Archive for October, 2012

Astrology Update ~ October 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This month begins with Venus moving into Virgo from 10/4/12 – 10/30/12. Watch out for over analyzing your emotions or being too critical of your loved ones. This would be a good time to retreat into your work or other intellectual pursuits to avoid conflict in relationships.

On the same day, Jupiter turns retrograde until the end of January 2013. This retrograde enables you to review your philosophy of life, where it’s taking you, and shift your consciousness to a higher frequency.

October 5th marks the day when Saturn moves into Scorpio for the next 2 ½ years. This is important because it forms an extremely rare Mutual Reception with Pluto in Capricorn. Because they are in each other’s ruling signs it indicates that a challenge must be overcome before success can be accomplished.

The challenge denoted here, focuses on power struggles between people and government to gain authority, and further unrest in the global economy. However, once these energies are balanced, there is the promise of reorganization of financial structures and government that serves humanity instead of serving itself.

Mars moves into Sagittarius on October 8th and stays there for about six weeks. During this time you can look forward to high energy and the urge to get out of your rut to explore new opportunities and physical terrain. Because this planet/sign combination promotes patriotism, it will be interesting how it affects the upcoming elections and continued world drama.

The New Moon takes place on October 15th, 22º 32’Libra, at 8:02 am EDT. For those of us who live in the Piedmont of North Carolina, our New Moon main event will be a  

Grand Fire Trine with Uranus 5ºAries, trine Mars 5º Sagittarius, trine the Mid Heaven 3º Leo. This will be a great time for achievements in career. Venus sextile Mercury enhances this by giving you grace and skill to thought, speech and writing abilities.

However this may be tempered by the need to assess new information accurately and listen and act on constructive criticism (Jupiter quincunx Mercury). If you are planning a party, be careful not to get carried away with alcohol, since unconscious habit patterns, self-indulgence and deception prevail. (Jupiter square Venus & Mars square Neptune).

On October 29th two significant astrological events occur. The first one has Venus moving into Libra for the next 3½ weeks, however, also squaring Pluto and opposing Uranus for the first week. Watch out for relationship upheavals during this time. As Venus moves away from these two planets, expect your relationships to normalize and gradually relax into understanding the feelings of others, and seeking close, harmonious bonding in romance.

The second event is the Full Moon 6º 48′ Taurus at 3:49pm EDT.  Watch out for this Moon! With a Sun/Saturn conjunction be prepared for hard work to achieve results. Saturn quincunx Uranus challenges us to overcome restrictive traditions, yet accept responsibility for our actions, while Sun quincunx Uranus lends a hand with a tendency to resist conformity, take a stand, yet tolerate the differences of others. Try to stay positive and socialize with others.

And finally, on October 30th, Mercury moves into Sagittarius for the next couple of weeks before it goes Retrograde in November. Sagittarius enables you to see life’s big picture and be interesting in attitudes rather than facts.


About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, visither website.


Mayan Prophecy & Our Shift in Consciousness

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

According to the Maya, the December 21, 2012 Sunrise marks the first time in 26,000 years that our Sun, on its ecliptic path, will be in conjunction with the intersection of the Milky Way at our Galactic Center. This alignment forms a Cosmic Cross, and is considered by the Maya to be an embodiment of the Tree of Life, a sacred tree that is remembered globally in all spiritual traditions.

The Maya also say that this alignment opens a portal that allows cosmic energies to flow through the earth, purifying her and all her inhabitants, and raising everything to a higher vibration. The Maya call this the beginning of the  5th Sun or the next World Age. They say that this 5th Sun will be dominated by the influx of Stellar energies, the element of Ether, and changes in the fabric of time.

Mayan Calender


However, like in all astrological phenomena, things don’t just happen, there is always a period of transition before and after an occurrence. And in this case the lead-time has been building for approximately 25 years and creating a subtle, though powerful shift in our consciousness and vibration.

There have been many Planetary Configurations during those 25 years. that have helped the shift to develop, however, since this article is limited in scope, I have selected a few that are either occurring now or will be occurring in the near future that may help you to understand what’s going on.

The New and Full Moons are extremely important as they give us a huge download of Stellar energy every month that helps initiate us into the shift. In the last few months their themes have worked with releasing duality and our old emotional patterns, while helping us to move forward by offering new perceptions of reality.

In Feb. 2012 Neptune moved into Pisces (the sign it rules) and will be there for the next fourteen years. From this we should expect to see the advancement of spiritual awareness, providing more peace in the world, along with many of us developing clairvoyant faculties.

Although Pluto/Uranus remain square to each other until 2015, this year they formed two exact squares on June 24th and September 19th. Squares denote tension and challenge and this configuration is bringing up our core issues to be healed. Pluto is the planet that tears everything down first, and then builds something new from its ashes of destruction. Uranus is a planet that needs unbridled freedom to initiate the new.

Together they are associated with cultural upheaval and change. It’s a time to know how you want to transform your life to move forward. The main message here is go with the flow, and don’t get caught in the undertow. In this way we can ride the wave instead of feeling submerged in fear or resistance.


An Extremely Rare Mutual Reception between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn forms when Saturn enters Scorpio on October 5th and continues until Christmas Eve 2014.  A Mutual Reception means that two planets are in each others ruling signs, which indicates challenge that must be overcome before success is accomplished.

The challenge denoted here, focuses on power struggles between people and government to gain authority, and further unrest in the global economy. However, once these energies are balanced, there is the promise of reorganization of financial structures and government that serves humanity instead of serving itself.

And finally on Winter Solstice 2012, we have an astrological configuration called a Yod or sometimes named the “Finger of God or Destiny”.  A Yod is comprised of two quincunxes (difficult & awkward aspects) and a sextile (easy flowing aspect), however in a Yod, the difficulties of the quincunxes are transformed into something special. In this case, the Exact configuration of Dec. 21st, 2012, has Pluto at 9 degrees Capricorn & Saturn at 9 degrees Scorpio sextile to each other, while both are quincunx to Jupiter at 9 degrees Gemini. Jupiter is the Apex planet or focal point for these energies.

Generally speaking a Yod entails a choice of two roads, yet not knowing where either one will take you.   Following instinct, we simply find ourselves veering off onto another path and changing the course of our lives.  Although undefined, the new direction has actually been gathering strength for many years. And after activating the Yod, you soon realize that you have a hidden knowledge of how to proceed and be successful.

So it looks like humanity will be able to act on transforming and restructuring its philosophy of life and move forward in a new direction.

Coupled with the Pluto/Saturn mutual reception, the Yod of 2012’s Winter Solstice alludes to a time when we have the power to regenerate ourselves and the world from unrest and chaos through discipline and hard work, while learning to look at situations realistically, release our fears and dogmatic attitudes and move toward new opportunities. This reflects the Mayans view of a time for awakening and moving into a higher state of consciousness.
Although the Sun’s conjunction with our Galactic Center has been widely publicized, most do not know that the Mayan elders and day keepers also say that on the Winter Solstice 2012 our Sun will also be in exact alignment with the Center of the Universe.

Agreeing with the ancient Vedic seers, the Maya feel there exists a massive energetic network that travels throughout the universe and transforms every 13,000 years. Although, Solar, male rays from our Sun, and feminine rays from our Galaxy’s Core are our primary connections to this network, we also receive neutral rays from the Universe via our Galaxy’s Center. According to the Maya, this is a time of transformation for this stellar network.

Earth's magnetic shield

These ideas are also supported by the decrease of both the Earth’s magnetic shielding and our Sun’s Solar Wind and is reflected in NASA’s 2008 report on the increase of  “Space Weather” due to the instability of the Earth’s magnetic shield. NASA also stated that the solar, windshield that protects us from stellar radiation has been decreasing since the 1990’s.  As a result of these phenomena NASA warned that we should expect much stronger geomagnetic storms in the future.   With the increase in Stellar Light coming to the Earth in the form of cosmic and galactic radiation, our planet’s vibrations are moving into a higher frequency, thus catalyzing an evolutionary shift with all life on Earth.


So What Are These Evolutionary Implications?

With the element of Ether (Spirit) coming into focus during the  Fifth Sun, there will be an upliftment of everyone’s energy, enabling us to transform darkness into Light.  As this shift inevitably raises your consciousness, you will learn to live life, as Spirit, without separation between the two, become closer to nature, become sustainable in all facets of your life, and change your perceptions, allowing you to see the sacredness of all life.

Releasing emotional conflict will also become a priority, as well as, taking full responsibility for all of our actions and non-actions. As we change, we will become more Heart Centered, learn from a place of joy, release the drama from our life experience and feel unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and humanity.

And we will also sense a dimensional shift of time and space. Although material form will still persist, our rigid belief system of linear time will be transformed to living in the present moment.  Here, our conditional perceptions, judgments, and reactions will shift to a more enlightened approach, by becoming an observer of life, instead of being emotionally attached to our dramas with people, situations and events. We will achieve a sense of ease, wondrous possibility, and positive thinking. As our higher consciousness develops we will also choose to respond to our environment, instead of reacting to it.

By allowing the new Light frequencies of the Shift to clear away your old emotional debris and thought patterns, you will be transformed into a new State of Being that will magnetize people, opportunities, and circumstances that mirror your new perceptions.


About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, see her website.


Bell Pepper Flower Essence

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
This summer I knew my peppers were in trouble when the bees were  ignoring them.  As I surveyed my garden I realized there was simply too much competition from the cucumbers, tomatoes and the huge yellow, squash flowers, for the peppers to be noticed.  If I was going to eat my seasonal vegetable I was going to have to think outside of the box!

I thought to myself “now what are the bees doing to fertilize those flowers?”  Eureka!   Finger pollination to the rescue!  I’m glad I lovingly hand fertilized each flower because this action produced  a bountiful crop of peppers that I am still eating.

When used as a flower essence, Bell Pepper can help to alleviate stress from our lives, while re-balancing our body/soul connection.  It’s also a good choice when you need to relax or develop inner peace.

Trusting Your Inner Authority

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Cultivating self-knowledge, self-understanding and self-acceptance are critical to developing your Inner Authority. When we trust our inner knowing and act accordingly, we begin to align with our Spirit and embrace spiritual growth.

However, this simple action is sometimes difficult to grasp, for as children we are socialized to look outside ourselves for answers. Parents, teachers and advertisements give our lives direction by enticing us to disconnect from our inner guidance.

So How do we find our way home?

Because we are each unique in our needs, what is true for one person may not be true for another. By paying attention to your gut feelings, instincts and what your body is suggesting it wants, the process of uncovering who you are will begin. As you practice and discover what you need and want, you will develop more confidence, wisdom, and harmony in your life.

When we take the time to slow down and contemplate our priorities, we nourish, support and encourage our true nature to shine.   By fostering life-decisions with our Inner Authority, we open ourselves to living consciously, creating our own future and cultivating lasting relationships. We also begin to grow spiritually by aligning with the Divine spark within.


Need help developing your Inner Authority?

Visit my website to schedule an appointment

in my Spiritual Healing practice.