Consciousness and its representations
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In the case of a Sun-Moon conjunction, the dark side of lunar symbolism, the non-reflective, non-manifest one, dominates. This temporary invisibility is expressed symbolically on a human level in the non-differentiation between the conscious principle – the Sun as Logos, the creative word – and its representations in the mutable and changing forms of visible reality – the Moon, which reveals itself only when illuminated.
Interpretatively, this aspect offers a variety of meanings. At the base is the supremacy of the ego principle: the Moon – invisible – becomes the unexpressed unconscious potential. Consequently, consciousness has no way of dealing intimately with the objective experience, which constitutes the testing ground for realising an existence capable of expressing one’s interiority with balance. Thus, the individual tends to be self-referential, do without an “educational” relationship with the surrounding reality, and be emotionally self-sufficient. The behaviour appears to lack sensitivity; the relationship with the outside world is limited to one’s expressive methods, and there is no tendency to learn from others or one’s mistakes. But there are also some strengths, such as originality and the propensity to fill this missing link thanks to the encounter with the soul mate. This aspect favours the realisation of a harmoniously integrated consciousness with the different parts of reality in spiritually elevated personalities.
Conversely, the opposition aspect (full Moon) contrasts the light source that is consciousness with its reflection. Here the receptive part of the personality is strongly affected by the reality principle, which impacts the individual’s sensitivity in an engaging but traumatising way, up to altering the delicate inner fabric. This facilitates emotional conflicts caused by intense projection work, which tends to weaken individual sensitivity or arouse rebellious reactions towards people and circumstances. Unconscious struggles are experienced externally through responses to events and to others seen as adversaries. To resolve these conflicts, it is necessary to recognise the nature of things as they really are and see in them an opportunity to realise the ideal goals of existence.