Cosmic Environment

The planets are alive. Not necessarily alive in the way that we think about breathing and being on this earthly realm. But alive as in beings that matter, that hold space, and vibrate in a way that affects other beings.Gaia-Earth-florencia-burton-adena-tryon

Recently, I’ve researched the Gaia theory, founded by scientist James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis. This theory states that the Earth is basically a living organism, and this has been proven through several test and facts, like Earth’s ability to self-regulate its temperature and chemical composition so that life can happen and sustain itself. Life creates the environment and at the same time, the environment creates life. The Earth is alive because life and the environments that life dwells in, cooperatively exist together, in all of its harmonies, and disharmonies, and regulatory circuits.

There are several oppositional points to the idea that the Earth is alive (some being since the Earth can’t reproduce, it isn’t an organism… reproduction shouldn’t be the indicator of life). If you believe that the Earth is dead or dying, and we have weakened it with our human presence is another topic for another post. I want to focus on the impact of planetary influence on our existence. This, I would argue, should be the basis of astrological studies. We, as Earthbound individuals affected by the composition and atmosphere of Earth, are influenced materially and energetically by the presence and movements of other cosmic bodies in the sky. And instead of approaching astrology in a way that is fear based (i.e. “Ahhhhhh Mercury in retrograde/solar eclipse is screwing up my life!!1!!1!!!!”), by understanding and questioning the interconnectedness of the universe, our astrological engagements should become clearer.

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Astrology and astronomy offer various ways of looking at the whole of the universe and its effect on Earth different ways of looking at the systems of control that govern planetary identity and engagement.  Our ideas about our personal and collective environment should include the activity of the cosmos and planetary bodies. Just like we think about the weather affecting our daily plans, it is the case that our environment is deeply affected by the environment of the cosmos. Unlike astronomy which examines the physical universe through a scientific lens, astrology studies the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and interprets this information as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Don’t get me wrong, astrology is still mathematical and scientific in ways.  Astrology goes several steps further by viewing planetary bodies as having character and intentions of their own. Astrology combines mythology of stars and scientific, material positioning together in a system that examines the entire system of an alive, effectual universe.

Just as the idea of the Earth as a living organism has been deadened in a sense, so has the bodies of outer space been displaced from Nature, removed from what we consider “environment,” and disjointed from effective connection to the very structure of Earth. Astrology’s acknowledgment of the entirety of the universe continuously works to bridge the gap between “outer” space and the inner lives of humans and nonhumans on the planet so that we can make sense of the cosmic space we reside in as cosmic entities. Astrology is based on a practice of ancient humans observing the universe around them; “while in the beginning they only watched, remembered and regulated.” Our ancestors remembered the environmental inputs and outputs for survival purposes in a world that was largely unknown to them. Humans are environmental beings, after all, using our senses and responses to develop from the embryo and stay alive in various environments.

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Although astrology can be traced to the ancient Babylonian application of omen astrology, the Greeks focused on certain elements of movements that the celestial bodies appeared to do day in and day out. Looking from the ground, observers noticed that celestial objects revolved in orbits around the earth, all of them together westward in the period of a day, and the (seeable) seven planets eastward (for the most part) in different periods and complex individual orbits. Celestial bodies differed from whatever was happening on Earth, not only in durability but also fundamentally in their very nature. For them, these cosmic bodies are endowed with alien qualities of autonomous circular motion, a motion that ancients gazed at and responded to as they engaged with their environment, and in turn connected to the wholeness of the universe.

It is beneficial that ancient astrology led to a deeper astronomical investigation of the cosmos because it helped answer pressing questions held by people when thinking about the cosmos. Now, it is astrology’s job to convince us that we are actually cosmic beings deeply affected by cosmic bodies in a cosmic multi-verse.

 

 

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In The Present Moment

Understanding of the cosmos runs deep, and it is a recursive engagement that oftentimes takes several lifetimes to journey through. The heavenly bodies travel in circling patterns repetitively, but no exact moment of the spiraling patterns is the same.  For example, Venus entering Leo in a few weeks will be under a different set of astronomical circumstances than when Venus entered Leo in 2017.  Each astrological body orbits cyclically, but the positions of each body in relation to each other is the core of knowing how the planets’ energies affect us currently.  When it comes to matters of timing and positioning, Uranus embodies these elements.

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Ouranos, sky deity

Although Uranus has been in the earthy sign of Taurus for almost a month now, its entrance set the mood for the next 7 years of innovation and creativity. Named after the Greek sky deity Ouranos,  Uranus was discovered during Pisces season, which makes sense due to its intuitive focus in astrology.  It is dimly visible to the naked eye and is known for its widely erratic weather patterns, having the coldest atmosphere of all the planetary bodies in the solar system.  Unlike other planets, Uranus tilts sideways on its axis, almost parallel to its solar pathway.  With 27 known moons, some scientists are puzzled as to how they don’t crash into one another, another sign of its internal, intuitive recognition.

 

In astrology, Uranus represents being in tune with the current instant. It is the energy of acute focus on the moment, trusting the flow, and improvisions. Being in the present moment may not fit within the set “rules” in place, so Uranian energy lets go of form in favor of the present moment. Just as Uranus looks lopsided on its axis, with an intuitive system controlling a plethora of lunar sattelites, the icy, gaseous planet breaks away from order by simply existing. Uranus creates the impulse of transformation, the sense of craving change and forward motion.  Uranus looks for information and transfers that energy to your life path.

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The impulse of Uranus entering the sign which rules Earth (Taurus) positions the need for innovation and impulse on the materiality of this planet. Uranus in this sign is really about environmental intelligence and connectivity. One cannot be in the present moment by being detached from the environment around them. It takes the awareness of the environment to create new roads of doing intuitively. Uranus looks to change forms, and forms are integrated with Taurean motions of structure and grounding. Transforming how we engage with the earth. Being in the present moment involves mind, body, and soul, in all the erratic shifts that occur, knowing that there is always the alternative for change; a way out comes from being in tune with the surrounding environment.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we as cosmic beings can think of the planets as affective bodies that influence what’s happening on earth and the entirety of the universe. Uranus in Taurus is the perfect time to shift planetary consciousness to include a more cosmically connected universe, one that affects our bodies, emotions, spirits, and consciousnesses. Knowing the astrological climate of the present moment brings us closer to this unified consciousness, and the more we are aware of the planets’ universal effectiveness, the more we know the present moment of our beings.

 

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The card pictures a person walking in a desert-like place, and a golden chalice overflowing with liquid in the background.  The Ace of Cups is about newness in relationships with other people and innovation in creative ideas. Now is the time to be involved in the present moment and take advantage of the opportunities around you. If there is nothing new, look at your environment with new eyes and appreciate what is present. Plant new greenery and enchant your environment. As Uranus transits through Aries (retrograde) and Taurus, don’t shy away from risks and opportunities due to the ego’s stance. Let go and trust the flow until your cup overflows.

 

 

Aries New Moon, Dark Matter, and Chiron

I’ve noticed the masses nowadays know something about Mercury in retrograde…. realizing that it is a “bad” time for communication and technology along with a host of other things that we blame retrogrades for. Today, April 15, 2018, the new moon is in 26 degrees Aries, Mercury has stationed direct, and we have received the spark of ignition from the divine patterns that craft our universe.

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The astrological climate has been in a chaotic state ever since the solar eclipse in February, and, as the heavenly bodies transition from the waters of Pisces to the new warmth of Aries, we have chances to restructure our spiritual response to issues in our lives and reposition our thoughts on future steps. With this new moon at 26 degrees Aries, it conjuncts Uranus, bringing the intuitive encouragement we need to move forward, to push up and out of the murky realms of indecision and undefinition. What resources have we learned from others, and how does that apply to our individual lives? This new moon energy is truly wisdom-centered, due to its position in the third decan of Aries which is ruled by Sagittarius. No matter what sign our suns are or how our birth chart looks, this new moon activates the initiator in us and questions how we will focus our passion/flames with intention and purpose. How do we let go of blaming and throwing weight around, so we can move without constraints in our processes of becoming our greatest selves and living our best lives? We acknowledge the pains of the past without becoming trapped in its complex webs. This new moon teaches us about the healing and direction found in working with fire.

Dark Matter?

 

Galaxy NGC1052-DF2. Image Credit: P. van Dokkum; R. Abraham; STScI, Space Telescope Science Institute.

 

A huge event occurred in astronomy toward the end of March 2018, and this event is highly significant in how we view and interact with the universe. A team of astronomers discovered a faint smudge of a galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 (or DF2, for short) that may have no dark matter at all; the group’s results show that DF2 has either a minuscule amount of dark matter or none at all.  No one has never seen a galaxy like this before. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has around 30 times more dark matter than ordinary matter. Ordinary matter is all of the “stuff” in the universe made of atoms—animals, plants, planets, stars, gas, dust, etc. Dark matter is much more evasive. No one knows exactly what it is, but there is strong evidence through testing that undetected matter of some kind exists, has mass, and interacts with ordinary matter through gravity, playing a vital role in holding galaxies like ours together. On the other hand, “DF2 doesn’t have a dense central region like most spiral galaxies, or a central black hole like most elliptical galaxies. There are ten bright clusters of stars in the galaxy, but they orbit the center of the galaxy much slower than expected.” This find literally challenges the way we think galaxies function.

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Astrologically, I think it’s significant that the discovery of DF2 occurred when the sun entered Aries, and as the asteroid Chiron prepares to leave Pisces and enter Aries. DF2 looks like “pinpoints of light” instead of an actual galaxy, and it may be older than the theorized big bang of our universe. In western astrology, dark matter is situated as very Piscean, as this final zodiac represents the immaterial spirit, the esoteric wound of creation, things that cannot be touched. Aries is the birthing of the sun, the facilitator of light as it benefits matter. DF2’s discovery during the Pisces-Aries shift could represent the paradigm shift brought upon us as we gather our energies to come out of unconscious darkness to a head-bright awareness of our own vitality (a vitality that includes success and pain).

 

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Le Centaur Chiron (ca. 1895) by Armand Point

 

Chiron, over the span of 2018, will exist in that very duality. As the wounded healer shifts from Pisces to Aries, only to retrograde back to Pisces, we learn what psychic damage should be brought from unconsciousness to consciousness. Chiron in Pisces allowed us to dig deep into spiritual mutilations that haven’t seen the light of day; Chiron in Aries will make room for us to use light and fire to examine more clearly what we have uncovered–how do we heal the ego, after the dark matter of our experiences has been made aware to our consciousness? How do we position and interact with our physical bodies now that we have learned more about our spiritual beings?

 

The way in which the cosmos flows and disrupts has a direct effect on our lives as planetary beings. I love setting written intentions on fire as a new moon ritual. As the flames transform matter, allow Chiron, Uranus and the moon’s vibrations to transmute dark matter into conscious grounding.

 

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References:

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My First Saturn’s Return

Saturn is currently transiting through Capricorn, nice and settled in its home sign. For the first time in my lifetime, Saturn will be in the exact place it was when I was born, in 7 degrees Capricorn. Luckily! For me, I will experience Saturn scrubbing past 7 degrees Capricorn a total of 3 times over the next few months due to Saturn retrograding  (April 17th- Sept 6th).  Despite all the horror stories said about one’s Saturn’s return, I’m constantly learning and relearning the heavenly bodies’ harmonious (or disharmonious) affect on my life, and I see how Saturn is really about getting to the bare essence of things.

 

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Jupiter’s red eye

 

According to vibrational astrologist and YouTuber “Astrology Software“, Saturn is more malefic in transits than in the natal chart. Since the goals of this planet are to remove all superficial things, stripping away all that is not important for one’s achievements. Saturn rules the bones, which are inorganic material that brings structure to our bodies and that lasts past death. Bones hold memory and principles of what once was, so this is why certain astrologers say that Saturn holds karma, as the keeper of time and life cycles. Since Saturn holds the cycles of life, the planet knows how we should spend our time and what goals we should strive to accomplish. Especially as Saturn transits Capricorn, its energy may seem somewhat detached, as Saturn ignores any emotional response that may hinder progress to a fully integrated self, a self that is external awareness of the weight of time and the internal call of building foundational legacy.  This is why Saturn may seem harsher in transits because he acts as a stripping agent that currently restricts, or takes away, things that no longer serve one’s highest good.

12115421_1509336829384126_4976819110112037578_nSaturn is exalted in Libra, and as a Libra Sun with a Libra Mars, I know Saturn…on a personal, legalistic level. Libra rules the domain of contracts, unions, and law, as seen by the balancing scales of justice that is the sign’s glyph (⚖️).  The energy of Libra unbiasedly weighs both the good and the bad in all things, naturally balancing the burdens and the pleasantries of energies with social agility, prowess, and mental fortitude. It makes sense that Saturn is exalted in Libra because, at the end of the day, Saturn wants the most balanced, smoothly functioning life possible for all of us. Saturn, then, acts as the judge in the courtroom who keeps records of our actions in this life as well as previous ones.

It has definitely felt like I’ve grown up as I approach my Saturn’s return. At the (ripened) age of 28, I sense Saturn’s reach on my bones and my relationships, bringing to mind all that must be tested and shaped or else ousted in pursuit of high structure and character. Since Capricorn lies within my 4th house, it has been a deeply ancestral experience for me to know who I am and to accept the spiritual responsibilities I have in this lifetime while upholding traditional customs of the ones who came before me. Saturn connects with my legalistic Libra sensibilities by materially responding to my internal thoughts…. my negative thinking manifests as quickly as my positive thinking because I’m learning the weight of my principles. Saturn works in a material manner to teach immaterial wisdom that structures our very existence.

 

Important Current Transit(s):jupitersemisquaresaturn

One of the most important transits I see at the moment is Saturn semi-square Jupiter.semi-square is a 45-degree angle, similar to a 90-degree square aspect. In my experience, semi-squares can be a much harsher block than squares because semi-squares manifest as material events in our lives. This aspect presents deep, internal blocks that must be dealt with externally. So, with Jupiter currently semi-squaring Saturn, expansion and restriction are in a tense environment with one another. Once balance between growth and removal is realized, then this tension can transform into great achievements, as the ancient knowledge of Saturn gives wisdom to the new expansions of Jupiter. Where can you be more restricted, and how can that frugality lead to a more expansive future? Pisces season teaches us how to flow with the currents of multiple extremities, and will help us reconcile these energies more intuitively.

 

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Cosmological Reflections

The vastness of astrology and astronomy makes it overwhelmingly difficult to ground cosmic energy into words at times. But Mercury has gone direct and now Saturn entering Capricorn, so I want to reflect on my journey with the stars, planets, asteroids, and luminaries and how they have several insights in the way I process cosmology. When I engage with the elements of the cosmos, several things come to mind.

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Through the process of gazing at the heavens, I feel the vibrations of the planetary motion and the totality of the universe has a very physical effect on my body, and it grows stronger. I don’t check transits on a daily basis honestly, but there are certain patterns that have gained recognition through distinction. The distance in which the cosmic bodies moves and aspect each other outlines certain harmonic beats or vibrational pitches that permeate throughout the universe. For example, during my last solar return, it felt like the sun was vibrating on my skin, prickling in waves of light that spilled into the room that on that day. So, in a way, wherever the planets and luminaries are in the universe, they have a tangible expression that affects how energy is articulated at the very moment of contact. This vibrational astrology makes us aware of our material connectedness to the wholeness of the universe. It all depends on degrees and the harmony that the cosmic bodies create as their material bodies vibrate through the solar system.

 

✨Decans’ Flavoring

Image result for decans in astrologyDecans are the divisions of each sign equaling 10 degrees. Each zodiac sign is divided into 10 degrees and, and each division signals the intra-elemental progression of each sign.  For example, because I was born when the sun was in 13 degrees Libra, the sun was in the 2nd decan of Libra, which is Libra-Aquarius (assumed to be the most balanced of the zodiac since we are right in the middle of the wheel!) Of the Libra decans, the first is Libra-Libra and the third is Libra-Gemini. Notice that the elemental indicator (air) does not change, but the elements work in stages of progression within themselves. Each decan brings a distinct coloring or flavor to the nature of any cosmic body, as they travel through the Libra section of the zodiac. All in all, decans help us read the energy of the sign to know how the cosmic bodies are expressing themselves in our lives. No sign is singular; every part of the zodiacal wheel works in unity through constellated connections. Decans help us see energies below the surface of consciousness because they allow us to understand a deeper level of energetic positioning. So, because my sun is in the second decan of Libra-Aquarius, I understand that Aquarian energy informs my Libra sun through its patterns of otherworldly innovation and collective worldbuilding.

 

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When reading most Western birth charts, its shape is a 360-degree circle (12 signs x 30 degrees per sign). Right off, the circle represents cycles that occur as the cosmic bodies orbit throughout the zodiacal wheel. So, when gazing upon circular patterns, we gaze upon karmic cycles as well. Most astrologers believe that the soul has lives pasts, and the cycles of karma and dharma attached to it as well.  The north and south nodes of the moon are mathematical points in astrology that speak directly to this cyclical awareness. Simply put, the north node represents the present trajectory of our karmic paths and the lessons we came to the planet to learn in this lifetime, while the south node reveals the karmic weight (and benefits) we bring into this life from our past lifetimes.  Understanding where the north node falls in a natal chart is key to knowing what energies should open up and what energies should be placed on hold. Cycles from past lives come to stifle growth in the present life due to elements of comfort. We must walk the path of our north node in order to understand or reap the benefits from our past lives. For example, if a person’s north node is in Gemini, their soul’s past life may have been very reclusive and inverted as they sought to understand a deeper philosophy of life. However, north node Gemini energy calls the person to be more open and communicative in this life, bridging social and spiritual realms in a pursuit of collective wisdom. The nodes have a way of revealing the shape of our destiny by informing us of which energies need to grow more freely.

 

✨Card(s) Pull ✨

I pulled two cards for this post: Caelum (Death) and Telescopium + Reticulum (upside down):

This new year brings to mind tools of creation that must be accessed in order for the right configuration and refinement to take place successfully. Reconfiguration requires a broader perspective, a cracking open of the mind’s eye in order to discover your support. Renounce all unsupportive energies to death. Observe your surroundings with a more discerning eye. Saturn’s transits for 2018 includes a long period of retrograde. This transit is the dominant force that serves a driving mechanism causing major shifts and reconfigurations. In a sense, there are cosmic stairs that must be travailed so that you can understand the building blocks of cycles (and methods of breaking cycles). Boundaries should be placed; build spaces that speak life and that explore the meaning of becoming. A broader picture removes any covering that constricts growth as the cosmos shows us what it means to discover the Self, to become the Self, and to refine the connections of the Self. And when some signs and symbols come before you to assist you in your journey, don’t overanalyze everything. Searching the meaning of every little thing, when sometimes you should simply observe. Allow it to be. The meaning will come; don’t force messages. Open the window and just look, listen, and sit with the energies.

 

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reflection on libra sun 29°

Be it

The stillness that comes
By gazing at crumbling leaves, trees, and limbs
Grounded
In the soiled treasure of mother earthing
Whispers gently with certainty
That I my self
The soul with uprooted, upchanging chaos
Can be planted once again.

The way the trees go every whichaway
Crooked with purpose and presence
Raw
Reaching claws first out of the creating One
Births in my deeper parts
The wisdom of my material body,
My vessel that flows, bulges, jigs, trembles,
My staying power.

Sunlight liquid spilling over all that is present,
Shining on and in, one and inside
Every god created thing that dares to die and become
Reminds me with thick memories of
The warm between my thighs made from moving
Bringing Light to the dim spots caused from friction.
I am the light, the still, the dark parts of the sun.

Libra: Mirror of the Soul

Libra season always comes in like a mental breath of fresh air. Connections become more laxed as we begin to recognize our social habits and the things that we should shut down and pick up as we balance rest and passion after the equinox. Being a libra has taught me many things about interaction with my environment because the energy is very atmospheric. It’s not just about connecting with people but it’s about the position of objects, the swaying of trees, the beauty of rolling clouds, the way the corners of a lover’s eyes crinkle when they smile- it’s about presence. Because I’ve come to the planet under a libra sun, imbalance is the very thing I must resist and revamp, as the vibrancy of atmospheric pressures could easily lead to disharmony.

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I’ve come to see the energy in a way that mainstream astrology tends to exclude. And each solar return my experience is radically different. This year I see libra’s balance with the nodes of the moon as energetically significant. As we know, the sun doesn’t particularly enjoy transiting in this zodiac sign because it is the beginning of its death, autumn’s grip slowly sinks all warmth as this part of earth turns away from its fiery luminary. Libra energy is about the “other,” not the self/the sun, but about the things outside of the self, while seeing the self through the lens of the other, the expression, not the initiation, of growth. This season is the sun’s last inhalation before its energetic rest. Libra is the initial knowledge of the intimacy and beauty of release and transformation.

Since libra is about balance, the sun is beginning its fall in this sign, but the north node of the moon is rolling about in leo. Here is the balance, the mirror of the soul. This node represents one’s soul path, away from the karmic cycles of past lives, and onward to territories and internal space that the soul has never experienced. Because the north node of the moon is in leo currently, our destiny is in the light or in accessible conscious awareness while the sun transits toward the dark, or the depths of the inner self. So, during this particular libra season, the sun and the north node are functioning as a mirror of the soul, striking balance between past and future, death and rebirth, cacophony and symphony.

 

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Saint Michael, detail – Carlo Crivelli (about 1430/5-about 1494)

 

This year has been drastically transformative for me on many fronts. I have begun a shamanistic journey led by Reverend Joyce of livingjoyfulnow, and I have connected to my dark and light realms in ways I would have never imagined. Being a shaman awakens one to see the things that are in plain sight, things that seem to have been hidden before but are now brought into conscious awareness. The atmosphere becomes enlivened with meaning and patterns that mirror the soul. I feel that I can explore the darkness and light of the balance without fear, a trait that the libra must acquire to find true harmony. All in all, this energy is just that: bringing light to every dark place in your being without fear, without judgment, without hatred. To simply look at the self and to know peace are the lessons that the setting sun brings to mind.

The card pull for this post is: Nebula

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This card speaks directly to the darkness of the soul that the libra sun wants you to acknowledge. Made from dust, hydrogen, helium, and remnants of supernova explosion, the nebula is literally the growth after a storm, the incubation of newness and creativity. The same duality that exists in this season is found in nebulous creativity: a dark womb of beginning and the intelligent light of intentional growth. Now is the time to stock up for the journey ahead, as you look into the mirror to see youself as present and sentient and worthy of serenity. From the depths, hope bursts forth, just like a volcanic overflow of being.

 

 

 

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Tracking Venus

Leo season came in windier than expected. There was an uplifting of the shoulders, a stretching of the heart, an arousal of the breath, and a swift kick in the chest as the lion brings us to the stage of our personal light. Leo’s energy has a salient relationship with Venus due to Leo’s rulership of the heart and chest, which is the space where Venus stores our passions and desires. Venus traveling through Gemini, Cancer and Leo is the theme of this post, as it reflects the shifting weight of immaterial consciousness manifesting in our reality.

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Venus. Credit: NASA

When Venus was in Gemini all last month, it was a time of gathering information. Knowledge about our desired aesthetic was accessible, as we pondered how to get to what we want. Venus brings to consciousness the lifestyle and routine that we want to operate in eternally, and all of the monetary, social, and aesthetical necessities that come with that operation. Venus is about creation, and while in Gemini, mental aspirations come to the forefront of our thoughts. Venus in Gemini is akin to a seed that is fulled with the information of life, but has not been cultivated to grow. This transit directed us to our passions and deep longings. Our desires may have begun their manifestation in our reality in tangible ways, due to our airy thoughts swirling to the soil. We know we have the authority to want things, and we see those things coming to life, but there is still some fine tuning required before we can settle.

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Venus is currently in Cancer, and the warm of the ocean shares a space with Leo’s ambition and fire, producing a steaming off feeling. This transit is in the warmth of the belly. I think of the Spanish word for pregnant “embarazada,” derived from the Spanish word embarazar, which still has an alternate meaning of “to impede.” It’s a sudden shift in consciousness, and a slowing of the breath after the quickness of Gemini season. Now we can stop and breath in for a moment. Here the seed of our desire has been planted, and the water is added. Water can be volative as the waves tests our seed to see if it is sentiment to change. But the seed must die so that life can come. With this energy, there is a loss of words; the nonverbal manifestation of dreams. The gut feeling of losing control and laying your head back in the flowing current. Venus in Cancer is the fluctuating dance of earth and water, and the desires of our heart must be grounded and known for them to come to life.  Do the belly good.

Then, when Venus transits Leo on August 26, 2017, we will see the birthing of our light. This energy is wide open. We will be wide open about what we want, and the method of manifesting what we want. From the primordial waters of Cancer, Venus will emerge in the light needed to activate the seed. This activation will really begin on the upcoming new moon solar eclipse on August 21 in Leo. The solar plexus will be an energetic portal to receive the shine and confidence needed to feed our creation.

I rolled my dice to see which house should be the focus of this energy leading up to the eclipse:

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I got the 9, representing the ninth house. This roll makes sense because this is the exact house the eclipse will be taking place. The sun, moon, and North Node will all be conjuncting in Leo in the 9th house on August 21. This is an important configuration because now is the time for expansion, higher education, and spiritual development. It is the time to move to where you want to manifest your harvest. It is the time to open your heart and experience a new way of approaching your dreams. You have the information, the manifesting methods, and the wisdom to grow and plant yourself. Enter a spiritual practice that grounds you as you understand that there are multiple modalities to one source. Growth is uncomfortable at times, but don’t make decisions from the growing pains; wait until you know when to connect to the source you need in order to decide with a cool consciousness. You can do things you need to do as the light strengthens you.

 

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Dreaming of Cancer Sun 🌙

Oh cancer season. I want to share a few scattered thoughts about this energy.

Planets behave as we behave. The emotional nature of the moon is manifested most openly through cancerian energy. The birth of the emotional element of the zodiac brings to mind the things required of us to be whole, knowing the inner and outer layers of consciousness and subconsciousness. The sun casts its shadow on the surface of the moon, so our conscious awareness is ultimately connected to our emotional responsiveness.

What instantly comes to mind when I think about cancer energy is that scene from Belly (1998) of Keisha (Taral Hicks) laying across the bed in utter comfort and deep dark blue aesthetic:

 

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Taral Hicks, Belly (1998)

 

This! Pure cancer aesthetic right here. The fittedness of the blue wavy texture. The darkness of the room, the snugness of the bed, the feeling of sinking into comfort. The sensation of slipping into a place of faithful stability. The depth of durability of uncovered skin.

The summer solstice of 2017 began with the moon in Taurus, waning crescent, in the sign of its exaltation. Powerful, adorned, relieving, like the exhalation after an emotional moment, the moon’s season commences with a discernment of the soul. The dream-like  state we feel when gazing at the moon. We gaze at this liminal space between the sun and the moon, murky as a trance.

 

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Saturn’s moon Dione | The Cassini spacecraft | Jan. 27, 2010

 

I had a dream last night about being in a new house. The ideas of warmth and centeredness made me feel secure and whole. Cancerian energy is just that: the protection and security of arguably one of the most vulnerable parts of your composition—the soul. A house warming gathering of souls. The impression of pushing your heel downward into soft soil. Where wounds go to find healing salves.

The cardinal creator of the embryonic fluid. The stark awareness newborns have when they have learned how to control their necks. The elongation and celebration of the sun, knowing that emotions within rules the actions without.

Soul lurking Cancer.

 

The card I pulled for this post is: “Pictor” (Temperance) Air.

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This card represents the artist’s easel, a small tool used to make their work. Cancer season/summer solstice is the time to create. Whatever creative project or work that defines the self should be initiated during this season. The card speaks to love and support in the atmosphere from people around. If there are any negative energies stunting creative growth should have been cut off during Gemini season. Now is the time to create from whatever state one is in, and the very act of creation will bring the emotional balance needed to feel secure. The card has a small canvas and a simple paintbrush stroke in the center. The summer solstice is a time of regeneration, a blank canvas to create a personal masterpiece. Opening the heart to unknown opportunities, although it feels vulnerable at first, will be met with divine assistance and prosperity, only when the movement to create begins. Creation is a practice of healing and being the full self.

Chiron as Ascended Master

Healing is the death of parts of one’s being, resulting in the birthing and (re)sustaining of new ways of thinking and interacting with the self. The concept is sooo much to me. It hurts. Yet it’s necessary to being whole. Healing has always been this vague term to me, something inside that was forever distant and difficult to articulate. There is a certain darkness that comes along with the word, a heavy work, and reshaping of the grim parts of the soul. Although we know the shiny result of healing, the journey seems dimmed with grunge and deep examination that some people may try to avoid. This word has been the focus of many intuitive astrologers and spiritualists alike and is the very thing many people are looking for. Luckily, there are several heavenly bodies that help us understand healing and the thick layers of reluctance, agitation, and liberation that come along with it.

One of these heavenly bodies is Chiron.

Discovered in 1977 by Charles Kowal, Chiron appeared to be coming out of the mouth of the ram in a constellation of Aries, answering the cry of healing that humanity needed. In western astrology, we know Chiron to represent the deepest pain that has come with us to the planet (as intuitive astrologer Sonja Marie would say). Chiron shows us our inadequacies, our personal wounds, places we may overcompensate, and in some cases, even our karmic debt. This asteroid teaches us what healing is and how to heal ourselves and others. It shows us our wounds, fresh and old ones, and teaches us how to heal them. Chiron has walked the path before us and knows which way is for our greatness wholeness. The process of healing is layered and dense, and Chiron shifts our consciousness in a way that new connections are formed, resulting in the repairing of wounds. It is through awareness that Chiron instructs us on how to heal.

 

The Centaur asteroids (there are a few like Chiron) serve as energetic portals between planets. Chiron connects the energies of Uranus and Saturn, which makes sense mythologically because Chiron was born of the union between the Titan Cronus and the goddess-nymph Phylira of Mount Pelion (Fiorenza). Cronus disguised himself as a horse to avoid being seen by his wife Rhea during his lovemaking with Phylira, resulting in their offspring Chiron, who was half horse and half human. Phylira (goddess of beauty, perfume, healing and writing, pure honey, elixir of the gods, protein of the future) abandons Chiron in a cave on Mount Pelion where he studied with the sage Apollo and learned the art and sciences of music, harmonics, healing, and other related arts of self-mastery (Fiorenza).

 

Chiron was ABANDONED by his mama of all people (or of all goddesses…)! Chiron was left in the dark, so he truly understands the murkiness that wounds carry. Chiron was emotionally wounded only to know how to work the mechanism of healing and beauty. One story reveals that Chiron was struck by one of Hercules’ poisonous arrows. He could not die because he was immortal. Although he was a great healer, he still felt the pains of the poison and could not heal himself. Giving up his immortality, Zeus placed Chiron in the stars as a tribute to his legacy. Chiron holds the key to life and immortality, and he knows how wounds are carried and resolved.

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Chiron will station retrograde at 28 degrees Pisces on June 30th. This retrograde will last until December 5, 2017 at 24 degrees Pisces. Chiron understands the energy of Pisces because it is at home here. What better salve is there than the psychic two fish of this zodiac sign? Pisces is all about the ethereal, the subconscious, hope, imagination, and spirit. Admittedly, many of our wounds lie in our subconsciousness, and Chiron in Pisces works at that very level. Chiron has been in Pisces for a minute, but this retrograde will be impactful as Chiron calls us to revisit any wounds that hinder our wholeness. Chiron teaches us how to be undivided, and the lesson must be learned before liberation is accessible.

Because of this, Chiron should not be bound to the wounded healer archetype but should be received and conceived as an ascended master, just as any other spiritual force who has come to this realm of reality to assist us. With its Saturn-Uranus nature, Chiron directs us to mastery, teaching us how to be whole and how to break free from the damaged cycles triggered by our wounds. Chiron as an ascended master is not wounded any longer; it is not the small centaur stuck in a dark cave, abandoned by a loved one. Chiron has ascended to a higher state of existence and sparks our consciousness to an elevated place of healing. This is where Chiron’s Sagittarian energy initiates a creative ambiance that dares us to explore and employ the universe to receive the healing we know we deserve. Chiron’s healing balms bring wounds right in our faces (Saturn) and instruct us of new and innovative paths to healing them (Uranus). This is the lesson of Chiron’s retrograde; reconsider Chiron’s “wounded healer” epithet and allow the ascension of consciousness to bring holistic healing. As the master surgeon (who has mastered the medical arts) with such concise detail, Chiron tells us the exact methods of healing.

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On Chiron’s healing and ascension properties, astrologer Nick Anthony Fiorenza states, “Chiron makes way from the bounds and limitations of our past structures in consciousness and established modalities of living and helps us to realize and integrate new alternatives and paths in life, as it helps us to break trail into a new and refined neurological resonance.” The archer of old points to a new paradigm that leads us to our personal balm.

 

I pull a card from the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle Deck with every post, and this card came up:
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The Ursa Minor card is an interesting connection with mythology because the card depicts Arcas, born from a forbidden union between Zeus and the nymph Callisto (similar to the hoohaaa love-making that produced Chiron). Hera turned Callisto into a big bear when she found out. Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, was hunting one day and almost killed the bear that was his mother. But Zeus intervened and made them both constellations. This card represents a hidden nature that lies beneath the surface. It is a call to “look deeper” to avert close calls and crisis (doing healing work to amend crisis). And that very description is Chiron actualized. Chiron’s quick Uranus nature makes us aware of the deep wounds below the surface of what we usually emit. The card has fish shown beneath the bear-shaped boat- a Piscean connection to healing and shadow work. This card also speaks to a chance encounter with someone who will cause both of you to ascend to levels of healing and understanding. Despite the torn, wounded past, Chiron is creating a honey solution to fix the gaping pains that crises have wrought and shifting our consciousness to new ways of approaching healing and wholeness.

 

References

  • Sonja Marie. “Chiron..” wordlifeastrology.com
  • Nick Anthony Fiorenza, “The Astronomy and Astrology of the Centaurs Chiron, Pholus, Nessus, Asbolus & Chariklo” 2001-2017.
  • “Ascended Master Lord Chiron” cobalt.com.au

Words are Spells

To begin, I am thinking about words, and my love for them, and their power to bring life and deadness to our realities. My journey as an English professor and astrologer has brought me close to the weight of words. Our psychological connection to language is the very foundation of our existence here on earth. People are looking for that one word, uttered from their depths, that would shake their foundation and grant them the freedom (or control) they desire. In my experience, I notice how folks interact with words and use them to define their persona, hide their insecurities, and feed their demons. Students worry about finding the correct language to fulfill a prompt. Astrology clients are concerned with the cosmic word, language to define their astrological body. The foundation of our cosmological and physical manifestations quite literally rests within the word.

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Not to make this post to English teacher-y, but I want to define a term that has led me to believe that words are spells (prayers, a beckon to manifestation, a constant definition of desired reality) and that words have a very physical presence when we speak. And it is with this understanding that I teach, I read the astrological charts of others, and I work my own magic. Coming from a “name-it-and-claim-it” Pentecostal church background, I think there is a wealth of information concerning words and manifestation embedded in Black American spiritual discourse already. I want to tease the fact that speaking words is the same as casting energy and calling desired forces into your purview.

The term I want to define is “metalinguistic awareness.” It is the ability to objectify language as a process as well as an artifact. Simplified, we use a different lexicon of words depending on the audience who receives them. We are aware of how we speak, and we change our language according to our audience. Some of us would never speak to a parent the same way we speak to our friends, so we are aware of the impact words have. We indeed have the ability to objectify language, or make words into physical objects that alter reality. Words then become objects that we use, play with, transform, and silence in order to receive the desired result. Language is always evolving (process), but it can be recorded as a historical document (artifact).

 

So, how do we get “words are spells” from metalinguistic awareness? It is the very act of prayers/spell casting/incantations/meditation that our metalinguistic awareness is employed and heightened. We know the prefix “meta” means to “go beyond”- so in metalinguistics we are going beyond linguistics (language). The speaker knows that words are indeed mean more than the words themselves. Spells and prayers are nothing but our ability to speak meta-vibrational patterns into our present narrative and co-create (co-writing with vibrational patterns around you) speaking into the objectified structure of everyday reality. Words are vibrational patterns that have a metaphysical effect on our narrative. Once we realize that we are not stuck in our present situation (we are not disconnected from the words that define our existence nor from the words that other objects radiate), then you can speak the language of higher vibrational patterns to change to present waves. You are now objectifying surrounding vibrational patterns into the objects of language (language as the system we use to give meaning to this earthly experience).  By knowing that words that are structurally defining your energy, we must begin the process of choosing which words we are allowing to define us.

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With the kind of upbringing I had, I can’t get away from the bible when it comes to making sense of spirituality (I’ve literally tried running to atheism, agnosticism, and many belief systems, but I’ve settled on a pantheistic version of spiritualism). John 1:1 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The word has the foundation of creation. Logos, information, and the Divine were intertwined with and in each other. There was an original word that sparked consciousness. As Zora Neale Hurston said, “six days of magic spells and mighty words and the world with its elements above and below was made.” We have the power to use words in manifestation because words are the very mechanisms for such actions.

I’d like to pull a card from my lovely Cosmos tarot deck to go with this post. Here is the card I shuffled and chose:

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Lmao, of course, the deck would bring up the “Gemini” card for this post. How original… Who else would understand the deep magic of words and lilt-like connectivity than the energy of Geminis, ruled by the planet Mercury (the God-messenger, wing-footed owner of our ability to fix things in our minds mentally only to manifest those thoughts into words)? But, this air sign card makes sense since this post is about words and manifestation. The Gemini twins represent the duality that exists when using your metalinguistic awareness in this realm to create higher vibrations in the spiritual realm. On the card, the man on the left has sparks of light coming from his head: that’s a divine connection to the metaphysical. The man on the right has a strong back and a darker appearance: that’s grounding our words on earth in manifestation and building a solid foundation. We must have both because words lead to materialization. The phrase “words are spells” is just a mystical way of letting you know that your words manifest your own reality.