Category Archives: General Musing

Merry Christmas

Christmas lights in Leavenworth, Washington. © Pat Paquette, 2013.

Christmas lights in Leavenworth, Washington. © Pat Paquette, 2013.

Merry Christmas!

As you know from my forecast on Sunday, Mars opposes Uranus today (Wednesday). The Moon, representing home and family, amplifies the noise when she opposes Uranus and conjoins Mars later in the day. It’s a jungle out there, let me tell you. Since last Friday, I’ve been hearing about general craziness, and while some of it is typical last-minute running around before Christmas Day, we’ve got a difficult planetary alignment that will continue into the new year. Some of you will have more challenges than others, but we’ll all feel it one way or another, if only through those around us who are having a rough go of it.

It’s too bad that Christmas causes so much anxiety for so many people. Try to be extra patient, help out where you can, and resist being judgmental. One never knows what another might be struggling with inside, even though they may not show it on the outside. Yesterday I had a line of traffic behind me while trying to make a left turn into the supermarket, and I was stuck because a handicapped senior was hobbling across the entrance to the parking lot. After he safely crossed, oncoming traffic was so backed up I still couldn’t turn, until one driver stopped and waved for me to pass in front of him. It was a nice reminder that people can be kind, even when everyone is stressed out and in a hurry. Small gestures can and do make a difference.

Wishing you all a happy holiday,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2013.

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The Sun and the Inner Journey of Leo, Part I

Sekhmet, original artwork by Seattle artist Karen MacKenzie. See end of article for more info.

Leo Season is upon us once again, bringing with it an opportunity to reflect upon our own uniqueness, individuality, and purpose.

The noble sign of Leo is associated with warmth, creativity, play, children, the heart, role-play, acting and royalty. It is Leo which governs the roles we play in society, throughout our lives. It is in Leo that we walk the path of self-realization, which begins with the development of the ego. In order to fulfill divine purpose, we need a well-defined ego. The challenge is to cultivate a mature ego that recognizes the distinction between individuality and separation.

Continuing our Soul’s journey through the 12 zodiac signs, after Cancer brings the diffuse divine light into form, the light in Leo individuates. Leo’s deeper spiritual purpose is to express divine will through realization of self as an individual. In Leo we individuate, but we can never separate from the rest of humanity, for that isn’t possible. Each of us is an individual ray of light that, just like the rays of the Sun, is never separate from the light of the divine.

In understanding the planetary rulership of Leo, it is important to consider the fullness of our own being. To really comprehend the role of the Sun in relation to human evolution, we need to begin experiencing ourselves as far greater than just our physical form. In the process of the evolution of consciousness, we are really expanding our perception so that we become aware of that which already is.

There are no levels of Reality;
only levels of experience for the individual.

~Ramana Maharshi

Esoterically Leo is said to have “only” one planetary ruler at personality, soul, and hierarchical level, and that is the Sun. In order to understand this we have to think way beyond the astronomical model of the Sun as a piece of molten rock that is burning away in space, and begin to think of the Sun as ancient people’s once did: as a conscious divine intelligence, a living being that has a triple aspect, the Solar Logos.

This triple aspect of the Sun has custodianship over three specific areas of our spiritual development: the physical Sun (the corona which we can see) creates and sustains the conditions for the development of our outer worldly life as experienced through our ego-personality. The heart of the Sun creates and sustains the conditions for the development of our heart and Soul, and the core of the Sun (which is at one with the central spiritual sun) creates and sustains the conditions for our development at hierarchical level. All three are one. Understanding how the Sun is one and yet plays three individual roles is key to understanding how humanity is one and yet we play our individual roles.

The Sun epitomizes the idea of planetary rulership as custodianship or space-holding, providing the perfect conditions for evolutionary processes to unfold, in stages, with precise Divine timing. The Sun is the centre of our planetary system. We live within a Solar system, named from the Latin word “Sol” meaning Sun. The Sun provides a constant emanation of vital life force, which permeates and sustains this system. Leo is a fixed sign and here we see an example of the purpose of fixed energy for stabilization: in this case creating a stable environment for sustaining Life, through constancy and continuity.

It is the Sun that is a great living consciousness,
a great pulsating solar heart.
– Errol Weiner, Transpersonal Astrology

The Sun is more than just a symbol for humanity; he also is the epitome of “as above, so below.” Understanding that there is a spiritual core, which emanates through the heart, and then radiates through the outer corona, or personality, is a truer understanding of our own nature as human beings. We are, each of us, energetically like a Sun in miniature and if we only focus on our corona (personality) we will miss the true depth and nature of our being. To find the truth of our own being we also need to go within, passing through the heart center, to discover our spiritual core. The Sun is not only a symbol of our Self-realization, but he is our guide.

The Sun invites us to go within for deeper understanding. We cannot understand the deeper spiritual mysteries of the Sun by looking at him. Indeed looking directly at the Sun would be harmful. It’s as though He is saying to us “go back, that is not the way”.

In Part II, we’ll explore the Sun’s role in our path toward self-realization.

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Ruth Hadikin, Soul Astrologer

Ruth Hadikin – Soul Astrologer

To get your personal Soul Sign/Life Purpose Report (FREE with a consultation), contact Ruth via her website. You can also request a FREE mp3 download, “The Energetics of Soul Astrology.”

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Karen MacKenzie has been working on a series of astrology inspired paintings using goddesses from different cultures. For more information about the symbolism in this print and to view other works in her ongoing series, check out her website, Karen MacKenzie Art (her prints are very affordable).

Full Moon and Strawberries

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We’re past the Capricorn Full Moon now, and many of you will be settling up old business and ready to move on. The next few days could be tough, but I’m holding out for closure and a lighter load.

Part of my new direction is getting involved in Vashon Intuitive Arts, our new metaphysical center. I’ll be doing readings there this weekend for the Strawberry Festival, our annual fête du village in honor of times past when the island was the place to go strawberry picking in the Seattle area.

Now, I know that not many of you live in the Puget Sound region. RealAstrologers has readers in 133 countries on six continents, and only a few are local. Nevertheless, I wanted to let you all know that I am available for walk-ins this weekend. If you have friends in Seattle who are contemplating a reading, send them on over for a day of strawberry shortcake, art, jewelry, green resources and other info, and a fun parade on Saturday featuring our famous shopping cart drill team and platoon of standard poodles (don’t ask, I just live here).

The Moon is in Aquarius this weekend, making it a great couple of days for fun community activities. No matter where you are, I hope you have time to get out and get involved. We’ve all been through so much stress and heartache lately that we need it.

Diving headfirst into strawberries and whipped cream doesn’t sound too bad, either.

Exclusive New Reports from Real Astrologers

I have a very exciting announcement to make – and no, I’m not disregarding my own advice not to start new projects at an eclipse! I’ve been working furiously behind the scenes on this project for the past month.

When RealAstrologers was launched in 2008, I offered reports written entirely from scratch, without the aid of report-writing software. I am no longer able to do this, due to growing demand and the amount of time it takes to research and write one report. I had two choices – either to double my fees, making my service accessible to only an elite few, or to find a way to reduce the time I spend on basic research and writing.

After searching for months for reports that are accurate and well-written, I found a software program that allows me to pick and choose from a menu of reports. Before offering them on RealAstrologers, I tested with friends and a few long-time clients for accuracy and readability. A few of the reports I was considering didn’t pass this test, and so you won’t find them here.

Although my new reports are based on computer-generated interpretations, nothing like them is available anywhere else. That’s because I have incorporated the pre-written texts into a report that includes a brief analysis of my own noting the unique features of your chart and how they fit together as a whole. This is simply not possible in a computerized report, and it’s my way of continuing to provide the kind of personal attention that my clients seek. In addition, all of my reports come with a color chart wheel.

I’ll be updating the site throughout the day. Meanwhile, check out my new report page and beautiful ArtWheels!

Happy Eclipse!

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Gemini-Sagittarius: The Sacred Marriage of Love and Wisdom, Part I

Today’s post by Ruth looks at the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius – very timely, with upcoming eclipses in this sign pair. ~Pat

Gemini, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, c. 1410. Although the "twins" in Gemini are named for two brothers in classical mythology, they often are depicted as twin flames, male and female.

“In the beginning was the Word …”

Gemini rules the breath, speech, languages, writing, communication, networks, and communion on all levels. Hidden within Gemini are the deepest mysteries of creation and destruction. The energy of Gemini both creates and dissolves polarities, in the Universal dance of Creation which was known to the Ancient Rishis of India as the “breathing in and out of Brahma.”

Welcome to one of the most complex and contradictory signs of the Zodiac.

Six core energies are symbolised by the Zodiac. However, because the human mind (ruled by Gemini) has a tendency to “polarise” (divide and separate into opposites), we experience these energies as 12 separate Zodiac signs, and thus we have the polarities. In the future, when human consciousness is evolved, it is said that the 12 signs will merge into six, and we will experience them as one energy pole – for example, Gemini-Sagittarius.*

Gemini has a vital role to play in the process of resolving these polarities in human consciousness. One mystery of Gemini – and there are many – is the resolution of polarities into Divine Union. Because of this unique function, Gemini is the only sign that has an esoteric connection with all the other signs of the Zodiac. Just like spinning an enormous web (or story), it is through Gemini that all will be woven together at the end.

Whatever sign you are, your Gemini friend will be able to relate with you on some level. Gemini has the ability to visit every sign in order to experience and understand the energies involved. Ultimately, it is in the sign of Gemini that we realize the multi-dimensional aspects of our whole being.

By the time the Divine Intelligence of Gemini has filtered through a human mind, it becomes one of the most complex, restless and difficult to handle energies of the Zodiac. You could be forgiven for thinking your Gemini friend has ADHD or is just crazy! As the mutable (changeable) air sign, the nature of Gemini is one of constant movement. Gemini has to touch everything and hold onto nothing. Freedom to move is essential.

Gemini is associated with the lungs, and we can use the analogy of breath to understand what is going on with Gemini. In breathing, there are two stages, breathing in and breathing out. This explains the two (apparent) sides of Gemini. Gemini has a need to first gather information – this is breathing in. Our Gemini friend may be very silent and contemplative during this stage. Information is being received and processed. Then comes the breathing out … hold onto your hat!

Depending upon the level of consciousness of our particular Gemini, this is where we may experience a profoundly inspired message or, at worst, simply gossip. Their innate compulsion to share information has no built-in quality control. The information you get seems to be whatever happens to be flitting through their head in any given moment. For this reason, Geminis have an unfair reputation for being empty-headed and superficial, yet this in itself shows a lack of understanding of the importance of Gemini.

To avoid being distracted by trivia, Gemini needs the determined focus and follow-through of its polar opposite, Sagittarius. Only then will you be able to sustain your inner journey and recognize your “twin self” – your Soul.

[callout]I recognize my other self and
in the waning of that self I grow and glow.*[/callout]

The Twins represent the dualistic aspects of Self: our personality and our Soul. In the myth of the two brothers, Castor and Pollux (which comprise the constellation of Gemini), Castor is mortal (personality) while Pollux is immortal (Soul). Another duality is that of “two minds,” the head and the heart.

At the personality level, Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which has an important role to play in the development of the antakharana (or Rainbow Bridge). This is the mysterious “bridge”’ between lower and Higher Mind, that develops once humanity has evolved to a certain point in consciousness, whereby we can fully live from Higher Mind.

At the level of our lower mind, it is the influence of Mercury that creates polarities, by focusing on our differences and creating the illusion of separation. At one stage of our development this is a necessary precursor to the process of individuation – development of the individual. If it were not for our ability to separate for example, we’d never cut the umbilical cord and stride out on our own, separate from our mothers!

Once we begin our inner journey toward Soul identification however, it is also the influence of Mercury which bridges the (illusory) gap, connects us with our Higher Self, and brings us home to wholeness. This dual role of division and reunion contributes to the seemingly contradictory nature of Gemini. But seen from a higher perspective, it is just one road; we travel out on the road and then we use the same road to travel back home.

In Part II, we will explore the role of Gemini’s esoteric ruler, Venus, in awakening the deeper mysteries of Gemini.


Ruth

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* Esoteric Astrology, the wisdom of Djwhal Khul (Master DK), channelled through Alice Bailey.

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Ruth Hadikin, Soul Astrologer
Ruth Hadikin – Soul Astrologer

To get your personal Soul Sign/Life Purpose Report (FREE with a consultation), contact Ruth via her website. You can also request a FREE mp3 download, “The Energetics of Soul Astrology.”

Aries-Libra: From Creation to Humanity, with Love, Part II

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In The Labours of Hercules: An Astrological Perspective, by Alice Bailey, the first labor in Aries requires Hercules to capture and corral a herd of flesh-eating horses that have been ravaging the land and terrorising the people. Full of joy and enthusiasm, Hercules quickly manages to round up the horses thinking “well that was easy.” He hands over the horses to his friend, telling him to stick them in the corral, while he goes back to his teacher to find out what the second labor will be.

The horses escape, ravage the local villages, and kill his friend. Filled with sadness for the loss of his friend, Hercules re-captures the horses and completes the task himself.

This illustrates some important lessons for the Aries Soul:

• To recognise that Divine gifts come from the Divine, not the personality. They are not “ours” but come through us, to benefit all.
• That if we have a Divine gift, it is our responsibility to use it, since it may not be available to others.
• That impulse alone is rarely beneficial, unless we skillfully follow our impulses through to completion.

This story also illustrates the naiveté of Aries. As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries is sometimes called the “child” of the Zodiac, for he has yet to develop wisdom and skill. Having never left God, Aries has no worldly experience, has never experienced challenges, and therefore cannot anticipate the obstacles that can arise. This is where the ethical thinking of Aries’ polar opposite, Libra, are needed.

At its highest Soul vibration, Libra is about ethics, justice and Divine harmony. This is where the personality-centered Libra has a tendency to develop rose-tinted spectacles. The desire for harmony can lead a Libra personality to be a bit of a PollyAnna, avoiding conflict and real challenges by trying to “keep the peace,” come what may.

Nevertheless, the Libra individual does have an innate understanding of harmonics. This leads Libra into ethical questioning. Often it is said that Libra individuals are indecisive – in contrast to the apparent decisiveness of their polar opposite, Aries. But this is an over-simplification of what is really happening. For Libra, it is important to understand the process of decision-making. How can we know when a decision is the correct one?

This is the purpose of ethics – the process whereby we can make “right” decisions. The Soul purpose of Libra is “right human relations,” and the essence of Libra carries the very wisdom that Aries needs. Aries will develop wisdom by being more Libra-like and thinking about why a decision is the “right” one. What makes it “right?”

Before charging into an impulse, Aries is always wise to ask, “What makes this right?” This allows Aries to explore whether his impulse is of Divine origin or merely a personality driven impulse. In this way, Aries will be able to see when his or her decisions will be most beneficial and when, like Hercules, they may be impulsive and incomplete.

Libra invites Aries, through ethical questioning, to become aware of harmonics. Libra answers a very important question for Aries. The highest vibration of Libra innately knows that what makes a decision right is harmonics. The right decision is the one that is harmonious, because it is in alignment with the whole of Creation. Eventually, the influence of Libra brings truth, beauty and harmony to Aries. This is when the higher vibration of Aries will awaken and Aries will finally understand how it is that he knows what he knows. However, before Aries can access the wisdom of Libra, he has to exercise discipline to control his impulsiveness.

Mercury is the Soul-ruler of Aries,* whereas Mars is the personality ruler. Mars can be seen to rule the unconditioned responses and reactions of our lower animal-urges, whereas a Mercurial influence on Aries encourages development of the Higher Mind. The Soul path of Aries speaks of the journey from lower mind to Higher Mind, through discipline and the development of wisdom. It really is a Divine, magical mystery tour that takes us from the Divine to Earth, through Right Human Relations and then back to Heaven again, with greater wisdom.

Once Aries accesses Higher Mind, he or she becomes a clear channel for Divine light and wisdom and the higher Soul purpose of Aries (which is to inspire others with ideas) unfolds. Aries, the sign of the Ram, then fulfils his own highest potential by leading his flock, through Divine Light, Wisdom, and Inspiration.


Ruth

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* Aries is associated with the development of the mind. The “wild horses” can be seen as a metaphor for taming our unruly mind. Mercury, Soul ruler of Aries, is also associated with the development of the “Antahkarana” or “Rainbow Bridge” which, once fully formed, allows access to Higher Consciousness and Higher Mind.

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Ruth Hadikin, Soul Astrologer
Ruth Hadikin – Soul Astrologer

To get your personal Soul Sign/Life Purpose Report (FREE with a consultation), contact Ruth via her website. You can also request a FREE mp3 download, “The Energetics of Soul Astrology.”

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The Astrology of the Giffords Shooting

The Tower, from the Haindl Tarot.

When an event is as shocking and tragic as last Saturday’s shooting spree in Arizona, we call it “senseless,” and yet, we try to make some sense of it, to find some meaning.

Astrology is uniquely suited as a code to decipher hidden messages. If there is any meaning to be found at all in a senseless act of violence, the key is to find the “right” charts.

Typically, we start by looking at the charts for the individuals involved. The temptation is to start with Jared Lee Loughner, the perpetrator, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, his alleged assassination target. Although I agree that these charts are significant and did look at them, my initial reaction was to wonder why we should assign more importance to a member of Congress than to the six people who died in the attack or the other 13 who were seriously wounded. On that premise, I began my investigation with a simple chart for the event itself.

According to press reports, the shooting occurred at 10:10 a.m. This puts the Moon exactly on the Ascendant, by degree and minute, at 7°06′ Pisces. In mundane charts, the Moon represents the people. It also signifies crowds, women, and what the people focus their attention on. The first house, meanwhile, represents the country. We might call it the “state of the union.”

I really didn’t need this uncanny alignment to tell me what I already suspected intuitively, which was that the message here is about the country in general and not about Giffords or the mental state of the assailant, who by all reports is deranged.

Still, I was curious about what synchronicity brought these two together and was hardly surprised to find the cardinal T-square strongly implicated. Giffords has natal Mars at 4 degrees Cancer, in a square with Uranus at 4 Libra. Loughner, meanwhile, has natal Mars at 10 Aries (retrograde), square Neptune at 7 Capricorn.

As you may recall, the cardinal T-square played out over summer 2010 in the first degrees of Aries, Libra, and Capricorn. In 2011, the T-square will take place a few degrees later, but still in the first decanate of the cardinal signs. That the charts for Loughner and Giffords include all four cardinal signs in a close square, each with an outer planet (broad, social trends) aspecting a personal planet, tells us that they are part of a much bigger story.

Looking further into the chart for the shooting, we find the Sun and Mars in Capricorn in the 11th house, which is associated with elected bodies such as Parliament and Congress, square Saturn on the 8th house cusp. The Sun corresponds to persons of note, while Mars represents events such as terrorist attacks. Saturn signifies high-profile funerals and “public sorrow.” The eighth house, of course, is associated with death.

Perhaps the biggest clue, however, lies in the tight conjunction of Uranus and Jupiter in the first house. Uranus is the rebel and rabble-rouser, and is associated with political protest and riots. Jupiter represents bankers, the national wealth, and the justice system. Among those killed was a federal judge.

Taking the analysis a step further, I compared the chart for the shooting with the natal chart for the United States (Sibly). Essentially, this creates a transit chart for the United States at the exact moment of the event. Those of you who follow the U.S. chart already know what most of those transits are. For example, we’ve known that Neptune currently is transiting the U.S. Moon at 27 degrees Aquarius. We’ve also known that Jupiter and Uranus, which feature large in the shooting chart, are approaching the cusp of the fourth house at 1 degree Aries in the Sibly chart, which also was a key T-square degree last summer.

If we look at it in reverse, the Sibly Uranus at 8 degrees Gemini is on the fourth-house cusp (IC) of the shooting chart, and thus we have a two-way incidence of Uranus on the IC. Not that you need to be an astrologer to know that the public is in a rebellious mood, but what this tells us is that action is about to follow thought. I don’t expect a rash of copycat murders and the sudden targeting of members of Congress, but I’ve written all along that as Uranus reaches a closer square to Pluto, there will be violent rioting, and it likely will be against the government.

As for Loughner, much has been revealed over the past few days about his state of mind. One theory about his motive for targeting Giffords is that she blew off a question he asked at a political event in 2007. The question was nonsensical; Giffords probably had no idea what he was talking about and dismissed it as a crazy rant. But Loughner felt ignored and held a serious grudge.

A growing number of people are angry with their elected representatives for ignoring them. Politicians make all kinds of promises to get elected and then promptly ally themselves with their corporate donors and leave the voters to fend for themselves. When the political uprising begins, how many more people will fire into a crowd? And how many cops will fire back?

My conclusion, looking at these charts, is that the Giffords shooting may be a shot over the bow.

What I find infinitely more disturbing are the reports that Loughner was dabbling in astral travel. In an interview with Mother Jones, a friend speaks of Loughner’s obsession with “lucid dreaming” and his belief that he could fly. It’s hard to pass this off as more evidence of mental illness when it’s exactly the kind of thing we talk about here on RealAstrologers.

As human consciousness evolves, lucid dreaming likely will be a common experience, along with past-life visions and other shifts in our perception of time. Was Loughner truly tapped into this? Or was he just deluded? Maybe both?

Mental illness falls within the twelfth house, which in modern astrology is ruled by Neptune and Pisces – the Ascendant in the chart for the shooting. When we travel on the astral plane, we’re in the realm of Neptune, and it’s not all angels and rainbows – especially not in a time of so much collective fear and anger. How many people are in mental hospitals because they played around with this stuff without being adequately grounded?

In addition to being a bellwether for public unrest, the Giffords shooting may be a warning that the awakening of human consciousness will not be without attendant dangers and that it’s not for the weak-minded.

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Merry Christmas to All

I’m taking the day off to bake cookies and pies and go to dinner with friends. But you are all in my thoughts.

It took me a couple of hours, but I figured out how to upload an MP3 of my favorite Christmas song, one with old pagan roots, sung here by the Roches. If you click on the link, it should play on your browser (provided you have sound).

The Holly And The Ivy

It’s from their We Three Kings CD. The three kings, or wise men, were astrologers, so perhaps it’s no accident that I love this music. If you like this song, you can download the single or the entire CD and have it instantly for today’s celebrations.

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Love and blessings to all,

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Snowed Under

© Pat Paquette, 2010

Sometimes weather is just weather, with no astrological connection.

The snow began falling here on Sunday. By Monday evening, the roads were becoming impassable, and later that evening, high winds knocked out the power lines. Thousands were without electricity for more than two days.

So it’s not Siberia, and I’m sure many of you in seriously cold climates are laughing at how everything stops here with a little snow. But we’re not equipped for it. It’s a dangerous situation when so many people are without heat in sub-freezing weather.

Other than numb fingers and toes, the worst for me was no coffee or Internet. I wrapped up in blankets, hung out with a neighbor, cooked dinner on their gas stove, and waited for a friend with a four-wheel drive to come pick me up and take me over to the city until the lights were back on. We just received word that power has been restored on most of the island. Still, it will be a few days before things are back to normal, so the next few posts will be late.

For those who are waiting for reports, I’ll be in touch soon with new estimates for delivery. And, of course, I very much appreciate your patience.

In the meantime, happy Thanksgiving to all!

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

The Dream of Scorpio

© Pat Paquette, 2010

The other day I was lying on my back, listening to a recording of keyboards intermixed with ocean waves. It reminded me of my life in California, many years ago.

It might as well have been a past life. I was someone else back then, and I was somewhere else, with an entirely different group of people. As the memory flooded into my mind, I wondered … If we can remember being in a different place and time in this incarnation – and in such vivid detail – why should we not be able to remember lives in other places and times outside of this lifetime? What’s the obstacle?

I believe it’s hard-wired into our brains, a necessary adaptation not unlike a scientific experiment in which the variables are controlled in order to understand cause and effect. Being able to see everywhere at once would impair our ability to function in the moment, and we probably wouldn’t be able to learn much.

Sometimes, though, we pierce that veil and get glimpses of other lives. The original meaning of the word apocalypse is “rending of the veil,” the revealing of something hidden. That’s why the “Revelation of St. John” in the Christian Bible is referred to alternatively as the Apocalypse or, simply, “Revelations.” It is about John’s prophetic vision.

Some people are more adept than others. I’ve also found that some locations lend themselves to it more than others, and there are certain times of the year when we’re more apt to have contact with otherworldly beings. According to tradition, the veil between the worlds is the thinnest around this time of year. Many people I know, myself included, are more psychic while the Sun is in Scorpio, especially in the week or so leading up to Halloween. This year, it may not end there.

On November 9, the lunar North Node conjoins Pluto. The lunar nodes move in a retrograde pattern, but they turn direct now and again for a few hours or sometimes a few days. The Node will be retrograde when it conjoins Pluto, but a couple of hours later, it turns direct, just as the Moon is moving into alignment with both the Node and Pluto. If you feel a little strange around this time – dizzy, disoriented, sleepy, or otherwise “out of it,” it could be the veil in your brain lifting.

I have no idea whether this actually will happen or not, but intuitively, I see this rare alignment as a window on time, so it would makes sense that we might get memories of other lives or glimpses into other times. If nothing else, you might experience astonishing synchronicities.

While I was lying there listening to the ocean music, I suddenly remembered The Dream of Scipio, a novel by English author Iain Pears. The book is set in France during three different time periods, each an era when the old culture is being supplanted. Although there are three different protagonists, you get the feeling they are one soul, incarnated in three different lives, facing the same conflict. Each one resolves his dilemma differently, leading to a different outcome for both the hero and his love interest. Although the author apparently didn’t intend his work to be a commentary on reincarnation, it’s a brilliant portrayal of how past lives work (or, as I call them, “other lives”).

Later the same day, I went to our local thrift shop and found a carved wooden box with a zodiac wheel on top. Now what were the chances of that happening? It was made to lock, but the key was missing. And yet, the box opens perfectly.

Messages come in many forms, and sometimes we need a key to unlock the meaning of our dreams and visions. Astrology often turns out to be that key.

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

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