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Juno is moving into place to resurrect the Quincunx Box we saw in early October, this time with Juno Opposite Uranus and Jupiter Opposite Chiron. None of these are speedsters, so this Configuration will be with us for the next two weeks. Venus is on Jupiter at the moment, but will move off in a couple of days.
What’ll this Configuration do for us? More Masks will fall by the wayside (after Halloween of course) as our Soul Self moves further into Consciousness. To the extent that our Discouragement is Amplified, so also are the Miracles that await when we stop Identifying with Discouragement and Lovingly Witness it instead. “You poor Sweetheart, you’re feeling pretty Discouraged, aren’t you,” we say to our Emotional Self. If we’re lucky, She’ll Embrace us back and share some of Her secrets. Serena Williams, via Wired magazine, suggests that we code our biggest Affirmations into our most-frequently-used passwords, maybe something like “U^poOr}12SH” or “mIanXs?<=1” or “>>$$4Me!!” so they’ll be front and center all the time. Great idea, since the hardest part is the Noticing! This really does bear repeating, because it’s an effortless way to leap into the Future. The difficult part is remembering to do it, because when we’re lost in a Held Emotion, we aren’t in the Present Moment, so we forget all of our Present Moment Skills, and our toolbox is limited to whatever tools we had at the age we were when that Emotion got stuck. In the Recovery Movement from the 1980s, they used the trick question “What color is the wallpaper?” Since the Present-Moment walls probably aren’t the same color as the walls in our Regressed age, this was often enough to snap part of us back to the Present Moment. Of course we or an ally still need to remember to Ask the question! “W1Pap?2grN” The Healing process is as simple as this: you locate or invent a part of yourself that isn’t Identified with whatever Heavy or Negative Emotion you’re Feeling, and you have that part talk back to yourself Lovingly. “You poor Sweetheart, you’re really Feeling sad, aren’t you.” You Empathize with yourself. It’s that simple. You Witness your Emotion rather than Identifying with it. As soon as you do this, you no longer are that Emotion, you are Empathy, Compassion. Then you let your Emotion talk to you. If “sad” isn’t quite right, She’ll correct you. She may be able to tell you what was going on with Her then, that gave Her such Grief. She can probably tell you how old She is. Even if you hate kids of that age (which isn’t unlikely since She hated that age), you’re going to have to make an exception for Her, since She’s you. We’re using feminine pronouns because Emotion is part of our Magnetic Self – in Western astrology. Gender roles are reversed and differently organized in many Cultures. For instance, even in German, the Sun is She (warming, nurturing Mother) and the Moon is He (colder Father, not always There). If She’s a He in your Body, so be it. She could be a She at one age and a He at another, depending on who you Identified with at that age. Notice that it may not actually be the Held Emotion itself that makes you Stuck, but the Helicopter Trips your mind does with the Emotion – “It was my own fault. No it was their fault,” around and around. Or even just “It was my own fault. Why was I so stupid?” The intellect is part of our Dynamic Self, a He in Western astrology. Judgment is a He. Without Judgment, all of your Emotions would be Lovable and you wouldn’t have to get Stuck. Developing a conversation and a Relationship with Her or Him is Powerful, but the act of Witnessing is Powerful in itself. To Create Miracles you need do nothing else except Witness and then Change the Subject – get your mind busy with something else. When your Identity shifts from Being a Held Emotion to Witnessing a Held Emotion, you’ve just Changed your position relative to the Universe. As Einstein said, you can’t solve a problem using the same thinking that postulated the problem. Your Witness thinks from a different paradigm. Once you Change the Subject, new approaches to what was formerly Stuck can pop up out of nowhere, because the World is operating under different rules.
All that for Jupiter Opposite Chiron. In general it’s the Oppositions that animate a Box Configuration. The Angles on the long side – here Quincunxes – inform us about how the Box is animated. The Quincunx, five twelfths of the way ’round the Zodiacal loop, represents Curiosity – the Fifth Harmonic symbolizes Learning, and the Twelfth Pattern-Breaking: I Wonder what this Habit might be good for!
As we’ve said many times, Curiosity is the younger sibling of Love, as they both eschew Judgment. In overintellectual patriarchal Western Culture, Curiosity is identified with intellect rather than Spirit. Intellectual curiosity seeks answers. Spiritual Curiosity is Awe and Wonder, the appreciation of the Mystery that does not have an answer. With Spiritual Curiosity you don’t have Contradiction, you have Paradox. As we age we collect Knowledge, confuse it with Wisdom, and lose touch with Awe and Wonder. It’s not that we need to generate Curiosity; the World around us generates it constantly. What we need to do, constantly, is reject our programming that Curiosity is the search for an Answer. We sometimes refer to it as “Permanent Curiosity” to emphasize the difference.
The Quincunxes in this Box are Juno to Chiron and Jupiter to Uranus. The Waning Juno-Chiron Cycle is about “In the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood, newly initiated members are being examined and their character tested” (12 Pisces, January 2014). The Waning Quincunx is twelve Degrees shy of the Phitile, the Fruiting of the Cycle. Twelve Degrees belongs to the Third Harmonic, Love with Wisdom. The Waning Quincunx is a Gift for us to take beyond the Fruit, into fasting and hunger, like Gollum’s riddles. The Waxing Jupiter-Uranus Cycle is “A woman just risen from the sea, embraced by a seal” (1 Aries, June 2010). Uranus is also a Waning Decile from Sedna, deep in the Void. Heavy-duty stuff.
Our Character has been Tested by the trials of the last several months and the last several years, and we have passed. Everyone passes. Everyone passes different parts of the Test, and everyone passes with a different “grade.” The next Mystery to be revealed to us will depend on our “grade” and which parts of the Test we passed. The next Mystery will be another Test, but it will also be a Gift. This will be the last Mystery before we descend into the Void. The Gift will be our Safety in the Void. We can’t help but Wonder what it will be. The Void is all about Wonder. If we think we know what’s going on, we lose, because we drop back and repeat the previous Cycle while the World moves on without us. The Mythological Sedna was drowned by her own father in a fit of Fear. She became the Seals. Without the Seals, the Inuit lose their food and fuel. It is important when hunting the Seal that Prayers go to Sedna, Prayers that the hunters, as they risk their Lives, be stronger than Fear. Our Masks protect our Vulnerabilities, the places where we have been Shamed or threatened with Death or worse. As our True Self pulls us away from our Masks we need the same Prayers, that we be stronger than our Fear. We don’t Pray that our Masks endure, we Pray that we remain Safe while our Vulnerabilities are exposed, we Pray that our Ego be Transformed Lovingly and Gently, and that we can Let Go of our Resistance. Then we Surrender to Curiosity about what will follow.
Curiosity happens under a Quincunx, we don’t have to promote it. It happens whether we’re Conscious of it or not. If we React to Unconscious Curiosity by indulging our Anxiety about the Future, we end up Consciously pursuing a path that’s unlikely to be the path that the Unconscious is taking. When Consciousness competes with the Unconscious, Consciousness loses. We’re far better off Wondering what the Unconscious has in mind for us, and Praying that our journey is Loving and Gentle.