TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – Insight into the current Scorpio full moon phase from Julia Bondi at mooncircles.com…
Intuitive Message for the Scorpio Full Moon:
Confronting the Shadow
by Julia Bondi
Awakening the inner Buddha of compassion is the potential of the yearly Wesak celebration, near the Full Moon in Scorpio. This potent moment is the spiritual New Year, when the dispensation of spiritual energy for the coming twelve months is given to every individual for expression and development. Power, potency, potential, and possibilities for spiritual renewal, rebirth and regeneration are the essence of this celebration of human and evolutionary progress.
Conscious power is attainable only through the confrontation with our Scorpio shadow, the honest examination, exploration and embrace of all that we fear, project and reject in one self and others. Remembering our natural Taurus gifts of worth, talent, capacity to build good that can sustain and please us and contribute to our fellow beings is the foundational strength required to journey into the Scorpio shadow where our losses, betrayals, shames and terrors hide. Each spring at this height of spiritual power, our souls are ready to deepen our knowledge of all that we are, hidden and possible. Meeting our dark demons, who hold the power of full recognition of our innate beauty, is the task of Taurus/Scorpio – to be free of our own betrayed self.
Globally, the events of the yearly Wesak time illuminate our collective shadow and potential. Since 2008’s economic collapse, the world has been focused on finances, banks, debt, bankruptcies, currencies, prices, loans, financial instruments, wealth, wages, and institutional betrayals. Taurus and Scorpio together symbolize the arenas of money, wealth, earnings, finances, corruption, debt, losses, and the destruction wrought by excessive leverage, loans, and debt.Living in this time of tragedy and trauma, the word is confronting Scorpio’s hidden agendas: Who benefits from policies and who does not. Who has money and who does not. Who owns and who does not. Who has power and who does not. Taurus teaches love, beauty, giving and receiving, and sustainable living that enhances human life – which is the world attainable beyond Scorpio’s transformation.
On May 1st, as Wesak approaches, the people returned to a massive, global celebration of International Workers Day, demanding a voice in their own destiny, policies that support jobs, fair wages, solidarity between workers, and people power. The day was filled with both Taurus music, peaceful action, songs, poetry, and demands for humane policies along with Scorpio defiance, calls for an end to corruption, outrage over extraordinary inequality, a rejection of the powerful and demands for institutional death or regeneration. Individually, we may or may not support these rallies and protests. We may identify with the Tea Party or with the Occupy Movement. We may fear or welcome the global demands for a world of equality, opportunity for all, sustainable policies, and worker power. Yet not one of us can look around the world and see the current structure as viable.
Change is in the air, becoming a hurricane, not a soft breeze.Renaissance or ruin, sustainability or catastrophe, love or terror, the choice of what future we build from the end of the 20th century is ours. This is the day of the year when we can tap the power we have to be that change.
(There is another interesting article on the full moon by April Elliot Kent at www.mooncircles.com.)
# 2 – More on this potent and challenging full moon period from astrograph.com…
The Full Moon coming up on Saturday, May 5th, is special in that it reflects back to the Taurus Sun the darker energy of its quite different and opposite sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto; a sign that is, in a subtle way, intimately connected with the outer orientation ofTaurus, representing the beauty and pleasures of the material world. Scorpiois coming from an entirely different place of inner world activity – looking under the covers, as it were, of all our motivations and finding the way through to transformation. The sign of Taurus is ruled by light-filled Venus, while Scorpio, as indicated by its holiday, Halloween, is a symbolic representation of the darkness that is but the other side of the same coin. Each sign contains within its archetype the germ of its opposite as the Yin-Yang symbol reveals: the dark spot in the midst of the light and the light in the midst of the dark are fundamental elements in the genesis of each of these two sides of life.
The Moon in this configuration also connects by parallel aspect with Pluto inCapricorn, extremely prominent in these spring-time skies, being trined by Marsand by the Sun, just as the Uranus–Pluto square, the hallmark symbol of this crucial decade of the “turbulent teens,” begins to really get into high gear with the spring and summer of a pivotal year. Pluto closely aspects Chiron, meaning that in exploring these opposite energies of light and dark our essentially wounded nature is being dragged up and exposed yet again. The time is ripe for healing the ancient trauma from our past and moving beyond it. Meanwhile, the polarities represented by Jupiter and Saturn are also potently configured. The Sun conjuncts Jupiter for the next ten days, heading toward mid-May when its rulerVenus retrogrades in trine with Saturn, as an inconjunct between Jupiter and Saturn perfects. Saturn is opposed now by Mercury and the new planet , beyond Pluto, so that Saturn is greatly emphasized as well. Jupiter is the most optimistic energy in the planetary line-up, and says to us “go, go GO!” while dour and cautionary Saturn, having perhaps the worst reputation of any traditional planet, speaks to us of prudence and of holding back, although its lessons are built to last.
As we negotiate the troubled waters of our interior world in the light of this Full Moon, we are encouraged both to continue inner exploration with all the courage that we can muster, and to make of that serious journey a long-lasting outcome of better and deeper understanding of ourselves at all levels. We grow by poling our barge toward the light and toward the darkness simultaneously, as incomprehensible as this effort might seem to our merely surface mentality and as difficult as that task might be, involving as it does the dark and weighty descent into our generative depths.
# 3 – Coconut oil is soooo good for you, inside and out….
# 4 – Another great one from Chellie Campbell about being lucky, playing the “Glad Game,” and doing what you love…
# 5 – I haven’t watched this yet, but it sounds interesting…
Check out the latest video from Andrew Cohen, “Proof of Progress,” which just went up on his blog. It’s an excerpt from an interview he did for an upcoming documentary called “Global Shift.” Andrew speaks about some of the interesting—and inspiring—new information published in some recent books, which supports the view that in spite of all our global problems, things are actually better for more people today than they ever have been.
# 6 – A touching quote from none other than Winnie the Pooh…
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… There is
something you must always remember. You are braver than you
believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But
the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with
you.” – Winnie the Pooh
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