You Didn’t Miss the Boat

First, a little preface: hello, everyone and how was your eclipse season experience? Mine was quite a doozy in mostly positive ways and it means that I am struggling to get into this space when I’d like to. For instance, this posting has been simmering since the 6th of the month and now I have a lot I want to say about Mars’ movement into Capricorn. I will just have to keep in mind that we are never really ‘late’. Do stay in touch! 

Several people have told me that they are worried they missed the ‘real point’ meant for them concerning the three squarings of Neptune by Saturn. I am thinking perhaps there are others who feel this way and I want to say this: you didn’t. I will even take this a step further and say: you couldn’t.

Foundationally speaking, lets keep a few things in mind. Neptune is an outer planet signifying generational effects. This means that, for the individual, the concept of All-oneness is a gently seeping while-you-aren’t-looking kind of phenomenon. Unlike Saturn, teaching lessons through ALL the aspects of survival every 28 years, Neptune takes a substantial lifetime’s worth of Time.

For this reason, we say that it is Saturn that moves in and out of challenge points with Neptune. Neptune simply is. It is what exists outside of Time, beyond the veil, in the prickling of the hairs on our skin in certain moments. In contrast, Saturn dictates that there are seasons, times for beginnings and endings, times for fact-checking the practicalities of making our dreams a reality – or we would be wasting our precious and finite incarnation.

At those times when gravity-dense Saturn comes into aspect with Neptune, your reality picture can get soggy around the edges of the areas of life where Saturn is transiting. This cannot help but also reveal/inform your natural style of building a life. Should you have natal planets in this range of degrees (in your Sag house) or in frictional aspect to this range of degrees, you are going to experience more than soggy…you might even experience a tsunami of sorts.

So…if all you felt was a bit of uncomfy dampness which you took care of…well then, you will have simply but clearly been given what you needed: an upgraded download of wisdom about (1) what it means to balance what inspires you to build and what you can reasonably build, and (2) insights into human nature in these Times and over generations of past and potential future.

It is good to remember that astrology is a highly individualistic science-art capable of relaying a unique message to the one and only you and simultaneously to All of Us. Some messages are whopping headliners and some are at the bottom of page 4. This squaring transit that astrologers spoke of concerns All of Us: this generation’s migration wave experience is the most easily noted. But also, Saturn will aspect your unique Neptune placement at regular intervals and many of the lessons that you read about and/or personally grasped during this time – from Autumn 2015 and into ‘the fallout’ months to come – are going to be helpful.

No way did you miss anything! You are exactly where you are. 🙂

Go, Mars in Capricorn! (which means ‘go after coming up with a solid plan’, btw)   And happy new moon in Libra, boot camp graduates!

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We Are All Nomads

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screen shot featuring postage stamp series in honor of the World Nomad Games

 

The World Nomad Games are happening September 3 – 8th and I am thrilled about the whole concept. Rooted in ancient cultures that respected their environment as they moved from settlement to settlement, bringing goods, services and news, these Games will once again celebrate  humanity ‘above national and religious divides’. Logo designer, Mairamkul Asanaliev, has beautifully captured the spirit of this venture.

There will be ceremonies, festivities and genuine fashion, culture and food shows illustrating the function behind the form. As we 99%-ers attempt to navigate a global 21st century, these people groups offer subtle wisdom and advice on how to integrate the uniqueness of The Tribe with ever widening exposure to and awareness of Others.

In what I like to think of as an Eastern version of modern day Olympics, the Games will feature competitions in 23 kinds of ethnosport with male and female athletes from 40 countries. I was surprised to see many competitors are coming from the States, Poland and Israel – even Peru and Argentina –  to name just a few. Major archetypes featured will be the strategist, the wrestler, the archer, the javelin thrower and, of course, the horse.

Regular readers here will immediately appreciate why I am so pleased (and would love to go!) about this event and want to get the word out. This is a wonderful expression of the energy on tap for all of us in these times. It is my hope that just a visit to the Games’ amazing website will inspire individuals on their personal journey – fire up the creator and hero in all of us. And should you go, I want to hear all about it!

Be well, fellow nomads *and don’t forget to pack water 🙂 *

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p.s. and if you plan to be in Paphos, 2017 European Culture Capital, you can actually stay in a beautiful and authentic yurt located in the scenic and secluded Scarfos Bridge area. Meet your host, Pawel, here!

Heroes in Training

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Stoking the Forge

The archetypal trend front and center now is Mars. I’ve shared about the qualities of this Action Fire Element (Aries) and Fixed Water Element (Scorpio) in past posts listed at the bottom of the page. Currently, the focal experience is it’s retrograde through Sagittarius.

This indispensable force will take on interior-related forms which may be helpful to vulcan_PPRubensimagine one would find in a finery forge or smithy workshop: the hearth, the fire, the anvil, the hammer and tongs, the cooling vat and the blacksmith, who by blood, sweat and skill brings forth lasting, useful works. Mars will be spending an inordinate amount of time (its been decades since we last experienced this) hammering away on our psychosomatic state of Being. Between now and July, we’ll be on the anvil and swinging the hammer.

For a more modern cast and scene that highlights exterior-related forms, we can imagine ourselves as battle heroes in training…

‘Stand Down, Soldier’

Objectively speaking, this is good; subjectively speaking, this may feel like trial by fire. Just remember that Mars can be is egocentric: the sparks from your forge work should not catch your neighbor’s house on fire. In fact, the single most important feature of this span of time seems to me to be about how well you can contain your experience when appropriate. Until we get the hang of this energy and its effects, beware of being the cause of division and strife. Realize that your lessons are not someone else’s – unless they say so, too. (There could easily be group or network building involved.) More good news is that the energy is on tap for doing just that. If we will take the time to periodically de-clutter our minds, focus on our unique skills and receive what’s swirling around us as purifying rather than personal, we should come out the other side a veritable special ops Marine grad.

I imagine we’ll see all sorts of metaphors for what not to do with this energy playing out on the macro-level, but its vital (pun intended!) we take up arms with as much wisdom and foresight as we can muster on the micro-level. How this plays out for you can’t be addressed in a post (click here  and scroll to the Here and Now option for your personalized reading) but I can surely give you some pointers to come back to from time to time…

Battle Plan:

  1. Below is a by-no-means-complete list of Mars characteristics through the signs. Still, it should get the mind going. I tried to come up with a few higher and lower vibe examples. It’s a good starting point for thinking about how you use your life force. Just like your heart beats without you even thinking about it, Mars is a reflexive primal energy; civilization forces the individual to become conscious of and temper it. I recommend that you reflect on characteristics (and others that come to mind) from your earliest memories to the present. It’s quite telling and usually affirming to reflect on how you have learned to manage desire, how you differentiate between needs and wants, how you have evolved in going after what you want. (This list will work for fire sign suns, too: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.)
  2. Note your Venus placement, too. Guess what? The highest vibes you’ve mastered in relation to material goods, ethics, morals and reciprocity will be outstanding tools for tempering the rage of an injured ego. What’s really personal and what’s just baggage that has nothing to do with you? (or them, if its you on the warpath)? What do you attract?
  3. Remember that the key to navigation throughout 2016 is flexibility. Through emotional floods or intellectual tornadoes, that which bends does not break. Whatever the goal or destination may be for you, expect to arrive via currently unforeseeable paths and turns and know that this is part of the grand plan. You shall still arrive. On that note, I want to add something I have found quite helpful: if you possess a great deal of mutable energy (and/or your sun sign is Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces), don’t assume you are so flexible. Does this energy govern an angular or succedent house? If so, it will necessarily carry some degree of that archetype. I have an 11th house mutable party going on all the time and rarely feel stubborn-ish in these matters – but I am!! Sure, (I think) my ‘bend arc’ is quite wide…but red lines are there, some for the good and some not at all. Awareness is an enlightening thing.
  4. Saturn, the Teacher and Taskmaster, is housemates with Mars. This can have a sobering effect. Think: commanding officer tells cadet, ‘Stand down, soldier’. There is something here for you to learn; learning requires a cool head and maturity. Muster as much of this as you can when someone starts pushing your buttons. Try to start each morning remembering this. This energy is on tap for every one of us. And Saturn guarantees concrete rewards upon graduation from boot camp.

 

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Mars through the Signs

Mars in Aries: survivor, explorer, unbridled sensory seeker, ‘no baggage’ pro-creative Ego; group dynamics-challenged, childish, discontented.

Mars in Taurus: in it for the long haul, dedicated/fixed, invested in concrete results; obstinate, inflexible, sluggish

Mars in Gemini: social instigator, team oriented, hungry for knowledge; prone to rivalries and competitions, overbooked, a forest rather than a few trees

Mars in Cancer: defender of the nation/tribe/family unit, warrior for feminine issues, powerfully intuitive; passive aggressive, hyper sensitive, invested in ‘traditional roleplay’

Mars in Leo: pro-creator extraordinaire, protective, magnanimous, a leader/champion; divo or diva, reckless, hot-headed

Mars in Virgo: champion for the underdog, employee of the year, service and reliability incarnate; self-made doormat, manic-depressive, blinkered

Mars in Libra: instigator, social networker extraordinaire, interpersonally bold; bickering, caustic, self-sabotaging

Mars in Scorpio: transformer/revealer, super concentrated/focused, magnetically oriented, seductive; winner take all, uncompromising, cruel

Mars in Sagittarius: fearless pioneer, adventurous, ‘wide open’, warrior for justice; lacking empathy/compassion, sharp-tongued/TMI, overcompensating

Mars in Capricorn: calculating, consistent/constant, charismatic; comparison-driven, dictatorial, ‘tradition-locked’

Mars in Aquarius: fighting for collective advancement, challenger of status quo, innovator extraordinaire; dare devil/fringe surfer, interpersonally insensitive, party of 1/aloof

Mars in Pisces: servant-warrior, master healer/energy channeler, purified Ego; lacking direction, defeatist angst, subject to exhaustion/illness

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Further related reading on Neptune and the Oak:Kepler_Mars_retrograde

Scorpio for Self Analysis

Thoughts on Will Power

Uranus in Aries: The Good Guys, Too

A Rebel for Your Own Cause (more Aries descriptors)

Between Stimulus and Response  (Pluto)

Psyche Analysis (Pluto, Mars, Psyche)