Edges 5

In response to…

“So this week is not about Figuring Out how your Oaths or Limitations are Related to your Abuse or Privilege, it’s about Surrendering your Need to Figure It Out, and Giving In to Mystery.  There’s far more for us to Learn that way.”

Reader and friend Quilless says…

“Good, because I am ‘up to here’ with trying to figure things out.  It’s so flacking exhausting!”

Absolutely!  It’s Lit Up this week, but it makes an indispensable Lifetime Strategy.  Like Nick says about Tapping, “Try It On Everything” where in this case “It” is Giving Anything and Everything To A “Higher Power.”  And our own Unconscious is one of our most Powerful “Higher” Powers – that’s why I persist in refusing to refer to it as Subconscious.

The (not “Our”) Unconscious changes Moment to Moment, because it’s defined as Everything we aren’t Ego-Identified with in this Moment.  It’s “The” and not “Our” because when we are able to reach beyond our Ego-Identification, we don’t just access other parts of ourself, we have access to All The Information In The Universe.

So yes, a very Powerful Habit is Noticing when we’re trying to “Figure It (Anything) Out,” and instead PIAVAing Clarity, or Missing Information, or The Best Outcome for All Concerned, or whatever it is we’re trying to squeeze into the “Left-Brain’s” Limiting Dualities.  We could even PIAVA to “Intuit It Out” instead!

And Quilless bring up an astrotechnical issue as well…

“I am having trouble with finding the trioctile in my program, though.  I used a calculator for (360 / 8) x 3 and got 135, but isn’t that a sesquisquare?  My eyes tell me they are not the same because there are actual sesquisq glyphs on your chart on the orange lines, but we are looking at yellow.  Confused!”

Yes indeed, a Trioctile and a Sesquisquare are the same Animal.  We don’t use the “Sesqui” term because we don’t interpret Octiles as part of the Square family.  Certainly they’re related, but the Square has such a strong reputation as Ongoing Frustration, that we don’t want to pollute the Octile as well.  As you know, since the Fourth Harmonic is about Dominion, we interpret a Square as a Challenge to Adeptness or to Mastery.  The symbol for the Fourth Harmonic is The Emperor, and we choose to interpret that as a Strong and Wise and Empathetic Leader, one that everyone would Trust to solve their disputes and to project equitable policies.

So we reinterpret the Square as a Searching and Fearless Quest (which is after all the Fourth Step in AA) for Understanding and Remediation of the Compulsive Need that’s usually indicated by the focal planet, with help from the other two.  If we can reframe our Squares as Graduate Seminars (there are no Answers, only Better Questions), we can come to Peace and even Excitement about them, because it quiets the Perfectionism and Inferiority that we have painted them with, and allows us to see how we’ve actually made great progress with them over the course of our Lifetime.

In fact, we always try to convince People that their Squares are not their greatest Curse, though until they’re Reframed that’s what they feel like.  Your Squares are actually your greatest areas of Expertise, because you’ve not only eliminated many of the zillions of Strategies that don’t work Perfectly to “Solve” that “Problem,” but you thoroughly understand, through Experience, how and why and when each Strategy doesn’t work, and what’s to be Gained and Learned from using it in which circumstances!  Squares feel like Problems to be Solved, but they aren’t, they’re Issues We’ve Chosen to Study in great Depth and Breadth.

The Octile is a whole ‘nother Animal.  The symbol for the Eighth Harmonic is the Egyptian Goddess Maat, who is in charge of Law, Truth, and Justice (Angeles Arrien, The Tarot Handbook, p.55), and the interpretation is Returning to Balance.  While Resolving a Square by reinterpreting it as a Lifetime Learning assignment might Return us to Balance, that hardly makes an Octile a “Semisquare” or half of a Lifetime Frustration, as Ego astrology would have it.

Now a Trioctile combines the Eighth and Third Harmonics.  The Third Harmonic is the Empress, symbol of Love with Wisdom.  So we end up with Returning to Balance through Love and WisdomCan we think of a more Desirable Strategy?  We abbreviate this interpretation as Insight.

When a third planet sits at the Far Midpoint of a Square, this third planet is Trioctile to both ends of the Square.  Even if we’ve Reframed our Squares as Exciting Explorations, they’re still Difficult, since Squares never get Effortless for us.  So if we can get a Double Insight about them, we’re Golden!

Ego astrology calls this Trioctile Yod Configuration a “Thor’s Hammer,” with all the Marvel-Comics baggage about Destruction.  As we mentioned, we chose a more neutral (because it’s foreign and probably unknown to most English-speakers) Norwegian term for Thor’s Sledge, “Mjölnir.”  I don’t know if Norwegians read Marvel Comics or not, so it may have been better to use the Vedic term Vajra.  At any rate, the interpretation we use for the Mjölnir is Epiphany – Insight Squared.

To better illustrate our new Trioctile Yin Gate, here it is without all of the other lines on the chart, and with the Octile family Angles drawn in purple…

We Recognize a Yin Gate by its Dos Equis.  In general, the meat of any Configuration lies in its Diagonals, but since interpreting all of those is arduous, we can follow our Quincunx Yin Gate precedent and simplify (ie, Surrender our Need to Figure It Out) by just Expecting to be Encountering Paradox around the central Axis – Abuse/Privilege and Oaths/Limitations, or Nessus and Orcus.  That’ll be great Fun to watch for.

And by the way, if we look at a Square as a Bioctile, we would combine the Eighth Harmonic Return to Balance with the Second Harmonic Ritual.  The shortcoming of Ritual is that it’s generally Dualistic, while the Universe is Unitary and Multifarious.  So if one was a wayward Priest or Priestess, and Returning to Balance meant Returning to your Dualistic Vows, then sure, the Challenges of your Square would simply be Temptations to stray.  But if we want to Live in a Dimension higher than 2D, Dualistic Ritual and Returning to Balance are Difficult or even Oxymoronic mates – hence Rudhyar’s original pronouncement that the Square was the Evolutionary Step that Huperity hasn’t Mastered yet.

And yes, Solar Fire uses the standard Sesquisquare symbol (a square with a bent tail) in the background chart, but the Trioctiles that they’re so indicating don’t apply to the particular Degrees that the Nessus Station chart asks us to use: 12 Degrees ± 3 for Nessus et al, and 12+15 or 27 Degrees ± 3 Degrees for the Octiles to the Nessus Degree.  And the Trioctiles that we’re indicating apply to planets that aren’t on the background chart because Solar Fire doesn’t include them in its library of planets.

The Sesquisquares/Trioctiles that Solar Fire did draw, looking just at those in Zodiac-spanning Configurations, make an interesting frosting for our Yin cake…

Again, the Octile family is drawn in purple.  They make a Trioctile Box.  It makes an interesting collection of Energies that we’re tasked with Returning to Balance…

  • Venus, our Inner Female, Values, Heart
  • Mars-North Node, our Willingness to Devote our Actions and Energies toward our Mission
  • Saturn-South Node, our Willingness to Accept that our Unfinished Business is The Most Important Thing going on
  • Ceres, Sustainability

That’s a bundle!  We’re Returning our Gender Identity to Balance, as well as the Sustainability of our Relationship to our Karma (the Octiles), and we can Expect Insights (the Trioctiles) about how Obsolete Values can perpetuate our Karma, and about making our Dedication to our Mission more Sustainable.  Remember that the Other Side of Sustainability is Sustenance, so the last-named may arrive as Insights about what can be eliminated because while it may be Valuable, it isn’t the Core Essence of our Mission.

If we Ask what the Coin is on our Abuse/Privilege Dimension, one excellent candidate is Equality, with Respect thrown in.  So what does today’s news media say about Abuse, Privilege, Equality, Oaths, and Limitations?  A bunch…

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-yoga-teachers-undoing-whiteness-class/

“Laura Humpf braced herself for fresh salvos of death threats, rage-soaked slurs and indictments of ‘reverse racism’ from media provocateurs.  The Seattle yoga instructor had endured it before, four years ago, after putting out word about a class for people of color only, at her studio…

“This spring, Humpf publicized an ‘Undoing Whiteness’ yoga class at Rainier Beach Yoga, geared toward white people wishing to ‘unpack the harmful ways white supremacy is embedded’ in their ‘body, mind and heart.’  Along with providing a contemplative space, the class would dissect the ‘pathology of whiteness’ — an obliviousness to the batch of privileges society grants white skin — and how it operates in daily life.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-alabama–where-lawmakers-banned-abortion-for-rape-victims–rapists-parental-rights-are-protected/2019/06/09/6d2aa5de-831b-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html

“When a young woman came to the Family Services of North Alabama office last year for help with trauma, saying she had been raped by her step-uncle when she was 15, rape crisis advocate Portia Shepherd heard something that ‘killed me, shocked me.’  The step-uncle, who was getting out of jail after a drug conviction, wanted to be a part of their child’s life.  And in Alabama, the alleged rapist could get custody.”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/jun/09/black-hispanic-people-air-pollution-inequity-study

“The team found that white people and those of other races experience about 17% less air pollution exposure than is caused by their consumption.  But black and Hispanic people inhale 56% and 63% excess exposure, respectively, relative to their consumption.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/06/09/southern-baptists-are-supposed-talk-about-sex-abuse-right-now-theyre-discussing-whether-one-woman-can-preach/

“As thousands of Southern Baptists prepare to arrive this week in Birmingham, Ala., for their annual meeting, many have expected for months that it would focus on questions of how to handle sexual abuse and coverups in their own churches.  Moore is expected to be there, sitting on a panel on sexual abuse with several others, including the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

But in the run-up to the meeting, Moore has become a focus of attention…  many Southern Baptists believe that women should not have authority over men and that by teaching men, let alone ‘preaching,’ they are exerting authority.  So it is rare for Southern Baptist women to preach or teach the Bible in front of men during a traditional Sunday service.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/the-flight-shame-issue-comes-home-to-rick-steves/

“In terms of carbon emissions that lead to global warming, there’s probably nothing worse we can do on an individual basis than take an intercontinental flight.  A single round-trip flight between Seattle and, say, Rome, emits about 3.5 tons of CO2 per person — the same as nine months of driving in the average U.S. car, according to the EPA.  The carbon cost of flying is so steep that in Europe it’s led to a new movement that the Swedes call ‘flygskam.’  It translates as ‘flight shame.’  The premise is: fly less, or even, don’t fly at all.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/09/plastic-bags-single-use-waste-everywhere-how

“Business has profited immeasurably for decades by using cheap plastic packaging, and yet the cost of cleaning up after them has fallen to consumers and local governments.  ‘These are complicated, wicked problems that require very complicated, multi-actor solutions,’ says Christopher Jones, senior lecturer in environmental psychology at the University of Surrey in the UK.  ‘Government can introduce legislation and guidelines that can also affect retailers, so you need retailers onboard as well.  But there is a degree of responsibility on the consumer – if you continue to buy cheap goods that are being sourced in an unsustainable way, then they are going to continue to make them.’ “

The notion that the end user can have any influence on the plastics industry is ridiculous.  When Fascist Governments are unable or unwilling to make laws that protect the Planet because it will impact someone’s profits, only Greed wins.  This is what Government is for, to solve problems that are too big for smaller groups to solve.  When the Fascists control the Government and the media both, the conversation is always Reframed to shift all Responsibility to the People who don’t have the scope to be able to contribute to a real solution.

We should all pile all of our Garbage on the doorsteps of the politicians that we’ve “democratically” elected to solve these kinds of Issues.  That might provide motivation to get them to do their jobs.

One Response to “Edges 5”

  1. QuillessBending Says:

    Wow, talk about filling me in! Thanks J <3

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: