Scene X, Take 2

We are all living with some pretty intense energy this week. Below are two possible scenarios.

Keep in mind: 1. energy is neutral until you direct it; check your motivations. 2. if you have no personal wheel markers within range, you may see this around you but not experience it first-hand; you can learn a lot from this!  3. energy unfolds: if you are newer to conscious co-creative living, your path will need time to de-clutter from the baggage you have accumulated (translation: aim high but don’t expect the effects of your past actions/words to just evaporate; consistent trustworthiness takes time to build).

Scenario A:

You’ve got a plan, you’re on a mission, you’ve probably been thinking about this for a while. But this plan involves other people or resources and herein lies the potential glitch in the works. Its becoming clear that you may not be on the same page as the other/s; the ‘stuff’ you thought you had to work with simply isn’t all there. There’s an undertow dragging on the flow of movement and in some cases, there is an outright mudslide blocking your road. You may feel that you can see how your plan has become stuck but there is more going on than meets the eye. That ‘more going on’ has its source in a sector of your life that has always shown itself to be vague, elusive, lacking concrete characteristics. Your first thoughts are probably to keep ploughing on, maybe even scream and yell. What might be a wiser, long-range plan of action?

Scenario B:

You’ve got a plan, you’re on a mission, you’ve probably been thinking about this for a while. You’ve been trying to use your abilities and resources to build bridges and network through service, compromise and teamwork and now your moment to shine appears to be near. You are aware that others, just like you, have needs and concerns that fluctuate and you are prepared to accommodate this. You realise the difference between ‘no’ and ‘not now’ and understand that time/space is on your side. It’s fairly easy for you to think through possible variations of plan execution that in no way hinder your core concept/purpose. Come what may, you are as ready as one can be.

 

This pings my wheel, specifically my moon (emotional center) and venus (relational values). How are you experiencing this?

– weaver.

 

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Unwiring and Rewiring

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Some time ago, I stumbled upon this little gem in my internet wanderings, as you do, and thought how comforting – and humbling – it is to see synchronicity between 21st century neuroscience and one of the Ancient Ways. Now I’m sharing it with you:

Pema Chödrön is a bhiksuni (Tibetan Buddhist nun), teacher and author. A central theme of her teachings is the belief in shenpa, the Tibetan word for “attachment”, which she interprets as the moment one is hooked into a cycle of habitual negative or self-destructive actions and thought. Shenpa, or getting “hooked,” according to Chödrön, occurs as a response to a comment, situation or other stimulus that is similar or related to past experiences. She asserts that often, the past experiences are negative, leading to a pattern of self-destructive thoughts and behaviors….

Somebody says a mean word to you and then something in you tightens — that’s the shenpa. Then it starts to spiral into low self-esteem, or blaming them, or anger at them, denigrating yourself. And maybe if you have strong addictions, you just go right for your addiction to cover over the bad feeling that arose when that person said that mean word to you. This is a mean word that gets you, hooks you. Another mean word may not affect you but we’re talking about where it touches that sore place — that’s a shenpa. Someone criticizes you — they criticize your work, they criticize your appearance, they criticize your child — and, shenpa: almost co-arising.

 

 

Long simmering issues are now burning the bottom of the pan and it stinks…we think about how we might try to fix and save the situation but it’s either beyond the point of our having any say-so or we know in our knower that it is just plain not the right thing to do for anyone’s sake – certainly not for our own. Or both. And we don’t like it one bit.

It’s such a shame because I/we will simultaneously lose ‘this’ and ‘that’…

If only they could have tried more, given it a sincere chance…I thought everything was fine…well, fine enough. Everybody knows there’s no such thing as perfect.

If only I had understood what I was dealing with in the first place…before the surprise foreclosure notice/having the 2nd child/moving house/major project came along.

If only I had been a stronger person and put my foot down from the start…I should have trusted my gut.

I explained it a million times…I tried to compromise…I was straight up from day one.

Its true, I let so many little yellow flags slide into the shadows.

So much good will be lost!

Any of those sentiments hitting home for you? I am hearing a lot of them in the last two weeks. Actually, I’ve been hearing similar lines for the past few years in a cyclic fashion but those who didn’t feel the crush up ’til now are soundly reeling. Please be kind to everyone you interact with, especially if you have managed to recover, to truly realign. I know quite a few of you have managed this; I am thinking particularly of two brave individuals who I am so proud to know. (Applause!)   Please take note: when you have this hurricane kind of energy channeling with you, it’s more than enough to ‘pass it on’ in kindness as well as fuel your own life.

With Neptune and Chiron in Pisces and a sizeable generation of individuals having Chiron in Pisces, there is overwhelm, fogginess, indecisiveness, retreat and tune-out. I know all about it, myself, and I can put on one hell of a pity party. Because ‘I’m worth it’! And its natural to mourn some parts of the passing chapter. Its normal to feel suspended in limbo.

When you’re ready – or when life insists that you are ready – see if you can locate your shenpa. I should say that I think of this term in the broadest possible meaning that Chödrön might allow. While that’s the negative hurtful hooks, I think its also the seemingly positive ones, too. Ego plays such an integral and central part in our dealings here in the material world. That’s why so many feel the baby is going out with the bath water. Ask yourself to be open to any hook/s you have. Check your memory for chronic patterns. No point in walking around blindly anymore now, is there.

Mercury is moving through territory that it will reverse back through from early trickster_zpse1d6d78d[1]October. In these next weeks, as you talk and communicate, collaborate and exchange, try to really pay attention. The crisis issues, the quagmire, loud declarations…any small voice in pity party moments…may well hold a key to your first steps in understanding how to proceed. Because they will be revisited; you’ll get take two – and probably take three on a scene, clarity in the coming months. This is Shenpa Relationships 101 in the School of Life.

The higher vibrations of Neptune and Chiron are acceptance, peace that passes intellectual understanding, healing through experiential review and wisdom; vibes specifically magnified in Pisces. A perfect recipe for the wounded psyche. And you know what that means: like we always say around here, ‘As above, so below’. That means you can choose to gravitate in these directions. All you have to do is ASK yourself to be open to these qualities. That’s it. And always affirm yourself, warts and all – because that’s the secret ingredient.

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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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