As we enter March, and Sappho (Self-Love) and Aletheia (Truth) move out of the Yin Gate (see March I), they mix it up with some planets that we haven’t been talking about much lately. They’re Opposite one another, and an Opposition is about Duality and Ritual. Ritual gets its Power through Repetition, so there’s a more or less “right” (ie, Repetitive) way to do it, so it is indeed an Either/Or. Duality is the mainstay of Political Systems, including Religions and “Morality.” “Ethics” from the Mind is a little fuzzier, but it’s usually just a description of the Morality of the Ethicist. We all have Values in our Heart, which are much more Reliable than Morality or Ethics.
The point is that we may be kind of struggling with our Concepts of Self-Love. We’re so used to Believing that Truth lies in the Mind rather than in the Heart. Truth in the Heart is Situational, not Absolute. We know it when we see it, but if we try to pin it down with words it gets stuck. If Truth is Absolute, it’s not Truth, it’s Doctrine. So in that Context then, what is Self-Love?
If we take the Emotional Love we’ve Felt and point it at ourSelf, does that feel like Narcissism? And what’s the difference between Absolute and Unconditional? We might be working with those kinds of Questions.
What I’d contribute, is that if there is Self-Judgment, it’s not Self-Love. I seldom meet Perfect Beings, so of course there’s Self-Judgment. What we should be striving for is Awareness of our Self-Judgments. When Judgment operates below the level of Consciousness, and when it operates on the level of Absolutes, it becomes Self-Sabotage. Sabotage because if we aren’t fully in Self-Love, then to that extent we’re in Self-Sabotage. It’s that important.
Are you in your Yes-Buts at this point? Maybe contrasting Self-Love to Selfish? Selfish is a relative term. Most of us got our definition of Selfish from someone who was using it to Power-Over us. So it’s a lousy benchmark. Many times folks have argued that Self-Criticism is not something we can Abandon. Folks with strong Virgo in their charts are particular prone to that Perspective. But if we want to use Self-Criticism as a benchmark, we have to differentiate Blame from Responsibility first.
In a nutshell, Blame looks to the Past in order to attribute Cause, and often Guilt. On the other hand Responsibility looks to the Future in order to Create more Desirable Outcomes. We may look into the Past to try to Discover what the fulcrum is that will Create better Outcomes for us. Maybe we were kind of drunk when we had that last car crash, and in fact hailing a cab is likely to work out better next time. This issue is how we Feel about it.
If we’re Critical of ourself, if we Feel Bad about our role in the Water going under the bridge, that’s a form of Self-Sabotage. We can’t Change Anything until we Accept It exactly as It Is. It’s kind of a cliché, but if we’re saying “Wow, I’m really glad I crashed my car, because it’s Teaching me not to drink and drive, before I kill somebody,” and we’re really Honest about Feeling more or less Good about it, then we’re Edging toward Self-Love.
What we want to aim for is Neutrality. We’re Feel okay about any Outcome. We have Preferences, we’d rather not be the instrument of anyone’s Death Wish, but if it happens we’ll Feel okay about it, and Take Full Responsibility for working to Create more Desirable Outcomes in the Future, once we get out of jail – maybe even before we get out.
Well, Surprise! One of those “new” Planets that are Dancing with Sappho and Aletheia, is none other than Pholus, which is about Taking Full Responsibility for Improving Outcomes. Pholus is conjunct Quaoar, which is about Taking Responsibility for our Survival. Responsibility Squared in other words. It should be obvious that if we’ve achieved Self-Love we’ll be Taking Responsibility for our Survival.
Both Pholus and Quaoar go Stationary (Strong) and turn Retrograde at the end of March, within a few days and within one Degree of one another. Pholus has been less than three Degrees behind Quaoar most of the time since 2014. While Quaoar is a dwarf planet well beyond Pluto and Pholus a Centaur closer to Neptune, at this point in their respective elliptic orbits they’re traveling at about the same speed, so Quaoar won’t Initiate Pholus until 2022.
That’s when Huperity might begin to Take Full Responsibility for its Survival. The Initiation is in 8 Degrees of Capricorn, which is about Domesticated Birds Singing Joyously in a Sun-Lit Home. I’ll take the Joyously part to mean that Hupers have finally Relearned how to Cooperate with Nature to at least some degree, rather than the possibility that All of Wild People have been Domesticated.
Pholus-Quaoar make a Quincunx Bridge across the Sappho-Aletheia Opposition, with Pholus-Quaoar Unx (Pattern-Breaking) to Sappho and Quincunx (Curiosity) to Aletheia. Meanwhile, Varuna makes a Trine Bridge across the Opposition, Trine to Sappho and Sextile to Aletheia.
The Angles between Pholus-Quaoar and Sappho-Aletheia are first about Curiosity – which, recall, we regard as next to Love in Grace, since both eschew Judgment – and second about Breaking Patterns – which in turn is positive as well, since Huperity’s Patterns for Taking Responsibility for its own Survival and for Self-Love, have historically been pretty miserable.
The other “new” planet tied to Sappho-Aletheia in the 1 March chart is Varuna, which symbolizes the Life Force. And the Relationship between them is very positive. Basically, at this time the Life Force is favoring Self-Love more than it’s favoring Truth. “Truth” has to step up and Earn it’s Blessing from the Life Force, presumably by issuing from the Heart rather than the Mind, while Self-Love basks in Grace.
The combination focuses a Finger of God (Pay Attention to This!) onto Pholus-Quaoar. That says to me that as Lightworkers we aren’t waiting until 2022, we’re building the Foundations for Communion with Nature now. This is very true, but you’d never know it from the mainstream media (if there is such a thing anymore – I think it’s more like a number of sloughs than a main stream), unless you read the literature on Permaculture or Organic Agriculture, or Michael Roads’s Stepping…Between…Realities.
Michael’s message for today (http://int.michaelroads.org/?utm_source=365+steps+to+a+happier+more+conscious+life) is…
“Most people think that in their life anything can happen. This is seldom true. Lifetime following lifetime we are creating a template of probabilities, and in each life that template holds an ever more probable definition of the way that we, individually, will live. This is the prison in which humanity is caged, and the probability is that it will continue.
“You do, of course, have the option to break the probability template, if first you have accepted its reality. You break the template by treating yourself with the honour and respect that you would accord to a Goddess, or a God. It also helps to consciously . . . choose Love!.”
By the way, this Sappho-Aletheia Cycle Initiated May 2012 in 14 Cancer, so the Cycle is about “A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast.” Sounds ominous. This Opposition, which culminates next January, is the “Blooming” of this dark Cycle – everybody blooms, even deadly Hemlock. Rudhyar interprets the northeast as the Spiritual Void, or “that apparent Darkness which is an intense Light invisible to our senses” – very apparent in our earlier contrast between Expansion and Confusion.
By this measure then we have more apparent Darkness to reinterpret as intense Light, as the Blooming continues through this year, followed by the Fruiting, which occurs at the Phitile or Golden Angle (222.5 Degrees). Sappho reaches the Phitile next March and the Waning Square next July. Then they Dance around on the Waning side of the Cycle till we exit from this Void-of-the-Void in 2022.
The 2022 Cycle will begin at 15 Taurus, “The courage needed to meet the crises precipitated by social ambition” (Rudhyar). Sounds like we’ll want to be in the Fifth Dimension by then, or at least if we want to be Boddhisatva about it, traveling the way Michael does (Stepping…Between…Realities or Through the Eyes of Love).