“I trust the red sun setting,
the leafless November trees.
On Monday morning I look foward
fearlessly to Friday’s eve.
But humans are not as reliable
as nature, as trees.
I wonder if you’ll come back;
I trust only that you leave.”
….my eyes are an Oceanic reflection of my wildest dreams…..
As I write, the moOn is at 6 degrees Virgo, just minutes away from trining currently reflective and cathartic Pluto in Capricorn (who is also retrograde). My Ascendant is 6 degrees Virgo. And so, I feel this to be a jolly good moment to write about the entangled state we find ourselves in.
Currently, there are 3 planets Retrograde: Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto. Though they aren’t in tight aspect to each other, they do form a “T-square.” A “T-square” aspect is when two planets oppose each other (Saturn in Libra opp Mercury in Aries), and are also squaring another planet (this is case: Pluto in Capricorn). The planet which squares the two opposing planets acts as a resolution point, or a remedy. In other words: Pluto is the medicine of this Transit, or this moment. (How perfect, since the moOn is about to trine Pluto, and attempt clear communication with the “Devil.”).
The Saturn/Mercury Opposition
Though this aspect isn’t exact–not until next week–it is still felt. I am one who feels that all aspects can be felt for days or weeks or even years before they are exact–depending of the speed of the planets in question. Once exact, there is a culmination. This is usually an event or experience that occurs. So what is it? What is Saturn and Mercury demanding of us? I would say: Clear communication! Within and without.
Since both of these planets are currently Retrograde, they are in a state of reflection. Saturn is demanding we finish everything we have started; Mercury is forcing us to reevaluate all of our out dated ways of thinking. Together, in this challenging aspect, it is only augmenting the normal effects of the Mercury Retro period. Already, I have seen computers die, cars crashing, communication breakdowns, and complete and devastating misunderstandings between people. To deal with this Transit, it is important to stay centered, and to be more aware than ever of your BREATH. Having some sort of breathing practice would a a good Rx for this Transit. Breathing keeps us calm and together, allowing the mind to deal with the stresses of daily life in a sustainable way. Also, I would advise all of you to be cautious of beginning anything during this time (it ends on the 23rd, in my opinion). This includes relationships, jobs, creative projects, or any alliances with others. Be careful. It is not the most auspicious time for these activities. It is more wise to stay slightly inward, and to rework and reorganize your life. Take care of yourself…….reinvent yourself!
The Pluto square: Resolution and Remedy
It is true: Our thoughts create our realities. This statement has the most profound implications for not only our lives, but for the future of the world. If we think we are unhealthy, then we will be unhealthy. If we think that the world is going to end in 2012, then that is exactly what we will get. Pluto in the Astrology chart represents the Soul’s intent; and what is the Soul’s intent? To grow, to change, to transform, to move back into the Source of all Things!!! With Pluto squaring the Mercury/Saturn opposition, we are challenged to weed out our out dated thought patterns from our minds, and change the content of the dialogue. As an example: If you have a terrible relationship with machines (ie. computers) and you are perpetually frustrated by there presence and vibration, it is no wonder why they don’t treat you well. They crash for you, so that you can have perfect opportunities to heal your relationship to them. If you change your thinking about the “machine” and start loving them, they will start reflecting this inner state. Again, our thoughts create our realities. Don’t believe me? Test it!
*a little exercise*:
….think of anything in your mind that you desire: a blue feather, a woman, a man, a dollar, a black leather whip….lol…..and keep it in your mind throughout the day–or days–until it comes to you. Stay diligent and you will see. It is Magic. And Magic is no mystery. Life is way stranger than you can suppose. This is what Pluto is demanding of us: Complete Transformation of our limiting thought patterns. It’s not easy, but its absolutely necessary. Be creative with it. Have fun.
Spring has sprung–well, in most pockets of the Northern Hemisphere. Our three planets we just discussed (Saturn, Mercury, Pluto) are all Retrograde and Chiron/Neptune are also in Pisces. Time to cleanse. Some of you may feel like all of your shit is emerging all at once. This is normal, timely, and perfect. Don’t be afraid of it; watch it, and be committed to releasing it from your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Pisces works this way. It’s the Universal Energy that is quite Oceanic in nature, and it reveals the Truth of things. All of our problems are washed ashore. So…instead of running from our problems, or checking out in response to their “ghoulish” faces, pick them up, clean them up, nurture them, and then help them change. They need you to care for them. Don’t be afraid of them. All is illusion anyways (a Pisces truism); so what are you afraid of?
Pluto never sleeps. Don’t let this scare you, have it inspire you instead. Do a ceremony. Drink some medicine. Go into a dark cave and stay there until you are clear. Find a sensory deprivation tank, then submerge. Whatever your technique towards Ecstasy, go for it, that is what these times call out for. Big medicine! Chest out, breathing steady and strong, hold out your staff and exclaim at the top of your lungs, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!” That should hold of the demons of the mind long enough–at least long enough for Mercury to go Direct, and for the potent Transit to pass.
Good luck and God speed my fellow travelers.
This Eclipse is special for a bah-gillion reasons, but most importantly, for all of you living in or around the North American continent, you will be able to view it–that is, if you can stay up or wake up in the middle of the night for it. If you are planning on viewing this cosmic spectacle, the image attached shows the best viewing times:
Also, I will be podcasting on the subject this weekend. So stay tuned for the release of the 59th installment of the Exploring Astrology podcast. There will also be upcoming interviews with Eric Meyers and Verdarluz in the coming weeks–including the 2nd part of the Venus cycle show (she has been pushed aside, due to the immanence of the important Eclipse [sorry Venus!]
Stay strong, stay loving, and stay up for this Amazing event!!!
If you are interested in how this Eclipse is affecting you, contact me for an Eclipse reading before Monday night!!! All donation based this time around!
“Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit….each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest!”
This exalted–or better said “domicile” signature brings the best and the worst out of this Archetype. Being the nature of Archetypes arent good or bad–completely black or white–we can trust this signature not to just bring incredible pain and suffering, but also ecstatic bliss and power. I’m not entirely sure how the other posts have come off–completely negative, slightly negative…just a bit positive–but it is my desire to keep my analysis balanced. Pluto does set an easy trap, which leads into fear mentality and negative feelings. AHh….. we can only try our best. Lets allow Jeff to illuminate a bit:
Pluto in the Eight House or Scorpio: emotional trauma can occur to these individuals for the following causes:
1. When life conditions are created in which they experience severe and intense betrayal, and violations of trust.
2. When they experience being intensely used and manipulated by other(s)
3. When they experience intense sexual violations and misuse of such energy
4. When they experience intense loss of those that are closest to them
5. When life conditions are created in which they are forced to examine their own motives, intentions, and emotional agendas. This examination, at some point, will uncover the subtle and not so subtle ways in which they have manipulated others or situations in order to gain something that they need or want. The light of emotional honesty creates a cruel glare that exposes the inner lies that they create for themselves and others.
When Pluto transits the Eight House, forms stressful aspects to Mars and/or Pluto through transits, to the planetary ruler of the Eight House, or to planets within the natal Eight House it can generate these issues and subsequent traumas.
Magic too! This signature seems to be a magnet for the darker sides of magic (the Occult [and that to say the Occult is Dark, but, the potential therein lies]). In a general sense, magic is just the unseen world of desire–no matter how hidden–acting itself out in the world. Magic in the way we usually relate to it: spells, potions, witches etc–is accurate, but a sliver manifestation of magic at work. The world is magic and this magic can possess this native. We must be careful in not creating enemies–always, but especially here (think: voodoo dolls). Psychic warfare is a real battleground. We must make our peace.
Manipulation is only retatliation for our lost and confused ways. The goal–I feel–with this signature is to find all the power in ourselves, with no crutches to hold us up (friends, parents, lovers…money). We must know what its like to live a life unfettered by stagnant emotional stabilities. Once we see the problem, then we can muster the will to change; once we have the Will to change, the transformation takes place!!!
People with Pluto in the 8th:
(Hitler, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bridgett Bardot, Guy Pearce, Marc Bolan, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee)
…powerful charecters….cOol charecters. No coincidence. Scorpio–paradoxially–is what is cool. “Oh, you bad–you sooooOoo bad.” Our attraction–of course–can be seen in Vampires (listen to Exploring Astrology #56 for more).
Make sure you got a lighter.
…as always, Readings are available for all interested.
art: Demon by Andriod Jones