“These games will be the death of me yet; the wrack and ruin, or else the salvation…Games pared down to the blazing bare bones, to the beautiful, terrible core of it all.”
– Rob Schultheis, Bone Games
The Full Moon at 11 degrees of Sagittarius on June 2nd puts us in touch with our raw, uncensored selves. People are feeling extra feisty and fidgety, or maybe fantastic and festive, but feelings have certainly reached their nth degree. Those feelings are not hidden but are as obvious as daylight for those with eyes to see.
In Taurus, where the Sun just recently passed we tend to deeply connect with the beauty and pleasurable aspects of nature. The influence of Sagittarius plunges us into the jungles or Mt. Everests of our minds and of the earth plane, whether for the thrill or hell of it, or just as likely to see how well we survive when left to our own devices. This sign love a challenge and welcomes it with open arms. When things start blowing up, getting weird or going down, Sag says “Game on!”
Basically, this is no time to be a shrinking violet, or to otherwise lapse into some kind of victim mindset. No – Sagittarius won’t have any of that. With the full moon opposing Mercury Retrograde in Gemini it could be time to reevaluate what works and doesn’t as far as strategies are concerned.
Mars opposite the Full Moon and inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn makes for some big-time fuss budget energy, possibly causing an “all pumped up and no place to go” scenario. Being square to hazy Neptune this Full Moon won’t take us very far if we’re just going along with the rather simplistic guideposts in our faces and the handrails given to us.
This full moon is conjunct the fixed star Rastaban, which being above “eye level” in the constellation Draco can represent the third eye or sixth sense of the Dragon. This tell us we should not rely on our mere physical vision to tell us who to trust or which way to turn. We are reminded of the power of both intuition and imagination to guide us in both the dark tunnels and wild adventures of life.
The imagination opens the gates to all possibilities, some of which we may entertain for a short time and others we may manifest into physical reality with our intense and repeated focus. A few of the relevant questions to ask during this Full Moon:
- What exactly is being projected into the future?
- What beliefs are being held onto that actually block and inhibit progress?
- In what area would it help to have more optimism and faith?
- Are the words being said and language being used in alignment with desired outcomes?
The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon at 11-12 degrees of Sagittarius is:
“A Flag Turns Into An Eagle; The Eagle Into A Chanticleer Saluting The Dawn”
This flag was meant to signify a nation, specifically America with the Eagle as its symbol. Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation continues:
“The eagle symbolizes spiritual will and the power to rise to highest possible altitude of consciousness and purpose. Flying at such an altitude, the eagle is the first living creature to perceive the rising sun. Having perceived it – it heralds it, and by doing so is identified with the crowing chanticleer (rooster), who had convinced himself that his resonant cry was responsible for the rise of the sun and the coming of a new day”.
This symbol speaks nothing of morality, truth, or dignity in and of itself. Evidently it can be taken to mean different things, according to one’s agenda. Regarding a renewal of the NSA’s spying program in the USA, President Obama was quoted last week saying “I don’t want us to be in a situation in which, for a certain period of time, those authorities go away, and suddenly we’re dark.”
However, it is becoming increasingly clear to many American people that the very threat of terrorism used as an alibi in order to conduct massive surveillance is an act of terrorism in itself.
Politics and fraud sold to us under the name of freedom aside, we’re all too familiar with the kinds of change and transformation that we find unsatisfactory and unpleasant. More times than not, the higher levels of transformation are achieved with intention and a bit of work or specific actions that lead toward a previously visualized result. We call this magic or manifestation., which is always done with both purpose and passion.
When we combine visualization with passion and verbal exclamations, our words become incantations that bring thought and energy into physical form. Each of us has an inherent ability to shift and effect change far more powerfully than we have ever been taught.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it but that it is low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo
Venus slows down midway through Leo next month, entering a pre-shadow period on the Summer Solstice of June 21st and actually turning Retrograde at 0 degrees of Virgo on July 25th until September 6th, stationing Direct at 14 degrees Leo.
Venus as a planet rules love, beauty, money, and feminine matters, but esoterically she is about so much than mere aesthetics and affection. She is about what truly makes us tick on some very fundamental levels. Venus represents our internal value system and how we relate to and project it outwardly into the world.
Be very careful about expensive purchases during this time which will weigh on the side of needing a return or exchange. If you get some new hairdo or wardrobe with the intention of feeling better about yourself, you might wind up with the opposite results. This would be an especially sore issue during the first week of this Retrograde (July 25th – 31st) with Venus in critical Virgo.
Although Venus starts off Retrograde in Virgo with frugality and reserve, she will be spending the majority of her review in Leo – the sign associated with willpower, creativity and all dimensions of the heart. Old flames and infatuations might resurface and need to either be fully released or given a chance for healing, forgiveness, and resolution. Unresolved emotional issues could flare up and necessitate a shift from familiar attitudes and actions. The old ways of doing certain things aren’t yielding the results we want anymore. Einstein said:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results”.
What’s up now is the opportunity to approach very old problems, hang-ups, personal and relationship issues with the wisdom and experiences we have gained over time. If we can let go of the notion that our brains are responsible for most of our functionality and rather pay heed to the innate intelligence of our hearts, we may find ourselves amazed at where we land and what we manifest. Heart Math Institute has done some wonderful research on the intelligence, intuition, and restorative qualities of the heart.
Sekhmet Calls the Shots
Named after a goddess of both love and war, when the planet Venus as a representative of this ultra feminine, archetypal energy moves in a backward fashion from our perspective on the Earth we see more of her aggressive side coming out.
Sekhmet, the fierce Egyptian Lioness calls the shots and has no qualms about making known her desires, decisions, and revisions – in this case when it comes to relationships, creative endeavors, investments, and custody rights over children. You don’t want to mess with this mama, because it will backfire in ways that resemble your worst nightmare. Integrity is a life saver.
Venus in Leo (June 5th – October 8th 2015) is by nature playful, sweet, and sexy but when reversed in direction in this sign (July 31st – September 6th) can be obsessed, addictive, impatient, and prone to sexual abuse. Use caution in brand new relationships during this time and don’t “play with fire” unless you are ready to get burned. Passions are running high and need outlets. The best way in this sign is through music, dance, and anything expressed with creativity or genuinely from the heart.
Venus’s square to Saturn in Scorpio during August will be the influence that makes or breaks many existing projects and relationships. Either way, work and responsibility will be required. And either way, whatever makes or breaks we experience are likely for the better, setting us on course with what truly resonates in our hearts.
While Retrograde Venus will pair up twice with the “Greater Benefic” of the zodiac – Jupiter. Then she will pair up with him a third time post-Retrograde, after both planets have entered the sign of Virgo.
- Venus conjunct Jupiter ( 21 degrees Leo) – July 1st
- Venus conjunct Jupiter ( 28 degrees Leo) – August 4th
- Venus conjunct Jupiter (15 degrees Virgo) – October 25th
This lucky pair could shower us with blessings or a seeming curse, all depending upon where we have placed our values. Those who have been working, seeking, and asking for improvements will surely be rewarded for their efforts in some way during this time. When our actions are aligned with our souls and our innermost wishes we are aligned with dharma and on track with our destinies. Then we have access to unlimited sensuality, creativity, and financial abundance.
Mercury goes Retrograde May 18th until June 11th. Mercury is at home in the sign of Gemini but out of its element when squaring Neptune as it began to do on May 9th, will revisit May 28th, and for a third time moving forward June 23rd. Things can seem so hazy and confusing with Mercury in hard aspect to Neptune that it is its own kind of “retrograde” influence in and of itself. Emotions are going this way and that way, and their cause is somewhat uncertain. So much is going on, and yet what is going on exactly seems difficult to pin down and explain. Ideas and conversation abound, but where do they lead? In addition Mars joined in for the planetary and perceptual shift inward, kicking off this cycle with an opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius, kind of forcing us to find the humor in some our most cherished dramas rather than taking them so bloody seriously. From a sky raining spiders in Austrailia on this day to people in America finally recognizing that we are not the only intelligent life forms in the cosmos, I’d say that we are in for an interesting ride these next few weeks.
The Sun is still in Taurus until the 21st, so there is this amplification of earthly and monetary concerns. All that relates to the physical body – what feeds, nurtures and comforts us as well as the source of our food is of utmost importance. We are each a microcosm of the Earth, processing the same changes and recovering from the same abuse that she suffers. Some of us are happy about what’s changing and others are experiencing severe withdrawals, on both psychic and physical levels. Fast food chains such as McDonalds are slowly going out of business while other companies favoring organic, non-GMO ingredients are rising in popularity. The way I see it, this is not just a cute little fad for young folks but it’s one very small step to what has to happen for the survival of humanity.
The Sun enters Gemini on the 21st and will further highlight the Mercurial qualities of this sign and its ruling planet. The planet that appears to be going backward exerts a stronger rather than weaker influence in our consciousness, which is why many people consider it to be malefic. Combining the luminous Sun, Mercury’s frenetic energy with aggressive Mars and disorienting Neptune, we would do best look toward what tunes us into our sense of spiritual will rather than going-nowhere-fast mode. This is a time to strengthen what in shamanic terms is called the Dream Body, which relates to our abilities to dream lucidly and astral travel on purpose. While Neptune sometimes throws us off course in waking life, it can help us to navigate more skillfully on the inner planes. This is especially so when slowing down to switch direction and go Retrograde, as it will do on June 12th.
Although Mercury Retrograde generally doesn’t favor new experiences or beginnings it has its exceptions. Specifically this one is about awakening our senses, looking around more at what surrounds us and what resources are available to us rather than being trapped in a “grass-is-greener” mentality. We’re encouraged to explore our own neighborhoods, to walk, cycle, or drive the routes we’ve rarely or never travelled, and to entertain relatives or kindred spirits that perhaps we haven’t seen in awhile. Last but not least, with all this Geminid energy we are looking a lot at the duality in our lives, with the need to either choose between “wrong or right”, or to integrate our light and our dark selves in a way that allows us to more effectively function in our unique wholeness.
The New Moon at 26 degrees of Taurus on May 17th highlights our desires for comfort and our needs for sustenance. Insecurities about money, fidelity, health, and other areas of concern have been making themselves known over the past few days leading up to this. Taurus’s ruling planet Venus is transiting through sensitive Cancer, in opposition with Pluto. This opposition further brings up issues of jealousy, possessiveness, and may trigger highly charged episodes of “OCD”. On a positive note it can facilitate deep intimacy through nurturing rather than dependency through manipulation. We are fed and nurtured as much by giving as by receiving in certain ways. Venus’s trine to Neptune gives us and appreciation for the gifts that may not necessarily be tangible, which is usually what Taurus prefers.
Taurus is a deeply sensual and earthy sign, helping us to slow down and savor the finer things in life. It’s helpful to keep in mind that importance of time-outs, tune-ups, and slowing down in general as Mercury stations Retrograde the very next day (18th) until June 11th. The irony is that people might actually be too hasty, sharp-tongued and reckless with this Retro period since Mars is pairing up with Mercury in chatty, quick-moving Gemini. Add to that Mercury’s set of triple squares to Neptune, causing complete and utter confusion or lack of direction. On the other hand we can receive a lot of inspiration during this time and be energized in our release-and-review process. Mercury’s stretched out trine to the North Node in Libra also helps to make amends in personal relationships.
The New Moon at 26 degrees of Taurus is conjunct the fixed star Algol which is associated with the eye of Medusa. Typically feared as a malevolent influence Algol is known as a star that unleashes both intense rage and sexual energy – not a good combination for bonding. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a priestess who was raped by Poseidon and then punished by Athena for her own misfortune. However, just as in the rape story of Persephone being pulled into the underworld by Pluto, the power of this goddess only grew in the darkness. We may be hard pressed to look at our own repressions, oppressions and coercions not only as the terrible challengers they are but as teachers and bringers of wisdom. One possible lesson to consider is that just as external beauty can easily decay or be destroyed there is a beauty that can be cultivated that eventually transforms us inside out.
Taurus is the sign associated with Gaia, and as such this New Moon encourages us to reconnect with the Earth Mother in ways that heal both ourselves and Her. Spending time outdoors on the grass, in the flowers, hiking, gardening, cleaning up litter or simply and consciously breathing with gratitude can profoundly shift the ways that we perceive ourselves and our world.
As we often hear in Hindu philosophy “birth is death and death is birth”, there are times we are met with such profound change or awakenings that our life seems but a dream, and our dreams or even near-death experiences seem more real than life. Life is fierce, bold, beautiful, and sometimes brutal. Life is not for the faint of heart, and we are reminded now of what indeed makes us tick on levels that involve more than just our complex bodily functions.
The Full Moon on May 3rd is at 13 degrees of Scorpio, unraveling the deepest of buried emotions, revealing hidden agendas, stirring both wounds and gifts that have been locked away for a very long time. In Scorpio we tend to want all or nothing, and with Jupiter forming a T-square to the opposition of Sun and Moon the feelings that arise now as a response to whatever life presents us with are as strong as feelings can be.
The Sun in Taurus, Moon in Scorpio opposition is wedged up by Pluto – our oh-so-philanthropic pal of the zodiac. Actually, Scorpio being ruled by Pluto can in its darker manifestations influence power and financial developments and schemes at the expense of others. Governments and corporations are well aware of occult symbolism that they use to manipulate both their slaves and their buyers. Since Pluto is here to help us out this time, it is possible that we are capable of receiving information now about the way things really operate so that we can become more discerning in the future about who and what to trust and engage in. What comes up from the murky depths of the subconscious or the vast network of the Powers That Be is less important that what we choose to do with it.
The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon 13-14 degrees of Scorpio is “Telephone linemen at work installing new connections”. The importance of establishing new channels of communication is highlighted, which includes non-verbal forms of communication such as sign language, art, and telepathy. Scorpio is also the sign that can facilitate deeper levels of communication, healing, union, and spiritual breakthroughs than we have experienced before.
There is a magic in the air this week that can be tapped into for transformation and manifestation. This potent Full Moon closely coincides with Beltane, the midpoint between Spring and Summer long celebrated in European cultures with maypole and fire dancing, flowers, sex, and fertility rituals.
Mercury enters the pre-shadow of its Retrograde in Gemini the day after the Full Moon, on May 4th and turns Retrograde from May 18th until June 11th. A few mundane affairs might begin falling into disarray and electronic devices may need some extra attention. My motto for MR cycles is to go with the flow and “don’t try to push any boulders uphill”.
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