I hope you are enjoying today's Sun trine Uranus. Today we can open ourselves to adventure, and connect intuitively within our network. This connection is strengthened with Mercury finally stationary direct at 8 degrees Virgo, opposite the Chinese water-god, Gonggong, at 5 degrees Pisces.
Gonggong is an empathic wizard at the top level, able to walk a mile in another's shoes and know what their life is like from the inside. So the opposition as the winged messenger turns, suggests that the more we can understand where people are coming from in our communications during this next Mercury cycle, the better the communication will be.
At the unconscious level however Gonggong can be very self-involved and emotionally indulgent. What’s happening for us is so important, and we are so lost in our own experience, that nothing else matters. And as a result, we can be cruel and heartless to those around us.
Emotions are our instinctive response to the events in our lives. They motivate us to respond immediately, short circuiting our conscious assessment process so we can survive in those dangerous moments when we have to make split second decisions. Unfortunately, this makes our emotions a largely unconscious process, and because of this we often see ourselves as being at the mercy of our emotions, we feel that they take us over and that we are no longer in conscious control.
And we also like to wallow in emotions, because they are strong and powerful and are more real to us than much of the rest of our experience. If we are not conscious of them however, our emotions will run our lives, motivated by all the stuff we have repressed and not dealt with. But we can become conscious of our emotional process and direct our emotions, just as we can our thoughts.
So, as Mercury turns, if we indulge in our emotions, we will be insensitive to how the others that we are relating with are feeling. This will have the opposite effect in our communications, of making them less effective. So if we find ourselves feeling justified in our outbursts, but a little ashamed afterwards, we need to lift ourselves out of our own drama and commune with the vibes we can feel around us.
This enables us to lift our energy out of an indulgent space and into a co-operative interchange with others. Gonggong flowers and becomes an empathic wizard when we take full advantage of the social opportunities, lifting our own and other’s energies through social interplay. And, when we are in tune with others on an emotional, energetic, or psychic level we are able to shape those energies in others by how we interact with them.
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. Grab one now!
Students love two things about the courses, first they love the community sharing through blog posted assignments and interactive Zoom Q&As, and this format works particularly well as we develop Gonggong's social interplay. But above all they love how we empower ourselves as we consciously onboard these new energies.
The Astrology of Makemake
And remember, our second textbook, The Astrology of Makemake, Uranus' Higher Octave, will be released on October 15th. And yes, it will be released in paperback as well as the Kindle download. The download just gives you a chance to sample it for free. And for those unfamiliar with the Kindle system, it is easy to read, say, on your phone. And all you need to do, is go to your App Store and download the free Kindle app in advance of the release.
Meanwhile another glowing industry review of our last book, The Astrology of Haumea, Neptune's Higher Octave, has appeared in the British Astrological Journal and you can find an excerpt below.
Join us if you can on Gonggong, and thanks for your work on-boarding these new consciousness energies in your life.
Love and laughter
I absolutely loved the class! As a first time student of astrology, I can honestly say that aside from Alan (a wonderful teacher and guide), every one of the students in the class was a teacher for me. I learned so much and can’t wait for the next class to begin. - Mary Anne Pitt, USA
_________________________________________________ New Book:
The Astrology of Haumea, Neptune's Higher Octave
This is the first of a series of textbooks on the astrology of the new dwarf planets, based on the research at the Dwarf Planet University. Probably the most valuable section is the house interpretations, looking at how Haumea manifests in our daily lives with example case studies.
There is also a workbook to locate and on-board this new energy in your chart. And a section introducing each of the dwarf planets to put Haumea in context.
A New Symbol of Spiritual Enlightenment.
Reviewed by Victor Olliver, in the British Astrological Journal. September 2023.
"Haumea lies beyond Neptune and Pluto, completing one orbit of the Sun every 283-or-so years. One day on Haumea is just four hours long. This egg-shaped dwarf planet even has its own rings system. Clay furnishes us with other fascinating detail before moving onto Haumea’s mythological story and significations – which in turn take us to its status as the “higher octave” of Neptune which itself is said to be the higher octave of Venus. Of especial interest to Clay is Haumea’s deepening of the “psychic connection with the oneness of our existence, with the magic of being alive”. Haumea would appear to be a new symbol of spiritual enlightenment.
This new series is to be commended for advancing an astrological approach that is a response to our expanded awareness not just of the human condition but of our local solar system. Why stop at Saturn just because we could not see beyond it by the naked eye? If some readers find the ideas advanced here to be challenging, it may be worth considering that if humanity really is evolving, so then must astrology through astronomical discoveries – or risk ink-stained relic status."