"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Illumination from Within and Ancient Knowledge at this Full Moon

  We have two significant celestial events occurring this weekend and they are the Full Moon in Virgo at 2:10 pm on Saturday and the Vernal Equinox on Sunday. When the Sun (life-force) leaves Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, and moves into Aries for a new 12-month cycle, we have the start of the astrological year. This is the seed time, a time of emergence, self-expression and courage. The principle of self-expression is strong now; it is why we feel so much hope in the spring.
  First, let's explore the implications and possibilities of this Full Moon. As the lunar cycle is waxing (building up) from the New to the Full Moon, energy is increasing and comes to a peak at the time of greatest illumination, when it is in direct opposition to the Sun and therefore reflecting the solar light. The Moon represents the principle of the personality with all it's instinctual, subconscious and emotional indicators, while the Sun represents the vital life force, will and power. We think of them as the inner and outer influences of the human being, but they have an affect on the body of the Earth as well and without all three celestial bodies, there would be no seasons, no growth, no tides and nothing to talk about.

  The Virgo influence at this point in the lunar cycle speaks to the necessity of being discriminating in our choices. If trying too hard or doing too much is your issue, pick one thing to focus on and pay attention to the details; do it well and with integrity, whether it's a new health regime, Spring cleaning or setting up a new schedule or daily routine. On the other hand, if you can't decide what to focus on, visit the Pisces side of the same coin (Moon in Virgo/Sun in Pisces... the polarity...) and find some quiet time to reflect, listen to music or meditate on what your dream is... the one that you are now waking up to... and need to find the energy for, for yourself.

  Virgo is also about setting boundaries, especially the parameters of where you end and another begins. I think Robert Frost had it right - good fences do make good neighbors. I am not talking about putting up physical walls here! I am talking about knowing limits and knowing when to extend our boundaries or not. The Piscean side of this coin is compassion and no boundaries; please ask yourself your limits before extending yourself too far. In astrology we say that the Virgo/Pisces polarity is about service and/or suffering. Having a clear understanding of your limits allows you to extend yourself in a way that works for you, without having to suffer. At the same time, being of service gives you a sense of caring for others on the same planet without ignoring their suffering. A short-hand way of remembering this is: Virgo - be of service and Pisces - be compassionate, with healthy boundaries thrown in!

  There is another factor to consider today, and it is that this is also a so-called "super moon" - when the moon is the closest to the earth (perigee); and this is the closest it has been in about twenty years. The lunar pull on our tides, emotions and instincts will be very strong at this time. So, let's look at one way of understanding what affect that can have through it's current placement in the zodiac. Each degree of the 360 degrees has it's own symbolism which can shed light on our understanding and these are called the Sabian Symbols, first visualized and defined in the 1920's by Elsie Wheeer and Dane Rudhyar.

  The Sabian symbol for Saturday's Full Moon at 29 degrees of Virgo is: A Seeker After Occult Knowledge Is Reading An Ancient Scroll Which Illuminates His Mind. In his book, An Astrological Mandala, Dane Rudhyar speaks of the significance of this degree as "After a crisis one should seek to realign the renewed consciousness with the primordial Revelation of the Truth of Man."  To further paraphrase Rydhyar, I find it very interesting that the symbolism for what is being illumined at this time has to do with "the essential realities of what Man represents in the Universal Order of things. At this important juncture on the Earth, we need to determine the best way to tap into this basic knowledge for a safe rebirth." What is the truth of man and why are we here on this planet at this time? These are good questions to ask yourself and to study and ponder.

  Happy New Year everyone!! As the Sun enters Aries tomorrow, it is both the start of the new year astrologically and the official start of Spring. This re-birth happens every year and in the northern hemisphere it means the end of dull gray winter and the emergence of buds on the trees and shoots in the garden. Here in Vermont, Spring is epitomized by the sap running in the maple trees and the snow melting into the rushing brooks and rivers. Things that flow and connect us in ways seen and unseen is Piscean, and today is the last full day of the Sun's travels through this watery and sensitive sign of the zodiac. It reminds me of Uranus being at that point just a week ago... so much fiery energy ahead with Sol joining Mercury (communication), Jupiter (expansion) and Uranus (sudden changes).

   Thoughts and energy now turn to beginnings, new starts and rushing forward as Aries gets the focus. This is the time to plant seeds and try new things! Arian natures get bored with the same old routines and can be quite forceful in their pursuit of adventure, often starting too many projects, one right after the other, and finding themselves unable to complete them all. Pick one or two things you have wanted to devote yourself to and experience the delight of beginning again. Just be careful not to alienate others as you rush forward to express your-self and remember that others have a 'self' they would also like to express.

   Springtime starts out with softer noises, like birds chirping and brooks beginning to flow under the ice, then it gets louder as more and more birds return and wildlife comes out to poke around the feeders and at the brooks now rushing loudly downstream with the weight of all that melting snow... hammers and saws and drills add to the sounds of Spring repairs and so it begins again - life is renewed and hope springs eternal! The brook on the back of my property is so full and loud that I can hear it all night long rushing first to the Ottaquechee, then the Connecticut River and eventually to the sea. I like to think about my 'Burnside Cottage' being connected to my island home and all of us residing on this blue-green marble being connected in ways seen and unseen.

  Here's a poem by Emily Dickenson for you~

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.

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