Posts Tagged ‘Consciousness’

I Did, I Taw a PuddyTat

August 20, 2012

Posted “I Tot I Saw Dat Ol’ PuddyTat” prematurely; lemme finish.

Okay, so what about the New Moon chart from six months ago?  Drastically different chart, about being Challenged to Understand and Act on our Understanding…

In this chart, it’s Mercury Opposite Mars that makes a Grand Cross with the Nodes, with Trine-Grace from the Conjunction of Venus with Ceres (Sustaining Goddess Energy).

and about a massive transformation of the Self (ie, massive Confusion)…

The New Moon forms a Stellium (multiple Conjunction) with Neptune, Pallas, and Chiron.  Let’s take that apart.  Neptune represents Confusion when one sees the World through material eyes and Clarity when one looks through Spiritual eyes.  Pallas represents, in a word, Boundaries.  And Chiron the transformation of Despair into Miracles, if one is willing to look beyond the Birdcage of one’s Limiting Beliefs.

Whoa, that’s pretty clear – the temptation to set Boundaries against the New Paradigm!  I mean, who wouldn’t, since a New Paradigm is always disruptive, even when Uranus isn’t intimately involved?  Uranus (which is Squaring Pluto in case you’ve forgotten) symbolizes Disruption, when you’re listening with the Ego’s ears, and Integrity when hearing with the ears of the Soul.  You of course remember that Confusion is good, right?  Cuz Confusion is always the first stage of personal growth.  But wait –

This is actually a rather amazing phenomenon – the New Moon is almost exactly (10 minutes of arc off – less than one 2,000th of the way round the Zodiac) at the Midpoint of Chiron and Neptune!  The Midpoint is a Power Point halfway between two planets – that is, this February New Moon embodied the New Paradigm.

If the current Full Moon period indeed reflects the February New Moon, then we’re about to launch.

Which brings us to an interesting point.  In the Unconscious, y’know, Opposites are Equal, and there are no negations.  In the Unconscious, “I’d do anything for Love, but I won’t do THAT” becomes “I’ll have more of THAT please.”  It’s only the Mercury-Mind that does Duality; everybody else lives in Unity.  And when the outer planets are lit up (like now, when everybody from Chiron out is aflame), the New Moons Oppose what they Conjoined six months ago and Conjoin what they Opposed six months ago.  So inna lotta ways it’s the same chart – New Moon Conjunct Neptune in the February chart, and New Moon Opposite Neptune in the August chart.

So, Big Surprise – it’s Both/And!  Whooda thunkit!?!  The important information comes out no matter how you approach astrology; different approaches just yield different insights – so the more perspectives you use, the better you understand yer Reality, as always.  All intellectualizations are just metaphors.  There’s no such thing as a True intellectualization, because Reality is not Dual.  Once we integrate Raven and Moses and Turtle and visitors from Outer Space, and check to see whether or not Atlas shrugged, we might gain a few meager insights about how the World ticks.  Maybe.

Here’s a hypothesis forya.  Based on this Sample of One, purely anecdotal, but a curious question nonetheless – what if the six-months-prior New Moon described how we’re likely to encounter the current Lunar Cycle when we’re Unconscious, and the current New Moon described how we’re likely to encounter the Lunar Cycle when we’re Conscious.  Of course we’re all Conscious about a few (different) things, and mostly Unconscious about everything else, so if this turned out to be relevant it’d still recommend Both/And.

Here’s an interesting tidbit.  In her Tarot Handbook, Angie Arrien describes a method for assigning a Tarot Major Arcana card to a date.  The trump card for the current New Moon is The Hanged Man.  The Hanged Man means yer literally hanging upside down, by the ankles (not the neck), which means you can see everything from a new perspective.  Hence the Hanged Man is the Pattern-Breaker.  The certainly adds an exclamation point or two to the chart of the current New Moon.  The Hanged Dude trump further breaks down into Empress – Love with Wisdom – as with turning Despair into Miracle, we also turn Hanging into Less Limiting Beliefs through the medium of Love.  Self-rejection just deepens our trauma – hence my assignment to work with my father.

The February New Moon, on the contrary, is symbolized by the Wheel of Fortune trump – Abundance!  If the transition to the New Paradigm is so rough on everybody (well, 99% of us anyway), how can we see this veritable launch as Abundant?  The 99%-1% split that is so obviously associated with the Paradigm Change is like Buddhist Heaven and Hell.  In both places, we’re all sitting around a big table laden with a sumptuous feast – and our elbows are locked!  So in Buddhist Hell there’s no way we can get the feast to our mouth, and we’re stuck getting hungrier and hungrier while our Hungry Ghost, our Desire Body, yuks it up at our expense.  In Buddhist Heaven we feed one another.

Hang by yer toes, mix in a little Love, and voila! – Despair into Miracle.

Neptune I

May 25, 2012

Okay, so the meat of Neptune’s involvement here is, first, that she’s Stationary (Strong) during the Big Events of June 4-5 (Partial Lunar Eclipse, Venus Walking Across the Face of the Sun, and Moon Occulting Pluto).  And leading up to it; an outer planet Station is usually felt for a week or so by folks of moderate sensitivity, and longer for the Canaries.  As we write this, eight-and-a-half days before the Station, Neptune is one minute of arc from the location of her Station.  That’s sixty times as close as the one degree one would normally use, at a minimum, as indicating a detectable influence (“Orb,” it’s called).  Neptune has been within one degree of her Station since April 3rd.  And she entered the zone of her Retrogradation (or “Shadow Period”) on February 13th.  We’ll come back to this, but before we forget…

And the meat of Neptune’s involvement here is, second, that she’s Squared by Jupiter during the Big Events of June 23-25 (Uranus Squaring Pluto and Saturn Stationary turning Direct).  That turns out to be even more consequential, so let’s deal with the first meat first…

So with Neptune one minute of arc from her Station, we’re all fully immersed in Neptune.  What does that feel like?  Well, Confusion is probably the most common process.  Of course, if you’re a regular reader, you know that Confusion signifies that a bar has come loose in the birdcage that bounds your understanding of Reality.  A hole in your cage provides opportunity for Tweety to fly free, for Sylvester to reach in, or both.  Till the final episode, you know Tweety’s gotta evade Sylvester, or there wouldn’t be a next episode.  So if you’re willing to tap out your Fear, you can trust that Tweety will survive just fine flying free, as she so often in fact does.

Neptune runs Pisces, so we have to include Intuition and Emotionality.  Know that most of our language is codified by left-brained white males, so of course those things are associated with “irrationality.”  If you’ve sealed yerself off from yer second sight, then you work hard to keep that whole realm of Spirit and Emotion outa legitimacy.  But as Jung said, Thinking People are not rational, cuz they aren’t in touch with their Values.  The mind is a great engineer, but it’s the Heart that decides which projects are worth engineering.  Which is all enormously relevant, cuz the Neoatlanteans are engineering the Canaries and the Sensitives back into the Grove.  They cut down the Groves long ago, but guess what?  They grow back!  And some of them even block EMF.

So the bad press Neptune gets comes from the left-brain equivalent of Fox News – it’s biased, it’s propaganda designed to make you hate yourself, and it’s engineered to destroy your Humanity.  I think of Neptune as Our Relationship with God/Goddess.  This is all Us, remember, not Other.  So Neptune isn’t about the Mysteries, it’s about our relationship with the Mysteries.  In other words, expect Magic to be Afoot.  Look for it.  If it comes looking for you, fabulous!  But if you haven’t been PIAVAing an improved relationship with the Mysteries, you may have to go on a bit of a Treasure Hunt on yer own.  Keep an sharp ear out for when the Thrush knocks twice.  All of which contributes to our usual mnemonic that Neptune brings Fog to material eyes, and perfect Clarity to spiritual eyes.

Another side of Neptune that we usually ignore, is its representation of the Collective Unconscious – the cultural element of your heritage, or your Group Soul.  There are many levels here; genetic and cultural and magical components of ancestry, the crosscurrents in your cultural mileau, your twigmates on your Soul Tree, the Tree itself, the Star System where your True Home lies.  Whether you remember or not, you came here, to this Planet, to help process runaway Excess Repressed Emotional Energy that is tearing the Planet in two.  Your True Home reveals your natural methodology for this processing.  You’re surrounded by folks whose Identity is tied up in their temporary physical form, their fear of displeasing, their need to conform, their Unconscious anger or grief or other estrangement, their great grandfather’s oath of revenge, their lawn, their obsessions, their addictions.  It takes Magic to hold your own Vibration in this Funny Farm.  Confusion?  Good Stuff!  It’ll take you right Home if you let it.

Soooo, what about this particular Retrogradation of Neptune?  It spans the first 4 degrees of Pisces, 0:22 to 3:09 to be exact.  Ifya got any natal positions in that range, they’re already getting a workout.  A Retrogradation means a triple illumination of some portion of the Zodiac – the planet first crosses this zone Direct, then backs over it Retro, then crosses it again Direct.  The entire span is called the Shadow Period.  We’ll feel the planet strongly at the two Stations, but we’ll experience our own natal positions – and the Magical Transformation that they’re undergoing – before, between, and after the Stations.  Like all triple astrological events, we call the first one (February-to-May) the Canopener, the second one the Exposition (June-to-December), and the third pass the Confidence-Builder (January-February 2013).

In the Canopener phase, difficult issues arise.  They can usually be interpreted and resolved (Empathy Heals) by understanding how the natal position triggered fits into your overall horoscope, but that seldom happens, because they seem like they’re out of the blue (we get warned when a planet goes Retro, we don’t typically get warned when a planet enters the Shadow Period), and they often demand a lot of attention.  During the Exposition, when the planet backs over your natal position while Retrograde, you can watch the issue arise again, but this time in slow motion.  You’re no longer caught off guard by it, it’s not as urgent, you don’t feel as much the Victim of your circumstances, and you can try a number of strategies to deal with it.  Then in the Confidence-Building stage, you know you can handle it, and it’s almost exciting to do so, because you appreciate your new-found skills.

If all goes well, by the end of the Shadow Period, you’ve brought a significant portion of your natal skillset (horoscope) into Consciousness, learned how to apply it creatively and constructively, and grown considerably in Self and Confidence.  In the Canopener, we react, we do what we’ve always done, whether it works or not – Einstein’s definition of insanity.  In the Exposition, we learn, by trial and success (and “error” of course), new skills.  Many are trained to encounter a Retrogradation with some trepidation, but it’s the other way around.  We should be trepidatious about the Canopener, and excited about the Retrogradation!  It’s a workshop for learning skills that meet a current-moment need.

So here we have Neptune Retrograding in the early degrees of Pisces.  This is the Pisces Dwad (a Dwad is a 2-1/2 degree chunk, or one twelfth, of a sign) of Pisces – Pisces Squared, in other words.  What better place for Neptune to be at the End of the World as We Know It!  Pisces is the last sign; it’s seen it all, for better or worse.  There are lingering traumas to release, there are reunions to attend (physically or figuratively), new roads to explore, there are Joys to open up to.  Emotions come through one pipe; if you’ve half-closed a valve to tone down some unpleasantness, you’ve also half-closed your opportunities for Excitement and Ecstasy.  We find our Mission by following our Bliss – closing down to our Joy leaves us wandering in the wilderness.

We can’t recommend Tapping enough, but there are myriads of other ways to let go of old traumas, not the least of which is remembering that each time we re-experience an unpleasantry, it’s an opportunity to let go of it.  An Oh shit, here we go again! reaction cements your aversion more deeply.  A Yahoo, this krap is up for release! response, even ifya gotta fake it tillya make it, opens the pipe.  Remember the keyword Release; you don’t want to re-lease your trauma – renew your lease, you want to bless it and let it go.  Each of the traumas on your path was there to protect you.  We close down on purpose, to limit our vulnerability while we endure situations where we would be overwhelmed.  When we’re ready to find Gratitude for the trauma’s protective process, and open the valve again, it’s a cause for great celebration!

Neptune II to follow – it’s basically about how these astroevents are actually all Initiations into the Mysteries of the new Chiron-Neptune paradigm.

A White Opal.  Just Who is that, looking back at us through this foggy Neptune mirror?  Opal is Quartz, with miniscules of Water trapped inside the Crystal structure.  It’s the Water that refracts the light and produces the “Fire” in an Opal.  Opal can bring repressed Emotion up out of the deeps.  Neptune is about seeing through a glass darkly, about recognizing Other as part of Us.