I always pictured the evolutionary path in terms of getting to a point, staying there for as long as it is necessary to learn the lessons of that place (since these lessons are the reason why it was necessary to get to that point in the first place) and then somehow refusing to move forward along the evolutionary journey because that place has become all too familiar. I always thought that it is only at this time that the need to move towards the polarity point comes into action, as in only after having overstayed somewhere. I totally understand why outmoded patterns need to be left behind, by moving towards the polarity point, but is there such a thing as patterns that have not yet become outmoded?
Since the birth chart is a map of the desire nature at a given point in the evolutionary journey, and since in order to cooperate with the evolutionary intent the polarity points of the planets need to be embraced, would that imply that all the desires that are represented in the birth chart are of a separating nature? This seems rather extreme, but then again, if all separating desires had been exhausted prior to the current lifetime, there would have been no need for the Soul to reincarnate another time around, right?
But happens before that certain point? Between the moment of getting somewhere and the moment when it is time to go somewhere else? Since presumably there have been evolutionary reasons for getting to that somewhere in the first place, when is time allowed for developing the lessons of that particular point in evolution if at the very time of getting there, there is already a polarity point to embrace?
What I am trying to say is this: is there a time when it is ok to say “I just got here. There’s no need for me to go anywhere just right now” ? Or is that indicative of an early form of resistance to the evolutionary intent? Would that sort of reasoning amount to asking for a break from the evolutionary intent and making excuses for refusing to continue on the evolutionary path or would it represent a legitimate need to develop and integrate the lessons of that particular point of the journey?
Since the only time when the polarity point is not applicable is when Pluto is conjunct the NN, would it be correct to say that this would represent the only situation when it is ok to reason along the lines described above?
I think the issue you are having in trying to understand this is your feeling that when you arrive at a new place you are supposed to be there and this means that everything stands still until it becomes outmoded and you are no longer supposed to be there. That perspective is overlooking some realities of life.
I will give you the example of spring turning to summer. (I am using a northern hemisphere example. If you are in the southern hemisphere change my dates by 6 months). Most of us, I suspect, wouldn't mind if it stayed late June and early July about three times longer than it does. None the less it doesn't. Evolution is progressive, day by day. Before you know it, it is late July and then early August. The days are getting shorter. The very seasonal change, day by day, itself is moving us forward, because the environment beneath our feet is changing before our eyes. The change from today to tomorrow, and tomorrow to the following day, is almost imperceptible. But if you take the daily change that occurs over 6 or 8 weeks, it is quite perceptible.
Nothing in life ever stays the same. The ascendant moves one degree every four minutes. From what I see, the moon moves one degree about every hour and 30 to 40 minutes. They appear to be constant but they are not.
What you refer to is beautifully described in the EA material on the cycles of phases and aspects. That every circle/cycle has its own inherent meanings reasons and evolutionary intents. And these progressively play out over the course of the cycle, moment by moment, not all at once. (That is why there IS a cycle. Otherwise it would all happen at the same time.) Even the seasons really are the phases of the Sun at the Aries point and its phasal relationship to the transiting Sun. That is why to me it makes a great example, because we can correlate astro theory with physical events we have all experienced life long. The same principle we can recognize at work in that example also applies to all the inner cycles going on within us.
There are archetypes associated with all the points along the circle, the natural steps or behavioral tendencies that are going to occur when cycles reach certain points. The patterns of resistance and cooperation are built into the archetypes. (Of course we have choice over whether we will resist or cooperate. But most of us, until we start figuring this out from inside ourselves, that we can then make new choices, operate instinctually by repeating our pre-existing patterns, based on very familiar past decisions).
As you start looking at it this way, you start to realize that the idea that you are in something new and you are supposed to stay there until it becomes outmoded is in fact true. But its not that everything is fine and then one day it is outmoded. The progress through the changes proceeds moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, etc. At every moment, even from the beginning of the new phase of the cycle, there are things we need to release from.
New Phase is experiential. Right away we are going to try some new things that we then decide aren't right or didn't work. So we stop doing those things right away, right in the new phase. Thus we are shedding even as we are learning something new. Through trial and error we (hopefully) get better at it and closer to the ideal. The intended times of major sheddings, at end points, culminations, are when a whole bunch has to get dropped at once. But in every moment we can be dropping something and initiating something else. Endless endings and beginnings, or Involution and Evolution, as Jeffrey used to put it. Something has to die, no matter how infinitesimal, before something new can be born. That is just how life works - that is what EA calls Natural Law, in action. Death - rebirth is the way of life. And death-rebirth is a core Pluto archetype, thus the evolution of the Soul through that process.
The whole thing is a PROCESS. Trying to hang on to the present is quite like trying to make time stop in early July for a month or two. We might like that but its not going to happen. On the other hand, we can get away with pretending for a while that is happening. We can convince ourselves it is happening. But that doesn't mean it is.
If I convince myself something is happening that isn't (it's still early July) sooner or later I am going to experience evidence in my life that is not what is happening. The more I dig in and believe it is happening when evidence is showing me its not, the more painful the day of reckoning is going to be when the belief finally blows up in my face for good. That is usually about the time we start talking about how unfair and cruel life is, when what I passionately believed turns out to not be aligned with the way "reality" has unfolded. (Does this sound at all familiar in terms of how we live our lives about things other than believing I am making it stay early July for 6 weeks?) Does that mean there is something unfair in life, or that I have let myself believe that the way that life works is different than the way it actually works?
And finally one last question about the situation when Pluto is conjunct the NN. Does this mean that there is no polarity point for any of the other planets in the chart as well?
No, it doesn't mean that at all.
P.S. Thank you so very much, Steve for all your kind thoughts and encouragement. I cannot even begin to tell you how much this means to me.
the feeling is mutual