Mercury Retrograde And Issues Of Repairing And Rebuilding: October's Very Meaningful Total Lunar Eclipse

For the elemental creatures go about my table to and fro. William Butler Yeats 

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. John Muir 

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. Althea Gibson

The worst thing about work in the house or home is that whatever you do is destroyed, laid waste or eaten within twenty-four hours. Lady Kasluck

Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled; the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day. Simone de Beauvoir 

At worst, a house unkempt cannot be so distressing as a life unlived. Rose Macaulay

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and receive help from other
people. Alexis Carrel

This coming full Moon is a total lunar eclipse. It's one of a tetrad (four) of lunar eclipses, starting with the total lunar eclipse on April 15 of this year. A tetrad occurs when all four lunar eclipses in a row are total. It is not completely uncommon, but it is a rather rare occurrence and we are in the middle of the action now. During this century, there will be eight occurrences of tetrads in total. Further, all of these lunar eclipses are visible from the United States and Australia. So, it is rather special, especially as we have so much energy being whipped up through the signs of Aries and Libra as the four eclipses highlight those signs each time. These eclipses are, and will, have a big impact on relationships. The eclipse will be visible over North America after midnight on Wednesday, October 8th, and visible from the Pacific, Australia, and east Asia after sunset on the evening of October 8th.

The next total lunar eclipse is on April 4, 2015 (Libra) and the last one on September 28, 2015 (Aries). You can read more about this series of eclipses here. The video on that page is very interesting. 

This eclipse has a wonderful grand-trine configuration between Mars, Jupiter and Uranus - all in fire signs. This can bring about some interesting breakthroughs on many levels, strokes of luck and a boost in confidence that you can get things done. 

This total eclipse occurs on October 8. The Sabian Symbol is Aries 16: Brightly Clad Brownies Dancing In The Warm Dying Light. This is one of my favorite degrees - I have written articles about it and had amazing experiences with this Symbol. When one pulls this Symbol as an oracle, it is very likely that circumstances are going to improve through help arriving at just the right moment. The following interpretations are from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom

‘Brightly Clad Brownies Dancing in the Warm Dying Light’ is a wonderful and rather mischievous image. ‘Brownies’ are nature spirits that come to help us with our work. The concept of ‘Brownies’ has existed in many cultures for a long time. They lived with humans and sometimes they were said to live in the attic. They often helped the humans in the kitchen; they got the fire going by blowing on it, took care of the human’s children and saw that the food was properly cooked. But nowadays, with the use of electric machines and lights, ‘Brownies’ are disappearing more and more. However it is said some of them still try to stay around. Although mostly associated with housework, we can call on their help in many different ways. Nature spirits are often around us, particularly if we believe in them, welcome them and trust in their presence. They are ‘Dancing in the Warm Dying Light’ inferring that while our intuitive powers are at a real high, the available physical energy may not be; it is sunset, and the close of the day.

You may be feeling tired and in need of help to get everything, or even anything, done. Have faith, and call on any assistance you can. This Symbol shows that you are being guided and protected. Friends or people may arrive unexpectedly to help out at the “last moment”. Sometimes the people who turn up to help are “strangers”. Trust that things will be okay even if things feel “too late in the day”. Of course, you could be a ‘Brownie’ for someone else, assisting others when they need it. How about dancing? It can refresh and revitalize the spirit and invite love and light into your life.

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e.e. cummings

Keywords: Reveling in nature. Believing in guides. Fairies and nature spirits. The wonder and awe of nature. The setting sun. Last minute preparations before evening. The psychic magic of dusk. Light that dances. Unseen guardians. Receiving guidance and help. Seeing the invisible. Help at the last minute. Fairy godmothers. Questions of: what is the “real” world?

The Caution: Self-delusions. Losing the plot. Missing the true picture of what’s happening in the “real-world”. Too much relying on others, including angels, nature spirits, etc., instead of yourself. Neglecting responsibilities. Crying wolf. Using people.

The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of this lunar eclipse is the same degree that Uranus is currently occupying.  

Aries 15: An Indian Weaving A Blanket In The Light Of The Setting Sun. Uranus, the planet of awakening, sudden events, flashes of insight, illumination, changes of direction, freedom and liberation and the rights of individuals, is right in amongst this lunar eclipse, it is on the degree before the Moon, what I call the 'Karmic Condition', and, it's just one degree before the opposition to the Sun - meaning that this is a very Uranian eclipse.

Here, again, we have an image of the Sun setting - Aries 16's 'Warm Dying Light' is about the  sunset as well. How curious that Elsie Wheeler, who gave birth to these Symbols in a random fashion (ie, she did not do them in sequence, and, I believe, she didn't know much about the zodiac or astrology in 1925) gave both Aries 15 and Aries 16 the image including the time of sunset. It's very curious. Plus, Uranus just spent a month or so on Aries 16 on the Brownies Dancing degree. 

The Indian Weaving The Blanket Symbol is about the stories of our lives, our clans, with who and where we belong, what tribe we feel we belong to, issues to do with money-making and earning a living, feeling that you have something to share with others, etc. Tribalism can be strong with this Symbol as individual tribes have their own blankets, insignias (or logos), languages, stories and myths, etc. 

Man was made for Joy and Woe, And when this we rightly know, Thro the World we safely go. Joy and Woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine. William Blake

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up tomorrow. Henry Ward

‘An Indian Weaving a Blanket’ shows that people need to take time out to do the things that are not particularly exciting or rewarding on a large scale, but do, however, provide feelings of contentment, warmth, safety and security. In ‘Weaving the Blanket’, the ‘Indian’ not only creates something that is useful, but weaves into it images of their life and history. Often the patterns and pictures woven into it easily identify the tribe this ‘Blanket’ comes from. Being ‘In the Light of the Setting Sun’, there may be a feeling of the energy of the light, the ‘Sun’, fading, leaving little time to achieve what needs to be done.

Practicing our skills in an artful way and doing one’s chores with enjoyment leads to inner contentment and a stronger sense of self. In contemplation or meditation one can find peace, relaxation and a sense of meaning and accomplishment. Taking time to do the job well is important, as is reverence for those things in your possession. Even small contributions are important and your integrity should not be compromised. A lot of effort goes into ‘Weaving a Blanket’ and there may be no worthwhile shortcuts to its completion. Do you need to bring many strands from different areas or parts of your life together? What materials are available to you? It’s best to relax into your activities. Take time to enjoy the tranquility of dusk, possibly catching sight of a sunset. 

Keywords: The fabric of one's being. Traditional pastimes and skills. Weaving security and independence. Patience and gentle handcrafting. Stories, especially those handed down. Tales and traditions. Consideration of one's unique history. Weaving, spinning looms. The warp and weft of life. One's life story—past and present. Being focused on one's tasks. Colours, dyes. Threads.

The Caution: Underestimating skills of self-expression in comparison with intellectual skills. Allowing dull routines to overcome. Feeling one hasn't got much to contribute. Inability to apply to routine and necessary tasks. Being too "full-time" about one's work. Feeling insecure no matter what the situation. Selling off one's integrity. Finding that it's too late in the day to get anything done. Not knowing when to stop.

The Quest Symbol of this lunar eclipse is Aries 17: Two Prim Spinsters Sitting Together In Silence. This can bring up the need for some time alone, to sort out your thoughts, to see what's happening in relationships, to spend quiet time, perhaps with a close friend - someone who just 'knows' what the other is feeling. Do you have someone that you can deeply share your thoughts with? Someone who doesn't expect too much and just accepts you for who you are? Having this depth of friendship can be important. Of course, this Symbol can also show those who don't relate, hold themselves back from each other or have lost the 'romance' in their lives. Sometimes it happens that we don't want to communicate with those around us, particularly if conversations seem to be the same time after time. 

Keywords: The need to loosen up emotional blockages. The struggle to hold onto one’s original identity. Compromise because of social expectations. Meditations that communicate. Exclusive relationships. Relationships that have a quiet “knowing”. Dignified silence. Inner withdrawal. Communicating through body language. 

The Caution: Emotional isolation. Refusing to accept relationship. Pretending to be someone that one is not. Disapproval of younger, more vital energies. Being fussy and judgmental. Chattering that is not conducive to growth or true relating. Gossip. Difficulty in communicating. Being shut-off, or shutdown. The loss of joy and spontaneity. 

The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of Uranus is Aries 14: A Serpent Coiling Between A Man And A Woman In The Garden Of Eden. This Symbol speaks of the 'revelation of knowledge' - so many are looking at ancient texts lately, whether they're looking for answers in the Bible, the Koran, studying the ancient mysteries, etc. One needs to be discriminating, sometimes, around issues to do with what's right and what's wrong and what's set in stone by the patriarchy. These are interesting times. The 'Garden Of Eden' is a mythical place, but, worldwide, we are currently smack in the middle of turbulence and difficulty. A little 'knowledge' can, at times, lead us down the garden path. Snakes may feature in our dream time or waking reality. 

The real questions may be: Where is your 'Garden Of Eden'? Where is your 'other'; your Adam to your Eve, your Eve to your Adam? What comes between you and your desires?

Keywords: Enticement. Allurement. Revealing archetypal knowledge that may not be "socially acceptable". Temptations. The Adam and Eve story. Jealousy. Sexual instincts. Life and death issues. Relating based on control. Kundalini energy. Realizing polarity. Individuation. Eating the Apple. The "knowledge of good and evil". Having one's eyes opened. Marking one's territory.

The Caution: Feeling guilty. Being afraid to express one's feelings. Basic instincts and sexual energy. The fear of knowledge, secret or otherwise. Using sexuality as a control device. Disgust or distrust of the body. Sexually transmitted diseases. Being thrown out of paradise. 

Uranus' full-on presence in this solar eclipse is very likely to bring up some very interesting events and possibilities. Letting go of the past has been a theme for some time now and Uranus here may be signalling that it is even more important to work on letting go, forgiving and forgetting and moving on from situations that may be holding you back from what you want. 

The Sun is on Libra 16: After The Storms Of Winter, A Boat Landing Stands In Need Of Repair. This is a very meaningful degree of the desire, or the need, to rebuild our lives in some way. There may be many things that need repair. The damage caused to society with all the talk of war can require the need for some rebuilding of hope, trust, love and acceptance. On some level, we may wonder where we can land - where we can feel safe and in an accepting, loving and secure harbor. 

Keywords: Temporary loss. Emotional repair. Tools to repair damage and build a new life. Having faith that the worst is over and recovery can begin. Calling in the experts. Taking time to put the pieces back together. Working to ensure the safety of the community. Insurance claims. The fragility of man’s world in the face of nature. Returning to work. 

The Caution: Making excuses instead of fixing things. Feeling emotionally swamped and powerless. Being torn apart. Leaving things a mess. Not seeing the real reason for fixing things up. Feeling shot to pieces. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse. Having nowhere to dock. Continual arguments and violence.

Over the following two days after the eclipse, we might see some interesting things come up, either personally or collectively in society. The Sabian Symbols for Libra 18 and 19 can be difficult and can bring a further realisation around where you might be handcuffed to an ideal, a place, a relationship, a job, or belief, etc, and, there can be realisations around how you hold yourself back. The 3 or 4 days after the eclipse are really fruitful in this area. I would like to go into this further, but I'll end up writing an even longer newsletter this time. You can check in to see what I'm blogging about the Symbols of the planets on my website on  

The Karmic Condition of the Sun is Libra 15: Circular Paths. We may find ourselves, or the world, the dynamics, the politics, social media, etc, going around and around in circles. Ever repeating patterns of activity... just one thing after another - perhaps it's the same damn thing after the other. 

The Quest Symbol of the Sun is Libra 17: A Retired Sea Captain Watches Ships Entering And Leaving The Harbor. This Symbol seems to be suggesting that we may want to, or need to, take some time out to rest, to look back on our lives, to reconsider and reflect, perhaps write our memoirs, and decide whether we want to go back out into the ocean - away from the comforting shore. After all, the degree of the Sun for this lunar eclipse is Libra 16 where the dock or boat landing stands in need of repair. 

Mars, the ruler of this Aries lunar eclipse, is on Sagittarius 17: An Easter Sunrise Service Draws A Large Crowd. This speaks of revivals, of gathering together with others in order to revive spirit. Mars is in a great trine aspect with Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon, and Jupiter and Mars form a fabulously resonant kite aspect with the Sun. Mars on this Symbol shows how we may need to serve the interests of the larger community, even if it's through the spreading of acceptance, love and goodwill towards others. 

Keywords: Performing deeds with reverence, respect and a sense of celebration. Cohesive communal expressions of faith. The dawning of a new era. Church services. Dawn services. The community gathering for a common purpose. Resurrections and rebirths. Revivals. The need for faith in a bright future. Devotion. Worship.

The Caution: Obsession with the ceremony rather than the true purpose or ideal. Feeling unable to lift one’s spirit. Loss and shame of the past clouding the possibilities of today’s reality. Disillusionment around issues to do with the Church.

The Karmic Condition for Mars is Sagittarius 16: Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship Looking For Food. This Symbol can show the need to find sustenance, looking for nourishment or looking to see where one will land. It can, also, show situations of people wanting things from us, or where we find ourselves putting our hand out for what is available. 

Keywords: Losing sight of alternative possibilities and going for the easy "feed". Issues of dependence. Diminishing one's essential worth while trying to please a specific need. Being opportunistic. Settling for the small things in life. Scalpers. Jettisoning scraps. Leftovers. The rewards and pitfalls of "meal tickets". Issues of social security. The homeless.

The Caution: Waiting for scraps that may not even be worth it or may never come. Losing the opportunity to care for one's self in an independent manner. Giving away one's power. Being opportunistic at the expense of others. Being ripped off. People "kissing and running". Users and abusers. Having satellites. Hovering for scraps.

The Quest Degree for Mars is Sagittarius 18: Tiny Children Playing In Sunbonnets. This shows the need for protecting the young, or the young at heart. 

Keywords: Care taken with small beginnings. Protection or blinkering? Propaganda that hides more severe life realities. Censorship. Innocence. Being treated like a child. Mollycoddling. Sunblocks and sunscreens. Screens that filter.

The Caution: Over protection by institutionalized procedures that can lead to not being able to see the whole picture. "Organized religion" and it's blinding of society to the true joy within and without. Infantile behavior. Being left in the dark without a clue as to what's going on. Naivety. Being overshadowed by ego. Abuse and neglect.

Mercury is on Scorpio 2: A Broken Bottle And Spilled Perfume. This is an evocative degree, it can bring up memories, emotions and realisations that may have been 'bottled up'. Mercury is retrograde for the next three weeks, giving us the opportunity to repair or heal those things that need it, particularly those that arise now for redoing, rethinking, renovating, revitalising, etc. 

Keywords: The memory of things lingering on. Scents or smells that evoke reactions. The "cat let out of the bag". The "genie let out of the bottle". Dizziness. Passing out. Smelling salts. Liquids spilled. Anything broken or shattered. Accidents. The loss of something precious. Alcoholism. Biological and chemical weapons of all kinds. Being emotionally charged. Cracking up to crack open. The sound of breaking glass.

The Caution: Things looking good on the outside, but the contents disappointing. Spilling one's guts. Things erupting suddenly. Injured or broken necks or backs. Envy and jealousy. Broken bones. Smelly remnants.

The Karmic Condition of Mercury is Scorpio 1: Tourists On A Sight-Seeing Bus

Keywords: Observing life. Feeling disconnected from reality. UFO's and aliens. Seeing how other people live. Watching from afar. Tourists, traveling, buses. Suitcases and luggage. Cameras, pictures, souvenirs. Tour guides. Timing and being on time. The untried and untrodden or the same old road. Getting lost in something for hours. Foreign territories. New ways of seeing.

The Caution: Feelings of naivety and gullibility. Feeling like an alien even in familiar surroundings. Making assumptions about others' lives. Not fitting in. Expecting things without any personal expenditure or effort. Getting out of one's depth. Having difficulty calling one's own agenda. Separation anxiety. Inability to concentrate.

The Quest Symbol of Mercury is Scorpio 3: Neighbours Coming Together In A House Raising Party. This shows the need to build social cohesion, to be willing and able to come together as a society sharing the same ideals and sharing a sense of community and purpose. Divisions between people cause problems, and although they are sometimes unavoidable, it is by spreading cheer and love that we create good fences. This is the degree that Mercury goes retrograde on. Issues to do with trusting others may need to be addressed. It will be interesting to see what unfolds for Hillary Clinton, this is the degree of her Scorpio Sun, and, she wrote a book titled "It Takes A Village". 

Keywords: Cooperation. Real estate deals. Community concerns. Buying or building houses. Renting apartments and homes. Needing help to find shelter. The agreement of neighbors to maintain community harmony. "Raising the roof". Parties. Dormitories. Having to consider the needs of lots of people. Match making. Community halls. Understanding what it takes to make a village of people. Communal governance or being blocked by rules, laws and regulations of bureaucracy. Homeless shelters. Tools. Building expertise. Helping hands.

The Caution: Taking advantage of generosity. Refusing to cooperate in group endeavors. Building bigger and better things. Bickering over who does what. Not trusting people's input. Arguing over boundaries. 

Venus is on Libra 11: A Professor Peering Over The Top Of His Glasses At His Students. This Symbol gives us the chance to take a good look at how we perceive people and how others see us. We can't see people as clearly from the things that we have learned about them as we can when we look at their humanity, what makes them tick, why they act the way they do, instead of pigeon-holing them in some way. 

Keywords: Lenses of perception. Seeing that others get the message. Intellectual snobbery. Photography. Lenses as shields or barriers between people or things. Observing others. Examining one's self. Understanding where you're looking. Giving advice. Teachers. Professors. The ability to "read others". Motivations or talents of others seen and appreciated.

The Caution: Assuming a superior position. Thinking others have a lesser position or intelligence. Reading endless self-help books and not noticing real life. Bossing others. Not seeing, or caring to notice, one's own faults and limitations. Feeling separate from what's being said or taught. Distortions of perception or observation. Condescending behavior. Seeing people as interruptions.

The Quest Degree of Venus is Libra 12: Miners Are Emerging From A Deep Coal Mine. What realisations, especially around relationships and how you relate, are you bringing to the surface? Are you wanting to come back into the everyday world after a period of subterranean work and observation. 

Keywords: Release from arduous labor. Stopping work. Coming into the light. Deep subconscious healing. Hypnotherapy. Going into dark places. Claustrophobia. Memories from the past or out of nowhere. Things dark and "gothic". Lung and breathing problems. Persephone emerging. The labyrinth of the mind. The mind flooding. Tunnel vision. Caves. Mines. Digging for answers. Relief and time off. Ghost stories. Being the "canary" in the mine. Work.

The Caution: Gloomy outlooks. Not seeing potentials. Emerging with a "blackened face". Difficulty breathing. Earning a living being a life and death situation. Working hard for small rewards. Emotional loops. Things hard to escape. Fear of confinement or capture.

Jupiter is on Leo 18: A Chemist Conducts An Experiment For His Students. This speaks of trying new possibilities, stepping out of the square and being creative. 

Keywords: Alchemy. Stepping out of the usual rules and taking a risk. New and untried procedures. Syllabus and education. Wisdom being passed on. Putting things "to the test". Throwing out what doesn't stand up. Ingredients. Bunsen burners. Test tubes. Microscopes. Seeking rational answers. Science and chemistry. Leading by example. The thrill of discovery.

The Caution: Always going "by the rules of the book" leading to inertia and suppression of creative ideas. Being afraid to take a chance because the situation may get out of control. Refusing to reveal one's formula, lest it be copied. Narrow viewpoints. Skepticism. Being a stickler for conservative science. Not trusting other's abilities. Chemicals that pollute and distort.

Saturn is on Scorpio 22: Hunters Protected By Heavy Clothing Are Shooting At Wild Ducks. With all the talk of war and the wars breaking out between people around the world, this should be self-explanatory. I heard that the English are thinking of bringing back fox hunting, while all around the world those who are innocent, frailer, smaller, vulnerable, etc, are being picked off by those who appear not to have hearts. 

Keywords: Satiating one's aggressive desires. Being able to hit the mark. Putting up with violence in one's life, whether physical, mental, spiritual or emotional. Road, and other, types of rage. The armed services and their responsibilities. War. Terrorism in its many forms. Camouflage. Being an armed force. Armaments.

The Caution: Exploitation of those who are more vulnerable. Taking unfair advantage of the innocent or the less experienced. Feeling like a sitting duck. Nowhere to run or hide. Hormones running rampant. Mindless violence. War crimes tribunals. Gang warfare. Indiscriminate actions.

The Karmic Condition of Saturn (the degree before) is Scorpio 21: Obeying His Conscience, A Soldier Resists Orders. Many are not happy about the wars that are going on and people are weary from all the talk of it. Some, of course, want to, or need to, or have to, go to war. We live in a world where it is talked about too much. Perhaps you are one of those who don't want to hear about it any more. 

Keywords: Personal morality. Doing what one's conscience dictates. Going against the status quo. Doing the unexpected. Going by the promptings of the inner voice. The consequences of having a conscience. Not coming home. People clinging to each other. Love that restrains.

The Caution: Displaying cowardice or a lack of courage to act. Not doing what one is expected to do. 'Going over the top' in a wild and crazy way. Going AWOL. Being the one who lets everyone down. Court martials. Antisocial behavior. Anarchists. Being "uncommitted" or "unavailable". Choosing play instead of duty. Goofing off.

Neptune is on Pisces 6: A Parade Of Army Officers In Full Dress. The military, the dictates of what one *has* to do, possibly rather than what you might want to do. It's interesting how both Saturn and Neptune have a 'military' emphasis. 

Keywords: National pride on display. Reminders of those putting life and limb on the line for kin and country. Uniforms, hats. People seeking recognition from the community, regardless of what they've personally achieved. Patriotism. Memories of war. Being committed to service. Medals. Stripes. Uniformity. Grinning and bearing it. Projecting the "right image". Drills and routines. Displays of courage. Assembling together. Braiding and piping. Spit and polish. Parades and marching. Police and law enforcement. Guns and bayonets. The importance of looking good.

The Caution: "Stiff" and unfeeling displays. Having special privileges that others don't. Doing what one must do. Hiding behind a façade. Not being prepared, or able, to show one's true self. "Drill sergeants" who scream and shout. People parading their importance. False courage. Taking the glory away from the little people. Wearing anything.

Pluto is on Capricorn 12: A Student Of Nature Lecturing, Revealing Little Known Aspects Of Life. 

Keywords: Observing and translating so others may learn. Green politics. Issues the conservatives don't want revealed. Nature and natural remedies. Science and its rewards and drawbacks. Issues such as global warming. Whistle blowers. Natural healing methods. Documentaries. Conspiracy theories. Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. Christopher Marlowe

The Caution: Radical non-humanistic views. Intellectual smugness. 'Lecturing' and browbeating. Modern technological advances that stifle the environment. Lip service to conservation issues.

Chiron is on Pisces 15: An Officer Drilling His Men In A Simulated Attack. Chiron here can have scenarios playing out in our minds - going over and over things, imagining what may happen, what one may encounter, what may threaten or confront. Monkey chatter can arise when we continually mull over an uncertain future. It is very good to be prepared for those things that are eventualities, of course, but some stories are based on fear and separation. The talk of war and invasion are not helping people to feel safe in their own neighborhoods. 

Exercises. Marching and going through the motions. The need for defense. Seeing ahead. Planning strategies. Fire drills. Smoke alarms. Being prepared. Issuing orders and expecting them to be followed through. Discipline. Martial arts of all kinds. Going over and over possible outcomes. Safeguards put in place. Gas masks and bomb shelters.

The Caution: Rigid routine for no real or valuable purpose. Feeling that one has always to be on the defensive. Being under attack, whether real or imagined. Overreacting to things. Feelings of unworthiness in the face of battle or confrontation. Victim consciousness. Fearful responses. Getting others to respond through spreading fear. Scare tactics.

The Moon's north node is on Libra 20: A Jewish Rabbi In A Tiny Room Filled With Manuscripts And Books, Performing His Duty. This is a wonderful degree of fulfilling the spiritual or religious rituals of society - no matter what our society may require from us in terms of social norms. In many western nations, however, we are seeing arguments that divide us from each other, based on religion and societal differences. It has been disheartening to see the divides that are widening between people who could be good neighbours. 

The Karmic Condition of the Moon's north node is Libra 19: A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding. This Symbol shows the feeling of something threatening, unknown, scary, etc. This can also show the need to shine light on the corners of the mind, or on situations, in order to illuminate and reveal what might really be going on. A good antidote for this is to stop thinking about those things that take away our sense of peace and calm - to drop the stories. 

The Moon's south node is on Aries 20: A Young Girl Feeding Birds In Winter. This shows the need to look after others who may not be able to look after themselves. Whether people are facing 'seasonal difficulties', feel lost, have a feeling of lack and difficulty, it can be nourishing to lend a hand, even with the smallest gesture. Leaving out a container of water for the birds and animals can lead to connecting with the animal kingdom while also helping them on their way. 

Keywords: Simple gatherings and sharing in natural values. Watching people swim, run, skip and play. People getting loose and revealing their bodies. Remembering the basic elements of life. Marveling at nature. Getting back to the basics of life. Enjoyment. Relaxing social constraints. Picnic hampers, towels, sunblock. Wanting a tan. Queues and lines. Swimming in the collective unconsciousness. Leisure times.

The Caution: Avoiding close interaction with others. Being just one of many who desire their moment in the sun. Drowning –with others or alone. Sunburn. Sunstroke. Feeling like just one of the many. Dehydration. Traffic that hampers flow. Loneliness. 

This is a very meaningful full Moon and one that holds the promise of many changes and breakthroughs. I wish everyone a wonderful lunar eclipse and hope for the freedom of spirit and reality that Uranus can bring. 

This newsletter is the longest I have written to date - it is perhaps too long. These times are so meaningful, I find it a little hard not to share. I do, however, spend a lot of time compiling these newsletters and I'm looking to ways to make it more efficient while still giving a lot of the information.



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