On this potent and transformative Full Moon, cut through the noise and distractions and pressures to be some way that you’re not. Forget the others for a moment so that you call feel yourself. Feel the energy of source flowing through your crown lighting you up from the inside out. What is YOUR truth? What is YOUR way forward? What transformation are the 2018-2020 eclipses working through you? How are you changing, what skins are you shedding, what new exciting adventures are you stepping into? And if the way forward is unknown, that means you are on the right track, because the unknown is what we need now.
Libra seeks collaboration and cooperation. And with Libra’s ruler, Venus, sextile to Jupiter on the day of the New Moon, this is an especially beautiful month to make connections. But a sextile is an aspect that we have to act on. It’s not going to hand us gifts, we have to go out and make the magic happen. Venus and Jupiter together, speak to abundance, love, and connection. To allying our worldview with our values, and our resources with our beliefs. Libra also wants justice and values dialogue and the law and civil disobedience as means to achieve it.
One belief I’m grappling with now is: does everything happen for a reason? Is there some divine plan for us? Is there an order of things beyond what our will can comprehend? This idea is central to all mystical traditions. And I think if we take our spiritual lives seriously, I don’t see a way to avoid it. And yet, the difficulty with it is that is seems to imply that there is a reason for injustice and suffering. Are we supposed to think that people deserve to be oppressed? That is clearly wrong.
For all the faults of this culture extending from Greek and European thought, there are nonetheless threads of wisdom and spirituality that we might draw on as resources. And we might even use those very resources to reflexively analyze the traditions they derive from--that reflexive process is actually definitive of the tradition. We are not floating, without ground, in some new-age soup. There are roots, thick and deep, that we just need follow down a little beneath the surface to find life-giving wisdom and spiritual nourishment.
This is an opportunity to reflect on and heal from trauma in a supportive environment. It’s also an opportunity to begin anew. To consider our hopes for the future, to make new connections, make new friends, and start or join new organizations.
The other night, I was overcome by this profound wave of emotion and knowing, inexplicable and unverifiable, yet undeniable, this feeling of: we are gonna fucking do this. It felt like, collectively, we hadn’t really decided if we are up for the challenge. We hadn’t really decided if we are willing to be fully in our bodies and to face the wreckage of the past thousands of years….
Gemini holds the key to resisting dogmatism; its gift for curiosity. Curiosity keeps us engaged and lighthearted even in difficult times and enables opening to new ideas and ways of being. If we can be curious about perspectives other than our own, and about our own patterns and resistances, about what drives people, about how trauma shapes us, and so on, then we will be able to learn and grow from even pain. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it may just save this horse.
This Scorpio New Moon marks a new beginning in intimacy. As we come more and more into the knowing that we are not separate, we turn toward each other, we turn toward home. We see that our isolation was self-imposed. We accepted shame, that lethal gift, that lie, that holds us apart. And because we accepted it, we can lay it down now.
Now we know. We are intricately, intimately, entangled with every other being in existence, whether we wish it so or not. The universe is an open system. Every move, every breath, every thought, ripples through to infinity.
It’s time to come home. It’s time to come together.
We have been told that anger is violence. We have been taught that anger is unbecoming. We have been led to believe that anger is not spiritual. When in reality the guise of false peace that passes for our societies is brutal. “Peace” is the true brutality. Anger is love. Rage is the right response to the realization of our collective history. If you are not angry you are complicit in the oppression and the continuation of the violent structures of old.
We may feel pulled in three directions: self, other, and our obligations and responsibilities. Creatively tending to and integrating all three is the secret to mastering this moment. This Full Moon may surface some tension, but there is enormous potential here for overcoming harmful habits and patterns, for moving in a different way, for choosing something new, and in so doing, healing.
Virgo seeks the impossible; perfection. It does so through a process of analysis, applied internally as well as externally. Coming after the sign of Leo, which, when imbalanced, can become self-absorbed, Virgo cuts the ego down to size, in order to embody humility. As such, Virgo is the master of self-questioning, of a thorough internal analysis designed to improve the self.
The Pisces Full Moon is exact on Sunday August 26th at 4:46am PST at 3 degrees of Pisces. With no hard aspects to the Sun or Moon, this is one of the gentlest lunations we’ve had in a while. (Has it been an intense summer, or what?) Pisces represents our personal connection to spirituality, whatever that is. It is creative and intuitive, and helps us to get out of our egos to experience something beyond ourselves.