How astrology works is a mystery. An ancient art honed through thousands of years of practice, it is based on the Doctrine of Unity: the notion that the universe is an interwoven fabric. The astrological concept of a celestial-terrestrial connection has been with us throughout the ages, reflected in diverse spiritual traditions the world over and epitomized by the Hermetic maxim, "As above, so below."
Even though there is compelling circumstantial evidence for astrology's underlying principle of interconnection, we have yet to discover the scientific mechanism that can account for it. We are living in exciting times, however, when fields of modern physics and mathematics, are moving towards interesting, parallel understandings regarding the seemingly magical interplay of energy and matter. We are beginning to see validation for some of the observations mystics have been alluding to for thousands of years.
There are many aspects to this great big universe of ours we have yet to understand; and the underpinnings of astrology, the how and why it works, is one of those mysteries.I realize as an astrologer many people will automatically brand me as a lunatic; and yet here I am sticking my neck out anyway, risking ridicule. For even though the claims of astrology do seem inconceivable; nevertheless, over and over again, I see its accuracy and usefulness when I apply it to my clients' lives and my own. However outlandish astrology's claims are, there does seem to be something to it. There are many aspects to this great big universe of ours we have yet to understand; and the underpinnings of astrology, the how and why it works, is one of those mysteries.
We live in a time in which too many do not respect, nor even tolerate, the unknown, the wild and mysterious. If some idea or notion has not been proven, it must certainly be bunk, garbage. This judgmental (and unscientific) narrow-mindedness is exactly what Carl Jung was getting after when he stated: "I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." It also reminds me of something Iain McGilchrist wrote in his book on the two hemispheres of the brain, The Master and His Emissary:
"Certainty is the greatest of all illusions: whatever kind of fundamentalism it may underwrite, that of religion or of science, it is what the ancients meant by hubris. The only certainty, it seems to me, is that those who believe they are certainly right are certainly wrong."
What is a Blue Moon?
"Once in a Blue Moon" — we've heard the phrase and know its colloquial meaning implies something improbable, something rare, absurdly rare even — an event with the probability of occurrence falling at slim to none, as likely as pigs taking wing or hell freezing over.
Yet a Blue Moon is more than just some improbable event. Officially — and yes there is an official Farmer's Almanac definition — a Blue Moon is the third Full Moon in a season that contains four. Seasons usually sport three Full Moons, one each month, but every couple of years or so we get a bonus Full Moon due to the roughly 11-day difference in the number of days between the natural, lunar month (28 days) and the calendar month, which is, as we know, on average 30-31 days, excepting February of course.
But why is it the third Full Moon and not the last one designated as Blue?
The answer is complicated and due to the Christian ecclesiastical calendar which is, surprisingly, lunar. The dates for Easter and other Christian holy days, those moveable feast observances, are calculated in reference to the Moon rather than a set calendar date. And a year with an extra, 13th moon skewed the calendar, and so the solution was to call it "Blue" and not count it.
When the Sun enters Libra, we arrive at a time when day and night throughout the world are nearly the same length, as close to perfectly equal light as we get. At this time, the apparent path of the Sun crosses the celestial equator (the Earth's equator extended out into space) on its way south. As the Sun crosses this line, dark begins to overcome light in the north. From this moment of Libra equilibrium, the Sun drops toward one of two culmination points in the year, its southern extreme marked by the December solstice. Here, north of the equator, we are entering the coldest, darkest half of the year, while the south is rolling towards summer.
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How did July slip by so fast! The wheel of the year is turning once again, and we are fast approaching another seasonal milestone, the midpoint between solstice and equinox. One of the four "cross quarter" days which, along with the solstices and equinoxes, mark the progression of the Sun, the seasonal shifts of the year. Maybe it's my age, a well-seasoned 57, but it does seem like these milestones come and go in a flash. Time keeps zooming by faster and faster.
This year's Lughnasadh is particularly powerful as it coincides exactly with an eclipse, adding an even stronger emphasis on the notion of "reaping what one has sown." The day the Sun reaches that magical midpoint, August 7th, we will also arrive at the Aquarius Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse. Also adding to the wild intensity right now is Mars, which conjoined the Leo New Moon just over a week ago, and is still very close to the Sun, further stirring up the choppy waters and upheaval that you must be noticing in your neck of the woods as I am definitely seeing in mine.
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This is the first of two Leo New Moons in a row, the second of which will be a kick-ass solar eclipse we'll be able to see here in North America. So we've got one New Moon coming soon at the very beginning of Leo, the other at the tail end. A powerful emphasis on one sign with an eclipse and a double lunation. Leo is an critical force for growth and development for us all right now. So what does this mean?
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Overall, the lesson of Cancer — which becomes the cosmic assignment for all of us when a New Moon falls in this sign — is to learn how to better balance the emotions with the intellect, not confuse the two so much. For what is felt or intuited must not automatically be given relevance and power (nor dismissed out of hand either). Cancer individuals, along with the other sensitive water signs, Scorpio and Pisces, often have that difficulty because they are so powerfully intuitive and so often correct. Regardless though of one's psychic batting average, it is important to remember that feelings are sometimes picked up from who knows where and not necessarily connected with anything to do with us. With a New Moon in Cancer we will be challenged to harness our sensitivity without being at its mercy, and not as easily blown off-kilter by whatever storms may be brewing within OR around us.
And storms are definitely brewing....