astrology

Flower Essences for the Aquarius Moon

Aquarius the brilliant change agent is motivated by a commitment to innovation and her desire to serve the evolution of the collective. Oriented toward the future she may become interested in modern trends, politics, humanitarian goals, technology, cosmic consciousness, and divination tools.

Headstrong, she is the maverick reformer who disrupts the status quo in her effort to stand for freedom and equality. Objective, intellectual, and cerebral she develops an eagle-eye perspective, allowing her to plan her efforts strategically. She enjoys participating in communities that value individuality, cultural diversity, and nonhierarchical, structures.

Independent Aquarius can be aloof and lacking in warmth or she may be friendly but emotionally detached. This is because she values impersonal love. She is cautious about commitment because she wants to protect her sovereignty. She avoids relationships that pressure her to compromise unnecessarily for the needs of others or the group.

Aquarius the visionary must be careful not to act rebellious just for the sake of being shocking. She needs to steer clear of personifying "the eccentric misfit". Her urge for sudden radical change may backfire if it is not grounded in a sense of solid service and long term goals that are rooted in her ideals and mission.

Her highest wish is to seek liberation as the Water Bearer, giving life and spiritual food to her community. Honoring her hearts desire, she is happiest when she is able to offer a unique contribution that serves the greater good.

What ideals do you dream for?

Highlights from Spring 2014: Plants & Planets

"Astrology is AMAZING! I’ve been skeptical but I feel like I’ve just had an X-ray of my soul taken….like the insight of years of therapy, but better. The clarity of seeing my most fundamental traits and patterns through this vocabulary is astonishing. If anyone is feeling “stuck” in your life and seeking insight on what your gifts and challenges in this lifetime are all about, or on the ways that you are here on earth to evolve and develop then Portland School of Astrology comes with my highest recommendation!"
~ Isobel, Social worker

"I mentioned in class before that it felt like much of the static in my brain died away, so I could see what I needed for my next step. Some of my vital force has returned; for the past two weeks, I've eaten a good breakfast and lunch-taking the time to nurture myself in that way (which is a biggie, because although I've never struggled with eating disorders, feeding myself with good food has always seemed exhausting to me). The first 2 weeks of taking the formula felt like a release for me and I have received many insights to things that previously I would have gone around and around in trying to figure out. I really loved the format of the class and both Jen and JP are great teachers!"
~ Erin, Student

"I am inspired to contribute to pursuing astrology and it is nice to have met a beautiful group of people, that is open-minded and supportive."
~ Minh, Interior Designer

This music piece and lyrics were created by a student to represent the archetypal Aries moon, which is her moon sign. Aries is the impulsive warrior spirit and pioneer who calls on her independent and creative will to engage in life.

ARISE by S*ALT".
(lyrics)

I am the cardinal fire
I am the first thing ever
I am the springtime fever
I am fervent desire
I am rash dynamism
I am emphatic bravado

I am
The ram
When you notice me
leading the pack,
if you dare step up

Flower Essences for the Capricorn Moon

Ambitious Capricorn craves achievement and enjoys endeavors that challenge her to develop mastery. She is practical and disciplined and may feel compelled toward leadership because of her desire to make a meaningful contribution to society. This can be expressed through her career or through a calling in her local community. Patient and pragmatic she is able to delay gratification for the sake of clearly defining and reaching her long-term goals.

Earthy by nature, she stays connected to her inner authority and creativity by developing routines that align her with the body, her higher knowing, and a connection to mother earth. These practices help her to manifest a lifestyle that is congruent with her authentic passions.

Conservative Capricorn values tradition. Her standards for relationships are high. She may be cautious about opening the door to her heart because she wishes to cultivate connections that offer her consistency, grounding and commitment. Her need for privacy may give rise to a struggle with vulnerability, which can result in feelings of loneliness. It may be healing for her to cultivate relationships with people who are older such as mentors, elders, and bosses.

We live in an overly-driven technological and media-defined culture that reveres earning money for the sake of security, status, and materialism. This intention leaves many people feeling enslaved to professions that leave them out of touch with their body’s natural rhythms and functioning in workplace environments where they are unhappy, drained, and feel de-valued.

Highlights from Spring 2014: Dreaming the Planets: Dream Interpretation and Astrology


In this daylong workshop, attendee's were coached by special guest instructor Will Hall to deconstruct their dream experiences using Process Work, Jungian, and Gestalt therapy techniques. Archetypal patterns in the natal charts were examined relative to the participant's intuitive understanding of their dreams revealing symbolic meaning and timing that reflected transformational urges within the psyche. Tools for tracking and understanding dream patterns were discussed as well as methods for integrating the mythical knowledge gathered by exploring dreams and astrology into the student's daily lives.

Highlights from Spring 2014: Relationships & Sexuality: Working in Depth with Flower Essences and Astrology

Corina Dross and Jen Gouvea co-facilitated this this five week experiential class. Students explored archetypal astrological patterns in their natal chart suggesting individualized needs for developing fulfillment through relationships. Particpants examined a diversity of relationship styles and ways of loving. Specific flower essences for healing relationships, sexuality and balancing masculine/feminine qualities were also discussed. Students participated in an experiential meditation and writing exercises to integrate new insights. There was a large emphasis on being present with emotions and opening to the inner space with the opportunity to explore psychological patterns and share insights.

Flower Essences for the Sagittarius Moon

Sagittarius, the eternal student yearns to connect to a greater reality. She is the Centaur (half animal/half human) with a wild gypsy heart who enthusiastically follows her instincts and intuition on the call for adventure. She enjoys activities that allow her explore and expand such as: travel, sports, education and philosophy. She is known for her easygoing, upbeat and optimistic nature.

Sagittarius is the archer. She keeps her gaze focused on the horizon and thrives when accumulating new experiences which enable her to acquire higher vision. She is seeking to develop faith in life’s purpose and meaning. Her pursuit of knowledge leads her to eventually become the wise teacher.

She is also the missionary who can become self-righteous and dogmatic when she becomes too attached to her version of truth. Fiery and easily restless she may struggle with commitment and accepting limitation. She sometimes overestimates her competence leading her into situations where lack of caution can sabotage her.

In what areas of life have you become stuck in a rut?
Where do you feel restricted and restless?
What activities would you like to engage in that can lead you to expand your worldview?
How can you renew your sense of freedom, faith and trust?

To learn more about the Moon, Flower Essences & Astrology you can purchase my tele-class "Flower Essences for the Moon and the Sacred Feminine" here.

Here are some flower essences that support these Sagittarius themes.

Flower Essences for the Gemini Moon

Gemini the journalist and storyteller wants to gather the facts and details and enjoys classifying the data into categories and themes. She is developing the ability to reason and articulate clearly. This may involve participating in activities that strengthen the left brain such as formal education, speaking, writing, listening and teaching.

This chatty and curious student is on a quest to learn and gather a diversity of perspectives so she can break free from limited patterns of thinking. She enjoys relationships that are based on proximity such as with siblings, neighbors and housemates. As an open minded messenger she is often clever, sociable, and witty. Similar to a transistor radio following a signal, she follows her intuition by pursuing her eclectic interests which may include short trips, classes and workshops. Her path of inquiry can seem erratic and incongruous but it eventually leads to patterns of knowledge that make sense holistically once all the parts of the puzzle are gathered.

During this technology age of change, quick access to information exchange and mental expansion many of us can become become distracted, restless, anxious and consumed with indecision. During the Gemini Moon it in can be a good time to slow down and examine how you might cultivate mental stress reduction and centering techniques that allow you to hear and express your own inner truth and voice through activities such as meditation, automatic writing, journaling, sound healing, and singing. My housemates seems to love karoake and binaural beats for this reason!

Flower Essences for the Scorpio Moon

Flower Essences are a healing modality that exemplify the watery process of transformation from which the Scorpio type thrives. During the Scorpio Full Moon we are reminded of the importance of looking into the shadows and the depths of our being. What do you need to surrender and release in order to align with your own empowerment and vitality? How do you connect to the world that lies beyond the physical for sustenance? The occult, death, sex, and birth are all experiences that fall under the domain of Scorpio.

Scorpio is the sign of the psychologist, the healer, the sex worker and the investigator. Instinctual and tenacious she thrives off intimacy and emotional intensity. She has capacity to heal others through her ability to offer deep insight and concentrated attention. She is known for her depth of perception, focus, and ability to endure. Attracted to the taboo, she can be drawn to anything mysterious, exotic or dangerous. She needs to avoid self destructive tendencies and instead choose constructive risks that lead to a sense of empowerment.

This watery intuitive sign values intimacy and wants to merge with others in order to grow into a new experiences and understanding of the self. Passionate and resourceful she is exploring her own relationship to power and thrives by exploring the undercurrents. Scorpio wants to transcend limits, share resources, and exchange energy in the effort to incorporate in herself new ways of being that offer regeneration. She is a lover of politics, psychology, and a master of crises.

Flower Essences for the Taurus Moon

During the Taurus Moon it can be a good time to explore your relationship with resources and money. Where do you struggle with issues around scarcity? How do you cultivate survival strategies and create dependable foundations? Are you using your resources wisely?

Taurus is the earth mother, the yoga teacher, the gardener and the entrepreneur. Sensual Taurus finds comfort and peace in her body by connecting to nature and nourishing food. She values serenity and appreciates being able to follow her own rhythms. Loyal Taurus enjoys routines and consistency. Like a cow chewing grass in an open field she cultivates emotional steadiness, patience and contentment.

This security oriented sign has a clear sense of her values and needs which determine her self esteem and self worth. Taurus is the savvy manifestor, she persists by managing her resources to become self sustaining. She takes the time to build a solid and practical base.

Negative Taurus can express herself as materialistic and stubborn. When she is fearful she may become overly attached to the material realm seeking a false sense of protection and control through stockpiling belongings. When this happens she can becomes resistant to healthy changes that allow her to receive new life force. Constricted and stubborn she becomes stuck in the mud.

Flower Essences for the Libra Moon

During the Libra moon it can be a good time to explore the dynamics of relating. How do you reconcile diverse needs and deal with conflict? Are you able to develop supportive relationships and collaborations? How do you give and receive love?

Libra, the peacemaker, is concerned with developing harmony and cooperation through relationships with others. This social and charming team player appreciates learning about herself by exploring opposing viewpoints. She avoids projection by understanding that the relationships she surrounds herself with offer a mirror to her own self understanding.

Charming and popular Libra wants to create balance but she may find her way to the middle ground by exploring extremes. She is learning to negotiate fair and equal exchanges. This diplomat develops mutual understanding and compromise through a good debate. Her need to find inner peace and equilibrium may inspire her to explore the expression of beauty through artistry, fashion and music.

Libra’s tendency to prioritize the viewpoint of others can lead to ineffective patterns of people pleasing, codependency or superficiality. She needs to be careful not to make choices out of a lack of inner conviction, for the validation of social approval, or the need to be needed. When she is firm about her own needs and desires she avoids shadow Libra qualities such as an aimless debating or appeasing indecisiveness.

To learn more about Libra's quest for equality through social exchange listen to this podcast here.