Friday, November 5, 2010

New Moon November 6, 2010: Soul Medicine

I write this the day after the mid-term election 2010. TV commentators tell us that this election proves that a “new” political force is moving through our country. If you are like me and thought the Rally to Restore Sanity/and or Fear was a brilliant analysis of current times, then it is hard to not despair after this election. For many of us, we do not see this new political force as anything new at all. It looks a lot like the same old hatred, fear, and greed. Yet these old motivations are wrapped in the cloak of new for now. In the midst of this despair, I wonder what response invites clarity, joy, and an open-mind. I use my tools of astrology to see things around me and within me with clear eyes. With this insight I form my intentions. Currently, I wonder how to respond to what is going on in my country. On one hand, I do not want to be enticed into the whirlpools of fear and hatred myself, yet on the other, I want to be willing to respond to possible danger or trends in our culture that could lead to violence and injustice. We walk such fine lines every day. Now is no different.

Perhaps I am looking for clarity and detachment—air is the ally of these qualities. Currently, Saturn in the air sign of Libra provides relentless reminders that we need the clarity that comes from a sense of equilibrium. Neptune and Chiron in another air sign, Aquarius, create a longing for clarity but the nature of these planets makes it difficult to achieve.

We may need this air but where we are right now at the New Moon in Scorpio is in a state of water. If I desire the clarity of air but am immersed in the flow of water, my instincts tell me to dive deeper into the water, to be present to those lessons. We are in a season of strong water; emotional currents run heavy now. These currents can incite reactivity and heightened fear. Yet, water, especially the water of Scorpio, pulls us down into soul where our fears no longer create separation and blame but reunite us in compassion. Scorpio invites us to move down and through our fears to the other side. On the other side, I believe it is possible to find the air of reason.

How do we move down and through to soul? I turn to James Hillman’s definition of soul in A Blue Fire, “By soul I mean, first of all, a perspective rather than a substance, a viewpoint toward things rather than a thing itself… soul … refers to that unknown component which makes meaning possible, turns events into experiences, is communicated in love, and has a religious concern.”

Makes meaning possible. Feelings matter. Perhaps fear is the deepest emotion of all and is the emotion that causes the most problems for us. However, fear is part of soul. Fear when it is denied or projected onto others is an attempt to protect ourselves. Yet, emotions like fear, grief, and also joy and love make meaning possible. Emotions invite us into the water; a common response is to keep our distance, looking only at the reflections on the surface, to be either repelled by the water or to see exterior things as the cause of those feelings. In order to retrieve soul, we must see beyond the surface to find personal meaning and cause.

Turning events into experiences.
Things happen; sometimes really hard things. With emotional self-awareness, we also learn to grow our capacity for compassion. Things happen to other people too. Every one of us is more alike than different, yet outside the soul-level, we emphasize the differences. In water we merge.

Is communicated in love. Fortunately, it isn’t a big leap to realize that love is the communicator of soul. Profound, healing, mysterious—love is the ultimate language of the ultimate, which is soul.

Has a religious concern. Our souls matter too. The word religion evolved from words meaning to relink, to tie back together. We can think of this as relinking to Mystery, to divine source, and to Soul. Our spiritual lives depend on remembering our souls.

To move down and through into soul is to swim in waters of deep meaning, to abandon projection of fears, to cherish our hearts that feel love, and to know that this work relinks us to our spiritual selves. This month, soul work promises such growth.

Venus is our guide for the soul work of this season.
Venus has been retrograding through Scorpio. Last month, I wrote about this Venus retrograde and the journey of Inanna. Each step in this journey brings more depth leading to more clarity.

The steps are:
Venus entered Scorpio on September 8.
Stationed retrograde at 13° Scorpio on October 7
Disappeared from the evening sky on October 20
Arrived at a conjunction with the Sun on October 28 at 5° Scorpio
At the New Moon on November 5 Venus is at 0° Scorpio – a potent degree for any sign.
On November 7 two important things happen in this cycle. Venus is still moving retrograde, but now can be seen as the Morning Star, while at the same time is reentering the sign of Libra. Venus rules Libra, she exemplifies beauty and balance in that sign. She guides soul to clarity.
On November 18, a few days before the Full Moon, Venus stations direct at 27° Libra.
On November 29 Venus reenters Scorpio, this time moving direct. Venus spends a lengthy bit of time in this sign, moving into Sagittarius on January 8, 2011.

More Venus connections. The New Moon on November 6 (EDT) occurs at 13° Scorpio, the same degree at which Venus stationed retrograde. The Full Moon on November 21, shows Venus at her stationary degree of 27° Libra and at the apex of an aspect configuration called a Yod. A Yod configuration forces us to integrate paradox. The paradox of this particular Yod involves the revolutionary forces of Jupiter conjunct Uranus and the stabilizing forces of the Moon in Taurus. Venus, strongly motivated to find the balance point between these two urges, encourages us to develop and use our skills of diplomacy and fairness.

Other energies and elements. Mars is in the fire sign, Sagittarius, all month lending us energy to push past old boundaries—learning new truths and defending our truths. At the end of this lunar month, Mars will square Uranus, perhaps reaching the breaking point in tolerance.

Jupiter and Uranus have both retrograded back into Pisces after a short time of energizing revolutionary desires while in Aries. They will both return to Aries (Jupiter in February 2011 and Uranus in March 2011), so expect more fiery passion next Spring. While still in Pisces, these two planets invite us to dream big and to realize how emotional connections feed these dreams.

Pluto and the North Node of the Moon are conjunct in Capricorn at the Full Moon. Pluto always points to our evolutionary edge, but even more so at this time. That edge involves uncovering the shadows of that which rules us – governments, businesses, economic systems. There is deep dissatisfaction in the world concerning these institutions. We are at a moment of realizing how much is broken and what we need to do to start repairing and revitalizing these systems.

I like the idea of soul work leading to clarity. I plan to keep that thought in mind as I open myself to feelings, both fearful and joyous this month.

Other dates to note this lunar month. *
Venus transits are listed above.
November 6 Mercury 25° Scorpio square Neptune 25° Aquarius
November 6 Mercury 26° Scorpio square Chiron 26° Aquarius
November 7 Neptune stations direct 25° Aquarius
November 15 Mars 13° Sagittarius sextile Saturn 13° Libra
November 18 Sun 25° Scorpio square Neptune 25° Aquarius
November 18 Sun 26° Scorpio square Chiron 26° Aquarius
November 18 Jupiter stations direct 23° Pisces
November 18 Venus stations direct 27° Libra
November 20 Mercury conjunct Mars 17° Sagittarius
November 21 Full Moon 29° Taurus
November 29 Mars 23° Sagittarius square Jupiter 23° Pisces
December 2 Mars 26° Sagittarius sextile Neptune 26° Aquarius
December 3 Mars 26° Sagittarius sextile Chiron 26° Aquarius
December 3 Mars 26° Sagittarius square Uranus 26° Pisces
*These dates are not a complete list of transits for the month, but rather are times when the themes of these stories are stronger. Each aspect between planets carries its own energy of harmony or conflict. These are:
Conjunction – merging
Sextile – encouraging
Square – challenging
Trine – harmonizing
Opposition – confronting
Quincunx – perplexing