Seasons of Change

March 23, 2015

A friend called me this morning, looking for how to answer a friend’s question that “western astrology can’t work because of the precession of the equinoxes”.   I got the giggles.

[The rest of this is in three sections.  Part 1 is the technical stuff.  Part 2 is the MEANING, which is (always) more important to me.  Part 3 is the “how I’m dealing with it” part.]

Part 1           Yes, the difference between western (tropical) astrology and Indian (sidereal) astrology is that sidereal astrology is completely based on the positions of the stars.  And tropical astrology isn’t.  But tropical astrology is completely based on the positions of the equinoxes and solstices.  So every spring equinox (when you can balance a raw egg on its point!) will always be Zero Aries in tropical astrology.  Both of these systems are based on something physical, which has some kind of meaning to the mechanically minded, though the mechanically minded will not see how the physical leads to non-physical kinds of meaning. If we look again at the two systems, tropical and sidereal, we see that the sidereal system also lacks sky-map precision.

Astrology uses 12 constellations to create the 12 astrological signs.  Each “sign” is 30 degrees of arc.  But the constellations are NOT all 30 degrees of arc!  Pisces is HUGE and overlaps with Aquarius a lot–which is why we are, IMO, right now, at the very end of the age of Pisces AND at the beginning of the age of Aquarius.  Aries is a tiny little squirt.  It happened before Pisces and Pisces overlapped part of Aries, too.  So in neither system is astrology an exact sky-map representation of the sky.  All the constellations are different sizes and shapes, and both systems of astrology simply say each sign is 30 degrees.  Somehow this works.  Not even astrologers can tell you why — if you’re asking from the physical level of reality.

Part 2           The reason it works….   Have you ever tried to discuss the esoteric meaning of your dreams with a surgeon?  (My apologies to surgeons–I actually know one with whom that would be a natural discussion, but you get my drift here, I think.)  Surgeons deal with the most physical parts of the physical world.  Dreams come from somewhere else.  The problem is that most people’s thinking has NOT caught up with science, which says that Physical Matter is only FIVE PERCENT of the universe.  Many advanced physicists (and meditators, and others) say that each of us is a fragment of SOURCE, which is an unbreakable singularity.  When something is entirely single, ALL OF EVERYTHING is a part of it.  So SOURCE, of which we are a fragment, contains ALL of EACH of us, including the 95% that is NOT physical.  In SOURCE, we are not separated from each other, we are not separated from the stars, we are not separated from ALL of GOD Itself.

It seems to me that astrology, which reaches way beyond the physical understanding of our own physical world–our own bones and sinews, our own plot of dirt on the ground–is a way of expanding our understanding of SELF (and physical world) that stretches us beyond our limited physical senses.

Funny thing here–we sometimes talk about “defining moments” or “defining experiences” in our lives.  THE defining moment–the one with the greatest importance and defining power of all, is our birth into the physical world.  So it makes all the sense in the physical world, as we reach for meaning beyond the physical, to use the omens and meanings of that moment to understand our Being in this physical world.

Part 3                 So now I’m living in a world in which I know my physical body is only a tiny fragment of my larger self.  I’m trying to reach out to my non-physical SOURCE self for an understanding of what’s going on in my life–cause things ARE going on.  My birthchart is being powerfully impacted by Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto.  And all of these planets can be associated with Death.  (Pluto, almost always makes us aware of death issues, but almost never does Pluto actually kill a person–though it may make you WISH it would!  Pluto tends to kill identity, which feels like dying anyway.)

In the past 2+ months I’ve had email problems (server LOST days of email without ever sending them to me!), computer problems (my old one died and the new one took 2 months of tech support to work correctly) and recently I discovered my phone was telling everyone I wasn’t accepting calls (that’s fixed now, so please call).  All of these things have tremendously affected my business–which is 100% astrological counseling.  If people can’t reach me by phone or email, how on earth am I to counsel them??  So I’ve been experiencing a sense of death, closure, ending.  I am VERY invested in astrological counseling.  I love what I do.  And from the present aspects to my chart and the results, it’s entirely possible that I love it too much.  It has become my identity.

So I am in the odd position of trying to invite in the 95% of myself that does NOT exist on the physical to help me identify ways to exist in the physical world.  Really an oddball balance.  It’s really very hard to balance oneself physically while opening to something else entirely.  But as a wise woman recently pointed out to me, not only is all the physical world really just vibration–energy, not matter, but a very slow vibration that appears solid to us… not only is that true, but the non-physical part is what creates the vibratory rates.  And as we reach out to access the SOURCE-MIND, of which our own minds are a part, we can allow the creative to bring anything we want into this world.

I’ve never been into “The Secret”-like collages of wishes and dreams because I always suspect that my wishes and dreams are created by my limited 5% imagination.  I am open to BIG energy shifts, of whatever GOOD type.  (And all is good, but still I prefer that it feel good to me, and my astrological experience tells me that not resisting change is the best guarantee of good results.)

So I am opening my arms wide–welcoming all my beloved clients and knowing that even more wonder and joy is available if I don’t try to define it before knowing what’s available.  A big YES to everything.

Responses to March Experiences

March 15, 2015

This month is hitting a lot of triggers for people.  First–thanks to those of you who sent the NASA newsletter about a big Solar Flare hitting us the 11th-12th and knocking out a few global computer systems.  Just inconvenience, but a direct predictive hit.

Some folks were freaked about the earth-related predictions I made.  I wasn’t freaked when I wrote that–earthquakes happen all over the world all the time, as do volcanoes and other events–even huge fires.  And BIG ones happen fairly regularly.  I didn’t intend to suggest that the event would be so big the whole globe would experience it, but I think we’ve still got something coming that we’ll all be aware of and, therefore, feeling.

The BIG theme for this month is the feeling of death.  Whenever feelings of death start overwhelming people, they tend to become frightened, and tend to want to shut down those feelings.  But we’re dealing with Pluto here.  Pluto is about symbolic death and rebirth, and if we resist Pluto’s “death” we are resisting the rebirth, and that’s when Pluto moves from symbolism to real things.  It’s VERY important to acknowledge the feeling of death.  Pluto demands that some part of our identity die.  It’s saying something we identify with very strongly is actually holding us back, but to let that go we have to drop some part of our personal sense of self, too–and that’s the thing that’s hard to do.

Another thing that can make letting go of what’s ready to go more difficult is we don’t always know what’s going to replace it.  We don’t know what’s coming.  Sometimes, in fact, we don’t know for sure what it is we are being asked to release.

The only process I’ve found to work for this goes as follows:

1.  Allow feelings of death and/or loss to overwhelm you for a while–a few minute maybe, or an hour.  Whenever they come up, allow them to move through you, watching the feelings, looking for clues, and telling yourself that this is OK, it’s part of processing deep change.  (It is NOT about aging, or your own imminent death or the death of loved ones unless this is an obvious ongoing part of your life at this time.)

2.  Use a mental mantra or prayer that goes something like this:  “I am willing to let go of whatever must be released. I surrender my will to a higher will to guide me through this shift.  I open myself to new delights to replace old patterns.”

And repeat.  Shampoo, rinse, repeat.  That’s it!

Visions of Light: MY March Experiences

March 10, 2015

Personal Responses to March Astrology
This has been a month presaging huge changes for me.  As I rolled around in the emotions of these as-yet-unknown changes, I caught a vision of myself in a golden tunic holding a light that was blindingly bright–and which seemed to come from within my chest.  Hmm.  There’s definitely some astrology behind this:First, my natal Mars is at 15 Cancer.  This means that Uranus, Mars, and Pluto at 15 Aries and Capricorn are absolutely challenging my Mars.  What does this mean?  Well, in whole sign houses (and my Indian chart) Mars rules my 10th house–career.  It lives in my Koch 5th house (creativity? romance?) and Aries is solidly contained in my Pisces 2nd house–money.  In whole signs it rules the 3rd house–siblings.  Uranus turns things upside down–usually quite suddenly.  Pluto challenges how my ego lives with my life.  So those issues have been restless which makes them very uncomfortable.  In the meantime, Pluto in Cap is quincunxing my 6th house (work, health) Pluto in Leo–almost exactly.
The February Merc Rx broke my computer and my multiply-handicapped brother broke his shoulder in an icy fall, requiring surgery during the Retrograde.  I ended up in Indianapolis for the coldest week of the year, all of which made it hard for clients to reach me.  He needed the help, and all ended up OK there.  THIS month, my wonderful sister will be here for a week from New York.  I AM looking forward to that.
Pluto DOES threaten one’s identity, but that’s not the only thing going on.  Saturn is my chart ruler, and my natal Saturn is being exactly opposed by Neptune right now–the classic “WHO AM I” question.  Neptune is also opposing my Mercury, meaning intuition is working better than nuts-and-bolts language at the moment.  [A former client and professional accupuncturist has just moved back into town, and since we’re both low on clients at the moment, we’re exchanging work.  He’s a Pisces and his skills perfectly address the Neptune in Pisces opposite Saturn in Virgo story. Jampa Stewart–call me if you need him!]

In addition, Saturn in the Sky is on my Midheaven, approaching a square to my natal Saturn:  Get your career in gear is what it’s saying, but Neptune opposite my Saturn is saying “Huh???”  The square suggests it isn’t something NORmal that I’m looking for.  Perhaps a higher faculty of intuition used in my analytical readings?
So I sat in bed worrying, really feeling the fear, grief, loss, and a sense of emptiness that I couldn’t explain or understand.  Then I thought, if there’s an empty space, what can fill it??? And that’s when I caught this vision of myself.  Sequins and beads glittering over an intensely golden tunic, worn over a long, white skirt, and my hands met at my center in the center of this blinding light.  I thought I was carrying the light, but then realized it was coming from within me.  So I mentally reached into my chest cavity and ripped open my ribcage (Uranus/Mars/Pluto) and the light got brighter and brighter and felt profoundly fulfilling.  I realized that whatever is changing now, something empty is leaving and something inspiring is coming.  I wish I knew the details, but the message from Pluto is always “surrender the ego needs and walk into the light”.   So there we have it for the time being.  If and when it becomes clearer I’ll be sure to let you know.  In the meantime, I’m VERY open for business!


March 2015: BIG ASTRO MONTH!

March 9, 2015

Uranus Pluto Mars Sun Moon, Eclipses

     I don’t usually pay much attention to the EXACT date of slow planet aspects.  It’s kinda like saying two semitrucks heading into an intersection won’t have a bad crash unless they are EXACTLY centered on each other.  Naaah.  It’s still a serious crash, even if they are way off center.
This month is different though.  We get Mars, and the Sun and Moon in a lunar eclipse all involved in this last exact aspect, and that makes all the difference.  I’m predicting earth events–earthquakes, volcanoes, explosions even, or even an earth-damaging solar flare.  Why?  Mars, in Vedic astrology, rules land.  Mars and Uranus together are always accident/explosion/event related, and this time they’re exactly conjunct, in fire-sign Aries on March 11th–though again, the confluence of all these events within 9 days means that from today forth, March is “all bets are off”.
Mars has NO patience and Uranus is generally pretty hot to trot itself.  Now add a square from the power-death-rebirth planet, Pluto, and we’ve got life-and- death changes to land, of an explosive or fiery nature.  And on the 20th, a Solar eclipse at 29 Pisces brings the martyr/sacrifice energy in.  This is followed by a Lunar Eclipse on April 4th at 14 Libra, which echoes the Mars/Uranus/Pluto square that just (almost) ended.  This combo suggests danger to a female world leader, and the Sun’s involvement, also in a fire sign, raises the concern of increasing Solar Flares.
If you’re an ordinary person, this is a month for high caution.  Accidents will be ready to happen–so don’t clean the gutters or climb tall trees.  Don’t rewire sockets without turning off the power (Uranus rules electricity and technology).  If you have planets at 14-16 Cardinal (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn), you are already feeling the pressure here.  I surely am!
The key to survival is releasing resistance.  And the next article will outline my own process these last weeks…

Merc RX survival and more

March 9, 2015

AAAARGH!!!!  This has been one of the craziest Mercury Retrograde periods EVER!  I’m FINALLY functioning again–computer blew up JUST before the retrograde, forcing me to purchase a new computer the day before, with a stationary Mercury squaring my 6th house Pluto (work issues!)  What can you do??  Well, in my case, WAIT would have been the right answer.  I ended up finding a great computer tech guy in Austin, which I needed, and who got me out of total disaster, but I still have bunches of weird problems.  I hope I can get them solidly fixed.

Then, still RX, my multiply-handicapped brother (autism, blindness, hearing loss) slipped on ice and severely broke his right arm. Bad enough that he needed shoulder surgery, so I ended up in Indiana for what I thought was a a few days but ended up being over a week, because of his onset of a severe gastric distress.  ‘Nuf said.  It sounds so heroic to do this, but I must confess I was reluctant and grumpy for a while.  Not grumpy to Brother tho. Glad to be back home with my sweet pup now, and thanks SO much to Chuck and Karen who cared for him despite CHUCK’s mulltiple shoulder surgeries while I was gone.  WHEW!!!

And the computer??  Well, I’m still stumbling into problems almost daily.  Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.