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The Cosmic Story: Scorpio Full Moon 2014

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'The breakthrough has happened.'

"And I do mean for everyone. That doesn't mean we all got wonderful presents, or lumps of coal. " Remember, do NOT get too focused upon what happened concretely to you, i.e., job, money house, car, etc. Keep a wider perspective on YOU. How YOU have cracked open the shell that you were once contained within--perhaps for a long time."

Rick DiClemente-

The breakthrough my colleague Rick is talking about is the new birth we're all experiencing. The Cardinal Grand Cross in late April coupled with the lunar and solar eclipses have worked their magic on all of us. Something has happened. There's a feeling that the time is NOW to finally deal with our lives and move ahead. It's time to break out of patriarchy's restrictions on possibility. Uranus in Aries leads the way: Uranus because it's the energy of breakthrough and awakening, Aries because we need a new beginning and new identity if we are going to live out our destiny.

The zodiac represents the archetypal laws that shape our life here on Earth. Whenever the Sun is in a sign, we pay conscious attention to that aspect of life. When the Moon is in a sign, our emotions are engaged with the activities of that sign. At a Full Moon, opposite signs and their issues are brought together for us to reflect on their meaning and their effect on us.

The signs of Taurus and Scorpio signify how we view the two basic laws of life: Life and Death, Creation and Destruction, Fulfillment and Annihilation. As you can imagine, people are feeling all the fears and needs tied up with these issues. To fulfill our new Aries destiny, we have to face what life brings us with self-awareness and humility, accepting necessary deaths to accommodate new life.

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That's been a major problem with patriarchy--it refuses to accept the need for death and change before re-birth. It doesn't value the feminine understanding of life as cyclical. But that is the truth of our universe. We live in cycles as well as linear time. There must be destruction if there is to be new creativity. So by embracing our own psychological deaths and dealing with the emotional turmoil that arises when we give up long-term beliefs and patterns of behavior, we learn the lesson of death and re-birth. We take 'death as our advisor'. We bring back an ancient thread to the tapestry of society that's been lost for hundreds of years. We help the culture evolve as we evolve.

At the Taurus Solar eclipse, we were confronted with the question, "What do you value?" By asking the question, we get to notice if we're living out our values with others. And when we're not, we can understand why not and correct old behavior patterns. It's time to see if our personal values align with others' values, and that if we are to transform the culture, we need to live by our best values.

This Scorpio Full Moon asks us to contemplate the most important law of life--facing what needs to die and acknowledging what wants to live--so we can understand what we value and what supports our future growth. We cannot grow further as individuals or as a world until we accept don Juan's wisdom to take 'death as our adviser'. We fear death and refuse to face it until we are forced to--unfortunately, we are facing death because we let climate change get out of hand instead of dealing with it years ago. This Scorpio Full Moon can push us to face what we've refused to face and finally acknowledge the task. The U.S. Global Change Research Program came out with its report and recommendations this week and it does just that. It acknowledges the tasks ahead of us. Now we have to make our government do what it has to do slow down climate change and find ways to begin the healing of the Earth. We do this for our children and their children's children, who will have to live with the effects of our mistakes for decades and perhaps centuries to come.

Allow yourself to feel who you really are and to have the courage to show others who you are. That's the first step. Be Here Now! as Baba Ram Dass once advised.

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The Scorpio Full Moon occurs on May 14 at 12:16pm PDT/ 3:16pm EDT/ 7:16pm GMT

Scorpio Full Moon 2014 by Cathy Pagano/Kepler

The Sun shines on the promises of Taurus--beauty, love, sensuality, fertility and peace. It's May, after all! But there are places where these gifts are dying. As stewards of the Earth, we have the responsibility to try and heal them. So as the Moon reaches her fullness, we are faced with the Death-aspect of Scorpio. Like Persephone looking back to her Underworld home where her husband Hades/Pluto still works his magic, we also have to look back and remember what we have learned about ourselves and others this past winter. We remember what aspects of our personality needed to die so we could have a renewed, more meaningful life.

We can also see what collective shadow elements we've let go of, due to last year's Moon nodes in Taurus (SN) and Scorpio (NN). In Taurus, it's our unconscious materialism. In Scorpio, it's our emotional need to dominate. These two traits are mainstays of patriarchy. If we can divest ourselves of these traits, we begin to turn patriarchy on its head. And as with all dealings with the Shadow, once we integrate what is driving that shadow, we can find a more balanced expression of those qualities. We become aware of how old values and traits can be re-birthed to give them new life.

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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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Isn't it fascinating how the heavens reflect what'... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 7:22:44 PM
Thank you Cathy that was lovely. You put into word... by Barbara Cox on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:23:21 PM
So true. It is liberating shedding the old fears a... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 8:46:49 PM