Healing Circle New Moon Update

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This New Moon in Capricorn is going to take us into the Eclipse season — lots is going in the heavens right now.

If we jump ahead, the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in 14 days will be in Leo on January 31st, and then two weeks later on February 15th, there will be a partial Solar Eclipse in Aquarius. 

In today’s newsletter, I focus specifically on this powerful New Moon and offer my reflections. As you will see from my illustration for the “line-up” in the Sign of Capricorn that will accompany the New Moon, we have Venus at 28°, Pluto at 19°, Mercury at 8° and then Saturn at 2°. Capricorn is a full house! As many of you will know this period has been characterised by the ingression of Saturn (currently at 2° Capricorn), after two and a half years in Sagittarius.

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This quote from Karen Curry, a specialist in Human Design, really strikes me today.

In my own journey, I spent many years trying to find my own path and for most of my life, I was clearly thinking about this from the personal point of view of my own soul. 

If we follow what Caroline Myss explains in “Why don’t people heal“, the development of self and self-identity was one of the key features of the Piscean Age. She mentions the Italian Renaissance as a key point in the history of individuality and it is clear that at this time, many artists began to sign their own works in their own names, rather than with the name of their School or Atelier. Whilst movements and schools in art are inherent to the history of art, the rise of the individual, transcending the movement, has been in some senses the endpoint of the journey. This is true to some extent in all fields of human endeavour in which collective genius was replaced by individual genius.

As a New Paradigm heralds in the Age of Aquarius, we are no longer moving into the extremities of “selfhood” for the sake of the “self”, but “selfhood” for the sake of the Earth.

The Earth is our collective home and the work, as Karen Curry points out, is to step up and support this greater collective evolution. In fact, it is the very excesses of individualism and of the outsize ego that are no longer supporting the whole.

This doesn’t mean denying or belittling self. On the contrary, it means moving into “self” to be able to fulfil one’s deeper role but at the collective level. This is doubtless why so many people have been called to the healing arts, for example, as the collective “human body” begins to heal itself.

Whilst our own individuation has been seen in more personal terms over the past half-century, Aquarius, the collective, is now calling for a greater implication on behalf of the Earth, our home-ship. If taking care of home-ship Earth has been on the cards for some time, we are now moving into a new level where individuals, collectives, cities, even certain corporations, are taking the initiative to move on a higher level. This, after all, is a journey for us all. Many of us can see that we are one. We now have to step up to our own evolution so that the Earth can evolve too.


Healing or not healing



Today I went to see the herd of ten horses that I had been looking after over the vacation. I had worked with one in particular, the lovely Lightening, and several things had come up involving both nutrition and the Five Elements. 

Today, I could see that Lightening simply didn’t want any physical contact at all. No grooming. No affection. And no kinesiology. He looked quite interior and was unreachable. Having driven 20 miles out into the Somerset countryside to visit him, I could feel a quandry forming. I decided to sit on the wooden pallet in the middle of the school and I pondered on what I should do next. 

I said to myself that whilst I had come here to see him, he clearly didn’t want “seeing” and as such, he was asking me to respect his space. I therefore told him that I would fully respect his space and his desire not to work today. At this point, he lay down about 15m from me.  I added however that if he would like some Distance Reiki, I would be happy to share.

I then closed my eyes and tuned into him. In my inner vision, he came right up to me and licked my hand. He said some Reiki would be lovely. So, I sent him some Distance Reiki, there and then. When I finished, I opened my eyes. As I opened them, he rolled onto his back and began giving himself the most glorious back scratch, with his feet kicking the air in joy. I hadn’t seen him so energetic all morning. It was really moving.

One of the hardest lessons for a healer is to accept the way things are and to absolutely respect the will of the other who doesn’t want our healing intention. Whilst we might mean well, meaning well means at times “not doing” rather than “doing”, “not healing” rather than “healing”.

I realised that Lightening was offering me an opportunity to overcome my healer’s ego. In showing me that he did not want physical contact today, he desired above all his space respected. He asked me clearly to put my healer’s desires to one side and put his feelings first. By accepting his desires, rather than my own, we connected in a different way, a beautiful way and one he was happy with. Seeing him rolling on his back at the end of the Distance Reiki was beautiful. 

This takes me deeper into the intention of the healer. We go into healing because we want to make a difference at some level. So it can seem counterintuitive when a healing doesn’t happen. Stepping back and allowing “what is” can be a manifestation of a greater wisdom. I love the way the horses teach us once we leave our egos outside. Today, I received such a Masterclass in horse-wisdom. Accepted with gratitude, thank you Lightening



January 1st 00:00 2018




As we enter 2018, the North Node of the Moon is at 15° Leo. I would like to reflect here upon the Sabian Symbol for this degree (we read the degree above, so the reading is for 16°). The major crisis alluded to could very well be the last solar year, as many of us have been deeply challenged. And yet, many of us are using these challenges for powerful growth, taking down what is no longer needed, and stepping into a powerful and fresh new energy.


KEYNOTE: The surge of life and love after a major crisis.

The symbol speaks clearly for itself. How brilliant the light after the long “night of the soul”! The battered but unconquered consciousness finds itself exalted in the marriage of sunbeams and rising sap. This indeed is “Release” — light and life singing in the cleansed and refreshed mind, flooded for a while by the waters of feeling.

This is the first stage in the twenty-eighth five-fold sequence. It is a sequence that reveals consciousness at its most inspiring moments of enjoyment. But these “peak experiences” can operate at several levels. The first and most basic level is that of life itself, and of the overcoming of its many crises — THE JOY AND POWER OF NEW BEGINNINGS.


Since there is a powerful square to Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio, the Third Hexagram of the I Ching comes to mind:

DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING works supreme success,
Furthering through perseverance.
Nothing should be undertaken.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.

As Richard Wilhelm says: The name of the hexagram, Chun, really connotes a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth–hence the meaning, “difficulty at the beginning.”

This then is the beginning of the New Year and the image of a new journey is combined with a difficulty. But, as we all know, difficulty is the mother of invention, and we will work with this energy to accomplish the journey respecting dangers and pitfalls. I would contrast this with the blithe setting-out of the Fool in Tarot.

Taking the North Node as an indicator for the direction of the Soul’s evolution in this new year, it is powerful yet aware of difficulties ahead. We need to take these two together and understand how we can use the energy of Mars and Jupiter to further the journey, not hold it back. This is of course up to each of us. The beauty of meditation upon a chart is to become more lucid, and more discerning.

Blessings for your New Year’s Day!
May you all be well!

Astro-vibes 30.12.2017


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As part of my daily practice, I find myself just sitting with the chart and meditating on the planetary archetypes. Here I want to draw attention to a couple of features of today’ chart that impress me.

First of all, we can see Jupiter squaring the moons Nodes. This is resonating deeply with my own natal chart and brings up several questions — how do I reflect upon outside authority and my individual evolution? How do I successfully respond and negotiate the power of others? We are always influenced by the limits of the state, our employers and so on. We have to find a way to negotiate this — otherwise, we end up in headlong confrontation and any headlong confrontation with big power we will often lose. I think this square asks us to go deeper and understand how we react, and perhaps why we react to power structures and how we can develop positive strategies so that we respect ourselves, but also the context in which we find ourselves.

The Moon in Gemini, Quincunx with Saturn, brings me to reflect on the extent to which our passion and emotions can be successfully communicated — for example in our business endeavours. How can we connect with our emotions in a powerful way to support our business? How can we use our emotions to communicate our goals. Saturn in Capricorn is about building and this is an Earth energy. Gemini (Air) can swirl around and in the end become a will-o-the-wisp. So this time suggests bringing some stability and grounding to our emotional centre.

Powerful trines between Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio with Uranus in Pisces suggest two things — the power (Jupiter conjunct Mars) inherent in our dreams and imagination amplified — but in counterpoint the dangers of being swallowed up or drowned by it all (Neptune in Pisces). Scorpio is depth but also trust. It can be edgy too (polarity point of Taurean grounded energy). In this case, the water signs Pisces and Scorpio are working together so we can go deep — as long as we know how to swim.

These are personal reflections and points for meditation as I end the year. This weekend feels nice for connecting with the emotions for what we are preparing in 2018 and creating space for things to grow. Yes, they can grow like pyramids, but they need a broad base. For me this is Saturn in Capricorn.

A vision from the Nation of Horses at Samhain

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An image of two trees, the Oak and the Holly. The trees are bowed, branches meeting like two hands, fingers intertwined.

Walking into the centre of a cleared space, you will find a Tipi. Around the Tipi will graze the Nation of Horses and with the horses is a tribe of men, women and children. It is here that we shall connect with you. The place is called the Place of Peace. And the gate is called The Forest Gate. When you enter The Forest Gate you will come to the Place of Peace.

Crow is sitting upon the Tipi. Crow announces that there is something buried beneath a tree. Yours to find it. It is a gift of the Earth, a Treasure.

You shall dig beneath the Tree and you shall find there a small ball, wrapped in a ceremonial cloth. You shall sit around it, open it, discovering a map and a bright light. The map will reveal to you the sacred geometry and the vibrational nature of things. The bright light flows in and out and offers healing.

You sit with the map and with the floating light. Time shall fly like the Crow and now the Moon shines overhead in the forest. Horses and humans, creatures of the night, shining map, ceremonial cloth. All are together. We allow this to unfold gently and beautifully before your inner eyes.

We offer you this vision at Samhain.

We send our blessings to all.
We are the Nation of Horses.


Healing Circle Full Moon in Taurus


As we celebrate Samhain today, the Healing Circle prepares for a distance Reiki Healing on Saturday 4th November, 21h -22h. To receive Reiki at our Healing Ceremony please visit our join up page.

This healing will be carried out at the Full Moon in Taurus, a time in which we can ground our energy in the Earth, as the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio encourage us to trust.

As we hear of one media revelation after another, the passage of Jupiter into Scorpio has been a powerful reminder of how power can corrupt. Whilst these revelations will slowly bring us closer to a fairer society, it is also important that we are still able to trust. A society where none can trust and where suspicion rules is a sad place indeed. The energetic work that we can do is to combine vigilance with a renewed belief in our better selves — and the capacity of societies to support our better selves. Energetically we can ask for lucid trust.

By lucid trust, I mean honouring the importance of trust as the foundation of communal living, and that we each renew our inner consecration to be our best possible selves. This is something that we each can do, and the more of us who will light a candle for this in the shrine of their own hearts, the greater the deeper inner light will shine in each of us. Our ceremony on Saturday will be consecrated to the growth of this inner light.


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A fire ceremony for the New Moon in Libra




A wet and windy day, storms racing in from the South West this weekend. New Moon in Libra. This is a powerful time, as Moon and Sun are in opposition to Uranus, God of surprises. We can use this time to step forward on our journeys of desire to the places we feel called to wander. We are all nomads on our earthly paths, and it is fitting to support ourselves as we carry out our soul work. Bringing up our kids as best we can, offering support and aid to those in need, enlightening the world with insight, and giving gratitude for this amazing journey. I know well that at times it is far from easy. But this is truly what each of us came here for.

Blessings upon our paths, dear friends!
May we all be well

New Moon at 26° Libra

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As we enter the New Moon in Libra, it continues to be a powerful time in the skies with Chiron opposing Mars, Uranus opposing the Moon, the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury. And all the while, Chiron in Pisces and Mars in Virgo are squared by Saturn in Sagittarius.  A huge amount of collective healing is taking place as wounds are opened and we all know, deep down, that the only answers are to be found in love and forgiveness. These are amongst the themes developed by Kaypacha in his latest Pele Report.

Listen to Kaypacha’s vision and repeat his Mantra:
I surrender to love though super scared,
and open my heart to you.
inviting the healing and transformation,
that only loving can do.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is as follows:
An airplane sails, high in the clear sky.
“This picture symbolises the capacity, latent in every individual, to contemplate the stress of existence in our world of duality from a higher level. Through the use of his or her mind, backed by the efforts and struggles of past generations and the cooperation of others, the individual can gain a new perspective on human problems and reach freedom in a supernal reign of being”.

As Jupiter moves through Scorpio, followed by the Sun, we also have to learn to trust anew. Before we can trust others, we have to learn to trust ourselves and this is our deepest work for the season.

Yes, no question, it is a tough time and yet, we humans have such amazing capacities, we have to dig deep to rise above this and find those bluer skies of which the Sabian Symbol speaks with such clarity.



Looking ahead

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The present time is characterised both by challenge and by rapid change. I wish to share some reflections here on an article by psychotherapist and astrologer Mark Jones who has shared his powerful observations concerning the planetary nodes. For those unfamiliar with the planetary nodes, they are the two points where the orbit of a planet crosses the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the imaginary circle running around the sun on which the earth moves and upon which the Zodiac is projected. I have made a drawing based on the illustration in Mark’s article. Although the nodes do not represent a physical object such as a planet or asteroid, they are important as they incarnate the entire energy of the planet with respect to our past and future selves.

Looking Ahead
Currently, Pluto is transiting Capricorn. The transit began in 2008 and will be completed by 2024 when Pluto will move into Aquarius. I have already explored some reflections on this transit in a recent post for The Tipi: Pluto in Capricorn. My previous article specifically concerned the planet, Pluto. Here, we now look at the planetary nodes to further and deepen our understanding.

Currently, Pluto is transiting Capricorn. By 2018, it will complete a long on/off conjunction with the south node of Jupiter and begin to conjoin its own south node — an event that we have seen, through the discovery chart, that Pluto is sensitive to. Pluto will stay within a 1° orb of this conjunction to its own south node in 2019, by which time it will also enter into a conjunction with Saturn’s south node. This whole series of nodal conjunctions coincides with the start of a new synodic cycle of Pluto and Saturn at their conjunction in 2020. 

In his article, Mark Jones gives his view on how these events are relevant in the collective life of contemporary civilization. He thus writes (citations in italics):

Our collective psychological process (Pluto) involves a profound re-examination of our collective vision (Jupiter’s south node), our deepest attachments to power and security (Pluto’s south node), and the way we structure our society and civilization as a whole (Saturn’s south node). The fact that this occurs at the start of a new Saturn–Pluto cycle in January 2020 suggests that we will be dealing with the implications of this encounter with our collective past and its assumptions for decades to come.

We can see that environmental issues (deforestation, pollution of the oceans, chemical dumping), alongside the depletion of oil and gas reserves (the fuel of civilization), will transcend political positioning as they become bottom-line material realities. We can also see that the fundamental model of civilization, with its emphasis on the dominance of mankind, will be called into question as we are challenged to explore more deeply what it means to be human and live on the Earth.

The north nodes of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all in Cancer: We are being asked to adopt a more feminine mode of consciousness in which we envision the Earth as a living home where the human family can find its right position. 

Cancer energy is in tune with our emotions and in this sense, we will explore ways to combine rational logic with our emotional sensitivity. This is a moment where left-brain and right brain are going to discover how to work together, rather than compete for primacy. The importance of our intuition will be raised and enhanced. Not necessarily on a psychic level though I believe that this is part of it too — we simply have to become more in touch with our inner selves, something that is happening the world over, day by day, as people connect with feeling as much as logic.

Not only do people connect more with feeling, they see that logic devoid of feeling is not working, is not enhancing our lives, neither in society nor with regard to our environment. Much of this is obvious to our kids. The governing classes are however taking time to catch up. Catch up they will. Elephants could be extinct in our lifetimes according to recent reports. Do we honestly have to wait before closing the ivory trade? Our intuition is generally spot on in cases like this. We are yet to translate intuition into acts.

That the north node of Uranus is in Gemini shows how much inspiration can be found just by bringing this to our conscious awareness, studying it, and talking with our friends and communities about it, in order to overcome the south node of Uranus in Sagittarius shadow of fundamentalism — to share the realization that there are many faces of truth as it expresses through the multitude of peoples on Earth.

Whilst Gemini has a tendency towards “knowledge without direction” in its negative pole, the positive pole is to see and experience a multiplicity of new practices and modalities of thinking which are being created. Effectively, the knowledge of the old systems of belief (Sagittarius) is being fragmented and it is Gemini which is eager to open up the terrain and give us information on this New Earth that is being born.

Imposition of the old knowledge systems has not only lead to repression but to bolstering powerful classes who control thought in their own interest. The intimate relationship between power and knowledge has been explored in detail through the works of French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. The creation of the web (Aquarius) which enables blogging platforms (WordPress, Blogger), video platforms (you-tube, Vimeo), enables many other knowledges to be explored and shared. The monolith of accepted knowledge has fragmented as micro-knowledges and practices flourish in this new intellectual landscape.

Neptune’s north node is in Leo, and every one of us is being asked what the nature of our creativity will bring to the collective table. Do we just take from life? Are we simply neutral and passive observers? Or can we find our most profound and beautiful healing vision (north node of Neptune) and create (Leo) our lives from that place?

Connecting with our deep creativity is now a fundamental question. The neo-liberal capitalist system in which people are kept in jobs to repay bank-loans flourishes because we are only beginning to understand that we can live simpler more abundant lives with less.
• Our ideas on the role of the collectivity are changing.
• We have already used our ingenuity to create sustainable and renewable energy sources.
• Traditional medicine can be supplemented with Energy Medicine
• The Law of Seven Generations is once more on the table!
Combining these approaches with behavioural changes (for example lower energy use) we will be able to reduce our footprint on the earth and develop sustainable practices which make us partners rather than exploiters.

I continue to think one of the best visual explorations of this is the film Avatar which shows the clash between a rancid neo-capitalist culture with spiritual knowledge and deep intuition about the living earth. We also see this in films by Myazaki such as Princess Mononoke. It is not by chance that films like these are being made and are highly successful. To create such change we also need to embody stories of change. The multiplicity of channels, both text and video, are opening us to new voices, multiple voices and in that sense, the future to come is not at all dystopian. Yes, there are vast challenges. And we humans incarnate vast potential.

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