Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, June 4, 2012
Gemini, the sign of the Twins, exemplifies how the Mind perceives the world as a play of opposites: light and dark, man and woman, left and right, good and bad, spirit and matter, life and death, yin and yang. Tao says that these opposites contain a spark of each other. What appears to be separate is really related. The best way to understand an opposition is to see that each side complements and balances the other side to create a greater whole.
The full Moon is an opposition between the Sun and the Moon, a moment in their cosmic circle dance when they face each other fully. It's interesting that we read the result of that dance on the face of the feminine Moon rather than the masculine Sun. The Moon records what the Sun's been up to. The Moon releases what"s unconscious in the psyche. The Moon draws our eyes and opens our imaginations to what could be. Thanks to the life-giving light of the Sun.
Astrological signs come in opposites too. The loner Aries is balanced by the partner Libra, sensual Taurus with passionate Scorpio, intellectual Gemini with wise Sagittarius. There are 12 signs and the 6 pairs of signs create a dynamic that keeps them on their toes.
Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse
Monday's Sagittarius full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse, with the Earth lining up between the Sun and the Moon so that the Earth block's the Sun's light from fully reaching the Moon. Since planets do have energetic connections, during a lunar eclipse the Earth cuts the energy between Sun and Moon, dissolving the energetic structures on Earth and within us. Lunar eclipses open a portal through which we can release old complexes, habits, ideas, beliefs and wounds that no longer serve our life. When the Earth moves out of orbit between them, new energetic lines snap into place. We can change what those connections are by how we change our own energies.
This is a great time to do ritual. Since for many of us the eclipse occurs during the early morning hours, you can do a ritual Sunday evening and create a psychic container to hold what needs releasing until the eclipse happens. If you ritualize this release, make sure you send what you're releasing out to Pluto to regenerate, or down into the Earth to compost, or to the Sun to burn.
For this Gemini/Sagittarius full Moon eclipse, release old categories of perception, old prejudices and old dogmas. While the light of ego-consciousness is blocked during the eclipse, you might remember some beautiful dream or fantasy you loved as a kid, some belief in the grace and goodness of Spirit that you haven't felt for a while. Why not take that image out of the closet and dust it off? Maybe it's something you really wanted to believe in, but were told you couldn't. Who says? Or perhaps you just lost faith. Why?
Who gets to say what's real? Science is still debating that question so for now, open your mind and look at the unseen real aspects of life. Who says we're not connected, or that we can't do magic, or that we can't trust Love? Who really believes that we are sinners if we don't believe in the "correct" version of God? The Spirit of Life created us, so It probably wants us to find as many ways back to It as there are life-forms. The best way to worship Spirit is to live fully and creatively, kindly and compassionately, freely and openly.
The tension of opposites in Gemini/Sagittarius is one between reason and faith, intellect and intuition, the lower Mind and the Higher Mind. Gemini wants to articulate exactly what makes one thing different or similar to another. Gemini is the master communicator who can use language to open up people's minds and hearts. Sagittarius is the ultimate believer, knowing right from wrong and piercing through to the truth of the matter, a trait which Gemini isn't interested in. Gemini likes the play of the Mind while Sagittarius wants to focus the Mind on the goal.
This lunar eclipse offer us a great opportunity to see what strange and distorted beliefs we've ingested from patriarchy that are strangling our lives. Sagittarius is the container for our belief systems. Everybody has to believe something about life, religion or no religion. There are cosmic laws that give rise to life and that's where our beliefs can take root and give us strength. Whether we see those laws operating as a Goddess or as a God, as mathematical laws or magical correspondences, we need to believe that we are part of the whole, that we hold meaning. Sagittarius anchors us to our beliefs so we don't get lost in the inundation of information that Gemini can spew out. Sag points to information that is useful to us.
If we can unite the energies so they work together, we can engage in the deepest form of understanding and communication -- articulating what is rather than what I think it is. Once we get rid of old ways of understanding our world, our categories, we can once again be open to the life around us in new and intriguing ways. We might listen to our intuition which tells us that perhaps we should tie our laces before walking downstairs in the dark -- instead of disregarding it and taking a tumble. Or take the opportunity to speak with the stranger on the street rather than turn fearfully away.
Change your Beliefs and Open your Mind!
Sagittarius Full Moon
The full Moon occurs on Monday June 4th at 4:12am PDT/ 7:12am EDT/ 11:12am GMT. It comes a day and a half before Venus transits the Sun. So be prepared for powerful energies this week.