This could not be better timing. In the hammock swinging days of summer, 5 planets are headed into retrograde to cover a period of 5 weeks. Their “retrograde” is of course relative to earth. Which is where I live. And you. Its our perspective and starting point. A retrograde is a celestial happening when the planets are on a particular portion of their orbit where from the earth’s vantage point it looks like the planet stands still or is going backwards. It isn’t, of course, but it appears so, to those who are paying attention.
This is an astronomcial event.
The astrological event is how it plays out in our lives.
Stay with me here.
I love the planets. I think they are mighty players in our existence that work their work whether we believe it or not, whether we are paying attention or not.
A little like Gravity. We don’t have to think about it too often. Or the moon and the tides, intricately linked. We don’t think about them much, but that doesn’t stop gravity or the moon.
The Creator who thought it would be interesting to have the Cicadas underground for 17 years of their 17 year 6 week life span…..the same Creator who thought into being the various forms of clouds that bring rain or shade…the same Creator who made your circulatory system……formed the planets made of various minerals, gas, and matter……for a reason.
So, when planets go retrograde we can pay attention and use the gift from the Creator and continue our development with purpose, or we can go about our business and wonder why this or that is happening. Go hang in the hammock and ponder what comes up: keep it, or let it go.
In general, retrograde opens up space and energy to reflect on what has been in our lives, so that we can move on into the future without baggage. If you’ve been doing your work, then this is just a brief view through the scrapbook memory, until a photo catches your breath and you are there breathing the scents, feeling the temp, hearing the sounds and feeling the feelings of the event. You then get to decide if you are still caught in a developmental way….stuck…..stagnant…….and if it’s time to release this hold. Or you can say, that is an event which is so formative for my ongoing sense of maturing that I’ll keep it.
If we have not been doing our work, provided by the classroom of the retrogrades, then it can be a very painful time in this stalled and back-traveling time. Likely we’ve put a lot into avoiding facing our pasts. This is an option. But know that it is an option that is not a good one. Forgiveness, release of sadness, understanding the viewpoint or actions of another, seeing how that event/that person has affected your ongoing life…..these are all important parts of living a vibrant life. You deserve a vibrant life.
You don’t have to believe that retrogrades have actual impact on our spirits, psyches, and bodies, like I do.
You can think of retrogrades as archetypes….or metaphors……..which will help you if you have issues with any religious prohibitions toward astrology.( And boy, would THAT be an interesting thing to look at….our fear of moving outside of religious prohibitions., but we’ll save that for another Sunday.)
In the end, the God that you follow desires your growth, your wholeness, your awakened being. Denial and Avoidance are not part of that scheme. Denial and Avoidance work against a Sacred Will in our lives. Covering up, just covers up. Do I deny and avoid? Certainly. And therefore, there are beliefs and wounds which still taunt my better self, my Sacred self, the me that I was created to be.
So, what have I been facing? Let me tell you! We are simply on the cusp of these retrogrades, but with the little cosmic mass called Chiron starting out the retrograde ramp up, like a tasty morsel of celestial appetizers……I’ve been deep in old wounds of needing to be loved….having love proved to me. Old old tapes that have not served me for a long time, but they are as sticky as molasses cookie dough that you can’t quite shake off your fingers. My story and imagination is that those old beliefs and wounds are still alive and integral to today’s relationships. Which they are not. They are not. But the only way I can disperse them is to face them, and to see them as false going forward.
And then….and then…..and this is important….replacing those old beliefs and wounds with something life giving. Like the absolute KNOWING that I am loved, or you are fundamentally good, or that God will forgive, or that it is ok to hug your kids and tell them you love them. Fill that old gaping vacuum before something else creeps in, like that same old belief when our backs are turned.
it is work. But oh, it is blessed work. You can do this work. And you don’t have to do it alone. But do it with someone who can step out of their own stories enough to listen fully and deeply to you. Do it with someone who basically shares your belief system but is enough different that they can offer a perspective that just might shake you free of what ails you. Do it with someone who has done enough of their interior development that they know how it feels to be set free and desire the same for you.
I believe in my health and well being as an active, loved, vibrant, right-now-thing.
And I believe in yours.
O Cosmic Christ
Savior of worlds and Compassionate Heart
set the clouds in motion above us in our stratosphere
ride the planetary orbits as you breathe new life upon us
open our eyes to see that the best is indeed within our grasp