Finding the Centre in the Soul’s Journey to Individuation.

Joseph Mallord William Turner- Melrose Abbey- 1822

Painting of Melrose Abbey by English Romantic Painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner- 1822

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling born 27 January 1775 – 20 August 1854: German philosopher whose Naturphilosophie was dismissed by the scientific community who viewed his work as too metaphysical with a tendency to analogize lacking empirical orientation.

Schelling says,

“There is no greatness without a continual solicitation to madness which, while it must be overcome, must never be completely lacking. One might profit by classifying men in this respect. The one kind are those in whom there is no madness at all … and are so-called men of intellect whose works, and deeds are nothing but cold works and deeds of the intellect…. But where there is no madness, there is, to be sure, also no real, active, living intellect. For wherein is intellect to prove itself but in the conquest, mastery, and ordering of madness?”

This criticism of his work and his quote seem relevant today given our tendency toward empirical science, which in Schelling’s view is not a “living intellect”. There are those who operate in the world of “cold work”, or in other words soulless work; there are those who live in fear and resentment of that apparent authority but have not yet solicited their own (divine) madness. There are those who have embraced it too much and have dissociated from the world in some way preferring instead to live in the labyrinths of their psyche; and there are those who rise to the challenge of mastery by “ordering the madness” that they encounter. This is the grail path; it’s different for everyone.  The trick seems to be in finding containers, structures, and discipline for the overwhelming and vast planes of the inner world and finding a way to ground it in the material world. To quote Schelling again,

“To achieve great things, we must be self-confined…mastery is revealed in limitation.”

It takes a certain kind of single focus to achieve this; the journey toward it is chaotic and many have been blasted along the way. Carl Jung, the giant of analytical and transpersonal psychology made the descent in 1913- 1916, he was supported by his wife Emma Jung who was one of the richest women in Europe at the time, and Toni Wolff, his mistress who lived with the Jung as a second wife and was an important collaborator on Jung’s work- herself a gifted analyst. Jung was also at the top of his game, much respected and honoured within the patriarchal structures of the time. None of this is to discredit Jung, I am a great lover of his work; my point is to highlight the need for structure in our meetings with the unconscious.

Spiritual questing and opening to the archetypal forces, particularly in the new age when there is so much pop spirituality, access to psychedelics, and dare I say bypassing, runs the risk of dissociation and fragmentation. If our psyche has already been opened through something like trauma experienced as a child, the road to integration can be even more challenging and without a strong core we are susceptible to outside influences, open to suggestion, and vulnerable to manipulation.

It’s a rabbit hole as they say, and yet… the urge to break free form an overly rational, cold, and soulless existence burns bright inviting us to individuate, to realise and express the unique essence that we are.

Astrologically if we are very Uranian or Neptunian in our makeup, more effort is needed to ground down in the world of matter- working with Saturn can help.

January Full Moon: The Great Mother Within.

Painting by Ayami Kojima

Painting ‘Persephone’ by Ayami Kojima

About a week into a new Venus cycle and the divine feminine signature is gaining momentum.

Today’s Full Moon is at 27º Cancer- the sign of the Mother- is in opposition to Pluto at 26º Capricorn, sign of the Father. Right next to Pluto is Juno at 24º Capricorn; Juno in her higher aspect represent the divine consort, one half of the sacred marriage, while in her lower polarity expresses the shadow side of relationship where issues of power and manipulation may play out.

Particularly in her conjunction with Pluto this full moon, relationship power dynamics may come to the fore in order to be acknowledged and transformed. If you are in relationship, it might be a good time to check that the power structures of your relationship are balanced and that both you and your partner are giving and receiving in equal measure.

It could also be a time to recognize that you are now ready for something new in relationship, particularly a move into sacred union as many of us are being called to. Whether that is possible in your current relationship or not depends on the awareness willingness of your partner, and as with many things on timing.

Venus is still in her retrograde phase emphasizing the theme of relationship separations and returns… this is highlighted with a Pluto Juno conjunction.

With Moon opposite Pluto and Juno there may be some relationship drama or turmoil to contend with. If you are feeling ready for a new level of relationship however this may now feel tiresome and old hat to you. It is up to you how much you wish to participate in emotional drama.

Exactly conjunct the north node at 28º Taurus is Ceres, representing the Great Mother, nurturing, unconditional love, self-worth, attachment issues, rejection, loss and at the occult level, the blood mysteries, death/rebirth, and transformation. Next to the north node she is highlighting our collective needs and attitudes to this regard. How we were personally mothered, and how we mother (including self-care), what we need to feel loved and nurtured and how we can do this for others is under review as the north node, our collective destiny, moves through the fixed earth sign of Taurus under the rulership of harmony focused Venus.

Less than 2 degrees away from the lunar north node and Ceres, is the maiden daughter, turned Queen of the Underworld, Persephone. This Mother Daughter conjunction speaks to the esoteric mysteries of Eleusis where a descent to the underworld in the house of Hades facilitates an initiatory confrontation with death and offers the promise of renewal. In modern psychological speak, facing and integrating our shadow… and maybe freeing ourselves from the shackles of a spiritually ruptured society.

The Mother Daughter merging at the point of the lunar node, for me, highlights a need for collective surrender and willingness to let go of all that we are holding onto through attachment, emotional insecurity, unresolved trauma patterns from being raised in a society where in many cases the mother principle has been weakened. Clutching to old patterns and wounding prevents breakthrough to a higher level of self hood where the invitation is to merge with the Great Mother within as well as without. In the gnostic teachings it is said that the ‘Kingdom of God is within’, and so it is that the (wild) Garden of the Mother is also an inner condition.

Learning to mother ourselves and to trust the universal Mother has been a feature of our time. In the myth of Persephone, the maiden’s descent is an inevitable if painful necessity on the path of individuation- life and death, Eros, and Thanatos, dark and light must finally co-exist as fertile ground for the sacred marriage to take root.

Remarkably these sacred feminine essences, involving the nodal axis of collective karma, are creating what is known as a ‘Mystic Rectangle’ at today’s full moon.

A mystic rectangle is comprised of two oppositions (Moon opposes Pluto and Juno, and north node, Persephone, Ceres, opposes the south node; two sextiles, north node, Persephone, Ceres sextile the Moon, and Pluto, Juno sextile the south node; and two trines, Moon trine south node, and north node, Persephone, Ceres trine Pluto Juno. This Mystic Rectangle is within a tight 2-degree orb.

If this all seems a bit baffling to non-astrologers, we can take comfort in the words of Dane Rudhyar who says that a Mystic Rectangle denotes ‘Practical Mysticism’ where oppositions that would normally be challenging are alleviated and made smoother by the sextiles and trines.

In short, the above-mentioned dynamics – and let’s face it some of us have been struggling with these issues for a long time -are blessed with a divine opportunity to be worked through much easier and quicker than we have previously believed.

These are super accelerated times and just by bringing our awareness to the issues, having faith in our divine nature, our connection with the planets and asteroids (or gods), and a willingness to raise our vibration as we head into a new age, can trigger profound change.

To recap-

This full moon is shining a potent light on a transforming feminine consciousness particularly as it relates to:

~Partnership/ Sacred Partnership

~Nurturing of Self and Others

~Power balance within relationships

~Attachment issues

~Unresolved emotional mother wound issues

~ Relationship with the Mother god within

~Relationship with the Mother god without

~Our willingness or lack of it to surrender to the depths

~Our collective past in terms of the feminine principle

~Where we are collectively headed in relation to the divine feminine principle

Mythically the essence of Demeter (Ceres) and Persephone is a story of death and renewal- what is within us that can now be metabolised and alchemised into new life (consciousness).

Juno brings to the surface our relationship patterns, hope, desires, and dynamics that will elevate us into our highest potential of sacred union. In doing so Juno will first express any unresolved shadow issues particularly of a power-based theme in her conjunction with Pluto. Are we ready to let go of the drama and fully open to love?

And finally, while it is not included in the mystic rectangle, Vesta is conjunct Pholus in the early degrees of Capricorn offering an opportunity to address sexuality, the presence or absence of sacredness within our sexual relating and reflecting on how our sexual attitudes, behaviours, repressions, or neurosis may have been influenced by our ancestral lineage.

It is a potent time to let a lot of ancestral karma fall way, not through bypassing or rejection but with love and compassion (Ceres) and staking claim to our soul’s unique calling. It is a powerful time to rise above all that has previously defined us.

Venus & The Sun: The Cleansing Light of Venus Retrograde.

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Venus Verticordia (1864-1868) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Since the Venus Star point on 8th January, I have been aware of a strong feminine energy guiding us into 2022. The Venus Star Point is when Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun before continuing her journey of transformation, currently from Evening Star to Morning Star. This event is also poetically referred to as ‘Venus kissing the Sun’ and heralds the rebirth of a new Venus Cycle. It could also be said that in her union with the Sun Venus has been cleansed of any obscuration so that she shines in the full light of consciousness.

Venus retrogrades every 18 months and works in 8-year cycles, that is she contacts the same zodiacal constellations, near the same point every eight years. Whatever has surfaced for you this time may well be an echo chamber of a previous dynamic from January 2014, and further back to 2006, and so on when the same or close points of Capricorn were activated

During her retrograde phase lasting around 40 days, we get an opportunity to reflect on how Venus moves in our life. Venus expresses the principle of Eros, how we relate to others particularly in the sphere of intimate relationships, but she is also involved with money, pleasure, and value, including and perhaps most importantly self value. A magnetic force who is often depicted holding a mirror, Venus reminds us that what we attract in our lives is essentially created by an inner vibration that we project into the world. Venus retrograde allows us to take a candid look at all we have attracted and manifested into our lives and consider if some internal cleansing is needed.

Often these inner vibrations operate beneath the veil of consciousness and are influenced by forces in our subconscious and unconscious mind. We are unaware of the internal drivers that compel us to repeat the same pattern over and over again even while consciously we may realize how detrimental or destructive they are. The distortions of the feminine flows back through the millennia and as many of us are discovering, to bring these things to light often involves an uncomfortable journey through a glass darky both in our personal lives and in the wider structures of a world.

The work of removing obfuscations and cleaning our windows to allow for connection to Source rather than a false matrix is essential work of our time.

Reviewing all things related to economics and finances makes sense when Venus is in Saturn ruled Capricorn, but it is complex and muti layered and raises questions around how feminine energy is valued or not in our post capitalist patriarchal culture where the onus is on accumulation with little regard for reciprocity. This plays out on the individual level in gender-based income discrepancies as well as female work being taken for granted and therefore often unpaid and undervalued. How women- and the more archetypal feminine principle- has faired under the auspices of patriarchy is a topic that will need to be thoroughly dissected, reviewed, and renewed if we are to bring to light the shadowy aspects of society.  Sex, money, power, prostitution, pornography, harvesting of feminine energy, abusive dynamics, and economic disempowerment are all territories to be confronted when taking stock of the balance of power.

The mirrors and windows of Venus have become dimmed presenting distorted reflections of the true meaning and value of feminine energy.

How wealth is and has been accumulated demands the clear light of Venus as Morning Star, this is Venus in her warrior aspect who has transformed from the alluring and seductive woman whose role (has become) to please and arouse, into the solar feminine power capable of bringing such things to light. Wealth that has been amassed by plunder of the Earth’s natural resources, the enslavement of human beings, trickery, or any means of enforcing power over are to be reckoned with as people wake up and question dominant narratives that have been given god like authority in the absence of true spiritual connection and a spiritualized Earth.

How we earn money, what we feel we must do in order to find a comfortable home on planet Earth, to exist, to survive, to thrive, these are all questions to consider when Venus is retrograde in Capricorn. When addressing money, the question of integrity is never far behind, not if we are willing to live an authentic life taking responsibility for how we operate in the material world both in relation to other beings and our earthly home. A well-functioning, unobscured, Venus in her uncorrupted essence is an excellent guide in these matters.

This blog is inspired by a dream I had where I was shown the undercurrents operating in my own energy field specifically in relation to money, power, my relationships with men, and also with my family of origin.

I am available for astrology consultations exploring Venus and other feminine signatures in your chart.