JUSTICE: Wu Xu – Year of the Yang Earth Dog & Jupiter in Libra 2018

This piece is an excerpt from my September 29, 2017 published long read on Jupiter in Libra

While the 2nd New Moon after the Winter Solstice marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the solar calendar changes over in early February. This year it changed on February 4, 2018 in the US.

The 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac is roughly congruent with the 12 year cycle of the planet Jupiter. Every 12 years the same Chinese zodiac sign is present in the branch of the annual pillar (the element and animal combination used to define each successive year, ie. Wu Xu is yang earth dog for 2018). And every 12 years Jupiter returns to the same zodiac sign in the western zodiac.

Because of this approximate congruence, we can find similar interpretations of the Chinese zodiac sign (animal) in any given year branch and the western zodiac sign where Jupiter is in the sidereal zodiac at the same time.

For February 2018 through February 2018, this means that the Dog (Xu) can be interpreted similarly to Jupiter in sidereal Libra.

Lady Justitia, Jupiter in Libra by Dayna Lynn Nuckolls

The root of the word justice is ‘jus’ which means law. The word law comes from ‘lag’ which means for something to be laid down or fixed. From this we get phrases like “lay down the law” which is actually closest to the meaning of root of the term justice. Justice comes from ‘justus‘ which means the administration of the law. From this etymology can be understood some of the cultural connotations of justice.

First, the idea of justice implies that there is law, rules that we collectively agree to follow regarding our actions and behaviors, with clear guidelines for what should happen to a person who fails to follow those rules. Justice, then, is what must happen in order to make sure that individuals
abide by the law.

There are more nuanced interpretations of justice as well. Most frequently we think of justice as something being made right or righteous, someone getting what they deserve (karma), or fairness. These definitions are a bit more complicated in that definitions of righteousness and fairness are difficult to codify, so they tend to be unspoken and implicit. The idea that someone gets what they deserve is less clear and consistent.

This is why law is necessary. Law articulates in particular terms what the the rules are and what should happen to someone who acts contrary to the law. The issues that we face regarding justice in America is threefold:

  1. We conflate law with morality;
  2. We believe that no matter what people will get what’s coming to them;
  3. The administration of the law is mostly based upon precedent.

In America, we wrongly assume that laws are inherently moral. As long as biased humans are defining the laws, they will be flawed and reflect
the bias of those who determine (legislate) and administer (adjudicate) the law. Jupiter in Libra reminds us that no one is completely above bias.

We idealize justice as blind and impartial. You see the way we personify justice? As Justitia, a woman wearing a blindfold while holding scales and a sword. Justice is hardly blind.

In some cases, we seek to totally circumvent the necessity of man made law by believing that justice is a universal law that is enacted with or without direct action by humans. This is partially true in that there are consequences to certain actions that don’t require humans. And those consequences often aren’t of a moral nature. But more often than not, those we define as wrongdoers don’t always get their comeuppance without human intervention. This is another important lesson of Jupiter in Libra.

That same bias that determines what is wrong or criminal (against the law) determines who is criminal and who is wrong. In America, law has historically been used to abdicate the white ruling class from the legal consequences of immoral actions like slavery, lynching, extrajudicial killings or state sanctioned murder, or leaving an entire city of people without safe drinking water.

Justice does not equate to morality: it stratifies classes of people into those with power and those without power or agency, those who make and enforce the laws and those who are disproportionately targeted by laws.

Finally, because the administration of the law is based upon precedent, it’s difficult to administer laws in ways that may be more fair despite the precedent set by earlier cases. This is why new laws are made—to override precedent with new rules. But if the new laws are made in a way that gives
undue influence to personal bias, we are back at square one.

Jupiter in Libra demands that we honestly assess our cultural notions of justice. Now, Jupiter transits the same sign every 12 years or so, but this time that Jupiter is in Libra there will be other astrologicalconfigurations occurring simultaneously that directly challenge and illuminate problems that need solutions.

In particular, I’m looking forward to the summer of 2018 when Mars has an extended transit through Capricorn while the eclipses are in Cancer and Capricorn. I especially have my eye on the July 29, 2018 eclipse. I will be talking more about that eclipse as we get closer. Capricorn square Libra requires that we analyze the practical implications of our idealism around justice. Justice for some is not justice at all.

In the meantime, you can get a head start on this by assessing your personal relationship with justice. Are there relationships or circumstances in your life that linger unresolved because you have not made things right?

This piece is an excerpt from my September 29, 2017 published long read on Jupiter in Libra. You can purchase the entire 4,000 words here.

Right Relationship: Embracing a solid, yet flexible spiritual doctrine

As Christianity and the other theologies that have dominated the past several centuries wane in their dominance–while also engaging in a messy separation from the culture with which they have merged–people are craving something to fill the hole of meaning left by the absence of the myths of their former spiritual lives. And for those who never had a well articulated spirituality to begin with, the times in which we all find ourselves beg new stories to explain the what, the why, and the how.

In Twitter threads and Facebook groups people are finding resonance with those who share their history, their story of spiritual becoming. No longer is connection to meaningful stories and community confined to churches, mosques, and temples. Many have traded in their Imams, Pastors, and Rabbis for thought leaders who stand at the helm of a more loosely defined community of believers.

Having been raised in a Pentecostal church, I spent some years sitting in the in between space of having discarded the need for Christianity’s unsolicited salvation and the nihilism of agnosticism. I never really rejected either. But, it took time to unpack what was of value in the doctrine I was brought up on.

Right relationship means to find the appropriate context, outlet for, and perspective on a particular aspect of life. This is what all spiritual and religious doctrines seek to do; provide a framework within which you can understand your life experiences and the world you live in.

The challenge, however, is that we change, our lives change, and the world changes. We tend to value things that stand the test of time, even when they don’t support us in the work of living. At certain points in our lives we inevitably have experiences that don’t fit in the framework that has been established. This can be due to crisis, supernatural phenomena, or some other perspective altering experience.

Rather than grounding our spirituality solely in the rigidity of inert truth, what kinds of ideologies can we adopt that encourage right relationship, a solid, yet flexible relationship with:

  • Personal power – providing perspective and an honest appraisal of what is and is not in our control
  • Community – embracing justice and accountability as a means to an enduring happiness
  • Desire – reckoning with human desire and emboldening the discovery of one’s purpose and its fulfillment

RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH PERSONAL POWER

There are many doctrines promising prosperity and happiness. Perhaps if you give a certain amount of money, or maintain effortless control of your thoughts God will bless you with money or you will attract and create the reality you desire. But there are some serious problems with this way of seeing the world. Doctrines that focus on escaping rather than managing and coping with the common fate of humanity are deeply disempowering.

Death, illness, sadness, and the existential reality of loneliness are our common fate. At many points in our lives we each find ourselves wrestling and reckoning with our mortality. No one, no matter their station in life, escapes death and the reality of separateness and solitude. But this is not something we must succumb to, neither is it something we can or should seek to escape.

Prosperity doctrine and the Law of Attraction dogma purported by books like The Secret and the author Abraham Hicks place blame squarely on the individual, effectively divorcing her from the reality of her economic, political, social, and familial station in life, none of which she has control.

There are things that happen to us that are outside of our control. And reckoning with that powerlessness requires a humility that bootstrap notions of success and happiness gleefully reject. To preach that salvation lies in the hands of a grifter preacher who stands as the gateway to prosperity, or that our thoughts are solely responsible for the reality of our lives—even for the tragedy and good times that befalls us—is spiritual violence.

Where are the doctrines that empower the individual and provide tools for coping with life’s difficulties without spiritual bypassing? Where are the ways of understanding the world that provide language to articulate our powerlessness to the uncertainties of life? How can we accept and intimately explore our loneliness as a means to embrace our humanness?

RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY

I use the term sin to define anything that demonizes isolation and reinforces separateness from others while disregarding the need for community, a sense of belonging, and validation from others.

Solipsism is sin; it serves to isolate and estrange the individual from the community and the accountability and interdependency that is responsible for creating a legacy of joy.

Modern spiritualities, like the ones preached on social media and in the teachings of many contemporary thought leaders, reinforce the loneliness that the rise of social media has seemed to both augment and remedy.

To say that happiness is an inside job is saying that if you cannot find happiness in your loneliness, then there is something wrong with you. Your loneliness is a malady of your own making; your happiness is to be self generated. This is another form of spiritual violence.

Contrary to the self generated happiness promulgated by bootstrap spiritualities, right relationship with community teaches us that happiness is a byproduct of a collective effort to convict systems of oppression. It is something available to us through the process of dismantling the systems that block our access community.

Justice is essential to right relationship with community. Justice in this context is speaking truth to power, accountability towards the poor and disenfranchised, and demanding righteousness from the institutions that govern us.

In community we learn that our struggles are not unique identifying factors, causes for self loathing, or an illness for which we must find a cure. In community we learn to discern the difference between those struggles born from our own poor judgement and those struggles that are burdened on us by inequality entrenched in the systems that uphold our society.

RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH DESIRE

Desire is an itch that begs to be scratched, a hunger that begs to be satiated. Satisfaction quenches desire, it extinguishes it. But purpose and fulfillment are a circular dependency. Fulfillment fuels the fire of purpose, and purpose craves the fuel of fulfillment. When we journey to discover and maintain the fire of purpose we begin to develop right relationship with desire.

Purpose and fulfillment are terms generally used to describe one’s vocation. Rarely are they used to describe one’s character development and path of growth. Instead, purpose is something we seek in what we do. We seek to satisfy desire through an externally defined and lived purpose.

When journeying to define a spiritual doctrine that encourages a solid yet flexible relationship with desire, we must understand purpose as the internal journey towards greater self knowledge. It is the work of bringing our underlying motivations into conscious awareness. Knowing what drives us is the essential work of unearthing fulfillment fueled purpose.

Giving word to the motivations silently undergirding not only our desires, but also the ways in which we choose to satisfy them, is deeply empowering. The Law of Attraction doesn’t encourage the questioning of desire. And the dominate institutionalized religions tell us things like “desire is the root of all suffering” (Buddhism) or that it’s the cravings of our flesh that are at war with the Holy Spirit that lives in us (Christianity). Both lack a nuanced approach to understanding human desire.

These doctrines don’t empower us to contextualize our desires within our individual lives. They provide the motivation for us, effectively silencing the kind of self-awareness that right relationship with desire can provide us.

Purpose is a fire that requires tending. The circumstances we encounter in life and the experiences we have can lead us to greater awareness of self. We generate a dynamism that leads us to that self awareness when we work to put those experiences into perspective, interpret them, and then craft a narrative about what they all mean together.

This is something that we do as a matter of human nature. You come into the house and see the bread bag on the floor, ripped to shreds and the dog hiding his face beneath his paws. You then believe that the dog jumped on the counter, pulled the bag down, ate the bread, then felt ashamed when you found the evidence of his mid-afternoon snack. You didn’t see it happen. But the evidence for the story is there

Neither you nor I are not omniscient. But we make do with what we know. We gather the information we perceive and have language to articulate, then we either consciously or unconsciously write a story. We use that story to not only interpret future experiences, but we also use that story to define the parameters of what we believe is possible.

For the first parts of our lives that story is given to use. We adopt the stories of our caregivers and our religious doctrines. We embrace the legacies of our mothers and fathers. But at some point we must become the authors of our own stories.

Our purpose is the story that defines our becoming. Rather than a meaning that we find in doing, purpose is the meaning we find in being. When we are present to the stories that define the possibilities of who we can be, then we become dynamic participants in our lives and our stories. We become the scribe of our own personal scripture.

4 Posts Introducing The People’s Oracle

Divination for Liberation is the skilled use of oracles—with integrity—to guide us towards spiritual, emotional, social, and political liberation. My vision is that there is a time and season for all things, and we can have knowledge of those seasons; it is the Divine Will. When we align our will with the Divine Will, we can be effectual and righteous in our endeavors.

The People's Oracle - Divination For Liberation

With that said, here are 4 posts that introduce you to my work as The People’s Oracle. These 4 posts are an introduction to the philosophies and perspectives that inform my work. You will have a better idea of who I am and why I do what I do after having read these posts.

  1. What Purpose Does Your Spirituality Serve?
  2. Healer, Intuitive, Astrologer, Priestess: Who Do You Trust?
  3. Tropical vs Sidereal Zodiac?
  4. Guide: How to Create Your Sidereal Birth Chart

An Introduction to Sidereal Astrology

You can now purchase this as an MP3 and PDF

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:30am (Central Time, USA) I will be hosting my very first live webinar, An Introduction to Sidereal Astrology. This webinar is for those new to astrology and for those who have been studying for awhile.

An Introduction to Sidereal Astrology online November 12, 2017 at 10:30am Central Time, USA

Topics include:

  • What is astrology?
  • What is the zodiac?
  • Are sidereal signs interpreted different than tropical signs?
  • Can I use both my old chart (tropical) and my new chart (sidereal)?
  • And more…

All attendees will be offered a complimentary download of my 2018 sidereal calendar that can be added to your existing digital calendar or printed. One lucky attendee will have their tropical and sidereal charts compared live!

Existing clients who have purchased 3 or more readings will have the registration fee waived. Or they can donate for someone else to attend.

Sign up now!

Spiritual Exercise – A Full Moon in Pisces Message

A tweet by a friend inspired this message. It seems to be the perfect message for today’s Full Moon in sidereal Pisces.

We often feel like we’ll escape the pressure or the circumstances that beckon us to change, and THEN we’ll grow, we’ll do better, we’ll be different. If we could just get away from that  thing that’s making us uncomfortable, reminding us of our inadequacies… Yeah, that’s partially true.

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