23rd / 24th April 2014: Cardinal Grand Cross

Cosmic Satori

As the Cardinal Cross reaches exactitude we encounter the opportunity to step outside of everyday consciousness and concerns into a landscape altogether new, in which the four elements air (Mars in Libra), fire (Uranus in Aries), water (Jupiter in Cancer) and earth (Pluto in Capricorn) present everything we need to begin again should we choose to do so.

This cosmic event brings the notion of satori to mind: the experience of awakening as taught in Zen Buddhist tradition, which sometimes arises not as a welcoming liberation but as a force of such power that it tears apart all that is known leaving the awakened one effectively broken – but free – in its wake. Satori embodies the trauma of awakening, the breaking apart of self and soul in the moment of recognition that both are false gods designed to keep us safe in our narrow, tiny lives. If we contrast this with the goal of replacing an undesirable self with a more desirable one, inherent in many spiritual teachings, we can come to appreciate the entirely different order of experience available to us now.

The Trappist monk Thomas Merton once described love as ‘the only revolutionary force capable of producing anything new’. These words also resonate with the energy of this week, for love is a raw force of such transformational potential that we, the human race, have sought to reduce it to hearts and flowers, I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine, and conditionality which demands all manner of pay-offs before commitment is made. The cosmic forces aligned right now mock such inconsequential associations with the most powerful force in the universe and will tolerate them no more.

As we journey through this week immersed in the rays of this rare alignment, we could too easily overlook the vital importance of this time. We may continue to seek refuge in the familiar, allowing change but only so far as we’re comfortable with it: conditional change on our terms. Or we may seek an experience of transformation which comes as a treat, satisfying our need for it to look and feel a certain way, delivering us to a particular destination. But any and all preconceived notions of possibility must be open to challenge right now, ready to be blown out of the water at any moment to make space for a whole other order of experience, of which we can barely conceive until it has arrived.

This is a revolutionary time, no doubt about it. Old concepts and expectations are being shattered, no matter how sacred they may have been to us. Life is not what we thought and nor are we. The life force itself rises up to take control of our lives, no holds barred and with little regard for what we think ‘should’ be happening right now.

And at times of such revolutionary spirit, as Thomas Merton recognises, love is a vital ally, the ‘only… force capable of producing anything new’. For if we cannot soften our ego edges to allow a radically new perspective or to embrace the demons within ourselves and others, nothing really changes. All we do is recreate from the same old ingredients, believing ourselves to be formed anew.

This time will not return to us. There will be others in due course, of a different order and resonance, to help us move through the most intransigent aspects of our psyches, but this particular opportunity is a rare and valuable one. If we can open ourselves to its energy and resolve to allow change to be what is necessary and not what we ordain it to be, we may discover that awakening is more powerful than we ever conceived, than we could ever conceive. That it introduces a whole new order of being which isn’t about happiness, personal satisfaction or living the life we want. Instead awakening is revealed to us now as the very essence of the incoming Aquarian age which demands that we live in a state of radical trust, a recognition that if we can dream it, it is too small for these times and if we want it with all our heart then our heart yet needs to expand beyond it.

Whatever we believe transformation and awakening to be, the Cardinal Cross brings a new beginning which challenges all notions, reminding us that to know is to limit possibility and to believe is to impose form upon a universe that we have not even begun to understand.

Sarah Varcas

Comments

grammanet 22nd April 2014 8:11 am

Thank you Sarah! I am grateful :) for your incredible posts!

Many Blessings, Sanetha

keryndawer 22nd April 2014 8:40 am

WOW!!! BRILLIANT post Sarah. THANK YOU for this clarity about the Cardinal Cross. YOU are amazing :)

With Blessings, Love and Gratitude,
Keryn
Xoxo

michaelcharley 22nd April 2014 8:48 am

Holy sh#t.

LOVE!

Bring it.

Peter fox 22nd April 2014 9:51 am

Brilliant!!

cyndy 22nd April 2014 11:56 am

A Sarah translation of Cosmic Yum!

Skyhawke8 22nd April 2014 12:17 pm

Thank you Sarah.
I sometimes wonder if we fully grasp the depth of your meaning here.
If mere words can convey what you sense in your heart.

You are one of the best at conveying in words. I love your wit and raw way you share.
... And the energy that surrounds your posts helping me to "get it" from a deeper place of knowledge and understanding.

... Love is the most powerful force in the universe.

... Love is a verb.

... What would (will) love do?

... What will love do through me?

Thanks again Sarah for your beautiful insight.
You are a powerful and wise healer.
I appreciate how you show up to help awaken me. :smitten:

CD 22nd April 2014 12:46 pm

You NAILED once again Sarah! -- BRILLIANT post!!
Will send to my lists, and post to my FB pages.

A part of me has been waiting a very, very long time for this shift
And I have already been experiencing the shift before it has actually occurred,
(in that my facilitators informed me that I'm 'futurized'.)

I sense that none of us in our "tribe" have been comfortable with the low, dense vibe we've been in during the Kali Yuga, termed the "Burning Iron Age" according to the Hindu timeframe map. The only thing about the Kali Yuga is that nobody seems to agree on the end date of this dark age. I just researched it, and everyone has a different slant on it.

In any case, we can lift ourselves out of our own "Kali Yuga" and I have begun to have that experience with the current shift coming up that is helping to heal the hangover from 12/21/2012, which brought up a lot of darkness in everyone, (not like the prediction, which I never believed in the first place.)

Well I'm babbling away here, back to work/play!
Love and Appreciation to you Sarah for your contribution

zorro 22nd April 2014 6:26 pm

"This cosmic event brings the notion of satori to mind: the experience of awakening as taught in Zen Buddhist tradition, which sometimes arises not as a welcoming liberation but as a force of such power that it tears apart all that is known leaving the awakened one effectively broken – but free – in its wake."

Sarah, you nailed the energies with this one right here. Thank you for you for the depth of your insights, which do not go in noticed or appreciated.

Lots of love...

Lynnetessatulip 23rd April 2014 1:29 am

These words of wisdom SO Resonate with me !~ Thank you

songofexistence 23rd April 2014 6:59 am

Thank you Sarah for a powerful rendition of this grand cross. Out of the many that I've read these 2 weeks, yours jumped out at me. Why? Because it presses us all to be so much more ... To understand that to be more, we have to reach beyond our very dreams. We have to know that if we think that we know we are limiting ourselves. Beautiful! Thank you.

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Sarah Varcas is an Intuitive Astrologer, committed to decoding the wisdom messages of the cosmos for the enrichment of peoples’ lives.

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