Where do I begin? Look at all of the motion in the news. Marriage equality, gender identification, race relations, the fate of the European Union. When you’re giving birth to a new era, don’t expect an easy labor and delivery.
This full moon is activating big change. After years of Uranus/Pluto dredging up and breaking apart old paradigms and structures, and Mercury retrograde’s caution about moving forward too quickly, we are finally beginning to see a glimmer of the future.
I hesitate to say the word “resolved” in any of what we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Roe v. Wade did not resolve the debate on abortion. But it did create a new line in the sand. Celebrate that.
The Moon is joined by Pluto and the Sun is joined by Mars, which intensifies the polarity and brings the potential of violence. We are certainly seeing that. We’re seeing it in the south here in the US, with even many conservatives calling to have the Confederate flag removed from government property. In response, churches are burning. The people who have invested their identities in ways of life that are dead are in crisis while those who embrace the future stand firm. The families of those killed in the church in Charleston who stood in front of the killer and forgave him. The little girl holding the rainbow flag in front of the raging homophobe in Ohio. They are the standard bearers of the new era.
The polarity is between Cancer and Capricorn, the archetypal signs of the mother and the father; between nurturance and self-reliance; between the masses and their governments; between the people and corporations. In individual lives, it’s between self-care and achievement. Those are the battle lines. The goal is integration. The way to that is shown in the Moon’s nodes which are forming a grand cross with the north node in Libra and the south node in Aries. It’s about how we operate individually and in relationship to others.
Each of us is playing this out in our own ways, and with different levels of intensity based on what our own chart looks like. If you have planets or angles in early- to mid-cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), you are feeling this more than people who don’t have those contacts. After years of crisis, struggle, effort, and the unpredictable, they are—we are—entering a new phase of adjustment and integration. But even if you don’t feel it personally, it is so much a part of the zeitgeist that you can’t help but see it all around you. There is no undo button, there is no going back. There is only forward.
The other configuration that is worthy of note right now is the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in Leo. They are big and bright and crystal clear in the night sky. It’s very likely that this is what the magi saw that led them to Jesus. Venus and Jupiter translate to “big love” and that was Jesus’ message. Unfortunately, that message seems to have been lost on many of his most vocal followers.
One of the things that I find so interesting about this conjunction is that they are also inconjunct Chiron, which is now in Pisces. Chiron is the wounded healer. Pisces is the sign that rules Christianity. Christianity is wounded and needs to be healed. An inconjunct is difficult because it is indirect. It doesn’t lead to a direct confrontation like the opposition does. It’s like having an itch in a place you can’t quite reach. Sometimes you have no choice but to sit with what hurts. Hopefully, the experience teaches compassion for people and situations and even, and maybe mostly, for ourselves.
A lot of the intolerance and hatred and anger out there comes from a lack of self-love and compassion. When we can’t look at ourselves honestly and with love, we sometimes take our anger and disgust at ourselves and project that onto other people. Let’s not do that. Whatever you are doing, wherever these changes are taking you, do it with love and do it with compassion.
Let’s use this strong, challenging energy of the full moon, and the big, emotional energy of the Venus/Jupiter conjunction to take new steps forward. The way we live our lives right now is an act of co-creation.
Create something beautiful this week.