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 New Moon

 

Monte Carlo on Grand Prix day

The final New Moon for 2016 (Thursday 2.54pm AWST) occurs in Capricorn ~ cardinal earth sign of the seagoat ~ a mythical powerhouse capable of traversing vast oceans and scaling high mountain peaks! With a formidable work ethic, patience, method and discipline, anything is possible for Capricorn!

Thus we must choose wisely our course of action, and consider the motivations behind our goals. Though I posed this question in my last post, I feel as though it is distinctly Capricornian and worth repeating…

To what and whom do we owe our allegiance?

Capricorn can be duty-bound to a fault, leaving no room for inspiration spontaneity or feeling. The Saturnian nature of the sign represents not only commitment and order, but rigidity and thus fragility.

Things that don’t bend, break.

When we are doggedly attached to our goals, ideals, principles, concepts we allow no compromise, no willingness to adapt, no space for receptivity. A self-defeating basis from which may come much heartache. So often, that which we pursue is an illusion. We work so hard to climb corporate ladders, give the impression that we are free and easy, mingling in desirable social circles, appearing as if we are fulfilled as we post carefully selected images of our #blessed lives. None of this is real.

How much of our lives are spent keeping up appearances? How often do we do things that we do not want to do? Are we dreading many of the things that we are bound to comply with? What is it that compels us to maintain an unhealthy level of busy-ness? When examined closely, is it our own anxiety that we aim to quell as we control-freak our lives and micro-manage others’?

We are each responsible for our own lives, and often for the lives of others as well. In reality, people do depend upon us. Duty calls ~ responsibilities beckon. Deadlines must be met. Bills paid. Children fed, clothed, nurtured. Time and space are limitations imposed upon our human form and we can only do our best to work within our particular parameters. Given this, what can we do to nourish the seed within?

In what small ways can we honour ourselves and the gift that is life?

Personal responsibility is an underrated virtue. When we accept that every single moment in our lives has the potential to teach us something, and the more challenging life is, the more potential we have to learn and grow, personal responsibility becomes something of a super-power. Rather than giving our power away by blaming projecting scapegoating we find superior strength in finding a way to use our struggles to our own advantage. We evolve. We prosper.

Saturn and the Capricorn archetype teach us that we do what we can. We take the steps, put our best foot forward, make an effort and … the rest is in the lap of the gods. When we meet our responsibilities we feel a sense of self-respect that cannot be feigned. This feeling of intact integrity is invaluable ~ beyond status wealth worldly success notoriety fame fortune.

As Capricorn urges us on into the new beginnings of a new year wherein anything is possible, let us invite that which helps us feel increasingly resilient strong whole, not dwelling upon any sense that things are futile frustrating foisted upon us.

As 2016 comes to its end, and we turn our attention to the future, the ongoing reflective influence of Mercury’s retrograde phase encourages the adjustment of our aims and actions. This New Moon’s intention ~ to contribute in whatever ways we can manage to our own individuation and the building of our legacy, in alignment with our flexible and evolving MO that resonates within, and with a view to release that which is no longer supportive of our growth, to co-create our own wonderful destiny.

This is what I wish for you as I bid adieu for 2016 ♥

Mercury retrograde fusion

Tonight (Monday the 19th December) heralds the beginning of Mercury’s three week retrograde trip from mid-Capricorn to the final degrees of Sagittarius.

Always, Mercury retrograde provides a chance to reflect. Far from the (useful but limited) mundane interpretation whereby we are warned to expect delays and postpone contract confirmation etcetera; retrogrades are so beneficial when we work with them. They present opportunities for the emergence of hidden material, bubbling to the surface of consciousness, allowing for deepened understanding of multifaceted variables at play.

Mercury retrograde has taught me that delays, though often frustrating and incomprehensible, most often favour us. It is usually only in retrospect that we are able to see just how significant the right timing can be in the development and discovery of our paths forward. We can push push push for things to be the way we imagine that we want them to no avail. Then, seemingly effortlessly, life flows easily in magical ways, and we arrive at our destin(Y)ation.

The conservative nature of Capricorn pressed upon by the long Plutonian passage (2008 until 2024) marks a phase of metamorphosis…

Collectively we can observe this in the sometimes dramatic changes occurring in financial markets worldwide;

~ as well as apparent social change ~ global demands for the powers that be bureaucracy gov corporations power moguls to display authenticity truth transparency integrity are palpable among our youth and the young at heart alike;

~ and shifts within our collective psyche towards ownership of psychological baggage that, unchecked, remains burdensome and weighty, are clear as our shadows dance across screens tuned to news just in.

When Mercury comes around we might make use of this so-called personal planet ~ the planet of the mind ~ to bring consciousness to the shifts we ourselves experience thanks to Pluto’s challenging demolition~renovation operation.

Mercury’s approach to Pluto will be thwarted by the three week retrograde cycle that will see us into the new year ~ 2017. It won’t be until the end of January that Mercury will finally catch up to Pluto and usher in our deepened psychological understanding of where we are at as 2017 begins. Who have we become? And where do we we intend to go from here? Where are our Sagittarian arrows of meaning and intention aimed?

Sunset on Wednesday (AWST) heralds the Solstice (Sun into Capricorn) ~ we might consciously surrender to the Summer, prioritising rest and repose for a time, and remaining open to incoming new information that helps us to refine our vision.

Capricorn wants to build ~ leaving tangible legacy of our existence ~ but we can inadvertently spend our lives taking direction from an ill-deserved doyen of un-truth. Working-class heroes fooled into accepting the only way to live is to sell our souls jostling for pole position within the rat race. Always working harder longer faster in hot pursuit of dangling carrots moveable feast goal-posts that never truly deliver the satisfaction fulfilment contentment peace that we hope they will.

“You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store”                          Merle Travis

To whom~what do we owe our allegiance? Capricorn’s dutiful inclinations can lead us to believe we must outsource our inner oracle, as though we do not ourselves have direct access to the same information as sages prophets gurus messiahs. But we do.

We have within us an author~ity

“to thine own self be true”

As we persistently ignore our inner wisdom we are sending the message that we prefer someone (whomsoever we delegate our power ~ boss parents partner children peers…) to chaperone us through life. It is not until we step up to accept responsibility, honouring our own truth, that our authentic voice vision becomes clear.

As we work, expending effort, let it be in alignment with our own author ~ the presence within that knows our personal myth~story and collaborates with the cosmos to illuminate it for us (synchronicities symbols images messages dreams ~ clues abound!) so that we might bring it into the world. As a gift. And a tangible legacy of our existence 🙂

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.