Hello, this is your Captain speaking. Welcome to Aquarian Airlines flight 74, from London to Istanbul. We’re about to fly toward the Black Moon that comes on July 4, right at the Independence Day holiday in the USA.
If you’d like a more compact video/voiceover version of what follows here — I’ve posted a 10-minute video, “July4,2016BlackMoon” on YouTube. Other videos in this series will go up soon on the Dan Furst Channel on Youtube, starting with the July 18 Full Moon.
There are also brief comments on the lunations of this month — that is, the Black Moon and the Full Moon — in the Daily Listings for July 4 and 18 in the new Universal Festival Calendar that I’ve just posted for July, with its mythic prelude “In the Fire Again.”
Why does this flight take us from London to Istanbul? And why is this Black Moon chart cast for London at 12:00 pm on July 4? Because, intriguingly enough, the Black Moon in July in London falls exactly at the stroke of 12:00 noon, the peak of the day as a moment of solar illumination, when valuable insight may come not just for individual people, but for whole communities and societies. And because London is still reeling from the consequences of the Brexit vote on June 23, and yet another mass murder has just been perpetrated in Istanbul at a moment of terrific economic and political tension.
Saturn vs. Neptune vs. the Moon’s Nodes
For an astrologer writing every 2 weeks about the main lunar events in this extremely momentous year, the good news is that for the next four months, from now to October, the same alignment among slow-moving planets and other major chart points dominates the celestial mechanics:
Saturn in Sagittarius, in the 3rd house of communications in this London Black Moon chart, is at a 90° “square” to Neptune in Pisces — the sign Neptune rules, where he is strongest, in the 6th house of health and service relationships.
At the same time, another symbol in the 6th house, the South Moon’s Node (the upside-down horseshoe) is conjunct to Neptune, so that the North Node in the 12th house, always exactly opposite to the South Node, also opposes Neptune. So Neptune and the Nodes are all in the 90° square to Saturn.
So what? And why is this ongoing combination not one of the most entertaining events we’ll experience this year? Because when planets are at the “stressful,” “difficult,” “afflictive” angles of the 90° square and the 180° opposition, their least positive and friendly sides emerge, and they behave like enemies out to frost and fight each other, rather than allies willing to create the happiest and most fruitful outcomes.
Saturn is at his worst, no longer the august and severe teacher who embodies and encourages our most determined and devoted efforts to fulfill our Sacred Contracts by utilizing our gifts and acting in service to others. He becomes instead the stiff, heavy, unimaginative negater — like the stick in the mud guy on your team who says we’ve never done it this way before — who resists all change for the better because he doesn’t think it’s possible, and we don’t deserve it.
Neptune is even more dark and dour than he is even under the best conditions, and he degrades from the spiritual adventurer and mystical teacher, the shaman and musician and medicine dancer to the liar and addict, the scam artist, victim and energy vampire who can’t contribute anything useful in critical times because he’d rather submerge and duck the difficult challenge than rise to it, and would rather practice propaganda, falsehood and concealment than tell the plain truth.
When these two planets are averse to each other, other specific themes apply: involuntary suffering that brings agony, rather than the voluntary suffering that purifies; passive-aggressive withdrawal games rather than the useful solitude of meditation; resentment and resignation over what we don’t have rather than the spiritual choice of a simpler, more ascetic life.
These trends become harder to bear in the months ahead because they also involve the Moon’s Nodes, which represent group relationships of all kinds, from intimate unions to families, work teams, spiritual circles and communities, so that cohesion in relationships is hard to maintain, and heart fractures come. Many losses of relationship will come soon among those who are not bonded in heart and soul, but stay together for comfort’s sake, or from the fear of being alone.
They will be like the apartment dwellers in the famous scene from Network, shouting “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” — except that they’re more likely to feel, “I’m mad as hell, and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it” because all those other crooked, heartless, lying bastards are making my life so hard. At least that’s how it will look to those who see themselves as unable to bring about any change in themselves, much less any change in their country or their planet. They will feel, already do, that life is Hell, which by its nature in inescapable. They could contemplate a Tibetan “wrathful deity” like Mahakala, if they were able to see their own rage and their own shadow as part of the problem, and could see how the inner turmoil that we hold and feed stokes all the horror in the world outside us. Or we could strive to emulate the Dalai Lama, the main subject of this month’s Universal Festival Calendar, whose teaching that “Without inner peace, there is no world peace” is exactly what is needed now.
Or we could find the serenity, like the rapt souls in this sculpture from the church of Our Lady of Health (Nuestra Señora de Salud) here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to accept the fire as purifying, and endure it patiently until we enter the water again.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche — thanks to Tim O’Hanlon for the tip on this — was once asked if he had ever been in any of the Buddhdist hells. “Many times,” he replied. “And what do you do when you’re there?” his interviewer continued. “I try to stay as long as I can.” He didn’t elaborate, but we can infer his point. When we want to exit the fire at once, it hurts like Hell. When we accept the fire’s purifying force, it enlightens and heals. Much of mid-2016 is like this, and gives us a choice between blaming and screaming, or meeting the meanness of our shadow and sweating him away.
Burn, Fire, Burn Bright. Keep Holding That Frequency.