OPEN-HEARTED OPEN-MINDEDNESS

Forecast for Saturday, July 4th
Capricorn Lunar Eclipse at 13°

Eclipses, by suggestion, are very shadowy events which create unnecessary fear, and, by definition, are ‘any obscuration of light; a reduction or loss of splendor, status, or reputation’, and where there is no light, either actual or metaphorical, there tends to be fear that follows…

Things are changing… rapidly. Change also illicits unnecessary fears.

It would appear as though, despite the recent emerging from the darkest depths of the deep sea through lunarly energies of Scorpio, we remain out and about within the haunted forest, within a metaphorical night—no longer wandering and pondering in Sagittarian ways, but planning and preparing for actual daybreak.

What’s next?

What’s beyond this dense and encumbered forest of falsities?

Within this metaphorical night amidst the summer sunshine here in the northern hemisphere, as the symbolically sentimental stars twinkle with nostalgia inspired by Mnemosyne herself, No Longer whispers in between heartbeats sweet longings and fare thee well’s alike…

These eclipsed shadows are ever so slowly being eliminated by the sun’s light, by awareness and truth—these shadows actually taking a tangible shape from years of conditioned fear, and focus, and frugal festooning—though, like shrinking petals dying and falling, outdated and antiquated ways of thinking about No Longer and Not Yet are shriveling at the sight of light, singsong crispy crunching cacophonies beneath protesting feet.

That’s my poetic two cents…

<taking a dramatically obnoxious bow>

Basically, it’s my way of translating what American computer engineer and venture capitalist Bill Joy much more directly inspires—not about the eclipse, of course, but toward corporate incentives holding and taking accountability toward the realistic growth we wish to see—that “we have to encourage the future we want rather than trying to prevent the future we fear.”

We cannot prevent the light, ever—the truth will always emerge… and we can always highlight and illuminate the desires and demands necessary to narrate the truth more vividly.

❝In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.❞
——George Orwell

I’ve always wondered about—and questioned—the psychology behind the old adage regarding the respecting of the elders. Don’t misunderstand—I agree that the old and wise deserve a gentle respect, and most certainly, deserve to be heard and counted—though, also, held equally as responsible; if the young are meant to learn from their elders, yet, the elders are sharing racist, bigoted, narrow-minded, angry, misleading, fear-based sources of ‘wisdom’—what then?—how is this a benefit?

How is this preserving the honesty of history if it’s not being disentangled from its truth appropriately?

We are endlessly creating our reality—individually and collectively.

If it isn’t authentic to you—and who you’re living to become—why continue practicing it, or excusing it, apologizing for it, or perpetuating it?

Do something. Say something. Author a new narrative. Illuminate the truth.

Those ‘good old days’ many of us were raised on and conditioned to continue were only ‘good’ for the ‘fortunate’… and those days are over. The 99% outnumber the elite. This is not persuasion—this is fact… and all the money in the world is simply an idea we agree to assign value to.

It’s truly in our hands—and celestially—we will be held accountable.

Individually, in our own realities and collectively, for all.

❝The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.❞
——Dan Millman

The degree of Capricorn through which this eclipse occurs, according to Rudyhar¹, associates itself to honoring history honestly, through “the will to unearth, in our culture as well as in any culture, what has permanent value, and to let go of nonessentials—at a time when in nearly every land men are questioning and challenging the validity of traditional beliefs and customary attitudes, it becomes necessary to separate permanent values and great principles or symbols from the many individual habits and the socio-political developments which more often than not have perverted or even negated the original ideals of the culture…”

Further, as Rudhyar continues, “we must strive to free these ideals from the wild growth of personal and class selfishness, from the greed and ambition so prevalent in human nature, and learn to appreciate the excellence of what is the immortal seed-foundation, as well as the spiritual harvest, of any culture—and by extension of every sustained and complete work produced by a man’s indomitable effort to achieve creative perfection… which enables us to gain a deep and thorough appreciation of socio-cultural processes in their most enduring forms—what is needed is a penetrating and courageous insight founded upon a valid historical perspective—this applies to the past of an individual’s life as well as to the history of a nation or a group.”

Ultimately, this eclipse marks a final chapter, and thereby, the absolute ending of an era—the final last breaths and death of No Longer.

(Not Yet will begin in December 2020/January 2021…)

You’ve been given this time—until November since roughly June 5th—to gain some grounding with these endings; whatever is ending in your personal reality should really be no surprise, as its plot regards a script you’ve been reading for years… collectively speaking—centuries.

❝The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.❞
——Albert Einstein

Here in our individual and collective Now, it is time to embrace an honest open-mindedness and open-heartedness… to abandon the conditioning and patterning we’ve received since our first breaths—those which do not serve our souls, those which do not serve one another with a greater good.

And to hell with a greater good, anyway—we want the greater ideal; we deserve better than good and have for some time.

❝Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.❞
——George Bernard Shaw

Again, and likely forevermore, I will have found a snippet of wisdom within an oracular email from Rob Brezny²—this one regarding beginner’s mind… he explains that “to achieve what the Zen Buddhists call “beginner’s mind,” you dispense with all preconceptions and enter each situation as if seeing it for the first time… “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,” wrote Shunryu Suzuki in his book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,” “but in the expert’s there are few…””

Historically and evolutionarily speaking—we are all beginners; to be currently facing such atrocious issues, we have clearly been in one hell of an evolutionary rut for some time and could use all the wisdom available.

Brezny continues, “as much as I love beginner’s mind, though, I advocate an additional discipline: cultivating a beginner’s heart. That means approaching every encounter imbued with a freshly invoked wave of love that is as pure as if you’re feeling it for the first time… “Before we can receive the entire truth about anything,” said my teacher Ann Davies, “we have to love it.””

Brezny advises, that “to be the best pronoiac explorer you can be, I suggest you adopt an outlook that combines the rigorous objectivity of a scientist, the “beginner’s mind” of Zen Buddhism, the “beginner’s heart” of pronoia, and the compassionate friendliness of the Dalai Lama—blend a scrupulously dispassionate curiosity with a skepticism driven by expansiveness, not spleen… to pull this off, you’ll have to be willing to regularly suspend your brilliant theories about the way the world works. Accept with good humor the possibility that what you’ve learned in the past may not be a reliable guide to understanding the fresh phenomenon that’s right in front of you. Be suspicious of your biases, even the rational and benevolent ones. Open your heart as you strip away the interpretations that your emotions might be inclined to impose.”

Oh my goodness, yes—brilliant.

<mic drop>

❝Before we can receive the unbiased truth about anything, we have to be ready to ignore what we would like to be true… before we can receive the entire truth about anything, we have to love it.❞
——Rob Brezny/Ann Davies

The essence of this finalizing eclipse in its last chapter, through the means of a Capricorn moon, regards time, death, ancient wisdoms, ancestral debts enforcing payment, and the potential of/for maturity—learning from past mistakes and possessing the resourceful determination of actually correcting these mistakes—beginning Now, through actions, with love.

❝On all levels, evolution occurs in response to a crisis situation… when the old structures, inner or outer, are breaking down or are not working anymore.❞
——Eckhart Tolle

Something in your life, likely wherever Cancer and Capricorn are found within your nativity, is complete, over, gone, or dying—however metaphorically… welcoming, however subtly, an openness of space to allow for something new is of the essence; for something true and honest and actually secured for love through growth, personal empowerment, open-mindedness and open-heartedness.

This process of detachment and letting go is hard, and painful, and somewhat disorienting…

Another concept I have always questioned: let go and let God.

Sometimes, yes, when absolute desperation is being experienced—this would be a comforting notion; however, most times, no, as it implies a holier than thou lifting of all personal responsibility or obligation, or accountability, as if something should be entirely ‘out of one’s hands’, rendering one without any personal authority of power or effectiveness.

Yikes—how or why or when or where is this ever an attractive thought!?

(And this very easily might be the source of all ugliness in reality.)

It’s really rather convenient to never be put personally on the spot, yes?

No Longer. We’re all up for review. We all have debts to be paid now.

Offering one’s hands up, free and clear of any personal responsibility or accountability for any of it, clearly, is hardly ever an answer—much less, a solution—unless hospice is involved… Saturn, which governs this eclipse, has moved back into Capricorn, moving slowly back toward both Jupiter and Pluto, to hold both individuals and the collective at large accountable for lessons not learned—for responsibilities left or abandoned, shifted to the accountability of fate, or to God… and this is no longer admissible.

Letting go of emotional attachment and releasing what no longer serves is not the same as surrendering all personal accountability—everything has its consequences.

❝One of the main occupations of the ego seems to be creating confusion. And we are willing to stick to this confusion and make it a habitual pattern of everyday life. We do this because confusion provides a tremendously stable ground to sink into. Confusion also provides a way of occupying oneself.❞
——Chögyam Trungpa

A new ‘normal’ is unfolding—a new reality, emerging… it’s ours, and we’ve come, in this lifetime, to experience the living of it—not to put these experiences upon chance, or to the Powers, or an/Other altogether.

There is a celestial need—if not demand—to look toward universal laws and the permanence of truth within; to seek Source, which is within us all by divinity—and so when ‘let go and let God’ is uttered or even entertained in the future, let it mean: let go of ego attachments to whatever it is you’re experiencing or up against and hold your higher self accountable to it, in the interest of ideal for all involved, for your personally obligated steps presently, and thereafter.

Further, “a degree of flexibility needs to exist in this situation,” however, as “it will, inevitably, be strength of character and a willingness to extend one’s self to others that will enable you to succeed… being in control of oneself and one’s environment is an effective and lasting expression of power… it is also important to note that this is, ultimately, about strength of will and character, and that being receptive does not weaken this… in fact it is by being receptive that we can truly be powerful and have a positive influence on those around us—however, if the sense of strong determination does not come accompanied by the ability to compromise and listen, it will only create the potential for problems.”³

Further still, “as we grow and age, we can choose to become more enlightened, with a greater ability to see spiritual truth… however, you could be feeling that even faith is difficult to keep hold of at the moment… there needs to be both trust and courage that one’s inner wisdom is in touch with some higher truth—we need this especially when we don’t know where we’re going and feel like we have to take things one day at a time… venturing into the unknown when you think you have seen it all can be a reminder of the thrill of life…”³

❝I think people would live a bit longer if they didn’t know how old they were. Age puts restrictions on things.❞
——Karl Pilkington

Precisely. We are here to personally live it—not merely survive through it.

Furthermore, this degree associates itself with having “confidence in one’s ability to deal with any obstacle that comes up—carefully assessing a situation before acting; holding one’s course; loosening things up emotionally by demonstrating one’s good will; extending one’s grasp of life by extending the range of one’s experience; sturdy individuality…”⁴

❝Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.❞
——Mandy Hale

Finally, and most appropriately, it is comforting to note that the flame-keeping, spirit-sourcing asteroid Vesta is currently snuggled up to the sun in conjunction by degree, which would suggest a deeply sourced spark of personally accountable devotion toward the changes needing to occur now—toward the unfolding of Now as these actions inevitably and inherently connect to Not Yet, toward your bluer than blue horizons…

❝Each person is a story that the Soul of the World wants to tell to itself.❞
——Michael Meade

Vesta represents a reason to believe that all efforts made now, both individually and collectively, will be rewarded through change.

Rebuilding and renovating existing institutional paradigms needs to be orchestrated without emotional or egoic attachment or (ir)rationally personal feelings toward these efforts, but with a loving, compassionate and emotionally intelligent detachment—pain, mingled with emotion and animated by action in any direction, can easily lead to unhealthy, destructive, and largely debilitating methods of confrontation and hostile closure… boundaries need to be respected now more than ever and never assumed or put to a condition.

❝You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.❞
——Buckminster Fuller

Furthermore, such an exact connection to Vesta wholeheartedly advocates for boundaried empathy and proactive personal evolutions, creating opportunities for both individual and collective breakthroughs and the potential for a more clarifying awareness of universal interconnectedness.

Vesta symbolizes the everyday universal flame within each and every one of us—a flame that must not and can not and will not go out… though this flame, indeed, needs tended to—with presence, trust, open-heartedness and open-mindedness…

Which values will we preserve? Which will we defy and prove inhumane?

How are we taking care of ourselves and our needs, our ideals?

How are we meeting one another’s needs and ideals?

There is much work to be done among the glittered glowing and faint flickering light of this flame—within an eclipsed and metaphorical night—we are no longer wandering and pondering, but planning and preparing for actual daybreak… for real breakthrough consists of and requires one’s determined spirit throughout, regardless, and in spite of the mundanity of everyday demands.

❝You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.❞
——Andy Warhol

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♑︎☾☍☉♋︎☌⚶~☌☿• 13°38′ at 9:43pm PDT; 10:43pm MDT; 11:43pm CDT/12:43am EDT tomorrow

¹Rudhyar, D. “An Astrological Mandala.” Vintage Books; ©1973.
²Brezny, R. freewillastrology.com
³Hill, L. “360 Degrees of Wisdom.” A Plume Book; ©2004.
⁴Goldsmith, M. “The Zodiac by Degrees.” Weiser Books; ©2004.

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