September 08, 2011
By Lynda Hill
There is no sincerer love than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw
The reflections on a day well spent furnish us with joys more pleasing than ten thousand triumphs. Thomas A. Kempis
It is a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter. Don Herold
Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Every body needs that. James Brown
God gave teeth; He will give bread. Lithuanian Proverb
Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time. Chinese Proverb
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. Orson Welles
I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family. George W. Bush
September's full Moon, occurring on September 12, speaks about having food on the table and being able to nurture your self and others and provide for life's necessities. The Sabian Symbol is Pisces 20: A Table Set For An Evening Meal. The following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom:
The ‘Table’ may be set for a celebration, a family, a couple or just for one. It could be that everything is in place other than the substance, which may be still in preparation, and those to sit at the ‘Table’ to appreciate it. If the ‘Table’ is not only ‘Set’, but also the food ready and the people enjoying the ‘Meal’, there’s the need for a calm state of mind and a quiet and receptive heart. Having said that, it’s not always possible to have peace and quiet at the dinner table. Issues of the day may be brought to the ‘Table’ to be discussed, and these may disturb the atmosphere or need resolution. Still, it’s important to have a calm and quiet enjoyment whilst eating, as this ensures a healthy mind and body This Symbol is often an assurance of that. Having worked hard and long, you may need to realize that your needs will be met. You may find that you have prepared the situation well. What you need will come. Those already at home, as well as those returning home, will find comfort, safety and sustenance. Remember to attend to these everyday tasks with a sense of reverence. Try to remember to say Grace in thanks for the good things that you have.
Keywords: Provision of life’s necessities. Being well nourished. Having to prepare for others. Issues of “who will serve and who will eat”. Dinner and dinner parties. Issues of nourishment and having a roof over one’s head. Food allergies. Food technology. Breaking bread with others. People bringing a plate to share. Cutlery, plates, glasses. Wine and water. Diets. Groceries. Doing the dishes. Making a meal of something. Obesity. Attention to detail. Hired hands. Catering. Candles. Sharing life's bounty.
The Caution: Making preparations with no ability to nourish or satisfy. Devouring things or people. Banging on the table and asking for more. Guilt around issues of providing. Feasts or famines. Eating syndromes. Empty spaces at the table. Arguing at meal times. Indigestion and heartburn. People not turning up for dinner. Overindulging. Not appreciating life's bounty. Continually having to provide for others. Always having to come up with what's for dinner.
With this degree at the full Moon, it can be that one gets tired of always having to come up with "the goods", or, many could be finding it difficult to put food on the table, etc. There is also the issue of so many people starving in the world and not have anything provided for them.
Perhaps you're looking for a new place to be, new opportunities, new openings, new realities. The Sabian Symbol for the Sun is Virgo 20: A Caravan Of Cars Headed For Promised Lands. Where is it that you want to be? Are you going along with others, or alone? Do you have a vision of the future? What is your vehicle?
We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. John Lennon
Keywords: Venturing into life with like-minded companions. The support of others in a quest for the future. Seeking new territory. Rallies and caravans of cars. Exchanging money. Commerce. Buses, caravans, trucks, etc. Leaving behind the known for the unknown. Gypsies. Hollywood. California. “Boom” towns. The “magic bus”. Conferences.
The Caution: Forsaking the individual path in favor of a more secure, common one. Perpetuating restlessness. Constantly seeking the “pot of gold”. Far-off lands. Inability to settle anywhere. Being a rolling-stone. Forsaking lasting relationships. Crazy goose chases. Running away from problems. Fear of flying.
Hitch your wagon to a star. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those that say you can’t take it with you never saw a car packed for a vacation trip. Anon
It may not be a matter of whether these ‘Promised Lands’ have real guarantees of satisfaction or reward, but there’s the need, or desire, to explore these fresh opportunities for the potentials they may hold. The simple act of moving to overcome stagnant lifestyles can create the possibility of some kind of ‘Promise’. Making a commitment to overcome dull routines and leave the past behind may be all that is necessary to open the path to a new reality. Heading for the future with a keen sense of excitement and anticipation can open you up to all sorts of possibilities and hope. Some kind of new ‘Land’ or opportunity is an inevitable outcome of this change. Indeed, it can lead to a whole new life. This being said, one should stop for a moment and ponder the reasons for moving on. Do you have to leave loved ones behind in this quest? Is this quest based in reality, or is it something that has more ‘Promise’ than reality?
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
Perhaps there's a need to spend more time with those that share you thoughts, visions and ideals. It could be that you're bored to the back teeth (sorry for the pun – I couldn't resist) with the same old, same old, and are looking to enjoy life more.
Venus is on Virgo 27: Aristocratic Elderly Ladies Drinking Afternoon Tea In A Wealthy Home. Who do you want to 'have tea' with? Who do you want to spend your time with? Are you finding yourself in authentic company that you feel you can really communicate with, without censoring your self?
Keywords: Quiet knowing atmosphere. Enjoying the company of others. Special privileges. Taking time off to relax, confident that all is ok. The elite versus the masses. The appreciation of culture. Beauty and wealth. Gossip and chatter. Afternoon teas, brunches and lunches. Charity drives. Being in the group. Exclusivity vs. open armed acceptance. Ladies at the club. Girls having fun. Knowing how to entertain. Joy in social communion. Servants. Fine furnishings. Fine china. Silver cutlery. Candles. Bridge games. Toasting abundance. Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. Soirees.
The Caution: Snobbery and elitism. Always having to go to others or have them come to you. People expecting others to do all the work while they just sit around and chat. Mindless talk. Indulgent behavior. Having little to think about or do. Exclusion of others as not being worthy. Loneliness. Being rowdy and unkempt. Uncouth behaviour. "Hitting the bottle".
Thank God for Tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea. Sydney Smith
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. T. S. Eliot
Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. Franklin Pierce
‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected. Charles Lamb
Mars, on Cancer 26: Guests Are Reading In The Library Of A Luxurious Home, seems also to be asking that we take time out, to share ideas with those who think the same way you do. Perhaps it's noisy where you live, you can't think and there's always intrusions of some kind or another.
Keywords: Sharing of thoughts and ideas in an environment of social privilege. Social protocol that says what one should be digesting, emotionally, intellectually or physically. Libraries. Hotel reading rooms. Chatting quietly. Books, magazines. Quiet, knowing atmosphere. Learning and sharing ideas. Having friends over.
The Caution: Relating on a superficial level or not being able to relate at all because of social expectations. Being told to “keep quiet”. Not saying what one really feels. Focusing on the mind, not the heart. Not being invited to the inner circle.
Very soon after the full Moon, Mars moves onto Cancer 27. This can be a 'troublesome' degree. The Sabian Symbol is A Violent Storm In A Residential Canyon Filled With Valuable Homes. This can bring up all kinds of situations and confrontations. Perhaps it's this 'Violent Storm' that moves you to want to find 'new territory' (the Gypsy Caravan). It could be that this full Moon marks a 'calm before the storm'.
Pluto is asking that we keep rowing our boat towards our desired destination and not let others cause problems or derail us. It's on Capricorn 5: Indians – Some Rowing A Canoe While Others Are Dancing A War Dance.
Where will this all lead us? Mercury is on the degree of the last new Moon. It's Virgo 6: A Merry-Go-Round. Are you going over the same old territory? Using the same solutions that don't seem to get you, or others, anywhere? Not feeling like you're progressing? Perhaps the wheels on the 'merry-go-round' can see you moving forward in the direction you'd like.
Certainly, moving away from places, situations and people that aren't conducive to your well being or future can be seen by the karmic Moon's north node at Sagittarius 19: Pelicans Disturbed By The Garbage Of People Move Their Young To A New Habitat. The nodes are squaring this full Moon, which could prove to be challenging and change may be necessary, at least on some level.
What 'garbage' are you dealing with? It is noise, pollution, the worry about the sustainability of the future?
Sitting still, taking a back seat or just observing what's going on may or may not be possible. Saturn is on Libra 17: A Retired Sea Captain Watches Ships Entering And Leaving The Harbor. Certainly, some will be watching, waiting and witnessing, while others are likely to be wanting to be up and gone.
Neptune is bringing up issues of emergence and giving birth to yourself again. The Symbol is Aquarius 29: A Butterfly Emerging From A Chrysalis.
Keywords: Slow building of confidence. Coming out into a fuller participation in the bigger picture. Growing up and out. Emerging from the dark. Leaving yesterday behind. Becoming more and more beautiful. Finding one’s feet or wings. Metamorphosis. Huge changes in the works. Giving up struggling. The drama of new life unfolding.
The Caution: Failing to allow changes to be experienced. Feeling like one will never “arrive”. Struggling to emerge ahead of time. Feeling confined. Being tied to the past. Rushing leading to disorientation or injury.
Chiron, the 'Wounded Healer' and 'the stories we tell ourselves' is on Pisces 3: A Petrified Forest, An Eternal Record Of A Life Lived Long Ago. Perhaps it's time to throw out those things that just get in your way. Do you really need all those issues, memories, possessions, inappropriate relationships? How about a purging of the past on many levels? Don't be a bower bird, get rid of those things that may be keeping you stuck, weighing you down and cramping your style.
There seems to be a few conflicting messages in this full Moon, but then there always is something that needs to be balanced and negotiated on full Moons. The trick is to decide where you want to be and who you want to be spending your time with.
Source: Lynda Hill's Sabian Symbols