Transcript of Radio Show: Cancer Solstice, The Zodiac Explained, Mid-Year Review
On Sunday June 20th, we reach one of the “Four Turnings” of the Astrological Year, the Solstice marking the entrance of the Sun into the sign of Cancer. In the Astrological calendar year, we have come through the first set of the three Modalities of Spirit Forms which are held by the Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable Signs of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini; and we have also experienced three of the four Elements of the Zodiac, which are Fire, Earth, and Air.
On June 20th will we enter the second Cardinal Sign and the first Water Sign of Cancer. The Cardinal Signs begin the Four Seasons, and they form what I like to call the Four Corners of Creation, the Four Directions of Identity and Orientation. The four Questions of Identity are “Who am I” in Aries, and “Who are you” in Libra; and “Where do I come from” by Cancer and “Where am I going” by Capricorn?
In this Solstice of Cancer, we must turn to the question of our Roots, to where we come from, what anchors us and lovingly supports our journey in the stars. But to do this we really need to consider, what are the Signs, what is the Zodiac?
For me, Astrology is a vehicle of knowing for addressing the fundamental questions that we all face. It directly concerns those three fundamental questions of Life:
Where do we come from; why are we here, and where are we going?
Since humans woke up, when we became self-aware, we wondered and wandered seeking to know ourselves and our world, and to share what we understood. Yes, we made who we are by these stories we shared, we made ourselves into what we are by this steady accumulation of Knowledge and Wisdom. We are all made of and by one another, and our sometimes simple and oftentimes profound stories of knowledge and wisdom have become this perennial, living gift to us from our ancestors and that we share with one another as we move through the Eternal Now.
It seems obvious to me, that early in our awakening, as we sought to make sense of our experiences of the world around us, we began to perceive and hold together these experiences of our journey here and connect them with what we witnessed taking place in the sweeping pageantry in the heavens above.
One fundamental question we must understand is How or Why does Astrology work? What is it that forms the Zodiac, how does it function, why does it work?
Source of The Zodiac
According to the Ancient Wisdom, the Zodiac is an Electro-Magnetic Field of Energy-Forms, what is known as the “Design Body” or Subtle Body for any Organism, whether that be an Atom, Molecule, Being, Planet, Star or Galaxy. We need to free our minds and move away from our fixation on Matter and Substance and think of the real forms behind the appearance of things, the noumena and not the phenomena. The Universe, and everything in it, is like a Hologram, a series of intersecting energy-forms, which when aligned and formed into certain patterns create the various Reality-Forms or the Matter-Forms that we perceive.
The Zodiac is the Energy-Form, which envelops and permeates any organism from the highest spiritual bodies all the way down into the denser material bodies like our human “flesh-bodies”. The Zodiac holds the Twelve Creative Hierarchies of Spirit; and the Power or Force behind these Twelve is of or from the One, and that is ultimately for me the Unconditional Love and Mind of the One.
For any organism or Whole Being, from atoms and molecules all the way up the Stars, the Zodiac is like the Master Aura, holding, forming and informing the creation, development, and expression of that being. Each one of us is formed within our own Auric or Electro-Magnetic Field. But we humans are subject to the Greater Aura of the Zodiac around the Earth. Then our Earth in turn is part of the Auras of the other Planets and our Star, which forms our entire Solar System’s Auric Field or Zodiacal Field. Really, there is but One Zodiac whose ultimate source is the One.
The Zodiac is not “out there” in the so-called Fixed Stars, it is the master template in all organism or beings. And, most wonderfully, each individual Zodiacal field aligns with the next higher order of wholes or organisms or beings, and then those with the next as well. Until we find the entire Solar System, and then the Milky Way Galaxy is aligned with this same Zodiacal orientation. Truly the teachings hold that the Divine Order of the Cosmos can be seen as, “Wheels within Wheels” and “As above, so below”. The Zodiac of our Solar System is also the Zodiac of our Galaxy and all of Creation, it is the Master Architect’s Electro-Magnetic Energy-Field of Unconditional Love and Consciousness which forms and guides all the organisms from the smallest to the greatest, who are the very Body of the One.
The Zodiac for Earth
What this means for us here on Earth, it that our Zodiacal field is aligned so that when we say for example that the Sun is going through Gemini or Cancer, what we really mean is that the Energy-Form of Gemini is being activated by the Sun at this time. Any entity born at this time will partake of that Gemini Energy-Form with regards to its Root Nature and fundamental purposes. Likewise, when any other planet is moving through Gemini, like Venus, it means that Venus is acting through the Energy-Form of Gemini and being modulated accordingly.
The planets are not the “causes” or makers of what we do down here. I do not hold to the notion that the planets make things “happen”; rather, they reveal the deep interconnectedness between all life in our Solar System, our Family System, and they can through and by their patterns of relationship, by what I like to call “The Dance of the Planets”, help us to understand the cycles and meanings of our life here on Earth.
For my sessions with clients, I see their chart as forming the essential nature of the strengths and challenges a soul is to work with in this life. A reading is an encounter with oneself, and when finding confirmation of what they have known, felt, or intuited about themselves, they experience a warm comfort and deeper clarity about their life and purpose. They obtain greater self-acceptance and self-understanding, and they can more consciously live their life in alignment with their entire being or nature. For many this experience will often elicit a greater clarity about the meaning and purpose of their life, and they take up (once again) the challenge to move with more determination towards their self-mastery and awakening.
So, for now as we or our Star enter Cancer on June 20th, we come once again to the question of our origins or roots. We come to our family and heritage, our culture, and ancestors. We can all trace our roots back, but only so far before these paths become blurred and our history turns into legends and myths. But we also know, or better, we also feel the connections between one another that transcend these more limited physical stories. We are human, and we all ultimately share in the one Root of our humanity, our one Family, the Family of Human.
We have come a long way, but we also know we have a long way to go. And the Wisdom contained in Astrology has always helped us to find our way as it can today. Generally, or collectively for us all, we look at the Astrological themes that are most significant are held by the three outermost planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and their Sign positions and relationships with one another provide the fundamental meanings and messages for any age. Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the Sun and is moving through Taurus from 2018 to 2026; Neptune takes 164 years to orbit the Sun and is moving through Pisces from 2011 to 2026; and Pluto takes 245 years to orbit the Sun and is moving through Capricorn from 2008 to 2024.
Planetary Alignments and Seeding
Historically, the most significant alignment these 3 planets will make is when they form a triple conjunction, which is like a master spiritual moment of seeding. The last time this happened was in 577 BC in the Sign of Taurus and the world was graced by the presence of Confucius, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Zoroaster, and Pythagoras (and many others). The next such alignment is not due for over 1300 years in 3,368. But we must remember that in every generation, Teachers will come to remind us of who we are and why we are here. The paths of awakening are ever before us, and in each and every period many souls will begin or continue the steady climb that leads to awakening and liberation.
For us, the most significant element right now is the passage of Pluto in Capricorn, which has always indicated the end of an Institutional Era. We are witnessing the end of our age from 2008 to 2024 which is not unlike the previous passages of 1516-1532 and 1762-1778. That earlier period in Europe accompanied the Reformation and move to a new political-economic-cultural order (and a new kind of human being), and the latter period being what I call the “End of Monarchies and rise of Democracies”, of which the US and French Republic and others led the way.
And now we find that our political-economic-cultural order is coming undone. The reason is not “because” of Pluto, but it does provide context and meaning (along with the other planets). The reason is just it is spiritually time for this to happen. The very solutions to meet our human needs that our ancestors forged in the 1700’s and 1800’s have become the very instruments of forming the existential challenges we face today. Whether in how we source our energy, food, clothing, housing, in all so many ways in which we have met our needs, those very means we created and have relied upon our now destroying the beautiful hierarchy of life on this planet.
This is how it always is, the solutions of one era become the very source of the challenge that we must rise above as we move into a new age. While Pluto remains in Capricorn, we will continue to experience this as more of a time for the breaking down of old forms in order to prepare the way for the new order that will rise from 2024 onwards. With Pluto as the Avatar of the Will and Instrument of Alchemy for our Solar System, while it moves through Capricorn it signals the time that will bring about a Rebirth of Forms for our World.
By working with Pluto, the planet of the Will, we walk the path of the One as we say, “Let Thy Will Be Done”.
The next major influence of meaning is provided by Neptune, which is currently moving through its own sign of Pisces from 2011 to 2026. With its role as the dissolver of boundaries between energy-fields and forms, this passage of Neptune is often accompanied by the most sublime experiences of the fundamental Oneness of Creation, which is rooted in the divine light of Unconditional Love that forms and holds all as one in the Cosmos. Yet this experience of the dissolving of reality-forms and the meanings behind those forms will equally elicit some of the most Illusionary and Delusional experiences for many as well. Both the surge in spiritual movements and crises of conflicting views of reality we are experiencing today can be seen as directly related to its previous passage in 1848 to 1862. It was then, as now, that our understanding of how we see and relate to one another (and to all of life on this planet), was revealed as deeply divided; then as now, some humans separated themselves from others, and believed that other humans were lesser, and even could be deemed to be the “property” of other humans, and that their possessions and property rights were above our spiritual responsibilities to one another and to all life on this planet.
It is Neptune’s role to remind us that we are all made of one another, that we are all one in a community of fellow beings we call Human, and that we equally part of the larger Community of Life that is our beautiful Earth. When we turn from the path of Unconditional love for one another and indeed from all life-forms on this planet, that is when we enter into Chaos, Confusion and Delusion. The movement of Neptune through Pisces signals a time for Illumination and Awakening that is always heralded by the necessity of confusion. It is only when we are confused that we find we have no choice but to let go of our illusions and rise to new level of understanding by seeing the truth behind all life-forms here, we are all here because of Unconditional Love, and we are here to steadily move towards living by this truth as we draw closer to being fully awakened as Human.
When we hold to the message of Neptune, we follow the path of Love and Compassion and keep to the Masters’ teaching that we are here for one thing only, “Love One Another”.
Finally, we have the last of the outer planets guiding our steps, which is held by the planet Uranus. Known as the Awakener, Uranus is moving through the Energy-Form of Taurus from 2018 to 2026, and like its previous times there from 1935 to 1942 or from 1851 to 1859 or from 1768 to 1775, it signals a time where old values are shattered, and a reimagination and restatement of our Hierarchy of Values is at hand.
Certainly, I think we can all agree that the experiences our world has gone through in just this past year alone, with a world-wide Pandemic and a resurgence of Social Justice movements, has upended our relationships to what is the good, what is valuable and most crucially, how we value one another.
Uranus, as the Avatar of the Mind, is the shaper of our Thought-Reality-Forms which we can envisage as Holograms. We are each shaped and held by our own Thought-Forms, which in turn are shaped by our Collective Holograms, which in turn are formed, shaped, and guided by the larger Holograms of the planets, stars, and galaxies. Once again, wheels within wheels,
Uranus, which holds the energy-form of our Higher Mind, is the Quickening agent on our path of awakening. We frame our perceptions and understandings by means of a hierarchy and range of suppositions, data, facts, and truths which form our means to move through our Reality-Forms with Reason. But we must equally and persistently keep testing and questioning this body of Knowledge and Truth as we find our way to the Royal Road known as the Path of Awakening. To that end, Uranus as the Avatar of our Critical, Questioning, and Protean ability of Intelligence, brings us to steadily and constantly, yet at times more dramatically, to experiences that shatter the old ways of perceiving and defining what we know as reality. Uranus is our Avatar of the Freer Mind.
When we hold to the guidance of our Freer and Higher Mind, we move to the Peace of Understanding that is the “Mind of the One".
It is by Uranus and our Higher Mind that we align our Lives with the Path of the Divine, as by Neptune feel ourselves and hold one another in Unconditional Love, which is held true and steady by Pluto as our will becomes aligned with the Will of the One.
We are here on Earth to make our way to being a fully realized and complete human, whose Mind is Free, whose Love is Pure and whose Will is True to the Divine Plan of the One.