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Interesting Times

October 21, 2012

Remember the old “Chinese curse,” may you be born in interesting times?

If you know anybody getting born in the next month, pray for them.  The “curse” doesn’t comment on how it will go for folks already born, but you might say a prayer for us too while yer at it.  I actually find the various charts to be kinda promising, but certainly not dull.

Lemme just list the play-by-play, and we can use the list as a map for future comments.

Mars (Action) goes Outabounds (Strong for the duration) on October 26, till December 9, during which time it spans mid-Sadge to mid-Cap.  That’ll give us an Outabounds Mars-Pluto initiation on November 27, just prior to the Lunar Eclipse, which of course will Square Uranus (the Devil made me do it).  It’s probably fortunate that this occurs in pragmatic Capricorn, but it’s been many years since Mars-Pluto events were broadly violent anyway.  The two-year Cycle initiated begins at Cap 8, “An Angel carrying a harp“!  Lord knows we can use that.  The Mars-Pluto Cycle (history-making action) has been in the Void for about a year, which is lucky since the currently ending Cycle was about “Indians on the warpath.”

So Mars will be Outabounds during the election in the USSA.

Ceres (Sustainability/Sustenance) is Stationary (Strong for the prior week) Retrograde (Reconsider) on October 31 at 4 Cancer, “A Cat arguing with a Mouse.”  Interesting metaphor.  Ceres, remember, is the third pole of our ongoing Grand Trine (Big Grace) with Saturn (Focus) and Chiron-Neptune (Two Shiny Dimes), and the third leg of our T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) with Uranus and Pluto (terminal self-trust).  We’ll come back to Ceres later in November.

Mercury (Communication, Awareness) goes Outabounds (Strong for the duration) for a week starting October 31, until about 5am PST on November 6.  November 6 is of course the US election, and we all know what October 31 is about, right?  Samhain.  End of harvest, start of serious preparations for Winter.  The Veil thins.

Then at 3pm PST on November 6, election day, Mercury is Stationary (increasing in Strength for the prior several days) Retrograde (Thinking about it).  Lotsa folks writing about that.  Notice that the Outabounds-Strong and the Station-Strong overlap, so we’re talking about Strong-Squared.  I don’t think that guarantees good Communication, but strong Communication wouldn’t hurt nobody.  Well, except maybe liars.  The degree of the Station is “An old owl alone in a large tree.”  Rudhyar’s take is interesting: “a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.”  More on that later.  Mercury spends most of November Retro and spans the Cancer portion of Scorpio and the Sadge-Cap portions of Sadge.  If I had to put a word on that span it would Forgiveness.

Then on the following Saturday, Neptune (our relationship with “God,” or anything larger than ourself, including our culture) is Stationary (increasing in Strength for the prior coupla months) Direct (okay, we’ve thought it over, now this is what we’ve come to believe).  Notice that makes Neptune very Stationary during the election (and quite a ways before that).  Remember what we like to say about a Strong Neptune?  It represents Confusion when looking through Material Eyes, and Clarity when looking through Spiritual Eyes.  Now Confusion, as we know, is the first step of Growth in Consciousness, if we don’t habitually shut it down with Fear or Anger.  So Confusion isn’t the best place to be (that’s Curiosity), but it’s close.  Or, you can just get metaphysical about it all – not a bad choice either.

Then, a week after the US election, we get the big Total Eclipse of the Sun.  I assume you’re all traveling to Cairns for that, as it’s a Life-Changing event to witness.  More on that later.

The following day, November 14, Chiron (Changing the Rules) is Stationary (increasing in Strength for the prior six weeks or so) Direct (Eureka! That’s the Solution!).  Chiron is the messenger that literally shuttles between Soul (Uranus) and Ego (Saturn) and back again, thus representing major downloads that amount to virtual Walk-Ins (Change of Consciousness).  The Moon also Occults Mercury on this day – that’s worth more discussion later.

Don’t miss the Big Implication here – that the whole New Paradigm thing (Chiron-Neptune) is lit up bigtime all during the lead-up to the election, and all of the New-Paradigm Energy that’s been thinking it over since June, when they went Retro as Venus Walked Across the Face of the Sun starts gushing out.  If yer jaw isn’t dropping at that, we need to talk.

Not finally, but enough for now – Ceres (Keep on keepin’ on) goes Outabounds (Strong for the duration) on November 21, until mid-July of next year, crossing all of Cancer and half of Leo in the process.

Now all that aint horrendous the way the dictionary wants the word used, but it’s certainly worthy of note.  When I get time over the next week I’ll talk about why the whole business looks very optimistic to me.  In a word, History and Herstory appear to be on our side, if we accept their Challenges.

Manganotantalite is the crystal to carry (if you can find one) when you want your words to be understood as they are intended.

Last Monday’s New Moon

October 21, 2012

Been a busy week.  Lots to talk about, so let’s be cryptic.  The New Moon chart is the birth horoscope for this year’s Scorpio month, so while it won’t tell all, it will still provide a major backdrop for the dramas of the next several weeks.

Here’s the short version:

The key element is the Gender Wars.  Don’t be silly enough to think these Wars are being fought out there on The View and in the Planned Parenthood clinics and the Proposition 8s, though those are certainly lit up.  Of course they would be, they’re the Mirror.  The Wars are being fought in our Psyches.  It’s the Wars between

What do I have to do to [X]

and

Who do I have to be to [X],

where [X] is [Survive] or [Be Loved] or [Get what I want] or [Get bald and high] or [Get elected] or [You name it] or [All of the above].

You can see why Rmoney seems to be gaining ground – he’s clearly in the latter camp, while Obama’s in the former.  No worries, this trend should have already maxed out this morning, though of course we’ll hear echos all month.

The Ultimate Contest is about Integrity, and there’s no question who wins there.  Or is there?  If we think in terms of Yin Integrity, Obama looks rather inflexible.  He’s a good example of Authority without Power.  Sure, he does an excellent job of Father Knows Best, but where are the consequences?  We’re dealing here with Jim Stark, not Wally Cleaver.  Maybe Mr. WhoDoYouWantMeToBeThisWeek would be more masterful in that role.  But no, I don’t think so.  Yin Integrity is not about being somebody’s puppet, it’s about being True to One’s Soul.  Even if you have the Soul of a Lizard.  Rmoney does that only at private fundraisings.

The 99% Movement seems to have flagged, but compare today’s tone to the Zeitgeist of a few years ago.  Remember those videos of Jamie Daimon emerging from the White House with a swagger, or Lloyd Blankmind doing God’s Work twirling Congress around his little finger?  A few years ago it felt as though the Lizards could easily drop their disguises and just run the Joint in their true form, and many of them were talking as if they were doing just that.  It’s nothing like that now.  There’s no real change in any of the laws or customs, but there is a real shift toward compassion and community and away from swagger and greed.

Integrity and the Gender Wars actually fuel one another quite well here, as it takes chutzpah to stand up to all the pressure to be the way everyone else wants us to be and do what everyone else wants us to do.  These Challenges are actually no match for the Big Grace that’s quietly but persistently building the infrastructure of Community for the New Paradigm, and this month we’ll see the She-Bears come forth without hesitation.

Here’s a reading for the week…

“This will be a full-circle moment as humanity under the guidance of Spirit, moves into the cycle of time that will mark its tenure as guardians of the Garden of Earth.  Hundreds of years into the future, history will tell the story of how the unconscious humans almost destroyed the planet, but twice came back from the brink of disaster, and sanity prevailed.  Why did Pi pick the Canary Islands for this anchoring?  Because it is the fulcrum point for balancing the dual components of the ‘feminine’ energy of Morocco and the ex-Atlantean ‘masculine’ energy of the Canary Islands, as representatives of the necessary healing.  Then from this juncture point the new harmony is distributed world-wide, making the seeds of compassion and oneness more readily available for all.”

That will last a lot longer than the impact of a New Moon.

The flower is Campanula in a birdcage.  Campanula was created when Venus lost her magic looking-glass that reflected only Beauty.  In retrieving it, Cupid accidentally shattered it, and Campanula grows wherever a shard has landed.  You can see the birdcage two ways – as the prison that Doingness banishes Beauty to, and as the birdcage of our own Limiting Beliefs.

And the long version:

The key element is the Gender Wars.  Don’t be silly enough to think these Wars are being fought out there on The View and in the Planned Parenthood clinics and the Proposition 8s, though those are certainly lit up.  Of course they would be, they’re the Mirror.  The Wars are being fought in our Psyches.  It’s the Wars between

What do I have to do to [X]

and

Who do I have to be to [X],

where [X] is [Survive] or [Be Loved] or [Get what I want] or [Get bald and high] or [Get elected] or [You name it] or [All of the above].

You can see why Rmoney seems to be gaining ground – he’s clearly in the latter camp, while Obama’s in the former.  No worries, this trend should have already maxed out this morning, though of course we’ll hear echos all month.

The Mars-Juno Conjunction (Anger’R’Us) Opposed (Awareness) Lilith (Primordial Feminine) and formed a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) to Chiron-Neptune (the New Paradigm) in the New Moon chart.

But that Conjunction completed this morning, so its primary impact will wane.  The Sabian Symbol (reading for the degree) of the Mars-Juno Initiation is funny – “A theatrical representation of a golden-haired Goddess of Opportunity,” aka in the common parlance a Gold-digger.  Fits Rmoney to a T.  And the rest of us, as we scramble to survive while the culture around us breaks up like the Yukon River in April.

The funhouse mirror is also intriguing, as it usually is, because Lilith aligns with the Dragon’s Tail, or conservatism.  But we aren’t talking about the same kind of conservatism that the Tea Party is.  Ann Rmoney might be a good example of Power without Authority, but she’s no Lilith surrogate.  The Dragon’s Tail is usually associated with Karma, but once we open our Karmic baggage, we find inside forgotten skills that we denounced under duress during our Karma-forming parallel.  Emerging now are forgotten Primordial Feminine skills.

The Ultimate Contest is about Integrity, and there’s no question who wins there.  Or is there?  If we think in terms of Yin Integrity, Obama looks rather inflexible.  He’s a good example of Authority without Power.  Sure, he does an excellent job of Father Knows Best, but where are the consequences?  We’re dealing here with Jim Stark, not Wally Cleaver.  Maybe Mr. WhoDoYouWantMeToBeThisWeek would be more masterful in that role.  But no, I don’t think so.  Yin Integrity is not about being somebody’s puppet, it’s about being True to One’s Soul.  Even if you have the Soul of a Lizard.  Rmoney does that only at private fundraisings.

The 99% Movement seems to have flagged, but compare today’s tone to the Zeitgeist of a few years ago.  Remember those videos of Jamie Daimon emerging from the White House with a swagger, or Lloyd Blankmind twirling Congress around his little finger?  A few years ago it felt as though the Lizards could easily drop their disguises and just run the Joint in their true form, and many of them were talking as if they were doing just that.  It’s nothing like that now.  There’s no real change in any of the laws or customs, but there is a real shift toward compassion and community and away from swagger and greed.

The second element of Mastery through Challenge (T-Square) in the New Moon chart is between Integrity (Uranus), Transformation (Pluto) and Sustainability (Ceres).  Trance(Re)Formation always involves a Death (of the old Ego), and Sustainability always involves Sustenance (as unsustainable excesses are eliminated).  Trance Reformation always feels a lot worse than it really is.  It feels like it’s life-and-death because it is – to the old Ego.  Focus on the Rebirth.

Integrity and the Gender Wars actually fuel one another quite well here, as it takes chutzpah to stand up to all the pressure to be the way everyone else wants us to be and do what everyone else wants us to do.

The Mars-Juno Conjunction (What? Me, Aggressive?) corner of the New-Paradigm T-Square (as the incoming Primordial Feminine moves out the obsolete Old Male) Trines (Grace) the Uranus point (I gotta be me) of the Uranus-Pluto-Ceres T-Square (How the hell am I gonna get away with that!).  The Trine facilitates an easy complementarity between them, although the result is often comic, as roles get switched – like Rmoney acting more traditionally feminine while purporting to represent the Old Male, and O’bama acting more traditionally fatherly while standing (however poorly on the institutional level) for compassion and community.

These Challenges are actually no match for the Big Grace that’s quietly but persistently building the infrastructure of Community for the New Paradigm, and this month we’ll see the She-Bears come forth without hesitation.

We’re still under the Grand Trine (Big Grace) between Chiron-Neptune (the New Paradigm, which is to say a big download – Neptune – of new perspectives that transform despair into Miracles – Chiron), Ceres (Does it grow Corn?), and Saturn (focus, intention).  Don’t forget that Saturn is in Scorpio (Let’s go straight to the root cause here),  Pluto in Capricorn (Just Fix it!), Uranus in Aries (You want me to do what? Don’t be silly!) and Chiron-Neptune in Pisces (Compassion).  With Saturn and Pluto in Mutual Reception.

And the New Moon occurred within a third of a degree of an exact Opposition (Awareness) to Eris (Primordial Feminine personified).  That’s every bit as powerful in the chart as the Mars-Juno Conjunction that we led with.

Here’s a reading for the week…

“This will be a full-circle moment as humanity under the guidance of Spirit, moves into the cycle of time that will mark its tenure as guardians of the Garden of Earth.  Hundreds of years into the future, history will tell the story of how the unconscious humans almost destroyed the planet, but twice came back from the brink of disaster, and sanity prevailed.  Why did Pi pick the Canary Islands for this anchoring?  Because it is the fulcrum point for balancing the dual components of the ‘feminine’ energy of Morocco and the ex-Atlantean ‘masculine’ energy of the Canary Islands, as representatives of the necessary healing.  Then from this juncture point the new harmony is distributed world-wide, making the seeds of compassion and oneness more readily available for all.”

That will last a lot longer than the impact of a New Moon.

The flower is Campanula in a birdcage.  Campanula was created when Venus lost her magic looking-glass that reflected only Beauty.  In retrieving it, Cupid accidentally shattered it, and Campanula (Bellflower) grows wherever a shard has landed.  You can see the birdcage two ways – as the prison that Doingness banishes Beauty to, and as the birdcage of our own Limiting Beliefs.

Tipping Point

October 13, 2012

Since the Harvest Moon, the Energy has shifted.  There is less Balance overall, and more flux.  Issues are sorting themselves by importance.  We’re on a lot of Edges.  On the Edge of saving or destroying the Planet as we know it.  On the Edge of a New Paradigm that isn’t fully co-created yet.  On the Edge of committing ourselves fully to our Mission.  On the Edge of amping up the yin to balance the excess yang.  How do we come to these conclusions?

Edges

I’m sure most of youall know the Hundred Monkeys parable, and many of you probably know about the TM experiments where 1% of the population meditating lowered crime rates.  The notion of Energy Fields and their Trance(Re)Formation is central to astrology.  Many scienterrific types object because it involves apparent causation outside the power of the Human Ego.  Jung argued that it’s not causation at all but another principle entirely.  And of course we’d just point out that Linear Time is an illusion (All There Is Is Now), and without Linear Time, causation is moot, as it depends on Effect following Cause in Linear Time.  So much for Karma.  The Great God Causan Defect we often call Him, as it’s very difficult to imagine how the World might operate without His Uniquitousness running the show.

Of course it’s Both/And, as it always is.  Here’s another version of the Hundred Monkeys parable, named by sociologists the Tipping Point

http://www.seedsofdoubtconference.com/videos-la-oct-6-2012

It’s in the first video of the series, which, coincidentally (hah!), concerns GMO food.  If you wanna help reach the GMO Tipping Point,

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

has lotsa ideas for those of us who live under fascism to be able to control some Causan Defect in our own lives.  Fascism just means that Business controls Government, as opposed to Democracy, where the People control Government.

And speaking of Tipping Points, here’s the ultimate…

http://billmoyers.com/segment/james-balog-on-capturing-our-disappearing-glaciers/

That’d be another good one for us 99%-ers to do a 1% meditation on.  Wouldn’t that be an ironic twist, to do a 1% meditation and lower the greed rate!

Adding the Sacred to the New Paradigm

Those lovely ladies in the photo are the blossoms of the Hestia variety of Scarlet Runner Bush Beans.  Hestia was the Greek Goddess that the Romans later renamed Vesta.  HisStory tells us that Zeus was King of the Gods, back before Goldman Sachs took Him to the cleaners.  But if we read HerStory, we find that the Greeks honored Hestia before they honored Zeus, and they honored Hestia after they honored Zeus.  Hestia was the Goddess of the Hearth – food, warmth, shelter, bottom-line stuff, easily taken for granted.  Zeus was mostly about inter-God politics and screwing all the Goddesses.  Too familiar, eh?  The Romans liked Hestia so much that they made Vesta Goddess of the State.

And as we speak, Vesta is joining Ceres in the Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron-Neptune…

That is, Vesta (the Sacred) is joining Ceres (Sustainability) in the Grand Trine (Grace) with Saturn (Focus) and Chiron-Neptune (the New Paradigm); lest we forget, Chiron-Neptune gets to be the New Paradigm because of Chiron (healing despair by reframing our perspective, thus creating what would have been Miracles in the old paradigm) and Neptune (everything larger than ourself, or Our Relationship with God, aka the Unconscious that produces and directs the show that our Ego stars in).

Or in English, this would be a fabulous time for us to collaborate to Gracefully tip the Focus of the New Paradigm into a space where we can Sustain our relationship with what we consider to be Sacred.  Back to a space where we can once again be proud to be Human and Huwoman, but with less Denial than in the days before we found out that it was all propaganda.  Of course the Grand Trine says it’s happening, not that we’re doing it.  So we could rephrase to a time when we can witness Grace tipping the Focus of the New Paradigm into a space where the Sacred is Sustained.  Wouldn’t that be great?  Remember though, we’re each and all co-creators.  So yes, it’s essential that it’s also a fabulous time for us to collaborate to Gracefully tip the Focus of the New Paradigm into a space where we can Sustain our relationship with what we consider to be Sacred.

I Gotta Be Me, Damn It!

Meanwhile, the Sun has abandoned the Harvest Moon’s Grand Cross, leaving us with a Ceres-Uranus-Pluto T-Square.

…leaving us with a Ceres (Sustainability)-Uranus (yin Integrity)-Pluto (mandatory Change of Trance) T-Square (Mastery through Challenge).  Which is to say, we’re in the dressing room trying on a hundred new ways (Pluto) to be true to ourself (Uranus) and mean it (Ceres), none of which quite feels like it fits (T-Square).  A T-Square recall is a graduate seminar – there are no right answers, only creative experiments and thorough explorations.  Reminder: yang Integrity means you do what you said you was gonna do, and yin Integrity means you do what you feel like doing, moment to moment.  And to live yin Integrity in a yang World, we gotta minimize our commitments, and be willing to renegotiate responsibly when we break the ones we do make.  Till the yin Tipping Point gets here.

Or in Anglais, we’re tasting this newfound Freedom and Integrity, and wondering how the hell – or if – we’re gonna be able to make it permanent.  Or, worst case, we’re wondering where the hell is our newfound Freedom and Integrity?  Not to worry, this (Uranus-Pluto) goes on for three more years.

So what happens as Vesta joins Ceres in the T-Square?  Shit, now we not only gotta be true to ourself, but true to God as well!  Yah, you betcha, Integrity is a Responsibility, as well as a Joy.  But wait, as our understanding of the Sustainable is TranceFormed, so is our understanding of the Sacred.  For then I saw through a glass darkly.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if being true to ourself was being true to God!  Maybe alls we needs is a little more Self-Love!  Well, sorry, it’s a T-Square – but hey, if you can get there and keep it feeling good, there is Mastery at the end of a T-Square.

And what about Pallas – she Conjoined Uranus at the Harvest Moon.  She’s since gone Retro and backed away a bit, though she’ll be back mid-November.  What’s Pallas-Uranus look like?  That’s easy to answer.  Boundaries (Pallas) that allow us to be ourself, to live our yin Integrity!  Like Sheila here,

https://astrobuss.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/she-bear-has-a-dream/

So now we have the Challenge to claim the space where we give ourself permission to eschew self-abandonment forever.  What Trances will we have to Reform to make that happen without Guilt?  We might need to re-read Original Blessing.

Following me?  The Challenge (T-Square) to claim the space (Pallas) where we give ourself permission to eschew self-abandonment (Uranus) forever (Ceres), while Changing whatever Trances (Pluto) need to be changed to avoid self-betrayal (Vesta) or religious Guilt, as in “Original Sin.”

Now wait a minute – are we saying that we can Change the Trance, rather than having the Change forced upon us?  Pluto is the Big River – what if we need to paddle upstream?  Well, that’s the Challenge, isn’t it.  If we’re the Star, and the Unconscious is Director and Producer, we better be collaborating with their plans if we want to keep our job, and jobs are scarce these days.  That’s precisely the “trick” of Uranus-Pluto – knowing ourself well enough that we Love who we see in the mirror, without putting us on a pedestal.  If we’ve learned to collaborate well enough with the Unconscious that she doesn’t trip us very often, then sure, we be she and she be we, and we have no need not to take charge.  Cautiously.  But confidently.

Uranus Initiated Pallas just as it Squared Pluto at the end of June.  The new Pallas-Uranus Cycle was born the day after Uranus first Squared Pluto in late June, at 9 of Aries, “A Crystal gazer,” or, in Rudhyar’s view, “an inner realization of organic Wholeness.”  That puts the entire Pallas-Uranus Cycle in a Waning Square to Pluto.  The Waning Square means the Challenge to surrender Control, to allow ourself to drop into the Void.  That means an Egoic approach to setting those Boundaries around the self is probably going to backfire, because in the Void we don’t know the rules.  Rules change in the Reaches, as Ursula so aptly put it.

The New Paradigm and the Rebirth of the Goddess

So there’s the Challenge, eh?  How do we set Boundaries if not Egoically?  Isn’t Ego a synonym for Power?  The answer lies in The Other T-Square.

That second Harvest-Moon Grand Cross has also degenerated into a T-Square.  In a Grand Cross the Challenges balance one another, while in a T-Square they don’t.  What’s left of the second Grand Cross?  A second T-Square focused on Chiron-Neptune – the global New Paradigm.  Neptune tells us that the Changes are global, but the nature of the Changes is local and regional.  Woe be to the culture that tries to impose its rules on another culture here.

The other two corners?  Mars-Juno-Rahu and Lilith-Keto.  Intense.  At the Harvest Moon we had Venus at the antipode to help keep the peace.  Now we’re on our own.

Mars-Juno-Rahu?  Mars is action, doing.  Juno is Unconscious Identity.  Rahu is the Moon’s North Node, aka our Mission.  Nobody’s gonna stop me from my Mission.  A veritable Navy Seal.

Lilith-Keto?  Keto is the Moon’s South Node, aka our Karma.  Though it’s now dead, Karma is the self-limiting patterns that keep us from moving forward.  But those same self-limiting patterns got there on purpose.  In a “past life” we got too full of ourself, overstepped our skill level, and got knocked down.  Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett.  So we vowed not to do that again.  Unfortunately, the Ego isn’t clever enough to vow never to get too full of itself.  Instead, the Ego would vow never to use that skill again.  Peeling away a layer of Karma always reveals a hidden Mastery.  What sort of Mastery this time?

The Primordial Feminine.  Lilith was Adam’s first wife, the one HisStory forgets to mention.  When Adam laid down for her his Old-Testament vision of how servile a wife would be, Lilith thought it was hilarious, and hit the road.  For Lilith, inequality like that didn’t compute.  So this is about recovering our Primordial Feminine.  The She-Bear.  Or fearing to recover our Primordial Feminine, if we haven’t noticed yet that Karma is dead.

So we have a Navy Seal (Mars-Juno-Rahu) and a She-Bear (Lilith-Keto) Challenging one another to define the New Paradigm (Chiron-Uranus).  Serious stuff.  But this is not war, it’s a T-Square, a workshop in how to get these two to collaborate.  That’s the Challenge.  Where’s John Grey when we need him?  How do we talk our irreparably Causan-Defect-infused, penisbrained, do-addicted, Ego-stuffed Masculine into taking  Guidance from the Primordial Feminine?  Or even finding the Primordial Feminine?

That’s the real Tipping Point we been looking for, eh?  No gender bias here, you gals are running on testosterone too, you just – most of you – have more options.

Manifesting Yin

So then, how do we set Boundaries if not Egoically?  Well, we PIAVA – Pray, Intend, Ask, Visualize, or Affirm – and then Change the Subject.  With a twist.  We need to be vague.  We’re in the Void, we don’t know the rules.  So we don’t Ask for a specific outcome, we Ask for a better feeling state.  The Primordial Feminine is totally comfortable in the Void – just ask Innana.  She knows it’s not about knowing where you’re going, but about meeting the journey with curiosity and wonder.  So what would we PIAVA?

Safety might work.  That’s always the Ego’s number one priority, and the Void is not the Ego’s favorite haunt.  Great Spirit, may I please enjoy a Safe Space to pursue my Integrity?  Then stop thinking about it, or you’ll constrain yourself to more of what you’ve been living with all along.  Or May we all be Free to co-create a Reality where our own Beliefs are Safe.  Or one of my favorites, Great Spirit, may I please have Peace and Joy, and may I let go of all impediments lovingly, gently, completely, and rapidly.

Whenever we PIAVA anything, it’s very important to make a note of it, so that after we Change the Subject, we can come back and review what happened next.  If we PIAVA Peace and then our neighbor yells at us, well, that tells us what we need to let go of in order to step toward Peace – probably our Anger.  The first thing you’ll always receive when you PIAVA anything, is information about the limiting beliefs that have prevented you from having it all along.  Hence, may I let go of all impediments lovingly, gently, rapidly, and completely.

It’s never a bad idea, and when we’re in the Void always a good idea, to take a cue from Gene Gendlin and add,

or something like that.

Great Spirit, may I please have Peace and Joy, or something like that, and may I let go of all impediments lovingly, gently, completely, and rapidly.  That invites collaboration with the Unconscious, by making space for moving into the vicinity of what we would like, without spelling out the exact specifications.  Whenever you’re tempted to PIAVA something, don’t.  Instead PIAVA the feeling state you’d have if you had it.  Save you alotta pain and suffering, cuz we always get what we ask for, and it almost always includes all manner of unforeseen side effects.

And the crux of yin Integrity is permission to Change Your Mind.  We learn, we grow, what we wanted last week changes.  With PIAVA and other techniques like tapping, we can move very fast.  We run afoul of our yang-Integrity commitments very quickly.  No one else gives you permission to Change Your Mind; you do.  Power is always taken, never given.  Practice your renegotiation techniques, and take it.  One negotiation tenet to remember – if you’re playing win-win, and your counterpart starts playing win-lose, you lose.  Keep an eye out for that, and be ready to move on if it occurs.

Scheeze

September 3, 2012

Well, I totally deserve this comment!

“do you mean it will be horrendous when looking through earthly ego filter and fantabulous when seeing with spiritual eyes?!!! or some such both/and kind of meaning?  I am going to admit that i was actually jarred by You making such a black statement … so will it really be ‘horrendous’???!!!  scheeze…..”

It’s a month away, and now I gotta at least summarize the chart, and it’s my own fault.  I’ll do it quickly for now, and add detail when I have more time…

We’ll be challenged to permanently let go of those aspects of our lives that don’t serve our Mission.  During the last half of September we get a big download of the tools we’ll be needing during the next stages of our Mission, and we need the space.

The Full Moon sits bang on Uranus, making of course a Square to Pluto, and Ceres Opposes Pluto, making a Full Moon-Uranus-Pluto-Ceres Grand Cross.  The contribution of Ceres is to demand sustainability, ie, permanence.

On September 18, Uranus makes its second Square (of many) to Pluto, while Pluto is Stationary.

We’ll also be challenged to proactively replace old emotional and relationship patterns and complexes with new ones that serve the Planetary New Paradigm, and allow us to live long and prosper in it.  Which is to say, if we’re open to it, we get creative about co-creating the post-monetary World.

Another Grand Cross, this time the Moon’s Nodes squaring the Opposition of Venus to Chiron-Neptune.  Mars and Vesta sit on the North Node, with Venus making a Waning Square to Mars.  We’ll look up the Cyclic details later, to get more detail about the emotional and relationship patterns we need to jettison.

There is abundant Grace to facilitate all this.

First, corners of the two Grand Crosses Trine one another, that is, each resolves whatever complications the other appears to introduce.

Second, Saturn slides neatly into the third corner of a Grand Trine along with Ceres in one Grand Cross and Neptune in the other.  Venus finishes off the “Kite” (a Grand Trine with a fourth planet midway between two of the Grand-Trine planets and Opposite the third – the fourth planet becomes the “head” of the Kite).

And of course there are more details, but that’s the Heart of it.  Now, is that “horrendous”?!?  Well, certainly “momentous” would have been a less incendiary choice of words.  And Wiktionary tells me that I misuse the word “horrendous.”  I use it casually to mean something like “extreme” or “very rare” or “unbelievable” or “phenomenal” or “noteworthy.”  Wikipedia ties it down to just “extremely  bad, awful, terrible, horrific,” which I didn’t mean to imply at all.  My bad.

Here’s another great Aurora, this one from Finland by Ole Salomonsen.

DON’T PANIC

October 7, 2010

DraviteSo begins one of the more profound six weeks in the history of the Species.  Exactly 24 hours from this writing (ie, midnight PDT 10/8), Venus stands still and turns retrograde, for 42 days.  (Just in case you missed it, “42” and “DON’T PANIC” are references to Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide.)  That mid-November date is quite significant, as we’ll see shortly.  But first, let’s have a peek at the New Moon that occurs 12 hours before that.

We can summarize this in two words: PAY ATTENTION.  Which is to say, in high astrologese, Mercury (observation) conjoins Saturn (focus) T-Square (mastery through challenge) to the Moon’s Nodes (where we been and where we’re going), with Pluto-Ceres on the North Node (how do we keep from going through all this twice?).  PAY ATTENTION is bolstered by the continuing blizzard of conjunctions that we’ve discussed at length for a long while now: Jupiter-Uranus on the cusp of Aries (rebirth times 10,000), Chiron-Neptune (you choose: limitations or Miracles), and Venus-Mars (the siesta thing).  The New Moon itself is at the midpoint of Libra, or “circular paths.”  It no longer works to be stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again – it’s time to choose otherwise, and fake it tillya make it.

Like most T-Squares, this one comes with Grace, or “clues” about how to maximize the Mastery and minimize the Challenge.  The Grace here is about the Sacred, Identity, and Miracle.  It always feels like a waste of effort to write about Identity, because since everyone is their Identity, there’s little likelihood that many of us will be joining Dr. Leary –

Timothy Leary’s dead / No no no no / he’s outside / looking in

as the Moody Blues were wont to put it.  But we can always hope that a few more monkeys will PAY ATTENTION, especially since Magic (Miracle) is afoot (Chiron-Neptune opposes Juno-Identity, which trines Ceres-Pluto-North Node).

Now, Venus goes retrograde every 18 months or so.  The first layer of meaning is a reconsideration of our Values.  That’s pretty deep already, especially with the Big Rebirth going on.  Since most of us define ourselves by our pet peeves, er Values, this might have an impact on the Identity thing.  But Venus is a very complex lady.  Skipping past all the Aphrodite/Athena business and going straight to the bottom line, Venus is about Power and Magic.  If you haven’t read Starhawk’s Truth or Dare, this’d be a great time to do it.  Apples and Roses , and everything they signify.  Five-pointed stars, pointing up or pointing down.

Venus retrogrades over the first half of Scorpio.  Remember in the 80s, when they used to say the way out is through?  Well, that hasn’t been true for a coupla decades, but it’s true again now, till early January, till Venus moves out of Scorpio.  It means we can’t outrun our demons, our only choice is to run towards them – while breathing – because that’s the only way to discover that we can run through them.  They’re paper tigers.  Happy Halloween.  The bars of your birdcage are only painted on a sheet of gossamer.  Scorpio gets a bad rap from the other eleven, because Scorpio is fearless, and that scares the krap out of everybody else.  It’s about getting to the bottom of things.  Go for it!

So then, what about this mid-November thing?  Well, Jupiter goes direct on the same day that Venus does, November 18.  Once Jupiter goes direct, our resistance to our Big Rebirth is doomed.  That process doesn’t culminate till the first few days of 2011, but after mid-November, the final stages of our Rebirth start flooding in.  Plus, on November 6-7, Chiron and Neptune both go direct, unleashing another flood of Miracles, if we allow it.

Then, a few days later, Mars conjoins Pallas.  Mars, the God of War, and Pallas, the Goddess of War.  That’ll be a brew.  Pallas, though, is also the Goddess of Wisdom (another side of Venus) – Mars shoots first and asks questions later, while Pallas asks questions first, and shoots only when necessary.  The confer at 19 of Sadge – “Pelicans menaced by the behavior and refuse of men seek safer areas for bringing up their young.”  As if there was anyplace safer left.  But at least it implies a retreat from confrontation, so we may not be pulling the War card when we pull our Get Out Of Depression card.

Mabon

September 21, 2010

Adamite with Calcite

Well, the Libra Equinox has a very complex and powerful – and tightly integrated – chart, so rather than hammer away at the same old themes that we been playing with for a while now (such as the business with the Miracles, the business with the Rebirth, the business with the Problem-Solving, and the business with the Siesta – which is to say, if you’re keeping score, in order, Chiron-Neptune, Jupiter-Uranus, Pluto in Capricorn, and Venus-Mars), let’s just focus on the T-Squares and the Grace, and make it sound simple.  We’ll also use the Full-Moon chart, six hours after the Equinox itself, because the Moon is the Implementer (Imp for short) of the Heavenly Drama.  The COO, so to speak.

We should oughta interject, though, that the Full Moon will be just barely past Jupiter, which just happens to be brighter (ie, closer to Earth) than it will be again till 2022, while Uranus is just a hair away from it in the sky.  As NASA puts it, “In a coincidence of interplanetary proportions, Uranus is also at opposition [to the Sun] tonight.  This rare double opposition of two giant planets is a once-in-a-lifetime event.”  And they don’t even mention the fact that all three of them happen to be about the same distance above the southern horizon!  In other words, like we been saying, all this is about the Rebirth Thing to the tenth power.  Don’t even try to sleep when you aren’t sleepy.

So we’re dealing with three T-Squares, and for those of you who’ve forgot, a T-Square (a complex of Fourth-Harmonic relationships) is about Mastery through Challenge.  T-Squares indicate consummate skill, but not the kinda skill that ever feels right.  On Wall Street, back before it was shamed, they useta say, it’s not what you earn, it’s what you learn.  In other words, if we keep our focus on what we’re learning, rather than how inflated our Ego is, then a T-Square is the ultimate excitement.  We’re also fond of pointing out that it’s a total boon when a T-Square is balanced by Grace (Third- and Sixth-Harmonic relationships), and these are.  In fact, rather Miraculously (how could it be otherwise?), the three T-Squares balance one another!

The Big T-Square is of course Pluto Squaring the Full Moon.  Saturn Squaring the Moon’s Nodes ain’t far behind in Bigness, especially since it’s entangled with the Pluto T-Square, almost completing a Grand Cross.  The “Littlest” T-Square of the three is  Pallas Squaring the opposition from Juno to Chiron-Neptune.  That one’s a stealth Big One, because it informs us that by adjusting our Boundaries and our Identities, we witness Miracles.  So it’s no Biggie, just a Life-Changer.

Pluto’s still conjunct Ceres, and Ceres is still out of bounds – it’s not just about how the force of history and herstory is moving in the direction of Just Fix It (Capricorn), it’s about Just Fix It So It Stays Fixed! Pluto Squares the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter-Uranus, which is to say, if you ain’t getting it on with this Rebirth Thing, you’re gonna get hammered.  Let it happen!  Give up the Resistance!  You don’t gotta Do anything, but you’re prolly gonna hafta Let Go alot.  The Miracles-Identity Thing is your friend here, and the Siesta Thing is your friend – they’re the Grace that’s connected to the Just-Fix-It-For-Good Thing.  Letting new gender roles into your persona is likely to solve some seemingly unrelated and apparently insoluble dilemmas.

Saturn T-Square to the Moon’s Nodes just means we gotta pay attention to our Karma and our Dreams.  Saturn says forget priorities 2 through 314, focus on priority #1 – usually means we gotta deal with some fear, cuz we’re forced to let go of our fallbacks and take a risk on what we really want.  Saturn’s bad rap as a malefic derives only from folks who won’t let go of their contingency plans.  The Moon’s South Node is called the Dragon’s Tail, cuz if you have unfinished business, it can whip ya pretty good.  The upside is spontaneously recovering all of your past-life skills and talents, if you can open to that (harder than you think, because the issue is belief).  The Moon’s North Node, or Dragon’s Head, is your path, the direction you’re heading in the future.  The upside is the ease and feelgood of knowing you’re following your own Soul.  The downside is Responsibility – the Dragon’s fiery breath.  No Victims allowed.

So you can imagine when we combine those three energies into a course in Mastery through Challenge, we kinda end up with our nose to the Stone.  Not a lot of wiggleroom for excuses.  The Grace on this one is the Siesta Thing – we gotta quit Doing so hard, and work on Being.  It’s Grace, though, so it’s more like, if we stop putting all our attention into Doing, we’ll discover a lot or surprising insights about Being.

As for the Boundary-Identity-Miracle T-Square, the Grace flows from paying attention to the Sacred (for you personally), and by refusing to compromise for short-term gain (ie, Vesta and Ceres).  Make an extra effort to stand up for your deepest Values, and you’ll be very surprised by what happens.

One final item.  We’ll be learning about Miracles by allowing our magnetic self to take power from our dynamic self.  An extra benefit from focusing on Be rather than Do.  If you need a mnemonic aphorism, Be pollinates and fructifies the future, Do is what yer Pup did on the rug.  Don’t Command your Future to come hither, make yourself irresistible to it, so it comes to youSeduce your Future.

The Equinox and Solstice charts dominate for three months, but they remain strong for a year.  So these energies won’t be less strong come January, the Capricorn Solstice energy will just be stronger.

Eclipse

June 24, 2010

Sphalerite (Zinc Sulfide)

Saturday morning’s Partial Lunar Eclipse on Pluto (half past 4am PST) is fully visible from land only in Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea.  From most of Asia it’s visible only at Moonrise, and from most of the Americas it’s visible only at Moonset – though NASA points out that the Moon appears bigger at Moonrise and Moonset.  Europe is shut out of this one, but it’s only partial – the shadow will cover about half the Moon.

Otherwise, the Eclipse chart is the same one we’ve been talking about, with Ego Challenges and Surprising Grace as its main effect.  Local reports had the Critters freaking out at the New Moon – critters usually freak at the Full – and the New Moon was basically the same chart, so once the Full Moon gets here we could be in for a double whammy.  If you’re coping just fine, do be careful not to Lord it over anyone who’s having a hard time with it – the downside of a Grand Trine is arrogance, and arrogance will always come around and bite you in the butt later.

As we’ve said, one of the primary issues for us in this Century will be (is) sustainability (or sustenance), and the Eclipse illuminates that theme Big Time, as the Emissary of Sustainability (the asteroid Ceres) is standing right next to Pluto, directly behind the Eclipsing Moon.  Both Ceres and the Moon are particularly strong (“out of bounds”), and Pluto isn’t far from the line.  They’re all at high South Declination – according to some, that’s an indication that we’ll be given the choice of getting lost in our karma (inertia, old Identities), or discovering our karma, in the sense that with Awareness we have the opportunity to choose a different path.  Don’t hold back – go for it!

Solstice

June 20, 2010

Sunstone (Copper in Feldspar)

We can consider this a “station” of the Sun – it’s standing still as it turns about and begins to head south again.  It should be obvious that the Sun is the most important Heavenly Body – without it we’d be up the (barren) creek without a lantern.  It’s up to some sort of mischief but no one knows what sort, as it’s also starting up a new 11-year sunspot cycle, and it’s a weird start-up relative to the oh-so very little we know about what it “oughta” be doing.

The Solstice horoscope is in some sense a chart that has relevance for the next three months, and to a lesser extent the next year.  It’s a lot like the recent New Moon chart, with the Grand Cross (Dominion through Challenge) and Grand Trine (Great Grace) focusing on Juno (Identity) – and on the Sun itself!  Kinda like the New Moon chart in spades.  Again, the Challenge is to release old Identities that limit us, so we can open up to the New Soul Pulse (Jupiter-Uranus on the Aries Point) we’re all receiving, and hold the higher vibration (Ceres-Pluto, Ceres outabounds).  The Grace is about accepting Miracles (Chiron-Neptune) and renegotiating our Boundaries (Moon-Pallas, Pallas outabounds).  There’s an extra bonus for defending what we regard as Sacred – while recognizing that we still see through a glass darkly (Mars-Vesta in Virgo).

I been seeing phantoms popping in and out of the nethers like they were doing early in the year, and violence in the field like was happening when Bush was about to invade Iraq.  Hope it’s not about Iran.  On the West Coast of North America, the Vertex joins Moon-Pallas, meaning our Channel will be wide open – and that we get to renegotiate our Boundaries with our Channel.  That’s pretty important, since it’s bottom line to our ability to remain in the Present Moment.  We don’t have any Dominion over our circumstances when we aren’t in the Present Moment.

So the Victim Opportunities are mostly about the serious stresses on Who We Believe Ourself To Be, as a new pulse of Cosmic Energy is forcing our old Ego Energy to make room.  An Ego Death is a real death, actually the realest death there is, since all the other deaths are just transitions.  Of course Ego Death is a transition too, but don’t tell that to the Old Ego – to him it’s annihilation, pure and simple.  Yes, we know, we owe you our current survival, no question.  You’ve every right to be outraged.  And yes, opening up to the New is risky, no question about that either.  Can you recognize yer Old Ego’s voice?  Mom’s?  Dad’s?  Ms. Grundy’s?  Sister Frannie?  Everything he’s feeling is totally legit, so ya gotta sit still for it.

The Growth Opportunity is actually as simple as that – simply recognizing that there’s two of you here, yer Old Ego and You.  Yer in the Victim Space when You are yer Old Ego, feeling his pain as yers.  Yer in the Growth Space when You embrace yer Old Ego as yer best friend, and open yer Heart to his feelings.  The most important Boundaries we have are our Boundaries between Our Ego and Our Self.  The whole process is likely to be quite emotional (Moon-Pallas), but the rewards (Jupiter-Uranus) will surprise and delight us.  Or, on the North American left coast, three of you – yer Old Ego, yer Channel, and yer Self.

From the Mayan perspective, we’re descending into the Sixth Night till mid-July.  Remember when you were lost in the jungle alone at night, and you could feel any number of hungry critters, Jaguar among them, tracking yer movements?  It’s about Merging – you can merge with Jaguar, acknowledge her hunger, and accept yer fate as the right one if yer destined to be her lunch.  Or you can choose to lose yerself in Fear and leave the Present Moment – in which case you’ll probably be more likely to be her lunch, you’d just be giving her indigestion as she digests yer Fear.  You are Jaguar – we be all One – so why give yerself indigestion?  You can’t have a better Guide than Jaguar, and that’s exactly the Growth Opportunity that’s about.

This coming Saturday’s Partial Lunar Eclipse keeps the same basic Grand Cross-Grand Trine chart, so we may as well just consider it the chart for the whole Sixth Night, which runs through November 2, 2010.  The Eclipse occurs at 5 Capricorn, “Indians in a War Canoe“, bang on Pluto.  Pluto represents inevitability, but an Eclipse represents Awareness, so I wouldn’t take it to mean that War is inevitable.  On the contrary, to me “Indians” represent our natural integration with the Planet and our natural right to self-expression.  Think of it as Gulf Fishermen on a War Shrimpboat.

Boundaries, Values, and Unexpected Grace

June 16, 2010

The New Moon chart that oversees the next few weeks, as we’ve said, features a big Grand Cross (Dominion developed by responding to Challenges) and a big Grand Trine (Grace) co-focused on Juno (Identity).  In other words we’ll be challenged by Old Stories which, if we’re willing to respond to them, will yield to New Freedoms brought about by the release of old limitations which were tied to our Identity – a revision of our Ican’ts and our Iwon’ts.  It’s not about forcing ourself to move through Icant or Iwont, it’s about making an honest effort to respond to the Challenges, after which we’ll discover new places where Ican and Iwill.  These new places may not even seem related to the Challenges; this is just a rebirth, and we don’t know what new skills we’ll have afterwards.  This is as true from the Planetary perspective as it is from the Personal perspective.

But that ain’t all – that’s the Big Deal in this Cycle, but there’s a whole buncha Little Deals, which if they weren’t overshadowed by the Grand Cross and Grand Trine, would be Big Deals in their own right in any other  horoscope.  And of course what’s Big and what’s Little is situational – RJ says that the Irish folklore traditions were ironic – what they called the “Little People” were huge, while the “Giants” were small of stature.  Of course they both carried powerful magic.

For instance, there’s a Golden Rectangle (Grace and Creativity) – also keying off of Juno!  And two intertwined Fingers of God (Drop your Expectations and Pay Attention!), pointing at Venus (our Values and Deep Feelings) and at Chiron-Neptune (Magic is afoot) that make a Golden Trapezoid (Learning things that we never imagined were possible, particularly in this case about sustainability – this also deserves its own essay).  Plus, the Grand Trine and the Golden Rectangle, sharing a Juno-corner as they do, make five parts of a Grand Sextile (Great Fun).  And finally – and this is what we want to talk about tonight, an Eighth-Harmonic relationship between the outabounds (strong) New Moon itself and the asteroid Pallas (Boundaries).

Remember a little while back, I suggested that we might study the Eighth Harmonic as an easier entry into the Fourth Harmonic, the latter being one of our greatest bothers.  Angie (Tarot Handbook, p.55) gives us the keywords Alignment, Balance, Negotiation, and Truth, as the Eighth Harmonic “pierces the webbed veils of illusion, delusion, and deception.”  Wow, is that ever appropriate to the overall dynamic of Old Stories giving way to New Freedoms!   As within, so without – in other words, we can take any small part of a horoscope (or anything), and it will reveal to us the Whole Story.  So we can use this single Eighth Harmonic as a key for the whole coupla weeks.

The two ends of the Eighth are the New Moon and Pallas.  Both the Moon and Pallas are out of bounds (stronger than usual).  Pallas, recall, is the Goddess of War and Wisdom.  Unlike the God of War Mars, she asks questions first, and shoots only if necessary.  She doesn’t hesitate to shoot if it is necessary, she just doesn’t waste the energy when there are easier and safer ways to proceed.  So we usually translate that as Good Boundaries.  Which is to say, we’ll be rebalancing and realigning and renegotiating our Boundaries with everyone this month, to bring them more into alignment with our Truth (which itself may be different than it was last month – we’ll be discovering these changes through trial and success, and through Curiosity).  Ifya want an example, look to Kyrgyzstan.  Everything is in flux, so don’t even expect to get anything right the first time, except through intuition or luck.

The New Moon occurred at 22 degrees of Gemini – Dancing couples in a Harvest Festival – which Rudhyar expands as “The wholesome enjoyment of organic processes and emotional drives.”  Which Good Boundaries allow us to do without holding back.  In other words, we been working our butts off for the last thirty to forty-five  years, and it’s time to celebrate the Harvest of our labors.  Sure, the Corporate Media is focusing on how great is the damage to the Gulf and the Economy and what a great pity that is, when they could easily be using these twin catastrophes to mobilize support for a sustainable ecological and financial future instead – but they won’t, because they’re slaves to their advertisers.  These bummers are a Healing Crisis – the emergence of suppressed symptoms which prove that the underlying disease is leaving town.  The die is already cast, and it is indeed time to celebrate.

And Grief Too

June 15, 2010

All losses must be Grieved, and that especially applies to a chip off our Identity.  So Grief can easily be a part of our experience of the current Lunar Cycle.  Grief has its own timetable, so it’s not good to rush it.  Held emotions are one of the processes that can close the microtubules in our mitochondria as if they were venetian blinds, constricting our links to the Zero Point Field, the source of Energy and Intuition.  The new Jupiter-Uranus Cycle on the Aries Point demands that we respond directly to any lapse in available Energy by finding a safe spot, eliminating outside stimuli, quieting the mind, and letting ourself drift into the darkness inside.  That’s where Intuition resides.  Rushed Grief easily becomes Held Grief.  Intuition can bring Peace to Grief, and supply new sources of Energy, and Energy-saving insights.

Everything is changing, and Miracles are available.  So of course our Old Ways don’t work any more.  Be gentle with them and Let Them Go, and let yourself Grieve the losses.  They were your good friends for a long time.  If you’re trying to make something happen or get something done, and it’s not jumping forward, ease up.  Look behind any frustration that arises, to see what’s there.  Confusion?  Grief?  Fear?  Anxiety?  Whatever it is, be loving and gentle with it.  Melting it into your Heart will open doors for you.  There will be less resistance from the inertia of the Old Ways after the First-Quarter Moon on Friday (10pm PDT).  In the interim, that quiet, dark space inside is where Miracles will spring from.  Why beat your head against an obstacle when you can just melt it with a Miracle.