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Home Planets USA’S HEART CENTRE PURIFIED BY FIRE - Phillip Lindsay

USA’S HEART CENTRE PURIFIED BY FIRE - Phillip Lindsay

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USA’S HEART CENTRE PURIFIED BY FIRE (long read)

I was going to wait until the release of the newsletter for Sagittarius to include this article, but I think its timely to send it out now, as critical events unfold.
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Students of astrology have asked me about my perspective on the astrological factors influencing the California fires around Los Angeles, Malibu and Thousand Oaks The state of California's horoscope for 1850 is the first place to look from the mundane angle. Fire is the great purifying purge and this state has had many fires that are all part of nature’s rhythmic regeneration process.
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But the current fire is the third deadliest in California’s history, with a total of 25+ lives and 6,713+ structures lost so far - many people missing, with no containment in sight. Last year’s fire on October 8 (exactly 13 months ago), held the previous record with 5,643 structures lost and 22 lives. All previous fires going back to 2005 have had nowhere near the loss of life and property. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_California_wildfires…) So what are the astrological factors reflecting these events in California’s 1850 horoscope?
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California is a Virgo sun, with moon and Venus in Scorpio and Libra rising. Some charts have Scorpio rising but for the purposes of this delineation, Libra will be used. If the date of October 8 is considered as the worst previous fire, with several intermittent fires since then, we can see one major transit affecting them all – Uranus, the esoteric ruler of the Libran ascendant.
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Since August 2017, Uranus began its 84 year return cycle - coming back to its natal position for the second time since California’s 1850 inception. California was “born” on a sub-cycle of the 7th ray of organisation and magic and Uranus rules that ray. In the birth chart, Uranus is conjunct transformative Pluto in the last degree of fiery Aries; it is a conjunction that speaks to California’s great innovative and entrepeneurial skills in the tech industry and the creative arts, as well as the mineral wealth of the goldrush that birthed it. Both planets are angular, exactly opposite the Libran ascendant.
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Readers will note on the astro-cartography picture that the line for Uranus bisects California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The line for Pluto is in “orb” just off the coast, whilst the moon-Venus conjunction passes precisely through Los Angeles! (This relates somewhat to my recent Scorpio Hollywood commentaries.) Uranus and Pluto are also both connected to earthquake activity. This fire is called the “Camp Fire” and has been pushed by strong Diablo winds, aptly named for the Scorpio planets. 
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Uranus entered Taurus in May this year, but is now retrograding back into Aries, connecting with natal Uranus for the second of three passes; it is now conjunct its natal position – to the exact minute of arc; it is slowing right down as it prepares to turn to direct motion – and as a result, will sit in a stationary position on natal Uranus-Pluto - all the way through to March 2019. Hence, there is the possibility that this drastic purge may continue for some time, in preparation for the inauguration of the next 84 year cycle. Uranus is associated with electricity and fire and also governs the electrical activity that activates the beating heart.
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“Uranus embodies the energy of the seventh ray and … relates spirit and matter … brings together electric fire and fire by friction [fire as we know it], thus producing manifestation. Uranus leads the soul to the burning ground during the final stages of the Path, when the fire of Aries and the fires engendered through the potency of Uranus produce the flaming heat of the final burning ground. Through this burning ground, the initiate has finally to pass. Uranus rules the occult Way and is, in an esoteric sense, connected with the Hierophant of the Mysteries of Initiation.” (Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p.100.)
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Los Angeles is esoterically regarded as the heart chakra of the USA, to date relatively unawakened but perhaps now starting to unfold its petals. (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A. Bailey, p.84). It could therefore be inferred that the USA has been going through the burning ground of initiation that has a particular connection to the heart centre. Not the “final burning ground” but a burning ground nonetheless. 
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As this nation endures the pain of its ongoing crisis and gropes through the smoke of its dark night of the soul - it is entirely appropriate that the heart is cleansed and purified in order to allow the soul of the nation to take hold; to wrestle it back from the consuming materialistic forces that have engulfed it. The USA is in the burning ground of initiation, running the gauntlet of these precarious days. 
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Transiting Jupiter has just entered Sagittarius a few days ago, along with Mercury and the moon moving through this fiery sign, furiously fanning the flames. There is a volatility to Sagittarius, whose image or symbol can be likened to a fire running amok, sending it in all directions, or changing directions rapidly. 
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However, Jupiter is also the ruler of the heart centre and the second ray of love-wisdom, so its subjective work is to help awaken the masses from their material comfort, apathy or selfishness – in order to embrace the higher values, philosophical and spiritual perspectives. Malibu might be one obvious example of how excessive wealth and comfort has no resistance to the awesome power of nature that can reduce houses to ashes in minutes. 
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But bear in mind, as the flaming heart, Los Angeles/California is functioning on behalf of the entire nation and all that is not aligned with its soul purpose. The purification by burning in that state, has an distributing effect via all the etheric nadi lines that connect it to the other cities/chakras like Chicago, NYC and Washington. It is also notable how these tragic events bring people closer together in co-operation and a deepened compassion.
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Also, transiting Pluto and progressed Venus have been squaring natal Saturn and solar arc Venus in Aries for the same span of time during this past year. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto will not finish its work on this square aspect until the end of 2019; then transiting Saturn will join Pluto to square itself in Aries. Many crises coming to a head it seems.
What is the symbolism of drought and dryness - an arid national heart? A heart devoid of compassion and kindness?
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This has been amply demonstrated by the powers that be in recent times – over a whole range of issues. Relief from rain may be in sight - transiting Neptune will begin to oppose California's sun in earthy Virgo (Dec-Jan 2019) and may see some rain fall upon the parched land. The transit will last for two years and as Neptune is the god of the waters, there could be torrents of it coming – from one extreme to another!
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This is however speculative but fires and mudslides are part of the cycle; water is also a cleansing and purifying agent and Neptune is connected to the heart as well, through the raising of forces from the solar plexus centre. (Chicago)
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Finally, Venus the exoteric ruler of Libra rising, has also been active in the timing of these events, like the minute hand of the clock, whereas Uranus has been the hour hand. When the annual Venus return in Scorpio occurred in early September, Venus has since been retrograding from its position in Scorpio in the past few weeks back over the moon in Scorpio (the dweller or shadow) and then its natal position, into Libra and across the rising sign that is directly opposite natal Uranus-Pluto. Likewise, whilst Venus was in Scorpio it was dancing a tango with Uranus, still in Taurus at that time, hence massive stimulations from both these planets, respective rulers of Libra rising.
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Now, Venus is going stationary as it prepares to turn from retrograde to direct motion in five days time. Then, by November 28, Venus passes back over the Libra ascendant, activating the Uranus-Pluto opposition for the last time. It will be interesting to watch its progress and to see if Libran peace and harmony is restored by then. Laid back Libra is very Californian!
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There is much going on in this mundane horoscope for 1850, and I do not think it is too much of a stretch to interpret the above events accordingly, indeed there are some uncanny connections. If the Libra ascendant is considered, then its critical activation at this time concerns a restoration of balance for the nation as a whole. 
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