Artwork: Joshua Mays “Union”
As we climb the proverbial Jacob’s ladder towards the ascension of humanity, we must, if we are to include humanitarian values as a part of the destination look down and extend an open hand to those just below who may be struggling to get a leg up. If the hierarchical analogy makes you uncomfortable, perhaps a more complex vision is suitable and undoubtedly more true.
We can imagine a stream branching through the forest. There are logs and leaves blocking the flow where the river cannot pass. There are side streams that seem to lead to nowhere. Yet there are bears and birds and beavers to help clear the flow for the passage of the water. There are gifts given by water diverted from the main-stream. New ponds lending to new life. There are lakes fed and springs replenished. There are swimming holes and beaches.
There is no wrong path in the river. But there are at times great man-made dams, blocking flow and stagnating life. Flooding ancient canyons once resplendent in beauty and sight for sacred ceremony. And these too may be washed away by the sands of time themselves. But there is a common thread in each and every being and element that shapes the flow of life- consciousness. Have you tapped yours lately?
An Aquarian Full moon calls for the illumination of the consciousness of our interconnection. While we are certainly Earth-beings, here to walk and live a truly human life amongst the plants and animals, we are also children of the stars. Capable of directing the flow of our own consciousness. This does not make us “Gods” in the controlling and dominating sense of the word (although many would choose to believe so) This actually makes us each an integral thread in the great tapestry of creation. We are not powerless, and yet we are not all powerful. Not even those sitting on millions, or trillions of captured energy in the form of hoarded money.
The dance of life is a sacred dance. Aquarius sees the sacred in the Cosmic vision- the ability to transcend being just Earthly beings, into being star-beings. For even the Earth was born of stars. And even those who are struggling, depressed, feeling broken or lost are worthy and able to burn bright enough to illuminate the heavens. To honor this moon, we must honor that we each have something to offer.
There is truth in Oneness and there is truth in separateness. It seems we must honor both that all beings are interconnected and that we also have individual sovereignty. We therefore cannot wait around for the greater “collective representatives” to make decisions that control our individual freedoms, and we cannot as an individual control the outcome of life. It is a dance that is as complex as nature. The grand-cross in this Full Moon chart encourages contemplation of these ideas, stimulating us to form a new relationship to them.
“Each one must teach one” is an African proverb that encouraged African slaves in America who had learned to read or write to teach others that they may rise into their own power. Saturn in Capricorn, ruler of the New Moon sits opposite Mercury in Cancer in the midst of a grand-cross requiring that we face the strategic manipulation of information and education in order to control particular groups. Modern slavery is not a suggestion, it is a fact. And it beings in the home and the places of Cancer- the Mother. This opposition highlights oppression that has its roots in the home and its structure in the government- from media propaganda and education based on district income to the generational trauma that handicaps women and mothers to even be able to empower their children.
The subtle power of words is not to be underestimated. Oppression is woven into our language, memes and catch-phrases. To become aware of this and take back the power of words is being brought to the surface as one of our greatest tools for change and empowerment by the North Node’s journey through Gemini for the next year. Words hold power, for when we speak or write words we spell spells into the web of reality. This Moon may illuminate the spells we have been unconsciously casting for generations.
This work may not be easy, but it is beyond necessary. Social responsibility begins with the individual and feeds into the collective. How can we support those around us and ourselves in choosing love, when we have been programmed to choose the self over all else? This is not to say we abandon ourselves, but that if we seek love as the highest aim then when we make decisions in this world we consider the larger web of which we are a part of. This includes choosing to care for ourselves as an act of caring for others, not as an attempt to beat others to some delusional prize.
Mercury in Cancer begs that we begin rewriting our ancestral stories from the inside out. This beings around the dinner table, the hearth fire. We can choose to tell and retell the stories that entrench ours or others weaknesses or those that honor our strengths, triumphs and our ability to grow and transcend. It is also true that the impacts of trauma can make it feel impossible to even begin to rewrite our stories. This is where we need one another- supporting and loving and compassionately showing up, lending a hand and encouraging one another’s growth.
Venus sits wit the North Node in an in conjunct with Saturn- She asks that we make adjustments in the hard rules ad structures in order to attain a world of peace, harmony and beauty. The ancient practice of storytelling is a cultural tool which we are being asked to reclaim. Let’s make it beautiful! Let’s use some discernment. We can look at the stories we follow through news, entertainment and the many forms of modern myth we partake in that solidify the current power structure’s agenda. We are not just receivers, we are also creators of these stories. When we gather around the fire, may we rewrite and spell a world of equality and harmony amongst Earth and all of Her children into being.
We each have something to teach in these times that can help free one another from the grand oppression and control systems that stand in the way of the freedom of humanity today. Be it the stories about our own privilege, oppression, growth, the way we have found forgiveness or compassion, or simply of our own experience so that others may have the opportunity to understand another’s struggles. We can both speak to the truth of our reality and see that we can shift our perspective on it in order to create a different one. We must also consciously cultivate the values of a world we want to live in within ourselves and daily lives in order to responsibly create this new reality.
The Sun in Leo is in square to Uranus in Taurus, modern ruler of Aquarius. They are saying that if individual power means the destruction of harmony, the Earth and sustainable relationships then something is greatly out of balance. But the realization of our ability to suddenly transform our relationships to both Earth and other humans can heal and bring the awakening of the human spirit and the truth of Oneness and interconnection. These values must be chosen and will require humility, courage and strength of community. I pray that we each can tap into our soul family that will make this transformation as beautiful and graceful as it can be.
Blessings and Stardust,