May 24-25, 2013
Truth is one of the highest virtues. Yet, why do we spend so much avoiding it, or spinning it like dubstep DJs into a warped remix? Like a spoonful of cough syrup, honesty can be brutal (and bitter) when we get our first taste. But, if we’re brave enough, it can also set us free. That’s the theme of this month’s Sagittarius full moon, which also happens to be a game-changing lunar eclipse.
The May 25 lunar eclipse in truth-teller Sagittarius could show us life in its rawest (or most crystalline) state. If you’ve been walking around with “eyes wide shut,” this super-powered full moon could expose the full panoramic view in its floodlights, uncovering a blind spot or two. While it may be jarring, it will also be enlightening. We’re often attracted to people who are intriguing and mysterious. Now, however, the eclipse can make us prefer an open book.
Eclipses are changemakers, and this is the third of three eclipses that have fallen in the last month. (The others were a Scorpio lunar eclipse on April 25 and a Taurus solar eclipse May 9.) If your life has felt topsy-turvy for the last month, this is probably why. (For more on eclipses, read our article here: http://www.astrostyle.com/Scopes/Features/features_eclipse_solar_lunar.htm)
To arrive at the truth—whatever that is—we sometimes have to take a journey. That journey has been going on since December 2010, when a series of eclipses began to fall a few times a year on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. These eclipses came along to revolutionize our communication (Gemini) and intergroup relations (Sagittarius). This eclipse is the grand finale of this series.
It’s also a good time to reflect on how our society has shifted. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the way we think, speak, teach, learn, share information and ideas, and view people “different” from us has altered from these eclipses. Examples include the rise of long-distance learning, or the shift from “click” to “swipe” with iPads and tablets.
These days, you can’t go anywhere without people staring, zombie style, at their phones…or sharing their filtered version of the truth via Instagram. Our sense of time has also been warped by these eclipses—and no surprise, since Gemini and Sagittarius are two of the most impatient and instant gratification seeking signs. In his new book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff gives a fascinating take on the impact of our exaggerated “in the now” culture.
The entire publishing industry, which is ruled by Sagittarius, has surrendered to the eclipse evolution. Most books (Gemini ruled) and magazines are now done in both print and digital form. In March 2011, The New York Times even reported that ebook sales had surpassed printed books on Amazon.com.
How we get around has even changed. Gemini rules transportation and Sagittarius rules travel, both areas affected by these eclipses. A clear example is the rise of commuter bicycles in urban areas. Interestingly, New York City debuted its first public bike share program this month, right in time with the Sagittarius lunar eclipse.
Define Your Message.
So now that we’re all a swipe, keystroke or video chat away from being connected, the Sagittarius lunar eclipse asks: What do you want to say? We’ve got the method (with 4G data plan included), but how about the message?
Perhaps this full moon is a good time for information decluttering. (No, I don’t want to scroll through Facebook to hear your political rant or accept your Farmville request, former junior high classmate. But thanks.) On the one hand, it’s awesome that we can all get so informed so fast. However, we’ve all become a bit too me-me-me for our own good, myopically focused on our irritation with the weather or the lady sitting next to us at Starbucks—and worse, consumed by a need to share that. (Guilty as charged, so no judgment.)
So what’s underneath the egregious oversharing? We believe that everything is done to serve a valid emotional need. In this case, it’s a need for community. Human beings are social animals, wired since our cave days to band together for survival. Our social media rants could be shots in the dark—fired, perhaps, because being so wired has actually made us MORE lonely. Ironically, our drive to stand out and flaunt our uniqueness has only made us less special. Yawn.
It’s also confused us. Gemini is the sign of the Twins, and many people have now formed a second persona—one that’s carefully edited, filtered and digitally displayed. Who the heck is anyone anymore? On our end, we even have our “real” lives as mom to a two-year-old (Ophi) and other utterly unglamorous details (pounding on a laptop in sweatpants, unshowered), and our branded media image as The AstroTwins. The entire wired world has come down with a sort of multiple personality disorder. (Thanks, Gemini.)
The truth (to bring it back to the theme of this post)? We may all be as singular as snowflakes, but underneath the lacey edges, we’re the same. The human condition is SUCH a buzzkill, isn’t it?
Fortunately, big-picture Sagittarius reminds us that there are greater callings to pursue. The wider world needs its lightworkers to turn on our highbeams, not our parking lights. We need to step out of our man- and lady-caves and get truly related. As Mother Teresa said, “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” Amen. Now who wants to meet for coffee?
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