Amanda Moreno notes that the astrological worldview allows us to participate creatively in our destiny, but it does not concretely define it. Sometimes we go through phases of great struggle, including struggling to choose responses that are productive. Yet in a culture that often scoffs at looking for meaning, that very act can hold both freedom and responsibility.
This week, columnist Amanda Moreno discusses what it’s like to use tarot cards in a different way, as a guide for writing her column. In doing so, she explores different forms of transformation, how they can be seen at the collective and personal levels, and wishes us all some strength and grounding during another burst of turbulent astrological weather.
Amanda Moreno further investigates Leo-Aquarius shadow material. Moving from the “Entitlement Disorder” displayed by people in everyday situations, to the collective “tantrum” thrown when civilization discovered that the Sun, not Earth, is the center of the Solar System, she considers personal vs. collective context and gateways to self-examination.
Amanda Moreno considers Leo as a developmental stage and the roots of its shadow side. Leo energy is pretty darned incredible. We’re being called to express our identity while understanding the necessity of owning our need for validation and recognition, and to understand how those needs might have been shut down when we were young.
Initiated by a conversation on a train, Amanda Moreno follows her thoughts down several tracks: owning projections, absorbing karma during sex (and processing it), the question of hierarchy, internalized shame by those trying to be monogamous who aren’t, and the real work required in any form of authentic relating if there is to be a true paradigm shift.
When a wise woman wonders aloud to Amanda Moreno if perhaps what we’re experiencing now is the lifting of ‘the veil’ — in response to one of the recent shootings — the idea that ‘what’s behind the veil’ might not be a mystical-romantic concept or otherworldly reality shocks her. Yet it leads to a series of worthwhile insights and questions.
The correspondence of the sign Cancer with the summer (northern) solstice has never really made sense to Amanda Moreno, given its sensitivity versus the social activity incited by the “season of light.” With a “Cancer-type” Moon, she finds a little forest escape offers the renewing stillness she’s needed.