ASTR0-TAROT: FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN – FEAT. A SATURN/PLUTO CONJUCTION! OH MY!

Raise the drawbridge, fill the moat, and arm the battlements! Welcome to your Full Moon Lunar Eclipse breakdown for July 16th, 2019 at 24 degrees of Capricorn! As with the last new moon blog this blog will be a bit longer because of the multi-layered aspects we are dealing with. There is a significant aspect this full moon makes with the planets Saturn and Pluto and it is well worth covering thoroughly so that you can be prepared for what will be needed to navigate the energies leading up to January 2020.

PLANET: MOON – As ever we have our moon, center of all things emotional and nurturing. The planet that speaks to our sense of home, safety, family.

This being a full moon, as it stands for all full moons, there is the base energy of culminations, completions, and the fruition of ideas and events in our life. Whilst full moons are illuminating and often shed bright light on things missed or hidden or not revealed to us in some way, this lunar eclipse may short-circuit this potential and leave us feeling even a bit more in the dark about events having to do with the energies explained below.

Eight of Pentacles – Rider Waite Smith

SIGN: CAPRICORN; PLANET SATURN – So this full moon is in the sign of Capricorn and Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Additionally, the moon physically is in a conjunction (a really tight hug!) with the actual planet Saturn in the sky. So this full moon is double-dosed with all the Saturn/Capricorn energy it can handle.

Saturn and Capricorn deal with our structures in life, both internal and external and has a great deal to do with the power those institutions and structures enforce.

Externally, there are the institutions that govern the movement of us as individuals and as a society collectively. These include banks, large corporations, governments and the enforcement of societal laws.

On the next level down, on a more personal level, Saturn and Capricorn is all about the way we choose to work in this world. Our jobs, careers, volunteer opportunities. It also simply means that we will be getting down to the grindstone and doing some serious work on all levels.

Internally, it deals with the boundaries placed upon us by rules and laws that were set up to keep us “in order.” Not all rules and boundaries are bad! Some actually keep us safe and provide an understanding of how we function in the world. However, when we run into those that constrict us, or those we sense are there to stifle or potentially harm us, and then begin to internalize these things, we can become very hard and rigid in our thinking and actions with rampant feelings of frustration.

We will potentially see some very overt power plays show up with this lunation. They might come from the outside and we may find ourselves caught in the struggle. For instance, our organization suddenly downsizes and we lose our position in the company, or our job description suddenly is revised in ways we don’t like, or we may lose our job altogether. Alternatively we might experience the power struggles arising from within us. We need to make sure that we have a very clear idea of how we are utilizing power especially if we are in a position of “authority” within our workplace (or any place, really.)

The Tower – Rider Waite Smith

PLANET: PLUTO (ALSO IN CAPRICORN): Pluto is the planet farthest out from the sun in our solar system. It is considered a trans-personal planet (as are Uranus and Neptune.) This means that the influences of Pluto are HUGE and collective. Very rarely do the effects of Pluto actually only work on our little sphere of the universe. When Pluto aspects arise the arise in the collect consciousness and we as a species, a nation, a planet shift and change.

That said, this lunar eclipse full moon is going to give us all a very up close and personal experience of Plutonian themes as the moon is also in conjunction (a tight hug) with Pluto. And Pluto’s themes are the big ones: death, rebirth and transformation. What will pass away for us will be gone for good. There will be no returning to the old ways of expressing ourselves and feeling complacent. We are being tasked with a new birthing, a rising of a magnificent Phoenix and we will need great fortitude. We can shift the pain of this by becoming a willing co-creator of our transformation by consciously recognizing the things that we must let go of in order to move on to the next higher level of our souls. The work we contracted to achieve here on Earth school is far greater than the things that we have allowed to hold us back.

ELEMENTS: The Moon and Pluto are water planets, and Saturn is an earth planet. The type of water expressed by the Moon and Pluto are very different and we will get to that in a moment.

The earthy landscape that Saturn holds for the Moon’s water is one of high, jagged cliffs that lead to tall and impenetrable mountains. Whlist water can, and will with enough time, wear down all stone and rocks, it must, when faced with the earth of Saturn, simply bow and allow itself to surrender to the boundaries of this harsh and solid landscape. Surrendering is not synonymous to giving up or quitting or sitting about in a pity party because we can’t do the things we want to do because someone said so. Maturely surrendering means to relax and acknowledge which things within your sphere of influence you cannot change, and which things you can change…then work on those alone with a peaceful heart.

The water of Pluto is not the water of the moon but is the watery vapors of space. With these waters we feel the shifts and flows that are happening on a collective level. We may see many people around us all experiencing similar themes of dissolution and loss. We will grieve not only for ourselves, but also be in touch with a collective grief. We will cry as a planet for the losses and each other but we will also be there for each other as the new paradigms arise from the ashes.

LUNAR ECLIPSE: As mentioned earlier, the eclipse will cause the moon to once more go into a shadow phase. We will feel diminished, perhaps fearful at this time as things we thought were being revealed to us draw back into shadow leaving us more confused that before. Given the areas covered by Capricorn we may experience large shifts with regard to our workplace or what we do with our job. The level of discomfort we feel may be greater than we anticipate, but the eclipse will pass and in two weeks we will have a new moon in fiery Leo and things may become clearer about why what happened needed to happen. Meanwhile, we may get a glimpse into how to move into the work we came here to do which may not be the job we are currently in. Pay attention to your dreams during this eclipse.

Art by Kenneth Rougeau

FINAL PIECES: On a global level, things are heating up and this eclipse will continue to accelerate the chaos we are currently seeing in our news feeds. The institutions that Saturn and Capricorn rule are undergoing a huge upheaval and the power of many are vying for dominance. Many structures are crumbling before our eyes. The safety we may have felt once with our jobs, our banks, our law enforcement is all shifting leaving us feeling vulnerable and adrift.

This is a perfect time to contemplate and begin to build an inner tower or fortress, a private retreat where the storms can bash all they like, but you will remain safe within. But here is the trick. You must allow the materials you use in the building to be permeable. This allows for information to both come in and also to get out! In this way you can allow for outdated beliefs to leave rather than keep you trapped into ways of thinking that may no longer serve you turning your tower of safety into a prison. Instead, you can actively allow for the transformation to happen by you rather than to you. So, instead of being at the mercy of a transit coming through your life and blasting down the too rigid structure that you have set up leaving you sitting, dazed and confused, in the pile of your own rubble, you take control of the flow of beliefs then you are able to wield the power to stand firm no matter that all else around you is in chaos.

Whilst the external institutions of control and the bounds and boundaries of society, culture, governments and laws may be being blasted away we have the opportunity to establish or fortify our inner self-control and self-discipline.

The materials that will serve you best in your construction or fortification are integrity, transparency, authenticity. You are not building to make an impression on the world. If the world is blowing itself up and is in flames (as in the Tower card) it will not care about you one little bit. But, these will be the character traits that you can fall back on for yourself and know that, no matter what or who comes along and tries to tear you down or blow you up personally, they will have no power over you in this regard.

Finally, watch your timing on things. If you have any doubt about saying or doing a thing right now, step back. This might be difficult for some but it will be essential. You will have an opportunity later.

OK! Let’s sort out our ingredients!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: power, control of self and others, transformations in the outer, actively creating permanent transformations within, structures (most notably around one’s career), finances (as related to our work), boundaries, surrender, retreat in order to advance, time and timing.

Here is a four card spread that might help in clarifying the energies with this moon:

  1. What situation is exerting power over me which I can not control?
  2. What do you wish to tell me about my own use of power at this time?
  3. What is my greatest strength with which to build the foundation of my internal fortress?
  4. What is one action that I can take to help me transform my inner landscape?

FINDING YOUR FULL MOON CARDS:

With all the energies provided with this full moon I would suggest finding four cards to meditate upon and use as guides this month.

Using the ingredients above here are the questions to ask: (Please remember that you can use any deck you like for this exercise. It doesn’t matter. There will always be a card available that will carry these energies. You might like to do the exercise across multiple decks and see which card pops up according to the relationship you have with the deck. Is it the same card or a different one? Is it just one card that comes to you are are there two or more that seem to work? Explore!):

  • Which card will provide you guidance about holding your boundaries?
  • Which card will provide guidance about your inner power?
  • Which card will provide you guidance about your inner strength?
  • Which card will guide you through great transformation?

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: With the huge and heavy energy of this full moon there are two ways that would be best to do your work.

First, journal. Write it out. You may actually need to see your thoughts put to words in a very down to earth and practical manner. Just like what happens when we are having a conversation with someone and suddenly we hear ourselves and it sobers us up. Journal with all of the four cards in order to really solidify their guidance. Especially the card which will guide you through transformation. That card will be valuable for the remainder of the year. You may wish to refer back to what you have written.

Secondly, allow yourself to simply do your work one step at a time. Just ‘do the next thing.’ If you become overwhelmed simply ask yourself, “What is the next thing to do?” It should be very simple. Maybe it is, “put the dishes away.” Or even as small as, “put that shirt on a hangar.” Then ask again, “What is the next thing to do?” And keep going. One thing. Then another, then another. Those are the things that will help you to feel in control should everything else around seem crazy.

May your inner fortress be built with great care, great love, great compassion. We are ALL in this great time of transformation together.

Be well, be happy. Namaste.

ASTRO-TAROT: Ethics In Astrology and Tarot – Accountability and Responsibility

**WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS DISCUSSION ABOUT CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE WHICH MAY TRIGGER SOME READERS. IF THIS IS YOU PLEASE STOP HERE AND MAKE THE DECISION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU WISH TO CONTINUE READING OR MOVE ON. THANK YOU.

Yesterday was just…well, one of those days. We have a conjunction between Mercury and Mars in fiery Leo that will be exact on Monday, July 9, but is within three degrees of each other right now. Communications are moving fast and hot and this conjunction is now close enough for the fire brigade to be at the ready! I offer you this tale as both a manifestation of this energy and, more importantly, as a dive into the topic of professional responsibility and ethical communications within the context of spiritual arts.

A video was put out by an professional astrologer I have followed on YouTube for about a year. He currently has ninety four thousand subscribers on this channel. He comes off as a spiritual practitioner. In this video he was talking about the energies of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 2 and started to ramble about healing your childhood wounds. All well and good.

However, he then got into a discussion about the wounds of childhood sexual abuse. He said that these are difficult to heal because, at bottom, the child experiences pleasure by being aroused during an abuse event. He used the phrase, “because it feels good.”

This stopped me in my tracks and I was appalled. First of all, he throws out this topic as if it’s just a small thing to add to his chatter without considering that many people viewing may have deep trauma around this topic, then he actually states that a sexually abused child experiences pleasure. Where to begin?

When I commented that I felt he was very wrong and that I hoped the Mercury retrograde time will offer him an opportunity to RE-view this video and offer an apology to his viewers he replied thusly: “It’s in every psychology and biological book that the physical body responds with chemicals from the brain when sexually stimulated. You’re in denial.”

He deleted that comment about 20 minutes later and then posted some cut and paste commentary about all the hormones that are released (even though children’s endocrines systems are not developed) that create pleasure biologically when touched in a sexual manner. Never mind that children, especially pre-verbal infants, are still negotiating life through their energetic body which is their primary guidance system. They will know intuitively that this person touching them intends them harm and they will go into fear mode which is far stronger than some biological pleasure. They will be afraid, not aroused.

There were two other women who challenged him but he may not have read their replies before mine. He did not reply to either of them and he never returned to commenting.

I share this because this astrologer is not, in my opinion, professional or an ethical practitioner. He is ignorant and self-absorbed at best. His reply to someone who questions him about his off-handed remarks about childhood sexual abuse through making attempts to defend this type of commentary with clearly no real knowledge of the topic, sensitivity to his viewing audience, and includes victim blaming (“You’re in denial”) into his defense is what brings me here to write this blog.

For the most part, many who are in the profession of providing professional readings are not trained therapists or psychologists. Yet we find ourselves in the position of hearing deep stories from our clients that are filled with pain and sorrow. And we always have to assume that we are not hearing the worst of the worst. So we must tread lightly when we see what we see within a chart or spread. It takes a long time to really learn the art of tact and discretion.

As practitioners we are absolutely accountable for what and how we share information with our clients or subscribers. Period. Sure, we have some days where we get stuck. Maybe it’s a Mercury retrograde that has us reeling and we just say all the wrong things. If we get called out, then we have an ethical responsibility to look at our position and consider whether or not we feel we may need to adjust. Apologizing is the mature response even if you feel that you were not incorrect! Someone was distressed by something you said and you can still apologize. Defending and backtracking and ESPECIALLY engaging in something like blaming and shaming the person involved is reprehensible and points to the fact that it might be time to take a break from what we are doing and heal our own soul. This is not the profile of a professional and could seriously damage someone.

If you are someone who goes to tarot readers or astrologers and you hear something like this that is clearly wrong you are NOT obligated to continue in a session with the reader. If you are a subscriber to someone’s blog or YouTube channel, you have every right to call them out on this type of uninformed commentary. We do our best to try to educate rather than berate, but if we are triggered we might come out guns a-blazing. In all instances when we are with someone who claims to be a “spiritual healer” and engages in unethical behaviour it is best to simply stand up and speak up and hope that they will wake up.

If you have questions or feedback please feel free to contact me either through comments here or via a personal message. I will be happy to respond.

Take care of yourselves, friends. May you go gently into these tumultuous times.

Be well and Namaste.