The Sun’s rays illuminate this waning Half Moon in the fire sign of Aries. Fire embodies initiatory, vibrant, spontaneous, feisty, enthusiastic, impassioned and transformative energy. Fire is a change agent that we employ to burn away limiting patterns in order to free energy to direct toward actions that support our well-being.
Aries embodies the archetype of the Warrior(ess), so stunningly portrayed by (the pregnant!) Gal Gadot in Wonder Women. It is also embodied by her nemesis named Aries in the film. As many myths reveal, this story illustrates the inherent duality in archetype. The interplay between these characters reflects the internal/external tension between the creative and destructive potential within each of us.
Exemplifying the positive/creative aspects of the Warrior archetype, Wonder Women is motivated by an aspiration to serve peace and the spirit of sister/brotherhood. She is fearless because her cause is born of love.
The Aries character holds the other end of the spectrum, representing the shadow side of the Warrior(ess) archetype. The aggression, duplicity, greed and lust for power that he exemplifies perpetuates pain and suffering.
In the final scene we witness the two sides of this archetype (dark/destructive vs. light/creative) battle it out until the dawn breaks and light emerges victorious. Wonder Woman embodies courage, determination, strength, intelligence and leadership to face down the destructive force. This film illustrates a process that is at play in each of us throughout our lives.
Aligning with our inner Warrior(ess), whether male or female, we can find our ability to individuate from our mother (as Wonder Woman must do) to more directly confront the darkness within ourselves. This is key because we so often project onto our mothers’ in ways that prevents us from confronting what is within us.
We bring our energy, intelligence, commitment, discipline to the fore to gain victory over the destructive forces (voices, messages, thoughts, patterns) that live in us. As we do, we answer our soul’s calling and align with our desire to lives of meaning and purpose.
This brings us into a state of deeper responsibility for where we are going in life. It also frees us to appreciate more fully who our mother is as a woman in her own life journey.
Developing our relationship to Mother Earth can support and empower us as we further individuate. In her, we can find a sense of constant strength, support, resourcefulness and inspiration.
Consider these questions as a practice of self-inquiry to come into relationship with the Mother Earth to support this process.
Do I acknowledge and give thanks (make offerings of song, dances, poetry, art) for the amazing abundance and beauty of my Earthly home?
Do I spend time with The Mother Earth: let her hold me as I gaze at the stars; sit in a park and watch the light play on her body; stroll through her landscape and wonder at the shapes, forms and variety of life she supports….?
Do I feed myself mindfully drawing upon her bounty of color, texture and flavor for sensual pleasure and wellbeing?
Do I consider/ think seriously about how my actions affect her?
Blessings to those of you who are engaging in your personal evolutionary process this sun cycle. If you are just tuning in and would like to circle back visit previous posts on this Celestial Cycles section of my blog.