“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.”
~ Alan Watts
Integrity: The Sun and The Moon
Aligning Your Inner and Outer Nature
Most people know their Sun sign, but how many know their Moon sign? Familiarizing yourself with both allows a deeper understanding of your fundamental motivation and vitality. You can begin to learn how these two personality components relate and function together. This helps you understand what truly drives you, how you create relationships with others, and how you express yourself.
The Sun symbolizes the identity you shine outwardly. Some strongly identify with their Sun sign, while others do not, and are left wondering why it just doesn’t fit. This is because we are all far more than what the Sun alone represents. The Moon symbolizes the inner emotional nature and the reigning need of the chart. It traverses all twelve signs in a month, changing sign roughly every 2½ days. To understand the Moon better, consider how it reflects brilliance of the Sun. It is impossible to look directly at the Sun; however, we can stare at the Moon’s silvery reflected light all night long. The message? We all must work within our own inner realm of emotions to manifest the life we want. This striving becomes possible by the softer light of the Moon.
Understanding the relationship between your Sun and Moon reveals much about the alignment between your inner motivations and your external actions. The degree to which you can ally the contemplative dimension of the Moon to the outer manifestations of the Sun illustrates your personal integrity.
If the Sun and Moon are fused together in the same sign, there is a natural synchronicity between your emotional life and the way you conduct yourself publicly. Your challenge is to direct all that power appropriately. In contrast, if three signs apart, your Sun and your Moon exist in a stressful square configuration, an intensely disparate relationship. You will have to work very hard to align the two energies since they are so different. This combination is well-suited to lots of personal growth. One sign apart suggests an affable connection, where one energy emerges out of the other. A two sign separation indicates an opportunity that must be acted upon for productive expression. Four signs apart show a harmonious flow of understanding. A five sign contrast suggests an awkwardness that requires clarification. Six signs apart, an opposition, shows two polar opposites in need of resolution while honoring both.
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“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
~ David Steindl-Rast
I love the simplicity of the four elements and resonate with their rich imagery. The four elements form the backbone of the twelve zodiacal signs. We can see these forces play out in nature and in our personalities. Understanding how they interact can give us a deeper understanding of our relationships. How we express them relies upon our self-awareness, our path, and our intention for wielding personal power. Balancing them is a moving process, like walking back and force along a seesaw.
The four elements are:
The creative, assertive force of FIRE
The steady, building energy of EARTH
The intellectual, inventive vibe of AIR
The deep, emotional content of WATER
FIRE MEETS EARTH, POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE
A volcano erupts across the sky after seething dormant for millennia
A potter molds clay, creating a fine porcelain vessel
An abundance of earth snuffs the flame into darkness
An abundance of fire scorches the earth beyond desert.
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius inspires Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo)
(Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo stabilizes Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
AIR AND FIRE COLLIDE, AN EASY EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION
Balanced, the hearth fire burns, community gathers around for spirited discourse
Or sheets of fire in a wildfire, taking thousands of acres, a cleansing process in the long view, destruction of the current paradigm
A fire being drained of air becomes smoke, blinding the eyes of all.
(Libra, Aquarius, Gemini aerates Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius ignites Libra, Aquarius, Gemini)
FIRE AND WATER STEAM
The geyser cascades shots of elemental brilliance from the earth’s crust
A natural sauna making sweat, passionate embrace
Water drowns the flame, dominates or
Fire scalds the bottom of the kettle as water disappears into steam.
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius brings Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces to a simmer)
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces cools Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
AIR AND EARTH, THE MAKING OF A CANYON
Wind whips across the spires of red Utah, pulling grains of sand into sculpture
The unbridled freedom of dust particles across the planet, or the deep earth canyon trapping air in a spiral dance
An ancient interplay between matter and energy, stillness and movement
The dust devil dances in the desert.
(Libra, Aquarius, Gemini dances with Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo)
(Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo grounds Libra, Aquarius, Gemini)
AIR AND WATER, SURFING THE WAVES OF HAWAI’I
Spray blows off the top, the inexorable power of water, the wind sprite dances
Sheets of rain blown upside down, a brief flouting of the natural order of things
Mental concentration meets the well of compassion
Or, unbalanced, mindless heart*, sensitivity without focus
Or heartless mind*, cutthroat cerebral control.
(Libra, Aquarius, Gemini lifts Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces surfs with Libra, Aquarius, Gemini)
WATER AND EARTH, SUCH A NATURAL ATTRACTION
Water penetrates the opaqueness of the Earth, loosening it
Continuing until the dam breaks, crashing towards the ocean to be swallowed
A marsh, riparian habitat, elegantly designed for filtration, the natural proclivity of the Earth to cleanse and renew
A mudslide in the Californian redwoods, saturation reached.
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces nourishes Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo)
(Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo anchors Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
*Concept taken from The Five Keys to Mindful Communication by Susan Gillis Chapman