Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Cosmic Story: Libra New Moon 2017

The Cosmic Story: The Libra New Moon

Imagining a Balanced World

Susan Seddon Boulet

The chaos and disruption of ‘regular’ life in America has never been so great in my lifetime. Even the 60s didn’t feel this tumultuous, but then again, I was in my teens and I can’t vouch for how my parents experienced it. What I felt was excitement from the music, the culture, the protests. It was our first wakeup call to an exciting new vision of unity and love (the very promise of Christianity), Now as an elder, I see what makes this chaos different – it’s the despair in people’s heart and minds about surviving and thriving. But that earlier vision of living an awakened life has also taken root in places all over the world and now it’s time to strengthen that vision deep within our collective psyche. Our whole culture – our whole world – has to unite and heal Mother Earth. Until we do unite, our leaders will continue to play at war and power and greed. 
We unite by stepping forward.

The hippies grew up in a time of peace and prosperity after WWII and stepped into an adventure as they went out into the world and found their new tribes. This was the birth phase of the Uranus-Pluto cycle that began in 1965-66. We’ve just undergone 3 years (2012-2015) and 7 squares between these planets of awakening and transformation and our journey is different. Our task is to make those ideals that our country was founded on a reality. The only way to do it is through an awakened citizenry. Perhaps if Americans actually work together on our problems, coming from opposite sides but willing to negotiate, the US would make more progress with its diplomacy. How can we tell other countries how to behave if we do not live up to our own ideals?

We can’t until we ARE a true example of democracy and peace. And that’s where an engaged and enlightened citizenry comes in. Each of us has to engage in our world. Wherever we see a need, if we’re balanced we can step in and help re-assert the proper balance. 
As Above, So Below. As Within, So Without.” Come into balance yourself and that vibration will extend out into your family, work and community.

Libra New Moon 2017

This Libra New Moon occurs on October 19, 2017 at 12:11pm PDT/ 3:11pm EDT/ 7:11pm GMT.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 27* Libra is: An airplane sails, high in the clear sky. Dane Rudhyar1 states that this symbolizes “a consciousness able to transcend the conflicts and pressures of the personal life.” This symbol evokes our ability to take an objective view of ourselves and the world, looking at our lives from a higher perspective, creating unity within the polarity. This is the alchemical ‘union of opposites’ which gives rise to the Self.  


The original union of opposites was and still is the union of feminine and masculine energies. We need and deserve equality between the sexes, but we also have to learn to give equal value to both types of consciousness – our feminine imaginal brain and our masculine rational brain. They each have a different function, and when they work together, they create brilliance! This is what has put our culture out of balance – the fact that our feminine wisdom is disregarded, used and abused. But this New Moon in Libra can change all of that. 
While the Libra New Moon makes contact with Saturn, the Nodes and Chiron, (as well as Jupiter and Mercury in early Scorpio), the most important connection it makes is to Uranus and Eris, exactly opposing it from Aries. Aries and Libra are concerned with Self/Aries and Other/Libra, one of our primary oppositions. Jung felt that our whole world is built on the energy of opposites. But remember, opposing doesn’t necessarily mean fighting and refusing the connection. Opposing means to complement each other, to share our talents in a synergistic way, just as women and men, night and day, heaven and Earth compliment each other and make life more interesting, fruitful and fulfilling. It is good to remember that these planetary energies will work best when working together.  
Uranus and Eris have been working together for a while now. Eris symbolizes the Goddess of Discord and we’re certainly experiencing that. But discord means against (dis) the heart (cour). We are in the midst of discord because we are going against our own hearts. Uranus in Aries has been waking us up to our destiny, which is Aries’ special task. Who am I? Once I know who I am, I’ll also know what I’m here on Earth to do. Together, their energies will shake up our world, entwined to keep us centered in our hearts as we awaken.

Uranus symbolizes the higher mind, one that is shaped by the archetypal powers of life, the cosmic laws of life and death and rebirth. Uranus breaks us out of patriarchal thinking, out of our collection sleepwalk through our corporate culture. Uranus can inspire us to brilliance or when we ignore him, shake us out of complacency by big surprises. What Uranus contributes to this Libra New Moon is fresh ideas, the breakdown of habitual patterns of relationship and the courage to face the truth in our relationships.
So what energies do they bring to this New Moon birth? 
The Sabian symbol for Eris at 24* Aries is: Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia.

The Sabian symbol for Uranus at 27* Aries is: Through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained.
Both symbols speak to the magic ingredient of this powerful New Moon—the creative imagination. In the first symbol, our imagination ‘sees’ abundance in the shape of the wind’s dance with a curtain. How do we value abundance? In the second symbol, the creative imagination has become a tool for self-growth and spiritual enlightenment. What possibility are you called to?

I’ve worked with the imagination for over 30 years and know its power to create positive change in life. Yes, it can be used as the patriarchy uses it for personal profit. But its true purpose is to help us understand and live life fully, as both spirit and matter. It is our connection to Wisdom, the wisdom of the Heart. This is the purpose of Jungian active imagination, creative visualizations and shamanic journeying – accessing our own wisdom. 
We have to learn how to consciously connect to the creative imagination to ask for wisdom and guidance, until we re-member our instincts and know their purpose. Patriarchal religions shame our bodies and our instincts, devalues the body and its needs as sinful, and demand that we reach for some heavenly perfection. Since we never will, it keeps us constant sinners. It turned our imaginations to negative thinking: to worry rather than creativity, to fear rather than hope, to confusion rather than vision. Uranus will shock us to wake us up if need be. It’s up to you how you meet him.

Imagination is how we connect to the quantum field. 
This is what three lovers of Wisdom say about the Imagination.

I do not know what bounds may be placed on the power of the imagination. It can heal the body, reveal the secrets of divine truth, transform the personality, incarnate God, and open up worlds of infinite diversity and potential. Jeffrey Raff, Jung and the Alchemical Imagination

The imagination is, therefore, not a source of deception and delusion, but a capacity to sense what you do not know, to intuit what you cannot understand, to be more than you can know. William Irwin Thompson, Gaia, A Way of Knowing

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” 
With the return of the Goddess, women are remembering our direct connection to spirit through the body and through the imagination, for the Goddess’ purpose is to incarnate Spirit – to know the spirit in matter. And that’s women’s gift to the world. Our Wisdom and Vision. Just as we need and have developed masculine traits such as rationality, focus, discipline, will. 

Balance is THE keyword for the sign of Libra, whose symbol is a Scale. A scale measures and weighs things and is one important tool of exchange, for how can we truly know how to balance things out? Whether we speak of human partnerships or human/animal partnerships or human/Earth partnerships, what is the correct balance? 
One thing is sure. The Scales demand our whole weight—our truth—to balance out. In ancient Egypt, the Scales were sacred to Ma’at, the Goddess of Truth. After death, Egyptians believed that we are judged—by ourselves. The heart of the deceased is placed on the Scale of Ma’at and the balance is a feather. The only thing that will balance that feather is the Truth, the truth of who we are. 
America is a nation of laws, a system of checks and balances. We as a people have to own up to some discipline and find our own inner checks and balances. Yes, a person of a particular faith can believe that life begins at conception, but that is only his belief. Shouldn’t we, as a nation, create laws that allow for other people their beliefs? Isn’t that what freedom means? Pro-lifers don’t have to use contraception or get abortions – nobody is forcing them too. Why do they need to enforce their beliefs on others? That is imbalanced. 
Don’t we need laws that are wide enough to accommodate many beliefs without hurting the common good (which we don’t have now with our crazy gun laws), and let our free will choose which course to take? If pro-lifers think early abortions or even using contraception is murder, why do they send their sons and daughters off to war to kill and be killed? Killing is murder, however you want to spin it. If they lived their beliefs, they would be pro-peace and life. This is the self-discipline and awareness we have to bring to bare on our beliefs. Many people are hypocrites, living contradictions, because they don’t live the beliefs that they want others to follow.

 Now that Jupiter is in Scorpio, we’ll get to the bottom of that religious contradiction. With Jupiter and Mercury close to this New Moon in the sign of secrets, diving deep and psychological renewal, don’t be afraid to look at some hard and fast truths about yourself and others. What you do with these truths is up to you.

Uranus and Eris want this new balance to include individual freedom, both in our communities and in our partnerships. We don’t own each other – we’re not possessions. We are free to follow our convictions – or we should be. But we’re still at the very bottom of the barrel of patriarchy, so we’re seeing the worst, and yet, once the wound is lanced, we have a chance to heal. While we have a President who has molested women, it wasn’t until last week’s Harvey Weinstein revelations (reported on the day that Jupiter went into Scorpio, the sign of sex, secrets and scandals), that women are taking a united public stand against these kinds of male predators. Women are and have been raped and pillaged right along with Mother Earth and have been second class citizens for thousands of years. It is time to balance the scales. Especially if we’re going to deal with our environmental and social crisis. We need both types of knowledge and wisdom to heal our world. If we listened to the grandmothers and water protectors, if we listen to the women peacemakers, if we listened. If we listen…

To avoid unconscious hypocrisy, we need to develop the self-discipline to use this New Moon’s objective perspective to live out our beliefs. That’s where Saturn in Sagittarius comes in, forming a waning sextile with this New Moon, opening up opportunities to exercise that discipline. Along with Black Moon Lilith, Saturn is moving over the Galactic Center. As the base note of our chakra system, this signals a time when we complete the shift to a higher vibration. Aligned with the Leo North Node and Uranus and Eris in Aries, Saturn can focus the fire energies generated by this grand trine into cosmic creativity. 
In personal relationships, be true to yourself! State your desires so that you and your partner can have different opinions and yet create win-win situations. That’s what makes partnerships vibrant and exciting. The Scale is always in movement, striving to create that one perfect moment of balance. So ride the wind with wings outspread: balance yourself and you can create that balance with anyone else.

Libra being an air sign, it’s associated with thinking, socializing, communicating, as well as justice, beauty and the arts. Venus, the ruler of Libra, is in Libra, drawing our thoughts down into our heart chakras to see if we are being true to ourselves and open to the other person. Venus wants to bring harmony and balance, beauty and fairness to relationships. Meanwhile, she’s dancing with Ceres in Leo, Pallas in Taurus, and Juno/Pluto in Capricorn, making it a fruitful time to begin creating and embodying the changes that you want to bring to the culture. We need you!

So open up to your feminine wisdom and ask how to do it! You’ll be surprised at what you learn. The truth will set you free.

Walk in the Light and Dark,

1. Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala, Vintage Books, 1973.

Burnt Norton (excerpt) -- T.S. Eliot

At the still point of the turning world.
Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards;
at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance,
and there is only the dance.

~ T.S. Eliot ~

(excerpt from Burnt Norton, The Four Quartets)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Cosmic Story: Aries/Libra Full Moon 2017

The Cosmic Story: Aries/Libra Full Moon 2017
The Sacred Marriage: Equality, Union, Balance

What if we really believed that Mother Earth is alive and responsive to our heart’s hope? What if we live in our bodies as the temple of our spirit? What happens when we reunite Spirit and Matter?

These are the questions that the Virgo New Moon brought to our attention. The Virgin unites spirit and matter, soul and body. If we live in that consciousness, can we discern what Mother Earth is trying to tell us?

What happens to our sorrows? Are they drawn up into the sky and transformed into Mother Earth’s tears, which can cleanse and nourish us? When we are out of balance, our emotions overwhelm us. Is our collective anguish so great that Mother Earth is responding with floods of rain, winds that tear up and topple our reality, quakes that shake us out of our complacency? Are the fires burning throughout the western US the anger that burns within our hearts at the chaos our leaders are creating? Is Mother Earth responding to our heart’s despair that the old order refuses to acknowledge the Spirit in the world?

It’s time to decide what we believe. And then live out that belief. Saturn is moving forward through the last 10* of Sagittarius, giving us a final chance to clarify our beliefs. If we truly believe that we are incarnated Spirit, we have to let our Spirit shine out of this temple we’ve been given. We have to let our body awaken to the fullness of Spirit, so we can enjoy our life and create that heaven on Earth we were sent here to create.

The issue, as Maurice Femandez correctly points out, is whether we’ll finally accept that living fully here on Earth is our spiritual initiation. Spirit is not ‘out there or up there’, as all our patriarchal religions would have us believe. For the past 2000 years, these patriarchal religions have punished the body and the Earth, believing that our ‘rewards in heaven’ were more important than living a fully creative and joyful life in the body. It’s time to remember that Spirit lives within us and is all around us. This is the basis of Goddess religions and pagan belief and as a ‘Pagan-o’, I know that being rooted in the cycles of Earth’s year can bring us into relationship with the Earth’s spirit.

Our ‘flat-earth’ belief that only the things we can see are ‘real’ must go. While fanatical Christians are quick to point out someone they hate as anti-christ, the reality is that our whole corporate culture is ‘the anti-Christ’ – the belief that we are not spiritual beings, that we only need money and physical security in life. That we become ‘consumers’ rather than Stewards of the Earth. Christ consciousness is suppose to be the goal of Christianity; we are here to acknowledge the Spirit of Mother Earth and to infuse our spirit into the life we live and share.

The Leo Solar Eclipse and the New Birth
The Leo solar eclipse speaks to this necessity (ANANKE was the primordial goddess (protogenos) of necessity, compulsion and inevitability or destiny). The Sabian symbol for the degree of the solar eclipse, 29* Leo, is: A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form. 

Edward Burne-Jones

A mermaid is a feminine spirit that understands the longings of the heart, living as she does in the ocean of the collective unconscious. Because she has a fish’s tail, she is a feeling consciousness that has no ‘legs to stand on’ in the outer world. This eclipse changes that. Now our inner mermaids are going to have legs to stand on and feet to walk on. She is going to ‘incarnate’ within each of us if we nurture her.

I’ve always felt like a mermaid (especially since most of my personal planets are in the 12th house of the collective unconscious). And I tease my friends, telling them that “Next lifetime, I’m going to the mermaid planet.” Anais Nin shared my feelings. “I must be a mermaid...I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

This eclipse has awakened me to the need to fully incarnate. It’s time to stop longing for a better ‘home’ and just ‘be home’. While I’ve been swimming toward it all my life, now I can feel the shift in my body. I am home. ARE YOU?

We are the Stewards of the Earth, the Guardians of the Sacred Flame of Life. It is our job to keep our Light burning brightly, not by ignoring the Dark but by bringing a light to bear on what is unconscious within ourselves and then what is unconscious in the world.

Here’s some more information about the archetype of the Mermaid.

The Aries/Libra Full Moon 2017

This Aries/Libra Full Moon is the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. It’s called the Harvest Moon because at Fall Equinox the Moon rises more swiftly than at other times and for three days it looks almost full. With it rising so close to sunset, the Moon’s light gives farmers more time to harvest their crops—even in the night! For more information about the Harvest Moon, see the Farmer’sAlmanac.

The Aries Full Moon occurs on Thursday, October 5th at 11:40am PDT/ 2:40pm EDT/ 6:40pm GMT.

This Full Moon is all about relationships, balance and the union of feminine (Being) and masculine (Doing) energies, not only because the signs of Aries and Libra symbolize Self and Other, but also because the ruling planets of Aries (Mars) and Libra (Venus) unite and begin a new cycle just hours before the Full Moon.

So let’s take a look at what’s going on in this important cosmic story.

After the Leo solar eclipse we were instructed by the Cosmos to bring together Spirit and Matter (Pisces/Virgo Full Moon) and then integrate them within our own bodies, souls and spirit (Virgo New Moon). Once we ‘belong to ourselves’ we can go out and relate to others (Aries/Libra Full Moon) and discover just how ‘fair and balanced’ we are.

The mass murder in Las Vegas Sunday night is an extreme example of how out of balance our society is. While we point fingers at the whole Muslim religion for the acts of just a few fanatical men, we refuse to call out as terrorists the fanatical Christians/white males who commit these horrific acts. Why are men creating terror at a time of crisis, when we are called to participate in conscious evolution by choosing to change our way of living for the good of the future and the healing of the Earth? Is it because patriarchy sees death as a final stop on the road of Life, so why not kill everyone? Instead of taking the more feminine view that life is a cycle, and while we might be in the death aspect of the cycle, we are also heading back to the rebirth part of the Wheel?

We refuse to implement responsible laws to keep automatic weapons out of private hands. In part because of our president’s bad example of giving military weaspons to police departments; in part because gun manufacturers have bought our politicians; in part because Americans seem to be so afraid they feel we need guns to protect ourselves. (I know some gun owners like the sport of it, like archery. That’s not the issue here.) Who are we so afriad of? Obviously, each other. Why? Why are Americans so cowardly that in the midst of what most of the world would deem ‘plenty’, we feel the constant need to protect and defend ourselves? Why isn’t America the land of the free and the home of the brave we keep tooting our horns about?

Pluto just turned to direct motion on September 28th. He quickly got back to work showing America another aspect of our society we need to let die so we can evolved into a more brave and responsible nation. Why do we feel so insecure? Perhaps because we’ve been naughty? Have we engaged in domination, terror and repression? Are we the Shadow we project onto others? Is it because we’ve made money our god and will have ‘no other gods before money’? Just where is all this fear coming from? Is this why fanatical Christians think the End is coming? Because they’re afraid of change? Where is this fear living within our souls? Isn’t it time to heal ourselves of this collective wound so we can help others heal? How do we get over this existential fear of life?

We do it by living life fully!

Susan Seddon Boulet ~ Libra

Pluto plays a big role in this Full Moon, squaring both the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Aries while it’s still almost stationary. It exerts a big pull on this Full Moon, demanding that we look at our society and its wounds when we consider how we contribute either to the fear or the peace, the truth or the injustice, the collapse or the creativity of our society.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 13* Libra is: Children blowing soap bubbles. This image speaks about engaging with others in playful imaginations using collective rituals, rituals such as Full Moon ceremonies, parties, sports events (players kneeling!), and drama (The Handmaiden’s Tale). I just watched 25 little children get mesmerized by a bubble machine – it was magical. Let your magic out and play with others.

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 13* Aries is: An unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest. This is an image of an immature refusal to take the time to change the world peacefully to match your idealistic hopes for the future. This is adolescent frustration at its worst.

What a contrast of images! Children playing with bubbles vs. a desire to blow things up. This Aries Full Moon is challenging us to learn patience by using our imagination and allowing oneself to play with possibilities. Being horrified by what is going on in the world isn’t enough. We have to start imagining how we can change things. First change our own lives, then the world’s.

The Sabian Symbol for Pluto squaring this Full Moon at 17* Capricorn is: A repressed woman finds psychological release in Nudity. Pluto challenges this Moon and us to break free from the repressive rules and beliefs of patriarchy (work-worthiness, sex-sinful, relationships—unequal, otherness—enemy). We do this by listening to the wisdom of our bodies – to our own inner guidance rather than trying to meet with society’s approval. We need to relearn how to trust our natural instincts.

So how do we work with our fiery Aries passions—anger, assertion, desire, doing? Aries’ lesson is identifying what turns you on and gives you vitality (life-force). The Sabian symbol indicates that we have to see how our unconscious anger, assertion or desires need to be expressed differently. It’s time to grow up and take the time to imagine (the soap bubbles) different ways to give form and voice to those emotions instead of letting them control our decisions unconsciously through the Shadow.

The Shadow throws the bomb! Don’t project your Shadow – embrace your anger and discover what it’s trying to tell you. Own your desires – if you repress them you twist them out of shape. Be assertive when you need to, and when not, let others lead.

The Libra Sun shines her light on the questions of balance, equality and beauty. With Mercury and Vesta close by, truthful communication is a must to bring things into balance, especially in close relationships. We have to be willing to disagree as well as compromise to come into balance. What can we do about violence? How can we help our devastated neighbors? How can we create beauty in our relationships rather than ugliness, while staying true to ourselves?

Being conscious is hard work. It takes discipline and courage and honor. We need more of these values in our society, don’t you think?

Pluto’s square to this Full Moon gives us an energetic push towards transforming old complexes and habits. If we don’t take the opportunity and make the right choice for ourself, these energies escape our intent and control and can cause havoc as they mingle with our collective chaos.

The Venus/Mars Conjunction

Astrology is all about cycles. Two planets orbit the Sun, coming together and moving apart at regular intervals. The previous Venus/ Mars cycle started on February 21-22, 2015 at 1* Aries, whose Sabian symbol is: A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her. Can you see a pattern here? A new feeling (woman) is arising in the world. Along with the Leo solar eclipse symbol of the mermaid, Life is asking us to incarnate the feelings arising from the collective unconscious (ocean), from the matrix of life itself. Life itself needs us to consciously evolve so we can once again vibrate with Mother Earth and strengthen her life energies.

Venus is the archetypal energy of our heart’s hope, the love that connects us to our world. She connects us through our bodies, our senses and our heart’s values. Mars is the energy of our will and intention, our desire to get what we need and the actions we take to get it.

The Sabian Symbol for this Venus/Mars conjunction at 20* Virgo is: A caravan of cars headed to the West Coast. Dane Rudhyar states that this image speaks of the ‘need of cooperative effort in reaching any ‘New World’ of experience’. A caravan speaks of people banding together to share resources and companionship on the journey to a new life. We hold a unique vision for the future and so must journey in the knowledge that we ourselves must embody the vision. It’s time to leave the past behind and step into the great ‘unknown’ adventure. The call has gone out. Will you respond?

Venus and Mars in Virgo are the priestess and priest who embody the new energies and use them for healing and health (Virgo), for self-knowledge and wisdom, for integration and wholeness.Meet each person in your role as priestess or priest, so that each encounter is sacred and blessed.  This can change the whole dynamic of any relationship you engage in, deepening it and making it meaningful.

The Venus/Mars conjunction squares Saturn in Sagittarius. As a waning square, the energy produced calls on us to make conscious choices. The Sabian Symbol for Saturn at 23* Sagittarius is: A group of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into the new country. Need I say more! Just remember, moving to a ‘new world’ or experience of life means that the old rules might not apply. We have to discover the new rules of our newly incarnated embodied soul. Consciously acknowledging Spirit in all of life daily and with gratitude in our hearts, no matter what comes. Take it slow, but do it. This waning square calls on us to exert more self-discipline and to aim for a purposeful direction.

Pluto trines the Venus/Mars conjunction, giving strength and power to our discipline as well as honing our instincts about what needs changing.

With Jupiter ending his year-long journey through Libra on October 10th, it’s a good time to ask yourself if you’ve deepened your relationships, if you’ve balanced your masculine and feminine energies and if you stand for justice and equality. Jupiter takes us deeper into intimacy, death and rebirth as it swims in Scorpio for the next year.

Walk in the Light,

Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, XII

Bless the spirit that makes connections,
for truly we live in what we imagine.
Clocks move along side our real life
with steps that are ever the same.

Though we do not know our exact location,
we are held in place by what links us.
Across trackless distances
antennas sense each other.

Pure attention, the essence of the powers!
Distracted by each day's doing,
how can we hear the signals?

Even as the farmer labors
there where the seed turns into summer,
it is not his work. It is Earth who gives.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

(In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)