Full Moon and Tree by Jennifer Shippee
The first Full Moon of 2014 is in the sign of Cancer, the Mother (the Sun is in Capricorn, sign of the Father). The polarity between the Sun in Capricorn and the Moon in Cancer asks us to reflect on what really nurtures us (Cancer) about our society (Capricorn). So let me ask you, do you feel our society meet our needs?
I'm reading a delightful book called "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner, a correspondent for NPR. Mr. Weiner traveled to 10 countries, trying to find the answer to the question, "What is happiness?" Each country's idea of happiness was different. I'll leave it to you to go out and read the book to discover what he discovered!
But this book got me thinking about this Full Moon. Cancer is all about what nurtures us--basically what makes us feel happy and secure. Capricorn is all about what kind of society we live in and how we contribute to it. Together, they ask the question, is our society meeting our needs? If not, how can we "make it so'? Since a Full Moon makes us aware of something, let's explore this issue.
With Pluto in Capricorn, we're seeing what is corrupt and no longer viable in our society. We're seeing if our ideals are reflected in our government and our financial institutions and our community. Pluto is definitely telling us that something is lacking when Americans no longer trust that our representatives are representing our hopes and wishes. (We still can't get them to make a ruling on labeling GMOs when over 50% of Americans want that labeling.) And from the many protests around the world, most of our governments are not representing our needs. In a dictatorship, that's expected. But not in a democracy!
Jupiter is in Cancer now,
expanding our vision about what nurtures us and our beliefs about life. It's interesting that the U.S.A.'s 4th
of July chart makes us a Cancer country. This chart describes America's view of our
national character--our myth about ourselves.
This chart definitely speaks to the Declaration of Independence and its
belief that we are all entitled to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. Cancer is certainly connected to life and
Signing the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull
There's that happiness thing again. It's
part of America's mythology that we all get to be happy if we live in
America. With an emphasis on Cancer
(Sun, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury retrograde) in the chart, we see the nurturing
image Americans have of ourselves. This
chart's Moon (the ruler of Cancer) is in Aquarius--that's the liberty part. It seems we have life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness right in the chart of our mythic story, our creation story.
Sibley Chart USA by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
So, the question is, are we happy? What makes for happiness? Does the economy make us happy, because our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is what makes our government happy, since it's been bought out by our economic interests? It doesn't make me happy to see the destruction and waste of consumerism. Did you know that in the small Himalayan country of Bhutan, they have an official Gross National Happiness policy, which they believe is more important than their GDP? Wow! What a great idea! Shouldn't that be America's policy though, with our declared intention of giving everyone the right to pursue happiness? Somehow, America has conflated money with happiness. But that isn't necessarily the source of happiness. In the oil/gas rich country of Qatar, everyone shares in the wealth, but it's not a very happy or creative place. Money can't buy you love, and it can't buy you happiness (and it cuts you off from everyone else).
With Pluto digging up the dirt on our government and financial system, perhaps we need to decide what really is important about our shared life. The GDP is the sum of all goods and services a nation produces over a given time period. It doesn't take into consideration what we sell or produce (food, guns, rat poison), only how much money changes hands. If you do something for free, such as take care of an aging parent instead of putting them in a home, it doesn't count in the GDP. But doesn't it count in the most basic moral sense? As Robert Kennedy put it, "the GDP doesn't register the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, or the intelligence of our public debate. The GDP measures everything except what makes life worthwhile." (p. 75, GofB)
This Cancer Full Moon is asking us, what makes life worthwhile?
Cancer is also concerned with security. Does that mean we have to give most of our tax money to the military-industrial complex to feel secure? Does that make us happier, knowing that we spend more on our military than the next 21 countries combined spend on theirs? Does NSA spying on us make us more happy and secure? Doesn't our security also entail our education system, our infrastructures and our commitment to helping each other? I don't know about you, but I'd rather fix our broken education system, our bridges, our health care and our job markets than make more tanks (which are now being given to police in Florida). Since Americans paid taxes on their wages before they lost their jobs, don't they deserve some of it back in the form of unemployment until we create more jobs?
These are only a few of the issues that face us as we begin 2014. Capricorn is the sign not only of our social structures but of where we are called to step into our role in the culture. In about 10 years, America will have our first Pluto return (it takes about 240 years). So we are at the end of a cycle of transformation, and we're getting a look at where America has come from and what its' become. Are we happy with how our country has fulfilled that shining promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'?
Imagine! You can say I'm a dreamer (and I am) but I'd rather have a policy of Gross National Happiness than one of GDP running the show. And perhaps, I'm not the only one.
Cancer Full Moon 2014
The Cancer Full Moon occurs on
January 15 at 8:52pm PST/11:52pm EST and on January 16 at 4:52 GMT.
Cancer Full Moon 2014 by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 26* Capricorn is: A nature spirit dancing in the iridescent mist of a waterfall. Rivers symbolize the flow of life through time, and when they come to a place where they drop off and form a waterfall, they symbolize a shift in our attention, a shift in how we flow with life. This image suggests that the rhythm of life is about to pick up speed and take us over the edge. But the water spirit is dancing in a rainbow-like mist, indicating that if we let go of fear and dance the new rhythm into our lives with joy and happiness, it might just turn out to be magical!
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 26* Cancer is: Guests are reading in the library of a luxurious home. Since this is the degree of my Moon, I wish I could invite you all into my library (minus the luxurious home). Books contain the accumulated knowledge and imagination of the culture, and this image suggests that it's time we share our knowledge, combine our imaginations and pool our resources (guests get to share!).
If we're all about to dance
through a shimmering shift in consciousness, don't stress out! Come in and relax and find the knowledge you
need to guide you through the change.
Luxurious Library by anonymous
Full Moon Aspects
This Full Moon is part of the ongoing Pluto/Uranus square, making it imperative that we think about what nurtures us and our communities. The Capricorn Sun shines its light on our dharma, our life's purpose. We do have a responsibility to our world and our communities. Just what that responsibility is depends on our gifts and talents.
Venus retrograde is gestating, hidden in the light of the Capricorn Sun. She will appear as a Morning Star for the first time on January 17th. Venus is about to be re-born, so it's time for us to see what feminine values we want to manifest in the world. The Cancer/Capricorn axis is all about our images of the divine Feminine and Masculine as Mother/Nurturer and Father/Sustainer. With Venus as part of the mix, we must rebalance the feminine/masculine polarity in our culture. It's time for women and men to embrace the feminine spirit of life as our grounding and use our masculine spirit to focus and define who we are and what we believe in. And then do something about it.
Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is in a harmonious relationship to both the Sun and Moon, helping us release old patterns of behavior that no longer serve us or our relationships. Let go of those old rules which guilt-trip you! Are you really a bad person if you take time to nurture yourself and your abilities? As a Cancer Moon person and mother of 4, I can tell you the well will run dry if you don't. You can't nurture others if you are depleted yourself. So release the fears and limiting beliefs about what is possible. Find your happiness quotient and pass it on to others.
Mars is part of the ongoing grand cross and forms the closest aspect of it to this Full Moon. Mars in Libra desires peace, harmony and justice. It teaches us that we can have what we desire if we just include other people in our calculations. Aristotle thought that happiness was the ultimate value of our lives, measuring how well we have lived up to our full potential as human beings. He wasn't talking about selfish happiness, but about happiness that arises out of the Good. Let's make this the mantra for Mars in Libra. We'll have about 6 months to practice as it goes retrograde in early March and finally goes into Scorpio in late July.
With the 5th and 6th Uranus/Pluto square this year, the cosmos is offering us a chance to actively participate in evolution. If you want to change the world, change your own energy first so you "vibrate' at a high level of consciousness. This Full Moon can begin that change if you let it.
For a New
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O'Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
Happiness researchers say that trust is a must for happiness. You need both to make it happen. Before you can trust life or anyone else, you have to trust yourself. So go for it! And find your happiness!