Category: Full Moons

New and Full Moons for January/February 2015


 The New Moon

This falls on January 20th 2014, today, at 13.15 GMT on the very 1st degree of Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for it is: “An Old Adobe Mission”. The New Moon sets the tone until the Full Moon a fortnight later which can be seen as the ‘result’ of how we all expressed the promise or potential of the New.  Here is an interpretation of this Symbol from The Astrological Oracle, but, as ever, please endeavour to read what this Sabian Symbol is saying to you personally, perhaps using my interpretation as a prompt to your own intuition, if it is not directly applying to your current situation or question, or to the world at large…
SSP301 20-1-14An Old Adobe Mission”(Sun & Moon)

The Persistence of Faith

What is important now is a persistence of faith – no matter how simple or far-flung from its source – in the better or spiritual side of life and humanity, and in your constant striving towards higher aims. And so your issue has basically to do with the state of your faith, and how true you are being to it – especially when out on a limb. Keep focused on something that is good and old and true about you that cannot but help assist others (and yourself) in the search for lasting faith and peace, as well as with practical matters. Try seeing yourself as an outpost of your beliefs and ethics, upholding worthy values and standards in situations that are particularly lacking in them. But beware of sticking to beliefs and traditions without any attempt to reform them or express them in an original or appreciable way. And avoid foisting your beliefs on those who are not interested, or helping where help is not needed or asked for. Symbolically, as adobe is mud or dung mixed with straw, this symbolizes that faith and health often are built and depend upon recycling and dealing with ones ‘shit’ or whatever you can get stuck in. Faith and good health will persist providing one does not get entrenched in the bog of dogma or the constipation of old emotional attachments or habits. So continue or endeavour to keep doing whatever is necessary to keep your faith alive and fresh and relevant to the moment while at the same time maintaining old and eternal values that have stood the test of time. Resist hanging on to some belief, memory or experience that is preventing you from moving on, or actually finding you so out of touch as to be devitalized and unwell. “A faint heart never won a fair lady…or a good man, or anything else worth a damn”

The coming Full Moon falls on February 3rd at 23.10 GMT on the 15th degree of Leo with the Sun on the opposite 15th degree of Aquarius for which the Sabian Symbols are respectively: “Two Lovebirds Sitting on a Fence” and “A Pageant”.  Bear in mind that a Full Moon is making us aware of something, as the Sun or consciousness is illuminating the Moon or what is unconscious. It is also that ‘result’ of the New Moon described above. The following interpretations are taken from The Astrological Oracle, helping you to read what these Sabian Symbols are saying to you about your own situation and/or that of the world…
SSP315 2-2-14“Two Love Birds Sitting On A Fence” (Moon)

A Need To Agree To Move On

You are being shown that in order to get the best out of your situation or resolve any difficulties, you have to initiate a definite change in the way you are going about things. Only then will there come a magic created through a tender sharing, a shift in perspective or anything that will put a different complexion on what concerns you. Alternatively, two or more people who constantly fluctuate and cannot come down on one side or the other. Be alive to the fact that one person making a move or change automatically causes the other to do so too. Also, to the possibility that you and your concern may simply be ‘resting’ before taking off again when ready to. Watch out for intimacy unrealized owing to a reluctance to take the plunge into the unknown – or being restricted by habit or fear of change, or of making a decision. Karmically, before something can come together or move on there has to be closure or a decision to proceed, separately or together, that is not compromised by one person (or part of you) wanting one thing and the other person (or part of you) wanting something else – or by simply hoping against hope. This last option can take the form of a third party or event that comes along to force the issue; it may ultimately be the only solution to breaking a deadlock. Keep focused on only the best, most positive and creative reasons for doing something or being with someone, and settle for nothing less. Be on guard against mere restlessness or being ‘a bird in a gilded cage’ by staying with something because it is merely convenient and easier than confronting the unknown. Such a ‘cage’ can be waste of life – for both yourself and others.”The course of true love never did run smooth” (Shakespeare)

I.See Sabian 07-18“A Pageant” (Sun)

Ongoing Story

Our situation is seen, or is best viewed, as a part of the parade of our history and experience, of the doings and to-ings and fro-ings of ancestors, descendants, friends and all and sundry – and of our own place, small or large, in all this. Evident in this display there is a sense of meaning, continuity, and even glory. Ascertain what your background or history of experience has to offer, be it of name, worth, tradition, or whatever serves to give a sense of continuity, or a place and a time, to all who become involved with you. See the ups and downs, dramas and doldrums, as just all being part of the story of your life.  But avoid pure ostentation – or pretentiousness that can be dangerously deluding and economical with the truth, giving you and others a false sense of pedigree or experience. Karmically, this Symbol is beautifully representative of the procession of lifetimes, and of how certain lifetimes, or certain episodes within a lifetime, can be given a bit of a spin to emphasize the wonder of one’s own existence, and of the soul that lives it. Try viewing matters in this light and from this perspective, and then whatever concerns you can be put into context, and not seen as being insignificant or too heavy, or too long or too short. Ask yourself what is the ‘story so far’, and then you will get a greater or clearer idea of the present situation and of what lies ahead. Try to avoid glamorizing or dramatizing anything, be it positive or negative, to the point that it becomes either manic or depressive. Guard against attaching the wrong sort of meaning to your situation by seeing it in isolation from the bigger picture, or the ongoing process of karma.”Trailing clouds of glory do we come /From God, who is our home” (Wordsworth)

Combining these two Symbols points to natural fact that all things move inexorably onward, and that dithering or resisting is missing this point. So the ‘Need to Agree to Move On’ of the Moon Symbol takes on a more imperative note. He who hesitates is lost. Since we ceased being hunter/gatherers thousands of years ago and became settled in communities you could say that we fostered the idea that life doesn’t move on. Consequently we get stuck – in whatever or with whoever it might be. Mostly it is our fears of change colliding with our despair at things remaining as they are that stops the ‘Pageant’ from proceeding.  In other words, we are dogged by a conflict of interests, both individually and as a society or even as a species

But the ‘Pageant’ makes it clear that, regardless of this, it WILL move on.  Returning to the New Moon that seeded this Full Moon, we can say that it the ‘Persistence of Faith’ in a better future that is the major theme here.  To believe in and be open to the idea that things will change for the better is what makes that very thing happen.

Astrology is of course what shows us how the ‘Pageant’, collectively or individually, heralds what is to come, and in so doing prepares us for change in a way that welcomes it in and makes the future something positive – right now!

New and Full Moons October/November 2014

The New Moon
This fell yesterday on October 23rd 2014 at 21.58 GMT on the very 1st degree of Scorpio, and is also a Partial Eclipse of the Sun which indicates that this is something we need to be more than usually mindful of as there is a danger of losing the plot. The Sabian Symbol for it is: “A Sight-Seeing Bus”. Remember that the New Moon sets the tone until the Full Moon a fortnight later when we get a kind of ‘read-out’ of how well we ‘got’ or gave expression to the New. As usual, the following interpretation is taken from The Astrological Oracle, but please endeavour to read what this Sabian Symbol is saying to you personally, perhaps using my interpretation as a prompt to your own intuition, if it is not directly applying to your current situation or question…

SSP211 22-10-13Look and See

Suggested here is a pleasant and convenient manner of orientating oneself and perusing what’s on offer – and seeing as this is the first degree of Scorpio, an opportunity to spy on, and to look beneath surface appearances of people and events as the anonymous observer! At the same time this puts one neatly in touch with one’s fellow beings or travellers by sharing with them the culture common to the area, or what you have in common with them. Or you could be simply in the midst of a passing show.  Familiarizing yourself with the people and environment appertaining to your situation, thereby creating an intimacy with both faces and places, customs and ways. Orientating yourself by knowing (in relation to where you are) the cardinal points, nearest water, nearest mountain, nature of soil, etc. Avoid an impersonal and profit-motivated approach towards interaction with others and the environment that is ultimately disenchanting or even disastrous. Karmically, this Symbol is telling you that life is allowing you to view what’s available so that you eventually know what to do or get, where to go, or what way to go. You may be reacquainting yourself with somewhere from your past, with a view to taking it up from where you left off. For health, keep moving, busy, watchful, seeing and being seen. It is recommended that you allow yourself to be ‘driven’, enjoying whatever experience you are going through, for it is in this way that you will take on board what is most meaningful and useful to you. Then later you can make your decision or plan. Look at those around you, for they have something in common with you on a very essential level; they are in the same boat as you – but in what respect? …But watch out for always being an observer and never a doer, or thinking that you have not got a life because you are currently assessing what life for you and/or those around you means. “Befriending others eliminates alienation”

The coming Full Moon falls on November 6th 2014 at 06.22 GMT on the 15th degree of Taurus with the Sun on the opposite 15th degree of Scorpio for which the Sabian Symbols are respectively: “A Man Muffled Up in a Rakish Silk Hat” and “Children Playing Around Five Mounds Of Sand”.  Bear in mind that a Full Moon is making us aware of something, the Sun or consciousness is illuminating the Moon or what is unconscious. It is also that ‘result’ of the New Moon described above. The following interpretations are taken from The Astrological Oracle, helping you to read what these Sabian Symbol are saying to you about your own situation and/or that of the world…

“A Man Muffled Up in a Rakish Silk Hat” (Moon)

SSP045 3-5-13Style as Protection

A case of emotional security having to take precedence over vanity or sex, but at the same being incorporated into it. The combined stylization and protection of self, that one should cut a dash and also be practical, whatever the season or situation. A personal style that moves with the times yet remains ever your own. Attaining or retaining whatever gives you both security and a pleasant life-style. But be wary of a self-conscious affectation that betrays any more profound sense of significance, or risking insecurity for the sake of trying something that (you feel) would expose you too much to the unknown. This Symbol also suggests the relationship between Soul and Personality. The soul is the essential or inner being that clothes itself in the outer appearance of the personality – one’s character, style, image, and the rest of the physical-emotional-mental equipment. Viewed in this way, it can be seen how the way we wear our personality can be a suitable or creative expression of what lies within, or as deceptive, constrictive and ultimately suffocating to that inner dwelling being. Focus on what is actually the nature of your soul – What does it feel? What does it wish to say and do? Where has it been? Where is it bound? The more these questions are properly addressed and answered, then the more successful and satisfying will be the expression your personality gives your soul. “May I address myself to me so the eye inside my head might see.”
“Children Playing Around Five Mounds Of Sand” (Sun)

Child/Adult Interaction

SSP225 5-11-13Hopefully you are interacting with the challenges that life presents you with in a spontaneous and innocent way, thereby creating a valid and rewarding lifestyle. Alternatively, there is the prospect of having children and the responsibilities that they incur. Or, seeing how the passing of time is inexorably set against remaining a child or in a childlike state. Develop or make the most of your adventurous and childlike streak for this helps to take life beyond the humdrum and into a more magical realm of being. The pricelessness of a playful attitude to the challenges and difficulties that life presents one with – having fun as a means of dealing with heavy issues. But beware pointless and indulgent dabbling – or procrastination, for such will make normal problems ultimately insurmountable. The number 5 is representative of the planet Saturn, the energies of which are serious, even depressive, and decidedly unchildlike and unplayful. And so this indicates that the child (literal or inner) and the adult (literal or inner) have to learn to relate, or the child will feel sad and oppressed, and the adult will feel played up and out of control. It is recommended that you try a method call Self-Talk – – where you give a name to your inner child and a name to your adult. Get your child and your adult to talk with one another. If it’s a feeling you experience then it’s the child wanting to say something; if a judgement, it is the adult. Basically, the adult should support the child, while the child lends a lightness to the adult’s state of being. Be very wary of the vicious circle created by feeling low (child) and then condemning it (adult). Back problems can be caused by this lack of support. “Any system…that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system” (Thomas Paine)
Combining these two Symbols we can see that they both in their own way speak of the ‘inner’ and the ‘outer’ aspects of life or self: the ‘child or soul’ within and the ‘adult or personality’ without. In other words, this Full Moon is really emphasising the importance of this duality, and how in all walks of life we can benefit from being more conscious of it. For instance, a great deal of the troubles in this world, both personally and collectively, are down to adults behaving like hurt children. They hit out at whatever they see as the big bad adult, which can be anything from the state to their significant other, rather than recognize that the ‘inner’ is projecting onto the ‘outer’ – or vice versa with children being made to pretend they are adults and missing out on the innocence of childhood. The key to peace, in your home or the world, is the attaining of inner peace which necessitates the owning of one’s own shadow.  This Full Moon really lays this bare. The ‘Look and See’ of the preceding New Moon is aimed precisely at this.

Full Moon on September 9th 2014

The coming Full Moon

This falls on September 9th 2014 at 01.39 GMT on the 17th degree of Pisces with the Sun on the opposite 17th degree of Virgo for which the Sabian Symbols are respectively: “An Easter Parade”and “A Volcano in Eruption”.  Bear in mind that a Full Moon is making us aware of something, the Sun or consciousness is illuminating the Moon or what is unconscious. It is also that ‘result’ of the New Moon described above. The following interpretations are taken from The Astrological Oracle, helping you to read what these Sabian Symbol are saying to you about your own situation and/or that of the world…

SSP347 6-3-13“An Easter Parade” (Moon)

Stepping Out

This is a surprisingly complex Symbol because the original meaning of Easter came from the word oestrus, sexual heat or impulse – from which the word oestrogen also derives – and from Eostre, the goddess whose festival was held at the Spring Equinox. Then it was commandeered by the Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Then came the Easter Parade itself, which turned the whole thing into a social or fashion event. The common meaning here is therefore one of emerging or re-emerging, or just stepping out. So this is a birth of a new time or cycle, but what one thinks that means can make the difference between being a profound rebirth or a superficial attempt at being noticed for whatever image one has to offer, from a simple and outright renewing of oneself, to being stuck in the some meaningless convention.

“Blossom by blossom the Spring begins” (Swinburne)

SSP167 7-9-13“A Volcano In Eruption” (Sun)

A Need For Emotional Release

Here we are witnessing the repressed feelings at the very core of one’s being that every so often just have to come to the surface – forcibly. Or anything that is being forced by circumstances to blow its top. Keep in touch with the urge to be true to your innermost self that inevitably can brook no interference or suppression from others, or for that matter, from your own inhibitions. Concentrate on finding a way of releasing the tension while exercising maximum damage limitation. And beware of destructive temper and meaningless bluster, unless it is in the presence of someone who recognizes the need for it, and does not take it personally – or if they do, it has something to do with their own inner tensions. Never suppress powerful feelings for too long – such could prove quite harmful. Karmically, this Symbol refers to anything from your past that is erupting into the present. This could manifest as strife in your home, health, or any area of your life. Unless you track down the roots of what is disturbing you then that inner turmoil will continue to waste and disrupt your body or surrounding circumstances. First admit to having inner or external turmoil, then find ways of releasing it, like talking it out with someone you trust with your heavy or dark side, or through artistic expression, or just living out your emotions in a healthy and honest relationship. Keep an eye out for signs of suppressed emotion, like grief, coming out as anger, irritability or health problems, such as for example, skin complaints, toxicity, tension, chronic catarrh.

“And then more torrents of fire and shit/ A feast of blaming and resentment/ Framed in Honesty’s great expanding infinity/ Accommodating all our dread” (LB)

Combining these two Symbols we can see that they are both about something bursting out from beneath the surface. Much of what has already been written about in this Bulletin could be said be about this phenomenon of the beginning of a new time being marked by uprisings and eruption and fall-out. Most of all it refers to what is ‘bubbling under’ in your own life and the lives of those close to you.  Paying heed to this and avoiding being superficial could make the difference between peace or strife, empowerment and disempowerment, success or failure.  And of course, see how this is manifesting in the world at large, and be the wiser for it, bringing in the Light of Consciousness in the process.