Whether we like it or not our human lives are governed by natural rhythms beyond our control. Now we’re shifting seasons again as we let go of summer (such as it’s been!) and move towards the cooler colourful days and darker nights of autumn. Although it seems a long way off, before we know it, it will be summer again. As the seasons shift so do our responses. Soon we’ll be naturally taking action to support ourselves through the colder dark times.
Beyond the earth cycle of seasons lie larger cycles of the universe. When we think about it we might realise that our human bodies are made from star stuff and earth matter. We have the same chemical constituents. And just as we respond to the seasons of the earth cycle, we are also dependent on and respond to the universal cycles. We may know this as women through the monthly rhythm of the Moon that governs our female cycles. Science is beginning to understand now how the Sun spot activity affects electrical signals on earth, in our brains and bodies. We are beginning to realise just how connected to the universe we are. Who doesn’t feel a thrill at seeing the Full Moon lighting up the night sky!
Astrology is an ancient esoteric science that has pointed us towards this knowledge of universal energy for 5000 years. Modern astrology is not a predictive art like the very general picture you see in the newspapers but a profound understanding of the energy and rhythms of the universe pertaining to human life. We can witness these cycles on a vast scale and an individual one. For instance as we move through the astrological year from the Sun’s entry into the zodiac sign of Aries at the Spring Equinox, the New and Full Moons meander through each sign in turn, reflecting the complete cycle of growth of a solar year. Each lunar month has a particular ‘flavour’ according to the astrological patterns. There is a rhythm and flow to this cycle, as there is to every planetary cycle within the universe. Each planet has a different electro-magnetic field and if you see this as representing a particular aspect of universal consciousness, you’ll get the picture. The Moon represents our emotional tides, our moods; Mars stands for our will and drive; Jupiter, our capacity to learn and grow, and so on. Each planet vibrates a particular kind of energy that on subtle levels we’re attuned to and also responding to, whether we know it or not.
Astrology provides us with a constantly changing map of energy arriving on Earth from the Universe. That map can be a snapshot of a moment in time – where each planet is at the moment an individual is born, or an over-view of a period of time. A birth-chart is an individual’s map of potential. The diverse combination of energies in this unique map reveals positive qualities and gifts, challenges and opportunities, where they play out in life and the timing of change. Understanding the map facilitates a conscious response to life, to current energy flow, much as a sat nav allows us navigate more easily when driving. We still have choice about where we’re going and when, but in understanding the current themes, challenges and potentials operating in our lives, we can make our journey a more conscious experience, learning and growing as we go. Developing an understanding of this rhythmic universe, opens the door to a bigger picture of our lives, way beyond our everyday concerns and chaos. Consciously connecting to this bigger picture is key if we are to live our full potential with presence, passion and grace. Isn’t that a gift you’d like to give yourself?
The universal flow this autumn:
6th September: Venus stations direct in Leo – our summer of love learning about self-love, relationships and abundance begins to bear fruit
13th September: Solar Eclipse in Virgo – seeding dreams for the future
17th September: Jupiter opposes Neptune, Saturn moves into Sagittarius – grounding our most profound inspirations.
18th September: Mercury retrograde in Libra – a relationship vision quest
28th September: Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries – bridges burning