As we hurtle at breakneck speed towards the end of yet another year, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to check in with what the planets are up to. It’s no coincidence that Thanksgiving falls on the Gemini full moon this year (25th /26th November – just after midnight if you live in South Africa). For me, this brings the theme of Gratitude into the light, a quality which I think will get us through the next few weeks, as there are some rather challenging alignments around.
The reason this newsletter is going out at the last minute is that I’ve been and still am, feeling this tricky energy rather acutely… For me, it’s a bit like wading through thick slimy mud or quicksand, but here goes. ….Please forgive me if this is all over the place, but I’m going to explain how I’m feeling and intuiting what’s going on, rather than relying on any external information.
Interestingly this Full moon is encouraging us to do just that. She is in busy, restless, communicative, information/ activity seeking Gemini… opposite the Sun in optimistic, expansive, truth seeking Sagittarius. Normally that would be simple enough – suggesting that we filter through all the information “out there” and ask whether it is true and relevant to us personally, before we accept it as gospel or share it with all in sundry. The Gemini/Sagittarius axis urges us to connect with the intuitive point of wisdom that lies between information (Gemini) and knowledge (Sagittarius).
In some respects, with the instant access we have to information these days, we are also forgetting how to work through problems and issues ourselves, because there is always some sort of a solution or answer courtesy of Mr Google. Although it’s amazing and incredible to have this technology, it’s also dumbing us down a bit, if you think about it. In years gone by, when faced with a problem or a challenge, we often had no option other than to slow down and figure it out or feel it out for ourselves. By going through something step by step, we gain experience, develop our intuition, and turn information into knowledge , the way I see it. When we hurry towards the end point, we prevent that from happening.
Now that’s where I would normally leave it, but there’s more to this particular full moon than that. That weighty old geyser Saturn has pulled into the party, joining the Sun and Mercury. With this alignment, the usually optimistic Sagittarian sun has sort of disappeared behind a cloud for a while. The fiery one wants to expand and grow and think big and send good positive energy (and newsletters) into the Universe, but Saturn is sitting on his shoulder whispering… “But should you….? What if it doesn’t work… What if you can’t do it…. What if you fail…What if other people don’t like it … or you?
And that’s not all…there’s more… (that sounds like one of those hard selling ads of the 90’s 🙂 – This full moon also opens the curtain on a slow square dance between Saturn and Neptune, which will continue on and off until September 2016.
Whenever the outer planets get into an uncomfortable alignment, it signifies a big paradigm shift. The last one was the Uranus Pluto square from 2012 to 2015 and was seen by many to signify a Shift in Consciousness . This one is taking the shift to a deeper level.
So what’s being asked of us now?
Well, Saturn and Neptune could not be more different. Saturn represents form, structure, boundaries, the old guard, tradition, goals and achievement. Neptune represents dreams, imagination, escape, illusions, addiction, connection, formlessness, oneness and our connection to the Divine.
When these two giants are at odds, like they are now, some of us might find ourselves feeling depressed, with old hurts, guilts, resentments or even old health conditions rising up from nowhere. Or we might feel lethargic, unwell or as if there are major obstacles standing between us and our dreams. We may also find ourselves swinging from one extreme to another. One minute we’re all fired up about achieving what we want to achieve, heading towards our goals in a mature, structured way… and the next, we feel burdened and saddened by the goings-on in the world, overwhelmed by everything and all we want to do is to lie in a hammock, dreaming and imagining a better life, or to zone out from reality completely..?
So what do we do with that?
Well, as I said, I’m still making my through this particular quagmire, but the idea with all squares and oppositions is for us to find the middle ground. We need to give both energies attention – invite Saturn in to provide us with enough structure, but not too much that our light is quelled and allow Neptune to lighten the load a bit, with some time out, dreaming, rest,creativity and compassion.
If you do find yourself spiralling downward in the next few weeks, I would suggest starting a Gratitude practice. I’m going to start a 30 day Gratitude challenge tomorrow on Face book – join us there.
Take a few minutes, sit quietly and connect with every single thing that you are grateful for. From the breath that keeps you alive, to your senses, your limbs, your heart, your bed… This will also help to lift your vibration out of the mud, shift your paradigm, and re-frame your experience should you slip into victim-hood and isolation – another theme song of Neptune Saturn. I still have some space in my Taking stock / Gratitude workshops in December – a great way to complete the year. See below or email me for details.
In the next day or too, be sure to schedule some time (Saturn) to connect to yourself and all that is (Neptune.) If you are in a quandary about something, ask the question, tune into your body and get a sense of what feels expansive and what feels restrictive. .. allow answers to surface, rather than chasing them down and when they do, take the first step, and then another and another….
And through it all, make sure you love and accept yourself , imperfections and all! To demonstrate that, I’m going to hit send on this newsletter, even though it’s far from perfect!
Life and Light to you