30 April 2004

BdF6     original art by
    Bryan de Flores


           Mercury's now direct again, and Uranus has initiated Vesta (see "{jbull} Maytimes"), opening up a new cycle of spiritual integrity for us.   Vesta is about our service to what we consider sacred.   If you're willing and able to do it, step back and look at your life from the outside.   What do you worship without giving it a second thought?   What is it that must get done no matter what?   Many of us worship our mortgage company, or the evening news, or a favorite sitcom, or our idealistic picture of what parenting should look like.   Say you were to contact a former lifetime as a nomad, following your sheep across the desert and living permanently in a tent.   In that circumstance, what would you hold sacred?   How does that differ from what you hold sacred in your current life?   Holding ideals sacred creates rigidity and isolation.

           This initiation occurs at 7 Pisces - "Illumined by a shaft of light, a large cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea mist: the spiritual blessing which strengthens individuals who, happen what may, stand uncompromisingly for their own truth" [Rudhyar 1973 p.272].   The Vesta-Uranus cycle on its own is about spiritual integrity - this initiation in this degree multiplies it.   In addition, next February's Juno-Uranus initiation occurs in the same degree, Juno-Uranus being about merging or identifying with our multidimensional self rather than our hardcopy self.   Vesta-Uranus cycles last for four years, so this intensification of our ascension is fairly local in time.

           For some perspective, lets look at the Vesta-Uranus cycle we just finished, to see if we can make sense of it.   That initiation was 12 December 2000, at 18 Aqua - "A [person] unmasked" [Jones p.287].   Jones talks about our drive to analyze everything, and Rudhyar speaks of the demise of privacy.   With Vesta-Uranus, it would be about going public with yer own Truth, and learning about the ways we judge others for having a different Truth.   The culmination of this cycle was September 2002 through August 2003.   Vesta-Uranus is intensely personal, but there would be social ramifications as well, mostly as social pressure to disavow your own Truth in order to fit in.   While religion is hardly spirituality, the cavalier disavowal its once-famous constitution by the US, and the institutionalized genocide of Muslims we're witnessing, certainly fit here.

           I'm always curious about the initiations that remain between now and 2012.   The next Vesta-Uranus is at 20 Pisces, "A table set for an evening meal" [Jones p.319] on 28 March 2008.   To the materialistic mind, form is more important in spiritual matters than substance, and some forms may be revealed as hollow, as Pluto moves into Capricorn.   Pluto in Sadge has been about releasing dogmas (which of course looks more like clinging to them till the last minute's epiphany); Pluto in Cap will be about transforming institutions - which of course will look more like enforcing them till the yoke becomes so oppressive that it's finally cast off.

           The 2012 Vesta-Uranus initiation is at 4 Aries - "Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk" [Rudhyar 1973 p.52], on 3 March.   Rudhyar's take on this degree is an interesting comment on the process of becoming conscious, "The progressive polarization of energies needed for fulfilling one's life functions... An interplay of bipolar energies is needed to provide a sustained and dynamic 'resonance' to any superior and encompassing form of life...   [This is not] a closed process.   The positive and negative polarities do not meet in a closed circuit, reconstituting a neutral state of potentiality.   They operate in dynamic, open, unresolved togetherness in contact with the surrounding energies of nature."   How very appropriate for a cycle dominated by the Uranus-Pluto square.


           The other event happening later today, is a waning novile of Chiron to Uranus.   Chiron-Uranus is about healing our willingness to follow our own drummer, giving ourself permission to trust our Heart even at the cost of rejection and perhaps even persecution.   The waning novile is the point where we pack up for our "seven years" alone in the desert.   The Chiron-Uranus cycle is usually a bit over a hundred years, but since Chiron is now moving out toward Uranus and thus slowing down relative to the zodiac, the current cycle is 144 years long, with the last 40 years of that spent in the balsamic Void.   If we think of Chiron-Uranus as bringing into consciousness our victim roles around being ostracized and persecuted, then we can easily imagine that our 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto adventures will give us plenty of opportunities for that.

           However, the Uranus-Pluto cycle is the longer cycle, and thus Chiron-Uranus should serve it, rather than the other way around, though Chiron-Uranus can certainly color the larger cycle.   By the time the Void phase of this Chiron-Uranus cycle is done, Uranus will be ten degrees and four years short of it's opposition to Pluto.   When the current Uranus-Pluto cycle was born in 1965, Chiron opposed them both.   So its fair to say that this entire Uranus-Pluto cycle is about releasing our victim roles.   The Uranus-Pluto initiation was at 18 Virgo - "A ouija board: the ability to contact deeper recesses of the unconscious psyche and sensitiveness to psychic intimations and omens" [Rudhyar 1973 p.162].   So of course one of the first steps in that process will be to wring out our fear of going deeper.   All of which makes this waning Chiron-Uranus novile rather more important than it otherwise would be.

           The current though ancient Chiron-Uranus cycle began in early December 1898 at 5 Sagittarius, "An old Owl sits alone on the branch of a large tree: a poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.   Owl has always been a symbol of wisdom, and her hooting call has evoked a rise to the mysterious and hidden elements in life.   Owl functions lucidly in the night aspect of existence.   Her eyes see what people normally fail to perceive.   She represents that consciousness which is active where the processes of life normally escape the attention of the personal ego and its intellect" [Rudhyar 1973 pp.212-13].   Fascinating.   This is the cycle we're finishing, albeit slowly.

           The next Chiron-Uranus initiation, in November 2042, occurs at 18 Leo - "A chemist conducts an experiment for her students: in inquiring into the hidden process of nature, the human mind experiences the thrill of discovery." [Rudhyar 1973 p.142]   So the next cycle will take us deeper yet, with some promise of integrating the Lemurian and Atlantean perspectives which dominate the current timescape so dualistically.   But we dont want to get ahead of ourself - our task in the Void is not to anticipate the next cycle, but to release the current cycle, because any anticipation at this point in time would be contaminated by baggage from the current cycle.   Our goal is to be empty by 2042 so we can receive the new impulse without prejudice.

           Bottom line?   It behooves us to own up to the places in our lives where our victim dominates, where we have less than what we want, and where we do not feel in control of our own destiny.   To seek them out even.   As these blind spots are opened, what we dont own internally will manifest into external reality.   Haven't you already been ostracized and persecuted enough?   What if you did bring forth to the world, that which you've always felt you need to hide?   What are your worst fears about that?   What is it you're hiding?   What triggers your shame?   What is it you don't like to talk about?   Cultural approval is not a workable excuse here, because even if you plan to whore yourself to the next culture, it's too easy to get caught in the crossfire when the change occurs.

Working with the Stones

           Hard to say what stone fits best here, because it depends on which chakra you typically hide.   Arfvedsonite and Eudialyte make an excellent combination for getting honest about survival and sexual/emotional fears.   Golden Barite makes a great tool for holding to your own Truth and not backing down under pressure, as does Danburite.   Barite works more on the third-fourth-chakra yang-integrity levels, like Pallas Athena, helping us defend our commitments, while Danburite connects our fourth and seventh chakras, facilitating the renegotiation of our commitments as we become aware of who we're becoming and implement yin integrity.

           To foster diplomacy there's nothing quite like Manganotantalite because it allows us to speak our Truth in ways which do not threaten our audience.   Purpurite's a great choice for connecting our everyday identity with our spiritual identity.   Purpurite's more assertive than Sugilite, and what's called for by these synergies, is not blissing out on our spirit-connection, but taking a stand for what we believe in.   Not to change anyone else, but to assert our right to have our own beliefs.   And not because of any ideals or fantasies of freedom, but because we need this integration of spirit and heart and belly - and mind if it can stand to play second fiddle - to survive the next half-century and manifest what Mom is asking us to create.

           I've also just rebuilt the Rocks by Color page to make it much faster to load.   If the stones above dont do it for you, or if you've worked your way through them and want more, click on one of the Rocks by Color pictures, then click on one of the small pictures on the color page that comes up next.   There are several ways to choose which picture using your intuition.   You can choose the first picture that catches your eye.   You can sit back, take a deep breath, relax or even unfocus your eyes, and watch for a picture to "jump out" at you.   You can put your mind to work on a favorite fantasy, while you let your eyebone wander across the page until you notice that you keep coming back to the same picture.   You can just choose the picture that looks most beautiful or most lively or most intriguing.

           To review, Stones work by vibration, and some of that vibration is conveyed by the picture.   Sometimes a specific picture will even focus a specific vibration, where the Stone itself might be more scattered.   If you want to work directly with the Stone, you can use the pictures as previews, but often the picture will be enough.   In the case of the Arsenates and Radioactive Stones and other toxins, it may be safer to work with the pictures.   Many toxic Minerals are powerful healers, but you wanna use the Stone to remove toxicity from your physical/emotional/mental/etheric/egoic bodies, not increase it.