A Rebel for Your Own Cause

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Uranus is the Freedom Fighter and the Liberator. An outer planet archetype*, it’s agenda will come to pass one way or another. At the moment, its half way through its trek in the domain of Aries: for several years now, its been getting personal.

The following are some key words for Aries, an archetype that we all have ruling (applying primary influence on) an area of our life and, to some degree, thereby influencing others. These descriptors will also apply to the natal Mars placement, albeit constrained by the influence of the domain in which it operates.

physical      of the body      proactive      Me, Myself & I     high octane      instigator
sexual/sexy       egocentric      desire-driven      emotional       brave      spontaneous
confident      quick-healing      restless      independent      invincible       self-determining
resilient       of great physical strength or will       ‘no baggage’

self-gratifying       impulsive       irrational       thoughtless       abrupt       rude/crude
rough in nature      unwise       foolhardy       competitive       amoral       easily provoked

Pretty disconcerting for the general population that just wants to get along, right? Its true that in these days when so many of us live in ‘civilised’ communities wherein Law is kept and due process is a right, the Aries individual is considered an unsavory character. At the very least, keep that ‘soldier of fortune’ or ‘warrior without a cause’ on a very short leash.
I once heard a descriptor phrase, though, that really stuck with me: that very first beat of the heart in an unborn child, the very first electrical pulse that kick-starts that tiny being’s journey towards some sort of autonomy: that is Aries, that is Mars energy. Wow, right?! How crucial is this kind of energy that flows through every one of us.

Its also true that you might be someone who needs to seriously work on your abilities to100_dragon-free-vector-image-l[1] consider others before you act, to stop putting yourself or others in dangerous positions, to get a grip on your temper, to stop cutting off your nose to spite your face, etc. but man, once you channel that warrior spirit in positive directions, very little is going to be able to disrupt your trajectory. I desire that I am!

Just a couple hundred years ago, survival required, needed, demanded Aries energy in it’s purest sense. Today, it continues that there must be the will to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I think nowadays, for most readers here, those with a strong Aries/Mars signature should certainly make time for physical activity on a regular basis – of whatever kind that brings emotional highs. However you channel it, its key to feel that you have conquered, prevailed, succeeded.

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Sidebar: I often talk about my own Mars, in another fire sign (!), and how I have had to repeatedly learn to channel it well or I am certain to say or do something stupid. My current prescription is hiking foothills. For ME, this regimen ticks all the boxes so that I can bring my best Libran qualities to the rest of life. I give the lead to my Mars energy for an hour or so and what’s left of it (yep, there’s some left) goes peacefully, proactively into the work that my intellect cares about.

This can be tough during the winter months and like most everyone else, I dont always want to put on my shoes and go. Further aggravating is the Saturn/Neptune square which is having a profound effect on me (how about you?). Think descriptors like: warped sense of time, foggy minded, less firm self-authority/self-discipline, an increased desire to be alone, hesitancy to commit but also stunningly spot-on chart readings, super spongey empathy, an ability to teach/relay information in an intuitively based manner that just works. And on top of all that, thank goodness, is a very weird peace that passes understanding when it comes to all of those negative decriptors. Oooph!

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Of course, your prescription will match your placements. If your character is more inclined to nurturing and providing ‘abiding presence’ or inhabiting the realms of higher thinking, it is possible that there is simply less inate martian energy to keep in line. You may work on a building site or dance for a living and thus use your Mars quite effectively. Just know this: when Uranus was/is/will be triggered during its journey through Aries, the ‘cleaner’ your Aries is, the stronger your vault will be. Because thats what this transit that astrologers have been talking about for years is all about.

Somewhere in your life you will be able to literally break free from a debilitating influence or pressure being exerted over you against your will. On some issue or theme of issues in your life, you will strive to take authority; you will wage war and be victorious. The thing is…we are talking about Aries, here…you do NOT want to jump from the frying pan into the fire!

I know some of us have done just that. You won the battle but it seems you have lost the war. Ah, take heart: one of the somewhat hidden beauties of life is that when you get it wrong the first ‘x’ number of times, you can count on getting yet another chance to fight again. Battlegrounds are never pretty – and that’s an impetus for keeping your

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weapons clean and your strategy upwardly mobile. Uranus wants to take you towards your future better Self but this energy must operate within your Aries/Mars.

Work on your demons, exorcise your ego-bound fears, swear your allegiance to the Golden Rule. Emblazon a working mantra on the screen of your mind (Maybe just pick one of these for starters).Every time you screw up, regroup and reset your Self. And Keep Marching.

 – weaver

p.s. you might like this conversation about the inner life of a rebel from On Being.

*for more on Uranus, request the transcript for the 11th House workshop available at the end of the month.

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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 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.’

What Would A Jupiter Archetype Do?

I opened a webpage this morning and couldnt help but wryly smile and nod at a quote from John Brockman in Der Spiegel:

“We are at the beginning of a revolution. And what we hear from the mainstream is: “Please make it go away.”

Yes. That’s how I am feeling today. Now, to be fair, the first part of that quote is, “The great questions of the world concern scientific news,” and he would probably be annoyed at being referenced in a blog that discusses astrology and other immeasurable pursuits in science-arts. That’s ok; it’s still a nice springboard. From my perspective, the great questions of the world concern not only science but also ethics, philosophy, religion and economics and they are all in the cauldron on the hearth fire of the macro cosmos, a great simmering mess mix, and the steam settling on the micro level often leaves one with no appetite whatsoever. Aren’t we due for a pit stop?

You know, there is the image people have of you and then there is the actual ‘you’. The image that I (and probably you) project is a mostly unconscious veneer of positive, approachable personableness. And I consider this projection to be valid: it is your character, your personality, finding its way through your journey’s experiential history book out into the world of the material System wherein we are conditioned from birth to ‘play well with others’ and master an understanding of our place in the hierarchy. People think I am great. 🙂 They don’t imagine that I have any problems, or at least not any big ones. I seem to have my stuff together. I love this. In so many of my interactions, its crucial that others perceive me as fully present and attentive to their situation exclusively. Its my job and I take it seriously. 99% of the time, I love my job.

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But I think it may also be part of my job to remind others that this veneer is not a true representation of my reality all the time. Yes, I do know what is going on, for the most part. Yes, I can see the flow of energies and yes, I do generally live in the stream. But guess what…sometimes the stream changes tempo without warning even for people that have a good map – otherwise lessons and gifts wouldn’t sink in so well, you know? There is no crystal ball. There is, however, break time!

A Good Laugh at ‘Perfection’

A few days ago, I was giving a Here and Now reading to two women who have been friends for a long time; they wanted to be present for the other’s reading, too. We sat together at the dining room table. (I should also relay that both in this island’s culture and in my personality, the idea of a strict 30 minute or hour reading is just not going to happen. It takes as long as it takes, to a great degree, for several reasons, not the least of which is that English is not the mother tongue of most of the people here. And you know how one answer can open up ten more questions..!) Long story short, in this relaxed setting one of them said, well, I would like to know what you would do if you were me – then they both started laughing – as she continued that I, of course, wouldn’t have any problems to deal with. Then it was my turn to laugh. I said that I certainly had my issues to deal with. I pointed out that a common recurring theme for her was kind of similar to one of mine. I explained a little bit about the way I was working on it and then showed her the tailor-made method that her wheel was offering. There was an ah-ha moment and the two women beamed at each other. For a moment, they just stared and nodded at one another, clearly thinking about details that hadn’t been shared with me. A plan was forming. I smiled and moved the reading on. But the look on their faces when they realised – on a conscious level – that my life wasn’t ‘perfect’ either stayed with me. Now, we are consciously all in this experience together and it brings mutual appreciation and respect.

It happens all the time to me; maybe it happens to you, too: an incidental proof that My Life and what I project are by no means consistently one and the same. Overall, I think its a good thing for us to be able to compartmentalise appropriately. Can you imagine the alternative? Initially, my ego was quite chuffed that these women had me on a kind of ‘graceful survivalist’ pedestal. But to let them continue thinking that this was an accurate picture of me all the time would have been a sin – on all three of us.

Nobody’s life is perfect. Ah, before that spontaneous ‘duh’ comes to mind, think about the people you would categorise as having a perfect life…oodles of money, a great faith, star status, perhaps a natural skill or gift…And think about why that is. It is very

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important that each of us has a person or persons that we admire and aspire to be like. Its a fundamental universal application of archetype hierarchy. As DVF likes to say, ‘The success of every woman is the inspiration for another’. Just remember that it’s all relative, its all a matter of perspective, and fairly often, its a matter of the artful use of smoke and mirrors. For the ones that give you a positive influence, remember them in your thoughts and/or prayers. Me, I am lighting a candle for each of my role models today and wishing them strength and peace. I am also going to light a candle for myself, come to think of it.

Now here’s the thought I want to leave with you: more than likely, YOU are that positive influence in someone’s life. Remember that to maintain your shine, you must take an occasional time-out to pamper the Real Whole You, imperfections and all. You can recharge/reflect/heal/edit – and thus avoid conking out while on stage.

And on to The Astrology…

There is so much Fire and Air! You should read this as Action, Advanced MentalExchanges and a desire for Fun & Games. We have the Sun, Venus and Mercury skipping through Sagitarreous – this is brilliant party energy no matter what dragons we haven’t figured out how to defeat as of yet. We have the slowly separating vibrations of the full moon in Gemini: a tidal wave of thoughts and ideas either coming at us for integration or that we are projecting. Now, Sagittarius energy is famous for hoof-in-mouth syndrome so try to think before you speak. In this festive environment, it might seem impossible to hurt another’s feelings but we have Chiron (representing a painful experience meant to make us wiser), just going direct, in Pisces and that means we are All vulnerable. The overriding message here, however, is NOT to let a painful incident stop us in our tracks. Make a note of it for your next pit stop, by all means, but keep moving and grooving. Yes, this also means fake it ’til you make it, if need be.

Keep expanding, experiencing, interacting and partying. These are heady days meant for higher networking; in a seeming paradox, it is the exchanges you have with others that will produce the fuel/the take-away message/the impetus that can be optimally channeled into defining, growing and maintaining your autonomy and self fulfillment.

For a more personal look, contact me on elemental.living@yahoo.com

 – weaver