I’ve been reading a novel called Under the Dome by Stephen King. I’m a prolific reader and whilst much of my time is spent reading deep astrological books and related topics, I love nothing more than to immerse myself into escapism reading fantasy, sci-fi and (gentle) horror. The Dome is about a town cut off by a mysterious invisible force field that not even a nuclear bomb can crack. Under the dome, whilst the air grows rancid, order begins to break down fuelled by an aggressive, overbearing and distinctly crazy town governor who wants power at all costs. Goodies and baddies are clearly defined and it’s a page-turner of a story. But it’s a clever novel that touches on real life themes of ever-controlling governments, the poisoning of our planet and the tenuous hold we have on ‘civilisation’.
Perhaps as a consequence of reading the novel before sleep, I’ve had three dreams where I was looking through a glass wall at something I wanted but couldn’t touch. In one dream, a spirit who called herself Alana (which means ‘precious’ or ‘awakening’) showed me a screen behind a glass wall where I watched an ever unfolding spiral of energy creating pattern after pattern, weaving in upon itself and endlessly being made anew. It was breathtaking – and somehow I knew I was the pattern and everything was the pattern.
The pattern we astrologers have got our eye on at the moment is the grand water trine which is slowly building in the skies. Already we have Saturn trine Neptune in position and Jupiter is teetering at the end of Gemini technically already in orb but out of sign. For now though, this lunation triggers this pattern as the Sun steps into what will be Jupiter’s place in a couple of weeks time.
But what makes this lunation particularly interesting is the new pattern that is formed by combining a grand trine with an opposition – The Kite. A Kite formation looks very like a bow and arrow as you can see from the chart.
The Full Moon in Capricorn sits at the bow end of the configuration forming sextiles to both Saturn and Neptune and a wide conjunction to Pluto. Whilst the conjunction is slightly wider than the orb I normally use, it’s well within the orbs that other astrologers use. In this case I can’t ignore it. It’s like Pluto is humming in the chart like a plucked string, especially in the square to Uranus.
In mundane astrology, the Moon stands for the people. As I look at this chart, it’s as though the people have been wound so tight by crippling rules, taxation and economic disadvantage that something has to change. The taut string of the bow has let fly Lilith who now screams between the Sun (the head of a state) and Jupiter (“The justice system and prominent judges, barristers. National inquests. The nation’s wealth, banks and bankers.” (quote from Skyscript). Don’t forget, in mythology, Lilith screamed the secret name of God. This women knows stuff and she knows that knowledge can be a powerful weapon! The question is now whether she will be smothered into silence between the Sun and Jupiter, squashed by Jupiter’s vast stomach or burned by the rays of the Sun…
News headlines abound with whistleblowers, cover-ups exposed and uprisings as the people rage at power and corruption in the hands of those at the top of The Establishment. Edward Snowdon has bravely stood up and screamed the truth from the rooftops. In the UK, an NHS watch-dog covered up a scandal at a maternity unit; Lloyds bank admits ‘shortcomings’ in PPI claims – for those who don’t know, the banks here ‘mis-sold’ insurance to millions of people. When this came to light and people were told they could claim it back, Lloyds (no doubt amongst others) made it as difficult as possible, and the BBC have been found to have paid out £22 million making sure people keep quiet about sexism and harassment – and this amidst the huge paedophilia scandal featuring iconic BBC figures.
Weirdly, as I type – I have just seen a news headline that it will now be considered a crime to wear a mask at a protest in Canada. Those that are being un-masked, turning the tables perhaps…
The chart then is bring up issues connected to the outflow of information, of secrets kept ‘within these four walls’ for many years. It’s the secrets in government and company board rooms and the secrets within your own four walls that can seem to grow arms and legs and take on a life of their own.
But how does this all relate to your own life?
The Sabian symbol for this lunation is :-
A Human Soul, In Its Eagerness For New Experiences, Seeks Embodiment
A human soul before birth is ‘pure’ as yet untainted by sorrow, betrayal and pain. The untainted soul is transparent. You only have to look into the eyes of a newborn child to know that. All the soul desires is to experience LIFE and yet in choosing life it is limited in it’s expression by the body. And yet perhaps this expression is an illusion – another invisible wall. We exist beyond our bodies as well as within them.
There is an invisible force within you that stretches beyond your imagination. The grand trine shows you that you have the capability to create (the Sun), to build (Saturn) and to imagine (Neptune). Can you image what you will create? What will you build as a better future for yourself and for everyone else? Can you sense your connection to others? Can you open your awareness beyond the walls of your body? What to you sense – what do you FEEL?
Awareness is crucial because as water always takes the easiest route, so can this grand trine. Where there is potential to use all the planetary attributes to the best of their ability, there is also the potential to take the easy way out, accepting what is without trying to change it. With Jupiter in opposition to the Moon, this tendency towards inaction is doubled. Apathy only serves the Powers that Be.
This lunation is an opportunity for you to break through the invisible walls that hold you back. It’s about knowing and being at peace with your limitations – and not being limited by them. It’s about making a stand like ‘Standing Man‘ in Turkey and seeing how when you a certain of your own beliefs, when you believe in yourself, others will stand with you.
The sextiles from the Moon show you have an opportunity to use this knowledge as a force for good: to make constructive changes based on your vision of the future and all that it could hold. This Moon is a super moon, let it supercharge your vision!
Look to the house in which the Full Moon occurs in your chart. This shows where there may be tension. Are you happy with what you have built in this part of your life? What rules do you adhere to here? What do you need to change? What keeps you limited here? How can you be more transparent?
Look to the house where the Sun and Lilith are transiting. The issues of this house may be teasing and taunting you and may represent that invisible barrier that needs to be broken.
Where is Saturn? Here is where you are asked to accept responsibility and do the work. Again, Saturn in this house is trying to bring something into being, to teach you and stabilise you.
Look to the house Neptune is transiting. Here is where you imagination is sparked, where you can find unconditional love, where you are called to get a higher view.
It’s time to let fly the arrow. Shoot for the stars!
I close my eyes for a moment and I’m looking at the dome. I see Lilith tap, tap tapping her sharp fingernails on the glass. She’s on the outside looking in. In the distance she sees something flying towards her. The speck on the horizon becomes clearer and now Lilith can see her own face zooming towards her, hair flying, eyes ecstatic. Lilith is riding the wave, shrieking the name God with a pitch so perfect the glass of the dome shatters leaving only the light and a curious feeling of coming home.
Painting – Chiron and Achilles by John Singer Sargent [Public Domain]