We see our own mind in meditation—at least potentially. That is if we can get past emotional debris. Virtue or said another way, a recent unkind, impure heart limits or inhibits clarity. The mind becomes, in effect, dirty and dull if one has been angry or self-centered. Attachment to particular desires or having a greedy mind creates potential blockages that prevent feelings of bliss and beauty in meditation.
It is said by meditation teachers that when we meditate we see images of one’s own mind just as we see our image when we look in a mirror. The truest image of mind occurs when there is stillness in the heart. I don’t know about you but for me, this stillness and calmness happen when feeling most at peace with life – not resisting whatever experience occurs and most especially when feeling kindness and having good will toward others. Most of all, feeling good will toward those who challenge my ability to maintain the highest virtues, our highest ideals.
The physically enforced retreat has been the name of the game for this past week in my personal experience. Always, it is in divine order and for a higher purpose—or this is the way I choose to view it. Right, so basically, even though I had the flu shot and haven’t had even a slight cold for years, chills, head, and chest congestion arrived in my life. A meditative retreat is how it has been processed which enabled the mind to heart to be clear and deep meditative bliss and beauty enhanced.
When one is able to look directly at one’s own mind in this way, it becomes clear what needs to change in one’s daily life. Speaking only kindly, practicing generosity and good will toward others and in other words walking the world with a pure heart being kind and gentle toward one’s self and others.
I have always known this (and taught it in the psychic development course) that virtue is an essential ingredient for success in receiving insight and guidance in meditation.
When one is able to see directly into one’s own mind—beautiful light and blissful states blossom.
This past week of retreat has been a reminder that a beautifully peaceful life enables a beautiful mind and easily successful meditations.
Mistakes. Learning opportunities — that’s what they are. Negative karmic behaviors sometimes cause us to dump the toxic spills of our own minds onto others–loved ones, friends, etc., and we create oil slicks. If we allow our emotional fires to run rampant, it causes destruction. Compassion and forgiveness put out the fire and is what begins the cleanup and restoration in the emotional aftermath.
Yet, sometimes our own mental corruption is deeply ingrained. Healing deep imprints of karmic, habitual behaviors can be a challenge. It can feel like uprooting one’s very identity!
It is wise to recall that this identity is ego itself.
Lately, I’ve become more aware than ever before of where my energy is focused and what exactly is a good use of that emphasis and why. I have a few thoughts to share about that.
Energy, of course, is better spent on tending to our own gardens and enjoying our own flowers.
Smelling the roses is more worthy an endeavor, even if garbage dumps are around *and there always will be to some extent*. Enjoy the accomplishments of what you have grown and how you are progressing down life’s path–thus speaks my inner guidance.
Meanwhile, compassion and forgiveness make the best traveling companions.
New Moon times. Could these be times in which the door to the psyche is open for us to enter and redirect our play just a little bit–at least emotionally? And is it a time for us to create and debate and elevate as well as fixate about our emotional nature? New Moon times could be the most important part of our creative nature since it sets the tone for how we interpret the world. Each month the dye is cast so-to-speak by our response to life at the New Moon time. If we could mark the time and be aware of it, we could control the nature of the dye we cast for the upcoming 28’ish to 30-day lunar cycle.
If you happen to know the house that the New Moon is in (for you), you can derive more insight from the vibes but even if you don’t know that information, it’s still beneficial to open to setting a new tone for your emotional responses to life. (If you should happen to know what house 0° Aquarius falls in your natal chart, this will give you an idea for the areas of your life that will be activated and in what life categories the potential for renewal will be natural and beneficial to cast your emotional die for the next 30-day cycle. But even if you do not know which house your 0° Aquarius is located, you can still benefit from simply knowing the sign itself.
So we have a New Moon in Aquarius! This sign rules the 11th house of hopes, dreams and also carries a humanitarian and “friends” as general meaning archetypes. Innovative thinking is part of the Aquarius vibe as well as freedom seeking qualities being a part of this energy. In evolutionary soul astrology, it also links with “the wound” of the past lives.
So in any of those ways we can cast the dye for this next month–changing our emotional responses to life in those areas.
(Again, if you know the house of your natal chart that holds 0° Aquarius, you can factor in that information as well.)
I just had a brilliant idea! (Now that’s the stuff that Aquarius is made of actually–brilliant ideas.) Anyway, why not draw a few tarot cards to add insight to the Aquarius New Moon meaning here? Why not? It’s my blog and I can do what I want!–that last sentence (too) is very ‘Aquarian’ in nature. 🙂
Let me first reiterate that a New Moon relates to heightened sensitivity to a particular energy for the purpose of casting new dye for the purpose of renewing the potential of that part of your psyche. Using emotion to rededicate yourself in some way–that’s another way to say it. We can toss in “desire nature” as well here in that what we desire usually has a rather significant emotional derivative so using that energy to create something new in our lives.
Let me draw two cards now to help us to know more about this month’s New Moon in Aquarius, asking how we can best use this time for our highest benefit and therefore highest benefit of all. I’m going to use the Hanson-Roberts tarot deck for this one; here we go. (By the way, I love the images on this deck and the cards are small and fit nicely in my hands during the shuffle. This is a deck that I used to program meanings from the divinitory method using my own memories.)
I drew THE CHARIOT and QUEEN OF CUPS.
Well, first impression: male image/female image so a hint at balance confirmed by the yin and yang on the Chariot. All those stars on the Chariot card really do remind me of the sign of Aquarius and now the Cup the Queen holds, definitely relates to emotions (cups equal emotion in the tarot system).
The Chariot also speaks of using one’s will, directing one’s energy and being determined; it is also about practice and practice making perfect. Practicing what? The Queen holds that answer–understanding your emotional reactions. Satisfaction comes from practicing using one’s will to understand emotional responses and to keep on that path and exerting control in some way to achieve a goal.
Sometimes we let our emotions spin out of control. Yet, these cards speak of the suggestion that this New Moon cycle the directive is about making it a goal to control emotions so that they do not spin out, causing us to break down, go off our intended path and by failing to maintain our balance and by neglecting to keep the positive/negative pull of our nature (yin/yang) under control.
I think of the Queen of Cups always as it relates to intuition and also empathy/compassion — those energies, too, need to be balanced so that emotions don’t spin out.
The Queen sits by an ocean and this hints, to me, that water can help in our endeavors this month and if there is a goal that you believe you’d like to reach regarding water in any way, this New Moon in Aquarius would support that. Many people feel very “at peace” near water or even in water. Aquarius, after all, is the “water bearer” (despite it being an ‘air’ sign. The Chariot does relate to the Sign of Cancer and Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Moon energy always relates to water.
So on all levels I do get that a message for this New Moon time relates to emotion and the goal of harnessing those in some way that relates to Aquarius energy — friends, hopes, dreams, humanitarian causes, group energy or perhaps it relates to a person with the Sun sign Aquarius with the understanding that the Sun and Moon are neck-in-neck right along side one another at the same degree when there’s a New Moon.
Give it another go here–what I mean is to consider reading this post over again with what your intuition tells you Aquarius means to you! Cast the dye consciously.
Final thought: is there a way that you can balance emotions for a new cause, a new reason in this new lunar phase?
The current energy: The head/Sun squares the heart/Moon… well, that’s one (of many) ways to say it. Today the Moon is in it’s Last Quarter Phase (270° to 315°). This phase started at 1° Leo and enters the last phase, the Balsamic at 1° Libra and then the next New Moon is 1° Scorpio. These phases happen every month of course as the Moon moves through it’s monthly cycle. So where are we now exactly as far as what we can expect will occur based on our New Moon intention from the last New Moon when we planted our seed and conceived something during the dark of the Moon last?
What is this phase all about? Well, we start with the fact of the square that the Moon and Sun are making and that brings frustration, uneasiness, the energy being at odds, conflicting. The Moon wants one thing and the Sun another and both must be resolved–but differently.
Dane Rudhyar calls this phase “Crisis is Consciousness” — and I think too “crisis in belief”. Internal conflicts, therefore, mark this phase. Do we deserve what we asked for during the New Moon? Is it possible to achieve? Are we in harmony with our own ideals? –these types of questions could be possible now. I can see this within my own self as I look back to the start of the cycle (Sept. 23/24) at the last New Moon and all that has happened over these last 3 week and I feel myself having to grapple with a few things internally. Here in this phase we should be careful that we don’t create a pattern called “the undoing of the doing”. We must not take things for granted and undermine our own creative efforts and all the while try to understand our own actions.
We are likely to seek a deeper cosmological understanding–again, crisis in belief. We begin to feel the pull of Source Energy now pulling us into the next phase. We may be confused about what to believe and the value system that we associate with those beliefs.
What you believe determines your values which in turn determines your lifestyle relative to your beliefs. There can be a crisis in lifestyle and a crisis in identity as well. An inner question such as “Am I living my life according to my own values?” Something in consciousness is being re-polarized so that a new foundation of awareness can occur–the soul strives for a new foundation!
There is society and then there is ‘me’–values may differ. We feel the new cycle and want to move into that but we are finishing up something in this cycle that must come first—thus, the frustration.
the Psychic in this last quarter moon phase
The psychic, the sensitive individual, feels the longing to go home, to withdraw, and seeks solitude more frequently in this lunar phase. Thoughts of what is left behind as a legacy are typical of this phase, And so perhaps in this lunar phase the psychic professional works on that class, that book, those teachings or the project of one kind or another. There is still engagement with the outer world but it is like the autumn if we equated this to a season.
The Moon wanes and the monthly cycle ends and now the psychic starts to review the month, the work and perhaps takes inventory of successes and perceived failures and maybe considers how to improve or change in some way.
There is a sense of wanting to finish unfinished business and so reviewing connections with others perhaps by checking over Email to be sure everything was addressed… just anything to tidy things up because subconsciously and intuitively the feeling of needing to withdraw again is nearing.
So there is a feeling of culmination and completion here and shedding the skins that were worn in the world this time/this month. The time is coming again soon to enter the cave once again where perhaps only a loincloth and meditation beads are needed—perhaps not literally but at least metaphorically.
No matter what your role in life or what profession you are in the emotional nature responds to an important principle or value that you feel you must uphold. However, it is important to be flexible about this because as you feel like you would like to reform the whole system of society and the world to be in harmony with your own ideals, there is a need to be reasonable. We can only do our best in our own corner of it working within the system (and societal values) that are already in place while being in harmony with our own system and values at the same time.
This phase is like a sweet sorrow. Like sensing a return to the homeland after being away. Time now feels even more precious because we know something is soon going to change but before it does we ask ourselves, “Have I been doing my best?” These types of questions permeate our gradual return to the inner world as we move through this phase. Longing increases to return to the dharmakaya, the place of divine truth. We remember the “Cosmic Joke” as some say and we focus on today, now, and …. well, I just now realize that this very morning, I made a Facebook post that epitomizes this:
“In our lives there’s ‘this n’ that’ happening and then there’s the other ‘not’ happening and then again there’s the ‘meanwhile’… deep within; the eternal presence in the eternal now is meanwhile. Always meanwhile at the core of us, there’s exists, always, the divine connection meanwhile and the practice of the virtue of patience.”
There’s a sense of autumn about this phase and an acceptance of the imperfection of our lives, our values, our beliefs and those of the others and the outer world of society. We can almost laugh about it realizing how little it all really matters in the end. Yet, we still know we have to participate in it and so our grip loosens. We accept what we haven’t done and may not get to do and we also see that tendency in other people–that which has not been accomplished not only in this monthly lunar phase but in life generally. Yet, despite this, we’re okay with the imperfections of Samsara.
We know we cannot always be right, have everything we want, remain young all the years of our life but…
we must be very careful now not to become cynical. We should let go of all judgments of ourselves and others–that’s all irrelevant anyway and we can get a glimpse of that now.
Don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
We do not want to repeat the past — this for sure is what we know and we must be careful not to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”.
It is important not to judge circumstances now, no matter how things appear! It’s best to say “I have no idea…” right now rather than to draw an erroneous conclusion about anything or anyone. Enlightenment, after all, in the end is knowing that you don’t know all that you thought you knew!
Next up: Balsamic Phase at 1° Libra starting on Tuesday the 21st. And then we go thought the cycle again, so you can come back and start again with the New Moon phase entry on this blog and let the Moon phases guide you through another month.
The 10th: the house of achievement and fulfillment in one’s life. The true vocation — not the job; that’s the 6th house.
I was just about to think that the Moon in the 10th house has nothing to do with anything occurring in my life right now–when duhhh! How obvious could it be? Let me explain.
When the Moon transits the 10th house it hits the emotional psyche or the part of us that relates to what we do here! Our work, our career, our cosmic job description! The 10th is ruled by Saturn/Capricorn which relates to “society”, the public.
You know this, right? That you can sell shoes and still be doing your cosmic job description, right? I mean we do what we came here to do no matter what our J.O.B. happens to be and we do it whether we can help it or not really.
Anyway, how could I not get such an obvious connection with my life right now? Today I’ve been revisiting/evaluating my prior job experiences, my writing work and some other things (details not as important as the archetype meaning that I’m getting at here). Career and how we are viewed by the public and how we view our own role in the world–that’s the 10th house. Its what and how we are doing what we are here to do. Well, you get the idea. It’s the authority connection to–the 10th. Saturn links to “the boss” or the conventional authority figure and often that archetype relates to “father” or “dad” which is another connection that Saturn /Capricorn have as far as archetype meanings.
Do I want to change it up, mix it up, flip it or turn it all around. Do the Hokey Pokey shake it all around? Those topics, that subject, has been dancing around in my heart the past few days, especially today. Psychic work, astrology work, writing the novel and being of service to the world in the ways that I know how to.
I’ve been thinking about how I see myself in the world and evaluating my ability to be of service in other ways today. And actually that’s right on time with a Moon transiting in the 10th house of career and the public image. The opposite polarity, the 4th house, relates to self-image while the 10th relates to public image. My entire day today was consumed with these thoughts and actions–thus the earlier duhh! How could I not realize this connection right off–it took me a few minutes thinking well, the 10th house Moon has nothing to do with ‘me’ right now. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Okay. What about you? Generally speaking when the Moon transits the 10th house it is time to dedicate yourself to getting ahead in the world, either in your current career or setting things in motion toward your ultimate goals. Authority of any kind can be an issue, either your own authority in the world or that of your boss or parents.
The soul’s wish to leave a mark in the world to bear fruit in the community somehow in a meaningful way would be triggered emotionally when the Moon moves through the 10th.
Issues of social ambiance can trigger the emotion too. The Moon is sensitive to issues of social atmosphere in the 10th house. Do you think this fits? My sister just asked me if our other sister could come here at Thanksgiving. More the merrier? Not in this case! A religious nut and a Psychic in the same house? Use your imagination. Talk about right on time too– a great example of Luna transiting the 10th! Thanks to the Angels for that great example actually.
Status or as they say over the pond STAY-tus is another thing the emotions could be sensitive to when it moves through the 10th house. These things are good to know because while everything happens for a reason the emotional intensity in that area will back off when the Moon moves on in a day or two. It’ll be back there next month but the great thing about the Moon and life in general is that… well, as my mother would often say, “This too shall pass.”
Our sense of life mission will be prominent in our heart when the Moon moves through the 10th. We may feel that our emotional needs involve stepping outside of a “job description” to more of a calling instead. We may, at this time, struggle with whether or not we are going to accept any kind of social external definition of our identity and we may be emotionally challenged to align the external sense of self with our internal.
Responsibility is also an archetype here. Some days I do not have a client to work with but I still work. I blog or use that day to write the weekly newsletter or work on my writing project–my “someday it’s going to be a novel”. I make myself accountable or responsible to offer something to the community at large whether it is always noted or acknowledged doesn’t matter. Any writer writes because they have to. People who are ingrained in the standards of society don’t always understand this and this is what I mean by external and internal self worth. Do I measure my worth in the world against my bank account? That’s a great 10th house Lunar transit question. And its a bit harder to grapple with when the Moon is here–the emotions they can clobber you about that if you’re not careful and aware.
The 10th, you see, is about standing alone just like the planet Saturn that rules here does. And it can be lonely sometimes when those “You and Me against the World” feelings kick up. Remember that song?
Responsibilities to pay those bills can grow and loom large when the Moon moves through here too–any responsibilities for that matter take an emotional hit from the Moon. But the emotional triggers can help to make changes where those are necessary. Everything happens for a reason and it’s not circumstances that upset a us, it’s the view we take of them as someone smart once said.
The more you know about the lunar cycle, the more consciously you are able to work with the energies of the psyche at that time, the more you are able to use the energy to your
advantage or at least the more equipped you are to understand yourself. And if you know when the Moon is moving through someone else’s 10th house, that helps too.
When the Moon transits your 4th house–hang on Snoopy, hang tough. That was yesterday, for me—the Moon was moving through my 4th house. I’ve got some perfect examples of this transit for you. First let me list the typical areas of life that get triggered as a Moon moves through house 4. Home is the key here and by the way the Moon actually rules this house and that makes this particular transit a strong one—like a double dose of Moon energy. Decorating the home—any kind of project involving home at all actually would be typical. Moving furniture, cleaning, and since the 4th house relates to “family”, those ties may be active. Moon rules Cancer and relates to family, nurturing, feelings, emotion, moods, home, soul, the past, ancestors, parents, childhood, self-image, housing, subconscious and midnight (nadir). This area of the chart is also called the IC…. it’s from Latin —Imum Coeli (Latin for “bottom of the sky”.
Since the 4th house is the “midnight” or lowest point of the chart deep soul or subconscious issues apply here as well. The ambiance of the home would be highlighted as well…. the mood or atmosphere of the home or where one lives. [Where one resides and one’s home are not always the same place]
Like house 12, this area of one’s life is another where the soul desire is to withdraw more deeply into a place of safety and security—into one’s self. Issues with “parents” or “childhood” may be triggered. The 4th house relates to the foundation of one’s being.
Issues or concerns about housing situations would typically come up at this time of the month more than any other time. It’s also a time when one recalls one’s ancestors and reaching back to connect with them in some way. Questions of the mind and heart such as, “Who is my family?” and “Where is my home; where do I belong?” would motivate one’s feeling nature. A double Moon time is an intense “feeling” time.
PERSONAL NOTE: It was unexpected and at the time I’d forgotten about the Moon and the houses. I’d been considering moving a portable desk that I wasn’t using and that was taking up too much room in my closet for days—weeks actually. Finally I got the big awkward thing down the stairs and loaded into the car along with my gear for the YMCA for the workout the followed. Later in the day I did some reorganizing in that closet and ran the sweeper over the carpet and cleaned the bathroom. I mention those details because they relate to typical 4th house activities being simulated by a Moon transit as mentioned above.
I drove to the storage unit, raised the door, saw my “stuff” and broke out in unexpected tears followed by overwhelming feelings and thoughts. “What am I doing with my life? Where am I going to live and when? Where do I fit in? Where do I even ‘want’ to live, even if I had all the money in the world?” All of that was followed by “I can’t believe I’m at this place again with all my stuff in storage.”
I cried even more thinking of how optimistic I was feeling at the time things were loaded in and noted how some of the boxes and belongings has shifted and slid from their neat stacks since the day they were so carefully and confidently placed! Every emotion that I’d been holding together came undone and I bawled like a baby for goodness sake!
Yep, there it is Moon moving through the 4th house—a perfect example! And right on time. The rest of the day it felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. Believe it or not I think I cried while doing laps but the tears, if any, would have blended with the water certainly nobody could see my face anyway. By the time I was through the 48 laps that I swam, I did feel better. Exercise always helps@!
I got to bring in a moment of homespun ambiance experienced later that night. After I got my grandson back from band practice which I stayed to watch since that always cheers me there was door slamming at around 11 PM just as I was trying to let the day go—I live temporarily with my sister and niece. Somebody was trying to make a point to the other and a good slam of a door is how those two do it around here which I’m sure the neighbors in this building also appreciate! Yep, Moon moved through my 4th house alright!
Happy that the Moon has now advanced to my 5th house now. Will be back to blog my way through the 5th house Lunar transit in a day or so.
The Difference between the Sun and the Moon in Astrology
I will continue with the Moon through the Houses blog posts but wanted to add this post in, in-between.
The Sun is our self-concept or identity–one’s sense of self-hood. If a person just thought of “self” words such as:
So you can see that the Sun correlates with Ego, right? And it represents our need for recognition and how one goes about getting that recognition or attention or acknowledgement of the “self”.
The Moon, on the other hand, represents subliminal or less conscious patterns in the psyche. It’s not ego that we express outwardly like the Sun but rather how you “feel” inwardly. Sometimes it is instinctual and not conscious at all–meaning that it is the part of a person that there are no words to express, especially for someone who is not in touch with their feeling nature at all. And let’s face it, lots of people have shut that down purposefully. Look at soldiers, they are trained to shut that down. People will often deny or shove down the Moon energy but it shows in the world anyway. People see the traits of your Moon energy whether you deny them or not. People will project their Moon energy too–attracting other people who will carry that energy for them.
Your Moon energy is your emotional response–your instinctual or “gut” responses. Moon and Sun are like heart and head respectively. That’s one way of seeing it.
We could also say this about the Sun/Moon contrast: The Sun dominates it’s environment. The Moon’s way differs; it adjusts and responds. Luna is sensitive to surroundings, melding into them rather than trying to shape or resist like the Sun does.
When I was a child, my mother and father would advise me to stop being so sensitive. They, of course, knew nothing of astrology. If they did, they’d have understood just how difficult their criticisms of my nature and chastising me to “develop a tougher skin” wasn’t accomplished so easily with someone of my nature. Neptune is sandwiched between my Sun and Moon and all in the same sign and that alone is an astrological signature of a “sensitive”. But they were giving me advice that they thought was helpful I’m sure even though I felt very misunderstood.
The Moon is Heart and Pure Emotion and more more fluid than the Sun. The Sun, you see, tries to screen out emotion in order to guard the ego but if a person has a Sun and Moon close this is more difficult to do (in my own case, the Moon is balsamic to the Sun). The Moon springs from the unconscious and can feel overwhelmed.
There’s so much more that can be said and will be said through my upcoming Moon class…but that’s a little bit of the difference between the Sun and the Moon. What if the Sun and the Moon are in the same sign? The archetype of the Sun sign and the Moon sign if they are in the same zodiac sign, are the same but they manifest differently in the ways just described.
MARS IS SEXTILE PLUTO….feels a little bit like the universe (in my version anyway) is holding it’s breath … like a long pause or something… so i turn to astrology to see what’s up and Mars is making a sextile to Pluto.
Keywords: Mar/action Pluto/transformation
But keywords never tell the whole story. Mars represents the ‘conscious’ desires of the Soul... what we’re aware that we desire.
And Pluto? Well, it’s retrograde. That can relate to a very narrow focus in the soul. We can see how our conscious desires easily (sextile) stimulate our soul in some way. Can be confusing if you don’t know what you want–and around that desire, Pluto demands sacrifice.
What are you willing to sacrifice to fulfill the conscious desires?
This interpretation works for my own life right now. Maybe the feeling of the long pause, holding of the breath, is because many other souls are also trying to work this out–the desire, the sacrifice that is demanded to fulfill it.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY we have the very practical and conservative CAPRICORN where Pluto is currently living and very emotional MARS… fire planet in a water sign, Scorpio.
Emotional intense and impulsive Mars in Scorpio has a desire and its pretty easy to see the possibility of how Pluto is pointing out the realities of that desire; possibly saying GET REAL MARS… your desire is not practical. Yes, transformation is in order, but be realistic.
This aspect is asking us to be clear about our objectives. Any action taken now could result in permanent and far reaching change. Therefore, Intense emotion must be balanced with practicality at least for now.
Both mars and Pluto are making an exact sextile today at 11° and the energy will be within the orb of intensity for the next 3 days or so…. now through the weekend this energy may be quite prominent in the psyche’.
ADDENDUM: a further look at my transit chart shows the current Sun right on/crossing over my Ascendant and with Sun ruling my chart (27° Leo rising), maybe that’s the feeling of the universe holding it’s breath… and now i go to celebrate a happy un-birthday today!
PS– if you have any insight about how you personally experienced a Sun over your Ascendant (happens once a year!) that you’d like to share, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a little interesting article on the Sun transits to AC, IC, DC and MC points that I just came across in the Mountain Astrologer: