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Boundaries and Mjolnirs

January 21, 2013

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Precis

Saturn in Scorpio could well amplify our January 28 Pallas-Uranus Initiation – which is about making a Safe Space for our True Self to emerge – into a life-changing proposition.  Turns out that January 27 may hold greater Power.  We also introduce the Seventh and Eighth Harmonics, and the Mjolnir.

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Elizabeth’s comment that she’s “noticed so far that boundary issues are up big-time for all of us during Saturn’s transit of Scorpio” deserves elaboration, particularly as we approach the January 28 Pallas-Uranus Conjunction, which we’ve painted with the possibility that “We could easily end up changing the people and circumstances in our lives as a result.”

Saturn

We of course see Saturn as Focus, and Saturn as asking us to Focus on Priority #1, letting go of all our Plan-B fallbacks, so we don’t dilute our attention to The Most Important Thing.  Of course we have to deal with our Fear of Failure when we do that, maybe partly by tapping on it.  I mean, the whole purpose of fallbacks is to provide cover should Priority #1 not work out, to protect both our Identity and our Survival.  In some circumstances competing Priorities might not be a big deal.  Nowadays, though, with Pluto goosing Uranus (I Gotta Be Me!) and Vesta lit up Stationary in a Saturn-Pluto Yod (Blasphemy is Death!), we’re dealing with some pretty profound Priorities #1.  (Remember that Death refers to Ego Death, or Identity.)

And with our Chiron-Neptune socioeconomic New Paradigm still in diapers, it’s not just mandatory that we Pay Attention to Priority #1, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do it.  Survival should be part of the Energy we exchange with our Community.  We could talk instead about Survival as a birthright, but in a sense we “earn” our Survival by serving our Community.  And in that sense, if we aren’t moving toward “earning” our Survival

by Doing What We Love and Being Who We Really Are,

we could be in for some surprises or disruptions.  I’m guessing that in the Old money Paradigm which we’ve already left, many of us were “earning” our Survival by doing and being otherwise, sometimes quite otherwise.  And know that Who We Really Are and What We Love Doing are changing rapidly with the recurring 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto Soul Downloads.  Not changing Who We Are in essence, but changing in meaning and depth.  Interpret the word Survival broadly here, and know that Sustainability and Sustenance issues are deeply intertwined.

Scorpio

Now, what’s Scorpio got to do with it.  Scorpio is Fixed Water – a paradox if there ever was one, unless you’re talking about Ice.  And yes, Ice is involved, as we’ll soon see.  “Fixed” means established and constant, and “Water” means Emotion.  So what we have is a need to get very clear about our Values, about Who We Really Are, so we aren’t distracted by a lot of extraneous Emotionality.  Hence Scorpio’s primary drive is to get to the bottom of things, get to The Most Important Things.  Scorpio dives for the Pearls.

I’ve read that in the US, folks (including that new subspecies, Homo corporatis) are expected to abide by the Letter of the Law, while in England folks are expected to live up to the Spirit of the Law.  And in France, the Judge and Jury confer to try to discover what really happened, rather than deciding which lawyer had the best arguments.  If these generalizations are true, then French Law would be Scorpio Law.

The everyday impression of Scorpio can be quite different.  Scorpio has a reputation for secrecy, which can devolve into the appearance of deception.  How do you get to the bottom of things?  You muck around in things everyone else is scared to talk about, and explore places where everyone else is afraid to venture.  Scorpio is Fearless – aka Ice in the veins.  And folks with prominent Scorpio (and/or prominent Pluto) learn very early that they can’t talk about what they’re doing, because it scares the shit out of anybody they do talk to about it.  So yes, Scorpio ends up looking “secretive.”

And if you think about your favorite movie on secret spy stuff, you know how important, and often reprehensible, a spy’s informants are.  So Scorpio has a high tolerance for the reprehensible.  Of course reprehensitude is relative.  The point is that Scorpio does not easily reject people.  But, cross Scorpio too many times, and there is no turning back.

Scorpio will give you a lot of rope, but when you get to noose at the end, there is no more.

You could beg for Forgiveness after that, but what you’d be likely to get is an Icy silence.

Saturn in Scorpio

So Saturn in Scorpio (October 2012 through December 2014, with a stutter in mid-2015) can be deadly for relationships.  You may not know when you’re about to cross the line.  It’s as if Scorpio is willing to just let you be whoever you are, without comment or critique.  But if you prove to be the wrong sort of person to fit into that relationship slot for Scorpio, Forgiveness and second chances are not an option.  Well, with that much rope, it’s more like thirty-third chances, but you may not know that you’ve already had thirty-two.  That’s a strong contrast to Libra, but then, all of the Signs represent strong contrasts to the previous Sign.

Whenever we talk about Signs, we aren’t just talking about your Sun Sign, which is who you are to newspaper astrology.  You could have Moon in Scorpio, Scorpio Rising or Setting, Pluto Stationary, Pluto on your Nodes, Venus or Mars or Mercury in Scorpio, Pluto Out of Bounds, Sun or Moon Conjunct Pluto, Pluto Rising, or any of many other combinations to have “strong Scorpio.”  In other words, everybody has some Scorpio, and many have a lot.  And then, as with any other astrological indication, anyone’s degree of Emotional and Spiritual Maturity, and their various social programmings, will strongly affect how responsibly they use their Scorpio Energy.

Pallas and Uranus

So Saturn in Scorpio could easily have been another important Background influence for our January 28 Pallas-Uranus Initiation, which is exact around noon PST.  Pallas Athena was the Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom – where Mars shoots first and asks questions later, Pallas asks questions, then shoots only when necessary.  So Boundaries is a good single-word identifier for the asteroid Pallas.  Or, for a longer symbol, perhaps

The Courage to Change what can be Changed, the Serenity to Accept what can’t, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference.

Codependence it ain’t.

The Pallas-Uranus Initiation occurs Triseptile to Saturn – three sevenths of the way round the Zodiac.  This Angle isn’t used very often in astrology, primarily because it’s not an even number of Signs, but also partly because its Energy is subtle and non-material, which is to say, normally hidden.  The Seventh Harmonic – the Septile and it’s multiples – represents Shamanic Power, and the Wisdom to remain in Stillness until the exact moment when a small shift in Energy will result in a very large change to the Material Arena, kind of like Aikido.

We don’t even notice the Armies of Elves and Faeries and Gnomes and Sylphs poised in Stillness on the edge of our Awareness, patiently waiting for the precise moment when the Tipping Point arrives.  You may have noticed that some of them are starting to move, if you’ve been paying attention to that fluttering at the edge of your field of vision.  We haven’t reminded you yet that Scorpio and Pluto also symbolize Transformation, or that of course the Initiation occurs Square to Pluto.  That’s a Challenge to Master the necessity of owning up to our Truth.  While if we’re Awake we can Co-Create how Pluto Transforms Reality, the Transformations themselves are not optional.

Mjolnirs

Well, earlier we mentioned Mjolnirs, or Vajras, as there is an interesting Mjolnir in the chart for the decade, but we haven’t talked about them.  Mjolnir was Thor’s Hammer.  Don’t ask me how to pronounce it, I never learned Norwegian.  Vajra is the Sanskrit equivalent, meaning among other things a Thuderbolt.  Here’s the technical explanation or geometry of a Mjolner

While a Yod consists of an Apex planet at the opposite Midpoint of two planets in Sextile, a Mjolnir consists of an Apex planet at the opposite Midpoint of two planets that Square one another.  A Yod is two Quincunxes to the same planet, and a Mjolnir is two Sesquisquares to the same planet.  Two planets in Sesquisquare are four and a half Signs apart, a Square-and-a-half, or three eighths of the way ’round the Zodiac.

A Mjolnir is an isosceles triangle (two equal sides) wider than a Yod but narrower than a T-Square.  The base of a Yod is a Sextile spanning one sixth of the Zodiac, the base of a Mjolnir is a Square that spans one fourth of the Circle, and the base of a T-Square is an Opposition that bisects the Zodiacal Wheel.

The Eighth Harmonic is a miniature version of the Fourth Harmonic, or Square.  One eighth of the way ’round the Zodiac is a Semisquare – half a square.  It doesn’t even have it’s own name.  The Fourth Harmonic is Dominion, and the Square is Mastery through Challenge.  The Eighth Harmonic is about Alignment, Balance, Beginnings and Endings, and “the application of creative ideas in tangible, useful ways,” to quote Angie Arrien’s Tarot Handbook (p.55).

The Sextile symbolizes Creative Grace, and the Yod that activates it shows how Curiosity is what motivates it.  The Square is an exploration, not a problem, though it certainly feels like a problem.  A Square is never solved because it isn’t a problem.  It’s resolved by accepting it as an exploration – basically by extending Curiosity to it.  It’s a graduate seminar, or as Rudhyar put it, the (b)leading edge of human evolution.  The Mjolnir that activates a Square shows how exploration results in the application of creative ideas in tangible, useful ways.

In other words, like Chiron, a Mjolnir converts Despair (Frustration with what feel like unsolvable problems) into Miracle (tangible, useful Creativity resulting from a change of Paradigm).  The idea that a Mjolnir feels like being struck by a Hammer or Thunderbolt stands, but it’s a Thunderbolt of creativity, the iconic lightbulb over Gyro Gearloose’s head – assuming we’ve liberated ourself from the tyranny of Despair by shifting from Frustration to Curiosity and from Action to PIAVA.  It’s intriguing that Vajra also translates as Diamond, an indestructible substance that cuts and penetrates through emotional instability or uncertainty, and symbolizes one of five core Buddhist truths, Nondualism, the function of which, like Pallas, is to protect.  Isn’t that Curious.

Fulgerites

An interesting aside – when Lightning strikes Sand, it fuses the Silicon into Quartz along the path of the strike, as the strike penetrates the Sand.  Here’s a very well-developed and well-preserved example…

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Looks a lot like a Dragon, don’t it?  I’m not sure that’s a coincidence, but most Fulgerites look more like tubes, and most of them shed a lot more.  This one is borrowed from a fascinating page on the Ashtar Command website,

http://www.ashtarcommandcrew.net/profiles/blogs/fulgurite

and goes into depth about the Shamanic, Spiritual, and Manifestation qualities of Fulgerite.

The Pallas-Uranus Mjolnir

The reason we have to bring all this up now (I was hoping to wait till we looked at 1/1/2010) is that about 20 hours before the Pallas-Uranus Initiation, lasting about eight hours and starting around 4pm PST on January 27, the Moon joins the Dragon’s Head to form the legs of a Mjolnir with Pallas-Uranus at the Apex.  That’s pretty strong, as our True Self (Pallas-Uranus) will be available to find creative ideas (Mjolnir) to resolve the apparent conflict (Square) between our Mission (Dragon’s Head or North Node) and our Emotional (Moon) attachment to the status quo.  Again, with feeling…

On January 27 our True Self will be available to find creative ideas to resolve the apparent conflict between our Mission and our Emotional attachment to the status quo

Whenever themes repeat in astrology, we know the “Stars” have something meaningful in mind.  And here we have the themes of Dragon, Mission, Protection, Soul Truth all repeating.  So start meditating with your Fulgerite on the 27th, as the Moon frequently acts as a trigger, and can provide better timing for an astrological event than the event itself.

Amazon actually has a few Fulgerites for sale, as do other internet sellers.  A glass tube or pipette with both ends open would make an acceptable substitute – same diff, just a less natural process, and a bit less violent.  For a few bucks Amazon will sell you a Borosilicate tube.  Borosilicates add the healing properties of Boron, which dispels Fear, provides greater Balance, and will help to Integrate your New Self with your Old Life.

Aw, Baloney!

An Abalone Shell is the traditional bowl used for a Shamanic Smudging or Cleansing.  A static photo doesn’t show the shimmering, shifting array of colors displayed by a real Abalone Shell, the same shimmering that characterizes the Faerie Realm and your Aura.  Scienterrific folks study Abalone Shells because Abalone Critters know how to construct structures that are stronger than any that Humans know how to build.  Though if the Tipping Point doesn’t arrive in time, Human transformative “Medicine” will prove the stronger, as Ocean Acidification is dissolving the Calcium Carbonate Shells of all of the Sea Critters.

Summary

January 28 is an important boundary between letting our True Self remain in the back seat (or the boot) for the sake of expedience or comfort, and giving Her the reins.  It could be a more important Tipping Point than we imagine, as She has friends in high places.  For greater power, start your Prayers the day before.  If you’re into prostrations, don’t hold your glass tube between you and the floor, or you could bite off more than just Ego Death.

January Then

January 20, 2013

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If This Is the Bun…

After reviewing the major background trends, we try to condense all that recent Astrologuese into a few paragraphs of English.  What do we come up with?  January 24 and 27-30 stand out as Big Days when the major Challenge will be expressing our Truth and not apologizing for it.  Don’t forget to Wonder how you’ll pull that off.

Then Where’s the Beef?

So let’s try to combine “More Transce’nDance” and “Oh My Yod! 2013!,” so you don’t have to, since it’s complex.

Our Place in Herstory

First, the background; we don’t want to forget the background…

1. Our individual Souls are demanding our Attention.

Uranus is Squaring Pluto – “the 1960s” are returning for good, and we’re being asked to express ourselves more directly; aka a Soul Download is underway that will change us completely by 2016.

2. We’re starting over economically, and all earlier bets are “off.”

Chiron has recently been Initiated by Neptune – the “Mortgage Crisis,” which was really a Banking Crisis that hasn’t been resolved at all, signaled the beginning of a social-economic-political New Paradigm that will take a decade or two to develop.  The disruption is astrologically equivalent to the end of WWII (eg transition from bombs to cars), and to the end of the Railroad Boom at the end of the 19th Century (eg transition from steam to electricity).  The fact that the institutional infrastructure (ie, governments and bankers) have not yet faced this Reality could be disastrous, and the recommended strategy for individuals is to attend to Sustenance, Neighborhood, Community, and Family, should the social order disintegrate more than it already has in many parts of the World.  But there are Miracles available to us when we do intuitively adapt to the New Paradigm.

3. As a species, we’ll be less Emotional and more Practical going forward.

We’re finally finished with the 11-year Moon-Out-of-Bounds Cycle that began on 9/11/2001, though of course those who feed on Fear will always try to extend excess Emotionality of that sort.  Pluto in Capricorn can be summarized as “Just Fix It.”

4. The Century promises huge transformations in Consciousness.

The Polarization in the 1/1/2000 chart remains in effect for the Century (Moon-Saturn-Pallas-Uranus Grand Cross), but by now we should be adapting to it.  The intention of the Polarization is Consciousness-Raising.  The other three Big Deals in the 1/1/2000 chart are also still in effect: Loss of the Veil and recovery of Intuition (Neptune-South Node), Awareness of Sustainability and Sustenance (Ceres Rising), and Miraculous Change at a very deep level (Pluto Initiating Chiron at 12 Sadge just as the Century turned).  Eris wasn’t “discovered” yet, but she made a weak Grand Trine to Pallas and the Chiron-Pluto Initiation.  Probably wouldn’t hurt to review this chart.

5. We get tons of help during this Decade as long as we remember we’re in Big Transitions Time and don’t try to grasp the status quo. No need to burn any bridges, but it certainly won’t hurt to repair the hull of that old Ferry that does the job even when the river floods.  We put a bit more detail into Teens Decade Revisited.

6. Collaboration will be more effective than Competition.

Pluto represents a prominent global factor in the Unconscious, the Unconscious runs our lives, and Pluto’s twin sister Eris is forcing her way into our Consciousness; aka there is a major trend toward elevating the principles of Cooperation and Collaboration over the excess of Competition and Control that has been dominant on much of the Planet for a long while.

7. Our Deepest Values are coming into prominence.

We have a Vesta Yod with Pluto and Saturn through most of February , which is and will be “forcing” us to move more into Integrity with what our Hearts hold to be Sacred.

And finally, don’t forget that what the Media tells you about is mostly the Resistance to these trends.

The Foreground

Then we can get down to the rest of January.  The Big Deals…

Both Vesta and Jupiter are Stationary, Vesta till January 26, and Jupiter till January 29.  This puts a very strong emphasis on what your own Heart tells you is bottom-line Sacred.  Vesta was originally Goddess of the Hearth, reinforcing the emphasis on Sustenance, Family, Neighborhood, Community.  Jupiter is the Amplifier.  They’re Conjunct, so even after Vesta is Stationary, the Jupiter Station will continue to emphasize Vesta, and the Vesta Yod.

January 24 stands out prominently.  In addition to the Stations and the Yod…

  • Mars completes a T-Square to the Moon’s Nodes
  • Eris begins a Quincunx to the North Node
  • The Moon makes a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto
  • The Moon makes a Grand Trine to Saturn and Chiron

That’s a whole lot.  How might we say that in English?  Maybe something like

The major Challenge is to break out of a Pattern of hiding our Light under a bushel.  Major Blessings await us if we can remember to Wonder how we can best cooperate with our own Growth in Consciousness.

The last few days of the month are also standing up and waving their arms…

  • The Moon completes a Grand Cross with Mars and the Nodes on 1/27-28
  • Uranus Initiates Pallas on 1/28
  • The Vesta Diamond Star occurs on 1/28-29
  • The Moon and North Node complete an Eris Yod on 1/30

The Diamond Star is the Star of this show, and it behooves to just repeat our earlier interpretation…

The Moon Opposes Chiron to complete a Diamond Star with the Vesta Yod.  This should be very exciting, with Jupiter Stationary and the Moon triggering our Emotional involvement with the Sacred – and Chiron showing the way to Miracles!  This could easily be life-changing for many of us!  A Diamond Star occurs when a Yod (Curiosity) and a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) share the same Apex, which produces a bowl of Grace under the T-Square.

If we try to convert the supporting players into English, we might say something like…

No longer hiding our Light under a bushel, we are called upon to Defend our New Self against those who preferred the former status quo.  It’s just fine to be defensive when you’re defending a Good Cause, and Your Light is for you the best Cause on the Planet.  But don’t try to Explain Yourself; deflect the other person’s Resistance by gently and lovingly illuminating their lack of flexibility.  Sympathize with them.

You’re very likely to find yourself resisting someone else’s Changes as well, and this will be good practice for sympathizing with yourself when that happens.  There may be Heartache here, and nothing demands Self-Love more than Heartache.  Why be a victim of Eris when you can be her Agent, and help her transform the Noosphere and Astral Spheres of the Planet.  Healing doesn’t happen without Empathy.  Empathy for Ourself first, then for Other.  Empathy is hard, because it demands Presence, and the Nodes usually take us out of Present Time.  Sometimes Sympathy is an acceptable substitute.

Peridot

As is so often the case, Dorothy Roeder nails it…

So many of you would rather be somewhere else, any planet, any place seems better than Earth.  You remember the perfection of other places, not realizing that you brought that memory to help you create that perfection on Earth.  Peridot would like to help you do that.”  [Crystal Co-Creators, p.138]

A “Nesosilicate” like Peridot or Garnet is the simplest form that Silicates take, where the Silicate ions occur singly in the Crystal.  Peridot is a Magnesium Nesosilicate.  Magnesium is basically a Stress reliever.  Self-expression is easier among friends.

So What Was All That About Then?

Turns out there’s a lot going on in the next two weeks.  Peak days are January 24 and 27-30.  Our Healthy Narcissism will be Challenged.  Do we Love ourselves enough to support ourself when we’re called to express our Deepest Truths?  Can we stand it when Others express their Deepest Truths, without feeling diminished ourselves?  Our greatest weapon is still I Wonder…

January 19, 2013

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Snowflake BeautyI’ve listened with a certain wonder as friends of mine call to report certain traumas that have resurfaced in their lives, accidents and deaths too. I don’t know why it feels like it’s prevalent now, but I have to come clean that it’s happened to me also. I take solace in  knowing that love does the beckoning, and light shows up areas in our bodies, personalities and systems that need some attention to  function with ease. “Ease?”, you say,”What about, No pain, no gain? Isn’t sacrifice noble? Won’t all of this hard stuff produce good down the road; certainly in heaven?”

Well, why wait for your good? And, maybe there is an intelligent design that we cannot fully understand that has a beautiful and more expansive pattern for us to express?

The Age of Reason is coming to a close I’m told, and the reliance on the mind to explain things will…

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More Transce’nDance in January

January 19, 2013

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I Wonder What He Really Meant to Say…

Wow, during January and into February we’ve got a whole stable of additional aids to help us transform our lives.  By the time we get to March, when the Jupiter Yod returns, we’ll be very different people.

I Wonder How He’s Going to Convince Us of That!

As we move into the simultaneous Vesta and Jupiter Stations (January 20-29), a few complications assert themselves.

Mission, Karma, and Integrity with the Sacred

First, our commitment to our Mission, and our concomitant determination to “atone for our sins” becomes strong here.  You probably can’t see that my tongue is in my cheek when I say that.  But a suggestion like that is not entirely a parody of religion.

Mars is beginning to work on a Square to the Moon’s Nodes that will be exact on January 24, but gets compounded into a Grand Cross by the Moon on January 27-28.

Simultaneous Vesta and Jupiter Stations will greatly (Station) expand (Jupiter) our need to get into Integrity with our Deepest Heartfelt Beliefs (Vesta), which is to say, atunement with our personal version of the Sacred.  Growing up, or being converted, we may well have internalized somebody else’s ideas about what’s Sacred, and we’re more likely to maintain those if they agree in some important ways with our own natural Heartfelt Beliefs.  Either way, Guilt is the operating principle.  Guilt results when we behave in ways contrary to our own feelings about what’s Sacred.  Guilt can feel like we have dirtied ourselves with “sin,” and we need to seek cleansing.

That’s how Karma, which in truth is just inertia – our natural and useful ability to form habits, patterns, and trances – comes to feel like retribution, when we unable or unwilling to make effective amends for our Guilt.  All of our “past” lives culminated in “past” Deaths, some of which were Painful.  If we lived in a culture similar to current Western culture, Death was also often associated with some sort of “failure” and hence perhaps Shameful.  It’s difficult to seek Forgiveness for a Karmic debt that was not incurred in the current lifetime.

We do not decide to Forgive, we discover that we have Forgiven. 

So while we can assertively seek Forgiveness from others, it’s more difficult to actively Forgive ourselves.  We can however PIAVA Forgiveness for ourself, and that may be our most effective approach.

Karma can arise from Guilt, Shame, Fear, Resentment, or any other strong feeling, and we aren’t even thinking about “Good” Karma here (which can be harder to release than “Bad” Karma).  It can also arise from sheer repetition.  Power corrupts, and Ritual is powerful.  Why do we even care about Karma?  Because Karma hides all of the skills we learned in that other lifetime, or an earlier phase of the current lifetime.  For instance, as a Child we were constantly in Wonder, and still intimately connected to Source.  Then, through repetition, we learned that the World seemed to make sense on other levels – or at least, we learned that adopting their way of making sense of the World pleased the folks we depended on for our Survival, folks we naturally felt a strong sense of Love for, just because we were still in Wonder.

And, recall, the overarching Deva for January and February 2013 is Curiosity.

So for most of us, the “Good Karma” we took on as Children learning our own People’s culture obscures our sense of Wonder and Awe and Curiosity – and our sense of unconditional Love.  Karma is what the Moon’s Nodes are about.  The North Node, aka the Dragon’s Head or Rahu, represents our Mission – what we came into this lifetime for, the direction that our Soul intends for us to move in.  And the South Node (Dragon’s Tail or Ketu) symbolizes the Karma which holds us back from moving toward our Mission.  Hiding behind the South Node is the skillset we need to recover in order to move toward our Mission.

Bear in mind that it’s only the logical mind that does duality.  The rest of the Universe is focused on the Coin, not the heads or the tails.  Especially since most of our Karma is Unconscious, we’re ahead to focus more on the Mission-Limiting Beliefs axis itself, than on either end of it.  So we might PIAVA that we

Lovingly and gently and rapidly and completely let go of all Limiting Beliefs that separate us from our Deepest Desires,

for instance, rather than dwelling on our Karma per se, or fantasizing about our Mission.  Your Deepest Desires are closely related to your Mission – any Guilt arise when you contemplate that?

Hence, it behooves us to Pay Attention to our Limiting Beliefs at any time when our need to get into Integrity with our Deepest Heartfelt Beliefs is greatly expanded – that is, during a Vesta-Jupiter Station, such as most of the rest of January.

And, as is often the case, the “stars” are giving us a push, in the form of a Mars-Nodes T-Square.  A T-Square symbolizes Mastery through Challenge.  We know about the Nodes.  Mars represents Action.  We’re Challenged to take Action to move toward our Mission, and let go of whatever blocks us from that.  It’s a T-Square, so don’t expect success, expect learning.  Like on Wall Street, it’s not what you earn, it’s what you learn that’s important.  I mean, there’s no need to expect lack of success – if you need to have expectations, expect to be surprised.

Guess Who Else Gets Their Golden Apples Involved?

Then, starting on January 23, just in time for the peak of the Mars-Nodes T-Square, Eris begins a Quincunx to the Dragon’s Head.  That’s exact on February 8, and goes out of style on February 24.  It’s amplified on January 30, just after the culmination of the Jupiter Station, when the Moon Trines the Dragon’s Tail and fills the other Leg of an Eris-Moon-North Node Yod.  And also lit up on February 3 when the Moon crosses the North Node, and February 14, when it crosses Eris.  Wow, what’s all this mean?

Eris, recall, has an allergic reaction to Denial, which causes her throwing arm to jerk.  So basically we’re back to Mobile again with the Memphis Blues…

I wonder how we’ll get out of going through all this twice!

In other words, while Mars will be inspiring us to Act, Eris will be throwing us to the Wolves.  But, fortunately for us, it’s all about Curiosity (the Quincunx) and Grace (the Trine), not about Challenge.  As we’ve said before, Karma is dead.  And that it doesn’t grasp us, we grasp it – we believe it keeps us Safe.

When you encounter a situation where it feels as though you’re about to re-experience unpleasant circumstances, let go of your expectations of unpleasantness.

Like fabric softener, when we’re Conscious enough to do that, we’re likely to find that the unpleasantness is really nothing but a memory, no longer subject to static cling.  And those Golden Apples tossed at our feet are almost certain to make us Conscious!

It’s important to remember that Denial is a healthy process that keeps the healthy Ego from getting overwhelmed.  The healthy Ego’s function is to keep us Safe, and we’d have a much more difficult time of that if we were unable to triage the threats to our Safety.  Neither Denial nor Ego present problems here – what can be difficult to overcome is the inertia that Ego develops.  Growth in Consciousness is a process of discrimination – what we’ve seen all along as background, as wallpaper, suddenly becomes something three-dimensional that now demands to be dealt with differently.

We move to a new neighborhood, and suddenly we can trust our neighbors!  It takes us a little while to realize it, because our expectations are based on previous experiences that were less sanguine.  But once we realize it, we discover a whole closet full of thoughts and behaviors and expectations and reactions that have to be reconsidered and reformulated to meet our new Reality.  It goes both ways – we could be moving to a new neighborhood where we can’t trust our neighbors.  When Denial steps out of the closet, there is work to do, and it’s called Growth in Consciousness.  That stunning lady with her hand on the closet door – that’s Eris.

Then There’s Uranus-Pluto Again

And just as the Mars-Nodes T-Square is exact on January 24, the Moon makes a T-Square with the famous Uranus-Pluto Square and a Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron.  This is powerful.  Just as we’re taking a Giant Step forward (Mars-Nodes), we’re Graced (Grand Trine) with an Emotional (Moon) Focus (Saturn) on Miracles (Chiron) and an Emotional (Moon) Challenge (T-Square) to Act (Mars) from our True Self (Uranus-Pluto).  Again,

Just as we’re taking a Giant Step forward, we’re Graced with an Emotional Focus on Miracles and an Emotional Challenge to Act from our True Self.

It’s important that the Focus on Miracles is Emotional rather than intellectual, because intellectual Focus would prevent Miracles by holding on to obsolete paradigms, while Emotional Focus will make it easier to bring new paradigms into concrete manifestation.  Emotion is the glue that holds Energies into Form.

Then, on January 28, deep in the strength of the Jupiter Station and just as our Vesta Diamond Star forms, Pallas is Initiated by Uranus, beginning a new four-and-a-half-year Cycle.  This occurs at 6 degrees of Aries, with the strange Symbol “A square with one side brilliantly illuminated.”  A square symbolizes Dominion, or healthy control.  The one side brilliantly illuminated is the Soul Download we’ve been working with since last July.  Pallas represents boundaries; after January 28, we won’t just be expressing our True Self more completely, we’ll also be defending our right to do just that.  We could  easily end up changing the people and circumstances in our lives as a result.

Villiaumite

Table Salt is Sodium Chloride.  Villiaumite is Sodium Fluoride.  While Chlorine helps relieve Stress, Fluorine promotes Change.  Sodium provides structure and continuity.  The perfect mineral to symbolize Fresh Violets in an Ancient Pottery Bowl.

I Wonder What He Said

Whoa, that’s a lot of Energies coming down – in addition to what we had before.  I think we’re going to have to integrate all this into one calendar.  When we looked at the Vesta Yod that dominates January and February, we were able to summarize a whole lot of material into…

I Wonder how my new Integrity will change as I Focus on this new Trance?

If we had to summarize what we’ve added here, that might be…

I Wonder how my increasing Consciousness will inspire me to Act to support my True Self, move toward my Lifetime Mission, and let go of my Limiting Beliefs?

Busy, busy, busy.

2013 Redux

January 15, 2013

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What’s He Going To Say Now?

When we look at 2013 through more usual windows, we again find no reason to fret that it’ll be an excellent year… given that it’s the middle of a Worldwide Recession or Depression, we have to adjust to major Reorgs all around us, and we’ll be asked to let go of the last of our Karma quickly – won’t that be a bummer!

Why’d He Say That?

So, if paging through 2013 day by day looks pretty rosy, then shouldn’t we get confirmation from the year’s “birth” charts – the End-of-Days Solstice, or the Newborn New Year?  Let’s look.  Speaking of the End of Days, though, here’s a nice summary of 2012…

http://cosmicgaia2012.com/stargate.html

The Solstice chart has some Squares (Mastery through Challenge), but it has more Trines and Sextiles (Grace) and Quincunxes (Curiosity) – lots of Quincunxes, and even Yods (Curiosity Squared).  It does have a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge without respite), but we’ve already done a pretty good summary of that.  Basically, that says that we are at the beginning of a New socio-economic-political Paradigm, so of course things’ll be changing, and if we aren’t running ahead with the banners, we will have to be doing some adjusting.  Not a big surprise, and nothing new.  Given that, an OMY! year sounds like a real boon, especially one with six months of Grand Trines and a Grand Sextile to boot.

It is noteworthy that Juno (Identity) was very close to the Solstice Sun and its companion Pluto – lots of folks claimed that the Sun-Pluto Conjunction at the Solstice was the essence of 2012.  Myself, I’d read a Sun-Juno-Pluto Conjunction as an indication that we’ll all be channeling the New Frequency now, even the Muggles.  Like Coke’s ads advising you to eat less of everything else so you can enjoy more carmel sugarwater – with enough whitewash, the Resistance pretends to be the Solution.  We can make fun of them, but it does tell us that the tide really has shifted!

Then we had that Diamond Star on New Years Day – that was pretty exciting.  But I don’t think we actually did a reading for the beginning of 1/1/2013.  Let’s do that, looking at the most prominent facets at least…

The Moon makes a T-Square across the Nodes.  That just says we need to finish business and clear up excess emotional baggage so it doesn’t slow us down.  Given everything else we know about 2013, we could interpret this as Upper Limits, a term coined by Gay Hendricks to describe what we encounter when things go too well, our negative expectations expect the “other shoe” to drop, and we start manifesting bummers to bring us back to our “normal” pessimism.  That’s certainly going to happen, but all we need to deal with that is Awareness.

The Moon also makes a Grand Trine with Venus and Eris, in the Fire Signs.  With that much Grace from the Goddesses, of course we’re going to be up against a Challenge, as we won’t really see any other reasonable way to proceed except to burn away the ossified Olde Male Guarde.

Then there’s the Big Jupiter Yod we’ve been writing about so much.  Nothing to slow us down there.  It’s not all within the Yod itself, but it’s worth noting that Vesta and Lilith join Jupiter (Expanding the Sacred elements of the Deep Feminine) at the Apex, and that the Pluto Leg is Conjunct Sun, Juno, and Mercury (we’ll not only be tracking the Earth Changes intuitively, we might even get Conscious about it!).

We’ve already certified the Last Full Moon, and found that yes, there was a lot of institutional decay suggested, but again, we know that’s already inevitable because of the New Paradigm – in spite of stories to the contrary in the Media owned by the decaying institutions.  No other downers there.

And what about the First New Moon chart?  Well, we summarized that with…

I wonder how I’ll be horrifying myself this month with clashes between my self-concepts and my habitual behaviors, and I wonder how quickly and effectively I’ll be able to overcome them.

which is just an energetic repetition of the Moon-to-Nodes T-Square from New Years Day, but accelerated, so we can get the Karmic traumadrama over with quickly and move on to the fun.

He Said What?

Okay, so there’s Karma.  Duh.  Didn’t I say Karma was dead?  Well, instead of grasping it when it comes up this time, let it go!  Your Karma doesn’t hold you, you hold it, with your Expectations!  You can change that anytime you want.  Oh, and the World is changing, and we haven’t got the answer key because they changed the test since last year, and besides, we aren’t done Co-Creating the agenda yet.  Yes, we’ll have to feel our way along without knowing where we’re going, and we won’t even bother going into all the advantages of doing it that way; it just is.

OMY! 2013!

January 12, 2013

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What’re We Going to Say?

Oh My Yod!  It’s 2013!  We are deluged with Curiosity for the first three months of 2013, drown in Grace for the next six months, and finish off with Creativity and more Grace.  We could do a whole lot worse!  Below we go into a lot of detail about the first two months, and then skim over the rest, saving the nitty gritty for later.  The highlight of the last three quarters of 2013 is the Grand Sextile at the end of August.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

What’re We Saying?

The Jupiter Yod that’s been blessing us for the last month dissolved yesterday.  That’s been something like…

I Wonder what I might Focus upon to best expand into the new Trance that’s taking over the Planet?

because the legs of the Yod have been Saturn (Focus) and Pluto (Trance), all funneling through Jupiter (Expansion).  A Yod, aka an (index) Finger of God, as you know by now, is a big, multiplied dose of Curiosity and Wonder – which we regard as one of the higher mental-emotional states we Humans and Huwomans can achieve.

But Jupiter handed off to Vesta today, and the Vesta Yod is with us until February 22.  That’ll be more like…

I Wonder how my Integrity will change as I Focus on this new Trance?

Vesta is about that which we hold most Sacred, so we’ll be discovering parts of our own Hearts that are core, perhaps parts that we’ve forgotten, or set aside to attend to what then felt like more demanding priorities.  For instance, if we hold our fellow Hupersons as Sacred, then something like this might resonate…

http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-paul-krugman-on-why-jobs-come-first/

Some benchmarks along the way, where the Vesta Yod will be lit up more than the rest of the time…

Monday (1/14) – Initiation of a new four-year Juno-Pluto Cycle on one leg of the Yod, at 10 Capricorn, “An Albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor,” which Rudhyar embellishes as “The overcoming of Fear and its rewards.”  Juno represents our Unconscious Identity, so to me this says we’re henceforth going to be unconsciously more in tune with the Changes (Trance-Re-Formations) that the World is undergoing.  And whoa, what if many of us discovered that what we held most Sacred was the absence of Fear, Love?!?!

Wednesday (1/16) – Initiation of a new one-year Venus-Pluto Cycle at the same degree.  While Vesta represents what we hold Sacred, Venus symbolizes what we Value.  Same dimension, Vesta just goes a lot deeper.  And of course Venus and Love go together like butter and toast.  The whole Monday-Wednesday span should be pretty intense, and fairly delicious.  If it isn’t delicious, then the Universe is showing you what you need to let go of in order to get on the same train that the Planet is on, and that’ll be a very powerful mirror to pay attention to.

January 20-26 – Vesta Stationary Direct at 10 Gemini, “An airplane performing a nose dive.”  That’s performing, ie, on purpose, to show off, not (necessarily) about to crash, assuming the pilot doesn’t exceed their or their vehicle’s capabilities.  Of course this is while Vesta’s still at the Apex of the Yod.  We might look back to consider what’s been going on with us with regard to the Sacred since early August 2012, when Vesta first entered this zone.  Don’t confuse the Sacred with the religious; the Sacred is what’s in your own Heart, not what’s in somebody else’s rulebook.  Sometimes those are similar, but usually not in the details.  Vesta’s Retrogradation covered 26-10 Gemini; basically we’ve been reconsidering since August how flexible we are in social situations, and whether that serves our Mission.

January 21-29 – Jupiter Stationary Direct at 7 Gemini, “A Well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic Trees.”  Sounds refreshing.  Jupiter, while no longer heralding the Yod (a Yod has very tight Orb), is still close enough to Vesta to be continuing to Expand our sense of the Sacred.  Jupiter has been since October studying 7-17 of Gemini, which covers the first several steps of expanding into Community (which is replacing employment as our means of Survival).  That might look like…

  • What do I have to offer to Community, or Why would they want to support me?
  • How can I make contact?
  • How can I be sure our needs and interests align?
  • How can I relax into Trust?

January 28-29 – The Moon Opposes Chiron to complete a Diamond Star with the Vesta Yod.  This should be very exciting, with Jupiter Stationary and the Moon triggering our Emotional involvement with the Sacred – and Chiron showing the way to Miracles!  This could easily be life-changing for many of us!  A Diamond Star occurs when a Yod (Curiosity) and a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) share the same Apex, which produces a bowl of Grace under the T-Square.

February 1-4 – Ceres Stationary Direct.  This is important because of the next event.

February 9-16 – A second Yod forms, with Ceres at the Apex and the legs composed of Juno and the Moon’s North Node.  That also sounds outstanding, as Ceres represents Sustainability, and the feet of the Yod should bring into greater alignment our Unconscious Identity (Juno) and our Mission on the Planet in the Lifetime (North Node).  The Yod zeros in on Gemini 20-21, “An Abundance of Food,” and “A tumultuous Labor demonstration.”  Should be interesting.  Maybe the media will catch God’s-Worker Lloyd Blankmind allowing his servants to sniff his Lobster tails.

February 13-19 – Saturn Stationary Retrograde at Scorpio 12, “An official embassy ball.”  Oh my, Rudhyar’s take is “cultural exchanges among the elite of the ruling class.”  So maybe Lloyd and Mitch McConnell will get caught sniffing each others’ Lobster tails.  The Saturn Retrogradation spans 12-5 of Scorpio, which means an intense Focus on solving problems and finishing business around any Karmic dregs that we encounter.

February 18 – The Moon crosses Vesta, which will give us one last Big Opportunity to dedicate ourselves to our Heart’s Deepest Desires, before the Vesta Yod fades after February 22 – and that’s with the previous event allowing us to Focus very intensely!

That’s very busy, and very positive!  Then we get a couple weeks to rest, until…

March 10-30 – the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Yod reforms with Jupiter Direct this time, to allow us to Expand all of that Sacredness we’ve been working with so diligently.  There are major events occurring in March as well, including the Moon crossing Jupiter on March 17, and the Moon completing the Diamond Star on March 25.  We’ll detail all of these when we get closer to March.

The Rest of 2013

Then we get another two weeks off, before we’re flooded with Grace for the next six months, as Grand Trines dominate most of the rest of 2013, from mid-April into October.  And you thought we didn’t die and go to Heaven on December 21!  A Grand Trine represents barely-tolerable Grace, where we’re constantly challenged to let that much Good into our Lives without having to buy bigger hats every week.  The Grand Trines are in Water Signs (Emotions) through August, and then Earth Signs (the Physical) as well.  A whole bunch of planets rotate in and out – Ceres, Saturn, Neptune, Dragon, Vesta, Lilith, Jupiter, Pluto, Mars, and of course the faster-moving planets as they pass by.

And as the Water and Earth Grand Trines overlap in late August, they form a lovely Grand Sextile – remember 2003’s Harmonic Concordance?  No?  Here’s a few reminders…

http://www.crystalinks.com/harmoniconcord.html

http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Harmonic_Concordance/id/1870

http://www.magickriver.net/HCastrology.htm

The Grand Sextile is as good as it gets, and when projected into higher dimensions provides us with a Merkaba, our Ascension vehicle.  Players in the Grand Sextile include Pluto, Dragon, Chiron, Lilith, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Sun.  The Water and Earth Signs comprise the Magnetic half of the Zodiac – more evidence of the Rise of Collaboration and the decline of Competition.

At the end of September and the beginning of October, two more Yods form – Pallas with Pluto and Chiron…

I wonder when these Miracles are going to stop!

and Uranus with Saturn and Vesta…

It’s amazing how Sacred my True Self feels!

More fun!

And not to be shown up, the last two months of the year prominently feature a Mystic or Golden Rectangle, and another Grand Trine.  A Mystic Rectangle is like a Grand Trine in the quantity of Grace available, but it’s less of a Gift and more of a Co-Creation.  With Grand Trines, the challenge is to stay in Gratitude and not personalize the Grace as something we’re doing.  With a Mystic Rectangle, we’re highly involved in the process, and while Gratitude is still very relevant, our own Creativity contributes a great deal to the Miracles.

We’ve got a whole lot of Surprise and Delight to look forward to in 2013!  Does anyone need to be reminded of the Rose’s meaning as, among other things, a symbol of the sweet aroma of the Unfolding Heart?

What Did We Say?

Wow!  Who knew!  I usually read a year from it’s various birth markers, like the Solstice or the New Year itself.  But I just discovered that my astro software lets me step through the year a day at a time, so I did just that, and what discoveries!  Grace is cool, nothing beats Curiosity, and I expect the Grand Sextile to be Just Grand.

The Good, the Bad, and the Empty Chair

January 9, 2013

Well, the good news is that Eris is now scooting ahead, no longer completely Stationary, and thus not as strong.  I for one am glad to have it behind us.  I experienced it as some irritation for several days prior, plus a day or two of strange feelings and strange snippets of Emotion-laden memories popping up randomly.  Nothing to make me doubt my sense that Karma is dead, as the memories were clearly Paper Tigers.  Not that they wouldn’t be useful to have a conversation with, as long as we have an empty chair sitting around.

The bad news is that Eris is moving at Slug speed and deeply entangled in Friday’s New Moon – very closely Square to it.  That keeps her Energy strong – and challenging – for another month at least.  Well, I mean “bad” news from the perspectives of comfort and the status quo.  From the perspective of moving the Planet back toward Balance and us toward Integrity, it’s great news.

The Jupiter Yod has faded, though it will return in March.  For now, Jupiter has passed the torch to Vesta, and we now have a Vesta-Saturn-Pluto Yod, with Juno now joining Pluto.  That’s kind of humorous, as it implies we’re going to get caught blaspheming against what we hold most sacred.  That’s an Eris trick if I ever saw one!  We’ll be extolling the virtue of Honesty with one tongue, and lying with the other – and we’ll probably notice!  As will other people.  Embarrassing, sure, but we have it coming, and we just need to own up to it.  Wow, good point!  I see that, my bad, I’ll do better next time! would be a good retort.  Denial is futile, Eris said that.

Those are the kind of tricks that bring politicians down, though it’s the dicking around that usually gets them ousted, not the corruption.  Maybe it’ll be different this time, as Eris has no objection to dicking around, but folks who dick around dishonestly will likely have Golden Apples coming their way.  As well as the folks with their fingers in the till, we would hope.  Our anthem at any rate will be

I wonder how I’ll be horrifying myself this month with clashes between my self-concepts and my habitual behaviors, and I wonder how quickly and effectively I’ll be able to overcome them.

Fortunately the other leg of the Yod is Saturn, with its laser focus.  In Scorpio, where getting to the bottom of things is the order of the day.  No unturned Stones this month, which is annoying, but good – trying to Ascend with checked baggage is folly.  Airlines don’t usually lose that kind of baggage, they enjoy triggering it.

There’s also a Quincunx from the New Moon to an Out of Bounds Ceres (which is then Sextile to Eris, to mitigate the Moon-Eris Square).  Which should be pretty close to…

I wonder what it takes to get out of going through all this twice.

Whether we’re in Mobile or Memphis.  We also get help from Mars, which makes a friendly Pythagorean Triangle (Square-Trine-Quincunx) with Saturn and Vesta-Lilith.  Which should make us effective at taking action to make whatever changes we need to bring ourselves back into Balance.

Heiress IV

January 7, 2013

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The Bottom Line

In previous chapters we’ve assigned characteristics to Eris that include Compassion, Truthspeaking, and High Purpose, and we’ve discovered that she’s a Community Organizer helping us to update outmoded beliefs about the meaning of Security.  In this chapter we find that she will be teaching us about Sustenance – how to survive Winter, transcend Denial, and let go of old self-sabotaging Emotional programming.  We also notice that she won’t be bashful about expecting us to toe the line.  Given the state of our Planet, Species, and Political Economies, it wouldn’t be surprising to see harder times ahead.  She presents herself as an Ally and Teacher for that possibility – and for avoiding it.  She will show us how to use our Sensuality in service of Community and Survival.

The Story

We neglected to mention in our last installment that the 25-29 region of the “30-degree” Zodiac is about hunkering for winter (Aquarius) and finishing business (Pisces).  Similar to Buddhist Heaven, the classical Aqua-Pisces ballad is Dorothy Bryant’s Kin of Ata.  I can’t think of a better metaphor for “Community and Relationship and reframing our concepts about Security,” as we found the nature of the 25-29 Cross to be.

We can also examine Eris’s Soul Number (from Angie Arrien’s Tarot Handbook), which is 4, The Emperor, or Dominion.  Not as we might expect The Empress (Love with Wisdom), but Dominion.  Even though she feeds the birds in winter, her mission in our Consciousness is not about tenderness per se, it’s about taking charge.  She won’t be “pussy-footing” around, she’ll be loud and clear.  Dominion isn’t domination; it’s Healthy Control.

Another interesting note about Eris is that she is probably not in “resonance” with Neptune, as many others of the Heavenly Bodies in her neighborhood are.  Pluto, for instance, makes two orbits for every three of Neptune’s – their orbits are “in resonance,” or gravitationally entangled.  So the impact of Neptune and Pluto in the Unconscious would also be entangled – the flow of your History would depend on the state of your Culture, and the maintenance of your Culture will rely on Trance.  Eris, on the other hand, may be an independent influence.  Her orbit isn’t well known enough yet to be sure, but if there is resonance there, the orbits would make a highly unusual 5:17 ratio.

The 5-to-10-Degree Orphan

In addition to Grand Crosses in the Harmony-Fearlessness (16-20) and Wintering-Releasing (25-29) zones of the Zodiac, the Eris Discovery Chart has a few orphans in the 5-10 degree range.  That’s Gemini-Cancer in the “30-degree Zodiac,” or Flexibility and Nurturing.  Namely, a Square from Mars to Uranus, Sextiled by Pallas on the Mars end, and Trined on the Uranus end by a Conjunction between the Moon and an Out of Bounds Ceres.  What’s this about?

The Mars-Uranus Square is Waning, and past Completion.  That might indicate some disharmony in her self-expression, as her “old way” of being assertive or aggressive is no longer serving her.  I suppose we could use that as an excuse for painting a rosier picture of her than her Golden-Apples reputation does.

Ceres Out of Bounds is a strong need for Sustainability, probably related to that Dominion business.  Nothing temporary here, she will be making lasting Changes to our Worldscape.  The Moon is approaching Ceres, implying an Emotional connection to these Changes, but one that is not easily deciphered because of its variability.

But both the Moon and Ceres are past Completing their Trines to Uranus.  The Trine to Uranus is also Waning, and a Waning Trine is very close to a Phitile, which represents the pinnacle of a Cycle’s Creation.  So Eris has been working on this redesign of self-expression for a while, and what we’re witnessing will be only the finishing touches.  Eris, of course, has been around since Time immemorial, in fact, she was probably there before Time was.  It’s only our Awareness of her presence that’s new, her Influence is primordial.

The Pallas-Mars Sextile (effective Boundaries) is also Waning and past Completion – this whole portion of the chart is in decay.  A possible implication is that she may help us become flexible enough to nurture one another in the Void, to remain loving even when Life has lost meaning.

Wollastonite

Those aren’t really fossilized Moths, they’re Crystals of Wollastonite, a Calcium Inosilicate.  The Inosilicates chain their Silicate units together into long strands.  It connects the Root and Crown Chakras so we can Walk the Spiritual Path with Practical Feet, as Angie puts it.  With The Others Ascended, it’s up to us to clean this place up.  Eris will deputize us tomorrow, when she Stands Still.

I first saw this quote in the 1990s, and I’ve been looking for it ever since.  It sounds so universal that I thought it was part of the Perennial Wisdom, but it turns out to have been coined by Marianne Williamson, though certainly channeled from the Perennial Wisdom.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

While this quote is really most apt for the Uranus-Pluto Cycle, Eris is standing out to be a magnetic twin to Uranus.  As servants of Eris, this is how we will extend her Dominion.

The Punchline

We’re observing that Eris will not be a pushover, and that she’ll be assisting us in our efforts to survive winter and release Emotional baggage, and helping us remain Present and Compassionate with one another even when Life loses its apparent purpose.

And finally, we can’t overlook the fact that any representative of the Primordial Feminine, particularly a Goddess of same, will be inherently Sensual.  We could see that as Kundalini Rising, the transformation of Sexual Energy into Spiritual Energy, but that’s not the feminine way.  The feminine way is closer to the acceptance of our Sensuality as an integral part of our Spirituality, closer to Tantra.  It’s not Sexuality that needs to be transcended, it’s Denial.  For this to work in an era of unabashed self-expression, a good deal of rapid cultural evolution is required.  In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the thick of that very thing.

Heiress III

January 7, 2013

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Bottom Line

We’ve already assigned qualities of Compassion, Truthspeaking, and High Purpose to Eris.  Here we add suzerainty of Community and Relationship, reframing of our concepts about Security, and respect for teamwork over individual performance – all qualities we’d expect from the Primordial Feminine.

The Details

In case I run out of time before Tuesday’s Eris Station, I’ll read the 25-to-29-degree Grand Cross in the Eris Discovery Chart without any of the other TNOs first.  So far, the Discovery Chart tells us…

From Heiress II: “In this installment we’ll show why we believe her to be devoted to helping us move past our Denial, how she brings a lot of powerful tools to that task, and that she brings Compassion.  We’ll also notice that we will need to be aligned with our Highest Good to appreciate her support.”

And from Heiress I: “The amazing thing about Eris’s “Discovery” chart is the way everybody showed up for it!  Everybody beyond Neptune, I mean.”  MakeMake stands out, as a possible helpmate in making Life sustainable on the Planet.

Except Haumea, who Conjoined Jupiter Opposite Eris herself, most of the TNOs we introduced in Heiress I are aligned with the 25-29 Grand Cross, making it quite complex.  Since the TNOs are unfamiliar newcomers anyway, it makes sense to first see what’s up without their obviously momentous contributions.

The Three Fundamental Dualities

Every astrological chart is organized around the three fundamental Oppositions or Dualities in Life – Self versus Other (Ascendant-Descendant), Community versus Security (Midheaven-Nadir), and Transcendence versus Limitation (North Node-South Node).  The first two are pretty clear, but the last-named deserves some synonyms, such as…

  • Future versus Past
  • Mission versus Karma

Of course All There Is Is Now, so there’s a lot of illusion and hypnosis involved here, and the Nodes can easily swap roles.  We always want to look for the Coin, not the Heads or the Tails, as they’re just mindstuff, not Real.  If it’s hard to see the Coin for the “trees,” focus on the Edge.  That’s the Now.

The 25-29 Grand Cross lines up all three of these Basic Dualities in a Life Drama worthy of Shakespeare, even without the TNOs.  The Midheaven in this chart Squares the Ascendant; that’s not always the case in some systems of dividing the Zodiac.  We wouldn’t call that alone a Grand Cross, even though it meets the nominal definition.  But in this case, there are planets and Lunar Nodes on all four ends of this cross.

  • Saturn (Focus) sits on the Midheaven (Community)
  • The South Node (release of Karma) sits on the Ascendant (Personality)
  • Chiron (Miracles through Reframing) sits on the Nadir (Security)
  • The North Node (Mission, Destination) sits on the Descendant (Relationship)

In other words, this chart is about Community, Relationship, Collaboration – big surprise for a Champion of the Deep Feminine.

As you by now know, we regard a Grand Cross as a pretty positive configuration; it keeps us motivated, because we always have to juggle the four poles to keep them in Balance.  It does consist of four T-Squares, which we usually regard as Challenges but motivations to Mastery (once we recognize it), so many folks see a Grand Cross as Challenge Squared.  We don’t see it that way, because the back-to-back and side-by-side T-Squares balance one another.  We don’t have time to get frustrated about T-Square #1, because T-Square #2 is demanding our immediate attention.  So the proud owner of a Grand Cross is less likely to feel Victimized than a the bearer of a T-Square.  And as busy as they are, they rapidly just develop Mastery, and barely notice the Challenge, except perhaps when comparing themselves to other people.

Nevertheless, it always pays to have some Grace thrown in!  A Grand Cross without Grace can simply be exhausting.  And this Grand Cross does include Grace, in the form of Trines (Ease) from Saturn-Midheaven (Focus on Community) to Vesta (the Sacred) and from North Node-Descendant (the Mission is about Relationship) to the Mercury-Venus-Pluto Stellium (Conscious Awareness of the Big Picture).  That of course gives us Sextiles (Creative Success) between South Node-Ascendant (letting go of our addiction to Self) and the Big Picture, and between Chiron-IC (allowing new forms of Security) and the Sacred.

That’s all convoluted, so let’s kernelize…

Harmony between the Sacred and Eris’s Focus on Community is assured, as is harmony between the Flow of History/Herstory and her emphasis on Relationship.  With only a little effort on our part and a nudge from Eris, our own understanding of the Flow and of the Sacred can temper our fear of Scarcity enough to move us toward Community and Relationship.  Recall that Abundance means having enough to share.

The Stellium is the Apex of what we’ve earlier called the Bridge Yod, but that includes the TNOs, as Sedna is the other corner of the Base along with Saturn.  So without the TNOs, we just have a Stellium, which is a Big Enough Deal on its own.  It includes Mercury (Awareness) which is Out Of Bounds (Strong), Venus (Values, Esthetics) and Pluto (Trance Formation).  It’s as if, when Eris is lit up, we all sort of know what’s happening, she carries a field around her that makes it feel like Katy Couric is calmly announcing on prime-time TV the final demise of Male Chauvinism and Hero Worship.

I’m not making this up, it’s really in the Chart.

Eudialyte

Eudialyte helps people cross the Veil.  It’s not only appropriate because many souls have finished their Mission on the Planet and are leaving (or reForming their Trance via rebirth), but it also helps us laggards reach across the Veil.  That’s important because all of the skills we have learned and are learning in past/parallel lives reside there, blocked only by the Karma (inertia) we haven’t let go of yet.  Karma itself is dead; it’s only the old habits (and the lack of awareness that anything else is possible!) – Paper Tigers – that keep us limited.  The Veil has been thinning since 2000 and before.  We need to adjust to the Reality that the current lifetime is not by any means the only one.

Eudialyte is a Zirconium Cyclosilicate Chloride with embellishments of Sodium, Calcium, Cerium, Iron, Manganese, and Yttrium – busy busy busy.  Cyclosilicate usually means Gem Quality potential.  Zirconium facilitates most of the things that we need done in order to welcome Eris and her rebalancing of the Planet’s Yin and Yang.  Eudialyte facilitates recovery of old skills, elimination of physical and emotional toxins, detachment from materialism, and appreciation of the Sacred.

Summarizing…

The 25-29 Grand Cross in Eris’s Discovery Chart emphasizes Community, Relationship, and new forms of Security over the Individual Ego.  The simultaneous prominence of Uranus means that our Self-Expression is paramount as it fits our role in our Community, not as it fluffs our Ego.  The Lead Singer or the Quarterback or the CEO is just another role, not the Big Star.  A friend of mine used to sing,

“That man who has some of them good Grapefruits and giveth his neighbor none,

“That man can have none of my good Grapefruits when his good Grapefruits is done.

So much (eventually) for the Banksters and the 1000-to-1 salary ratios!

Sunday

January 5, 2013

FwRAINBA

The Bottom Line

There are Pretty Big Doin’s scheduled for January 6, and when we interview them they tell us that the prospects for our New-Paradigm Communities are surprisingly good!  We’ve been hindered so far, but we can expect it all to begin coming together in the next few months.  So far we’ve mostly been Dreaming our new digs, but that’s an essential first step.  As with any Change, we walk the Edge between Safety and Growth.  Choose Growth, but with patience.

What’s Going On

Background – Some New Astrologuese

Before we dive into this, there are a number of interruptions, so many that I’m having a hard time following what I’m writing.  So I’m going to put all the interruptions up here in front, where you can read them beforehand, or ignore them for now and use this section like a glossary when you get stuck on some concept later.

1. We haven’t talked about Semi-Squares yet.  A Square is three Signs, and a Semi-Square is half of that, or a sign and a half.  Kind of like Semi-Sweet Chocolate, but not as sweet.  I usually regard a Semi-Square as a sort of irritation or a minor Challenge to Mastery.  On the other hand, as the eighth Harmonic, the Semi-Square symbolizes alignment and balance.  We’ll be dealing with a Waxing Semi-Square, so we’re adjusting to the fact that some of our old Patterns no longer work.  The Paradigm is changing, but it’s still mostly Unconscious.  We have to make adjustments, but we can’t yet see what it is we’re having to adjust to, so we’re kind of flying blind.  That can be irritating.

2. We haven’t talked about Midpoints yet either – a Midpoint is as it sounds, one planet halfway between two others, or Opposite the halfway point between the other two.  It implies that the three are vibrating in the same frequency.

3. When the outer planets dance with each other, they usually do it thrice – once Direct, then Retrograde, then Direct again.  We usually experience the first occurrence as a Canopener – some Unconscious content bursts through the Veil and disrupts our well-ordered life.  Since it’s Unconscious, we usually see it only in the mirror, as in outer life circumstances.  We need to manifest circumstances that match our Consciousness, or we feel all out of whack.  That’s the Earth Game, in case you hadn’t noticed.  So we usually experience a Canopener as something happening to us, and it usually throws us off guard.

The second passing of an astroevent is an Exposition.  Since it’s Retro, everything is as if in slow motion, so we get a better feel for what’s really going down.  That’s what this occurrence is, and Exposition.  The third event is a Confidence-Builder, because now that we better understand the process, we feel competent to handle the Exposed Content, which by now has become part of our Consciousness.  We can now internalize what we previously had to project in order to preserve the role of the healthy Ego (which is keeping us Safe).

4. A Retrogradation is not really an Abandonment, not at all.  But it can feel that way, if we’re in circumstances where we’re expected to perform.  Suppose we’re scheduled to give a speech, and “unexpectedly” the week before, Mercury turns Retrograde.  (I know, it was in the ephemeris, but who looked before scheduling?  Or who had enough healthy control?) Well, we’re thinking things over, reconsidering, during a Mercury Retro.  So if we’re expected to espouse expertise on some subject, we have to stand up and lie, basically.  So yes, from the perspective of our old Birdcage, a Retrogradation is an Abandonment.  From the perspective of the new, under-construction wing on our Birdcage, a Retrogradation is a building permit that allows us to stop traffic and reroute the utilities.

5. An Angle between two planets is “Complete” when it’s Exact.  That usually occurs in a few instants, as from our perspective it doesn’t take long at all for one to pass in front of the other, unless it’s the Moon or the Sun.  However, the influence of an Angle lasts a lot longer than that.  So there is some slop, usually called Orb in astrologuese.  Two planets that are Conjunct in a natal chart, for instance, would be considered so even if they were seven degrees apart, because a natal Conjunction is usually assigned an Orb of 8-10 degrees.

Now the Meat – Sunday January 6

Elizabeth points out that both Mercury and the Moon cross the legs of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Yod on Sunday January 6, aka tomorrow.  I’d regard that as interesting but not momentous (let alone “horrendous”), but Jupiter does Semi-Square the very Eris that’s Stationary and preparing to begin going forward again on Tuesday.  India’s reaction and response to its horrific rape and murder situation shows how Eris will have her way, resistance be damned.  In the US, a junior version of it is playing out in Ohio.  Here’s another example, from another She-Bear…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jill-bolte-taylor/neuroscience_b_2404554.html

So if the Yod (which is no longer part of a Diamond Star, but still Squares Chiron) is lit up by Mercury (Communication, Awareness) and the Moon (Variable Emotions), that will intensify both our reactions (Moon) and responses (Mercury) to the Eris Station.  I regard a Yod as a very beneficial configuration, since it’s based on Curiosity, which we regard as akin to Wonder and Awe, and therefore Close to God, so to speak.  If we had to put the Yod in a sentence it might be something like…

We’re wondering (Yod) where we might Focus (Saturn) our Attention to maximize our adaptation (Jupiter) to the Changes (Trance Re-Formations; Pluto) going on. 

With Jupiter Square to Chiron-Neptune (New Paradigm) and Uranus Square to Pluto (Self-Trust), the Yod’s thick in the middle of the pudding.  Not to mention that Saturn’s a good stand-in for our own Birdcage (the Ego attachments which keep us Safe and therefore the Limiting Beliefs which keep us from seeing what we need to adapt to and how).  Jupiter’s now Retrograde, and has been all during the Yod’s lifetime.

Bear in mind that some people use two degrees as the maximum acceptable Orb for a Quincunx, and the gap here is 2:20, so by their standards, the Yod is already old news.  Many use three degrees, but either way the Yod is fading fast.  I would consider it to be reasonably Yoddish here myself, as I would consider the extra planets as providing enough oomph to extend the Orb.

The good news is that the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Yod returns in March, when Jupiter is Direct.  We’ll have to look at that more closely, when we get closer to March.  Remind me.

Jupiter-Eris-Chiron-Neptune

And all this puts Eris at the Midpoint of the Jupiter-Chiron Square, which suggests we should pay attention to the Jupiter-Chiron Cycle here.  And that it probably wouldn’t hurt to have a look at the Jupiter-Neptune Cycle as well, since it’s Chiron-Neptune that governs the New Paradigm that’s budding under the crumbling infrastructure of the Old Monetary Paradigm.  In other words we need to look at all four planets together – Jupiter, Chiron-Neptune, and Eris.  I think it’s pretty clear that this would imply that the Deep Feminine is intimately involved in Expanding into the New Paradigm.

It appears that the simple truth is that, being human as we are, nothing short of a total economic disaster will shake us out of our Competitive, Profit-oriented Trance and inspire a Cooperative, Survival-oriented Trance.  Imagine the glee of the last Bankster – I Won, I Won! – safely locked into his gated manse on top of Pikes Peak while the rest of the US is under 3,ooo feet of water, his Retropublican wife busily cooking up the plentiful longpig for dinner.  It’ll take more than Greenland melting to do that, but the image is pretty apt.

Jupiter-Eris

And we need to look closely at the Jupiter-Eris Cycle – that’s a Biggie, especially since Jupiter Opposed Chiron at her Discovery.  Let’s start there.  The Cycle began May 29, 2011 at the same degree as Eris is now Stationary in, 22 Aries – “The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires.”  Rudhyar adds, “Abundance made possible by human togetherness and cooperation.”  I think we can just stop there, don’t you?  Do we need to say anything more?

Well, maybe one thing.  Jupiter is Retrograde.  That means that this is the second occurence of the Jupiter-Eris Semi-Square.  The Jupiter-Eris Semi-Square Canopener occurred in mid July, just as Uranus and Eris were turning Retrograde.  So both our Self-Expression and Yin Integrity (Uranus), and our skills at Transcending Denial and Cooperating Compassionately (which we’ve learned so far about Eris) were then, as it were, abandoning us.

So we’ve just been through the Exposition of the Jupiter-Eris Semi-Square, which we could read as an irritating challenge to give up some old habits in order to be more open to a space where we can be unabashedly ourselves (Uranus-Pluto) and fit seamlessly into the New Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune) while seeing all of our desires fulfilled (the Jupiter-Eris Cycle), after the Canopener was kind of stillborn.  But we can still to look forward to it!  Jupiter itself turned Retro in early October 2012, and she faces front again at the end of January 2013.  The Confidence-Builder, where we understand that we really can surrender those obsolete self-sabotaging behaviors and still stay Safe, arrives February 14, 2013.

Bear in mind that this is “only” the Semi-Square.  We won’t see the full Jupiter-Eris Waxing Square till mid-June 2014.  That would make a good target date for us have the first iteration of the prototype for our new self-supporting Communities up and running.  In addition to…

http://www.alternativeradio.org/collections/spk_gar-alperovitz/products/alp003-alpg002

here’s another excellent commentary about how these new Communities may evolve as we Co-Create them…

http://www.alternativeradio.org/products/ciep003

All this sounds very Utopian even to me, but lo, here it is, out there in the Real World already.  Before long, Faux News might even have to cover it.

Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune

The Jupiter-Chiron and Jupiter-Neptune Cycles initiated only four days apart in late May of 2009.  You probably don’t recall that Chiron came within inches (well, a quarter of a degree, or about half a Full-Moon’s-width) of crossing Neptune in May 2009, prior to their complete Initiation in February 2010.  All of this occurred in the initiatory degree of 27 Aquarius, ”Fresh Violets in an Ancient Pottery Bowl.”  Both Chiron and Neptune were Stationary in that degree in late May 2009, and Jupiter was right there dancing with them.  Very powerful.  And that’s the same degree as their Complete Conjunction in February 2010.

So the Jupiter-Chiron Square, which was first complete in late July 2012, means that the Gate to that Garden (the one with all fulfilled desires) is now permanently open to anyone willing to experiment with jumping out of their Birdcage and testing new groundrules.  The Jupiter-Neptune Square completed even earlier, in late June 2012.  But again, till Uranus went Direct in December, and till Eris goes Direct on Tuesday, and till Jupiter goes Direct at the end of January, we’re still thinking about making the changes we need to make to adapt to the treasures available to us in the New Paradigm.

You Talking to Me?

That was complicated.  I think the summary is something like this.  Utopian as it sounds, we are in the middle of Co-Creating a garden of delights for our New-Paradigm back yard.  It’s a bit more grounded than pie in the sky, because it’s based on an ancient pottery bowl.  Everybody who wanted to leave Ascended last month, anyway.  We’ve only seen fits and starts, because we’ve only seen glimpses of the blueprint, and only snapshots of all the tools we’ll need.  But that is changing.  By April this project should be moving along nicely.