Astrology is vast because it is our inter-relationship with Cosmos but it’s also very personal because it puts things into perspective. When we gaze out at a starry night and know that planets and stars being born millions of light years away, we realize we are tiny in comparison. The study of the cosmos keeps our egos in check! The more we study astrology, the more it keeps us sane and detached about all the crazy and wonderful things that happen. We are, after all, just specks of cosmic dust. But we’re important too because we’re also sparks of the Divine.
Spiritual Astrology, also known as Evolutionary or Karmic Astrology, is a branch of Western Astrology. It is different from conventional astrology in that it is not primarily preoccupied with you, the personality, but instead puts you – the higher you, the real you – front and center. It views your natal chart not in ego terms but in spiritual terms, and is concerned with the evolution of you, the soul, through the lifetimes.
Life is not just a series of haphazard events and then we die. It is a journey of the soul through evolution. Spiritual astrology provides us with a guidebook for our journey through the lifetimes, and it takes us forward into our future as well as back into our past.
Let us go on a journey together back before you were born. You are on the other realms awaiting rebirth. You are waiting for the exact moment for the planets to be aligned in a certain way for your karma to be worked out in this, your next life. Your higher self has seen that, although you did well in many ways, you still have lessons to learn. It is a fascinating time awaiting rebirth. Your higher self knows that, however idyllic or not your life is on the subtle realms you are now leaving; this physical plane is where the real learning takes place.
This is especially true now, as this time in our history is an extremely significant period for us and the world. The cosmic symphony of planetary energies is urging us to grow and to evolve now more than ever before. Why? Because the prophecies, predictions, and planets all indicate that we are in a time of great change.
This period of global change is the Age of Aquarius. The Astrological Ages represent changes of consciousness and each lasts about 2,150 years. There are many theories about the actual beginning of the Age of Aquarius because the cusp (meaning edge or beginning of a change) lasts for over one hundred years. However, this Aquarian Age has begun, and seeds of a collective consciousness shift associated with Aquarius are already emerging. We see revolution; revelation; a blending of science and spirituality; space exploration; and a slowly developing consciousness of Oneness.
Within these long cycles of the Ages, are the cycles of the planets, which also bring opportunities for evolution through their graceful cosmic dance. These cycles vary in length; the fastest, the Moon and the slowest, Pluto.
As 2014 begins, we’re in the middle of a powerful aspect, or relationship, between two of the three Outer Planets, Uranus and Pluto. Both of these planets signify change: Uranus – sudden, and unexpected; Pluto – deep and transformative. This particular aspect between these planets of change is called a square. This difficult square lasts from mid-2012 through March 2015, with seven exact hits throughout this period. This is bringing intense personal and global pressure for change. The more we resist this planetary energy, the more difficult we will find the process of transformation that is taking place at a very deep level.
The slow-moving Outer Planets influence an entire generation. Their power influences the way the world thinks through events that move us from our usual way of being and thinking. This can happen through natural disasters, such as earthquakes, and also through intense cultural and societal events. A similar Uranus-Pluto aspect took place in the 1960s when we witnessed extreme changes that shaped consciousness forward into the future. The changes we are witnessing now and through 2014 are a continuation of changes that began at this time.
Because of the signs of the zodiac in which Uranus and Pluto are now, i.e. Aries and Capricorn, respectively, there is a global feeling of the need for individual freedom on the one hand (Aries) clashing with the restrictions of government and authority (Capricorn) on the other. We have seen results of this already, and we can expect revolution to continue through 2014. No longer are people prepared to put up with things they have in the past just because they are told to do so.
Revolution is not, however, inevitable. Spiritual astrology shows us how to turn this dynamic force for change into positive, peaceful transformation in our lives and in the world. We learn to recognize these patterns; to handle these energies; and to use them to change crystallized patterns of thought and behavior that are holding us back.
As well as this powerful influence, the planet Saturn is now in Scorpio throughout 2014 until September 18, 2015. When Saturn was in the previous sign of Libra, we battled with relationships and learned the delicate art of compromise. Now, Saturn in Scorpio is leading us deeper into the often murky waters of our emotional depths. Scorpio, at its lowest is the scorpion, seeking revenge. At its highest, it is the Phoenix, which rises, transformed, from the ashes of its own destructive nature. Before we transform, however, we must plumb the depths and understand the darkness. Saturn in Scorpio will lead us towards our Divinity but the choices we make along the way of this demanding path are up to us.
So, during 2014, we will be faced with parts of ourselves that we may rather have remained hidden. Like Uranus and Pluto, Saturn in Scorpio is also intense, seeking change. Wherever Scorpio is in your natal chart is where you may lose something, only to gain something even better. We may experience fear of losing control or power, until we realize that our real power is our Divine Self. Spiritual astrology teaches that the sign of Scorpio is the sign of testing before self-mastery is gained. We must be prepared to let go of grudges, jealousies and power plays. To channel all this wasted energy and use it to heal. The highest Scorpio is the healer; intensely compassionate and dedicated to this alchemical art.
Also, Saturn in the Water sign of Scorpio is part of a powerful Grand Trine in Water, which also includes Jupiter in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces. This influence lasts until mid-2014 and indicates more flooding and issues with water contamination; water will gradually become the next oil as far as its value is concerned. This planetary aspect can also bring increased but temporary confidence in our economic and political systems with an upswing in the global economy.
Water also represents our emotions, feelings and psychic nature. This is a time to delve deeply within the mysterious confines of the magical powers within us.
There are many other planetary influences but overall we can expect a continuation of the frustrations of 2013 during the first half of 2014. Agreements may be hard to reach, with a feeling of taking one step forward and two steps back. We are being called to heal and to harmonize; until we put our spiritual life front and center, we will feel uneasy; at odds; like a juggler with too many balls in the air at once.
You may find yourself changing your mind about many important beliefs but this as it should be. You may still be holding on to outworn things from the past that are holding you back from embracing your future. This planetary holding pattern is reminding us that we are responsible for our thoughts, feelings and actions. It is not a time of blame; it is a time of reflection and re-evaluation. We are being urged by the cosmic influences to break free of old, destructive patterns and embrace a new, more fulfilling life for ourselves and our global family.
It takes courage to change. Realize that these things are happening because there is more for you; more fulfillment, more joy, more love. The planets are helping us to grow spiritually in 2014, more than any other year for many decades previously.
This is the time to deepen our realization of Oneness. It is time of revelation; to think outside the box and share ideas.
It is time to be compassionate, fearless, and strong. It is time to meditate, pray, heal and give service; to stoke up the fires of our inner nature. It is time to unlock our Divine potential, so that we can help create a future so beautiful, fulfilling and exciting, as to be beyond our wildest imagination.