Tearing Up (Over) the Mortgage

This coming Thursday is when both Venus and Jupiter turn direct, and a few days later Mars crosses Pallas.  While Venus is leaving Retreat, the more meaningful changes are probably when She rises as the Morning Star (last week), and when she finishes crossing the “Shadow Period,” that is, finishes moving forward across the space that she Retreated in.  That’s confusing.  Well, Venus was retrograde from 14 of Scorpio back to 28 of Libra.  That’s the spatial version of the Shadow Period.  But before Venus went retro, it moved forward across this minefield.  Not that there’s anything inherently more dangerous about the first half of Scorpio than any other half sign, but any retrogradation sets up opportunities for us to re-experience and re-lease our Karma.

Which is exactly what we do, we re-lease our Karma every time it comes up, till one day we finally get so tired of the treadmill that we just tear up the lease and move on.  We re-lease it cuz it’s The Devil We Know, but mostly cuz mosta the time we don’t even recognize it as our Karma, cuz we just think it’s somebody else doing something to us againI’m just stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again, as Bobby Z put it.  Minefield, in other words.

The temporal version of the Shadow Period is the time Venus takes to tippytoe across the minefield – this is the time when the Universe sets up the circumstances for the lessons that the retrogradation will offer.  In this case, it was September 5 through October 7.  Then the retrogradation spanned October 7 till this coming Thursday.  The retrogradation is actually a healing time – it’s when the issues that arose during the  Shadow Period (Shadow is the Jungian term for Karma, Unfinished Business, Held Emotion, Limiting Beliefs, Unconscious Demons, the contents of our PTSD, our “Shit,” or whatever ya wanna call it) get exposed for the Paper Tigers that they are – nothing Present Moment about it, it’s all just toxic fog steaming up the Emotional Body.

Of course, a lot of us define “Real” by our Emotions, and that’s every bit as valid as defining “Real” by consensus, or worse yet, by our Ideologies and Limiting Beliefs.  Jung used to say that “thinking” people (folks who give Thought more validity than Emotion) are irrational, because they don’t know their own Heart – since Emotion is the language of the Heart.  Without knowing their own Heart, they’re unable to make choices that further their own Values – irrational.  So there’s nothing Unreal about our Karma, it’s just not Present Moment in the Physical, till we make it so with our Expectations.  Never underestimate the power of Expectations.

Don’t wanna leave that thread hanging – divide Emotions into three components: Present Moment Emotions, Held Emotions, and Values.  Values – Meaning – is the language of the Heart.  It speaks through Emotion.  Held Emotions are those which hold us hostage, our Karma, Paper Tigers, as long as we don’t use Expectation (aka Unconscious Intention) to reincarnate them into the physical.  Present Moment Emotions are a whole nother animal.  They’re a  stream-of-consciousness technicolor movie, that have nothing to do with Attachment.  Very informative, a translation of our Intuition, when we can separate them from the other two.  The realm of true Empathy.

Okay, so Venus tiptoes across the soon-to-be-defined-as-a-minefield Shadow Period (Karma is triggered) before it turns retro (Karma is re-leased by our Victim, and/or the lease is torn up by our Master).  Then, once it goes direct again, it has to cross the Shadow Period space again.  So it’ll be the Solstice (more threads! – which we will leave dangling) before Venus shakes off this whole sordid affair, and moves freely again.  But the third crossing of the minefield, from Thursday through the Solstice, is the confidence-building phase.  An issue arises during the first crossing (the canopener) that we don’t know how to handle.  During the second crossing the issue arises again, but this time it happens in slow motion (the exposition), so we can figure it out.  Then during the third crossing, we encounter it again, and this time we know what to do with it (the confidence-builder)!

Now, how is it we avoid re-leasing our Karma and signing up for another two-year (or twenty-lifetime) contract?  Easy to describe, actually not that hard to do, but very difficult to remember to do, cuz our Karma has us hypnotized, and when it arises, we (our Consciousness) are seldom home.  Nature of the animal.  But if we do happen to wake up in the middle of a Karmic process,

focus on the verb.

Erase the prepositional object.  In other words, the usual template is They Didthat to Us. We’re Angry at them.  We’re Grieving about suchandsuch.  We’re Scared of that.  No, it’s not They Didthat to Us, it’s That happened.   It’s not We’re Angry at them, it’s I’m Angry.  Not We’re Scared of that, but I’m Scared.  Not We’re Grieving about that, but I’m Grieving.  Simple grammatical analysis.  I am Angry says, quite simply, I can’t distinguish my Self from the Emotion of Anger. Well, that’s pretty limiting, isn’t it.  We’d have a lot more of our skills available to us if we were also Green, and Tall, and Experienced, and Dressed, and any other adjective you can imagine, in addition to being Angry.  The Karmic part of the whole trance is the prepositional phrase at the end of the sentence – at them.  That’s what kidnaps our Conscious Self.

I’m Angry is simply very limiting, and most of us most of the time would simply choose to be a few other qualities as well.  In fact, most of us would rather have Anger than be it, because that leaves us a lot more space to live in.  But I’m Angry at them is a Karmic trance, and somebody’s gonna hafta tap us on the shoulder to wake us up, cuz otherwise we aint home.

Okay, that’s where Venus is.  The first half of Scorpio is about, from the Victim perspective, all of the Held Emotions that hold us back from enjoying our community and its fruits.  From the Master perspective, the first half of Scorpio is about Fearlessness.  Of course, people get hurt when they’re in trance and Fearless.  So the wakeup part is pretty important.  Then we can be Fearless about facing down the Paper Tigers and tearing up the lease.

The Jupiter?  Well, recall Uranus crossed into Aries recently, initiating a new 84-year cycle, and Jupiter crossed at the same time.  Uranus the Soul Chord, and Jupiter the Amplifier – in other words a huuuuge new download from our Individual Soul.  But then both Jupiter and Uranus went retro and backed back into Pisces.  From the Victim perspective, Pisces symbolizes the Karmic Trance itself.  So these Jupiter-Uranus retro adventures give us an additional opportunity to clean up our Unfinished Business so we can take max advantage of the whole new download.

Uranus doesn’t go direct until November 30.  Jupiter crosses Uranus again, with both planets direct, on January 4.  Jupiter re-enters Aries on January 22, and Uranus does the deed on March 11, 2011.  By then our new mission should be crystal clear.  Folks with birthdays in early March will be slung forward as if from a slingshot.

We also mentioned Mars-Pallas, this coming Sunday.  Mars is the God of War, and Pallas the Goddess of War, and of Wisdom.  Pallas asks questions first and shoots only when necessary.  Good Boundaries, in other words.  We’ll see some Boundaries (Pallas) get violated (Mars), but we’ll also see a lot of people using their Energy (Mars) constructively to create and maintain Good Boundaries (Pallas), on a global scale.

We didn’t mention Pluto-Dragon, on or about November 26.  You can think of Pluto as the inevitable, and Dragon as Karma itself.  Not Fate, by any means, because Fate/FreeWill is an intellectual distinction, and intellectual distinctions, barring excessive Expectation, occur only in the mind of the observer, not in hardcopy Reality.  Another series of Paper Tigers.  This Pluto is crossing the Dragon’s Head, not His Tail.  That means we’ll be dragged into the Future – the Dragon’s Head represents the Future, His Tail the Past.  More or less – they flip a lot, since Linear Time is only mass hypnosis, and All There Is Is Now.  Get ready for another long, emotional trip.  Good thing we know the difference between our Karma and a disturbance in the Force.

But an adventure with the Dragon’s Head is usually a lot more fun than one with the Dragon’s Tail, though the Head can be profoundly disorienting if we end up skipping a coupla years and a lot of transition.  So if you wake up one morning and have no idea where you are, you probably didn’t have a stroke.  You probably just tore up a coupla mortgage contracts on your Limiting Beliefs in yer dreams.  Recognize it, and enjoy the freedom.  If you don’t recognize it, you’ll go looking for ways to re-lease.  Sure, it’s scary out there, but just focus on the verb.  Good time to tap, eh?

A correspondent sent a link to a Martin-Luther-scale (not MLK, but ML hisself) observation about the state of the Planet –

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131166027&sc=emaf

It’s excellent.  He’s recommending continued Attachment, but read it with the Heart, and see if you can distinguish between your Held Emotions from your Present Moment Emotions.  Hint: you know your Held Emotions like the back of your Hand; your PM Emotions feel a little bit strange.  You won’t be graded, it’s just an exercise.  It’s always Both/And, remember.  The author downgrades the Spiritual to “just Magic” (snicker), but otherwise he’s spot on.  It’s not one or the other, it’s Both/And.  Both keep an eye on the erosion of your physical freedoms, and manage your Expectations carefully.

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