Sagittarius - the art of enjoying your Self
Perhaps this month is about blending our human being with
our animal being. Lots of films are being made, lots of ‘youtube’
clips and videos, of animals just being what they are - immediate,
honest and clear, demonstrative to those they trust (it looks
like loving to me), playful, holding out to meet their own
needs for food and space, being true to their nature, relating
to each other cleanly without fuss, sensitive to the energy
of situations and people.
And the human being? A philosopher - mind ever expanding,
searching for meaning everywhere, seeing patterns in stars
by night and clouds by day, excited by adventure and discovery,
and sensitive to the truth. Perhaps the trouble with focusing
on patterns is the tendency to fix on the one that pleases,
and then seeing everything else through it. That way we miss
so much, and can slide, without noticing, into judging that
which we haven’t understood.
Don’t judge the animal
Because so much of modern life requires our focus on mental
gymnastics, we tend to see the more physical (and maybe emotional)
issues of life as getting in the way. I Ching points out that,
far from getting in our way, our problems actually lead the
way. So much of ‘real life’, if not all of it,
stems from this underbelly of experience - what has often
been called our animal nature. Our mistake is to think of
this as lesser, and in need of controlling rather than understanding
When we judge against the animal side of our nature, we make
it a victim, and of course we suffer accordingly. The spontaneous
child in us feels criticised and small, and may hide its desires
from our consciousness. Nevertheless, the power of those desires
runs through us, and the pain, resentment and frustration
from being ignored, can flood our reactions, surfacing in
ways that are not in line with our conscious intentions. This
is a call to look inside and check what your needs really
are, and whether they are being met. Not all needs have to
be met, but they all need acknowledging rather than judging.
The survival needs of our instinctual side include a need
for acceptance, respect and loving kindness. When those are
met, by ourselves most importantly, we can experience the
animal capacity for clarity, honesty, playfulness, intuitive
grasp, and loving connection, that also show up in the animal
kingdom. Sagittarius is not about judging what we discover,
but seeing how it fits into the larger picture.
The centaur embodies heaven and earth
This month is about setting ourselves free - free to discover
our own particular joys, and to try new ways of seeing, understanding,
the world around us (Sun/Moon trine Uranus in Aries).
The stars don’t just ‘twinkle above us’,
they reflect us as ‘we twinkle below’ (from a
sweet song in the musical ‘Hair’). There is as
much beauty in nature as there is in the love of spirit, because
it’s all the same thing on different levels. Our everyday
self is between heaven and earth, and we need to bring them
together, not hold them apart. We join them by caring for
the earthly side with compassion, while living our daily life
in integrity with our finest beliefs.
Being there is enough
We will still be facing the ‘problems’, the deep
issues of our lives (Mercury in Scorpio until 5 December).
But there could be much more understanding and acceptance
of our emotional and physical needs, and those of others (Mercury
sextiles Mars in Virgo, who trines Venus in Capricorn). This
month is about how we relate, especially from 8 December (when
Mars moves into Libra). Perhaps the relevant learning will
be around responsibility in relationships (Venus in Capricorn
until early March 2014).
There is a particular emphasis on family responsibility this
month (as Jupiter opposes Venus from Cancer) and
the bit to avoid is placing conditions on your loving. Tough
love may require withdrawing our total support from someone
who is capable of supporting themselves; conditional loving
uses the need for love to get a behavioural result in the
‘loved one’ - quite different.
Tough love may well be part of responsible loving this month
(Jupiter trine Saturn), and it involves holding ones metaphorical
arms around, but not touching, the one who needs to grow.
Growth needs space and trust.
Be the bright beacon in the dark
From the Full Moon on 17 December, we may find ourselves
becoming frustrated that life isn’t giving us all that
we want, upset that things aren’t necessarily the way
we would like (Mars opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto). So
the last two weeks of December will need us to be open to
sharing fresh ideas, and new ways of putting things together
- parties with a difference!
It may be difficult to stay happy partly through the sense
of others’ suffering (Sun/Moon square Chiron in
Pisces); it may be individuals that you know, or people
in the news, or the wars and damage that is going on world-wide
it seems these days. We may feel inappropriate, or even guilty
for enjoying ourselves. I have two ways to deal with guilt:
one is the Flower Remedy Pine which washes guilt through and
out, leaving me content to be myself; the other is a constant
companion-action of mine - hand the cared-about person or
situation into the hands of light, knowing that the light
will be far more effective in the best way than I could ever
be on my own. The words could be: ‘Please take care
of this . . .’ and then one must let go, or we hinder
the healing that can happen.
Maintain your lightness, your happiness, your enjoyment of
the little things and of the huge oneness of it all. Life
needs all the lighted beacons we can be, to enthuse the thinkers
and prime movers with hope for positive solutions.
The arms of spiritual reality are around us all the time,
without pressure or conditions or demands for repayment. Sagittarius
may not be able to explain this, but it is understood at the
heart. So, regardless of the uncertainties and stress in our
world, let’s enjoy the rest of this year - the next
New Moon is on 1 January 2014!
Here is a fun Sagittarian gift - enjoy!