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10 Billion Beats 2012

The 10 Billion Beats global drumming event of 2012 is this year taking place plumb on the September Equinox – as we move deeper into this time of great transition there could not be a more opportune moment for bringing a powerful wave of peace and goodwill to our home planet. As 2012 comes to completion through the last quarter of the year the calling is in ‘bringing the highest and finest qualities of these momentous times into manifestation’, and this years 10 Billion Beats is an energetic gateway to the harmonious and timely realisation of this call.

We should be under no illusions about the potential of this global drumming event. For a start the timing of this year’s event ties it into the solar cycle aligning the wave with the annular creative cycle of Earth. This gives our drumming an extended reach and potential in time that will accompany us all the way through to the much anticipated 2012 December solstice, and beyond. How far beyond depends on how we work with the energy raised, the quality of consciousness brought to it now, and this includes any intent we bring to the drumming. The timing also brings out 10 Billion Beats syncretic qualities, unifying our diversity and placing the event within the ‘bigger picture’, connecting our drumming with the archetypal qualities of our times…….as the drums call around our Earth, Sun culminates in Virgo and enters Libra, and we celebrate the ripened harvest in the north and the flowering earth in the south. The energies of this time are rich in possibilities.

The Virgo/Libra cusp perfectly expresses a significant station in the human life cycle as well – the transition made by the individual ripened through experience into the sharing of the fruits of wisdom within community. There is a correspondence here between the energies within the earth cycle and the calling that is being asked of us collectively to manifest. This is very much about our transit into maturity as a species and it is in essence perfectly in keeping with the ‘elder’ time, the time of year in which our connections with the cosmos deepen. Within the bigger picture ‘community’ here means both those collectives formed through harmonic resonance and the larger community that extends across time, space and dimensions.

Through alignment with the solar cycle 10 Billion Beats 2012 gives us an opportunity to collectively entrain our inner vibrations with those of the planet, the solar system and the Sun in harmony with the greater cosmic processes at work now. This is about working with energy that generates momentum…….

And, talking of momentum…..last years event attracted approaching a quarter of a million participants and, with numbers increasing year on year, in 10 Billion Beats we could well be seeing the beginnings of an important global healing practice emerging. It has been said that it takes only 8,000 people working together energetically with a shared intent of this nature to manifest the most significant change in the world, change that affects the entire planet, that can have lasting effect for the greater good – last years event saw 25 times that number taking part, with over 200,000 people drumming globally. We should expect this number to increase again this year, and, with this the unity and continuity of the wave increases as well.  It may well be too early to say, however, what is emerging in a new form is already a part of a tradition with roots as deep as humanity. We are seeing the emergence, in Martin Prechtel’s words, of ‘new sap in the old tree’. And here, intent is everything…..

IMHO I feel that Carlisle Bergquist and the organisers of 10BB have pitched it just right; there is a global invitation to drum made in the spirit of ‘peace and goodwill’ and the invitation is left open – we bring to it what we each choose……take some time to think on this and the message in the poster. The event offers an opportunity to go far beyond this……

When a group of drummers get together the pulse they create carries a dialogue that speaks the language of the soul. In drumming together we recall an innate gift, as old as humanity, that allows our souls to speak freely with each other within the energetic matrix of Life. Drumming is, in this sense, re-membering. Music motivates at this level, but, when allied with ‘sacred intent’ or when held within the spacial contours of ceremony rhythm and pulse also provides an energetic drive that activates meaning and carries us beyond the physical boundaries we normally experience – when we remember in this context our connectivity carries a restorative as well as a generative ‘soul-making’ dynamic. This itself is a dynamic intrinsic to the Virgo/Libra cusp. At its highest level it is an energy point, like the descendant in the natal chart, of activation within communion.

In the transit from Virgo into Libra we find the culmination of the inner path of individuation transiting into the outer, the initiates path entering into the adepts and our highest levels of achievement becoming shared. These can become naturally nucleated within the collective and this finds symbolic representation in the ‘harvest’. One of the keys to understanding this transition is provided by the Sabian symbols for the degrees that form the cusp, the thirtieth degree of Virgo and the first degree of Libra.

The Sabian for 30 Virgo speaks of the quality of complete focus and it is this that brings about this ‘culmination’, which is akin to the decisive step taken by the initiate at the entrance to the holy ground. Decision of this kind, once made, becomes the backbone of intent. We face these moments of decision at all the major crossroads of our lives, but, if we are to live consciously and with intent, as does the adept, these moments fill our lives. Humanity is at that crucial point and we are being called upon to make the decisive step into adept-hood and maturity. Can we once more recognise our home planet as holy ground……

The Sabian for 1 Libra speaks of the quality of ‘making’ sacred – when living with intent the divine is not simply a given, it is a collaboration and partnership, or better, an affiliation and friendship. How would it be if we rcognised our ‘beloved’ in Nature….perhaps a rhetorical question for this event? The heart is the natural center within our physical frame that regulates the manifestation of this dynamic of connectivity. And, every heart beat echoes this dynamic, literally embodies it – the mutual symbolism of drum and heart beat is a potent reminder to us. Even more so through the evolved part of our beings that we express – there is a richness in the rhythmic cadence of our stride as we ‘walk our talk’ and in the steps of our personal ‘dance of power’ as we mature and let go into the greater rhythms of Life. It is a dance and dialogue built upon experience that can be perfected through pure mindfullness and love, and its realisation is every individual souls gift back to life. If the coming solstice marks a point of transformation it will be realised through our ability to give of this gift, personally within the collective – but, it is also crucial to us building a community capable of transcending and evolving beyond our own limitations.

The planetary affiliations of sign and ruling planet are revealing here too. We normally associate Venus with earth and Mercury with air, yet Mercury is the traditional ruler of Virgo and Venus ruler of Libra – the mutual receptivity of their rulership within the elements mirrors and is expressive of this energy of affiliation and is unique to this particular cusp.

……..as we approach the solstice, following the Sun’s journey from Virgo through Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius, the energy raised now follows a path of awareness, piercing the veil of the physical, deepening as it creates new connections –  permeating the intelligence of the emotional body awareness becomes a power, bringing the opportunity to mature beyond the physical, before entering the spiritual realms of pure intellect and re-birthing from ‘the heart of the world’, the center of all manifestation, into the generative physical realms of Capricorn. The next 13 weeks give us the opportunity to align fully with this process and through the drums affirm an intent that will help us to do so. But, there are yet deeper levels available to work with here.

With the opening of the drumming we find the Moon, corresponding to ‘the People’, conjunct the Great Attractor in mid-Sagittarius. The GA’s influence gives us the view beyond the horizon, the future we dream of in our innermost selves. The seed dreams embedded in the energy of every participant are connected down the line over the 24 hours of the drumming. At close of drumming the Moon conjuncts the Galactic Center and grounds this influx of dreaming through the energies of the cosmic womb. This may be very subtle and esoteric by nature and appeal only to a few, but, even a small percentage of all those drumming can make the difference and it is the power of the essence carried within the dreaming, its qualities rather than quantity that matter most.

Before drumming this year, since it is ‘this’ year, take some time to consider an intent that arises naturally from the cornucopia of your own innate gifts, that arises most strongly in your heart, and that you can give through your drumming, as a gift to the world…..and give it your all…..

here is the link to the 10BB website

see you there!

In Peace, R

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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……..


10 Billion Beats of the Heart

Well, a year has passed since we gathered to create a synchronous wave of vibration around our home planet and the 10 Billion Beats call is going out once more to pick up the beat and drum! Last year on the 16th of September Carlisle Bergquist and the 10BBs crew rallied us to participate in a sonorous global shift for realising heart centered healing through our drums – 16th through 17th September 2011 is our date for renewing the wave – follow this link to get the full details.

Drumming is ‘energy work’, working with the power of vibration and rhythm – we can change the state of things, as well as our consciousness, through this medium, and what we can achieve now is unprecedented. We are greater in numbers and the message that 10BBs is supporting is growing and spreading. We can see the same message emerging globally in many different ways, so be creative! Every energy wave that we create now increasingly carries the power for transformation.

When we pay attention to something it changes – we can change its state, its structure and its energetic expression – but, this is very old knowledge now being explored through new science and metaphysics. Our times are primed for a big shift however, the current conditions on earth are unique, and these are conditions that accelerate change. We have entered an exponential trend that is pulling our awareness into transformation. Our awareness is growing. Collectively we are entering a new phase of our human development and history. It is a time for global co-operation in bringing the changes we most desire to our life-ways and relationship with our home planet. With this in mind 10BBs looks all the more important this time around. Global Drumming is a way of energetically paying attention to our fundamental energetic Earth matrix….just chew this over for a moment……

How each of us work with the drumming will be as unique as our selves, but, we are in the midst of a field change that our drumming will feed no matter how we work – so, pick up your drum, bring out your creativity and take to your feet, or let your spirit ride your drum’s dancing hooves. Whatever your delictation let it come from the heart……this way we will all bring genuine healing into this world. We do not have to have the ‘right ideas’ for this to happen, its not about ideas or thinking, its about being true to ourselves, authentic, genuine. From this place of personal power we can work within context, should we choose. We don’t have to look far to find a context that is relevant to us as individuals.

We are working within a field of growing mutability; old (………) structures are challenged, the world is becoming more fluid, and, if we have a mind to we can let our turbulent times teach us. We can clearly see that much of the challenge is for us to change how we consciously work with energy and power. This means revising how much our transactions define our relationships. We know that we will have to change our consumer ways – in fact, we have already become addicted to blind consumption, our lives literally being devoured by this rogue culture we and our ancestors have created. Over and above our everyday consumption of power and the debt of pollution that this creates, our relationship with nature rests upon this – providing we are not following the scientific fundamentalism that says science will provide the solution. There is another way – human nature and Nature moving into unity requires a deeper understanding of who we are and where we have come from than simply replacing one consumer model with another. When we can re-member what gives us life we can learn about our interrelationships – this way we all evolve as we learn, consciously, spiritually and physically. Everything is connected. Imagine then what happens when the global drumming includes the re-membering – it feeds those changes in our relationship with all that gives us life and, if we really want to get to this place, we must come from the heart. The heart is the place of our deepest memories……the seat of our indigenous soul.

When we bring energy to that place we create a re-volution within ourselves, and for there to be any genuine revolution it must start within – otherwise we tend to lapse back into the old patterning and amnesia. This is our opportunity to break the pattern……..

Our re-volutions here are evolutionary, gathering momentum that is bringing change through infusing our indigenous souls with new energy – and drumming is a powerful vehicle for this, pulsing energy into our earth matrix as well as our hearts. It is also dimensional, an immense opportunity to send prayers to the spirit worlds, to express our passion and commitment, and to ask for help. In our drumming we encourage the fire at the heart of our global community into life, and drumming brings the energy of our own center fire alive within our own heart – try stopping your body from moving in the thrall of an insatiable rhythm. When we work from this center we are in balance and connect. So, 10 Billion Beats is very much a part of this, creating an uprising of sap in the world tree; it is a re-surgence of our humanity.

Can we be audacious and claim our vision here and now?! Some would say yes, others that we’re not ready, others that we do not share the same vision……I would say no one person is wrong. What matters most is when a significant number are right, that is to say feel right within themselves, right in the sense of being genuine. So, if you have a vision why not claim it and feed it into the drumming?! Talking of visions……

I took a look at the stars for this years event…….what came through is a journey. We start at the heart of our Solar system, and from the Sun travel out towards the stars. With each planet as a way marker, a personage, this journey has a different feel to it – see what you can find en-route – here is the sequence……

….given that 10BBs is happening on the same days as last year…..

….the Sun has returned to 25º Virgo; bringing the ethos of ‘service to humankind’ into our drive for thoroughness in carrying tasks through to fulfillment – the accomplished healer.

Moon is at 23º Taurus; natural processes are refined through our creative abilities, embodying our innate genius and gifts – the inspired artist.

Mercury is at 15º Virgo; balance achieved through consciously consolidating the inclusive healing values of ‘leaving no stone left unturned’ – the truth speaker.

Venus is at 4º Libra; spiritual communion with kindred spirits around the center fire of compassion as we enter untrodden pathways – the sacred fire-keeper.

Mars is at 30º Cancer; the challenge of release from the constrictions of traditions while carrying forward their highest values and expressions – the mentor.

Jupiter is at 10º Taurus; willingness to see both sides so that we can bring an altruistic expansion of healing to those in the dark and understanding to all – the seer.

Saturn is at 18º Libra; awareness of consequences as we take the risks necessary to realise our deepest convictions and bring transformation, embodying a shared purpose that transcends ego-driven gains – keeper of natural law.

Chiron is at 2º Pisces; gathering the medicines and knowledge needed for survival and protection – the keeper of sacred lore.

Uranus is at 3º Aries; the agent of change through which the innate power of the whole initiates enlightened transformation – the avatar.

Pluto is at 5º Capricorn; sustained use of physical and emotional energies in the spirit of purification, solidarity and unity of purpose – the spiritual warrior as alchemist.

Neptune is at 29º Aquarius; accepting initiation and joining in sacred company within the realms of higher consciousness – the initiated elder.

A company of 11, the number of mastery and movement to the higher level – a pathway initiating a journey from the heart of the solar system outwards into the greater community of the cosmos…..here the signs, Sabian symbols and planetary signatures are given roles that embody their energies at the time of the drumming. I have used the final phase of the drumming for the timing as this will complete the energy signature of the wave. The narrative must be supplied by each of us, according to how we relate to each of the planets. This is nearer to the oracular style of divination, but, it is certainly not the usual method of reading a chart. Take some time to follow and explore this planetary path and notice how their roles and sequencing resonates within. The return journey helps image the incoming energies as they enter our solar system’s spiral path from the galactic realms.

It is enough in itself, but, then, the planets have a voice of their own. So, here are the most prominent aspects between the planets, continuing the approach. As we look at the aspects we’ll stay with these roles and expand upon the dynamics they are emphasising through relationship……

Sun opposes Ceres – the earth mother is at 24º Pisces emphasising our Dharma as the path to realising oneness with the Earth. With the Sun in opposition she asks us to balance our self healing with our role as healers. Here is a mandate for our personal work as well as the role that each of our individual drum-beats can carry…..

The Sun is also involved in a yod – Sun sextile Mars, both quincunx Neptune. When mentoring and healing are brought together in energising relationship here they find expression through the initiated elder. Ceres role will aid Sun in this and bring the healing capacity within mentoring to a higher level, more fitting to the Elder’s role – it may be that the time is coming, with Neptune turning direct and heading for Pisces, that the energy we initiate now will help us restore the valued role of the Elder. This in itself a sign that inspiriting and transformational changes are at work, and there are many stepping up to this particular plate in our world right now……..

A second yod is formed by Mars sextile Venus, both in quincunx to Chiron. When the energies of the sacred fire keeper and the mentor activate each other they find expression in the keeper of sacred lore. Venus is bringing the unifying consciousness of the goddess, the fires of awareness that are at the heart of all things, into energised relationship with the guide to maturity – she enables this guidance to marry our innate gifts with the divine feminine creative power and here we re-claim our rites and rights as guardians of sacred lore. Our future may depend upon our ability to bring balanced male and female energies into these roles, they protect and preserve our future, and from these we can build its foundation within community……and, a little side note on Mars as mentor – here is the person who has seen lifes battles and knows how to heal them: with Venus carrying the eternal flame his mentoring becomes illuminated from within, he compliments Pluto’s role in forging the heart of the sacred warrior….Chiron’s healing abilities are directed at the heart, the seat of wisdom and the soul……

Venus role comes to the fore again in opposition to Uranus. The elightened energy and otherworldliness of the avatar finds direct corresondence with the spark of life, the central fire tended by the sacred fire-keeper – the opposition is a conduit of fire from the source, embodied here at two extremes, a symbol of kundalini as awakening cosmic energy uniting root and crown. When the electric nature of the universal energy of creation is realised all becomes connected, we realise our interconnectedness and goddess consciousness becomes manifest…..we are on the verge of this breakthrough, everything is pointing towards it…….

….it is held in balance within our world by our ability to work with the role of spiritual warrior as alchemist – Pluto squares both Venus and Uranus. This is helpful in understanding the energies that this role is challenged to work with. Fire is essential to the alchemical process, both for burning off the impurities and heating the elixir. The balance is exemplified in the current upsurging of passion for change that clears old regimes and lies within the human realm and within the activated energy field of the earth – with Pluto at the balance point we know this is a process that will completely re-structure our relationship with ‘power’, both human and natural. Our world work depends upon the balanced regulation of the fires, timing and modulation of intensity will determine whether the fire we work with has predominantly creative or destructive effects……..Pluto’s alchemy is our transformation into the sacred warrior…..cleansed ofour destructive ways, carrying the sacred fire in our hearts

There is an interesting correspondence between this drumming event and the last – in both instances the Moon is trining the Sun. In the first, last year, the Moon was approaching fullness – this time it is in its third quarter. We have moved on from the youthfull phase and are ready to birth – at a soul level this is speaking of embodying our innate spirit and fulfilling our soul path. As co-creators we can bring healing into our world and participate in evolution – our individual souls purpose rings with power through this and the vision we hold shifts with it. It helps to think of our purpose as mutable – when we came into life our personal story, our soul seed sung from the spirit world, gave us the songline which would help us orientate along our life path. We know when we are deviating from that path, feeling it at a soul level, but, as we follow we also learn how to navigate. As we grow in maturity (which is different from aging!) we can develop our path and become creative with it – in this there is a balance between fate and destiny. Collectively, we must turn to Saturn to help us understand how this dynamic is present with us in the drumming.

Firstly Saturn is conjunct Juno – she is at 17º Libra. Juno is the healer of relationships, but, she also takes past actions and deeds very much into account. At this degree of Libra this role is expanded through remembering crises from the past that can inform the corrective wisdom of the future. In this wisdom we can re-build our relationships and this is especially important to creating a fair and just society. With Saturn she is saying ‘be aware of your mistakes in the beginning’, an ancient and pithy Chinese saying that is associated with wise rulership. It requires risks to change, to be creative and to head into uncharted territory, and with Saturn sextile the North Node this becomes the leit-motive for our collective soul journey. Our challenge is openess and honesty where there has been deception, especially where this damages our relationships. Think about this in terms of governance, use of power, ecology and social diversity…the message comes home. But, we can achieve this…..

As if to emphasise the matter Mercury squares the North Node – only with complete and open knowledge we can bring balance and a solid foundation to our collective journey – our honesty supports our integrity. In waning trine to Jupiter Mercury, our conscious awareness, has become charged with deeper insight and his challenge to us is to carry this forward. Embodying this is our starting point.

At the outset of this years drumming the Moon is conjunct Jupiter. By the end of the drumming she will have progressed into exact trine with the Sun. Between these two points in time she will form a yod with Saturn/Juno and the North Node. In mundane astrology the Moon is the people – the healing vision that Saturn and Juno are re-enforcing the North Node with, our path to a collective destiny, can become manifest and we can energise it at the very heart of our drumming. At 18º Sagittarius the North Node has an uncanny relationship with Jupiter – Jupiter rules this sign so this is a powerful confirmation for our soul journey. The 18th degree also speaks of expansion into the ‘super-physical’ realms, beyond matter, dimensional and galactic by nature, but, the emphasis here also falls upon safe practice as we do so. Again, balance, within dynamic relationship, is key. Saturn and Juno fund this with their unified wisdom. To  freeing ourselves from poisonous habituation and enter the unknown, we must be wise to our past mis-demeanors as well as responsible for our journey – there are no passengers here……..

There are many strong people in the world but no-one is more powerful than a person in possession of self-knowledge. Although our course is still as yet unknown, each of us has a vision to contribute, of who we are and of where we could go. We have not yet achieved a level of unity in consciousness in which our evolutionary potential can be realised collectively – we are still learning, but, our learning is an exponential feedback loop that is fostering the awareness necessary. How we change will now also become increasingly energised by change itself. As we transform we achieve integrity, in both senses of the word, and realise in ever more tangible ways that we are all a part of one organism. To me, the roles that the planets have revealed in this special moment suggest that we are fully capable of following the initiatic path to completion. It is a path through which we can find and embody our roles as sacred warriors, each with our own unique experience and gifts to offer the world. That we are able to do so, as a collective, depends very much on clearing the wound we have created, of poisons of our own making, both environmentally, collectively and individually – this means living responsibly, and making our every action count. More than this, it relies, with all its implications, on the fully conscious realisation that we are capable of changing our world, and ourselves. The sacred warrior is the archetype of one who has realised the transformative power behind their life experiences and transformed themselves through initiatic immersion in their sacred flames – one who has forged a new spiritual body .

In the times of our ancestors, specifically here in the ‘western world’, where the path of maturation and the initiatic rites of passage were once a part of our active and pervasive traditions deeply embedded at the heart of our cultures, they are now embedded within secular everyday experience. They are  largely de-sacralised and therefore made impotent and incomplete. At the same time, the wisdoms of the mystery schools, the mystery of becoming empowered through initiation into the living knowledge, has become overlayered with and buried beneath our everyday world experiences. We experience and have built a culture based upon an exile from spirit. Our culture itself tries to assuage the hunger that our souls feel through this. A paradoxical malaise, and polarisation of consciousness has grown out of this, and yet, although we may not live within the consciously realised circle of their cultural matrix, the living energies of our initiatic path live on within – they speak to us in our dreams, with the language of our spirit dreaming, through our creativity, in life’s cycles. It is natural that they do so – we are nature too and these are natural energies and cycles. We are still seeking to bring them out, to re-member them and give them new form. Realising our own role of sacred warrior enables this – it is natural for us to connect with spirit in the heart…..to let spirit sing through us,  songs that carry innate memories, vibrant even now with life force and vital to our well being, but also a part of the larger evolutionary process……..but, hey!….there’s nothing like a good rhythm section to bring a song alive…….

……..every beat of our drums at 10 Billion Beats is a pulse that drives the soul vessel of humanity forward on our journey towards claiming our true gifts, as sacred warrior guardians of the Earth Garden – as initiates within the community of the cosmos. What a year we have had – what a future we can now drum up! Listen. Earth is heaven……..how we experience heaven is in our own hands. Lets drum!!