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Nearly two weeks after it started, the fire continues here on my front doorstep. The nightly settling in of the smoke into the valleys gives way to thick, overbearing mornings of enforced quietude as venturing outdoors is a danger to health. Afternoons bring winds that spread the blaze across the face of the mountain here. Firefighters have drawn a boundary zone and have moved on to defend that line, leaving the internal fire to simply consume the forests. It is, indeed, a living entity, this fire, bringing with it the destruction that Pluto exerts upon us all and will continue to do through it’s squares with Uranus that will, finally, end in 2015.
Enduring the phase of de-construction and discovering a “new normal” that will last for a long time after this epoch has passed is our first order during the initial phases of these squares. Those able to engage at the meta-level are most likely to meet these coming years with a sense of balance, fortitude and understanding that this experience is necessary for renewal. The living through it is the test of character, much like this fire has become an annoying neighbor whose presence one must put up with until the neighbor decides to move away. No choice about it at all, except in how one will meet and work with it over time.
I have received many e-mails from others’ commenting on their relationship to the news of this fire. Those that do embrace metaphor and metaphysics have recognized that this burning brings up old wounds in need of new recognition and, ultimately, a chance to finally perish – like writing down archaic thoughts and feelings on small bits of paper and, after reading them out loud and acknowledging their deep impact on us, we throw them into the campfire under a clear, night sky. Those wounds do hurt and it is that pain we must learn to sit with with compassion and patience. Sometimes, those places in us seem endless, much like this fire begins to feel as though it will last forever and I must now organize my own life and continue on with meaning despite it’s presence.
Chiron and Neptune in Pisces at this time are the planets to which we can look for inspiration in taking on the healing of those old wounds. Chiron represents that journey at the individual level, recognizing ourselves and our personal narratives as critically important within a larger context. That larger context is represented by Neptune, one of our gas giants, whose position as an outer planet signals the very large spiritual and emotional changes that need to take place upon our own. We all belong to that whole, yet we will only come to terms with this epochal transformation by reaching out to our own selves, valuing the stories our very bodies hold at even the cellular level, and allowing the wounds of our culture to come to the surface.
Those waters are deep, indeed. Kindness and courage are our best allies as we reach our hands into that reflecting pond, searching the muddy bottom for the detritus we need to hold up in the sunlight in our open palm. It is good to remember, when feeling through that muck, that that is where water lilies’ roots are to be found. Despite its ephemeral, moving and de-stabilizing qualities, there are anchors to be found down there, in the depths of that cool water.
In astronomical terms, a Super Moon means the time when the Moon is in perigee (closest) to Earth and this one is the closest of the year. The moon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than any other this year. It also happens to coincide, almost to the minute and most unusually, with the Full Moon in Scorpio opposite the Sun conjunct Jupiter in Taurus. For those on the East Coast, the time will be 11:35PM this Saturday night. For those of us in the Mountain and Central regions of the US, the moment will occur right around the time of sunset/moonrise. Moonrise is the best time to observe the largesse of luna here, as the terrestrial landscape gives us familiar landmarks to more fully appreciate its truly supersize. That perspective gets lost the higher the moon climbs into the dark night sky.
Tonight is just a night to take a break from heavy meaning and simply enjoy the peak of the Lyrid meteor showers. Get out there under the stars. Invite your close companions, spread out your blankets and chaise lounges and lie down together and watch. Hot tea and chocolate are highly recommended for sharing in the wonder and awe of our physical universe. It’s depth and breadth is truly amazing to behold and, tonight, fireworks from heaven will, indeed ensue.
I awoke last night out of a dream in which I experienced myself as nothing more than a small point of awareness passing through a very brief moment in a particular time in history. Like a small stone passing through our atmosphere. It wasn’t an intellectual realization, but, rather, a kinesthetic and right brain sensation of understanding. A very pleasant, soft knowing of becoming nothing. We strive so often and work so hard here to become something and forget the entire point is to become its opposite. We spend so much time thinking about the world after we are gone and yet, seem never to contemplate the fact that the world has been for billions of years before we ever were. And it did just fine without us, individually and collectively. I think we would all do better if we were to contemplate that larger time frame, rather than our own.
At any rate, such musings are not new and others have written of similar matters before. What was a turning point for me was that one inside of which the gap between intellectual knowledge and kinesthetic wisdom is bridged. That bridge arrived not in the throes of full dream time, but inside that twilight of half-awake/half-asleep space where an easy flow of stream of consciousness can be experienced. It is the space within which the mind can heal itself: allowing the connections between the abstract, non-verbal, right brain realms and the concrete, linear left brain arena to intertwine and weave themselves into the Holistic Mind.
The Pluto/Jupiter/Mercury grand trine in the earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo, respectively) that came into its full strength (using 8 degree orbs) on September 10 and exerts its strongest influence through the 16th of this month is an excellent time to make use of the harmonious energetics of the two spiritual/soul-level planets (the outer planets, here Pluto and Jupiter, which form the major themes of an individual chart) as they channel down into the personal and mundane, here escorted onto terra firma by the zippy activities of Mercury in the areas of communication, commerce and all that moves in and around our lives. With Mercury, these movements occur at both the physical and psychic levels and, with Jupiter and Pluto involved, one should be looking for shifts in our larger spiritual interpretations of life.
It has been just over one year since I wrote a piece on Pluto (see The Love Parade) and this planet’s part in the epoch-defining Cardinal Cross, whose permutations will be with us for many years. In that piece, I reviewed the greek myth of Demeter, Goddess of grain, agriculture and all that lives and grows upon the land, and the kidnap of her daughter, Persephone, by Hades (Pluto). The themes introduced in that piece, as well as those of the configuration of The Cardinal Cross, remain with us. Because we have failed in large part to listen to those thematic warnings, we continue to spiral ever deeper into their as yet unlearned of metaphysical and psychological lessons. Because we have ignored the need to change the physical structures leading us all unto a premature death, we need to descend to a more subterranean level of understanding. We will go there, by fate or choice, but go there we will. So, we’re off on an archeological spelunking expedition to broaden the view of where we are now and, hopefully, alter the consequences of our past and the course of our future.
Here where I live, we haven’t had to wait for the lunar eclipse for daily views of a blood red moon. The burning of the Wallow Fire in Arizona has covered our landscape, two hundred miles away, with a haze that floats like the breath of ghosts around the low trees and shrubs of the high desert of the Southwest. It blots out even the slightest hint of an outline of the sacred mountains here and the land is transformed into a mist that I imagine enshrouds the passage across the river Styx. Both sun and moon glow with fire at sunset and moonrise. The two have become one.
Our world is burning, shrinking, puckering with drought and flowing with lava. So too, are the artifices of a global cultural orientation that has outlived its purpose. This full moon (10:03am EST, July 14) and total lunar eclipse (visible in the eastern hemisphere) finds the Moon and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn. As we all know, America’s chart is all about Pluto in the 2nd house – the house of money and physical possessions. The crumbling of the structures of divisions and control (accelerating now through the adolescent use of force to get one’s way) will continue with quickening speed. The smouldering denoument of this course is unavoidable, as the products of such mindless activities now infuse our food (gmo’s), air (fukushima fallout and CO2 pollution) and water (pharmaceuticals now flowing through our tap water). The contamination is now thorough and uncontainable, just like those nuclear fuel rods.
Since my last entry on the cosmology of Ophiuchus, I have found myself snowed in in my little domain in the desert (always yield to the serendipity of Mother Nature). This event has provided me with some open space to peruse the different narratives being generated by our little astrological/astronomical “crisis,” I call The Ophiuchus Syndrome.
In so doing, it seems a coherence of the different levels of human awareness are emerging out of the cybersphere of monologues, which I hope will lead to a greater understanding of how our collective unconscious moves around and works with issues presented in the material world.
October 31 marks the mid-point between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice in traditional, earth-honoring calendars. Known as Samhain, it is a major nature-based holiday for honoring our ancestors and inviting the dead to visit and advise us. As we move deeper into the season of darkness, which begins at the Fall Equinox, Samhain marks the moment when the veils between the living and the dead are at their thinnest. It is a time to sit quietly and listen carefully to the signs, words and vast experience of the sages that have passed before us, holding the place of the wisdom of death and the contemplation of what has been before the cycle of rebirth and life begin again. It is important to remember that, as we sit and request respectful counsel of our ancestors, so, too, one day will those who come after us sit and request our presence with them.
Living in western societies, which are governed by a primarily unconscious terror of the natural cycles of life, death and rebirth, it will serve us all well to revive and renew a relationship with a force and power that has always held sway over us and cannot be denied despite our best efforts to compartmentalize it in dark rooms hidden behind facelifts and iPods and our ceaseless pursuits of instant gratifications.
Aries is the great initiator, bringing with it new life and light during the Spring. Here, we find its presence lending its driving energies toward new growth even as we harvest the fruits of our summer labors during this Fall Equinox. Remember the rituals you performed during the New Moon earlier this month (see previous entry “Easing up on that T-Square) and allow those confirmations and commitments to seed themselves in your material world. The physical germination of those internal meditations made a fortnight ago is beginning. Ensure that you water them well through these dark months and wait patiently while they gestate in the deep winter earth. The New Moons through the coming months are times to bring those seeds to awareness and nurture them along spiritually. Watch their sprouts emerge when the sun enters Aries again next Spring.
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