Naked Secrets Unearthed: Uranus in Scorpio

Greetings, and welcome back! Today I am offering some thoughts on the influence of Uranus in Scorpio. I have published a detailed message about Uranus earlier in this journal, but it is not necessary to read it to understand what I have to present below, as I present a summary of its most important points.

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On an exceptionally clear night under perfect conditions, Uranus is only just visible to the naked eye and was not discovered as a planet until relatively recently, with the invention of telescopes, because it is so dim as to be nigh invisible and has a slow orbit so it moves only very gradually through the sky, masquerading as a faint star or a comet. Astrologically it is the first of the trans-personal or supernal planets, which have their orbits beyond Saturn and which lead us beyond the mundane realms – Saturn is the final astrological influence to have an inherent power to directly introduce a causative principle into the material sphere (karma), and everything beyond Saturn must accumulate an astral causation in order to affect the physical plane, something it can only achieve through the power of mass. The influence of Uranus in signs (and many of its aspects) can be considered a generational influence, one affecting a mass number of people, because it is so slow. Its power is shared among all these people and what they do with it together becomes the story, but if you turn a microscope on that story you will see a multitude of individual expressions of it, each of them different but intricately combining and recombining together to produce an outcome.

Each generation assimilates, cross references and contextualizes the lessons and teachings of past generations and projects their own progress into the future by teaching the generations which proceed from them. All of our progress is contained within the collective mind of the species and is transmitted from one generation to the next. Each of the outer planets represents an opening into a specific subset of this collective (and ultimately universal) awareness. Uranus is the first and closest of these planets, thus the closest to everyday human awareness, and this is why it is so explosive to encounter. It literally shatters the boundaries between the mundane individual and the universal or collective, heralding greater freedom for the spirit.

To put this another way, the future is filled with all manner of strange and varied possibilities, and the present reality we are in could track towards any of them. The present reality we are in, therefore, is not as stable or predictable as we might like to think, and there are always alternatives to the path we are on, and always surprises that can pop up. Yes, the Sun will probably come up tomorrow, but there is no proof that it will always do that. The universe of the future is pregnant with strange fruit. This is the influence of astrological Uranus, a faintly luminous sphere, with the present reality we are in being astrological Saturn, an unmissable bright entity in the sky. Chiron is that which leads in-between them weaving back and forth to select the outcome. This is what makes him an initiatory figure in possession of both magic and natural lore.

Uranus thus represents magic, originality and unconventionality – in contrast to Saturn which represents adherence to material laws, tradition and the status quo. Uranus can signify both the unusual and brilliant genius and the wilful rebel without a cause, and both at the same time – it fully embraces any contradictions as new ground. It tells us the ways in which we break with convention, operate outside the box, become innovative and experiment with new and exciting methods. It shows us where we are most easily able to establish an individualised link with the mind of the collective awareness – our fellow human beings – and thereby receive inspiration through the interconnections of life so to solve its problems with new ideas. It shows the new ideas which will emerge from the mental plane through the collective mind and the most radical social and mental changes which will be made by the generations we are born into, thus what they will kick against.

rotary-camera-1316677_1920 - CopyUranus is sometimes described as the ‘higher octave’ of Mercury, which means that it carries the essential meaning of that planet to a collective or transcendent scale. Where Mercury is the planet of the personal form of mind, Uranus represents the mental quality and form of the collective mind of humanity (an ever changing beast) and more essentially the collective mental awareness of any individual species inhabiting the Earth. As it wanders through the zodiac it stimulates an entire generation of each species with a certain collective mindset relevant to that species, which may be thought of as a singular group mind enveloping everyone and everything born into that species over a period of years, in human terms imbuing it with a certain ideology and urge to break free of past conditioning, a part of the zeitgeist, the spirit of an age (much like Neptune and Pluto are but they have different functions). In animals and plants the influence of Uranus is not as sporadic or irregular because it is a level of awareness that is shared consciously throughout the species, i.e. the animal and plant kingdoms exist in a conscious state of collective awareness while we live in an unconscious or subconscious state of collective awareness, cut off from the instinctive connection of our species with the mind of the Earth. To them come evolutionary leaps, new instinctive and mental insights and breakthroughs, while we have to invent gadgets and internalise their impact through the change they force on our societies, or generate new ideas out of the collective to drive our progress. Its a struggle of both questing for the know-how and of ideologies clashing. This is a prominent factor in why our interaction with this planet is often disruptive and upsetting to the stability of our lives – our lack of a conscious collective awareness casts a shadow over the entire process, it becomes chaotic, as does our future. Through the energy of Uranus evolution takes quantum leaps into the future and shatters the status quo but this is not always a good thing (the mass murder and conquest of North and South American cultures after millennia of virtual paradise, for example) and it is never easy as massive shifts always entail massive consequences.

The outer planets represent collective shifts as the birth of conscious awareness in the collective mind initiates a new age and Uranus opens up a new dimension in our relationship with technology. The creation of technologies and breakthroughs in science which permit the sharing of ideas on a wider scale, starting with communication down a wire, occurred alongside the (re)discovery of Uranus and were the first steps taken into this new era. Uranus is the herald of an emerging (possibly technological) collective mind and its discovery initiates technological progress which leads to rapid sociological and collective changes, changes which are revolutionary in the beginning and then accelerate so fast they threaten to overtake our capacity to keep up with them. The discovery of the outer planets starting with Uranus also herald new dangers, especially in the beginning as the emergence of the collective, like birth, is a traumatic experience and is by no means guaranteed to have a happy ending. Each of the outer planets starting with Uranus adds a new dimension of experience to the awareness of the collective mind, offering a new pathway to transcendence of the physical world, but this transcendence is not always progressive – if the challenges of the outer planets are not met our civilisation destroys itself, which is a different kind of transcendence, a different kind of new era. Humanity has been before where it is now and the collective did not unite and attain cohesion, instead it fell in on itself and imploded beneath a series of catastrophes. We collectively buried and almost completely lost our memory of that time and had to start over. We are collectively now in the same danger, but this time the consequences will be far worse if we do not get it right. This is perhaps the most important message of all from these new worlds.

So, each of the outer planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – offer individuals a path to transcendence, three different paths but each of the three leads to the same end, while at the same time they throw down a challenge to the collective that opens up three different paths to annihilation, tests it must pass in order to be born. The first of these paths, the path opened by Uranus, is the most magical path because it is the initial awakening which offers individuals the chance for greater freedom of the spirit and gifts the collective with lightning – technologies and new insights which further this freedom, often in radical and rapid ways, but the challenge is to pull together and forge a common identity in the collective psyche or it will fracture and fall into splinters. People need to overcome their individual differences, learn to tolerate different views and draw strength from diversity instead of needing to make it conform to any norms. We also need to claim greater responsibility over our inventive genius and learn to collectively discipline it before we let genies out of the bottle that we cannot put back in. We need to makes toys that are meaningful and help to solve intractable Saturnine problems and to use this magic to undo some of the karmic consequences we have shortsightedly caused. We need to understand that just because we can do a thing it doesn’t mean we should, and that some things are just not worth figuring out how to do. If we fail the challenge of Uranus its technological gifts become something which promote distance and a lack of real contact between people, they alienate us and make contact seem trivial instead of drawing us closer together, we lose control as technology overtakes our humanity and eventually we tear each other apart because we cannot exist together as people, nor cope with our newfound freedoms: society fails and breaks down into factions, and technology plays into our undoing rather than our liberation.

In order to have a robust and healthy collective awareness a species must have a strong self identity; it must have in its spirit a flexible and adaptable but resolute and impossible to remove awareness of its own nature and its place in nature. For this reason the lessons of Saturn in the natural order are a pre-requisite for a stable collective awareness and form the basis upon which the connection with Uranus depends. The transition from the more limiting and restrictive awareness signified by Saturn to the freedom and awakening signified by Uranus is made via a transition through the pain of perceived separation into a greater wisdom symbolised by Chiron. A symbolic death must occur and a false immortality sacrificed before it is attained.

At the personal level this journey with Uranus therefore symbolises the urge to find ones individuality within the collective human experience, our individual freedom of expression in context with the collective human mind. It manifests itself through the shattering of conventional boundaries which lead to sudden illumination, a lightning bolt, primarily spreading through new scientific and technological innovations which change the collective, and through unorthodox, rebellious, and unruly or insubordinate behaviour. It is the urge and the capacity in humanity to suddenly break free from outmoded patterns and concepts and embrace a completely new paradigm, the inclination to futures imagined and the awareness that science fictions are magical apparitions on the horizon of science fact. Its placement by sign describes the process through which the generation concerned will seek to radically change, inspire and renew the collective of humanity, often coincident with scientific or social revolution.

Given that Uranus has an orbit of about 84 years it will appear in this sign once every century, twice if it occurs at the beginning or end of centuries. With every century that passes, however, each time it will seem to be in a slightly different part of the celestial sky, because of precession. For example, when Uranus entered zodiacal Scorpio in 539 BC it was among the stars of Scorpius, but by the time of Christ it has moved back to be among the stars of Libra. While in zodiacal Scorpio it has been mostly among the stars of Libra for many centuries now and so in our current era this gives this Uranus a need to weigh and balance things. There is something very impartial and judgemental placed in the background of the Scorpio intensity and passion, a desire to maintain objectivity and composure. This is a feature that has shaped Uranus in Scorpio over many hundreds of years. Indeed, it has shaped everything that happens in zodiacal Scorpio.

Here is over 1000 years of the pattern of Uranus in Scorpio, all of which involve Uranus moving through the stars of Libra:

Uranus in Scorpio (1000 – 2100)

  • 16 Jan 1053 – 16 Oct 1060 (excluding 7 Feb – 11 Oct 1053 and 27 Dec1059 – 7 May 1060)
  • 8 Dec 1136 – 24 Sep 1144 (excluding 22 Mar – 24 Sep 1137 and 28 Dec 1143 – 3 Jun 1144)
  • 18 Nov 1220 – 22 Aug 1228 (excluding 16 Apr – 6 Sep 1221 and 20 Nov 1227 – 10 Jul 1228)
  • 1 Nov 1304 – 5 Nov 1311 (excluding 11 May – 15 Aug 1305 and 27 Jan – 27 Mar 1311)
  • 17 Oct 1388 – 19 Oct 1395 (excluding 31 Dec 1394 – 27 Apr 1395)
  • 23 Dec 1471 – 1 Oct 1479 (excluding 29 Feb – 1 Oct 1472 and 11 Dec 1478 – 22 May 1479)
  • 26 Nov 1555 – 3 Sep 1563 (excluding 31 Mar – 12 Sep 1556 and 23 Nov 1562 – 22 Jun 1563)
  • 15 Nov 1639 – 15 Nov 1646 (excluding 9 May – 31 Aug 1640 and 12 Feb – 25 Mar 1646)
  • 29 Oct 1723 – 28 Oct 1730 (excluding 18 Jun – 26 Jul 1724 and 9 Jan – 4 May 1730)
  • 6 Jan 1807 – 8 Oct 1814 (excluding 4 Mar – 13 Oct 1807 and 20 Dec 1813 – 1 Jun 1814)
  • 10 Dec 1890 – 10 Sep 1898 (excluding 3 Apr – 26 Sep 1891 and 2 Dec 1897 – 3 Jul 1898)
  • 21 Nov 1974 – 16 Nov 1981 (excluding 1 May – 8 Sep 1975 and 17 Feb – 20 Mar 1981)
  • 3 Nov 2058 – 28 Oct 2065 (excluding 1 Jun – 11 Aug 2059 and 10 Jan – 1 May 2065)

Let’s look at some of these segments of human history and see examples of what we can find going on in these periods. We should be looking for technological, sociological and scientific breakthroughs, upheavals and revolutions caused by these things, icons, ‘firsts’, the role of mass media or (before the rise of mass media) a ‘buzz’ that grips the human collective and the patterns of themes that connect these things through time.

  • 1053 – 1060: crossbow invented in France; the Great Schism, in which the Western (Roman Catholic) and Eastern Orthodox churches separated from each other; a large supernova is observed by astronomers, the remnants of which would form the Crab Nebula; Chinese scientist Shen Kuo creates a theory for land formation, or geomorphology, theorized that climate change occurred over time, discovers the concept of true north, improves the design of the astronomical sighting tube to view the polestar indefinitely, hypothesizes the retrogradation theory of planetary motion, and by observing the lunar and solar eclipses he theorises that the Sun and Moon are spherical. Shen Kuo also experimented with camera obscura.
  • 1136 – 1144 Collapse of the Ancestral Puebloan culture at Chaco Canyon (modern-day New Mexico); The Anarchy – a period of civil war and the breakdown of law and order in England; the first Templar stronghold is established in the kingdom of León and Castile; the Saint Denis Basilica is completed in Paris and is today considered the first Gothic church ever built.
  • 1220 – 1228 The earliest known rockets, landmines, and handguns are made by the Chinese for use in warfare; Genghis Khan enters the Indus Valley in modern-day Pakistan; the Maya revolt against the rulers of Chichen Itza; St. Francis of Assisi, while praying on the mountain of Verna during a 40-day fast, is said to have had a vision; first evidence of the use of the Knights Templar as cashiers in documents relating to the English king (this essentially marks the birth of the modern banking system).
  • 1304 – 1311 Philip IV of France accuses the Knights Templar of heresy, arresting and torturing confessions from them, eventually burning 54 alive while their treasures vanish under mysterious circumstances; rise of the Aztec culture; Completion of Lincoln Cathedral in England, with the spire reaching around 525 feet (160 m) it becomes the world’s tallest structure (surpassing the Great Pyramid of Giza, which held the record for almost 4,000 years).
  • 1388 – 1395 The entire court of Richard II of England are convicted of treason and are all either executed or exiled; Templo Mayor, the main temple of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), is built; The Chinese invent toilet paper for use by their emperors; King Charles VI of France orders the expulsion of all Jews from France.
  • 1471 – 1479 Muzzle-loaded rifles invented in Italy and Germany; Spanish Inquisition begins in practice; João de Santarém and Pedro Escobar cross the Equator and the southern hemisphere is discovered; Marsilio Ficio’s translations of the Hermetica into Latin, ‘De potestate et sapientia Dei’, are published; Vlad the Impaler declares himself reigning Prince of Wallachia for the third and last time – he is killed on the march to Bucharest and his head is sent to his old enemy Sultan Mehmed of the Ottomans.
  • 1555 – 1563 Floating dock in Venice, Venetian Republic; The Shaanxi Earthquake in China is history’s deadliest known earthquake; Georgius Agricola, the “Father of Mineralogy”, publishes his De re metallica; Elizabeth Tudor becomes Queen Elizabeth I at age 25; Queen Elizabeth I of England establishes the Church of England; the first printing press in India is introduced by Jesuits at Saint Paul’s College, Goa; Spain becomes bankrupt, throwing the German banking houses into chaos.
  • 1639 – 1646 Evangelista Torricelli invents the barometer; Blaise Pascal invents the mechanical calculator called Pascal’s calculator; Mezzotint engraving introduces grey tones to printed images; Wars of the Three Kingdoms, civil wars throughout Scotland, Ireland, and England; beginning of English Civil War, conflict will end in 1651 with the execution of King Charles I; René Descartes publishes Meditationes de prima philosophia – Meditations on First Philosophy.
  • 1723 – 1730 Gabriel Fahrenheit invents the first mercury thermometer; Longman, the oldest surviving publishing house in England, is founded; the first reported case of white men scalping Native Americans takes place; first recorded meeting of the Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin, making it the second most senior Grand Lodge in world Freemasonry and the oldest in continuous existence; Freemasonry is also established in France as an English import; Isaac Newton tells William Stukeley the story of how he developed his theory of gravity; an old woman known as Janet (Jenny) Horne of Loth, Sutherland, becomes the last alleged witch in the British Isles to be executed when she is burned at the stake in Scotland.
  • 1807 – 1814 The first plastic surgery is performed in England; Humphry Davy invents the first electric light – the first arc lamp; German Frederick Koenig invents an improved printing press; Peter Durand invents the tin can; Napoleon strips the Teutonic Knights of their last holdings; Mexican War of Independence; the Napoleonic Wars.
  • 1890 – 1898 Lumiere Brothers invent a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector; American W.L. Judson invenLeeDracula - Copyts the zipper; The Wounded Knee Massacre was the last battle in the American Indian Wars and the crushing of an incredibly ancient people; Van Gogh commits suicide; fingerprinting is officially adopted for the first time; New Zealand becomes the first country to enact women’s suffrage; first gramophone record; trial of Oscar Wilde for homosexuality; Wilhelm Röntgen identifies x-rays; Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity; J. J. Thomson identifies the electron, though not by name; Bram Stoker writes Dracula; H. G. Wells publishes The War of the Worlds. 
  • 1974 – 1981 Giorgio Fischer, a gynaecologist from Rome, Italy, invents liposuction; the first face lifts were attempted; the laser printer and ink-jet printers invented; the push-through tab on a drink can invented; walkman and cell phones invented; various sparks (Altair 8800, ARPNET, founding of Apple) ignite the microcomputer revolution; microwave ovens and VCRs become commercially available; rise of a significant number of women as heads of state and heads of government in a number of countries across the world; Iranian revolution; oil and energy crises; Skylab re-enters Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrates spectacularly over Australia; Jonestown mass suicide; the first child born by IVF; development and mass popularity of ‘Space Invaders’ video game (development of previous eras ‘The War of the Worlds’ notion).

Looking over this list of events we can see some themes emerging – in religion major churches or citadels are built or established, or they schism or collapse; there are horrific massacres taking place and blood is flowing in the dark and gory tales we tell, one might even say we see the emergence of legendary monsters from within our own ranks; spectacular explosions in space are witnessed; weapons of mass destruction – especially missiles – are created as the development of the notion of ‘death teleportation’ (causing death from afar) advances; the banking system is involved in scandal, death or chaos; progress is made with printing and recording technology and this technology often becomes instrumental in causing revolutionary changes in crime detection as well as arousing concern in society about privacy; the study and implementation of radioactive power sources and thermal technology advances; disposable mass conveniences are created (tin can, ring pull, toilet paper); issues involving gender and sexuality move forwards or become more radicalised; body sculpting and alteration develops and significant points in occult history are passed.

monitor-1054708_1920 - CopyAll these themes resonate with the influence of Uranus in Scorpio. They are some of the memes which this cohort inherits from human history and will advance the story of during the course of their lives, according to the choices they make together with the rest of us. They are examples of the kind of new things that will occur that cause them to suddenly wake up and take notice of the human race. In the modern day many of these themes have reached a critical boiling point and the passage of Uranus through Taurus to come over the next decade is going to cause these situations to catalyse. There is a conditioning in us to herald technology as a saviour, a drive in society towards a dark technocracy. This is what dawns in the awareness of the generation presently alive and born with Uranus in Scorpio. It is about to reach an apex of development as Uranus is proceeding towards Taurus. As they reach the Uranus half return, this tribe will play an important role in exposing the nature and threat of this dark drive towards technological utopia. The revelations that are already in play (placed there recently by Saturn in Scorpio, leading to Snowden and now the Panama Papers), are just the beginning. Whenever there is activity in the Fixed or Stable signs, especially Scorpio, this theme of a dark technological future presents itself strongly. This is because it literally activates the Uranus in Scorpio generation. And its not just about privacy – we can also see the other themes of Uranus in Scorpio reaching a major turning point – the zealously driven and fractious religious crusades, the terrible power of mass executions (once millions of people at the hands of Ivan, now single individuals whose death is witnessed by millions), the dangers of radiation in water and electromagnetic pollution in our astral bodies, the rise of women to power, the sexual revolution, the exposure of ancient rot, revolting perversion and corruption in the Church and the banking system (long known as open secrets, which are so very Uranus in Scorpio), the explosion in publication technology that this journal is a tiny part of and other themes from the pattern are being shuffled into place for an upcoming climax. That showdown will be about the battle between personal privacies and public security. It will involve the shadowy worlds of financial dealings, surveillance technology, the sex trade, the dark web and the threat of mass destruction. It is in many ways the time this clan have been waiting for. They have always been poised to wade in and bring massive transformation, and this period will awaken that charge to a higher degree of urgency and alarm.

hydrogen-bomb-63146_640 - CopyThis is a tribe of Uranian individuals who will experience highly-charged emotions and a quickening astral awakening in their lives. They will hold many innovative but shocking ideas about intense and radical visceral change. Today, many of them are aware on a deep level of the fact that human civilisation faces its end from a multitude of sources, mostly of its own creation. The unpredictable future seems to hold a certainty of extinction. They sense psychically that a new paradigm is emerging in the face of this imminent calamity, either to face it before it arrives or in the wake of its inevitable arrival. But what it exactly is, they cannot discern from among all the conspiracy theories and extreme possibilities. They become suspicious, and ‘trust no one’. This is a generation that unveils mysteries and easily gains insight into their connective nature – the way the clues add up to a deeper insight – but it does not possess the instinct to solve the riddles it awakens. Thus, they can drive themselves insane with darker and darker possibilities as they try to figure it all out, growing steadily more paranoid as they wonder about what others know that they do not. Since Uranian energy tends to manifest itself through the intervention of new technologies, this is a generation to enjoy the freedom of contraception, the widespread use of life resuscitation technology, X-rays, the initial awakening of artificial intelligence and the benefits of scientific advances in the treatment of fatal conditions, as well as the spread of occult networks and organisations.

The Uranus in Scorpio generation will seek to search for its individuality and greater freedom through diverse experience which centres on a need for intense emotional empowerment of the individual, seeking to transcend the physical and emotional limitations of material existence – the awakening of emotional passion and sexual liberation, experimentation with emotionally intense drugs and the collective urge to investigate occult or hidden truths. Scorpio describes an inner drive which penetrates deeply into the core of the emotional self in order to experience a rebirth through the consuming fires of intensity. It is the urge to seek total and intense personal union with an emotionally powerful transformation, whether this is through sexual intercourse, narcotic hyper awareness, occult knowledge or extreme sports. Scorpio gives birth to the astral and therefore Uranus in Scorpio is reddened up to its elbows in the surgery of waking the human soul up. The presence of Uranus here describes a generation with the urge to push mankind into a penetration of all taboos relating to life, sex and death and the urge to resurrect our own innate awareness of our supremacy over our astral experience through the power of willpower, particularly within these Scorpio areas. It is a generation who bring a time when sex itself comes out of hiding, is more visible in all its diversity and flashing its way across every electrical device it can. It has an emotionally shocking quality to it. ‘Perversity’ is a word used to describe this behaviour by those who are not ready for it. Indeed, for many in such a generation, being individualistic (weird, off-centre, or into unusual taboos), is in itself sexy. Uranus in Scorpio thinks it is cool to be weird and passionate, and the taboo is awakening to their human spirit.

Members of this genercondom-538601_1920 - Copyation will therefore seek to express their sexuality in unique and unconventional ways, with the aim of liberating the human psyche from its own repressed libido; much overt sexual discrimination will pass into history (i.e. become unconventional) through the actions of this generation and more acceptance of the diverse expression of sexuality that exists across the scope of human experience will be a major focus of adolescent rebellion and consequent adult youth. Uranus here is all about the liberation and freedom of sexuality, the spread of pornography on the internet, the removal of vibrators from closets and the popularity of orgies and open sexual relationships.

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We like it as ladybirds…

By the time everyone in the current generation has passed their Uranus half return (about age 42 in the mid 2020s) the dominant paradigm of conventional sexuality they were born unwittingly into is irreversibly overturned, the heterosexual monopoly over marriage will be a relic of the past and society will be absorbing the shockwaves, ready for the next time Uranus enters Scorpio and a new wave of sexual freedom begins. And what then? Probably something to do with VR sex, or robot equality – something we have to struggle with accepting as ‘the new normal’. So for anyone interested in the history of sex, the list above is recommended as a place to begin. Its not just about what happens to sexual attitudes in these periods, its about who is born into them and what they do later, so the effects are sometimes seen later.

pagan-altar-1034856_1920Many of this tribe will also seek the freedom of the self not just through sexual communion but through knowledge of occult subjects and probing hidden or taboo areas. The psychic perception centre (third eye in the brow, named Ajna) is often electrified by Uranus in Scorpio, and remarkably penetrating but brief flashes of psychic insight into the astral realm are one of their common magical aptitudes. It may happen that they simply know deeply mysterious things in a shocking, startling and surprising way. The occult can suddenly blindside them and derail their lives, leading them through a maze of darkness or causing a radical life change. More of them than is the norm will even have the ability to pierce the shroud that lies between the living and the recently dead, being able to see and communicate with those on the other side, feeling their presence observing the living, although few will recognise this for what it is. Those with this gift may not understand this until they are older, but as children they may express surprise that not everyone can interact with the invisible worlds. Many need to learn how to protect themselves from less wholesome entities which lurk within these realms and in our world. Environment is key, because it will shape the developing psychic awareness.

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While there are many among them who practice safely and compassionately, the darker side of the occult – and by this it is meant black magic, mass manipulation, murderous conspiracies, paranoid factions, black-ops, demonic cults, uncontrolled spirit summoning (possession and exorcism), cursing and psychic attack, The Templars! etc. – generally the idea or the actual use of power for selfish gain with no thought to the consequences – may all prove spellbinding to this generation. There is great wisdom in the words “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”. Intense and profoundly deep insanity is also signified by Uranus in Scorpio and is often caused by deep shock, an inability to adjust to the pace of societal changes. As stated many of this generation have an awareness of the impending end of civilisation in some kind of intense supernova clusterfuck, and for some this is so deeply felt that it causes mental and emotional disturbance. For others, the disturbance is triggered by the enormous pressure in the media to be a sexually liberated, independent, notable individual, the constant exposure to violence in computer games and special effects technology, or the awakening to the adult sexual world at an early age. This disturbance is rarely overt, and is most often hidden, but is always there. Human society is dangerously deranged, and this generation knows it, they feel its consequences as individuals caught in a collective doom. The question is, what will each person do with this?

Those of this generation who have learned to handle their passionate emotions and their drive to experience individual power, the individuals who are committed to a profound societal change which truly benefits the human race and the Earth, and those who express their individual self with the collective in an effort to change whatever can be changed before disaster strikes us all, these individuals are able to become exceptionally aware of their psychic faculties and will face the challenges of our collective future with little to no fear of what is to come. Indeed, many will come to relish the chance to begin again and complain it is happening too slowly. They are those whose passionate need for astral freedom is a force to be reckoned with, not a force to reckon with them.

Whilst this placement of Uranus is a powerful indication of potential mass transcendence and transformation occurring through the actions of this generation of souls, it will be much more prominent and powerful in the lives of those who are also Scorpio by Sun or Moon or rising sign, or in the charts of those who have this Uranus in the 1st temple, and/or aspecting the Sun, Moon, ascendant or ruler of the ascendant. These ones are the core of this generation, the revolutionary thinkers, electrical inventors, and the individuals with a profound insight into the mass mind – all individuals who in some way seek to revive the human spirit by pouring cosmic waters upon it. Yet, they will also be the ones with the most eccentricities and the greatest sense of social alienation, except when together, where they tend to feel inexplicable bonds of deep and intense passion.

runes-928569_1920 - CopyThis generation clashes and produces sparks when pitted against generations of Uranus in Leo (June 1956 – August 1962) or Aquarius (January 1996 – March 2003), and can have a contentious if complementary interaction with Uranus in Taurus (April 1935 – May 1942). Individuals who have an emphasis on these signs can motivate and activate the potential of Uranus in Scorpio or complicate things and stand in the way of its efforts. It is these kinds of people that the Uranus in Scorpio generation needs to find peace with, by finding a way to transform the differences into powerful strengths through co-operation. On the other hand, this clan walks hand in hand with the clans of Uranus in Cancer (June 1949 – June 1956) and Uranus in Pisces (March 2003 – March 2011), and together they hold the power to awaken the astral awareness of the human collective. Working together, these clans solve the mystery of what we feel and why we feel it, and they pour upon the human spirit a nurturing love, passions and a feeling of ‘humanness’. Individuals with an emphasis on these signs can offer significant support to this generation in the development of their agenda. Additionally, the generations of Uranus in Virgo (August 1962 – August 1968) and Uranus in Capricorn (December 1988 – January 1996) or individuals with an emphasis in these signs can act to stimulate and arouse the power of this tribe, and vice versa.

In summation, fearlessness, especially of individual death, great gains and losses, dramatic strength of character, intense depth of self knowledge, love of both mystery and ‘open secrets’, detection, intrigue and the unknown, erotic rebelliousness, peculiar or collective death and sexual liberty and freedom are common manifestations of this Uranus. It calls its people and the rest of us to explore deep and awakened passionate feelings and to bond emotionally with others on a level most people cannot fathom. To understand where all this will be focused, into which area of life it will apply and be encountered, we must consider the temple position of Uranus, but we can say wherever it falls Uranus in Scorpio shockingly brings to light a darkness in the human psyche and illuminates the strange astral connection between perversity and repression, leading to a liberation from bondage and hidden forces. In every way, it is a tribe who live through an era of deep, naked secrets being unearthed, from occult revelations to supernovas, from surveillance technology to porn sites, and they have a mission not to solve the enigmas these secrets unearth, but simply to look deeply into them to unveil those parts of the human psyche that would otherwise remain shrouded in the forbidden.

Uranus in Scorpio folk: Al-Ghazali, Saladin, Nichiren, Thomas Aquinas, Genghis Khan, Cosimo de’ Medici, Gedun Drub (1st Dalai Lama), Michelangelo, Nicolaus Copernicus, Thomas More, Isaac Newton, Thomas Walsingham, Francis Bacon, Edward Blount, Immanuel Kant, Catherine the Great, Louis Braille, Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Giuseppe Verdi, Sheridan Le Fanu, Max Ernst, Charles Atlas, Hermann Goering, Mae West, Mao Tse-tung, Martha Graham, Edward VIII of England, J. Edgar Hoover, Rudolph Valentino, Anna Freud, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Amelia Earhart, Drew Barrymore, Liv Tyler, Venus Williams, Roger Federer.

The Burning Path: Chiron in Aries

Hello and welcome back to journeys for April 2016:) This month and for some months to come I am going to be publishing articles with a more specific focus than the ones I have been sharing this year so far. Hopefully, these will also be briefer and easier to absorb than the heavy dishes I have placed on the table recently. However, in the background I am continuing to cook up fattening feasts for later…its just my way of writing.

So, continuing in the direction established by my message on Saturn in Sagittarius I will be examining the slower moving planets in the signs, this month presenting some thought on Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Scorpio. Eventually I will cover all the bases for Chiron, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in the signs. The article below is on Chiron in Aries, with the article on Uranus in Scorpio to follow. I will be covering the generational and personal dimensions of these placements but for Pluto and Neptune I will only be covering signs they have been in since the early 20th century and signs they will be in for part of the 21st – in other words, I am restricting my sharing to living influences, influences which are actually present in the chart of someone alive. Although you may not share the sign placement under discussion it will still be helpful to read about the expression of that planet in a particular sign (especially when it shares an Element or Mode with the sign the planet is in for you, or clashes with it by square or opposition) and particularly with respect to the generational dimensions the information on any sign can be very practical to any readers.

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Art by iZonbi

I have presented a detailed message on Chiron earlier in this journal, ‘The Song We Have Sung For Ourselves’, and if you have not done so already I recommend you find some quiet time to absorb it as it enriches the current topic and clues you in on where I am coming from as far as my view on Chiron is concerned. The message I have published on Aries, ‘The Wisdom of the Pattern’, can also provide helpful meditation.

To summarise the message on Chiron, I find him to be an initiatory figure guiding us back to a healthy way of living, one which involves a restoration of our relationship with nature, including human nature. Along the way there is not only pain – for in order to heal we must confront our suffering – but also magic which becomes unlocked. In the eyes of Chiron, pain is a teacher, an inevitable consequence of choosing to grow.

He is a mediator figure, acting to bridge splintered viewpoints and to connect disparate realities, which means he cannot align himself with factions. He does not cleave to the rulebook, but he does not tear it up either. From an astrological perspective he is the remedy to the problem of reconciling the attitudes and situations represented by wherever Saturn is with those represented by Uranus – a clue as to how we bring those two very different factors together. This will be particularly true if he makes an aspect to them, but will apply even when he does not. Therefore to place Chiron in a proper context we must see him as a mediator between these two influences, a way by which we can successfully align with neither but satisfy both.

In the Aries message I suggested that the essence of the sign is a creative one which involves the interaction of awareness with the emergence of fresh, new patterns. The Aries process is one of initiating new patterns, of causing seeds to germinate, green shoots to sprout and buds to open. Within each form there is a will which directs the existence of that form, a basic self which causes it to move ‘forwards’ as a consistent pattern in a definite direction. This is the Aries force, it is the driver of consciousness and it is a propellant that arises from the awareness we have of being a thing that exists (in human existence, there is an addendum made by our culture: we are things that exist in competition with other things.)

Putting these together, the ‘restoration of our relationship with nature, including human nature’ indicated by Chiron in Aries is one of the awareness being the fuel-injected thrust of emerging patterns, the bringer of new eras of some kind. The pain to pass through and the magic it unlocks will involve being taught about how to birth new things into existence. And because naked enterprise is always a risky or even life threatening undertaking, these people have a sniffer on them that whiffs out threats as a means to test their mettle.

So long as we remember that a generation, astrologically measured, is dependent on which planet we are looking at and the length of its orbit around the Sun (i.e. generations of 11-12 years for Jupiter, 28-30 for Saturn, etc), we can see that Chiron is measuring ‘bigger’ generations than Saturn is, since his orbit clocks in at about 50 years. The sign of Chiron shows the Elemental focus of Chiron for an entire generation of people as the average time Chiron spends in a single sign is about 4-5 years, however this average does not apply in practice due to the eccentricity of the orbit of Chiron, which is not circular but highly elliptical, so he spends 7-8 years in Aries and Pisces but only 1-2 years in Virgo and Libra. Therefore unlike the other generations that can be measured from the outer planets, Chiron actually has a bias to certain signs, a feature we do not find in objects with circular orbits. This means that the quantity of Chiron in Aries and Pisces is disproportionate and that the collective awareness ‘bulges’ at this end of the spectrum. It shows therefore that the overall collective human awareness is biased towards seeing these ways of Chiron as ‘normal’. This means these placements of Chiron are culturally adopted and gain prominence in our awareness of Chiron itself, but it also means that the less common signs (Leo through Scorpio) are made more capable of initiating breakthroughs in the mass consciousness.

The pattern of Chiron in Aries from 1800 and up to 2100 is outlined below:

Chiron in Aries (1800 – 2100)

  • 9 Apr 1820 – 5 Mar 1829 (not including 7 Oct 1820 – 8 Feb 1821 or 7 May 1828 – 11 Nov 1828)
  • 4 Jun 1868 – 4 Feb 1878 (not including 31 July 1868 – 22 Mar 1869 or 5 Nov 1869 – 13 Jan 1870 or 5 July,1876 – 31 Aug 1876 or 20 Apr 1877 – 13 Dec 1877)
  • 31 Mar 1918 – 25 Mar 1927 (not including 22 Oct 1918 – 28 Jan 1919 or 24 May 1926 – 20 Oct 1926)
  • 1 Apr 1968 – 28 Mar 1977 (not including 18 Oct 1968 – 30 Jan 1969 or 28 May 1976 – 13 Oct 1976)
  • 17 Apr 2018 – 14 Apr 2027 (not including 25 Sep 2018 – 18 Feb 2019 or 19 Jun 2026 – 17 Sep 2026)
  • 3 May 2068 – 23 Feb 2078 (not including 3 Sep 2068 – 4 Mar 2069 or 28 Apr 2077 – 21 Nov 2077)

Note that a new generation of this tribe are about to appear. Note also the chronological pattern here: in our era he revisits the sign approximately once every 50 years starting in a year ending in either an 18 or 68, and he first enters Aries around March, April or May and finally leaves it about 9 years later in February, March or April in a year ending with a 27 or 77/78. In total he spends about 8 years in the sign each time, taking into account the times when he is not in Aries because he is moving backwards and forwards between signs (as shown above in the brackets). As this section of the pattern shows, this behaviour will change only slowly over many centuries so it is worth noting and remembering. For numerologist minded astrologers, this is certainly interesting. Chronological patterns like this are of course not uncommon in astrology, but many astrologers would be surprised at how interesting and consistent they are from a numbers point of view.

Everyone born in these periods is part of an individual cohort, a tribe or group that has the designation ‘Chiron in Aries’. This tribe comes back to the world in a new guise every 50 or so years, but they are not always the same individuals (this is not about a family of souls incarnating again and again, but about a garment that is cyclically worn by a continually changing collective of different souls). While living together they will ‘see eye to eye’ because of this on a broad spectrum of issues that affect the world – Chironic issues. Every person alive belongs to a number of different groups or cohorts that express a particular shared way of approaching the world, and this is one of them. From the magical point of view it can be regarded as a spirit that is periodically incarnated as part of the Great Work.

These tribes will all generally ‘click’ with one another on the matter of what pains them and how they encounter healing for that pain, and they will share a quest, a call to bold and decisive Aries action. They will also resonate harmoniously with all those who have Chiron in Leo or Sagittarius, but find they encounter healing crises quite often with Chiron in Cancer or Capricorn people. An emphasis on any of these signs which does not include Chiron also carries the same resonance, but (unless it includes Uranus, Neptune or Pluto) it is not essential to the issues of collective astrology and represents how more personal and individual astrological factors interact with collective ones, a hugely complex area where as far as I know little to nothing has been said but which is beyond the scope of this message.

Returning to the pattern, these periods in our history can reveal clues about the nature of Chiron in Aries, but because of his small size these clues will often be small too, and therefore either subtle or involved with the details, not the big picture. It will therefore be difficult to track them. We must also note that until 1977 he was not in our collective awareness, and so may have had no notable impact on awareness at earlier times (but later we will be able to retrospectively look back as we are doing now and perceive it, its just that at the earlier times we had no chance of doing so). Additionally, he tends to concern himself with the kind of details that history does not adequately record. However some telling themes will show themselves in historically recorded events and these are what we need to find. Below are some of the events from these periods I have found which resonate with Chiron in Aries, with greater emphasis placed on the period just before he emerged in our awareness. Some of them may surprise you:

  • 1820s: Discovery of Antarctica, ‘American Indian Wars’ (Native American genocide), death in exile of Napoleon, arrival of internal combustion engines and electric motors, implementation of first police force, premier of ‘Faust’ and Beethoven’s 9th symphony (his last complete symphony and widely considered his greatest work).
  • 1868 – 1878: Cro-Magnon man first identified, ‘American Indian Wars’ reach bloody climaxes, the Long Depression bites in Europe and America, Queen Victoria becomes Empress of India, blue jeans and barbed wire are invented, the samurai class is abolished in Japan, moons of Mars discovered, Tolstoy publishes ‘War and Peace’.
  • 1918 – 1927: End of World War One with society being faced with the desolation of those who witnessed it, Hitler becomes leader of the Nazi Party and ‘Mein Kampf’ is published, death of Lenin triggers divisive power struggle between Trotsky and Stalin, Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan, first television images transmitted and the first ‘talkie’ movie is made (‘The Jazz Singer’).
  • 1968 – 1977: Moon landings, Woodstock, assassinations of JFK and MLK, start of ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, creation of ARPANET (genesis of the internet), ratification of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, deaths of Morrison, Hendrix, Presley and Joplin, The Killing Fields genocide, discovery of Australopithecus afarensis (species of human that lived 3-4 million years ago), launch of Voyager space probe, global energy crisis, first genetically engineered organisms (bacteria and mice), first outbreak of Ebola virus, birth of Apple computing, the first face lifts attempted, resignation of Nixon, popularity of tattooing and piercing, ‘Mohawk’ hairstyle, end of Vietnam War, ‘The Godfather’, ‘Jaws’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Rocky’, ‘Superman’ and ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest’, in literature the arrival of Stephen King.
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Phobos, a moon of Mars

One of the significant themes we can see emerging here is that of new horizons being breached or penetrated by heroic pioneering efforts, often with immediate consequences and being exploitative of a power source found there. The discovery of the Antarctic and the moons of Mars, genetic engineering of bacteria and mice, the lunar landings, the Voyager project and the breakthrough of television signals and ‘talking’ pictures are clear examples of this. These major events (like all events discussed here) are not solely or even chiefly the purview of Chiron in Aries – they emerge from multiple concurrent astrological effects – but the fingerprints of Chiron in Aries are upon them. Chiron in Aries is a trailblazer tribe bent on meeting excruciating, potentially painful but always adventurous encounters and challenges head-on. The temple position and aspects of Chiron will shape and focus this potential in more specific ways, as they will for the other themes identified below.

Hardship, struggle against adversity, desolation of the will and the spirit and struggles for survival are present – the long depression of the 1870s, the horrific aftermath on youth of World War One and the similar aftermath of the Vietnam War all testify to this, among other things. Something in this combination invites extreme challenges to the will to live.

musician-149789_1280Another prominent and related theme involves the death or loss of warriors, people who come to symbolise bravery, courage, a spirit of valour and a willingness to fight for what they believe – heroes of glory or boldness, not necessarily of virtue, however. Dangerous, villainous figures also emerge as part of the dark face of this resonance, and warrior classes are wounded, splintered or decimated. The end of the samurai class, the deaths of iconic figures in rock music, the end of Napoleon, the publication of Mein Kampf and the mass extermination of North American tribes underline this theme. Hand in hand with this theme come the stories that arise from people who take the warrior path to its painful conclusions and end up killing hundreds of thousands, even millions of people, or at least become aggressively divisive figures who bring militaristic or confrontational difficulty with them. The pattern brings us memorable moments in the lives of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Nixon, Thatcher and the police. Apart from creating fallen heroes and legends out of such icons, the influence of Chiron in Aries in their astrology is to transform them into champions who take bold actions and gain reputations for being divisive figures as a result. They, too, are blazing new trails into contentious or even plain cruel and heartless territory. Aries is a noble and generally honest sign – what you see is what you get, and its usually well intentioned – but it can become selfish and cruel very easily and the propensity for Chiron to break things generally and for Aries to break the rules instinctively leads in some cases to criminality and sadism

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There also appears to be a connection to human ancestry and particularly bones, with two major discoveries occurring in the instances of the pattern given. It may be that Chiron in Aries acts to unearth the bodies of extremely ancient people and to help to put together the fragmented jigsaw of pieces that have gone into our evolution. These discoveries may also be reminders of a simpler and less complicated relationship with the natural world. The quality being brought to light here is the simplicity of awareness that exists in Aries, the ‘I Am’ or ‘I exist’. The time in which these bones walked the Earth was an initiatory state of awareness for the human race, a time in which our ancestors had none of the tangled thinking of modern humans and simply experienced being alive without seeking to do anything but be alive. This is a key magic that Chiron in Aries seeks to return to the human collective, and reclaiming it is indeed a painfully burning path.

A further theme is subtly connected with heat, ruptures and the harnessing of the natural laws of light – the combustion engine, television, electric motors and Ebola all have elements of Chiron in Aries in them. These and other inventions – barbed wire, face lifts and the police – have questionable and ill thought through consequences. Blue jeans are a bit of a puzzle until you consider the fact that many cowboys were born during the ‘Wild West’ era with Chiron in Aries and also that these were made to be sturdy trousers capable of resisting the high stress with potential for cuts and burns that factory workers put their garments through. I would also not be surprised to learn that there is some pattern connected to the use of colour in art history, particularly reds, but I have not researched this detail.

tattoo-990098_1920Looking a little deeper we can perceive an esoteric theme connected with certain ‘tribal’ styles, with the Mohican and body piercing trends of the 70s being connected by threads that intertwine with critical periods in the Indian Wars. This may be more than a coincidence as some of those wearing the fashion in the 70s may have been wearing it before. The interesting thing about tattoos, piercing and spiky hair is that they are all Aries in form, being either threatening, marks of bravery or honour, or seen as rebellious and dangerous by the status quo, and they most often adorn the head where they can be most intimidating and direct to view, and subconsciously put the viewer in mind of ‘being faced with pain’. This is one of the details we can identify that history generally glosses over.

While popular trends in films are principally an expression of Neptune they can also reflect other astrological factors, and we see imprints of Chiron in Aries occurring in the list above. Many of the films are threatening, harrowing and stressful experiences to watch, there is an air of violence and horror just waiting to explode that makes them tense and gripping to sit through. Others embody the Chiron in Aries themes more subtly. ‘Superman’ is an orphan exiled from his doomed planet and made to grow up as an outsider where his supreme strength makes him one of a kind. He literally arrives in a blazing trail. ‘Rocky’ is a boxing drama about a wounded but kind-hearted club fighter who takes on the world champion and… loses, but finds healing. oneflewover‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest’ is about a man who establishes himself as the leader of the inmates of a mental institution, aiming to teach them self determination by battling the fascistic head nurse in a clash of wills, ultimately succeeding in liberating their minds but being lobotomised in the process. ‘The Jazz Singer’ is about a Jewish kid who has to choose between his career and loyalty to his family and faith; it’s a question of honour, and initially he chooses his career and his family cut him off, but by the end of the film he has to face a tough choice and his decision finally brings healing to the divisions. ‘Jaws’ is perhaps the perfect example of the man-eating threats and dangers we perceive in nature, a theme very resonant with Chiron in Aries. Its not just ‘one man against nature’ but also the threat of being eaten alive. The unforgettable poster was just a giant head with teeth coming up underneath an oblivious swimmer. Yet its also a film about confronting fear face on in its own territory (the poster shows the natural consequences of not doing so).

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Look over the list again and meditate on it further and you will perceive deeper facets to things which lie within the smallest details, and when you grasp these things its easier to identify further imprints of Chiron in Aries in history, because you understand the mindset you need to approach events with and have a piece of the pattern to match it to. There is still much work to do in researching the significance of Chiron, and it is all very interesting to find, it is illuminating. More could be gleaned from the lives of people born with Chiron in Aries, some of whom I have collected for you at the end of this message. What kind of pain did they suffer most from or inflict, what kind of healing experience did they create for it, what role did they play in the ongoing story of the happenings from history given above, in what ways did they refuse to align themselves with poles of opinion, what lore did they possess and what were they questing for? These kinds of questions will help to illuminate more of the Chiron in Aries themes, but for now we already have much to consider and so I will leave this task to you. Some of what follows is drawn from my study of these people anyway.

At the root of Aries is the concept of being, the consciousness that ‘I Am’, and so the focus of Chiron in Aries is in overcoming obstacles leading to self awareness and spiritual identity. The painful questions of Chiron in Aries, the questions which provoke the maverick quest and lead to the healing, are simply ‘Who am I?’ ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘What is my life for?’ As most people will recognise these are commonly held questions and wounds that need to be healed which are felt by a large majority of people, but not by all of us, and this is partly a reflection of the extra length of time Chiron spends in Aries.

Another common feature is the quest for true and genuine self confidence and self determination, the notion of being able to stand on your own two feet with no assistance, no dependence and no fear or frailty, vanquishing struggles to overcome insecurity and lack of assertiveness. This is the Aries spirit, the need to be able to stand alone and fend for ourselves against anything life has to throw at us. For this reason members of this cohort do not often stick around their family home and flee the nest early, never to fully return. They are courageous and become known for their bravery in tackling whatever life throws at them. However if they fail at being able to look after themselves or are thwarted or stressed enough to have to ask for help they take this as a sign of personal weakness and suffer an injury not just to ego but to the sense of self as a whole. Yet they can easily set this up by refusing offers of help when they are appropriate, which is more often than they start out reckoning on.

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Faust, as imagined by Rembrandt

This painful need for self sufficiency and self determination can couple with the Chironic urge to be a maverick causing even more painful experiences – the urge to be one of a kind and not rely on anyone for anything can become the source of our failure as we forcefully insist on going our own way only to find that nobody is there when we arrive. We have pushed them all away through our sensitivity to being dependent on them for anything and it has left us with no reason to keep fighting anymore.

This is because this tribe need others in order to have something to fight for. With Chiron in Aries when we fight purely for ourselves it can quickly become toxic because we feel we have so much to prove. We need to prove our honesty, our integrity, our bravery and courage, our fighting spirit, our creative power, our ability to act and our willpower, as well as our self sufficiency and ability to thrive in life by always getting up to continue the fight. It is such a tall order to ask others to substantiate and verify especially when we insist on doing it alone and are so hurt by defeat and the need for patience. Yet when we fight on behalf of others and are wise about the battles we choose our focus is not on proving any of these things and so it becomes more vigorously and creatively expressed – in fighting for what we believe is right and doing it for someone else we naturally show them that we already have all the qualities we think we need to prove. And we become truly heroic.

body-painting-749223_1280It may be that for these individuals the sense of being or self has been violated in some way and they may fear asserting themselves. Shyness and a lack of sexual confidence can be seen moving like a shadow across this crowd. They may also over-compensate by attempting to be the first at everything. Physically they may suffer burns, head wounds, headaches or migraines, tooth loss, facial scarring or diseases of the blood that trouble them and provide painful learning experiences, although this is not often necessary – it arises from a need for the person to stop pushing so hard and pay attention to the need to heal their life, or just from being too impatient. In the case of facial scars (and tooth loss) the true healing is not in the removal or disguising of the scar tissue (or broken smile) but in a bold wearing or at least an owning of it as a ‘battle scar’, a thing with meaning and significance that forms part of your life story and denotes the presence of a survivor. This does not mean they should shun repairs or cosmetic surgery, as it may be necessary for their healing, it just means that the true healing lies in accepting the events that inflicted the scar as a meaningful and significant part of the life story. This will transform the pain into magical and healing potential.

They may also become a pioneer of a new path or an enterprise that ventures into new territory, one that has dangers or at least thrills to offer as well as painful battles that involve creatively stitching sundered crafts together. This is my Chiron tribe, and ‘The 26 Keys’ is itself an example of this theme. Many individuals born into this cohort are trailblazers who need the thrill of being the first to land on a moon or live on Mars, or perhaps thrill at the challenge of being dropped onto a jungle with a plastic spork and a TV crew. Such daredevilry has the added appeal of satisfying their need for the challenges of self sufficiency, since when we are in unexplored territory there is little or nothing to rely upon but the self. Yet the need to do something new can become divisive and over-emphasized, it can become combative through its insistence on a fresh approach and its instinct for confrontation as a way to solve a deadlock. They can insist on getting their own way so often and in such a way that their every action becomes a wound they inflict on other people, because it belittles them. In the most extreme cases the ego becomes so deprecating of other people in reaction to its own insecurities that it becomes repulsive and unable to hold onto any allegiances, even within its own government. Ironically, this can be the impetus to push further on the self directed path into bold new territory, as the fact that they now stand alone liberates their freedom to act more forcefully and assertively. This brings a vicious cycle in which the person is their own worst enemy and is privately tormented by how lonely they are, sometimes until an act of betrayal removes them from their position. Margaret Thatcher (born in 1925 and rising to power under Chiron in Aries) is a modern icon of this phenomena.

There is a need to recognise that for these people healing comes through Arien stress inducing situations, that there is something in them that thrives on pressure as it unlocks their healing and teaching potential. The tribe is a magnet for adrenaline pumping gauntlets of fire. They take on giants in unarmed mortal combat and are undaunted by the titanic odds against them. They pursue glaringly dangerous objectives and are often fatally drawn to kick against immense, monolithic forces. This arises from an innate instinct of the will and so it needs to be given a consciously chosen direction in which to act. This tribe of warrior-healers need to choose the fights that can bring healing, not the fights that bring only destruction and bloodshed, and they need to act spontaneously, not talk about the implications of their actions. The need to act is absolutely vital for their healing, healing will not just land in the lap with Chiron in Aries, you have to be willing to get up off the floor and fight for it, for in many ways this is the healing. Wallowing in self pity is often an instinctive response to disappointment and the thwarting of efforts for these people, and it means they have lost sight of their incredible strength of purpose. They need to be given a quest, a thing worth fighting for again.

The wound of Chiron in Aries is basically an existential one – the tribe are besieged by the need to fight for something but they cannot fight that battle until they know who they are, who or what they need to fight for, and what their own personal weaknesses are. The instruction of the heroes of legend by Chiron was varied, but one component that was always involved was the teaching through demonstration of the fatal flaw or weakness which the warrior possessed and needed to be accepted and countered. Ego would often intervene in this process, so the task for Chiron was often to puncture or wound the ego so that it could deflate and perceive its own potentially deadly flaws. So for these individuals the path to healing and wholeness involves becoming aware of their own innate power, the power of being the whole self able to act against formidable foes, without assistance if need be, and possibly having the ego wounded in the process.

old-691069_1280The role of this tribe in the formation or birthing of a new paradigm for the human race is to be the creators or initiators of new projects. They are attuned to the potential threats we face and have an instinct for tackling the immediate pressures we are faced with. They are not long term strategists who can figure out who and where we will be in 50 or 60 years, but rather bold adventurers that see who and where we are now and can make entirely new paths to places we want to be. They possess the capacity to forge anew the collective identity, to cast it into the crucible and set it up for a new era, both by venturing into completely new territory and by painfully confronting its established ways. They often need disciplinary lessons in order to unlock their magical potential and must develop a hard skin in order to withstand the kinetic forces they generate and pit themselves against. The restructuring of the use of the will is often a key part of the initiatory path, as it must learn to want things that do not bring it pain or must come to understand that what it wants is not as important as how it gets what it wants. Patience is often required and in the temple hosting Chiron in Aries there needs to be a challenge which offers healing potential and a mending of any schisms in the magicians will (for example, the wanting of two different but mutually exclusive things).

These are incredibly strong people, even superhuman or superheroic in some respects, but their naivete is a potentially lethal vulnerability. They tend to have an innate and almost childlike trust not only in their own capabilities, which are not always sufficient, but also in the integrity and trustworthiness of other people. Both of these factors get them burned more often than they should, and yet because they see a new, better, and often more direct way for us they hold a key which teaches us that way. This tribe is notable for the scars and burns that life marks them with, they are drawn to battle and must choose their fights wisely. Wear those scars with pride, Chiron in Aries brothers and sisters, but do not let them define who you are, and choose the battles that will mark you carefully.

For other examples of Chiron in Aries see the lives of Judy Garland, Gene Roddenberry, Kenneth Williams, Aleister Crowley, Henry Mancini, Christiaan Huygens, Immanuel Kant, Louis Pasteur, Jules Verne, Mohandas Ghandi, Winston Churchill, Nancy Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Rock Hudson and Julian Assange.

Astrology and Health (part 2)

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Astrology and Health (part 1)

Blessings, and welcome back to Journeys! Today I will put forward an approach for evaluating potential health problems from studying the birth chart and then treating them. It is a method that has taken me over two decades of practice and experimentation to evolve, and has been applied successfully in the lives of many of my friends and clients, but mostly myself. Due to the lengthy nature of this discussion it will be split into two parts, the first part on diagnosis is below and the next part on remedies will be published next month. Both articles are written with somewhat experienced astrologers in mind from the practical point of view, but anyone with an interest in astrology can draw something from them. You should be confident in reading the character nature of a chart and somewhat confident in handling transits and progressions/directions before you tackle this subject in anything other than a theoretical way. Journey deeper…

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Timing and the Archer

This will be my last post for 2015. At this time I am working on a long post about the discovery of Neptune, another long essay on house systems, an exploration of Gemini and an article on how The 26 Keys can be applied to shamanic visionquest and magical pathworking techniques. In addition, I have a message from Pluto to deliver. I am hoping that all of those things will manifest in 2016, but it is set to be another very busy year for me, so no promises! Journey deeper…