Bit by bit… she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. Toni Morrison
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. Abraham Lincoln
We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity. Barbara De Angelis
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass
Freedom – to walk free and own no superior. Walt Whitman
Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. Mortimer Adler
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley
June's new Moon in Gemini falls on June 1 in the United States and June 2 in Australia. The theme is one of 'freedom versus slavery' and it brings with it some interesting opportunities and challenges. The Sabian Symbol for the new Moon is Gemini 12: A Slave-Girl Demands Her Rights Of Her Mistress. The following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
If you are in a situation where you are spoken to badly, or treated with less respect than you deserve, make a stand – don’t just put up with it. It’s time to break the pattern and move ahead with self-respect and self-determination. This will encourage others to show respect and acknowledge that you should be taken seriously. You can take responsibility for your own life and how it is lived. Whether you are the ‘Slave-Girl' or the ‘Mistress’, it is important now to allow some changes or adjustments to the usual order and the established distribution of power. Nothing stays the same in a world of such broad experiences. It is how we react to others that measures our humanity. Parents can fall into this 'Slave' trap and children sometimes need to show maturity by having sympathy for the dilemma their parents face in their own lives. State what you want clearly and simply and see how your situation improves. Keeping quiet can lead to illness and disgruntlement that simmers until it explodes. Whatever side of this situation you find yourself, it’s better to act now.
Keywords: Rising above conditioning and limitations. Standing up for one’s self. Demanding better treatment. Seeking recognition and self-respect. Being in charge of one’s life. Breaking away from oppression. Wanting a raise in pay or conditions. The need for freedom. Desiring property and rewards. Rising up from an “underdog” position or situation. The quest for identity.
The Caution: Feeling hard done by. Being demanding. Blaming others. Bucking authority. Demanding to be recognized or noticed. Feeling used and abused. Oppression and slavery. Jealousy and envy. Exploitation.
This Symbol seems to be saying that it may be time to remember your value, your contribution, your talents and your true place in the world. This new Moon is a partial solar eclipse, which gives it more impact and punch. Where are you compromising your self, your values, your time? Where do others expect you to do everything? Clean up the mess? Pay for everything with your money, time or effort? Perhaps we have to get like Peter Finch (an Australian act, by the way) who, in the movie Network, implored us to go to our windows and shout out (Watch the scene on youtube here)
"I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!".
Sometimes, "demanding our rights" can be confronting and you may run the risk of not being understood; merely complaining, making a mountain out of a molehill, being demanding or generally disturbing the peace. The question to ask is: are you going to continue 'taking it'? Perhaps you have someone in your life that wants to say this to you - are you listening?
I saw a great Mark Twain quote the other day:
"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."
I know this is 'preaching to the converted' here, but I couldn't resist posting this youtube video as well... how prophetic is this?
Are you as "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore"?
Talking about 'Prophecies', Pluto is on Capricorn 7: A Veiled Prophet Speaks Seized By The Power Of A God. Going to join the Rapture party, anyone? ;) This Symbol shows the enormous power of those who know how to use words, ideas and messages. It can speak of the channelling of information all the way up to hypnosis and issues of control of the masses. The trick here is to be selective in what one listens to or gives their attention to.
It seems certain that this coming period is going to be about 'battles' of some sort. Mars is on Taurus 17: A Symbolical Battle Between 'Swords', The Disciples of Might, And 'Torches', The Disciples Of Enlightenment. This is about battling, arguments, fighting for ideals, light versus might and might versus light, the pen being mightier than the sword, peace marches, candles, torches, weapons, the might of the media. The 'war' or 'battle' may be within yourself, and it may have it's origins in the outside world, but it seems that the internal battle is the hardest fought. How are you going with your crusade? What are your 'terms of engagement' with others?
The Quest Symbol (the degree following) of the new Moon speaks of reminding yourself (and therefore others) of your abilities, talents, creativity, right to respect and acknowledgement. The Symbol is Gemini 13: A World Famous Pianist Giving A Concert Performance. One doesn't have to be a pianist, a musician or a particularly gifted 'performer' in order for this degree to work. It shows the need to show what you're made of, what you're capable of and what sets you on fire.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of the new Moon is Gemini 11: Newly Opened Lands Offer The Pioneer New Opportunities For Experience. What new opportunities can you move towards? What is beckoning you? Is it somewhere other than where you are now? Is it doing something different? New approaches? New realities?
Mercury is the planetary ruler of Gemini, hence it's the planetary ruler of this new Moon and it brings an interesting message. It asks for people to work together as a team, not with one being 'the master' and the other being 'the slave'. Mercury is on Taurus 29: Two Cobblers Working Side By Side At A Table. This shows equal responsibilities and equal labor, people sharing quietly and persistently in their jobs or chores, partnerships, work benches, demarcations of nwork, the marriage of minds, sharing materials, tools and tasks. It seems that Mercury is bringing the message of equality and partnership - a different picture than one presented by the new Moon 'slave' image.
Venus seems to be asking that you slow down and take notice of any messages coming your way. The Symbol is Taurus 21: A Moving Finger Points To Significant Passages In A Book. It speaks about finding the essential details, it's reading and writing books, keeping records, instruction manuals, lawyers and the law, reviewing, reference books, looking for clues, reading the Oracle, memories, quoting scripture, testimony and rules. What are you noticing? What messages are coming your way now? Venus seems to have a significant role in this new Moon as it is the planetary ruler of Taurus and Venus, Mars and Mercury are all in Taurus now. Check your messages, check your intuition, listen to the clues.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer and the significator of 'the stories we tell ourselves' is on a Symbol that also backs up the message of the new Moon. It speaks of having to be on duty, to have to be dressed and ready and on guard and prepared to go into the battle in some way. Chiron is on Pisces 6: A Parade Of Army Officers In Full Dress. This can show people being stressed about constant talk of war, constantly having to be the one on time, the one who shows up and puts their lives on the line for some ideal that may not even be theirs. Of course, it can signify that you want to show up, do the right thing, help out people, make a difference in your community. More the question is what are you doing that you don't want to be doing? What are you doing because it looks good that you're doing it? Being true to one's self, again, is the issue here. Grinning and bearing it won't work any longer, at least not when you're looking for a more authentic version of your life.
Neptune, the planet of dreams, illusions and beauty, is on Pisces 1: A Crowded Public Market Place. This speaks of big business, corporations, money, the way we are controlled by the 'powers that be'. On a more personal level, it asks us to define how we're going to take our goods, our services, our desires, out into the public market in order to truly make a living, to make a difference, to be seen and heard, to be appreciated for our talents. Neptune can have it all seem rather hard and illusory, but connecting with your visions, dreams, thoughts and aspirations can find you getting out there, in amongst the market and being more able to fulfill your place in the scheme of things. The 'Public Market Place' can lead us astray (as with the film Network, see the link above), but it can also enrich us, bring us closer together and provide us with ways to exchange what we do well with others.
For many, loneliness is an issue, especially with Uranus on Aries 4: Two Lovers Strolling Through A Secluded Walk. This Symbol can speak of lovers, yes, and it can show people together, enjoying each other and their company. It can show people sharing their lives and yet having enough space for themselves to do the things they want to do. However, it can, with Uranus here, show people alone and lonely and walking that 'Secluded Walk' alone and it may be time to do some in depth work around this issue (whether you're alone or in a relationship).
Jupiter is on a Symbol that speaks of connecting with family and loved ones. The Symbol is Aries 30: A Duck Pond And Its Young Brood. This is about realizing the joy inherent in having a family, good friends and people you can rely on. It's about finding friends and family that enrich your life, feeling safe in one's environs and it's about communes and communities. This Symbol can bring joy and beauty to your life, although you may be wanting to expand that 'Duck Pond's' boundaries to include others, to include other places or scenarios. It may be time to think outside the square.
Remembering to invite happiness in is most likely the highest priority of this new Moon. The Moon's north node is on Sagittarius 24: A Bluebird, A Sign Of Good Luck And Happiness, Is Standing At The Door Of The House. This speaks of beauty, joy, happiness and good luck.
Perhaps you want to shout out the window "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore", or, perhaps you think that letting Peter Finch in Network do it while you make some interesting discoveries about what you will and won't put up with.
I wish for you that the Bluebird Of Happiness lands at your doorstep!
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