Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New Moon March 18, 2007

New Moon March 18 - Solar Eclipse

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill.
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

This New Moon is such a doorway. A doorway where two worlds touch. A doorway with people going back and forth – some moving towards waking, some moving towards sleep. Which will you be?

Neptune and Uranus (as well as Saturn) continue to be the theme of the moment. Neptune rules the secrets that the dawn has to tell us. Uranus rules staying awake. This New Moon is particularly powerful because it is a solar eclipse. Whatever intention we’d like to give to this month, we can actually use for at least the next 6 months until the next solar eclipse. Sometimes it is easy to get overwhelmed by portentous times and fail to make any changes at all. Let the ocean of Neptune’s dreams carry us into readiness. We are being prepared to shift our consciousness now (this is a theme of the ongoing Saturn/Neptune opposition this year), whether we intentionally engage with that energy or not. But it is always possible to pay attention more, to decide to not go back to sleep.

During this New Moon Uranus is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, that sensitive point which signals where eclipses can happen. Imagine that an ally of staying awake is whispering to you as you go through the door saying, “Don’t go back to sleep, your dreams are possible and even if they aren’t, they are still necessary.” Jupiter, planet of opportunity (and squaring Uranus), stands at the portal too. Jupiter is a portal specialist—the word “portal” and the word “opportunity” come from the same root. There is urgency as well as possibility.

Neptune and Saturn continue to oppose each other. The value of this transit is still being decided, but they seem to be saying that two worlds, which at times seem diametrically opposed—that of reality and dreams—are indeed touching at this doorway.

Help is on the way! Jupiter is exactly trine Saturn at the New Moon. They are both in fire signs. Fire is the ally of instinct, energy, and renewal, as well as destruction.

Mars, in Aquarius, is four degrees away from Neptune. Mars is the knight championing the dream. This can only add more energy and urgency. Venus is the lone earth energy of this moment. Venus stands in the first degrees of Taurus, sign that she rules and the sign of Earth stewardship. Venus is also favorably aspected by Mercury in Pisces. These two seem to say, Let there be beauty and let the beauty flow from our intuition.

All the outer planets are involved in this lunation. The New Moon at 28 degrees Pisces is exactly square to Pluto. The stakes are raised when Pluto gets involved. We are entering the last year of Pluto’s transit through Sagittarius (begun in 1995). This Solar Eclipse signals that this next year is a time of synthesizing what this transit has been about, and preparing ourselves for Pluto, the transformer, to enter Capricorn.

Highlights of this lunar month:

Vernal Equinox on March 21 (CDT). A pattern for the year is set.

Mars opposite Saturn on March 22 (18 degrees Aquarius and 18 degrees Leo).

Pluto stations retrograde on March 31 (28 degrees Sagittarius)

Mercury conjunct Uranus on April 1(16 degrees Pisces) What better symbol for April Fool’s Day? Dare to be dorky and express freedom!

Venus squares Saturn and Neptune. Venus mediates the Saturn/Neptune opposition April 2 through April 4. What does the Earth want to tell us?

Jupiter stations retrograde on April 6 (19 degrees Sagittarius)