A journey into the realm of Gods, Goddesses and the human heart
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Today 25th of November, Mars in Capricorn moves gradually away from  the square to Uranus and continues incessantly approaching the conjunction to Pluto that will activate the square occurring between these two implacable Gods. I say implacable, just because, trying to dodge their influence is a frustrating and futile mission.
Last night, as an allegory to this cosmic conflict, I went to see the movie “Detachment”, directed by Tony Kaye (American History X), and played by Adrien Brody, who also produced it. An account of the state of education in the United States, but of course relevant to the whole world. But above all the film speaks of human pain, the pain of existence and of the urgent issues that we humans must resolve, to be able to live better and find harmony and peace, if this is at all possible. Topics such as the importance of communication with our students and our children. The relevance of art and creativity in our lives. The decline of certain models of education already outdated and with little chance of renewal. A sample of how fast we are to judge the pain or the situation of others, forgetting that we all suffer of human issues, and that we are never on the sidewalk across the street, but on the same side as everybody else. A perfect description of this square between Pluto (our deepest desires, the topics that we must renew and change, to be able to evolve) and Uranus (our individuation, our progress, the hard lessons of going through this process accepting that we are all part of the human race, since there is no other of our characteristics on this planet, even with our incredible differences).
A process that everyone experiences in our personal, individual little lives. How to find our individuality (Uranus) without dying (Pluto) in the attempt. Perhaps the lesson here is that we die only apparently, because in reality we simply transform and in doing so, we incorporate others in our history or brake up with what prevents us from growing. Yet, what we will never be able to do, is to separate from the human race. Never mind our geographic borders, the emotional limits will never be as clear, because there will always be someone who falls in love with somebody on the other side. And then what do we do? Continue telling our kids: “NO, you can not fall in love with someone from that side of the border”. Until when?
Today Catalans go to the polls to decide who will lead this process of independence to its resolution. To separate from the rest of Spain!. The funny thing, that even if they succeed, more than half of the population has blood mixed with all those whom they want to become independent from. Catalunya is full of Andalusian, Castellanos, of Latin Americans, many young people have an Andalusian mother and a catalan father or a Catalan mother and a father from Huelva, or… etc. how are they going to separate that? I wonder…
So, here we are, at the doorsteps of this coming full moon in Gemini on the 28th, two days after Mercury stations direct, to return to its “forward” motion, after it made us go through the reviewing of a lot of topics, in order to have a more universal vision of them. An eclipsed Full Moon, since this opposition between the Moon and the Sun occurs a few degrees of the Lunar nodes. In a lunar eclipse, the Earth gets between the Sun and the Moon, depriving our beautiful lady of the night from the light of our wonderful star. Eclipses move us in a subtle ways, so once again we decide to go ahead, despite the difficulties, previous meditation on our weaknesses, fears and frustrations. We must use this moment of internal research to understand what is that we have the power to  change and what not. The recognition and acceptance of this is vital for our development. Despite the fact that Gemini kind of places us opposite another, as in a game of tennis, if we rise high enough, to have a more global view of this, will see that the unity that Neptune and Chiron speak to us about from the sign of PISCES is real. Everything, even our enemies, are part of us and the vision of our reality. If we only see ourselves on one sidewalk, opposite the others, we lose the entirety of the film. Those who seem to oppose us, are the ones we learn the most important lessons from, so that we can force ourselves to be everything that we can be and not settle for a watery version of ourselves. These are difficult lessons but indispensable in our development.
I feel pity and envy of young people who have to digest these difficult energies without sufficient elements to handle them, but we, the adults, must help them see the positive side of all this and not only devote ourselves to complain and disclose more negativity. They have all their lives ahead to clean up this mess in which we are all involved. Since I am an incorrigible optimist, I have hope in the human race and I agree with Barack Obama, when he said in his 2012 acceptance speech: “I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting”.
We must learn to connect to the powerful energy of Pluto that dictates from our psyche that we must evolve and survive, at the expense of whatever else. That is our most powerful, primitive and vital mission in this life. In doing so, we are respecting the species and life above all else and thus learn to love and value what we have, never mind how little. We all have something so be grateful for. Right?

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Here comes one of the most important months of the year, and in many ways, for several years.

This month begins with a conjunction of Mercury (Gemini ruler) to (retrograde) Venus in Gemini and at the same time, they both make a square to Mars in Virgo, another sign ruled by Mercury. We can speculate on the meaning of all this and assume everything that it has to do with communications, with paper work, with topics involving the coming and going of correspondence, such as legal issues, communication through internet, mobile phones, etc, etc, will be affected.

But all this comes hand in hand, with the fact that these are the days prior to the  Full Moon (therefore the most powerful) on June 4th,  which is a Lunar Eclipse, that forms at 14 ° 14′ angle of  Sagittarius (the Moon) and Gemini (the Sun).

The Sun in conjunction to Venus in Gemini, which in its retrograde phase, forms an eclipse or transit between the Sun and the Earth. This is an astronomical event, which happens in pairs and very rarely, as we will see. The last time we had a transit of Venus,  was on June 8, 2004, something which didn’t  occurred since the last pair, which was in 1874 and 1882.Yes, you read it well, in 1800 and it will not occur until the 2117 and 2125. Prior to 1800, occurred in 1761 and 1769, and previously to this in 1639. So really a very rare astronomical fact. It has happened about 6 times before, that  we can register and that we must not miss, since it  will be the last and for many of us, the only time that we will see such thing, in our lives.

Mars then, makes what we call a T-cuadrante to the lunación, or in  90º angle  to the Sun and to the Moon, and opposed to Chiron, which thus form the Grand Cross of this eclipsed full moon – The theme of confrontation with the ability of our minds to process information and how we respond to it, we be clearer. Communication inside of our relationships, what we say, how  we say it, and if we take into consideration the feelings of the other, when we say what we say, it is a subject to bring into consciousness.

The influence of Chiron reminds us that we must Cure, the wouds of the past, and the only possibility  for self-healing  is to become conscious of it.

But when we speak of Venus, the goddess of beauty, creativity, seduction, we are talking about that part of ourselves that seduces, whether  we are aware of it or not. Much too often and contrary to the mentality of many, who believe that a good body, is what seduces, it is the talents and mostly unconscious talents, which seduce more than anything.Sometimes the feminine in man or the masculine in women, is incredibly attractive. The encounter with the opposite side of our psyche and hidden desires of it, are also a subject of this lunación.

Globally this also affects  our political views, how we handle all these diplomatic issues we have on the table, with the European crisis, the crisis Israel-Iran, Afghanistan, etc.Fortunately, Mercury forms a trine to Saturn in Libra, which impels us to take things seriously and confront us with the reality of all this and above all, to listen to the version of the other, in a fair way that will benefits us all.

The world is not worse, is only that now for the first time in life for many, we are taking consciousness of  how incredibly destructive and greedy we are. If you are a woman, there isn’t any day before today, that is better. Women gain ground, every day, every hour, every instant. It is true that the novels make us fantasize about true romance, like in the stories of the Bronte sisters, for example, but of course, it is only our imagination. Women have been raped, abused, killed, enslaved, before now, much more. Wars have been more bloody and violent before, than now. The world is not worse, is better in many ways, but it is also true that tremendous excess of  information,  is making us aware of the pain of the world.

Just look at the news, once, and you are suddenly in touch with the dramatic side of life, of existance, of being alive, of being a mortal. It is wonderful but at the same time dramatic.The pain of being alive and the incarnation are daunting and overwhelming, if not, ask a Pisces, but becoming conscious of it,  to be able to exercise our free will, is the only option, because it is the Mystery of life,  what we love and what seduces more than anything else. If we had all the answers, this journey would be very boring. Even so, we should become conscious all the time, in order to be of service to others and help each other survive.Without Venus, without creativity, this life would be an orgy of pain and savagery, but Venus induces us to embellish,  to find beauty in everything we do, to turn the struggle every day life, into an act of love and beauty. If we want it, we can do it, despite the great difficulty of being a mortal.

In June of 1993, there was also an eclipse at almost 14 degrees Gemini – Sagittarius. The young people who were born in that year may have a great shot of consciousness at this moment, on the duality of their psyche, and the issues that worry the world today.Education is another of the issues that concern us and with the arrival of Jupiter in Gemini  on June 12, it will be difficult to decide on one option or another, for many students .  It is not an easy fate  to have been born in these times and being a teenager today, when everything is changing and nothing is clear yet. Perhaps the answer is to follow what the heart or soul dictates, if you prefer. Uranus and Pluto, make their first meeting by square,  of the 7 that will take place from now to 2015. If you think that everything was back to normal, think again. This is the beginning of a process of change that will benefit us all. Hopefully. The more heads of State insist  in maintaining the Status Quo,  the most more revolution  there will be –

When something must be amputated so that we can survive, all we can do is let it take place. This is a process of change and renewal that we all need. Fortunately one of the wonders of Gemini, is his overwhelming curiosity and interest in everything,  in whatever is different and innovative. Jupiter enters Gemini after a year in Taurus,  on June 12th, but this will be the next article.

Let’s use these Mercurian energies to renew ourselves, to investigate, to contact, to create new stories and to live life in a creative and enriching way. Open to what is new, to the unexpected, don’t forget it was Hermes who recounted the history of the gods, who accompanied Odysseus in the Odyssey and who can help us to re – write our history.