the ocean covered with whitecaps…

Today, wild weather transformed the ocean here into a washing machine of turbulence… white caps atop heaving mountains of water that churned and seethed from beyond the horizon to the shore where they exploded upon the exposed rocks where sand had been mere hours earlier. The synchronicity was irresistible for me, I had to write some thoughts about the Sabian Symbol for tomorrow’s Full Moon… the ocean covered with whitecaps.

We ventured out into the elements around midday, with our small children in tow. They braved the blustery winds with their faces buried in our necks as we revelled in the roughness, so restorative. The magical and violent caress of bizillions of oceanic negative ions, invigorating our beingness’.

According to Diana E. Roche (1998), the Sabian Symbol for 2° Sagittarius is interpreted thusly:

“This symbol speaks to the bountiful response of the universe… giving him whatever he needs in life. The image of the ocean covered with whitecaps captures the idea of spirit-stirred consciousness. The emphasis in this symbol is on the necessity for channelling or directing the energy of this restlessness toward the accomplishment of worthwhile goals. The insight to be gained here is that the individual flourishes and becomes successful as he is inspired from within himself to fulfil his own higher potential” (p.276).

Relinquishing control of our lives can be a conscious decision involving  processes (reflection~receptivity~acceptance~surrender) that nourish our inner and outer lives. Many of us however, have unknowingly abdicated our freedom by following blindly in the footsteps of the masses: cogs in a machine, rats in a race, bricks in a wall, cannon fodder, consumers handing over fistfuls of money to indulge our egoic perceptions of success.

There is nothing inherently wrong with living in the world as we know it,  paying our dues and contributing to society, taking a steady job, getting a mortgage, towing the line. We do what we must. These boundaries are very Saturnian in nature and we do well to accept reality and the limitations that inevitably exist at various times and in certain circumstances.

BUT

…life is truly a gift, the most precious gift. We owe it to ourselves and to our creator to honour and revere it,

in thought word & deed

Somewhere inside each of us is a dream ~ a daimon ~ that knows our purpose and destiny. The Jupiterian gift of faith can serve us in pursuit of this deep inner knowing. We do not (necessarily) need to abandon all the spoils of modern living that we have come to rely upon, or enjoy. If need be, we might find ways to nourish our aspirations in small ways ~ allowing providence to empower our self-actualisation. We cannot abandon our Selves to the lies we are fed by the powers that be.

Life is short, and our mortality magnifies the majesty. And when we are old and grey, or nearing our end in whatever form that may come, we are surely more likely to regret the things we did not do, than those we did.

make like N.W.A and express yourself

 

Roche, D.E. (1998) The Sabian Symbols: a screen of prophecy. Astrology Classics; Maryland.

Choose love

The atrocity in Brussels yesterday occurred under interesting planetary stimulus. All energy requires a channel through which to flow; when we allow energy to become destructive instead of creative bad things happen. As human beings we are blessed with the freedom to choose, and as unique contributors to the whole we have an opportunity in each moment to take the high road, thus evolving the collective consciousness. Whether it be in thought or action, we are creating reality, so let’s aim high and choose love.

As the Libra Full Moon looms, the energy continues to build. Of particular note is the square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. These two players are facing off in a battle of belief systems. Where this energy remains conscious, we are supported in our own personal and collective rethink on philosophies to live by. We can access Virgoan critique, and Saturn’s wise pragmatism = change is possible. But when we allow the arrogance of low-road Jupiter and the fundamentalism of low-road Sagittarius to hijack these higher intentions, judgemental attitudes prevail. Add to this the crisis inherent in the Virgo archetype and the duty-bound dogma of low-road Saturn and there is potential for things to get messy.

Especially when Mars is in on it. High-road Mars in Sagittarius is the ultimate spiritual warrior, exercising restraint while fighting the good fight; advocating for freedom and our collective highest good. But when the low-road God of War saddles up his high horse there are no holds barred. The righteous indignation is palpable, polarising and on some level, justified.

Herein lies the danger: we become engaged with this (or any of the many other) hideous event and we get mad. We feel angry that this can happen. We confabulate and incite one another in work lunch-room discussions. With the headlines snaking across television screens worldwide, the fear-fuelled retelling of the tragedy is relentless. Personal accounts of victims’ pain and suffering cause us to become emotionally embroiled and our anxiety inevitably builds. With thoughts of a terror attack on home soil we feel impelled to blame and point our finger, and defend ourselves with vitriolic racism and more bombs. Us versus them.

Banksy

Adding to the cosmic energy mix at play, despite their separating status, revolutionary Uranus and transformational Pluto continue to square each other. This long-haul aspect is one that effects serious change: its slow speed coupled with the planetary combination (Uranus = awakening via trauma and Pluto = profound paradoxical truth) have allowed it to reshape our individual and collective consciousness in recent years. It has been in effect since 2012 and while most astrologers seem to have moved onto more contemporary planetary aspects, perhaps we turned our backs too soon on this doozy of a transit!

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Aries at the time of the attacks is a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country thus “the man is perceived by others not as a unique individual but in terms of his collective identity and the cultural traditions that he represents” (Roche, 1998, p.33). This description takes on a sinister tone in the wake of these recent acts against humanity.

The keyword for this Sabian Symbol is exploitation. Diana E. Roche describes the negative implications: “Infamy as the result of portraying and perpetuating the worst stereotypes of a culture” (1998, p34). We can see how suicide bombers have been exploited by groups hell bent on an agenda that breeds fear, hatred and segregation. These people have been misled by false promises of celebrated martyrdom and eternal glory, and appallingly they have been convinced that god wants them to harm their fellows. The response of “our side” is no different, though we have better marketing.

War is not the answer. Violence begets violence. We must pray for victims on both sides of this gaping global wound, for the division is merely an illusion. We are all one, and these despicable deeds are not acts against enemies, but self harm. Our collective consciousness, for which we are all personally responsible, is surely at a tipping point? We must choose love, before it is too late.

Now i am going back to my meditation♥

Saturn

IMG_2473Saturn is the Time Lord, whose action tends to limit us and slow things down. He brings us back to reality and holds us accountable for our actions. He can be harsh too. We might think we’ve gotten away with something but more likely, Saturn just hasn’t caught up with us yet. Rest assured; he will.

Where we are able to effectively integrate Saturn energy into our lives we benefit from wisdom, maturity, personal responsibility, self-discipline, humility and integrity. We learn things and develop a strong foundation from which to extend ourselves. Saturn sets boundaries, and like a good father, is ultimately supportive and holds our highest good in mind.

We could be forgiven for thinking otherwise when we find ourselves in the midst of a Saturn transit. Notably Saturn Return, which occurs approximately every 29 years, can indeed be punishing as we come to terms first with the realities of adulthood as we near 30; and later as we approach 60 we must reflect upon life thus far, what that means for our legacy, as well as the limitations of the encroaching elder years. But Saturn is always somewhere, and potentially activating the various trigger points in our birth chart. He is ever watchful, aware of our intentions and attempts at self-deception.

Lately I’ve observed a few distinctly Saturnian wake up calls. Each of these stories are sad and to me, relatable. I can see how things slowly but surely spiralled downwards until inevitably, something’s gotta give. When we find ourselves at crisis point it is only we who are able to liberate ourselves from the shackles of pride, denial, projection, escapism, and pain. We must understand that these critical Saturn events are gifts. We are given an opportunity to wake up!

But so often, defensiveness kicks in. We are too afraid, too ashamed, too habituated in avoidance that we sleep through the alarm. Taking this path perpetuates the suffering. We cannot escape our own karma, and we are creating it with each and every moment. When we resist the imposed authority of Saturn we are blinded to the doors Saturn has opened for us. So busy are we shifting blame or pointing fingers or frantically ignoring the signs we miss our cue…

With awareness it is never too late. Within each of us is strength power intelligence. We know the truth. In a sticky Saturn predicament, we must surrender, be humble and graciously accept our defeat. From here we can rise again, more resilient, mature and wise. We learn from our mistakes and we are better people for it.