Capricorn Full Moon 2017

July’s Full Moon in the sign of Capricorn (9th July 12.08pm AWST) is closely aligned with Pluto ~ lord of the underworld ~ and the Sun near to Mars in Cancer, both in T-square to King of Excess Jupiter!

A Full Moon such as this, with intense energies jostling for attention and expression, there’s plenty of scare-mongering going on. So, while The World shakes in its boots over fears perpetuated by relentless media coverage of the North Korea Threat, we are wise to aim to remain cool calm collected and to consider that which we are personally responsible for ~ our own lives, relationships, families, homes ~ and act towards betterment here, rather than becoming despondent hopeless angry at the broader picture of The Way Things Are (or appear to be).

The light promises to shine upon our darker places, allowing us to see into our past (hopefully gleaning new insights/perspectives) and to illuminate just what it is we have been building (intentionally or inadvertently) as we go about our daily lives. This may not be wholly warm+fuzzy, but it can be helpful.

Mars’ movement through Cancer has been agitating for our attention to fall upon that which will truly bring a sense of security. There can be so many red herrings as we go through a process of elimination to discern where our home really is, and what it is that we really need in order to feel safe and secure. Money, a steady job, reliable mate, food, shelter, or travel, adventure, passion, stimulation, freedom…?

When we come to the cosmic truth of it, perhaps it goes beyond all of these, to a sense of place that is accessed via surrender ~ nestling within our own vulnerability. A place where, at first, we don’t feel safe but uneasy.

Mars can help us to stay with that feeling, to see what comes next

And what comes next might be clarity of purpose, to recognise what we really want and what is worth fighting for in our lives.

The combination of this Full Moon’s energies can easily manifest as anxiety or emergent frustration and resentment. It is so easy for these emotions to overtake our conscious mind and impose themselves upon others, our nearest and dearest especially, wreaking havoc upon our plans for a pleasant weekend.

Forewarned is forearmed… with awareness we might be able to restrain urges to attack blame scapegoat those around us, and access the deeper message, our deeper needs, and to accept responsibility for meeting these needs without excessive demands and expectations.

I hope you all have meaningful in~sight into the deeper themes that arise over the next few days. These gifts can shift our gaze, reorienting us on our heroic journey, we see how we might contribute to the broader picture, not limited to threats of force and media-fuelled fear campaigns, but committing to the co(s)mic order that prevails, despite appearances

the quest for truth goes on

Cancer New Moon 2017

Here in Australia it is the darkest time of the year ~ Dark Moon at the Winter Solstice AKA Sun into Cancer ~ time to follow the lead of the natural world, to turn within. At such a loony Lunar moment, leading up to the Cancer New Moon (10.31am AWST 24th June 2017), I thought I’d muse upon the Moon broadly…

The Moon is the ancient symbol of the Triple Goddess ~ maiden mother crone ~ and a reminder to honour our own needs as they wax and wane in a rhythm of their own. The Dark Moon time calls us to rest release repose in preparation for the New Moon: a time of new beginnings setting intention first steps… As the Moon waxes to Fullness we come to culmination, and we find things illuminated as the light increases, before the waning phase invites our return once more to centre as the energy turns inward once more.

Reverence for inevitable dark phases of life (sickness loss struggle grief depression) is surely more helpful and healthful than outright denial and avoidance? We have spent so long resisting the dark, the old crone face of the Goddess, the death decay destruction that is truly a necessary element of life… we medicate and distract and ignore and repress…

I often wonder if it is our collective rejection of the dark that has led us into the conundrum of this contemporary life #trumped ? If we each worked towards an acceptance and integration of the more complex parts of our psyches, could things turn around for humankind? I believe this to be the case, and hope that enough people will undertake this liberating work.

Because we don’t need everybody to change, not even the majority, just enough of us must be dedicated to the path of consciousness and we can turn the tides in favour of harmony healing wholeness

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead

Cancer is the Moon-ruled cardinal water sign and so represents our feeling and emotional natures. Cancer’s soft centre is protected by a tough outer shell which can hinder more than help as defences are hair triggered and overreactive, offending where a little yield would’ve done more good. Our emotional body can be primitive, carrying so many hurts of olde that ought to have been released long ago. Yet somehow, the tenacity of the Crab keeps it wedged between rocks in a harbour of grievances, pincers at the ready, prepared to take on any foe dumb enough to believe they could compete with Cancer’s sideways manoeuvres. Pity the fools.

Though perhaps Cancer herself is most foolish of all, guarding herself against imaginary enemies and holding on to angst of yore, allowing no love in or out.

We all have a Moon. And we all have Cancer within our birth chart. These receptive and reflective tendencies leave us at the mercy of the world around us. Our response is not logical, we are not even aware of it most of the time, but we feel it in our waters, and to the extent that we are sensitive to this, we act, or react. This strength is not to be underestimated, but it is so often repressed that we become more susceptible to the less conscious prickly manifestations of Crab energy.

With maturity (a balancing with Capricorn energies) Cancer learns to come out of her shell, to be less defensive and more vulnerable, to find joy in ties that bind but do not cling grasp need control, to retreat periodically like her Lunar ruler, disappearing in order to nurture her own needs.

We give thanks for the blessing of Winter: season to cherish the heart. To make warmth and quiet for the heart. To make soups and broth for the heart. To cook for the heart and read for the heart. To curl up softly and nestle with the heart. To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart. To dream with the heart. To spend time with the heart. A long, long time of peace with the heart. We give thanks for the blessing of Winter: season to cherish the heart. Amen.♥ Michael Leunig

Sagittarius Full Moon 2017

Tonight’s (Friday 9th of June) Full Moon is sandwiched between retrograde Saturn and Black Moon Lilith in the sign of Sagittarius ~ its truth time. Amid confusion and doubt we face the reality that truth is relative personal grey so we must simply choose our own version, and devote ourselves to it.

Fingers crossed?

As the light shines upon uneasy aspects of Self we might discover a path forward, renewed optimism and restored faith. The energy calls us all to see that our quest demands commitment to individuation, and resistance to old ways that tempt us to remain stuck in self-sabotage and victim consciousness. But too, to be warned against folly and delusion as we make our choices. To remain true to our task.

Opposite the Full Moon in Sagittarius is the Sun in Gemini, on Wednesday joined by Mercury, so I’ve been thinking on communication ~ how we can be so easily misunderstood, how we misrepresent ourselves, how we judge others based on our own misunderstandings ~ and as well, how good conversation seems to be an ailing art form. This passage by infamous provocateur James Hillman taken from his inspiring and lol-worthy work with Michael Ventura: We’ve had 100 years of therapy and the world’s getting worse (1993), describes the phenomenon of conversation so eloquently.

“Conversation isn’t easy… take a dinner party. Strike up a conversation and keep it flowing – not a monologue, not only opinions and sounding off, not only firing questions, but conversation as an exploration, a little risky adventure, a discovery, an interesting happening. Parties, doing lunch, and 7.30am breakfasts are terribly important in keeping the consciousness [of society] at a certain intensity, moving its mind adventurously toward deeper discoveries.

What doesn’t work, we also pretty well know: personalism – just talking our loud about what we feel. Complaints. Opinions. Information doesn’t work… and lullabies don’t help either – singing charming little stories to prevent anything from entering the heart or mind. And boosterism isn’t conversation either – broadcasting, self-advertising what we are doing, have done, going to do. You can’t converse with a sales pitch of positive preaching. All these kinds of talk… interfere with conversation…

Good conversation has an edge. It opens your eyes to something, quickens your ears. And good conversation berates: it keeps on talking in your mind later… That reverberation afterwards is the very raising of consciousness; your mind’s been moved… A conversation turns things around… And to keep turning means that it’s no use having fixed stands, definite positions. That stops conversation dead in its tracks.”

Beyond the cringeworthy zealotry and unsolicited sermons of low-road Sagittarius, past low-road Gemini’s repetitious parroting of previously heard ideas opinions rhetoric and too-oft-told anecdotes there is potential for words spoken and shared to lift us out of old thought forms, to shift us in meaningful ways, to alter our previously held perceptions of how things are

for transformation to occur

Our Moon-shadows will be visible this weekend. The inherent opposition offers perspective; we are challenged to consider our long-held views ~ where do we refuse to budge, and why? Can we allow enough room to really talk to those around us, converse connect conflict ~ make like The Mutables and change our minds?

Finally, lunation ruler Jupiter turns direct on Saturday, preparing for his final months in Libra during which time opportunities arise for us to harmonise relate cooperate with others, and to discover in ourselves what aids our capacity for balance and equilibrium. Evolutionary astrologer Maurice Fernandez spoke about this transit of Jupiter through Libra as a time that may see us doing things we’d have not thought we would ever do. This has been true for me, and I hope for more of it, for you all too 🙂

Gemini New Moon 2017

Early Friday morning (3.46am AWST 26th May 2017) heralds the New Moon in Gemini and our benevolent cosmos provides yet more opportunities for expanding our human potential…

And opening our minds

While Gemini says “I think” and seeks to gather information, we are wise to recognise that limitations are inherent in the dualistic modus operandi we currently collectively subscribe to. Perhaps this New Moon delivers a message of divine import ~ are we being called to realise our potential for a more integrated world view?

As we recognise that truth is not an either/or situation

but a both/and invitation to access all-encompassing whole truth.

This week there is an impasse, the dual nature of our either/or thinking leaves us without an out. We are bound between two incompatible realities, gagged by irreconcilable differences, and co-existence seems impossible. We feel hopeless, helpless. How can we escape this world of pain wherein nothing and no one seems willing or able to shift…?

The answer comes via objectivity, allowing enough space for the tension of the opposites to be as they are, releasing frustration and attachment, being open to the emergence of a mysterious reconciliatory creative relationship between the forces at play. Rather than to-ing and fro-ing evermore and finding ourselves disappointed compromised unfulfilled we might instead make room for a third force

Armenian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff describes the Law of Three ~ affirming denying reconciling ~ of which the inspiring Reverend Dr Cynthia Bourgeault writes “no resistance, no new arising

Or perhaps the necessity of opposition in evolution.

One way to access such a spacious place of grace is by becoming humble enough to question our own tendencies and patterns. Is it our own incapacity for flexibility and openness that prohibits our forward motion? Do our own limiting answers sabotage our journey on the path to what’s possible? Are we inadvertently repeating ourselves because we are not accepting authority for our lives?

Truly our potential is beyond our wildest imaginings

“But nothing can be attained in sleep” said G.I. Gurdjieff

While we do appear to be awake, fully-functioning autonomous grown-ups tending to our roles and responsibilities in the straight world, the truth is that until we awaken we are very much at the mercy of our unconscious inertia (even, or perhaps especially, when we behave and look as though we are actively doggedly pursuing “success”). Once we have one of those so-called peak experiences (often a brush with mortality, loss or trauma) and find ourselves suddenly irreparably conscious, life begins to unfold in miraculous ways that prompt us towards individuation, and life as we know it will never be the same again.

Gemini is associated with The Fool archetype, who signifies a kind of blind faith, optimism and willingness to set forth on a journey despite there being so many unanswered questions…

With Mercury now in Taurus we are reminded of the value of patience, to trust that life will present us with all that we need. Maintaining a stubborn belief that we already have all the answers does not foster the emergence of imagination. A little honest self-appraisal and reflective humility quickly reveals the illusory nature of such delusions of grandeur. Sometimes Spartan stillness is the only way to be granted access to the unapparent and uncomfortable avenue of answers.

The questions around our human existence demand that we find new solutions. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, a problem cannot be solved by the same consciousness that created it… thus we cannot hope to elucidate a path forward, personally or collectively, without expanding our consciousness, opening our minds, surrendering to our not-knowingness and inviting space/grace that allows possibilities to emerge ~ solutions.

Gemini is mutable and curious, so at this New Moon, let the information flow freely direct from the source, let the vulnerability of our imperfections give rise to acceptance compassion forgiveness, let us deepen our comprehension of that which we value, and let us open our whole selves to new possibilities.

Who knows what lies ahead in this mad world?!

Scorpio Full Moon 2017

May’s Full Moon in Scorpio (11th May 3.45am AWST) invites us to become more recognisant of death as an imperative transformational phase in the cycle of life ~ though we shy away from its implications (apparent finality, pain, loss, sorrow) there might be more to it than meets the eye

Scorpio and its modern ruler Pluto are often associated with death, not limited to physical death but the many endings+losses we experience as part of life ~ often resisted and struggled against as we fight to retain or regain control…

We can become so caught up in being “right” and in winning battles that we identify as being necessary and righteous, but truly nothing is gained from victories of this kind. It never feels good to “win” by force. And when it comes down to what really matters, does it really matter?

The traditional ruler of Scorpio is Mars ~ an inwardly expressed Mars (via the yin sign of Scorpio) is a force to be reckoned with, and wholly dependent upon our own willingness to work with energy transformation…

Do we choose fear (anger rage resentment frustration aggression)

or courage (assertiveness will confidence independence right action)?

How easy it is to condemn others, to wash our hands of any culpability for the problems we encounter, to point and shake our heads at those people;  that hysterical woman, aloof man, dysfunctional neighbours…

Evil-doers abound, and thus so do chances for us to shirk our responsibilities and scapegoat perpetually…

For as long as we insist upon foisting our own shadows on others, we remain at the mercy of our unconscious power. Blaming instantly transports us to victimhood, a place that renders us impotent+lame frustrated+struggling. But as we confront the uncomfortable truth ~ this mess is our own ~ we recognise that all our experiences contain potential for transformation ~ alchemy ~ lead > gold

We might turn unpleasant experience into something for which we can be truly grateful. We might honour loss with life lived more wholeheartedly

Becoming the butterfly

This change occurs within the space that is grace, and we access it from a point of reverence humility faith

This week, when our defences may be up, our wit is sharp and our tongues are sharper, we do well to look within for ways to resolve our problems. No matter how clever our arguments might seem, or how justified we feel in our rigidity, Scorpio knows that the truth sets us free

and the truth is that we are all made of pure love

and when we let it flow through us, miracles occur. Nothing less.

Taurus New Moon 2017

Wednesday evening’s Taurus New Moon represents our monthly opportunity to begin anew ~ having been armed with fresh insights or even inspiration that emerged during the six week Venus retrograde. These now become conscious as retrograde Mercury translates the messages from the Underworld and beyond into fodder for left brain integration…

“I have” says Taurus ~ a phrase to which we can all relate in our endless quest for security via accrual of more more more

yet, paradoxically, it is the relinquishment of our need for security that allows us to experience it

For things are not as stable as they might appear ~ security, like control, is an illusion

 

Symptomatic of the human condition, we tend to avoid any sense of insecurity by defaulting to reactive patterns that protect us from vulnerability.

But as we learn to abide in insecurity we open ourselves to new possibilities. We find ourselves grounded in the present, here and now, and able to respond creatively, with love, and not bound by fear (manifesting as anxiety anger rage depression etc).

If we could just allow ourselves the chance to pause

The security sought by Taurus can truly only be found within this liminal space ~ redemptive moments between moments that we might seize in order to find peace and escape the insanity of reaction and over-reaction.

The retrograde motion of Mercury, until the 4th of May, always encourages review reconsideration reflection

REcognition that there might be another way ~ some nuance that adds a new dimension to our comprehension of life’s meaning ~ slowing down to revise is not pointless

Walking on the beach looking for cuttlefish for the kids, I turn to head back the way I’ve come to give the girls the chalky treasures, I don’t expect to find many, if any, more to contribute to their collection yet I find at least half a dozen large ones I’d have thought it was impossible to overlook…

this simple analogy, I believe, is echoed in life’s multifaceted complexity. We often think we have all the facts, only to discover through the magical influence of time and space, that there are other previously imperceptible dimensions at play…

and delays have indeed favoured us, in spite of our resistance to them. Are we wise enough to learn to accept, even welcome, the slowing down of life against our will? Can we recognise that this intelligent and benevolent cosmos seeks to support and guide us?

The urge to push seems to occur for many of us during retrograde phases, especially with Mercury now in the feisty first sign of the zodiac Aries the Ram (cardinal fire BOOM!) but this is antithetical to what is generally required of such times. More often than not, though they can be difficult to endure, delays favour us. We find that when we surrender to the natural yin-ness and honour the call from within, we are rewarded by new insights and deeper understanding

Vibe a la The Bull and slow down

Libra Full Moon 2017

Another Full Moon is upon us, and the astroscape is intense! King of excess Jupiter (even in reverse-mode!) is keeping the spark alive between Change Gods Pluto and Uranus. Thankfully, retrograde Mercury, Saturn and Venus offer room for reflection ~ let’s hope the (ostensible) powers-that-be will allow themselves this luxury! Amidst these turbulent times, we too find solace in the inner space afforded by various retrogrades and waning cycles…

The Libra Full Moon, exact on Tuesday afternoon (2.08pm AWST) illuminates insights revealed by (Full Moon ruler) Venus’ magical retrograde. We are uncovering true worth, in ourselves, in others, in life and all she provides.

Venus’ new guise as the morning star represents awakening ~ as the truth dawns on us in all its beauty ~ we are reminded that our own self-worth is not dependent upon the approval of others…

I don’t need everybody to like me! I must remain true to my inner muse and honour my own truth by walking my talk, no matter what they say. Let me not be distracted by tall poppy ponderings…

“will they think I’m crazy?”

“who do I think I am?!”

 

On that note, forgive me a digression… the dream that came to me the night after my first astrology workshop (JupiterReturn-inspired conscious act of individuation) ~ I sit in a dark room beside an old lady who describes herself as the daughter of Carl Jung. She shows me her jewels ~ a pile of rainbow gems trinkets treasures riches ~ and then she departs, promising to return, leaving me poring over the valuables…

We are being asked now to trust in the Piscean mystery of life ~ to accept it as it is and know that, as we act in alignment with truth, we will be guided

and the jewels (our meaningful reward) will be entrusted to us in turn

The cosmos is now calling us to show up more visibly in our own lives. The light of this Moon helps us to see where we sell ourselves short + dumb ourselves down and empowers us to liberate ourselves! Authenticity is key to our sense of self-worth and to our ability to live wholeheartedly. Mars supports us in acting courageously and intentionally.

As Venus turns direct later this week we are also blessed with opportunities to let go of our concepts ideals attachments illusions delusions around love

For as long as we remain stuck in a view of what love should be we cannot know love. But the moment we surrender to the moment, in all its glorious imperfection, and accept our chosen mate in all his/her humanness, we find their true worth

and love appears.

Not only that, but a chance exists now to release ourselves from the self-imposed limitations of expectation

The true worth of things (situations events people) cannot emerge until we relinquish the clouded perspective of what we want them to be, which requires that they be different to how they actually are in reality…

Venus’ current fusion with Chiron helps us to find the value in our vulnerabilities. These “cracks where the light gets in” are indeed our gateway to humility and compassion, and so to genuine connection and intimacy.

Here we find Libra ~ relating to others & relating to life ~ we evolve through the contributions made by others and through our capacity to connect with these contributions meaningfully.

1+1=>2

Virgo Full Moon 2017

Sunday night’s (12th March, 10.55pm AWST) Full Moon in Virgo is a special one! Amid all the challenging energy playing out between Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and Moon, Mercury and Chiron invite us to go beyond our assumed limitations…

As the Moon’s energy builds, and we perhaps become more aware of our woundedness, there is the potential for us to default to old ways of thinking and being. We find ourselves in crisis, inwardly lamenting our flaws, vulnerabilities, perceived weaknesses, and believing that we are destined to succumb to our past…

Loss and trauma must be processed authentically ~ felt, honoured, experienced, mourned ~  over time and sometimes periodically. As we evolve and mature, we might reflect on our wounds from different points of view and benefit from new insights, deepening our healing. No one has the right to tell another how to grieve, or that we ought to “get over it” “move on” “toughen up” “lighten up” et al, we must each honour the process of grief in ways that feel personally meaningful.

While Chiron can represent parts of our psyche that defy logical comprehension, and wounds that remain despite our best efforts to “cure” them, we need not feel these aspects of ourselves are necessarily limiting. Mercury is supporting us to transcend the idea that we are bound to old trauma. We are not asked to forget, but to let go of our attachment to who we have been.

Wounds sustained over lifetimes might remain with our soul, colouring our perceptions, causing us to respond in certain ways to certain stimuli, much of which occurs unconsciously ~ we are unaware of our bias. This Full Moon allows us to see more clearly the ways in which this effects us, and encourages us to accept ourselves, warts and all, without allowing ourselves to remain stuck in old thought forms.

We are not who we were. Our old wounds can contribute meaningfully to our individuation, but when we allow our conscious minds to replay our old stories ad infinitum, we are doomed to abide by an old paradigm of thought that keeps us reliving the past.

Though our ego perceives the shedding/letting go of these stories as a sacrifice ~ a threat to its identification ~ it is time to transcend all that! Recognise that denial, rejection, numbing or projection are simply the ego’s attempts to maintain status quo, seeking control and power ~ illusory though these are.

This weekend the cosmos empowers us to release the old, see things anew, welcome the insights that come…

feel the tenderness within (ouch!) and courageously stay with it.

Sagrada Familia ~ emerging from the Barcelona earth

We might even channel our feelings

 into conscious expression of our individuation

~ more fully ourselves

than we have ever been before

Venus Retrograde

Venus is the planetary representation of love&beauty… both of which require appreciation and an ability to relate to something~someone~an experience. There is a dynamic relationship implied by Venus ~ give and take ~ we are stirred by something we observe or perceive (a song, an artwork, a landscape, a person) and we respond inwardly, by feeling. A connection occurs.

Retrogrades always provide opportunities for reflection and revision. Venus’ retro trip gives us cause to reconsider the ways in which we “do” Venus… how do we do love? Over the coming six weeks Venus will disappear from view in the western sky at sunset, and then reappear as the morning star in the east at dawn, before turning direct again on the 14th of April.

“Whenever Beauty looks, Love is also there, Whenever Beauty shows a rosy cheek, Love lights Her flame from that fire, When Beauty dwells in the dark folds of night, Love comes and finds a heart entangled in tresses, Beauty and Love are as body and soul Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond, They have together, since the beginning of time, Side by side, step by step” Rumi

Too often love is sold out as something it is not

The idea that love is limited to a romantic fairy tale wherein we are swept off our feet by (prince) charming Mister Right and whisked over the threshold into the sunset to be happy ever after, or that Miss Right as embodiment of perfection remains as such forevermore, i.e. perfect… is, I believe, a fantasy. These concepts, often stemming from our cultural childhood indoctrination by Disney, can be harmful in their inference that is with others that we find our bliss. Despite the enormous value of the myths from which the Disney stories come, our modern-day interpretation causes damage as we internalise the belief that something outside of ourselves is the cure for what ails.

Love, my mother wisely decreed throughout my youth, is a verb: a doing word. To the extent that we practice love, we feel its effects. Love is not something that happens to us as we passively drift through life. Where we expect that others should love us better, we ought to first consider the love we have for ourselves. Our sense of self worth, that we have value, comes not from an external source (animal mineral or vegetable), yet it does come through relationship…

Love is one word that can be used to describe divine experience, wherein we perceive the connection that exists between us as individuals and some higher power AKA God, YHWH, Spirit, Source, the collective unconscious, All That Is et al. Nourishment of this experience cultivates self love that provides a fecund foundation for living life wholeheartedly, bravely, generously, joyfully and is thus exponentially rewarding for humankind.

The Buddhist practice of loving kindness towards others is a fine and practical way to cultivate the positive expression of Venus energy in one’s life. It is meaningful and transformational in that its intention is virtuous and its outcomes (when the practice is undertaken with utmost integrity) are most often favourable for all.

But we perhaps need first to commit to loving ourselves ~ discovering our own inherent value through embracing the Venusian vibes bestowed upon us all in life’s myriad beautiful moments. Seek them out, nurture the connection, revel in the relationship between you and the beauty perceived outside that resonates with the beauty found inside.

Honour it.

Live it.

♥Love it.

Pisces New Moon Eclipse

Tonight’s (26th February 11pm (AWST)) Pisces New Moon eclipse is both

a time to honour from whence we have come

and to look forward, to that which we are now becoming

Pisces ~ symbolised by two fishes swimming in opposite directions ~ shows how we each may contribute to the whole, each of us a point of consciousness that, in order to make our meaningful contribution, must discover and express our unique individuality…

To be or not to be?

Once we are immersed in the modern-day collective conundrum, are we destined to become lost? Or, is it possible to contribute to the whole but too remain true to our selves?

These questions have plagued me this past fortnight, as I’ve made my return to nursing, now my entire life is accounted for… work, family, children, partner, puppy, domestic duties… and there’s nought left for “me”. Its not as if this was unexpected: I knew that my return to paid employment would demand much and that my less-productive pursuits (astrology, meditation, yoga, sleep) would suffer, and too that this is The Norm ~ status quo for the vast majority of us.

No time to nourish that seed of creative individuality, no time to go within, no time to practice music, no time to rest, no time to daydream, no time to read, no time to blog. Such a sad state of affairs this is.

Or is it?

Sacrifice is to make sacred. In attempting to shift my perspective from one of mourning and self-pity to one of learning and service I “ask not what my employer can do for me, but what I can do for my employer patients colleagues children partner puppy insert various other beneficiaries”… and to embrace this lot as an opportunity to evolve. To find the positives in what could otherwise be experienced as a depleting defeating depressing interminable situation.

“When ego comes, wisdom leaves” Prem Rawat

Rather than wallowing in misery, we might recognise the value freedom release in surrendering to how things really are.

In the acceptance of what is, we do our best with each moment, and we benefit as we shift our perspective from dogged pursuit of what I want, to the flow of what I can do to help others, and life feels better. And within such good-vibe generosity there are seeds sown for a beautiful future.

As the New Moon eclipse promises a fresh beginning, it is flavoured by endings, so we give consideration to the cyclic nature of it all, and how this particular new start looks back as well as forward, in as well as out, and recognises how we can give and receive…

Perhaps the gifts offered are not what we expect, but all the more valuable for the effort required to discover the hidden rewards. As we learn to find the goodness inherent in everything (transformation of lead to gold), we ensure that our suffering is not meaningless, and I think perhaps this is the most wonderful gift of all.