March 25 - 31, 2015
© 2015 by Ralfee Finn
Hello to readers in Truro!
This week, next week, and for quite a distance into the future, you’re likely to define success and stability by how skillfully you work your way through a multitude of shadows. Don’t misunderstand—I’m not suggesting that the future is only dark and murky. But I am going to be honest about our current situation, which is clouded by a vast number of issues that will continue to insinuate themselves into our personal lives as well as into our collective experience until we find a way to transform and resolve those concerns through consciousness and creativity.
Shadows, from a psychological point of view, particularly a Jungian perspective, are powerful dimensions of the personal and collective unconscious. Shadows are aspects of our interior world that embody negative qualities we don’t want to recognize in ourselves, qualities we project onto others and then judge harshly. For example, anger, fear, cruelty, greed, neglect, thoughtlessness, and narcissism—all are qualities we deem intolerable in others but often fail to see in ourselves. The process—and it is ongoing—of creating wholeness or mental health includes encountering our shadows and allowing that experience to foster greater awareness and authenticity.
Bringing shadows into the light is not about permission to act out those negative qualities, but rather to see them as part of what it is to be human, and then to have that awareness foster an integration process that ultimately leads to wholeness. Shadow work is probably the hardest of all psychological endeavors and it requires courage, determination, endurance, and above all, the capacity to move beyond the ego and its pattern of separation and into a more inclusive view.
From a transformational perspective, this is the current challenge as well as the challenge of the next several years. It won’t be an easy process. Even the mightiest consciousness struggles to find itself in the senseless cruelty and violence of the terrorist. And yet that is the work: to grow beyond our current view of the world into a new way of understanding our day-to-day reality, a new reality based on our interconnectedness.
Most immediately, we’re in the shadows of two eclipses—the solar eclipse of March 20 and the upcoming lunar eclipse of April 4. Solar eclipses bring to light what otherwise might not be seen in the normal illumination of the Sun. Lunar eclipses refocus personal and collective attention back onto practical concerns. Look to see what was made apparent to you over the last several weeks and also pay attention to figuring out how to get back on track with that new information.
But the current eclipse shadows defy normal interpretation because they occur within yet another much more powerful shadow, the shadow of the final Uranus/Pluto square of March 16, the seventh in a cycle that began in spring 2012. When the powers of Uranus and Pluto combine, revolution with all its upset and upheaval is undeniable. The turmoil has been startling, shocking, and traumatizing for many, because what makes this shadow extremely powerful is the degree to which violence, despair, and disregard for life have been, and continue to be, acted out upon the world stage through the devastation of human lives, the environment, and the other inhabitants of the Earth. The shadows of bigotry, sexism, religious fundamentalism, as well as the shadows of callousness and greed, are all on display every minute of every day through every media technology possible. As my 95-year old mother commented when she finished watching the news last night: How can we still be living in a world where people care so little for each other?
The good news—and there is always good news—is that we already know what we need to work on. There’s no question that we need to find positive, creative solutions to these monumental issues. While that sounds like a daunting task, it can be done, and indeed, communities everywhere, communities composed of individuals consistently working to change the world one heart, one mind, and one situation at a time are making a difference.
And perhaps that is the most powerful potential of the Uranus/Pluto shadow—the notion that the individual, symbolized by Uranus, in Aries, the Sign of individuation, can clash with the status quo, represented by Pluto, in Capricorn, the Sign of authority, and ultimately emerge victorious. But only if the individual is willing to put aside the old violent forms of revolution as a viable means of change and instead employ tools that exclude the notion of causing harm to any sentient being.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Taurus April 20-May 20
Gemini May 21-June 21
Cancer June 22-July 22
Leo July 23-August 22
Virgo August 23-September 22
Libra September 23-October 22
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pisces February 19-March 20