Teamwork, Trials, Tests And Trickery: September's Partial Solar Eclipse

Please don’t ask me what the score is; I’m not even sure what the game is. Ashleigh Brilliant

A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player’s personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team. Pat Riley

A team should never practice on a field that is not lined. Your players have to become aware of the field’s boundaries. John Madden

If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team. Bud Wilkinson

Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Life begins when you get out of the grandstand and into the game. P. L. Debevoise

September's new Moon occurs on September 13. It is a partial solar eclipse and it is quite a powerful lunation. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon's shadow misses the Earth.This eclipse will be seen from southern Africa and Antarctica - so, unless you're down in that region of the world, you won't be seeing it. However, you may be feeling it. 

Although this eclipse is partial, it is nonetheless powerful. The new Moon (a new Moon is when the Sun and the Moon are on the same degree of the zodiac) is opposite Chiron, so we are likely to feel our 'wounds', our 'stories', coming up for revision. What are the stories you tell yourself? How do they effect you and your life? Are they worth clinging to? Do they take up too much space in your head/body/spirit? This Sun/Moon - Chiron opposition tells a story of the provision of food - getting our dietary requirements satisfied - finding ourselves fed (perhaps too much, too often, with the wrong nutrients) while others in the world starve or have to scratch for the small rewards they might find. In the Sabian Symbols 20+ of mutable (Gemini 21, Virgo 21, Sag 21 and Pisces 21) speak directly to the idea of food, nourishment, serving (and being served) food, the need for refrigeration, etc. It is very interesting to watch how these degrees manifest. 

Another aspect that is happening is the Jupiter and Neptune opposition. This can bring up issues to do with our dreams, our imaginations and imagining, our desires and how we would like to see our (the) world. This, especially in Virgo/Pisces, can be very sensitive. It can have us finding the glaring problems of the world too much to deal with; the ugliness, the needs of others, the crowding in, the responsibilities of our day to day lives, our need to find a mission or a dream that fits in with our visions. We may find ourselves learning, yet again, more lessons about humility, joy, letting go, being aware of others, etc. Decisions and announcements made around this time can range from the truly vacuous and fatuous all the way up to visionary and freeing. We dance the dance and we learn our lessons. The me versus you divisions of faith, religion and politics can divide us, or, they can bring us together. Part of the changing of the story of Chiron is finding it within ourselves to drop judgements, to drop the stories. Easier said, I know, but it is more and more freeing as we let those stories go. 

Further, Mercury is going retrograde just a few days after the new Moon. It is going retrograde on a degree that can talk about the need to rebuild our lives in some way. We may find that our 'boat landing' has been washed away; we can find ourselves with nowhere to dock, nowhere to land (whether this is physically, emotionally, financially, etc). We may need to reconstruct some aspect of our lives. Perhaps several aspects. We may also need to lend a hand to others who can't do it for themselves. Mercury will spend several days during this retrograde period squaring Pluto. This can bring up enormous stresses and strains. We can feel pushed to the limit and this can reflect through relationships of all kinds. We might find it hard to relax, hard to let go, hard to take some time out for ourselves. Where do we dock? Where can we find a safe harbour? Some decisions (obviously not all!) may have to be put on hold for the time being. Mercury is coming up to the opposition of Uranus when it goes retrograde. We have to revise some parts of our lives, or, give ourselves some time to work things out. We may also want to delve into some issues, to get to the bottom of some story, situation or relationship issue. With some careful digging, we can come up with gems that we only suspected were there. We just don't want to have to excavate our entire lives because, again, we might find ourselves unmoored or having nowhere to land. Moderation and one day at a time are key with this Mercury retrograde. There will be many things to deal with as Mercury goes over the middle degrees of Libra in a month or so time.


The New Moon, a partial solar eclipse, is on Virgo 21: A GIRL'S BASKETBALL TEAM

This degree shows the need to see others as equals, not to put others down, or, indulge in catty remarks about how others are not as 'good' or as 'deserving of being in the game'. 

This Symbol implies joining with others and working as a team to achieve common aspirations. You may be into doing things by yourself, but you’ll still have interactions with others who will mould how you do things and how you’ll perform. There is a need to cooperate and play by the rules of the game to achieve your goals. Friends and those with similar interests will be able to join with you to achieve a mutually desired end. Are people hogging the ball, not passing it on to others? If so, that won't secure a ‘win’ for you or for the team. How would a referee call that? 

Keywords: The give and take of unity and equality. Everyone getting to play the game. Joyful participation. Friendship and sport. Fast footwork. Winning and losing. Being in the team. Playing fair and square. Coaching and practice. The need for a level playing ground. Uniforms. Codes of behaviour and play. Locker room antics. Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

The Caution: Forcing others to compete on the same level without regard for differences. Finding it difficult to play by the rules or cooperate. Bitchiness and rivalry taking the fun out of playing. Petulance and spitting the pacifier. Some being stars while others are merely drones. Taking things too seriously. Tantrums. The desire to win at all costs. One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of the new Moon is Virgo 20: A CARAVAN OF CARS HEADED FOR PROMISED LANDS

This Symbol has obvious and not so obvious connotations. Certainly we can see people all over the world moving, running, fleeing, traveling, changing, wanting to take off for pleasure, or, needing to take off because of pain. 

This Symbol shows the desire of moving on to new thoughts, new lands, new ways of doing things, possibly even on to a new way of life. Setting out on a venture can lead you to “Promised Lands”, even if it’s sometimes somewhat risky to leave the safety and stability of home to strike out for unfamiliar destinations. Whether you are with someone or going alone, you are probably not really alone as there are likely to be others who share the same impulses. Having a map of where you're going helps, as will a willingness to meet new people. The trick is often in deciding where the “Promised Lands” are and what you’ll do when you find them. 

Keywords: Venturing into life with like-minded companions. The support of others in a quest for the future. Seeking new territory. Rallies and caravans of cars. Exchanging money. Commerce. Buses, caravans, trucks, etc. Leaving behind the known for the unknown. Gypsies. Hollywood. California. "Boom" towns. The "magic bus". Conferences.

The Caution: Forsaking the individual path in favor of a more secure, common one. Perpetuating restlessness. Constantly seeking the "pot of gold". Far-off lands. Inability to settle anywhere. Being a rolling-stone. Forsaking lasting relationships. Crazy goose chases. Running away from problems. Fear of flying.

The Quest Degree for the new Moon is Virgo 22: A ROYAL COAT OF ARMS ENRICHED WITH PRECIOUS STONES

This Symbol speaks to the rather obvious need to see ourselves and others as worthy, loved, looked after - as equals. It's an ambitious desire, but I hope that we can make it. Further, there are so many caught up in fleeing that they don't have their personal papers - this can make it so difficult for them and for those who have to process their refugee status. What a mess. All people deserve peace and calm and a safe place to live. 

This Symbol implies is a strong connection to heritage and family lines. This can give rise to feelings of pride and honor as one accepts that a sense of nobility is one’s birth right. Even if there’s no actual nobility in your bloodline, there can be a sense of nobility about your character and bearing. There are things to stand up for and represent, regardless of where you come from and who your ancestors and your family are. Believing in yourself and your abilities will give you strength and stability and people will believe in your beauty, talent or worth, regardless of your background or where you’re from. 

Keywords: A long lineage standing behind. Social stratas. Royalty. Issues of social standing and identity. Having a regal bearing. Aristocratic status. Nobility. Coats of Arms. Strength of association. Pure blood. Ancestors of worth or note. Hereditary lines. Having rights and prestige. Pageantry. Knights jousting. Inheritances. Wealthy lineage. Displays of grace and honor. Beauty and wealth no matter what the status. Tartans. Precious stones. Shields. Inscriptions.

The Caution: Superficial judgment on one's ancestry. Believing in privileges for the select few. Seeing others as not being worthy. Class-consciousness. Snobbery. Having "slaves" to do everything. Being "in the club". Elite school snobbery. Bastardizing others. Feeling above everyone because of lineage.

The New Moon Symbolizes: A time of new beginnings and realisations. It's like a birth after a time of gestation or being 'in the womb'. Here, the light begins to return and we can see new beginnings and possibilities. A new Moon means that the Sun and the Moon are both together - bringing a synergy of their energies together. The new Moon is a perfect time to set your intentions for the future. This period is wonderful for planting seeds of whatever kind. What do you want to manifest in your future? Whether you write it down, sing about it or just hold the thought forms in your mind, doing this at the new Moon can realise some fabulous results around the things that you want to draw into your life 

 symbols_mercury.jpg Mercury is on Libra 15: CIRCULAR PATHS - this was the degree of Mercury on 9/11. We can find ourselves going around and around, thinking the same thoughts, repeating the same ol' same ol'. Mercury is getting set to go retrograde and it is square to Pluto. This is going to be a meaningful retrograde period, if nothing else! 

This Symbol implies issues to do with ever repeating cycles of activity that often lead one around in circles or back to where one began. 'Circular Paths' lead us around and there may indeed be a feeling of being back where you started, but remember the experience and learning you have gained on your journey to where you are now. There is a cosmic rhythm and cycle, but when you return to what seems to be where you started, you will have new experience and new skills. However, if you’re not getting anywhere it can be because of addictive behavior that continually leads to the same result. 

Keywords: Going round and round. The orbits of the planets. Cosmic rhythms and cycles. The cycles of life. Things we feel we can trust. The secure path that never really leads anywhere. Crop circles. Realizing mistakes and learning from them. The wheels of progress. Merry-go-rounds. Circular machinery. Mazes and labyrinths. Chaos theory. Learning through repetition. Looking for somewhere to park.

The Caution: Being lost in abstractions or small details. Losing perspective from going round and round. Addictive cycles that are hard to get rid of. Boredom. Episodes that repeat themselves. Repeating the same actions or mistakes. Treadmills. Habits that are self-defeating.

Mercury goes retrograde just a few days after this new Moon. 

The Quest Degree for Mercury is Libra 16: AFTER A STORM, A BOAT LANDING STANDS IN NEED OF RECONSTRUCTION

This Symbol shows the need to rebuild parts of our lives that get swept away in difficult situations or “Storms”. Even things built on solid foundations can be swept away by the tidal wave forces of life or the emotions. You may at times feel overpowered and that you need to pick yourself up in some way. You may have to reconstruct some usually secure part of your life, but you are wiser and will in future build something stronger. Finding tools to rebuild can create brand new opportunities on every level. A great use of this degree is to find yourself in the helping role or being a counselor for others who have difficult issues to deal with in their lives. 

Keywords: Temporary loss. Emotional repair. Tools to repair damage and build a new life. Having faith that the worst is over and recovery can begin. Calling in the experts. Taking time to put the pieces back together. Working to ensure the safety of the community. Insurance claims. The fragility of man's world in the face of nature. Returning to work.

The Caution: Making excuses instead of fixing things. Feeling emotionally swamped and powerless. Being torn apart. Leaving things a mess. Feeling shot to pieces. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse. Having nowhere to dock. Arguments and violence.

Mercury symbolizes: Mind, thought, communication, memory, expression, intelligence. News, exchanges, chatting, conversations, short journeys, connections with others, telephones, emails, siblings, neighbors, the reasoning mind. Day-to-day activities. Cars, keys, small animals,

symbols_venus.jpg Venus is on Leo 16: BRILLIANT SUNSHINE JUST AFTER A STORM. This probably needs little or no intepretation. I guess we are being asked to make hay while the sun shines :)

This Symbol implies situations where storms come through one’s life on a periodic basis; sweeping away elements of life that have been clogging up situations, clearing the air and resolving issues. It also shows the ability to be able to pick one’s self up after some difficulty or crisis. The trick is to notice the gift of the brilliant sunshine as the clouds part and life takes on a calmer, happier tone. The worst is probably over and situations can resolve themselves; things dry out and recovery begins. There is probably always more cleaning up and work to be done, but one should enjoy the release and pleasure of the relief that follows a storm. 

Keywords: The warmth of renewal. Things glistening with raindrops. Extremes. Recovery. Hallucinogenic drugs. Extreme weather, e.g. El Nino. Religious experiences. Brighter worlds. Optimistic feelings after hopes dashed. Relief and joy. The sun breaking through clouds. Overcoming crisis. The longing for rain to quench dryness. Floods of emotion. Negative ions bringing relief. Rainbows. Brilliant light that brings joy.

The Caution: Assuming that the storm will soon return. Being stuck in fear. Manic depression. Distorted viewpoints. Bouncing around from one emotion to another. Invoking arguments because of the reward of "making up". Enjoyment of conflict. Plumbing problems. Refusing to move into the sunlight. Bi-polar behaviour. On-off behaviour.

Venus symbolizes: Relatedness, cooperation, what attracts you. The experience of sweetness, beauty or delight. Social interactions, love, friends, how you reach out to people. Feminine persona, relationship with mother and females. Money, possessions, sense of values.

symbols_mars.jpg Mars is on Leo 23: A BAREBACK RIDER IN A CIRCUS DISPLAYS THEIR DANGEROUS SKILL. Are you ready for what you're doing? What you're about to be doing? Do you feel you can run into the circus ring now? 

This Symbol shows situations of showing one’s talent, training, skills and bravery to others.
The ‘Bareback has trained and practiced for the performance and is up and ready to show their abilities to others. A sense of balance combined with timing is vitally important otherwise you could be thrown mid-way through your performance. Although you may believe passionately in what you are doing, you may put yourself at risk to present your abilities, skills and emotions boldly and skillfully. Done correctly, this will not doubt impress others most of the time, but be wary of running into the ring unrehearsed. Being well trained and fit and ready helps. 

Keywords: Defying gravity. Controlling one's animal instincts. Courage and mastery over one's energies. Shows of strength. Situations where one might get "bucked". Rushing in where angels fear to tread. Being shown in the media. The allure of drama and danger. Life as a circus or carnival. Amazing displays of skill. Superheroes. Comic book characters. Impressing people with well-rehearsed skills.

The Caution: "Showing off", losing control and falling. Demanding attention. Looking for applause. Fooling with nature's energies. Arousing or controlling animal passions. Acting wildly and not thinking about the consequences.

Mars symbolizes: Drive, determination or agenda, how you get to your goals. How you express and handle anger, ambition, assertion of self and ability to step forward. The male principle, sexuality, the ability to step up to the plate when one needs to. Fight or flight.

symbols_jupiter.jpg Jupiter is on Virgo 8: A YOUNG PERSON TAKES THEIR FIRST DANCING LESSON

This Symbol shows the periodic need to learn lessons in life. Although you may know a lot, there often comes periods when you realize that there is far more to learn. Perhaps you will be the “Young Person”, or the one giving the “Dancing Lesson” – the teacher. Sometimes you are new to situations and need to learn, other times you show others the way. The secret to success with this degree is to always be learning, always taking in lessons that life serves up to you. You have the potential to do well, but initially things may seem difficult or unfamiliar. The willingness to learn new steps in life helps, as does taking 'instruction'. 

Keywords: Practice makes perfect. Higher talents being developed. Learning discipline, self-control and concentration. Taking on something new. Listening to and following instructions. Moving into a new sense of being. Losing innocence. Learning the steps without thinking. Music and dance. Following the rhythm. Progressing from one thing to the next. Instructors and students.

The Caution: Difficulty understanding lessons. Continually returning to the beginning. Not trusting the teacher or instruction. Having to learn things against one's desires. Believing that one knows everything already. Fears of being seen as a beginner or clumsy. Having two left feet. Not paying attention to life's lessons. Naivety.

Jupiter symbolizes: The big picture, expansion, exploration, aspirations, religious and philosophical ideals, issues to do with traveling, foreign lands, people and traditions, culture, education, generosity, luck, abundance, support, optimism. Insight through knowledge and wisdom.

symbols_saturn.jpg Saturn is on Scorpio 30: CHILDREN IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES INDULGING IN VARIOUS PRANKS. Thankfully, Saturn is on the last gasp of Scorpio and is about to head into Sagittarius. It's been a rather gruelling couple of years. Hallelujah (although there are those, understandably, who might not be celebrating :) !)

This Symbol implies that society needs to have an outlet for disruptive energies, and to have periodic displays of fun, even indulging in somewhat disruptive pranks. You may feel that the trickster in you needs to be let out every now and then, or you may be the focus of tricks by others. Whichever, it should be acknowledged that there needs to be an occasional outlet for immature or fun loving energies, as long as there's no harm done. This Symbol can refer to somebody who doesn’t take anything too seriously. The time of Halloween is the time when the veil between the living and the dead becomes very thin. 

Keywords: The madman inside all of us. Astro-drama. The lifting of the veil between the living and the dead. Unintegrated energies playing tricks on the unwary. Tricksters. Creative surprises. Halloween. Trick or treat. Practical jokes played on the unwary. Roaming the streets. Dressing up. Ghouls and ghosts.

The Caution: Being unable to connect with real and immediate emotions. Contempt for the establishment. 'Mucking around' and not getting to the core of things. Evading one's responsibilities through being silly or madcap. Not respecting other people's boundaries.

Saturn symbolizes: Authority, rules, discipline and obligation The heavy stuff. What we fear, loss, karma, aging, the establishment, orthodoxy, tradition, status, the concept of time, walls, boundaries, limits, older people, restrictions, patience, conquering difficulties.

symbols_uranus.jpg Uranus is on Aries 20: A YOUNG PERSON FEEDING BIRDS IN WINTER. There are so many who need help. So many who require assistance. We receive by giving, but, with Uranus on this degree, there will be those who will not be happy to see people being rescued or helped. What a world we live in. 

This Symbol shows the ability to help those in need of help, to provide safety, security, nourishment or emotional support, especially to those who may not know how to solve their problems themselves. There are those that stubbornly resist moving on or changing their habits, even if it is to their detriment, and providing them with a safe harbor can bring many rewards. This is about sharing and caring. Nonjudgmental attitudes can move you to help them and lead them to trust. A dedication to helping others has its own rewards. 

Keywords: Nurturing innocence. Feeding energy to situations that feel cold, hopeless and lost. Small efforts bringing their rewards. Co-dependent relationships. Nurturing. Helping those less fortunate or smaller. Taking time out for others. Doing things without thought of reward. Enjoying nature. Trying to find friends or company. Bread and water. Soup kitchens. Counselling. Hot vs. cold weather.

The Caution: Wanting to win approval. Creating dependence with others that has to be maintained. Feeling bleak, lost and alone. The need to continually rescue others. Doing anything in order to be liked. Finding it difficult to stop giving. Not being able to say "no". Feeling used and unrewarded.

Uranus symbolizes: The unexpected, things that are individual or 'different'. Charged, energetic dynamics, electricity, light, lightning bolts, sudden changes, those who live on the fringe of society. Sudden turns and twists of fate. Rebellion, surprises, liberation, freedom.

symbols_neptune.jpg Neptune is on Pisces 9: THE RACE BEGINS: INTENT ON OUTDISTANCING HIS RIVALS, A JOCKEY SPURS HIS HORSE TO GREAT SPEED

This shows spurring to action when you need to, to rise to occasions that call for a sense of urgency or speed. Perhaps it's time to extract all the energy possible into situations. The “Race” is on, and you may feel that you can make it to the finish, but still are not guaranteed of victory. What efforts do you expend to push you faster and further than the rest of the field? Ensure that you're not expending all your energy too quickly and not really achieving anything of lasting value. Be wary of bolting out of the gate without knowing what your objective is. Needing to win at all costs can have others feeling like you’re not really ‘in the race’ – just wanting to win. 

Keywords: Competitiveness and high ambitions. Wanting to win, sometimes against the odds. Losing and gaining weight. Weightlessness. Racing to be first at things. Demanding quick flight. Bolting out of the gate. Aggressive desires. Exhilaration. Wanting to better oneself. Being on the home run. Speed and the need for it. Facing forward with great intensity. Rivals and competitors. The value of training. Horsemanship. Discipline. Energy poured into the drive to succeed. Starting whistles, pistols or lights.

The Caution: Galloping at full speed prematurely. Being too ambitious. Ruthless measures. Jumping the gun. Doing anything to win or succeed. Being pushy or single minded. Running out of steam before the finish line. Weight dropping off too quickly. Sabotage or blocking other's efforts. Reigning in energy at the last moment.

Neptune symbolizes: Mystical, "out there," spirituality and con artists. Dreams, mysteries, mystics and religious issues. Intuition, clairvoyance, seeing into the invisible. Addictive, chaotic, charming, deceptive, illusory, co dependent, sensory awareness.

symbols_pluto.jpg Pluto is on Capricorn 14: AN ANCIENT BAS-RELIEF CARVED IN GRANITE REMAINS A WITNESS TO A LONG-FORGOTTEN CULTURE. Here, we have the smashing of Palmyra, the ruination of Syria, the bombing of ancient lands. The erosion of our histories in more ways than one. We also may need to look at those things that we have been hanging onto like grim death that no longer suit us or serve our needs. What do you need to let go of? What things could you put in your museum (to be honored or neglected?)

This Symbol shows learning from the past, seeing the beauty and meaning inherent in ancient civilizations, their monuments and cultures. Some things never fade; they stand as reminders of ancient eras, bringing messages to us. Information and revelations may be found in these reminders (the “Remains”) about the stability and longevity of the foundation of your society, or possibly some other society, distant in time or space. You’ll find satisfaction in things that are not so much superficial display, but those things that represent the longevity and stability of the foundation or backdrop of your society. The trick is not to get stuck in the past or become unchangeable or unbendable. 

Keywords: Anonymous immortality. Things written or carved in stone, or concrete. Permanent records. Clues from the past. Things that should be shaped and changed with the times. Pieces of art or sculpture. Things that belong in a museum. Inscriptions and carvings. Ancient civilizations and their relics. History.

The Caution: Limitations that don't allow for changes. Old and outworn situations. Things that can not, or will not, ever change. Memories frozen in time. Feeling stuck, like no growth is possible. Frigidity of feelings.

Pluto symbolizes: Unconscious motivations, depth psychology, history. Sex, procreation at a deep level, intensity, profound emotions, taking hold of one's power. Being king or queen of one's underworld. Strength, survival mode instincts. Big money. Big power. The Plutocracy.

symbols_chiron.jpgChiron is on Pisces 20: A TABLE SET FOR AN EVENING MEAL

This shows providing sustenance for yourself and others; to “Set” the “Table” and have nourishment available for those who need it. It can show knowledge of nutrition, cooking, catering all the way to knowing how to make money – how to ‘bring home the bacon’. There’s a need to prepare things, to appreciate, assimilate, be nourished by and enjoy. When everything is in place, you’ll want to have people around you to appreciate it. Patience is sometimes needed; having worked hard and long, you need to realize that your needs will be met. Returning home you can find comfort and sustenance. Attend to everyday tasks with reverence. Try to remember to say grace in thanks. 

Keywords: Provision of life's necessities. Being well nourished. Having to prepare for others. Issues of "who will serve and who will eat". Dinner and dinner parties. Issues of nourishment and having a roof over one's head. Food allergies. Food technology. Breaking bread with others. People bringing a plate to share. Cutlery, plates, glasses. Wine and water. Diets. Groceries. Doing the dishes. Making a meal of something. Obesity. Attention to detail. Hired hands. Catering. Candles. Sharing life's bounty.

The Caution: Making preparations with no ability to nourish or satisfy. Devouring things or people. Banging on the table and asking for more. Guilt around issues of providing. Feasts or famines. Eating syndromes. Empty spaces at the table. Arguing at meal times. Indigestion and heartburn. People not turning up for dinner. Overindulging. Consuming people. Not appreciating life's bounty. Continually having to provide for others. Always having to come up with what's for dinner.

Chiron symbolizes: Our wounds and it is known as The Wounded Healer, it also shows The Stories That We Tell Ourselves, it is where we have to focus on healing, it can show things that are out of shape or misplaced or in need of repair.

symbols_north_node.jpg The Moon's North Node is on Libra 1: A BUTTERFLY PRESERVED AND MADE PERFECT WITH A DART THROUGH IT. Here we are, as we have been for some few months, with the Moon's north node on the Super Galactic Center. We are being asked to identify where we are 'stuck'. Where are you pinned? I have made a youtube video about this - you can watch it here. I was rather tired (Saturn has been sitting on me like a bitch ;) ), but I felt to make it all the ame. 

Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned: When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned. Leonard Cohen

This Symbol implies something vital and beautiful being “Preserved” so the passing of time doesn’t age, decay or destroy it. Beauty in shape or form has been frozen in one moment denying the natural process of decay. An archetypal death is symbolized; a perfection through sacrifice. As inspiring as this process can be, this can bring difficulties in moving on or changing situations. People can feel stuck, like they have no choice, can’t move forward are trapped or are being used for something that they don’t agree with. However, this does bring some wonderful rewards with longevity and a sense of something eternally good attached to it. 

Keywords: Perfection and beauty made immortal. Holding onto things or events from the past. Unchanging realities. Moments frozen in time. Superficiality. External beauty that's lacking animation. Pinning things up so they can be admired. The "handiwork" of creation on display. Transfiguration. Suspension in time. Posters.

The Caution: Impinging others' growth for selfish needs. Surrender and immobilization. Pinned down and unable to move. The attempt to freeze things from growing naturally. Placing importance on preserving appearances at the expense of all else. Staying far too long. Seeing no future. Having no past. Not letting go.

The Moon's North Node symbolizes: This is known as quite a 'karmic point' (although all planets and points in a chart can be'karmic'). One's destiny in this life. The things you are meant to integrate, move towards, become. Destined relationships and relationship issues can show up here.

symbols_south_node.jpg The Moon's South Node is on Aries 1: A WOMAN HAS RISEN OUT OF THE OCEAN, A SEAL IS EMBRACING HER. This Symbol speaks about finding our feet and our voice. Are you emerging from past realities? Past limitations? Identification with the past?

This degree is the beginning of the zodiac where the old gets left behind and a new understanding and awareness comes to light. Something new is emerging and it needs to be welcomed and nurtured. This is the beginning of a whole new impulse, creative and responsive. There's an emergence of a whole new potentiality. Resist looking back to outgrown and unsatisfactory conditions in your life as they can pull you back to old and unrewarding ways of being. This is also about finding your voice and your feet. 

Keywords: Cycles starting. Beginnings. Emergence into concrete manifestation. Embracing and honoring the shadow. Recognizing our animal side. Tropical islands or lands. Rocky shores. Seals. Oceans and water. Shedding skins. Transmutation. The Selkie myth. Grounding one's energy. Stepping between the sea and the shore. Androgyny. Love and its embrace. Finding your feet and your voice. Mermaids.

The Caution: Using masculine power to overshadow emotions. Refusing to move on. Feeling held back by fears and old life patterns. Falling back into previous, unsatisfactory conditions. Dragging others backwards. Immobilizing fear of the unknown. Being just another "fish in the sea".

The Moon's South Node symbolizes: Past karmic patterns to be overcome, can be habits that are good, but can describe things, relationships, issues that you need to let go of, or, hold you back from manifesting your true destiny. Relationships that feel karmic and difficult, memories from the past.

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Lynda Hill

Lynda Hill, FAA Pract. Cert. has been a professional astrologer for more than 18 years. 2008 marked her 24th lecture tour of the States, in addition to the many lectures she has conducted for astrologers and the public throughout Australia, England, Scotland,  Wales, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

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