©Cucinell 2010

©Cucinell 2010

When Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status, the asteroid Ceres was promoted to the same designation. For many astrologers, this was significant, because the god of the Underworld (death, transformation) was given the same weight as the goddess of the Harvest/ the Great Mother.

Over the years, I have reflected that without a sustainable relationship to how we grow food and caretake the earth/waters, we throw off balance the goddess of the Harvest as she parries with the god of the Underworld. This has created a dangerous environment for our ability to eat and drink healthy food and water.

But with the Newtown Sorrow, I now realize another acute message (and one more important) as Ceres’ footsteps run through the sign of Gemini (symbolic of young children).

Our children are our greatest natural resource; they are the harvest that continually sustains us. As we watch their innocence shatter in ways that we do not know how to correct, we are in the throes of terrible tragedy that can lead to growth as a nation or our ultimate ruin.

newtownAt the time of the massacre, Ceres was in a position with the U.S. Pluto that I call the “blindspot”/inconjunct. The U.S. Pluto in its 2nd house thinks of itself as powerful and wants to hold that status. Yet Ceres’ placement at the time of the horror reminds us of where we are failing- our children, our willingness to nurture and caretake all of our children and this denial has brought us a sorrow that we can never reconcile.

Much has been discussed about the Mayan Calendar/Winter Solstice and the alignment with the Galactic Center, yet it is Ceres, whose roots are in the Great Goddess who lines up opposite that point on 12/21/12.

These are the tipping point changes that are afoot. The conservative commentator, Morning Joe Scarborough quoted Lincoln Monday morning: “Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”– Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum address

Scarborough’s full speech brought me to tears (easy to do these days) as he confessed his change of heart on gun control and detailed why.

MMMThis is a picture of me on my first Mother’s Day as a mom. I got on a bus pre-dawn to attend the Million Mom March in DC for gun control.

At the time I thought, whatever I can do to make a safer world for my baby. But it’s not safer and today it’s so much sadder.

Yet if we can pass through this grief with an awareness of our power to create change, then we will see Spring after Winter. That is Ceres’ promise. We owe this to the families who lost their children; we owe it to the survivors who’ve lost their innocence. It is up to the people who are not directly in the throes of grief to take responsibility for our greatest natural resource: our children and their well-being.

We owe it to our consciousness evolution as a species, or our great civilization will go the way of the ancient Mayans. I see the promise in our children. I believe we can make this leap of faith into a better world. Do you?

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