New Zealand Summer SolsticeFriday, December 26th 2008 @ 5:02 PM
As the world becomes smaller, those of us that live in isolated countries start to find our voices. New Zealand was chosen to be the first major country to see the beginning of a new day by accident by the International Meridian Conference in 1884. The idea was to set a boundary through the Berin Straight between Russia and America holding a line 180o from Greenwich, England. The line then runs in a jagged vertical path down the globe, just past the eastern side of New Zealand.
Metaphysically, there are no accidents and so we must look for the symbology in this choice. Many of the larger and more dominant countries and their people will argue that there is little if anything in this premise. I want to explore another interesting anomaly that arose on the summer solstice that has just passed. From an astrological perspective the solstice in the southern hemisphere marks the ingress of the Sun into the sign of Capricorn, and marks the shortest night, longest day.
The significance of the solstice this year (2008) is that Pluto was also sitting at 0o Capricorn and thus in exact conjunction on the solstice. The innermost solar fire meeting the deepest darkest extreme of life and death. The soul meeting itself in the underworld, in shamanic journey a person enters the underworld in search of their soul. Of course, this is true wherever a person lives. In New Zealand the ingress conjunction happened in conjunction with the IC, the lowest point of the heavens. Perhaps that is not so startling, however this is a Capricorn event, and the ruler of Capricorn is Saturn which, for NZ, is sitting just over the ascending horizon, the only planet actually in the sky. In opposition, Uranus has just gone down over the descending angle.
So what does all this mean? If we consider what the Sabian symbols have to reveal about this specific moment, a certain relevance appears. The sabians suggest that each angle reveals the answer to the questions, why, what, how and whereto. These are the most important questions for answering any query.
In this model I am going to assign the why question to the descendent. With 25o Pisces - Symbol: A religious organisation succeeds of overcoming the corrupting influence of perverted practices and materialised ideals. It notes that it is the power of the soul to intervene in one's personal life to induce necessary catharsis. It is the overcoming of exclusivism, pride, jealousy, greed for power and wealth. This is the crisis of purification. The global crisis laid right at the door of NZ. This concedes that the current religion is money, and the organisations are the banks.
If that is why, that what is it we are talking about? The ascendant shows what at 25o Virgo - Symbol: A flag at half mast in front of a public building. Public recognition of a task completed to its ultimate fulfilment. Actually, we might say this is a sign that something of a public or social standing has finally died. There might be a ceremony to honour its contribution and yet it might be in the collective interest that it has passed on. The old style of economics has fallen, grown old, out-dated and is no longer valid. Supply and demand which has kept the majority of the population in thralldom is ended, the Saturnian leveller has flattened the playing field, as the wealthy have so long promised. Remember Saturn is sitting right on this angle.
How has that happened, and more importantly how to move on. How is answered by the IC with its Mars/Sun/Pluto conjunction activating it. At 27o Sagittarius - Symbol: A sculptor at his work. The ability to project one's vision upon and to give form to materials. Shaping the social-geographical environment to reveal to others one's innermost life and purpose. Self-projection into one's work. The new leaders are those with the creative forces guiding their hands. It is time now to put on the clothes of practical spirituality, carving out a new form of structure. How do we know this is the way? The ingress of Capricorn 1o Capricorn says, symbol - An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe. Power and responsibility are implied in any claim for leadership. The capitalisation of authority.
Finally whereto? The MC (the highest point) 27o Gemini - symbol: A gypsy emerging from the forest wherein her is encamped. The process of repolarisation. A conscious attempt to leave behind the tribal-instinctual stage of earthbound existence and emerge into the realm of mind and complex, tense interpersonal relationships. Taming "wild" drives.
Adding the position of Saturn into the mix, we find the symbol saying: A royal coat of arms enriched with precious stones. The king is the spiritual symbol of unity of an integrated nation. It is in the place of taking "royal" office, the end to the Royal road of spiritual attainment. The moment of warriorhood.
The Moon is in the place of sudden revelation of the mystery of life and death. Introducing the state of clairvoyance. The mind is open to the multifarious wonders of natural processes, because it sees everything with fresh eyes, not only witnessing simple facts, but piercing through appearances and perceiving the great rhythms of universal life.
With these two in place we find that the method for emerging into a new consciousness in 2012 is to bring a balance back to the expression of polarity. The symbols suggest a masculine creator after the feminine re-emerges from her hidden place amongst nature, where she can take her rightful place offering refreshing psychic insight.
Thus, in the middle of midsummer's night a new dream emerges. The country of the first light offers a pathway forward, a warrior's path. New Zealand was first visited and mapped by Capt James Cook in 1769 just 8 years after Pluto went into Capricorn in the last cycle. This was the at the time of the industrial revolution, which marked the technological change we have all lived through and which is coming to an end. The next revolution that we are standing on the brink of will be a revolution in consciousness. We are on the brink of seeing the world from a completely different perspective.