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The Aquarius/Leo Full Moon, June 25-26, 2010

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As anticipated, the zeit has gotten geisty! We humans face a full range of environmental, social, economic, and political challenges offering BILLBOARD-sized messages. Altogether, they are letting us know that we must as a civilization complete the transition to thinking and acting from the perspective of our one beautiful blue planet.

Jean Houston

There is no doubt that we are a civilization in transition. We need to acknowledge that our old paradigm is no longer working, and it is up to the citizens of the world, each of us, to step forward and make those changes. We are at the leading edge of evolution, and many of us are motivated to change ourselves and change the world. We need to become Culture Bringers and Creators. This is the message of the full moon in Aquarius.

The Heavens declare what time it is. And the time is Now.

The Summer of 2010 sets off the beginning of the next phase of the 60s revolution, that began with Pluto and Uranus in Virgo and now sees them about to square each other from Capricorn to Aries 5 times in the next few years. This square tells us that we are at a cultural crossroads, and we have to choose if we continue the evolution and revolution by incorporating the new paradigm in our social structures, in our understanding of health, in our relationship to the environment, in how and why we work, in our food and water sources, and most especially, in the relationship of body, mind and spirit.

What touched off this "change' energy in the 60s was the opposition to these planets by Saturn in Pisces, bringing to light our despair at being cut off from real spiritual awareness, hence the heavy drug use, which really entails a search for Spirit. The 60s were all about the Old vs. the New. But we have to remember the 60s were only a birth, not the completion of the vision. That won't come for another 40 years, when Pluto is opposite Uranus.

Now we have to go on the Hero/ine's journeys both within and without and help the new life grow up as these planets square off with each other. Since November 4, 2008, with the first of five Saturn/Uranus oppositions at 19*Virgo-Pisces, the battle of the Old vs. the New has raged again around the world. Each time something new is proposed, the old system rears up to try to defeat it, using fear and intimidation. But the system itself is rotten, and it is completely breaking down. Publicly!

The first four oppositions [all in Virgo/Pisces: 2/5/2009 (21*); 9/15/2009 (25*); 4/26/2010 (29*)] between Saturn and Uranus were in Virgo/Pisces, helping us dismantle an old way of being and imagine and integrate a new sense of Self. On July 26, hours after the full moon, Saturn will oppose Uranus for the last time, but this time in the cardinal signs of Libra and Aries, signs that initiate seasons as well as actions. Something new (Aries) is being born and we have to give it weight and truth and justice (Libra).

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In the next few weeks, the Cosmic T-square will be strengthening, bringing into the mix what astrologers call personal planets Mars, then Venus and later the Moon. With Jupiter retrograding on July 23rd at 3* Aries, we have 7 out of 10 planets carrying and shaping these energies.

How could they not affect us? They are reflecting the realities we face every day. Why not work consciously with them? This is how we can all become Culture Creators, or as Jean Houston calls us, Social Artists.

On August 1st, the Celts celebrated the 1st harvest festival of Lammas or Lughnasa, (See a Lammas Story) the feast day for the God of Light, Lugh of the Long Hand. His story is full of mystery and high destiny, but in the end, Lugh is a culture bringer, the social artist of his time.

Lugh of the Long Hand

Lugh of the Long Hand by Ingrid 'Graywold' Houwess

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Manannan mac Lir was the Irish god of the Sea and the Otherworld. At one time, he takes the young baby Lugh from Ireland to his magical realm, Tir-na-nOg, where he raises him in all joy and love. But Manannan often goes to Ireland under cover of night and discovers that the Children of Danaan are in trouble. The ugly, mis-shapen folk of the Fomor had come into Ireland and spread themselves over the country like a pestilence. They had stolen the Cauldron of Plenty and carried it away to their own land, where Balor of the Evil Eye reigned. They had taken the Spear of Victory also, and the only one of the four great Jewels of Sovereignty remaining to the De Danaans was the Stone of Destiny. It was hidden deep in the earth of Ireland, and because of it the Fomorians could not altogether conquer the country, nor could they destroy the De Danaans, though they drove them from their pleasant palaces and hunted them through the glens and valleys like outlaws. Manannan himself has the fourth Jewel, the Sword of Light: he keeps it and waits.

When Lugh is grown, Manannan brings out the Sword of Light and gives it to Lugh and tells him of the troubles in Ireland. Lugh decides to go and help them, and Manannan offers him warriors for his quest and his own magical helmet, shield and horse, along with the Sword of Light.

So Lugh travels to Tara to join the court of king Nuada of the Tuatha De' Danaan. The doorkeeper will not let him in unless he has a skill with which to serve the king. He offers his services as a wright, a smith, a champion, a swordsman, a harpist, a hero, a poet and historian, a sorcerer, and a craftsman, but each time is rejected as the Tuatha De' Danann already have someone with that skill. But when Lugh asks if they have anyone with all those skills simultaneously, the doorkeeper has to admit defeat and let him in. Nuada tests him again. He wins a flagstone-throwing contest against Ogma, the champion, and entertains the court with the Dagda's own harp and fills them with 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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