Now IS Later: The Practice of Charity

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:12-13

Pisces full moon yearns for communion with the divine: how do we not feel alone, stay in connection with love to ourselves, each other, the earth and universe? No small task…today our body just might need a lot of sleep and rest (and dreams) to heal. The full moon in Pisces invites us to surrender and empty out, and allow what is coming to come, and trust that you can ride it. How to find that trust? The original translation of the “love” in the Corinthians passage above was “charity.” The traditional meaning of charity is more like “loving kindness,” a service toward both ourselves and others, which may first involve deeply feeling (probably old) emotional pain to open your heart and stay connected to the present—and somehow trust the process.

In the Moon tarot card, ruled by Pisces, little paisley-shaped yods rain down from the moon, combining solar and lunar energies to incorporate changes into the human body. The yods fall between two towers. The towers here are called herms, pillars of Hermes, which were designated boundary markers in the ancient world. It is interesting to see this image this week as we pass the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as they may present to us as “twin towers.” In the realm of Pisces, a foggy energy without limits or clarity, the herms represent a crossroads, a boundary to what is known. How do we move beyond the boundary set in stone and trust we can stay grounded? Or do we just float away? The moon reminds us that there is not a straight path to spiritual evolution.

Another energy that is pushing toward surrender and expansion of boundaries this week is the position of Saturn turning from retrograde to direct on the south node of the moon, which is a kind of karmic bathtub water drain. In Kaypacha’s astrology forecast this week, he made a joke about the karmic wake up call of Saturn at this point, how we might always have a tendency to put things off that we need to do until “later,” whenever that might be. But when Saturn, who is keeping track of your soul’s “progress” here on earth is in the nook of the south node, “Now IS Later.” The time is up for the old thing you needed to do. The energy might push the goodbye, the letting go, because we are entering a new time, and a cycle, habit, and something in the way you have lived or seen or thought you understood life is over. What was the lesson? That way has passed, and the changes are bringing us into a new reality.