More thoughts on Planetary Reincarnation and how astrology works

Edgar CayceI’m reading an out-of-print book by astrologer Ry Redd called Toward a New Astrology that is quite interesting.  Redd went through thousands of Cayce’s readings and extracted the astrological signatures for each individual.  It is astounding that Cayce, with no astrological training and without casting a chart, was able to pick up the planetary vibrations at work in the astrological charts through his clairvoyant readings while in a trance.

I remembered that I had written a post a couple of years ago on this very subject after finding an article online.  If this subject interests you I suggest that you go back to the original post and the article to which it links on which includes these paragraphs:

… Cayce revealed that our life experience involves more than just the earth. It involves our entire solar system. Through the principles of astrology, each solar system in the universe is like a “university” – a place for higher learning. Our solar system has nine planets and each planet is a physical representation of a particular afterlife realm (or dimension). Our universe is only one realm out of many afterlife realms. Our universe (including the earth) is the third realm in the afterlife hierarchy and represents three-dimensional life.

Because Cayce associated each planet as a physical (three-dimensional) representation of a particular afterlife realm, Cayce referred to these afterlife realms using the name of the planet associated with it. For example, when Cayce uses the name Venus, he is referring to the afterlife realm that are associated astrologically with the planet named Venus. When Cayce mentions that souls inhabit Venus, he does not mean that souls live on the surface of the planet Venus, he means that souls inhabit the afterlife realm named Venus which is associated astrologically with the planet Venus.For example, the planet earth is a physical representation (three-dimensional) of the third afterlife realm (i.e., our universe).

The planet Mercury is a physical representation (three-dimensional) associated with the second afterlife realm, also named Mercury, in the afterlife hierarchy. The afterlife realms are dimensions which souls can experience when not active in the physical body on earth. These non-active states include death, deep sleep, or other altered states that free the subconscious from its normal physical constraints. The planets exert an astrological influence on us.

The seven traditional planets represent archetypes of human experience, and the three transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are archetypes for experiences that enable the individual soul to transcend and transform.  The seven planetary archetypes correspond to the human energy system through the chakra system, and thus there is a microcosm and macrocosm.  In all of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) there are seven heavens.  There are seven days of the week, each corresponding to one of the seven traditional planets. In esoteric literature there are seven rays of divine intelligence. even is the number of Saturn, the lord of space and time that confines us in physical form. .

Is it the actual planets in physical space that provide the impetus for the astrological influences that we experience?  I would argue that the influence has more to do with the planetary archetypes that penetrate all of life’s experience.

Venus retrograde, financial markets, and the Mayans

Mayan calendarVenus is the goddess of love and pleasure, and she rules over the principle of attraction as well. In that guise she oversees our ability to accumulate wealth and talents as well as loved ones, and it’s therefore not surprising that since Venus turned retrograde the financial markets have improved and there is a bit of optimism lurking underneath the darkness.

Venus is at its brightest just before it turns retrograde, but it is during the time when it makes a station as it prepares to turn direct that it slips into darkness. During this retrograde period that time will come around the 15th of April.  According to Bruce Scofield as quoted by Erin Sullivan in her excellent book Retrograde Planets: Traversing the Inner Landscape, the ancient Mesoamerican cultures believed that Venus “takes the form of a man and walks the Earth.  Here he meets the goddess Xochiquetzal, goddess of love, who abets him in breaking his vows of purity.”  Venus couples with the goddess and is sacrificed when the planet Venus is hidden from view, only to be reborn as the Morning Star and back in her female guise.

This pageant reflects the fact that when Venus is retrograde we often are forced to view that which is hidden and dark within us and in our relationships.  The Mayans evidently used the astronomical movements of Venus to plan their wars and sacrifices at the time that Venus emerged from the underworld.  This celebration of Venus as Goddess of War would exalt Venus in Aries, the sign ruled by Mars, god of war, rather than refer to Venus in Aries as being in her detriment.  Is this a symbol of our sanitized culture which even from an astrological point of view prefers the cartoon character Venus Aphrodite, emerging as a sex goddess from the sea, to the raw and brutal Mayan vision of Venus, “still sticky with the blood and bones of the dead after her forty-day journey in the arms of the Sun.” (Sullivan, Retrograde Planets).

As a culture we are learning to reframe our values during this Venus retrograde period.  The stress of the financial crisis has caused many people to re-evaluate their lives now that they are out of work, and some are finding that there are some benefits.  What do we value, and who are we really underneath the veneer that we present to the world?  This is what is being asked of us now.

New Moon in Aries

The Moon is now in Aries along with Mercury which entered that fiery sign yesterday, and Venus is retrograding back through Aries so we have a strong Aries focus right now.  Mars-ruled Aries is well known for being the sign that is most adept at expressing anger due to its rulership by the god of war.

I like to say that Mars rules the way we feel about the things we want.  When we don’t get what we want, we get angry.  If we don’t speak up for ourselves, we get angry.  If we don’t set good boundaries and someone violates them, we get angry.  There are levels of anger that are useful, and then there is the anger that comes when we have not honored ourselves and what we need.  “I shouldn’t feel that way.”  “That shouldn’t bother me.”  We tell ourselves these things, and then the anger erupts anyway.

April Elliot Kent writes about Aries:

Anger is the emotion of last resort, which kicks in only when other warning signs have failed to get our attention. When someone crosses the line with you, a quick and assertive response is in order. We need to stand up for ourselves, and when fear, good manners, or pride keep us from doing so, anger is the natural result. But anger is the nuclear weapon of the relationship arsenal – its only power lies in its ability to intimidate or frighten others. Anger stamps a vintage from the grapes of normal, healthy, Aries wrath, bottles it up and places it in a dark cellar for months. What results might be a great wine – but will more likely turn to vinegar, corrosive and sour.

Aries isn’t all about anger and boundaries though – it is also about simplicity and idealism.  Aries sees the world through a lens in which might should be right, and noble ideals prevail.  There is an innocence to Aries that is often overlooked.  Like the infant human, the infant of the zodiac sees life through a simple prism of needs.  When the needs aren’t met, the anger is expressed.  There’s no hidden agendas – no long-lasting grudges.

The New Moon in Aries occurs at 12:06 pm EDT on Thursday, and forms a square to Pluto.  Pluto will intensify the question “What do we need, and how are we going about ensuring that those needs are met.”  Pluto suggests that those needs are life and death matters, and may devise elaborate power plays in which we play out the drama of our needs and who meets them and who does not, and how we respond when thwarted.

Pluto takes the Aries simplicity and convolutes it.  Where Aries gets angry and has forgottten it the next minute, Pluto holds on.  Pluto also forms a square to Mercury in the New Moon which can enhance our discussions with an intense and argumentative flavor.  Who has the power? is another question that is asked under this New Moon.

Aries also brings courage.  Aries is virtually fearless, and the innocence and blind trust of Aries in That Which Is Right can help to defuse any lingering fear that has taken over our consciousness in the current climate of economic anxiety.  Under the influence of Aries we are more easily able to summon the courage that will assist us in our Quest.

As the Moon moves towards its conjunction with the Sun that signals the new lunar cycle, it will form a square to Pluto at around 7 am EDT, bringing the first hint of intensity.  Remember that this New Moon is a beautiful time for awakening our inner sense of personal power and further developing our own personal identity in a way that takes care of all of our needs while maintaining a healthy balance in our relationships.  The Pluto factor will show us if there are any areas where we still feel weak and unable to protect ourselves, but it will also show us the way to improve that circumstance.

The intensity will soften in the afternoon as the Moon transits Venus which is retrograding back towards a conjunction with the Sun.  Venus is about our values and our relationships, and the presence of Venus will want to ensure that the Aries energy for conquest does not leave our relationships behind in the process.  Moderation and balance will be called for once the New Moon culminates at around noon EDT.

The astrology of the healthcare bill

This issue is so emotionally charged that it’s difficult to take a rational and reasoned stance in doing any kind of astrological analysis, but I think Jamie Funk has done just that in his analysis of the signing of the healthcare bill.

The bill was signed into law at the moment that the Moon hit the 5 degree point of Cancer, opposing Pluto in Capricorn exactly and setting off the square from Saturn which is nearing its opposition point to Uranus.  So with the Moon, Pluto, Saturn and Uranus we have a very tight Grand Cross, the most challenging aspect possible.  Uranus is still what we call “out of sign” because since it is in Pisces, which is a mutable sign rather than the cardinal signs that make up the Grand Cross, the effect of that GC is weakened somewhat.

Jamie points out that the Moon in the chart conjoins the ascendant, with Pluto on the descendant.  Both planets are angular (on the ascendant) and therefore have a more powerful effect.  There is a sense of life and death as the planet of the Underworld (Pluto) threatens the Moon’s security which, in its own sign of Cancer, is even more important to both sides of the debate.

Jamie also brings he fixed stars into the discussion, making this a very interesting read although for astrological newbies it may be a bit complex.

Do “Celestial Portals” really exist?

celestial portalsAs new and ever more incredible scientific discoveries expand our awareness of what is possible, the new knowledge is beginning to overlap with ancient knowledge that was previously dismissed as fantasy or myth.

A new article on outlines this phenomenon in great detail:

Curiously, peoples on both hemispheres held that such sky holes open and close with great rapidity, not unlike the ‘Symplegades’ of classical mythology. As part of their initiation rituals, prospective shamans of the Wiradjuri people, of southeast New South Wales, Australia, used to believe that they were led upwards by their spiritual guides to the celestial abode of the supreme god Baiame.

From an anonymous medicine-man or ‘doctor’ of the kangaroo totem of the Muri subclass of this nation, interviewed before 1887, comes the following account: “We went through the clouds, and on the other side was the sky. We went through the place where the doctors go through, and it kept opening and shutting very quickly.” Just so, the Tsimshian, of northern British Columbia, observed prior to 1909 that the sky, “a beautiful open country,” “is reached through the hole in the sky …, which opens and closes.” The Buryat are an ethnic minority in Siberia, who envision the sky as a giant inverted ‘kettle’ that alternately lifts up and comes down to the earth; ‘when the cover of the sky is raised, an opening arises between its rim and that of the earth.’

A similar belief was subsumed in the esoteric tradition of Hind?ism. According to this, the universe consists of three layers, the earth, the ‘air’ or atmosphere, and the sky, that look like ‘bricks’ with a perforation in the centre of each. As the soul of the visionary ascends towards the sky, each of the three holes must be cleared to make way: “When the person goes away from this world, he comes to the wind. Then the wind makes room for him, like the hole of a carriage wheel, and through it he mounts higher.” In this metaphysical brand of Hind? belief, the “wind” behaves suspiciously like what is now called the solar wind.

Last fall NASA scientists found “a giant breach in Earth’s magnetic field.”  Project scientist David Gilbeck said, “”This finding fundamentally alters our understanding of the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.”  The writers of the Thunderbolts article add:

A computer simulation revealed that two holes frequently develop in the magnetic field of the earth, “…one at high latitude over the Northern hemisphere, and one at high latitude over the Southern hemisphere. The holes form over the daylight side of Earth, on the side of the magnetic shield facing the sun.”

It is believed that the openings form above the earth’s equator and then roll over to earth’s winter pole, which is in the north in December and in the south in July. The holes close as rapidly as they open, NASA’s current estimate being that the two fields of the sun and the earth “briefly merge or ‘reconnect,’ forming a portal through which particles can flow” approximately “every eight minutes.”

If there are spatial portals in the apparatus of the Earth’s atmosphere, then perhaps it’s not so far-fetched to consider the existence of dimensional portals, and what the heck – why not time portals as well!  I would be interested to see if there is a connection between these openings of the Earth’s magnetic fields and the ley lines that appear to connect neolithic sites of ancient mystery along what could be energy fields.

The opposition between Saturn and Uranus that began last fall is likely to bring even more new discoveries (Uranus) that turn established scientific and archaeological understanding (Saturn) on its ears.  This acceleration of scientific knowledge has been growing steadily over the past fifty years, but it seems to be increasing in speed and intensity.  I will continue to cover these astonishing discoveries as they appear to change our world and blow our minds!