28th – 29th December 2013: Time for a T Square!

Discerning the Path Ahead

As the year approaches its close the heavens invite us to engage in some radical reflection. Of course it is common at this time of year to look back over the months just gone and anticipate those to come. 2013 has been a deeply challenging year for many and often not what was anticipated. The build up to the end of 2012 with some speaking of the birth of a new age in an instant, the end of karmic cycles and all manner of other-worldly happenings left many feeling monumentally let down when life continued largely as normal and then, for many, became even more intense than it had previously been!

From an astrological point of view, however, this was all pretty much par for the course. The birth of a new astrological age does not occur in the blink of an eye, and the burgeoning Aquarian age is no exception. We have a way to go before we are anchored in its vibration, and despite points along the way which provide us opportunities to more readily facilitate its embodiment on this planet, we must also accept the greater timetable of transformation which necessitates we undergo a process whose layers and nuances occurring across time and space are an integral part of its very nature. We cannot separate out one from the other, reaping the change without undergoing the process. It just doesn’t work that way!

Which is one of the key messages delivered by the cosmos this weekend, in the form of an increasingly intense T square formed by Mars to the on-going Uranus/Pluto square, incorporating both Mercury and the Sun in Capricorn come 29th December. This is no peaceful, gentle end to the passing year but a swift rap across the knuckles to remind us there’s no time for complacency!

There’s work to be done and it’s up to us to do it. What that work looks like will vary according to who we are and the areas of life in which we now face our deepest challenge. We each know what those areas are and we will know what we need to do if we listen deeply enough to our inner voice. Given the nature of Mars, Uranus and Pluto this work will require courage and fortitude, either to break away and bring about change through radical action or to stay put and bring about change through radical forbearance, a quality often overlooked these days, in which so many are feeling a deep calling to freedom and self-expression.

This weekend we are encouraged to consider where we find ourselves on the spectrum between zero-tolerance of what’s not working in our lives and unwavering patience with it. Neither end is better than the other, it is only for us to discern where we are and what that position requires of us. Do we need to break free and if so how and when? Do we need to grit our teeth and tolerate for another week, another month, another year? And if so, how do we intend to do that in such a way that our spirit, rather than withering, is fed by the karmic blessings of endurance in the face of life’s challenges which could otherwise break us.

Accompanying this powerful T Square is a Small Talent Triangle formed by Neptune, the Sun and the North Node, reminding us there are important skills and gifts to be applied to this situation. One of the key purposes of frustration is to reveal those very gifts which remain hidden until such times: the discovery of an unknown strength, a deeper insight than we have encountered before, an all encompassing experience of the Divine which comes not at a time of peace and satisfaction, but in our time of despair when we think we can’t go on. Likewise the call to courageous action, which requires we let go of much in which we invest our identity and meaning, itself holds the gifts of courage, the skill of focused intent expressed through direct action and the blessings of freedom to redefine who we are.

Interestingly, at such times it is often those most comfortable with radical change who are called to wait and bear with. And those most familiar with patience and forbearance who are required to leap without a safety net and embrace the unknown in all its awesome glory. Such is the balance at the heart of the cosmos: we are all being challenged to develop the qualities we most lack in order to become evermore rounded and full human beings, capable of whatever’s required to bring about the birth of the Aquarian age.

So it is against this backdrop that the heavens ask us to reflect on where 2013 has brought us and the next step on our journey of awakening.

Sarah Varcas


Sandra Smyre 29th December 2013 8:36 am

HAPPY 2014 Sarah! You are such an inspiration to me and I so appreciate your messages. I was one looking for the softer easier way at the end of 2013, and had to work my "duffy" off to get back on track and not lose hope. Your messages kept me feeling connected and part of something exciting that has to be worked for diligently. Thankfully I can see huge changes in self and know sweet Gaia is changing rapidly. May you be filled with the beauty and love of the cosmos. Namaste :smitten:

Anni 29th December 2013 12:22 pm

I have always found your posts so insightful and relevant Sarah. However as the end of this most challenging (to put it mildly) year approaches, the metaphor you use 'being rapped on the knuckles' only serves to make me think of the harsh school teacher that rapped me on the knuckles for being unable to learn my lessons as a child. And I feel at this point, I have had my knuckles rapped once too often and want nothing more than to run and hide in shame. I have had quite enough. I no longer feel any love nor comfort nor consolation. Just a daily reminder of how much I have failed to learn, how much I seem to be unable to 'get it' and as a result, how much I just want to quit.

keryndawer 29th December 2013 2:42 pm

I'm so grateful to have awakened to your message this morning Sarah...it is exactly what I went to bed crying and despondent over...not knowing which way to go. How can I make an end to a seemingly endless, unbearable situation (physically and mentally for me) when there are zero options for others involved? If I have to stick with it I need help!...and it seems to me none is coming (and I have asked!). Just knowing that this is what many others are dealing with is extremely comforting. Thank you.

Sending Love, Hope, Strength and a Peaceful mind to all during these challenging times.


twinkle 29th December 2013 2:44 pm

Anni, I so understand how you feel and am in a very similar mental and emotional state. I guess we just have to dig deeper still as it seems the only way out is through and the only viable path is that of love. Happy 2014. Further up and further in.

twinkle 29th December 2013 2:44 pm

Anni, I so understand how you feel and am in a very similar mental and emotional state. I guess we just have to dig deeper still as it seems the only way out is through and the only viable path is that of love. Happy 2014. Further up and further in.

keryndawer 29th December 2013 2:50 pm

Your post, Anni , especially touched me. I believe I can truly feel what you are experiencing. Please do not quit!!!!

Truly and with Love and Light ,

Anni 29th December 2013 4:11 pm

Keryn and Twinkle, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement.. yes there is comfort in knowing I am not the only one feeling discouraged and disheartened at this time.. it is soooo hard though!! Keep on keeping on is all we can do! It would be so nice though, to read just one post where the planets just want to tell us we are doing fine :huh::???

shapeshifter 30th December 2013 1:49 pm

It doesn't help me to know that everybody is in the same boat if the boat is sinking.

That's a clear indication to me that I have to find a different way to go with the flow.

I also choose not to be rapped across the knuckles with a heavy duty T-square or "rulers" of any kind in order to learn my lessons.

Can I use my gift card to access some of those deeply hidden gifts instead?

twinkle 30th December 2013 3:44 pm

Dear Shapeshifter,
Thanks for the reminder - I'm sure I have a gift card squished up in the bottom of my handbag. Will give it a try ;-)

Noel2 30th December 2013 5:54 pm

Thank you Sarah!!

For Anni - Please realize you/we are perfect just the way you/we are. However long 'it' takes is the right amount of time. There is no rush.

Anni wrote:

I no longer feel any love nor comfort nor consolation.

If you can ground yourself with Mother Earth, you will feel the love. When you breath in deeply, direct your breathe to your feet (which are flat on the floor/ground). As a side note, we are constantly being showered with love.

Anni wrote:

Just a daily reminder of how much I have failed to learn, how much I seem to be unable to 'get it' and as a result, how much I just want to quit.

We are all a 'work in progress', wherever we are at the moment is where we're supposed to be.

I read this the other day:

Unknown wrote:

If you could see yourself the way God sees you, you would smile a lot.

We're all just doing the best we can....

Anni 1st January 2014 5:22 am

Noel2... I hope you get this. Thank you so very much for your encouragement...and for going to the trouble of reading and replying to my post. It was/is most definitely what I most needed to hear and be reminded of...Many best wishes for 2014 and THANK YOU :)


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