Archive for June, 2010

June 26, 2010 4:30 am PDT

Welcome the first Full Moon of Summer!

Before the invention of the telescope, the Solar System, harboured only the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, as well as the stars (to the naked eye). The Sun was considered a Solar Deity or God of Light that was worshipped by different cultures around the globe. Saturn was considered the outer limit of the Solar System and was associated with endings and the God of Darkness. Many ancient cultures created their myths around these seven orbs that are still prevalent today. Even in modern times, certain people suspect the planet Saturn, with its rings to be associated with alot of negative stereotypes, such as misfortune, since it is associated with limitation, constraint, boundaries and even Satan/Devil (the archetypal scapegoat of Capricorn).

Saturn is associated with Capricorn with the Sun entering this Sign around December 21st which is the longest and darkest night of the year, as well as the first day of Winter. It was a time when the Ancient Romans celebrated the Saturnalia (modern day New Year’s festivities) with its endings and beginnings. Six months later, we experience the opposite, with the Sun transiting into Cancer around June 21st, which marks the longest and brightest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere).
The Sun is in Cancer (Mother, Nurture, Home) and being a Water Sign heralds in the season of Summer when people come out of their own protective shells to search for seashells, crabs and many other creatures (yes, including people) as they retreat to the beach. The water entices us to cool down, nurture and refresh our bodies. On the other side of the Earth, the Moon is Full in the Sign of Capricorn (an Earth sign).

This Full Moon can be  a capricious one at that. It is the Full Moon that can reveal our serious side. We may want to be in control. To control others (rules, regulations and authority) can expend alot of our valuable energy. We need to focus upon control of our own karma rather than accusing others of having bad karma.. The inner rebel may very well want to howl beneath this Full Moon and break through those boundaries and limitations set by others. Again, this is the time we need to reflect upon our own path and learn to take responsibility for our own actions. We can choose to respond (take responsibility) or react irresponsibly to the obstacles that appear to be in our way.

The Goat has long been associated with Capricorn. The uphill climb, on a sometimes steep and rugged hill, can be a thrill of a lifetime. Some of us are reluctant to take that extra step. Since Capricorn is also linked with Career, some of us will clash head on with our boss or the bossy-ness of others. No one likes to be told what to do, so be mindful when requesting assistance in any undertaking. Remember, when you ask you may not always receive, so be respectful of other peoples’ boundaries also.

Capricorn (an Earth Sign) wants to create structure and support in the traditional sense. Too much water will turn the ground into mud. Alot of persons with Capricorn Sun, Moon, Rising or orbs prominent in this sign, can feel swamped and tend to be rigid when it comes to their emotions. They become so focused on their reputation and social status that they fear rejection to the point of being wound up so tight when it comes to their feelings. Lack of healthy emotional release can manifest in disease of the bones in particular. Remember, repression leads to depression.

Capricorn is the Teacher or Head Master. A wise teacher will honour both the student and the teacher in others. Saturn is also associated with old age and wisdom. We all have our lessons to learn. Learn to heed to the teachings of your own experience. We go to school and are taught alot of structured, limited and old ways of education, which we begin to unlearn as we grow older. Life experience is the greatest teacher, it gives us the test first, and then, we learn the lesson.

Capricorn is also associated with the father and the institutional father (governments, corporations, etc.) Father’s Day continues to be celebrated around this Full Moon. It is a time to honour those persons (male/female) who have been a father or father figure to us on our journey.

It is said that Time is the greatest healer. Perhaps, we willingly allow time to limit our freedom. We all face the reality of time running out. Time is a paradox: a technical gadget that we shackle around our wrists. I once wrote: Time is two hands on a clock, reaching out to strangle me (that’s my Capricorn Moon talking). There is Universal Time, Earth Time and Human Time (we all have our own internal clock). So, take the time making the goal rather than the score.

(c) Richard Barrett 2010


New Moon in Gemini


New Moon in Gemini

June 12, 2010

The Sun, the Moon and Mercury are currently in the Sign of the Twins, Gemini. Cogito Ergo Sum translates: “I think, therefore I am”, which was coined by the French philosopher Renee Descartes. Gemini, being an Air Sign, is a Creative Thinker or Genius. The New Moon is a great time to continue the journey toward the within. Our thoughts may turn inward, only to move outward, as we will want to communicate with others. A lot of Gemini types appear to have their head in the clouds…up to where they belong. However, it is important for Gemini to allow their feelings to be experienced in the heart, rather than the head. The heart hath its reason, which reason knows nothing of ~Blaise Pascal. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, ruler of Gemini is busy playing tricks with our minds as we hear only what we think we know.

Sometimes the Social Gemini Moon can attract gossip and create needless misunderstandings. Make an effort to communicate effectively and to listen to others. Remember the children’s game Whispering Down The Lane? You whisper something into one person’s ear that is passed on to the next person and by the time it reaches the end of the line it has become totally out of context. Be mindful before speaking. In other words, put your mouth in gear before you speak (unless there is room in it for your foot).

Wherever there is the Element of the Earth in the chart is the palace where Airy Gemini can ground one’s self. The Quest was not meant to be divided or defragmented into too many missing pieces of a jig saw puzzle that is often difficult to complete. The path must be carefully sought and pursued by reason and also the rhyme of instinct. The Twins sometimes scatter apart eventually to reunite in the temple of logic. Choice is another dichotomy that is experienced when the mind is riddled with confusing thoughts of what is right or what is wrong.

Social Networking is an evolution of the archetype of Mercury. People connecting and communicating more and more through the Internet. A world wide web leads us to our own technological devices to download more information. The question remains? Where is the heart in the midst of these devices. Sitting in cafes where people once gathered to share their thoughts and feelings face to face are now merely another empty face staring into cyberspace.

Media has become overloaded and our minds downloaded with a lot of negativity being reported in the news. There is just too much information at our disposal. What is the true meaning of connection. People are not machines that can organize thought processes at high-speed. We need to listen to our own inner dialogue rather than the monologue on late night television banter. The ranting and raving of our own thoughts coupled with those of others may seek distraction in the murky shadow of too much talk. This is a great time to turn off the TV and tune in to the transmission of the planet and all our relations on an organic and spiritual level. We are the center of our universe. Everything we think and do has an impact upon our selves and our immediate surroundings. If we are restless and require distraction, then perhaps we could learn to meditate while practicing deep breathing. Gemini is associated with the lungs and nervous system. Think of ways to create Positive Action, then breathe life into it. Yes, the universe exists with both positive and negative energy. We need to bring any opposing forces together through integration.

A world in black and white, hath no colour. The Light Spectrum refuses no colour. How would we know day without night? Get outside and bear witness to the beauty that nature paints for us in every moment. As Albert Einstein said:  Imagination is far greater than knowledge. Dare to be different. When you change your perception, you transform your world. Remember to respect that other people’s Way may differ from your own. Same planet, different worlds.

There are many myths about Mercury/Hermes, the Ancient Messenger God, who was also known as the Patron of both Merchants and Theives, as well as surfers and skateboarders in modern time.. Thoughts and ideas can travel fast like quicksilver in the archetype of the Gemini Genius. I suggest reading about his myth, and also the story of his counterparts; the Egyptian Thoth and Norse Loki.

The puer or the child in us allows us our humour and play when we experience the realm of the senses. Look at those neckties loosen up after a few cocktails at a group gathering…releasing the corporate grip on the head and allowing the Gemini social butterfly to be set free. The youthful approach to life occurs when one slips their feet into the winged messenger’s shoes. We let go and dare to be irrational as we take flight and soar like the spirit is willing to.

This is the New Moon to begin a journal. A lot of people use journals for calendars, appointments and goals. Forget the attitude and think gratitude. Start focusing on the wins, rather than the losses in your life. Whatever you do, try to do it with an open mind and an open heart…face to face…deep in the eyes of the soul’s communication.
(c) Richard Barrett 2010