Venus in Capricorn conjuncts Pluto this week and squares Uranus so – not business as usual. The biggest drama would be working to maintain the structures that are ready to be changing forms.
“To die would be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan
For this week I want to specify that I am not speaking of body death, but death of the past, death of a part of the self, in which case something new will take its place. Many of us are living in cultures that fear death on both the literal and psychic levels; because of an understanding of life and time as linear (there not being any sense of renewal – just an existential abyss to drop off into, the great unknown as nothing versus pure possibility).
My point is that people do very strange and intense things to maintain whatever IS already, to avoid change. The astrology of this week revolves around this major theme; and I would like to present it as an initiation into a new realm. However, without this kind of context, I feel like the energy of this week would just feel intense, and the resistance high, given the volatile energy that Pluto (a player of our week) brings. This week holds significant opportunities in the realm of shifts of power; internally and externally.
“Proud and insolent youth,” said Hook, “prepare to meet thy doom.”
“Dark and sinister man,” Peter answered, “have at thee.”
The Peter Pan principle is one of eternal childhood, the inability to take accountability for one’s actions as though one were an “adult” , adult being synonymous with able to take accountability for one’s decisions. It’s interesting that Peter Pan is simplified as a champion of “never growing up”, when his character in the book itself is much more complex than that. The Disney movie does have him, though, literally dealing with his shadow. Hook is another distortion; he is grown but not reconciled with his inner-child – or else why would he be at war with the eternal child in the story?
While Peter Pan moves from adventure to adventure; he is still in one cycle of self; he has not “died” on the archetypal or psychic level and thus he cannot move on even though reality around him moves on – Wendy grows up, for example. The “to die would be an awfully big adventure” augers a kind of hope for his next phase of life when he is to take that step. Because his consciousness is not calcified, he is ever youthful, he can perceive the other end as an adventure. And so can we, when we find ourselves on the precipice of some major life-morph, maybe one that challenges our most tightly held values.
This week we have a certain chance to “grow up” – but not into Hook. Not into the jaded figure we were at odds with. It’s not about growing up into something we have already understood and been able to demonize as callous, boring at best and sinister at worst, or lacking vision and childlike qualities. What we are growing into is simply NEW – upgrading to “an awfully big adventure” that takes us out of Neverland’s matrix entirely. The new frontier can be entered with intention and ethic that is as youthful as can be, yet matured.
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(Image: Jamie Baldridge)