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Trusting Hurricanes

September 1, 2019

Trust is our Biggest Issue till 3 September 2019 at around 3:30 pm PDT, as the astrosymbol for Trust Dominates (asteroid Eurydike Stationary).  That’s 6:30 pm Tuesday evening Florida time.  Sometimes the slate needs to be wiped Clean for us before we Recognize that we need to Start Over.  The astroevent is at 2 Aquarius, so you may be Feeling this pickle around any of your natal planets in the Zone between 29 and 5 Degrees.  Unless we make a long list of individual notes (for instance, we could dissect the four [!] Square-Fez Takeout Cartons), the chart isn’t easy to interpret…

The two major Challenges (T-Squares) are aligned so as to make one another Self-Resolving (Diamond Stars, ie, a T-Square and a Finger of God pointing to the same Focus), so we won’t worry much about them.  We’ll mention them in the next post, since they may scare us while they’re Resolving themselves.  They’re about Health, and about Which Way to Proceed as we Start Over.

Once we bypass those, we’re left with the Hurricane, in the form of a Singular Challenge between our Despair over Real and Imagined Traumas and the Threats that Climate Change brings (the naked Square between asteroid Karma Conjunct Chiron in early Aries and dwarf planets Pholus and Quaoar Conjunct on the Cusp of Capricorn).  We aren’t all Threatened by Hurricanes – some of us just by the Loss of the Illusion of Democracy.  The excessive immigration that Triggered Brexit, for instance, resulted from Drought in the Middle East and North Africa.

Our Karma is not Present-Moment, which is to say, is not Real.  It is Imagined.  Once it begins to Threaten us, our Expectations take over, and we Recreate the Patterns that we know so well, often making it Present Moment.  That’s actually Optional, but since our Karmic Patterns are so well-Practiced (often “Perfect” even), we often don’t Notice.

We’re familiar with Chiron, the symbol for Converting Despair to Miracles.  When we Poor-Sweetheart ourself (“You Poor Sweetheart, you’re feeling like those Old Bummers are threatening again, aren’t you.”), we shift from Identifying with what was Bumming us Out, to Identifying with Compassion.  As Einstein famously may or may not have said, we can’t solve a problem using the same Paradigm that Created it.  We have to Shift to a new Paradigm, and there’s no Shift more Powerful than a Shift of Identity.  Once we do, what was Impossible in the Old mindset, becomes Easy in the New one – a Miracle.

Asteroid Karma is Retrograde, and hasn’t been Initiated by Chiron yet – that won’t happen till New Years Day 2020.  Talk about Prophetic!  The New Cycle will begin at 2 Aries, “A comedian reveals Human Nature.”  In other words, we either need to Receive 2020 as a Cosmic Joke, or we need to get really good at Shifting our Paradigms.  We could even Shift ourself right into 5D, and skip 2020 entirely.

So one end of this Challenge is about Choosing to Either wallow in our Victimhood (Karma), Or Shift into Creating Miracles.  I found our earlier essays on Karma-Chiron to be informative (https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/category/cycles/asteroid-cycles/karma-chiron/), especially the Cerussite-Barite-Hematite Crystals.

The other end of the Challenge is Climate Change.  Dwarf planet Quaoar symbolizes our Survival Instincts.  Our Instincts should tell us not to burn the siding to keep warm in the winter, but as the Slapstick Hupers that we are, we often “naively” do just that.  Thing is, they’re Instincts.  Like Intuition and Dream and Coincidence, Western “Civilization” and its Patriarchal focus on mind has relegated our Instincts to the “Only” category – You can Ignore that, it’s Only your Instincts (Hint – it was Political).

Dwarf planet Pholus, meanwhile, is about What we think we can Ignore.  Or even, What we haven’t thought about.  Are we not thinking about it because it’s Overwhelming?  Paradise CA was, as towns go, quite well Prepared for Fire.  But not at all Prepared for that kind of Fire, because no one even Conceived of it, or if they did, they Dismissed it as Paranoid.  As they say, Just because you’re Paranoid, doesn’t mean “they” aren’t out to “get” you.  Now, does it make sense to spend 300% of our time and resources preparing for something with a vanishingly small probability of occurring?  It’s “never” happened before, after all.

No, it doesn’t make sense.  But that’s what the Mythological Pholus discovered – major Catastrophe as a result of something he hadn’t considered.  Vanishingly small probability.  His oversight got him dead, along with many of his mates, and got Chiron so famously Wounded.  Now the probability of Catastrophic Climate Change, like the probability of Catastrophic Earthquakes for many of us, is closer to One than Vanishingly small.  Yet how much Effort do we put into Preparation?  How much Effort is appropriate?  It may be too late for Prevention.  How do we allocate our time and resources?

But if we’re Attending to our Instincts and Intuitions, it’s not about Making Sense, is it.  It’s about Trust, once we get out of the “Left-Brain” Paradigm enough to discover what to Trust!

Busy August VII

August 9, 2019

A reader writes…

“August 2nd (rather bluntly as you put it)… my company cut back my hours… but there has been a calm inside like this is all a part of dropping the old for something new manifesting (like making space for the new).  A tiny part wants to scream… you idiot do you know how low your paycheck is right now.. how will you survive… and yet a calm that will not let that little part take over… a trust that seems rooted in faith to the higher self.”

A good example of Soul Descending into Hardcopy Consciousness (Uranus Stationary in Taurus abetted by a very Strong Stationary Jupiter).  We’re Praying that their Abundance (Having Enough to Share) is not seriously interrupted, but their Awareness of their Soul-Confidence is a huge head start for them.

It wouldn’t hurt to look at the Jupiter Station chart.  Compared to most of the charts we look at, it’s weird…

If we were going to give this strange Configuration a name, it would have to be an “Unx Fez” – Fez because it’s an isosceles trapezoid, and Unx because its nonparallel sides are Unxes, or one Sign in length (an Unx is one twelfths of something).  An actual Fez hat would never be this shallow, but the name is consistent with our Sextile Fez, Square Fez, and Trine Fez Configurations.  The short sides are actually of equal length, even though they aren’t drawn that way because the crowd of planets in Leo pushes asteroid Nemesis out of place.

We interpret a Fez by interpreting the diagonals, which are always Quincunxes (five signs apart).  That means the Fez is a Configuration of Paradox, because the Quincunx is a Question that does not seek an Answer.  It’s a Sacred Mystery, like a Seed or a Conception, or Shaktipat, or a Miracle.  Western Culture’s worship of the Dual has pretty much Destroyed the Sacred, with its unquenchable thirst for Answers and Theories and Mechanisms that Betray the Unitary and the Multidimensional that compose the Mystery in Reality.

We often interpret a Quincunx as an “I Wonder” statement, with a period rather than a question mark, using Wonder as in Awe…

  • I Wonder how Expanding and Surrendering into my Sacred Lifetime Mission will Feel (Stationary Jupiter Quincunx North Node).
  • I Wonder if Attending to the Emotions I can’t stand to Feel will absolve me of Guilt (Saturn-South Node Quincunx to Nemesis).

The Angular Relationships in astrology are not parallel to equivalences in Words.  Lilith and Hylonome both indicate Self-Sovereignty or Codependence, but they can still Challenge (Square) each other.  Mercury and Neptune point to opposite sides of the Brain, but they can still Bless (Trine) one another.

We may think of Mission (North Node) and Expansion (Jupiter) as Related terms, but there are Mysterious additional Dimensions hidden there when they’re connected by a Quincunx.  And we may think of Karma (South Node) and Guilt (Nemesis) as Related in another way, but the Quincunx implies that there’s a Mysterious hidden Unity between them – perhaps that each is a Mystical Doorway into the Other – or something like that.  Quincunx interpretations always need to be followed by “…or something like that” – with a Bow and a Namaste to Eugene Gendlin.

Because Quincunxes Invite us into the Unconscious, we always need to leave them Unanswered.  Answers to Questions can only be given by the mind’s existing concept set, so they always prevent us from Growing.  We can Wonder about a Quincunx and then Change the Subject, using them like a PIAVA to Inspire our Intuition.  So our Intuition may Deliver an Answer of sorts, but it will be more Wholistic than Deterministic.  We may Grok it more than Understand it.

Better yet if we can Leave it as a Mystery.  Buddhists practice “Don’t Know,” and “Beginner’s Mind,” and Zen Koans to get beyond the mind into Dimensions other than the Dual – the First (All There Is Is One) and the Multi.  Challenge yourself to Think for a day (or a minute) without using Cause and Effect, for instance.  We’re so brainwashed into Believing that if we don’t Know and can’t Manipulate the Mechanisms, we can’t have any Effect on Reality.  If we instead Focus on Outcomes and let a Force Greater Than Ourself do the Manifesting, we can Enjoy the Mystery of the Universe.

Take Affirmation, for instance.  For Affirmation to work, we have to Believe and Trust that the Outcome will be Delivered.  Say “I Affirm Peace on Earth” and see how that rattles around in your brain.  Yes, it’s possible that Huperity will be a Failed Experiment, and your vision of Conflagration may be what Creates Peace – without Hupers.  But that’s a Mechanism.  It’s not What We Want.  How about “I Affirm that Hupers mostly Collaborate” – what happens in our Field after that Affirmation?

Busy August IV

August 3, 2019

And Mercury was Stationary 45 minutes after the New Moon, and now Moves Forward again, so we’re likely to have a talkative couple of weeks as well.

I was kind of bummed this morning, when I noticed that it was a too-familiar Feeling, one I’ve spent a lot of time with over the course of my Life.  Then it dawned on me – Duh!  Asteroid Karma is Stationary 5 August!  It took a couple dozen Poor-Sweethearts to turn that around!

I’ve also noticed that I’ve been having a hard time getting enough Sleep, but I’m also not Feeling as tired as I “should” be from it most of the time when I’m awake.  That’s a typical Response to Uranus.  Uranus isn’t Stationary till 11 August, but Jupiter is Stationary on the same day, amplifying the Impact.  I usually allocate about a week to the Impact of an outer planet Station, but with a wide enough Perspective, I’m sure we could extend that to several months.

So we’ve got some homework to do…

A symbol for our Karma (asteroid Karma) is Strong (Stationary) from now till 5 August (3pm PDT), in 3 Aries and Merged With (Conjunct) the symbol for Converting Despair to Miracles (dwarf planet Chiron), which is handy, since our Karma often leaves us near Despair.

We convert Despair to Miracles through Self-Empathy, by Poor-Sweethearting ourself – “You Poor Sweetheart, you’re Feeling Discouraged again, aren’t you.”  With that simple statement, we Shift our Identity from Discouragement (I am Discouraged) to Compassion (the Self-Empathy).  We have to Change the Subject, or our Thoughts will dump us right back into Discouragement.  If we have trouble Changing the Subject – as is likely with Karma or Habits that are much older than our Current Incarnation, we have to repeat our Poor-Sweethearts.  It’s not how many times we fall down, it’s how many times we get up.

The Karma-Station chart…

…has six primary foci…

  • The Identification with dwarf planet Chiron, the symbol for Self-Empathy if we’re Conscious, and for Despair if we aren’t.
  • The symbol for Vitality (dwarf planet Varuna) stands alone on one half of the chart, making it a Standout.  It’s well placed, with more Grace than Challenge, but it does carry a warning – that we should Pay Attention to any Subtle Messages we get about whether we can do more to Protect our own Survival (Varuna sits at the Far Midpoint of a Sextile between dwarf planets OR10 [Intrusive Memories] and Pholus-Quaoar [Being Fully Responsive to our Survival Instincts] – ie, at the focus of a Finger of God).
  • A Major Challenge to our Survival; Reality is a Mirror for what we Feel, so if we Persist in Indulging our Karmic Bummers instead of Poor-Sweethearting them, we’ll keep Birthing Bummers into Hardcopy Reality, and this will Bring Down the whole Planet (T-Square to Pholus-Quaoar from Karma-Chiron Opposite dwarf planet Makemake [Manifestation]).
  • We are Challenged to Trust the Truth of This (T-Square to Veritas from the Opposition of Varuna to asteroid Eurydike [Trust]).  Remember that Truth is August’s Fundamental Issue, as Fact-Truth or Mind-Truth (Veritas) and Value-Truth or Heart-Truth (Aletheia) are both Strong (Stationary) during August.  Or re-read the recent post Truthiness 2, https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/truthiness-2/.
  • The chart tells us that we need to Consciously contribute our own Energy – Gratitude and Excitement about Imaginary Miraculous Outcomes would be a great start (Grand Sextile Vacancy at 4 Gemini, “Holly and Mistletoe reawaken old memories of Christmas”).
  • We’re also called to Pay Attention to What Is Critical to our Vitality and What Inhibits our Vitality, and adjust our Priorities accordingly (Fire Grand Trine from Karma-Chiron to Varuna to dwarf planet Ceres [Sustainability and Sustenance]).

This is a fairly long article, but it’s a Perfect Illustration of the Karma-Station chart…

https://www.kosmosjournal.org/kj_article/the-holy-grail-of-restoration/

Ecosystem in Recovery

Our own Lives are parallel – when we allow our Unconscious Ancient Habits to run our Life, its Ecosystem collapses.  When we’re Willing to Break those Patterns, the Ecosystem of our Life Recovers its natural functions.  How to Break the Patterns?

Noticing what’s Going On in the Present Moment is the crucial First Step.  This morning I was Bummed.  I could have Accepted it as fait accompli and allowed my thoughts to trudge through all of my Karma‘s Previous Incarnations and likely Future Repetitions.  I could also have wasted my Energy worrying about shortage of Sleep.  To me this is the Value of astrology – instead I could Realize that asteroid Karma and Uranus are Lit Up, and Change the Water.  Of course I could do that without astrology as well, but every reminder helps!

Rebirth Full Moon III

June 17, 2019

Prominent Feature Number Four is easy.  Our Merger of Instinct and Genius (Moon-Ixion Conjunct) sits in front of the Galactic Center.  That means several things.  It means that everything we’ve said should be multiplied by itself several times when we’re determining Importance.  It means that Headquarters is sick of the Petty Huper Ego screwing up our end of the Galaxy, and is making it very Clear that we need to get our Shit together instead of bathing in it.  It means that whatever Illusions we have about Making a Difference, are just Ego Trips – the notion that we’re In Charge here is a Cosmic Joke.  We just need to Surrender and Live the Best Life we can.

The fifth Big Banana in the 17 June Full Moon chart is what astrologers call a “Grand Cross.”  It should be a lot Bigger Deal than it actually is, because it consists of four LifeLong Frustrations (T-Squares) back to back.  But that very back-to-backness means they actually abet one another in weird ways, so a Grand Cross person is more likely to be a High Achiever and Skilled Multi-Tasker than a Champion of Frustration.  Rather than four Frustrations, it’s more Realistic, Empirically, to look at a Grand Cross as two intertwined Dichotomies (Oppositions).

We’ve already been discussing Dichotomies, so we’re on somewhat familiar Ground.  Let’s examine each of them…

  • While we’re Aware that Our Life as We Have Known It is falling apart, we’re also Conscious that Rebirth is in the air (dwarf planet Haumea Conjunct asteroid Veritas), so Ambiguity is rife.  On the other hand, we can see, with our own eyes and through the eyes of Others, that there are things in our Life that we can no longer Ignore (asteroid Klotho Conjunct dwarf planet Eris).  These seem almost Complimentary, so where is the Dichotomy?

That’s for us to Discover.  Astrology often makes synonyms Opposites, and we just have to Live with it.  For instance, we could hypothesize that our Fear about having to Face something we’ve been Ignoring is juxtaposed against our Intuitive Excitement about an Impending Future Feeling very Close at hand.  Wall Street’s maxim that a Bull Market “climbs a Wall of Worry” is a timely example.  We have no idea what’s going to Happen, but we know Something is, and it’s likely to be Big.

If we’re Comfortable with our Pluridimensional Intuition, we know that all Dichotomies are Fake News, because the Universe is a lot more complicated than that.  But if we Live in our Dualistic “Left” Brain, not knowing whether to reach for our Pinstripe Suit or our Life Jacket can be torturous.

  • One end of the second Dichotomy is about Getting Conscious of the Places where we Lack Self-Love or Overestimate ourself (asteroids Sappho and Juno Conjunct).  The other end is about Questioning whether we can Trust our Self-Confidence, or Trusting it Blindly (Pluto Conjunct dwarf planet Chariklo).  If we’re in a tight situation, making a Dichotomy out of these two could either Delight us or Terrify us.  “Excellent!  I know where to beef up my Self-Love!” or “OMG, what if they Notice that I’m Faking It!”
  • You can probably Imagine how the Confluence of these two Dichotomies can result in either a Nervous Breakdown, or a flurry of High-Functioning Multi-Tasking.  If we have to prepare for two possible Futures and we’re a dynamite Multi-Tasker (for example, we have a natal Grand Cross), we can stockpile Dinty Moore and Water in the garage, while we Pretend to be Hypercompetent in our make-or-break bid for the New Big-Money Client or the New Position and the Big Raise.  If we can only Focus on one Thing at once (for example, we don’t have a natal Grand Cross), we could be making a Choice, Questioning ourself, and swimming in Anxiety.

The Bottom Line is that there are very many high-profile Uncertainties in our World today.  Is it too late to sell the house at the Beach?  If I Go For Broke here will I be losing money on every transaction and hoping to make up for it on the volume?  The kids are still in school – I can’t just move to Kentucky and hope that factory doesn’t close too!  Which option will keep me out of jail and out of the hospital – Lie at the border, or tell them I’m bringing back $3,000 worth of Insulin?

Well, astrology does offer a clue here (Prominent Feature #6).  One of the four corners of the Grand Gross is more of a Blessing than a Frustration (the Haumea-Veritas T-Square is a Diamond Star or Self-Resolving Challenge).  So there’s a greater probability that the Impending Rebirth that we can Sense, will Save our Ass.  The clue even suggests a Course of Action – Acknowledge our Fear of the Unknown, and Trust our Skillset to find a path out of the Wilderness if necessary (the Finger of God that converts the T-Square to a Diamond Star is based on the Sextile between dwarf planet Sedna and asteroid Karma – Remember we have Good Karma too!).

♥ A few more items left, so have patience, we don’t need to hurry.  The impact of New and Full Moons is felt more after the event, so we’re still okay…

Golden Rectangle

The Hidden Treasures are…

Nemesis-Mercury-North Node

Upcoming Stations

Edges 5

June 10, 2019

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.

Edges 4

June 9, 2019

A Reader and Muse sends along this blog post by Asia Suler…

https://onewillowapothecaries.com/how-invasives-help-us-to-love-ourselves/

“Invasive species are, by definition, any plants that are not native and have a tendency to spread, outcompeting the indigenous flora.  Because invasives thrive in places that have been disturbed, their tribe is seemingly everywhere.  Though sometimes seen as noxious, these plants are often our most prized medicine in the herbal world (like nettles, burdock, and chickweed).  For anyone who grew up eating honeysuckle or blowing dandelion seeds, these plants can be at the very center of our most precious memories.  The only thing more pandemic than their reach, however, is the spread of our corresponding resentment.

“Around this time of the year I start to see many anti-invasives campaigns popping up in my feed.  Much of this work is grounded in incredible compassion for our native populations, but it seems no matter what community we live in, we are often fed more information about who to hate than who to love.  In a time where immigration debates are so heated a part of me feels pain every time I hear the word ‘invasive.’

“The nuances of these two situations are, undoubtedly, different, but the vehemence is so similar it leads me to wonder — is our hatred of invasive plants, like the blind opposition to immigration, just another way our deeper knowing is asking us to take a look at our own selves (and the journey we’ve taken to get here)?

Asia Suler – I don’t know if this is a case of someone taking the hint and doing the Work they were originally Named for, or if she has Chosen the Name on purpose because her Soul wanted it.  But Sulis is the Celtic Goddess of the Hot Springs at Bath, here gussied up by the Romans…

“I was standing on the platform in Bath, Wiltshire, many years ago, waiting for a train to Salisbury.  Behind me was a woman on a bench eating what we Gringos would call a muffin; she’da probably called it a crumpet or something.  Milling around on the ground in front of her, silent but agitated, was a Pigeon with a club foot, obviously coveting some of her muffin.  The woman appeared unaware of her suitor.

“I asked Sulis, Goddess of the Bath Springs, to help the Pigeon.  She replied that this was the Pigeon’s fate, and it could not be changed.  So I asked Krishna if He would help, and He patiently but condescendingly explained that it was the Pigeon’s Karma.  Then I asked Jesus if He would help the Pigeon, and He said nothing.  But when I turned around, the woman was sharing her muffin with the Pigeon, with a blissful look on her (the woman’s) face.”  (https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/no-matter-where-we-go/)

Self-Abuse is certainly our most serious form of Abuse, because it stands between us and Unconditional Love.  But when we look at the chart of the 11 June Nessus Station in the earlier Edges (1) post (https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/edges/), we don’t see asteroid Sappho, our symbol for Self-Love.  It would be out of character for astrology to give us Self-Love Lessons without Lighting Sappho Up.  So, where is Sappho?

Sure enough, Sappho is Trioctile (three eighths of the way ’round the Loop) to the Nessus Station.  The Trioctile is about Insight.  And Sappho is Merged with asteroid Juno, our symbol for Growth in Consciousness, so a Lesson like the one with the Invasives is completely appropriate.  But wait, Sappho-Juno is Challenged (Squared) by dwarf planet Haumea, symbolizing Rebirth, and that’s Merged with (Conjunct) asteroid Veritas (Truth).  So there are even Deeper Energies flowing here, connecting us to Rebirth of Truth.

While a Trioctile symbolizes Insight, two adjacent Trioctiles symbolize Epiphany!  And the Nessus Station is also Trioctile to Haumea-Veritas, adjacent to the first Trioctile – Voila, Epiphany!  So we can Expect big Self-Love breakthroughs to come this week.  Here’s the chart, with the thin yellow-orange lines delineating the Trioctiles…

When two Trioctiles are adjacent, we call it a Mjölnir, which is Norwegian for Thor’s Hammer.  Thor’s Hammer is what Ego astrologers call this Configuration, but that term is too easily Confused with violence, as Thor’s Hammer wins every game of Rock-Paper-Scissors without subtlety.  But if we look at the Vedic equivalent of the Mjölnir, the Vajra, it’s clear that the Deeper meaning is Lightning, not a Sledge.  Certainly Lightning would also win every game of Rock-Paper-Scissors.  But Lightning is Illumination, not Destruction, though what is Destroyed, certainly – or Transformed, is the Ego.  So no wonder Ego astrology considers it Violent.  For us it implies Enlightenment.

Now looking at the yellow-orange lines on the chart, we see that there isn’t just one Mjölnir, but two!  And they Oppose one another – the yellow-orange dos Equis.  So we’re due to be Enlightened not just on our Abuse and Privilege (Nessus), but also on our Oaths and Limitations (Orcus).  The details of our Enlightenment about Abuse and Privilege were likely to involve Growing Consciousness of Self-Love (Sappho-Juno) and Rebirth of Truth (Haumea-Veritas).  The details of our Epiphany around Oaths and Limitations are likely to be about New Revelations of what we’ve been Denying (asteroid Klotho Merged with dwarf planet Eris), and our Self-Confidence (dwarf planet Chariklo).

And do you Recognize those Dos Equis?  That’s a Yin Gate, isn’t it.  All of the other Yin Gates we’ve dealt with have been a bisected Golden Rectangle, where green Quincunxes connect the ends of the central axis with the corners of the Golden Rectangle, like the one in https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/4-july-iv-embracing-paradox/.  Here we have a bisected Grand Cross, where yellow-orange Trioctiles connect the ends of the central axis with the corners of the Grand Cross.

Either way, the essence of a Yin Gate is Paradox.  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.

Group Souls

March 6, 2019

A reader writes…

“I’ve got this quincunx rectangle and I’m wondering if you would be so kind as to help decipher its meaning?”

Absolutely – we don’t spend enough time talking about either Quincunxes or Rectangles.

The “standard protocol” for interpreting any Rectangle or “Box” is to interpret the diagonals.  We’ll talk about that, but it’s a bit of a cop-out, especially here, where we wouldn’t want to ignore the Richness of the Quincunx and Unx for the boring old Dualistic Oppositions in the diagonals.

The chart in question may be obscure to many of you – it’s a “Progressed Composite.”  A Composite chart is the chart of the Group Soul of two or more people.  It’s done by taking the Midpoints of each planet in the two charts, and it represents the “invisible” third party that Manifests when two people enter Relationship, their Group Soul.  The Group Soul may be invisible to the naked eye, but I’m sure all of you have noticed that when you enter a Relationship, someone you don’t Recognize arises.

It’s entirely possible that neither party in a Relationship or Transaction Recognizes their Group Soul as someone familiar.  That’s probably true with most of the People we meet and pass like cars in the night.

Suppose for instance one of you has Venus (Values) in Libra (Relationship Above All) and the other has Venus in Sagittarius (Detachment Above All).  There’s Potential for Mutual Judgment here, as the Libra Person probably won’t think the Sagittarius Person Respects Others as much as they should, and the Sagittarius Person may feel that the Libra Person gets too Attached.  Of course you’d get over that by actually Listening to one another and Trusting that the Other Person knows more about themself than you know about them (duh! – but how often…?!?!).

Well, when these Folk come into Relationship, their Composite Venus (halfway between their two individual Venuses) may be in Scorpio.  Scorpio is a Fearless Explorer.  Venus in Scorpio won’t stop diving and digging until they feel like they Grok things as Deeply as they possibly can, and even then they’ll still be Curious.  You might think of Scorpio as Secretive and therefore possibly a little Sneaky, but Scorpio is Secretive because they Learned early in Life that if they spoke Openly, they’d Scare the Shit out of everyone because of all the Cultural Taboos they’d upend.

If either Person Projects this New Companion on the Other, and the Other doesn’t Notice the Invisible Third, then the latter will have no idea what the former is talking about, and they’ll feel like they haven’t been Seen for Who They Know Themselves To Be at all.  Like all of the hour-long Relationships you’ve had in your Life.  Unless you’re very good at Listening and Trusting Other to Speak their own Truth.

Or if either Person Merges with the Scorpio Newcomer and tries to go too Deep on the Other, who doesn’t see the Newcomer, then the Other will likely Feel completely Invaded.

On the other hand, if both People hold hands with the Scorpio Newcomer, the two of them can talk together for hours about Realms that they don’t usually Visit, and Bingo, it’ll feel like Soulmates at first Sight!  We want to be Present with our Group Souls, but not Merged with them.  At least not all the time.  Unless you’re a Two on the Enneagram, and then it’s your Top Skill.

We often fashion ourselves to End at our Skin, or at the least at the Edge of our Aura.  But our Boundaries are Arbitrary.  You End where you Believe you End, Moment to Moment.  You could be Big as the Universe one minute, and Small as a Dot the next.  You could be Merged with any of the Different Group Souls that you’re in cahoots with in one Moment, and Fully Drawn Into your Individual self the next.  Your Identity and Ego vary Constantly.

You know how it Feels when you’re with your Best Friend or Friends, and someone else comes along and joins in.  Suddenly the Delicious Rapport you’ve been Feeling can fade away, and unless you’re quick at Adapting, it can be very Disappointing.  Imagine all of the People you Know.  You have Group Souls with each of them.  And all of the Combinations of People you Know, and all of the Groups of People you hang with at times.  You probably have far too many Group Souls to even Count!  You have Group Souls with People you don’t even know Personally!

And, Moment to Moment, you’re Merged with any number of your Group Souls, to one Degree or another.  So much for Ending at your Skin.

Western Culture is really Deeply Invested in the Ego as the Atom of Existence, but that’s a pure Fantasy.  Your Ego and Identity is no more Constant than the Bird who just dug a Worm from your Lawn and then flew away, unlikely to return.

Who was it that wrote…

“First you must know who you are
Then you must know who [he][she] is
Then you must know who you are”

Wasn’t it Richard Brautigan?  Sounds like Brautigan.  But he left out “Then you must know who your Group Soul is.”  Think about how you can become a Different Person, depending on who you’re with.  That’s Group Soul stuff.

Then there’s Time.  Astrology has many ways of measuring time, but the two most common are called “Transits” and “Progressions.”  Our Transits are the Relationships between the planets in the Sky Now, and the positions they were in when we were born.  Our Progressions are like that, except that we use “a year for a day.”  We look at what our Transits were when we were thirty days old, and those are our Progressions for when we are thirty years old.

So a Progressed Composite chart is getting pretty esoteric.  It’s a Snapshot of our Group Soul at a moment in time.  But it can be very useful.  Group Souls aren’t any more Constant than Egos.  Like yourself, they may have a dominant Theme, but the Dances they do around the Theme, and the Explorations with other Themes and with the Interactions between Themes, are likely to be as evident.  People are complicated even without Group Souls.  Add Group Souls and Time, and you’ve really only one Choice.

That’s to move to Intuition.  The mind just fuzzes out when we get anywhere near the Complexity that’s really There, and Here.  But Intuition can zero in on the core of whatever is Happening.  Even if we don’t Trust our Intuition, we can PIAVA to Know.  That’s how astrology is used most effectively, as a Trigger for Intuition.

So let’s look at this Quincunx Box…

We’ve taken it out of context and grafted it onto another chart, so ignore everything that’s crossed out.  We’ve also simplified it down the just the few planets that are within a few Degrees of one another (in different Signs).

It’s quite a Potent group of planets – Expansion (Jupiter), Soul (Uranus), Instinct (Moon), and Communication or Intellect (Mercury).  We could start by just Intuitively putting these four Concepts together.  We could read it as “By Expanding our Instincts we can Communicate better with our Soul.”  Or “What if we Amplified our Instincts – would that Allow us to Listen to our Soul more Easily?”

Of course we could make any number of Negative interpretations, such as “Our Instincts are too Unexpanded to be able to Convey Messages from the Soul.”  But why would we Choose the Negative?  That’s just shooting ourself in the foot – or the head.  Would you make Negative Prayers?  Every Thought is a Prayer; is that what you want to Ask For?  Now if Negative Intuitions arise on their own, that’s good information, because you’ve just Identified Negative Beliefs in the Unconscious.  You’ll want to Tap those Out and replace them with Positive Beliefs.

That “What if we Amplified our Instincts – would that Allow us to Listen to our Soul more Easily?” interpretation leans toward the Quincunx Spirit here, as it Asks a Question.  The Quincunx means Curiosity, and the more we can leave the Curiosity Unresolved, the closer we get to the Spirit of the Quincunx, because the Quincunx doesn’t Ask us to “Figure it Out” or Answer the Question.  It Asks us to Give our Full Attention to the Wonder and Awe in the Question, to move to Beginner’s Mind and see the World through the Eyes of a Newborn.

“What if we Amplified our Instincts – would that Allow us to Listen to our Soul more Easily?”  Can you Ask the Question and then leave it dangling, without an Answer, just more Curiosity?  That’s what the Quincunx Asks of us, and if your “left” brain is a busybody, it may be almost impossible.  If that’s the case, the only way you can Open to True Curiosity and Awe will be to Change the Subject – Let the Question Arise, then go watch TV.  That way your Intuition can work on it while your “left” brain is otherwise engaged, and Surprise you later with Wisdom to Complement the Wonder, rather than Extinguish it.

If we look at the diagonals and interpret them as Oppositions or Contradistinctions, we might Believe that the chart is saying that the Soul is too ineffable to actually Communicate to us.  But again, why would we Choose the negative?  We need to Transcend the Duality, not get immersed in the Apparent Competition.  So how can we Merge Communication and Soul?  That’s pretty Easy – it’s Speaking our Truth.

We might interpret the other diagonal – Instinct and Expansion, as a direct Suggestion – Expand your Respect for your Instincts!  So if we go straight to the diagonals we might interpret our Interaction with this Other Person a This Time as the Suggestion that we Speak our Truth and Respect our Instincts.

What if we focused on the Quincunxes instead?  Quincunxes are always Questions.  “How is it that Intellect and Instinct Complement one another?” [Change the Subject].  “Do I Merge my Ego with my Soul by Expanding, or??” [Change the Subject].  It’s important not to Answer the Questions, because the “left” brain will always try to keep us in the Cage it has us in, and not let us Think out of the box.  If we aren’t Learning we’re Stagnating.

And the short green lines, the “Unxes,” those are about Pattern-Breaking, but we can make them more Powerful by phrasing them as Questions too.  For instance, “What does my Soul have to do with my Instincts?” [Change the Subject].  And “How might I Expand my Communications” [Change the Subject],  Since Unxes naturally Break Habits, while we’re watching TV our Intuition could be Building us New Habits of Communicating more Expansively, maybe about how great it is to Trust that our Instincts Serve our Soul.

We might be Surprised to find ourself telling these things to our Group Souls tomorrow, without even Realizing that we’re Channeling.

Manifesting in 3D and 5D II

February 3, 2019

This conversation between John Matthews and his Sidhe guest is an excellent summary of 5D Manifestation…

” ‘Everything has Spirit.  You have Spirit.  Stones have Spirit.  The very air has Spirit.  Thus, if the spirit within you can speak to the spirit within another, then you can create a link that enables you to combine the two within one.  In this way you can bring about changes that are very subtle.  You could, for example, change your form by establishing a link with a creature.

” ‘So long as it was willing to sustain the exchange between you, you would become the creature and the creature would, in a certain sense, become you.  It is a matter of overcoming otherness.  The identity which we all possess, Sidhe, animal, humankind, is only a matter of outer form. 

” ‘The reality of Spirit is much deeper and more constant, since it does not require form of itself.  This is the importance of reestablishing contact between yourselves and the spirit within everything.  Once you have reconnected your own scattered selves, this should be a natural outcome.

“So you are saying that what we call ‘magic’ is the manipulation of spirit?

” ‘Not manipulation.  We are all part of a process that has no end – though I understand that this may be a difficult concept for your kind, who see yourselves as finite beings.  Part of the process is to establish the deepest possible link between all things, all aspects of life.

” ‘When this occurs, it occurs naturally, and the cooperation between each aspect of Spirit is such that there is no manipulation involved.  You might wish to raise a heavy object such as a stone.  To do so you need the agreement of the stone and the fellowship of the stone with your own spirit.  Together, in harmony, the stone may then be moved. 

” ‘In this sense all things that are incarnate are part of the whole – many among your kind have already recognized this, but have been unable to move to the next stage.  Once the understanding of this relationship is truly in place, you must be ready to move forward by applying the knowledge to your lives.’

“How can we do that?

” ‘I am aware that this is a difficult thing for you to grasp.  Try to think of everything around you as sharing in a larger state of being that is all inclusive.  This does not mean that you have no individual reality, any more than it means that for us. 

” ‘Simply, it gives us both access to a level of reality that is different from the one you experience daily.  One of your wise men once said that all form was illusion and in some way he was right.  The outer shape assumed by all beings at the moment of incarnation is far more subtle than is generally understood by your race.’ “

–John Matthews, The Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld, pp.49-51.

So, if we’re thinking about Manifestation, we have to ask, Where is dwarf planet Makemake in all this?  Well, it stuttered a bit between Virgo and Libra in 2013 and 2014, before moving into Libra “for good” (ie, for about thirty years) in mid-2015.  The Aries-Virgo half of the Zodiac is about Being.  The Libra-Pisces half is about Relationship.  Makemake is now at 6 Degrees of Libra, so it’s already moved through the Libra and Scorpio Duads (two-and-a-half Degrees) and is in the Sagittarius Duad.

The Libra Duad of Libra (first 2½ Degrees) is about Relating to Relationship, or Discovering the Existence of Other as Distinct from Self.  The Scorpio Duad (second 2½ Degrees) is about Relating to the Truth of Other rather than the Exterior Form.  The Sagittarius Duad (5 to 7½ Degrees) concerns Letting Go of our Preconceptions and Expectations so we can move more deeply into Relating to the Spirit of Other.  Is this relevant to the Now?

Yes…

Tomorrow’s New Moon features an Almost-Grand Quintile – four of five planets that would be more or less evenly spaced around the Zodiacal Loop.  The Quintile is about Learning and Teaching, and a Grand Quintile indicates unusually good Opportunities for Learning.  When a Zodiac-spanning Configuration is Almost, lacking one corner, we have the Opportunity to harvest the Boon of the complete Configuration by Consciously Adding the Energy of the Vacancy.

In this case that’s 13 Taurus, “A porter carrying heavy baggage.”  That would be the 3D part.  Yes, we certainly need to deal with Heavy Baggage – our Karmic Held Emotions – to the extent that we haven’t already.  Otherwise, as John’s Sidhe friend pointed out, it’s not going to be about Heavy Lifting any more.

The four extant corners of the Almost-Grand-Quintile are the North Node (our Lifetime Mission), Makemake (Manifestation), Jupiter (Expansion), and our recent (1 February) Sign-Changer Vesta (Beliefs).  So the Heavy Baggage we’ll be Confronting is our Emotional Beliefs – kind of an aggressive introduction to Vesta in Pisces.  Vesta asks, Who Do You Worship?  Who do you most Respect?  Who provides your Bottom-Line Guidance?  Do you ever have any Doubt?

You can see the connection to the New Moon in the chart – the New Moon (Celebrating New Energy) makes a Trine Bridge (Easy Path) across the Jupiter-Sappho/Asbolus Opposition (Expanding our Intuitive Self-Love).  How does our Intuitive Self-Love Relate to our Beliefs?  As we’ll see in the next post, this Opposition is the base of a Neptune (Confusion) T-Square (Challenge), and this Challenge to our Appreciation of Confusion – as the first stage of Growth, is the Power Point of the New Moon.

The New Moon is at the Midpoint of Aquarius.  The Midpoints of the Fixed Signs (Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, Scorpio) are represented by the four Royal Stars of Persia, Aquarius by the Star Formalhaut, which…

“contains a touch of the mystic, a sense of magic, and inspires high ideals or lofty visions… it bestows charisma, beauty, or perfect harmony.  An individual [or a New Moon] with Formalhaut strong in their natal chart will have to clash with mainstream thought in order to achieve these ideals.

“If the ideal is a noble cause, the person will find personal happiness or success for the benefit of the collective.  However, if the ideals or dreams are corrupt in any way, then the downfall is total.  The challenge of people strongly influenced by Formalhaut is to maintain the purity of their ideals or dreams.”

–Bernadette Brady, Brady’s Book of the Fixed Stars, p.197

Such is the nature of our Adventures with our Held Emotions and our Response to Confusion.  Our Concepts about what makes the World tick are among the most fundamental of our Beliefs, and Growth in Consciousness is not possible until we Transcend those Limitations.  Resisting the Temptation to Figure It Out, and Learning to Bask in Confusion for its own sake, as an Emotion to be Embraced rather than Squelched, Controlled, Corrected, Suppressed, or Overruled, is Task Number One here.

 

Kegels 3

February 1, 2019

The other elements of Big Grace in the Juno-Sedna chart, and the upcoming Sedna Station chart, are two Diamond Stars.

A T-Square (drawn as a red triangle) is made up of two planets Opposite one another, with a third at their Midpoint (ie, three Signs from each).  It means a Challenge.  The ultimate aim is to become Adept at this Challenge, but it’s via the School of Hard Knocks.  If we haven’t Figured Out what we’re supposed to be Learning, we usually Experience a T-Square as Long-Suffering Frustration.

I mean, how would we know, if we didn’t have our chart drawn up?  And even then, an Ego astrologer would concur that we were screwed.  We’d just think it was horrible Karma!

That’s what I thought about my own T-Squares until I Realized that the Fourth Harmonic (a Square goes one Fourth of the way around the Zodiac) is about Dominion – Healthy Control, Mastery!  (Or, without the possible hidden implication of Slavery as the inverse of Mastery, Adeptness.)  Dominion is the Fourth Principle in the Tarot’s Major Arcana.

A natal T-Square is a Life-Long graduate seminar, where there are no real Answers, only better Questions, better because they lead to a fuller understanding of the Depth and Breadth of the Issue that the T-Square presents.  So when we Reframe it thus, each Bummer in our Life-Long series of Bummers, has taught us a new Principle, Subtlety, Corollary, Insight, or Breakthrough about the subject of our seminar.

Each time we thought we were going to get it “Right” this time!  We thought we could make External Reality match our Perfect Pictures.  And every time we Failed.  But each time we Learned more about it.  Each time we got a little closer to What We Want, though many times we’ve taken wide Detours into places we didn’t know were Related until we went there.  Truth is, we’ll never Achieve our Perfect Pictures, because Perfect Pictures are 2D Snapshots, while Real Life is a Hologram in an Infinite number of Dimensions.

Achieving our Perfect Pictures would be like trying to Grok the nature of a Butterfly by pinning it to a board.  The hardest thing about a T-Square is that we can’t give it up.  Dropping the class is not an Option, because What We Want is an Irrevocable Compulsion.  It’s What We’re Here For.  We often settle for an Addiction – we get so Frustrated by our Lack of Success, which we take as a Personal Failure, that we divert ourself with the small but Satisfying Pleasure that we can get from Sugar, Alcohol, MJ, Sex, or worse.  It’s Temporary, but by the time we Indulge, we forget our Frustration.

Let’s take an Example.  For instance, suppose we hypothesize someone who has a Life-Long Challenge (T-Square) to Figure Out how to set up Effective Boundaries (Haumea-Pallas-Aletheia) between their Soul (Uranus) and their Ego so they can Approach their LifeTime Mission (North Node).  Oh, gosh, that’s one of the T-Squares in the Juno-Sedna chart, isn’t it.  What a coincidence…

The North Node is symbolized by those earphones in the lower right.  The red triangle that points to the earphones is the T-Square.  Well, we know already that our Mission is like Differential Equations or Calculus – we never really get there, we just keep cutting the distance in half between us and it…

If What We Want is Water and it’s always just out of Reach, that’s the Picture of Frustration.  We need to Reframe it – we may never get any Water in this Lifetime, but we’re sure going to Learn everything there is to Learn about Striving for it.  And probably, literally, Die trying.  Which is Cool – we was gonna Die anyway, so why not Die for a Cause.  And there aren’t any Causes more important to us than What We Want.

So, this particular “Challenge to Figure Out how to set up Effective Boundaries between our Soul and our Ego so we can Approach our LifeTime Mission” isn’t Life-Long, it’s only temporary.  We’re using the Mean Nodes, and they move about a Degree-and-a-half per month, so this Uranus-Haumea-North Node T-Square will only be with us for a few months.  But meanwhile, here in the context of wresting Power out of Fear (Sedna Stationary), finding a Boundary  between Soul and Rebirth that Serves our Mission is a Challenge that Confronts us.

For instance, the best Boundary here between Soul and Mission might be no Boundary, and Surrendering our Sovereignty to that Degree might Scare the Living Daylights out of our Ego, not to mention how it could Frighten our Dependents, as we might be Compelled to Abandon them for some abstruse Project like Saving Antarctica for the Penguins.  Or it could Drive us to Drink.  Here’s how some folks might do these Boundary Games…

“Full of anticipation, we set off and when we had adjusted our consciousness to the high vibration, we found ourselves in the Fairy sector.  However serious the reason for our visit may be, first we must play.  This is a necessity and not a frivolity because, until we have rushed about as fast as we can, there remain clinging to us, Earth ideas, and until we are rid of them, we are unable to concentrate.  What fun this period is.

“We burst and reform only to disintegrate again almost immediately.  In this destruction, the atoms of our bodies change their positions and one of our amusements is to stop them from rejoining those of the person to whom they rightfully belong.  Of course we can never prevent them from doing this for long, but sometimes we keep them poised between the two of us, they look so funny that we begin laughing, our concentration vanishes until we are once more complete and ready to burst again.”

–Normus, “Travels,” in Daphne Charters, Forty Years with the Fairies, p.209.

So, that’s a T-Square.  But weren’t we supposed to be talking about Diamond Stars?  Oh, ok, I remember now.

See the two green lines rising from the North Node?  That’s called a Finger of God, and it means Pay Attention to this!!  Some folks also call it a “Yod.”  In these charts, red lines represent Challenge, green Curiosity, and blue Grace.  Notice that when we connect the Yod to the T-Square, a web of blue lines is created on the other side of the central Opposition – literally, a Bowl of Grace.

This is a Diamond Star, and it means that the T-Square is a Self-Resolving Challenge because of the Grace in the blue lines, which make a double Trine Bridge, or two Easy Alternative Paths, across the T-Square.  Like an escalator up the side of the Cliff we Expected to have to climb.  So our two escalators in this Diamond Star are Suspending Disbelief or Allowing our Beliefs to Shift (Klotho-Vesta), and Trusting our Forbidden Genius (Eurydike-Ixion), which will require a Shift in our Values (Venus).

If we are to Trust the Genius of our True Self, we’re probably going to have to Give Up some Obedience to the Values of our former Masters or Programmers.  Recognizing that they were Doing the Best They Knew How at the Time, we just know that this is the time when we have to substitute Self-Trust for the relative Security of their Truth.

This is a Diamond Square, so this just happens, it’s not something we have to work hard at, though we may have to work a bit at Surrendering our Resistance to it – at least enough to enable us to Notice the Difference.  After all, the overall Work this week is Growth of Consciousness – Juno-Sedna.

So the Bottom Line of this Diamond Star is that both our Beliefs and our Values will Shift, or have already Shifted.  Have you Noticed any of that in your own Experience yet?  This is a big Change in our Identity, since Values and Beliefs are the Foundations of Who We Are.  And an Effortless Shift.  We haven’t mentioned Nemesis or Ego Death once, and they aren’t involved.

Well, not in an obvious way anyway.  Nemesis is Octile (Adjustment) to Mars (Action) and Trioctile (Rebalancing) to Pluto (the Underlying Energy).  Without the Diamond Star that would be enough to create some Ego Death, and at any rate no Change of Identity takes place without some Ego Death.  Death doesn’t have to be Unpleasant, however, if we Take Ourselves Lightly, like the Angels do.  That Mars-Pluto Square is about An Angel with a Harp, recall.

If you’ve Noticed your Beliefs, Values, Identity Shifting in the last several days, have you Noticed any signs of Ego Death? Getting Lost in a familiar place, for instance, where it feels like part of you knows exactly where you are, but another part is Experiencing it as Brand New.  That’s an important kind of Shift to Notice as we Grow our Consciousness.

The second Diamond Star (notice the double green lines emanating from the point of the T-Square) is focused on the Stellium in Libra – Haumea-Aletheia-Pallas, or Rebirth of True Boundaries.  If our Boundaries are Out of Balance with our Soul or our Goals or our Mission, we won’t know Who to Trust, or what to eat for breakfast, or when to Meditate and when to Act.  So this is a Big Deal.

The roots of this Yod are Chiron (Despair/Miracles) and Juno-Sedna itself (Bringing our Fears into Consciousness).  As we’ve said, when our Fears are Unconscious, they Control our Life.  In order to Overcome them (or rather, Love them into becoming the Power that they really are) we need first to Bring them into Consciousness.  Despair is totally appropriate when our Unconscious Fears rule our Lives, because we’re Powerless against them.

But fortunately, Chironean Despair is easy to fix – alls we gotta do is Poor-Sweetheart ourself.  We say to ourself, “You Poor Sweetheart, you’re Feeling Overwhelmed, aren’t you.”  That statement Shifts our Identity from Despair to Compassion.  If we don’t Change the Subject afterwards though, we may get sucked back into Despair (though we could always Poor-Sweetheart ourself again).

Once we slip out of our stiff, scratchy Despair shirt and pull on our soft, warm Compassion hoodie, we can Change the Subject – do something else entirely, and divert our Attention.  That will allow the Overwhelming Challenges that Triggered our Despair to Resolve themselves on their own, without the Interference of our Anxiety.  After all, We are now Compassion, not Worry.

All Prayers are Answered, and a “You Poor Sweetheart…” is a Prayer of sorts, a Surrendering of the Overwhelm to your Higher Power.  It’s also a Loving Moment like Gary Craig talks about in his Unseen Therapist process (https://www.emofree.com/), which is a very Powerful Healing technique to Learn.  It’s also Easy to Learn if you’ve been PIAVAing for a while (https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/category/manifestation/piava-review/).

We don’t talk about them often, but the seven short green lines are also important, and you can take advantage of them in any chart you find them in.  They’re called “Unxes” because an “Unx” is one twelfth of something.  The Twelfth Harmonic is about Pattern-Breaking.  That’s one of the most Powerful Skills we can develop.  After all, Karma is just Patterns, so if we can Break those Patterns, we’re Golden.

In fact, the South Node (Karma itself!) has two Unxes, one to Trusting our Forbidden Genius (Aletheia-Ixion-Venus), and the other to Suspending Disbelief (Klotho-Vesta).  The implication is that these two Intentional Acts will shake a good deal of our Karma and Self-Sabotage Loose.  We won’t turn that down.

The other Unxes and Opportunities for some relatively Easy Pattern-Breaking are…

  • Suspending Disbelief to Despair/Miracles (Chiron).  An excellent Example of that – when you encounter what feels like a familiar Bummer about to repeat, Suspend your Belief that it’s Inevitable.  It AintJust don’t Grab it.  Just slip out the back, Jack; just get off the bus, Gus – there must be fifty ways to Leave your Karma.  And don’t for a moment think that your Kinship with your Karma isn’t a Love Relationship – how long have the two of you been Joined at the Hip after all?
  • Despair/Miracles to your Soul (Uranus).  What keeps you from Uniting your Soul and your Ego?  You don’t even need to know it, you can just say to yourself, “You Poor Sweetheart, You aren’t Identifying with your Soul as much as you could be, are you.”  Then just Change the Subject and Enjoy!
  • Soul to Consciousness of Fear (Juno-Sedna).  I mean, what would your Soul have to Fear, anyway?  Certainly not Annihilation, it’s Immortal by definition.  Abandonment might Sadden Her, but even that’s Doubtful, as She surely knows that Getting Lost is the first stage of Getting Found.  We may have already Resolved all of our Sedna Station Issues with that last Poor Sweetheart.  Wouldn’t that be great!
  • Consciousness of Fear to Unlimited Potential (dwarf planet Chaos).  Of course we’ve already Kegeled our Fear into Power, but even then, Unlimited is pretty Scary.  Reminds us of when we used to Imagine walking off the Edge of the Flat Earth, or those Nightmares we used to have about the Grand Canyon.  Better to PIAVA our Unlimited Potential.  How else will we shake it free from our existing Limiting Beliefs?
  • Unlimited Potential to our Mission (North Node).  How does that Feel – Exciting?  If it doesn’t, Breathe.  Better?  You should be Feeling a Surge of Energy up your Spine.  We may even be Wondering, what the Hell is my Mission, anyway?  If so, great – Wonder is a hidden PIAVA (don’t try to Figure It Out though – that will Limit it).  You could make it PIVAWA if you want, or even WIPAVA.

It’s really pretty Simple math – Fear Plus Breathing Equals Excitement, Fear Plus Kegels Equals Power.  We’ll probably get lots of Opportunities to practice both over the next week.

Kegels 2

January 31, 2019

We’ve a few astroevents between now and then, but it would probably be a good idea to go right into looking at the 7 February Station (Strong) of Sedna (Fear/Power).  First though, let’s go ahead and finish the Juno-Sedna interpretation we started in the previous post, Kegels 1.  The two charts are similar anyway; same Patterns, different planets.  In the intervening week, the Moon will move about three Signs, the inner planets about 7 Degrees, Mars about 4 Degrees, and the asteroids about 2 – enough to swap some of the Players in the Patterns.

We said earlier, “There is also much Grace in the [Juno-Sedna] chart (Grand Trines and Kites, Diamond Stars).”

A Grand Trine means Dumb-Luck Blessings.  Grand Trines are so full of Freebies that if we’re born with one, we soon end up Believing that other people are Stupid because they aren’t harvesting the same Bounty that we harvest so Effortlessly.  While Ego Astrology Celebrates the Grand Trine as Great Grace, I interpret it as Arrogance – until we get enough Experience to Heal it by grokking that everyone has their own Skillset, usually Different from ours, and that this Difference Powers Teamwork and everything larger than what one Person can do working Alone.

Sports are used as a vehicle in schools for Teaching Teamwork.  The lack of it in the Antichrist’s house is a marker of his Unhealed Grand Trine.

If you Struggle to Manifest what you see Others Creating Easily, it may be because they have a natal Grand Trine and you don’t.  But that kind of Manifestation can be Learned.  And what we Learn is not lost when we Die.  The Aptitudes you were Born with you worked hard to Earn in Earlier Lives.  If you Lavish yourself Enjoying the Benefits of a Grand Trine and never Learn that it’s not your Innately Superior Ego that brought you Wealth, you won’t take Positive Karmic Habits with you into your next Adventure.

Karma as Inertia is easy to mistake for Karma as Retribution.  No one is being Punished for Living Large – they just never developed the Habits to Sustain it because they didn’t need to.  If you have to Learn how to Manifest, then you get to take those Habits with you.  Grand Trines can apply to specific areas of Life – just for a start there are Water (Emotion) Grand Trines and Earth (Matter) Grand Trines.

The Antichrist, a self-proclaimed Genius who turned 73 today, gets his Arrogance partly from an Unhealed Grand Trine in Air (Mentality).  Mentality is Duality – Me Smart You Dumb.  Once one understands that Opposites are actually Equal, there’s no Limit to one’s Prevarication, especially if, like the Antichrist, you have two Strong planets Stationary and Conjoined in Libra (Relationship to Other).  That’s where he gets his agile but forked tongue.  He understands Duality in Me-Other; he’s too Arrogant to apply it to his own Behavior except in Win-Lose.

“I love to crush the other side and take the benefits… You hear lots of people say that a great deal is when both sides win.  That is a bunch of crap.  In a great deal you win – not the other side.  You crush the opponent and come away with something better for yourself.”

–Robert Wright, quoting the Antichrist, in “Make Globalism Great Again,” Wired Magazine, Feb. 2019, p.64.

He’s performing a Service, showing us how Destructive Competition really is, so we can be more Excited about shifting to Collaboration.  The Antichrist’s relative Popularity, while debatable and apparently declining, illustrates the prevalence of Arrogance and Unwillingness to Examine one’s Karmic Patterns in the US.  But the very decline in this Popularity tells us that People are Noticing and Learning.  Many will Learn that their Arrogance is just Ego, not Superiority, and begin looking for Alternatives.

The Grand Trine in the Juno-Sedna chart – the big blue chart-spanning triangle (see previous post) – is also an Air Grand Trine.  The Mythological Trickster Archetype is an Air Pattern.  So we can Expect intellectual Arrogance or Facility here, from ourself and from others.  If we’ve always wanted to Learn Ease with the intellectual Perspective, this is a good time to Study it.  If you’re patting yourself on the back for being so smart, know it’s not You, it’s just a Moment in the Infinity of the Universe that you happen to be Experiencing.

The Libra (Debate, Charm) side of this Grand Trine is the Stellium (group of three or more planets) of Haumea (Rebirth), Pallas (Boundaries), and Aletheia (Truth).  While the Antichrist may or may not see this Rebirth of Boundaries between Truth and Lies, many others have been, and will yet.  We have to remember that this chart also “Challenges us to see All Apparent Setbacks as the Opportunities that they really are,”  as flags that indicate we’ve stepped off the Path of the Soul, that we should check our Heart’s Compass.

The Gemini (Flexibility, Dissolution) corner is occupied by dwarf planet Chaos – Unlimited Potential.  Truth is in the Heart, not the mind (another thing that the Antichrist is Teaching us by such a sterling Example of how not to do it), and everyone’s Heart is Different. So there are no Lies in Politics, only Different Perspectives and Different camps.  The problem isn’t Lies, it’s the Fear that someone you Disagree with will kill you over it.  Since you’re dealing with Hupers, this is quite Possible, and it’s a valid Fear.

But this is Juno-Sedna – bringing Fear into Consciousness.  So Tap It Out.  Even if its True, you need to be Neutral about it so you can have a cool head when Strategizing your Defenses.

The Aquarius (Cultural Norms) corner contains asteroids Vesta (Beliefs) and Klotho (Beginnings), indicating that many will have their Beliefs revised, quite possibly without even knowing it’s happening.  A Grand Trine is so Effortless we may not even Notice that it’s going on.  It may not be that the Antichrist can’t admit Error – he may not Notice his own Errors!  If you hear his former Supporters lying that “they knew it all along,” let it be.  Be Grateful that they’ve come to their senses, we don’t care how.

So we might characterize the entire Grand Trine as Easing the Dissolution of old Cultural Boundaries.  Crises are also Opportunities, so we can use this Social Disruption to Step Out into Who We Really Are more than we usually would.  With everyone else occupied by the Chaos in their own Lives, no one will be watching us…

That dude who keeps standing up in front of the camera is only following instructions from your mother.

A Kite is a Grand Trine with a growth on one side – a fourth planet Midway between two of the three in the Grand Trine.  It means that the fourth planet may become the Focus of the Benevolent Energy in the Grand Trine.  This Grand Trine makes two Kites.

 In the first one, the fourth “planet” is a Stellium of Ixion (our Forbidden Genius), Eurydike (Trust), and Venus (our Values).  Ixion represents our Ability to break the Cultural Mold.  Our Willingness to do so depends on our Temerity – and perhaps our Arrogance.  But the indication is that this Grand Trine may bend our Values in such a way that we Trust our own Genius more.

 The second Kite is formed by Uranus – your Soul.  As old Cultural Boundaries Dissolve, it’s likely to become Easier to shift our Identity closer to our Soul.

Two Kites on one Grand Trine means that a third Kite would Create a Grand Sextile – Six planets more or less evenly spaced around the Loop.  So the “Vacancy” in that sixth corner makes it a Place of Power, as by Supplying the Energy that would complete the larger Configuration, we can Enjoy its Fruits.  In the case of a Grand Sextile, the Fruits are even better than a Grand Trine, because we get to participate fully, and our Actions are likely to Succeed because so many Energies are Collaborating with each other.

The Grand Sextile is an Excellent Model for 5D Manifestation – Creating by Cooperating with the Energies that constantly swirl around us.  The Vacancy is 28 Leo, “Many little Birds on a limb of a Big Tree: a wide and perhaps Confusing openness to a multiplicity of Inspiring Potentialities.”  But we know that Confusion is the first sign of Growth.  The Fixed Star Alphard also sits at 28 Leo.  It’s often associated with Victims or Perps of Violence.  Not a good Omen when Sedna is Lighting Up the Fixed Star Algol (Catastrophe).

Fortunately, we know how to turn that around.  First we get Conscious of our Fear about that.  Then we Discriminate between the Fear that we Feel in our Bodies, and our thoughts about that Fear, and Cancel, Neutralize, Upgrade the thoughts so we can Focus on the Fear Sensation in our Body.  Once we’ve Embraced and Softened that, if we haven’t turned it into Love already, we can Tap It Out or Poor-Sweetheart it (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVd6Ww0as4 and https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/category/poor-sweetheart/) or Kegel the Hell out of it.

Then we Choose What We Want to Experience instead, PIAVA that (https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/category/manifestation/piava-review/), Change the Subject, and Trust that All Prayers Are Answered while we wait Patiently.  Not that we’ll always get exactly what we PIAVAed.  We may not be ready for that.  But what we always will get is an Illustration of the Impediments that stand between us and What We Want.  Getting those up into Consciousness where we can work with them is three fourths of the Challenge of Learning to Manifest as if we had a natal Grand Trine and Empathy besides!