Consciousness

“Stay Woke” and the Aquarian Age

Some of this content may be controversial to some readers. I welcome comments as long as they remain civil and add to an intelligent discussion. 

“Stay Woke” is a slang term defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “Deriving from “stay awake,” to stay woke is to keep informed of the shitstorm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.”  While most of us white people just started hearing the phrase recently, it was first listed in a glossary of African American slang back in 1962 and then  popularized by Erykah Badu in 2008 before it spread through African American communities after the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The idea of being “woke,” or awake, is in my view a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.  During the Age of Pisces there has been a sense of sleep.  Pisces teaches us to go with the flow – to connect with our dreams, to seek comfort in transcendence and the bliss of losing one’s self.  Under the Piscean influence humans relinquished control to the religious institutions which have dominated the power structures of the past 2,000 years.  Aquarius is the sign of awakening – of rational thinking.  Neither is better, and both have their dark sides.  But the idea that we need to wake up – keep our eyes open and see behind the curtain of Piscean illusion – looks to me like the transition between the Piscean Age and the Aquarian.

The meme of “Stay Woke” often edges into conspiracy theory.  As someone with a healthy amount of suspicion myself, this seems normal in a world where you are told that 2 plus 2 equals 8.  As Joseph Heller said, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you!”  The desire of the power elite to control the masses is nothing new, and likely won’t end when we enter the Aquarian Age.  Control through religion under Pisces will likely give way to control through education, technology and science (Aquarius).  We can see this already in the US, where the public education system is being subsumed by the public funding of “education choice” to funnel children into ideologically specific schools.  We can see this in the addictive nature of our technological devices and in the spread of pharmaceuticals for mood stabilization.

Images that are connected to the “Stay Woke” movement sometimes feature a third eye suggesting the involvement of the pineal gland, the sixth chakra of the awakened mind.  The sixth or ajna chakra is the link between the personal energy system of the body through the higher mind and ultimately the transpersonal multidimensionality of the crown chakra.

The “Stay Woke” movement is more than poor grammar.  It’s a reminder to wake up from the slumber of mass consciousness, be aware, and then stay woke.

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By | 2017-07-19T08:07:31+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Consciousness, Popular Culture|11 Comments

The role of the Ascendant in defining ourselves

56602076 - what's your story written on the road sign with valley backgroundThe Ascendant and the Sun sign are often confused and I blame this on Sun sign astrology (so-called “horoscopes” that you see on the web and in newspapers which claim to predict the future based on the sign your Sun was in at the time you were born).  Sun sign astrology claims that the Sun describes your personality but this is actually the job of the Ascendant (also called the rising sign because it was rising on the horizon at the time you were born).   The Sun sign reflects our soul’s purpose this time around – astrologer Liz Greene calls the Sun sign the Hero’s Quest.   I like to think of the Sun sign as the “mission” that we were assigned when we came to earth.   This is not always visible to others, but the Ascendant, since it reflects our personality and the way we appear to others and the way we live our life, IS visible.

An acquaintance of mine popped into my office the other day.  She had always thought that she was born in the morning, but she found her birth certificate and discovered that she was born at night! So instead of her Ascendant being the sign of Cancer, which she had always believed, it apparently was Sagittarius, a very big difference.  This mind blowing discovery coincided with a big change in this person’s physical appearance which had inspired numerous personality changes such as becoming more outgoing and confident, both Sagittarian traits.

Not only that, as a result of this increase in confidence she has begun to make changes in her personal relationships (the Ascendant is the cusp of the First House of personal identity, and it is opposite the Descendant, the cusp of the Seventh House of partnerships.

I haven’t delved into her chart to see what kind of influences were at work for this kind of personal transformation to occur but I’ve been thinking about it because of the confusion over Hillary Clinton’s birth time.  I’ll be covering this in more detail over the next few weeks as my research continue.

In the case of my friend, the interior changes began first and were followed by the discovery of her transformed Ascendant so we can’t ascribe these changes to belief.  But the efficacy of “self-fulfilling prophecy” has been known for a long time, and there’s no doubt that if we believe something about ourselves, or about our astrological chart,
we are likely to act as if those things are true when in fact they may not be.

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By | 2016-08-02T07:31:49+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Consciousness|2 Comments

A reader asks, “When will we know peace in the world?”

I received this in my email today:

I should think that every published astrologer would be writing about a time when all of these horrid transits and conjunctions will end. Or will they ever? Yet, I have scoured The Mountain Astrologer, online astro sites and subscribe to anyone who might talk about such events. It’s hard to keep a positive attitude when each new year seems to be nothing but another annus horribilus.When will we know peace in the world? When will all of this stress from the heavenly bodies subside? We’re exhausted with it.

I know that many people can relate to this person’s anguish and this has been a very long period of cataclysmic change, beginning in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn and continuing through 2017.  That said, according to the New York Times:  “Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history.”

Statistically this is not the worst period of modern human history in terms of the number of political or war deaths as you will see from the table on this site.   However, this does not change the fact that we are living through THIS period, and deeply affected by the trauma and destruction that we see around us.

It’s important to remember that “the stars impel, they do not compel.”  The planetary alignments create an environment which forces an adjustment where change is needed.  If our lives are flowing in harmony and we feel that we are in alignment with our soul purpose, difficult planetary aspects do not necessarily create terrible events.  But the Universe is always striving for balance, and whether in our psyche, our personal lives, or our national political systems – whenever there is a lack of balance or corrupt system, these planetary configurations have the potential to bring about a crisis so that healing may occur.

To answer the question posed by my reader, the period beginning in 2025 marks a series of harmonious planetary cycles which include flowing sextiles from both Uranus (revolutionary change) and Neptune (spiritual transcendence and creativity) to Pluto (transformation) that continue until 2032 (except for a little blip in 2028-2029 when Saturn challenges Pluto which will then be in Aquarius.  Still – we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that this will magically transform the human condition into the peace, love and understanding that the Hair musical predicted for the Aquarian age.

In the end, our experience of the world begins within.  We cannot by ourselves change the world but we CAN begin by accepting the things that we cannot change and working to clear away the dysfunction in our own mind, body and spirit.  We can begin looking for light instead of darkness. We can transform our thinking to seek solutions instead of complaint.  Then we become the light bringers, and the world becomes a little less dark.

 

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By | 2016-07-16T11:14:01+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Consciousness, Life, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Meditation: the Discomfort Zone

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Many people believe that meditation will bring peace and tranquility, and at a certain point, when we are freed from the distress of our discomfort, we do achieve the equanimity which many of us long for.

When I began meditating many years ago I was taught that the mind and its thoughts and reactions was the source of all problems, and practicing meditation would free me of its influences.  I spent hours in sitting meditation, working hard to eliminate all thoughts.  I became very good at being numb, but I did not achieve inner peace.  The more numb I became to the insistent chatter in the brain, the more anxiety I began to feel until I finally experienced full blown panic attacks.

I now believe that the real secret of meditation is in learning a mindful approach to our discomfort.  When we feel emotional or energetic discomfort we often reach for something palliative to relieve the discomfort.  Food, drugs, alcohol – all of these are methods of reducing the level of discomfort in the body that triggers distress.   Mindful breathing and focus can help us to befriend the anxieties and emotional triggers to go THROUGH them and release them rather than go BEYOND them as I was taught years ago.

The breath holds the secret to befriending our discomfort.  Many of us hold our breath, either on the inhale or the exhale, in a fear of letting go to the experiences in the body.  This is a learned reaction to stress or unpleasant emotions, and learning to regulate the breath through deep inhalation and slow exhalation can help to decrease the anxieties around our discomfort and slow our reactions to it.

This is coming up for me personally because transiting Uranus is hitting a sensitive system in my own chart.  Uranus transits are electrical in nature and can create a disruption in the body’s magnetic fields, triggering a sudden release of stored memories and emotional reactions.  Rather like a thunderstorm that appears out of nowhere, the disruptive force of Uranus serves to liberate stuck energies in an emotional storm that can be quite uncomfortable.  But trying to put these forces into a box is counterproductive – not only is it virtually impossible, it also creates additional force that causes an even more extreme reaction when they later emerge.

Still, thunderstorms can be frightening and scary with their noise, their lightning and their hail, but the air is never cleaner than after a storm.  The storms that rage inside of the human experience can have the same effect and help us to clear out the psychic cobwebs and debris, and meditation is the key to finding the stillness at the heart of the storm as we use our breathe to release the detritus that is left behind.

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By | 2015-04-23T09:19:43+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Astrology in my world, Consciousness|6 Comments

A window of history

Great ConjunctionAstrologer Martin Davis posted this on Facebook:

Recent archeology places the Buddha’s birth at about 600 BC [or BCE]; Confucius’ birth is thought to be about 550 BC; Pythagoras’ birth time is currently estimated at 570BC, Lao Tzu at about 600 BC. What do these dates have in common?

In 577 BC there was a Great Conjunction [and I mean Great!] with the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto running neck and neck between 10* to 13* Taurus.

I had never read this before and a brief internet search uncovered no previous articles on the subject so naturally I was fascinated.

Unlike the visible, or traditional planets and luminaries (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) which preside over matters of the personality and personal existence, the outer planets act as transformational forces which inspire and assist in crisis and evolution.

Any conjunction ) aspect of outer planets brings about tremendous global upheaval and change and introduces a new element of human consciousness. Conjunctions correlate to the New Moon phase of the lunar cycle in which the Sun and Moon align and birth a new energy into the world.  Conjunctions of Neptune and Pluto, the two slowest moving planets (from our perspective on Earth)  occur about every 500 years.

There have been great teachers throughout time, but at no other time in history did so many great philosophers and spiritual sages incarnate within a century.

The outer planets weren’t discovered until the last few hundred years, so it is interesting to think that their influence could have been at work during this pre-discovery era.

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By | 2014-05-08T06:46:48+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Consciousness, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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