Sagittarius and Scorpio. Believe it or not, the Sagittarian Wisps are actually Crystals, of Natrolite, sitting on a more recognizable Crystal, Scorpionic Apophyllite. Nevertheless, things are still not what they seem to be. The recognizable Crystal is actually a Mica, Apophyllite, even though it looks nothing like a Mica. And the Wisps are actually a Zeolite, even though they look nothing like any we’d recognize. A Zeolite is a complex Mineral with pockets. You wouldn’t think there’d be room in those Wisps for a pocket, let along a complex Mineral. If you get the right Zeolite, you can dump it into a toxic mess, and the Zeolite will pocket the toxins and bring them out! I know, She is truly amazing, especially when we forget She’s a Living Entity with many orders of magnitude more cleverness than we’ll ever dream of mustering!
Apophyllite (Potassium Calcium Fluoride Mica) is about Opening our Third Eye, appropriate for Getting to the Bottom of Things. Green Apophyllite brings Compassion into our Intuition. As we like to say, Apophyllite was used for Divining by the twelve Apophylls. Natrolite (Sodium Aluminum Zeolite) is about Opening the Crown Chakra, appropriate for Letting Go of what Limits us. Like much of the loveliest Apophyllite, this one comes from near Pune, India, a center for many different flavors of Spiritual pursuit.
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Friday the 13th falls on a Saturday this month, as Pogo used to say. Whatever you’re Grieving, Trust that it was not planning to be part of the next phase of this Gaia-Pi Adventure. We’re in the process now of Co-Creating what we need for the next phase.
- Makemake (Manifestation) is Stationary Direct (Strong)
- Saturn backs into Scorpio (Did we leave any Emotional Stones unturned?)
- The Moon Occults Mercury (Beginner’s Mind) at 5 Gemini (“A revolutionary magazine asking for action”)
Mercury and the Balsamic Moon rise ahead of the Sun, so they should make a lovely couple just before Sunrise, whether you’re in the right spot (east central Asia) to see the Moon cover Mercury or not. The Balsamic Moon is about Letting Go, echoing our other themes.
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Saturn points us to The Most Important Thing, and informs us that all of the other priorities will be just fine playing quietly by themselves while we put all of our Attention on The Most Important Thing. Scorpio is about Getting to the Bottom of Things, so when…
The Most Important Thing Is Getting to the Bottom of Things,
we can – appropriately – be pretty obsessive. Another useful key phrase about Scorpio, left over from the Recovery Movement in the 1980s (when Pluto was in Scorpio) is The Way Out Is Through. Saturn has been in Sagittarius since Christmas 2014, and in Sagittarius The Way Out Is Letting Go. So we’ve Lightened Up quite a bit since Christmas. But there are still some bits of Egg clinging to the pan, so we need to go back and scrub a little more.
Till last Christmas, Saturn had been in Scorpio since October 2012 – in other words, The Most Important Thing has been Getting to the Bottom of Things since Time ended and Pi took over. For the last two and a half years The Most Important Thing has been locating anything and everything that has stood between us and taking Full Responsibility for Everything in our Lives. Though Pi gave us that first nine months of Grand Trines to ease our Rebirth into the New Era, of course that would feel like being poked with spears and knives by everyone and everything around us, as we were educated about where we weren’t taking Responsibility.
Soooo, what did we not quite finish up? Responsibility means being able and willing to Respond. It looks to improve the Future, not assign causality and Blame for anything from the Past. Anyplace in your Life where you’re still feeling like a Victim, or where you want to Blame someone else for anything? Those are the bits of Egg we need to work with; keep your eye out for them between now and mid-September, especially toward the end of July, as Saturn turns Direct on August 1. After mid-September, we’re in the Let-It-Go Stage “for good” – well, for two and a half years anyway.
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The Station of Makemake in 29 Virgo (“A seeker after occult knowledge is reading an ancient scroll which illumines her mind”) suggests that…
We should be on the lookout for What We Need to Survive in this New Era. We first experimented with meeting our new Next-Phase Tribe (Makemake in Libra) from mid-October 2013 to mid-March 2014. Then last September we renewed this quest. In mid-July we get serious about it. In between – March-August of 2014 and mid-May through mid-July of this year, we review our own Blocks to receiving our new Community. Virgo is about breaking down the Ego so we’re ready to meet Other without prejudice – without Judgment. Ego is a force for good; it’s primary Mission is to keep us alive. The only problem with Ego is that it’s “sticky.”
Sure, Narcissism can feel like a pain if we’re stuck with having to deal with someone else’s Narcissism, but that’s just about our own unwillingness or inability to set working Boundaries. Our own Narcissism? Not to worry; it’s its own best frenemy.
A caution for Virgo, though. Since Ego-Recycling and Virgo are so poorly understood in Ego-dominated Western culture, Virgo ends up being seen as nit-picky and critical, and Virgo grows up with a programmed self-hate from introjecting this criticality. So anyone with strong Virgo will likely worry about their own Narcissism. But Virgo is the Opposite of Narcissistic. What’s the Coin? Self-Love. Self-Transformation (Virgo) is about Self-Love, for sure. Transformation isn’t about hating what’s being Transformed, it’s about Transcending what’s being Transformed.
A functioning Ego is flexible enough to Celebrate our own unique Skills fully – without having to compete them with the unique Skills of Others, and to Recognize when and where it would serve our Community better to delegate to the superior unique Skills of Another. A “normal” Ego, more concerned with how many strokes we get, gets stuck on the last hurt or triumph, and loses track of the Present Moment.
This is what Virgo is about. Pisces is about making a break from a Community that we’ve outgrown, with all of the Grief and unfulfilled Wishes and lack of Recognition and unexpressed Angers and Fear of Abandonment that’s involved in Letting Go of a Community without the assurance that we’ll be accepted into a new one. Neptune and Chiron are working us through all that Drama and Trauma. Virgo is about making a break from a sticky Ego that we’ve outgrown, with all of the Grief and unfulfilled Wishes and lack of Recognition and unexpressed Angers and Fear of Abandonment that’s involved in Letting Go of an Identity without the assurance that a new one will function any better than the old one. Or, in a word, Ego Death. Makemake is helping us through this wicket, and it’s an excellent Guide to have, as its focus is always on Co-Creating the new tools we’ll need to Survive in a new Era.
So as we go back into Getting to the Bottom of Things, we’re also back in Ego Death. With Saturn, we’re just re-entering our last review period (ie, just tiptoeing back into Scorpio and hoping she doesn’t wake up). With Makemake, we’ve already finished our review (ie, already backtracked into Virgo, and now we’re turning to exit for the final time), so we’re in better shape there. Between now and mid-July we’ll be making the adjustments that will “fix” the Responsibility shortcomings that we’ve already encountered.
So while there may be a few Surprises awaiting us on the Emotional front, on the Ego front we’ve probably seen that last of them. Is it any easier to step aside and Witness an Emotion that threatens to overwhelm us, than it is to step aside and Witness an Identity that’s sabotaging us? You bet. It’s when the Emotion and the Identity are intertwined, that the greatest difficulties arise. And as we encounter the last few Emotions that Separate us from Joy and Light, we should already have some degree of Ego Detachment.
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Cuspal Saturn and Stationary Makemake are Sextile to one another, sharing the quality of Magnetism.
Sextiles connect two Signs that have either Magnetism or Dynamism in common, so on this basic level they aren’t competing with one another. It’s the Sixth Harmonic, so the basic Energy is about Partnership – Win-Win.
It’s a Waxing Sextile, several years into the Saturn-Makemake Cycle that began in September 2009 at 26 Virgo, “A boy with a censer serves the priest near the altar.” In terms of current events, we could trip into a number of directions on that one, about boy-priest relationships or about “making things smell better.”
In our tradition of focusing on what’s being Healed, we’ll do just that, and propose that the current 33-year Saturn-Makemake Cycle is about Healing the lost art of Apprenticeship. In pre-Industrial society, as children we “played” at learning the “work” our elders were doing, automatically learning Survival Skills in the process. Since that link was broken by the various forms of Industrial Slavery (schools that removed children from parents so they could be propagandized into one paradigm, work that separated the workplace from the family so compassion could be removed from working conditions, etc), child-adult relationships have been strained and forced into unfamiliar forms.
A Saturn-Makemake Cycle would be about Building the Structures that Support Survival in the next Paradigm. So we could see the current Cycle as Restructuring Apprenticeship to reintegrate Spirituality and Survival (“Work”) and Everyday Life. Industrial and Religious Culture rigidly divided these into separate days of the week. Remember that what we’re going here (2000-2020) in the Jupiter-Saturn Cycles is, on the Cultural level, deciding what parts of the Industrial Age we want to take with us into the Digital Age. The Sextile represents Grace after we take the first step. The Cultural level is assembled from accumulation of Personal levels. So an appropriate question to ask ourselves might be…
Are there concrete steps I can take right now, to integrate my Spiritual Life with my Everyday Life and What I Do to Survive? Have I already taken any steps like this? Can I start to build them into Patterns that can become the infrastructure of Life in the Next Phase?