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Revolution by the people.  Military coups.  Global warming legislation.  Hypocrisy exposed.  Jobs lost as economic structures fail.  'Stars' passing over.  Public health insurance options.  These are the issues facing our world.  These are the issues reflected in the Cosmic Story.

The Full Moon Lunar eclipse at 16 Capricorn on July 7, 2003 is the first of three eclipses coming up in the next month.  There is a solar eclipse at 30 Cancer on July 21 and another lunar eclipse on August 5 at 14 Aquarius. 

This unusual triple event will mark an energetic shift that will finally move us forward in August.  If you've been feeling stuck, you're not the only one!   It seems like we're in a holding pattern and while it can be frustrating, it can also be very liberating.   If you're on track with leaving old patterns, habits and beliefs behind, you have to remember that you are creating a vacuum which needs to be filled.

Since things are not moving forward at the quick pace we've gotten used to in our computerized society, it's a good time to stop, take a deep breath and step into an alternate reality.  If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, or empty spaces in your life, this is a chance to do something you really like - something that feeds your soul. This is a good time to bring your everyday life into balance, leaving time for your body, your mind, your emotions and your spirit in your busy work week. 

My friend D told me a story about an incident that opened her to new realities.  She was with a group of women who went to a quiet place in nature to do some inner work.  She was showing the women a drawing she had made of bees swarming into a hive in a tree-trunk.  Suddenly, the women heard some buzzing and looking up, saw a swarm of bees.  As they watched, the bees swarmed down into a tree that was there in the meadow.  Exactly like in her drawing.  Magic happened!  And it was because my friend and her friends had created a space for it.  There's a whole world out there that isn't concerned with making money or paying the bills.  While you might not believe in magic, magic believes in you.  "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

We are coming to a major turning point where we will have to take a stand on what's important in life like our sisters and brothers in Iran have been doing.  On a personal level, you might have to decide where you're going to spend your time or money. On a societal level, we are also called to take a stand on what we really believe in capitalist greed or community welfare, huge corporate profits or saving our environment.  Our structures are being renovated, and when Pluto finally leaves Capricorn in 2024, the changes we institute now will create the new life we want for our children and their children.

So we need to DREAM BIG!  And that means we need to access the creative imagination, a big part of our spiritual heritage, to dream.  That means we have to leave behind the materialism that flattens our world and makes us see only one dimension of reality.  The ladies on the View had 'psychics' on this morning, and all of them except Whoopi reject those other realities.  What are we so afraid of?  All our ancestors especially the ones who helped create our Western society, such as Pythagoras and Plato, Galileo and Newton believed in the spiritual, mysterious aspects of life.  But that all changed with the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.  Since America was 'discovered' and settled during this era, these beliefs are part of the American psyche.

Did you know that Americans work more than any other people in the world?  Why?  This might be a good meditation for you on the full Moon eclipse, since Capricorn represents the social structures that rule our lives.  What does work mean to you?  And why has it become the center of our lives?  Our present out-of-balance belief about work goes back a few Pluto-in-Capricorn cycles to the Protestant work ethic.  Do you realize that this belief stated that if you had money, you were favored by God?  And if you didn't have money, well, I guess you were definitely going to that 'other' place where sinners belong!  With Pluto beginning his new journey through Capricorn, this might be a good belief to discard!  What would you feel like if you didn't have to work to have value?  If you were valuable because you were loving and creative?  What would happen if our need for money suddenly disappeared?  Who would we be if we didn't describe ourselves by our work?

Eclipses mark endings and beginnings, and you're probably working out some issue that needs to be resolved so that you can get on with your life.  It's a good time to eliminate anything that no longer serves your vision of life.  That includes finances, relationships, jobs or belief systems. The patriarchy is dead - it just doesn't realize it yet.  If you stand in your personal integrity, what do you really owe the old system?  In the big picture, our society is changing and we're seeing more and more clearly how the old limiting beliefs are no longer viable such as the view held by some in the US Congress that global warming is a myth, or the hypocrisy of leaders who say they are moral examples while letting their libido run wild.  This change will become clearer and clearer through next year as we continue with the on-going Uranus-Saturn oppositions.  The NEW will win out in the end.  But the Old will continue to try to stop it.

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Cancer is the sign where our souls incarnate, where we become 'Self' conscious.  In Aries, we begin by learning mental control; in Taurus, we see the spiritual light that shines in Nature and in our human nature; in Gemini, we see that we are dual-natured - both human and divine and we seek to understand life.  Now in Cancer we nurture our emotional body and listen to our instincts and intuition, understanding that we are, indeed, unique. We are LIFE!  This is the time to nurture that unique bit of Life, so that when we come to Leo, we will have the self-confidence to Create.  As we see cultural icons pass over into death, what they can give us is this wisdom:  Life is meant to be lived fully and without fear or restraint.  Life is a blessing.  So nurture your life not just your work!

This full Moon eclipse has the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Capricorn.  A full Moon brings us awareness awareness of how well we are manifesting the seed we planted on new Moon.  Since Cancer is 'ruled' by the Moon, this is an especially significant full moon, aside from the eclipse.  Cancer, like the Moon, creates form.  Capricorn Moon urges us to take responsibility for the form we are living in, as well as the forms we create to make us secure and safe.  This eclipse tells us to get rid of any form that no longer serves our life purpose.

At this Capricorn lunar eclipse, the light of the Cancer Sun is blocked from the Capricorn 'form' by the Earth's shadow.  We get a chance to feel what kind of nurturing we need without the old behavior patterns that our society has created for us. Those patriarchal patterns have twisted our emotional lives.  It isn't only women who have been repressed for thousands of years.  It is the feminine values of life that have really been disrespected.  And while women have had to learn the masculine aspects of life, men haven't had to learn the feminine ones.  And so our men are suffering.  For the most part, they don't know how to access their feminine soul as easily as women do, and so they don't know how to use their emotional intelligence or their intuition without it being twisted to the patriarchy's service.  The Cancer 'mother' of the patriarchy has not been free to nurture our lives in appropriate ways.  For too long, Mother had no sovereignty and had to play by the rules.  But as we leave the old Capricorn paradigm (patriarchy) behind, our innate feeling life will begin to flourish.

Cancer and Capricorn form the 'parental' axis in astrology, Cancer representing the Mother and Capricorn the Father.  So take time to be thankful not only for your parents, but for anyone in your life who has nurtured you, protected you, shown you the way or loved you.  And thank yourself for having the compassion, creativity, responsibility and endurance to keep going in hard times. 

At this eclipse, we might also see old patterns that have been played out in our shadow.  A wounded Cancer inner child is never satisfied there's never enough nurturing.  Or our repressed emotions might suddenly erupt and we're finally forced to confront our 'issues'.  Or our Capricorn responsibility might be seen as the power-tripping it really is. Or we'll be able to clearly see the irresponsibility that is rampant in our government and our corporate life.  This full Moon eclipse can end Capricorn's 'blame, shame and guilt' and Cancer's 'sensitivity and self-indulgence' and we might find that we can be healed if 'we let go and let God/dess'.  Become your true and authentic Self and you'll begin to manifest your life purpose. Trust in your new vision.

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That vision has been sparked by the ongoing Jupiter/Neptune/Chiron conjunction in Aquarius.  All three planets are now moving retrograde, so the inspiring visions of new possibilities are sinking deep within us all.  You might find yourself more sensitive to the suffering in the world, more open to Spirit, more compassionate with yourself and others.  GOOD!  It's about time we reclaimed these spiritual aspects of life.  Now we have to incorporate them in our own lives so we can make them part of our collective life - not in service to one religion, but in the spirituality that is shared by all religions.  The great minds and hearts who nurtured our Western civilization were Idealists who believed that the spiritual aspects of life permeated all of life.  The scientific community, just as much as the great religions, will have to expand its vision of the world.  Spirit and matter are really one and the same thing. 

With Mars and Venus still squaring this Aquarian conjunction, we must personally activate this shift in awareness that is taking place on a global level.  Venus and Mars deal with our intimate desires and relationships, and with this square, will confront us with the need to incarnate this idealism in our lives, to benefit our family, our friends, and our community.

This Capricorn full Moon can show us where we still live in fear and where we need the nurturing love and self-acceptance that everyone deserves.  Mother yourself with love.  Father yourself with protection.  Set new goals that are aligned with your truest longings and deepest Self.   It is always darkest before the Dawn.  Remember that we are living in that transitional time and have hope.

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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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      Cathy, thanks for y... by mary sunshine on Saturday, Jul 4, 2009 at 4:17:57 AM