April 23 - 29, 2014
© 2013 by Ralfee Finn
Hello to readers in Paradise!
This is “it”—we’re here, finally, at the crisis point in the current series of Uranus/Pluto squares, a fractious cycle that began in June of 2012 and continues through March 2015. This week, the fifth exact square forms the foundation of a Cardinal Grand Cross, a configuration that ups the ante on local as well as global intensity (as if that’s possible) and brings “things”—in all those places of tumult and turmoil, personal as well as collective, to a head. This configuration was exact and separating Monday into Tuesday, with Mars putting a period at the end of this long cosmic sentence, today. As Mars separates out of this celestial formation, it signals what might be best understood as the “tension release phase” of a Grand Cross (or any pernicious interaction), a phase that is normally characterized by action—and lots of it. This phase is likely to be defined by decisive acts intended to facilitate personal and collective liberation. Be prepared for declarations of independence as many of our fellow travelers strive to break free from whatever enslaves. From a collective point of view, this tension release phase is likely to exacerbate areas around the globe that are already suffering from too much stress and strain. From a practical perspective, we don’t need the stars to tell us that we are in trouble. We’ve been at an evolutionary crossroad for quite sometime, with far too many issues in need of the healing power of our combined concern. But the urge toward social justice and reconciliation must come from the coalescence of individual acts of evolution into the collective will, and we haven’t yet reached critical mass.
Because this Grand Cross is sandwiched between two eclipses, many “things” that were previously obscured are revealed. Nothing stays hidden under the intense glare of this penetrating astral light—nothing, not even secrets buried so deep, you almost forgot about them. But don’t be alarmed; while this sounds threatening, you don’t have to actually take your skeletons out of the closet and put them on display; or start reciting that deeply suppressed monologue that assesses the faults of others in a less than compassionate way; or cop to the unusual yearnings you hoped would stay private; or annul your vows even if it means putting pride aside and admitting your mistake; or publish your confessions for crimes, large and small, committed out of ignorance and/or fear in the recent and not so recent past.
Of course, it might actually be a great relief to finally tell the truth—if only to yourself. Don’t worry; even if you slip and share a little too much information in conversations with others, those listening to your story are likely to be too busy protecting their own secrets to pick up on the potency of yours. It’s just that you won’t be able to escape the power of revelation and recognition; you won’t be able to avoid the keen light of your own mind as its shadows are suddenly laid bare. “Know Thyself” is one of the precepts associated with the Temple of Delphi; it is also the foundation stone for all personal healing.
Times of great upheaval test our mettle, challenge us to grow, help us forge our soul, and ask us to summon the courage to transform. And this is one of those times: Take a realistic inventory on where you are and how you got there. And if you don’t like your situation, it’s time to figure out how to change it. Or as a dear friend always asks at the end of politely listening to a victim’s lament: So what are you going to do about it?
I don’t usually end a column with a song, but this week, there’s a song I can’t get out of my head: “You’ve been disturbed from your sleep…Your body’s tired and sore…Your world’s fallen down around you…not the most comfortable place…this is it…time to meet your soul…this is it, set it free, let the light inside shine from the inside out….” This is it (Your Soul) by the Hothouse Flowers. http://tinyurl.com/l4ffmps
If you want the astrological details, please refer to the last several weeks of columns, which delineate all the planetary players. You can find them here: http://www.aquariumage.com/2014.html
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Taurus April 20-May 20
Gemini May 21-June 21
Cancer June 22-July 22
Leo July 23-August 22
Virgo August 23-September 22
Libra September 23-October 22
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pisces February 19-March 20