New: Monthly Symbol – Chrysanthemum for November (updated)

I´m starting a new play choosing a monthly symbol.

The first monthly symbol is for November and it is Chrysanthemum, a Scorpio flower and also generally referred to as November birth flower.

Chrysanthemum Meanings at Symbolic Meanings by Avia

Here is my earlier post about Chrysanthemum including a link to other Zodiac flower meanings:

Some Thoughts on Scorpio and Flower Astrology

From now on you can find the monthly symbol on the right sidebar as well.

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Image: Chrysanthemums BY AUDREY from Central Pennsylvania, USA /Wikimedia commons

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New Blog Theme

I have changed the theme (visual appearance) of my blog today and might still do some more fine tuning by time.

I hope everything is easy to find. The sidebar is on the left side now, but it has the same order as it used to. Later I´ll find out how to make the home page for this theme (or if it´s possible), in the meantime just click the site title “Soul Fields” on the left to navigate back to the stream of posts.

I send you all my love and continuous  gratitude.  I´m also very happy for all the new followers this blog has been receiving.

In the spirit of graceful changes,

Deelia

“Astrodienst, astro.com: Graceful changes

Valid during many months: This influence represents an excellent opportunity for you to make changes in your emotional life and personal surroundings, such as your home. And you can make these changes without causing great problems and upsets, as might be the case at other times…

Events may present you with opportunities to experience your emotions in a new way. You may begin a new relationship that will bring feelings you have never had before. A love relationship that begins under this influence will have a wonderful excitement that may be missing at other times. Existing relationships may also change so that they, too, allow you new emotional experiences.

A situation may occur that brings up an event from the past so that you can examine it in a new light and change your attitudes toward it. By understanding the past differently, you will be able to change its effect upon you…

Take advantage of this opportunity to make graceful changes in your personal life. Now it will be easy to get rid of unconscious attitudes, habits and routines that will be much harder to get rid of later on.”

Uranus trine Moon,  activity period mid-May 2014 until beginning of January 2016

 

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Poem: Ceres Conjunct Saturn

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Saturn – Father Time –
is thinking about
his lessons:
By time I have
surely learned
that there is perfection
in imperfection,
learned to value myself
and others
just as we are
with no conditions.

There are no mistakes in life,
only lessons, I know.
Hmm, I  play fair,
I appreciate my
ability to commit and
my care for detail,
nowadays also giving
flexibility its space.
I appreciate my
patience of letting
things mature
from the seeds to their
full blooms,
I give space for sudden
shifts as well.
I know when I´m
being overly loyal,
and overly responsible.
And I recognize when
I´m being too
critical and hard
on myself
and on others.
I know when to let go.

Something soft is
approaching,
gently interrupting
these deep
thoughts:

– Welcome Ceres,
is your offer to rub
my shoulders
still valid,
Saturn asks.
– Sure, smiles
Ceres,
I love to
nurture you.
Would you like
some orange
juice, too?

– Deelia ©

 

Image: The Father Time card from the Visconti-Sforza Tarot deck / Wikimedia Commons

A Little Study: The Basics of the Asteroids in Astrology

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Several years ago I took a closer look at the asteroids and their astrological meanings among other things by studying the natal charts of my friends. I have found a text I had collected from the Internet back then and am drawn to share it here. None of it is of my own writing. The links I had collected the information from are listed in the article. So, what follows is the basics of astrological meanings of the asteroids focusing on Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Eros, Chiron and Lilith. (Chiron is included in addition to the “goddesses”, because of my personal special and even earlier interest in it.)

This book was the most quoted and recommended at that time: Demetra George (with Douglas Bloch) (1986) Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine

You can take a look at your own asteroid positions here: www.astro.com (Home page)Extended chart selections

The mythologies – how they apply to our lives – shift as we shift.

Part 1: The Asteroids – New Agents of Planetary and Personal Transformation

http://www.btinternet.com/~seamaid/asteroidsintro.htm

“From a historical perspective the discoveries, naming and recognition of planetary bodies has coincided with leaps in the evolution of human consciousness and corresponding cultural changes.

For example, just before and after the discovery of Uranus, planet of equality and freedom in 1871, man witnessed the American and French Revolutions. When Neptune, planet of mysticism and illusion was discovered in 1846, idealistic movements such as transcendentalism and spiritualism emerged. In 1930 with the sighting of Pluto, planet of mass transformation, the awakening of a sense of collective welfare and the Dawning of the Atomic Age brought humanity face to face with a choice of life or death. The discovery of each outer body indicated that humanity was ready to activate and integrate the archetypal principle inherent in the mythology of that planet. The same process is occurring through the discovery of the asteroids.

The asteroids, a belt of planetary bodies largely between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, were discovered in the early 1880’s. The first four sighted were named after the great goddesses of antiquity: Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno and Vesta. Mythologically, these goddesses were co-equivalent in rank with the gods Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto as Vesta, Ceres and Juno were the three sisters of these gods. Pallas Athene was birthed from the head of Zeus.

Symbolically, these asteroids represent aspects of the archetypal feminine principle that are now emerging into mass consciousness. An archetype is a universal thought form, prototype, primordial pattern, deeply imprinted in the collective human psyche.

Before the use of the asteroids, the only significators of the feminine in traditional chart interpretation were the Moon and Venus. The socially acceptable roles for women were the Moon as mother and Venus as mate. Ceres, Pallas Athene, Juno and Vesta represent new voices of the dormant feminine recently activated and now demanding power, recognition, justice and equality in our society.

It is important to emphasise that this phenomenon is not solely limited to women. The awakening of new aspects of feminine expression has had an equally profound effect on men. As women are altering their traditional role expression, men are developing new responses to the transformed woman. Old patterns are no longer acceptable, and new sets of expectations and roles are now required of them.

In the past men had projected their feminine qualities of emotion, nurturance and sensitivity onto women. With the recent activation of the feminine centres represented by the asteroids, men have been pressured and encouraged to both ~own~ and develop these qualities.”

Part 2: Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Eros, Chiron and Lilith

Sources:

http://www.bobmarksastrologer.com/Ceres21.1.html
http://www.astro.com/astrology/in_lilith_e.htm
http://209.85.135.104/search?q=cache:_VFQdjz_3XoJ:www.fatewatch.com/women/vesta.htm+vesta+in+cancer&hl=fi&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=fi
http://www.neptunecafe.com/Ceres.html#anchor_12951
http://members.wizzards.net/~magyan/asteroids.htm
http://www.aquamoonlight.co.uk/asteroids.html
http://goddess.astrology.com/pallas/index.html
http://www.astrotheme.com/celebrites/pallas_signes.htm
http://visforvirgo.tribe.net/thread/4af827d9-84f6-4920-a06d-dd1c52592db5
http://www.astrologycom.com/aster.html
http://www.cafeastrology.com/sexualastrologyeros.html
http://www.angelfire.com/az/zodiacenterprises/LILART.html
http://solar_a_w_e_f.tripod.com/starsforever/id6.html
http://tribes.tribe.net/darkmoongoddesslilith/thread/9e767733-ecfc-4517-a573-bd8eb6550cb3

In short:

“Ceres shows your capacity to nurture and what you really care about.
Juno clarifies how you deal with committed personal relationships (like marriage).
Vesta‘s placement in the horoscope shows where and how we can be dedicated, where we can focus our energies to the greatest effect. Vesta can give your keys to how you express your sexuality.
Pallas Athena represents strength and wisdom. It can show your approach to solving problems creatively.
Eros describes the nature of erotic love.
Chiron gives clues to where you can be a mentor or a healer. Plus where you might need healing yourself.
Lilith: A little-known element in astrology charts, Lilith is known as the “dark Moon” and, as such, represents our “dark” or hidden emotional selves. By making peace with and embracing our own darkest emotions, we can integrate ourselves.

Ceres: Ceres in the Signs shows our nurturing style and the types of things that make us feel nurtured. Ceres in the Houses shows where we are most likely to express our nurturing side and also where we can best receive nurturing.

The asteroid Ceres is called the Great Mother asteroid. She is also called Demeter [mythologically the mother of Persephone]. She represents unconditional love, the relationships between parents and children, and all the issues of devotion, attachment, separation, loss and grief. She also rules agriculture, productivity, nurturing, nourishing and caring. She is associated with issues of self-worth.

Ceres is an incredibly powerful archetype with a wide range of useful interpretations. In the personal horoscope Ceres shows how we take care of others, as well as how we take care of ourselves. Ceres is our Inner Mother, and is especially concerned about eating habits and the other ways that we physically grow our personal lives.

Pallas Athene: Pallas (the Roman name for the Greek Athena) shows our ability to recognize patterns, to arrange and re-arrange things.

Joan of Arc, Xena, Wonder Woman and Sigourney Weaver’s characters — these figures are all aspects of Pallas Athene.

She is both the Warrior Woman and the Peaceful General, representing strength and wisdom. Following her example, we find our inner courage and strength and know that we will survive life’s challenges. Our confidence in our abilities, our creativity and resourcefulness in times of crises, and our level of physical coordination depend in part upon this asteroid’s position in our birth charts.

Pallas or Pallas Athena or Pallas Athene, also known as Minerva, is associated with wisdom and intuition. Brought in with these attributes are those of logic and applied strategy. It is also creative of original thought, showing artistic ability. Pallas also rules the relationship between father and daughter.

Pallas Athene is said to have emerged full grown from the brow of Zeus, her father. Her glyph is that of a shield, indicating her role as warrior/goddess. As such, she is protectress of the state and upholder of justice. Her other roles are goddess of wisdom and intelligence, healer, patroness of the arts and promoter of professional excellence.

Juno: Juno in the horoscope gives an indication of the kind of marriage partner that we need and will get. Juno clarifies how we deal with committed personal relationships.

Juno defines where we seek commitment, harmony and balance. It helps understand where we balance the need for commitment and intimacy with personal freedom and can help you identify the kind of marriage partner you attract or how you perceive their qualities. In many ways it explains our own behavior within committed relationships and the path we walk to bring physical expression towards spiritual understanding within the union.

Vesta: Vesta’s placement in the horoscope shows where and how we can be dedicated, where we can focus our energies to the greatest effect. But it also shows where, periodically, we have to withdraw and “recharge our batteries.”

Vesta also has an effect on our sexuality, but it is not the raw, animal drive of Mars or Pluto. It is more of a reasoned choice, which is in tune with Vesta’s affinity with the sign of Virgo.
Vesta, also known as Hestia, is associated with spiritual truth and cultural values. Known as the “keeper of the flame” exuding warmth and good feeling, she was Goddess of the Hearth. It is indicative of personal integration, like an old soul being happiest in surroundings that have stood the test of time, where the home fires have been kept burning so to speak. It is comfortable, yet there for a purpose.

Wherever Vesta falls in the birthchart will show the area in which we are most likely to be committed to a purpose.

Vesta defines where and how you see your mission and truth in your life and world. It is where you are the Guardian of the Sacred Flame and where you rely on your inner sense of the Goddess and self reliance. It is connected with sexuality and healing and inspires your willingness to focus on your own spiritual and inner causes. Vesta is dedication, focus and spiritual commitments.

Eros: describes the nature of erotic love. Where Eros rules in the astrological chart—by sign, house and aspects—marks our beliefs, orientation and experiences of erotic love.

The Asteroid Eros can shed some light on some of our erotic turn-ons. In mythology, Eros was the god of sexual love and desire. He was considered irresistible. In Roman mythology, Eros was known as Cupid. “In Greek art Eros was depicted as a winged youth, slight but beautiful, often with eyes covered to symbolize the blindness of love. Sometimes he carried a flower, but more commonly the silver bow and arrows, with which he shot darts of desire into the bosoms of gods and men.”

Eros overpowers the mind with love and sex. Eros represents sexual objectification, passion and desire, and creativity.

Chiron: Chiron gives clues to where you can be a mentor or a healer. My mark: plus where you might need healing yourself.

Chiron is a knowledge holder who transmits higher teachings either as an outer teacher (Saturn) or as an inner teacher or spirit guide (Uranus). Embodying the archetype of “the wounded healer”, Chiron stresses the importance of going within to find an answer – and then sharing it with others.

In education, music and medicine, Chiron unites the body and mind, instinct and intellect. His ancient teachings are now resurfacing through the advent of holistic health and education.

Chiron’s placement in the horoscope indicates one’s experience of the wound that does not heal, (or the wound that does not seem to heal, because although an important lesson may be learned through dealing with it, the wound seems to spiral around with another lesson on a deeper level).

Chiron represents one’s experience of woundedness and the nature of the wound. Second, by coming to terms with suffering through an acceptance of one’s mortality, one arrives at a greater state of wholeness or healing. Third, Chiron shows how one comes into one’s own as an elder or mentor who can provide healing and guidance to others. Thus Chiron also astrologically indicates the ways and means with which you can guide others, as well as the kind of mentoring and healing you seek for yourself.

Lilith (= Dark Moon): A little-known element in astrology charts, Lilith is known as the “dark Moon” and, as such, represents our “dark” or hidden emotional selves. By making peace with and embracing our own darkest emotions, we can integrate ourselves. Lilith is one of the keys in astrology which can help us attain that goal.

The Dark Moon describes our relationship to the absolute, to sacrifice as such, and shows how we let go. In transit, the Dark Moon indicates some form of castration or frustration, frequently in the areas of desire, a powerlessness of the psyche, or a general inhibition. On the other hand, it shows where we question ourselves, our lives, our jobs, and our beliefs. I (Liz Greene) feel this is important, since it gives us the opportunity to “let go” of something. The Dark Moon shows where we can let the Whole flow into our selves, without putting an “I” in the way, without putting up a wall in the form of ego. At the same time, it doesn’t indicate passivity – on the contrary – it symbolizes the firm will to be open and trusting, to let the Greater World flow through one, relying entirely on the great laws of the universe, on that which we name God. To prepare us for this opening, the Dark Moon creates a necessary void.

Relationships that carry Lilith energy are initiatory, soul to soul, a deeper opening of the center, where our personal and impersonal experience emerges. Remember the Black moon is self-centered illusions for the purpose of purging negative desires, leading to deeper truth within our hearts, as the longing and yearning of our souls.”

 

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Poem: Pallas Athena

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Pallas Athena,
goddess of divine wisdom
and strength,
lend me your balancing faith
living in authenticity
blending intuition
with logic
leading to
liberation
from distracting
illusions.

May fair play,
natural as that,
on the earth plane
rule.
Derived
from the
timelessness
the energy
of our best future
I wear.
Remembering
the brightest of
probable futures
I now step into it.

– Deelia ©

 

Related: A Little Study: The Basics of the Asteroids in Astrology

 

Photo: Deelia

September Super Moon

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This photo is a sample from my walk with the magical, enchanting almost full Super Moon yesterday evening, ending up moon bathing by the sea. Although the photo is not technically very qualified, I chose it, because of its fascinating mystical atmosphere, which I am not able to better describe in words. Its energy talks to me beyond my physical presence.

Here is a great article concerning this September Super Moon and other current astrologies:

Gray Crawford: Super Pisces Full Moon

 

Photo: Deelia

Embracing the Winds of Change by Christine Page

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New Dawn Magazine / December 21, 2012

“Phew! I’m so pleased that’s over! Yes, labour was long and sometimes painful but I’m home again with a beautiful baby and everything will now return to normal.” The soft inner voice of wisdom rises from the shadows, eliciting further response. “What do you mean I’m deluding myself and haven’t a clue about what the future holds? Are you telling me this is just the beginning and that there are more surprises in store with my life undergoing a complete transformation? Is it too late to put the baby back inside the womb?”

Welcome to 2012 or should I say 2013 plus. As my dear friend, the Kahuna, Hale Makua said: “It’s not the year 2012 which is important, but 2013. For this is when we will begin the next cycle of ages. It’s now we must decide upon our spiritual focus because this will establish the foundation for planetary consciousness for the next seven generations and for many cycles to follow. This will require a tremendous shift in energies on all levels, both personal and globally. Whatever we choose to think, believe or dream now, will form the basis of our existence thousands of years from now.” (From Hank Wesselman, The Bowl of Light, Sounds True, 2011) 

The Maya say that 2012 is just the beginning, 2023 is the middle and 2038 is the time when, like an infant, we will feel steady enough to take baby steps towards a new way of living. They predict that between 2013 and 2023, we will experience many challenges as well as triumphs as we follow our own inner light towards a new direction for humanity. Ahead of us are many exciting years of change and opportunity as we emerge like the butterfly from the cocoon and into the golden years of unification with ourselves, others and the Divine. This is what we have been waiting for.

Yet, even as we stand at the doorway leading to expanded levels of consciousness and new horizons, it’s easy to feel a little reticent causing us to request as little disruption as possible to our present life, however imperfect it may be. Change is often perceived as a challenge especially when we can’t dictate the outcome and this is certainly one of those moments. However, the die was cast a long time again and there is no turning back. But there are certainly ways to make life easier so we spend less time fighting against the winds of change and more time going with the flow.

Awakening to the Mystery

One thing which is certain about 2012 is that we’re being offered the chance to pass through a spiritual portal into a level of consciousness we’ve not experienced before. The Inca say this will be the first time that humanity will live fully upon the planet as we attempt to manifest heaven here on Earth. Each of us possesses a piece of the jigsaw which, when laid in place, produces the foundation mentioned above by Makua. More importantly, as we move towards a world where unity through the acceptance of diversity is the key, no-one person’s piece of the jigsaw is more important than another. In other words, the only way we’re going to manifest heaven on Earth, is to work together in co-operation paying equal respect to whatever ‘piece of the jigsaw’ is being presented with none considered more valuable.

The indigenous people say we have stood at this doorway twice before and have not been able to pass through. However, they say it’s different this time, we’re more prepared. Many remote viewers have tried to see beyond 2012 and observe the world which is becoming and yet, for some reason, they can only imagine what is already known. This should not surprise us for who, forty years ago, could have imagined the technological world in which we live today. The mystery of the new cycle awaits us and all we need is an open heart and mind, and the courage to take a step out into the unknown. The physicist Albert Einstein spoke eloquently about mystery:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and science.

He who is a stranger to this emotion or fails to pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed

He also said:

There are two ways to live: You can live as if nothing is a miracle or you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Mystery can appear suddenly such as with lightning or a beautiful rainbow or slowly over nine months, when a few cells are transformed into the miracle of new life. Yet, many people I meet prefer to limit mystery by having all the facts and figures available to them before making a move. This is the reason why there is an obsession to acquire more information, why ‘google’ has become a household name and why ‘How to’ books are so popular. I’m often told in my seminars: “If you can guarantee that if I follow my intuition, I’ll never suffer, always have money, be successful and meet the love of my dreams; then I’ll take the risk. Otherwise, I’d prefer to stay where I am.” The greatest challenge to humanity’s evolution is our persistent need to try and control the mysterious from emerging.

This is not a new phenomenon. Around 3,500 years ago, the patriarchy, who came into power around that time, decided it was no longer willing to pay homage to a pagan belief about mankind’s origins. The priests and rulers would not accept that we all emerge originally from the mysterious and chaotic feminine primordial waters and that eventually, through further chaos and death, she will swallow us back into her ocean of nothingness. These leaders didn’t like the idea that these female waters, often symbolised as fiery dragons and serpents, had control over their lives. So they sent their bravest and most powerful heroes to kill the dragon/serpent and let the people know that man-kind was now in control. This is the basis of mythological tales such as George and the Dragon.

This decision severed the connection between the serpentine energy in our base chakra, and the much larger and more power chakra underneath the feet, commonly known as the root chakra, causing the serpent, kundalini, to fall asleep. To add fuel to the fire, the land under the feet became known as the underworld and hell, a place we were warned against, often being described as a place of destitution and eternal retribution. In truth, the priests of the day were terrified that we would enter this world and, through its gift of transformation, remember that we are already enlightened and eternal beings. Indeed, the word hell comes from the Nordic goddess Hel, who was actually the goddess of regeneration, a theme repeated in many stories about the dark goddess who rules the darkness of transformation.

Unfortunately for the patriarchy, chaos and death won’t just go away because a few individuals deem them inconvenient. For mystery to emerge there has to be death of old patterns and structures. These essential factors of life are mirrored by the Sun which appears to die in the evening sky, by the slowly waning and dying Moon and by winter which is always followed by spring. To accommodate the persistent presence of chaos on the planet, lawmakers over the centuries have had to invent elaborate rules to explain the phenomena, which in turn have become the basis of many religious and social dogmas. “Chaos, illness or death emerged because you did this or failed to do that.” In truth, it happened because chaos always occurs before the emergence of the beautiful and the miraculous. Chaos is the Great Mother’s call for us to surrender our sense of separation to her love and then stand, rapt in awe, allowing the miraculous or unknown to emerge not from our minds but from our hearts.

Return of the Feminine

If we are to heed the Great Mother’s call and welcome her back into our lives, we also need to accept that death and birth have always been the remit of the feminine. For a woman, the menstrual cycle is not merely associated with physical procreation but with ensuring the creative evolution of consciousness upon the planet. During her life, every woman experiences four hundred plus cycles which express the essential features of spiritual growth:

  • Death and the purification of completed emotions, beliefs and experiences, symbolised by the menses
  • Birth of inspiration, mirrored by the development of the egg
  • Nurturing and celebration of life, reflected by the release of the egg at ovulation.

Now as we stand at the doorway of new birth, we need to remember it’s only through the feminine, and in particular women, that the mysterious can be revealed. It’s essential that women reconnect to their sacred identity and destiny. To assist in the process, there are three important links which need to be re-established:

Between the sleeping serpent or kundalini energy in our base chakra, and the creative power and wisdom of the dragon. Thisenergy flows through our root chakra, located about eighty centimetres beneath the feet.

Between our heart and the heart of the Great Mother. We must tear down the barriers which continuously tell us we are unlovable or unloved. This is totally untrue, for, born as we are from the love of the Great Mother, our very existence tells us that it is impossible not to be loved. Such misperceptions were created by those who desired to control our hearts by creating the false illusions of guilt, shame, hate and hurt. The question to ask is: “How would I live my life from today if I knew I am always loved?

Between our crown chakra and the starchild or stargate chakra about eighty centimetres above the head. This energy centre is an inter-dimensional portal. But access became limited thousands of years ago when humanity failed to treat with respect the multidimensional universe. Our ancestors were unwilling to be accountable for their creations and could not overcome their overwhelming desire to possess everything they saw. Now, we are once again being allowed to reach these higher dimensions of inspiration and awareness, as long as we enter with humility, accountability and respect. 

Planetary Shifts

Having set the scene to what is required of us in the years ahead, let’s look in more detail at some of the changes which are already taking place on our planet. With our immense network of media and information opportunities, few can be unaware of the major transformation our planet is undergoing at this time. Planetary alignments, such as the harmonic convergence in August 1987, expanded our understanding to the fact that we exist on at least twelve different dimensions, each powered by twelve energetic centres or chakras. The alignment called on us all to wake up from our maya or illusion and become the eternal and divine beings that we have always been. The light of these 144 centres is our constant reminder not to fall asleep again. The Maori speak of 2012 as the time when Gaia or planet Earth will experience her perfected state on all twelve dimensions. This is the reason they give for natural phenomena such as earthquakes and volcanoes, seen as the Earth shaking herself free of old shackles, mirrored by events in our own lives.

Pluto in Capricorn

More recently, in November 2008, Pluto, the planet of transformation entered Capricorn, the sign of structures, rules, organisations and beliefs. It will remain there until 2023. The entry of Pluto into Capricorn spawned the beginning of the financial meltdown as many banking institutions struggled to keep afloat systems which should have been transformed a long time ago. Despite a general desire for a quick fix, the financial security of several countries is still uncertain, with changes being forced upon them not just on the surface, but at the core of the country’s guiding principles. At the same time, individuals are being asked the same questions: “What matters? What are you willing to relinquish and allow to die? What ideas, beliefs, expectations, dreams and fantasies must be surrendered so you can face the reality of your existence? What legacy do you wish to leave your grandchildren?”

Of course, it would be pleasant to have time to consider these options, but Pluto is not a patient lady. (Yes, she is feminine as were all ancient guardians of the underworld.) Pluto is another dark goddess or crone who trails death and chaos in her wake. Yet, despite appearances, her love for us is intense, determined to do whatever it takes to make sure we fulfil our soul’s destiny. You can try bargaining with Pluto by telling her that you would like a little more time but I warn you, it will come to nothing.

When it is your time to change, she will make it happen whether we’re ready or not as I have seen only too often in my medical practice where I perceive over 80% of illness as a wake-up call from the soul. Whether change emerges dramatically through death of a loved one, loss of a job, involvement in an accident or through illness, such as the breast cancer I developed earlier this year, Pluto will leave her mark. Change may even be foreseen and yet still creates a void and sense of grief, such as the empty nest syndrome when the last child leaves for college. Pluto is sympathetic to grief for there is no better way of moving from one stage to the next than allowing the watery tears to wash away the past and make way for new birth. Yet, should we become stuck in the grieving process, especially immersed in anger or guilt, then she will give us a firm reminder to release our hold on the old story and surrender to the mystery.

Yet, let me be clear, the source of change is not external even though at times we react as if we’re victims to our outer circumstances. The source of the transformation is from within, as our own psyche or soul yearns to know itself in its fullest, breaking free of anything that limits its expression, especially man-made constructs built as a result of fear or shame. Everything which has ever happened to you has been created by your soul so you will be driven away from pain and towards greater love and wholeness. Therefore, I suggest, instead of dissolving into despair you call on the love and wisdom which always surrounds the spirit world. Ask for simple and effective guidance so you can make the most of the opportunity being offered by your soul.

There are some very obvious signs that Pluto is trying to get our attention and that it’s time for change. It is probably best not to ignore the signs:

EARLY: resentment, irritability, dissatisfaction & criticism of present circumstances

At this point you may be told not to be so negative or be shamed into hiding your feelings as they’re not very spiritual

LATER: lack of enthusiasm, boredom, withdrawal, lack of joy in life & easy distraction by more exciting ventures and addictive behaviour

Here you may be chided for your lack of passion and commitment which may work for a short time, before you realise that the buzz has gone out of the situation

FINAL: depression, dispiritedness, burn out, fibromyalgia, serious illness and descent into a dark night of soul

Your soul is calling you in neon lights and it’s time to act!

Uranus in Aries

Uranus, the planet of sudden change, rebellion and revolution entered the sign of Aries, which represents new beginnings, adventure and war, first in the summer of 2010 and then in March 2011. It will remain in this sign until May 2018. The last time that Uranus was in Aries was 1927-1934, when the world experienced the great depression and the rise of fascism. Let’s hope we are wiser this time round. We have already witnessed rebellion and revolt within many countries as the populace seeks democracy and equality. Some of this follows austerity measures put in place to deal with the financial crisis. Such despair and poverty were definitely factors in the ease by which men like Hitler took control of such large numbers of the population, all of whom sought better lives. Let us hope that instead of allowing a small group to lead, we produce a true democracy where all are responsible for their actions and all are respected whatever their status, intelligence and wealth.

Neptune in Pisces

The final of the giants, Neptune, the planet of mystery and dissolution entered the sign of Pisces in February 2012 and will remain there until 2024. Pisces represents the collective unconscious, imagination, creative brilliance and a belief in unlimited potential. It also has a tendency towards addiction, delusion and madness. If we thought the technological advances produced by Neptune’s passage through Aquarius were spectacular, we’ve not seen anything yet! We are about to enter a world of virtual reality where we will meet ourselves on all dimensions and nothing will be hidden; the true meaning of the word apocalypse. Despite, the fact that this is what we’ve all desired for so long, the challenge will be to keep our feet firmly planted on the Earth. Otherwise there will be a risk that we won’t know which way is up leading to increased mental illness, especially amongst our young people. Already many individuals are spending hours indoors, facing computer screens without any real physical or eye to eye social interaction disconnected from their physical body and Mother Earth. Spiritual transformation can only take place through the body and not through the mind which is limited by its past experiences. What can appear as creative endeavour can, if not grounded in reality, remain as fantasy.

Young people rely on role models to show them the way. They need to see their parents interacting with each other, their environment and their bodies in a healthy manner so they can follow suit. At the same time, with so many possibilities surrounding us, it’s essential we learn to listen to and follow our heart’s intuition which is directly linked to the destiny of the soul. Some of the questions we need to ask ourselves are these:

  • Do I feel respected and honoured in my job/relationship?
  • I am acting from love or fear?
  • Am I saying ‘Yes’ when my heart says ‘No’?
  • Even if I am talented in this role, can I learn anything else from this experience?
  • Am I following my intuitive messages or ignoring them because they are inconvenient?
  • Here are some simple hints to enhance the intuition:
  • Spend time each day quieting the mind perhaps through walking, sitting or breathing out fully and then holding the breath out until the next in-breath.
  • If you hear the same message three times, act on it
  • Be aware that the soul often speaks to us when our left brain is occupied on something which needs little thought such as shaving, showering, ironing and gardening. Make sure you have a paper and pencil to write down these ideas and remember to follow through.
  • Ask for help from the spirit world especially in dreams.

As the mystery unfolds, we will see that the age of the guru, messiah, teacher and master, is over, for such archetypes exist within all of us. However, old habits die hard and, inevitably we will see those who promote themselves as such, often appearing as sorcerers with magical powers. They will always attract a crowd, for there are still many who would prefer to give away their power than take ownership of it. But times are changing and each must follow his or her own heart to find the true sense of belonging and unity we all seek. The winds of change are upon us, grasp this totally unique opportunity to realise your dreams.

DR. CHRISTINE PAGE is a gifted intuitive, mystic and alchemist, who shares her insights and knowledge through teaching, soul readings and writing. She is the author of 6 books, including 2012 and the Galactic Center: The Return of the Great Mother and her new book (to be released Jan 2013), The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman: Health, Creativity, and the Fertility of the Soul. Her website is www.christinepage.com.

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