Friday, 11 September 2015

September Lunar Eclipse - Seeing the Light

September 28th, 2015, will see another total lunar eclipse. This is the final eclipse in a series of four, known as a Tetrad (four consecutive total lunar eclipses with six Full Moons in between). The 2014/15 Lunar Eclipse Tetrad occurs in the Zodiac Signs Aries and Libra. They are indicative of our individual and collective struggles, as we each come to terms with our pain and the shared suffering of humanity. Through these experiences, we encounter a personal rebirth and ultimately the whole of the human race evolves greater awareness and insight.

Astronomically, a lunar eclipse happens when the Moon is positioned directly behind the Earth thus in its shadow, unable to reflect any sunlight. Lunar eclipses are visible anywhere on the night-side of the Earth. The previous eclipses in this Tetrad were 15th April 2014, 8th October 2014 and 4th April 2015.

Lunar eclipses in astrology can symbolise a time of crisis, specifically emotional because of the Moon's association with our mood and feelings. We can think of an eclipse as our emotional character or feelings being briefly immersed in the shadows, after which something new is revealed to us (when the Moon passes out of the Earth's umbra and into the light of the Sun again). Therefore the time around a lunar eclipse will often coincide with feelings of panic or that something is being kept hidden, perhaps valuable knowledge or a piece of information that we perceive as vital. Or maybe that a dark secret or act of deceit is about to be unveiled. Either way, when the eclipse ends we are confronted with the truth - the revelation, brought from the shadows back into light. And this can be the crisis moment. However everything that is revealed to us is perhaps done so in a cosmically timed manner - particularly from an astrological viewpoint; in other words, only when we are ready to confront that which was previously hidden. Although it might feel uncomfortable, disappointing or shocking, even devastating, it is essential that we 'see the light' to enable us to move forward. Of course we might well be relieved to finally have the truth.

The current Tetrad on the Aries-Libra axis suggests a focus on Self and ego (Aries) versus others and relationship (Libra). It doesn't mean that only Aries and Libra will experience crises and revelation, for we all have these Signs somewhere in our personal birth charts and thus we will all experience the eclipses in some way. A series of eclipses points to great emotional turmoil and confusion, which is very evident at this time, as well as our collective journey. There is much being revealed from the shadows, including our own personal demons and secrets that need to see the light of day (or Sun) and evidently the secrets that have been kept from the masses, by those in roles of authority and influence in society (the eclipsed Moon). This cannot all happen at once, of course, as the power of emotions and their effect on the psyche can be both transformative and destructive. Therefore we are guided through a gradual exposition, as with the previous eclipses.

So what might we expect from the final eclipse in this current series? It occurs on September 27th-28th (depending on your time zone), with the Sun in the Zodiac Sign of Libra opposite the Moon in Aries.The Sun and Moon will create another T-square pattern with Pluto (a tense triangle aspect). This signifies the end of the current tough lesson in Self vs. Other - the ego versus the whole, involving a struggle. In previous posts, I mentioned how this final eclipse would likely relate to more people uniting and sharing responsibility for improving life on planet Earth. But we must be spurred into such action and an obvious catalyst is a crisis. The recent plight of refugees is perhaps the clearest manifestation, which has provoked an outpouring of solidarity and support across Europe and beyond. Additionally there is the rise of terrorism, particularly groups that seek to control and dominate the masses through fear and violence. This further encourages us to join forces and stand up for what we believe to be morally right, in greater numbers.

This latest eclipse is also joined by Saturn, forming positive aspects to both the Sun and Moon, indicating strength and support. Moreover Saturn will just have entered the Zodiac Sign of Sagittarius on September 18th, after almost three years in Scorpio. Saturn in Scorpio, especially at the last degree, gave rise to a multitude of deep fears and emotional crises for many individuals. And this occurred collectively too. Even a Doomsday prophecy surfaced relating to the eclipse Tetrad, predicting the end of the world on September 28th. This clearly represents our collective apprehension, the rise of much fear from our shadowy depths. However Sagittarius brings hope - a refreshing new perspective, like the archer riding wild and free and aiming his arrow high. Together, with the culmination of the eclipse Tetrad, many will begin to sense a real shift, particularly on an emotional and shared level. We might feel lighter or freer, relieved of recent burdens and worries, receive good news or at the very least gain a renewed sense of hope. Sagittarius wants optimism and insight through understanding while Saturn demands practical realism and the building of secure foundations. This pairing might well represent our long-awaited chance to start putting things right, further emphasised by the culmination of the eclipse Tetrad and the resolve of recent Shadow work.

The outcome of this eclipse is that hopefully more of us will recognise the common themes being exposed now - and that they all stem from the same place. Whatever angers or disgusts us is ripe for confrontation and change, but through a deeper understanding of its origins. Therefore we must look within for the source of negative feelings and reactions we have towards others. The more we learn to address matters in this way, rather than our default behaviour of attacking, rejecting or condemning others, the easier it will be to heal and release. Ideally, the Aries-Libra Tetrad will have helped us embrace our unique qualities and skills so that we may put them to good use in transforming our communities. 


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Below, for those interested, is a little more on the symbolism of Aries and Libra, as well as a review of previous eclipses in the latest Tetrad.

Aries, as the first Zodiac Sign, symbolises our birth and the emergence of the ego, our individual identity. Its place is to explore the Self, to be concerned with individuality and discover what or who that is. In this way we each become empowered, realising our unique set of skills, talents and gifts. However in this process we might begin to over-identify with our ego or encounter aspects of our self that frighten and concern us. Consequently we can become conceited, fixated on our own ego's desires and thus behave selfishly. Simultaneously we tend to hide from the parts we dislike or cannot integrate safely in our everyday lives; these aspects of our self are then pushed into the shadows, ultimately creating our shadow self. But, like the conscious ego, the shadow self continues to grow and gain power albeit hidden in our subconscious (which the Moon also governs in astrology). Although the ego has its purpose and can be healthy, it soon predominates and seeks to exert its presence and power over others, to constantly put itself first. Likewise, the shadow side of our ego will eventually erupt in the psyche, seeking attention. This typically manifests in other people, whereby others come into our lives and act as mirrors, reflecting the shadow aspects of our character that we have repressed or tried to hide. In this way, we are forced to literally confront them. We see this happening every day, all around the world, in our relationship dramas and altercations, as well as on a collective scale with whole sections of society and countries opposing and attacking one another. When we refuse to or simply cannot deal with the whole spectrum of our feelings, they are brought to us in others, as a way of helping us to deal and resolve. Lunar eclipses usually signify times when significant parts of our shadow self are revealed in this way. Therefore a relationship might reach breaking point or a struggle will climax. And this will be happening on the world stage too, for instance, among different factions of society.

This is where Libra comes into play, as Aries' opposing Sign in the Zodiac. It represents the Other; our relationships, marriage and partnership, how to work and function together and the promotion of equality and harmony over the selfish wants of the ego. Libra can aid the task of the shadow self by bringing forth people who can help us feel whatever it is we're denying or suppressing. Libra also encourages the individual ego's (Aries) to find common ground, a shared space where they may work together as a team, pooling all of their unique qualities for the greater good. It becomes no longer about serving the self for the self, but employing the strengths of the self to serve everyone. Libra impels Aries to ask 'What can I offer that will help improve the outcome?' Thus the self still gets to feel important in playing its role. In another way, Libra - as the Sign of balance, the Scales, can show us how and where to regain balance in life, in our psyche, by embracing the exposed shadow traits and ultimately healing them. Libra likes to share and so one way we might achieve this is by sharing our fears and pain, which is what we see happening more and more in society today. Again the internet and social media is building bridges in this way, uniting people for shared causes or just providing a medium through to share pain, anger, frustration and so on. As these eclipses continue to unfold, we will face more of our shadows and bring them back into the light of the Sun, each passing eclipse exposing and healing a little bit more. Libra plays its role by showing us that together, we can accomplish more and restore harmony not just to our self but to others.

How might all of this contribute to our ongoing spiritual and collective evolution? Essentially, we are each being tasked with confronting, healing and releasing our own individual pain and suffering, our regrets and sorrows, so that we can contribute to the collective healing of humanity. This is what the Aries-Libra eclipses are showing us. It might even extend to past life incarnations, if you so believe, perhaps the reason why it feels so overwhelming at times; as we prepare to move into a new time (the shift in consciousness), we are required to let go of all karmic baggage. It is no coincidence that Neptune and Chiron are in Pisces now, the astrological indicators of humanities pending rebirth. Pisces, as the last Zodiac Sign, represents the collective and all that has gone before, including our suffering. Pisces has great empathy and charity and is therefore capable of soothing and healing the wounds of the past through genuine care and love. This is, of course, necessary before we can move into Aries, the first Sign of the Zodiac and begin again anew.


1st Eclipse: 15th April 2014
Sun in Aries opposite Moon in Libra

The first eclipse of the Tetrad concerned the Sun in fiery Aries, in spring, a time of beginnings. It also connected with the Uranus-Pluto Square and the Sun and Moon to form a Grand Cross with Jupiter and Mars. Essentially this looks like a giant square, between the angles of four planets, with two pairs opposite one another (Mars in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries; Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn). This is still a time of real tension on a global scale; Mars opposite Uranus symbolises the need for each one of us to stand up and speak out freely and honestly, to let our voices, our concerns be heard - although Libra asks that we do this with tact and grace! Mars, as ruler of Aries, wants its own way - the individual ego, while Jupiter in Cancer represents the family or clan - those with whom we join for shared causes. The Jupiter-Pluto opposition embodies the ongoing struggle with the old paradigm - the patriarchy, governments, corporations et al that have controlled the masses. Mars and Jupiter's squares to Pluto and Uranus signify the individual ego's and the clans joining together in protest against the power-hungry ego's of dominating bureaucracies. So, together with the first Aries-Libra eclipse, we see many signs of tension and a need to come out of the shadows.


2nd Eclipse: 8th October 2014
Sun in Libra opposite Moon in Aries

The second eclipse saw the Sun and Moon switch Signs. It increased the ante, with both the Sun and Moon activating Uranus-Pluto in a tense T-square aspect (a tight triangle pattern formed between the angles of the planets). However a beneficial aspect pattern was simultaneously formed, known as a Kite, involving Mars in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo, lending support and harmony. This was essentially a natural progression from the previous eclipse, whereby Mars and Jupiter supported the eclipse from their new positions. It was about learning how to raise our concerns without antagonism or causing offence, not generating more aggravation and upheaval but finding better ways to communicate, to be heard. Mars in Sagittarius symbolised the fight for freedom but from a more philosophical viewpoint whilst receiving support from a strong-willed, confident Leo Jupiter. On an individual level, people might have felt better equipped to handle their shadow traits, emerging from the eclipse. This was helped by Venus at home, in Libra, in tight orb to the Sun - perhaps suggesting a deeper sense of love and acceptance for surfacing issues. However Venus also opposed the Moon, in Aries, suggesting people were still finding it difficult to convey or share their darkest feelings, perhaps through misunderstandings, fear or a lack of empathy and self-awareness.


3rd Eclipse: 4 April 2015
Sun in Aries opposite Moon in Libra

The final Uranus-Pluto Square was activated by both the Sun and Moon during this eclipse. The configuration represented the continual and mounting pressure - necessary to push through into a new paradigm, to essentially rebirth the collective consciousness. Jupiter in Leo combined with Saturn in Sagittarius to form a positive aspect pattern with Uranus, called a Grand Trine (a large triangle formed between the angles of these planets). This pointed to increasing harmonious solutions amid the chaos and tension of the separating Pluto-Uranus Square. Saturn, as the planet of realism, symbolised assistance in helping to ground and tame Leo Jupiter's wild ideas. This presented more practical and mature ways to move forward, to make real progress. Saturn supported Uranus in helping the revolution to shift gears in a positive manner. Perhaps more of us learned to identify our own shadow traits (which we often project onto others) allowing us to relate better and release our unhealthy projections.


Ultimately, more and more people are choosing to become their own teacher resulting from greater access to information and self-education, leading to increased insight, awareness and empathy (part of the current Neptune and Chiron transit through Pisces). The majority are no longer willing to tolerate oppression or being kept in the dark by self-appointed rulers and elites; we are living in a time when it is becoming less of a necessity for the many to be ruled by the few because of our ongoing liberation and spiritual maturation. And so the rebellions and revolutions will continue, in order to reach the equality and harmony that all souls seek. This is also related to the reawakening of the Kundalini, which is gradually being pushed further up the chakras, allowing more of us to tune deeply into our souls, to Spirit. The end of the Uranus-Pluto Squares will help relieve the recent periods of extreme tension however these planets will remain in Aries and Capricorn, respectively, for some time, as our world continues to be reshaped. But of one thing we can be sure, with each passing year more of the cosmic puzzle is fitting into place.

There are 8 sets of Tetrads in the 21st Century with the next set to occur in 2032.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sol


There you are
Rising again
Burning your way through layers of marshmallow pink and toasted orange,
Lighting another dawn, in triumph,
Extending a ray across a motionless Lough that shimmers,
A path to warmth; the joys of summer, the perils of naked worship.
How is it that you are not so close, as to vapourise our ark of tranquillity?
Our capsule of solitude, adrift in darkness?
Yet not so far that we are rendered frozen in Space, and time?
Someday, perhaps we, the curious inhabitants of this unmatched globe,
Shall be worthy of your well-timed secrets,
Your orchestrated dance across the heavens,
Of stirring waves and infinite energy,
Of triggered birdsong and archetypal fathers.
But for now we witness, in awe
Or disregard,
Your unwavering dedication
To your subjects,
Your oblivious servitude
To this zoo of aberration;
Our only home,
Our precious Earth.

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Next Lunar Eclipse - Reclaiming the Shadow

On April 04, 2015, a lunar eclipse will occur. This is part of a current series of four (known as a Tetrad - four consecutive total lunar eclipses with six Full Moons in between). These eclipses have coincided with the culmination of other intense planetary happenings, namely the Uranus-Pluto Square series that peaked recently (March 2015). The 2014/15 Lunar Eclipse Tetrad is in the Zodiac Signs of Aries and Libra. It is indicative of our individual and collective struggles, as we each come to terms with our own pain and the shared suffering of our fellow humans. Through these experiences, we encounter a sort of personal rebirth and ultimately the whole of the human race evolves greater awareness and insight.

Astronomically, a lunar eclipse happens when the Moon is positioned directly behind the Earth and thus in its shadow, unable to reflect any sunlight. Lunar eclipses are visible anywhere on the night-side of the Earth. (There are variations including total, partial and penumbral eclipses, when part of the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow or is merely dimmed by it.)

Lunar eclipses in astrology often symbolise a time of crisis, specifically emotional because of the Moon's association with our mood and feelings. We can think of an eclipse as our emotional character or feelings being briefly immersed in the shadows, after which something new is revealed to us (when the Moon passes out of the Earth's umbra and into the light of the Sun again). Therefore a lunar eclipse will often coincide with a moment of panic that something is being kept hidden, perhaps valuable knowledge or a piece of information that we perceive as vital. Or maybe that a dark secret or act of deceit is about to be revealed. Either way, when the eclipse ends we are often confronted with the truth - the revelation, brought from the shadows back into the light. And this can be the crisis moment. However everything that is revealed to us is perhaps done so in a cosmically timed manner - particularly from an astrological viewpoint; in other words, only when we are ready to confront that which was previously hidden. Although it might feel uncomfortable, disappointing or shocking, even devastating, it is essential that we 'see the light' to enable us to move forward. Of course we might well be relieved to finally have the truth.

The current Tetrad occurs on the Aries-Libra axis. This suggests the focus is on Self and ego (Aries) versus others and relationship (Libra). It doesn't mean that only Aries and Libra will experience crises and revelation, for we all have these Signs somewhere in our personal birth charts and thus we will all experience the eclipses in some way. The fact that we're having a series of these eclipses points to the great emotional turmoil and confusion that many are experiencing at this time. And it also relates to our collective journey. There is much being revealed from the shadows, including our own personal demons and secrets that need to see the light of day (or Sun) and evidently the secrets that have been kept from the masses, by people in roles of authority and influence in society. This cannot all happen at once, of course, as the power of emotions and their effect on the psyche can be both transformative and destructive. Therefore, it seems, we are being guided through a gradual exposition.

The eclipse on April 4th is close to the Spring Equinox, a time of year associated with the theme of resurrection (in the Northern hemisphere). It might feel like our sense of self (Aries) is under scrutiny from others (Libra) and that certain aspects of our self are being unavoidably exposed. What is in fact happening is that we are rewriting parts of our identity from within, which are gradually brought to the surface with the help of others. This can happen either voluntarily, by revealing our fears and secrets or via increasing encounters with people and circumstances that draw them out. Consequently many of us are learning to become our own teachers and guides now, through greater authenticity and self-empowerment. Along with the transformative Uranus-Pluto Squares, more of us are also beginning to understand how projection functions in our social world, specifically in relation to our Shadow Self (the eclipses). Thus it is time to reclaim our negative projections, to own our Shadow and discover ways in which we can mindfully release our unhealthy projections. It is time to stop living in denial and attacking or blaming others based on our own repressed desires, urges and fears. As the next eclipse occurs, we must embrace courage and look to our inner darkness to face what is lurking in the Shadow. Perhaps the easiest, albeit most uncomfortable, method is to admit something that you often strongly attack in others and take this on your inner eclipse journey, confronting its root within your psyche. What is the reasoning? And what is the threat to your Self underpinning that reasoning? And what is the fear at the root of that threat? Gradually, through such inner workings, we can uncover aspects of our Shadow and expose them to the light, like the Moon emerging from the darkness of an eclipse. In this way, we ultimately let go of the fear and cease projecting it onto the world. This allows our soul (and the world) to heal. 

Of course all of this cannot be accomplished with one or even a series of eclipses. Yet the current zeitgeist is about inevitable shift and change in the human collective; we are moving into a time of rediscovering our interconnectedness and the importance of the consequences of our actions, even our thoughts, on community and environment. This collective rebirth, as our race matures emotionally and spiritually, lends us the confidence to reveal more of things that frighten us in a supportive capacity. And the more fears we expose and unravel, the more we evolve.

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Below, for those interested, is a little more on the symbolism of Aries and Libra, as well as a breakdown of each eclipse in the current Tetrad.

Aries, as the first Zodiac Sign, symbolises our birth and the emergence of the ego, our individual identity. Its place is to explore the Self, to be concerned with individuality and discover what or who that is. In this way we each become empowered, realising our unique set of skills, talents and gifts. However in this process we might begin to over-identify with our ego or encounter aspects of our self that frighten and concern us. Consequently we can become conceited, fixated on our own ego's desires and thus behave selfishly. Simultaneously we tend to hide from the parts we dislike or cannot integrate safely in our everyday lives; these aspects of our self are then pushed into the shadows, ultimately creating our shadow self. But, like the conscious ego, the shadow self continues to grow and gain power albeit hidden in our subconscious (which the Moon also governs in astrology). Although the ego has its purpose and can be healthy, it soon predominates and seeks to exert its presence and power over others, to constantly put itself first. Likewise, the shadow side of our ego will eventually erupt in the psyche, seeking attention. This typically manifests in other people, whereby others come into our lives and act as mirrors, reflecting the shadow aspects of our character that we have repressed or tried to hide. In this way, we are forced to literally confront them. We see this happening every day, all around the world, in our relationship dramas and altercations, as well as on a collective scale with whole sections of society and countries opposing and attacking one another. When we refuse to or simply cannot deal with the whole spectrum of our feelings, they are brought to us in others, as a way of helping us to deal and resolve. Lunar eclipses usually signify times when significant parts of our shadow self are revealed in this way. Therefore a relationship might reach breaking point or an ongoing struggle will climax. And this will be happening on the world stage too, for instance, among different factions of society.

This is where Libra comes into play, as Aries' opposing Sign in the Zodiac. It represents the Other; our relationships, marriage and partnership, how to work and function together and the promotion of equality and harmony over the selfish wants of the ego. Libra can aid the task of the shadow self by bringing forth people who can help us feel whatever it is we're denying or suppressing. Libra also encourages the individual ego's (Aries) to find common ground, a shared space where they may work together as a team, pooling all of their unique qualities for the greater good. It becomes no longer about serving the self for the self, but employing the strengths of the self to serve everyone. Libra impels Aries to ask 'What can I offer that will help improve the outcome?' Thus the self still gets to feel important in playing its role. In another way, Libra - as the Sign of balance, the Scales, can show us how and where to regain balance in life, in our psyche, by embracing the exposed shadow traits and ultimately healing them. Libra likes to share and so one way we might achieve this is by sharing our fears and pain, which is what we see happening more and more in society today. Again the internet and social media is building bridges in this way, uniting people for shared causes or just providing a medium through to share pain, anger, frustration and so on. As these eclipses continue to unfold, we will face more of our shadows and bring them back into the light of the Sun, each passing eclipse exposing and healing a little bit more. Libra plays its role by showing us that together, we can accomplish more and restore harmony not just to our self but to others.

How might all of this contribute to our ongoing spiritual and collective evolution? Essentially, we are each being tasked with confronting, healing and releasing our own individual pain and suffering, our regrets and sorrows, so that we can contribute to the collective healing of humanity. This is what the Aries-Libra eclipses are showing us. It might even extend to past life incarnations, if you so believe, perhaps the reason why it feels so overwhelming at times; as we prepare to move into a new time (the shift in consciousness), we are required to let go of all karmic baggage. It is no coincidence that Neptune and Chiron are in Pisces now, the astrological indicators of humanities pending rebirth. Pisces, as the last Zodiac Sign, represents the collective and all that has gone before, including our suffering. Pisces has great empathy and charity and is therefore capable of soothing and healing the wounds of the past through genuine care and love. This is, of course, necessary before we can move into Aries, the first Sign of the Zodiac and begin again anew.

1st Eclipse: 15th April 2014
Sun in Aries opposite Moon in Libra

The first eclipse of the Tetrad concerned the Sun in fiery Aries, in spring, a time of beginnings. It also connected with the Uranus-Pluto Square and the Sun and Moon to form a Grand Cross with Jupiter and Mars. Essentially this looks like a giant square, between the angles of four planets, with two pairs opposite one another (Mars in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries; Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn). This is still a time of real tension on a global scale; Mars opposite Uranus symbolises the need for each one of us to stand up and speak out freely and honestly, to let our voices, our concerns be heard - although Libra asks that we do this with tact and grace! Mars, as ruler of Aries, wants its own way - the individual ego, while Jupiter in Cancer represents the family or clan - those with whom we join for shared causes. The Jupiter-Pluto opposition embodies the ongoing struggle with the old paradigm - the patriarchy, governments, corporations et al that have controlled the masses. Mars and Jupiter's squares to Pluto and Uranus signify the individual ego's and the clans joining together in protest against the power-hungry ego's of dominating bureaucracies. So, together with the first Aries-Libra eclipse, we see many signs of tension and a need to come out of the shadows.


2nd Eclipse: 8th October 2014
Sun in Libra opposite Moon in Aries

The second eclipse will see the Sun and Moon switch Signs. It will up the ante, with both the Sun and Moon activating Uranus-Pluto in a tense T-square aspect (a tight triangle pattern formed between the angles of the planets). However a beneficial aspect pattern will be formed simultaneously, known as a Kite, with the Sun and Moon joining Mars, now in Sagittarius and Jupiter, now in Leo, in supportive and harmonious aspects. This is essentially a natural progression from the previous eclipse, whereby Mars and Jupiter will now be supporting the eclipse from their new positions. Thus many of us will be learning how to raise our concerns without antagonism or causing offence, not generating more aggravation and upheaval but finding better ways to communicate, to be heard. Mars in Sagittarius will be fighting for freedom but from a more philosophical viewpoint whilst receiving support from a strong-willed, confident Leo Jupiter. On an individual level, we might feel better equipped to handle the next wave of shadow traits that emerge from the eclipse. This will be helped by Venus, at home in Libra, in tight orb to the Sun - perhaps suggesting a deeper sense of love and acceptance for issues that arise. However its opposition to the Moon, in Aries, could mean we're still finding it difficult to convey or share our darkest feelings with others, through misunderstandings or fear. Therefore we might still feel repelled or incensed by those who continue to display our own shadows and unable to extend empathy and understanding.


3rd Eclipse: 4 April 2015
Sun in Aries opposite Moon in Libra

The final Uranus-Pluto Square is activated by both the Sun and Moon. This configuration represents the continual and mounting pressure that is necessary to push us through into the new paradigm, to essentially rebirth our consciousness. This time around, Jupiter in Leo will combine with Saturn in Sagittarius to form a positive aspect pattern with Uranus, called a Grand Trine (a large triangle formed between the angles of these planets). This points to increasing harmonious solutions amid the chaos and tension of the separating Pluto-Uranus Square. Saturn, as the planet of realism, symbolises assistance in helping to ground and tame Leo Jupiter's wild ideas. This will present practical and mature ways to move forward, to make real progress. Concurrently Saturn will be supporting Uranus, helping the revolution shift gears in a positive manner. Perhaps more of us will be learning to identify with what we're seeing in ourselves and others and therefore relate better; the Moon in Libra always wants to relate. This aides any work we might undertake on the self to confront and release Shadow projections.


4th Eclipse: 28th September 2015
Sun in Libra opposite Moon in Aries

The last of the Aries-Libra eclipses occurs a few months from the final Uranus-Pluto Square. The Sun and Moon will create another T-square with Pluto. This is essentially signifying the end of the current eclipse lesson in self vs other, the ego vs the whole. It will be inherently linked with the changes that have been taking place in society and on a global scale. This is likely to do with more of us uniting and sharing responsibility for improving life on Earth. It will also have helped many of us, on an individual level, to work more effectively with our Shadow. The ideal outcome would be that more people recognise the common themes being exposed and that they all stem from the same place; what angers or disgusts the majority is ripe for confrontation and change but through a deeper understanding of its origins. The more of us who can learn to address matters in this way, rather than the default of attack/reject/condemn, the easier it will become to heal and release. The Aries-Libra Tetrad will hopefully help more people to embrace their uniqueness and put it to good use in society.


Ultimately, more and more people are choosing to become their own teacher resulting from greater access to information and self-education, leading to increased insight, awareness and empathy (part of the ongoing Neptune and Chiron transit through Pisces). The majority are no longer willing to tolerate oppression or being kept in the dark by self-appointed rulers and elites; we are living in a time when it is becoming less of a necessity for the many to be ruled by the few because of our ongoing liberation and spiritual maturation. And so the rebellions and revolutions will continue, in order to reach the equality and harmony that all souls seek. This is also related to the reawakening of the Kundalini, which is gradually being pushed further up the chakras, allowing more of us to tune deeply into our souls, to Spirit. The end of the Uranus-Pluto Squares will help relieve the recent periods of extreme tension however these planets will remain in Aries and Capricorn, respectively, for some time, as our world continues to be reshaped. But of one thing we can be sure, with each passing year more of the cosmic puzzle is fitting into place.

There are 8 sets of Tetrads in the 21st Century with the next set to occur in 2032.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Cycle Completes - the Final Uranus-Pluto Square

Back in the Summer of 2012, a cosmic dance began between two planetary bodies. This symbolic relationship, from our earthly perspective, indicated a period of great upheaval and ultimately transformation. Uranus and Pluto, gods of dramatic and encompassing change, entered a series of seven encounters that are known to signify powerful and tense events on Earth, such as revolutions and conflicts, uprisings and social reform.

We are now approaching the final encounter, of this current cycle, the final confrontation. Just as before, tensions have been rising and this is evident not only in world news but also in our individual lives. Some might be experiencing familiar and uncomfortable feelings of anxiety and agitation, a sensation of being constricted or oppressed, which might not have any obvious source and the resurfacing of old issues and conditions. This can all be quite confusing and unsettling, particularly if we can't see how to resolve our turmoil and relieve the pressure. Indeed there can almost be a claustrophobic feeling to this transition, a 'been here before' lament and a strong desire to move forward, for something new. This is Uranus' yearning and the Square to Pluto symbolises the tension while Pluto itself represents the destructive force necessary to help us break free and finally progress. That was always the ultimate purpose of this period, this cosmic battle lighting the way - our need to induce change and transformation in our own lives and the world over.

Pluto's destructive force can be felt and even embraced literally, observable in a marked rise in tension, conflict and violence. Adding Uranus' desire for radicalism, for what is new and breaking free from old conventions can unfortunately manifest in reckless actions and behaviour. We see clear examples of this in recent news stories, such as ancient artefacts and cities being destroyed with fervour. Even those fighting for equality can sometimes go to the extreme; some will push their agenda no matter what the consequences. Conversely, for those who fear the change and innovation that Uranus represents, there is a great drive to resist. We see this in religious hate crimes; people feeling a strong need to defend archaic doctrines by attacking those who no longer conform. We see terrorists attempting to re-ignite division and conflict in communities through fear and others defending what is old by attacking any sign of progress or change. Whatever form it takes, the tension can be too much for some to bear and so their frustration is acted out, either targeting what is old and what symbolises the old world or attacking that which tries to break the mold. Although the purpose of this transition is for change, destruction and violence is never the way forward. 

It is also possible for the Square to coincide with a rise in natural disasters, for we are dealing with a sky god (Uranus) and one of the underworld (Pluto). An increase in severe weather and storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and tsunamis are all likely during this tense period, just another way that the energy can manifest in our physical world. In continuing the theme of Uranus-Pluto, such disasters bring obvious destruction but result in a coming together of communities affected, to rebuild and create something new, perhaps something stronger and better. Likewise, on a more mundane level, some of us experience inner turmoil that manifests as an increase in accidents or illness. It's not uncommon to have frequent headaches, muscular strains or injuries at this time; many of us are holding onto the tension because we don't know what to do with it. Ideally this is a time to focus a little more of restoring your sense of wellbeing, to allow extra time for relaxation. Seek ways to relieve stress and promote inner peace, whether that's taking up a class in yoga or meditation, going on a retreat or spa weekend or a few days off from work or your routine to pamper and unwind. This will benefit others in your life too and similarly we can remind ourselves to be easy on those who are finding this period difficult.

It is clear why this can be such a tumultuous time, but also one that holds promise. Equality and justice are the rewards for those who fight and struggle against the odds and hopefully we reach a point of resolution and consequently a better way of living. This is the goal of all Uranus-Pluto Squares, to reach the final encounter, the 7th chakra of the world soul and realise that a thorough and lasting transformation has occurred, on a fundamental level. As individuals, the ideal outcome is to emerge from the upheaval with a sense of accomplishment, to know that something innate has changed for the better - even if we're not aware of what that is right away. If we have managed to embrace courage and let go of the past, of outdated relationships, old habits, redundant beliefs and the things that no longer serve us well, we can truly feel relieved. We might even feel a renewed connection to Divinity or have a fresh perspective on life. Subsequently, all that is new and beneficial can then begin to enter our lives, in the form of new relationships and opportunities, new ideas, work or hobbies. If we have somehow managed to hold onto our old ways (perhaps from a fear of letting go or a sense of loyalty or obligation), we might still feel a sense of relief that this period of tension is ending. But, as collective change sinks in and begins to show itself, in the coming months and years, we might soon realise that the world has left us behind and that we are stuck in a dull cycle of repeat - a cycle of our own making. However it is never too late to change. We don't need to wait for another Uranus-Pluto Square, for these are merely signs of our inherent potential. In truth, we can choose to strive for change at any time in our lives.

With the activation of the world's 7th chakra, what began in 2012 now completes. Many of us have the potential for a better awareness and understanding of what it means to be interconnected, an appreciation of the divine in all. It is only with our collective evolution that we can begin to let go of the idea of separation and realise a common thread in all sentient creatures. Granted not many share this deep insight and it will perhaps be a while before the human race, as a whole, reaches this understanding but the process of awakening has already begun and this current set of Uranus-Pluto Squares symbolises a further step in that direction. 

It will perhaps be the end of Summer 2016 before we begin to experience the consequences of real change, after the dust of Pluto's debris settles. We will begin to see and understand what has been occurring, since 2012, in the remaining years of this decade. It is then that our new ideas will truly begin to manifest, to take hold in a physical sense. By the 2020's we should see clear results, in real world terms, of our ideas and actions now. Remember to keep letting go (instead of trying to recreate or clinging to the old). Gradually drop resistance to change and continually and gently remind yourself to have faith and trust that something new and better will soon dawn. To experience that dawn, we must first allow the sun to set on what has had its time. The next significant Uranus-Pluto interaction will be the early 2040's.


Below is a list of the seven Squares in this series and their corresponding chakras. Reflect back to past Squares and see if you experienced any relevant changes in your own life or community...


First Square: 24th June 2012 (and two-three months either side) 
Uranus 8° Aries/Pluto retrograde 8° Capricorn 
Corresponds to the Base Chakra: transformation of our roots, heritage (family and ancestral relationships), our sense of security, finances, material possessions, connection to the earth, home and the ability to support ourselves.


Second Square: 19th September 2012 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus retrograde 6° Aries/Pluto 6° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Sacral Chakra: transformation of our centre of creativity, sexuality and related issues, unconscious and conscious desires, self-esteem, temptation, reproduction, our ability to nurture self and others.


Third Square: 20th May 2013 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus 11° Aries/Pluto retrograde 11° Capricorn 
Corresponds to the Solar Plexus Chakra: transformation of our centre of confidence, sense of achievement, search for recognition, will power, source of self-assurance and happiness, our ability to share.


Fourth Square: 1st November 2013 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus retrograde 9° Aries/Pluto 9° Capricorn 
Corresponds to the Heart Chakra: transformation of our ability to love, self-love, unconditional love for others, our connection to sentient beings and our humanity, empathy and compassion, ability to relate. 


Fifth Square: 21st April 2014 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus 13° Aries/Pluto retrograde 13° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Throat Chakra: transformation of our voice, our truth, seat of self-expression, discrimination, honesty vs deceit, our ability to be heard and accepted.


Sixth Square: 15th December 2014 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus retrograde 12° Aries/Pluto 12° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Third Eye Chakra: transformation of our intuition, psychic development, our subconscious and dreams, mental agility, collective unconscious (shared mind), our ability to gain deeper insight and awareness.


Seventh and final Square: 16th March 2015  (and two-three months either side)
Uranus 15° Aries/Pluto 15° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Crown Chakra: transformation of our connection to Source/Divinity, pure and higher consciousness, detachment from and dispelling of illusions, awakening to greater universal truths, realisation that all is one, rebirth, the ability to manifest our goals with greater ease. 




Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Penultimate Trial - the sixth Uranus-Pluto Square

The last couple of years have been quite intense and challenging for many. The current set of Uranus-Pluto Squares really took off in 2012, when many thought a doomsday prophecy might actually come to pass. Instead we had a bit of a flop, an almost undetectable shift that nonetheless started the ball rolling for this current phase of change, transition, revolution - whatever you wish to call it. The last time we had a taster of such colossal change in society, in the swinging Sixties, a less extreme but still useful series of Conjunctions took place between Uranus and Pluto, which coincided with a social revolution. Prior to that a series of Squares occurred between 1928-1934 - the years preceding World War 2. Indeed Uranus and Pluto together are often thought to symbolise destruction and conflict, social justice and reform, breaking down old conventions and rules and replacing them with fresh alternatives that better serve the people. Not something that can happen overnight!


So what can we expect this month, when the penultimate Square of the current series takes place, on December 15th? We've already been building up to this next encounter - perhaps you've felt the tensions rising, as before? For Uranus and Pluto will be triggering changes in each one of us (as they contact our natal planetary positions in our birth charts); it is these necessary changes that we must experience to propel us forward on our own journey however difficult. And that's how a revolution begins, as we eventually reach out and seek those enduring similar challenges, uniting to become stronger and ultimately overcoming our struggles together.  

For a while now, many of us have probably been experiencing odd thoughts and unusual feelings (Uranus likes to be different!), particularly relating to things that used to excite and enthrall us. This can be very unsettling, as we continually return to favourite places, pastimes, memories and even people only to find that they're gradually loosing their appeal, their ability to engage and stimulate us. And we begin to feel confused and maybe frightened, wondering why we can't experience the joys of before. Because Uranus wants something new - something different, original and fresh. Not remakes and repeats (there are many examples of this in society at present), not attempts to recreate former good times. And finding these new things will take time. Pluto has been helping Uranus along, like a bulldozer, breaking down the old to make way for the new. Thus if we try to hold on, if we insist on recreating then Pluto will eventually step in and ensure we cannot or that it will fail to deliver. And that is why the whole process can feel so uncomfortable because with the removal of the old, we loose a sense of familiarity and comfort - seemingly with nothing in its place. But this is only how it appears, now, during the process of change. For once all the debris is cleared (once we allow by letting go) then Uranus steps in with a sack full of brand new creations to amuse and engage us. All it takes is a bit of trust and faith that something else will come along once we move on.

Some have equated this series of seven Squares with the traditional seven chakras (or energy centres) of the human body. And that each Square, between Uranus and Pluto, indicates the transformation and re-energising of a chakra, both for the individual and for the Earth and humanity as a whole. In this sense, we are currently experiencing the transformation of the sixth chakra, called the Third Eye. This is the psychic centre, working on our sixth sense, developing our intuition and helping us to awaken to deeper insight and a greater understanding of our connection to one another, the Earth and other sentient creatures. It might become increasingly difficult to keep our secrets, as the Third Eye opens (for each of us and humanity), so that we can no longer conceal as much information. For everything must eventually come to light, from darkness. Again there are many examples of this in current world news, with copious scandals and revelations. Humans aren't the only ones evolving - it applies to the whole planet, so we might begin to see other creatures exhibiting strange behaviour or displaying greater awareness. For humans, though, with the stimulation of Third Eye chakra, we might experience an increase in serendipity, synchronicity and psychic hunches. Our gut instincts are becoming stronger and more refined. More vivid and relevant dreams are common too, as the Third Eye connects our conscious and subconscious minds so that we gain greater insight into our waking lives from the messages in our dreams. This also extends to meditation, particularly guided meditations, shamanic journeying and regression therapy, all of which can be more successful and illuminating now. This stage of the Uranus-Pluto Squares, in relation to the chakras, will also help us connect with like-minded souls and those on our current wavelength, so that we might share and help manifest our ideas and plans together.


We still have the final Square to come, in Spring 2015. And it will perhaps be the end of next summer before we begin to experience the consequences of real change, after the dust of Pluto's debris settles. In the remaining years of this decade, we will begin to see and understand what has been occurring since 2012. It is then that our new ideas will begin to manifest, to take hold in a physical sense. By the 2020's we should see clear results, in real world terms, of our ideas and actions now. Until then we have little choice but to go with the flow. So remember to keep letting go (instead of trying to recreate or clinging to the old). Gradually drop resistance to change and continually and gently remind yourself to have faith and trust that something new and better will soon dawn. But to experience that dawn, we must first allow the sun to set on what has had its time.

Below is a list of the seven Squares in this series and their corresponding chakras. Reflect back to past Squares and see if you experienced the relevant changes in your own life or community...

First Square: 24th June 2012 (and two-three months either side) 
Uranus 8° Aries/Pluto retrograde 8° Capricorn 
Corresponds to the Base Chakra: transformation of our roots, heritage (family and ancestral relationships), our sense of security, finances, material possessions, connection to the earth, home and the ability to support ourselves


Second Square: 19th September 2012 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus retrograde 6° Aries/Pluto 6° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Sacral Chakra: transformation of our centre of creativity, sexuality and related issues, unconscious and conscious desires, self-esteem, temptation, reproduction, our ability to nurture self and others

Third Square: 20th May 2013 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus 11° Aries/Pluto retrograde 11° Capricorn 
Corresponds to the Solar Plexus Chakra: transformation of our centre of confidence, sense of achievement, search for recognition, will power, source of self-assurance and happiness, our ability to share

Fourth Square: 1st November 2013 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus retrograde 9° Aries/Pluto 9° Capricorn 
Corresponds to the Heart Chakra: transformation of our ability to love, self-love, unconditional love for others, our connection to sentient beings and our humanity, empathy and compassion, ability to relate 

Fifth Square: 21st April 2014 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus 13° Aries/Pluto retrograde 13° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Throat Chakra: transformation of our voice, our truth, seat of self-expression, discrimination, honesty vs deceit, our ability to be heard and accepted

Sixth Square: 15th December 2014 (and two-three months either side)
Uranus retrograde 12° Aries/Pluto 12° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Third Eye Chakra: transformation of our intuition, psychic development, our subconscious and dreams, mental agility, collective unconscious (shared mind), our ability to gain deeper insight and awareness  

Seventh and final Square: 16th March 2015  (and two-three months either side)
Uranus 15° Aries/Pluto 15° Capricorn
Corresponds to the Crown Chakra: transformation of our connection to Source/Divinity, pure and higher consciousness, detachment from and dispelling of illusions, awakening to greater universal truths, realisation that all is one, rebirth, the ability to manifest our wishes 



Saturday, 15 November 2014

The World as a Mirror - the evolution of the soul

Do you find yourself asking, why am I faced with the same old issues, the same patterns or lessons that keep repeating? Maybe it's the same faces that keep popping up or certain types of people who challenge or intrigue you? Are you drifting from companions, loosing cherished connections or feeling less compatible with certain friends or partners or unable to remain in favourable circumstances? Could there be something wholly responsible?


Think of the people who are most important to you at present, the people with whom you choose to spend most of your time; friends, family, colleagues a partner. And even those people who right now are causing distress in your life but from whom you cannot seem to escape or avoid. Now imagine that these people are mirrors. Not the usual sort, not that you can literally see yourself when you look at them - at least not your physical self. But they are mirrors for your soul. And if you don't believe in having a soul then as mirrors for your current state of mental and emotional well-being. 

What this really means is that the people with whom you're currently surrounded, by choice or not, through awareness or lack thereof, are in your life now for an important reason. This reason is essentially that they're reflecting important aspects of your *self*. But why would they need to do such a thing? Think of it like a contract - a soul contract, in that we're all souls connected to a greater, pervasive divinity (be that God, an underlying sentience or some other label you prefer to use). We're each capable of knowing, on a soul level, what others need for their own development, be it personal or spiritual, mental or emotional. It's obvious and accepted that our circumstances in life change as we grow and develop, perhaps less accepted that the people in our lives also change and consequently we drift apart from some and gravitate towards new types of people. Yet if you're particularly stubborn or find change difficult or uncomfortable, you might tend to hold on to the same people in your life - or at least the same sort of people and circumstances that are familiar. But can we truly evolve, as a person, even spiritually, if we resist change? For if we refuse to look in the mirror and accept what it's showing us, whatever that might be, how can we see what needs to be changed?

Of course we all know we prefer to mingle with like-minded people, those who share our beliefs and ideas, our outlook and feelings, who support and bolster our place in the world. Because in this way we create a sense of belonging, of fitting in - the much sought after need for security and community. We might feel obligated to maintain a relationship with some people, such as family members or a partner to whom we've made a commitment even when, deep down, we no longer feel compatible. At other times we encounter people who conflict with us, who antagonize and provoke us, as well as unfamiliar and uncomfortable circumstances. All of these encounters and relationships encourage change within, change that might not be immediately recognised as beneficial. And therefore we sometimes resist getting involved or letting go, even though a little voice is telling us otherwise. So could there be a deeper purpose?



If you're still not buying into souls and divinity, how about your emotional and mental development? Emotionally, we can be hindered by painful or traumatic experiences in life particularly from our formative years. This often makes it difficult relating to those with more emotional depth or expressiveness. If we're emotionally closed, we'll typically seek out the company of those who prefer to rationalise rather than feel. On a mental level, we tend to interact with people of a similar intelligence or depth of knowledge, albeit occasionally pushing the bar a little higher if we feel ready to further our own learning. Thus it can become very frustrating, once we've reached a certain stage of awareness, to interact with those who are closed or narrow-minded by comparison. Not that there's anything wrong with such people, for we all begin life with a mind that needs expanding - some hold back a little longer than others, for various reasons. 

All of this relates back to the idea of the world as a mirror. It's why we prefer to surround ourselves with people similar to us, because we like what we see reflected back. But have you ever met someone you instantly disliked? Or maybe after one conversation you pretty much knew that person and you were not going to get along? This sort of immediate or irrational dislike is usually about what the other person is reflecting, in other words something we're not ready to see, not ready to learn or confront within ourselves. What this means is, often, these people are reflecting emotional or mental states that we find uncomfortably familiar, something painful with which we've already contended or are currently struggling to resolve. Of course there are times when our dislike is understandable and justifiable, such as seeing immoral, cruel or unfair behaviour. But when there is no obvious reason for our dislike, for our rejection, it is then that we can benefit from looking harder in the mirror and asking ourselves, what's really going on inside? What is it about this person's opinion or beliefs or behaviour that is making me feel threatened or irritable? Perhaps this person is too loud or boisterous? Too fussy or critical? Frank and opinionated, extroverted or vain? The list goes on and on. But the question is, what exactly is about their behaviour that irritates me and why? What is this soul-mirror trying to show me or make me realise at this very moment in time? It might be something quite simple or it could be a juicier, deeper slice of wisdom - the only way to know for sure is to peer openly into that mirror and be very frank about what's staring back at you.

Sometimes our mirrors display beliefs and views or emotional behaviour that seem outdated to us. And we might wonder why we're encountering such a thing again. At times the answer is obvious, for instance with children and young people, for most things can only be learned with age and experience. If it's something we've already surpassed or grasped on a deeper level of awareness, it might serve as an uncomfortable reminder of when we acted in such a way or held such beliefs. Yet any adverse reaction by us, in such cases, is merely related to our own fear - the irrational fear that we ourselves might somehow fall back into these ways of thinking or feeling simply by being around such people or behaviour. That it might somehow contaminate or threaten us. And this is indeed irrational because once we gain insight and awareness, into a particular area of life or regarding ourselves, there is nothing to be gained by regressing. Insight and awareness become wisdom, which is something we inherently know to be a fundamental truth and therefore impossible to forget or regress. Perhaps the best response at such times is to practice compassion, for the person(s) still in the process of experiencing and learning the lessons we have already passed.

When we pass these milestone soul lessons, we change a little as a person and thus life - as a mirror, begins to change too in order to reflect our new outlook. We're presented with new opportunities - the proverbial new doors that open. Depending on our personality, we either welcome the chance for change or reject it through fear and doubt. Similarly, people in our lives are also affected by these internal shifts. But it can often feel harder to let go of people, particularly if it is family; parents or siblings, children we have raised to adulthood, a partner to whom we once made solemn vows of commitment or maybe a childhood friend. Sometimes the Universe is so wonderfully orchestrated that we find ourselves changing in sync with other souls, so that we can remain close to certain people for a lifetime - or the best part of one, continuing to provide mutual inspiration and challenge, enough to keep the relationship alive and meaningful. Of course sometimes we grow apart from others, when our paths necessarily diverge. But later, those paths might cross again and we reunite, both a little different but still able to connect. 

Sometimes our souls demand greater change. The desire for new lessons, fresh experiences or deeper insight overwhelms our ego and we have little choice but to eventually pursue, to delve in, undergo a transformation and shed our skin. This is when we encounter a new aspect of our selves, another piece of our soul. And so the world around us, the people and circumstances, subsequently change to allow us to better see this new aspect we have uncovered. For what is on the inside is reflected on the out; the external world of people and things simply reflects what is going on inside of us, on a soul level (or mental or emotional), as a means of helping us to better understand what's occurring. Think of it in terms of objective and subjective - it's much easier to see and understand something objectively, when it's an object detached from your self that you can observe and analyse, experience and contemplate. When our soul changes (or perhaps, more appropriately, evolves) it can be difficult to discern and understand, to grasp and integrate what's occurring if we remain subjective. Therefore we have the world, as a mirror - the people and things around us, to help us see what's going on inside. They change in response to the growth of our soul. This might mean people begin to react to or behave differently around us or that we can no longer identify with something that once had meaning or relevance in our lives, we simply no longer experience it as before.It might mean we begin to experience conflict with certain people whose beliefs or views no longer match ours. And all of a sudden we find ourselves identifying with others, perhaps even understanding something we once opposed. Although this can be disconcerting and upsetting, it is really just a confirmation of the changes that have occurred deep within. When we begin to see and understand the world in this way, it becomes much less frightening, much less of a conundrum. 

More often that not, it can be difficult to confront new aspects of our selves. We might see something unfamiliar or slightly unsettling compared to the former. We might even run away from what we see, try to deny or repress the change that's occurred albeit futilely. Especially if others react negatively to this new side of us. Yet, deep down, our soul knows it is essential for our development. At other times it might feel like a breath of fresh air, a long awaited change of scenery or a much anticipated breakthrough. And we welcome the new faces and places, the new experiences and insights, for our soul knows at last it has uncovered something worthwhile.

Life can be a mirror in other ways too, such as our circumstances, repeating patterns, illnesses or conditions that recur or habits that we cannot seem to break. Some people seem to sail through life, embracing every new change with relative ease whether or not they're aware of the role that their soul is playing. For others, it can feel like a constant struggle, a battle always to be fought or a onslaught of trials and fears to conquer. For most of us it is probably a combination of the two but, whichever path you walk, know that each serves its purpose for your soul's development however unfair it might seem. It's easy to play the comparison game, to envy the smoother path of another, but in truth we cannot know how that person is experiencing their soul's journey or indeed why. Neither can we truly understand why our soul must walk its particular path, whether that be filled with endless strokes of luck and serendipity or challenge and misfortune. What we can do, perhaps, is take solace in the company of those souls currently sharing the journey with us. And to know that all journeys eventually end. The ultimate one ends with the rebirth of our soul, when we leave this life, shedding our skin for the last time and taking with us all that we have learned; stronger, fuller, wiser and more enlightened than before we walked in the shoes of our current self. 

So the next time you clash with someone, feel enraged or perplexed by others' behaviour, feel exasperated by the perceived ignorance or ludicrousness of another, pause for a moment, become aware of your reaction and check-in with your soul. Then look into that other person's soul, behind the face and physical body and ask: what is it that you're trying to show me in this moment? What can I learn about myself from my reaction? What insights can my soul gain from this encounter or experience? This, too, can apply to difficult circumstances, recurring illnesses, bad habits or anything else that seems to plague you. The answers might not be fully apparent there and then, but to begin contemplating in this way can set you on a path to a deeper awareness and greater peace. And peace is ultimately what the soul desires; it is the goal and final resting place. Peace is when the soul finally comes home.





Wednesday, 8 October 2014

October Lunar Eclipse in Aries-Libra - Self vs Others Part 2

Today, October 8th, 2014, is a Lunar Eclipse. But not just any eclipse, for this one marks the second of four in a row otherwise known by the odd name 'Tetrad' (four consecutive total lunar eclipses with six Full Moons in between.) The 2014/15 Tetrad occurs in the Zodiac Signs of Aries and Libra, with the next two due on April 4th 2015, and September 28th 2015 (the first was on April 15th 2014). 

Astronomically, a total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon is positioned directly behind the Earth and thus in its shadow, unable to reflect any sunlight. Lunar eclipses are visible anywhere on the night-side of the Earth. (There are also partial and penumbral eclipses, when part of the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow or is merely dimmed by it.)

Lunar eclipses in astrology often symbolise a time of crisis, specifically emotional because of the Moon's association with our mood and feelings. We can think of an eclipse as our emotional character or feelings being briefly immersed in the shadows, after which something new is revealed to us (when the Moon passes out of the Earth's umbra and into the light of the Sun again). Therefore a lunar eclipse will often coincide with a moment of panic that something is being kept hidden, perhaps valuable knowledge or a piece of information that we perceive as vital – or maybe that a dark secret or act of deceit is about to be revealed.  Either way, when the eclipse ends we are often confronted with the truth - the revelation, brought from the shadows back into the light. And this can be the crisis moment. However everything that is revealed to us is perhaps done so in a cosmically timed manner - particularly from an astrological viewpoint; in other words, only when we are ready to confront that which was previously hidden. Although it might feel uncomfortable, disappointing or shocking, even devastating, it is essential that we 'see the light' to enable us to move forward. Of course we might well be relieved to finally have the truth. 

The current Tetrad occurs on the Aries-Libra axis. This suggests that focus will be on the self and ego (Aries) versus others and relationship (Libra). It doesn't mean that only Aries and Libra will experience crises and revelation, for we all have these Signs somewhere in our personal birth charts and thus we will all experience the eclipses in some way. The fact that we're having a series of these lunar eclipses points to the great emotional turmoil and confusion that many people are experiencing at this time. And it also relates to our collective journey. There is much being revealed from the shadows, including our own personal demons and secrets that need to see the light of day (or Sun) and evidently the secrets that have been kept from the masses, by people in roles of authority and influence in society. This cannot all happen at once, of course, as the power of emotions and their effect on the psyche can be both transformative and destructive. Therefore, it seems, we are being guided through a gradual exposition.

Aries, as the first Zodiac Sign, symbolises our birth and the emergence of the ego, our individual identity. Its place is to explore the Self, to be concerned with individuality and discover what or who that is. In this way we each become empowered, realising our unique set of skills, talents and gifts. However in this process we might begin to over-identify with our ego or encounter aspects of our self that frighten and concern us. Consequently we can become conceited, fixated on our own ego's desires and thus behave selfishly. Simultaneously we tend to hide from the parts we dislike or cannot integrate safely in our everyday lives; these aspects of our self are then pushed into the shadows, ultimately creating our shadow self. But, like the conscious ego, the shadow self continues to grow and gain power albeit hidden in our subconscious (which the Moon also governs in astrology). Although the ego has its purpose and can be healthy, it soon predominates and seeks to exert its presence and power over others, to constantly put itself first. Likewise, the shadow side of our ego will eventually erupt in the psyche, seeking attention. This typically manifests in other people, whereby others come into our lives and act as mirrors, reflecting the shadow aspects of our character that we have repressed or tried to hide. In this way, we are forced to literally confront them. We see this happening every day, all around the world, in our relationship dramas and altercations, as well as on a collective scale with whole sections of society and countries opposing and attacking one another. When we refuse to or simply cannot deal with the whole spectrum of our feelings, they are brought to us in others, as a way of helping us to deal and resolve. Lunar eclipses usually signify times when significant parts of our shadow self are revealed in this way. Therefore a relationship might reach breaking point or an ongoing struggle will climax. And this will be happening on the world stage too, for instance, among different factions of society.

This is where Libra comes into play, as Aries' opposing Sign in the Zodiac. It represents the Other; our relationships, marriage and partnership, how to work and function together and the promotion of equality and harmony over the selfish wants of the ego. Libra can aid the task of the shadow self by bringing forth people who can help us feel whatever it is we're denying or suppressing. Libra also encourages the individual ego's (Aries) to find common ground, a shared space where they may work together as a team, pooling all of their unique qualities for the greater good. It becomes no longer about serving the self for the self, but employing the strengths of the self to serve everyone. Libra impels Aries to ask 'What can offer that will help improve the outcome?' Thus the self still gets to feel important in playing its role. In another way, Libra - as the Sign of balance, the Scales, can show us how and where to regain balance in life, in our psyche, by embracing the exposed shadow traits and ultimately healing them. Libra likes to share and so one way we might achieve this is by sharing our fears and pain, which is what we see happening more and more in society today. Again the internet and social media is building bridges in this way, uniting people for shared causes or just providing a medium through to share pain, anger, frustration and so on. As these eclipses continue to unfold, we will face more of our shadows and bring them back into the light of the Sun, each passing eclipse exposing and healing a little bit more. Libra plays its role by showing us that we can accomplish more together and restore harmony not just to our selves but to others.


Today’s eclipse, specifically, occurs with the Sun in Libra opposite the Moon in Aries. This second eclipse of the Tetrad ups the ante from the first, with both the Sun and Moon activating Uranus-Pluto in a tense T-square aspect (a tight triangle pattern formed between the angles of the planets). However a beneficial aspect pattern also forms simultaneously, known as a Kite, with the Sun and Moon joining Mars, now in Sagittarius and Jupiter, now in Leo, in supportive and harmonious aspects. This is essentially a natural progression from the previous eclipse, whereby Mars and Jupiter are now supporting the eclipse. Thus many of us have opportunities to raise our concerns now without antagonism or causing offence, without generating more aggravation and upheaval but finding better ways to communicate and be heard.


Mars in Sagittarius will be fighting for more freedom now but from a rather philosophical viewpoint, whilst receiving support from the strong-willed and confident Leo Jupiter. On an individual level, we might be feeling better equipped to handle the next wave of shadow traits that are emerging from this eclipse – what’s lurking in your depths that you need to confront? This is helped now by Venus, at home in her Sign of Libra and close to the Sun, perhaps suggesting that we’ll find a deeper sense of love and acceptance for any issues that arise – particularly if we share those with people close to us, whom we can trust.

Conversely, the Sun’s opposition to the Aries Moon now could mean that we're still finding it difficult to convey or share our darkest feelings with others. This is most likely a result of misunderstandings or fears. Therefore we might still be feeling repelled or incensed by those who continue to display our own shadows and unable to extend empathy and understanding towards these people. If so, this will be the true test of the current eclipse.



There are 8 sets of Tetrads in the 21st Century and the next one will occur in 2032.