dark night of the soul

Sunday inspiration: A global dark night of the soul

art by Wendy Andrews

There is no doubt that we are going through a critical time in human history under this pandemic, and indeed history tells us that pandemics have a tendency to reshape the course of history.  But this one is occurring as we transition between the Age of Pisces and the Aquarian Age, a tremendous shift of energies that occurs only once every 2150 years.

From an astrological perspective, we look at transits of the planet Pluto as reaching into the depths of the soul to evoke occasionally cataclysmic events in our personal life, after which we are transformed in new and beautiful ways. We call this the Dark Night of the Soul, and nobody writes about this more eloquently than Andrew Harvey.  I offer today a portion of his article The Great Event: Dark Night and Rebirth which I feel puts our current situation into a spiritual context from which we can gain greater clarity and comfort, and hope. ☀️

For thirty years now, I have believed three related truths; that the exploding global crisis we are obviously in is, in essence, an evolutionary crisis, on whose outcome depends the future of the human race and a great deal of the natural world; that this evolutionary crisis is a mystical crisis with two phases, that of the dark night process and the potential Birth that it makes possible of an embodied divine humanity; that the birthing force of this new humanity is Sacred Activism, the marriage of profound and universal spiritual stamina, faith, passion, compassion, and urgent inspired wise action in every realm of Earth life.

For thirty years too I have known that I and everyone else would be plunged into the burning core of […]

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By |2022-09-13T12:35:49-04:00December 12th, 2021|Inspiration|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The opportunity in adversity

As you may know, last year a stellium of planets in Capricorn including Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto induced a period of compression and restriction from the Coronavirus.  This year we are in an Aquarian time of awakening and new ideas, so I thought this piece from Eckhart Tolle was a very appropriate way to inspire the transition from the adversity of Saturn and Pluto to the logic and “out of the box” thinking of Aquarius.  For more writings of Eckhart Tolle, visit his website here.

Life unfolds between the polarities of order and chaos…

It is important at this time to recognize these two fundamental opposites, without which the world could not even be. Another word for disorder is “adversity.” When it becomes more extreme, we might call it “chaos.”

We would prefer, of course, to have order in our lives, which means to have things going well. We would like relative harmony in our lives. Yet, that very often is marred by the eruption of some form of disorder. And, usually, we resent that—we get angry, or despondent, or sad.

Disorder comes in many, many forms, big and small. When disorder comes it usually creates a kind of havoc in our lives, accompanied by strong underlying beliefs. “There’s something very wrong, this should not be happening, maybe God is against me,” and so on. Again, we need to understand that disorder, or adversity, is inevitable and is an essential part of a higher order.

From a higher perspective, a higher level, the existence of order and disorder, or order and chaos, is a necessary part of the evolution of life.

Many people have found that they experience a deepening, or a deeper sense of self or beingness, immediately […]

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By |2022-09-13T12:37:45-04:00March 14th, 2021|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Penetrating the Dark Night of the Soul at Samhain

art by Christian Schloe

The ancient Celtic holiday Samhain is a cross-quarter holiday, meaning it occurs when the Sun is at the midpoint of the Winter Solstice and the Autumn Equinox rather than October 31.  That point is actually the 15th degree of Scorpio which is actually on November 7th this year. The All Hallows Eve Christian festivals were designed to replace the ancient Samhain festival, and now we have gone backwards and celebrate Samhain at Halloween.  But the dark portal of energy signified by Samhain is actually on November 7th. 

from Eckhart Tolle:

The “dark night of the soul” is a term that goes back a long time.  Yes, I have also experienced it. It is a term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life…an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness.  The inner state in some cases is very close to what is conventionally called depression. Nothing makes sense anymore, there’s no purpose to anything. Sometimes it’s triggered by some external event, some disaster perhaps, on an external level.  The death of someone close to you could trigger it, especially premature death, for example if your child dies. Or you had built up your life, and given it meaning – and the meaning that you had given your life, your activities, your achievements, where you are going, what is considered important, and the meaning that you had given your life for some reason collapses.

It can happen if something happens that you can’t explain away anymore, some disaster which seems to invalidate the meaning that your life had before.  Really what has collapsed then is the whole conceptual framework for your […]

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By |2022-09-13T12:36:00-04:00January 17th, 2021|Holidays, Inspiration|3 Comments

inspiration for the journey through Scorpio season

Art by Melissa Vincent

You may be blind to the very thing that will make your life feel worth living. You may be gullible, taking in the world’s insidious lessons in superficial satisfaction.  Therefore, you have to dig deeper.  Discover who you are and who you want to be.  Don’t be dissuaded from that objective by the illusory promises of commercial life.  Instead, be yourself.

That is the point of the night sea journey—to be born into yourself. There, you are in the amniotic fluid, in an alchemical substance once again. You are journeying toward your own life. You are preparing for your fate. The promise is exhilarating, but the dangers are extreme. You have to avoid being just one of the crowd and instead take the chance of being born an individual.

–Thomas Moore, The Dark Night of the Soul

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By |2022-09-13T12:37:57-04:00October 20th, 2019|Inspiration|1 Comment

Sunday inspiration: when bad planets happen to good people

dark night of the soul Art by Willow Arlenea

I mean the title as a bit of a joke – an homage to the self-help book from the 1970s by Harold Kushner.  But it’s no joke when tragic events happen in our own lives or to someone we love.

Over the past five years of such intense planetary drama these stories seem to occur more frequently, at least in my life.  The bride-to-be whose fiance dies of a heart attack five days before the wedding.  The parents who lose two children in the space of a year.  The friend who waited over 40 years to find her soulmate and build their dream house, only to have him die of a brain tumor less than five years into their marriage.  Another friend in a difficult marriage who loses her husband and father within six months.  All of you have your own stories, perhaps from your own lives.

This kind of event that turns our world upside down generally occurs under the auspices of Saturn or Pluto.  And sometimes both.  My sister was an astrology skeptic until I started my blog under her tutelage, and then she became curious.  I’m still not sure she’s convinced in its accuracy, but she is interested enough to want to know what the planets are doing when things get rough.

Over the past few years she has had a ridiculous lineup of planetary transits and progressions including a big lineup of planets to Pluto in her progressed chart and her second Saturn return.  During that time she lost a job, found another one, her husband lost his job, couldn’t find another one, our mother ended up in the hospital with a chronic illness and died, her husband […]

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By |2019-11-10T19:39:07-05:00February 2nd, 2014|Favorite posts, Inspiration|9 Comments