We’re at the threshold of a new month which contains the seed of new possibility. The month of March is named after Mars, the god of war. And this month, conflict and strife continue to rasp and rattle across the globe.
Frustration festers beneath the scab of these acts of violence. Territory and wealth are clasped in the hands of only a very few on this planet.
Hoary old bastions of power and authority are in a process of rupture as they no longer serve our collective evolution. This has been mirrored by the Pluto-Uranus square which has been in orb since 2008 and is now separating. So much in our modern world has changed and yet so much remains just the same: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Despite the financial crash and property bubble burst, despite the bombs that are taped to the bodies of young men and women, there are still no new financial, political or social systems to replace those that have out served their evolutionary purpose. Ideology has become a smokescreen for a castrated Mars energy that seeks scapegoats – white, black, Christian or Moslem in simplistic, formulaic rhetoric – them and us. The much reviled Donald Trump serves as a mouth piece for the great sludge of humanity and dares to give voice to what so many only think about: our prejudices our greed. He speaks through the polarized prism. Them and us. In his crassness lies something that resonates with those who live their lives like worker bees, so lightly dispensed with when profits are down. Perhaps it will take a global catastrophe to irrevocably destroy old systems and structures. It will necessitate brave new choices to build a-new with original materials.
March has been a special month astrologically. Every six months we have a pair of special lunations that we call eclipses. Eclipses enclose certain themes at certain times. Some astrologers call eclipses ‘wild cards’. They tend to present quite uncompromisingly, situations that may present to us those yes or no kind of choices that challenge our glib promises, that compel us, like territorial animals, to move away from the familiar safety of basic ground.
There have been two eclipses this March. A new moon solar eclipse in Pisces and a full moon partial lunar eclipse in Libra. If any of these eclipses spotlighted the personal planets in your own birth chart (they would be at 18 degrees Pisces or 3 degrees Libra) you may have had to make some kind of choice to make some lasting changes in the way you perceive the world around you or examine how authentically you relate to those around you. The effect of the solar eclipse will last for six months, so as March folds into the arms of April give yourself permission to pause in the frenetic over-scheduled busyness of your life and gently observe your inner landscape and what you truly value so that you may be Graced with a new realisation.
Eclipses fly in pairs. The ones in March re-activated another pair of eclipses that occurred last September – a new Moon eclipse at 20 degrees Virgo and one at 4 degrees Aries ( the polarity to Libra ) So the planets that rule the signs of Virgo and Aries, Mercury and Mars symbolize our restless attention deficit minds and our primal urges. As we review the month of March, gently consider how did we evangelize, idolize or hold too tightly onto those convictions and thought loops that imprison us like convicts behind the bars of un-examined thinking or explosive impulse?
Hard times are a choice even if the only choice we have is a change in our perception of our circumstances or how we see what is unfolding globally. We can choose to attribute good or bad to every thought, every behaviour that pricks our skin or pierces our hearts. Everything is interconnected. “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe,” wrote environmental philosopher John Muir.
Spiritual teacher Neale Donald Walshe writes, “no one does anything they do not want to do,” says “You always have a reason, usually, a pretty good one, for doing what you are doing and choosing what you are choosing. Be careful not to convince yourself that you are doing something against your will…be honest with yourself as to why you are choosing to do a particular thing. Then, do it gladly, knowing that you are always getting to do what you want.
The statement “I have no choice” is a lie. You can choose.
So select the outcome that you most prefer. Isn’t that power?”
Seinabo Sey – Hard Time
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michelMarch 30, 2016at4:43 pm
how beautiful dear ingrid, thank you as always for giving us insight as to the planetary movements and changes so we can all feel like we are in some sort of sync and not going totally crazy at times!! your blogs always confirm that i am on the right path in my conscious growth and development and to accept that it is ALL OKAY EXACTLY AS IT IS…so thank you and bless you as we cross over into the next season….:)
Sadie JonesMarch 30, 2016at5:40 pm
Thanks again Ingrid for a most enlightening read. Your description of Donald Trump and his intentions are so brilliantly descriptive, I’m pretty sure that he’s not the answer to a jump start a paradigm shift in the way the world is currently run. You are so right in your observation of nothing ever seems to really change and yet, there have been huge changes, just look at debates around climate change and sustainability, renewable energy sources and the changes in approach to how we want to be governed. Thanks for making me think and question!
Laura DianeMarch 30, 2016at9:17 pm
This blog is absolutely brilliant! Your explanation of the present American political climate Is spot on. During challenging times like these, when humanity seems to be spinning out of control, spewing hate and injustice everywhere, it is helpful to look at the big picture. You remind us to step out of our small selves and make positive choices that promote compassion and a sense of unity on our planet.
Kathy KriekApril 12, 2016at11:50 am
Once again you are so spot on with your very special blog – your ever challenging reads are like a traffic light – RED to stop your busyness and get in touch with your thoughts and true feelings; Orange to pause and make your true choices and finally Green – to go and do what you want to do because you choose your honest path. Thank you for being my ‘traffic light’ xx