"Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear". So close, that they are reflecting what is inside of us..even what we fail to see or know about ourselves. This is shadow work and there is no shortage of this work for us at this time. Pluto in Capricorn is square to Uranus in Aries and square to Lilith in Libra. We have been dealing with this square for a while now so it is not new energy. This energy is bringing big change, endings and perhaps dissolution of everything that we held as solid and supportive in hopes that it would never change. We created a straw house and although it felt warm and inviting and kept us dry, Uranus just took a tornado through it and moments following perhaps life doesn't look the same. Maybe these moments have been cumulative over the last year but none the less, you may find yourself standing today in a place you don't recognize looking at the choices of where next to go all the while sensing you are not in Kansas anymore. Perhaps we have been choosing the "safe" route for too long and even though it felt a little stuck and compressive, we had grown accustomed to it. Uranus didn't ask us if we wanted to change. Change happened..sudden, unexpected, and not in our timing. Change urging us to get real with ourselves, our desires, the Truth. "Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you" -David Whyte. After all, this is the year of Jupiter in Virgo, the year of purification, the year of spring cleaning your life, healing, and simplification of what is necessary from what is in excess or wasteful. Right now Jupiter is opposite Chiron in Pisces. This energy is in a loose square to Saturn in Sagittarius. Blah, blah, blah...What does this all mean?
I will return to Lilith. Our dark/shadow side, the raw truth about who we are. Not who we are dressed up for work and projecting out what we want others to see and like about us. Oh no, Lilith is about exposing what we would never want to share about ourselves at the cocktail party, what will never show up on Instagram or Facebook for others to see. No, what Lilith likes to show us is what we hide from with all defenses up! She is about showing us that our light can only be as powerful as we are able to see and accept what we might call our "dark". She is about wholeness and accepting the totality of who we are. As she travels through Libra we get to start glancing at the mirror to see some of this shadow in the eyes of our relationships. This is supported by Mars in Scorpio urging us to the underworld to reckon with forces beyond our control in attempts to clean out our closets of fear and our games of power. All of this is aiming at the same bullseye, the truth of what we are hiding, be it emotions or repressed sides of our personality. So every time, someone says something "ridiculous" that cuts deep..think shadow. Every time you are not acknowledged for something you feel you should have, think shadow. Every time "that" person fails to meet your needs, think shadow. Basically, every time something or someone in your life causes you to feel anything less than amazing (I call this being triggered) then you are seeing your shadow peeking though the mirror, asking for you to pause and accept yourself. Asking you to feel. Asking you to see a need, a desire, a unmet expectation that you have placed on another maybe unconsciously. Asking you to be real with what is and how you truly feel about it. This is the work of Chiron in Pisces." Feel to heal", see beyond the self deception that others and life is against you. That you are alone. That you need to hide who you are and be X, Y or Z to be loved and accepted. Chiron teaches us to let go. Not to fight against what is present but to go towards it and let it break us open. Don't harden up and board up the doors to your heart, let the pain set you free to love and accept the love that is available in the emptiness when we fully surrender to the higher powers of nature. The forces beyond our control. So, in summary. This is not an easy time. People are triggering us. Circumstances are changing. Who we are is being redefined and clarified for us. These are beautiful and wonderful things. These are not easy paths to traverse though. We have options. Resist what is? Futile. Will only cause tension and more stress and anxiety. Go with the flow? Open our eyes to the mirrors of the hidden. Feel what we have been holding down. Accept who and what comes. Easy? No. But, if we can, we will be set free. Worth it. I think so!
Other noteworthy events this week..
Venus goes into Aquarius on Tuesday. Welcome an epiphany or two in the field of relationships..what needs to break out..what has been shifted or changed for us? What is the Truth behind it all?
The Sun moves into Pisces Thursday night. I will write more about this next week. Pisces brings us into the vastness of our dreams and the clouds of our illusions. We can be mystics and channels of infinite potential or martyrs and escapists to feeling the depths of life and the separation of being an infinite spiritual being in a temporary human body.
The Moon this week: Monday-Tuesday: Gemini: air, communicate/learn, Wed-Fri: Cancer: water, self care, Saturday-Sunday: Leo: fire, create/self-expression)
The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.