If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. John Cleese
I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves. Bruce Grocott
Man’s biggest mistake is to believe that he’s working for someone else. Nashua Cavalier
Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand. Simone Weil
Strike while the iron is hot. Traditional Proverb
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. Robert F. Kennedy
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe. Jerome K. Jerome
We've had some pretty gnarly times lately, astrologically speaking and this coming new Moon is another one that will test many people's sensibilities. This is a Gemini new Moon and it is exactly squared by Neptune, which is likely to have some feeling rather disillusioned and wondering what the heck is going to happen next. Some, though, of course, can find a renewed sense of creativity and spirituality, but, it seems, that is likely to be borne from rediscovering one's desires, goals, boundaries, and, perhaps, limits.
The new Moon is on Thursday, May 29, and there is good and not-so-good news contained in the astrological omens. Jupiter and Saturn are trine, for instance, and this can bring about some good, sound decisions and the desire to move forward. However, about ten days after the new Moon, Mercury goes retrograde, so it's a bit of one-step-forward-two-steps-back - two-steps-forward-one step back. We are likely to be adjusting and readjusting our expectations in amongst it all.
The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon is Gemini 8: Aroused Strikers Surround A Factory.
What is it that has you, or others, riled up? Do you feel like just sitting down and doing nothing, or, are you feeling like taking it to the streets, yelling and screaming against the inequities of what's going on. I think there's going to be a lot of protesting and complaints as the imbalances in society are getting rather too imbalanced to be sustainable.
‘Aroused Strikers Surround a Factory’ - they are obviously unhappy with their work, their pay or their conditions, and they are now on ‘Strike’. In some measure, they are not putting up with what they’re receiving for their efforts. For the moment, this has probably stopped anyone from benefiting from anything as events have come to a standstill. This Symbol pictures a power struggle where there is a disagreement over how something of value is to be shared. It may be about work conditions, or the distribution of wealth that results from what people are expected to do. What is the incentive for putting in the effort? The ‘Strikers’ may be calm, but all hell could break loose, turning into a full-blown demonstration with placards, yelling and violence.
What is really needed is a discussion over the need for one’s rights to be heard and hopefully worked out. There is an obvious imbalance of power and now it is time to consider what negotiations can be made. It may be difficult to find creative solutions, but that is probably what is needed now. If you are in a situation where you need to stand up for your rights, or entitlements, or for those of a group, you will probably need the support of others. This could be your co-workers, friends or family. Try to enlist the help of those who feel the same as you, but at the same time take care to be sure that the cause is justified. There is an element of imbalance and emotion here. Is what’s being said really being heard by those who need to hear? Are the ‘Strikers’ asking too much? Justice can only come through negotiation, mutual consideration and a fair sharing of rewards. Once this is accomplished, everyone can come back together, working towards common goals in a more satisfying atmosphere.
Keywords: Bargaining to find more equitable solutions. Demanding better rights and conditions. Comradeship. Disruption of the normal flow. Not wanting to contribute or work. The need to take time aside to consider one’s position. Taking action or refusing to act. Strikes and strikers. Demonstrations. Peace rallies. Standing up for others. Scab labor. Sweat shops. Slave labor. Strikes. Bosses. Workers. Placard waving.
The Caution: Being obsessed with what is desired. Refusing any compromises. Going without one’s due in order to protest. Being locked out of situations because of one’s actions or attitude. Being left out in the street. Greedy behavior. Asking for more than one’s share. Being overworked and underpaid. Shutting down.
The Quest Degree (the degree following) of this new Moon is Gemini 9: A Medieval Archer Stands With The Ease Of One Wholly Sure Of Himself, Bow In Hand, His Quiver Filled With Arrows.
The ‘Archer’ has ‘His Quiver Filled With Arrows’. He is someone who is ‘Wholly Sure of Himself’, and he has his ‘Bow in Hand’. The ‘Medieval Archer’ was used in great numbers in open battles in England. They could fire as many as fifteen ‘Arrows’ a minute. As the ‘Archer’s Quiver’ is ‘Filled with Arrows’, it seems he may not have drawn ‘His Arrows’ yet. There may be no immediate threat as the ‘Archer’ stands with only the ‘His Bow in Hand’. By being alert, having the ammunition he needs, can assist him to be true to himself, and with vigilance, he can remain ‘Wholly Sure of Himself’.
This situation requires skill, courage, a true sense of confidence and the knowledge to get right to the heart of the matter facing you. If you have some form of test coming up, are you armed with the knowledge and the ammunition you need? Can you face life with calm and a quiet assurance of the soundness of your position? Be careful not to rush into something unprepared. It is not enough to just hope for the best. This will only leave you feeling inadequate if you find yourself unable to cope. If you are on “the hunt” for something, are you prepared for the prize? Don’t be distracted or led away from what needs to be done. Instead, stay focused, armed and ready to go for the objective when it presents itself. Make a strategy, and hit the target. If you get stressed or confused, take a moment to compose yourself and remember that you have the ammunition of knowledge and the marksmanship that confidence and assurance provide. Using the symbol of an ‘Arrow’, or a target, in some way can lead to surprising results.
Keywords: Being armed and ready. Having the aim and ammunition. Accuracy and strength. Getting to the point. The power of tension. Sending a message true and clear. Having skills that create confidence and assurance. Focus. Bulls-eyes. Bows and arrows. Warriors. Being armed and ready. The determination to prevail.
The Caution: Going into battle unprepared. Overconfidence in one’s mission. Being trigger-happy. Someone “cocksure” of themselves. Threatening postures of attack or defense. Always being on the alert for any opportunity to fight. The thug.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. Sir John Denham
Neptune is on Pisces 8: A Girl Blowing A Bugle.
‘A Girl Blowing a Bugle’ brings to mind someone performing reveille; the ‘Bugle’ call used in the armed forces announcing that it is time to “rise and shine”. The ‘Bugle’ is a brass-wind instrument, somewhat like a trumpet, but usually without keys or valves. It has been used mostly for military calls and signals, but it’s also sometimes used as a hunting horn. Its chief function is to sound, to summon, to signal by blowing a ‘Bugle’ call. In dream imagery, the ‘Blowing of a Bugle’ foretells fortunate things coming your way.
You may need to sound the call to wake up those around you, or perhaps be woken yourself. The situation facing you may be bogged down in irrational complexity, when everybody needs to have a central focus and be rallying and going for the objective. There may be unexpected revelations and something can take you by shock. If somebody is “sounding off” loudly, it can cause irritation and upset. Is it you, or another, that’s making all the noise? There may need to be a balance around exactly how much noise one should make. Having a cause to “trumpet” can make people respond by pulling back or being disinterested. Keeping a balance between excited enthusiasm, forward momentum and just plain making noise will bring rewards of some kind – even if it only wakes up those around you. ‘Blowing the Bugle’ too early, or too forcefully, can put people off, which can be the exact opposite of what’s desired. This can lead to people not listening, indeed even running away, instead of being aroused to their duty. Does everyone around want to hear the message that’s being trumpeted, or are they trying, or fighting, to cover their ears? Using simple, receptive innocence will get the situation on track.
Keywords: Sounding the call. Awakening all to action. Going on and on about something. Loudspeakers, telephones, announcements. Being prepared to state one’s case. Calling attention to one’s self. Blowing your own trumpet. Whistleblowers. Heralding and proclaiming the dawn. Rise and shine! Girls in a man’s world. Leading the charge. Resurrection. Mass announcements. Advertising campaigns. Alarm clocks. Ear plugs. Blind folds. Proclamations.
The Caution: Making unwarranted and disturbing noise. Showing off. Unbalanced messages. Evangelists and politicians. Sounding the call but not making the grade. Being annoying. Trumpeting about one’s achievements. Not listening to people.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of Neptune is Pisces 7: Illuminated By A Shaft of Light, A Large Cross Lies On Rocks Surrounded By Sea And Mist. This degree always feels very strong and it can be rather disheartening, although the 'Illumination' of the 'Shaft Of Light' does often some form of redemption, or, perhaps, even magic.
When things are at the worst they begin to mend. Indian proverb
This is an image that inspires feelings of chaos and misplaced loyalties. It can feel as though something has been unjustly sacrificed and things have come to nothing. Christ was forsaken on ‘A Large Cross’. A ‘Cross’ can indicate a crucifix and can show the shouldering of faith and hope or trouble and misfortune. The ‘Shaft of Light’ indicates that spiritual and creative help is likely to be at hand.
There could be a feeling that life has not been “good” enough. Thoughts of helplessness can come from feeling as though one’s life is somehow finished and that all is lost. Perhaps one’s aim was too high and things have came crashing down. Feeling forsaken or used in relationships can lead the awful feeling of the loss of belonging or identity. It may indeed seem that much has been lost, but do we really have to continue to suffer so much? Seeing the positive or the spiritual messages that come in dark moments can shed new understandings that transcend even the most difficult times. With faith and a positive outcome in mind, you may experience a true awakening, or a reconnection with your spiritual ideals and hope for the future. A sign may come soon to show that you are on the right track to recovery of life and love. Letting go of outworn relationships, allegiances or beliefs will assist you to move on with a stronger sense of self. However, are there still some worthwhile and wonderful things that can be salvaged or things to be grateful for? Concentrate on ‘The Shaft of Light’ as this can lead you to see that ‘Light’ is indeed all around you.
Keywords: Renewed dedication after loss. Looking for signs of hope and recovery. Coming to terms with loss or failure. Rocks, mist, howling winds on coasts. Crosses of faith. Important and substantial sacrifices. Being devastated by events. Being in the “spotlight” in difficult times. Finding the way through the dark. The need for sacrifice. Alternative religions. Stepping outside religious boundaries.
The Caution: Lost faith. Hopes dashed. Giving up. Being shattered by the constraints of life. Depression. Feeling like one is being sacrificed, sometimes for nothing. Unable to see through the fog. Scorn, persecution and attack because of religious or social reasons. Hopelessness. Things grim, dark and foreboding.
Mercury is on Gemini 30: A Parade Of Bathing Beauties Before Large Beach Crowds. Mercury is on the last degree of Gemini, and it is slowing down as it is about to go retrograde on June 7. This could be rather frustrating, as Mars is just beginning to gather steam and going direct after months of retrograde grinding in Libra. Although Gemini 30 is a beautiful degree, there can be a superficiality about it - especially when combined with the other elements of this new Moon. This can be about how things look, rather than how they really are.
Keywords: Being on show. Sheer attraction of beauty. Seeking praise. Displaying all that one has in order to get people to observe and/or evaluate. Beauty pageants. Bathing costumes and skimpy clothing. Beaches. Lifeguards. Beauty judges. Nudist beaches. Breast sizes. The mysteries of the feminine. Playing dress ups. Gatherings of goddesses. Mermaids converging. The water element. Recognizing superficiality and shallow behavior. Water nymphs.
The Caution: Using superficialities to win support. Giving importance to the issues of appearance and neglecting the “beauty within”. Too much makeup. Flaunting one’s body and not employing intellect. Lack of water. Leering, jeering. Lusting after the unattainable. Feeling like merchandise. Making superficial judgments.
Venus is on Aries 30: A Duckpond And It's Young Brood - the last degree of Aries. It seems that questions to do with family, your domestic environment, who is in your 'duckpond', who should be in your duckpond and who shouldn't, along with looking after dependants or those who possibly can't look after themselves. It could be that they are too young, rather immature, not ready or don't have the 'right equipment' yet to be able to go out on their own. Perhaps you find yourself alone and your family is nowhere to be seen. It could be, of course, that you prefer it that way.
Keywords: Nurturing family. Contentment. Realizing limitations. Reliability. The problems and joys in the responsibilities of having a brood to look after. Finding friends or family that enrich one’s life. Psychoanalysis. Family patterns and analysis. Family support. The family sphere. Feeling safe in one’s environs. Being the mother duck.
The Caution: Denying your own needs for others in the ‘Brood’. Narrow-minded attitudes. Not inviting others in. Feeling stuck. Not wanting to leave the nest, grow up or take risks in life. Feeling left out and alone. Smugness or exclusivity. All looking the same and no one standing out as individuals. Being lost in the crowd. Distrusting those that are “alien”. Being left out.
Mars is on Libra 10: A Canoe Is Approaching Safety Through Dangerous Waters. Mars is moving slowly as it has recently gone direct after being retrograde for what seems like forever. Mars seems to imply that the 'calm' is coming, but it could feel to many as if we are 'becalmed', with no wind at our backs. It will take a while to get going again and there are some issues to be worked out as Mars tramps through Libra, but at least now we can feel like we're starting to get going again after the lull we've been experiencing.
Keywords: The calm after the storm. Navigating difficult straits and coming out okay. White water rafting. Skydiving and other risky activities. Rough waters vs. plain sailing. Recovery. Remission. Light at the end of the tunnel. Personal initiations. Trials of test and defeat. Being stoic. Retaining dignity and graciousness. Exercising care and restraint. Avoiding over exaggerated enthusiasm. Deliverance on many levels. Salvation. Exercising care. Staying on track.
The Caution: Neglecting to take time to rest. Taking foolhardy risks, believing that all will be okay. Pre-empting situations without completing things in the present. Thinking that “lightning never strikes in the same place twice”. Shooting more rapids. Freezing up and not moving.
Jupiter is on Cancer 20: Venetian Gondoliers In A Serenade. We may need to see through the fantasies that we have built up, or, it could be that we need to see through people who are spinning stories to get a desired result. The 'Gondoliers' can use lies and manipulation to get what they want, or what someone else wants and it could be that someone is greasing someone else's palm.
Keywords: Romantic fantasy. Singing and music. Performance. Public speaking. Impressing people with joy, romance, fun and the wonder of life. Venusian displays. Issues of the truth. Ease of communicating. Working to win people over. Appealing to the beloved. Elegance. Floating on the emotions. Festive atmospheres. Nostalgia. Boats. Water.
The Caution: Insincere charades. Retreating into one’s self. Saying whatever it takes to get what one wants. Superficial displays. The delusion of being beyond criticism. Emotional manipulation. Sucking up to others. Misplaced trust. Competing for affections or attention. Losing one’s self.
Saturn is retrograde on Scorpio 19: A Parrot Listening, And Then Talking, Repeats A Conversation He Has Overheard. This can be about things repeated without truly understanding what's been said or what was truly intended. It can be like Chinese whispers where things get blown out of proportion. This degree can also indicate channelling of voices, ideas and messages. Jupiter and Saturn are trining each other and notice how the Symbols both show messages that are coming through need to be carefully filtered or interpreted.
Keywords: Transmitting information or knowledge. The need to integrate things into consciousness. Recorded messages. Answering and fax machines. Mumbling that is difficult to understand. Translators, birds, parrots, news reporters, gossips, stool pigeons. Telephone operators. Messages from strange places. Automated responses. New languages. Talking to animals. Talk back radio.
The Caution: Rote responses that are ill considered. “Towing the party line” without having any opinion of your own. Going over the same territory. Losing true meaning through repetition. Repeating without knowing the real meaning or purpose. Meaningless banter. Tunnel vision. Gossiping. Missing the true essence of what’s being said. Not having a mind of one’s own. Brainwashing. Re-runs of the same old line. Broken records.
Uranus is on Aries 16: Brownies Dancing In The Setting Light Of The Sun. This is one of my favorite degrees (I have a long and fabulous story about this degree) and it can show help arriving when it is needed most. It is a very kind and caring degree and it can indicate last-minute reprieves. Perhaps with Uranus here, we need to pray for miracles to come and they could show up in the most unexpected ways.
Keywords: Reveling in nature. Believing in guides. Fairies and nature spirits. The wonder and awe of nature. The setting sun. Last minute preparations before evening. The psychic magic of dusk. Light that dances. Unseen guardians. Receiving guidance and help. Seeing the invisible. Help at the last minute. Fairy godmothers. Questions of: what is the “real” world?
The Caution: Self-delusions. Missing the true picture of what’s happening in the “real-world”. Losing the plot. Relying on others, including angels, nature spirits, etc., instead of yourself. Neglecting responsibilities. Crying wolf. Using people.
Pluto is on Capricorn 14: An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture. What is it that is 'written in stone' and may need to be changed? What are you witnessing that feels draconian or outdated?
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 carved in stone that cannot, or will not, ever change. Memories out of the past that keep one frozen in time. Feeling stuck, like no growth is possible. Frigidity of feelings because of things that have happened.
The Moon's south node is on Aries 28: A Large Disappointed Audience. This backs up the Symbol of the new Moon on The Striking Workers degree. What is it that is disappointing, or how do you feel that you've been let down, or, how do you feel that you are possibly letting others or yourself down? Venus goes over this degree just a few days before the new Moon and it seems it is asking us to let go of relationships or memories or situations that are no longer serving us.
Keywords: Adjustments of expectations bringing realizations about what is really possible. Expecting the response of others. Walking out during a performance. Not listening to something through a lack of interest. Anticipating a different result from what is delivered. Relying on feedback. Lines and queues of people. Criticism. The need to inspire and enthuse.
The Caution: Feeling sad, sorry or letdown because of defeat and frustration. A lot of people left feeling emotionally “wiped-out”. Shattering of illusions. Fickleness. The attitude that one can’t do anything. Everything being out of one’s control. Watching what’s going on and not participating. Being at the mercy of the whims and fancies of others. Judging and analyzing oneself or others. Too many people crammed into one spot. Not getting a seat. Refusal of entry. Booing and hissing.
The Moon's north node is on Libra 28: A Man Alone In Deep Gloom, Unnoticed, Angels Are Coming To His Aid. In many ways, this Symbol reflects the degree of Uranus in that it depicts help arriving when we need it. It helps to keep the faith, even if your hopes have been dashed and you're not sure where the 'Angels' may arrive from.
Keywords: Feelings of not being alone. Awareness of spiritual help in times of need. Salvation versus depression. Feeling like one’s luck is about to change. Improvements in the pipeline. Changes in the “weather”. Helpers arriving just when they’re needed. Brightening influences. Angels and spiritual forces for good. Guardian angels.
The Caution: Unrealistic reliance on spiritual agencies or help from others. Feeling like no one cares or that no one is listening. Being alone and forgotten. Losing faith in things getting better. Refusing help. Misery and gloom and doom.
Chiron is on Pisces 18: In A Huge Tent, A Famous Revivalist Conducts His Meeting With A Spectacular Performance. Who are we listening to and who has the floor? Are you getting your message heard? Are you in charge of your own destiny?
Keywords: Energy and inspiration. Evangelism. Whipped up emotions. Having a lot to say. Being instructional and dogmatic about how things should be. Being in charge. Ecstasy. Loud voices. Conversations that are said out loud. Acoustics affecting sounds. Evangelism. Preaching. Mind control. Performing. Political, religious and spiritual activism. Showmanship. Transformative experiences. Captivated audiences. The media circus.
The Caution: Using spiritualism for greedy financial gain. Overblown feelings of one’s abilities. Big egos. Hysteria. People whipped-up and manipulated by those in charge. Having the agenda of controlling others. Feeling that one has all the answers. Getting het-up about ideals and beliefs. Manipulation and exploitation. Bigotry.
This is a very testing new Moon. Of course, there will be many breakthroughs and rewards and wonderful things. However, the energies are likely to be pushing some people to the limit and it may be time for some to declare that enough is enough. Whether it's changing our attitude, saying no to something you no longer will put up with, or, you're seeing how you've been sabotaging your own success, you may need to make a stand and declare your intentions, not only to yourself, but perhaps to others. It's a very interesting time.
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