BLUE MOON AND WINTER SOLSTICE ON THE SAME DAY
Well folks, we have a real bona fide “Once in a blue moon” coming up on the 20th June. Not only is it the second full moon in Sagittarius within a month (see my post on 21st May for details of the first one) but it falls only one hour before the Sun moves into Cancer, heralding the Winter Solstice ( in the southern hemisphere that is )
This is the first time this has happened in 70 years, so it’s got a batch of sky watchers out there into a gleeful flurry. For us astrologers, this combination of the Winter solstice and the Full moon in the sign of the archer, certainly brings with it the theme of opposites, as well as a quiver of truth and meaning seeking arrows, as we ask –
” What is the meaning of it all?” and “Is what I believe to be true, really true?”
Full moon shines bold and beautiful in the night sky – exposed, full and expressive. She always illuminates relationships – those we have with others, as well as with ourselves, our thoughts and our beliefs about anything.
The Winter Solstice on the other hand is quiet and soulful, bringing the urge to retreat ot even hibernate a little and then, from that silent alone place, ask the big questions. By taking shelter from the relentlessness of life, the full moon is able to shine her light on the questions which we ask.
To add more spice to this important moon, we also have another grand cross ( see my last blog for details) . This time, Mercury, the ruler of communication is involved. The fleet footed messenger opposes Saturn, invoking serious mindful thought or despondency/ depression. Jupiter and Neptune then form a square to this axis.
I’d like to explore the slow moving Saturn Neptune square a bit, because it’s been around since November 2015 and will stay in our heavens until September this year. It really is the transit of the year.
Firstly, Saturn is in Sagittarius and Neptune is in Pisces, both mutable signs, connected to our quest for truth, meaning, belonging and spiritual connection … so there’s a bit of a common theme there.
But that’s where the similarity ends!
The two (a little like the introverted winter solstice versus the extroverted beautiful big bold full moon) could not be more different.
Saturn in Sagittarius is the teacher, who insists that we go after our goals in a systematic, pragmatic , mature way. He just adores spreadsheets, schedules and boundaries, and wants us to be disciplined, hard- working and, focussed on the future.
And Neptune in Pisces? Well….Our king of the ocean would much rather lie back in a hammock with a glass of wine and contemplate the insides of his eyelids – not apparently achieving very much. He’s into dreaming beautiful dreams, connecting with the Divine, escaping the harshness, drifting along in the present moment, maybe strumming the ukulele, or dancing with the pixies. He finds Saturn crushingly boring with all his demands and Saturn in turn, finds Neptune hazy, lazy and irresponsible.
And never the twain shall meet – but… like all relationships, we are challenged to find common ground between the two.
We all have both these archetypes active within us right now and usually, one lands up winning, depending on our predispositions, upbringing and of course our natal charts. We might find ourselves feeling more or less unable to move forward, wanting to escape and tune out reality completely , or we may perhaps swing the other way , driving ourselves relentlessly up the damn mountain.
A more helpful way to deal with squares is to find a bridge, a centre point between the two energies.
So… whichever way the pendulum has been swinging for you, ask yourself what you need to do to bring it back to the centre. What is your medicine?
If you feel as if you’re lost at sea without a paddle, perhaps you need to call on wise old Father Time (Saturn) to help you put some boundaries and routines in place … make some lists even !
If, on the other hand, you’ve been overdoing it, burning the candle at both ends, slogging up the never ending mountain, then maybe some time strumming the ukulele in the hammock might not be a bad idea after all.
Above all, over this full moon and for the next few weeks, remember to keep sending those truth seeking arrows into the centre of your soul – to find out what’s really true for you now! Don’t forget, as we each expand our perspectives and upgrade our beliefs, we are actively helping the rest of the planet to do so as well.
In July and August, as the Sun moves through Cancer and Leo, we will be working with the theme of re-envisioning our infancy, early childhood and our teenage years in my Art & Soul Workshops. Please email me for details.
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