love. Coming at the tail end of Gemini serves to evolve our communication through the natural path of the Zodiac. The seeds of communication were planted in Gemini and then the Sun and Moon both moved into Sidereal Cancer. So the prior explorations and curiosities from the time of the Sun and Moon in Gemini shift into Cancer where more emotion and feeling are connected to those experiences.

Cancer is where we feel our vulnerability and explore our relationship to nurturing others. It can also invite an opening to intuition. And it is where we learn the lessons of connecting to others through the Heart. And through this exploration, we come to find peace within out own emotional nature.

All of this energy is also being played out in our cycles of communication, begun by the New Moon. And so for the past almost 2 weeks, the Sun and Mercury, which were together for the start of the cycle in Gemini, have transitioned into Cancer. Here our the Sun as Power, confidence and sense of individuality has been placed into the open emotional space of Cancer. Along with Mercury, as our capacity for speech and communication.

While the invitation here is to learn to express our Soul’s Power and communicate from a place of emotional openness and authentic vulnerability, that doesn’t always feel so easy or safe for most of us. The results of the past 2 weeks may be that some may have instead felt emotionally vulnerable and protective. If we haven’t been able to stay firmly planted in the Soul’s power, then instead of communicating from the Heart, we may have been more inclined to be emotionally reactive or emotionally clingy. No matter how you have handled it, you may have been aware of feeling a little more sensitive or emotionally aware these past couple of weeks.

The question, of course, is how did you handle this vibrational environment? Have you kicked and cried and thrown tantrums? Have you felt a strong need to connect to others to feel more safe and secure? Have you mustered up the confidence to speak honestly about how you are feeling and what your needs are?

During these last couple of weeks, Mercury also moved past Mars. Mars was in Gemini at the start of the New Moon, bringing some potential conflicts and arguments. But the movement past Mars shows that many conflicts are now given the opportunity to be let go. Have some communication challenges, or conflicts of power begun to soften for you? Perhaps getting to a softer, more compassionate perspective on the situation.

And on July 25th, Venus went retrograde. This retrograde motion shows that the collective Karmic energy is being given a chance to reflect over the nature of our relationships and our happiness. Venus is the natural indicator for relationships. It is where we find pleasure and happiness through our outer experiences of life. A major Venus lesson is learning how to compromise with others in relationship. It evolves from seeking selfish pleasure at the expense of others towards an understanding that compromise brings a greater sense of satisfaction and happiness. After all, if both people are happy with their shared situation, then more happiness can come from it for both people. Out of this lesson around compromise, Venus ultimately evolves into a more selfless expression of Devotion towards the Sacred in life and in those we are in relationship with.

This retrograde Venus period gives you the opportunity to reflect and introspect on your own relationships, your happiness and the degree to which you are able to compromise and share happiness with another instead of demanding that your own happiness be fulfilled without considering how that will affect others. Because Venus is sharing the sign of Leo with Jupiter, we have the opportunity to link our higher principles, wisdoms and teachings to this inner reflection and truly come out the other side as a better partner and friend. But. the inspired and regal energy of Leo can also cause Venus to be a “little Queen” or “little King” around pleasure, and be inclined to “issue royal orders” for how her “subjects should please her”.

As Venus is retrograde, we are given the opportunity to reflect on how this demanding “serve my pleasure” energy may be showing up in your life and in your relationships, and to evolve towards greater compromise and to more balanced relationships which are based upon mutual respect and a shared higher vision of Principles and even Spiritual Values.

And through all of these changes, the Moon has continued her movement through the Zodiac, and will move into Capricorn on July 30th and reach the height of Full Moon on July 31st.

The Full Moon is an integration and balance point for the New Moon Cycles. With all of the above energies still at play, the Moon moving into Capricorn is an opportunity for us to strengthen our own sense of emotional boundaries in communication and in relationship to others.

In Cancer we learn to feel our Inner Heart and open to emotions and Love, but that fullness and openness can create vulnerability all by itself. While Tantra encourages us all to develop an open heart that is capable of accepting self and others, the reality is that everything in the Universal experience must find balance. Being that open doesn’t always feel safe. And for some, that feeling of vulnerability is likely to cause them to simply shut down and not want to feel deeply at all.

What the Cosmic wisdom of the Zodiac reveals is how to balance through opposite signs. The reality is that it is NOT always appropriate to be vulnerable and open. The old saying of “wearing your heart on your sleeve” can certainly lead to being taken advantage of and being hurt. At the same time, there ARE times when it IS appropriate and rewarding to have our hearts more open. And Cancer’s lesson of finding safety in opening the heart comes through the lesson of Capricorn.

In Capricorn, we learn how to set boundaries and to create a more practical structure to our emotions and interactions. Of course, if we only used the Capricorn energy, then we would simply build a wall around the Heart and never feel again. But this Full Moon invites is to learn to balance.

As the Sun and Mercury sit in Cancer, inviting more vulnerability and feeling to our Soul and Communication, the Moon is taken into Capricorn at the height of its Fullness. Here the feeling sense is stabilized and the lesson of creating emotional boundaries is experienced. In the proper balance, we can learn to easily and safely flow between healthy levels of feeling and emotional vulnerability and also being able to set boundaries to keep the heart appropriately protected when needed.

The Moon here also invites us to make peace with a greater level of solitude, where we can still experience peace in isolation rather than feeling the clingy need to always be connected to someone else. It also supports stabilizing our emotions and learning how to create a practical path through life. You should also be aware that the influence of Saturn as both Capricorn’s Ruler and its aspect on the Moon from Scorpio may also bring some nervousness or fears to the surface. So do be mindful that the boundaries you are creating are not from some fearful place, but instead seek to use your deeper wisdom and intuition to set boundaries as a way of evolving the Moon’s capacity to connect to others and strengthen your connection to deeper Peace and Love.

As the integration point for the New Moon which started in Gemini, you are given the chance to explore communicating healthy boundaries and needs while also exploring how you can be appropriately vulnerable and emotionally connected to others. All of this happening, while Retrograde Venus is creating introspection on your experience of relationships, compromise and the pursuit of pleasure and happiness.

I encourage you to use this time to pay attention to your need for self reflection, as well as finding that balance of seeking solitude when needed. As you strengthen your own self awareness, you can develop the capacity to remain peaceful, loving and balanced in your relationships and interactions with others. You can learn to feel more fully the love and emotional connections with those around you, while also setting healthy boundaries to ensure that only those that share the same vision of mutual respect are allowed into your inner heart. And from that place, evolve your capacity to communicate your needs, hopes and desires.

Be sure to notice these themes in yourself, as well as how those around you are reacting to these Collective Karmic trends.

What have your experiences been during this time?

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The above is a general Vedic Astrology Forecast. It discusses the shifts that are happening at the level of the Collective experience, as well as how you can use that Collective energy for your own growth and evolution.

For a detailed reading of how the Planetary cycles will impact you personally, you should schedule a private Vedic Astrology Reading.

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Click here to book a Vedic Astrology reading now.

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