Masquerade in Film and Literature

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The Mask of Zorro

The Mask of Zorro

This post is from my Supernatrual Underground spot. I thought I would highlight it here (manual reblog) so anyone who wants to win a free Kindle copy of Tatsania’s Gift (YA Urban Fantasy and prequel the QE Series) can pop their fav mask in the comments here, as well as there). Enjoy xxxKim

Since the beginning of time, masks have had a powerful influence on human evolution. From preliterate societies to the ancient Greeks and on to present times, the mask represents a part of our multiplicity, the many ‘selves’ that reside within.

Greek Comedy and Tragedy

Greek Comedy and Tragedy

In the Greek amphitheater, masks were performance props that helped bring out a ‘persona,’ a word that originally meant ‘to sound through’. The mask actually amplified the voice of the actor on stage, a wonderful metaphor for the expression of character.

Joseph Campbell explores this deeply in The Masks of God, delving into philosophical views of supreme beings in preliterate, Eastern, and Western cultures. He shows how, through story and ritual, we meet the divine, and sometimes demonic (dynamic), within – via our masks.In modern times, the mask (metaphorical or real) can be a way of allowing a particular aspect of our personality its day in the sun.

We put on the mask and become something  else, something more than . . . This ‘primitive’ practice of donning a mask to express a repressed aspect of the Self is common. We do it all the time when we:

Ipkiss’s dog, Milo, in The Mask

Put on our happy face.

Find our serious look.

Give others our kick-ass stare.

Go all gooey or seductive . . .

We still use masks in fiction to embellish (hide, punish, trick, curse, bless, amplify) a character.

It may seem like the mask makes them more archetypal, as in the evil of Darth Vader, the trickster Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask, or Batman and Zorro’s dark hero, but the story always reveals its deeper meaning when the characters finally take off the mask. Then we see what lies beneath.

William Butler Yeats suggests we sometimes prefer the masks stay on!

The Mask

“PUT off that mask of burning gold
With emerald eyes.”
“O no, my dear, you make so bold
To find if hearts be wild and wise,
And yet not cold.”
“I would but find what’s there to find,
Love or deceit.”
“It was the mask engaged your mind,
And after set your heart to beat,
Not what’s behind.”
“But lest you are my enemy,
I must enquire.”
“O no, my dear, let all that be;
What matter, so there is but fire
In you, in me?”

What’s your favorite mask in film or literature? Lord Vader? Scream? Dread Pirate Roberts? Zorro? Predator? Stanley Ipkiss? Stanley Ipkiss’s dog?

Name your favorite, most scary/awesome/sexy mask in the comments  here AND over at the Supernatural Underground, and receive a Kindle copy of Tatsania’s Gift, a YA dystopia novella, lead in to the Quantum Encryption series.

Kim Falconer is a Supernatural Underground author writing paranormal romance, urban fantasy, YA and epic science fantasy novels.You can find out more about Kim at kimfalconer.com or on the 11th House Blog (yes, we’re here) and on Facebook and Twitter.
She posts at the Supernatural Underground on the 16th of every month. Her latest release is”Blood and Water” in Vampires Gone Wild.

Anubis Full Moon

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Anubis by Michael Parkes

Anubis by Michael Parkes

Astro-LOA Flash: The full moon in Aquarius is one of the best aligned lunar events all year for blasting through set points and self imposed glass ceilings – the unconscious cap on how good we can let anything be. The energy here is creative, exuberant, charismatic! Drawing in Uranus by trine, Saturn by square, conjunct asteroids Psyche, Sappho and Anubis, along with a lovely YOD to Chiron and Pluto, get ready to release inhibitions, go outside the box and find MORE of your potential, from the inside out. Wild winds with a strong chance of reaching new heights!

New Moon 18 Aquarius
LA  – Sunday – 11:10 am
NY  – Sunday –  2:00 pm
Lon – Sunday – 7 pm
Syd – Monday – 4 am

Where we find 18 Aquarius in the chart is where the Great Awakener works through us. 

Aquarius is ruled by Saturn (traditional) and Uranus (modern). Both are strong willed planets with powerhouse desires and BOTH are in aspect to this full moon!

Think of Uranus as one of the most exciting planets to work with in deliberate creation as this is where we blast through limitation and break out of narrow beliefs! It’s insanely powerful energy, but without Saturn, we wouldn’t know were those limits lie. Saturn is a part of us that demands authenticity. It’s where we want to get things right, be successful, individuated, feel accomplished and build something tangible. But Uranus keeps us from getting caught in a rut. Joanne Whickenburg calls them the ‘dynamic duo’ as they are the innovation (Uranus) and the manifestation (Saturn) on which we create our dreams.

For this full moon, think of any limiting beliefs about yourself are you ready to drop. Write them down, and kiss them good bye!

With Asteroids Anubis, Psyche and Sappho lit up, you couldn’t have a better inner moment for amping up self-love. This is such a powerful practice. Try it in your Aquarius house today!

Look to where 18 Aquarius is in your chart (create your chart here) and really give yourself the inspiration, innovation and permission to go beyond your limits. (short tutorial on how to find any degree of the zodiac is in your chart here.

These key words for the houses will help you get an idea of what’s the buzz and where to put your focus! Let us know what’s up!

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, books, kids, art, romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups, collective
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditation

Moon, Eros and the Galactic Centre

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Astro-LOA Flash: Asteroid 433 Eros, joined by the Moon in Sagittarius is conjunct the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius, the point on which our solar system orbits once every 250 million years. It’s a powerful energy to tune into!

The GC, the center of the Milky Way, was discovered in 1932 with the first radio-telescope (they were trying to figure out why there was static in the overseas phone lines and found the GC was partially to blame). It’s the source of most of the gravitational energy in our galaxy. Some scientists think there is a star sized black hole at the core, others have different theories, but the interesting thing is, long before radio-telescopes, the ancient Mayan’s were turning their horizon astronomy eyes exactly towards this point, even though it was technically ‘impossible’ for them to see.

The Mayan people described the GC, the ‘sun’ of our solar system now at 27 Sagittarius, as the Heart of Sky and the Dark Rift,  two center points of the cosmos, a kind of ‘light/dark, Shiva/Shakti, Yin/Yang’ image.

Think of this Moon/Eros contact as an awakening, a burst of energy that supports new feeling (or newly discovered repressed ones), habits and ways of connecting in the world. It’s an opportunity to release limiting beliefs and past conflicts, let go of anything you’ve been putting up with and refresh your core self. Great prep for the up coming Aquarius Full Moon.

If you want to leverage this energy specifically, look to where 26-28 degrees of Sagittarius is in your natal chart and jump into that area of life with your whole heart. Moon/Eros wants to engage, and the GC is all about expansion, and following your highest excitement, being your ‘best’ self.

More on Moon/Eros

The transiting Moon moves through the entire zodiac every 28+ days, so the conjunction with Eros is a monthly event. But not over the Galactic Center. That can only happen once every 5 years+. Think of it as a highly sensitized point.

Moon, Eros GC can coincide with the awakening of intense feelings and desires. The Moon wants comfort and security; Eros wants to seek it through intimacy, risk and intensity, with another, an artistic project, a problem to solve. In Sagittarius, on the GC, it may want to look far afield, ultimately seeking new knowledge of self, others and the universe.

Think of the Moon as a barometer of our emotionally harmony. We’re going to gain some insights here! If there is any tension or lack of clarity, this transit can synchronize with inner turmoil, blurred boundaries and the odd bit of acting out. The feelings are running high like a river and, depending on our capacity to contain and process, they may splash and spill over the banks. Sometimes only hindsight can illuminate the actions and reactions of this time.

How to handle it? Let Sagittarius be your guide. Think adventure, curiosity, and openness to new understanding. The desire is to experience the feelings through Eros (intensity, intimacy, transformation) and this can help us get in touch with our inner angel/demon dynamic. (Remember, all roads are good)

Mostly this transit will point out where the greatest need for nurturing, expansion and excitement is. Putting awareness on the area of life where you find 27 degrees of Sagittarius in your chart will help. A goldmine of insights and creative expression awaits!

Where is this happening for you? Comments welcome.

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_mdmAdditional notes:

Finding where 27 degrees of Sagittarius is in your chart. (this tutorial shows how to create your chart, find the ascendant and read all the degrees on the house cusps.)

The meanings of the houses are deep and rich with metaphorical and literal content but here is a quick list to get you started.

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house - $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – Sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups
12th house – Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Note: The HOUSES are the pieces of pie, the sections of space divided into twelve 30 degree + or – slices round which the zodiac spans. They represent areas of life, inner and outer, and symbolize the environment where an intention or drive (planet/sign) is acting out. The ruler on the house cups and the sign or signs contained in the house suggest the climate found in that environment.

Any planets residing in a given house or transiting there show us where the needs and drives of the energy are operating for us. We meet those planets, and the archetypal characters they symbolize, in that area of life.

Learn more at GoodVibeAstrology.com

 

Steamy August Stars

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Diary of Discoveries by Vladimir Kush

Diary of Discoveries by Vladimir Kush

The month of August begins in FIRE and WATER, which we know makes steam. There is a mix of creative enthusiasm, adventure and audacity (great for fueling ideas, goals and plans for the future) coupled with a pull toward introspection.

Find alignment by following paths that light you up, and taking time to reflect through meditation, journal writing and deeper conversations. Marry playfulness with receptivity.

On the 10th, the Full Moon in Aquarius brings a huge release of old energy. The T-Square with Saturn (old habits – new ambition) and applying Mars (urgency, action), along with the trine to Uranus (will to freedom) is a firecracker ready to light up the sky.

Use this by finding the objectivity of the Aquarius Moon (perspective) opposite the Sun (ego – creative purpose) and shed the thoughts, behaviors and patterns (people/jobs/beliefs) that no longer serve you. This month is perfect for releasing tolerations. Holding on to them, on the other hand, is going to sap your strength and stress your life. Jeanette Maw explains why:

I used to believe tolerance was a virtue, a trait to embrace. But it turns out a toleration isn’t necessarily good for your vibration. – Jeannette Maw

To tolerate something is to bear it, to put up with it, to ball and chain it to your life. Can you feel that vibration? The more we grit our teeth in toleration, the ‘worse’ things get. For us.

So how do you eliminate tolerations? Jeannette has quick tips (read the full article here):

1) identify tolerations – think through your physical environment, financial, relationships, personal health, body, creativity . . . where are you feeling stubbornness, jealousy, hard feelings, revenge, illness, obsession? Toleration generates these experiences.

2) make a list of your top ten ‘I have to put up with this‘ things. It might look like:

  • Hyper critical partner
  • Messy house mates
  • Boring job
  • Noisy neighbor . . .
  • No place to paint/write/sketch etc

Make your own list. Go for 10 to start.

3) release the tolerations, one by one.

How? Easy. Either :

1) eliminate them (break up, hire help, quit job, move house etc) OR
2) find a way to see the situation differently.

When you change your relationship to the tolerated thing so that it’s ‘no big deal’, in other words, when you take the charge off of it, it ceases to be an energy drain. Do this exercise before the full moon and as it comes into aspect, watch the tolerations lift. Your shoulders lighten and you breathe deeply again. Ahhhh . . .

On the 12th of August, Venus moves into Leo, putting three personal planets in this sign (Sun, Mercury, Venus) and the dazzling Jupiter. Where Leo resides in your chart is going to be party town and/or creative inspiration heaven, as long as you let go of those tolerations. If not, you’ll have a chance to see what they are doing to your energetic body, up close and personal.

If this does turn into crunch time, appreciate the front row seat on what isn’t in alignment with your core values. Remember, when we do something that aligns with one of our core values, we experience an infinite flow of energy. It feels like peace, abundance, joy. When we do something that is not an authentic value, we experience the opposite of bliss. Use the information of this week to identify where your alignment on and off kilter with your authentic self.

On the 15th Mercury goes into the home sign of Virgo along with the Sun on the 22nd. This shifts us into a little more of an EARTH vibe for the second half of the month. Practical activities, de-cluttering, sorting, ordering and examining and getting our hands into the earth, feeling the ground that supports us, and the sensuality of the body brings balance and peace. You’ll find a yoga practice, martial art, zumba, gym or swim routine, along with excellent eating habits and high levels of self care really support your alignment now.

New Moon on August 25th, at 2 Virgo, is going to be telling. The Mars/Saturn conjunction is spot on, pulling in Mercury sextile, Venus Square and Uranus inconjunct. Neptune is opposite this New Moon, offering a chance to glimpse infinite possibilities, if you have put in the reflection time, released tolerations and opened your mind to appreciating what is, right here, right now in this beautiful moment. From this place, you can set intentions for the up coming month of September, focusing on the core values of your Virgo house.

Summary:

A steamy month of contrast, which serves your higher expansion, August brings the chance to release anything that’s weighing you down and open your life up to new possibilities. Utilize this energy, especially in the second half of the month, to turn lemons into lemonade. Make it a collaborative adventure!

Where are the key features of this month highlighting your chart? The Mars/Saturn conjunction at 17 Scorpio? The lovely conjunctions in Leo trine Uranus in Aries? Full and new moons? Share in the comments as the month unfolds!

xxKim

The Only Love Spell that Works

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Ritual magic is archetypal in that it is found in all cultures, in all places and in all times. From ancient Egypt, Africa, the Americas, Europe, Pacific Islands, India, Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan . . . all the tribes of humanity practice it. Some forms of magic include:

  • magic words spoken aloud or written down
  • use of objects or images to focus intention
  • participation with nature, animals and elements
  • use of symbols, words and phrases to invoke the help of spirits guides
  • keeping a grimoire (a cookbook of spells, thoughts, desires, intentions, insights . . .)

Notice something here? This list could easily be from Law of Attraction Basics, or tips for deliberate creation such as scripting, affirmations, focus wheels, spending time in nature, Astro-LOA and Pray Rain Journals. Given the popularity of LOA, it’s surprising the connection with ritual magic isn’t made more often. (For more on this read the Good Vibe Blog post Spell Casting for Deliberate creators.)

If law of attraction is a kind of ‘magic for the masses’, what about those love spells? Do they work? Yes. Do we like the results? Actually, no. A spell that puts us in alignment with our authentic desires is fortifying. A spell that tries to fit square pegs into round holes backfires, every time. So what about the title of this post? The only Love Spell that Works?

There is only one love spell that won’t backfire – that’s the love spell we put on ourselves.

Most of our relationship, or lack of relationship, issues rise from an absence of self-love. As Jeannette Maw says, “The universe can only be as good to you as you are to yourself,” and face it, we aren’t always that supportive. Think about your self talk when you look in the mirror. Are you your own best cheering squad, or do you list the faults and things that need to be ‘fixed’? What about at work? In your creativity? Your daily routine? When you lay awake at night, are you thinking of the things that went right or ‘wrong’? Most of us are in the habit of self judgment, criticism and denigration. Just imagine what signal that sends to the universe? It’s a spell that conjures more of what we don’t want.

But there is a way to turn it around, a love spell that changes everything, from the inside out. There are a lot of them out there, spells that boost self-love, but here are two I found life changing:

Jeannette Maw’s Mirror Mirror on the Wall:

However you feel about yourself is what the world gives you so reinforce those loving thoughts.

1) For the next 30 days, every day before bed, look at yourself in the mirror and let the love, support and encouragement flow. It’s confronting, yes, so start with the easy stuff like, “you really handled that well today, when you . . .” Or, “I love the way you . . .” And work yourself up to some lovely, eye to eye, “I love you”.

2) Repeat – Every day. 30 days.

3) This spell will change your life like nothing you thought could!

Also you might like to thy Brad Yates’s Love Yourself Recording with EFT and a bit of hypnosis.

Practice every day (it takes ten minutes) for 40 days.

If you don’t take this time for yourself, how can you expect others to?

Now it’s your turn. Have any self-love/care/appreciation tips to share? I’d love to hear about them, and your results when you do these spells.

xxKim

Plot driven versus character driven? All bullshit.

kimfalconer:

“. . . a good story is driven by both good plot ideas and good characters. The trick is managing them right.” Solid advice from the brilliant Australian Spec Fic writer and academic, Kim Wilkins.

Originally posted on Hexebart's Well:

From time to time, aspiring writers ask me what is the best kind of story: one that is plot-driven or one that is character-driven? Somehow the idea that the two are distinct and one can be privileged over the other persists. “Character-driven” is usually seen as the mark of serious writing, while “plot-driven” is understood to be written by hacks pandering to the marketplace. This is a false distinction, and a potentially dangerous one at that. No writer can afford to overlook one or the other: a good story is driven by both good plot ideas and good characters. The trick is managing them right.

1. A story isn’t a story until it has people and problems. These two things (character and plot) cannot in any way be conceived outside of each othttp://www.quickmeme.com/img/8d/8dc1c587351499e97e4ebaf3e21ca63ba55b4fa764b8e4f9d0fe1c1d3cb0f582.jpgher. An idea for a fascinating character means little until that character is challenged in some way…

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What Is Real

kimfalconer:

The Symbolreader considers what is ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ according to Vedanta. My deliberate creation friends will find this relevant, especially ideas about Self and non-self. Thank you, Monika!

Originally posted on symbolreader:

“As I recalled Bhagavan saying sometimes that unreal (mithya, imaginary) and real (satyam) mean the same, but did not quite understand, I asked him about it. He said, ‘Yes, I do sometimes say that. What do you mean by real? What is it that you call real?’

I answered: “According to Vedanta, only that which is permanent and unchanging can be called real. That is the meaning of Reality.”

Then Bhagavan said: “The names and forms which constitute the world continually change and perish and are therefore called unreal. It is unreal (imaginary) to limit the Self to these names and forms and real to regard all as the Self. The non-dualist says that the world is unreal, but he also says, ‘All this is Brahman’. So it is clear that what he condemns is, regarding the world as objectively real in itself, not regarding it as Brahman. He who…

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Gold Lion Moon

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Achaemenid Gold Lion

Achaemenid Gold Lion

The New Moon in Leo brings the brightness of the primary alchemical goal, the turning of lead (the undifferentiated self) to gold (individuated consciousness). Jupiter conjunct the sun (which fuels everything in the chart – learn more about the sun’s transits here) is boosting the energy sky high, so take advantage of this once every 12 year connection in Leo. Think: What intentions will I set?

On an inner level, the new moon lights up the heart chakra, the anahata chakra. It means unhurt, un-struck, unbeaten. Here is something more than optimism or hope. It is the reality of well being each of us hold in the center of our hearts. Tap into that strength.

The New Moon at 3 Leo conjuncts Talitha, a binary star in Ursa Major representing heart, strength and compassion. With this energy, we look into the heart of the matter which takes courage, integrity and power, all attributes of the Lion. The natural seat of Leo is the fifth house, ruling creative self-expression as in children of the body, mind and spirit including offspring, creative play, literary works, dance, music, drama, love affairs and speculation. Where we find this new moon in our own chart is where we will express boldly, dramatically and with strong intentions of the heart. Set yours now! Sign by sign zodiac hints below.

NEW MOON @3 LEO 51′ July 26/27th
LA  – Saturday – 3:42 pm
NY  – Saturday – 6:42 pm
LON – Saturday -11:42 pm
SYD – Sunday – 8:42 am

AriesARIES: The Leo New Moon is all about play this month. Are you getting enough of it? No matter how focused you are on goals, relationships and intentions, the feeling of playfulness is what will make dreams come true. Lighten up. Live it up, and have some fun! Healing through creative pleasure.

TaurusTAURUS: This month you want to be queen/king of your castle, no exceptions. This is not a time for democracy but strong and potent rulership. There are decisions to make around the home/family/nurturing environment and your opinion needs to be truly your own. Healing through love of all that surrounds and protects.

GeminiGEMINI: New Moon in your communications sector along with the Sun and Jupiter has you flat out writing, speaking, teaching, talking, sharing. It could be a month of negotiations and new contracts and what’s up with the siblings? There’s a nonstop smile on your face! Healing through written or verbal expression.

CancerCANCER: This month the New Moon is in your money house so tune in and get your values and $$ vibe straight. What is your relationship to moolah? Are you friends? Competitors? Combatants? If you want money to love you, make the first move! Healing through complete and unconditional self-love.

LeoLEO: Your personal New Moon is all about putting yourself out there in the world and receiving appreciation well deserved. It begins at the core, the heart of your life – relationships, career, home and Self. Feel free to run, hunt, race and roar! Healing through deep, authentic and engaging interactions.

VirgoVIRGO: This is your New Moon of quietude. It’s about dreams and imagination, immersion and loosening of boundaries. You feel more sensitive, more compassionate and more willing to serve or speak for those who have been muted. Explore the inner creative world. Healing through compassion for all life.

LibraLIBRA: The New Moon is in your house of friends, associates, groups and like-minded others. Connection there inspires your hopes and expands your desires for the future. This is a ‘joining’ moon where you gravitate to where you feel the greatest sense of belonging. Healing through community.

ScorpioSCORPIO: Your career sector and public image is lit by this powerful New Moon. You reassess your professional goals and think through the plans you’ve put into place. There is a desire to expand in this area of life and this moon supports clearing of any gremlins in the works. Healing through unabashed self respect.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS: The New Moon fires up your favorite house – travel and expansion! This is where you take your mind, body or spirit to places it’s never been via education, journeys, meditation, and vision. Freedom and stimulation are the goals, with joy of heart. Healing through explorations into the unknown.

CapricornCAPRICORN: New Moon in your house of shared resources opens the doors to new ways of relating, creating and being. This shines the light on intimacy, sex and co-creations. Set intentions clearly here, knowing exactly what you want to experience. Think tantra! Healing through the shared heart.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Relationship and personal one-to-one unions bask in the light of this New Moon. It’s not about creating distance, or delineations or reasons. It’s not in the mind but the heart. So go to a place where you feel safe enough to let the guard down and ask for what you really want. Healing through collaboration.

piscesPISCES: This New Moon is in the house of magic, the place where your will (desires) are manifested. Thoughts are important now and you get to check in on how you THINK about your body, your work, your home, your likes and dislikes. Are the thoughts helpful? If not, why not? Healing through daily appreciation.

Have a wonderful New MOON Everyone and let us know where this is happening for you.

July Roundtable Call

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Consulting the Oracle by John Waterhouse

Thanks everyone who dialed in to the call and chat! If you missed, the recording is here. (scroll down to July Free Monthly Call) Great examples all. Cheers!

Jeannette and I will be tabling your Astrology and Law of Attraction questions tomorrow over at GVA – exploring DECLINATIONS – how parallel aspects can spark creative change. Also we’ll check out the transit of Jupiter into Leo and manifesting abundance, and Saturn Direct for the entrepreneur. It’s a chance for everyone to learn how to put Astro-LOA to practice. Feel free to listen and/or join in, ask your questions or stream online. If you want to use you chart as an example, please have a link to it ready either from the Gallery or your own upload. (you can email your chart to Jeannette and I before the call).

July 23/24 GVA Roundtable

LA 3 pm
NY 6 pm
Lon 11 pm
Syd 8 am

To stream online, (or download after the call) visit Good Vibe Astrology on TalkShoe.

GoodVibeAstroD52cR06bP01ZL-Hoover6b_smlOr dial in on Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 25859

Open to everyone.

See you there!

xKim

Capricorn Full Moon Alignment

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The Truth About Magic by James R. Eads (tarot cards)

The Truth About Magic by James R. Eads (tarot cards)

The full moon in Capricorn is sextile ruling Saturn trine Chiron and amping up that good old grand Cardinal cross in the sky. What does that mean? Breathe, release, let go. There are solutions and pathways that lead you forward, but you won’t see them until you give the grudge match a boot. Stop gnawing old bones and shake yourself free. Step into to the high clean winds of release. Not sure where to apply this ‘drop the tolerations‘ energy? Tips below, signs by sign. If you want to take it further, focus on where this event is in your chart and practice total release of anger, resentment, frustration or disappointment in that area of life. Basically, catch and release your judgments, of self and others. Appreciate and release everything. It’ll change your life.

Full Moon @ 20 Capricorn
LA  –  Saturday  4:25 am
NY  –  Saturday  7:25 am
LON – Saturday 12:25 pm
SYD – Saturday   9:25 pm

Remember to spot where 20 Cancer – Capricorn is in your chart and amp up the energy in that area of life! Comments and questions welcome here, or over at the GVA Forum.

AriesARIES: Your career takes a turn for the better with a chance to carry more responsibility for a much greater reward. Ask: Do you light up in a smile when you think of your life work? This is the time to take a risk, release stress and move forward with clear goals.

TaurusTAURUS: Take your mind, body or spirit somewhere it’s never been before – meditate, travel, read, learn. Ask: are you holding yourself back from your real dreams? Best not, as chance of a life time offers pour in.

GeminiGEMINI: Intimacy and intensity is what will light your fire now. Go ahead and take a leap in the dark. Ask: are you playing it safe with your emotions? Express, purge. Release grudges; make room for incoming love.

CancerCANCER: Partnership is the focus and you will benefit by assessing the relationships in your life. ALL of them. Ask: do you feel free to be who you are? Time to connect to the part of you that is brilliantly authentic and true. Cut dead wood.

LeoLEO: Putting energy into the body, health and physical well being brings the best results! Ask: are you getting enough exercise every day? Loving your good? It’s time to listen to your body, really listen, and respond. Let go of disappointment, now.

VirgoVIRGO: Creativity springs from a well of new, or renewed romance. Write, play, choreograph, sing, act. Ask: are you allowing for the creative gifts in your heart? Be ready to let the inner child out and the opportunities in! Clean slate!

 

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LibraLIBRA: Clean the house, wash the windows, clear the air, especially with family misunderstandings or quarrels. Ask: is your home a true reflection of you? All new things are coming in this area of life. Cherish what you have, including your body and release neg thoughts!

ScorpioSCORPIO: Start a new course of study, join a community project, get friendly with the written or spoken word. Ask: is there anything you’d like to learn, teach or share? New ideas are coming in, when you loosen your grip on old patterns. Communicate!

SagittariusSAGITTARIUSIndulge in all your core values, develop your talents and be MORE of who you are. Ask: Are you letting the abundance in? It’s enrichment time. Think more self-sustaining. A hobby turns into a career when you stop the inner critique.

CapricornCAPRICORN: This is a new chapter in your life. Open the door to your dreams by showing up, and loosening up! Ask: is your life an accurate reflection of who you want to be? Change is easier now. The universe has your back when you meet it halfway.

AquariusAQUARIUS: Commune with your unconscious. Take time to record and reflect on your dreams and let go of any victim vibe. Ask: are you deep in service to your higher self? There are opportunities pouring in as you let go judgment. Be ready!

piscesPISCES: Friends and like-minded others are a source of inspiration, if you’re hanging out with your own kind! Ask: are these birds really of my feather? Plant your hopes and wishes for the future in fertile soil. Cut ties with dead weight. Then bloom.

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Happy Full Moon, Everyone!

A Few Thoughts on Power

kimfalconer:

This post by the Symbolreader is perfect for today’s Transform with Transits call on Pluto – an archetype of hidden, and not so hidden power.
“The roots of true power are indestructible and accessible to all.”
Thank you, Monika!

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Paul Kane, “Mount St Helens Erupting at Night”

“Business has defeated everything in its path. Its last enemies are the oldest: it is still defied by the ancient Gods of blood revenge, territorial tribalism and the strangely recurrent death struggles between genders, as well as by the untamed divinities of nature – the oceans, the deserts, the magma at the earth’s core and the powers of storm and rain. They alone remain to affront and disrupt the power of business.”

James Hillman, “Kinds of Power”

Before I started reading James Hillman’s Kinds of Power I tried to ponder and intuit what power means for me. For me the most tremendous kind of power is the kind that is born in the darkest core of nature, the pulsating hidden geyser of power we all carry within, whether we are high profile politicians, businesspeople or celebrities or the powerless have-nots, victims of…

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Tip o’ the Month – July 2014

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the keeper of secrets (oil on canvas) by Crispin Korschen

the keeper of secrets (oil on canvas) by Crispin Korschen

Astro-LOA Tip O’ the Month launches with Mercury Direct. Oh boy! Give the trickster planet a few days to get revved up before making big decisions, but you’ll feel an increased surety and focus right away. For major events and declarations, go for it with Mercury out of the ‘shadow zone’ – July 15th.

Between now and then, take into account your reflections, insights and understandings gained over the last three weeks. What have you learned from any delays, down time, or disruptions? Have eyes for the gifts!

On the 12th, Mercury is into Cancer again, bringing to light a situation or challenge from early June. Now it’s much more obvious how to proceed.

The Full moon at 20 Capricorn is a wonderful time to exhale, forget about all the plates you have spinning, and let go. You could drop a toleration or two, a grudge or a limiting belief. It’s like an elixir. Really!(Asteroid Icarus at 3 Capricorn, opposite Mercury and the Moon supports this toleration release!)

A wonderful ingress this month is on the 16th when Jupiter makes his once every 12 year sojourn into Leo. Think big heart, massive creative inspiration and full, magnanimous generosity. It’s playful and dramatic. You want to have fun with this for the next year! Check where Leo reigns in your natal chart for insights and a party plan. Jupiter boosts the spirits and instills confidence, an important component in any deliberate creations.

The power of the vibrations of confidence, commitment and belief . . . can turn dark horses into champions, long shots into heroes and underdogs into top dogs. -Jeannette Maw

On the 18th, Venus into Cancer turns passion into compassion. You’ll want to demonstrate your ‘caring’ core value in whatever area of life you have this sign. For example, 11th house is caring for friends, 7th house, nurturing committed/biz partnerships, 6th house, pets . . . where’s yours? On the 22nd, the Sun is into Leo, following the path pre-paved by Jupiter, and catching up on the 24th, a rocking day to expand your goals and explore new horizons. Whatever excites you today is a go!

Note: Changes of direction: July 20th sees Saturn turn Direct at 16 Scorpio. This is stabilizing, with increased ambition to accomplish what was started in November 2013. July 21 Uranus turns retrograde at 16 Aries and will journey ‘backwards’ until Dec 22, 2014. Uranus represents the urge to change and disrupt any ingrained, limiting habit patterns. The Rx period represents a more settled time where what we put in motion in March/April 2014 will start to show results. The rebel takes 5.

Mars is into Scorpio on the 25th where he will squares the Leo New Moon. The power to cut out old habit patterns that no longer serve, and to focus on a powerful, life changing intention is yours. Put your mind to it for incredible results.

Mercury, zipping forward now at supersonic speed, enters Leo, reactivating the recent energy of Jupiter into this sign. What you set in motion mid-month is going to blast off in August! Amazing!

Have a wonderful July!

 

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