Today’s New Moon represents a watershed. We’ve already committed to a shift. We can feel it within ourselves, but for many of us there is still a frustrating dissonance with our external reality. The good thing is that we are now relaxing into being at home in open ended and uncertain situations. We have gone beyond an intellectual understanding that it’s the journey and not the destination that’s important and have embodied (at least partly) an acceptance that we will never arrive.
That sense of never arriving is, in a way, the watershed we have crossed. It represents the return of a mature feminine energy within us to balance the elemental energies of our lives, calming and supporting us. Although it still feels like we’re balancing in empty space, we are in fact walking across a bridge between realities. How we move forward is much more important that what we actually do. Our intention in acting is more important than the actions themselves. Now is a time to let go of what things look like and focus on how it feels to you, and how inspired you are within the circumstances.
How we ground this shift – how we move it from the inner plane to begin shaping our external reality – is hugely significant. We are replacing something toxic and corrupt with new clear cut patterns for living. In this fresh new reality we never arrive, but live as co-creators who begin anew in each moment. Sometimes it looks like progress, sometimes like retreat. What matters is you stay true to your chosen direction, your own nourishment, wellbeing and connection.
The New Moon happens in the Crown Chakra, in Gate 63 line 3 at 20.45 on 4th March 2011. Gate 63 is the place where we realise something has come to an end and we stand at the threshold of a new life. We need to grieve what we lost during the old process. The asteroid Child has passed over the Galactic Centre and has joined the North Node in Gate 10, a process that is not unlike a vacuum cleaner that clears out our past and deposits us at the gateway to our future. We are almost too afraid to move lest we disturb the perfection of the potential we see.
Eurydike and Black Moon Lilith in the Gate of Brightness Hidden (36) suggest that if your innocence, your inner child or inner feminine has been seriously wounded to the point of immobility, it’s important to get yourself moving again. Do any little thing that is different to what you’ve done in the past. Involve your physical body. Eat new foods, walk in new places, dance new dances. Quaoar is approaching the Galactic Centre in Gate 11 and he suggests we embrace our fear of chaos in order to find new creation.
We can look back and see that things could have been different. And if they had been, we may have fared much better. But that’s past now and it’s time to begin letting go and look to the future, even if our vision is still a bit fuzzy on the details.
The New Moon in Gate 63 line 3 is where we meet the Demon Country, the place where constant incursions on our wellbeing seem to undermine our peace and prosperity. But so long as we face any knocks and shocks with absolute sincerity we will lay the foundations for the clarity that creates a strong foundation to support us for many years to come.
With Mercury in 22.4, the key is to make your essence beautiful, and make your beauty the essence that you share. The time for finding our value in money, jobs, relationships, status and ostentatious displays is over. We can now perceive the simple unadorned natural beauty of our lives, relationships and work. And we are beginning to trust that it is exactly this simplicity that others are seeking in us.
New Asteroid Salacia
Joining Mercury in Gate 22 is a newly named asteroid and dwarf planet candidate called Salacia. She was Neptune’s wife, and represents calm and sunlit waters. In line 6, she suggests that we are exploring entirely new (oceanic) territory and the flame we can feel is to light our way for expansion through partnerhship.
Before she was convinced to marry Neptune by a dolphin, Salacia was a nymph. From my blog post on 24th June:
As Melanie Reinhart notes in her book Chiron and The Healing Journey, “By the time of the Greek myths, the nymphs had lost most of their original instinctual vitality and dignity, and were reduced to benevolent nature spirits…”
That’s my emphasis on the word “benevolent”. I want to know, benevolent to whom? Not, obviously to the nymphs themselves, and presumably not to the goddess they served, the power of the feminine or it’s sexual expression as a force of healing and creativity.
Salacia’s appearance is timely. This New Moon is in Pisces. She was the wife of Neptune, ruler of Pisces who is dwelling in the only channel activated at the time of the New Moon. Also, when Salacia was originally discovered back in 2004 she was in Gate 63 line 3 – the exact position of this New Moon. Her full meaning is unclear yet, but no doubt we’ll hear more from her!
Fire and Water
The last Full Moon occurred in Gate 29, opposite Gate 30 where Sun, Mercury, Mars and Neptune were transiting. The two gates represent fire (30) and water (29). This New Moon happens in two gates that combine fire and water – Earth in Gate 64 and Sun/Moon in Gate 63.
The blend of these two elements gives clarity and action (fire) within the flow (water). We’ve been blowing off steam (too much fire) or withdrawing in pain (too much water) for a long, long time now. But we’re getting the balance right more often than not these days and Saturn and Haumea are helping us use these energies in conjunction with the earth and wind elements. In Gate 57 in the Spleen Centre we find the double wind hexagram (air). Both Saturn and Haumea represent the earth element, Saturn as ruler of earthy Capricorn and Haumea as Mother Goddess of Hawaii. Both Saturn and Haumea contain the energy of volcanoes – when the underground material (subconscious) becomes so hot that it blows. Used wisely, this energy creates new land rather than massive and chaotic destruction.
It also creates new families. Saturn was involved in some serious family dynamics and Haumea is the only dwarf planet that has a strong family influence. With Mars in the Gate of Family (37), there is much blowing off of steam just now. Most of this steam relates to unexamined needs for nurturing that we are projecting onto family members and lovers. For those of us wanting to do things more consciously we seek to go a bit further. We want to be as clear as a flame within the stream of emotional experience. We want to step out of the old patterns of denial and avoidance. In this way we prevent the old influences from creeping back in and embedding them in our new reality.
Right now we are crossing a bridge between realities, choosing one pathway from the many. It’s so important to allow ourselves the time to be illuminated so that we can see the simple and true nourishment that life is offering us in return for what we have given up in the past. Venus (in 41) is creating a channel with Neptune in the Gate of Illumination (30). There is no need to make everything right, no need to feel secure, to avoid the risk of alienation or rejection. We offer what we have to each moment, no matter how insignificant it seems. In this way we connect with life minded people with similar interests (Sappho in 30).
Mars in the Gate of Family brings an influx of energy to our search for home, intensifying emotion, challenging the established ways and putting relationships to the test. Home is a co-operative space where we invest ourselves in a shared journey towards common goals, it’s where we come to learn what is of value. Home requires the constancy of the feminine, she who knows how to be still and wait in the unknown becoming. Steadily over time we create a space where we can all grow freely into our natural form.
The old warrior Mars energy has retired for repair. Witness the shifts in the Middle East as people rise up against the tyranny. Our new internal Mars energy is massively and unconditionally protective of the sensitivity, gentleness and connectedness of our wild and natural selves.
Today’s New Moon occurs in the Crown Chakra. We have worked hard to win the territory of our hearts and souls back for ourselves. The next six months will call on us to value our new territory highly, to protect and nurture it, and to share it freely with those who have come to represent family to us. Without forcing anything we will find our way illuminated with a new kind of light.