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** All services are offered via phone and Skype. Charleston locals have the option to meet at any place that is convenient for them! I meet in homes, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. SPIRITUAL COACHING: All too often, we live in such a daily rush that we can easily ignore a spiritual problem until it has developed into more painful or troublesome physical and emotional symptoms such as: Chronic stress Self medicating activities like drinking or drugs Difficult relationship patterns or problems Anxieties and depressive moods Feeling at a loss with no where to turn. Sometimes the best answer is to seek out immediate professional help to learn how to quickly understand and manage any difficulties you are facing. In order to foster the lasting change you seek, you may need to take a longer view. The complex nature of the healing and transformative work you will need to do will take time, and it will take you deeper… Discovering more of who you are, and what your path and purpose in this life truly includes! While health care professionals are a valuable resource, most are not well acquainted with the timeless traditions of spiritual practices. These have always been a rich repository of wisdom and offer us invaluable and powerful tools for our transformation. As your spiritual life coach, I can give you the benefit of my 30 years of spiritual discovery; my journeys into the wisdom traditions of both East and West; and share with you the various aspects of the struggle to become authentically spiritual or what it means to become more readily attuned to the Spirit’s sources for transformation that will affect the quality of your daily life. ASTROLOGY: As I understand it, astrology is a time honored system of celestial correspondence. It systematically observes the heavenly derived patterns of the planets, stars, etc., and gives these patterns of movement a particular Mythological and metaphorical meaning that corresponds to the psycho-social and to the larger non causal synchronistic patterns of our human behavior. Therefore, astrology is a mythopoetic system and symbolic path towards greater self knowledge and greater personal understanding. Similar to all paths of a more esoteric nature, the astrological comprehension of one’s place in the Cosmos can range widely or be interpreted differently by different individuals. Like all subjective paths, any of the conclusions that are drawn can contain both promises and pitfalls. Therefore, one’s chart will need to be discerned carefully, and then those insights can be incorporated as a reliable means of inventory and increased self awareness. Astrological insights and consultations can be a valuable asset, and can be added to all the other learned ways one understands, acknowledges, and accepts oneself. For many years now, I have used astrology as a helpful tool in my therapeutic and soul work with others…. Additionally, I have found it very worthwhile to work with a client’s therapists, physicians, and with managers who needed some assistance to outline the growth of their companies, and guide the hiring and firing of employees. In a basic yet wide ranging way, I believe that there is very little that the informed use of astrology cannot add to or complement as a source of information and knowledge for your own decision-making! YOUR REASON TO ACT: While it is true that we live our lives according to clock time and calendars, there is another form of time that is recorded in our souls. It is a timetable generally unknown in the outside world except when it is triggered by crisis, or by a chance encounter. It is a quality of time that can be better understood when we can listen to the guidance we can receive from our inner urges or learn from how we are dissatisfied with the feeling of emptiness in modern life. Because of my accumulated life experiences, and my deep appreciation for the wellsprings of wisdom and discovery that are to be found in those times and places, I am confident and know that I can be your coach and your soulful guide…
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The Full Moon of November
November 30th, 2020 at 4:29 AM EST
Partial/Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 8 degrees of Gemini
The eclipse season begins again with a partial lunar eclipse on the 30th… It will have an igniting effect that will bring up past turmoil and the need for attitudinal and emotional transitions. Much of its effects will be framed by how one looks at their lives and their dominant ideas and values, and it will invite each of us into a more considerate appraisal of the challenges each and everyone of us has to face:
This eclipse, and the family of eclipses that follow it, will continue to struggle with the preservation of the old ways, feelings, prejudices etc., or will you allow for and willingly foster the cultivation of new possibilities, ideas, outlooks, and attitudes?
Before we get more deeply into this full moon and what it can offer or teach us, let's backtrack a few days to take notice of one important planetary shift and change that will have her wide cultural and personal effects on us…
The long arc of Neptune in its wide ranging orbit and more transcendent outlooks and sacrificial outlooks now shifts into direct motion…Neptune becoming direct again is significant due to its long arc and usual orbit as it travels around the Zodiac. She spends 14 years in each sign as she now begins to move forward again on the 28th...(She stays in Pisces until 2025...making her final exit in 2026…)
Neptune’s connection to our society can best be expressed as a fog of lies and nebulous sources of disinformation that are slowly beginning to clear… This shift of direction is not without its struggles to remain hidden or obtuse, but the shift into direct motion brings with it an increase in our awareness of all the disappointments, decisions, and disillusionments that has accompanied this last retrograde cycle, that began in 2012. Increasingly, the effects are demanding our cultural attention as it seeks to “clear the air” of its foggy decisions and deceitful tendencies...
Dorothy Oja, in her observation of this shift, writes this description of her research and conclusions. She states:
“Neptune also represents the search for meaning but that search is not easy. Neptune will trick you and lead you through a crazy maze if you let it. True understanding, even spiritual enlightenment does not come easily and we, being flawed humans, we can be tricked. It’s incumbent that we analyze carefully, consider the source of information and find the truth wherever it leads. This station can bring more confusion in an already divided nation, perhaps another scandal and much more misinformation to wade through. Use sources of inspiration such as nature, music, dance, poetry, meditation, etc. to help you navigate [through your feelings of being] overwhelmed.”
Moving our attention back to this upcoming full moon, which in traditional lore is called the Beaver Moon, which can denote the energy of preparation, we are given the influences of Gemini with its emphasis on our need for necessary communication and dialogue, and gaining important information and whose value is best found in understanding…
Remembering that this is a North Node penumbral eclipse, the symbol of Gemini are the Twins, we will be assured that many of the dualities of life, culture and consciousness will reveal themselves during this moon cycle. The key to using this full moon is that it is the onset or the beginning of the eclipse season, and it will surface many things that will need our continued attention for the two weeks prior to the arrival of the more powerful and influential Solar eclipse on the 14th. Paying attention now can better prepare us for the rest of the month, and into 2021!
One of the less charming qualities of Gemini is vacillation and the inability to work well in a more concrete either/or world. While they can be adept at reason, the more emotional the issue is, the less effective they can be...
Since this is a partial eclipse, it contains beginnings...Since this is a full moon, it contains endings or fulfillment...So… paradoxically both of these effects hold true...We can say that this time will be focused on new beginnings in thought, connection, and communication and this time also can signal the end of patterns of talking, writing, and expression that have outlived their usefulness, that no longer serve your revised aims and the higher goals you have set for your evolutionary path…
One of the principal lessons that eclipses teach is that each time one arrives, it issues an urgent call towards growth and change, towards understanding and the willingness to adapt to any necessary changes Eclipse can serve us best by framing the larger questions for our awareness: How do you react to life or how do you know how to respond to it? Do you permit drama and exaggeration( yours or other peoples) to dominate your clear thinking, or do you know how to see through any manipulative techniques of the ego to discern your clear path, your best next steps?
These questions can present seemingly harsh choices, but there rarely is any growth or any clarity without some initial awkwardness, some wistfulness, and can be affirmed by a freeing sense of release, or the identification of compelling steps that lead to meaningful change…
Crucial to our overall appreciation and comprehension of the meaning of eclipses is that we know of them from ancient times as harbingers of change… We also have historically gleaned that eclipse have “families” or cooperative patterns of emphasis and effects. The ones that we are going to experience over the next few eclipses has a family or a pattern that is seen widely as its effects can be national if that country has planets in its path, and it can be interpreted personally as placing a microscope on that particular areas of your chart or your life that contains this degree… 8 degrees of Gemini..
Here is what the renown expert, Bernadette Brady quoted by Dorothy Oja interprets as the lesson of this eclipse. She writes:
“We have two more eclipses in 2020. This Lunar eclipse conjuncts the USA Uranus at 8 Gemini exactly and can signify unrest or rebellion. …
In The Eagle and the Lark by Bernadette Brady, she says: “The series carried with it very strong emotional feelings concerning relationships and/or money. There could be anger or lust. There is a sense of fatedness and individuals may find themselves caught up in relationship events which are beyond their control. There could also be the sudden desire to finish a relationship. These emotions may be blocked or checked in some way, leading to a great deal of frustration.”
Again, with a tempered mind and a willingness to look at the meanings described above, we can take on these potential challenges with mindfulness and composure. It is crucial that we learn to use any Eclipse information to inform you and that its various insights can guide you but you are not karmically “fated “ to have whatever the experience that is described, or negate your free will as”it has to happen” to you…
As I read the various descriptions from a variety of astrologers, I find myself more willing to accept that the value of this full moon and eclipse will be in hearing or finding new information that widens and deepens my understanding.
As the research group called Astrobutterfly puts it:
“When we say ‘clarity’ – the ‘Gemini clarity’ is not your usual definition of clarity – it does not necessarily mean the absence of ambiguity, but more likely, the revelation that reality is sometimes contradictory. This process of exchange is absolutely necessary and it fulfills its purpose when it is done from a place of genuine curiosity.
If it doesn’t come from a place of curiosity, we get the dark side of Gemini (“I only believe in what I see, touch and feel. Everything else is a lie”) OR the dark side of the opposite sign, Sagittarius (“I’m right and you’re wrong”).
While duality and division are a necessary process in the development of our psyche, being “divided” and having black-or-white thinking is the result of failing to embrace what Gemini really stands for: curiosity, critical thinking, and diversity of thought.
… You can’t go wrong when you take action at a North Node eclipse. You can’t go wrong if you do things a bit differently. You can’t go wrong if you change your mind, or even your world view.
The worst thing you could do, is to do nothing at all, to dismiss what life offers you. If you don’t feel challenged in the process, if you don’t feel resistance, you’re saying NO to your North Node. It is ok to feel challenged, it is ok to feel out of your depth – because this is exactly what the role of the North Node is.
The Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Gemini is our opportunity to open our minds and have the courage to think differently. This is a time of full disclosure – this is a time when the Universe will speak to you directly.
Pay attention to what it has to say, because it may change your life.”
Celestial Blessings, Peter Lanzillotta
The New Moon in Scorpio
November 15th, 2020 at 12:07 AM EST
Sextile Jupiter and Saturn; Quincunx Eris
Mars ends its stationary period…
In the early minutes of the 15th, here in Charleston and EST, we are given the New Moon in Scorpio...Falling near the bottom of the local chart, it can signal the last vestiges of something that has been clinging on, and that could temper our attempts at making new plans or beginning new projects that most New Moon often imply...
There is almost no doubt that this Fall has been a trying and difficult time for many of us…( Being especially hard on those with Cardinal Signs- Aries, Cancer, Libra being prominent in their charts)
We can extrapolate this feeling of having to carry an uneasy burden, and with our mass media, making it nationwide… Even with the cautious signs of this oppressive feeling lessening by January, it will take quite a long time to recede to a more manageable and objective level in our society.
November , being the “penultimate month” as Rick Levine calls it, is serving up a strange approach to the holiday season that will be awkward and unfamiliar to many of us… As the leaves continue to fall, we can greet November as the preface to a larger story that unfolds throughout 2021…
Maybe the greatest teaching lesson of this Scorpio season is to acknowledge openly that there will always be beginnings and endings, and that we, as individuals, as friends, as couples, as families, and spreading this universal truth out to our national awareness- we will experience people, ideas, feelings that will all come and go…
Here a lesson from Buddhist and Centering meditation that teaches us about our willingness to release our fearful grip and our ego-based fears as a primary goal, and that mediation acts as a cogent and compassionate teacher; Letting go… releasing the personal and emotional impact or importance of our thoughts and/or our feelings which can lead us towards a greater comprehension of peace, flow, and non-attachment. The gift of that practiced meditative release is the freedom and peace we gain through finding a more spiritual affirming and accepting perspective that is crucial to our spiritual and personal progress and healing...
An important correlation and ally to our thoughts and desire for innovation and for new possibilities comes from the planet Jupiter and his promise of expansion and guiding ideals that foster such optimism...yet…
Eris, the planetoid of discord, and Saturn’s has his dampening effects on Jupiter’s plans can give us pause, while still promising results IF our plans and goals are reasonable and workable and not too risky or grandiose!
I make these initial observations based on the previous week’s planetary actions and energies that set the stage for this new moon and remain influential in its overall energies and effects. Let me review those patterns and aspects and outline their impinging qualities…
First, we have the final conjunction between Jupiter and Pluto… It initially appeared on April 5th, then in June, and now finishing its long cycle last week on the 12th… Over this time span, the relationship between Jupiter and Pluto- Expansion and Viral infections- has made itself abundantly and seriously known by the expansion of our national health concerns and the cycles of influence and infection we have had to endure…
Some astrologers will point to the dimensions and disciplines of our national character as being quite influential and even causative as the virial expansion threatens to deepen…
Some of these theories have pointed out that IF a country is not used to restriction as a part of its society, ethos, and social routines,(similar to many of the Asian countries and their societal norms) it would become significantly more challenging and demanding to offer cultural support to any public health efforts and initiatives… As Jupiter symbolizes expansion and Pluto gives restriction, this might be an important warning to our country!
We are given another perspective on the importance of this pairing from the insights of Suzanne Gerber, of stars and stones healing… She writes:
“When these heavyweights conjunct, once again in Capricorn (think government, structures, patriarchy, tradition, foundations, institutions, property, time), we once again find ourselves at a critical crossroads. Do we—does life—crumble under the pressure of Pluto’s devastating force, or can we lean in to all the positivity and hopefulness Jupiter promises? Look at your own chart, to where 22-23º Capricorn lands. The areas of life associated with that house have probably been shaken, rattled and rolled since last January. And if you have other planets, major house cusps or points at 22-23º Aries, Cancer or Libra, they’ve probably been put through the metamorphic ringer, too.
It’s easy to focus on the pain of these cycles and what’s been lost—and please don’t think I’m insensitive to the very real horror many people have been through during this global crisis. What’s happening is real.
But as we learn on our spiritual journeys, out of loss/pain/suffering comes evolution and transcendence. After the dark night of the soul comes the golden glowing light of awareness.
We all chose to be here now (to coin a phrase), for different reasons. Some have already experienced healing, liberation and quantum growth. Others are in the midst of it, and others still are resisting letting go of the old and embracing the unknown—or simply allowing it to come. This Jupiter-Pluto union can help us get unstuck, much like a good stick of dynamite can.”
Another important factor that acts as an important energetic prelude to the new moon is the fact that Mars, after its long backward journey that began in September, is turning direct on the 12th!
Most importantly, as the planet of direct actions, this shift will take some time- through this new moon period; Shifting from 1st gear to 4th again will take some time for this adjustment to getting back up to his top speed which happens next month... During the Fall, we have been forced to accept a greater slow down of social life and economic tightening, despite any political urges and encouragements.
We can give witness to the situation around Mars retrograde: He will stall out our best efforts no matter how hard we work; and retrograde can often make us waste our time and energy on fruitless possibilities, empty promises, while creating impulsive dead ends!
Another view of this protracted Mars influence and its release comes from April Elliot Kent of Big Sky Astrology. She writes:
“The point of this protracted Mars in Aries and retrograde period has not been about punishment, but rather about restraint and discipline. Mars in Aries is a great warrior, but it’s even more effective when it’s gone through basic training; and being retrograde and meeting tempering aspects to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn has been a tough boot camp.
Particularly if your chart is heavy in planets or points in Aries and Scorpio (the signs ruled by Mars), you may feel like a kid who’s just gotten a cast off a broken leg – ready to get out and hit the ground running! But until Mars leaves Aries (Jan. 6, 2021), proceed with a little bit of caution; you’re still healing.”
As we look further, we can make some observations about the beginning of the holiday season, and specifically the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving.
It is shaping up to be a more tense and awkward day, more than usual discussions and disagreements among relatives or the feasting we collectively do…In concert and agreement with our national advice about groups and CoVid restrictions, we are given a cluster of squares or tense, dynamic aspects that could influence the people as we try to adjust to how we can share this time together. The squares are from the Moon in Aries to all the strong planets in Capricorn- Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn. (If you are an Aries, or a Libra, this could more directly pertain to you… Cancer too!)
So please observe a safe, and very grateful time together!
Celestial Blessings, Peter
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