Gordy’s Knot Merit Badge #3

A T-Square results when two planets are on Opposite sides of the Zodiac, and a third planet is halfway between them.  It’s generally considered the most difficult astrological Configuration, because it Challenges us to overcome Frustration and Disappointment (which are caused by our inappropriate Expectations) and replace them with Excitement about the very Broad and very Subtle Experiential Education we’ve Committed ourself to.

The two planets that Oppose one another set up a Ritual Belief that is Obsolete, and the third planet takes the role of a Hammer attacking our Obsolete and hence Fragile glass-covered Ritual.  Fearing the mess that the resulting Fire Alarm will create, we hesitate to wield the Hammer.  Yet, every time we do, we find the Outcome Life-Changing, Opening us to Worlds we didn’t know could Exist.

Let’s take an example from this weekend’s chart, which contains three T-Squares or Challenges…

In the first of the three Challenges, the Obsolete Ritual Belief is that Self-Flagellation, under the Guise of “Analysis” or “Healthy Self-Criticism,” can Resolve the Frustrations we encounter about our Sovereignty.  That is, we’re unhappy with our remaining Codependence, or the way we give other people’s Feelings more weight in our deliberations than we give to our own Heart’s Desire.  That is, our Self-Abandonment is Feeling Burdensome.  We seek a way to Change ourself that will reduce our Self-Abandonment.

The Problem with this Approach is that “What we See is What we Get” – we’re trying to Change a Leopard’s spots to stripes.  The Hammer that will shatter the Status Quo is Facing the Truth that our Boundaries aren’t Working.  We don’t need to Change our Self, we need to adjust the way we Relate to Others.  We may need to Tighten Up Boundaries that bleed away our Energy, and Loosen Up Boundaries that Inhibit our pursuit of our Heart’s Desire.

That could be Difficult, as Tightening Up Boundaries that bleed away our Energy may severely test our Charisma, and will probably Hurt some people’s Feelings.  And Loosening Up Boundaries that Inhibit our pursuit of our Heart’s Desire may well be Scary.  I mean, if it’s our Heart’s Desire, why haven’t we been pursuing it All Along?  We may, for instance, have to Disobey a parent to pull this off, even if we’ve been an adult for decades.

Here, “the Obsolete Ritual Belief is that [Changing ourself] can Resolve Frustrations about our Sovereignty” is symbolized by the dwarf planet Hylonome (Self-Sovereignty) on one side of the Opposition, and on the other side the combination of Mars (Action or Anger) and asteroid Nemesis (Guilt or the Threat of Ego Death).  The third-planet Hammer in this T-Square is the dual Station of asteroids Pallas (Boundaries) and Aletheia (Truth).

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