This year’s Orion Alignment happens to coincide with the period between the Sagittarius lunar eclipse of 5 June (the centaur who is also a hunter/archer) and the Cancer solar eclipse on 21 June when we begin a fresh six month soli-lunar cycle. One that will take us to the December 2020 solstice portal, which leads to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius, activated by a fresh set of eclipses in the Gemini-Sagittarius axis in November-December (which happens to coincide with the US mid-term elections).
This ‘gateway’ period between 5 and 20 June is likely to be a time of major information downloads, flashes of insight, knowledge upgrades and realisations, which could lead to a reclaiming of latent gifts or abilities cultivated during previous incarnations.
This is also a great time to heal solar plexus issues (and therefore the old paradigm of relationships based on manipulation and the exertion of our willpower in order to get what we want). Instead, it signals a time to find new ways to express our ideas and beliefs, and assert our points of view, philosophical beliefs and intellectual needs that do not result in arguments, violence or clashes of will/ideas/politics. Venus will be travelling with the Sun, reminding us to ‘make love and not war’ and to focus on empowering ourselves and stepping into our sovereignty, rather than descending into chaos, guilt-persecution cycles, and/or victim-perpetrator consciousness.
In fact, I see it as a window in which to ‘unlearn’ some outdated ‘warrior’/fight or flight responses to differences in opinions, morals, ethics, perspectives, views, and beliefs, as well as interpretations of natural/man=made laws and how to enforce them. These are all Gemini-Sagittarius issues highlighted by the polar opposite energies of the Sun in Gemini (= ideas, politics, media, communication, persuasion) and Moon in Sagittarius (= beliefs, philosophies, faith, ‘preaching’, ethics, the law and judgement) at the time of the lunar eclipse, which is all about closing out cycles, releasing old patterns and transmuting/resolving karmic issues. Not knee-jerk reactions, mass hysteria or triggered behaviour.
No form of violence can ever be excused in a society that wishes to call itself decent.Nelson Mandela
Beyond the Victim-Bully Paradigm
There is a reason why Mars was at the head of a T-square to both the luminaries at this particular eclipse. It is telling us that the Martian ‘might is right’ attitude (police in the US) as well as its corollary response, the idea of rioting, demonstrating or marching against/fighting any cause, which is equally combative/defensive – needs to be moved through and transcended. This may relate to the galactic event known as Orion’s War, which some believe has yet to happen (once humans get into space), and given that timelines can always be influenced by what we choose to do now, we could see this as an opportunity to clear and transmute skewed beliefs and outdated paradigms surrounding power, subjugation and its relationship to knowledge and belief systems that might otherwise continue to play out in human history as we move forward in time.
Viewed from a higher perspective, it is important to remember that our souls do not identify with skin colour, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference or any other social structure or power-based ideology.These are illusions, designed to teach us important soul lessons here on Earth School – but nothing more. The soul is ABOVE identity politics, religious creeds or any other intellectual/social construct not based in love, and this needs to be borne in mind when it comes to the present chaos and division we see playing out on the world stage.
Instead, Venus and the Sun, together with Neptune in Pisces, are urging us to see with the eyes of the heart: to look beyond difference to what unites us (universal/humanitarian principles such as fairness, equality, fraternity and liberty for ALL, as embodied in the Age of Aquarius). It’s time to move past victim-perpetrator consciousness (represented by Mars & Neptune, which form a conjunction on June 11), which is a bottomless pit once you start to move in that direction (especially once certain people/groups start to compare wounds/traumas/war stories and compete to see who has been the most mistreated).
The energy of the eclipse is urging us to move closer towards a place of sovereignty and self-empowerment (Venus conjunct the Sun) so that we can free ourselves from the wheel of karma and the illusions of slavery/helplessness and control/domination that are the hallmarks of what some would call ‘separation consciousness’. Both are forms of manipulation – one, works through fear; and the other, via guilt.
When it comes to transcending destructive emotions like fear, guilt and shame, as well as outdated power and social structures rooted in domination, (often resulting in blocks/destructive beliefs in the will centre and the mental body) the only recourse is: acceptance, repentance/restitution, forgiveness and healing.
No problem is so deep that it cannot be overcome, given the will of all parties, through discussion and negotiation rather than force and violence.Nelson Mandela
Remembering the actions and words of great peacekeepers like Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama can also help us keep on track and avoid the ego-based pitfalls of the blame game. As Ghandi once said: “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” Instead, we need to remember that: “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,” and “Apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made.”
Let your anger (Mars) at injustice motivate you to do things differently, to be the change you want to see in the world; and let your empathy for the weak teach you to be more humble, compassionate and less judgemental (Neptune) of others.