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Grand Cross

Here is a video I made for Tom Lescher and Paradigm astrology where I delve into the Grand Cross that we are currently undergoing.

There are plenty of takes on this Grand Cross, but one thing is for sure, it takes us straight to the abyss of collective and personal unconscious and it sheds light on some of our deeply seated issues.

It is evident that the past needs to be cleared in order for us to move forward and this has been particularly evident in the situation that has occurred in Ukraine. Old stuff that hasn’t been dealt with in a conscious manner, will erupt again with full force and even though it is shaky, it is also enlightening.

This is the Grand Cross of creative willpower and uncertain flow. Hang in and stay sane.

Norwac, astrology community and the future

Norwac is currently happening in Seattle and it is very hard to be on the other side of the planet AND sit still. Must be the current Aries moon that pulls me out of my current setting. Astrology is a profession where you are mostly alone, working on your own and managing your own business from wherever your service is situated at. For the most time, that is fine, but from time to time the social urges overcome me and I would so love to hang out with my astro-peeps. Luckily we have the net tho, and this has proven particularly fruitful for yours truly, the aquarian. I get to hang out with an international community of astrologers, online. And the presence of astrologers on the web has brought forth a lot of talent, a new sense of community and finally it is connecting the dots, fueling astrologers to create a group of mind, working together for bringing good astrology out to the people.

I remember when the web first appeared. There was the first astrology online and it was Susan Miller or other sun sign related astrology. Today you can find all kinds of astrology, from the most nerdy research into the astrology of the particular, to the more general and sun-sign oriented astrology.

Astrology is thought to be “entertainment” or “prediction” in the consensus frame of mind. I think that this poses a great challenge to most of the astrologers out in the web today, as many use the web to gain a clientele or marketing, which is okey, the challenge is to not loose integrity while doing it. And that seems to be a work in progress and not an easy task.

I think that some people are able to balance this perfectly, for instance maintaining a web-forum for education and actually participating themselves, like Maurice Fernandez‘s excellent forum for learning. He is providing service, education and do take seriously the need to take astrology to the next level. Kudos! Also a super favorable mention to Dawn Bodrogi who also provides the web with interesting articles, deep and substantial. There is a lot of work behind this sites, work that is not simply commercial, but true to the heart of astrology, wanting to share this beautiful language with the world in a way that can make people see what it is. There are off course many more, like Planetwaves (love this name) , Darkstar and Soulvision, plus a new surge of interesting new astrologers representing the Uranus in Scorpio/Sagittarius generation like Adam Sommer and Ari Moshe Wolf. And many, many more I still haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know. The blogosphere is dynamic, active and inclusive and there is a growing body of knowledge available for those who looks for it.

Many people think that astrology is difficult. I keep a little page on FB to inspire and promote astrology, and whenever I mention something of a more complex nature, people stop commenting. Whenever I go purely interpretational, people respond. This is obviously what people still want from astrology. Astrology can reflect the archetypal energies in work and this provides good reason for astrologers to go there. But should we go there and do we overdo it? Is it correct to go so deeply into the energies of the moment and project onto them whatever each astrologer is able to read out of them? These are the things that I think about for the moment.

I am an esoteric at heart, this is something that becomes more and more clear for me. As an esoteric I feel my work is to liberate people, along with myself. I am thus deeply confronted with the need to create space for the evolution of consciousness, making it possible for each and one of us to think for ourselves. Backside of astrology ,when it is purely predicative or grossly oversimplifying, is that it does the opposite. People get addicted to predictions and maybe yes, it is a substitute for a spiritual connection within, a longing to find some sort of God in their lives. Astrology is giving voice to the consciousness of the Universe, the inner being of all life, so it is understandable that it would take such a position.

I wonder what would happen to astrology if there was successful meta-analysis and double-blind-tests. If it really was consensus that astrologers do the work of psychologists and coachers, and go even deeper into the realms of the Soul.

And when the current idea that we are creators of our lives will mature and evolve to what it actually means, how will the art of prediction change? Most serious astrologers today promote astrology that inspires people to evolve, instead of just stating how it would turn out. The presence of the blogs are greatly contributing to this.

Uranus is in Aries and squaring Pluto, while Neptune is making a little pit-stop in Pisces and it is growing increasingly clear for me what this is about in relation to our place in time. The forces of the mind and the intuition are working together to develop a mind that is more sensitized to the subtle realities. Whereas Neptune in Pisces will most likely force humanity to surrender our hope of ever knowing for sure what life is about, Uranus in Aries will most definitely bring some interesting science. Pluto-Uranus are often present in huge shifts in our scientific methods, new inventions etc. I must say I am very exited!

It is such a paradox, Uranus in Aries and Neptune in Pisces. Whereas Uranus in Aries is opposing anything that smells of external authorities i.e a God or something similar, like planets supposedly having control over our lives, Neptune in Pisces is opening the boundaries of our ego’s and necessitating a need to harmonize with truth, no matter how we feel about it. These two forces are clearly representing a certain dichotomy. One side of this is the materialist, the ateist (ateist normally have strong martian influence) and the other the new-ager, typically extremely Neptunian. These two transits spurred a fight between the two fractions and it is so clear that there is still no link between God and Science, between consciousness and science. Astrology tho, might provide this link. I find that super-exiting!

Enjoy life people 🙂

I borrowed a photo from the artist Bill Bell..Visit his website for more funny and beautiful art.

Aries and Sagittarius; a tad too much maybe?

I am increasingly amazed over the power of the transiting nodal axis and its rulers. It seems they take up a lot of space, being so important in a birth chart, they are equally strong in transit.

And those of you who have been around for a while, might have noticed the correlation of Gemini and Sagittarius to the left and the right part of the brain. One for rational, organized and detailed activity, the other for non-linear, abstract and intuitive mode. These two signs, along with the rest of the mutable cross, deals with knowledge. What we think we know, what we believe, what we are made to think, and that which is proven to be right. And then, what we can’t understand, nor mentally grasp, yet is a part of our creative mind, our perception and intuition. Today the maze of knowledge is even crazier than before. I read the other day about a spiritual teacher who listed “headucation” on his CV. I read that (my perception again) as being a negative phrase addressed to regular education, consensus science and traditional dogma. 

No doubt this is a interesting situation. Education is so important. But is is also a great responsibility to express yourself as an educator. Especially if what is expressed locks the door to reflecting freely on conflicting theories. I am very interested in rhetorics. How we say something is often more important that what we say. Astrology might be filled with sinners in that sense, as it states something without adding the “maybe”. A lot of spiritual knowledge is like that. It defines the truth. This is it! This is what you have searching for! etcetc. Same goes for a lot of pseudo-skeptics out there.

In Sagittarius we think we see the truth. We see something bigger than the scientific mind. We philosophize, we search for a bigger meaning, we get in touch with our intuition and then we think we know for sure. The Sagittarian is thus a good salesman. In order to sell something, you have to believe in it. Maybe this is why religious, alternative, political, scientific, any field of isolated knowledge is filled with bombastic statements. Incoherent often, as it lacks holistic approach, but bombastic non-the-less. People read inspiring literature, feel the love that it describes, but have no ability to turn the other cheek, hasn’t gone through the emotional maturity process a spiritual integrated person has to go through in order to walk the talk. That is the next sign, Capricorn. Prove it or as is said; “if you don’t live it, it wont come out of your horn!”.

I am not saying that people are not trying to live it. Maybe more than what is healthy. It can lead to massive suppression of emotions. And then, when the going gets though, the lid flies off  and the monster takes over, quickly followed by a guilt trip or self righteousness.

The things that we believe in are dear to us. They supply an emotional support system for us. Understanding reality is important, we are made with brains and eyes and live on this rock in a vast universe under constant threat; comets, epidemics, famine, pollution, death. So we need a system of thought that creates pillars. Makes it easier to live.  Those systems of thoughts we build together with our allies, those who agree, who seem to be able to say that what you experience as truth is similar to what they experience as truth. We hold on to these people as they empower who we are. It is the axis of Aries-Libra that has been so highlighted in the last couple of weeks. You are either with me or against me. Diplomacy has lost in favor of the fervent preacher or politician, poor Saturn retrograde alone there opposed by those warmonger buddies over in Aries, yeah, Eris just met up with her favorite pals, Mars and Jupiter. Provocation is an understatement. Debates turns into a reality show where offended emotions triggers the next sentence that comes out of the mouth.

It is a war of paradigms. Science meets what can’t be proven. Some people think it is ridiculous that all should be proven, but is that just a defensive attitude because one doesn’t really know whether it is actually true or not?  A scientist would say: if it is there, it should be possible to prove it. Or? What it all boils down to ; is there something beyond the brain, is there a Soul? Or is is all just the brain? If there is disagreement upon these vitals, there cannot be a discussion, there can only be statement vs statement and wounded emotions.

When I talk about reincarnation, I cannot know. I can theorize. There are those who claim that they know, but personally I am skeptic of people no matter what they say, because we all say so much to gain importance or to sell something. The commercial alternative business is filled with that. I am aquarian, and for those of you who knows an aquarian or two, knows that we can be annoyingly rational and skeptic and even arrogant when we meet more emotional people. I know how easy it is to delude oneself. But I also think that it is easy to delude oneself to think that there is only the brain. Brainiacs. They seem to have lost touch with something precious and mysterious and deeply empowering. And this is not the type of empowering that knowledge brings. Knowledge will always be replaced by something else sooner or later, so that is not true power, it is a power you have to defend when the knowledge is challenged or is about to change. Maybe certain principles will stand the test of time , most likely, but a lot of other stuff will appear as equally true. This is why knowledge is so confusing and words are so misused. The more you read, the less you often know. Gemini south-node is a testimony to that. Mental overload, system confused, insight lost, freedom lost.

Our belief system will come under a threat cyclically if we are not grounded in a more holistic (meaning both sides of the brain) approach. The thing is not to reject anything, but find the middle road. A scientific mind can be dry, lacking heart and soul and come off as arrogant and sarcastic.  A mind that hasn’t been trained to think can come off as naive, unaware and simplified, where there is a quote for everything, but not an explanation to anything.

None of those are willing to admit their own limitation. This is a great weakness and the trouble with the Sagittarian archetype, found equally in the charts of hard-core skeptics and over-the-top alternative pollyanna people (ah, the beauty of astrology)

We all have a responsibility to the rest of the world and when you truly serve the world, you take this responsibility seriously. You try to stay away from sensationalism, from glamour and from bombastic statements. You stop dabbling in conspiracy theories and you start to understand the power of a word. It has ripple-effects. What you say has importance and really, none of the thoughts that we have in our minds are truly ours. All the time it is a constant communication with the environment, nature and people that creates the inner mental environment.

Thus, words can create harm and pain. If you take time to listen, maybe a lot of invasion of mental concepts would stop to affect you. Find out for yourself. The thing that really could be releasing is that eventually you realize that you know nothing. Maybe that is a liberated mind..We come from innocence and go back to it, after having developed our minds in between. Richard Tarnas calls the modern man the individuated man. In evolutionary astrology we have a theory about life, from consensus to individualized to spiritual. In the spiritual we go back to surrendering. We understand the limitation of knowledge. But we are still aware.

These nodes will be so much about the mind-games, intelligence, dogma, ideologies, rationality, science (as in the paradigms in science, not actual scientific method) and communication. Due to the hard-core ideologies that Jupiter-Mars, now in conjunction in Aries represents, I am not at all surprised that Osama, a symbol of fundamentalism, the dark side of Sagittarius, was killed.This is the signature of the crusader and we will just see what comes out of this..I am listening, ear to ground, well aware of the hubris of my own perception.

Enjoy and have a learning experience..If you are stuck on a head trip, get a cold shower and release the emotional grip argumentative people are so good to throw out. You don’t owe anything to anyone, be free enough to see for yourself. The alliances often demand loyalty. That is cowardice. That is not being free. That is a subtle emotional grip on your mind that is often called brainwashing.

My yogateacher said today; “if you change the way you look at things, the things that you look at will change” (proverb from some yoga tradition probably)…That is a good way of checking for yourself if you harbor attachments to your belief system, no matter which direction it goes..

Note: About the gif-image I found it on Rickard Wisemans blog. Click on the image. And see for yourself..:)

Aries new moon with an extra Saturnian glare…

If it was up to me, I’d vouch for Saturn in Virgo permanently. Thank god it regressed back into Virgo a few days ago and will stay there until end of July. It will be the final bid farewell before permanently occupying Libra for the coming years. What shall I do? There is so little procrastination in Virgo and so much in Libra, weighing back and forth, always leaving an option. And I hate procrastination, especially my own. So maybe tomorrow’s new moon could be a real reminder of who you are and an installment of some intense individualistic software so that we can consolidate what needs to be consolidated before going into negotiation again.

The new moon in Aries implies as most of you already knows, a Sun in Aries. And it has been in Aries for a little more than three weeks already. During this sunphase a friend of mine with the Moon so interestingly placed in Aries in the seventh house, lent me a book called “the Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. In danger of sounding a wee bit fluffy, I was filled with awe over life’s synchronicites as the book unfolded its content, page by page. It is a treasure for anyone walking any path, but perhaps more so for the souls born with any planet in Libra or even worse, Pluto in Libra. She cuts through the crap and reveals to the reader the true meaning of individualism. And of authenticity. She is a stern opponent of any collective, religious thought and can prove to be quite liberating when it comes to releasing the mind from its tendency to always doubt. She is marketing the true Aries impulse.

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.”

Yeah, that’s it. Libra counterpoint is Aries. You know what you are, what you want and thus, the capacity to manifest is enhanced by hundreds, because you know how to choose. Indecision is always painful. And leads to the need for counsellors, as yours truly. Still a counsellor can only reflect on what is already there. So you are still the one with the answer. Always. Maybe it is not conscious. But it is there.

In the Fountainhead we meet Howard Roark, our hero of the day. I think Ayn Rand is secretly in love with him, she admires her own hero in his ability to not let other people run his life. Howard Roark never asks permission. Of anyone. He never collaborates in the sense that he compromises his artistic expression- or in a broader sense- truth. He would rather die than loose himself. Critics calls him a narcissist. Ayn Rand shows us that he is the true humanist. Just as she wants to show us that thinking of others is not always the right thing to do. We are breastfed with the notion that being an egoist is the same as being selfish. Not necessarily if you look at the possibility that egoism is fairly misunderstood. Our whole concept of love and respect are fairly misunderstood. We think that pitying someone is helping them. And then we annihilate ourselves in the process. We sacrifice ourselves for what? Domestic peacefulness? Security ? Fear of pain ?

Or is the true motivation hidden within us ?  Maybe our Self-suppressing mechanisms are founded in lack of self-esteem and fear.  And they feed on eachother, it is an evil cycle, doomed to repeat itself forever. Denying them is the same as accepting them. When you feel that you have something to deny, it is because you already believe in what needs to be denied. Obviously.

The Great Impulse to Creative Living is thus denied. Or at least trampled on to a lesser or greater degree. The Aries flame of creative impulse is extinguished. Originality and authenticity are replaced by wanna-be’s and puppets. We loose self-respect and diminish our true power. Illuminated egoism considers the whole, but focuses on itself in the creative process. It is the impulse to strengthen the ego in order to create what can prove beneficial to all. The heart is open and the ego is strong. As Ayn Rand puts it; you can’t say “I love you” without knowing the “I”. This is a person that can truly change the world.

That is why it is so frikkin’ frustrating when this impulse is denied, there is no freedom. But then again, thank God we have the Sun and the Moon and the Planets working for us, creating windows of opportunities for us to evolve through. Right now we will have the New Moon in Aries sowing the seed of a direct line between you and ….yeah — you…..It is time to sow a new seed, get those projects you’ve dreamt of up and running. It is spring and springcleaning! Use the time well with Saturn in Virgo. Saturn is currently quincunx to Neptune-Chiron, which also promises healing of worn-out mental ideas about who you are and what you can do. Indeed a healing-feeling, balanced out with the right proportion of when to act and when to take it easy. Nothing is better for creativity than the true ability to know when to let go and simply enjoy nature, life and perhaps a good book. So if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend “the Fountainhead” , brought to life by a seventh house Aquarian Sun placed in the middle of both Chiron and Saturn. A good read and a great reminder of man’s potential.

So I leave you with a thorough kick in the butt-quotation page on procrastination:

Have a good one!