And, changing our tune is a very useful thing to do right now. Of course, we might be quite happy with the tune we're playing, but, other might not be, or, we might feel that we've played that tune long enough and we would do well to try out another melody - another aspect of ourselves that we can resonate with.
Part of the deal at the moment is recognising who belongs in our lives and who doesn't. We may have people appearing that are downright challenging, horrid, accusatory, dismissive, etc, and, we might wonder what we're doing continuing to entertain the thought of having them in our sphere. If they break through your boundaries, if they hurt you, accuse you, throw things at you that don't belong to you, if they are so out of left field that you don't want them in your life anymore, this can be a time to let them go, to free them up, along with freeing yourself up (which is actually more important). After all, after Chiron is on Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD, it moves onto Pisces 26: A NEW MOON REVEALS THAT IT'S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS. So, it could be time for you to split off and go in a different direction OR it could be time for you to concentrate on what you need in order to grow and prosper without being concerned about other peoples' direction in amongst it. The trick is to stay focused on your needs in amongst what's going on.
Redemption and relief are possible, always, but, especially now as Saturn is smack on the Galactic Center. We are being asked to get straight and real about our desires, our thoughts, the things that we 'put out there'. What do we want to have in our lives? What do we want to be making of our lives? What is the best use of the Law Of Attraction at the moment? How can we best focus on what we want, especially if we tend to focus on what others want and forget our own needs, wishes and desires?
With Saturn on the Galactic Center on Sagittarius 27: A SCULPTOR'S VISION IS TAKING FORM, we might be seeing our thoughts readily manifesting into situations, conversations and outcomes almost before we've had a chance to truly think about them. We are likely to find many synchronicities and psychic occurrences, some of which can be mind-blowing and revelatory. We are being asked, perhaps now more than ever, to keep a watch on our thoughts. Where are our intentions taking us? Where are we directing ourselves in our day-to-day lives?
Saturn and Chiron are square to each other, so, we are being asked to examine those stories, those tales that we tell every single day. This can equate to the things we say to ourselves about ourselves, but, it can also show up where we talk about others, along with the stories that cross our minds a million times a day which are time wasting, sabotaging, of no use or just plain useless. It's by noticing what crosses your mind that you can drop the negative or non-productive thoughts with a statement of 'not useful to me', 'don't need to think about that', or, just merely switching to another mode of thought. Doing this can lead to major insights into how our mind works, and, we will find that we go into those negative time wasting spaces less and less. This is, after all, a time to drop our 'wounds', the worn-out things from the past that no longer serve us in order to move into the future less encumbered, less triggered and less reactionary.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer and The Stories That We Tell Ourselves, is on a degree that speaks of sorting out the wheat from the chaff, the good from the not-so-good, the people that we want to keep in our lives from the ones that we realise are bad for us, holding us back, undermining us, or, just generally being a damp squib sapping us of our energies. Chiron is on Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD. Chiron has spent many months on this degree over the several months, and, we have had an increased awareness about (or intolerance for) those who abuse our trust, those who overstep their boundaries, those who really should not have a place of power and authority in our lives.
Adding to the ability to see where we would do well to change our lives is the trine between Saturn and Uranus. This can help us to get straight about what we want, and, it can help us to get our ducks in a row to achieve those things. We can see where we might do better by being more disciplined and organised while still being real about our desires for an authentic life; one not dictated by others against our best wishes.
One of the trickier aspects of this new Moon is the quincunx (150-degree aspect) between the new Moon and Uranus. I see the quincunx (some people call it the inconjunct) as being 'the itch that is hard to scratch'. We may see where we want to make changes, but, it's like we can't see around corners, we sometimes have to wait, to make a better or bigger plan, to make sure we can see where we're heading before making some of the bigger commitments or decisions. Of course, life goes on and we can't always delay making big decisions, but, if we can hold off and gather more information, it can be good to do it now as there might be more information to be gained.
There is also the semi-sextile from the new Moon to Saturn; this can also have us hedging our bets and holding off - if at all possible - in order to feel surer and settled about decisions made now.
One of the bigger aspects at this new Moon is the square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. This has a super-charged energy about it as the Sabian Symbols for Mars around this new Moon are some of the most challenging in the entire zodiac, Libra 18: TWO MEN PLACED UNDER ARREST ARE BROUGHT BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF SOCIETY TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR THEIR ACTIONS, and, Libra 19: A GANG OF ROBBERS IN HIDING. These two degrees are highlighted very soon after the new Moon, and, with the square to Pluto in Capricorn 18: THE UNION JACK FLIES FROM A NEW BRITISH WARSHIP, we might find a lot of things being revealed, a lot of energies feeling rather gnarly and problematic, and, a lot of anger or frustration might result. Of course, as often happens, these Symbols may manifest on the outside, most probably in the world of politics, although it could be that we will hear more sex scandals out of the entertainment and political worlds. (A caveat here: We don't always feel all of these energies ourselves, but, we will often see them in the world around us...).
The biggest promise of this Mars/Pluto square is one of transformation. Through feeling our feelings, acknowledging what's really going on, watching and listening to the truth of matters, etc, we can have a huge transformation and one that takes us into a new way of being. We may have to see where we're being challenged to stay in our own power, to own our own truth, to stand up and be strong. This can be easier said than done, but, with careful exploration of the energies around us, we can step up to a stronger sense of self. It may be necessary to let others go from your life, to drop the stories that no longer serve around being triggered or set off in ways that no longer serve you (they probably haven't served us for a long time...).
Mars in Libra, especially with this new Moon in Scorpio, along with the square from Mars to Pluto in Capricorn, can show us where we've been sacrificing ourselves, being 'yes' people instead of thinking what it is that we actually want, bending over to help others while putting our own needs on the back burner, etc. This could be a time of finding that you can say 'no' (indeed, sometimes loudly), you can cut off from those who really don't add anything worthwhile to your life or existence, you can block them and let them go on their own way. There can be a great sense of liberation and release, although, at first, it may be somewhat painful as realizations and pennies dropping can have us backing off from people, situations, events, memories or whatever - especially if we thought that we would always be there for each other.
This type of growth shown by Mars and Pluto in square (especially in Libra and Capricorn) can be very maturing and rewarding, but we are being asked to really identify boundaries. Fighting is not going to work, it never particularly does, but especially not now. We need to be firm and not waver or feel guilt or that we've done something wrong (unless, of course, we really feel that we have transgressed our usual boundaries, in which case we will do well to forgive ourselves and let things lie for a little while they sort themselves out.
The pic on the right with the saying "Cut the poison out of your life..." can relate to not entertaining useless thoughts, opinions, beliefs, etc. When negative trains of thought come up, it is very useful to just drop them, let them go, say to yourself "not now, not ever, do I need to think about this", and, just drop it. Otherwise, we can find that Mars and Pluto at this Scorpionic new Moon can have us going over and over old stories, rehashing old wounds and just perpetuating the very difficulties that we would rather transcend. Out with the old and in with the new, more positive, more vibrant and more sustaining.
Of course, there's also the Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio. Jupiter on Scorpio 9: A DENTIST AT WORK, along with Venus on Scorpio 14: TELEPHONE LINESMEN AT WORK INSTALLING NEW CONNECTIONS, is a fabulous and helpful energy that can be very healing and rewarding. 'Installing new connections' can see us reaching out to new people, new opportunities, new ways of connecting with others, opportunities, places, situations, events, etc, that further us and can take us into bigger and more rewarding outcomes. Venus and Jupiter together hold the promise of so much of the good and rewarding, and, we might be surprised where it takes us as the story continues to unfold through and after this new Moon! Abundance, expansion, goodness, truth-telling, etc, can prevail, especially if we stand in our power and see the goodness in the world - there truly is so much goodness to be seen, felt, experienced and celebrated!
There's more that can be said about this full Moon (there always is) but, a lot of it is covered in the list of Sabian Symbols for the planets below -
The new Moon each month marks a time of new beginnings and realisations. It's like a birth after a time of gestation or being 'in the womb'. Here, the light begins to return and we can see new beginnings and possibilities. A new Moon means that the Sun and the Moon are both together - bringing a synergy of their energies together. The new Moon is a perfect time to set your intentions for the future. This period is wonderful for planting seeds of whatever kind. What do you want to manifest in your future? Whether you write it down, sing about it or just hold the thought forms in your mind, doing this at the new Moon can realise some fabulous results around the things that you want to draw into your life.
The new Moon is on Scorpio 27: A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS - the following, and, the above quotes, are taken from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom -
Commentary: A ‘Military Band’ is shown. It ‘Marches Noisily On Through The City Streets’. As it makes its way along the streets it draws attention to itself through its music and the loud banging of drums. The ‘Military Band’ can inspire national pride amongst the onlookers, or it can arouse suspicion and distrust as people are left wondering just what the real agenda is. Is the ‘Military Band’ rallying people together or is it just flexing ‘Military’ muscles to show the common folk who’s in charge?
Oracle: There is occasionally a need to make a show for society to remind us of our own or our country’s successes and achievements. You may find that this will take up a great deal of your time possibly for no real return, but the morale of those around you will benefit and that should be the true goal. Sometimes there’s a perceived need to impress others with one’s existence so that they don’t forget that you exist. However, this Symbol can also show people who make enormous amounts of noise and demand attention, drowning out all that is going on around them. These people are often hard to ignore and can be irritating and downright disruptive. Perhaps they have a “drum that they need to bang” in order to wake up others who are not paying attention to their needs, wants or desires or they are trying to wake people from their apathy. Sometimes the mere act of showing attention, appreciation and admiration can stop the need for such noisy displays and bring everything back to a more peaceful space.
Keywords: Making music to rouse people from complacency. Noisy announcements. Demanding attention. Trumpeting achievements. Reminders from the authorities that individuals are often not in charge. Celebrations of past battles. Corporate advertising. Peace rallies or war marches. Marching and drills. Precision movements. Baton twirling. Drums and trumpets. Spit and polish.
The Caution: A lot of volume that can be too pompous. So much volume that the true message gets lost. Demanding to be heard. Banging one’s drum, even when others might be unresponsive or not want to hear. Blaring announcements. Warnings to others to follow orders or to be complicit. Big ego displays. Propaganda. Threats to peace. Momentary disruptions.
The Karmic Degree for the new Moon is Scorpio 26: INDIANS MAKING CAMP IN NEW TERRITORY
This Symbol implies being able to, or having to, be in "New Territory". Once a new place has been found, there is the need to acclimatize, adjust quickly and settle in. This new territory can be in a physical, emotional or spiritual framework. Whichever, you need to feel at home in an inner and outer sense. You may feel a creeping sense of unease if you find it hard to relax in the new environment or that the rug may be pulled from under your feet. You may also be someone who moves often in life, sometimes before you were able to get a sense of belonging or having friends. However, there is likely to be a pioneering or venturing spirit.
Keywords: Settling in. Walk-ins. Having to learn the rules of being in a new environment. The need for freedom to live one's life as one wants. Concerns with territory. Immigration. Migration across countries. Gathering things together for family and community needs. Tents. Shelter. Co-habitation. Revering and protecting the environment. Setting up camp. Going walkabout. Squatters. Respecting boundaries. Reservations.
The Caution: Moving into or invading other's territory. Putting up with things when one should move on. Feeling invaded. Kicking people out because they don’t fit in or don’t belong. Segregation on grounds of color, race or religion. Compromising other's living space. Arriving unannounced. Barging in. Attack and invasion.
The Quest Degree for the Moon is Scorpio 28: THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING THEIR DOMAIN
This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to feel at ease and in charge of your home, territory or domain. You may have been searching for where you belong or where your "Domain" is. Although you may at times be off looking for this, feeling alien and alone won't work; there's a need to feel accepted, welcomed and loved. There may be the feeling of wanting to be a dominant leader or having a doting populace. As long as egos are in control, this can be a fabulous experience of 'returning home', a nice, and calm and spiritual place to be. Also, this degree can show a world of one's own creation or imagination - which can be fabulously rewarding although it can also be rather ungrounded in reality.
Keywords: Imaginary worlds. Finding a place. Feeling comfortable. Taking command of life. Leadership and its responsibilities. Feeling like a dominant leader and that one has a doting populace. Being welcomed. Midsummer Night's Dream. Returning home. Web domains. Finding one's true vocation or purpose.
The Caution: Imaginary worlds and dependence on trickery. Ridicule aimed at those that don’t have their feet on the ground. Someone acting like a “hot shot”. Feelings of superiority which alienate others. The fear of approaching the unknown. Never finding a real place to settle down. Fairy tales about how life could or should be. Lording it over others. Being bossy and commanding. Being impotent. The fear and loathing of having to accept one’s true place. Not taking command of one’s life. Loneliness. Feeling locked out.
The Moon symbolizes: Emotions, moods, mother, family, clan, domestic issues, relationship to home and country. Feelings, sentiments, nourishment, emotional nurturing, monkey chatter mind, lunar and menstrual cycles, clarity of emotions or lunacy. Female energy - yours and others.
Mercury is on Sagittarius 18: TINY CHILDREN PLAYING IN SUNBONNETS
This degree speaks of providing protection for youngsters and children, giving them safety and security and sheltering from the harsher aspects of life. It may, at times, be a tiring responsibility as you have to be watchful for slipups when the protection may fall away - leaving those that should feel shielded open to the elements and the damaging aspects of the environment and society. At times, people can be overprotected, but it is most likely for their own good. Don't be distracted by efforts being made on your behalf; sometimes we need to be shielded by others from harmful elements. Remember to play and have fun, but don't let people hoodwink you or pull the wool over your eyes.
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: Overprotection 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.
The Karmic Degree for Mercury is Sagittarius 17: AN EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE DRAWS A LARGE CROWD
This degree shows the ability, and the necessity, of being able to rise up after difficulties in one's life, somewhat like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. One needs to maintain hope and draw together with others who share a sense of faith in the future and in community and the goodness of life. There will be times of spiritual rebirth where you can rise above the failings of the past into new beginnings. Coming out of doubt and despair can lead to a new sense of love, faith and compassion. Join with others in a spirit of joy. There's a need for unwavering faith in communal spiritual values.
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: Disillusionment and loss of vision. Holidays with no meaning. 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 Quest Degree for Mercury is Sagittarius 19: PELICANS, DISTURBED BY THE GARBAGE OF PEOPLE, MOVE THEIR YOUNG TO A NEW HABITAT
This Symbol shows being on the alert for intrusion and danger in your life and in the lives of those in your care, whether they are your own children or the children or youngsters of others. At times in your life, you may feel that conditions are changing and you and your family or friends don't feel safe. You may need to move to a new situation which will provide more nourishment, safety and security and less danger. This can refer to an inner withdrawal; not wanting to watch the news, listen to bad information or thoughts and can happen on any level: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Keywords: Concerns with survival. The endeavor to achieve mental, physical or emotional well-being or peace. Noise and other irritants that make life difficult. Looking out for the safety and security of one's children, home or creative ventures. Feeling unsafe. Conditions being insecure and unpredictable. Having nowhere to rest.
The Caution: Insecure and unpredictable conditions. Noisy neighborhoods. Mess and rubbish left around. Not being prepared to compromise or cohabit. People not being able to live together. Fouling of one’s nest. Things are being done “for your own good” regardless of what you want. Noise driving people out. Leases running out.
Mercury symbolizes: Mind, thought, communication, memory, expression, intelligence. News, exchanges, chatting, conversations, short journeys, connections with others, telephones, emails, siblings, neighbors, the reasoning mind. Day-to-day activities. Cars, keys, small animals.
Venus is on Scorpio 14: TELEPHONE LINESMEN AT WORK INSTALLING NEW CONNECTIONS
This Symbol implies the ability, or the need, to be able to connect in with people or situations, sometimes with tools and equipment, sometimes psychically. This shows networking, along with the desire to talk to people or bring them together and improve communications. If people have been experiencing failure in fully expressing their thoughts, ideas or emotions, there is nothing to be achieved by just worrying about it; but rather do something to repair the lines of communication. Doing this can cause surprising new connections with people linking up, even from surprisingly isolated places. Sometimes expert advice and help must be called in; this often shows people who can do it.
Keywords: Acupuncture and other therapies that work on the body's meridians. The nervous system. The Internet. Forming new lines of communication. New connections taking place. Linking people up. Making sure that messages get through. Mobile phones, faxes, email. Networks and networking. Switchboards. Satellites. Wires. The ability to reach far distances. Getting on other peoples' wavelengths. Contacts. Hooking up with the system. UFO experiences. Mobile phones.
The Caution: Failing to see the necessity for repairs to personal communication. Becoming involved in other people’s lives. Gossip. News, thoughts and ideas spreading rapidly and getting out of control. Constant chatting. Being fickle. Sabotage. Engaged signals.
The Karmic Degree for Venus is Scorpio 13: AN INVENTOR PERFORMS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT
This Symbol shows the ability, or necessity, of being able to take risks, to be an explorer or someone who does things rather differently than most people. It's your job to look for creative solutions and work with them. When things are just not working, you probably need to try different combinations and different possibilities in order to have the desired result. Being willing to go out on a limb can bring all kinds of unexpected results, some wonderfully rewarding, but some, if not well considered, could end up blowing up in your face. By persevering, you will not only find solutions to complex situations but also learn a lot from any errors you make along the way.
Keywords: Creating one's vision. Thinking quickly and making momentary decisions. Being prepared to risk failure. Bringing different mixes of things and/or people together. Taking calculated risks to see what will happen. Seeing if things live up to expectations. Looking for answers. The "mad professor". Mixing chemicals. Measuring and weighing. Going by one's gut reactions. Inventions and experiments. Discovery. Laboratories. Research.
The Caution: Becoming obscured by pointless goals. Making things up. Being one-eyed and focused to the exclusion of all else. Not fully understanding the consequences of actions. Always taking risks. Not taking adequate cautions. Not keeping track of what you’re doing. Ignoring warning signs. Being a “mad professor”.
The Quest Degree for Venus is Scorpio 15: CHILDREN PLAYING AROUND FIVE MOUNDS OF SAND
This shows "Children" at "Play"; enjoying in a natural setting. Nowadays, the true art of play has largely been forgotten or lost. We have the apparent need for more and more toys or gadgets in order to bring joy. Much is learnt through letting go and allowing your self to experience the joy found naturally in the company of others. You may have the potential for greater things, but don't sometimes understand what they are. Development takes time and latent talent eventually leads to greater things. You will fulfill your potential, but you must start at the beginning. Joining with others helps as everyone brings their own creative talents - don't hide yourself away.
Keywords: Creative integration of new ideals. Five being the number of mankind. The value of play in getting to know one another. Playgrounds. Crop circles. The desert. Throwing caution to the wind. Playing 'hide and go seek'. Shifting sands. Rituals. American Indian rites. The love of the physical world. The five senses. Carefree and happy playgrounds and laughter. Pentacles. Witchcraft. Solomon's Seal.
The Caution: Being too serious. Not seeing life's light-hearted side. Not knowing how to play. Not committing to anything seriously. Brooding and hiding. Mourning over childhood lost.
Venus symbolizes: Relatedness, cooperation, what attracts you. The experience of sweetness, beauty or delight. Social interactions, love, friends, how you reach out to people. Feminine persona, relationship with mother and females. Money, possessions, sense of values.
Mars is on Libra 17: A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOR
This Symbol speaks of the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection. You may feel that the stormy, unpredictable, emotional life is something you can, or need to, leave behind; to opt out. But like the sea captain, there will always be the frustration in the desire to return and get back amongst it. An objective and calm understanding of life's experiences is available, but know when to rest and when to be active and work as merely looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch is unlikely to bring the world to you.
Keywords: Memories and peaceful contemplation. Disconnection from the past. Concentrating on more immediate circumstances. Fatigue and the need for rest. Being a spectator rather than a participant. Being part of an audience. Voyeurism. Turning to domestic pursuits. Writing one's memoirs. Nostalgia. Safe ports or harbors. Retiring from public life.
The Caution: A cop-out, escaping from reality. Relying on past experiences. A need to defend one’s shoreline. Losing faith in life. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by. Not wanting to contribute anymore. Losing interest in the struggle. Disillusionment. Frustration. Boredom.
The Karmic Degree for Mars is Libra 16: AFTER A STORM, A BOAT LANDING STANDS IN NEED OF RECONSTRUCTION
This Symbol shows the need to rebuild parts of our lives that get swept away in difficult situations or "Storms". Even things built on solid foundations can be swept away by the tidal wave forces of life or the emotions. You may at times feel overpowered and that you need to pick yourself up in some way. You may have to reconstruct some usually secure part of your life, but you are wiser and will in future build something stronger. Finding tools to rebuild can create brand new opportunities on every level. A great use of this degree is to find yourself in the helping role or being a counselor for others who have difficult issues to deal with in their lives.
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 taking responsibility. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse. Making excuses instead of fixing things. Feeling emotionally swamped and powerless. Being torn apart. Leaving things a mess. Feeling shot to pieces. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse. Having nowhere to dock. Arguments and violence.
The Quest Degree for Mars is Libra 18: TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR THEIR ACTS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL OF SOCIETY