Articles & Horoscopes
|Posted by Lauren on July 6, 2017 at 4:45 PM|
July 7th ~ 14th
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. ~ John F. Kennedy
The Full Moon in Capricorn shines a light on the Dark Lord Pluto this weekend. It does so in the wake of contention, resistance and imminent danger, as Mars is only just moving away from its opposition, while the Sun takes its place. There are forces posturing in defiance against one another, while the world stands in the balance. The Moon coincides with the global G20 Summit meeting in Germany, and in the wake of nuclear saber rattling in North Korea, while protests are amping up. Pluto is currently retrograde in Capricorn, a sign that has to do with Government, World Leaders, the Infrastructures in society and in our own lives. Capricorn has to do with those structures, programs, and edifices that we depend and rely on to make sure that everything is in order and running as it should.
In society Pluto reveals those things within these structures that are no longer dependable: those things that are out-worn, decayed, obsolete, oppressive, or leveraged towards the benefit of a few at the expense of the majority. Pluto represents power for the good and the ill, and the power struggles that ensue as opposing parties vie for control. Jupiter’s approaching square to Pluto can also make all of these larger, and deeply exaggerated. Jupiter/Pluto challenges us to act ethically and according to our own altruistic principles even in an atmosphere of deeply unethical and corrupt practices and principles.
Pluto can break down but Pluto can also rebuild. Pluto is a force to be reckoned with. May the force be for the Greater Good.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~ Robert F. Kennedy
In the light of this volatile Full Moon, we would all do well to sow positive remedies and antidotes and rituals. I propose a ritual for World Peace. The Full Moon falls on either July 8th or 9th, depending on where you live in the world, but perhaps if you wish to join in this ritual the best time to do so would be that night, July 8th-9th, no matter where you live. There are many traditions, symbols and prayers for peace: choose one that resonates with you. If you use a candle, choose a white candle, the color of the Moon. If you use herbs, flowers or oils, pick those that are symbolic of peace, such as lavender, white or yellow lotus, gardenia, lavender or pennyroyal. This is a Full Moon ritual, so you would want to do it late at night, when the Moon is visible and high in the sky, so the goddess can hear your prayers.
Before you begin, clear your space: burn incense, clean the area, clear the spaces in your heart as well. If you cannot find peace within yourself, how can there be peace in the world? Therefore lay to rest any anger or resentment; any dissatisfaction in your heart, before you do this ritual. Set a positive motivation, reminding yourself as to why you are doing this, such as “I am doing this ritual in order to sow peace in the world, and that I might also be an instrument of peace.” Make a dedication to a particular person, to a group or anyone that you feel needs the most protection, help or peace at this time. Visualize a pure land where all people live in peace, where no one is hungry or thirsty, and where all diseases are cured.
You can anoint the candle with fragrant oils of peace, decorate it with flowers and herbs, make heart offerings. Then think of all the things and people that you are grateful for in your life, and extend those feelings out into the world, recognizing that this Full Moon shines on everyone indiscriminately, without judgment, without exception.
Then think, as you are lighting the candle: “May all people be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all people know the peace that is free from suffering. May all people abide in peace and equanimity, free from prejudice, harm and partisanship, where no one will be excluded.” Recite a prayer for peace, make it your own prayer, a prayer you know, a prayer that believes that a compassionate and peaceful world is possible. Then when you are finished, dedicate the practice, reminding yourself, that the reason you did this practice was for the sake of peace and well-being in the world. That all beings may be free from harm. And just as the Moon shines on you this night, so does the Moon shine on all, where each and every being deserves our compassion. For we are all swimming in this ocean of life together, from which no one is exempt.
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men were created. (Prayer for World Peace, 1978)
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