Do not abandon yourselves to despair. . . . We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. Pope John Paul II
I come not to entertain you with worldly festivities but arouse your sleeping memory of immortality. Paramahansa Yogananda
Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation. Starhawk
The Easter feeling does not end. It signals a new beginning, Of nature, spring, and brand new life, And friendship, peace, and giving. The spirit of Easter is all about hope, love, and joyful living. Anon
Easter is the gift of hope Easter is the gift of peace Easter is the gift of love Let us rejoice in Him, Who gives them all. Anon
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin
September's full Moon falls on September 9 in Australia and September 8 in the United States. It's another big lunation with big messages for us. This full Moon is conjunct (together with) Chiron - The Wounded Healer and The Stories We Tell Ourselves, which means that Chiron is right smack on the Moon and opposition the Sun in this full Moon. With this, we are being asked to look at our 'wounds', at our 'stories' and to analyse where we can let go of the story and ascend into a new version of reality - one that is more aligned with who and what we want to be. We have quite opposing energies going on, also, with Mercury and Pluto in square aspect and Venus and Neptune opposite each other. This can bring about a feeling of on, off, on, off, stop-go, it's my fault - it's our fault, hard, soft, easy does it versus going in hard.
The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon is Pisces 17: An Easter Promenade. The following texts are taken from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
There is regularly a need to share with others the celebration of your community’s religious or spiritual aspirations and ideals. It doesn’t matter whether there is a feeling of actual religious cohesion amongst the people in this ‘Easter Promenade’, it’s more about sharing strong community values. However, traditions can build on traditions until, sometimes, the origins can seem lost, blurred or forgotten. Often, the actual meaning behind a celebration is completely ignored, but this is not really a problem as long as it brings people together in an atmosphere of peace and joy. On a deeper level, there may be other layers of meaning to these celebrations that have also been lost completely, but still leave a vibration or resonance that is in our unconscious awareness. The ‘Easter Promenade’ is about the layering of traditions and to some extent the superimposing of new traditions on the old. No matter how structured or organized this celebration is, if it’s done with joy and a warmth of feeling, it will inspirit the group, infusing them with a sense of emotional unity. It is the combination of celebrations of rebirth, fertility and the communal renewal of faith in the good things of life.
Keywords: Renewed faith in one’s life’s circumstances. Rising from fear and loss. Public holidays and their celebrations. Dressing up. Easter bonnets. Easter eggs, chickens and the fertility rites of spring. Rebirth. Forgiveness. Joy. Spiritual unity. Religious holidays. Worship. Renewal. Parades.
The Caution: Superficial communal shows of unity. Craving for attention. Always needing an excuse to get together and unite. Empty displays of faith or joy. Doing things only because everyone else is doing them. Feeling lost, alone and forsaken in the crowd. Guilt trips. Exclusion of other faiths. Religious domination.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of this new Moon is Pisces 16: In A Quiet Moment, A Creative Individual Experiences The Flow Of Inspiration. This is also the degree of Chiron, The Wounded Storyteller (or, The Stories We Tell Ourselves).
The ‘Flow of Inspiration’ will come if you allow it through and the more creative you allow yourself to be, the more ‘Inspiration’ you will receive. Taking time out for things such as meditation, looking at art or the beauty of nature will allow for the peace that’s needed to stop hurrying thoughts. One’s whole life can be changed, in a ‘Moment’, when the mind is stilled and creative solutions are allowed to come through. You may find that with each idea or ‘Creative Inspiration’ there follows another and another. This is a great time to relax and go with the flow neither fighting against anything nor pushing forward. If things have been hectic in your life and you’re looking for guidance, hope and inspiration, try spending a ‘Quiet Moment’ by yourself and allow your intuition to come through. This Symbol shows that no matter what the problem, it will be resolved in time spent contemplating it with the right attitude. You may find that answers to questions or situations come when you’re least expecting them, e.g. when you’re in the bath or going for a walk. Negative thoughts can keep one locked in a cycle of negativity. Closed minds and fixed attitudes will not help in this situation. Creative projects that have had difficulty starting (or completing) may indeed begin to find form. Hold on to any impressions you get and before long you’ll start to see solutions to your problem or situation.
Keywords: Creativity inspired from above. Openness to higher forces and ideals. Realizations. Dreams. Channeling thoughts and feelings. Messages from one’s higher self. Finding solutions. Moments of calm leading to resolutions. Free flowing thoughts. The gift of inspiration. Turning on the tap of creativity. Blockages unblocked.
The Caution: Being too tired to meditate. Choosing to be unaware or to sleep instead of thinking purposefully. Not talking about what needs to be said. Having a lot of ideas that don’t translate into reality. Shutting off from others. Loud voices in the head. Schizophrenia.
The Quest degree (the degree following) for the full Moon is Pisces 18: In A Huge Tent, A Famous Revivalist Conducts His Meeting With A Spectacular Performance. This speaks of who are you listening to? Who is worth listening to? Who has a message that you need to hear? Who is ramping up stories or messages in order to make things more obscure, to manipulate or exploit?
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. Trans formative 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.
The Sun is on Virgo 17: A Volcanic Eruption Bringing Dust Clouds, Flowing Lava, Earth Rumblings. We've seen the volcano in Iceland going off and more threatening. We've also see a few earthquakes lately as well. But, this degree is most likely talking more about the eruption of things such as emotions, ideas, thoughts, the things we say, etc.
Keywords: Thoughts or ideas pouring out. Torrents of thought or emotion. Anger that needs expression. Eruptions that are quickly overcome. Pressure cooker environments. After shocks. Waiting for the dust to settle. Cathartic release. Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Earth tremors. Rumblings. Earth changes. Dust.
The Caution: Suppression of anger or energy to the point of explosive disaster. Tantrums. Choking the air with sulfurous dust- clouds. Holding things inside. Overreactions. Spewing one’s insides. Flipping out. Events that throw out shocking news or emotions.
Neptune, the ruler of this Pisces full Moon, is on Pisces 6: A Parade Of Army Officers In Full Dress. Talk of war and the drumming of the war drums is in full swing and not so many people are buying the stories any more. Or, at least, there can be a feeling, especially with Neptune here, of having to step up and sacrifice one's self (or others), or one's resources, time and energy, for causes that may not seem to be your own, or, perhaps there's a feeling of having the wool pulled over one's eyes. With this degree, there's a feeling of having to turn up to situations, fully decked out and ready to put aside your own needs in order to serve another agenda - for good or for ill.
Keywords: National pride on display. Reminders of those putting life and limb on the line for kin and country. Uniforms, hats. People seeking recognition from the community, regardless of what they’ve personally achieved. Patriotism. Memories of war. Being committed to service. Medals. Stripes. Uniformity. Grinning and bearing it. Projecting the “right image”. Drills and routines. Displays of courage. Assembling together. Braiding and piping. Spit and polish. Parades and marching. Police and law enforcement. Guns and bayonets. The importance of looking good.
The Caution: “Stiff” and unfeeling displays. Having special privileges that other’s don’t. Doing what one must do. Hiding behind a façade. Not being prepared, or able, to show one’s true self. Drills and boring routines. “Drill sergeants” who scream and shout. People parading their importance. False courage. Taking the glory away from the little people. Wearing anything.
Venus is on Virgo 5: A Man Dreaming Of Fairies And Normally Unseen Spiritual Energies. Venus is smack opposite Neptune, bringing an even stronger feeling to the Piscean flavour of this full Moon. Here, again, there can be issues to do with sacrifice or loss, or having to do things that you might not particularly want to do or may not serve you. However, Venus opposite Neptune can bring about a wonderful love affair, a sense of love being in the air and a desire to deepen and strengthen one's spiritual life. With Venus on this degree, spiritual and creative sensitivities can be stirred, bringing things to the surface so they can be more clearly identified. Even here, though, one can be wearing rose-colored glasses and it may take a little while to figure out what is really going on. If you're making commitments at this full Moon, it is a good idea to have others take a look at the situation in case you aren't seeing the fine print or the true details.
Keywords: Creative fantasies. Attuned minds perceiving subtle phenomena in the environment. Fairy tales. Seeing things or imagining them. Fantasizing about people or experiences. Seeing entities. Mental institutions. Halloween. Fairies, nature spirits. Seeing the normally unseen.
The Caution: Confusion. Lack of true perspective. Time wasted in escapes from reality. Imagining things. Losing the plot. Dreaming to the point of insanity. Making up things in order to be noticed or to feel somehow special. Delusions. Dreaming of possibilities that disappear upon waking. Schizophrenia.
Mercury is on Libra 10: A Canoe Is Approaching Safety Through Dangerous Waters. I think a lot of people are looking to arrive at a sense of 'safety' after shooting the rapids recently. Certainly this degree is asking that we take a little time out to recover from any recent challenges or surges of energy - many are likely to need a moment to figure out just where they are. Mercury is in a square aspect to Pluto, bringing up all kinds of events, situations and realisations and there can be some 'volcanic eruptions' happening with Mercury and Pluto - some good and some rather challenging. Intense feelings and events may need to simmer down, especially if something flares up and starts to get out of control. Imagine that canoe 'approaching safety' as this might help to bring that sense of calm which may be so needed now.
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. Preempting 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.
Mars is on Scorpio 26: A Military Brass Band Marches Noisily On Through The City Streets. Needless to say, this is a very 'Marsy' Sabian Symbol and this, coupled with Neptune on the Army Officers In Full Dress, can truly have the war-drums beating. On the more positive side, Mars here can have us making announcements, standing tall and firm and grounded in your plans, aspirations or sense of belief in what you're offering to the world. Making announcements, advertising and banging your drum can be a wonderful thing, as long as it doesn't arouse others in opposition to your plans.
Keywords: Making music to rouse people from complacency. Noisy announcements. Demanding attention. Trumpeting achievements. Reminders from the authorities that individuals are often not in charge. Celebrations of past battles. Corporate advertising. Peace rallies or war marches. Marching and drills. Precision movements. Baton twirling. Drums and trumpets. Spit and polish. Thumping one's chest.
The Caution: A lot of volume that can be too pompous. So much volume that the true message gets lost. Demanding to be heard. Banging one’s drum, even when others might be unresponsive or not want to hear. Blaring announcements. Warnings to others to follow orders or to be complicit. Big ego displays. Propaganda. Threats to peace. Momentary disruptions.
Jupiter is on Leo 12: An Evening Lawn Party Of Adults. Jupiter here is on a degree that can bring about a lot of fun, especially if you make an effort to spend time with like-minded people in a social setting of ease and enjoyment. Dinner parties and social engagements can bring wonderful new connections with others and can even lead to new opportunities arriving right when you need it. However, Jupiter is quincunx Pluto, so there can be a bit of a tug-of-war going on, especially between people who may have divergent opinions, politically or otherwise, as this aspect can show people not really seeing eye-to-eye, especially around issues to do with ethics, morality, politics, religion or the law of the land.
Keywords: Rising above superficiality into receptivity and peace with others. People mixing in a social setting. Sedate and conservative celebrations. Formal events vs. impromptu gatherings. Gossip. Leisure time. Political correctness. Enjoying socializing. Being a good conversationalist. Drinks and food on platters. Knowing whom to invite.
The Caution: A sense of superficiality where things are known but not said out loud. Appearance and social standing taking on too much importance. Ignoring or evading real and immediate issues. Political correctness. Not knowing how to act with the “adults”. Malicious gossip. Having to face those you don’t want to see. Getting drunk and “out of bounds”. False fronts.
Saturn is on Scorpio 19: A Parrot Listening And Then Talking, Repeats A Conversation He Has Overheard. Saturn has spent quite a lot of time on this degree in it's forward/retrograde/forward action. It has been interesting to observe how so many are tiring of the 'talking heads' on the media - those that 'parrot' the lines they are given without much in the way of personal filtering. So, that is no doubt happening, along with many feeling very much over idle chat and gossip that isn't useful or educating. With Saturn here, we may hear the voice of our mother in our heads, or, realise where we may be repeating things without knowing how authentic or 'real' they are, such as when we share posts that can cause outrage only to be found to be false and misleading. Saturn is trining the Moon and Chiron is sextiling the Sun, so, it seems, that with a little application, determination and discipline, many of the stories (Chiron) that we have been telling ourselves may get labeled for what they often are, misleading.
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.
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: Brightly Clad Brownies Dancing In The Warm Dying Light. This is one of my favorite Symbols - it often brings help you we most need it. It's by believing in the 'Brownies' believing in help arriving right when you need it. Brownies are nature spirits that turn up to help you with your work. This degree reflects the Man Dreaming Of Nature Spirits And Normally Unseen Spiritual Energies of Venus on Virgo 5, so, it seems that the 'invisible world' may be making itself a little more known to us as this full Moon.
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 12: A Student Of Nature Lecturing, Revealing Little Known Aspects Of Nature. With Pluto on this degree in Capricorn, issues to do with climate change, fossil fuels, coal seam gas fracking, renewable energies such as solar or wind power, etc, are likely to be high on the agenda. Some will listen to the message of the 'Student Of Nature', while others will doubt some people's credentials, ability to see what's really going on or their ability to translate the message so others can hear and learn from it.
Keywords: Observing what’s around and translating it so others may learn. Green politics. Revealing things and issues the conservatives don’t want revealed. Nature and natural remedies. Science and its rewards and drawbacks. Issues such as global warming. Whistle blowers. Natural healing methods. Documentaries.
The Caution: Radical non-humanistic views. Intellectual smugness. ‘Lecturing’ and browbeating. Modern technological advances that stifle the environment. Lip service to conservation issues.
The Moon's north node is on Libra 20: A Jewish Rabbi In A Tiny Room Full Of Manuscripts And Books, Performing His Duty. For many at this time, it's a good idea to take some time out for rituals and to connect with our spiritual nature. For some, it could be a time for turning to 'the books', learning more and assimilating more of what makes our society and culture tick. No matter what our religion or creed, or whether we even have one, we are somehow being asked to get in touch with that part of ourselves that is enriched through reading and prayer, or, through observing the rituals or daily habits that nourish and feed us on so many levels.
Keywords: Connection with ancient sources of truth and understanding. Faith in abiding laws. Inherited wisdom. Ancient books. Fundamentalism. Rituals, social and otherwise. Initiation ceremonies. Book work. Studying and worshipping. Doing deeds on behalf of the community. Religious services. Writings that reveal rules for living. Lawyers. Advocates. Hidden knowledge.
The Caution: Religious dogmatism. Following the rules of “the book”. Sticking to what convention says must be done. Losing one’s sense of individuality. Over-inflated sense of self. Distrust or hate of people from different religions, backgrounds or ethnic origins. Restrictive rules.
This full Moon seems to be one of finding a renewed sense of self, with more creativity or spirituality coming to the fore. It may be hard to pick our way through the difficult things that are going on in the world around us, but we are being asked to see life somewhat like we're undergoing a 'resurrection' of sorts and it seems that many will be finding many wonderful new ways of being, having left behind the old.
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