The future and the past are having a one-on-one this week as both Saturn and Uranus are in the spotlight, both aiming to win. This battle of astrological giants can cause you to take bold steps toward a healthier version of yourself while leaving certain stories behind. You are not what others define you to be. You are who you realize you are. Another quantum leap in the right direction is here.
As the Full Moon is marking a shift in the astrological climate, we are now looking forward with greater understanding and wisdom. Your emotional body has gone through a massive purification lately, and new strength is now available, creating an opportunity to go out into the world and show off your colors again! Shine, dear one, shine!
What is so crucial for us to understand through these times of initiation is that evolution is not a long, slow, measured experience. Often the greatest leaps of consciousness occur through cataclysmic catastrophes, which function as catalysts—suddenly expanding our awareness of Self and the underlying mechanisms governing Life.
Whether it is the love of a person for another person or of a people to the wonders of the natural world, rituals are an ancient, revered means of taking something out of the ordinary, imbuing it with spiritual purpose and intention, and thereby proclaiming it as special, unique, and possessing lasting significance.
As the Full Moon emerges and Mercury is in direct motion again, there is a sense of relief in the air. Something has been transformed and is readily expressed. And as the inner planets and their personal approach to life are finally getting the attention they need thanks to the Sun being in Cancer, the slower moving planets are gearing up to go retrograde.
The general feeling in the air is one of gestation. Something is brewing, and there are enough aspects that are waxing to produce that feeling. Mercury is also finishing up its retrograde motion and will be fixed in on the 16th degree of Gemini for most of the week.
As this new Moon in Gemini is a partial solar eclipse and tied into this year's "eclipse season," we will need to explore eclipses in more detail to fully understand the depth and power of this new Moon. An entire chapter can be written on eclipses, their meaning, cyclical nature, astronomy, and astrological significance. I will "boil it down" to some keywords, thoughts, and observations, but be aware there is much more.
This week we move through the last week of the lunar cycle. It is a culmination point where we begin to consolidate our resources based on what we have gained during this cycle and prepare for a new phase to start on the upcoming New Moon. "If you consolidate something that you have, for example, power or success, you strengthen it so that it becomes more effective or secure."
If we accept the notion of the eclipses being like a "portal," it would make sense to grasp the concept of a time warp. Considering this cycle involves both Saturn and Mercury going retrograde, most of us will likely feel transported back into the past in some significant way or another, at some point over the next month or so.