As mentioned in a recent post, the astrological aspects of the moment suggest a tough period of time for many as end-of-Piscean-era structural realities continue to dissolve, disappoint, and come up short all around us.
At the same time, we're forging ahead - experimentally, often in a state of muted shock - while gaining momentum in a new astrological era. Things work differently now. Energy works differently. As a result, in order to be successful, things must be set up differently, under rules aligned with the natural laws governing the astrological Aquarian Age.
In many ways, we are moving into a freer and more dynamic period. As things break down, we are forced to seek alternatives, to do things differently. Keeping the grand scale, macro shift in mind can help to inspire us and buoy our spirits when everything seems to be swirling down the fin-de-Piscean-era drain.
There can also be no doubt, however, that many/most are weighed down in some way by this "will it never end?" transitional period. We're moving through experiences of stagnation, inertia, confusion, isolation, listlessness, disappointment, and/or despair, time periods when nothing at all seems to work, and these periods can increase in potency as the era shift gathers momentum.
Keep in mind: we are working to achieve escape velocity from the sticky karmic loops, from the devastating dirty tricks, and from the unmet and unrealized ideals of the astrological Piscean era.
And we're going to get there, there's no doubt about it. If for no other reason than: there's nowhere else to go.
At the same time, no caring, feeling, intelligent being of any degree of sensitivity could deny the pain and suffering going on on this planet - much of it intentionally being brought down upon us by the nasty mix of nefarious nogoodniks inhabiting positions of power within the illegitimate structural hierarchies of this planet.
More than two thousand years of it is being layered upon us now, concentrated into this period of time, spread amongst the billions of us currently living and breathing on Planet Earth, shared even amongst the Earth-compassionate spirits on the other side.
No one can entirely separate his or her own emotional and psychological states from the intense misery and fear that has been generated, stirred, and intentionally manufactured around the globe for millenia. We can protect ourselves from it, insulate ourselves from it to a degree, love ourselves and others through it, but we cannot separate ourselves from it.
This impossibility of separation is a Chiron in Pisces lesson, and with the wounded healer now transiting late Pisces, this lesson is coming to a head.
As most readers know, I'm a Scorpionic/Plutonic soul, and I don't believe in shying away from the stone cold reality of the situation. In fact, I think avoiding, glossing over, denying, or shying away from the reality of the situation just creates more pain and dysfunction.
We have to get to the heart of the matter in order to protect ourselves from the crushing weight being brought down on the living things of this planet.
To this end, I will re-publish some older writing here that may provide context while helping those who are feeling "on the brink" at this time. Hopefully it can help to blast us out of any anxiety or malaise associated with the Saturn-Neptune square, an aspect we have been working with since November 2015 that is now coming to a head once again.
From the October 30, 2014 article, "Entering the Dark Half..."
"We have been emotionally and psychologically challenged - intensely - during Saturn's transit of Scorpio [2012 - 2015] by the bottom-line realities on this planet. We have been challenged by some of the darkest and most repugnant realities possible related to corrupt, violent, and vicious power structures on this planet and the miseries they create.
(If the New Agers want to talk about "creating reality," why don't we start with the miserable realities being created for billions of people by the violent power-holders and social engineers?)
There has been a lot of talk about depression since Saturn entered Scorpio in October 2012. This is a topic that has been worked up to the surface in media and social media, particularly after some high-profile celebrity suicides.
There has also been a lot of talk about how to alleviate or cure depression.
But here's where it gets a bit more tricky, complicated, Scorpionic.
We can't sever ourselves or our emotional realities from the reality of the whole. We can't sever our personal psyches from the collective situation on Planet Earth. We can't sever ourselves from the misery intentionally being brought down on people as the powers-that-be steamroll their way to continued "success."
There is no pill or drug or psychiatrist that can make all that go away.
Do we really think the millions of Iraqui and Afghani war orphans that have been created by the vicious Global Government and their NATO forces are not feeling depressed right about now?
Do we think the mothers giving birth to babies deformed from depleted uranium exposure, again brought to them by NATO forces, are not feeling some depression?
Do we believe the 43 million Americans on food stamps, some unable to put food on their tables with even two or three jobs, are not feeling a bit down at the moment?
Or the millions who remain unemployed? The millions who are homeless? The millions who are working for a wage that cannot sustain the very basics of life?
Do we think the sea life being irradiated, sickened, and killed in the Pacific Ocean is not feeling a bit wonky at this point? That we have no energetic connection to these creatures?
Do we believe that we can escape the intentional irradiation and toxification of our own bodies and minds by pretending it isn't happening, that it isn't so bad?
Do we believe that the current state of perpetual war will not affect our emotional or psychological states as long as we don't have to see it right in front of us?
We can't change the situation for ourselves personally unless we are also working to change it for the collective. It will just cycle around and grab us again unless we are working with the real sociological roots...
There are real ghouls, real soul-devoid individuals, in positions of power on this planet, intentionally bringing down pain, misery, death, and destruction on the living things here. (And most of those real ghouls wear suits and ties.) This web of corrupt power stretches around the globe, unimaginably complex and intricately connected. And this web must be outed - systematically, relentlessly, repeatedly, until every tendril, every connection is exposed.
Until people are willing to work with the true root realities, until they are ready to strike at the heart of the beast, they will be paralyzed under the layers, the symptoms, the intentionally-created bad feelings.
The goals...are to understand the true sources of our depression and to understand that we cannot alleviate the weight of this depression by leaving those sources hidden, festering, unaddressed."
From the April 25, 2014 article, "Suicide Prevention Post: You are Loved & You Are Needed. Stay Here With Me."
"We are in the thick of the Pluto (corruption/death) in Capricorn (business/hierarchy) years, and people are being placed under layers and layers of manufactured stress. These manufactured stresses often stem from corrupt institutions that are being accepted by people as normal, sane, and legitimate.
These corrupt institutions include the money system and stock markets, as well as business and governmental models.
People feel forced to play roles and to keep up in structures that are increasingly insane, inhumane, illegitimate, violent, deadly, and devoid of soul.
People are being ruled through fear, coercion, and artificially-stimulated adrenaline - a very weak foundation, indeed, which works to break people down over the course of time.
Many are unaware of the extreme emotional and psychological violence being perpetuated by these institutions and blame themselves solely for the troubles they are encountering.
All this can break the human psyche down pretty quickly. In fact, the manufactured pressures are designed to do just that.
In an attempt to cope, people are taking pharmaceuticals for which suicidal thoughts or actions are known side effects.
There is also a covert use of energy weapons and electromagnetic frequencies underway that is creating suicidal thinking and actions in people.
If you are feeling suicidal or are having suicidal thoughts, please know that you are not alone in what you are experiencing. It is a widespread phenomenon. Also know that you can move out of the most detrimental suicidal thinking with enough time, awareness, and support...
Suicidal thoughts are temporary - even if they last off-and-on for years. The problems you are experiencing are not as big or impossible as they seem to you, and many of them have been intentionally manufactured by forces outside yourself.
Please know that the pressures being intentionally heaped upon you are not of your doing. You have not created them. You have not done something terribly wrong. You are not a failure...
From a previous post:
"In a great many instances, institutions want you to fail. They train you to fail. Because they benefit from, make money from, your failure.
Institutions destroy people. They sometimes destroy people quickly. Usually, however, it's a slow, eroding, toxifying collapse over the course of time...
The current constructs and power dynamics have lost legitimacy in the minds of all but the most conditioned.
What you have to do, pretty babies, is destroy its importance in your mind before it destroys you.
Get out from under the psychological weight of it however you can.
Step right out from under it.
Because it will crush you if you give it the chance.
Whatever is oppressing you so heavily right now doesn't matter.
Whatever is stressing you out doesn't matter. It's bullshit. Take responsibility for what's yours and get rid of the rest. Give it up to the universe, your higher power, God.
You are loved...
To a great extent, our institutions are devoid of humanity. But that doesn't mean we have to be...
One of the ways they crush us is by isolating us. They make us feel as if we're the only ones going through it, as if we're irretrievably damaged goods, as if we'll never have access to what's good in life.
Understand that whenever Pluto is involved, the roots of the situation are immensely complex. Each individual struggling is part of a massive Plutonic network struggling with the same thing...
We have to work to connect with each other, even though it's hard, and to love and care for each other, or they've got us. They've stripped us of one of the primary things that makes life worth living on this planet - our loving, compassionate humanity, given and received...
They keep us isolated in shame and embarrassment. Feeling like damaged goods. Feeling abnormal. Don't be ashamed. There isn't one thing we need to be ashamed of. It's the ones enforcing this violence who should be ashamed."
You're what matters.
[During the Pluto in Capricorn years,] it will be easy to feel crappy about our finances and our material insecurity. It will be easy to tie our self-worth to our dwindling earning potential or bank accounts. It will be easy to forget our inherent worth.
So we must buck that trend.
Please know that you are loved, and you are needed on this planet. You are worth so much more than any amount of money or material goods. You are so much more than a paycheque.
Please do not forget all the people who need your presence in this world. There are people you don't even know who are glad you are alive. You being on this planet makes life easier and better for so many - even people you have only met in passing, even the slightest of acquaintances, even people you haven't met in the flesh. You don't have to earn any money or live the high life to please these people. All you have to do is be you in the world and keep being you in the world.
Don't forget how much you are loved and how devastating it would be for you not to be here anymore.
And please check in with other people - even those you do not know well. A random kind word or light conversation can make all the difference in the world for someone feeling isolated and miserable."
The heavy, wet blanket effect of Saturn square Neptune is dropping the yuck on us in fairly sucky doses at the moment, as the current Saturn in Sagittarius - Neptune in Pisces square is being inflamed by war planet Mars.
As Mars in Sagittarius leaves its retrograde shadow (August 22), forms a conjunction to Saturn (August 24), and then squares Neptune in Pisces (August 25), the almost-post-Piscean suck-age is being pushed to a flaming, inflaming head.
But we are also busting through into something new. Old forms are being shaken apart by Uranian shock waves. After the storms of disappointment, fear, and despair, we see things in a new light.
This backdrop change is reinforced by September's eclipse season with a New Moon solar eclipse at 9 degrees Virgo on September 1 and a Full Moon lunar eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces on September 16.
The 9-degree Virgo New Moon solar eclipse on September 1 tightly squares Saturn at 10 degrees Sagittarius and opposes Neptune at 10 degrees Pisces, indicating that the themes of the Saturn-Neptune square dominate the following 28-day lunar cycle.
Sandwiched between these two eclipses is the final Saturn-Neptune square at 10 degrees Sagittarius/Pisces on September 10. A completion point.
The month of September appears to be a powerhouse for both peak pain and (ultimately) peak healing. The period around the 24-degree Pisces Full Moon is particularly potent, as the Full Moon occurs in tight conjunction to wounded healer Chiron.
At the time of the September 16 Pisces Full Moon, Mars in Sagittarius will be in tight square aspect to the Moon and Chiron in Pisces as well as to the Virgo Sun. This creates a mutable t-square formation, indicating transition, shifts, and emotional changeability/instability.
Luckily, Mars in Sagittarius will also be in exact trine aspect to Uranus in Aries at the time of the Full Moon, and it is this Mars-Uranus trine that drives us forward into new (and hopefully refreshing) territory.
Mars rubbing up against the wounded healer in Pisces at the time of the Full Moon indicates a possible inflammation of personal pain as connected to collective pain. But the Mars trine to Uranus indicates the dynamism and energy to move out of the worst of it. It indicates that we will (eventually) understand this pain as well as what we can do (Mars) about it. There will be a healing trajectory coming out of this Full Moon formation, and it may be a radical healing trajectory, requiring surprising changes in our lives.
We have 2,000+ years of pain, illusion, dirty tricks, manipulation, deception, artifice, disappointment, dead ends, and collective karma to work our way through. These times were never going to be easy.
But we also have 2,000+ years of sublime beauty, overflowing love, mystery and magic, spirit-centred guidance, collective wisdom, and sustaining connection to our fellow beings to draw on, to help us through. We can be fall-on-our-knees grateful for that.
I can't sugarcoat the experiences associated with these astrological aspects. But I can say that we are coming into powerful new truth - including guiding spiritual truth for a new era - because of them.
As we're propelled beyond old holding patterns, there is new energy and new growth available. There are new ideas coming, practically applicable. There is a 'whoosh' moment, a dam breaking and water gushing forth. This is not controllable by us, but it is nothing, ultimately, to fear. The dam was no longer necessary. In fact, it was holding us back.
We're navigating some trepidation, uncertainty, and instability over the next six weeks - but it's also exhilarating when we catch a glimpse of the big picture, when we see how all the mysterious threads connect, when we see all that has been accomplished via our hard work and diligence.
The periods of end-of-Pisces inertia, stagnation, and despair get shorter. They become easier to recognize, too. It becomes easier to gain objective emotional distance and awareness. Ahh, Aquarius. We are no longer immersed, drowning, as we so often have been.
The bursts of inspiration get stronger. We start to see the path out of the wreckage, even if it's just a single new step available for us to take.
A single, precious new step.
Thank-you for being here.
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