The New Moon
This falls on December 22nd 2014 at 01.37 GMT on the very 1st degree of Capricorn, which is also the Winter Solstice. The Sabian Symbol for it is: “An Indian Chief Demanding Recognition”. So not only does the New Moon set 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, but it also symbolises how we manifest the ‘increasing of the Light’ which the Winter Solstice initiates.  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…

An Indian Chief Demanding Recognition”(Sun & Moon)

SSP271 21-12-13A Question Of Authority

The situation calls for leadership and authority – or a figure of such that one can utterly respect. In turn, this demands a sense of absolute integrity which will not rest until everything and everyone concerned conforms to its standards and requirements, and heeds what it says. An unequivocal stance. Keep focused on long-held principles and actions for they elicit respect from both those who follow and oppose you. Keep striving to understand and obey what Spirit is telling you concerning the truth of the matter. Watch out for any arrogance or ignorance of certain hard cold facts for they are in time bound to lead to humiliation and/or confusion. With respect to karma here, the word ‘authority’ derives from the same word as ‘author’, and that is the Latin auctor – one who increases or produces. Through lifetimes, or certain stages of them, we build on our ability to do just this; we become, more and more, the authors of our own life stories. And so one’s life is like a film, the production of which determines how it does in the world and in our own eyes, and in the next life. See yourself as being the architect of your own fate, and how your health can also be a testament to how well you are producing that epic called your life, and how well you are promoting that star which is your own personality. Appreciate how such expertise is the ever-accumulating result of effort, learning, courage and the recognition of your higher self and those spiritual betters that guide and encourage us. Resist expecting only the good and not the bad to be recognized. That’s not good. “Experto credite” (Trust one who has gone through it)

The coming Full Moon falls on January 5th at 04.54 GMT on the 15th degree of Cancer with the Sun on the opposite 15th degree of Capricorn for which the Sabian Symbols are respectively: “A Group of People Who Have Overeaten And Enjoyed It” and “Many Toys In The Children’s Ward Of A Hospital”.  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…

“A Group of People Who Have Overeaten And Enjoyed It”(Moon)

SSP105 4-7-13Positive Indulgence

A very real acknowledgement or even celebration of there being more than enough to go round. An indulgence in or of Nature’s supply. Taking joy in the fruits life has to offer ensures their continuance. A flair for summoning up a communal sense of well-being and affluence – thereby attracting these very things.  The possibility that just when you think you have had all you can take, you then start to like it, or that it just doesn’t matter. Observe what being excessive has shown or given you, and then be the wiser and better for having overdone it. Naturally, beware irresponsible indulgence merely for the sake of it, with no sense of significance other than one – when you think about it – of being better off than most. Indulging in your ‘hangover’ rather than getting back to normal. Karmically or previously, which could mean last week or during another lifetime, you were probably overindulging or being hedonistic and had no guilt or doubt about being so. This was okay for you felt it was all part of the wealth of your experience. If however, that spell of excess gave rise to wastefulness or harm to others in any way, then now the piper is having to be paid. This may just be simply a case of health or weight problems created by overdoing it. How what is happening now could relate to past profligacy or damage done through excessiveness or debauchery – or the very opposite – like self-denial or poverty. Possibly the time really has come to ‘fill the gap’ in some other, more spiritual or creative, way.  Determining what any indulgence is acting as a substitute for. But beware of punishing yourself or others too much for past excesses – an indulgence in itself! “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” (Blake)

“Many Toys In The Children’s Ward Of A Hospital” (Sun)

SSP285 4-1-14Tender Loving Care

Occasioned or called for here is the fundamental kindness and generosity that is or should be shown to those who have been disadvantaged through no apparent fault of their own, or who are simply in genuine need of care and accommodation. However, considering that this is a saturnine, Capricornian Symbol and hospitals have to have rules, such care has to be tempered with discipline and a setting of limits. ‘Tough love’ if necessary. Utilise your ability to develop your own and others’ potentialities, and take care of yours and their needs, despite any setback that Fate might have dished out. And resist any giving into an idle and irresponsible reliance upon whatever service or materials have been handed out to you. Healthwise this Symbol is saying that you have available to you everything possible for optimum recovery or support. Figuratively speaking, it says that, after some kind of damage or crisis, you have at hand all that is needed to entertain, relieve, redeem or resurrect yourself or others as much as possible. Be sure of meeting the needs of those who cannot help themselves, while believing that special help is always available at one level or another. And take full advantage of whatever help is being offered you, if you are on the receiving end, but watch out for becoming institutionalized or dependent or out-staying your welcome – or being too soft and kind if you are the one doing the ministering; this would be counter-productive. “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (St. Mark ch.10 v.14)

Combining these two Symbols presents us two forms of Abundance. The ‘group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it’ is only too obvious a reference to the whole Christmas holiday where we are obliged to be excessive in order to celebrate something or other.  Contrasting this is the ‘many toys in a children’s ward’ where the abundance of items is there to distract the little ones from their pain and distress. For me, this all reminded me only too well of a TV programme I watched the other night called ‘A & E in a War Zone’ which was about a hospital in Syria straining to help children (and adults) terribly wounded by the horrific weapons of Assad’s forces.  In fact we were told that these forces particularly went after doctors, with many already killed or afraid to practise and run away; those who were there in the hospital were risking death. Insofar as these Symbols show what was the ‘product’ of the New Moon’s “An Indian Chief Demanding Recognition” I am made to think firstly that the so-called ‘chiefs’ in this world do not deserve the authority they have and wield – and that we in the West who supposedly celebrate the birth of Jesus (whose words are those of the biblical quote) are a million miles away from it all.  Then I am made to think what a friend just wrote to me concerning the gulf between civilised society and the truly suffering members of the human race: “How can I be happy when someone out there is hungry? The human dilemma. Do you give away everything you have to help people and leave yourself just as badly off as they are?”

SUN IZ CUT 2 copyDoing Good – If we turn the New Moon Symbol around a bit we get some idea of how to address this perennial problem, again summed up by the Full Moon Symbols. We can only be authentic within the context of how we have made our lives. We should only demand recognition for that which we genuinely care about.  Such recognition then gives rise to the sense that the ‘Indian Chief’ in me is that part which can encompass both happy indulgence and a compassionate heart.  In the end, truly ‘doing good’ is, in the words of Carlos Castaneda’s don Juan, “the shining of one’s spirit” for this contributes to the totality of human goodness. “Now I feel the Sun burst in my heart /Exploding blazing petals free /Streaming beams to darkened reaches /Unfolding golden endlessly”