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EMERGING ARCHETYPAL THEMES:

The Hunger Games

The Female Hero: Uranus in Aries: The Courage to Be Yourself

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Cathy Pagano


The Hunger Games by Lionsgate

Aries, considered the first sign of the Zodiac, begins when the Sun comes north of the equator at Spring Equinox.   When the Sun resumes its journey here in the north each year, we experience a new beginning, a return of green, growing life.   Many religious holidays celebrate this season as a time of new life, of Resurrection and Freedom.   The reverse is true of our friends south of the equator.   They've just celebrated the harvest and the coming death of the year at Autumn Equinox as the Sun moves away from their southern homelands.

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Just as the sign of Aries starts the astrological year, the energy of Aries is all about new beginnings and a new sense of identity.   Aries' energy is energizing, exciting, driven, self-confident and enthusiastic.     Aries are the explorers, the pioneers, the scouts, and the leaders of the Zodiac.  

And this year, Aries carries a primal spark of lightning, because the planet Uranus is moving through the early degrees of Aries.   Uranus symbolizes the energy of awakening, of innovation, of rebellion and originality.   In the sign of Aries, Uranus is energizing us with a new sense of ourselves, an awakened sense of ourselves, as if we've been hit by a lightning bolt.   With its square to Pluto in Capricorn coming up, the call to discover a new identity includes using that new identity to help recreate our society.

This sense of quickening is accelerated when an archetypal story helps give this new energy a structure to coalesce around.   A story gives meaning to what we're doing, as well as providing clues on how to "pass the tests' of the issues being raised.   The Aries quest is that of being true to your original Self.     We are here at this moment in our history to meet the challenges and deal with the issues facing our world, and we will need to find the hero and heroine within ourselves.   Uranus in Aries can inspire us to find and embrace our archetypal identity.

So this month's blog is about one of the Aries lessons that help us discover our true identities.   This is the lesson of finding the courage and self-confidence to be ourselves, even under fire.    

The Hunger Games

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I was delighted to discover that the movie version of The Hunger Games was almost as good as the book.   I chose it as my example of Aries' courage and self-confidence because its main character, Katniss Everdeen, is a beautiful example of a young woman finding the courage to meet her destiny and the self-confidence to do it in a truly feminine way.

For those of you who don't know the story, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games is about a possible future when America is controlled by the wealthy few who control the rest of the country.   One way they do this is by making teenagers from each of the 12 provinces participate in a yearly lottery which sends two of them -- a boy and a girl -- to fight to the death in a televised event called The Hunger Games, which combines the cruelty of our wars with our sick fascination for reality TV shows.  

Our heroine, Katniss becomes one of the contestants when she volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the lottery.   The story contains some interesting social commentary on our present society: the ruthless power-plays of government by the rich, the waste of our collective creativity on irrelevant social fads, the narcissistic cruelty of a rich and bored society which can fully enjoy the suffering and death of others while warmly loving their own children.    

I read an article by Joanna Weiss, a columnist for the Boston Globe, which viewed our heroine Katniss as a bad role-model for our girls.   After reading the article, I understood why she thought that.   She wanted Katniss to express confidence like a male character!  

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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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We need stories to inspire us.  this month's ... by Cathy Lynn Pagano on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 8:57:17 PM