Christmas around the corner

I am in a reflective mood; it is probably a consequence of us getting closer and closer to 2012. Not that I am too concerned about that year, thinking of the huge amount of projection it has been a victim of; but this is, as all years, the culminating phase of a year; and for me that is a natural time to reflect. Besides, Norway is darker than dark. December without snow is like walking in a cave. I kind of like the introversion, it really is a time for deep thinking and meditation.

This past year; still not over tho, has been quite a ride. The nodal axis in Sagittarius and Gemini has been wild; probably a little extra wild for me,  since this is my natal nodal axis and spun an intense learning phase in my life. I’ve learnt so much and encountered so many people, all inspiring in their own way. However; dark side of this aspect is the fundamentalism, both relating to the über-rational Gemini, being intelligent just for the sake of , well, being intelligent; and the no-debate-at-all fundamentalism of Sagittarius. I’ve met those as well, charging at me for being who I am.

The web has been spammed with people voicing their opinions before ever taking a pause to listen. We post so quickly that we don’t stop check, reflect and try to listen. It is a war of opinions and fundamentalism is being exposed everywhere.

I think we all have a fundamentalist within us that we tend to hide, as it is not politically correct to be a fundamentalist or said in other words, to see things as either-or. Maybe you would disagree that seeing things in black and white is fundamentalist; as we tend to associate the word with people who go very far in promoting their vision or opinion. But I think the war of the minds is one we all need to look a little closer on if we actually want unity, of which we speak so warm of in more alternative circles.

If unity is really to exist, then no duality could be entertained, and as long as we really don’t know what the real truth about life is; duality will be entertained. And it is necessary as life is flowing through many people and they all have their own opinion about life. Their opinion is important even if you or I might disagree. In a democracy the end result is consensus; a sort of unity; where we all have to compromise some of our personal needs or beliefs. The multitude becomes unison through actually a weakening of the personal will and a strengthening of the collective power. The will to do and create something of benefit for all; makes it important for us to sacrifice some of our most precious beliefs. This we can only do if there is mutual trust, not exactly a commodity in our society, which is not so hard to understand, thinking of human history. 

However, what this year exposed was not exactly a genuine interest in meeting at the middle. Racisms, fundamentalism, new-age-ism, scientism, humanism, atheism, absurdism (the extreme side of conspiracy theory) and other -isms. The trouble is that one -ism cannot control another -ism. In this world, even holism, is an -ism. It is not holism or atheism or any other -ism in itself that is the problem, it is the way that believers believe that their truth is the best truth that is the problem. When they meet people who are not holists or atheists, they can actually turn into fundamentalists.

What perhaps describes a fundamentalist is the obvious lack of ability to listen to another point of view combined with a lack of willingness to try to understand where the opposing party comes from. The protective self-righteousness is like the shell of a crab, protecting itself from the annihilating threat of truth. Without it, we might loose definition and be without the security our beliefs hold. Are you willing to risk that you might be wrong, that your truth is not actually true and that you have deceived yourself?

As an astrologer, representing something that most rational people (if they exist) consider to be “an enemy of reason”; I ask myself the same questions. Is there validity in astrology or do I believe in it without understanding both its critics and its deeper mechanism. If I was afraid; I wouldn’t ask myself these questions. I would hold on to my resistance with all my mental powers, being defensive when challenged. Sounds like a struggle.Or I could surrender. And let truth appear for me. That is Pisces; squaring the Gemini-Sagittarius axis. Just let go of my precious astrology and see what bounces back.

And who’s in Pisces in 2012? Yay, Neptune, the planet that rules Pisces. Pisces, surrendering to seek a deeper truth, seeking unity. I can only wonder what that will do to the battle of -isms that the nodal axis through Gemini-Sagittarius brought to the fore. Maybe the “me” becomes more “we”? With the current Pluto-Uranus square, this will be an interesting contrast, almost like a living paradox. I am eager to see what this does to the current debates going on related to spirit vs science.

I simply direct you to Maurice Fernandez’s excellent article on Neptune in Pisces if you want to read more about this.

Also; Michael Lutin wrote this excellent article on Saturn in Libra, which we have to live with until beginning of october 2012, and he puts the spotlight on some of problems with constant projections and sheds light on the need for cooperation. It is worth the read 🙂

An early marry x-mas to you all! Next year will be a year with a lot of new stuff, new website, new blog etc etc..So stay tuned.

Sol

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 🙂

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Came and went, moments to cherish

Well, after a hectic winter things are settling down a bit and I start to look ahead to the next season, next week, next moment. And what better moment to delve into the yet unmanifested than a waxing Moon coming into opposition with Sun-Neptune? Besides, the Sun is still in Aquarius and I got the urge for change! Upgrade! Which is what Aquarius is about anyways. AND I got Uranus squaring my natal nodal axis, so the message is clear; new is on the menu, whatever new is.

These days when the Sun is approaching Neptune and the Moon is growing full are extremely potent for meditation and manifestation. Yes, I know, normally we tend to look to Mars or Saturn for hard-core manifestation, but sometimes it is good to go to work with the master of the unforeseen as well, make grace and fate work its magic. In other words what meditation can bring is the evident, what is already there, in tune with truth and ready to come forth. It is easy to work with the elements under this type of configuration. The intuition is clear and concise, however the emotional body might not always agree. Don’t give it too much energy, let the intuition guide you instead. It is important to stay steady and not stray from the path, even though a storm is teasing.

I came home from a rather over-the-top inspirational trip to Hawaii, after having presented a lecture and attended the fantastic River of Stars conference hosted by Maurice Fernandez & Co  (Natasha Alter and Tom Lescher) . It was incredible. So much have been digested and integrated and it dawns on me how important it is to create good astrology and to spread it accordingly. In the background the debate of the 13th sign has been roaming like a wildfire on internet, trying to undermine the validity of astrology. What happened was that a lot of astrologers came to life in this period. I like what I am seeing. It is important for our collective and individual self-esteem as astrologers. We are growing stronger through joint effort. Marvelous and totally Aquarian! 

We all have a dream, if it is not being an astrologer or a student of astrology, it might be something else. I judge no ones dream. If it is your dream, it can turn into a goal and from a goal, a life. The difference between a goal and a dream is that you put effort into achieving the goal, whereas the dream stays a dream. Goals are future oriented and demands work, faith and grace. Goal demands that we prioritize.

The coming fullmoon this friday sits on 29 degrees Aquarius-Leo with the Sun conjunct both Neptune and Chiron. This is a powerful symbol related both to healing, vision and self-expression. So whatever illusion that blocks your vision, it might be time to take the struggle out of it and let it flow again. Manifestation happens where there is an open heart and an open mind.

SAT NAM!