In concert with other recent posts that feature “death” breathing heavily just over our left shoulder, this one is spot on. YES! Grab hold of the upcoming final Uranus/Pluto square — and its attendant Equinox/Eclipse energies — embrace its explosive fury, direct it to shatter all the stuck fragments of ego that have been sticking in our hearts for years, generations, centuries. Then . . .
“Get ready for the rush of power when you do.”
March 9, 2015
by Jessica Murray
It’s the perfect time to look death in the eye.Right now, Pluto and Uranus are leaning in so close we can practically feel their breath.1Sparks from the Aries and Leo transits are practically singeing our eyebrows2.
If we’re feeling bold enough to look death in the eye, first of all we get ourselves centered. Then we identify our most deeply entrenched fears — the ones that make our innards contract just thinking about them (Pluto). We single out our most life-draining habits.
Then we face them, one by one, in a flash of radical, liberating honesty (Uranus). We mentally raise our hand, as at a 12-step meeting, and say that we’re having a hard time getting free of these energies. We ask Uranus and Pluto for help.
These are just the right planets for the job, and it’s just the right moment to invoke them. The veils between their world and ours are very thin. The powers of demolition are restive. It’s a matter of directing them to what needs eliminating.
The Universe will be taking attendance on the Equinox, March 20, a solar eclipse. Let’s send up a signal that we’re present and accounted for. On the Pluto station of April 16thwe can request a signal back.
Let us do this collectively, too. Right now, while the air churns with emergency, let us confront the fact that our Earth is in fatal peril. A ceremony of recognition is called for. Calling a spade a spade.
What is required here is a solemn acknowledgement of the enormity of what’s happening. We’re not praying for salvation or pleading for a fix. We’re not rushing in prematurely with “But what can I do”-type questions. We are simply making a commitment to seeing clearly.
Call it a truth break. Like the trench soldiers during the Christmas Truce of 1914, who decided, then and there in the Flanders mud, to stop shelling each other for one brief, miraculous moment, let’s make time this month to turn off the devices, quiet the distractions, and set aside a couple of minutes to be with reality, the overweening reality of our lifetimes: that the world is in a state of catastrophe.
We each have our own idea about what the most pressing issues are. The environment, the global economy, the seasdying from acidification, the fifty million refugees from the world’s battle zones; take your pick, each one of them deserves to be at the top of the list.
But the meditation I’m proposing is not about listing global crises, nor is it any kind of mental exercise. It’s a psycho-spiritual exercise, and it has to be done before we search for solutions or choose behaviors, if such things are to have a ghost of a chance of working.
To look death in the eye3, in this context, means sitting for a bare moment in consideration of the state of the world,4 without distancing ourselves through analysis, without recoiling in despair.
In pondering the world moment, feelings of anguish or fear must certainly come up. But to focus upon these feelings – to indulge them, to make the exercise about them — is to miss the point.
The point is to make a declaration that we choose to respond, rather than react, to life — as it is, here and now. It is a solemn promise not to sleepwalk through the rest of our tenure on Earth.
If we believe that everything is connected, it follows that the responsibility for the world situation is shared. So in our prayer we are not blaming others, nor dumping global horrors in the laps of the gods. Neither are we hoisting them, martyr-like, upon our own shoulders.
To look death in the eye, in this spirit, is a small symbolic gesture of huge spiritual significance. We are taking responsibility for having incarnated when and where we did. We are telling our soul that we haven’t forgotten it. We are recommitting to its purpose.
The astrology of the past three years has squeezed into unmistakable public visibility the eco-/genocidal course the world is on.
One of the more obvious developments is the explosion of inequality in the distribution of Earth’s resources. While two billion people on our planet now live on less than $2 a day, by next year the richest 1 per cent will own fully half of the world’s wealth.
Over the course of Pluto’s tenure in Capricorn, many of the old-fashioned principles by which modern civilization used to define itself have eroded. At this point in the devolution process, for example, in the higher echelons of American society “honesty is now a professional and financial liability”4(as on Wall Street, in 2008 and since). From a moral point of view these trends are appalling; from a practical point of view, they are untenable. Even sober economic theorists are calling the situation a time bomb.
Another contender for the Most Dystopian Trend award is the desecration of land, water and air in the scramble to extract the last of the fossil fuels. Fuel from death, to symbolize an age that is dying. A friend of mine writes from Abu Dhabi:
I went to the oil industry exhibition this week. There were thousands of fat middle-aged men, looking unhappy. I sat drinking a cup of coffee provided by Oxy Petroleum, surrounded by expensive machinery for making holes in the Earth. The flow of people was like the flow of thousands of ants, players in a mad drama. Most are alienated cogs in the system, wanting to believe that the overpaid men on the boards of Total, BP, Exxon, Chevron and Shell know what they are doing. The rising temperatures, freak weather events and droughts are not real to these folks. What is real is their shiny machinery, the complex computer software, and the conviction that the oil will never run out.
Here is where we exercise choice. We can live in denial, or we can choose to be a clear-eyed witness to what’s happening. This takes courage, of which Jupiter, Mars and Uranus are giving us an enormous surge right now. Courage engages the Law of Correspondences, through which we start attracting truth and truth-tellers.
Let’s remember that to be informed is not the same thing as “being negative.” Let’s not insult awareness by calling it “pessimism.” All sentient beings know that the ghastly imbalances going on in the world right now are unsustainable. They contain the seeds of their own destruction. To look death in the eye is to concede the obvious.
The old order is dying. We know this not just from world events but from our gut instinct. And we have heard it in the prophecies: the ancient lore about this era we live in, legends that tell of a momentous return of the macro-wheel, a return to balance.
The fact that balance will be restored is not in question; that is Natural Law. The question is whether humanity will shake off the old consciousness in time to avoid the extreme chaos of the transitional phase: the phase between now and when the new paradigm kicks in. But there is no outside agency –“society,” “They” — that will determine this. Only we will. We, as individuals, will create or fail to create a life-affirming future.
To affirm life we must look death in the eye. Get ready for the rush of power that arises when you do.
1 Pluto is exactly squaring Uranus right now, exact to the minute of arc on the 16th & 17th.
2 Mars and Venus in Aries T-square Uranus & Pluto exactly March 4th -11th.
3 Ancient tribes had rituals of this nature. Discussed in my webinar on Pluto.
4 Consideration means to be in alignment with (con) the stars (sider), or living through the center of our chart.
5 “…you make more money by being crooked and destructive than you do by being productive and honest.” Predator Nation, Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America, by Charles H Ferguson
Peshawar refugee camp: Steve McCurry
Blaming God: Zack Hunt