Live the Questions
The Moon is new at 2:07 pm GMT in the 26th degree of Gemini. Conjunct Mars she renews the mind, clearing space for a fresh perspective. To those tired of being held hostage by untamed thoughts, fears and fantasies, she extends an invitation to commit to a new way of being which challenges, rather than submits to, the presumed supremacy of the mind.
A sextile to Eris provides this Moon with a warrior spirit to tackle the entrenched mental habits that keep us stuck. She urges us to offer up our biggest questions to the cosmos, knowing that in doing so answers begin to form. They may not come immediately, or even soon, but they will come, drawn to us like iron to magnet by the force of our need to know. Asking questions may simply seem like more mental activity, the mind feeding itself with more ‘whats, whys and wherefores?’. But no. This type of asking opens the mind, not closes it. In turning to the enormity of the cosmos for answers, to limitless space within and without, we seek beyond mind and open ourselves to the possibility of knowledge the mind can barely entertain. Our most substantial questions are best answered by something altogether more majestic, more immanent and omnipresent. In daring to ask them we enter the realm in which sacred wisdom resides and begin to dwell there. Doing so is a defining moment in the revelatory process of conscious evolution.
The poet Rainer Rilke tells us to ‘live the questions now’. In a world where mind is king living this way is rare, for in doing so we must embrace the void of frustrating uncertainty. No one is lauded for not knowing something! We place a price on knowledge and flee from ignorance like the plague. Opinions abound; beliefs, ideas and rationales fill the air. To simply not know the answer is often deemed weakness, all the more so if we’re not going all out to remedy our lack. The mind itself demands that we know, uncomfortable as it is with losing ground to ‘ignorance’.
This Moon, however, urges us to give up that ground willingly; to relinquish our need to know and renounce the mind that must understand to maintain control. Doing so births the mind of the Aquarian Age, which pursues a truth that may ultimately challenge its very existence. This mind knows answers arise outside of its influence, that it is not the be all and end all of everything. It knows the heart as an ally and friend, forever united in honour of the deepest truths, not divided in the pursuit of power and dominance. Today’s New Moon opens this mind and invites us in to look around, to see how spacious it is, to feel its sunlight on our skin not the cobwebs of obsessive thought and fixed opinions. This mind knows it’s okay not to know and that some answers come in ways it may never understand. It knows when to step up and when to step down, when to engage and when to rest. This is the mind that knows itself as equal in the constellation of senses, not superior.
Questions arise at this New Moon and it’s only right that they should. This is a questioning Moon no doubt about it! Answers, however, are an altogether different matter. They live elsewhere, hidden from view until we are ready to live them as fully as we have the questions that gave them birth. This Moon invites us to ask whatever we must, to speak our confusion to the heavens, voice our yearning for clarity, and then sit amidst the silent darkness of their wake. She sees our deep desire to know and the vital role of not knowing in the evolution of our mind and heart.
In each of our questions the answer is present, to be revealed when we are ripe to know. In allowing them to flow through our veins, to share our every breath, to sleep, eat and live with us as equals, not tormentors, we live our way into a future where answers reside, awaiting our arrival. Thus wisdom rises like the morning mist, enveloping us so gently we barely notice its presence until, without fuss or fanfare, we become the answers we seek and know ourselves as whole.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms or books written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. The point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live your way, some distant day into the answer.”