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By Himat Kaur
Evolving with Libra
The primary Sun sign in October is Libra, whose goal is to be absolutely balanced, centered and at peace, regardless of what is happening around oneself. This requires a sensitivity to the environment and an attunement to other people in our lives—an awareness of them that has grown out of the ability to see beyond our own ego needs and focuses.
Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon in Libra
On the evening of October 18th, we have a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse at 25 degrees of Aries. Eclipse themes often carry through the following six month period until the next eclipse of that type. Aries calls for a healthy relationship to making sure our own needs are met, as appropriate. Meanwhile, Libra asks us: Can you surrender some of your selfishness, your rigidity, your “musts,” in order to make space for other people in your daily life?
Said simply: When we navigate things maturely, the healthy humility of Virgo paves the way for the gracefulness of Libra. This does not mean we move to Libra’s shadow side, playing Pollyanna and avoiding conflict. It requires a certain strength of ego to dive into interaction with other strong, functional egos, and to be neither domineering nor a doormat. In pop psychology, we hear the phrase “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” Mars is the natural ruler of Aries, and Venus the ruler of Libra. Therein lies the dynamic tension of this Aries/Libra Full Moon/Lunar eclipse. As we evolve, every human’s Venus and Mars must be brought into balance. As we move into the Age of Aquarius, each human being is called to be true to himself, while doing his utmost to ensure his actions reflect accountability to others around him. Anything less reinforces the insanity of the Piscean Age, with its shell games, projections and illusions designed to keep people in their “proper places.” The time will come when that approach will simply no longer stand.
Guru Nanak said, “There is no Hindu. There is no Muslim.” In other words, all humans are children of one God, period. Similarly, Sikhs throughout history have talked of breaking free from the limits and stigmas of the caste system with its class distinctions. Around the globe and in every culture, many still cling to Piscean Age pride, superiority and heirarchies, trying to hold people in their “place” (down). In this we see the sick, shadow side of Mars/Aries trying to push others into a weak, shadow-Libra stance that seeks to keep peace by buckling or being submissive.
Whichever shadow (Aries’ or Libra’s) tends to come out more in your own patterns—conscious or unconscious—the eclipse energy this month asks for your conscious attempt to grow beyond the Piscean hierarchical mind, whether you see yourself as “above” or “below.” Using the self-sensitivity we are honing with Jupiter in Cancer this year, can you discern which way you automatically lean and try more of the opposite?
36th Pauri of JapJi
Every zodiac sign has a range of expressions, from a very low-consciousness vibration to one that reflects a very high, God-like consciousness. The 36th Pauri of the Sikh prayer called Japji, resonates with Libran consciousness raised to a God-level vibration. This beautiful translation of the 36th Pauri is by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa:
In the Realm of Wisdom,
Wisdom is found.
Creates the plays
In the Realm of Effort,
The Divine Word
What is crafted there
Of Incomparable Beauty.
It is impossible
Of these matters.
Tries to speak,
He’ll only feel mournful
That he couldn’t
What is crafted there
Are persons of
Purity, clarity and grace.
Attuned to the Divine
That know the difference
Between Truth and falsehood,
Persons of genuine understanding
What is crafted there
Are the psyches
Of angels and masters. 1
“There, beyond sound, the subtle vibratory frequency of creation creates the plays and the dramas.” Far beyond our conscious control, experiences are churned that trigger our ego responses to situations and to one another. These experiences trigger fear, weakness and submission in some, while triggering the fight, defensiveness and controlling behavior in others. And the drama plays on.
“What is crafted there are persons of purity, clarity and grace. Attuned to the Divine with minds that know the difference between Truth and falsehood, persons of genuine understanding and wisdom. What is crafted there are the psyches of angles and masters.” This speaks directly to the ultimate goal of Libra—to hold oneself in the strength of poise, peace and equanimity no matter what is happening. As we face the challenges of everyday life, we evolve to actively seek the peace of that Divine perspective. That alignment does not happen in the blink of any eye or a snap of the fingers. But slowly, we begin to develop the psyches of the angels. We do the work needed to become masters in time. We chip away from ourselves the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that do not reflect those angels and masters in the realm of Effort, Saram Khand.
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio
The third and final Mercury retrograde period of 2013 begins October 21st, with Mercury turning retrograde at 18 degrees Scorpio. (Mercury will resume direct motion November 10th.) Scorpio’s energy provokes an experience of surrendering to that which is “other” on some level. We are not necessarily talking about spirituality and God with Scorpio, but experiences point beyond our small lives, knocking down our self-protective walls. With Scorpio, we are confronted with the questions (some of them uncomfortable and haunting) that shatter our comfort zones.
In this year of increasing our self-sensitivity with Jupiter in Cancer, and this Mercury retrograde period, I invite you to turn your self-sensitivity to questions like these:
- Who is the self that remains when you have surrendered your will and your ego in relationship with another person?
- Who is the self that remains when this mortal life is finished? How much is our awareness of that self integrated into our thought patterns, emotional patterns and behavior?
- What does it mean to be vulnerable to something beyond your small self-identity? Does that vulnerability require strength? If it does, how do you both embrace that strength and also tear down your own walls to allow really knowing another and being known?
- What are the defenses you use to protect yourself when you feel afraid of something outside of/beyond your small self? What would happen if you purposefully did the opposite of normal behavior, and attempted to act counter to a normal defense mechanism?
Uranus-Pluto Square Nov 1st, 2013
On November 1st, we will have the fourth of seven Uranus-Pluto squares occurring between June 2012 and March 2015. I’ve already written a lot about these squares; please see my articles on the topic for more understanding and suggestions on navigating them (Aug 2012, April 2013, May 2013). In short, these squares stimulate needed transformation for us, according to what’s happening in our biography and stimulated in our natal charts. In some area of our lives we need healing and deep transformation (Pluto’s location), which will directly or indirectly free us in another area where we are “stuck” in some way that is no longer appropriate for the soul (Uranus’ location). The question is whether we will willingly make changes in those areas, rather than waiting for the “divine two-by-four” to break things down where we need a break-through.
Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio stimulates the self-awareness that amplifies the changes Pluto in Capricorn calls for. If we consciously listen and “tune in” with self-sensitivity during this Mercury Retrograde period, we can do a lot to exorcise some of the deep subconscious patterns that get in our way.
The Lunar Eclipse in Aries/Libra amplifies the Uranus-Pluto square, where Uranus in Aries wants to break free from any and all limitations, to charge forth on an independent, self-directed path. These lessons and themes may be churned this month, with most of us swinging more easily to one side of the pendulum than the other. This month, we might facilitate greater growth for ourselves by noticing our personal patterns in relationships, and consciously choosing to approach things in a very different way. Give it some thought and give it a try!
What You Can Do
Here are several yogic suggestions to consider for this month:
- Meditation for the Arcline and to Clear Karmas 2
- Ego Eradicator Kriya 3 (The Aquarian Teacher)
- Meditation for Interdependence 4 (Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance). “The person who is most slave-like is the one who is trying to prove he is independent—because life is totally interdependent.”
- Eleven repetitions of the 36th Pauri daily (This Pauri brings divine realization. It grants complete understanding of the heavens and the earth. 5):
Gi-aan Khand Meh Gi-aan Parchand
Tit’hai Naad Binod Kod Anand
Saram Khand Kee Baanee Roop
Tit’hai Ghaarat Gharee-ai Bahut Anoop
Taa Kee-aa Galaa Kat’hee-aa Naa Jaa-eh
Jay Ko Kehai Pichhai Pachhutaa-i
Tit’hai Gharee-ai Surat Mat Man Budh
Tit’hai Gharee-ai Suraa Sidhaa Kee Sudh
I wish you a great, breakthrough month!
1 Japji Sahib: The Song of the Soul by Guru Nanak, Translated by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. Espanola, NM, 2005.
2 Kundalini Research Institute, The Master’s Touch. Espanola, NM: 1997.
3 Kundalini Research Institute, The Aquarian Teacher. Espanola, NM: 2003.
4 Kundalini Research Institute. Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance. Santa Cruz, NM: 2011.
5 Sundar Gutka, Singh Sahib Sant Singh Khalsa. Tucson, AZ.
© Himat Kaur Khalsa, EvolveWithAstrology.com
Himat Kaur Khalsa has a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion, and is an evolutionary astrologer and Certified Professional Coach. She offers private astrological consultations as well as life coaching, and can be reached at (813) 444-6285
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