Friday, April 18, 2014

A Pink Moon For Spring...

As is my custom, I went out on Wednesday night to take some pics of April’s Full Moon. There was quite a bit of cloud cover hanging over the marsh, so I wasn’t overly hopeful that I would be able to see it. Luckily, there were sketchy patches where Luna could punch through. The wispy and patchy clouds offered some great photo ops. Very moody images. There was a cool, but pleasant, breeze blowing off the dark expanse of mud and marsh grass. It was really nice. Soothing. Standing under the tall pine trees by the wide swath of seeding cattails that run along the marshes edge, I heard a rustling sound in the thick growth at the base of the cattails. It was most likely an opossum, or a raccoon. It’s quite dark over there, so I walked away, making some noise as I went to keep the critter(s) at a distance. I would later discover that I was being watched over from on high…

When I uploaded the shots to my computer, I noticed something interesting. The Moon finally appeared in her bright and full glory in one of the larger spaces in the clouds. The space was sort of almond shaped, and the Moon looked like the pupil of an eye peering down at me and the marsh. Tres cool.

This particular Moon is known as the “Pink Moon”. It is named for the wild ground Phlox, or herb moss pink, that is one of the earliest flowers to grow for the arrival of Spring. I noticed a number of posts on Facebook where it was being referred to as a “Blood Moon”. The Moon is said to turn a blood red color during a lunar eclipse, and with April’s Full Moon we did also have an Eclipse. Typically, it is October’s Moon that is the Blood Moon. So…what’s the deal?

The recent “label change” (for some) has biblical roots. The science sites I consulted don’t know specifically, but suspect it is based on a book by John Hagee, called “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change”. It has to do with the end of days, or something to that effect. Actually, this Lunar Eclipse was the first of four consecutive Eclipses that are being called a “tetrad” (definition: a group or set of four). This tetrad consists of four Lunar Eclipses that will take place in 2014, and 2015, each one with six months separating them with no partial Eclipses between. The next “tetrad” won’t happen until 2032, and 2033.

Well, for me it was the Pink Moon. I’ll leave the Blood Moon to October where it belongs.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Full Moon In Libra...April 15, 2014...

("Libra", by: Yuhon)

The Full Moon for the month of April is in the sign of Libra, at 3:44 AM/EST, and is accompanied by a Lunar Eclipse. The two in conjunction are energy packed, and symbolize very powerful culminations…endings, closure, taking out emotional, mental, and/or physical garbage.  With the extra boost in the air of bringing things to a head and purging them, it’s perfect timing as the big key theme for this lunation centers on relationships. Family, friends, business associates, significant others…no stone will be safe from being turned. I’m not meaning for that to sound cryptic…all revelations and realizations can lead to a purging of sorts. That’s not always a bad thing. Even when you think something good is being cast off with the negative, in the long run it will serve a purpose…and a beneficial one in many cases. You may experience some frustration and fear as the flotsam makes itself known, and that may lead to feelings of instability. All Full Moons are celestial spotlights casting light on things one may have pushed aside, or even things that were caught up and (as yet) unrevealed. Bearing witness to revealed habits and tendencies may not be easy, but bolstering oneself to take a good hard look is advised. Really take a look at the relationship related to these revelations. How do these things impact you and the relationship for good or bad? Take a good look at the foundation…just how stable is it? Libra is symbolized by the scales. When looking at the overall picture…when broaching the relationship issues…be fair about it. Those involved should have a say if they wish to have one. The balance can easily be turned on its head, so make the effort to do what you can to not upset things.

Change. Something many of us find hard to accept and put into action. As a result things can build up, festering for a long time. The energy from this Lunar Eclipse can precipitate change. It is nothing to be feared. Face and feel the emotions. Allow yourself that. Don’t over think things, as the fruits will present themselves when all is said and done. Over reaction can keep change from happening. Don’t let your emotions run away with you to the point of ignoring what is therapeutic to your mind, body, and soul.

Compounding the effects of the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse is that they follow right behind Pluto in Capricorn’s shift into retrograde on the 14th. This can make emotions highly charged, maybe even to the point of grief. That grief can be over relationships past that haven’t been fully processed. Pluto’s influence can throw things off kilter. This is a great opportunity to purge things that have been weighing us down (whether we were aware of them or not…they will come up). Be prepared, for once one thing is revealed more can surely follow. Note that some things that reveal themselves may be lessons in themselves, showing you where you went wrong in the past. What can be changed to stop that from happening again? What can be transformed?

You may encounter disruptions. Some individuals may be more abrasive than usual. Don’t buy into the anger because it can easily trigger your own. Try to stay away from those looking for a fight. You might give them one, and they wouldn’t even be the true source of your ire. You are the only one who can control your part. Look for a positive in the situation…what happened, and how can you re-channel that energy?

One constant of each Full Moon is its opposition to the Sun (as the brightness of Luna’s face is the burning reflection of Sol). This lunation has the Libran Moon opposing the Arian Sun. The Sun in Aries is about individuality, while the Moon in Libra is about relationships…they may seem at odds, but they do want to work harmoniously. Libra brings strong influence to the ‘harmony party’. The ruling planets of Libra and Aries, Mars and Venus respectively, play an important role. Venus is supported by a conjunction with a Piscean Neptune, a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, and a trine to Jupiter in Cancer. Exalted in Pisces, Venus is all about compassion. Things will work for the better if you focus on working with the other person on common ground rather than opposition. Venus will act as a buffer, which isn’t a bad thing. On the flip side, Mars is moving into position as part of a cardinal Grand Cross. Being in opposition to Uranus in Aries, and squared by Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, makes an otherwise ‘care free/plays well with others’ energy into ‘not a happy camper’ energy. The message here is do not sweat the small stuff. Pick your battles. Don’t nit-pick.

("Libra", by: David Paladini)
Ringed Saturn is in Scorpio, inconjunct the Arian Sun, and semi-sextile the Libran Moon. Saturn’s influence could talk certain situations off a ledge, and that’s a good thing as Mercury in Aries is conjunct Uranus opposing Libran Mars. There is great potential for the ‘shit to hit the fan’ (so to speak), and what starts as minor bickering could blow-up into all out verbal warfare. The combo of Mercury and Uranus will have no problem with playing any unpleasant cards turned by Pluto in Capricorn. Sure footed relationships that stand firm and are based on honesty should weather the storm. Those trying to balance on a rocky surface could see their end…and for good. Cardinal signs (Aries and Libra) make choosing sides easier. Don’t be surprised if a stress filled situation is amplified by the sting of harsh comments from family members.

Through this lunation be sure to widen your scope. Don’t let Aries rein you in to what lays directly in front. Slow down. You could very well be passing up opportunities that could benefit things. On the other side of the coin with the Moon’s influence, Libra can get a bit over zealous in providing too much information. Focus on striking an emotional balance. Look to those things that help you feel centered, or experiment with new ones. Go for walks in bucolic settings. Visit the beach, feel the sand under your feet, and watch the rhythmic surge of the waves. Meditate. Whatever brings you to your core, and makes you feel at peace. That can help you help strengthen solid relationships even more, and also help you process the issues that come up in others. 

Are there terms in this post that you're unfamiliar with? The following is a link to a great online astrology dictionary:

The following excerpt is from the Farmer's Almanac:

  • Full Pink Moon ~ April: This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild grown phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month's celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rain, Ruminations & A Reboot...

It’s a rainy Sunday here on the marsh. The window near my computer is open, and I can hear the rhythmic sound of raindrops connecting with the various forms of flora outside. The world is returning to its green, flower bespeckled self. Well, my corner of it anyway. Stressful elements of life can infiltrate ones gray cells to the point of madness...if one allows them to. Keeping those at bay isn’t always easy. Opening ones vision to the whole, rather than just the tunnel housing negative thoughts, is the trick. We all release ourselves from that narrowed mind set in our own way(s). These days I have a few methods that seem to work best for me. One is to engage in the activity I am employing now…writing. Another is to venture out of doors to commune with the larger aspect of all of our lives. The world…the Earth…Gaia…this giant ball we call home, is the one major constant. She provides so much for us to wonder at. So much for us to walk through, and be a part of. Nature equals nurture in my book. Just walking out of my front door, breathing in the fresh air filled with scents of any given season, and looking at the natural life around me. Sublime. I took a walk through the gray, muted, cool world of this rainy afternoon. Camera in hand, I ventured out for a much needed therapy session of photographs. I needed to clear my head of some things. I needed some nurturing.

Now I’m sitting here collecting my thoughts. Soothing music conducive to writing (a little Patrick O’Hearn instrumental ambience), mug of freshly brewed caffeine in the form of dark, untainted (no additives), and strong liquid love…coffee. In other words, my usual set-up for when I write.

The pictures in this post span the last couple of weeks or so. A few times I have sat here in front of my computer screen with the intent to create a post…until my tired brain kicked in after having a busy day at the mine. My attempt at therapy would be thwarted by the reality that my mind was just not going to allow me to put together coherent sentences. Period. Today, things are about to change. They need to change. Desperately. I am a creative being, and I feel like I’m wallowing in limbo when I don’t ‘create’. My creative aspect never diminishes, but it clearly becomes harder to employ the more it gets shelved in the scope of my day due to lack of energy. I need to…no, I HAVE to put the time in to work my creative muscle. To reform my habit. After all, I am the only one who can make that change, that shift. The only person any of us can control is ourselves. We are in this body, this life, for a finite amount of time. It is up to us to make of it what we will. It is up to us to decide what is important to our own mental/emotional/physical health. Everything seems to get blamed on time. We don’t have enough time to do those things which make us whole. The fact is we DO have the time, if we make the time. Stressing about things that have already happened…repeatedly running over events in our minds to the point of insanity…that’s what we don’t have time for. I don’t have time for it. This isn’t a new revelation for me, either. So…why don’t I do something about that? No time like the present.

As for the pictures I selected for this post, they were taken during a few walks. One of my therapy strolls was on the evening of March’s Full Moon in Virgo. There is something so special about seeing the moon during daylight hours. It is an event that happens frequently as the Moon moves through its phases, but Luna is so closely associated with the night that it feels special seeing her up there before the Sun has set. I had caught glimpses of her a couple of times in days prior, but didn’t have my camera in reach until the day of her fullness. I never miss a Full Moon. Even the ones where I’m disappointed due to thick cloud cover…I still make it outside to check for an appearance.

The rest are from a few assorted walks. They are images of things I am moved to snap a picture of. I am not one to spend a painstaking amount of time looking for suitable subjects, and framing them up. I have a pretty good radar for those things that I need to photograph. I don’t know why I immediately gravitate toward something, but when I do I snap the shot quickly and move on. I am always pleased to see what I was able to capture once the images are uploaded. They are random pictures of ‘my’ marsh, and the nature that surrounds it.