Eris on Stage

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Next week we get the opportunity to meet Eris face to face, as she will be Stationary Direct on January 8.  Depending on your vulnerability to her charms, you could feel that as much as a week in advance.  Stationary means Strong, and Direct means that all of the reconsideration that’s been happening since she turned Retrograde will come tumbling out onto the World.  She turned Retro in mid-July, shortly after Uranus (Individuality, Creativity, our Soul Connection, Disruption of our false persona) did the same, and only a few weeks after the first Uranus-Pluto Square.  What’s the connection?  Well, the Uranus-Pluto Square dominates 2012-2015, and amounts to the 1960s becoming permanent – Civil Rights, Make Love Not War, Feminism, Let Your Freak Flag Fly, Flowers in Your Hair, for example, could once again become prominent issues.  Without the Agent Orange this time, ok?  Drones are bad enough.

We only had a few weeks of fun after the July Square till Uranus went Inward (ie, Retro), till December 13, when it went Direct again.  So we would expect to see a good deal of Uranus-Pluto energy being flushed out into the open after December 13, and for better or worse I believe we have already seen that.  Now, why is Eris involved in this dance?  Well, she is certainly a good stand-in for the Feminism component of the Uranus-Pluto Energy, and in case you haven’t noticed, Western Culture is overdue for a rebalancing of Gender Energies toward Feminine values and proclivities.  We listed a bunch of those recently, and in The Wizard of Us (p.2), She-Bear Jean Houston adds another very important one…

“Women have always been and continue to accomplish heroic feats with the difference that their emphasis has tended to be on process rather than on product – making things cohere, relate, develop, and grow.  While the heroine may be less strident, she is nevertheless courageous and brings a new focus to the inner experience being of equal value to the outer action.”

Before Eris was named Eris, she was called Xena (the Warrior) and Lila (a partial homonym for Lilith, symbol of the Deep Feminine).  Eris the Greek Goddess was known for “Discord,” just as Uranus is known for “Disruption.”  But just as Uranus disrupts what is no longer aligned with your Soul’s Life Plan, much of Eris’s Discord is about bringing Denial into Consciousness.  When she threw Golden Apples into the party and triggered “Discord” among the Lovely and Gracious Goddesses there, the resulting jealousy and greed was not of Eris’s making, it was just brought into visibility by her action.  This is what a Heyoka Shaman does.  But more important, Eris is heading our way.  Her elliptical orbit spans 560 years, and for the next 245 years she will be moving closer to the Sun, closer to Earth, and increasing in influence.  She’ll be closer than Pluto by the middle of the 23rd Century.

In other words, while December 13 unleashed a Pluto-inspired Uranus, January 8 will unleash a strengthening Eris.  The January 8 chart doesn’t forebode a great deal of trouble directly, but then, the feminine is often indirect, eh?  Eris Squares the Sun (we’re Challenged to be honest about who we really are), but Sextiles Ceres (the fewer pretenses we put forth, the less effort we’ll need to spend remembering which persona we use for which circumstances – which will allow us to use our Consciousness for Intention rather than manipulation).  But Pallas is approaching Uranus as, a Square away, Juno approaches Pluto.  In other words, the Challenge will revolve around being compelled to defend (Pallas-Pluto) what we personally identify with (Juno-Uranus).

So this is a real Challenge to get Conscious about who we believe ourselves to be.  Juno represents our Unconscious Identity, and as she approaches Pluto she becomes dangerous, because she will believe herself to be right, and probably believe it’s her mission to correct everyone else.  Red Alert!  Whatever we find ourselves defending in the first two weeks of January is probably a doorway to greater Consciousness – not because it needs defending, but because it’s probably a false icon.  On the other hand, this is how Change happens – Pluto represents the Global Unconscious, and as Juno is Initiated by Pluto (which occurs on January 14 at Capricorn 10), each of us (Juno) will be Unconsciously infected with Pluto’s New Trance.

At the Eris Station on the 8th, Juno is deep into the Void phase of its Cycle with Pluto, so we are very likely to be inspired to hurl Golden Apples.  Go for it, but don’t get attached to your Apples!  They trigger greater Consciousness, both for yourself and for their targets!  If you Ego-attach to the Apples (the “helpful” criticism or advice you’re compelled to provide, for their own good of course) that you release on the 8th, you’re going to get tied in knots as the Juno-Pluto Cycle develops over the next six months, because your Apples will be increasingly out of synch with the Global Trance.  Make Amends.  Just say out loud, “Omigosh, I’m sorry!  That was probably a Projection!”  That’ll take you off the hooks (they’re plural).  Better to be a little embarrassed now than to be a whole lot egg-faced later on.  The new Juno-Pluto Cycle that begins on January 14 is about “An Albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor.”

There is a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) in the January 8 chart, to Chiron-Neptune from Moon and Jupiter, advising us to look to our Emotions for important clues about how we’ll expand into the New Paradigm.  If they’re Challenging Emotions, all the better.  The Vacancy for this T-Square is 7 Virgo, “A woman feeding Chickens and protecting them from the Hawks.”  Interesting parallel to the Albatross and the Sailor.  Birds often symbolize Spirit, but Chickens have lost their ability to fly, so in a sense the T-Square seems to be about protecting limited Birds from Spirit or Change, thereby maintaining our Birdcage.  Remember though, that a T-Square is about exploring, not about getting it right.  I’m inclined to read this combination as walking the Spiritual Path with Practical Feet, or exploring the edges between Giving and Receiving.

Eris, still two and a half times as distant as Pluto, is moving very slowly.  The January 8 Station occurs at 22 Aries, and she began her Retrogradation at 23 Aries – so the last six months have been a very tightly focused seminar!  Aries 22 is

“The gate to the garden of all fulfilled Desires”

and Aries 23 was

“A pregnant Woman in light summer dress.”

This edge between Giving and Receiving seems to be a peninsula of fecundity!  In fact, at her current distance, Eris  moves forward only a little over one degree per year, and retraces most of that while Retrograde, so her net forward motion is about a quarter of one degree per year.  So crossing these two degrees is a long project, begun in 2005 and not complete until 2018!

This spans both the Derivative Crash and the Uranus-Pluto Square.  This tells me that if we move to a feminine version of Collaborative Community, there are many riches to be harvested from the New Paradigm.  Fewer mod cons perhaps, but more riches.  If we look forward and include Aries 24,

“Blown inward by the Wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a Cornucopia.”

that takes us into 2022.

While we’re on the subject of the New Paradigm, the January Wired Magazine has a few salient comments.  This from an interview with Tim O’Reilly (p.67)…

“Your new credo these days is ‘Create more value than you capture.’  What does that mean?”

“Everybody wants to foster entrepreneurship, but we have to think about the preconditions for entrepreneurship.  You grow great crops in great soil.  And the soil is the commons.  Increasingly, we have monopolistic companies that try to take as much as they can for themselves [like Microsoft and Apple, as he later asserts].  And we have a patent and copyright regime that makes sure that nothing goes back into the commons unless by an extraordinary act of generosity.  This is not fertile soil for innovation.”

And from an article called “Imagine that 7 Out of 10 Working Americans Got Fired Tomorrow.  What Would They All Do?” (p.72)…

“It’s hard to believe you’d have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force.  But that – in slow motion – is what the industrial revolution did in the workforce of the early 19th century.  Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of all American workers lived on the farm.  Today automation has eliminated all but 1 percent of their jobs, replacing them (and their work animals) with machines.  But the displaced workers did not sit idle.  Instead, automation created hundreds of millions of jobs in entirely new fields.  Those who once farmed were now manning the legions of factories that churned out farm equipment, cars, and other industrial products.  Since then, wave upon wave of new occupations have arrived…  It’s hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation.”

All that of course is a double-edged sword – replacing hard physical labor with Aeron chairs and flush toilets, but also replacing immersion in Life and Earth with windowless cubicles and fluorescent lights.  The point is flexibility.  Time has accelerated, and rather than expecting to do the same profession for a lifetime, we need to think about how we can apply the skills we already have to jobs that haven’t been invented yet.  To see if we can innovate our way back to Life and Earth without giving up the flush toilets.

Sulfur is a Healer on many levels.  Imagine one of those pure Sulfur Crystals in the center of each aching joint, or in each area of inflammation (pain) in your body, and on any area of irritated skin.  Put one in the center of each Emotional discomfort you encounter, as Sulfur can illuminate Shadows and any remaining pockets of Karma, and open them for Healing.  Drop one into any pool of Confusion, it’ll help ease the transition into new perspectives.

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