by Robert Wilkinson
As you know, we're in the heart of some very powerful and potentially difficult aspects between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. These are not forces outside of us, though with vision we can see how these energies work out in global and local events. They are also showing us internal changes that will shift our future in crucial ways.
The transits show us the gestalt of the moment. They show patterns, and as students of esoteric philosophy know all too well, pattern is everything. By knowing patterns, which to change and which to pursue, which to perfect and which to abandon, we shape our future.
We're all experiencing those forces shown by the Cardinal T in some way or another. It may be challenging us in many personal ways. It may be what we find in the news that affects our inner knowing. It may be through what we hear from a neighbor or friend, or what we suddenly put together that shows us a bigger picture and/or the need to change direction or pattern.
These are times of dynamic change, intense challenge, and truly an opportunity to "move and groove through the intersection of fate and free will," as the banner on this column states. Just remember that it rains on Saints and sinners alike. And sometimes we learn more through apparent defeat than apparent victory.
Astrology shows us the energies of the field, when they are in flux and flow, and what we are challenged to do or not do in a given moment. However, Astrology is no substitute for character, courage, clarity, and compassion.
It is we who are kind or not kind, regardless of externals. It is we who are acting with love, wisdom, and intelligence or not. Harsh times and circumstances often require us to act with more extreme forms of strength and clarity of purpose. Sometimes these may appear to be not very kind or compassionate, but in the end it all depends on your standard of judgment, and those who take the low road will always accuse those who take the high road of whatever in an attempt to lure them off that high road.
Often radical changes are needed if we are to break old patterns that are hurtful, unproductive, or a waste of time, energy, or money. These may or may not require radical behavior. Each has their own walk to walk. The trick is always to take the high road, regardless of what form that may take.
Knowing what you can and cannot allow into your life is crucial. This helps us establish boundaries, and boundaries are necessary if we are to cultivate the various "containers" that help us do our life work. We must learn to observe and master physical, emotional, and mental boundaries if we are to know the difference between our Truth and the many perceptions in our external world.
Do not clutch at that which is fading, whether perception, pattern, or even old things and people we once loved. When something leaves our life, it is a clear sign a chapter is over, whether we want that or not. And every void will be filled by what is natural to our evolved Self.
In folk dances, we are often enjoined to "change partners," or change direction, or change rhythm, or "call the tune." Yet at the end of the dance we find ourselves with those people, directions, rhythms, and tunes that are perfect for us. That's the perfect symmetry of the Higher Way. This should provide comfort to those who dance on a Spiritual Path that is true for them.
If humanity is truly ending the "heresy of separateness," then courage, compassion, good will, empathy, and faith in the Way are just some of the tools to use to find others who also are learning the One Life we all are together. This is a time to figure out what needs we care about, what role we're willing to play, what seeds of power we've cultivated, and what new life we're willing to embrace.
The Angel, the Ox, the Lion, and the Firebird are dancing in a dynamic swirl with each transit of a Critical degree. The Cardinal points were activated when Pluto aligned with the Galactic Center. Each turn of the wheel furthers that activation. Now is the moment of decision. Choose wisely, for Saturn's karmic wheel is in motion crystallizing new archetypes of Being.
We've found our heart expression and trained for over two years. We have been purified by a Divine Centrifuge each time Saturn opposed Uranus. We have been freed of dense gross aggregates, and are now glimpsing a new way to freedom and true individuality.
Get ready for one last season of finishing up what needs to be ended. Use compassion, forgiveness, and closure rituals that enable you to move on. Get ready, as the wild ride has just begun, and "new worlds are a-borning, as the old one dies...."
© Copyright 2010 Robert Wilkinson