Uranus in Retrograde: a Perfect Time to Let Go of our Baggage.

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August 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Wake up! Take your head out of Uranus and smell the coffee—the cosmic sh*t is about to hit the fan.

Since August 7th, Uranus—the rebel planet—has been dragging its heels and lagging behind our own comparatively well-behaved world.

Yet, despite our perfectly placed planet, many of us terrans seem to be forever in a hurry to get to where we are going.

Once more around the sun, and step on it! I have a busy life to lead!

We have not quite figured out just yet that “busy” is a socially engineered disease. We will, in time.

The reality is, things just can’t happen any quicker—or slower for that matter—than they actually do. It’s called divine timing.

As we ride on the back of the cosmic elephant, it matters not one jot how hard we kick our impatient heels at its pan-galactic shoulders or pull fearfully on its existential ears, it will continue to stride purposefully on at its own indomitable pace. We are not in control.

The truth is, when Uranus goes retrograde it really isn’t slowing down at all or or going backward, it’s all just an optical illusion.

Imagine you’re sitting on a stationary train in a station, then the train on the next platform starts to move, and you get that strange feeling like your own train is sliding backwards! But of course it isn’t. That’s right, your train has just gone retrograde! But of course it hasn’t.

Uranus—which the ancient Greeks called Ouranos, god of the sky—is the seventh planet from the sun, and Earth is the third. So as we earthlings whizz busily around the solar system, literally on the inside track, Uranus has to take the long way around, (the orbital route so to speak) travelling once around the sun every 84 years. So when we pass one another on the celestial highway our relative speeds makes Uranus appear as if it’s slowing down or even going backward, just like that train in the station.

But rest assured, the laws of physics have not been broken.

Uranus is undoubtedly on the right track and diligently observing the universal speed limit—186,000 miles per second according to Albert Einstein, and I guess he would know.

That means you and me and everyone else on this gorgeous god-sized blue marble are also undoubtedly on the right track and observing the same universal speed limit. There’s something quite reassuring about that.

So why be in such a hurry to get to where we’re going? No matter what, we will all arrive at our destination. Why get frustrated at a retrograde Uranus that seems to have slowed our journey down. After all, it really hasn’t. As far as the cosmic elephant is concerned, we are travelling at exactly the speed we are supposed to travel and going exactly where we are meant to go, so please stop kicking its astronomical arse and pulling on its eternal ears.

Now, equipped with this precious knowledge, we can all relax, put our collective feet up, and enjoy the scenery as Uranus passes the tropospheric train window in all its naked glory, and marvel at its ring system and numerous moons.

But don’t get too comfortable. Uranus, like all gas giants, has super strong winds that can turn the tempestuous tides of fate and fortune.

Despite our strong urges to be rebellious and autonomous—in keeping with the rebel planet—it’s useful to remember that there’s no one quite so lost and lonely as a rebel without a cause. And it’s perhaps more useful to realise that autonomy is a state that exists only in the context of interdependence.

So we must each tack and jibe carefully on the sea of love and lost labours, and avoid capsizing our wind-blown relationships, both personal and professional.

With Uranus in retrograde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will feel like the vying governors of your disparate emotions that seem to come out of the blue—but the reality is they usually do, whether your head is in Uranus or not.

The key, as always, is awareness.

Give yourself time to watch your feelings rise and then subside, like passing wind.

If we endeavour to be honest about the cause of our emotions, then we can be honest and better manage the effect of our emotions, on ourselves and on others.

At this time, just like the other six months of the year when Uranus is out of sight and out of mind, also be aware of the urge to be confrontational. However this is not necessarily a bad thing. We may want or need not only to be contrary, but also to confront the things we fear, the things which make us feel vulnerable or insecure, especially our own BS.

When Uranus is retrograde it is all too easy to project onto others and unconsciously dump our crap on their doorstep.

When a retrograde Uranus is seemingly slowing down our progress and revealing our frustrations, it is a good time to remember that nothing is guaranteed. Despite being told over and over by guru-lite mystics that we are each masters of our own universe and co-creators of its reality, there is a humbling truth to acknowledge.

The power we are tirelessly told is ours to relentlessly seek and claim, and do with what we will, is not really ours at all. It is borrowed and must be given back, continually and ultimately.

Think of it this way, on the cosmic ocean of consciousness (the sea of love if you will), we are each a wave of love, and the power we feel surging through us does not really belong to us, it belongs to the cosmic ocean of consciousness.

That power is expressed through us, not by us, in our every thought, word and deed. That power ebbs and flows, rises and falls, not at our behest, but rather at the impartial, impersonal, and unconditional free will of the ocean itself. That’s right, free will is not yours or mine, it belongs to the impersonal and unconditional divine. Let go.

Humbling isn’t it? But after all isn’t that the spiritual path, humility? A message so easily forgotten in this New Age when so many spiritual pushers and punters alike succumb to the easy-sell seduction and cheap high of personal power and its gateway drug, empowerment.

Self-help book psycho-babble has now normalised spiritual greed.

Not so long ago, the quiet but enlightened message was surrender and liberation, now supplanted by a brash New Age message telling us all to step into our power. It’s nothing more than a corrupted copy of the age-old religious blueprint. Retrograde indeed.

Following that blueprint, the ego becomes as big as Uranus, and the universe becomes little more than our spiritual shopping mall, as we imagine—with a greedy sense of first-world privilege and entitlement—that we are manifesting our every desire.

When the pursuit of power becomes normalised in spirituality, it is all too easy to be trippin’ over ourselves in the pursuit of more and more.

Instead, we could be letting go of the self and trusting the ocean of consciousness—the sea of love—to carry us, support us, and drive us through this bizarre and beautiful life. Surrender.

That is not to suggest we succumb to complacency or forgo our responsibility of action, but rather in understanding the origin of our actions we act, in every sense, as conscious and passionate vessels and guardians of love.

Karma means action. To recognise all action is expressed through the human heart and mind rather than by the human heart and mind reconciles all karma to its source, continually and ultimately. Liberation.

Then there is no journey to oneness, to grace, to love…to union. Our birthright is oneness, our state is grace, our journey and our destination is love. We are—each one of us—in perpetual union, waves of consciousness on an ocean of love.

This stuff that is the cause of all existence is called love simply because it allows all things to be. All things. Not just the cosmically cuddly and cute things, but also the dangerous, ugly, and cruel things.

This can be a difficult reality for the inherently tribal human psyche to accept.

A psyche that desperately desires a partisan universe instead of an impartial one, a biased divinity instead of an objective one, a cosmic order that plays favourites instead of a messy perfection that creates and destroys indiscriminately.

Our only job as human beings is to convert that raw and unconditional love into refined kind conditional love, much like the only job of each leaf on a tree is to convert raw sunlight into food.

Human beings love because, and it is the because which makes our love conditional—the food of love you could say, like billions of leaves on the tree of life.

Conversely, the universe loves regardless, and it is because it has no regard for who or what is loved that makes its love unconditional.

This fundamental misunderstanding of unconditional love has been the seed of every religious and spiritual superstition ever devised by humanity.

The unsophisticated, yet insidious premise of superstition is simply this: if we invest in rituals and rites, prescribed by an ever growing gaggle of wannabe gurus and goddesses, then the universe will discard its primary principle of impartial, objective, and unconditional love and instead regard me and my tribe among its favourites.

It is a primitive premise, founded in fear, and negligent of a broader benevolent understanding.

It’s just like Stevie Wonder once sang,

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain’t the way!”

Apparently, even a blind man can see that no matter how we might try to organise the stars the universe cannot be coerced, persuaded, or bribed.

We are all loved, without prejudice or preference, by the unconditional divine.

Bearing that in mind, now is the perfect time to take our heads out of Ouranus and let go of our bullsh*t and our baggage.

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author: Arun Eden-Lewis

Image: Noah Silliman

Editor: Khara-Jade Warren

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Arun Eden-Lewis, known as Arunji to his friends has been teaching Yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi since 2001. His particular passion is bringing the authentic philosophies of these ancient practices into modern everyday life by helping his students develop accessible self practices that can be explored with integrity in their own time, even if it’s just five minutes.

Arun is also a qualified swimming coach, personal trainer and Natural Therapist. He hosts Yoga & Qigong retreats as well as Fit & Fat retreats, classes, workshops and seminars all over the world. His mission is to take the mystery out of the mystical, allowing anyone with the passion and commitment to find freedom, in body, mind, and spirit.

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Arun Eden-Lewis Sep 3, 2018 6:29am

Thank you Erica, pleased you enjoyed it! Blessings Arun

Erica Gann Kitaev Sep 1, 2018 2:18pm

Another well done piece, Arun. Keep them coming!

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 23, 2018 8:43am

Thank you for your very generous comments, David! It's our shared illumination that makes it all worth while. Keep shining my friend. Blessings Arun

David Starlyte Aug 22, 2018 11:42am

I must say I am in awe of you - this is quite probably the most brilliant piece of writing I've ever read, no hyperbole intended. We're all human beings wandering around lost in the darkness, desperately holding on to a little light or (Starlight) for some! Thank you for providing some balance (- and illumination) - your perspective is needed - you may just be my favourite non-guru guru! haha

Khara-Jade Warren Aug 15, 2018 2:04pm

Arun Eden-Lewis Mwuah! <3

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 15, 2018 9:49am

Hello lovely lady! Thank you for your continued support and helping me find my way as a writer, I will always be grateful. I have a new confidence in how to write in this format and that's down to your advice and Khara-Jade's continued expertise. Bless you both xx

Galina Singer Aug 13, 2018 1:43pm

What a delicious way with words you have, dear Arun! I must admit I was surprised when I saw you were the author under this title, but when I saw the first few sentences, I knew it couldn't have been anyone else. Love everything about this, as usual with everything you write.

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 12, 2018 2:16pm

Me neither Billy, It's meant to be ironic! Did my London humour pass you by??

Billy Manas Aug 12, 2018 10:59am

I've never really been a huge fan of astrology, but I really love this Arun. Thank you!

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 11, 2018 6:32pm

Hey Kristin, thank you for your comments, I'm very happy you picked up on so many nuances in the article, there's a lot going on! Blessings Arun

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 11, 2018 6:31pm

Hi Karen, thank you for your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the article. I've written another you can find here, called "The Omnipresent Octopus." Similar subject, I think you might like that one! Blessings Arun

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 11, 2018 6:27pm

Hello Marion, thank you for your kind comments, I'm so pleased the spicy language made you laugh, as was my intention. I concur, it really is simple. Blessings Arun

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 11, 2018 6:24pm

Thank you for your comments. It's easy to muddy the spiritual waters with a quote like Alan Watts'. My personal preference is the Buddha's teaching, if the ego is truly transcended then the realisation comes that there never was an ego to begin with. In other words the independent, autonomous self is realised as illusion. Simple clarity is so much better than clever sophistry I think. Blessings Arun

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 11, 2018 6:18pm

Translated into Romanian?! Amazing, thank you Manuela. Blessings Arun

Kristin Toussaint Aug 11, 2018 3:24pm

Your understanding and articulation of Karma is the juicy gift for the reader who goes the distance with your fascinating article Arun! Action expressed "by" the heart is DOING, BUSY, and often motivated in the unconscious and associated with our baggage. Hence, "head in Uranus"! I just LOVE this article for so many reasons!

Karen Klamon Walters Aug 11, 2018 3:07pm

Great writing, Arun! As another reader commented, I loved your ‘spicy’ language! I’ve often used the idea that we are but a thimble of salt water with no power of our own-we must stay connected to all the other thimbles in the ocean for any power to come through us. I like your idea of us being waves of love on a cosmic sea of love even more! I’m stowing your article away for future reference and to share with others. Keep ‘em coming :)

Marion Robbins Aug 11, 2018 2:21pm

Love, love, love this, Arun! Your spicy language amused me. I love the image of us as little waves of consciousness in an infinite sea of consciousness, allowing that consciousness to move and live and express through us. How simple it really is. Blessings...

Your Mother NYC Aug 11, 2018 1:56pm

A thought provoking and complex article. I love this: “Self-help book psycho-babble has now normalised spiritual greed.” One one hand it is powerful that spiritual message has gained mainstream attention, but on the other hand the ancient message can be dangerously mangled; on the third hand (?) there does exist a spiritual superiority which is also dangerous. This idea that “my” method is the absolute and “i” am somehow spiritually advanced. I think Alan watts said that transcending the ego was the biggest ego trip going. It’s tricky because we are all on a path of growth but at different rates.

Manuela Timofte Aug 11, 2018 12:37pm

Laugh, beauty, truth and love - all in one amazing post! I have posted and translated it into Romanian on my blog https://inaloveworld.wordpress.com. Thank you very much for sharing and Congratulations!

Arun Eden-Lewis Aug 11, 2018 9:13am

Thank you for your comments, Kitty. Your analogy with child birth (and then death) is very interessting, and I can appreciate (but never experience) how that would feel. Death of course patiently waits for me. I'm pleased you picked up on the jokes, there are lots in the article that express my silly sense of humour. For the record, Uranus actually does have a ring system (like Saturn) and several moons. The fact that it's science "and" funny made me chuckle like a naughty kid while I was writing this whole thing. Blessings Arun

Kitty Steenvoort Aug 10, 2018 4:54pm

I love your message of humility Arun. I think it's a very welcome one in this age of becoming the best version of yourself terror. The constant hunt for hapiness while trying to avoid pain is an exhausting one. Your words 'the power is expressed through us not by us' makes me think of childbirth. Birth can be, like death, one of the most humbling experiences. Once you are able to face your fears and surrender that is. If given the chance it can be the ultimate form of letting go and let nature take over. Then it is Universal power at its most magical. It's interesting to think what the world would look like if we all stopped running around like crazy and surrendered to this sea of consciousness. It definitely would bring an end to the burn-out epidemic. Apart from that you made me laugh, you must be such a funny guy.