When I write these posts, I look to what’s going on in my own life because I feel we are all microcosms connected to the macrocosm and thus each of our stories reflects and responds to what is going on in the cosmos.
What’s up for me is that I am seriously considering changing my residence. In fact, I have found myself seriously considering becoming a nomad. A kind of positive spin on ‘homeless’. That is, disconnecting myself from the need to be rooted.
What I’ve found is I am responding to this thought process in exactly the opposite way. I have come to see the many ways I am connected to my home and community and want to strengthen those connections rather than sever them. Now I want to stay in my home or at least in my community. I need to find ways to do that rather than planning on leaving.
By allowing one thought, another, opposite one is coming forth. This corresponds to my experience of the Cancer archetype. Represented by the crab, it is said that Cancer individuals have a way of side-stepping. Unwilling or unable to deal directly with issues, they find ways of either avoiding or deflecting them. There are times when this is exactly what is called for and thus should not be considered ‘passive-aggressive’ or ‘negative’.
The shell of a crab cannot grow, so as a crab develops, it has to abandon its shell from time to time. This molting process leaves the crab ‘naked’ and vulnerable until the new shell forms and hardens. It molts more often when it is young and fewer times when matured. Many believe there is a connection between molting and the New and Full Moons. This is an interesting and short article about it.
My biggest issue about selling my house, is that I will have nowhere to go until it sells. I will be like a crab in the molting process. Crabs without their shells are called peelers. Naked and vulnerable. But unless the crab releases the old shell, it cannot grow and develop. The crab drops its old shell trusting that a new one will replace it. Why is it so hard to do the same?
Stephanie Austin says that this New Moon is conjunct the star Sirius the brightest and one of the closest to us. She says this signals the opening of “a stargate which facilitates heart-centered consciousness”. Sirius was extremely important in ancient Egypt and was associated with Isis. There are cultures that trace their origins to Sirius.
The Sun/Moon conjunction is a type of portal. The power of this image is magnified by the conjunction to Sirius our alleged homeland.
Are we humans actually peelers waiting for our new home to form around us? Or did we go through such a phase between when we left Sirius and we found our new home here? Interesting and intriguing questions.
Is our obsessive need for security; our insistence on creating, maintaining and defending our boundaries related to memories of when we were peelers? Did something happen to us during that phase that remains a deep trauma in our soul?
Why do we have such a hard time seeing our connections to each other rather than our differences?
Another feature of this New Moon is that there will be six planets plus Chiron in water signs: Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Over the next 3 weeks, a Grand Trine in water will form. Trines are transits in which things move with less effort…but they can also be times when we don’t move at all. Talk about ‘the lazy days of Summer’. This is it!
If you have things you really need to accomplish, you might get more done by tricking yourself. Using the Cancer strategy of side-stepping, pretending not to do, avoiding direct confrontation when in the peeler stage. When I was in college and facing term paper deadlines, I often said to myself “I am not writing a paper, I’m just taking notes on this book.” Next thing you know, the paper was done.
In a culture that rewards action, movement, and doing, we may feel lazy and guilty when we are not behaving this way. And yet, taking to reflect and carefully planning our steps, we can ultimately accomplish more.
Relax and be a peeler for awhile. Trust that you will end up where you need to be.