What to watch for:
With the Moon in the sign of Capricorn and Saturn in Sagittarius we might feel as though we can’t get away with something any longer. The effects of consistently immature decisions might feel heavier, the consequences less avoidable or undeniably heavy and instructive. Isn’t it funny how consequences aren’t just consequences but also the voice of instruction? Isn’t that why both consequences and authority figures go hand in hand–in fact are often inseparable experiences? Consequences can feel punitive, but we can’t forget that its our own choices that lead to consequences. “You did it to yourself,” isn’t just the voice of a tough love authority figure, it’s also the voice of our own inner teacher and senex or crone. You did it to yourself is sometimes like the squeaking voice changes of a pubescent teenage boy…the slow gravitational shift of a different set of voices and a different guidance system establishing itself within us.
As the Moon applies to conjoin with Pluto today the underlying pattern, its history, its roots in our families or past lives or historical or cultural backgrounds might be coming to the surface. Pluto intensifies our experiences as it deepens them. The mood is one of necessity, accomplishment, maturity, and excavating the past for deeper understanding.
Additionally, as the Moon squares Uranus, we’re looking at the conflict between authority and maturity on the one hand and perhaps more youthful innovation, freedom, rebellion, and irresponsibility on the other. In what area of our lives do we find ourselves most polarized right now between these qualities? Our professional lives, romantic live, parental lives, spiritual lives, creative lives?
Meanwhile, Mercury is about to square Neptune for the first of three times during its retrograde cycle this month. In the midst of all of this our minds might feel awash with confusion and complexity. We might feel mentally tired, incompetent, inarticulate, or alternatively we might be easily deceived, escapist, delusional, and grandiose or exaggerated. Spreading ourselves too thin, over committing, or under delivering with our words, thoughts, and communication is a big possibility right now. We’re going to have several opportunities to think something through…to see something, try to communicate ourselves, then revise and rework, then finally integrate and gain a more complete understanding. We should make sure we’re taking the time to slowly and carefully articulate our thoughts, otherwise we might come off to others in a way we’re not intending. We should be slow to write our emails, and extra careful not to gossip too much or let idle thoughts take us in directions we don’t intend simply because we’ve fallen asleep at the wheel.
Also–is there some way in which we’re being shown that plans and preconceived ideas about the future simply don’t work? This Mercury/Neptune contact is classic for the experience of seeing that “things are never what they seem,” and “things rarely turn out as we plan.” Yet there’s a magic in these plot changes…always drawing us closer to the radically open nature of time and space…a-causal, a-temporal, non-linear…
Prayer: Help us to notice the fog rolling in and help us to slow down and stay present during the weeks to come…