Monday, June 30, 2008

New Moon, July 2, 2008 Finite Accomplishments

I’ve been paying attention to my own perfectionism lately. This is no doubt influenced by Saturn’s transit of Virgo (begun Sept. 2007, lasting till Jul. 2010). Saturn is about buckling under and doing the work. Virgo is how to do it better. When Saturn entered Virgo, I knew this would be an issue. Saturn’s job is to make sure we get to the very bottom of each sign—it’s gifts and its warts. And Saturn doesn’t mind giving us the warts until we decide we’ve had enough. Have you had enough of your own perfectionism yet?

Planets ebb and flow through the signs. When they are moving direct, it is like the tide coming in—new nutrients flood the tidal pool. When they station retrograde the tide turns, flowing back out, changing the habitat. Since entering Virgo, Saturn has already had the first turning of the tide when it turned retrograde in December 2007 at 8 degrees Virgo. Saturn traveled all the way back to 1 degree Virgo in May when the tide turned again. It is now moving direct, the only outer planet to be moving direct this summer. Virgo, warts and all, is returning with a force.

As the tide of the other planets retreat, only Saturn is bringing in fresh nutrients to the tidal pool. It is an excellent opportunity to pay attention to the invitation to ponder all Virgo traits, including perfectionism.

This lunar month begins with the New Moon in Cancer, the Crab—appropriate for all these tidal pool images. Cancer is the fertile womb, the nurturer, the pool teeming with life and providing more life for others. This creative energy of possible abundance is meeting the finicky Virgo energy of process and perfection. This can be a really good thing if we can let go of perfection and use Virgo to take the next step and the next step and the next, in whatever we are nurturing this season. The gift of Virgo is the ability to focus on process rather than outcome. At times, we need to use this gift of near-sightedness when the dreamed of outcome seems too daunting.

New Moons are excellent times to set intention. In the New Moon chart, Mars is at 0 degrees Virgo, conjunct Saturn at 4 degrees Virgo. These planets come together every two years to initiate another cycle of acting within ambition and boundary. Jupiter in Capricorn opposite Venus in Cancer also highlights ambition in this chart. Venus is calling Jupiter back to the tidal pool of feeling, caring, accommodating others. Jupiter entered the sign of Capricorn in December 2007. It leaves this sign in January 2009. This energy has encouraged long-range planning. Getting down to business. Professional goals. Jupiter, in his expansiveness, can lose track of balancing energies. Cancer pulls back on Capricorn, telling us to remember the soul in our ambitions. The Sun and Moon at 11 degrees Cancer is acting within this opposition as well.

At this New Moon, Mercury is nearing the end of its entire retrograde cycle. Back in May, Mercury stationed retrograde at 21 degrees Gemini, square to Uranus at 22 degrees Pisces. In this chart, Mercury has reached 20 degrees Gemini again, about to exactly square Uranus, which is still stationary at 22 degrees Pisces. When these two planets are in dynamic relationship, we can expect both brilliance and disruption. How has this Mercury retrograde cycle influenced you? Think back over your experiences with thought and communication over the past month. Can you apply these lessons to any intention you set this month?

The Full Moon is a time for illumination. On July 18, the Full Moon chart shows that the conjunction between Mars and Saturn is separating. This new cycle of form and action has begun. Also at this time another planet opposes Jupiter. This time it is Mercury in Cancer. The first two weeks of this lunar cycle were about finding the balance between Cancer and Capricorn. This Full Moon illuminates that balance. Has anything happened in your life to force that issue? Or have you been able to gracefully welcome back the feeling tone of Cancer into your life? Mercury’s job is to give those lessons expression. Perhaps the best way to do this is tell someone else how much they mean to you.

Dates important to the stories of this month:

July 5 Mercury square Uranus (completion of retrograde cycle)
July 9 Sun opposite Jupiter (illuminating the balance between Capricorn and Cancer)
Jul 10 Mars conjunct Saturn (new action in the Virgo realm) and Mercury enters Cancer (heart-based communication)
July 14 Mercury sextile Saturn (opportunities to communicate from the heart)
July 19 Mercury opposite Jupiter (communication balances ambition and authority)
July 26 Mars trines Jupiter (reinvigorating those ambitions and goals with grounded action)

Other dates of note:

July 6 Mercury trine Neptune (inspiration) and Venus trine Uranus (innovation)
July 10 Mercury opposite Pluto (revelation)
July 12 Venus enters Leo (attracting creativity)
July 22 Sun enters Leo (fill with solar life) and Mercury trines Uranus (harmonious flow of though and innovation)
July 31 Venus opposite Neptune (inviting a balance between selfless service and ego)

The heart of Cancer and the process of Virgo are allies this month for reconnection and balance. This poem by Sri Chinmoy reminds us to let go of grandiose outcome.

On Finite Accomplishment

When he stands
On the stage of finite accomplishments

He feels happy,

Not because he has

At least done something,

But because this is what

His God wants him to accomplish.

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