Influence from the sky.

Stars and planets move across the sky, in a methodical dance, energetically interacting with each other, influencing the Earth in magical ways. This influence is so fascinating that it has been studied and revered for ages.

I never was one that was interested in astrology. I didn't looked up my horoscope and didn't know what all the fuss was about. In the last few years, I've found the reason for this lack of interest was due to lack of knowledge and understanding on my part. I used to scoff at the idea of the stars having any influence on our lives but after being more in touch with the idea of everything being made of energy and having an influence on everything else around, I am no longer scoffing. If the moon's energy can have such an effect on the tides of the ocean and the sap in trees, if the Earth's energy can pull apples off trees to the ground, if my thoughts (which too are energy) can have such an effect on everything around me, then the stars' energies can also have a great impact on the Earth and Her inhabitants.

Astrology has been a interest of mine lately. Admittedly, I'm far from understanding all its terminology and interpretations, leaving my head spinning with wonder. It started with birth charts. Human personality and psychology has always been a curiosity to me. I love a good personality quiz that explains our inner workings and astrology is beyond the ultimate personality quiz! The full map of the sky (which includes so much more than just your sun sign) at the exact place and time of birth can tell you so much about yourself!

But this isn't the reason for this blog post. The making of the personality at birth isn't the only influence the stars have. Certain alignments of planets, constellations, and stars have an impact on our everyday lives. The horoscope you find in a magazine or newspaper is a watered down version of this. There's a lot more energetic influence than just our sun sign.

An awesome website that goes into great detail about these alignments and influences and how different ones work together is www.darkstarastrology.com. Their explanations of current events and the astrology behind them is fascinating. Like in this post, they talk about the Lunar eclipse conjunct Pluto (back in June) and what events have occurred in the past around similar alignments. I confess I don't know what a lot of the terminology means- conjunct, square, trine, opposite, sextile but thankfully I don't have to to gain knowledge from this website.

There have been some major alignments this year and some major events that have gone along with them. The above post mentioned the Cardinal Grand Cross-it's one of the most powerful alignments of our time; we've had earthquakes, volcanoes, social and political unrest, economic challenges, the oil spill, etc to go with it. It's definitely been an eventful couple years. The last similar Grand Cross in history just happened to be around the time of the Great Depression.

There can be a lot of fear and doom and gloom surrounding alignments like this but it doesn't need to. It's a time of change and progress. If we are aware, open, and flexible, we can use this energy for our own personal evolution. We can use the sky's beautiful energetic influence for good!