As the Dragon's Head (north lunar node) moves through its introductory passage of Capricorn, the time is at hand to plant ourselves in the future. These final degrees of the highest sign (the lunar nodes always begin at the end of a sign) possess a rare ability for vision. The kind of vision Capricorn generates is earth-tempered, cosmic vision that only comes from profound wrestling in the soul.
Each of us is linked to the grand design of all that can happen in our world. Each of us is traversing a lofty Capricornian realm, containing wisdom of how to spring earth life to the full measure of what it can be. Each of us also gets tripped up, again and again, by the parts of ourselves that resist this vision. Each of us is a product of karma and ancestry, ignorance and grace. Capricorn is the twisting, turning, torquing action needed to free our true selves from the limited versions we settled for. Capricorn is the rigorous, hands-on journey of wrestling with our own resistance until we transform darkness to light.
Like grapes we're being squeezed in the Winepress of the Gods, whose pressure bursts impurities out of us, and floods our soul force out of its interior containment into the world at large. Capricorn is the testing, initiating, pressing action needed to strengthen us from within, to push us through distortion and blockage. To get us to finally awaken and claim the life set aside for us when our soul first chose to be human.
The purpose of this high-pressure worldwide initiation is to get us off our accustomed, acculturated trip into something new. Just because you're a wounded, imperfect, uncertain man or woman is no reason to bar yourself from the future. Just because you've reached for the gold ring so many times and come up short is no reason to excuse yourself from the festival of life.
If you're stumbling into your inadequacies, hooked on your demons, plagued by a
nightmare of wrongness, don't fret. It's just the sign of the times. It's just the winepress of the gods squeezing everything up and out of you that needs to be purged. When you wrestle with darkness like this, when you take on the maddening state of being a fucked-up, muddled up, lusty, ignorant, and absolutely, divinely perfect human being all at the same time, you gain a self-mastery that can never be stolen by any force in heaven or earth. You gain a presence that resonates. You gain a voice that speaks through the crossed signals of a distorted age, and spreads the kind of authenticity that's contagious.
This is time is the time to look back and take stock of the world you created, the relationships you formed, the psychic contracts you signed. This is the time to renounce the need to be anything you're not. A great wave of awareness is sweeping down from alpine regions of Capricornian consciousness. A rush of fresh air is sweeping the collective consciousness of the species, flooding our obsolete culture with the enervating energies of hope and possibility. The revolution we waged in the 1960s is going to be dwarfed by the one now in its infancy, which will rise to a high tide in the coming years.
The main difference between then and now is that this transformation will transcend quaint polarizations between Us and Them, between Freeks and Straights, Juicers and Heads, Hawks and Doves, Democrats and Republicans, Old and Young. The old saw of Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 will give way to a song of the soul having gotten fed up with a world of convention and limitation.
Last week I did a reading for a 52-year-old woman in urban Virginia. After 24 years working a good job at a large company, her position was just exterminated. They told her she could apply for another job within the company. She strongly feels she would get that job. Her co-workers assumed she'd apply, and were flabbergasted when she chose not to.
"I may me crazy, Mark," she told me, "but even though I don't have any idea-any idea at all what's in store for me, I feel this loss is so much more of a blessing than curse. This could be my chance to finally do whatever it is I'm meant to do here."
And that feeling, that Something's happening here that I can't be sure of, but I know it's leading me forward, is streaming through the world. I'm hearing it from Russia to Kentucky, Alabama to Ireland, Santa Cruz to Vermont. It's as if some dormant force that has lain low in the soul of the species is getting out of bed. That feeling of sensing some big change in the wind that is not yet clear, but is becoming unmistakable, is the key signal of the end of one age and beginning of another.
The 2,000-year long Age of Pisces is ending. 2,000 years of giving our power away to priests and politicians is ending. In 2012 we enter Aquarius, designed to awaken the slumbering power and wisdom in mass consciousness.
There's a new world to build. The blueprint is being brought to you by Sponsors of the Soul. Your presence is requested at this changing of the guards. Your own particular brand of magic is needed to seed the world with soul force. Everything pressing in on you now is designed to pop you out of former agreements and illusions, and open you to your full capacity. If you can't see it, you can smell it. If you can't smell it, you can imagine it. If you can't imagine it, get next to someone who can, and let them lead the way until your own spirit force kicks in.