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Dancing in the Dark

“They used to say in days of old, the Magpie was a sacred bird,

beloved of the goddess, heeded by all travellers-oh…..

one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy……

…..five for silver, six for gold…..seven for a secret never to be told

the Sun was jealous of her love, and stole Her children from Her nest,

She searches for them to this day, the seeds of star-light from her heart

one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy….

five for silver, six for gold…..seven for a secret never to be told

and, to all but those who honour Her, who wear her colours and and follow her call,

her mysteries will hidden be…………Magpie, keeper of the Magic-Fire.

one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy……

…..five for silver, six for gold…..seven for a secret never to be told

The old woman had turned up unexpectedly, out of the blue, as if she had materialised from the boundaries of day and night itself, and had walked across the edge of dusk unseen to sit at our fire…….she was travel weary, you could tell, but, there was a certain vigour about her, an energy with a strong quiet presence – little did we suspect its source or the gifts she was carrying as she was offered a place and settled herself, gathering her long cape and robes about her…….we all looked to her expectantly, and she, as if gathering us in slowly round the circle, her face a map of weathered journeys, and stories waiting to unfold……

Her eyes – I will not forget those eyes, mysterious pools of tender wisdom, fathomless worlds, thresholds of sky and ocean, and the strange sensation that, as she beheld us we were each being touched by an invisible force, a mystery enfolding itself around us.

“Let me rest here a while and in return I will tell you a story…….”, she had said, brushing the dust of the road from her robes and folding them about her. There was a promise in this, and a balm that eased our surprise at her appearance in our midst, and, instantly you knew – here was the voice of experience, of an elder. She knew how to play this situation, was an old hand with this opening gambit. We are all hungry for the warmth and companionship provided by the sweet medicine of the fire, but, it is also ever the way with humans that we are reluctant to invite the unknown into our midst. So, an exchange of gifts is often the sweetener that encourages us to drop our boundaries, when the fire is ours to give and the unknown comes knocking….but, stories, they are things of power.

If we had known the nature of the story about to be given would we still have opened our circle to its medicines? As the old woman went on to say of the gift she had to offer, once she had found her spot and began unfolding the story-tellers bundle in her lap, “……..it will bring flavour to some and be as salt to the wounds of others, for, on this night will open a portal, a rift in time, a threshold into deeper wisdom, the Ocean Mother’s wisdom….”

…and here she paused, pulling us further in…..the portentious scent of fate and destiny twisting about her as she whispered to the night….

“…….yes, womb-wisdom, crone wisdom; listen, then…..listen with your bones…..from here, within the temple of your heart,” she said, placing the flats of her hands upon her chest and spreading them outwards in a wide all-embracing gesture.

That night, as the calendar makers and star watchers had foretold, the Moon fell into darkening, and, as Her light bled into the night, the ocean hushed as the story-teller invoked the spirit of  the moment….beneath the canopy of stars above the southern ocean…….

“Listen to an old woman’s news – it comes from far distant lands, but, heed this message well, for its edge is close at hand………when earthen shadow falls, and the lunar mother removes her mask……we remember her true face once more; her face, so sanguine, as if lit by embers from within….yes, we remember – we remember…….when the moon-light becomes the womb-light…..how  it was, before we put up our masks, after our masks fall,”

….her words spun strange and familiar worlds behind our eyes, and her face, like the night, steeped in thought, radiated with the light of another world…..

“It comes around and goes around, this merry dance. It beats its slow steady heart beat to a rhythm ancient with memory, opening the shell of time, the second wound, the wound that receives the golden seed, bleeding fire into the night. Herstory is the history of wounds – She pulses, enchants with luminous dust, and pulls, and pulls, and pulls…She feels, and She heals.” She stooped to scoop a handfull of sand and we watched the grains fall slowly through her fingers, leaving a small shell, a spiral wonder of sacred energy nestling in her palm.

The elders and day-keepers had caught her meaning and sent the whisper around the circle – she was a Moon Mother, an Aluna, holy woman of the Moon, midwife of the mysteries – she had come to give warning of the eclipse, we should listen carefully to her teaching, there may be an initiation afoot, something unforeseen in the darkening of the Moon…….

The Moon Mother let the hum of words that were rippling round the circle settle and, holding the shell between thumb and fore-finger, raised it towards the center of the circle. “There is one present here who carries the mark of this day…..”. She paused and cast her shining eyes around the circle……no-one stirred. “All in good time, all in good time…..you will know who you are before the nights out, and, then……” she offered the shell in outstretched hand…..”this mystery, and all contained within it, shall be yours to hold for this village……this night, She will come amongst us”. A murmur, touched with nervousness, excitement and fore-boding, swept through the circle.

“But, do not be in any hurry to fix meaning to my words…….I give them to you by way of protection, of which I pray you shall need none, but, there is more than one shadow loosed in the world this night…..may the power of the Great Mother be with us……” – her voice dropped off as she delivered the warning, a loud crack and stream of sparks exploding from the fire as she slowly got to her feet.

The old woman stepped into the firelight, her voice returning stronger now…..”Remember her and remember her well. She who wears the three-fold masks, the fertile-scented Flower of Dawn, the swollen-bellied Fruit of Night, the wise-horned Eye of Dusk, shedding and renewing, as skins and veils, as spiralling patterns in the serpentine dance…..She moves, and She moves us.” At that moment, as if summoned, the wind blows the shell from her hand, and a far distant bird calls, cackling laughter carried on the billowing air……..she raised her chin to the horizon and sniffed at the wind as it swirled away, carrying the smells and textures of the forest. We all smelt it, that fresh breath of life and its undertone, the rich hummus of life-giving death, the balance giver. “Pine and Birch,” she said, “the grandmothers and maiden warriors of the deep lands of memory – those forests remember you, you know……..and they have their own memories, ancestors of your own, waiting for you to return, to meet with you once more in your journeys and dreams…..earthen shadows, spectral lights, liminal flames, dancing in the dark, tricky, and…..” her voice now filled with a ripple of dark humour…..”ripe for the picking……”

I notice a few nervous glances passing around the circle – what is this, does anyone understand the meaning of her words? She bows down as if looking directly into the earth and half whispers….

“Remember, She moves us, not onwards, but, inwards and……with every turning, reveals the gateways, thresholds of wonders, guarding the grove of mysteries,  woven into concealment……you will meet her first within the serpentine folds of Wysteria, the flower of the ‘womens’ mysteries’….glancing up and casting her gaze around the circle of fire-lit faces, her gaze comes to rest on a young boy, himself at the threshold of adulthood……”of this, men’s knowing shall know nothing……..save his own luminous shadow, dancing in search of himself, his beloved.” A murmur of wry laughter runs amongst the elders present and sets heads wagging and nodding. She has us in the palm of her hand…….

“…how many of you know,” she continues, her gaze still circling on the gathering, “what lies across the threshold of her inner sanctuary……”. It is a direct challenge, no doubt, but, the wiley old crone knows that for those who do know this is and can only be a rhetorical question – this wise old bird is fishing for a different kind of response……”She initiates all who would be re-united within themselves…….from within Her hidden recess, holiest of holies, with every darkening Moon she beats Her signal and calls – ‘have you the mettle’, she asks…….

I had not suspected this night would bring to my own life such a question, such a calling, yet there it was…..and the bone-wise  midwife in our midst caught my eye as she said……”wearing her true face, She opens Her oracular eye and sees into the deepest realms of our hearts…..”. She winks at me and then, closing her eyes spreads wide her arms, holding a white skinned frame drum before her, beating a steady heartbeat…..

Suddenly the night feels chill with expectation and a loud crack explodes from the fire – “How would we know her, but, to join the dance…..come to her and remember…….remember, at her bidding, why we came here……and dance…..who we were before we came…..” – the drumbeat has an enticing quality, her voice riding its beats, becoming a chant…..

“…….She is the chanting storyteller of our lives before we lived them…..she rides the Spirit Horse of our Earth’s dreaming back to the beginning……..spiralling around itself upon the axis of the stars…….rising on the swollen tide we journey with Her through the crack in time.” Her chants create waves upon waves…..cross-patterns out of which our very soul stuff rises at the beats. “She weaves the pulse into this world as we are born forgetful of her song……She weaves her song into our soul that we may remember why we came here…….until…….” and she whorls around, sending the tassels from her long cloak and skirts flying in a wave around her…….it is as a signal, and now we are all on our feet….

“…Her call is heeded…..spirit walkers, kith and kindred, Sons and Daughters of Silver and Gold, red-white-black words, songs of memory and possibility, threading soul paths through these worlds…..follow her, follow her…” and now our feet have become infected with her rhythm, our backs twitching and hips swaying, hands rising in gestures on her delicious beat….

“….in another time, another time……once upon a time that is no-time…..time before time….” something is happening, the light of the fire is growing, its flames are expanding and I see figures in their midst, wearing robes of flashing feathers, blue and black and white and green, iridescent with night’s magic…….”She comes, She of many faces, with Her dark green cackling laughter and flashing wings….falling and rising above the churning ocean.” At this point I do not remember if she spoke these words or if it was the voice of the one she had called into our midst, who spoke of the time before time, the beginning, of memory and possibility, who spoke of Aluna…..

…….how long we danced I cannot say, only to say that we found ourselves close in on the fire, or the fire seemed to have grown…..we had entered another space and time and, in that place, the voice pulled me further in…..

“…..She weaves her pathway across the southern seas this night – her flashing wings, her iridescent tail, her coat of tricks….hear this and remember”…..the flames part and the old woman steps into the embers, gesturing me to follow…….as I step upon the radiant bed of dancing liquid light the sparks fly up around me and suddenly I am spinning amongst stars…….her voice leads me on……

I remember one other thing from that journey – I returned momentarily to hear a great roar of thunder issue from her drum, and tailing slowly away, bringing the circle back, ecstatic and breathing hard, slowly to a standstill…….and as the drum wound down I heard her say these words……”know this,” she  whispered between her teeth, hoarse and urgent, “Silent Thunder is coming but Her heart beats yet and with the one who follows me will reverberate still…..look for her coming, from beyond the clashing rocks…….when Sun rises and she returns in those stars the world will see its fruit on solstice eve…..on solstice eve, another world will remember this one…..but, in this one she has her gaurdians still, who sing her praises still……” – little did I know that night, that I would be the one to return……

I awoke amongst spiralling branches bedecked with lilac coloured blossoms, the old woman tending a small fire in a stone hearth nearby – a star specked sky was visible through the bower and a feint streak of luminous green and turquoise light was bleeding into the horizon beyond the medicine woman. Long whisps of her hair  hung loose from its braids and, without turning, she spoke to me…….

“All the eclipses in the world would not unravel the knots we have become entangled in, knots in time, that breed forgetting……….were it not for the persistance of Her memories…….even when we recognise them not for what they are, even when they hide the truth in plain sight…..but, welcome my daughter, for we have them still, right now, where you are……” and she turned to greet me with a smile of total love that put a feeling in me as if the Sun had just arisen and kissed the full Moon in my heart……that was the beginning of my apprenticeship with Aluna, Magpie Woman as she told me she was known, medicine woman of the Earth and Stars, keeper of the sacred flame of Sweet Medicine………

When I returned and as people asked me what happened on that night, “where did you go, what happened on your journey, did the old woman take you,” and countless other questions, I tell them this – on that night, when we came together around our village fire to listen to the ocean breathing, to soak ourselves in the starlight and let the beauty and wonder of it all wash us clean, I had a dream…..I heard Her voice, Her cackling laughter, singing on the wind, carrying the scent of Pine and Birch, rich earth and mossy leaf-mold, and felt the presence of……magic……once more……

……lest you wish upon Her return, lest you meet her with a kiss

lest you pass through her tenfold gates, her secrets she will show you

…….eights a wish, nines a kiss, ten is the bird you must not miss

sacred keeper of star-lore on Earth,

Sweet Medicine Fire of Wisdom….

one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy,

five for silver six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told….

…eights a wish and nines a kiss, ten is the bird you cannot miss

she dances in the dark and lights the way,

Sweet Medicine Fire of Wisdom


The Wild Garden

Once again the eclipses are with us and we are being called to turn our eyes to the skies for even greater things – Venus’ transit of the Sun on June 5/6th is already being hailed as an astronomical ‘event of a lifetime’, a statement of fact as it will not occur again as an event observable from earth until 2117. Significantly, it is preceded by a partial lunar eclipse on June 4th – and, while eclipses, even partial ones, always draw attention and media coverage this one appears almost as a curtain caller, which itself is a measure of the importance being given to the Venus event – the 2012 Venus transit will be the most observed, measured, recorded and pondered over we have ever seen on this planet.

Coincident with recent astro-events, amongst which the solar eclipse, the Venus/Jupiter conjunction and the multiple alignment with the Pleiades constellation stand out as seed moments, a process is emerging, that asks us to recover our true nature and claim a level of maturity as a species that can bring us into harmonious and peaceful co-existance, with our planet and each other. The eclipse and Venus transit bring this feeling and potential energy to the fore once again, their symbolic resonance offering us a useful symbolic mirror and practical way into engaging with this process yet more deeply.

The Venus transit itself has been hailed as the re-birth of the Solar Feminine, a beautifully provocative symbol that appears to resonate with the promise of restoring balance to the genderised notions we have about the Sun, spirit and consciousness, as well as Venus’ own inner light of meaning. However, there is another side to these symbols and we do well now to be vigilant and discerning over the use of solar symbolism, especially to describe Venus’ transit of the Sun. There is in it an innocuous and covert assumption that is the product of millenia of suppressive historical re-writing, spiritual and political propoganda  and anti-goddess (one could say anti ‘pagan’) dogma. And we should not forget the millions that have died as a result. In our times that assumption expresses a blind-spot and a bias that supports the perpetuation of solar supremacy. Infact, with the Venus’ transit in particular, there is a magnetic pull towards the re-emergence of the divine feminine, not so much defined by the solar masculine component as taking her rightful place back from the masculine as the ’embodiment’ of wisdom and, in the process, seeding the solar paradigm with her transformative power. If the events and their symbolic import here count for anything, it is indicative of the transformative power and fertility of darkness, especially in its relationship with the light, and particularly in the context of the divine feminine. Symbolically, it is the Black Goddess we are seeing re-emergent within the celestial processes at work through this eclipse and transit, in her simultaneous role as both mother of and midwife to the new paradigm.

This is not head stuff – the call here is emotive, powerfully so, and its energy is directed towards manifestation, making things ‘real’. But, what is real? A major factor in this paradigm shift is looking to our personal experience for answers to this fundamental question – it is part and parcel of taking back our personal power, a process that supporters of the old paradigm are at odds with. For them perpetuating the blind-spot does nothing but suit their conservative purposes and keeps the masses down, exactly where we most effectively serve any purpose but our own. So, how do we find a synthesis and integrate this apparent dichotomy.

With these celestial events taking place in tropical Gemini and on the Gem/Sag. axis the whole issue of awareness and communication, of head stuff and the need for open and co-operative thinking is not only pushed out into the open, but is pushed open, like the shoots of a new plant busting through a seed pod or an acupuncture needle stimulating energy channels to open and flow with new energies – we are given here a golden opportunity to break the mould of our habitual thinking, particularly in relation to stereo-typically masculine mental habits and regimes, and open our minds. There is here the irrepressible energy of organic thinking, the mind of nature taking shape, which means we do not have to have it all figured a-priori, that we can trust in the body of wisdom that we are. It also means that the old rules have been broken and there are no repacements – this is the artist’s reality and it belongs to Venus.

Venus is here delivering the acupuncture needle, the veritable bee sting of burning experience, that stimulates those old energy channels and opens up new ones with creatively ripe and powerful goddess energies. This is the turning point, the Yin seed awake and activated within the Yang…..

With Venus connection to Taurus the earthy nature of her powers, the goddess energies she connects us with and the rhythmic beauty of her dance in relation to our planet all come to the fore. She is tied in space and time, through spacial geometry and periodicity, with Earth. Together, Earth and Venus bring their own balance to the inner cosmos of both our bodies and the solar system and imbue all life with the divine potential inherent within their sacred geometry – they conjure the ‘Golden Mean’ to an 8/13 rhythm, their combined annual orbital pulse (musicians should try playing and dancers should try dancing this rhythm – a swirling organic polyrhythmic awakener). Their dance winds and re-winds the coiled spring and vector of potential life-force that drives manifestation within the physical realms. Together in their dance around the Sun they embody Movement and Measure in balanced and dynamic harmony, but, a harmony that insists upon constant change and achieves balance through the momentum of change itself – the fundaments upon which the medicine wheels of Life themselves are built. The symbol of this dance is the Rose, a sacred goddess flower embodying beauty and power, both radiant and fierce, the flower of ‘sensual experience’ in all its natural uncensored glory.

We are too easily swayed by the indoctrinated masculine mindset itself into taking ‘thinking’ as a substitute for experiencing, of reasoning as the path to knowledge. A direct corrollary to this is our relationship with the internet, and there is no doubt about the impact that this relationship has had upon our mentality and how we interact with the world. The evolutionary process for us now is something that cannot be reasoned into existance and, as if to push this point home, in combination, the eclipse and transit bring the full impact of nature’s innate power, both cyclical and fecund, into that light and earth it, at least on a symbolic level. Without the Earth perspective, both literally and metaphorically, this will not happen. But, this is far from being a ‘conservative’ process…..it needs the edge and gritty realism, the tension of creativity and the commitment of seeing the process through that a true birth demands. We are in that place, and the planetary matrix reflects this as well.

Mars will be square both the eclipse and Venus transit from mid Virgo. There is always a creative tension inherent in the ‘square’ aspect, and never the more-so than in this instance – the creative impulse here however is ‘explosive’, very high octane, its highest octave being transfigurative. To reach this level of realisation requires ‘purification’ and this is where the tension is expressed most sharply. Can we in actuality shake ourselves free of the limiting (and formerly, at least psychologically, protective) husk of the past and the body of the old paradigm. The evidence ‘out there’ right now suggests that the answer is not clear, as yet, but, that we are beginning to treat the process as a birth, that the movements that signal the onset of ‘labour’ are happening, that the energy is building and, crucially, that at some very important point we will without a doubt need to ‘PUSH’! But, the metaphor of birth itself describes only the active temporal aspect of the process – what is being birthed can only be answered by going through (with) it.

The eclipsed Moon in the 15th degree of Sagittarius asks us to look for the physical evidence and bring it out of the darkness, evidence that exposes the core beliefs and philosophies we collectively ‘know’ are necessary for our future – the challenge is in sharing the realisations and experiences this brings. Adopting feminine approaches over masculine is key, before we can regain balance, or transcend this particular duality. We need to be both expressive and receptive, to voice our truth in all its power and both hear each other and acknowledge what we hear – only then will the underlieing collective power we are being motivated by become a power we can resource for conscious change. Without this level of collective engagement this power remains dangerously unconscious and, as such, volatile, potentially destructive –  what is the binding and resolving ingredient in this natural alchemy?

Mars direct motion signals outward expression while Venus retrograde motion signals inward manifestation – mutually re-inforced mental patterns and unresolved business here need fully conscious physical grounding and, if unattended to and consciously ignored, can lead to emotive eruption of those complexes that lie below the surface, especially those that collectively hold the tension between spirit and matter, male and female, thinking and feeling – once we start to ponder this it becomes obvious that, in our times, this is a very big deal and is very much tied up with the prevelant zeitgeist, and how we embody our desire for truly significant change.

On an individual level the placement of any planet mid-sign, especially in the mutable signs, will show the personal context within which we are likely to experience this tension and the degree to which we will have access to its energies…..meditation on this will go some way to revealing how it can be consciously integrated and handled within our own lives but the symbolism of the transit in particular helps us plumb its deeper meanings and tap into its potential energy.

Appropriately to Gemini the danger is in acting out while we do so, of allowing the unconscious to sneak below the radar of our awareness – but, acting out can have two meanings and we are looking to bring out the sacred dance of these energies here, as a way of owning them rather than projecting them unconsciously. It is better to act as if than to not act at all.

The power of expression here is passionately motivated, its highest manifestation is grounded on a matured understanding of dynamic balance and mutual interdependance and this is embodied through ‘letting go’. Such grounding has a dynamic like that between the energy moving through the dancer and the discipline and physical form that their body lends to the dance. The balance is emphasised here at a fundamental level between the active and the receptive, the co-existent and mutually interdependent dance between Yin and Yang.

We are at a turning point where the Yin seed is activated within the Yang.

Culturally and spiritualy this signals a return of the goddess energies through the leadership of powerful women who are supported rather than opposed by men – the onus is upon the men to realise their role as consort to the goddess and protector of her sacred power, rites and rights – they act similarly and pay respects towards their own in doing so. Remember, this is the energy expressed in the square, the question being asked of us, and it is initiated by the eclipse…..the transit sees it followed through and the symbolism of Venus re-birth develops how this can happen…..

There is, however, the other connection between the eclipse and the transit, the Pluto/Uranus square, and it is the Moon that manifests this connection most strongly. The eclipsed Moon in mid Sagittarius carries the seed energy forward to conjunct exactly with Pluto at 8 Capricorn at the time of the Venus transit, which means that it is the People who will embody the alchemy of this transfigurative movement for rebalancing and feel its power surging from the roots – for those who have a mind and heart to receive it this is the re-birthing goddess’ inner light and it will mark the beginning of the seven square cycle between Pluto and Uranus. Culturally and sociologically this says it could begin to manifest the ‘push’ now as a molten tectonic impulsing to drive change through. We always knew, deepest in our guts, that the Great Mother would have her say and it seems it will be through her children that she brings her wrath to bear at the injustices and crimes that have been committed against her, at least at the outset. The eclipse is partial – we are literally caught on the horns of our dilemas…….this is a moment of choice.

As seen from Earth the pathway that planet Venus is taking will see her loop exactly between the horns of the bull in the constellation of Taurus, and the Sun is on a path that is coming to meet with her directly from the bull’s heart. This brings to mind the ancient bull leaping acrobatics of the Minoans, a sacred rite itself dating back to the Taurean age. The symbolism of Venus path alone is deep enough for a book of its own. Astrologically speaking, however, the conjunction will take place in the 16th degree of tropical Gemini……

As an aside, it is interesting that in the run up to this eclipse and transit that, just as Venus was conjuncting Mercury, the arch Geminid trickster and artful dodger, elbow powered propogator of anarchic left-fieldism, that it comes to light that Cafe Nero is blocking wifi connections within its coffee shops to any website that is supporting or propogating ‘alternative’, esoteric and non-mainstream views, especially those with a non-conformist line in spirituality. Mercury calls time, time to occupy said establishments en-masse with flasks in hand, and make art, hold mass journeys using headphones and make art, hold tarot readings, practice astrology, divinations, all with a flask, and make art……buy a biscuit and they can’t stop you! How alternative, how deviant is a human being being human………

“….the ‘alternative is now mainstream. The paranormal is normal and the people who have supernatural experiences are, as Rodney Stark put it, no longer ‘kooks….deviants (and) social misfits’, but, may actually ‘be more emotionally healthy than those who do not have such experiences'”(1) These reflections give us something of the flavour of how this emergent energy is going to show its face and will both expose the old paradigm at work and alert us to those areas of our own everyday life in which the blind-spot mentality is at work, even the most mundane areas, and release new energy into our midst.

And what of the high side of this process – is it in how we bring our expanding awareness and developing understanding of the issues, any issues demanding a new line of action, to bear on and in the physical world? There is a 3rd/9th house dynamic involved as well that is very much about capitalising on the true value of our personal gifts, releasing them from censorship or suppression and bringing more and more of them into the shared space of community, and then using them, as well as the shared dialogue that naturally arises, once we claim our free voice, to propel us forward on a meaningful path out in the world and the future. Infusing consciousness with improv powered drives, totally personal, unique – its finest highest promise showering richess beyond belief, that have never been seen before, such that we become ‘fountains of blessings’ within our communities…..here ideals and materialisation interpenetrate at the heart center and create the nectar of the rose.

Like the events unfolding in the world around us now, that reflect the struggle that accompanies the birth stages of this process back to us, these celestial events are visceral, their power manifests in phenomenon and goes beyond the mental and spiritual solar plane. So much of our human world is becoming removed from this power, but, it need not be so, says Venus, so says the astrologer. Astrology itself is all too often nowadays conducted in the virtual world, calculated, described, prescribed and experienced via computer, has an instantaneous quality to it that has superceded contemplation and physical experience, particularly of the stars and planets themselves, as well as the cosmos within which we share those experiences. As Nick Campion says in his history of astrology :

“That we are in the middle of the electronic revolution, with its new narratives of cyber-communities, creates an appearance of profound change. The Hubble space telescope has provided visual evidence of galaxies billions of light years away, but, to all intents and purposes, the experiential world has shrunk.”(2)

That miniscule dot in front of the Sun is a planet. And yet we suffer an impoverished sense of what the enormity of the cosmos in the face of this experience really means or, sadly, feels like. So innured from the emotional, psychic and mystery swollen wonder of the experience itself have we become, not least of all through our obsession with pixilated information, or the pollution of light itself in our skies and homes, and fundamentalist beliefs. That feeling, that Venus resides symbolically within a mantle of, is accessed through direct experience and actualisation, rather than conceptualisation or vision. We need, so desperately, to fall in love with the cosmos again, and to loose our heads in the process, as lovers do……

Earth is also our lover, if we let her be. What is life like, we have to ask, without indoctrinated Oedipal projections of taboo laden fear stiffling our joy at coming home to the embrace of her lush fecundity. Earth’s role within these events is crucial, as is the role of darkness and shadow. As it is for the seed in the soil and the egg in the womb, that, responds with its own inner impulse and releases the power of its own internal light, its life-force ‘multiplies’ in response to the fertile warmth of inner-body sensuality. Earth is the place to which we come to embody this integration of impulse and manifestation…..and experience it!

The inner luminousity, the very power of the Black Goddess present within the ‘body of experience’, is carried forward from the eclipse by the Moon, and the Moon conjuncts with Pluto in Capricorn at the exact time of the Venus transit. We have to dive down into our own inner cosmos, as the eclipsed Moon suggests, just as Venus dives down across the face of the Sun, showing us her deepest darkest shadow side, and, scooping up a handfull of the clay of our inner being, let it be moulded by the molten alchemy of Pluto’s root realms. There can be no ascent without this alchemy becoming rooted through Life experienced in the body.

The ‘earthing’ of spirit, the role of ‘soma’ and the conscious utilisation of psycho-somatic energy is also key here. It is the expression of raw life force seeds consciousness with transformative powers. Experience transforms knowledge into wisdom, the visceral ‘lived-in’ wisdom that belongs to Her. This moves beyond the symbiotic partnership of masculine and feminine and produces the third archetype that is the progeny of their synthesis, which expresses the psychic force of the emergent new paradigm. The Sunchild, if it is its symbol, is not of the Sun alone…..and births its own inner sun.

It is important to remember here that the function of the new paradigm is not to destroy the old one, but, to integrate it – the dark-mother archetype, whose representative is the Black Goddess, is the overseer of this process. Here’s Marion Woodman :

“The most difficult transformation, as we move into this new paradigm, is the realisation of an interiorised spirituality. Polytheism and monotheism as we have known them involve a projection ‘out there’ onto Mother (Nature) or Father (Sun) or their surrogates. The Divine has relied, and continues to rely, on the evolution of human consciousness for continuing revelation. The most important step in the evolution of our consciousness is the pulling back of the projections so that we can begin the process of looking for the Divine within……

….Today, we are collectively moving to a higher plane as we are ushered into the new paradigm and the new millenium. We are being impelled to find our ‘Interior Castle’ (as Saint Teressa of Avila described the realm of inner spirituality). The dislocations of the outer sphere of public policies, attitudes, and behavior are making it imperative for us to turn inward to locate ourselves in the ‘ground of being’. Within the center of every living thing dwells the soul of the world, the ‘anima mundi’.”(3)

It is precisely this re-ensoulment that the eclipse and Venus transit signify. Astrology is well placed to assist in this process and actually, if taken beyond the screen, chart and keyboard, provides a perfectly pragmatic counterbalance to the feelingless analysis of science and virtual reality, that is to say ‘verging-on-reality’, of our technical world. If we were to only tear ourselves away from the screen and wander outside we might just discover a beautiful wild garden has grown, through and in spite of our neglect, and that we have the mirror of this garden within us. And, at the center of this garden is the most beautiful fountain, of clear vital refreshing waters, the fountain of Life……should we choose to go find it.

(1) & (2) A History of Western Astrology; volume II : Nick Campion, Continuum, 2009

(3) Dancing in the Flames : Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson, Shambala Publications, 1996


Meetings at the Crossroads

The intense planetary activity that is unfolding through the current Scorpio lunation is preparing the ground for ‘reset’ on November 25th when a partial Solar Eclipse at 3º Sagittarius ushers in a new lunation and re-appraisal of our goals for the year ahead. The Sagittarius lunation will bring out a more philosophical tone in which the depth work of the past month will begin to deliver its benefits, its true value become more apparent.

The Scorpio lunation has been strong and revealing, sometimes quite unexpectedly so. As some have reported it feels like the Samhain doorway has been left open, but, it has also been difficult to avoid the visceral impact of world events upon our deeper connections with Life. Where we have been collectively mislead and ‘going wrong’ is well and truly in the public spotlight and, although there is much resistance to change still being shown in the political and social arenas, this has very much been in keeping with the times and the greater processes that are unfolding within them. At heart we are all engaged in collective soul-work, whether we should choose to acknowledge it and go there, or not…….

For those who do make this choice, this is the clear mandate for creating a better future for our home planet, and this is open to us all on an individual level – in fact, our collective future as a species must surely depend upon how we engage with this work in personal terms. Scorpio thoroughness in the scouring and clearing of our hearts and minds supports a deeper appreciation of the soul’s purpose. The following Sagittarian lunation, leading up to the December Solstice, builds upon this with planetary and cosmological focus on a renewal of the soul’s contract with Life. Within the coming lunation a total Lunar Eclipse on December 10th anchors this renewed contract within the field for the next six months.

One crucial step at a time we are laying the foundations for our future and the name of the game, as if we haven’t already realised, is ‘Change’ – as the political and economic rhetoric shows not everyone, it seems, wants to play, or play fairly. Change, however, is taking over, and a tough stance against it will no longer prevail. And, well, as the saying goes, ‘when the going gets tough…….’ – in a planetary climate dominated by Uranus square Pluto that can mean just about anything when it is Change itself that is in charge! Popular movements against the resistance of the old guard could well give way to any number of means of guerilla warfare. This does not have to mean physical confrontation, however. Many engaging with the ongoing financial fall-out are indeed now withdrawing their personal funds from the banks and investing them in, for example, credit unions. Adaptablility will prove the tactical advantage, for now – its the longer term strategies that will count most and the field upon which these battles are fought will continue to spread. It’s been said here before, but, how well prepared we are really matters…..each step counts.

In times of global change, whose far-reaching implications and crucial impact take on global, if not cosmological proportions, the vision embodied within the scope of every one of our personal contracts with Life is also infused, beyond personal choice, with archetypal energy and influence. Alignment with a greater purpose is key and this is one of the defining characteristics of the Sagittarian lunation – it is also an essential strategy. Short-termism, which has been the bane of our cultural outlook, must be replaced with forward looking wisdom. The importance of the Scorpio process of the current outgoing lunation is revealed in this – revelation, acknowledgement and reformation of deeper emotional and psychological awareness funds us with the clarity that allows the new soul perspective to come into view. Through this the hologram of the individual soul, the spirit having a human experience, can experience its own intrinsic resonance within the greater hologram, the bigger picture, and the larger tides and forces of the times, the archetypal undercurrents of the zeitgeist, can be discerned as ‘the flow of the great river within which our spirit is swimming’.

As the I Ching reminded us of in hexagram Wei Chi with the image of the little fox crossing the great river, we must see the process through before we can arrive at the new vision. As the wit and whits of Douglas Adams pointed out to us in ‘Blind Bats with Spaghetti Soup….’, asking the right questions, that is to say, having the right motivation, is crucial to finding greater meaning that is in tune with this vision. And, as Coyotes journey to the shadowlands echoed Orpheus journey to the underworld, our own personal journey is brought to fulfillment when we are able to overcome our impulsive desires and trust to the process. This must spell an end to ego driven consumerism as the basis for our culture. In all cases, whether we are navigating the strong cross-currents of change, allowing the unknown to call us, or taking heed of Death as our advisor, learning intrinsic life lessons, the heroic journey of our personal life quest is empowered with profound and far-reaching illumination when we align our spirits with Nature and her greater cycles, our selves with the wisdom of Life. We can be re-assured, the planetary matrix is supporting us in this…..

In the run-up to the solar eclipse on the 25th the planets are supporting us with a mixture of subtle and strong apsects that will enable us to flow with the great river and arrive at the other shore, whole and forward looking. Mars has recently entered tropical Virgo bringing a boost of energy to our healing and envisioning. Currently opposite both Chiron and Neptune, Mars activates an inclusive clarity and attention to detail that will assist us right through until the end of the coming eclipses field of influence – Mars will remain in Virgo until mid 2012 and this time will include a retrograde period in which we can do a double check on how our plans are unfolding in the first quarter of the year. With this strong focus no stone must be left unturned, no hidden clauses within our soul’s contract allowed to undermine our progress – this is an imperative energy at work which serves us and the ‘greater good’ when we work with it. It may bring small and persistant doubts that cut across our confidence, but, with open communication and honesty we can use this time well for clearing out the detritus of the past (keeping our tails out of the mud!) and opening to the new world of possibilities onto whose shores we are and will be arriving. Each working according to our own ways and means, this is very much about ‘walking our talk’. More on this as the new year unfolds…….

Much closer to home, shortly after the total lunar eclipse on December 10th, Mars, in forward motion, will square the Moons Nodes. Further highlighting the importance of the collective soul path, this T square will bring out the grounded reality of that path as each of us experience it. It could be a particularly important time for dealing with all matters that throw up a contrast between restrictions on our personal liberty and the collective vision we hold for the future, particularly as they relate to the re-ensoulment of our human presence on Earth, the re-enchantment of our lives. The tightening opposition between Saturn in late Libra and Jupiter in early Taurus will bring this to a head not long after the solstice and, funded through beneficial aspects to Chiron and Neptune, this will signal a sea-change for how we deal with any conflicts arising where this contrast prevails. The new moon on December 24th, within orb of Pluto, will signal Jupiter’s forward motion and the solstice energy will be very strongly boosted by this. Once again, the ongoing process has the feel of hightening significance, but, with many beneficial aspects surrounding this years solstice we can look forward to a new year with all the inspiration and passion that our renewed soul’s contract and plans for the year ahead fuel us with. For now though, the better to engage with this process, it is to the Moon’s Nodes and the current transits involving them that our gaze must turn…….

The nodes are currently transiting the mid-degrees of Sagittarius and Gemini, and, at the time of writing, the North Node is in precise alignment with an intergalactic phenomenon known as the Great Attractor. This is an important influence for how we work on the vision that our soul work is centered around. This influence also bridges the current and following lunation right through solstice; it is as if we are being overseen by a far greater mind than our earthbound consciousness allows us to be aware of, a presence that is initiating us into the new paradigm at a subliminal level – so, what is the G A and what does its influence mean?!

In recent times astronomers and cosmologists have discovered that there is a great river of galaxies flowing across the universe. If this sounds like poetic license of on a cosmic scale, think again, this is very real! The source of the directed flow of this river, the Great Attractor, is a mysterious phenomenon of immense proportions and our galaxy, amongst many hundreds, is moving as one, its stars amongst hundreds of billions speeding towards this mystery at a velocity of 600 km/sec. – it truly is an immense river of light particles in which each particle is a star. What we know about this phenomenon is very limited, but, at 250 million light years distance from our galaxy we can be sure that its influence is super-galactic, focused and powerful – contemplating these factors brings the vastness of our cosmos into mind expanding perspective! Here is our first clue….

The Great Attractor’s name reflects the directed way in which this galaxy and its neighbours are uniformly moving towards its center. But, there is also a provocative energy attached to this name and astrologers have speculated on its meaning bringing ideas to the G A that imply irresistability and inevitability. Philip Sedgwick’s site (see sidebar) contains some useful info about the G A and how it can be worked with, or, what to expect once our attention is grabbed by it…..for the G A also has a magnetic quality whose symbolism matches the ‘gravitational’ pull of the physical phenomenon. The G A bends light through gravitational lensing to such an extent that it is possible to see behind it, as if we are given the glimpse of something hidden, beyond the normal range of our senses. Here is a second clue……

The Great Attractor was discovered in the 1970’s but it was not until 1986 that its position was measured and in yr 2000 the G A was found to be at 14º02’ Sagittarius within the geo-centric tropical zodiac. What makes this especially interesting for us now is that the Moons North Node has been transiting the middle degrees of Sagittarius and slowly coming into alignment with the G A over the last few months, an alignment that happens every 18 years or so. However, this is made exquisitely rare this time around as Venus and Mercury, the G A and the North Node will all become conjunct together in alignment on 13th/14th November…

…..although carrying what might remain a powerful but otherwise unnoticed and otherworldly subtlety, the meeting of Venus and Mercury at this cosmic crossroads not only brings to the conjunction an elevated rarity, it carries sublime influence at this time and seeds the souls field with all the potential we carry, that we have earned insight into through our inner work over this lunation. But, there is more – the conjunction and ongoing influence comes in at the beginning of a Mercury retrograde period and so, not only precedes the two eclipses, but, focuses our attention on and infuses it with the G A’s influence, and, remember, eclipses offer us an opportunity to hit the reset button on our lives. With the Great Attractors ability to expand our vision and see beyond what is known to us this can be a time for great envisioning at a soul level……there can be powerful and uncanny effects to this.

We may be taken with compulsive knowing that simply has to be followed, even if we are not able to reason this out, simply because we feel it within our souls. With Mars square to the nodes this could bring a major shift akin to a tipping point or critical mass, that aligns soul energy with archetypal energy on a collective scale – for some this will be the signal of a first wave of manifest co-creative activism, but, its subtley may pass you by if your attention is too distracted by emotional reactions to earthly concerns. What can really serve us best in this time is regular quiet time for centered inward focusing, meditation and clearing of the heavy and gross energies from our energy field – a good balance to this is free-form creative expression, just letting the ‘creative river’ flow through and around us. Both will work best when centered in and infused with deep heart energy. This energy flows from the heart of the mystery manifest in the point of singularity within every point in the manifold matrix of the multiverse, and we can source it within our hearts, our inner balance point.

An astonishing feature of alignment with the G A along its axis is the manifestation of the Einstein Cross. Gravitational lensing produces four images around its center of the hidden light sources behind it – bringing an equal armed cross, a medicine wheel, of the unseen into view. An image of balance and centered manifestation, this is powerful medicine from a deep source. And, there’s yet more…..

There is also an opening up of the archetypal field from within here that can manifest as synchronicities, meaningful co-incidences, in which we find strong correspondences between our outer and inner worlds. This can only be good – for bolstering our confidence in Life and re-enchanting our lives with numinous presence, synchronous reality confirms the living intelligence and loving nature of all Life. The path with a heart that tells us we are on the right track, walking our ‘medicine way’….

Through this special time we can make strong medicine work of all that we do. The spiritual warrior at work, ’……the tough get going’! There is a powerful resonance within this symbol, the Rainbow Warrior, when we work with the G A. The singularity at the heart of the Great Attractor is a mystery and yet……

What we do know about the Great Attractor is primarily down to scientifically measurable effects, most notable amongst which is the way in which it bends light. Its gravitational lensing is far more powerful than any other single source known to us within the physical universe. Interestingly, one might expect there to be a super-massive black hole at its center, but, this is not the case as astrophysicists have established that there is no event horizon associated with the G A. While it is an anomolous mystery, we also know that it radiates and connects across the entire spectrum of energy……

The many awakened souls now bringing their focus to bear upon the global changes we are now collectively involved in can step up a gear through this time and utilise the cosmological forces and influences coming into our solar system and inner cosmos to activate a catalystic wave of transformative co-creative energy into embodiment. The individual soul path we choose can be brought into alignment with this activation, become an expression of it. When the eclipse of the 25th November closes the Scorpio lunation and opens the Sagittarian we can initiate a meaningful path for our selves to follow that is in alignment with the most heartfelt and significant vision that we have within. Collectively, the field will reflect this back to us with the December lunar eclipse and we can increasingly speak our truth with the great power of self authority in the world. When the December solstice arrives we will be ready to walk our talk having set a clear purpose and bring to the light the power of our personal vision for the coming year, born from the heart of creation, the Great Mystery, and watch it grow as the year unfolds……

Our small blue planet, so beloved by, and of such intense interest now both to us and the cosmological community at this time, is asking for us to bring the fearless power of Love home with pragmatic impact. At the meeting at the cross-roads, THIS IS OUR TIME………are you ready……..


Storyteller and the Spirit Horse!

Here’s a tale straight from the Spotted Owl Archive of medicine stories…..it’s an old tale from Spotted Owl herself, retold for the Lunar Eclipse……!!

“Now….Once upon a time we all know well enough in our bones, well, there was a Moon, a Full Moon – she was just a perfect mirror, a real soul pool – some called her the ‘Story Midwife Moon’, others just ‘Storyteller’, but, she was the one who knows the truth inside things, speaks it too, brings it out into the world – oh yes, she was most illumined with knowing, and she was always coming at the sixth counting of the Lunar tides, the ‘women’s tides’ – well, within her bag of tales she carried theoldest songs of the warm oceans – she knew the secrets of the green forest folk, the messages carried in their sap – she held council with our animal brothers and sisters who told her how they had brought the star wisdom to Earth and held it here in good faith for all of us, all Life – and she could foretell and foresee the pathways of our children’s dreamings, the soul messages of the swelling fruits soon to come to Earth – yes, she knew what was in our hearts and was friend to women and men alike, though each to their own calling, as it is….

…..and so it was that while the hunters made their offerings and asked for her guidance before setting off on tracks bathed in the light of her knowing, well, the expectant mothers would call upon her to speak with the spirit of their womb-borne, as was the tradition on the sixth Moon of their pregnacy – it was a good time as those ‘soon to arrive’ were now returning from swimming amongst the inner stars – and, when all were ready, the wise women were called to bring out the old Moon songs and all sought to hear of the purpose that each of  ‘the returning ones’ would be bringing, to find their true names, ones that would remind them when they got here of why they came – after all, we all forget otherwise eh?!…..

…….so, gathering in the women’s circle and raising the old ocean songs, their movements and rhythms filled with memories of ancestral heartbeats, the thrumbing of their spirit horses carrying them, the wise ones would circle the boundaries of the nine realms and fly beyond this world – off they flew to find council with ‘Storyteller’ as she rocked the spirit children within her great canoe, wrapped within the folds of her silver, blood-red and blue-black medicine blanket – but, it was the mothers themselves who would speak with their womb-borne ‘cos they were the living gateway between the worlds and they fed the souls of their children with the deep knowing of the Great Mother that they held within their own flesh, blood and bones – yes, it was a good time….only, it happened once on a blue moon, as they say, but, that Moon Woman, old ‘Storyteller’ she went missing……!

…..well, here it comes, that ‘blue one’, coming up right now…..yes, that old silver shining Moon woman threw one into their midst, turning first to deep sanguine reds and then even deeper indigos and eventually all blue-black darkness – twas as if she’d been swallowed by the Sky herself, leaving only a shadow and an echo in the silence…..and out in the land the hunters stopped in their tracks….”shheeesh!..where’s the light gone, what kinda dreaming is this?!” they said to each other under their breath, and the animal brothers and sisters stopped with ’em and whispered too “….ahh, there it is, there it is….!”

Oooh, but, the mothers and wise women, they kept their thoughts held on the old ‘Storyteller’, and followed her…..oh yes, they knew just what she had going, wise as women are to Her ways…and they kept right on with their thrumming and singing, softly, softly now – and turning their ears inward, they listened and listened, followed and followed…..

….and in that place, where everything opened out on the inside, as it were, in that ‘all at once’ place that the mothers plumbed with their own pregnant dreamings, what did they find……well

….first, people, you should take a listen yourselves, just for this moment….its a big moment, room for us all…..and there, “ahh, there it is, there it is!”…..a whisper…..a gentle shimmer of sound, like the shells and coral at the bottom of the deep ocean, swaying and singing like a slow breathing, with a soft deep heartbeat….you remember that sound?!

So, where had that sky crone ‘Storyteller Woman’ gotten to? Well, a big wind had blown in from the stars, sent by the Ancestors themselves – this wind, it was a kinda song, but, not just any old song – this one, it could only be called ‘Big Mystery’! And, it came from the heart of all things, which was everywhere y’see, yet hidden inside….but, Storyteller Woman knew what it meant, and, in that moment, she herself stopped her singing and listened…..and as she did so, she saw the great spirit-horse of the Earth Mother, come flying swiftly towards her, twisting and turning like a great cloud on the wind…..up it came and down it came, and swooped her up, took her with it as it fell right into the very heart of everything……

….now, here is another mystery! Cos’, in that deepest of places, the ‘all at once’ place, was a great lake, an inner ocean as it were…..and as the churning, spinning spirit-horse of the Great Mother carried Storyteller Woman ever more down and down into the watery heartland of the dreaming, those waters too began to spin and churn…..

….and here too, back under the darkened Moon, everything began to spin and churn, a big mix-up and very confusing it was….thats how we feel it, when ‘Storyteller Woman’ goes silent and disappears…..we don’t know what to think now do we! Aaah, but, there it is, there it is…..

…..but, it was the mothers who knew what they were at, and, keeping their ears turned inward like, they followed that soft sound with their hearts, right down into the womb of all things…….whispers from the deepest ocean……like the song of silence itself….right down deep in the heart of everything!

Now…..your probably wondering just what had happened to all those young-old spirit children that our Moon Mother, the ‘Story Midwife’ had been looking after! She had up and left them all wrapped up in her medicine blanket rocking inside her great canoe – and that was the long and the short of it…..those little ones were so comfy in there they were fast asleep and dreaming their spirit dreams, warm and safe and invisible to the world, rocking away gently…..but, their dreaming…..

Just as ‘Storyteller’ knew what to do, just as the wise ones and pregnant mothers knew what to do, so did all the spirit children…..and when ‘Storyteller’ reached the very bottom of that deep inner ocean place, right inside the ‘all at once’, well there they all were, the mothers dreaming with the womb-borne’s dreaming, all together inside the great dreaming, swaying with that whispering, shimmeying old old song……

…….and so, meanwhile, while we were all running around in this big mix-up wondering what to do, not knowing what to think and feeling out of sorts, it was the spirit children right then who told the mothers why they were coming here, only this time it was with a big message, right from the heart of the great dreaming itself, which is where the old Story Midwife had led them this time! And so, just as they knew how to, the mothers passed those precious dreamings back to the old silvery one, ‘Storyteller’, and, now that all the women, young and old had worked and dreamt together, She knew just who it was coming in this time, this special bunch, and what they were coming for – and once ‘Storyteller’ heard this, thats when She kicked into action! Up she flew again on the Earth Mother’s spirit horse, right up, all the way back to her canoe, filled up with those stories that belonged to the sleeping womb-borne spirit children….and, as she climbed back in, off flew the spirit horse and up she began with her songs again….now she knew just when would be the right time to bring each of those new-old ones to Earth, their birthing times….such was her job, the ‘Story Midwife’!

….and yeh, you guessed it, out came her light and illuminated everyone down below in the lap of the Earth Mother….phew! What a relief! Everything returned to normal…..or did it?

Well, on the face of it everything looked the same, was all in the right place – yep, it was all just where it had been before the light went out in old ‘Storyteller’ and she stopped singing her songs, but, it felt different – things had ‘come to light’ now that had not been known before, something was afoot in the world and, thanks to ‘Storyteller’, the mothers and wise ones knew those special names that they would give back to their children when they arrived, the very ones the spirit children themselves had told them in their stories in the midst of the Big Dreaming……

……that next lot though, the old-new ones coming in, well, they had the names to remind them that the stories they were bringing this time would be holding open the gateways straight to the heart of the great dreaming, Big Mystery itself! That sure enough felt different, and wouldn’t you if you knew that everything was going to be renewed…….and once new Life comes into this world, well nothing is ever going to be the same again, now is it?!

….ha ha, now thats a good thing to know at this time…..sweet dreamings t’y’al!”

so, thanks to Spotted Owl for giving us a glimpse of…….well, who knows whats in store, as we negotiate these eclipses and swing around that old Solar hitching post at the Solstice……we’ll come back to the eclipses and the Story Midwife next time and see what the stars have got to say about it all …..next post,  coming soon!


HOWLING MOON : the Gateway Opens

With impeccable timing our friend Carlisle Bergquist at 10 Billion Beats has once again put out the call for a Global Wave of drumming right on this Eclipsed Full Moon – this one will be a howler so lets look at the energies we will be riding….

The eclipsed Moon will auger a field change for the coming year arriving just fifteen hours before the Solstice on 21st December (Winter for the northern hemisphere, Summer for the southern) and prepares the ground for the New Moon Solar eclipse that follows just two weeks later on January 4th – it is essential that we take this opportunity (eclipse) to make the karmic window (Lunar Eclipse) count as the world is poised to come alive with deeply sourced cosmic intelligence and inspiration streaming in from the Galactic Center. The eclipse is just 3 degrees from the GCenter, but, Mercury will be exact conjunct with it at 26 Sagittarius – Mercury is retrograde until the 30th Dec so this inward streaming is a download of immense potential for evolution and reclamation of our collective and individual power…..only, this will be like nothing we have ever known before – we are EVOLVING from within, and with the power of the collective drumming through 10 billion drums creating the great wave, we will have the power to see that change become manifest. So, whats at stake!!??

We are no longer seperated by distance – not that we ever were, however, the unfolding power of connectivity that our technologies have brought us means that we are increasingly tapping into the unified consciousness of our Humanity – we can move as one and, as Barbara Hand Clow suggests, are able to work with the same kind of integral intelligence as the great flocks of birds – we are constantly becoming conscious of the great web of life again through our collective movements, flowing with tidal force and energy – with the Galactic Center alignment on this eclipse this conciousness will become seeded with new potential and all we need is to be awake! There are in the world forces that would have it otherwise……

We do not have to look far to see how those forces are resisting change……the previous New Moon revealed deception at the heart of the Global powerbase – and you cannot remove such realisations once they are out in the open, but, those same ‘powers’ will try everything to alter our minds and fool us into wrong thinking and illusion – with Pluto still hovering near the North Node in early Capricorn this eclipse will bring the objectives of such maneuvering into sharp contrast with our inner knowing – while the politic says one thing the people know another – and this spells the possibility of conflict. Nobody in their right mind wants this…and, on another level, this is also the uterine moment, the hiatus before the birth – a moment in which we can transit from one state to another, and begin to nurture our renewed selves.

Mars squares Saturn from mid Capricorn – the image is one of containment vying with force – Saturn’s Libran energy for re-structuring in partnership is being pushed by the vested interests of those who currently hold the power of political leadership to maintain the status quo. Venus has something to say about this – on exactly the same point of her previous meeting with Mars, the exact same degree of the November New Moon (Moth Moon), the balance of male and female energies is once again being highlighted by Venus’ sextile to Mars – and, to push the parameters,  the Mars square to Saturn is also waxing towards exact on 29th December, just as Mercury goes direct once again. The power of women will be charged and there will be no place for patriarchal suppressors and abusers to hide. This is crucial and will prepare the field for the upcoming Solar Eclipse in two weeks time. To initiate our preparations, before the January eclipse, the 10 Billion Beats crew have put out the call – our singing drums will call out to the Galactic Center – “we are ready”….

Just for a moment take a step back and listen with your heart – this Moon on 29.21 Gemini has a message – it is the sound of our own higher knowing that is telling us from the critical degree that change is about to come. As this eclipse is taking place just before the Solstice we need to remember what the solstice point around 0 degrees Cancer brings in the yearly cycle. It is a point at which the masculine Solar power gives way to the feminine Earth and Lunar power as the latter reaches its peak – we are reminded of this with the Sabian symbol for this degree and its message is uncanny:
……in the run up to the solstice “The dominant Yang force allows the Yin force to begin its six-month long rise to power. The “collective” will gradually overcomes the “individual”…NOW, HOWEVER, the individual person enjoys her/his most glorious hour; s/he exults in the ability to make a “free decision”- i.e. to act as an individual who selects their life goal and their allegiance.”
This truly is our time for formulating our clear intent and setting the energy of this on an outward spiral of evolving karmic release – we can drum up the courage we will need with this eclipse…..and take this towards the Solar eclipse on Jan 4th as we move collectively towards the balance point of the equinox. Cancerian energy is nesting, mothering and protective…..

Once the solstice hour arrives the Moon will have moved forward to oppose Mars from 8 Cancer. We will be searching for the justice that Saturn demands in the face of martial blindness. With Cancerian desires for nurturing and allegiance at work amongst ‘the people’, no longer will the howling sound of our suffering at the hands of the ‘elite’ be suppressed – and the breakdown of barriers and restoration of our ability to heal ourselves, aid each other in the process and bring a new pathway for realising our future here on our Earth will be lit up with Neptune conjunct Chiron’s Aquarian vision – Chiron is now preparing to move into the zodiacal field of Piscean spirituality – this vision is streaming in to this solstice by the constant flowing energy of their trine to the Moon and their awakening sextile to the Sun.

And the stars are with us – during Howling Moon the Sun is conjunct Polaris, the ‘Pole Star’ – she is the great steadying influence, helping us to navigate our new path, as she has many a traveller over the millenia. She has innate knowing of the highest kind to give us in the moment of Lunar darkness and she will ramp up the contrast with the Moon that is conjunct Betelguese.

This star is a massive collapsing red supergiant in the Orion constellation – its time is fading and it will implode under its own gravity – being conjunct the Moon in late Gemini this failing influence spells the end for the high minded political idealism that has driven us to the brink of destruction – nothing can reverse this and this karmic moment is ours for the taking – once the North Node enters Sagittarius our common goals and spiritual aspirations will once more become the driving force for our collective evolution as we release from the grip of the old body politic. But, we need to be awake as this happens….Polaris will help us, finding our way in the dark, elevated high in the northern sky

…..the sting is with Arachne, the spider-woman and original weaver of the web, whose name is carried by the asteroid opposing Venus – which brings us back to the ancient story of Sleeping Beauty…..  

In very ancient versions of this story Beauty was a lunar goddess/daughter whose cycles were unwittingly usurped by the Solar King’s 12 fold division of time – the 13th fairy, the ‘evil’ one who subverted Beauty’s coming of age by cursing her to eternal sleep, was the shadow power that arose, projected from the Sun King’s own unconscious – he forgot to invite her to the blessing, the celebration of menarch. Had he done so the marraige of lunar and solar time would have been complete and our world would be a different place. It cannot now be complete without the integration of shadow. And this is the underlying theme of this Moon.

Arachne herself was overshadowed by the power of the gods when Minerva (Athene) changed her to a spider following a weaving contest between herself and the great weaver – Arachne chose in the contest to portray the loves and transgressions of the gods, which she did with winning skill that outshone the Goddess’ own self aggrandising effort – the myth has it that Arachne had been unwilling to accept that her abilities were entirely  ‘god-given’ – Athene, motherless daughter of Zeus, had been unable to accept the weaver’s apparent egocentricity and hubris – once again the ‘powers that be’ had to have their way, only the result was that Arachne became forever stripped of her humanity and was condemed to hang, hairless and naked, from a single thread, weaving her web for survival. This exile from her humanity is an underlying theme for our times…but, it is not without resolution

The resonances with the story of Sleeping beauty are strong, the more so for the subversion of women’s power and the attempted elimination of Lunar wisdom from the world – across time the Sleeping Beauty story took shape through the ongoing eclipsing of the old matriarchal ways by the male Solar lineages of power – just as organised religion re-wrote the history books and set new calendars the once common wisdom contained in the old stories of the medicine people were relegated to myth and pushed out of the exacting light of consciousness into the liminal realms. The time has come for the old wisdom to re-awaken, renewed. Sleeping Beauty represents this re-awakening, as does her sister story, Snow White, which we will come to in upcoming posts…….

And yet, the sting is in the moment – we are becoming aware of the cycle of sleep ending and the poisons, of seperation from our inner partners, are wearing off…..with the Mars sextile Venus aspect we also have Juno in late Virgo opposite Jupiter conjunct Uranus in late Pisces. Our transformation awaits us and will expand into renewed unity that will take us there. The exquistely poised beauty of this moment should give us cause for celebration and the 10 Billion Beats of our human hearts resounding with the Galactic Wisdom coming in will awaken us to the new world that is our home within the Cosmos. As ever, the future is ours for the taking….

These energies are not imaginary, and this is no fairytale….look at the world around you and it is plain how everything is becoming charged, enfolded by a powerful movement within change – we can make this count through purposeful engagement and consciousness changes everything – our actions following make it so

So, where-ever you are in the world, take up the heartbeat of the drum on this Eclipse and raise a great wave of empowered and knowing energy that will carry us into wholeness and true creative freedom!


A Zen Slap from the Awakener

Look out………!!! Before we know it all the lights are going to go out and something is going to happen in the darkness that will change everything…..will we be ready?! That impeous mischiever and master of the cosmic joke Mercury is going to make sure of it!

Yes, Mercury has turned retrograde and is going into super quick time as he runs the gauntlet of Pluto, the Dragon’s Head, Pallas, the Capricorn cusp, the Sun and the Galactic Center before skidding to a halt, spinning on his heals and re-reprising in fast forward….his current phase is the fastest that he travels in retro and while we may feel the usual characteristic challenges to our communications, activities and thinking that this brings, the emphasis this time is on his heyokah medicine…he wants us to stop taking notes and take notice!

….and heres a clue : before we know it, he will be sitting right on top of that astral corridor of deep illumination, the GC, with perfect timing as the Sun flicks the off switch on us all – LUNAR ECLIPSE

Ok….so what on earth does that have to do with us…..?

Well, its panto season and this years big production is SLEEPING BEAUTY – um, ok, and redefining our reality according to the degree to which we are awake. And the big news is that Mercury is preparing us for a special appearance – and we don’t miss that do we – ‘oh yes we do’ – oh, no WE DON’T! Because its US…

Now, if you are a regular reader at ‘owlmirror’ you will know that there are occasions when the rhetoric gets a little weird, but, rest assured, there is method in this madness and over the coming few weeks the lunacy will reveal the strategy, literally….FIRST, look around…..

The recent New Moon brought out smoking mirror medicine and the view is fascinating, hypnotic even – so, quick lets snap out of it while the world is obsessing with Wikileaks, exposure of government deceptions, ongoing revelations of the wholesale buying off of peoples assets to fund wars, fear mongering and the manipulation of our well-being to keep the ‘big guys’ on top, and this while the rich minority turn their backs on the starving majority (would you like a GM candy dear?) – are we not being asked to ‘wake-up and ‘take-up’? Do we need anymore incentives to picking up the beat??

The chrysalis has cracked wide open and no amount of hasty heavy-weight tarring and feathering is going to cover over the cracks, hide the fact that the old shell is de-funkt or make the ugly truth look beautiful to our blinking eyes.

We had the ‘dreaming in the cocoon’ phase of the October New Moon in which the energy to become lucid within the dream became available…..moth medicine’s magic dust….

This was preceded by the shaking of the World Tree throwing the health of our internal balance into perspective – our need for integration, female/male, right/left hemispheres, east/west…..we are whole and free to go forward, or we are asleep and trapped in the karmic dross.

Those Ten Billion Drums are still reverberating and gave an almighty surge to the global wake-up call that Jupiter and Uranus in conjunction swept into our midst (which also provided the fuel for the launch of this blog) – its all been building and getting set for whats about to happen next…..

…..which brings us back to Mercury.

Pluto in Capricorn will continue to test the power base of our world with deeply transformative forces in ways that are now becoming apparent for all to see – Mercury transiting Pluto will further wake us up to our own perceptions of this (have you noticed how the ‘web’ is tightening – will the lights go out on those who ‘serve’ us?)

And, none are exempt – the more vested power, the greater the exposure and pressure to change – if you are in a position of power, you have a choice :
1. love it,    2. use it, or    3. lose it
For the ‘power-over’ merchants the use of power will be most under the spotlight; for the rest it means personal empowerment to bring radical change – ‘power’ itself is being shaken loose and 1 and 3 are the way 2 will be defined, either way. This will be an ongoing story, and how we experience it will depend on how awake we are…..to our purpose.

The Moon’s North Node is the place of our great collective challenge to become what we always knew we came here to be. When Pluto sat on this karmic point we were given notice of the need to re-evaluate our personal paths in depth, according to how much our past achievements and alliegances aid or restrict us from entering the uncharted territory of our soul making destinies – and, to put this in perspective – Mercury transiting Pluto retro will offer us the chance for a stock take – love it, use it or lose it….and make the necessary adjustments as he skims the Dragons Head. He also wants us to get ready for the border issues at the heart of the story….we will need to be light and fleet of foot!

The Capricorn cusp is the demarcation point between being led by the light of our ideals and leading through grounding them as workable strategies in the world – Merc flies backwards over this zone with a wink to the wise for he knows that the thorny issues this raises are due to neglect and slumber – they are all surmountable with a sharpened sword of awareness and a trusty steed of instinctive and truthfull knowing – we can all see the brambles surrounding ‘the Castle’; we need to be honest to overcome them – even then, will justice be done?

Well, first he will meet with the wise gatekeeper, Pallas, who stands true to her station guarding the collective wisdom that is promised to us all – that wink to the wise will catch the owl’s eye for sure (in divination the ‘owls eye’ is our clairvoyance!). In her we trust.

And will he stop to bow at the Sun…….more likely steal some of his fire and shower sparks into the great beam of cosmic knowledge with which our Solar system is now aligning, the Galactic Center…..and then we will have that moment of pure magic, the Lunar Eclipse, but, more on that in the next post…its enough just to keep up with the guy – don’t forget, he’s got winged feet…..

(and what of Mars – we’ will bring him into the picture in the next post too)

In the meantime, here’s a small taster from Merc’s view in the saddle, of what will be going down on that Solstice Moon; he will be reminding us that in our consciousness we are riding the Centaur of Sagittarius – ready, aim….; to open our inner sight even more and take us to a higher level he will be calling on Pegasus in whose constellation Jupiter and Uranus will be exact conjunct, waiting for the final flashing drive; to further alert us to the task in hand he will be sounding the clarion to call to ‘the people’ that announces the returning inner light, as the Moon is eclipsed in his homeland of Gemini; and he will be sending the rolling thunder and flashing sword of enlightenment across the void to Juno in late Virgo – she will bring the field alive with her powerful ‘song of attraction’, to our inner selves and our selves in others – the words to her song are simple, ‘In Lakech’

Thats a grand old square dance of a kind that will throw a brilliant light upon the old order and its ivory towers, enough for us to decide, once and for all…..

And on he will charge until, on December 30th, after a brief pause, Mercury begins his return run up to join in the royal awakening of the Solar eclipse on January 4th….in the Castle of Capricorn! The smoke effects in the auditorium will be lifting by then, the safety curtains will draw back and…..

Sound like a pantomime?? Dim the lights, shhhh…………look out, he’s behind you!!