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Week of June 28 to 30

Sun Magnifies Uranus Pluto Square

This has been a week of enormous intensity, as we approach the final of 3 eclipses with this Friday’s New Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse in Cancer. It is as though for the past month we’ve been truly compressed–with all our individual and collective shadow material rising to the surface so we must see it and interact with it. There’s been lot of crap to sort through–and a lot of fear and anxiety close below the surface.

Added to this dynamic was the second triggering of the Uranus Pluto Square this month–as the Sun squared Uranus this past Sunday and opposed Pluto Monday evening. This follows on the heels of Mercury’s trigger of both planets at the beginning of the month. Uranus and Pluto, which have been within 10 degrees of a square to each other since 2007, are now within 2 degrees, and approaching their closest point of less than 1 ½ degrees from exact square by July 9, when Uranus turns retrograde. From 2012 to 2015 the two planets will be within a degree of each other and conjunct multiple times.

The Sun Pluto opposition (exact Monday night and resonating through next week) is of special significance–and I have felt it to represent a very acute, potent awareness of the darkest, most challenging aspects of my character and my life, staring me right in the face.

I have also experienced it as growing despair and fear as the the lush green New Mexican Jemez mountains are consumed in flame. Many of us, even the most idealistic, are imagining apocalyptic scenarios–forced to become aware of the darkest possibilities for Earth’s future. This anxious awareness wakes us early in the morning, and keeps us tossing and turning at night.

The opportunity presented by an opposition (or resonant polarity as Shamanic Astrology refers to it) is that the issue at hand (in this case the shadow, and our most primal fears) are within full view–and thus no longer have control of us in an unconscious way. We have held these fears and this overwhelm for a long while now–as they have come closer in view with the lived reality of Earth changes. Now we must deal with them directly–and surrender our struggle against the things we cannot control so that we can focus our energy and intention in those areas where we do have influence.

Mars Square Chiron-Compassion in Action

Yesterday (Tuesday), Mars squared Chiron, adding to the Underworld experience we have already been so immersed in. Mars is still visible in the morning sky, still dim but gradually growing brighter. Its activation by Chiron has helped us to experience the habits, limitations, or fracture points present in our lives and in the surrounding world.

Over the past couple of weeks, with Mercury and Venus squaring Chiron and the asteroid turning retrograde (thus experienced more intensely on Earth), we have been immersed in Chironic energy. We may feel physically vulnerable, and acutely aware of the places where we are unable to move forward in our lives with decisiveness and clarity. It is very important to BE WITH this sadness and brokenness and to grieve it fully. We must take time for our personal healing process, if we are to move forward as fully empowered and heart-centered human beings.

This Rumi poem beautifully–and even playfully–describes how we can embrace Chiron’s teaching in our lives.

Embracing the Initiation

Tonight just after midnight, Venus is conjunct the Moon for the 8th and final time before her descent into the Underworld on July 11. Within Shamanic Astrology this is described as the “Death by Intent” Gateway that the Sacred Feminine passes through–where she fully embraces initiatory death of her old self. This conjunction is especially potent as the Moon and Venus are at their closest–and the Moon is in fact occulting Venus, much like an eclipse.

The version of the Sacred Feminine currently undergoing this initiation is the Scorpio Goddess. For readers who are currently experiencing their Venus Return, this cycle may feel very personal. Yet it is a cycle that impacts us all collectively, and the Earth herself. The Dark Goddess, or Kali, both archetypes that describe the Scorpio Feminine, has been evolving on the Earth plane since November, and we have seen her signature in the large number of natural disasters, nuclear meltdowns, and other cataclysmic events.

The ultimate teaching of Scorpio–and what is gained through an Underworld Initiation–is complete and utter transformation and metamorphosis. As shamanic healers have known through time, it is possible that the initiate will not live past the initiation. Yet if they do, they are remade from the cellular level–strengthened, empowered, more whole. As my teachers have taught me, The Scorpio Goddess is not personal–she does not pick and choose those who are good, or bad, for suffering or blessings. She relentlessly clears and cleanses our world for the renewal of the Earth and we hope: our human family.

And so we pray that our Earth–and all the life held upon it including ourselves; might pass through this time of cataclysmic change intact, and in the process, remade. It is human nature to approach deep change by kicking and screaming. Yet it is wise counsel at this time for us to instead look clearly at the Underworld (Plutonic) initiation that lies directly in front of us, and fully accept what comes without reservation–embracing the transformation that such change can bring.

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