Scorpio New Moon

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.

Beneath the enchanting streets of Paris dwells the crumbling bones of those passed over... the Catacombs
Beneath the enchanting streets of Paris dwell the crumbling bones of those souls passed over… the Catacombs

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

Travelling onward~inward towards wholeness 


*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

Enjoy

Aquarius Full Moon (hero vs villain)

2006_0613karlsphotography0097_editedThursday the 18th of August 2016 (5.30pm AWST) sees our annual Aquarius Full Moon reach its peak. Aquarius is the archetypal genius~rebel~ outlaw ~revolutionary~ exile ~mad scientist with a high road that leads to innovative reform for the collective good, guided by altruistic  concepts supportive of communities into the future.

Aquarius is the idealistic visionary, without which our humankind would perhaps die of boredom and predictability. Aquarius however is a fixed sign, so despite its urge to break rules and push boundaries there can be a deep-seated and sometimes unconscious adherence to it’s own agenda. In other words, Aquarius can be as dogmatic as it’s traditional ruler Saturn, stuck fast to rigid opinions and abstract perspectives that may be accurate but lack flexibility, empathy and feeling.

Aquarius says “I know”

We can see this Full Moon manifesting in the Rio Olympics: Bolt the Leo Hero vs Gatlin the Aquarian Outlaw. First, my disclaimer: I know nothing of sport or doping in sport and my comments come from a purely emotional and intuitive place within me.

Usain Bolt: Hero of the People versus Justin Gatlin: Villain.

I was stunned by the crowd’s booing this competitor. Granted, I know nothing of his record, prior convictions and past behaviours except what commentators said in the lead up to the Olympic 100m sprint final. My emotive defence of the underdog probably won’t hold up to scrutiny in terms of logic and facts, I concede this.

But I presume that Gatlin must’ve been tested rigorously in order to qualify? And given this, he must surely be afforded the right to redeem himself.

We all make mistakes.

Especially when we are young.

I feel such compassion for those who endure the consequences of their actions in the full view of the unforgiving public. This egoic urge to condemn others for their mistakes, follies and human foibles speaks volumes about the nature of our current planetary predicament. Can we not recall the simple biblical teachings… let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone…

#JudgeNotLestYeBeJudged

So, despite my bored and dismissive response to sport in general, I felt joy in the result of the race. And this morning I happened to catch the medal ceremony and I was filled with pride and brimming with tears as these two young men took to the podium. Their determination lights the way for troubled young men people who might witness these feats and so aspire to great things.

And while I wish not to detract anything from Usain Bolt, for he is truly a hero (and my brief perusal of his natal chart indicates to me that he is blazing a bright and courageous trail towards his Aries North Node with total Leonine grace and natural performance) and deserves to be celebrated, I’d like also to honour Justin Gatlin for his bravery in returning to the arena despite the boos and hisses of fools who’ve not understood their own human frailty.

His willingness to show up, push boundaries and prove himself demonstrates courage for its vulnerability and I hope that he receives much support and celebration too. He teaches that even though we make mistakes there is room to hope, for redemption, dignity, forgiveness and even pride.

#rantover

The Aquarius Full Moon is in close harmonious aspect to planetary ruler Uranus the Awakener. This is a restless and excitable moon with potential for unexpected and radical developments. We stand to gain from sudden flashes of insight and the emergence of surprising and inspiring new ideas. As always, we are better off allowing the energy to flow and to work with that dynamic, than to resist and attempt to control.

Some things we don’t quite know 🙂

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