Lynn Hayes

About Lynn Hayes

Lynn Hayes has been a practicing astrological consultant in beautiful North Carolina for over 30 years, working with clients all over the world both in person and by phone. She focuses on therapeutic and healing approaches which encourage greater empowerment and personal growth. She is available for personal consultations (see the readings tab on this website).

February 15th eclipse at the Aquarius New Moon- Write your own story

Although the eclipse on February 15th is a partial one, it still packs a strong astrological punch. There is a powerful compression of energies in the chart of the New Moon with six planets falling within a 30 degree arc, plus the North Node of fate, plus Juno, the asteroid of marriage and spiritual union.  You can see what a driver this New Moon will be to push us out of a deep sleep or unconsciousness into an awakened state.  A strong Jupiter aspect at the New Moon adds a grace card, but also suggests that we may overreact to these energies and exhaust ourselves.  Care should be taken to stay grounded during the period around the New Moon, because Aquarius (and Uranus, a strong influence here) are electromagnetic in nature and can burn out the nervous system if we aren’t careful. Loved ones will play an important part of the transitions during this lunar event.

Jupiter is in a tight square to the New Moon, showering us with hope and a longing to be more, have more, and do more than ever before.  We are also filled with new ideas thanks to a strong Uranus influence which helps us to see past the boundaries of the past into ways to find innovative new experiences.  Uranus rules Aquarius (modern ruler) so it rules this New Moon as well and accentuates the power of this New Moon to break us out of any ruts we have fallen into and move into a more authentic mode of being. Like any New Moon, this is a time of new beginnings – a time to set new intentions for new blessings to bring into our life.  But this New Moon carries with it an additional push to help us to clarify and intensify those intentions into reality – to write our own story and see it unfold. 

Potential for mental exhaustion is strong between the New Moon and the 17th of February so if you can schedule some rest time after the effervescence of the New Moon has subsided, it will help you to find greater integration.

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By | 2018-02-15T16:58:18+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Moon|1 Comment

The January 2018 “Super Blue Blood Moon” and the Leo/Aquarius axis

The Leo Full Moon on January 31st offers a trifecta of attributes which make this lunar event somewhat significant.  Most important from an astrological perspective, this is a total lunar eclipse with very tight angles to the lunar nodes, the points that represent our passage from past to future.  This tight connection between the Moon and the Sun and the nodes opens up a force field that unlocks areas of our life which we have shut down, or attempted to protect ourselves from.

Four of the five eclipses in 2018 are on the Leo/Aquarius axis, forcing us to confront areas where our need for personal development and satisfaction (Leo) are in conflict with the need to let go of some of our personal satisfaction in order to achieve justice and equality in the world around us (Aquarius).  Leo and Aquarius are opposites in the Zodiac – there is a tension between them that require integration and balance.  In this eclipse the Sun and South Node are in Aquarius, demonstrating the consciously creative impulse that is detached and manifests as pure energy.  The Leo Moon is bringing out our secret longings for recognition and pleasure, to find joy in the world and a sense of feeling special and unique, admired by those around us.  The North Node aligns with the Moon to assist us in this journey while not leaving behind the higher Aquarian aspirations towards a more transpersonal view.

The fact that this is a so-called “Blue Moon” is merely a calendar accident and has no real astrological significance.  However, this is a SuperMoon (© Richard Nolle), meaning the Moon is closer to the Earth than at other times so it appears larger to us here on Planet Earth.  SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather events but can also intensify the effect of a Full Moon.  In the case of this January 31 eclipse, this is an astrological double whammy that can offer an opportunity for a tremendous breakthrough, especially for those of us who are more sensitive to lunar events (such as those with Cancerian signatures in their chart or a prominent Moon).  Breakthroughs sometimes do manifest as breakdowns instead, often when we feel stuck or have resisted necessary change and personal evolution.  Because of the potential for a higher degree of emotional intensity, I recommend spending some time in meditation or retreat at the time of this SuperMoon eclipse in order to set an intention for the creative power that may be released.

The eclipse formation is tied in with Ceres (nurturing and self-care) at the lunar Leo end and Venus (love, beauty, harmony) at the solar Aquarius end, accentuating the need to avoid losing ourselves in our obligations and duties at this time if at all possible, while maintaining an awareness of a connection with others.  It’s the balance between these two polarities that is the key to successfully utilizing the energies of this eclipse.

Full Moons are times of culmination, of fulfillment – the inner flower has bloomed and is at its peak right now. If you can resist the temptation to be lost in the Leo story, whether that is for grandeur or for victimhood, and align in your Truth seeking the highest good, you will find a showering of blessings at this eclipse time.

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By | 2018-01-28T08:17:39+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Moon|9 Comments

The astrology of Meghan Markle

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This is Part I of a two-part series on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.  Disclosure: As a long time fan of the Suits TV show (Seasons 1-5, it lost me after Season 6) and a follower of Meghan’s Tig blog until its recent demise,  I am fully on Team Meghan.  While I’ve tried to be as impartial as possible in this profile, I am definitely prejudiced by my admiration for her and am tickled that a mixed-race American is going to marry Prince Harry, forever transforming the British monarchy and symbolizing a sea change in the traditions of royalty. 

In case you have been cloistered away from the news, and who could blame you, Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will be married in May 2018.  I profiled Prince Harry in the summer of 2017 (catch up here)  after he opened up to the world about his psychological issues – this article is about Meghan and I will follow up with an astro analysis of their relationship.

Meghan Markle astrology

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Meghan was born with the Sun in Leo: sign of the actor, the entertainer – with a generous heart and a craving for attention. It must be said that Leo IS the sign of royalty – represented by the King of the Lions, most individuals with a strong Leo signature in their charts have a need to feel special and acclaimed.

Her Libra Moon signifies a craving for partnership and a need for personal harmony, but her Moon is impinged by both Saturn (isolation, loneliness, achievement) and Jupiter (expansion, confidence and good fortune).  This obviously creates a push-pull of enthusiasm from Jupiter and sadness and insecurity from Saturn that can be difficult to balance.  This could manifest in a basically hopeful attitude (Jupiter) combined with a deep insecurity. And in Libra, she needs for everyone else to be happy so that her life can remain in balance.  This is echoed by the Cancer ascendant which is focused on nurturing and taking care of things which we see in her devotion to rescue animals and the charity work she has been doing with children for years, and her Mars (drive and desire) is also in Cancer.  Mars, however, is in the twelfth house of the hidden, where it can be more difficult to express.  You will nearly never see a twelfth house Mars express anger in public unless it is severely stressed.

Venus in the chart reveals what we need in our relationships with others, and Meghan’s Venus is in the modest and particular sign of Virgo.  Those with Venus in Virgo usually have well-defined ideas of what they want in a relationship and they are unwilling to settle for something less, although her Libra Moon would long for partnership, often expressed through a best friend or some other kind of partner. However, that pesky Saturn next to the Moon also rules her seventh house of marriage and partnerships, making relationships more challenging.  Saturn can be a cruel teacher when we are young but once we learn to toe the line he becomes kinder as we age and develop the inner resources which he bestows through challenge and adversity.

Meghan’s North Node of destiny in Leo, the sign of individual self expression AND of course royalty) is rising in the chart – the first symbol in the first house.  Obviously not everyone with the North Node in Leo will marry into royalty, but it does fit the circumstance!  In any case, individuals with a rising North Node will typically have a clear path of destiny.

This is a significant time astrologically for Meghan.  Transiting Juno, the asteroid signifying marriage, aligned with the cusp of her seventh house of marriage and partnership at the time of the engagement announcement, as did her progressed Moon (her evolving emotional needs).  Jupiter, planet of opportunities, harmonized with her natal Venus (love, relationships) at that same time.

Saturn is the planet of material success as well as hard work and hardship, and Meghan has a challenging planetary cycle involving Saturn to her natal Moon/Saturn/Jupiter conjunction that begins in February.  Under this influence she may feel isolated and challenged by the events around her, but because Saturn is strong in her natal chart she is more accustomed to this energy than others might be and quite possibly better able to use the Saturn force to her advantage.  In any case I would expect her negative press to ramp up during this time as well as during the second phase in late June/early July, and in October.

Neptune is the planet of mystery and magic, and it began an opposition cycle to Meghan’s Venus back in July 2017.  The second phase of that cycle returns towards the end of February which could create some confusion and potential problems with a relationship in Meghan’s life (it’s impossible to predict specific events or people using these astrological cycles although many will try).  The third phase takes place between September 2018 and the end of the year.

Check back soon for Part II: The astrology of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

 

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By | 2018-01-27T13:14:55+00:00 January 27th, 2018|People|3 Comments

Seven year growth cycles of the human experience


The number seven has great significance in spiritual numerology (seven planets, seven chakras, seven days of the week, seven heavens in Islam and ancient Judaism, seven deadly sins and seven virtues, etc.) but it also has meaning in human evolution.  Astrologers and astrology enthusiasts will recognize a seven year cycle as being part of the Saturn cycle.  Saturn takes 28 years to circle the Sun, and the synodic cycle of Saturn (relative to its placement in the birthchart) brings about a peak event every seven years.  At age seven we have the opening square of Saturn in the sky to Saturn in the birthchart, at age 14 we have the opposition (180 degree point), at age 21 the closing square, and at age 28-29 we have the Saturn Return.

Philosopher Rudolf Steiner had his own idea about planetary correspondences in these seven year cycles:

The first seven years of life (0-7 years old) were associated with the Moon. During this time, the psychic forces are working to transform the body of the child from one that was inherited from the parents, to one that represents the full personality of the child.

The second seven years (7-14 years old) is associated with Mercury. At this time, the child’s imagination and feeling life takes center stage.

The third seven years (14-21 years old) is associated with Venus, during which time the higher mind of the adolescent takes root, and the psychic development can be disturbed by the strong impulses of puberty.

The next three seven-year segments are associated with the Sun (21-42 years old), and the elements of sentient soul, intellectual soul, and consciousness soul.

The next seven-year segment is associated with Mars (42-49 years old), when the soul works hard to impress the full forces of its personality upon the world.  At this time, the soul has the opportunity to a higher state of consciousness called Spirit Self.

The following seven-year segment is associated with Jupiter (49-56 years old), when wisdom is dawning and the ego needs to unfold the Life Spirit.

The final seven-year period is associated with Saturn (56-63 years old) when Saturn completes its second “return” (e.g. comes back to its position it had at one’s birth), and the soul can manifest an event higher element of Self called Spirit Man.

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Unlike the traditional models of planetary correspondence, which place the luminaries in the (northern hemisphere) summer at Cancer (Moon) and Leo (Sun) and then proceed to the farthest planets in winter with Sagittarius (Jupiter) and Capricorn (Saturn), Steiner’s assignment of the planets to the seven year cycles isn’t quite as neat, with the triple Sun cycle at 21-42 years between Venus and Mars.  I do find it interesting that Steiner’s solar cycle corresponds to the period between the opening Uranus square at age 21 and the Uranus opposition at age 42 since Uranus presides over shocking and surprising events which inspire us to live a life that more authentically fits the Self (Sun).  The first Saturn return sits right between the two Uranus cycles, enforcing a structure into our lives which will help us to more successfully navigate through the material aspects of our lives.

Steiner lived in the late 19th century, and his model goes only to age 63. I wonder if we can apply the outer planets to subsequent cycles? Perhaps the cycle from age 63-70 might correspond to Uranus, breaking down the barriers that keep us from living an authentic life. The next two cycles, age 70-84, we could assign to Neptune and the dissolving of our attachments to the material world and the moving into a more spiritual plane of existence. And everything past 84, which also coincides with the Uranus return, let’s give to the great god of destruction and regeneration, Pluto the transformer, who takes us to the real, of death and teaches us what it means to be alive.

The number seven has long been a sacred number.  There are seven planets, seven chakras.  The western Bible is full of the number seven: seven heavens, seven days of creation, seven deadly sins, seven pillars of wisdom.  My spiritual therapist tells me that there are seven layers of consciousness and seven sublayers.  From the sublime to the ridiculous, online marketers swear that including a number seven in their pricing strategy increases sales.

In any event, it’s smart to pay attention to these seven year cycles in your own life. You will find that they mark important turning points may have something important to teach.

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By | 2018-02-02T11:01:55+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Life, Planetary cycles|8 Comments

Fate vs Free Will in Astrology: Part II, the modern debate

Catch up with Part I, a History, here. 

The question of whether humans are controlled by their fate or have a part to play in their own destiny is as old as time.  Much of our western philosophy comes from the ancient Greeks for whom the gods controlled human destinies despite great efforts of men and women to escape the fates accorded to them.  The Greek concept of hubris is applied to ordinary mortals who attempt to challenge the gods, and therefore their fate.

It’s no surprise, then, that the resurgence of Hellenistic (Greek) astrology brings with it the return of the idea of fate.  Astrologer Chris Brennan, a graduate from Kepler College, is the acclaimed expert in this field.  Chris and I did a podcast on this topic a while back which you can listen to here and he has just published a comprehensive bible on the subject as well.

Chris writes:

An important point to make with respect to transits to a person’s natal chart is that they do not only represent internal character traits and psychological states that are being activated or experienced during a given transit, as some modern astrologers argue, but transits also correlate with concrete external events and circumstances that occur in the life of the native at fixed periods.

While we may have a certain amount of leverage as to how we react to the internal psychological states that we experience during a given transit, some of the external events that occur in tandem with the transits are frequently out of our control in a concrete sense. With these concrete external events we are still in a position of being able to slightly modify our perception or internal reaction to these events though. However, the argument could be made that even our ability to modify our reaction to external events may be fated or predetermined as well, since that too depends on our own internal dispositions and character traits at a given point in time, and all of this is contained in our natal chart. Of course, our internal reaction to events changes over time as we grow and develop, and this is largely what the study of transits is all about.

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It should be noted that many of the astrologers pursuing the ancient traditions are younger than those of us who came up in the time of psychological astrology.  When we are young, we do tend to play out the dynamics of our chart in a much more unconscious way, and as we age we tend to have more control over our impulses and therefore have more control over our fate.

I have been listening to Chris’s podcast and have heard some of the arguments made by the younger astrologers against the idea of free will and the concept of personal transformation, and the idea that planetary transits bring about predictable concrete events is something that I have seen over and over again in my client practice to be false.  Two charts, virtually identical, will undergo the same planetary cycle with very different results as anyone who has read my profiles of criminals will note.

On the other hand, the idea that we have complete control over our lives and can alchemize the planetary cycles through sheer force of will, is also false.  The natal chart that we are born with is completely out of our control and a gift of fate.  The death of a spouse, the collapse of a company for which we work – these sorts of things are completely out of our control and gifts of fate.  We CAN argue, as Chris proposes, that our ability to react to these events from a more conscious perspective, is due to fate or as I would view it, our level of awareness in our evolutionary journey and perhaps this is true.

All of these arguments come down to personal beliefs, because we have no way to know.

These ideas have led to a great debate among professional astrologers which emerged into the public domain with this article on the Quartz website:

Today, modern psychology has cast astrology as a fantastical way that people of the past project the workings of their minds onto the environment around them. This interpretation leaves far too much wiggle room for astrology to simply sound like affirmations of what people want to hear about themselves and think about the world. Even worse, the nurturing approach psychologists take has polluted modern astrology with watered-down interpretations that seek to protect their clients. Even if an astrological configuration spells trouble, the modern astrologer will describe it as an “opportunity for growth,” as if they were a patronizing middle-manager. Where is the trust in that?

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The author of this piece, Ida Benedetto, is apparently not an astrologer.  Her bio says “Ida C. Benedetto is an experience designer who sparks new insight through adventure and play. Her recent research outlines the design of transformative social experiences by comparing sex parties, funerals, and wilderness trips.”  I am not clear how this research qualifies her to expound on the validity of astrology.

While it’s true that many modern astrologers, myself included, lack a scholarly background in astrological studies and ancient methodologies that could be helpful in delineating natal charts with greater accuracy, it’s also true that not everything from the ancient world should be considered as gospel truth today.  Astrology no longer governs astronomy, and as a result we are learning about world that lie beyond our entire universe. Ancient Greece also came up with the practice of bloodletting which was used for much of the past 2,000 years to cure a wide variety of ailments, but you don’t hear too many physicians calling for its return.

The fact is, astrological configurations that spell trouble ARE opportunities for growth.  Presenting a situation of impending doom such as the ones described in this earlier article in a consultation in way which will serve only to frighten a client really serves no purpose.  Certainly it must be pointed out that a challenging period is coming, but then there are the situations such as the ones I talked about in this article in which the deaths of two people occurred under a planetary cycle (a New Moon in the progressed chart) which is not notable for death.  In fact I myself had this same planetary cycle myself last summer.  After these deaths I sought wisdom from my traditional astrology colleagues, but found none.

The fact is, we cannot predict the future – note the failure of astrologers to correctly predict the outcome of the 2016 election using traditional techniques.  We cannot look at an astrological signature in an individual chart and predict with any certainty what will happen under that transit.  As astrological practitioners our first duty is to provide our clients with the information that will be most helpful to them – to prepare them for challenges but not to terrify them by offering predictions that may never come true.

This is an interesting debate that is sure to continue!  You can read more about it here on Chris’s website.

 

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By | 2018-01-19T11:10:06+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Astrology, Fate, Featured posts|0 Comments
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