That’s the way it’s been in town / Ever since they tore the jukebox down.
Tonight at a bit past 8 pm EDT (just past midnight UTC), the Moon forms a conjunction to the Sun — this is the Libra New Moon. If you recall, it’s been two whole weeks since the total eclipse of the Moon in Aries; that was the corresponding Full Moon along the Aries/Libra axis.
We’re still at the end of the storm phase of Mercury retrograde, so you may still be feeling some effects of that.
Some of this may be on the human plane; consider what you have to say to others and what you want from them. Resolve those issues one at a time, consciously, in human fashion; figure out where people are coming from. This is what makes you human — your ability to respond to the human condition. You might think you don’t owe people that; you might think you have “compassion fatigue.”
Asking for what you need and not expecting others to read your mind is also part of what makes you human. I recognize how uncomfortable we think this is — this bit about personhood. I know that word has not been popular for a while. I know it’s kept mostly in the dusty “self help” section in a used book store in Berkeley. But we need it here and now.
Then there are tech issues. Be meticulous so you don’t leave threads hanging. Try not to get frustrated; just keep the energy moving and when in doubt, ask for a customer service supervisor.
In today’s New Moon chart, the Moon and Sun are standing face to face with Uranus, an energetic, mischievous planet, which can give the sensation of something sudden and unexpected about to happen. In a sense that’s always true, at least in our era. Yet how we respond to that feeling deserves some self-observation.
Many people really do live like they’re not going to come out of the house, try something new, go out with that person, put that plan into action, do something with my life, or whatever, all because everything is about to go to the shitter and what’s the use anyway. That’s a great way to squander your life, and it’s becoming truly commonplace; it’s becoming the expected norm.
Then we get a lot of people reaffirming for one another that this is the “right” way to live. And doing anything vaguely real gets categorized as scary and weird.
There has always been an uncertainty factor living on our planet, where nothing is assured and where there are many obstacles. But we who live in Western civilization have as our main obstacle our own psychology. Even amidst all the cultural forces at work, mainly we face the functioning of our own minds.
Much of that takes place in relationships. Moon-Sun opposite Uranus is a reminder that you are not a robot, and nor are the people around you. Uranus is the original symbol of electric technology, discovered as it was at the dawn of electricity. That journey has now reached hyperbolic proportions, where it would seem that 95% of all interpersonal communication is processed with a robot as an intermediary — by which I mean the Internet in its many manifestations.
If you look at all your gripes, concerns and frustrations with how people treat one another in our era, you could sum them all up as people acting like robots and expecting others to do the same. We are gradually conditioning ourselves to do this by communicating with one another by the same medium through which we order appliances and cat litter using “one click.”
The field of media studies is far enough advanced that we know something about how people emulate the tools they use; we create them and then they create us. Here’s the thing: I don’t want to be a robot and neither do you. But what we have is a scenario where the human realm, that of voices and eye contact and feelings and eating food and taking care of one another, is becoming the alien thing, and the robot is becoming the normal thing — or so we believe.