The Moon enters its last quarter while traversing mid-Virgo at 10:30 am EST Thursday morning. Sunrise tomorrow will find half-lit Luna already ascending to its highest point in the sky, closing in on a square to the Sagittarius Sun. Like all square aspects, the lunar last quarter is often accompanied by tension originating from within, what Dane Rudhyar called a “crisis in consciousness.” This month, that crisis will be more like an opportunity to practice raising consciousness.
With practice, you get better. It is no stretch, therefore, to see this last quarter of the Moon’s monthly cycle as practice for when the Sun enters the the last quarter of its annual cycle at the Capricorn Solstice on Dec. 21.
When the Sun enters Capricorn this year, it will come with a lot of baggage. Some of that baggage you will need to lift and carry. The rest of it, you will not need at all. Discerning what you need to lift, and how to carry it forward, will take some practice. Among the baggage that will accompany the new season initiated by solar Capricorn is some conjecture about a miraculous ascension, variously interpreted as a crisis — or delivery from one.
Anybody who is conscious knows that Earth is already in crisis. Anybody who is practical knows that the crisis confronting our planet was brought on by human beings. We have mined the oceans to depletion, deforested nearly all of the land, and poisoned the air. Clearly some type of ascension is in order. The only question is what form that will take. Only one form is supported by practice.
Your own practical experience tells you that any mess you make will not miraculously clean itself up. Rather, you must step up to responsibility, and act to resolve the situation. That is the do-it-yourself sort of ascension Thursday’s last quarter Moon is likely to provide. Either that, or the opportunity for you to practice helping somebody else.
Regardless of what form they take, the events that accompany Luna’s closing square to the Sun will prepare you to better participate in bringing about the ascension that some have said will be delivered when the Sun enters Capricorn just over two weeks from today.
Long practical experience does not support any expectation that we will receive supernatural deliverance at this Capricorn Solstice, any more than has been the case with solstices past. Actual observation of the Sun, just like actual observation of the Moon ascending to the last quarter, will serve only to tell us what time it is.
What time it is will, in turn, indicate what the times would have us do in order to be in harmony with the Earth and Cosmos once again. Indications are that the only deliverance to be had will be what we provide for each other, which could lead to some amazing results if enough people accept that responsibility.
What we will actually see on Dec. 21 is actually so amazing, that for a long time our ancestors thought it was supernatural. For the last half year, the Sun has ascended in the morning and set in the evening a little bit further south than the day before. At the Capricorn Solstice, that southward motion will stop to eventually turn north. Ancients in the Northern Hemisphere saw it as miraculous deliverance from cold, darkness and starvation. Eventually nearly all people, regardless of location, ascended to an awareness of seasonal cycles that would repeat as a practical matter, and not as an unaccountable miracle. With that awareness came responsibility and authority.
With an awareness of seasonal cycles came the responsibility for keeping track of them for the practical purpose of feeding ourselves. That’s how calendars, and the authority to issue them, came to be. Even more recently, our awareness ascended yet again.
Now we know that everybody has a common and simultaneous experience of the Sun changing direction at every solstice. The authority conferred by that awareness is both personal and political. It is the authority to abandon the baggage of separation. That includes any notion that nationality, race, religion or location will somehow make a difference to your fate. So long as the planet is in crisis, all of us are in crisis, equally and at once.
All Earthlings are in the same boat. There is no exception. If there is any ascension to accompany this year’s Capricorn Solstice, it will be to a practical awareness that consciousness is just as common and simultaneous an experience as the pivoting Sun. That there is no separation on any level. The better we get at taking responsibility for that awareness, and behaving in accordance with it, the lighter our common and necessary baggage will be. If the Moon is any indication, you can begin practicing this week.
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