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America’s “Karmic” Returns

4752245162_4391246_f260_xlargeAmerica is not only nearing its 239th anniversary and Solar Return in July but more significantly, it is facing its first Pluto Return as a so-called Democracy, to occur in 2022. Furthermore we are approaching the fourth of five hits of Pluto’s opposition to the US Sun 13 degrees of Cancer which has been in effect since 2014 until the end of 2015. The first was March 13 2014, the second May 17, 2014, the third into the new year January 5, 2015, the fourth will be August 15, 2015 and the fifth November 1, 2015. Meanwhile Saturn has dipped back into Scorpio, June 14th until September 17th, revisiting its mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn. Ready or not here come America’s karmic returns.

Pluto is sometimes referred to as the Hand of God that swoops down and changes everything it touches, often in a destructive manner that eventually leads to rebirth and creativity. Indeed the US financial markets have been in a steady decline since Pluto’s entry into Capricorn in 2008. The tsunami in Japan that occurred in 2011 took countless lives and has affected millions of others across the world due to its nuclear power (ruled by Pluto) plant explosion (Uranus). We’ve witnessed further political upheaval and devastation between Gaza and Israel with the nature of Israel’s connection to the US becoming more clear to many. While Pluto was engaged in the recent three year square with Uranus in Aries the rise of truth speakers rocked the status quo by exposing the multitude of government crimes against humanity. When Saturn moves full steam ahead in Sagittarius during the next couple of years, the truth will hit hard, but the lies will hit even harder. An ego always fights its own death.

On January 1st of 2015 we entered an eight year numerologically, which like Pluto is about raw power and force, for better or worse, and this led us into the next eight years of escalating war and economic crisis. Watch as the land of the “brave and the free” goes from watching the world show to getting “Plutoed”. It is already happening whether people realize it or not.

Every fourth of July, American citizens celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. This was one of the great marks of the American Revolution, at which time Pluto was finalizing a transit through Capricorn from 1762 to 1776. The country, born a watery Cancer Sun subject to intense emotional displays came about while Uranus was transiting Gemini when there was a strong emphasis on education and distortions of various kinds information. With this knowledge it should not come as too great and terrible of a shock that the US has been uncovered as a two-sided corporation, still under the dominion of England. In other words, the Declaration of Independence as we know it was apparently not made official, but was only a cap-marked title. What’s being celebrated is the world dominance of the British Empire in a nation that believes itself to be privileged and free.

We can also look back a century ago to what took place while Pluto transited Capricorn’s polar opposite sign Cancer between 1914-1939 for more signs of what is coming full circle now. Peoples’ sentiments and vulnerabilities were played upon with blind patriotism. Millions of families were forced from their homes during the Great Depression and the onset of World War II.

Currently underway are yet new forms of dictatorship and slavery under the banner of progress, all designed to instill a false sense of hope and excitement that there are more options for people while their rights are being stolen from them left and right. On the menu or should I say agenda are more google gadget installations both seen and unseen, “medical” upgrades, and lo and behold – (probably) a female president. Women who are happy about Hillary must not realize that a big part of this joke is on them.

Something to touch upon at this point is that the Cancer/Capricorn axis is one that in addition to home security, ancestry, publicity, business and finance hierarchies, relates to gender role reversals. With the recent riots over gay rights, Bruce Jenner’s sex change into Caitlyn, and the upcoming first woman to appear on a US bill in over a century we have seen only a symbolic glimpse of where this may lead us as a society. A person’s sexual orientation is their own business and they should have the right to switch over if they choose. However, the growing transhumanism movement is one so utterly perverse that it takes a sexually abused species and seeks to further strip it of its very soul. Adding insult to injury we are asked to pay for its services. It is a set up for us to pay and pay with all we’ve got until there is nothing left of us but a shell, creating the perfect programmable robots that the overlords of society want us to be, to suit their own purposes.

Anniversaries of Betrayal

Equally if not more appalling in effects to a fake Declaration of Independence is the upcoming 29th anniversary of the discovery of a top secret document titled Silent Weapons for a Quiet War. It was dated May 1979, found on July 7, 1986, in an IBM copier that had been purchased at a surplus sale. This document was said to be adopted by the Policy Committee of the Bilderburg Group during its first known meeting in 1954.

As it turns out World War III has been happening right under our noses. Noteworthy and just as relevant now as it was at the time of discovery is the Primary Strategy of silent war, known as Diversion:

“Experience has proven that the simplest method of securing a silent weapon and gaining control of the public is to keep the public undisciplined and ignorant of basic systems principles on the one hand, while keeping them confused, disorganized, and distracted with matters of no real importance on the other hand.

This is achieved by:

(1) Disengaging their minds, sabotaging their mental activities, by providing a low quality program of public education in mathematics, logic, systems design, and economics, and by discouraging technical creativity.

(2) Engaging their emotions, increasing their self-indulgence and their indulgence in emotional and physical activities, by:

(a) unrelenting emotional affrontations and attacks (mental and emotional rape) by way of a constant barrage of sex, violence, and wars in the media – especially the T.V. and the newspapers.

(b) giving them what they desire – in excess – “junk food for thought” and depriving them of what they really need.

(3) Rewriting history and law and subjecting the public to the deviant creation, thus being able to shift their thinking from personal needs to highly fabricated outside priorities.

These preclude their interest in and discovery of the silent weapons of social automation technology.

The general rule is that there is profit in confusion; the more confusion, the more profit. Therefore, the best approach is to create problems and then offer the solutions.”

Just as with Columbus Day and all the rest of the globally bastardized and US constructed holy days we really should ask what the hell we are paying homage to. We should also have access to “alternative” sources of information that were excluded from grammar school history books. Supposedly America was named after the Italian explorer and financier Amerigo Vespucci for his discovery of the mainland of the “New World”…never mind that there were already natives here with their own language and ritual worship of a feathered sun god Amaru, from which the name Ameruca is derived, and according to Manly P. Hall means “Land of the Plumed Serpent”. It bears a striking similarity to the word America.

It’s no coincidence that so many commercialized holidays and political outbursts occur so close to the equinoxes and solstices. Note the Charleston shooting and rage against the Confederate flag just prior to the Summer Solstice. Hideous as that was, there is usually something horrific being sold to us in the guise of beneficence and goodwill, timed perfectly with powerful earth shifts to increase their impact and persuasiveness. We’re told enormously fabricated stories of what happened in the distant past, as well as recent news and how it all has brought us to the present (so traumatized and fascinated by past/future that now no longer exists), and we are expected to treat these tales with total honor and respect.

What Goes Around…

This week I saw Rob Breszney quote the philosopher Colin Wilson in an astro forecast, that struck a chord relating to the (largely) unawakened herd state of humanity:

“Man’s being is like a vast mansion, yet he seems to prefer to live in single room in the basement.”

We vote for the very powers that enslave us, until the veils of ignorance have been lifted from us whether by choice or divine and intervening grace. Things don’t have to keep getting worse but it’s almost like people we’re curious to see how bad they can get before we do something different. I know considering how corrupt things are in the world this sounds like an oversimplification but in my humble opinion that’s largely the way that karma works. If and when we each as spiritual beings recognize that we are experiencing a human if not illusory life, fragile and subject to every manner of manipulation though it may be, that is simultaneously a miracle of creation with untapped and infinite abilities and expressions of love and beauty…we would know that we are free. Our conscious choices, actions and results would then reflect our true freedom.

Flower Essences for the Signs

“To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”  – William Blake

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The flower essences spoken of here do not refer to those with a fragrance, but rather the energetic signatures of the flowers themselves which are imprinted into water by sunlight and then preserved, typically with brandy. Flower essences are taken internally to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances which, if left unchecked become manifest as illness in the physical body.

Dr. Edward Bach who was the major pioneer of Flower Essences in the modern age was well aware of the correlation between astrology, the chakras and both physical and psychological states. Although he was not informed or comfortable enough to expound upon the specific correlations of flower essences to the twelve zodiac signs, he mentioned their significance in his article Twelve Healers in 1933:

“These types of personality are indicated to us by the moon according to which sign of the Zodiac she is in at birth, and a study of this will give us the following points:

  1. The type of personality
  2. His object and work in life
  3. The remedy which will assist him in that work.

… the secret of life is to be true to our personality, not to suffer interference from outside influences. Our personality we learn from the position of the moon at birth; our dangers of interference from the planets”

Bach had produced 38 essences before his passing, and these essences have stood the test of time. The specific Twelve Healers that were highlighted in his article have been listed with corresponding Virtues and Faults. Their astrological counterparts were yet to be determined but many astrologers have since found their connections. Of course certain signs may share a need for the same essence.

Essence  Virtue Fault
Agrimony Stillness Torment
Scleranthus Steadfastness Indecision
Vervain Tolerance The Enthusiast
Clematis Gentleness Indifference
Chicory Love Congestion
Gentian Understanding Discouragement
Water Violet Joy Grief
Centaury Power The Doormat
Impatiens Forgiveness Pain
Cerato Wisdom The Fool
Rock Rose Courage Terror
Mimulus Sympathy Fear

Listed below are some of the most challenged and wounded areas of each sign along with corresponding flower essences and crystals to address their core issues. This is not to say that all people born under these signs struggle with all of these issues. They are the destructive tendencies and imbalances of each sign that may be present in people to various degrees, in various aspects of their lives, at various times. For that matter, the energy of all signs are present in all of us to some degree. One must take into consideration not only the Sun sign but also the Ascendant, Moon and other planetary positions and their aspects. There are also certain times in our lives represented by transits that these energies seem more strong and noticeable than others. Crystals and gems can be used to make essences too (called elixirs), or worn for similar effects. Essences and crystals can help with life transitions as well as shift stubborn, longstanding patterns. I intend to add to this list over time.

Astrological Emotional Challenges & Essences to Address Them

Aries/1st House/Mars

Negative patterns: Impulsiveness, combativeness, competitiveness, impatience. “Pushing the envelope”. The urge to try harder, do more, and do it fast. Accident-prone. Unconscious self-abuse. Alienation due to haste.

Healing Essences: Impatiens (Bach flower essences) to become more patient with self, others, and progress. Aloe Vera (FES) for balanced creative activity. Dandelion (FES) for dynamic and effortless activity with flexibility and balance. Tiger Lily (FES essences) for redirecting competitive energies and hostility. Heather (Bach) to move away from excessive self-absorption. Diamonds for overall healing, good feelings and protection. Labradorite for slowing down to smell the roses, trusting in the divine plan. Manganocalcite to foster gentleness with oneself and others.

Taurus/2nd House/Venus

Negative patterns: Fears of change – a need for certain things to remain exactly as they are. Fears of lack. Feelings of futility. Mistrustful of the compliments of others. Fears of failure, loss or deceit. Attachment to money or material objects.

Healing Essences: Star Thistle (FES) for generosity and inner abundance. Sagebrush (FES) for transformation and letting go. Cayenne (FES) ease of mobility and change. Bog Blueberry (Alaskan flower essences) for unconditional acceptance of abundance. Oregon Grape (FES) trust and positive expectation of good from others. Chestnut Bud (Bach flower essences) to learn a lesson and move on instead of repeating it like a broken record. Chicory (Bach) to love and accept others as they are. Star Ruby to lovingly inspire into “right” action. Roses of any kind, to encourage love, confidence and spiritual inspiration.

Gemini/3rd House/Mercury

Negative patterns: Anxiety. Mental restlessness. Impatience. Rationalization and overanalyzing. Disconnection from body and emotions. Bored easily. Difficulties concentrating. Uncertainty – this way or that way. Quick-tongued, difficulties listening. Fear of aging.

Healing Essences: White Chestnut (Bach essences) to quiet the monkey mind, allow for deeper sleep. Impatiens (Bach flower essences) to become more patient. Chrysanthemum (FES essences) to accept the process of aging and a higher spiritual identity. Jojoba (Desert Alchemy) for grounding and coping with the mundane aspects of life on Earth. Mountain Pennyroyal (FES) for mental integrity and psychic protection. Lavender (FES essences) to calm the spirit.  Aquamarine, to calm and positively alter the self-talk. Clear Calcite to clarify and uplift the mind.

Cancer/4th House/Moon

Negative patterns: Fear of criticism and rejection.  Insecurity – feeling unloved, unworthy, easily hurt or victimized. Fear of being ripped off. Hiding due to over-stimulation and a need to process. Inability to cope with reality. Intense grief. Worrywart tendencies – especially over loved ones. Strange phobias and nightmares.

Healing Essences: Cherry Plum (Bach essences) to regain a sense of poise and composure. Mimulus (Bach) to counteract excess fear and timidity. Honeysuckle (Bach) for being present. Red Chestnut (Bach essences) to care for others with calmness and trust. Chamomile (FES) for emotional balance. Fairy Lantern (FES) for emotional maturity. Gorse (Bach) faith and hope. Black Tourmaline to protect from harmful influences. Moonstones to help stabilize frantic or fluctuating emotions. Abalone shell, Mother of Pearl and actual Pearl to support intuitive faculties and stabilize emotionally.

Leo/5th House/Sun

Negative patterns: Need for reassurance and approval. Inferiority complex behind a proud or confidant demeanor. Conversely, overly shy & unwilling to share talents with the world due to underestimating oneself. Fear of scandal. Wounded pride. Destructive anger. Difficulties with self-reflection, honest self-appraisal and objectivity.

Healing Essences: Larch essence (Bach) to help overcome insecurities and let the true self shine. Willow essence (Bach) to increase flexibility and release crystallized emotions, which can result in heart ailments. Sunflower (FES) for balanced power and ego strength. Iris (FES) inspired artistry and creativity. Buttercup (FES) to radiate inner light, unattached to recognition. Water Violet (Bach) to counteract aloofness and to share oneself with the world. Sunstone to highlight and trust in one’s best qualities. Gold to enhance creative gifts and shine. Citrine for concentration and confidence.

Virgo/6th House/Mercury

Negative patterns: Perfectionism. Body-dysmorphia, self-hatred or extreme humility. Obsessed with flaws. Emotional detachment. Feeling of worthlessness and guilt. Self-sacrifice to the point of exhaustion and waste. Behaving in a subservient manner due to fear of one’s own personal power.

Healing Essences: Crab Apple (Bach) to release painful feelings of self-loathing which have become lodged in the body. Filaree  (FES essences) for a broad vision and wider perspective on daily events. Pine (Bach) to release guilt. Self-Heal (FES) for a vital, healthy sense of self. Larch essence (Bach flower essences) to boost confidence. Dogwood (FES) for grace-filled movement, physical and etheric harmony. Manganocalcite to feel joyfully loved and perfect as one is.  Aquamarine, to positively alter the self-talk. Rose Quartz for self-love and acceptance.

Libra/7th House/Venus

Negative patterns: Indecision. Procrastination and inertia due to self-doubt, waiting for the better answer, way or solution (fear of making mistakes). Distrust of own intuition. Difficulties drawing boundaries and saying No. Seeking opinions or approval from others before acting on personal conviction. People-pleasing. Fear of confrontations.

Healing Essences: Scleranthus (Bach) for resolve. Centaury (Bach essence) to just say No. Cerato (Bach essence) to trust intuition. Mountain Pride (FES) to connect with the spiritual warrior within, take action. Mullein (FES) to heed inner truth. Agrimony (Bach) for emotional honesty. Tansy (FES) for decisive action. Bleeding Heart (FES) for relating with unconditional love. Fire Opal for quick and effective decision-making and seeing the “bigger picture”. Blue Sapphire to bridge the spiritual realm with the physical body for equilibrium. Watermelon Tourmaline to balance male/female energies in heart center.

Scorpio/8th House/Pluto

Negative patterns: Paranoia. Guilt and turmoil. Pride easily wounded. Manipulative and vindictive when slighted, using subversive tactics to receive nurturing and/or attention. Envy, jealousy, and rage. Bottling emotions inside until they explode in misdirected ways. Projection.

Healing Essences: Pine essence (Bach) to release feelings of guilt and shame which cause stagnation in the aura and attract negative situations. Holly (Bach) for anger, hatred, and toxic emotions. Scarlet Monkeyflower (FES) for emotional honesty and shadow integration. Black Cohosh (FES) to release deep feelings of heaviness, darkness, and despair – healing from abuse. Tomato (Spirit-In-Nature essences) for psychic protection. Rose Quartz for self-love and ability to nurture the self. Rhodochrosite to heal the heart from effects of abuse, sexual and other. Rainbow Obsidian to see the beauty in all things and to prevent energetic burn-out.

Sagittarius/9th House/Jupiter

Negative patterns: Suppressing pain and sorrow behind a cheerful face. Seeking to please and be fun-loving, often at one’s personal expense. Fanaticism. Afraid to face emotions, feeling that deep feelings are too alien to deal with. Claustrophobia. Over-indulgence. Drug-abuse.

Healing Essences: Agrimony flower essence (Bach) for healing the inner torment hidden behind a happy face and naturally humorous nature. Orange (Spirit-In-Nature flower essences) to elevate a burdened mind. Calendula (FES) for healing and receptivity, imparting warmth through words. Larkspur (FES) for charismatic leadership in a joyful manner. Vervain (Bach) for tolerance and moderation. Cosmos (FES) to express truth and ideas with clarity. Beech (Bach) for more compassionate speech. Fire Agates and Fire Opal to increase intuition. Gold to enhance creative gifts and shine.

Capricorn/10th House/Saturn

Negative patterns: Self-criticism and austerity. Resentment and bitterness. Fear of failure. Fear of emotional vulnerability and betrayal. Separation from or over-identification with parents or family. Workaholic. A fear of one’s own strength and how it might hurt others.

Healing Essences: Oak (Bach) for a more balanced approach to work and play, to allow for more play and creativity when overworked. Scotch Broom (FES) for positive and optimistic feelings about the world and future events. Dill (FES) to experience the fullness of life. Mustard (Bach) for finding joy in life. Baby Blue Eyes (FES) for feeling at home in the world. Wild Oat (Bach) work with a sense of inner purpose. Zinna (FES) for playfulness and connecting with the inner child. Star Tulip (FES) to connect with dreams and higher worlds. Garnets for focus and success. Emeralds to keep the heart open and receptive to new possibilities.

Aquarius/11th House/Uranus

Negative patterns: Unsure how to channel the huge influx of creative and spiritual energies. Fear of being mediocre. Fear of social rejection. Need for dominance and control. Opinionated. Being “indispensable” in  order to gain love. A front of control covering up inner confusion or lack of self worth.

Healing Essences: Water Violet (Bach) to share the self with love, humility, and wisdom. Vine (Bach) to transform dominance into loving leadership. Shooting Star for cherishing one’s uniqueness while feeling connected to others. Sweet Pea (FES) for commitment to community and one’s place on Earth. Red Clover (FES) to say calm amidst mass hysteria. Quaking Grass (FES) Harmonious group work. Goldenrod (FES) inner sense of self balanced with group/social consciousness. Catulpa Tree (Featherhawk essences) to share self joyfully with others, also connect with higher realms. Purple Flourite for mental cleansing and spiritual attunement. Quartz Crystal for clarity.

Pisces/12th House/Neptune

Negative patterns: Fears of abandonment. Fears of exploitation and/or being used. Overstimulation and hyper sensitivity. Deep feelings of need for atonement. Martyrdom and self-sacrifice. Snuffing out painful emotions with drugs and alcohol. Escapism and addiction.

Healing Essences: Clematis (Bach essences) for manifesting inspiration in practical life. Mugwort (FES) to balance psychic activity. Shooting Star flower essence (Alaskan flower essences) to ease feelings of loneliness, loss, being out of place, to connect to higher realms. Pink Yarrow (FES) for appropriate emotional boundaries. California Poppy (FES) to connect with the spirituality and radiance in one’s own heart. Corn (FES) grounded presence, Earth alignment especially through feet. Chaparral (FES) balanced psychic awareness. Aquamarine, to gain access into thoughts behind emotions before they become further blocked. Black Tourmaline for grounding and psychic protection.

For a personalized flower essence report and essence blend contact me at starfire_healing@yahoo.com

Bibliography:

Flower Essence Repertory – by Patricia Kaminski

The Twelve Healers of the Zodiac – by Peter Damian

Bach Flower Therapy – by Mechthild Scheffer

The Healing Herbs of Edward Bach-  by Julian & Martine Barnard

Flower Essence Gem Report (Cosmic Patterns Software) – Gina Ronco

Virgo Moon Musings

The sign of Virgo, being ruled by Mercury and being a feminine, mutable earth sign pertains to things of the earth and physical body, and to their purification and preservation. While the moon transits this sign and particularly when she reaches fullness in this sign as she is doing now and March 5th, it benefits us to pay special attention to both the needs of the earth body and our own health.

Virgo is symbolized by the Virgin, or Angel that holds a sheaf of wheat. This indicates a gathering of material needs, while also maintaining a level of purity or in some cases spirituality. The greatest fulfillment in this sign is found in being of service to others. Who can we help this day or this week, with or without them knowing of our aid?

Virgo has a tendency to be self-critical and prone to perfectionism, so we should look for ways to loosen up if we are being too hard on ourselves or expecting too much from others at this time. This is the perfect time for a make-over of body, home, or land, applying such techniques as Feng Shui to improve the flow of qi in a place of work or residence.

Water is very important to this sign – to drink, cleanse with, and bathe in. Perhaps it is just stagnant energy that needs clearing from your space, and a bit of smoke from pine resin, sage, or frankincense could do the trick. Remember to hold an intention and give thanks while using any herbs.

There are mundane and mystical aspects to each sign, and for Virgo the highlights would include such activities as:

  • nursing & caregiving
  • organizing
  • purification rituals
  • green witchery & herb magic
  • tending animals
  • Feng Shui

I found it hilarious and timely that a friend sent me the following link today regarding “Fairy Control” in Somerset to bring order to a profusion of fairy and elfin homes that have been cropping up. The Feng Shui thing is not limited to humans! It of course includes homes for other animals and of course Fairies ;)

I love the work of Sally Smith who has created many elegant Fairy Houses and has photo image calendars available:

 

Goddess Iris, messages and review

Yerevan:

Mercury goes Direct on February 11th, since turning Retrograde on January 21st.

Originally posted on Readings by Yerevan:

Goddess Iris, by Josephine Wall

To get an idea of how best to work with Mercury and the “Retrograding” of this planet (Mercury will be Retrograde from August 2nd to 26th 2011), we can dig into the mythology of the character it is named after. Doing so may help to understand the effects that the Retrograde cycle has upon the earth plane and those in it. This can be a productive time if we realize what we are working with, instead of ignorantly trying to push against it. Most of the planetary influences correlate very closely with the mythology of the deities that the planets were named after. Mercury has basic “rulership” over the following three things: The Mind, Travel, and Communication.  Many subcategories fall under these three categories, which would take too long to list and explain here.

I’d like to compare the feminine messenger of the gods to…

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moon goddess

may the moon goddess bring you inspiration…

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Full Moon in Cancer 2015

In this Full Moon January 4th at 14 degrees of Cancer there is a heightening of feelings, memories and lunacy, as many have been experiencing its energy in waves all week, leading up to a giant emotional outpour over the past couple of days. None of it’s random though, as many people have plenty of reasons to cry.

It is also no wonder that moods are intense when we see the T-square being formed between the Full Moon’s opposition with Pluto and square to Uranus and the South Node, which in another sense creates a Grand Cardinal square, including the nodal axis. Pluto’s conjunction with the Sun and the asteroid Vesta in Capricorn bring us in close touch with the mighty forces and powers that exert an influence over us, particular in ways that seem out of our control. Pluto’s ongoing square with Uranus just amplifies what the collective has already experiencing these past couple of years and what the whole is just beginning to realize in terms of just how screwed up our ecosystem and our economy appears to be right now. How long can we keep it up before an explosion occurs unlike any we or any of our recent ancestors have experienced?

Vesta, the goddess of the hearth reminds us there is a time to go inward for the answers, tend our own flames, do our own homework and basically mind our own spiritual business unless other people ask for our help. Getting in someone’s face to try and correct them on something they are doing or tell them they are personally wrong about they choose to believe, wear, or eat (no matter how right, high and holy someone thinks they are) does not make the world a better place – it just makes the one who’s telling look like a jackass, and probably pisses the recipient off. We have enough of that kind of behavior going on and that’s a major part of the problem with the way things are.

Jules_Joseph_Lefebvre_-_Diana_-_1879With Uranus conjunct the South Node in 2014, now being squared by the Full Moon in 2015 we’re definitely being asked to let some things go, whether they be actual things, ideas or people, and in many cases that will come as a relief. Good riddance already.

This Full Moon and this month are highlighting for us the mental and/or emotional completions that we need to make before we can move on with our outer goals and activities with the greatest effectiveness.

The restorative qualities of Nature can help us regroup and sort out our jumbled thoughts. If stuck in a city, it could help to connect more consciously with the closest park, potted plants or even the night sky. Ideally we can set our bare feet on the earth or listen to her waves crash upon the shore. We can curl up in a cozy ball of something and gaze at the moon’s fullness and begin to empty our mind even if for a few moments, or at least find our way out of its maze.

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.

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