Monday, April 23, 2012

Whether we want to or not, we dance with the planets

Tour bus reflection, columned buildings all around.

Buckle your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen! The planets are dancing in very rare configurations for the next two weeks. Though the sky has been going haywire for a couple of years already, what's coming up is the kind of planetary dance that packs a serious wallop. What I glean from my favorite astrologers is that life is likely to feel very intense, as if something karmic is unfolding - which is absolutely true, actually, on a societal level.

How many self-soothing behaviors do you have in your tool belt? Best pull out everything you've got, dust off those tools, and get to soothing, please!

At least this is how I plan to meet the exact square of Pluto and Uranus, and the Pluto eclipses, as well as the solar eclipses coming up in June. While my brothers and sisters in the sky square off against and occult each other, I'm going to make mac and cheese, sleep late, drink lots of water. I'm going to breathe my shamanic ass off, you'd better believe it! I will grant others the benefit of the doubt whenever I can, cut those who might annoy me plenty of slack.

My first teacher of astrology told me the planets don't DO anything TO us. She found that language completely inaccurate. I didn't know what she meant, but I'm getting it now at last. As consciousness evolved in our species over hundreds of thousands, probably millions of years, we gazed at the night sky. We watched the movements of the wanderers (that's what "planet" means - did you know?) We took note of the way the sky configures itself in winter, spring, summer and fall. Gradually, over time, we took meaning from these configurations and from the dance of the planets on the backdrop of stars. Human consciousness is inseparable from the dance of the planets. The way we think was forged in conjunction with the sky and the seasons.

That we dance in alignment with the movements of the planets and stars is something I'm sure of. How we describe what's going on is a different story. I know not many people interpret the cosmic dance as accurately as some of us might like. Astrology, my great teacher explained, is a lifelong art to learn. You can't study for two years and think you "get" it. Astrology has to sink into the bones and blood, deep into the brainstem as it did for our ancestors. That can't happen in a few years, even for those who study assiduously. We moderns are quite impatient, though, hence we try to interpret, to articulate the energy as soon as we begin studying. Some are better than others. I have a feeling ancient astrologers were much more precise, in part because they understood it takes time to learn the art.

We are cyclic beings living in a cyclic universe. As above, so below. Buckle up, y'all. Safety first!


jeanette from everton terrace said...

Sometimes, when I'm feeling out of whack or charged, or even slowed, or even when something I can't explain happens - like this weekend when I was trying to nap and I felt someone pick up my arm and put it down at my side and then later push me in the back - even though nobody else was there....I often think "Reya would know what's going on here" :)

Butternut Squash said...

Reya, I think that is the first time I have ever had Astrology explained in a way that makes any sense at all to me.

Reya Mellicker said...

How cool!

X said...

Pluto and Uranus the planets ruling Aquarius yes?
Surfs up! Enjoy the ride. If anyone can take this big one all the way in to shore its you.

X said...

The photos are pure visual poetry new old light dark liquid solid real imagined...the juxtapositions are endless. So thought provoking and perfectly paired with the text
As usual fabulous

Val said...

this is a beautiful explanation and heads up for what lies ahead. it is so amazing to me that we are deeply influenced by those giant wanderers in the sky - emotionally and in every way. heck even electronically!
whoa - might have to hide under the table.

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks, X. Pluto rules Scorpio. Uranus is associated with Aquarius.

In old astrology, Mars ruled Scorpio and Saturn ruled Aquarius.

Thanks, Val. Do you notice that the animals react to the movement of the planets?

X said...

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ~Terry Pratchett, from "A Hat Full of Sky"

From Onbeing today....