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!
I have been all about making collages these days. Picking through old magazines and gathering a variety of striking images, playing with arrangement, trusting my intuition as guide. Because magazine content and advertisements are already attempting to access, ping and influence our subconscious, collages hit us at a deep level. Working with this medium defies my ability to first select a topic and then create from or about it. Rather, a stream of seemingly random choices contribute to a meaning that seems to choose itself. Once complete, a collage complicates the desire for a defined subject or a clear means to interpret what appears. It remains staunchly a mystery and thereby can hint at the unknowable.
The cycles of experience within collage-making mirror my life. Some days nothing seems to stick out or inspire. You can be working from the exact same materials from one session to the next and the magic just is or isn't there. There are times I feel a direct and full connection to life. I can tap into my well of intuitive power and sense a unique balance of elements that is highly conductive of love/art/spirit. At other times, everything is just... basically... shit. Through it all is a flowing current. We are not always consciously riding it but it carries us nonetheless.
A collage in the process of becoming takes very little conscious input. I sift through images and tune into that under-running current. Things begin to suggest themselves and it is as if forms just want to become. When I slip into analysis or evaluation I can feel a mounting frustration. That's when patience and trust come in handy. You can give your mind a task - just look for more images - when you can sense it trying to control and determine things. Skimming through pages is so meditative you easily glide back into the flow. I have found in collage a very healing spiritual practice.
Our fixed-earth friend Taurus is all about experience. This tendency can express as attachment to a specific experience but transmutes into being very sensuously alive and present. It is an energy that builds slowly, which is why I am called to speak to collage or any practice that steadily flows until contact with the mystery emerges and flowers. Tragedy, acute fear, close-calls, hallucinogens... all of these can thrust us into a sharp contrast with habitual reality and alter our consciousness, perhaps in valuable ways. But Taurus is about dedication and cultivation of change. This Full Moon in particular is about appreciation, especially for talents, delights, resources or states that you've been investing in and can now thoroughly enjoy. Thank yourself for all you've done to be able to find the right pace where you flow easily with life. Bask in your awesomeness. Have a lovely Full Moon!
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