Here’s what to watch for:
* Today’s full Moon includes Jupiter turning direct and an opposition from the Sun to Saturn, plus a Venus/Mars sextile.
* When Jupiter turns direct it often signifies a powerful turnabout within a particular area of our lives, and often for the better.
* However, given Jupiter’s involvement in the Full Moon and the fact that this Full Moon involves an opposition from the Sun to Saturn, we might notice that whatever changes for the better we’re experiencing right now we are simultaneously being challenged by elements of constriction, responsibility, duty, disappointment, frustration, severity or harshness, etc.
* The Sun/Saturn opposition brings up issues with authority, authority figures, differences in belief or practical approach, differences with regard to who is in charge, who can or should lead, who has power and who is losing power, and so forth.
* From another angle…while there is this felt sense that the tide has turned, there is potentially also the sense that a darker element is immediately challenging the forward progress or momentum.
* Is anything good not at the right times worth fighting for? But how do we fight without degrading our own integrity? These are timeless questions that will slowly work themselves out as Jupiter and Saturn move toward a harmonizing sextile in August.
* As Jupiter and Saturn move toward some sense of resolution that has been hanging in the sky like a promise since the fall of 2016, August will also bring a powerful Sun/Mars conjunction, two important eclipses, Jupiter’s square to Pluto, Saturn turning direct and then finally the grand finale of the final Jupiter/Uranus opposition at the end of September.
* So whatever is currently appearing as a turning of the tide IS a turning of the tide, but the fact that it appears alongside of this tremendously contractive Sun/Saturn opposition/Full Moon means there is a ways to go before we see some full sense of relief and synthesis.
A good teaching for all of us can be found in the 16th hexagram of the I Ching, called “Enthusiasm.” The second line in particular teaches that we are wise to recognize the potential for illusions and impulsiveness that arise very quickly when the tide turns for the better. When we sense a victory or an important turn of events in our favor, we often go out and buy the most expensive car on the lot. The second line of hexagram 16 essentially says, “Wise is the one who sits still and perseveres just a little longer before getting done in by the spirit of a good turn of events.” When this line changes alone, then hexagram 16 becomes hexagram 40, called liberation. Liberation shows the early stages of an obstacle being removed and also warns that we shouldn’t get caught up in the joy or self-righteousness of victory.
Prayer: Teach us to see the victory in waiting and the waiting in victory. Let our waiting be love and let our victory be you.