“Once, in a spasm of sappiness, you asked Q-Jo if she thought your dreams would ever come true. 'You aren't talking about dreams,' she corrected you, 'you're referring to your pathetic bourgeoisie ambitions. Dreams don't come true. Dreams are true.” ― Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Now that we are well past the exact point of the Cardinal Grand Cross of last month, many of you may be wondering where all the big changes are that were more or less prophesied in the run up to the event on April 23rd, 2014. Trying to discern where and when the other shoe may drop is not going to be possible…mainly due to the presence of Uranus, the “Mr. Surprise” of these times.
Sometimes, I like to think Uranus would be more aptly named “Mr. Shock”, as it is the archetype for electricity and kundalini fire. Uranus’ other role is that it is the bringer of divine visions, shamanic insights, chaotic dreams. While Neptune continues to deepen its dream-like radiance in the human psyche via its transit in the sign that it rules (Pisces), this, then, may be the perfect opportunity to talk about imagination and dreams.
Against the backdrop of Neptune, Uranus, and the continuing reverberations from the Grand Cross, are the transits of Mars Retrograde in Libra and Venus’ entrance into the sign Mars rules – Aries, earlier this month. Mars and Venus are in mutual reception, as Venus naturally rules Libra, and Mars naturally rules Aries. They’ve flip-flopped, and are now walking a mile in each other’s shoes.
With Venus in Aries, I tend to think of a fictional character like Zena, the warrior Princess from the television series. She is about assertiveness, and reclaiming her sovereign nature. She is also about passion, new beginnings and fighting for her own dreams, and the space in which to create a foundation in order that they may bear fruit…beautiful fruit!
Another version of Venus in Aries is the Hawaiian goddess Pele. She’s all about creative fire, lava, passion and transformation. She embodies the dual archetype of destroyer and creatrix through the constant rebuilding of the islands through the outflows of lava which sometimes destroys manmade structures and systems, but which also sustains and preserves the balance of forces, especially the power of the oceans and water to erode the coastlines. The elements of Fire, water and earth are in constant metamorphosis via this powerful archetype.
For Mars in Libra, imagine a hierophant, a wisdom master, in the guise of a mediator and peacemaker who isn’t just interested in maintaining a dual perspective, but is also devoted to unblocking and freeing us from restrictive beliefs, patterns and behaviours.
Mars has stationed now at 9 degrees of Libra, and will remain there until it moves direct on May 20th, mere hours from today. Venus will finish its transit through Aries on May 29th. They had a showdown, an exact opposition on Sunday, May 11th. Perhaps something of significance happened that day for you?
Now that the stage has been set, let’s look at what this time is for, and how to navigate the now. Most of the material for this blog came to me in a lucid dreaming state that occurred around 3am, shortly after Venus entered the sign of Aries. I take it to be a message from the wisdom goddess, Sophia, and it is for both men and women.
The Grand Cross in April was the ignition point, the blast off. We are now moving upwards into new regions, and in the process, we are being asked to let go of old booster stages, and break free from the atmosphere of the past. As we move into more rarefied states of awareness, we may be tempted to cling to what was familiar or cherished, and at the same time our souls are dreaming...dreaming it all up. And up, and up, and upwards, imagination, divine inspiration and passions emerging out of the clouds and urging us to make our move. Feeling scared is part of it. Feeling great excitement is also part of it. Somewhere between these two, is a silent knowing in your spirit that says, “…all is well. Trust.”
You see, I am not writing about astrology now…I am communicating soul stuff. What is it you dream of? What were your dreams, the ones you remember from your childhood, your young adulthood? Are they still alive? Or were they briefly glimpsed, or even partially realized, and then you watched as they turned to dust, or fell apart? How many times did you think, “this will never happen”? How many times do you still feel, that your dreams are impractical, unrealizable?
I will clarify what I mean here by dreams. Dreams are the evidence of our divinity, the “nous” or soul-spirit stuff we were gifted with. Our power to dream is not a unique trait of the human animal. All animals dream…just watch your dog, cat or parakeet while they sleep. What is unique in the human soul is our ability to image, or imagine, and then to create or realize what we imagine. This is the avenue that connects us to the larger Imagination, of the Goddess, or the Originator of all that is. And, it is also the manifestation of our unique vision and version of that incomprehensible vastness of Being.
Where our real dreams come from are from our Soul (via the heart). As such they are always an opportunity to surrender to the power within us to manifest the dream that Creation dreams about us and through us. When we discount our deepest longings and yearnings, we diminish our potential…we surrender not to Life, but to a death that comes before dying.
We cite our fears, or we invest in the fears that were implanted in us as children, just to avoid difficulties or judgment from others. Most of us are told that they cannot do this or do that. Others are told “grow up…it’s a tough world and you have to go along with it in order to get along.” That was the message that I heard anyway. When that happened, I’d take my imaginings, my dreams, and hide them from the prying eyes of the adults, so I wouldn’t have to feel the pain of their rejection. In some people, their dreams nag at them, badger them, until finally listen, and then surrender to them. We see these ones…who live from their soul and seem larger than life. Actually, it is their dreams which have mastered them, and live through them.
How we surrender to our dreams is not some trick of the mind, like learning to lucid dream or going for an out-of-body experience. Those are useful exploratory techniques through which we can come into a deeper understanding of what our consciousness is, and how it is connected to everything and everyone. But to really dream from our Soul…that is an intuitive art, which opens up all the doors.
In the course of our lifetime, and especially when we have entered into relationships of any kind, we test ourselves and those closest to us on the issue of our dreams…and theirs. Sometimes, when we have become involved in our intimate relationships, and we bond deeply, we feel that there is nothing we would not do for the other. If the relationship is one based as two people who are more or less equals, then there is less of a tendency to sacrifice our dream for the dream of another. However, if the two involved are not conscious enough, it is easy to mistake their dream for ours, and try to manifest it for them.
Assumptions are made, silent betrayals of the Self occur, and then one day, a long time later, one or the other awakens to find that their dream was temporarily abandoned…sacrificed for the other. If there isn’t enough consciousness, the other is seen as the cause for this self-abandonment. A great deal of strength, compassion and tact is required to reclaim one’s power, without blaming the other. The appropriate action then flows from the heart, not the head.
So Venus and Mars are in opposition to each other this month, and oppositions oppose, which creates the necessary tension that brings things to the light of day. It is also a call to balance something between each other, and to remain open to communication and dialogue.
Unless each individual stays true to the dream of their Soul, everyone loses a bit of themselves, betrays themselves. We lose something of the divinity inherent in our humanness. Aries courageously enters the fray, Libra hangs back and assesses and mediates between the Inner Self and the outer reality. Both are needed to propel one forward fearlessly…devoted to the image of divine inspiration imprinted in each of us, and with the strength to manifest it in our lives. That is what we are called to do, to bring our unique Gift into this world, and share it brightly.
Together, as individuals, we are now beginning the movement towards greater authenticity as human beings, which will translate into more healing and meaningful action in the world. The Grand Cross was a “calling” as it were, a clear mandate to initiate and follow through with radical change and to re-imagine ourselves and our world in a whole new way. Part of this vision is a new understanding that glimpses the Planet as a living and sentient creature that requires our cooperation to recreate our abode as a real Eden, and a place where heaven does reign on the Earth. That is the collective dream of the Soul of Humanity; harmony with the Earth, with the Cosmos, and peace in our souls…all because we listened to our dream, and respected the dream roles that others carry.
Now, if you want to know the secret for bringing your dream forth…remember that it is what you feel that counts most…and that feeling cannot be manufactured or created. You can only strip away all inward barriers to your heart, which is the hotline for your Soul to talk to you. More powerful than visualizations or mantras, feelings are the language that the Soul speaks with…and creates with. An undefended heart is capable of the miracles that the mind can never comprehend.
That is the magic of these times. Now is the time to start dreaming it up.