BEWARE THE SQUARE
At this December 3 Gemini Full Moon, both luminaries opposed each other and squared Neptune, the planet of illusion, confusion, & delusion. This, combined with Mercury’s change of direction December 2, created a potential recipe for EVEN MORE confused thinking based on deceptive misinformation, misrepresentation, &/or misconception.
If you’ve been rubbing your eyes and saying yet again “I can’t believe it’s true!” then you’re in the thick of the repercussions of this Gemini Full Moon square Neptune energy. And, if you’ve been feeling spacey, confused, fatigued, or unmotivated these past few days, don’t worry–better to right brain it now, relax, and let the releasing happen naturally…
It’s easy to blame one’s sense of victimhood on a Neptunian malaise…but more productive in the long term to let it slide for just a little while…
Meanwhile, for astrology to prove useful to us, it’s beneficial to view it as a metaphysical description of the energies into which our individual soul chose to be born. A description and interpretation of these energies lies with any good astrologers know how and expertise.
However, as above, so below…if we’re down with the theory that collective behaviors and circumstances reflect the level of the collective’s unconscious, then we may also potentially agree that our individual unconscious energies contribute as well…
The Neptune archetype is famous for an “all that glitters is not gold” kind of deception. As with Neptune always, the question becomes whether we were intentionally deceived by another or others who deliberately misrepresented themselves, or whether we unconsciously deceived ourselves…
Often, the answer to that question is an interesting one. For if one is searching for higher consciousness and comes to believe that external reality—in the form of relationships, jobs, circumstances, etc.—merely represents the projection of one’s own inner energies, then we may find our way to discovering that it’s really all just an inside job…
CHARACTER IS FATE…
The planet Jupiter—the mythological king of the gods and ruler of the Sagittarius Sun from November 21 until December 21–is transiting now through the sign of Scorpio (until November 2018.) It’s pretty undeniable that, since Jupiter’s move into Scorpio on October 10, we’ve seen an expansive coming to light of Pluto-ruled themes such as sexual abuse, and the use and misuse of joint resources and other peoples’ money (including taxes!)
When Jupiter transited through Libra this past year we watched as many partnerships became polarized due to political, philosophical, emotional, religious, or spiritual beliefs.
Though Libra energy generally hates making decisions, since Jupiter’s run through this uber partnership-oriented Venus-ruled sign, many partnerships ended due to differences that could no longer be ignored.
Likewise, new alliances formed based on similarities between individuals concerning issues of importance to them. One need only look at the political situation in any given number of nations, including of course the U.S., to see the truth in this!
The Sun, always symbolic of our core ego-oriented subjective solar identity, travels through Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius annually, which is when we’re all asked to think about the larger meaning of our lives.
Generally optimistic, expansive, buoyant, & all-inclusive, the Sadge archetype is enthusiastically adventurous and broadens its horizons through study &/or travel. Sagittarius has a connotation archetypally not only with travel and study, but with philosophy, law/politics, and religion, too.
Jupiter itself is the archetypal sign of kings in the sense that such rulers traditionally govern through designating legal, philosophical, & often religious “rules.” In return for obeying such rules, a beneficent monarch’s subjects are taken care of, so that peace and harmony might reign throughout the land…
The king asks only a bit of money in return in the form of taxes to keep his castle protected and running smoothly, and his kin healthy so that, ultimately, he may produce a viable heir to his throne.
Archetypally, who’s most likely to afford becoming learned through the benefit of education and travel? Who’s able most easily to convert basic philosophical beliefs—including religious ones–into laws of the land? And, who’s given the mandate to be one of the few to oversee, discipline, and hold accountable the average man or woman?
If you guessed “the king,” well, you’d be one hundred percent right. However, as the rules of Greek tragedy dictate, no heroic figure (read: king) is without his or her tragic flaw.
Traditionally the Greeks named this tragic flaw, “hubris,” or excessive pride–a.k.a., arrogance. They all mean the same thing, or at least they did to the Greeks, who gave us our earliest form of stage drama.
What is the likely tragic flaw when the Sun moves through the sign of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius?
Well, Sadge’s lowest, least positive archetypal energy is called “righteousness.”
In other words, and as renowned astrologer Steven Forrest would say, Sadge’s biggest flaw is that he or she “thinks they know EVERYTHING…”
DO THE RIGHT—OR THE RIGHTEOUS—THING?
The 11-degree 40-minute Gemini Full Moon shone its light upon the Sadge Sun, revealing Sadge’s potential flaws to the world.
Now, no one here is saying that Sagittarius energy does not have faith in its convictions! Au contraire—this sign can be SO convinced of its beliefs that no one and nothing can talk him out of them, no matter what…and this, in turn, creates hubris, or thinking one knows what’s absolutely “right,” without necessarily having all of the facts first…
The real question becomes: From where do we derive our long-held beliefs? Are they born of experience, were they passed down generationally, culturally, religiously?
And which ones no longer serve us well? Where do we exhibit over-investment in our convictions to the point where they take precedence over anything and everything else—including newer information?
More importantly: where might we have deceived ourselves that these are our soul’s TRUE beliefs?
Following the December 3 Gemini Full Moon, we might all ask ourselves: Where might I need to let go of a long-held belief in order to shed more light onto my soul’s TRUER, but less conscious, beliefs? Likewise, where might I have held onto old convictions for too long, OR abandoned or replaced previous principles in favor of newer, less well thought out ones?
Thus, this Gemini Full Moon alerts us to what must be released at this time—long held philosophies, beliefs, or convictions–in order to move forward more consciously.
If this is true, however, what do we do with our old ideals and beliefs?
Well, the first step lies in identifying their origin. Were we told, taught, or forced to believe certain things early in life? Might our philosophies be hung over from past lives when such convictions served a more positive purpose but now have outlived their usefulness?
INFORMATION OVERLOAD & MERCURIAL REVIEW
Hmmm…well now, isn’t it interesting that Mercury’s backstroking through the heavens in the sign of kings, philosophical beliefs, & law? What could this possibly mean to us?
Despite the recent news about the U.S. Senate’s passage of a tax reform bill likely to hurt the average American and greatly benefit corporations and wealthy families (Jupiter in Scorp, remember? Laws about joint resources, i.e., taxes!), the vote occurred only hours before Mercury turned tail.
Gemini energy excels at collecting and passing information, but not so much at examining, processing, or understanding its deeper meaning/truth.
Curious, loquacious, quick thinking–often imbued with the gift of gab–pure archetypal Gemini energy is more likely to grab onto a piece of information, disseminate it, and move on. Unlike it’s polar opposite Sagittarius, Gemini is less concerned with meaning, a.k.a., “truth,” and more involved with information communication.
However, those who pass information without analyzing its content or verifying its authenticity, accuracy, or veracity, demonstrate the kind of low-end “he said, she said” Gemini energy that often confuses rather than clarifies the overall Sagittarian view.
While the Sadge Sun, ever-seeking a wider screen view, asks, “what’s the meaning of this?,” the more emotional Gemini Moon replies “what do you mean ‘MEANING?’ He said this, she said that, and the rest is merely fake news!”
Easily bored, the Gemini Moon’s archetype might ask the Sadge Sun impatiently to get to the point ALREADY! The December 1 exact Mars opposition to Uranus doubtless helped increase impatience and ultimately expedited matters, as well…
Likewise, this mind-running-mile-a-minute Gemini energy sometimes loses track of the conversation altogether because it jumps impatiently to other, more myopically interesting topics. Finally, Gemini’s capability to interrupt Sadge’s pedantically professorial discourse with bits and pieces of disparate inconsequential information often leads to greater confusion as well…
This means the next few weeks will involve a lot of review, readjustment, reanalysis, revision, etc. This will hopefully happen in order to merge the House and Senate bill versions into one. And, along the way, a good number of details kept hidden from Senators who voted on this legislation (many last-minute changes were hashed out in lobbyists’ offices and scribbled into the margins of the bill—ooh, how Neptunian can you get?) will hopefully become clearer.
And when they do, any negative Geminian tendencies exhibited just prior to the Gemini Full Moon, will be revealed and hopefully corrected.
It stands to reason that, although Mercury stationed retrograde just after the vote on this tax reform bill, the messenger god will work his way out of any remaining Neptunian illusions and help the Senate/House conference committee fashion a more reasonable and measured piece of legislation.
Or better yet, realize that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, and jettison the measure altogether…
KEEP THE FAITH & YOU’LL FIND YOUR WAY HOME…
No matter what, we are all journeyers—all heroes, regardless of whether we “own” this label or not. And though currently Neptune’s got many of us feeling lost, unsure of our footing, wondering if Canada is still accepting more immigrants or if eventually we’ll have to uproot to farther away, this is my reminder to you that you’re not alone!
Let’s all hold tightly onto our faith & rest assured that ultimately all will come clear…meanwhile, I thought perhaps this song might soothe us in the interim.
Here’s Eric Clapton, one of my faves, and Steve Windwood live, performing Traffic’s “Can’t Find My Way Home”
“Come down off your throne
And leave your money at home
Somebody must change
You are the reason I’ve been waiting so long
Somebody holds the key…”