Another reader comment…
“Forget Trance Formation…already too many zombies on this planet. What we really want is tranceless humanity. Ray Kurzweil wants to meet the Borg Collective and help them take over hupers! Hard to believe I used to covet his synthesizers...”
I don’t want to be the one to Deny Unicorns…
But assuming that what you mean by “tranceless humanity” is everyone Fully in the Present Moment (as I guess many of the Saints and Yogis are or have been reputed to be), tranceless humanity would require a very Big Download, which almost everyone would equate to Death, since the Confusion between Ego Death and Physical Transition out of a Lifetime is probably the Central Issue anyway. It’s certainly Kurzweil’s Issue, and the Central Issue for all of the Once-Borns. Stripped suddenly of all their Ego paraphernalia, everyone would be walking around like Zombies.
I think a more practical way of looking at it is that the Ego has to Expand gradually, enveloping and Letting Go of one Archetype at a time. Here’s Robert Bosnak (Tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming, p.31)…
“Identification [Trance, Archetype] is an involuntary, unconscious process and cannot be willed by the ego. By force of will I can empathize with another, imagine what another is feeling, put myself in someone else’s shoes, but full identification cannot be brought about consciously. Identification is something that happens to me. Still, it is possible to create conditions under which identification is likely to occur.
“Identification can be brought about by careful observation, by empathy, and by feeling oneself into the bodily posture or motion of another, combined with an attitude of waiting, of not causing something to happen. The process leading to identification with [a different Trance] is necessarily slow. If we try to bring it about quickly, we usually end up with a projection upon the [other Trance]. Projection – the process of unconsciously seeing elements of self in another person, while being convinced that these elements truly belong to the other … holds up an invisible mirror to self and prevents us from truly experiencing the presence of other.”
Before criticizing another, it’s important to walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
On a more serious note, we have four planets that are highly involved with Trance, Archetypes, Identity, Karma (which as Inertia is literally just a Trance), Identification, and, when the Mirror is invisible, Projection. By “coincidence,” they all happen to be Lit Up just now…
- Planet Neptune, symbolizing our Unconscious Cultural Programming, in the foot of the Mjolnir
- Dwarf planet Pluto, the Zeitgeist, Master of Trance (Re)Formation, behind the recent Mercury Station
- Centaur Hylonome, occupying with Venus and Centaur Chariklo one Ray of the Seven-Pointed Fairy Star
- Asteroid Juno, which very recently Initiated Mars on another Ray of the Fairy Star
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And by the way, we still have six points of the Grand Septile or Fairy Star, making the Vacancy, where the seventh Ray would be, its strongest point. The Vacancy is the Cusp of Leo. If you have any natal planets in that vicinity, you’ll find yourself Identified with the Fairy Star; Allow the Miracles accordingly.
If you look with your Other Vision you can still see the faint Glow in the Sky where the Full Moon was complete, at 4 of Leo, “A formally dressed elderly man stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition.” Rather than intellectualizing the Symbol, use Bosnak’s technique to Identify with this elderly gentleman:
“Identification can be brought about by careful observation, by empathy, and by feeling oneself into the bodily posture or motion of another, combined with an attitude of waiting, of not causing something to happen.”
Imagine yourself standing next to trophies you’re proud of, adjust your posture accordingly, and wait to see what in your inner milieu Changes.
You can try the same with any of the other Degrees near the Leo Cusp until you find one that triggers a “Can-Do” sense for you…
- Cancer 30, “A Daughter of the American Revolution”
- Leo 1, “Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition”
- Leo 2, “An epidemic of mumps”
- Leo 3, “A middle-aged woman, her long hair flowing over her shoulders, in a braless youthful garment”
Wear that Can-Do sense in your Body for the next several days. It’ll be good practice for taking Archetypes on and off like youthful garments or formal dress – a movement toward the “tranceless.”
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Juno was Zeus’s wife, with frequent cause for Jealousy of her many rivals, whom she liked to turn to Stone. As the object of our Projection, Juno is a symbol for the Edges of our Consciousness, the places where we have the opportunity to Discern and Witness and Embrace the Archetypes we normally can’t Distinguish from our Self, stretching our Edges.
Mars on Juno is the Anger under our Jealousy. Be assured that whatever you’re Jealous of, that’s actually Who You Really Are, but you don’t give yourself Permission to Act out that Persona. We look to Orcus – what Oath prevents us from Being Who We Really Are? Orcus Opposes Neptune, which forms one foot of our Rebirthing Haumea-Station Mjolnir or Epiphany.
We’re starting to understand what’s being Revealed here – major segments of our Cultural Programming. Have we noticed that yet? How have we Responded? Defensively? Excitedly? Resistance? Embrace? What do you Feel when you Identify into The Donald, purposely or otherwise? With Bernie? Ammon Bundy? Megyn Kelley? Who is in the news in your neighborhood?
The Centaur Hylonome took it a step further. She killed herself with the same spear that killed her Lover – not just Unconscious Identification, but no Differentiation from Ego Death, and Confusion with Physical Transition. Hylonome gives us not just the opportunity to step out of some very deep Karma, but the instruction to Grieve the Loss of our Old Ego.
Venus and Chariklo join Hylonome in this Ray. Venus our Values, and Chariklo Walking in Beauty. Ah, those “Pet Peeves” that we use to Define ourself, laying them on the bar like three aces, to see who else is in our Ego-Tribe, and who would want to trump us. Who is it that is thus Peeved? If we can use Bosnak’s technique to Identify into them, maybe we can Ask how old they are, and what incident branded their Life with this Limitation.
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Notice we have four different Trance planets in four different realms –
- Juno in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, where it negotiates between Who We Are and How We Relate to Others
- Hylonome the Centaur, dancing between Uranus and Neptune, negotiating between our Soul Self and our Larger Self in our Soul Tribe
- Neptune the planet, symbolizing the Ocean of Oneness, where Ego dissolves
- Pluto the dwarf planet, mediator of Time, shifting our Trances to Create the Illusion of Linear Time
Tranceless humans on Earth then becomes a bit of an oxymoron; these Trances are the Matrix in which the Soul and Ego are embedded. Like Einstein’s picture of Gravity, where each object with Mass sits in its own dent in the fabric of Space-Time. Each Ego and Soul has its own dents in the fabric of Life on Earth. The Trance of Ascension is no different. Anyone who wants to leave this Matrix without experiencing Physical Transition has only to invite a Walk-In to replace them, lest they leave their Body unoccupied, a Zombie indeed.
Our picture of our Mission here is to Identify with Humanity, lose ourselves in It, and gradually Expand our Consciousness by Discerning, Witnessing, Embracing, and making each Trance and Archetype and Drama an option we can then Choose, so we’re Responding to every situation with the Patterns that most effectively and efficiently accomplish the Outcomes we Desire. Those might be Abundance, Wealth, Grace, Ascending, Descending, Union, Separation, Compassion, Security, Confidence, Insecurity, Creativity, Community, or whatever we Value. The more Trances and Archetypes we “Master” (Learn to Dis-identify with and Identify with on command), the more Power we have to bend our World in the directions that please us. Happier Ever After.