On June 17th, there is a Full Moon in the sign of Sagittarius (Sun conjunct Moon in Sagittarius). The sky has a lesson for us: the importance of thinking big and of seeing the big picture. In order to understand this lesson, we offer you two inspirational quotes and to stories for this Full Moon.
Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. (Ernest Hemingway)
In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. (Robert Heinlein)
Story for June 2019 Full Moon: I am Building a Cathedral
A man came across three masons who were working at chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. The first seemed unhappy at his job, chipping away and frequently looking at his watch. When the man asked what it was that he was doing, the first mason responded, rather curtly, “I’m hammering this stupid rock, and I can’t wait ’til 5 when I can go home.
A second mason, seemingly more interested in his work, was hammering diligently and when asked what it was that he was doing, answered, “Well, I’m molding this block of rock so that it can be used with others to construct a wall. It’s not bad work, but I’ll sure be glad when it’s done.
A third mason was hammering at his block fervently, taking time to stand back and admire his work. He chipped off small pieces until he was satisfied that it was the best he could do. When he was questioned about his work he stopped, gazed skyward and proudly proclaimed, “I…am building a cathedral!
Zen Story for Full Moon in Sagittarius: We’ll see!
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbours came to visit.
„Such bad luck“, they said sympathetically.
„We’ll see“, the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
„How wonderful“, the neighbours exclaimed.
„We’ll see“, replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbours again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
„We’ll see“, answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbours congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
„We’ll see“, said the farmer.
The next Full Moon will be on July 16th – a Full Moon in Capricorn (Sun in Cancer opposite Moon in Capricorn).
Until then, on July 2nd, Sun conjunct Moon in Cancer (New Moon in Cancer).
The next Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs on June 5th, 2020.