March 22nd, 2015
This is the last instalment in a special three-part series for March 2015. If you missed the first segment, click here to read it. To read the second instalment, click here.
March 22nd to April 4th
“Desires of the Heart”
(or, “if not now, when?
And... "if not you, then who?”)
One of the main things that many people misunderstand about astrology is that the celestial bodies that surround the Earth do not compel us to ‘be’ or ‘do’ anything in particular. They do influence, impel, and cajole us. They do affect us in the way that barometric pressure can cause us to feel more ‘up’ or ‘down’. Our emotions are similar, seemingly arising out of nothing…a memory, or because of something someone says or does, and all of a sudden we feel overtaken and compelled into an experience of FEELING something we were not feeling a few moments earlier. Such is the way of astrology, but there’s more to it than that.
You may have heard the maxim “as above, so below”. There’s another one – “as within, so without”. My studies and experience have shown me that the archetypes in astrology, and psychology for that matter, are reflective and instructive. In other words, you and I are collectively manifesting the ‘out there’ from the ‘in here’. Perhaps the celestial alignments look like some kind of clockwork mechanism that impersonally holds human destiny in its grip, but I don’t think that’s the whole picture. Simply stated, we may be influenced, provoked, impelled, and even compelled at times to express, or respond to these things called ‘transits’, but they also provide us with an amazing opportunity to learn and grow from how we either respond or react to them. In other words, we all evolve together – us, the other species on the planet, the Planet Herself, and the rest of our Galaxy, and perhaps the whole Cosmos. It is all connected…somehow.
As I write this we are past the last exact square of Uranus-Pluto, the Solar Eclipse and the Equinox. However, I want to remind the reader that the effects of these events will be felt for some time to come. Eclipses have a shelf life of around six months. The Uranus-Pluto relationship will continue to be in effect until the spring of 2016, when they finally start to separate away from each other. Another thing to remember about the Uranus-Pluto cycle is that major social and related events seem to crop up in the world around 2-4 years AFTER the actual transit is completed. The last cycle before this one was Uranus-Pluto conjunct in Virgo. That ended in 1965, but it took almost three years until some of the major events of the 1960’s were manifested; the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam war and the student protests, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F.Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in 1968, the election of Nixon, and the incursions and saturation bombings of Cambodia and Laos all manifested as a symptom of wide-ranging shifts in consciousness. Not all of what happened was negative, and that won’t be the case this time. All ‘negative’ events are of one polarity to stimulate a new awareness. What may be really different about this cycle is that the Eclipse at the last degree of Pisces on the 20th of March sets the stage for a more equal or non-polarized awakening process. We’re hopefully moving away from the ‘either/or’ mentality and more into the ‘both/and’ inclusiveness of the Aquarian perspective.
For the next week or so, and leading up to the Lunar Eclipse on April 4th, we will still be in the early stages of ‘letting go’ and absorbing the meaning of what has happened so far. Although other astrologers have pronounced the Solar Eclipse last Friday as the ultimate ‘let go’ or break with the past, I feel it is the starting point, and those of us who still have unfinished business will use the time of the Saturn retrograde this year, or the remains of the Uranus-Pluto cycle, to tidy up any loose ends gracefully, and then move on.
While minoring in letting go, this is a fertile time to allow the possibility to arise that maybe you don’t know exactly what it is your ‘mission’ is really about yet. Even while you are busy moving your plans and projects forward, spend a little time each day in reverie (meditation) asking your soul to bring forward any visions or wisdom you may have overlooked in your excitement about ‘having it all.’ You’ll need to major in your Desire, while still minoring in that which keeps you from having it. Please choose being happy over being right. Now is the time that is ripe for it, especially if there’s fear or confusion lurking about. Nothing wrong about confusion though…so use it as a tool to discover your next step.
With the Sun getting to 3 degrees plus of Aries by Tuesday, we’ll be sensing a bit more excitement about moving forward with everything. Clarity begins to return…things feel a bit easier. Don’t get too ahead of yourself with Mars still in Aries, or you could feel too impulsive or impatient for your own good. It may look like others are holding you back, or restraining you, but that’s a perception in reaction to an energy that’s up for everyone just now. Unexpected delays or obstacles may arise. Breathe…this too shall pass.
We have all read and heard loads for months about 2015 being the year into which we can realize a new level of creativity, access, achievement and self-worth. Now that the actual Solar year is underway with the Sun in Aries, I’d like to add a new wrinkle to this. Our dreams and our desires are for a feeling…a feeling of experiencing that anything is possible now, and to actually see our dreams become a reality in our lives. This is a time to aim high and to consider the process and possibility of miracles (versus magic). A movie character in the Men in Black series described miracles as “something that looks impossible, but happens anyway.” That dude was from the 5th Dimension (not the pop group), so he gets to say cool stuff like that. Right, back to my point…
To lead from the desires of the heart, is to put the balance between heart and head back where it was before there was a patriarchy. Living in harmony with one’s own soul and desires will be necessary before we develop enough empathy to see that our choosing our own dreams are a way to serve others. And in doing so, we must eventually get in tune with Nature and the planet if we are to not just survive as a species, but to also ensure the survival of the Planet too. Cooperation is possibly the new definition and formula for “success”. This may require us to re-evaluate what success really does mean for us, and for every other life form we co-exist with. The stakes are huge, and the opportunities are too. Creating a heaven on Earth isn’t just about you or I and our individual dreams. It’s about Us, the community of We. As you do it for yourself, you do it to everyone, and vice versa. The new spirituality will not be a religion, or a movement. It will be the recognition of each person as a unique individuation of the Heart of hearts. This is one of the functions of Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius for the next 2 and-a-half years…transcendence of religion and dogma, and the separation anxiety its created.
So wish upon a star, or your vision board, but stand in a place of awe and wonder with it all. Just like you did as a child, really regard your deepest longings as completely okay to pursue and to realize. The author Tom Robbins’ once said, “Dreams don’t come true, they are true.” Will we allow ourselves to have our heart’s desire?
I am choosing to believe in the impossible, with the sure knowing that a miracle is about to occur.
Remember...do it from the heart, or not at all. Look up at the stars…remember who you are. Be that.
See you next week with a short post about the Lunar Eclipse on April 4th. And in the meantime…get to dreaming, and being, and doing.
*Yintegrity: Yin = Feminine Principle. Integrity = Consistent and in alignment with inherent truth.
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