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It has been a while since I left a blog here, but I often say to my clients and students…’life happens’!

So it did for Simon and I. Earlier this year everything turned on its head in the space of a few days. It was the start of an emotional rollercoaster that began with the full Moon on Valentine’s Day and followed the New and Full Moons thereafter until the New Moon on the 26th July when we completed the purchase of our first house. By the Full Moon on the 10th August we had fully moved in – us, the cats and the trees!

We now find ourselves living in the Land of the Red Dragon – Wales – exactly 2 degrees of latitude due north of where we lived in Devon and 170 miles away, by road.

The translation into English of our new address is – ‘The sacred house of Saint David, on the ridge by the wood near the Church of St Cadmarch’. We look out to the Hills of the Wild Horses to the south and the Welsh Mountains to the north. Beautiful!

Mostly settled in my new home, I am now turning my attention once more to the unseen energies of the Land.

Looking at the energies of the forthcoming New Moon and eclipse it is interesting to note that Mars hugs its biennial spot on the galactic centre (27-28 degrees Sagittarius). Hopefully this will bring wider understanding and a practical approach to the difficulties in the world at this time. This is an opportunity when a new balance could be found if people, both individually and collectively could act less selfishly.
There is still plenty to be uncovered/discovered and the truths that emerge eat away at the constructed beliefs that all are fed and many still do not question. The knack is to habitually look beyond what is obvious, to try to understand the processes that are in play.

This eclipse, at zero degrees Scorpio, is also conjunct Venus. A karmically laden eclipse if there ever was one! Venus in Scorpio needs a lot of effort to transform it from continuous lack of self-worth, deep resentment and jealousy into an insightful, powerful healing energy. Yet, at a quintile ( 72 degrees) from Pluto in Capricorn the spiritual drive is there to complete the change.

Samhain/Halloween may be less than two weeks away, but the transformation drive of the so-called ‘dark’ aspects of the Goddess are being reflected in this eclipse cycle. In her many guises she challenges us to change, to let go of what holds us back, to reassess where we are going and what we are doing. Time spent reflecting on these challenges in the next few days will be time well used!

(The solar eclipse will be visible in the north of the USA and the north Pacific)welsh dragon

There have been two underlying astrological patterns for the past year that have dominated collective ways of thinking and behaving.

The first to operate was a grand water trine (planets is each of the 3 water signs of the zodiac within the same 6-8 degrees of each sign). This pattern started in July 2013 with Jupiter at 1 degree Cancer, Saturn at 4 degrees Scorpio and Neptune at 5 degrees Pisces. Grand Trines indicate fast or easy-moving energy between the planets and signs involved. Although trines are usually seen as benevolent aspects, this is not always a ‘good’ thing. Energy that flows very easily has little to check or balance it.

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This Grand Trine is also in water signs, adding to the easy flow and proving difficult to manage or control. Thus it has been in issues such as the child abuse scandals that have surface in the UK. The speed of unfoldment has made the situations difficult to manage and gain true perspective. The depth of the issue that had remained hidden for decades is reflected in Saturn’s placement in Scorpio and the inevitable need for justice to be seen to be done, if not actually done. Neptune in Pisces adds to the ‘smoke and mirrors’ effect where famous people managed to bypass systems that would have normally brought behaviour to the fore. Jupiter in Cancer indicating the expansion of awareness of caring and responsibility that had been taken for granted in the past. Throughout the world this Grand Trine has brought damaging and out-dated environmental, ecological and cultural behaviours and beliefs into the spotlight.
This Grand Trine finally dissolves just before the New Moon on the 27th June 2014.

Joining this Grand Water Trine in mid-December 2013 was a Grand Cardinal Cross. This pattern was created by four planets in signs with the same mode of function – in this case the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Uranus was in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.

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This pattern dissolved at the end of May 2014. Grand Crosses reflect inner tensions that trigger activities brought about to relieve or release the stress. This is especially so with the cardinal signs as they are initiators of activity or projects. Shared by the Grand water Trine, Jupiter in Cancer kick-started a new 12-year of growth, the last one of this type having started in 2001.

Uranus is Aries was always going to be a fascinating coupling to watch from an astrological viewpoint – the magician/disrupter meets the impatient, speed and danger-junkie! Wow …has this not disappointed! We have had events turning on a knife-edge, lives being torn-down and recreated and unexpected events shocking large numbers of people. In its esoteric function Uranus disrupts when the accepted balance or harmony is actually out-dated or a false conception. We can rest assured that the eventual outcome of its sometimes uncomfortable journey through Aries will leave us with more clarity and security.

Mars in Libra highlights Libra in its most warrior-like facet. Fighting for justice and truth but also picking the aggressive pathway as the quickest way to some sort of peace. This is not comfortable nor is it pleasant. Events in the world have been reflected in this placement – Ukraine and Iraq.

Pluto in Capricorn will be with us for some time yet, having heralded the financial downturn and banking crises when it entered Capricorn in 2008. It does not leave Capricorn until 2023/4. This placement represents the underlying energies. This is a fundamental need to change accepted structures, outdated consensuses – anything that creates a false base for behaviour, thinking and action.

This Grand Cardinal Cross had been operating on every level – personal through to collective. So as we come to the end of this orchestration of solar system patterns we need to take stock of where we are. Have we changed? Have we resisted change? Have we let go of out-dated and worn out feelings and ideas?

The Full Moon on the 13th June 2014 is our last chance to shed light on corners of our lives that have remained in the shadows. The New Moon on the 27th June 0810 GMT is the new start and that cannot be done with too much rubbish from the past in tow.

If you have been fearful of the changes on offer, maybe it is time to take a step into the unknown, into the void………………………………

“Stand to face the light of the atomic blast of Pluto through the New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day 2014.

To the ‘mud peoples’ and those who came from the stars as protectors of this planet…… now the time has come to shield each other and protect the Earth from those whose blind greed and callous disregard would seek to subjugate and destroy.

Know who you are…. Know each other. Create lines of communication and energy between you like a web of light and dark to balance and hold both personal and collective energies.

Remember that idealism without a dose of realism is an empty dream.

Seek out where you can make a difference without becoming a victim or a rescuer as these two both require someone to blame………remember too that people are just people, being human!

Time your actions carefully to make the maximum use of the energy and resources available.

Fix your own back yard. It is always easier to see the faults in someone else’s, judge what the resolution would be and fret when nothing appears to be done.

Above all, don’t sit idly by when your neighbourhood and its people are under threat or being manipulated. Even a tiny step, a wise world or a small, but appropriate action, can be the start of something big!”

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Winter Solstice 2013

We are now approaching the winter solstice 2013. This is one of two times each year when the astronomical position of the Sun, seen from the Earth, seems to ‘stand still’ for about 3 days.

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The solstice is only ten days before the New Year and will certainly give us a chance to take a breath from the rapid changes in 2013 before we hit 2014.

Listening to various economists over the last few weeks the bright, growing outlook that we are being told we have, it looks like a bit of Christmas wrapping paper around an empty box of chocolates.

Many western countries and the EU have their ‘birthdate’ set at the 1st January . This gives many important institutions with a natal Sun position of 10 degrees Capricorn. We find ourselves now with the transit or actual position of Pluto also at 10 degrees Capricorn. Pluto tends to make 3 ‘passes’ when it creates a transit with another planet or placement. This first pass of Pluto was in the last few weeks of January and the first 3 weeks of February in 2013. The second pass was during June and the first two weeks of July 2013, so we are now in the third pass. This is ‘last chance saloon’ for the fundamental changes that governments and financial institutions know they should make to sort out the banking mess that was created at the same time that Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Will they? With just under three weeks to go to the solstice, when Pluto also begins to move away from its 10 degree Capricorn placement for the last time, it all looks very doubtful to both the short and long-term.

It is very much the ‘same old, same old’.

The astrological chart for the Winter Solstice 2013 creates food for thought as we have an interesting pattern. There is a Grand Cross in the chart –linking the four signs, Cancer, Capricorn, Libra and Aries. The Cancer/Capricorn arm links the planet Jupiter with Pluto. This suggests the need for domestic security and growth (Jupiter) does not balance with the changes (Pluto) that are inevitable at some point in the future. (The Pluto changes have not been actioned at the appropriate times and will remain as an inevitable transformation at some point in the future). The Aries/Libra arm links Uranus with Mars. This creates an unpredictable (Uranus in Aries) and belligerent (Mars In Libra) combination where selfishness rules. The positive thing about this Grand Cross combination is that it does help to create action, but whether that action is considered is another matter.

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So have a rest over the solstice and then get out your earplugs to block the bullshit from politicians; keep some cash stashed in case the banks go under; think about growing your own food (even ‘sprouting’ seeds if you don’t have a garden); don’t believe the rubbish printed in the press or listen to the manipulation by other media.

Look after those you love!

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There have been a few posts on FaceBook in the last few weeks that have really caught my attention. These melded together when I saw an article in a small spiritual review magazine on ‘ascension’.

This article outlined the various stages of ascension, showing at as a progression, as a ladder, as something that you strive towards. This is nothing new. There have been books over the last 30 years that have echoed the same idea – lifetimes are thought of as linear, progression is a straightforward process of becoming ‘ascended’. The concept too, is that is you ‘fail’ at an level, you have to go back and start again. Mmmm…….

My first query is – what is ascension?
Most of us are aware of its meaning in a biblical sense, but in what way is it being used nowadays? The worst case scenario is that it is being used to describe a process that will get you ‘away from here to a better place’ – ‘here’, being the experience of being a human on planet Earth.

As Naisha Ashian beautifully put it a week or so back:
“Raise your consciousness and your vibration will take care of itself. High frequency does not mean “good” and low frequency does not mean “bad”.”
“When you meditate your actual vibration (frequencies of heart and brain) get lower.”
“Low frequency (for instance, 7.8 hz– which is a Schumann* resonance of the Earth) is extremely helpful to the body and assists with proper cellular regeneration (high frequency causes cellular mutation and cancer), circadian rhythms and proper cellular metabolism.”

(*Space vehicles have to be fitted with Schumann generators to keep the astronauts healthy)
Lowering your frequency helps to keep you in touch with the planet. Anything that takes you away from being here, now – is probably suspect advice.

Be here, now. Don’t try to run off anywhere else.

The second query – what is the effect that these articles, workshops and books are having on people?
Those caught up in the glamour inevitably start to see themselves as lacking in some way. The hype encourages people to embark on the ‘process’ of self-improvement mostly out of fear of being left behind, fear being the odd one out in a group or fear of being seen as a failure. Each step on the ladder is often being seen as a goal to be achieved.

You are worthy and valuable as you are.

The third query is ‘who’ or ‘what’ is ‘ascending’?
Many teachers over the millennia have tried to help us to understand that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. We have already reached ‘it’, but we are not aware that we have.
‘There is no reaching the Self. If Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not here and now but that it is yet to be obtained. What is got afresh will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say the Self is not reached. You are the Self; you are already That.’

(Sri Ramana Maharshi)

You are already ‘there’, but you may not be aware that you are.

The fourth query is – who is judging who is ‘ascended’?

The knee-jerk reaction is to see people who have a high public profile and are demonstrably spiritual people as automatically ‘further up the ladder’. Indeed some people in that category see themselves as such!

Oh….. if it were that simple!

In the grand scheme of things the differences between those who consider themselves ‘well on the way’ and those who are beginning their journey of self-awareness is miniscule.

Try not to compare yourself to others. They have their journey, you have yours.

The ‘ascension levels’ are often described as changes to the different layers of our being. As an astrologer for over thirty years I see these processes in people’s charts. There is no set order to these challenges (or initiations, if you like). You don’t ‘do’ the physical one and then move onto the ‘emotional’ one. They come willy-nilly, in the order that you ultimately have chosen for this lifetime to achieve personal goals or to gain experience. True, there may be issues that you do not complete or fully integrate and these may be carried over as unfinished business, but these are not failures. They are simply parts of the on-going process.

You do not have to strive for the ‘ascension’ levels as they will come to you at the appropriate time and in the appropriate type for you. When you encounter them, try to understand the core of what is going on and take the lesson on board.

Past or other-life issues are simply bits of you that are not in the present time. Rather than spending time wistfully thinking about or dreaming about these and what they mean, try to understand the core of the issue and embrace it.

Get as much of you as you can, into the here and now – embrace it, integrate it. The journey will take automatically you to your inner or higher Self.

Not so much an ‘as-cension’ process more if an ‘inward-cension’ or even a ‘de-scension’ into who you really are……

Whilst visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum in London recently we came across this lovely sculpture of St Margaret and a Dragon:
Far from the dragon being at all scary, this one looked more like a pet.
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St Margaret is recorded as being a patron saint of childbirth, pregnant women, kidney disease and wronged people. The childbirth and pregnancy angle is initially very surprising as she was venerated for her virginity. However, one of the stories goes that on her refusal to marry she was tortured. It was also said that she was tempted by or eaten by a dragon. When the dragon swallowed her she fought back and killed it with her crucifix – hence her sometimes being referred to as ‘St Margaret, the Dragon Slayer’. Here, the assumption being that the dragon was a representation of Satan. It is thought that this is where her patronage of childbirth came from – as she herself was safely delivered from the innards of the dragon.
In the Roman Catholic Church her feast day used to be the 20th July, but in the fifth century it was first suggested that decided that her story was ‘apocryphal’ (of doubtful authenticity) and only in 1969 was the date was withdrawn from the calendar. In the Eastern Orthodox Church her feast day is the 17th July. St Margaret is still recognised as one of the saints that spoke to Joan of Arc and indeed there are many churches that bear the name ‘St Margaret’ – including Westminster Abbey.
Delving a bit further, here are some of the lines that give reference to St Margaret, taken from a mediaeval poem:
“Holye mayde Margarete loked her besyde.
There sche sawe a lothelye dragon in a corner glyde,
Brennynge as the blake fyre. His mouthe he gaped wyde.
That mayde wexed alle greene as the gresse in someres tyde.” (lines 179-182)
“Holy maid Margaret looked her beside.
There she saw a loathly dragon in a corner glide.
Burning as the black fire. His mouth he gaped wide.
That maid waxed all green as the grass in summer time.”

 

The final line is very interesting as ‘waxed all green as the grass in summer time’ was a well-known, subtle way of referring to promiscuity.
So what do we have here? Is this a description of seduction? Is this yet another tale of deriding women for being women? This does seem to sit easily with some religious traditions that make it clear that if a woman is raped, she is the one to be punished. Similarly, with a situation of sex outside of marriage when the woman is blamed and vilified, yet the man walks ‘free’.
Is the ‘dragon’ also another way of referring to woman’s sexuality, women’s ability to give birth and women’s power?

Not as far-fetched as one might think and there is a religious commentary on the story of St Margaret and the dragon that says:

“Surely this is because giving birth is not unlike a dragon splitting open to reveal a saint!”

Ouch!

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Maat or Ma’at, was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law and justice.

Maat was also personified as a goddess who regulated the movement of the planets and stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities. In this way she set the order or logos of the universe. Egyptians believed in an underlying unity in the universe and that proper conduct in public life upheld that (21st century politicians please note!). In short, everything, everywhere was linked to and part of Maat.

Early records indicate that Maat is the status quo for nature, society, in every dimension. Her role in and after creation is to prevent the universe from returning to chaos. Pharaohs were often depicted with the emblems or images of Maat to highlight their role in upholding the laws of the Creator.

Maat was depicted as a young woman, usually holding a sceptre and ankh. Sometimes she is shown as having wings and nearly always has a feather as part of her headdress.

Her energy is often thought of as a combination of the planet Saturn (law, tradition, stability) and the zodiac sign of Libra (The Scales). The stone Lapis Lazuli has close connections to her.

She also had a role in Egyptian mythology as the person who dealt with the weighing of souls that took place in the underworld, after death. The departing soul (the heart) was weighed against her feather to determine whether the soul would reach the paradise of afterlife successfully. You can find a list of the questions that the soul was asked below the main text. These questions are comprehensive and anyone telling the truth would answer ‘no’ to at least one, consigning the soul to another incarnation.

Anubis/Thoth would then weighed the heart against Maat’s feather and if the scales were balanced the soul was released into the afterlife.

Maat has a temple dedicated to her in Karnak and there have been hints in documents that suggest that there were at least two others ( Memphis and at Deir el-Medina)

Having done Kabbalistic pathworkings linked to Maat when much younger, I can vouch that when working with her energy one has to be clear about one’s motives, completely truthful and honest or all hell will break lose!

Here is a translation of the 42 Negative Confessions. Some of them may seem repetitive, but this is caused by the inability to translate the exact intent and meaning of the original language.

1. I have not done iniquity.
2. I have not robbed with violence.
3. I have not stolen.
4. I have done no murder; I have done no harm.
5. I have not defrauded offerings.
6. I have not diminished obligations.
7. I have not plundered the neteru.
8. I have not spoken lies.
9. I have not uttered evil words.
10. I have not caused pain.
11. I have not committed fornication.
12. I have not caused shedding of tears.
13. I have not dealt deceitfully.
14. I have not transgressed.
15. I have not acted guilefully.
16. I have not laid waste the ploughed land.
17. I have not been an eavesdropper.
18. I have not set my lips in motion (against any man).
19. I have not been angry and wrathful except for a just cause.
20. I have not defiled the wife of any man.
21. I have not been a man of anger.
22. I have not polluted myself.
23. I have not caused terror.
24. I have not burned with rage.
25. I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth. (Ma-at)
26. I have not worked grief.
27. I have not acted with insolence.
28. I have not stirred up strife.
29. I have not judged hastily.
30. I have not sought for distinctions.
31. I have not multiplied words exceedingly.
32. I have not done neither harm nor ill.
33. I have not cursed the King. (i.e. violation of laws)
34. I have not fouled the water.
35. I have not spoken scornfully.
36. I have never cursed the neteru.
37. I have not stolen.
38. I have not defrauded the offerings of the neteru.
39. I have not plundered the offerings of the blessed dead.
40. I have not filched the food of the infant.
41. I have not sinned against the neter of my native town.
42. I have not slaughtered with evil intent the cattle of the neter.