I went to see the new Star Trek movie on the weekend. The CGI was amazing, the story was engaging, the characters were fun. But even if the setting was futuristic, why are we still telling stories of cruelty, evil and attempts to dominate each other?
I read a post from astrologer Eric Francis of PlanetWaves fame, about tomorrow’s New Moon. He has been looking for solutions to the global problems that seem to be piling up around us. But has no answers.
It’s what’s kept me from writing for a while. Where are the threads leading us to somewhere better than this? What is it even about, all this killing and disruption? We could easily believe in a continuation of what seems to be an eon of struggling for survival. But is there something more available to us? Another pathway, hidden from view?
We are sitting in a voidal space right now. In a sense, we are giving birth to ourselves, to a newly conscious level of humanity with skills and personal powers not seen in even the most futuristic movie. The main theme is managing our transition from nationalism to global community – what we have to let go of, and what personal transformation is required as we become global citizens. It’s so much more than having a lot of stamps in your passport, or lots of friends on facebook.
Let’s have a look at the New Moon HD chart and see what we can discover. We’ll start out small and then go galactic.
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New Moon – 2nd August 2016 at 20:44pm UT
The New Moon is happening in Gate 33 (Retreat) and Gate 19 (Approach).
This week your normal life is likely to feel like a burden, almost as if you are trapped in something you have outgrown. Wherever possible, take time out, break your usual routine and reconnect with your essential self.
Gate 19 (Earth) is a great growing energy coming from source, approaching us and asking us to enter into it’s flow. We can’t presume upon it for results; this isn’t about immediate outcomes. We are preparing ourselves for a new cycle, where we will step into a greater sense of self-leadership and personal authority. How can you let go of expectations and move with the growing energy?
Gate 33 (Sun and Moon) is about taking time out to reflect deeply upon your lived experience. What can you learn? How can you let go of your need to force things to work out in a particular way? What feels more fitting and natural for you than your regular day to day life and current expectations of yourself?
An Intense Transition
This is a transitional time on our planet. No surprises there! The Nodes are in the transitional gates of 63 and 64; the space between what went before and what will come next. They are joined by Jupiter (currently in 47) and Neptune (63). This is a mental energy, right up there in the Head Centre. It hasn’t even fully entered your body yet! These activations are your commitment, perhaps still only partially conscious, to move on.
You can take what you’ve learnt till now and begin a whole new cycle of life.
The important thing is not to rush. Because we have never been here before. Like Republican Senators contemplating their next move, we are all faced with strange and formerly unimaginable decisions.
Is it safe to go out and celebrate a national holiday? Should we allow the rule of law to be set aside in order to ensure border security? Can we afford to be compassionate and allow in a million new refugees?
The Great Thaw of Emotions
Mercury is a key to this New Moon. In the Gate of Dissolution (59), he is bringing our consciousness to a fear we have been trying to hold at bay.
It’s as if a great thaw brought forth the floods and everything solid was swept away. Familiar landscapes have vanished. Solidity is revealed as an illusion.
We can see the end of nationalism approaching, despite attempts to hold to our isolation, Brexit-style. Our borders aren’t anywhere near as reliable as we would like them to be. They are not succeeding in holding back ‘the other’.
On the other hand, our more compassionate selves would like to welcome in the great flood of humanity, but what will happen to our way of life, our culture. Will we even survive?
On 4th August, Jupiter will move into Gate 6 – Conflict. This is a gate which funnels all our many and varied emotional streams into one place, dropping them at the door of Gate 59 – Dissolution. The purpose of this channel is an ever increasing capacity for intimate relationship, both within ourselves and with each other. It is where we hide our inner conflicts that we project out onto the world. We fight and argue for one reason – to try to keep control of our own inner world.
When the flood gates open it can feel as if we are giving up all control, security and stability. And yet some things do need to dissolve. Losing our grip on who we think we are will let lose within us aspects of self we have long denied. Terrified they will show us as unworthy of support, love, survival, we have kept a tight lid on any feelings that let loose these imperfect versions of ourselves.
It’s time to release them.
The Stories of Old White Men
Right now we are in the grip of an authoritarian backlash. The old white men are fighting for the survival of their system of domination and supremacy. Irrespective of their political or religious persuasion, the last thing they want to do is open their eyes and see the cause and effects of millenium of rape and pillage. Because their moral code is clear – the spoils go to the victor, regardless of the larger cost.
This conflict is waging within you right now. You are the microcosm of the macrocosm of global unrest.
You want a better world, and a better life for yourself. The way to a better life has always required an adherence to a ‘winner takes all’ moral code. Work hard, come top of your class, do better than the others. It goes so deep we don’t even see it in ourselves.
Transpluto is in Gate 59 with Mercury. It represents the critical perfectionist parent. This archetype exists not just in our families, but at the national level of government and globally in the moral code of corporations and financial markets.
Neuroscientists have mapped this system in our brains, using fMRI scans. Despite our ideas about who we are, we have been wired for intimidation, domination and competition. To protect our sensitive psyche from this inhumane influence, we’ve used techniques like self-sufficiency, avoiding experiences where we may attract critisism, being constantly alert for our own imperfections so as to avoid being wrong. And while we are distracted in our mission to find the safe harbour of personal perfection, the old white men are destroying our planet, our cultures and our peace.
We have to wake up.
Finding the real reality
There is another thing about this dominator cultural code of conduct. It takes the moral high ground in establishing the nature of reality. Its reality is based on the fantasy of rationality and objectivity. It derives its truth from concepts, and denies the validity of our lived experience. Neurologist Antonio Damasio tells us, in his book Descartes Error, that rationality is a myth and emotions are essential to good personal decision making. And yet, how many of us suppress what we know to be true, in favour of trying to perfectly fit the rules of the game?
Here in Australia our local ABC broadcaster has just revealed a terrible story of indigenous child abuse in detention centres in the Northern Territory. Our Prime Minister immediately called a Royal Commision and appointed a top judge to head it. Our opposition leader is calling for additional Commissioners to be drawn from the indigenous population. What can a white man, albeit an experienced Supreme Court Justice, bring to this situation that is so much more significant to a resolution than the lived experience of those actually involved? He must rely on abstract laws, on rational thinking, on his own conceptual understanding of the information he receives from others.
We are all trained to treat ourselves in this way. Our brains have been wired to apply rules that come from outside ourselves. Our brains actually ignore any incoming information (emotions, physical sensations) which conflict with the rules we have learnt keep us safe. Think about that for a moment! We are left with a dimished relationship to our personal lived experience.
When those who created the culture and made the rules are at the end of their time of dominance, how do any of us know what is real?
Let’s Get Uncomfortable
These are not comfortable times. Rather than putting our efforts to our own comfort we are much better off connecting with what is in flux. That means feeling your own difficult and disturbing emotions. It means taking time to listen when your body calls to you. It means making choices that feel like they will put you in danger.
The intensity and immensity of change call us to the tipping point of evolution. Everything is in flux here.
A tipping point means you are sensitive to every little twinge. We are navigating by our discomfort, finding new pathways through the inner compass of our own dissonance.
We Can’t Stay Invisible
The fundamental issue underpinning everything just now is dwarf planet Eris.
Eris is the Goddess of Discord. Well, that is what she was called after tossing an apple into a wedding celebration out of pique at being left out of the festivities. The univited guest knew full well that her apple tossing would cause chaos and conflict amongst those on the inside. Eventually, her actions led to the Trojan War and she is generally seen as the precursor, however it was Zeus (think old white male) who actually used the apple throwing incident to set up the conditions for war. But Eris got the blame nonetheless.
In our Design, Eris represents the part of us that we have left out or snubbed, because taking notice of them feels dangerous, potentially chaotic. There is, in a sense, something within us that is invisible to our larger social discourse. We’ve learnt to keep it quiet, partly because we fear people will think us crazy if we let it loose (that’s Chiron in 36).
Eris is sitting in Gate 42 with Uranus. She represents what we have snubbed in ourselves. She seeks to give voice to what we have been keeping under wraps. Look at the political landscape right now and you can see her influence. The most disruptive influence comes from this idea of the silent majority – those without a voice. This is not a political class rising up, but the tip of the global iceberg of emotional upheaval. And it’s happening inside you right now. The parts of yourself that have had no voice are seeking your attention. Their voices come from two places – your emotions and your felt sense of your physical body.
We can’t move on from here without knowing the truth of where we are. We can’t move on from here if our reality continues to be drawn from the fantastical concepts of old white men and their dominator culture. We have to be open to everything inside us that calls out the cruelty and inhumanity, even at the risk of chaos in our own lives. We have to face our fear of imperfection, of being wrong, hurt, rejected. We can’t stay comfortable anymore.
Look at the Earth in Gate 19 in this New Moon:
When everyone has enough to eat, a place to live and a god to worship, we experience life as one healthy community.
(The Definitive Book of Human Design, page 247)
This is a call to shift from nationalistic borders to global community. We can only do that when we embrace our own humanity. Then we can discover how to embrace global humanity. There is a powerful outbreak of truth and reality coming your way. It will change the global landscape.
Globe image: Lori Siebert ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoriSiebertStudio