We're Surrounded

9 May 2004

BdF6     original art by
    Bryan de Flores

           We got behind last weekend, but it was well worth it, the RJStewart Inner Contacts workshop was wonderful - very deep but quite mellow.   He's a talented fellow, highly recommended.   Along with a coupla Findhorn founders, he'll be headlining the 4th Annual Fairy and Human Relations Congress in Hood River Oregon at the end of next month (http://www.fairycongress.com/2004.htm).

           It's a big job, but lets see if we can review and integrate everything that's going on.

           First, the review.   The timing of all these events is in {jbull} Maytimes.

           10. Chiron's now been on retreat for a week; see Chiron below.   In a word or two, we're picking out whatever victim roles we identified with after 9/11, and releasing them so we can come more into our power.

           9. Uranus recently initiated Vesta, which will bring us back to our spiritual center (see {jbull} Gethsemane).

           8. The Ceres-Juno cycle is culminating (see Ceres-Juno below), a cycle about the edge between self-respect and self-improvement that we been working with since 1962.

           7. We just had an Total Lunar Eclipse at the spot (see {jbull} Fifteen) where the Veil thins most, suggesting that over the next 18 months the 1/1/2000 chart's prophesy of the Tearing of the Veil - where we "o'erleap the psycho-physical threshold altogether" as Claude Bragdon puts it [van Gelder p.x] - will be prominent.

           6. Jupiter finished a retreat just at the Eclipse, ({jbull} Fifteen), implying that detachment of the ego will be emphasized in the next 18 months as well, which is very lucky, cuz it'll make the Tearing of the Veil much less painful.

           5. The Vesta-Jupiter cycle, which is partly correlated with the increasing gap between the haves and havenots, is culminating and will soon begin to decline.   See Vesta-Jupiter below.

           4. The Ceres-Chiron cycle is peaking, and the make-believe nature of American Imperialism peaking with it.   See Ceres-Chiron below.

           3. The Pallas-Jupiter cycle is beginning to decay, asking us to face the difference between our values and our moral judgements.   See Pallas-Jupiter below.

           2. The Vesta-Pallas cycle is moving into the decay stage, signalling the beginning of the end of religious wars, though it may take the rest of the decade to wind down.   See Vesta-Pallas below.

           1. Last but not at all least, Neptune and Juno and Venus are all stationary, slowing to begin retreats together on 17 May (see {jbull} Heavy Week).   Spirit, Commitment, and Heart, all trundling off together to the spa, leaving us to stew in our still-Void relationship and manifestation juices.   More about this as the week goes by.   During her retreat, Venus does her rare dance with the face of the Sun.

           The overall context, recall, is that 2004 is the Void year for relationships and manifestation skills, as we release everything that has served us in that regard since the 60s, in preparation to receive new strategies that will see us through to the 2030s (see {jbull} Perfect Pictures).   Big stuff, empty yer locker, let go of all yer expectations and desires, make room for something far better.

           So how we gonna integrate all that? Certainly not intellectually, we dont have enough bandwidth for that.   We're gonna hafta do it experientially.   Go ahead, take a coupla weeks, no pressure.   Just remember, confusion is good, it signifies the beginning of growth.

           One other issue of note - the US elections occur shortly after two grand quintiles appear in the sky (http://www.asteria.freeserve.co.uk/grandquint/).   Whatsa Grand Quintile and whatsit bode for the future of Imperialism and Global Community?   We'll hafta talk about that, but later.


           The station of Chiron means that the last two weeks were dominated by Chiron energy, and we can learn about Chiron by recalling the dominant theme or two in our lives, especially the last week of April.   Feels like major healing transformations to me.   Once we shift from resisting a synergy to embracing it, healing is assured, we dont even have to worry about it, it just happens.   I noticed several shifts like that in my life last week and over the weekend.   The Chiron station will also much strengthen the Chiron-Uranus novile that we spoke of earlier ({jbull} Gethsemane).

           The Chiron retreat spans 21-27 Capricorn, and its shadow period spans 22 January through 7 January 2005 - very close to the remainder of the Venus-Mars debriefing period ({jbull} Perfect Pictures), in time.   The retreat itself lasts till 27 September. Cap 21-27 is much of the Virgo decanate of Capricorn; Chiron began its Capricorn adventure in early December 2001, and spent till Christmas 2002 in the Cap decanate of Cap.   That period would have defined the practical elements of our healing.   That would have been a germinal time - spend a few minutes thinking about any victim roles you encountered during 2002, any issues that arose then and asked to be healed, and any healing modalities you discovered then.

           We would have developed and clarified substitutes for those roles, healing for those issues, and our skills with those modalities, during Chiron's transit of the Taurus decanate, from Christmas 2002 through mid-January 2004.   Now in the Virgo decanate we begin to disseminate what we've learned - tell people about it, and start expanding it into other areas of our life.   It's intriguing that Chiron does not back across decanate lines during its transit of Cap, probably because it's so recently out of its initiation by Pluto that it aint messing around, it's just going for it.   The Chiron-Pluto initiation, recall, was just a few hours shy of the change of centuries, at 12 Sadge, "The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestations" [Rudhyar 1973 p.216].

           The retreat itself was at 27 Cap, "The ascent of the individualized consciousness to the highest realizations reached by the spiritual leaders of its culture" [Rudhyar 1973 p.246].   No wonder everyone's reporting exhaustion!   Whatever planets you got between 21 and 27 of Cap (or Libra or Aries or Cancer), you've already been stripped of any excuses you've been making for not taking full responsibility for the synergy they represent.   That's responsibility, not blame - remember the difference?   Frinstance, if it was yer Pallas in those degrees, you probably been through some exercises in the ways you dont take responsibility for defending what you value.   If yer conscious that this is going on, you've completed the difficult work, the rest is review and practice of new alternatives.


           We're deep into the culmination of this Ceres-Juno cycle, and Saturday's opposition was only one of many.   Ceres-Juno might be about the ways we feel and show Gratitude for the Planet, and the ways we identify with "the Matrix."   This Ceres-Juno cycle was initiated in June 1962 at 10 of Cancer, "A large diamond not completely cut" [Jones p.248].   So it could well be this Ceres-Juno cycle which corresponds to the profound change we're seeing in our attitude toward our "dominion" over our fellow travelers.   We may after all be willing to leave the gem partially in its natural state.   The oppositions between these two, which would vividly demonstrate our Gratitude or lack of it, began in 1993 and run through 2022 - they repeat for so long because these two 'roids move at very similar speeds, or because hupers are so hidebound that they need repeated remedial demonstrations, you choose.


           Vesta-Jupiter's a five-year cycle about how well we serve our internal notion of the sacred and therefore how Abundant we allow ourselves to be.   This isn't about retribution or karma, it's just about self-esteem and all its implications for recognizing validation and being willing to receive gifts.   The cycle is now culminating.   Jupiter initiated Vesta on 12 July 2002 at 26 Cancer, the degree about "social privilege" leading to cultivation of the intellect [Rudhyar 1973 p.127].   That of course is the flipside of egalitarianism.   The next cycle begins on 30 August 2007 at 11 Sadge - "In the left section of an archaic temple, a lamp burns in a container shaped like a human body" [Rudhyar 1973 p.216].


           The Ceres-Chiron cycle initiated 21 January 2001 at 25 Sadge, "A chubby boy on a hobby-horse," which Rudhyar sees as about sexuality and power and imagination [Rudhyar 1973 p.224] - though he doesn't address the chubby part.   When was Dubya inaugurated?   The day before.   "I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater justice and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well," he said that day.   The Ceres-Chiron cycle is about how our Planet is victimized by our greed, and how our egos are victimized by Her necessity.   The current cycle is at it's waning square at the November election, but the next cycle isn't initiated till 19 March 2006 at 8 Aqua, "Beautifully gowned wax figures on display" [Rudhyar 1973 p.253] - dont promise much improvement on the integrity front, do it.   Turns out duality is a heuristic, so those of us hoping to eventually graduate will be disappointed.


           The Pallas-Jupiter waning square occurs 10 May, signalling the decay of this cycle, which by and large is about exuberance or overexuberance in defending one's values.   The waning square, in the best of circumstances, would be a time to recognize that what one originally defended as values are actually closer to protections against fear and loathing.   The nature of a value is that it must be defended only when it is persecuted, since a value is a preference, not a moral judgement.   The idea of proactively defending one's values is actually the persecution.   This cycle initiated on 4 May 1998 at 21 Pisces, "A little white lamb, a child, and a Chinese servant" [Jones p.321].   There's a loss of innocence implied here, as well as some budding consciousness about racism and power dynamics.


           The Vesta-Pallas waning square occurs on 16 May, marking the beginning of the end of this cycle, which began 27 June 1993 at 12 Pisces.   Pisces 12 is the reverse rootile, the "examination of initiates" [Jones p.311] that we discussed at length in {jbull} Hither and Yon.   The worst side of Vesta-Pallas is the contest of religions, as each party feels a need to defend their sacred service because the sacred service of the other offends their moral judgements.   It'll be a fine day when this "mystery school" gets finished.   The next initiation isn't till 17 May 2011, so this cycle will take a while to die.   The next one begins at 16 Aqua, "A big-business person at their desk" [Jones p.285].   Let's hope it aint an arms merchant again.   Isn't there something we can do to stop that ancient drama?