New Moons are opportunities for new beginnings. What are our goals? What do we have to do to accomplish them? What are we willing to sacrifice to achieve our goals? Sacrifice you say? Well, since there are 24 hours in a day and we are not able to bi-locate, we can only be in one place at a time. If we want an education, we have to go to class and do the work. We cannot also hang out at the beach or bar with our buds. In order to accomplish something we have to give up other things. We have to develop our will power.
Ramadan starts on June 7. It lasts from New Moon to New Moon and since it is based on a Lunar calendar it moves through the year. It is most difficult when it occurs in the Summer season because the days are longer and the weather is hotter. Fasting from everything from sun up to sun down in the heat of the year is very challenging. People are not only fasting from food, water, tobacco, and sex, but also from anger.
I try to use Ramadan and Lent as opportunities to strengthen my character by ‘giving up’ something. I feel that this type of practice strengthens my will which I can then direct towards goals that I wish to accomplish.
When my ‘will muscle’ is strong, I can push through those times when I want to give up.
Why not take this time to align yourself with the millions of people all over the world who are fasting and praying? Neptune in Pisces goes beyond belief or creed to Who we are all praying to: The Creator.
At the bottom of the sacred mountain, there are many diverse paths, but they all lead to the same place, the top. Stay on your own path or change paths, but keep going up.
The Gemini/Sagittarius axis relates to information and knowledge. Gemini collects all the data, Sagittarius makes sense of it. Gemini is the small bits, Sagittarius the big picture.
The Virgo/Pisces axis deals with service and sacrifice, the tangible and the intangible. Virgo practices so that it can reach perfection and thus be in unity with the One (Pisces).
I read the various articles written by fellow astrologers regarding this Grand Cross in mutable signs with interest. Since I have a T square in mutable signs, it is sort of ‘old hat’ for me. I live with most of it all the time. The recent addition of Saturn in Sagittarius, completes my T Square making it a Grand Cross.
One of the higher qualities of mutable signs is that they can mediate between others and thus operate as healers, should they choose to be. Mutable signs often find themselves in a position to find the common ground between people so as to both keep the peace and bring in other options. It tends to raise the energy and provide opportunity for a larger understanding to take place.
One of the lower qualities: difficulty in making decisions and sticking to a plan. There are just too many choices and too many distractions. I have a hard time keeping myself on track throughout the day. Rio Olesky says: “The mutable signs function best when working within a system.” To read his article on this New Moon https://www.facebook.com/rio.olesky/posts/1052780474815778 .
I think this is because they need a structure to keep them going forward and making progress. Otherwise they meander all over the place.
I find that when I am in a system, I frequently ‘do battle’ with it. I don’t just go along to get along but the conflict itself can keep me from boredom. Routines drive me nuts. I like spontaneity and freedom. It may be because I have Mars in Virgo conjunct the Ascendant. I call it my ‘watch dog at the gate’. It barks first then asks if you are friend or foe. In Virgo, it says ‘No’ first, then considers the issue feeling free to change its mind if needed (Sun in Gemini).
I find it easy to move from one emotion to another, rarely holding grudges or even remembering there ever was an issue. Of course, others, especially more fixed signs find this frustrating.
So here we are in a season of Mutability. How can we best utilize the energies around us?
This is a good time to get the information you need for your next step. That might include getting additional education or training. If you don’t already have a spiritual practice, use this time to do some research and find one that you to which you can make a commitment. Then make an effort to do it. While we can tend to criticize ourselves when we fail, it is the effort that counts. Get back on the bicycle. I heard somewhere it is not how many times you succeed that is the measure of a person’s character, but how many times you fail. You succeed once. But in order to fail a lot, you have to try a lot. Continuing to try despite failure shows grit and determination.
It might be a time to sit still and listen. Ask God/Goddess, then wait for the answer.