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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