Partial Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Cancer – December 31, 2009

The Sagittarius New Moon culminates with a partial lunar eclipse on December 31st at 02:12 pm EST, which is a special Full Moon across the Cancer-Capricorn axis that is also ushering in the New Year.  Because this is the second Full Moon of the calender month, it is moreover a Blue Moon. Therefore, this specialness or exceptional quality will be reverberating within the underlying vibration of the year 2010 as an echo of the preceding Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius, which accompanied the Winter Solstice and which is quite appropriate for a universal year number 3 when trends within the collective can peak or reach fruition and spread as heightened awareness comes to the forefront in dynamic-expressive waves.
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 10:14 Cancer states:
“A clown caricaturing well-known personalities. Keynote: The value of humor in developing objectivity and independence of mind – DECONDITIONING.”
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 10:14 Capricorn states:
“A large group of pheasant on a private estate. Keynote: The refinement and propagation of aristocratic values by means of which man participates in the evolution of life toward ever more perfect forms of existence – ARISTOCRACY.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 116-117 and 236, respectively)
As the nodal axis aligns in a cardinal t-square with Eris Rx in Aries, the state of discord, so defining of our postmodern era, is approaching yet another cross-roads, where we are challenged to move past our habitual feeling responses, familiar reactions and conditioning (Cancer) toward a more ‘mature’ expression of our evolutionary potential (Capricorn). Since the process of individualization began to operate through our species, the developments have been leading for the most part to a form of egocentrism that is a combination of extreme selfishness and rogue individualism. In our times of global interconnectness and amalgamation it becomes increasingly obvious that this trend is counterproductive to the concept of community and the global village we’re building. The outward reality we have created is reflective of the inner workings of our psyche and the strong subjectivity of our perception. Our manners and Self-assertion in our associations with others are proportional to the degree of other-awareness we have fostered and thus mirror our capacity for mindfulness (Eris).
This lunar eclipse and blue moon illuminates the private and public spheres of our life with the emphasis on the former; on our tribe or clan as the basis for the kind of relationships we will be having with the world later in life. Other aspects perfecting that day are Mercury Rx in Capricorn’s semi-square to Ceres in Sagittarius and quincunx to Mars Rx in Leo in addition to the sextiles between Ceres in Sagittarius and Saturn in Libra and Venus in Capricorn and Pallas in Scorpio. Suggested by this symbolic picture is to closely examine our past and upbringing in order to find out which beliefs, truths and morals we have inherited from our family and society. In this context, we may want to reconsider our principles and ethics together with the reasoning we use to justify our behavior and to which extend this influences our decisions. Successful problem-solving requires a certain amount of tolerance, respect and the ability to mediate. Self-righteousness aggravates and defensiveness separates. A mentality guided by revenge, hatred, fear and prejudice causes strife, divisiveness, enmity and even war. What we need to cultivate instead is a sense of belonging that is rooted in our commonalities and the things we share, inclusive our one home – the Earth.    
The “Golden Rule” is a code of ethics, also called the ethics of reciprocity, that states:  “Treat others as you want to be treated. ”