Late 2020 has two powerful Eclipses, one of which lands on December 14th, the same day that the delegates gather to cast their votes for President of the United States in the Electoral College. As always, but especially this year, the Cosmic Curriculum challenges us to be authentic and pursue our dreams with unbending faith and persistence. These eclipses are pushing us to move in that direction: the direction of our evolution. How do we follow our hearts in the midst of so much turmoil?
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The summer 2018 had 3 Eclipses. As always, the Cosmic Curriculum challenges us to be authentic and pursue our dreams with unbending faith and persistence. These eclipses are pushing us to move in that direction: the direction of our evolution.
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This blog post is a companion to my video about Saturn in Capricorn, which occurs tonight at 9:49pm Mountain Time. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time. In some sense I’ve been looking forward to it for about 30 years since the last time Saturn was in Capricorn. Its total transit in a sign lasts about 2.5 to 3 years, and it takes approximately 29 years to move completely around the Zodiac. In my opinion, Saturn is at his best when he is in Capricorn because Capricorn is his domicile. It is the location in which Saturn is best able to express his energy.
Saturn in Capricorn is going to be all about Integration & Alignment. I’ll discuss this in more detail in my video, but for this blog post, I want to focus on one specific aspect that I see, which is Integrating the Elements of Fire & Ice. I want to explore what that means.
First of all, I want to make clear that I come from a relatively “magical” perspective, but I want to explain what that means since many people may have preconceptions about what the word “magical” actually means.
The word “magical” has similar root meanings and origins to the words “mage,” “imagine,” “image,” “imagination,” “imagery,” etc. But what many people don’t understand is that the root meaning of the word “mage” is “make”. It means “to make”. A mage is simply someone who “makes” something. In a sense there is absolutely nothing magical about it… in terms of the meaning that the word conjures up for most people today.
So how did the simple word and concept of making something become so mystical and imbued with other-worldliness? How did it become aligned with the idea of the supernatural?
Maybe that’s because in truth there is something extraordinary and misunderstand about what it means to make things, either making objects, or making things happen. So on one level, it’s not mystical, supernatural, or other-worldly at all, but on another level it is.
I would suggest that perhaps by imbuing it with mystical, supernatural, and other-worldly powers, it was a way for certain people to maintain power and not share it with the ordinary, common masses. Sound familiar?
But what if we, the “ordinary” people, weren’t afraid of our own power? What if we weren’t afraid to truly “make” things, to “manifest” things, to be creators? What if we were willing to embrace our own magical powers without shame or fear?
So, without the shame and fear that some might equate to the use of “magic,” (now that you understand what it really means), I am going to use the language of magic.
Certain mages, spiritual knights, and shamans specialize in spells of a specific element, such as Lightning, Fire, or Ice. Ultimately all elements need to be integrated to fully actualize one’s power, but let’s start with two for now: Fire & Ice.
If you want to unlock your ultimate magical power and then integrate it into your own being, your own life, your relationships, your community, and eventually into your society, you’ll need to understand the basic concepts of Alchemy.
The basic idea of Alchemy is that all of us have “lead” within us. The lead is the clumped, repressed, unprocessed energy that is trapped in our beings. It’s the pain, the woundedness, the fear, anger, shame, anything that we can’t bear to look at, feel, acknowledge, or own. That is also known as the Shadow. Every human being has a Shadow. It is impossible to eliminate the Shadow.
Let me put it this way: Humans are the integration of Light and Shadow. We are the living rainbow. We channel the Light and Shadow energies and we integrate them. When the system is functioning at its highest level, there is complete integration. But when the Shadow has not been integrated, the energy becomes clumped and it clogs up the system so that the energy can not flow freely.
Ironically, the more energy is clumped and clogging up the flow of energy, the more it actually depletes us of energy and power. It leaks energy and power, like a house with shoddy construction.
So what I’m suggesting here is an Alchemical process called Integration. Because I’m using the language and imagery of Alchemy, I need to explain a few things so that you can understand the basics of Alchemy. It starts with what is known as the “Philosopher’s Stone.” It is the Philosopher’s Stone that allows Lead to be turned into Gold, which is basically the process of Integrating the Shadow, transmuting the Lead (the unprocessed, repressed, disowned pain, trauma, woundness, shame) into the Gold of Enlightenment in order to fully empower oneself.
The Philosopher’s Stone is simply one’s own Consciousness and Awareness. The more you polish your own Consciousness and Awareness, your own Philosopher’s Stone, the more capacity you have to integrate your Shadow. The Rainbow is where Light and Shadow meet.
The reason why I’m focusing on the elements of Fire and Ice in this particular post is because of the astrological alignments. It is they who are pointing the way.
Right now, astrologically, these three signs are highly activated. Uranus is in Aries, the North Node is in Leo, and we have a stellium in Sagittarius consisting of Mercury Rx, Venus, the Sun, and Saturn. They are making trines to both Uranus in Aries and the North Node in Leo. So the fire element is highly activated right now.
Although Capricorn is an Earth sign, it represents certain qualities of the Earth. We can understand this better when we consider the animal that represents Capricorn which is the goat. The most interesting thing about this Capricornian Goat is that it transforms. It begins as a sea goat. It swims in the deep waters of the ocean. Then it crawls onto the land and grows legs. It starts at the base, which is what we call “sea level” and it slowly climbs higher and higher until it reaches the summit of the highest mountain.
What’s interesting about that it the fact that there is water at the base (the seas and the oceans) and there is water at the summit (the snow and ice).
Fire is an element that represents inspiration. It is the Divine energy of Inspiration. It is the energy of action and creation. The Sun in Sagittarius is currently aligned with the Galactic Center. A gateway is opening for Divine Inspiration to come through for your creative expression. So embrace that Fire energy, but also understand that Fire can be destructive or creative depending on how it is expressed.
When integrated with the Icy energies of Capricorn and Saturn, you can bring that Fiery Cosmic Download through the Gateway and into physical manifestation. It is through the Integration of these energies that you become a powerful manifestor.
There is risk in wielding power, creative power. You are the tool for transmitting the Divine Inspiration and bringing it into manifestation. That’s why it’s so important to work on yourself as a transmitter for that Divine Inspiration. There is a relationship between risk, hazard, and vulnerability.
Today, Saturn is in the Fire Sign of Sagittarius, close to the heat of the Sun and trining the Chaotic Lightning Bolt, Uranium atomic energy of Uranus. It’s a powerful energy. Now we want to integrate it with the energy of cold, hard reality. Bring that fiery creative energy of Divine Inspiration through into physical manifestation. That is the lesson of Saturn moving from Sagittarius to Capricorn today.
As I mentioned above, the precise mathematical moment occurs at 9:49pm Mountain Time.
My suggestion for this moment in time is to take at least 15 minutes surrounding that particular moment for some quiet meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Turn it into a simple ritual. Light a candle. Allow yourself to sink into a quiet reverie. Call on your Higher Power. Then allow yourself to write down whatever comes into your mind. Do a timed writing for as long as you desire. Set a timer and keep your hand moving during that entire time. Do not stop. Do not censor what comes through. Just let it pour out onto the page and listen.
Pluto is the god of Death & the Underworld. And Pluto rules power, initiation, wealth, sexuality, intense emotions, deep psychology, addiction, and karma. So what happens is that when Pluto moves into a different sign, he destroys the foundation in order to rebuild. There’s a concept in Alchemy called Solve et Coagula, which means dissolve and recoagulate. So he starts by dissolving the foundations, forcing you to rebuild them, but that’s only true if the foundation is not built on integrity, if it’s weak, for example if there’s dishonesty or deception, or if you’re giving your power away or stealing others power, Pluto will make it impossible for that situation to continue. It will dissolve that weak foundation and force a rebuilding.
So when Pluto goes retrograde, you have to return to the past and correct any mistakes. It also forces things to go below the surface. So you might begin to see old self-destructive patterns and work through them. People in relationships that are unhealthy, where there’s an imbalance of power or deception, will be forced to rectify the situation. And sometimes that can be really painful. It creates situations where you can look deeply into your own psychological makeup. It will either cut the wound deeper or heal it depending on the level of consciousness of the person involved. But things will change in a way that makes it impossible to return to the status quo.
Yesterday I had Pluto opposite my Ascendant. I remember mentioning it to a friend one day when we were at Fluid. It was snowing. I mentioned that I had this major alignment coming up related to self-empowerment and I planned to get an A+. Well, the day came and went.
It was Hell. Maybe not surprising. Pluto is the ruler of the Underworld (aka Hell). Life felt so flat, dull, boring, and meaningless. I slept through most of it. Couldn’t motivate myself to do anything. Had no inspiration. Was full of insecurity, self-doubt, self-hatred.
I tried to read several different books, but they all felt meaningless. Even Tama Kieves’ book, This Time I Dance. I went for a walk in the park. That was the only part of the day that really felt good. My roommate made dinner in the evening. I called a couple of people to see how they were doing. Then I went to bed.
I now have first-hand experience of Pluto opposite the Ascendant. All the demons came to visit. It’s retrograde, so when it goes direct, it will pass my Ascendant again on November 17th. Same day as the full moon. I’ll need to prepare myself. The universe is testing me.
So this is what to expect when Pluto is opposite your natal Sun or Ascendant. I was looking for more information and found this:
“This transit challenges your self-image and sense of purpose. You may be in a funk or else itching to fight your way out of the hole you’re in — probably a little of both. Since the Sun rules the person in charge, you may be under considerable stress.” The Ascendant rules the self-image, so Pluto opposite the Sun or Ascendant has a similar effect.
I’ve got 2 months to prepare for my next Pluto opposition. So we’ll see how I do on my final exam. If you’re hit by a Pluto opposition unawares, it could really knock you over.
Anyway, a couple of thoughts came to me…. I don’t think it’s good for me to be living with my roommate. I’m stuck in a baby-daddy relationship. He cares about me and wants to be helpful, but there’s a price to pay when things are too easy. I got my bank statement yesterday and looked at it. It confirmed what I thought. I need to double my income so I can afford my own apartment. I kept hearing a little voice in my head saying, “I’m not supposed to be here.” But my mood was so apathetic, I couldn’t trust my own judgment.
This morning it was much clearer. It was telling me, “Life requires challenge in order to grow and evolve. You need to challenge yourself. You’re choosing the path of least resistance out of fear.”
It’s harder to see how fear controls my life when I’m comfortable. I understand when I’m not comfortable, but I’m misinterpreting comfortable as successful. And they are not the same thing.
Fortunately today feels very different. I want to come up with some very specific goals and time frames. One goal is to double my income by a certain date. Increase workshop enrollments. Increase traffic to my website. Increase conversion. Set deadlines for getting my books finished and published.
I’m ready to get serious about this!
Earlier this year I met a friend at Fluid. We were meeting three days a week in order to consistently work toward monetizing our websites and taking care of other business related to being self-employed. I’d recently had a tarot reading and showed him three of the cards: The World, The Chariot, and the Magician. For me, these related to the lessons I would need to learn when Pluto made an exact opposition to my ascendant three times in 2013, first on January 15th (direct), again on July 20th (retrograde), and the third and final time in my life on November 17th (direct). I told him my goal was to get an A+ on Pluto’s final exam.
When Pluto opposed my ascendant on July 20th, it was horrible. This is typical of the way Pluto works. He tears you down in order to rebuild you. In Alchemy that’s known as “solve et coagula.” If you want further description of that experience, I wrote about it here.
The reason is was so prominent in my mind this year was because Pluto takes 275 years to make one pass around the zodiac, so not everyone will have this experience of Pluto opposite the ascendant in their lifetime. I was fortunate to have the experience three times in one year!
Pluto is all about empowerment, and I do feel more empowered now. But today is the last time I will ever experience Pluto opposite my ascendant. It’s like plucking a juicy ripe fruit and I want to get every last drop.
When I think back to what was happening in my life a year ago, I remember getting a tarot reading from the Tarot Wizard at Mercury Cafe. He told me, “If you work really hard in 2013, you’ll be really successful by 2015.” I took his words to heart. I find it interesting that it coincided with the three Pluto oppositions to my ascendant which are all about empowerment.
So here I am a year later on the final Pluto opposition. It’s still early in the day, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it will all unfold. I’ll write another blog post to report on how the day went. But in general, I feel strongly that the major issues have been around self-worth, empowerment, developing my career, asking for what I need, and increasing my income. I’m a very different person today than I was a year ago. I have different expectations; I act differently. I’m stronger, more self-assured.
With 2013 nearly over, my birthday close at hand, and the New Year on its way, I’m very much in a mindset of assessing my life, where I’ve been, where I’m going. I’m setting my intention to be very successful in my career, developing it over the coming year and increasing my income.
Well, it’s time for me to get on with my busy day. I expect to get an A+ on Pluto’s final exam today!