Listen to your Heart — but How?

Our emotions are mirrors of what we’re thinking and attracting in each moment.

As such, these emotions are useful indicators, a feedback loop showing just where we’re stuck and why.

Once we get that we are not our thoughts, we can understand our emotions as the feedback mechanism reflecting our thoughts, but even once we wrap our heads around that concept (ironically trying to understand a larger world than our heads with must our heads), we still are likely to have trouble separating ourselves from our emotions. E-motions—emissions that move us to action (or at least responses)—seem to be much more than that.

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We can understand our physical pain, as in placing a hand on a hot stove, is not us, but something we experience as important feedback. That’s a harder distinction, however, when that feedback is continual. People in chronic pain, for example, often struggle to remember that they have pain, and not that the pain has them.

The same is true of emotional feelings—they are feedback. But it’s damn hard to take an objective view of a difficult emotional time while living through it at the time. Still, to the degree we can recognize that challenging emotions are reflections of poorer quality thoughts, we begin to have the tools to address these tough emotions with better thoughts creating better quality emotions. When we feed our bodies poor quality food, we don’t feel as well. When we feed our psyches with poor quality thoughts, likewise, we aren’t going to experience good feelings.

We understand from meditation that we can find peace amid our thoughts; we sit quietly, let the mind come to rest, and slowly calm the mental turmoil–yet we have tremendous difficulty doing this emotionally. Try this—do a heart “meditation.” Forget about the mind; sit quietly with your heart energy, and let it grow calm. Don’t think about it or “listen” for messages—that’s going back to thinking about it. Just let it be still, and just be. It’s a powerful refocusing. Your whole body energy will shift noticeably, and you’ll find distance from what had seemed sticky emotional trials.

Let the heart come to rest, and feed yourself better thoughts; at first, the negative emotions will continue to taint the results. . .but keep at it—gardens don’t grown abruptly. Keep pursuing better feeling thoughts, and gradually you’ll find yourself in a better emotional state.

Six Days, Six Sessions, Six Seeds for Success: The Kwan Yin Path

It will be half a year before I do this again, so forward this to your friends, share on Facebook and Pinterest etc., and it’s all at no charge:

Oct. 20 — Living Abundance (and why this isn’t simply money)
Oct. 22 — Emotional Challenges and Fear
Oct. 24 — Stress, Overwhelm and Uncertainty
Oct. 27 — Finding Peace, Spiritual Growth, and Living this daily in the “Real World”
Oct. 29 — Getting Unstuck and Manifesting your Dreams and Desires
Oct. 31 — If Healing isn’t Magic, Where do I get the Miracle? The Kwan Yin Path

Each of these are at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, roughly 60 minutes.

Anyone can register for free at — enjoy!

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Living Abundance — being time rich in limitless, prosperous love

When we think of abundance, the first thought is often of money.  And abundance includes that–but money is a different vibration than abundance, and the confusion keeps people from realizing either.

Money is a concept, not a thing.  It’s an accounting construct.  It helps quantify value, presenting an effective medium of exchange and a way to store economic wealth.  Like the Zen saying reminds us, “the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon.”  Likewise, money is a measure, not abundance itself.

**Set an intention!   Sounds good, right?**  And it is…but just like spring planting, not if the ground isn’t prepared for that intention to prosper.  Before love can manifest as intention, we need the ability to transform, and even before that, we need an accurate awareness of what’s happening in our lives and minds–which can be quite a challenge.

**Set a specific amount and a specific date!  Also good advice . . . but it’s not the first step.**  That’s a plan…not the goal.  Here’s why.

What is it you want?  More importantly, why do you want it?  If it’s an increase in income, is it to compete, is it for security, is it for travel or a new house, is it to send the kids to college — what is it for you?  Then, whatever your answer, why do you want what you said in your offer?  If you want security — why?  What would that do for you?  If that’s so you can move forward in confidence with your dreams, for example, then in turn, what does that movement do for you?  And whatever that is, what does the new answer do for you–why do you want that?  Keep going…at some point, you’re going to start to see (1) what’s really driving you and (2) that this is your path to anything being possible.  Do it–you’ll see.

Do the same for what you love, and why.  **As adults, we’ve trained ourselves to ask for not what we would love, but for what we believe is possible.**  Consequently, we limit ourselves to a scarcity mindset before we even begin.  And, intention will never work well when it’s not congruent with what we truly love at our core.  Again…you’ll see.  Do it.  Find yourself again.

**Abundance is limitless, not an amount.**  I don’t want a certain number of trees in the forest or stars in the sky — I want to see them without end, countless.  That’s abundance.  Think “river.”  It’s not that a certain amount of water is coming, but that it is continually coming.   If we panic and try to hold it in fear more will never come, we’ll have a flood.  And if we live downstream from scarcity mentality, we’ll have a drought.  Outflow and service is as important as inflow.  So is purpose–if the bank doesn’t limit the waters, we’ll have a swamp instead of a river.

The same is true of resources like time.  **We literally have all the time there is–all of it!**  How cool!  Yet we continually insist it’s a scarce commodity.  It’s not–we just make careless choices.  Lay out your ideal schedule, and then follow it.  Whatever isn’t fitting, you shouldn’t be doing–stop taking on other people’s stuff, learn to delegate effectively, and turn to community instead of being a one-person show.

**Similarly with love–“love is all there is” is literally true, as light, information, love, energy are all the same.**  Reality is made of love.  That we’re even able to disconnect ourselves from feeling it is perversely amazing, and shows the tremendous power of our creative minds–power we can use to more effective ends.

We’re going to talk about this a lot more on Oct. 20, including practical, actionable steps toward demonstrable results.   I hope you’ll join us — and tell your friends and associates.  They can register here free for this teleseminar and the rest at  You can easily share this on Facebook and more by clicking the share buttons.  Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 20 — Living Abundance (and why this isn’t simply money)
Oct. 22 — Emotional Challenges and Fear
Oct. 24 — Stress, Overwhelm and Uncertainty
Oct. 27 — Finding Peace, Spiritual Growth, and Living this daily in the “Real World”
Oct. 29 — Getting Unstuck and Manifesting your Dreams and Desires
Oct. 31 — If Healing isn’t Magic, Where do I get the Miracle?  The Kwan Yin Path


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Nine Steps toward Getting Unstuck

Why are we stuck?  What keeps us stuck?  How can we get unstuck?  Follow these nine steps.

Step 1) Understand what’s not working.

Three ineffective roles populate the world:  Prosecutor, Victim, and Rescuer.  The Prosecutors are the tough manager, the strict teacher, the overbearing parent, and actually just convincing people to avoid them.  Victims look at Prosecutors as the problem, but that means the Victims’ behavior is always off the hook, not responsible for anything, and thus unable to change it.   Rescuers at first seem great, but afterwards, when life isn’t perfect, the Victims turn on the Rescuers for “not rescuing good enough.”  Victims become Prosecutors.

So recognize two points:  (a) we can’t control Others, and (b) acknowledge that our current approach isn’t working.  People will endlessly defend what isn’t working, but something has to change—and that’s us.

Step 2) We need help.

OUR way got us where we are now, and will keep us here.  We need others:  more resources, more ideas, people who aren’t stuck where we are, because they don’t have the mindset keeping us stuck.   As we become stronger, as we reach more advanced levels, this is all the more important, because we’re on new ground, and need the help of people who have been where we’re going.

Step 3) Find a spiritual center.

This can be, but doesn’t not have to be religious or traditional.  Forget about disbeliefs—these are irrelevant.  What are the actual beliefs, however minimal—Tao, nature, energy, what?  These can be very small, but whatever those beliefs, we need that focus.  Construct a daily spiritual practice around this.  Perhaps morning reading, evening meditation, or a quiet cup of tea with a favorite tree, but the power is in daily practice.  It will build in ways unimaginable until experienced.  We need this daily touchstone to move forward—whatever happens, we start fresh again from this deep truth we defined.

4) Take a Personal Examination.

Where are we, and what do we want?  Most people don’t get what they want because they don’t know what it is.  Create a dissonance between the reality of where we are and where we want to be.  Don’t blame others for the status quo.  To reclaim power, reclaim self—all of it.  This is NOT a pain free process, but an essential one.

Where are we pointing fingers?   At whom?  What’s the problem?  What does this threaten for us – lots of things are problems that don’t bother us, so why is this one standing out?  What’s our part in it, even if just 5%—this the beginning of power.   We can’t use what power we don’t have, so 5% is stronger than the 95% we lack.  What’s good about this situation, even if only a little—gratitude is also power.  How is this other person suffering (hurt people hurt people)?  Be patient with people struggling through their own “stuff.”  Wish them well – that’s for US, not them, as it separates us from the stuck situation.

Step 5) Where are there weak spots?

Weak spots are not bad—they just need healing and strengthening.  Just identify them.   Then become willing to work on them.  Ask for help, from others and from that spiritual center, that touchstone of truth.

Step 6) Fix our side of problems.

Where have we, even in misunderstanding, harmed others?  Make it right—for OURSELVES, not them…or this will keep us stuck.  Do this with someone else to remain accountable and personally honest.  This is not “I’m sorry,” but making these situations right (where possible or realistic).   Get ourselves clean and free.

Step 7) Continue self-examination, and simplify.

Simplifying allows the flow of “luck.”   We become responsive, aware.  Judgments are attachments—cut them off.  As Don Miguel Ruiz advises—“don’t make assumptions, don’t take anything personal, be impeccable with your word, and always do your best.”   Keep things simple.  Without the clutter, the “luck” falls into place.

Step 8) Continue to develop the connection to the spiritual center.

Greg Reid, author of “Three Feet from Gold,” interviewed hundreds of successful people, all of whom asked “How may I serve you?”   Develop a habit of humility and service, asking for help regularly.   Keep seeking the inner self vs. mental-ego-dominance.

Step 9) Freely share.

Getting unstuck is not about ego, but love and compassion. Sharing and serving keeps things green and relevant for ourselves.  Like streams, water needs to continually flow both in and out, or we become flooded or stagnant—and back to stuck.

We’re going to talk about this a lot more starting Oct. 20, including practical, actionable steps toward demonstrable results.   I hope you’ll join us — and tell your friends and associates.  They can register here free for this teleseminar and the rest at  You can easily share this on Facebook and more by clicking the share buttons.  Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 20 — Living Abundance (and why this isn’t simply money)
Oct. 22 — Emotional Challenges and Fear
Oct. 24 — Stress, Overwhelm and Uncertainty
Oct. 27 — Finding Peace, Spiritual Growth, and Living this daily in the “Real World”
Oct. 29 — Getting Unstuck and Manifesting your Dreams and Desires
Oct. 31 — If Healing isn’t Magic, Where do I get the Miracle?  The Kwan Yin Path


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12 Common Misconceptions about the Law of Attraction (and what to do about them)

From business men Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill to Esther Hicks and the sensationalized film “The Secret,” the Law of Attraction is touted as the path to success.  So why isn’t it working better?  Here are 12 common misconceptions.


Napoleon Hill, author of the classic “Think and Grow Rich,” stressed the importance of “vibration,” learned from his mentor, Andrew Carnegie.

1) “The Law of Attraction doesn’t work for me.”

It does work—and is working.  We have much of what we want already—where we live, what we do with our time, who we see—our choices already dictate our lives.  Enjoy!

2) Why will power and setting intention isn’t attracting results.

We are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  Will power and setting intention uses only one aspect.   They are important, but this must travel down to the emotional and physical levels, as well as harmonize with the spiritual levels.

3) Raising Vibration  — think coherence and completeness, not escaping the mundane.

Manifesting in physical reality while ignoring physical reality just sets self against self.    Instead of thinking of escaping a denser vibration, think in terms of coherence of energy, of sympathetic vibration throughout, from physical through spiritual, working together.

4) Feeling – Do you want to be Happy?  Are you sure?

The emotional level stands between the physical and the mental planes;  ignoring it blocks the energy transfer.  Feelings reflect thought—are you feeling good?  If not, you’re blocking your manifestation.   Most people prefer not to be happy, because change is too great a price to pay.  So they manifest the status quo.

5) Achieving a change in consciousness means that things change.

Think and feel in terms of a changed state—step into different ways of being.   People think they want money;  they really want Abundance.  Who goes to the forest and wishes for a specific number of leaves?  No—we want endless leaves.  That’s Abundance.  They want the struggle and the pressure gone.  That means a change in consciousness—first.

6) Uncertainty and Shiva – stop clinging.

Living in Attraction means becoming comfortable with uncertainty—in fact, loving it.  We love to Create (Brahma) and we love to Preserve (Vishnu), but we hate to cut away (Shiva).  All three are needed;  creation happens through the destruction of what it uses to make something.  Allowing manifestation means also dissolution, especially the limited mental framework of what “should” be.

7) Love / Gratitude  are the foundations.

Doing what we love is crucial—as in, “Even if I don’t get the money, I still want to do this;  it will help so many people!”  That’s the kind of focus and passion intention needs.   Be so grateful for what’s present that what the future brings doesn’t matter.  That’s the key to the necessary element of detachment as well.

8) If you want something you’ve never had, do things you’ve never done.

Without new approaches, we get more of the same.  To change, we must reach outside of ourselves.   Get help from others.  In addition to the extra resources, this gets us out of the limitations of our own minds.  Expand.

9) What do you want?  And why?  Get Clear.

Most people never get what they want because they don’t know what it is—mainly, they focus on what they don’t  want, so that’s what they perpetuate.  Few explore why  they want this.  What will it do for them?  How will it feel?  Can they feel it just thinking about it?  These are crucial keys.

10) Whatever we spend time doing, we get better at.

If we spend time recreating the status quo, we’ll get better and better at it.  If we spend time transcending limitations, we’ll get better at that.  Attraction takes growth.  It’s not like ordering from the menu.

11) Marginal, Target, Outrageous – the nature of goals

Goals are beyond us, by definition—we’ve never done them.  Most goals, then, reach zero completion (we never start), or 90%–we do as much as we can.   So instead of goals, set the “marginal, target, outrageous” milestones.  Marginal is what past performance indicates will happen.  Target is the hoped for outcome.   Outrageous is beyond what seems possible.  This reframing starts making Targets the new Marginal, allowing new Targets into Outrageous Manifestation.

12) The Nature of Desire

Desire is not the problem, as some misunderstand Buddhism.  Attachment is the problem.  Karma is the promise that all desires will manifest—in time, with all that comes with them.  Thus, we continually reincarnate until we get to finally achieve all our desires.  And that’s not going to happen until we change from the state where we aren’t manifesting them.  Love desire, choose wisely, and manifest in joy.

We’re going to talk about this a lot more starting Oct. 20, including practical, actionable steps toward demonstrable results.   I hope you’ll join us — and tell your friends and associates.  They can register here free for this teleseminar and the rest at  You can easily share this on Facebook and more by clicking the share buttons.  Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 20 — Living Abundance (and why this isn’t simply money)
Oct. 22 — Emotional Challenges and Fear
Oct. 24 — Stress, Overwhelm and Uncertainty
Oct. 27 — Finding Peace, Spiritual Growth, and Living this daily in the “Real World”
Oct. 29 — Getting Unstuck and Manifesting your Dreams and Desires
Oct. 31 — If Healing isn’t Magic, Where do I get the Miracle?  The Kwan Yin Path


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Guest Blog ~ Lauren Worsh: What is Healing, Really?


“It’s not about self-improvement… it’s about self-love.”

What is healing, really?

This question has fascinated me for a long time. Until recently, I didn’t recognize myself as a healer. I felt I was a teacher, a yogi, a writer, and a thinker. What I most like to think about, write about, and teach are those practices and perspectives that help people make sense of what never fit together before, help us connect more deeply to ourselves, and help us to find resolution of the physical, emotional, psychological, and relational patterns that keep us stuck in suffering and struggle. In other words, I’ve always been fascinated with what heals us.

This passion has been fueled by my desire for my own healing, both physical and psychological. I’ve always had the sense that we were meant to thrive, but I knew I wasn’t thriving, and, looking around, it didn’t seem like many others were either. I’ve always wanted to understand why we get so stuck, and why our best efforts to move beyond self-sabotaging habits and patterns of insecurity rarely succeed.

In the course of my personal quest for healing, I turned into a self-improvement junkie. I became more and more eager to “fix” myself… which didn’t work very well. I succeeded at changing some of my unsupportive habits through willpower, but the changes either didn’t last or didn’t “fix” the way I felt, emotionally and physically. Eventually I realized I was creating internal opposition, pitting one part of myself against another in my attempt to create harmony, and that I was approaching my self-improvement project from the deep wound of feeling like there was something inherently wrong with me.

I had already spent some years improving my self-talk – learning that the idea that I was somehow deficient was misguided and mistaken, and replacing that story of myself with a healthier one. It took practice, but I really did learn to trust the new story – that I was actually okay, as is. It helped, but the feelings of inadequacy and insecurity were still there; they just came to the surface less frequently. When they did, they felt just like they always did — devastating. I could think wiser, more respectful thoughts but they didn’t seem to penetrate to the deepest layers of my felt sense of self. I still felt deficient, when it came down to it. Like I couldn’t relax fully in my own skin. I had to try, to do something, to be someone. It didn’t feel safe to just be.

This recognition has been healing in itself. In realizing that there is this very tender, core experience of not feeling safe to just be, I found compassion for myself, and have been able to make space for those feelings to arise and to flow freely when they do. I have invited them to arise, learning to trust the intelligence of the healing process’s impeccable timing. When they do, it is often a very physical experience as well as an emotional one. I sense that in presencing these aspects of my experience I am learning how to relax, in a way I never knew was possible. Sometimes there is simply an innocent sobbing and shaking. Sometimes I receive insights that help me to make peace with my historical struggles, help me to grow in wisdom and glimpse the big picture. Sometimes I have felt streams of energy pouring into my body; I sense these energies as vibrations or frequencies of Self that I had become cut off from – in this lifetime and perhaps in many lifetimes – and to which I am now choosing to reclaim access. I’ve realized that I have called in my own healing, and in doing so, I have become a healer.

I’ve come to see how healing is a process of unwinding back through the layers of our conditioning, and that in order to bring resolution to our earliest experiences of wounding and all the subsequent layers of trauma, suffering, mistaken identity, and misunderstanding, we need to be willing and able to receive healing into all layers of being – spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and energetic. It’s about recognizing that there is nothing wrong with us, and there never was anything wrong with us, and opening ourselves to the process of coming into alignment with that truth, on all levels.

For me, this is what healing is at the core – Self-love. It is about bringing love in wherever it is needed, wherever the sensations, emotions, thoughts, and patterns of unworthiness and inadequacy hold court.

Healing ourselves isn’t about self-improvement. The Self doesn’t need improvement. Healing is about recognizing that right down to our cells, and relaxing into the perfection of our unique expression of Being. It’s about becoming the source and the recipient of a ceaseless flow of unconditional self-love. It’s about becoming so sourced in the nourishment of that love that all habits of blaming yourself, judging yourself, and comparing yourself to others lose their power and eventually drop away. Healing, really, is about coming home to ourselves, for not only are we entirely deserving of love, this love is who we are.

Lauren Worsh
“Discover your capacity for sustained energy, ease, and joy.”

Guest Blog ~ Carla Forsyth, ”Transference Healing”

Healing Our Core Wounding


A core wounding is the cause of distortion and dis-ease creating physical, emotional and mental symptoms in us. It is a deep energetic wounding within our etheric body that disconnects us from our Higher Self and our Lightbody. By working with Chiron through Transference Healing®, you can begin to heal this core wounding in the etheric and receive the frequencies that are necessary for you body to heal, anchor and activate your Lightbody so you can ground yourself in the 5th dimensional world that we are co-creating now.

The core wounding is reflected in the Greek mythological story of Chiron who was the offspring of Saturn. Being born a centaur, he was rejected by his parents and raised by Apollo. Chiron, being half man and half horse, represented the human being who’s divinity exists in a state of immortality and who, at the same time, resides in a physical mortal body throughout each of its incarnations.

The Mythical History of Chiron

Chiron the centaur created a wounding after being pierced in the leg. While living in a state of immortality he searched many dimensions to find a cure and along the way he became very wise and knowledgeable, mastering the art of healing. Meanwhile, the deep compassion that he developed, compelled him to help others on their own self healing journey. He does this by bringing up issues concerning the body’s health, diseases and their relationship or effect on our spiritual journey, growth and empowerment process throughout life. Chiron enables us to identify with the wound, giving us the resources to not only work with it on the etheric level and thereby heal it, but also to acknowledge or understand it so that we can work through its associated emotions that create limitations within our personal and spiritual growth. Through this self-healing process Chiron also enables us to shift our consciousness and see the gifts contained within the wound by allowing it to surface. When the wound is physically and psychologically healed, the gift is embraced, enabling one to awaken and evolve in body and consciousness and to open the mind to mysticism and magic. As we awaken these latent gifts, we learn to heal ourselves and others. Finally embodying our purpose.

The Astrological Aspects of Chiron

There is an ancient North American prophecy that says:
“When the healing planet is discovered in the sky then the sacred warrior teachings will return to Earth.” It is believed that this healing planet is Chiron.

In 1977 the consciousness of Chiron was energetically returned to the Earth when a new minor planet, classified as a centaur, was discovered in our solar system traveling a course between Saturn and Uranus. This discovery triggered our consciousness to embrace the idea of personal and planetary healing through energy and light. As Chiron transits between Saturn and Uranus it creates profound shifts in our physical and spiritual identity, as well as our perception on health and healing.

Chiron consciousness is a universal consciousness that comes through the planet chiron to help us enhance our intuitive ability and repair the etheric web that sustains our life force on Earth. By working with this etheric web that is energetically connected to the physical body, planet earth and the universe, we connect to Christ Consciousness and understand the vibrational healing aspects of all nature within our universe. Therefore, Chiron and it astrological influence enables us to access and master some of the sacred teachings and cosmic healing powers of the Christ.

We are all born with one of twelve core or Chiron wounds. The wounding you work on during your lifetime is based on what astrological sign that Chiron, the planet, was in at the time of your birth. The sign we identify in Transference Healing® is not necessarily, but could be the same as your zodiac sign. Chiron in a natal astrological chart indicates the area from which an opportunity comes to heal the core wound that we are born with. Chiron is not only triggering global astrological and energetic changes as it trasits in the solar system, thereby supporting global change within the Earth and human consciousness, but it is also simultaneously triggering four important astrological transits in each individual’s natal chart throughout their lifetime.

As Chiron makes its 50 year cycle of every human’s natal chart, the four unique transits it creates for each individual on the planet affects their personal and spiritual growth process. As such, the four Chiron transits occurring in their lifetime indicate times of significant initiations, as well as the core issues that may occur at these times in order for each individual to trigger a profound healing and an opportunity to create huge realizations and awaken latent gifts and talents.

The first Chiron transit occurs anytime between ages 4 and 23 years of age and gives us the chance to identify with our sense of self on Earth. The second transit opens one up to their life’s path. The third transit often creates painful times of self-discovery. The fourth transit occurs for everyone at the age of 50. During this transit Chiron returns to the exact sign and position it was located at the time of one’s birth. This transit creates the change of life, thereby delegating the direction and resources to find more of our life’s purpose.

If you are interested in identifying your individual Chiron wounding and knowing, from a Transference Healing® point of view, how your wounding can influence your life and what gifts can be obtained by embracing and overcoming your wounding then please contact Carla Forsyth or (973) 320-3815. Simply becoming aware of your wounding can be healing, empowering and can significantly shift your consciousness. However, if you would like to go deeper into the healing of your core wounding please be aware that this issue is worked on in every full, advanced Transference Healing® session I offer and I would be honored to work with you on this if this information resonates with you.

The source of all information in this article is the founder, anchor and channel of Transference Healing®, Alexis Cartwright. Some information in this article is from her book, Beyond Doorways.

Carla Forsyth,, is a Transference Healer, among other healing modalities, including Reiki and Pranic Healing. Carla assists people in remembering who they really are and how to move from the 3rd dimensional bubble, filled with fear and struggle that we are free to leave behind now, into the 5th dimensional world that exists around them.

Guest Blog ~ Marina Ormes, of “Astrology Heals”

Times of Change: Astrology and Evolution 2012-2015

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Many of us find ourselves bouncing back and forth, sometimes pretty dramatically, between optimism and hopelessness. The symbolic wisdom of astrology helps us understand and navigate these powerful times of transition and transformation. What is happening? What does it all mean? What are we becoming?

Astrology and the cosmos can provide some insight into how we are changing and why. From my perspective as an evolutionary astrologer, I see the difficult and sometimes painful circumstances that we must confront as an important step in our learning and growth, both on personal and collective levels. The challenges we face are necessary to push us into taking greater responsibility for our circumstances.

We need to expand both our hearts and our minds to be able to handle the awareness of truths that are beginning to dawn on us. These truths include, but are not limited to, new discoveries being made by science about the nature of the universe, how our bodies work, and what is taking place at unseen dimensions. They include the necessity that we transcend war. And they include confronting the limitations of existence on a planet whose resources are being depleted as we speak.

The importance of us “getting” these lessons is no less than the fate of humanity and the planet. But there are powerful signs of real change. So many of us are awakening to the areas where we can no longer compromise personal empowerment, because personal empowerment is the source of hope. When you understand who you are, why you are here, and how you are here to make a difference, you can stand in your unique perspective and speak, act, and choose from the truth which comes from your essence – that which brings meaning and fulfillment to your life.

Here, in a nutshell, are the astrological “indicators” of change.

Transition to the Age of Aquarius

This is a long-term transitional period, not one that takes place in a single moment, or in a single year. It refers to the approximately 2000-year time period that constitutes an “age.” The age of Pisces began around the time of the beginning of Christianity. Ages refer to a gradual “slipping” of the zodiac which takes place when observed over long periods of time, or the position of the Sun in the zodiac through our seasons as compared with its position against the backdrop of remote stars.

Symbolically, the age of Pisces referred to giving up our power as individuals while depending upon a representation of the divine – generally an authority figure – to tell us what to do. In many cases this power was claimed in bloody and terrifying ways. We submitted to it because the alternative was to be outcast from the safety and protection of the collective culture and society. Conformity, and giving up individual needs and styles, was what ensured the survival and continuation of the community.

The age of Aquarius refers to us reclaiming our power as individuals as the center of divinity and power shifts from an external figurehead to an internal authority. As we make this shift, the evolutionary pressures placed upon us are to now give up the necessity of conformity and become our own centers of authority and decision-making. Each of us becomes a center of divine power with access to our own inherent truth and individual way of being.

This transition feels like a crisis because as we step into our inner authority and divinity, we must give up deep-seated beliefs that we will be tortured and killed for doing so. Each of us has our own version of this story, and each of us has our own suppressed inner voice to claim.

The Pluto-Uranus Square

In 2011, this long-term transit came within a degree of exact, causing us to feel the collective crisis and impetus for change. In astrology, a “square” means that two planets are 90 degrees apart in the zodiac (as they are viewed from Earth). Squares are felt as conflict, crisis, or pressure.

The square between these two planets is part of a cycle that began during the 1960s when the two planets were conjunct, or together in the zodiac (in Virgo). During the 1960s when Pluto, the planet of transformation, power, sex, and death met the planet of sudden change, individual expression, rebellion, and revolution humanity experienced a collective wave of awakening. Into existing power structures the archetypal truths of individual and sexual empowerment, social and environmental movements, substances that could instantly alter consciousness and perception, and cries for equal rights exploded like hot lava suddenly escaping from a long-dormant volcano.

The problem is, conjunctions are completely subjective. The energies emerge without knowing where to go, or what their ultimate purpose is. It is now our task, 50 years later, to decide what we are going to do with the energies that were unleashed during the 60s. We are under the extreme pressure of this square – stuck between a rock and a hard place – or between the reality we have created and the freedom we can imagine – and we are forced to choose what we are going to do about it. The Pluto-Uranus square will be in an exact 90-degree relationship a total of seven times between 2012 and 2015 (due to the fact that both planets are far away and move slowly, and also due to retrograde periods).

Outer Planet Placements in 2012-2015

Pluto: Pluto is in Capricorn. Pluto brings transformation and massive change to the sign of structure, tradition, and authority. It will continue to express itself through this venue, removing the security blanket of knowing what we can count on (financial systems? political structures? family structures?) and opening the doorway to rebirth. Pluto does not determine the nature of the rebirth. We do that.

Neptune: Neptune shifts into its home sign of Pisces early in 2012. Renewal comes through new ways of knowing the divine, and spirituality opens us to new levels of awareness and understanding. Escapism into altered states (virtual realities? vision quests on crack? giving our power away to illusions or false promises?) and other substitutes for knowing the infinite nature of divine source are the pitfalls we must avoid. On the positive side, infinite potential and divine love become real and accessible.

Uranus: Uranus is in Aries. Uranus is the planet of individuality, rebellion, and authentic expression. It is taking us through the journey of Aries: the sign of pure essential being. We must be the Aries warrior and fight for what we believe in, for what our inner authority knows to be right. We must also be the divine fool and not be afraid to make mistakes. Aries is the sign of action without thought, of new life as it strives to understand what it means to exist. Without movement, without trying, without risk – we will die inside.

So, in a nutshell, we are creating a new world. What will this new world look like? We are deciding. We are deciding right now and in every moment. Our choices determine our future.

The universe is asking: will you speak, act, and choose out of fear and the limitations of the past? Or will you honor your past choices while giving yourself permission to choose differently?

Will you choose from the heart? From the truth? From courage? Are you willing to stand up and create a new future that is based not in what you know, but what you can imagine?

By knowing yourself, you can make choices that emerge from who you are, and not what you are trying to protect yourself from. I suspect that as we grapple with who we really are, doorways will open to an incredible future.   

© Marina Ormes 2012-2013. All rights reserved.

Marina Ormes RN, HN-BC is a board certified holistic nurse and an evolutionary astrologer. She uses the insights of astrology to support healing at the levels of body, mind, emotion, and spirit.