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The Last of the Granny Witches

Anna Wess speaks with a timeless voice telling us…..”The blood in our veins is laced with old magic and the secrets of the noble savants before us.

We are the last of the granny witches…..”

Appalachian Ink ~ Home of Anna Wess (and Granny)

We are a peculiar breed. Our roots grow deeper than the cedars, and yet we don’t know precisely where or who it is that we grew from. We are a mystery as old as these hills themselves, and it doesn’t take much figuring to know that we are enigmas of intentional design and destiny.

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God knows our names.

We are not Northerners — damn Yankees, the men folks’ Confederate influence called them — and this we know without a doubt. I myself was always preened into believing I was a Southern child, born out of notions of gallantry and romance, but the fact is, I ain’t a low country belle and I’ve never picked a shred of cotton or been to a debutante ball.

We are not peaches.

And these mountain women before us were not delicate flowers or distressed coquettes. In these old heirloom hills, the women are…

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Venus In Furs

Fresh news from the frontline….the realms of the Wild Woman, the empowered one, are at large…..and she sees all

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Venus in Capricorn brings us face to face with the empowered woman. What is the image that is conjured in those two powerful words? We might imagine a ‘successful’ individual, one who has reached personal pinnacles and challenges our notions of power itself, against the prevailing odds. In Capricorn Venus is highlighting the role of the empowered woman and, if we must ask ‘what are her symbols’, we must go beyond the image of the CEO or stateswoman, as, is this not simply a projection of male values. However, Venus in cardinal earth does not ask, or wait, for an answer; SheKnows. And that is Her fundamental Truth. No wonder the corporatocracy is rife with glass ceilings.

In a world and time such as ours the planetary Goddess resonates with much deeper truths, manifests first, asks questions after, if at all ~ She is the living memory of…

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Welcoming 2014 – Year of the Yang Wood Horse

 

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Hey Dear friends and readers @ Owlmirror, thank you for your patience and for keeping the embers glowing here – its good to be back after taking a longer than anticipated sabbatical from the www and to pick up the beat by welcoming the new date on the calendar, 2014. This is a year that promises much energy and empowerment to all freedom loving spirits! With this being the year of the Yang Wood Horse we can look forward to a time of powerful initiatives, of those freedom loving souls who are here to defend nature and make a real difference coming to the fore and making a bigger impact upon the world stage. And, with strong spirits in mind, this will also be a year of opportunity to bring four square solid devotion to the Earth loving wild nature that pulses through all life and into the central hearth of all our lives – the image of the wild horse is a powerful talisman for our journey ahead! S0, thank you to all friends of Owlmirror for visiting, for following here, and for all your comments and ‘likes’ – its your presence and involvement that really makes it, and, we have much to look forward to………

Owlmirror is happy to announce that we now have a facebook page too – the link will be going in the side bar and header but you can go directly to the page here (you will need to sign in to fb first off course) – the fb page gives greater freedom to post more regular links and articles, including one-off items, special opportunities and offers, especially for artwork, readings and medicine work. You will find links there to every new article posted here and at our sister site Living Astrology, all of which have the particular Owlmirror focus and flavour, and, its a community page, so, if you would like to join the conversation and get more of Owlmirror please drop in, ‘follow’ and ‘like’ us – it’ll be great to see you there and help the community grow!

The Living Astrology site has been renamed and revamped with a new format – previously the site ran under the title ‘Root Medicine of the Stars’, but, continuing the theme of Earth based spirituality within astrological practice the new name reflects more clearly the practical heart that this divination path infuses into life. Posts at Living Astrology include astro-divinations of the current and significant upcoming celestial alignments and events, as well as bringing key videos and news of developments within the astrology world to regular readers and followers…….the recent article ‘Stargate to a Revolution’ broke all previous viewing records and more people are now following Living Astrology since its re-launch. The latest article ‘A Most Mysterious Time’ looks into the first lunation of 2014 – so, thanks to everyone who has visited,  ‘liked’ and commented on articles there and is following the new site!

Keeping up Owlmirror’s tradition of a more left field and in-depth exploration of path-making themes in our times the next article up here will be focusing on the current Venus retrograde period, its significance in the flow of current events as well as the unique opportunity it brings to connect with a deeper indigenous perspective. There is a pulse at work through this retrograde period that belongs to Venus’ 251 year cycle. This is a truly rare moment that embodies complete synchronicity with the solar seasonal cycle and with it opens a gateway for engaging with the bigger picture, an event that will not happen again for many generations. Venus stationed and went retrograde at the December solstice, and soon, her station and following direct motion in the heavens at Imbolc will signify a turning point we should not and, in reality, cannot afford to miss! The veils are falling from the Goddess as She journeys to the deepest levels of the underworld. Just as the ancients knew Venus’ significance to the earthbound inauguration of and most auspicious synchrony between ceremonies, the celestial realms and sacred sites, we too can gain the benefit of the message She delivers through the exquisite timing, symbolism and grace of Venus’ celestial dance. We look forward to a time of powerful harmony, all the more auspicious as Her dance augers a brilliant start to the Chinese New Year – Venus goes direct exactly as the year of the Yang Wood Horse opens!

So…….Much Gratitude, the Peace of a strong loving heart and the creative unrest and beauty of the wild natural spirit be with you through this year!

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Wise Choices

There is a skene that binds past and future and, stretched ever more taught in the present, its pitch is rising……in the right hands great beauty can be plucked from its vibrating heart.

The 2012 mid year solstice is ushered in on the rising energy of a New Moon in the last degree of Gemini. This lunation lends it qualities to the solstice and asks us to bring matters we have been working through since the previous New Moon, which was also in Gemini at zero degrees, to a state of maturity. The challenge is that over the coming weeks focus shifts into a deepening ‘let it all go and think again’ mode. Solstice takes this to a more meaningful and long term level, setting the tone for the coming quarter and beyond.

As demanding as it sounds there may be some wisdom in this, however, it is a part of the challenge facing us now to find and attune ourselves to the wisdom we all carry. The patterns we create now have a lasting influence; as if testing out our assumptions for the future – amongst which, for example, include all notions of ‘co-creativity’ – the universe is lining up a lesson in making wise choices for the inhabitants of this magical blue orb we know as our home.

There is planetary corroboration here as well. With Jupiter now also in Gemini, the weight of this challenge comes through a powerful influx of idealism and youthfull envisioning pitted against the lessons of the past. Jupiter is transiting the south node, so the torsion between claims of grounded realism and ground breaking innovation will be building – in the process the generational divide between old style philosophical approaches towards life and the inspired vision of a ‘brave new world’ will become more noticable – the debate about ‘our future and how we are going to get there without repeating the errors of the past’ is amping up and the tensions and pressures to walk the talk are now coming to center stage.

On the solstice itself Gemini’s ruler Mercury is joined in Cancer by the Moon and squares Saturn in Libra while also sextiling Mars in Virgo, so both sides are raising the  stakes and the depth of seperation between prevelant ideologies, which is already visible in the world, is going to become more of an issue upon which our most important decisions rest. This is going to throw fuel on the fire that burns where seperation between the will of the People and the will of the State is being expressed. Tensions here will be running high, and we can expect the supporters of the status quo to come out fighting once Saturn goes direct on the 25th, especially as this will also coincide precisely with the square between Uranus and Pluto becoming exact.

Jupiter feeds into the square through a building sextile to Uranus and quincunx to Pluto. As if we have not seen the rumblings already over the last year or more, the present generations are heading for potential collision with incumbent past generations in an attempt to wrest power from them and change our collective course. Last summer saw rioting, increasing disparity between ordinary citizens and State bodies, and Occupy picked up the baton – now the field is wide open and the action more organic, expressing diversity and resting on ‘intelligence’ – ground will be gained through surprise tactics and clawed back through clamp downs. Sound familiar….?

The heads and bodies of the beaurocratic power structures of the State are under pressure to meet the rising tide of discontent without recourse to the ‘old methodology’, for, to do so is to admit defeat, which they might be prepared to do if it wins them the battle! But, this will only further reveal just how rotten to the core they have become and, ultimately, further their inevitable demise and lose them the war, so to speak – people are sick of war and its all a matter of time now, a question of ‘how’ we make the transition out of the old death oriented paradigm into new Life.

With Jupiter also squaring Neptune through this time and heading for a trine with Mars at the end of the lunation, the religious orthodoxy will be looking increasingly out of touch and the Militia (and their covert allies) will be trying their best to keep their true alliegences hidden in the midst of it all, especially where the allience between these two archaic bastions of the old paradigm has created deep wounding of the collective soul – and this is a wound that has a global history stretching back over 5k years, and more.

In some sense humanity is being offered the opportunity to enter collective soul retrieval, something being voiced more and more in healing circles – one of the problems is that the wound also seperates so much of humanity from Nature, and Nature is the essential ‘where and how’ in restoring our condition to balance. We need the shamans within ourselves to come forward now and, working alongside the Peace Chiefs, turn the War Chiefs back around to protecting and honouring Life, the People, hearth and home. At the center of the circle is the Children’s Fire watched over by the Elders…..if you have it in you to work with the spirits, let them guide you in this work, let the light of your work with them illuminate your qualities of eldership and your path in the world now, expect it to take you well beyond your own familiar boundaries, and be prepared for whats coming as this will be a steep learning curve……we will quickly discover there is no room here for New Age bullshit.

Meanwhile, with Venus also sextiling Uranus, squaring Chiron and quincunxing Pluto the pressure will be building on those in power to come clean, admit liabilities and finally begin walking their talk (yes, that is a sardonic smile you can see behind this statement), especially regards their ‘concerns’ over the state of the Earth, ecological issues and the power relationships between these and global finance……and the tensions are such that this carries an ‘or else’ quality behind it! The alternative is to shut up, ship out and make way for the new generation of thinkers, movers and shakers. They themselves, if they do prevail now, will have an almighty mess to clear up before we can truly begin to establish the new paradigm that will ground the vision the youthfull idealists are so busy talking about.

Infact, it would be naive in the extreme to expect the ‘establishment’ to simply step aside – more likely they will be turning the screw, restricting freedoms and trying to outwit and compromise the ‘opposition’, even more than usual. And besides, the ‘new generation’ will more likely be working outside of the power structures of the past and building a ‘new world’ regardless. Watch out, be discerning, as this will suit to draw fire and aid the underhandedness of any subversive, on either side and including the agents of the NWO, down to the ground. Tricky, very tricky – who’s to believe?!

This process is now becoming increasingly familiar, but, has been going on for generations – so, neither should we be so naive as to think that this is happening without the ‘establishment’ attempting to use any ‘organic mass movement’ of the People to their advantage. We need the voice of experience here to help us be discerning and navigate these tricky times. Who amongst us, we may well be asking, are our ‘real’ Elders and where are they when we really need them……..the answer in these peer led times  is that ‘if the cap fits, the time has truly come, to step up to the plate, and wear it’…..are you being called?! Trust your inner wisdom…..

By the time this lunation comes to an end the matrix will be at flash-point sensitivity for radical change to manifest though direct action that releases the pressures and tensions that have built up over this month. The T between Mars in Libra opposite Uranus, both exactly square Pluto at 8 Capricorn at the July New Moon, is a hot potato and a taste of things to come. It could be a moment where the mechanisms tumble into place that release an ongoing runaway heightened dynamic and chain reaction into the course of global events (the Gemini Pisces square between Jupiter and Neptune has all the flavours of a chemical process gone crazy), but, however the energies pan out, the moment itself, marked by the July New Moon, will bring a much longer-term pulse into play that is connected more with the Solar than the Lunar cycles. So, the ‘turning point’ characteristics normally associated with the Solstice are being amped up significantly with the lunation beginning June 19th through July……

Theres more to support this notion. Something of note is happening with the harmonics surrounding the quarter and cross-quarter fire festivals, and this speaks of Earth changes. We need to touch on the science of this, and will do so in the next post, but, it will make better sense now if we consider the timeline first. From this time on, and over an extended period, we will find in the chart for each one of the fire festivals at least one noticably hard, tension filled or ‘flash-point’ aspect and the trend continues right into 2014 when we will see one of the most powerful cardinal grand crosses for many a year straddling the 2014 March Equinox and Beltane. That CGC will involve Uranus, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto, all in the mid decan of the cardinal signs, and they are all involved in the action here, almost as if in dress rehearsal for that time. The Norns themselves couldn’t have construed a busier agenda for themselves, or, perhaps they have. Whatever the channels through which they are working, the current lunation sets the tone. The dance between Fate & Destiny can manifest equally the struggle for survival and the ascent of the soul, and the two are inextricably linked……if there is an underlying theme to these momentous times, surely this is it.

During this intensely active and complex lunation we will see the planetary matrix go into a kind of overdrive that is akin to the flash of an entire life before the eyes of one about to either crash or return to spirit, and its all happening within the curiously slowed down sensation that we get as time speeds up that accompanies such experiences. Not everyone is going to be affected in the same way, but, at the very least, this will be a time of shifting focus as many planets are either stationing, and changing direction within the chart, or are changing signs, forming sharp aspects and opening vortices and arcs of energy between the inner and outer spheres. The next post will look at the nuts and bolts of these energetics from a cosmobiological perspective. For now, here are some of the main astrological steps taking us along this path through the current period :

19-06-2012 New Moon at 29 degrees Gemini

21-06-2012 Solstice – Sun enters Cancer

24/5-06-2012 Saturn direct, Uranus square Pluto exact

26-06-2012 Mercury enters Leo

27-06-2012 Venus direct

29-06-2012 Sun/Pluto/Uranus T square; Sun/Moon/Chiron grand trine

3/4-07-2012 Full Moon at 12 degrees Capricorn; Mars enters Libra; Moon conjunct Pluto; Venus/Mercury yod to Pluto/Moon

19-07-2012 New Moon in Cancer; Mars/Uranus/Pluto T Square; Jupiter sextile Uranus becoming exact……..

I had intended to leave it at that for now, but, on reflection, there is something else…….that matter of Elders and eldership.

There is no doubt that, whatever your personal take on the significance of the year 2012, we are creating more and more communication and feedback as it happens on the events and movements of our times. This is very much enhanced with the current Gemini influence, but, information alone is not enough to live meaningful lives and, as the Sun enters Cancer we get the drive to find meaningfulness in Life – this requires conscious self awareness and the ability to be led by more than meets the eye, or ear. Knowing of another order comes with eldership and it is the rhythms and pulses of the Earth and the solar system as a whole that reflect the kind of outlook and perspective that we might expect from the Elders of our Earth tribe that will serve us in the long run. Times like solstice help us to key into these rhythms and pulses, as the elders who live on within the ancestral realms know all too well. We would do well to ask of their council at this time.

Eldership cannot be fabricated – it can be recognised, but, it requires a community that is capable of doing so. Community elders have an aura of ‘time’ about them that can only be gained through experience so, outwardly, this comes through celebration of a life lived and honoured, the recognition that an individual’s life experiences are of great value to the community and serve to provide a deeper, wider and longer perspective on Life. Solstices also offer a time to honour and celebrate these qualities……every star is an ancestral fire.

Inwardly, for one entering eldership, the recognition is a self-reflective knowledge that the events of ones life have all been meaningful – even when we are not sure exactly what that meaningfulness mounts up to there is a feeling of trust in life that Life ‘knows’ and will make use of our experience and bring out those true values that arise naturally from it when the time is right. An Elder who has embodied the natural processes of maturity will also have developed their connections with the cosmos, that bring this wider knowing. This brings solidity mixed with a certain otherworldliness to a true Elder, and we can often sense this in such people. And, just for clarity, the word Elder is capitalised here to distinguish the role and state from that of being ‘elderly’……..somehow we have to re-unite these two notions of age and maturity, and in this we are all Elders in the making. Go well, and peace be in your heart…..

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Apologies for the lackof pics with publication of this article – look out for these in updates!


Reality Check……

On 15th June the world saw a spectacular Lunar eclipse that left many breathless, not only for its beauty, something we could all share in, but, also its energetic impact, something felt, much more personal. Just 6 days later at the Solstice this interwoven dichotomy of experience was developed and given a more archetypal context, the dance of light and dark,  a cardinal seed moment whose influence will stay with us until the Equinox in September. And once again, we are hardly given breathing space before the final eclipse of the current triplet sees the Sun once more beshadowed by the Moon on July 1st in 9 degrees Cancer, and this time the emergent pattern will embed into the matrix with even more lasting effect – the cycles and patterns unfolding through this time are emphasising layers upon layers, the energetics of this time are challenging us to both focus and learn how to shift between focii, to develop and hold multiple points of view, balance in motion – this may feel like an overload at times,  like a softening up process, but, awareness and simplicity can be our allies here, help us to see how can we work with the dynamics as they play out, and prepare us for the upcoming months, both collectively and personally…….

The first eclipses have been activating the Gemini Sagittarius axis, and the emphasis here is all about resolving difference through taking the higher/deeper point of view, giving differentiation a higher and more holistic purpose…..in this post we will take a look at into some of the intrinsic qualities of this energetic imprint in the current eclipse cycle, and ask, what do eclipses hold for us. Lets get down to Earth…..

As a ‘mundane’ example of the Gemini influence let us suppose that we are focusing on and seeking solutions to problems of energy production, for instance. Events around the world continue to stimulate our innate knowing and we ‘know’ we must be careful not to get swept along together on the same old ‘band-wagon’ approach to energy production, but, there is an impetus here to become aware of when we are being propogandised, which, with Gemini, means not only developing our personal powers of discernment, but, lending each other our insights. We know that it is dangerous to ‘leave it to the government’ to sort things out, but, Gemini also stimulates us to differentiate what we personally can do with the technologies available. Mercury is ever the inventive left-field spark that lights us up. Under a new Moon we would do well to initiate these conscious drives for change, but, under the influence of an eclipse we may well be confronted with situations that force our hand if we do not.

The Gemini archetype with its emphasis on communication and intelligence can be seen playing out through the masses on a daily basis, as we are so strongly embedded within a culture of media and networking, and with regards energy production we are still seeing and hearing the same old official line, globally. The controlled franchised mass production of ‘alternative energy’ that international and governmental agendas ‘seem’ to be aiming for is still using the model of mass production and big business investment as the vehicle, and this lacks the kind of awareness that shifts us out of the ‘problem’. In the face of this the drive for action becomes ever more visceral on this issue and, so long as we keep on sending the same consumerist message back, the whole situation will continue to carry and manifest the same intrinsic dependancies – this comes at a price, one that is being payed for not least of all by ‘the tax payer’.

There is a far greater cost that is being payed as well, and, if we are not extremely careful, will continue to be payed at ever increasing cost by ‘the environment’, for exactly the same underlying reasons. Massive dams, for example, that obliterate the land and disrupt the natural powerhouses of the ‘eco-system’, such as the Belo Monte Dam project in the Amazon rainforest, destroy blindly in order to manifest power in totally unacceptable ways, ways that expose disregard for the rights of individuals, our natural and inherent relationship with the land, not to mention for Nature herself. The old paradigm clings on with its emphasis on usery and reveals its own unconscious patterning, which the Gemini influence casts a spotlight upon. We know that this political power game does not offer solutions of itself, especially without respect for the people,  public involvement and consultation – so, with Mercury emphasising our communications and connectivity as a counter balance we can utilise the moment and create a feedback loop that brings these issues to the surface, into the light of day.

Being awake is a Mercury attribute that is rising now, the Gemini eclipses also work through this, intensifying, and it is something we will be seeing emphasised of over the coming months, especially as Mercury opposes Capricorn from the last degrees of Cancer and swings into Leo. Things will hot up when he enters Leo. Petitioning, which is becoming a powerful corrective on-line lobbying force, does work and make a difference – through the collective voice our individual voices will be heard, it too is a form of uprising and it utilises Geminian energy in the best way. This can work with unexpected vigour around eclipses – with consciousness the force for change can be turned around and directed towards a goal. With Leo behind Mercury the rhetoric will incite to demonstration and display of public will.

The Fukushima meltdown continues to unfold its ugly inner truths, now that the meltdowns have been admitted, after the fact. But, then, for all the admissions, neither does re-enforcing safety guidelines and health security checks for the Nuclear industry provide a solution and these will be hot issues under the Cancer eclipse – as an increasing number of national governments are showing, ending nuclear power generation is the way forward. Right there is the Sagittarian higher purpose that has also been at work. This is about listening to Fukushima, not blurring the facts in an attempt to dumb-down the public through ignorance, as has been the case clearly demonstrated (even now) with Tepco, the official stance of the Japanese nuclear authorities and the international nuclear power community. Those with the prime investment, the political and economic muscle, are clearly seen to be blocking progress on this issue – this too will be brought out by the Cancer eclipse as mirrored in Capricorn. In this too we need to be careful about the solutions offered in replacement, that ensure our future well-being  – Cancerian concerns. Gemini encourages the use of discernment, Sagittarius asks us to be conscious of the longer term effects, the bigger picture, whatever we come up with. We can, and must, carry these forward now on the Cancerian impulse – its getting personal.

Mercury also brings us into becoming articulate with the detail. On the ground, reduction in usage, which may well be forced upon us anyway, is key in respect of our resources – we are inequivocably being shown that all of us need to become aware of how we consume and use power. The localised and individual creation of alternative energy sources, of energy networks (and that includes monetary) can provide a realistic solution, or at least the essential beginnings of one. It is also a solution that can be built upon, belong more to the people and can begin to free us from our dependancies upon the ‘big business’ generators of practical power and the economics infra-structure. In the 80’s Local Exchange Trading Systems, L.E.T.S., became very popular as a way of sidestepping the economic binds of currency, inflation and taxation….these can be created and networked any time, anywhere that there is the will and knowledge to do so, even amongst small groups of friends. Trading our skills, personal time and energy, home-made or produced goods, information and knowledge is at the heart of this idea and is the way forward. Infact it is happening everywhere, is natural……the only resistance, once again, comes from the old infra-structures. The Cancerian energies will help manifest these localised home grown initiatives as a break from the past through this coming eclipse and beyond.

Mercury is very electric, the spark in the synapse, his energy follows an interactive web. The internet does offer us another way in which we can utilise difference, diversity of skills and knowledge, in a mutual and more holistic way, but, the internet too is dependant upon the mass production systems that have led to the problems we are now facing. Getting with Nature, our own and this planet’s, as a part of our Earth’s consciousness and spirit, is also being emphasised through this time and is being reflected in the celestial bodies. Jupiter in Taurus trines Pluto and sextiles Neptune – this grounds a revolutionary vision of how our Earth could be and we can expect this to be sustained now, an expanding and inspiring energy for deep change, the pattern will hold through the second half of the year. When Neptune backtracks into Aquarius our inner connectivity within the matrix of nature will seek expression, a great opportunity to get out on the land and feel the Earth beneath our feet, let her speak to us. Communications in the mundane might well need this grounded balance and we could see a tricky time of mixed messages and subversive leaks that seek to bring an end to the rape of the planet’s resources, especially with the building square between Uranus and Pluto. They are coming close to an exact square late in July around the Leo New Moon – this will be one to watch as the NM is at the action point of a yod to Neptune and Pluto! By then Mercury will be entering Virgo – what do we want, virgin wilderness or wasteland?!

Intensity is without a doubt building, and we might think that eclipses engender this, everything seems to point in that direction. But, eclipses are enigmatic, can be both inspiring and provocative. They can challenge our connectivity into realism, but, in reality their effects are little understood and hard to predict. So, why are eclipses considered especially profound in astrology and divination? Utilising the Geminian energies this is a question I put to a number of forums on the web and the insights offered here draw on some of the answers, speculations and conversations this brought out.

Our inner connectivity brings us into the web more fully; we know that our connections as ‘seering’ beings cannot be pulled at the plug and, when we are ‘turned on’ in this way we ‘know’ and can be in the right place at the right time! But, there is a sense in which eclipses can be dis-connective. So, we need to look deeper. What is at work in eclipses and how will the eclipse in Cancer differ from the previous two in Gemini?

To give some shape to the second question first, where-as the last two eclipses in Gemini were working through the mutable energies of preperation and adaptability for change, the Solar eclipse on the 1st July will be in a cardinal sign – that signals initiation of a new energy pattern. The Moons physical body enshadows the Sun in Cancer, emphasising in visceral and emotive ways issues close to home, our personal and collective security, our inhereted relationships, indigenous traditions and the feeling senses through which we experience and share our psycho-somatic reality, incarnate experience as living spirit – it too is very people orientated in this. This eclipse stimulates the underlying energies of the cardinal cross as well as bringing the water signs and the element of water, with all its implications, to the fore – the Solstice, the Suns ingress into Cancer, heralded the point of shift, the eclipse embeds it with longer lasting and profound effect. But, this eclipse is also the first in a new Saros cycle, its shadow barely impinging on the Earth’s surface – perhaps we can expect it to be a more subtle seeding influence….

……the first eclipse, also a partial Solar, was perhaps more subtle for being at the end of a Saros cycle, less consciously determined. We highlighted a call to feel out a path to compromise, to facilitate this by taking notice of how the bigger picture speaks through us, even in personal ways – a question of getting with the river rather than trying to push it, of getting our egocentricity in perspective within the flow. If we doubted the reality of this at the time, the full Lunar eclipse that followed brought it home more fully, quite literally.

On a mundane level water, and the lack of, over abundance of it, is a huge issue through the time of these big Solar/Lunar events and with the third eclipse in a water sign we can expect this to become even more central and remain with us. Water brings our attention to the issues of availability, cleanliness, pollution, infact an endless list can be rolled out – almost every facet of life is both connected through and affected by our relationship with this life giving element. On a global scale, tsunami alerts are now firmly incorporated into reporting seismic events located near or in the oceans, massive rainfall is being experienced world-wide, swelling rivers and extreme weather are producing both landslides, devastation and inundation, the very ground we have been living and sleeping upon is shifting, becoming fluid, being swallowed up, and is also questioning our sense of certainty with archetypal power.

Globally, through these events, we are seeing the undeniable power of water influence how we see the world we have created for ourselves. And, it is typical of eclipses that in the periods surrounding them something of our accustomed everyday sense of security is swept aside and the challenging truth beneath revealed. On a cosmological scale, the collective dream is being swept away – as our attention is pulled back to the all too easily overlooked subtle collective power of Neptune still in early Pisces, eclipses are returning us to an awareness of Nature reasserting herself, the visionary’s master stroke, a global cleansing of consciousness through the matrix as nature expresses it. Its as if on waking up to the reality of our destructive and unconscious rush towards the future we are realising that the dream was an illusion, that we have neglected our relationships to our ancestors dreams, very 12th house, that the dream did not truly belong to us at all, was the inheretance and consequence of misguided short-sighted egocentric inner dynamics – Neptune dissolves the ego in this sense. There are far more fundamental issues at stake as we enter the unknown….

To get to and work with the dynamics involved we need to be prepared to go through the upcoming times – there is no room for avoidance tactics, deceptions (self or otherwise) or ungrounded faith in outside intervention, governmental or divine! If eclipses do anything they show just how real our lives are. This can be experienced in as many different ways as there are individual astrological charts, so, do look to your own and expect marked effects if the eclipse falls on an angle, natal planet or forms a strong aspect to your own Sun and/or Moon.

Eclipses strip back a layer of consciousness, either mental or somatic, and reveal what has been beneath the surface all along. The sudden presence of underlying dynamics of the psyche within consciousness, when brought to the surface, can be unsettling and challenging – they can also precipitate events that begin or end through those same emergent energies; the house in which they occur will give you the context, the sign its flavour.

It is as if they interrupt the flow of ‘normality’. A better way of imaging them may be to liken the effect to sweeping the surface of a pond of its accumulated detritus, in that brief eclipsing moment – naturally, what lies below then rises to the surface. They also offer us a brief but powerful glimpse beneath the surface. A solar eclipse will alter our thinking and subvert our habitual mentality, questioning our drives, which can bring strong realisations out that we usually ignore, or prefer to shield ourselves from – full Solar eclipses reveal our animal nature at work and give us access to our instinctive soul drives. They will reveal to us something of the direction our soul is taking, by default. Events will reflect this back to us. A Lunar eclipse will work psycho-somatically so that the body-mind becomes the locus for our awareness, an instance in which our spiritual nature speaks more through the body and our consciousness is brought down to earth. They will reveal something of the state of our soul. In both cases our intimacy with the world is hightened. In both cases the collective effects remain potent, especially when the eclipse point is transited, for many months, years even, some astrologers believe. The triple eclipse pattern compounds the effects – this has been a turbulent time!

On a personal note, I was surprised at how many people reported feeling drained, bruised and closed down following the full Lunar eclipse. ‘Stop trying so hard’, ‘first rest’ and ‘then, let the work flow through’. Many people reported finding renewed purpose in this. It is in the nature of eclipses that we witness the unstoppable forces at work in the cosmos and, if we have been working with an intent that is not in tune with those forces, the rug is well and truly being pulled now. Any subversive ego serving ambitions we may have attached to our purposefullness are being shorn away – but, this is not a case of divine punishment, that idea belongs to the outgoing paradigm…..rather, what we are seeing here is that, the more sensitive and empathic people were through this month, the more we felt it at this Moon. At our deeper levels we merge.

Unity, if it is being sought, is already there…..the strength and resilience of our souls and how in synch we are with our personal soul path are highlighted in this experience – this, in essense is the only work. Any outstanding business that we have put on the back-burner is likely to emerge, and we know that we must do something about it. As uncomfortable as it may be, rest assured, this offers a route to holistic self realisation. It is the first intimation of the ‘softening up process’ that is releasing us from the shackles of the past. It is going into the wound without fear and leads beyond survival to flourishing….

As the ‘Moons of Zuvuya’ implied we survive and thrive through Grace, and, particularly, we thrive through getting real about who we are. What the Lunar eclipse added to this was the imperative to remember why we came here and, as the Sun reached the cardinal crossing point and swung around the hitching post of the year, the question was deepened to asking whether we are fulfilling this original purpose….both an individual and collective question. As the Storyteller Moon reminded us we are all in the same boat and our individual paths are inextricably interwoven – everyone’s story counts when it comes to our future and our future is collectively interwoven within the great dreaming of life. There is a very visceral medicine path in this.

It is as if our ‘shields’ are momentarily down and this means having greater access to our core essence, our greater self. This can be hard work, at a soul level, and in such moments the sudden absence of our protective and habitual masks and modus operandi can leave us feeling vulnerable, especially if we are not prepared for the experience. When events are triggered in our personal lives that reflect this we can look to the nature of the events to find out something of great value about ourselves and this works in two ways.

Firstly, the event will be the perfect mirror of that part of our circle of shields , or masks of personality, which has become momentarily eclipsed – by its reflection we can get a sense of what we create in our own personal reality that we normally take foregranted. These can more often than not be seen as personality traits, masks we wear, as characters we adopt for our social functioning and survival, both inner and outer. Quite often we create these masks to protect undeveloped, unintegrated or wounded parts of ourselves – they can also be positivistic, compensatory, bring balance, are useful, have social functions that support our outer lives, but, they are also, invariably, secondary to our true nature. It is a part of this process that we become aware of and articulate with, rather than being articluted by those masks. This is where the second way in which eclispses aid our work comes through.

Have you ever been in a radical situation, an accident or unforeseen crisis suddenly happened, and something took over, pulled you into action in a way that you are not familiar with? The radical potential behind eclipses can manifest such initiatic events. When we are exposed, without preperation, to the larger dynamics of life something can happen that by-passes our ego-centricity – the energy released can be awesome! The power of the psyche, its raw spiritual essence, can take over and we will find ourselves responding by doing what otherwise we might consider beyond our capabilities – we might not even recognise ourselves. Or, we might recognise our deeper self more fully. In medicine work, the inner work prepares us for this, is itself akin to a softening up or tempering process. Essentially, in an adrenal rush, we become opened to tapping into the universal energy more directly, its influx from source being more direct, less filtered, great things can be achieved in the face of crisis. It is in the aftermath that we need to be careful with ourselves…..

Have you ever wondered how much of our dis-connection from nature is symptomatic of a collective post traumatic stress syndrome – when Barbara Hand Clow coined the phrase ‘catastrophobia’ (1) she highlighted the effects of global cataclysmic events on the collective human psyche. There is every reason to believe that beneath many of our collective disfunctional behaviours is a collective soul-loss, our feeling of seperation from Nature, and all its implications, being the symptomatic wound. It can also be that, when a crisis is so great that it overwhelms us, we go into shut-down. Behind humanity’s ‘fault-line’ may be  a ‘source’ event that we are seeing mirrored back in the world now. Collective soul loss may be the one greatest issue of our times, a natural reflex in which our spiritual center, or a part of it, is shifted out of the personal conscious into the universal unconscious. In healing this fragmentation, through ‘soul retrieval’, we can also experienced a revelation of our wholeness, the restoration of an aspect of our selves that we have lost touch with, but, feel and are aware of  through the loss……with the hightening effects of eclipses this may be a part of their dynamic, a cosmic intervention that aids us in bringing ourselves home. But, it requires sustained care and support for integration, compassion and willingness, on our part. With eclipses the involuntary element makes this and preperation, the inner work, all the more poigniant and can highlight areas we have been unconscious to in our practice. Collectively, if worked with consciously, eclipses can offer anopportunity to engender collective compassion, which can also often come unexpectedly, from an inner resource we may never have realised we have….here too is a part of the softening up process, and it is a sacred call to forgiveness. In some senses its as if a cosmic ‘tough love’ is at work, an opening of the heart. It might help us greatly now if we are able to see the current state of the world in this way…….

The key to working with eclipses is through treating them as time-out zones, making our lives simpler for the moment, paying more attention and care to ourselves and others….and engendering compassion, courage and forgiveness. We may find this visited upon us, but, we are never without choice, never beyond hope. If you are considering launching a new venture, reflect upon your motives. Undertaking any major change through an eclipse time will carry the imprint of the eclipse within our soul path – many astrologers advise against such. It is not impossible though to utilise this in a way that is beneficial in the long term – if the intent is to give ourselves more time to be genuine, more deeply rooted in our soul path, it can be profoundly awakening. The biggest element though is unpredictability – for as much as we are able to forecast eclipses, for all the inner dynamics, insights into their workings, their immediate and lasting effects are unpredictable……they challenge us to be ourselves in the now, no matter what. But, the mirror of the unforeseen is Grace, and healing may enter by her gateway.

The second half of the year will see our world traversing the end count of the Mayan calendar – this has been calculated and exquisitely extrapolated by the Mayan ancestors. Contemporary commentators such as Carl Calleman have brought our understandings to an inspired level of clarity, but, for all that we can fore-see, we cannot know what lies ahead of us. The energies are rising, intensifying, approaching unification within consciousness. We are entering the unknown……deep consciousness that is intrinsic to all life is emergent within us. This, perhaps more than anything else at this time, is what these eclipses are softening our selves up for, through every cell in our body, right down to the core of our being. Eclipses are sacred gateways. We must go through them as we have an appointment with destiny. We are on our way to meeting and being met by the Dark Goddess…..in her, all life is born…..Prima Materia Sapienta. But, more on Her next time….

Blessings one and all!!

(1) ‘Catastrophobia : the truth behind earth changes in the coming age of light’ – Barbara Hand Clow; Bear & Company, 2001

……far from being exhaustive the links below will provide some food for holistic and sustainable thought and action that can make the difference – self empowering, informative and ‘green’ in intent, if nothing else brouse the Wiki pages, follow the links and create your own search path – sharing your findings, creating co-operative support networks and groups, trying ideas out for yourself – if you know of sites, organisations, individuals or educational centers on this theme, now is the time to pass them on – the world is brimming with empowering alternatives to living in dependancy to ‘The System’, so, if we help each other, we can all live in full connection ‘off the grid’ – g’luck!

http://www.gdrc.org/icm/lets-faq.html – an extensive and useful FAQs site about l.e.t.s. systems as they have been concieved in Australia

http://www.gmlets.u-net.com/design/home.html – fully detailed manual for setting up l.e.t.s. schemes from Canada

http://www.letslinkuk.net/ – user friendly UK site showcasing articles and resources for all interested in l.e.t.s.

http://www.littlegreenguide.com/ – simple practical index of ideas inc. solar-voltaic and combined wind generators – Australia based

http://www.carbonneutralenergy.co.uk/hydro.html – resourceful UK based site with many links to water based technologies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microgeneration – great Wiki page on Microgeneration, its uses and forms – lots of worldwide links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_building – another great Wiki page on Green or Sustainable building techniques – lots of links into different technologies and applications

http://www.cat.org.uk/ – based in Wales UK this is the educational center for alternative technologies site – long established tried and tested, always worth a visit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture – the Permaculture page at Wiki is once again filled with great links and info – working with nature as a practical land based way of self-sufficiency


Fire Returns to the Origin

This month sees the great changes in the world reaching down to root level – we are entering a phase of high resolution transformation in which the challenges of the physical will ask us to tap into our inner resources with pragmatic focus. The pull of the mundane is strong throughout this month so inner balance and adaptation of our medicines to the times will help us to remain centered within the heart, and we will need this as the the very fabric of the matrix is now beginning to shift with kaleidoscopic energy. Everything counts, so…..   

Now in the flow, the April New Moon is a way marker amidst the great changes and picks up on the March astral influences, carries them forward and stimulates us into taking up the roles we are each called to with renewed commitiment and dedication. Emergent energy, carrying the ‘I Am’ affirmation from Aries, almost seems to engulf this Moon. Within the quickfire and intense process that we are now seeing, the world has been shaken by recent events in the Mid-East and Japan – and what is the best way to respond? Perhaps we should ask the Powerbrokers who continue to wield the ugly sword of righteous murder, against the people and against Nature, in the name of democracy and profit – perhaps not, we are no longer pawns in their game; rather, ask the courageous workers of Japan who have staked their lives on saving the country from nuclear meltdown. And this while the Ring of Fire is reverberating with quakes on a daily basis, many in the 4.5 to 6.5 range, many around Honshu and the Asian Pacific faultline – Earth is not to be ignored in the face of political unrest and usury. She will have her say……

We begin this report with the mundane view because it is going to be key to how we bring our personal paths to bear within this Moon cycle….although the New Moon opens a new cycle it is the cycle itself, especially in its first two quarters, that will determine how we percieve our course for the month. Patience and compassion are called for, looking to the inner wisdom that is growing within; at the Full Moon we will return to review where we stand and take our work further forward…….as much apparent lunacy as there is in the world, it is going to highten our balanced sense of self, our purposefulness within the world. And, talking of lunacy…….

Uranus has been joined by Mars in the second degree of Aries – and, lo! the Koran burning Pastor is in denial of the consequences. When Mars conjuncts with Uranus we get an energy that must find some form of expression – it is most dangerous when it finds its lowest form, can manifest as shock tactic fundamental extremism and will do so with unpredictable consequences, apart from the fact that we know it will be provocative to say the least. If these two planets working together find the high side of expression Uranus and Mars can empower us with radical inventiveness and inspire new paths of manifestation for spontaneous acts of courage, a pragmatic counter to the aggressive and irrational unconscious drives of its low side. On 2º Aries Uranus conjunct Mars brings a cold edge to the Uranian energy, and challenges us to look without flinching at the effects that acts of aggression have in the world. The Sabian symbol for this degree is ‘Objective Consciousness’, hard core facts and seperation from feeling. While it is an energy instilled in every soldier and its intrinsic denial is behind every case of PTSD emerging from the war zone, it is also intrinsic to the symptoms of the deeper wound, and reading the symptoms is as much a part of our healing as working from the heart. We cannot ignore its effects, especially now……will governments take responsibility? Whether they do or not, it will be up to us to step up to our calling and, as individuals, work together to make the difference. Re-volution reaches far beyond our politics.

In the mundane, Saturn’s face-off with Jupiter continues to be triggered by the New Moon, as if to prolong the interrogation of our ethical and moral limitations. We know that governments cannot continue to act in the name of Democracy while blowing up the opposition, and this energy is also expressed in the lower vibration of Saturn and Jupiter. The forces of containment vieing with the forces of expansion with heavy effect. The higher vibration shows us that, in reality, the two are seeking a way of working together, however, with the New Moon activating the Jupiterian end of this pervasive stand-off, we may well see the transformative side of Jupiter coming through as pressure builds on the contollers and overlords from within. The people are inflammed with growing spiritualised desire to see change at the root, and this Moon will make sure that this is seeded – it is an expression of Venus in Pisces sextile Pluto, now vacillating in early Capricorn. It is at the heart of the courage being shown in Japan. It brings the radical edge of compassion into the world. When Masaru Emoto called the world to prayer, to ask for forgiveness from, express gratitude towards and to seek healing for the Waters, he was expressing the high side of Saturn and Jupiter, the water crystals manifesting the sacred geometry of the heart, toned by feeling and spirit. There is a great teaching in this – we do not need to wait for the call to work with the medicine in this way…….if we make such acts an integral part of our everyday life Life will be transformed……

The benific side of Saturn will fund us with support in this, especially if we are able to capitalise on the Mercury retrograde energies of inward focus and communing with the spirits. We know that the dangers from focusing through his low side are present as well – with behind the scenes strategising and covert agenda’s that seek to maintain control. However, we may be able to see this at work, to see through the deceptions, if we hold to the center and utilise our sacred point of view, our ‘seeing’. For example, we may observe a change in policy and shift of focus if the US government goes into shutdown on April 8th when interim budget cuts run out of time. Mercury retrograde will square US Mercury, challenging open communications, and the Moon on the US Descendant will signal the time for the people to claim their power in the face of the governments apparent inability to work on their behalf….but, I digress….and we must not forget that we are on the verge of a new spiritualisation of our reality.

Neptune is flowing into Pisces for a four months stay, and while he is there, ruling the mutable nature of our spirituality, we will get a taste of the great collective shift within that will truly begin to counterbalance all this tumult in the world – this will be our signal and the real work we have come into this time to engage with will take on new dimensions. The boundaries will open and if you have been diligent in holding to your heart center and witholding from reaction to or inculcating the influences of the mundane, you will discover that your own boundaries too have become radically changed – entering this zone of shifting boundaries and timelessness we will be able to take our innate spiritual powers to another level! Intent is everything in here, so too our center…..

The esoteric can be intoxicating, but, it can also be the gateway for fundamental healing. With Chiron already in Pisces we can expect Neptunes influence on Chiron to bring a pragmatic shamanic quality to the shift . Time dissolves as we enter the world of the shape-shifter – up pops the white rabbit and down the worm-hole we go …..

Nothing is quite as we expect it to be as we make that journey – the preparation began this Equinox when Uranus brought us to the gateway, shook its foundations and was followed by Jupiter pushing on the sacred portal that Saturn stands guarding – if we look at their opposition more from the esoteric we will see the doorway now opening. The polarising tension they have brought has sustained Uranus’ shockwaves – it is also like tightening a drumskin and raising its pitch, and this too now gives a clear mandate to bring our work in the world to a higher purpose – we can follow that beat.

So many of the above influences are calling us to stay with our feet firmly planted on our own ground, to work with our own innate wisdom; it is a personal response and we know that, individually, we will do so as one, fractals of the whole. While the planets fund us with cosmic energies for change our Earth is reminding us of the sacred nature of Nature. Neptunian influences are a foretaster. As Neptune enters Pisces ‘for good’, early next year, accessing the oceanic realms of the Dreamtime, our Earth will be showing us that our task is to fully realise our role as Keepers of the Sacred Garden and, as Rainbow Warriors of Peace, manifest the coming Fifth World from within. The prophecies have been preparing us for this – in the last decade our regard for them has changed, now we are collectively remembering – they were never just stories to be heard and wondered about; they are the deep source of our knowing, about our purpose and how to prepare – we will sadly miss José Argüilles’ visionary leadership and inspiration in helping us to wake up to them. There are many visionary leaders present with us in our times, but, right now it is up to us all to step into our own roles as leaders, each in the way most suited to us, and care for our personal medicines as we do so……the responsibility of the healer is also to maintain their own health, the more so now as Transformation emerges from within.

Our world is changing from within….the heavens are changing within – Change is our new Body – we are becoming transubstantial and, within ‘that which knows’, the elixir of our spiritual alchemy is reaching manifestation point. It is a crucial moment in the ongoing process of conscious global transformation – now the World Medicine we hold within must rest within the changing world without. Then we can entrain with the crystallising energies of Saturn while retaining the potential growth factor of Jupiter – timing is everything, so we do need to know when to wait and when to act.

We cannot anticipate how we will look to each other beyond this process, so the emphasis really is now in trusting our own personal transformation as the template for outer change, and there are energies in the heavens that will help us at this stage. In Pisces, Chiron conjunct Ceres, and Venus sextile Pluto in Capricorn, remind us that we are here to face the reality of our collective wounds and seperation from the natural cycles of Life, and that we can do this by being with Nature. Earth is funding the fundamental relationships we have with Nature with the transformative power of deep commitment and belonging. Once again, this is fundamental to our role as Keepers of the Garden of Earth. The cultural paradigms of the industrial world have taken us a long way from this deeper connection.

The higher vibrations of the planets also show us the way. Wisdom too can be the prerogative of Saturn and he can be very grounding with this – once we are able to overcome the stultifying effects of fear, his shadow is transformed into steadfast courage and dedication – he helps us earth. In Libra this becomes the power to form right relationship, and within our mandate, becomes the manifestation of unity with ‘all our relations’. But, we can find inspiration from the strength of the courageous workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the spirit of the Japanese people, their integrity and the outpouring of immense compassion that we are seeing emerge in response – Earth is speaking to us, it is real. It is clear, the Sacred Hoop must be restored. Jupiter expands the call and helps us raise the energy that will bring the medicine to bear. The New Moon seeds this energy within us and Mars brings Uranus the compelling fire of realisation that we are the Birds of Fire, the Warrior Guardians of our entry into the Fifth World. Neptune’s entry into Pisces signals the first wave of the spirit world merging with our own in consciousness, the timeless higher dimension that generates the sacred geometry of the Flower of Life within our true nature – sweet is the nectar that Hummingbird finds there, the Medicine of Joy – it knows no boundaries.

When time dissolves, the boundaries between things become maleable – all we know is at our center. This is the pathway of inner light – the emergent consciousness of the Goddess returning. Her intrinsic wisdom is manifest in all things and harmonises all within the one. We continue our daily lives through Her grace……she also carries an earthy knowing that will help us ground our mandate. For all the otherworldly nature of the shamanic shift it is the middle world we always return to……integration is our objective. Even at the heart of the storm the world assumes its customary dimensions, and we continue, infused with spirit. It is very much about being natural within the world. To close, some words from the Oracle will elucidate…..

Hexagram 36 of the Oracle of Changes contains this line in the commentary :
‘though one harmonizes with others, one is not influenced, and though one associates with others, one does not become clannish.’

What does it mean that ‘one does not become clannish’?

What is clannish reflects the varying patterns that exist within us and around us – we recognise our kinship with each other through this. And yet ‘though one harmonises with others, one is not influenced’ by the entrapment of energies within the mundane. Why build a world on difference when the nature of difference is change itself? It is like mistaking the burning wood for the fire…….wood, flame, ash and heat, it is all one.

This hexagram came up in response to a request for an overview for this Moon cycle. Its name is ‘Concealment of Illumination’ – it never ceases to amaze how this ancient oracle responds with timely and aposite advice – here it exactly mirrors the heavens and earth. The image contained within the hexagram is enlightenment hidden within difficulty. We move amongst the people without outward show of our inner illumination, yet following our seeing, we know each other. We know we cannot fight fire with fire, so we gently nurture the elixir we have generated, through concealment. In this way we can be broad in our perspective and adaptive in our responses, able to integrate within the masses. It means being discerning while being unobtrusive : ‘one is like the Sun, which is bright when it rises, but, also bright in secret when it has set.’ Fire returns to the Origin……

……the Black Sun of the Fifth World rises in the Raven’s eye, She blinks and the Wheel of Law becomes the Seeing Eye of Magic . At the heart of the storm all is still and the inner eye is filled with light…….as the seer wends the city streets, no outward show, ordinary to all, illumined in all…….

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Oracle of Changes references : The Taoist I Ching, Thomas Cleary & Liu I-ming, Shambala Publications, 1986


hidden mirror moon

“What an exciting life we live”, thought Moomintroll. “Everything could be turned upside down in a moment – for no apparent reason whatsoever”……(1) Amongst the adventures that Tove Jansson’s lovable Moomins lived through were the Great Flood and the coming of a fiery Comet to Moomin Valley…..her stories are a wonderful mirror, and, who knows, she could well have been telling us something! Here are a few more provocative thoughts to consider….

Observations are showing us that our Solar system is now entering an area of space within the outer reaches of the galaxy that has physical and energetic quaities that no human has ever witnessed in our planetary system’s locality before. We are also percieving utterly immense new energy forms above the poles of the galactic hub that do not obey the laws of physics according to the gravitational/black hole model. The gravitational model upon which we base our most entrenched astro-physics paradigms is being radically challenged by the emergent ‘electric’ model. Highlighted by the nature of the increasing influence of solar and galactic energies upon our Earth, this is a model that speaks of simultaneity, interconnectedness and provides the basis for a new cosmology of consciousness. It is also providing explanations for the missing dark matter and energy that permeates our universe, throwing light on the continuous interdependant nature of life across time and space. The Sun’s prolonged dormancy has been broken by a spectacular display of plasma plumes, with increasing sun-spot , solar flare and Coronal Mass Ejection activity – and the solar maximum has not yet peaked; NASA is sending out warnings of complete disruption to communications and power systems on earth. The Earths magnetic poles are shifting with speed, the North faster than the South, and its electro-magnetic field is weakening, as is the Sun’s – we can see the same effect at work across the unified field of the solar system. A very large ‘planetary’ object has been observed within the Ort Cloud at the edge of our solar system; some believe it to be a Brown Dwarf, an unrealised star with not enough mass to ignite, now with a solid center – others hold that it is a super massive gas giant like Jupiter, only, at least twice the diameter – such an object will have a strong influence on the planetary field – we will feel the effects. Plasma bursts that have a degree of power normally associated with stellar phenomenon are being observed issuing from above thunderstorms. Spiral aurora, cloud patterns unlike any previously recorded are being observed globally. It gets more bizarre….sink holes, some immense within polar ice and others unusualy sheer sided within the earth’s surface, are appearing, apparently randomly. Luminous entities are being captured on film that reveal intelligent behaviour and internal organic structure, signs of ‘other-dimensional’ life co-existant with our earth plane. All these have been known of for some time – yet, their presence has been supressed for many years….until now.

We will soon see how the electric model, as it becomes more fully grounded for us to work consciously with, opens our eyes to the presence of intersecting dimensions of reality – dimensional entities that inhabit further dimensions beyond the 3D world, some of which affect and feed off of our emotional bodies, others which aid and abet our evolution, are entering our consciousness and will force us to review our habitual ideas of just what is ‘real’ – these are however facts long known to indigenous, healing and esoteric communities. Our insistance upon hard empirical evidence has kept this a reality at arms length…this too is now changing with increasing pace. We live in ‘interesting times’…..

So, lets see what the stars are saying to us at the onset of the March lunation in Pisces.

With our readings focusing primarily on the lunation cycles over the last seven months the role of the Moon’s nodes is seen to be of high importance – we have witnessed a season of eclipses, particularly framed within the characteristics of and with reference to a most significant transit, Pluto transiting the North Node of the Moon – see ‘Pluto Rides the Dragon’s Head’. This transit is epoch making in its scope and prefigures the current upheavals and struggles to birth ourselves anew.

As we have been exploring at ‘Owlmirror’, the ongoing process described within these lunations has given us a template for action to work with and, as we do, the outer events that we see unfolding show us clearly where the stress falls…our inner work is in direct relation to the qualities we perceive within our experiences. The current March lunation brings the emphasis back to the process in a more subtle way this time, but, later in the year we will see the outer stresses of this process step-up as Pluto and Uranus square up through a prolonged period, and this too will change our perspectives on all that we are experiencing now. But, more of this later…..

First lets look at the planetary alignments now in process. The March lunation will take us through the equinoxial Full Moon, the Equinox itself and beyond – for, while this Moon has a presence of its own, it is its unfoldment through the complete lunation that reveals its meanings more fully – within this time frame are a number of key astrological events, not least of all the transit of the ‘awakener’ Uranus into tropical Aries.

The planets are presently strung out across the three final signs of the tropical zodiac, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces – only Saturn and Jupiter hang in the balance outside of this ‘freight-train’ stellium in the culminating quarter of the zodiac. In mid Libra and early Aries respectively we find the gravitational form-giving influence of Saturn at work on the collective, and Jupiter stimulating our individual involvement with a counter expansive energy – there is an inner tension that is working both ways in this, igniting and expanding our passions and drive while our attention is being pulled towards how the processes of change are crystalising. This is pushing from within on old structures. And this is a global influence….

…..If we view the solar system from above, as in a heliocentric chart, we see that Saturn and Jupiter are currently on opposite sides of the Sun. Saturn and Jupiter’s opposition across the Solar field is a powerful trigger for tectonic upheaval – this is a well known phenomenon, and we can expect this influence to prevail at least until mid to late April – at that time they will also come into opposition fully in the tropical zodiac. This in turn will bring their tectonic effects into the human realms. Collectively we can expect increasingly intense focus upon our global ‘body-politic’. We will be compelled to re-evalute our over-reaching lifestyles and face the facts. Let alone the geo-physical challenges, we know that our profit motives are defunct and misplaced, and ultimately do nothing for us as individuals, but, ultimately, serve only those at the top of the pyramid of power. This will be a softening up process that will allow the truly radical effects of Uranus squaring Pluto to fully have impact – and this influence will bring a true test in the ongoing re-structuring of our outer reality.

We do also need this powerful influence, to become free of the old paradigm….but, it will not be easy and uncertainty will increasingly be the halmark. But, its not all ‘bad’ news. Once Uranus enters Aries it will be accompanied by astounding insights and innovations as well – the degree to which we are able to ground these will be further tested by our ability to aspire and create while in the midst of devolutionary structural processess – this will be Saturn and Jupiter’s challenge and we will look further into this below.

With Jupiter now back in tropical Aries, he has also been triggering key astrological points of sensitivity that marked the onset of this seven month series of Moon cycles. These were initiated in August 2010, through the Cardinal Grand Cross and Jupiter’s conjunction with Uranus in the initial degrees of Aries. Most recently, just prior to his transit into tropical Aries, Jupiter has reverberated with quickening energy the solstice eclipse point in the last degree of Sagittarius. We have seen the radical expansion of revolution in the Middle East through this time of Jupiter’s re-catalysing influence. Uranus, now on the verge of transit back into Aries, is also currently squaring the December solstice eclipse point – this too is a powerful stimulant and has primed the field for the Moon’s North Node transiting into Sagittarius, occuring as this article is posted. We could see flash-points in the Mid-East.

The 2010 solstice eclipse also gave us a window of opportunity to engage with the subtle realms, bring our alignment with the greater forces of the cosmos into the personal realms and to begin resonating together with their creative force – regardless of whether we have been working with this consciously or not, the influences at work have truly opened the gateway that we described in ‘Howling Moon’.

What are the nodes telling us now as they enter the Sagittarius/Gemini axis? Our philosophy for living and our inter-relatedness with the Earth and each other are coming to the fore – as a natural consequence of the current events in the world, as well as through the cosmic energising of our consciousness. This ‘mirroring’ within awareness will come up repeatedly within this lunation. This suggests major global idealogical shifts over the next year, and given Neptune’s upcoming transit into tropical Pisces, we should both feel and see a spiritual shift within our forward vision, as well as in the stress points that expose their unfolding. Much of the action that has been stimulating the North Node will now shift and our attention will be drawn towards the South Node as the inner planets transit this sensitive point. We will be asked to bring our innate abilities to bear while jetisoning all that no longer serves us. A karmic process.

Pluto’s influence continues to uproot all that stands in the way of this, especially within the political power field. He is slow moving in early Capricorn, and will leave no stone unturned. Power is being released as we sweep away the old structures and their blocking/containing effects and return to original form and forming. The form that we give to this power release will be determined to a large extent by the resistance to change thrown up by those in the human realms who seek to hold onto the old political forms that contain ‘power’; but, their grip on us is loosening! Ours is the challenge to manage the power we are naturally invested with wisely. We must learn new respect for Nature from this, quit our commodifying and reckless devouring of ‘natural resources’. Earth’s empowering gifts can no longer be seen as dead matter…we destroy ourselves if we continue with this mentality.

Pluto’s effects will accordingly continue to ‘raise the ground’ beneath the power brokers in the long run, continue to revolutionise ‘the people’s’ empowerment. For the ‘Elite‘ the use of Disaster Management will become an increasing imperative and question, and this itself is already putting communities and nations under great stress. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are at work in this together. Western leaders are striving to sound more and more grandiose, both idealistic and pragmatic as they respond, maneuvering for position – ever the political opportunists, they know that the bigger the hiatus, the more opportunity for control and profit, and we can be sure that they are planning behind the scenes, waiting to bring the forces and mechanisms of the old order to bear upon the newly emerging picture, unless we can persuade them otherwise. Historically, we can see that this kind of negative political reaction has become embedded as movement towards use of force as the counter to upheaval – at worst the military state is its natural end, Saturnine in the extreme. All eyes are on Libya. Yet, this too must now change – for, intervention through political martial force can no longer sustain or be sustained by the power base without further polarising it in relation to ‘the people’ – and, we know they will fail if they do so, for the strength of ‘the People’s’ awareness and passion can no longer be denied or contained – here is Jupiter at work. No matter which nation, no matter what the nation’s politic, ‘usury’ and ‘power-over’ is being exposed for what it is – Pluto will not be denied! The political and economic climate, like our weather patterns and Earth’s geo-physical activity, has, as the stars have been telling us, become ‘predictably unstable’ and growing in strength of influence as a result. Greater powers are at work that supercede political dominance and have the capacity to over-ride such control reflexes.

The natural consequence of all these highly stressed and seemingly chaotic qualities, and our experience of them, is that the emotional body of the planet is becoming filled out and charged up with our personal and collective emotional energetic responses. This is activating the 4th dimensional matrix, the emotive field that links us into the archetypal realms, and with this we will find reality taking on new dimensions, as we have indicated above. There are two esoteric functions at work in this; the one opens us to greater perception beyond the physical, the other opens us to greater influence from both the inhabitants of the 4th dimension as well as from the incoming energies from the 5th and beyond. Our inner work has been preparing us for this and our ‘seeing’ eyes will enable us to discern their influence the more effectively. Those who are paying attention to these aspects of the ongoing process, taking personal responsibility for working with it, will experience the outer events quite differently from those who have not – however, compassion will enable us to make the transition together…..the planets at this New Moon also remind us of where this will be most needed.

Compassion, the most pragmatic form of Love, can help us transmute the emotional field to a higher order and stabilise the process. It is an extention of the inner process outwards, bringing healing and reconciliation. This is not a superficial process, a mundane diagnostic curative – compassion must first be developed and have its roots within. We will find ourselves funded within this process from the Piscean realms both through this lunation and beyond, but, more on this in a moment.

Venus stands at the mid-point between Chiron and Pluto. And, Mars sextiles Pluto to add to the power of the corrective; so Venus holds the balance between revolution and healing, bringing the question of what we value most to the fore. We cannot buy our way out of our current dis-ease; and, the health of our relationship with wealth is in direct proportion to our power to carry the change through. Individual empowerment when united collectively creates an unstoppable force – but, we must be careful not to slip back into our old ways.

Venus amidst Chiron and Pluto also reminds us that we know that the world banking system is on the brink and have full awareness of the underhand ways in which we have been sucked dry by debt, false securities and egotistical manipulation at leadership level. Economies have been built upon this paradigm of subversive evaluation while we continue to suffer at large – it has produced widening seperation and inequality where there needs be none and is essentially competative and patriarchal in nature. The wounds of patriarchal dominance must now be healed. We need to bring ‘Soul’ back into exchange, and that means balance within giving and receiving – balance here means equality and, with Venus, equality also means a true appreciation of value. Men can no longer hold court to the exclusion of women. Venus in Aquarius disseminates this as a collective conscious potential for change.

Neptune sextiles the North node and, working independantly of Uranus, spiritualises our collective ‘soul’s purpose’ – an important function that will be given powerful assistance when Neptune enters tropical Pisces two days after the April New Moon…so, more on this at that time. For now, the Neptunian Piscean influence augers in an all or nothing revision of our materialistic paradigm. This will also help balance the ‘Eastern’ influence with the ‘Western’, and not only in the spiritual sense. It should be remembered that it is primarily the Western paradigm that is at the root of our problems – half a millenia of Western expansion and dominance within the world is now being undone.

Either side of the March New moon we find Mars and Mercury. Mars has already been mentioned in relation to the New Moon but the inner planets are swapping places through this complete lunation, with Mars very close to Mercury’s NM degree when the FM arrives. Mercury has largely been a behind the scenes player since the solstice eclipse – the inner eye that is both capable of seeing all from a clandestine vantage point, and which equally cannot be fooled through double dealing and turning the tables. Ever the diviner’s ally we should look to Mercury to spill the beans when he opposes Saturn on the Full Moon – then he will open the way for Jupiter to amplify and broadcast what he has found out. Jupiter and Mercury will resonate with the Nodal shift into Sagittarius and Gemini.

Mercury, however, brings us back within this ongoing process to Saturn in mid Libra. Now in a prolonged retrograde phase, the old patriarch is going to express inner tensions where rigidity prevails. Quincunx the March New Moon this will add a compulsive flavour to our desire to see the balance tip in our collective favour, new partnerships initiated – it makes a needs must energy of the subtle inner work we are now called to address with this New Moon.

We find the New Moon embedded within the influence of the ‘freight-train’ stellium, but, in widening 6 degree conjunct to both Mercury and Mars, exact on their mid-point, this lunation holds a balance of their energies. Mutable Piscean influence may be hightened by Mercury, may open routes of perception beyond the norm, spiritual manifestations and communications; Mars may pull our attention away, into the drama unfolding around us and, as such we will miss the inner meaning of the events, any psychic connections remaining in the unconscious. If combined within these energies will magnify our perceptive abilities – on a personal level we can expect vivid intentional dreaming, personal revelations and uncanny insights…..and this is where Mercury’s influence comes into focus through this New Moon. Mercury is also associated with Hermes and hermetic lore…..the initiate embodies this lore through disciplined inner work within developmental experience.

“That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing”

……this quote from ‘The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus’ has become familiar to us all in truncated form – ’as above, so below’, a talismanic maxim for astrologers and esotericists alike. The editing of the original is itself a subtle ruse, very pertinent to the new lunation now opening through March – through this editing the maxim itself has become a decoy, drawing our attention to the effects, hiding the inner process……our challenge, as it is for the initiate, is to remain with the inner process, it’s ‘purposefulness’ within our inter-connectedness, to embody the ‘One Thing’. Reading (‘seeing’) the outer will also reveal the inner. Hermes/Mercury will not let us be distracted any more…..

With the Moon’s South Node now entering Gemini Mercury will be key in initiating the retrieval of our indigenous, inherent and inherited esoteric knowledge and abilities and renewing them in the ‘now’. This is fully supported by this lunation. The symbol of the inner meaning here is an ancient mirror, a lens of perception, hidden, waiting to be unearthed from within the bedrock of our collective psyche. It represents awakened awareness, inner sight empowered through initiatic experience. It gives us access to unity within consciousness and offers awareness as the active agency of change – that which we percieve we change, as every quantum physicist and initiate knows. Intent becomes key, so, managing our emotions also. With clarity, however, we can now work with the knowledge that ‘energy flows where attention goes’, and this too will be key to our collective evolution, how we manifest our innate power. And, attention requires intent for this to become focused.

In the midst of such radical change the nodal shift becomes key here. The emergence of a ‘new paradigm’ has long been touted as a shamanic, spiritual shift. When Neptune and Ceres meet on the March Full Moon this will auger in the reality of this shift and, when Neptune enters tropical Pisces, following on Chirons heals, mid year, the shift will open collectively within. This Moon cycle asks us to hold our attention simultaneously with the unseen realms as the outer unfolds the effects of their increasing presence – here we come to the crux of the process, the emergence of the inner consciousness inherent within all Life. As archetypal as this may seem the full process, if we are to see it through, will call on us as a people, as a species, to accept and take responsibility for ensuring that every aspect and level of our presence on Earth be radically transformed. We know that we are here to fulfill something extra-ordinary…….

Yes, we can continue along our path of outer change, continue to hold to our old ways in the hope that something of their effectiveness will continue to serve us in the process and, if we confine ourselves to this alone, we will also find ourselves increasingly challenged as we do so. This need not be our path however – this lunation will help us find spirit within, at the heart. The renewal of our balanced way of living is totally necessary. When the Moon’s North Node aligns with the Galactic Center we will begin to fully understand why. Hermes has the message….we are all called to take heed.

In the long run our current state of change will seem more akin to a trail run! In the short term, our window of opportunity to prepare the ground on which the new can be solidly built runs from mid March through late October, coinciding with the last phase of the Mayan count that ends 28th October 2011. Beyond that, the period up until next year’s December solstice will be the window in which we have time to adjust our plans and begin laying the real foundations for our new world, this period coinciding with the Mayan count that ends 21st December 2012. After that we will truly have become the experiment – we will be in uncharted territory……

“What an exciting life we live…..everything could be turned upside down in a moment – for no apparent reason whatsoever”…..

(1) ‘Moomins: Moomintroll’s Book of Thoughts’ – Tove Jansson, Sami Malila;
Self Made Hero, Metro Media Ltd, 2010