I said that until we have really changed on the inside, nothing will change on the outside.
I also said that 1 bully makes more noise than 30 people.
It reminded me of a webinar on the asteroid Lucifer I listened to recently. In Evolutionary Astrology (EA) one of the core concepts is that we live in a world of polarity. We are a creation/projection of God/Goddess. Our task is to experience all aspects of the world of separation until we have exhausted it then return to Source. Our multiple lifetimes enable us to live out every way of being.
In EA God/Goddess even created its ‘opposite’ often referred to as ‘evil’. The basis of evil is that it wishes to remain separate…never to return to Source but to have its own separate existence.
In our charts, ‘evil’ Lucifer operates as a kind of built-in saboteur, whose task it is to convince us that all our efforts at self-improvement are wasted, that we will never succeed and that we are lost.
Right now Lucifer is in Aries conjunct Uranus, square Pluto conjunct Venus in Capricorn. Thus, Lucifer will play a role in the Grand Cross of this year as well.
Lucifer itself is a dual archetype, like all others in EA. The positive side of Lucifer is that it shows us the weak link in our emotional makeup. We cannot heal until we know where the problem lies. Lucifer, which means ‘light bearer’ can, when worked with, show us the path to follow towards healing. It shows up the place where we have to keep trying.
The negative side of Lucifer, representing the shadow side of the sign it is in, shows where we have bought into delusion: where we have gotten stuck; where we sabotage our progress; where we think we have already done the work.
So how does this relate to Venus?
Venus is stationary direct today, going direct tomorrow. It has been retrograde since Dec. 21, 2013. So, retrograde around 40 days. What have I/we learned about what we value?
It’s not that I enjoy writing about myself, but, in the effort to give concrete examples, without breaking the confidentiality of my clients, I feel it is useful to you, the reader if I ground ideas in reality.
One thing I realized during this Venus retrograde period is that I had gotten stuck. I feel I have come to an impasse – not wanting to continue with many things I have been doing, yet not seeing anything new that is of interest. I decided to use this 40 day period as a kind of inner retreat, keeping things simple without a specific itinerary.
I have watched as things bubbled up from consciousness: a desire to get back into a meditation practice which I followed; a renewed commitment to taking my vitamins and supplements; an excitement about getting back into needlecrafts. One day, I heard the voice, “Read the Course in Miracles and do the daily practices again.” I did this 20 years ago.
“Okay, why not?”
Then, just today, I got a link to a talk Marianne Williamson did a decade ago and ‘Bingo!’ Not only was she talking about the exact thing my friend and I had been talking about earlier on the phone, but it relates to Lucifer.
In the U.S. chart, Pluto is in Capricorn. Uranus conjunct Lucifer is in Aries and is square Pluto. It will be with orb of that square for awhile. What is the weak link in our country today? The shadow side of Aries has to do with militarism, excessive bravado, bullying, brute force and a lack of compassion. Can we see this operating in our country these days?
The light side of Aries is willpower, courage, initiative, leadership, progressive thinking. The conjunction to Uranus magnifies those themes and adds innovation, enlightenment, and a willingness to think outside the box. This great nation was founded by men who were not perfect. However, they did see this country as a place for a new beginning for humanity. They were the ‘New Agers’ of their time. Both Washington and later Lincoln were Aquarians.
I won’t bore you with any more details about my personal life, except to say that Venus, on her last day retrograde, heard my call for help. After my 40 day retreat, I got my revelation.
In EA we see retrograde periods as times when we are especially open to memory from past lives. An event, especially a trauma, sends ripples through time and so in our current life, some of the emotional upset we feel and experience occurs because something in our current life syncs with one of these past life ripples magnifying the current situation sometimes out of proportion. It becomes amplified. Why? So we can better see it and heal it.
For me, it was about returning to those things that healed and sustained me before. Going back, so that I could go forward in a new and better way. In a sense, I had to go retrograde to go direct. I had to listen to my inner voice which directed me to the Course in Miracles, which connected me to Marianne Williamson and prompted me to listen to her recorded talk, which provided some more insight into how Lucifer deludes us.
The way out of Lucifer’s snare is to just keep trying. Not to give up. In MW’s talk she also says it is not necessary to succeed, but only to keep trying. It is the effort that is rewarded, not the accomplishment of the task.
I once heard of a Japanese story about how a person’s value lies in how many times he tried, not in whether he succeeded. Millions of failures shows that the person tried millions of times.
Jack London received nearly 500 rejections when he submitted his work for publication. Today, he is one of the most widely read authors of all time. His works have been translated into over 70 languages.
In case you are interested here’s the URL for the talk. I got it as a free gift, so I can pass it on to you just as freely.