Friday, 25 July 2014

New Moon in Leo - 26 July 2014

The New Moon in Leo takes place at 22:42 GMT on 26 July 2014, shortly after the entrance of Mars in Scorpio.

This New Moon supports the playful development of our creativity, the capacity to hold and manage intense energies and deep motivations in the stage of life.

The New Moon is an active phase, with the male energy prevailing. It carries new awareness and a change of perspective. This allows space to identify intentions and foundations for new initiatives or to release old cycles and grievances. Yet, since the whole scenario is vague, it can also be a time of vulnerability and uncertainty, which benefits from pauses, rest, reflection and most of all playfulness. 

The general questions here are: “What do I truly want?” or “What gives me and others joy?” 

More specific questions may be: “What do I choose to create? What have I chosen to create so far? What am I called to express on the stage of life? What can I generously and playfully dispense to the world? Shall I take the risk of embracing what I truly cherish right now?” 

On a New Moon questions require an honest answer, which is not conditioned by general or cultural ideas about what is desirable and strictly refers to one’s own uncontaminated awareness. Also, once the answer comes, Leo calls for direct exposure and accomplishment.

The New Moon in Leo is definitely not about imitating others. Here you are called to identify what distinguishes you from the rest, allowing the emergence of gifts, which can only come through you, and most of all despite you. While our role is essential to give birth to our creations, once they are generated they take a life on their own, which even allows them to outgrow us, to move far beyond our limits and frames of mind. Once we have given visible shape to what abides within ourselves, this will emanate a light of its own, which will shine on the world, including us, the creators themselves.

During each New Moon you have the opportunity of spontaneously gliding into the energy of your creative intent.

Here please be aware of your creative intent, no matter whether it appears as a fantasy to your ordinary mind or environment. This is not the time to be pragmatic or to be concerned about how to accomplish things. It is the moment to open up to your pure intention, as you fully envisage it with no limitations. Later, as the cycle progresses, there will be chances to refine the intention, orienting it towards manifestation and understanding its practical implications.

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Mars in Scorpio

Mars enters Scorpio at 2:25 GMT on 26 July 2014, with the New Moon in Leo, paving the way for a process that will last till almost the end of summer.

This situation produces plenty of energy and willpower, the capacity to focus on challenging objectives, facing daring situations and expressing our deepest passions. The aim is to confront and shed light on our most audacious and forbidden desires. Here life can present us the opportunity to find them right in front of us, totally available, so that we can either take or leave them.

Mars in Scorpio generates an intensive emotional, physical and erotic charge. When its magnetism is activated, it relentlessly moves on till the target is hit. In particular, it is about acknowledging and developing our most precious and hidden gifts. These are often buried in the obscurity of our being, wrapped by all types of shame and fear. We will never access them if we keep denying our true passions, suffocating them with judgments and hypocrisy.

Mars in Scorpio stimulates all the themes and behaviours in our life contradicting whatever we do to please others or to feed the idea we want to give about ourselves. With this lunation in Leo, Mars travels unveiled, exposing its darkest sides in full light, so that they can be seen, understood and accepted, before they can be changed or transformed.

How can we change or transform something if we are not able to see and understand it, if we have never had an experience of it?

When we open up to our darkest sides, accepting and allowing them to unveil their true nature, then they can flow through the channel of life and be transformed.

And very often it is not our dark sides that need to be transformed. They can continue to be what they are. It is rather our prejudices and what we believe to be our luminous side that need to be transformed
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Way of Leo

Leo is the sign which rules how we express and project our Intent into the world. In the astroshamanic circle Leo is placed midway between the South and West Directions. Through the alignment to Leo we playfully learn to connect with our Intent and radiate our unique creative ways. 

The Leo cycle is a time of exposure, of standing in the light of the Sun and being on stage, releasing timidity and gleaming out one’s potential. It is about claiming your veritable Intent and confidently exalting your authentic solar Function in the world, regardless of whether this may appear as arrogant or preposterous. 

This solar Function does not refer to the perception of consensus reality. It refers to your spontaneous nature as it was originally conceived. It merely expresses who you are and have always been. 

To human separated perception, including that derived from spiritual conditioning, taking on and expressing your true power is the embodiment of megalomania and an act devoid of humility. 

Yet, as A Course in Miracles reads, “the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.”[i] 

Leo is concerned with the appearance rather than the content. This means that what I display outward is more important than what I believe it is happening in my self-consciousness. If I fully embrace my ecstatic vision, and exhibit it with enthusiasm and trust, no matter what seems to occur at an inner level, this is the message that I will deliver to the environment. 

In this sense Leo is a master in the art of acting, which is indeed one of the basic pillars of the Western shamanic traditions. Leo governs the unbending resolution to accomplish your highest aspirations. 

Hence, when Leo is shining in the sky there are major opportunities to boost your confidence in the areas that are truly significant for you, to face life with creativity and power.

[i] A Course in Miracles, Workbook, p. 102.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Soul Retrieval & Multidimensional Relationships (30 August - 3 September 2014)

Astroshamanic workshop with Franco Santoro

It consists of two workshops:
30-31 August 2014 basic workshop
1-3 September 2014 deepening workshop
It is also possible to attend the basic workshop only.

For detailed info about costs, including accommodation and board, please contact,

The event takes place at:
Casale in Lunigiana
Via del Piano, 17 località Merizzo
Villafranca in Lunigiana 54028 (Massa, Italy)
Tel. 0187420736

In English/Italian

A unique workshop that explores relationships from a spiritual, multidimensional, shamanic, as well as pragmatic, perspective with the aim of healing connections with partners, relatives, friends and significant people in one’s life.

We will track and release blocks to our capacity to love, identifying the underlying issues that hamper relationships, promoting healing, fulfilment and peace.

We will employ the astrological chart as a map to identify and explore experientially and shamanically the healing dynamics of our relationship.

The workshop can be followed by another workshop from 6 to 10 September 2014 (see: as part of a complete Training in Astroshamanic Soul Retrieval.

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Soul retrieval is a shamanic practice based on the premise that our soul was once whole and then it fragmented. Its aim is identifying and restoring the missing parts. There are many approaches to soul retrieval and different ways to describe it, depending on belief and spiritual healing systems, encompassing both traditional core shamanism and established religions. In astroshamanism we employ several tools for soul retrieval aimed at representing the full spectrum of variants of our multidimensional self, which are identified with a basic astrological setting, comprising the twelve zodiac signs, houses and planets. This setting strategically define the complete make-up of our multidimensional identity, the entire configuration of our original nature, with all its possible parts, which are meant to be recovered and restored.

The workshop involves a deep process of recapitulation and energy assessment of our human interactions, with the aim of gaining empowerment and wholeness, supporting and implementing righteous relationships aligned with our authentic soul purpose.

Participants will learn to use healing tools that allow them to continue the healing work autonomously after the workshop, providing a solid basis for more advanced practices.

The workshop is designed for all types of relationships, encompassing couples in intimate or platonic connections, partnerships in work, service or spirituality, rapports with friends and relatives. Participants of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome.

How to get to Il Casale:
By car: take A15 (Autostrada della Cisa) Parma/La Spezia, exit at Pontremoli if you come from the North, or Aulla if from the South. Continue to Villafranca in Lunigiana, then to Merizzo (5,20 km). Once in Merizzo, use as reference the Church of the Archangel Michael. 50 metres after the church turn left at the little parking square then take the only path to the left. After one km you will receive our parking. See: Map
By train: you can arrive to Villafranca/Bagnone railway station with the line Milan-Livorno or La Spezia-Parma. Let us know your time of arrival and we will pick you up.
By plane: the closest airport is Pisa’s Galileo Galilei. Also the airports of Florence and Genoa are close.

Image: by Alma Tadema

Monday, 14 July 2014

Basic Ritual

The Basic Ritual of the Sacred Cone is an astroshamanic practice aimed at releasing toxic thoughts and emotions, letting them go multidimensionally, preventing them from causing damage on earth. These emotions and thoughts can become major source of luminous energy when they are recycled and transformed by other realities.

The Basic Ritual of the Sacred Cone is also used to liberate luminous emotions and thoughts coming from other realms, allowing them to be available for mankind, promoting peace and reconciliation.

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I am currently holding the Basic Ritual of the Sacred Cone in various versions, adapting it to each culture, tradition and social context, also travelling to various areas of the world.

The ritual will be featured during events at Il Casale in Lunigiana (Massa, Italy) from 19 to 24 July 2014, (see: then for one week in Bologna, and in August will move to the Middle East.

Please contact me if you would like to arrange events in other parts of the world, at