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Rebirth of Genius

October 31, 2016

We’ve talked many times about our Adventures in 24 Degrees of various Signs, and they’re Lit Up Big Time again today, in addition to our Resistance to The Life Force.  Today we can summarize our 24-Degree Adventures as Rebirth of Genius, as like it or not, our Abandoned Genius is being Called Out.  It should be obvious that our AG is Life-Enhancing, and our Resistance to it is Anti-Life.  But of course our Resistance was Programmed in, and there’s a good chance it’s still  reinforced by our Cultures – or we Believe it does.

The Pattern is basically Positive, but it has its Challenges, especially now.  We’ve been ranting about Yintegrity since 2012, when “the 1960s” began returning in earnest, and we redoubled our efforts earlier this year, when Eris Initiated Uranus.  Lots of folks still interpret Eris as Dischord, but they’re missing the point.  Sure, the Golden Apple she threw into the party was Disruptive, but it was Disruptive solely because the Alpha Goddesses were in Denial about their Vanity and Competition.

Then Ceres came along to join them, demanding that we make our Yintegrity Permanent.  And now Mnemosyne is Dancing with the same Arian location, inviting us (or forcing us) to recall all the Episodes that have caused us to Suppress our Yintegrity in the first place.  

Mnemosyne crosses Eris again 2 November at noon PDT in 23 Aries, a Degree symbolizing flagrant Fecundity.

Then Haumea Opposed Uranus-Eris et al, inviting (or forcing) Rebirth – Asking us to start our Life over with a clean slate as much as we could, with more Yintegrity hanging out.  Of course that means Ego Death, as we have to Give Up all of the Psychic an Social props that were Foundational for our Olde Identity.  That Rebirth is basically still going on, and today we were fitted for diapers.

The asteroid Klotho was Initiated by Haumea today at 11am PDT, in 24 Libra, which Degree symbolizes a Butterfly with a third left wing.  Butterflies are symbols of Regeneration and Transformation anyway, and the third Left wing is an emphasis on the Feminine.  Of the three Fates, Klotho was the one who “cut the cloth,” or wove the tapestry that our Lifetime would Embody.

So if you happened to raise your arms today and felt a new wrap slipping around your shoulders, your Third Eye is working like a charm.  It’s not a coincidence that it’s our shoulders – Should-ers – that hold up our clothes – our Identity.  Probably wouldn’t hurt to strip nekkid, then hold up your arms again while you Imagine your new Cloak descending.

That’s literally “the half” of it, half of the Grace – see, already Challenging, and we’re talking about the Blessed part.

The Blessing is a Golden Rectangle, with Uranus-Eris et al and Haumea et al forming one of the two Oppositions.  The other is Ixion et al Opposing Chaos et al.  

The et al for Chaos (Unlimited Potential) is asteroid Veritas (Truth), which crossed Chaos for the second time on 26 October.  The et al for Ixion (our Abandoned Genius itself) is Pholus (Being Fully Responsible To).

In other words, the “other half” of the Grace is the Unlimited Potential that our Abandoned Genius is willing to deliver to our doorstep, if we’re willing to “swear an Oath” to Support It instead of Supporting our Olde Ego that has Suppressed It for so long.  More Ego Death, eh?  What Fun!

Okay, that’s the Good News; now what about the Bad News?  That’d be the actual Challenges.

I don’t think we have a name for this Configuration yet.  It deserves one.  Two third planets make T-Squares to each Opposition.  In this case the T-Squares are both on the same side of the long side of the Golden Rectangle.

We’ve talked about the Chiron T-Square, where Chiron Squares each end of the Chaos-Veritas Opposition to Ixion-Pholus.  The result is Despair, and Miracles when one is able to find a new Perspective that dissolves the apparent Dilemma.

The second T-Square focuses on Mars, which Squares both ends of the Opposition from Haumea et al to Uranus-Eris et al.  This one is more local in Time…

  • Mars Squared Uranus 28 October 9pm PDT
  • Mars Squared Eris 30 October 6am PDT
  • Mars Squares Haumea 31 October 2am PDT

We usually Experience Mars as being Energized, or Enervated if we’re in Resistance.

Remember all this is about Mastery through Challenge, not Challenge for the sake of hassle.

Do you have a Feeling yet for the nature of your Abandoned Genius?  If you could with a wave of your Magic Wand blow away All of your Limitations, what would be the Funnest thing you could think of to Do or Be?  What’s the first Obstacle that comes to mind when you think about Doing or Being that person?  Maybe it’s Fear of Being Judged, or something like that?

Following Eugene Gendlin, adding “…or something like that” is always a good idea, so you work with the Limitation rather than the wording.  When you named that vague Sense “Fear of Being Judged,” you had something in mind.  That’s what you want to work with.  You want to Change the Territory, not the Map.  You can redraw the Map later, once the Territory Changes.

“I Wonder what it would be like to Let Go of Fear of Being Judged.”

“Great Spirit, please Lovingly and Gently Liberate me from my Fear of Being Judged.”

“God/Goddess, Creator of All That Is, I Command that my Fear of Being Judged melt in the Warm Embrace of my Self-Love.  It Is Done, It Is Done, It Is Done.  Thank you God/Goddess!  Show me.”

You might want to save that last one for 11 November, when Haumea Initiates Sappho (at 2am PST).

Use quite a bit of rehearsal when you do an important PIAVA.  Once you say “I Wonder what it would be like to Let Go of Fear of Being Judged,” you may get an immediate Insight that’s more specific or more accurate.  You may Realize for instance that you don’t Fear Being Judged, you Hate Being Judged.  Or maybe it’s not Judged so much as Judged Unfairly that you dislike.  Or maybe it’s really Fear of Being Abandoned or Outcast, because you Believe that Being Judged could lead to that.

Once you finish rehearsal and get a PIAVA that you’re satisfied with, don’t forget to Change the Subject.  You’re soliciting Big Changes here, so you probably don’t want to process more than one of your Limitations at once.  Give each PIAVA a day or two to gestate, then Pay Attention to anything unusual that occurred since you PIAVAed.  Part of your “…or something like that” may have arisen – then you can modify your PIAVA and go from there.  

If you Feel Changes, then you can move on to your next Limitation.  While there’s a peak in this Energy here, the Energy isn’t going away anytime soon.  Today there’s about a Degree and a half Separating Eris, Haumea, Ixion, and Chaos.  A year from now their Separation will be a Degree and a half.

That is, they’re 30 and 60 Degrees apart, but if we ignore their Signs and just look at their Degrees within their Signs, there’s only a Degree and a half of Separation.

If when you Pay Attention you don’t see anything relevant, then pick anything unusual or Intense, regardless of relevance, and PIAVA

“I Wonder how that is Related to my Fear of Being Judged, or Related to anything else that stops me from Following My Joy.”

The Fabled Ides and the March Portals

March 9, 2015

astro8461bpAstrophyllite, a very complex and much-ignored Mineral that’s excellent for integrating large conglomerations of trends and events.  That’s why it’s named after astrology.  Despite its “-phyllite” suffix, it’s not a mica.  Here’s a cut and polished version: http://www.jbuss.com/jbl4j/astrophyllite15.htm .  A Mica would never consent to being cut and polished across the grain like that.

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We’ve several very busy weeks coming up, with several important threads weaving quite a tapestry for us.  Here’s the overview and timing…

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For the next two years we’ll be bringing more Integrity – both Yintegrity (being True to ourself) and Yangtegrity (being True to our Word) – into our Actions.  This is big.  We’ll also endure less Stress, as we’ll have a light-Hearted and humor-filled approach to our Relationships.  Can you Imagine that – Integrity and less Stress?  That’s a natural consequence of being True to Ourself.

  • March 11 – Uranus Initiates Mars (fireworks) at 15 Aries, “An Indian weaving a ceremonial blanket: Projecting into everyday living the realization of wholeness and fulfillment,” 9am PDT (for other time zones see http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt9.htm) – spanning two years after the event.  Uranus Initiated Venus in the same Degree March 4.

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We’re waking up to some very big Realizations that will Change our Lives March 8-14, and as this Energy ricochets around from Person to Person it will Change our Cultures.  Will it Change the Horrible Cultures for the better?  Not till folks in the Glorious Cultures notice what Bullies they are and come to understand that the Horrible Cultures are just Mirrors for their Glory.  Even after that it’ll take a long while to work off the horrible Karma that Glory has Created.  This isn’t even Age of Pisces material (except for the Victims of Glory), it’s Karmic krap left over from the Age of Aries, the Age of Heroes. 

In Heroic history, a few hotshot leaders are the movers and shakers and everyone else is just rabble.  In Herstory, Real Change is made one Person and one Action at a time, and the hotshots are seen as the blowhards and stuffed shirts that they actually are.  If you compare Obama to Gandhi, or Putin to Mandela, or better yet Merkel to your own mother, you can grok the difference.  Gandhi and Mandela, while Peace-loving, were still very public figures.  Think about the individuals you admired growing up.  Herstory isn’t about singing the praises of a few, it’s about enjoying the accumulated fruits of the Many, and taking them one step further.  You’re surrounded by unsung Heroines.  Celebrate them, including your own Inner Unsung Heroine!

  • March 12 – Moon crosses Saturn (focus), 2am PDT (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt2.htm)the Energy increases from three hours prior till the event, then lingers for thirty hours after
  • March 13 – Juno Stationary Direct (uptick in Consciousness), 1am PDT (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt1.htm) – spanning three or four days prior to the event
  • March 14 – Saturn Stationary Retrograde (Let Go of priorities #2 through #99 for now), 8am PDT – spanning one week prior to the event

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For the last three years we’ve been working on resurrecting the 1960s.  It was a complex decade, where Freedom from the need to Conform ascended into the limelight as the evil manipulators behind the curtains were exposed.  What appears to be Conservative backlash is just more opportunity to expose the manipulation – the more confident they get, the sooner they shoot themselves in the foot.  Don’t Confuse the Libertarian Perspective (don’t tell me what to do – I’ll tell you what to do!) with the Uranian Perspective (don’t tell me what to do and I won’t tell you what to do or who to be).  The differences are Compassion and Accountability – Libertarianism has neither. 

We come to the end of this three-year Adventure on March 16.  While the trend toward this Energy infusing the Planet continues to advance, it becomes less of a crisis for us; we reach a working arrangement with our compromises between Yintegrity and what we see as expediency.  While we may feel pretty smug here about making it through this long and difficult Portal (and Celebration is in order – in mid-April), it’s actually one last chance to break through the most difficult of our Challenges over the last three years.  There’s some part of yourself that you’ve been tested about repeatedly, but you haven’t yielded.  Open your Heart to that part of yourSelf.  Imagine what it would be like if Life was EasyPIAVA that, along with a Loving and Gentle Release of all that would prevent it.

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There will be a trend over the next year for “Spiritual Competition” – folks loudly attesting their Spiritual Cred, so we can admire them.  This is great, as they become Heyoka (Contrary) Teachers for everyone else, who first gets a reminder of Spiritual Principles, and second gets an illustration of how not to Live them.  Beware of folks pretending to stand up for your interests while stabbing you in the back; they’ll be very vocal.

  • March 18 – Neptune Initiates Mercury (mindmeld, fuzzy Material thinking, clear Spiritual thinking) at  9 Pisces, “A jockey spurs his Horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals,” 2am PDT (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt2.htm) – spanning three days prior, one year after

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At “Power Points,” our ability to Manifest is intensified.  March 19-20 is one of those Power Points, and the effect will linger for a year or more.  It’s been demonstrated that it’s much more difficult to turn a negative trend positive than it is to turn a positive trend negative.  So we’ll need to be very mindful of our negative thoughts.  As soon as you detect them, say “Cancel, Neutralize, Upgrade” – Cancel the thought, Neutralize the Energy emanating from it, and Upgrade the thinker.

  • March 20 – Total Solar Eclipse (Insights) at 30 Pisces, “A majestic rock formation resembling a face is idealized by a boy who takes it as his ideal of greatness, and as he grows up begins to look like it,” 3am PDT (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt3.htm) – spanning three hours prior, eighteen months after
  • March 20 – Sun crosses Equator 4pm PDT (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt16.htm) – spanning three months after

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Big Big Insights into the way we betray ourselves on March 20-21.  Excellent time to Cancel Neutralize Upgrade that!

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There are some things where the End justifies the Means, and we could encounter these places March 17-23.  When we come to those places, we need to be very careful to finesse the Unintended Consequences.  In these situations, it’s Safer to PIAVAhttps://astrobuss.wordpress.com/category/manifestation/piava/ ) than to Act, because we can add terms to our PIAVAs.  For instance, if we want to Visualize someone finding Peace, we can instead Wish them Peace and Justice and Safety

  • March 23 – Dwarf planet Ixion Out of Bounds and Stationary Retrograde (relentless is great, ruthless not so much), 9am PDT (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt9.htm) – spanning one week prior

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Yes, you could have done better at that.  But watch out for the Blame trap March 19-25.  Definitely do a post mortem to see what can be learned, to reduce the likelihood of having to redo this assignment.  The difference between Blame and Responsibility is where you’re standing.  If you’re facing backwards (Who did that?  How did that happen?) it’s probably Blame.  If you’re facing forwards (How can we fix this?) it’s probably Responsibility.  Most of the folks around you will be in Blame.  If that triggers your Guilt or Shame, step back, locate your own Feelings in your Body, and be Loving and Gentle with them.  “You poor Sweetheart, that really feels awful, doesn’t it.”  You’ll need to make it clear to those folks that you won’t play the Shame Game no more – or Change the folks you hang out with.  Or both.

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Another opportunity to reach for the Yintegrity Stars March 22-28.  Yintegrity means Trusting your own Intuition enough to do what you feel like doing, moment to moment.  You may need to reduce your Commitments, make your Life more Sustainable by eliminating what’s not essential, Renegotiate Agreements you no longer feel like keeping, and make Amends when Renegotiation isn’t possible.  You have Conflicting Wants – for instance, you may Want Freedom and also Want the Income necessary to support that Freedom, but you may have the Belief that you have to “Work” for it, on their schedule.  PIAVA Freedom and Support, and a Loving and Gentle and Rapid and Complete Release of all that would prevent it.

There are things that must be done.  But that doesn’t mean you have to Betray your own Values or Desires to do them.  Betray your Limiting Beliefs instead.  Or better yet, Change them.  PIAVFA to Follow your Joy and Get Done What Must Be Done and Surrender your Belief that never the ‘twain shall meet – Lovingly, Gently, Rapidly, and Completely.

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We’ve been making lots of Changes, not just in the last few weeks, but over the last three years.  As new portions of your Self come forth, old portions of your Self retreat.  Every Loss must be Grieved.  It would be very timely March 29-April 4 to hold a Wake for all of the parts of your Self that have been demoted.  Most of them are still Skillful, so you don’t want to Banish them entirely, but some will certainly be less Popular than they were before.  Your Pleaser, most likely, for example, who may have been disguising themselves as Yangtegrity.  Perhaps your Anger.  The Safety of being Invisible.  Praise these personae.  They’re no longer in the position of Authority that they held before, but they still represent very useful and well-practiced Skills, which you’ll need again.  Now you’ll be able to use them when they’re appropriate and effective rather than by habit.

June

May 27, 2014

For most of June we’re challenged to vigorously support our Yintegrity (and that of others).  Think of it as a test, which most of us will pass.  If you let someone intimidate you out of being your True Self, it doesn’t mean you’ve lost.  Go back and do it over.  Tell them – calmly – that you don’t appreciate their trying to Shame you for not doing it there way, and you’ll accept an apology.  If they’re bigger than you and prone to violence, tap it out instead, then PIAVA an alternative way to claim your space.  There’s Yintegrity, and then there’s foolhardiness.  If you ignore the Safety First rule, the Ego backlash will just make it worse.

Mars completes its Confidence-Builder (third) Waning Square to Pluto on June 14 (the Portal spans June 1 through 23), and its Confidence-Builder Opposition to Uranus on June 24 (the Portal spans June 14 to July 3).  We’re looking at 13 to 17 degrees of the Cardinal Signs, give or take.

 

The Sustainability of our Beliefs dominates through June 1.

 

June 2 should be an interesting day.  If you’re willing to be open and loving with any Emotions and Memories that arise, you may be very surprised by the result – which could be Life-changing.

As the Moon crosses Lilith, it makes a Septangle with Pluto and the South Node, peaking at 3pm PDT, with the Portal open for four hours or so on either side.  See also June 3-7.

The Septangle consists of a Triseptile between two planets (three sevenths of the way ’round the Zodiac) with a third planet at their far Midpoint – that is, Biseptile (two sevenths) to each.  It means that Magic is afoot.

 

June 3 to 7 could easily bring us a reset of our relationship to Other, including especially our relationship to the Goddess.

With Neptune Stationary (see next paragraph), Mercury slows down to turn Retrograde on June 7.  The Station forms, with Venus, a Bridge across the Lilith-Neptune Opposition.  Mercury’s Shadow Period is draped across the Cancer Cusp, spanning 25 Gemini to 4 Cancer.  The Cancer Cusp basically says “One more time, with Feeling!”  We started something (in early April), made a big effort to complete it, and didn’t get it done to our satisfaction.  So we took it apart, found out what was unsatisfying about it, and now we’re eager to start over.  But we have to wait till July.  That’s okay, we can review the blueprints one more time.  Chances are this “something” has a lot to do with the Goddess – like maybe a whole new way of understanding the World.

A Bridge forms when one or two planets form Trine-Sextiles across an Opposition.  It represents “the easy way out” of the tension created by the apparent dichotomy of the Opposition, particularly if the Opposition is part of a T-Square.

Expect to get pretty spacey June 8 and 9, if you weren’t already deep in Trance since June 2 or thereabouts.  A good guideline to follow is that what is Confusing or foggy (and Emotional) through Material eyes, becomes Clear when viewed through Spiritual eyes.  To locate your Spiritual eyes, look to see what’s the positive function of what appears to be negative.  June 2-9 is about connecting to Spirit.  You’re building something important to you here, and this is a time for breakthroughs about the parts you weren’t sure how to handle.  Not so you can rush to finish, but so you know what to study over the next five months – then you’ll know what needs to be done and how to do it.

Neptune is Stationary Retrograde on June 9 at 8 degrees of Pisces.  It backs up to 5 degrees before turning Direct on October 31.  That’ll make for some Halloween, and an especially lively Dia de Muertos.  Five to 8 degrees of Pisces is the Taurus Duad.  Heavy Emotions first overwhelm us, then inspire us.  In the Taurus Duad of Pisces we get to work Manifesting our Inspiration into Form.  We’ve been through this space once (since February), now we traverse it again more slowly, looking for puzzle pieces that we missed the first time.

A Duad or Dwad is one twelfth of a Sign.  The first two and a half degrees of Pisces is the Pisces Duad, next comes the Aries Duad, then the Taurus Duad, etc. round the Zodialoop.

The likely spaciness we’ll experience June 2-9 will be augmented by some degree of Clarity around Boundaries and Choices.  If you need to make decisions that can’t be postponed, you might find the Awe Shucks post useful. 

We covered the Pallas-Neptune Opposition fairly thoroughly in the Neptune Station II post.  This is the Confidence-Builder, so it shouldn’t bring up too much difficulty.

The same Clarity around Boundaries and Choices will strengthen between June 9 and June 12. 

The actual Pallas-Neptune Opposition occurs on the June 12.  The Portal’s open for about 8 days before and after.

Look to see if we get any major clues or shifts – or technological innovations – toward Cultural Sustainability between June 10 and 12.

We’ll have to find time to analyze the Makemake discovery chart, as Makemake turns Direct on June 12 at 29 degrees of Virgo.  It turned Retro during the last few days of 2013 at 2 of Libra.  This is a very powerful Cusp, signifying the shift from individual effort to exploration of Community.  Our first clue about Makemake’s meaning is that he’s here to help us transition to Sustainability, since he was a Survival God on Rappa Nui.  With Mercury Retrograding into Gemini, we may be looking at technology to help.  The discovery chart will tell us more about Makemake.

Makemake is a dwarf planet about 2/3 the size of Pluto, orbiting in a fairly circular path in the neighborhood of Pluto.

Makemake enters Libra thrice – October 19, 2013; September 7, 2014; and July 13, 2015 – as it stutter-steps across the line.  It takes about 30 years for Makemake to cross a Sign, so we’ll only see a Makemake Sign-change such as this twice or thrice in a Lifetime.  The last time it moved from Virgo into Libra was 1713.  Ben Franklin was 7 years old.  George Washington wasn’t born till 20 years later, Thomas Jefferson 30 years later, James Madison 40 years later.

It’s interesting that the Pallas-Neptune Opposition corresponds with the Makemake Station.  As they say, history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.  As it was in Ben Franklin’s youth, remote masters are setting up conditions for possible revolt by overexploiting the People.  Then they were geographically remote; now they’re sociopathically remote – though they were undoubtedly that then too.

 

Great time to PIAVA Miracles between June 13 and June 19.  The key to knowing when to seek Miracles here, is the sense of an Emotional Ego Death – the feeling that “I’d rather die than go through this again.”  Tap it out, then PIAVA the Miracle.

Chiron turns Retrograde on June 19, at 18 Pisces.  Jupiter has left the building, but Saturn still Trines Chiron.  Chiron’s Shadow Period spans 14-18 Pisces, which is basically the Virgo Decanate.

 

Then for about four days on either side of June 29, a wide channel will open between Source and the Unconscious.  You want to get in on the act, and open a three-way dialog between your Ego, the Unconscious, and Source.  A few tricks… 

  • If you get Confused, move to seeing the World with Spiritual eyes rather than Material eyes.  PIAVA to know the deeper meaning of any untoward experiences. 
  • Don’t get lost in the Emotions – take a wider perspective.  If there’s conflict, look to see things through the eyes of the overarching Community that encompasses yourself and your antagonists.  If that Community doesn’t seem to exist, imagine it!  You don’t know what it looks like?  What if you did know?  What notions did you just reject?  That’s probably your clue.

The first step toward Win-Win is understanding your antagonist’s goals.  The second step is telling them what you think their goals are, and asking them if you’re right, and if you’re omitting anything.  The third step is checking to see if they understand your goals, or if they’re willing to be open to understanding them.  At this point you have a bifurcation…

  • If they’re open to understanding your goals, pursue it.  Once you’ve gone through these preliminaries, you should be on the same team, with both of you working to meet your common goals, and open to finding ways to at least partially meet one another’s goals where they conflict.
  • If they aren’t open to understanding your goals, or if at any point you find that they’re working to undermine your goals rather than support them as best they can without abandoning their own goals, then disengage if you can.  When you play Win-Win and your antagonist plays Win-Lose, you Lose.  Another bifurcation, but this time it’s Both/And…  
    • If you can’t disengage, you need to play Win-Lose with them and defend your goals as best you can.
    • Whether you can disengage or not, at this point you know enough about the portions of your goals and theirs that overlap.  Work independently of your antagonist to meet those goals.

If Emotionality bogs you down, talk about it as directly as you can.

This is a singular event, a Waxing Square from Juno back to Neptune on June 29.  The Initiation occurred January 9 of this year at 4 Pisces, “Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus between two seashore resorts.“  Mercury is also Stationary here, getting ready to turn Direct on July 1.

 

Expect Rebirth as June ends.  We also get to restart our Big Project.

The dwarf planet Haumea turns Direct July 4 at 20 Libra.  Haumea was named after Pele’s mother, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fertility.  It’s about a third as big as Pluto, and orbits in the same region.  More on Haumea later.  Mercury turns Direct again on July 1.

Song of Mars

May 18, 2014

rube4360bpTourmaline is traditionally one of the stronger Healing Stones because of the Boron in it.  Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly, and Boron is the fifth-lightest element.  There are officially 29 different Tourmalines, as the Crystal structure is complex and has many substitutions and variations.  The Lithium-rich version of Tourmaline is called (by geologists) Elbaite.  Lithium is the third-lightest element!  So these Angels can really fly.  Informally, Elbaite comes in several varieties.  The pinky-reddy ones, like this lovely example, are called (by non-geologists) Rubellite.

 

Well, this remarkable opportunity

“This is a remarkable opportunity to Let Go of any and all Patterns, especially Relationship Patterns, that keep us from living out our Deepest Desires.  Not only are they up in our face, but there’s very strong Grace behind our Intentions.”

may not feel so hot, when all or our Limiting Beliefs and Self-Sabotaging Patterns really are up in our face, eh?

But take heart.  At half past 6pm PDT on May 19, Mars turns Direct, and once that happens (or once you realize it’s happening – it works like that, it’s called Consciousness, and it’s an alternative to Victimhood), the flavor should lighten up.  As we’ve said often, a planet’s Song is strongest when it’s Stationary, ie, now.

Mars works with our Assertiveness.  Without Mars it’s difficult to set effective Boundaries.  The Passion to follow our Joy comes from Mars.  Western Culture rewards highly the folks who can allow their Mars to run amok without remorse.  The rest of us get the trickle-down, which has been pretty much in the red lately.  So if we aren’t already sociopathic, there’s a couple of things we can do. 

First, we can be loving and gentle with our remorse.  Remorse is a good thing actually, because it motivates us to do the second thing, which is to improve our skill at Assertiveness.  It’s totally possible to be consummately effective at setting solid Boundaries while harming no one and being completely charming about it.  We just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.  We’ll probably need to PIAVA that.

So let’s review what we know about this particular Mars Station…

The most significant characteristic of this Mars Retrograde Period is it’s entanglement with Jupiter and the Uranus-Pluto Square.

Retrogrades, Repeating Events, and the Can-Opener:  Remember that when a planet entangles with another during a Retrograde Period, it usually makes the same angle with the other planet three times.  The first event we’ve called the “Can-Opener” because it pops the lid off of some drama we’ve been keeping in the basement, usually catching us off guard and throwing us out of our comfort zone.

The Can-Opener is usually the meat of an issue.  The other two recurrences are much less memorable, unless we’re in the habit of counting our Blessings, of course.  In this case, the Exposition or second pass for all three Cycles – Mars-Uranus, Mars-Pluto, and Mars-Jupiter – occurred at the same time, in April.  How was that for you?

The Exposition and Confidence-Builder:  The second pass we’ve called the “Exposition” because the same drama recurs, but this time it unfolds more slowly, giving us the opportunity to practice our skills at dealing with it.  The third time is the “Confidence-Builder,” because now when the drama comes back we deal with it pretty easily, having extended our comfort zone by learning and practicing new skills.

Responsibility:  All this assumes that we’ve taken Responsibility for it at the Can-Opener, or at least during the Exposition (often we’re too off-guard at the Can-Opener to be present with Responsibility.  That’s not Blame, that’s the willingness and ability to Respond, as opposed to being the Victim of the drama.  The longer we delay taking Responsibility, the more adamant is the Universe at rubbing our face in the issue.

Stations:  Between each of these three events the offending planet is Stationary.  That is, the soon-to-be-Retrograde planet passes the other one once going forward (Can-Opener), then it Stations and turns Retrograde, then it backs up and passes the second time going backward (Exposition), then it Stations and turns Direct again, before finally crossing the entangled planet for the third time (Confidence-Builder).  And as we’ve said, the offending planet is strongest when it’s Stationary.

Pictures at an Exposition:  So we might see the Exposition itself as occurring in three stages, once at the Retrograde Station, again at the second crossing, and finally at the Direct Station.  That gives us five events, and five is the number of Learning.

So just what is it we’re likely to be learning here?

The Mars-Uranus Can-Opener occurred around Christmas (2013).  It was an Opposition, a minor culmination of the Mars-Uranus Cycle that began in March 2013 at 9 of Aries, “A Crystal gazer: The development of an inner realization of organic wholeness.”

Sabian Symbols:  In the same way that each astrological Sign has a flavor or meaning, each degree of the zodiac, all 360 of them, has it’s own flavor!  The flavor or deep meaning of an individual degree is called its Sabian Symbol.  We put it in quotes and italics, and often amend it with Dane Rudhyar’s expansion on it from his book An Astrological Mandala.

Is there a part of yourself that’s been brewing for a little over a year, that has to do with integrating various parts of your Life, and that allows you to bring more of your Passion into the pursuit of your Deepest Desires?  Or at least a strengthening drive to seek your Passion or Follow your Joy?  Maybe some issue or decision or process that was lit up last Christmas?  You could easily have breakthroughs here.

The Mars-Pluto entanglement here is a Waning Square.  Its Can-Opener was during the last few days of 2013, and this Cycle began in late November 2012, at 9 of Capricorn, “An Angel carrying a harp: The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.”  Mars-Pluto usually doesn’t screw around, so this sounds like it’s right out of Pi’s playbook around Responsibility.

Squares – the Motivators:  A Square between two planets – when one is a quarter of the way round the loop from the other – I’m sure you know by now if you’ve been reading for long, is an Angle symbolizing Mastery through Challenge.  The Waning Square is the time of debriefing, for reviewing what we’ve experienced and learned, so we can be sure to take it with us when we leave.  The Waxing Square is when a Cycle’s Song gets into the elevators, or the Energy becomes permanent.  Prior to the Waxing Square, the Song was mostly in the background.

Remember Northern Winter Solstice 2012, when the Mayan Calendar ended and Pi replaced Gaia as the Goddess inhabiting the Earth?  Seems like only yesterday, right?  Whoa, no way.  That was lifetimes ago in subjective time.  Can you detect a qualitative difference in your own Life?  This is a real good time to Pay Attention to what’s Changed, what hasn’t Changed, and what still need to Change.

The Mars-Jupiter Cycle began in July 2013, and hit the Can-Opener of its Waxing Square in January of this year.  The Initiation was at 6 of Cancer, “Game Birds feathering their nests: An instinctual dedication of self to new forms of life.”

There are new stages of your Life being born here.  Do you feel them?  Are they part of your own Intention, or are they being forced upon you?  Are you Resisting?  (It’s futile, y’know.) 

Meanwhile, Mars has also been dancing with Vesta, Ceres, and the North Node.  Mars came sashaying right up to all three of them in late February, but stopped a few degrees shy of overtaking them, as they all turned Retrograde at one big party around March 1.  In July, once Mars gathers momentum again, it will overtake these three and Initiate new Cycles.  So there are a number of Energies that are fading into history here.  Probably wouldn’t hurt to talk more about those too, as we’ll be Intuiting those Futures too here at the Mars Station.  But we’ll do that later; for now…

And Endings Galore. 

We’re growing increasingly frustrated about following a course we’ve been considering to be Sacred, as we see Moths eating holes in that tapestry.  The Sacred is important, we can’t just abandon it completely, so something else will be taking its place.  Do you have any sense of what that might be yet?

We can’t keep following paths that aren’t Sustainable.  Changes are coming down there too.

Passion about our Mission?  Hard to do when we aren’t sure what it is.  But you actually do know.  Ask yourself, “What if I did know?” and then stop, back up, and pick up that first answer that you rejected so quickly that you barely noticed.  It’s impractical?  So…what’s your point?  It’s Disruptive?  Well, what will it Disrupt – that fraying old Unsustainable portrait you had of what you used to think was Sacred?

Sleep Schedules

July 31, 2013

I find that when Uranus is lit up, I often sleep a lot less.  If I worry about not getting enough sleep, I go around tired and bummed.  If I just get up and do something fun, without worrying about my shoulds, then I just do fine on less sleep.  (Shoulds are kind of antithetical to Yintegrity anyway.)  Stealing a short nap here and there is always a boon, but usually less necessary under Uranus.  Especially with Mars (Action, Energy) filling the other corner of the Uranus-Pluto T-Square this week, it’ll be fairly remarkable if we get much sleep.  If you get 3-4 hours of good solid sleep a night this week, consider yourself lucky.

That’s a busy corner (around 9-11 of Cancer) through most of September, as Pallas then Jupiter then Lilith follow Mars through the gauntlet.  Uranus Initiated Mars back in early February, at 3 Pisces, “Petrified Tree trunks lie broken on the sand.”  Rudhyar talks about mature civilizations leaving records behind, but it sounds to me more like breaking up ossified conditions – Uranus’s Disruption mode.  Uranus Disrupts what is false or diversionary or obsolete, in order to open space for new downloads from the Individual Soul.  This is the Waxing Square, when the Energy of the Cycle “becomes mainstream.”

You can always PIAVA a loving and gentle transition to your New Life.

Mars-Pluto, reaching Opposition – Awareness – began their current Cycle at the end of November last, at 9 Capricorn, “An Angel carrying a harp“!  That’d be one tough Angel, leading a Mars-Pluto Cycle.  Rudhyar translates as “Revelation of the Spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.”  Coming to these kinds of realizations during a Juno-Nodes Grand Cross will be very helpful, as long as we let them be “…or something like that.”  Intellect is a very small part of Spirit, not the other way around.