Dear friends,

Here are some thoughts about the cosmic forces in the new year – it’s a longish post, but trust me, I’m just scratching the surface! I’ll be writing more about Venus and Mars in the coming days… For those of you in and around Portlandia, I’ll be talking about all this – and much more – at the Women’s Community Group on Wednesday night (as in, tonight – this one’s for the ladies), and at New Renaissance on Sunday (all are welcome). Priestesses everywhere, please join Katie and me at our first Lunar Galactic Activation teleclass of the new year, on January 14, for the Cancer Full Moon.

Wishing you radical aliveness in the new year, Emily

The Uranus-Pluto Square – Awakening to Your Power
exact on April 21 and December 14

“Humanity is undergoing an existential crisis in a very real way. We are in the process of choosing if we want to exist or not.” – Steve Bhaerman, Institutionalized Insanity

fukushimaThe square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn – the astrological headline from 2012 to 2015 – is a wake-up call to transform our understanding and use of energy and power before we self-destruct. The most dramatic enactment of this alignment is also the most invisible – the catastrophic radiation poisoning resulting from the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima. (Uranus=uranium, Pluto=plutonium) Japanese reporters are blocked from telling the truth by a new gag law, while the U.S. government and corporate media seem determined to downplay any threat to the health of life on Earth.

There are many competing stories in internet-land about how disastrous the situation may or may not be. But let’s just use common sense – thousands of tons of radioactive waste dumped in the ocean cannot be “cleaned up” and its “dispersal” in the water does not make it go away. Radioactive particles do not dissolve in salt water. “Magical thinking” is very different from REAL magic, which involves acknowledging what is, and intentionally working with the invisible realm to effect a positive outcome.

The denial that defines this era calls forth unprecedented environmental crises, designed to wake us up out of our planet-destroying stupor, wake up to the fact that the Earth is our home, the Earth is our body, and we are all connected (nuclear radiation is a powerful teacher of that truth). We are also waking up to and pioneering a new paradigm of power – power that doesn’t require splitting the atom or otherwise wreaking destruction, but that cooperates with natural law. Power based on knowing that we are connected with all living beings and with the field of energy or consciousness in which we exist.

The Cardinal Grand Cross – Beyond the Crossroads
strongest in early January and April 20-23

cardinal crossIn January and April, Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra move into alignment with Uranus and Pluto, forming a high-pressure Cardinal Grand Cross. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are the leaders and initiators, catalyzing new beginnings into action. The Cardinal Cross represents a turning point, both a death of the old and an initiation into the new. If you have planets in your birth chart between 7-16 degrees of the Cardinal signs, you will be feeling this very personally!

Jupiter in Cancer calls for shedding old stories about where we came from and who we are, and expanding our perception of our origins as a way to transform the future. Mars in Libra animates the Peaceful Warrior, asking us to embody peace from deep within and radiate that out to serve as agents of transformation. The interaction of these two faster-moving planets with the Uranus-Pluto square highlights connections between the personal and political, how our individual stories and actions contribute to the evolving collective story that we are co-creating moment by moment.

The Grand Cross in late April coincides with the next exact Uranus-Pluto square, and is also sandwiched between two Eclipses – meaning, this is a period of high intensity, potential crisis, and emotional volatility. This is the big initiation, the crossing from one reality to another, the death and the rebirth. Mythologist Michael Meade says that the soul is always seeking initiation, which he defines as “the intentional creation of circumstances that cause a person to connect more deeply to what’s already inside them and more extensively to the unseen world” (Initiation and the Soul)

At the crossroads, when it seems that we’re actually beyond the crossroads and in the dying – beyond turning this all around or being saved or somehow making it all better before it’s too late – we can still awaken the parts of ourselves, our unique superpowers, that have been lying dormant and waiting for this exact moment to come alive. The choice of whether or not to exist is one that each of us has to face, and when enough humans choose aliveness, we will generate a spark to light our way to the new cycle.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces – Grief and Imagination
Neptune in Pisces: 2011-2025; Chiron in Pisces: 2010-2019

piscesWith so much excitement in the Cardinal signs this year, we want to make sure not to overlook Neptune and Chiron, floating along in the invisible, mysterious, chaotic waters of Pisces – the primordial soup from which we were all born and to which we will all return, the Source. The ocean is the literal manifestation of Neptune and Pisces, and the literal Source of life on Earth, and the ocean, scientists tell us, is dying.

Grief, the emotion associated with Neptune and Pisces because its function is to dissolve and dissipate old energies, is an appropriate response to the dying. But in a culture where feeling deeply is pathologized, 9 out of 10 people choose to numb out in any number of ways rather than allow themselves to grieve. This is shadow Neptune/Pisces – escape, addiction, denial – and this is a problem. We shut down our spiritual potential, our capacity to open up to higher states of awareness, and to experience bliss, ecstasy and oneness (high-vibration Neptune/Pisces) in the here and now.

The great, wise ecologist/Buddhist/activist Joanna Macy wrote in a recent essay:

When we open our eyes to what is happening, even when it breaks our hearts, we discover our true size; for our heart, when it breaks open, can hold the whole universe. We discover how speaking the truth of our anguish for the world brings down the walls between us, drawing us into deep solidarity. That solidarity, with our neighbors and all that lives, is all the more real for the uncertainty we face.” (The Greatest Danger)

damanhurWithout grieving, we stay stuck in the old energies, limiting our potential not only to connect deeply with others and with spiritual levels of reality, but also our ability to dream and imagine. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac – it’s both the ending, and, since time is not linear but cyclical, the dreaming of the new reality. Recently I watched a very inspiring interview with Crotalo Sesamo, an ambassador from Damanhur, a spiritual community in Italy that, among other amazing accomplishments, created an incredible underground temple (you can take a virtual tour here).

In recounting the history of Damanhur, Sesamo talked about the power of having a vision, and the power of people coming together to manifest a dream. Voicing the message of the coming Aquarian Age, he said (I’m paraphrasing):  Just one person alone, that’s nothing, but community is a tool for making dreams come true. While the old paradigm collapses around us, while industrial civilization self-destructs, we need our imaginations awake and active, “We need people who can dream a new life.”

– Emily Trinkaus