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Full Moon Watching
This Leo Full Moon rises during the Celtic festival of Imbolc, the Catholic's Candlemas and St. Brigit's Day, and our more secular Ground Hogs Day. It's the time of year when the light increases, as well as a time when we begin to focus on a vision of the year ahead. Imbolc has always been a time of prophecy, for doesn't the Ground Hog's shadow foretell the coming Spring?
As we celebrate the growing light in the northern hemisphere, those of you in the southern hemisphere are approaching the first harvest, what we celebrate as Lammas, the beginning of the harvest season. While part of the globe is opening to the light, the other part is seeing the decline of the light and the coming darkness. We are just dancing different steps in Earth's yearly dance.
Since I live in the North, I am experiencing the return of the light. Winter is already giving way to Spring on some days here. We celebrate the growth of the light on February 2nd. The spiritual gift of this time of year is the inner stretching of the new life and light born at Winter Solstice, and perhaps a vision of what is to unfold for you in the coming year. It's time now to look for your vision of who you want to be and what you want to do this year. Since it is not fully formed yet, instead of just thinking about what the year holds, quiet yourself and let your imagination bring you a vision of what the year might hold for you. Trust it just as much as you trust your rational plans. They're two sides of the same coin.
2015 will be another year of change. The change energies began in the first days of January with a Cancer Full Moon aligned with the Sun joining Pluto in Capricorn and squaring Uranus in Aries. The Sun symbolizes our consciousness and this configuration of planets highlights the importance of awakening to our responsibility to ourselves, our loved ones, our community. our society and the Earth. We need to personally free ourselves from our patriarchal patterning and become the conscious human beings we are meant to be so we can help shape our the future of our world. It's time to get to work.
Hermes or Mercury
All three of this year's Mercury retrogrades occur in air signs, indicating our need to re-examine our thoughts, our limiting beliefs and our social interactions. Mercury retrograde is really a wonderful time to re-lax and stop your masculine left brain, rational thinking. Mercury retrograde turns our attention within anyway, so quiet your rational thoughts and let your imagination communicate with you. Your emotional intelligence, your instincts and your intuition speak to you through the feminine right brain. Listen and then compare.
The seventh and last Pluto/Uranus square on March 16th will not be the end of these revolutionary energies we've been under since 2012. These seven squares have made us aware of the problems we are facing. Now it is up to us to step forward and bring our gifts into society, and take a stand against patriarchy's power plays to stay in control. We can no longer give over control of our society to the reactionaries, as we did after the 60s. It's time for all of us to grow up and bring our high ideals down to Earth. We have to build a new society, with a strong foundation based on our belief in equality and freedom, peace and justice.
Make Love Not War
Just after that, there's a Solar Eclipse on March 20th at 30* Pisces, the very end of the zodiac. Something is definitely coming to an end. Perhaps this eclipse is the beginning of that end.
Saturn has moved into Sagittarius, turning our attention to our beliefs and the cosmic laws of life. The constellation of Sagittarius contains the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Perhaps with Saturn the taskmaster here, we will see an end to religious fanaticism, as more people come to realize that men kill because they enjoy the violence and want to dominate, not because God wills it. Saturn in Sagittarius is a powerful Truth-Speaker.
Jupiter in Leo will bring more of us to a state of Individuation and creative vision before it leaves Leo in mid-August. Then it goes into Virgo, where it will lend its big energy to our efforts to get things accomplished. We'll begin to take care of details and polish up our creations.
We are here, now, to begin to create a more just, sustainable and balanced world, a world where women and men are equal but other, sharing our gifts, blending our skills. Utilizing both our rational and 'irrational' ways of knowing. Where we value and defend life rather than hypocritically saying we do while creating death and destruction across the world. Where our collective creative talents can heal the Earth and restore health to the human psyche rather than raping and pillaging our common home. Where we no longer separate spirit from matter, but know and understand our place in creating the world.