|Posted on October 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM|
"I am here to . . . submit cheerfully to the highest penalty that can be inflicted upon me for what in law is a deliberate crime and what appears to me to be the highest duty of a citizen." ~Mahatma Gandhi
At this time of the Aries Full Moon on Tuesday, the Full Moon of the I in the time of We, the Sun, in the Libra sign of justice and equality, comes to meet Saturn, the planet of rule and law as well as duty. And so we greet the Full Moon of Civil Disobedience.
Civil disobedience, or civil resistance, as Gandhi referred to it, is one of the ways that people rebel, as an Aries would rebel, against what are perceived to be unjust or unfair laws, as in Sun conjunct Saturn in Libra. The term, civil disobedience, was originally derived from an essay by Thoreau, originally entitled “Resistance to Civil Government” which was later renamed... “Essay on Civil Disobedience.” It was from this essay, that the term became widely used, as a way of demonstrating that the Law of Conscience, transcends the Law of the Land, if that law be deemed unfair or unjust. It is often used to refer to non-violent protests and demonstrations such as we are seeing arise on Wall Street and throughout the world.
At the time that Thoreau wrote his essay, in 1849, Uranus in Aries was conjunct Pluto. Uranus in Aries is now square Pluto. When Uranus meets Pluto as it is now, and for the next several years, what had been tolerated up until this point, begins to feel grossly unjust. There is a desire to make much needed changes and reforms. Even revolutions. The catalyst for change during these times, usually comes about due to a series of events that opens one’s eyes. Events that make it evident that things are not what people previously thought they were. Many noteworthy civil rights, and human rights reforms have occurred during the Uranus/Pluto cycle, that have had a revolutionary effect on society as a whole. We are living in interesting times, indeed.
As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. ~Clarence Darrow
For the week of Oct. 7th through Oct. 14th, please read your Rising sign as well:
Last week, Deepak Chopra met up with, and asked the Wall Street occupiers to put their hands on their hearts, and ask themselves: “What kind of world do I want to live in? Listen.” he said, and then asked, “How can I make that happen from a place of love, compassion and equanimity? .... Ask yourself: How can I be the change that I want to see in the world?” There will also be those who do not approve of your behavior these days, but then you need to ask one more question: What is more important, standing behind your core beliefs, or worrying about offending people?
It’s one thing to be romantically in love: flowers, song, dreams and beauty devour the senses. You find your people, your group, your place in the world... and now, this week, the question comes up as to commitment. It’s time to tie the knot, sign the contract, possess, own, and make it all yours. It’s one thing to dream, now comes the hard work of making it all a reality. There may be things standing in the way, and this week you have the opportunity to remove those obstacles.
You have the capacity to make an ideal, a dream, a closer reality this week, if you dare. Through creative visualization, and maybe a little wishful thinking... things can happen. It could also be that you get lost in the world of your imagination.. and that’s not so bad either. Whether it’s due to becoming engrossed in an excellent book, a movie, an idea, or even an ideal. Listen to your intuition, listen to the voice that connects you to your fellow man. It may just be a whisper.. but it’s calling you.
It’s amazing how much influence you can have on the world even from the limitations of your own home, your own family, or your own community. How much more influence could you have if you were to bring that same message, out into the broader world? There is no doubt that going out to meet others is going to have a much greater effect, than sitting in your own room... no matter how desirable staying home may seem at the moment.
Some of your core beliefs could easily be challenged in the light of this Full Moon in Aries, as certain truths become more readily apparent. Some of your judgments may prove to be ill-founded. You can no longer ignore the truth when it is staring at you so blatantly. Be willing to accept with grace, that what you had previously believed to be true, may in fact, be based on fallacy or assumption. This does not mean that you are sacrificing your integrity... it just means that you are willing to grow.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see the whole picture... but as the week progresses and your mind, your senses, and your world is opened up, you will be able to see things from an entirely different, and more inclusive, perspective. And once your heart is woken, by the end of next week, you will no longer be content to settle for pat answers, but will be hell bent on getting to the bottom of every issue... relentlessly. On the 13th, we enter Mercury in Scorpio season, the season of the relentless mind.
You’ll begin this week singing Kumbaya and joining arms with your fellows as your hearts sing as one. But at some point you’re going to have enough of the Kumbaya moments, and realize that it’s time to make some sort of commitment. In some ways you are going to have to see yourself as the fulcrum of the Libra scales this week, that part which supports and balances all of the various people in your life. In this way you will be the better able to counsel others in the quest for justice and fairness.
We are still in Libra season, which is the Scorpio season for rest, and tying up loose ends... bringing things to completion. However, you are going to see a slight shift into Scorpio season already, as both Venus and then Mercury enter your sign this coming week, and shine benevolently on your co-ruler, Pluto. As a result, your need to share, to give and receive love, and to be accepted is going to be growing, as well as a desire to make some sort of lasting decision or commitment. You won’t leave any stone unturned in your quest to resolve any untended issues.
You’re going to be asking yourself, now that you are here, now that you’ve achieved, or not achieved, what you set out to do, what’s next? This is the point when some people begin to question the direction their life is taking, and whether or not they’ve been barking up the wrong tree. But the truth of the matter is, that you are on the road towards achieving even more than you had originally set out to. What you need to ask yourself at this point is, what is for the greater good of all concerned, as opposed to what you are trying to achieve for yourself alone?
It’s easy to admit when you were right... less easy to admit that maybe you hadn’t really looked at the whole picture... that there’s more to be seen here than meets the eye. During revolutionary times, times of change, we depend on our Capricorn brethren to be there to be part of the rebuilding process. It’s just this whole ‘change’ thing that rankles Capricorn so very much. Don’t think of it as a time of change so much as a time that requires a lot of work to be done. Focus on what is in front of you... that’s where your attention needs to be right now.
Your outlook on life is growing in ways that you had not thought possible, as truths become apparent that had not been fully realized until now. And once you have intuitively grasped these ideas... the rest will follow. Even so, it will feel like you’re going to be having your nose down to the grindstone.. but all is not for nought, because what you are learning now, will be very useful to you in the future.
Your feelings for friends and your emotional nature is going to be deepened this week, as will many people, as Venus enters the water sign of Scorpio. Along with this you will feel your connections to others deepened, through meaningful alliances, and a realization that we are all in this together, and that so much more can be accomplished with others, than can possibly accomplished on one’s own. There is a great sense of communion when you break bread with your brethren.
the above "full moon" photo is by nixxphotography, from freedigitalphotos.com
the above photo from Brooklyn Bridge, is by Will Stevens/AP photo