As my friend Madeline writes in her inspiring astrology blog, “An Aries Moon calls for ACTION and some of that action is MEANT to be..self-centered. You wake up rarin’ to go and your physical energy is high. You’re in no mood to take aggravation or criticism from others, so.. keep busy with your own projects that don’t require too much cooperation!
“In times such as these,” she continues, “one of the best things you can do for yourself is surround yourself with good people! Try to avoid the cynical, burnt out crowd and look for new groups and associations if you must. Life is too short to spend much time in the negative energy fields of those who don’t have a good word to say about anyone or anything! Joyce Meyers, an inspirational speaker, says as you change and grow, you may have to upgrade your friendships!”
So what do we mean by good people? How do we evaluate without projecting, or being prejudiced? That’s where an understanding of Virtue might be useful!
In its broadest meaning, Virtue is an operative habit of good behavior. Yes, there can be a cultural prejudice and as was pointed out in some my readers’ comments, Virtue’s earliest interpretation was synonymous with the superlative prowess of the heroic warrior, making it male-biased and highly individualistic.
But over time, Virtue came to be closely tied with the good of the city-states of the ancient world, and according to author Cary J. Nederman, “Thinkers as diverse as Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle agreed that the moral character of the individual constituted a microcosm of the political character of the city.
“The Greeks commonly identified four so-called cardinal virtues—courage, wisdom, justice, and temperance—although they also upheld the worthiness of many other qualities.” And, as was pointed out in one of my earlier posts, perseverance was considered by many to be a quality upon which all other virtues were dependent.
Obviously, this is a topic of some controversy and complexity. As some of you reading this have pointed out, different cultures are going to value some behaviors that, in other cultures, are considered barbaric or even evil.
So this gives rise to the fundamental questions, like, what is, in fact, good for individuals and the community? What is our basic nature? Who are we?
We now live in unprecedented times, where virtually all our planet’s diverse cultures are in contact and intertwined with one another. And we all presently live precariously on the edge of any number of catastrophic events – nuclear holocaust, pandemic illness, environmental cataclysm, economic meltdown… well, you know. The list goes on.
As we make choices now about the direction of our country, our leaders, our future, we are at the tipping point of so many potentially devastating outcomes. Recognizing real virtue when we see it — not merely sound and fury, puppet shows, or pandering — is going to be a key component if we are to choose wisely.
Tomorrow, I’ll offer a few qualities from other times and cultures that have been considered important virtues, as well as some ways by which we might recognize them.
“The Full Moon in Aries on October 14th gives us a chance to take stock of what holds us apart from our power. Full Moons support both the energies of release and charging.
“The cracks in our vessels – the places we are wounded, lost and crazy – can be portals into new power. This Full Moon is a particularly powerful visioning Moon. This means that we can break through these limitations when we open to the spirit of change.”
So Mote It Be.