By Len Wallick
Transcendence is the order of the day. The dramatic events accompanying the last hours of Uranus in Pisces and its first days in Aries have transcended what anybody could have predicted. As individuals we face a choice of how to respond. We can hunker down and hope we will somehow be able to ignore what is going on, hoping we will somehow be passed over and unaffected. Or we can practice a little practical transcendence ourselves. If there is anything to synchronicity, the latter is what the astrology is asking us to do, especially now.
It may seem like a tall order. It’s not a big deal. Transcendence means to go beyond. If you go further down a road than you have ever gone before, you have transcended. It’s that simple. Yet it is also that middle ground between the rational and mystical, the familiar and the unknown; the place you look back at and realize something magical happened even though the circumstances seemed ordinary at the time. It can begin by raising your attention, and your eyes, from what confronts you. Take a few minutes to look — just look — at the brightest object in the night sky, the Moon.
Today is named after the Moon. Luna is the stuff of dreams. To look at it for long is to drift off from where ever you may be and transcend the moment. That’s another form of going beyond, with your imagination. Most of the time, it is the first step in the process. Today the position of the Moon supports that. It is in the cardinal sign of Cancer.
When the Sun enters a cardinal sign (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn or Aries), a new season begins. The same principal applies for any object entering or moving through one one of these signs: something is in the process of initiating itself. Of all the signs, the one most closely associated with the Moon is Cancer. Having Luna there now places an emphasis on the comforts and security associated with home and hearth.
This emphasis may be taken as an invitation towards indulging physical gratification as a comfort in the hunker-down mode. That is the opposite of going beyond. If, on the other hand, we take our cue from the initiative implied by the cardinal quality of the sign placement, we can have our feet firmly rooted in the values of home and hearth while allowing our minds to expand beyond it.
That expansion is symbolically supported by the fact that Luna is waxing (growing larger), rounding the bend towards a Full Moon this weekend that will usher in the Vernal Equinox. But there is something more: a conjunction. Two planets are coming together for a dance tomorrow night (or early Wednesday morning, depending on where you are). A dance at the hottest club in the sky.
One would be Mercury, a planet not only associated with how we think but also purposeful, directed thought. The other would be Jupiter, the planet associated with, well, expansion. The hot club would be Aries, where all the beautiful luminaries and planets are coming together. It’s the first sign of the zodiac, home of me myself and I.
The Mercury-Jupiter conjunction is a cue to go beyond the necessary and powerful initiative of self-awareness as a being in a body that Aries represents. It is time to go beyond that necessary and valid beginning to growth and development; time to go beyond and transcend to seeing ourselves in others, to transcend to a great awakening that has been long in coming. It’s a wake up call that is now urgent because there is one thing that we cannot, for the time being, go beyond. The fact is this Earth is all we have; the only place we can continue to exist as corporeal, physical beings.
The Sabian symbol for this day (Sun at 24 Pisces) speaks to “a small island, surrounded by a vast expanse of sea,” where “people are seen living in close interaction.” That’s us, folks: on small Island Earth, in the vast expanse of the cosmos, the only place we can live. In close interaction, our individual actions do not have individual consequences. We must therefore expand our thinking, our imagination and transcend the notion that responsibility is an individual and separate matter. We are literally and physically one with each other in actual, practical circumstance. It is no longer a mystical abstraction, if indeed it ever was. Transcendence is the order of the day. Go beyond.
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