TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Ah, yes, we all need to remember this…
# 2 – Speaking of compassion, here’s a fascinating article about altruism…
# 3 – Cheerios and GMOs…
# 4 – A very insightful take on the current new moon and other cosmic influences from astrograph.com…
The New Moon that comes along mid-day on Friday provides a generous helping of get-up-and-go for forging ahead with our lives at this turning point of the new year, and also brings up both past and future considerations. The Roman God Janus – for which the present month is named – presided over transitions and openings, and had two faces, one looking forward with anticipation; and one, representing a more conservative mode, looking backward. This emblem describes the energy of this New Moon very well. We are now over these next few months entering into the era ofSaturn–Uranus–Pluto, a subset of the Uranus–Pluto square aspect that characterizes the entire year of 2013 and several more beyond it. This is a time when it must be recognized that the urge to move forward will be balanced by the equally strong urge to pull back from change.
Of course at this important societal juncture we are ready, more than ready, to get on with this new year with new lives that more fully embrace the sense of massive change that is implicit in our situation. Or are we really? That is what the Saturnian and the Uranian joint focus is all about. It is echoed in the signs of January that are ruled by each, namely both Capricorn and Aquarius, and also in the structure of this Capricorn New Moonconfiguration. The Moon parallels Mars in Aquarius, while Saturn strongly sextiles Pluto, just as Saturn also makes a very close bi-quintile aspect to Uranus. Venus, newly entered into Saturn‘s sign of Capricorn, squaresUranus.
These two highlighted planetary archetypes, Saturn and Uranus, are basically antithetical to each other.Uranus represents revolutionary change and more change, alteration for the sake of alteration, while Saturnwants to hold back, based on the fear of change. It is possible to blend these approaches, but it is not easy. The benefits of each are manifest. We need to exercise practicality and caution as we move ahead, that much is evident. The grounding influence of Saturn is our best teacher. And yet with an excess of Saturn‘s holding back, we remain stuck. Life needs to breathe, and to change, in order not to die on the vine. Life in fact is change itself.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon, the 22nd degree of Capricorn, is instructive. It is: A general accepting defeat gracefully; and Marc Edmond Jones writes that “the human will develops its real power… through a self-disciplined grace of Spirit.” His keyword is “Expediency” or “a genius for learning from experience and for turning setbacks into accomplishment.” We could meditate on this notion as we go though the changes and challenges of the strong opening to a potent new year. We may well have to give up egoic considerations and even our fear, in favor of a higher calling. Sometimes the best way to move ahead is through surrender.
(I love all the “nuggets” available in that last paragraph; it’s like superfood for thought. :-))
# 5 – And more on the new moon from Simone Butler at http://www.mooncircles.com…
Capricorn New Moon:Developing Oneness…
In her recent book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, Martha Beck shares the story of Imaculee Ilibagiza, a Tutsi woman who narrowly escaped slaughter in Rwanda’s horrific genocide.
“Along with six other women, Ilibagiza took refuge in the home of a Hutu preacher, who hid them all in a spare bathroom about the size of an enclosed phone booth—for three months. Every day she heard her neighbors hunting for her, describing how they’d slaughtered her loved ones. In her book Left to Tell, Ilibagiza describes how she coped: by becoming such a thoroughgoing mystic that she lived entirely in Oneness, free from all fear and suffused with love.”
Oneness, says Beck, is a skill we need to survive and thrive in our crazy new world. It means operating from a deeper consciousness in which we feel connected to other people, animals, and all of nature. Beck’s book is an entertaining, inspiring manual for developing Oneness, along with other skills such as Wordlessness and Imagination. She learned how to do this at an African preserve called Londolozi, mentored by those who are deeply connected to the subtle powers of nature.
Sometimes it takes an experience of confinement to hone our natural abilities. Beck continues Ilibagiza’s story: “After she finally escaped the bathroom, Ilibagiza found herself, with a few old women and children, facing a mob of machete-wielding Hutus who threatened to kill the whole group. But her Oneness skills were so rock-solid she just looked at the killers, without fear or anger, feeling—and apparently broadcasting—nothing but calm compassion. For whatever reason, the bloodthirsty killers never attacked.”
I thought of Saturn when I read this tale. The ringed planet—bringer of boundaries and restrictions—can also trigger illumination. Saturn transits often throw seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our path, forcing us to grow. Saturn can feel depressing. Or you can choose to experience it as a protective embrace, providing the time, discipline and focus to accomplish something meaningful.
Which brings us to the January 11 Capricorn New Moon (11:44 a.m. Pacific time). At that time, five of the ten planets will be in Saturn’s sign, creating a container for growth. Now we’re able to initiate our real New Year’s resolutions. All that earthy, focused Capricorn energy can be put to good use by working diligently on a project, or by taking a hard look at whatever is no longer viable in your life and committing to change. Think long-range in determining what you want to accomplish, as Saturn and Capricorn favor small steps rather than large leaps. Don’t hesitate to commit to something that seems difficult (I’m talking to myself here!) Be willing to say a big, fat “NO” to anything that plainly isn’t working. Yet consider how a situation in which you feel trapped may be incubating a new aspect of you.
As our emerging new world goes through its birthing pains, some of us may feel like we’re stuck “between a rock and a hard place” – Saturn’s domain. We’ll be in a crucible of transformation as Saturn travels through do-or-die Scorpio over the next two years.Yet Saturn and Capricorn give us discipline, which means “being a disciple unto oneself.” It’s time to honor the Divine within, believe in your talents and have the courage to put them out to the world.
The Capricorn New Moon can help you grow your business and promote yourself. For inspiration, check out this ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. And, here’s my latest Animoto mini-video showing how one couple got more focused and committed to their creative work by transforming and activating their Fame gua.
© 2013 Simone Butler
# 6 – And something to ponder from Abraham…
“Everything that has ever been lived, everything that has ever been written down or documented, has been vibration first. Everything has been conjured in vibration first before it manifests. So if something has manifested and you continue to give it your attention, the fact that it is true should really hold no weight with you. The question that we would ask is not, is it true, or is it undeniable? The question that we would ask is, how does it make me feel when I focus upon it? And if the answer to the question is, it doesn’t make me feel very good when I focus upon it, then we would say, true or not, it does not serve you. And if you will activate a different part of your vibration–the “truth” will shift.” — Abraham
And I can’t remember if I’ve shared this one before or not, so today you get a double helping of Abraham…
“Inspiration comes forth from within. It’s what the light burning within you is about, as opposed to motivation, which is doing it because if you don’t do it, there will be negative repercussions. Motivation is making myself do something that I don’t really want to do. Inspiration is having the clear picture of what I am wanting — and letting Universal forces come into play to get the outcome.“— Abraham
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