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Emerging Archetypal Themes: The 60s, Peaceful Revolution & the Beatles

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As we enter the astrological month of Cancer, we get to work with the archetypal energy of Mother and the birth of our emotional bodies, the ability to integrate our soul's purpose into consciousness.   Cancer teaches us the value of emotional intelligence, creativity and nurturing, and works in us to help us feel secure in our own skin, because we are living our truth.   Cancer is a cardinal sign, coming at the turn of the seasons, and so it is action-oriented.   Cancer's intuition picks up the surrounding "vibs' and steps in to make things "better'.    Or that's the intention.

The archetypal Great Mother gives birth to the Universe as well as to each one of us, and how we relate to the Great Mom tells us something about how we feel about ourselves.   The good Mother is one who loves us for who we are; the negative Mother rejects who we are.

While we each have our own moms to contend with, we also come out of a cultural matrix (mother, womb).   And everyone born in the 1940s up to the present day has the same cultural matrix - the 60s!   Whether you were there or not, your emotional body has been shaped by your response to what happened in the 60s.   So no matter if you or your parents were hippies or yuppies or conservative Christians, the 60s are alive in you.    

For some, the 60s were a disruptive time when everything went to the dogs; for others, it is a continuing source of inspiration and hope.   It is obvious that the patriarchy is paired with the Negative Mother, sending out a negative message:   "Who among us is perfect enough that we no longer need the "fathers' to guide us?"   The patriarchy is alive and well in our government institutions, busy trying to legislate how we can live and what we're allowed to do.   But because the Great Mother returned to our consciousness in the 60s, especially when we saw "Earthrise' from the Moon, the positive, loving Mother wants to let us know that She supports our growing up at last, encouraging us to take responsibility for our own lives and for each other.   She's maturing our emotional bodies and turning us into adult human beings, all the while reminding us to stay young at heart and playful, creative and caring.

The Cosmic Story: The Return of the 60s:

Pluto and Uranus: Bringing Change to the Next Level

With the call for CHANGE getting louder and louder, is it any wonder we're all feeling the echoes to the 60's?

I don't know about you, but I lived through the 60's and I just know they're back! It's a feeling, it's the similarities of social unrest -- and it's something more cosmic. I know it because I know that a cycle that began in the mid-60s is coming up to a major crisis point in 2012 and the planets that create this cycle are now at 90* to each -- a bending of energy that calls us to the Hero's Journey to create change where it is needed. These energies stir up the pot -- change is in the air. But what are we going to do about it? Because all the good energy in the world can go to waste unless We The People do something.

There are many people who still question whether Astrology has any connection to this energy of change we're feeling. My astrologer friend Caroline Casey says, "Believe nothing. Entertain possibilities! Astrology is not a belief system; it is a [symbolic] language of the dynamic interplay between our interior life and the exterior world." All we can do in the face of the immensity of life is to entertain possibilities. Why not imagine, for a moment, that these possibilities exist? That we are connected to our planet, to our solar system, to our galaxy, to each other. Scientists know that we are affected by the Solar cycle of sunspot activity as well as by the Moon's cycle.   If we really believe we are all made up of the same cosmic "stuff' of creation, then it isn't too far a stretch to entertain the possibility that we are influenced by each other, and by the planets.

Did you know that most of Western civilization's greatest philosophers and scientists were also astrologers? Check it out for yourselves.     I'm using information from an amazing, award-winning book called "Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a new World View" by Richard Tarnas, a professor of philosophy and depth psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Tarnas spent 30 years researching astrology, (at first to debunk it!) and came away with the view that there is a direct connection between planetary movements and the archetypal patterns of human experience. He explores the planetary cycles and how they play out in human cultural events.

In the 60s, two planets aligned in the heavens in the earth sign of Virgo -- Pluto, the planet that represents the archetypal energy of death, re-birth and evolution, and Uranus, the archetypal energy of revolution, innovation and freedom. They were joined during the exact conjunction in 1966 by an opposition from the planet Saturn, representing the archetypal energy of form, authority, maturity, frustration, and constriction in Pisces, the sign of the collective unconscious.   There was a cosmic call for the old forms (Saturn) to dissolve (Pisces) so new life could emerge.    A headline from the 60s that God is Dead was a sign of this dissolution.   Of course, the old ways didn't want to die, and they made an even bigger grab for power as this new possibility started to grow.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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