Astro Report by Varij May 2011

Tuesday 17 May 2011

“There is a tide in the affairs of men / Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune / Omitted, all the voyages of their life / Are bound in shallows and in miseries” - Shakespeare

“We are born at a given moment in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born” – Carl Jung

Quite so, says Astrology. And, going with the metaphor, recently there has been a veritable king tide of dynamic Aries energy, which, based on anecdotal evidence, has bestowed on many who have taken it at the flood the confidence and courage to have changed their lives for the better. This month however, the tide slows as the seasonal quality of zodiac energy takes on the earthy sensual tones of Taurus, as first Mars, then Mercury and Venus move into that sign on the 11th and 16th of May respectively, followed by Jupiter on the 4th of June. Note that Jupiter, the planet of higher mind and prosperity consciousness, will stay in Taurus for a full year, leaving only revolutionary Uranus to fly the Arien flag for the next 7 years.

Let’s compare and contrast Aries and Taurus now to see what we’re in for. Taurus consolidates and grounds what Aries starts or initiates. Aries is from Mars, Taurus is from Venus. Aries is the direct action warrior / hero, Taurus is the pleasure loving, beauty worshipping artist / lover. Marlon Brando, a Sun sign Aries with Venus in Taurus combines the two. Shakespeare, a Sun sign Taurus, gives the pure taste of the sign with this gem: “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it”

More generally as a fixed earth sign, Taurus provides the resources and solid foundation on which to build something of lasting value, something that embodies and reflects a strong sense of self-worth. Taurus season is the right time to ask questions such as: What am I worth? Am I being paid, or giving to myself what I am worth? What is my life worth to me? Do my relationships reflect my own sense of self-worth and self-value? Am I being valued for my own sake or for what I have? And finally this one, so relevant for acquisitive Taurus, and so pertinent more generally for our modern materialistic age,: “If I am what I have, and I lose what I have, who then am I”? [Originally posed by psycho-analytic sage Erich Fromm]

Varij is a former tutor in Philosophy at Melbourne University and a writer for Wellbeing Astrology Magazine. A professional reader of over 25 years experience, he combines compassion and wisdom with a gifted intuition to deliver clear, positive and accurate guidance.

Varij has been with the Crystal Castle for seven years and is available for readings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Phone ahead to make your booking. 0266 84 3111

  • By Crystal Castle

Astro Report by Varij April 2011

Tuesday 19 April 2011

April / May Astrology Report

The period of this month’s report begins with the Sun in Aries full Moon in Libra, exact on the Monday the 18th April at 12:44 pm, and ends with the Sun in Taurus full Moon in Scorpio, exact on Tuesday the 17th of May at 9:10 pm.

Note, a full Moon always occurs in the sign opposite to that which the Sun is in. So after Taurus, in the yearly cycle of the zodiac it goes like this: Sun Gemini / Moon Sagittarius; Sun Cancer / Moon Capricorn; Sun Leo / Moon Aquarius; Sun Virgo / Moon Pisces; Sun Libra / Moon Aries; Sun Scorpio / Moon Taurus; and so on around the wheel of the zodiac.

The full Moon is a time of maximum light and potential awareness, a time when what was begun at the new Moon two weeks prior is brought to creative fruition. The dominant themes of the current Aries/Libra full Moon lunation are reconciling the desires of self [Aries] with the needs of others [Libra]; and harmonizing the Aries desire for rapid, inspired change with the Libran need for fair and dispassionate consideration of the potential impact of that change on the legitimate interests of all affected parties. With five planets in Aries and only two in Libra, the Arien drive to get things done quickly is likely to triumph over the Libran preference for negotiation and compromise.

According to esoteric tradition, the Taurus/Scorpio full Moon is the most powerful lunation of the year, as the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama the Buddha are all reputed to have occurred under it’s auspices. It is further said that every year at this time ascended masters gather together in the mythical Wesak valley of the high Himalaya to further the evolution of all humanity under the beneficent guidance of the Buddha himself.

Whether literally true or not, we can all make use of the potent rays of this lunation to advance along our chosen spiritual path. Meditation undertaken at this time can be especially powerful in freeing ourselves from the grip of dark obsessive thoughts that bind us to the wheel of suffering. Like a lotus flower whose roots lie deep in the mud, we can grow toward the light and warmth of our inner spiritual Sun and float, if only for a few precious moments, serenely on the waters of life.

Varij is a former tutor in Philosophy at Melbourne University and a writer for Wellbeing Astrology Magazine. A professional reader of over 25 years experience, he combines compassion and wisdom with a gifted intuition to deliver clear, positive and accurate guidance. Varij has been with the Crystal Castle for seven years and is available for readings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Phone ahead to make your booking. 0266 84 3111


  • By Crystal Castle

Astro Report by Varij March 2011

Saturday 26 March 2011

Ancient Future Past

Neptune, the god of the ocean, the planet of higher love and compassion leaves Aquarius and enters Pisces, the sign of its rulership on April 4th, the day of the New Moon in Aries. Discovered in 1846, it stays approximately 14 years in a sign and takes about 164 years to transit the whole zodiac.

An outer planet* changing signs is an event of great astrological significance, for it signals a corresponding change in the zeitgeist or spirit of the times. Noteworthy in this context is that the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami occurred only one day before Uranus, the planet of sudden and unexpected change entered Aries on March 12th, and that the advent of Chiron, the wounded healer planet into Pisces on April 20 2010 was accompanied by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent massive oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico on that very day.

Mere coincidence, or stunning examples of astrological synchronicity in action?

The fact that Neptune’s ingress into water sign Pisces takes place when six planets are also in the cardinal fire sign of Aries adds a dynamic note to the potentially momentous astrological picture. Put fire and water together and what do you get? Hot scalding water, or a healing warm bath? Anger and rage, or tea and sympathy?

Pisces evokes images of the ancient mariner, and the shared understanding that we are all in the same boat, that as individuals, we are just little ego boats cast adrift on the great ocean of life, inherently vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and that we will only make it to the further shore if we all look out for each other, for trials and tribulations stalk us all, young or old, wise or foolish, rich and poor alike.

Aries is the will to action, the drive to plant a new seed, the struggle to break free of the past, the daring and enthusiasm of youth, the self-belief that one person can make a difference, the noble knight who thrills with deeds of danger and passion, the modern woman who lives her life as she sees fit, without needing or seeking the approval of any man. In short, Aries is the hero with a thousand faces.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, Aries the first. So this is a time of endings and beginnings. A time perhaps, when everything old becomes new again.

* Outer planets are those that lie beyond the orbit of Saturn, the last planet that can be seen with the naked eye. The currently accepted outer planets are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, though most contemporary astrologers also include the ‘planetoid’ Chiron, which orbits between Saturn and Uranus.

Varij is a former tutor in Philosophy at Melbourne University and a writer for Wellbeing Astrology Magazine. A professional reader of over 25 years experience, he combines compassion and wisdom with a gifted intuition to deliver clear, positive and accurate guidance. Varij has been with the Crystal Castle for seven years and is available for readings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Phone ahead to make your booking. 0266 84 3111

  • By Crystal Castle

Astro report by Varij February 2011

Monday 21 February 2011

Mars Rules

Mars, the god of war and passion, action and desire, continues to align closely with the Sun throughout February. It has been doing so since mid-January, conjoining exactly together in the sign Aquarius in the early hours of Saturday Feb 5, making this an ideal time to walk the talk and heed the call of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.

A time to seize the initiative and take action, get things done, make a difference, lend a helping hand, pursue excellence and give of our best. A time to go beyond the known, the safe and the familiar to explore new and exciting worlds that simply cannot be accessed whilst we stay within the safety of our comfort zone. As the book title says Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.

Mars expresses through the sign Aquarius with passionate conviction and a humanitarian slant. Its rallying cry could be ‘freedom and justice for all’! Let us all take inspiration then from the largely peaceful overthrow of autocracy in Egypt, [which occurred under the aegis of this planetary configuration,] and take to heart these words from Aquarian reggae master Bob Marley’s martial anthem Get Up Stand Up: “Now you’ve seen the light, stand up for your rights.”

On Saturday the 19th, the day after the Leo Full Moon, the Sun went into Pisces, soon to be joined there by Mercury, the planet of mind and communication, on Tuesday the 22nd, closely followed by Mars on Wednesday the 23rd, marking a pronounced shift from Aquarius to Pisces in the Astro-sphere. Both signs are universal in scope, as is reflected in this inspiring quote from Einstein, a Sun sign Pisces with Jupiter, the planet of higher mind, in Aquarius:

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Varij is available for readings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Phone ahead for your booking. 0266 84 3111.

  • By Crystal Castle

Astrology report by Varij January 2011

Thursday 20 January 2011

2011: A year of deep and accelerated change

Four major planets – Jupiter, Chiron, Uranus and Neptune change signs this year, indicating 2011 is going to be a year of deep and accelerated change.

Jupiter and Uranus change signs from Pisces to Aries, Jupiter on the 23 January and Uranus on the 13 March, whilst Chiron and Neptune move from Aquarius into Pisces on the 9th February and the 4th of April respectively.

Noteworthy too, and very much in keeping with the theme of accelerated change, is the fact that Jupiter, the good luck planet in pop astrology, that also rules over religion, philosophy and the higher mind, races through Aries in less than 6 months in 2011, which is less than half the full year it normally spends in a sign! Which is just what it will do when it enters Taurus on 4th June where it will stay until 12th June 2012.

The pace of life will especially quicken and intensify though when Uranus, the planet of freedom, individualism and technological innovation joins Jupiter in Aries from mid-March onwards. Some will no doubt be moved to cry ‘stop the world I want to get off’, but wiser heads [Aries rules the head in the body] will get with the program and choose to align with the new wave of fiery Aries energy that is about to sweep the planet.

We can confidently expect breakthrough solutions to previously intractable problems when Jupiterian optimism and Uranian revolutionary thinking is infused with Aries drive and enthusiasm. Together they will provide the irresistible momentum to blast through the forces of inertia and resistance currently holding back a wave of much needed change. The time is now ripe to generate new ideas and action plans to be put into motion through March, April and May, and consolidated thereafter during Jupiter’s sojourn in earth sign Taurus.

Finally, the ingress of Chiron the wounded healer, and Neptune the planet of oceanic love and unity consciousness into Pisces from Aquarius will correlate with a shift from lofty humanitarian idealism to deeply felt compassionate responses on the subjective individual level to all the trials and tribulations that we spiritual beings must inevitably face whilst having a human experience. The Dalai Lama’s oft-quoted ‘kindness is my religion’ may well sum up the spirit of the times.
 

  • By Crystal Castle

Lotus Infinity Wall

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Turiya Bruce, local artist, created the lotus mosaic on the infinity wall that surrounds the pond where the four metre high Buddha statue peacefully sits.

Turiya has been an artist since a very young child and is well recognised in the Byron shire and this was to be her first time working mosaic with glass as her medium. “As the infinity wall developed so did my talents working with mosaic. I was very inspired as I love the projects Sono and Naren King create at the Crystal Castle and I loved the giant Buddha that was coming to this site—I saw it before it was out of the crate and was so impressed. Two of these four metre high Buddha’s are carved at the same time, just in case one gets damaged along the way, and each one is carved from one huge piece of stone, one giant rock. When I saw the love that had gone into the carving of this massive statue I knew that I could be with this job and give it what it needs and make a really beautiful and sacred design.

I began by sitting at the wall and doing a little prayer asking that it be beautiful and guided so that it would turn out to be fitting for the Buddha. A lotus is symbolic of beauty that grows from the deep mud and I wanted the lotus on the infinity wall to show that we all can bloom and blossom into full flower, and I prayed this project I had taken on would blossom into full flower. The whole journey to create the lotus was really quite extraordinary, and it took around ten working days to complete. It was a significantly spiritual artistic experience and an amazing learning curve that was strongly guided.”

The giant Buddha and Lotus Infinity Wall are one of the special features on the Buddha Walk at the Crystal Castle.

  • By Crystal Castle

Astro Report from Varij, November

Tuesday 23 November 2010

The recent Full Moon in Taurus which peaked at 4:27 am AEDT on Monday the 22nd of November was aligned with the Pleiades, a constellation associated in New Age folklore with the evolution of human consciousness into a fifth dimensional realm of love and light. It is interesting to note in this connection that both the Mayan and Egyptian pyramids are specifically oriented toward this star grouping.

The Taurus Full Moon therefore presented a wonderful opportunity to become aware of any limiting beliefs and patterns that keep us from living our full potential as spiritual beings who have temporarily assumed human form for the purpose of evolving in consciousness toward the light.

Here on Earth, light casts a shadow, both literally and metaphorically. In astrology, Scorpio is the sign most intimately involved with bringing light to the shadow areas of our psyches where we have become entrapped in the darkness of fear and ignorance. So it seems especially noteworthy that the Pleiades Full Moon alignment occurred this year on the very same day that the Sun finished its yearly transit of the sign. [At 9:15 pm on Mon 22 Nov to be exact.]

Hopefully, we have all learnt from Scorpio’s reign, that “Love brings up anything unlike itself [only] for the purpose of healing” [Sondra Ray]; that “What is to give light must endure burning” [Victor Frankel]; and that “We do not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious” [Carl Jung].

Perhaps the greatest gift of Scorpio though is to fully realize that each end in life is not only an end, but simultaneously a beginning. A beginning, certainly of an unknown future, but perhaps too, of a new and exciting chapter that will offer its greatest bounty when lived in a spirit of adventure and the courage to stay open to the mystery. 

  • By Crystal Castle

colour in Ganesh...

Sunday 7 November 2010

To celebrate the creative buzz that flies around this region, the Crystal Castle has produced a special colour-in book that is now for sale at the Welcome Hut, the Gallery and Showroom.

Ganesh Goes… Colouring Book

This gorgeous colour-in book begins with a beautiful story about the Indian deity, Ganesh. Recognised as one of the most loved gods in Hinduism and considered a great protector and remover of obstacles, Ganesh is known as the Lord of Success and Wisdom. There is a range of wonderful pictures of Ganesh to colour in and the quality of the paper makes it perfect for artists of all ages and talents.

This is just another one of the many reasons children love to visit the Crystal Castle. Come and explore the mystery of the Labyrinth, follow the Kid’s Quest around the Rainforest Walk and experience the beautiful Buddha Walk and the winding pathways through magical gardens that are home to huge statues and mammoth crystals.

After your adventure on the Quest, enjoy a yummy treat from the special kid’s menu at the Lotus Café… and of course Fireheart the Dragon awaits all little people to come and play on his back in the playground.
 

  • By Crystal Castle

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