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Full Moon @ 14 Leo 48'
February 3, 2015
6:09 PM Eastern
3:09 PM Pacific
Gravity is the binding force of the macroscopic universe. Without it, nothing would coalesce—planets wouldn’t form and stars would collapse. It is gravity that holds this whole thing together. The orbits of the planets around the Sun, the spiraling cycles of stars around the galactic center, and the movement of galaxies around their own aggregate gravitational centers—all would cease to exist in gravity’s absence.
According to Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, objects with mass occupying space leave an imprint within space itself, creating a field around it that pulls surrounding objects (with less mass) toward or around it. From our perspective, the Sun is the center of gravity in the solar system; though we know that the Sun itself is subject to the larger gravitational fields generated by other massive objects as well as the galactic center which it orbits entirely roughly every 250 million years.
That’s quite a bit to take in, and it’s a perspective that serves us very little from our subjective viewpoint here on Earth. For our purposes, we know that gravity keeps our feet firmly planted on the ground. That’s all we really deal with. It may be equally enlightening to realize that gravity is a constant force, much like the speed of light. So, while physicists have given it a name and have painstakingly described it through mathematical equations, we still don’t fully understand it.
Perhaps, gravity is like love—binding all things together in a way that nothing else can. Gravity may feel limiting, keeping us stuck in a specific time and place, but it’s the very thing that increases complexity and fuels the evolutionary process. From an occult or astrological perspective, the Sun is the very heart and engine of the mind itself—the center of gravity of consciousness. And so we come to a very powerful realization: gravity exists only in the mind as does the Sun and all the stars that we see in the sky.
Imagine that. When you look up at the sky and notice the Moon or the planets (with the exception of certain trans-Neptunian objects like Pluto) all orbiting along a specific plane—you are witnessing the Sun’s gravitational field as it extends outward through the solar system. But that very field is something the mind itself has created, which doesn’t make it any less awesome or real. At the end of the day, the mind’s perception is all we really know and fully perceive.
The entire Universe is contained in the mind. This is the heart of the “how” of astrology, and something those with an overtly scientific mentality will never fully comprehend. Astrology works because the planets, the stars, and even the fictitious tropical zodiac all exist in the mind which is inseparable from waking consciousness. The solar system is a mind map because it is the mind--as are the laws of physics which must change as our perception widens and becomes all-encompassing.
This month's lunar cycle culminates in tropical Leo—the sign we associate with the Sun. It also conjoins Jupiter—the largest planet in our solar system with a gravitational force that actually rivals that of the Sun. When I think about this Full Moon, I think gravitas and magnanimity. As the current lunar cycle culminates, it carries tremendous weight and force that is rather attractive—in a gravitational sense.
This Full Moon is about picking up the pieces, pulling things together, regaining trust, confidence, and channeling powerful creative energy and enthusiasm toward positive goals or objectives. This is rather quite fitting because we are a little bit past the midpoint of Mercury’s retrograde cycle, which often has us deconstructing something to ultimately build it back up—whether that be an actual project, palpable thing, viewpoint or perspective. So, this Full Moon kind of pulls it together in a way that will leave us feeling a little more grounded and rooted.
Gravity is also a supporting force. By keeping our feet firmly rooted to the Earth’s surface, we have this sense of something that supports us, that holds us all together. While we may not understand it, we have learned to trust this mysterious force; we allow it to guide us. And ditto with love. While equally mysterious, we must trust the flow of love in our life and allow it to guide us as well, wherever it may lead us. Gravity, love, creativity, desire and passion—they are the forces that keep us coming back to this place in time and space, but perhaps, they are equally the forces, that once exhausted, will ultimately set us free.
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