Take a Shine

Posted by Len Wallick


Long before even the first distillation of “moonshine” alcohol, the Moon’s shine was something to reflect on. As Len Wallick describes the current astrology, it’s time to contemplate the Moon once again, even if the context is now very different from any time before.

Some parts of the sky are all but standing still. The same may be said of many situations here on Earth. Indicative of that stasis are Mercury and Saturn. Retrograde Saturn has been in the same degree of Sagittarius for nearly two months. Even though Mercury’s retrograde ends tomorrow, it will not leave the degree of Aries it occupies all this week until Sunday.


On Earth, politicians prattle on today much as they have for at least a decade. The same wars still wear on. Many are those hunching over the same tiny touchscreen, bodily passing each other like ships in the night. Yet, there are exceptions to every trend — whether celestial or terrestrial.

It would be fair to say such anomalies currently correlate with the Moon. Earlier today (or last night, depending on where you reside), the Moon entered Leo. Tomorrow, the Leo Moon will be half-lit in what is called its first quarter phase (90 degrees separated from the Sun in Taurus).

One week from tomorrow, the Moon will be full in Scorpio (opposing what will still be a Taurus Sun).

While all the rest of the sign-ruling objects are (to a greater or lesser extent) currently emulating the method of Mercury and Saturn, the Moon remains true to its own rhythms.

Robert Hand (one of the eminent astrologers of our time) once wrote that the Moon signified “the need to be human.” Given how most of the sky is presently moving so as to present an unusually stark contrast with the Moon, it would not be surprising if you and many others find your need to be human unrecognized in many public contexts. As result, you may not be getting a lot of support for being yourself — especially from a broader collective.

Influence to subsume your humanity has probably never been stronger. So long as you are within range of a cellular tower, the internal reality transmitted through a portable extension will be the same regardless of your external surroundings. Even at a grassroots level, politics tends to demand more from participants than it accepts of them. Simply making enough income to get by frequently requires behaving like the code one is often required to bear about as part of the job.

Consistent with how the Moon is contrasting with other sign-ruling objects right now is your place in the context of astrology. Nobody thinks something is wrong with the Moon, even though its movements represent a divergence from other celestial objects at this time. By the same token, it is not weird, or even contrary, to differ from what constitutes the background for nearly any life at this time.

While your need to be human may not be met with sympathy by institutions, you are in the good company of countless individuals very much like you. The need to be human is rarely evinced in nations, and even less often in corporations. What’s revealed on social media is dwarfed, and routinely contradicted, by the vast expanse of what’s concealed. Even the most vital political issues are but one facet of even the simplest lives.

In other words, being human for you most likely means honoring and taking care of what makes you stand out from the scenery — not what makes you blend in. Perhaps even more important is your being an example for others to do the same. It takes courage to find your own way. It takes something more to inspire the same bravery in others: a shine of sorts in which others can see themselves reflected.

The next seven nights will be prime Moon-watching time. Weather permitting, give yourself some of each night to watch Earth’s only natural satellite. If, by chance, you bring a few words of this missive with you, it might help some of the growing shine to rub off where it will do the most good — onto you.

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About Len Wallick

Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: lenwallick@gmail.com. His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

One thought on “Take a Shine

  1. Bette

    Thank-you, Len. I like the idea of “take a shine”, and in the murky, chaotic energetic environment these days, we could probably all use a little “shine.” Just as buffing with a soft cloth can make glass or fine wood shine, so can the friction of difficulty bring a shine to character and persona, if handled with heart and a willing spirit. Yes, that is easier said than done!

    Despite applying all the usual precautions, I too have experienced some classic Mercury-retrograde events, such as long waits for late people and some miscommunications, but precaution got a potential vehicle problem pre-empted because I decided to have it checked. So it’s been manageable.

    Meantime, in the long-winter countryside where I live, my wrens are back, the forest birds leaving for the North, grass is greening, frogs singing in the marsh. It is spring, and it’s joyous. The craziness of the daily news cycle of events “out there” isn’t worth a lot of my time. As Eric noted earlier, there’s little we can do about the state of our world. But we can tend and celebrate the little corners where we are.

    Happy spring!

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