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.