Vision Quest – New Moon in Sagittarius

This New Moon in Sagittarius shines a bold beam into our hearts & minds and asks – “What’s your Vision?  What do you really believe in?”  With Saturn, the planet of structure in Sag for the next 2 years, our belief systems are definitely “under construction”. For most of 2016, Saturn is squaring off (a cosmic conflict of ideas!) with Neptune, the planet of dreams, ideals and illusions in the spaciously spiritual sign of Pisces.  Both Pisces and Sag are mutable signs – they end a season, preparing for a shift & change.  So, it looks like our beliefs, ideas and ideologies are in for a shakeup, a clearing of the ground for a new paradigm to emerge.  Both Pisces and Sag are concerned with the “Big Picture” – what’s the fate of humanity, what’s the meaning of Life?  We are all asked to lift our gaze from our daily grind and notice we are inescapably entwined and involved with questions far larger than “What’s for dinner?”;)

Contemplating how to bring all these big ideas down to earth, how to ride this global wave in my own little corner of the world, a lighbulb went off (actually, the initial flash came on a transatlantic flight, talking to a fellow traveler next to me…a very Sagittarian setting:) Anyway, here’s my “big idea”: What if I was a country….what would my CONSTITUTION be?  What are the guiding principles that run this little “country of me”?  What are it’s laws and far-reaching goals? 

I invite you all to entertain these questions over the next few days, as the new seeds of this bright & hopeful Sag Moon take root in your soul.  And, don’t expect to come up with all the answers – this Inner Constitutional Congress will be in session for at least a year or two, as the big players Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter hash things out.  Jupiter, the planetary benefactor of this Moon is currently traversing practical, down-to-earth Virgo.  This offers us a crucial clue, a direction to explore for new ideas – what can I contribute to creating a sustainable, healthy and happy world?  What practical gifts can I offer?  What new skills can I learn, and what can I already teach & share?

As I was trying to figure out how to share this idea with you, a perfect cosmic gift landed in my inbox, from the year-end fundraising letter of the American Indian Institute (yes, i pitched in!:).  A collection of the Guiding Principles of Life, hashed out by the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders, delivered at the Parliament of World Religions.  Read it, and allow yourself to be INSPIRED to work out your own true guiding VISION:

Guiding Principles of Life

By Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff, Unungan, Aleut

Delivered on behalf of the Indigenous Delegation at the Parliament of World Religions, Salt Lake City, UT, October 15-19, 2015

            The essence of the Indigenous Delegation’s message to the Parliament of World Religions lies in speaking many truths that are based on the wisdom and resulting consciousness of living for millennia the Guiding Principles necessary to be in balance and harmony with Mother Earth. These Guiding Principles are often called Original Instructions or Laws for Living, as they flow directly from Creation and inform us of the mutual dependencies and responsibilities that perpetuate life. It is through embodying these principles as the prime determinant in all our daily decisions that we ensure our children and all the generations that follow will be blessed by an Earth that always provides as it did for our ancestors.

 These guiding principles include:

*honoring and loving Mother Earth and all her children;

*being mindful of what you take from her and reciprocating;

*expressing gratitude for what you take after asking permission to do so;

*slowing your pace down to better tune into nature and All That Is;

*talking less, since talking distracts from what is really important;

*speaking and acting from the heart rather than the mind alone;

*striving to be in the present, because this is where the Creator and all of Creation lives;

*striving for balance in all things; acting from a place of humility and an awareness that the world is too complex for humans to grasp it all;

*and having complete faith in the Creator, knowing that whatever happens is for the highest and best good of All That Is.

These truths and guiding principles are based on recognizing Mother Earth as a mentor and a model and are imbedded in our cultures, languages, science, relational ways of being, and deep reverence for all life. From this way of the “real human being” emerges peace and harmony on Mother Earth.

Indigenous peoples deal with intergenerational problems by implementing intergenerational solutions. Thus, the warring Iroquois Tribes were able to establish peace processes more than a thousand years ago that ultimately transformed their governance and gave birth to a concept of democracy that was subsequently gifted to the Founders of the United States. However, the Founding Fathers eliminated an essential component of this accord: the central role of women in selecting the (male) Iroquois leaders. This lack of respect for the feminine resulted in an imbalance of power between men and women and a practice of ownership of pieces of Mother Earth intended to be included in the Commons; both of these errors severely and negatively impact current democratic processes in the U.S. Each of these challenges is rooted in hierarchy, the primary organizing paradigm of the “developed” nations. It is these hierarchical cultures that believe in Manifest Destiny, the belief that drives colonization and ultimately an institutionalized and unsustainable world.

From Mother Earth we know that hierarchical and relational ways of being must be blended and that relationality and mutuality is the stronger of these paradigms. Honoring this truth is necessary not only to re-achieve balance and harmony on Mother Earth, but also to know how to create the kind of social order necessary for surviving the very harsh circumstances we’ve created for present and future generations.

We have a climate crisis (as Indigenous Elders call it) and it isn’t just important “in its field;” it is important to and draws from all fields, and is critical for all life on Mother Earth from now into the future. Over the past several hundred years, and particularly in the last five decades, humans have pushed the earth’s life support systems to the brink. As Indigenous Elders everywhere warn again and again, we are at the final crossroads in the human journey; the choices we make now will either spare our children and grandchildren or condemn them to what the world’s scientists have called “an unlivable climate.” Indigenous peoples everywhere know that we must act immediately and dramatically to turn things around; we are hoping “younger brother” (non-Native peoples) will wake up before it is too late.

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9 thoughts on “Vision Quest – New Moon in Sagittarius

  1. This post is great, Katrin. Every word is so poignant for right now. I love how you blended the astrology with the Native American Guiding Principles of Life, and asked us to think about the constitution of our own inner countries. I have to go with the Guiding Principles of Life, and add being in Love and allowing Life to express through me. Thank you for this, Katrin.
    Much love,
    Mary

    • Thanxx, Mary!! Yes, I believe the Native Elders gave us excellent, deeply considered & time tested guidelines to build on. And your life is already so in line with all of them. My personal Constitution would add the daily practice of Joy & Gratitude, rejoicing in the simple pleasures & beauty. I feel that’s a good antidote to any kind of destruction, fear, consumerism, addiction, despair, etc….and, it does take practice, it doesn’t just happen (spoken from personal experiences;) So, yes, some kind of daily practice of conscious Happiness is essential, I feel, for a way forward. Xoxo

      • Yes!! The daily practice of Joy & Gratitude, rejoicing in the simple pleasures & beauty. I love it! You are so freakin’ awesome, Katrin.
        Love,
        Mary

  2. You are coming?! That is “freakin’ awesome!” I just emailed Jess earlier today to see if she was planning to come this way. I didn’t know. I knew she was going to go to Prescott, but I wasn’t sure about here. Yay!!! It will be great to see you both! Do you have a clue when that might be?
    Love and hugs,
    Mary

  3. This is awesome! Thank you!
    From what I have seen, so many of young brother have begun to awaken, but now the thing is to actually do something about it!!! If we each take care of ourselves and our own constitutions as you so eloquently put it, then we would be off to a soaring start. Discovering our personal honour codes and then living by them would change everything. I spent so much time (a few years) wondering how I could change the world, how I could save the Amazon rainforest, how I could get people to try look within and remember who they are, their connection to the earth and the feminine (it’s the reason why I started my blog and wanted to write a book – in hopes of inspiring others). I fantasised what I would do if I started a charity and got billions of dollars to free all the wild animals and to buy up all the jungles so they’d stop digging for oil and putting up solar panels everywhere – the list went on, haha. I may not have access to make huge changes like I desired, but if we each just took responsibility of ourselves then we could return to Eden! The garden is waiting for us to walk back in…
    Thanks for your words! much love and blessings to you sister x x x x

    • Thanxx so much for your deep reflections!! Yes, i used to get so frustrated with the “big picture” stuff too…:) Now I focus more on living in alignment with my joy and the Earth’s joy moment to moment, and helping out the people, plants and animals that are in my immediate surroundings. Every little action does matter, i can see…and, these actions happen in every moment, every choice…whether to smile to this person, whether to help out a friend…it all matters. I have really enjoyed reading of your inner & outer adventures, so inspiring!! I love it how you actually go & DO the things that inspire you & touch your heart. Keep going, soul sister!! Lots of Love!

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