Full Moon in Taurus ~ nurturance (10th November 2011)

A very nurturing and grounded full Moon in Taurus tonight, just prior to the 11.11.11 portal date. Taurus is the energy that the light of the Moon luminates, the energy of comfort, sustenance, nature and nurture, good food and luxury. It is also forming sextile with Ceres in Pisces, associated also with nurturance, the cycles of nature, of motherhood, fertility, empowerment and loss. Ceres is the goddess of the of grain and agriculture, in myth she brought about a terrible famine which resulted in Winter on Earth due to her mourning the loss of her daughter to Hades who took her away to the Underworld, but Ceres also bought about a new crop and the coming of Spring when her daughter was returned to her for 9 months of the year.

This full Moon may highlight to us how we find ways to feel secure in our surroundings, whether at home, at work or wherever we find ourselves. With Moon in Taurus and Ceres in Pisces in striking opposition to Sun in Scorpio, are we really in touch with nature around us and can we sense our connection with the cycles of nature. In a busy working world, it’s so easy to ignore the little voice inside that asks us to rest, to eat, to take some time out just to be still and recharge, to go out and take a walk, to indulge in the simple things in life like enjoying the feel of the breeze or the warmth of the Sun on the skin. We may forget to play and enjoy the innocence of life like we did as children, to view our world in the present moment, letting go of the past and the future. Letting go of worries and fears and living in the present is also a process of nurturance as we draw our energies away from thoughts and fears that can harm us, instead, transforming them into healthier and even deliciously nurturing thoughts of being here and now.

Ceres is also about letting go as she had to strike a deal with Hades to let her daughter go to him for the 3 months of Winter to be his Queen of the Underworld. This letting go also helped her daughter to mature as she learned to live in the Underworld with Hades, being with the powerful unconscious and perhaps even letting go of the fear of death and change, ultimatly the cycles of nature. This Moon may show us where we need to let go in our lives, with love and gratitude. The vibration that we give and send to these areas where we may need to let go, is also the vibration we are sending to ourselves, and we deserve to give ourselves healthy and positive nurturance in this present moment.

Full Moon in Pisces at 19, 17 degrees Pisces (12th Sept 2011) – Harvest Moon

With full Moons, realisations are often made and with a Piscean full Moon the realisations may just start to flood into consciousness in a very Neptunian way – intuitive and ethereal, maybe sublime, very real nonetheless. The areas of life and area of the chart that was touched two weeks ago at the new Moon, the very early seeds that were planted then, will now start to come into full awareness. What was unconscious (Moon) now becomes conscious (Sun) and we need to find a way to integrate the two.

In some parts of Polynesia, the thirteenth day Moon, just before full, is known as ‘the egg’ – the Moon is almost at full bloom, ready to release all the creative potential that is carried up to this point in the lunar cycle, it is a very fertile time, full of ideas, notions, movements and actions. Messages may themselves known, we may see signs coming into our sights that confirm what we’ve been pondering on, people may say things that correlate with what we are feeling inside but needed confirmation of. If we had a plan formulating a few weeks ago, now is the time we start to see where and if it’s going.

This full Moon is known as a Harvest Moon, which is the first full Moon to occur before the Autumnal Equinox (this year falling on 23rd September 2011). Day and night become more or less equal at the time of equinox. The Harvest Moon greatly aids the harvesters, giving them more time to gather their harvest. This is due to the difference between sunset and moonrise at this time of year being much shorter, in a way, prolonging the light of day somewhat.

As the seasons start to change from summer to autumn at the equinoxs, I sense the perfect balance as day and night become equal, very tranquil for meditation or any spiritual pursiut. There is a ripeness in the air, the trees start to change colour as they reach full maturity, the mornings contain a fresh dew and a misty sun, shadows start to draw longer in the late afternoons. This lunation contains a Venus Mars sextile in each other’s terms, brings the masculine and feminine side of ourselves into harmony as we balance out the unconscious and conscious of the Moon/Sun. The Moon in Pisces is conjunct asteroid Ceres which is also opposing Venus, another balancing energy but this time balancing our needs to nurture ourselves, feeling what we instinctively need as opposed to our duties in relationships with others. We may be completely aware of other’s needs but do we pay attention to what is inside us also? An empty cup cannot quench another’s thirst – we have to replenish our own inner needs, nurture and care for ourselves before we can truly do this with another. With the quincunx to Saturn and Juno, we may need to make some adjustments to our duties and commitments with others. Pisces vs Virgo show us to balance out our intuition, inspiration with logic and facts. The two can combine beautifully and bring visions into reality, with the right balance.

The Moon also falls 3 degrees short of the midpoint of Uranus and Neptune. This concerns the archetypal, unconscious energy of the collective. Uranus and Neptune together, according to Liz Greene in The Outer Planets and Their Cycles’ says that these two planets in conjunction can bring “mystical or religious vision, coupled with a political ideology”. Karl Marx had Uranus and Neptune conjunct in his 10th house. This full Moon, also square the nodes, could bring into awareness a political vision, rooted in an unconscious spiritual ideal that is felt within society on a rather unconscious level, that will have an effect on society in some way.

The lunation, on a more individual level, the Uranus/Neptune midpoint may help shift old realisations into new ones. We are constantly evolving, changing, as do the seasons, this could be a time of spiritual shift highlighted by the light of unconscious (dark Moon) becoming conscious (full Moon). The Moon quincunx Saturn and the Pisces/Virgo energy of the Sun and Moon, there may need to be adjustments as we sort out fact from fanatasy, or, find the reality inside the visions and goals that come to mind as we bring these visions down to earth. What can realistically be achieved and what needs to remain as an idea/fantasty… The trine from Moon to Mars will spur us on to get real and get moving on our realisations at this time, helping to cut through to the structure and logical reality of what can actually be achieved. The trine from Ceres to Mars, all the while we intuitively focus on what is the best for our highest good, how our soul can be nurtured in the actions that we take, while releasing, mourning and letting go, with the waning of the Moon, of what is no good for us. Chiron is also involved, Moon being midpoint of Chiron and Uranus. This could bring sudden insight into the nature of our wounds, give us a creative reason to express our individuality, trust our insights through and beyond the safe ‘box’ that convention uses to quell intuitions, senses and feelings. It is ok to explore and trust the intuition, its the most natural thing in the world and helps to keep us safe. Trusting our intuition, what we have inside, our senses, is one of the best ways we can nurture ourselves. It is not to ignore the logical, rather, to balance the two aspects in our lives, creating inner and outer balance in ourselves and in the world.

Nurturance, letting go and Ceres (7th Sept 2011)

With Moon and Pallas Athene (Goddess of divine wisdom and independance) in sextile with Ceres, forming a yod towards Mercury, thoughts of nurturance and letting go come to mind. Ceres is the Roman name for Demeter, Goddess of the grain, agriculture, nurturance, fertility as well as loss, starvation, seasonal cycles. Try as we might to hold onto things, beliefs and people, throughout life we are constantly letting go. From each breath that enters our body, we let go as we exhale, continuously and naturally. Life is constantly changing, like the cycles of the seasons, like day to night and back to day. An aspect of Ceres is of letting go – she had to let go of her daughter Kore (Persephone) who was taken by Pluto to the Underworld. Holding-on in life often causes the exact opposite to happen, the more we cling, the more the object of clinging slips away, whether it is to a person, an ideal, an object, money, anything. It is in letting go that life and the Universe is allowed to manifest and unfold in the way that’s most natural and for our highest good. Ego investment blocks the highest unfolding of Universal laws. Holding-on affects the body with deeply held tensions, rigidity and tightness manifesting through the muscles, limbs and joints, slowing us down and stifling the natural inner light to shine.

In meditation, yoga, or any relaxation technique, when the awareness is brought to the breath or object of concentration, the mind naturally stills and gradually the body can be felt to let go and open up as wants, desires, cravings are released and let-go of. In the process, we become completely present in the moment, the heart centre opens and energy is allowed to flow freely through the body, lightness returns to the being as the consciousness opens up.

Letting-go can be the most nurturing thing that we do for ourselves. It involves forgiveness, of self and others. As past hurts come to awareness, done to us or by us, letting go is a way of recognising the lessons learned and releasing the pain that was held on to. The nurturance of loving kindness can replace or simply being gently with ourselves can be a soothing balm to heal the hurt. In letting go, we are putting our trust in the Universe, replacing fear with love and trust, knowing that in letting go, an abundant supply will be there always and is already there. Through letting go, we tune into the already present abundance that surrounds us and is within us, we allow the Universe to nurture us as we trust in the abundance that flows through us.

 

Moon trine Venus, sextile Ceres – harmonising and nurturing

Moon in a harmonious trine to Venus today while heading towards opposition to firey Mars. A few different things going on – first, Moon joins Venus which may help tensions and stresses for those few hours, however straight after, Moon opposes Mars but there is strong mutual reception, followed by Moon quincunx Mercury. Tensions may rise, emotions may become heated as we try to find ways to express what we are feeling inside. The mutual reception may make it easier to resolve any volatile energies that arise.

The Moon also joins the Pallas/Ceres to Mercury yod, highlighting nurturance and awareness of the natural cycles of nature and of ourselves, how we look after ourselves and how we pay attention to our inner wisdom that is part of our divine natures – we all have this pure wisdom which connects us with the world around us. Situations now may be helping us to discover our own needs.

I looked at the final depositor of these planets and it all comes down to Sun and Mercury – the answer may be in finding ways to express our inner creativity, finding ways to shine, looking at our health and habits and how our self expression can affect the health. If self expression is blocked, health is more likely to suffer as the soul needs to breathe and be the best it is meant to be, which is perfect just as it is.

 

 

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