24th January 2016
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
The paradox of darkness and light is becoming more intensely felt now, as the current lunar cycle reaches its midway point. Simultaneously, the Full Moon in Leo is reflecting an extremely empowering energy — if we are willing to listen, feel and remain awake.
Thus, the theme of this month’s Full Moon is to find balance in a world of duality, contrast and paradox — to embrace the lessons of both light and dark; duality and oneness. We are being called to see that our light can only shine by confronting our own personal darkness — and equally, that humanity’s darkness must also be embraced, and understood, and transmuted, so we can truly know our light.
Let’s take a look at the evolutionary potential of this Full Moon and the planetary alignments that accompany it.
Pluto in Capricorn Conjunct Mercury (Stationary) Retrograde and Venus in Capricorn
A very empowering alignment is taking place as Pluto (evolution) and Mercury (the mind) both align with each other. The cycle of Mercury in Capricorn over the last 2 weeks has been showing us aspects of our reality in which our current psychological patterns and conditioning block us from achieving flow in our lives. As Mercury makes its alignment with Pluto, the choices we face will highlight to us an opportunity to re-approach how we handle life the our emotional responses to life from a different perspective. This can play out in one of two ways: either through a silent insight – a knowing – that leads us to an empowering state of awareness and action, or through cataclysmic reactions to crises and resistance. Either way a shift will be experienced. Both ways will lead us in new directions.
While this is happening, Venus will enter Capricorn, where both Mercury and Pluto are currently placed. So, over the next month, the manifestation of these new insights — the evolution (Pluto) of the mind (Mercury) — will begin to become the established reality for you.
As a collective, the Venus in Capricorn cycle can promote deep feelings of futility. This occurs because Capricorn reflects boundaries in consciousness and thus, promotes feelings of limitation. These limitations reflect our back feelings of futility, and it appears as though there is no way out. But in fact, what is really transpiring is that an opportunity is opening up, for us to be guided into new paths and directions.
It helps to take a step back, and see that a new evolutionary paradigm is occurring for us; and along with that evolution comes new choices and new patterns. A big picture shift is happening at the core of humanity, and we are naturally moving in new directions. We are creating the foundations of a new phase in human history, and we are at the leading edge of this change, creating from a perspective of consciousness that humanity has never experienced until now. The old ‘rules’ no longer apply; now is a time to act on our deepest calling.
Saturn in Sagittarius Trine Uranus in Aries both Trine the Full Moon in Leo
The alignment of these planetary archetypes Even though it will be activated for a short while, this Trine will shed light on the the Mercury and Pluto alignment we wrote about in the earlier paragraph, and provide context in the lead up to the next major shift that will be occurring in March of this year.
The archetypes reflected by this Trine alignment help us work through areas of our lives where we get fired up, and to live the energy we represent. Aries gives us motivation, Leo provides a sense of destiny, and Sagittarius drives us to live it. This alignments ask the questions: Are we living our true nature? Are our choices and life directions authentic, and in alignment with our core being? Do we promote and share what we know, as our inherent wisdom?
In life, we are faced with many challenging situations. The way we respond to them directly reflects to us where we are in our evolutionary journey. When we learn to see ourselves from this broader evolutionary point of view, we can understand ourselves more deeply and make more empowering choices. This Trine alignment inspires us to seek that council within ourselves; to assess our lives by what we stand for, and to become more courageous in expressing our true integrity. This is a challenging theme we all have to learn and evolve through, to achieve a state of healthy emotional integration. And this month’s New Moon and Full Moon cycle provides a wonderful opportunity, guiding us to manifest our inherent wisdom, and integrate what we choose and create (our outer world) with our highest self (our inner world).
Sun in Aquarius Opposite Full Moon in Leo Square Mars in Scorpio
Helping us along the journey of emotional integration, this alignment promotes the exploration of what it really means to be authentic to ourselves, particularly when feelings of rejection are involved. The Sun’s movement through Aquarius will bring up many related themes for us, ranging from feelings of deep past-life rejection trauma (Aquarius) for speaking up for something you believed in, to feeling compelled to say “no” to a group (Aquarius) that is no longer in alignment with you, what you feel and what you represent.
This alignment with the Sun and Moon is also making a Square (tension) alignment to Mars in Scorpio. The total formation brings into our awareness how groups of people and the ideas we to choose to subscribe to reflect our inner most desires, and how those influences steer our sense of destiny.
We learn through these situations, and it is the nature of evolution that our truth reshapes itself as we grow and learn, and we outgrow old patterns as we naturally deconstruct inauthentic and conditioned ideas about ourselves and our world. As many of us will find during this current lunar cycle, when the outer world does not reflect our inner world, we can either take control of our inner world, or we can abandon ourselves to external expectation and design.
This is the time to work through feelings of disempowerment and explore new, potentially challenging directions, powered by the inspiration of the Fire Trine. At this moment in our evolution, new vistas await those of us who align our desires with our true authentic selves.
Full Moon Message
For those of us journeying on this road of conscious awakening, the stories and experiences that have brought us here have not been easy. Quite the contrary.
Exploring the depths of your own souls without warning signs or guideposts, it takes bravery and strength. Not only are we deconstructing social expectations and demands of what is right or wrong in our minds, we are also finding new ways of living beyond their confines. It can be overwhelming and even terrifying at times! But darkness appears real only because of the absent of light. The cycle up to this point — the transmuting of feelings of closed-hearted insecurity into courageous love — has reached its completion. As our quest becomes stronger, as our consciousness rises, as the truth of who we are begins to reflect back to us, we have shifted from living within the confines of disempowerment to living as authentic, integrated spiritual beings. Our next step is to manifest a world that mirrors our authentic, integrated reality.
As each of us looks back at the journey that has moved us here, we can see that it is going to be no easy feat to overcome the many distortions, lies and manipulated systems that keep humanity cloaked in spiritual darkness. The energetic wounds these distortions have inflicted on countless human generations cannot be undone, but with courageous love, we turn darkness into light. We are the embodiment of light, here to be daring and courageous. We have come here to know the darkness, to shine light into its deepest recesses — to integrate and heal the duality of light and dark.
As we stand tall, having said goodbye to the outdated and the old, the next step in our evolutionary journey becomes clear. It will bring us many challenges and new obstacles, as we help humanity to acknowledge, integrate, and transmute the darkness of its current reality. But we will face those challenges, strong in our inner knowing and boundless in our connection with Source.
And we can never underestimate the nature, strength and spirit of our fellow humans. The desire to know love is more powerful than any false sensations of illusion. We rise together, one step at a time, one soul at a time. We are literally becoming more of our highest collective potential in every single moment.
Vision is equal parts light and darkness. We as leaders must know that navigating the darkness is believing in the vision.
Be the Change!
Simon & Jennifer
About the authors:
Simon Vorster is an evolutionary astrologer and teacher who has been practising astrology for over 10 years. Together with his partner and co-founder of Raising Vibrations, Jennifer Langstone, their work is rooted in helping souls de-condition the self and empower the soul into making new conscious choices. Through their website, Raising Vibrations, and the consulting services they offer, Simon and Jennifer share their thoughts and insights and, using the powerful tool of evolutionary astrology, help and guide others to find their own spiritual paths, live authentically in the moment and understand ways they are able to positively effect their own spiritual evolution.
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You can also learn more about evolutionary astrology in these articles:
- Cleaning the Lens – an Introduction to Evolutionary Astrology
- Understanding Your Sun and Moon Signs in Astrology
- The Astrology of Relationships – Understanding Mars and Venus in Your Birth Chart
- Evolutionary Astrology – Understanding Our Ancestral Timeline
- Saturn Return – The Cycle of Maturation
- Understanding Mercury Retrograde in Astrology
- Saturn in Sagittarius — Exploring Humanity’s Limitations and Potentials
- Introduction to ‘Uranus Opposition’ in Astrology – The Call to Awaken the Higher Self
Or check out these recent lunar updates:
- New Moon in Capricorn – Standing Strong in a Paradox of Darkness and Light
- New Moon In Sagittarius: Meaning, Purpose and Creation – Humanity’s New Story
- Full Moon in Gemini – Finding Clarity in the Chaos