Supermoon in Taurus

Stay

 

We guard ourselves from danger. We guard our family from threat. We guard our people from hate. We must not guard ourselves from the truth.

Sweet Taurus is a slow burn, a steadfast and still stone of a bull, one who savors and stabilizes. It has real staying power. What does it mean to have this moon come at this time?

Taurus feelings typically have a lot to do with possession and security. While it can be poised and stable when pushed with external demands, the other side to the coin is it’s death grip on what brings it comfort against the brashness of the world.

In uncertain times, Taurus may want to bring things back to the way they’re “supposed to be” whether that be under an Obama administration, Reagan era, or in complete subversion of the two. Taurus wants to go back to whenever there was a time where it felt in control and secure. Taurus wants a pillow fort, enclosed in a room in a house behind a wall with a moat and a drawbridge. Another sign of security for the Taurus is material possessions. Food security, health security, and emotional security are paramount and having resources is vital for that to exist.

For some, most of your life has been an accomplishment of security, your home, your family, your routine is something you feel you’ve worked hard for; you’ve earned it. For some, no matter how hard you’ve worked, stability and safety have only been in brief memories.

Security is not an achievement.

It isn’t something fought for and won. It is a measure of distance between you, and whatever threatens you or what you love. There is a lot more to it than a job, a dog, and house with a locking door (although all of those things sure help!). The feeling of security is not correlated to that distance. For example, someone may have a fear of flying in an airplane but drives in a car every day. The measure of threat is significantly higher in a car than on a plane. There is a feeling of safety in a car because it is familiar. It is a human psychological condition to go with an unhealthy known problem than to step out and pursue a better unknown possibility.

So here we are together, going down this road that we have taken for so many years, and we’ve arrived here at this moment in this place. We ask ourselves, how did we get here? This is not safe. This is not where we belong.

We search to find where we went of the road but we see nothing but pavement behind us. We see the rational decisions we’ve made to survive, to ensure our security, to stay comfortable behind locked doors. What we knew but somehow forgotten is that whatever is happening to the people outside of those locked doors could happen to us. The measure from the threat to our bodies has closed and we’ve easily put fear in the driver’s seat. The road we’ve followed led us here and now our only true material possessions, our lives, bodies, and agency, are at risk.

Taurus has a lesson for us. Have you ever heard the term “come to your senses?”. Isn’t it interesting, in a society that teaches us that choosing the best of two evils is just “being realistic”, “coming to our senses” is a colloquialism for a return to reality? What are your senses telling you? Feel your feelings. The anger, the sadness – the hope? What do you actually choose when the choice is broadened from a two way street to an entire horizon? The question is how to we find our agency in a time of where things seem so unsure? How can we be steadfast and strong in upheaval?

I believe Octavia Butler to be a prophet for our time. From the fictitious religion Earthseed found in the books Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents comes a central tenet that “God is Change”. It is rooted in the idea that every person has the potential power to change the course of their life and their survival.  Earthseed is a religion for the future. It is the idea that all seeds of the Earth can be transplanted and adapt. When we consider the carbon tipping point, the current political landscape, and the terrorizing of the land I wonder about the belief of Butler’s fictional philosophy:  “The Destiny of Earthseed / Is to take root among the stars”. Regardless I hope we can root in a steadfast and secure path of change, to be attuned to our senses, and to truly possess our lives and our bodies.

“All that you touch

You Change.

All that you Change

Changes you.

The only lasting truth

Is Change.

God

Is Change”

– Parable of the Sower

When we understand that the world is ever-changing and we place our faith in our own agency, our senses, and our livelihood we can channel Taurus energy is a way that doesn’t allow for our head to be in the sand a moment longer. We get to understand that true security is the risk of staying, being present with your senses, and claiming what is yours.

Under this full moon I ask you to take in this information and look for a path that is truly secure for all of us. We may not know what will happen but we can be sure of one thing, we are here and we are not going anywhere.

Full Moon in Sagittarius

Intuition and Logic

Something feels very critical about this time we share together, doesn’t it? I see you making the mistakes that people make when they are vulnerable and raw. I see you detaching to stay whole, I see you building your reserves, I see your work behind windows. I see careless words hit harder, cut deeper. I see platitudes being passed off for deep thoughts. I know right now we need way way way more than that. I will try my best to be careful and thoughtful with you.

The full moon, at its most basic essence, is a full “illumination” or culmination of events since the new moon. When it comes to Sagittarius this has everything to do making meaning. The ways we come to understand meaning are as vast and diverse as there are minds on this Earth. One of the writers who talks about meaning explicitly is Viktor Frankl who wrote a book about surviving the Holocaust and his search for meaning. What reminds me of him tonight is the simple yet profound concept that we are the authority on the meaning of our own lives. That, while facts lie where they may, we look at them, like coffee grounds or sticks on the floor, and find our own truth within them. His thoughts are also significant here in the light of the seemingly unending trauma that is happening to marginalized people here in the United States and across the globe. That at the same time brilliant and beautiful resistance, art, and thought is being made by those same people. It is also important because the truth belongs to the oppressed. The oppressors are far to invested in holding power to honor truth. We must remember that we make meaning. Sagittarius thinks deeply about these things and the moon governs our emotional lives, making this a time to reckon with distance between heart and mind. This moon can also bring about an emotional conflict concerning the mirroring of our intimate, immediate surroundings and global life. We see the intersection of international politics with the safety of our very own bodies wether it be reproductive rights or the unrelenting antiBlackness that has been socially, economically, and emotionally instituted in our society. We can’t deny the consequences of those in power because they are literally killing us or those we love. The distant becomes intimate. The intimate becomes urgent.  We may struggle with words up to this point. We may not understand how the world can hold so much beauty and pain.

This is the paradox of a thinker and a thinker cannot be rushed. When we are pushed to say something or do something before knowing when and where and how we can neglect important details and later find ourselves asking “how did I get here?”. Sometimes we cannot help it, our hands are forced, we are too tired, we need to eat, want to have fun (and fun is vital!!), or the actions are so tacit or compulsory we forget about our agency. After being told so many times what is and isn’t possible, we can easily forget that we make meaning. Often in these moments of confusion we consult the cards, the gods, the stars, and ultimately ourselves. We reflect. This is important. We must think, and then we must DO, but first we must think. The beauty of Sagittarius is that she knows that thinking is so valuable but is meaningless without action and action without meaning is screaming into a fucking void.

This week, as the moon reflects the bold and curious Gemini sun, we have an opportunity to ask these questions of meaning in a spirit of hope, faith, and embrace the risk of going through life with these as our guiding principles. We can bet on ourselves, on our integrity, our work, our love. What does love mean to you? What brings you hope? What do you have faith in? Then check yourself, does it put love back in to you? Does it have faith in you? Do you embody it’s hope? If not you need to reconsider your shit.

This may seem like common sense to some of you but this age feels intense, like a major transition, like we are moving away from something and towards something else. Are we growing or are we combusting? What is the difference? Could you recognize it if you saw it? The point isn’t to avoid destruction, or mess, or change. When something doesn’t work it needs to fall apart. The point is to live through it. Look at the reality, unflinchingly, look at yourself, compassionately, ask the questions “what do I want most?” AND “how can I be of service?”. Don’t let either answer cancel each other out. Be logical about your true necessities and what you need to be happy and healthy, let your intuition guide you towards a life where that is possible. Know that when you feed yourself, you can feed others, when you are in your power you bring blessings to your people, when you shine we shine.  Wrestle with your exhaustion or let yourself dream a little bit. Catch yourself trying to escape. Choose to let yourself escape. Fall asleep at your desk, in your studio, in a stranger’s bed. Experience catharsis. Experience your body. Experience your sharp edges against the softness of your own wounds. Whatever you choose do, though its a tough time for action, now is a great time to align with your higher self.

Know this paradox: the struggle is an important part on the path to mastery and your only job is to get through the day. Whatever living looks like to you, getting your life or just getting by, live through this.