2013 Sagittarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
May 24-25, 2013
9:25 PM PDT / 12:25 AM EDT / 4:25 PM GMT
4 Gemini 6 / 4 Sagittarius 6
We’re made it through a month-plus of relentless upheaval and are starting to see the point. We’re changed permanently, and so have our world and the way we view it. Now for the clean-up: As this gauntlet comes to a close, information is rushing in and causing all manner of inner and outer situations to shut down, shift gear or move into new formats.
This week’s Sagittarius Full Moon is the last intense astrological event of the spring and the end of the line for the eclipses that have been with us since late 2010. The Gemini/Sagittarius eclipses deal with the power of the mind: how what we think, say and believe filters, limits, molds and, dare I say, creates what happens in our lives. Frames of reference, life philosophies and inner chat have been up for revisiting -- especially lately, when so much has fallen apart or morphed that was previously a given. We’re wrapping up that reevaluation now, closing doors, ending chapters, letting go and embracing the new and improved.
Full Moons always bring matters to a point of harvest or culmination. Lunar eclipses escalate and enlarge the summing up (not to mention emotions related to them) and throw in huge doses of revelations. All those characteristics swell to the nth degree when the eclipse is ruled by bigger-is-better Jupiter. This week’s is even more outrageously grandscale, since it comes on the heels of the rip-’em-up, tear-’em-down, freedom-and-revolution-at-all-costs imperative of the latest Uranus/Pluto square.
Hasn’t all the recent turmoil given you a better understanding of yourself, what you want and what you won’t tolerate? Isn’t your reaction more immediate, more instinctive and more efficient? Think back to 2010 (ancient history, doesn’t it feel like now?) What occupied your mind then? What information channels and technology did you use? What did you believe about yourself, specific people or types of relationships, your prospects and goals, political issues and how the world works? What of that is still true? Don’t you know yourself better now?
If you’re not sure, never fear. This Full Moon is pressuring Neptune (illusion vs. transcendence) from both directions. You’ve got every potential to pass through the doors of perception and break on through to the other side. (How so very poignant that this week brought the exit of Ray Manzarek, keyboardist of the 60s rock band that took its name from the Aldous Huxley book the previous sentence references.)
Divine guidance may lead you there; the dictates of your own heart also hold a key. That’s because Venus is a player in this eclipse. She’s conjunct the Sun’s ruler, Mercury, uniting heart and mind. You know what you want; you know what you value; and the overriding imperative is love.
Love and knowledge of yourself is the foundation for everything that spools out from the graduation exercise that is this eclipse. The more clearly you know and value yourself, the more that perspective brings your environment into stark relief. Whatever doesn’t belong stands out so obviously that it can’t be ignored and, increasingly, so insistently that you can’t put up with it any longer. How many friendships and connections have changed for you? How many have ended in mid-conversation, as the other person revealed differing concepts of integrity, responsibility, or how people should be treated (particularly you)? How many longtime activities have you walked into and realized you’d outgrown? Resuscitating is not possible. We’ve all got a finger on the ejector button. We’ve all got a hand on the lever for the guillotine.
It’s not all goodbyes, of course. Some of what you’re seeing in your environment is absolutely, perfectly right. You may be experiencing a new-found appreciation for people and situations that have long been with you. You may hit on ideas for upgrades that would suit you even better. (Technology, software and vehicles are likely candidates; so are beliefs about your worth.) You could even have a religious experience and suddenly see the answer to a prayer standing right in front of you. You just had to update your frame of reference to be able to recognize it.
What I wrote for the 2011 version of this Full Moon lunar eclipse still holds true:
This Full Moon is escalating the role that our beliefs play in our experience of reality, and the role that external sources (the media, the educational system, the legal system) play in creating and directing those beliefs. The Moon’s ruler is Jupiter, the guy who ups any action he contacts. He’s pumping up the Full Moon’s developments so they stretch their limits (and our credulity), making situations so extreme they look like something out of a cartoon. There is no incentive to hold back, to moderate thoughts and words, to realize, in the moment of disclosure, the extent of what you’re saying.
Sound scary? Here’s the benefit. This is an extraordinarily revealing time. Backstories are coming out. So are people’s frames of reference, prejudices, and other aspects of upbringing and experience that color their view of reality. Resist the natural human impulse to assume that your position is Truth and the only correct one (whether it’s about your memory of an event or view on legislation), and “Aha!” moments will abound. You can learn a lot – about yourself as well as about the people in your life and on this planet.
And about the past, too. There is enormous potential now to move beyond a lot of the revelations – to bring them out of the shadows, to think about them consciously and to reclassify the role, if any, we allow them to play. We are being shown the logical consequences of the beliefs we hold (about life, about ourselves, about people, about everything).
Take down your filters. Give them a good scrub and power wash. Replace ones that are ripped or bent. You’ve been doing this unconsciously. Pay conscious attention to the process now.
Remember: form follows thought. What we think and say leads directly to what we experience.
Even more basically, words, thoughts and beliefs carry energy. That’s fundamentally what the cycle that is ending has been about. You are making choices about the quality of energy you want to experience in your mind, in your heart and in your life. Love plays a role in that quality.
You will soon see how beneficial these choices can be. Jupiter, the Full Moon’s ruler and a force of expansion, crosses the Sun’s ruler Mercury on Monday the 27th and Venus on the 28th. Talk and reach out and connect. Let your heart speak.
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