Doubt and Faith

Perspective is everything. We’ve all heard that before. The personal position from which each individual perceives the world around them is both a place of foundation as well as a barrier against others. Our private lens allows us to build our identity– we tend to protect and defend our beliefs because they feel part of who we are. What we think on a daily basis shapes the way we create our reality.

Wednesday’s Full Moon is colored by a week-long astrological atmosphere of questioning our truth. This doesn’t necessarily mean grand religious viewpoints or politic theories. Our personal mindset is what shapes our version of the truth, and it’s reflected in our assumptions and prejudices in everything we do. Most of our problems in perception are that we don’t think about our thoughts– they are habitual and mindless patterns that we assume are our ethical code.

This cycle began last Sunday when the Sun shifted into the fire sign Sagittarius, opening up space for us to think and act more expansively. But Saturn is sitting there in Sagittarius already, challenging the integrity and strength of our philosophy. There’s plenty of danger from overzealous belief systems, and it doesn’t take much to see that power distorting the well-being of humanity itself. But at the same time, we are human beings and drawn to have faith in something greater than ourselves– a guiding light that makes sense of it all. We find comfort in the beliefs we hold onto: that is a universal truth. Otherwise, we would all be open-minded and accepting of foreigners. Our beliefs define us more than anything else- they form the boundaries where we decide someone else is wrong.salem ship

The Moon in Gemini will oppose the Sagittarius Sun at 5:44 p.m. Wednesday while Mercury and Saturn linger nearby. There’s some potential discomfort in this planetary combination, especially with Neptune joining in the picture from 90 degrees away. Discerning the truth can be difficult because the facts are confusing, tricky, or overwhelming. Reality itself can seem strange, like we’re seeing things differently and we don’t necessarily want to. How much do we depend on our “version” of the story?

As the Sun approaches a conjunction with Saturn on Nov. 29, we’re likely to encounter themes of honesty and integrity and the lack thereof. It’s important to remember perspective at this time, and to take all of our firm convictions with a grain of salt. Not one human being on this earth is correct, there is no religion that is right, there is no perfect way to live. Syrian refugees are fleeing for their safety, and Americans are pushing to close down borders. Pro-life politicians are demonizing one of the few healthcare providers low-income women can afford. Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls while simultaneously insulting everyone but white men. Toxic faith is destroying us, and always has been. (Happy Thanksgiving, Manifest Destiny.) ┬áThis Full Moon illuminates the only real truth: we are all capable of improving and healing. We can all be part of a solution rather than feeding into the cyclone of blame and fear. This is a good time to reflect on where we cling too tightly or are too defensive– chances are, we’re glossing over a long-held belief, opinion, or stance that no longer serves us.



Grounded in the Dream

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

-Colin Powell

Saturn is moving forward through Sagittarius right now and has begun to form a 90 degree angle with Neptune in Pisces. The square will be exact from November 26 through December 4, but the planetary influence is already swirling through our inner worlds and will be for the rest of the month.

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The signs involved are philosophical in nature– both Sagittarius and Pisces seek understanding beyond our everyday reality. So there’s a questioning and searching quality to this astrology where we can see things from a broader or more detached perspective. We are looking for directions to the right path, one that offers us hope for fulfillment.

The tension in the square comes in with Saturn and his tasks. Saturn always tests the value of things, showing us where we are not functioning to our highest potential. That may sound pretty strict, and sometimes it can feel that way. But the work we have to do to get past these Saturn challenges generally carves out our character and the very essence of our lives. It is reality, and that includes all the limitations and frustrations that get in the way of our fantasies coming true. In the place of those extravagant and often distorted goals, Saturn offers us authentic reverence and gratitude– we learn through our struggles what really matters.

As Saturn moves through this fire sign, the issue is one of expansion and contraction. There are potential downfalls of pessimism or doubt while the no-nonsense planet applies pressure to forward-thinking Sagittarius. It’s a bit of a downer sometimes. But with it too comes the possibility to take actual steps toward our ideal situation. There’s a sense of determination that can help us to move to the next level, in whatever area of life that may be for each of us.

With Saturn and Neptune making contact, the merging of dreams and reality can take root. Saturn’s sobering influence on Neptune’s drunken whimsy offers us a chance to figure out what we want tomorrow and the next day from here on in. Rather than floating away in wishful longing (and maybe bitching and moaning as well), we can work with Saturn to make grounded improvements in our future plans, bringing the dream that much closer to our reality.