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Venus and the New Moon

What if I were to tell you that things were never going to get back to ‘normal’. You’d probably say “damn right”, and “we don’t mean them to either”, no?

Or this. That the lockdown was going to have lasting effect, will change our lives for ever, and that we may never return to the same degree of freedoms we had before 2020 began. Less appealing, that one?

How about if I said that your liberty is no longer your choice? I imagine you’d either call BS, say something to the effect of “over my dead body” or at the least feel a sharp pang of the discomfort that being in enforced ‘lockdown’ has made familiar over the last two months or more, no? No fear of, or dread at the prospect?



I mean, how many would simply go along with the third of these scenarios, willingly, even though we know that they are all on the collective radar right now.

Well, here’s the deal….in one part of the zodiac we have a triad of planets that are busy holding us hostage to making all three of the above a reality, one way or another, while another group of heavenly bodies half way across the heavens are saying “nope’, ‘ain’t going to be like that”, and between them is a third group who are setting both groups to either “put up or shut up”, and will use both force and coercion, agitation and deception, to that end, and are playing both devil’s advocate and divine provocateurs in the process.

This new Moon in Gemini has spawned all kinds of bright and shiny forecasts for the next month and the encouragement that they bring is going to help a great many people cope with the current prospects, at least for a moment.

But, tomorrow is another day, and unless you want it to be just like the one that has gone before, which is almost the normative experience now and possibly the best ‘option’ for far too many, the real and most urgent answer to all those planetary inputs is this :

“Get on your feet and stand up for your rights. Period. ‘Cos that is what is at stake here, friends and folks.”

We are not talking human rights here either – they can be changed, any time, by those who hold the power of State, legislation and economic control.

No, these are what in common law are called “God given rights” – inviolable, indigenous to you as a natural born human and the stronger of the two, by far, if you are ready and able to stand up for them and exercise them.

Thing is, not pushing those who have suffered horribly at ‘the hands of the virus’ aside, the people who have probably been least affected by the conditions surrounding the Covid19 pandemic are those for whom solitude and the opportunity and space this gives to explore that fertile inner space is in fact ‘the norm’, and a desirable norm at that; the artists, the creative and curious, the meditative, thinkers, imaginers and the lovers of nature – they at least are going to have a good chance at making something useful out of this situation, in spite of it all, no?

You’ve seen the memes…..artist before, artist during, artist after….showing the same image.

Yes, even the meme is a pastiche on reality, which should be obvious but tickles the mind curiously with an undisclosed truth, which can also be felt and sensed.

Those endowed with the mindset and approach to our current circumstances that will benefit the most are fortunate, if this is indeed the case, but the Gemini lunation pulls focus on this, brings it under the spotlight of our personal lives, and in so doing draws attention to the wider issues at stake and asks the question – beyond all that, WHAT IS BEING BIRTHED in this moment, in this time?

How well prepared are you to answer this question, what are your inner resources, can you turn a dream into reality, the dream you have always known was living inside you, waiting to be given its chance.

Well, this is it. In spite of everything.

Venus retrograde, with Mercury enspiriting her step, say this is where to pay attention, and what to tap into, that birthing energy of something more desirable than anything that has led to this ridiculous impasse, and any passivity with which its oppressive restrictions are being met.

Sure. But this is way deeper than is obvious from simply getting heart centred and kushti with the vision of “a more beautiful world you know is possible”.

This is not the time for romantic idealism, but for radical, anomalous, and lastingly conceived birthing, and ‘action’.

Venus in these circumstances is, actually, fucking kick-ass!

Venus is inconjunct the heavy triad of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto centred around Cardinal earth, an aspect that makes Her energies and values, and influence on our actions, dissociated from but indirectly connected with this authoritarian trio and their orthodoxies of control and magnanimous disruption.

Its not that she ignores, doesn’t see or hear their shenanigans, how can She not? No.

Regardless, She goes deep into her own inner world and pulls up a new resource, taps into a deep vein and retrogrades through her own inner transformation and as She does so indicates the process that this new energised creative focus must take for us too.

To be focused on being unconditioned in our expression, is an essential, but, to move from the mysterious and profoundly dreaming night time universality of the Evening Star, her more romantic guise you might say, into the dream grounding sensual beauty making guardian of reality that the Morning Star brings into our skies and world over the next 10 months – that is the key to unlocking these times She offers.

That is where She’s at.

She is the undaunted amazonian warrior spirited self leader we all need to embody.

She is the fearless protector of the planet Earth.

She exists in us all, the indigenous memory and realisation of which has, in all reality, been burned, dogmatised, programmed from the core of our knowing and being by a murderous intent whose time is now up.

Except, that memory cannot be extinguished. it lives on.

It is up to each of us how we respond, but, make no mistake – there is not a person alive who can’t, who does not have the necessary spark.

Unusual times require unusual responses, and, as some wise fool once said, the world does not suffer from too much imagination, but, too little.

These are gritty times, make no mistake – this is not an illusion, and you know it. It is a challenge, The Challenge.

Mars and Neptune are converging in Pisces, squaring the Geminian resurgence.

Use the energy of Mars to roll that grit, thats stuck in the craw of your deepest knowing, into a pearl of exquisite and shimmering beauty and untold value, that illuminates the spiritual realm within the zodiac that Jupiter and Neptune preside over with the inextinguishable phosphorescence of your imagination come alive.

There is a dream waiting to be acknowledged in there, in your heart, and you know it full well.

Take this opportunity, while the planets support us, to give it the chance at reality it deserves.

There is a world crowning into existence at this moment.

Get with this beat, pick up this pulse and RAISE A COUNTER CULTURE that will eclipse the ‘paradigm of control’ that the triad of heavy hitters in Capricorn/Aquarius would see prevail.

‘They’ have their part to play in all this, for sure, grist to the mill of millennia, and shapers of the future that has now become our pressing present reality for too long, without a doubt, but the question here is, whose future and who decides?

The answer is in your hands and mine.

Blessed be!

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April 10th Venus enters shadow zone at 5°21’ Gemini
May 13th 17.45 UTC Venus stations rx at 21°50’
May 22nd – 8.42 UTC Mercury Venus cj 20°12’ square Neptune
May 22nd – 17.37 UTC Sun Moon cj at 2°05’
June 3rd 17.45 UTC Venus transit Sun at 13°36’
June 5th Penumbral lunar eclipse at 15°34’ Sagittarius
June 21st Total solar eclipse at 0°21’ Cancer
June 25th Venus stations direct at 5°21’ Gemini
July 28th Venus leaves shadow zone at 21°50’ Gemini

A Message from the Stars

Goddesses of the sky (1)

I want to tell you a story thats happening now. It is unfolding in the sky and under the Earth. Its sheroes are the Goddesses of deep earth wisdom.

Our story begins on the eve of Orion’s advent. Since ancient times this day, which now coincides with May 11th in our modern calendar, was used by the ancients and ancestral star seers to mark time and terrestrial events, through significant risings such as that of Orion’s constellation and of Orion’s Dog Star Sirius.

But Orion is not alone here. The great hunter is looking directly towards the head of the Bull belonging to the constellation of Taurus, and beyond that, above the Bull’s horns, lies the constellation of Persius, slayer of Medussa, as the myth would have it.

As Orion sets at dusk on this day, Venus, poised to turn retrograde on the 13th, is now visible in the falling night sky shining from the very tip of the northern most horn of the Bull.

Venus, who currently travels in the guise of Aphrodite Urania, the Evening Star, daughter of Gaia, is still very bright in the evening sky, but as she turns and begins travelling back to meet the Sun, her face will darken and very quickly become a bright crescent before being swallowed up in the Sun’s rays.

In transiting between Earth and Sun she arrives at her closest point to our planet and  from here enters the underworld on the way to being reborn as the Morning Star, Aphrodite Pandemos. In this guise she will journey as daughter of Dione, another name of the great Earth Goddess. Her journey through this solar gateway into the chthonic realm begins exactly on the Bull’s forehead – but, there is more still.

While all this is happening Mercury, the planet of messages and transactions between the worlds, is passing through the constellation of Taurus, running close by the Pleiades star cluster at the heart of the Bull, to emerge from between the horns of Taurus before his ingress to one of his home signs, Gemini. As he does so he meets with asteroid Eurydike and SDO Sedna, and together they will fall into alignment with Algol the brightest star in the Persius constellation.

Mercury will move on but Euridike and Sedna will remain in exact alignment with Algol on the day of Venus transit of the Sun and entry into the underworld. Algol is the star of Medussa. The goddesses are joining forces.

Mercury is alerting us to the common ground shared by these powerful women, and a deeply significant message that the Goddess is bringing in Her return journey. First let’s revisit Medussa because her story is of the greatest significance here.

Medussa, is a great seer who has become totally distorted into a terrifying gorgon. The very myth of Persius is an explicit portrayal of the appropriation of ancient feminine wisdom, of the Earth goddess and her sisters. It clearly portrays the violent methodology which the new masculine sky gods wielded, that was responsible for suppressing and destroying so much of the ancient legacy that, in truth, belongs to us all.

Such was the indigenous legacy of the great living lineages of priestesses and initiatrix, carrying and protecting chthonic wisdom. As is so often the case, the symbology has not only suffered at the hands of the masculine gods, it has been used to violate the Goddess.

But, Medussa was a seer in this tradition.

Many traditions of seership emphasise the importance of being able to hold a high degree of clarity and focus in the midst of distraction, and extreme conditions, not unlike our own, and have built excercises into the training that follows initiation that help develop this faculty. It is almost as if we are now entering the heart of that training. To do so willingly is the invitation.

Algol is associated with Medussa and placed in the hands of Persius in his constellation. But, we have been given the end result of a story that makes Persius look the hero, and it is the vilification of Medussa that enabled him to rise to this false status.

Medussa was the priestess raped by Poseidon/Neptune in Minerva/Athena’s temple. And yet it was She and not the gods who was held responsible for this violation by Athena – Athena, the motherless child of Zeus. For her ‘crime’ Medussa was given her serpent hair and deadly reputation, all in return for a violation of the sacred precincts, in which she was not the perpetrator, but, its victim. But, this too is the propagandised version, designed to justify the misogynist agenda.

In fact Medussa was an initiatrix in the spiritual path of the cthonic earth Goddess, a divine mortal possessed of extreme Beauty, Power and Grace. 

The snake maned priestess decapitated by Perseus has little resemblance to this vision of the fully empowered divinity in woman; her symbols turned against her, she has been demonised to the point of dissociation from her roots.

Until our time this has been the political purpose served by the myth, a suitable repository for the ‘unacceptable’ face of initiated and empowered woman; a mirror of that which men have been conditioned to demote and despise, She is also the image of the defiled yet all powerful Earth feared of men in their separatist madness.

The curse of petrification she carries is rather a testament to the immense power her eyes radiate. It is the symbol of initiation into the very Earth herself, overturned.

She has incredibly potent vision, yes, but, it is the snakes that signify her source of power. It is the power of creation that flows within the earth realms, the lightingbolt that condenses light into plasma, that illuminates the neural pathways of the unconditioned pleroma.

Snakes are its living symbol and medicine animal. Petrification is the opposite of its effect rather than its corrollary, but it turns the symbol of initiation into the Earth mysteries into an instrument of fear, rather than empowerment of the soul.

The truth is far from that which we have been indoctrinated into believing by the myth. In the light of this knowledge, Persius looks more of a coward and fool than a hero. His name comes from the Greek pérthein, “to waste, ravage, sack, destroy”, and literally means ‘sacker of cities’. He is venerated as a hero for slaying monsters, but had been blinded, programmed by his own thirsts and needs, to the very nature of the encounter he was offered through Medussa and the opportunity it gifted to him.

The gift of Medussa is seership, of connection with the creative power of Earth herself,  of her inner cycles and the endless spiral of life, the very powers that keep us vitally connected with and embedded within the cosmos beyond this world.

In the human frame this power can be sourced at the deeper centres, but, its voice is most clearly heard through our subtler senses, through our intuitive insight, and its wisdom equally accessed through gut feeling as the higher vibrational layers of our energy body.

Some call this primal, but, while it is certainly intense, it could just as easily be called sublime, trancendant even. It lives in ancient sites, waiting to be connected with. It runs throughout the Earth, a living river of many streams beneath our feet. It connects us with the stars, a truth known to many of the seeing traditions.

In slaying the Medussa Perseus was obeying the rational dictates of his goddess Athena, the myth overlaying symbolism onto the historical transference of primary feminine power and wisdom to the more secular and masculinised figure of the goddess born fully armed from Zeus forehead.

Athena kept Medussa’s head as the protective boss of her shield, ironically signifying that her sacred law was to be regarded as beyond question; she brought martial means to maintaining law. She was wise, still, but her gaze was very much on the world of men.

However, the antidote to this weapon of fear which Medussa’s gaze had become, can be found exactly facing the constellation of Perseus in the constellation of Ophiuchus, rising in the eastern night sky as Venus sets in the west in this time.

Ophiuchus the serpent bearer holds the snake in both hands and applies its primary healing powers to the mortal world. Indeed, it is said Ophiuchus, or Asclepius as he is also identified, was the greatest of healers, so much so that he angered the gods with his ability to restore life to the dead and, ultimately, paid for his abilities with exile to the star realms.

Ironically, in the end it was Athena who made the crucial difference here as she bestowed two phials of the Medussa’s blood into Asclepius possession, one from Medussa’s left side which gave the power to mete out death, the other from her right side which gave the power of to overcome death. The healer chose to use the latter and in so doing tipped the balance.

But, it is in this balance across the opposing sides of the ecliptic that we find the goddess and the primal creative wisdom represented in our times. Indicative of healing the Geminian division between the right and left brain it is Venus message to us that our encounter with the Medussa can allow this balance to be restored. Medussa’s head is the embodied consiousness of that primal wisdom which has been initiated into a deep understanding of all that creates, heals and destroys within the natural flow of life, the Earth Goddess wisdom – we must restore it to the body of our world and, trusting her guidance, follow the pathways it opens to us. 

Both these constellations point to the balance of extremes, not in duality, but as a living power to be grasped in both hands.

There is a trace of this in our dowsing of the earth powers and subterranean water courses. We have the power to connect with these powers built into our human frame, the senses we need to do so are indigenous to us. But, this is a special time, in which the powers of the Earth mother, her wisdom and its message for us offer a corrective and healing for the world, and for us, Her children. 

With  care and practice, prayer and veneration where it is due, we can restore these powers to our lineage and our connection with the Earth, her soul and spirit.

The Medussa’s head and its primary state of fully awakened unconditioned consciousness is not to be feared, but, re-united with our own creative energy – in doing so the restorative healing it can unleash in our world is unlimited.

Sedna’s own story, a reflection of Medussa’s in many ways, joins forces with Medussa and with Eurydice, who was ‘bitten’ by the snake and, as the myth would have it, consigned to the underworld. We can now see that this too is an appropriated story, hidden in its core the very image of the initiates journey. This will pass on to Mercury, a message for us now. Venus will bring that message home at this turning of the tides.

Mercury will meet with Venus on the 21st May on the horn of the Bull, just as the Sun passes by the Pleiades. One day later the Moon joins the Sun in the heart of the Bull. On 4th June Venus transits the Sun between the Bull’s horns. One day later a penumbral eclipse of the Moon ushers in a new relationship to the Goddess from the constellation of Ophiucus and the sign of Sagittarius. It is time for our lives to embody a new and ancient story.

Undoubtedly, Medussa, Venus and all the representatives of the divine Earth now challenge Us to respond. Only fear and conditioning stand in the way of doing so. But, we know what is asked of us to overcome these obstacles. And the gifts we stand to gain are our own, once stolen, now ready to be restored.

Blessed Be!

the Chauvet goddess and bulls head

Heads Up – Mars Enters Sagittarius

…..Mars has entered Sagittarius and is sailing the rocky waters of the Scorpio constellation with a sting in his tail.

The underlying tetchy mood you may encounter over the next few days, if not weeks, is a reflection of the fact that Mars is flying beneath the radar of all the planets save Uranus, Chiron and Neptune and, in the process, is creating ripples and undercurrents that have the potential to rock all our boats.

This is a hot energy that is applying to the field as a whole and is affecting the collective overview of life. It is more than adequately reflected back to us in the image of the raging fires that are burning in nature which are impinging on human habitations – a powerful symbol of the collective human infrastructure being threatened by the flames that engulf our foundations within nature.

Take some time to reflect upon this symbol and it will throw into a sharper perspective the relationship we have with the elemental world, its powers and our ability to interact with them.

Humanity is under pressure, and this is equally reflected back to us in the now almost exact conjunction between Saturn and Pluto a sign and a half from Mars. Mars is tightening the angle.

If you encounter this in the form of pressure, take notice first, then apply a little kindness, to yourself and others….its going to pass.

If you must put your head above the parapet make sure its for good reason, and get your timing right.

Be careful, in fact, in all your dealings as we approach the exact conjunction of Saturn and Pluto on the 12th; this is not a time for false moves or rash decisions.

Mars will form semi-squares with the Capricornian stellium through this time so avoid reactions and the blame game too, otherwise you will only be throwing fuel on the fire….

….a great deal of the incendiary mayhem at large is the result of subterfuge and deliberate mismanagement of resources, but, this will out in time – for now, take Mars prompts as a heads up and adjust your inner fire appropriately.

What will come later is going to be feeding those fires further so the directive here is to get familiar with how they feel and what is necessary to regulate their emotional charge. Properly directed that charge will have the capacity to work positively for us; left to its own devices it shows its destructive nature to full effect and determines the course of events.

We can be wise to this, practical in a Capricornian way, accepting that change must come, that it may require rebuilding from the ground up, but, that it can be done with a much deeper understanding than  we have become accustomed to using – this is the opportunity to shine brightly in the face of difficult circumstances. Even if it means reconfiguring who we are collectively and on a personal level.

Light a candle for your prayers, yes, but accompany it with sweet medicine and waters of the spirit to heal and soothe.

This is, however, by virtue of exactly the same ingredients, a very good time to burn off the crap adhering to old and worn out views on Life, philosophies that no longer cut the mustard in the light of everyday living, and to use the emotive drives that arise through each day as reminders that life can be lived to the full, so long as you don’t take the slaps and cuffs too personally…..

…this is also a time in which high voltage healing can be given in the personal realms; regulate that energy and it will work wonders. Take care and….

Blessed Be!

Whose Story Is This?

On 24th November 2006 Jupiter entered Sagittarius, conjunct the Sun. With Mars, as it is now, in Scorpio, Pluto was close on transiting the Galactic centre. Over the next year and 25 days Jupiter journeyed through its home sign, finally crossing the solstice cusp on 18th December 2007. What was set in motion through this time is still with us and now, twelve years on, Jupiter once more completes its term of home rulership within the mutable fire sign and prepares to enter Capricorn on December 2nd 2019.

So, what’s the story? What’s your story?

If during the 2006-8 period the everyday world was marked by one defining feature it was possibly ‘the culpability and deception that financial collapse exposed within the global banking and trading system’. How did that look? What was the punchline to its story?

If the finger was pointing in one direction it exposed the ugly truth, that “Greed rules”, that its lying dictators, priests and minions act with impunity, even when its hegemony implodes.

But, if we claimed to already know this, as we surely did, with these events its reality must surely have begun to hit home.

Have we learnt? Have we moved on? Does anything in this time tell us, reassure us that we have? With Jupiter again about to enter Capricorn we should be wary of the consequences of not answering, and not answering truthfully, more than the answers themselves.

Pluto finally entered Capricorn late in 2008 with Jupiter at that time in the degree now occupied by Saturn. If the enormity of the reality we faced then did not in fact fully come home to us, the exposure of it’s underlying superstructures has, if not transformed the financial system, certainly transformed our perceptions and awareness of it and its consequences. The reality of ‘our’ mythos is exposed.

Some might attribute such a role to the outer planetary triad, but, Jupiter rules our mythos, the narrative we collectively run through our systems, the meaning we both give and seek within the justifications we bring to buying into it, as well as in attempting to look beyond it.

When it comes to the 2007/8 “Crash” and its consequences, which began with the US sub-prime mortgage debacle late in 2006, this mythos is magnified and put into hard perspective; we know the nature of the world we live in, the slavery and servitude its plutocratic tyranny ensnares us in. There is no escaping our awareness of the truth within this narrative.

With Jupiter now cusping Capricorn this awareness and the question it still begs of us, “the response we have yet to bring to it”, is the reality that looms large in our current world. With the awareness we have gained, so long as the same hegemonic ‘system’ remains unchanged we know, and are reminded on a day to day basis, that we are living at odds with it and our awareness. We can no longer justify the mythos – our knowing, if not our acts, tells us so.

In a nutshell, this is to describe the dilemma that must be resolved during Jupiter’s coming transit of Capricorn. It is a transit that will culminate with the meeting of Saturn and Jupiter in the first degree of Aquarius on the December solstice in 2020.

It includes the most talked of transit and conjunction since Uranus and Pluto squared off between 2011 and 2017, the meeting of Pluto and Saturn in January 2020. This conjunction by itself marks this as a ‘crunch’ year, and there will be a mix of faster transiting planets, including Jupiter, along with the Sun adding to this intense primary power source as this conjunction resonates through the year. But, the writing has been on the wall for at least 12 years, in fact, for a very long time we have known that it must come to this.

When the Galactic cross was precision formed and completed by our central Sun on December solstice 2012 the impulse for evolutionary transformation brought ‘events and consciousness’ into sync in a way that initiated a spiral dynamics of exponential acceleration. The consequences of this are initially chaotic, but, will transition to another phase of order, the shape of which is, in significant part, in our hands – we have a window of time in which to determine this.

The knowledge of this synchronisation of inner and outer realities is millennia old, but, its stimulation in our times, by orb of 1˚, began in the 1940’s and was fully marked by the so called ‘end of hostilities’ at the close of WW2 – from here the healing of an ancient self destructive trauma that world wars, and atomic psychosis, had brought to insane pitch must now begin and that same orb marks the years up to 2074 as the closing phase of this 144 year period of transformation. This fractal of the great year has its resonances at different scales. At the personal level, we should be thinking ‘seven generations…..’

…..when Jupiter left Sagittarius in 2007 it was amidst an evolutionary seed conjunction with Pluto, Mercury and the Sun around the galactic centre that set the stage – we have just seen Jupiter and Venus meeting in the same degrees. Now is a time to expand our creative energies from the heart. This is a part of the healing we must not miss – why?

Where Uranus held the mid degrees of Pisces opposing Saturn in Virgo at that time in 2007, Neptune now sits and becomes outwardly active, having turned direct.

That Uranus Saturn opposition was magnified, exacerbated even, by Jupiter’s transit of Uranus on the Aries cusp, an astrological event coinciding with the Gulf of Mexico disaster, ultimately finding expression in March 2011 at Fukushima.

This too is a part of our current terrain. But, how are we to navigate it?

The shock of ‘collapse’ and its potential catastrophism has now become homogenised and dangerously familiar, if dulled into a vague semblance of reality, “actual” reality, one might say. And this in spite of the current state of the world and our perceived collective contribution to, participation in and provocation of its symptoms. So, whose narrative are we following here?

The evolution that the marriage of events and consciousness might have seeded then has become our prerogative now. The ‘new age’ maxim that we ‘create our own reality’ has, in this sense, its head on the block and, if we can, in or after the fact, make our own reality come to be, the rules of the game are now exposed – simply put, reality happens, whether by direct engagement or not. Our input remains, regardless, conscious or not. And, conscious or not, we face the consequences.

We are here to know, yes, but such knowing is useless without the ability to act upon it. What is stopping us? That is perhaps the big Jupiterian question at the time of its ingress into Capricorn.

If the Saturn Jupiter cycle bookends Jupiter’s ingress into Capricorn, it points up the fact that, if we have not learned how to do just this, meet knowing with action, it will almost certainly be being decided for us by then. By other humans, our circumstances, or some other ‘presence’ – who knows?

Jupiter’s reminder is that we too are myth makers – we weave and bind with what we have and know, and find meaning in the patterns we make, as we do.

Is the story we are living truly our own?

The choice is ours…..

In The Zone

The period between the Taurus full Moon on November 12th and the new Moon in Sagittarius on November 26th sees Mercury station direct, and three planets plus the Sun change signs. Mercury will clear the retrograde zone on December 8th, just three days before a Gemini full Moon, by which time the prevailing atmosphere will have changed considerably.

Mars entering Scorpio on the 19th augers an intensification of inner drives and focus – for longer term projects the sustained intensity indicated here is invaluable and prevails into the new year.

Although Mars energy is in stealth mode here it is powerful and effective and, by its covert nature, this suits in-depth work, study and a powerful focusing of intrinsic energies. The nature of this energy is also inherently personal and best suits solo activities.

In magical workings this can be a profoundly rewarding time, especially after Mercury goes into direct motion in the skies on November 21st.

Talismanic work keeps coming to mind as does the making of fetishes and symbolic workings with a long term intent; whether it be concretely or literally, with bind runes for example or ‘simply’ prayer and affirmations, this is about working with your chosen magical language in a way that will help your energy to be more deeply invested in your work, to stay on track and repeatedly find its mark over the coming year.


In apparent contrast to, but very much aiding and abetting this combustible and intense inner force, the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter and their transits of the Galactic Centre speak of an atmosphere of joy and magnanimity that reaches right into the heart of creation. They meet on the 24th November in the penultimate degree of Sagittarius, a degree that the Sabians associate with bringing a visibly high degree of accomplishment to simple everyday tasks.

But, don’t be deceived by the charm and etiquette of Venus and Jupiter, for all the socially sanctioned pride implied here, there is also a high degree of potency involved in this work as well and, as next year looks set to be the time when we really want to knuckle down and get stuck in to what we know to be ‘the most important work we are here’ for, Mars along with Venus and Jupiter are here seen to be helping us develop a more deep seated yet higher level of determination in preparation for that period, no matter the level at which we are working.

This is about integrity and impeccability, about work in the world and between-the-worlds that is seamless, undaunted and effective to the max. We will see this come into effect in the mundane world regardless, whether the result of magical workings or not, but as an opportunity to be capitalised upon it is peerless.

The interactions of Jupiter and Venus with the Galactic Centre, prior to their conjunction, also have a deeper level to them, potentially drawing the primal source of creative power into our work. Tapping into the primal levels of creativity is visionary work and will benefit that intense focus, and Mars generative fire here becomes the fire at the centre of a spiritual alchemy which will benefit us all. We can make this a focus too, if it is appropriate to our calling. And, as with all such processes, there is an intrinsic process of purification at work.

We will be tested through this time and these magical workings for weaknesses in our integrity, both moral, ethical, physical and emotional. When our work takes us into areas where our knowledge is ‘thin’ this can be especially risky now, as befits engaging with potent forces – this is not a time to ‘act as if’. Think of it as a time in which to perfect our craft, to fine tune our power of intent and practice purity of purpose, and likewise to identify those areas in which we know we could deepen our understanding and inner resource.

By the same token this is a profound time to make offerings, especially in gratitude for the road ahead and the means we are being given to navigate it. We can trust the knowing we have of why, where and to whom these are to be made, but, we need to make them as meaningful as possible. Here again a deeper knowledge of ‘prescriptions’ and ‘protocols’ is de rigour.


Conserving focus, use divination sparingly, only should the need arise, and to this end work to strengthen connections to allies and guides. Places of power and beings that are a strong source of inspiration are favoured now and will come into their own if worked with in this way – working with water sources, sacred springs and fast flowing subterranean water courses our well chosen prayers can be disseminated far and wide within ‘the fabric of things’.

When the Sun enters Sagittarius on the 23rd of November we might begin shifting attention back to the outer world. And we may be surprised by sudden insights and things falling into place as we do – Mars opposes Uranus shortly after the Sun’s ingress and between then and the new Moon on the 26th there is also potential for major distractions in the mundane world. This is a false flag territory! Use your ‘seeing’ effectively.



New Moon sees Venus enter Capricorn and this will bring us further down to earth. We won’t lose sight of the magic or the reason we have been so pre-occupied through this time but the shift into a more sober frame of mind begins to form with this lunation. It is not a downhill trend or somber atmosphere that is brewing here, however – the object of our ‘true’ work, the primary focus which will occupy us through the coming year, is beginning to materialise.

There is a beautiful process of inner and outer alignment at work in all this which has been developing by stages over the last few months.

 This now presents an opportunity to raise our game, to capitalise on adjustments to our focus that we have made and for getting ‘in the zone’. This will make perfect sense by the time the next Full Moon arrives in the twentieth degree of Gemini on the 11/12th of December.

The underlying tension of these times is coming to a head and there is a purposefulness to everything that occurs now. But, see this time as a period of adjustment, a preparation, that will serve us immeasurably, further down the road we are all travelling. Being ’In the zone’ is associated with being totally turned on, tuned in and performing at our peak.

To give the longer term period a context the celestial matrix indicates that the planets are aligning to create a break from the past which will be decisive, fuelling a fracturing from prevailing dominant modes of authority, this being commensurate with a deep shift ‘within’ which increases individual autonomy in line with the innate ability we all have to connect with the creative source. Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 2nd, grounding the core galactic connection just as Venus transits the Moon’s south node.

With both Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn, along with Pluto, Venus and before the year is out, the Sun and Mercury, this is the final run up to the meeting of Saturn and Jupiter at zero degrees Aquarius on the December solstice 2020 where they will begin a new cycle of reality building, initiated in a new element for the first time in centuries, the like of which we have probably not seen for millennia, if at all.

Blessed Be!

A Mirror of Polished Stone

Full Moon 12th Nov 2019, 1:34pm UTC/GMT

The full Moon in Taurus carries a blessing of a rare nature that brings much needed balance into our midst. But, this is no ordinary corrective to prevailing conditions: imagine…..

‘a mirror of polished stone hewn by supernatural forces within the deeply rooted bedrock of an ancient cliff face’

….the Taurean energy delivers a subtly shifting reflection of ancient oceanic light emanating from the depths of Scorpio, quietly grounding its energies within the earth plane.

This is a profound reminder that death furnishes all life with life. It is a meditation on mortality, yet here the emphasis is not on the ‘impermanence of all things’, but on the eternal nature that resides within their essence; this is the foundation within which this Moon invites us to rest.

Both sides of this symbolism are reinforced by the Sabians which accompany the Moon and Sun; the Moon’s degree speaks of ‘an awareness of blessings being bestowed upon us by supernatural forces’, the Sun’s degree of ‘the sacred way being revealed to us by the divine feminine’. To enter that path is to receive the blessing.

The message is furthered through the fine tuning and nuances that smaller astral bodies and galactic energies are here bringing to each of the classical planets. They ask us the fundamental questions that enable us to enter into communion with our essence.

“Who are you, when all is stripped away?”

This reminder of how well developed our sense of self and self knowledge is comes directly through Saturn conjunct the centaur Amycus in the 17th degree of Capricorn.

“How capable are you of holding to your own truth when met with complete disbelief and denial?”

This asked of Jupiter conjunct with the asteroid Kassandra in the 26th degree of Sagittarius.

Pluto is conjunct the centuar Chariklo in the 22nd degree of Capricorn and asks if you are “capable of reconfiguring reality, finding growth through defeat”, Chariklo being a specialist in questioning what is real.

Uranus asks us if we are “willing to enter the void in order to find our higher self”.

The void, as source of all possibility, resonates with Uranus predilection for anomaly and invention. Within the darkness is infinite potential.

And Neptune’s oceanic realm is endarkened further through the Black Moon in the 16th degree of Pisces – their question is perhaps the most psychically charged of all – “what are the powers, concealed from common sight, that live within you in whose grace you are gifted with sight and craft beyond the norm?”

These are powers which we can only gain knowledge of by acknowledging their presence and entering into dynamic relationship with their energetics – the powers which dwell within the deep psyche are autonomous, belonging to the natural matrix, unavailable to complete integration, yet the interactive awareness we may bring to their presence is also a profound gift of incarnation.

Mercury has asked for a deeper look, to open our mind and use our inner faculties in seeking an answer. The gateway of Samhain has aided the inner communion with ancestry and the non-physical worlds.

Mercury’s cazimi transit of the Sun has invigorated the genetic coding we have carried forward through lifetimes, supporting a conscious intent to bring our ancestral DNA into commission.

As the Moon and Sun come into opposition across the Scorpio Taurus axis this impulse is disseminated throughout the matrix of nature. There is no need of rationality in this moment – it is within the grace that humans know as trust that the answers arise.

We are in the thrall of mystery yet, as Venus reminds us through conjunction with the Great Attractor, the unseen is a powerful shaper of life, necessary for the blessing of life to continue.

Venus having moved on from the great star Antares, whose energies balance Mars drives for action with a centring balm of peace, is on her way to conjunction with Jupiter at the Galactic Centre and developing a useful sextile with Mars as the next lunation opens. These are positive aspects we can look forward to now.

Here, at this full Moon, while Mars degree speaks through the Sabians of the power of Adept abilities to act through the unified power of Yin and Yang, Venus degree speaks through the Sabians of our own spiritual ancestry. She invites us to reflect on our own path through the knowledge of our own soul’s past which has come into our possession in this lifetime through a higher level of achievements.

Let your being rest in the lap of this full Moon, bath in moonlight and open yourself to the mystery of mortality from the spirit’s point of view.

There is much to be thankful for. Meditate in peace.

Blessed Be!

Ancestral DNA – Mercury Sun Cazimi

Mercury transits the Sun, crossing the face of the solar disc, on November 11th between 12.30pm and 6.30pm UTC/GMT – the fleet footed planet’s nodes are only minutes of arc apart and fall within the transit, the Mercury NN being crossed within orb between 3.29 and 3.46pm UTC and its SN being transited between 7.05 and 7.22pm UTC. Why does this matter?…..

……for magical, meditative and prayerful purposes these timings allow a window of opportunity to call upon intents and purposes that have been given to us personally, which tap us into the potential stored within our ancestral memory through their endorsements of our lives and to become conscious of which of these purposes and endorsements affect the activation of our personal DNA, allowing us to engage with them intentionally – a still mind will allow their message to emerge.

Stillness is important here and this transit is deeply suggestive of scrying and similar means of divination to be undertaken during its course – otherwise, and similarly, imagine your mind as a deep body of water whose surface is glassy smooth, ultra clear yet alive within its darkness – it is this aliveness from which the communications emerge; ripples to the surface being reflections of emotional energy can be peripheral to the meditation, a potential distraction and obscuring to the inner communications at work.

The full window for medicine work which the transit represents also presents a preparation for the full moon which follows on the 12th, more on which in a while…..but, following the new moon release of epigenetically stored memories within the Earth sphere, via resonant opposition with Uranus in Taurus on Oct. 28th, the Sun crossing the Scorpio midpoint coinciding with Ceres transit of the Galactic centre on Samhain, and the coming transits involving Venus, Jupiter, the GC, Mars and Uranus, the deep roots of matrilineal memory that crosses generations and connects ancient and future ancestry has been activated and is going to grow in volume and strength as the lunation travels towards completion. This is all intrinsic to the major unifying conjunctions in Capricorn after new year.

These are ‘interesting times’, with powerful medicines bringing balance and strong connectivity into the Earth realm – use this Mercury transit well.

Fanaagyric

FANAAGYRIC

Fanaa – in Sufi tradition, describing the dissembling of ego that enables full emergence within the Divine.

Gyric – from a Greek term, ‘agora’, describing ‘assembly’, its manifestation and nature.


Uranus is now in virgin territory in Taurus, and the Scorpio full Moon gives us a clear heads-up to one of the central themes we will be seeing develop throughout the Uranus transit. The in-breath before the storm, as the Taurus Sun and Scorpio Moon face-off, we see the Uranus-in-Taurus effect now beginning to bite.

This is all about transcending biological limitations.

There is no room with this Moon to indulge the anthropomorphising tendency to see things purely from the human perspective; this is about energy, at a sub-quantum level, and about the innate ability which nature embodies to build from that level outwards.

It is also about innate awareness, the sentience of Life, intelligent design translating itself into living form.

It is about the bridge between the two, an area in which we will see technology and understanding develop massively over the coming decade and a half.

We are now in the ‘body-shop’ phase.

Neither are we talking about Ai, that other grossly over anthropomorphised branch of technology which some see as the new Messiah, others as the End.

This is about source field connectivity, and embodiment, in forms that are way beyond our imaginings.

For all its intensity, much is hidden behind the clamour which accompanies this full Moon. In fact, in many respects at its most mundane level it mirrors a classic case of not being able to ‘hear the signal for the noise’.

Part of the reason for this, the obvious part, is external. Part, however, and arguably the most relevant part, is internal.

Around its most extreme point of illumination, with emotions likely to be running high and rhetoric taking on a bullish nature, in the midst of this lunation it is advisable to not let the social melting pot, its provocative, finger pointing memes and adversarial dynamics become a distraction – from here on in, this must be the case.

Stop, step back and just pay some attention to the pure unadulterated moment, as you find it.

This is a prime moment for higher level engagement with life and this planet which we find ourselves on…..

…..much here, in fact, is to be gained by ‘keeping an ear to the ground’ and through paying extra careful attention to the quality of energy at work beneath ‘it all’.

Perspective.

The outer planetary dynamics are feeding underground, ‘behind the scenes change’, which may give an impression of gradualism at work within the corridors of power, but, more realistically conceals a tightening of the screws and the steady preplanned implimentation of long term global policy.

The now endemic surface noise provides suitable distraction.

The BIG issues, which are generating a high percentage of the noise, are all carefully thought out. Effectively, they both keep the masses busy, in fear and feeling small and ineffectual in the face of ‘it all’.

The opera is, in fact, in full swing.

In its original meaning ‘opera’ refers to an orchestrated articulation of emotions, an art form with hidden political and sociological teeth. In our current times the main parts are commonly played by corporate entities, puppet ‘politicians’, unaccountable organisations, carefully selected school children and ‘rebels’, all of whom are, to a greater or lesser extent, the products of lengthy research and planning.

Meanwhile, ‘governments’ fulfil their accepted roles of ‘scapegoat‘ and embodying the ‘problem‘. The ‘swamp must be drained‘. All within the operatic portfolio.

To get to the core of the moment we must cut through all this.

Then there’s Uranus, and the global tech outreach of the brave-new-world-order.

If the Uranus in Taurus effect isn’t taking down trees in your neighbourhood don’t think you are going to escape 5G.

The world is speaking to you loud and clear, but, that innate facility that the human organism has to see beyond the obvious, and the visible, is also, by the same token, under threat of, if not being taken down at street level.

Trees, as Uranus will teach us, are ‘immense’ in our planetary network of awareness.

Perspective.

The eyes and ears of the cosmos are upon us.

Only astute observation will reciprocate.

Regardless, ‘Wake Up Calls‘ are now de rigueur, a part of the “environment”, which means paying  an especially high degree of attention to the world at large, lest we become too used to them, ‘adjust’, get lazy and become inoculated to the core values and messages they alert us to.

‘Waking’, being ‘woke’. is not simply about waking up, now, its about taking it to another level. Taking ourselves to another level. This is by way of a ‘security’ announcement, in fact, with this full Moon.

Here, the planetary matrix is clear, and there is a great deal of integrity involved in this moment, even if it is not at first obvious just where, or how, or is being drowned out.

Consider yourself on standby – stay alert.

But, more,  more than the adept faculty of operating on several different levels of awareness simultaneously, even.

The common denominator is this. Get used to being ‘the receiver’ – at surface level, to begin unpacking this, rather than expending so much energy on being the ‘transmitter’, allow the ‘observer‘ within to take a more central position – and calibrate more of your own energy field to the frequency and wavelength that this more specialised, if aloof kind of ‘awareness‘ is operating on.

The ‘observer’ is closer to ‘the source’ than might be readily apparent. An important step closer, and that matters, now.

The more persistently distracting aspects of the changes now being enacted in the outer world will lose a great deal of their ‘below-the-radar’ mental hold and emotional influence if this shift in focus is integrated regularly. Take this full Moon as the cue.

This is an endemic opportunity, but, how many will and are responding in this way – the best form of compassionate response to those who remain fixated on the drama and its noise is to enhance your own inner matrix and allow its powerful if subtle and more silent, latent influence to increase in depth and reach. It will be effective. The matrix at large is strengthened by it, and everything which feeds that strength registers within it.

Uranus has set about signalling a recalibration our physical operating systems, their connection to the source field, and our ability to perceive reality as we have never seen it before – the results might seem novel, if not downright weird and spook some people out, but nothing that is kicking in wasn’t already innate – its just that the ‘hardware’ has been shut down for some time. The operating system is fully capable of self upgrading, if the metaphor be extended further.

Yes. Remove the socio-media blinkers, perk up, and tune in. But, be pro-active and take the process on.

Keep your energy field clear, using those methods that you already know work for you, but above all, ‘EARTH’…..

…….it is essential to ground ‘the antennae’ as you explore the inner faculty that is now developing. The more your are earthed, the more you can explore, and the more connected you will be – ask a tree.

The planetary matrix supports this action, but with Mars in Cancer, it must be optimised. Bringing internalised energy to the ‘positive’ end of the ‘feedback reaction process’ which the sign of Cancer embodies is of the highest priority – this is a process which builds core strength through reciprocity.

Within the Cancer template this manifests as ‘mutual dynamics which circulate energy‘, keeping it in containment while Mars own ‘direct’ energy feeds causality into the loop. That’s food for growth and development. Forests know all about it – great reason to go sit with them. They too are our common ancestors.

Obviously, as an intended action, internally this development needs oversight and heightened awareness – it also requires inner strength and integrity and, alerting us to the necessity of this, this is where the ‘negative’ function delivers its own message, by way of warning…..take note.

The negative state of this process is capable of manifesting an innate potential for intensification in mood swings, a flipping backwards and forwards between emotional extremes which,  when in such a state, become mutually exclusive, increasingly antagonistic instead of mutually supportive.

Over-reaction to outer stimulus is common to this state and this can result in the fundamental breakdown of integrity, at many levels; where before there has been stable coherence, fracturing and division take on new forms and breed.

This is more often than not seen at an individual level, and contemporary western society is currently riddled with its effects, but becomes chronic at a sociological/collective level. Memes, which utilise both these levels, often carry this negative invective, which can, ironically, be both truth revealing and lie propagating. Memes are addictive; be alert.

False flag scenarios can, similarly, be identified from the felt impact of larger scale events within the public realm. This is not an ‘exact’ science, but, is an essential skill.

But, even though this negative dynamic has a long pedigree and can be intentionally used to induce systemic tension, a strategy we are now seeing widely at large equally in both political and activist quarters, at heart this is about more than evoking a polarising disintegration of core values to induce dramatic destabilisation of the field, and isolating disempowerment of the individual. It is also the vehicle for disseminating, propagating and maintaining false narratives which concretise these effects.

This, accumulatively, is to describe the ‘freight-train’, deliberately obstructive and disinformative, which hogs much of the highway through which intel and ‘info’ is currently exchanged, both within and beneath the public realm.

On top of this, a high degree of vulnerability and openness to manipulation accompanies this negative state when it is operative within the public realm – it goes without saying, but, the need for astute vigilance and maintenance of inner equilibrium is, naturally, equally high.


Venus conjoins with Uranus in Taurus around the full Moon indicating that jolts to those core values are almost inevitable and, while we should not allow ourselves to get used to this, acclimatising to the fact of the ‘new reality’ it signals is a must.

Shocks to the system make these high risk times if you are making investments in futures, especially while not giving enough penetrative attention to the underlying nature of the longer term trends. We are walking a fine line when we ignore the inner nature of things.

Similarly, the inventiveness of Nature is being stimulated – while humans are forever tinkering with nature, the ‘great experiment’ is happening of its own accord.

As Buckminster Fuller said, “nature is trying hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us – we are not the only experiment”.

 

The real revolution, which this landscape of distraction appears ‘but only appears‘ to be shouting about, is much more subtle. In keeping with the late Scorpio Moon, it resonates with a centre of gravity that embodies fundamental principles of Life, rather than its surface effects.

As a metaphor, think cymatics – rather than focusing on the forms that the water is being agitated to take up, think more of ‘the source’ out of which the energy that the resulting patterns embody arises.


As if adding to the complexity, but in reality aiding and abetting the process, Neptune also provides the Moon’s nodal axis with a dose of disorientation through this time – again, don’t be distracted by lack of clarity about where-this-is-all-going, or become infected with the ‘how-on-earth-are-we-going-to-turn-this-all-around‘ virus.

The very same inner orientation applies here as well, but as a field effect, and although this affects all,  it can be approached from the individual point of view – this provides us with a vital bridge. At an individual level the effect is ‘fanaagyric‘, ‘absorption into the greater assembly of the mystic’.

In spiritual tradition this involves a process whereby the ego and ego-ic identity are broken down and dissolved, merging with ‘the source’, but, outside of a more traditional setting, where our ego-centre remains vital to functioning within the everyday world, developing the ‘observer’ makes this both managable, accessible and practical. It grounds the visionary faculty.

If the astrological indicators for this process are written across the matrix at this full Moon, its ongoing presence is perhaps nowhere more pointedly symbolised than by Chiron in Aries, now coming to square with Mars, an aspect that sustains until new Moon.

Beyond that, the heat begins to turn up as we head for the solstice point, and the inner planets begin to fire off against the slower moving outer heavy-weights.

This time, for all its noise and underlying tensions, is bringing a golden opportunity.

The ‘adept’ nature within is being re-awoken, to a new level of resonance and inner allegiance. Deepening the personal path through intentionally revitalising consciousness and awareness, it is connecting ever deeper into ‘the integrating principle at the core of existence’, so be of good heart – none of this requires anything of us other than what we already are, at heart.

Every individual who takes the opportunity to move towards and get in sync with this  development of inner connectivity and awareness is assisting the entire planet, a gift which humans can give with increasing power and effectiveness now, and beyond that, demonstrates something humans are in dire need of, a way of giving back to Life.

Blessed Be.

Uranus In Taurus 1 – Freedom From The Known

First Things First

You need to decide at some point in your life whether you are more in love with what you know or what you don’t know.” (1)

This is the first of three articles which unpack the seven year transit of Taurus by Uranus, ‘the change maker’. The aim is to look unflinchingly at the prospects which this transit holds for us. Being unflinching above all means remaining grounded and allowing the power of the moment to speak to us and flow through us.

With Uranus involved anything is possible. We can expect everything from revelation, inspiration and profound transformation to shock, trauma and extreme disruption so grounding also means acknowledging the objects of our fears without giving way to fear itself.

Taurus is the primary matrix here, Uranus the catalyst – it is our own experience and nature, who we really are at root, which makes the difference.

The nature of our insecurities and the power of ‘attachment’ are among the many things that Taurus can teach us. Through Taurus we learn how love and appreciation can give value to ‘the things’ of life, a primal lesson which helps us to ground in life and goes towards developing a worldly sense of self.

The true test of such value is in whether we are able to change our perspectives and sacrifice the objects of our desire for a higher set of priorities. Through Uranus such ‘values’ and the ability to love and appreciate in which they are founded are taken to another level, re-prioritised regardless our intent.

With Uranus it is not unusual for breakthrough to be accompanied by breakdown. This can arrive fully loaded and uncomfortably ‘up-close’, in fact, rarely with Uranus does the reality we breakthrough to resemble our expectations. But, while Uranus can truly show us what we are made of, it can also push us beyond our limitations and reveal aspects of ourselves which we did not know existed. Uranus challenges us to grow.

So what happens if we choose otherwise, to hunker down with what we already know, so to speak – where growth, or Uranus, is resisted or the need for growth not being met, oppression and depression will often enough flag up the imperative need for change and, until we do, we might well feel as though Saturn is weighing down on our lives.

In our times this test has begun to take on a particular shape.

Initially, Uranus is briefly visiting Taurus, giving us a taste of what is to come, before returning to Aries in November 2018 for five months. The brief reprise of the Aries transit provides an invaluable opportunity for a recap; Uranus then begins its uninterrupted seven year transit of Taurus in March 2019.

Bringing the potential for transformative experiences to the sphere of fixed earth this will be a transit of two distinct halves and the qualitative difference between these two periods is pronounced.

The first period is marked by a sustained square between Uranus and Saturn, the second by an equally sustained trine between Uranus and Pluto with Neptune sextile both at their midpoint.

We must go through the rigors of the square and learn as much as we can from the experiences it brings before we can truly make the most of the trine which follows.

An Overview

We are looking ahead, into a period that begins in 2019 and extends through to 2026. Why does it matter now?

With Uranus in Taurus until November we are in a preliminary zone to Uranus transit proper and also have the opportunity to re-assess Uranus seven year transit through Aries; it will then be 76 years before Uranus visits the cardinal fire sign again – from this perspective alone this represents a unique moment in time which provides us with the opportunity to adjust our thinking, with at least some awareness of ‘what is coming’ to hand.

Consider how the world has changed in the last seven years.

It is a contemporary truism to say that much in the way modern humans run human and planetary affairs suffers from chronic short-termism – the world would look very different were this not the case. Much now rests upon humans ability to change this state of affairs.

If we took ‘the longer view’ more often, incorporating it into our choices and vision of the future could we have been better prepared for that period, made better choices, and if we could, would we be better prepared now for whats coming in the next seven years? These are small timescales, manageable but a microcosm of the longer view we should be taking. It is as if real foresight and preparation were alien to us.

As we enter the first phase of Uranus transit we might find ourselves confronted with the need to decide whether it is better to rely on tried and tested ways of meeting the challenge of these times, or to allow change itself to change us. If it hasn’t been registering on our personal radar already, the value of foresight and preparation will soon become more apparent.

The Saturn Uranus square however brings a deeper alchemy to Uranus transit of Taurus; we must also consider the problem of ‘the meeting and synthesis of disparate forces’, a truly Uranian paradox with, potentially, a surprisingly Saturnian outcome.

Synthesis is not impossible between these two planets, they are after all considered by many to be the co-rulers of Aquarius. Common ground between them reveals that there is, in fact, nothing covetous about astrological Saturn or Uranus. Both involve a stoic disregard for the sentimental, if through very diverse means. Theirs is a curiously abstracted world, for all its physicality and direct impact, and between these two planets a higher level of choice must be consciously resolved.

In synthesizing these common elements a startlingly clear qualitative picture of our future is revealed. As dispassionate as it appears, it seems our future has a clear cut if not razor sharp edge to it. We need to look carefully at this prospect and decide what it excludes that we regard as essential, priceless and most desired. To consider how these elements will be integrated by us into our future, and discern what shape their synthesis might take, is our responsibility.

Would that the choice between Saturn and Uranus were so clear cut. The square will pressure us, challenge us to choose first, ‘pushing our buttons’ in the process. True, one choice leads downward, towards the already manifest world, the other upwards towards a world about to come into being – but this is not unfamiliar territory as there are many times in our lives when we must choose between the security of the known, with all its comforts and seemingly life affirming affiliations, and the outright thrill, the life renewing charge of the unknown, its promise of risk and growth, its innate sense of adventure and discovery. At a micro level we may not even be aware of having chosen one way or the other.

Although Peterson, in the quote at the head of this article, gives the decision a somewhat heroic stature, it is not unusual for the unconscious to be the arbiter in this choice, or to be the place out of which synthesis arises, and Uranus can facilitate direct experience of unconscious content.

Interestingly, a comparison between the predominant relationship that humans now have with nature and that between humans and the unconscious reveals that, to a significant extent, they mirror each other. The contemporary caveat is that whereas the unconscious is the primary field out of which synthesis can emerge naturally, humans suffer the same sense of alienation towards both nature and the unconscious and do not easily identify with the unconscious and its creations. The reality of their existence, like much of nature, for all our knowledge and insight remain a mystery to us.

After millenia of divergence between the mind of nature and human consciousness humans have adjusted to an experience of life which inevitably revolves around the fact of separation and the experience of not knowing. We primarily compensate for the insecurity this evokes with ‘progress’, rather than integration. Technological progress has not only contributed to this state, it has been fueled by it, a vicious circle that has further divided the world, primarily in terms of those who have access to technology and those who don’t. Neither is this simply a reflection of uneven distribution of wealth and resources; much of the technology which arrives in the public arena has already been far surpassed outside of the public realms.

Identifying, perhaps out of need, more readily with Saturnian certainty, such divergence carries pathological weight and humans are, for the most part, in desperate need of reconciliation with the powers of nature. This is a need central to their own well-being, a healing process in which an approach towards synthesis between the unconscious and conscious self is sought, wholeness being symbolic of something resembling their reconciliation. At the core of this process, which we are all involved in, consciously or not, is reconciliation with the shadow, with rejected and denied aspects of ourselves.

In medicine work this is an essential step, intended as an empowering experience as it is a step which once taken remains to be taken, familiarity with our own shadow dynamics being essential to its empowering nature. Uranus again provides ample opportunity for us to develop the much needed familiarity.

Such synthesis does already exist, has been integrated into human culture before, and can yet be found, primarily at an individual level, but humans have lost claim to it as a species. The Uranus transit of Taurus brings a glimmer of hope for its recovery.

Peterson, however, wants us to make a conscious choice first and foremost, to let our passions speak reason, and in so doing, for us to sense the intelligence behind the life force, the direction in which it is flowing in within our lives. Although these are choices which are constantly present, he is suggesting that when pressured into awareness, as when Saturn and Uranus are at odds for example, these are decisions we come to at those critical junctures where we sense a certain irreversibility about the outcome of our choice. They mark watershed moments which affect our lives thereafter. This too reveals the quality of the moment we are now entering.

Lessons In Choice

This quality, of irreversibility, has been building since Uranus first met with Jupiter on the Aries cusp in 2010; coincident with the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, this was a time marked by a Uranus Saturn opposition. Something began to change then, as if a decision had been made somewhere outside of the human sphere – if a line had been crossed, this was its consequence.

If we had seen previous disasters connected with the power generation industry escalating we were still living very much under the shadow of Chernobyl. The human response to what was probably the worst disaster of its kind known of at that time, was to go for Saturnian ‘containment’; in the aftermath, acting as if our knowledge and an exclusion zone was sufficient, we carried on regardless.

At Chernobyl’s Saturn return, some 30 years on, ‘containment’ and the reliability our knowledge was showing its weakness. The concrete casing erected to enclose the stricken power plant was found to be decaying and it became obvious that a new solution would be needed. Once again, however, containment was chosen, and a new ‘improved’ metal shell was devised to attempt cutting the radioactive core of Chernobyl off from the outer world.

If present technology is the determining factor here, ironically it is the lack of Uranian inventiveness and insight that is lacking; a classic example of humans once again showing the limited degree to which they are capable of learning from history, and failing to see the elephant in the room, some would argue ‘deliberately’.

The sealing of fate, as it were, was determined even more indelibly so however when Uranus finally entered Aries for its seven year transit of the cardinal fire sign in March 2011. This time has been irrevocably forged within present and future human history, no less so than through the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima.

A quarter of a Saturn cycle after the event, Fukushima’s devastating impact on the biosphere and human life is still denied for the most part – once again Saturnian thinking has prevailed, this time equivalent to containment of the ‘shocking truth’, truth which has Uranus written all over it. The radiation cannot be contained this time.

This time we saw Saturn oppose Jupiter, suitably mirroring the polarity of the dynamic surrounding Fukushima, and found Uranus squaring the Moon’s nodes, just as it is now doing.

At the time of Fukushima the north node was separating from Uranus; now they are converging, as are we with an inevitably transformative future. In fact, Uranus will meet with the lunar north node in the second decan of Taurus at the midpoint of its seven year transit. Humans are far from impervious to the realities reflected in this subtle astrological factor, however.

In our times we face, and know we face, a great need. If these are rapidly developing times, with focus split many ways, while some issues may appear forced the uncertainty of what each day will bring is considerably ramped up. When there are simple answers, quite often there are no simple pathways to realizing them, especially when dealing with ‘planet sized’ problems.

Which, we must ask, is being reflected most here, Uranus or Saturn, and which would help us most; while our decisions become more crucial, such a foretaste of their dynamic is invaluable to us.

We know that the scale of these problems can no longer be downplayed, or the decisions they demand of us deferred to some ‘more suitable’ time.

Peterson’s choice is similarly based on a such a need; the longer it is not met, the more imperative it becomes – not choosing Uranus does not avoid it, neither can we sidestep Saturn. The lesson that needs to be learned from history here is that ultimately not only are our choices partial when we do make them, but our methods of choosing are not up to the task.

Through making either/or choices we create an either/or world.

Uranus and Saturn do provide some insight here – even though the apparent irreconcilability between Saturn and Uranus can be answered in two very different ways, it too is always about letting go. On the one hand is letting go into sufficiency and security, on the other is letting go of sufficiency and security.

At first glance these appear to be very Taurean issues. If both involve a specious ‘freedom’, the chosen outcome of the one reflects a very ideologically grounded conservatism, almost the epitome of Saturn, while the other reflects an untethered and potentially evolutionary radicalism. In fact, Uranus was famously described by Jeffery Wolf Green as the planet associated with ‘freedom from the known’, and there-in lies one of the psychological and emotive underpinnings of these times.

Uranus will test our insecurities in all their forms through its transit of Taurus, and especially under the square with Saturn, until we allow the values which inform how we meet those insecurities to be determined anew.

It is, at base, a matter of learning respect, at its most fundamental level, not as it has been learned in the past, through force and threat, but, through deeper insight and understanding, the higher level of Taurean love and appreciation. A glimmer of Taurus opposing sign can be seen at work here, but, more on this further down the road.

The Politics Of Experience

Collectively, humans have shown that working with this dynamic of choice presents a major stumbling block; history, distant and recent, tells us that the mechanisms for expressing unified and liberating choice are either brutal, inadequate, blinkered by the demands of the moment or are simply overridden in time, even in revolutionary contexts. There are few exceptions but outcomes are short lived, easily upturned, and often enough are shown to have been underwritten by deception, the shadow side of the human predilection for storytelling, a predilection we have developed, curiously enough, as a way of being more deeply involved in the story of which we are already a part.

That the shadow should so readily enter here is indication of an open or at least ‘latent’ wound, primarily one connected with the delusional consequences of inner division, consequences connected directly with disempowerment and suppression of  the free spirit and natural state of the soul.

In this time, and very much in this vein, the shadow can often be seen lurking beneath the agendas of globalism and extremist ideologies of the far left, and right, just as much as it can be seen in the past which surrounds the founding of constitutional rights and ‘the Republic’. The Uranian qualities of the libertarian mask all too often conceal the Saturnian authority of control and hierarchic intolerance.

Nothing, we should realize, is immune from the shadow, any more than it is from challenge or reform, but, in the human world the most powerful defense of values will always be found where individual liberty and choice is undermined in the process.

We should remind ourselves here that the rights of ‘personhood’ are now simultaneously being raised in defence of both Nature and Corporations, a simultaneity which very much fits the Uranus Saturn dynamic. We would also do well to remember that political democracy had its roots not in the casting of votes, but in the drawing of lots, a very Uranian means to deciding Saturnian ends. (2)

Individually, however, the personal power of choice, even under duress, remains. Even in democratic application, and even though it is equally open to falsehood, at an individual level such power of choice is also more readily informed by conscience and awareness. At the same time, whereas the crowd tends to embody consensus, the individual is a lightning conductor for inspiration and the unique.

Such is the nature of the human spirit; it is essentially Uranian by nature, and knows and carries within it the true meaning of freedom, transcending the Saturnian boundaries between death and life – it is no accident that, historically, it has been subject to heavy suppression and dis-empowerment; its innate power will always present a challenge to the status quo.

It is no accident either that Uranus and Saturn are so deeply connected with the changing of the Ages. The dynamic between individual and society will take on new forms and create new structures to abide in under the Aquarian template. Old ways will inevitably fall away in the process – the question here is how much will humans be able to let go into and integrate their own decisions within this process.

Saturn will be in Aquarius squaring Uranus in Taurus through the first half of Uranus transit. The future we can envision may well be limited by the extent to which we can envision it, but our ability to envision it will be dependent upon radical transformations that we will see within the earth sphere. (3)

As above so below, as within so without, risk is at the core of the choices we make and this psycho-emotive reality lives within us, we know it and feel it. It is one of Uranus calling cards.

Even though Uranus is antagonistic to Saturn’s stability, paradoxically the way through Uranus can in fact lead to stability, realised at a higher level; if the choice is left to spirit, it will always choose the path of ‘freedom’. Discovering the ‘how’ of this is a part of the gift these two planets offer at this time.

This will be the focus of the third part of Uranus in Taurus; however, before we go there we must take our diagnosis to where Uranus brings change to Earth itself, and an entirely different form of ‘freedom from the known’.


(1) Quote attributed to the psychologist Jordan Peterson

(2) The drawing of lots, or Sortition, was used to elect the public officials who served within the city states of ancient Greece. Its underlying rational was that it effected absolute equality through its process.

(3) Although I do not give much weight to the planetary rulership of signs in these articles, where it does make sense here is in considering the rulership of Taurus not through Venus but through Earth itself. I have borne this in mind throughout this interpretation; however, in the article following this short series I will be exploring one of the themes arising further, through an astrological example set by Venus which is particularly relevant to the Uranus transit of Taurus, namely ‘initiation and “the mysteries” ‘.


Illustrations

Top : “The Space Between” by Rob Purday, 2015

Second & Fourth : Butoh Theatre, Sankai Juku

Third : “Skeleton Woman And The Hunter“, an illustration
by Rob Purday & Nooshka Storm, 2012

In Respect Of Eclipses

eclipse drama

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.