21st/22nd May 2016: Full Moon in Sagittarius

by Sarah on 19/05/2016


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Lilith & Luna


Sarah Varcas

The Moon is full in the 2nd degree of Sagittarius at 9:16 p.m. UT on 21st May. Occurring less than 24 hours prior to the end of Mercury retrograde, this Moon signals a shift of perspective. Events of the past three weeks begin to reveal a deeper significance now and through the coming month. What may at first have seemed an unlikely possibility becomes all the more real as time passes and events unfold. Plans thrown off course due to unforeseen circumstances reveal the potential of their new configuration. What we thought we ‘knew better’ about affirms we knew very little and there was a whole heap of possibility previously overlooked.

This is a positive Moon with an uplifting tone and encouraging demeanour. That said, she poses a challenge too, our response to which will colour the weeks to come. Conjunct retrograde Mars she calls forth courage and appeals especially to those who identify as spiritual warriors, seeing through the seductions of an unconscious world, whilst living in that world full-blooded and passionate: engaged, enlivened and entranced by its paradoxical beauty. There exists an innocence about this Moon, even as she radiates timeless wisdom passed down through ages. Burning away the jaded half-truths of dogma and obedience to belief and form, she illuminates the vitality at the heart of a soul on fire for truth, god/dess, the divine – ready and willing to know the sacred inside out, back to front and more intimately than we know our very selves.

Currently in Scorpio, Black Moon Lilith also speaks, reminding us that without the darkness of inky skies we could never appreciate a magnificent moon. We cannot have light without darkness. To deny the shadows renders life uni-dimensional, robbed of its guts and gumption. Those feelings we judge as wrong or negative, the ones we’re told aren’t spiritual or ‘of the light’, they are part of us too, an expression of our wild nature which rages against obstacles, suffers when suppressed and challenges the narrative that nice is more important than true.

Lilith embraces everything and everyone, resplendent in her power and alive in her fullness. She stands beside every person torn apart by grief, ground down by depression, fractured by rage or broken by guilt. She looks into our eyes and sees our soul aflame with both divine love and sacred wrath, united in one ecstatic expression of Life. Combined with the buoyancy of this Moon she reminds us we can be all of these things when anchored soul-deep whilst reaching for the stars: the peaceful eye amidst the storm of humanity in which we live out our days.

In one month’s time we have a Blue Moon in Sagittarius, the foundations of which we encounter today. We can call upon Lilith to strengthen our spirit and sharpen our resolve to embrace all that arises between now and then. This energised and encouraging Moon enlivens our hearts, imbuing a sense of adventure where once was reluctance or fear. She reminds us the most effective response to life is born of an open mind and heart, not one resistant to the very conditions it struggles to confront. Every situation contains its opposite, each problem its solution, all shadows are defined by light. Once we know intimately the relationship between polarities within and without we can rest in the middle, assess with clarity and act with clear intention for the greatest and most courageous good.

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Sarah Varcas

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