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.

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.

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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 🙂

Scorpio Full Moon

Friday the 22nd brings us April’s Full Moon at 3° Scorpio. The Sabian Symbol ~ a house raising ~ evokes community, cooperation, support, helpfulness, teamwork. The shared experience that, despite our active social media life, is increasingly lacking in modern times. Can we allow the quiet voice of our unconscious to be heard over the relentless tweets, status updates, podcasts and soundclouds? Its gentle reminder that despite feelings of isolation and loneliness, we are all connected. We are reliant upon one another in so many ways that we often take for granted. Life as we know it, globalisation~consumption~complication in excess can dull our sensitivity to one another and to the majesty of life itself, but observing the rhythms of the natural world (such as the Lunar cycle) allows us moments in time to recognise and appreciate our miraculous existence.

Scorpio is co-ruled by Pluto and Mars, both planets having turned retrograde just this week. This Scorpio Full Moon guides us towards the intended focus of the retrograde phases of the two power planets. Pluto harbours our soul’s deepest needs, and Mars drives us in pursuit of them.

Scorpio also corresponds archetypally to the eighth house of the natural zodiac. The eighth house traditionally represents taboo matters of instinct and security: sex, death and other people’s money. Contemporary astrology broadens its meaning to envelope also our darkness, secrets, power, and complexity. It follows on from the themes of the seventh house (relationships) and is thus symbolic of a deepening of partnership ~ intimacy ~ the consummation of a marriage ~ exposure of shadows ~ the blending of assets ~ beyond what is rightly shared by dear friends and valued business associates.

This Full Moon encourages us to consider our deepest relationships, and how we contribute to the health and wellbeing of the sacred unions we have chosen. The intention behind our alliance (whether its been vowed aloud before a delighted tearful audience or whispered privately in the dark after lights out) calls for respect, humility, sincerity, consideration, openness and love. Do we recognise the profound truth of it having been a choice? And now that we have made our choice can we take responsibility for its success? Now that we’ve made our marital bed, can we lay in it?

As explained by Robert A. Johnson in the illuminating work The Psychology of Romantic Love, can we sacrifice romance and thus make sacred life’s ordinariness?

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There is much joy

to be found in the

minutiae of life

 

Equally, the secrets of our inner Scorpio stir now, urging us to go deeper… explore our personal power. Scorpio’s counter point is Taurus and the two archetypes aim to balance one another: the Bull’s peaceful simplicity with the Scorpion’s chthonic complexity. If we’ve been hiding, or indeed hiding from, parts of ourselves, the retrograde phase supports our work in re-discovering more of who we are. Feeling our strength. Knowing our truth. Living authentically.

With the Sun now in Taurus opposing the Full Moon this lunation may remind us of our inherent human form limitation ~ mortality. To quote the Grim Reaper as depicted by Saturn Award winner William Sadler in the underrated 1991 teen flick Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey “you may be a king or a little street sweeper but sooner or later you’ll dance with the reaper”.

Finally, as this Full Moon glow bathes our planetary home this Earth Day we might also allow it to remind us of our connection to this blessed ball of rock on which we ride through space~time. Our human existence relies on the survival of Gaia. We are all inter-connected to each other, to our magical Earthly home and to the source of all that is. Simultaneously tiny insignificant profoundly foolish and ridiculous, yet instrumental and powerful unique expressions of God. Animal instincts combined with gifts of consciousness and free will.

Grasp the reality.

Revere the mystery.

Rejoice in the paradox.

Transformation of what lies beneath

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The unconscious forces within us are powerful. Carl Jung compared our psyches with islands of consciousness in an ocean of unconsciousness. Despite our lack of awareness the parts of our psyche that remain largely hidden yield much control over each of us: our perceptions, behaviours and our manifest realities.

Jung developed the theory of the complex ~ a pattern of memories, beliefs and emotions tied to a common theme ~ we are often unaware of our own personal complexes but they can be obvious to those who know us. For example, the inferiority complex arises commonly in childhood as we become aware of the reality that we are dependent upon others (usually our parents) for life. This can become a negative influence in our psyche if we are discouraged and made to feel inadequate as we grow. Once we are adults our complex becomes aroused unexpectedly and we behave in ways that appear comically irrational: to illustrate, I become defensive and pouty when I feel I’m not being taken seriously. My unconscious transports me to childhood where my feelings of inferiority surface and I react to a lifetime of experiences that have fed into my inferiority complex.

The personal unconscious also consists of Shadow ~ sides of ourselves we don’t want others to see so we deny, reject, suppress, project in an effort to be liked, or more primitively loved, and accepted by the society of which we are a part. As children we are guided by parents, caregivers, peers, and our culture towards a socially acceptable version of who we are. We learn that tantrums are unacceptable and we stuff our rage. We are taught that violence is impermissible by means of an innocuous-household-item-turned-weapon (e.g. the dreaded wooden spoon or belt) and we stuff our physical urges. We receive isolation as punishment for demanding behaviours, and discouragement for expressions of dissatisfaction. We are scowled at and shamed for exploration of our bodies. We stuff all these so-called negative behaviours with a good dose of frustration at the hypocrisy of the grown-up world, and thus the Shadow is born.

These two (as well as other) hidden aspects of the self exist, with or without acknowledgement. For as long as we choose to deny our unconscious, and remain unwilling to engage in an active inner life, the unconscious reveals itself in our outer life. Without self-knowledge we are victims of our own incomprehension, and suffer self-sabotage time and again as we meet our own inner life demons in manifest material world form. We experience our inner life in our outer life. This occurs on both a personal and collective level.

Circumstances work to bring our awareness to that which is unconscious within us. As these unconscious conditions surface we are given an opportunity to learn about ourselves. So, when I feel anger I am given a chance to be conscious. I observe my feeling and notice the sensations and images that accompany it, as well as my thoughts (my ego’s commentary that fuels the fire of righteous indignation!). While I allow this process to unfold I am conscious. The feeling will pass and I will have learned something about myself, and I will’ve harmed none because I’ve not acted. Feelings bring insights, if we allow ourselves to get the message.

Self-knowledge is power. As we become increasingly aware of the fecundity of our unconscious (including our complexes and Shadow) and learn to integrate these aspects of our psyche into our whole self, we simultaneously cease to be manipulated from the inside out. Awareness seeds the potential for transformation.

Monday 18th of April sees power planets Mars and Pluto station retrograde (this simply means that, from our perspective here on Earth, the two planets appear to stand still and then over the coming weeks and months they appear to move backwards ~ an optical illusion similar to cars moving a different speeds on a freeway) and so begins a time of contemplation.

This phase encourages us to surrender our drive to act, in favour of pausing to reflect. I have found that Mars retrograde periods can be quite frustrating, especially when they impact sensitive points in one’s chart. But action taken in haste can lead us into trouble at times like this, so it is worth recalling wise 13th century Sufi poet~mystic~philospher Rumi’s sagacious words…

When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety;

If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain.

From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me.

As Mars returns to Scorpio we are invited back into our dark, and for the next four months we are urged to re-examine our motives and discern our true desires. Rather than pushing for results, demanding action, or impulsively acting out of fears and anxiety, we are better suited now to reflect upon the profound question: What do we really want?

Retrograde Pluto (from now until mid January) will bring our awareness to that in our lives which is ready for release or transformation. Pluto powers our inner work, and as unconscious conditions surface they enable us to examine our own chthonic depths. There exists a seed of potential to re-emerge more powerful, wise and whole than ever before. With loving kindness, compassion, willingness and patience this time will nurture our evolution and facilitate profound healing on a personal and collective level.

 

 

To quote the wonderful Leunig again…

 

God give us strength

Strength to hold on

And strength to let go

Amen