Full Moon, January 19, 2011
Alchemical Union by anonomous
This symbol is in the form of the infinity sign indicating a shift toward conscious integration of the energies of spirit/Sol and soul/Luna.
[Let's get this out of the way right away. For an explanation of the astrological "news' that has everyone wondering if they're not who they thought they were - and that 13th sign, go to the end of this article.]
Every year at Winter Solstice, the world stops and holds its breath -" will Light and Life return for another year? We are blessed by having it so. Each year the Sun returns and brings new life with it. Ancient peoples and modern religions celebrate this return of the Sun with celebration and festivals.
One of those "sons' is called the Prince of Peace at this time of year. He is called this at his birth on the Sun's return. The Light of the World wants Peace to reign in this world of ours. Those are our cosmic instructions.
And so each year, in that moment of greatest darkness, we each secretly yearn for the new "light' to bring us a life of peace, a life of joy and a life of love. Unfortunately, we've talked ourselves into believing that we can only find that peace in an "other' world - in another life.
But two things happened during this Winter Solstice season that might have changed this old story. During the 12 Days of Christmas, January 4th represents the 10th sign of Capricorn, the one concerned with our social structures -" the structures that determine how we relate to each other. January 4th was the day of the Capricorn Solar Eclipse as well as the last conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces. Perhaps that day was the beginning of a new story. It was, after all, the cosmic New Year.
The symbol for that solar eclipse/new Moon at 14*Capricorn is: An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture. The solar eclipse seeded this urge to re-discover the things that have lasting value. The way these values or archetypes are re-discovered is through the doorway of the Collective Unconscious.
The story begins in Pisces, the sign of the Collective Unconscious, where the archetypal energies of life are stirring with new images and symbols, stories and songs. Pisces symbolizes the completion of the cycle of life, a return to the origins so rebirth can occur. This past year its' waters were energized to birth new archetypal images, new constellations of life. A few years ago when Jupiter passed over the Galactic Center (26*Sagittarius) with Pluto, I had a dream that I saw the Pleiades shining brightly in the daytime sky as another constellation disintegrated behind me. A new story was being birthed into consciousness while the old one slipped away.
First, we need to understand the old story. And then we need to discover our part in the new story that emerging.
Jupiter and Uranus met up for their 3rd and final time at 28* Pisces: A fertile Garden under the full Moon reveals a variety of full-grown vegetables. This symbol shows us the power of growth that gives rise to abundance. The image tells us that we have an abundance of archetypal energies available to work with and nourish us. It is up to us to harvest these fruits by opening up to them consciously.
Jupiter, which usually takes one year to travel through a sign, just raced through Pisces, from the middle of January 2010 to early June 2010 and then retrograded back into Pisces from September 8, 2010 until next week on January 22, 2011, when it enters Aries. Jupiter met up with Uranus twice in Pisces and once in Aries in the past year, opening and expanding our spiritual 3rd eye to see these new energies and to open up to our "real' spiritual identities. Yes, we are all being called to be the hero/ines of our own lives so that we can bring back a unique gift to our people - the gift of our talents in this time of radical change.
Many people are upset -" look at what's happening in our country and in the world. The shooting in Arizona has brought up the question of our civil discourse -" can we learn to see each other's viewpoint? Can we discover the balance? (Saturn is going through Libra and challenged the solar eclipse energies to incorporate a more fair and balanced discourse.) Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could learn the lesson of the Tucson killings and stop hating someone because their views differ from ours?
President Obama, speaking about the Tucson murders, noted the instinct to protect each other displayed by the victims and survivors: "These men and women remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle. They remind us that heroism does not require special training or physical strength. Heroism is here, all around us, in the hearts of so many of our fellow citizens, just waiting to be summoned -" as it was on Saturday morning. Their actions, their selflessness, also pose a challenge to each of us. It raises the question of what, beyond the prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward."