June 3rd 2016
In the 1960’s I was fascinated by a U.S. television show called “The Twilight Zone”. The show was hosted by an enigmatic, chain-smoking and well-dressed man by the name of Rod Serling. Each week’s episode would explore different realms of the subconscious mind and some alien or psychic landscapes. Sometimes scary or shocking, but always thought-provoking, the stories were like little morality tales about our human foibles and our obsessions, especially with the unknowns of Life: who are we, where did we come from, and where are we going?
This past week, and for most of the month of June we have been and will be in our own little Twilight Zone, a period of time which will re-frame many things, chief among them being Love and our mode of relating between the genders. Try as I might to avoid astrological reference points, I am compelled to use their archetypes to illustrate our current perceptual and experiential situation. Our current mix of ingredients are: New Moon at 14 degrees of Gemini, with Venus exactly merged with the Sun-Moon. Mars Retrograde at 27 Scorpio (Mars is the ruler of Aries, the sign the Uranus-Eris are currently occupying at 23 Aries). A Grand Cross in Mutable Signs-Elements including the Sun, Moon and Venus, Jupiter in Virgo, and Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius. A Grand Trine in Earth Signs, with Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn, Mercury in Taurus and North Node in Virgo. Chiron in Pisces trine Mars Retro in Scorpio, sextile to Uranus in Aries. As usual I've provided an image of the chart at the end of this blog.
Now you’re wondering, what will this delicacy taste like when it’s done? Sorry, I can’t say with any absolute certainty what it will be like. This is a new recipe, and we’ve never tried it before. Uncertainty will reign throughout June, and we are going to have to muddle along as best as possible until June 29th…at the very least. With this much morphogenetic flux involved, we are encouraged to be visionaries without a script, intrepid explorers without a map, and fearless adventurers without a safety net. Like Captain Jack Sparrow’s crazy compass, we will be constantly spinning around and around and asking ourselves, “what is it that I want most in this world?” Ahh, that’s the rub, aye! And the crew was always asking him, “do we have a heading?” Well, sort of.
During a recent coaching session with a client I found myself saying to her that what we achieve in this lifetime is the totality of our experiences and memories because that is all we can leave this life with. Everything else dissolves and is left behind - material possessions and wealth, people and pets we’ve known and loved (until the next meetup), career achievements, or status and power. All of it turns to dust in a matter of moments. Back to the question - What is the greatest prize you can experience in this life that neither time nor space can diminish? Well, pretty easy I’d say. Love, or something like that. In fact, all you can ever discover about yourself is secondary to this singular realization…which is that you’re made of and from...Love. So, the desire to give and receive that in balance and complete trust is completely natural and part of our natures. Or, at least we sure hope it could be that way.
Here is the cornerstone then of this month...the transition of Love from twilight to sunlight. Funny it should be also the same month that is noted for weddings, a Solstice and the end of the school year in the Northern Hemisphere. We are coming to grips with our foggy notions and illusions about what we most want, need and desire. If what you've been experiencing up till now is not working for you any longer then this is the time to strike up a conversation with yourself about your priorities. Then, to make the changes you want to in July and beyond, you'll have to seize your day, so to speak. However, proceed with extreme care and caution. Right below the surface lurk monsters and all manner of unresolved hurts and traumas. We’ve all become use to wearing polite masks so that others won't see them or be offended, or so that we won't have to acknowledge them and deal with them. This month is the great unmasking in a sense (Uranus-Eris) . Hiding our truth from ourselves and others is a not a workable strategy.
So, where do we begin? The old strategy is to come up with new intentions for the New Moon. Usually a grand idea, but how about we add “this or something better”, or “and whatever’s for the highest and best good of all” to our wish lists? The North Node in Virgo, anchored with Pluto and Mercury will be asking us, “service to self, or service to others?” Expand your desires so that what you choose for yourself you desire for all to experience and have. Really, there is no “other”. We are who we are, part of everything and each other.
So grab your compass, spin the needle and get ready to sail off towards a new horizon. Where are we going to land? No idea. How will it be during the voyage? Well, can’t say. Are you willing to take some risks for a chance at true happiness, and true love? Good, then we have our heading!!
Glad you’re here with me…every Captain needs a mate. Bon Voyage!
[Gee, how’d we get from the Twilight Zone into the Caribbean? Oh, right...mutability!]