You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your own doing. Marie Carmichael Stopes
You must look into people, as well as at them. Lord Chesterfield
What I’m looking for is a blessing that’s not in disguise. Kitty O’Neill Collins
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. Andrew Jackson
I would have made a good pope. Richard Nixon
To err is human, to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope
See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little. Pope John XXIII
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty only being skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want - an adorable pancreas? Jean Kerr
December's full Moon is powerful total lunar eclipse. Falling on December 21st, it is on a powerful point on the calendar; just some twelve hours before the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.
From Fred Espenak's eclipse pages: A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the early morning hours of December 21, 2010 (for observers in western North America and Hawaii, the eclipse actually begins on the evening of December 20). The entire event is visible from North America, Greenland and Iceland. Western Europe will see the beginning stages of the eclipse before moonset while western Asia will get the later stages after moonrise. During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon's disk can take on a dramatically colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red and more rarely dark brown to very dark gray.
There are more reasons that this is an especially powerful eclipse as the Sun will be passing over Pallas Athena, the Moon's North Node, Pluto and then Mars during the days following the eclipse. This is a potent line-up of energies, asking us to let go of things that are sabotaging our efforts or holding us back emotionally. Further, Venus is back on the degree that it went retrograde in October.
It's interesting to note that this eclipse is most visible in North America and Iceland, especially with the recent events around Wikileaks. Iceland is struggling to come back from the brink of complete financial collapse and the United States has to do some fancy footwork as well.
Total lunar eclipses contain and release potent energies, and they can push into new realizations and situations, compelling us to purge what's not working for us so we can move onto the new. The effects of a lunar eclipse can last for months, so whatever is being birthed now is likely to be reflected and worked out for some time to come.
The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon and the lunar eclipse is Gemini 30: A Parade Of Bathing Beach Beauties Before Large Beach Crowds. This speaks of beauty and society's judgment about how one fits in, measures up and stands up. Often, one can feel judged by others, or by society, for how one looks or presents themselves. We can find that we're assessed, accepted or rejected on merely superficial standards. Many are finding themselves lonely in this world obsessed with beauty and youth and it can be hard if you feel you don't measure up.
Some Keywords and Cautions from my book: The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
Keywords: Being on show. Sheer attraction of beauty. Seeking praise. Displaying in order to get people to observe and/or evaluate. Beauty pageants. Bathing costumes and skimpy clothing. Beaches. Lifeguards. Beauty judges. Nudist beaches. Breast sizes. The mysteries of the feminine. Playing dress ups. Gatherings of goddesses. Mermaids converging. The water element. Recognizing superficiality and shallow behavior. Water nymphs.
The Caution: Using superficialities to win support. Giving importance to the issues of appearance. Neglecting the “beauty within”. Too much makeup. Flaunting one’s body. Not employing intellect. Leering, jeering. Lusting after the unattainable. Feeling like merchandise. Making superficial judgments.
A message from this degree could be about getting into your physical body and appearance so you can present a 'better face to the world'. Dressing up and feeling good about yourself can give you more self confidence and the push to get out there and mix it up with others. With the eclipse on this point, though, it may not be as easy as it sounds; many can feel like giving up and not putting in the effort. Society doesn't always reflect back to us the beauty we may hold within. However, radiating beauty is just the prescription for pushing through some of the darker aspects that are likely to be unfolding now.
Something is bound to be shifting, whether it's on a physical, emotional or spiritual level, there's a changing of the guard in some way. The degree following the lunar eclipse degree is Cancer 1, which is a powerful cardinal point. The Sabian Symbol is Cancer 1: On A Ship Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One.
Keywords: Changing loyalties. Turning points in one’s obligations or duties. Announcing new standards. Turning a corner. Getting rid of the old guard. Letting go of old allegiances and taking up new ones. Giving up old ways. Changing bad habits. Taking the helm. Switching sexual preferences. Sailors. Ships. Flags. Divorces. Marriages.
The Caution: Rejecting the old just for the sake of change. Fickleness. Not sticking with one thing for long enough to realize the rewards of loyalty. Being a traitor. Religious quarreling. Going only where the “good action” is. Piracy. Mutiny. Treason.
The Sun is on Sagittarius 30: The Pope Blessing The Faithful. This speaks of rituals of reverence, blessings and worship, taking a sincere interest in others, being on the inside looking out or being on the outside looking in, rewards for loyalty, seeing support or recognition, eye-to-eye contact, being remembered, charisma and presence, having an audience with someone. The cautions include the lust for power, negating, projecting and transferring ones shadow onto others, not taking responsibility for ones actions, manipulating for desired ends, nervous reaction to power or position, demanding obedience, lording it over people, having people at ones beck and call. Who are the faithful and how are the blessed?
The Quest degree of the Sun is Capricorn 1: An Indian Chief Claims Recognition And Power From The Assembled Tribe. This shows the need to stand up, be counted, take charge and rein in energies that may be scattered or unfocused. It can be about finding a true sense of place and claims of recognition. Perhaps there's a need to recognize your own authority, your own sense of power?
Mercury, the ruler of the Gemini eclipse, is on a power point of the zodiac. Sitting retrograde smack on the Galactic Center, it brings a promise (or the necessity) of finding ones way, creating the vision or making some big decisions. The Symbol is Sagittarius 27: The Sculptor's Vision Is Slowly But Surely Taking Form. This degree, combined with the Galactic Center, speaks about concrete creative manifestation, the Godhead, evolution, molding shapes and forms, seeing and visualizing things ahead of their time. Perhaps it's time to write up your wish list for the future? It may be with Mercury retrograding over this degree a time to analyze what you don't want in your life; to clean out the cobwebs, to come up with a new design.
Exactly squaring Mercury are Jupiter and Uranus, bringing the element of surprise and expansion. Uranus can bring lightning rod revelations and decisions and Jupiter can ramp up things by asking us to push our boundaries, explore new territory, etc. The few days following the eclipse are bound to be full of surprise announcements and, possibly, a backlash from people if the powers that be step over the bounds of decency.
Jupiter is on Pisces 26: A New Moon Reveals That It's Time For People To Go Ahead With Their Different Projects. Time to peel off in a different direction? This speaks of new opportunities and potentials, but there may be a need to say goodbye to something or someone, perhaps a job or a way of making a living needs to be changed. Jupiter has recently been over Pisces25: The Purging Of The Priesthood. We've had a good look at how 'the priesthood' acts and reacts and some in their ivory towers have fallen off their perches.
Uranus is on Pisces 27: A Harvest Moon Illuminates The Sky. Interesting that Uranus is on this degree for a full Moon eclipse. This speaks of acknowledging things that are ripe and full of fruition, celebrating what you have and can bring an expanded awareness and perspective, making everything clear. Sounds like it's time to really start seeing in the dark.
As mentioned above, Venus is on the degree it went retrograde in October = it is now finished the retrograde period and is moving over fresh ground. The Sabian Symbol for Venus is Scorpio 14: Telephone Linesmen At Work Installing New Connections. This speaks of forming new lines of communication, linking people up, networks and networking, getting other peoples' wavelengths, the ability to reach far distances, etc.
Mars is on Capricorn 11: Pheasants Display Their Brilliant Colors On A Private Estate. This speaks of luxury, glorious houses and estates, lawns and gardens, statues and birdbaths, nature reserves, game birds, fabulous displays of color, parks, beauty, elegance and grace, etc. There can be jealousy and envy involved here with Mars on this degree. However, it asks that we see the beauty around us, don't be blind to it even if it's just a small token of beauty in a busy, dusty and fast world.
In amongst all the frantic running around for the holidays, Saturn appears to be suggesting the need for a break. Perhaps it's more that one can't take time off, perhaps you're sick of being by yourself and just watching others go about their business while you hold down the fort. The Sabian Symbol for Saturn is Libra 17: A Retired Sea Captain Watches Ships Entering And Leaving The Harbor.
Whatever is happening in your world, I wish you a wonderful holiday season with much love and happiness with friends and family and great things for 2011!