Independence Day and the Full Moon shared the fourth of July this year.
The teaching of this moon cycle for July is LOVE TRUTH. She seems to be calling out to us to love the TRUTH of our country, the United States of America.
We need a comprehensive and unconditional Love to face the truth of our country's history. Facing the truth in our country's history is the only way to manifest the vision for our country written by our imperfect founding fathers.
Like most communities, our town did not have official fireworks this year, yet neighbors cobbled together their own informal shows. I went outside to look at the full moon. A friend had texted me the moon was unusually large and exceptionally beautiful. A disorganized yet seeming unending barrage of flashes disrupted my intention of contemplating this deep yellow globe hanging just above the horizon. My feelings from earlier in the day flashed in my mind--I woke up feeling an ambiguous but deep grief. I moved through my day, unsettled by feeling, but trying to focus on preparations for a social distanced barbeque. When Alexa selected a patriotic play list, the identity of my grief made itself known: the meaning I held of this holiday had been torn away from me-not by the president, although he is the principle catalyst, but by the explosion of truth telling that is bursting forth upending every aspect of our lives. There was my grief; the meaning of 'independence day' has been shattered.
I stood in the dark, watching. Fireworks flared and faded, sulfur smoked wafted thick and then drifted away. This July full moon, whose meaning for me is a reminder to LOVE TRUTH stayed steady and unaffected. It is possible to love truth even when it is ugly and has caused deep and long harm. Anyone who has recovered from an addiction with the help of the principles and tools of a twelve-step program has this experience.
Our country needs-we need, this kind of love of Truth that explodes the old myths and lies and nurtures the seeds of possibility and potential that the visionary authors of our 'declaration of indepence' compiled nearly 245 years ago. We are a country in need of recovery, and we may not have another chance if we fail to embrace our truths yet again.