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When Death Creates Life

My friend Nora Cabrera recommended I watch a movie called Griefwalker yesterday.  You’ve got to love streaming, I got a cup of tea and watched it on my laptop before I even got out of bed. It was quite an extraordinary experience, and one that was perfect for the time.


There’s a lot of death in the air just now.  Pluto is lining up some deep shifts for us and the Stephen Jenkinson pretty much sums them up for me in Griefwalker, which is about his work with the dying.  Life is framed by death. We can’t appreciate life fully unless we also appreciate death.  Jenkinson believes we suffer from a death phobia in our westernised culture.   And that this has profound implications for how we live.

Jenkinson asks Tim Wilson, the filmaker:

You didn’t see dying, so this is what makes the challenge.  If you have to get the news of your death from someone else [he had received a diagnosis of a terminal illness], how firmly in your life are you?   The crucible for making human beings is death.  It’s not growth or happiness or success, it’s death.  This is the cradle for your love of life, the fact that it ends.

I realised as I watched this film, that we are so focused on life in our culture, it’s as if we have turned our back on death, and our fear of death.   Jenkinson also explains that indigenous cultures generally don’t have a fear of death.  But we do.  And yet, some of the most popular tv shows and books are about forensic detectives. On weekend evenings I’ve got a huge choice of shows that will parade no end of dead, decayed and decapitated bodies into my lounge room, laid out in bold colour. This is how we assuage our craving to meet death.  And yet also keep it as a concept rather than a reality.

This week Mercury has been sitting opposite Pluto, bringing to consciousness our deepest survival fears. In early July our deepest unknown personal traumas were triggered by Mars passing over a powerful triple goddess stellium of Ceres, Vesta and Haumea (in 57).  The pain of unremembered moments awoke within us.  It wasn’t rational, and we can’t make sense of it.  Embedded as memory in our cells, created as codes for future survival – I am not worthy, I am not safe, I am not good enough – these early traumas returned to life and took flight in our imaginations, calling out for transformation.

Remember that Chiron is sitting in Gate 22 – the Gate of Grace which means that we ARE beauty and love beneath our masks, and that it’s time to remove the social graces and find the truth of who we are beneath. Gate 22 tells us that Universal law reveals something beyond our ego sense of what is valuable to and in the world.   Everything that has been shamed, made invisible or unimportant, misunderstood, buried and forgotten is coming back from the dead zone where we shoved it and then became too afraid to look.  Because, you know, death is to be avoided, even all those parts of ourselves we made dead over the years in our best attempts to survive.

In embracing those parts of ourselves that we have made dead, we shift to a relationship with life that arises, as Jenkinson describes, from the crucible of death.  This is a powerful tool of the soul.



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The Sun will conjunct Jupiter in Gate 56 tomorrow.  When I checked the transits for July I thought … oh, that’s nice!

Ha!!  Jupiter expands whatever it touches, and in this case it’s ushering in a whole new world.  It is being fed  by a plethora of minor planets in Gate 11, where we also find the Galactic Centre.  This is like a vacuum cleaner, literally sucking out old beliefs and replacing them with new ones.

Here’s the ever so impressive line up at the Galactic Centre – Asclepius, Orpheus, Amycus, Quaoar, Hylonome, Icarus.  Short version of what they’re saying – be present to your grief in each moment with no attachment to the past, and don’t try to get around it or over it, you really need to feel it and go through it.  When you approach it that way, it will clear more quickly than you expect.   Get professional support as needed.  I have never seen so many therapists of various kinds in my life as I am right now, it’s delicious to call in so much support!  Music is also great, I’ve been listening to this A LOT!  - Creative Mind Systems.

So, back to the Sun and Jupiter.  In the Gate of the Wanderer (56), this is about trying to escape incarnation, the quintessential feeling of being a stranger in a strange land.  Who are these humans? What are they doing????

We have a strong sense of not being at home here on this planet. We are sloughing off the old testament ideas that we are bad,wrong, at constant risk of punishment. We have been thrown from the garden for our original sin and have never figured out how to be ‘good enough’ to get back in.  That time is done. Eternal life does not depend on gold stars from god.

There’s something else very intriguing about Gate 56.  LiSe Heyboyer talks about entering new and unknown territory, and the need to be modest and careful as we find our way in the unfamiliar.  She suggests we expect the unlikely, and be ready to respond from our new selves rather than our old selves.

Margaret Pearson says this about Gate 56:

In being wanderers we must leave behind many ties and almost all physical possessions.  By acceding to this emptiness and vulnerability, we open ourselves to new worlds, some of which may be far more fruitful for us than our current homes.

This is NOT an emergency, but a transition. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Hold on to what feels right, release what feels done.  Embrace your vulnerability in the unknowing and unfamiliar ways of being that are coming to us.  Give yourself soul-ful time to grieve what’s gone and to feel the dance of what is beginning.



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What’s Society Been Hiding From You?

HDTransits24June2014The next few days bring a major activation to your soul awakening.  The mask you put on to survive a society that doesn’t truly see you is being removed, revealing the true gem beneath.  Click to Tweet

I’ve had this chart sitting on my desktop for nearly 6 months.  It nearly blew my cotton socks off when I first saw it.  It’s the transit chart for tomorrow.  While others have been talking about Full Moons and Soltices I’ve had my eye on the next 6 days.  First a little back story.

From 29th May to 22nd June 2014, Mars was moving through the Gate of Depth (48) dredging up toxic sludge from our psyches so that our vital energy can flow clear and free.  It does this every year, but it was different this time because Chiron is transiting in the Gate of Grace (22).  This gate specifically deals with the false social masks we apply to cover up ….  the toxic sludge in our psyche.  Shazaam!   A match made in heaven for revealing the truth of who we are.

Of course, nothing in your psyche is necessarily toxic or even bad, except where it has been made so by society.  And so taking off the mask means retelling the story of who you are – releasing the wrong people, the unkind interpretation, the chronic invisibility of the deep authentic self.

Back to today, and the period from 22nd to 28th June.  Mars has shifted to the Gate of the Gentle, often called Intuitive Insight (57).   Here it meets the powerful goddess energy of both Ceres and Vesta, two dwarf planets that orbit between Mars and Jupiter. Over these 6 days we find the courage and the passion to connect with the true gentle nature of the feminine and it’s bodily wisdom.

It also represents an epic event – the gentle opening to a new vocation.  For many it will be the culmination of many lifetimes of women’s wisdom returned in a new form.  For others it will be a whole new way of seeing themselves.  We’ve already seen the phenomenon of women taking hold of their power in the business world, this week will see that take on a new and more visible form.  So-called ‘women’s work’ is about to take centre stage in the world economy.  We’ll also see power returning to women in government.  In a sense, I feel this week represents the true end of the patriarchy.

And here I need to mention Pallas Athene, another planet orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, true daughter of the patriarchy, now coming into her own.  Pallas learnt the ways of men and has returned to show us how to blend her mother’s wisdom with the undoubted blessings of masculine manifestation and action.   Pallas is currently in Gate 40, creating a channel with Neptune (retrograding in 37).

So while there’s been deep and often intense inner work, there has also been an incredible sense of purpose and promise over the past few weeks.  Many people are making huge and amazing breakthroughs that feel incredibly special.  That’s because the social mask is falling away and something that feels more like the true self is arising in it’s place.


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This week we have this amazing activation of the Integration Circuit.  Venus in 20, Mars in 57 and the Earth in 10.  And remember that Ceres and Vesta are also in 57.  This is about shifting out of the old survival codes in our biology, out of our individual struggle and into a place where we are totally supported in our individuality.  It’s about really been seen, and included.  This is an awakening of soul.

At the same time we have Mercury retrograde in the Gate of Obstruction, Stagnation and Standstill (12) meeting Chiron in the Gate of Grace (22).  This is a magical combination, forcing us to revisit what we have always believed stood between us and our dreams.

This week allow yourself to tune in deeply to your intuition.  What does your body experience as you think thoughts?  feel feelings?  You are here to create what brings you joy, and to open to connections that support the process.  You are here to be aware of each step, to savour it, to see it’s potential. You have the capacity this week to overcome centuries of obstruction, to walk away from what no longer serves you and to embrace the next stage of your life. Enjoy!


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Three Major Themes of The Age of Aquarius

Anes WyantRemember last month’s Grand Cross? In May we’ve been getting the free added bonus that comes with all great offers. The bottom line? Let go of all the old ballast that’s been holding you down. We’re jumping ship.

That ballast is encoded in your DNA. It’s ancient survival strategies, techniques and beliefs that have saved humanity from extinction (job well done, by the way!) and kept us on an amazing evolutionary trajectory. Irma Kaye Sawyer says: This week has been so intense and odd that I sat down this morning with Guidance to check it out. Yesterday was one of the strangest days I’ve had online in a very long time.

It has been strange and it’s because this is not a one-lifetime kind of deal.  This week has opened up a doorway to the three major evolutionary themes of the Age of Aquarius.   In this post I explore your personal opportunities to align with them.

All our circuits are being triggered at the same time.  The outgrown is falling away, what has been a source of security and protection seems not so reliable.  Jobs and relationships in particular don’t seem to be doing their thing to ensure we feel safe and secure.  Family dynamics are shifting under our feet and challenging our sense of self, as we strip away layers of  self that we put on like a costume.

We can feel new challenges and possibilities on the horizon.  At times the landscape feels unfamiliar, and we are being called to trust in seemingly mysterious forces that seem strangely familiar and yet too powerful to contemplate.  We’ve had romance, exhaustion, beauty, fashion, music, expansion and contraction, rules and renegades, confusion and clarity.

The Trigger For A New Cosmic Cycle


As the power of Venus aligns with Eris this week, we tap into a 12,000 year cycle. It’s both a completion and a new beginning. Click To Tweet  

These two planets – Venus and Eris – are joined by expansive Jupiter in a Human Design channel activating life cycles. It’s about how we begin new cycles, how we move through them, and how we bring them to completion. We’re talking about all areas of your life here, relationships, business, health.

There are two important ideas that will help you navigate your life cycles.

1. Enter into new situations in a way that is authentic for you. If you rush, or hold back, or are motivated by intentions or beliefs that aren’t really serving your higher purpose, you’re probably not going to enjoy a big part of the ride.

We can all remember a time when we regretted the opportunities we were too timid to grasp when the ducks all lined up. Or got over excited, blinded by lust, or allowed ourselves to be talked into something we knew deep down wasn’t right for us. Once we’re in, we have to go through the whole cycle before we can complete it and move on. That could mean spending time in a messy relationship, or living in a house we didn’t really want to buy. I bought some shoes a few months ago that aren’t really comfortable but I let the salesperson talk me into them. They look great, I just can’t walk properly in them and my feet hurt when I take them off. I’m wearing them anyway, as a protest against the part of me that reminds me every time I look in my wardrobe – I told you not to buy those shoes! They’re nothing like the shoes in the video below, but these models are a great example of humanity caught in the grip of a (fashion) cycle that’s not working out so well! I know, it’s mean to laugh … but ….



2. Once you’ve entered into a life experience, it takes on it’s own natural life span. Relationships, health issues, any kind of experience comes with it’s own desire for growth and expression. It’s almost like the experience is having us, rather than us having the experience. If you pull out of the cycle too soon, if you rush the messy bits and try to move into the next thing too quickly, you’ll find yourself repeating the experience – probably with different players, but you’ll recognise all the landmarks.

It’s the classic example of love gone wrong .. again .. and again. We all know someone (often ourselves) who keeps choosing the same kind of wrong person. Or choosing another crap job. In relationships I often tell people – don’t agonise about whether your relationship is over. It will be over when it’s over. Just focus on yourself and what you need to learn as you move through it. One day you’ll wake up and realise it’s done. Or it will have become wonderful because you’ve both moved into a new cycle together!

But wait! This is not your average everyday new cycle. This is a massive, major cosmic new cycle. Eris transiting in Gate 42 is signalling to our DNA that we are completing one universal cycle and beginning a new one. You could call the new cycle The Age of Aquarius. Or like Lynda Gratton, author of Future Work and Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, says .. we are in the midst of the biggest transformation that the world has ever seen.

What’s The Big Picture?

We can view the big picture of the evolution of humanity as having three distinct phases.  We had the tribal era, when group survival overrode individual needs.  Next we moved into the era of the individual, where individual needs trumped group concerns (remember Greed is Good?)  We are now well and truly within the time of  collective consciousness where as individuals, we can make a profound impact on the collective while holding our individual essence intact.  The internet is a major player in this era, but it’s not so much about how we communicate (think global) as what happens when people from all around the world begin to have conversations with each other about EVERYTHING on a daily basis.

I’m calling the major themes of this new cycle as:

Fractal – we are experiencing a breakdown of the old social structure of hierarchies. Which means you and I are reclaiming our role as creators at the centre of our own universe,  dissolving the blockages in the flow of all manner of things – emotions, money, energy along the way.  When there is no longer ownership and control outside of each individual, when a certain mass of people begin taking charge of creating their own reality .. well!

When you claim your power as a force of nature, and hold your authentic essence as an individual, you shift from being a cog in the machine to being a spark of brilliance in the universal firmament.  Concepts like employment and poverty will be left by the side of the road scratching their heads, wondering how they became redundant in our new reality.

Your inner shift: let go of putting others first, believing in a lack of anything, feeling you’re not as good as others.

Spiritual Intelligence – in the 1990′s and 2000′s the idea of Emotional Intelligence broke through into popular culture. We are now entering the era of Spiritual Intelligence. This is a really big deal. Consciousness is a breakthrough tool of humanity that is only just on the very outer edge of awareness of health, science and business. Science has to deal with it because it shows up in the data, but only a few are embracing it.  It’s rarely discussed openly in the mainstream, but is set to become a HUGE player in the way we humans do life.

Your inner shift: recognising the incredible power of your inner knowing, especially as a tool for creating your own external reality

Relationships – most of us were raised on a diet of romantic stories of love conquering all or the pain of loss when it’s unrequited. Oh so dramatic. The truth about love is that we were made for it – our bodies, our emotions, our minds. Without love we literally fade away and die. But this love we need is different to the one we learnt about in When Harry Met Sally. It’s not something we seek outside ourselves, it’s something we experience. And we can build our love muscles in the same way we can work on our triceps.

Barbara Frederickson describes love as connection – a stretching of the heart, the sense of shared purpose, a momentary upwelling of positive emotion that creates a synchronicity between you and another person’s biochemistry and behaviour. The key to our new understanding of love is that is creates a motive to invest in each other’s wellbeing and supports mutual care. Evolutionist David Sloan Wilson believes evolution is now selecting for pro-social traits such as altruism.

Your inner shift: savour moments of positive emotion to shift your biochemisty and align with the higher evolutionary principles.

The Human Design Transits

Human Design transit chart 24th May 2014Two major planetary shifts have influenced the strange energy this week. Uranus has moved to The Gate of Shock (51) and Chiron shifted to The Gate of Grace (22).

During the week, the Sun and Earth activated what’s known as The Channel of Charisma – gates 34 and 20. This is a channel of expressing power.   Activated by transit, it’s like a turbo blast through any old patterning of withholding your vital energy through fear or belief that it will endanger you in some way to live your dream.

When we add in the life cycle activation – this is a major shift in unblocking the abundant energy that flows through the cells of your body and expresses in the world as self love and self empowerment.

Let’s look at Uranus, newly arrived in the Gate of Shock.

This gate deals with sudden and unexpected shocks – a perfect home for Uranus, aka the great awakener! These shocks can come in any form, they might be physical, emotional or even spiritual.  I jumped on a vacant treadmill at the gym a few days ago and it was still going!  There I was, sure of my reality and about to start running when I was thrown, suddenly and unexpectedly, to the floor!

One of the major themes of Uranus is this – GET IN YOUR BODY!!  I was back at the gym after gradually building up my health over the last 18 months and I was a bit nervous and out of my body.  Otherwise I would have noticed the treadmill doing it’s thing before I stepped onto it.

I’ll have more for you on Uranus in Gate 51 in the next few days. It’s there until 22nd September, when it returns to Gate 21.  Uranus will return to Gate 51 for a second time on 13th March 2015.

One major softening impact on Uranus has been dwarf planets Ceres and Vesta transiting in the Gate of the Gentle – Gate 57.  This is the programming partner of the Gate of Shock – which means it’s astrologically opposite.  When we have major transits creating polarities, we tend to swing between the two trying to find a balance.  In this case we’ve got a swing between our will (Heart Centre) and our body (Spleen Centre) and between racing out of our bodies (Gate 51) and tuning back into the gentle message of our intution (Gate 57).

The pivot point of consciousness here is to be aware of when you experience a shock and to take the time to tune into what your body needs to do to deal with it.

And all the while, Mars has been transiting in the Gate of Correction (18), shifting ancient survival patterns buried deep within our DNA – watch out for mastedons!!!  And other fears that no longer serve us.

Mars has been behind the anger some have been feeling – look for ways you’re holding yourself in and places your passion is blocked to protect the (very dodgy) integrity of inherited family beliefs.  Things like .. Are you really going out dressed like that?  Or maybe this ..  that’s a silly idea.  And how about …   no one will want you if you’re (add your favourite put down here)  My daughter’s had two teachers tell her last week that she’s stupid.  That’s shocking!  As I explained to her, they’re most likely projecting their own fears onto her.

And what about Chiron in the Gate of Grace, you ask?

Adding to the general intensity, has been this week’s Mercury transit through the adjoining Gate 12 – Standstill.  In Human Design, this represents a stop codon in our DNA – which means that it calls a halt to our headlong rush forward. When we feel obstructed, it’s because we are pushing against the true flow of change.  We need to move out of our comfort zone, where we’ve become stagnant and find fresh new beauty elsewhere.  In these situations we can only preserve our own integrity and make what small changes are possible. As we do that, the flow opens out again.

Chiron will be in Gate 22 until 1st August 2014, when it shifts back to Gate 63.  It returns to Gate 22 on 4th March 2015. (Pluto shifts to Gate 54 a few days later, on 8th March 2015 and remember that Uranus shifts back into Gate 51 on 13th March 2015 – what a month that will be!).

The tricky bit with Chiron and Mercury this week has been the desire to get out and be social and meet people, while the other planets are calling you into a more contemplative and individual space.  The desire to be social is there, even romance feels like it’s in the air.  But the old patterning will keep pulling us back into old cycles unless we really dig deep and find our own essence.  So, there’s a strong desire to be alone and tune in.

So what about you?  How are you experiencing the energies this week? Do they feel very weird?  Or is it just another day in paradise?  Have you noticed what’s ending and beginning in your life?



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The Namaste Effect Is Upon Us

I’ve been feeling a bit Jiminy Cricket lately.   As in, there are voices that I haven’t heard before coming in loud and clear.  I’ve started to understand what people mean when they talk about listening to their conscience.

It’s a strange idea, the conscience.  I did a bit of reading about it, and found that it has a rich and complex history that goes back at least to the ancient Hebrews.

My feeling is that it comes in two versions – our innermost core of personal values, and the outer layer that lets us know how to behave nicely in any given social or religious circumstance.

What’s breaking free in me now are the voices coming from my own core conscience.

Certain emotions carry the voice of our core conscience – guilt for example.  Anxiety as  well.  I’ve been experiencing a lot of both in the past 2 years and as I’ve unravelled, unpicked and generally dissolved it’s causes it’s been a continual surprise package.  Because I’ve been discovering that both guilt and anxiety (and probably the original depression that I suffered from a decade ago) were caused by ignoring what I knew to be true for myself, and travelling instead along a pathway mapped out by the externalised conscience – thou shalt!

This is a lot bigger deal than it first appears.  As Uranus moves over our natal Eris activations (in Gates 17, 21 and 42) , it is triggering the places where we have learnt to blame ourselves for having our own opinions (17), for taking control of our own lives (21) and for expanding beyond the existing reality paradigm (42).  Eris and Uranus are the great disrupters, moral champions of the individual, and as they come to play out on the global scene we need the old structures of society and religion less and less.

I remember about 15 years ago, talking to my lovely in-laws about a time when people would no longer need laws or religion to tell them how to behave.  They were … well, the best word is aghast, at the very idea.  Anarchy! Chaos! People looting and raping and generally behaving very badly!  If there are  no external controls to our behavoiur – no fear of a wrathful god, no police force to impose order, no red tape – just what might happen?

The upcoming Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse will be in Gate 32.  In her book The Original I Ching, Margaret J Pearson PhD describes this hexagram/gate as calling for us to persist in following the truth, in doing what we know is right, in fulfilling our best selves, that moral strength for which the word ‘virtue’ is a poor translation.  This is not so much about being a good person as it is about connecting with the strongest and most life giving energy within us, the type of kindness that attracts others with it’s quiet and radiant receptivity.  Who knows, perhaps it’s possible that humanity is truly a peaceful, loving and kind species!

As a global society, we’re not quite ready for that leaving all the rules behind.  But you and I, now there’s a different story entirely. We are the forerunners of a life lived from the inner conscience.  We are the real change, no matter how much money society is spending trying to control and manage from the top down.  Life tells us – chaos theory and fractals and systems theory – tells us that reality is organised from a pinpoint of consciousness in each given moment of space/time.


I’ve always taught that the Solar Plexus is incredibly important for finding our humanity.  The Ji Centre is lovely, with it’s frequency of unconditional love and soul purpose, it’s truly delicious.  But we are here to anchor that higher dimensional Ji Centre energy into dense physical bodies with the miracle of emotions.  And those emotions are key to our inner conscience.  They are key to our freedom and to the power of our individual expression.  They are key to bringing our attention into that powerful pinpoint of creative consciousness we have in each moment.   Anger shows where we have ignored our own personal boundaries – it allows abuse.  Fear shows where we may not be listening into our own intuitive sense of what is healthy for us – it allows our bodies to be degraded.

What most disturbs our emotions is when we lapse into a kind of learned helplessness, a powerless to take charge of our own lives because we have been conditioned to give up our power to an externalised conscience.  That might look like spending time with people who are putting out a disturbed emotional wave rather than choosing our own calm space, because we have to be ‘nice’.  Or it might be not speaking clearly about something that is important to us, telling white lies so as not to alarm or reveal too much of our wild, apparently chaotic and inconsistent selves.

Margaret Pearson talks about how this failure to act consistently in alignment with our own moral strength leads to a deadening, an ongoing vegetal state where the full range of life is missing. If we tune into our negative emotions and let them guide us to a more alive state, it changes everything. Barbara Frederickson’s research shows we need negative emotions, but as occasional feedback rather than as a chronic ongoing experience. When we have a ratio of at least 3 positive thoughts to each negative thought, we will flourish. (Once we get over 11 positive thoughts for each negative thought we are at the other polarity, a lack of realistic feedback that trips us into our own personal lala land.)

Ceres and Vesta have been retrograding in Gate 50 – a gate of shifting culture through taking responsibility for our own personal value systems.  They have now shifted to Gate 32 (right in alignment with the Full Moon this week), and are pulling us towards our path of service through reconnecting with others in a way that can best be described as Namaste!  The divine in me greets the divine in you!

As we approach this month’s two lunar eclipses and the astrological Grand Cross, take the time to listen deeply to your own deep inner values.  Watch how you might have been seduced into believing that living in accordance with these values is wrong, that it makes you a bad person, that it will bring censure and isolation down upon you.  And make the necessary adjustments.


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Holding a Space for Your Amazing Frequency Shift

We are in the midst of a frequency shift.  Specifically it’s about shifting out of a dominator frequency and into one that has more individual freedom and more loving support.   It’s affecting our jobs, our relationships and our family dynamics. It’s bringing up survival fears and old survival scripts.  It’s fueling us with the energy to make huge changes in our lives, despite our fears and anxieties.



The dominator frequency sits in the Human Design communal circuitry, and is best known for creating the ‘trickle down’ effect.  You know the one. It’s where the 1% are entitled to hold the wealth and trickle some down to you and I.  And where the majority of the people on this planet are so thoroughly entrenched in believing that they have to give up their noble and divine heritage – their creativity, their vitality, their joy and their right to take control of their own lives – in return for receiving patronage in the form of money/food/survival and protection from becoming homeless and destitute and unloved.  That about covers it.

This model plays out in many areas of our lives, including in the family (father knows best), and in relationships (to love and obey).  It’s nothing to do with the male/female issue, and everything to do with a more ubiquitous patriachial focus on the benefits of a top down social structure.

And today, when the Sun passes right over freedom fighter Uranus in the channel the anchors in the dominator frequency, something breaks free in our soul.   If we succumb to fear and panic we may lose sight of what’s real here, and imagine that we are at risk.  What we are seeking today is not so much financial security, or even love or support.  What we seek is something else entirely.  Something finer, something more enduring than material gains.

To achieve this transformation we need to leap into the unknown, and that takes a specific trust in ourselves.   And a belief that the love, support and material abundance we yearn for can be created from within. Sure it will manifest in the external world – that’s what we’re here for. We are creators and it’s time for us to release our death-like grip on our fear of death, and trust to our creative capacities.

Tomorrow the Sun creates an astrological square with Pluto, giving us an intro into the Pluto Uranus square we’ll be enjoying on 21st April.  We are reconnecting with an immense power to join together with each other and all our dimensional aspects through all space, time and dimension.  This energy will dwarf the old dominator controls in your life, and you are already feeling that. Trust the incoming energy.  If you feel into it, you’ll feel how nurturing it is. In some ways we could describe it as the return of the Great Mother, but it is more than that because it is beyond our human stories and something much more universal, much more about a creative frequency, much further beyond our time/space dimensions. This is a very big hyper dimensional portal!  You are anchoring it through your humanity, and that right there is super amazing!

3rd April 2014

Amidst the chaos, there is order emerging.  You are a part of that order.  More than that, you are a creator of that order, according to your desires.  Your essence is emerging – simple, beautiful and with no need for disguises.  Your honest presence is all that is required of you now.  You are supported in this process.

Charles Eisentstein wrote an article in The Guardian this week about the need for constant ‘growth’ to feed the dominator machine.  It’s the definition of growth that is a problem here.  We don’t need less growth. We need a different kind of growth, a soul growth.  An out breath, full of relief at finally reclaiming our right to our own creative capacities.  This is a dimensional shift that will take us beyond the existing economic and social contraction, and the fear it is creating.  Try this as an antidote.

Step 1:  settle into your body

Step 2:  take some very deep breaths right down to your base, into your pelvis, feel your pelvic floor being touched by your breath

Step 3:  feel how incredibly amazing you truly are (if you can’t feel it, tell yourself that you are ready and available to believe it’s true, or even perhaps that you are ready to be open to being available to believing it’s true – whatever feels most true for you)

Step 4:  ask what you need to do next to create the most wonderful life you can imagine

Step 5:  listen and trust

Step 6:  when you hear what your next step is, take some action, no matter how small and apparently insignificant

I’m holding the space for your amazingness, let’s do that for each other.

Img: Amanda Cass

Full Moon March 2014

New Moon March 2014

Struggling on with the devil we know is not going to bring us rewards this month. Instead, try reaching out to others and facing your fears of being found out.

We all feel like we have things to hide.  Places we’d rather not let others see.  But that is changing.   The dark places within us are about to be revealed as jewels, just waiting to be discovered by the right person.  This week’s New Moon is about letting go of struggling on alone because we are too afraid of losing control to ask for help or even to say YES when that invitation comes along.

We are making a fundamental transformation, from going it alone to opening up to the thrill of relationship.  I’m not talking about love relationships in particular.   This is about having great relationships in every area of our lives.  The whole idea of the rugged individual has cost us a lot of happiness.  How many people are sitting at home watching television and chatting on Facebook to avoid their loneliness, even as I write this. We’ve wandered into territory that has left us isolated, even in the midst of company.

We are headed to new relationship territory, so different from the old established ways of relating that are based on lack of self worth.  If I do this for you, you’ll do that for me.  This is SO much more aligned with really seeing each other, really being there for each other, letting go of being invisible, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, to be magnificent in our own unique way.   It’s a non-economic relationship! It’s based on love and trust and a choice of true connection, rather than clinging together to survive. It exists outside the existing boundaries of our time space dimension and we are making it up as we go along.

If you’re coming up against anything that feels uncomfortable just now it’s probably because you’re experiencing a remnant of old conditioning. Still trying to keep control so you won’t be revealed for what you truly are.  And yet that’s the point!  We’re like the goldfish, this is the water we’ve swum in for millenium and we can’t even see another way to live. So swim on – around and around we shall!  Even though, oh dear, we’re nearly out of room here.  We might really prefer to take more on ourselves.  Because that way we can keep control! We can take on even more responsibility for getting it right, avoiding the blame.  Or ….

You are simply too amazing to stay in this little bowl, and you need to connect with others to get yourself free.  Into a simpler and more vital life.

This week’s New Moon indicates a fresh cycle, sitting in the same gate as that wily master of disruption, Uranus.  In 21.4, Uranus tells us that even enormously hard work is not going to bring us the results we desire right now.  We’re sitting in sticky mud and the harder we try to pull ourselves free the more we get stuck.  So, the best thing to do right now is to relax.  Everything is fine.  It’s exactly how it’s meant to be, even though the material realm may look a tad chaotic and not exactly under your control.

Here’s the trick to this whole set of April transits.  Reach out to others even if it brings up uncomfortable feelings of guilt, shame, not good enough, losing control, too much change and disruption.  Life is going to get miraculously easier as we develop a capacity to build relationships built on trust, love, caring, creativity.  Neptune is helping us build better internal structures that support our individuality while also leaving us free and available for wonderful relationships of all kinds.

Ask yourself what you have to give up to make these new soul family connections.  Is it worth it?  Do you really want to avoid the risk to grow beyond your current limitations?  Miss out on the joy of being even more of who you are?  Letting the dispossessed parts of you out of Pandora’s box and into the world of hope?

If you’re experiencing blocks, limitations or unforseen complications at the moment, don’t struggle with them.  Instead take some time to get clear on what you’re trying to achieve. Tune into whether there is a simpler and more effective approach.  It will probably involved another person.  We are reaching for something beyond the old kind of material outcomes so look for how you feel rather than what you might achieve.   Consider how all this stuckness feels to the child inside you who was squashed, judged and stuffed into a life way too small for her imagination.  What happened to that artist, astronaut, fairy queen?  She really really wants to wake from her slumber and find her artist/astronaut and fairy queen friends right now, and remember how much fun and how productively creative magical play is!

You’re not a cog in the economic machine.    You’re a multidimensional being creating a whole new reality space. We’re all just waiting. It’s a bit like the school dance, who’ll make the first move?

30 March 2014 – New Moon – Sun / Moon in 21.1 and Earth in 48.1 – Uranus in 21.4

15 April 2014 – Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse – Sun in 42.5  / Earth and Moon in 32.5.

21 April 2014 – Pluto in 38.5 square Uranus in 21.5.

29 April 2014 – New Moon and  Solar Eclipse – Sun/Moon  in 24.2 and Earth in 44.2.


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March Full Moon – gently does it


Today’s Full Moon is an emotional event, not least because Neptune is bringing up our family patterns.  All the places where your spiritual self, your galactic sensitivities, your bright light and your gentle heart have been wounded and hidden away .. all those places are coming free of the darkness.

For many people it’s difficult to know how to live in a world that can feel so harsh.  This Full Moon simply tells us that we can take good care of ourselves and wait until the time is right to share our light in a more conducive environment.  We enter into our own deep dark belly to find what we need to soothe and nurture and allow others to do the same.  When each one of us cares for ourselves in this way, the harshness won’t last too long for anyone.

The Full Moon is happening in an astrological square to the Galactic Centre, where we find the beautiful asteroid Chariklo transiting.  She represents our capacity to hold a space for ourselves and others to leave hurtful situations.  She is a profoundly gently spiritual and emotional healer.  The Galactic Centre also operates a bit like a psychic vacuum cleaner that clears out all the gunk.  And remember, from my last post, that we have Askalaphus in Gate 40 (sitting between Uranus and Neptune) to help us release old outworn belief patterns that keep us in a sort of post traumatic limbo land.

There’s a peacefulness in this Full Moon that comes from letting go of the striving to be something different from what you truly are.  Your authenticity is all that’s required.


The Sun is in Gate 36.4  Earth and Moon are in 6.4.



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People sometimes ask me if the gates ever shift in their design. The answer to that question is no ….  and yes! 

Your standard chart remains unchanged throughout your life. In some ways, that doesn’t make sense, because you know  there is constant change in your life.  Things are always moving, there are always new challenges and opportunities.

Where do we find that movement in Human Design?  It’s in the Soul Progressions.    More 





Neptune in Gate 37


Neptune and Uranus are about to light up the Tribal circuitry in your design.  This is all about how we relate to each other to get our material and emotional needs met at the level of family and community.


Tribal circuitry differs from the Collective energy of unconditional love and the transpersonal.  It also differs from the Individual energy of going it alone so as not to compromise your unique expression of self.  In the Tribal or Communal circuitry we discover we are social beings who need to be hugged and fed and loved for who we are, with all our imperfections.  We find the places within us that seek validation from those closest to home.  We crave their acceptance, their approval and their recognition.

The Tribal or Communal circuitry is also the place where we struggle to emerge from the amorphous mass of humanity, to be seen as an individual who exists independently of the tribe, where we need the space to be able to transform and ‘value add’ to the community through our special and unique gifts.  And it’s where we choose to invest in communal ideas, beliefs and projects.


Let’s Get Personal 

freedomNeptune and Uranus are the FREEDOM planets, although they have the desire for very different kinds of freedom.  Uranus  represents the individual will for freedom of expression.  Neptune activates our desire for freedom from the limitations of the ego based human realm.  At it’s lower vibration, Neptune likes nothing better than to merge with whatever feels good in the moment.  At it’s highest vibration Neptune inspires us to move beyond the illusion of separation and self deception into embodied spiritual fulfillment.  

Both Uranus and Neptune reveal to us the interconnectedness of all things.   Again, they have different functions.  Uranus carries the energy of Light – the mental realm.  Neptune carries the energy of Love – the heart realm.  They are both transpersonal planets with huge universal themes.  And yet, in our design they demand that we find a personal way to express them.

Uranus and Neptune transits show places where we can resist incarnation and prefer to stay in the big impersonal version of our lives.  We can live in rebellion and reaction rather than stand for our own ideas and beliefs (Uranus). We can live in the diffuse field of unconditional love rather than feel the very human experience of our own heart (Neptune).

There’s something very significant about Neptune for anyone born between 1944 and August 1963.  During that period, Neptune was in the Spleen Centre.  Consider the influence of people born during those years on the way we think about health and wellbeing.  Neptune in the Spleen Centre brings a sensitivity to the physical body, a divine connection that is physically felt.  It also shows up as vague systemic illness that avoids clear diagnosis – things like auto-immune disorders.  Consider the move towards purifying diets, colonics and detoxing, superfoods.  And then there’s the more gentle and subtle techniques for healing like cranio-sacral therapy.

In 2007, Neptune turned up in the Solar Plexus Centre, refining our emotional response to a higher vibration.  On 15th March 2014 it shifts into Gate 37, which is all about family.


Neptune Motifs

neptuneLet’s take a closer look at the essential nature of Neptune.

Neptune activates within us an urge towards ultimate, transcendental freedom, where we become free from the boundaries and limitations of both the intellect and ego self.  With Neptune in our corner we yearn to experience oneness with all life and merge with the whole of existence.  We want to dissolve all boundaries and shy away from any feelings of separateness.

If we are finding this energy difficult to embody we can experience self deception, pseudo spiritual egotism, destructive escapism and avoidance of responsibility.  Be Here Now becomes more like It Looks Like I’m Here Now, But I’m Actually Completely Spaced Out And Not Present In Any Way.   These negative expressions of Neptune are usually the result of being overwhelmed and confused by our desire for higher states of awareness.  After all, it’s not something we find on the curriculum of our local schools and often not an acceptable topic around the dinner table either.  When we don’t recognise that the real source of this yearning is for something more uplifting in our lives, we usually seek it in the outer world.  Enter the advertising industry!  Or your local drug dealer.

In those places where we are lifting off rather than tuning in, we can make a different choice.  Instead of ramping up our addictions or withdrawing in overwhelm, we can make a conscious choice to search empathetically for our underlying spiritual sensitivity.

Another issue we find with Neptune is a sense of confusion and an inability to make clear decisions and commitments.  This is because Neptune brings a sense that our knowledge is limited – there is always a higher perspective.  Perhaps our current perspective is too selfish?  Not in everyone’s highest good?  It doesn’t matter, what’s important is that you accept your limitations as a human and make the best choice you can from that limited viewpoint.  We can always course correct as we go along.  Saturn, who is Neptune’s arch nemesis, would have us believe that once we ‘lock it in’ we lose our choices and Neptune can’t survive in that rigid and isolated place.  Instead, remember the story of Apollo 13 – it was only on it’s correct path 3% of the time.  Or so the myth goes, but the story is a good one and a useful one.


Developing Spiritual Maturity 

On 15th March 2014, Neptune moves into Gate 37.   The last time Neptune visited Gate 37 was back in 1853,  just 7 years after it was discovered in 1846.  Pluto was in Gate 3 and Uranus was in Gate 24.

In the I Ching, Gate 37 represents the place we come home to.  What represents home to you?  How are your boundaries? Do you have a safe hearth stone within you that is grounding and supportive regardless of circumstances?  Hilary Barrett describes it as a constant living awareness that pervades your structure and makes it’s presence felt in everything you say and do.  It is both a refuge and a place of security.  It holds you in fellowship with those who share your vision.  Outside are others who see differently and do not belong in this home. 

Without these healthy boundaries we do not feel safe in ourselves, and are constantly renegotiating.  As we build our internal partitions we may interupt old patterns of behaviour and find that we feel more nurtured and secure in our sense of who we are.  We don’t have to allow the walls to tumble and fall if our family calls on us (either actually, or as an internalised voice).

One major impact of Neptune’s time in this gate will be the shift in consciousness that comes from projecting God/Goddess onto our parents, well into our adult lives.  This shift in consciousness will also begin to infiltrate our government – another place where we are conditioned to project divinity.

What happens when we draw back our own inspiration and ‘god ness’ from those figures who have been holding it on our behalf?  The gurus, the presidents, the kings and queens, teachers, our mothers and fathers ….  What happens when we reclaim our right to express our own personal desires, regardless of the rules and regulations that are supposed to maintain order?  Well, we shall see.  One thing I have complete faith in – that you and I are well and truly ready to step into this level of spiritually maturity.


Global Family 

communityAnother aspect of Neptune’s stay in Gate 37 is the refinement of the concept of the global family.  We will begin to really grasp the interconnectedness of everyone, on a heart level.

In the I Ching, Gate 37 represents the role of family as the moral compass for the community and government.  Our own inner integration – our deeper understanding of the correct role of our inner masculine, feminine and child – creates a foundation that flows out into our actually families, into our friendships, our communities and our governments.  We can expect an increased sense of the practical applications of Oneness.

I would also expect the work we’ve done on our relationships to begin bearing fruit.  People will begin to show up in our lives and create new friendships based on ‘spiritual family’.

One warning about Neptune in the Gate of Family.  Watch for a tendency to idealise friends – to create an angel/devil dichotomy.  Remember we don’t want to merge with others and lose our individuality.  Or separate out when our need for a saviour or god figure isn’t met.  We are looking to bring the best of ourselves into relationship with the best of someone else.


When Neptune met Saturn

I mentioned that Saturn is Neptune’s arch nemesis, and s/he is.  Neptune likes to flow and dissolve.  Saturn loves nothing better than a nice solid structure.  But the relationship goes deeper than that.  Neptune and Saturn really need each other to function in a healthy way.  Neptune refines everything to a higher vibration, bringing the benefits of a lighter more flexible approach to Saturn.  And in return Saturn provides the stability and substance that Neptune needs to stay grounded and realistic.

So Saturn’s positions tell us a lot about how to work with Neptune transits.

During 2014 Saturn will be in Gate 43 and then Gate 1.  This is particularly significant for those born between 1962 and 1967, because during those years Neptune was in Gates 43 and 1 – so Saturn will be passing over your Neptune this year.

The energy of Saturn that we all need to take on board in 2104 is of standing firm for what we believe in, even if it doesn’t make sense to everyone.  We need to trust the divine creative spark within us, whether it comes from the mental realm (Gate 43) or the heart realm (Gate 1).  We need to make clear distinctions and decisions about what we want to be part of our life and what we would be better staying away from. And we need to make DECISIONS from that place of divinely inspired knowing.

Loyalty and service and needing to be valued by a certain group of people is NOT on the agenda for that kind of decision making.  We are absolutely moving away from sacrificing ourselves to group needs.

Notice Saturn is in the Individual circuitry in 43 and 1 – so here we are mutating into something new and unique through our decision making and creative expression.  Neptune is the Gate of Family may try to call us back to the old ways, but we shouldn’t be enchanted by that spell.  We are attuning ourselves to our own internal family – we know how to access our internal masculine, our internal feminine and our inner child.  We begin to understand the divine role these relationships play in our lives.  And as we live with these clear cut aspects and deeper our reliance on them, we are less likely to collapse and sacrifice ourselves.


Developing personal power and freedom

One group of people who will feel the impact of Neptune in 37 more than most is those born between November 1959 and September 1964.  At various stages during those years both Uranus and Pluto were in Gate 40 meeting Chiron in Gate 37.  This group has a soul mission to find the personal freedom and power to break down the old family structures that kept us from innovation and spiritual transformation.  Our understanding of Family Systems comes from this configuration.

One significant effect of this Uranus/Pluto/Chiron mix is a wound to the feelings and emotions that prevents us from feeling anything that threatens to separate us from the family zeitgeist.  Those threatening emotions are simply stuffed down, numbed out and ignored. Neptune shines a light on this wound – however the first step in the process is that the emotions may feel quite threatening.  They won’t meet Neptune’s desire for spiritual purity. Should I really be feeling this hatred?  Or rage?  How about the grief or resentment?  Shouldn’t I be able to control myself and feel only love?

Well actually, no.  Because love is a transpersonal energy, and you are a human being with a very important piece of information technology called an emotional body.  Recent research shows that the higher level of emotional intelligence we have – ie, the more in contact we are with our own personal emotions – the more effective we are.  The emotional part of our brain – the limbic system – is wired for connection, for friendship, for sharing.

You know that thing that happens, when you are meditating and always asking to come from the highest good and still your life seems to be off key?  That’s because you need your emotions – those messy annoying emotions – to inform you of your personal soul mission.  This is important DATA about you and your life and the best decisions you can make, not just for yourself but for everyone.  It short cuts that notion that everything has to be run past our angels or spirit guide – because our emotions are what the Universe gave us so that we didn’t have to keep phoning HOME every time we have to make a decision.

Neptune in the Solar Plexus Centre can be very uncomfortable, but if we loosen up on the judgement around what sort of people we are if we have certain kinds of feelings, that makes things much easier.  I highly recommend Karla McLaren’s amazing book The Language of Emotions for anyone who is struggling with this issue.


Neptune in 2014 

  • 12th April – Neptune moves into Gate 37 line 2
  • Neptune is retrograde from 12 June till 16 November
  • 12 August Neptune shifts back into Gate 37 line 1
  • 14 September Neptune moves back into Gate 55
  • 16 November Neptune goes direct
  • 15 January 2015 Neptune moves back into Gate 37 where it remains until 25 April 2016.


The Goddess Awakens .. and she’s you!


We are reclaiming the sacred spaces within our own bodies, and wow are they powerful!


Have you ever felt yourself to be in a double bind?  Like you want to go out with your friends but you also want to stay home and wash your hair?  Or you desperately need to sleep in, but you’re due at work in an hour?  Or your kids want to go to the park to play and you want to sit quietly and read a book?  A double bind is where you want to do two things, and it’s an impossibility.   Or where you want to do one of those things but feel you MUST do the other thing.

This week we’ve got a global case of the double binds.  It comes from following rules rather than trusting our intuition.  Hell, it’s way beyond that .. it’s about not even knowing how deeply we are capable of tuning into and trusting our intuition to guard our wellbeing and to guide our lives.  The double bind comes from what Alice Miller describes as the ‘as-if’ personality, where we bind so closely to what we feel is the right thing to do, the right person to be,  we disconnect from our own true desires. We act ‘as if’ that other person is us.  But it’s not.

The double bind comes from our early childhood conditioning that we’re only safe if we do/say/be what is approved of.  And very often that involves numbing out to our own internal knowing of what is safe, what we know is best for our own wellbeing.  Will I chose to do as I’m told in order to stay safe?  Or will I choose to do what my body tells me is best for my own safety and wellbeing,  and trigger all those old alarm bells.

So, here we are with a planetary alignment that calls us back from the edge of the double bind.  It sings a song of your right to choose the life of your dreams.  Of your capacity for tuning into what your body and your guidance are saying.  This is powerful medicine.  And as with all powerful medicine, it calls us to an act of courage – to choose the message that is TRULY speaking our own best interests.

There is an awakening happening for women all over the planet.  It’s happening right in your belly.  There is a numbness that has come from living in a society that has completely ignored your selfhood and your creative power for millenium.  That’s changing.  Your Goddess Self is waking up and she is AMAZING!

Let’s take a tour of this week’s Human Design chart.

The Sun and Earth are both in the Head Centre in the transitional Gates – 63 and 64.  This is about shift.  It is about having made a commitment at the mental/spiritual level.  And preparing to turn up for the physical and emotional part of the journey.

There’s more action down in the emotions and the body, which is a bit like Goddess Central just now! We’ve got the quintessential Goddess – Venus – making a channel with the South Node.  This is superstar material, because this is the main channel for giving birth to something entirely new.

This channel represents the womb – the gestational space where our creativity takes form.   It’s made up of Gate 3 – a powerful combination of Gate 1 (Yang/masculine) and Gate 2 (Yin/feminine).

Gate 3 IS the big bang energy and represents how we traverse and create in laminated space-time (more on that later).  Gate 3 is consciousness arriving at the very beginning of it’s journey to become matter, the growing centre reaching out into the world and experiencing limitation and resistance for the very first time.  The Rave I Ching describes the energy of Gate 3 as ‘confused’ and ‘unsubstantiated’.  It’s traditionally known as Difficulty At The Beginning, and I prefer Wilhelm’s description …  teaming chaotic profusion.  Times of such intense growth, like birth, are beset with difficulties, but there is a release from tension and then everything breathes freely again. If one perseveres there is the prospect of great success, especially when we reach out for helpers.

Before it is birthed into the world of matter, the energy must pass through the limitation and resistance of Gate 60 in the Root Centre. Here we learn that we must treat germinating things with extreme care so as not to damage the delicate balance of life coming into form. We discover where we place galling limits on ourselves – forms of self limitation like shame, guilt, lack of deservability and loveability and fear, for example.  And we are able to listen in the our own finely tuned instruments – our bodies – to know what natural limits are supporting us to manifest what we desire.

With Venus in the Root Centre, there is little get up and go. It’s more relaxing than that, and can have you wondering if you’ve suddenly developed a lazy gene.  Venus transits bring healing.   This week Venus is supporting our natural timing, helping us to know when to push.  We shouldn’t rush the birth, but neither should we hold back. There is a power to Venus – the power of the dark goddess who rarely gets a look in except in the gossip columns these days.  Bad mothers and drug taking celebrities.

In her fabulous book Wild Feminine, Tami Lynn Kent describes the vitality that comes from a woman’s connection with the Root of her body.

Women experience diminished energy in the pelvic bowl because they do not regularly or consciously utilize their core creative capacity; they do not know how to cultivate feminine energy in their bodies …  When a woman knows how to access her root place, she finds the energy for building her creative dreams, nurturing her creations, changing the core patterns that diminish radiance.  She explores the link between physical form and energy flow and communes in the realm of the wild feminine. 


It’s not just Venus who is ushering in a shift in our relationships with the vital creative feminine aspects of our body.  Vesta, Ceres, Pallas, Metis and Hekate are there as well.  This is indeed a Royal Gathering.




Ceres and Vesta are in Gate 50, along with Hekate and the North Node.  Our old friend Nemesis is in Gate 27, creating the channel.   This is a channel that is about caring – on all levels, personal intimate, personal family, cultural, global.  In the I Ching, hexagram 50 depicts the ceremonial ‘ting’ or cauldron that is inscribed in recognition of a new dynasty.  Important transits to Gate 50 always represent a global shift in cultural values around caring for each other.  They always start with an inner shift in how we care for ourselves.

Ceres is about nurturing/mothering and about how we value ourselves in relationship.  Vesta is about what we are devoted to – our career path or soul mission.  It’s also about sex – where we are on the continuum of divine sex to mundane and even abusive sex.  Hekate says we’re at a crossroads – personally and culturally.  And Nemesis .. how I love Nemesis!  She is calling us to the rules that keep us from really caring for and about ourselves right down at the physical level.  What responsibilities are no longer really necessary, what baggage can we let go of?  What really is keeping us from being self caring.  Remember Venus in Gate 60 – unnecessary self limitation.

Pallas Athene is on the opposite side of the Sacral Centre in Gate 59.  In the Kaballah, the equivalent of the Sacral Centre is Yesod, the receptacle of all the emanations of the Universe through all space and time. Yesod brings them from chaos to order so that you may experience your own part in the puzzle of life.  The energy of Yesod, the Sacral Chakra and the Sacral Centre all relate to the magnetic power of sexual energy to create on the material plane.  Pallas Athene represents the strategies we can use to reconnect to the deep and wise feminine (represented by Metis, now transiting in Gate 34.1, also in the Sacral, the Gate of Power no less).  Where is the feminine sexual power?  Pallas Athene asks us to call it forward into our lives, to live the strength of our magnetic sexual frequency, to own it (think of Vesta and the Temple Goddesses who owned their sexual power on behalf of the Goddess and Life).   Are you connecting to your sexual power and how are you expressing it?

This goes WAY beyond sex, into your personal power, your capacity for vibrant health and your connection to your life path.  This goes WAY beyond your personal desires and into the cosmic power of the feminine as it returns to earth, in the form of every woman on this planet who is open to receiving it.



I want to go a bit deeper now. Are you ready?  Do you remember the sexual revolution?  It was in the 60′s.  It was partly about freeing up the rules about sex.  Women got the pill and everyone got to have LOTS of sex.  In Naomi Wolf’s latest book Vagina, she explains that this was great except ….  the sex was based on the male model.  This is so apparent from the research, but heterosexual women (and a lot of queer women as well!) are generally so accustomed to thinking of sex in terms of what is best for men that this subtle bias goes unnoticed.  Wolf explains it brilliantly, it’s a complex subject and I obviously can’t do it justice here.

Why is this so important?  Because recent scientific evidence shows that a vast percentage of western women (there is no research for other parts of the world) suffer from something Wolf calls sexual or vaginal depression.  Since Masters and Johnson we have learnt that

women are designed to have many different kinds of orgasms, that women have the potentil to have orgasms without any end except physical exhaustion; that if you understand female sexuality, you pace all your action around her; that while this is a high bar to set, you still want to set it, because properly treated, some women can ejeculate; that women can go into altered states of consciousness during orgasm, that women’s orgasms last longer than men’s; that memory plays a part in female arousal in a way that is not the case in male arousal; and that women’s response to arousal and orgasm is biologically very different to men. 

As well as this

good sexual experience in the vagina drives joy and creativity into the female brain …  the obverse is also true, due to the same neural pathways; the traumatized vagina, the abused vagina …  literally cannot effectively condition the female brain with the chemicals that constitute the emotions of confidence, courage, connection and joy.  

When a woman’s dopamine system is optimally activated – as it is in the anticipation of great sex, an effect heightened by a woman’s knowing what turns her on, letting herself think about it, and letting herself go get it – it strengthens her sense of focus and motivation levels, and energizes her in setting goals .. your brain can take those heightened capabilities of energy and focus into other areas of your life …  

When a woman has optimal levels of dopamine, she is difficult to direct against herself. She is focused, motivated, energized and biologically empowered.  

And then there’s this. A healthy sex life also raises women’s oxytocin levels.

Oxytocin’s function in humans .. is to bond people to each other so they are better able to survive …  and allows people to see the relationships between things and people more clearly.  

Oxytocin mitigates against psychological distress, depression and attachment anxiety and reduces feelings of separation and judgement.

None of these mechanisms work effectively when we do sex according to the male model.  It turns out that through the vagina-brain connection, a healthy and happy vagina is crucially important to world peace by creating strong vibrant well adjusted women who’s focus is on connection and relationship rather than conquest and competition.

Tami Lynn Kent was overwhelmed by women who had disconnected from the energy of their pelvis.  I was so surprised when I began using her techniques, to experience a sort of recovery or renaissance of vitality. People began coming up to me in the street and asking me what I was doing to look so well.

Pallas Athene gives us the strategy for our freedom from this ‘big death’ of our sexual and creative power.  She is the Goddess of strategy and creative intelligence, after all!  In Gate 59 she is telling us to allow the blocks to intimacy to melt and flow away, to allow ourselves to feel our emotions and let them move through our body and blow apart the fears of the ego that keep us separate from each other.

Definitions, dividing lines, agreements, established patterns of life and thought … all these can be Dispersed, their solidity revealed as an illusion.  Centre your inner authority in your spiritual home and let your decisions flow from that essential underlying source. 

Hilary Barrett, I Ching

Move your attention into your belly and bring our own world to life. Breathe into any areas that feel numb or tight. Feel the power of that chaotic profusion gradually moving into a state of order and trust that your own intuitive solutions will come at the right time to give birth to what you desire, in a way that is uniquely perfect for you.

A huge thanks to my friend Mariana Trapera for recommending the books Wild Feminine and Vagina.  You can read her blog here:  http://thejuicyyears.blogspot.com.au/

Images: инна цукахина, Botticelli, Dorena Costras


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Transitioning: A How To


tumblr_lg31tvkS8x1qf6jy9o1_500_largeIs it safe to be here on planet earth?  Have you settled in yet?  Or are you packed and thinking of going somewhere more comfortable?  Instead of (consciously or unconsciously) wanting to leave, you could instead choose to learn this week’s immense lesson –  the art of the powerful transition.

Today Pluto and Chiron are communing with each other.  There’s a positive aspect here – it’s an astrological sextile, which is almost as if they are tickling each other to see what might happen.  But hey, it’s Pluto.  And Chiron.  So this is no picnic.  AND the New Moon on 1st March is happening within a few degrees.

The quality of Pluto is rebirth.  Oh, and did I mention the death part?  There’s a strong and deep current of transformation that Pluto demands of us.  We simply MUST release what is worn out and not going to support us as we journey on.  No point taking the old currency into the new country!  Pluto and our ego do not make the best of friends. Just when our ego feels we have our personality all sorted out – hey, sure, I know exactly who I am now! – along comes Pluto, smiling quietly to himself, Really?  How intriguing! 

The most fascinating thing about Pluto is in his demotion to dwarf planet.  Or rather, his return to his natural family.    Pluto is now the gateway to our galactic selves.   And creation happens differently out there.  It’s not about dying and being reborn.  It’s more about constantly shedding and creating.  Each moment is a new act of creation.  There is much less need to let go because at this level of consciousness change is the constant.  We are less attached to the way things should be, the way they’ve always been.  Because there is no always in this place. There is only now.

This Pluto/Chiron event is about shifting into that ‘only now’ consciousness.  Not that we shouldn’t be planning, not that we can just shrug off any responsibility.  But there is a different quality.  NOW informs us.  NOW is created by you and I according to our relationship with the divine.  NOW is what we have, the pivot point. According to Robert Tennyson Stevens, the Hopi didn’t have a word for now because they couldn’t get out of now to have to use the world now to get back to now!



Pluto is in the Root Centre, in Gate 38.4, which deals with feeling isolated and cut off, an outsider, and what we feel pressured to give up in order to be accepted, loved, included.  It’s fine to make compromises in any relationship, but not to the point where we damage our own integrity.  You may be experiencing this activation more strongly this week due to the connection between the Root and the Heart Centre, and particularly because the Sun and Earth are in 40/37, a channel that deals with our experience of being supported both emotionally and materially.

This brings up the issue of how well we feel attached to our ‘tribe’ – our family, our friends and our lovers – and how much fear/panic/pressure we feel to act out of integrity through not feeling securely attached. There is recent research that indicates our capacity for feeling securely attached affects every aspect of our lives, and that it is almost impossible for us to succeed if we are unconsciously seeking support and feel unable to get it.

With my Chiron in 37, this has been a huge illumination for me this week.  While I was aware of a general feeling of lack of support, I have been really tuning into the impact that feeling has on my life and I have been stunned at how subtle and pervasive it is.

So, let’s go have a look at Chiron.  Discovered in 1977, Chiron was the original self help guru.  He brought us a new message – if something isn’t working in your life, best you go take a look inside yourself.  Chiron is a spiritual teacher, and he teaches through pointing out where we are wounded and where we need to go within our own psyche to heal that wound.

Chiron is transiting in the Head Centre right now, up in Gate 63.2.  This is a transitional gate – we’re done here, we’re already across the river, we’ve committed ourselves and made the transition.  BUT, the changes are still only internal, they are not yet reflected in our lives.  Here is the wound.  We must stay committed to the transition we are seeking, and continue to make small changes in our outer lives till they match our inner lives.  In this way we prevent the old ways slipping back in.  There’s a discipline to that. Sometimes the inner changes can be fairly easy but making those shifts in our outer lives is much harder.  It seemed like a good idea in theory, but now we realise all that we will loose and all the new challenges we must face.

We might swoon over having the perfect love, but what does it take to create such a thing in our lives?  A new baby sounds so romantic, but look at the upset to our routine and our personal ambitions!  When we come up against challenges that clash with our idea of how it should all be panning out, we can take it as a defeat.  It’s not. Rather than see failure and lose our optimism we can simply recognise that there is a small death of ego happening, and that we are being re-routed to a more favourable pathway to make our dreams come true.

We simply cannot become powerful co-creators until we get this message.  It’s not all smooth sailing.  It requires some effort on our part.  Some of it is uncomfortable. And sometimes we think we know the way and try to push on.  But very likely, that’s because we have fallen for the belief that we’re doing it alone and have to overcome (our self created) obstructions of  ‘that’s not who I am’ or ‘it wasn’t supposed to be this way’.

Lucky, lucky, lucky for us we have Panacea in Gate 45 right now.  The Goddess of Universal Remedy, Panacea has the capacity to completely solve large and complex problems.  Gate 45 relates to money and relationships and it’s core meaning is that you are the centre of your own universe and an integral part of the whole. There is no better than or worse than.  You are unique and it’s all about what you choose to invest your attention in, and what you seek to create.

With Chiron in the Head Centre, take some time this week to tune into your guidance.  There is an abundance of support for this transition coming in from those ‘higher’ realms, and you really are not expected to know how to do this on your own.


Divine Calling


What soul agreement did you make when you agreed to come here and be a part of these momentous times?  What made it worth your while taking on such a dense vehicle – the human body and emotional system?  What excited you enough that you said YES! when asked if you wanted to be a part of it all?

Gate 55, where the Sun and Neptune are today, is the gate of ABUNDANCE!!!  They create a channel with Jupiter, planet of expansion.  Neptune takes us to more spiritually refined aspects of anything it touches.  Neptune in the Gate of Abundance is part of the reason why our monetary system is shifting so radically both within and without.  It’s why your personal relationship with money – and the concept of money – is changing and refining and upscaling.

Vesta, conjunct the destiny bound North Node, is another reason.  Travelling with the Great Mother planet Ceres, she has been shifting us out of our belief in slavery, in working for the man, even in doing things that don’t call to our soul.  Vesta represents our path of service, what we are devoted to achieving on the soul level.  She brings a return to sovereignty, a sense of integral self that is fully aligned with our personal values.  She is the representation in the design of the Vestal Virgins – the temple priestesses who were the servants only of their own God(dess), and would never belong to any human person or institution.  She represents the body as vehicle for devotion to spirit.  And such a body can never be a slave, it shines with light.




As the Sun joins Neptune in the gate of Abundance today, here’s a few questions you might like to ponder:

What are you called on to do?

What are you resisting, even though you know it will bring more abundance?

Where are you choosing duty, service, self sacrifice over the calling of your own soul?

How might your mountains dissolve in molehills if you consider them within a larger story and a bigger picture?

It is time for your inner clarity to shift into action, for you to make decisions and take the consequences of them.  Despite what you fear you might lose, you are being given a new charge that leaves no place for sorrow or anxiety.  Alliances are formed and dissolved as we dance and weave our way to a more abundant life.  Trust in your own divinity.

Img:  Tanielle Childers

Marina Podgaevskaya (2)

Coming Home to Love


I want to send a big thank you to the Universe for perfectly lining up Amor, asteroid of kindness, to offset the powerful effect of Mars, Vesta, Ceres and the North Node this week.  We got a huge hit of energy yesterday that surged through all the places where we have memories of being neglected, unsupported and uncared for.  The surge came from Mars (entering Gate 50), who’s need for independence had us passionately hunting down those old wounds and getting the hell out of that painful place!


Marina Podgaevskaya (2)


I’ve been reading Alaya DeNoyelles excellent book The Sovereignty of Love.  She suggests we ask ourselves these questions:

What am I not accepting or telling myself should be different than it is?
Do I have an expectation, judgement of assumption about how it should be?
Am I in my holographic conditioning (stuck in reaction due to past memories) or in my conscious presence?
What do I consciously choose to do now?

Of course, the trick is that when we’re stuck in past memories and can’t see what is happening in the moment through our own self induced fog, we don’t know we’re in a fog.  The clue is that we feel uncomfortable.  With Jupiter and Neptune fogging up our emotions and amplifying our stories right now, the emotional landscape can be a bit confusing.  Where do you feel that things are out of your control?  That’s a good sign that at some stage in your life you’ve been overpowered, and have lost your faith in your ability to create your own reality.  (If you want a reminder that you can and are doing that, try Florence Scovel Shinn’s wonderful book The Game of Life and How To Play It)

As the wonderful Byron Katie tells us, when we fight with reality we always lose.  And when we’re lost in our own fog of painful memory, not matter how justly we feel our right to be there, we are out of alignment with our most powerful, loving and creative self.  It takes a huge effort to release our attachments to this place, but when we do things will always get better.

Let’s head back to Mars for a moment.  Yesterday Mars moved into Gate 50.  Where it bumped in the North Node.  I love this 50/27 channel, it’s so complex and delicious! It connects the Spleen Centre (wellbeing, wisdom of the body) to the Sacral Centre (sexuality, creativity, the home of  our own personal universal creative blueprint).   It is in this relationship that we find a deep and abiding instruction for how to combine our need to express ourselves, to grow and develop and create, with the need to care for ourselves as if we were precious cargo in a multidimensional vehicle.  Which of course we are.

It’s pretty clear to anyone that this combination – success and wellbeing – are not on the same page in our culture.  I remember looking around at the grey hue of the partners of my law firm back when I was a budding young lawyer and thinking .. hmmm  they don’t look healthy or happy, not sure this is the right place for me.

So there’s a feeling that we live in an either / or world. Either success or health, either love or money, either happiness or health.  Mars in Gate 50 is here to tell you that you can have it all.  No need to choose.  In fact if we continue to hold onto the old patterns of neglect and lack of self care, we will be walking away from the true success that life is about to heap on our plates.

Mars and Ceres together tend to stir up the feelings of having our independence thwarted when we were very young.  Does this word ring any bells .. NO!!  

Yes, I thought you would remember that.  Where are you still doing the NO thing on yourself?  Where are you blocking your capacity for nourishment and love and the open innovative spirit of the times?  Don’t assume you know, because right now you don’t.   The North Node is in Gate 50.5, where we are learning to become receptive to a more harmonious way of living.  We are not rigid in our thinking or behaviour, but open and responsive to each moment.  In this way we can always release what no longer serves us.  Open our grip and let it go.  It’s safe to do that now.  It’s time for a return to the body of the feminine, and it’s universal acceptance and love that has been obscured as we tried to make sense of the oh so human behaviour of our (godlike) parents.


Alaya DeNoyelles has a simple exercise to use when we feel blocked from the kindness of real nourishment.  When we feel the dissonance, the discomfort, the sense of disconnection, we can use this process.

Whatever it is that’s causing me to feel …………………

I love you (said to the painful feeling or memory)

Thank you (to the injured and vulnerable part of yourself for taking care of you all these years and for revealing itself now)

Please come home to love  (inviting it to return to a coherent resonance of love)

You can tune into the energy of Amor in Gate 27.  Amor is the divided heart – the duality between the knowledge of universal unconditional love and the need for boundaries on human or earthly love.  It’s about accepting that there is a profound difference between the love we can experience as a universal force of creation and the love we experience in communion with other people.  This combination of planets come together this week to propel us out of the story that we must continue to deny ourselves the boundless care and attention of the universe because we failed to receive it from our parents and caretakers.

What are you reaching for?  What do you need?  What do you want to do now?


Img: marina podgaevskaya


I believe


I woke up this morning feeling sad … really sad.  For no present reason, I’ve got an amazing fun day coming up.  Sadness has always sent me into hiding, as if it was a taboo, something I am not allowed to share with the world.  I decided to love my sadness, to create a new relationship with it.

So I made a list of things I believe in.  It went something like this:

I believe

in my own creative and manifesting power

in my own magic

in ease and positive outcomes

in taking risks and learning from my mistakes

in being open to new ideas, in stretching and growing

in trusting my own emotions and intution

in listening deeply to myself and others

in life, love and liberty. 

I feel better now and I wonder …   what do you believe in?




Great Mother Issues


There’s been a huge rush around the empowerment of women in the past few years.  It’s all wonderful, we’re uplifted and excited about the possibilities.  There’s absolutely no doubt that the women of the world are staking their claim to creating a better future.  The energy of this shift has been getting more powerful in the last 3 months, can you feel it?  Where are we at with that energy right now?  It’s about changing our story about how we keep safe.  It’s about stepping past our familiar boundaries and blessing the day and each person we meet.  It’s about radically expanding our sense of fellowship to all humanity.   It’s about no longer restricting our alliances to ‘people like us’.  The feminine is relative – as in, it holds the energy of relationships on this planet.  There’s stuff to let go of as we reach out to a whole new level of relationship, there’s morphic fields to deconstruct and new lives to create.  We are birthing a new destiny for ourselves and the planet.

Let’s talk astrology for a moment.

For the past few months, Ceres and Vesta have been in the Spleen Centre, connecting in with the Pluto Uranus square energy, and the bridge between Pluto and Neptune.

You can read more about using Ceres and Vesta in Human Design here.

Ceres and Vesta are a part of our inner solar system.  Each of these ‘goddess asteroids’ adds to our capacity to develop our feminine aspects because they refine the energy beyond what is available from the only two feminine points in the standard Human Design chart – the Moon and Venus.

In her groundbreaking book Asteroid Goddesses, Demetra George explains

yin-yang-1Feminine in and of itself does not exist; it is the feminine end of the polarity.   Both women and men have feminine qualities. There are two feminine principles.   The first is the power of growth and fertilization, forces that quicken the life impulse to recreate and sustain itself.  The second principle is the power of transformation, the ability to change one thing into another.

We are experiencing a time of intense transformation.  This shift in intensity is experienced as an increase in pressure, tension and the rate of change until enough energy is generated to provoke a quantum shift in consciousness.  Emotional transformative crises are changing our psychospiritual vibrations so that we may attune our individual frequency to the spiritual core which resonates with the whole of creation.

These asteroids function as modes of personal transformation that link the personal (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) with the collective (Jupiter, Saturn).  They are operating to shift us from the old version of Aquarius – anarchy, chaos and a headlong rush into the new without a sensible incorporation of the old, excessive emphasis on individuality which denies the connection to others – and towards a brotherhood/sisterhood that is networked both to universal consciousness and to each other. This is a fractal reality, where you are always at the centre and simultaneously a beloved part of the whole.

Activation of this feminine psychic energy within each one of us is causing the release of a vast amount of unconscious archetypal material in both men and women.  Much of this material has been trapped within societies stories of women – Juno as the jealous wife for example.  The current transits are drawing us out of the limits of these old stories and into a stage of renewal that draws us out of isolation and into participation.

The asteroid goddesses are literally vehicles of rapidly vibrating birthing energy, both agents of transformation and symbolic keys to our transformation. They represent those experiences and crises which lead to changes in functioning at all levels from biological (brain function, emotions) to spiritual and allow us to open to more collective and cosmic frequencies.

This week the North Node (pulling us through our discomfort and towards our future) moved into Gate 50 and joined Ceres.  This is a Splenic Gate with the energy to shift culture into a new era.  It  brings up all issues relating to how we care for ourselves and others, shifting ancient lineages as it goes.  It creates powerful ripples from society into the personal and from the personal out to society.  Your ability to self care can change the world, just as the shifts to a more caring society can aid you to change your life.  On a very personal level, this is a gate that holds the paradigm for our intimate relationships – to  balance the passion, romance and sexuality with a deeply caring energy towards our partners.

This combination – the North Node and Ceres – inevitably brings up all the dross and detritus of the mother/child relationship.  We can’t be living empowered lives if we’re still stuck in child/adult split, keeping busy fighting a war between the two.  It’s time to get clear about what we want to create in the world, to find people who we can relate to without projection, and to move beyond the established limits of who we are into a much larger personal and collective construct.


Mother issues run very, very deep in our psyche.  They are one of the last taboo’s.  There is something critical to suppressing our pain around our relationship with our mother.  It’s as if we know that the pain of releasing this psychic material will destroy our very existence.   And yet, right now, at this crucial time in the evolution of consciousness, we’re being given the opportunity to open up pandora’s box and find what’s been stuffed inside it and labelled as dangerous.  It’s time to let the light shine upon our deepest darkest wounds and allow them to heal.  These wounds have kept us locked into a projected field of separation from each other, they have created the illusion of lack and struggle and aloneness.  That projected field is now disintegrating as you delete the old stories one by one from your life and move into more physical and emotional intimacy with yourself and others.


Some great books and programs on this topic are:

Will I Ever Be Good Enough by Dr Karyl McBride

CoDependent No More by Melodie Beattie

The Drama Of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

Self Compassion by Kristen Neff

Honouring The Self by Nathaniel Branden

The Intimate Life  by Judith Blackstone PhD

Unlimited Abundance Program by Christie Marie Sheldon


Your Path Of Service Is Emerging

Vesta is also in Gate 50.  This is a double whammy!   Where Ceres represents our biology – how we give birth, how we care for ourselves and others, how we nurture ourselves – Vesta is our spiritual aspect. She represents the path of service that reveals itself in our lives once we achieve wholeness of self.  Vesta transforms confusion into personal commitment.  We cannot properly access the Vesta energy in our design until we have grounded our Ceres nature.  Understanding these two energies is fundamental to realising our true sense of purpose in life.

Vesta is letting you know what your role is as we create this more caring world.  She’s letting you know what is worth keeping and what needs shedding.  She’s bringing your attention to the people, places and things that will support you and guide you to your new sense of purpose.  She’s calling you to step into your destiny, to claim it and create it right now.


 A More Caring World

We literally can’t move forward in our lives unless we are taking exceptionally good care of ourselves.  That means being compassionate for our humanity, trusting our intuition and doing everything our body needs to love being here on this planet.

And let me be clear – this is about your BODY!  This is a physical thing, a shift in your relationship with your body, a return to the physically felt sense of resting in the goddess as Great Mother.   All the suffering, the starvation, the torture and punishment, the cruelty and hardship ….      our ancestors took it all into their DNA and other mother’s did what they could through the generations to keep us safe.  We no longer require that kind of ‘negative’ protection.

What does your new extraordinary life of self-care look like?  Are you having a massage every week?  Eating only organic food?  Will you move to the other side of the country, or would you prefer a pretty cottage nearby?  Will you have new friendships, or deepen existing friendships?  Take a moment to share in the comments what changes you could make to your life right now to more deeply nourish yourself.  Don’t let existing limits get in the way, we are transcending what’s possible, leaping beyond what passes as ‘being realistic’.  Also, don’t be afraid of asking too much or other conditioned responses to our intuitive imaginings.  Your creative powers of manifestation are reaching for a new life, and you can safely get out of the way and allow them to draw something wonderful for you.

When you go to bed at night, spend some time thinking about what you’d like to turn up in your world the next day.  What qualities would you like to embody?  How would you like people to experience you?  When you imprint these thoughts on your mind as you go to sleep your soul will work on them during the night, and that also shifts the collective consciousness and the morphic fields of memory on the planet.

Here’s something I wrote this morning.

From now on I choose to experience my own instincts and emotions, to learn to trust them, to be constantly in relationship with them and to have faith in my ability to continually create a wonderful life for myself.  I choose to be endlessly compassionate for my own humanity and to appreciate the love, beauty and prosperity in each moment of my life. 

There are some special qualities I would like to have turn up more and more each day .. one is absolute health and vitality, a strong and sexy body that is filled with the joy of living.  Another is a curiosity and engagement with change as each moment unfolds for me.

Are there qualities and experiences you would like to have more of in your life?


Img:  suzannesart.com ~ Great Mother


Over the past few days I’ve been working out my new schedule for 2014.  I was originally planning to restrict my coaching clients to 2 per month, but this week I’ve decided to increase that to 4 clients per month.  If you’re ready to upscale your life and need support and guidance, email me now so we can talk about how you can benefit from working 1:1 with me, and having personal access to my 10 years of experience in bringing the genius of Human Design into people’s lives and business.  I have some places to start immediately and 2 for a March start.  Come play in the feminine possibilities! 


Is Your Comfort Zone Worn Out Yet?


There’s a whole lot of limitations in your life that just don’t make sense anymore.  It’s as if you’ve worn them out through using them to often to keep yourself small and it’s kind of hard to even remember why you believed in them in the first place!  Comfort zones are collapsing around us and a bright shiny new world is presenting itself.

Most of the transformation is happening in the Spleen Centre, with Jupiter acting as a healing bridge to the emotions.   Pluto in 38 and Jupiter in 39 – twin gates that work in polarity as they gain each other’s measure – is clearing deep ancestral distrust of the unknown.  Strange ideas, strange faces, strange accents, strange situations …  the whole concept of ‘stranger danger’ is built into our DNA since the days when we spent a lifetime surrounded by only a handful of familiar and familial faces doing the same things we’d been doing every day for thousands of years.   Back then our comfort zone was small and beyond it were dragons. These days we are at a tipping point and our comfort zone is simply the taking off point for our next adventure.

That comfy place contains all the devils we know and love – fear in particular.  Often we’ve become so accustomed to our own pain and struggle that we believe it is all the world has to offer and don’t see it as something we wrap around us to stay safe.  Moving beyond suffering and struggle takes the courage to face who we might be on the other side and that’s not always comfortable!

Another big deal is finding techniques to let go of the past.  We’re so accustomed to emotional processing, trying to find the reason for things, to understand our pain, to unlock our karma and free ourselves from repeating cycles.  This profound activation to the Spleen Centre is bringing us closer to the source, relieving us from the need to process mentally or emotionally.  As we feel discomfort in our body we can make a clear choice to step beyond the limiting belief and into a greater sense of self.  Try it yourself.  Whenever something bugs you in the next few days, watch how you try to understand it, how you create a story to hold it.  This is not how our mind and emotions are designed to operate, and this binding up of our precious and powerful resources in looping around the pain again and again simply keeps us oblivious of what we could be doing instead!

So, back to the thing that’s bugging you.  Can you feel it in your body?  Or in the space around your body?  Try saying something like .. Thank you.  I’m done.  I release you.  It works best if you expand into a big sense of self.  You can do this by saying something like “I am the powerful centre of the Universe, the pure personification of Love and Light”  (okay, that’s my personal favourite!).   And then do the releasing again – Thank you. I’m done.  I release you.  And then get on and do something that makes you feel really amazing.

The main thing I want to share with you here is this – you don’t deserve to suffer, you are not being punished, you do not have to learn anything.  It’s time to be free and get big!

Because ….

I want to do the teenage girl thing here ……  OMG!  I LOVE what Ceres and Vesta are doing in the Spleen Centre!  Today Ceres is in Gate 50.1 asking what nourishes you.  Really, is it the things you were taught to take into your life?  Is it the food pyramid?  Hours at the gym?  Eating all your broccoli?  You are the only person on this planet who knows what’s best for you.

You have an inbuilt intuitive knowing of what to take into your life – whether it be food, people, situations.  You experience the knowing in your body and emotions and you are the worlds foremost authority.  In fact the worlds only authority!   One interesting experience I had during 2013 was watching my ongoing anxiety – something I struggled with for years – dissolve into a simple separation from my own conscious knowing of what I wanted in my life.  Which created a separation from my body and spirit.  It was, quite literally, separation anxiety!

And it’s not just about health.  To quote Hilary Barrett (as I have been known to do on occasion!):

It means not only what you eat, but all the processes and structures that sustain nourishment, physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual .. all creating and re-creating your individual ecosystem to sustain and shape you.   Call on your constancy and steady clear persistence in honouring what truly sustains you. (South Node in Gate 27, which is creating a channel with Ceres). 

This marks a new beginning.  The sacred vessel is cast and used in great ceremonies that inaugurate a new dynasty.  This is a stable robust foundation for a new life and also the vessel or crucible where you can expect to be transformed and remade.

There is so much old material coming up now to be released.  Please stay attentive to releasing it rather than trying to work through it.  Keep your gaze firmly on the promise of a new life and your own long term goals.  There is something fresh and new, something profoundly nourishing coming into your life and that is what requires your attention – it is this new ‘era’ that needs to be nourished.  The negative material is simply in the process of  Exiting Stage Left, don’t be confused into trying to get it to hang around for one last encore!   And don’t buy into the old idea of limitations.  Trust is the bridge, and it’s time to get really good at it!

Vesta, oh how I love her!  Vesta is in Gate 32.3 right now, joined by the radiant Venus in Gate 54.  Right there is the Goddess A Team!  If you’ve been filled with an uplifting sense of abundance and financial change in the past month or two it’s partly because of Neptune and Jupiter activating the Gate of Abundance.  And Ceres passing through Gate 32.  And now, this Vesta and Venus combo is adding the icing to the cake.

Vesta has a lot to do with money. Firstly, she represents your Path of Service or Life Calling in your personal chart.  So when she turns up with Venus in a transit we can expect a radical shift as we feel more deeply into our own personal values and discover a renewed sense of career purpose.  Secondly, Vesta has a strong connection to the Goddess Temples which were custodians of the communal wealth.  It was held in trust for the entire community and the idea of inequality, trickle down or not receiving succour (or health care) was unimaginable.  This is not a return to socialism but rather a dynamic shift in our own attitude to money that will, over time, shift the entire global financial system.

The channel in which we find Vesta and Venus this week has a couple of important clues for us. It shifts us beyond a fear of failure because we are so strongly attracted to our calling.  It slows us down so we can stay in our body for the journey. Yes … slows us down .. please don’t rush just now!  We can do this one step at a time and you won’t miss out on one juicy morsel along the way!  And it has an instinctive understanding of what we can transform.  Fuelled by Jupiter, there’s a lot of people feeling the call to make a lot more money right now.  That’s part of the transformation of the economy that is shifting from the pyramid economy, where all the money is held by a few people, to a fractal economy, where money moves along relationship lines being attracted to the greatest areas of transformation.  We don’t need to go fast so much as boldly in line with our most amazing dreams.

Can you feel your dreams taking on more substance?

There’s one last thing I want to share with you.  The Spleen Centre is all about the Libran quality of balance.  That’s because every gate but two in the Spleen Centre are in Libra.  (The exceptions –  Gates 28 and 44 are in Scorpio).  Over the past few weeks I’ve been experiencing the imbalance of giving and receiving in my life.  I can feel in my body if I’m giving or receiving when it’s not right to do so.  As much as my mind tries to override me, my body is attuning me to a greater sense of honesty.  Can you feel the imbalances more easily just now?

This magical time of unfurling is very precious.  Enjoy!




I’ll be sharing my program for 2014 at the beginning of February.  I will be taking 2 coaching clients each month.  February is already booked out. Email me if you’d like a place in March.


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Sitting On The Edge Of What’s Known



This week I went to lunch with a group of women and one of them asked us …  how do you experience the difference between your masculine and feminine sides?  The women went on to talk about their masculine as the breadwinner, out there in the world making things happen and bringing home the bacon.  They identified their feminine side with intuition, feelings and a desire to care.  One of them explained she was having a year off.  “Off what?”  I asked.  The obvious answer was ‘off work’, but the deeper answer is that she is having a year off from being in her masculine side that gets up every morning and goes out in the world, leaving the intuitive, feeling, caring side of her nature at home.

This split bedevils our world.  In her book Approaching The Corporate Heart, Margot Cairnes describes the corporate high flyers she works with in her consultancy as well trained and highly disciplined.  She also describes them as the living dead.  They have learned that in order to succeed they have to suppress their own feelings, to spare little time for their emotional and spiritual growth.  In a quest to create the world, they put their souls and emotions on hold.

This will never turn out well!

I had a similar experience.  As a young lawyer on the verge of a junior partnership I found myself one Friday evening sitting in the boardroom with the senior partners, obligatory glass of whisky in hand.  Part of me felt like I was approaching a place of personal power.  But then, as I sat sipping my drink, I realised how grey these men were.  Their hair was grey, their faces were grey, their very demeanor was grey.  In that moment I made a choice.  I was never going to end up like those men, successful but only half alive.  A few weeks later I collapsed at work and that was the end of that era of my life!


We’ve arrived at a turning point in the evolution of humanity, Gaia, and consciousness itself.  At a personal level this turning point is all about connecting with what’s within us.  We can’t go on ignoring our feelings, our bodies, our heart and soul.  Even those of us with many years on a spiritual path are still conditioned away from trusting what our inner awareness tells us.  Can we trust it?  Will we be safe?  How will we survive?

Life seeks always to expand.  The very universe itself is constantly expanding.  But seemingly we have exhausted all our resources on this planet, and now we must contract in order to survive.  Governments are cutting back on spending on education.  Health care is unaffordable.  People are losing their homes and their jobs.  Perhaps, the thinking goes, if we make ourselves smaller there may be enough to go around.  If we deny ourselves, surrender the bliss of our personal desires, we may just manage to survive.

The people telling this story are corporate and government leaders.  They are fighting so hard to retain their simplistic linear way of thinking and operating that they are blinded to the possibilities inherent in the world being transformed around them.  They are creating a myth of doom and gloom that arises from a mind that has no connection to the magnificence of what surrounds it.

The marvellous Charles Eisenstein tells a different story.  In The Ascent of Humanity, he says:


I experience such an odd mix of emotions whenever the latest symptom of financial, political or ecological collapse comes onto my radar screen.  On the one hand I feel dread; on the other, a kind of gratification or even gleeful excitement.  I hope you will not think ill of me if I confess that sometimes, when a promising catastrophe fails to materialize, I feel a little disappointed.  

Such contradictory feelings are common among those working to create a more beautiful world.  We want the same thing that we fear: the end of our world and the beginning of a new.  Our seemingly perverse desire for the world to end is more than just a Freudian death wish; it is our yearning to be born.


Right now two dwarf planets – Vesta and Ceres – are making a channel with the Sun in Gate 10.  They are creating a field of sensitivity that may be eliciting feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger and general discomfort in your body.  And perhaps particularly in your heart.  This is the mind-body split at it’s most potent.  We may feel that something is wrong with the world, that we are alone, separate, isolated when the truth is that it’s our body we have separated out from – the spirit of our physicality.    And it is this separation of self that is actually creating the fear, the anxiety, the sadness.

This is a highly complex evolutionary manoeuvre.  At this moment we are attempting to integrate our highly tuned, ancient fear-based survival instincts with our high functioning conscious neo-cortex.  We are bringing this modern part of our brain into our bodies and saying .. yes, it’s safe here.  The nightmares you have been experiencing are not a real threat, they are part of the fear frequency on this planet.  You are a part of nature and your intuition, your body, is where that connection is made.  If you don’t want to be living in the fear frequencies, you can make a choice to tune into your intuition instead.  Your body wants to move, to be juicy and alive, to smell and touch and taste.  It is showing you how to step out of survival and into paradise.

Ceres represents our capacity for nurturing and nourishing ourselves.  She also triggers any sense of deprivation in relationships.  Ceres calls us to connect with our own internal mothering and to reach out to the Great Mother.  Spend some time just letting your body call the shots today, allow your mind to follow it’s lead.  You’ll find that much of your anxiety and indecision is resolved. As we connect more deeply with this energy we can shift our resources from the victim energy, and from the need to defend ourselves, into more creative pathways.  And that’s where Vesta comes in.

Vesta represents our devotion to our path of service.  She can also represent our sexual sovereignty – ownership of our sexual selves. Right now so many people are letting go of their pain and waking up to the gifts they have to offer the world. It is truly miraculous to consider the changes we are on the cusp of creating – the healing, the creativity, the new ideas for living a healthy and happy life.  This healing and growth is coming directly from connecting to the ancient Goddess cultures that are infusing our lives with a body based bliss. Despite the possibility that our external world doesn’t provide either nourishment or a path of service that matches our internal frequency of desire, we find the capacity to stay true to what we feel within.  We are not seeking an active outcome, simply acting in each moment from the root of ourselves.  This makes our path smooth and our treading harmonious.




Until now we believed in certain limits as if they were a physical reality, but we are about to find ourselves expanding beyond them.  In times of expansion we need an anchor, and that anchor is our physical intuition. When we are confident of our innate integrity, we are able to traverse new worlds while growing into our own unique pattern. Your body is unfreezing, releasing old fear patterns.  Move it gently, wildly, freely.  As much as possible, release your mental hold over your body and allow it’s innate wisdom to return to your day to day life.


Creating New Culture

Jupiter and Saturn are major players in the current cosmic scene.  They are the planets that we use to build culture – Jupiter is our ‘religion’ and Saturn our ‘economy’.  Saturn is making a channel with dwarf planet Sedna, which is in Gate 23.  The essential concept here is sustainability.  What are the limits of growth? Do we need to get smaller in order to survive or can we expand our own consciousness and allow our world to respond accordingly.  I’ll write more on sustainability soon, but right now the essence is to see our own pattern of expansion rather than to buy into these horrid logic mind ideas of linear growth.  As we bring the feminine intuitive senses back into the game of life, dimensional doorways open and the rules shift.  Some astrologers see Saturn as representing the return of the Goddess – the wise Grandmother. Expect miracles.

Jupiter is retrograde at the moment, which means we have to make our own luck by acting on opportunities as they arise.  Our intuition is strong, our only task to ensure we are acting from our wellbeing, rather than fear and survival instincts.  The one supports our growth, the other makes us shrink down to nothing.  On 6th January, Jupiter will shift back to Gate 39, creating a channel with Neptune and a circuit with Pluto and the North Node.  Believe me, this one will take hold of our world!  We’ll have Pluto, Neptune, Jupiter all connecting to the North Node (destiny), in a pair of channels that are about reacting out of fear to people and situations.  Or the alternative, to open up to new opportunities and diverse people and situations.  At the DNA level this is shifting the tribal fears of the unknown, allowing us a greater field of play in the fractal of relationships we are creating.



These two channels will be in play until the end of January.  Movement of the body and emotions will shift the fear and bring you into alignment with your joy.  I’ll write more on this specific alignment next week.


What’s seeking to be born

I believe this turning point will shift us into a third age of consciousness.  The first age was the matriarchy.  Evidence suggests that phase was communal, peaceful and creative.  It relished art, beauty and the sensual body. Women ruled and men gained power through marriage.   The second age was the patriarchy, which began when the horse people swept down from the North.  They viewed themselves as superior people because of their ability to conquer more peaceful people, and they revered their aggressive warriors and the priestly caste of high standing.  They relished heroes, the mind and achievement.  The matriarchal times were communal. The patriarchal times celebrated the individual.

I acknowledge this is a Euro-centric view of reality, but I believe it’s the dominant evolutionary creative principle in our lives at this moment.  We have entered a time when these two polarities – the feminine and the masculine – are realising what they can create together.  And in their powerful embrace, something wonderful is seeking to be born.  That wonderful newling is a way of being that effortlessly blends our so called masculine and feminine.  In other words we can create a life that is successful and satisfying through connecting with our inner awareness.  We are learning that when we allow our every day self to be guided by our inner knowing good things happen.

This seems obvious, but even though of us who consider ourselves very aware are still struggling with this concept.  Deep down in our cells is the belief that our feelings and our intuition are just waiting to lead us astray, that they are working against, rather than for, our greater good.  Why else would we have to work so hard to tune in?  This idea is easy to say .. oh so easy to say .. and yet much more difficult to live.  We are entering the complex and mysterious world of chemical messengers, brain frequencies, the effects of intimacy on mood, a whole new subtle way of understanding what it means to be a conscious human in the 21st century.  We are beginning an experiment in living that is beyond anything humanity has experienced before.

Pallas Athene in Gate 64 just now adds to this picture.  When Pallas arose fully formed from her father’s head she had no need of time to develop.  The patriarchy needed her blessing and she had to go to war!  Pallas brings such incredible gifts of wisdom and understanding that have, for the past 2,000 years, been used for the benefit of the warlike pattern of growth.  Pallas the weaver is about to begin a new story that returns her to the root of her feminine wisdom and to her mother Metis, the triple goddess.  Gate 64 is both the end and the beginning, and Pallas is both a warrior and a wise woman.  She knows exactly what needs to be done.

Back to Margot Cairne.  In her video The Mediocrity Trap, she tells how corporate warriors resist their emotions. Not logically, not from a clear space of arguing that they are unnecessary. But from fear of the breakdown in their reality that will inevitably occur once their feelings breach the wall.  One of the most common questions I get asked in personal sessions is How do I feel my feelings?  Being able to access our own inner awareness is a millenium tool.   It brings a breakdown in our existing reality, and great responsibility for creating the world anew.

Once we start tuning in, then what?  If we all turn into navel gazing flower children, who will run the world?  That would be you.  Because it’s not about tuning in for the sake of dropping out.  It’s about dropping in. As we begin to access this powerful inner guidance (represented by the feminine polarity) we must also begin to act on it (the masculine pole).  We can no longer look outside ourselves for directions on where to go, what to do and when to do it.  At this point in our evolution, these choices are ours alone.

This brings us to the very edge of the known world.  Because, right here and right now, our understanding of what it means to be a human being shifts.  The structures we have relied on – the mother and the father – the nurturing and the providing – are being given over into our hands.  No more goddess and gods to look out for us.  We must own the place within ourselves where we have been orphaned, where we haven’t received what we’ve needed to thrive. It’s time to step beyond the hurt and the woundedness. We have completed that part of our journey. We are on the cusp of taking these powerful capacities for creation, and learning how to make them our own.

Acting on our intuition and feelings is a new way of being.  We can no longer map ‘reality’ through knowing the rules of the patriarchal structure – that things will always be this way and we can rely on them.  We are standing on the cusp of the unknown.  It’s up to us to create what happens next.  Step by step.



After decades of dedicated personal work, it’s time for women to step into their powerful healing work.  So many others are waking up and they need you to show them the way.

If you feel called to create a new, fulfilling and purposeful business that calls out everything that is unique and beautiful in you, then this is your time.  It’s so important for you to understand – it really matters!

I have two places available in the Flourishing Business Coaching Program, beginning in the first week of February.  It’s time for you to be all that you can be.


Saturn activates Sedna and focuses attention on our oceans



I was watching an update on the Fukishima nuclear situation a few days ago.  They have so much contaminated water and have decided to dump it into the ocean.  I wondered why that would be considered a better option than just dumping it in a field somewhere and letting it soak into the soil. Why, in 2013, do we still have this crazy idea that once something sinks into the depths of the ocean it no longer exists.  It’s a bit like a baby who cries when you hide their toy – as if it simple ceases to exist when it’s out of view!


Sedna is a dwarf planet that represents our relationship with the oceans.  And tomorrow – at 8pm UT on 16th December – Saturn shifts into the Gate of Breakthrough and creates a channel with Sedna. Expect to hear more about the Fukishima decision, and other activities affecting the wellbeing of our oceans and the creatures who live in it.

And right on cue, the Australian Government has made a shocking decision to give the go ahead to one of the largest coal ports in the world ….  right next to the Great Barrier Reef.  With over 3000 individual reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world, and the only living structure that can be seen from space.  Somehow they’ve managed to convince themselves that the port will actually benefit the reef .. go figure!!



The channel being activated connects the Ajna to the Throat, it’s a channel of mental expression that takes our existing understanding apart and restructures it. With it’s sudden ah ha! moments and bursts of new insight, this should be a very interesting time.  Saturn doesn’t like falling apart, he’s much more of a holding things together kind of guy, but in this position he has no choose but to let go of his existing reality and allow change to happen.  We could certainly be in for a period of being considered to be speaking nonsense because we jumped out of the old box.  And it’s likely to be uncomfortable on a personal level too, because there is some Saturn inside of each one of us trying to hold tight to what’s comfortable and known.

Saturn builds healthy structures on the material plane, so by the time he moves on – in November 2014 – many people will have taken a stand (Gate 43) for the health of our oceans and a sustainable culture and created a significant difference in the world.


You can’t see Sedna, she doesn’t show up on the standard Human Design chart, but she’s been transiting in Gate 23 – Splitting Apart – since 2004 and will stay there till 2014.   Saturn is likely to bring attention to the activities of business and how they impact on our oceans.  Whaling, the fishing industries, even tourism and it’s impact could be in the spotlight.

On a personal level we may find blocked and frozen emotions get stuck in our throat. Sudden new insights are likely to break through our old way of thinking, releasing new energy into our life.

You can read more about Sedna here.  Saturn remains in this Gate until 6th November 2014, when he shifts into Gate 14.

Have you noticed any tightness in your throat already?


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New Moon December 2013 – Shimmy and Shake Your Way Free


New Moon 11+Scorpio, Gate 9.6.
Sunday 3rd December 00:22 UT, 11:22am Sydney, Sunday 2nd December 7:22pm Eastern


What a year it’s been!  Are you able to see what you’ve achieved?  Have you noticed how you’ve been slowly learning that you need to do things a bit differently?

We are learning to see our achievements clearly, and to acknowledge our capacity to change the direction of our own lives.  As we begin to see what has been stored up through small actions taken one after the other, we learn how to make use of that potential.  If we think of our lives as nothing more than a string of small and ineffectual acts we miss the significance of our actions and the deep change they can create.   We need to learn how small actions can change our lives, building up over time into something great.  When we can be in the moment, carefully tending something, no matter how small it might be, we create a shift in our own lives and in the trajectory of life on earth.   It’s a movement away from the hero archetype that calls us to greatness.  The greatness is in the attention to what calls our curiosity

This is different behaviour to what went before.  When we trust in our smallest efforts to have an impact we can relax, do less, achieve more.  We can move past obstacles, step by blockages, resolve conflict.




It’s important not to stay trapped in the pain of  ‘if only’.  Recognise what you have stored up and what use you could make of it.  Sometimes this means to let go of unnecessary details, to step into a broader flow of understanding.  Usually it means allowing our attention to be drawn to what’s next, rather than staying stuck in old patterns or diverting ourselves from what’s really important.

There is something about the ego in this New Moon, something that will become more obvious in January.  It has to do with the ego’s need to hold tight to a smaller view of ourselves, even though some part of us believes in a more expansive self.

The Sun and Moon are in the Gate of the Small (9).  This gate releases magical intention when we focus on what triggers our curiosity and enthusiasm.  Each moment is a new beginning, a new creation.  What you focus your attention on creates your actions. Each action you take is of vast importance to the evolution of humanity.

Dwarf planet Ceres is in Gate 48, significant because in this position she acts as a bridge between Pluto and the North Node, and the Earth in the Gate of Enthusiasm (16).   There is a deep and intense fear triggered through this connection. You may find that external events trigger a need for you to face your fears this week.  Rather than sticking with the old pattern of trying to control things or avoiding them all together (la la land), allow the sense of whatever is going on for you to penetrate deeply.  The fear may be something that feels overwhelming, controlling even malevolent.  It may feel very uncomfortable. That’s because we’re deep in the cellular level of the body here.  We are accustomed to dealing with fear as an emotion or an instinct, but Gate 48 is fear held in the body and it is an unfamiliar experience to actually become aware of it.  After all, we put it there in the first place because we didn’t want to be aware of it!

Rest into your fear.  Sigh and release.  Drop down.  Here is a place where we all meet as a collective.  There are no good guys or bad guys.  I have found this fear to be very uncomfortable, but allowing my breath to be deep and slow has released energy that’s probably been trapped all my life.

Sitting next to Ceres in Gate 48 are two asteroids – Hybris and Achilles.  Hybris relates to our expectations about what we will achieve in life, and the possibility of our banking on it.  Achilles has, I believe, a triple layer function.  In the deepest layer we feel, deep down, that we are wonderful and magical and all powerful in our own lives.  Then in the middle layer we are anxious about how we may be received in a world that may not agree with our innate knowing of our own goodness and inherent value.  The top layer, our face to the world,  is one that tries to cover up our anxiety by pretending to be the very thing we know ourselves to be deep down.  It’s the fake version of the deepest layer.  Astrology Eric Francis has suggested that Achilles represents false confidence, that we pretend we are not confident when we really are.  This has played out in my experience of working with people on their Achilles in their Design, but I do believe there are three layers at work here, not two.

I was so surprised years ago when a friend said that the ego self was more likely to play small than to play big.  After all, that amazing creature, the ego, is most interested in keeping us safe and what better way than to be unthreatening. In our smallness we cling to many small details, fearing that if we release our grip on them we will become unhinged from reality, step too far into the flow of life and be swept away.   Our mind (which is a great partner of the ego) has it’s regular pathways, the habits of a lifetime that make up who we are.  Change and growth requires new behaviour.


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Newly discovered minor planet Orius is conjunct the Sun and Moon, in Gate 9.5.  Based on the work of astrologer Philip Sedgwick, I consider Orius to represent a deeper and simpler way of knowing that comes from inner awareness rather than external props like fancy clothes, fast cars, sexy partners and high status careers.  Without these props we can feel disoriented, as our sense of identity is stripped away.  I remember feeling this way when I first became ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and realised I could no longer work as a lawyer.  Who would I be?  I had no idea.  It was quite frightening at the time.  Orius calls us to be alert to the changes that are taking place, and to allow our own insight to form the structure of our reality.

This week’s New Moon calls us deeply into relationship with our body.  Pluto has finished in Gate 58, where he helped us begin to shake up the cellular patterns that we were stuck in.  This week’s New Moon calls out that new capacity by asking us to move – stretch, walk, dance, roll around, jump, skip.  Whatever you DO, include your body.  Find new ways to move, small ways to change the way you move, different shapes and colours and smells and sounds of movement.  I just bought a yoga hammock so I can hang upside down!

Regardless of possible challenges we can take the time to see that many potential threats to our existence are actually blessings in disguise.  Rather than react from fear we can allow a deep transformation to occur by responding to the threat slowly and with great awareness.  We can move our body in response to any feelings of anxiety, fear, discomfort.  Shimmy, shake, slide, swing.  They only need to be small movements, gentle movements.  In this way we find the true blessing being offered to us, because our bodies get to move through the process.  We are breaking down so much old structure.  We are creating personal sanctuary within our own bodies.  This process works very deeply on our wounds of abandonment and betrayal within the family, wounds that have cut us off from each other and from our capacity to be at home on the planet and even in our own bodies.

One major benefit of this process is that we will be more grounded in reality, and no longer over or underestimate what we can achieve and who we can be.   Our natural enthusiasm will be authentic and false enthusiasm no longer necessary.  Because even in our bodies, we feel safe enough to stand our own ground.    The overpowering and malevolent threats of the past are cut down to size and we realise we can easily move past them without dying.

On 9th January Jupiter shifts to Gate 39, and both channels will be activated until 31st January, when the Node shifts.  Mars will be in 57 almost that entire period, until 24th January.  The Centaur Asbolus will be in Gate 20 during this time, giving the energy of letting go of old concepts of success.

The Root Centre corresponds with Malkuth in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.  This is the place where we walk on the earth plane.  This is the place where we bring our godself to material reality. During this period we can turn our gaze from the difficulties of the past and face the future.  Here is where we are creating!


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November Full Moon – Are You Ready To Leap?

Full Moon in Gate 8 line 1 (26 Taurus), Sun in Gate 14 line 1 (26 Scorpio).  Sunday November 17th at 3.15pm UT, 7.15am PST, 1015 EST.  Monday 18th November at 2.15am Australian Eastern.

This week’s Full Moon asks one question.

Are you ready to embrace your true purpose?   

Whether Wall Street knows it or not, the economic field on this planet is shifting irrevocably.  Power is shifting, money is shifting, the very concept of ‘success’ is shifting.

Once upon a time, being a success meant fitting in.  Doing the right thing.  Working hard and paying your dues.

That kind of success wasn’t really success.  It was actually something quite different.  It was mediocrity – a fear of success – disguised as the freedom to make your way.  The ‘way’ however, was never your way.  That ‘way’ was predetermined and designed to keep you powerless.

We are stepping into a fresh new fractal alignment on this Full Moon.  One that brings the pure joy of expressing your true nature.  It’s time to take a leap of faith in yourself and reveal the bright diamond of light that you truly are.

Here’s what’s happening.

The Full Moon is in Gate 8 – The Gate of Contribution – a place where our ability to express our unique individual creative possibilities are released into the world.  But there’s so much more than your individual shiny self illuminating the world.  This is a gate about relationships.  It’s about sincerity.  In particular, how we can create a new world by being sincere AND being uncompromisingly ourselves.  “Pour your sincerity into the community as when filling an empty well bucket with pure water.   People will join the union.”  (Master Huang)

This is a pure, almost childlike, impulse towards relationship that springs from overflowing sincerity and trust.  True understanding of our place in the world flows from here.

The end that comes from this, bringing more good fortune, is a completion and rounding off and also a beginning.  True understanding grows from here.”  (Hilary Barrett)

Venus is conjunct Pluto –  in the Gate of Diversity (38).  You might also know it as the Gate of the Fighter.  Well, the fighting can stop now.  When our energy was bound up in struggling and fighting to survive as individuals we were blind to the incredible prosperity that flows from coming together and exploring how to value our diversity.

Venus calls out the immense personal power that Pluto brings to your door, and shows how to use it to attract into your life the wealth that is naturally yours to claim.  The forces of opposition that have kept us locked in mental confusion about our true nature are breaking down.  We are coming together in sincerity, sharing our natural gifts, creating a new world that is based on respect for diversity.

Pluto is square Uranus –  showing us that we can stop fighting endlessly for our freedom and move into a whole new phase of self expression.  Richard Rudd talks about finding ‘the right fight’ – learning the difference between fighting resistance rather than simply observing and overcoming obstacles.  When we point ourselves towards our own goals, find creative ways to overcome the limitation and obstacles we will naturally meet on the way, we are empowered and invigorated rather than exhausted.

An added bonus (actually the reason we even engage in the struggle in the first place) is that we discover others who are our natural allies and without whom we couldn’t even make the journey, let alone achieve our goals.

Uranus is in Gate 17.6 and Pluto in Gate 38.1.

Vesta is conjunct Makemake –  in the Gate of Pushing Upwards (46).  Dwarf planet Makemake presents you with a paradox.  There is your starry self – the wild one who knows the way.  And there is your cultivated self – the one who believes it has all the answers.  The first is a force for universal creation – the breakthrough into a new cycle.  The second is a force for destruction in the name of ‘progress’.

Vesta represents the return of all resources – including our sacral energy (our creativity and sexuality) – to the sacred realms.  She calls us to remember a time when abundance was natural and communal.  She asks us to treat ourselves as divine containers for the life force energy that pulses through us.

To do this, we need to own it, and to make more conscious choices about how we channel it.

To do this, we need to step into the emptiness that is the void from which our own creativity arises.  We need to let go of having all the answers, or trusting those who tell us that they will keep us safe.  They are lying now, and always have been.


Makemake and Vesta are conjunct the Super Galactic Centre. At it’s core, this energy can feel like an immense emptiness. This is an emptiness that can only be filled by joining into a much bigger picture.  Transits to the Super Galactic Centre can bless us with a quick joyride into the wonderful realm of our own most potent essential nature.   To get on that ride we have to ditch the addictive behaviours that we’ve picked up as a way of avoiding our fear of emptiness, and dive right into that existential pit of aloneness.

Vesta is about sex and vocation.  She covers the gamut of relationship trajectories in our lives, and how we devote ourselves to them while holding true to our own sacred nature.  Expect major sexual relationship shifts over the next few days, as we shift from death and destruction (trying to heal the wounds and save ourselves from being alone) to life and creativity.

This is a big world and while each one of us harbours ideas of being the centre of the universe, we are really so infintesimally small compared to say … oh, I don’t know ..  a supermassive black hole containing more than 3 trillion stars.  Nevertheless, as the saying goes, you are a cherished child of the universe with a very specific reason for being right here right now.  And right here and right now is exactly the time to claim your essential heritage as a powerful beam of light in the immense trajectory of the evolution of life.  Feel your aloneness and get ready to leap!



To support you to align with the powerful energies we will experience between now and February next year, I am releasing 2 advance places in my 2014 Emergent Human Design program. More