The Moon in Libra trines Jupiter in Capricorn and Saturn on May 31st and this new Gemini Season energy shifts our focus beyond our self, beyond our own needs and our own life, to the bigger picture, to the greater good and the causes we care most deeply about. This is a time to speak out. This is a time to embrace our activism in a safe socially-distanced manner, reflective of the times we live in.
Saturn's binding energy will help us to forge a deep commitment to do our part on a daily basis to combat racism and to contribute more effectively to the long-term well-being of the planet through personal life-style changes.
The goal should be a better world for all, in both the near and distant future. It is time the scales were balanced. It is unacceptable to turn a blind or indifferent eye to what is clearly wrong
As Mercury moves into Cancer we take a deep dive into our dreams and emotions. We enter a sixty-eight day period where feeling and intuition reign over logic and reason, for better or worse. Some will find it hard to be objective during this time. Many will just believe what they want to believe. The first forty-eight hours of the shift will leave most feeling raw, highly sensitive, exposed even. This is a natural reaction to the planetary segue from Gemini to Cancer. The story-tellers among us will thrive now. There will be a tremendous fascination with all things ancestral. The mid-June retrograde of Mercury will take us even deeper into the past. It has been a difficult spring, to say the least, due of course to rampant spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world. After all we have been through in our necessary isolations what we crave most is connection. Once Venus goes direct on June 25 and with Mercury deeper in Cancer by that point it becomes a good time to move toward love, if it is available to us and appealing.
Jupiter is now retrograde. Venus is retrograde. Mars is in Pisces. This is a time of the Moon, not the Sun.
We are all deep in our feelings. Emotions move to raw. Sensitivity peaks. We do not even understand some of what we are feeling. There is a lack of context, and our responses to stimuli are disproportionate to the reality of the situation. It's only water. It's only our life story. It is only the history of all of our trauma, loss, suffering and pain rising up from the unconscious. It's only water. Don't fear it, flow with it. It will take you somewhere important.
The world has been on pause for a while, today the Planet of Love goes retrograde. Venus retrograde in Gemini will have us stepping back and looking in. We will feel drawn to love, but love as a concept. We will find our self considering what love means to us, what we need from it, what our values are toward it and whether what we have now measures up.
Venus is an inner planet, which means it moves pretty quickly, helping to create the short term zodiac weather rather than defining a year of our life or an era in our journey. However as Venus retrogrades usually last about six weeks inner planet Venus now becomes a more major player in the zodiac sky-scape.
Venus retrogrades are poor times to bring new love into your bed and your life and poor energy periods for moving in together or marriage. Likely the Coronavirus pandemic will render all of that moot in most cases now. In fact, if Venus had to go retrograde (and it did), this was probably the best time for it.
Venus retrograde should be a time of reflection, with particular focus on our sexual romantic relationships, but yes our friendships too. Relationships should sustain us, nourish us, inspire us, help us grow, help us to become better and live better lives in the world. Relationships should not undermine our well-being, our self-confidence or self-esteem. Relationships should not leave us emotionally impoverished and they should never have us feeling inadequate, or dumb, or questioning our sanity.
Beyond Love, Attraction and Values Venus is also the planet of Artistic Creativity and Venus retrograde offers unique creative opportunities due to the deep nature of our pondering. This is a fine time to write a love story, perhaps the story of you and love.
If we have followed Venus's direction by the time Venus moves into Cancer (August 8) we should be much better equipped to create the love we need and deserve. Hopefully by that time we will be able to start touching each other again, consensually of course.
I would never use the Seeker card of the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot in a session, for the Seeker is the person across the table from me, or the person across a digital Zoom meeting room from me, or it is me. But the Seeker, essentially an extra or bonus card in this particular tarot deck, is a perfect metaphor for this Neptune influenced Full Mòon.
At its moment of inception the Full Moon in Pluto-ruled Scorpio forms a tight trine to Neptune in Pisces, creating a portal through which we can grasp sight of the deeper truths of our life and of our self. What we see may not be pretty, but it will be real and quite likely necessary for our overall progress in our journey. Solitude and ritual over the course of the day will be our passport to these revelations, these intrinsic truths. Of course it may take a number of weeks for what we have learned to rise and register, and so we must be diligent in our daily spiritual disciplines to this end.
A Scorpio Full Moon is a transformative Full Moon, and we can expect to see change in whichever areas of life the House in our Natal Chart over which this Full Moon takes place governs. Expect intensity, this is Scorpio after all.
From a magical perspective Full Moons are points of assessment of the progress of the seeds of intent we planted during our New Moon rituals. What needs to be fed? What needs to be weeded? What needs to be abandoned? And in certain cases, what needs to be undone.?
While Scorpio Moons of any sort come with a certain reputation do not fear this Full Moon, in what is essentially a highly transformative time the Moon of transformation is upon us. Utilize it to see what needs to change in you and in your life to adapt to the coming post-COVID 19 landscape, and then begin the work.
A Fixed Earth New Moon is about grounding one self. In a time of restriction due to the pandemic this Fixed Earth New Moon is asking us to connect with nature and to what is healthy and natural in us.
Though it is set against a difficult back-drop I love this Moon. At its hour of inception there is a gorgeous sextile trine relationship formed with the North and South Nodes. What we plant now, in our honest authenticity, has the potential to bloom magnificently and live on in wondrous longevity.
Venus brings love, creation and creativity into the picture with its rulership of Taurus and Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius as the Ascendant of the New Moon's birth chart infuses positivity, passion and idealism into the mix.
Beautiful children will be conceived tonight. The key is transcending anxiety and fear. There are no certainties in life, but there is life and as long as there is life all things are possible. To what do you wish to give birth to in life?
The Sun shifts from Fire to Earth at 10:47 AM EDT tomorrow and so begins the Season of Taurus for the year 2020. Given the reality we are all living now the commencing of Taurus Season should be seen as a very good thing as the energy of Taurus is very conducive to staying home and getting quite comfortable there.
In the gender-free approach to the Tarot that I prefer Queens represent Yin energy and Kings the Yang, it doesn't matter who is doing the expressing the cards simply represent the expression of a certain type of energy. In the suit of Pentacles, which represents the element of Earth, we see even the more outwardly focused King prioritizes home and family and finds their joy and purpose in life in that realm. Indeed everything this King does out in the world is ultimately about creating stability, security, comfort and prosperity at home and in the local community they are a part of.
The Moon and the Sun are in harmony (Water and Earth) as Taurus Season commences and that can only help us to come to terms with the reality of another 30 days (at least) of necessary home quarantine and of social distancing during the few times each week when we absolutely must be out in public.
Taurus, in its positive manifestation, is a strong, loyal, determined, responsible sign, and one that is given toward creating good habits and sticking to them. Each time the energy of the Sun refreshes with a new astral season we are presented with a fresh start. Use this shift in the astral energy to ground yourself and to create calm within yourself. I have been practicing calm acceptance, while still focusing on being proactive in my life, since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis here and this approach has served me well. I encourage each of you to accept what is, to adapt to the current if temporary reality, and to create healthy disciplines and practices in your daily life so that you will be in the best possible place during the time of COVID-19 and afterward.
Duncan de la Montagne
The Moon has moved into Pisces and we begin to drift deep into the realm of dreams, visions and emotions. Love is a grand and beautiful ballet, one that can play out against any backdrop and certainly has over the course of history. Many will feel a strong yearning for connection now, for others it will be expression, still others to be heard and understood, and for some a need in their life for all of these elements.
A sextile Mercury comes to form with Venus will give us an outlet for the expression of our feelings over the weekend and will help to facilitate the creation of the emotional intimacy we seek and need. We will be writing and singing beautiful songs of love in the medium of our choosing to our partner or to a love who as of yet still only lives as our lover in our fondest and dearest dreams.
The world may be at war with ignorance and an insidious virus now, but art and love and spiritual truth reign all above else, and prevail over all else in the heart of the valiant and the noble and the true. So sing, moon-babies, sing as you drift languorously through the warm soothing waters of the Great Piscian Sea.
Duncan de la Montagne
Today's Virgo Moon infuses the element of Earth into our being, conjuring a grounded peace and well-being within us as we move through the disciplines of our daily rituals and routines. I arose this morning at dawn, meditated upon the spiritual principles of gratitude, humility and acceptance, gave thanks to the Universe and then departed for my sole daily outing.
I walked south on Du Parc and when I came to the foot of the Mountain spirit called to me and I began to ascend. I had not been up there since November. The footing was soggy and slippery as I moved up the pathway, so I moved slowly and with care. It felt good to be back in those woods, to hear the wise echoing call of the crow and the joyous tremolo bursts of sound from the breast of the songbirds. I made my way to my sacred grove. I stood under the tree beneath which all my birds are buried and listened to the fresh spring water rush over rock and silt as it coursed down the creek-bed while I spoke silently to the gathering winds that are the breath of the Old Ones. They are closer now, as the Moon waxes to full. What is going on now in our world is challenging, unnerving, and yes there is struggle and loss, and there will be more in the days and weeks ahead. But life on Earth is an old dance, an ancient waltz humanity has stepped one two three four to for centuries, and a waltz it will step lightly to for centuries to come.
The spring will be hard and the summer will require us to adapt, but there will be a fall and then a winter after that. And then another spring. The wheel keeps turning, regardless of what is going on. Meanwhile each of us has our own journey of experience, growth, enlightenment and development, and we have each other to rely upon as we move forward. The outer planets move into more favorable alignment early in 2121, energies will change, what is now will become something else. Beyond adapting to new conditions what is important now is to not empower that which is temporary over our mind and our heart and our spirit. It is there that we have choice.
Duncan de la Montagne
The Major Arcana of the Tarot represents the great journey, the one we take inside of our self and the one we take out in the world. The Major Arcana is a series of archetypes that taps into the collective human conscious and unconscious experience. It is comprised of representations of the significant people, moments of transition and states of being that make up life.
The Strength card focuses on what fortifies us, primarily spirituality and self-care. Many for whom the dogma of the religions of the world doesn't work for see being spiritual as basing one's emotional state of mind, one's thoughts and one's actions in universal spiritual principles, the primary pillars being personal responsibility, compassion, acceptance and humility. Employing these elements in each of the moments of our days will without doubt allow us to flow harmoniously through the stream of life around us, to make a truly positive difference and to live in patience, tolerance and love with our fellow beings.
The antithesis of spirituality is the state of judgement. To be judgmental is to be in our ego to an extreme and often harmful degree, certainly one cannot be in humility and in judgment at the same time. Judging occurs in the moment, whether expressed on the Internet or simply in our mind, but as life is nuanced and we rarely have all the information in the moment necessary to come to a real conclusion anyway judging often puts one in an un-spiritual, unfair and sometimes cruel state of being, a state which ultimately sets us up to do harm, and of course to be spiritual is to do no harm, that is to say to not intentionally cause any harm.
In an increasingly populated world it is important that we all get along and that as a species we move forward together toward something positive, to be spiritual in one's being and in one's daily life is a huge step toward that end.
Duncan de la Montagne