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.
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.