Here in the heart of the Celtic lands, July is filled with the signs of endings and beginnings as young birds fledge and their parents discard worn feathers while perhaps nesting anew or returning to their winter territory or even, if old, dying, their work in a happy life done.
The rhythm of natural planetary life is wonderful, even if sometimes it is harsh particularly when it clashes with the demands of people who have yet to understand the meaning of co-existence: as we watch or experience severe flooding or landslides, it is good to remember that nature adjusts to these events as it has done throughout Earth history, but when humans try to control nature unnaturally for their own benefit, it is the human community that suffers. “Give and take” applies much more in this regard than is recognised currently, though this will change in time.
Fundamental to the approach of seeking harmonious balance in everything is having common principles that are understood and accepted, also respected. Boris Johnson, for example, is a complex character of apparent vision and intellectual brilliance with the potential to be one of the leading statesmen of his age, but he has fallen far from grace as a result of hubris and a failure to consider the values of the colleagues and countrymen he was elected to serve, of which integrity is key and in which he has proved himself to be lacking. These are hard lessons for him – if he is able to see them – and are a potent reminder to those seeking his office of the dangers of complacency and the importance of humility.
It is no coincidence that his wings have melted very publicly as a powerful Full Moon approaches involving Cancer, Capricorn and Pluto. This challenging astrological scenario is about authority, boundaries, ultimatums, the exposure of corruption and lies and conflict and arguments. It is a fiery time in many senses and there may be more fire yet to come as human ego is confronted by the pressure of the demands of the soul in a personal as well as a global sense, for the ultimate in giving and taking is the co-operation between the human being and its soul.
The sense of happy compromise which is the hallmark of give and take is achievable even in these chaotic times, for while through Mother Moon we are being challenged over our values we have the opportunity to shine also with the help of the Light of the Sun God. The Light is strong in July and while we see endings in the world of politics and in nature, that Light is a constant source of reassurance that, whatever is happening in our small quarrelsome human world, we are loved and guarded always in the infinite world of Spirit, and that is through the wise and conscious use of our Light which is part of the universal Light that we shine, visibly.