“The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything. We can never say that we are simply falling to pieces or that anyone else is, and we can never say that about the world either…. It is up to us. We can save the world from destruction.” – Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

UranusExpansive Jupiter and revolutionary Uranus meet up today in Aries, the sign of the Warrior. These two planets move slowly enough that their conjunction will still be in effect at the Summer Solstice on June 21 and at the Lunar Eclipse on June 26 — which means that the influence will continue to reverberate for the next several months.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac — the catalyst, the innovator, the pioneer, the leader. Aries gets the party started. Aries rules instincts, survival, courage. It takes a lot of courage to act on our instincts, to take the risk of going first, doing something different, entering unfamiliar territory.

Uranus just moved into Aries on May 27 (see Pioneering A New World), and will only stay for a few months, before returning to Pisces on August 13. For now we’re just getting a preview of Uranus in Aries energy — the full-length feature starts in March 2011 and goes until 2019.

Jupiter is now expanding this Uranus in Aries energy, for better or for worse — as always, it’s just energy, and it’s up to us how to use it.

Some less appealing expressions are certainly possible. This is a potentially volatile combination in a sign not known for keeping its cool. An escalation of violence, aggression, war, “yang” energy gone (even more) out of control.

I’m voting for something a little more benevolent, something we need big-time right about now — humanity (ruled by Uranus) waking up to our power (Aries). The instinct to survive propelling us into action to “save the world from destruction.”

We are currently in a state of war — a war on the Earth and all her inhabitants. Why the World Management Team, the Global Elite, or whatever you want to call the handful of crazy people currently calling the shots, would want to destroy our home planet is a mystery, but that’s what’s happening. We can stay in denial and wait for the “leaders” to either have a change of heart or continue what they’re doing and finish the job, or we can take back our power and reclaim the Earth.

The oil deluge in the Gulf of Mexico is an escalation and acceleration of this war — it’s nothing new in the annals of industrialized civilization versus the planet, but it’s extreme, and it’s raising the stakes, adding urgency to an already urgent situation. There are existing methods for at least ameliorating the toxic effects of the oil, but the corporate-political authorities are not using them (see Willow’s excellent post, BP and Obama Are “Trying Everything” — Except Anything Effective ). In fact, the “chemical dispersants” are making the situation worse.

Faced with the catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, the ocean being poisoned at an unimaginable rate, the killing of the sea creatures, the assault on our beloved planet, the pain and grief that we feel as a result… what can we do?

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is now in Virgo, bringing attention to the here and now, the details of daily life, the little things. Martin Prechtel, in a recent interview with Caroline Casey, spoke about “small greatness,” explaining (more poetically than I will here) that heroic action is not about building big buildings or drilling into the Earth. It’s about approaching life, our planet, and each other with humility, gratitude and awe. Honoring the sacredness of the Earth, and all her inhabitants, including ourselves. Growing a human that we would be proud to be descended from.

One of the big lies of our time is that our actions don’t matter
. That we are insignificant beings. The corporate media, the “news,” broadcast this message in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, instilling fear into our psyches. If we buy into this mindset and believe that we are powerless, we relinquish our Warrior natures. We surrender to despair and overwhelm and wait for someone or something “out there” to save us.

Potentially, Uranus in Aries can help jolt us out of this self-destructive paradigm. The catastrophe in the Gulf is perhaps exactly the wake-up call we need to reclaim our power.

Everything matters. Consciousness matters — the state of our mind and heart as we navigate through our days. How we treat one another. Prayers and meditation. The choices we make about what to eat, what to buy, where to work, which media to take into our brains, how we spend the moments of our lives.

We all matter, and we are all Warriors, and we all have gifts and skills that we can contribute at this critical time. Mars in Virgo says start now, start small, start where you are, just start. Be brave and follow your instincts. If we can direct this powerful Warrior energy in a positive, healing direction, we have a chance at saving ourselves, saving our precious planet.