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!