Today's meditation: Fitting songs to areas of your chart

This morning I played James Taylor’s “Something in the Way She Moves” and imagined which part of my chart “she” might be.

She has the power to go where no one else can find me
Yes, and to silently remind me
Of the happiness and good times that I know

For me, my Jupiter in Taurus came to mind: The part of my chart that helps me be present and still.

Is there a part of your chart that strikes you as comforting? If you don’t know your chart, is there a quality you have that fills you with a sense of peace?

If this song doesn’t speak to you right now, is there another song that can remind you of a beautiful piece of you?

The moon as love

These past couple of days had some challenges. It’s not so simple to reconcile the moon’s Aquarius energy of social interaction and curiosity with the deeply-feeling, protective energy of the three Scorpio planets it’s squaring. Do we get out there or do we stay hidden?

I’m easily hurt and embarrassed. And I’m also part-extrovert. So I don’t really know how to do this dance.

The Libra sun symbolizes a balancing act, and Venus retrograde hints that maybe in the past it hasn’t always gone so smoothly. But the moon always symbolizes the great healer: Unconditional love that doesn’t leave us. The moon is tidally locked to the earth, always showing us the same face, brighter or darker, more or less visible, but always there.

I hope you feel connected to that love today.

Getting to a place of Home: The Cancer moon faces tension

oday the moon forms quite a few tense aspects. We might need to remember to breathe today.

The day will start with a t-square involving Pluto and end with a grand cross involving Uranus. Yikes. How do we handle it?

First, recognize our emotional needs for the day. With a Cancer moon we’ll all be craving comfort and security to a certain extent. We’ll probably feel more sensitive. We may want to retreat.

But there are deep matters that need our attention. The disseminating, last quarter moon has a quality of shared ritual and release, and Pluto calls our attention to the dark areas of hell or the bright areas of empowerment. There are things we need to see or say today that will conflict with our need for safety. But this is time to get real.

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When life is scary and tragic: Aries Moon square Pluto

This morning the first thing I read was a text from my brother saying that an older girl from my childhood neighborhood had died. She was only four years older, but when we were kids four years felt like a lot. My older sister was her younger sister’s friend. I used to follow my sister to go to their house and play in their pool. That family had ten kids, and I wasn’t really anyone’s friend, but the family let me tag along. I remember eating at their house and watching the movie Clue. My family has five kids, and as the youngest I spent a good part of my childhood angrily vying for attention. This older girl, the middle child, seemed so peaceful and kind. I didn’t know how to be that way in a big family myself, so I liked being around her. She was always very sweet to me. She died at age 45.

The second, third and fourth things I read about were the hurricane, the earthquake, and the monsoon. This Aries moon day is not playing around. It’s pretty scary and rough.

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The Full Moon in Pisces: Are you comforted or creeped out?

Two hours before it was officially full, the Pisces moon joined Neptune.

Two symbols of sensitivity, intuition, compassion, kindness, inspiration, love, and creativity came together. Also, two symbols of madness and delusion. Either way you look at it, last night they opposed the Virgo sun.

The full moon can be an unsettling time. We’re seeing more. It’s right before us. And symbolically, comfort is really far away.

If you have children starting school this week, be especially sensitive. The full moon can seem like an either/or situation, and with Virgo/Pisces one of the options is work. If your children love structure, challenge, and work, that could be exciting. But if your children love downtime, having to give up their freedom can seem scary and overwhelming. Try to empathize. Help them visualize what could go right, too. Help them see the balance.

And the same goes for you. If you have a reality check or something to face that’s uncomfortable or scary, try to encourage yourself through it. Reach out to a kind friend who can give you a pep talk. Pray. Put on a song that will help your mindset.

Invite inspiration and formlessness to cocreate with you today. And if signs of madness or chaos out in the world upset you, try not to let them overpower you. Look for your role and try to release what’s out of your control. 

Consider what's meaningful and worthy of action today and do what you can, asking faith and peace to help ground you.

(Moon conjunct Pisces 1:06 a.m. EDT. Full moon 3:06 a.m. Moon sextile Pluto 8:39 a.m. Moon square Saturn 4:28 p.m.)

The Moon conjunct Saturn: The child and the tough old bird

Gertrude Box, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Gertrude Box, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Steven Forrest calls Saturn the inner tough old bird.

When the moon and the tough old bird come together every month, can they both come away happy?

I‘ve always been intrigued by tough old birds. Two from my childhood were my neighbor Dolores and my piano teacher, Mrs. Box.

When I was three or four I used to join Dolores on her stoop. What I loved about Dolores was how real she was. She faced the world in her housedress, wearing no bra or makeup. She was usually smoking. And we’d sit in silence, or we’d talk. She was cranky, but so was I. She was fairly negative, but she could make me laugh. Like many of us on the block, she was Italian. Something about her was solid, familiar, and safe. She rented that house only a few years and I don’t remember our conversations, but I loved her company. I was fiery and opinionated and would often argue with my siblings or other kids, but Dolores and I never fought. We were happy to see each other. We sat together and watched the activity of the block unfold for the day.

Mrs. Box was completely different. She was wiry and unexpected. She was Native American. She wore her silver hair flowing all the way down her back and loved to perform tricks for us, like playing the piano backwards or through a dishtowel. Years before she had divorced her abusive husband and pursued a Ph.D. while raising her eight children alone. She taught at the Riker’s Island jail. She also dated and danced every weekend, and told me about the shimmery outfits and wigs she liked to wear. I used to beg her to wear them to teach me piano. She laughed, but never did. Eventually I had to stop taking piano lessons, because it was getting expensive and I wasn’t very good, but we kept in touch with Mrs. Box. She showed up at my 6th grade graduation party wearing a shimmery dress and a wig, completely out of place among my relatives. She winked at me and smiled.

Today as the moon joins Saturn, let your inner child and your inner tough old bird spend time together. Maybe they’ll teach or surprise each other and maybe they’ll both be comforted. Either way, it doesn’t have to suck.

(Moon conjunct Saturn 10:31 a.m. EDT. Moon sextile Jupiter in Libra 11:38 a.m. Moon trine Mars in Leo 9:27 a.m.)

The Full Moon in Capricorn or WTF??!!!

Tonight is the Full Moon in Capricorn. The brightest night symbolizes a chance to see most clearly.

The full moon is when the sun and moon are 180 degrees apart, forming an opposition. There’s a feeling of tension and a tendency to project. We see The Other during the full moon: Whoever or whatever seems far away or opposed to us. It’s a humbling and humanizing experience.

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