“O Sole Mio”, the beloved Neapolitan song written by Giovanni Capurro, translates as “My Sunshine.” The first verse salutes a sunny day with the freshest air that follows a storm. But the chorus, the dramatic turn, the part that really gets us, speaks of a different sun.
“But another sun,
even more beauteous, oh my sweetheart,
my own sun, shines from your face!
This sun, my own sun,
shines from your face!
It shines from your face!
A Full Moon finds us this week in the sign of Aries, the primordial spark of life, the mystery that motivates, in other words, that other sun. When it shines it is ‘even more beauteous’ and larger than life.
It should come as no surprise that Luciano Pavarotti, who won a grammy for this song in 1980, was born under a Full Aries Moon. His lunar substance of soul is made up of this other sun, one’s own sun.
O sole mio! Such a beautiful and private light. It rises like an epiphany when it sees its own brightness reflected back from others, reflected back from the otherness of the world.
As most operas show, it is love that moves the atmosphere; obscuring or revealing these brilliant and more beauteous rays. Grab your earphones, or hear it with your heart! O Sole Mio! Your own sun and its spark!
From where will it shine, this spark so divine?
Mars will oppose this Moon, expect emotional crescendos! Pluto squaring from the depths adds alluring innuendos! The drama of this full moon reminds us to be in touch with what lies beneath the surface; a powerful swirl of lava that animates the soul and determines what really matters.
Such a reminder will come in handy as we transition into beneath-the-surface Scorpio season on Saturday!
It’s Libra Season! The swelter of the summer is gone, and the icy wind has yet to come. There is a beautiful relief in the neutralness of the air. And there are apples everywhere! A nod to Venus, the Goddess associated with Libra.
Libra Season encourages us to find a harmony in our lives by nurturing a middle path. In Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aristotle saw the mathematical Golden Mean (the divine proportion of 1.618 to 1 seen in much of the ancient art world) as representing the “golden middle way”. This was a way that favored the desirable middle between two extremes, that of excess and that of deficiency.
To see how Libra Season interacts with your own zodiac sign and read your very own typewritten monthly horoscope, go here! —–
Mars has been traveling through Aquarius through much of the summer. It began in May, retrograded back into Capricorn for most of August, and now it’s back. Back in the sign of the Water Bearer. Making more waves.
Mars at it’s root is potent energy. Energy that needs to be born, so it can become something. It doesn’t just stir things up because it’s some kind of joker, it has destiny, hopes, purpose! The problem is we are often blind to what the energy is after, and acting out it’s commands on a subconscious level.
Mars at it’s very core is the power of the will. The dictionary defines the word, will as the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action. Right away the complexity of the will is apparent. What is the faculty we use to decide something and initiate action? Sometimes it’s logic, more often it’s driven by emotion, namely subconscious ones.
The will, is the spark of the complex matter of mind and emotion. It’s like a newborn subatomic comet seeking it’s destiny somewhere. Energy arises, we are motivated by it, decisions are made and actions taken. Mars was the start of it, the eager little spark.
In Aquarius, the spark is under the influence of the far-out realm of what it means to even exist. The Waters that the Water Bearer bears are complex streams of consciousness, intermingling, stretching over boundaries of time and space. Aquarius, like no other sign, centers around the somewhat abstract concept of existence.
Is existence a phenomenon of material, mental or emotional substance? What lies outside of existence? More existence? Is there an outside? How small or big can it stretch? How long has existence been around? Is there anything that doesn’t exist if we include the mental reality of things? What is our relationship to our own existence on a daily, meaningful level?
Welcome to the far side. Aquarian town. Matters that involve life’s abstractions which are so often mysteriously tied to the very root of humanity.
When concepts of existence get stirred up (Mars influence), we may not be the slightest bit aware of it consciously, but a type of existential angst is likely to set in. The next thing we know is we are agitated (Mars) by this abstract feeling that life, and our existence is without meaning. The “what is it all about? What is it all for?” type of angst. We may feel like a hamster in a wheel, going round and round the motions of meaningless work and routine, with all sense of solar purpose lost, all sense of Solar Essence obscured.
The key to making Mars transiting Aquarius your friend and not your foe is to acknowledge your relationship with your daily existence in relation to your Solar Essence. For example, if at your solar core (look to your Sun sign and it’s aspects), you are a true people person who gets a lot out of conversations and social interactions, yet your day to day existence is working the night shift alone stocking groceries, and then home to sleep all day with no contact with other people, this transit might seek to bust up your reality. It has to! Your daily existence is totally off balance with your Solar Essence! Something’s got to give, even if it means you simply make sure to hang out with friends once every few days, brighten that inner Sun back up. Often it’s the minor adjustments made that really take root and help grow your life back into better balance.
Also under the rulership of Aquarius is the future. Equally abstract and intrinsically tied to our deepest human nature is the concept of the future. We can never know it, but we know of it.
We can choose to think we have no say in our own future, or we can choose to commit to the future that we want. Even though such a commitment could never guarantee it’s reality, it can still position us to live in the now, as a person becoming, as a person always being born, in direction that we have chosen.
This is true freedom! Free-will if you will. The will loves freedom, and the trick is to understand that freedom is not divorced from responsibility. You are responsible for the commitment towards your future, and towards your commitment on who you are and who you are becoming.