Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk. Shirley Hufstedler
Gold will be slave or master. Horace
All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost. J. R. R. Tolkien
I kept on digging the hole deeper and deeper looking for the treasure chest until I finally lifted my head, looked up and realized that I had dug my own grave. Dominic—on the psychology of a gambler
Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes it obstructs your vision. Hsi-Tang
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. Henry Ward Beecher
Often the search proves more profitable than the goal. E.L. Konigsburg
Biggest profits mean gravest risks. Chinese Proverb
That glittering hope is immemorial and beckons many men to their undoing. Euripides
April's Scorpio full Moon falls on the 26th in Australia and the 25th in the United States. This full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse and is the first of three eclipses over the coming month. This is a powerful time and these eclipses contain some powerful, compelling energies. Although not as powerful, the solar eclipse on May 10 is going to bring up some issues that were happening in November of last year.
From Wikipedia: Only a tiny sliver of the Moon will be covered by the Earth's umbral shadow at maximum eclipse, but the entire northern half of the Moon will be darkened from being inside the penumbral shadow. This is the second shortest partial eclipse of the Moon for the 21st century, lasting 27 minutes.
This eclipse may be short lived, but it packs a strong punch nevertheless. The Moon is conjunct (together with) Saturn and the Sun is conjunct Mars - so we have an opposition of Sun and Mars and Moon and Saturn. This is set to turn up the heat on frustrations versus desires. What is it that you're desiring? It could be quite a trek to find it, or, it could be right where you are. Time to look around at what is actual and what is fantasy.
The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon is Scorpio 6: A Gold Rush Tears Men Away From Their Native Soil. From my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
The actual promise of abundance and fulfillment from the ‘Gold Rush’ is only really available for
a few, although this depends very much on the ‘Gold’ that is being pursued. If the ‘Gold’ is worth the journey and the search, particularly on an internal level, this could be a very rewarding journey that may lead to a better life. Before you set out, you need to make sure you have an adequate “map” of the new territory that you’re exploring. The choice is often between an established, fairly stable situation and an unstable, temporary or risky situation. You may indeed strike ‘Gold’ or you may just find yourself exhausted and a long way from home. Learning to discriminate just what is and what is not possible will enhance your judgment of what’s worth pursuing. Feelings of excitement and hysteria can be infectious and you can find yourself heading off towards something that’s not all it was cracked up to be. The desire to make easy money, to “strike it rich”, or the grab for fame can easily overtake people if ambitions get out of hand. Long term relationships may become unpredictable and unstable when this Symbol is around, as one, or possibly even both of you, are likely to run off for parts unknown just when you seem to be settling into an everyday sense of life. If you’re both after the same treasure, however, this can be an incredibly exciting experience. Whatever the outcome, the trick is to enjoy the journey.
Keywords: Strong desires to move on. The longing and the search for the easy fulfillment of hopes and dreams. Leaving one’s native soil. Having a cause or mission to pursue. Leaving home, people, family. Dropping everything to chase a project. Pilgrimages. The search for riches. Immigration and migration. Listening to clues. The search for the Holy Grail. Pursuing a better life.
The Caution: Chasing the impossible dream. Losing everything. Being unrealistic or opportunistic. Not being content with what one’s got. The grass being greener elsewhere. Lusting after rewards that may be unreal or transitory. Risking what one has for what one could have. Wild goose chases.
The thing to remember is that some 'gold rushes' can bring enormous rewards, others perhaps not so.
The Karmic Condition of this full Moon (the degree before) is Scorpio 5: A Massive, Unchanging Rocky Shore Resists The Pounding Of The Sea. This degree can show things that you might want to change, with relentless pressure and weight to do something, sometimes anything, to get things going. I have seen this degree many times to be a Symbol of mourning, and sometimes that mourning is difficult to let go of.
Keywords: Relentless, unchanging reality. The establishment. Feeling battered and bruised. The need to hold onto reality in difficult situations. Sticking with something no matter what the cost or how long it takes. Chinese water torture. Evolution. Endurance. Pounding waves, rocks and sand.
The Caution: Stubborn acts leading to inertia, not growth. Tedious negotiations. Shooting yourself in the foot. Teenage rebellion. Fighting the elements.
The Quest Symbol of the full Moon is Scorpio 7: Deep-Sea Divers With Special Machinery. The Quest degree is the one we need to move towards. Perhaps that pounding of the sea can be changed to taking a long, still, deep and concentrated look at what's going on. Getting below the surface brings up all kinds of ways to move forward.
Keywords: Studying unconscious energies. Uncovering wonders. Breath meditations and techniques. Plunging in. Seeing things that others don’t. Having the special insights, talents or technology to affect healings on deep levels. New levels of experience seen and felt. Atlantis and Lemuria. Breathing apparatus. Getting “the bends” and cramping up. Inner space. Highly tuned senses.
The Caution: Pretending to plumb the depths, but only for show. Escapism. Going over the top emotionally. Being unreachable by shutting off to the outside world. Feeling gloomy. No light, no oxygen. Losing touch with reality or the real world. Feeling like you’re in a bubble. Isolation and dark thoughts. Not seeing the full picture.
Sponges grow in the ocean. This bothers me. How deep would it be if they didn't?
It could be that many things need 'fixing'. Perhaps there's a need to take into account things that you've neglected, forgotten or consciously ignored.
Saturn is on Scorpio 9: A Dentist Is Hard At Work
Keywords: Repairing damage. Drilling at something. Plugging up situations. Being the responsible one who always has to fix things. Not being able to relax. Causing pain to erase pain. Tooth decay and bad breath. Medical equipment. Therapists. Treatments. Social comment to invoke a cure. Flossing and oral care. Attention to detail.
The Caution: Getting further into a hole by using more and more social solutions. Causing more pollution and damage when one should be honoring and fixing things. The fear of pain. Making wrong judgments and causing harm. Big dentist bills because of neglect. Always having to come up with solutions to problems. Always being “on duty”. Nagging away at things.
One way to ameliorate Saturn is to give him his due; do the work, get organised, make some decisions, clear away useless dross from the past, don't accept being treated like a doormat, be clear about what do and don't want, etc. If doors are closing, it may be a good idea to give a moment's thought to releasing what went before in order to clear the air for new opportunities. What have you ignored for too long that may now need some maintenance?
The Sun is at Taurus 6: A Bridge Being Built Across A High Narrow Gorge. This speaks of spanning distances, using, or building, a bridge to the place that you want to be. This could show wanting to get in touch with someone you haven't seen because of issues of time, distance, obstructions, difficulties or differences of opinion that have driven you, and others, apart.
Keywords: Overcoming distance and separation. Endeavoring to build continuity. Solving problems with creative solutions. Bridging emotional chasms. Spanning gaps. Breaking down barriers. Structures spanning distances between places or people. Conquering time and space barriers. Physical limitations overcome. Taking one step at a time. Avoiding looking down.
The Caution: Taking the long way round to avoid asking for help. Using shortcuts to cut across the real issue. Only seeing the risks, not the solutions to problems. The fear of establishing connections. The pervading sense that it could all fall through at any moment. Extreme sports.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) of the Sun is Taurus 5: A Youthful Widow, Fresh And Soul-Cleansed From Grief, Kneels At An Open Grave, Ready To Receive The Secret Of Eternal Life.
This degree is also the degree of Mars, ramping up the energies, ambitions or emotions that are being called forth. Anger can be an issue, especially if there's been a stuffing down of emotions. So, time to move on from something from the past. Whether it's a memory, a grudge, a blockage, something that's implanted on your heart and mind that no longer serves you, a broken heart, or whatever, it's by letting go that we create space in our lives for the things that we do want, or, for what is more timely for our current growth. This is a very powerful degree and it can be celebrated by taking a good look at what's no longer working and doing a little ritual to bury the past. This can be done on any level; physically, emotionally, mentally, but most of all it works to let go of the mental pictures and then release the spirit of those things.
It's time for The Bridge to the future while cutting those chords to the past.
The Quest Degree (the degree following) of the Sun is Taurus 7: The Woman Of Samaria Comes To Draw Water From Jacob's Well. I feel that this Symbol is quite appropriate, considering what's going on around the world and in the light of recent events, particularly in the United States. I'm going to include my complete description of this degree as I think it is an important one. The Sun moves onto just hours after the full Moon and it spends 24 hours on this degree.
“Is this one tribe or a stranger?” is the calculation of the narrow-minded; but to those of a noble disposition the world itself is but one family. Hitopadesa Proverb
‘The Woman of Samaria Comes to Draw Water from Jacob’s Well’ comes from the Biblical story of Jesus meeting ‘The Woman of Samaria’ at ‘Jacob’s well’. She, along with others, was taken by surprise that Jesus would actually speak to her, for she was a Samaritan and he was a Jew. The Jews and the Samaritans, normally did not get along. She was also on the fringe of her own society as she was not married. As he spoke to ‘The Woman’, he revealed to her that he was the Messiah. This was a great blessing to her. The Buddhist tradition tells a very similar story of being accepted regardless of caste.
This Symbol calls for universal love to be available to everyone. It speaks of the need to dispel prejudice, either given or received. With this Symbol, there can be the urge to seek and to find acceptance, love and redemption. If one’s elders have passed down prejudices, be aware that they lived in a different time; living in the present may require the updating of ideas and opinions. If your heart is clogged up with old emotions or spent feelings, it is time to clear these. In doing so, address situations that hold people apart. Take action to restore any lost self-respect. Own up, express your concerns to that stranger within yourself, your shadow, and then let them go. It may be that someone else needs your help. If so, draw on your inner resources and take time out to assist them. No matter your situation, you will be blessed by “higher powers” if you give others respect and reverence. It is about discovering what you share with others, not what separates you. Similarities lie deep within us all. Imagine yourself drawing ‘Water’ up from that special ‘Well’, then find yourself refreshed and ready for a more rewarding, compassionate and confident life.
Keywords: Dipping into family ancestry. Past lives. New ideas being revealed about one’s social and spiritual integrity. Going below the surface. Assimilation of divergent ideals. Feeling blessed. Life-altering experiences. The blessing of water. Freedom and respect for all. Stepping over social boundaries.
The Caution: Allowing social prejudice to rule decisions about oneself and others. Unacceptable behavior based on social conditioning. Feeling that one is from the “wrong tribe” and can't assimilate or contribute. Issues of being acceptable, worthy or a “local”. Water disputes.
Mercury is on Aries 20: A Young Girl Feeding Birds In Winter. This is about giving, or receiving, love, reassurane, nourishment, care and protection to those who need it. Someone, and it could be you, may need a helping hand to lift them up.Keywords: Nurturing innocence. Feeding energy to situations that feel cold, hopeless and lost. Small efforts bringing their rewards. Co-dependent relationships. Nurturing. Helping those less fortunate or smaller. Taking time out for others. Doing things without thought of reward. Enjoying nature. Trying to find friends or company. Bread and water. Soup kitchens. Counselling. Hot vs. cold weather.
The Caution: Wanting to win approval. Creating dependence with others that has to be maintained. Feeling bleak, lost and alone. The need to continually rescue others. Doing anything in order to be liked. Finding it difficult to stop giving. Not being able to say “no”. Feeling used and unrewarded.
Venus is on Taurus 14: On The Beach, Children Play While Shellfish Grope At The Water. This Symbol speaks of taking time out, being good to yourself, dropping any negative or separatist attitudes and getting out and communing with nature.
Keywords: Being self-sufficient. Looking after one’s own affairs. A sense of at-one-ment with all forms of life. Having a live and let live attitude. Peripheral vision. Returning to the source. Feeling safe in a natural environment. Playing alongside nature. Building sand castles. Playing in pools or baths. Buckets and spades. Sun protection. Interacting without really interacting. Swimming. Sand, wind and sea.
The Caution: Meddling in people’s lives. Restriction of play. Being distracted. Sandcastles that will eventually get washed away. Not knowing how to loosen up with others and relax into a natural environment. Fussing that people aren't doing the 'right thing'. Sunburn and exposure to weather.
This Symbol is sandwiched between two more difficult Symbols. The Karmic Condition of Venus is Taurus 13: A Porter Carrying A Mountain Of Heavy Baggage - with all the weight and careful handling that can bring and Taurus 15: A Man With A Silk Hat, Muffled Against The Cold, Braves A Storm. The 'Man With A Silk Hat' has to push his way forward, putting on a brave face with a determination to keep heading in the direction he needs to go. The Children On The Beach seems to be saying to take a calm moment out for yourself and those you love - drop your cares for the time being and rejoice in or retrieve those feelings of togetherness.
A few days after the full Moon, Venus passes over the Moon's south node. Many see the south node as a karmic point and this passing of Venus across it can bring up relationship issues, sometimes from out of the past. Some relationships will blossom while others will whilt and fade.
It may be a matter of working out your differences, and it may be a very meaningful time especially if there are issues or inequities that go against your grain.
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon's south node is Taurus 17: A Symbolical Battle Between Swords And Torches.
Truth is a torch that shines through the fog without dispelling it. Claude A. Helvétius
Keywords: The battle of “might versus light”. The Spear of Destiny. Spiritual differences. Arguments. The story of Hitler. The Inquisition. The Crusades. Bringing love and light to war zones. The pen being mightier than the sword. Peace marches, Candles, torches. Weapons. The might of the media.
The Caution: Controlling those around with rational or brute force rather than with inner enlightenment or knowledge. People arguing over ideals. Forcing opinions on each other. Religious conflicts. War rallies. Propaganda.
Whether it's in your private life (hopefully not!) or what we see in the media, it can feel like this:
Bring on your tear gas; bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain’t going to be turned around. Ralph Abernathy
War is hell. General William Sherman
Arguments with others can lead to clashes and sometimes it is unavoidable. However, going at issues with guns blazing may not bring the hope, light and love that the 'Torches' of the Symbol seek.
The Moon's north node is on Scorpio 17: A Woman, Filled With Her Own Spirit, Is The Father Of Her Own Child. Issues to do with parenthood, being in charge or in control, having to always do things by yourself, being chief cook and bottle washer and all besides, being lonely, etc, are being highlighted.
Keywords: Single parenthood. Being proud of one’s individuality. Feeling capable of anything. Spiritual experiences that fill one with one’s own spirit. Self-reliance. The lack of a father figure. Invitro fertilization. The complications of adoption. Self-sufficiency. Facing the world feeling whole. Having the right to determine one’s future. The story of the conception of Jesus.
The Caution: Uncompromising feminism or chauvinism. Feeling like one has to be responsible for everything. Unrealistic independence. Being left alone and abandoned. Having no one to turn to for support. Being an adult before one’s time.
The above Symbol can push us to "grow up" in many ways and Jupiter is also asking that of us.
Jupiter is on Gemini 17: The Head Of A Robust Youth Changes Into That Of A Mature Thinker. This speaks of the need for maturity and grace. Where we might have otherwise not taken things seriously, now is a good time to get straight about your life.
Keywords: Thinking with the higher mind. Gaining maturity. Making wise decisions. Using the system to get what one wants. Growing up “overnight”. Having to change whether one likes it or not. Learning the lessons that come with age. Initiations into adulthood. Life changing events. Thinking, pondering. Finding a state of calm. Refined thinking. Facing reality.
The Caution: Suddenly becoming old. Losing innocence and energy. Clinging to the illusions of childhood. Peter-Pan attitudes. “Never growing up”. Feeling old when one could, or should, be feeling young. Hormones taking over and dictating behavior. Reacting with the lower emotional nature. Forever adolescent.
Uranus is on a very Aries type of degree as it speaks of being in charge, in control and in your own life.
Uranus is on Aries 11: The President Of The Republic, Or The Ruler Of One's Nation. It will be interesting to see what happens politically while Uranus is on this degree. (BTW, this is the Sabian Symbol of Al Gore's Sun). This, combined with the Moon's north node on The Woman The Father Of Her Own Child, indicates the need to find a deeper sense of your individuality and independence from restraints that don't suit who you truly are.
Keywords: Developing willpower. Inner power, discipline and integrity. Discipline of thoughts, emotions and actions. Leadership, power and ability along with their responsibilities. Accepting responsibility for one’s actions. “Calling the shots”. Rulers, presidents, leaders. Taking charge. The need for loyal subjects. Being voted in. The democratic process.
The Caution: Taking control. Lording it over everyone. Being overbearing. Not allowing others to be in charge of their own lives, health or situation. Egotistical and self-centered. Undermining others through a lack of self-awareness or confidence. Being larger than life. Dictators and tyrants. Military Governments.
Neptune is trining the Moon and Saturn and sextiling the Sun and Mars - this makes Neptune a good focus point for relieving tensions. Neptune can bring love, creativity and inspiration, but it can also bring a desire to escape through moodiness, drugs or alcohol. Still, Neptune is well aspected, so it seems that doing selfless acts for others, offering hope and relief to those who need it and sharing what you have seem to be major themes.
Neptune is on Pisces 5: A Church Bazaar.
Keywords: Overcoming loneliness and alienation. Selling things. The issue of real worth. A lot of effort for small rewards. Small scale commercial bartering and interchange. The collection plate. Generosity and charitable community attitudes. Jars of jam and things handmade. Bric-a-brac. Bargains. Practical spirituality. Volunteers. People sharing the load. Charity work. Money raising. Garage or yard sales. Second hand clothes.
The Caution: Spiritual or social exclusivity. Giving things smaller worth than they deserve. Using people. Deception on the grounds of faith. Fussing about small details. Fighting over “position”. Issues of territory. Pushy people. Social boundaries that exclude some.
Pluto is on Capricorn 12: A Student Of Nature Lecturing Revealing Little-Known Aspects Of Life. This degree shows the value of education; both learning and teaching. We are discovering more and more about the nature of climate change and issues to do with our natural world need our urgent attention. Whether you are learning or teaching (or doing both) some very valuable information is available for us all.
Keywords: Observing and translating so others may learn. Green politics. Issues the conservatives don’t want revealed. Nature and natural remedies. Science and its rewards and drawbacks. Issues such as global warming. Whistle blowers. Natural healing methods. Documentaries. Conspiracy theories.
The Caution: Radical non-humanistic views. Intellectual smugness. ‘Lecturing’ and browbeating. Modern technological advances that stifle the environment. Lip service to conservation issues.
Chiron, who many know as The Wounded Healer, is on Pisces 13: A Sword, Used In Many Battles, Is In A Museum. I see Chiron as being The Stories We Tell Ourselves and the story that Chiron is bringing to us could be one of laying down our swords, not wanting to fight anymore, just not wanting to go through it all anymore. For some, it can mean retirement, but for many, it can bring about the desire to see through current stories of war and division. Time to unite in love and to drop the weapons that keep us on edge and separate from our true centre.Keywords: Willpower. Martial arts. Putting aside thoughts of vengeance and revenge. Hanging up or laying down one’s ‘Sword’. Trophies of conquest that remind us of the past. History. Aging and maturing. Retirement. Remnants of battles. Souvenirs of the past. “Words as swords”. The Spear of Destiny. The Sword Excalibur. Disarming weapons. The search for truth and justice. Suits of armor. Peace at last. Sexual impotence.
The Caution: A lack of sensitivity. A pretense of one’s abilities. Giving up and “falling on one’s sword” from defeat. Grudges. Wanting to go into ‘Battle’ at the slightest excuse. Selfish agendas. Weapons of mass destruction or weapons of mass distraction? Pre-emptive strikes. Defensive behavior. Domestic violence.