In the past few weeks, I've received many questions asking me when the astrology says the coronavirus will end, or when the economy will return, or when we will be released from quarantines, etc. I've resisted making a video focusing on the length of the crisis we are facing because in my experience the obsession over how long something difficult will last rarely helps. At the same time, it is a reasonable and practical question, and I know that many people are having a high degree of anxiety about it, and so today I've made a video exploring the timeline of Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto's interactions for the rest of this year.
Today, I've made a new video blog exploring Jupiter's upcoming, and long-standing, conjunction to Pluto. Check it out below.
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Here’s a deeper look at some of the powers symbolized by the current planetary configurations and some thoughts on how we might work with what’s here:
* With Jupiter retrograde in Libra as a powerful planetary player right now, it’s possible that we are being called to task for previous actions or arrogance. If you find that you are facing authority figures, laws, codes, rules, or any kind of disciplinary/performance-based review, it’s important to look inward right now. Justice doesn’t necessarily require that we suffer penalties…but Justice does require that we adjust our internal attitude. Justice asks us to learn something. Justice asks us to respect due process. Justice asks us to learn to be in harmony with cosmic law, truth, order, and wisdom. And with Jupiter in Libra moving backward, we are in a time of review. Calling on your guides and better angels, calling on the divine forces to evaluate you with grace, dignity, and compassion, and opening your heart to correction, goes a long way right now, and it invites mercy from all figures of judgment.
* With Uranus in Aries, along with Mars, we are also being forced to awaken our senses, mind, and body at a deeper level. These planets together act like strokes of fire, lightning, and electricity rocketing out of the ethereal realms. These planets jolt and drive through us until a clear opening appears. Because these energies are opposite Jupiter in Libra, the process of justice right now is swift, immediate, tense, and pivotal. It’s an incredibly important moment to call for protection and to ask for patience and clarity. The outer planetary influences sometimes feel impersonal, especially Uranus in a cardinal sign like Aries. But in some ways that’s the exact medicine we need right now. The point is that if we don’t recognize the qualities above and we get swept up in them, it’s a lot harder to receive their guidance. If we are shocked into a pattern of action and reaction, constantly, we will certainly learn and grow, but the growth will tend to happen in a way that is less conscious. Whatever is less conscious we tend to experience as external to us, happening “to us,” rather than in and through us.
* With Pluto also in the mix, the “sense of fate” is an integral part of our experience right now. We tend to mistakenly debate within ourselves, in our heads, about how much free-will we have versus how much fate’s hand is controlling everything. Pluto’s perspective, the underworld perspective, calls us to consider everything from the vantage point of the soul, which is death. As long as we stay fixed to the image of birth, as long as we associate our lives with birth, we tend to live regressively and therefore the future is constantly something we are trying to take back with us into the womb. We demand that the future be entirely open, indeterminate, and entirely dependent upon our choices or will power, as though we live in a permanent and potential state of gestation.
But death isn’t a choice. Death is a necessity. All things die. And when we live toward the soul’s meaning, we live toward its inevitability. The question shifts from “what will I create with all these endless possibilities?” to “how will I choose to experience all these inevitabilities?” Pluto teaches us the value of living our lives with a view on the future that is moving toward death and the endless mystery of the soul.
Failure, misery, inevitability, impermanence, and pain, these are not the friends of a radically indeterminate future, rooted in the image of birth. But both perspectives are co-present in our consciousness. It’s not a matter of which one is right, it’s the basic fact that they both exist in consciousness that matters. I think for example of the recent film, “The Arrival,” which plays on the themes of precognition and death. Developing pre-cognitive ability is something rooted in birth. It starts with the open possibilities of the future and our genesis, the divinatory or ritual starting moment we might say….but as we learn to see into the inevitabilities of the future, our consciousness narrows or focuses on it, like a keyhole, which in turn leads us back to the present and puts a question to us: how will you choose to live and experience this inevitability? A circle come round on itself. A keyhole vision of the future that is also the key itself. And this is why the aliens in the film used non-linear scripts…sentences that read from both ends toward the center at once.
That might seem like some far out philosophy, but if you sit long enough with all that’s happening you will recognize the one within yourself who has seen this, known this, and sensed these inevitable events all along. The question we are all faced with right now, in the honesty of this inevitable moment is, “how will I walk through this valley?” “What forces and qualities of consciousness will I call upon to walk with me?”
Prayer: Your rod and staff, they protect and comfort us.
Before looking at what to watch for today let’s take a moment to reflect on NASA’s first ever flyby of the planet Pluto, which is happening right now after nearly ten years of flight.
In addition to the beautiful photographs we can now see of Pluto up close, scientists are also still debating the status of many similarly sized objects/planets in the solar system. For example, the chief investigator for the Pluto mission, Alan Stern, recently said he disagrees with the downgrading of Pluto to a “dwarf planet,”: “We’re just learning that a lot of planets are small planets, and we didn’t know that before. Fact is, in planetary science, objects such as Pluto and the other dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt are considered planets and called planets in everyday discourse in scientific meetings.”
As astrologers this might seem silly, because most of us know very well the powerful effects and archetypal/astrological reality of the planet Pluto. Downsize it, upgrade it, or supersize it…it won’t change the fact that Pluto transits are powerful or that an angular Pluto in a birth chart has an undeniably real effect on a person’s life, right?
Well…yes and no. Believe it or not there are a large amount of astrologers who don’t recognize the outer planets (beyond Saturn) specifically because they aren’t visible to the naked eye and because they are somewhat challenging to the ancient system and it’s tightly organized vision. We might scoff at this or consider it a kind of fundamentalism or antiquated ignorance, but it’s actually not so different from the scientists who want to keep the solar system free from the ambiguity of the thousands of other objects we’re discovering all the time. We have to ask ourselves, what is at stake for us that so many astrologers and astronomers alike want to keep a huge variety and abundance of planetary objects out of our awareness? Why is there such resistance to recognizing objects beyond our line of literal sight? Why are we afraid of increasing complexity?
The obvious answer is that complexity and ambiguity threaten our sense of safety, order, predictability, precision, harmony, and rationality. They threaten the idea that God is a tidy creator who made a neat looking solar system. They threaten the idea that astrology is a divine and orderly science or system, with a long standing history that is still valid today. They threaten our philosophies about ourselves, about reality, about truth, about divinity, and they introduce a gigantic sense of the unknown coming closer and closer…it’s presence as ominous as ever.
If we sit back and simply deny the existence of what our solar system is really like…if we say, “well it’s not visible to the naked eye, or it’s not the right size,” the reality of these planets will collect our projections and our denial and it’s likely that they will become emissaries of all that we fear (at least initially). Like the explorers to the west who projected their fears onto the native people they met when they arrived, we are capable of alienating new planetary life forms as much as people or animals or ecosystems.
If we can simply remember that what we’re discovering isn’t just “stuff out there,” but that it’s actual life.
This morning my wife came inside and said “look at this!” She was holding a butterfly who had just come out of its cocoon, literally within minutes, inside of our mailbox. It was learning to walk and move its wings for the first time. After she took it outside I looked at the first picture of Pluto, and I heard a small voice saying, “this is just as precious.”
It’s easy to think of planets as gods or archetypes or powers or signs or significations of the divine mind, or whatever else, but sometimes it helps to just step back and remember that planets are organized systems of life. And just because they are different from ourselves, doesn’t mean we can flippantly objectify them.
This debate about planetary classification. This debate among astrologers as to whether or not these planets have any real “effect.” We miss the butterfly coming out of its cocoon. Interestingly enough, the Greeks frequently compared the psyche or soul to a moth or butterfly…and Hades/Pluto was the lord of souls.
It may take a long time to integrate or synthesize older astrological teachings with newer planetary discoveries, but these planets aren’t just orphans landing on a royal family’s doorstep. Invisible or not, they’ve been here all along, and we would be wise to honor the divine force and life they bring us.
Now, what to watch for given today’s astrology:
* A pivotal moment, the feeling of being at a crossroads, about to receive the news or a decision, about to make a choice (Moon square the nodes, applying to conjoin Mercury and make the new Moon)
* Moody, emotional, familial, private, internal, home bound (Moon in Cancer)
* Fantasies, longings, needs and wish fulfillment, relying on something or someone greater to pull us through, losing ourselves, weepy, depleted, drained, hopeful, romantic (Moon trine Neptune)
* A transformational moment, a powerful surge of unexpected emotion, something relating to home, family, the past, ancestry, genetics, etc (Moon opposite Pluto)
* Hardship, sobriety, difficulty, maturity, focus, commitment in love (Venus square Saturn)
* A new start, a fresh beginning, one that revolves around living situation, family, the past, home or tribe, babies or children, mothering or parenting, land or property, etc (New Moon in Cancer)
Since this new moon is also square to Uranus in Aries, it’s possible that this new moon will mark not only a new beginning but also a departure from something old or outdated in sake of something totally fresh. We might find ourselves needing to completely revamp or restructure certain elements of our lives during the next moon cycle, especially as Jupiter and Saturn will be square and presenting us with a generational challenge…the old versus the new, or the traditional versus the innovative.
Prayer: There are so many things we can’t see with our naked eyes…sometimes they come into view anyway.
Reflections on Pluto moving retrograde:
* Fate means never having to say, “I told you so.” Because when we’ve really understood fate, then we understand that it’s not a matter of prediction or advice. It’s not a simple matter of instructions not followed, as though fate is a punishment, and it’s not about the early bird catching the worm or any other protestant work ethic that saves the day and earns the righteous paycheck. Fate doesn’t need to say, “I told you so,” because fate doesn’t speak out against anything.
* We can’t avoid fate by hoping it will go away or by trying to make choices that eliminate fate’s hand in the matter.
* The word ‘fate’ means, among other things, “to speak,” and it carries an old association with the idea that the words or sentences of the gods in human lives are absolute…there are divine words spoken into our lives that cannot be altered or changed…there are guiding events that we cannot control.
* The word ‘fate’ also carries an old reference to the spirits, guides, or gods assigned to the fortunes and destines of individuals…the ‘fates’ are plural..they conspire with us and through us in order to weave the words of the gods…some of these beings can be prayed to, their minds changed, their help or hindrance invoked…while others cannot be petitioned.
* Isn’t it funny that in certain areas of our lives we already know what’s going to happen? We already know the nature of the story. We know what’s coming, and yet we play the part and the pain or joy of the results still feel as unexpected or as real as though we never knew. Isn’t it strange how fate can feel cold and distancing and yet in the most stubbornly fated events the feelings we have are more alive than ever?
* A question: where are you avoiding the inevitable? What would it look like to stop avoiding it? What are a few small steps you can take to welcome the presence of your fate?
* Fate isn’t a nasty killer, and it’s also not a smiling saint. Fate isn’t cruel, but it’s also not entirely benevolent. Fate isn’t free and it isn’t determined. It isn’t mechanical or indifferent but it isn’t entirely subjective or personal either. There is an intelligence to fate, and yet it remains always surprising.
* Heraclitus once wrote about fate, “Two made one are never one. Arguing the same we disagree. Singing together we compete. We choose each other to be one, and from the one both soon diverge. Without injustices, the name of justice would mean what? While cosmic wisdom understands all things are good and just, intelligence may find injustice here, and justice somewhere else. Justice in our minds is strife. We cannot help but see war makes us as we are. Thus are things decreed by fate.”
* The fates are silent speakers whose words are the invisible echo within everything.
* To contemplate or negotiate your fate, go to a high place and look down at the world below. To remember and receive your fate, look from a low place to something high above.
* To get a second date with fate, stop thinking about her and focus on what you’re doing, or the task at hand. She finds independence attractive.
* When you dream, remember to fall asleep first. Fate thinks lucid dreaming can be like a form of adultery.
* Commit yourself fully to your mistakes. No silver linings or positive spin. Just the image of you making your mistake. Stick with the image. See what it does next. See what it becomes. See what else it has to say. Principles destroy images, and fate loves images more than principles. In fact she sees principles as images first.
Prayer: Stranger and more interesting things are always happening when fate becomes an active part of our imagination.
A meditation on the Pluto/Uranus square and the subject of “individuation.”
We often think about individuation in purely solar terms. Who am I and what am I becoming? What is my mission? My journey? My quest? My purpose? My intention? All of these phrases have an upward aspiring quality…a hand reaching or prayer petitioning the gods, specifically the “One” most mirrored by the “One” asking: the self. Even though we might want to ban some of these cliches from the temple, like Jesus driving out the money changers with a whip, they aren’t mistaken or misplaced mythic images. We don’t solve the cliche problems by banishing these spirited players. What’s needed to counter their monopoly in our consciousness is the reminding words and mythos of the soul…
Hades/Pluto is good for this. A god who was often imaged like his brother Zeus, as an eagle, and yet whose dominion was the opposite underworld to Zeus’ overworld. Not a literal “below,” given to Pluto, but an invisible “below” or imaginal “within,” a secretive depth and an unfathomable timeless perspective flowing through time. The immemorial memorial of each event in time, always an end in itself because of the limitless soulfulness given to each event by Pluto’s perspective. The word “Hades” in fact means “riches.” So from the perspective of death, from the perspective of the eternal soul, each event is an “end” unto itself. Pluto is a planet of endings…where endings means the capacity to see the UNending in each thing…where each moment is already eternal by its nature in death.
This view should feel difficult to understand because it is an upside down kind of view. It is a “going down to go up” kind of philosophy, we might say. For example, take the idea of enlightenment. Take the idea of individuation. Take the idea of the evolution of human consciousness, or even evolutionary biology. What happens when we see these ideas in terms of the “riches” of Pluto’s perspective? They each become the living dead. They each become unending caverns of fathomless eternity. They are ALREADY this way, before we’ve put them into action or realized their intended goals in any literal or “real” or “metaphysical” or “spiritual” or “earthly” sense. So while we are on our “journey” through lower levels of consciousness toward higher realms (soaring with Pluto’s brother Zeus), the journey has already also been outside of time, incapable of accomplishing anything literal, invaluably rich, lit by the flames of an eternally animating and polymorphous perspective, but also empty, void, dead, cold and killer clear as ice.
No offerings were given to Hades in the Greek imagination. His face was rarely shown. He was not to be persuaded. He was not to be convinced. He had nothing to give by petition because his perspective afforded EVERYTHING its already limitless wealth.
So when we talk about individuation, what are we talking about? In one sense, nothing. It’s an idea, a myth, an imaginal realm that is one of an unending amount of imaginal realms, all of which are eternally wealthy, eternally rich. But on the other hand, we are talking about the ‘depth and death of literalized riches’ toward which our particular idea of ourselves, our particular gold coin of ego, is motivated to enact for the sake of the growth of its own soulfulness.
In evolutionary astrology, Pluto is rightly imagined (in my opinion) as the deepest motivation, “end,” or telos of the soul. When we live in the direction of our Pluto placement we find the perspective of the soul, which is the upside down, already wealthy kingdom. When we find the territory of Pluto in our lives, we find that point of view where each marginalized event in and of itself is understood as beyond time while within it.
The place we might consider diverging with evolutionary or karmic astrology’s core philosophy (again, just my opinion) comes when considering the greater metaphysical “goals,” which in and of themselves are ironically not taken from the viewpoint of Pluto, or not well enough distinguished from Pluto’s brotherhood with Zeus. When we view the “journey of the soul,” as a literal journey through progressive reincarnating states of consciousness toward fusion with a godhead or some kind of enlightenment, then we read the soul, we read the wealth of hades, like its a zeus colored coin purse funding our road trip to the Taj Mahal. We don’t step back to consider that every “journey” to enlightenment is secretly and invisibly the road back down to death, where again the already limitless wealth of eternity swallows us. Pluto’s position in our birth chart, or in the sky, isn’t therefore about the evolution of the soul in any literal sense but rather about its “already eternal” nature, seizing us invisibly, potentially violating our egos (seizing back our stolen coins but replacing them with a treasure chest).
Because from Pluto’s perspective, whatever journey we take, however fixated on our intentions, on higher realms, love, utopia, or enlightenment, or if it’s simply about mastering video games in the basement and writing dungeons and dragons fantasy novels, or if its about religious holy war, or liberal media protesting or conservative bible backlashing and rifle waving…all of it is already unendingly rich, eventually dead, already dead, and more alive than we tend to recognize. More alive than we tend to recognize because invisibility is essential to Pluto’s nature.
How does this apply to our current Uranus/Pluto square and this current eclipse cycle?
Well…individuation (Uranus) is happening in some super “conscious” looking ways. The journey, the development, the progress, the feelings of fate and karma…all of these purposeful Zeus like qualities are very strong right now…we’re breaking ground, the past is coming to get us, we’re finding new courage and the wisdom to face it all in a different way. Course corrections are coming left and right for many of us..and it’s all very liberating and exciting even if its scary. And yet..at the same time, with Pluto in the mix, we are being asked to consider the upside down point of view.
We are moving forward in a way that might be shattering to our notions of progress, our ideas of who we are or what’s right or what we deserve or desire. We are being disillusioned, like Pluto has grabbed a little miniature doll version of each of us and shook us upside down until the coins we stole from him are shaken out of our pockets and we can see clearly again the mountains of gold below each and every last moment of our lives.
If we don’t go through the experience of our dreams and goals being annihilated from time to time..if our plans don’t fail, our vision of the cosmos doesn’t get shattered, our psyche’s exploded by confusing insights in the opposite direction of whatever we hold most dear, and the rug pulled out from underneath us, then we will forget the realest riches…the invisible lord of soul that has no need for singular meaning or ultimate purpose because there are too many meanings and ultimate purposes to count…so much wealth its turns to a pile of shit if you try to count it! smile emoticon
Prayer for the day (an imaginary conversation with Pluto):
Hero: “So what’s the point of anything then?”
Pluto: “Look around you! The idea of a ‘point’ has it’s own cave down here, filled with gold just down that corridor to the right. Everything here has its own limitless storehouse of wealth and value.”
Hero: “But that makes me feel like life isn’t worth living. If everything is equal.”
Pluto: “That’s greed speaking. Equality can be a very greedy idea.”
Hero: “But it’s not just greed…in my world some things are noble and true and others are not. Surely your perspective isn’t the only one? Wouldn’t that be a different kind of greed?”
Pluto: “That’s wise. But it’s also true that you never would have asked that question without coming here.”
Hero: “So you’re not trying to monopolize. That’s relieving.”
Pluto: “The idea of monopoly is somewhat trivial to my world.”
Hero: “I don’t know what to do with all of this…”
Pluto: “That’s why all heroes come here for perspective as well as the conquering…”
Hero: “Yes, I’ve fought dragons down here before. I’ve had great victories and accomplishments down here in the past.”
Pluto: “Yes but you should realize that these kinds of achievements are unlimited, as are the failures. All share in my wealth.”
Hero: “It still feels like a pointless perspective.”
Pluto: “That’s because it’s hard to imagine ourselves without a hero.”
Hero: “Is this my death?”
Pluto: “Not literally.”
Hero: “Will I be reborn after this?”
Pluto: “The concept of rebirth in your world right now is too much jingling coins in the coat pockets of hidden agendas and lusty architects.”
Hero: “Well if it isn’t rebirth, then what is it?”
Pluto: “If we keep talking like this you won’t want to leave. So now it’s time for you to go.”
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First, both Uranus and Pluto are called “outer” planets, or “transpersonal” planets. These names come from the fact that they were discovered more recently as well as the fact that they are beyond the planet Saturn in our solar system (who up until the outer planets discovery was the farthest planet out in the solar system). The “transpersonal” name given to these planets also implies their archetypal significations. The outer planetary archetypes are generally thought of as more complicated, historical, and collective forces. Forces that can be felt personally but whose fields also tend to dissolve, radicalize, deepen, and overpower “normal” modes of being, especially those that center around the dayworld or solar consciousness and the ego (our normal sense of a stable “me”).
Uranus is a planet whose most often been compared to the titan Prometheus who stole the fire from the gods and was perpetually punished as a result of both his courage and his hubris. Uranus is the firebrand, the bolt of lightning, the glass breaking revelation, and the swift surge of inspiration that cannot be contained. Uranus as the co-ruler of Aquarius is a planet, not unlike Saturn, who works through negation. Even though we constantly want to compare the two planets in polarized ways (this is actually Saturn dominating the conversation!), both planets are good at breaking away from the hold of certainty. Whereas Saturn will break from something old by negating and polarizing itself against something (say the ego through hard, disciplined fasting, prayer, and spiritual removal from the world, etc), Uranus will negate the hold of the ego through a swift bolt of lightning (suddenly losing your job, suddenly getting in an accident, suddenly getting promoted). Familiar structures are struck down more instantaneously with Uranus and often as a result there is a kind of manic excitation, quickening, and spirited or fiery period of liberation, enthusiasm, self righteousness, and rapid inventiveness that follows in the wake of the sudden changes. Uranus starts a fast domino burst of change after it’s done its initial tearing down, whereas, again, Saturn’s method of making changes tends to be more focused in time, process, patience, and hard methodical opposition over long periods of committed focus to change. Both, we might, say, are faces of how the genie guides us away from the familiar and into something new.
Perhaps up until the outer planetary discoveries, Saturn had to carry all the outer planets in their negating, destroying, deepening, overpowering ways? Maybe this is also what creates such a haze or fog of admiration and apocalyptic revelry around the sign of Aquarius and the dawning “age of Aquarius?” The age of Aquarius has simply come to mean that the unusual, the transpersonal, the historical, the vast and sweeping forms of negation and transformation (death and change) are becoming more recognized in our daily lives…hence the endless streaming facebook images we see every day about words like love, existence, death, liberation and change.
Pluto, compared to Uranus, is about the deepening and empowering of whatever it touches. Pluto turns what it touches from something ordinary, static, and relatively simple into something vast, overwhelming, mysterious, and dangerously powerful. As Hades and the underworld, Pluto is about the hidden wealth that resides below surface appearances and solar certainties. Pluto is also about the burn, the decay, and the expulsion, purgation, or eruption of things kept from sight. Pluto burns awake and alive that which is hidden, deadened, or secretly smoldering. Pluto’s negation is a kind of redirection…showing us hidden power sources, hidden motivations, and hidden desires.
So when the two planets come into hard alignment with each other over a long period of time, we see both the mutual inflection of the archetypes upon each other as well as their struggle. For example, what is deep and hidden that suddenly erupts also carries an electric and creative quality. It both comes from “deep within” but also “out of nowhere like lightning.” A great image for this would be the various acts of police brutality whose heavy, dark qualities erupt powerfully from below the surface and reveal the lingering (still down there) face of racism or prejudice (Pluto), while the rapid spreading of these images and their liberating, revolutionary effects (the creation of marches, movements, protests, etc) catalyze a kind of manic demand for new ideas (Uranus). This would be an example of the two planets dynamic inflection upon one another.
On the other hand the planets can also struggle with each other’s patterns. For example, during the Occupy Wall Street movement a powerful surge of Uranian protest swept the nation (even the globe), but despite its lightning like surges, an equal sense of distrust emerged (even within highly progressive communities) as a kind of Plutonian response. Many people saw the Uranian black t-shirts as not a true black. Getting too rigidly identified with the metaphor of change means fundamentalism, not revolution. Change without depth, without nuance, without substance, all horizontal with no vertical, is nothing more than a demolition team too hungry for rigging the next vertical structure with explosives.
James Hillman once wrote that while black’s function (as a metaphor, not a race) is to dissolve, putrefy, or mortify certainties, it’s not a paradigm itself. Or at the very least, for it to become a paradigm, for us to become “black suns,” we have to deepen and make reflexive our understanding of our black as a particular shade of black. Hillman, whose early body of work was formed in a somewhat distance Europe during the 60’s, had the archetypal eye for the diversities of the outer planets (we might say). We have to be able to see that different forms of negation (let’s stick with the idea that the outer planets create changes through exposure to NON-ordinary states of consciousness) need to have diversified understandings of each other. Not all negation is the same. There are many “blacks,” and not all that is being negated is “white,” either. Negations will challenge and negate other forms of negation, in other words, and these outer planetary dynamics help us to deepen and complexify not only our sense of what we “are” through various deaths, transformations, overwhelms, purgations, and revolutions, but also what we are not, through the comparisons of different styles of change (there are many different “blacks” and this also challenges our notion of white in a radically different way…radical because the primary lens of change is no longer a simple binary).
Consider for example the complexity of racial issues at the current moment. Is the “Black Lives Matter” movement an ironically isolating and whitening of the black kind of movement, or are we being asked to see that the focusing of a particular black within a particular issue is a deepening, a commitment to a particular kind of negation, a particular kind of revolution? I have no answer, but we’re naive if we think this conversation hasn’t been both present and deeply challenging for many “good” people.
So what happens when these cycles continue unfolding in our psychic understanding? I think one promising idea is that we begin to recognize that not all radical change is deep or diverse, and not all that is diverse or deep is radical or progressive. They don’t need to be both. We don’t need some perfect algebra equation unless we believe in one common, universal good or universal goal. When we vision in this way it tends to create the whitening of the black, which in turn creates the need for more radical differentiating.
Part of this issue, in my opinion, stems from our tendency to see all change through the lens of Saturn, which is most prone to getting stuck in the simplicity of the opposites and the problem of the opposites. Once we go beyond the opposites as a problem, then we can start to recognize the huge spectrum of inter-penetrating dynamics that opens up within any debate, dialogue, or subject. This is what the outer planetary cycles are doing for us. Diversifying our notions of diversity.
Practically, in our everyday lives, this might mean that we are forced to look at a range of highly complex ideas about who we are, why we’re here, what we like and don’t like, what we fear, what our gifts are, where we come from, and what we’re being asked to work toward. These planetary cycles diversify and particularize us because our simple and polaric struggles are shattered and complexified many times over. So that our whites and blacks become many shaded and uniquely shaped. Doing that work, on days like today, means working into the edges that are being pushed back or urged forward. Like a dream..rather than searching for the golden interpretation, we search for the voice of the dream itself…so we can continue to be dreamed by it.
A simple question for today might be, “Where is something saying no to me right now, and how can I connect with what’s saying no in order to see what else it has to say?” Then we might look at a different area of our lives where something else is saying “no.” Talking to another no we might discover that not all the “no’s” have or want the same things for us.
Prayer: Which “no”? And what else do you have to say?
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