Times out of Time

…….flying north over the Tassili n’Ajjer plateau in saharan Algeria at the beginning of the year you would have been forgiven for thinking that the plane had been diverted via Sweden, assuming you were in a plane…..at the exact start of the Chinese New Year Algeria saw heavy snowfall along with several other areas of the Sahara and the Middle East – in fact, at that particular time, or so a little bird told me, Algeria saw more snow than had fallen in Sweden up to that point in the year…..not so unusual in the long run of things, what made this especially note worthy is the fact that the last time Algeria saw snowfall of this kind was at the start of the Chinese New Year…..in 1952, exactly sixty years ago – and, as now, ’52 was also a Water Dragon year! mmmmmm……..

Hi Folks – its been two months since a post appeared at Owlmirror and thats too long – so, I want to say straight from the heart, a big thank-you to all of you who have been visiting and dipping into the archives over this time; thanks for your patience – and, more importantly, to all of you, deep apologies for keeping y’all in the dark. Guess I should say whats been going on behind the scenes!

Simple truth is a whole host events and challenges ranging from building websites and tending to readings and requests, to helping my family relocate, which alone has been all-consuming on many levels……fact is, Life took the reins and I have had to follow!…….and in this particular instance that has led to the good ship Owlmirror going into dry-dock for a refit and stock-up on vittles ahead of our setting sail once again for the vast unknown.

So, with a fair wind picking up, carrying the smell of the open sea and horizons new, and  having a small window this evening to pick up the beat, I felt it only right and good timing to break out the charts and say something about the course were setting and where we are heading over the next few months once we weigh anchor….

…….however, in the time honoured tradition of this particular vessel, there is actually a little more to it than all that…….it began back at Samhain.

Did you notice something change back then, a subtlety perhaps about the shape of things – we noted here in the astro readings the lingering thinning of the veils, a deepening call to clear out unwanted baggage and cleanse our relationships, especially with the ancestors, in preparation for whats coming. And, beneath it all, underpinning our sense of the future was an influx of something new, a call to draw breath before shifting gear and to take the opportunity to re-orientate our goals; seems like a lifetime ago that the Moon’s North Node was conjuncting the ‘Great Attractor’, but, with eclipses and solstices swinging open the doorways of opportunity, I truly believe we saw a novelty, a ‘kink in our timeline’ so to speak, kicking in…..be interesting to know how its been for you too! Right now we are in the end zone of that November eclipse’ sphere of influence, before the next one arrives very soon in May, so, its time to tie up all the loose ends from this last six months of change….as ever, the planets have been encouraging us in this.

When we finally saw Mars station in late Virgo (exact on this astrologer’s natal 10th house Jupiter and close by my MC!) and start swinging back over the section of the sky he’d been sweeping during much of this time an implosion of detailed scrutiny began to take hold and, as if in answer to the Saharan snows, the weather just about everywhere has been pretty crazy…..along with the earth’s magnetosphere (Virgo = mutable earth), telluric and tectonic pathways became energised setting off a building cluster of EQs, and Venus received a direct hit from an as yet unidentified interplanetary traveller, as well as a scorching plasma wave, and, yes, the Sun started dancing, showing new forms in its coronal holes and manifesting a series of spikey sunspots and solar tornados – we’re still seeing the rippling out of the uptick that began as the Sun opposed Saturn….as above etc, and all in a galactic days work?

The big underlying theme then as now has been increasing novelty, and inward pressure for change – and, without a doubt the catalyst has been a major reality check and re-assessment of goals. The very laws of nature seem to be up for re-configuration. But, only seem mind; thats the tricky place we’re in. Infact, it seems that lawsuits are popping uplike spring daisies at the moment, eh Monsanto?! Did you catch the ‘trillion dollar lawsuit’, and can you be sure you know what you are seeing there, eh Mssrs Wilcox, Fulford, Wood et al?!……seems, many devisive rip-tides are trawling the depths at the moment in the politico-economic realms, not to mention the media, eh Mr Murdoch et al?! So, while the mundane world re-organises itself with trailers to a false flag global movie, what we may well be seeing are mock manuevers in anticipation of the upcoming seven episode ‘Uranus Square Pluto Show’…..and that is no joke at this time, eh Mssrs Ahmadinejad, Assad, Obama and Netanyahu et al?!

In plain speak, with solar and earth events hitting the ‘all-change’ button, ‘the world’ we are being presented with through the media appears to be slowly going crazy…..and, in the immortal words of Rupert’s Sun newspaper, ‘We Love It’……except, for the fact that the vast majority don’t – in reality its the usual crass, heartless entertainment to your average hack, but, it is carrying an increasingly high tariff to dodge the ‘Truth’ in this time, especially when the bullets are flying in your direction and there ain’t enough food to go ’round. And it might well be worse than that – the dematerialisation of virtually every sacred cow under the Sun is the calling card for Uranus and Pluto’s upcoming re-write of his-story…….perhaps not surprisingly the scientists are revolting and a noticable split is opening up between the orthodoxy and the avant-garde – theres some  divine jesting at work here too as, amongst the really juicy advances now being made in science, there are some real jokers telling us this is not where the real action is……look up said beautiful truth loving Venus – ‘Yeh! Do that…’ came the echo from, er….NASA?!

Life, as we know it, within the solar system is changing rapidly and our complicity with and awareness of these changes is increasing with it, quite literally – cosmological news and daily updates on the prevailing spaceweather are seeing an upsurge across the internet, many independant observers now utilising our enhanced access to solar and planetary science and its technologies via the http://www.  We find regular reports on the state of the Sun, planetary weather-forecasts and the health of our planet’s inner and outer bodies (most of which can be found posted on youtube and at various ‘scientific’ sites on the web (1)). So, it came as a point of some amusement when NASA announced that following the ‘spaceweather’ is going to play an increasingly important role in this, our terrestrial life from now on – as innocuous a statement of the obvious as we might expect from the scientific orthodoxy, but, noteworthy for it having been flagged up nevertheless, it pays to read between the lines with these guys, regardless the fact that their erstwhile identity as a branch of cosmic estate agents dealing in celestial real estate and out-sourcing is barely hidden these days.

The speculative grapevine that surrounds the idea of ‘earth-changes’ is directly feeding this info into the metaphysical and cosmological discussion and the memes are flying. Its everyday now we’re seeing a whelter of new alerts (predominantly via youtube vids) to ‘evidence’ of our immanent arrival at a new state of being, ‘proofs’ of our ascent towards a higher level of consciousness and notions of our ‘return’ to the cosmological community. While there is some serious and ground-breaking science emerging and fueling the debates now,  Entertainment Value within these networks is at an all-time premium…..but, is it true?! Stepping back……

We might well ask as, meanwhile back on earth, the vicarious gravy-train of ‘official’ media and ‘alternative’ news fueled versions of Reality seem to be in confluence and the flood is in full flow. Yes, as we are now fed 24/7, everyone now utilising the very same media of mass comms, endless updates on mounting defections, arrests and ‘trillion dollar’ lawsuits and political wrangling within the financial sector, global upticks in EQ activity, flooding and crazy weather, wars, political scandals, revolutionary struggles and ecological disasters and a marked increase in the visibility of the ‘transhuman agenda’ notwithstanding, the irrelevant and random juxtaposition of this cornucopia of the usual ‘news’, meta-science and conspiratorial knee-jerking with the race for the Whitehouse, obsessively voyeuristic ‘intimate’ details scooped from the lives of celebrities and the latest sports results are conspiring to create an exotic and yet anodine cultural chaos. Even if there is an overriding reality that we cannot ignore at this crucial moment in time, this itself is becoming drowned out by the maelstrom of high and low frequency noise we as a species are creating for ourselves as the soundtrack to our journey through 2012. Its also noteworthy that it has been in the latter stages of the Piscean age, in the overlap zone where  Aquarian influence has been impinging on Piscean ideals, that we have seen the rise of high tech and the internet – and Neptune’s transit through Aquarius has seen its greatest period of innovation and expansion. We are now revisiting the idealogical basis of this upsurge in creativity with Neptune firmly ensconced in the Piscean side of the overlap zone – could this be at the root of the game of charades now being played…..it has become obvious that each of us must look to our own reality for the answers.

So, how are you doing in the midst of all this craziness…..here at Owlmirror the point came where this became the over-riding question…….and the answers?!

We left off last time with a straight piece of counsel that in some very real ways was a direct response to this question…..’making good the shrines’……and, taking up this advice, Time was called and before you could say ‘hyper-space anomolies’ we were pulling focus and had been summoned to the inner sanctum of everyday life closer to home. Sometimes you have to simply call a halt to the madness…….

How unsuspecting are we of the consequences? It is true that Owlmirror has also been flagging up the increase in ‘novelty’ and unpredictability factors at work in our local arm of the planetary matrix for some time, but, that is the easy part – about which, it always intrigues me how little hindsight is paid by astrologers to their forecasting, checking the facts against prognostications, and this itself became an open question that quickly snowballed, Algerian style .

It had not been the crew of this ship’s intent (at least not mine – ed.) to batten down the hatches and unplug the public address system here, but, a diviner’s life, if it is to be lived with fidelity to its ‘sponsors’, is never entirely their own…..and, while our home reality is the only place that really matters, responding to guidance is the whole point. For all the increasing interest in divination, astrology and the unseen that is currently at large in the world, media influence or not, and, while there is always a place for the jester’s wit and wisdom in the midst of our courtly madness, we are at least to some extent sovereign in our own lives. We do well to play our cards carefully now, and trivialise such matters at our own risk……we can also miss opportunities and great beauty. If trivialisation of Life is to be the joker’s card that leads to the denuement of humankind, and if all this noise is actually a reflection of Neptunian fog descending over the Piscean oceans of collective mass media generated archetypel infection, then ‘making good the shrines’ is, without a doubt, a trumping maneuver and major antidote.

It may be a truism, but, in reality, Life is not divided into compartmentalised sectors. It serves us well to be reminded that Life is holy and sacred, even in the midst of the clamour and pressures of the everyday and, if it is your calling to work with the unseen, the shrines may also be that place where the noise of the world drops away, and a connectedness prevails that, while it may have higher energy levels in some ways, is imbued with a sense of timelessness and rich fruitful quietude –  sanctuaries of sanity. In that place we can hear the world and sense its great turnings much more clearly. When the shrines are ‘made good’, our Hara lines strengthened as Ishtar put it in her comment to ‘Pearl Fishing’ (much appreciated), the energy rises and we can hear the big wheel turning as we re-align and balance…..and, sometimes it calls us to go stand beneath the stars and wonder.

Around the time of the our last posting here a thing of great beauty was unfolding in the heavens – Venus was joining in close conjunction with Jupiter close by the Pleiades star cluster. Venus has increased her luminousity in recent times and, while undergoing great changes, like all the planets in our neck of the galactic woods (notably, it has also been recently observed that her axial rotation is slowing and her day has lengthened by a significant degree in current time), her presence has become powerfully magnetic, her luminescence scintillatingly electric. Combined with Jupiter’s brilliance they brought a gift of benevolent beauty from the night skies, further deepened into a rounded sense of time and place and symbolic resonance once the crescent Moon joined with these irridescent beings beneath the stars.  Awakening qualities that could be truly felt if we gazed upon their vibrant luminousity their gift became manifest through bringing many, perhaps for the first time, to turn their gaze skywards not merely to ‘look’, but, to partake in celestial contemplation.

There is a magic of the highest order at work in the celestial realms and if we take our bodies to meet with them it becomes possible to expand and deepen our lives, to begin once more to sense our place within the cosmos and get a sense of perspective – it may also provide us a glimpse of the greater presence of the worlds beyond this world. Such is the nature of star gazing – one of our innate ancestral impulses, ancient beyond our imaginings, it is also where astrology and astronomy reveal their common root, our common roots, within the star nations of the eternal dreamtime……I like to think that the astrological interpretation of such an event is superceded by its direct experience, not least of all for the fact that this is exactly how the very stories belonging to the star nations and celestial family of our solar system came to be with us. Those stories colour our use of the craft with all the mesmerising influence of the archetypes they seem to portray – but, as Sistertongue, another of our esteemed commentors here, has pointed out Neptunes story, for example, doesn’t hold the same kind of water as it used to……

For all the analytical musings and mythopoetic interpretations that accompany the current practice of astrology, the ground of experience is paramount. Checking back upon the fruits of our insights gives us the psychological and intellectual grounding – but, no description can match the direct experience of the planetary and stellar matrix for unifying and integrating the energies of the celestial plane and its inhabitants within our being. There are gateways here for that grounding to manifest, not only as a source of nourishment, but, through which the deepest memories of our source, our true nature and home within the cosmos may became activated. This sense of perspective is intrinsic to astrology and has been since the beginning. Just as our ancestors embraced this the larger reality of the cosmological life we too, first, by virtue of our physical senses, when we quieten enough to allow it of ourselves, can experience our intimate connections with the greater Life as a star-born unfolding moment bringing heightened energies and expanded awareness into our physical being – this is palpable if given enough attention, and if we are prepared to take the further step, towards the second level of attention, and allow these generative energies to work their magic within, we can still discover beyond those gateways, hidden in plain sight, the unseen vibrant lands beyond the physical planes. These are the origins of the Dragon Paths. They are also the source of the very stuff of Life.

Present with and around us in the terrestrial as much as the celestial, Nature is abundant with these gateways. Our souls are resilient by virtue of their eternal presence and the, once regained, familiar eminations of celestial energy, the stars and planets, that have never left us within the soul realms, are as old as Time itself……even now, if the calling is heeded, there is the opportunity to go test this out. Perhaps you will hear the Earth spirit awakening with this knowing and resonating with the expanding frequencies of awareness that are flowing within the cosmos. As esoteric as all this might sound it is good health to do so.

Within the earth realms their energies manifest at frequencies discernable within the physical frame of our bodies, both giving access to the celestial spectra and dimensions, and reminding us of the reality of our physical being. We know that the sacred sites are both sacred and sited upon this foundational interdimensional web – within our realm, our density, their expression finds profound resonance in sacred geometry and gives us the harmonic template for co-operative manifestation of their potential. This is divine potential in its origin, its energy and geometry is at the heart of astrological practice – the stars are here brought to earth; we never left them.

As an astrologer working with these energies is essential – the practice is simply indigenous, however much in contemporary clothing it might be figured and shaped. But, star-gazing is its foundation – the technologies of spirit are its natural expression and extension.

As an astrologer bringing this home makes the practice ‘soul-work’, beyond psychology and archetypal metaphor, and, in my view, is nothing less than the mind of Nature finding its voice within us. We need the quietude and fruitful darkness of our inner sanctum to hear it…..and, once the shrines have been made good once more it indubitably will call us to embark on that greatest journey of all and navigate by the stars a way home to ourselves.

Which brings us back to Owlmirror. The next phase of this journey is deeply tied up with this experiental reality as well as those Dragon Paths – their currents lead us into uncharted territory; remember seeing those places where uncertainty and the unknown reside being marked on the charts and maps of the ancient mariners with that most evocative of sayings – ‘here be Dragons’?!

They will be guiding us to look into the use of astrology as a mutli-valant navigational aid – the journey around the Wheel of Life is writ large in the zodiac, its correspondences with the physiology of our human frame, the knowledge of the medicine people of old and the connections between the perrenial knowledge, the transcendant potential we literally embody and the energies of the Dragon Paths themselves, all will be a part of the course we take. The journey is going to take us out beyond the divination practices openly employed here so far at Owlmirror as well – indigenous divination has many forms and, as well as discussing how the ancestors brought the stars to earth and worked directly with the energy of the Dragon Paths on the earth plane, we’ll be bringing in one of the main forms of ancestral divination that I have been trained in and work with in unison with astrology – it originated in north Africa, not so far from where the snows fell at the opening of the Chinese new year, but, more on this later……

I thought long and hard during this time-out about how I could best develop and realise the potential that Owlmirror’s journey has opened up over the past couple of years.  It became obvious that alongside the expansion of the divining ‘toolkit’ here there is also an opportunity for a deeper discussion of the art itself.  In the coming months I will be offering readings, both on a personal and topical basis, that bring the focus to particular astrological events in real time – this will provide a platform for investigation of the reality of the practice. There will also be articles where methods can be explored, an opportunity go much deeper into the art and craft of astrology amongst the many other practices of divination. We will be looking at the charts of individuals who have had a profound influence in our world and on the craft, starting with the Elizabethan mage and astrologer John Dee. Opportunities to learn and develop our divination practices will be coming as the year progresses as well, and this will be taking place both off and on-line. Altogether the aim is to follow the calling, work with the opening Dragon Paths and bring a more developed and personal flavour to Owlmirror, one that brings home the beauty and purposefulness of the diviner’s world, how it touches our individual lives, as well as the extra-ordinary times we are alive within. We are all in this together…..

The craft is changing and our art needs to change with it.  And, speaking of arts and crafts, I have a new site that is nearing ready for launch that features the artwork itself, much of which will be work not yet presented here alongside new work as it arises. As an online portfolio/blog it will have its own tab in the header crossbar here. I will be introducing this next time with an article on a commission that came up shortly after Samhain and which came to fruition over the solstice time through the work of my dear friend Rowan Jacqueline. She is an inspirational artist and medicine dancer who has developed a body of work of great beauty weaving the dynamics and presence of the earth, our bodies and indigenous wisdom into an approach to self exploration and realisation that is much needed in our times – Rowan was called to bring her work to (you guessed it) Sweden at the turning of the Sun and commissioned a special carving that was at the center of the solstice ceremony there……this saw the birth of the ‘Sunchild’, the subject of our next post. Theres much to look forward to as the great wheel turns….

……just one more thing; if you were wondering about Venus’ enhanced brilliance just now, she has a long cycle of increasing luminousity that invariably culminates when she journeys through Gemini – she’s traversing Gemini now and will soon be crossing the face of the Sun – this is a rare event as only seven such transits have occured since the invention of the telescope. Nevertheless, this was well known to our ancestors, infact, without her presence and their stargazing observation of Venus much of our calendrics would not have come into being – if ever there was a measure of time……and what better reason to go star-gazing at sunset……..

(1) Although many of the online vids and sites appear to escape critical assessment, peer review and validation, many being based on personal views and interpretations, amongst them are some which resonate with a real sense of veracity – it is up to all of us to be the judge of this, especially as so much of what passes for ‘information and fact’ is recycled from other sources, given a new spin and lustre. But, having said that, the sheer scope and breadth of information and groundbreaking thought alone that they represent is a sure indication that we are undergoing a major transformation at a collective level of consciousness that may well have some grounding in our own experience. And, while in respect of this discernment is very much the name of the game, it always pays to keep some judgement in reserve……experience will tell.

Pearl Fishing in the Great River

We have entered the time of the Water Dragon and the world is alive with great change…..

The Water Dragon is like a powerful river – the spirit of the waters alive with vitality and strength, the Dragon returning to the deepest levels of Life …..when the Dragon returns and flows with the river’s power, throughout the land it enters Life with the force of a mighty watercourse in spate, fed by 10,000 mountain springs and myriad storms…..all in its path is swept up within its dynamic flow, everything changes, and the flow of change itself becomes charged with the rising divine energy of the Dragon…..

When Change becomes charged with divine energy, so that the power of spirit supercedes the limitations of the mundane, ordinary life takes on the appearance of continual transformation that is driven by powers beyond the control of human mentality – how do we work with this energy, how do we bring our personal and collective paths into accord with its direction? The wise-women and men of old left us instructions, the waymarkers, signs and symbols born of their experience and knowledge of such times, to assist us in this……

In keeping with the cultural origins of the Water Dragon, as a symbol and a power, within the body of the I Ching we find this as a beginning…….bring your awareness into the place of clarity and repose within, make good the inner and outer shrines, and make offerings according to the sincerety you find there……what is most sincere is uncorrupted and free of conditioning, is in accord with the times and the flow of change, so offerings made at this time, in this way, will establish the real and eliminate the false…..(1)

In the outer world, when the winds of change are picking up strength (the I Ching presents the image of the wind above the earth) we are called into a state of alert observation, being careful. Gradual progress is favoured, not advancing with impetuousity, but, with clarity of mind. This is the way of correcting degeneration…..in the beginning, if clarity of mind is to be the foundation of our actions, making use of actions that themselves encourage clarity itself and fostering alert observation, ‘making good the shrines’ is the symbol of finding the peaceful meeting place of mind, heart and spirit such that correcting degeneration may follow naturally from this. In our world, this is also ‘coming into accord with’ our current times……

But, the power of the Dragon is beyond human mentality – it is celestial in origin, cannot be contained, and is by nature both beneficial and transformative, the fundamental life-force that animates Life. It is the human mentality that is sincere and able to honour this power that can cultivate reality and flow with the changes at large in the world in such times. The Oracle of Changes continues……

…..when the real comes, the false naturally submits; this requires the gradual cultivation of the mundane through the influence of the divine. This is like honouring the deity, where the gradual process of cultivation rests upon sincerety. By the gradual effects of sincerety our communication with the spirit of the deity works to cultivate reality and, in this way, cultivating reality does not rest on the physical, but, on spiritual clarity; first you make the heart, mind and spirit sincere and truthful, then you practice it in the body. This is the meaning of ‘alert observation’. There is a great treasure contained here…..

Spiritual clarity works silently, swift without being hasty, entering by sincerity, functioning with flexibility, penetrating the barrier between the immanent and the manifest, producing light in the openess within. From alert observation generating illumination awareness expands, and, from observation of the spirit reaching observation of the great, a black pearl hangs in the great void, illuminating the whole world as if it were in your palm. What is this ‘black pearl’?

In the Taoist symbols we find the colour black representing a state of profound tranquility and detachment; we also find the symbol of the pearl representing clarified awareness. The great void is the primordial origins, the source of all things. Being sincere and bringing our clarified awareness into the meeting place of the spirit and the mundane and fostering alert observation, the illumination arising from source amidst tranquility – detached from aquired conditioning and human mentality, our spirit and the great spirit in harmony, and the great river in which we swim illumined with the inner light of the blackpearl, our actions become like the pearl fishers – diving deep into the element of Change.

And yet, the fast flowing powers of the great river in spate, the force of change at work within the world, have another meaning…….

The great river is also the symbol of difficulty, danger, adversity and obstacles, the trials and toils of life. Who would fish for pearls in such waters?

The image of the Water Dragon is also like the power of heaven at work within the Waters. Pitfalls above, strength and illumination below. Being sound and strong and able to manage within the midst of danger. Although not everyone is ready for such challenges, when the times carry the power of change and change is unavoidable, everywhere and affecting everything, the practice  and meaning of  making good the shrines, the clarity and sincerity we find within will reveal path of action – even those who are ready may be guided to wait. Restoring the primordial within the temporal, even when outer action is delayed, the wise nurture strength within – this is the path of strength and firmness that cultivates the primordial within the temporal and knows when to act. Being in alert observation, we are guided to know when to dive in to the fast flowing river, and,  being ready but holding firm is the path of power that nurtures the strength we need to do so. As the oracle says – we cannot presume upon our strength and set about the task impetuously – that would bring on danger.

When the Water Dragon is at large in the world timing is everything, even when it subsumes choice…..we cannot foresee every change or danger in such times, so, our inner wisdom and guidance becomes of the highest value. This itself rests upon making good the shrines. If, however, we assume upon our strength and act impetuously, it is like allowing the powerful under-currents of change to draw us downwards with the flow of the great river deeper in, deeper into the body of difficulty itself. Without clarity, strength and a sense of timing that comes from inner guidance our connection with the illuminating power that arises from source is quickly superceded…..

We live in a world in which, not only is great change at work, but, this change itself is revealing its origins – and, within this, we can see that the quality of change we are experiencing has itself arisen from impetuous actions that have lacked clarity and inner guidance – the mundane world is riven with the hollowness that arises when spirit is not met, in the very place where we could be illuminated with the wisdom of the spirit. The understanding of spirit is up to the individual person, but, when spirit is not met this understanding will either arise from mundane conditioning or not arise at all, which is the place of great danger. Even when change appears to be everywhere, when the river of change is in spate, it does not mean that danger is everywhere or that it cannot be overcome. In such circumstances, it is necessary to recognise danger before one can overcome it. This has increasingly profound meaning in a time such as ours…..

The oracle says that to recognise danger one must believe in danger – believing in danger here means being careful, discerning, refining oneself, gathering strength and waiting for the proper time. In this way one can cope with danger – there is great development in this. In this way, the path of power, of fostering sincerity and great development, offered to us in the time of the Water Dragon is one of gaining good fortune by being correct, even in times of adversity and great change.

The great river is most dangerous, but, offers the highest possibilities for those who know how to enter it. The black pearl is a great treasure that can be found within. But, it is not always necessary to enter the waters to find it – when the time is not yet ripe cultivate the pearl and nurture strength within; when the time comes, advance in strength. Advancing in strength and nourishing it at the proper times, in accord with spirit, is how one can be in danger and yet cope with it, and how one can get out of danger. Such strength is beneficial wherever it goes.

There is an inner path within this path of power – it carries the meaning of restoring the sacred to Life. This path is open to all. It begins with ‘making good the shrines’, cultivating clarity and coming to the meeting place of spirit and the mundane with sincerity to make offerings to spirit – what you give will depend on your own inner clarity and sincerity, however, making offerings now from such a place will not fail to bring illumination from source, even if this itself is the nature of the offering, the spirit with which it is made………great indeed are the gifts that may arise from within the Water Dragon’s path of power. May you be blessed with its power and illumination…..

(1) the I Ching was primarily consulted for this reading using the Thomas Cleary translation of ‘The Taoist I Ching’ : Shambala Publications, 1986. In the next Water Dragon article we will look further into the mysteries of the Dragon Paths as they are revealed through the tracks left by the ancestors.

Entering the Dragon Path

Chuang Tzu dreamt he was a butterfly, but, on awakening he could not tell if he was a man dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he is a man……

The coming year of the Water Dragon sees a wise power building within the waters of spirit at work behind the world – we have this time up until the end of January when the Chinese New Year arrives to take a pause in anticipation and to gather our personal power. This is a valuable moment to stop and listen. Roughly up until the end of the current lunation, the celestial weather directly supports our inner and world work in this way – a subtle amplification within the dialogue between ourselves and the Earth. In the coming months the dynamics of this dialogue will change so it is also a valuable time of preparation. The consolidating, developmental and altruistic work we do now lays essential sacred ground for entering the Dragon Path. So, lets take a look at the celestial influences arising now that support this dialogue…..

After traversing Scorpio and Sagittarius, through weeks of depth work and internal re-alignment with our inner Sun, the spiral path we weave around our home star has brought our focus once more to Earth with Sun now in Capricorn. Scorpio’s deep healing waters offered us access into the heart of our selves, connecting with the soul core, our spiritual center, and helped us clear the blockages and accretions that have been preventing a clear and vital flow of energy, feeling and awareness to and from our roots. Sagittarius’ cosmological illumination of our inner realms brought the potential to activate the dreaming body, birthing the Sunchild, bringing meaning and direction to the flow of energies within and helping us see how we can focus these along paths of manifestation with purpose in the times ahead. We now have the opportunity of capitalising on our clear and activated dreaming and are ready to step into grounding our creativity in new forms with the support of the mutable earth energies of Capricorn.

From this time of the year, our dreaming can become married with purpose in order to birth new forms that change our reality. This is a spiritual practice that stems from the heart as the generative creative center within the womb of creation. From the perspective of astrological cosmology an alchemy of manifestation is at work, for both hemispheres of our Earth. In aligning our personal energetics with Earths’s we can strengthen the flow of information within our dreaming between all of us. This flows in naturally from the Sagittarian influence, as Jupiter in Taurus is amplifying the earth energies through this time, and begins to become activated in the physical – when we work with these energies cardinal earth will help initiate transforming our aspirations into realities that are in alignment with our home planet.

This Solstice template, however, is carrying an increased potency this time around that has brought an enhanced element of indeterminacy into our forward looking. There is speculation within the cosmological community that this is partly down to the ongoing effects of the close alignment of Earth and Sun within the galactic plane with the center of our galaxy, and partly down to the unusual energetic qualities of the space/time matrix that our solar system is now entering, bringing transformation to the planets and our Sun, physically and energetically – all of which are now pushing the boundaries of reality to change. There are, however, other perhaps more esoteric factors at work as well – we can expect a potent release of energy in the time ahead that is a consequence of the breakdown of integrity within the earth plane, a shaking loose of boundaries, an experience that is beyond the scope of determinacy, and this is essentialy where the enhanced element of indeterminacy is arising from.

At present and over the next few weeks we are under the subtle but increasing influence of a bow wave of energy that precedes this reality shift, so to speak. If you have been gifted with the abilities and developed the skills to sense well beyond the physical you may notice this undercurrent in energetic form – that is to say complex vibratory patterning arising from vortices of catalystic change that appear and disappear without warning. These may appear as random events that challenge us or impulses to act in ways we are not accustomed to. Energetically it is advisable to do no more than observe at this point. Awareness needs to remain anchored in the heart center, our major center of intelligence and feeling where we interface with the source field. So, keeping focused on personal work, but, staying awake to the world. Earth will show us how this shift is integrating, even as it happens at a subtle level, but we have strong assistance now from Venus in Aquarius in working with the unexpected……

Have you noticed how the Earth field is also developing a ‘present’ time focus ripe with potentials that reach far beyond the known – human consciousness is not only becoming freed up to conjoin with instantaneous effect within the earth plane, our access to the source field is opening up bigtime. This is reflected in the growing resurgence of working with ‘free-energy’, a powerful and inspiring leitmotiv for our coming times.

Although readers here will almost certainly be well aware of the spiritual health of humanity in relation to our home planet, amongst the wider populace we are also seeing increasing openess about our role in life as guardians and preservers of Life. Spirit helps us connect and expand dimensionally. But, this means that our work in this role will now feed directly into this change. This is key. And, we are not the first to arrive at this point. The cycles of time have seen our ancestors approach and cross these thresholds of diffusion and multi-dimensionality before. Its worth considering that what has failed the ancestors in the past, when they have failed, will fail us now if we go forward without heeding their messages from the past, so it serves us well to honour and pay strong attention to our ancestral connections – it is not a given that we will avoid error; they have much to teach us that will help us avoid repeating the same mistakes. In fact, this is a hugely important time for ancestral healing  and, in effect, our world work has become a vehicle for this.

There is assistance at hand – the world around us is waking up with almost daily revelations about the hidden past of our ancestors; their voices are becoming stronger in ways we may resonate strongly with now as re-awakening memories of former lives within very different communities. It is surely no coincidence now that our human heritage is rising from the Earth. They too are asking us to question and change how we have organised our lives, through the predominant culture, as well as how we have used our power. And we know that there is much more to come….

It is beyond doubt that the ‘status quo’ is a human fabrication that serves to organise. It may be that this ‘fixation’ has arisen as a response to our dissociation with Nature – we have been predominantly seeing it exponentially manifest control and subjugation of nature (and that includes human nature) within our current time-line over a 12.6k year period. But, this too is changing now. With virtually every archeological revelation our timeline is changing. And this is a great gift to us from the ancestors. The shift needs a radical ‘opening out’ of reality, as this will naturally change our values. So many false notions of power have become projected into money in our culture, but, we now can see clearly that this is nothing but a con.

Revelations of the extent of financial corruption and deception are escalating, showing that this process is already accelerating. But, these too are a part of the process of adjustment that is freeing us up from the narrow confines of a single time-line. At this time we can most clearly see this in polarisation between the roles of ‘destroyers’ and ‘preservers’. But, this will develop a multi-dimensionality of its own as diffusion spreads in the coming year and frees up the energies within the matrix. The Solstice template and lunation this year shows us being strongly assisted now in embodying, some would say reclaiming, our multi-dimensionality.

The Solstice influence is with us over the coming three months and we can begin reading into its astrological matrix by looking to Venus, whose entry into Aquarius is helping our archetypal heart energies to grow wings, the wings of Aquarian freedom. Venus is central in this reading. We know that breaking free of the gravitational field of ‘fear’ is happening when we feel light within and work with the empowerment that our courage gives us and Venus is in the Uranian influence as a field of electrifying creativity that ignites a fire within our hearts. In the Solstice template Venus stands at the midpoint of a T square formed with Jupiter and Saturn in opposition – her role is pivotal as her heart focus becomes the point of resolution through which their energies manifest. So, what are Jupiter and Saturn telling us of those energies?

Being the only planet retrograde at Solstice, Jupiter anchors our sense of the bigger picture inwardly, aiding us in giving it body and meaning on the earth plane, amplifying our senses and sensuality and helping us to listen to our earth – when worked with positively this will bring a feeling of inner enrichment and well-being in the world. As Teilhard de Chardin said, “there is an almost sensual longing for communication with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe”….feeling that connection expanding and finding form is one of Jupiter Saturn and Venus’ main gifts now.

Shortly after the New Moon in Capricorn Jupiter stations and turns direct, so activating all the degrees of Taurus over the coming six months. This offers us a sustained time for feeling and sharing this inspiration, the sensual experience of meaningfulness. In the first degree of Taurus at solstice Jupiter speaks of re-establishing the dharma path, as expressed through the roles we embody. Saturn in late Libra gives the form and balance to this self focus with a fullness of purpose that lifts it out of the realms of selfishness – the impetus to give form to our higher selves in reality, here and now. With this aim Jupiter and Saturn are connecting us with the essential form of the greater whole, the extended community of spirit – if we hold the two energies in balance they work in perfect harmony, but, the key is in allowing this to center in the heart and being receptive.

This is fundamental to bringing mind, body and spirit together, and, through this we are strongly assisted in working the multi-dimensional nature of our earth experience in a positive way. And, not only is articulate ensoulment present within this, when we open to our multi-dimensional nature the living thread of the dreaming that connects us with our ancestors vibrates and re-sounds within our own dreamings. This is given extra torque by Jupiter’s angle to the Moon’s nodes. Within hours of Jupiter going direct the Moon passes over Venus’ solstice degree and grounds the T square, helping us further ground its potency and energy values within the influences of the Capricorm lunation. This means we can become free to ground our ancestral connections within our dreamings and share them in communion with the wider spiritual community here on the earth plane – a great opportunity for some deeply connected spirit-world work free of time line restrictions.

When the mutliple strands of our dreamings become interwoven and resonant across time we can also confidently take full responsibility for our role as ‘the ancestors of the future’. This is absolutely fundamental to our collective work. There is also much speculation around the multi-stranded nature of our DNA that is becoming a fascination for many now. Some are now seeing this as a cosmological development of our genetic coding, an awakening of our dormant potentials through reclamation of its multi-strand nature. The speculation seems to be that with this natural embodiment of our inter-dimensional nature we can realise our total connectedness across all time and space, all dimensions, all universes…..

Multi-strand DNA gives us the building blocks, the organising constructive memory and hardware to facilitate this shift in connectivity – it will happen of its own accord as the matrix frees its energies. However we envisage it, the heart is the locus and anchor point for this process. We would do well to allow nature to take its course here, but, remaining balanced is essential as reality will shift in ways we cannot imagine as this happens. In this is an emergent creative potential that aids us in meeting with the unknown in equilibrium. In other words, our multi-dimensional potential cannot be realised until we have learned how to be in balance within our selves, which is the pre-requisite for generating compassion as an active agency within Life, and it is Compassion as a power that will give us the keys that set us free. This, hopefully, puts Saturn, Venus and Jupiter’s great gifts in unity, into perspective…..the spiritual alchemy of the solstice….

Being in the Aquarian stream of consciousness Venus is also sextile to Uranus in the solstice imprint. Uranus is now direct in the first degree of Aries – this raises the truly transformative potential that can now unfold in firing new forms of consciousness within the earth matrix. Venus Sabian symbol of ‘the unexpected thunderstorm’ gives us the flavour……we must learn how to navigate this energetic terrain and work with the inner essense that animates us when ‘creating the path is the path’.

Mercury, the spirit of articulate self knowledge, also stands at a mid-point in the Solstice template, between Mars and Neptune. Unaspected directly, Mercury’s sensitivity to the connective flow of intelligence present within ‘the field’ subtly and adroitly gives us access to Mars and Neptunes influences. Mars in mid Virgo at solstice calls us to energise our connectivity, through the guidance of the divine feminine in the fixed earth of Virgo.

Neptune in the last degrees of Aquarius has the Sabian symbol of ‘the Butterfly emerging from the chrysalis’ – the cells within the transforming pupa within the chrysalis that bring forth this new elevated (winged) form are themselves called ‘imaginals’! Mars motivating powers activate the imaginal energies – Neptune breaks down the barriers for their emergence. We can, with Mercury’s assistance, expect the subtle nature of our emergent processes on earth to feed our dreams through this solstice imprint. The more consciousness we give to them, the more they will activate our growth. And we can expect accurate and effective divination to help us listen in now as well. So, consult the Oracle as we need to be wise about how we travel the course we are setting out on! Time has taken on a different quality now and, like our weather, the dynamics of change are filled with unpredictability…….

Once again Venus increases her central role and stands at further mid-points, between the Sun and Chiron, as well as between Pluto and Neptune within the solstice imprint! Her wings are taking on deeper implications for riding  the winds of change……

The Sun entering Capricorn at solstice brings the emphasis back to ‘responsibility’ in our use of power. We have all been hurt at heart by the entropic destructive and delusional forces present within our world – however, Chiron supports us in healing the suffering behind these wounds. Wounds and scars, especially in the non-physical, make us highly sensitive, and can help to raise our consciousness.

With Sun closing on Pluto the plutocrats position at the peak of the pyramids of power can no longer be hidden, and the abuse we have suffered we will no longer allow to wound us – with such raised consciousness this is no longer possible. The key to handling this enhanced sensitivity is again in working with the heart center. Compassion also brings release from the restricting influence of fear and ‘en-courages’ self-empowerment. Time to claim our self-authority and, as Robert Bly poigniantly said, to “walk our limp” with pride. Clarissa Pinkola Estes has done some amazing work with women in helping them literally create a coat of power from the wounds that they as individuals have suffered. This is Chirons wisdom and Pluto makes it revolutionary. A collective wave of self-empowered individuals working with the higher self is an irresistable force.

Venus lifts us and Pluto reveals the extent of the next step. His influence is unflinching and indiscriminate, exposing the realities of power that connects us all, through taking us to deep and fundamental, revolutionary and soul-full levels of awareness…..this is epoch making energy at work within ‘the field’ that will become increasingly visible in the world through the year ahead, especially as Uranus and Pluto begin their exact squares mid-year. This will occur just as Jupiter passes into Gemini, so, now is the time to dream deeply, in communion with the divine in Nature, the ancestors and our spirit allies and let the expansive energies of our dreaming too be the channel for transformative power of liberation, healing and the birthing of our dreams within the world. Solstice has ever been thus, but never the more so now! We can all embody the return of the Sunchild……

We should pay head to the Moon in late Scorpio within the Solstice template, which here indicates that we can expect the feelings we have about our lives to run deep, but, must also keep our whits about us and not let the passion we feel rising after millenia of subjugation to blind us to the balance needed now.

The Moons nodes remind us that we are heading for ‘Aeonic consciousness’ (North Node on the Great Attractor) and highlight how mental balance and clear and unpolluted levels of health are intimately connected (South Node) – this latter aspect will be boosted during the first exact Uranus Pluto square in mid-year when Jupiter conjuncts the South Node in Gemini. The energies will be extremely high and widespread, working at fundamental levels of change at that time, so our work now is crucial. With continuing open and honest revelation of our true history, we will surely feel enraged at the extent to which we have been denied our natural heritage, but, this too can aid us as we can clear our minds of shared and self-replicating wounds, of memories, habits and lies of seperation that have kept us from realising our birth rights and human potential.

Lastly, the adjusting refinements of the current Capricorn lunation……

The New moon at 3º Capricorn sees the Solstice template subtly yet powerfully adjusted, acting like a lense focusing the archetypal inner light into present time, becoming more penetrative and intense. Being close in on Pluto at New Moon, the light of the returning Sun can ignite depth-charges of seismic force, shattering and collapsing darker uses of power and exposing them at the surface, but, this too will first and foremost catalyse a pull towards greater unity within the emerging body politic of our times. There are however indications that it is the ‘quieter’ aspect of the solstice imprint that will prevail over the coming month. The salve that helps us find balance in the world is brought by Jupiter. The great planet carries us through every degree of Venus home sign over the coming months, bringing a bountiful knowing and expansion of heart centered optimism to our individual and collective paths. Retracking over the degrees of the retrograde period through this lunation and the entirety of the solstice period, the expansive influence of Jupiter will re-open and amplify many of the revelations that have come out since the end of August, the onset of Jupiter’s retro period. This could up the anti in the world of finance, politics and international power struggles, but, our run up to the return of the Water Dragon will enable us to gather our personal power in balance to this. Watch out for new and astonishing revelations from the past!

We can now enjoy a lunation of expanding connection and sharing of true wealth – we can give this great depth through pausing now in receptivity – this is valuable fuel for the lunations preceding equinox, especially once Mars goes retrograde in Virgo at the end of January and Neptune re-enters Pisces in early February. Then we are into a zone of inner change and dynamic experiences in which reality will take on very unusual qualities…..the Dragon Paths of Earth are awakening….

…….in following the Dragon Path it is the Way that is walking…….

Peace be with us all……..

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