A message from one of my favorite astrologers, Anne Ortelee.
The eclipses are here! The eclipses are here!
We enter the week between Christmas and New Years and the middle section between two powerful eclipses on the Capricorn/Cancer, one of which took place on the World Axis. The events taking place during the eclipse season (December 7, 2010 to January 18, 2011) will change our lives in very far reaching ways. We certainly saw it with the legislation passed during the “lame duck” session of Congress as bills virtually danced through both houses and were signed into law. We can see major changes happening in our lives too if we know where to look!
Pay attention to the houses ruled by Saturn and the Moon ~ the Capricorn, Aquarius and Cancer houses ~ to see where your life is changing. Notice what information you‘ve been receiving lately that has been life altering, mind expanding or consciousness shifting. What words or information has changed how you think about your life and your situation?
Mercury is retrograde and talking up a storm in Sagittarius. Free speaking. Frank with no holds barred words. Straight shooting of an arrow into the heavens. Whether you want to know it or not. Mercury in Sagittarius tells it like it is ~ the good, the bad, the ugly, the truth. Siblings, cars, connections and communications will be kind of out of control and causing problems all week as Mercury slows to stop and turn direct. Watch for pivotal words this week. Some times thing spoken cannot be taken back. Back up your data. Insure your cell phone. Evaluate your email and data passwords. Double check the to/cc/bc fields on email sent.
The thing to know about the words spoken this week is that they ARE TRUE ~ at least for the person who is saying it. You, as the recipient, might not think they are true but the person saying them thinks they are true. Thus you have an opportunity for profound insight if you listen to what people say this week. They are talking their truths. Eclipses make all sorts of things come to the surface for all to see. So look. No fears. You don’t have to DO anything with what you see or hear. You simply have to see and hear it.
Over the holidays, I watched “Invictus”, the Morgan Freeman/ Matt Damon movie about the Rugby World Cup. It was quite a moving movie about how change can and does take place, in seemingly impossible situations, due to people moving beyond what they think they can do, shifting their world view, and dedicating themselves to a vision or purpose that inspires them. In the movie, Morgan Freeman, playing Nelson Mandela, cites a poem called “Invictus” that inspired him to keep going during his 29 year Saturn cycle locked up in jail for speaking truth to power and agitating for change to the apartheid system in South Africa.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley
I am not a sports person, despite having coaches and athletes in my family tree, so when Invictus came out, I didn’t see it. A rugby movie? Please. But sitting in my very athletic sister’s family room ~ a Division 1 Basketball Coach, scratch handicap golfer, and phenomenal snow boarder ~ I watched it. And jumped around a lot at the end when it got very exciting, moving and full of gracefully taught instructions on how to deal with major changes in your world and your world view. Rent Invictus or catch it on HBO over the next few weeks as you deal with the eclipses changing your life and world view.
If they can do it … you certainly can!
Whenever we are faced with life changing events, such as right now, it helps to have a guide to get us through it. The movie spoke about what was needed: Dedication. Vision. A sense of belief in the possible. Suspending disbelief about the improbable. Working on it. Showing up. Speaking the truth. Giving your dream legs. Focusing single mindedly on it. Going for it.
We are each at a crossroads, being asked to envision our future and what it holds. Right now, with Mercury retrograde and fighting with Venus in Scorpio, you may know more what you DON’T want. It is often easier to identify that at times rather than what you do want. That is totally fine. In the Don’t Want List is the photographic negative of the Do Want List. Like a photographic negative, the positive image is embedded in the reverse imagery. Write your Don’t Wants for the time being. Focus on releasing your Don’t Wants as the Eclipses process and release the karma, the drama, the events from June 2009 and June 2010. Release, release as the Moon narrows in the sky. Psychologically process the emotional events of the eclipse to get to the next chapter.
Next week, on the NEW MOON eclipse on January 4th, we will convert that Don’t Want List into the affirmative Do Want List. Be clear on the Don’t Wants.
The other thing to look at is what you are very angry about or extremely frustrated by. Right now, that is and can be the source of an enormous amount of power and creative fuel WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO redirect that angry or frustrated energy into a positive use instead of toward hateful, nasty or mean activities. Mars is in Capricorn ~ the sign of his exaltation. He’s involved with Saturn helping you work through old karmic blocks as he approaches his crisis of an opening square this week. Clearing the karma is what it is called.
Whatever the situation is, it existed and exists to get you clear, crystal clear, on what you just don’t want any more of any more. You are so done. Take the anger and turn it towards a positive vision of your future. Don’t focus it on the person who caused you pain or frustration. Turn and move out into the world toward your OWN dream with all that Mars energy. Forget them. Don‘t focus on how they ~ your mother, sister, brother, child, spouse, partner, boss, co-worker or the situation before you doesn’t meet your needs. No temper tantrums. Have they EVER met your needs? Or have you been working hard, very hard, to get them to love you, value you, care for you, appreciate you or some other version of bending over backwards to get what you want. Stop looking for it from them. It is not there. They can’t do it for you.
As the closing lines of Invictus says:
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
You are the master of your fate. You, yes, you. No excuses. No blame. Just own it. And move forward. If you don’t like the fate you have, what you have created, then change. Change because you are the master of your fate! Be the captain of your soul! Take those sails in hand and heart. Look to see which way the wind is blowing and push off.