This year it is particularly powerful since in coincides (within a couple of days) with the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.
Opening portals to new energy. Of course, in order to have room for the new, you have to release the old. From what I detect, many of us have let go of a lot this winter, whether intentionally or not.
One of the hardest things to let go of in my experience, is our suffering. We hold onto it as if it were a badge of some sort. “Hey, I earned this suffering …it’s mine.”
Suffering can serve a purpose, but not when it is clung to. It is a means, not an end. In order to fully get the teaching, you have to let it go. For many, all they have is their suffering. I forms their identity.
"Another thing that people must sacrifice is their suffering. It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. Man is made in such a way that he is never so much attached to anything as he is to his suffering. And it is necessary to be free from suffering. No one who is not free from suffering, who has not sacrificed his suffering, can work. Later on a great deal must be said about suffering. Nothing can be attained without suffering but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering. Now, decipher what this means." G.I. Gurdjieff
A parallel to this is one of the teachings of Caroline Myss who coined the term of ‘woundology’ to describe how some people define themselves by their physical, emotional, or social wounds.
Clearly, I have thought a lot about this. I believe the difficulty lies in that since dealing with suffering requires so much of us and our nature is to strive towards survival, when we do survive, we think we have done something incredible and we leave it at that. But…the true accomplishment is to go the next step which is to give it up. It is not enough to survive, you have to flourish.
I believe this is the teaching inherent in the death of Jesus on the cross and his resurrection, known as Easter, which comes up next weekend. He went past the suffering part of his ordeal to show us that just hanging on the cross and dying is not enough. You have to go beyond that. Resurrection – coming back to life.
The earth does this every spring. We see all that was dead and bare come back to life. Do we see that in people? They go through some ordeal and most of them die inside, never resurrecting. Walking dead. They are all around us. People who gave up their spirits due to suffering.
The movie “The Lady in the Van” shows what happens when your spirit dies due to trauma, loss and fear.
Mind you, I am not judging… I have my own issues to deal with believe me, but learning how then practicing resurrection within ourselves is a goal we might consider striving for.
Currently the nodes are in Pisces/Virgo considered in EA as the axis of Christianity, victim/victor and service. Right now we have SN, Neptune, Venus, Ceres, and Chiron in Pisces. The SN represent the familiar, habitual and oh so well-known ways we have been doing things. On the other hand, NN in Virgo is conjunct Jupiter – god of happiness, fun, bounty, luck, excess – the good life we are moving toward. How do we get there? More what? What do you think you need more of? Money? Love?
Well since it’s the 6th house, which represents methods, practices that develop new habits, health, service to others, perhaps we might consider a ‘New Astrological Year’s’ resolution, that we will develop new habits that move us towards resurrection. Faith (a Pisces virtue) might be needed as we do these new things not knowing if they will work. I’ll tell you this: standing still and doing nothing does not work. Not now. Now is the time for some kind of action.
Among the attributes of Aries, which began on the Spring Equinox, is to act impulsively with no idea of the outcome. When Aries fails, it just picks itself up and tries something else. So, if you embark on a path of resurrection and you don’t see any results, try something else. Keep trying until you find something that puts spring in your step and makes you want to go on joyfully.