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I want to really say something about this New Moon. So please give me a few minutes to create some context for it.
The Moon last renewed herself on May 9th, at which time she and the Sun got together to produce an annular Solar eclipse. For sure, eclipses are events which we best pay attention to, as they’re always a combination of the Sun, the Moon, and her nodes.
It is a human tendency to focus on the spectacular, to make promises, to focus on what’s on the other side of a doorway rather than on what’s guarding that door. So most of the “metaphysical” writing I see on eclipses seems to have the flavor of spectacle. In short, I would say that a great majority of what I read talks about every eclipse as “the one” that is going to transform us all into beings of light, and free us forevermore from the shadow.
Two people calling to each other across a wide, deep canyon
In my April New Moon column, I mentioned in passing that we were entering into a “six month astrological crescendo.” I posted that article on Facebook and in the comments that I saw there was a line in one that I’ve thought a lot about since. And I think that in the context of the energies of this Sun in Gemini, Full Moon in Sagittarius, I will attempt to address what was said. Which was something like, “… only if they (meaning the retrograding outer planets) are on a key point in your chart.”
There was definitely a part of the conversation that I missed, but I’m imagining that someone read my article, and then posted it on their page with a comment that focused on the “astrological crescendo” phrase – maybe making some assumption that I was saying everyone would be massively stressed or something. So what I saw was the response, and I think the response was written by a person who would call themselves an astrologer.
Your life may or may not be written.
Those of you who have been reading my columns know that I advocate incorporating a Lunar sense of time into your life. Incorporation meaning, “to bring into the body.” For those of you who might be reading me for the first time, I will say that it is very freeing to live your life from New Moon to New Moon. For the New Moon, every month, is a chance to be reborn. All the stresses of your life, whether relational, professional or personal, can be released each New Moon.
Life on the Gregorian calendar is separated from this natural cycle, which influences all life forms here on Earth. In the Gregorian system, January 1st – or the first of any month, or any given Monday – is really an arbitrary point in time when viewed in an energetic sense. But for most of us in the Western world, these are our starting points.
A bridge of swaying vines across a canyon
The Earth is our Mother, and she has loved us. Within her fertile hips are the lives and loves of every lover and hero, the greatest and the least, of all who have ever lived. She has wept in joy and in anguish with each of us who has ever been.
It is unquestionable that we are at the balance point now. Between love and hate, between community and corporation, between life and death. Though there have been crises aplenty, none has had the consequence of this time. We either choose love, or we choose death.
And the Earth rises to the occasion, smiling sweetly, adorning herself, so that we may recognize her gifts.
In choosing love, we may choose to fight – for Her, the Earth, who has loved us.