December and January Astro-Energies

November 28, 2009

As we enter December, Saturn and Pluto are still tightly square.   We can’t discount this energy pattern.  It WILL continue, although now that we’re in the thick of it, we can begin to get used to it.   Remember, Saturn is the fear that things won’t be as we think they absolutely SHOULD be.  Pluto is the fear that we can’t control anything.  Together they create a potent virus for a “FearStorm”.   Remember your good mental hygiene, and remember that at some level we are never “in control of things” and that Pluto rips away our control for our own ultimate good.  This particular ongoing square won’t flare up until other planets trigger events again.   And they will.

On December first, Uranus will station direct.   Uranus is in tropical Pisces and its retrograde motion has been moving it away from an exact 3-way collision with the SaturnPluto square.  (Imagine a 4-way intersection with no signage, and then imagine 3 semis moving full speed into the intersection.   They don’t have to be aligned with mathematical precision to create a pretty powerful show.)   When Uranus stations direct on December 1, it will be moving towards its square with the SaturnPluto series of squares (4 more in the next two years, and the next one is in late January).

What will this feel like?   Uranus is the fear of losing freedom.   It’s cutting off your nose to spite your face.  It’s the urge to break free from any and all constraints, and is the signature planet of the highest technologies–and of revolutions.   The energy zeitgeist of this time will be restlessness, impatience, “wired and tired” syndrome, and the pure rebel archetype.  Think of Aquarian (the sun sign ruled by Uranus) Sarah Palin.  Don’t fence that gal in.  She refuses to do what is expected, and reacts to every criticism as an attempt to abrogate her personal freedom.  Not the highest form of Uranian energy, but she definitely fits the pattern.

Now imagine that kind of energy combined with (and beginning to trigger) the SaturnPluto FearStorm.  It’s reasonable to expect that December and January will show us more over-the-top reactiveness from those who are fearful and angry.    But that’s not the only thing we can expect.

This archetypal energy combination is the signature for some of the most far-reaching scientific breakthroughs of all time.   As we speak, the CERN research facility in Switzerland is again setting up their “god-particle” experiment…  attempting to create the bit of anti-matter that some theorists think was the spark for the “Big Bang”.   They’ve failed to perform the experiment several times, due to events like power failures and bread crumbs falling into the device by (they think) a passing bird.  I think it’s likely that they will succeed in the next year, and quite possible in the next two months.   The implications for energy production alone are world-changing.   The implications for humanity’s ability to become god-like in our creative potential is also tied into this experiment.   BIG STUFF!

But we’re not done yet.   December also includes the relatively rare (once in two years) retrograde of the planet Mars.  Mars is the principle of action, of assertion, aggressiveness.   An astrological rule of thumb is that anyone starting a fight during a retrograde Mars is bound to lose.   This includes barfights and legal challenges.  Mars will station retrograde on December 20, and it will be tied up in the PlutoSaturnUranus picture.   Just what we needed:  More fire.  More agitation.     Usually Mars spends 2 months in a single zodiac sign, but because of this pattern, it will be in Tropical Leo until June 2010.  Sidereally (vedic astrology) it will be in Cancer, which is its sign of debilitation.   In the Indian system, retrograde planets are stronger for two main reasons:  they are brighter, and they aspect twice as many houses.  Two negatives can make a positive in Vedic astrology (retrograde is negative and debilitated is negative), but it won’t do it in any normal way.   Mars will be a wild card.  Mars goes direct March 10, and then it will only be “debilitated” in the Vedic system, and will remain so until late May.

The Mars Retrograde is a perfect setup for a successful Re-Doing of the CERN Hadron Collider experiment.  Mars archetypes include speed and collisons.   Unfortunately Mars configured with Uranus can produce accidents, but we’ve got that weird double-negative with Mars going, which can pull the danger out of the fire.

AND one more thing.  On  Dec 26, Mercury goes retrograde.  This happens 3 times a year, for 3 weeks each, so we’re pretty used to it.   This retrograde point doesn’t re-inflame the Saturn/Pluto/Uranus/Mars mess, so the normal mail, technology, lost luggage, traffic jam screw-ups will be in play.  Plan for extra time in your schedule and don’t sign major contracts unless you have a retrograde Mercury in your birth chart.  Mercury is an archetype that includes the mind, manual dexterity, trade, communications, local commerce.   Anything along those lines that can be RE-thought is excellent.   With both Mercury and Mars RE-trograde, RE-Thinking, RE-DOing, Re-Viewing, Re-Searching, Re-Writing will all go more smoothly than usual.   Mercury stations direct about January 15, 2010.

For the next few months, the key is staying clear of the FearStorm virus.  Surrender to what you can’t control, Trust that there’s a bigger picture unfolding, and sit back and enjoy the show from what my friend calls the “Bob Uecker Seats”.   It’s all Maya–a big play unfolding for our amusement and edification.

November Energies in review.

November 28, 2009

As I mentioned in November, we are building toward a major planetary traffic jam, and November and December are big months.  We saw the Saturn Pluto energies in two major ways:

One was the tragic shooting at Fort Hood…  In my opinion, the cultural and career stresses on Hasan (the shooter) were a recipe for a breakdown.   Just imagine, American born, deciding that serving the military was a reasonable career choice and getting a degree in psychiatry through military funding (an aside here:  it isn’t uncommon for people who have suffered psychological trauma to be attracted to psychiatry in an attempt to heal themselves.  We don’t know Hasan’s psychological background.)   His birth country is now in a war which is loudly proclaimed by extremists as a war against Islam–Hasan’s own religion.  He is placed in a position in which those who have been most traumatized by the horrors of war are bringing their broken spirits–and their horror stories from the front–to a man who has already been the brunt of anti-Islamic prejudice.  Then he is told they’re sending him to the front.   This series of events twists and torture every familial, religious and cultural loyalty the man ever had.  It is a recipe for a schizophrenic break—and, getting back to the astrology, the Saturn Pluto energies:  Fear of events you can’t control, and Fear that things won’t be the way they absolutely SHOULD be, in your opinion, came together in a perfect FearStorm for Hasan.

The second was the announcement that a major state-owned bank in Dubai has declared a moratorium in paying of tens of billions of dollars of debt.  A financial announcement that also triggered a FearStorm across the world’s financial markets.

Look ahead to December in the next post.

New IONS Podcast

November 28, 2009

Look under the PODCAST heading on the menu bar for the entire series of IONS lectures for 09.   The podcasts for Mark Sebasta’s Shamanism and Shapeshifting into a New Era is up, as well as October’s Mary Mansfield, Bridging Science and Spirit.

The Secret of Happiness

November 5, 2009

—and the planetary energies of Winter 2009-10.

THIS IS THE ISSUE OF NOW!  Saturn/Pluto energies are the keys to this discovery.

Yesterday I talked to a friend who hit a classic Saturn/Pluto crisis issue.   Saturn is fear things won’t be the way YOU think they SHOULD be, and Pluto is fear that you have no control at all.  (pssst–a secret:  you Don’t).

As we’ve said before, Pluto’s cycle is so long that no humans have lived through an entire cycle.  Only a few of the very oldest humans, and only in some generations, have even lived through a half-orbit of Pluto.   If you think of Mars’ two-year cycle and the infamous “terrible twos” of children awakening to the energy of their own Mars, and then you think of know-it-all Jupiter’s 12 year cycle and a 12-year old kid’s know-it-all attitude as they complete this first phase, you can begin to get an idea of how important the complete cyclic experience is.   Not one of us will ever have this understanding of Pluto.   It is beyond our control and also truly beyond our comprehension.

And it usually brings upheaval.  Why?  Because Pluto’s aim and goals for us are so far beyond our comprehension that we just don’t “get it” when our wonderful boss gets replaced by an ogre, or our company’s health insurance policy, on which our life seems to depend, is seriously reduced.   We aren’t capable of seeing the long view here.  And with Pluto, the long view WILL be good, as long as we stop trying to control what we can’t control.

The kind of control we can have when Pluto is involved is Self Control.    Recently an acquaintance set off my Pluto buzzer in a trivial, but still intense way.   By attacking my friends, I feared he was changing an amiable and nurturing group into a dangerous place where people would be fearful of expressing themselves.   In a dream, I saw a mother protecting toddlers by placing a mason jar over a scorpion.   When I woke, I went to my cupboard and found a Mason Jar.  ATLAS MASON, it said.   I turned it upside down on my coffee table to contain “his” dangerous energy.   A few days later I realized that my enraged fury was the scorpion that needed to be contained.  So now the upended ATLAS MASON jar is a reminder for me to control my over-reaction.

The irony about Pluto reactions is that they are SO intense, and SO sudden, that even someone as obsessed with Pluto symbolism as I am can be overtaken by the flashfire of reactivity before recognizing the true cause.  It’s totally absurd—here I was, obsessed, angry, unable to think of anything else, unable to sleep — this level of intensity can ONLY be Plutonian…  and it took me days to recognize that my only path was Self Control… and trust.

Now we’re getting to the secret of happiness.  Only one more detour.

Have you ever seen those advertised seminars that tell you how this or that spiritual technique will make you rich, or how getting rich is an indicator of spiritual advancement—and taking this or that seminar will get you there?   (Shades of Calvinism!)  Why do people want to get rich?  Why do people want to “get spiritual” for that matter?   Really–Why!   It’s because they think this will make them happy.   When we are going through an intense Pluto time we want things to be different, because we think if things are different we will be happy.  Have you ever seen a truly happy person?  (To be picky here, maybe the word “happy” isn’t the right word, as it suggests “happenstance” and thus temporary conditions.  Let’s use the word JOY.)  Look at the Dalai Lama.  His presence is surrendered to happiness.

Why are we unhappy?  Because things aren’t the way we think they SHOULD be (Saturn).  The Abraham teachings say that we must be as happy now as we will be when the desired condition manifests.   That, they tell us, will bring the desired condition to us.   But if the point is to reach happiness, it doesn’t matter if the condition ever arrives.  If we are happy now, we are happy now.   If we have joy now, even if the desired condition never arrives we will always be in a state of joy.

I have the deepest respect and admiration for Byron Katie, who has reached a state in which every single moment and every single circumstance coming to her awareness is seen as “perfect” and as a cause for joy.  She can live this despite a rare corneal ulceration in both eyes causing her extreme pain and intermittent periods of blindness.   This is truly a Saturn/Pluto joy.   She has SURRENDERED (Pluto) her idea of how things SHOULD be (Saturn), and in this surrender has found the TRUST that the larger picture is perfect.   In our yin/yang universe, all is in balance at all times.  All is in perfection at all times.  The tragedy of one spot is balanced by the celebration in another.  The answer is not to erase both tragedy and joy to reach a homogeneous condition of stasis.  The rocking motions between yin and yang are part of the ongoing perfect creation of our multiverse.

If you can create the happiness within you that you believe you would have if all your dreams came true, you have created the miracle.  Truly, all your dreams HAVE come true, even if not a single atom of your physical life has changed.

Pluto creates such deep discomfort in us that we are forced into new situations.   It is experiences like this that make people say that suffering brings enlightenment.   In periods of such discomfort, Pluto holds the promise of joy.   After long periods of pain in my life, I finally decided that my next “lessons” would come through Joy.   It’s a decision.   It’s possible.   How?

When you find yourself in a place of pain, look around your inner and outer landscape and use your imagination to find something to do that will give you peace, joy, or happiness in this very moment.  It could be making cookies.  It could be taking a walk in the park and deeply breathing the seasonal air.  It could be listening intently to your favorite music.  It is anything which involves all your awareness and all your senses.  (It is NOT watching TV or eating one more pint of Ben & Jerry’s.)

This is the beginning of the path to total joy.   This is the secret of happiness.   It’s very simple and not always easy, but always joyful.   By following this path, the joy of the universe will open to you…  “the peace that passeth all understanding”.    And who needs anything else?

Podcast: Knowing Pluto

November 1, 2009

This is the 5th lecture in the class series on “Meeting the Archetype on the Road”.   It is about Pluto, which is a major player in the archetypal energy soup we are swimming in between 2008 and 2012 and beyond.   If you would like the recordings for the rest of the class series, please contact me directly at [email protected]  .  The series will be available shortly on these pages.

November Energies

November 1, 2009

I’ve been asked to say a few words about the astro-energy we’re traveling thru this month.   Here’s what I can say…   First, I’m not comfortable making specific world-oriented “predictions”.  A great “mundane” (meaning “about the world”) astrologer, Judy Johns assidiously collected birth data of all country leaders, of countries, watched CNN non-stop for defining events, and was really quite good at making specific predictions.   Asking me for world predictions is kinda like asking a psychiatrist to do brain surgery… they both have MDs and deal with the brain but….

That said, what I CAN do is describe the aroma of the energy soup we’re all traveling through, and I can tell you, there’s a lot of jalapeno in this soup!   Thursday, the 29th, Saturn entered tropical Libra, creating an even more tense pattern with Pluto.

Saturn is the “fear things won’t be the way I think they SHOULD be” planet, and Pluto is the energy of “fear of loss of control.”  Additionally, each of these planets ramps up fears in general, so there is an increased generalized tension having to do with fears that the world is running out of control in a way you don’t personally like.   Since this is a very strong energy pattern, and it WILL be impacting many people, we are likely to see public acting out of this fear pattern.  Sometimes this can take the form of outside agencies promising that taking certain socially disruptive (or even violent) action will help restore the status quo.  The problem is, this is inchoate energy.  There is no single focus of discontent.  There is simply a large number of people who are strongly unhappy about their own idiosyncratic issue.  We’ve seen this lack of focus in the “Tea Party” movement, where largish numbers of people gather to protest… well, to protest almost as many things as there are people standing there.

This Saturn/Pluto/fear energy pattern doesn’t affect everyone directly, but each of us will be standing in the general energy “soup” and watching others react as this energy pattern gets stronger and stronger through the month of November.

If these energies do happen to affect you personally, you will be aware that things in your own life are moving in a direction you believe is WRONG, and as much as you may try to control the situation, you can’t.   Pluto’s purpose here is to get you out of the rut that has so completely stunted your vision that you literally can’t see beyond it.   If you are in one of these crisis-like situations my advice, going against every grain of passion in you, is not to fight the situation.  Winning will cost you more than surrender.   And surrender will lead you to your own personal Elysian Fields once you leave the rut that’s binding you.

After writing this to the group who requested it, someone wrote me privately asking when the Elysian Fields come, how we get there, and how we recognize them.   First, the “Elysian Fields” as a metaphor is a bit hyperbolic.  Generally what I hear is “That was the most difficult thing I’ve ever lived through, but I have to say I’m not sorry it happened.  As a result, I got shifted into a whole different place in life that I could never have imagined before all that, and which is a much better, happier, and more authentic place for me.”  (The “Elysian Fields” doesn’t mean “happily ever after”.)

The metaphorical Elysian Fields comes after the surrender.  We’re dealing with situations that are literally beyond both our control and our understanding.  One effect is to push us into an area where our horizons are expanded, and we can see new possibilities.  The path to the Elysian Fields is deliberately and (with Saturn’s help) with discipline, to recognize when we’re in the obsessed fighting state and do anything possible to find one activity that brings joy.   Maybe it’s walking by the creek.   Maybe it’s staring at the moon or dancing with friends.  It’s not about something that gives you escape, or that your automatic pilot thinks is joyful (like ice cream or just another mystery novel, or even an expensive cup of coffee).  The key is the experience of joy, not the “rule” that something ought to bring it.

So if you’re in the depths of a personal Pluto-Saturn crisis, drop the struggle, surrender the battle, and make your spiritual path the immediate, present-tense experience of joy.