In Evolutionary Astrology(1) retreating into oneself (Taurus) is the path back to Spirit, (Pisces) which is also the Void. By internalizing consciousness, the little self (Ego/Moon/Cancer) can then rediscover the greater self, (Soul/Pluto/Scorio) which has it’s source in the Void/ocean of all that is. (Pisces) This is the crux of Jeffrey Wolf Green’s teaching on how the Taurus inner path relates to the water trinity of ego, soul, and spirit. I’m not writing this because I have mastered things by any means. I’m writing this to remind myself and you of where we really want to go/want to be, even when other habits and desires lead us elsewhere. A path back to opening up to the Void begins when we return to ourselves. (from Taurus, we open up to Pisces)
What I can say from my own experience is that it is important to put forth an effort to nurture ourselves. When we use our time to do things that are avoiding the void, it is important to observe, witness, and acknowledge our own avoidance behaviors while simultaneously loving and accepting ourselves regardless. We cultivate increasing love and compassion when we make the effort to be truly honest with ourselves. We can’t have the peddle to the metal all the time. Within our ongoing evolution (Scorpio) we need time to ground experiences. (Taurus) Also, along the journey we do want to avoid spiraling into old habits and patterns as unconscious coping mechanisms. This is about finding out how to give ourselves little breaks (Taurus times to ground/re-establish) without entirely reversing our evolution (Scorpio) From this point of view, reopening to the Void is both a Taurus path - internalizing and returning to self - as well as a Scorpio path - facing our fears and moving forward and into what is emerging which leads us to reopen to the Void. (the oneness in oneself)
When we return to self and enter the Void, we come back to ‘normal life’ enriched and renewed! This is nothing anyone can give us, it is nothing we can show off. It is given no value from the perspective of modern capitalistic oppressive hierarchical views of reality. It changes us deeply and profoundly from within. Our emptiness is filled with the Void. Where do we go from here? As we allow this richness to flood us more and more, we remember what we are avoiding when we don’t let ourselves go here - our true selves. Just maybe we are afraid of ourselves….so we run around chasing everything else and avoid the one thing we actually want to return to.
Conditioned by culture and the collective to avoid the void, we are re-membering the tools to go here/there. We are simply being called to be conscious - Pisces. We are being asked to bear witness to ourselves, sit with ourselves long enough for our swirling mind to stop writing the story for us. At last, the story writer dissolves and there is a moment of letting ourselves sink into this space.
‘Un-avoiding the Void’ is an article inspired by reading Susan Weed’s writing about the Void. Having read Jeffrey Wolf Green’s teachings on the Void, I felt I had a fair enough grasp on this phenomena we call ‘the Void.’ However, surprised I was when I read Susan’s words on the Void; something else clicked and suddenly it made more sense.
The Void in Evolutionary Astrology immediately brings to mind the Virgo/6th house/inner Mercury archetype and the Pisces/Neptune/12th house archetype. It is common if one’s Pluto or South Node is in Virgo or 6th house to have experienced an inner ‘Void’ or emptiness. Those with the South Node or Pluto in the 12th house or Pisces will have experiences of being on the precipice of the abyss of the unknown. This abyss is akin to the Void in terms of how Susan Weed writes about the Void in her hallmark book Wise Woman Herbal: Healing Wise.
Susan writes that we resist death and our return to the void. She describes the void as “Nothing. Chaos. ….the great nothing dark womb of the Goddess, endlessly empty, endlessly full, doorway of life, window of transformation, entry to death.”(2) The void is an endlessly rich place to allow ourselves to be in, yet we resist stopping long enough to enter into ‘our own’ Void within. Our resistance is rooted in our behaviors and conditioning; we are taught to avoid the Void through modern culture, media, materialism, role modeling, behavioral conditioning of social norms and small group norms, past life conditioning, and collective conditioning.
The Void is the place of true wisdom and has great healing potential. In the Void we can release the false facades of identity which ego clings to; we bathe in returning to our true nature - that which we always have been and are - immortal soul. From the Evolutionary Astrology point of view, it is this unknown nature of the Void which stirs us to circle and avoid. We cling to the familiar and known realms; we dance around it, trepidatious to enter. From the Pisces point of view, this is resistance in the form of avoidance. The opposite would be dissolving into/releasing into the Void. It is our fear of the unknown which keeps us on the edge of this ‘abyss.’ It is arguable that positive role modeling demonstrating ways one can go into, instead resisting, the Void could be the exact medicine we need.
Recently, I went to play in the ocean. My beloved was with me; she’d spent her childhood diving into ocean waves. Limited in my own ocean play, I did not know it is better to dive into waves rather than standing still and bracing for impact. I faced the brunt of each wave’s power while slowly tiring and sometimes being knocked back. Resisting the waves took a lot of energy. Once I was taught to dive into the wave and trusted I would pop up on the other side, I tried it and it worked! My fear of the waves greatly diminished. Rest assured, I still keep a healthy fear for the power of the ocean. This was suddenly a perfect metaphor for how to face the Pisces dilemma of standing on the edge of the abyss - simply dive in and trust you will come out on the other side! So much easier said than done…..
The Pisces archetype was always a bit confusing to me until I came across a Jeffrey Wolf Green lecture (don’t recall which one anymore) where he spoke to the Pisces/Neptune/12th house archetype in a way which suddenly allowed me to understand Pisces in a new way. In Evolutionary Astrology, Pisces at its core is consciousness itself. Nowhere in my 10 years of prior study had I been presented with such a clear straightforward starting point to define Pisces - it is simply the phenomena of consciousness! JWG gave an analogy of water (consciousness) being poured into a glass (ego container) to help understand the inter-relationship of these archetypes. Consciousness (Pisces) within the ego (Moon) has natural limitations. (Saturn) When we return in consciousness to a place closer to our natural state, (Ego alining with soul) reality (Saturn) as we know it (Jupiter) is not so definitive. (Saturn) Ego consciousness can not compartmentalize or rationally understand the Void; we can not put it in a box. You can’t get all Saturn on Neptune; you can try, but it will be a tiring loosing battle. It is wild, it is chaos, it is all around us and in us; it is the fabric which connects all that is, but is nothing at the same time.
None of this is a real news flash here. I’m just expounding upon teachings as I understand them from my point of view. What I do want to get at is how we resist going into our own emptiness and how to un-avoid the Void. Are we afraid of having to deal with our own emotions? Are we afraid of what we may find? We spend our days with our minds leading us onto the next thing. Next things are any and all the things we do, in our mind and in our actions. However, when we are feeling like there is never enough done the classic Virgo ‘endless list’ phenomena keeps us ever busy. Things are never good enough and there is always more to do. When the day is done, we are often happy to let go of thoughts, worries, activities for a time. In this moment when it all stops, do we stop? In our moment of letting go and pausing, what do we do?
Here we go, scrolling the news feed of facebook, trolling the internet for news and information, pulling ourselves into messaging, music, and watching the next episodes. Here we go, planning the next day, already mentally preparing for the next thing or just happy to space out. Here we are at home enjoying drink and smoke to unwind. When we go to bed and lay our head on our pillow are we truly happy inside? Have we nourished the inner void we were too busy to enter during the day? Do we let ourselves go and simply allow whatever that may come up to come up? How do stop from avoiding the Void?
In Evolutionary Astrology the Virgo archetype is connected with this experience of an inner void or emptiness. This is not to say every Virgo Moon and South Node and Pluto Virgo/6th house is walking around always feeling empty inside; that would be silly. It is a phenomena connected with this archetype. Why? Virgo analyzes by nature. Virgo correlates to the function of the mind where we self analyze and see how we can improve. However, it is obvious this often translates to ‘seeing’ how we are lacking. A healthy expression of the Virgo archetype will show humility in receiving feedback and messages of how one can improve, without ego defensiveness getting in the way; without an emotional crisis followed by self deification (masochism) or reactionary lashing out in anger. (sadism) This healthy function of self analysis (Virgo) results from a healthy relationship with oneself. (Taurus)
We humans have been teaching each other for centuries we are sinners, we are wrong, we are worthless, sellable like livestock, undeserving, ugly, stupid, disappointments, failures, deserving to suffer, and so much more. Somewhere, deep in the psyche, all this messaging has left negative grooves in consciousness; believing we are not worthy, not good enough, and inherently flawed in some way. All this correlates to the wounded self. (wounded Taurus) Remember the Earth Trinity discussion from the last article?(3) With a damaged self worth, (wounded Taurus) the process of self analysis (Virgo) is distorted due to the residue of layers (Capricorn conditioning) of negative destructive humiliating messaging. (distorted Virgo connected to evil expressing through oppression - Capricorn) Most of us encounter a hindrance in loving, accepting and valuing ourselves and our bodies. (Taurus) Remember Taurus as representative of the inner path to Pisces. (the Void) So, we can see when we are wounded at our core (wounded Taurus) the process of self analysis is twisted (distorted Virgo) as a result. And so we avoid sinking into ourselves because we would encounter all our wounds. Instead of going Taurus to Pisces, (into self and then into the Void) we avoid (Pisces) feeling (Taurus) our our hurt and pain and disfunction, yet we have some awareness of our own inner emptiness and hurt. The emptiness increases as we perpetually avoid ourselves and the soul and spirit consciousness which resides within. In our avoidance, we are not truly feeding and nurturing ourselves spiritually. Amazingly, we can convince and deceive (Pisces) ourselves that somehow we are. We are so good at convincing ourselves that something is true. (Pisces-Taurus = self denial and self delusions)
In Evolutionary Astrology each archetype evolves through its polarity. Virgo evolves through Pisces. In other words, if we experience an inner emptiness (Virgo) go into the void; (Pisces) go into our own emptiness. Will it be painful? Yes, at first. Will we have to face parts of ourselves we don’t want to look at? Yes, at times we will. When we see these parts, we can learn to witness what we “knew” about ourselves, allow all to exist and emerge, and then potentially step outside of our own stories. And we are now swimming in the Void. And now we at last enter into the magic of something indescribable……..
1-The Evolutionary Astrology paradigm referenced in this article and my writings has it’s roots in the teachings of Jeffrey Wolf Green. I see my writing as branches to the tree, expanding upon the foundation of Evolutionary Astrology Green brought us. These Evolutionary Astrology teachings are uniquely different than many of the other types of Evolutionary Astrology which have emerged and morphed out of the original teachings brought forth by JWG. I in no way wish to discredit other forms of Evolutionary Astrology, rather want to be clear that the JWG Evolutionary Astrology teachings are a very specific complete paradigm which contains many differences from other Evolutionary Astrology approaches and teachings.
2 -Weed, Susan. Wise Woman Herbal: Healing Wise. Woodstock, New York: Ash Tree Publishing, 1989.
3-Referring to the ‘Self Effort is the Path to Salvation’ article.