Artist: Danielle Noel, The Starchild Tarot- Temperance
Mercury began his retrograde with Mars in the sign of Leo last week. Sometimes the fire gets hot. So hot we are running in circles trying to keep from getting burnt. And yet sometimes running just fans the flames further. What amount of courage would it take to stand still amidst fire and brimstone? What kind of faith, values or conviction would we need? How can transform urgency into resiliency and peace of mind to make the best decisions in such a time? There may be no way of knowing until we are finally there. But it is certain that the human existence is indeed both fragile and resilient.
This partial Full Moon Lunar eclipse falls at 24’4” Capricorn. The Moon is conjunct retrograde Pluto with this Eclipses’ ruler Saturn, currently retrograde opposing Venus on the North Node. Here we have the resiliency of the human spirit represented by Saturn being re-assessed, and the delicate flower of Venus in Cancer, resplendent in motherly love. As these ancient forces stand on either side of the Earth we are left here in the center to contemplate such things, and we might even be seeing examples of them manifesting in the world around us.
How can we cultivate resiliency in a new way in the face of the powers that be? If it requires flexibility, then we must practice stretching. If it requires determination then me must practice pushing ourselves to our limits in preparation. If it requires faith, then we must develop a relationship with something worthy. If it requires meaning then we must seek it until we have rang the bell of truth in our own hearts. If it requires solitude and discipline, then we must advocate for this in our own lives to the powers that be.
Each person’s method will be different, and yet the function is the same- to bring us more fully into our own power of authority. There is something in the human spirit that is both fragile, and resilient. The question is what makes the difference between the two in the end? Some would say choice, others preparation or even perhaps luck. In the case of Saturn, he would likely say hard work and determination. Venus however might suggest love and relatedness. This is the essential nature ringing true from the chart of this Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn, the responsibility we have for our own transformation.
We may be asking ourselves during this eclipse how we can set better boundaries in our relationships, where to give and where to stand firm, to compromise or build walls. We may be forming new relationships to our won power and the powers that be. They may be transforming as well. These processes of transmutation are not always easy, but as Venus on the North Node points- Love is the answer.
Perhaps cultivating love holds more of the key than we always remember. And sometimes love means setting boundaries. If we have love in our hearts that is grounded in reality we can be courageous, resilient, flexible and firm, determined and focused because we have set our aim. Saturn can help ground this love into reality and practicality, if we heed the call. What Venus is being asked to do here is to get really clear on her values and needs, and we may be feeling the same thing too right now.
Mars is in trine to Chiron giving energy towards healing- both ourselves and others. May those who need healing find it at this time, and may we have the courage to seek it for ourselves, cultivating our own self-love, that it may radiate outwards regardless of the hard decisions we may have to face in the present moment.
Blessings and Love,