“There is a medicine story that tells of Crow's fascination with her own shadow. She kept looking at it, scratching it, pecking at it, until her shadow woke up and became alive. Then Crow's shadow ate her. Crow is Dead Crow now.” 1
As we come out of our collective fog over the results of the American presidential election, this ancient medicine story speaks to our need to deal with the Shadow, not only of our American psyche but of the patriarchal structures that shape our world. I guess we tricked ourselves into thinking that we were ready to move beyond the patriarchal limits of our western society, or the strength of the unconscious messages of that mindset within us. I guess it's time to eat crow.
After the election, I found myself feeling anger that we had let this happen—our environment given back to big oil and coal, our Supreme Court given over to right-wing Christian morality/hypocrisy, our most vulnerable citizens (seniors, the sick, prisoners, the poor) abandoned. There goes any hope of intervention against the Dakota Pipeline—let alone any others. But it wasn't just anger at Trump supporters. It was anger at our own progressives—and to be truthful, at myself for not doing more to help stop Trump. While we on the left very loudly condemned the hatred and bigotry apparent at Trump rallies, we were forgetting to look at our own Shadows.
There was so much hatred for Hillary Clinton among certain 'Bernie or Bust' progressives that we seemed to ignore the BIG issues in this election—the Supreme Court, the environment and social justice. Astrologically, people were caught up in the Saturn/Neptune delusions and misinformation about truth and reality, and people on both sides of the issues were easily distracted from the end game—patriarchy remaining in power. People thought it was better to bring down the whole structure rather than transform it. Pluto in Capricorn is already doing the heavy lifting—showing us what needs to go while leaving what is still viable. We have exposed the corruption within our political system and in our corporate state. But it won't go away unless we change it, since we've allowed it by our complacency.
Hatred is such a strong emotion. Usually, we hate someone we're personally involved with because of a personal hurt or betrayal we've experienced. But to hate someone in politics is a strange situation. We can disagree with their policies, but that much 'hatred' for somebody we don't know personally is usually not only an indication of believing other people's stories about that person, but also of PROJECTION. That much hatred begins in you. You can object and stand against certain actions like Trump's misogyny and bullying, but to hate someone on the basis of unsubstantiated 'evil' is another indication of projection. Hillary's emails were nothing compared to Bush & Cheney's email dumps. So what made Hillary's 'crimes' worse than others? Perhaps some of it was because she's a powerful woman. But most of the reasons for this hatred were pretty nebulous—another example of the Saturn/Neptune square. If Hillary in the service of America is a 'murderer' because of her support for America's wars, then aren't we all murderers, since she worked for us! What did we do to stop those policies? I haven't seen any big marches against our wars lately, have you?
So we can play the blame game or we can look at our own Shadow. We progressives didn't continue the Bernie 'revolution' because Bernie didn't get the nomination. The game is rigged. We need Bernie as our leader. Really? All the issues were still there, and there was a clear difference in position and policy between the two candidates. Instead of working with the reality of the situation, many progressives continued to concentrate on Hillary's faults instead of supporting the policies she promised to enact. A leader is only as good as the people who support her. It seems we're still looking for the perfect 'leader' instead of leading from behind. We could have held her feet to the fire with more success than we'll have with a Trump presidency.
So in a way, we progressives failed our initiation—so many people filled with hatred just as much as Trump supporters seem to be. While many new agey people spewed Hillary hatred all over FaceBook, they now want to spread 'love and light'. As Jung said, we need to bring the Shadow into the Light, not ignore it. So it's time for all of us to eat crow and figure out how to own our Shadow. Just because we didn't get the leader we wanted, we forgot that it's up to us to pick the best choice for the good of the whole. If you've seen the marvelous movie, Captain Fantastic, it speaks to the issue of how our beliefs can injure the people around us. Yes, we have to live with integrity, but we also have to learn to compromise when there are other people to consider. That's what living in a democracy (or being in a good partnership) is all about—bringing together different attitudes and opinions and finding the best solutions for both sides.
I will admit I'm not over it yet. Today as I walked around my little New England village, I ran into two disreputable-looking white guys who took glee in pointing out that Hillary was going to jail. And I saw my brother-in-law in his fancy Porche who is happy for a Trump win and thinks things will be better now. Maybe for his business, but certainly not for his children and grandchildren if the environment continues to break down. Then other acquaintances said, oh well, it's over. Life goes on. As if it doesn't matter already. But the truth is, the fallout will be hard on all of us, even those who look to Trump to be their savior.
Taurus/Scorpio Axis of Values
What does all this have to do with this Monday's Taurus Full Moon? Taurus is the sign that deals with values. What are our values? What is of value and what do we want to build based on those values? What kind of society do we want to live in? What talents do we have that we can contribute to the whole?
For example: I teach people how to get in touch with their inner dreams, intuitions, feelings and their heart values so that we can access the inherent wisdom within us. Yet I am still amazed that so much of the focus in many 'spiritual' courses is on 'abundance'--which still seems to concentrate on monetary abundance, even when we say abundance is about a joyful inner life. Is that what our imagination and spiritual will are supposed to be used for? To get more money and joy out of life? That is patriarchy dressed up in spiritual materialism and it's still alive and well, living within our psyches. That doesn't mean we have to reject money and a joyful life, but as a Taurus, I do think that using our wise gifts to 'invoke' abundance/ riches/money, is falling short of what Taurus is all about. Taurus is concerned with building something of worth and value in the world. The movie Field of Dreams states the Taurus message, If you build it, they will come. It wasn't invoke abundance/money and we'll build something special.
Taurus is also associated with money and possessions. But only in service to self-worth. When we have little or no self-worth, we need money and possessions to make us feel good about ourselves. When we have self-worth, money is only another tool in our toolbox for living. Just as our capitalistic system has made a god of money (the Protestant work ethic says, if you have money, God loves you. If you're poor, you're a sinner.), we have to see what part money plays in our psyches. Having money or not having money is so often a source of pride or embarrassment. Until we clean up our complexes around money, we will keep getting sucked into the old vortex of giving money the highest value. (I am not advocating leaving the wealth inequality in place. We all need a certain minimum to have a healthy and good life.)
So when we topple the money god, what do we replace it with? I would say Self-worth. A friend was telling me about a man she likes a lot. But he isn't rich or well dressed or any of the things she is looking for in a new partnership. But her dreams show her that this man gives her a sense of love and security and self-worth, a deep soulful connection that she never felt from the other men she dated who did have money and nice things. She is going to choose that deep soul-connection rather than the outer show of wealth. She is choosing self-worth over outer worth.
The Taurus-Scorpio axis is concerned with values that are matters of life (Taurus) and death (Scorpio). While Taurus' energy is warm, open, honest and sometimes naive, Scorpio's energy is withdrawn, secretive, suspicious and intense. Taurus brings in the summer season of life (the Celtic Beltane) while Scorpio ushers in the cold season of death (Samhain). While Taurus often feels as if she has to do everything from scratch and by herself, Scorpio knows how to share knowledge and help with those he trusts. When these two energies unite, it really is about shared values that leave us open to intimacy and ultimately to transformation.
In Taurus we are hopeful, while through Scorpio we learn to face our fears. Together, they work to change form (Taurus) through Scorpionic shadow work. This is a good time to look at ourselves and see where we've been selfish rather than concerned with the greater good. Becoming conscious and self-aware also entails knowing that we affect everyone around us. We are one living planet and we have to make choices which are good for the whole, even if it means we have to sacrifice a bit of ourselves to make it so. That is the truth of the Aquarian Age. It's not about losing our identities, but rather bringing our individual truth to the collective table and finding common solutions.
As you can see, this Full Moon is powerful. It is also a Super Moon, which means the Moon's orbit is the closest to Earth, and this Moon will rise very large, since the Moon hasn't been this close since 1948. Although the Full Moon occurs in the early morning of the 14th, seeing it rise Sunday night will be just as powerful. With this powerful energy we can change our form, our complexes, our habits and beliefs, if we use our Taurus/Scorpio resourcefulness, perseverance and power to liberate ourselves from our fears and doubts. Both signs have great inner strength and willpower to become whole, to face our Shadow and discover our Higher Self. We'll need this in the years ahead as we stand and protect our rights and the rights of Mother Earth.
This Full Moon can be a time to rededicate ourselves to our highest values. If you're disappointed in the outcome of the election, this is a great time to rededicate yourself to protecting what's important to you. Just as Samhain is a good time to release what is dead in ourselves as well as to release those loving spirits who have passed on this year, we can release old shadow energies to be regenerated in Hecate's Cauldron. What old values no longer suit your life? What parts of your life have been holding you back from living your new story? We all have dead issues dragging on the ground behind us, keeping us locked into the old story, even when we think we're living in the new one. This is the time and season to let it go. You don't have to know what's coming, you just have to know what's dead.
Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon
The Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon occurs on Monday morning, November 14, 2016 at 5:52am PST/ 8:52am EST/ 1:52pm GMT.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 23* Scorpio is: A rabbit metamorphoses into a nature spirit.2 A rabbit, besides being a symbol of fear, is also a symbol of fertility. When we let go of our fears and stop thinking only in terms of physical fertility, we can see this refers to our instinctual energies of life and death. Nature spirits are associated with the cosmic laws of life. We are called to transform our fears for the future by understanding the cosmic laws of life. When we say something has to die to be reborn, then we can use this knowledge to face the coming years as we experience the death of patriarchy. It's hard and dark now, but we have to go through the process to reclaim light and life.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 23* Taurus is: A treasure chest overflowing with brilliant jewels.3 This is the potential we still have, the eternal values (jewels) which are within us. The gems are natural products which have been worked by humans into something of value. Our original impulses, instincts, talents are worked into something of value. This is another symbol of self-worth. It calls us to a vision of a better future.
This Full Moon Sun inconjuncts Uranus, Eris and Ceres in Aries, provoking in us a need to show the world who we are and what we stand for. If Eris demands that we stop going against our heart and Ceres asks us about what nurtures us, then we need to wake up and live those values. We need a deep transformation of our individual values if we want to see the same transformation in our society. Live simply and get engaged in your world. Bring the feminine values of caring, cooperation and sustainability into whatever you're engaged in.
Jupiter in Libra is connecting with the Pluto in Capricorn/Uranus in Aries square. How do we stand up for fairness and social justice in dark times? There's a big protest going on in Washington DC on November 15th to stop the Dakota Pipeline. That's one way to do it. Another is to do it in your personal life. Jupiter squares Pluto in Capricorn on November 24, 2016 , March 30 & August 4, 2017, challenging us to continue to work for social, gender and environmental equality. Jupiter opposes Uranus in Aries on December 26, 2016 and March 2 & September 27, 2017, probably asking us to take more risks to ensure fairness and justice. Our work isn't done.
Neptune, the planet of spirituality and imagination as well as of illusion and distortion, is about to turn direct on November 19th. First it connects to the South Node in Pisces on November17th, dissolving old shadow qualities of victimhood and martyrdom, codependency and escapism. Let the old karma go. It's time to imagine the possible future. We have to remember, when they go low, we go high.
Stop being a hater and become a lover.
Walk in the Light,
The Fountain -- Denise Levertov
Don't say, don't say there is no water
to solace the dryness at our hearts.
I have seen
the fountain springing out of the rock wall
and you drinking there. And I too
before your eyes
found footholds and climbed
to drink the cool water.
The woman of that place, shading her eyes,
frowned as she watched-but not because
she grudged the water,
only because she was waiting
to see we drank our fill and were
Don't say, don't say there is no water.
That fountain is there among its scalloped
green and gray stones,
it is still there and always there
with its quiet song and strange power
to spring in us,
up and out through the rock.
~ Denise Levertov ~
1. Jamie Sams & David Carson, Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Way of Animals. (Santa Fe, NM; Bear & Company)., p. 133.
2. Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala,
3. Steve Eardley, The Revised Sabian Symbols.