By Amanda Moreno
I’m sitting here trying to write a piece for this week that is intelligent and interesting. Mostly, though, I’m trying to keep it out of the personal realms. I once again find myself needing time off from putting my own story out there. So I’m trying to be objective yet relevant.
It’s not really working, though. I’m sitting here marveling at how incredible this massive obsidian arrowhead ring feels on my finger and how funny it is that I have a very strong urge to put the piece of smoky quartz to my right on my forehead and just see what it has to say.
It’s the night before the equinox/eclipse/New Moon extravaganza and I know I’ll be doing some ritual tonight, but I got sick of trying to plan out the details, because I just feel the need to let go. But I also want to make the most of these energies. They do feel huge collectively speaking, and I really am leaning into the belief that we have come through something huge and now need to celebrate and then get the heck to work. I also have a point in a natal T-square at 28 Pisces, and it’s a T-square that sure could use some healing, so…I just want to ‘do the right thing.’
Can you hear the Virgo coming through? I have three planets in Virgo, and can attest to the fact that sometimes that Virgo energy feels like a mean trick. It’s so attention-to-detail oriented, and when it’s triggered as defense mechanism it analyzes for the sake of analysis rather than for the sake of finding a solution. It also feels like it just serves as a compulsive distraction sometimes — like it’s just focusing on all the microscopic, teeny-tiny little details in order to avoid the huge, screaming, totally undifferentiated abyss looming across the way over there in Pisces, threatening to swallow up all the details. Poor Virgo.
I write that and suddenly I remember a cultural anthropology class I took once. It focused on the changing images of Jesus over time. Cultural context is everything, and at this moment I’m reminded of the surfer Jesus of the Sixties — tan, bleach blonde hair, dazed smile. Totally, dude.
I went to a lecture given by Richard Tarnas last week. It was incredible and involved all of my favorite things — the evolution of consciousness, cosmology, bridging the mythopoetic and the analytic, paradigm shift, astrology as Rosetta Stone… It also got me thinking about the ways in which it does seem that we are evolving the archetypes over time.
Towards the end of the lecture, someone asked Mr. Tarnas about whether he used traditional or modern rulerships, ending his question by saying something to the effect of how some astrologers really think it’s OK to use modern rulerships and that ‘we really have to do something about that.’
I couldn’t help but laugh. One of my least favorite facets of religion (and I include astrology in this, as well as scientism, which can be just as fundamentalist as any other belief system) is a tendency to cling to ‘truth’ as if it is a rigid structure. Nothing makes a religion lose its vitality and relevance like refusal to change. That’s not to say that tradition doesn’t have a place, nor is it to say that teachings should not be handed down, but if religion can’t remain relevant to the hearts of the people, they cannot connect, and they therefore cannot orient themselves to their experience in a way that is meaningful — resulting in chaos.
The context of our lives is always changing, and as we adapt to that, our beliefs have to as well. There was a point in time when surfer-dude Jesus hit the spot. And then came the era of 50 SPF.
The archetypes, or the gods, are at one level timeless and at another level changing. Mr. Tarnas discussed the fact that there is a real drama being played out between human and god — we are playing a role in their expression. Carl Jung posited there was a second act of creation that is perhaps just as important as the first, taking place as humanity becomes conscious. That act of creation is god/gods/goddess/archetypes becoming conscious of themselves. Cultural context is everything here.
I tend to be the type of astrologer who believes there is a place for every kind of astrology, and who places more emphasis on the importance of the astrologer wielding the knowledge with respect and integrity. In my experience, Mars and Pluto are both very much relevant to Scorpio, in that the sign represents the merging of the desires of the ego and the desires of the soul. That understanding makes sense to me and informs the way I practice and use astrology, and it’s an understanding that is supported by my observations and experience.
As we shift into what Eric has called the ‘post’ 2012 era, I’m grateful for a spiritual framework and language such as astrology that helps us to know the faces of the gods, and relate to them through individual experience. Mr. Tarnas quoted Stanislav Grof as saying that astrology is the Rosetta Stone of the psyche. It helps to bridge the mythopoetic, romantic soul with the modern, scientific mind birthed out of the Enlightenment. I suppose in that sense it helps to bridge Pisces and Virgo. And hopefully, as we step into this new phase, it helps us to ground our experience in increased awareness of both the rational and irrational so that we can heal and trust and love.
“Healing” and “trusting” and “loving” — those all seem like good themes for a ritual. I do declare success! Thank you for reading.