In tonight’s Season 3 premier of Planet Waves TV, I explore the forthcoming eclipse of the Sun in Pisces. This coincides with Mars getting mixed up in the Uranus-Eris conjunction.
Dear Friend and Reader:
There’s a question going around: how do we convey the social unrest in our nascent era of protest into a sustained movement? Both the United States and the world have a lot of problems that need addressing — and it would seem the powers that be are not so interested. It’s up to us. I want to take this up as a spiritual question: that is, as a question of the inner life.
When I was studying 20th-century women poets in graduate school at Rutgers, I was introduced to the idea from the Redstockings feminist collective that “the personal is political.” In the same class, I learned that poet and essayist Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) expanded this into the idea that there’s no private life that is not in some way dictated by the wider public life that surrounds us. For feminists and for all who are seeking liberation in some form, that relationship must be made obvious.
But how did this situation come to be? The seemingly different inner and outer lives (one’s personal reality, and world events, for example) have one thing in common, which is you. There’s no denying that you see the world you see because you exist. You think the thoughts you think because you are here now. You experience life because you are alive.
Today the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in Pisces: a new Moon, and also a partial solar eclipse. It’s been two weeks since we experienced the Leo Full Moon and lunar eclipse. It’s possible that these two weeks have felt strangely compressed: like a surprising number of events have been squeezed in.
What do you actually want to devote yourself to? What feels like service, and what feels like sacrifice? You might notice some tension today between your strongest desires for yourself and what might feel like a social imperative to care for others. But do you really have to choose one or the other?
There comes a time when life decisions must be based on something other than taking the safest path or the thing that seems to offer the most security. You might, in the alternate, make your choices based on what offers you the potential for deep healing, for resolving the past and for making emotional contact.
Your sense of self-worth is the only thing you need to concern yourself with. That’s because it’s the one thing that determines how you experience life, and by which you set your expectations. It’s easy to slough this off onto others: that is, to decide that how others feel about you (or how you think they feel about you) sets the limits on your potential.