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Balsamic Moon in Aries – O My!

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Aries glyph

Hi All,

A quick run-down of this last Moon phase of the Moon cycle begun May 6th – is it just me or has this Moon cycle seemed to be 5 years long?

At 3:35p MDT today the Moon entered the Balsamic Moon phase at 26 degrees Aries 48′ AND held hands with Eris and Uranus (both sitting at 23 degrees Aries) with Ceres (ability to nurture) and the Vertex (Fated & Destined) both at 17 degrees Aries. We are being asked, during this phase, to Let Go of something we’ve held dear for a very long time. Something that speaks of our Independent nature, our need to BE ME, no matter what! Some aspect of the Ego-Self that no longer captures the True Essence of ME (as in you, and you and you…). We need to make space for that Authentic Self to show more fully now.

Aries’ cardinal fire nature brings in the NEW instinctual energy to Assert positive Action in some regard. To BE original, ME, and Pioneer a new path Within to show where I/you need to head, Without, soon enough.

DSC04467Now Eris beckons us to ‘see’ what we’ve been IGNORING about our True Nature, what we’ve been reluctant to ask to the party that is our self-identity. Holding hands with Uranus, fast, out-of-normal-bounds and out-of-left field events, actions and circumstances are afoot. Hang on to something solid folks!

BE aware of YOUR OWN NATURE – see that you are grounded and centred at all times. There is a storm-a-brewing. Watch out for Impatience, Aggressive Behaviour, downright Anger at times – due to either the World is turning TOO FAST or NOT FAST ENOUGH! It depends upon YOUR NATURE.

The heat is definitely turned way way up now – accelerated MOTION forward on so many levels! Add to this mix – Pluto, now Rx (retrograde) within Capricorn, exactly squaring both Ceres and the Vertex, and still squaring the Eris and Uranus. All of this brings HUGE tension and stress deep Within the Self to Transform our Ego’s need for Power and Control! Let. GO. Is what the Balsamic Moon phase is asking of us now. Let. GO:

  • Of the Past – you are in the NOW, headed for your Future…
  • Of Needing Immediate Results – Ego-brain checklist of To Do’s don’t count anymore…
  • Of people, groups, beliefs, mindsets – whatever/whomever has been HOLDING YOUR TRUE NATURE back! Just let go of their hands – you will be okay, I promise!
  • Aries rules the Head – let off steam via moving your physical body, and/or visualize flipping the top off your Crown Chakra area (top of the head) to let the steam out naturally. If you’ve been experiencing headaches, migraines, tension in the jaws or ears – this lets off the energetic pressures amazingly well. Yoga poses, massage, shiatsu, acupuncture – all great ways to release this need to PUSH FORWARD, NOW DAMMIT! Go for a walk around the block then around the block again – whatever works for you.

NOW is not the time – BE Patient, BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE some more. The Dance between Uranus and Eris will culminate just after the New Moon (June 6th actually) as they connect EXACTLY – BOOM! This will occur again in September and then March, 2017. It is a culmination of the dance they’ve been doing since Eris entered Aries back in 1927. I expect some amazing thunderstorms between now and then, figuratively and actually. Every 500 years Eris and Uranus connect within Aries – bringing equal quantities of New and Not So Hot to the table, globally, personally.

Look in your charts to see where Aries resides – this is the area of your life where CHANGE is coming, Big Time! Swiftly and Out of Left Field! BE PREPARED to move once you ‘see’ your way forward, the Action you’ve been seeking for many months will be revealed. Yay!

capricornsymbolCheck where you have Capricorn (17 degrees) – this is the jumping off point of Pluto’s need to transform something re: material gain, goal-setting, climbing Higher than you ever expected or imagined – only IF you Let. GO. Allow the build-up of tensions and stress within to DO something ABOUT IT (whatever IT is in your life) in a GROUNDED and Centred way – THINK before you LEAP. Just saying…

It may seem like a combination of a vortex + hurricane + no oxygen + free fall all at the same time. Breathe, walk, jog, look yourself in the eyes in a mirror and SMILE. You are ON Track, and In Time. Trust in You and your instinctual/intuitive nature. Always and in All Ways.

Blessed BE!

Posted by: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer | Teacher | Writer

Photo Credits: Laurie Rae Rezanoff (nature pics) otherwise Dover Astro Glyphs

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11:11:11 Cosmic Portal…

Ancient Egypt Star Chart

Ancient Egypt Star Chart

Today at 11:11:11a MST we embark on yet another “portal” moment. That is to say we will experience another Cosmic download of codes and information via the Galactic Centre (located at 27 degrees Sagittarius 04′). Look to see where this is located in your birth chart. This is the area of your life where you receive inSPIRation from Above!

Eris currently sits at 22 degrees Sagittarius 36′, therefore has a love-line connection to the Galactic Centre (and has had for quite a while now). From my previous post, Eris is the sister to Mars, a Warrior Princess who fights for equality, no matter what! In the cardinal fire sign of Aries, she burns with courage and assertiveness. The Shadow side to Aries is impatience, anger, looking at the world according to ME, only. We can become addicted to extreme sports or any venture that takes us out of our comfort zone for the long term. This is where the UNequalization comes into play.

It is extremely important to BE your true authentic Self, however, you are NOT an island! The key theme of Aquarius (and the Age of Aquarius) is to BE your own individual whilst BEing in community! You interact and assist Others as Others interact and assist You along each other’s journey here on Earth. This is the humanitarian piece that is Aquarius. “No man is an island” is truth.

September Still Flowering!

September Still Flowering!

That Yod, or Finger of God, planetary formation I spoke about in the previous post also applies here. The point of the Finger IS Uranus Rx in Aries. A word of caution then, to remind all of us that WE can BE truly authentic, ME, independent, individualistic AND intra-dependent, part of a WE (or group of WEs) AND bring our individualism to the table when with Others. Always and in All Ways – loving Self and Others EQUALLY well. This is the journey now. This is the challenge.

The South Node continues to hold onto that last wee bit of Aries for this New Moon cycle and 11:11:11 portal timing. Here we bring habits and experience already experienced from earlier this lifetime, and past lifetimes. We also bring UNRESOLVED issues from our past! Remember this. The need to BE combative just because we can is not the goal here. Sitting at 00 degrees, the South Node reminds us we CAN do this in a NEW way folks!

Today, while we remember those who have fallen before us, also remember what that Warrior Spirit can wield in our world today: the extreme BEing senseless wars because someone wants what they want, and NOW, and MY WAY ONLY, rather than looking for powerful, loving ways to meet in the middle, find common ground, and learn to live WITH one another, heartfully (Leo’s position in this New Age of Aquarius).

Blessed BE!

Posted By: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer, Teacher, Writer, Speaker & Facilitator

Photo Credits: Google Images and Laurie Rae Rezanoff

New Moon in Scorpio, November 11th..

Wednesday, November 11th is Remembrance Day for most Western countries. At 11:00 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month we’ve been remembering all those loved ones who fought and died for our freedoms since 1918, the end of the Great War. My paternal Great-Grandfather Jesse Robinson was gassed in that war and lived 94 years before he passed on. He worked as a guard for an internment camp here in Canada during the Second World War. There also were brothers of my Great-Grandmother Rose Robinson (nee Candy) who fought in WWI, one of whom died as a POW.

My paternal Grandfather, Bruce Schwager, worked in Thomasburg, ON, Canada as a mechanic, repairing all the planes that flew from Canada during WWII. I recently received two of his photo albums full of pictures he collected or took himself of the planes they worked on and the barracks he lived in.  And Mom’s elder brother, Vernon Schwager, was a Canadian Navy officer, first working on submarines on the East coast, and ended his career at CFB Esquimalt, Vancouver Island, BC as a commanding officer. They will be remembered with love.

The same day, just 12′ prior to the 11th hour, we begin another New Moon cycle, in Scorpio. At 10:48a MST, both the Moon and Sun will sit together in the sky at 19 degrees of Scorpio 01′. They are joined by Mercury, sitting at 15 degrees of Scorpio 30 minutes. Together they give all of us the opportunity to allow our psychic/intuitive flashes of insight to step up a notch or two this Moon cycle!

Scorpion of Scorpio

Scorpion of Scorpio

Scorpio is the fixed water sign, deeply passionate, its emotional depths can hide many things! It is the most private sign of the Zodiac, and people with a Scorpio Sun, Moon, Rising sign or Midheaven will naturally hold back speaking about themselves until they “trust” it is safe to do so. All of us have Scorpio somewhere in our charts – here is where you may hold back, distrust self and/or others, and deal with ongoing Ego-self fears that can be deep-seated, hidden from view, until the right TIME-ing comes along to pull back the carpet and “see” what’s been holding you back all along!

This Moon cycle also brings a YOD or Finger of God planetary formation pointing to Uranus, Rx, sitting in Aries. Here the theme is “Free To BE ME!” that’s been playing out in all our charts/lives since Uranus entered Aries March 13, 2011 (and will continue through Aries until March 7, 2019). I’ve written before about Eris, one of our newer planets, who has been closely riding along with Uranus for a while now. She adds and brings in the “apple of discord” into the mix, whereby adding to the Uranus “Expect the Unexpected” quality! Eris wants to bring harmony and peace into the equation, and being sister to Mars, she will do battle if necessary to stand her ground for the good of all. Just when you thought Life was hunky-dorry, peachy-keen, here comes Eris with her apple, to show us how our life is NOT as harmonious and peaceful as it COULD BE. Read on…

Together, Uranus and Eris are rising to the fore to equalize the following:

  1. BEing our True Authentic Selves – each of us are shedding the coats we’ve been wearing during, and since, the Old Age of Pisces in order to reveal to ourselves (and others) WHO we truly ARE in this Age of Aquarius – and ruled by Uranus! Unexpected events in our lives (and the world) over the last several years have been instrumental in that skin-shedding process. Not only are we BEing asked to BE REAL, we are also embodying our Spiritual/Soul selves for the first time, ever! Guess what House Aries rules? The 1st House of our self-identity AND physical body…need I say more? I love Astrological timing…always on time, in all ways!
  2. Gender-Roles as Feminine and Masculine – here deep within us, and AS a female or male on the outside, we all carry a mix of divine feminine power energy and divine masculine power energy. This “power” has nothing to do with “power and control” of Pluto/Scorpio and the 8th House they rule. This “power” is the Inner Knowingness of How to Receive (feminine) and When to Act (masculine) and HOW. This is what we’ve been learning about for eons. Lifetime after lifetime, as a female or male human BEing, we’ve been learning to BE comfortable in our own skins, JUST as a female or male. NOW Eris comes along, sending in her “apple of discord” to help us notice WHAT needs to change deep within to BALANCE out the inner genders in order to BALANCE out the outer traditional gender-roles we’ve known for o so long now. We are learning to BLEND our Inner feminine/masculine selves to BE one, in balance and equality.
Yod, Finger of God, Example only

Yod, Finger of God, Example only

Let’s return to that Yod formation. Uranus is the point of the Finger of God. Who’s at the base? We usually just have two planets, but because we are special (!!) THIS time there are FOUR! They are:

  • The NEW MOON! Aka the Moon and Sun, in Scorpio, bring in the emotional baggage (Moon) and shine a Light on this Moon cycle’s subject – TRUST – (via the Sun) – together assisting us all to LET GO and heal whatever Ego-self fears we’re still hanging onto that block us from Loving self and others unconditionally via TRUST. Not emotional blackmail, nor manipulation to “get what I want when I want it!” (Ego-self). More of TRUST, passion, depth of BEing, connecting to our psychic/intuitional self!
  • Mercury! Also in Scorpio, he brings our mindset, how we learn, how we communicate what we learn, how we share our knowledge, etc. Interestingly, this Moon cycle will REVEAL that which has been HIDDEN, up until now, That which we’ve not trusted self to reveal to others, out loud, in print/email/text. This is going to be quite an interesting ride, no? Remember: whatever has been HIDDEN, can mean hidden from SELF too! We will be unveiling, uncovering, recovering some aspect of Self that has been deeply buried due to past traumas/hurts this lifetime or in past lifetimes! Cool! I love past life work! I work with it all the time.
  • Last and not least, is Jupiter! In the mutable earth sign of Virgo – amplifying and expanding our usual boundaries re: HOW we wish to BE of service right now. Jupiter’s been working on all of us through this sign since August 12th, bringing LOUD signals and situations to our attention as to what IS working and what is NOT working in our lives re: BEing of service. Raise your hands if you’ve lost your job since August? Or been out of work for more than a year? Or your industry has just died (autocad work) or is in its death-throes (oil & gas)? What signs and signals have been waving their hands to get your attention re: your daily work AND how you deal with the health of your physical body? Hhhhmmm….any physical ailments talking to you of late? Just saying…

Okay, now let’s put this Yod formation together. The apex, or pointing Finger, is Uranus who is Rx (retrograde) at the moment. So his energy dives deeply to encourage inner growth to heal something we’ve been afraid to deal with, very personally. Uranus encourages authentic individuation – how do I BE my most authentic ME? Not sometimes, all the time? Look back to March of 2011 – how have YOU changed? Are you more YOU now than you were then? Take stock on this for a moment…

Aries glyph

Aries glyph

BEing in the cardinal fire sign of Aries – instinctual, acting before thinking, being natural in the physical body, all about ME, myself and I, your Inner Warrior, and Explorer that is curious enough to walk along new Inner Roads of Self. Assertive Action or Aggressive Action? Hhhmmm…there is a difference?

Now let’s look at how the Moon/Sun/Mercury in Scorpio connect with Jupiter first, then we’ll discuss how these four amigos must work together to allow old patterns of conditioning to be let go of in order to give Uranus Rx the energy he needs to BE more ME within ME. See?

The connection between the Moon/Sun/Mercury and Jupiter is called a sextile – a mini-love line asking the four amigos to work together as a team, if they haven’t learned to before now. So, emotionally (Moon) how am I feeling, and soulfully (Sun) what action do I wish to take, and mentally/mindfully (Mercury) what thoughts and words do I think/speak (AND TRUST that it is all okay to feel, act, think, speak let alone share any of this!) in order to expand and amplify (Jupiter) beyond my usual boundaries I’ve put in place before now, re: the daily work I do for others and for my physical body?

Overwhelmed yet? LOL! This Moon cycle will assist ALL of us to re-connect with our PASSION for Life, Living, Connecting, Networking, Working, Health, rather than disTRUST, misTRUST Self and/or Others! How many of you LISTEN TO and TAKE ACTION upon your Intuition? BE honest now….no matter how illogical, crazy or whatever you judge those insights to BE, they are being sent to you via your Higher Self/Spiritual aspect of YOU. Higher Wisdom, Eternal Wisdom – and you are dissing it? Hhhhmmm…

Beach Estates Park, March 2012

Beach Estates Park, March 2012

The mix of a fixed water sign with a mutable earth sign can bring MUD (water + earth mixed together) or a standstill. Aka Ego-self resistance, BIG TIME! Fixed signs are slow to change, if ever. They are also focused and able to deal with the details, and in the case of Scorpio, ALL the details it can get its hands on! LOL! Anyone know a Scorpio who can tell a short story? I laugh at myself because I have most of Scorpio in my 3rd House of communication – how many short posts of mine have you read?

Here we can get bogged down by TOO MANY details, loosing sight of the Big Picture of “what was I working on, thinking about, about to do again?” And then emotionally connect with the Ego-self’s fears to boot! Yikes! Then the earth of Virgo – needing things to BE perfect – then I’ll get it completed and handed in! Delay tactics on the part of whom again? O yes, Ego-self…

So you see how the mini-love line between all these planets may have some issues to agree to work TOGETHER? Once they DO, wonderful things will emerge this Moon cycle for you! You’ll be able to ‘see’ via your intuition or thought processes NEW directions, original thoughts (Uranus) that you never imagined before now, re: work, health, Life, etc. Yay!

Heart Rock, Thanksgiving 2015

Heart Rock, Thanksgiving 2015

Bottom Line: get out of your own way, with LOTS and I mean LOTS of love! Love your Ego-self to death if you need to (but don’t kill it completely because we cannot live without our Ego-self down here on Earth). The more you LOVE whatever comes up for you this Moon cycle, the MORE you feed Uranus Rx in Aries – your true authentic self will show up! Yay! And rise above whatever has been holding you back before now. Uranus has been in Aries long enough for all of us to sip from the cup of courage (Aries) and BE courageous! NOW is the time to TRUST that yep, I am ready! Yep, I will take a risk and a leap of faith and Dare to BE or DO something different than I have given myself permission to do before now….breathe, breathe, breathe!

Also: both Nodes are at 00 degrees of Libra (North Node – direction our Soul beckons us into) and Aries (South Node – where we are used to BEing, or unresolved issues from our past getting in the way NOW….). The 00 degrees = NEW CYCLE – let’s DO it different this time people! Aries is a cardinal fire sign – inSPIRed action from Spirit to create something NEW. Interesting…so wait for your inSPIRation, via your INTUITION, then take ACTION towards your new YOU, LIFE, and WORK!

Blessed BE!

Posted By: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer, Teacher, Writer, Speaker & Facilitator

Photo Credits: Nature pics by Laurie Rae Rezanoff; all else via Google Images

Full Moon in Taurus…Part II

I must mention the proliferation of pine cones and fir cones and all cones sprouting on the tops of our evergreen trees here in Calgary! Wow! The squirrels will have a heyday with collecting all those seeds hidden within. Yet another sign from Mother Nature as to how abundant we truly are, now, in this moment, no matter what our outside world says to the contrary!

Uprooted Trees from 2013 Flood, Sheep River, Okotoks, AB Canada

Uprooted Trees from 2013 Flood, Sheep River, Okotoks, AB Canada

As of today’s Full Moon in Taurus, those 30 pieces of Silver that got in the way of what Humanity thought to be greed and betrayal almost 2,000 years ago (and occurred in the beginning of the New Age of Pisces) actually symbolized HOW easily we could be led down the path of greed and betrayal via the “Having Power Over” factions in the world then, and even more so, now. What happened to our Faith along the way?

Interestingly, Taurus rules money, how we value it, and value ourselves in the generating of it. This is where we bring in our own skills, talents and experience to the table of work, industry and moving toward creating Beauty in our world.

The Old Age of Pisces represented the Mother and Child (Madonna and Jesus) captioned as “Who Will Look After Us?” In the new Age of Aquarius, we are understanding a new reality: ME and WE at the same time, AND with it the creativity of the child (Leo, the opposite sign to Aquarius) leadership from the heart, and the return to romantic love that leads to more solid unions and partnerships along the way. WE can look after ourselves, and others. We don’t need to wait for “THEM” to do so.

Wee Daisies in October!

Wee Daisies in October!

The Full Moon in Taurus began Tuesday at 6:06a MDT at 03 degrees of Taurus 45’. Where in your chart does this occur? What VALUES are ILLUMINATED today for you? How do you value money? Those 30 pieces of silver – what would you do with them today?

Many religious experts speak only of the betrayal and greed of Judas Iscariot that led to the death of Jesus. What if there is a truth yet to be revealed? Could it be that Judas’ role in the death of Jesus was his Destiny, to begin the process of what was Divinely Ordained to BE? That in order to save Humanity, Jesus had to die. End of. Judas assisted in this – he was Chosen to do so.

Throughout the whole of the Age of Pisces we have collectively lived the Drama Triangle at some length within lifetime(s) in any one, or all, of the positions noted below:

  • BE a Victim, or
  • RESCUE ME, or rescue others, or
  • PERSECUTE ME, or persecute others, only to return to
  • The Victim position and continue the cycle.

In our current culture, we continue to see endless scenarios of this Drama Triangle worked out on TV, in movies and arcade videos. The violence has escalated exponentially. What does all of this have to do with the current Full Moon in Taurus?

Sheep River finds, October 2015

Sheep River finds, October 2015

A return to Values, basic down-to-earth values, with Love. Venus rules Taurus, hence the LOVE of beauty, balance, equality, harmony, the arts – all of this has been lost in the shuffle of war, greed and more money please! Pluto’s journey through Capricorn since 2008, plus Uranus through Aries since 2011, and now Neptune in the sign it rules, Pisces, all signal a halt and revamping of our collective programming. ‘Tis time to LOVE all of it, to pieces if need be!

What do YOU value now that economic downturns have upset the status quo? For me, this past week, having crystal clear windows to look out of! Who knew that bringing in a man who loves to see the immediate fruits of his labours (using HIS time-worn 5-step method of window cleaning) could bring me so much joy and pleasure, every day? The VALUE of HIS labours of love have also brought ME pleasure and joy. THIS is what I am talking about.

Awesome Sunset, October 9, 2015

Awesome Sunset, October 9, 2015

Those 30 pieces of silver symbolize another release from bondage we’ve collectively been in these past 2,000+ years re: HOW we value money, the work we do for it, AND the talents and skills we all bring to the table to create it for ourselves. How many of us are stuck in a RUT of DOing the same old work over and over, unhappy, and then whoosh! Our industry has died out, seemingly overnight? Now what do we DO for work? How have we forgotten ALL that we are and bring to the world of work? We are NOT just one piece of work; we are multi-faceted, always have been! RE-INVENT yourself, continually, now. Get out of that rut of HOW you used to value the work you have done until now. AND, you are never too OLD to do so!

Capricorn and Taurus are both earth signs. Taurus represents the everyday woman/man doing their level best to generate what they value in life. Capricorn represents the boss, owners of businesses who employ others to work for them, creating an even bigger value out in the world for the good of all.

Taurus gets down and dirty in the everyday, looking after the details of DOing the daily bull-work. Capricorn is the bigger picture of career, business, the goals we set for ourselves, our businesses that others may benefit from. Each has its purpose. Pluto is ensuring we wake up to the integrity of it all, since 2008. Re-eVALUating everything along the way.

Same Sunset Sky, different direction

Same Sunset Sky, different direction

Today, this Full Moon in Taurus, we are re-eVALUating our purpose. Could be we return to the basics of life lived, wholesomely, wholistically, and for the good of all. With Jupiter traveling through the other earth sign, Virgo, for the next 10 months, we will see an expansion and amplification of HOW we want to BE of Service, DOing what we value for work, to bring in the money to pay for what we value in our Life. It all goes hand in hand.

As you experience the next several days of this Full Moon phase (until 1:23p MDT October 30th) BE aware of what those 30 pieces of Silver represent for you in your life, for your life. Do you still fear money? Or do you love it? What does money represent to you, now in the New Age of Aquarius? Are you bringing in new innovative original thought and process to it, or using it in the same old same old way? HOW are you embodying Money? Are you LOVING it down to the DNA of your Soul self? Or are you in fear of it, creating debt loads far beyond your ability to pay it off?

This New Moon cycle has been asking all of us to CHANGE in some regard to a key relationship in our collective lives. In between the New Moon phase and the Full Moon phase, we have all experienced, full on, that T-Square of Change. This Full Moon phase brings to us a spotlight of awareness re: the relationship we now have with Money, our Values, and HOW we work to create beauty in the world around us. Each individually (Aries), AND with Others (Libra), EMPOWERING all of us (Pluto in Capricorn) along the way.

BE the change! Who said this originally? Martin Luther King? President Kennedy said it in a similar way during his Inaugural Speech. Do not wait for anyone else to take a stand for VALUES. BE of Value to yourself, in your life and to others’ lives. Sit, as the Taurus Bull does, in your pasture, within the light and warming heat of the Sun, and chew on all of this within the next several days. BE the change you want in the world!

Blessed BE!

Posted by: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Spiritual Intuitive Astrologer, Teacher, Writer, Speaker & Facilitator

Photo Credits: Nature pics are all mine! Laurie Rae Rezanoff

Full Moon in Taurus…Part I

Interestingly, the current Moon cycle began in the cardinal air sign of Libra (October 12th), and today’s Full Moon is in the fixed earth sign of Taurus. Both signs are ruled by Venus!

Okotoks, AB Canada October 2015

Okotoks, AB Canada October 2015

We began this Moon cycle looking for partnership (Libra) with which to create Beauty in the world. Today, we look to Self on how “I” can create Beauty in the world, hands-on, something that is concrete, incorporates all my senses AND activates the senses of others upon receiving it. What will this BE?

Each Full Moon brings ILLUMINATION – a spotlight of AHA! moments – as to what your True Self has been looking for until this moment in time. Leading up to today’s Full Moon we have all undergone a HUGE release on so many levels, especially over this weekend. The trigger has been two-fold:

  1. the T-square planetary formation pointing to Pluto in Capricorn from the New Moon duo, Moon and Sun in Libra, in opposition to the Aries duo, Uranus and Eris both Rx (retrograde brings the energy deeply within each of us to transform and heal) that the onward-moving Moon kept triggering along the way, until today; and
  2. The 3-hour solar flare that emitted from our Sun on Thursday, October 22nd. How many of you had the sudden urge to sleep, soundly, that afternoon? Just before the Sun left Libra to enter Scorpio on Friday too!

Now let’s break down more of the details of this T-square formation affecting all of us:

  • At the apex, or upper point of the T-square, Pluto sits in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn which rules all our traditional trades, institutions and big picture of work (i.e. government, health, education, corporate companies (now global than ever before), construction, insurance, banking – you get the picture) all of what we have relied upon these past 2,000 years at least that will somehow, Take Care of Us. We now take them for granted. “Always been there, haven’t they?” Pluto has been transforming all of these foundational ties to our collective past since 2008 – creating economic downturns all over the world, now finally catching up to we Canadians big time. Causing everyone, from world leaders to the woman/man in the street, to readjust HOW we relate to money, which in turn adds to, or takes away, from our Material Gain goals and dreams (Capricorn). Pluto lifts up the carpet to see what each of us has “swept under the rug” to hide away and not deal with – fears of lack, fear of losing jobs, fears of not being able to make ends meet etc. Ego Fears. Past life fears we brought into this lifetime. Look back these past 7 years of your life – how have you fared? How have you had to readjust to walk through those fears? Pluto also transforms the INTEGRITY of How we’ve been doing business with one another since Christ died. Close to 2,000 years ago now. What have we learned? The daily news tells all. Here and Now, Pluto wishes to bring us EMPOWERMENT vs. power over, married to greed, lusting for more. Power and control struggles have ensued over the centuries, getting louder and louder with each war within countries, between countries and greater world-wide involvement. STOP!
  • Side note here: we Canadians went to the Electoral Polls October 19th (just after the Crescent Moon phase, while the Moon entered Capricorn and activated PLUTO therein!) to elect a new Prime Minister to rule our country. Not only did we vote for a complete  party reversal (we went from 9 years of Conservatism to going Liberal again) AND we hired a young and untried leader! Son of a former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Similar to the Bush father and son leaders of the USA, or will it be different up here? Time, and integrity, will tell.
  • The New Moon position of this T-square formation began this Moon cycle in Libra, another cardinal sign (in and of itself brings initiating something NEW of DOing or BEing) in Air – how we communicate, socialize, relate to one another via PARTNERSHIPS. All kinds of partnerships out there – from friends, to loved ones, to business and everything in between. Libra, ruled by Venus, brings the Scales of Justice – what can we DO for the good of ALL within this relationship/partnership? The Moon AND Sun began this Moon cycle in Libra – Moon brings the Feminine attributes of receptivity, intuition and feelings. The Sun, Masculine attributes of  taking assertive action, heartfully, soulfully. Within Libra, how well do YOU, as YOU, stand within your relationships and partnerships? Still standing, or lost in the crowd, or long forgotten, or taken for granted?
  • Now we bring in the other end of the opposition that tied itself to the New Moon: Uranus and Eris in Aries, both Rx. We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty! Here is where my favourite Astrology phrase lies. “Free To BE ME!” (aka Uranus in Aries) holding hands with Eris – sister to Mars, warrior/mother/sister, goes to any length (if forced to) to fight for the rights of Self AND Others. Eris brings in a gender-role rebalance, whereby men aren’t the only breadwinners, the only warriors to do battle out in the wider world. Women AND Men equally are being re-worked around the Universal Chess Board of Life to BE Equal Partners, in All Things. “I can fix a car as well as the next guy!” ‘Tisn’t perfected just yet. Uranus rules Aquarius – BE your True Individual Self (aka individuation), a HUMANitarian, AND assist others along THEIR way as THEY assist YOURS.
  • Within a T-square formation, two factions are opposed, bringing in polarization (being at odds with one another) or working together over time to bring compromise, a team, a new partnership. DOing so, in this current scenario, will accumulate a lot of good energy that will push UP to the Pluto in Capricorn position towards EMPOWERMENT – I have power, you have power – we ALL receive that which we are seeking. For the Good of All.
  • A lot of the real work comes from the opposition between what began as our New Moon (October 12th) in Libra with Uranus AND Eris, in Aries (these two Rx). The Rx portion is key here. Deeply-held “ALL ABOUT ME!” issues have been zeroed in upon since Uranus entered Aries (March 13, 2011). Since then, all of us have been learning HOW to still BE ME (my true authentic self coming through Uranus) within a WE (any relationship or partnership we’ve been experiencing ever since). Our WILLINGNESS to BE ME, always and in all ways, yet honour Your “ME” at the same time (I honour Your process of Life as You honour My process of Life and together we can hang with one another until it is just a reason, a season or a lifetime to share with one another). Get it? Four and a half years of change within ME and therefore, our respective WE’s. Some WE’s have weathered the inner storms, some have not. Many have left the planet to assist us from the other side.
Sheep River, Okotoks, AB October 2015

Sheep River, Okotoks, AB October 2015

If you have access to your birth chart, look for where 13 degrees of Capricorn lies – this is where Pluto is currently passing through your chart. This is your apex position of EMPOWERMENT you have been working on (consciously or not) since 2008. The House Pluto is in now, in your chart, brings this awareness forward to you, about your own power and control issues in YOUR Life.

Now look for the New Moon position: 19 degrees of Libra 20′ – this is not only where our current Moon cycle began (Moon and Sun together) it is one side of the opposition in the T-square you’ve been healing this Moon cycle especially. Hence, looking at the big picture of what we are collectively seeking this Moon cycle, namely initiating a NEW way of BEing within relationships and partnerships!

Next look for the Uranus Rx + Eris Rx position: 18 degrees of Aries + 20 degrees of Aries respectively. Here is the other end of the opposition position. The push-me-pull-me tug of war between these two aspects of YOU have been working hard to get your attention about your own battle of ME vs. WE. The KEY is: the MORE we allow ourselves to be truly ME, we let go of the bondage of feeling we’ve been stuck in a jail or isolated camp of our own making all along.

AND, we also allow IN…wait for it…VULNERABILITY. This can totally freak out our respective Ego-selves big time. “OMG! You want ME to BE SEEN as the REAL ME?!!! By Others? Always and In All Ways?” Yep, Love Thyself as Thy Neighbour. Love conquers/dissolves All. Love is the Answer. Love Self, to Love Others. Simple, no? Tell your Ego at this moment how much you Love it, how much it has always been loved. Hugs too – go ahead, hug yourself! AND BREATHE…keep breathing…and read on.

Green in October! Yay!

Green in October! Yay!

To complicate things just a bit more, the other Key to creating an AND between the Aries/Libra factions, is the SQUARE that occurs between Aries and Capricorn AND between Libra and Capricorn. Ready?

Square positions are like four people sitting around a square table. I see the person opposite me quite clearly (face on) and can decide to agree, argue or compromise and work as a team (so this is our opposition tangent). The people sitting to the right and left of me, I must adjust my head (and sometimes a bit of my body) to SEE them, speak with them, relate to them. In other words, some mental, physical and perhaps emotional adjustment is required here.

Let’s pretend where I am sitting is where Pluto sits in Capricorn. To the left of me is Uranus Rx and Eris Rx in Aries (they are sharing a seat this time) and to the right of me sit the Moon and Sun in Libra. Between these two partnerships (now isn’t that interesting?) they have been deciding and working towards whether or not to BE a team, or stay polarized since this Moon cycle began October 12th.

AT THE SAME TIME, each duo notices Pluto sitting there, over to the side. “Do you see that guy? What’s his gig do you think? Shall we include him, ignore him or just wait to see if he talks to us first? What do you think is the best strategy here?” Do you SEE what’s going on here? LOL! Oh life is so cool…

As we deal with two opposing sides of ourselves, we also notice that Pluto guy “over there”. Now we have to decide, do we invite him to join us in this party or do we ignore him? If we ignore him, what will happen? How loud does it have to get before we are forced to finally SEE and acknowledge him? [Remember folks – this is YOU I am talking about – three aspects of YOU deciding whether to work together within yourself, or not.]

Fresh Green in October

Fresh Green in October

Being the warrior types, the Aries duo may decide “We’re okay by ourselves. Really, we are. We don’t NEED anybody else. We are OK just as we are!” so they sit there, arms crossed across their chests, and wait to see what happens next.

Being used to partnerships, the Libra duo (New Moon peeps) decide to change position by turning their heads into Pluto’s direction, saying “HI! How are you? What do you bring to this table and this party? How can we find a middle ground here, equal footing, to SEE one another 100% of our respective 50%? Us? Well we’re married, for a time, then we separate a bit, see one another across the way at Full Moon, remember what we liked and loved about one another, then let go of whatever it was we thought drove us apart, and come New Moon again, we are together! Go figure! LOL!”

In other words, it may be that your Libra position in your chart (that also is a representation of YOUR ability to relate and socialize and partner with others this Lifetime) will be the first to take a step to EMPOWERMENT via this T-Square formation that is bringing ALL of us an opportunity to GROW towards greater equal relationships. The Aries side can be ensconced with BEing alone, playing by myself, all about ME, and forget there are Others in their world who want to play too!

How all of YOU have worked this out in your respective lives – yay for you! There have been some interesting tug-of-wars within each of us since October 12th. Now comes the last BIG one…read on.

Pluto Heart 2015 NASA

Pluto Heart 2015 NASA

On October 22nd, in between the 1st QTR Moon phase Oct 20th) and the Gibbous Moon phase (Oct 24th) our Sun emitted a HUGE solar flare that lasted for THREE HOURS! Totally unheard of by our scientists. That day the Moon was in Aquarius, asking us to BE our true individual selves AND humanitarians AND assist others along the way as we are assisted by them. To remind everyone, this is when we all felt the deep need for a nap.

That evening the Moon entered Pisces – our Divine, Spiritual Selves – wanting to BE of service beyond the realm of Earth. On Friday the Sun entered the fixed water sign of Scorpio, activating deep-seated feelings of fear and angst we’ve held onto Or NOT (Pluto rules Scorpio, so talk about timing eh?). By Sunday, the Moon had moved into the ARIES portion of our T-square. This Activated any resistance to creating an AND between our Libra selves with our Aries selves. [Note to everyone: we ALL have all zodiac signs within our charts; I am a Pisces because my Sun is there, however, I also SEE what I am learning from the two Houses that have Libra and Aries in my chart + where Pluto resides in Capricorn. I am ALL of these parts of ME. Just to be clear.]

Sunday, believe it or not, was the day the wall between the Old Age of Pisces and the New Age of Aquarius came tumbling down! Remember that table of people from before? Add two more peeps – one called Aquarius and the other Pisces, they sit beside Pluto. In the Zodiac these signs sit side-by-side. As in any seating arrangement, people sitting next to one another are very aware of the other. But they don’t necessarily SEE one another, eye to eye. Again, an adjustment must be made to KNOW each other.

Sheep River, Okotoks, AB

Sheep River, Okotoks, AB

We’ve been heading through a transition between the Age of Pisces (the 2,000+ year Age we’ve been leaving behind) and the Age of Aquarius (the Age we are entering) for a while now. No one knows for sure the start/end dates of this transition. What I can tell you, truthfully, is that the wall holding back the Old needed to come down for us to access the New. See where Aquarius and Pisces sit in your chart. This tells you where NEW connections will be made from this time forward in your life. We create an AND world now – no more duality remember. Pisces is our Divine Selves connecting with, finally, our True Individuated Selves (Aquarius, ruled by Uranus) to BE embodied for now on (Full Moon is in Taurus – our physical body).

I will complete this Full Moon in Taurus thesis in the next post. Stay tuned!

BLESSED BE!

Posted by: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Spiritual Intuitive Astrologer, Teacher, Writer, Speaker & Facilitator

Photo Credits: Nature ones by Laurie Rae Rezanoff, unless otherwise noted.

 

New Moon in Libra…

Laurie Rae AND her Mermaid Alter Ego Self!

Laurie Rae AND her Mermaid Alter Ego Self!

Tonight, at 6:07p MDT the Moon and Sun occupied the same space in our sky, creating what we know to be the New Moon phase, initiating a NEW cycle of how we embrace, via our Emotional Body, changes to our daily habits, how we deal with our innermost feelings and emotions, listen to our intuition and insights from beyond the beyond.

This New Moon cycle begins just past the middle  degrees of Libra – bringing forth the cardinal Air element – hence yet another layer of INITIATING the NEW, aka CHANGE this Moon cycle (which ends November 10th). All Air signs signal increased communication, conversation, relating, socializing, networking – and within Libra this brings those close one-on-one chitchats, getting to know one another for the first time, or deepening that knowledge with an already long-time partner, friend, colleague, or client.

Venus rules this astrological sign we call Libra – the Scales of Justice – overseen by the Goddess of Love, via balance, equality, creating beauty, and harmony. The Shadow side of Libra is sitting on the fence, indecisive and unable to make decisions in the moment. Libra rules PARTNERSHIPS, legalities, what’s fair for the good of all. Physically, Libra rules the lower back, kidneys, adrenal glands, buttocks, and diabetes (sugar imbalance). Therefore, according to my sister, Michaella, a marvelous practitioner of Japanese/TCM acupuncture, Shiatsu, Sotai, Reflexology, Jin Shin Jyutsu to name a few (!!), here is a list of “superfoods” she located on the ‘net this week for keeping our kidneys healthy:

  • Tumeric
  • Salmon
  • Green Tea
  • Quinoa
  • Red Grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts – especially Walnuts
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Berries – Blue-/Rasp-/Black-, and Black Cherries
  • Garlic, and
  • My addition: Lots of Water to flush out those toxins!
Sheep River Rapids, Okotoks, AB Canada

Sheep River Rapids, Okotoks, AB Canada

While the Moon brings our Emotional Body/sacred feminine power energy into the mix, the Sun brings the Active/sacred masculine power energy, Equally so. This is where we always begin at each New Moon phase. Here we are being asked to assess (consciously or not) how we are operating EQUALLY well with our Inner Feminine wisdom AND our Inner Masculine wisdom. This New Moon in Libra is asking us to do this doubly so!

Grounded, centred Sacred Feminine Wisdom brings the following abilities:

  • Connection to your Emotional Body – allowing yourself to FEEL those emotions and feelings, walk through them, express them and not escape from nor ignore them.
  • Connection with your Intuition –  allowing yourself to “know” in the moment, on some level, what your next steps / words / thoughts / deeds are to be – FOR YOU…
  • Allowing yourself to RECEIVE – signs, signals, insights and intuitional hits as to what next? where to from here?
  • BEing the bowl receiving the water of intuitive and emotional FEELING / KNOWLEDGE…for both men and women, boys and girls!

Grounded, centred Sacred Masculine Wisdom brings the following abilities:

  • Connection to your Active Principle – what ACTION do I take, after receiving the signal, sign or insights above? Without the “monkey mind” of the Ego-self editing it, fearing it, etc?
  • BEing out in the wide world – bringing your Self with you into relationship with Others, outside of You. Are you BEing seen? Do you see Others? How do you relate?
  • Taking Risks – moving beyond the usual boundaries set forth by your Ego-self before this very moment…BE motivated by your Soul self now…
  • Connection with your Physical Body via your Spiritual Body – BEing aware that you are an Eternal BEing within a physical plane of existence – here our Soul Self shines through for all the world to see. What are you attracting to yourself? Who are you attracting to yourself?
  • And this is true be you male or female – we ALL have BOTH within each of us!

Libra wants equal face-time, your Individual Independent Self with my Individual Independent Self. How well are you showing up as YOU, authentically, really, within relationships, partnerships, friendships, romantic, professional, altruistic, you name it?

As a cardinal sign, Libra demands we Initiate Change in HOW we show up this Moon cycle as Self in relationship with Other(s). Are you the Wallflower? The Warrior? The Tyrant? The Servant? The Lover? The Partner? What archetype describes you? I’ve only listed a few here.

Growth Amongst the Riverbed, Okotoks, AB Canada

Growth Amongst the Riverbed, Okotoks, AB Canada

Looking at this New Moon chart, I see two sets of oppositions that will demand we create an AND between them (rather than stay polarized as we have been before now). They are:

  • Again, between the planets in Virgo and Pisces: BEing of Service here in the daily world AND beyond our Ego-self’s consciousness – into the Spiritual. I keep pulling Nematona, the Goddess of Sacred Space – reminding me to create ‘space’ and time to BE with my spiritual self (Pisces) AND also do my daily work (Virgo). Venus is now in Virgo, hence our Desire Body to heal the physical body via better food, exercise and consciousness of BEing in a physical body, eh?
  • Again, between the planets/Nodes in Aries and Libra: here’s where the Moon/Sun in Libra zero in on “How are we integrating ME (Aries) with WE (Libra)?” Not either / or – we are learning to create an “AND” world since 2012 – how do we BLEND both now? The North Node is still in Libra – the direction our Soul wishes us to head into – the WE of relating beyond the ME! AND at the same time, the South Node in Aries beckons us to heal unresolved issues from our past (this lifetime or past ones) where “It’s all about ME!” to the exclusivity of Others, isn’t working now. None of us is an Island – never were. And part of the WE we are blending is the Divine/Spiritual Self with the EGO Self! Not wholly, because the Soul is taking the lead now, much to the chagrin of our Egos. Ego-self has had its day in the sun (pun intended!) for many many 1,000s of lifetimes. We are now transitioning into allowing our Divine/Spiritual or Soul self to take lead, via Love, Compassion, Patience, Laughter, Peace and Harmony, Forgiveness – to name a few….

The other significant planetary formation of this New Moon chart is the T-square formed with Pluto in Capricorn as apex, and Uranus in Aries in opposition to this New Moon (Moon + Sun) in Libra, both squaring Pluto! Yikes! What does this mean?

  • Pluto has been navigating through the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn since January 27, 2008, looking under the carpet of INTEGRITY to see how well our traditional institutions and corporations are doing business these days. How has your ability to create material gain changed in your life since 2008? Easier, more challenging now, or the same? Most of us have seen major changes in our ability to keep jobs, find work, pay the bills and still keep the status quo of what was our life prior to 2008 compared to now. Pluto is now at 13 degrees of Capricorn – check this out in your chart – look back at all the changes that have occurred in this area of your life. Note the changes in some countries in the world being able to sustain their own banks! Hhhhmmm…
  • The opposition between Uranus and this New Moon brings an opportunity to create an “AND” world for yourself! How do I allow the inner “free to BE Me” Self AND blend with this emotionally AND actively show up in relationships with Others? Equally? Hhhhmmm… Once we figure out WHERE we need to change within Self to allow the new space to open up, to allow the NEW people to come forth in our lives, aka “what do I need to LET go of as a former daily habit, that was getting in the way before now (and I feared ‘seeing’ or changing before now)” then we find the HOW (active principle) to create something new.
  • In so doing, we clear up any stress and strain we’ve been feeling deep inside, re: the Integrity of ALL relationships we have out in the world re: our search for material gain. This translates into KNOWING who I Am and What I Want and Need, from Self. If Self cannot provide, Self asks for Help from Other(s) via cooperation, receiving, relating, working etc. AND by noting the INTEGRITY of Other(s) – we no longer condone power over and greed. This is what Pluto is transforming – the whole world is undergoing a Death, which begins with ME, then my locale, then my state/province, then my country, then the world – do you ‘see’ the ripple effect? Working for or with companies that do business without Integrity – not an option. We the People are now saying “NO!” to un-integral practices re: power, money, major material gain for the wealthy few etc.
  • The Key is this: unless I Know Myself (Aries) how can I ask for what I want/need from Other(s) (Libra)? And once I know what I can provide on my own, for Me, and what I know I need assistance with via partnership, relationship, networking etc, THEN I can move forward toward more upward mobility (Capricorn is the Mountain Goat – he plateaus out if not inspired to Initiate New Change in direction!) and therefore material gain.

What is also interesting about this Moon cycle beginning in Libra AND having the Virgo/Pisces planetary oppositions – Virgo sits next to Libra, and Aries sits next to Pisces in the Zodiac Wheel. If we think of these signs as people sitting around a table, Virgo next to Libra sees Pisces and Aries across the table, not so much Libra next to her. Same with Aries next to Pisces – they see Virgo and Libra across the table, but each other, not so much. What am I getting at here?

Heart Rock, Thanksgiving 2015

Heart Rock, Thanksgiving 2015

The planets in Virgo/Pisces right now represent how we are BEing of service out in the world AND beyond this world. The Aries/Libra planets represent how I AM Me AND ME within a WE. Do you ‘see’ how we might ignore the combo here? BEing of Service AND BEing ME within a WE. AND….the better we are able to combine all of this, the better the energy to transform our ability to initiate new change (injecting NEWness into the direction we need to take) within our relationships AND our material gain! They go hand-in-hand right now….I can BE Spiritual AND gain materially at the SAME time! Not either/or!

One more point: both the North Node and Mercury are at 01 degrees of Libra in this New Moon chart – the direction our Soul wishes to navigate into (North Node) that we may not be comfortable with, within PARTNERSHIP and RELATIONSHIP. The WE. Mercury represents our mindset, our mental processes, how we think, learn, communicated etc. Time for a sea change in mindset here folks! WE are not an Island, eh? Solo is no go 100% of the time for now on. Create an “AND” world Within, Without, Above and So Below!

Blessed BE!

Posted By: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer, Teacher, Writer, Speaker & Facilitator

Photo Credits: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Thanksgiving 2015 pics in Okotoks, AB Canada

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian-style!

Oct 12, 2015 Okotoks, AB

Oct 12, 2015 Okotoks, AB

Today we Canadian’s celebrate our Thanksgiving Day, which, from the research I have done began 42 years prior to the first Pilgrim (early Puritans) Thanksgiving in New England! Interesting…

Historically, our Canadian Thanksgiving began with the completion of a tumultuous third voyage of explorer Sir Martin Frobisher, who, under the sponsorship of Queen Elizabeth I in 1578, came to North America in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. He landed that year in what is now known as our province of Newfoundland, and formally celebrated surviving his long journey exploring this passage, and not for a successful harvest (as the Pilgrims did in Plymouth Colony 42 years later in 1620).

Fall Colours, Oct 12, 2015

Fall Colours, Oct 12, 2015

Frobisher introduced to North America what his sponsor, Queen Elizabeth I, did throughout her 44-year long reign – annually marking her gratitude to be alive, a leader, protected and appreciated by Her people – via public displays of Thanksgiving from the year of her coronation, 1559, until her death in 1603. It was proclaimed a day of dancing, laughter, love and tears – the Merrie Old England depicted by the playwrights William Shakespeare and  Christopher Marlowe, and the poet Edmund Spencer, all of the Elizabethan Era.

In 1578 Frobisher and his men brought this Elizabethan mindset with them, and succeeding immigrant groups to what is now Canada did the same:

  • The French, via explorer Samuel de Champlain, who founded what became New France and Quebec City, in 1604, celebrated all of this via Thanksgiving feasts;
  • After the Seven Years’ War ended in 1763, when New France was handed over to the British, Halifax citizens feasted their Thanksgiving;
  • The Loyalists from America, colonist survivors of the American Revolution (1775-1783), who remained loyal to England, brought the American customs of Thanksgiving to Quebec and Nova Scotia – the turkey, squash and pumpkin pie;
  • Lower and Upper Canada observed Thanksgiving on different dates in 1816, celebrating the end of the war between France and England;
  • In 1838, Lower Canada used Thanksgiving to celebrate the end of the Lower Canada Rebellion. Thereafter Thanksgiving was celebrated six times from 1850 to 1865 as they merged into a united Province of Canada.

The first Thanksgiving Day after Canadian Confederation was observed as a civic holiday on April 5, 1872 to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness. For many years prior to November 6, 1879 (when it was finally declared a national, rather than religious, holiday) Thanksgiving Day was celebrated either in late October or early November.

Sheep River, Okotoks, AB Oct 12, 2015

Sheep River, Okotoks, AB Oct 12, 2015

In 1957 Thanksgiving Day was officially declared to be the second Monday in October. The theme changed each year to reflect on an important event to be thankful for.

What I found fascinating whilst researching all of this is the ROOT of the difference between the Canadian and American versions of their respective Thanksgiving Day:

  • Sir Martin Frobisher sailed to North America in 1578 under sponsorship of Queen Elizabeth I, and brought with him Her version of what Thanksgiving meant – surviving her half-sister Queen Mary’s repeated efforts to kill Her (Elizabeth) and then successfully reigning for the next 44 years thereafter, whilst bringing further employment, progress and wealth to the country that had suffered greatly under her half-sister “Bloody Mary” (who wanted to end the Reformation, to reform the Church of England to full communion with the Church of Rome) and previous to that, her father King Henry VIII’s English Reformation (reforming movements of Erasmian, Lutheran, Reformed, and the Church of England – which displayed similarities with Roman Catholicism) which morphed into Calvinism (and Evangelical reform) under his son, Edward VI’s reign (prior to “Bloody Mary’s” reign).
  • The Pilgrims were Separatists, emerging during Elizabeth I’s reign (she had been raised as a Protestant, and attempted to make England Protestant without alienating the Catholic population who had supported Mary – aka the Elizabethan Religious Settlement in 1559) by separating from the Church of England in the late 1580’s. By 1606, due to social hostility and fear of future persecution, this group left England for Amsterdam, then by 1617 wanted to move to where they could still retain their English identity, so in 1620 landed in the US state of New England at Plymouth Rock. This Plymouth Colony later experienced tensions between the Indians and previous New England colonists, turning into the deadly conflict called King Philip’s War. In 1620 the Pilgrims gave their first Thanksgiving for a successful harvest by befriending and cooperating with the Indians in order to learn how to survive the coming winter.
  • The Puritan Movement came about in the 1560’s, for further reform of the Church of England (aka Anglican Church). From the 1560’s to 1570’s, Calvinism also came into being. In this pro-Protestant, anti-Catholic environment, the Puritans pushed for more reforms on the Church of England via the Admonition to the Parliament, setting off a major controversy in England.
  • King James VI of Scotland (Queen Mary’s son) who took the throne after Queen Elizabeth I’s death in 1603, had been raised in the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, which looked broadly like the type of church the Puritans wanted in England. In 1604 they held a conference (the Hampton Court Conference) with the King to discuss their issues. He agreed to some reform, not wholly. By 1623-1624, King James viewed the Church of England to be a mix or middle way between Protestantism and Catholicism. It all went downhill from here, hence the rather large immigration of Puritans from England to New England between 1630-1640. The Puritans had believed the Anglican Church needed to be purified of the influence of Catholicism. When England’s rulers refused to make these changes, the Puritans felt they needed to live elsewhere.
Uprooted Tree from 2013 Flood, Okotoks, AB, Oct 12, 2015

Uprooted Tree from 2013 Flood, Okotoks, AB, Oct 12, 2015

What are we learning here? Freedom to pray as one wished AND thankfulness of having survived – be it exploring uncharted waters/country, immigrating to a new country and learning how to “weather” the extreme elements and original occupants, or the end of a war, with renewed Peace and Prosperity.

I find it fascinating to look back in history to the roots of the beginnings of our two countries who share a Thanksgiving Day and a continent, yet do so for different reasons and in different months of the year.

What are YOU grateful for today, and give THANKS for? How do you show this during these annual feasts? Sharing your table and bounty with family, friends, strangers? By yourself? Ignoring it completely?

I am most grateful to what is left of my family, to the family who have departed us, and to the work I am gifted to share with my clients, students, and strangers to Astrology (which is not a religion)! I give Thanks for the health of my physical body, how I continue to Keep on Keeping On despite my struggles, and to all my Soul Family – those Earth Angels who have shown me, and my family, their support these past two years especially.

Elms, Okotoks, AB Oct 12, 2015

Elms, Okotoks, AB Oct 12, 2015

Returning to our Roots has the distinct similarity to Returning to Basics: remember WHY you are doing WHEN you are doing, while BEing all at the same time. Explorers and people fleeing wars or religious persecution of the distant past – coming full circle to watching it all unfold yet again in the Middle East – interesting what goes around, comes around. In ways and means we would never imagine in the moment of Action we take to BE FREE to BE ME (Uranus in Aries since May 29, 2010) in the here and now.

Blessed BE!

Posted by: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, Intuitive Spiritual Astrologer, Teacher, Speaker, Writer & Facilitator

Credits: Wikipedia + Edmonton Journal Sept 12, 2005 + Historica Canada blog + Biography.com

Photo Credits: Laurie Rae Rezanoff, 2015 Thanksgiving Weekend in Okotoks, AB, Canada

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