and the Implications of Its Satellite Position
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No ethical intention
After all that has been said here about the Full and New Moon in relation to the ‘Es’ and the ‘Ich’, one might get the impression of an ethically oriented attitude. However, such an attitude is foreign to astrology, which is based on what IS and not on how we think things ‘should’ be.
Ethics does have a formative function, but also tends to veil our vital reality, thus blocking the mystery of Creation from our view.
An example of such a phenomenon full of mystery would be the calculation of the date of Easter Sunday. The date for this holy day is not fixed but changes every year; it is determined by the combined positions of the Moon and the Sun: Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox on the 21st of March. The dates of Ascension Day and Pentecost are derived from this calculation as well. So these dates, too, are not fixed but change every year. The anchor point for this, Easter Sunday, is based on purely astrological grounds.
Thus, at the end of our exploration of the Moon, successively passing through the realms of Nature and of our personality and psychology, we have come face to face with a domain that is usually regarded as the super-natural. This is remarkable.
Recollecting ourselves after this special excursion and continuing our astrological exploration, we can finish our introduction to the Moon by summarizing her qualities in three core tasks. These are: enveloping, mirroring and switching.
We will further work with these qualities in our discussion of the planets beyond Saturn.