In Darkness, Illumination
Throughout this year Pluto opposes the Black Sun. We need to take note. The Black Sun refers to the heliocentric aphelion of the Earth: the point from the Sun’s perspective, when the Earth is furthest away. It speaks of an opportunity to face the shadow aspects of human nature with such courage, fortitude and honesty that we can pass through their flames and emerge into light whole, no longer in need of the defences and denial which frequently keep such aspects of our nature in the darkness of the unconscious. As such, the Black Sun offers a choice: to embrace all we are and thrive or be consumed by that we wish we weren’t and shrivel into a half-life of avoidance, projection and self-deception.
Pluto we all know: that fearsome yet awe-inspiring force of destruction and transformation so much spoken about in recent years, given its on-going square to Uranus. Pluto demands total honesty from us, a demand we rarely manage to satisfy, human nature being what it is..! And it demands authenticity, such that anything which stands between ourselves and the expression of our true nature is swept away when the time is right, whether we like it or not.
Usually we don’t, at the time, only to discover in due course how much freer we feel for it having gone. Sometimes we fight Pluto’s power like our life depends upon it, only to discover we were right, but not in the way we thought. For Pluto sees clearly where we are dead and seeks to bring us to life. We, on the other hand, frequently perceive ourselves to be alive when we are dead and the life-giving power of Pluto to be death itself, such is the disparity between our notions of what it means to live and those of this mighty cosmic presence.
You may notice here similarities between the power of Pluto and the opportunity of the Black Sun. They make formidable allies and this year, as they line up at 180 degrees to each other, we are blessed with the most incredible opportunity to do the deepest work upon ourselves, to look into the darkest places, the greatest pain and to move through it all triumphant, emerging whole and resplendent in all that we are on the other side. We now have the mightiest allies in this part of the journey. Never have we had such a powerful opportunity to transform these bastions of ego and pain which hold us back and keep us from birthing the Aquarian Age.
But it is work, not a magic trick. We have to commit and it takes courage. Those issues, feelings, memories, fears, they live in the darkness of our unconscious for a reason. We put them there because we didn’t want them to be a part of who we are. And yet they are, and until we can bring them out into the searing light of the Black Sun, look them in the face and own them, we are not whole. And if it needs nothing else, the Aquarian Age needs us whole, because there is much that needs to be done to birth the Aquarian ideal on this planet and it cannot be birthed by half people living in the shadows.
So this is the initial heads up. There’s plenty more to come in due course and I’ll be writing about this process in the coming weeks. My updates have been scarce of late (sorry about that!) as I’ve been working with this energy and processing its messages for us. I want to get it clear so we know what we’re dealing with! It feels huge. Huge can be scary, I know: monsters in the dark rearing up out of the blackness. Huge can also be all-embracing, so inclusive that no part of us can ever be in exile again. It’s the latter huge we can, together, bring into being. It’ll take courage, commitment and fortitude, and we’ll need to create an environment of love acceptance, compassion and rigorous honesty to see each other through.
The darkness of the Black Sun is the blackest black you could ever imagine. It is the background which enables the most illuminating light to shine, for without the darkness we would never know its opposite. As we look into the Black Sun it says there is nothing to fear but fear itself. An old adage but a true one! Once we can face our deepest fears and know them for what and who they are, we will be forever free, basking in the graceful light of an age in which fear can no longer set the agenda, and we are divided, within and without, no more.
Love to everyone.