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The Cosmic Story: April 2014's Cosmic Cross and America's Challenge

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At the moment, one of the critical energies affecting America's birth chart is its approaching Pluto return.   None of us will ever live to have a Pluto return, which takes around 240 years, but the USA is going to have our first Pluto return in 2022.   When a planet returns to its birth degree, we have to look at the archetypal energy and re-birth it in a new form.     We are at the very end of a cycle that deals with power.   We have to reconsider our use of military, political, economic and cultural power (Pluto in Capricorn).   We are being asked to reconsider what power is and how to use it.   Under patriarchy, power has been used to dominate.   Hopefully, as we reclaim feminine consciousness as equal to masculine consciousness, we will have a society that knows how to channel power without trying to own it.   But until then, we have to go through disruptions that will break down the old system before we can create a new one.    And as we are seeing, the old system isn't going 'gently into that good night'.   That's why all of us have to step up to the plate and get involved.

Two of the planets that make up this Cosmic Cross sit exactly on America's Sun in Cancer (our identity) square Saturn in Libra (our responsibility to others).   America's challenge has always been to grow up and take responsibility for ourselves and others; to become a real leader.   We've done this in the past, but now that we're the only superpower we seem to have lost sight of our original mission.   Now it's all about what's in our economic best interests rather than meeting everyone's true needs.   Like autocratic children who only think of themselves, we have descended into narcissism.   It's all about us!     Donkeys!

Jupiter is in Cancer exactly on America's Sun, giving us a refresher course in cosmic law that can either regenerate our cultural identity or just make our arrogance more blatant.   Americans have to go back to the basics of what it means to be free, since freedom is the basis of our cultural myth.   What happened to the brave ancestral spirit that cried 'give me liberty or give me death' when faced by an autocratic government that did not care for the common good?  

The spiritual power Jupiter bestows in this Cosmic Cross is not about following rigid religious dogma but rather a spiritual vision that makes us better people.   In Cancer, the sign of the Mother, Jupiter's power lies in the hands of the Great Mother, who understands what people really need to blossom into adult human beings--a safe environment, a good home, lots of love, trustworthy security, creative outlets and a strong sense of community.   (Cosmic Law 101: Mothers are shaped to love the life they give birth to.)

That's where Pluto in Capricorn comes in.   Pluto stands across from Jupiter in this Cosmic Cross--two really big powers struggling to construct a strong connection.   At their best, these two powers want to work together to make us more aware of what makes for a life-enhancing, healthy society.   To this end, Pluto has been busy undermining social structures that are no longer attuned to their original purpose.   Pluto's transit through the sign of our social structures is showing us how unhealthy they are.   The American way of life is sustained by junk food, whose only purpose is to feed the greed of imaginary corporate 'people' whose only god is money.   Pluto's telling us it's time the world went on a diet!   (Cosmic Law 101: Fathers were originally shaped to help protect us from and connect us to a larger world.)

Signing the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull

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Our government and financial sector have been hijacked by the military-industrial complex, an economic system that only serves its own self-interests.   So Pluto is helping uncover its corruption and decay.   Our job is to implement the changes we need to make to create a sustainable culture that helps people attain the original promise of 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'.   That's where we got off-track.   Our bridge (the patriarchy) to a sustainable culture broke.   So far, corporations make lousy mothers and dictatorial fathers who are not very good examples for the other 'people' in the world.   (Cosmic Law 101: Corporations ARE NOT people.)  

Mars retrograde in Libra is exactly on America's Saturn in Libra, challenging America's natal Cancer Sun. Mars energy helps us act on our desires, and when it joins with Saturn in Libra, it pushes us to take fair and balanced actions that lead to diplomacy rather than war.   I understand how passionate people are about their beliefs, but those beliefs are often so unconscious that they blind us to what is really going on.   When the U.S. Supreme Court votes to allow even more money into politics under our 1st Amendment rights, they are saying that money equals freedom of speech.   Sorry Supreme Court patriarchal justices, WRONG!   Their decision is really about the freedom to manipulate power. But many people don't see that; instead they can only see the old story about Democrats and Republicans--rather than the truth that America's highest court just declared that 'Might/Money makes Right'.     King Arthur would be ashamed!

Mars in Libra uses our will and Saturn's focus to help us speak truth to power and stand up for the Truth without getting caught up in non-essential arguments.   Libra is an air sign, so it is concerned with how we socialize with each other, how fair and just our system is.   It's important now to add Saturn's discipline to our actions and words.   Hone your passions and stand strong for your values.   You'll find ways to communicate the truth so that others can see the truth for themselves.  

Mars symbolizes our desire nature, our passions and our assertiveness.   With Mars in Venus' sign of Libra, Mars becomes the White Knight, the True King, the protector of all beauty and grace and love.   Mars in Libra is in love with Venus, acting on her behalf to bring harmony and balance into any situation.   Mars stands at one arm of the cross to make sure that we act on our ideals.   We just have to remember what they are.   (Cosmic Law 101: When feminine and masculine energies work in harmony and balance, they give birth to abundant life.)  

Across from Mars on the cross stands Uranus, the original freedom fighter, the archetypal power of revolution and sudden change.   In Aries, this Power awakens us to a new identity.   Aries is the archetypal realm of primal fire and desire, where we ask these questions: Who do I want to be!   What do I want to do?   How can I be a leader?   We've talked about Uranus as our access to the archetypal realm of the starry night sky, the cosmic principles which shape our lives here on Earth.   While Jupiter knows the meaning and purpose of those archetypal principles, Uranus gets us in touch with them, cracking us open to plunge us into the archetypal processes that shape our souls.

Uranus in Aries wants to revolutionize our identities, shattering our old, patriarchal ego-identities which suited us well for survival in modern society, and awaken a more primal identity which meets the needs of our world in crisis.   Warrior, healer, bard, wise woman.   Just a few examples of what we are meant to be.   What we need to become if we are to live out our destiny and help shape the future.   (Cosmic Law 101: Self-definition comes from within through the power of the archetypes.)

We have four archetypal Powers channeling the energies of the 4 directions, grounding us in the here and now, providing a foundation for a new birth.   Uranus, the rebel leader who connects us to our purpose.   Jupiter, the lawgiver and storyteller who inspires us to have faith in our visions and gives us a mother's love in our hearts.    Mars, the defender, the great power of desire that helps us stand steady and reach out a hand to heal and help.   Pluto, dark lord of the power of time, moving us forward by killing off what needs to die in order to survive.   Powerful and perilous energies that need a human heart to channel them into life.        

Through the cardinal action of motion, these Powers turn the Cosmic Cross; and through the energy of the 5th square, they usher in a new era, a new consciousness. We are the grandmothers and grandfathers of the future.   Can we really let the children of the future suffer for how we misused the Earth?   We have the capacity to grow up and work with Mother Earth to create a heart-centered world--a world at peace and in balance.   A world that values both the individual and the community.   A world where men and women, masculine and feminine consciousness are both held in equal honor.   A world which uses our creativity to enhance life rather than create death.    It will take a lifetime of exploration and dedication to achieve it.   But if we choose this path, the future holds so much promise.  

This month's Cosmic Story heralds change. What kind of change depends on those of us who step forward as stewards of the Earth and visionary activists.1 Are you willing to step into the story and become an agent of change?   Then go home and let the story live in you.

Walk in the Light,

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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Forget about tax season!  This is a game-chan... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:03:39 PM
Cathy, Thanks for the excellent article.  A... by Linda Laurin on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:45:39 PM
I agree, but these are the things that have to get... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:46:59 PM
it's not so dire as all that."We may add to the gr... by martin weiss on Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:19:09 PM
I often have a hard time understanding the languag... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 2:54:43 PM
Let's hear it for the Visionary Activists! Thanks ... by eesabi on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 4:15:47 PM
Your article has me moving into my day awake in my... by Sandra Lindberg on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:05:51 AM
You showed a chart for the Declaration of Indepen... by Paul Easton on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:00:21 AM
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I used next week's eclipse chart so it's not exact... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 4:24:40 PM
When we lose all hope, we need the voices of activ... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:29:57 AM
be assured events will overtake the current pueril... by martin weiss on Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:06:24 PM
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