It's last quarter moon today, which means we're at the last critical turn of our current moon cycle. From here until new moon next week the light of the moon will gradually disappear into blackness again. Traditionally the moon's power to act was associated with the quality of its light. Waxing moons were generally thought of has having more influence whereas waning moons were thought to have less. In modern astrology it's also common to associate the darker moon periods with the thinning of the veil, or the dark mysteries of the unconscious or sacred feminine. Last quarters in particular have frequently been spoken of as the harvesting time of the moon's cycle. If full moon represents a culmination, then the last quarter moon is like the harvesting of whatever built up and fruited through the full moon.
As we harvest the fruits of this particular cycle we're looking at the mutable qualities of Gemini and Pisces in combination. This month it's been all about the mind, our beliefs, perceptions, communication, ideals and ideas, the unknown or unknowable, the limits of rationality, spiritual escapism, walking our talk, and shifting our point of view. Today's astrology especially highlights the confrontation between the rational mind and the true believer, or the faith filled hopeful enthusiast and the careful, skeptical thinker. We have gurus, devotees, and higher truth mixed with logic, reason, and open mindedness.
For example, in the past 48 hours I've received three different emails from students or friends asking me what I think of several different articles on the nature of archetypes and the birth chart. Each person asked me the same thing, "Are we our birth charts?" "What is the birth chart describing?" and "Do archetypes keep us in our head?"
Within each question is a reflection of the current planetary weather. To a certain extent the questions are traps because there isn't just one way of answering them and in my opinion there doesn't need to be. Some people say our charts describe our souls, others say the chart is only describing the ego. Some people say astrology is a soul "science," and that our souls have a specific blue print (so to speak), while others say that who we are is ultimately unknowable or indescribable by means of the intellect or language.
Some say the chart describes the psyche or our psychology while others believe it describes the evolutionary path of the soul back to source or god. Some say that astrology is a form of divination while others insist it's an objectively verifiable science (we've just yet to find the right method for testing its results).
In terms of archetypes, some astrologers use the word to refer very specifically to a metaphysical point of view that sees the predictable moving dynamics of the planets as various spheres of consciousness interacting to create various worlds of co-creative possibilities, while others use the word to basically mean "a multidimensional category."
Some people say that you can evolve beyond your chart, while others think you are more or less defined or limited by your chart. Some people say more fate and less free will, others say it in reverse. Some people say astrology keeps you in categorical thinking, others say it puts you in relationship with the gods and many forms of consciousness that are part of our nature.
At the end of the day it's my feeling that there's something interesting in all the different conclusions we come to about astrology. Just like there's something interesting about all the different ways we think about most anything we're interested in. To my mind there are two traps in astrology we have to be careful of. One is the trap of trying to over define or over defend the philosophical positions we have about astrology. Two is the trap of throwing astrology out or oversimplifying things whenever we find its intellectual paradoxes or intricacies frustrating. Better to continue astrologizing than get jammed up because of ideas about astrology.
So for me, when I received the sudden flurry of philosophical questions about the nature of the birth chart, my first response was not to see them as literal questions that needed literal answers. First I saw the planets within the questions. I saw the questioning mind and its curious explorations (Gemini), running up against the overwhelming face of the other worldly or transcendent beyond (Pisces). I saw the entire mutable signature of this month, along with the mercury retrograde, and it put me in touch with something happening at the moment I received the questions rather than only a question needing an answer. Seeing the astrology within the questions I received revealed something hidden but it simultaneously pointed toward something concealed even more deeply within. I got that mysterious and exciting feeling...astrology is happening right now.
Some people might say that it's a cop out to say that the questions I received simply reflect the current astrology. Some people would say I'm not taking the questions seriously by doing this. But I believe it's the ongoing practice of astrologizing that really matters if you're going to do astrology, which isn't any different than a musician who simply hears music in everything. If I go up to a poet or musician and I say, "I'm wondering about whether or not god exists," the poet or musician will probably turn that question into a statement and let it be the first line of a poem, or the first beat of a rhythm appearing in their head. The rational mind is only a problem that needs solving when we take it too seriously to begin with. The ego is only a big problem that needs solving when we take it too seriously to begin with. When we continue astrologizing, all of our questions about astrology are continually being answered in different ways at different times, until our attempts to harness the power of astrology by our thoughts ABOUT astrology are no longer fruitful or interesting and we've gotten comfortable simply "doing" astrology and letting the experiences speak for themselves.
If someone asks a musician "why" they play music, they will probably say, "because I like to," or "because I love it." So why do we do astrology? Because we like it.
If someone says to a musician, "What is music good for, and what does it achieve, and how should it be used?" A musician would probably say, "It's good for a lot of different things. It achieves too many things to name, and it should be used to make good music."
Prayer: What's good music? Depends on who is listening.
Moon is in late Virgo today, void of course. Meanwhile, the Mercury/Mars conjunction and square to Neptune is nearly exact. Mercury told me to apologize to all of you who either couldn't sleep last night or who have been experiencing any of the following:
* trouble sleeping
* fuzzing thinking and poor judgement
* psychosomatic fears of nervous system diseases
* psychological or emotional breakdowns
* the inability to discern between propaganda and interesting ideas
* feeling like your being used or taken advantage of
* poor boundaries in thought and communication
* saying you'll do something you know you won't
* taking advantage of or being take advantage of
* radical ideas you aren't sure how to implement
* a crisis of faith
* the need for mindfulness
* your head is out of sync with your body somehow
* the eyes hurting or the fear of losing sight or vision
* being told you can't or won't and not being sure if you will or won't
* lies, deceptions, double talk
* too many ideas, too little time
* the curse of no follow through
* sharp, clear, focused mind/thoughts/communication
* transmitting thoughts and words from higher realms
* conversations in dreams, about dreams
* ideological changes, media content disinfo
* wanting to tear someone a new asshole but then admiring their ass instead
* the unhealthy dependence upon substances for the sake of anxiety
* the tendency to change who you are depending on who your with...now it's bothering you...you feel like a victim of something you simply have no control over
Any of these sound familiar?
Well. Here's a few tips for navigating them.
1. Recognize the pattern
2. Stop and say, "why is this happening?" or "What do you want from me, most authentically?"
3. Separate from the pattern for 5 minutes before it has you doing something...think about it, visualize it...there is something hidden within it...can you see it? Once you do, describe it to yourself. Ask it a question. Poke it a bit with some other ideas or opinions than the ones IT has.
4. Don't try to make it go away too quickly...
5. Get curious
6. Notice it in others and your environment
7. Interrupt the compulsions that accompany any of the patterns listed above and instead ask "what does the pattern do if I don't take any actions other than sitting and listening or taking some quiet time with this?"
8. Ask it, "Are you here for yourself, or for my soul? Show me some credentials. Or sing me a song, or do something else."
9. Ask it where it goes when it's not around.
10. Ask what it's afraid of.
Creating conversation with planetary patterns is the quickest way to loosen the grip of the pattern on our consciousness. The grip loosened creates the space for relating, and who of us isn't capable of liking just about anyone as long as there is enough space to relate?
A few more specific predictions:
* A new or revitalized allegiance helps a close friend or sibling (may take a little while but it happens eventually)
* A recent emotional connection in a community or group helps to make a philosophical transition or set of ideas more accessible for a friend, lover, or skeptic
* An important idea or set of ideas is being covertly smuggled into a group, and a group is being covertly smuggled into a set of ideas
* An important technological or academic or political piece of news or style of information is about to become more accessible to more people (this one in particular one I've already seen corroborated by a colleague's forming of a new astrological magazine, but I sense it will be more widespread or national)...again it may take some time
* An upcoming emphasis on cyber attacks, verbal or communicative abuse (perhaps especially in families or as disclosed in larger communities), and ideological violence or conflict, potentially mitigated by strategic alliances, humor, sexuality, and/or emotional tenderness
prayer: changing hearts, changing minds, changing thoughts, changing souls...as the glorious swords spin above us, help us to also remember the peace that passes understanding
The Sun has just entered Gemini, and meanwhile the Moon is in Cancer, conjoined with Venus and both opposing Pluto. What to watch for, and then a brief note on Gemini for today's grand entrance!
What to watch for:
* The Venus/Pluto theme, especially given the Cancer/Cap axis, has a lot to do with nature versus nurture, affection and love versus withholding and hierarchies within groups and families....selfish interest versus the group or tribe's interest...competition within families versus emotional cohesion. Pluto in Capricorn gives us deeply fixated reasons to think of ourselves as separate, superior, higher on the totem pole, or "above" the rest of the pack. At worst it's an outworn alpha male kind of story being challenged by the matriarchal or emotional herd outlook.
A great example of this dynamic's timing can be seen in the new film "Mad Max," which pits a group of escaping women-warriors against a possessive, dictatorial tyrant king in the post apocalyptic outback. The story is essentially about the struggle between masculine and feminine values in a society starved for water and green plant life.
How are the dynamics of our closest relationships or family histories embodying any of these struggles? For example, the parents who work too much or the self obsession of jobs and personal narratives that take us away from group bonding. The class warfare or oneupmanship of income groups and higher degrees or material possessions. Using money to show affection rather than touch or quality time. Distrusting each other's differences or insisting that a kid follow in the same footsteps as his or her parents. Over protectiveness. Clanish exclusivism. Cultural or ethnic prejudice. Favoritism. Subtle hierarchies. Double standards. Family secrets. Maintaining the appearance of "the American dream family" at all costs, despite what's going on below the surface. Doing whatever is right for oneself despite the consequences for the larger group.
All the complications of family dynamics, marriage, intimacy, trust, clan, and tradition are very much in the air right now. The simplest truth is that the foundation has been set for a new vision of family and tribe, one that will carry us into the future if we can allow for the ways of the past to slowly fade and die, resisting the urge to fight fights that we know are futile.
* With three planets in Gemini opposing Saturn in Sagittarius and all square to Neptune in Pisces, it's a unique moment of philosophical, intellectual, and spiritual transformation, debate, dialogue, and synthesis. Many things that were formerly set apart are now coming together, while some things that were put together might be coming apart.
It's a paradigm changing moment, potentially. The naturally dispersive and changeable nature of the mind is being challenged to commit to something new, a vision of something larger that may require more consistency, discipline, and focus.
At the same time, whatever philosophical commitments we're coming to right now have been arrived at because we've honored our own resistance for long enough that the acceptance or surrendering is done from an authentic place of sacrifice. We don't think about this as often as we should when we use the word, "surrender." What is there to surrender if we haven't first strengthened the position of the one surrendering? How can we authentically give if we've not built anything up from which to give? Right now we should feel better about surrendering something of ourselves than at some point in the past...because we know that the choice is ours this time around. We're not doing it from a place of "should" or "ought," but from a place of knowing..."I am the one yielding this time. I am the one changing. I am the one submitting. I am the one who is ready to learn."
This leads us naturally into a conversation about Gemini.
The mind is constantly talked about as something separate from the heart. Get out of your head. Get out of your intellect. Get out of the talk and the ideas. Get into feelings and the heart. Into love.
Too often these words "love" and "heart," whitewash our minds and oversimplify our experiences. From Gemini's point of view it's the sharpness and clarity of perception, of thinking, of attentiveness, of changeability and the speed of recognition, that keeps us present and standing in the pre-cognitive stream of life: the bird calls and sounds and fast twitch slow twitch alternations, the information superhighway of life itself, constantly emerging from the depths of the unconscious. Life is a never ending/never beginning movement of too many things to name or count, and the reward of our interactions are the experiences themselves. Not merely love, or peace, or serenity. Those things too, but not only.
Gemini's insistence on the nervous flow of information is the insistence upon a life lived in communication with what taoists call, "the then thousand things" or "the myriad beings." The open mind is the mind in constant relationship with the names and faces and showings of the world around it. Here belief is just one more bird call. Here truth is just a noise in the bushes. Here plans and goals and commitments are the mating calls or territory markings of large animals in the forest.
If we haven't established this place of mind then we have no chance of committing to something like mindfulness. If our minds aren't sharp and our understanding of truth not based in the nervous and mental ambivalence of eternity, then we aren't alive or alert enough to commit or focus our minds to one path or another, one teacher or another, one guiding star or another.
The double sided nature of Gemini isn't about duality. That's an oversimplification. Rather it's about mental dexterity, which is also an image of our angel nature. The angelic quicksilver of the mind. Each time we resist a dogma in favor of uncertainty. Each time we resist a doctrine in favor of "don't know, and not sure I care," we strengthen our knowledge of the soul, which is fundamental, eternal, and as Heraclitus said, "is undiscovered though explored forever to a depth beyond report."
It's ironically only from this place (at least from Gemini's perspective) that we can give our faith to anything. Ambivalence is the a-temporal origin of faith. It is not the same as doubt. Uncertainty and to some degree indifference, is the bedrock of faith according to Gemini. Because faith is not about certainty. It's about trust without expectation. The without expectation part comes because we've been able to establish the deeper "open mindedness" of Gemini. As though, even if this doesn't work out it's okay, I'm eternal so I'll just go try something different. I won't ever lose my curiosity because curiosity and eternity are first cousins.
More. Gemini's doubt, skepticism, and fierce rationalism, to some extent are defenses against the shadow side of faith, which is certainty and truth (truth with a capital and ultimate T).
Take all of this and apply it to our current t-square and that's why we're looking at being able to give ourselves to something (a belief, philosophy, subject, approach or vision) because we've done the work of establishing "open mindedness" at our roots.
On the other hand, some people might be needing to let go of certainties and ultimate truths for the sake of developing this open mindedness at a deeper level. So it's a bit of a push and pull right now.
Prayer: Help me ground my faith in the endless space of an open mind.
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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.