Artwork- Joshua Mays
In this time of shifting perspectives Mercury has taken us through muddy and inspired waters into non-attached yet fixed Aquarian vision of cosmic consciousness. Venus, having taken time for self-cultivation in Aries, now sinks into the plushy sheets of Taurus. But a meeting with Uranus awakens the goddess to new ways of relating- to her lovers, friends, body, sensuality, beauty. How will she create with pure authenticity yet maintain regard for her fellow humans?
Mercury’s backwards dance through Pisces has most likely illuminated some delusional tendencies we have been holding on to. Perhaps their revealing was gentle and sweet. Perhaps it was brought to us via some great loss or tragedy. While hopefully the former, Mercury’s entry into Aquarius invites us to reach out to our friends and communities for support in activating the vision of a new dream emerging now from whatever has been laid to rest. In spite of all the Capricorn that has been urging our integrity and discipline, this lunation offers a chance to strike a balance between our dreaming and our striving. Between the cultivation and inevitable disintegration of all things we cultivate.
But what is the vision to be? Only you can know- there are answers in the dreamtime. Be it sleep-full dreaming, meditation, the trance a song takes you into, the way your body moves with another. In these spaces new things are birthed. Dream yourself, your life as more than who you previously thought you were. Let lines blur that you once sought to define with cement. Our dreaming now illuminates some new image of perfection, one unwavering in authenticity and breakthrough. One that births and seethes with the tides of time, carved of alabaster, laden in lace.
Virgo-Pisces is about our relationship to spirit and matter and the balance of not moving into total escapism or control seeking. How about making some room for all of our sloppy, hysterical, raging, juicy needs? How about that mystical ravaging awakening available in every moment of our day as ritual and practice? Ritual and practice become just as imprisoning as avoidance and despair when they keep us from living, instead of attuning us for it. And is this not a life for living? Astrological aspects need not bind us to a particular fate, but can rise us up to meet new growth with enthusiasm and zest. When we have established a practice that liberates us we can meet life boldly, centered, embodied and attuned to life as quest in each new moment.
We can engage with this lunation by making the mundane mystical. Enlightenment dripping from every corner of our minds, actions and daily routine. How can we get more in touch with our daily practice, not as something to regiment us, but to open space to draw in the fantastical, mystical, magical experiences of enlightenment in everyday life? We can idolize some exalted symbol of the perfect yogi, devotee or astrological chart, but what about the perfect, unique, boundless and a little bit messy version that is the true self? This is nature’s ultimate creation- each unique expression of itself.
The Pisces New Moon that seeded this lunar cycle was with Mercury, asking that we take a gentle look at what stories are founded in truth, and which are fantasy adapted for safety or escape. Stories about our spiritual connection, worthiness, our sense of hope and faith are getting an upgrade. Remember, there is no one perfect archetype of spirituality, health or perfection. There are only the many unique souls expressing their inherent perfection.
Jupiter trines this moon and sextiles the Sun. Let your perspective broaden, your psyche expand into higher activated states of awareness. This requires both seeking and surrendering. Being hyper present to the moment can make us neurotic, to be too out of our bodies leaves us washed out, but finding mind, body spirit balance allows them all to expand simultaneously into oneness with all, allowing a fruition and unfoldment like perfect thousand petaled lotuses.
May this Moon offer you illumination of gentle and exciting new ways to engage with your sacred work and its cultivation. Each of us has some work we came here to do, and the journey through failures is what paves the way for our success. Let us celebrate one another in whatever phase of the journey we are in, offering hope for those in struggle, and remembering where we came from if we are feeling the blessings. The laws of nature promise that we will continue to spiral around and around, let’s make this dance beautiful, embracing it and one another along the way to the best of our ability.
Blessings and Stardust,