Most astrologers use the 27th of April as the birthday of South Africa. Often at 10am. I think it's a bit more complicated than that given the voting stations had just opened. It's a bit like saying someone's birthday is just after their mother went into labour! Anyway a number of days starting on the 27 till around mid May work for various reasons.
Astrology is often a bit forgiving. Sometimes a clear pattern emerges in the chart that will be reflected in multiple places. One of the best ways into a chart without an exact time is to take a look at the Nodal Axis. This represents the path of Soul into Embodiment. We all, countries included, arrive with our souls wanting to expand into the material realm. Much of our life is dedicated to the path of individuation. And the nodal path as well as the aspects it makes show us how to do this and what obstacles we face in this life. It's to do with the developing I as opposed to the dissolution of the separate self.
Astrology is dispassionate. It goes well beyond your personal feelings in the moment. It takes you deep, quick!
So let's take a look. Often the Nodal axis is interpreted to be what we leave behind (bad) and where we must go (good but difficult). It's partly true but there's more too it than that. In South Africa's case that narrow interpretation is hopelessly inadequate. South Africa's sun is nearly in the same place as the South Node. It's an extremely bad idea to leave the light of the sun behind! The sun is the purpose and the light of the chart! So for South Africa to move forward to meet her destiny We have to include the Light of the past. Including our past lives! While our dark past is regularly acknowledged we very rarely give any time and consideration to the light of the past! I think it would be really useful for South African's to scan over the past recent to ancient and integrate that past light.
But be careful!! South Africa's North Node is conjunct Pluto. Pluto is the God of the Underworld. He expects you to navigate your underworlds and face your personal deaths. The astrology indicates that we are pretty capable of that and it is helpful. Pluto also demands impeccable use of power. You don't get to manipulate, or blame, or project. Power demands you take responsibility. I'm not convinced we are doing very well at all!
The whole process is hindered by our unhealed wounds and because we are unhealed we have lost our ability to be in service. Until we learn to serve we will hopelessly flounder. (Chiron square nodes in Virgo)
Lastly, for now, South Africa was born in an eclipse window. Eclipses portend political change and in fact Nelson Mandela was inaugurated on the day of the actual solar eclipse. It is the traditional day of the change of sovereign. The king or queen dies and a new sovereign is put in place. As for the whole country being born then means our country has a dharma to bring about political change for the world. Many individual political reformers were born on an eclipse or in an eclipse window. This aligns perfectly with the mystical seeing so many have had "As goes South Africa, so goes the world".
Things are not looking pretty it's time to reconnect with who we are. We must take responsibility for the way in which we wield our power as individuals and as a nation. We have to remember we are here to serve something bigger than ourselves and we have to find the light in both our near and more and more distant past and integrate it. Without the individuals in the country taking that on board, it's highly unlikely we'll achieve any of the enlightened dharma that is possible for South Africa.
At this time we’re living through the collision of multiple crises. Politically, socially, economically and environmentally things are increasingly falling apart. I think we have probably reached a stage where no one is really in denial any longer. Even is someone claims things are all ok, it’s likely that they are feeling the multiple stressors on an emotional level and are acting out in some abhorrent way.
It’s clear from the way many people are behaving that the stress of these times is almost unbearable. From political leaders to our friends on Facebook it seems clear that common sense and common decency aren’t really playing a part. This is what happens to the human psyche when things get beyond the egos ability to control and direct it’s future.
The human ego is a set of conscious, and automatic but consistent, responses to the world. For many people, for much of the past, it has been a sufficient way to deal with the world. Our egos are programmed from our time in the womb, through early childhood and into our adulthood by our families and the society at large. For the most recent past that kind of programming was sufficient to enable us to be able to be functional in the world. There were rules that worked and well worn paths to follow. Knowing how to navigate them was easily passed on. We may look back and see huge error in the way humanity has lived, however it got us through the day, until round about now!
Up until our current time, holding onto the status quo was acceptable, even ideal. At the very least it was normal! Change was slow and incremental and nothing much changed in the basic structure of how things are.
Times have changed!
Right now we are sitting with a collision of crises. The ego as it has been developed over the last few hundred or even thousand years is of little use to us anymore. The paradigms of good and evil, inferior and superior, heaven and earth and actually any of the dualities but especially good and evil no longer hold. We are being asked in no uncertain terms to go beyond the house that ego built.
If we look at any of the great mystical traditions, however, we’ll see that actually there is a path for times like these. Or at least a pathless path!
We are in the Sacred Space of Intiation.
So what happens in an initiation? It’s easy to kind of vision what the end result may look like. At that point we have found a new path, a new way of being, one that is much more appropriate for our current circumstances and position in the world. What a relief that would be!
So how does the path into that mythical future place look?
The first part is to note how we hang onto what we think and feel is ‘right’.
We hang on to our favourite ideas about how things should be. Perhaps, like much of the right wing world, we hanker for a patriarchy, where men were men and women were women! Perhaps were holding onto an apparent far distant past. An ancient matriarchy where everyone co-operated and women’s power was fully acknowledged! Perhaps we hang onto science, believing that if we only apply the new technology and the proven results of the experiment we’d all be fine. Perhaps we hang onto the written word of some other other religion. And then we get onto FB and fight with each other for the supremacy of our own point of view! Religion will save us! Science will save us! Capitalism will save us! Communism will save us! And you! You with your point of view, you are wrong, and what’s more, you are making my life go down the drain with your stupid opinions! If you would just see what I see, it would all be fine! Really!?
It’s kind of unbearable! I’m sure you have all felt the energy drain that Facebook is on most days in most places! Or you read the news and despair at the futility of it all. It’s a drain because convincing each other of the rightness of our way is not going to get us anywhere at all! It’s really just a reflection of how insecure each of us is in our egoic position.
Insecurity does not feel good. It’s not really much fun at all! But that is where we are at. We are living in world system that is no longer secure. No matter how much we push for control, it’s not getting any more secure. The environmental crisis alone should make that clear but any place you look is good enough.
I think despite ourselves we all agree on one very big thing. Where we are at is untenable. It’s not going to see us through.
Any experienced mystic will know and recognize this place. It’s the place where the ego can no longer make things work. It’s quite simply too limited. It lacks capacity. Nothing we can think or from where we are at now works. The mind is useless! If you’re not used to this place, it is terrifying. Even if you familiar with it, each time you approach the initiatory gateway it’s an abyss. It’s dark and it’s at least a little bit scary. Practise may make you jump in a bit quicker. Practise may make you accustomed to the idea that your fear is not as real as you might think. Practise may make you know that what currently feels like annihiliation has always in the past lead to a rebirth. No matter how many times you have walked though this kind of doorway, it is scary and it feels, at least a bit, like you might die. You’d also know with experience that your choices will increasingly diminish, there are no escapes. Even if you find one, it’s at best temporary.
All is not lost though! In these dark places you do have some allies!
The first is having a ‘beginners mind’. It’s, ‘I don’t know the answers here’. I am currently not capable of dealing with this and I actually don’t know if I ever will be capable of dealing with it. It may just annihiliate me but it also may not. I just plain and simply don’t know!
It’s a tricky place to go to, especially the first time. It’s important to stay present with what comes up for you. There can be no initiation without coming face to face with your fear. What you fear is individual although there are some very common fears: Like facing the guilt, shame and regret of upholding something that actually may not be true or facing the fear that I may be a useless, inadequate being. Whatever your fears may be though, you really have little choice but to look at them in the eye and say ‘have your way with me’. Choosing anything else will only have the effect of darkening your world. The wisest choice by a long shot is the deepest surrender of which you are capable.
Another great ally is to rely on the wisdom teachings. Nothing that I experience is permanent. Everything that appears to and in me is illusion, ephemeral and just passing through. What makes an appearance is not real and has nothing to do with my Sacred I am Presence. I am the space where this happens, not the phenomenon passing through. Neither Am I the reaction of my ego to the phenomenon passing through. I am Sacred I am Presence.
And then just remember to breathe! You can’t die if you breathe!
“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, We will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”
― Guillaume Apollinaire
As we move deeper and deeper into the collision of crises that besets our world, many of us are becoming very clear that enormous structural change is required in order to even survive into the future. When we look at the enormity of what has to be done we can easily become overwhelmed. The truth is that we are in this together and it’s going to require a collective shift in consciousness for us to emerge into a new and more beautiful world.
From an evolutionary perspective we currently live in the age of power. Human consciousness is grounded in the third chakra, the centre of power and will. The general aspiration is to be a winner and avoid being a loser. We have learned many of our lessons in power through the abuse of power, creating victims and tyrants. In fact the main dynamic we have created is the victim|tyrant dynamic. As a collective we have created elaborate systems of oppression often based on difference in class, money, race and gender.
In order to move out of the current paradigm some rather major changes have to happen. Perhaps we can see some visionary new structures emerging on the horizon but they seem slow and somewhat ineffectual in coming into being.
Our deep responsibility to ourselves and to our planet at this time is to become actively involved in an evolutionary co-creation.
So what can we as individuals do?
One of the most useful understandings for me was to understand that this is not the first and only time humanity has been through a consciousness shift. There have been several, and mostly they are lost in the mist of time but many of us are remembering and reconstituting some of the ways we remember from our own distant past.
More than 5000 years ago humanity lived on earth in a very different way. While we already had ‘civilization’ it is clear from the lack of defensive structures in the archeological record that we were a deeply non-violent society. Women were held in high regard, which is evident in the art and the enormous amount of goddess cult objects. The sizes of homes were all more or less the same reflecting a lack of class hierarchy. That the society was not patriarchal and that power was not a big issue is clear. It seems the ideas of the day were more around creativity and fertility. People were concerned with how to generate.
My own evolution was deeply catalyzed by knowing that another world is possible. If you would like to go more deeply into that, I highly recommend tha you read one or all of the following books:
“The Chalice and the Blade” by Riane Eisler
“The Fall” by Steve Taylor
who also has an excellent website:
“The Alphabet vs the Goddess” by Leonard Shlain
The talk is also on Youtube but not as good as the book!
Once your mind is opened up to the possibility of a paradigm shift the most essential ingredient is there!
A reference to the classic yogic chakra system is very useful to understand, here it is in very simple terms:
1. The first Chakra is the level of survival. Not so much as we experience it as a fear space but very much survival in tune with the natural world.
2. The second chakra the seat of fertility and creation.
3. The third chakra is the centre of power and the will.
4. The fourth chakra is the centre of love and the beginning of the breakdown of the harsh edge between self and other.
5. The fifth chakra is the centre of truth and expression
6. The sixth begins the awakening into the deeply transcendent aspects of being: The dissolution of separation and the experience of the universe as Non-Dual.
7. The seventh chakra is the centre of the realization of Divine Oneness.
While we all have access or at least potential to access our own being at each of these levels, our egos are structured in a rather specific way in any given epoch. What happens is that the ego assembles around a given level of consciousness reflected by our parents and the society at large in a given period of time. This is known as the assemblage point of the ego.
In order to make a profound shift into another paradigm the assemblage point of the ego needs to be shifted. We need to ascend our consciousness from the paradigm of power to the paradigm of love (or higher). Each individual making this journey adds a little bit to the collective shifting of the assemblage point of our society.
So that’s the next useful marker on our little exploration of leaving 3rd dimensional consciousness behind. But now we get to the truly profound work of transcending our egos and moving into an actual new paradigm.
In order to do that, perhaps the first step is intention or aspiration. We need to make the call, at least inwardly, to use our energy to move more deeply into our hearts and into truth. (4th and 5th Chakras and 4th and 5th dimensional consciousness)
Intention always sees us a long way, it’s perhaps the most important ingredient in any magic spell! And shifting your consciousness is a magic spell of epic proportion! I remember balking at my teachers suggestion that I place sticky notes all over my house that say “choose love” but I got around it by buying objects that reminded me of that and are beautiful too. The point is reminders are good! Many teachers try to remind of this all the time. The Dalai Lama has often stated that his religion is kindness. That’s it, kindness to others, the world and ourselves.
As soon as there is a demand to choose love, we start to encounter all our obstacles to love. The obstacles are configurations in our egos, expertly put in place by our parents, schools and society at large, but long since internalized in our own selves as truth. These must generally slowly and painstaking be let go of. As Rumi so eloquently said it: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
My own and many seekers experience will tell you that love in itself is somewhat unstable. The next task on the list on our map of permanent dimensional shifting is to find the tools that stabilize our love. The first is truth. We have to become dedicated followers of the truth. In order to aim for Truth we have to accept truth on our way. Sometimes this means facing some aspects of our ego that we would rather not. Other times this means expressing truth in a social or public setting. It’s a journey but the commitment to truth is an essential step.
While we are at a beginner or even intermediate level of shifting paradigms it is really useful to get help. This is because most egos put up an almighty resistance to the idea that they are no longer useful or necessary. Many illusory aspects of the personality come into the light and if we are not careful we simply believe them and don’t grasp the transcendence that is literally possible right there on the horizon. In the process of our ascension we have to look at all our beliefs and ways of being and surrender them in truth and love to our own higher dimensional soul selves. As we do that our lives smooth out, we become more engaged and a sense of excitement and adventure is rekindled in us. We become part of the collective evolutionary process that our whole planet is on right now and we begin to experience our soul selves as part of the great cosmic plan. The intense experience of separation between ourselves and others as well as ourselves and the natural realms begins to dissolve. We begin to fully grasp and understand the complex process our civilization is going through at this time and to heal and restore ourselves into a natural and beautiful state of balance.
I hope this article is inspiring for you and that you begin or continue on this path of deep soul work.
Much Love and Many Blessings