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Sun 09° Gemini 11' 04"
Moon 01° Pisces 09' 25"
Mercury 22° Taurus 02' 25"
Venus 07° Gemini 41' 01"
Mars 22° Aries 27' 24"
Ceres 20° Capricorn 52' 18" 
Pallas 26° Scorpio 01' 30" 
Juno 10° Virgo 12' 36"
Vesta 21° Cancer 14' 02"
Jupiter 00° Gemini 58' 17"
Saturn 18° Pisces 39' 22"
Chiron 22° Aries 10' 47"
Uranus 24° Taurus 03' 59"
Neptune 29° Pisces 37' 00"
Pluto 01° Aquarius 56' 03" 
TrueNode 14° Aries 02' 02" 

The Turning Worm

As Venus and Mercury prepare to leave Aries and follow Mars into Taurus in time for the Full Moon on Tuesday (May 17th 4:08 AM PDT) at 26 degrees Taurus/Scorpio, I find myself still reeling from all of the Aries energy we've experienced.  Oh my! All of the new beginnings and fresh starts!

At the last New Moon there were 5 planets stirring up the Aries sky and only the Sun and Moon were in Taurus.  By the coming Full Moon, only Jupiter and Uranus will be left in Aries - and Jupiter will be to Taurus by the 5th of June.

But rather than feeling the residual Aries energy as courage and a craving for challenge, I'm just overwhelmed at the immensity of the universe and what a tiny, tiny speck I am.  I don't think this is really about humility as much as it is about indulgence.  Indulging in the 'less than' rather than focusing on the 'part of'.

I'm still working on figuring out what I want to do with this website.  I know that I would like to join my voice with others talking about and working with astrology.  I have a strong desire to carry on with my mother's work and yet add my own perspective from this new moment in time. I want to offer resources that can be used by anyone, in whatever way best suits their search for meaning.  Of course, I'd like to be 'noticed' out here on the internet - get some 'traffic' or 'attention' or whatever.

But I'm overwhelmed with recalling the beginnings of the first Esther & Son website which started all the way back in 1994 at a time when Mom was still quite well known as a published author and the internet was mostly an abstract concept explored by only the most intrepid seekers.  As I recall it, we were all still hungry for information, not overloaded and overwhelmed by it.

Now, when you type in Astrology on Google you get "About 67,700,000 results in (0.09 seconds)" .   And, it just seems to me that a great deal of what is presented in those 67,000,000 results offers some pretty grandiose promises of what can be accomplished just by 'clicking here' or 'clicking there.'

There are also some great astrologers with really exciting and important presences on the Internet such as Rob Hand or Liz Greene. But no one teacher or guide can answer all of life's questions. Understanding how to Be is and always will be a process with no end.  I don't believe that there are any quick or simple fixes for what comes to us in life.

And really, astrologers are people too.  Really, they are!

But this post isn't really about Astrology or the internet.  It's about the process of finding and understanding one's place in the universe and how it is sometimes difficult to see one's self  'right-sized'.

The Aries archetype simply says "I AM!" without continuing  to such things as "HOW I BECAME" or "NOW WHAT?" or even "SO WHAT?"  But I think, as the emphasis shifts from that blast of Aries energy, the questions are inevitable.

In trying to sort this out, I turned to one of my favorite books "The Spirituality of Imperfection", by Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham.  I found this story:

"The instructor wrote the words human, humor, and humility on the blackboard and then turned to the class - a motley mixture of degreed professionals and would-be alcoholism counselors who were mainly recovering individuals from all imaginable walks of life - and challenged: 'You all know what humus is, don't you?'

"In the back of the room, draped over various parts of three chairs, sprawled a rangy man, about six-and-a-half feet tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds. An observer might have guessed that this student hailed from the great state of Texas, dressed as he was in cowboy boots and a ten-gallon hat and wearing a name-tag cut in the shape of a large star that read, 'Tex.'

"In a deep drawl Tex rumbled his answer: "Yeah, Doc - worm-shit!"

As it says in another part of the book, "Humility is, above all, honesty. True humilty neither exaggerates nor minimizes but accepts." And, quoting Dag Hammarskjöld: "To be humble is not to make comparisons."

I'm thinking that this is going to be the focus going forward as we ride through the Taurus Full Moon and head into the swell of Gemini/June conversation and communication.  We can dig in a bit with the Taurus energy - maybe throw out a few stabilizing roots, but we need to be careful about making comparisons with the progress or placement of others.

At least that's what I need to work on - even if I'm just another tiny spec of worm dung.


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