Saturday, 4 May 2013

Beltane Festival, Archetypes & Astrology


Rick de Clemente is, in my view, a brilliant Astrologer.  Many readers are keen to know the astrological influences that occur each month and that's why I so often include them.  As I was pondering what the most important message I could share this month was to be, I read Rick's latest article and I realised that the message he is sharing is so perfect for this time we find ourselves in.  It explains how humanity is being influenced by the Divine as we move daily more deeply into the New Age of Truth.  I reproduce it here for you plus some editor's notes and added pictures.


Now is Astrology’s Time by Rick de Clemente 

Whatever could I be talking about? For many years I made the mistake of trying to turn my students into astrologers. It took me a long time to realize that only a very few have the ‘lineage’ of astrology to follow. I have taught many bright people and they’re all much better for it, I hope. But, what I finally realized is that astrology is THE science/art to learn in order to put an archetypal foundation to anything you do. Why is that? Because it is archetypal; that’s why. When I speak of archetypes (archetypes-a-basic-understanding), I speak of those ethereal forms that Plato, Joseph Campbell, James Hillman and Carl Jung referred to.

In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s marvelous book, “The Power of Intention”, he clearly defines many of the universal archetypes that inform us. Carolyn Myss does the same. True astrology tries not to predict events; it predicts archetypal probabilities. We are haunted by the former by those astrologers to try to do so. Aren’t we supposed to have free will? A deep study of these emanating forces shows us where these urges come from, the urge to survive, grow, couple, procreate, excel, etc. They are symbolized by the planets. Symbolized is hard word to describe.

There are those days when you awaken and suddenly “feel like doing this or that.” Why is that? That IS your God connection. Isn’t it marvelous? We are all connected to the Divine source whether we like it or not. It’s not a matter of opinion or belief, it just is. God’s expression coming forth from His/Her center is intelligent. (editors note: This expression is Divine Will, also called Divine Intention.  This force enters our bodies through the Hara Line in order that we may have access to it in order to create.RM)

Yet, they scream forth with great power and insistence. When you are “going with the flow” you are in touch with “God’s will, or pure intention” if you will. God can only intend love, there is nothing else. That’s why when you “fall in love”, the world seems so vibrant and perfect.

There is nothing else.


Astrology is our methodology of mapping and timing some of those energies. Life longs for more life. It seeks balance naturally. It impels us. That’s why every school of spiritual thought compels us to GET OUT OF OUR OWN WAY. You know what I’m talking about. “A Course in Miracles” says to us that we are trying to compete with God; we don’t trust Him; we think we can do a better job if we follow our desires and intentions (Our Will). Not. You just can’t do it – this naturally reveals how yielding and surrendering to the flow alwaysworks out. Then, you are truly being yourself, or as I should say, your Godself. (your Starself?)

 The age of Astrology, Quantum Physics and Holographic reality

Many astrologers just don’t get it – yet. But, they are getting it now that we are in the age of Astrology, Quantum Physics and Holographic reality. The reason a birth chart “works” is because it is holographic as we are! It’s awful hard to explain.
You are the ocean in a drop, 
not the opposite. 
All parts contain the whole.

This is why one simply must get their natal chart cast. Then, and only then can you truly understand why your nature is the way it is. If you are a very sensitive artist or musician, close to your muses, then you don’t need an astrologer, you simply feel your way through. But in order to do that, you must obey only your muses (God’s archetypes) as do Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Didn’t you ever wonder how they do what they do? That’s how: it’s not them doing it; it’s them allowing the intention of the universal archetypes to flow through them, whether it’s poetic, folksy, rocky, grungy, or whatever. The urge is God, He’s not on some bejeweled throne on cloud X. A diamond has many facets. That’s what “selling out” means: it means losing your connection, not caving in to “the man.”

It is time now that we stop reading our horoscopes. Why? - because we are much more than they infer. Astrology must be removed from the comic section of the newspaper. Can’t you sense that your deep, inner compulsions are holy indeed? Why is one person happy just to work and return home, while another is out trying to save the world? It’s all in your chart. That does not mean that you are restricted to its dimensions or are limited to its promises. Reading a chart is like slicing open your primal seed and revealing, even in its most basic form, your inclinations and your lineage. Your individualized charts fits perfectly with the collective. Your planets are exactly where they need to be – or should I say, in the same state as you left them in your past lifetime. Who knows why you are different than your brother or sister, it’s just the way you have formed your particular karma.

Karma 

Karma is so misunderstood in the punitive-Old-Testament-admiring-a-tooth-for-a-tooth West. We just don’t get it. But, we’re starting to get it. And our main tool will be astrology. That is our guide, our archetypal framework.

Watching “The Matrix”: that’s a visual display of the archetypes kind of on 3D graph paper.
Asking your friends, “Hey, what’s gotten into Debbie?”: That’s the pure direct perception of the archetypes.

Karma is not a non-accountable way of you hoping so-and-so will get his or hers. It is not a surrogate for your personal vengeance. Karma is this:

If, in past lifetimes you have built walls,

in this lifetime, you’ll have to go over or around them.

No one is waiting to punish you except yourself.

We are so stuck answering to the stern father up in the sky. Except, there is 'no one' there; it’s all this game we play with ourselves. How powerful each of us would truly be if we didn’t have to answer to this imaginary projected image of guilt. We are not guilty, of anything. There is no “original sin”. Sin for what, being born? Let’s use the brains we have. So we hang onto John Lennon’s “Instant Karma’s Gonna GET YOU”. You simply wouldn’t believe how most people getting readings somehow think that they’ve gotten away with this-n-that for so long, but now, under the guise of an all-seeing astrologer: now they’re gonna get it (sic. punished).


Your natal chart is a map of your exquisite unique beauty.

The various techniques used by astro-seers simply tell us when and how we are likely to unfold. Given, if you’ve had unsupportive parents or extremely difficult circumstances in your life, you may not unfold as was originally sculpted. But, it’s not because you have been bad or should feel guilty about anything. This caveman mentality which needs to go the way of other dying stories of the fear-based Old Testament.


Today’s people are ready for truth. 


Today’s people are ready for truth. God is truth. There is truth in the Old Testament and much more in the New, but as the late Dr. David R. Hawkins has shown (using kinesiology to measure the inherent  level of truth, the Old Testament scores only 60 out of a true-normal base level of 200 out of 1000) http://youtu.be/ITmOCae9nSU  It just isn’t literally true. We can’t say God is all loving yet wants your burnt offerings. It is the time we all awaken to what Jesus et al really were saying. God is within. Heaven is a state of consciousness within our Divine self. No father figure is waiting for us to get home so he can pull out his belt.

Astrology shows us a pure look at your archetypal truth. We are all segments (and the whole at the same time) of God’s all-encompassing expression. Why else is an orgasm so phenomenal? Why do we get so high when we fall in love? See a newborn? Attain a goal? Because God wants out. He/She wants out of containment from within. It is our NATURE to let He/She/It out – express it. Look at Rachmaninoff, The Beatles, Da Vinci, Yo Yo Ma, Hendrix, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Loreenna McKennitt, Van Morrison, Mikhail Baryshnikov? The list goes on and on and on. We cry when we hear or experience their art. It is God that cries within us as we pine to go home – back to our Source.

THAT is what astrology is – a map/calendar of your particularized expression of universal archetypes. Not how hot your lover will be this weekend. You are comprised of nascent numinous universal forces that want us to remember our Source, our origin, our home. It is time for astrology – no other method exists to give us all of this in a sane, organized fashion. Yes, you can read tea leaves or a goat’s entrails. Truth is revealed in all things because the reader is what’s being revealed. There’s only one of us. And that just blows our mind. We look out, and see all of these bodies – seemingly separate – but not. We look around and we see precisely where separateness has gotten us. We’ve just about shoved each other off of this beautiful blue orb.

So, do your thing. Teach. Build. Play your instrument. Love your “loved ones.” It all comes from Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, etc. They are representatives of just how special we all are; to be tied and intimately related to Cosmic Truth and Cosmic Intention. Quit being so fascinated with your own mind, as “A Course in Miracles” states: “Thoughts leave not their source”. We are intimately related to all, intermingled with sameness in our illusion of separateness. Stop trying to win. Give up trying to be right! It all just flows from Source. We can’t manage it. We can only learn to maneuver the sails better.

Jesus kept pointing up. "It’s something other than me", He was saying. We all know that. We think if we surrender that we will lose. We won’t; that’s when we win. Power vs. Force. Force does nothing except perhaps knock over a tree. With true Power, universal Divine Power working through us, there is nothing we cannot achieve. Jesus said that we can do what He can do, even more. And yet, we do not believe Him.


Physical self,  Higher Self,  Body Consciousness,  Christed Self,  Cosmic Self, Universal Self, Multidimensional Self, I AM That I AM Presence - all these are aspects of YOU 
It is time for all of us to become BIG; to inherit our true rights to the heights. Astrology will lead the way; there is no stopping it now. We astrologers have been honed through time; we have been worn down to the true essence of God’s intention. The planets Uranus and Pluto will next square each other on May 20, 2013. Do not think of this as harsh or scary – think of this as more polishing to the collective mind. We’re all changing, and quickly. Thank God.

We are changing 

It is time to take the inner links we have seriously. Prayer, meditation, sitting, chanting, toning, whatever: it’s all the same sound. There is only one sound. The sound of life wanting to become manifest. Let it all be. Let it all be as fantastic as it always is. Let us all help each other instead of getting caught up in “theyness”. The Small Voice within is not small, by any means. Sooner or later, your chart will be transited by Neptune and Chiron. Each person has a different timetable. Then will be your true opportunity to channel the essence of the Heavenly One.

So, you want to go to Heaven? You are already there. Dr. David R. Hawkins left us clear directions in his final piece of writing, “Letting Go - The Pathway of Surrender.”  (See also the 3 min video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjyVBG3WvdE)


“Eventually, everything is surrendered that stands in the way of the Presence. The Presence is so obvious, so startling, so overwhelming, that there's no question about it. It is profound, total, all-encompassing, absolutely overwhelming, totally transforming, and completely unmistakable. When everything is surrendered that stands in the way, It is there, shining brilliantly forth".  Dr D.R Hawkins


Instead of viewing this as something in the future, own it now. Enlightenment is not something that occurs in the future, after 50 years of sitting cross-legged and saying "OM." It is right here in this instant. The reason you're not experiencing this state of total peace and timelessness is because it is being resisted. It is being resisted because you are trying to control the moment. If you let go of trying to control your experience of the moment, and if you constantly surrender it like a tone of music, then you live on the crest of this exact alwaysness. Experience arises like a note of music. The minute you hear a note, it's already passing away. The instant you've heard it, it's already dissolving as it arises. Let go of anticipating the next moment, trying to control it, trying to hang on to the moment that has just passed. Let go clinging to what has just occurred. Let go trying to control what you think is about to occur. Then you live in an infinite space of non-time and non-event. There is an infinite peace beyond description. And you are home."

Astrology is our TripTicket.

Significant planetary aspects for May.


4th - 6th 

Start separates from opposition to Saturn in Scorpio – With this heavy blanket of Pluto in Scorpio, it got to be a bit much also having heavy Saturn in the dire sign of Scorpio. This heaviness will start to lift for a while.



9th
Solar Eclipse 19° Taurus (visible across Northern Australia) 
With all of the strong psyche changes to the individual and the collective recently, this lunation should “wake us up” to the current status of our physical, down-to-earth existence. Surely, many had their heads in the clouds during March’s 7-planet inhabitance in Pisces. Now, it’s time for the opposite. Get your life straight, and, Saturn in Scorpio will catch you if you have any crib notes up your sleeve.

18th 
Moon opposes Neptune and T-squares Mercury in Gemini – The powerful Moon/Neptune attracts all of our inherent psychic abilities. Being pointed directly at the wide-open Mercury in Gemini, this will be a superb time to entertain new ways of thought, especially intuition-driven. Go for it!

20th
 Sun enters Gemini always a welcome sight. Gemini is light and contrasting against the heavy outer energies this month, should encourage us to take ourselves with an easier touch. Gemini is a fun sign and encourages us to explore and appreciate whatever we see, whether it fits into some grand plan or not. What was 7 planets in Pisces turned into 5 planets in Taurus are now 4 in Gemini. Communications speed up. This is also a wonderful time to develop that new web site or multi-media launch you’ve been hoping for.

25th
Lunar Eclipse 4° Sagittarius  
With so much changing collectively, a Sagittarian lunation will become very important. We will become even more shocked at just how big the Internet is and the impact of social media. Everything is racing forward at light speed. Governments can’t change fast enough, causes are exclaiming from every corner of the globe. Those who were “held down” will be no more. A very good chance of change finally at Guantanamo. Our media is Sagittarian controlled, much to the dismay of Saturn or Pluto. We’re all becoming more and more transparent whether we like it or not. Neptune loves it.

Are you seeing the rhythm of the planets? 



Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are grinding us to become braver, more resilient and responsible. 








Chiron the Healer
Neptune and Chiron are finally opening our doorways to this Brave New Quantum World. 

Neptune

The dance keeps on with the “minor” planets keeping us active. 
It is a New World. 









This month, things will slow a bit giving us a chance to assimilate this new ever-changing paradigm.

May the planets be with you as you find your Starself!” - Rick de Clemente http://www.starself.com

The Beltane Festival on the eve of April 30th and May 1st

Whilst we are on the subject of important calendrical events I wanted to mention Beltane.


May Day (May 1st) was traditionally the day when the girls in England danced around the Maypole. The Maypole was a phallic symbol. The festival was a fertility rite. However this Maypole festival was a watered down version of the original pagan festival called Beltane which honoured and thanked the Divine Creative Energies they called Mother and Father God, which created the Universe.

In pagan Ireland, the Beltane fires could not be lit until the High King had ignited the pyre on Tara Hill. Right up until Saint Patrick usurped him, that custom was observed to honor the marriage of the Great Father and the Great Mother, who on the eve of May first were said to come together in an embrace that filled the world with life. For the Old Ones, the Beltane celebrations were all about fire, and fertility, and the creation process. If those rituals have been handed down to us in many different forms, no matter what tradition we come from, the month of May marks a time when life is made whole in the heat of the cosmic fire. 

Now May 1st is celebrated as International Workers Day because it is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike for the implementation of an eight hour workday, during which police fired on demonstrators killing four people.  Three years later in 1889, at the centennial of the French Revolution, Raymond Lavigne, called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago protests.  Subsequently, the May Day Riots of 1894 occurred. In 1904, the International Socialist Conference meeting in Amsterdam called on "all Social Democratic Party organizations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on May First for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace." The congress made it "mandatory upon the proletarian organizations of all countries to stop work on May 1, wherever it is possible without injury to the workers."

Thus, in many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist  groups.  
May Day celebrations typically feature elaborate popular and military parades.   All this is a far cry from the roots of the original festival.



For the last eight weeks a host of planets in Aries has burned out everything but what is pure and essential in us. Now that the same planets have entered the sign Taurus, the power of spirit is ready to be grounded into the Earth, and into everything we do. This is where the rubber meets the road - this is where everything becomes a perfect reflection of who we are. And the only question we need to be asking ourselves is: 

How much of who we are is ready to take on the world? 
As we hit the ground running, with everything at stake, 
are any of us whole and complete enough within ourselves 
to make a difference? 



The Divine energies we are receiving into our Hara Line via the Unity Grid are strenthening our desire to awaken the part of our Soul that listens to our heart and knows that the time has come for us to enter that heart space and let the power of love light up the world from the inside out.

Namaste
Rita