Watch for the burst of Uranian excitement, unpredictability, eccentricity, rebelliousness, or shock this evening around 7:00 pm (east coast), and then between 9 and 10:00 pm the Moon/Jupiter square highlights the themes of growth, faith, religion, truth, expansion, exaggeration, family or tribe, travel and optimism.
In the meantime, with the Moon in Sagittarius near the opening of a Moon cycle it’s a good time to set new goals or aim our arrows at new targets for the month ahead. Personally I’m embarking on a new phase of my horary apprenticeship, having just finished an arduous section of learning more about the math and astronomy of the chart, as well as learning to cast charts the way that William Lily did! Fitting that the Moon in Sagittarius has me eyeing new learning horizons and long term goals for my practice. Sometimes the simplest astrological cliches are the truest. So today…see if you can spot the Centaur in your midst and try setting some new goals, exploring new territory, or connecting to something larger than yourself.
Speaking of the Centaur, as I’m reading the Narnia chronicles to our little girl in utero, I found this passage a few nights ago near the end of “The Silver Chair”: “No one thinks a Centaur funny when he sees it. They are solemn, majestic people, full of ancient wisdom which they learn from the stars, not easily made either merry or angry; but their anger is terrible as a tidal wave when it comes.”
I’ve always loved the image of the centaur teachers and their relationship to the stars. An image of man and nature and then nature teaching man without removing man from his animal nature. The solemn but virile beauty of horses and stars. Sometimes I just sit with those images: horses, stars, and eternal fountains of divine wisdom pouring forth from the sky.
Are any of these Sagittarian images with you today? The Moon was often referred to in relationship with the broader concept of “fortune,” which means the world and its daily comings and goings…philosophically what might be called the realm of the many diverse things or the world of “becoming.” Within this world, the daily changes of the Moon reflect the changing circumstances and the signification of what those changes will look like. So today, let’s see if we can spot the solemn, sometimes angry or zealous, figure of the sage and his arrows. The horse and his endless open pastures, held curiously under the stars.
Prayer: I see the stars and run the fields. I find what was looking for me, over and over again, where freedom and guidance are recognized as one and the same…so I praise the sun and the moon, I praise the stars in the sky…and I study the images I see, written in the wise lights of heaven. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Amen.