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October Message: Humanity's Crisis of Consciousness

As topsy turvy as the world is right now, October will at least bring with it a feeling of moving on to the next chapter of your/our current story. It’s like we’ve been trudging up this latest hill for months, not exactly sure what lies on the other side. Finally, as one major planet after the other goes direct, we’ll feel as if we have reached the next peak and can look across at what lies before us.

You may or may not like the current view. You may feel overwhelmed or challenged by the realisation that there are several other hills and mountains ahead yet to hike up and down. At times you might even feel a strange excitement that makes no sense to your logical mind. For now, you’re able to look back and see a little more clearly what the past several months has been about. You’re able to look forward and get a sense of what this next part of the movie might be about and what it will require of you. Clarity allows action. It emboldens and encourages you to make decisions that were perhaps murky before.

For most of the year we’ve had the majority of outer planets all retrograde: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. There has been a feeling of two steps forward one step back, lots of revving of the car but no green lights, smoke but no cigar; you get the picture.

While these planets affect us personally, these outer planets also influence social shifts, events and the collective energy. With all of them retrograde, it’s no surprise that 2021 has been a year of collective “soul-searching” and introspection. “What are we doing? Where are we going? What kind of world are we creating?” are some of the most common questions being asked.

When was the last time that millions, if not billions, of people

all asked these questions, all at the same time?

As difficult as the last 18 months have been, the silver lining of it all (and some might say the greater purpose on a higher, divine level) is that humanity was due for a “crisis of consciousness.” Crises trigger change, or in this case mass transformation, ready or not. Crises trigger collapses of the old, and births of the new. They trigger breakdowns, which lead to breakthroughs. They crystallize your priorities, make you examine your beliefs, show you what you’re made of, and where your wounds, vulnerabilities and strengths lie. Crises bring people together, and tear others apart. They reveal people’s true colours, confront you with uncomfortable truths and painful untruths. Personal crises do all of these things on a personal level. Social and global crises do all of these things on a collective level.

As humans we tend to like our comfort zones. We don’t like crises very much, as it upsets our preferred state of being in control. So, we don’t generally shake up our social systems, global structures or personal lives without a major trigger – even when a shake up is needed. A crisis acts as that trigger, essentially forcing relatively rapid change within a relatively short period of time.

If we were to look at all this as a binge-worthy Netflix Series titled “Humanity’s Crisis of Consciousness”, the current ‘Season’ started March 2020 and will go through to March 2023: the Saturn in Aquarius Season. Within that season there are many ‘Episodes’.

October, with lots of major planets finally going direct, launches our next new Episode. This will usher us toward the Eclipse Episodes (19 Nov Lunar Eclipse in Taurus and 4 Dec Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius). For now, let’s see what this forward movement has to offer.

We started on October 6 with the New Moon in Libra.

This says a lot about the current theme. Libra is all about relationships, harmony, beauty and love. If you know any Librans, or are one yourself, you’ll know that they don’t like confrontation, like everyone to get along, and generally are pretty good at seeing all sides of an argument. They’ll be the mediator in the centre of a family struggle, helping everyone understand where everyone else is coming from. So this Libran theme of “don’t judge lest ye be judged” is with us this month.

If you find yourself disagreeing with someone, especially if it’s someone you love and care about, take a step back and see if you can see things from their perspective. If you find yourself judging someone, take a step back and ask yourself: “Is the story I’m telling myself about that person true?” Usually, we don’t actually know why someone is doing or not doing something, unless they tell us. We don’t know every detail of their life situation, circumstances, history or soul plan. The news media and social media like to paint groups of people with a broad brush stroke, but in reality everyone is a unique individual with their own story to tell.

This is a month where we are being called to switch on our compassion muscles, and know that community, and connection is what has kept humanity surviving and thriving for hundreds of thousands of years. Now is a good time to remember that never in the history of humanity has segregation, division or discrimination won, served us or been looked upon in hindsight in a positive way. Yet here the world is, dividing society, friends and family, rallied on by the majority of politicians and mainstream media. This isn’t sustainable, if for no other reason than the age-old words: A house divided against itself cannot stand.

It’s very easy to make blanket judgments and assumptions for or against any action. However, for every decision or choice that a person makes, especially these days, there is a person behind that decision with their own unique circumstances, emotional/energetic intentions, needs, vulnerabilities, and experience. You and your friend might equally care about the wellbeing of your community, yet disagree about how to achieve that wellbeing, or the ways in which you show you care. You and your neighbour might equally want freedom, but disagree on what freedom actually looks like, and how to achieve that freedom.

So, this is a good month to try to drop any judgements about people who are doing things differently to the way you are doing them. Set yourself a challenge to drop any stories or beliefs you have about others and ask yourself: Why do I think that? Is that really true?

This quote was included in an email I received this week, and I think it’s a timely one for this New Moon and for the month of October:

"Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled - thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty." – Rudolf Steiner, 1906

On October 6 we also had Pluto going direct at 24 degrees Capricorn.

Pluto is the King of