Now that I am writing a blog related to the New and Full Moons, they seem to happen faster demonstrating in yet another way that time is relative.
Today I was noticing how loud my alarm clock ticks. I thought “Who said it’s such and such a time? Who decided that there were 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, etc.?” People, of course. And why did they set up these particular conventions that we are all now ruled by?
Recording time and setting up calendars was done by governments and/or religions to control people.
Farmers, fishermen and others who make their living from the land and sea, didn’t need clocks or calendars. They were in touch with nature and her rhythms. It was governments who wanted to levy taxes, control the resources and harness human labor, who needed to keep records of when things could and would happen. Now we are enslaved by it.
It is all part of human-made conditioning primarily during the patriarchal period of the last 5000 years or so with little or no intrinsic truth or reality to it.
The role of Uranus and Aquarius is to break free of conditioning so that we can evolve and progress. Have you heard the expression: “You can’t make a cake unless you break some eggs.”
It’s time to break some eggs in order to grow.
This Full Moon in Aquarius with the Sun in Leo, forms a T square to Saturn in Scorpio. Stephanie Austin in her article in The Mountain Astrologer suggests that “Squares involving fixed signs catalyze the breakdown of longstanding patterns.”
For the past few years that the Uranus/Pluto square has been in effect, there have been a lot of changes, both personally and collectively. Right now, it feels like the whole world is at war…why aren’t we calling it WWIII? I guess because the European powers are not involved. Of course we know that the US and Europe now let others fight their battles while they (we) fund and provision the armies of others.
I learned last night to my dismay that a good friend is on the ‘wrong side’ of a major conflict in the world. She has taken the side of the corporate powers. I am so disappointed. But I realized I have not taken a poll of all my friends to see where they stand on this issue. The only reason I know about her is that it came up in conversation. I could just act like it doesn’t matter. But, I have decided that it does matter and that if it means we are no longer friends….so be it. I have taken my stand.
Now for me, this is progress, since I tend to shrug my shoulders and say “whatever, you can think what you like.” But recently, I have been feeling that is how bad things are allowed to continue to happen. When people just let thing slide while bullies feel free to say and do whatever they want.
I have gotten much better at recognizing subtle power plays and control games during these past couple of years with Saturn transiting back and forth across my South Node in the third house. So called ‘blessings’ are often passive aggressive curses. I prefer the person who says; “F you…” to the one who says “bless you” hiding what they really feel. Which one is more REAL?
In the meantime, my intuitive skills are deepening, my inspiration is fired up and I am being more creative than at any other time in my life. Clearing out the cobwebs makes room for new ideas. Calling things by their true names makes everything come to life and sparkle.
It is a human tendency to seek security. Unfortunately, many of us want security at any price. Learning to trust is not easy. But once you let go, you are free of the need to control everything and everyone around you. You acquire emotional self-reliance, not looking outside yourself. You trust your inner guidance system.
The animal designated to represent Leo in the Zodiac – the circle of animals – in the male lion…the king of the jungle so to speak. But Leos are not inherently mighty, regal and independent. In fact, they are Leos because they have to learn develop these qualities. Yet many Leos walk around with bravado as if they already possess them. They manipulate others to feel in control of themselves. This is the unevolved Leo. Fearing they will be exposed for the frauds they are, they shout, strut and bully to keep others from seeing the truth. They roar to cover up the fact that they have nothing to say hoping to scare off others and avoiding being challenged. Like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz, when the lion becomes who he is meant to be, he no longer needs to brag about himself. He is quietly confident and sure and he doesn’t care what others think. But this growth can only happen when the Leo is willing to be vulnerable. To roll over and expose its belly so to speak.
Are you willing to do this? Be wrong, be vulnerable, be annihilated, stop being on the defensive all the time? If you hang on you might miss something incredible like becoming your true self.
Rumi wrote a poem that describes this process....
Chickpea to Cook
A chickpea leaps almost over the rim of the pot
where it's being boiled.
"Why are you doing this to me?"
The cook knocks him down with the ladle.
"Don't you try to jump out.
You think I'm torturing you.
I'm giving you flavor,
so you can mix with spices and rice
and be the lovely vitality of a human being.
Remember when you drank rain in the garden.
That was for this."
Grace first. Sexual pleasure,
then a boiling new life begins,
and the Friend has something good to eat.
Eventually the chickpea
will say to the cook,
"Boil me some more.
Hit me with the skimming spoon.
I can't do this by myself.
I'm like an elephant that dreams of gardens
back in Hindustan and doesn't pay attention
to his driver. You're my cook, my driver,
my way into existence. I love your cooking."
The cook says,
"I was once like you,
fresh from the ground. Then I boiled in time,
and boiled in the body, two fierce boilings.
My animal soul grew powerful.
I controlled it with practices,
and boiled some more, and boiled
once beyond that,
and became your teacher."