I’ll make this short.
In this mini Sky Oracle, there are three trends to report.
Next week I will be sending out a longer piece about the exciting, shocking conjunctions of Jupiter/Uranus, as well as a look at trends for this summer. It will be summer of gatherings, Woodstock-style, a mobilization of the masses, and technological breakthroughs. Much of these shifts will be brought on by extreme Earth shifts and weather events. I hope this feels more exciting that scary. Think of it as Earth is going on a Vision Quest and we are along for the simplicity, awakening and shifting such an adventure entails.
In my last post, I wrote about the returning white pelicans, their heads bowed in a circle, seemingly oblivious to outside influence. Now I see how the human tribe has joined with them, our heads bent in prayer with their cousin birds, the brown-turning-black pelicans of the Deepwater turm-oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They are lost, floundering, decrying this new year. They are paying the price of a world still caught in the mired muck of the old mindset.
May our collective prayers and actions help clean their feathers, their waters, their homes, their hopes. For they are a wise, dreaming Birdtribe for Planet Earth, and our salvation is linked to theirs.
Saturn is now back in direct motion as of May 30 from the time it turned retrograde on Jan 13, the day before the Haitian earthquake. In some ways, this marks the completion of the darker days that each of us may have experienced personally and collectively for the past two years. During those years, we have also returned to a healthier simplicity of life. Very soon things will feel like a shifting of planetary gears. Prepare for an accelerated phase arriving June 5-6.
Neptune began its planetary reversal from May 31-Nov 7 2010. Time to make your winter’s dream a reality. Neptune is an indicator, or ruler as we say in the language of astrology, of love, art, creativity and imagination.
Neptune, as ruler of the sea, is currently aligned with Chiron, whose influence involves exposing and healing the deepest wounds around a particular issue. Because Neptune also rules the addiction process, this catastrophic event certainly indicates a turning point and eventual healing in this issue defined as “our addiction to oil”.
The Jupiter/Saturn triad of oppositions (occurring in late May 2010, mid August 2010, end of March 2011) herald monumental changes for all of society’s entrenched ideas, norms, outdated traditions. Historic changes are coming for government, education, churches, even sports empires. These changes began during May of 2000 (culminating in 2020), when these two planetary rulers seeded an awakening of social responsibility for all of Earth’s inhabitants. We are at the midpoint of this cycle, the pivotal year, a year of creative tension. Jupiter in Pisces catalyzes creativity and compassion in each of us, and Saturn in Virgo supports the discipline and desire to bring it down to Earth in real and lasting actions, products, services. Virgo is also about our definition of meaningful work, so there will be great shifts also in what society values, and will pay money for.
Oppositions represent a dynamic that can tear one apart, forming a final severance or brittle breaking apart. There may be many shattering events this year for those unable to bend, stretch and seek solutions that bridge the tension of opposing forces.
It might be helpful to invoke the infinity sign as metaphor: there is flow and movement in the infinity sign. Not to mention the infinity of options always available to us. With ease and grace, this flowing figure 8, the number of power, weaves together disparate influences and seeming polarized choices and parties, creating empowerment for all.
I find myself often making the figure 8 gesture, horizontally and vertically, and in doing so, I practice how to release the inherent, palpable tension that seems part of everyday at this point in time. I use it to balance my inner polarities and struggles. I also trace the graceful 8 when I sense conflict between people (as a small, unseen gesture under the table, or even in my mind’s eye). I find the energy shifts and space opens for dialogue and solutions.
A busy decade lies ahead. Our task: to bring our world back from the brink of a brittle breaking, and reconnect to Earth with balance and ballast. It is my hope the world finds more temperance this year, as we have survived the decade of our great polarity. To temper means “to find the proper mix” and to eliminate excess. To not have tempers run hot and rude with no helpful purpose, but to temper our own emotions and channel them in constructive, healing directions.
Temperance means to find the middle way.