Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mars and Saturn and Mercury - Oh My !


The topic of Mars opposite Saturn seems to be a hot one, people getting worried and asking what it means, because they've read some alarmist reports. Astrology shows us what elements are at play, and what the conditions are. The rest is up to karma, environment and personal choice, which is different for everyone. Our present thoughts, words and actions affect the future, so I don't feel comfortable setting up outcome scenarios in peoples' minds. I even don't want to know, myself. Alas, I will probably never have my own psychic TV channel.  Here's what I learned from Saturn over the lifetimes - you have to do the work to get there, regardless, so better to forge some tools.

That said, Saturn is the planet of karma and it is in retrograde, so lessons are still being repeated, for sure. Sagittarius can be a warrior or a wise sage, depending on where people are in their evolution. Mars can be a shit-disturber, and in an air sign the potential for arguments and stupidity is there. And if you think about what Gemini stands for - duality and mind - there's the possibility of things like identity crisis or projecting shadow onto others, then wanting to fight them. These two planets were called lesser and greater 'malefics', in the old days - and they can be - but mostly, if in tough aspect,  they can conjure fear, feelings of threat, or depression. This is because Mars, the teenager wants to move energy, but Saturn the strict parent, says, 'no, you're grounded ...and punished, too.' 


Oh dear, looks like someone stood in the cross-fire of Mars-Saturn !

Saturn will slither back into Scorpio, June 14, and that is when the karmic debt and potential for nastiness could kick in, IF there is unfinished business from the last couple of years when Saturn was transiting that sign. It means a re-visting of the mutual reception of Saturn and Pluto (in each others' signs), too, which, on the world stage, gets power-players and plutocracy all charged up about their plans for world domination and ways to make us more afraid. 
Saturn will move direct in Scorpio Aug 1/2 (overnight, so Aug 1 in the Pacific, Aug 2 on the East coast). He's back in Sagittarius on Sept 17, bringing earned rewards for those who managed to complete their tasks.

June 19-27, Saturn makes an inconjunct aspect to Mars (exact on June 23), and the Sun (exact June 20/21), which can be more stressful than an opposition. Unlike squares or oppositions, wherein energy doesn't move, thus has to somehow be balanced or merge, inconjuncts are more likely not to be able to synchronize and to create conflict. This is a test of will period - and we just have to hang in there. Fortunately Mars (June 24) and Sun (June 21) move into Cancer during this time, so though there's an inconjunct, Saturn and the firey ones will all be in water houses. Astrologer Hazel Dixon-Cooper says Cancer is just Scorpio in a house coat, so maybe passive aggressiveness will be more the method of the day.


Oh, ugh, not more Saturn in Scorpio, we just CANNOT  with that !

When Mercury goes retrograde May 18, it will be in inconjunct to retrograde Pluto. The affects are already being felt, such as repressed shadows that have grown more powerful with time are making surprise appearances into the light of day - oops. Paranoia rules. Humour is the only weapon available, the darker the better. (But don't worry nobody will 'get' it and they'll scapegoat you, instead).

Is there a positive side to it all ? Yes, it's called growth potential. Saturn doesn't cause pain for no reason. If we are repeating grades with Saturn, it's to make us into more conscious, self aware beings. 

Just keep your eyes on the prize, a lovely solstice party at Jupiter and Juno's Golden Leo Palace, with Luminaries, Moon and Venus as guests. And you all know the Mercury retrograde protocol...

Here's my FB post about that, incase you missed it :


Mercury alert: We are already in the 'shadow period', have you noticed ? I rather look forward to Mercury retrogrades - was born during one, so it feels normal.
Trippy synchronicities are starting to happen as the psychopomp gets ready to cross over. Things feel kind of all over the place, like a busy intersection with burned out traffic lights. The internet IS reading your mind, you aren't just being paranoid wink emoticon I had a brief a visit from a ring-necked dove today, very unusual !

Now's the time to let the unconscious direct, while minding what comes out of your mouth. Mercury in Gemini is words words words, a little bird told me. Watch out for those gossipy, fake news stories on FB and other rumours. Take promises with a grain of salt, commitments aren't necessarily binding at this time, nor is it a good time to bind to contracts, etc, but if you have to, please read carefully and ask questions if you aren't sure.
Back up zee files, ghosts enter the machines. Re-edit that m/s, vacuum the house, as lungs and airborn things come under Gemini jurisdiction. Dust accumulation has the affect of mental dust accumulation. Overheard tidbits of conversations in passing may hold important meaning in the form of clues or answers.
Mercury retrograde officially begins May 18 at 5:49pm PST/8:49 pm EST and ends June 11 at 2:32 PST/5:32 EST, but you know the story, the few days before and after ('at the station' times) are the trickiest.
Oh yes, Mars enters Gemini this evening, too. Mars being the warrior God and Gemini being air, this is the 'double-edged sword'. Decisions decisions, you might be of two minds...focus will change many times during this Mercury period, so don't worry about settling on one direction just yet. Mars cuts to the chase, cuts the crap, this combo makes for deep mental penetration, whodunnits, difficult puzzles...mental strategy. Also sarcasm and snappy comebacks, which might not go over so well during Mercury retrograde. Geminis, you get an energy boost now.

ADDENDUM...next day...
I was thinking that a positive archetype for Mars in Gemini at this time of tension would be the archangel Michael, always available if you need assistance in banishing demons from your mind and aura/environment. This should have been obvious to me at the onset - just prior to Mars' move into Gemini (as I attempted to rescue a downed bumble bee), my uber-Gemini, St. Michael-ish friend, Michael, drove by in his little red car (Mars), and honked 'hello!'.  A cosmic re-minder, Mercury retro-style. 



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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Speak to Me of Debt - Taurus Season, Scorpio Polarity


"There is no such thing as a free lunch." ~ Unknown Taurus
"Nothing is certain but death and taxes. " ~ Unknown Scorpio


Taurus resides in the 2nd house of 'possessions and values', that which belongs to us. Scorpio rules the opposite 8th house of 'death, sex and shared resources', which includes all debts, be they karmic or to the taxman. Taurus' motto is 'I have'. Scorpio's is 'I desire.' It's easy to see how the endless cycle of rebirth is expressed in this powerful, regeneration-themed polarity. Like all polarities, they are two sides of the same coin.

Taurus seeks to consolidate and has an instinctive drive towards form and material fixity (fixed Earth). Sometimes this is expressed by accumulation of material goods or wealth, or in the form of creating something lasting. You may not be able to take it with you, but you can try to make sure it will still there when you return. 

At least 50 countries' bank notes feature Taurus Queen Elizabeth's face

It's said that we return to the world because of karmic debt. Through our good deeds, we may be working off this debt, or we may be inadvertently adding more debt to another's plate, and thus the wheel keeps on spinning. Some astrologers say that anyone in a close relationship with a Scorpio has chosen to work off a lot of karmic debt, since Scorpio is the redeemer (for better or worse).

Taurus quantifies Scorpio karmic debt and gives it tangible, 'market value'. Bulls were always the most prestigious gift animal for sacrificing to the Gods. 
Money = energy, ie, power, just like the bull powerful, 'bull market' refers to upward moving trends. But today, debt is the currency, which somehow seems very 8th house. Money has become abstract, mere numbers on a screen, nothing tangible (although real gold never loses it's value). Which begs the question...

Does Charon take debit ? 


Columns at Medinat Habu the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III. Second Court, Luxor, Egypt.

Scorpio is the matador that challenges the notion of fixity. The Scorpion, they say, is the only animal that is so acutely aware of it's own mortality, that it will commit suicide when there is no other escape. How instantaneous, to be in a body one moment and not, the next. No matter how or what we build, death is always beside us, reminding us of the transitory nature of our efforts. 

In the 12 step alchemical process, which relates to the zodiac, Taurus represents congelation - a congealing, thickening, solidifying or crystallizing. Scorpio represents separation - dividing a substance into it's purified components. In death, our components separate and go back to their elements, in conception, they are brought together again. 


Everything we have in the material world, including our physical body (and indeed the garden of Earth) is really just on loan to us, until we die. Ashes to ashes, from which the Scorpio phoenix will rise again. Scorpio is fixed water, and moisture is necessary to make new clay (a new body) from the ashes.



The womb/tomb via which we will again physically manifest, has a distinct resonance, as does a heart beat. Every form is created by sound. Particles, composed of energy, recognize one another's frequency and reconnect, so perhaps are we drawn to our past life karma through them. Particles are like the pieces of dismembered Osiris, which the bull-horned Isis must put back together so he can be reborn.


The World is Sound: Nada Brahma (Book)




Roman Skull with an obol in the mouth

Virtually every ancient mystery school initiation involves a death ritual, often under the influence of psychoactive substances, before entering a new spiritual life. 
Tarot also illustrates such a passage, and the death of ego that the initiate must go through in order to be reborn as their true self. Indeed, the Magician (Mercury), appears to be listening to something - perhaps inaudible - from above, as he shuffles his mundane tools of creation, below.

                
 

'Bardo Thodol' (The Tibetan Book of the Dead) translates as 'Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State,' during which the soul/consciousness of the deceased is instructed to 'listen without distraction' through their transition from death to rebirth; the world one experiences is a construction of one's own mind, so do not be distracted, enchanted by or attached to it. 

Taurus is the sign of the 5 senses, particularly hearing and smell (ear, nose and throat).  Through them we're connected to the material world, but also to the subtle frequencies or the frequency of essence. Scorpio rules the reproductive organs, our vehicle for rebirth and (temporary) ego death, 'la petite mort.'  

Taurus hears the music, Scorpio is the tuning fork. 

Lyre from the Royal Tombs of Ur

Coins or pentacles are the suit of physical manifestation - the result, or fruition of all the energy and experience that became this material form, like our physical bodies are the composed of every experience we had, every food we ate, every emotion, etc. - our particles. Upon death, the body begins to de-compose, and the Earth reclaims what is 'owed' to it. Similarly, when someone dies, their money and possessions - the fruits of their labour - are divided amongst their living relations, according to their will. 
  

Coin purses or material wombs ?

  

The four suits of Tarot represent the four elements: swords/air/mind, cups/water/soul, wands/fire/spirit, coins or pentacles/earth/body. and thus the four ways a body can be returned to them; by burial in earth, sea burial or drowning, cremation, and sky burial (including being fed to vultures, as they do in Tibet). 


Ashes to ashes, dust to dust and... 
"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."

Coope, Boyes & Simpson 'Now is the Cool of the Day' 



[Note: I wrote this under the influence of the recent Scorpio full Moon, which was having major effects on my Taurus bod. But the website was acting up so much, putting things in the wrong place, etc, it's a little late being posted, as a result.  
Also, fyi, when I speak of the Taurus/Scorpio polarity, I am not referring to individuals born under these signs (although they will often embody the tendencies), but rather the total symbology of the signs. We are all made up of all 12, with emphasis on certain areas, due to planet placements and aspects.]