Sagittarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, June 15, 2011
"No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection." Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
Spring by Anonymous
While we no longer have to walk to go that hundred miles, it is still true that we really learn about ourselves when we face what is foreign to us. This full Moon eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius asks us to face the unknown, the foreign, the Other, and see what emotions come up. And then we have to release those old emotions, clean out old misguided beliefs, and let ourselves see with new eyes.
First, though, have you freed your Mind yet? The June 1st Gemini Solar Eclipse offered us the opportunity to release old mental programs, enabling us to open our minds to new categories, new information, and a new orientation. We all have our routines, our schedules and our beliefs about life and our perceptions about what is real. These mental structures have brought us this far.
Now the Cosmic story wants us to re-align ourselves to a different vibratory pattern, one that opens us to greater consciousness and understanding. Are you seeing how your beliefs and thoughts are creating your reality? If things aren't working out the way you want them to, perhaps it's time to let go of old expectations. Are you running into obstacles? Perhaps you need to reconsider what you think you desire. This full Moon lunar eclipse can help you do it.
It's time to use more of our brainpower. It's time to use both right and left sides of the brain equally. Equal doesn't mean the same though, it means equal but different. Complementary. Both brains offer us necessary ways of seeing and experiencing the world. The left brain operates through rational thought and factual sensory input; the right brain through holistic imaging and emotional intelligence. The union of opposites of an awakened Mind is the goal of Gemini's lessons about information, categories of experience, teaching, communication, the Mind. How we use our Mind, how we communicate our Mind, how we understand the world through the categories we project from the Mind. How we use the information that is flooding our minds via modern technology. When you own your own Mind, you have choices.
So, have you freed your Mind from the old patterns that shaped you and helped you understand the world? We now have to develop Beginner's Mind, the childlike ability to see ourselves, each other and the world without old psychological and moral overlays. We have to learn to let Life surprise us again, as it did when we were children and not totally acclimated to our society. The June 1st solar eclipse fertilized our souls with new information about how the brain naturally wants to operate holistically.
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is the Messenger God, the archetypal Mind which can travel through the three realms: the Unconscious, our ego consciousness and the Super-conscious realm of Spirit. It is the Mind as our operating system, allowing us to see and understand whatever it's been programed with. Mercury is a trickster god like Coyote, and can trick you into foolishness just as easily as he can show you the way through a problem. It all depends: is your Mind using you or are you using your Mind? Is your Mind a Mac (right-brained) or a PC (left-brained)? Or is it something so beyond them that you are creating a new Mind? That's our job right now. We have to create a new Mind that is capable of using all its rational and intuitive abilities working in harmony. A Mind capable of using the Creative Imagination with integrity and wisdom.
So I ask you a third time: Have you freed your Mind? If so, then this Sagittarian lunar eclipse can offer your new Mind the wisdom of the Cosmic Laws that underlie not only how the Mind works, but how Life works. In ancient Egypt these Cosmic Laws were called the Neters, imaged as gods and goddesses incarnating "the divine impulses that reveal themselves in the natural world and in the body. . . .These neters revealed their divinity through nature, and divine nature was present in all things, animals, plants, moving water, the heavens, the earth.' (Jean Houston: The Passion of Isis and Osiris)
If we are going to create a new vision of the future we better base that vision on the cosmic archetypal principles of Life. Otherwise, we'll just be re-creating the world as it is now -- left-brain, materialistic, finite and out of balance. With Jupiter in the sign of Taurus for the next year, the ruler of this eclipse anchors us firmly in the realm of the Earth. That's where our information will come from. If your personal story needs transformation, you will need to align yourself with an archetypal principle which is a source of infinite power, a bigger story than the one you're living in now, which only has finite energy and which is collapsing along with our capitalist culture. You can't change your life if you don't change the story. "All the truth of the world is held in stories, you know." (P. Rothfuss)
So, first find your true, archetypal identity -- that's the job of Uranus in Aries. Are you a healer, a painter, a priestess or a mom? Is your gift one of fathering, of leadership, of service? These big archetypal categories and their stories can lead us to greater self-knowledge, self-worth and understanding. C. G. Jung proposed that the archetype had a dual nature: it exists both in the psyche and in the world at large. He called this non-psychic aspect of the archetype the "psychoid" archetype. He believed we live in the psychoid energy field of the archetypes. Another way to say that is that the archetypes have their own reality, and we exist in them. We live in the matrix of natural law. So if we clean our small minds of the unbalanced training of the patriarchy and learn to honor the dual aspects of the feminine and masculine energies of life, giving them their proper due, we can achieve the greater Mind that is our heritage.
What do you make of the fact that we don't use most of our brainpower? Why would we consciously cripple ourselves when we can work to open up the parts of ourselves that are shut down? This series of eclipses in Sagittarius/Gemini are re-aligning our collective Mind with the cosmic principles of Life. We need an opened Mind to incarnate them.
is ruled by Jupiter, the archetypal energy of curiosity, of expansion, of
storytelling and of luck and abundance. Jupiter pushes us to go beyond what we know. With this full Moon eclipse, we might look
to a story that stars both Jupiter and Mercury.
There is a Greek myth, starring Zeus (the Greek Jupiter) and Hermes (the
Greek Mercury), which describes what they find when they walk that hundred
miles from home. Even gods can discover
new things about themselves. This is the
story of Baucis and Philemon.
Baucis and Philemon by Adam Elsheimer
Sometimes Zeus, the King of the Olympian gods, would leave his splendid palace to journey down to earth. Disguising himself as a mortal Zeus would go off seeking adventure. Often on these trips he would be accompanied by Hermes, the clever and entertaining Messenger god.