I hope you are enjoying today's Pluto stationary direct. At last we can stop cutting the unproductive areas of our lives as a way of maintaining our power, and we can start marshalling new resources into our lives. Mars has been square Pluto for the past few days, which has been bringing confrontations to a head to clear the way for this new start.
Mercury is also conjunct Makemake at 10 degrees Libra today, so our ideas and communications are working together with our understanding of how the world works. This is the lower and higher intellectual octaves conjunct, which means we know where we're coming from and can more effectively communicate our position.
This is also a fantastic aspect to launch our new book, The Astrology of Makemake, Uranus' Higher Octave, which is now on sale as a Kindle download. The paperback is also making it's way through the system and should join with the Kindle edition by this weekend. So the next blog post will be an invite to download the Kindle version for free. You will need to act quickly to get this free offer when you get the invite. And the deal is, if you like it, write a review, or tell a friend about it.
Today's Mercury-Makemake conjunction is biquintile Gonggong at 5 degrees Pisces. So our big-picture knowing, and our thoughts and ideas, are in an evolutionary flow with our empathic ability to lift the vibe of others, and to get our products or ourselves out into the marketplace.
We have to get out of the rut of our own vibe to do that however. And Gonggong is also opposite Venus and sesquiquadrate the Sun, so that might be hard to do. With Gonggong we have to be careful of indulging our emotions, or just being too self-centred.
Gonggong is compassionate, sensitive, and empathic at the top level, enabling us to work both intellectually and emotionally at the same time. He encourages us to participate in the marketplace of life, to joyfully work with the give and take of energy within our community, which is essential for our survival.
When we can lift ourselves out of our personal emotions, he enables us to “walk a mile in another person’s shoes”, so we can feel inside those we are interacting with and understand the game from their side. This gives us the opportunity to motivate them and shift their energy through our responses. So, we can think of Gonggong at this top level as an empathic wizard.
At the unconscious level however we may feel overwhelmed with the emotions in our lives, and unable to see a clear path forward out of the morass of our personal feelings. The key at these points is not to indulge in this overwhelm, but to allow ourselves to float to the surface and then rise above it.
We need to channel the energies in our lives to avoid overwhelm. Damming doesn’t work, everything just builds up behind the dam. So we need to practice channelling emotions or energy when we are feeling overwhelmed. This is not a withdrawal and refresh process, but a participation and refresh process, where we find an application for the emotion or energy in real time.
We tend to feel at these times that by lifting ourselves above the overwhelm, we are not dealing with important lessons. However, the reverse is true, the divine work is to let go of the base emotions so we can be sensitive to the emotional community in which we are nestled, and open to the empathic support of others.
So the opportunity with today's Gonggong biquintile to the Mercury - Makemake conjunction, is to open to that empathic support through our communications, which will be closely aligned with our understanding of how it all works. So we know where we're coming from today, and we can also integrate that deeply with where others are coming from.
If you want to develop your social interplay and onboard this sensitive power in a supportive community of astrology students, I have a limited number of scholarships available on our Gonggong 101 course, starting on the 4th November. This will be the last course of the year, so grab this opportunity to participate before our southern-hemisphere summer break in January.
UK Astro Online Conference
The book launch this weekend coincides with a talk I will be giving on Makemake - The New Richness at the UK Astrological Association Conference. And one of our young up-and-coming graduates, Xenia Nent, is also talking on Makemake and Sedna's influence on blockchain, Web3 and the Internet of value. This is an online as well as in-person event and you can find info on this here.
Astrology of Haumea
In the latest review of our book, The Astrology of Haumea, Neptune's Higher Octave, this time in the Evolving Astrologer magazine, Sara Diamond has called Haumea "precisely what our Earth needs at this time". Find this book on Amazon here.
We have a combined 62 students starting on our Salacia and Haumea courses this weekend, a record for the Uni. Welcome everyone and thanks for your work on-boarding these new consciousness energies in your life. Join us if you can on Gonggong.
Love and laughter
Alan Clay’s sensitive, cutting edge wisdom and the community sharing make the classes on the Dwarf Planets compelling and profound. They are as much an exploration as a revelation. Not only mentally stimulating, they are a deep dive into each of our psyche and growth experience. I love them and am looking forward to more. - Karen La Puma, Astrologer, Counselor, Speaker.