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.
Tonight’s (9.53 AWST Monday 14th November 2016) Taurus SuperMoon is the mother of all Full Moons! Not since 1948 has she come so near in her Fullness, and we won’t be so close again until 2034! A visual spectacle to be sure, but what of the energy…?
This Full Moon offers us the opportunity to glimpse the ways in which we enable our own forward motion, or not. How do the resources we cultivate allow our going forward as co-creators of our lives? Or not? How do we allocate our resources? Time, money, energy, effort… how do we prioritise our chosen pursuits? And what motivates us in these choices? Honestly.
So much of life is spent in mundane reality. There are bills to pay, mouths to feed, dishes to do… an unending loop of mortal coil. To aid in our functioning we forge efficient routines, habits, grooves, ruts. We can live within the safety of routine for a long time, habitually replaying our moments and our thoughts. Forever if we forget to wake up. Life can become a relentless working week, or similar.
Often, we must work to the rhythms of others (children, employer, partners, friends), perhaps neglecting our own. As we lose contact with our own needs we become increasingly disconnected from our innate fixed earthy feminine (not female) Taurean wisdom
Taurus rules our inner security ~ high road Taurus takes us from possessive materialism that attempts to buy our sense of contentment to the land of peaceful self-sufficiency via connection to our own physical bodies ~ being fully in our bodies and nourishing our physical needs with premium sustenance, hydration, movement, rest, repose
Through consciously engaging with what our bodies need in any given moment and honouring those needs in deed we supply our material form with the energy it requires to carry us through our mundane days, working towards our hopes and dreams, living with presence and an attentiveness to our inner lives where we find
life is rich with meaning that transforms our reality
Too, Taurus helps us to acquire the resources (skills) we need to patiently slowly steadily bring our dreams into manifestation. Greek God Hephaestus has been linked to Taurus; Melanie Reinhart writes,
“Like Chiron, Hephaestus was wounded… [he] represents a creative energy which does not turn in upon itself and destroy its own potential in response to the pain of having been rejected… Hephaestus enables others to express their own individuality and their selfhood, or their inner divinity, and this gift is part of his own individuality. He is dedicated to his craft despite being wounded. He refuses to be crushed by rejection and humiliation, but instead honours and expresses his own creativity… [he] represents the potential, through self-respect and perseverance, to turn one’s area of woundedness into a place from which fine creativity can issue.”
The illumination offered at this Full Moon asks us to consider our Scorpionic darkness yes, but as well, to find our inner warrior Pallas Athene ~ goddess of wisdom ~ who will empower embolden inspire us in our journeys onward toward individuation, toward finding our innate source of inner security, toward wholeness. There may be battles, within and without, as we remain true to our selves. This path of authenticity is not easy, but the only path that promises true fulfilment beyond the mere material ~ we find our serenity in the quiet knowledge of having lived in alignment with our own values. Peace be with youse 🙂
Reference: Reinhart, M. 1998. Chiron & the Healing Journey. Arkana.
During the wee hours of Monday morning (31st of October, 1.39am AWST) the Lunar cycle concludes, and momentarily commences in the sign of Scorpio… most of us will be sound asleep in this part of the world, but perhaps that’s the best place to be…
asleep and dreaming ~
receiving messages of divine import direct from our unconscious
Scorpio symbolises our unconscious and the shadow (things of which we are ashamed, because we believe they are bad, and so suppress) as well as darkness~occult~taboos~sexuality~death… all the things we’re discouraged from discussing in polite conversation, even discouraged from thinking about in our formative years! So, we stuff all our fears, worries, shadow behaviours deep within our unconscious psyche… where they can’t hurt anyone…?
Lol. I suppose that’s the idea! If we don’t think or talk about the scary stuff, it can’t hurt us… right? Lol. Again.
The unconscious doesn’t evaporate for lack of attention. It remains within us, driving our meat-covered-skeletons through this world of form~time~space, offering reminders via our physical and mental health (depression, anxiety, rage, resentment, guilt, shame…)
It also lives in the outside world, beyond us, manifest in myriad forms ~
projected upon others > terrorists politicians celebrities cons crooks baddies in-laws our children
televised on the nightly 24 hour news as endless war struggle strife pain anguish suffering
Generally, we can assume that if we feel strongly about something, and we tend to judge others for it, somewhere within us we will find that same energy. It might be hidden in the darkest corners of our psyche… the skeleton in our closet… but it will be there, and it will be responsible for many of the events AKA lessons we require, to face our own shadows, and to evolve towards wholeness.
For example, perhaps we judge others for being lazy (unemployed idle couch potato zombie overweight et al). Inside us exists the very same urge, perhaps a secret desire for slothful hours with nought to do but eat chocolate, drink wine and watch The Bachelor! We will also find anxiety about being judged as lazy ourselves, and fear of loss of control ~ a compulsive need to maintain what we perceive to be control and power.
But the unconscious has the last lol
Not only are we deluded in our belief that strict adherence to non-lazy lifestyle choices makes us better people, we are also unwittingly attracting lessons and teachers that will challenge us in ways that can be painful and troubling (physical and mental health problems), frustrating (teachers masked as bothersome-types we prefer to dissociate from), and humbling or humiliating as we face the ever-expanding truth of who we are.
Our repressed unconscious can wreak havoc with our lives. So, it is in our best interests to get acquainted with our unconscious, and a great way to begin is with dream work: a direct line to our unconscious’ most pressing concerns! Perhaps during the Scorpio Dark Moon on Sunday evening, before the REM sets in, make a conscious request for meaningful messages from the dream realm and see what comes. As soon as you wake, make a note of everything you remember of your dreams, no matter how random or seemingly non-sensical, and make a decent effort at interpretation*. I hope the skulls don’t give you nightmares 🙂
Scorpio holds our secret special powers, and, for so long as we deny the accompanying shadows, we aren’t privy to its formidable strength… “it is our light~hero~bliss, not our darkness that frightens us…” Now, with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Black Moon Lilith, and asteroids Hygieia and Juno all in Scorpio we are fully empowered in our efforts to know our unconscious.
“Your bliss can guide you to that transcendent mystery, because bliss is the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you. So when the bliss cuts off, you know that you’ve cut off the welling up; try to find it again. And that will be your Hermes [Mercury] guide.” Joseph Campbell
The rulers of the New Moon remain in wide conjunction in Capricorn, though Mars is separating from Pluto now, boldly forging the path forward as their new cycle commences. We must consider our own paths upon which we journey into our unknowable futures
~ recognising the potential~significance~obligation of blazing our own authentic trails. The establishment of a new paradigm demands that we each honour our own truth and live it
We are called to fearlessly commit to being true to ourselves
To do this we must know what we want, and this year has served us well in discerning our own needs desires aims intentions purpose
But we must also know who we are ~ not limited to our egoic perceptions of who we think we are or what we’d like to be or what we look like et al…
To truly know ourselves is a dynamic ongoing process that enables our vision and our path to come clear and in our immersion of self knowledge we suddenly realise that there can be no question, no doubt, no possible alternative other than to live our lives our own way
The New Moon is conjunct Mercury and trine the Lunar South Node~ Neptune in Pisces, so the integration of our shadows in conscious and healthy ways are informed by awareness of our less-healthy past tendencies. No ostriches in sight! We welcome the insights that arrive in our daily lives, helping us to know ourselves and transcend our egoic limitations
*Re: dream interpretation. It is a very personal and empowering process that yields much wisdom and insight into our lives and our Self(s) 🙂
The method I use is derived from Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson’s technique outlined in his wonderful book Inner Work. There are four steps:
1. Write down your dream in as much detail as you can manage
2. Note the symbols that stand out within the dream, for example a colour you see, or a person, or a place
3. Write down your own personal associations with the symbols you have noted. For example, if I dream of the colour red I then write down all the associations I have with the colour red. Or, if I dream of the ocean, I write down my associations with the ocean. Remember to always remain true to the original symbol; we’re not free associating down a rabbit hole
4. Make a ritual of the dream’s message. Once you’ve worked through the symbols, distilling them into a meaningful message, create a simple ritual to honour the message. Perhaps you buy a lipstick in the same colour red as was in your dream, or visit the beach with a symbolic offering (crystal, stone, drawing etc). This brings it into concrete reality
The Libra New Moon occurs on Saturday 1st of October 2016 (8.11am AWST). The Sun and Moon are at 8° Libra and nearby at 4° we find benevolent Jupiter. Such an auspicious New Moon this is! And it has depth too.
Venus is the ruler of the lunation, and she is conjunct Lilith in Scorpio. Another reminder of our inner feminine ~ soft receptive yin processes coupled with the self-assuredness of inner knowing. There is an awakening of this powerful force occurring and this New Moon presses for the increased awareness of the neglected (and thus often angry) unconscious feminine. As we integrate feminine power, we come to know her mercy.
Scorpio represents the dark in all its complexity. Nothing is as it appears. Light allows us clarity of vision, but sometimes robs us of the subtlety of feeling. In the dark it is the only way forward, to feel our way.
The Sun~Moon~Jupiter square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn. There is strength and power here. It is important for us to know what we truly want as these two planets conjoin later this month, for such misdirected energy has the power to harm. Mars’ exaltation in Capricorn adds fervour to our mission: we now begin to implement our long-considered plans and Mars spurs us on supportively.
Neptune and the Lunar South Node remain in conjunction in Pisces ~ our efforts at releasing that which no longer serves us are supported now. The Dark Moon in Virgo helps us to discern what these things might be… habits, relationships, attachments, the past, limiting “stories of me”
Libra seeks balance. Implicit in balance is a midpoint, a midline, a middle road. And as we journey towards establishing our own balance~ homeostasis ~ equilibrium we must first experience imbalance. We experiment and evaluate, investigate and appraise in an ongoing (potentially exhausting) human trial and error display that takes us to extreme and polar ends of the spectrum of life.
During an Equinox meditation with Sol W. Jonassen I was struck by the concept of the midline (third eye~heart~solar plexus). Throughout this mediation she reminded us to return to our midline. I found this simple act of going within and knowing my own centre point to be very supportive.
I have been using it since then in my daily life, trying to remember to come back to my midline during the day. When things become frustrating or boring or crazy or challenging in any way it becomes particularly helpful. I have used other methods to ground myself in this way in the past (usually breathing deeply) but these often require time and space that is not always realistic (what with The Cherubs underfoot). This little idea has been so beneficial to me…
here’s what I do: I shut my eyes and put my attention on my inner third eye or my heart chakra, or maybe both if I have time, and something happens… there is space… inner space… and at the same time there is comfort… I feel better.
A tiny reminder of the middle way…
not cowardly or reckless but courageous
not loose or rigid but flowing
not resistant or resigned but accepting
not aloof or possessive but engaged
not narcissistic or martyred but authentic
not right or wrong but learning
not attachment or aversion but love
For so long as we are genuinely doing our work we are on the right track, so let us journey on friends ♥
The dark feminine is one very punished~banished archetypal figure in our human psyche, often relegated to the shadow because we have forgotten how to handle our strong female energy. Even in these liberated contemporary times, she continues to be shunned, condemned, reviled, blamed, rejected, neglected, vilified, renounced, demonised and hated: the Witch Hunt continues.
We owe much to the feminist movement, but it seems perhaps the quest to be deemed mens’ equals was misguided? Now it seems women have fought successfully for the right to do everything men can, so now we have little choice. We have accepted that we must meet the needs of the patriarchy ~ the perfect projection of the Goddess upon our mere mortality ~ now we must work, home-make, child-rear, and in the words of Usher: be a lady in the street and a freak in the bed, and still be underpaid!
Our primeval roles ~ mother nurturer healer wild woman magus mystic witch whore ~ suffered at the hands of the patriarchy so that womens’ natural abilities became worthless, in a world that prizes achievement aggression action ambition advancement above all else. Many thousands of women who refused to renounce their gifts and artistry paid a hefty price ~ burning at the stake a welcome relief after suffering through much cruelty.
With this uprising of the Church and the denial of Pagan nature worship women became viewed as either evil demonesses or weak/meek victims: mere burdens men must bear in order to prolong lineage. We were (are) none of these, but rather the courageous and strong receptacles of ancient Goddess knowledge. A wisdom so deep dark mysterious and inconstant that the masculine cannot contain it by force, or define it with reason, or control it, thus we fear it.
For a long time, I’ve pondered the dark feminine. I have contemplated and meditated, working towards conscious integration of this most powerful energy that resides within me, and each of us, men and women alike. Astrologically, we can look to Black Moon Lilith (a mathematical point, not a celestial body) to help us understand ways in which this energy is expressed (or repressed) in our own psyches.
Black Moon Lilith has completed her nine month journey through Libra, and can be found now (until February 2017) in the sign of Scorpio ~ well matched energies we can surmise, with Scorpio symbolic of the dark Yin Plutonian underworld. My natal Lilith lives in Scorpio too, so as my BML Return looms large on my horizon, I wonder what she has in store for me, and others born between January and October 1981?
Mythologically, Lilith was demonised by the patriarchy for her wilful independence as she, despite heinous blackmail attempts involving perpetual losses of sacrificial progeny, preferred her freedom to cavort with demons and devils on the shores of the Red Sea than to play second fiddle to Adam in Eden. Thus, Adam had a new and satisfactorily subservient bride fashioned from one of his ribs ~ enter the agreeable Eve.
In her refusal to bow before the masculine, and thereby compromise on her principles, Lilith had no choice but to leave, exiled but integrity intact. She is simultaneously sorrowful and fierce: mourning the daily loss of her own children, and her place in Eden as a rightful equal to Adam, she blazed her own lonely trail, belonging to no one. She returned later with a vengeance, disguised as a serpent, convincing Eve to tempt Adam into sinful relations. Rebellious? Perhaps. Defiant? Indeed. Righteous..?
Can we not all do with some Lilith fire in our bellies?
As an archetypal figure she remains largely dissociated from our personal and collective consciousness’. Apart from the angry feminists that have gone to the other end of the spectrum and identified with the disenfranchised feminine so extremely they hurt their cause (not to mention themselves!) in attempts to correct the imbalance between male~female. The rest of us prefer denial, and projection of our inner Lilith upon all those other crazy bitches out there.
Herein lies our mistake: Lilith exists within us all. It is convenient to scapegoat the most difficult women we know and label them mad imbalanced deranged demanding irrational hormonal hysterical et al because it frightens and disgusts us to think that we are capable of the very same behaviours. Men especially struggle to accept the gorgon when she is unleashed, and often react with stoney disengagement that further riles the woman’s shadow.
“Lilith appears in our daily life when we find ourselves in those situations where we are not free to express ourselves, nor valued for our wisdom. Prevented from acting, moving, choosing and determining our life circumstances. We may feel forced to obey others against our own better judgement, and pressured to suppress qualities that others find unacceptable and threatening” (George, 1992, p.188).
Lilith in Scorpio can be a time of reconciling with Lilith, as we recognise our capacity for rage that is vile and extreme. The release of accumulated repressed anger (often expressed in explosive ways) allows us to examine our feelings. An opportunity for integration of this new found self-knowledge presents at such a time, as Lilith tries to free us from pretences. But too often we relent to feelings of humiliation and shame, and retreat to status quo. The violence we have exhibited leaves us remorseful as we have exposed this vulnerability and frightened ourselves with the power we possess. If we are brave, we might be able to face the shadow of Lilith, and hear her message. From here we begin to heal, and invite conscious and creative expression of Lilith power into our lives.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” C.G.Jung
George, D. (1992) Mysteries of the Dark Moon, Harper Collins, New York City.
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?
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.