Saturday, December 20, 2014

Out with the Old Cycle, In with the New

For the rest of the year 2014, it is vitally important to focus intention on releasing/tending to what's left and clear space for what's ahead, especially on the New Moon/Solstice. Why ? Because we are now at the end of a 9-year cycle (2014 was a 9 year) and will be entering a 1 year: 
1 + 1 + (2+0+1+5) =  10 = 1. The universal year is always calculated including the first day and month, as you would a birthday.


In Tarot minor arcana, the 9s signify a build-up of energy that is slightly past harvesting (8) stage, over-ripe. If the accumulated energy is left unattended, the burden carries over into the next cycle, the 10s. 
In numerology, we don't use '10' per se, as it is not a master number, so it always gets reduced to 1. But when applying Tarot, both 'octaves' of the number are taken into account. So, in Tarot terms, next year is a 1 (Magician) year, but it's also a 10 (Wheel of Fortune) year. 19 (The Sun) also reduces to 1, but the new year date doesn't add up to 19, so only 1 and 10 are used.

9 signifies the end of a creative cycle, loss, a gestation period. It's a number of both inclusiveness and aloneness. Think of Pluto, in the 9th sphere, or the Hermit (trump 9), who seeks wisdom, alone, so as to teach others. 1 is newness, independence, inspiration, ideas, ego, the individual. The Magician is not wise like the Hermit, but he's clever, quick and eager to learn. Very Mercurial. 

Ceres, in Sagittarius until January 8

Considering the fired-up planets (Uranus/Aries, Jupiter/Leo, Saturn/Sagittarius) that will be starring in 2015, it will be a very firey year, full of new changes and magic. You may have already felt this brewing for a while, but were too weighted with heavy Saturn/Scorpio matters to give it much attention. If those burdens are still a concern, deal with them right now - don't ignore anything pressing from Saturn, because when the Karma Lord retrogrades back into Scorpio this Spring, unfinished business (the nature of which depends where Scorpio is in your chart) may dump mud on your flames of enthusiasm. Saturn is not being a jerk, he just really wants us to be done with stuff, once and for all. 

To assist us, Ceres (see image above) is currently conjunct the Moon and Sun in Sagittarius, but if it is still simply not possible to sickle the cycle at this time, then consciously accept that you may have some extra whatnot to deal with next year, and commit to it. The good news is, it is never too late to change or heal.

And, in keeping with our cardinal theme, February 19th will enter in the lunar Wood Goat/Sheep year. Seems like a good combo for keeping the fire both fuelled and tempered. (Fire is a good servant but a bad master). Keep your eyes on the prize, say "yes" a lot, and take practical, optimistic steps toward your goals in 2015. 

Happy Solstice ! May it bring you solace.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

From Scorpion to Centaur - Old Devil Saturn Transforms, Dec 23

Saturn, planet of hard lessons, karma and restriction, but also maturity, acceptance of limitations and responsibility, is now in the last degrees of Scorpio. The last degree of a house/sign, for obvious reasons, carries a sense of urgency, emergency and finality. Hence, it is often called a 'critical degree.' Afflictions, stress or change occurring here can feel like imminent death. (I have Virgo MC at 29 degrees - do I know critical ?)

Franz Von Stuck, Sisyphus

Since Oct 2012, when Saturn entered Scorpio, everyone's been having a rough time, it seems. It's been quite a slog, like one, mass, Saturn return. Not only that, but the mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn (and Pluto square Uranus) brought some heavy-duty, power issues to the world stage. We asked what is power, where does it ultimately come from, who the hell gave it to you and how can I get some ?

Scorpio is the sign of deep, still water, secret dark places, domination, secrecy, sex, revenge, psychology, hidden afflictions and everything taboo, but also of healing, higher love, resilience, hidden knowledge, creativity, magic, nature, death and transformation. Scorpio's traits and effects are intense, never half-assed. 

Saturn-Scorpio brought many of us face to face with our deepest fears, and the more we tried to escape, the tighter it's coils wound, like the Chinese finger trap. There is  just no way around this combination of planet and sign - thou shalt not pass. Indeed, at 29 degrees, the tightly coiled snake about to strike is an apt metaphor. The energy is very concentrated, with tension brewing beneath.

Odilon Redon, Haunting 

Countries that are under the influence of Saturn have restrictive governments or class/caste systems. Scorpio, similarly, can rule by fear/intimidation and secrecy. The financial crisis in Russia is a direct reflection of Saturn at the last degrees of Scorpio. And the sinister hacking of Sony by North Korea, another. Fear is the word. Incoming, replacement word is faith.

Saturn is heavy, lead, and Scorpio is deep, dark, stagnant water, so we can anticipate some relief from this morbid feeling, on the 23rd (aye, the 23rd!), when Saturn moves into uplifting, optimistic (?), far-seeing Sagittarius for the next two years. If anyone can turn lead to gold, it's the mutable fire sign. 

Icon of Archangel Gabriel, 'God is my Strength'

Don't expect problems to magically disappear, but do expect to be better armed and ready to take them on. Sagi is the spiritual warrior and knows that death is not the end, that it means change and brings freedom from bondage. So while medical conditions, debts and totalitarian regimes won't dissipate overnight and freedom is likely to feel restricted (travel restrictions, for example, and those issues yucky to Sagittarius, like commitment and responsibility), we will have the faith and confidence now to work though Saturn's lessons and power will be gained through knowledge, insight. Because if there's one thing the Sage loves, it's learning and thereby overcoming. Everyone get yourselves a wise, old, Zen master, right now, or summon the guru within. Prepare to launch out of the murky depths, to the end of the 'known' universe, on a long leash. Stay focused within Saturn's realm and the leash shouldn't bother you, too much. We'll have the opportunity to test our new skills, from mid-June to mid-September 2015, during Saturn's retrograde, when he crosses back into Scorpio.

Renaissance 'Lovers' Tarot card, Trump 6

Saturn, aka Lord of the Rings,  resides in the 6th sphere from the Sun, thus is governs all things having to do with the number 6 (like beehives, crystals, benzine rings). In numerology, Tarot and astrology, 6 is a harmonious number of relationships, work, responsibility, service and giving. It is concerned with the immediate community, not so much humanity at large. But since humanity is composed of smaller communities, we do our work within them, toward the greater good. 'Think globally, act locally' is a good Sagi-Saturn slogan. Saturn's idea of freedom is that which comes when one has mastered responsibility.

Saturn-Sagittarius will likely 'enhance' the Chiron in Pisces healing experience, too, since Saturn and Chiron have a close relationship, and Chiron is also the wise centaur. 

Odilon Redon,  Centaur Reading

Always take note of any especially vivid dreams you have, when a major planet transition happens !

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chiron - Part Three of Three - The Chiron Pisces Return (Take the Quiz !)

(Parts One and Two can be found in the March posts of this year)

Do you belong the Chiron Pisces family ? If so, you may also be part of the 1960s, Pluto/Uranus Virgo conjunction (opposite Chiron, and possibly Saturn) crowd, too. Some of us are engaged in a triple Chiron return, due to retrogrades and it's really activating the opposition. Recently, we also had our mid-life Uranus opposition, when Uranus was in Pisces. It's been a heavy  time for some, with individual and collective soul merging together. We need to take a deep breath and revisit where we came from. Hard to be objective here, but maybe sharing my own experience, thus far, will be of use to someone. Moon is transiting my Chiron this eve.

To start things off, here's little multiple choice quiz, to see how much of a watery anthropomorph you are…

1 - My parents are/were:
a) married to each other   
b) divorced from each other and/or later remarried  
c) divorced from previous marriages   
d) soul mates  

2 - I feel a profound sense of guilt if I (choose all that apply):
a) accidentally hurt someone       
b) accidentally step on a worm    
c) use plastic                                
d) eat too many cookies               

3 - When a beggar asks me for spare change, I:
a) feel compelled to buy them a sandwich       
b) politely decline, then reprimand myself harshly, for the rest of the day  
c) try to determine whether or not they will spend it on drugs, first   
d) ignore them, it's their karma    

4 - Mary Magdalene was:
a) intimate with Jesus
b) a whore   
c) a saint   
d) a subject of 'The Da Vinci Code' 

5 - Were I to conduct myself purely out of selfish indulgence, I would likely:
a) set a bad example 
b) lose good friends and/or job  
c) feel empty inside  
a) wind up in a hospital, jail or mental institution  

6 - The dark cloud that often hangs over me is due to:
a) bad things I may have done, in the past   
b) having not prevented others from doing bad things, in the past   
c) the fact that bad things happen   
d) I do not have a dark cloud hanging over me because I'm on Prozac   

7 - My favourite Beatle is:
a) George, duh !   
b) Ringo  
c) John    
d) Paul   

8 - I would only tell a lie if (Geminis, skip this question):
a) it prevented someone from getting hurt  
b) my cricket wasn't so loud  
c) I didn't perceive everyone else to be as psychic as I am   
d) I didn't think I'd get caught   

9 - My eating habits, in the past, have included (choose all that apply):
a) anorexia    
b) bulimia       
c) fad diets      
d) vegetarianism  

10 - Experimenting on animals is:
a) totally abhorrent      
b) another sad element of samsara  
c) sometimes necessary to save human lives  
d) sometimes necessary for hair products 

11 - I am currently torn between:
a) life paths  
b) philosophies
c) two lovers 
d) decisions in general 

12 - Other people are:
a) what I live for, I love my brethren  
b) a constant reminder of my duty to serve and have compassion  
c) in need of my advice
d) a nuisance  

13 - We could change the world if only we would:
a) work with nature, not against it   
b) walk a mile in another's shoes  
c) stop eating junk food  
d) we can't change the world  

14 - I started saving for my retirement:
a) years ago   
b) only recently 
c) actually haven't yet, but will, as soon as my debts are paid off  
d) what are you talking about ?!  

15 - When I die, I will probably leave everything to (pick closest one):
a) my family and friends  
b) the SPCA  
c) charity 
d) my debtors   

16 - The effect I have on strangers is most often:
a) magnetic  
b) healing  
c) irritating   
d) confounding 

Give yourself points, as follows, then go to the final question and see if it corresponds.

1) a-1, b-4, c-3, d-2
2) a-2, b-3, c-4, d-1
3) a-4, b-3, c-2, d-1
4) a-2, b-3, c-4, d-1
5) a-1, b-3, c-2, d-4
6) a-2, b-3, c-1, d-4
7) a-4, b-3, c-2, d-1
8) a-3, b-2, c-4, d-1
9) a-2, b-3, c-1, d-4
10) a-4, b-3, c-2, d-1
11) a-4, b-3, c-1, d-2
12) a-1, b-4, c-3, d-2
13) a-3, b-4, c-2, d-1
14) a-1, b-2, c-3, d-4
15) a-1, b-4, c-2, d-3
16) a-1, b-4, c-2, d-3

Over 60 points - You must have been born right in the thick of it all. Hang in there and read the rest of this article before doing anything drastic !
45-60 points - Definitely a Chiron Pisces with Pluto problems.
30-45 points - You likely have Chiron in Pisces, or are a Pisces.
Under 30 points - If you were born in the mid 1960s, and scored under 30 points, you may be living in fearful denial and cynicism (a hurtin' Pisces trait) has gotten the better of you. 

I was born (chose all that apply):
a) Mar 26, 1960 - Aug 18, 1960 or Jan 20, 1961 - Apr 1, 1968 or 
    Oct 18, 1968 - Jan 30, 1969 (Chiron in Pisces)
b) Dec 17, 1963 - May 22, 1964 (Pluto retrograde in Virgo)
c) Mar 24, 1964 - Mar 3, 1967  (Saturn in Pisces)
d) The mid 1960s (Pluto/Uranus conjunction in Virgo)

"We named this unknown generation, The Generation X, and even in our first enthusiasm we realized that we had something far bigger than our talents and pockets could cope with."  ~ Robert Capa

Though Generation X is not synonymous with Generation Chiron Pisces, much of what has been written about Gen Xers are really just astrological characteristics; we're a well educated bunch, humanitarian, ecologically-minded, politically correct, often multi-talented. We're influenced by the boomers, but have had to work far harder to earn a fraction of the material wealth our rock star Pluto Leo siblings did. Our Virgo says we must be near perfect (or so we think) in order to succeed. If you have Pluto in Virgo, you know how horrifying it feels to make a mistake - this may be because in a past life, in some respected position, you made one that was too costly. Our perfectionism made 'eating disorder' a household word. No wonder we needed Punk Rock. 
Mid 60s babes have also been saddled with a massive financial crisis that forced us into a material-mindedness many Chiron Pisces find beneath our humanitarian ideals, just as we were coming into our 'time.' (The Obamas are of this generation). Basically we're a group of over-qualifieds that  don't quite fit, and don't quite understand why we were given so much responsibility, sensitivity and creative energy, only to live in a world that doesn't have use for it, unless it sells gadgetry. 

Because Chiron is the facilitator ("Rainbow Bridge") between Saturn and Uranus, some have equated it with the middle child, for whom selfishness can never work, only selflessness. Add a Piscean tone and this becomes more extreme, since Pisces is the sign of absolution, martyrdom and healing. 

The following sums up Saturn and Uranus' relationship nicely:

Saturn and Uranus embody antithetical properties and have strongly polarized characteristics:
  1. Saturn embodies the positive agency of homeostasis and urges us to stay the same, to automatically correct any influence toward change, transformation, or upheaval. Saturn’s agency thus, is to maintain earthy, practical needs, even at the risk of calcification or depression. If Saturn is not honoured in life, then it can bring a sense of soulless conventionality and psychological and physical stuckness to bear on the soul.
  2. Uranus is the planetary medium which impels us toward change and acts as the inner agency for experimentation, growth, evolution and individuation. Too, Uranus is our inner witness, watching for opportunities to change habitual behaviours, disrupt the status quo and stir up any stagnant pool. If Uranus is not honoured, then anxiety and manic behaviour can erupt, forcing one to “wake up” to what is required.
Since the most recent Uranus in Virgo group has a majority of individuals who have the Uranus/Pluto conjunction, the quality of their midlife is amplified by this nuclear aspect. Uranus in Virgo is about individuation through the process of being useful, serviceable, helpful and on call for those who suffer. Now, when the half Uranus cycle occurs, there comes a sacrifice to be made that will serve each individual psyche toward its ultimate intent - to sacrifice something deeply personal to the demand of the global ethos. Through inventiveness and “progress” the culture arrives at a time of maximum sacrifice, and in that environment, the Uranus in Virgo generation comes of age. Finding a life purpose through organization and re-culturalization will bring the essence of Uranus in Virgo’s ultimate intent in life.   
(Erin Sullivan, The Astrology of Midlife and Aging)

Here are a few areas to work on, during Chiron Pisces Return:
- Forgiving self and others for past mistakes.
- Being 'of service'. This doesn't mean dropping everything to go volunteer in a soup kitchen, necessarily, but it does mean changing attitude toward your work,  doing it as a service to others, rather than self-serving. We need to find that balance between uncompromisingly doing what the soul requires and being sensitive to what others need. Ultimately we won't feel fulfilled if we feel our work isn't helping the world, nor by sacrificing our truth to please the world (which is really a form of ego-ish martyrdom). 
- Return to your imagination. I don't mean fantasy or wishful thinking. I mean the magical ability you were born with, to create and recreate your life. Somewhere in every Chiron-Pisces past, natural healing, psychic or creative gifts were sacrificed, compromised or not believed in. If you also have Saturn in Pisces, self-worth was always in question. We must now rediscover the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, in order to become fully ourselves. Then we can serve, just be being. By wu wei or 'not doing'. 

"The practice of wu wei is the expression of what in Taoism is considered to be the highest form of virtue – one that is in no way premeditated, but rather arises spontaneously. In verse 38 of the Daode Jing (translated here by Jonathan Star), Laozi tells us:
The highest virtue is to act without a sense of self
The highest kindness is to give without a condition
The highest justice is to see without a preference

When Tao is lost one must learn the rules of virtue
When virtue is lost, the rules of kindness
When kindness is lost, the rules of justice
When justice is lost, the rules of conduct

As we find our alignment with the Tao – with the rhythms of the elements within and outside of our bodies – our actions are quite naturally of the highest benefit to all who we contact. At this point we have gone beyond the need for formal religious or secular moral precepts of any sort. We have become the embodiment of wu wei, the Action of non-action; as well as of wu nien, the Thought of non-thought, and wu hsin, the Mind of non-mind. We have realized our place within the web of inter-being, within the cosmos, and – knowing our connection to all-that-is – can offer only thoughts, words and actions that do no harm, that are spontaneously virtuous.

(Elizabeth Reninger)

"Wu-wei literally translates as “no trying” or “no doing,” but it’s not at all about dull inaction. In fact, it refers to the dynamic, effortless, and unselfconscious state of mind of a person who is optimally active and effective. People in wu-wei feel as if they are doing nothing, while at the same time they might be creating a brilliant work of art, smoothly negotiating a complex social situation, or even bringing the entire world into harmonious order. For a person in wu-wei, proper and effective conduct follows as automatically as the body gives in to the seductive rhythm of a song. This state of harmony is both complex and holistic, involving as it does the integration of the body, the emotions, and the mind. If we have to translate it, wu-wei is probably best rendered as something like “effortless action” or “spontaneous action.” Being in wu-wei is relaxing and enjoyable, but in a deeply rewarding way that distinguishes it from cruder or more mundane pleasures." 
(Edward Slingerland)

One time, I went to visit my late father's grave, a few years after his funeral.  My father was a very intelligent and empathetic man (a psychiatrist) and though he always encouraged me to be successful and independent, he also found it amusing when I got  frustrated from trying to hard (which would just make me even angrier). I searched the cemetery section where he was supposed to be lying, going in circles, until it began to grow dark. I didn't want to be in a graveyard after dark, but was leaving town the next day and needed to visit him ! I felt my throat welling up with that old frustration, when suddenly I heard his voice in my head, snickering, "Stop trying." So I did, took a more few steps, and, voila, there it was. 

I'm only a third of the way through my triple whammy, Chiron return right now. It's a major transition time, full of hardship, questions and doubts…but whenever I have managed to step out of worry/control (difficult !) and let the universe through, I've received helpful guidance. 

The Chiron return does not have to be painful - it all depends on the individual. Stephen Colbert, who has served humanity with the gift of laughter for 9 years, was born a couple of weeks after me. During his Chiron return, he'll be 'killing off' his comical, alter-ego, pundit character and switching to perhaps a more a more lifelike, wu-wei persona.  Should be interesting !

Son: Well, of course you’ve never met a kid like me. I’m one of a kind. There’s not another person like me.
Man: Well, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Son: I’m here to help people. I’m here to inspire. Now.
Man: Oh, so you’re going to be a doctor? (as he laughed while he said it – not kidding)
Son: No, I’m not.
Man: Well, being a doctor is the best way to help people. What are you going to do to help and inspire people?
Son: (putting the last of the bags in the cart) I’m going to be myself. No matter how much people try to make me something I am not. 
Have a great night! *flashes ginormous smile*
 ~ excerpt from conversation with Devonte Hart

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Images: Medieval Centaur with Eel, Chiron and Artemis 1462, Testament d'Orphée by Jean Cocteau 1960, Dead Poet Borne by a Centaur by Gustav Moreau 1890, A Japanese Zen Archer 1878, Medieval Mermaid, Stephen Colberts from GQ mag.