Uranus in Aries: The Good Guys, too

One evening while channel flipping, I caught a CNN Ones to Watch segment on graffiti artists. I am drawn to graffiti; it is one of the most real form of (exhibition) art that I am aware of. It never fails to speak volumes to me. Graffiti artists are among the colorful vanguard of Uranus in Aries and many of them are channeling pure positive soul food for the masses in their cosmos. This is true celebrity.

In Portugal, VHILS literally blows up walls to create his works of art upon them, from time to time. If that’s not a counter intuitive approach, I don’t know what is. About VHILS, street artist Shepard Fairey says, “Of course relief sculpture, or things like blowing away the side of the rock to create Mount Rushmore these have been done before, but never in the middle of the night without permission.” 

Shamsia Hassani is Afghanistan’s first female street artist and first 3D street artist. She was chosen to be one of Global Thinkers/Foreign Policy’s 100 for 2014. Her life has been full of heart-pounding, fearful moments as consequence for revolutionary behavior in the established hierarchy. ‘Because some of them do not like art, and some of them thinking it is not a good job for a woman, and some of them think it is something that is not allowed in Islam, they are trying to stop me,” she says.

Chicago-native Jordan Nickel, known as Pose, says, “I just set constant challenges every time I set out to do something, either bigger, better, different — uncomfortable territories — because I feel like pushing myself.” I like that he doesn’t just automatically think in terms of ‘bigger’; sometimes ‘different’ is exactly the ‘push’-direction that ultimately brings satisfaction. And the end result has an impact he can’t possibly know. Ripples of energized intent effecting others beyond the creative moment in Time, just as is the case in our own lives when we consciously step out of perceived stasis and grow.

For all three of these artists, it’s not about approval and their action bears fruit that edifies many.

 I also think it’s important to note that mainstream media can still expose the individual to a lot of goodies in their non-headline news segments. Many of us now get our news from diverse online sources that, to some degree, inform and supplement our understanding of current affairs. I think this forces corporate media to accept that providing the beast a diet of nothing but atrocity makes for a savage beast. Music and other art forms, however, ‘hath powers’ and you want to keep your audience soothed in positive ways. There are still a lot of individuals who, for reasons such as geographic location, psychological mindset or finances, are not exposed to any other source of information than their local TV and radio stations. And I mean a lot in the developed world. So if they are channel flipping, thank goodness they might still hit an uplifting Uranus in Aries program.

Check out the statement prefacing the Global Thinkers 2014 list that includes Hassani:

‘When its history is written, 2014 will be remembered as a year when remarkable individuals smashed the world as we know it—for better and for worse. While some left horrific wreckage in their wake, others showed that a better future demands tearing down foundations and building something entirely new. Disruption, clearly, is not always a bad thing.’

This is a textbook definition of the Uranus/Pluto square. It also defined Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Capricorn on a stage set by Saturn in Scorpio, amongst others this past year.  In 2015, as you become more aware of the archetypes at work around you, you will come to see examples of them, suddenly obvious, occasionally jaw dropping, in words and imagery. This post is about ones I’ve seen that encourage me and so I share it. Keep your eyes and ears open, too, because this awareness can help you gauge and assess your own use of universal currents.  Let’s Co-Create!   HP5823[1]     – weaver More info/contact: elemental.living@yahoo.com   Share your thoughts and/or examples you have noticed…

update per comment below: here’s another example great example! 🙂 ‘A maker, a creator, a DIY-type of person. People interested in self-sufficiency, regenerative development, as well as survivalists. A person who does it because it’s possible. Our goal is to bring the barriers way down to do this.’

The Growing Edge

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Today large parts of humankind mark one of the last of many celebrations about triumphant escape from the clutches of death. Over the last month or so, there have been ceremonies and festivals to mark the return of Spring, of Hope; the end of a long frightening journey through darkness, the beginning of the New; the constancy of the Cycle. Once again, we made it through the harsh storms, the lashing winds, the mudslides, snow falls, the Dark Night…rightly, we proclaim that there IS victory over death.

The Earth, the Air, the Water are bursting with the annual re-injection of Fire and who is immune to that? Whatever traditions your creed or culture employs, happy dancing and faith in future potentials are standard fare. And now comes the significant moment when the group and the individual, fired up with simple yet profound joy in Life, looks to the future, to the horizon, beyond survival; the batteries have been recharged and now to direct this amazing current. To direct the current is crucial. Nobody can do this for you.

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I have been amazed, blessed and encouraged by the experiences of participants in the Aries New Moon Workshop. In the last few weeks, we have set down in image and word our unique personal ambitions and are actively co-creating with this Fire. From diverse walks of life, from various faiths, we are all plugged in to the Universal Flow. We are in it for the long haul. And, wow, are we being met! A much better home found, a new job that is much more aligned to personal passion, a lifting of depression by establishing a do-able daily structure, new and extremely helpful connections – and all of us experiencing a lot of spooky-cool synchronicities and affirmations. Lots of happy dancing!

Rock Steady

As the sun now moves into Taurus, the icon of the Steadfast and element Earth, we channel our energies from the fire of the imagination and desire to the Making and Solidifying of our Reality. We act upon and partake in the beautiful logic built into the Wheel. Now come the days of what will sometimes be thought of as the slog and the grind – but these are also the times when the Energy is abundant for perseverence and faithfulness. We ‘dig in’ with our conscious mind on the prize/s and we take measured strides onward. We intuitively understand the Long Haul and appreciate what it means. All in good Time, we will have opportunity to review, reflect and recalibrate, realign. We understand what it means to take responsibility for our part in making a genuine desire into reality.

Please feel most welcome to join us. There is no obligation (and there never is) to have a peek at which sectors of your life are meant to have your specific focus. Will you be ID-10010163surprised or have your thoughts confirmed? Many of us feel overwhelmed because it seems like a LOT of our life is in a knot…but there are just one or two strings we should be pulling to loose the mess and begin the restoration of order. elemental.living@yahoo.com<

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Fodder for Reflection

 

We live in a world where we generally match like with like. Just look at any online suggestion engine! While this approach is great if you’re shopping for red shoes, if broadly applied, it has the potential to kill the creative innovation that comes from serendipitous encounter and unexpected remixes. – ecologist and network scientist Eric Berlow

 

Look well to the growing edge. All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new lives, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash.  Howard Thurman

 

Myths are often about the inescapable, about the painful discovery of powerful constraints, they dont tend to be stories about people who get away with things, but rather stories about people who try to; people whose transgressions turn out to be a lesson for us all. Oedipus, Prometheus, Narcissus and Antigone all, in their different ways, suffer the most violent of all sentimental educations. That there must be some things that no creature can elude – whether they be laws (natural or moral), desires (variously deemed moral or immoral), or biological limits (the need to breathe, eat and die) – and that they must be discovered, recognised and observed are integral to our sense of ourselves, and the ways in which we question who we are. When a constraint can be described as something else – when the earth becomes round so we can’t fall off it, when the notion of sin is seen as a devious form of social control, and so on – we change our place in the world. When a constraint can be re-described, it can make the world – the way things are – despite our intentions seem more robust, more solid. – Houdini’s biographer, Source: The Idler, issue 32, p. 92. Emphasis mine.

 

 

A Thump in the Night

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Its been quite a psychological ride preparing this post. No wonder sweets and goodies are offered around as one of the traditions for the advent of this season. As the saying goes, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down and the deeper lessons on tap these days is good medicine – if we can just stop fixating on beliefs about the seemingly unpleasant parts of what makes us healthier, more whole. We can be stubborn like that. Entire cultures can become that stubborn. So pop a chocolate or whatever you fancy and read on…

The parameters of our physical world vary from season to season and we prepare as best we can for what may come. In these days, stock markets measure world food supplies and set prices, home owners order heating fuel or start stacking up the firewood. And communities mark the time with events that employ symbols. As the natural world demonstrates, the symbols for these times are about matters we don’t comprehend or even like to think about – unavoidable macro realities that touch each micro world.

Halloween or All Saints Eve

Celebrated all over North America and in many parts of Europe, this night time festivity will be about having fun pretending to be a person or entity – be it a devil or a saint, whichever your culture gives most attention to. Well, we are pretty much all familiar with the marketable version of Halloween but to be to clear about its historical meaning, here’s a link from wikipedia that will tell you it ‘initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. On the 31st, all manner of evil spirit may roam freely; November 1st is All Saints Day and November 2nd is All Souls Day.’

Samhain

Celebrated in places where people have roots in Paganism and Celtic traditions, though there are quite a few in the ‘modern’ world happily adopting or returning to it, its time for this festival. Click below for two lovely posts on Samhain, the annual last harvest celebration and time of the thinning of the Veil between the living and the dead:

Nightmistwalker says, ‘Prepare your harvest. Dig the potatoes, late carrots, beets and turnips. Think about your ancestors and phone the elderly members of your family. Collect the stories to pass on to your descendants. Include the lessons and wisdom that your ancestors have shared.’

Solowytch shares a typical feast – with profound meaning built in –  and other traditions for the holiday meal.

What About the Rest of the Peoples?

I wanted to see what other cultures around the world do to celebrate this time of the earth’s bounty, lessening sunlight and the coming of colder weather. But its a bit more complex than that. For instance, in China it isn’t necessarily getting darker earlier on the day they celebrate one of their major harvests but its still very cold and there is no certainty the crops will make it through heavy rains that can hit right up until the reaping days. I learned that the time of year can vary greatly due to the variety of crops that individual nations consider essential to life. This makes sense, of course, as staple diets will vary by geography and hemisphere. But there was a thematic and elemental connection in every culture I had the time to investigate.

A universal archetype energy flows: the earth giving up its ripened bounty as sustenance and some insurance against the stark possibility of starvation, and the consequent time of the soil resting, has inspired humans for millennia to likewise rest, to honor those already departed and the deities believed responsible for safekeeping the dead – which often also happen to be those able to safeguard food crops.

How cool is that?!

Body – Mind – Spirit Overview

*Beneath the earth’s surface, there is just as much activity as above. And during the night hours, there are just as many creatures out and about seeking their various needs with skills and body parts that excel in the absence of light.

*This activity is mysterious and even frightening to humans who live most comfortably on the surface of the planet employing their optic nerves in the light of day.

*It is to regions below the surface that we see organic life disintegrates. Any walk around a woodland or even a city park can show a creature in a state of decay.

*But animating Spirit doesn’t leave a similar print.

*It is under ground that many civilizations place their dead.

*Our collective imagination is busier during the colder, darker months of the year. During periods of inclement weather, energy usually directed towards moving about on our lands is forced inwards to the regions and reflective landscapes of the mind. Before the relatively recent discovery of electricity, the fire and candle light threw shadows as we sat amongst our clan and our ears carried more information for our brains to process…if the darkening season didn’t come, how much longer might it have taken for people groups to ponder the mysteries of the ‘other side’?

How is it that this child carries so much of the personality of that ancestor? Where are our ancestors now and what are they doing?  Could it be that they can influence the safety of our crops? Or could it be that they can have a word-prayer with the deities that rule this crucial part of existence? And how can we follow the prints of the Spirit…even when its scary?

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While science will tell us that they have no tools for measuring Spirit, there are a solid number of things we can consider and implement to safeguard our agricultural activities. This position, however, does not bring satisfaction. For many there still remains 1. unexplainable personal experiences, 2. the fact that we know we don’t know everything and, 3. the firmly lodged concepts of good and evil or balance and imbalance.

For thousands of generations, humans have used physical-world cycles and symbol imagery to teach our young about how to live in ‘goodness’ and/or ‘balance’. The complex world could always be reduced to a simple polarity, continually illustrated in LIFE. Feeling overwhelmed? Lost your way? Feeling persecuted? Culture says: ponder what you’ve been taught through your histories, myths and sacred stories. Respect your elders, honor your traditions, revere your Spirit/s. Just in case…!

BOO! You never know when ‘evil’ or ‘imbalance’ will strike, do you?

Archetype of the Underworld & Things Unseen

You are reading this in the 21st century and so a lot of these innate drives might feel dead to you. But are they really? If we could agree that conceptually these subjects (and those mentioned in my last post featuring this archetype) are about human beings experiencing the ups and downs of vital issues such as food, co-operation, fertility, health and longevity, and that most final portal called Death, then perhaps we could also agree that they could all be filed in the somewhat same folder: That which we cannot CONTROL.

And that hasn’t ever changed. Not in a thousand years. The way in which different culture groups and individuals approach these issues evolves as circumstance dictates. Nothing lasts forever. Astrology calls this the domain of Pluto.

Honouring the Cycle in Our Times

Lets get back to the reason for this season. Lets forget about the constant drive for the most gorgeous surfaces and focus on the mysteries; say, for example, why fear and ugliness always seem to be linked in our psyches. Lets also marvel at our ability to separate the wheat from the chaff with practice over Time.

The wisdom of the generations who have come before us says that you cannot fully appreciate your daylight if you don’t consider what the dark places and times have contributed to it.

You can’t expect to live in perpetual light. You can’t move your life forward into new seasons if you are stuck fixating on what’s irreparable or unfair with this one. Fear of starvation, metaphoric or physical, will trump fear of the unknown at some point.

So, what have the scary moments taught you about yourself, about life? What did you learn you need to have in a relationship when your last one failed? Where ever you have had the rug pulled out from under you, reflect on what remained. Because that’s what you take forward with you – and you can study it thoughtfully, harvest wisdom and repack your bags.

Dark Truth

We cant know what project, idea, relationship will fail or succeed until we start genuinely thinking about what we have to bring to the table to offer in exchange for what we hope to receive. What’s in your luggage?

I love the latest news from astrophysics: all that dark empty space we gaze upon at night isn’t really dark and empty at all.  Its chock full of suns and their orbiting bodies but you have to fixate your gaze through the right lenses for an extended period of time. You have to sit down and plan to Not Move for a while. Space has properties similar to fabric: texture, weight, stretchiness and bounce. Wow! And we thought is was just nothing but icy void.

Ok, back to our proverbial table… If we believe that its a ‘good’ mix, we know why and we make a plan, we initiate. But we don’t really control. We wont anticipate everything – and neither will others that we deal with. We simply can’t SEE everything – and nothing remains static. And that’s not ugly or to be feared, its just the facts.

If we can relax with this truth, if we keep this front and center in our minds as we proceed, we can forgive ourselves or others when ‘evil’ or ‘imbalance’ rears its head. We can even go so far as to stare the evil or imbalance in the face and take a moment to mentally register the gifts of insight it is offering.

Since You Cant Beat It, Join It

This is a universal human condition; no matter how many millions of a currency you possess, all of the examples, metaphors and symbols for this archetype are about the non-negotiable. Yet, there is nourishment, essential vitamins and minerals under the tired surface and its there for the taking. That’s the wondrous paradox.

Maybe your personal rest isn’t going to be in the coming months; you know your journey. Maybe its coming sometime next year as a project completes. Or maybe you will have to schedule a little bit of each day for a mini-rest. Even if your culture is telling you that its wrong, for one reason or another.

And in good Time, with patience, expect the familiar urges to return in evolved form: Regenerate, re-birth, to soar like the eagles. And that process, fellow harvesters, is a glimpse of what archetype Pluto’s purpose for every human being is all about.

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