Tune in to the show Sunday June 7, 7 pm PT to learn more.[/caption]If you’ve been feeling like you’re going crazy lately, you’re not alone! The planets are taking us on a wild and wacky ride that won’t be over til November. Join Kelly, Teresa, and special guest Terry Lamb on The Astrologer’s Daughter Show (Sunday June 21, 7 PM PT) as they sort out the highs and lows of this roller coaster ride we’re already on. Learn to ride it, enjoy it, and use it to make your life better! Call in with your birth time for a look at your personal chart.
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Something happened for you on June 14. If you are exceptionally well tuned in, you may know what it is. For most of us however, it was hidden, just below our perception, to emerge gradually over the coming days, weeks, and months. This inspires us to choose a new, nobler direction. It challenges us to let go of something from the deep past that we have been ignoring, perhaps for years.
This is the nature of the Sun-Mars conjunction, where the Sun catches up with Mars and appears to consume it in its brilliant light. This occurs once every two years and two months and marks off a cycle of growth through action.
What does the Sun-Mars conjunction mean to me?
When the ancients observed the night sky, they made stories about the warrior-prince being consumed by the lord of all things. They may have pictured it as a task of huge proportion — the trials of Hercules or Theseus. They may have seen it as the hero burning in the fires of the spirit, to be reborn as the Great King, Arjuna meeting Krishna.
The planets lead us in weaving our own life tapestry made of the silk of our imagination, our world of possibilities. This planetary union is no exception. It carries the theme of its Sign location, Gemini. This couples it with three other bodies: Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron. These planets put together — Sun, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron — have opened the proverbial crack in the Cosmic Egg, which lets in the light and shows us where we have strayed from our soul’s desired path.
With this heady stew of energies, we come to realize where we have made choices that are not in our highest interest — something we’ve been thinking about for a long time — but with Mars in activation, we know we have to do something about it, and we do it. We understand with clear and firm conviction that the chronic pain of staying stuck is worse than the quick pain of changing. We release ourselves from the past, perhaps in one great crescendo, or perhaps in little steps up the mountain toward our heart’s desire.
For some of us, these changes will happen now; while for others, they will come after some necessary delays. Either way, they open the floodgates to a broader vista of our life and affirm our most fulfilling path forward. We are simultaneously gutted and inspired as we simply do what is needed, what our soul cries out for.
Why is this happening to me?
Since early May, we have been inundated by the din of inner and outer voices, a cacophony of murmurs that split us, our own Colossus of Rhodes bridging two worlds, old and new. It is time to shift our weight from the foot of the past onto the foot of the future — to take the next step. Many people I have spoken to have felt as though they are losing their mind, being split in two, feeling schizophrenic.
There is a method in this madness. Gemini is about union between spirit and matter through the mind. It can be thought of as the interaction between Lower and Higher Mind. Lower mind is the mind of facts and data, a body of knowledge gained from study of the world around us. Higher mind is the wisdom derived from our experiences, including the collation of the knowledge gained through Lower Mind. In A Gift from Daniel by Karen Alexander, Daniel refers to Lower Mind as a cage. It provides a structure to the mental body (intellect), one of the structured layers in our aura. The Cage contains all the conditioning we receive from childhood, culture, parents, ancestors, and previous lives.
What’s going on with the Cage right now?
In the process of spiritualization — growing our subtle-energy side — the mental body must lose this cage, because it imposes limitations on our ability to think. The trouble is, we don’t think that’s what’s happening at the time. When the Cage starts to go, it dissolves (under the influence of Sea-God Neptune). This can leave us feeling adrift. The facts we used to be able to pull out of our head at the drop of a hat suddenly become hard to access, lost, irrelevant.
What’s happening is that the mental body is changing its structure. It is moving from creating a reality for us of ‘caged definites’ to one of ‘fluid truths’. We are unplugging from the limited intellect of humanity to the unbounded wisdom and awareness of the Cosmic Mind. Through Cosmic Mind, we plug in to greater power. We access intuition with the speed of light. As the shift completes itself, all the facts and data we need come to us without effort again, on the river of consciousness that now flows through our aura where the Cage used to be.
This river is the stream of consciousness, and it is shown in the Major Arcana of the Tarot, springing from the gown of the High Priestess (lower right corner) and flows through the remaining keys (cards) of the Tarot. Once this transformation occurs, clairvoyants see a change in our aura. Instead of a structured matrix (the Cage), a fluid, glowing river of energy travels through the mental body — the stream of consciousness. We are plugged in to Cosmic Mind. The knowledge we need comes to us like bubbles floating to the surface, gently and easily.
What does this feel like?
Under the influence of these planets, many people are making this shift. With Mars involved, it is happening quickly, even ruthlessly. We may feel scorched by the heat of the shift. We may feel like our reality is coming apart. We may bounce back and forth between two versions of our world. It is one step on the path of admitting the light into our physical form, the process of becoming identified with our light body-being in addition to our physical body-being.
What else is going on out there?
However, these planets are not operating in a vacuum. We find them relieved and supported by Venus and Jupiter coming together in radiant Leo, connecting us to the Cosmic Course Corrector Uranus in Aries. A new Self is emerging from the Egg, one we barely dared breathe a hint of its existence only weeks ago.
Although Venus-Jupiter and Uranus augment the feel-good side, they will soon propose a new demanding adventure for us to embark on. (See Wealth & Love … With a Twist of Fate.) The planets Sun, Mars, and Mercury will soon take these changes into our feeling side as they enter Cancer, to root them deep in our psyche so we ‘own’ them.
So what’s the story?
All of these interactions play a part in the bigger story of the coronation of the King and Queen, where the Royal Couple receive their mandate for change, to work in service to humanity in some way. There are many Kings and Queens, some of whom work as couples, others singly. Inwardly, a King is not one who is crowned by right of heredity, but by merit of his character and worthiness. It is a responsibility more than an honor, for a Queen is given a particular stewardship for her community — the community she is called to serve. This year, King-Queen couples (and individuals working singly) are stepping up and taking on their life work.
There are many kings among us. Leonardo diCaprio is a King whose stewardship is the planet, as is Edward Norton or Angelina Jolie. Pope Francis is a steward of those who are downtrodden, both human and nonhuman, as was Maya Angelou. Key among the qualities that a king must hold is incorruptibility. They must hold a pure and searing vision and adhere to it as they follow the ebb and flow of life, without getting caught in their ego. This is always a work in progress — we are never fully clear of ego as long as we inhabit a body.
How is a King or Queen created? Why is this happening now?
Although this process is always happening, the planets occasionally foster it in a wave of powerful support. The meeting of Sun-Mars signals a vital stage in the process by which the Prince becomes King. Mars is the ego, which must be burned off in the light of the Sun (Spirit). This is an arduous, even painful, process.
But coronation is nigh. As Mars burns off the ego in the Sun, Venus and Jupiter beckon us to reach for our higher ideals, because it is those that will take us to the throne where we will have our Sacred Mission conferred upon us. Each of us will be crowned with our own unique stewardship.
Venus becomes Queen and accepts her mate-King at the end of summer (the August 31st Venus-Mars conjunction), and together they are crowned on November 2 and receive the Mandate of Service that they will fulfill as a Royal Couple. We will see new Royal Couples emerge in the coming months. George and Amal Clooney come to mind.
What is it like to take on this path?
There is no separation between the Royal Couple and their flock; they carry their beloved community within them, the seeds of their consciousness to guide them forward through their carefully honed vision. Each of us has the capability to be a King or Queen, but it may not be our purpose this lifetime. Each of us can rise to the path of incorruptible stewardship, but even among those who might, not many choose the hardships that must be endured as we eradicate our weaknesses to become worthy of the task (and prevent creating negative karma).
If we do not choose this — if it is not for us — we will see others around us who are stepping into such a role so we can fulfill our own noble purpose. They will be there to inspire us as we take our own path. However, every time we take a Higher-Mind (Cosmic) viewpoint, we are stepping into a Royal role.
There are many examples of tainted leadership and hollow authority around us, and we must learn to see through them as a part of our education. We must find our own misunderstandings. It is long and difficult — the more difficult, the greater the responsibility that will soon be conferred upon us. We find ourselves separated from others, feel held to a higher standard — all of which is hard to explain to those who do not yet see what this is.
Although this path is one of honor, it is not about receiving honors. Although this path is rewarding, it is not about receiving rewards. Instead, it is one of constantly unfolding humility as we hold a piece of human creation in our hands to be fostered to maturity. This is the true Royal Path.
No matter what our path, we are all being called to serve a greater purpose and take on more challenges as humanity, our planet, and all life squeeze across a bridge to a sustainable, peaceful reality. If you are reading this, you can be sure you are among those called to serve in some way.
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