by Robert Wilkinson
We are affected by the atmosphere around us, both literal and psychic. I touched on this in the post on the 3 kinds of "karmic storms" we must learn to navigate. Because squares and oppositions trigger Karma, it is important to note that we've been living with oppositions for awhile. While squares put the brakes on things, oppositions put us on a seesaw between opposing possibilities or viewpoints, setting up polarizations and separations from old ways of life, old people, old ideals, old hopes and dreams.
Whether we're in the middle or on the periphery, these times of intensity work in both obvious and subtle ways. An opposition, whether it feels good or bad, exciting or stifling, shows us that things are definitely in motion, and bring forth awareness, whether pleasurable or painful.
This atmosphere of constant oppositions over the past several years has been very draining, and many have become weary as a result. Especially with the constant Saturn opposition Neptune of many months' duration, once in a while we need to remember to take care of ourselves, and not give ourselves too hard a time for feeling a bit down after a long and sometimes exhausting period of activity.
I've been learning to spot the feeling-tides and flow with them rather than resist them, or freak out because I don't feel particularly good on a given day. Often the accelerated pace of our outer life coupled with our inner life takes a lot out of us, and while helping us resolve old karmas, it can still be difficult. I also find it helpful to note the positive changes rather than focus too much on what I feel is wrong.
In my quest for Truth I have found the process of becoming more fully aware entails awareness on both obvious and subtle levels, and that sometimes this increased openness leads to unintended consequences. Often when we seem to fail, it actually has moved us on inner levels to a new perspective, new awareness, perhaps new skills. Being creatures of habit, we often need a nudge to activate our creative imagination, or remembrance of what is more valuable and precious to us in the moment. That usually comes forth from difficult situations.
In esoteric philosophy, it is related to the principle of "Fire by Friction," one of the three "Cosmic Fires" that is the principle by which all of us interrelate, with lots of light and heat. The other two are Electric Fire and Solar Fire. Fire by Friction is said to be the Fire of civilization itself, as a process transcending nations. It is the form of Divine Fire by which the human race makes progress through burning up the old fuel, transforming form into ash that nourishes the garden of Life that will grow the next set of forms.
This type of Cosmic Fire is associated with Sagittarius. Pluto has been in Sagittarius since 1995. All the aspects it makes in our charts, all the aspects made to it by transitting planets, indicate times when the invisible hand of the Transpersonal Transformer burns the old to warm up and light up the NOW. The manifestations of Pluto always seem like something beyond our control, because they are.
However, Pluto's nature is to purify and make more efficient whatever it touches. It takes things down to the seed, stripping all that is no longer needed. It is a purifying fire, and in Sagittarius life's core has become really fiery. That's one indicator of the increasing intensity of our times.
Right now Pluto dances through the end of Sagittarius conjunct the Galactic Center for the next year as it approaches Capricorn promising humanity a rendezvous with its destiny. We have awakened our imagination and foresight to accelerate our growth, are polishing our Higher dedication and creative self-expression, and weaving the best of the old in utilitarian ways to build bridges to our future. We shall be getting in shape to give and/or receive a blessing this year which will crystalize in forms of power beginning in 2008 for some, 2009 for others.
Many are already feeling the effects of recent Solar and Lunar Eclipses, the most recent helping us to "escape from a narrow destiny," and have seen a new life made manifest, if we have been good bridge builders. Over the past several years we've experienced the gestative power of the ageless Wisdom forms relevant to us, and prepared to step into whatever symbolic "initiation chamber" has been presented. The known and familiar are giving way to an entry into a broader understanding of our need to individualize, including accepting new relationships, new responsibilities, and new effectiveness.
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© Copyright 2006 Robert Wilkinson
(Originally published in a different form 27 October 2004)