The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands. - Carl .G. Jung
to choose the uncertain future over the unsustainable past.
interpretation of the Pandemic
Well, we've all been sent
to our rooms without any supper, haven't we?
No NBA or March Madness,
no professional sports, no museums or large gatherings, no Broadway
shows or Vegas conventions. We all have to go home and
'self-distance' from each other.
If we could only shut off
the Internet and phone services as well, we might get to contemplate
our 'sins' in the quiet. And believe it or not, they are many! Just
ask Mother Earth.
Just like Max and the
Wild Things, we are sent to our rooms for our inability to be
responsible for our actions, perhaps feeling we're victims of an
But perhaps like Max, once
we're alone in our room, our imaginations might open up to us and
help us reflect on how we got here.
Since we're all in this
together, we all helped create this mess together. It's a good time
to look at all your own 'wild things' staring you down and decide how
you want the rest of your life to play out. How do you want to meet
People are falling into
fear and then panic due to the media hype. Fear wrecks havoc on our
Greek God Pan
The word panic is
derived from the great god, Pan – the god of Nature. Panic occurs
when our very nature rises up in protest to what we are doing. While
it might seem like Nature herself has turned on us, the truth is
Nature hasn't turned on us. She is just trying to heal her own
As we all sit in our
homes, afraid to go out or to run out of toilet paper, what better
way to spend our alone time then to try to understand just what we're
really feeling. Just what are we afraid of?
The obvious answer is that
we're afraid of death.
So, we are facing our fear
of death. I always think of Carlo Castaneda's don Juan saying,
“Death is the only wise
adviser that we have.
Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong
and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your
death and ask if that is so. Your
death will tell you that you're wrong; that
nothing really matters outside its
I am an advocate of taking
death as my adviser. And this
virus is giving us a chance to do just that.
If we widen the lens of
our perspective, we can see that this pandemic
might be connected to the ecological damage we have done to our
planet. Mother Earth has sent us devastating hurricanes,
volcanoes, earthquakes and floods to let us know that the environment
is being destabilized. Since we're not taking climate change
seriously, we will find ourselves more and more at the mercy of our
So this is a great
time-out for us, to consider what our life-style has done not only to
Mother Earth, but to all her children. Our wars, our splintered
beliefs, our greed, our narcissism are waiting for us to really see
what modern life has become.
Mother Earth can
self-regulate, but first she has to heal what is wounded. A Virus
like this one is a way She self-corrects. No, it is not God's
punishment for being gay or wanting an abortion. It is the Goddess'
energetic re-balancing of what humans have done to the environment.
This is brought on by our own inability to self-regulate – our
actions, our desires, our intentions, our commerce.
The world has finally
stopped spinning so fast and everything is on hold. This is a game
changer. After this, we all have to decide what we want life to be
like after COVID-19. Do we go back to the same-old, same-old or do
we change the way we've been living and invest the Fed's $1.5
trillion dollars in renewables, infrastructure, the green new deal,
new work accommodations, better education to the future.
If we can imagine it, we
can change our world after this crisis passes.
This is definitely
mirrored in the heavens. As above, so below. As within, so
without. We are all one, held in
Mother Earth's embrace. Hopefully, this crisis will help us remember
that we are supposed to be the stewards of the Earth. That means
creating a sustainable way of life. Which means we have to stop
rampant consumerism, wars and corporate control of life.
Life isn't the economy.
The economy is just one of many facets of life. We've let the
economy consume all the other aspects of what it means to live a
creative, caring life. The symbol of our economy is the stock
market, which in reality is just gambling on which commodity will get
you the most money. Perhaps it's a good thing that the market is
crashing, because it no longer serves life.
Astrology of the Breakdown
can point out many factors that led to this crisis. The lineup of
planets in Capricorn, the sign regulating our collective structures –
government, finance, defense, healthcare, education – gives us
insight into this collective breakdown.
entered Capricorn in 2008, during the last financial crisis. Pluto
wants to purify the system, to bring up what's no longer viable so it
can be composted into new soil. Instead of fixing our economy, we
threw money at it. Just as the Fed is doing now.
Pluto has kept up its relentless examination of all the things no
longer working in our society, trying to purge everything that is
toxic. Hopefully, this time-out will give Americans time to realize
just how toxic our way of life is and how corporations have seduced
us into thinking we need all the junk they manufacture. When in
fact, we don't.
is very much about corporate power. Please remember: America was
pretty much founded by the East
Indian Trading Company – a corporation. What do you think the
Boston Tea Party was all about? 'Taxation without representation is
tyranny!' They were paying taxes to the Company with England's
blessing. Isn't that what the American people are doing – paying
taxes while the wealthy and corporations don't? We've been a
corporate state from the beginning, founded at the beginnings of the
Industrial Revolution. So we shouldn't be surprised that our
corporations are running things. It's just time to put an end to it.
is having her Pluto return in the next few years in the sign of
Capricorn, another sign that we're a corporate state. We are
experiencing the very end of a 246 year cycle which often heralds the
'end of empire'. So we are living in a similar energy to the time
before the American Revolution. Perhaps we need to connect with
those ancestors who rebelled against that tyranny and ask them for
advice on how to meet this moment. We can do a shamanic journey,
active imagination or meditation on it, since we'll all be home for
the foreseeable future.
is the reality principle, the energy of structure and form, and of
taking responsibility for our actions. Cause and effect. Saturn
forces us to face our fear and frustration, fight or flight reactions
and manage them. Saturn has been in Capricorn since 2018, trying to
hold up a crumbling system until this January 12th,
and pushing us to grow up and take responsibility for our actions.
January 12, 2020 these two planets met for the first time in
Capricorn since 1517, the year Martin Luther changed the course of
western Europe. It seems we are going through a similar and more
important change. We are seeing the death and rebirth (Pluto) of our
society with new structures (Saturn) emerging. This time, these two
planets are signaling the end of patriarchy and hopefully, runaway
and Mars are both approaching Pluto over the next few weeks, so we're
probably not out of the woods yet. Jupiter expands things and Mars
gets the action moving. This is a good time to be energized by old
myths and new stories, and new hope instead of the story of fear and
panic that the media is dishing out. While you're home, read or
watch movies like 'The Lord of the Rings' and be energized by the
heroic efforts to bring down evil.
was during the December-January eclipse season that we became aware
of the coronavirus. The Lunar Nodes are in Cancer/Capricorn. The
Capricorn South Node, which has connected with Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter
and now Mars, has been forcing us to face our karmic debts to
society, to remember them and release them. Many people have been
clearing out ancestral wounds, working to step away from 'the
father's house' and learning to live according to the dictates of our
souls (the North Node in Cancer.)
began to learn more about the virus as Mercury retrograded in Pisces,
the sign of the collective unconscious. There are no borders there.
Suddenly, our perceptions of things changed. We're finally seeing
the big picture – Mercury turned direct in the last degrees of
Aquarius, the collective consciousness. And last week's medical
Virgo Full Moon rose opposite the Pisces Sun conjunct Neptune, the
planet of infectious disease and pandemics, opening us up to the
reality of the crisis.
we chose Love or Fear? The heavens are voting for Love and so are
many of us.
energy of Love will help us meet the crisis with strength and
courage. We will go through hard times, but if we persevere, we can
also change the dynamic of how the world operates.
important is how we each show up to help create a new story for
ourselves and our world.
virus is giving us an opportunity to master ourselves and our gifts
and use them. It affects the lungs, where we take in the Breath
of Life. Inspiration comes from
the Latin inspirare"blow into, breathe upon," figuratively "inspire,
excite, inflame," from in- "in" (from PIE root *en
"in") + spirare "to breathe".
Perhaps we need to look at what we really believe about life – do
we believe that there is a spiritual power greater than our human
ego? It might be a lack of resilience and spirit that makes the
difference between life or death.
breathe deeply, take air into your lungs and keep them flexible. As
we work to fill ourselves with breath and the Light, we can be a
Light to the world. It's our choice.
we find ourselves a week away from Spring Equinox 2020, settling into
our homes to live out the last week of winter in self-imposed
isolation. I urge you to use your imaginations and open yourself to
possibilities, rather than close yourself off through fear.
is a Blessing from Mother Earth and Spirit.
Brave New World is approaching.
This will be a very
interesting Spring Equinox ingress chart, since we've never
experienced such a breakdown in global society before. I especially
love that the Italians are singing out their windows with their
neighbors. Perhaps we need to follow their lead and connect with our
neighbors in new and artful ways.
The Spring Equinox is
considered the beginning of the astrological year. This year I'm
going to use the Washington D.C. Chart rather than a generic 0* Aries
rising chart so I can comment on how Americans can use this time to
Spring Equinox occurs on
March 19, 2020 at 8:50pm PDT/ 11:50pm EDT/ 3:50am GMT.
The Sabian symbol for the
Sun at 1* Aries is: A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is
embracing her. Something new is
arising out of the sea of the collective unconscious. It is feminine
because all new things arise out of the Divine Feminine. It is a new
feeling, a new consciousness, a new instinct for life. The seal is a
symbol of creativity, active imagination and lucid dreaming. This is
because we need to engage our imagination when we are at the
beginning of something new.
The Aries Sun is conjunct
Chiron, the wise mentor and wounded healer, and it squares the
Cancer/Capricorn Nodes, indicating that if we look to the future,
this can be a time to heal old wounds and come into our power. If we
continue to hold onto the old, we'll run into more wounding and
trouble, fear and confusion.
The Aries Sun and Chiron
land in the 6th house of everyday living, health and service. How
can we heal our bodies from the toxins our industrial society has
infected with air, the water and our food with? Can we learn to use
our time during the day creatively? How can our talents serve our
communities? These are questions Americans need to answer if we want
to change our lives and our world.
With the Aries New Moon
following on March 24 conjunct Chiron, the more you give into
unconscious fears and panic, the more you'll restrict yourself and
lose an opportunity for new growth. Chiron initiates us into our
heroic self. This might be the time when we are called to help our
family, our neighbors and the world.
Aries is all about new
beginnings, just as Spring is the season of the rebirth of Nature.
(Down in the southern hemisphere, you are arriving at Autumn Equinox,
a time to look at your harvest.)
Aries are bold explores,
looking for new frontiers to conquer. Ruled by Mars, it is very
action oriented. For this Aries ingress, Mars is in Capricorn
conjunct Jupiter, providing us with confidence and strength and the
ability to deal with whatever comes our way if we use these energies
correctly. Otherwise, it can make us more aggressive (Jupiter
When a planet(s) is
squaring the Nodes, we have to work on the issue that planet brings
up before we can get to the North Node destiny. With the
Capricorn/Cancer axis, we can leave behind our patriarchal engendered
fears (Capricorn) if we see ourselves as capable of staying centered
in our soul-needs in the midst of chaos (Cancer).
So with this 'time-out',
let go of the shoulds and oughts of patriarchy and listen to
what you truly love and need. What will make you flourish now? And
how can you help people around you flourish?
Go out into Nature.
Mother Earth is our teacher – She can show us what we need to do.
As we look for purpose, where better than in Nature. We are here to
understand how to live differently, to live sustainably and in
harmony with Nature and her needs. To return to our purpose of being
Mother Earth's stewards. We need to reclaim our place in Nature's
We can combine modern
western consciousness with a simpler lifestyle, not centered around
work and production (they have robots for this) but around creativity
and imagination to make the world better and people more conscious.
We can re-create a good healthy world.
With Sun in Aries, the
impulse is to go out and explore. If you've been obsessing about
what to do, go into Nature and ask her. See what She says to your
life and condition. Believe it.
This Equinox chart has a
balsamic phase Moon in Aquarius. That means this is karmic. We have
to finish up old business.
The Moon symbolizes our
Body Soul, our unconscious needs and desires. In this Equinox chart,
it's in the 4th house of home and family and soul. Since
we're all exiled to our rooms/homes for now, we are being given an
opportunity to tune into the larger picture. Where do we fit into
the cosmic order?
Aquarius energy is about
developing a more detached and cosmic view of life. There are higher
truths to life than scrambling for a paycheck. We need to step away
from the lower desires of our physical selves, which has been
manipulated into consumerism, and turn towards a higher cosmic
consciousness that endorses the belief that we are all free and equal
and that we are in charge of our evolutionary paths. If this
pandemic can teach us that we are one world, one people, perhaps
we'll no longer allow our governments to spend our hard earned cash
on war, greed, domination and authoritarianism. This is the sign of
the Revolutionary, the Eccentric, the Genius. So this is a good year
to discover those qualities within ourselves.
Venus in Taurus squares
this Moon, challenging us to use our senses, go out into Nature and
ground in the cosmic truths the Moon is examining. We don't need
more things. We need to awaken our bodies to the reality of the
world; not only to the toxicity our society has poisoned it with but
also to how beautiful and nurturing to our souls it is.
The Sabian symbol for the
Moon at 14* Aquarius is: A train entering a tunnel. While
there's the obvious sexual symbolism of penetration, it also suggests
a secret passage to another realm. Or an underground bridge that
will take us through something, like the tunnels underwater like in
Boston or New York or through mountains like in Switzerland. This
symbol implies the ability to short-cut the process of natural
evolution by the exercise of will, mental skill and physical
self-discipline. It shortens the length of time needed to progress
by cutting through obstacles in our way.
That certainly feels like
what this pandemic is doing. It is short circuiting our social
structures so we might have the ability to move ahead into a
Saturn, the ruler of
Capricorn and the Guardian at the Gate who initiates us into our life
lessons, is at the last degree of Capricorn. That means it's at a
culmination point. Can we do the best job of what life is testing us
with? Can we consciously evolve so we actually face the reality of
Climate Change and change the way we live?
The Sabian symbol for
Saturn at 30* Capricorn is: A secret meeting of the people
responsible for executive decisions in world affairs. We
can look at this and think that it refers to a wealthy 'cabal' who
seem to be running the show. Or even the old occult idea of the
'White Lodge'. But in this time when we are called to step forward
and be responsible for our lives, this is a call to each of us to
With Mars and Jupiter
meeting up hours after the Equinox, the energies will be bigger than
usual, since Jupiter expands things it touches. In Capricorn, this
energy is like the CEO who knows how it to use the tools are her
disposal well. Mars grapples with life, not shying away from what
needs to be done. Jupiter gives him the best tools to work with,
whether the best sword or the best plans. (Where is Elizabeth Warren
and her plans when we need her!)
The Sabian symbol for both
Mars and Jupiter at 23* Capricorn is: A soldier receiving two
awards for bravery in combat.
This symbol implies that whatever we do for ourselves and society
will have double the effect on our lives. So be brave and face this
alone time with creativity and imagination, love and hope, kindness
Since Mars is the
co-ruler of this Scorpio Ascendant along with Pluto, and they are
about to meet up on March 22-23, we can see that whatever is
happening is going to get bigger before it gets better.
The chart's Scorpio ascendant
tells us that we have to explore the mysteries of life and death now.
It's exactly what we need for our planet and our world.
Both Mercury and Neptune
in Pisces occupy the 5th house in the Equinox chart. So
go play, with or without children, be imaginative, create something
and go with the flow!
Check out the link of how Italians are singing in the streets!
Stop being afraid or
worried. They're wasted e-motions (energy in motion) – wasted
energy. Focus on what you're discovering about yourself and the
world and use your energy to explore new possibilities.
Stay in touch with
family and friends, help out neighbors and see what your community
needs in the way of volunteers.
Go out into Nature
and ask Her how you're doing as well as what to do. And enjoy the
beauty of Spring's awakening.
Listen to music that
inspired you in your youth – Or whatever inspires you to be your
truest self. I think the music from the 60s-70s talk to us about
how we need to change. Like George Harrison's Give
Me Love or
Buffalo Springfield's For What It's
Worth (there's something happening here. It just ain't exactly
clear...I think it's time we stop
Children, what's that sound? Everybody look - what's going down?)
Steven's Peace Train.
Find your own playlist that inspires you to be your best self.
movies and shows that inspire you like The
Lord of the Rings or
I love 'This Is Us'
– one of the most psychologically astute studies of parenting and
children. And there's a great father figure in it – much better
than 'Father Knows Best'!
Enjoy your solitude
and learn something new – there are a lot of online classes, some
Do some art. Dance.
Learn to play an instrument. Sing!
Tell your self a new
Read the mythic
stories of heroes and heroines.
Write what you're
doing and share on social media. Pass around your ideas.
We can make something good
of this 'self-distancing'. Let's come out of this 'crisis' better
than we were.
Walk in the Light and
Delight in the Springtime energy,
A Swiss friend sent me
this to share.
Yes there is fear. Yes there is
isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is
sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in
Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds
again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is
no longer thick with fumes But blue and grey and clear. They
say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each
other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so
that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around
them. They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering
free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today a young woman I
know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the
neighbourhood So that the elders may have someone to call
on. Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are
preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the
weary All over the world people are slowing down and
reflecting All over the world people are looking at their
neighbours in a new way All over the world people are waking up to
a new reality To how big we really are. To how little control
we really have. To what really matters. To Love. So we pray
and we remember that Yes there is fear. But there does not have
to be hate. Yes there is isolation. But there does not have to
be loneliness. Yes there is panic buying. But there does not
have to be meanness. Yes there is sickness. But there does not
have to be disease of the soul Yes there is even death. But
there can always be a rebirth of love. Wake to the choices you
make as to how to live now. Today, breathe. Listen, behind the
factory noises of your panic The birds are singing again The
sky is clearing, Spring is coming, And we are always
encompassed by Love. Open the windows of your soul And though
you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing.
-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard)
in Ireland March 13th 2020
Cosmic Story: Mercury retrograde in Pisces, 2020.
Deep Dive Into Many Dimensions
This week's Mercury retrograde
in Pisces deals with accessing and healing ancestral wounds and
focusing our will to release old karma to free us up to live a new
story for ourselves and the world. Although Mercury doesn't meet up
with Neptune (April 3) until after the retrograde is over (March 9),
Neptune's influence is strong, as strong as the wild currents that
move and shift in the ocean.
Mercury in Pisces assumes his most
sacred role of Psychopomp/ Guide to Souls and in Pisces,
Neptune can open the portals between dimensions and times.
Mercury is the Messenger God,
the god of travelers, thieves, traders and communications. He's all
about how we use our voice, how we express ourselves, how we think
about things. As Hermes Trigmegistus, thrice-greatest Hermes, he
rules the alchemical transformation process. And when it's
important, Hermes/ Mercury is the Guide of Souls, the Psychopomp who leads us through many dimensions.
Hermes Supporting the Tree of Universal Life
When Mercury is retrograde, it
gives us a chance to go back and recover things we missed in our rush
forward in life. So slow down your mind and let it watch as the
images of the collective unconscious arise within you.
So use these three weeks of
Mercury retrograde to do some inner traveling and find the truth of
who you are and what you need to do in this most beautiful, dangerous
Pisces is the sign of the
oceanic collective unconscious, the great repository of our
collective memories, hopes and dreams. Our whole ancestral lineage
as well as our soul lineage is contained there for us to access. It
is the realm of the archetypes, especially the place we can access
our Higher Self, since it is our unique connection to Source.
We have the opportunity to
use these three weeks to access our connection with Source, with our
guides, with past lives as well as with our DNA ancestors. (I'll
suggest a few ways to do this later on.)
Pisces rules the Arts, the
creative imagination, agape love, compassion, sacrifice and
mysticism, as well as addiction and delusion. If we use our Pisces
energy well, instead of being upset over delusions running amok in
the world, be creative and come up with some solutions to what is
going on in the world! Don't be afraid of the word 'sacrifice' -- it means to 'make sacred'. We have forgotten that sometimes we have to sacrifice something in our lives for the new life to appear. Just be a light to the world.
During the next three weeks,
be creative! Play with your imagination and see what you discover. We need to be playful to discover new visions.
With the recent Saturn/Pluto
conjunction in Capricorn, we are at the very beginning of a new form
of society. I believe this conjunction signals the end of patriarchy
and the beginning of a partnership society, where not only men and
women are equal but also where the masculine and feminine qualities
of life work together. That means listening to our intuition and
feelings and using our logical minds to make decisions based on them.
We are facing an unknown future.
We can't go back to our old ways of living – it's not sustainable.
And patriarchy so needs to die! We need a new imagination of what
life can be like for all the peoples of the Earth connected with the
Earth herself. We are the grandparents of the future. So, don't
freak out because the future is in our hands.
The Eye of the Collective Unconscious
The next three weeks are a
great time to meditate, dream and journey into this mystical
dimension to access our connection to our Higher Self and face what
needs to be healed and left behind.
With Mars just entering
Capricorn, we'll have the executive energy to get things done. We'll
get down to work as he joins the South Node (Feb. 25), Jupiter (March
20), Pluto (March 22) and Saturn (March 31 at 1* Aquarius) cleaning
out the old so the new energies can blossom in the Spring. When
Mercury turns retrograde, Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus help
each other manifest a new Taurus reality, and they both sextile this
Mercury retrograde, opening up our minds to new possibilities and
therefore new connections in the outer world.
Mercury turns retrograde on February 16, 2020 at 4:54pm PST/ 7:54pm EST/ and on February 17 at 12:54am GMT.
Mercury retrograde chart
The Sabian Symbol for Mercury
going retrograde at 13* Pisces is: An ancient sword, used in many
battles, displayed in a museum. The
sword of the King, the sword of truth, justice and mercy. A fitting
symbol for Will Power.
It is our will power that chooses and determines how we live our
lives. It is the energy of Source working through each of us. It is
how we develop character and live our values. It gives us the
courage to stand up to oppression and lies, hypocrisy and cruelty.
And it gives us the courage to face and embrace our own Shadows.
Anduril -- Sword of the West
retrograde squares the Moon at 12* Sagittarius: A flag
turns into an eagle;the eagle into a chanticleer saluting the dawn.
This symbol asks us to go beyond
identifying ourselves with one nation. It is a call to a higher truth
– that we are all in this together.The
eagle is another symbol of the spiritual will and the power to rise
our consciousness to its highest potential. And the
chanticleer announces a new day, a new Dawn for us. We each have to
bring about that new birth within ourselves so we can birth a new
order in the outer world. (and here is the energy for our travels –
Moon in Sagittarius wants to travel far and wide to learn the Truth.)
It's time to face the Truth.
Don't let yourself be deluded by fake news, whether in the outer
world or from within. Our ego can refuse to see the truth or twist
the truth to suit its needs. We see this projection everyday in the
news. This is the time to let your Soul guide you.
“True solutions . . . can only
be found in the dimensions of timelessness where the core meanings of
life originate. Accessing the timeless realm is a journey into the
great mystery,where veiled Truths are revealed through surrender of
our ego. The lesson is to transcend time and space and see beyond
the various attachments of our egocentric identity.
appears when we are in a neutral state, when we see what is
and relinquish our wishful thinking. Happiness lies in accepting
life as it is, the parts we like and those we don't.
choice isn't whether to choose Truth or not, but whether to accept it
when it reveals itself.” (Maurice Fernandez, Neptune,
live in an immense universe which, while orderly and perfectly
balanced, is mostly an unknown to us. Our ego just can't see beyond
our human perspective. Unless we go within and use our
native ability to connect with Mother Earth and her other children as
well as spirits from other dimensions and realities.
You could call these spirits ascended Masters or archetypes or
we call on the highest good, we can find our place in the Universe.
We can live consciously in that immensity. If we can harmonize with
what is, we can find
the joy in Life that seems to be missing from our lives.
Back in the early 80s during my
last year at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich, I had a series of tidal
wave dreams. Tidal wave dreams have played out in the psyches of
many people, from Tolkien to me. A lot of my clients have had tidal
wave dreams. If the ocean symbolizes the matrix of life, the source
of our collective being, than tidal waves symbolize a great
up-swelling of the collective unconscious. Often these waves can
sweep us away.
My tidal wave dreams were a bit
different than those I heard from my clients. In mine, I am often
standing on a boardwalk or on the sandy beach and I see giant tidal
waves rising up out in the ocean. People are swimming in them, and
the waves just hang there. Nobody panics. Nobody gets swept away.
There is curiosity but no fear. I had dreams like this often,
changing a bit but never bringing devastation or destruction to me.
After I left the Jung
Institut-Zurich and started studying astrology, I realized that while
I was having those dreams, Neptune was on the Galactic Center and on
my priestess, Vesta (24-26* Sagittarius). After three years of
Jungian dream analysis, I was an open vessel for the life of my
unconscious. Jupiter was in Scorpio opposite my Taurus planets,
helping me dig deep into my unconscious in therapy, while Saturn and
Pluto were conjoined in Libra, seeding my liberation from the old
paradigm of patriarchal marriage and relationships. Uranus was in
early Sagittarius opposite my Mercury, my chart ruler, opening me up
to new ideas. And with all my personal planets in the 12th
house, I became a transmitter for the messages Neptune was
transmitting from the Galactic Center.
I dreamed of tidal waves.
I dreamed of a great up-welling of all those things we have rejected
and made outcast from collective consciousness. And our ego
consciousness. The Divine Feminine, social equality, young
children and elders, financial security, kindness, community, respect
and responsibility, freedom and spiritual awareness. I came to
understand that those tidal waves symbolize the great uprising of the
collective unconscious – not to sweep us away but to carry us into
And the future is now!
Right now, people are feeling
overwhelmed, as if a tidal wave has hit them. Health concerns, the
death of loved ones, loss of a job, divorce, the state of the world.
I just want to let you know that you can handle this. These tasks
are your initiation, an experience that your soul has chosen to learn
After the January 12, 2020
conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the collective energy
is available to rebuild our lives and our society. We just have to
take responsibility for it. What is our highest good and our highest
desire? Magic happens – but it also takes a lot of hard work.
What kind of world do we want to
Everyone wants to know, “What's
my purpose?” thinking that it must be some job and activity. But
the secret is, our real purpose is to learn how to live Life in the
best possible way that we can. To reconnect to Nature and to realize
our connection with everyone in the world. To listen to our hearts
and to do what is right, despite what the old dying patriarchy would
have us do. To be happy with the life we have, with both the good
times and the hard times. They are all our lessons and we can't
escape them. Our purpose is to meet them as initiations into higher
consciousness, to discover their meaning for us and to integrate that
knowledge into wisdom.
Mercury is retrograde from
February 16th until March 9th-10th, turning
direct hours after the Virgo Full Moon. It travels back from 13*
Pisces to 29* Aquarius. See where Mercury is traveling in your chart
to understand the lessons it wants to teach.
Here are a few ideas for working
with Mercury in Pisces.
attention to your dreams for these three weeks. Keep a dream
journal next to your bed and ask for information about what you
need to access or release.
Do Shamanic journeys to work
with an ancestor or spirit guide, by yourself or with a guide.
on what you've learned and see where it goes
some art to express what you're feeling.
All shamanic journeys are
sourced in the imagination and in your intention.
Gratitude recognizes truth,
transmits love and enhances energy. Seeing tells the truth,
generates love and liberates energy. Blessing acknowledges the
truth, radiates love and releases phenomenal energy. (Hank Wesselman)
Journey back to the
Here is a specific journey
for those political activists who are working so hard not to freak
out about what's going on. Just a reminder, astrologically,
America is at the end of her empire. In just 2 years we're having
our Pluto return, so of course we're seeing the bottom of the barrel
of our democracy (for people living in other countries, America needs
to re-do her revolution for everyone, since we have been the model
for most modern democracies).
Well, the first corporations
helped settle and take over America. Our Pluto in Capricorn is all
about the power of corporations, since it was a corporation – the
East Indian Company – which was the cause of the Taxation of the
colonies which sparked the American revolution. Remember –
taxation without representation is tyranny! It's happening
again today with the government tax giveaway to the wealthy and to
If you feel it's time to take
back the reins of democracy like our fore-bearers, take a journey to
a colonial time just before the American revolution. Here are some
pictures of my New England village that was founded in 1640 and was
around during those turbulent times as well. (I made some videos but I can't download them onto my computer.)
Imagine walking into one of the
houses and find an ancestor who participated in the Revolution. See
what you can learn and perhaps what you can do about our times.
Water Journey with Mercury
Imagine walking to a point of
land overlooking the ocean and dive in.
Let Mercury as psychopomp, in whatever guise he comes, lead you down into the depths of the
ocean. See what he has to show you. He might lead you to an
ancestor or to a past life. Or a portal to another dimension might
open for you. Follow him and see what's there.
Like many Baby Boomers, I remember celebrating the
Harmonic Convergence (the first global peace meditation) on August 16, 1987, the beginning of the 25 year
countdown to the big 2012 alignment with the Galactic Center and the
beginning of a new Mayan calendar. I had just gotten divorced and
August 16th was my first ex-anniversary. I looked forward
to a new beginning for myself, my family and my world.
As events proved, 2012 was just the beginning of an
intense seven years that brought back all the issues left unresolved
from the 60s conjunction of Pluto and Uranus. With the 7 squares
between these two change-makers between 2012-2015, we were energized
to overcome the obstacles to our visions of a new, peaceful,
cooperative, just world.
Well, that didn't work out as easily as we'd hoped it
would either. We're still in the midst of 'overcoming obstacles'
that the square left us with. And the world is a much darker place
than we ever imagined. While many of us have been concerned about
climate change since the 70s, most of the world is finally, at the
last minute, starting to acknowledge we have to become a more
sustainable society. Unfettered capitalism brought us to the brink of
We need a new vision for the future.
The old worldview is not going down without a fight
though, because people are afraid and don't have a sense of that new
vision. What we have is a vision of Australia, the Amazon and
California burning, of immigrants being caged, of wars and
assassinations, of governments that no longer function.
And so we must provide that vision. This is the
challenge of our times.
And 2020 is the year we'll find that vision. (Yay! It's
been a long time since 1987.) It's not going to be an easy year.
But it will be a transformative one. It's a liminal year of
transitions, of endings and new beginnings. And hopefully by
2021-23, we'll have set a new course. First for ourselves
individually, and then for the world.
There are three big planetary cycles ending and
beginning this year between Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. The biggest
change comes on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2020 – that's when
Saturn and Jupiter finally meet up to start a new cycle of collective
growth in the air sign of Aquarius. These two planets meet every 20
years and for the past 200 years, they've met in earth signs (except
for their 1st airy Libra conjunction in the 80s). Now
these planets will meet in air signs for the next 200 years or so,
and things will be different. More on that at the end of the year.
There will be a series of six eclipses with a change of
Lunar Nodes on May 5th from Cancer-Capricorn to
Gemini-Sagittarius. Of course, Mercury will again retrograde three
times in water signs that deal with our emotional bodies. Both Venus
and Mars will go retrograde this year, with Venus transiting Gemini
for four months from April 3rd to August 7th,
aligning with the North Node in Gemini. Mars, which usually spends
about six weeks in a sign will retrograde and stay in Aries for six
months, squaring Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. So don't expect things
to move ahead quickly, because they won't. Hopefully, this will slow
down any march to war (Mars in Aries is the warrior).
So get ready, finally, to commit to making a transition
to a new life, to open yourself to your new vision and to be prepared
to work hard and to take responsibility for your life and the life of
Full Moon lunar eclipse & Uranus direct on January 10th
The Cancer-Capricorn Full Moon lunar eclipse occurs on
Friday, January 10, 2020 at 11:21am PST/ 2:21pm EST/ 7:21pm GMT.
As you can see by the visuals, there's a whole of lot energy in Capricorn, all being channeled through the Cancer Moon. It will help to stay grounded and emotionally centered. Neptune in Pisces trines the Cancer Moon, so let your
imagination open you to new possibilities, no matter what happens.
The lunar nodes have been in Cancer-Capricorn since
early November 2018. With the North Node in Cancer, we've been
discovering what is truly important to us, what gives us emotional
security. The Capricorn South Node confronts us with old unresolved
karma, especially on a collective level. The deep flaws in our
patriarchal society can no longer be hidden and are being confronted
on all levels of society. It's time, especially for women, to 'leave
the Father's house'. It's been a time to let go of old habits that
were shaped by those patriarchal rules and discover via the North
Node in Cancer what truly nurtures us. And it doesn't surprise me
that what's important now is community, especially transformational
This is one of the last three eclipses in
Cancer-Capricorn. This Full Moon lunar eclipse can help you release
any lingering 'rules' and behaviors that no longer serve you.
Looking at the eclipse chart, we can see Pluto and Saturn preparing
to join up on Monday January 12, so we are at the very last stage of
this important cycle. As you'll see below, we are at the end of
patriarchy as we know it.
The Sun conjuncts Mercury, (which is out-of-bounds,
meaning the Mind can step out of its usually paradigm and see new
possibilities), a few hours before this eclipse. It's a great time
to focus our mind's intentions on integrity, harmony, and peace.
Meanwhile Jupiter just passed over the Capricorn South
Node, bringing up unfinished business that needs handling. Like
stopping another war.
This weekend is a great time to meditate, journey, dream
and imagine a different future. The stronger our imagining, the
stronger the possibility of it manifesting.
Uranus has been slowing down and will turn direct a few
hours after this eclipse. Uranus rules genius, inventions,
originality, experimentation. Uranus has been retrograde since
August 11, 2019, turning its radical awakening energies within,
working on us from the inside out. Now it's time to see how some of
those internal changes have reshaped our lives. It's time to step
forward and speak our truth, open our hearts and stay peaceful. It's
time to take over the world with love – remember our hippie slogan:
Make Love, Not War!
Uranus in Taurus forms an inconjunct with Mars in
Sagittarius in this eclipse chart, so watch out for sudden accidents
or surprises. Mars symbolizes our 'doing' nature and rules our
desires as well as our will and focus. Mars energy can constellate
anger and aggression or courage and determination. With Uranus in
the mix, you're going to want to do things differently. Try new and
unique approaches to things and go for it! But watch out for
frustration, which can turn you aside from your intentions. Stick to
them and ignore those who try to pull you back into old relationships
or ways of doing things. Remember, it takes time to transform the
material universe. Patience is the virtue we want to cultivate now.
conjunct Pluto at 23* Capricorn on January 12, 2020
Saturn's 28-30 cycle and Pluto's slow progress, they meet up every
35-38 years or so. Last time they started a cycle was in 1981-82 in
Libra. What makes this new cycle so important is that these two
planets haven't come together to start a new cycle in Capricorn, the
sign of our society and social structures, since 1518 – the year
Martin Luther confronted the Catholic Church and started the
Protestant Reformation. Which in turn, changed the world and led to
our modern world. This conjunction re-configures power structures.
It's up to us to make sure power goes to the people.
you can see, the Sun and Mercury bookend these two planets, so try to
make conscious choices about what you want the future to look like.
has been in Capricorn since 2008, when the financial crisis struck.
Pluto in Capricorn energizes evolution in our society and our social
and economic structures, bringing up what is no longer viable and
exposing it so we can let it go and make room for a new paradigm of
has devolved into capitalism, making MONEY the bottom line. This is
what has to change. With the North Node in Cancer, we need to make
family and community the center of life again. We need to create
more art and beauty, more positive visions. The economy is just one
of many things that sustain us. We need to move the economy out of
the center and put it in its place – as a tool of life. Not the
source of life.
squared Uranus in Aries in a series of seven squares during
2012-2015, bringing up all the issues from their conjunction
(beginning a new cycle) in the mid-60s. Women's issues, the
environment, social justice, equality, immigration, health. This
opening square is all about overcoming obstacles. And this is our
work now to complete what we began in the 60s. We won't see the full
results for another 40 years, but it's up to us to stand up and
create the changes now so their full flowering can be achieved.
conjunction between Saturn and Pluto is a game-changer. Saturn is
all about structures and limits and responsibility while Pluto evokes
death and rebirth – evolution. This conjunction wants to
re-structure society. It's about going beyond patriarchy into
partnership, beyond domination into equality, beyond materialism into
conjunction heralds the end of patriarchy and the beginning of a new
world-view. One in which we each have to take responsibility for our
lives and our world. And most importantly, we have to become
Stewards of the Earth, which is humanity's purpose in Mother Earth's
are like New Moons. They are a time to plant seeds, set intentions,
begin something new. That's why it's so important to take time
between the lunar eclipse and this conjunction to go within and
imagine the future. Things won't be changing dramatically on this
day. New beginnings start in the dark, the quiet, the invisible.
That's what we're called to do now.
time to live out our new story now --- time to shine out the light
within us and bring healing to ourselves and the world. People are
looking for answers to questions about life, about spirituality and
the future. We are all looking for meaning. So if you're a healer,
a coach, an astrologer, a therapist, people are going to need us as
the old world falls apart. But everyone who stands for the Light, in
whatever capacity, is called.
a spiritual warrior, balanced within between the return of the Divine
Feminine and the rising New Masculine spirit that is her mate. My
work on the return of the Goddess as Wisdom (Wisdom'sDaughters) taught me that our world needs Wisdom now if we're
going to get through this transition out of patriarchy and into
Aquarian openness and partnership. The Age of Aquarius begins in our
Minds. Now is the time to go live there. Others will follow when
Bailey, the esoteric astrologer and theosophist, described 10 Seed
Groups that would bring in the Age of Aquarius:
of the New Age
in the Field of Religion
from Alice Bailey, in her book: Discipleship
in the New Age, Vol. 1
(pages 35-42) "intensifying
points of life embedded within the NEW Group of World Servers through
which new types of energy enter into the human race. The function of
these groups is to intuit and anchor new ideas and methods within the
consciousness of humanity. They work on every level of human
awareness and activity."
group(s) do you have an affinity for?
the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine bless this new decade and