The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, and of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains. John Muir
Being listened to spells the difference between feeling accepted and feeling isolated. Michael P. Nichols–The Lost Art of Listening
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. Friedrich Nietzsche
That person proves his worth who can make us want to listen when he is with us and think when he is gone. Grit
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one. Joan Baez
It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then. Richard Armour
The reason there are so few good talkers in public is that there are so few thinkers in
May's Scorpio full Moon falls on May 14 in the United States and May 15 in Australia. With Saturn conjuncting (together with) the Moon and opposing the Sun, it feels like a time of throwing things out, lightening one's load, tightening one's belt and generally getting organised or straightening things out.
This is another dynamic lunation. In particular, Venus is conjunct Uranus and squaring Pluto - there will be a lot of transformations and shifts going on in personal relationships, issues to do with friends, friendships, commitments, duties and issues to do with freedom and authenticity will come up. Some relationships will go by the wayside while others are likely to grow stronger. The major thrust is one of wanting liberation and freedom from control. This will be felt on both a personal and political level.
The following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
The Sabian Symbol for the full Moon is Scorpio 24: Crowds Coming Down The Mountain To Listen To One Inspired Man.
‘Crowds’ are ‘Coming Down The Mountain To Listen To One Inspired Man’. There is a message that needs to be heard and people are making their way to the ‘One’ who can deliver it. There must be a reason for them to come ‘Down the Mountain to Listen’ - there is probably something important and stimulating that they come together to receive. This ‘One Inspired Man’ probably has some gift, certainly they are likely to have the gift of speech, knowledge and communication. There’s no guarantee, however, that everyone is going to be receptive to what’s being said; people will have many different responses to the messages being given. Although it’s fairly clear that not all will be swayed, the message is likely to resonate with many.
Whether you are one amongst the ‘Crowds’ or you are, indeed, the ‘Inspired Man’, you may feel that you have had some wonderful realizations and insights and now you need to bring these insights, these messages, ‘Down’, from ‘The Mountain’, and integrate them into your everyday life in some way. It’s wonderful to be turned on by an inspired speaker or message, but what will be done with these revelations or new information? The truth may very well lie within yourself - listening to the positive messages from your higher self, or from others who can lift your focus. This can move you to take charge of your less positive thoughts and actions. However, there may need to be some kind of thoughtful discrimination about what’s being said as blindly accepting what’s being imparted can lead to a loss of one’s individual mindset.
Keywords: Power to sway the feelings and thoughts of many. The ability to draw a large audience. The Jesus story. Giving one’s power away to those who apparently have more authority. Charisma. Having a large audience. The minds and the ears of the many. Oratory skills. Gurus. Listening. Ascending the mountain to achieve a purer state of being. Lecturing.
The Caution: Naiveté, gullibility. Feeling like someone else holds all the answers, but you don’t. Situations that smack of guru mentality. Idolatry and the manipulation that can result from it. Never knowing when to keep quiet. Forcing ideas on others when they don’t really want to listen. Not letting anyone else get a word in. Demanding attention. Feeling above everyone else. Snobbery.
The Karmic Condition (the degree before) this full Moon is Scorpio 23: A Rabbit Metamorphosed Into A Nature Spirit. This Symbol is an interesting one of raising one's vibration, letting go of more basic instincts in order to reach a higher level of being. With Saturn having been over this degree lately, I have heard of quite a few people becoming vegetarians or vegans. It has been interesting to observe.
Keywords: Revelation of hidden talents. Vegetarianism. Changing one’s lifestyle completely. Rapid and total transformation. Morphing. Giving up merely battling for survival. Ascension of consciousness. Elementals. Evolution. Moving into a new level of being. Raising one’s vibration.
The Caution: Being dissatisfied with transformation as not economically useful. Feeling ineffective or impotent, having one’s sexual power taken away. Feeling de-sexed or ‘neutered’. Losing one’s drive or libido. Feeling alone and misunderstood.
The Quest Degree (the degree following) this full Moon is Scorpio 25: An X-Ray Photograph Helps With The Diagnosis. Scorpio is known for having 'X-Ray vision', it is the sign that is probably credited with it the most - and this Symbol is a very strong pointer to this ability. We can see straight through situations, people, possibilities and problems with this full Moon, but we may need to be sure to pay attention and not be giving our power away to someone who wants to take center stage.
Keywords: Penetrating insight. Piercing through external appearances. Pure understanding. Incredible insight and revelations. Having the eyes to see. X-ray machines, spying, detective work. Reaching conclusions. Evaluations. Photographs. Negatives. Radiation. X-ray vision. Expensive and up -to - date equipment. Chemotherapy. Mammograms. Scanning equipment. Finding causes. Paparazzi.
The Caution: Disregarding the flesh on the outside-the humanity of people. Invading other people’s psychic or intellectual space. Undressing or revealing people through subtle manipulation. Always being intense and dissatisfied with the easy, or obvious, answers.
Pluto is the ruler of this Scorpio full Moon. Pluto is on Capricorn 14: An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture.
Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble. Benjamin Franklin
Keywords: Anonymous immortality. Things written or carved in stone, or concrete. History. Permanent records. Clues from the past. Things that should be shaped and changed with the times. Pieces of art or sculpture. Things that belong in a museum. Inscriptions and carvings. Ancient civilizations and their relics. History.
The Caution: Limitations that don’t allow for changes. Old and outworn situations. Things carved in stone that cannot, or will not, ever change. Memories out of the past that keep one frozen in time. Feeling stuck, like no growth is possible. Frigidity of feelings because of things that have happened.
The Sun is on Taurus 24: An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely With Human Scalps Hanging At His Belt.
There is no decent place to stand in a massacre. Leonard Cohen
Do not throw the arrow which will return against you. Kurdish Proverb
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. John Wayne
There are many humorous things in the world: among them the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages. Mark Twain
‘An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely With Human Scalps Hanging at His Belt’ is a Symbol of
great force and conquest. ‘Scalping’ is often associated with Native Americans, however, the Indians learnt the practice of ‘Scalping’ from the Europeans, where it was a well-established tradition. Long ago, the English paid bounties for Irish scalps. The original Indian tradition was for the ‘Warrior’ to steal something from the person conquered to show how strong his medicine was to others. Regardless of who does it: a vengeful heart creates only sadness for all concerned, and there are no real winners, in the end.
Someone may have been holding back from pursuing what they’ve wanted and are now going after all they can get. Consideration may need to be made concerning other people’s rights as this can point to the invasion of other people’s space or territory. The “us or them” mentality can lead to disputes, and separations and the forgetting of a sense of people’s humanity. Perhaps you haven’t been given a fair share of things by society, or these have literally been taken from you. There can be a chain reaction set off with this Symbol, so there needs to be care taken that a real “war” is not started with people seeking revenge. There may be a need for someone to mark their territory and claim their dues. Look to see if there are barriers up to prevent invasions of territory, yours or another’s. Be wary of excessive competition, in the marketplace or the home, as this can scare people off – making the environment unsafe and unsound. Taken to its extreme, this Symbol can point to all-out wars between people.Alternatively, with a level of controlled aggression and taking the necessary risks, you can be recognized for your abilities as a successful leader, prepared to face danger to succeed. Bravery and honor are often admired and respected by others.
Keywords: Race wars. Claiming one’s soil. Trophies of conquest. Aggression. Basic instincts. Territoriality. Chain reactions. Tit-for-tat. Competitive natures. Risks for the clan or group. Trophies, medals and diplomas. Striving for recognition and respect, deserved or not. Blood and sacrifice. Tribes mourning their losses and their dead. Ritualistic behaviors. Marking victories. War crimes. Ticket scalpers.
The Caution: Conquering others without emotion. Showing off to intimidate others. Domination and ruthlessness. Taking things because one can. Violation of other’s space. Testosterone. Feeling taken advantage of. Notches on the belt, or gun. Cycles of retribution.
Vengeance. Taking scalps.
I'm hoping that things don't erupt in the middle east as Taurus 24 is the degree of Israel and Palestine's Suns. (There is a long story here that I won't go into as I think we have enough to deal with in our own lives without bringing this up, but I thought to mention it as it is an incredibly revealing Symbol for both Israel and Palestine to have).
Mercury is on Gemini 13: A World-Famous Pianist Gives A Concert Performance. How do you, or others around you, display their talents, abilities and joys to the world? Do you have something that you're good at that you should perhaps share with others? Are you noticing the abilities of others? Mercury is sextiling Venus and Uranus, bringing a desire for freedom of expression and freedom from oppression.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. William James
Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best. Oscar Wilde
Keywords: Talent. Validations of social standing. Working hard at being special (or noticed). Reverence, respect and patronage of the arts. Feeling attracted to those with creative ability. Music, whether inspiring or tiring. Hands-on creativity. Feeling empowered by ability. Success. Practice makes perfect. Singing. Playing out front or in the band. Having an adoring public. Repertoires. Concerts.
The Caution: Relying on past success. Not putting in the day-today practice. The need for applause and acclaim to validate ones existence. Inflated egos demanding attention. Smugness about being talented, cultured, wealthy or privileged. Prima donnas. Cultural rewards for the privileged few. Conceit. Nerves that can ruin performance.
Venus is on Aries 14: A Serpent Coiling Near A Man And A Woman and it is conjunct Uranus in Aries, bringing a sense of the unknown, the unexpected and the uncertain to relationships and things that are started now. Having said that, there can be a lot of excitement and joy through a feeling of release and relief and the new and untried and untested. This is a very dynamic connection; Venus on this degree and conjunct (together with) electric, unpredictable, Uranus. Venus is also squaring Pluto in Capricorn - so Venus has danced her way into the Uranus/Pluto square, bringing all kinds of excitement and beauty, along with some very strong challenges. It will be interesting to see what this combination brings to the fore.
Keywords: Enticement. Allurement. Revealing archetypal knowledge that may not be ‘socially acceptable’. Temptations. The Adam and Eve story. Jealousy. Sexual instincts. Life and death issues. Relating based on control. Kundalini energy. Realizing polarity. Individuation. Eating the Apple. The “knowledge of good and evil”. Having one’s eyes opened. Marking one’s territory.
The Caution: Feeling guilty. Being afraid to express one’s feelings. Basic instincts and sexual energy. The fear of knowledge, secret or otherwise. Using sexuality as a control device. Disgust or distrust of the body. Sexually transmitted diseases. Hiding nudity or sexuality. Being thrown out of paradise.
Uranus is on Aries 15: An Indian Weaving A Blanket In The Setting Light Of The Sun. (As I'm writing this newsletter, the Sun is setting... ).
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses
Keywords: The fabric of one’s being. Traditional pastimes and skills. Weaving security and independence. Patience and gentle handcrafting. Stories, especially those handed down. Tales and traditions. Consideration of one’s unique history. Weaving, spinning looms. The warp and weft of life. One’s life story – past and present. Being focused on one's tasks. Colors, dyes. Threads.
The Caution: Underestimating skills of self- expression in comparison with intellectual skills. Allowing dull routines to overcome. Feeling one hasn’t got much to contribute. Inability to apply to routine and necessary tasks. Being too “full-time” about one’s work. Feeling insecure no matter what the situation. Selling off one’s integrity. Finding that it's too late in the day to get anything done. Not knowing when to stop.
Mars is stationary direct on Libra 10: A Canoe Is Approaching Safety Through Dangerous Waters. Mars is slowing right down and going direct again after a few months of being retrograde. A lot of people will be heaving a sigh of relief, although one can't put their foot on the accelerator just yet; there is a bit more time before Mars gets going, but there can be a sense of having come through some dangerous straits and now heading for calmer waters - hopefully :)
Keywords: The calm after the storm. Navigating difficult straits and coming out okay. White water rafting. Skydiving and other risky activities. Rough waters vs. plain sailing. Recovery. Remission. Light at the end of the tunnel. Personal initiations. Trials of test and defeat. Being stoic. Retaining dignity and graciousness. Exercising care and restraint. Avoiding over exaggerated enthusiasm. Deliverance on many levels. Salvation. Exercising care. Staying on track.
The Caution: Neglecting to take a time to rest. Taking foolhardy risks, believing that all will be okay. Pre-empting situations without completing things in the present. Thinking that “lightning never strikes in the same place twice”. Shooting more rapids. Freezing up and not moving.
Jupiter is on Cancer 18: A Hen Is Scratching For Her Chicks. This is quite the archetypal Cancerian image and it comes after Cancer 17: The Seed That Grows Into Knowledge And Life - after all, the hen is scratching for seeds. Also, Cancer 17 can relate to issues to do with pregnancy, or the growing of things from the beginning and then Cancer 18 can be about nurturing those beginnings and bringing them to fruition. There is a kindness to this degree of the Hen Scratching For Her Chicks, especially with Jupiter on it.
Keywords: Searching for sustenance. Being devoted to nurturing small beginnings. Concern for the essential, small details. Repetitive cycles of things that have to be done. Being the “breadwinner”. Doing one’s duty. Being loaded with responsibility. Children. Progeny. Feeding others. Catering. Seeding ideas. Latchkey children. Working long hours.
The Caution: Pointless searching where there is no nourishment. Fussing too much. Not letting people grow up. Neglecting to nourish those who need it. Acting like a mother hen. No life of one’s own. Becoming a martyr for others. Self-sacrifice. ‘Scratching’ for tiny rewards. Co dependence. Tiring responsibilities. Scratching and picking. Paying the bills for others. Expecting to be looked after.
Saturn is on Scorpio 20: A Woman Drawing Aside Two Dark Curtains That Closed The Entrance To A Sacred Pathway. Saturn retrograde on this degree is giving us another shot opening those doorways or gateways that we may have previousy kept closed. Alternatively, it can be asking us to be more discriminating about who we 'open up to'.
Keywords: Mysteries revealed, sometimes after a long wait. Feminine mysteries laid out before you. Woman’s reproductive organs, especially the vagina. The mysteries of the Goddesses. Getting past things that are cloaked or shielded from entry or view. Sexual mysteries. Open Sesame. Clairvoyant readings that reveal the ‘Path’. Invitations to the unknown. Drawing aside inhibitions. Following through on things. Undressing.
The Caution: Being seduced into dark and sinister things or being led astray. Not being shown the true picture or the truth. Frigidity and closing off sexual responses. Being, or feeling, shut out. Dark rooms with little sign of life.
Neptune is on Pisces 8: A Girl Blowing A Bugle. This Symbol speaks of sounding the call, getting up and getting going. It can be an interesting challenge with Neptune on this degree - what, when are where are those 'sounds' being made that are worth responding to? Are you prepared to speak up, to make a noise, to be heard, to rally for a cause?
Keywords: Sounding the call. Awakening all to action. Going on and on about something. Loudspeakers, telephones, announcements. Being prepared to state one’s case. Calling attention to one’s self. Blowing your own trumpet. Whistle blowers. Heralding and proclaiming the dawn. Rise and shine! Girls in a man’s world. Leading the charge. Resurrection. Mass announcements. Advertising campaigns. Alarm clocks. Ear plugs. Blind folds. Break the fast. Proclamations.
The Caution: Making unwarranted and disturbing noise. Showing off. Unbalanced messages. Evangelists and politicians. Sounding the call but not making the grade. Being annoying. Trumpeting about one’s achievements. Not listening to people.
The Moon's south node is on Aries 29: The Music Of The Spheres.
Keywords: Voices bringing messages. Attuning to the messages inherent in astrology. Harmonies, chords, keys, octaves. Things heard. Natural harmony of life. The beauty of the planets. The measurement of time. Circadian rhythms. Dancing to the wind. The humming of bees. Days of the week. The sound of water over rocks or crystals. The planets speaking through or to you. Sending love. The Atomic Clock. Harmonics. Musical ratios. Numbers. Numerology. Sound healing.
The Caution: Inflating rational ideas. Delusion or enlightenment? Getting lost in abstractions. Rejecting what’s obvious on an intuitive level in favor of more intellectual answers. Loving the sound of one's own voice. Not listening to obvious messages.
Within a week's time, the south node will move backwards onto Aries 28: A Large Disappointed Audience. Many are finding quite a bit to be disappointed about. In Australia, we will have the budget announced by the government. This is not boding well for the reception of it. It is going to affect many people, particularly those who cannot afford to be stung by cutbacks and new taxes. Meanwhile, those who rort the system are fleecing us left, right and center.
Keywords: Adjustments of expectations bringing realizations about what is really possible. Expecting the response of others. Walking out during a performance. Not listening to something through a lack of interest. Anticipating a different result from what is delivered. Relying on feedback. Lines and queues of people. Criticism. The need to inspire and enthuse.
The Caution: Feeling sad, sorry or letdown because of defeat and frustration. A lot of people left feeling emotionally “wiped-out”. Shattering of illusions. Fickleness. The attitude that one can’t do anything. Everything being out of one’s control. Watching what’s going on and not participating. Being at the mercy of the whims and fancies of others. Judging and analyzing oneself or others. Too many people crammed into one spot. Not getting a seat. Refusal of entry. Booing and hissing.
The Moon's north node is on Libra 29: Mankind's Vast Enduring Effort For Knowledge Transferable From Generation To Generation. The Moon's north node in Libra is showing us lessons and realities about relating, fairness, balance and beauty. We are learning to think less of 'me' and more of 'we'... more of how we can contribute to the welfare, love and happiness of others.
Keywords: Interpreting and conveying beliefs and ideas. The desire to pass on something to others. Handing down possessions or knowledge. Knowledge being changed, modified or updated. Teaching by example. The wisdom of the ancestors. Research into history. Striving for answers. Books and the spoken word. Encyclopedias and reference books. The gift of knowledge.
The Caution: A belief that one knows it all. Information, knowledge or riches inherited by only the select few. Reliance on tradition. Fundamentalism. Doing what’s always been done, regardless of why.
Keywords: Feelings of not being alone. Awareness of spiritual help in times of need. Salvation versus depression. Feeling like one’s luck is about to change. Improvements in the pipeline. Changes in the “weather”. Helpers arriving just when they’re needed. Brightening influences. Angels and spiritual forces for good. Guardian angels.
The Caution: Unrealistic reliance on spiritual agencies or help from others. Feeling like no one cares or that no one is listening. Being alone and forgotten. Losing faith in things getting better. Refusing help. Misery and gloom and doom.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer and The Stories We Tell Ourselves, is on Pisces 18: In A Huge Tent, A Famous Revivalist Conducts His Meeting With A Spectacular Performance. This is an interesting placement for Chiron. Again, this can bring up the issue of what and who you listen to. Who are you giving your trust to? Who has a message that is meant to be spread for the good of all? Some voices are likely to be full of it and just annoying and perhaps demanding. Putting this together with the degree of the full Moon - Crowds Coming Down The Mountain To Listen To One Inspired Man - and then Neptune on The Girl Blowing A Bugle - suggests that there could be a fair bit of noise around. Or, it could be saying that it is time for you to lift your voice and to be heard in amongst all that's going on out there.
Keywords: Energy and inspiration. Evangelism. Whipped up emotions. Having a lot to say. Being instructional and dogmatic about how things should be. Being in charge. Ecstasy. Loud voices. Conversations that are said out loud. Acoustics affecting sounds. Evangelism. Preaching. Mind control. Performing. Political, religious and spiritual activism. Showmanship. Transformative experiences. Captivated audiences. The media circus.
The Caution: Using spiritualism for greedy financial gain. Overblown feelings of one’s abilities. Big egos. Hysteria. People whipped-up and manipulated by those in charge. Having the agenda of controlling others. Feeling that one has all the answers. Getting het-up about ideals and beliefs. Manipulation and exploitation. Bigotry.
This is likely to be a deep and meaningful full Moon. The trick is, I guess, to sort out what you will listen to and what you won't. Listening to one's inner voice is always a good thing and I think something that many could be tuning into more and more during these interesting and challenging times.
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