Psyched…under an Aquarian Moon

Street Art in Pano Paphos

Street Art in Pano Paphos

I am awfully glad the moon has moved into Aquarius…I mean, really: this simple elemental shift has been like a millstone lifted. What a whopping time it has been. The lovely Venus Jupiter conjunction has happened in my 10th house of career/reputation/public square. This means that for weeks, the spotlight has been growing exponentially on me, my ‘public square’ has expanded and filled with positive, fruitful and impressive interactions and one would think that would be great. And it was for a while. But then, as soon as I became conscious of it, it wasn’t…! I feel like I am in the middle of a physics experiment that I still grapple to comprehend: the viewer of a phenomenon alters the phenomenon.

This is strange behaviour for a 10th house Leo but I have always been like this. When I think too many people have started to look at me, notice me, rather than or more than my ‘message’, I’m gone. Is this self-sabotage or necessary protection (or variously, one or the other) and a dozen more neural wirings as well? When I am in the blinding thick of it, I don’t care. I quit Society and focus on work and sanctuary. This makes sense for a Cancerian MC but still, a Leo that quits…is an underdeveloped Leo.

For the last couple of years I have been studying the asteroid archetypes, sometimes intensely but mostly as an aid in coaching and reading. After all, a lot happens when you get intense and then you have to just allow for the internal processing, yes?

first days above ground for a pink grapefruit tree

first days above ground for a pink grapefruit tree

I was introduced again to Psyche this morning (astronomical number 16) via an article I came upon – that I wasn’t looking for at a great place to learn about the asteroids – while surfing opinions on the current (mostly negative) energies. And this time, I was ‘hearing’. I cast my wheel to include Psyche and guess what? Venus has just passed over my natal placement and Jupiter is now right on top of it, expanding its importance, driving home the necessity for some serious attention: I can’t keep doing this – or at least, I can’t keep mindlessly doing this.

I will be thinking and meditating along the lines that I have to work with. And these lines are available to every unique one of us. What does it mean to have a natal placement of Psyche in Leo in the 10th? And transiting Psyche is currently in Taurus just shy of the 25th degree. That puts it exactly on the cusp of my 8th house. If you are a student of astrology, I bet your mind is just bursting with potential descriptors! And, of course, there are other important angles to further flesh it out. Believe it or not, I am super psyched about what I will learn. 😉

And writing about this, I am struck by the thought that I am putting my Psyche in the spotlight…whoa! But it serves my message, you see. I think with all the Pluto/Mars tug of war going on in the Real/Physical World, the Aquarian moon gives me an indifference that is delicious. All of Us is so much more important than Me and if I have inspired you to check in on your Psyche – in this era of Great Rebuildings and as the Sun crosses the House of the Psychic, then mission accomplished on multiple frequencies. Work smart, not hard.

The Micro/Macro Stand-Off

So, the moon in Aquarius gives us SpaceTime perspective and if you can feel this, you can visualise your Self distancing from Chaos. You can make real in your mind’s eye the panorama of this scene or sets of scenes on the stage of your life, rather than focus on the moment a power-sapping remark or action was made.

we hand-fed this youngster, fallen from the nest, until he was ready to set off on his own.

we hand-fed this youngster, fallen from the nest, until he was ready to set off on his own.

If you have felt at the mercy of happenings in the Capricorn area of your wheel, the Aquarian Moon will aid your Sun/Mars Intimate Circle themes by offering the reminder that it takes two to tango and you can go solo for a while or only dance with the ones you can relate to. And not just for your sake, perhaps, but also for theirs. There are auto-cyclic patterns that run through these scenes but we can’t see them up close.

You are more than this moment in time – and if you have been The Jerk, then know this is true for you as well. You are a sum greater because of your fractured parts; you are grace unfolding when you remember what is real in SpaceTime. A new moon in Cancer approaches…

–  weaver

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If you enjoy noting macro examples of the current energies, check out Greece (Mars/Sun) vs. the Euro Bank (Pluto). Seek alternate sources of news for a better overall understanding. Do you predict a ‘no’ or a ‘yes’ vote? Does it matter?

Other Macro archetypes rising: Women/Female Influence. The letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law.

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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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The Traveler’s Essential Tool

…Evolution comes via the new which often means we must endure the unfamiliar. We have to try knowing we could well fail the first few times; we will not be graceful, cool, in control of the outcome. Our feelings could get hurt, we might look stupid; our imagination is certain there is a level of danger involved…

Compass

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The north node (NN) is a consistent beacon on your journey of growth. It travels your wheel of energy and can often be counted on to represent the area of your life that makes you squirm uncomfortably when you contemplate the need to make a change of some sort, be it with a relationship, mindset or material issue. The reason for this is simple: no one wants to give up the safe and the familiar…even the dear old ball and chain.

From day one of life, we adapt to a pattern and continue on to eventually become our own pattern maker (At least, that’s the plan). Our rising to start the day, the activities and responsibilities we carry out, the people we interact with, the goals we work towards, the morals and value system we develop dictate what we come to expect experientially. We make choices and decisions that favour the least disruption to routine, resemble most closely what we currently know as ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’ and thus, we insure that we evolve at a somewhat controlled, incremental pace for the sake of keeping our proverbial boat as steady as possible. After all, slow and steady wins the race, right?

Right. Generally speaking. There could be all sorts of static and/or discomfort in some areas of your life that have nothing to do with you or your issues. We all know what it’s like to walk innocently into a situation and get blindsided by someone on a collision course with personal demons. But how can you know when this is the case and when it really is a message for you? And when you are repeatedly experiencing friction or a brick wall and your kneejerk reaction becomes just about identical every time but doesn’t solve the problem, can you step outside of yourself and get a refreshed perspective? Yes. Check out your NN.

The NN in astrological energy is all about your path of evolution; the essence of what you are to grasp and achieve in the life of your mind/ body/spirit. Philosophically speaking, one could say it’s your reason for being. Evolution comes via the new which often means we must endure the unfamiliar. We have to try knowing we could well fail the first few times; we will not be graceful, cool, in control of the outcome. Our feelings could get hurt, we might look stupid; our imagination feels certain there is a level of danger involved. The thing is, there is no other way forward.

Sidebar: Free Will says you don’t have to move forward. You can stay where you are – or move sideways. You can even eventually fall in love with your pins and needles, if you like. Or come, over time, to believe your will was overruled by someone or something else. These choices are all about atrophy – and that brick wall, on some level or another, is your self-fulfilling lot…

But, on the flip side (there is always a flip side), the new could be brilliant. You have an optional way of thinking and working that, like a gift, is presenting itself to you. It’s just that you don’t yet recognize it as yours. Think of it as your very own personal compass. The traveler’s essential tool.

Upside: If you will be open to your ‘true north’, as it’s also called, you will find that you get to move quite a few spaces forward on the board game of life. It’s like rolling double sixes.

Walk this Way

Walk this Way (Photo credit: haemengine)

With the NN transiting Scorpio, we can all apply the archeptype spectrum of Pluto to the subject as applies to our unique wheel. Pluto is dramatic and its spectrum of metaphors runs accordingly. It is known as the Destroyer and the Phoenix rising out of the ashes of the destroyed. It is the Gatekeeper of Secrets and the Relentless Seeker. It is the Predatory Yang and the Seducing Yin. The Healer and the Grim Reaper. Pluto is all about power-connections: in money, sex, valuables, information, access and the fruits of its manifestations are all about motive.

This archetype energy allows for no compassion in its divine mission to expose what a person is all about. The phrase, ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’, is a pure Scorpio saying. But then again, so is the saying, ‘Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back.’

At the moment, the NN has just 4’ to go in my 2nd house. The 2nd house is about possession, both tangible and intangible. It describes the Self’s relationship to its possessions or lack thereof, what those possessions fulfill for Self-identity and the level of importance they carry. The central message for my life journey at this time can be found neatly encapsulated here.

There are a myriad of issues in my public and private life that vie for attention, tapping on various parts of my pattern and getting the responding tweaks. For some time now, my pattern has been feeling more and more constricted. I could easily tell myself that it’s because others are acting a little oddly or out of character. A lot could be blamed on power hungry municipal employees. I could tell myself that it’s down to loss of momentum in the local economy and that the buzz in the air is about everyone having to have a smaller -but still merry – christmas.  I could rationally deflect and it wouldn’t be a big deal. In fact, it wouldn’t be inaccurate. Like everybody, I’ve got lots going on to distract me. But that wouldn’t be the full truth; symptoms are not the root. And it wouldn’t be the optimal perspective I have the opportunity to focus on now. My neatly encapsulated message is presenting the chance to evolve towards my future via my possessions and the meaning I attach to them. If I can come to healthy terms with my real-life, actual, physical, beloved baggage, many of the side issue preoccupations would become either easily dealt with or, in the end, inconsequential.

I can be supportive and helpful as others deal with their issues but I am responsible for

The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest on ...

The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest. Photo credit: Wikipedia

my own. And right now I have an Everest mentality, as pertains to my material possessions, to climb (Pluto says, ‘Hell with climbing. Knock it down flat!’ Uh, no thanks, not just yet…). Scorpio is ‘fixed emotion’, by the way, so that’s how I view what I possess. I have a huge amount of sentiment and history attached to most of my things…it’s not about money-value for me at all…I can defend my position well. Of course, Pluto doesn’t give a flying hoot. Energy is energy is energy. What happens to all that sentiment and history if you don’t have the physical reminders? Does it just vanish, stop being? Well…Somehow it seems to be less validated…and my memory likes prompts…and all of these things are so functional, too…its not fair.

Intellectually, I understand that there are Truths here; that the sooner I get them integrated, the sooner I can leap forward somehow (even that isn’t quite true: it’s clear how I would move ‘forward’) – and I am sure I will get them… Some transits are harder than others, aren’t they?

In what area of your life is the same old – same old response from you just not cutting it anymore? Where do you see that growth needs to occur but you just don’t want to go there?

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