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.)  This 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.

 

 

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