Happy New Year! May you find a renewed sense of self and connection going into 2016.
As much as I've learned about astrology - all the technical stuff - I am starting to see that, in so many ways, it is just a powerful pretense. When I read a birth chart, the contents (house signs, placements, aspects) are guideposts but do not have certain, inherent meaning - they cannot describe life on their own. Similarly, these blog posts are inspired, yes, by current transits but come more from my process of sensing the "field" of experience. I know how woo-woo that sounds. But a dawning sense of a truth- and life-oriented astrology is blossoming in me; an awareness that this ancient art is a powerful pretense for connection with self, others, life.
I think astrology holds a special allure because most people like the idea of magic and inexplicable correspondences and they generally like hearing about themselves. I know I do! Recently I've been cleaning my closet of values and weeding the garden growing in the soil of my attention/imagination and it has got me mulling over why I (and others) are attracted to astrology. I cannot honestly say how long I've been studying it, but until recently, I've never considered why I've been so eager to invite this particular cosmology into my life.
What I've discovered is that the form - astrology - doesn't really, really matter. I would still want to nourish my intuition. I would still want to reach people and frame our journeys in a sense of interconnectedness: as above, so below. I would still seek that pretense to research, write, create and connect to the cycles and rhythms of the flow of time.
So I'm slowing dropping the need for the contents of astrology to inherently mean anything. And thus my practices grows more truthful and full of life. It is in the process of astrology that connections alight: with dampened or unknown parts of myself, with living archetypes, with unique and beautiful life stories I would never otherwise have heard...
We're coming up to a Capricorn New Moon and this is an energy that takes all the resources available to it - everything it is and everything at hand - to make masterful work in the world. It teaches us the magic of trust and of and resisting destructive self-doubt. It is highly capable. It has unwavering intentions.* Capricorn's ruler, Saturn (now in Sagittarius), urges us to look beyond the form or contents of our actions and life processes to see the energetic systems that support them. To see where we may be stuck on the surface of a thing, not seeing the underlying motivations or connecting with the reasons that drive us to keep up our pretenses. To Capricorn, pouring itself into an activity with no sense of love, connection, purpose, etc. is anathema.
As we approach this New Moon, we are supported in giving new life to our pursuits by taking a long look at, and refreshing, embracing and/or moving towards healing with the core values motivating those pursuits. Saturn in Sagittarius will heighten or awareness of place to spring from that feels true. Beyond "shoulds," pressured guessing, fear or shame or even of super-sized delusion. A humble place of quiet knowing. A place of love.
*This in an archetypal/energetic sense, not a generalization of people with a Capricorn Sun or Rising sign.
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