The Moon is in Aquarius today, applying to trine Mercury this morning and then by tomorrow morning it will trine the Sun and Mars and oppose Jupiter.
For today, here's what to watch for:
* The scientific spirit
* An inquiring mind wants to know
* Trying to get the big picture, overview, or broad take
* Revising our thinking
* Introducing a new idea, creating a new collaboration
* Cold/calculating, without heart, the scientific spirit without any spirit
* Seeing ourselves as part of a larger whole, system, community, group
* The attraction/repulsion of outsiders, rebels, misfits, and heretics
* The reversal of ideas or fortunes
* The attraction to community or group mind
* Revisioning beliefs, dogmas, doctrines
* The cold hearted punk
* Self righteous dissidence
* The unstoppable force of a shining star
* Doing it by ourselves versus needing the group
* Cult of personality versus cult of similar agendas
* The culmination of a body of work or ideas
* A serious intellectual undertaking
* The cliches of forward thinking
* The metaphysical intellect that doesn't understand its own fantasies, pretends its ideas are objective, true, factual, concrete
* The rational mind that doesn't understand rationality is a fantasy, a world
* The disbelieving or distrusting mind, doesn't see its faith in disbelief..can't recognize the irony
* The hubris of faith and reason alike
* The delusions of higher meaning or freedom
* The trap of determinism
* The sudden breakthrough, victory, aha moment
* Success we're not capable of imagining
* A change of heart, an opening of heart
* Circulatory/heart/spine issues
* The shock that provides an outsider's perspective
All of this and more...the planets spinning, the solar system itself a moving jelly fish...moving around a greater galactic center...the galaxy itself moving...
Prayer: help us zoom out without dropping out of the heart...
The Moon is void of course today in Capricorn. Meanwhile Mercury is slowing down to station again in Gemini while opposing Saturn in Sagittarius. Venus has just entered Leo, and Jupiter is approaching its exact trine to Uranus. Meanwhile Mars is getting swallowed by the sun as both sextile Jupiter and Uranus, and Neptune is stationing to turn retrograde. Some big shifts coming, though it will still take until the waxing of next moon cycle before we really start to feel the shift of momentum taking over.
As Mercury and Saturn are opposing one another in two signs traditionally associated with the mind, intellect, belief, and knowledge, it's a good day to talk about the modern spiritual obsession with metaphysics. Let's simplify our definition of metaphysics for the sake of this meditation. Spiritual metaphysics is the kind of spirituality that centers around explanations of "how" things work, spiritually. So, for example, whenever we present a spiritual paradigm that says something like, "this is the way spiritual consciousness is evolving, and these are the general mechanics of how it evolves," or when we say "All energy works like this," or we say, "the soul is governed by this particular set of laws," or even, "all energy is fundamentally moving back toward where it came from," -- in each of these kinds of statements we're offering an explanation of "how things work."
If we say that opposites work toward synthesis, or if we say that things separate and come back together, or that every up has a down and every down has an up...in each of these explanations we are, to a certain extent, spiritual scientists.
But what happens if we step back from these statements and learn to see through them? What happens when we psychologize them?
James Hillman, the founder of the archetypal psychology movement, argued that the soul isn't interested in metaphysics as much as it is interested in the constant activity of seeing through...of taking something "as it is," including metaphysical claims about the nature of reality, or even claims about the nature of the soul itself, and working into ever deeper layers of hidden meaning contained within the claims (at the moment or within the environment or specific context they are being made). As one new discovery is made more hidden layers draws us in. Hillman suggested that this mysterious process itself, not its discoveries, is what the soul craves. In fact, he suggested this process is the closest we can get to a definition of soul...which he also frequently compared to the words "psyche" and "imagination."
So, back to metaphysics. When someone says, for example, that the soul is fundamentally working its way through successive stages of enlightenment, on its way back to source, Hillman would argue that the claim is psychological and archetypal before and after it is ever "true" in any literal sense of the word. He frequently used this same ideas to psychologize about psychology itself.
For example, the Jungian notion of individuation he would frequently talk about as solar or heroic. Not in order to dismiss the theory of individuation but to continue the active process of psychologizing...so that a psychological idea did not become a metaphysic, truth claim, doctrine, or dogma. For Hillman, the major problem of cartesian dualism was still very much evident in the modern mind's tendency to take fantastically rich ideas and turn them into hard, concrete, absolutist truth claims.
Applied to our spiritual lives, we might try to psychologize or "see through" the most common metaphysical explanations we hold about the way things are or the way things "should be." For example, the common claim that "everything is love." When the idea is taken out of the context of a particular moment where its claim is relevant, where its claim is a poetic statement or an organic psychological response to an environment, when the claim is made into a "this is how it all works" kind of thing, then we've put a choke hold on the process of psychologizing...which isn't about whether that statement is literally true or false. The task then becomes about seeing through the truth claim aspect of the statement.....trying once more to uncover something hidden within it. For example...someone randomly posts a claim that "the universe is made of love and its all moving back to the source," but you notice that they misspelled the word "made." The statement actually reads, "The universe is mate of love and its all moving back to the source." You recognize that the person posting is Australian, and furthermore their profile picture shows them semi-nude at a large festival. Immediately you start thinking about Australians, sex, animals in the outback, and mating. These images are now taking the statement and environmentalizing it. Picking it apart, complexifying it, layering it, deepening it, adding an ironic juxtaposition of humor, etc, etc. You now have the image of an zoo'd out australian high five orgie festival rather than a truth claim. For whatever reason the soul needs this in addition to considering whether or not the statement is ever true or false. This is also why the soul, apparently, slides through the cracks and makes little messups like "mate" rather than "made." It will not be held back too long by the hyper literalizing claims of the rational mind or the ego.
Hillman was a student of Heraclitus, who is sort of like the Greek version of Lao Tzu. "The way that can be named is not the way," and furthermore this isn't a metaphysical statement or truth claim. This is poetry.
Hillman loved to tap dance. He was actually buried with his tap dance shoes on.
So if you are feeling uncomfortable with any of what we're saying here, then I would invite you to see an old man tap dancing in your minds eye. Or maybe you'll find something else in the words or images of this post which you will then take off with..so that what I'm writing doesn't STOP the process of psychologizing...of making soul stuff out of what you're experiencing.
Back to the astrology to close.
With Mercury opposite Saturn we are being asked to psychologize into our beliefs and truth claims and we're also being asked to carefully examine the images, the environments, and the aesthetics (the felt images) of our beliefs and ideas. Are we actually in resonance with what we believe or the ideas we hold most dear? Is the environment real to us or is it just a lot of words and claims trying to concrete themselves over the organic Tulips of our psyche?
Where are we fresh and organic with our studies, practices, beliefs, and ideas? Where are we just a tired set of frustrated cliches? Where does our spiritual study or belief enact itself as a living system of natural, psychically vibrant responses and interactions? Can we consider that spirituality is more about an environment or a style of consciousness than it is about an explanation or a "this is how it all works" statement?
Important things to consider as Mercury slows to station in opposition to fierce Saturn in the sign of the true believer.
Prayer: a tap dancing bear, a tempting contract, an eye watching, a disbelieving pirate, a suddenly surprised priest....images frequently say more than explanations
Void of course Moon in Aquarius today, and Mars finally leaves Taurus and enters Gemini. Over the next month of Mercury's retrograde we're going to have a whole lot of action between Saturn, Neptune, and Mercury, Mars and the Sun in the mutable signs of Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Let's take a look at some of the themes that will likely show up during this time.
* With Mercury retrograde in its own sign we might be trying to figure something out while simultaneously changing our mind back and forth about everything involved in the decision
* With Mercury opposite Saturn in Sagittarius we might be revising or revisiting something from the past, clashing with authority figures, seeking mentors or elders for help with decisions, committing to a new form of study, or working to synthesize different spheres of information or ideas.
* With Mercury square to Neptune we might be feeling alone or isolated, all over the place or mentally fatigued or overwhelmed or spaced out. We might be suffering from a kind of divine discontent of the mind or emotions...comparing things and feeling as though nothing is as it should be. We also might find ourselves the targets of other people's projections or shadows, misunderstandings, and even fears. Watch for poor boundaries in communication or seeping/leaking conversations that leave you feeling drained or victimized.
Communication is such a big issue right now. We want to be heard and seen clearly, and the energy of mature, clear, and mindful communication is here for us to learn from very strongly right now, but we have to be willing to do the work of listening, revising, thinking before we speak, and learning to slow down and speak slowly from the heart.
There is also a big theme in the sky right now that has to do with "walking the talk." A lot of us, including myself, can talk a big game. It's easy to be constantly spilling out spiritual cliches and acting the part of a spiritually enlightened person. How much harder is it to shape our words and thoughts with care in a unique responsiveness to each moment? How much harder is it to do this when the bi-product of this work can just as often be obsessive self-consciousness and an inflated ego? How are we supposed to be mindful without becoming unnatural?
How do we walk our talk without making the walk just look like the talk--like a recited nursery rhyme or pledge of allegiance? Walking the talk should become as natural as dogs doing what dogs do, or birds doing what birds do. And yet for deeply unconscious and naturally toxic patterns to change we need to raise our awareness. In the IChing this is sometimes talked about as the taming of the great. Little choices that build upon one another are what tame great unconscious beasts. And yet, again, isn't it natural for beasts of the wild to resist the domination of a master with a whip? We can't just "whip ourselves into shape," and yet we might be feeling the call to grow up and get over some of our immaturity in a big way right now!
During the next month Mercury will go through its square to Neptune twice more, and Mars and the Sun will also participate in the same t-square to Neptune and Saturn. This is a philosophically pivotal time period. Our entire approach is changing, and yet approaches are also EXchanging as well. There is value in the way other people see and do things that we're about to receive, and yet we shouldn't underestimate what we have to give. We also need to be careful not to lose ourselves or sacrifice too much of our own position. This philosophical transformation has a little something for everyone, but it depends upon nobody giving more than what they authentically have to give or taking more than what they need. Mostly this should happen during challenging conversations or communications...some more hostile than others with Mars coming into the mix in short time.
Prayer: I know that this is only the first part of an ongoing dialogue that is about to happen...and I know that I'm here to learn as much as I am to teach...help me discern when and where its time for which.
Happy Full Moon Everyone!
Today the Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus while both planets simultaneously square Jupiter in Leo and both planets feature trines and sextiles to Neptune and Pluto.
What to watch for:
Something is reaching its maximum tension. Something is boiling over. Something that once looked rich and full is now looking sour and complicated. Or maybe you're feeling fed up with someone or some situation, or yourself. Change is imminent and yet there is stout resistance. It's my way or the highway versus compromise and it's time to change or get changed against our will. A difficult conversation (Mercury opposite Saturn) that involves multiple points of view, dogma, convictions, faith versus ambivalent curiosity, multiple options and no real sense of what to commit to, or commitment hampered by resistant non-commitment. Is there wisdom in resisting right now, or is it just a stubborn clinging to the past? Are we giving into something in ourselves that needs to grow up, are we justifying it with all kinds of tricks and lies, or are we being too hard on ourselves, too rigidly trying to end something that needs careful moderation and circumnavigational patience?
Consider this: it's not a philosophical conclusion or position that we need to make into an ultimate right now..but there IS an answer that we may find through the tension of this moment. Making a philosophical commitment sometimes just means making a choice for the moment...working with the consequences of a particular way of seeing and doing something. We don't need to join the catholic church of our decisions, but we should be equally careful of joining the catholic church of, "I don't need to make any decisions or consider their consequences," either.
Pride is on the line right now. Image. Ego. Our personal story. Our personal stardom. These choices and resistances have to do with what will make us happy and what feels like the right script for the right central character of our lives.
We might be suffering from "want it all" syndrome. That fog of blame and indecision that comes through and says, "I shouldn't have to choose or compromise." A lot of this has to do with trust. We sometimes don't trust that by limiting our scope or focus, or by giving something up or compromising, that we'll be as full as the picture we're imagining. Actually fullness is a state of mind, as much as it is a state of anything else. Do we know this? Do our partners, bosses, friends, and family know this? Is it heroic to know this when others don't and are we giving too much? It's one thing to compromise and it's another to get walked on. If you're always the one to compromise first, now might be the time to sink your heels in and let someone else do the transforming.
No easy answers because nobody wants to lose, and really, nobody usually wants to see anyone else lose either.
Is defense the best offense? Is offense the best defense? Against what? What are we trying to firm up right now..are we building something or are we fortifying against something?
A power-full moon.
Prayer: hungry my heart, quiet my hands, steady my eyes, eager my ears, slow my speech, tender my words, gentle my touch, courageous my soul, earnest my intentions, patient my compromise
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.