Friday, 10 December 2010

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

Winter Solstice
21st Dec 23:39 UT/GMT in UK

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Winter Solstice finds Mercury in Sagittarius conjunct the Sun with a large ‘stellium’ of planets in Capricorn – Pallas Athene, Moon’s North Node, Pluto and Mars.  All this, with a Total Lunar Eclipse earlier that morning at 08:13 UT/GMT and the Full Moon forming a Grand Cross for several hours, will make for a highly intense and focussed Solstice. 

A Lunar Eclipse Grand Cross

 Lunar Eclipse maximum at 08:13 UT/GMT
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The Grand Cross is formed by the South Node Lunar Eclipse in opposition to Mercury, Sun, Pallas Athene, Moon’s North Node and Pluto; on the other axis, Juno is in opposition to the Jupiter – Uranus conjunction.  The Grand Cross lasts from around 18:00 UT/GMT on 20th December, until around midday on 21st

The South Node Lunar Eclipse means that this is about letting go of our past mental (Moon in Gemini) and emotional attachments (S. Node is in Cancer), so that we can being to review the details of how we are going to move forward (Retrograde Mercury & Sun in Sagittarius), and then put them into action with clarity, purpose and resolve (Pallas, N. Node & Pluto in Capricorn).  Holding the balance in all this is the opposition from Juno to Jupiter and Uranus; we cannot put the plans for our new vision into action until we have healed and moved into Right Relationship with our past.  This is an essential part of the major healing process that was triggered last February by the Chiron – Neptune conjunction, and will be on-going until 2012 and beyond.

The Solstice

By the time that the Solstice occurs (23:39 UT), the Grand Cross will have disappeared, but the recently eclipsed Moon will continue with the process of emotional release of our old patterns, comfort zones and deeply held emotional attachments that are no longer serving our best interests.  The more we can let go, the more profound will be the rebirth, after the Winter Solstice.

The ‘stellium’ of planets with the Sun are bringing the combination of the rational and intuitive mind, combining with the personal and spiritual will in order to focus on our spiritual purpose, so that we may clearly, pragmatically  and uncompromisingly see our way forward, and act on it.

For 5 days around the Solstice, the (normally retrograde) Moon’s Nodes are ‘stationary’, so that everything will be held ‘poised in the balance’, before it can move again.  Now is our last chance to go deeply into the stillness of our inner being and see how we may let go of those attitudes and habits that have been preventing us from moving forwards and fulfilling our spiritual purpose.  When we do let go, then we will return fully to an appreciation of what it means to be in Right Relationship (Juno) with self and others, to fulfil our spiritual vision (Jupiter – Uranus) and to understand how to heal our past (Neptune – Chiron), as we move into a more loving, caring and nurturing relationship with our Mother Earth (Ceres).  In our quest for being in Right Relationship and finding our vision, we cannot afford to exclude being in Right Relationship with the Earth; this is not just about treating the ‘Environment’ with more care and respect, it is about truly honouring the Earth as our Mother, who sustains and nourishes us at all levels of our Being.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Stand By Me - Enjoy!

No matter who you are, no matter where you go,
I hope this song touches you!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Full Moon Equinox

A Full Moon Equinox

 Equinox on 23rd September
at 04.10 BST - 03.10 Universal Time (GMT)
calculated for Avebury, UK
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A Full Moon at the Autumn Equinox (23rd September) finds the Sun in opposition to the Moon, Jupiter and Uranus, all forming a T-square with asteroid Ceres. The Sun is also quincunx (150°) to Chiron and Neptune. 

Ceres is in a pivotal role here - it lies less than 1° from exact alignment with the Galactic Centre (27° Sagittarius), as well as being involved in three learning triangles (with Moon-Jupiter-Uranus and Juno; with Juno and Pallas; and with Chiron-Neptune and Pallas). This all suggests that manifesting our long-term vision for the Earth becomes crucial during this Full Moon Equinox. Ceres becomes exactly conjunct the Galactic Centre on 27th September.

To help understand the full significance of Ceres’ position, I want to introduce you to the “Sabian Symbols”. These are 360 symbolic images for each degree of the zodiac, which were clairvoyantly received in 1925, in San Diego by Miss Elsie Wheeler and astrologer Dr. Marc Edmund Jones. They offer deep insights into the spiritual energies behind a planet’s position in a particular degree. Sometimes their meaning is obscure, but at others startlingly clear, which is the case with the most significant planets involved at this Equinox.

The Sabian Symbol for Ceres (27° Sagittarius) is “A sculptor’s vision taking form”. Ceres is the Great Mother, the creator of forms on Earth, whilst the Galactic Centre is the creative hub from where divine forms and archetypes come into manifestation - the “Divine Sculptor”. With Ceres aligned at the Galactic Centre at this time of balance between the spiritual and physical realms, this is a golden opportunity to bring our spiritual essence into form through the loving embrace of Mother Earth. Everything is primed for this: other Sabian Symbols for this pattern include a Prism (Jupiter and Uranus), a perfect rainbow forming, as light breaks through the clouds (Juno), an X-ray (Pallas Athene) and a fertile garden under the Full Moon (Moon): so, the Divine Sculptor’s vision manifests through a prism of light, creating a rainbow, bringing the vision down through the planes of existence, revealing everything with x-ray clarity, so that our individual garden of the soul may come to fruition – now that’s what I call a powerful Equinox!

These potentials are then held by a “Cradle” pattern which lasts until 9th October; an opposition between Juno and Chiron-Neptune holds the potential for Unconditional Love, Healing and Right Relationship to be absorbed deep into the Heart of Mother Earth, by Vesta and Ceres, enabling those qualities to come safely to fruition in our hearts and minds. We need to understand the importance of holding, cherishing and nurturing these new potentials, so that they will emerge strong and clear in 2011.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse over South Pacific – July 11th
Maximum Eclipse at 19.34 UT/GMT (11.34 PST/Local Time)

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Over the last week, you may have been feeling the rather intense build-up to a powerful Total Solar Eclipse that occurs over the South Pacific Ocean on July 11th, reaching maximum Eclipse at 19.34 Universal Time/GMT (11.34 PST/Local Time). The central path of the eclipse shadow begins at 18.20 UT (07.20 BET/Local Time) about 850 miles to the south of Western Samoa; then it passes within 95 miles to the south of Tahiti at 18.28 UT (08.28 AHST/Local Time), and directly over Easter Island/Rapa Nui at 20.12 UT (14.12 CST/Local Time), and ends at 20.50 UT (17.50 BZT2/Local Time), on the southern tip of South America, in Patagonia, Argentina. See below the Eclipse chart for what it all means.

Astro-cartography chart for the Total Solar Eclipse
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The Sun and Moon are conjunct the Moon’s South Node in Cancer. South Node Eclipses are always concerned with releasing the patterns of the past. The Sun is also conjunct asteroid Juno, concerned with Right Relationship. Sun, Moon and Juno are in sextile (60°) aspect with asteroid Vesta and Mars in Virgo – indicating that it is our hearts and wills that need to be in right relationship. The South Node in Cancer indicates that in order for this to be so, we need to move out of our emotional “comfort zones”, and let go of any emotional attachments, which may be preventing us from coming in right, loving relationship with each other and the planet.

Sun, Moon and Juno are also in quincunx (150°) aspect with Ceres in Sagittarius, which indicates that, collectively and individually we need to move to a new level in our understanding of our relationship with the Earth. The North Node in Capricorn is challenging us to realise that it is the task of our hearts and wills to take responsibility for the planet in whatever ways we can, and not to feel that it is someone else’s responsibility, or that we are powerless to do anything on our own. When our heart and will are aligned, and we act from that place, then many things become possible, and our smallest actions can have wide-ranging effects as they ripple out into the hearts, minds and wills of others. However, this will not work if we are in denial of our power, nor if we are in denial of individual responsibility for our part in having contributed to the problems that the planet faces.

Currently, the most pressing environmental concern is the on-going oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico; whilst it is becoming clear that huge mistakes may have been made by BP, part of our individual responsibility is surely to acknowledge that, at some level we all have a responsibility here; it is our individual need to put petrol in our cars that is in part responsible for BP being there in the first place. None of us who use fossil fuels can claim to have no responsibility at all for this disaster – it is truly one of many wake-up calls from the current Jupiter-Uranus alignment which is calling us all to think and act, with an acknowledgment of the deeper and more intricate connections between ourselves and everyone on the planet.

This awareness of personal responsibility is beautifully expressed in Dr Masaru Emoto’s prayer for the waters of the Gulf of Mexico:

"I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures
in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.
To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons,
corals, algae ... to all  living creatures ... I am sorry.
Please forgive me. Thank you.
I Love You."

The lesson of the Chiron – Neptune conjunction over Hawaii in February was for us to learn that global healing requires us to express our compassion towards all beings. Now that they are both retrograde, we will get to see just how deeply our willingness to heal extends, and where the limits of our compassion might lie. The Solar Eclipse can reveal to us all how our entrenched emotional patterns and attitudes limit our ability to freely express loving, compassionate forgiveness towards all beings, including ourselves.

Friday, 18 June 2010

The Summer Solstice Grand Cross 

From 17th to 26th June, the Sun takes up position in the Grand Cross pattern, which formed on 29th May; the Sun is conjunct Juno and Mercury, and in opposition to Ceres and Pluto. At Summer Solstice (21st June), the challenges and potentials embodied in the Grand Cross move from the soul to the personality level: 

In keeping with the flourishing energy of the solstice, this will be a time for clearly seeing what is required for us to move into a more empowered relationship with Mother Earth. As Ceres and Pluto are both retrograde, the brightness of the solstice Sun can reveal  to us the places where we are not in right relationship with the planet or with what truly nourishes and empowers us at the deepest levels.  

On the other axis of the Grand Cross, Saturn is in opposition with Jupiter and Uranus - we may  now be seeing where we need to get to, and even how to get there, but Saturn is apparently holding us back. In reality, it is telling us that there are still practical considerations and structures that need to be put in place before we can reach our goals; if we are having difficulties with manifesting those structures, then we need to look within and consider any ways that we may be dis-empowering or sabotaging ourselves by getting caught in fear, negative thinking or the perpetuation of old patterns of relationship that no longer serve us.

Now is the time to make whatever decisions and changes are necessary, so that we can move forward into a place of empowerment, and start to really manifest a new vision for our future, when Ceres turns direct in August, and Pluto in September. By the time they become conjunct in October, we should be able to see what we need to do, and how we need to achieve that.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Email delivery problems

Important notice:
There appear to be an ever-increasing amount of email bounce-backs, when the bulk email Blog-Update notifications are sent out to those on the mailing list. This is particularly a problem with the following email servers, which are identifying the email updates as spam, and rejecting them: hotmail (worst of all), tiscali, surfglobal, sbcglobal, earthlink, verizon, bigpond and

If you wish to continue receiving the email Blog-Update notifications, please ensure that you add to your address book / contacts list, and also to your "safe senders" list, which you will find in the "junk email options" tab on the "Tools" menu in your email page. Thank you

Sunday, 2 May 2010

May - June Astrology Update

“Reality is merely an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one.”
Albert Einstein

A Jupiter-Uranus Wake-up Call

May to June is likely to become increasingly intense, as we start to feel the effects of the first of three Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions (in June, September 2010, and January 2011). These two magnificent planets become conjunct every 13 to 14 years. They always herald new discoveries and breakthroughs in scientific understanding; they can awaken us to new levels of psychological and spiritual awareness; they bring radical changes in political paradigms and systems, and provide plenty of personal "Aha Moments", insights and creative breakthroughs.

Following February’s rare healing alignment between Chiron and Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus can now enable us to see the bigger picture, and formulate the plans that will align with our deepest psychological and spiritual needs. As always with Uranus, this requires letting go of those things that no longer work in our lives; even when this may seem impossible, we need to remain open and receptive to unexpected opportunities that can enable us to make quantum leaps of consciousness.

This alignment will make us more conscious of our possibilities for healing and positive changes, heralded by the Chiron-Neptune conjunction in February. Quantum Physics tells us that "Matter does not exist, all that exists is Consciousness". This suggests that collective consciousness can influence the behaviour of matter. So, if enough people choose to express clarity, wisdom and compassion, then we will all live in a clearer, wiser and more loving world…simple! But first we will need to address…

Sensitivity Rectangle

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A Sensitivity Rectangle appears on 9th May, and continues until 9th June. On one axis of this rectangle, Vesta (then Mars) in Leo opposes Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius. On the other axis, Saturn in Virgo opposes Jupiter and Uranus, drawing ever closer to each other in Pisces. “Sensitivity” patterns put us on alert that something deep-rooted needs to be acknowledged, and then released; if not, it creates anxiety, irritation and disruption. In early May, Vesta awakens our heart’s inner knowing that something needs to change, so that we may heal our deepest patterns, following the Chiron-Neptune conjunction; such deep healing is essential if we are to manifest a new Heart-centred global paradigm.

Mars moves into Vesta’s position on 29th May, saying “now act on your knowing”. The resistance from Saturn, opposing Jupiter-Uranus, requires us to understand that we can only put plans into action, when they fully align with the ideals that truly nourish us, whilst respecting the ideals of others.

Three Mystic Rectangles and a Grand Cross

Whilst we address the challenges of the Sensitivity figure, three Mystic Rectangles and a Grand Cross appear, to help…or hinder our efforts. Mystic Rectangles are rare, so to find three within one month is significant:

Mystic Rectangle 1 (17 - 21 May)
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The first involves Venus in Gemini, opposing Ceres and Pluto in Capricorn; also Vesta in Leo, opposing Chiron, just into Pisces and Neptune, still in Aquarius. The oppositions challenge us to confront internal conflicts, so we can release new creative potentials through the trines and sextiles, forming the rectangle. This Mystic Rectangle requires us to be honest about present emotional needs (Venus), and let go of situations that may have nourished us in the past (Ceres retrograde), but no longer do so, even though we may still have much energy or power invested in maintaining them (Pluto retrograde).

Mystic Rectangle 2 (23 - 26 May)
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The second Mystic Rectangle also involves Venus, opposing Ceres-Pluto; the other opposition, between Pallas Athene in Scorpio and Mercury in Taurus, requires balancing our inner knowing of what is right, with pragmatic thinking and communicating our needs clearly. Then a third Mystic Rectangle appears, as the second one breaks up.

Mystic Rectangle 3 (29 May - 17 June)
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Whilst Juno and Ceres are keeping us in right relationship, Vesta and Mars oppose Chiron and Neptune, challenging us to align our heart and will, so that we may really begin to integrate the healing potentials of Chiron-Neptune.

On 29th May, a Grand Cross also kicks in, with two oppositions at its heart. It will last until a few days after the Solstice.

The Summer Solstice Grand Cross (as it appears on 21 June)
(it lasts from 29 May - 27 June)

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The opposition between Saturn and Uranus began in mid-March and continues until mid-September. When the Grand Cross forms, Jupiter also now opposes Saturn, as it approaches conjunction with Uranus. The other opposition is from Juno to the Moon and Ceres.

These oppositions will balance one another. Saturn in Virgo provides the necessary “reality-check” to Jupiter-Uranus’ insights and realisations. Juno and Ceres ensure that we remain in right relationship with those around us and with our environment, whilst we formulate our plans for change, over the coming months. This can be an intense, but highly constructive time, as we strive to bring what we truly desire into manifestation in the world - but it will be well worth all the effort that we have put into it.

All of these intricate patterns build and develop as they prepare us for the day of the first Jupiter-Uranus conjunction, when they finally crystallise to form a perfect 6-pointed star:

Jupiter-Uranus 6 pointed-star (8th June)
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On 8th June, Jupiter and Uranus become exactly conjunct in the first degree of Aries, signifying new beginnings at personal and planetary levels. This alignment last occurred in Aries in mid-July 1927; Richard Tarnas, in his excellent book, “Cosmos and Psyche” describes this year as “the climax of the quantum physics revolution that was marked by Bohr’s principle of complementarity, Heisenberg’s principle of indeterminacy, and the (Fifth) Solvay Congress of October 1927 (on protons and electrons)”. This was the same year that the first “talkie” (The Jazz Singer) appeared and the first television transmission was made between London and Glasgow, by John Logie Baird. It was also the year of Charles Lindberg’s first solo trans-Atlantic flight. We have already witnessed a major shift towards 3D Cinema this year, with the ground-breaking “Avatar” and other movies. It seems likely that we can now expect astounding leaps in technology and new discoveries in particle physics, now that the Large Hadron Collider is up and running again.

The 6-pointed star that forms (courtesy of the Moon) on the day of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction “imprints” a perfect pattern into our emotional bodies, of how we might live from a place of balance between our inner heart (Vesta), our personal will (Mars), our intuitive knowing (Pallas Athene), an empowered relationship with the Earth (Pluto and Ceres), an understanding of what is needed to bring us back to wholeness (Neptune and Chiron) and into right relationship with “All Our Relations” (Juno in Cancer). This perfect pattern lasts for just one day, giving us all a glimpse of what is now becoming possible.

Jupiter-Uranus, in the Grand Cross is the “trigger” to awaken this vision and motivate us to enable these potentials to become a reality in our lives, as the Jupiter-Uranus alignment unfolds between now and January 2011. We will have to dig deep to release old patterns when both planets are retrograde from August to November, with the possibility the we can emerge into new levels of integration and wholeness by their final conjunction in January 2011.

For now, it is important to focus on the most positive possibilities we can imagine for our future, and let the Universe reveal to us exactly how these may become realities. At the Summer Solstice, the energy of the Grand Cross will give us to opportunity to begin to allow these amazing potentials to fully manifest and flourish in our world.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Report on the Chiron-Neptune Ceremony

Haleakala Crater - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010
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The Chiron – Neptune Alignment Ceremony
on February 16th 2010 at
Kukuipuka Heiau, Maui, Hawaii

Home and finally recovered from jet-lag following the Sacred Journey to Hawaii with our wonderful group of planetary Light-workers, it is time for reflection on the momentous inner and outer journey that we have completed.

Our first days on Maui were spent preparing for the Ceremony. In addition to teachings on Astrology, Chakras and the Earth-grids, there was the necessary and sometimes challenging work of bringing a group of very diverse individuals to the place of balance, harmony and unity, so that we could come together as one to assist in grounding the powerful energies of the Chiron – Neptune Conjunction. Our intention was to assist with the healing of Illusions, in order to help birth the manifestation of Divine Unconditional Love into the energy grids of our beloved Earth.

Sacred Hula
We began with an introduction to the music, chants and movements of the Sacred Hula by Robyn Kneubuhl. As well as beginning to free our bodies after long journeys half-way across the world, this introduced us to the Spirit of Hawaii. Some of us also enjoyed the profoundly transformative qualities of a Lomilomi massages.

We had hoped to go swimming with wild dolphins the next day, but when we arrived the dolphins were not there, so we moved on to the place where the Sea-Turtles were. It was a day of rough seas, which got rougher once the first group of “stronger swimmers” had gone out with Tamara, our experienced guide. Some of the “stronger swimmers” did encounter the sea-turtles, but all returned to shore exhausted by the extreme conditions, and sobered by the experience that what Europeans and North Americans might consider a strong swimmer, is very different to what a Hawaiian would call a strong swimmer. This was to be our first lesson in respect for the powerful elements and conditions on these Islands of the planetary Alta Major Centre.

Next day, not one, but two possible boat-trips to visit the humpback whales, were cancelled buy the captains at the last minute – it became clear that we were not ready to meet these gentle giants of the deep Ocean, and that we needed to remain firmly rooted to the Earth. So instead, we visited the exquisite tropical gardens of the “Garden of Eden”, on the road to Hana, from where we could at least see the whales out to sea in the near distance.

The Planets choose us
Back at Malamalama Retreat Center, on Kolealea Organic Farm, we continued preparations for the Ceremony on 16th February. Each planet in the solar system “chose” a person to represent it, including the newly discovered “dwarf planets” of the outer solar system in the Kuiper Belt and beyond. This was important because these “new” planetoids are beginning to connect us with the new archetypes that we will be dealing with in the Age of Aquarius. It was interesting how these newly discovered bodies, many of which have quite negative connotations and mythology, were beginning to reveal their more positive, transformative qualities, as we worked with them.

For example Eris, the goddess of discord and strife, who selected me, taught me that discord and strife is there to show us what needs to be confronted so we can bring new levels of creativity out of chaos. Even the more familiar “traditional” planets had some surprises for us – Venus chose the most yang of the men to represent her, whilst Mars chose one of the most gentle of the women; it was as if the old archetypes were being turned on their heads in preparation for allowing the new energies to flow into the Earth.

It was a steep learning curve for everybody, as we began to integrate the qualities of our planets, as well as learning the protocols necessary for our ceremony with Lei’ohu Ryder, the Hawaiian Kahuna who had so trustingly and graciously agreed to host our ceremony at Kukuipuka Heiau.

Cleansing at I'ao
Lei’ohu had asked us to prepare by cleansing ourselves with salt water and fresh water. So we visited the beach and immersed ourselves in the Ocean, and then into the fresh waters of the I’ao valley. This is a truly wonderful and powerful place, towered over by the “I’ao Needle”, a vast rocky outcrop reaching high up to the sky. Just for good measure, we also got completely drenched by a torrential downpour from above – so, we were thrice blessed, by salt water, fresh water, and heavenly waters!

I'ao Needle - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

On the afternoon before the Ceremony, we made our journey up to the 10,000 foot summit of Mount Haleakala – a stunning and otherworldly place. Apart from the incredible multicoloured “lunar” landscape, the most striking thing was the utter silence and complete stillness – not a sound could be heard, as we sat in silent contemplation of this magical place that was once a cauldron of violent volcanic activity, giving birth to new land. The sunset on Haleakala was beyond words…

Sunset on Haleakala - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

The Ceremony
And so we came to the day of our Ceremony. We were greeted by Lei’ohu, her student helpers, who held the four directions and the “gatekeeper” of the Heiau. It was a blisteringly hot, clear day; on our journey there, we noticed that it was the only day since our arrival when both Haleakala and the I’ao Valley were clearly visible and not covered in cloud.
Kukuipuka Heiau, or sacred enclosure is in a stunning location, on a cliff top, overlooking the Ocean, where we could again see the whales in the distance. Lei’ohu welcomed each person into the Heiau, greeting them in the traditional Hawaiian way – the “Honi”, by touching noses and inhaling the Breath of Life (Aloha) together; then she called in the four directions and the ancestral spirits, and gave a water blessing to each person with sacred waters that we had all brought with us from around the world. Then she invited us to prepare for our ceremony; this began with the setting up of a crystal “net”, or “grid” at the centre of the circle, which was to help anchor in the energies of Chiron and Neptune.

The Crystal Grid - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

Chiron Approaches the Grid - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

Each person in the group moved into their planetary position, mirroring the arrangement of the planets in the heavens overhead, so that the group became the “Living Astrology Chart” of the alignment.

Having aligned ourselves with “our” planets, we called down the Rainbow Bridge Healing energy of Chiron, as it passed directly overhead, moving it down through our bodies as a spiral of rainbow light; then we opened to receive the Unconditional Love energy of Neptune from its “anchor point” in the Soul Star Centre above the Crown Centre, enabling the Pure Compassion of the Divine Feminine to flow as deep blue light down into our hearts; as the Sun passed directly above us, we radiated it outwards and downwards into the Earth.

We continued moving our awareness down through the energy centres in our bodies and then down through the 12 Earth Chakras beneath us; one member of our group beautifully sang the Earth Chakra Tones, to assist in the opening of each centre. As our focus reached the Crystal Core Chakra at the Centre of the Earth, the asteroid Vesta was passing directly beneath us, on the other side of the Earth. Vesta, goddess of the sacred flame, has a strong affinity with Pele, the Hawaiian creatrix of Volcanic fire. So, it was completely appropriate to connect with her energy as Vesta passed beneath our feet, drawing her creative power up into manifestation in our lives and into the Earth’s energy grids, and flowing outwards to all corners of the Earth from this planetary Energy Centre.

The Hawaiian islands, as a whole have the role of the planetary Alta Major (or Shamanic) Centre. Within each planetary energy Centre (and human chakra), there is the holographic resonance of all the other centres/chakras. In the energetic scheme of the seven islands of Hawaii, Maui embodies the energy of the Hara or Dan T’ien (Sacral Centre); this corresponds with the Fire of the Gate of Vitality of Chinese energy-medicine. This is the creative source of the energy behind Will, so Maui was the most appropriate place from which to “push”, or send out the healing energies of Chiron-Neptune into the planetary grids. What I had not realised until we arrived in Maui, was that Kukuipuka Heiau was directly beneath the Chiron north-south “meridian”, as the alignment began – we could not have been at a more appropriate location anywhere else on the entire planet, in that moment!

Next to pass overhead was Jupiter, as we drew the creative fire of Vesta/Pele up to our Brow Centres to help bring into awareness a New Vision for our personal and collective future. Finally, as Venus passed overhead, we drew the energy back down to the Solar Plexus Centre, to enable integration, harmonisation and assimilation of these hugely transformative energies for each person there and for the planet as a whole.

Bringing these powerful energies back down to touch the Earth, each person then spoke the wisdom that they had received from the planet that they were embodying. (Some of these words will be included in the next Blog Update.)
Lei’ohu then invited us to rest in the shade of a tree, as we had been about 90 minutes in the blisteringly hot midday heat; she made blessings and gave thanks as we lay there, recuperating in the blissful coolness.

Hawaii (Big) Island
Two days later, we were on Hawaii Island at Kilauea Volcano, where we had arranged to meet with Leilehua Yuen, to make an offering to Pele at Halema’umau Crater. Leilehua greeted us with Ti leaf leis and the traditional Hawaiian “Honi” greeting. After viewing an awe-inspiring film of the 1959 eruption of the Kilauea Iki crater, we moved outside to where Leilehua told us stories of Pele, and taught us how to make a traditional Hawaiian offering to her, making a beautiful bundle of sacred leaves, and including one of the Morganite crystals from the Ceremony on Maui.

Leilehua led us to a traditional place where offerings are made, and she sang to Pele; then we sang a traditional children’s song, “Ke Ao Nani” (“It’s a Beautiful World”) that we had learned during our Hula class on Maui. It felt appropriate for us to be singing a children’s song, as we were all approaching the rich mysteries and traditions of this land as children, as well as being children of this planet. We were very moved, as Leilehua started to perform the Hula movements that accompanied the song. In the distance the vast plume of steam and sulphur rose from the recently opened vent of Halema’umau Crater, traditionally the home of Pele.

Halema'umau Crater - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

Pele - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

Later that afternoon, we visited the Iki Crater, still steaming 50 years after it erupted!

Kiluaea Iki - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

Then we descended deep into the Earth into the Thurston Lava tube, making our final connection and offering into the heart of Mother Earth.

Thurston Lava Tube - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

Some of us who remained in Hawaii after the group left, were blessed to finally connect with the dolphins and whales…

Humpback Whale Breaching - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

What Happened to the Crystals?
Normally, when we have worked in Ceremony with a Crystal Grid, they have been buried in the Earth during the Ceremony, in order to hold the energy in that place. For many reasons, at this time and in this place, it was felt to be inappropriate to do this. We had been guided to send the crystals in many directions around the planet – this is still unfolding.

To date, this is where the crystals have gone:
The Central Quartz “Rose”, which has been at the centre of the Stonehenge Ceremonies for the last three years, was left with Lei’ohu Ryder and Maui, to remain as a focus and link with the other crystals as they travel around the world.

One of the 8 Lemurian Quartz crystals was carried by Chris Devlin to be given to Lorraine Loyd on Akutan, in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska; a Ceremony was held there in 2005, and a crystal grid was planted, marking the first stage of our work with the Pacific Earth Grids. 

One Lemurian Quartz was placed 
in the gardens of Hamish and Ba Miller at Lelant, Cornwall, England, in the bower that Hamish completed not long before his passing - see below for more information about this, regarding the Mother of Pearl that was also placed in the gardens.

One of the 4 Seraphinites is held by Adrian Mieras, a member of the group and a “Crystal Brother”, to be planted as he is guided.

4 Rose Quartzes were given to the 4 Direction holders at the Ceremony at Kukuipuka Heiau.

1 Labradorite was given to the Gate-keeper at the Ceremony at Kukuipuka Heiau.

1 Blue Lace Agate was given to Barbara Moore, our hostess at the Dragonfly Ranch, Hawaii Island, to assist in communicating her vast knowledge of natural healing to all who visit her.

1 Larimar was given to Tamara “Rainbow” Tavernier, our dolphin guide.
1 Larimar was sent to Rachel Dawson on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, who placed it in a cave near Bentayga on 24th June 2010.
 Bentayga - Picture by Martin Wiesheu

1 Morganite was offered in the bundle to Pele at Kilauea Volcano.

12 Mother of Pearls were given, one to each of the Sacred Shrines to the world’s religions at the Paleaku Peace Gardens, Hawaii Island.

Green Tara at Paleaku Peace Gardens - © Marcus Mason, Feb 2010

1 Mother of Pearl was also given to Star Rose, from Oregon, whom we met at the Peace Gardens; she will take it to her nine-acre sacred grounds at Unity of Salem - "a sanctuary of peace and natural habitat that creates a world that works for all our relations". Each year they host an Interfaith Peace Festival in August where many faiths from the community are involved. There will be a ceremony to place the stone on the sacred grounds then.

1 Mother of Pearl was placed at a ceremony held on May 15th 2010 at the Seed of Life, in the gardens of Hamish and Ba Miller at Lelant, Cornwall, England. The garden lies directly on the Athena energy line, which interweaves with the Apollo line; these lines were dowsed  extensively in the 1990's through Ireland, Cornwall and Europe to Israel, by Hamish and Ba with Paul Broadhurst and Vivienne Shanley, as described in their inspiring book, "The Dance of the Dragon".

1 Mother of Pearl was "planted" at the white quartz stone circle at Duloe, in Cornwall, England on the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on 26th June 2010. A group has been meeting there every Full Moon for the last two and a half years, and some members of the group were present at Duloe, while the Chiron - Neptune ceremony was being held in Hawaii in February 2010. The ceremony for the planting at Duloe was interwoven with prayers for the waters and the creatures of the Gulf of Mexico.

To date, that’s it – we will keep you updated about the journeys of the other crystals, as they unfold.
Mahalo – Thank you
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Friday, 29 January 2010

Chiron - Neptune Meditation

Chiron – Neptune

World-wide Link-up Meditation – Feb 16th 2010

(In some countries, this will be on the morning of Feb 17th - see timings, below)


Below, you will find a suggested format for a link-up meditation for the Chiron Neptune Alignment on February 16th; this is in response to those who have requested this.

Please feel free to adapt this to your own personal way of working, or indeed to create your own meditation/ceremony/prayer in whatever way feels appropriate for you. If you prefer to simply sit in silence, then that is fine too.


The exact alignment, as Chiron and Neptune pass overhead in Hawaii,

will be between 12:23 – 12:32 pm (AHST – Alaska-Hawaii Standard Time)

This is between 22:23 – 22:32 (UT – Universal Time / GMT)

If possible, we are suggesting that you

link-in with us for the full hour from 12.00 – 13.00 AHST

UK & Ireland: 22:00 – 23:00 UT/GMT

Europe: 23:00 – 00:00 CET; E. Europe: 00:00 – 01:00 (Feb 17th)

USA -17:00 – 18:00 EST; 16:00 – 17:00 CST; 15:00 – 16:00 MST; 14:00 – 15:00 PST; 13:00 – 14:00 YST

Australia: (Feb17th) 07:00 – 08:00 AWDT; 08:30 – 09:30 ACDT; 09:00 – 10:00 AEDT;

New Zealand: 11:00 – 12:00 NZST

A full list of Sacred Sites alignments and timings around the world, for that hour, are available in the update below this one, which was posted on 15th January.

The Sacred Intention

The sacred intention of the Chiron-Neptune Alignment Ceremony is to welcome the presence of Unconditional Love into our hearts, and into the Heart of the Earth; to compassionately release the mis-aligned energies of our personal and collective past, and to encourage and enable the focus of Heart-centred awareness in all individuals, systems and countries; to accelerate the on-going process of Global Healing of the body, emotions, mind and spirit of all sentient beings, as we approach the possibility for a Global Spiritual Rebirth in December 2012.

Suggested Meditation

Please read this through to familiarise yourself with the format, then you can just use the headings as reminders, when you come to do the meditation; alternatively, you may like to make your own recording of the meditation, which you can then listen to.

Breathe into the Heart

Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply, focussing your attention in your Heart Centre, in the middle of your chest. As you breathe in, feel your heart’s energy opening and expanding; as you breathe out, let your breath move down through your body, to your feet and into the Earth beneath. Continue this for several breaths, until your attention is focussed within your heart.

Expand the Heart’s energy-field

Feel your heart’s energy-field expanding around you, extending out in all directions, as far as is comfortable, as a radiant and vibrant glowing golden-pink light. Imagine “threads” of that light linking you with the hearts of people all around the world who are tuning in with you, at this time.

Embrace the flow of Unconditional Love - Neptune

Become aware of a flow of rich, radiant, gentle deep-blue light, flowing downwards from above your head. Allow this light to flow in, down and around your body, filling you with a sense of deep inner peace, stillness and a gentle, radiant joy. Feel this filling your Heart.

Embrace the flow of Divine Healing Light - Chiron

As the deep-blue light starts to move through your body, imagine it changing its hue to all the colours of the rainbow, and feel these colours bringing comfort and healing as they flow to all the different parts of your body from head to feet; feel the more subtle levels of these colours penetrating deep into your feelings, and extending outwards to bring you stillness, clarity and peace of mind.

Keep your attention focussed in your heart, and allow yourself to simply be held within this flow of Unconditional Healing Love for as long as you wish.

Grounding the energy into the Earth

After a while, use your out-breath to “send” the healing light deep down into the Earth beneath your feet. Imagine it anchored beneath your feet, by an emerald-green star, surrounded by golden light. From here, feel the light “pulsing” right down into the heart of the Earth.


When you start to feel the flow diminishing, then imagine the flow of light fading from above you, and allow it to simply fall into the Earth and dissolve from your awareness.

Bring your attention to the top of your head, and imagine a small sphere of golden light there, then bring it slowly, all the way down the front of your body, and anchor it into the Earth beneath your feet.

Take a few deep breaths, become aware of your physical body and your surroundings; have a good stretch, move around and drink some water, or have something light to eat.

Wait for at least 15 – 30 minutes before you do any complex physical tasks, like driving a car for instance.

Looking forward to being linked in spirit with you all on February 16th / 17th