StarGarden MoonWatch for the Full Moon, August 28th, 2007
This is Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho and you’re listening to the StarGarden Moonwatch for the new moon solar eclipse of September 11, 2007.
The moon is new and partially eclipses the sun in the sign of Virgo, the virgin. While we won’t physically see the eclipse in the northern hemisphere, the symbolism of it falling on the anniversary of 9/11 is hard to ignore. Sun in Virgo gives us purpose to dedicate ourselves to a task by isolating its steps and focusing on technique. When the purpose symbolized by the sun is eclipsed, we experience the opportunity to embrace the Piscean opposite of this ability, to merge with the emotional whole or enormity of what our work feels like, rather than keeping ourselves distant from it with the usual analytic focus of Virgo. Perhaps this event, which affects the whole globe, is an opportunity for us to re-engage with the tragedy that has been used as an excuse for our government to bring war and fear mongering to staggering global proportions. Sometimes, too, when we are not connecting the dots into a whole on a global level, we are also avoiding it on a personal level. This eclipse may remove the tendency to isolate steps rather than focus on the import of their totality on both personal and global scales. We can’t begin to heal the state of our world if we don’t remember the totality of what our government would like us to forget—that we are all human beings, not divided into “us and “them.”
Jumpha Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize winning book begins with a short story about an Indian couple, also Americans, whose first child was still born, and since then they have isolated themselves in their work, and avoid saying much of anything to one another. The power company in their neighborhood has sent a notice that the power will be off for an hour each evening as they work on the lines. The lack of electrical power forces them out of their work to sit in the darkness, and they tentatively begin a game of telling each other something they’ve never told the other. This list of confessions brings them together in tender steps and grows in magnitude until on the day the power is restored, the wife confesses she has taken an apartment of her own. Then her husband confesses, that unknown to her at the time, he had arrived from out of town at the hospital in time to hold their baby, a boy, before he was cremated. The end of the story goes like this:
“Shukumar stood up and stacked his plate on top of hers. He carried the plates to the sink, but instead of running the tap he looked out the window. Outside the evening was still warm, and the Bradfords were walking arm in arm. As he watched the couple, the room went dark, and he spun around. Shoba had turned the lights off. She came back to the table and sat down, and after a moment Shukumar joined her. They wept together for the things they now knew.”
Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how sitting in the dark together and fully accepting what we now know can help us begin to heal ourselves and our world at this new moon eclipse:
Aries: You may be unable to do things in the way you are used to, or need to change an emotional habit concerning criticism. Perhaps you suddenly realize you believe something different than you thought you did.
Taurus: A pattern of worry you may have about a child, lover or creative project could shift. Or perhaps you must let go of your need to fix things. This could open the way for a new vision of the future, after the dust settles
Gemini: A family or health secret could become public in a sudden or disruptive way. Or maybe instead of focusing on the details, you find it necessary to integrate feelings comprehensively. Less line between public and private.
Cancer: Your usual habit of communicating or studying could be changed. Perhaps you get surprising news from a sibling. Or maybe criticism of yourself or others seems less on the tip of your tongue. Something different is needed.
Leo: You may experience a shift in a habit of worry or criticism concerning values or money that allows some sudden or surprising windfall or legacy to reveal itself. Your belief in a partner could help free you both.
Virgo: If you have been concerned with the correct way to take action, it becomes less important than letting the truth of your feelings set you free. This will help balance a partnership or your values concerning it.
Libra: It is time to break out of your own need to escape, or your secret compulsion to have things the way you want them. Perhaps, too, you see how your own self-criticism generates your criticism of others. Time to let go.
Scorpio: Your need to guide a group or friend according to your own way of doing things might change. Or perhaps you stop planning meticulously to control the future, or using criticism as a means of feeling more secure.
Sagittarius: You may be letting go of the details of a public project or teaching venture or family needs you have been worried about or responsible for. A sudden emotional shift could free you of feeling victimized or unappreciated.
Capricorn: You may reverse your penchant for precision or correcting every details in a big literary or even spiritual project. Suddenly there may be a way to get out of your own way, an let things happen. Trust the truth that appears.
Aquarius: Your own insecurities or those of a partner could shift. Perhaps this has to do with being compulsive in worrying about money or how something will turn out. You might see how micromanaging stops the flow.
Pisces: Your worries about a partner or insecurity about partnership could shift. This has to do with a new way of seeing the past, and allowing yourself to be more immediately present in the moment. It frees you to care.
In the days following September 11, 2001, and those preceding the attacks on Afghanistan, the world mourned with us as we mourned our dead, and a taste of that compassion reminded us we are one human family, sd Judyth Hill’s poem “Wage Peace” circulated on the internet. She begins by reminding us, as the Buddhists would, to “wage peace with your breath,” to “breathe in terrorists/Breathe out sleeping children and fresh mown fields.” While Virgo is the critical pragmatist, Pisces is the dreamy spiritualist who believes such practices literally change the world. Yet Buddhist nun Pema Chodron warns that “When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.” If we truly believe in our common humanity, perhaps we can begin this lunar cycle by looking deeply at the horrors of war our leaders have insisted is a practical necessity, and how all of us, here, or there, have suffered from it, as the first step to healing action. It is never too late to feel the compassion that allows us to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!