“[S]ignificant events such as a solstice, equinox, or eclipse open a specific portal or doorway into the multidimensional nature of the universe. When this happens, archetypal frequencies of energy are downloaded to our planet from the celestial sphere, offering us the chance to be bathed in new and enriching waves of consciousness, which are essential for the time ahead.” – Christine R. Page, 2012 and the Galactic Center

PlutoIt’s hard to hyperbolize about the astrology we’re currently experiencing — it just doesn’t get more dramatic than this. The Summer Solstice on Monday, when the Sun moved into Cancer, activated the Cardinal Grand Cross, and now we’re quickly approaching Saturday’s uber-intense Lunar Eclipse, which catalyzes the Solstice energies.

These cosmic events are wake-up calls on a grand scale, personally and collectively. The Grand Cross is an extremely rare aspect that is considered the most stressful of all planetary configurations. At the time of the Eclipse, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and the Sun — the main players in the Cross — will be in extremely tight formation, giving, as Jessica Murray notes, “the feeling of not being able to get away with anything.”

Eclipses work through pressure and stress, and I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling overwhelmed, my mind and heart, the wild tides of thoughts and emotions, swinging back and forth between the epic-scale horror-fest unfolding in the Gulf, and my own personal needs and dramas and those of people around me.

And meanwhile — what’s the “archetypal download,” the gift, the portal, the wave of consciousness that this Lunar Eclipse wants to bring us? How to be open enough to FEEL into the energies without getting lost in the sea of fear and panic, helplessness and hopelessness that seems so readily available in the group mind?

CapricornLunar Eclipses are times of revelation and breakthrough, bringing to the surface whatever has been repressed, ignored or denied. At the time of the Eclipse, the Moon will be in Capricorn, the sign of integrity, in an exact union with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, representing core truths, authenticity, power and purpose. If we’re brave, if we’re willing to feel through the fear, we have the opportunity to become aware of ways that we are out of integrity, and get a glimpse of what we need to shift.

Rome is burning. The survival of the planet is at stake. If there were a time for coming into integrity, for being who we are in the most authentic way possible, doing what we came here to do, honoring our soul’s purpose in incarnating on the Earth, now is the time.

Initiation into the Unknown

The Cardinal signs — Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn — are the initiators of the zodiac, the pioneers, and the Cardinal Grand Cross signifies the dramatic beginning of a new phase for humanity — an initiation.

“Initiation means a rite of passage from one stage of life to another,” says Malidoma Somé, in an interview in the latest issue of The Sun Magazine. “The absence of formal initiation in the West,” he continues, “is why young people create their own informal initiations, such as engaging in reckless and dangerous behavior.”

If we are at an initiation point, let us go through it mindfully, intentionally, respectfully, and with appropriate support. This is a time for paying attention, for getting grounded in our bodies and holding a strong and sacred container for the download that wants to come through. Capricorn is a pragmatic Earth sign, and Pluto is the Magician. This Eclipse calls for practical magic — ritual, ceremony, communicating with our ancestors, asking for support and guidance from the invisible realm.

We have to be willing to enter the Mystery, the void, the unknown — Pluto’s Underworld — which is why this initiation is so terrifying. We don’t know exactly what we’re being initiated into, but we can intend that it be about coming into greater integrity with our highest purpose and in service to the planet.

We can intend that instead of following orders — implicit or explicit — we follow the dictates of our core self, our inner knowing, our feelings. We can take to heart the lesson of Jason Anderson, one of the workers killed in the BP explosion, who knew that what they were doing was reckless and dangerous, but nevertheless did what he was told.

Let us compost “reckless and dangerous behavior” as we, as a people, step into a new, more grown-up version of ourselves, taking responsibility at a deeper level, for our own lives and the life of our beloved planet.

“Finding one’s purpose is the primary goal of initiation…. The indigenous formula says that we all come into this world with a gift that we must give to the world. We must undergo initiation to discover what our gift is and how to share it.” – Malidoma Somé

– Emily Trinkaus