What Spiritual Maturity Looks Like

1016868_10152697445960865_6853315305992183451_nOver the next week we are getting a taste of putting our spiritual big boy and girl pants on.

This week’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse usher in a new era.  We are creating a higher culture that serves a sacred purpose.  To do this we must shed our dependencies at all levels, and step into our creative power as individuals.

We are parachuting in, landing on earth with our spiritual selves intact.  Our consciousness is shifting from created to creator.



Becoming Our Own Creation

I read somewhere not too long ago that only 1% of people know what they truly desire.  That’s not surprising. In the past we’ve lived in a culture that hasn’t encouraged us to look there.  That’s changing as of now.  If we have the faith to set out on new pathways, we MUST know where we are headed. Because the Universe is waiting on us to begin exercising our free will, our consciousness to CREATE!

Our conditioning can totally convince us that we are consciously creating, when what we are really doing is

  • seeking relief from negative conditions - I want to stop feeling this fear,
  • being vague and unconvincing  - I want a better job, a new home,
  • believing we don’t have access to consciously knowing our true desires – I feel confused about it so I’ll wait till it’s clear. 

None of these conditions can continue in our lives if we are to stay on the curling edge of our evolutionary wave. The purpose of this shift is not merely to get rid of our old conditions, but to establish something new and better.  And that’s up to you!  You have to make choices about what you want to create.  You can’t be leaving it up to the Universe anymore, because YOU ARE the Universe!  You are your God Self.  You are Mighty and Powerful.  You are all of those qualities you have been projecting onto the creative principle in your life.

Going back to our list:

Seeking relief from negative conditionswhat do you want instead?  what is returning to your life through your negative experiences?  If you’re feeling fear then probably you can also feel your excitement and courage. 

Being vague and unconvincingWhat kind of job?  Where?  A new home with whom?  What does it look like?

Believing we don’t have access to consciously knowing our true desires The confusion and doubt we can feel when looking for our specific desires is the result of layer upon layer of fear and grief.  You will have your own personal experiences of feeling thwarted, and the confusion comes from not being facilitated into what you truly desire, being told no, handed down beliefs in lack and deservability and deprivation.  If you feel confusion or doubt, acknowledge them using emotional language - I feel afraid when I imagine my best life.  I feel grief when I think about what I want to create for myself. Just speaking it out in this way can unlock the energy.

I have one more idea to share with you before we go look at the Human Design transits.

Life is no longer about being given something by your spiritual ‘betters’.  We’ve been raised as the children of god (or whatever you believe in).  We are now stepping into our spiritual maturity, no longer well behaved children hoping we’ve done enough to deserve our treat.

We are literally creating Heaven through recognising and BEING IN ACTION as god in us (or whatever you believe in).  There is no such thing as a good you and a bad you.  There is YOU, working in harmony with universal forces to create a new world, in your image!


 New Moon – 24th October – Sun and Moon in Gate 50.5

New Moon October 2014

Gate 50 in the I Ching is called The Ting.  It’s a cooking pot that represents mutual trust, a sacred ritual of gratitude for nourishment received from nature and the care for our wiser selves who we invite to our table to share our meal and support the growth of our new situation.

On another level it is the Ceremonial Ting that is inscribed with the rules for each new dynasty.

Richard Rudd says of Gate 50, it

represents a tipping point in all transformational processes. It’s presence always signifies a quantum leap from one state to another.

It catalyses significant shifts in consciousness, particularly around releasing shadow frequencies and opening to the harmonic geometries of higher evolutions. 


Venus in Gate 50

Venus has been travelling with the Sun all through October.  On the New Moon she is close enough to exactly conjunct. She tips over into Line 5 an hour after the eclipse.  In Line 4 she is teaching us how to sustain great responsibility.  We cannot maintain the old ways.  If we try to, we will be overcome and collapse just when we are most needed in our world.  We can’t be good children for one moment longer.  Our divine power is coming to fruition.

When we are clear about our outcomes – what we desire to create – we can sacrifice anything other than that.  As Bradford Hatcher says in his The Book of Changes: Word by Word - To sacrifice does not mean to lose things, it means to make them sacred.  What are you making sacred in your life? And what are you holding onto, even though it no longer feels sacred to you?

There is a huge influx of the powerful feminine returning this week, and Venus sets the scene for that shift.  Remember Gate 50?  A new dynasty, a tipping point into a new world.  One of my favourite astrologers, Nick Anthony Fiorenza, says this about Venus:

She .. inspires a new level of intuitive awareness to permeate and spread through human consciousness, strongly supporting the reintegration and emergence of the Divine Feminine principle. At the bio-energetic level she resonates with intuitive knowing, harmony and magnetic attraction, clearing the emotional tones of fear and judgement.

This ties in perfectly with the Sun, Moon and Venus in Gate 50 in the Spleen Centre, which is all about tuning into the immense wisdom of our physical bodies. And building our culture from the wisdom of care and nurturing.

It also ties in perfectly with a major shift away from engaging in constant activity to make things happen.  (ARGH!)  Hands up everyone who’s had enough of trying to make things come out right!

There’s more than  just Venus supporting this shift, but rather than overwhelm you with details (Ophelia in 2 and Ceres in 14, for example), let’s just each take a moment to acknowledge how POWERFUL is our capacity to attract what we imagine and desire into our reality.  This is the feminine aspect of creation.  We are receptive to receiving what we desire.  It’s why you may have been experiencing exhaustion and/or miracles lately. Thank you Venus!


Earth in Gate 3

Let’s briefly look at the Earth in Gate 3, the Gate of Sprouting or New Beginnings.  What happens in our dualistic universe when we join up Gate 1 (yang) to Gate 2 (yin).  We get Gate 3 – the birth, where we translate the unlimited possiblities of chaos into something that feels orderly for us.  This gate is a doorway to creation – your personal capacity to create out of all that is, into a world that has personal meaning.

Just because you can’t see it yet, doesn’t mean you can’t create it! 

In fact, the opposite is true.  If you can’t see it in your physical world, and you desire it, then it is yours to create!

This is part of the Channel of Mutation, where (as Bradford Hatcher says) True riches are mobile, liquid and spent.  The rainy day we prepare for never turns out as we plan.  Defending against chaos isn’t particularly useful.  At this tipping point we get to learn how to work with creation by moving through the heart of risk.

Gate 3 is what occurs when yin and yang come together. The return of the Divine Feminine to the masculine Patriarchy. A shift into body consciousness with it’s magnetic powers of attraction combined with the dynamic electric power of doing and achieving. BEING IN ACTION.


Something amazing happens just 2 days after the New Moon and Solar Eclipse.

The Sun and Venus move into Gate 28, making a channel with Pluto.  They join with minor planet Pallas Athene, who is already there.  And Mars shifts into Gate 10, creating a channel with the North Node and Mercury (just going direct). And .. yes it just keeps coming!  ..  Ceres is in Gate 34, the Gate of Power.

Here’s the chart, filled to the brim with divine feminine power.

26 October 2014


There’s one asteroid in Gate 20, brining it all to the Throat for expression, and that’s Minerva.  Both Pallas Athene and Minerva are about becoming conscious of the strategies and behaviours we have learnt to please our fathers!


What Does It Mean To Have Power?

Okay, one more thing.  I called this post – What Spiritual Maturity Looks Like. Why?  Because in the other channel connecting the Spleen to the Throat (48/16) is a very intriguing combination.  Child and Altjira.

The Asteroid Child shows where we experienced a significant point of damage in our childhood.  In 48, we’re looking at letting go of superficial ways of living, so that we can connect with the true depth of what our bodies are telling us.  This opens up a whole new dimension of reality.

Altjira, now here’s something very interesting!   He is an Australian Aboriginal Creator God who got the Dreamtime all set up and then left it to us humans to run the show.  He looked at his creation, declared it good, and then tripped the light fantastic to another dimension, shouting back ….   There you go, see what you can make of that!  You can read more about Altjira here. 

The essential point here is that Altjira is the father, who hands over his creation to his children. 

If ever there was a time to get clear about what you want to create, it is now. What new desires are arising for you now? How does it feel to know you are giving birth to yourself as a creator?



3 Hints For The Life You’ve Outgrown

Struggle or Thrive?  This week you get to choose! 

Here’s a hint for this week.  You’ve outgrown the energetic structure of your past life.  Many of the external forms that made up your life simply can’t stay in place now because your vibration has increased so much.   Hint number 2:  don’t spend time and energy using your will to keep them in your life, it’s only your fear trying to avoid change, and it won’t work anyway.  Hint number 3:  don’t waste your time and energy trying to get rid of them, they’re done and you can easily move on.

Today Mercury went into the Gate of Great Exceeding (28).  Margaret Pearson calls this gate (hexagram) Greatly Surpassing.  You have two choices here.  You can choose a maintenance program and work very hard to keep what you already have.  This option is why some see this as the Gate of Overwhelm, because trying to keep the past alive is hard work.  The second choice is to put your attention on what you want to create from here.

Hmmmm   …  tough one!




Yep, that was my choice too!  Ditch what’s not working by paying it little or no attention, and dance joyfully into my new creations!

Mercury brings your higher knowing to consciousness.  It’s sometimes called the messenger of the gods.  It’s SO significant this week because it’s lining up in a channel with Pluto. Yes, Pluto, messenger of deep and abiding transformation!

In conventional Human Design this channel is sometimes called, rather depressingly, The Channel Of Struggle.  (Drums please).  Let’s make that name one of the forms and structures we choose to leave behind.  I have no desire to recreate struggle in my life.  And actually, that’s what this transit is about – leaving the struggle behind.

It’s truly amazing, and I speak from personal experience, how much we are conditioned to believe that our lives must be filled with struggle. Only yesterday I was talking to my friend SheKaNah about what I’m creating since returning from the US last week and could feel this pull to make it difficult for myself – to choose the hard road of struggle rather than the pathway of ease and grace.  Hey why not do it this way, it will be SO MUCH harder!  Not.  Cancel that.

You can read more about Pluto in the Gate of Opposing (38) here.  This gate gives us the opportunity to “see” oneness.  Again, going to Margaret Pearson’s excellent book The Original I Ching: we can choose to focus our eyes on separate objects, rather than providing a clear image of one.  We can choose to see creation at work, rather than a threat.  We can choose to believe it’s possible that our life is filled with miracles, unique and perfectly aligned.  We can choose to believe that our world – your world, my world – loves us and responds with enthusiasm to our desires.

So rather than struggle, raise your vibration by having fun.  And go enjoy some Abraham!



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October Eclipse Season Is Upon Us


October’s Eclipse Season is about to reveal hidden areas of consciousness.  But wait, there’s more to me than this?  You might ask …

We are entering eclipse territory in October 2014.  Not only do we have a lunar and solar eclipse, we also get a whole raft of occultations – Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Uranus.

Occultations are times when the ‘occult’ or hidden wisdom of the planetary archetype becomes available to our consciousness.  October brings massive expansion to your consciousness.

Your Keys to Earthly Mastery

In the past, and since ancient times, humanity has operated with limited consciousness and from a place of “no choice”.  Laws have been imposed on us and we have looked outside ourselves for security and meaning.  All this is about to change.

In October we are reaching outside our comfort zones to create what we have only dreamed of. To quote the I Ching (Hilary Barrett):

Rain will fall over all the fields of the realm, releasing tension and liberating blocked potential. Seeds stirred from their dormancy will begin to grow.  Regrets diminish little by little, in this larger long term view. 

(Sun conjunct Venus in Gate 50.3 on 22nd October 2014)

This liberation requires us to love and leave our small anxious selves, to see what is returning through the veil of our fears. In this fateful moment, as we are handed the keys to creation, we may feel unsettled.  After all, in creation everything is always in flux.  And our small human selves prefer safety and freedom.  We are walking away from believing in what threatens us, and instead choosing to create what we desire.

 We are at the pointy end of our process of becoming co-creators.

Many people feel that they are in crisis right now, or that our world is out of control.  We are experiencing big change, and in our old version of reality, big change equals crisis.  What if you could step out of the consciousness of crisis and into shift?  What if you took your focus off what’s not working, and instead created your life based upon what’s returning?

You Are A Conscious Creator

Whether you are making use of your abilities or not, you ARE already a conscious creator.  When you use words like I can’t or It’s too hard, or I hope it happens, you are operating in a world that’s fast fading from view.  I find that one of the most difficult challenges for my personal clients is  to imagine what they desire in their world, rather than to continue to talk about the pain they are seeking to avoid. When we try to imagine what we want to create it actually hurts physically.  I see people pull faces, stare into space and go into a trance state mumbling ummmmm.

It’s been a challenge in the past, because our brains have been wired to avoid pain.  Again, this is something that is changing.  WE are changing it.

Research scientist, Martin Seligman tells in his book, Flourish, how he shifted from studying how to relieve misery to exploring the impact of optimism and positivity on our lives.  Seligman is part of a shift in consciousness that is awakening us to dormant potential for conscious choice, and conscious creation. (And yes, Projectors and Reflectors get to make choices too!).

And did you know, Seligman started out with the idea that we are all motivated by happiness.  Who wouldn’t want to be happy?  As it turns out, and despite a plethora of recent books on the subject, that isn’t what motivates us at all.  We can be happy after a few glasses of good wine.  But we’re not cracking the meaning of life.  What we are searching for is meaning and purpose, and when we find it, we get happy.  We have a feeling of wellbeing.

October opens wide the doorway to reveal our personal meaning of life.  These are the codes to our kingdom.  You alone are responsible for your code.  You get to choose, you get to create.  You are the meaning-maker here.  Conscious creation can’t happen without you.  You are THAT important!   Get that, and your small self will fade into insignificance beside the riches you are about to create.

It’s likely to be uncomfortable, and you’re going to have to step up. Ask for it to be fun and easy.  You get to make that choice.



What’s Coming Up

There are so many significant HD transits in October.  In this post I will mention only a few.

 4th October – Sun square Pluto

There are some frequencies rooted in ancient struggle that contain hiding places for your brilliance.  It’s time for your light to come out of those old frequencies and shine in the world.   You may feel fear of your own power, but you might as well face that fear because Pluto doesn’t take no for an answer.  Say YES to yourself and watch with delight as your life begins to unfold in new ways.

But, this is not about you as one isolated individual.  We are entering a period of co-empowerment. Go outside, meet new people, have new experiences.  You might not make long term relationships, but you will receive messages about your new direction in life.

Sun in 48.2 and Pluto in 38.2


5th October 2014 – Ceres conjunct Saturn

Minor planets Ceres, Vesta and Pallas – the Goddess Asteroids – have been doing a massive job of shifting the feminine consciousness on this planet in 2014.  Pallas in particular is birthing our need to find a way to express the feminine.  Women are abandoning the desire to succeed in a man’s world, and instead stepping up to transform the world completely.

Ceres will exactly conjunct Saturn in Gate 43.3 on 5th October.

This is the gate of Breakthrough! It is not a time for fighting, but a time for moving forward.  Each one of us has something precious to share with the world.  Each one of us has a fractal alignment with an infinite number of people who are ready to receive what we have to offer.  We have a responsibility to step out into the world and share our message.  Let go of struggling with issues of self esteem – am I good enough? – and take the first step towards sharing. Projectors:  can you imagine your people calling you out, inviting you to share.  In this way you build the energy of your invitational field. Can you allow yourself to experience how good that invitation feels?

Ceres and Saturn bring an urge to create form and structure that nourishes us.  New personal habits, new social networks – from the very tiny and personal to the largest of global insitutions, all will be influenced.  This event brings nurturing and healing to our experiences of lack of validation, and a rebirth in our ability to go out into the world and do what we are here to do.

This involves a certain kind of strength and power.  It’s not about being rigid, wearing a mask or concentrating on the face you are presenting to others.  Instead, you take a stand as yourself.  With a supple authenticity you open the way for real exchange with real people- it’s full, free and messy.  It’s real and it’s powerfully creative.

8th October 2014 – Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse

You can feel an immense shift towards abundance.  Don’t get caught up believing you have to work REALLY hard to make it happen, it will block your inner messages of change.  Instead, continue to connect with your sense of effortless plenty, your constant dependable flow of wealth.   Trust your inner motivation and enthusiasm to become a creative magnetic force which brings you what you seek.

This New Moon happens exactly conjunct Uranus in the Gate of Biting Through.


20th October – Jupiter in the Gate of the Young Fool

Jupiter shifts to the Ajna Centre (mind) and meets up with spiritual teacher Chiron in the Gate of After The Crossing.  Nothing is settled, everything is in flux. BUT, you have made the transition.  Choose to pay attention to creating your new desires, rather than pouring out your life force on the voices seeking to draw you back to an illusory safety.  They are no longer trustworthy and no, you don’t need to pay them any attention, just send them love and move on.

Jupiter in Gate 4 – Youthful Folly -brings a growing faith in our tender beginnings into a new world and respite from doubt.


24th October – Pallas meets Pluto

This is a powerful shift in the whole concept of what ‘working’ and ‘succeeding’ mean in our world.  Expect to see major shifts in manifesting, as the powerfully creative Pallas reclaims her role as daughter of the triple goddess and weaver of reality.   Pallas represents feminine wisdom returning.  She represents what women can achieve after learning and integrating the ways of the masculine world.

Pallas is in Gate 28 from 24th October till 6th November, meeting Pluto in Gate 38.


24th October 2014 – New Moon and Solar Eclipse

The new order is stable precisely because you are flexible and open to a harmonious way of being. Your new life contains all the mysteries of what is to come and will not be toppled by the unexpected.  You can be nourished by your loyalty to your own inner principles, and go play in the open innovative spirit of these times.

Use your energy to grow soft leaves and stems, not solid rigid trunks.


And a final word from Saint Germain, The “I AM” Discourses, Discourse I:


The worst kind of sorcery is being used in the political fields today that has ever been known in the history of mankind through the use of mental power – wrongly qualified.  

It is perfectly ridiculous to keep recalling things which have not worked out.  If you have built your limitations for centuries and can, by this attention and self effort, free yourself in a few years, isn’t it worth it?  When the mind accepts and agrees with a thing or condition, the individual decrees it into his or her world.  Whatever you let your attention rest upon, you are agreeing with a accepting, because through the attention you have let the mind become one with it. 

In October, we have a wide open doorway to conscious creation through choosing to think of and speak about what we desire.  We have our training wheels on, let us all make wonderful use of them.  Imagine what we can create together!


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Are You Ready for High Velocity? – New Moon September 2014

We are heading into eclipse territory in October, but September is giving us one last hurrah –  New Moon conjunct the super galactic centre.  This is a time for making love with yourself, for being your own soulmate.  Sounds romantic, huh?

Tomorrow’s New Moon is not just about some generic idea of loving ourselves.  It invites us to honour our personal progress, to celebrate each step on our journey. To be completely on board with how amazing we are, even when it might look like we’re not doing a great deal.  Like me, you probably have times when it feels as if nothing too much is happening in your life, and yet deep down below the surface I know that something profound is going on.  As I Ching scholar, Margaret Pearson says:

In a fast paced world it can be hard to remember how long really solid growth takes. This hexagram [Gate 46] reminds us of the tenacity of trees, the usefulness of sequential small steps and ritual celebrations. Even celebratory goals are possible if we just keep piling up the good deeds.

There is something profound about making your choices based on your own individual soul path.  The concept of seeking approval from others becomes obsolete.  You don’t need to opt in and take on the rules of any person or tribe, you are simply YOU.

In September I’ve been to two very different events, both powerful in their own way.  If I was operating from the old tribal dna it would have been important for me to figure out how to fit in with each group.  I admit, I tried! But it wasn’t working out for me.  I had to stand out, I had to stay uncompromisingly true to my own being.  I am blending two very different ideas and processes into my own personal reality.  This is creation.





Philip Sedgwick says this about the Super Galactic Centre:

This Libran vacuum cleaner (super massive black hole) is insatiably hungry.  It squeezes people in relationship (and groups) to take on everything about the other person’s life. We feel the exceptional squeeze of needing to be all things at all times. These types of relationships are doomed.  Not even God can deal with that much codependent compression. 

from The Soul of the Sky – amended for brevity by me

This is not your everyday garden variety New Moon. It comes with a great whopping spoonful of spiritual initiation.  The Earth is creating a channel with Uranus.

Here’s the thing for me.  Anything we touch right now has to be true, right to the level of our soul.  We must be up for our highest choices.   There is no room for compromise, because Uranus is heading for freedom – through your unique expression of divine will acting in the world.  We all need you to bring your personal A game, because you are creating a pivot point, literally a new soul trajectory.

I’m noticing a hollowness to goals I had in the past.  Even if your choice is to get really rich, it has to be for the highest purpose.  This is a new high velocity game – Ester Hicks would call it your fast spinning disc.  I call it the love velocity.  There is no process here, it is the speed of being.

I Ching scholar, Lise Heyboer, says it so well:

Acquiring cannot create stairs to Heaven, but ascending can.


Not that acquiring is wrong, but it needs to come from your heart space, it has to be a part of your big picture destiny.  So, dream big and trust in what’s yours.  Love who you are, more than you ever have before. Slowly and with consistency, you are creating a new world. It’s what you came to do.

There’s nothing comfortable about this process.  If you’re feeling comfortable you are probably holding onto old stuff.  What’s calling you forth?  Where are your fears strongest?  If you have any negative emotions or experiences, simply pivot them by asking – what’s returning for me through this?

Uranus may come up with some quick shifts over the next 24 hours, but overall this is a steady shift.  It reminds of the space shuttles returning to earth – increasing to the love velocity (fast!), letting go of unnecessary baggage, the heat tiles flying off one by one.  We are approaching earth!


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Are You Ready For A Life Upgrade?

The Next Evolutionary Stage


petyakonstantinova1The Venus Neptune combo this past week has been all about creating boundaries from the formless. It’s a birthing of self from the dna tribal soup.

The tribal coding is essentially codependent. The suvival of the group is more important than the indivual, and heaven awaits those who sacrifice the most for the common good.  It’s most potent symbol would be the suicide bomber, but we all engage in this kind of behaviour to some degree.  More here.

On 14th September, Mars shifts to the Gate of Power – Gate 34, and the individual comes forth into the world.  In conventional Human Design, this channel is the energy that pulled humanoids out of the animal kingdom and empowered them to stand upright.  This week’s Mars and North Node transit is a significant event in that evolutionary trajectory, as it propels us to take a stand for our personal life purpose.

It’s more than just Mars in the Gate of Power.  This transit is significant because Mars will meet up with both the North Node and Mercury in the Gate of Gently Penetrating – Gate 57.



The transit is most potent on 14th September between 7.30am and 4.30pm UT when the Moon will bring the power to the throat for expression.

This circuitry is sometimes seen as a difficult energy to work with, but that difficult only exists when viewed through a tribal lense.   This particular individual energy doesn’t look outside itself for a reference point, it simply feels into whatever is happening and responds.  People who are still tribally focused, and who therefore believe we should only do what makes OTHERS happy, find this self-referencing disconcerting.  How is it possible that someone is simply out to do what makes THEM happy?

This is the Sacral (raw creative life force) meeting the Spleen (body felt instincts for wellbeing).  Mars is a planet of personal power, but it’s the act first ask questions later kind.  So, it’s likely this transit may bring up fears from times in the past when we’ve trusted our natural responses and it hasn’t worked out for us.  Hilary Barrett describes Gate 34 like this:

With Great Vigour you stand upright and robust, full of resiliant energy.  You are inspired and animated by strong purpose, and ready to wield your strength like a hero.  For this to yield results, you will need to act with steadiness and consistency – standing in your strength but without mistaking it for omnipotence.  

That’s good advice for Mars if ever I heard it!

The downside of this channel happens when the mind tries to take control (please, allow ME to tell you what to do, you KNOW you can’t trust your body!!).  When this happens, the power of this channel can be used to force the body into submission, getting it to align with old outdated beliefs that don’t serve your health, wellbeing or purpose.

The lines in Gate 34 have some wonderful examples of how we confuse force with true power.  One is the image of kicking the door down because you can’t find your keys, and then discovering they were in your pocket all along.  The other is a ram who, confusing reaching his goal with forcing his way through the obstacles, gets his head stuck in a hedge.  He loses the free range of the field he was leaving and never even reaches his goal.

Between 14th and 22nd September, watch your tendency to confuse your potential for power with an ability to force things to your will.  Remember, this is about responding with humility to a divine purpose.  Your power comes not from forcing outcomes, but from being fully present and aware of the larger (and most divine) field of opportunity opening out in your life.

The reason why purpose and opportunity awaits Mars is that North Node in the adjoining Gate 57. Woohoo!  While the North Node may be uncomfortable – as in, I know I signed up for this but I’ve changed my mind now I’m here –  it does signpost our life’s mission.

There will be a lot of information coming from your body during this transit, and it’s well worth your while tuning in.

The transiting North Node shows our collective edge of discomfort as we continue on our evolutionary journey together.  The effect of the North Node is hugely accentuated by Mercury turning up.  And, because Gate 57 is the programming partner of Gate 51, where Uranus is currently transiting.  This is going to be a leap into the unknown, and likely one that is unexpected and perhaps spontaneous.

Let me be clear.  This is a major life upgrade.  Anything can happen.  But whatever does happen, if you meet it with reverence and gentle humility without giving up your power, it will propel you onto a new path.  

 The North Node position – in Gate 57 line 5:

There is real achievement when you penetrate to the core of the matter, bring out what is valuable and discard what is useless chaff. This is accomplished by carefully, attentively, bringing things into awareness and setting them into a broader context.  There is a real opportunity to change everything for the better. 

(adapted from Hilary Barrett’s I Ching).

Here’s the crux of this transit – you get to be powerful, you get to be ‘on mission’, you get to do whatever the hell you want to do.  And while you’re doing all this, you also get to be perfectly aligned with your own and everyone else’s divinity.  Can you imagine how this will shift the way we access and express our Sacral energy on this planet?  No more compromise, I’m on the divine highway!

This week’s hint – what does it feel like when you truly GET that your personal desires also carry the highest potential for collective good?

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Relationship Delusions 101

Do you feel prepared for a whole lot of upscaling in the next few weeks?

Loving What Is

Venus meets Neptune in the Channel of Family- 10 till 15th September 

amandacass1This channel – Gates 37 and 40 – is one of the trickiest in the Human Design chart.  That’s because it holds two polarities – I love spending time with you, and then I love spending time alone.  Can’t live with you, can’t live without you.  I have Chiron and Pluto and my nodes in this channel and I remember as a child how much I enjoyed being in my own room and hearing my family go about their business on the other side of the door. That was the perfect blend for me.  I was definitely part of the family, but not affected by their dramas, their regular rhythms, not pulled in by their (or my own) need to belong.

This is the tribal circuitry, home to codependence.  It’s a tricky subject, codependence, and not one that’s easily explained.  I thought I knew all there was to know about codependence, until we explored it more deeply in my coaching certification course.  It turns out I knew NOTHING about it.  Like my friend, who said to me … but Kim, you can’t be codependent, you’re single …  I thought it was purely a relationship thing.  Co-dependence is so ubiquitous in our culture, we are hardly aware of it.  And yet, it keeps us from true personal power and authenticity.

Wikipedia defines codependence as:

where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.

Tell me who doesn’t do that?  Where do we each protect our own perceived inadequacies by enabling anothers?  As I dug more deeply into my own discomfort around this question, I was really stunned at my constant compromising around other people.

If there is one planet that epitomises codependence it’s Neptune – the saviour, the martyr, the victim archetypes all reside within Neptune’s embrace.  Venus, of course, rules relationships, so when they both meet in the channel that is all about our family patterns of relating .. well, you see what might come up!

In particular, watch for idealisation followed by demonisation.  Have you ever thought someone was perfect, only to feel abandoned, betrayed, even ashamed, when we realised they were only human after all?  With {gasp} human imperfections!!  This channel is where we store our unconscious expectations of others.  Those agrements that were unspoken in our family (you cook, I’ll clear up), which we took on as if they were universal rules.  Gate 37 is about healthy personal boundaries, so be aware of any unspoken expectations of what you ‘should’ give or receive.

Venus and Neptune can be very healing when we allow ourselves to step out of any idealisation, delusion about the perfect relationship (surely it will come good if I can only love them enough), being attached to being loved in an ideal way. Let go of any attachment to getting or giving (to get) within relationships and focus on the warmth generated by your relationships – family and friends. Be aware of the warm comfortable feeling that comes from having good friends and family, and cherish it as a base to feel good going out into the world.

This transit is about trusting the support we are receiving from others.  It is working with Pluto in Gate 38, deeply transforming hidden beliefs that we are without support and have to push on alone.  I’m travelling in the US at the moment, and I have been feeling a push to trust in the beneficence of strangers.  And with that expectation, I’m meeting it everywhere.  I saw a man drop his boarding pass in the airport in Chicago and walk on without realising.  People rushed fom everywhere to pick it up and return it to him.  It was so lovely to feel into the human warmth of that experience!

Venus and Neptune are bringing boundaries to our unformed aspects of self.

This is part one of the birthing of self from the tribal soup.  It is followed up next week by Mars in the Gate of Power. 

Imagine if everyone you meet in the world is part of your family.  How much more able will you be to trust in each moment, to relax and be yourself with no need to push or strive.  You can align without force, create the greatest outcome with the minimum amount of effort. Gate 40 is all about learning to relax and recuperate.  Venus by transit brings a release from struggle, like a long relaxing exhale.  With the Sun in the Gate of Exhaustion (overdoing the social thing) and Jupiter in the Gate of Retreat, I expect the energy this week to be very laid back and quiet with a hint of delusional relationship activity coming to consciousness. Any unforced interactions will be wonderful (the Earth is in the Gate of Grace).

This week’s hint:

Balancing time alone to deeply relax and renew, with time spend giving and receiving from others.


14th September 2014


On 14th September, Mars moves to Gate 34, creating a channel with the North Node in 57.  This is a major spiritual upgrade to our personal power. More on that in a few days.

More here on how Saturn and Neptune are working together right now. 




All Of You, Why Not Live All Of You

10649727_10152594675700865_115903769173951866_nWhile a lot of attention has been on Uranus in the Gate of Shock during 2014, Chiron has been quietly going about his business bringing up the wounds to our soul and providing the means to heal them.  This week the Sun and Earth join up with Chiron to heal our collapse into a sense of hopelessness that comes from trying …. and trying …. and trying.

The problem with the trying, is that it used to work.  But in this new energy we’ve created it just spins us and sends us back into the past.  It simply doesn’t work to try and try harder.  Nor does it work when we give up (aka surrender).  These are old tools, for a world we’ve chosen not to return to.

We’re moving full speed towards self empowerment.  That’s FULLY EMBODIED self empowerment (aka, I can manifest my desires).

When I started my first ‘spiritual’ business, Alchemical Healing, back in  …. oh, about 1999, one of my tag lines was – you don’t have to leave parts of yourself at home under the doona!  This is finally the time when all the bits and pieces of our inner selves can join in.  We get to play without compromise.  It might sound like a fantasy, but the tools to create such a way of being are available and are reaching critical mass. Over the next few weeks you’ll be exposed to ideas and ways of being that you’ve never considered possible.

This week The Sun is in Gate 64, known as Not Yet Across.  In the I Ching this is the very last hexagram.  But it’s not the end of the cycle.  The cycle ends just one gate earlier, in Gate 63, Already Across.   Gate 63 is the end.  Gate 64 is that liminal space between the end and the new beginning.  These two Gates, both in the Head Centre (or Crown), represent a transition.  Our transition is still very much in the energetic realm.  After all, this is the Crown Chakra we’re talking about. It’s only just in our bodies!  But they do represent the commitment you have made to a shift in your life.


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Just before this week’s Full Moon on 9th September, the Earth is exactly conjunct Chiron in Gate 63.5:

You are not asked to give more than you have.  Great offerings are not called for here, and can be counterproductive.  This offering is not an achievement or an end in itself.  What matters is the sincere and lasting connections and relationships it creates.  They can be damaged by over complicating or over doing things.  They are sustained by keeping what you offer simple and true. 

(from Hilary Barrett’s I Ching)

You have committed yourself and made a transition, whether you’re aware of it or not.  You have decided something for yourself. Stay loyal to that decision, even when external appearances don’t support it. You can’t see it, because you’re still creating it! Work with what you have and keep your momentum going. There’s no mistake in becoming engaged with how these new possibilities feel, so long as you don’t get lost in your imaginings and lose your presence in the moment.  Take the responsibility and initative in your own life, and when action is necessary … do what needs to be done. But no more than that.  Remember, you are not asked to give (or do) more than you have.

One effect of Chiron is to bring up the places where we were neglected as children.  By neglect I don’t mean not being fed, or being locked under the stairs like Harry Potter.  I mean simple things like not having someone listen to our ideas, or being told to sit still, or that we look funny when we dance.  These soul wounds cut deep and we tend to internalise them.  We learn to continue to neglect ourselves in these very same ways. We don’t even realise we’re doing it, seeing it a limitation imposed on us by ‘reality’, or holding an unexamined belief that the dreaded ‘everybody’ will not listen, will not like us moving, will not enjoy our dancing.  Over the next few days in particular, watch for feelings of neglect and deprivation of your most essential self.

We are healing the collective field of consciousness, removing the false energy created by a belief in lack.

Pay attention to what supports you, the intimate day to day acts that make your life joyful.  These are important right now. The big issues are taking care of themselves and all they require is your alignment with their gradual unfoldment . Remember to take action when you feel inspired to do so.  And don’t believe you have to understand, think things through for an answer, do things that you don’t want to do, or that create stress.

The Most Inspired Baby Boomers

Between 1963 and 1968, Uranus and Pluto moved through Gates 64 and 47.  These people are powerhouses of mental inspiration, bringing through some of the most exciting, creative and inspired ideas we’ve ever seen on this planet.  The difficulty a lot of those in this generation face is the transpersonal mental pressure.  Sometimes it can be hard to find a personal space amidst the importance of the message.  You are here to prepare the rest of us for this transition, to midwife the ideas, to hold the energy for the solutions to come through.  Trust everything and hold it in precious embrace.  You don’t have final solutions, it’s more like having a sense of what’s needed and being able to steer things in the right direction.  The cosmic mind embodied in this generation is breathtaking!


We have some really exciting and empowering transits coming our way over the next 3 weeks and I’ll write more about those in a few days.  Enjoy!


PS.  To all the wonderful people who I’ve spoken to in Discovery Sessions over the past 2 weeks – you are so amazing.  I am in awe of each one of you, and so blessed to have a business where talking to you is my “work”!!

I am booked for personal mentoring till November.  I’ll be posting information for more Discovery Sessions in October.


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Are We Crazy Yet?

GetYourHappyOnWe may be going crazy. Or maybe we’re going sane.  I suppose it depends entirely on who you talk to.

All the relationship dynamics that kept our crazy freak on the inside are dissolving.  Family beliefs that kept us struggling to be someone else entirely (yes, I know, it wasn’t working so well for any of us!) are falling away.

We’re into the Sun opposite Neptune thing.  (Yes, it’s a ‘thing’!) Neptune connects with the Sun twice each year, so {yawn} nothing new there.  Oh yes there is!  Because this year is different.  This year Neptune and the Sun are not just facing off in their bi-annual rotating dance, they are doing it in the same Human Design channel.

Would you like to know why this is a big deal?


What Was Really Going On In The 60′s?

2005-12-28 09.48.12If you were born between November 1959 and September 1964 you are part of the generation that launched the revolution. I know, you were just a baby. But your DNA was potent!  You had a combination of Chiron in Gate 37 plus Pluto and/or Uranus in Gate 40.

When this energy landed on the planet, the old ways of doing family and community were blown apart.  The family rules couldn’t contain you.

Neptune transiting in Gate 37 since April this year, has been teasing out the highest possibilties for the power and passion contained within this generation, connecting you with the right people and activating your purpose.  You’ll find yourself leaving behind old family rules about who you and what you’re here to do. Are we crazy yet?  You bet!

(Apologies to my sisters for posting this photo.  I’m the one on the left btw.)



What’s Terrorism Got To Do With It?

As our experience of family shifts, we are leaving behind the negative legacy of family, tribal and national identification that has plagued us in the past.  We’ve seen evidence of this on the world political scene in the past few months. It’s possible there may be some intensification over the next five days, and that will help galvanise Neptune’s higher idealism for a concerted global response.

Jupiter is playing into this picture, giving us the courage to withdraw from connections that don’t feel like ‘family’ and allowing a space for true family to form.


When Opposites Unite

These two gates – Gate 37 and 40 – are divergent energies that don’t seem to fit together.  It’s because they form an ‘opposition’ which means putting them together is a bit like mixing oil and water.  It can be done, it takes time and patience.

Gate 37 – The Family

Families are not the easiest of places to live.  And yet, they are the foundation of who we are.  Our families are not always biological. Sometimes our friends are truer family than those who share the same blood.  Whatever our experience of family, it forms the place from which we feel safe to venture out into the world.  We can say or do anything there.  We have a bond created by shared experiences, and a shared sense of what’s important.

The true family is a place where you can grow freely into your natural form and find your place in the world.  This is a place where you are able to invite in what inspires you, and  you feel supported to venture out to explore what intrigues you.

It’s not just the outer family that’s affected by this transit.  It’s also about having what Laurel Mellin would call creating sanctuary inside yourself.  When you have a healthy inner sense of sanctuary you speak well to yourself, treat yourself with love and care. It provides a safe foundation to provide for the basics like your wellbeing, plus the more prosperous experience of growth and exploration, including all the luxuries that you desire.

How’s the health of your inner sanctuary?  Do you allow yourself to know what you truly desire?  Or are old family beliefs of not allowing, keeping safe, managing rather than thriving, keeping you from your more expanded sense of who you can be in the world?

More about:  Neptune in Gate 37 


Gate 40 – Release 

In conventional Human Design, this is a gate of ‘aloneness’.  So already there’s conflict with the idea of family.

At a deeper level, this gate is about letting go of the struggle to achieve … well, whatever it is you believe you have to struggle to achieve.  Your reasons right now are likely to be strongly coloured with the need to rebel in some way.  If you took a few days to step back and consider what is right in front of you, what might happen?  What’s truly and deeply important to you?  Where do you long to be free to invest your time, your energy, your attention?  Touch base with yourself.  When you know where you’re coming from, it’s a lot easier to figure out where you’re going.

unicornA lot of the work I do with my personal clients is getting clear about what they truly want.  I saw somewhere an estimate that only 1% of people have ever even vaguely considered what their desires are.  1%!!

If you want to be part of the new 1% (not the old boring 1%), all you have to do this week is tune into what’s calling you.  And not buy into all the stories about why you are too busy struggling to be someone else entirely to listen.  It’s time to believe in yourself!  That deep authentic self is not a unicorn, you really exist.

Which brings me to another aspect of Gate 40.  When you get caught in struggle, take a deep breath and come back to your inner sanctuary.  From that place you reconnect with what’s important to you and can start out on your journey refreshed and renewed.  In this way, you can bring the transcendent (the unreal) into being, with grace and ease.

This upscaling is going to be fun and easy.  Say it out loud. This upscaling is fun and easy!! I’m releasing anything that is not fun and easy!

At times when Gate 40 is activated – and especially when huge transpersonal energies like Neptune are connecting with deeply personal energies like the Sun – we can be swept away by euphoria.  There seems to be an unusual freshness and sense of renewal in the air.  It’s important to check and see what everyday things need doing.  It’s as if a thunderstorm has passed over and we are so pleased we survived and the sun has come out that we don’t see the debri that needs sorting through and cleaning up.  If we try to leap forward without this kind of everyday grounding, we will risk having to go round the old cycle again.

Similarly on the emotional front, there may be old debri that needs to be released.  Hurts grieved, misunderstandings aired, wrongs forgiven.  It’s time to move on.   This is a global houseclearing, as we prepare for our new lives.  To quote my friend SheKaNah, this is where it used to fall apart, but this time it’s where it all comes together. 


 Gate 37 and Gate 40 fit together perfectly when we repair our inner sanctuary

and attract into our lives the ‘family’ that supports our most powerful creative self. 


 What Else Is Going On?

Here’s what is going on behind the scenes while the Sun and Neptune do their thing.


New Relationships

Until early on 1st September, Venus will be in the Ajna Centre making a channel with Chiron.  This activates the highest frequency (Chiron) of our inspired minds.

This is a channel of transition – we’ve completed one cycle and are figuring out the new territory we’ve discovered.  We must pay attention through this transition and not get lost in early celebration.

Venus and Chiron together can heal broken relationships.  This is personal, and it’s also part of a global wave of relationship completion.  We are ready to move into new relationships that are more allowing of our expanded selves. We’ve got a lot of new skills to learn.

We won’t master our new relationships overnight, sometimes we”ll feel foolish. Venus suggests we can trust in the process.


Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It 
On 1st September Venus shifts to create the Channel of Discovery with Mercury.

There’s a sense of danger here, as the seed begins to unfurl. We become conscious of a need to commit to an idea, a mission, a direction.  We have no idea where this is going.  The HOW is not so important as the deep sense of urgency to get it moving into the world.

Neptune’s influence is strong here, as we give birth to something previously intangible. We feel ourselves pregnant and beginning to birth something precious. Align with the natural order (don’t stress out or struggle) and set out towards warmth, light and activity.


How Will You Use Your Power? 

At around 6pm on 1st September UT (Eastern: 2pm on 1st September and Sydney: 4am on 2nd September) the Moon heads in to create a channel with the North Node for about 10 hours. This is a quick and dirty hack to our self empowerment.  No bullying ourselves into old patterns.

How will you use the power being made available to you?  How will you invest your energy? Your attention?  Your time?   Here is where we stop casting around for any old  sort of postive outcome (please Universe, we beg!), and stand in our power to CREATE what we came here to create.  Be clear – CHOOSE it!  Say out loud .. I CHOOSE.

These few hours have an immense potential to shift us from survival to creation.  From death energy to life energy.

On 10th September, Venus in 40 creates a channel with Neptune in 37, before Neptune shifts back into the Gate of Abundance (Gate 55) on 14th September.

These transits, and those playing out during the remainder of September are both subtle and powerful. They can sweep us off our feet if we let them. But this is about grounding something that was previously ephemeral, a dream landscape we carried within us.  Be present, and trust in the process. Natural law is at work in your life and it is looking for every possible opportunity to support your good.

What’s birthing in your life?








New Moon – It’s Time To Let Go

KellyVivancoTimes when everything seems to be falling away can be frightening. This is one of those times, but not a time to be afraid.  This week’s New Moon brings success.  It pushes us towards much needed changes by thawing parts of us that have been frozen to death.

Right now it can feel like we’re between a rock and a hard place.  The rock prevents us going back to what’s known and comfortable.  The hard place is new and seemingly full of risks.  Here be dragons!  Quite literally.  Both Mars and Saturn are in the dragon gate in the Human Design chart – Gate 1, the Gate of The Creative.  Hilary Barrett describes it like this:

The dragon is in full flight, creative force released into full expression. Clouds follow him and the crops grow.  This is the right time and place to act.


Saturn is structure, Mars is bold action.   If Saturn has the upper hand, our will can be paralysed.  If Mars has the upper hand we can waste our energy rebelling against authority and achieve nothing of personal significance.  Together they are a supreme team for making changes to our lives by trusting our passionate heart.  This is the voice of the divine inviting us to embody our spirit, mix it with our humanity and bring our longings to life.

The Sun and Moon are both in the Gate of Dispersion (59.3).  Margaret Pearson says of this gate:

At such times we need to make sacrifices [of our old habits and comfort zones] and to draw near to sources of spiritual and moral success.  By seeking guidance and gathering with like minded people we can initiate great changes.

Hilary Barrett adds:

Everything solid is swept away.  The familiar landmarks are gone.  Perhaps this liberates the vital energy of the situation, or perhaps it’s utterly disorienting.  Let your decisions flow from your essential underlying source.

Your little self can disperse now, as you quietly enter into a larger and deeper truth, one where your independence and what you stand for are no longer important.  As your identity disperses and expands, there is nothing to be anxious about.  Nothing real is lost.

The Confidence To Risk Changing

I’ve spent this week speaking to people about how their long held dreams are coming alive.  There is a call to take action on them, to make them real.  This can be challenging, particularly for women, who tend to lack confidence in their capacity to create real meaningful change.  Women have been taught a level of passivity and even the most successful women tend to seek approval in order to feel safe in the world.

In their book The Confidence Code, Katthy Kay and Claire Shipman tell how a lack of confidence  leads the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde to overcompensate in her job.

“Angela Merkel and I have talked about it,” she confided.  “We have discovered that we both have the same habit.  When we work on a particular matter, we will work the file inside, outside, sideways, backwards, historically, genetically and geographically.  We want to be completely on top of everything and we want to understand it  all and we don’t want to be fooled by somebody else.” 

What hope do mere mortal women have?  And yet, it is a time in the evolution of consciousness when women are being called to step out into the world in an entirely new way.  The Economist magazine recently called female economic empowerment the most profound social change of our times.

What makes this a big deal right now is Ceres creating a channel with Pluto.  Ceres is symbolic of the Eleusinian Mysteries, an inititiation into life and death that dates back to 1500BC.   The Mysteries took evil and replaced them with good, giving possession of happier hopes for the future.  Initiates surrender or sacrifice (giving up of our existing form), connect with the divine and are gifted a renewed life and sense of purpose in the world.  It is similar to the ideas we associate with Pluto – death and rebirth.

In The Gate of Great Exceeding (28) Ceres asks us where we are holding onto an area of our lives that we’ve outgrown.  All that is possible has already been done, learned, experienced.  There’s nothing nourishing left and yet we keep on, like a dog chewing on an old bone. We focus on the grief and sense of loss, rather than the opportunity.


This is a time for changing your form -

a deeply transformative process of letting go of who you believe you are,

 seeking new roads and new friends. 


Pluto adds to a whole range of influences saying the same thing – you need to go outside your comfort zone, seek new guides, mentors, advisors and friends.  There is something you need to see and learn and you won’t do that sitting at home in front of the television.  Break out of what’s known and get yourself off to find what’s calling you.  Take the risk when your essential self says .. YES! That’s it!!

A vital aspect of Ceres is self valuing.  What are you worth? Can you stand as a mature adult in the world and hold to your own truth? What message does your soul have for the world?

This is a pivot point.  It’s particularly potent for women because of the Ceres/Pluto connection, but it affects all of us.  There’s confusion here, as there always is when we are face to face with the unknown.  Mercury tells us that it’s important not to pull back in an attempt to gain some self-assurance.   Our confidence is only gained by taking some action right now, no matter how small.  Each step will open us up to new insights and ideas.  These new ideas about ourselves and our potential may shock and amaze us.  But if we are listening to our heart rather than chasing down what will help us feel safe again,  it will be a step in the right direction.


PS. When you’re ready to walk out the gate and explore fresh new territory you need the right guide.  If you have a sense of your new business direction and lack the courage and/or nuts and bolts knowledge for how to get started and make it really happen, I have space for one private client in my 6 months personal mentoring program.  Book in for a Discovery Session so we can explore working together.

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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.

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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.



Soul Progressions PlayGroup  

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.

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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.