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December 31st, the Joker

“the most wasted of all days is the one without laughter” – e.e. cummings

As each Gregorian calendar year comes close to an end after we cross the gate of the Winter Solstice, we arrive at yet another great rite of passage. What we call our New Year’s Eve is in the Astro Card system the day of the Joker – a card that is as unpredictable as its title describes. However the Joker is the one exception to the system, in that it cannot be “read”.  Don’t we need the mystery element in our lives to keep it interesting?

Our lives should not be meticulously planned to the point of obsessive compulsive disorder or unrealistic expectations, yet it can be healthy for us to set goals and work toward them. I think of days such as December 31st as being portals of a sort that enable us to imagine, consider, and act on what we’re unaccustomed to, normally incapable of or too intimidated by. If we play our cards right we can make great use of the following Capricornian Spade days, beginning January 1st which ruled by the King of Spades, imbued with incredible power and potential for achievement and new beginnings.

Although he wanders, his footsteps are difficult to trace…the Joker startles and amuses us with his antics and disappears just as quickly and mysteriously as he arrived. This is the one card in the deck of 52 representing an energy that has no karma, no limitations in its expression, and absolutely cannot be bound, tied down or squished into a box, unless that is the game it chooses to play at its whim. As a card of royalty, it overlooks, perhaps more accurately it leaps through the entire Life Spread and gets to pick and choose who it will imitate or what it will embody.

Often said to share a correspondence with the Fool card of the Tarot, numbered 0, the Joker is symbolized as a carefree or silly chap. Just as the bag slung over the Fool’s shoulder contains the 4 suits, all kinds of memories, tools, and potentials, the Joker has the ability to try on any suit or card for size and play the part darn well. For this reason, this card can bring forth excellent actors, musicians or performers. The Joker is much like the Jack (of any suit, of course), whether of all trades or none at any given time – youthful, creative, and very slick.

As a modern day trickster, this card’s energy and those who have it as their birth card move and function much like the Heyoka, or sacred clown of the Lakota people, acting contrary to what anyone would think, do or expect. Author Sharon Jeffers calls this card a representative of “the Alpha and Omega” and states that absolutely anything can be created on the Joker’s day. We can say it is well suited to break a habit and expand the mind, but just like any real freedom or manifestation of wealth, what good is such opportunity if one does not put it to use?

The Joker, at least in my eyes also bears a bit of resemblance to the Holly and Oak Kings of Celtic tradition who switch roles between the Summer and Winter Solstice. These woodsy, leaf-garlanded patriarchal figures are the archetypes who in part represent our primal ability to actively synch ourselves with nature’s changing seasons and expressions. There is transition but also a choice factor here. Some things happen of their own accord, such as breathing and blinking, sunrise and sundown. We know those things are going to happen so we usually don’t try to make them happen or interfere. Other things like choosing to wear shorts and ride a bicycle when it’s freezing cold or eating a huge piece of chocolate cake instead of dinner are up for debate. Is there a method to that madness or a madness to the method? In a sense, the Joker couldn’t care less. We need his/her entertainment as much as we need special rituals a lot of the time in order to make light of what could otherwise easily be perceived as dark or troublesome occasions.

The Joker briefly reminds us that we are the writers of our own scripts and that we are not the masks or the costumes we so often wear. We don’t get to control the seasons, weather and most other things but we get to choose far more than is commonly recognized in our lives, including what to think, what to dwell on, what to say, and what to make of whatever comes our way. Those who work very hard or take too many of life’s challenges too personal may also take this as an opportunity to stand back and take themselves a little less seriously, at least long enough to get a good chuckle of out things.

immunity in eye of the storm

Here in the final throes of Saturn’s transit through the sign of the seer (moving into Sagittarius on the 23rd of December – he’ll revisit Scorpio though next year into the Ides of March), we’re seeing some final injections of Scorpionic poison into mass consciousness. We are also approaching one of the most powerful midpoints of the year, Winter Solstice. It is a time of great transformation for the collective on Earth.

lightning_stormWe are in the eye of a great storm, which is either as ferocious or benevolent as we choose to view it. Stormy weather can wreak havoc on electric appliances and automobiles, and sometimes seems to lower our immunity. It can also be incredibly purifying to the atmosphere and to our minds.

One essential key to wellness is to pay attention to what comes up rather than suppressing it, whether it’s physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. We should not ignore the signals our bodies and minds are sending us, whether they seem good or bad. If world news is important enough, we’ll hear about it in no uncertain terms. We don’t have to watch that or spend time in a city slum to get the impression the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket, that we are under attack, subjected to all manner of pollutants, mind control, and injustice. But what does that make us – constant victims of a hopeless world? We need to ask ourselves why we’re so ready to point our fingers out there and sulk in this perpetual cop-out, and why it’s much less terrifying than the actual turmoil – or the marvelous inspiration in our souls.

Immunity starts in the mind. Immune boosters are fine, but let’s trace to the cause of our many susceptibilities. We think we need confidence and reassurance – can’t get enough of it. Almost everybody’s out there trying to get something from the other not paying a bit of attention to your needs. Therefore, our misguided and sorrowful sense of need is like a bottomless pit, and that plays out differently according to various personalities and conditionings. What most of us really need is to trust in our innate sense of what is wrong or right in any given moment, and then to act on that without delay.

As Marianne Williamson has said:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

So all too often we give our power away to the darkness. How we use our power is a choice, and it is coming up right now, larger than life.

The anonymous adage “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional” is an important one to remember. Pain only hurts. We should not necessarily avoid it, nor should we feel defeated by it. A sickness or a wound or a worry comes along, sometimes minor and sometimes major, and we so often cave in under its pressure. During illness we usually don’t know whether to stop in our tracks or push forward, and that is because we are not paying attention.

immunitySickness and discomfort itself is not the problem – the problem is how we identify with it, give all our power away to it, until we have lost ourselves in it, become slaves to it, temporarily as individuals, almost irrevocably as a species. Sickness, depression, and many of our discomforts are natural responses to a sick environment. Furthermore, our bodies are the barometers of what is taking place within our psyches.

Many years ago I lay in my bed, physically disabled and utterly traumatized by my existence on earth overall.  Like the rape of Persephone, a piece of the underworld had opened up and swallowed me down. Seven years of battle with entities, illness and most of all myself reshaped my view and understanding of the entire Universe, and for that I give thanks today. That is because my Inner Eye became opened through this extraordinary ordeal, and it is this Inner Eye that can be still and see clearly even within a storm.

Humanity was never meant to get sick in winter, nor were we originally designed as such feeble creatures, at the mercy of every storm both real and imaginary that life throws our way. This so often happens because we’ve been so cut off from nature and its cycles that we literally go against the flow in our lives. Bears don’t over think this, they go into their caves and everything shuts down until it’s time to come out into the world again.

A few ideas for giving expression to deep feelings, dreams, and sensations, whether they are painful, disturbing, or even overly joyful:

  • draw or paint a mandala that includes symbols for your personal recovery – these could be animals, geometric shapes, runes, or whatever
  • go to a secluded spot in nature and talk aloud about your concerns
  • scream into a pillow or punch into a punching bag
  • sit quietly for awhile and listen to what that troublesome emotion or sensation is trying to convey

The willingness to experience our own unique pain and discomfort cannot be understated as an essential aspect of developing our immunity to our own personal hang-ups first and foremost, and the world’s sickness at large secondarily. Ironically, often when we give our pain the attention it seeks, it begins to subside. Then, true transformation begins.

Nature Spirits

The Sabian symbol for the full moon eclipse that occurred this morning 15-16 degrees of Aries is:

“Nature spirits seen at work in the light at sunset”

sunset-fairy-angel

This symbol represents attunement to the potency of invisible forces of nature. It is also about reconnecting us with our innocence and childlike sense of wonder. Can you remember what it was like to make believe that anything was possible? When everything in nature was alive, each flower with its own personality, each water droplet, each rock and each blade of grass its own story to tell? We are reminded now to take a pause in the adult, rather dry hustle and bustle of our routines to connect with the soul of nature. Isn’t it also so that we try too hard sometimes to consciously control and direct our lives without accessing our deeper, subconscious and superconscious wisdom? The more immersed we are in nature, the easier it become to access the so-called invisible forces within and around us…those forces in operation that we cannot normally see because we are too intent on doing this or that, becoming quite embittered when things don’t pan out the way we want.

The sunset symbolizes a sense of personal fulfillment that is realized when our defenses have dropped, and we can surrender to the closing chapters of a long day or week. It’s easier for most people to express their natural selves when they’re less charged up and more relaxed. Perhaps this is a opportune moment to relax your tight shoulders, heavy mind or heart, and to simply breathe, and be. If you live close to a stream, some trees or other greenery you might seek refuge there, and otherwise imagination will do just fine. In these sacred moments of quietude, your vision may become heightened. Inspiration may come. The rustling of the leaves in the breeze or the patterns formed in clouds can be the nature spirits’ ways of communicating with us, if we but stop to pay attention.

At this time of year leading up to Samhain (October 31st) the invisible world is increasingly being made visible, and the visible phenomena we are accustomed may become invisible. Everything animate and inanimate has its own invisible aura, its own “forcefield” around it that we brush against or interact with both while awake and while we sleep. Now, in this moment, you may wish to reflect on what it is that you’d like to become more consciously aligned with. Is there a particular aspect of nature that you would like to connect with, manifest, or heighten within yourself? There is a being, a devic consciousness of that aspect of nature that is available whenever you decide to make the connection.

Self-Discovery and the Blood Moon

The Blood Moon is waxing tonight Aries, which is a sign concerned with self image and identity, as the springboard of consciousness from which life experiences evolve. It is conjunct with Uranus – the planet of individuation, freedom, flashes of brilliance, intuition, eccentricity and radical change…are you having any significant breakthroughs in your life at this time?

I found this video to be spot on and relevant to what’s transpiring on the planet and for myself. Some people might take serious offense to it so just take what resonates and toss the rest.

“It’s ultimately about the discovery of yourself…not about society or other people. Life is about the discovery of who and what you are”

 

Transforming Greed

As I type this the Moon is in Capricorn having just conjoined Pluto, and I’m noticing how the topic of money, survival, and the concept of greed seem very intertwined in a paradigm shift that is currently taking place in the world. As much as I have an innate faith in the human race despite all odds, there are moments when like most of us, just find our state of affairs almost impossible to bear.

Greed, one of the so-called seven deadly sins, infects all of us at some point in our lives, whether we are the perpetrator or perpetrated ones, where the best or most goods have been stuffed away at the expense of another or others’ benefit and wellbeing. We don’t like to look at or talk about this, because it makes us itch, and is all too easy to point the finger at another than to honestly contemplate how greed may reside within us.

In order to transform greed we must first come to a better understanding of what it even means. The thing about this is, I don’t believe in what theorists call the “greed gene” and that greed is a necessarily a natural occurrence for us. Just like the seven deadly sins, greed is a result of a very deeply rooted fear – the fear of loss, being left out, and of not having enough. Greed causes one to steal for fear that if they do not they themselves may be robbed. It is completely irrational and insane. This is the way that our very government functions.

In understanding the origins of greed, we must also consider the impact that trauma has upon us and the habits that ensue from the holding pattern of an unreleased trauma. If one did experience a traumatic loss through famine, war, or some other disaster it should not be surprising if later in life that person subconsciously tried to compensate for an earlier period of shock and lack, when they felt they had no defense, no resources in order to support themselves in the face of opposition.

Right now we need to look at greed without fear and take a look at what it is doing to our planet. The Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on the 23rd of October will be like the bright open eye in the sky that illuminates many dark corners and shows us what we must let go of in order to have what we truly want. If we don’t use this opportunity wisely it may haunt us into the year 2015, with explosive results in an economic crash between the eclipses of March and September.

It is commonly said that there is a financial crisis every seven years, and our last major one was in 2008, with a record of over 3 million foreclosure filings. Supposedly, our negative financial information such as late or unpaid bills, foreclosures, and bankruptcies generally disappear from credit reports after seven years. Interestingly, the planet Saturn associated with limitations, tests, and delays also has a cycle of seven and a half years. Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler is the keeper and voracious eater of time, and in Scorpio where he currently transits, we are indeed pressured for time and all the resources we can muster until December 23rd. Please, let’s not spend all of our money on Christmas presents that we’ll be in debt over for the next seven years of our lives.

Banks say that they will only lend to people with good credit but those are just the same people they lent to before, seven years later (the number Seven is relevant to the current Time frame we are operating from). Not only do banks make money out of thin air – a topic that anyone who can read can research on the internet these days, but we can no longer afford to place our faith in a monetary system that leaves us high and dry any more than an atheist can give his or her heart to Jesus.

Not that I’m a fan, but Austrailian philsopher and skeptic David Stove said, in obvious criticism, “If Darwin’s theory of evolution is true, no species can ever escape from the process of natural selection.” We need and are indeed being presented with new, upgraded theories to permeate our Collective Mind. Greed need not be factored in if we realize that we’re all in this together, and that each person does make a difference and contributes to the whole.

Here’s a bit of Libran insight since we’re in its sign and the Aries/Libra axis of Full Moons until September of 2015: If we don’t want to see the massive “bubble” form in commodities that result in economic collapse, we have to stop supporting the greed-driven companies and their products that we share co-dependent relationships with. We have to go cold turkey in some cases on what we’re used to. That sounds terrifying to some people because how else would we survive? My answer would be by getting back to basics. Thanksgiving, coming right up, is one of the most sickening money-maker holidays of the USA to date, reminding Native Americans of the greed of white men who destroyed their villages. Just as in religious crusades, people should not be so sinful as to announce such deeds in the name of God, but more accurately, in the name of greed.

What makes more money than almost anything else in the world? War. Yes it does “take” money – our money, to make money, and war is a perfect example of the nightmare carousel that perpetuates disease, destruction and the desire for more, round and round on our planet with seemingly no end. These are just a few tidbits to mull over at anyone’s convenience, for whatever they’re worth, or not as the case may be.

We are not ready to stop using money, because it is still the most widely accepted means for our survival as a species. However, we can begin to shift our values toward what makes life truly meaningful, and raise our vibrational frequencies in the process so that we more easily attract everything that we need and want. For those who find it impossible to envision a life without money, inspiration may be found in this documentary about Heidemarie in Germany:

If we want to enjoy warm festivities with a clear conscious this year and in the future we actually have to use our sense of reasoning, creativity and intuition combined. We must’nt let fear, money or greed be the guiding light in deciding what to make, buy, or share.

Perhaps our new strategies and choices will seem strange to family and friends, and we may feel a temporary sense of alienation and shame. Many great ideas are scoffed at initially, and later come to be respected. Sooner or later, more of humanity will join the dance for true freedom and self expression for all.

Reflections on the Year of Seven – 2014

Reflections on the numerological Seven year of 2014 & where we are heading in the 7th sign

  • The significance of the number Seven
  • Activation of the Crown chakra
  • Lunar eclipse of October 8th 2014
  • The year of the Green Wood Horse & Chariot of the Tarot
  • Honoring grief and transformation
  • Planetary/inner transits and Retrogrades
  • Elfin wisdom

 

Healing is Deconditioning

I stated recently in my talk on the Autumn Equinox with Pluto now in the shadow of its station to direct motion that many of us are in a process of intense deconditioning in all aspects of our lives. Relationships are a major highlight, but so is healing in a very broad sense.

Any effective form of healing basically addresses and helps to decondition us from falseness, programming and conditions that have weighed heavily in our consciousness and taken on some form of dis-ease, whether mental, emotional or physical.

Healing is therefore a process of elimination, rather than some external agent meant to make us “whole”.  It is not about ingesting this herb or undergoing that process in order to become more of what we already are or should be. It can however cause us to evolve more rapidly than we would if we remained incapacitated by our illness.

Whether subtle or extreme, healing is about purification, and in some cases exorcism (Pluto helps with this). Holistic practitioners and their methods of healing usually take into consideration that we are multidimensional beings, having experiences on many different levels, some beyond the scope of our ordinary consciousness. We are more than these bodies that we are temporarily inhabiting. Through a particular healing modality we may be assisted in freeing ourselves from various forms of mind control, outworn beliefs, harmful attachments and habits, and obvious manifestations of toxicity. Ultimately in any form of healing we are being restored to our own natural state of equilibrium, rhythm, and wholeness that is not to be compared to anyone else’s.

People are beginning to wake up to this knowledge on a massive scale. People are taking back their power from doctors and authority figures that were supposed to help keep their lives together, able to barely function in a flatlining, seldom optimal kind of way. People are realizing that healing comes from within.

In a genuine healing, our inner eyes are opened to more of the reality of our existence. The so-called wool can no longer be pulled over our Ajna centers. We might not like what we see, but we are no longer paralyzed and held captive by our hidden enemies, and the monstrous enemy of our own murky subconscious. It becomes easier to access our innate wisdom, beauty and abilities.

Over the next five weeks, whenever discomforts arise and when immunity seems to lower around you, remember the source of true healing. Whatever methods you choose, remember who navigates your ship, and sincerely question who it is who is thinking your thoughts.  When we change our thoughts, we change our experiences.

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