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

Cancer Full Moon

This evening, Thursday the 12th of January 2017, we greet our first Full Moon for the year, and a powerful one it is ~  we find the cardinal signs (Cancer Capricorn Aries Libra) in hard aspect to one another, creating a cardinal Grand Cross, and our awareness is brought to the various opposing forces ~ conflicting interests that exist in life for each of us.

There are times when we feel helpless overwhelmed in the face of all that life demands of us… how can we balance the inner and outer life? How do we find harmony between my desires and your needs? Home versus career ~ me versus we…

Is it even possible to juggle all the expectations we have? I don’t know.

Lola Jean, my little Crab, at Moses Rock ~ circa 2014

The attainment of a state of homeostasis is a constantly shifting exercise in adaptation, perfected in one moment only to be dashed in the next.

Analogous with this human conundrum is our very being… from the outside, a body appears relatively static stable solid, but the truth is that we are made up of countless perpetually moving particles that work tirelessly in maintaining our illusory solidity and a physical state conducive to survival. Each cell is in a constant state of flux, allowing for the inflow of information + nourishment and the evacuation of that which is no longer supportive of health. Each cell is responsible for its own sustainment, its contribution to the body small but significant

Just like us.

Cancer represents our feminine (not female) feeling nature, granting access to our feelings and emotions. With maturity we find the value and benefits that come with honouring our inner experiences and needs in wholesome and responsible ways, (providing the necessary self-care) we become less susceptible to low-road crabbiness.

Cancer’s defences can be hair-triggered, undermining intimacy trust and connection. Moodiness, an oft-employed and especially insidious method of defence can be damaging as we allow our moods to define and limit us, and manipulate and control others. To be overcome~possessed by emotion is to be at the mercy of the feminine (NOT female) shadow. If we are wise, we will recognise the signs and act to rectify the imbalance signalled by such intensity ~ by honouring the needs that cry out now for attention. We must be honest with ourselves, and dig deep to find the source of frustration, without blaming others, and then act in support of our return to equilibrium.

Comfort sought within soothes the suffering, but so often we seek solace in the outer world and in others ~ to no avail. High-road Cancer leads us home, within to the portal that avails us to our provenance. Where we make space in our life for such regular homecoming we will be rewarded ~ with a sense of replenishment

Tonight’s Full Moon illuminates the pressures stress anxiety suffering that can result from this demanding modern life. Cancer knows the value and wisdom in periodic retreat inward ~ from which we are able to refill our cups and so give more genuinely generously graciously, to others, to the outer world.

Capricorn Full Moon

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Shot Tower, in the rain. Taroona, near Hobart, Tasmania

The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs at 6.57am (AWST) on Wednesday the 20th of July. Capricorn the Sea~Goat symbolises responsibility, duty, maturity, discipline, wisdom and limitations. A cardinal earth sign, Capricorn initiates efforts towards the creation of material security.

At the opposing end of this axis is Cancer ~ the archetypal Mother; Capricorn is the archetypal Father ~ paternal reliable consistent firm sometimes a little rigid but seeking to guide us towards success status stability. Capricorn’s orderly approach supports us in the establishment of solid foundations upon which we may build a future that aligns with our high ideals.

The planetary ruler of this Capricorn lunation is Saturn, which remains in square aspect to Neptune, the Lunar Nodes and Jupiter. As we aspire and work towards our dreams, or process moments~times~events passed, Saturn patiently, persistently reminds us of our boundaries. Regardless of our attitude towards them, we must work within these limits. And for so long as we shirk our responsibilities we will not get far. Saturn insists upon integrity and accountability.

As this Full Moon light is reflected upon us all we find illuminated the duties we had overlooked. Are we stubbornly resisting lessons that implore us to bow in humility? Are we getting in our own way? On closer inspection can we accept more personal responsibility for the roles we play in life’s challenges and dysfunction?

In so doing, we are empowered, as we can truly change none other than ourselves. And as we recognise ways in which we have contributed to our own defeats, we find ways that we can do-over, more effective than before.

Sometimes life slows us down, and we feel stifled and frustrated, wondering whether we’ve chosen the wrong path or kidded ourselves in some way. The intensity of the Mars retrograde (coincident with five other planets in their retrograde phases also ~ AKA retrograde season) has left many of us feeling defeated and doubtful but as Mars’ direct motion picks up speed this Full Moon will assist us to see things that were invisible before this slowing down phase.

The delays that appeared to be mere inconvenient setbacks and impediments later prove to serve us well. When we take what we’ve learned in reflection we improve our attitude and our perspective is renewed, with more wisdom and confidence we now go forth.

This Full Moon also aspects Uranus the Awakener. Known for its disruptive and unpredictable influence (so different to Saturn), we can expect the unexpected. Uranus in turn aspects Mars in an uncomfortable but potentially rewarding interaction. For best results, we might channel this volatility into movement and creativity, lest we allow the energy to manifest unconsciously and impel us into circumstances less positive.

Life rarely unfolds as we expect it to, but always leads us to where we can, if we so choose, benefit in ways we could not have foreseen.

“Instead of what our imagination makes us suppose and which we worthless try to discover, life gives us something that we could hardly imagine” Marcel Proust.

Cancer the Crab New Moon

IMG_4350 The fourth of July heralds the New Moon in Cancer for 2016. Cancer the Crab is ruled by the Moon so it is always a special time ~ the extremes of winter (or summer) are upon us and we embrace all the joys and challenges of the season.

Cancer symbolises the Mother. We have all gestated within our mother’s womb, thus the mother is a strong archetype for each of us. She symbolises comfort home nurturing safety acceptance. The concept of the mother may not be met by our experience of being mothered, nor by our experience of being a mother. There are discrepancies between the fantasy and the reality. None of us is perfect. None of us were raised perfectly. The best we can hope for is more positive than negative memories (a la Disney animated film Inside Out) that result in patterns that support and encourage rather than inhibit and stymie our growth and happiness.

No matter how we have been mothered in our lives we are grown up now. We are responsible now for our own lives and our own feelings and the ways in which we manage these. Cancer teaches us self-containment. Cancer asks that we honour our feelings, to know the wisdom that they bring.

So we don’t hide within a spiky shell behind aggressively defensive pincers, stubbornly refusing to engage with the world lest our soft innards are exposed and injured. Equally we seek not to become overwhelmed by emotion ~ narcissistic nostalgia and a sentimentality that detracts from the deep knowing of feeling

Feeling as a living dynamic experience that can be accessed

in this moment alone

Our feelings differ to our emotions. An emotional response is an activated complex ~ an old patterned reaction to what is really a unique moment in time. Emotion holds meaning and important information too, but in a way that pertains to the past. We can use our emotions to better understand complexes and unconscious unprocessed stuff from our past.

Feelings are now, providing us with a new perception of our individual and dynamic experience of life as it evolves.

As we grow and develop through infancy childhood adolescence we build an understanding of life and our place in it primarily through our experience with family. Despite best efforts and intentions of our caregivers, none come through this process unscathed. To the extent that we have perceived an experience of disapproval or inferiority (or any number of other childhood encumbrances) we unconsciously seek to appease these uneasy emotions into our adult lives.

Sometimes we unwittingly place expectations on others to meet needs that are our responsibility. We are looking to be comforted by the archetypal mother. But as we look to the outside world, to our own mothers even, we will be disappointed. We need to learn to mother ourselves ~ to self-soothe, nurture our own vulnerability, heal the source of and transform our own pain.

Cancer the Crab is soft and sensitive beneath a protective exterior ~ highly attuned to the changes occurring all around ~ the shifts in energy ~ the moods and vibrations ~ and we each have an innate ability to access this subtle feeling-based reality. Far from indulgent wallowing in self-pity, the high-road Crab detects nuances and subtleties with a quiet perceptiveness that lends itself to empathy and wisdom.

With the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus journeying through Cancer we can all practice becoming our own Inner Mother. Lovingly accept the feelings and emotions that emerge, offering space and gentle kindness to allow the deeper wisdom to follow, and follow it will. This New Moon harmonises with the Moon’s Nodal Axis involving Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune, supporting our healing from the past and pursuit of a bright future. As we open ourselves up to the changing times, we are ourselves transforming and creating, a world that so needs the unconditional love of a mother.