Lammas Mask by Katlyn Breene
Happy Lammas! August 1-6 marks the cross-quarter holiday of the Wheel of the Year which celebrates the first harvest and honors the waning of the Sun's light. You'll soon notice the difference in daylight hours. We are fast approaching the Autumn Equinox here in the northern hemisphere and soon the darkness will be greater than the daylight. At Lammas, ask yourself what good have you achieved so far this year? Perhaps you'll have to sacrifice a part of it for a greater good.
Now, remember back to late April. There was a Libra/Aries Full Moon eclipse just as the celestial Cardinal Grand Cross clicked into place. This special configuration in the sky created an energy pulse that will drive the changes that are coming to our society. How we use that energy will determine what those changes are.
The 5th square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries occurred during this Grand Cross in April. This 5th alignment is the quintessence of 7 squares between these planets of evolution and revolution. The quintessence is the ideal embodiment of something--its' soul essence. These planets were joined by two others, Jupiter and Cancer and Mars in Libra, forming this cosmic Cross, a new manifestation of the World Tree or the Axis Mundi. There's been a collective shift in our center.
A Cardinal Grand Cross, often called the Cross of Matter, moves things forward. It's about manifestation. So what new paradigm are we called to manifest?
The new paradigm is reflected in the Aries/Libra polarity of the eclipsed Moon--a new balance of Self and Other--as well as in the additional need to balance family and work. We are entering the Partnership phase of human soul growth, where we recognize that Woman and Man are equal but not the same. We have different gifts and talents. We need to honor both types of gifts and consciousness. Both sexes have the capability of owning each other's gifts, but they manifest differently. A women's inner masculine essence gives her intellectual focus and discipline to manifest her heart's desire. A man's inner feminine essence gives him an understanding heart to bring to his goals.
Working together, both within and without, this kind of partnership can create great power and beauty in the world. That is the hope of this new paradigm. This is the union of the Christ (the consciousness that we are Spirit) and the Sophia /Lady Wisdom (the deep, imaginative understanding of life). This is who we are meant to be.
We are called to live by this innate balance in the world. That means we have to understand that we are unique individuals at the same time as we are part of a group. Will we continue to believe in the idea of the 'rugged individual' that says we have to stand alone--which often devolves into 'my way or the highway'. Or will we finally understand that we are all one people and one world, and if we want to create a different future, we have to partner up and band together.
Aquarius Full Moon 2014
Aquarius Full Moon 2014 by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
The Aquarius Full Moon occurs on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:09am PDT/ 2:09pm EDT/ 6:09pm GMT. It is another Super-Moon, so the energy will be high and the Moon will look BIG! Why? The August Moon becomes full not only on the same day as perigee (when it's nearest the Earth), but also in the same hour. As a result, the Moon will be as much as 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than other full Moons this year. Go out and drink in the Moonlight!
Leo is the sign of our Self-awareness, Self-expression and Self-confidence. Jung, a Leo himself, called it the sign of Individuation. This year as Jupiter travels through Leo we will have many opportunities to 'show our stuff'! Leo calls up our inner Queen or King, our performer and our inner child. The Sun's energy wants to create Life, and so does Leo! Leo's generous heart wants you to know you are loved. So go create!
Aquarius is the sign of Collaboration, Community and Equality. Aquarius is more rational and objective than dramatic Leo, and when the Aquarian Moon takes in Leo's fiery light, it will cool it off in the clear moonlight of reflection on the best use of that light. What will we do with our passion? How can it benefit everyone? How can we collaborate on new ventures and new discoveries? How can we band together to bring a new vision to the world?
Answering those questions is the gift of this potent
Leo/Aquarius Full Moon.
Full Moon Watching by space.com
This Full Moon makes us aware of the different ways we can bring our unique creativity to the group. If we really learn how to work in partnership, we can certainly learn how to work in a group. Are you interested in opening a business co-op? Or do you have a creative project that would benefit from others' expertise? Why re-invent the wheel when we can find ways for our talents to work together. Is there a ritual you want to create that you need another's input on? Find your partners who share your vision.