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Now although small and fleeting, this weekend’s conjunction of Mercury, the planet of communication with Venus, the planet of love in fiery, creative Leo signifies a few days of healthy heartfelt emotions which can be expressed in word, song, dance and art.
With the Sun and the lunar waxing fortnight still emphasizing the Cancer theme of family, ancestral roots and perhaps early home life, one may be able to wax lyrical about the green green grass of home, always looking greener and more legal on the other side of the border fence. Thoughts of belonging, finding or remembering a place to called home – spiritually or materially – may inspire us to connect with family or tribe once more.
These themes remind me of my childhood school anthem…
“On the sunny shores of Africa, beneath the lion bold
where rollers raced and raged and roared as they’ve done from days of old.
There stands a school not old in years or famed in verse or song,
But in sport and pluck on Flanders fields it holds tradition strong…”
This is of course a school in Cape Town, the Mother City, and ironically it mentions our theme of verse and song, associated with this weekend’s Mercury Venus conjunction, as well as the bold Leo archetype, and also curiously the world wars of the twentieth century, fought in Flanders, Europe. Similarly we may all be inclined to remember our roots, our motherland, and its Songs of Innocence or Experience (like artist and poet William Blake). But home is where the heart is, as they say, and this is just the time to look within our hearts to find our true sense of belonging.
And it is within the core of the heart, according to the ancient Vedanta texts, that we find our true self, the “Atma” along with the Supersoul or “Paramatma”. Soul and Supersoul, Self and Higher Self are to be found deep within. That is the true foundation or root or ground of being for us all. That is our true ancestral root, place of belonging and source of love and bliss hinted at by romantic poets, Sufis and Bhaktas. We may yearn to find a material land or nation to shelter us, we may even be under the influence of ancestral DNA coursing through our veins, calling us or compelling us toward some geographical homeland, some place of shelter in the material storm, now that the war clouds appear on the horizon. Flanders fields are still soaked red with the blood of soldiers slain protecting the homeland, and as we speak those same fields of Europe are being soaked by the blood of innocents in the new version of an old war being fought amongst those who are unable to find their roots, find any shelter or place to call home, who have forgotten that they already carry within themselves their original home, a land not of this earth, a church not made with stone.
Are we not all refugees from our original home? Strangers in a strange land? Indeed, ultimately we are all (as poet and singer David Bowie described) “the man who fell to earth”. In Bhagavad Gita chapter 15:1 it says “There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down and whose leaves are the Vedic hymns.” At the end of the day, at the time of death, the time of endings (like origins, roots and foundation, also associated with the Cancer theme and fourth house of the horoscope) we are spirit, not of this world, and it is in the spiritual world that we find our eternal home, roots and belonging. “Aham brahmasmi” meaning “I am spirit” is a foundational Vedic aphorism, the ABC of consciousness and the real root of the matter when it comes to belonging, home and origins. Therefore one who has looked within, who has searched the heart, who has realized her true identity, who is self-realized, is at home anywhere. Even if the material world and body hangs heavy like a sodden coat, dragging us down in fear for our very survival, finds us scrambling for shelter or a crust of bread to keep body and soul together, ultimately the only separation from home and belonging is in the mind. We are already there, have always been and always will be. Also simultaneously no place in the material world is able to protect one from the misconceptions of the mind and senses, the misidentification with matter.
Of course not all are that self-realized, and many are sorely suffering the slings and arrows of fate or karma or destiny as it unfolds in this sometimes harsh and apparently dangerous material world. And we can never undermine or devalue their experience of the real or their struggle for shelter from those less merciful to their fellow earthlings. And it is in the poetry and verse of the Vedas and other ancient writings that we can find solace, be reminded of a higher love and an eternal sense of belonging at times like these. Give a man his daily bread and you feed him for a day; but give him the words of the eternal and you sustain him forever and wherever.
I intended this article to be on the Mercury Venus conjunction in heartfelt Leo this weekend and the opportunities for reconciliation, words of love to woo the beloved or fine art and song (and all of those are certainly available) but somehow that seemed secondary to the real issues, of getting to the root of the matter, of true love and true belonging, shelter and protection for the true self. Obviously the whole package is important, for we are currently both body and spirit, and a balance of heaven and earth can be found within the heart and hearth of one and all, if one cares to look within. Otherwise look to the poetry of the Vedas, described even by that great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as a literature in which he daily bathed his intellect.
Hillary Clinton’s email scandal being defended by the FBI is a third bombshell – after the damning Chilcot Report and feeble Oscar Pistorius sentence – that has exploded over the past 48 hours of the current Mercury combust in opposition to Pluto now.
Sun conjunct or combust Mercury is visible in the drama of this upcoming leader of the nation (symbolised by the Sun) and her communication issues (symbolised by Mercury the winged messenger) all opposed by the head of the FBI – a perfect manifestation of Pluto, lord of the Underworld, the secret world, the secret service, who seems to be hiding something. 48 hours after FBI director James Comey found Hillary Clinton to be innocent of compromising national communication security, the government of USA in Capitol Hill holds a hearing asking the FBI director how he came to these “mystifying” conclusions. This scandal could shake the election and the future of USA, and certainly faith in the government of USA.
At the hearing set up to scrutinise Director James Comey, he swears under oath to the committee. The mishandling of classified info is being questioned. “Mens Rea” is the legal Latin term for “what were you thinking at the time”. Also known as “Motive”. He says “great carelessness” was involved, but not knowingly breaking the law by Clinton when setting up her private email server in her basement at her home, a known unauthorised location that could bypass normal security checks. So her motive, he reckons, was innocent although the action was foolish. General Patraeus did something similar in recent US history and he got time in jail, so one wonders who is protecting Hillary on her march to being president of USA? This woman, herself an attorney and thus held to a higher account, has compromised the security of the country and she is being lined up to lead the nation. Who really controls this situation I wonder, who holds the power, when the measure of the law is so easily shifted, when the head of the FBI himself can protect her when many other members of parliament see her actions to be clearly and obviously foolish, illegal and outright criminal? She or her team even ended up keeping and deliberately deleting some specific security emails that she sent so that nobody would even know what they really said. All these acts are probably going on all the time in the shadow government, but this prospective president got caught openly doing it, as if knowingly beyond reproach. It leads one to conclude that the elite are playing by different rules and thus shatters the confidence in truth, liberty and the pursuit of justice. They have been found out to be behaving like Mafia, another Pluto archetype. Nixon fell when Pluto transited his 10th house of public image, and rightly so, but here Hillary is walking free from what should be her Watergate moment. Some dark lord seems to be pulling the strings from behind the scenes.
The Sun conjunct Mercury, also known as Mercury combust, both closely aligned now in opposition to Pluto, has brought into the psyche of the world the unmasking, the exposing of the shadow world going on amongst the political giants of UK and USA. Hidden in the shadow Plutonian realm all this time, the momentary alignment of Mercury and Sun has coincided with the exposing or shedding light onto the activities enacted in the shadow state. The message is out for the world to hear. It’s the battle of light versus dark, Sun in opposition to Pluto.
In our own personal lives we can also examine our hearts, weigh them against a feather and check our moral temperature. Is the shadow someone or something out there in the form of the other, or can we be introspective and see the shadow within ourselves too? When unconscious contents wants to come to the surface it is usually Mercury in the guise of the analyst, shaman, messenger, or our own conscience, who is able to travel to the realms of the underworld, the realms of Pluto, the personal or collective unconscious, and bring back to the solar light of conscious awareness, that hidden psychic contents, that mystery, treasure or potential power/chi force/shakti that empowers us or heals us due to being made evident. By acknowledging our lower nature as opposed to trying to suppress it, we rather consciously integrate it, preventing it from exploding out in an unhealthy way. Purity is the force, and truthfulness is the last leg of Dharma or righteousness in this Kali Yuga, this Iron Age of quarrel and hypocrisy. When purity is combined with truthfulness, we become empowered by a healthy conscience and ease of access to psychic contents, because we are not losing energy trying to suppress or hide the truth, from others or ourselves.
Nobody is perfect, and wholeness includes integrating the light and shadow sides of our consciousness, as described by Jung and others along the Way. Fortunately we are not about to run a country, but if we were, we should be beyond reproach, not tarnished by corruption and deceit before even entering office, like South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. If Clinton wins and becomes president in November 2016, the world is destined to have three women running the biggest countries globally, namely USA, UK and Germany, for it has officially just been decided that the next leader of the UK Conservative party is going to be a woman. Remember Thatcher and weep. Sisters are doing it for themselves, it seems. Let’s just pray that they are doing it for the benefit of their nations too.
As Mercury crosses over the Sun now (occurring six times a year) it is considered combust, a term used for a planet that conjuncts the Sun. Simultaneously this Sun-Mercury combination is one degree away from a direct opposition to Pluto, marking a time now that sees the truth come out and the “combustion” it caused has ignited the world in flames of outrage at tyrants exposed once more. I’m talking about the two bombshells dropped at this alignment, namely the release of the Chilcot Report and the Oscar Pistorius judgement and sentencing.
The Chilcot report has taken seven years to be released and in two million words UK has been systematically unmasked for the moral failure of invading Iraq all those years ago in 2002/3, just after 9/11. Of course it is obvious that they were compelled into this moral failure by USA – the real villains in this tragedy. When Blair wrote to Bush “I am with you come whatever” it becomes obvious that a weak UK was the lapdog of USA in following them into an evil act resulting in the death of between 100 000 and 1 000 000 innocent civilians, depending on who you hear from.
Sun opposition Pluto is associated with a compulsive power drive, accompanied by defiance and an aura of forcefulness. It suggests a mood that is so defensive and assertive at the slightest perceived threat, that others are repulsed by the abuse of that power. It also suggests a time when a major psychological realignment can occur, which can – if handled well – help one to dispel the perception of imagined danger and bring about a more evolved degree of tolerance. When combined with Mercury also opposite Pluto, it reveals a time of damning or harsh speech, confrontation and challenge, bringing about emotionally charged reactions to credibility being questioned. Nowhere was this more evident than in the shocking and shameful revelation of UK’s (and USA’s) criminal invasion of Iraq and subsequent murder of a million innocents, along with the entire devastation of a country that is to this day a hell on earth, now actually worse off that it was under the supposed bogeyman Saddam. It was also perfectly seen in the emotional confession of the culprit Tony Blair (Prime Minister of UK who gave the consent to invade Iraq) as this alignment occurred.
Of course the words “criminal” and “murder” were not directly used in the typically reserved, understated and polite Chilcot Report, but I and others, also inflamed by the outrageously immoral and violent behaviour, also aroused by the Sun/Mercury combust opposition Pluto, are using these words because we are disgusted and repulsed by the acts of horror that occurred during and subsequent to the Iraq invasion and destruction. The governments of UK and USA are to blame more than the citizens, for although voting to invade Iraq, many UK citizens also opposed the invasion and voted thus, like the Scottish and others. USA citizens certainly had no choice but to go to war when their murderous president dictated so. Indeed Saddam, the head of Iraq at that time, was himself a tyrant, killing and oppressing his people, particularly the Kurds, a people deprived of their own state by the ignorant and selfish drawing of borders in the Middle east by UK and other colonisers back in the day. But he was captured and killed within the first year of the invasion, which went on for years thereafter, resulting in unnecessary innocent deaths. Therefore, based on the lie of WMD, USA and UK governments can rightly be seen as perfect examples of power hungry tyrants on par with Saddam himself, tyrants and murderers that need to be held accountable.
In true Sun opposition Pluto style, they saw their shadow out there in the form of Saddam, they perceived in their shadow projection a global enemy with WMD, which was basically their own projection of their own villainous darkness. In typical overly defensive style they used excess force and thus destroyed an ancient land with great heritage, destroyed countless priceless archaeological artefacts, almost all of which are today gone, either smashed, looted or lost to the world for ever. If the US/UK invasion didn’t destroy them then the subsequent ISIS intolerance did. The bitter irony is that the wreck of Iraq that today lies under siege of ISIS is directly because of the US/UK invasion. The west is to blame for ISIS. That is how low we have stooped in our ignorance and greed and cowboy “might is right” mentality. Therefore I call UK and USA governments criminal and murderous to their face. Blair himself had to admit it under this Chilcot revelation, and we shall see if he suffers further consequences, despite having apologised while saying it was the right thing to do at the time. Meanwhile USA, the real villain, as I said earlier, says nothing.
Fortunately this current Sun/Mercury opposition to Pluto is also a time of potential psychological healing, where one can bring to the conscious “sun” light of day the shadow elements of the unconscious, symbolised by Pluto, mythic god of the Underworld. By admitting to their wrongdoings, UK and USA governments can rectify their power hungry, oil-grabbing ways, can own once again their projected shadow and admit that they were wrong in using pre-emptive strike on a country that had no ability to harm them whatsoever. Then they can make recompense to Iraq, go their ways and sin no more. Oh, wait a minute, they are still at it in Syria, they are still seeing their shadow in the shape of Russia, where Putin in the bogeyman of the day to them. Well enough people have seen through the projection and are busy revealing the illusion in the Empires new clones.
As for the sentencing of Plutonian Oscar Pistorius to six years in jail for murder, when others get double that for assault, well in South Africa “white is right” and money and privilege still overrule justice, so we have a long way to go here too, until we can give up seeing our shadow in every black man and realise that we all have a shadow, unconscious or Plutonian dark side, which when illuminated by the Sun-like consciousness can be seen to what it really is – our friend, source of power and greatest ally.
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