Triskele Moon – Solar Eclipse!

We welcome the start of 2011 with an Eclipse of the Sun in Capricorn – ordinarily this would bring our focus towards addressing how power issues and idealogies of leadership are grounded within the body politic, but, there is much more to this eclipse than meets the eye, literally….

Heres a Synopsis of the planetary alignments : being on Capricorn 13.39 this eclipse is at the midpoint between Venus in late Scorpio and Neptune in late Aquarius who are squaring off to within 1 minute of arc – there can be no illusions about the kind of power we are here to manifest, radically different, otherworldly even; for sure, both in the arena of the mundane world, on the big ‘screen’ of global affairs and in our inner sexuality, the politics of power is being challenged – but, with Venus being so strongly and tightly aspected by Neptune (and from other very significant quarters too, as we will see) we are being made aware that sexual power at its higher octave manifests Kundalini, a sacred vision of fusion within divine ecstacy – at its lower octave it becomes lust, usery and sexploitation; abuse of Life as matter seperated from the divine. We know the corruption present in this world is an emination of the latter, and that has been affecting women and men alike for far too long….the masculine too has become subverted by the poisons of patriarchy, so, lets keep with the rising wave of transformative energy and both individually and collectively aim for the higher octave – nothing else makes sense, but, more than this, nothing else will serve us in our upcoming times! And, what of the male players….

Lets take a look at Mars who has now slipped out of sextile with Venus, thanks to her greater speed, and has begun to feel the backlash. There is now radical pressure on the martial misuse of force to under-go a purging – with Mars conjunct Waldemath to within 13 minutes of arc, this spectral Moon will release any demons eminating from the patriarchal paradigm that are sucking in the low side and force them out into the open to be recognised and owned – look out all sleaze mongers and misogynists; wise up all war-mongers and clandestine politicians – for, every time you wave the patriotic flag, declare a holy crusade and/or initiate a ‘necessary’ regime of austerity measures ‘on behalf of the people’ you will be putting yourselves under the increasingly illuminated spotlight of public awareness! And this illumination is growing from within…..

Awareness! The consciousness we bring to our desire for unity must be seen to be an expression of balance in awareness, for without it we cannot live within the truth of the moment and otherwise will be slipping off to one side or the other, away from the fulcrum point in the Now. So, with Saturn donning the judge’s wig in mid Libra and squaring off to this Moon, and with Mercury racing back from Sagittarius to join the fray, heading directly for the action amongst the Cardinals, Captains and Heads in Castle Capricorn once again, the message is – you, Sirs, are heading for the dock, this time for the verdict…..the evidence is being heard by all, and the jury are assembling….

Well, they say that money can’t buy you love, ok……so, while the top brass hang onto control through the currency of fear and scarcity, a coven of earthy wise women, steeped in potent Lunar cunning, are convening to guide the rest of us into this, our ‘right relationship’ within, so that we may reclaim our inner wealth, and thats Love as pure magic, luminous from within! When rising Kundalini enters consciousness she illuminates our whole being with the fire of creation.

We are now entering sacred space, and, as with any ritual that seeks unity with the divine, the purging is a necessary part of this process – this is where the wise women come in……

…..Venus is conjunct asteroid Lilith to within 1 minute of arc – so look out sleazey, here comes the kickback! And don’t mess….this lady is ready to dispose of the whole issue of gender and do it her own way, gratis….sayonara guys! Asteroid Lilith is the goth/punk creative who doesn’t entertain, she demonstrates – and her brand of creativity is feminist, manifesting an earthy vigor that pulls the shadow of Uranus’ transformative charge and Mercury’s trickster approach to initiating change into the base chakra to awaken the coil of kundalini – she’s the horny crescent Moon of the Lilith sistren, and Venus receives her as an energy of radical passion for her womanhood.

And then there is Pluto, the underworld ‘godfather’, still on the scene in early Cap and, having pulled the rug from the balding heads of the political aristocracy, Pluto is going to expose just how naked the big-wigs are and just how phoney the Emperors new clothes really look to us all, and he has brilliant de-sexualised help at hand – Pallas, conjunct the big P to within 25 minutes says “I am the high-ground and I bring you the LIGHT, of higher knowledge!”

Mercury, sextile Black Moon Lilith to within 7 minutes of arc, is soon once again going to ping the galactic highway of higher knowledge, the Galactic Center – we will be getting a new message from the ‘other side’, but, first……

BM Lilith herself is busy with her oscilating sister, spinning the energy of their corridor of occult power around Jupiter and Uranus – yes, the dynamic duo J/U are conjunct to within 1 minute in late Pisces for the third and last time in this wave of initiatic expansion and they are feeding their combined power by trine into Venus and her new mate, the goth/punk Little Lilith, full on from within the cauldron – we would be tempted to shout out “GO GIRLS!!” But, we will also want to reprise the intrinsic nature of this energy matrix before we leave J/U to transmute within the cauldron….there’s a storm brewing in there and within no time at all Jupiter will be vapour trailing electric fire as he steps into Aries to expand the initiatic energies anew.

Chiron meanwhile is in shamanic trance…..having been sitting in Neptune’s vision inducing field drenching atmosphere these last, er, how long was it now….he is ready to bring the healing into manifestation; the spirits are calling him from Pisces and he will deliver their transformative power in a great sea-change of the energy field that is upcoming in the next few months…but, more of that in the future.

Last time there was an eclipse Juno was opposite Uranus and Jupiter expressing their expansion of left field awareness through our inner search for “Right Relationship”. Now, like the sacred marraige guidance counscellor she is, first sessions over, she’s slipping her coat on as she stands at the doorway to Libra – Juno now coming out of opposition to Jupiter and Uranus, but, ever the pragmatist by hard won lessons, brings the timely reminder that there are two sides to every story – every drama wears the double mask of comedy and tragedy, Janus faced reality, like two sides of the same coin, but, one coin, nevertheless…..and, this is no soap – the drama is in real time. So, having fleshed out the scene in ‘the field’, lets explore how this is playing out right now and how it can best be put to personal use – for every one of us is now a key to bringing about the ‘Great Transformation’….

…..with a collective of divine wise women, predominantly Lunar in their affiliation, spinning a web of potent subtle energies from within the planetary and star field, this combination of energies carries a qualitative vibration that can manifest in two ways – emergency or emergence – on the one hand there is the purging that will out any ‘shadow’ and its projections that is embroiled in power issues. The wise women are making this power of process available to their sistren to charge the ‘field’ with radical and emanicipating occult wisdom. This will be visible especially wherever controlling patriarchy casts its shadow, and, as with Mars, its demons will be outed and held accountable for – its a purging that is necessary for the balancing of our sexuality within and will prepare us for full engagement with the over-arching zeitgeist of our times – the re-volution of matter as divine. Volution is a circling motion around an energetic center, manifest within spirals and, with the tri-une Lunar energy, this embodies the triskel.

So, on the other hand, however, it will enable anyone who has already engaged with their inner work to entrain with the zeitgeist – birthing the spiritual body. Where the Moon’s cycles and phases throughout the last year, in unison with the eclipses and planetary alignments, have been pushing us to become more awake to our potential within, this Eclipse will bring us into pragmatic appliance of this potential as we begin to birth it into the sphere of incarnation. What we see will be the outward manifestations of this process – however, in order to work with these energies we will have to be ready to fully birth our ‘seeing’, and, in the nature of midwives, the wise women know how to guide and facilitate the birth process – we have been here before and will remember much as the process goes exponential – it has all been fore-seen by our ancestors. Within the prophecies, the sacred calendars, the myths and ancient stories, are the seeds of knowing that will awaken from within, stored within our spiritual DNA.

As we move towards the culmination point of the Mayan Calendar, as our Solar system moves into complete alignment with the radial highways of energy emanating from the Galactic Center, we enter the new reality of a globaly manifesting Cosmic Spiritual Alchemy. But, it will need us to be here for it. Earth will get on quite nicely otherwise. From the human perspective this means that, if we have paying attention to doing our ‘inner work’ and if we are full term in our development as embodiments of the spiritual embryo, we will begin to experience these energies as an emergence. And this too will impact on the mundane levels of life experience.

Where-as the December Eclipse offered us a sharp wake-up call and a way-out of the cultural miasm that has been hijacking our collective energies with such dangerous results, this one in mid-Capricorn will offer a pragmatic way forward, a chance to focus on our personal power that is going to sex-up the world zeitgeist, and this is just the beginning….we are going to see transformation upon transformation enfolding in on top of each other as our outer lives respond to the inner processes now at work – THIS, if nothing else, is the manifestation of a new body politic – it is one that, ultimately, we will fully recognise is sourced  at galactic levels, and, because of this and our current technological status, it is unlikely to be like anything we have ever seen on Earth before…..we are poised on the cusp.

There is no script for this…in the theatre of Life we are in improv territory, but, all we have to do to play the part is be ourselves truthfully, and make all of our gifts available for the spirit to manifest through. Sound like a fairytale? Well, yes, this New Moon has a fairytale ending for sure, its all a question of which wing you entered the stage by and whether you can play the part and are ready to be part of the action – and, at the end of the last New Moon post, we were waiting for the curtain to rise on Sleeping beauty, knowing that we are both in the audience and in the cast! This is  everyones story. But, there is something about this particular fairy-tale that is disturbing… Sleeping Beauty the popular version has it that the handsome Prince comes to the rescue and through the agency of Love, brings Beauty out of the comatose grip of the evil spell, and everyone in the land wakes up with her – this fairy-tale, mind you, like so many others, has been doctored with!

In our past we had access to the archetypal energy field that our myths and fairy-tales helped us to understand in real ways – it was important to our health, wealth and very survival that we keep these tales alive as they provided portals to the other-worlds, the higher dimensions of innate knowledge and indigenous wisdom, always the agencies of our evolution. They too are our heritage and empowerment, and we knew it – they still are….and, within the Sleeping Beauty story we can clearly see how the agents of magic are the women. This is key…

….so why is the 13th fairy evil – well, actually, she isn’t; the story was changed to make her so – it served the purpose of elevating the masculine energy to that of saviour , and how the rising patriarchy loved that! And, thats not all – where-ever we encounter the man as the knight in shining armour we might just also have cause to smell the proverbial rat. The 13th fairy, the Lunar wise woman, was subverted through projected patriarchal fear to embody that fear, the ‘shadow’ of its own power. She may have been eclipsed, temporally, however, she still has her own power, but, it has itself been deemed subversive and so Beauty is denied her rightful blessing as a woman coming into her own power as a creatrix. She is put to sleep and made to forget…..more fool the patriarchy. Claiming the moral high-ground has its consequences….

Just as asteroid Lilith expresses the shadow side of Uranus, her asexual energy parallels his – he was castrated through jealousy for his power by his off-spring Cronus (yes thats Saturn before he emigrated to Italy) who sought to usurp and overthrow him, and Lilith is reminding us that this is a masculine fear, the male wound, emasculation at the hands of competition. At its higher octave we could say women’s creative wisdom is incarnate, a shared power within the self, literally embodied as creative matrix, and Lilith has kept the faith with this wisdom, in all her forms. We have been led to think of this power in the Liliths as occult, that is to say both esoteric, latent and eclipsed, in the shadows….the resonances are all there – shadow and light are not mutually exclusive, its how they are percieved, and our perceptions were changed when our stories were changed….

For us now the world is deeply embedded within a process of reclaiming the unity of this apparent polarity, according to, you guessed it, ‘right relationship’….we are looking to the fusion of right and left hemispheres, inner partnership, individual and collective empowerment, above and below, within and without – we are moving inexorably towards an experience of singularity as an expression of divine unity, present within the heart, just as it is present within the heart of our galaxy – our challenge is to embody it and live the truth of our experiences and perceptions of this. And it was foreseen….amongst the people, for example….

When the Mayan daykeepers, for example, began to record the Mayan Calendar, they initiated an understanding of the calendrical processes of our precessional cycles and the relationship that these expressed between the planetary and the galactic planes – they were able to calculate with great accuracy the stages and culmination of the process, a process that embodies awareness of this relationship as evolving consciousness – time, both linear and cyclical, itself appears as the agent of this process, but, we will return to explore these aspects in upcoming posts as the planets play out the star seeded potential we are here to embody!

There is a parallel appreciation of this process encapsulted within both the Mayan Calendar and the apparent division of spirit and matter…..both offer us the opportunity to realise that while we each have our own soul purpose we are ourselves enfolded within a greater purpose that flows from the ‘dreamtime’……in an earlier post, “Climate Change, the Megaliths and the Stars”, we heard of how Hunbatz Men, a Mayan Elder, Daykeeper and calendrical shaman, on visiting Avebury and interpreting a crop circle he saw there, expressed the view that Earth was ‘out of position’ – it is very likely that he was giving warning that without correct alignment within the dreamtime, the old duality will persist – the calendars tell us that now the old duality can evolve into holographic awareness – a synchronistic expression of diversity within wholeness maybe, but, our challenge remains and our calling is very much in the present. On whatever basis we live our lives the stars continue to guide us towards awakening as Seers…..

HOWLING MOON : the Gateway Opens

With impeccable timing our friend Carlisle Bergquist at 10 Billion Beats has once again put out the call for a Global Wave of drumming right on this Eclipsed Full Moon – this one will be a howler so lets look at the energies we will be riding….

The eclipsed Moon will auger a field change for the coming year arriving just fifteen hours before the Solstice on 21st December (Winter for the northern hemisphere, Summer for the southern) and prepares the ground for the New Moon Solar eclipse that follows just two weeks later on January 4th – it is essential that we take this opportunity (eclipse) to make the karmic window (Lunar Eclipse) count as the world is poised to come alive with deeply sourced cosmic intelligence and inspiration streaming in from the Galactic Center. The eclipse is just 3 degrees from the GCenter, but, Mercury will be exact conjunct with it at 26 Sagittarius – Mercury is retrograde until the 30th Dec so this inward streaming is a download of immense potential for evolution and reclamation of our collective and individual power…..only, this will be like nothing we have ever known before – we are EVOLVING from within, and with the power of the collective drumming through 10 billion drums creating the great wave, we will have the power to see that change become manifest. So, whats at stake!!??

We are no longer seperated by distance – not that we ever were, however, the unfolding power of connectivity that our technologies have brought us means that we are increasingly tapping into the unified consciousness of our Humanity – we can move as one and, as Barbara Hand Clow suggests, are able to work with the same kind of integral intelligence as the great flocks of birds – we are constantly becoming conscious of the great web of life again through our collective movements, flowing with tidal force and energy – with the Galactic Center alignment on this eclipse this conciousness will become seeded with new potential and all we need is to be awake! There are in the world forces that would have it otherwise……

We do not have to look far to see how those forces are resisting change……the previous New Moon revealed deception at the heart of the Global powerbase – and you cannot remove such realisations once they are out in the open, but, those same ‘powers’ will try everything to alter our minds and fool us into wrong thinking and illusion – with Pluto still hovering near the North Node in early Capricorn this eclipse will bring the objectives of such maneuvering into sharp contrast with our inner knowing – while the politic says one thing the people know another – and this spells the possibility of conflict. Nobody in their right mind wants this…and, on another level, this is also the uterine moment, the hiatus before the birth – a moment in which we can transit from one state to another, and begin to nurture our renewed selves.

Mars squares Saturn from mid Capricorn – the image is one of containment vying with force – Saturn’s Libran energy for re-structuring in partnership is being pushed by the vested interests of those who currently hold the power of political leadership to maintain the status quo. Venus has something to say about this – on exactly the same point of her previous meeting with Mars, the exact same degree of the November New Moon (Moth Moon), the balance of male and female energies is once again being highlighted by Venus’ sextile to Mars – and, to push the parameters,  the Mars square to Saturn is also waxing towards exact on 29th December, just as Mercury goes direct once again. The power of women will be charged and there will be no place for patriarchal suppressors and abusers to hide. This is crucial and will prepare the field for the upcoming Solar Eclipse in two weeks time. To initiate our preparations, before the January eclipse, the 10 Billion Beats crew have put out the call – our singing drums will call out to the Galactic Center – “we are ready”….

Just for a moment take a step back and listen with your heart – this Moon on 29.21 Gemini has a message – it is the sound of our own higher knowing that is telling us from the critical degree that change is about to come. As this eclipse is taking place just before the Solstice we need to remember what the solstice point around 0 degrees Cancer brings in the yearly cycle. It is a point at which the masculine Solar power gives way to the feminine Earth and Lunar power as the latter reaches its peak – we are reminded of this with the Sabian symbol for this degree and its message is uncanny:
……in the run up to the solstice “The dominant Yang force allows the Yin force to begin its six-month long rise to power. The “collective” will gradually overcomes the “individual”…NOW, HOWEVER, the individual person enjoys her/his most glorious hour; s/he exults in the ability to make a “free decision”- i.e. to act as an individual who selects their life goal and their allegiance.”
This truly is our time for formulating our clear intent and setting the energy of this on an outward spiral of evolving karmic release – we can drum up the courage we will need with this eclipse…..and take this towards the Solar eclipse on Jan 4th as we move collectively towards the balance point of the equinox. Cancerian energy is nesting, mothering and protective…..

Once the solstice hour arrives the Moon will have moved forward to oppose Mars from 8 Cancer. We will be searching for the justice that Saturn demands in the face of martial blindness. With Cancerian desires for nurturing and allegiance at work amongst ‘the people’, no longer will the howling sound of our suffering at the hands of the ‘elite’ be suppressed – and the breakdown of barriers and restoration of our ability to heal ourselves, aid each other in the process and bring a new pathway for realising our future here on our Earth will be lit up with Neptune conjunct Chiron’s Aquarian vision – Chiron is now preparing to move into the zodiacal field of Piscean spirituality – this vision is streaming in to this solstice by the constant flowing energy of their trine to the Moon and their awakening sextile to the Sun.

And the stars are with us – during Howling Moon the Sun is conjunct Polaris, the ‘Pole Star’ – she is the great steadying influence, helping us to navigate our new path, as she has many a traveller over the millenia. She has innate knowing of the highest kind to give us in the moment of Lunar darkness and she will ramp up the contrast with the Moon that is conjunct Betelguese.

This star is a massive collapsing red supergiant in the Orion constellation – its time is fading and it will implode under its own gravity – being conjunct the Moon in late Gemini this failing influence spells the end for the high minded political idealism that has driven us to the brink of destruction – nothing can reverse this and this karmic moment is ours for the taking – once the North Node enters Sagittarius our common goals and spiritual aspirations will once more become the driving force for our collective evolution as we release from the grip of the old body politic. But, we need to be awake as this happens….Polaris will help us, finding our way in the dark, elevated high in the northern sky

…..the sting is with Arachne, the spider-woman and original weaver of the web, whose name is carried by the asteroid opposing Venus – which brings us back to the ancient story of Sleeping Beauty…..  

In very ancient versions of this story Beauty was a lunar goddess/daughter whose cycles were unwittingly usurped by the Solar King’s 12 fold division of time – the 13th fairy, the ‘evil’ one who subverted Beauty’s coming of age by cursing her to eternal sleep, was the shadow power that arose, projected from the Sun King’s own unconscious – he forgot to invite her to the blessing, the celebration of menarch. Had he done so the marraige of lunar and solar time would have been complete and our world would be a different place. It cannot now be complete without the integration of shadow. And this is the underlying theme of this Moon.

Arachne herself was overshadowed by the power of the gods when Minerva (Athene) changed her to a spider following a weaving contest between herself and the great weaver – Arachne chose in the contest to portray the loves and transgressions of the gods, which she did with winning skill that outshone the Goddess’ own self aggrandising effort – the myth has it that Arachne had been unwilling to accept that her abilities were entirely  ‘god-given’ – Athene, motherless daughter of Zeus, had been unable to accept the weaver’s apparent egocentricity and hubris – once again the ‘powers that be’ had to have their way, only the result was that Arachne became forever stripped of her humanity and was condemed to hang, hairless and naked, from a single thread, weaving her web for survival. This exile from her humanity is an underlying theme for our times…but, it is not without resolution

The resonances with the story of Sleeping beauty are strong, the more so for the subversion of women’s power and the attempted elimination of Lunar wisdom from the world – across time the Sleeping Beauty story took shape through the ongoing eclipsing of the old matriarchal ways by the male Solar lineages of power – just as organised religion re-wrote the history books and set new calendars the once common wisdom contained in the old stories of the medicine people were relegated to myth and pushed out of the exacting light of consciousness into the liminal realms. The time has come for the old wisdom to re-awaken, renewed. Sleeping Beauty represents this re-awakening, as does her sister story, Snow White, which we will come to in upcoming posts…….

And yet, the sting is in the moment – we are becoming aware of the cycle of sleep ending and the poisons, of seperation from our inner partners, are wearing off…..with the Mars sextile Venus aspect we also have Juno in late Virgo opposite Jupiter conjunct Uranus in late Pisces. Our transformation awaits us and will expand into renewed unity that will take us there. The exquistely poised beauty of this moment should give us cause for celebration and the 10 Billion Beats of our human hearts resounding with the Galactic Wisdom coming in will awaken us to the new world that is our home within the Cosmos. As ever, the future is ours for the taking….

These energies are not imaginary, and this is no fairytale….look at the world around you and it is plain how everything is becoming charged, enfolded by a powerful movement within change – we can make this count through purposeful engagement and consciousness changes everything – our actions following make it so

So, where-ever you are in the world, take up the heartbeat of the drum on this Eclipse and raise a great wave of empowered and knowing energy that will carry us into wholeness and true creative freedom!

A Zen Slap from the Awakener

Look out………!!! Before we know it all the lights are going to go out and something is going to happen in the darkness that will change everything…..will we be ready?! That impeous mischiever and master of the cosmic joke Mercury is going to make sure of it!

Yes, Mercury has turned retrograde and is going into super quick time as he runs the gauntlet of Pluto, the Dragon’s Head, Pallas, the Capricorn cusp, the Sun and the Galactic Center before skidding to a halt, spinning on his heals and re-reprising in fast forward….his current phase is the fastest that he travels in retro and while we may feel the usual characteristic challenges to our communications, activities and thinking that this brings, the emphasis this time is on his heyokah medicine…he wants us to stop taking notes and take notice!

….and heres a clue : before we know it, he will be sitting right on top of that astral corridor of deep illumination, the GC, with perfect timing as the Sun flicks the off switch on us all – LUNAR ECLIPSE

Ok….so what on earth does that have to do with us…..?

Well, its panto season and this years big production is SLEEPING BEAUTY – um, ok, and redefining our reality according to the degree to which we are awake. And the big news is that Mercury is preparing us for a special appearance – and we don’t miss that do we – ‘oh yes we do’ – oh, no WE DON’T! Because its US…

Now, if you are a regular reader at ‘owlmirror’ you will know that there are occasions when the rhetoric gets a little weird, but, rest assured, there is method in this madness and over the coming few weeks the lunacy will reveal the strategy, literally….FIRST, look around…..

The recent New Moon brought out smoking mirror medicine and the view is fascinating, hypnotic even – so, quick lets snap out of it while the world is obsessing with Wikileaks, exposure of government deceptions, ongoing revelations of the wholesale buying off of peoples assets to fund wars, fear mongering and the manipulation of our well-being to keep the ‘big guys’ on top, and this while the rich minority turn their backs on the starving majority (would you like a GM candy dear?) – are we not being asked to ‘wake-up and ‘take-up’? Do we need anymore incentives to picking up the beat??

The chrysalis has cracked wide open and no amount of hasty heavy-weight tarring and feathering is going to cover over the cracks, hide the fact that the old shell is de-funkt or make the ugly truth look beautiful to our blinking eyes.

We had the ‘dreaming in the cocoon’ phase of the October New Moon in which the energy to become lucid within the dream became available…..moth medicine’s magic dust….

This was preceded by the shaking of the World Tree throwing the health of our internal balance into perspective – our need for integration, female/male, right/left hemispheres, east/west…..we are whole and free to go forward, or we are asleep and trapped in the karmic dross.

Those Ten Billion Drums are still reverberating and gave an almighty surge to the global wake-up call that Jupiter and Uranus in conjunction swept into our midst (which also provided the fuel for the launch of this blog) – its all been building and getting set for whats about to happen next…..

…..which brings us back to Mercury.

Pluto in Capricorn will continue to test the power base of our world with deeply transformative forces in ways that are now becoming apparent for all to see – Mercury transiting Pluto will further wake us up to our own perceptions of this (have you noticed how the ‘web’ is tightening – will the lights go out on those who ‘serve’ us?)

And, none are exempt – the more vested power, the greater the exposure and pressure to change – if you are in a position of power, you have a choice :
1. love it,    2. use it, or    3. lose it
For the ‘power-over’ merchants the use of power will be most under the spotlight; for the rest it means personal empowerment to bring radical change – ‘power’ itself is being shaken loose and 1 and 3 are the way 2 will be defined, either way. This will be an ongoing story, and how we experience it will depend on how awake we are… our purpose.

The Moon’s North Node is the place of our great collective challenge to become what we always knew we came here to be. When Pluto sat on this karmic point we were given notice of the need to re-evaluate our personal paths in depth, according to how much our past achievements and alliegances aid or restrict us from entering the uncharted territory of our soul making destinies – and, to put this in perspective – Mercury transiting Pluto retro will offer us the chance for a stock take – love it, use it or lose it….and make the necessary adjustments as he skims the Dragons Head. He also wants us to get ready for the border issues at the heart of the story….we will need to be light and fleet of foot!

The Capricorn cusp is the demarcation point between being led by the light of our ideals and leading through grounding them as workable strategies in the world – Merc flies backwards over this zone with a wink to the wise for he knows that the thorny issues this raises are due to neglect and slumber – they are all surmountable with a sharpened sword of awareness and a trusty steed of instinctive and truthfull knowing – we can all see the brambles surrounding ‘the Castle’; we need to be honest to overcome them – even then, will justice be done?

Well, first he will meet with the wise gatekeeper, Pallas, who stands true to her station guarding the collective wisdom that is promised to us all – that wink to the wise will catch the owl’s eye for sure (in divination the ‘owls eye’ is our clairvoyance!). In her we trust.

And will he stop to bow at the Sun…….more likely steal some of his fire and shower sparks into the great beam of cosmic knowledge with which our Solar system is now aligning, the Galactic Center…..and then we will have that moment of pure magic, the Lunar Eclipse, but, more on that in the next post…its enough just to keep up with the guy – don’t forget, he’s got winged feet…..

(and what of Mars – we’ will bring him into the picture in the next post too)

In the meantime, here’s a small taster from Merc’s view in the saddle, of what will be going down on that Solstice Moon; he will be reminding us that in our consciousness we are riding the Centaur of Sagittarius – ready, aim….; to open our inner sight even more and take us to a higher level he will be calling on Pegasus in whose constellation Jupiter and Uranus will be exact conjunct, waiting for the final flashing drive; to further alert us to the task in hand he will be sounding the clarion to call to ‘the people’ that announces the returning inner light, as the Moon is eclipsed in his homeland of Gemini; and he will be sending the rolling thunder and flashing sword of enlightenment across the void to Juno in late Virgo – she will bring the field alive with her powerful ‘song of attraction’, to our inner selves and our selves in others – the words to her song are simple, ‘In Lakech’

Thats a grand old square dance of a kind that will throw a brilliant light upon the old order and its ivory towers, enough for us to decide, once and for all…..

And on he will charge until, on December 30th, after a brief pause, Mercury begins his return run up to join in the royal awakening of the Solar eclipse on January 4th….in the Castle of Capricorn! The smoke effects in the auditorium will be lifting by then, the safety curtains will draw back and…..

Sound like a pantomime?? Dim the lights, shhhh…………look out, he’s behind you!!


A New Moon arrives on 5th December – remember that dark shiney obilisque in Clarke’s ‘2001’……and the follow up, ‘2010’?

Smoking Mirrors are about revealing the deceptive misuse of power, the truth behind the illusion and the unseen machinations of another’s intentions. Things are getting radical!

We live in an unsustainable state on Earth – and this Moon is an irridescent orb of intense and mysterious power that will highlight the need for all of us to break free of those habits, patterns and fantasies that do not and have not supported us – ie. the very things that have led to this unsustainability. And, yes, we can add the disproportionate distribution of wealth, the massive abuse of Earth and the overt and covert misuse of power to that too. This is our wake-up call to cut through the foggy haze of our cultural miasma and get a clear view of our future….but, we will need to do more than that, we will need to act on it, or we might just be shaken awake, in no uncertain terms…..look at the world around us and see where you can find this happening now, in international, national, local and personal terms – and there are our choices……now take a look in the Smoking Mirror

On 5th December the Sun and Moon join at 13d29′ of Sagittarius – with this doorway for new action, initiating our drives for new enterprises in the world, we need first check whether we are going forward on the energy of our idealism and blind faith alone. The message of the Sabian here is “The Power of Spiritual Ancestry” – this is our collective power, that which has funded our present incarnation and which, with Pluto still pulling on the Moon’s North Node, is yet being transformed and returned to us from the hands of the users and abusers, the power-over merchants who have been running the show for far too long. This New Moon’s conjunction with the fixed star Sarin will give added edge to the power of the Smoking Mirror and make our use of it all the more crucial. Don’t let them con you into thinking we are still watching the show, they’ll mug you and try to blind you further (Sarin) – we are all in this….together; and this ain’t Broadway, its on the World Stage now – Smoking Mirror….

The only planet in aspect to the New Moon is Saturn at the mid-point in Libra – the karma behind our compromises and outer diplomacy is in the dock. Deep strategies must come out into the open with this Moon – politics, war and the future of our planet are truly in the balance. Saturn will crystallise this New Moon and make of it an obsidian shield for our protection, or exposure…..

Again, Pluto feeds a powerful incentive to cut the chatter and start walking our talk – Mercury conjuncts Pluto in the 5th degree of Capricorn – we brought out the Sabian for this degree in ‘Pluto Rides the Dragon’s Head’ : “It suggests that AGGRESSIVENESS may be a necessary ingredient in the activation of the potential of growth inherent in any social group.” Tough realistic talk and radical intervention…..time to cut the crap and get moving!

Venus sextiles this Pluto Mercury conjunction from early Scorpio – our inherited wealth is being brought into focus – how much more does it take to break out of our current refusal to find new ways to use it – is conflict the answer….is global currency? Or is it that the Ancestors are hopping mad at us and it is they who will cut through the waste-land and snap us out of our hypnosis….watch your dreaming, it is going to get down to the nub – and we will feel it! But, with Venus trine Neptune and Chiron we could always learn to love our vision and heal our wounds with compassion and care…..

Jupiter and Uranus are teaming up again for the third and final conjunction in their present cycle and feeding slowly by square aspect into the N Node – this is their final push to create a crack in the karmic doorway that will allow us to get our feet across the threshold. The opportunity to ride the strong building catalystic energy of their union will be streaming in over the next two weeks as we head for the December Full Moon, which will be a Lunar eclipse of fiery and inflated dimensions. The expansive insights and higher mind Ju/Ur energy will continue through to the January New Moon and then we will see Jupiter doing a reprise of his Aries run earlier in the year – a whole big new picture awaits us.

Mars is heating up the eclipse energy field in this N Moon within one degree of the eclipse point. In very late Sagittarius he is in a closer square to Jupiter and Uranus than the N Node, and is also sextiling Neptune and Chiron who are close on exact conjunction in late Aquarius – this looks uncompromising and sharp. Why? On top of the straight up fiery energy of Mars this degree hosts the fixed star Acumen which, along with its twin cluster Aculeus, is in the tail of the Scorpion constellation, the sting – notorius for the blindness of scientific fundamentalism, or for taking sight to a new level of penetration and acuity….the choice (hopefully) is ours!

And the latter part answers the Neptune Chiron smokescreen of how do you cut fog with a sword? The Jupiter Uranus connection is the thunder and lightning that will do it! This is the flashpoint that will shake the world-tree – events in the world will tell us whether it will ignite or not – the terrible waste of War will be reflected in that Smoking Mirror and the healing vision will prevail either way. The high side of Mars would have us heal the wounds of conflict, turn the poisons into a healing elixir and aid the Smoking Mirror in exposing the deceptions.

So, what of Neptune and Chiron – can we ignore their messages any longer; their low side, which this Moon is asking us to get real about, is all about the damage that addiction, fantasy and deception can do to the collective; the fog – their high-side is breaking out of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ fairytale that our technologies have created and realising that ‘WE are the experiment, the technology and the future’…..(oh, and Smoking Mirrors are both fascinating and deadly to Vampires, so, if you know any, psychic or otherwise, make good use!)

And will there be a handsome Prince to deliver the heroic kiss….?

We are tied down by the symbolic brambles of our solid state technology – our minds work fine, when they are not being drugged by the low-side of IT, the media and western culture! Our spirits make light work of connectivity when we wake up, and realise our true nature….the Ancestors knew all about this. Way back before religions, politics, global economics and corporate power, a Seed was sown within our DNA that has been waiting for this time…….


2010/11/29 I’ve updated this post to include mention of the latest Wiki-leaks which is the perfect example of smoking mirror medicine at work – exposure of the judgemental underbelly of the politians, heads of state, money magnates and power mongers will serve to back up the New World Order’s gradual denouement – I don’t usually like to use such terms as NWO as they are loaded with hyped up energy and conspiracy theory neurosis, but, the reality is there for all to see, no matter what we call it…..the REAL crisis will be that experienced by these world ‘leaders’ when they realise that the people know how to be free to live our lives according to the power of choice, and not their dictates – Smoking Mirror also gives us personal empowerment, and that is without a doubt its greatest gift; its only when you try to use that personal power over others, whether in an overt or covert way, that the flip-side of the medicine kicks in – the continued suppression of this will now expose its own machinations and so, further empower us with the choice to excercise free-will – the vision will prevail…..

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