Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Early October's Shifting Cosmic Energies

The Cosmic Story keeps rocking us to our roots.  Tuesday night, Venus, the planet of love and connection, left Leo, the sign of self-expression and individuation.  Have you acknowledged the people and things you love?  It helps to know what you want now that Venus has moved into Virgo, so listen to your own values and inner wisdom in dealing with people and situations.

On Thursday, Jupiter goes retrograde at 17* Gemini, focusing Jupiter’s curiosity within to check out the facts and figure out what to believe and what old ideas to leave behind.   The Sabian symbol for 17* Gemini is: The head of a robust youth changes into that of a mature thinker.  Take this time until Jupiter goes direct on January 30, 2013, to get your thinking aligned with your heart values.

On Friday, Mercury leaves Libra after joining up with Saturn, focusing the mind on what’s essential to us in our relationships.  Then Mercury goes into Scorpio, digging into what emotional issues have been hidden within your psyche.  It’s time to recognize what you really feel, name it and transform it!

Hours later on Friday afternoon, Saturn also goes into Scorpio, where it will remain for the next 2 ½ years.  Before Saturn moves out of Libra, make sure your relationship karma is renewed.  Let those people who are important to you know!  With Saturn in Scorpio, we will have the opportunity to develop intimacy with others, dropping the old barriers and healing the old wounds that keep us from a deep sharing.  On the outer level, Scorpio deals with shared resources, so it will be interesting to see how we deal with our collective resources in the coming years.  Since it’s still around 100* out west, perhaps we can all acknowledge that global warming is an issue that has to be dealt with.

On Saturday, Mars leaves Scorpio where he battled with dragons and goes into fiery Sagittarius, so watch your energy zoom and stay focused.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Autumn Equinox 2012

The Sun goes into Libra at the Autumn Equinox, the 2nd yearly moment of balance of the light and the dark.  This point of balance initiates a new season, the rising darkness and the first seeds of community.  Libra trains us to relate to other people - it helps to deal well with one person before you attempt to deal well with a group.

The Equinox Sun and Mercury in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn and oppose Uranus in Aries, picking up the energy of last week's 60s'square, initiating a time of conscious thought and renewed understanding of the issues affecting our lives and our relationships.  This energy will intensify until next week's surprising full Moon.  Try out new relationship techniques, especially if your old tools no longer work.

As the Sun moves into Libra, we find the Moon has almost reached its first quarter - look up at sundown and you'll see Her right above you.  This Autumn Equinox Moon is in Sagittarius, adding a strong sense of truth and higher purpose to the chart. This Moon will help us discover how to deal truthfully with our relationships.  And perhaps change our philosophy about relationships.  Stay tuned in.

Saturn at the very end of Libra, having taught us valuable lessons about freedom, partnership, equality and justice, adds a deep impact to the Moon's fiery arrows of truth.  Neptune in the beginning of Pisces brings strong messages from the unconscious, dissolving the old relationship patterns and opening us to new possibilities.

Venus and Mars are challenging each other, asking us not to be drama queens but to transform our angry, hurt feelings into understanding and openness.  Venus in Leo rules the South Node in Taurus, pulled by your heart center to discover what you value and let go of the rest.  With a nice hug from Jupiter, there's plenty of love and joy to share.  Mars joins the Scorpio North Node, releasing old pain, fear and anger so the heart values can be served.  Go with the joy!

May your harvest be full and rich, and shared among friends!


Monday, September 17, 2012

The 2nd Uranus/Pluto Square: September 18-19, 2012

For a New Beginning -- John O'Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

~ John O'Donohue ~

(To Bless the Space Between Us)

Monday night Pluto ends its 5 month retrograde and goes direct.  Its energy is especially potent for the next few days.  Pluto symbolizes the energy of evolution, the raw potential for growth.  But that growth has to proceed from the death of the old.  Destruction and creation go hand in hand.

A new beginning is upon us.  As the poet John Dunne says, In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge.”    Are you ready to emerge?

Pluto continues to use his wrecking ball, knocking down the old social structures of patriarchy, clearing out the debris so we can build anew.  Just look at the news to find out how the old powers of capitalism and imperialism are being pushed back.

A fragment of an ancient Coptic manuscript mentions Jesus saying he has a wife.

A judge just ruled that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s law ending union rights was unconstitutional!  

This week we’re seeing the renewal of the Occupy Movement at their one year anniversary.   And while mass gatherings focus attention on the issues, I still hope that the movement will start to Occupy their home town with the arts to convince more people to join the Movement!

Shell Oil has scrapped plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this year!  After investing 7 years and nearly $5 billion, Shell has nothing to show except a series of safety mishaps and a reputation in tatters.

We have more volcanic activity, with volcanos erupting (Pluto in an earth sign) again in Guatemala this time.

MIT scientists have discovered a new solar technology.   Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, it’s time to expand our use of solar energy.

The ugliness of patriarchy is also very apparent.  The fear of the Feminine is now so apparent that it can no longer be denied.  From state houses to Congress, men are still trying to regulate women’s bodies.  Religious beliefs that repress women are not just found in Islam but also in Christianity and in Judaism.  We have our own American Taliban trying to keep women ‘in their place’, but it isn’t working.

We also have the ugliness of the anti-Islamic movie that touched off a firestorm of protests in the Muslim world, resulting in the death of Christopher Stevens.  America has our own brand of terrorism, and using a movie is such an American way of causing trouble!


The other important energy abroad this week is the 2nd Uranus/Pluto square.  Just after Pluto turns to direct motion, Uranus in Aries challenges Pluto in Capricorn to push forward with a new vision for all of us.  This is the second of seven of these “squares” through March 2015.   Then on September 20th, Mercury, planet of communication and travel, forms a “T-square” with Uranus and Pluto, adding to the possibility of explosive and damaging political dialogues, tumultuous transportation crisis and radical new ideas that can accelerate cultural and personal change and evolution.

Uranus in Aries asks us to step into our archetypal identity, enhancing our ability to stand up for our freedom and our rights.  “Then the delight, when your courage kindled, And out you stepped onto new ground, Your eyes young again with energy and dream, A path of plenitude opening before you.”  


These two planets add an explosive tension to both political and geophysical events.  Riots in the Middle East, political gaffs on the part of the Republican presidential candidates, the teachers strike in Chicago are all part and parcel of the continuing challenges the world faces as we leave the old systems behind and finally focus on developing a new system for a new age. 

The Sabian symbol for Pluto at 7* Capricorn is: A veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of a god.  This image tells us that if we turn within (being veiled) we can connect to the Wisdom of life to show us the way forward.  In this time when patriarchy is (finally) dying, those of us who can go within to touch the Source of Life will have new visions to share with the world. 

The Sabian symbol for Uranus at 7* Aries is: A man succeeds in expressing himself simultaneously in two realms.  Here the alchemical lesson is that we can unite our spiritual nature with our material life.  If we do, our visions will be True.

        With the Sun moving into Libra on September 22, more changes are on the way, as this potent square includes the Sun and Moon on September 29th’s Full Moon.  So stay tuned!

The Uranus in Aries Square to Pluto in Capricorn 

The planets involved in the biggest energy shift this next year are Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries.  They’re bringing the 60s back in with a roar.  It seems all of us need to have a talk with Mr. Pluto.  He wants to tell us about our shadow self that is keeping us chained to the past.  Uranus wakes us up to our freedom – Pluto tells us what we need to change to achieve it.

Pluto might be asking us to take in the radiation coming at us from the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan and transform it into light, consciousness, good will and imagination/creativity.  It’s interesting that the US is the first country it hits.  Perhaps transforming our American ‘conspicuous consumption’ consciousness is the crux of the matter. If that’s what Pluto is demanding of us, then let’s turn all that plutonian radioactivity into Light.  

Uranus opens us to the mindset that can achieve this transformation.  It says to dig deep into Aries’ search for identity and find yours!  So open yourselves to the archetypal realms and ask for an archetypal mentor who can teach you your true name.

Astrologers have been talking about this upcoming square for many years, but especially since the summer of 2010’s cardinal cross brought these two planets in contact with a Cancer Moon and Saturn in Libra.  Cardinal signs are the action–oriented signs of the zodiac.  They stand at the beginning of the 4 seasons – Capricorn/Winter, Aries/Spring, Cancer/Summer, Libra/Fall.  They move things along and certainly since 2010 things ‘have moved along’ – the financial crisis deepening and the rift between ‘right and left’, ‘rich and poor’ widening.

Whenever these two change agents get together, we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis-oriented time, but it doesn’t have to be a violent or dangerous time unless we make it so.  The present crisis is that our financial and governing systems need to be renewed.  And as is obvious, the patriarchal system is fighting back to keep its power and prerogatives in place.  Unfortunately for them, they WILL have to go.  How that ends up happening is up to each of us. 

The planets that energize this kind of change are both collective energies, transforming whole generations - Uranus, the great Awakener, and Pluto, the great Leveler.  Uranus is the lightning bolt of divine awareness while Pluto is the underworld power of evolution. Freedom-loving, independent Uranus meets powerful, transformational Pluto in a dance of breakdown and breakthrough for the collective.  “Uranus represents the unstoppable force of ideas whose time has come. Pluto represents the raw power and inevitability of breakdown and renewal. Together they force consciousness changes in the collective that are – relatively speaking — explosively sudden.” (Jessica Murray)  Sudden only to those who haven’t wanted to see. 

These two planets move around the Sun in cycles, creating their own effects upon the Earth, as any other two planets do.  These energies are relational, just as the Sun and Moon form a monthly cycle in relationship to each other.  We can trace how this Uranus/Pluto cycle synchronistically affected society back through our most ancient history.  For a full explanation, see Richard Tarnas’ Cosmos and Psyche, a really amazing look at astrology and history.  

A quick look at history shows us that Revolution and Evolution are in the air whenever Uranus the Radical Rebel teams up with Pluto, the Underworld Lord.  (Thank you Lauren Coleman, and for this timeline.)

·         In 1707- 1710, Uranus and Pluto were both in Leo.  The Industrial Revolution begins. The steam engine moves us into the future.  Leo creativity.
·         In 1775-60, Uranus in Pisces was in a similar first quarter (like the first quarter Moon) square to Pluto in Sagittarius.  These were years of war over empires and trade.  The American colonists started mobilizing against Great Britain and ‘taxation without representation’.  It’s still tyranny!
·         1791-1795, Uranus in Leo opposite Pluto in Aquarius (like a full Moon).  These were years when the 99%(Aquarius) rose up against Monarchy (Leo).  The French Revolution.  The Haitian Revolution.
·         1819-1822, Uranus in Sagittarius square Pluto in Pisces (last quarter Moon aspect).  Massive global revolutions in South America, Greece vs. Ottoman Empire, European revolts.  The masses (Pisces) rise up against oppression(Sag).
·         1849-1852, Uranus conjunct Pluto in Aries (Individual freedom) (a new Moon aspect). These were the years before the American Civil War when the need to end slavery was brought to public consciousness. (SHAME ON PATRIARCHY that it’s still practiced today.)  Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto.  First Women’s Rights Convention held.  The Taiping Rebellion in China.  The Irish Potato Famine.  Aries gave rise to a new sense of individual freedom.
·         1875-1878, Uranus in Leo square Pluto in Taurus.  The energies here had to do with Empire Wars (Leo/King-Taurus/land).  Russian Empire vs. Ottoman Empire.  The last great Sioux War in North America.
·         1900-1903, Uranus in Sagittarius opposite Pluto in Gemini – stock market Panic of 1901, many natural disasters involving migrations of people.
·         1930-1935, Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Cancer (last quarter).  The Great Depression and the rise of nationalism (Cancer/homeland).  Gandhi’s Salt March of 1930.
·         1964-1967, Uranus and Pluto in Virgo (a new cycle begins).  The Vietnam War, the Peace Movement, the Israeli Six-Day War, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, The Feminist Movement, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and the birth of the Environmental Movement (Virgo).   How do we use our resources?
·         2011-2015: Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: The Inverted Power Pyramid – or bottom up civil action.  The Arab Spring, London Riots, Occupy Movement and beyond!

            As you can see, these two planets are at least synchronized to events happening within our social structures. From 1090 AD, the time of the First Crusade, to 1850, these planets have begun their cycle in individualistic, creative fire signs (Aries and Leo) – cycles where we’ve pursued our own interests without regard to others or Nature.  So when Pluto and Uranus came together in Virgo in the 1960s, they began a new cycle of transformation (like a new Moon) in more ways than one.  Having this and the next series of Pluto/Uranus conjunctions in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) bodes well that we’ll finally get down to the job of caring for and working with the Earth.   Virgo is the sign representing workers, the environment, health and consciousness, of service and the practical mind. 

Since the new cycle was the birth of a new energy, the 60s were wild and carefree like young children.  Something brand new came into the world – make love not war!  The youth culture – trust nobody over 30!   Now these two forces are in a 90-degree angle to each other – the angle we liken to the Hero’s Journey, where we have to grow by overcoming obstacles and bringing the new insights of the 60s into our public life.  Universal health care, sustainable and healthy food production, environmental safeguards, workers’ rights over corporate rights – these are all up for renewal.  And in the end, they will inevitably be implemented.  How that happens is up to us.
Pluto can be associated with the archetypal Shadow and in Capricorn he’s showing us our collective financial shadow – we overspend, create too much waste and have unrealistic expectations.  It’s time to confront the hard truths of our way of life and perhaps even sacrifice the extraneous ‘stuff’ while we take responsibility for the mess we’ve created. 
With Uranus the original Mind in a 90* angle to Pluto the unconscious evolutionary forces of life, we have to move up to a higher level of consciousness and communications as we struggle to see both sides of the issue and find solutions to the problems we’ve created.  We cannot demonize the ‘other side’ even though they seem to enjoy demonizing us.   We need to continue to cultivate the seeds planted in the 60s in peaceful and responsible ways.  Besides working politically for change, we also need to cultivate Art and collaboration to pave the way for the change that will come at the end of this Pluto transit in 2024.    

There will be 7 exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn from June 24, 2012 to March 16-17, 2015 – occurring between 7* - 15* Capricorn/Aries.  If you have planets at these degrees in any of the 4 Cardinal signs, you’re in for big transformations.  If you have planets at these degrees in fixed or mutable signs, they’ll affect in you different ways.    But we all will be affected, because Capricorn is the sign of our collective institutions, especially our financial and governmental institutions. We’re all in this together! 

Every 248 years, Pluto goes into Capricorn.  The last time it did was right before the American Revolution.  Since Capricorn rules our collective social structures, these time periods usually signal periods of social unrest and institutional reformation.  We’re watching as Pluto in Capricorn reveals the rot at the base of our patriarchal institutions of finance and governance.  It would be funny if it weren’t so painful.  The hypocrisy of our leaders can lead us to become cynical or it can make us determined to change things.  I vote for the change, don’t you??

Because of the way energy works, Uranus in Aries’ revolutionary power will have more influence as time goes on.  This means that Uranus in Aries, waking us up to our individual power and to our archetypal identities, will push at those old patriarchal institutions, especially corporations, until they collapse and transform into institutions that work for everyone’s welfare, not just for the 1%.  But it will take WORK on our part.  Just don’t despair – have more imagination than that!

So watch out for lots of breakdown, and surprising fresh starts out of the blue.   And sometimes it’s both!   The opportunities come from the cultural break down.  Remember to turn inward, and hone your ability to hear your own guidance. Whether this guidance comes through dreams, flashes of intuition, synchronicity, or messages you receive from others, stay open to your imagination.  That’s what will help you decipher the meaning of what’s happening to you and it will give you clues on handling any situation.   

The fact that Neptune is in its own sign of Pisces, source of spiritual awakening and imagination, gives us the cosmic go-ahead to dream large and envision with love possible futures that can come into being in the cracks of our crumbling patriarchal structures.  We will salvage the wise values of the past and bring them forward into the future to be integrated with the new structures we’re building.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Venus Transit to the Sun, June 5 2012

The Cosmic Story: Venus Transit to the Sun, June 5, 2012

On June 5th, there will be a cosmic event that you don’t want to miss.   The planet Venus travels across the face of the Sun.  (See link for viewing details)

The Cosmic Story

Astrology is an art as well as a science, using metaphor as its language and cosmic law as its metaphysics.  Our solar system spins, drawing us into the center, together.   Each planet and asteroid circling the Sun energizes a force at play in the world.  Along with the force of gravity, all bodies in our solar system hold onto each other energetically and so affect each other.  That’s why the ancients named the planets after their gods and goddesses – their experience of the world acknowledged and accepted the connection between matter, the imagination and spirit.  And the connective energy of the Universe is symbolized by Venus, both the goddess and the planet.  It seems Love is the irresistible force that holds everything and everyone together.

Carl Jung thought that the ancient god/desses had become psychological complexes in modern man.  And he also believed that at the center of these complexes were archetypes, human behaviors that are inborn and instinctual.  To dream, to conceive, to engender, to birth, to protect, to love, to die.  These archetypal energies also express themselves on a cosmic level, joining our energies with the other inhabitants of Earth, with our solar system and with galaxies.   It seems the Universe lays out the basic conditions for life and for death, for stars and for humans, and gifts us with them, daring us to play along.1    

The planet Venus represents one of the universal archetypes, the archetype of Connection.  Under patriarchy, Venus energizes the realm of sexual love, beauty and companionship, the acceptable (to men) aspect of her energies.  But her deepest nature represents an essential archetype, the mystery of life expressed through Love and Wisdom, Connection and Wholeness.  

So when we have such a spectacular celestial meeting of the Source of Life (Sun) and Love and Wisdom (Venus) occurring in our skies, perhaps we need to allow this energy into our hearts and let it inform how we live our lives.  Otherwise, we’ll get caught up in the chaos that is stirring in the world because our financial system is broken. Since money seems to be the real god of patriarchy, people will be caught up in confusion, anger and unfortunate violence.  But we can help.  Venus’s energy can connect us so we realize we’re all in this together, help us work together to solve our problems, and support us when we stand up for truth, justice and compassion.  Venus is the planetary energy that rules the heart chakra.   The awakened heart leads us to Wisdom.  
Venus in the Sky – with diamonds
Venus has been a bright, beautiful Evening Star for many months now, but because Earth’s orbit caught up with it on May 15th, Venus now appears to be getting lower in the sky as our Earth races ahead.  Venus is retrograde (going back or within) and will soon disappear back into the rays of the sun for a fiery re-birth.  After it visibly crosses the Sun’s face on June 5th, it will disappear again until it appears in the sky before sunrise on June 13th as the Morning Star.   
Almost all ancient cultures associated this planet with their goddess of Love.  The Evening Star is known as Vesper, the gentle wisdom star of evening.  We know the Evening Star as the star of wishes and hopes (Star light, Star bright, first star I see tonight. . .).  She was called Stella Maris, Star of the Sea, the light that guides us home.  When Venus rises before the Sun, she is known as the Morning Star, Lucifer the Light-Bringer, who heralds the dawn of a new day.  This Venus is a warrior goddess of Love, loving herself as well as others, and forging a new path for the Sun (consciousness).  This is the aspect of Venus that awaits us on the other side of this rare Venus conjunction.  It is a call to defend what we love by standing up for peace and compassion.
Because the planes of Earth, Venus and the Sun are aligned, we get to see this rare transit of Venus, which happens only four times every 243 years. The spacing between these planetary meetings is very uneven: first it takes 121½ years to happen, then 8 years, then 105½ years, then 8 years again. The last transit occurred in June 2004 and after this June's planetary dance, there won't be another meeting for 105 ½ years, in December 2117.   Venus naturally has an eight year cycle, forming a pentagram during its cycle.  This is the planet that ancient astronomers used to measure our cosmos.  So Venus is the measure of our solar system.
I saw the last Venus’ transit on June 8, 2004 from a beach in Rhode Island, watching as the Sun rose golden over the water.   I looked through binoculars at that black dot on the face of the Sun and saw Venus as planet, not star or dot.  A whole world, a unique energy.   Making me aware that she is closer to the creative fires, clothed with the Sun’s energy, visible to my eyes and soul in the light of day.  This cosmic magic filled me with Venus’ very own gift – Love!  You just get joyful and everything seems to go right.       
If we lived in a society that looked to the heavens for meaning, June 5th’s second transit of Venus across the face of the Sun would rock the world as a sign of hope for the future.  And there would be hope if enough people accept responsibility for letting Love lead the way.  Imagine a world where Love was the basis for life’s decisions!  Not an unconscious love, but Love as the awareness of our connection with everyone and everything, coming through our imagination and intuition.  Love as a foundation for life’s choices and decisions based on a belief that what I do to another I do to myself.  Love places us back in the cycle of Life, where we are one and whole.

That belief is the polar opposite of patriarchal thinking, which configures us as separate and imperfect.  Every man for himself!    Even though patriarchy has tried to suppress the more feminine right brain holistic view of life, women are often quite adept at operating out of both brains, basing their decisions on right brain connective love and using the left brain to make it so.  It actually works quite well!  This transit is attuned to our right brains, so ask your analytical left brain to stand down, open to your imagination and see what you discover.

Another meaning for this Venus transit (and there are as many meanings as imaginations to spring from), includes the fact that Venus is moving through the sign of Gemini, the Mind.  We are being called upon to create a New Mind (Gemini Solar Eclipse), with new categories of belief (Sagittarius) and perception (Gemini), including a renewed knowledge of dreams, of unseen realities, and of out-of-the-box potentials of the human mind and heart.   The Cosmos wants to make us aware that we need to combine our feminine, holistic mind with the prevailing masculine, analytical mind to create a New Mind to go with a new, global Heart, which is Venus’s power center.         

Venus/Aphrodite is the primordial promise of Heaven to Earth, birthed in the sea of Earth’s oceanic collective unconscious, engendered by the potency of Uranus’ heavenly phallus.  Aphrodite is heaven’s gift to us, the promise that Love will teach us Wisdom here on Earth.  From Venus’ point of view, John Lennon was right – all you do need is LOVE.

But our patriarchy has not been kind to Venus/Aphrodite and love, just as it hasn’t accepted women’s crowning achievement in life – to be a vessel of Wisdom.  That’s what needs to change.   This daylight appearance of Venus will wake women up to our unique power and purpose – to bring Wisdom (Venus/Sun) into the collective discussion (Gemini/Sun).

The background energy framing this last Venus transit is the upcoming square between the revolutionary and evolutionary energies of the 60s.  With revolutionary Uranus challenging Pluto’s transformative energy, pushing for more real societal change, we could fall into violence and mob psychology (Neptune in Pisces is another energy framing this time) if we stay unconscious and ignore Venus’s mythical and mystical powers of Love and Peace.  But since Venus and the Sun in Gemini are in a rare aspect with Neptune in Pisces which promotes self-knowledge, interior analysis, and the search for wisdom, I think we’ll be inspired with new vision, promoting peaceful revolution rather than violence.  With Venus, we have to recognize that one of the forms of peaceful revolution comes through the Arts, which can change people’s minds quicker than arguments.

The Strength tarot card, which combines solar imagery (Lion) with Venusian (woman), reveals that we have to tame, not kill, our passions with Love and Courage.  If we want to fulfill the promise of the cosmic story of a renewed Earth, we have to live it now.  We cannot attain transformation with violence anymore.  It won’t work.  What we can do is let the Lady have her say.  This Lady is the Sophia, Wisdom, the gift of feminine consciousness.  She is Venus/Aprhodite, traversing the face of the Sun, making us conscious of the fact that her energy can stand before the light of consciousness.  Love is the only logic left to us.

On a concrete level, this Venus transit can prompt us to really think about how we feel about ourselves and others, entice us to love ourselves as we unconsciously did as children, and re-categorize how we understand life’s experiences.  Venus/Aphrodite inspires us to feel our love and joy of life rise up without restraint.  Once you really see your original Self and love her/him, hold that image in your consciousness so it becomes the new basis of your self-worth, another Venus gift that needs re-defining. When we realize that our real value lies in our strength of character and our connection with Spirit, rather than with the external accumulation of power and wealth, we will have peace (yet another gift of this goddess of Beauty, Love and Wisdom).  
Venus retrograde (connecting within) then visible by the Sun reminds us that Love and Peace start in our own hearts. The Cosmic Story of the Venus transit would have us believe in the power of Conscious Love, because Love will bring us Wisdom.  And Wisdom can find her way through the darkness ahead to a new Birth for our world.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Red Egg Meditation for Spring Equinox 2012

Red Egg Meditation for Ostara/ Spring Equinox, 2012

The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out.   As a source of new life, the egg was a symbol of creation, spring, and fertility in many cultures and religions, long before the advent of Christianity.  The ancient Persians painted and exchanged eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring Equinox; Romans gave red-painted eggs as gifts at the new year; an egg is one of the symbolic foods on the plate at the Passover Seder which celebrates the new life of the people of Israel when they were redeemed from slavery in Egypt.  

Christianity inherited this rich natural symbolic tradition.  However, the great spring festival of Easter, the Christian Passover, added a new meaning to the symbolism of the egg, for just as the hard shell of the egg is broken open so that new life can emerge, so was the rock-hewn tomb of Jesus broken open when he rose from the dead on the third day.   Ancient cultures saw the egg as a symbol of the rebirth of nature, but Christians came to see it as a symbol of the rebirth of mankind.
Christians see the Easter egg as a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.  In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized His resurrection from the dead.

A sacred tradition among followers of Eastern Christianity says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ. 

This meditation is to help you clear out the old energy within your astral body so that new possibilities can fill you.  Sit and relax and close your eyes.

1.      Ground and Center.
2.      In front of you is a spiral staircase going down into the Earth. Slowly walk down the spiral staircase, sinking deeper into mediation to the count of 10.  At the bottom, you see a door.  Open it and walk through.   You find yourself in front of a silvery, misty lake.  You can make out trees along its edges, shimmering darkly. The air is a silvery mist.
3.      Undress and step into the waters.  Swim out until you are cradled in the mists and waters.   Now lay back and float.  Breathe.   After a while, you can no longer tell if you are suspended in water or mist.  Relax.   
4.      Take 3 deep breaths and open your crown chakra.  Your next breath draws in the watery mists through the top of your head.  The silver mist settles around your crown chakra.  As you gently breathe into your crown, name the belief that connects you to your highest ideals.   Thank it for sustaining you – and let it go – let it dissolve into the mist.
5.      Now take a deep breath and exhale it through your 3rd eye.  Let the silver mist descend to your 3rd eye and encircle it.  Breathe into your 3rd eye and see what story you imaginally live in – optimistic/pessimistic/spiritual/etc.  Thank it for guiding you – and let it go – let it dissolve in the mist.
6.      Now take another breath and exhale through your throat chakra.  Let the mist fill your throat and let it speak your truth (silently or aloud).  Then thank it for defending you and let it go – let it dissolve in the mist.
7.      Your next breath goes through your heart.  Open it wide.  Let what you love fill your heart.  Thank them for giving you comfort.  And let them, too, go into the mists.
8.      Rest in your heart.  With each breath feel the empty chakras above your heart.  They now only contain the stardust of creation, matter in its dormant stage, waiting for the spark of life.  Let the stardust fill these higher chakras.  Rest in the silence.  Breathe.
9.      Now breathe into your solar plexis.  Let the silvery mist descend to your center of self-identity, your ego.  Who are you?  See yourself reflected in the mists, both the reality and the ideal.  Thank your ego for taking care of things, and let it go, let your identity dissolve in the mist.  What does it feel like?  (Ride the fear, breathe in the unknown.) You are Free!
10.   Let your breath fill your abdomen and feel your sacral chakra expand and contract with each breath.  Let the silver mist descend into your belly and let it take on the shape of your feelings, your hurts, and your yearnings.  Thank these desires for energizing your life.  Now let them go flowing back into the mists.
11.  And now feel your breath at your root chakra, down in the place of engendering and birth.  How are you rooted to your life?  What makes you feel solid and secure?  Feel your connection to the Earth, bless it and let it go.  Yes, even this, let go into the mists.
12.  Pull the silence, the emptiness, the original matter of creation down through your body.  Let it fill you as you wait for re-birth.
13.  Breathe.   Now stand up in the water which is mist and sink your ‘empty’ awareness down into the fires at the center of the Earth.  Pull Earth’s hot, raging fires up your spine.  Now lift your awareness through the top of your head and feel the pulsing energy of the stars.  This is a cool, subtle fire.  Pull Heaven’s eternal fires down your spine.  Let the fires meet and flow through you until they blend into a golden light in your heart.  You have taken in the power of the new light and it is entraining with your energy signature.  Breathe in and out, just feeling the energies. This is the energy of engendering creation, the great God of light come to fertilize the great Goddess of life. This is the energy you will use for your rebirth this year.
14.  The golden light glows brightly then condenses into a snake of golden light which crawls down your spine and out your root chakra.  It coils around a red egg that is floating in the watery mist.  The egg is the Goddess’ gift, her sacred temenos of life.  The golden snake flows over to the egg and circles around it.   It glows golden and crimson with new life, new possibilities. 
15.  Now the golden snake of light sinks into the red egg of life.  It is done!  Give thanks. Your new life is fertilized!
16.  Now take up the red egg and imagine placing it on your crown chakra.  Let an image come to you.  This is what you are ready to believe in this year.   
17.  Place the red egg on your 3rd eye.  What do you see, feel, think?  This is your new story.
18.  Take the egg and place it on your throat chakra.  Listen for your new truth to arise.
19.  Hold the red egg in front of your heart.  Let those you love be with you, and let something new to love be born amongst you.  This is your heart’s desire.
20.  Take the egg and put it on your solar plexis.  What new thing do you know about yourself?  How would you name yourself now?  This is your new identity.
21.  Nestle the egg against your belly.   Feel what’s energizing within you.  What excites you, intrigues you, pleases you?  This is your motivation, the engine that drives you.
22.  Tuck the red egg down in your root chakra.  Feel the vibrations.  Look to see how the upper chakras are glowing, pulsing, dancing with light.  Let an image arise of what grounds you in this life.  Why are you here – what holds you?  This is your purpose.
23.  Now hold your egg and turn around 3 x’s.  In front of you is a wooden door.  Look at it – does it have images on it.  This is the doorway to inner realms.  Go through it and turn and close it until you return next time.  There is a spiral staircase in front of you.  Slow walk back up to the count of 10 to 1, becoming more aware of your surroundings until you reach 1 when you can open your eyes.

Welcome back.  And happy Spring! 

Tend your inner red egg home and warm it every day with the fires of life.  Let your imagination feed it; let your passion give it warmth. It will grow quickly if you care for it.