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Beltane and the Scorpio Full Moon May 6, 2012

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Mars is also the ruler of the sign Aries, which is concerned with our self-identity.  With Uranus traveling through Aries, our Mars energy has been trying on new identities to live by.  Whether we feel we are leaders, warriors, healers, bards, mystics, adventurers or farmers, we are being asked to assume a larger identity in the world.  This Mars in Virgo retrograde has been a time to fine-tune that identity and the desires it constellates.

Mars went retrograde on January24, 2012 at 24* Virgo and turned back to direct motion on April 13 at 4* Virgo.  Mars symbolizes our desire nature Eros, as well as our warrior nature Aries.  Mars is the god who grapples with life, bringing us those things we desire enough to work and fight for.  The retrograde Mars turned within to fine tune those things within us that needed to be healed and analyzed. 

Now that Mars is moving ahead again in Virgo, Mars can help us become a master at whatever we do.  Virgo is the sign of the craftsperson, someone who takes the time to perfect what needs doing.  Virgo is analytical and practical, wanting to find the best solution to problems.   Mars in Virgo is the master craftsman, striving for perfection in order to achieve his desires.  Mars in Virgo is modest, helpful, analytical and willing to be of service to others and to the world, but we have to watch out for self-criticism and perfectionism if we want our Mars to work competently. When Mars goes retrograde in Virgo, our desires are scrutinized and carefully considered, since we want to show the world the best that we are.  It isn't about perfection, but rather wholeness.

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Venus is the planet that symbolizes our ability to connect with what we love.  The goddess Aphrodite/Venus is not only the goddess of Love, Beauty and Sexuality, she is the goddess of Wisdom and Wholeness.  It is the call of Venus that awakens Psyche within us; it is Love that shows us how to be whole.  Venus calls us to the deeper realities of the Spirit Incarnate.  She is the goddess who knows that Love is the most central Law of the Cosmos and she is the gift the Great Spirit of Life has given us.  What a dry, bitter world it would be without Love!

Have you seen Venus shining so brightly in the evening sky?  She is slowing down now, about to turn retrograde on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:33am PDT/ 10:33am EDT.  She will begin to move back toward the setting sun until she disappears in the sun's rays.  Then Venus will move across the face of the Sun on Tuesday June 5th at 16* Gemini.  (More on this in the next few newsletters -- we'll see her toward sunset in the western USA.)  Venus moved over the face of the Sun back in 2004 and now eight years later we'll see it again for the last time in another 100 years.  Venus, which is now the Evening Star, will become the Morning Star once again. 

Venus is traveling through the sign of Gemini, retrograding from May 15 to June 27, from 24* to 8* Gemini.  When Venus goes retrograde, we re-evaluate our values and our relationship, which were formed by our family, our culture and our religions.  Now we get to see what our hearts really yearn for, our true feelings about what is important to us.

Venus in Gemini knows that good communication skills are an important part of any relationship.  In Gemini, Venus advocates for a meeting of the minds before deep intimacy can be achieved.  Venus here wants to be a good companion, using her intellectual talents as well as her enthusiasm for life in all her relations.  This airy Venus wants to play with everyone and certainly doesn't want to be "tied down' unless she does the tying.  Venus says we need to find new ways of relating that fit our new sense of ourselves.  There is nothing possessive or dominating about Venus here -- it's all about the ability to partner up and play with ideas, feelings, intuitions, purposes and each other.  Nothing is set, nothing settled.  It's all about curiosity and experimenting.  Of course this can lead to shallow interactions and indecision when it comes to feelings.  But at its highest levels, Venus in Gemini calls us to open our minds and hearts to each other and see what we can learn about new ways of relating, new ways of giving value to things and people (our money system) and new ways to be creative.
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Scorpio Full Moon 2012

The Scorpio Full Moon occurs on May 5, 2012 at 8:35pm PDT/ 11:35pm EDT and May 6th at 3:35am GMT. 

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The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 17*Taurus is: A symbolic battle between "swords' and "torches'.   On one level, this symbolizes a battle between physical desires and the desire for spiritual illumination.  Dane Rudhyar sees this image as the need to face issues as if there are two opposing sides such as good vs. evil, a polarization of values.  The warrior's Sword of clear thought and Truth, the magician's Wand of intuition and willpower.  I would like to contend that it is the energies of rational thought (swords) and intuition (wands) that are symbolically opposed to each other.  And they don't have to be.  We can learn to bring our intelligence and our intuition into balance.  Our rational thinking is best served when there is an intuitive understanding of the situation, just as our intuition needs a rational foundation to build with.  These two "opposing' sides of the mind need not be mutually exclusive.  They are meant to complement each other as all oppositions are.  This serves our Venus in Gemini well, since Gemini can describe both the mortal (rational) and the immortal (intuitive) mind.  

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 17*Scorpio is: A Woman, fecundated by her own Spirit, is "Great with Child'.  This is another image of the "Woman Clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned by 12 stars, giving birth to the Savior'.  This is Lady Wisdom, the innate potential within us all to give birth to the god-consciousness within, just as the Buddha did under this full Moon.  This image of Lady Wisdom is an important one at this time in our history.  She brings into being a new paradigm, a peaceful Earth.
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This potent full Moon is the closest to the Earth this year and therefore exerts a stronger pull on us.  As it rises big and full in the night sky, it calls us to give birth to the powerful destiny seeded within each of us.  This is the year to do it and now is the time to let go of the fears and the demons that keep us caught up in the delusions of our patriarchal society.   We can band together with like-minded people (Venus in Gemini) and create a life that is meaningful, creative and strong (Mars in Virgo).

This Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon asks us to become aware of the people and things we give the highest value to, and to look at the emotional trauma that keeps us apart.  It's time to question our values and beliefs about money, power, happiness and our connection to each other and to the Earth.  There are powerful forces at work determined to keep the old system alive, regardless of how many people and places it destroys.  But we are equally powerful, and the Cosmos is lending us energy to break-through our paralysis and stand up for our beliefs. 

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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