“We’re learning how to reside, to sit deeply and trust the feeling of open, empowered, presenced possibility rather than and in place of the certainty of what the goals and the planning are going to produce.” – Adam Gainsburg, interview on Gaiafield Radio
There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot up in the air, many wheels in motion. We’re clearing out old ideas about and attachments to how we think it should be, how we want it to be, or even what “IT” is. As the Uranus-Pluto square hits another high note at today’s exact alignment – the third of seven between 2012-2015 – and as Eclipse Season approaches its culmination in Friday’s Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse, reality feels very fluid and the way forward may seem more confusing than ever.
Last Friday I was blessed to hear mythologist/storyteller Michael Meade here in Portland, giving a talk appropriately titled “The Pathless Path.” There is no roadmap for where we’re at or where we’re going. Lost, having “fallen out of the dream of the world,” we’re called to journey deeper within ourselves, to find our own meaningful story, our unique genius, and then live that story out in the world. “In the depths of trouble we find the deepest resources we have.” May it be so!
Dreams and stories are especially awakened and up for transformation now, as we swim in the energy of the upcoming Eclipse, exact on Friday at 9:25pm PDT. Sagittarius is the storyteller, the sign that rules philosophy and religion, how we make meaning through weaving the tale of our personal and collective realities. What do you tell yourself about your own potential and possibilities? What story do you tell about the future of the planet? Do your stories inspire and support you in creating a more positive reality, or reinforce your fears and limitations?
Our stories stem from our deepest belief systems, typically encoded in our sponge-like little brains by the age of 6 (see Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief), and, without some serious healing intervention, will continue to run the show for the rest of our lives. This Eclipse wants to interrupt those old patterns of perception, those moldy old stories that keep us stuck in a diminished version of ourselves, or stuck in someone else’s story altogether.
After a month or so steeped in Fixity – working on issues around stagnation, resistance and over-attachment – we’re now in a phase of Mutability, when we’re called to become more flexible and adaptable and when change can happen more quickly and easily (can I get an amen??). Four planets – the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter – are now in open-minded, inquisitive, analytical, fast-moving Gemini, stirring up mental energy and presenting a variety of possible paths forward. The challenge is to find our own truth, our own authentic story and path, our body’s instinctual guidance and wisdom, in the midst of myriad mental distractions, opinions and options.
Neptunian Confusion and Swimming toward the Divine
At the Eclipse, the Sun and Moon form a tight square – 90-degree angle of tension and challenge – to Neptune, god/goddess of the ocean and signifier of dreams, the imagination and the unconscious. If you’ve been feeling sleepy, dreamy, spacey, super-sensitive, overwhelmed and/or confused, then you’re perfectly in tune with the Neptunian nature of this Eclipse.
Neptune in Pisces plus all that Gemini can add up to getting caught in the anxiety-ridden spin cycle of “this or that or this or that or??” and, mired in mental confusion, postpone taking action altogether for fear of making the “wrong” choice. Confusion is a Neptunian strategy, it serves a purpose, and the purpose is to get out of our own way, break out of the ego’s certainty that it’s going to figure everything out and come up with the perfect plan. Instead our job is to be present, to listen deeply, and to simply take the next step in front of us, trusting that the “pathless path” will unfold in its own mysteriously divine way. As Adam Gainsburg said (in that very useful above-mentioned interview), “Feeling certain is becoming outmoded.”
Trust is the bottom line here, a shared theme of the Sagittarius Moon and Neptune in Pisces. In an increasingly chaotic and uncertain reality – signified by the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square – we’re learning to trust our feelings and our instincts to guide us, moment by moment. Michael Meade talked about art and spiritual practice as two key “strokes” in swimming toward the divine. Through art and spiritual practice – conscious ways of working with this deluge of Neptunian energy – we reengage the imagination, and participate in recreating the story of the world. Meade also reminds us that we don’t have to swim all the way by ourselves, that the divine will meet us halfway (what a relief).
The Uranus-Pluto Square, Back by Popular Demand
The co-incidence of the Uranus-Pluto square (exact today at 4:02pm PDT) with the Sagittarius Eclipse has me thinking about the relationship between the themes of living out our authentic story, responsibility and freedom. Often, responsibility is felt as a burden, a weight, an endless list of duties and obligations that limit our freedom. But Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024) calls for transforming our notion of responsibility, which could look like letting go of those commitments that are not actually our responsibility, and simultaneously taking a deeper level of responsibility for what IS truly ours.
On the most grounded and pragmatic level (and Capricorn loves to be pragmatic), what we’re responsible for is taking care of what’s right in front of us – those everyday issues in our home, work, relationships and community that we’re either willing to dive into and claim as “ours,” or that we procrastinate dealing with and project onto others, making it someone else’s fault that our lives are a mess. On the collective level, the old paternalistic power structures are falling apart, “Big Daddy” is not looking out for our best interests, and it’s time to reclaim our authority to create the world we want to live in.
As Uranus in Aries (2011-2019) – the urge to express more of our individuality, creativity and freedom – squares Pluto, a helpful compass for how we’re dealing with responsibility is how liberated we feel. When we’re not taking responsibility for what’s ours, we feel stuck and victimized. At the deepest level, what we’re ultimately responsible for is breaking free from the conditioning that suppresses our vitality, authenticity and creativity – in other words, doing our emotional work – and becoming the most authentic, empowered version of ourselves that we can. Taking responsibility for living our own story, our own truth, our own dream, is the path to liberation.
Getting Personal – Try This At Home
If you have a copy of your birth chart and some astro-technical know-how, you can get deeper insight into what all this astro-excitement means for YOU. To identify the areas of life where Uranus and Pluto are currently stirring up this theme of freedom and responsibility, find the houses in your birth chart that contain 11 degrees Aries (Uranus) and 11 degrees Capricorn (Pluto). If you have planets in the range of about 8-15 degrees of any of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), then you’ll be feeling this urge to transform very personally, focused on the themes signified by those planets.
For more insight into the Lunar Eclipse, find the house in your birth chart that contains 4 degrees Sagittarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where you are: letting go of old stories and opening to a more positive future; bringing to fruition or culmination significant events from the past; and learning to trust your instincts and inner guidance.
- Emily Trinkaus
Calling All Priestesses! Want more insight into Friday’s Lunar Eclipse? Want support for shifting out of mental confusion and into trusting your body’s instinctual wisdom? Join me and energy-healing diva Katie Todd – your galactic priestesses – and our growing tribe of amazing women around the world for our Lunar Galactic Activation teleclass this Thursday. Can’t make it to the live call? No worries! All participants will receive a recording of the call, and energy is not limited by time or space. Join us