Cosmic News August 2011
Something to Look Forward To!
There are only two ways to live your life. One, as if no thing is a miracle or the other, as if everything is a miracle.
--- Albert Einstein
Forgive me that it’s been over a year since I published a newsletter. For me it has been a year of tremendous change and the heart wrenching loss of my first born son. Based on the emails I receive, it’s been a challenging year for many of you as well. Those of you who have written to me recently have noted that Mercury’s retrograde this month has unearthed all sorts of troubling issues. Indeed, the energy out there has been quite chaotic and emotionally heated. Solar activity and geomagnetic storms ramped up considerably this past month and these storms tend to trigger our less-desirable human qualities giving rise to increased irritability, crankiness, impulsiveness, impatience and edginess. In other words, there’s been a lot of drama going on out there. Be gentle with yourself and others.
If you’ve been feeling like you or those around you are coming undone, you are in good company. Freaking out, however, is not the recommended response. From the perspective of the big picture, imagine yourself at sea in a major storm. Accept that maybe the best you can do is just maintain your integrity, composure and focus to best ensure you maneuver your ship so it doesn’t capsize. Additionally, it will be helpful to remember that there is no order of difficulty in miracles. Those are available to us as well.
Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is
demonstrating that you know it.
Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you. We are all learners, doers, and teachers.
---Richard Bach from Illusions
While Mercury is direct again, its retrograde cycle has not yet completed. That occurs on September 10. The most important thing to remember about Mercury retrograde periods is that they are a fine time to draw on knowledge and guidance from within. Mercury gives us an opportunity for careful consideration of all the possible ramifications of pending actions and decisions. We are encouraged to get clear about the direction our life has been taking in the four months since Mercury’s last retrograde period. Mercury retrograde periods encourage us to take inventory of where we are at and to confine our activities to those that have "re" at the beginning of the word. That is, rehash, review, rejuvenate, refine, reflect, repair, regenerate, recheck, reschedule, realign, rewrite, reformulate!
Mercury was retrograde August 3-26, transiting 18 degrees of Leo to 1 degree of Virgo before retracing its steps. The good news is that Mercury is moving forward again but it’s still in the shadow of its retrograde degrees. That is, it has not yet completed its movement back to 1 degree of Virgo. So, there is still opportunity to ensure that your energy expenditure is aligned with the direction you desire to grow your life. It’s possible that you still don’t have enough information or that the information you do have is incomplete or inaccurate for making important decisions or moving forward with new projects until Mercury emerges from its shadow on September 10. As much as possible, continue with your “re” activities until then as you strive for clarity.
During its retrograde cycle, Mercury makes an opposition to Neptune on three occasions. The first two face-offs took place as Mercury entered Virgo and made its station retrograde, July 29 through August 9. This opposition took place first in the signs Virgo-Pisces and then the signs Leo-Aquarius. The energetic impetus in the Virgo-Pisces opposition occurred first and encouraged us to see the order in the seeming chaos. The gift was the ability to see how all the parts constitute the whole. During this time we were able to have an awareness of the big picture while simultaneously maintaining an intense focus on the critical details and being inspired with ideas about how we might best resolve the dilemmas before us in a manner that serves our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of all that is.
The opposition between Mercury and Neptune in the signs Leo and Aquarius had us considering what it means that we are all in this together. Because indeed we are; we live in an inclusive, participatory universe. The focus of this opposition concerns regenerating relationships, beginning with your relationship to yourself. Existence needs your unique, individuated expression to experience is own completeness! So, identify your assets and attributes and make a commitment to yourself to be your authentic best. Let others know who you really are and what you have to offer without demanding that you be appreciated or given anything in return. Engage relationships in mutually good-willing and respectful reciprocity. We all do well to make it a habit to practice the Golden Rule in our relating to the world around us: Treat others as you want to be treated. It’s guaranteed that things will evolve more peacefully in the coming months if we do. It’s good to remember that we all make mistakes and we all say and do things we wish we hadn’t. Mercury and Neptune together inspire compassionate relating.
The third Mercury opposition to Neptune will once again occur in the signs Leo and Aquarius on September 8 and 9 providing us with another opportunity to regenerate our relationships. This third opposition also contains a wonderful opportunity to receive the inspiration that comes freely from the galactic center. These two days provide an excellent time to enjoy a gratitude fest. It’s easy during times of stress to lose sight of what it is we have to be thankful for. But there’s always something and once you’ve identified at least one thing of value in your life then another and another and yet another will come to mind, eager to join in the gratitude fiesta! And soon you’ll be feeling so good that you’ll decide to make gratitude a daily habit.
Mercury’s recommendations then, for these next few weeks, are to continue gathering information and seeking clarity. Breathe. Be calm. Investigate. Stay grounded and centered. Identify clearly what you desire to create from your current circumstances. Stay cool so that your mind can process stimulation through a neutral lens. You will see clearly where you stand relative to any chaos swirling about. Additionally, ascertain what it is you do have control over and let go of the reigns as it concerns the rest.
The Big Picture: the Piscean Age dissolving into the Age of Aquarius
Once you have glimpsed the world as it might be, it is impossible to live anymore complacent in the world as it is
While all sorts of theories and predictions abound about what’s going to happen on 12-21-12, they are just conjectures. The bottom line is that no-one really knows. Most of us might agree that we sense something is “up”. And maybe the most helpful perspective is to reflect on how we might prepare for whatever it is that is going on. I offer suggestions along those lines in the paragraphs that follow.
First, I can talk about what’s going on from the perspective of science. What’s happening on 12-21-12, the day of the winter solstice, is that the Sun is rising in exact alignment with the axis of the galaxy. That is, the Sun is having its rebirth, which it does every winter solstice, but in 2012 it does so while it’s aligned with the axis of the galaxy. So the rare dynamic occurring at the winter solstice in 2012 is that the Sun is aligned with the axis of the galaxy at its rebirth. Symbolically, that’s about an old forms dying and new forms being born—and long ago that’s what the Mayan’s and Hopi’s predicted was going to happen--but it’s also something that I believe has already been transpiring for several decades, accelerating its momentum through time and space, year by year. In others words, we are living 2012 now--old ways that no longer support the good of the whole passing away while new ways are being born. We’ve been growing in our awareness year by year and a new consciousness is being birthed as a result. A new paradigm of existence, a new view of life has emerged and it’s been upsetting the existing patterns that are breaking down as a result.
This is also the time period that the Piscean Age is dissolving into the Age of Aquarius. Pisces is the symbol of consciousness itself. Its evolutionary agenda is a profound change in the way we look at or “see” the world. Through the energy of the sign Pisces, we realize that the only reality we can fully contact and have any power to change, is our own consciousness. Reality is subjective; it is created in our heads. As we believe, think and perceive, so we create. You’ve been hearing that a lot lately and from many sources and for good reason because we are all going to be having more direct experiences of this truth as time moves on. Also inherent to the Pisces symbolism is ego-transcendence and embracing “oneness” or an all-inclusive paradigm. It’s shadow expression is avoidance or escapism—such as sedating our being with drugs, painkillers, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, television, food, activities, sex, sleep, busyness—you name it, any of the things the ego will use to avoid a confrontation with our essential self. It is all those things we use to attempt to fill or distract us from the void--that feeling that “something is missing” in our lives. That something missing is Spirit and Spirit is seeking every crack in our ego's armor to ensure its light gets in. As Leonard Cohen sings, there’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
One of the cosmic relationships that is accelerating the process leading to our rebirth in consciousness is that Uranus and Pluto are orbiting in a 90-degree angle to each other. The 90-degree angle is like having our feet in the fire. It impels us to do something to stop the senseless suffering! This dance between Uranus, the Great Awakener and Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, was initiated in 2010 and will continue into 2016. I sense that this is the time period when planet earth and all its inhabitants will experience life-altering transformation. Uranus, the humanitarian, is moving through the visionary, pioneering sign of Aries. Pluto, the transformer, is moving through the sign of highest integrity, Capricorn. Uranus is the zodiac’s rule breaker. Uranus’ energy is intent on disrupting the established order of things when that order lacks truth and authenticity. Uranus symbolizes inspired leading edge ideas and innovative technologies. Pluto symbolizes death and rebirth and the process of going deeply into one’s experiences in order to bring into the light all that we’ve been taught to fear, loathe and despise about ourselves and the human condition. We are held in bondage by those shadows through our disgust of them and through our fear of confronting them. We’d much rather pretend that they don’t exist. Pluto’s job is to ensure that the energy that gets misplaced when we attempt to keep those shadows locked away from our conscious awareness is once again allowed to flow. Both personally and collectively, all long standing habits and patterns and attitudes that don’t support wellbeing are coming to the light. Pluto allows no keeping of secrets that undermine the wellbeing of the whole. Uranus is known for pulling the rug out from under our feet to ensure that the old gives way to the new. And many of us have seen evidence of this process occurring—in our personal lives and/or in our collective lives. Advice? Don’t hold on. Surrender to the process. It’s okay to let go. When we surrender we can count on Uranus to inspire us with brilliant insights and solutions and we can count on Pluto to enlighten us with meaningful ways to restructure and regenerate.
If we look at cycles of growth throughout history, they show us that chaos always precedes the significant breakthroughs that create a new order. I believe that what is at the roots of the new order, is our remembering that we are eternal beings having a human experience. We are each an individuated expression of the one life force energy, whatever we choose to call it. We are all in this together! That’s the mantra of the Aquarian age. Existence has given each of us a unique individuality and it’s only in our conditioning to the human experience that we become identified and chained to a personality imposed from outside that represses the individuated wholeness we are in our totality as spiritual beings. And all suffering is rooted in that forgetting of our true identity. This rebirth is simply about becoming conscious of our inherent identity. This simple shift in our perceptions enables us to witness the multi-dimensional dance of energy that has been the one true reality all along and that proceeds on an entirely different level from the reality we've been used to perceiving. If we have been paying attention as Mercury has been encouraging us to do during its retrograde cycle, we are having direct experiences of how truly we are the creators of our experienced reality—both personally and collectively.
The Aquarian age brings the possibility to experience diversity and contrast without extremes in polarity, separation or suffering. All that Is exists as energy in motion. It’s inherently neutral and it remains inherently neutral until it “matters” to us—that is, until we judge it. Preferences are not a problem but judgment is. Judgment engenders suffering because judgment excludes. From the perspective of the oneness paradigm, all is allowed and we only engage where we are moved to participate. As the Piscean Age dissolves into the Aquarian Age, we are remembering that we created it all and therefore it is within our power to recreate it more to our liking. Aquarius honors the freedom of every one to choose their own path and to be and express their unique individuality. Aquarius delights in a round world populated with pegs of every shape and size. Diversity and contrast are welcomed as sources of inspiration, genius and the seeds for new possibilities.
What we’ve learned during our adventures in the Piscean Age is that the Presence, the God-Force, the One Life Force that animates all that is, is within each of us, like a personal sun, pure energy pulsating, giving us a steady and consistent flow of vitalizing nourishment, always available and ready to inspire solutions to every problem. Each of us is participating in creating our collective reality and we each make a unique contribution that creates something greater and more beautiful than any single one of us could do on our own. I once heard it described as like a flower, whose wholeness is even more beautiful than the sum of its parts while enhancing the beauty of each individual petal. All we have to do is participate in a manner that lights us up, nourishes wellbeing and makes us feel good to be alive. Such participation is guaranteed to contribute something precious to the whole. Participation though, requires awareness; requires being awake and choosing and responding from that awake state. Begin now to participate consciously and fully with that which enhances your life. Be willing to be more open to life’s possibilities. Be willing to take risks, to trust life, to really feel life, to really feel the vibrations all around you in all life forms. Let life in. Be immediate. Live each day to its fullest.
You might also enjoy meditating on this assertion:
Our deepest fear is
not that we are
inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that
most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually,
who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your
playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing
enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't
feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. We
were born to make manifest the glory of God that is
within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in
everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we
unconsciously give other people permission to do the
same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our
presence automatically liberates others.
Now is an excellent time to open a dialogue with the planet(s) being contacted in your own chart during this exciting time in human evolution, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment to have an astrological checkup. It will be my pleasure to be of service to you if you’d benefit from having astrological coaching into the specific dynamics involved in your personal process and journey. It’s also an excellent time to give attention to writing your personal screen play or script. Identify the ingredients that would constitute a high quality life experience for you. If you can imagine it, it is your destiny to experience it! What roles within the collective will it be your joy to engage? What sort of experiences light you up when you engage them? Claim your unique purpose on the stage of life—claim the roles that are uniquely fitted to you. Let your light shine and encourage others to shine theirs.
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