Tomorrow, as the Sun in Scorpio squares off with the Moon in Leo, the relationship between seriousness and play comes to mind. Although the two are not opposites nor mutually exclusive, if someone gets playful with someone else who wants to be taken seriously, what results can range from painful misunderstanding to open hostility. I think this productive tension - between an urge towards the depths and to remain on the surface, dissipating shadows and perhaps deferring pain - encapsulates the energy of a Scorpio/Leo square.
Square aspects, yes, are triggering. The gift that comes from negotiating the challenges of a square expresses the middle path between each side in conflict. The Sun in a water sign and the Moon in fire just underscores the suggestion of a yin/yang situation. Seemingly frivolous Leo can use humor to cope with and transmute human suffering. Having attended to the depths of sobering experience, Scorpio's expanded and refined soul tastes the sweetness of life all the more vividly and with greater appreciation for lighter times.
I see the New Moon as carrying the signature for the overall continuum of energies expressed in her full cycle. The New Moon in Libra stamped this cycle with themes of remembering life as a gift, appreciating the continual renewal of air in our lungs and the exquisite fact of the mystery that dwells in an around us at all times. Last week's Full Moon in Taurus furthered this message about our quality of presence, asking us to remain in the flow of our senses and enjoy the richness of experience we've already cultivated. This Last-Quarter Square in Leo invites us to become masters at balancing moments full of paradox.
Within the statement "everything I say is a lie" (the liar's paradox) there is simultaneously a vibration of truth and falsehood. Both sides of the polarity - the lie and the truth - exist together and, in fact, depend upon each other for their own meaning and existence. A poetic faith, a willing suspension of disbelief, aids us in maintaining grace and stability in witness to some of the most appalling facts of existence. Not in the sense of denying those facts as real, but as in meeting them on their own absurd terms. Perhaps it is an irrational hope for peace and healing. Maybe it means laughing at yourself a little if your concerns pale pitifully in comparison to those gripped by profound tragedy. Or it looks like a ritual enactment - taking a metaphor literally - and believing your gesture is helping, at least a little. What do you resort to when you feel like there is absolutely nothing to be done? A Leo/Scorpio Square is like the fine line between laughing and crying.
I wish you all the best in navigating this terrain. See you next week for the New Moon in Scorpio!
This past Sunday night, a colossal monsoon storm hit my and surrounding cities, knocking out power in large swaths of neighborhoods, uprooting trees and laying them to rest in the streets. Out in space, the amplifying power of Jupiter continues to oppose mystifying, stormy Neptune in the polarity of Virgo/Pisces (daily routines/breaking from the "real world"). For one long night, our virtual realities of living comfortable, amenity-filled lives in the valley desert of Arizona were disrupted. And yet several people I know admitted they felt more charged and alive. In my room full of sultry air and sleeplessness, the quietened drizzle of rain hovered like a thin veil over a very palpable silence. The buzz of electricity and the endless exhale of air conditioning usually engulf me in white noise. I wondered about the subtler layers of sound (and emotion) that we miss as our perceptual filters convert ever more grating input into the backdrop of our modern lives.
Like the roots of the wayside trees, our interdependence was also exposed by the storm. Thousands of households waited through the night for someone to restore their power. Just after the eleventh hour, our home whirred back to electrical life. Many nearby neighbors, traffic lights and transit stations were out well into Monday. Gemini teaches us that everything is interconnected. The energy of the Twins also lends us the power of mind to rationalize endlessly, reinforcing the buffers between ourselves and a truth we are resisting. We can easily maintain the fiction that we are invulnerable, self-reliant and self-made until mother nature reminds us who is ultimately the more powerful.
This charged Last Quarter Square bestows the gifts of sensitive curiosity and open receptivity (Moon in Gemini), and quite possibly some triggering moments to test them out! The mutable signs Gemini, Virgo and Pisces are extremely activated, offering us lessons about adaptability. We may be required to be resourceful and creatively respond to life. We may need to acknowledge where our flexibility has made us a doormat or caused us to conform away from our true heart center. We may need to come to terms with change in its various forms and take the pulse of our resiliency.
Traveling on bike through the storm's aftermath to work, I noticed that the winds disturbed and relocated countless could-be "found objects." I was caught in fantasizing (Neptune in Pisces), as I often do, about artfully re-purposing (Sun/Jupiter in Virgo) interesting bits of debris. When we encounter "weather" in our lives, no doubt it can unearth the unlikeliest of treasures. The cosmos is calling upon our imaginative abilities to intentionally refashion and transmute whatever we encounter. This Last Quarter Square provides fertile ground to nurture our powers of intuition (Neptune in Pisces), deep perception (Moon in Gemini) and devotional resourcefulness (Sun in Virgo) needed to alchemize our immediate reality (Gemini).
Enjoy the last week of this lunation until the New Moon in Virgo (September 13) kicks off the new Libra/Aries cycle!
Heads up: Venus retrograde in Leo stations direct the day after the Last Quarter Square and begins again to move forward, reintegrating the lessons learned through the latter half of Leo into 0 degrees Virgo. Mercury began its setup phase around the time of the Full Moon in Pisces last week, and will retrograde in Libra on September 17th. More on this later!
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