TURNING CRISIS INTO HEALING
humans, we tend to think that happiness is better than sadness,
that good luck is better than bad. We may avoid difficult confrontations
and pursue more comfortable situations. When tragedy strikes
our well-protected lives, we shout out to our god of choice:
"How could you do this to me??" We believe that our birthright
is the pursuit of happiness,
and we spend our lives trying to protect ourselves from sorrow.
soul, however, has a different journey. The soul travels an
ancient evolutionary path that seeks wisdom and connection with
the divine. Often in our desire to defend ourselves from discomfort,
we erect barriers within ourselves. Often we become so effective
in compartmentalizing our emotions we become cut off from our
very selves, our soul and our spirit.
astrological terms, the orbiting planets form geometric angles
to our birthchart planets, or "transits." Each transiting planet
has its own nature, its own personality and its own purpose-calling
upon us as the ancient gods they represent to bring forth something
in ourselves that has been lost. The inner planets move quickly:
a transit of Venus will encourage relationships and creativity,
a transit of Mars demands that we defend ourselves appropriately.
Easy Jupiter transits can bring financial opportunity, or liberate
us from difficult situations, whereas the challenging transits
can cause reckless and risky behavior. The outer, or transpersonal
planets, including Saturn which acts as the bridge between the
personal planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter) and transpersonal
(Uranus, Neptune and Pluto), take much longer to traverse the
zodiac and therefore their effects are felt for a longer period
planets in our birthchart also "progress" through
time, particularly the inner planets which move more quickly.
The placement of the planets in our "progressed" chart
offer additional information about the person that we have become;
this serves as a transparent overlay that defines us at this
moment in time. The relationship of the planets in our progressed
chart to our birthchart offers additional information about
our current situation.
These transits can initiate great
opportunities and personal distress for us, but even in the
most difficult of crises, hidden in the pain is a gift that
opens the doorway into the realization and connection of the
soul. Each planet can be identified as a god demanding us to
delve deep within ourselves. Encounters with these gods through
the challenging planetary transits (squares and oppositions)
bring burdens, but also offer great gifts. In making an offering
to these gods, we are better able to receive their gifts of
myth: Saturn was the son of Uranus (heaven) and Gaia (earth).
During his rule he created the division of time and the seasons,
establishing cosmic order and history. Saturn, fearing that
his children would depose him, swallowed each child at birth.
His last child, Zeus, eventually overpowered Saturn in a great
war and imprisoned him in the Tartarus, a dark gloomy region
at the ends of the earth.
burden: Saturn places restrictions and obstacles before
us, making it difficult to move forward in our desired direction.
We may feel sad, lonely, and weighed down by an overwhelming
sense of inertia. Saturn is the god of time, telling us that
time is fleeting and we must take our lives seriously. He wants
us to be responsible, to respect society's structures. He is
the difficult father that can instill insecurity and self-doubt.
During a Saturn transit we often feel dark and lonely, mirroring
Saturn's gloomy imprisonment. The structures and rules that
Saturn values so much can feel oppressive. We are likely to
experience difficulties in our daily lives: back pain, dental
problems, automobile breakdowns - events that limit our ability
to move forward as we desire.
gift: Saturn is like the Beast in old fairy tales; behind
his ugly and fearful exterior lies the Handsome Prince. Herein
lies the alchemy over which Saturn presides: the psychospiritual
process in which pain and difficulty leads one to greater wholeness
and integration. Saturn is not stingy in his rewards when we
delve deep and obey his call for introspection and discipleship.
The limitations and obstacles are simply tools to encourage
us to look within and convert the lead of our existence into
the gold of increased awareness.
offering: When we enter into discipleship with Saturn, we
discover the truth about ourselves and our nature. Saturn demands
that we look deeply into our motivations, our desires, and our
truths. Spend as much time alone as possible, journaling, examining
the structures of your life and look at ways they can be improved.
Offer up a plan for the future and Saturn will reward you with
spiritual and material success. Open gently the doors to feelings
of sadness and insecurity; this is the base material for the
alchemical process. When you face your darkness with courage,
you allow the light to enter and Saturn's blessings will certainly
myth: Uranus was the sky god married to Gaia, the earth
mother-god. Uranus ruled the limitless space of the heavens.
He and Gaia had many children, all of them odd and deformed:
the giant Titans, the Cyclopses, and monsters with multiple
limbs and heads. These children did not meet his ideals, and
Uranus forced them back into Gaia's womb (the earth). Ultimately
his son Saturn castrated Uranus , symbolizing an archetypal
battle between these two gods.
burden: Uranus demands freedom of expression, revolution
against repression, an idealistic utopia. Uranus rattles our
cages, pressuring us to remember that we are creative and unique
individuals. If we cling tooo tightly to Saturn's structures
and the security they bring, the challenging Uranus transits
can increase anxiety and shake our very roots. We may suddenly
crave changes in all structures of our life and experience insomnia
gift: Uranus offers the gift of individual freedom and new
beginnings. Uranus often provides brilliant insights and breakthroughs
of awareness. A veil is lifted, and we are able to see past
our fears to more freedom, an ideal life that better suits the
person we have become.
offering: Uranus requires us to let go of old habits, routines
and structures that keep us from actualizing our potential.
It demands that we open our minds to new ideas, new visions.
It floods us with electrical energy and asks that we channel
it into new pathways of thought, of feeling, and of living.
Think outside the box; imagine new ways of structuring your
life that serve your own unique potential.
myth: Neptune was the brother of Pluto and of Jupiter, and
after the three brothers overthrew their father Saturn, Neptune
received dominion over the seas. Neptune was known not only
for his watery domain, but also for his legendary rage which
caused him to create great storms with his trident and gave
him control over earthquakes. Neptune had many lovers, but fell
desperately in love with the water nymph Amphitrite who later
became his wife.
burden: Neptune commands the dissolution of ego and the
yearning of the individual for a divine experience. During a
challenging Neptune transit, the dissolving process can be confusing
and disorienting and leave us vulnerable to fantasy and deception.
In our search for the divine we may seek solace in drugs or
lose ourselves in excessive media exposure. We are more likely
to be deceived at these times due to a temporary inability to
discriminate between fantasy and reality. We may be overly empathetic
and lose our sense of self.
gift: Neptune unites the soul and the self with the divine
and facilitates the ascension process. During a transit of Neptune
we have a direct doorway into the wisdom of the unconscious.
Our dreams speak loudly to us if we listen, and provide information
from the collective unconscious as well as our own subconscious
mind. Neptune also offers the gift of empathy, psychic ability,
artistic creation and music.
offering: Neptune calls upon us to dissolve the boundaries
of our individual ego and merge with the consciousness of the
divine. We can honor Neptune by spending time in meditation
and contemplation, and in body/mind/spirit activities such as
yoga or tai chi that will unite and align us with the wisdom
of our inner selves. We can ask to recognize where truth lies
so that we can follow Neptune's higher road of spiritual awareness.
Neptune's gift is none other than realization of the individual
myth: Pluto is the god of the underworld, of death. Pluto
owned a helmet that rendered him invisible, and he left no traces
on the earth. Pluto is also the god of wealth and bestower of
riches. He was often portrayed as being deaf to prayers and
unappeased by sacrifices. He fell in love with Persephone and
abducted her into the underworld, making her his queen and demonstrating
that he wasn't completely without heart.
burden: In psychological astrology, Pluto represents the
will of the higher self, the transpersonal self. Pluto's realm
is empowerment and transformation; he is unconcerned with our
individual desires and plans. Transits of Pluto instigate death
and rebirth, endings and beginnings. A Pluto transit can feel
like a tornado in which one's entire world is picked up, spun
about, and dropped in a completely new and different place.
Pluto takes us into the underworld and forces us to view emotions
and qualities that have long been buried in the unconscious.
gift: Pluto offers nothing less than complete spiritual
evolution, the release of the caterpillar into the divine destiny
of the butterfly. Pluto is the god of buried treasure - he reveals
the ugliest aspects of our nature: jealousy, aggression and
rage, revealing our true inner power that lies beneath. He forces
us, often kicking and screaming, to let go of those aspects
of our life that no longer serve our empowerment process, freeing
us to realize our greatest potential.
offering: Pluto insists that we step aside to let him facilitate
our transformation. He demands that we trust the process, to
let go of our own desires and plans for our future and allow
the transformation to take place. Surrender is the key here,
and a desire for wisdom. A Pluto transit may bring us the ultimate
power struggle - that between the will of our higher self for
transformation and our own individual desires.
The synchronicity inherent in the cycles life offers us
many opportunities as well as challenges. Understanding the
nature of these cycles provide insight that can assist us in
our own evolutionary process.