The Water Oracle Monthly Horoscope
Influence: Grasshopper Energy
“Patience, young grasshopper.” A quote known to us old folk from the popular 1970’s TV show, Kung Fu, but imbued with the wisdom we need for the month of December. Grasshopper comes to us this month and sings his sweet song. Have patience my friends, the blessing will come. And by blessing one could interpret that to be breakthrough, reward, etc.Things are in motion and we must allow time to fill in the details and events necessary to get us to where we need to be.
Many of us feel like we are waiting in a moment of suspended animation, dangling from a precipice which we feel in our heart of hearts we should have surmounted by now. Why are we feeling as if we are living in a constant state of slow-motion, yet it’s already the end of the year? Well, the short answer is our lifestyles today churn and burn us through each day so quickly that we often miss the subtle details, red flags and important lessons along the way. In slo-mo (thank you planetary influences) we see it all, feel it all and though we may want to run screaming from it, we are facing our shit head on. The good, the bad and the ugly have visited this year in a Dicken’s Christmas Carol, three ghosts kind of way. These ghostly “visitations” of our past, present and future had a lot to remind us of and teach us. If we, like Ebenezer Scrooge can only bare to face the truth of it all we too can begin again and blossom more fully.
Maybe you learned where your strengths are, or where there is room for improvement. Maybe you were able to see what truly matters or who for that matter. Did something significant end for you? Did a relationship run its course? Did you discover the depth of your resolve or faith? We had to dig deep this year. But through it all we’ve come out the other side perhaps a little wiser, yet still wondering where we find ourselves now. Here in lies the wisdom and the spiritual medicine of Grasshopper.
In many ways I feel like Grasshopper comes to remind us that there is a silver lining to it all. That with patience we will see why we have gone through this and how knowing, learning and changing will make for a better life. The end of the year makes way for the beginning of something better yet to come. We suffer most when we cling to what was. Grasshopper carries the message of needing to continue forward. It’s time to move on. As Grasshoppers cannot jump backwards or from side to side, they are the hallmark of forward progression. You may feel there hasn’t been much of that this year, but with a little perspective the universe is saying there has been, you just can’t see it yet.
Like many insects, grasshoppers develop in stages. Stages and cycles of growth are a theme with grasshopper energy. We learn that some things do not last forever. Life was not designed that way. This can be a hard lesson to learn and I find that we often grieve our losses the most this time of year. Let us try to re-frame this spiral like thinking by reminding ourselves that permanence is an illusion. Celebrate what was good and valuable and try to move forward.
Many cultures believed that Grasshoppers were influenced by the cycles of the moon and that it was the moon’s influence which made them “sing”. On a symbolic level the Grasshopper's connection to the night and therefore the moon, tells us that what is happening to us is cyclic or driven by stages of development. Like the moon phases themselves, each stage of our development is relevant and must be gone through. We are all evolving. Into what you ask? A way more magical version of ourselves of course! More powerful, more empowered by our awareness of ourselves and others. Learning from our past selves and becoming a better version of that person. That's part of your job here after all, to try to be better today than you were yesterday.
With Grasshopper we explore the night and the concept of darkness. There is a notion with this, that what was hidden will be revealed. What was revealed to you this year that came out of no where? What personal truth did you uncover when you chose to look your skeletons in their proverbial eye? In dealing with our personal “darkness” we are again reminded to communicate what is happening to others (another reoccurring theme from this year), We must learn to lean on one another. This is not a weakness. It is an act of courage in this world to be honest about our struggles. We need one another. That's why there are so many of us here. We must, like our Grasshopper friends, express our “songs”. In plainer terms we have to tell people our needs, wants and personal truths. We must sing and release, both our pains and our joys. This notion of release and communication has been a reoccurring theme this year also. There is a global need to learn how to communicate with one another in a real and honest way. Culturally we are being geared away from thorough and complete expression, as our reliance upon technology and devices grows. However, there is a warning here that we not lose our sense of identity in the process. We are still a young species and we are still learning to communicate and understand one another. Let us not lose our progress for the sake of convenience.
The seemingly unending process of planets in retrograde this year had an impact on us by teaching us the power and serenity of release. Let go of who you thought you were. Let go of titles, or what life was supposed to look like or be about. That paradigm has shifted. So, it’s time. The clock has run out on a lot of things. Let go of what’s making you unhappy. Are you able to admit that what you cleave to is also what's causing your suffering? If you can get out of your own way Grasshopper says you’ll move forward towards something better. I didn't say it's a cake walk getting there. You're moving towards something better. The cake is at the finish line. Besides it's December there's plenty of holiday cookies to tide yourself over until then. Meaning, celebrate the small things for now.
In the meantime, take the last month of the calendar year to sing and dance and howl at the moon. Remember that everything that's unfolding is for your greater good. Tell the people that matter, that they do in fact matter. Give yourself a break and allow yourself to be proud of your life, your accomplishments, and the progress you were making even when you thought you were standing still.
Be happy and well! - Stacey
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