Today’s card (actually a tiny, painted wooden coin ) is from the I-Ching hexagram #45. I thought this was an especially interesting image to get this week considering we are celebrating the BLUE MOON (the second full moon this month!) – the full moon in Aquarius in Friday the 31st. The full moon of the water-carrier Aquarius ties right into Gathering Together #45. As tiny drops of rain collect together, they move into little rivulets and small babbling brooks, eventually gathering strength as they flow into creeks and then streams and then mighty rivers, joining forces towards the sea.
This week forces are gathering within us and around us, gathering strength and momentum and carrying us to our next destination. While this is a really positive energy for this special Blue Moon, some may feel excited, restless or agitated as these powerful energies flow forward. To fight against the flow would be just as pointless as struggling against the tide. Even if things are happening that you don’t understand, it’s pointless to fight against the flow. This is especially important as some people confront any much needed evidence of the “endings” that have been shown to us earlier in the year, those parts of our lives that are no longer joining us in the next phase. True love, romantic love and soul connections are a themes that we look at or see reflected to us in light of the “blue moon” which affords rare opportunities.
Gathering together also indicates social groups and social groups as with the school of fish in the image. Social groups, business partnerships, creative collectives, collaborations, friends and family are a big part of the energy this week. We’re guided to think about what fish we’ll flow with over the coming months and where we truly want to go, so play-time and work time this week will nudge your thinking in this direction. Crowds and groups can create change that you alone cannot, in the same way a river can carve a canyon while a single drop cannot. This is not the time to be an island unto yourself. If you’re naturally an introvert, or you don’t feel supported directly by friends and family right now, a crowd of supporters (online? through expressing yourself?) is waiting to flow with you and help you go where you need to go.
Gathering forces can make for a wonderful platform to get the opportunities and direction that our true heart desires. However, be aware that a group dynamic can always present some challenges along the way. You might find yourself asking, “Is everyone on the same page?” or, “Am I really like the people I’m connected with? Maintain your sense of individuality, there’s nobody in the group like you and you’re not supposed to be a carbon copy of all the others. Your uniqueness and differing style is important to all. Diverse opinions and personalities can undermine the unity of any group, but cooperation is in focus for the week.
No matter what, you have a choice about where those “gathering together” forces flow. Will you turn the spigot towards something you want? Something important? Or, will you try to turn the faucet back towards something over, ended and finished? Will you try o get in the way of the energy, or will you let it go and flow? It’s all up to you this week!
Happy Blue Moon!
About this deck: I made this oracle many years ago using wooden discs painted with wood pencils, varnish, and wood enamels. It is inspired by the I-CHING or “Book of Changes” dating back to end of the second millennium BCE, it’s also one of the oldest books in recorded history. The I-Ching comprises a set of 64 hexagrams (6 lines each) which represent all the possible six-line combinations of yin/yang energy. Yin and Yang energy are the dualistic building blocks of the universe; feminine/masculine, active/passive, light/dark, etc. Each hexagram is made up of two of the 8 “Hua” Trigrams that represent the classical fundamental elements and which were said, in legend, to have been inspired when the first Emperor of China Fu Hsi had visions related to the lines and dashes on a turtle’s back. Because of some of the legends surrounding it, scholars believe some of the “I-Ching” material pre dates recorded history in Ancient China.