Forecast for Thursday, July 2nd
Sagittarius Gibbous Moon

“It is by going down into the abyss that you recover the treasures of life,” wrote the great Joseph Campbell, because “where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

The moon has moved into Sagittarius from Scorpio, which is to say that the psyche has emerged to the surface from deep-see diving, to the shimmering of stars twinkling upon the surface of the water, to a hopeful horizon off in the distance boasting light and life, and just enough oxygen in the tank to make it back to shore to immerse itself among the mossy forests of haunting abundances and potentials…

What have you stumbled upon since last weekend?

Today’s hopeful moon connects to Chiron—it’s a friendly connection, but it’s still an invitation to look upon your shadows, your squish… your stuff.

❝No matter what comes along, we’re always standing at the center of the world in the middle of sacred space, and everything that comes into that circle and exists with us there has come to teach us what we need to know.❞
——Pema Chödrön

However. And this is a huge however—Sagittarian energies can be much more forgiving of one’s shadows and squish and stuff… though, these energies can be as harmful as Scorpionic energies, if not more so, toward one’s own shadows, squish, and stuff, even if it’s in a more playfully philosophical way.

Erich Neumann* enlightens that “the shadow, which is in conflict with the acknowledged values, cannot be accepted as a negative part of one’s own psyche and is therefore projected—that is, it is transferred to the outside world and experienced as an outside object. It is combated, punished, and exterminated as ‘the alien out there’ instead of being dealt with as one’s own inner problem.”

Shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera introduces the Sagittarian moon native as a person who “has been characterized as having an elusive quality, like that of a wild and untrusting animal. Another astrologer once compared them to the deer in a local park, who can slowly, over time, being themselves to feed from your hand, but when the hand appears in a glove, they bolt for the woods”… furthermore, “the Sagittarian love of freedom, in the lunar placement, requires a certain amount of emotional space. Anything that seems to tie her down to one dream, one ideal, one relationship, creates a fight-or-flight response.”

❝I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.❞
——Charlotte Brontë

Today may offer the emotional space you’re seeking to acknowledge, to allow, and to honor your shadows, squish, and stuff from a more illuminated place.

Lunarly Sagittarian energies are often easily associated to the mythology of Artemis, as it is Artemis who would violently defend her freedoms, however many obstacles in these pursuits caused her to stumble.

As an archer, Artemis energies need to maintain focus—and aim—and so sights would always be high… I would imagine Artemisian efforts and ideals stumbled, as a result, quite frequently.

As Kaldera describes it, “she [Artemis] rules the kind of thought that has its eye constantly on the goal, even if that goal is merely the horizon…”

Still, as I mentioned, despite such optimistic, jovial, and audacious perspectives regarding the rigidities of reality, Sagittarian and Artemisian energies alike have a way of being extremely righteously punishing and self-critical, and especially uncompromising when visions and character fall short of an ideal… “Artemis holds everyone uncompromisingly to her own standards and slays them out of hand if they fail…”

It is important to note here that *lunarly* Sagittarian energies are not typically judgmental of others, but toward self; however, Artemisian energies have other idea(l)s in mind.

❝Respect has nothing to do with who is right and who is wrong. It has to do with allowing space for someone else’s opinion.❞
——Jackie Viramontez

Nevertheless, my point is straining to share with you that, all optimism and wishful thinking aside, the raw realities emerging in all directions now could still take their toll on the psyche and soul alike… and it is a component of the human condition—when feeling insecure, it is natural to close off or shut down, to react with emotional irrationality rather than respond by logical reasoning, and to punish an/Other, however passive-aggressively… and it’s more important than ever—though, arguably, it’s always important—to remain open-minded and open-hearted, despite the differences in between.

Should you find yourself stumbling upon an unknown emotion or an unfamiliar perspective—or maybe even a foreign ideal—remember that this is actually an opportunity, a treasure in fact, to discover something truly valuable within… and there’s nothing ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ about it—and likely—your shadows, your squish, and you know: all your stuff… will become audaciously illuminated through your open-mindedness about it.

❝Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.❞
——Carl Jung

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*Neumann, E. “Depth Psychology and a New Ethic.” ©1949.
Kaldera, R. “Myth Astrology.” Llewellyn Publications; ©2005.

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