WELCOME BACK TRAVELERS! We are within hours of the Full Moon in Gemini, culminating at 2:44pm PST on Wednesday the 25th. This Full Moon is very close to the first of three Neptune/Saturn squares which will unfold over the next year. I won't say much about this configuration here as I discuss it under the card I've pulled for this moon, The Hanged Man. And I won't say much about Chiron stationing to go direct because that is also discussed below, but I will give you an early warning that Uranus will be stationing to go direct on Christmas. Uranus tends to be less volatile when retrograde so when it changes direction sudden changes and eruptions can manifest with palpable results.
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XII THE HANGED MAN
There is a lot of water hanging over our heads this week as the Full Moon culminates at 3 degrees Gemini on Wednesday afternoon. In Los Angeles, I’ve been running around like I’m caught in a downpour without an umbrella, sprinting from door to car to door and mostly choosing to stay in. In truth I haven’t seen more than a dewdrop in weeks, but the emotional intensity of events far and near has been overwhelming. I keep thinking about “Chapter Two- The Pool of Tears” in Alice in Wonderland. Alice was my first mentor. Every situation she encountered she regarded with an open inquisitiveness, “Curiouser and curiouser!” I longed to fall down a rabbit hole and have a real adventure, but over the years I began to see that life itself was that adventure. If you should find yourself drowning in your own tears look for others who might understand your struggle, Alice reminds us. With Neptune squaring Saturn and Chiron about to station to go direct it may be important to remember this simple truth that you are not alone in any shade of emotion you may currently be experiencing. In Alice’s story, it was an eclectic group that shared a common challenge, “They were indeed a queer-looking party that assembled on the bank- the birds with draggled feathers, the animals with their fur clinging close to them, and all dripping wet, cross, and uncomfortable.”
At the Full Moon you may be feeling “cross and uncomfortable” as you find yourself up to your chin in emotion. Coming to shore may be less of a goal or a destination as it is a byproduct, a place you suddenly find yourself just when you thought you couldn’t tread water any longer. This also describes the Hanged Man, the tarot card I’ve pulled for this moon. Besides Saturn, the Sun and Mercury will all have disputes with Neptune. The Hanged Man suggests the path through these struggles- surrendering to them. As I was driving through the desert the other night on my way to my parents’ house I noticed several strange shapes looming like ghouls in a haunted house out of the darkness. It took me a few miles to realize they were giant saguaro cacti. Anne Ortelee, in her podcast this week suggested that one of the challenges of the Saturn-Neptune square is paranoia. Neptune tends to confuse us- “there could be ghouls on the road, why not?” But it is best to wait, to not rush to respond to our fears or feelings until we know for sure what the shadows really are. And as we encounter these shadows, the Hanged Man warns us not to waste energy fighting our emotions or holding onto thoughts or ideas which are no longer true for you. This may be a time of changing your beliefs, of changing your tune.
One of my favorite things to do in L.A. is to drive around flipping through the stations and waiting for a song on the radio to synch up with my mood. You may find that you need to flip through your own stations now until you find a song that suits you. My old tune use to go something like, “I’m independent, I don’t need any help la la la la.” And that was a good song for a little while and now it’s been overplayed and it just doesn’t resonate anymore with the way I feel now. The other day my neighbor came to the door and asked if I was going to go to an event. When I shook my head, she seemed surprised and asked why. In a moment of raw vulnerability I said, “I’m just feeling so depressed.” To my surprise she gave me a big hug and told me how sorry she was. A little while later she texted me from next door and said, “What do you say we do something fun?” We went for a sunset hike and by the time we got to the peak I had dropped a lot of the heaviness I’d felt earlier in the day. My new song is still being plunked out and I haven’t found quite the right keys, but it seems there is more room for harmonies.
Watch how you speak or sing to yourself and others now, as you may be feeling at your most vulnerable. When Alice collided with a mouse in her pool of tears she repelled him at first by telling him about her cat Dinah. She realized, of course, when he began swimming away that cats were a sore subject for a mouse, “Do come back again, and we won’t talk about cats or dogs either, if you don’t like them!” He accepted the apology and swam back to her saying, “Let us go to the shore.” Perhaps we can all get to shore together if we surrender to the ocean of emotion, have our tears and let others have theirs.