We are Here, Now. 2012: The year in the mirror. It’s hard to believe. Some of us have been waiting for this year, others have been living its transformational potential everyday, assured that at this end to the Mayan calendar we are indeed climbing the pyramid into the Great Mystery pulsing in the heart of the Galactic Center.
There are many conflicting energies this year, such as Neptune’s new 14 year cycle into Pisces, which simultaneously weaves us into a single tapestry of universal love and the opening to the divine imagination in each moment, but can also leave us confused as our boundaries dissolve, with less and less from our pasts to our hold on to. We are without an anchor, but we are liberated.
So 2012 becomes a major decision point.
Are we going to distract ourselves from out missions and project our shadows, or are we going to commit to healing in order to attract our One SELF and Ascend. Are we willing to return to our innocence and reflect that luminous essence to each other always or must we suffer the ego’s desire for separation and guilt?
These are some of the major questions confronting us in the mirror at the end of the Piscean Age, and the beginning of the Aquarian Age, a pivot point which reaches critical mass in 2012.
Immediately on the horizon for us all in 2012 are the beginnings of two retrograde cycles, Mars and Saturn, while June ushers in a Venus retrograde. All of these retrograde cycles emphasize relationships as our greatest challenge, and thus, our most prominent evolutionary portal.
Since relationships are such a major theme for 2012, I will be addressing some of the key, essential astrological tools for conscious relating, going far beyond the Sun, in a FREE teleseminar January 10th and an upcoming webinar course.
This teleclass will be a very special and thorough exploration of all of the major 2012 alignments, such as eclipses, retrograde dates, the revolutionary return of the 60‘s, and much more and how you can best be prepared for them.
Our creative essence is being empowered each day with new tools and technologies of communication and the tribes who wish to support us. With Mars going retrograde in Virgo, we must take that creative spark and craft it. This is when we become technicians and devotees, committed to our practices as paths to divine revelation.
With Mars retrograde, beginning January 23rd and ending April 14th, we ask what motivates and catalyzes us: what do I do every day, and why? Does it help me live a more fulfilling life of sacred service? We must become more discriminating in our passions and desires, including sexually and interpersonally. Is this healthy for me is a major Mars in Virgo question. Mars is in Virgo until July 3rd.
Under this energy, we’re going to be busier than we’ve ever been in our lives, but we should be more intelligent with our energy usage. Thus, we need to strategize, we need to timemap in order to actualize our potential. Therefore, in 2012, tools, techniques, and languages which help us to live efficiently and harmonically will be prevalent and will be the paths to success. These include languages such as astrology, coaching, and other healing modalities, which help us to refine our energies and move more systematically towards realizing our goals.
Uranus in Aries is lighting the sacred fires in all of us, passing the flaming torch to our innermost core in order to discover the entrepreneurial pioneer and fearless leader. Uranus will finally hit its first square to Pluto in Capricorn this year, the first of a monumental seven exact squares
The Occupy movements around the world have given us a major clue as to what the revolutionary fervor of Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn will be about, as we the people must continually prove to ourselves that we have all the resources we need within the mirrors of our community, and so both our local and virtual tribes are stronger than any old paradigm power structures glued to their stale past.
To learn more about the 2012 celestial shifts, please join us for the free teleseminar January 10th: All details and registration info here:
May your 2012 be blessed and epiphanous.
“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” – Khalil Gibran
If Hallow’s Eve and All Soul’s Day approaches, we know we must be entering the dungeons of transformation in Scorpio. The New Moon in Scorpio occurs Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. and can be felt more dramatically due to its aspects to Chiron, Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. this week of the New Moon, Our healing potential is empowered through our willingness to deepen our commitment to evolution. Adaptibility brings inspiration, letting go increases the need for faith and the trust that inner guidance will light the way.
With Venus squaring Mars, we can expect some relational friction, power struggles, and stubborn intensity, all of which can be channeled into enticing arousal if used intelligently. It will be best to evaluate what our individual value system is as opposed to a value system determined by any kind of emotional, sexual, or relational dependency.
Scorpio is naturally the most psychologically penetrating season of the year. We ask WHY and WHAT CAUSES for the behaviors of ourselves, our partners, and anyone we share resources or some kind of karmic strands with. Naturally, our wounded parts ache to reach the surface from their shadowy caverns, and ache to be transmuted for the benefit of all beings.
WITNESS OF THE WOUND
Sometimes when our wound repeats, such as during a Chiron or Pluto transit, transits to our Eighth house of death and rebirth, or this Scorpionic time of year, we may experience a monstrous and overwhelming sense of defeat. We may ask “Why again? Why won’t this pattern end? What’s the point, because I’m permanently scarred anyway?”
The purpose of recognizing the wound is not to feed the ego’s passion for identifying itself as separate, which is our identity-attachment to the wound. Rather, the wound will reappear to test our ability to integrate our spiritual lessons, our epiphanies, our synchronicities, our training at cultivating self-mastery. Our spiritual practices and studies should help us perceive our wounds correctly: as gifts our souls offer your incarnate selves in order for us to become more conscious. If we never suffered, how could you gain compassion for others? Also, the sacred wound’s appearance invites us into multidimensional self-awareness, symbolized by the Buddhist and Celtic knots of interdependence.
Chiron, the wounded healer and honorable mentor archetype, instructs this shamanic hero within us about how to first recognize our wounded stories, and then cultivate what psychologist James Hillman calls “healing fictions” out of them.
“Stories can make up worlds and transpose existence into these worlds…History is a way of musing upon oneself, and case history which too is an expression of Clio [muse of history] is one of the ways the therapeutic profession and the patients can muse therapeutically….the possibility for revisioning and enhancing who we are lies within the events of each case history, if we learn to read it as a fiction and its events as images of Memoria, and she needs remembering in order to create.
If we just study the popularity of online photo albums like Facebook and others––those windows into our souls––or the incredible attraction in the 21st century to personal memoir and bibliography, we can understand the value in allowing ourselves to be seduced by the muse Memoria and prying open our hearts enough to simply share our story.
But in sharing the story, we realize that we are both actor and director; we are playing out the drama, but we are also the narrator, and so we become both actor and director., at once within the story and above and beyond it.
Each therapy we partake in is a technique in polishing our story, sculpting our personal mythos, crafting the song of our existence. “The psyche itself makes ‘history’ that is altogether fictional,” says Hillman. “Historical necessity means rather we are caught in our stories, the souls’ histories, tragedies, comedies, its need to form its subjectivity as history.” We must dive deep into the fullness of our storied soul, to dance and spar with our inner characters. To “individuate” is not to ‘transcend’ but to honor the pluralities playing within us.
Even as we study our astrology charts, we wrestle with a new level of self-awareness. Simultaneously humbled and empowered, we must learn to accept the character’s callings within us, and activate the highest expressions of their birthscript, while embodying the most evolved potential of our current transits.
The archetypes, the patterns of energy, are malleable and fluid, and can be expressed on a spectrum from unconscious to superconscious. Often their shadow expression, if not made visible, will try to dominate the situation. Our interrogation into the cause is the medicine we need to process through the raw emotion. Is it past life residues, birth trauma, a childhood soul-loss, an ancestral scar seeping through?
Evolution itself is dependent on responding to these questions, the serpent irritated with its skin, shedding and destroying the inessential layers. Who will emerge from the innermost depths of this BatCave of the unconscious? This is where we meet Pluto, the great trance-former, the King of the Underworld domain of Scorpio. Whatever house Pluto is located, whatever house Scorpio rules, and whatever planets tango in aspect with Pluto all signify the areas, where the ego, riding upon the chariot of shadows, will resist its necessary death until it finally surrenders to its alchemical quest and crosses the threshold of fear to arrive into freedom.
Give yourself permission. Maybe once a week. Maybe a few times more if life’s weights keep increasing their pressures. Take all the negative emotion–anger, frustration, disappointment, resentment––and just purge it out by belting out a huge primal scream. Release it from the deep belly and blast it at the top of your lungs.
Then, put one some metal, goth, dub-step or some intense music that allows you to channel the raw darkness and become your Shadow-Dance.
-Inhale deeply. Clench your fists, and then tighten the thumb within. Exhale the hands and release.
-Allow your claws to lash out. Rake your claws against your flesh, as you scream out. Transform your face and body into a monstrous demon and thrash the shadow all about.
-Then take in a deep breath.
-Move your head down and in. Hug yourself and enter your shell. Then break out with another scream.
-Take another deep breath in with your hands cupped at your Tan Tien, your energy center located at the intestines…Exhale out all the negativity as you press it down through your hands hrough your legs and into the embrace of Mother Earth
-And then chant to Kali, goddess who destroys the illusory ego.
Kreem Kreem Kreem Hum Hum Hreem Hreem Dakshine Kaalika
Kreem Kreem Kreem Hum Hum Hreem Hreem Swaha”
In Scorpio, Remember: You have to go INTO in order to step THROUGH.
The New Moon occurs at 11:40 pacific time, at 7 degrees Leo on Saturday July 30th. This is a very dynamic New Moon, as it aspects all of the outer planets. The trine from Uranus has the potential to awaken our creative flares with electric epiphany, though we must watch going to egocentric extremes or becoming too fixed in our opinions, self-righteousness, or hedonism with the square to stubborn Jupiter in Taurus. Also, Neptune is in a challenging quincunx to the New Moon, which could leave us feeling confused, mystified, and drowning in all the impermanence swirling about us. As the Buddha taught, the cessation of suffering comes only through the surrender of our attachment to desire, a difficult task with all the solar passions of the Leo month.
The New Moon is also conjunct the goddess of love Venus and the focal point of what is called a ‘finger of god’ aspect, the yod, to Chiron and Pluto. The invitation here is to make certain that the relationships and friendships we are in support positive transformation, personal breakthrough, and cathartic healing. We can expect a lot of potent triggers with our beloveds and with each person we meet these days, a messenger, an angel, a shamanic reflector.
But we must also make sure to crush the shadow-projector seething within us, the one that has likely spoken before thinking with Mars in rambuctious, tongue-tied Gemini, Fortunately, Mars will move into Cancer to help slow things down and nurture us all a bit more than the hectic and scattered July journey of the warrior through Gemini’s constant exciting but burnout quality of too many amazing things to do and too much gossip to tornado ourselves through.
The Buddhist concept of Right Speech becomes even more highlighted as Mercury goes retrograde at 1 degree Virgo back to 18 Leo, beginning August 2nd. Our creativity, self-expression, playfulness, and primary child-like needs to be appreciated, heard, and honored will be highlighted. He’ll be backtracking until August 26th, so all you going to Burning Man or planning some more summer travels should double check your desires, and make sure your self-worth is fully fed so that you may generously flaunt your gorgeous expressive heart for all to behold.
Many of us, especially with more Gemini and Virgo in our charts, have been already navigating the shadow period of Mercury, feeling the effects of the trickster’s retrograde saunter, with a number of techie difficulties lately, a lot of travel plans shapeshifting, and communication fizzles. So expect frustrations with your tech gear and bring compassion to your interpersonal connections.
Hope you all have a creative Leo month, filled with the innocent play of the child within.
“As you reflect on each planetary initiation, the goal is to bless the event that came into your life at that time. Consider it a gift from that planetary archetype. A part of your soul desired to awaken through the specific events and individuals who arose into your consciousness in those threshold moments. Who showed up at that time and how were they angelic messengers for you, planetary emissaries sent to assist your initiations? And also, how have you held vigil and kept prayer at other’s rites of passage? Send loving gratitude to these circumstances, these people, and to yourself for the willingness to answer the call of spirit.”
- from my book Codex of the Soul, Astrology as a Spiritual Practice
Sculptor of Light from the bones of darkness:
You are a shamanic hero,
preparing to shapeshift,
to expect the unexpected
as we erupt into Summer this June with a massive three eclipses.
Topics Discussed Include:
- Origins of Astrology
-The June Eclipses
-Nodes of the Moon and Past Lives
-Planetary Rites of Passage
-Cycles of Saturn and Uranus
-The 13th Zodiac Constellation
The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs (Precession of the Equinox)
The Piscean and Aquarian Age
-2012 and Shamanic Astrology
-Chrion and the Wounded Healer
-The Feathered Serpent
-Neptune in Pisces
Featured Interview on It’s All Good Astrology and thisweekinastrology.com
We discuss my book Codex of the Soul and some of the major transits of 2011 and the decade ahead!!
WATCH THIS VIDEO CLIP FROM MY ASTROLOGY of 2011 LECTURE
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
In the Unites States, Martin Luther King Jr. was honored this week. King and his ideas and spirit are major resonances in the decade of the 2010s. This newsletter is a call to inspired action, as we discuss Uranus in Aries square Pluto and concepts such as Earthships, student protests, the new Zeitgeist film, and the figures of MLK Jr., and Gandhi.
The archetype which is bridging the Piscean and Aquarian ages is the Wounded Healer, a shamanic artist seeking the cure to the wounds of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.
Deep Memory Process is a holistic, experiential therapy, which reveals how each of these four bodies holds trauma from one lifetime to the next. For instance, fear, anger, and despair can be lodged in the throat, blocking this chakra. Phrases like “I never should have said it” and “They won’t listen” may be repeated at the moment of death and then prevent one from speaking one’s truth in this lifetime. The shoulders, for example, hold guilt and the overwhelming feeling of responsibility, which appear in thoughts/statements we repeat throughout our lives such as “I can never do enough,” or “It’s all up to me.” So the physical shoulder pain is connected to the emotion of guilt and the thought of not doing enough. As we enter through any one of these wounded areas, a particular story and character will emerge which seeks healing.
In response to the article on the shift of the zodiac that traveled through the internet this January: horoscope-hang-up-earth-rotation-changes-zodiac-signs
The tropical zodiac, used by the majority of astrologers in western cultures, is based on when the seasons begin, not on the position of stars, so this finding is irrelevant. And this fact hasn’t changed in 2000 years, so this “news” is rather old. The sidereal zodiac, used by Vedic/Indian astrologers would be more affected by this finding.