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Between Root And Branch

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At 14° Pisces the first full Moon after the August solar eclipse shines down on a world awash with floods and scorched earth. Perhaps, given the water and earth axis which it activates, we should not be surprised that our attention is pinned on these events, but, this is no place for glib astrologising and there is nothing intrinsically catastrophic about the Pisces Virgo polarity that would explain the environmental turmoil that we are currently experiencing – that comes of imbalance and the exacerbation of already present extremes. True, total solar eclipses are comparatively extreme events, small within the cosmological scale but not forgotten once experienced – but even then, the release of destructive qualities we are seeing now from within the ‘natural world’ is not made intelligible by such natural phenomena, their cyclicity, or by reaching the ‘maximum’ of the lunation opened by the ‘Great American’ eclipse.

If we were to have telescopic sight, able to penetrate the glare of Virgoan sunlight reflected from the lunar disc, we might perceive the underlying presence of Pisces ruler Neptune close on the full Moon. But, for all its symbolic resonance Neptune’s smokey lens within this planetary set up is not the catalyst that has set the forests ablaze or pushed the rivers to breaking point. It may be an indicator of ‘pervasive’ elements at work and its symbolism more likely to create an illusory cinematic effect in our minds than lens Virgoan attention to detail into a coherent picture we can understand, but, this is a picture that was already losing its center and distorting our focus long before the eclipse, or this lunation.

Uranus, however, is not only rotating on its own axis at an anomalous angle to the plane of the solar system, compared with the other planets, but is at an oddly disquieting angle to the Moon and Neptune as well as the Sun at full Moon. Astrologers associate the semi-square with an uncomfortable energy, an angle of relationship that sensitizes whatever it touches with tension, a precursor to the full-blown right angled antagonisms of the square. This is nevertheless a spur to development, to find creative relationship through which the tension can best be relieved and expressed, preferably with conscious effort. It is a little like the moment of first recognition within a relationship when something or someone catches our eye; there is attraction, or a call to pay extra attention, especially when there are warning signs, but there is also a heavy dose of the unknown at work in that moment – as exiting as that can be, with Uranus involved ‘the unknown’ has a major role to play, so willingness to step beyond the known is a part of the deal here. At least that is an experience we can all recognize, but, does it account for the hiatus that is upon us?

Some would say that we have arrived at that point in relationship to the natural phenomenon we are now seeing escalate across the globe – the chaos factor is rising and living memory no longer serves to reassure us of how to weather these fire and water storms, symbolic or not, let alone whether we can, if they persist.

Looking further afield we could add that all the outer planets, including Chiron, are retrograde at this full Moon. The amplification of archetypes is a potential hazard here, first and foremost an inwardly registered experience when this is the case but all to often projected outward – however, there is an important element of psychological resonance with these archetypes when the retrograde ‘trans-personal’ planets touch directly into our personal planetary matrix. We can observe a collective transference or exchange of energy that displays their hallmark characteristics in which we may see ourselves reflected. This is ripe ground for emotional distortion, if we are unable to separate our own feelings out from the collective, and makes potential Neptunian infection and distortion of reality a stronger factor in how we relate to each other, our circumstances and perceptions. Full Moons up this quotient significantly.

What comes to mind at this point is a real need to hold to our own center, to ground ourselves and feel our body rooted in the earth. Virgo’s earth not only houses the Sun here, asking for realistic assessment, but sees Mars entering into its first degree at full Moon. What drives the necessity for realism is all too often our own survival and, our current planetary circumstances aside, this inception of Mars can mean determination to see through the emotional hazing and focus on what is immediately to hand, if not to re-purpose our emotive energies into practical actions and to do so with the fire of natural instinctive drives – passion for what we know is right. We need to feel the sturdiness and solidity of our own existence just as it might be embodied in and felt by the trunk of a tree, even while our roots and branches are being pulled towards extremes, between fires and floods. The last thing we can tolerate the thought of, much less the reality, is being blasted and uprooted in the midst of these storms.

Mars is transiting out of trine with Uranus releasing us from a willful desire to assert the madness out of our system, as cathartic as that may be to people in positions of power. World leaders take note. Now it is the intelligence of clear speech that is most effective as a mental or emotional reaction, not rhetoric or threat – bravura is a poor substitute for good leadership and belies a severe lack of concern for human frailty or vulnerability. Fully ignited Neptunian compassion would throw sufficient water on that false flag fire if collectively embodied and leadership that can inspire such compassion is a rarity in these times. The people are doing the leading here.

Keeping the faith with each other as a creative counter to mental crowd control, Mercury has stationed direct, on the degree of the solar eclipse, and is teaming up with Uranus to bring creative thinking outside of the box into the collective power game. This is no more true than when the power games are designed to shut down that innovative capacity we have, but, again, humans do not have to accept ‘representations’ of reality at any time and the Uranian element of subversive non-compliance can open doors where none were thought to exist. And we are now witnessing this reality too, first hand.

If it carried any symbology, this most recent solar eclipse was a wake up call to this fact and gave us the cosmological opportunity to experience a greater reality first hand. Its natural development has brought the need for an added edge of realism into the midst of everyday life, a measure of which is provided by the speed with which we are able to respond realistically to events as they unfold. For many, seeing through the rhetoric, the falsity and the pre-programming surrounding these disruptive events is now where the real action is.

Do not be surprised, once Mercury gathers speed and enters Virgo, to see a plethora of facts emerging that cut through the manufactured reportage and engineered reality-bites associated with the backstories to the floods and fires. Mercury will oppose Neptune on September 20th, at new Moon. It is already happening, as anyone tuned into the geo-engineering debacle knows, and the fact that the debate surrounding it has not only accelerated but entered ‘the mainstream’ shows that there is a significant shift taking place in the arena of public awareness. This is our opportunity to get with the beat. The beat of microwave pulses through heavily sprayed cloud bases for example.

This full Moon can be a powerful time for cutting through the fog of disinformation if we understand how important our own personal role is in supporting that shift and adding the truth of our own story into its impetus. If the Jupiter Uranus cycle we are now seeing crank up to their final opposition is anything to go by, its foundational development in environmental disasters and wayward technology is creating its own perfect storm – but, it ain’t natural to use heavy metals in cloud seeding any more than it is to use them as conductors for super-heating the cores of hurricanes. Yes, the impetus is growing in calling this particular reality out for what it is.

There is cause for qualified optimism as the angles between Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon’s north node are tightening as this lunation winds down bringing us back into a more realistic and expansive if philosophical creative vision for our collective future. Uranus will figure into the trine pattern with Saturn and the north node as we head past the Ju/Ur opposition and Jupiter enters Scorpio – any guesses where this is heading? Best be philosophical and expand our thinking accordingly; looking ahead we see Sagittarius hosting the Sun, Venus, Saturn and Mercury when the December full Moon arrives forming a T-square with Neptune, and Jupiter is upping the reality stakes trining Neptune at that time, all of this is coming immediately after Mars opposes Uranus – time is of the essence and we should not expect a respite, just yet. But, the power of nature is a great teacher when realities are being manufactured.

The Neptunian factor is not so much showing us ‘how’ we have been duped as to the fact that we have been, not least of all in that the philosophies of a nation’s ‘dream’ are nothing if they cannot be lived. Once that bubble is burst in any person’s mind there is no going back – the doubt we may feel about the reality we have been presented with has a cutting edge of critical thinking at its disposal, a personal human faculty which can not only spot anomalies as flags and way-markers for evidence based discernment but is an essential part of the knowledge base in which survival and healthy living are rooted.

But, astrologers love symbolism and this full Moon comes with a high dose of pertinent symbology, for any willing to take its portents on-board; its a free gift of the liberated mind that it can hold the metaphysical and the physical in one thought without losing a sense of reality – it speaks a kind of poetic realism where, in other words, poetry is the voice of the life being fully lived, both hemispheres firing simultaneously, roots in the earth, branches in the heavens, so to speak. It is a spiritual language, even in its secular forms, that reveals humanity and, in astrology too, tells us the ongoing story of our times and our place within it.

I will leave you with the Sabian symbols for the Piscean full Moon of 2017 and the Virgoan Sun that is feeding it as a symbolic reminder of where we stand. Roots hold firm, branches protect, we stand between, the body that connects and holds the flow.

 

(VIRGO 14°): AN ARISTOCRATIC FAMILY TREE.

KEYNOTE: A deep reliance upon the ancestral roots of individual character.

Stressed here is the fact that the power available to any one person in time of crisis and decision has very deep roots in the past……one returns to the roots in order to produce the flowering of personality, if this flower is to bring forth a living seed. ROOT POWER is essential to seed-achievement.

(PISCES 14°): A LADY WRAPPED IN A LARGE STOLE OF FOX FUR.

KEYNOTE: The use of intelligence and mental subtlety as a protection against storms and trials.

In symbolism and mythology the fox is always a clever and subtle animal. It represents the intellect at its early stage of “cunning”; in a broader sense, it also refers to “intelligence,” considered as the ability to adapt to any and all life situations. Spiritual will and the ability to stand in facing tests are necessary in any crucial or challenging situation that an individual meets within a power-oriented group. But the sword-like will often has to be shielded, and intelligence or acumen can be the most precious help in danger………..a self-protective way of meeting the inclemencies of weather, actual or psychic, which abound as one leads a life consecrated to a vaster Whole……the need for PROTECTIVE SHIELDING is imperative.

 

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In Respect Of Eclipses

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Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.

Eclipses are to be experienced to be understood. Despite the chorus of astrological interpretations surrounding them, there is no substitute for direct experience, and this is especially the case with a total solar eclipse.

While astrologers tend to analyse and interpret to find their meaning, the experience of being under the Moon’s shadow as it races across the land and obscures the disc of the Sun is first and foremost not intellectual, or even rational, it is visceral. Its impact is profoundly tangible, exciting and direct. It not only becomes integrated into the human frame, affecting the energetic and emotional bodies directly, embedding itself within ‘long’ memory, but is, or can be, one of the most direct cosmological experiences we can have. It is a gift of nature, both transformative and empowering in its creative potential.

Much in contemporary western culture stands in the way of realising that natural potential, but, as astrologers like to say of eclipses, they signal a reset or return to our path. It is an ‘art’ of being human that can be relearned.

For 21st century humans this alone tells us almost as much about eclipses as we need to know, not least of all as it also points up aspects of ‘contemporised’ human nature that tend to obscure such direct experience. Conditioning and preconceived ideas can, and often do, get in the way of such a direct art and removing them is, at the best of times, far from easy, especially in the current global environment. Much needs to be unlearned.

In the run up to the eclipse of August 21st 2017 preemptive speculation has been rampant, priming people’s expectations with a vast array of interpretations about its significance and meaning. Even if it is an allergic reaction to fears, stress and the unknown that is itself a part of a conditioned sentient nature, we are not necessarily doing ourselves any favors by buying into its dynamic – it is time, as nature shows, to pause and be still.

Astrologers have however been priming this particular pump with a relish that betrays their art, and personal bias, and if we are to believe what they have been saying we can expect this eclipse to signal everything from civil unrest, regime change, assassination and the onset of thermonuclear war, to liberation and release from the very conditions that contribute to those possibilities. The effects of such a dramatisation precede and contribute to their realisation, itself a dynamic reflection of the conditioning that comes with preemptive bias. What you preconceive is, to some extent, what you get.

Eclipses, when they carry this degree of preemptive charge, begin to change reality before they have even arrived. To a large degree this is humans fooling themselves, but, it can also be exploited as an opportunistic act of deliberation.

Eclipses thus charged and framed stir things up, in ways which can make the likelihood of such radical events appear preordained, amplifying the necessity for their elimination, or realisation, depending upon which interp you jive with most. In the contemporised mindset, whether by design or not, eclipses are seen to be opportunities for creating ‘self fulfilling’ prophecies and, by the same token, are golden opportunities for social engineering and manipulation, for stressing the human frame with fear and expectations of ‘the worst’, as much as idealistic escapism.

These are old programs, partly natural, partly induced. Millenialism and religious dogmas of apocalypse and transcendence thrive on such ambiguous conditions and conditioning and these too are a part of this underlying dynamic, deep seated and all too often subliminal. Such teleologies belong to doctrines which ignore the possibility of ‘continual creation’, of a living breathing if divine universe and, in so doing, deprive us of the most meaningful experience life can offer us.

An innate perceptive susceptibility and weakness is at work here, a consequence of split consciousness which, in our times, is exploited everyday by media, governments and marketeers. It is also subtly if profoundly divisive when it is spun into the ongoing narrative. It has been projected onto our antecedents to this end, effectively supporting evolutionary agendas and authoritarian historicism alike. Through this, for example, the popularised image of the ‘native’ cowering under the shadow of the eclipse has been exploited to distance ourselves from ancestry as much as it has been used to propagate superstitions of eclipses as ‘bad omens’, all of which has contributed to human supremacism and racial divide.

If the mundane world has been pre-endarkened by this eclipse it is currently nowhere reflected more clearly than in this arena. Classic projection and dissociation, or ‘otherness’, the control mechanism of an elite caste system, both become strategies of control employed in social engineering and used to implant heirarchic conditioning, as much as division. Such insidious conditioning, if tagged on to a major eclipse event, can stir and subtly reinforce deep seated prejudice, especially in times of heightened political and social tension. With current events unfolding under the path of the eclipse we have seen a none too subtle exploitation of this dynamic at work – this eclipse has already become a part of the ongoing psychological and emotional terrain that serves the purpose. However, it merely serves to up the drama and distract from the true nature of the moment.

Its cyclical nature has been capitalised upon by some astrologers to this effect, previous eclipses within the same cycle having been used as temporal markers with fateful consequences for American Presidents for example. The complexity of historical events is whitewashed out with such use and astrologers are no less guilty in this than political spin doctors and creators of the ‘official narrative’.

The eclipse cycle’s distinct periodicity, the variability of which has been observed and tested for millenia however, is not simply a political tool, itself no less a superstition than an alleged determinant. As a physical experience of a cosmological event orthodox science tends to lean upon the periodicity of total eclipses as markers in an unchanging and stable system of planetary dynamics, a view which supports the dogma of scientific orthodoxy and physical ‘laws’ which support it. These are the bedrock of scientific determinism, as much a confirmation bias in its favor as a support mechanism, or program, for historical narratives. They are also propagators of a pernicious fiction.

This ‘predictability factor’ was, these same narratives tell us, important to the regulation of power within social structures in the distant past, the province of an elite priesthood and initiates into the metaphysical sciences – the immense calendric capabilities of ancient cultures is not conceded within the orthodox view as an indication of their scientific sophistication. Instead it is seen as a form of primitivism, if not a fear based response to forces beyond human control. We are ‘supposed’ to have progressed beyond such a condition. Such sophistication however, if it were acknowledged within deep human ancestry, would suggest a lack of ‘progress’ if not dangerous precedent, and that is tantamount to a heresy within the teleology and ‘material eschatology’ of  ‘orthodox’ science.

The indigenous traditions however tell us that the primary protocol for eclipses is one of ‘respect’. The full impact of a solar eclipse can be a positive experience when given due respect, and that is open to both the scientific mind as much as the spiritually oriented. It is a time in which nature responds and shows the way, simply that, and empirically so. But, while the need for respect is achingly obvious amongst humans and their relationship with the natural world, it is also an honoring of the unknown. The world takes on an unfamiliar face under the path of a total solar eclipse. Meaning, at such times, can be suspended, creatively.

How humans respond creatively to the unknown with ‘respect’ is possibly most clearly developed, if not innate, in ritual and ceremony, a root acknowledgment of the cosmos and the powers that shape and inform our experience of it.

Within the northern American continent ceremonial sites dating back many thousands of years fall directly under the path of the total eclipse. Indigenous honoring of the Sun’s darkening will take place at many of them, following traditional practices handed down over many generations. But, the way in which that honoring takes place is not bound by tradition. To simply drop our preconceptions and be open to the universe, to quieten and be observant and receptive, is enough – the healing and integrity of nature extends into such a moment and makes a glimpse into universal nature possible. What arises is ours to honor and cherish, an empowerment which could have far reaching consequences.

Whether we experience this as mysterious or not, it is above all at heart an art, a human art of tremendous creative potential that expresses itself through natural participation, a communion with life in all its power and perspective giving glory, and eclipses of this kind offer us unique access to a deeper experience of this. If approached in this way and if the overriding nature of the so called ‘Great American Eclipse’ is to be honored so, it will change us, and will reveal an art and creative power all too overshadowed in our times which can heal the dramas we are enacting – we could simply call it the art of ‘human respect’.

The quote at the head of this article is from the great dramatist and theatrical mentor, Jerzy Grotowski.

Post-Truth And The Power Of Love

Post-Truth

The new Moon at 4°47′ of tropical Gemini on May 25th is unaspected within the planetary matrix, enhancing the entire field in resonance with its qualities. There is a fired up conscious energy at work in the inception of this lunation which can be brought to bear on actions and ideas that carry the revolutionary potential to go beyond the norm. This breaking of ‘old patterns’ inherent within ‘the norm’ is itself a necessity born of long held beliefs and views now being perceived to have well and truly run their course. In fact, the uprising common sentiment driving this energy of change is that ‘enough is enough’!

The 5th degree of Gemini carries the Sabian symbol of “A Revolutionary Magazine Asking For Action”, as poigniant a symbol as you could ask for in the current socio-political climate of an impulse for populist change and a reseting of what we ‘believe’, or have been led to believe, against ‘what we know’ to be true. The Sabian’s keyword of “Plenitude” has positive qualities here, indicating a release of energy that expresses movement beyond fullness and culmination. A saturation point is reached where prevailing conditions are now collectively perceived to be unsustainable to the extent that a decisive and corrective movement towards realising their opposite is inevitably stimulated. This is clearly expressed by the Sabian’s resolution of its symbol through the desire “To Reach Beyond Established Forms”, the very impulse which carries this energy of change. We might sense within this time a threshold beyond which is poised what the Sabians further describe as “the experience of a world of being so far unperceived by the everyday consciousness”.

Such novel inventiveness is both natural to life and an expression of Life’s non-linear capacities for creating uniqueness within ‘evolution’.

But, although otherwise unaspected, this new Moon enhances the dynamics of a planetary matrix that is already similarly poised; the celestial field is fomenting the desire for realisation of this creative release. It has its counterparts in the mundane world where, amidst dynamics that are reseting the power structures underpinning western (and ostensibly ‘global’) society, the recent series of political elections figure strongly – the upcoming UK parliamentary election on June 8th is itself an opportunity for the revolutionary potential of this moment to be given form. Voting UK nationals take note – if ever there was a time to vote and to maximise this potential, this is it!

All things being equal, the global (and ‘globalist’) political agendas that have brought us to this point are consistently being tested in our times, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump being arguably perfect examples, and, while a rear-guard resistance to such change is inevitable, the otherwise seemingly ‘immovable object’ of the ‘establishment’ is now seen to be losing credibility and integrity. While the voice of the ‘establishment’ might speak of being ‘strong and stable’ (which is the predictable mantra that the UK’s prime minister Theresa May has chosen to lead her Conservative party into battle with) this meme is very far from the emergent truth that is seeking expression and, ‘if truth be known’, as the Gemini Moon suggests the ‘irrestistable force’ that would bring the necessary change is gaining sway. The planets mirror this sentiment with unerring accuracy.

Uranus, Saturn and the Moon’s north node trine each other, uniting the fire signs, with Mars in Gemini in waxing opposition to Saturn, together forming a kite configuration at new Moon. This aspect becomes exact on May 28th when the Mars Saturn opposition becomes exact and the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto, forming a T square with Venus in Aries.

Venus too is now moving forward carrying the dream of a new reality that she seeded during her recent retrograde – in pragmatic unison with Pluto’s complete restructuring of the ‘power base’ in Capricorn, their influence is infusing the new Moon’s global resonance for conscious action with a new focus. We’ll come back to Venus, but, there are other planetary factors which support this focus as the lunation unfolds.

Mercury in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces are forming a yod at new Moon with Jupiter at its action point in Libra. This is a catalystic aspect pattern that also becomes exact on the 28th of May, here pushing levels of awareness in collective consciousness to a new high; the recent publication of three books all sharing the meme of ‘Post-Truth’ in their titles resonates here and, true to our times, the Oxford dictionary chose ‘post-truth’ as its word of the year in October (1).

What we might have formerly held to be ‘true’ is undoubtedly now being called into question and its is our inner conscience, the voice of our own heart and spirit, which is now pushing for new values to be shared as a common basis in this time of ‘post-truth’. We need to listen to this inner voice of conscience as well as communicate the truths of its own values to each other to maximise this lunation’s potential.

Mars opposition with Saturn, still conjunct the Galactic Centre, highlights the need for collaboration between the energies our personal awareness with the reality of the bigger picture – this resonates with the Moon’s nodal axis as an elevating influence on how we perceive the future, and our personal role and place within it. Big themes yes, but, to make sure that Venus’ dream goes  ‘big time’ this is the celestial mandate for our focus.

This Venus retrograde, for all its visionary subtlety, registers in the heart, and as mediator between the ‘body-mind’ and ‘brain-mind’ the heart embodies the centre and balance point, the generative power house of creative energy that gives our physical vehicle life and, ultimately, those core values which are most truly meaningful to each of us.

Old value systems which are incapable of embodying these powers are on the wane, their redundancy becoming ever more obvious, a fact of life which the state of this post-truth world reflects back to us faithfully day by day.

Within the political establishment, its religious and economic foundations, an emergent reality is at work, but, far from rising from the old order, it is sourced in the individual, expressed to great effect collectively, and requires our personal involvement to realise its full potential. We saw the process at work in the US elections, but, who could have predicted its outcome – in truth this is an outcome that is still unfolding and each political juncture brings its potential further to the fore. The ‘war on our minds’ this is fueling is now very tangible.

For UK voters the moment is loaded with meaning, a truth now being fully felt through terrorist intervention, following the Manchester bombing event which is now pulling on our attention. Timing is crucial in understanding what is at stake here – in recent years ‘terrorist attacks’ have almost unfailingly coincided with political processes, interrupting elections, creating diversions and drawing focus, often enough away from other key political, military and financial developments – such is in the nature and design of so called ‘false flag’ events. But, the contentious nature of such events is itself perhaps not the only relevant factor to us now; we are fast becoming savvy to the patterns involved, are developing our ability to read beneath the surface of appearances and join the dots. While this is highlighting the tension between beliefs, appearances and inner truths, it is also calling us to the counter their underyling causes and this increasingly asks every individual to think more carefully about what we can do to affect change upon those causes themselves.

The post-truth quality of our times has politicised life to an unprecedented degree – in a sense we are re-inventing politics in our own image. This impulse too aligns with the energy of this lunation, but, it also expresses a natural function of the Pluto Uranus squares that began coming into orb a decade ago. If the turn of the millenia saw us shocked into questioning reality, post 9/11 we have begun to rebuild from within. The financial and environmental crashes we have witnessed since have forced us into realisation that our world is under assualt, and questioning these realities, are now coming to realise that it is not all ‘our’ fault’ or for that matter down to forces beyond our control, as the political memes otherwise might have us believe. An increasingly awake and questioning public is ensuring that the ‘politics of guilt’ is now being crucified on a cross of its own making.

The complicity of the ‘power-base’, of corporatocracy and a pernicious ‘agenda driven incentive to deceive’ are now become a daily part of a war on our minds, as much as on our liberty. Where we formerly rallied to the call to ‘wake up’, many now have and the level of cognitive dissonance encountered in the process is pushing the envelope on ‘truth’. The process is now become political at a personal level – we know that our liberty is not only at stake, but its re-establishment is commensurate with ensuring the health and future of the planet. The means to achieve this are themselves at stake, a pragmatic imprint of this lunation’s qualities.

The June 8th election in the UK will see the country’s national chart challenged by the intrinsic impulse of this lunation in particular and, as a case in hand, is worth mentioning here.

Transiting Pluto precisely opposes the UK’s natal 10th house Moon throughout this time and, on election day itself, the Sun opposes UK’s natal 3rd house Mercury which is at 18 Sagittarius. The voice of the people rests upon the power to bring the necessary percieved need for change into manifestation. There is a worldly quality to this voice that is carried by the younger generations of voters, those whose savvy in world affairs is perhaps more clearly expressive of the new reality that is seeking expression – on election day transiting Mercury, domicile at 3° Gemini, squares the UK’s natal 5th house Pluto and trines UK’s 12th house Uranus. This is a moment of high octane creative potential and an opportunity to truly break with the past. The creation of a new social mandate is required; whichever party most reflects this need will capture the imaginative vote.

The ruler of the UK’s Ascendant, Venus, is trined by the transiting Sun as the poles open, activating innovative social awareness with more worldly conscious energy. Venus occupies the 5th house in Aquarius in the UK chart and the Sun’s transit through the UK’s 9th house suggests that the values of the bigger picture will be highlighted in this political process, but, the key is in the Sun’s opposition to Mercury here.

The voice of the younger generations needs to be heard – can the establishment really be said to represent that voice……

 The Power Of Love

Venus retrograde saw her track back to 27 Pisces, the degree of her exaltation in the sign of her exaltation, a point which may have slipped under the radar of collective consciousness but which nevertheless reveals the core values she is now carrying forward. In many ways she has unconsciously touched and activated that inner voice of conscience we all have.

With the inner meaning of Venus retrograde now being carried forward, emphasis on our abilities to live out our heart’s desires and knowing is now brought into the broad light of day. It should be remembered that Venus conjoined with Chiron as she stationed in 27 Pisces and old wounds are now coming up for long awaited healing. In Neptunes realms the energies locked up within them carry a strong redemptive value. With a re-invigorated and resurgent spiritual quality, the energy we bring to this impulse is both creative and visionary – we should not hold back in applying it. It is with exquisite timing that the May-June lunation furthers this seed for the future and brings it into the conscious sphere.

There is also a core principle at work here which, in esoteric teachings, tells us that conscious focus maximises energetic manifestation. ‘Energy follows intent’ would be another way of expressing it, but, when the underlying seed of a ‘completely new’ reality is being activated an extra level of awareness, rooted at deeper more innate levels of consciousness is also necessarily at work – its manifestation also requires that we be fully awake to the emergence of its unknown and ‘so far unperceived‘ qualities, ready to respond to them and work with them co-creatively. This level of adepthood will find resonance in each of us according to the degree of self-awareness and heart centeredness we have achieved, being grounded in where we put our individual focus. Behind this another reality is also at work, that which lives in us as an accumulation of the past which is embodied within us in the present.

In previous posts we have seen how the celestial impulse emerging through recent lunations has drawn our attention to this truth, the need to own our personal power and to stand firm, deeply rooted in it. From this place of inner integrity and culminating presence the energy of this lunation draws its most potent power. To now give it voice and form is central to its celestial mandate.

Having taken time to look into the resonances unfolding throughout the Venus retrograde, it is now possible to identify some of the key areas in which this is embedding within the collective sphere. In the follow up post we will journey into the esoteric side of this process, but, for now, the lunation pulls us into a worldly sense of timing. Again, ‘timing is everything’ here and how we make this lunation count depends as much on this as on our individual potentials.

Venus emphasis on the truth of the heart pulls us into personal focus, grounds us in the present and can make short work of the cynicism which pervades the political terrain of our times. With this lunation, its point of focus is nowhere more strongly visible than within the rising generations that will inherit the political reality it is now instrumental in choosing. The power behind this focus, which can carry its intent forward most effectively is Venus own, the Power of Love. Reclaimed from its own seeding in the 60’s, the era of the Uranus Pluto conjunction which began their present cycle, the potential for this to be instrumental in activating its new tap root and deeply grounding its much needed power within the world is at hand.

If the harmonious implementation of the ‘so far unperceived’ planetary impulse behind this lunation is to find its true form in the world, this is the power it must now rest upon. For us all, but for the people of the UK in particular, the ‘next day’ will say it all – June 9th is the day of the full Moon in 19 Sagittarius, conjunct UK’s natal Mercury. The Sabian symbol for this degree has this keynote : “The need for people concerned with the future to discover a new way of living and more wholesome surroundings” – its keyword is “survival”…..

…..if ever it were in doubt, this alone should tell us that ‘now is the time to speak from the heart, with the power of love‘.


(1) Evan Davis’s Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It’
James Ball’sPost-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World’
Matthew d’Ancona’s Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back’

Awakening The Tides Of Rememberance

The full Moon on Wednesday May 10th in 21 Scorpio is carrying a potentially deep and stirring emotional energy, and a focus on the individual as the nexus both within significant change and its apparent opposite, stabilisation. It sees the energy of the Sun in Taurus highlighting areas of life in which we excercise conformity, and this is reflected in balance by the Moon’s emphasis on the roots of individuality and inner freedom. There is a choice being called up between these two seeming polarities; but, the ‘personal’ and the collective, the hereditary and the ‘socio-cultural’ were ever entangled thus.

Where this inner/outer dynamic is harmonious we may feel the magnetism of life pulling us towards those things, and people, in which we find much beauty, correspondence and deep resonances. Mismatches between these two foci is where the tension of this full Moon is expressed most visibly, and felt most implicitly – either way, the affecting energy will increase in us a strong desire to either bed down into our culturally endorsed beliefs or to be rid, once and for all, of all that pollutes our personal lives which hinders us from expressing our true selves.

For a person who might be willing to go along with the mores and dictates of the society they live in, their personal freedoms will be expressed in relation to, if not directly in, the very terms of those ‘rules for living’; but, this also applies whether ‘for’ or ‘against’ these dictates, and where we have a strong sense of conflict present between our own inner needs and those predominantly manifested by society, conversely we are likely to feel an upsurge in rebellious emotions, an impulse to break free and establish a more unique if not unorthodox identity.

Both impulses express the same strong self clarifying desire – to associate with what is most meaningful to us. In sextile with Pluto rx in Capricorn, there is going to be a very real sense from this Moon that the time to give shape and form to these deeper emotional values is upon us, is now, that they can no longer be denied. Its a time for establishing identity either by staying within predefined parameters and abiding by their perceived truths or through using those parameters to differentiate and establish one’s own reality as the true benchmark and foundation for the future.

This harkens back to the strong impulse to ‘stand in our own truth’ of the March full Moon, and its development in ‘balance and right relationship’ in the April full Moon. The eclipses of March have set the tone and theme for this period and its culmination in August through September.

The Scorpio Moon’s impulse carries this theme and its emergent qualities forward, is an adjustment to the future, also reflected in the sign change of the Moon’s nodes, the north node now having entered tropical Leo for the next year.

This shift into a future oriented, self defining and essentially creative energy field will lend a bouyant feeling to the unfolding time, even where strong emotions are felt within. But, this is an ancient dynamic that is now phasing out of a prolonged period of antagonism, and the inherent division has morphed. It is now becoming more clearly defined between those who adhere to an old dream of the past, and those who have discovered a new dream germinating within themselves, the latter being the theme of the Venus retrograde that is now nearing its completion – this retrograde has slipped subtley under the radar, but, it also frames these lunar/solar events.

The old order is seperating away, even while it tries to re-establish itself, while deepening its inherent dichotomy. A new language is emerging from within the creative field of collective consciousness, its old counterpart now becoming redundant, its terms, like the old struggle between ‘conservative versus radical’, becoming irrelevant.

But, the truly radical individual here is courting a new and unknown social reality, is willing to draw more deeply from within themselves and their own personal truths than those endorsed by society. This is a society that is seen to have outlived its relevance and become both unrepresentative and false, and disfunctional to the extent that it no longer represents givens and universal truths. The inevitable result of this, an irrevocable divide, is leading to a breakaway movement, if not reality. Uranus and Mercury aid and abet this shift of perception and awareness. It is both ancient and new, deeply familiar and profoundly awakening, just as it is both poetically charged and reality expanding.

If the Sun’s trine with Pluto underlines this overall dynamic, whatever we do as a result of engaging with it, it must not only feel real, but be ‘real’  – many have had enough of the chicanery and subversion employed to prop up the illusion of the old dream, and Jupiter’s closing inconjunct with Neptune is pushing the issue here, incubating the new dream within collective consciousness.

On the personal level, given the collective nature of this Moon’s energetics and its widely affective focus, the sensitive degrees associated with it are in fairly wide orb, within the 15-25 degree arc of the fixed signs, and 0 to 10 degrees of the Cardinal signs.

The days either side of exact full Moon are also especially sensitised, so keep an eye out for indicators of how emotional undercurrents and drives might emerge, as reflected through your own charts. But, its that Pluto input that gives the cardinal energies of initiation and assertion the edge, so, the question is ‘where, and into what should we put our best energies?’

A positive use of this Moon’s energy might be to clear deeper blockages between ourselves and our ancestors, as these are in some way reflections of the same intrinisc dynamics which we are seeing at work in ‘surface life’ now. Their struggles have been carried forward and, in a very real sense, have been used against us while we are still living them out. Its a karmic loop which is ready and primed to be broken.

There is a fundamental power struggle at the core of this, a matter of survival and will, between those who have engineered the ongoing struggle, its ‘maintainers’, who might coincide with the ‘status quo’, and those who are clear within themselves that this status quo is stifling life and must change .

As the established power structures which seek to impose their power and will over our own personal determinism are highlighted, many of the political and social changes that are now taking place, which have increasingly been coming into the spotlight over the last decade in particular, are going to be in this Moon’s beams.

Social uprising is always preceded by ‘disquiet’ or disemblance beneath the surface, but, there comes a point where its energy must break through – while we won’t necessarily be seeing a new ‘Arab Spring’, the same ‘unrest’ has now become much more widespread and is bubbling away beneath the surface. We now have an opportunity however to use this impulse creatively.

To commit to this dynamic is to open more fully the channels of creative energy that flow from our roots, and this can bring real power to our personal lives if we connect with it positively. This is the energy we need to make changes in the world that correspond to our inner lives more fully, the same positivity and impetus necessary to freeing ourselves from the binding nature of the past and realising its inherent gifts.

Much genetic programming has become rooted here, a habituation of survival instincts at a very deep level. Radical by nature, how do we change this survival instinct from a negative into a positive? Much of the epigenetic memory that belongs to these instincts is collective, belongs in levels of consciousness that require a contiguous quality of awareness to be active, implicitly imbued with a desire to manifest changes perceived through the eyes of necessity.

The answer to this is in Venus retrograde, which has penetrated the dreamtime and fertilised the field, the celestial matrix, with a new and ancient dream-seed. Even though she is unaspected at full Moon, the celestial field conspires to support Venus as she moves toward delivering her story and arrives at back at 13 Aries, the degree in which her inner journey began early in March.

Mars has entered mutual reception with Mercury, each in the other’s home sign, and is squaring off to Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, in whose realms Venus has been travelling. The message she carries is gathering energy and awareness. Saturn’s long slow conjunction with the Galactic Center is a part of the same story behind this message – but, Venus story will be where we pick up this thread next time, and carry the energy of this full Moon forward.

As a hint of what is to come, here is a quote that perfectly sums up the theme of this full Moon and its relationship with Venus retrograde, in its most positive light :

“…..‘Awakening the tides of remembrance’ means accessing the gifts sent forward by our ancestors, understanding you are the sum of all that’s ever been of your line. It’s seeking to understand your journey, discovering the truth of who you are. And in that uniqueness walking ‘your’ truth, not another’s. It’s about freedom…..” (1)


(1) Barry Brailsford, chosen by the elders to be custodian of the histories and knowledge of the Waitaha peoples, who were already present in Aotearoa when the Maori arrived.

Top image : stone circle, central Mongolia.
Middle image : crop circle center, Silbury Hill, near Avebury, August 2009.
Bottom image : sunset at Poldhu, Cornwall.

The Madness Of King Donald or Showdown With KJU?

At a time when both Chinese and Russian ministers of foreign affairs have issued diplomatic warnings to the USA administration to ‘cool it’ with North Korea, and Kim Jong-Un, the NK leader, has provocatively stated that the US has done nothing but fail through its aggressive actions in Libya, Iraq and Syria, it comes as no surpise to find that the current planetary transits are falling squarely on hot spots within the charts of those concerned. Such is the current of our times.

From the perspective of planetary aspects alone, the situation is almost perfectly if not precariously poised. As I write, Venus is stationing direct, conjunct Chiron in Pisces, both squaring Saturn in Sagittarius. Mercury is newly retrograde in early Taurus and the Sun is conjunct with Uranus in Aries. Jupiter in Libra is slowly slipping out of exact square with Pluto in Capricorn while simultaneously re-developing its waning inconjunct aspect with Neptune, also in Pisces. A complex of tensions and stress points by themselves, both dissolutionary and fluxing, veiling and exposing, this is a matrix of uncertainty and shifting polarities, not least of all between inner and outer dynamics. The key players are hotlining the moment and anything can happen. But, if the ‘drums of war’ are beating, what of Mars?

The red planet is having his Algol moment, aligned with Medussa’s star while tightening a waxing inconjunct with Saturn, an aspect that will become exact as the Moon joins with Pluto on April 18th; not a time to try and stare out the wrathful war inflamed goddess! It is an understatement to say that a conscious adjustment to the deeper imports of the situation now developing seems necessary, if not inevitable, and the US president needs to pay heed to his Russian and Chinese advisories. However, Mars is also transiting the USA’s Neptune Pluto midpoint in the Sibly chart….we should not expect too much diplomacy, or truthfulness from the US administration at this time, especially when it comes to displays of aggression, but nevertheless, that is the necessary work in hand.

Next stop for Mars over the coming months are its transit to the US 6th house Uranus followed by the US Descendant, and, as the year heats up towards the third and last Jupiter Uranus opposition in September, Mars transits in succession the US Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Sun, all in the USA’s 7th house. A rush of adrenalin around foreign policy is not what we all need from the USA right now or in the near future. Transiting Mars will also square the US midheaven and 10th house Libran Saturn in the process. Any notions of diplomacy will be severely tested. And then, of course, there’s the maverick in Trump’s sights.

According to the January 8th 1983 birth date for Kim Jong-Un (1) transiting Saturn now sits on the North Korean leader’s natal Neptune, Mars is currently applying in opposition to KJU’s natal Uranus+Jupiter, and transiting retrograde Mercury is exactly square KJU’s natal Mercury+Venus conjunction in Aquarius. There is not a lot of encouragement in this, or hope for peaceful communications. The problem here is not only that crosscurrents of communication are being exacerbated by rash hedonism, rigid idealogy and hardly veiled threat, but, Kim Jong-Un’s birth time is in question – in fact there is even dispute over the year itself. I have gone with the most frequently refered to natal planetary positions for him.

In all cases however, Pluto in Capricorn has been and will continue to be transiting KJU’s natal Sun, trining North Korea’s Sun in Virgo, which will itself come into play in the last quarter of this year when Mars and Venus conjunct the North Korean Sun. Economic factors that will undoubtedly affect the dollar could play a crucial role not only in America’s global identity (2), but, could feed directly into the North Korean scenario, if it has not been toned down or resolved by then – several commentators have recently expressed the opinion that an economic collapse around the dollar markets will fuel global tensions and instability, if not trigger and deepen further conflict. With heavy investment in the military budget by the Trump administration one has to wonder what is behind the sudden about face from Trump, who previously expressed the desire for seeking peaceful solutions to conflict, now resorting to the apparent opposite.

We could go further but it would only be putting detail on what is already becoming clear – this is a geopolitical minefield that is ready to trip, and room for wrong moves is fast diminishing.

The obvious question is, what is on Donald Trump’s mind right now?

Lobbing bombs on foreign soil, without recourse to Congress, is one answer, and not just any bomb, target or foreign soil….aside from the Syrian question, and the veracity of allegations being thrown about, or the fact that the largest of non-nuclear bombs has just been dropped by the USA on Afghanistan, there is a quality of what appears to be recklessness and petulance being displayed here, a demonstrative if unpredictable show of strength with a strong reactive quality built into its effect, if not its causes. So, what of those causes?

In Donald Trump’s natal chart the Mars connection is through the Trump MC, which it is currently transiting, and by square to natal 12th house Mars – a sense of damn-it-all ‘might or bust’ has been undoubtedly coming to the fore, but what else is feeding it? Transiting Uranus+Sun are squaring natal 11th house Saturn+Venus and, besides the ‘protectionist’ values behind Trump’s  policies this might imply, the chauvinist reactionary is simultaneously on display. Transiting Venus+Chiron are squaring Trump’s natal 10th house Sun+Uranus+North Node, suggesting that a crisis surrounding deeper values and potential for reckless disregard of consequences is feeding in, and at a soul level – is he losing direction, or getting the wrong directives fed to him? We might be more reassured if the Donald would only just step back, take the necessary deep breaths, collect himself and take in the bigger picture! ASAN put it nicely in the following image….

If we go to Donald Trump’s Solar Arc chart we find tr.Jupiter applying to SA Pluto and tr.Mars squaring SA Uranus. Trumps SA Mars is also, interestingly, conjunct KJU’s natal Pluto+Saturn (3) – the degrees involved here are those that will be triggered by the Jupiter Uranus opposition in September. And, Trump’s SA Uranus is now conjunct his own natal Mars. That Uranus Mars flip flop is highly significant in respect of the current ploys Trump is exhibiting, but, Uranus, Pluto, Saturn and Mars are a highly volatile and stubborn mix by themselves, perhaps revealing something of the internal pressures he is under, a wilful need to exhibit ultimate power perhaps being its natural projection, through shock if nothing else; but, it is Trump’s progressed chart that shows the immediacy of our rightful concerns.

Uranus and the Sun are now transiting Donald Trump’s progressed Descendant and this degree will see transiting Mercury station direct conjunct tr.Uranus on May 4th. The erratic and unpredicatable behaviour we are seeing is amplified by Jupiter sitting opposite on Trump’s Ascendant in the progressed chart. When Mercury stations on May 4th the transiting Sun will square Trump’s natal 12th house Pluto-Mars midpoint – a clear message to the world that he means business, or that the power has gone to his head and he has lost his marbles!? Maybe both, as it will also trigger his progressed Mercury+Pluto 10th house conjunction.

There is more in Donald Trump’s current and approaching astrology that could be brought in but, already, this has all the halmarks of a personal hiatus being played out on the world stage. As if to drive home the point, Trump’s progressed Uranus is currently conjunct the USA’s 7th house Mars – it is true that Trump began with  a key stroke, throwing out the TPP and signalling a snub at the globalist corporatocracy, but, even this is now being called into question with ‘Goldman Sachs’ in the Whitehouse – if ever there was a case for the suitability of a presidential candidate being astrologically vetted before attaining office, this would give adequate evidence of its necessity. But, suitability for office is one thing, and ability to weather the unforeseen storm is another.

Trump’s natal DC although ruled by Uranus and Saturn, being in the final degree of Aquarius, is courting both Neptunian idealism and Jupitarian expansionism in his 7th house dealings. With a Gemini Sun+Uranus+NN natal 10th house conjunction and Venus ruling his MC he is oriented towards transforming through material values and means from his position as leader – he probably feels that his leadership is both beneficial and yet holds a devil may care attitude, if only others would trust him. Trouble is Donald has a deficit of Earth in his natal chart – its either an outward show covering or compensating for an inner lack, or it is unconsciously feeding an inner need. But, the infamous if not downright quirky Trump linguistics and need to communicate with the populace via unofficial channels, which all to often simply provides fuel for ‘the opposition’ and calls forth widespread derision, needs to be backed up with solid, consistent and dependable reasons to trust him and, still only four months into his administration, the deep political uncertainties that now surround the President are testing his ability to both hold to his original agenda as well as hold fire.

If this short excursion into this mundane arena of personal and international interactivity is to be of any value it must, however, firstly bring a sense of perspective to what is, on the face of it, a perplexing and uncertain time on the world stage through a glimpse into the astrology applying to two of its key players. The value this brings to us as individuals may be limited by our own personal bias or concerns, but, the inherent dynamics, revealed or not, do affect us all.

In the next post we’ll provide something by way of an antidote and delve into ‘the other side’ of things, quite lterally, and take a look at the cosmological dance now shaping up that is fueled by changes sourced far beyond our home planet. One of the chief protagonists here is Saturn who, besides squaring Venus and Chiron, is currently conjunct the Galactic Centre, highlighting what in our present circumstances might well be an all to easily disregarded underlying aspect of our collective planetary transformation. Although we will be focusing on a much more universal aspect of these times, Saturn’s role in this is also one that may develop to become a key moment for President Trump, especially when Saturn (now retrograde) stations direct on his natal 4th house Moon.

But, we’ll leave the Trump saga behind now and, with the next post firmly in mind, set our controls for the heart of our galaxy……oh, and by the way, that tweet trolling the Donald from Earth orbit is actually a direct quote from Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell :

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch‘.”

You can read the full story about this off-world protest here >>>
https://www.rt.com/viral/384659-trump-protest-space-science/


(1) Kim Jong-Un’s birth time is unknown and the year is in dispute – however, personel from within the Kim household have testified to the year being 1983 and this is generally prefered over the alternative 1984 date; the day is verified as January 8th.

(2) The Venus Mars conjunction in mid-Virgo opposes Neptune in September 2017,  squaring the US Asc and opposing the progressed US 7th house Sun. The Jupiter Uranus opposition of the same time activates progressed US Venus on the cusp of the 9th house – I have flagged up this date in previous posts as an indicator for hyperinflation, and it is almost certain to bring financial shock, effecting both internal security and foreign trade, if not investments, both military and financial. Pluto also squares the US progressed 2nd house Mars and 8th house Chiron through this time. A deeper analysis of this and the founding Wall Street chart, and its progressed chart, will be upcoming here nearer the time.

(3) Saturn’s position in the 1983 chart for Kim Jong-Un is occupied by Pluto in Scorpio in the alternative 1984 chart, while Mars occupies Pluto’s 1983 position in the 1984 chart.

A Shock To ‘The System’

After a solar eclipse we can usually expect a reset in our focus and a new turn of events in the mundane world which reflect it, but, the weeks since the new lunation opened on February 26th have been exceptional. The polarisation of opinions and shock of disclosure we are witnessing are unprecedented and affect us all – the release of ‘Vault 7’ in particular stands out, and as Julian Assange said of it, what has been released by Wikileaks so far on the CIA only represents about 1% of the material they have! Surveillance has already been shown to be pan-global and ultra invasive through this ‘leak’, but, revealing the extent of corruption behind it will deliver the kill-shot, not least of all as many of the links joining key protagonists will be revealed in the process. This is the time to polish up our skills in ‘pattern recognition’.

The stage is now set for an increase in pressure through disclosure. It won’t last indefinitely, there is a time frame, and a change of impetus will happen. But, right now, many different fields of action are working simultaneously, a good reason to step back and take in the broader view. In fact, this is mirrored beautifully in the heavens – here we will take a look through this lens at the impetus that is unfolding now, with particular reference to March 15th, as a template for whats coming.


The Vault 7 release happened exactly in sync with Mercury’s superior conjunction of the Sun in Pisces and hit the news feeds on March 7th, just as the Moon in Cancer was squaring Venus and completing a grand cardinal cross with Jupiter Pluto and Uranus – the truth hit home. As the lunation came to its head at the Virgo full Moon on the 12th of March and the news sank in the pattern started becoming a lot clearer, a true grounding moment – amidst systemic breakdown and factions competing to monopolise public opinion and control awareness, ‘the reality principle‘ is being tested and there is only one thing to do – raise our own game in the consciousness stakes and stand firmly in our own truth. But, this lunation has grown teeth as it has progressed and the trend looks set to continue apace. The ‘official narrative’is being unpacked for all to see.

On 15th March the waning full Moon steps over an energetic boundary that is like a live wire in our times. Acceleration of the energy and characteristics of the lunation on this day is mirrored in the heavens as the Moon joins with Jupiter in opposition to Uranus, re-activating the T square they form with Pluto, in Libra, Aries and Capricorn respectively.

Jupiter will move out of opposition with Uranus over the coming months, before stationing retrograde at 14 Libra on June 10th, quincunx Neptune in Pisces. But, by then another major configuration involving Uranus will have taken the impetus forward to a new state. However, the Jupiter Uranus opposition is currently alive and kicking

Given the historical and political significance of March 15th, the infamous ‘Ides of March’, the issues of established power, their institutions and resources, and clandestine plots to overthrow and initiate radical action against leadership, tell us the celestial writing is on the wall – although the date is echoed through many significant historical anniversaries besides Julius Caesar’s downfall, we should not expect a singular event to mark this date; rather, it is setting the template for future developments. However, with Uranus involved, you never know.The following image shows what significance the 15th of March 2017 holds as an anniversary of some of the milestone events of the past…..a very provocative list!

2017-anniversaries

Now is a time when we need to pay close attention, to the activities of our own mind as well as those of the major game players in the world. Where we find financial and geopolitical undercurrents being stirred up, how we react is all important as our own mental and emotional energy is being utilised to fuel an ongoing ‘war on our minds’.

This is pulled into sharper focus by retrograde Venus  in the 11th degree of Aries on the 15th of March. The financial aspect of Venus role here has already been flagged up in previous posts, but, as a seed time for major economic developments around and after mid-year, this is a time to watch – March 15th sees the end of the holiday on the USA’s debt ceiling, and a new level will have to be negotiated, something that astute commentator and analyst Catherine Austin Fitts sees as a likely scenario, given the cross-party benefits it will bring. It could also be the opportunity for more major social disruptions, especially as the month ends. This is emphasised by the Sabian symbol associated with Venus degree on March 15th.

The Sabian symbol for 11 Aries indicates “the central manifestation of a type of “order” which transcends and seeks to rule the emotional and instinctual drives of the individual person. Actually the ruler at this social-political and mental level of integration is often the one who is being ruled by collective pressures.” As they conclude, “it indicates a CENTRALISATION OF POWER at the level of a rigidly structure consciousness“. What the ‘powers that be’ are doing everything they can to prevent us from knowing is that this ‘structuring of consciousness’ is their game – in fact it is ‘the’ control game that has been happening all along, a millenia old manipulation. Now its inner dynamic is being acted out through a game of fake news and corrupt intel versus truth and inner clarity.

The involvement of intel agencies in this inner warfare is being emphasised and exposed daily, revealing the widespread corruption and rogue agenda of the CIA in particular, an agenda of unprecedented surveillance that is global in its reach – the war on our minds has taken on a new level of seriousness that reaches right into the heart of not only our individual lives, but of both the ‘superficial’ and ‘deep’  States.

In addition, March 15th sees Mercury quincunx and Mars trine the Moon’s north node, from Aries and Taurus respectively, adding pressure to the need to perceive more clearly the futures being strategised and rolled out through intelligence agencies, propagandist drives and disruptive co-opted activism.

Speaking of activism, it is now an almost banal if dangerous fact that the promotion and financial backing of mass rallies by George Soros is instrumental in attempting to bring about the overthrow of the encumbent US administration. In reality, his wealth is relative small fry compared to that of the ‘major’ banking families involved. At the same time, his treasonous actioning and backing of pseudo-political insurgence is promoting the outreach programme of a globalist backlash that more fully involves these ‘bankers’. Its a backlash against the fast increasing exposure of the ‘shadow government’ and their masters, the so called ‘ruling elite’. You can see the reflex happening daily in your news feed, itself reliant on our swallowing the bait the MSM delivers, whole. You have to ask, who in their right minds believes what they read now, unchewed? Divide and concur? Not if we can help it.

Mercury at 4 Aries sheds further light on the unfolding dynamic; the Sabians for this degree highlight “dynamic and unresolved POLARIZATION. It introduces the basic means – one might say, the technique – to establish consciousness in the world of duality.” The trick is to perceive both poles in impartiality, the better to see the bigger picture. Their opposition is also a complementarity, but, the divisive nature of events, disclosures and ‘commentaries’ is designed to subvert this view and prevent it from happening. What Uranus divides with the impact of shock revelations and tactics, Jupiter disseminates throughout the collective consciousness.

Amidst the ongoing push to polarise the political and public arena through propagandisation and co-opted activist infiltration into mass protests, it is becoming essential to develop this, the objective observer’s view point, that takes in an unbiased if accute awareness of the ‘bigger picture’. This is our mundane template, the raw material through which a higher degree of consciousness can be established, our ‘World Work’.

Pushing this necessity further, on March 15th the Sun joins Chiron in 25 Pisces, quincunxing the Moon and Jupiter, highlighting unresolved issues surrounding what the Sabians describe as “exclusivism, pride, jealousy, greed for power and wealth” in relation to this degree. This planetary aspect pushes for us to become as fully consciousness as possible of the cognitive dissonance involved. Within this, becoming aware of the relationship between stress induced confusion and blinkered polarisation into ‘side taking’ needs to be sourced back to how the issues, as they are indicated by the Jupiter/Moon conjunction and the T square it feeds into, are being used to draw us in and distract us.

The pressure to extricate ourselves from this propagandist cesspit, to pull focus on what is happening on a more global scale and get with the bigger picture is going to crystalise as the year develops. It will be given an even greater emphasis through Saturn’s developing square from late Sagittarius with the Sun and Chiron in the immediate future. This aspect from Saturn comes within 3° orb on March 15th, and develops with the Sun over the following days, while it continues to evolve with Chiron over the next 10 months. We’ll come back to the more far ranging aspects of Saturn’s role here shortly.


What has been initiated through the solar eclipse will resonate down through the rest of the year, marking this lunation as a pivotal time. The solar eclipse itself is the inevitable if seemingly illogical conclusion of the eclipse cycle across the Pisces Virgo axis that began in September 2015. Think about the growth of social roots activism this cycle signalled and how this has been both co-opted and subverted as the cycle has progressed towards closure. And, remember who has ‘gone down’ and who has ‘risen up’ in the process. Factions are at war, and co-option is, as ever in the socio-political realms, the name of their game.

So, what are we being distracted from? Being able to use our own personal higher ‘centres of intelligence’, perhaps? The stakes are high, thats for sure, but, there is another side to all this as well.

Saturn has been slowly closing on conjunction with the Galactic Centre over the last month or more and will station retrograde in conjunction with the GC on April 6th. This can play out in two ways.

On the one side it suggests that we will see the brakes being applied on mundane issues that are currently emerging, the disclosures that are now underway finally hitting their target. What is now conjectured and implied will become concrete, established within the much bigger picture.

On the other side, disclosure of an all together different kind is going to bring everything to a grinding halt. As has been noted in previous posts here, the Uranus Jupiter opposition promises that amongst these there could well be significant revelations that impact our collective view of the past and who ‘we’ are. That will be a total game changer. I am looking at the third Uranus Jupiter opposition in September with this in mind.

This is also reflected nearer this current time in the trines that will be formed through Saturn, Uranus and the Moon’s north node in the fire signs, a configuration that will kick in more fully from late April and run through to August this year. This will culminate with the major solar eclipse on August 21st 2017 whose shadow will sweep across the United States. But, the future as a breakaway from the current malaise is writ large on this time, a repurposing of our lives  to a higher ideal, and what is happening now, through the current template, is providing the necessary tools to adjust consciously and is all a part of this process.

Given the volume of fallacies, cover ups and covert ops being currently disclosed, both mundane and ‘out there’, the implications are clear. We are entering an amped up period of ‘joining the dots’, and the shift that happens as we do so is going to deliver a serious shock to ‘The System’…..it is up to us to do the inner and outer work and get with the beat.

In the next post we’ll explore further where this is leading us, peek beneath the skin of some of the major players in a geo-political soap opera that is brewing and, following that, dig deep into the esoteric goldmine that is the Venus retrograde and its augeries for the third Jupiter Uranus opposition of 2017…….see you then!

 

Return Of The Thunder Spirits

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“……the companion Inyan created for himself was the Thunder spirits. Their form was so terrible that they must conceal themselves within a cloud, or people would go insane merely from glancing at them. But their purpose is noble. They are here to rid the world of filth. They are here to wash away the demons, like the ones who destroyed (and are destroying) your mother. Like the ones who want to destroy you…..” (1)


As this article goes to press the deadline to clear the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock approaches – 2.00pm local time. By the time you read this it will almost certainly have passed and the battle for Standing Rock will have reached what may prove to be its crucial turning point. Time will tell, but, we are witnessing a moment in history that could be repeating itself, seeking resolution. The background for this possibility is clearly reflected in the astrology that links Standing Rock with one of the most crucial and well known events in the history of the struggle between the indigenous peoples of North America and the armed forces of the European settlers, the battle which has come to be known as ‘Little Bighorn’.

The onset of Lt. Colonel Custer’s assault on the Sioux nations on the 25th of June 1876 and its eventual bloody conclusion on the 26th give us a timeframe in which to reference the planetary positions then, and the period from 22nd February 2017 to the new Moon/solar eclipse of Feb. 26th give us the relevant timeframe for their position in the present.

The aim of this article is not necessarily to forecast any outcome for the present stand-off at the camp of the Sacred Stone, but, it provides adequate insight and food for thought to alert us to a powerful correspondence between these two events, a heads-up to its signifiance and repercussive nature.

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The current planetary backdrop for the 22nd to 26th February 2017 sees a major T-square playing out between Jupiter rx in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries, both squaring Pluto  in Capricorn; Mars is within 3 degrees of Uranus as I write, just 4 days from their conjunction in Aries which becomes exact at the eclipse. Alongside this, Saturn in Sagittarius is connecting into the T square through sextile with Jupiter and trine with Uranus.

The release point of this T square is opposite Pluto, around the 16-20° mark of Cancer. Going straight to the correspondences we quickly find that they speak for themselves as Mars is currently squaring its LBH (Little Bighorn) degree – that degree is 19 Cancer. Mars will arrive at this degree on July 4th 2017, American ‘Independence Day’.

We find LBH Saturn in the 9th degree of Pisces, the degree of the solar eclipse on 26th February.

Chiron, presently squaring Saturn, is precisely on the degree of the LBH north node.

Although not necessarily acting as triggers the present transiting positions of the major outer planets reveal some of the qualitative tensions now being played out.

In the LBH chart Jupiter opposes Pluto from Scorpio; Jupiter is now quincunxing LBH Pluto, while Uranus quincunxes LBH Jupiter.

Pluto is also presently quincunxing LBH Uranus.

Mercury, now entering Pisces, is quincunxing LBH Venus. In addition Mercury is also in softer aspect to other luminaries in the LBH matrix, trining LBH Sun and sextiling LBH Neptune, and as the solar eclipse approaches Mercury is transiting the current lunar south node’s degree, activating awareness of our spiritual past and the legacy of events related to this.

In the LBH timeframe the Moon transits the present position of the lunar north node, not a temporal marker necessarily, but a transit that brought it into opposition over June 25-6th 1876 with Saturn. The solar eclipse is effectively activating these degrees across the lunar nodal axis.

This may be a time for closure to be sought, but, our ability to realise this will certainly be founded on more than transient phenomena.

Although the quincunxes suggest the tension underpinning the playing out of the unresolved legacies of Little Bighorn, and the disconnect between the forces now involved, the hard aspects and direct correspondences between the events by transit of key degrees confirms the connection. Mid points are also brought into  play and Pluto is also currently applying to the LBH Saturn Jupiter midpoint, directly tieing in the current T square.

But, it is within the present Uranus Mars conjunction that we find the most striking connection and transiting Mars is undoubtedly the catalyst, a warning that the unresolved ghosts, if not energies, of conflict are being raised once more. Could it be that Chiron’s position on the LBH north node indicates the that healing needed for resolution is finally manifesting, that its time has come, or will the wound of the past be deepened by these triggers? Will the ghosts be laid to rest or infuse the present with a spirit of retribution?

It is notable that a 26th Feb. solar eclipse chart cast for Standing Rock (14.58 UTC) has the current T square directly on the Asc/Dc axis with Mars and Uranus rising – Pluto squares from the mid 10th house. This carries a heavily loaded potential for resurgent and insurgent action. Strong leadership with powerful revolutionary potential is indicated in this, but, it can swing both ways and with Jupiter in Libra setting in the west, the eclipsing of justice is not beyond the scope of this chart either.

The Mars square suggests that conflict will continue to unfold, with Uranus potentially bringing unprecedented and traumatic consequences. There could also be significant breakthrough as a result of the enforced eviction. This may not be obvious at first but there are larger patterns at work in this and it’s dynamic is going to continue, and these dynamics are now applying out on a much wider scale.

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It helps to reflect upon how crucial ‘leadership’ is in the current time and, in terms of leadership involved then and now, it is worth remembering Custer’s own downfall and its essential core reasons. He was an ambitious and daring individual, willing to lead from the front, whose reckless vanity was almost certainly his undoing. Without going into the well documented timeline of events that illustrate this at Little Bighorn, consider Sun Tzu’s commentary on military leadership in this light :

“There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (a) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (b) cowardice, which leads to capture; (c) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (d) a delicacy of honour which is sensitive to shame; (e) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.

These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war.

When an army is overthrown and its leader slain, the cause will surely be found among these five dangerous faults. Let them be a subject of meditation.” (2)

Custer was undoubtedly guilty of points (a) and (d), and as (c) would suggest, was certainly over hasty and rash; he utterly failed to carry out vital reconnaissance and sought a greater glory (a delicacy of honour) in dealing what he hoped would be the decisive blow within the Sioux Wars. He faced strong leaders and warriors who easily matched his courage, but who also demonstrated the advantage of a superior knowledge of the terrain and an ability to out-think the Colonel – with overwhelming numbers on their side there was little impediment to their victory. If there is a lesson to be learned here, present leaders might do well to consider its relevance and application in our times. The blinkering ‘vanity’ of leadership is one of its greatest stumbling blocks, but, when the scale of resitance is growing, such myopic  leadership will see its misplaced values severely tested. But, the point of Sun Tzu’s strategies was always to avoid conflict and still gain the benefit.

No matter the nature of this conflict or how it plays out in our time, while the land rights of the indigenous people, whose ‘medicine’ Chiron could also be symbolically respresenting here, are crucial to the outcome. But, the scope of the battle has widened and we now see opposing forces of a different nature at work unfolding its dynamic on a much broader front.

An ancient opposition seeded in the far distant past, a struggle symbolised by the conflict between encumbent authority and individual sovereignty through the deeper polarity between the secular and the spiritual, is itself coming to a head, but, is doing so now on a global scale. Our human relationship with land and environment are at its center. Water protectors, choosing peaceful resistance over bloodshed, now oppose militarised federal forces. The people’s sovereign rights are overtly aligned with Earth rights and oppose the power of State aligned with vested corporate interest.

Entangled within this are issues around immigration and boundaries, associations that the current T-square and Saturnian influence are reflecting in an exacerbated state of national and international affairs, politically volatile and shot through with violence.  Thanks to innovative Uranian technologies and the power of social networking they facilitate, the current situation is deeply affected by both manipulative co-oercion and instant connectivity of a nature never before seen in the ‘historical’ period.

The stand-off at Standing Rock, encapsulating so many of these factors has, like the battle now known as Little Bighorn, become iconic and is deeply charged with these dynamics. Natural resources are central to both conflicts, gold being at the heart of the government’s landgrab in the 1870’s. Now the ‘protection of the waters’ from the dangers of the exploitation of such resources is at the heart of Standing Rock, and the same spirit is at work in protection of the natural world in general.

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Protectors of the waters, of the Earth and of the people are uniting to defend sovereign rights and the honouring of lawful treaties. They share many of the attributes and aims with the Native American warriors who fought at Greasy Grass, the indigenous name for Little Big Horn. But, the nature of resistance has changed.

As Custer approached the Sioux settlement he drove captured Sioux women and children before his column of soldiers. Seeing this Sioux scouts alerted the camp and the warriors were mobilised. In our time it is the women of Sacred Stone camp who are leading the way in protecting the sacred waters, a restorative reflection of the peaceful resistance that the protectors embody. May peace prevail.

Such is no less the case at any site where the appetite of greed and disrespectful ambition is tearing up the Earth and being met with protective resistance. But, division has become deeply instrumental and the contrast between one side and the other much more stark. The stand-off at large will continue, so long as respect for life and reconciliation is absent and the conflict remains unresolved.

What prompted me to look into the astrological correspondences here were the clear historical and tribal connections and their dynamics being played out now at Standing Rock. Just as the State attempted to order the Sioux nations off their lands under difficult conditions on the ground during the winter of January 1876 , the protectors at Standing Rock have been given a deadline amidst adverse conditions brought by snow melt and heavy rains, but, it was a video that Chase Iron Eyes posted this morning that caught my attention and prompted this article.

Chase Iron Eyes is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, an attorney and activist who is also a member of the Lakota People’s Law Project – I leave you with the video in which he talks of the importance of the Thunder spirits to the situation as it is now unfolding at Standing Rock……

(1) ‘Coyote Medicine’ – Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Simon & Schuster, 1997
(Italics, mine)
(2)’The Art Of War’ – Sun Tzu, various translations

Images by Frank Howell – from the top :
‘Circle Of Life’
‘Lost Warrior’
‘Lakota Blue Aura’
‘Fruit From The Light’