That channel is activated this week by the planet Ceres and asteroid Nemesis.
Ceres is a dwarf planet that orbits between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres transits show us what we need to feel nurtured. We ignore her direction at our peril, since the lack of her nourishment in our lives tends to make a neurotic, a tad crazy.
Ceres also represents our inherent spiritual need to enter our own underworld and emerge mature, independent and strong. Our cultural fear of the feminine, the dark, the void, has made this journey socially unacceptable. It’s stripped the process of it’s inherent sacred nature and made it pathological. We are now reclaiming this right to spiritual maturity.
In astrology, Nemesis represents something that seems to follow us all our lives, dogging our progress. Jupiter is opposite Nemesis just now, bringing his healing forces to bear on the process.
Together they represent a potent force, pointing to our need to really grasp our true relationship to the dimension of time on earth.
Ceres in the Gate of Modesty and Extremes (15) asks us to return to a simple relationship with ourselves and the world. It’s easier to do when we’re not weighed down with a demanding self image. In life it’s more important to get underway, discovering and creating new possibilities without a great burden of expectation.
This type of integral relationship to ourselves and the world opens the door to a greater sense of time, beyond the ticking of our earthly clocks. In fact, we simply can’t have that relationship to self within the existing culturally sanctioned relationship to time!
We are opening to cycles that count themselves in thousands of years, rather than minutes. Portioning out our day according to a variety of small tasks all designed to progress our small self will not achieve the progress we’re looking for. The grand sweep of human history, and the history of life itself, seeks connection with us. To engage with the flow of powerful life itself is what Ceres calls us to.
Nemesis is in the Gate of Waiting – waiting for nourishment that comes at the right time. Despite all the self help books you and I have read, life has a pattern than goes beyond our ego’s desire to manifest. It always takes longer than we had imagined and it’s not for us to dictate a faster pace. Sometimes it’s best to stop pushing and rest, taking pleasure in the moment and not postponing our happiness until that Ferrari turns up.
In spring there are blossoms, in winter there is snow. When it’s cold we light a fire, when it’s warm we swim. Despite the mythology of Pallas Athene, springing fully formed from the head of her father Zeus, young things take time to seed, to emerge, to experiment with who they are, to mature.
We are at the beginning of a new era. Our ‘get it done today’ mentality will only keep us trapped in dimensions of time that are not nourishing. Do when there is doing to be done. Rest and play when there is no doing. After a while it all becomes the same thing and the portal to a new time opens.