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!