What the F*ck is Going On?

(This is part 1 of a 3 part series)

Archetypal cosmology is a language of patterns woven through time and histories. Astrologers learn to read this language as it correlates to the rhythmic chorus of the planets in our solar system and so, in times like these when the movements crescendo, we are often asked to try to explain what the f*ck is going on. Has anyone else been wondering about that recently?

I’m writing this in mid-April of 2020, almost five weeks into my state-mandated isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m doing alright, really. The days are rolling in and out like waves and I seem to have found a rhythm in it. My weekly cycle tends toward two days of despair and frayed nerves with lots of crying, followed by three days of feeling like I quite enjoy being home all the time and not even having to think about wearing button-pants, rounded out by another two days split by worrying about my loved ones/the world/everyone who is struggling more than me, and just staring out into the void. Amidst all of this I am working from home for my day job, attempting to not fall completely flat as a doctoral student, trying my best to get my cardio in, and giving astrology readings when I have the time. I am lucky to have work. I am so lucky to have work! I realize that I am very lucky to have work. And at the same time, right now, when the world is a very uncertain place and I’m working with three good days per week, working is very, very difficult.

Through everything; the worrying, the fear, the sporadic irreverence, and the sobbing grief, I am deeply grateful to have the language of astrology to contextualize this time. And if you would like to know more about what I understand regarding the patterns of whatever it is that’s happening now, you may keep reading.

Explaining astrology to non astrologers is difficult. It’s like trying to describe a foreign language to someone who doesn’t speak it. In person and over my zoom readings I tend to use my hands a lot (“see, this is a square and this is how it works,” [hand movements it would take paragraphs to describe]). I’m going to do my best to make this brief because if you’re anything like me right now you don’t have much of an attention span for anything longer than a couple of pages (cue a 5 minute mental digression to best practices for maintaining a sourdough starter, or how many pole beans you’d need to plant for an entire season if you had the space, or when you’ll be able to hold your friend’s newborn again…)

One way to describe the effects of transits – the movement of the planets, including the Sun and Moon, in our solar system relative to our position on Earth – is to use a wave metaphor. One might look ahead at the transits to their own birth chart just as a surfer would look out at the sets of waves rolling in at their favorite spot before going out into them. If we can observe the patterns and rhythms of the waves – how and where they are breaking, how often they come in, if there is a pause between sets, etc – then they might have a better chance of knowing what kind of ride they’re in for. It would be laughable to suggest that a surfer could change the waves, just as we cannot change the kneading of the outer planets that plays through our lives, but a surfer might take a different board, wear a different wetsuit, or choose to duck or ride based on the pattern if they know them. Are you still with me?

Major outer-planet transits happen slowly, like waves unfolding in slow motion. They build, crest, and settle. Depending on the length of orbit, these  transit waves might last for months, years, or decades. They might have one crest or they might have two or three. Part of how the patterns play out is the way we ride them.

 

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Join me this Thursday evening at 7:00 pm Pacific time for an astrological conversation with Rick Tarnas, Chad Harris, Laura Michetti, and myself. For more information visit the Facebook event page: Gimme Shelter: Reflections and Strategies for our Current World Transits

Workshop Announcement

Astrology: Past, Present, and Future

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A workshop for the new year, on the New Moon, January 5th in Berkeley, California.

Register here: http://lauramichetti.com/classes/
View our Facebook event page here: Astrology: Past, Present, and Future

Join us for a daylong workshop to explore astrology—past, present, and future. Drawing on the history of astrology, gain new perspectives on your natal chart through ancient wisdom, connect with the archetypal zeitgeist of the present moment using personal and world transits, and aim for the future horizon with integrated astrological practices for the year ahead.

This workshop is designed for students with varying levels of intermediate astrological knowledge but beginners should feel welcome as well (we will recommend some reading to prepare you).

Cost: $225 (sliding scale available – inquire at the registration page)

About the facilitators:

Becca S. Tarnas, PhD, is a scholar, counseling astrologer, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien. Becca received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in Environmental Studies and Theatre Arts, and MA in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. Her research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She is currently teaching as an adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Laura Michetti is a writer, teacher, astrologer, cultural historian, mythologist, storyteller, and doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Astrological Arts and Sciences at Kepler College in 2007 and has lectured and taught widely on the history of astrology and the ecological power of esoteric wisdom.

Lilly Falconer, M.A. is an archetypal astrologer, integral intersectional feminist, writer, activist, artist, and doctoral student of archetypal cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She writes, works, and offers astrological consultations out of her home at the edge of the woods in California’s Bay Area.

When: Saturday, January 5th, 2019. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with a lunch break.
Located at Rainbow Heart Studio in Berkeley, California.

Endless Summer Astrology

A special offer at a big discount to celebrate my favorite (birthday) month: 60-minute natal chart readings for $60. Available in-person at my home in Berkeley, CA, or remotely via Zoom. Offer good until September 30, 2018 only. Contact me for scheduling.

Happy harvest!

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*Photo taken by me at the Summer Solstice sunset on the island of Erraid, Scotland, UK 2018.

 

The Beginning Place: opening my astrology practice

Welcome friends, family, clients, and collaborators to my new website. This feels like a very big deal. Near the end of last year I set an intention to open my consultation practice to the public. Since then I have been slowly moving toward that goal by beginning to charge a reasonable fee for readings, organizing my home office to host clients, testing my Skype abilities during a trial-run reading with a dear friend in El Salvador, and most importantly making time in my busy schedule to study, write, dream, and speak about archetypal astrology.

As I write this post I am aware that the Sun is at the zenith, nicely warming my little office at the edge of the woods in the Berkeley hills. Jupiter is still working back and forth in the potent t-square to Uranus and Pluto. The tight trine between Saturn and Uranus is potently activating my own natal lunar stellium. Mars is opposing Saturn. And Neptune, squaring the Sun for a few days, is crossing over the descendant horizon.

We can’t pick our transits, but we can always choose how to ride the swells, swirls, waves, and mountain ranges that the universe endlessly and generously conjures.

With this thought I am reminded of one of my favorite songwriters, Bill Callahan, whose song, Riding for the Feeling is a beautiful, melancholic expression of some of the places we go when we’re most in need of the language of astrology: when we’re in so deep that we realize we’ve got to reach out for a thread to follow or else drown in the mystery. As an astrologer it has become my deepest goal to offer a light to the threads and webs of meanings, correlations, waves, and ranges of my clients paths and psyches.

This work is deep, powerful, and a reminder of the generosity and love flaring forth through us as expressions of the archetypal cosmos.

With love, gratitude, and prayers for a blessed journey,

Lilly Falconer, astrologer.