Welcome to the March 2022 edition of the Cosmic Weather Forecast by Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry. We are indeed cursed, or blessed, to live in exciting times. So far 2022 makes 2021 seem tame in comparison. The Virgo Full Worm Moon opposes a stellium of planets in Pisces. Mind fog rolls in as astral glamours multiply and the US Empire begins to crumble.
This month we have seen the outbreak of the largest European war since the mid Twentieth Century as Russia invades the Ukraine. An estimated 3 million Ukrainian refugees have already fled the country. Putin's threats to initiate nuclear war have raised global tensions to levels not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early Nineteen Sixties.
Americans are sending aid, but there appears to be no military action against Russia that would not trigger mutually assured destruction. We are face to face with the limits of the American Empire's power as world policeman.
The Covid pandemic surges in China, the UK and Denmark could be predictors of a near term global resurgence. Meanwhile Americans decide the pandemic is over.
Environmental breakdown is accelerating far faster than expected, according to the latest reports by panicked climate scientists.
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Financial markets around the world are reeling as bubbles in stocks, bonds, real estate and digital money could be pricked by imminent interest rate hikes, new war related global supply chain issues, ongoing pandemic related problems, and fears of an imminent recession. Unprecedented economic sanctions on Russia are spiking oil and gas prices. Economists predict food shortages as Ukraine's massive wheat harvest will fail, and Ukrainian raw materials used to make fertilizer disappear from global markets.
Russia, China, Iran, India, much of Latin America and the Arab Petro-States are seeking new ways to undermine, bypass and supplant the role of the US dollar, while forging new alliances designed to subvert the power of America's global Imperium.
One month after the perfection of America's Pluto Return in Capricorn, America's worst nightmares are surfacing. Our once predictable future as leader of the global economy and world policeman has disappeared from sight. We have lost our way in the dark and fog. We cannot see or predict what lies upon the road ahead of us.
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As America has entered Pluto's realm of Hades, karmic payback is on the horizon. The collective consciousness can sense impending dissolution of consensus reality, and the level of public hysteria is growing by the day. The already polarized American public will most likely seek selected scapegoats at home and abroad as fall elections approach. The political system is ripe for a complete reorganization, which is likely during the next few years, under the influence of America's powerful Pluto return.
During active Pluto transits like this one, Empires decay dramatically, as we mentioned in last month's newsletter. What was perceived as solid dissolves into air. It's all happening a lot faster than I expected.
We are immersed in the fog of war, and it is impossible to know what to believe when we are all barraged by competing versions of reality from feuding, politically motivated geopolitical analysts in America, along with propaganda from America's enemies and frenemies abroad.
Now that America has entered the Underworld of Hades, every ghostly apparition appears to represent an existential threat. This is typical of the active Pluto Transit, which normally does dissolve one's illusion of reality and one's core essence, which must then be reconstituted at the molecular level over time before the journey through the Underworld can be completed.
Odysseus questions the seer Tiresias in the Underworld.
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The worst thing anyone can do in such a situation is to shoot from the hip. A calm, collected mind, a courageous heart and a commitment to seek guidance from Higher Mind are the essentials for a successful journey through the dark realms. In this newsletter I will focus on the spiritual aspects of current Cosmic Weather Patterns rather than engage in political analysis.
In the spirit of wise Odysseus, who sought the wisdom of the blind seer Tiresias during his sojourn in the Underworld, over this Full Moon weekend I intend to meditate frequently and seek guidance from my Guides and Teachers urgently.
I promise to continue my research into the origins of our multiple crises in the days to come, and I will sketch out some high probability future geopolitical, financial and environmental scenarios in a separate Global News Newsletter, which I hope to send to you soon.
After this week's Full Moon, we celebrate the first great Seasonal Festival of 2022 – The Spring Equinox, which occurs on Sunday, March 20 this year, when the Sun leaves watery Pisces and enters the sign of Aries the Ram. We celebrate the triumph of love, life and light over darkness and death at the start of the Astrological New Year on the Vernal Equinox.
This is a time of equal day and equal night, and in the Aquarian Age the Spring Equinox is a celebration of the Divine Lovers. Read all about it in our article entitled Spring Equinox Mysteries and History. And while you're at it, you may want to read about Holi: The Spring Festival of Colors, celebrated worldwide by 900 million Hindus. These spring festivals have more in common than you might think!
Full Moon in Virgo, Pisces Solar Festival Cosmic Weather Forecast
This Friday's Full Moon at 27°39 of Virgo, which occurs at 3:18 AM EDT, is called The Worm Moon in North America.
As springlike weather patterns roller coaster from unseasonably hot to snow and ice and back again, Jane and I have been weeding and creating neat, high rows in the garden.
We are delighted to see fat, long earthworms popping up as we do the work, because healthy worms create tunnels up to five or six feet deep, allowing water to infiltrate, slowing water runoff and aerating the soil, creating conditions for a healthy microbiome, and thus for healthy plant growth.
It's time to plant seeds. Prepping and planting the garden requires advance planning, good timing, the right weather conditions and methodical, painstaking work to yield the desired results many months in the future.
Careful, calculating, far-sighted management is characteristic of the Virgo personality, so there's a clear link between our seasonal cycle of garden tasks and the Constellation the Full Moon enters this Friday. We want to tap into our inner Virgo this month as Mother Nature tells us when and where to do what needs to be done.
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The Full Moon in Virgo opposes a large stellium in Pisces composed of Sun, Jupiter, Neptune and Mercury. Jupiter and Neptune are moving slowly toward the only major outer planet conjunction of 2022 in Pisces, which takes place on April 12. The conjunction will be extremely active between March 27 and April 27.
The Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces presents us with a cosmic energy signature that infuses the rest of the year with an array of outsize mental, spiritual and emotional opportunities along with ongoing, dramatic challenges to our mental and emotional stability and clarity.
The Neptune-Jupiter conjunction in Pisces enhances all efforts directed toward personal and collective spiritual evolution, sensitizing us to transpersonal and transcendental aspects of our life on Earth. With Jupiter super-sizing Neptune's influence, this year could be a doorway leading us into expanded consciousness, accelerating our journey on the path of Spirit.
Neptune in Pisces can open us up to a more compassionate, empathetic connection to our wider world and to the entire web of life.
Neptune is a transpersonal planet, an archetype that governs all that exists in the realms of the personal unconscious and the collective consciousness, expanding our consciousness beyond the limited mental states associated with the egoistic personality and the rational mind.
Neptune also symbolizes the transcendental experiences that bring our conscious awareness face to face with the energy of the unknowable Source of Universal Manifestation, known to the Chinese alchemists as the Universal Tao and to the Buddhists as the Void.
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Esoteric Astrology associates Pisces with the Sixth Ray of Idealism and Devotion, which has governed humanity's collective consciousness during the present 2000 year cycle roughly beginning with the birth of Christ, aka the Age of Pisces.
Idealism and Devotion are necessary virtues, but when they are accompanied by a narrow vision, the inability to truly "see" or empathize with people, tribes, religions or nations other than one's own, the results can be catastrophic.
The Loving Wisdom teachings transmitted by Jesus Christ, accompanied by the transpersonal and transcendent inspiration of the Holy Spirit elevated humanity to a higher level of consciousness, and stimulated Christ's disciples to devote themselves to manifesting an idealistic communion of spiritual seekers, united in their intent to manifest a Brotherhood of Love and Light on Earth -- the Communion of Saints.
Another manifestation of the imbalanced manifestation of Sixth Ray energy has been a blind devotion to powerful leaders who control large institutions purported to represent privileged idealistic visions of human society that must be implemented to the exclusion of competing world views, systems, social structures, philosophies and religions.
Ideological dogmatism in the Twentieth Century led to World Wars fought between competing forms of nationalistic capitalism, and competing socialist and capitalist forms of social organization, all claiming to be the exclusive key to establishing a golden age of humanity.
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These ideologies were primarily rational materialist in orientation. Adherents of these warring ideologies were willing to fight to the death for their leaders and their belief systems.
In these ways, humanity's collective consciousness during the Piscean Age has been dominated by a structured conformity to single minded, patriarchal, exclusionary, idealistic belief systems, and to a one-pointed focus on manipulating material reality to improve economic productivity, wealth and power.
This laser like mental focus has centered on the manipulation and domination of the Earth's material resources to facilitate individual and collective goals of security, empowerment, enrichment, and increased comfort for one's self, one's family, one's tribe, one's nation and one's religion, in competition with all others.
This one-pointed mental focus has facilitated the development of individuated consciousness, and the ascendance of the rational mind over blind impulse and reptilian brain emotions and facilitated humanity's so-called conquest of nature through the development of science and ingenious engineering techniques.
Unfortunately, the rational materialistic view of reality has also resulted in a narrowing of humanity's awareness of that which is sacred in nature and in human relations.
The increased dominance of dogmatic, materialistic science and of orthodox, even fundamentalist religions in our world has created a split between matter and spirit that threatens humanity's spiritual evolution, dims our collective future prospects and could cause a rupture in the continuity of our planetary civilization that would lead to collapse and untold suffering for billions of people.
Our current environmental crisis and the current geo-political crisis pitting nation against nation, religion against religion, and race against race throughout the world can be seen as the direct result of the imbalanced manifestations of Sixth Ray energy we have been describing.
Fortunately, the influence of the Sixth Ray is waning, and the stream of incoming Seventh Ray energy that will characterize the dawning 2000 year Age of Aquarius could provide much needed antidotes to the excesses brought about by the evolution of human consciousness since the dawning of the Piscean Age and the time of Christ.
As Sixth Ray energy wanes, the adherents of fundamentalist religions, rational materalist scientism, pseudo-Utopian ideological and economic belief systems, and imperialistic, nationalistic warrior cults find their world views challenged, their goals thwarted, their ability to maintain control over the natural world and the global civilization clearly diminishing in the face of the environmental and geopolitical crises emerging in the early 21st century.
The incoming Seventh Ray energy has yet to manifest in a definitive manner, and even the Ascended Masters cannot know what the major expressions of that energy will be, for good or ill. Just as it is impossible to determine the life path of a small child, it is not given to us to know what the unfolding of the New Aquarian Age will bring.
However, it is possible to envision likely probabilities, much as is done through the use of Tarot cards or astrology.
The Seventh Ray stimulates humanity's spirit of universality, and increases the awareness of commonalities among all human beings, even those of conflicting and competing ideologies, belief systems, races and religions.
The Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Magic and Ritualistic Decency offers spiritual seekers and advanced practitioners of spiritual practices golden opportunities to be of service by helping to expand human consciousness, increase human sensitivity to the entire web of life on planet Earth, and experience the transcendental Source of Universal Life Force Energy that manifests in the human being as the Higher Self. This is known as white magic.
Those whose souls are quickened by the influx of Seventh Ray energy will be given serendipitous opportunities for selfless service, and will know intuitively what is to be done.
The collective work of awakened spiritual activists, in co-ordination with our Ascended Guides and Teachers, is to transmit Love and Light to the collective consciousness of humanity, and to leaders around the world through meditation, crystal work, prayer and focused intent.
Over time this collective practice of white magic can help to accelerate the transition from the present decaying system of authoritarian religious, political and economic institutions that are destroying human civilization to new forms of more equitable, just and environmentally sustainable civilization.
By becoming more grounded in our lives, more connected with nature, more aware of the web of life in which we are embedded, we do the important work of expanding human consciousness.
By recognizing that all of nature is sacred, alive and essential to our existence we begin to heal the split between spirit and matter, mind and body.
By learning to listen to the messages imparted to us by bird song, wind and rain, we can begin to participate consciously in the great sacred dance of life, and overcome the limitations of the rational mind and the egoistic personality.
By putting our hands in the ground, by gardening, and by offering our loving energies to the plants, animals, insects and birds in our area, in every way we can, we can help in healing the split between humanity and the rest of the tattered web of life on planet Earth.
Through intentional meditation, energy work, and crystal healing we commune with angels and nature spirits. Then in partnership with the angelic presences presiding over the four seasons, and with the devas, elementals and nature spirits that in-form, infuse, and evolve the morphogenetic fields governing the structures and life cycles of living beings in our neighborhoods, we can begin to heal the rift between the material world and the higher frequency world of subtle energy, soul and Spirit. This in turn, can heal the wounded heart of our world, and help to restore the degraded ecosystems in which we live.
This weekend, at the time of the Spring Equinox, is the perfect time to participate in The Archangel Raphael Meditation. The Feast of Archangel Raphael, who is the Guide and Protector of new plant growth and of human healers, and who presides over the Spring Season, occurs at approximately the same time as the Equinox. This powerful meditation will connect you to Raphael, and to the nature Spirits who are awakening and quickening plant life at this sacred time of year.
The group mind itself will be more malleable, and groups skilled in the use of propaganda, fake news and fearmongering will use the opportunity to establish clear, new parameters for what is acceptable thought and behavior within each group. This is, of course, a recipe for sharpened political polarization, demonization of out-groups, and a traditional step on the road to war.
Let us pray that we will all receive the grace and guidance we require to navigate these troubled waters and journey successfully through the Underworld of America's Pluto Return, populated by fearful phantasms, black magicians casting Neptunian astral glamours, proponents of Piscean propaganda wars, and other denizens of America's collective unconscious.
So much damage is being done in the world; there is so much ignorance.
So many people with so much power remain so heedless of the consequences of following their impulses and their base instincts.
In the words of the Tibetan prayer: “By their rough actions, masses of cruel ones are bringing down ruin on themselves and others. They are drunk with demonic delusions. Forge the glorious unity of friendship among them, these objects of compassion, and with love and mercy help them acquire the Wisdom eye to see what is right and what is wrong.”
Let us all send love and light and mercy to world leaders now that they may develop a View that conforms to the true nature of reality and exercise the power of discernment that allows them to make decisions that will bring about the best and highest good on planet Earth.
by Jane Sherry
Jane and I hope you will join us this weekend and in the weeks to come as we send Love and Light to those suffering around the world as a result of the war in Ukraine, the pandemic, and environmental disasters. We will also send Love and Light to world leaders, in the hope that they will overcome their worst instincts and begin to act for the best and highest good of the entire web of life on planet Earth!
Although it is necessary to engage in spiritual practices designed to raise consciousness and promote healing throughout the world, and especially in Ukraine, where people are suffering tremendously, it is also important to provide aid on the material level.
Please help the Ukrainian people! Here are some organizations doing good work, worthy of your support.
The Ukrainian Red Cross
The Red Cross is often on the frontlines of war serving to help those affected by armed conflict. The Ukrainian Red Cross is currently assisting people inside the country by aiding evacuations and providing shelter, food and basic necessities.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen (WCK), established in 2010, is an organization that deploys chefs directly to disaster areas to provide hot meals to those in need. WCK is currently working in Ukraine and along its borders in neighboring countries.
GlobalGiving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
GlobalGiving is raising funds to support locally-led organizations throughout Ukraine. Any donations to the fund will provide essentials for refugees, health, psychological and support and access to education and economic assistance.
Vostok SOS is a Ukraine-based non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to assisting areas of conflict within Ukraine. The organization is currently accepting donations to help aid local people, evacuate the vulnerable and provide trauma support after shelling.
Voices of Children
Created in 2015, the Voices of Children Foundation has been providing psychological support to children affected by war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine through art therapy, video storytelling, mobile psychologists and more. Now, the organization is working to support children across the country with emergency psychological assistance and assisting in the evacuation process.
Meditation Moment: A Great Nation
"When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.
A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.
If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people
and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world."
-- Lao Tzu, 551-479 BCE (approx)
from the "Tao Te Ching"
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