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The Heart of the World

A powerful undertow of transformation and healing is pulsing into the realm of ‘ego’ at the Leo New Moon, pulling the energies of Pluto, Chiron and Neptune into our collective and individual psyches. The feeling is of time collapsing in upon itself while complexity proliferates in the world around us……big questions will be asked of our egocentricity through this lunation, and continue breaking down its hold upon how we experience the world. It is akin to the ‘little death’ of the ego, which is the natural process through initiatic and integrative experiences that pull us into the creative matrix, so, do not be fearful if it seems as if the world is falling apart – commit to the path marked out by your own truth, your ‘knowing’, and follow the thread of intuition – it will lead you home. There are always ways and means of help and healing at hand, signs and messages that can show us the way…..these are the gifts of the divine – be on the look-out for them, carry your crane-bag of magical cunning to keep them safely stored in, for those uncanny moments when you need them and their true purpose is revealed – and need them you will!

With all the transpersonal planets in retrograde motion, the veils between the worlds continue to be held open by an inexorable influx of increasingly present archetypal forces now, and holding to our personal path itself takes on new dimensions. Uranus squaring Pluto brings both the shock of the unexpected and the lightningbolt of high magic into the place of deepest transformation, and we may encounter critical junctures and crossroads just when we least expected them. But, the mythical dimensions of Life are here to help us find the purposefulness and core meaning of our own lives. It is true that we are at a time when, under the increasing onslaught of random and chaotic events in the world, paradoxically, meaning itself appears to be fading. However, the paradox is that this is itself a signature of the immanence of the archetypal, which the ego can experience as threatening – so, embrace the paradox and face those fears, they too can be your guide and show you the way. In fact, the more we flee in the face of fear, the more we go astray and lose our thread – that thread is our personal story, the one we came here to tell. It is from the meaning that our own path carries, our own story, that meaning will be rewoven into the world. But, the storyteller Mercury will tell us more of this later….

For now, Mercury is undergoing retrograde phasing throughout this Moon so giving voice to our inner story is the way to bring that meaningfulness into the world. As facing our fears suggests, once the ego sublimates itself to this journey life takes on the dimensions of an heroic quest…..and in this world, everything holds portents, all things have a voice, a song, and the way to the Heart of the World becomes revealed through following their messages. This is the time of the ‘seer’ with a fearless heart.

I was struck, while meditating on this Moon, by Jupiter’s continuing trine to Pluto in Capricorn while forming a tight square to the New Moon – amplifying the earth energies, Jupiter direct in Taurus is colluding with Pluto to manifest them in a deeper cthonic form, one that inhabits the underworld – such power has a supercharged signature and the image of the Minotaur came to mind and, with the square, the challenge is manifest through the creative Leonine power of the ego. While, in confronting and overcoming the Minotaur Theseus saves Ariadne, almost incidentally he released the Athenian youths, seven young men, seven young women, from their fate and certain death as sacrifices to the Minotaur. They are symbols of the essential balance of masculine and feminine in their uninitiated state. Seven is a very dynamic number and holds a magical formula for transformative work that precedes the higher octave, bringing spirit [3] and matter [4] together. Here we have the masculine hero working on behalf of the greater good, but, he does so by following his own inimitable egoistic path – the problem with Theseus is that his own divine origins do not give him a sense of mortality or earthly morality, and so, while his story provides a model for the symbolic journey, he fails to overcome his own hubristic tendencies and, as his story shows, does not relate directly with the power of the seven.

Theseus is a notorius womaniser, prey to his own divinity which in many ways is represented in shadow form by the Minotaur and, although the Minotaur is decapitated after their tremendous struggle, Theseus continues to follow the Olympian paternal ethic. He gains Ariadne, but, later abandons her – and, further down the road we find him immobilised in the underworld, but, that is another story…..strangely, asteroid Zeus is conjunct Saturn at this Moon, so the Olympians are colluding with the Gatekeeper, and Saturn is in waxing sextile to this New Moon. The old battle continues, and the labyrinth is about more than fear waiting to be defeated at its center…..there is a much older and deeper story playing out beneath this one.

The Minotaur is half man half bull, befitting the cthonic Taurean symbolism perhaps, but, there are powerful forces at work in the world in our times that he too symbolises through the hidden terror he instills – Theseus later journey to Pluto’s realms brought him face to face with them, the Furies. He lost his courage in that encounter and it was only through Hercules intervention, while fulfilling his twelth task, that he was saved. This is a powerful reflection of the magnitude of our task…..

Some are touting this time as apocalyptic, tieing fear onto 2012 and all that…….so lets not forget that all the negative connotations this word carries are the product of doctrinal fear and that ‘apocalypse’ has become a much misunderstood word for all that fear mongering – it actually means ‘pulling aside the veils’, ‘revelation’. The last Moon showed us something of this, revealed our connections with the deeper layers of life through the ancestors, a call to clear and resolve unfinished business, so that we may take up our spirit dance anew. Much of that unfinished business is itself the product of fear, its distorting effects upon our sense of self, the cause of many a regretable decision. But, we also have the unbridled rage of terrorism in our midst :

“The lumbering trinity of beaurocracy, technology and information is powerful enough to mask the Furies’ archaic-spirit. And so, from out of the shadows comes the weird and terrifying appearance of errant and furious individuals, terrorists, whose archaic and ‘spiritual’ identifications allows them to be the very agents of vengeful justice. The Furies’ archaic spirit seems to have entered the cracked vessel of terrorism, and a fearsome ‘God’ may be found on everyone’s side, behind both the terrorists acts and the wars we conduct in response.” (1) – and terrorism flies many flags, not least of all the flag of hypocrisy……

“….the current leader on the ‘War on Terror’ is the only State in the world that’s been condemned by the World Court for ‘international terrorism’ and that has vetoed a resolution calling on all States to observe International Law….” (2) – and we all know which ‘State’ is being refered to here…..but, we have wisdom in our midst…..

“If those chosen to act as commanders and chiefs cannot remember the paths of peace, if they are too enthralled with the haze of war and the thrill of ‘shock and awe’ to find the pipes of peace, then the common people must recreate the paths of peace within themselves and become like many feathers in the headdress of a peace chief.

This may be the only way to avoid the increasing domination of the war path which always has the short-coming of being short-sighted and reactionary. The paths of the peace chiefs call on something deeper inside people and aim at something further down the line. The paths of peace are not only the upper paths, they are the only paths that provide genuine refuge from the dangers of the world including the seductions of power that come to all who become leaders in times of great threat and trouble.” (3)

The ‘revelation’ times make great souls of us all….we all resonate with the myths that tell of the soul’s quest, through which it finds self realisation, the path towards inner peace; we all have a unique story to tell. For some the journey takes us beyond the horizons of our homeland, searching for the treasure that will make us whole and bring great wealth to the homeland. For others the journey takes us beyond the boundaries of the outer world, the pathway magnetically charged with magical and otherworldly power, powers that transform us and embue us with the power to transform. One thing is certain about this Moon….the whole field, like a labyrinth of crossing pathways and entangled threads, is very complex and full of potential wrong turns. Be on the lookout too for the trickster at the crossroads, and don’t be fooled into trading your gifts for an easy way out……on such journeys there are none such…..

Our choices may become polarised, but, all routes lead to the heart of the matter, one way or another….and in Mercury opposing Neptune and Chiron we find a miraculous symbol of healing that will lead us there. Mercury is on an inner journey, seeking out the heart of everything – a seemingly impossible task, unless you know where to look. But, the canny trickster has a whisper from the divine feminine calling him…..spending a part of the retrograde period in Virgo, Mercury then returns to Leo to work the fiery creative energy within until going direct again just before the August New Moon. All these ingredients have given Mercury a story to tell. The Virgin points the way towards the Great Mother, She Who Weaves the World…..

Lets listen to Mercury’s story……

“……everyone is looking for something and there are as many trails in the world as there are people – well, the world is a wonderous place for all that, but, that wonder comes from somewhere behind this world, a hidden inner place, and we all have the road to that place somewhere within ourselves, so maybe thats what we are looking for uh? Well, if you should find that trail, follow it, no matter what!, for it leads to a hidden cave – oh, but, caves can be scary places, so how many of us, even when we find it, want to go in there – this one is different though, you’ll know it when you get there, for this is a sacred place, filled with a song of its own and it will call you in – that song is sung by an old woman as she weaves a beautiful blanket, right there in the heart of the world – she’s been weaving away in there for a long long time, making ever more beautiful patterns of all the colours imaginable – but, thats not her only task, for right at the back of the cave is a fire and above the fire she has a huge cauldron – in it she has a stew slowly cooking – now, this is a no ordinary stew for it has in it all the seeds and grains of the flowering plants and trees of the world, and so every now and then she has to put down her weaving work and go stir the stew, as its the very stew of creation – well, she doesn’t mind this at all as she is old and sometimes gets to feel tired from her weaving – now, it so happens that in that cave there also lives a black dog, a tricky one this, as he’s looking out for those times when the old lady gets tired……and as the old woman is heading to the back of the cave to stir the stew of creation, that wiley black dog slinks up to her beautiful blanket and, seeing a lose thread at the edge of the blanket, he bites on it and pulls! There he is, unravelling all the beauty that the old woman has been weaving for such a long time, and he keeps on pulling until the whole thing is nothing but a chaotic mess of threads on the cave floor…..well, having stirred the cauldron with the stew of creation to her satisfaction, the old lady turns and heads back to her weaving and at that moment off slinks the wiley old black dog again. You can imagine it….the old woman just stops and stares at the remnants of her beautiful work lying there……well, she thinks for a while and dreams for a while into that amazing chaos of colour until, she sees something amidst the chaos – and, with this new imagining, she sits down and takes up her threads and begins weaving the beautiful blanket once more….lost in the dreaming she never gives a thought to how it might have happened, because the beauty she has within her, her dreaming and imagining, is a power that heals all things…..and as she weaves she sings in the darkness, lit by the beauty she is weaving and the fire that heats the stew of creation……”

We’ll come back to the old Grandmother in the next post, and take a look at her beautiful blanket, the weaving of our ways, and, those mysterious seeds she’s been stirring into creation….. if you find something wondrous and beautiful on your journey, make a gift of it to her – she may weave it into her blanket again…..or, perhaps she’ll give you a taste of the magical stew of creation….

(1) from ‘Blood Payments’ : Sherry Salman in ‘Terror, Violence and the Impulse to Destroy’, Daimon Verlag, 2003

(2) Noam Chomsky : ‘Power and Terror’, Pluto Press, 2003

(3) Michael Meade : from the essay ‘Going on the Path of Peace’, at mosaicvoices.org

 

 


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


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


360º Fahren-Heit

As Mercury runs the gauntlet of the Galactic Center, the Capricorn cusp, the Moon’s North Node, Pluto and on, into the heart of they frey, carrying the message, meeting with first Mars, then Neptune, Chiron, Sun, as he speeds to assist Uranus breaching Aries point before delivering the call to Jupiter at Spring Tide, laughing across the void at Moon conjoined with Saturn on Equinox eve – he prepares the way for Venus to follow – these are the true paths of the planets over the next 3 Moons – a new process has begun and we will not be the first to see it…..

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.” (1)

where-fore, why-fore….T.S. – pealing off the layers of time, you ‘saw’…

….our times?…..for some an echo of the past, pursuing, revealing the inner lack – we run, as if in a dream – ever further, towards the frontiers of our knowing – unable to turn now, turn the now – forgetting our purpose, we accelerate the steepening exponential curve…..

…..and yet, we pursue a phantasm, pursued by a shadow – empty of remembering, we explore, that we might escape our forgetting, feed the lack, until….until, we fall to Earth and, into her, dream once again, remember all – erased of knowing……yet surrounded and, filled with all knowledge, in her lap, her womb, we embrace the eternal, now…….echoes, laughter, trick-ling lights fast returning in the endless pause…..

“Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.” (2)

Synapses fire – raw inner light, lightning seeds in the sap – not seperated, not knowing seperation…..crowned with a halo of fire this Warrior Queen of Life, called Beauty – She loves us, embalms us, annoints us from her own ‘well-spring’ 

……’in-folding’ you say T.S. – full reckoning of sentience in the heart of things – ignited in the lotus wheel – and something grows, something…..turns and wakes as waters break – beyond the veil, another time – pull beckons, now reckoning our time, full term – crowning, birthing wholeness – emergence through the fiery knot – and again, we forget and bite the apple of our mothers nipple – and still, She loves us – small fish grown limbs….’awareness’, spirit lives in matter…..

And Beauty has her thorns – this Warrior Goddess – Wild Rose, five petaled, her symbol. And, every child ‘knows’ there is a star in the heart of every apple! Apple blossom transmuting symbol into heart of succulent fruit – Venus’ dance embodies it – Mercury’s childlike laughter, his pangenic pipes spin their magic, enchanting…

……’and all shall be well’…..within our ‘journey-hood’

For some the upcoming planetary positions of Mars over the next weeks and Uranus squaring Pluto throughout the year are the heavy news – and yet, this other dance described by our inner most planets, Venus and Mercury, who flirt with the Sun and illuminate our inner most workings of heart and mind, they also fascinate, are where the feeling and knowing soul is grounded within – our outer world will test us in this for sure, but, all the more reason to pay attention to the nature spirits, who also reside in the stars, and help us strengthen our own inner nature – the better to meet the challenge.

…the Full Moon comes on 19th January and the Bacchanalia continue beyond – Saturn, stationary, is transitted by the Moon on Jan 25th and within hours goes retrograde – the process turns inward once more – and then, a watershed is reached with the April New Moon when Sun and Moon stand exact opposite Saturn – ‘content and form’, new sap in the old tree, full in the blossom – the process, the dance with Saturn, continuing to shape our inner partnerships, reflected in the New and Full Moons, will continue until the June Full Moon, close on the Nodal axis, which sees Saturn go direct and auger in the Summer Solstice…..

The fire festivals come alive – and ‘Moonfire’ the shaman sings a silver song……

(1) & (2) T.S. Eliot : ‘The Four Quartets – Little Gidding’


ACT II SCENE I

SKELETON WOMAN EMERGES

“I must have hooked a big one – enough to feed everyone for the whole winter…..now, if I can just……..”

In honour of ALL BRAVE SOULS as Mars Pluto and Mercury meet at the critical juncture of the 5th degree of Capricorn the Sabian symbol for which says : “mobilisation of physical and emotional energies in a spirit of conquest” – the key word is “Aggression”

When the hunter started pulling in the line his own greed and vanity surfaced – when the Head of Skeleton Woman broke the waves the hunter’s greed vanished and he fled – but, now there was no escape – the truth had come alive again – the story has it that she had been cast into the sea by her father for some undisclosed ‘crime’ against the community – she survived in the depths and her spirit held firm – it was through the ignorance of man and his aggression that she was rejected – but nothing ever dies, it just changes shape – and it was through the ignorance of man and his vanity that she re-emerged – the tale goes on, but, for now, nothing further need be said……..


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!!