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 The decline of certain models of education already outdated and with little chance of renewal.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?