The Sun in Cancer across from the Moon in Capricorn highlights tradition, the family, the status quo, the past, security, responsibility, and discipline. With Uranus in Aries squaring this Full Moon, these themes are challenged. Uranus is the planet of revolution. Its energies are erratic, beyond reason, sudden, and sometimes violent. Its goal is freedom. Firey Aries is the sign of independence and individuality, so Uranus here square to this Full Moon in the signs of security and the status quo brings to culmination and crisis a visceral exasperation with the outdated structures of authority in the name of individual freedom.
With the ongoing grand trine in water, it’s a time for feeling and processing emotions relating to this energy, such as grief and outrage for lives lost to systemic violence; anger and exhaustion that the status quo seems so hard to change; feeling weighed down by limitations and responsibilities that tie us to societal structures and traditions….
This Full Moon makes more obvious the energies we’ve been working with since about 2011, when the Uranus-Pluto square took effect. The square is now separating, but slowly, so we are still feeling it, and especially now, with this lunation triggering it. This square is the first quarter in a cycle that began in 1965-66, having to do with worldwide revolution. The mid-point in the cycle happens in the mid 2040s, with the final square in the 2060s. Needless to say, this is a slow transformation. The Full Moon on July 19th merely highlights this phase (the past five years) of this long-term cycle of transformation.
We’ve witnessed so much violence in the past two weeks. It’s such a tragedy that it has come to this. Is this what’s needed in order to motivate change? We are seeing a polarization in which some who seek change are willing to use any means necessary, and some who uphold authority are grounding down and standing more firm in their insane defence of the systems that are so clearly unjust and violent. My belief is that this hardening of their stance is in response to the collective energies of change. Their last gasp, in fear, in realization that things are changing, in their awareness that the vast majority of souls on this planet are fed up with the status quo, and will insist on something new. When people see their power is waning, they are bound to hold to it more tightly.
Despite the apparent solidification of authority, there is no going back. Change is already happening. The thing is, what is the change we are creating? We’ve had several years to voice our dissatisfaction and outrage with systemic violence and oppression, with corrupt leadership, and systems that don’t serve the people. Now what? We know that revolution doesn’t necessarily lead to a system that is better, more just, and less violent. So if revolution is inevitable, what do we want it to look like?
We also have Saturn square Neptune and the North Node of destiny. This brings a confusing fog, and challenges us to see what dreams we’ve held to that are nothing but fantasy; that glimmer when we see them from the corner of our eye, but disappear into the mist when we look at them directly. Saturn challenges our dreams and dares us to make them real. Will our dreams hold up to reality? Are they in line with our collective destiny? Are they dreams we will want to live out come ten, twenty, fifty years?
What we stand for, what we fight for, who we align with--that matters. What we believe--that matters. The work we do--it matters. But what matters more than any of that is what’s in our hearts. How we hold ourselves on a moment by moment basis. How we live our lives. How we think about ourselves and others, how we treat ourselves and each other. What we wish for. What we intend. The everyday decisions we make that determine our path through life. The thoughts and feelings we hold, the spirit of our minds and hearts.
I’ve met vegans who are so righteous in their veganism, their words and hearts are full of violence. I’ve met former soldiers who have seen violence so clearly they are now completely committed to love. What is the collective energy we hold from which our new traditions and structures will emerge?
As well as this hard energy of conflict and violence, the beautiful grand trine in water that we talked about last week is still in the air. This brings emotions up to the surface so they can be felt, processed, and then released. Rage, grief, fear, anger: all feeling need our attention. There is opportunity now for healing. It begins by feeling the feelings. It’s also a good time for any practices that involve working with those feelings, such as journaling, or inner child work.
This Full Moon relates in obvious ways to the political and societal levels, but how does it relate to you on a personal level? How does this energy show up in what you’re experiencing in your everyday life? Look for tension between home and private life vs. society and public life, unconditional vs. conditional love, emotional sensitivity vs. controlling one’s feelings. Notice where you are fed up with doing what is expected of you, or what you think you’re supposed to do. If you don’t experience explicit violence in your life, how does violence show up in more subtle ways? Maybe as subtle as certain parts of yourself bulldozing over other parts, so not giving enough attention to the parts of yourself that feel dejected or sad, for example. Or how are the subtle ways in which you or others in your life misuse power? How can you be more free? How can you bring more freedom into the lives of others? What does freedom mean to you anyway? How can you, as one individual, step into the future that we are creating together?
What is your personal role in this long-term transition that humanity is in the midst of? Activist work and organizing are important, but there are infinite ways to participate in change. What are the ways that are most in line with your soul?