Better than a thousand useless words is one single word that gives peace. Better than a thousand useless verses is one single verse that gives peace. Better than a hundred useless poems is one single poem that gives peace. The Dhammapada
Afraid lest he be caught up in a net of words, tripped up, bewildered and so defeated—thrown aside—a man hesitates to write down his innermost convictions. William Carlos Williams
It is wise to disclose what cannot be concealed. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul. Count LeoTolstoy
Never write a letter while you are angry. Chinese Proverb
A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing. Arabian Proverb
February's Leo full Moon falls on February 18. The Sabian Symbol is Leo 30: An Unsealed Letter Has Vital And Confidential Information.
‘An Unsealed Letter’ is an image of words or thoughts, letters, notes or messages. They have been written, but as the ‘Letter’ is ‘Unsealed’, they have not been ‘Sealed’ in an envelope. ‘Vital and Confidential Information’ implies that important messages and information may need to be concealed from others, however, maybe things need to be out in the open? Being ‘Unsealed’ shows that it is possible that others want to be shown (or peek at) what’s been said or written. There could be important papers lying around, or perhaps they are lost amongst other papers and proving difficult to find.
Getting your thoughts out by speaking them or writing them down can lead to a greater understanding about people and situations. If there is a message that you wish to spread, you will be able to do it now. When this is done out in the open people can benefit from it. Communicating in a trusting, carefree way leads to doubts being dispelled. However, are your ideas, thoughts and emotions feeling exposed because you have been too trusting and “worn your heart on your sleeve”? Pausing to reflect can be advantageous. Sometimes we have very strong feelings about a person or a situation, but caution is called for as these can change with time. You may regret someone having seen or learnt what’s been on your mind. It also shows writing books, articles, e-mails along with verbal messages of all kinds. The ‘Vital and Confidential Information’ is obviously something important. Should it be shared with all or only a few? Remember to employ integrity in what's said and thought.
This full Moon is a particularly potent one as Mercury, Mars, Neptune and Chiron are all conjunct (together with) the Sun and opposite the Moon. This can pose a bit of a problem as words, thoughts, desires, actions, etc, may be hard to sort through, make sense of, be correctly heard, or be directed in the right way. This is definitely a time to use your filters to see what the true need is.
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun is Aquarius 30: Moonlit Fields, Once Babylon, Are Blooming White. This degree can show things that you thought you could trust or rely on could be, in actuality, falling apart. Perhaps a situation that was 'set in stone' is now crumbling in some way and you have to make a move or changes. It could be that your situation has supported you for some time but it's changing and there's a need to throw out the old and welcome the new. Further, the 'Blooming White' can show a flowering or rewards that are coming through now from past efforts. However, these rewards could be short-lived and there could be a need to get back to work.
Keywords: Rewards coming through from past generations. The feeling of ancestors surrounding one’s present deeds. Alchemy. Loss of ancient civilizations. Reverence for things from the past. The Middle East and all things middle-eastern. Belly-dancing. Rebirths of old civilizations. Grandeur. Seeds of the past flowering into the fruits of the present. Records. Fields that were once Avalon.
The Caution: Disbelieving because there are no rational structures or support. Destroying ancient lands or monuments because of religious beliefs or greed. The devastation and ruin of Iraq in order for the modern world to succeed. Projecting the sins of the world onto people or places that are foreign.
A few quotes to illuminate the Moonlit Fields, Once Babylon:
Man has been crying since ancient times about the deterioration of civilization. Jason Lewis
The earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. Woody Allen
Chiron, the Wounded Healer and the archetype of 'the stories we tell ourselves', has now moved into Pisces. It's on Pisces 1: A Crowded Public Market Place. This speaks of issues of making money, being out in the market place, advertising, networking, promoting, paying the bills, bartering, bargaining, the economy, trade embargoes, big business, the stock market, advertising, etc. Just how plugged into the system are you? Do you need to be? How does it benefit you? Are there issues of being ripped off, exploited, left behind financially?
[Pisces 1 is the last degree of the Piscean Age as we move backwards through the ages and into the Age of Aquarius. Chiron (and soon, Neptune) on this degree is amplifying the liminal point between The Moonlit Fields That Were Once Babylon (this can refer to Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, the ancient lands) and the Public Market (the internet, the stock market, banks, industry, trading, insurance companies, big business, the war industry, etc.)
Neptune is conjunct the Sun on Aquarius 29: A Butterfly Emerging From A Chrysalis. This can show the need, or the desire, to come out of one's cocoon, to emerge, to spread one's wings, to grow into something more beautiful, creative or meaningful. It can be about finding one's feet, metamorphosis and transformation, huge changes in the works, giving up struggling, the drama of a new life unfolding, slow building of confidence, leaving yesterday behind and generally finding one's place in the scheme of things.
Mars is right in amongst the action on Aquarius 27: An Ancient Pottery Bowl Filled With Fresh Violets. This is asking that we stay with purity of thought, actions and emotions.
Keywords: Returning to ancient sources. Flower and herbal remedies. Beauty. Setting standards for society. Slowing down the tempo to get to the purity of something. Watering the garden. The mortar and pestle. Homoeopathy and pharmacopoeia. Stains and dyes. Flowers. Dainty, small and lacy things. Antiques and curios. Beautiful reminders of yesterday. Valentine’s Day flowers, roses. Things that remind you of your grandmother. The old supporting and nourishing the new.
The Caution: Lack of subtlety. Insensitivity. Being dried up and withered from lack of water or emotion. Stagnant water. Being shy and unresponsive. “Shrinking violets”. Neglecting the small things. Being so accommodating that one's needs are neglected or trodden on.
[It's interesting to note that every year on February 14, the Ancient Pottery Bowl Filled With Fresh Violets is the degree of the Sun - fascinating how this 'works' even though Elsie Wheeler brought through the Sabian Symbols completely randomly...]
Mercury seems to be backing up the idea of moving on from situations that no longer work for you. It's on Aquarius 24: A Man Turning His Back On His Passions Teaches Deep Wisdom. What do you need to change? What do you need to say 'no' to? What is outworn or outlived? How can you find something that fires up your passions again? Are you addicted to something or someone and having to let go?
Venus is backing up the idea of the Unsealed Letter. It's on Capricorn 17: A Young Woman Surreptitiously Bathing In The Nude. This speaks of revealing or confrontations with one's self - mentally, physically or emotionally, reconnecting with nature, issues to do with body image and weight, letting go of extraneous things, being at one with the environment, releasing inhibitions. Like the Unsealed Letter, this degree can bring about that strong need to just let everything out. There could be a need for caution though, with Venus exactly squaring Saturn. In fact, Venus in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra is a mutual reception, so these two planets are definitely holding an energetic charge around each other. This can bring commitment, longevity and solidity to relationships, however, it can also blow relationships and friendships apart, with decisions made that impact people's lives. I can also show loneliness where we may want to reclaim youth but are feeling restrained by Saturn.
Saturn is on Libra 17: A Retired Sea Captain Watches Ships Entering And Leaving The Harbor. While Venus wants to get undressed or run around in a mini-skirt, Saturn is like the old man of the sea, rocking on his porch and generally letting the world go its own way. It seems he's in between excursions out into the big wide world (or the ocean), and he's wanting, needing or forced to, take a break from being in amongst it all.
Restraint may be a hard task as Jupiter and Pluto are squaring each other. Jupiter is on Aries 6: A Square Brightly Lighted On One Side which speaks of illuminated solutions providing ways out of tight situations - where is the bright side, the illumination coming from? Where are you boxed in?
Pluto in on a very powerful degree which speaks of the power of one's words and thoughts. It's on Capricorn 7: A Veiled Prophet Speaks Seized By The Power Of A God. This is about prophets and bringers of messages, translations, things erupting, speaking, announcing, bearing important news. Jupiter is wanting change and new territories and Pluto in Capricorn could be standing firm and wanting to protect the old guard.
All in all, this full Moon seems to be pushing us to move, change, speak up and lay things on the line. A strong challenge is presented here between the old and the new on many levels. It's a powerful time with all that's going on in the world right now.