(Full Sagittarius moon at 9:09 a.m. EDT, Jupiter stations direct at 9:54 a.m., Venus in Taurus sextile Mars in Cancer 11:40 a.m., moon conjunct Saturn 9:18 p.m.)
I expected to wake up happy today. I was thinking the full Sagittarius moon might ignite all my Sagittarius planets with hopefulness and wisdom, assured of the meaning of life. But instead I woke up tired and cranky and disappointed. Seeing my frizzy hair in the mirror and that higher number on the scale just deflated me. Hmm.
In The Lunation Cycle, Dane Rudhyar calls the Full Moon the fulfillment or culmination of the cycle. "Whatever – for better or worse, success or failure – has been produced during the course of the cycle thus far is seen in the stark light shed by the Full Moon; it brings illumination, clear, objective realization.” This seeing starts another process: assimilating the experiences. If what we built satisfied the universal needs of the collective and not just our individual needs, it can now be reformed. But if it just served a personal need, it outlives its usefulness. The second half of the moon cycle calls us to let the talents or abilities that have been activated evolve – and whatever is obsolete, disintegrate.
So much of this full moon symbolizes relationship. We’re being asked to look beyond what we might see as our personal failures or disappointments. The people we love and the world around us can give us clues on meaning and the next right action. What are you truly seeing? The same image that sends me into panic makes my husband think he's the luckiest man on the planet. I can think he's wrong or I can try to see what he sees and find the good news. Either things are better than I think or I have a husband who can love me anyway.
I'm embarrassed by how much I worry about my looks. But it works with today's symbolism, so I'm putting it out there, realizing that the other things that could deflate us are a lot more serious. I'm also sharing it because so many of the messages we get from society are not good for us personally. For 40 years I've taken in data about what makes a woman attractive or important. Today I'd like to let all any messages that have demeaned me go.
Try to see the fuller picture and the good news today, and not just the detail that upsets you. In the end we're all being called to something greater. What have you gotten right lately? How has the effort you've put in enhanced both yourself and others? We have the choice to become defeated by the limits we see or to take a mature look at our progress and next steps.
At some point today, let disappointments, demeaning societal messages or harsh self-judgments go. Try to let in love, encouragement, and hope instead as you keep moving forward.