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I’m pleased to introduce Healing Earth in the Real Imaginal, a series of conversations with Kirsten Love Lauzon from Healing Earth. Using the work of international facilitator and neuroscience educator Sarah Peyton as a launch pad, we explore the topic of relational neuroscience—which is essentially the study of the impact and effect of other people’s presence on our nervous systems, well-being, development and so on. In this first conversation we especially focus in on what these studies reveal about prevention of and healing from personal and collective trauma. We also explore the interconnection of the topics of astrology, modern consciousness studies and systemic/family constellations. Please have a listen and let us know what you think!

Triggering transit: Venus-Saturn-Pluto

It has been an emotional week for so many of us, with the identity of the Sun and the mind of Mercury floating through empathic Pisces and highlighting the depths of feeling. Together with relational Venus’ interactions with clarifying Saturn and pulverizing Pluto, our intimate lives may have been put through the washing machine. For others of us this influence may have brought a measure of clarity to what must be released or otherwise changed in order for a constructive way forward to emerge. Relationship-maker Venus’ passage through structure-seeking Capricorn has also provided a trigger for the destabilizing and restructuring world transit of Saturn-Uranus-Pluto, which will continue to test the foundations of societies for the next two years. For example, the conflict in Kashmir between Pakistan and India has just escalated with each country launching airstrikes against the other for the first time since 1971. Michael Cohen is testifying to the US Congress against US President Donald Trump while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump meet in Viet Nam for discussion of nuclear armaments. In a hopefully lighter example, news broke over the last few days of a failed 1970s Soviet probe meant to explore Venus that may crash to Earth in the next year or two—it is an eerie evocation of the breakdown associated with Saturn-Pluto via a literal failed attempt to connect with the planet Venus.

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Venus-Uranus: Do we abandon ourselves or are we being abandoned by others?

And if we’re still resisting needed ch-ch-ch-changes, Venus making a square to liberator Uranus (exact Mar. 1) may give us another push. Venus-Uranus likes freedom to experience, with its love (Venus) of the novel and the unusual (Uranus). And all the practicality and prudence of Capricorn will likely slough off quickly once Venus enters the sign of forward-thinking Aquarius (Mar. 1). Abandonment fears may also surface in these conditions and we’ll need to call in our resources—external and internal—to ensure the Orphan of us doesn’t hijack our life’s storyline. While Venus makes a supportive sextile aspect to achy-breaky Chiron newly in Aries (exact Mar. 1) our connection to moments of being abandoned or cut out of the group or being left behind can bubble up. Particularly if there was bullying involved—whether we were giving or receiving—or if the perception that our expressions of independence or defiance would not be tolerated.

Another call to action with Sun sextile Mars

The Sun’s beacon of self-awareness makes a smooth sextile to warrior Mars (exact Feb. 27), perhaps adding a little more oomph and energy to the Sun’s Piscean dreams which can drift and swirl like quiet pools in a river. We could get a needed confidence boost or a reminder of some of our larger desires. As this sextile continues strong through Mar. 11 and pulls Neptune into the conversation, what began as an inkling of a plan or a direction this week may blossom into something more substantial. Note that we may also experience this influence as a bit irritating if we are indeed chafing under the harness of something we no longer desire to pull along in our lives. And confusion that is coming along for the ride with this irritation could represent a sign of learning how to do something differently, or just needing to surrender a bit to the process. Karmic patterns are simply magnified over the next few years, for better and for worse.

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This is just a general outlook on the week. To learn more about how the planets are affecting you personally, book an astrological consultation! And step into the realms of Soul to enlarge the conversation you are having with the worldWith Erica as your guide, cross the astrological bridge between heaven and Earth to transform liabilities into assets and cooperate with the energies and forces presently shaping your life. You can also get in touch at erica at realimaginal dot com!

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This week features a total lunar eclipse, or “blood moon,” which is also a blue moon, meaning a second full moon in a calendar month. It is also a supermoon, which happens when the moon comes closer to the Earth than usual (14% closer), making it 30% brighter. The extra special features of the Full Moon converge on 11° Leo, which is exact at 5:26AM US/Pacific time on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018. Mercury will enter Aquarius just shortly thereafter, moving us from a more strategic, rational mindset to one of cool detachment and a willingness to entertain different ideas. It offers a chance to open up to new perspectives and perhaps take a step back from entanglement in problematic emotions—though beware of becoming so detached that you become impersonal and unfeeling and lost in conceptual reality. Trying to escape an unpleasant reality is a far cry from gaining fresh perspective on it to move things in a better direction.

The Full Moon in Leo

Venus at 16°Aquarius is caught up in this total lunar eclipse, which brings an emphasis to surface appearances, matters of reciprocity, sentiments, pleasures and beauty as well as romantic, social and work relationships. Venus in Aquarius values freedom, individuality, perhaps being a little shocking with unconventionality or originality. And so you are called to be true to yourself as you are confronted with your unconscious or semiconscious habits of relating to others. Be that in friendship, in romantic partnership, in collegial or workplace relationships—this Full Moon is your cue to take note of the ways you sabotage yourself in relationships without really being aware of it. How this shows up could be reflected in the condition of your own natal Venus, and how it is aspected by other planets. Here are a few jumping off points for your reflection – find the planetary combination(s) with Venus found in your chart:

Venus-Sun – It’s nice to be liked, and doesn’t Venus-Sun crave that! But conflicts which you have been avoiding, or faults in yourself which you have glossed over may come bounding towards you with a test of your ability to be honest.

Venus-Mercury – Diplomacy falls flat when it’s only serving of your self-interest and to the detriment of your community. Those with Venus-Mercury may find themselves forced to show their hand around this Leo Full Moon.

Venus-Moon – Whether sticky sweet and overly empathetic, or using charm to coerce or deceive, this Leo Full Moon may bring those with Venus-Moon some perspectives which cause divisions or otherwise bring in needed objectivity to their interaction with others.

Venus-Mars – Perhaps you love a good quarrel, or enthusiastically pursue nearly every romantic opportunity, no matter how complicated, and so this Full Moon may shine a light on ways in which you damage potentials for genuine connection.

Venus-Jupiter – A tad self-indulgent at times, where too much is just not enough? Or is it that your expectations of others are off the charts? Perhaps this Full Moon will help you get a handle on knowing when enough is enough.

Venus-Saturn – It’s okay to be discerning but where has the quest for discernment lapsed into fear? A collision with boundaries that hamper the flow of connection may be a feature of the Leo Full Moon.

Venus-Uranus – The consequences of erratic choices or inconstancy in relationships may enter your awareness, asking you to evaluate how you achieve independence within relationship or how you might better serve your love of the unconventional.

Venus-Neptune – Go easy on yourself if your illusions begin to falter under the influence of this Full Moon. There is a profound art to retrieving projections of the ideal onto others, and retrieving parts of your own Soul thereby. Let disappointment guide you to deeper knowledge, as you offer the radical acceptance of a loving parent to the part of you that may feel victimized.

Venus-Pluto – Your addiction to radical vulnerability is highlighted in this lunation, and payoff can come through looking at how you put your heart or sense of well-being firmly in the hands of others. Not how anyone “makes you” do so, but in fact, what is by your own choice.