We’re two years into the shift to a whole new paradigm (Chiron-Neptune), and that shift just got goosed (Vesta, opposing Chiron-Neptune at their Initiation, has come round to now cross them). The anthem for this 65-year cycle is “Fresh Violets in an ancient pottery bowl.”
And we’re a half year from another big shift, when “the 60s become permanent” (Uranus-Pluto, which initiated a new cycle in the mid-60s, has now moved round to the point where the Energy has gestated, and will now come forth fullblown). The coat of arm for this 85-year adventure is “A Ouija board.”
We’ve finished the 11-year cycle that began at 10am on 9/11/2001, wherein the Moon went Out of Bounds (we were emotionally more excitable than otherwise). The next 11 years should be a little quieter on the Astral Plane, though we’re also just entering another 11-year cycle of enhanced Sunspot activity. While the Sunspots are enhanced, it’s predicted to be a mild enhancement. However, when the enhancement is mild, the variability is greater, so a milder cycle does not mean that meaner-than-usual Solar Flares won’t occur, so things could be a little less quiet on the Physical Plane. Or Spheroid, if you prefer.
The last two Chiron-Neptune new-paradigm Initiations began with a serious recession or depression, as the most recent signalled the end of World War II, and the other heralded the end of the railroad-bond boom – in the 1870s, bonds for developing the transcontinental railroads played the same role as mortgage derivatives did in the 2000s. February 2010’s Chiron-Neptune consummation was preceeded by two years worth of very close calls, as Chiron and Neptune came within kissing distance before they withdrew. Consequently, there is no doubt in my mind that the 2008-2009 financial meltdown is the poster child for the paradigm that is now defunct.
So, what’s occurring in the “real” World now that this Initiation has been goosed? Well, the Euro is continuing it’s slow-motion train-wreck. The UK is about to stick its head in the sand financially to protect itself from the fallout. The US Dollar looks good only when compared to other currencies. The US Dollar is the worldwide standard for exchange – for instance, if France wants to buy Brazilian oil, they trade their Euros for Dollars, buy the oil from Brazil with Dollars, then Brazil sells the Dollars to obtain their own currency. That status as the World’s “reserve currency” keeps the Dollar afloat when its real financial backing is no better than – or worse than – the Euro’s. And it’s beginning to break down. Russian-Chinese trade is already settled in Yuan and Rubles. And now Japanese-Chinese trade will be settled in Yen and Yuan. These may seem obscure, but in 30 years they will be seen as mileposts in the history books.
So what about the 60s “becoming permanent”? The 60s was the coming of age of the Pluto in Leo generation. To their Pluto-in-Cancer parents, nothing was more sacred than Security. To their kids, nothing was more sacred than Freedom of Expression, Freedom to wear flowers in your hair. We’re seeing that battle again now, as the IRS has plans to follow you anywhere and everywhere on the Planet, and as there appears to be the beginning of a serious response to the recent repeal of the Bill of Rights. And on the one hand, Obama is drawing up plans to create a re-election-saving war, while on the other, North Korea is making overtures toward economic cooperation with South Korea.
Unfortunately, the end of the Moon-Out-of-Bounds cycle has not so far seen more reasonable reactions to events. Rather, it appears that folks are simple shell-shocked by the decade of astral intensity, and just want it all to go away. So no one even noticed when the Bill of Rights was repealed.
If you go looking for them, you can easily find the tsunami of new-paradigm processes welling up – the movement to keep money in local banks, the movement toward alternate currencies, the Occupy movements, the Green movements, the revival of home-grown food and locavores, the DIY movement and the mobile internet, the 3-D printers that will soon allow everyone to have their own machine shop. Facebookers live as if they’ve never read 1984 or noticed the upwelling of cyber crime. Whether “Arab Spring” and “American Fall” are inspired by the CIA or not, they’re nevertheless flashbacks to Woodstock.
But the Bottom Line is Change. Not the kind of Change Obama insinuated that he might make in the benevolence of government, but the kind of Change that means everyone has to dance a little faster to avoid falling under the truck. We spoke recently of gallons of Coffee, and the sort of hyperkinesis or anxiety that produces. Well, one way to read that is Fear. When Fear is on the Wind, our first reaction is to pin it on someone or some thing. I’m scared by this, or by that. That’s not a productive projection. You’re picking up Fear because it’s in the air, and you’re sensitive enough to smell it. When you blame it on some person or scenario in your life, all you do is increase your powerlessness to deal with the real issues.
At this time of Change, we all have to take total responsibility for our Fear. Withdraw our projections. Deal with our emotions as phenomena in our own personal space. We are all Transformers, and our job is to transform the Fear. That’s what we came here for. Fear plus Breathing equals Excitement, remember? Tapping is an obvious process to help when Fear overwhelms us. Kegels are a great boon. Kegels harvest the Energy in Fear and use it to slow down time, effectively putting us “in the zone,” where events occur in slow motion, and we can react to them in ways that appear magical to folks running normal-speed time outside of “the zone.” Here’s part of another exercise from Starhawk’s The Earth Path…
“Imagine that, like a tree, you can extend roots into the Earth, from your feet and from the base of your spine. With your eyes open, notice if what you see changes as you extend your roots down.
“If there is anything clouding your awareness or interfering with your ability to be present, take a deep breath and imagine letting it go down through your roots into the Earth, to become compost.
“Feel the Living Fire deep in the Heart of the Earth. Breathe some of that Energy up through your roots, into the base of your spine and your belly, up your spine as if your spine were the flexible trunk of a Tree. Feel it warm your heart and throat, and reach out through your arms and hands. Let it move up through the top of your head and out like the branches and leaves of a Tree. Let those branches come all the way down to touch the Earth, surrounding and protecting you. Again, notice what changes…
“Looking straight ahead, bring your arms out to your sides and wiggle your fingers. Slowly bring them in until you can just see the motion of your fingers with your peripheral vision. Notice how wide your field of vision can be.”
The rest of the exercise (pp.53-54) is even better.
Cacoxinated Amethyst is purple-tinged Quartz interspersed with smaller brown crystals of Cacoxenite, an Iron Aluminum Phosphate. Amethyst is the quintessential Crown-Chakra mineral, and the Iron in Cacoxenite is a quintessential Root-Chakra grounding mineral – for walking the Spiritual Path with Practical Feet.