Gemini New Moon

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Twin telephones in Ross, Tasmania

In between two Sagittarian Full Moons, Sunday 11AM (AWST) we find ourselves at the Gemini New Moon for 2016. The Gemini~Sagittarius axis is about collating information and experience in order to formulate a meaningful perspective of life. Gemini is the inquisitive student ~ learning, thinking, listening, understanding, talking, debating ~ to make sense of the immediate environment Gemini assimilates vast stores of information… with the potential for TMI-overload a real possibility. Near-sightedness can limit Gemini to living above the neck ~ think think thinking…

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon~Sun~Venus in Gemini is two Dutch children talking ~ thus a mutual sharing of ideas and opinions ideally supports our growth as we learn new things and hear differing viewpoints. This can be particularly expansive when we feel instinctive resistance to an other’s expression of truth, but allow space to pause and consider before closing our minds~hearts~ears.

Mercury’s Sabian Symbol is interesting to note also, as Mercury rules Gemini and hence this New Moon. A finger pointing in an open book denotes rectification as we uncover new information that deepens our understanding, or corrects our misunderstanding. Guidance is implied by this symbol too, suggesting that a willingness to be receptive and open benefits us as we reorientate to go forward.

Gemini is symbolised by the twins ~ duality ~ our dual natures comprise complex and paradoxical aspects that mostly dwell in our unconscious…

feminine & masculine

light & shadow

duty & desire

heart & mind

within & without

good & evil

divine & earthly

life & death

So often, we find ourselves “in two minds” about something, torn between conflicting perspectives: part of us wants this, and the other part wants that, and we are genuine in our confusion and polarity. Can we find ways to balance the needs of different aspects of our psyche? Must we always choose black or white, disappointing one half of who we are? Or can we learn to love grey ~ blending our inconsistencies? Can we create a third option?

The evolutionary path asks that we immerse ourselves in duality, for it is our knowledge that we are separated from the source that allows our consciousness to grow. Were humanity to have remained “at one” with our surroundings, our evolution would be limited to that of the animal kingdom. The innate wisdom of our fellow creatures is great, more often seemingly greater than our own, because they are aligned with all that is. Our challenge however, is distinct: to return to oneness we must journey through the fires of polarity ~ fully engaged in human experience.

This Gemini New Moon occurs in conjunction with Venus, and as part of a Grand Mutable Cross… Jupiter in Virgo ~ Saturn in Sagittarius ~ Neptune in Pisces. Too, the Grand Earth Trine remains and offers some groundedness to the cosmic vibes. Thus we are blessed with adaptability and discipline, discernment and vision. Our Venusian muse can inspire us in setting intent that recognises our polar nature, allows for our contradictoriness, loves us because we are conflicted and confused.

Versatility, resilience and flexibility are key to successfully navigating the astroscape of the coming weeks ~ cultivate the adaptability of the shapeshifting Mutable signs ~ welcome change ♥

“God help us to change. To change ourselves and to change the world. To know the need for it. To deal with the pain of it. To feel the joy of it. To undertake the journey without understanding the destination. The art of gentle revolution. Amen” Michael Leunig

the ocean covered with whitecaps…

Today, wild weather transformed the ocean here into a washing machine of turbulence… white caps atop heaving mountains of water that churned and seethed from beyond the horizon to the shore where they exploded upon the exposed rocks where sand had been mere hours earlier. The synchronicity was irresistible for me, I had to write some thoughts about the Sabian Symbol for tomorrow’s Full Moon… the ocean covered with whitecaps.

We ventured out into the elements around midday, with our small children in tow. They braved the blustery winds with their faces buried in our necks as we revelled in the roughness, so restorative. The magical and violent caress of bizillions of oceanic negative ions, invigorating our beingness’.

According to Diana E. Roche (1998), the Sabian Symbol for 2° Sagittarius is interpreted thusly:

“This symbol speaks to the bountiful response of the universe… giving him whatever he needs in life. The image of the ocean covered with whitecaps captures the idea of spirit-stirred consciousness. The emphasis in this symbol is on the necessity for channelling or directing the energy of this restlessness toward the accomplishment of worthwhile goals. The insight to be gained here is that the individual flourishes and becomes successful as he is inspired from within himself to fulfil his own higher potential” (p.276).

Relinquishing control of our lives can be a conscious decision involving  processes (reflection~receptivity~acceptance~surrender) that nourish our inner and outer lives. Many of us however, have unknowingly abdicated our freedom by following blindly in the footsteps of the masses: cogs in a machine, rats in a race, bricks in a wall, cannon fodder, consumers handing over fistfuls of money to indulge our egoic perceptions of success.

There is nothing inherently wrong with living in the world as we know it,  paying our dues and contributing to society, taking a steady job, getting a mortgage, towing the line. We do what we must. These boundaries are very Saturnian in nature and we do well to accept reality and the limitations that inevitably exist at various times and in certain circumstances.

BUT

…life is truly a gift, the most precious gift. We owe it to ourselves and to our creator to honour and revere it,

in thought word & deed

Somewhere inside each of us is a dream ~ a daimon ~ that knows our purpose and destiny. The Jupiterian gift of faith can serve us in pursuit of this deep inner knowing. We do not (necessarily) need to abandon all the spoils of modern living that we have come to rely upon, or enjoy. If need be, we might find ways to nourish our aspirations in small ways ~ allowing providence to empower our self-actualisation. We cannot abandon our Selves to the lies we are fed by the powers that be.

Life is short, and our mortality magnifies the majesty. And when we are old and grey, or nearing our end in whatever form that may come, we are surely more likely to regret the things we did not do, than those we did.

make like N.W.A and express yourself

 

Roche, D.E. (1998) The Sabian Symbols: a screen of prophecy. Astrology Classics; Maryland.

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.

Easter long weekend

As the steady rain rejuvenates the parched earth left behind in Summer’s wake, it is the Easter long weekend and the astro-scape is inspiring!

There is a T-square between opposing Venus in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo, that is anchored by Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter opposing Venus encourages expansion and opening of the heart, an enhanced desire for connection. The square with Saturn can highlight any deficiencies we  are feeling around this inherent Venusian impulse to love, and form meaningful relationships.

Remarkably, of all 360 Sabian Symbols two involved in this weekends T-square include the only two Easter images! Saturn’s Sabian Symbol is an Easter sunrise service denoting a celebration of rebirth, renewal, resurrection. With Sagittarian openness we cultivate a positive attitude as we welcome people from all walks of life in the spirit of connection. We are warned against cynicism and stubbornness, and an “inability to recognise underlying significance” (Roche, 1998, p.291) of the deeper meaning of the festival ~ the reason for the season: honouring the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the more ancient Pagan celebration of fertility, new beginnings and hope.

Pisces’ higher consciousness can be linked to Christ and our urge to return to Source (the resurrection > ascension into the clouds) is distinctly Piscean. We are all human beings and we each suffer in our lives. Rather than falling into traps of judgement, blame, and projection, with Venusian support we might edge closer to Christ-like compassion and forgiveness. Venus is a little over halfway through her journey through Pisces and imploring us to connect to something larger than ourselves, whether that be a significant other, the collective, or God.

Venus in Pisces’ current Sabian Symbol is an Easter promenade, once more representing celebration. The accent for this symbol is on individual self-expression, presenting ourselves in a considered, not ostentatious, way that makes the most of our gifts. Generosity of spirit is encouraged, as we share our skills and talents for the benefit of the collective. We are cautioned against attention-seeking behaviour that could make us appear foolish, especially when Jupiter is involved…

Transiting Jupiter’s Sabian Symbol now is an erupting volcano! The explosive release of subconscious power and passion can be volatile and so requires awareness and conscious direction. We can positively express ourselves with a dramatic flair and enhance the experience of the collective. Virgo reminds us to retain a sense of humility, while Saturn’s influence returns us to basics = breath ~ presence ~ respect for others needs and space.

The energy bound to T-squares can often best be harnessed by using any harmonious aspects (60° and 120°) that play into the anchor planet. This weekend Mercury and Uranus are trining (120°) Saturn. Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury: these two planets represent mind functions ~ perception, memory, thought, communication.

Quick Mercury is is our conscious mind. Slow-moving Uranus is our unconscious ~ the undiscovered unmapped psyche. High-road Mercury is questioning, curious and open-minded, while low-road Mercury already knows the answers, having formed a satisfactory view of the world long ago. High-road Uranus represents our soul’s accumulated knowledge accessed via intuitive flashes of insight and altered states of consciousness ~ like lightening! Low-road Uranus uses this acquired information in ways that are contrary, selfish and irresponsible.

Mercury’s trip through Aries (complete on the 6th of April) supports the formulation of an updated Self informed by freshly accumulated data. Uranus in Aries (until March 2019) supports our individuation, and as an expression of this evolving energy this Easter weekend, we are called to be joyfully true to our present selves, to celebrate the symbolic rebirth~resurrection.


IMG_0678During this long weekend we are cosmically supported in giving ourselves permission to be free of the shackles of the past. Emboldened by Aries courage, buoyed by Jupiter’s optimism, open of mind and heart we must take some time to simply enjoy life! In gratitude.

Choose love

The atrocity in Brussels yesterday occurred under interesting planetary stimulus. All energy requires a channel through which to flow; when we allow energy to become destructive instead of creative bad things happen. As human beings we are blessed with the freedom to choose, and as unique contributors to the whole we have an opportunity in each moment to take the high road, thus evolving the collective consciousness. Whether it be in thought or action, we are creating reality, so let’s aim high and choose love.

As the Libra Full Moon looms, the energy continues to build. Of particular note is the square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. These two players are facing off in a battle of belief systems. Where this energy remains conscious, we are supported in our own personal and collective rethink on philosophies to live by. We can access Virgoan critique, and Saturn’s wise pragmatism = change is possible. But when we allow the arrogance of low-road Jupiter and the fundamentalism of low-road Sagittarius to hijack these higher intentions, judgemental attitudes prevail. Add to this the crisis inherent in the Virgo archetype and the duty-bound dogma of low-road Saturn and there is potential for things to get messy.

Especially when Mars is in on it. High-road Mars in Sagittarius is the ultimate spiritual warrior, exercising restraint while fighting the good fight; advocating for freedom and our collective highest good. But when the low-road God of War saddles up his high horse there are no holds barred. The righteous indignation is palpable, polarising and on some level, justified.

Herein lies the danger: we become engaged with this (or any of the many other) hideous event and we get mad. We feel angry that this can happen. We confabulate and incite one another in work lunch-room discussions. With the headlines snaking across television screens worldwide, the fear-fuelled retelling of the tragedy is relentless. Personal accounts of victims’ pain and suffering cause us to become emotionally embroiled and our anxiety inevitably builds. With thoughts of a terror attack on home soil we feel impelled to blame and point our finger, and defend ourselves with vitriolic racism and more bombs. Us versus them.

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Adding to the cosmic energy mix at play, despite their separating status, revolutionary Uranus and transformational Pluto continue to square each other. This long-haul aspect is one that effects serious change: its slow speed coupled with the planetary combination (Uranus = awakening via trauma and Pluto = profound paradoxical truth) have allowed it to reshape our individual and collective consciousness in recent years. It has been in effect since 2012 and while most astrologers seem to have moved onto more contemporary planetary aspects, perhaps we turned our backs too soon on this doozy of a transit!

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Aries at the time of the attacks is a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country thus “the man is perceived by others not as a unique individual but in terms of his collective identity and the cultural traditions that he represents” (Roche, 1998, p.33). This description takes on a sinister tone in the wake of these recent acts against humanity.

The keyword for this Sabian Symbol is exploitation. Diana E. Roche describes the negative implications: “Infamy as the result of portraying and perpetuating the worst stereotypes of a culture” (1998, p34). We can see how suicide bombers have been exploited by groups hell bent on an agenda that breeds fear, hatred and segregation. These people have been misled by false promises of celebrated martyrdom and eternal glory, and appallingly they have been convinced that god wants them to harm their fellows. The response of “our side” is no different, though we have better marketing.

War is not the answer. Violence begets violence. We must pray for victims on both sides of this gaping global wound, for the division is merely an illusion. We are all one, and these despicable deeds are not acts against enemies, but self harm. Our collective consciousness, for which we are all personally responsible, is surely at a tipping point? We must choose love, before it is too late.

Now i am going back to my meditation♥