Hello to readers everywhere!
Last week’s urge for telling stories bleeds into this week, inspiring a wide range of narratives, some of which can be classified as tall tales about big fish, while other tales simply stick to the facts. While this penchant for narrative is pervasive and perhaps entertaining, it isn’t easy discerning fact from fiction, and that inability to get to the truth is certain to cause meltdowns, yours or others’. The problem with all these stories is that we’ve been in a cultural spin cycle for so long (way before Mr. Trump declared “spin” a government policy) that it keeps getting harder and harder to remember that truth isn’t relative. Opinions about how to interpret facts are, yes, but not truth itself. For example, climate crisis is reality. Yet how we react to that truth has morphed into endless and mostly bogus spin, or, politely put, “myriad interpretations,” all based on the prime motive of distorting reality for personal, political, or corporate purpose and profit.
I’m thinking about this not only because we’re stuck in an endless loop of lies, but because I am also dumbfounded by the ongoing struggle between fact and fiction. Last week, I heard someone describe Mueller in a stunning way: “His brand is truth.” His brand is truth? When did truth become a brand? Did I miss an important transition? Or am I still not fully adjusted to the deep rabbit hole of Wonderland?
Don’t misunderstand: I know reactions to reality are human and they occur every minute of every day—that’s life in the emotional world, as Spock might advise. And as Kirk or McCoy would point out, sometimes those feelings are valid because they move us into necessary action; when those feelings are a response to danger, I’m glad for a quick response. But I’m not happy when the truth is distorted for personal gain. The constant erosion of truth mirrors the deadly soil erosion happening in too many vulnerable places on our home planet; literally and figuratively, our ground of being is being worn away, which will ultimately lead to an awful fate.
In case you’re wondering why I’m harping on climate change and truth, I’m reading The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail. I happened upon it through the review and interview linked below, and while the book is a terrifying and heartbreaking read, Jamail’s work illustrates how the climate crisis mirrors our global psychic condition, a condition we bear witness to every day as all the structures of our world—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—are challenged by the great global catharsis we are currently caught in; a crisis that isn’t going away anytime soon.
From an astrological perspective, Jupiter is the source of storytelling; it’s currently retrograde in Sagittarius, the Sign that loves a yarn, and this week, Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, currently in Aries, trines Jupiter, forming a positive interaction with the potential to weave the fabric of adventurous romance. Just be aware that we are also in the midst of a Mars/Jupiter opposition, a tense combination that teeters wildly from one extreme to another, so anticipate lots of mood swings and indecision about what’s next.
Jupiter is also within range of a square to Neptune, a fractious interaction that interferes with the ability to tell the truth without embellishing the facts. This square will be with us for the next couple of months; it’s exact the second half of June, but given the retrograde cycles of both Jupiter and Neptune, its influence is with us until November. As this square coalesces with the mood swings of the Venus/Mars/Jupiter interaction, you could delude yourself about love, so pay attention to the details of your romantic escapades and whether you’re spinning a love story based on wishful thinking or on reality.
For those who simply want life to return to normal—that is to say, want a return to the regular routines of daily life without a lot of fuss and muss—this week is your best shot. The ongoing Saturn/Pluto conjunction, retrograde in Capricorn forms a trine to the Sun in Taurus this week and next, and as part of Saturn’s and Pluto’s retrospective as well as the positive interaction with the Sun, there is a potential for a grounded, almost realistic (but not too pessimistic) approach to regular routines. This powerful trine also supports efforts to plant gardens of every variety, whether actual flower or vegetable gardens, or multidimensional expanses of creative endeavors
A Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Taurus amplifies innovation, especially when it comes to creative ideas. Mercury symbolizes the mind. Uranus signifies innovation, which means you can use this positive interaction to conjure creative ideas. It’s in effect through Sunday, so whether or not you have access to a physical garden, use this powerful mental might to plant gardens of ideas about how you can move forward on innovative footing.
We are at a crucial turning point in our evolutionary process and we need to rise to the occasion of our most conscious selves. Each of us is facing the challenge of soul-forging, especially as we deal with the dilemmas of our times, difficulties that express themselves as a battle between awareness and ignorance, apathy and concern. As you continue to write your personal story, be sure to spend a moment on how you want to handle your participation in the narrative.
When Jamail was asked how he deals with “the weight of this material” about climate crisis—how he copes with the reality of the problem—he quotes Vaclav Havel: “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something is worth doing no matter how it turns out.” These words offer a brilliant antidote to the hopelessness many of us are now wrestling with… wise words to keep in mind during the coming weeks and months.