This Leo New Moon is a gateway which we may choose to step through into an altogether new land. We’ve been through much in these last two months. The Cancer-Capricorn eclipses, in line with Saturn-Pluto, came with much deep inner churning and trying transformation for many of us (especially for those of us with important points in the Cardinal signs: Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, Libra). And whatever was stirred up in these past couple months, we’ll be working with for another year, as the Cancer-Capricorn eclipses play out.
Cancer is the energy of the Great Mother, the Cosmic Mother, that birthed this world, that creates existence itself. The eternal presence of this energy holds the fabric of existence together, supporting all life and creation in every instant.
At the peak of the Gemini cycle, Sagittarius offers a breath of fresh air, an escape from the city, an expansive view. It’s a moment to pause and take it all in. An opportunity to grasp the bigger picture before going back to the details and business of it all. As we talked about two weeks ago, this lunar cycle is about stories, and how the stories we tell shape our world and experience. Sag helps us to glimpse what world we are creating, whether intentional or not.
Gemini’s great gift is as storyteller--the one who weaves the cloth of cosmos through word, who literally creates worlds--not in a grand scheming overarching theory-of-the-universe kindof way, but through shooting-the-shit. Through good-ol’ back-porch chat. And through myth, and jokes, and fairy tales, and long yarns, and tall tales. Through all the ways of sharing story.
Some of us love to suffer. We’ve grown so accustomed to our pain that we come to like it, on one level--at least it’s familiar--at least it confirms our understanding of the world--at least we have the validation of being right. The thought of giving it up can be terrifying. Not only would it mean visiting its source, but it would mean being in an altogether different way.
The New Moon in Taurus falls at a time of year when, where I live, the air is lush and thick with lilac and scents of blooms and every shade of green bursts forth everywhere as life returns, and we tune our bicycles, turn our soil, and plant seeds in readiness for summer. We are reminded of the rich abundance offered by Earth.
But this Taurus season may feel different from those before, now that Uranus is here.
Libra, as diplomatic, refined, and gentle, is a master at keeping the peace, but what about expressing dissatisfaction, standing up for itself, expressing its needs, speaking to difficult truths? For that, we need Aries.
This Aries New Moon offers us a new beginning in self-healing, and self-trust; trust in the ancient knowing residing deep within our bones, in the ability to heal that we developed life-times ago, that over millennia of abuse, was buried in the sand, but now is being revealed.
Last night, I sat in my small home with a handful of students, reading and embodying each others’ charts, with the intention of helping each other heal. As we journeyed together into the depths of one souls’ chart, the sky darkened outside and the Full Moon rose and shone down on us through the window. And I felt like, this is Chiron, this is Libra, this is Aries, as we hold each other in this space of healing, as we support each other on this journey, as we delve into our wounds for the sake of understanding.
This energy feels to me like silence. Silence, not as nothing, but as the most profound experience. I’ve been meditating for many years, but in the last few days I’ve experienced some of the most profound moments of silence and presence and stillness. And then for a moment everything makes sense and there is nothing to know or understand or say.
The vision on the mountain top is Pisces: knowing the truth of love and oneness, but without the wherewithal to integrate that into daily life. The daily grind is Virgo cut-off from its Pisces polarity. To integrate them is to live in wonder while folding the socks, to remember our interconnectedness while doing our taxes, to soften into the moment wherever we are.
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.