Anti-Life Beliefs 2

October 24, 2016

Before we talk more about the chart of the Varuna-Vesta Initiation, let’s add a few relevant astroevents to the timetable…

  • 9am PDT 19 October – asteroid Moira Opposes Varuna
  • 2pm PDT 22 October – Moon crosses Vesta-Varuna
  • 6pm PDT 22 October – Varuna Initiates Vesta at 1 Leo, “irruption of bio-psychic energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness” (Rudhyar)
  • 1am PDT 23 October – Sun Squares Varuna

The Sun (Essence) heads a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) across the Opposition between Varuna and Moira (Fate).

  • 11am PDT 30 October – New Moon at 8 Scorpio
  • 4pm PDT 30 October – Varuna turns Retrograde at 1 Leo
  • 31 October – Hylonome Sextiles Nessus, base of a Finger of God to Vesta-Varuna
  • 2pm PDT 1 November – asteroid Atropos turns Retrograde at 11 Cancer

Asteroid Atropos symbolizes Endings.  It makes a Grand Trine with the New Moon and Neptune-South Node.  Hylonome also represents Separation from Archetypes, echoing our Cellular-level Clearing and the Demise of Abusive Cultures.

The simultaneous New Moon will extend the impact of the Varuna-Vesta Initiation for several weeks.  The New Moon is not within Sensitivity range of the Initiation to make an impact on our day-to-day Experience.  However, the correspondence in time with the Varuna Station is.  And if we read this as the birth chart for the New Selves we are rebirthing – minus some very ancient Cellular Programming – the New Moon Squares (Mastery through Challenge) the Initiation.

  • 6 November – Hylonome Sextiles OR10, base of a Finger of God to Vesta-Varuna
  • 6pm PST 9 November – Nessus Initiates Nemesis at 3 Pisces, Desertification
  • 11am PST 11 November – OR10 Initiates Nemesis at 3 Pisces
  • 6am PST 14 November – Nessus turns Direct at 3 Pisces
  • 6pm PST 19 November – OR10 turns Direct at 3 Pisces

These astroevents tie our earlier Revolution against Abuse and Privilege to the current Cleansing of Genetic and Epigenetic Cellular toxins.  So we can expect that these “Nasty Women,” as Elizabeth Warren puts it, are just getting started.  And we can expect that Trump’s faux Revolution against the Corporatocracy is just getting started as well.  Now all we need to do is Manifest a cadre of non-Sexist non-Racist pro-Huper pro-Earth center-left politicos to take over from the ‘Rump’s right-wing sanguine- napes.

Moira is a group name for the three Fates – cloth-cutting Klotho, length-measuring Lachesis, and chord-snipping Atropos.  All four of the corresponding eponymous asteroids are involved here, suggesting that this is no surprise to Whomever has planned all this.

  • Moira Opposes Vesta-Varuna
  • Klotho Conjoins Haumea (Rebirth), Opposite Uranus-Eris (Yintegrity), implying that our Intentions here will have a lot to do with how our Future unfolds
  • Lachesis is traveling with Nessus and OR10, implying that Abuse and Privilege can expire
  • Atropos is Stationary on the Day of the Dead (what a Coincidence!), Opposite Saturn, implying that if we’re Clear about What We Want, Endings can be Clean

More to follow.

Anti-Life Beliefs 1

October 24, 2016

We’ve started a new Province in Linear Time, as on 22 October Varuna (the Life Force) Initiated Vesta (Unconscious Beliefs).  While the Big Changes we’ve been experiencing for the last month continue to percolate up through the various layers of our Psyche, I expect this new Energy to dominate till Halloween.

If we can assume for a moment that our long-term Psychic Progress is toward Wholeness, then Vesta-Varuna Cycles are about Eliminating Unconscious Beliefs that are Anti-Life.  We all have those – even the Bushel that we hide our Abandoned Genius under, and the Hesitation we have to blatantly and outlandishly pursue our Deepest Desires, are driven by Unconscious Anti-Life Beliefs.  If we think it through we’ll understand that Idealism (and almost any -ism) is Anti-Life, as it’s likely to Deny its Both/And Opposite.

The timing runs something like this…

  • 2pm PDT 22 October – Moon crosses Vesta-Varuna
  • 6pm PDT 22 October – Varuna Initiates Vesta at 1 Leo, “irruption of bio-psychic energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness” (Rudhyar)
  • 4pm PDT 30 October – Varuna turns Retrograde at 1 Leo

The Varuna-Vesta Initiation occurs just one arcminute (one sixtieth of a Degree, or the equivalent of 24 minutes of a Zodiacal year) shy of the Varuna Station, so we can count on both Varuna and Vesta-Varuna being Strong for the whole period through 30 October.  Varuna’s been within one Degree of its Station since 16 August, so it’s been Lit Up in the background for the last two months.

Varuna operates at about the same speed as Pluto.  Their orbits run 250 years for Pluto, 283 years for Varuna.  Pluto travels from 30 “AU” (one AU is the distance from the Sun to Earth) distant in Scorpio to 50 AU in Taurus, Varuna from 40 AU in Aries to 46 AU in Libra.  Pluto is about one fifth the size of Earth, Varuna about three eighths the size of Pluto.

Varuna operates at the Cellular level, so for the next week and the next four years (the length of each Vesta-Varuna Cycle) we have the Opportunity to Let Go of Beliefs on the Epigenetic and Genetic levels, both Personally and Globally.  Of course, when Changes occur on those levels, we probably aren’t aware that “we” are Deciding or Doing anything, so we may not even know that it’s happening.

But the Changes will be Reflecting in the Mirror of our thoughts and Feelings, so we can Consciously Cooperate with the Changes, and help them permeate our Being more quickly and become more Sustainable by Acknowledging and Reinforcing them.  

In part, that means being Aware that we may have symptoms of Ego Death: Confusion, Regret, Grief, Anger, Fear, Despair, the illusion of illness as our Body moves toxins out of our Cells.  It’s Important that we Respond to these Lovingly.  By all means Comfort yourself, but stay away from symptom-suppressing drugs if you possibly can.  Use “You poor Sweetheart…” and Homeopathics and Energy Work instead.

Remember that Fear is Cold and Hard, Love is Soft and Warm.  Locate Unpleasant or Painful Sensations and Emotions in your Body, Soften around them, Warm them, put your Hand on them.  Our “natural” (or Programmed) tendency is to Tighten around Pain and approach it with Fear.  That dilates the Blood vessels and slows Healing, while Softening and Warming speeds Healing – notwithstanding the Healing Energy your Hand will direct to it from your Heart.

We may also have difficulty Relating to family or friends or colleagues if their Beliefs Change in ways that are very different from the way ours are Changing, or if they – or we – Resist the Changes.  

Bear in mind that much of what you hear people saying may be their inertial thoughts and Feelings trying to Defend who they have Believed themselves to Be.  Hear them out.  Avoid Arguing with them, as by implying that they’re wrong you could strengthen their resolve to Defend their Olde Self.  Ask them Questions if you want, but only if you can come from agenda-free Curiosity.  

The same could be true of yourself – you could “hear yourself” saying things that used to Define who you Believed yourself to Be, but in a flash of Insight you suddenly find patently ridiculous or irrelevant.  You don’t want to have any Social Ego Invested in your Olde Beliefs, unless you’re very good at telling people that you’ve “Changed your mind” or “Feel differently” now.  If you often tell yourself or others “I’m not one of those people who waffle,” you could be in trouble.

If anyone wants to Argue with you, don’t Defend; instead, Ask them more about what they have to say.  You don’t have to Agree with them.  If pressed, you can always dodge the Questions and say something like “That’s interesting, I hadn’t thought of it that way.  I’ll think about that and see how it Feels.”  Yintegrity doesn’t mean you have to make yourself Vulnerable in situations where you don’t Feel (or aren’t) Safe.  If you “have a position” on anything, you’re stuck in an Idea and in danger of missing this Opportunity to Shift on a very Deep level.

This is the Initiation of a Cycle, and the New Energy is always Strong at the Initiation – Strong and Controversial.  Controversial because those who are Invested (Egoically or financially or Emotionally) in the status quo can argue vehemently against the New Energy.  You can see the Trumpistas vigorously Defending the Olde Energy of Sexism and Racism, even as they vehemently argue against the Olde Energy of Government by the Rich, for the Rich, and of the Rich – without realizing that Trump is really planning to make it far worse.

In a typical cycle, after the Initiation the Olde Guard appears to have defeated the New Energy, as the New Energy goes underground to grow roots.  The New Energy emerges at the “First Quarter” phase of the Cycle – the one-year point in this four-year Cycle.  So a win for Clinton could seem like a victory for the Olde Guard, as in some ways it certainly will be, but a year from now we could be very surprised by what surfaces.

2020 B

October 20, 2016

By 2020 we’re still working on these 22-25 Degrees!  Good idea to put extra effort into our very busy and demanding homework on these Degrees now; the more we do now, the easier it will be later!  The Universe isn’t Random – this long span of working with these Degrees is a primer for the 2020 Saturn-Pluto.  When we’re speaking of Huperity at large, Saturn-Pluto makes the Lizards jump for Joy, creating some of the bleakest times for Huperity.  Like the massive earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, or “9/11,” or NAFTA and the WTO, or AIDS – correlates to our last four Saturn-Pluto adventures.

The 2020 Saturn-Pluto occurs at 23 Capricorn, “Bravery in Combat” – which it is likely to feel like if it turns out to be a showdown between the Patriarchy and its successor, or between the Lizards and the Mammals – we’ll bring this up later.

It draws a big crowd – it’s a Stellium of six planets between 22 and 26 Degrees of Capricorn – Sun, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, Mercury, and Hopi.

 That combination has the potential to Change Huper Herstory significantly.

The Stellium Squares Eris, which is Stationary, and makes a Minor Tricolor to Chaos-Asbolus: Eris Square Stellium Quincunx Chaos-Asbolus Sextile Eris…

“I Wonder how the Infinite Nature (Chaos) of my Intuition (Asbolus) will influence the Stress between my Unconscious Trance (Pluto) and my Conscious Will (Saturn) and help me Accept the Truth (Eris)?”

We’ll go into the Moon’s deeper meaning of Instinct and Authenticity – which should totally Change our Attitude toward Pluto-Moon, in a little while.

The biggest Configuration in the 2020 Pluto-Saturn Initiation chart is a Diamond Star (a T-Square and a Yod pointing at the same planet) to a Stationary Nemesis.  Pallas-Veritas and Chaos-Asbolus form the base of the T-Square.  Hopi-Venus and Eris form the base of the Yod.  As part of this Configuration…

Nemesis Square Chaos-Asbolus Quincunx Stellium Trine Nemesis forms a Major Tricolor…

“I Wonder how the Infinite Nature (Chaos) of my Intuition (Asbolus) will influence the Stress between my Unconscious Trance (Pluto) and my Conscious Will (Saturn) and help me Understand how I sabotage myself (Nemesis)?”

Which brings us directly back to the Moon.  In mundane 3D Reality, the Moon symbolizes our “Random” Emotions.  Someone cuts us off in traffic, and one day we’re shaking our fist at them, the next day we slow down and make space for them, assuming they have a good reason to hurry, maybe even say a quick Prayer for their Safety.  Venus on the other hand represents our Consistent Emotions – our Values.  Unless there are extenuating circumstances or superior Values, we seldom Feel Enthused when someone commits murder.  The third level of the Emotional panoply is Vesta, which stands for our Unconscious Beliefs.  It takes Experience to figure out which of our Values arise from our Heart (Venus) and which arise from our Karma or Programming or Archetypes (Vesta).

Now, let’s look at those Random Emotions.  Chances are, the fellow (it probably was a male) whom you got mad at for cutting you off was probably himself Angry, maybe he thought you were slowing him down, or maybe he was just having a bad day, or maybe all of his days were bad ones.  The person you didn’t get mad at, probably did have a good reason to be in a hurry, rushing to the hospital or pick up their kid from school on time.  Feelings don’t exist in a vacuum, they’re a Field, and we have to be very careful to distinguish our own from other peoples’.

What does that tell us about the Moon?  It represents our Instincts!

How often do we Trust our Instincts?  When we’re cut off in traffic, we don’t need to invest a lot of intellectual firepower in figuring out why it happened, so we just back off the throttle, either out of consideration or out of caution.  When someone gives us a very subtle insult, the issue is a lot different.  Do we allow ourself to React Honestly?  Do we consider who it was that insulted us?  Do we take a time out and investigate whether it’s really just an old Unconscious wound of our own that was triggered by an innocent comment, and not an insult at all?  

If we were living in Yintegrity, and it was Safe to do so (it wouldn’t cost us our livelihood or our Life), we might React Honestly, watch where the chips fell, and iron out the complications accordingly – readjust our Relationship if it really was an undeserved insult, or make amends if their defense was credible.  Then examine our own wounds later, in the privacy of our own Psyche (if we didn’t have a bruise already, the insult wouldn’t have hurt).  If we really Trusted our Instincts, we might not even care if our Livelihood or Life was threatened – we might take it as an indication that Change was on the schedule, and follow the thread with Curiosity.

Astrology always gives us plenty of Opportunity to practice.  The Moon crosses or Squares or Opposes Pluto once a week!  It won’t be as intense, but Moon over Pluto will have a lot of core similarity to Pluto over Moon.  This will be excellent practice for all of us – when the Moon crosses Pluto, how do we Relate to our Instincts?  Do we Learn anything about how we Relate to our Instincts?  Here’s our schedule for the next month…

  • 21 October, noon PDT (plus or minus an hour or two)
  • 26 October, 1am PDT
  • 5 November, 2am PDT
  • 12 November, 8pm PDT

Let me know how this turns out – do you Observe anything useful?  Learn anything useful?

Honesty and Trust (and Discernment) around our Instincts is a big part of our Authenticity – we could think of the Moon as the local surrogate for Eris.  We routinely discount her because we’re programmed to “be Nice.”  Authenticity is represented by the Eighteenth Harmonic – planets that are separated by Angles that are multiples of twenty Degrees, half a Novile.  We can Learn a lot about our Relationship to our Authenticity by looking at which planets in our natality (birth chart) are separated by multiples of twenty Degrees.

Next we need to look at what else is going on in 2020; it’s actually more significant than the Pluto-Saturn Initiation.  The Pluto-Saturn Cycle spans thirty-some years (Pluto moves faster at some times than others), while the more important Cycle we’ll talk about spans two centuries, and will have a big impact on our Lives.  We hint at it strongly in Reasons for Optimism below.

2020 A

October 19, 2016

Another regular reader writes…

“I’ve become aware through your posts about the 2020 conjunction.  I did the chart for 12 January 2020 when Saturn and Pluto are conjunct at 22 Capricorn, conjunct my natal Moon by less than 1 degree of sensitivity.  Should I be concerned?!  That looks like a very potent … something.” 

Well, if there’s any astroevent that folks almost universally report to be max nasty, it’s Pluto (in the Sky now/then) crossing your natal Moon.  Ask Fernanda, who’s just been through it…

So you’ve got a little over three years to Learn to Be Totally Loving with All Possible Emotions – should be Easy, right?  Your Pluto-Moon Can-Opener will be almost a month later, but your Saturn-Moon Can-Opener is only a couple of days after the Pluto-Saturn Initiation, so The Most Important Thing (Saturn) for you, for a while before Pluto actually does the deed, will be Learning to Be Totally Loving with All Possible Emotions.  With care, you should be well prepared.

“Pluto-Moon Can-Opener” means the first time Pluto in the Sky then crosses their natal Moon; Can-Opener because the first astroevent in a series almost always Opens a Can of Worms that we’d been blissfully ignoring or Denying.  No one experiences Pluto-Moon twice, so we have nil direct Experience with it in the Lifetime.  If we’re old enough, though, we can look back to a Pluto-Moon Square to retrieve quality indirect Experience.

“Saturn-Moon Can-Opener” means the first time Saturn in the Sky then crosses their natal Moon.  Saturn-Moon “Transits” (planets in the sky now/then crossing natal planets) occur every 7 years or so (counting Squares and Oppositions), so by reviewing all those prior time periods we can well prepare for a Saturn-Moon Transit.

The “Pluto-Saturn Initiation” refers to what will be going on in the Sky then.

The key to any Emotion is staying in the Present Moment.  Emotions are Paper Tigers; they don’t actually bite, they just cast threatening Shadows.  Under the Influence of any heavy Emotion, what’s going on in the Present Moment runs something like…

  • (1) “I Am [name of Emotion]” when you’re Identifying with the Emotion – or worse yet, with any Negative Thoughts that accompany and reinforce the Emotion
    • (2) “This Feeling Overwhelms me” when you’re beginning to break out of the Identification or Trance – and you’re still Conscious, ie, not Regressed to an age where you had little Skill with Emotion; hence the benefit of studying prior Experience
    • (3) “What color is the wallpaper?” if you’re Regressed, because there’s a good chance it will be different than it was when you were that earlier age, giving you an Opportunity to return to the Present Moment
  • (4) The next step is “I Feel [name of Emotion],” shifting from “I Am crap” to “I Feel crappy” as you Disidentify further
  • (5)  “You poor Sweetheart, you’re really Feeling krappy, aren’t you” as you Identify with Compassion instead of crap.  If you’ve practiced this a thousand times, and you’re lucky, your Abandoned and possibly Abused Herstorical Child, from your earlier age, will then talk back to you, giving you the Opportunity to bring them and their Unique Skills into the Present Moment as an integral part of your Self
  • (6) “Wow, that Emotion was Compelling” when you’ve stepped aside and let the bus run over someone else

If you’re working with it constructively.  You can see why Pluto makes it so hard when you notice the key words…

  • “Overwhelming” – the Ego is Overwhelmed whenever you misinterpret Labor Pains to be Death Throes – which is always an Opportunity to examine our Fear of Death.  Never pass up an Opportunity to do that.
  • “Trance” – Pluto is about Transformation, ie, ReFormation of the Unconscious Trance that has been driving your Consciousness as if it was a drone
  • “Compelling” – Pluto is always Compulsive

Here’s a wonderfully precise description of the fundamental issue…

Reasons for Optimism

October 19, 2016

Long but well worth it – Robert Reich on current Herstory…

Say a Prayer to help alleviate the suffering of folks in the US… 

And a short one…

Portal 18.10 Part 2

October 18, 2016

By the way, while Nemesis crosses Juno at 11am PDT 18 October (today), the Moon Opposed them both and crossed Sedna from 9pm to 1am PDT 17-18 October; the Moon often Triggers the consequences of astroevents, so the Yin Gate may have had a more obvious climax then.

There are also several Strong ancillary astroevents occurring.  

  • Pallas (Boundaries) is Stationary (Strong), having turned Direct at 2pm PST 17 October.  That’s an interesting correlate to the Power-Under issues arising.
  • Pluto Initiates Mars at 4am PDT 19 October, in 16 Capricorn, a Degree that implies Regimentation.  Given everything else that’s going on, we can interpret that as increasing Consciousness of the Regimentation that Capitalistic and Nationalistic (which serves Capitalism) Propaganda foist upon us.  Shopping is your Civic Duty, right?
  • Quaoar (Survival Wisdom), asteroid Karma (Inertia), and Ceres (Sustainability), the latter traveling with Mnemosyne (Memories) make a Fire (Spirit) Grand Trine (Dumb-Luck Grace).  Given all the Challenges that our Olde Ego is enduring here as New Energies crowd their way into Consciousness, this is a very useful adjunct.
  • Saturn (The Most Important Thing) is no longer Squaring Orcus (Oathbreaking), Neptune (Culture and Religion), and the Nodes (Evolution), moving out of three-Degree Sensitivity just after 5pm PDT 18 October.  However, the Nodal Opposition will continue to be Lit Up until around 3am PDT 19 October, as the Moon T-Squares this axis at around 9pm PDT 18 October.

Portal 18.10 Part 1

October 18, 2016

You can find a picture of the Geometry of a Yin Gate at…

Yin Gate is an Initiation into the Goddess’s Mystery School.  In a Mystery School we’re forced to Learn to hold contradictory Perspectives at the same time, because to make any Sense out of the Reality we’re being shown, we have to replace the Concept of Contradiction with the Concept of Paradox.  In a Yin Gate we’re forced out of the Logical “Left Brain” and into the Relational “Right Brain.”  What we Encounter does not follow the rules of Logic.  It follow the rules of Relationship.

So what are the rules of Relationship?  Well, we know one of them already; the Universe does not operate under Either/Or, it operates under Both/And.  When the Red Pill gives you Heads and the White Pill gives you Tails, you have to move to The Coin.  It’s not always so obvious as that.  It’s more often like Encountering the Gollum and having to solve his Riddles.  It’s the classic case of needing to find a New Perspective that can Relate the apparent incompatibilities that we have Encountered to one another.  

  • Pause a minute and consider your recent Experiences.  Does this make them any less incomprehensible?

Or the Alternative, which is simply Accepting the Paradox as it is.  This is actually the better course, because we’re no longer forcing Reality into our little intellectual boxes, but letting the Universe be larger than mind.  Universe and Consciousness are synonymous, but we’ve been weaned on the Propaganda that mind is larger than Universe, that mind can successfully constrain the Universe into a series of equations; this is Propaganda because it’s sold to us as if it were the Only Truth.  In fact, mind is a small subset of Consciousness.

Acceptance of Paradox is very similar to Acceptance of Confusion as an Emotion rather than a Riddle that needs to be solved intellectually.  Without Accepting Confusion exactly as it is, we are unable to Grow our Consciousness Lovingly and Gently.  We could suggest that the necessity for Growth is endemic, and that without Loving and Gentle Release it backs up until Trauma forces us to Grow.  I don’t see that as a property of the Universe.  It’s an idea, a Perspective.  If it helps you understand your Past, then it’s useful.  If it motivates you to Embrace Confusion as it is, then it’s useful.

Acceptance of Paradox is the process by which Knowledge becomes Wisdom, engendering Intuition, and Trust of it.  You’ve been taught that Tolkien’s Hobbit tales are a classic Hero’s Journey.  But seriously now, what Reward does the Hero receive?  Self-Confidence and Idolization – Puffery for the Ego, easily blocking Acceptance of Confusion.  A fitting reward for the Age of Aries, but that was two Millennia ago.  For the Age of Aquarius or even the Age of Pisces, Self-Confidence can be a hollow Reward, especially if it isn’t matched by Self-Knowledge.  But then, The Fool represents Courage, doesn’t it.  The Hobbit tales are actually a Yin Gate.

  • What other rules of Relationship do you routinely use in your own Life?

In any Yin Gate the emphasis is strongly on the Opposition in the center, the one with the two back-to-back green Arrowheads or Fingers of God, which literally signify “Pay Attention!

At 11am PDT on 18 November, asteroid Nemesis (Epiphanies about Self-Sabotage) Conjoins asteroid Juno (the Edges of our Consciousness) at one end of the central Opposition in our current Yin Gate.  This is 24 Scorpio, where the recent Nova appeared ( ).  It’s not an Initiation; Nemesis and Juno have met before on their current Cycle.  The other end of the central Opposition is occupied by Sedna, symbolizing Actions Taken out of Panic.

So we could say that the basic Energy embedded in this Portal is about Becoming Aware of the triggers that move us toward Panic and cause us to Act in ways that do not further our best interests.  When you apply this filter to your recent Experience, does it generate any useful Insight?

The remainder of the Yin Gate should help us understand more about this basic Energy.  This is 22-26 Degrees, the place where we’re starting Version 4.0 of our current Big Project, and beginning to adapt it to Community.  We’ve been working very intensely in this space for a while now, and it will save our Lives over the next four years.  Without the green Arrowheads, a Yin Gate would “just” be a Golden Rectangle (“just” because a Golden Rectangle represents profound Grace), which is the blue box in the picture.  A Golden Rectangle provides Grace around the two Oppositions – the red “X” between the corners of the blue box.

We know these two Oppositions well.  One of them is about the Emergence of a Deeper version of our True Self, symbolized by dwarf planet Haumea (Rebirth) Opposing Uranus (our Soul Self) and Eris (Truthtelling).  This is the same axis that Saturday’s Full Moon sat upon, which is a very Strong Affirmation.  While the Moon has moved on, the Sun is still very near Haumea.

The other Opposition is about the Recovery of our Hidden Genius, which may require that we Remember and Let Go Of the Trauma that forced it to Hide, as Ixion (our Abandoned Unique Genius) and Pholus (Being Fully Responsible To) Oppose Chaos (Unlimited Potential) and asteroid Veritas (Truth).  The Golden Rectangle tells us that these two processes are Complementing one another, each making the other Easier.

This second Opposition is Lit Up further by being one axis of the Grand Cross we spoke of at length in Portal 13.10.  The Opposition that Squares the Hidden-Genius axis is the one between Chiron (Despair and Miracle) and Hopi (Respect for All Things) – Embracing our Projections.

So, Bottom Line, this Portal is about Becoming Conscious of our “Stops” – the barriers in our Psyche which Stop us from Activating our Unique Genius and Living Authentically.  Once they’re Conscious, we can Change them.  The essence of those green Arrowheads is Curiosity.  “I Wonder how this will Unfold.” – not a Question that seeks an Answer.   Wonder as in Awe.  “Great Spirit, please Lovingly and Gently Open my Eyes to the Miracles that will Unfold here.”


October 17, 2016

Just in case you (or someone you know, like your kids) haven’t noticed, it’s important to realize that the whole fracas about Trump’s inappropriate Sexual advances isn’t about Sex, it’s about Power.  The best “textbook” I’ve ever read about Power is Starhawk’s Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery.  She sharply distinguishes Power-Over, which is Trump’s Patriarchic style (on most issues, so far as I’ve seen, not just Sexual issues), from Power-With, which is the Yang-Feminine replacement, which trades Collaboration and Equality for the Patriarchy’s Competition and Hierarchy.

Starhawk doesn’t specifically address what we might call Power-Under – the Learned (and probably also Evolutionary) Skill at “sucking up” to the perpetrators of Power-Over.  In Western Culture, at least in America, most of us have at least some Skill at that, or we’d be long since dead or in jail or both, or racing our Thunderbird off the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Power-Under is still a necessary Skill, when used Consciously.  It becomes self-abuse when used Unconsciously or Compulsively.  We can easily see how raising these issues into Consciousness is part of the Nessus-OR10 Conjunction around Irruption of Unconscious Contents dealing with Abuse and Privilege.

Nessus-OR10 is the focus of a long-lived Finger of God (Pay Attention!) from Varuna (the Life Force) and Makemake (Manifestation).  Venus (Values) makes a Waning Square (Let Go!) to Nessus-OR10 all week, and the Moon (Authenticity, Instinct) completes the T-Square today, 11:30am PDT, exactly as I write this (funny “coincidence,” eh?), plus or minus six hours for impact at three Degrees of Sensitivity.  

Karma (Inertia, Archetypes) Opposes Nessus-OR10 at Halloween – discourage the Trump masks if you can.  ‘Round about election day in the US, Nemesis (Consciousness of Self-Sabotage) makes a Waning Square (Let Go!) to Nessus-OR10.  Our “Saving Grace” is a persistent Sextile (Grace if we take the first step) from Hylonome (Becoming Conscious of and Grieving the Loss of Identification with Archetypes).

In the Trump/Patriarchy case, while it is certainly Abuse to his victims, the Power issue is really about Privilege.

The best “textbook” I’ve ever read about Healing Habitual Power-Under is Ellen Bass and Laura Davis’s The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.  There’s no way its wisdom is limited to women, however, and the authors’ Workbook specifically includes men.  Leafing through it I can find a dozen quotations that would be perfectly apt, but they’d be pages long.  Bear in mind that Sexual Abuse need not be personal; to find your own True Self you may need to Heal the scar tissue within you from the Abuse your Grandmother endured, and undoubtedly never shared with anyone (“If you tell anyone I will kill you”).  As Native Americans say, we are Responsible to the Seven Generations Before us and to the Seven Generations After us.

After The Courage to Heal, the next step is Julie Henderson’s The Lover Within: Opening to Energy in Sexual Practice, which is only about Sexual Practice in the sense that Everything is really just sublimated Sex, because as Julie makes clear, Sex and the Life Force are the same Energy.  The book is about Boundaries – monitoring your Auric Energy, Learning to modulate the Expansion (Jupiter) and Contraction (Saturn) – and Compression (Orcus?) of your Energy Field.  She mentions Sex – my copy eludes me at the moment, but one particularly Powerful quote you would get if I could find it deals with how Adults react to the natural Sexual Energy of a Child – often Repressively, out of their own Repression.


October 16, 2016

A Question from a regular reader…

“How do we read an asteroid conjunct one of our planets?  Eg I have a Transiting asteroid conjunct my natal Sun and Mars.  Does this mean its influence is particularly strong now, as it is tied to my core self and drive?  Should we look out for asteroid returns like we do for planets?

Yes, absolutely.  I’d use every “Transit” (when a planet in the Sky now interacts with a planet in our natal chart) by and to asteroids as Opportunities to get more Conscious about the Energies represented by the asteroids.  And an asteroid Return (when the ‘roid returns to the Degree where it was in our natal chart) is an even greater Opportunity.

None of the pychological, social, and ecological principles behind the four most commonly-used (and earliest-discovered) asteroids are taught to us in grade school…

  • Vesta – Unconscious Beliefs
  • Juno – the Edge of Consciousness
  • Pallas – Boundaries
  • Ceres – Sustainability and Sustenance

But all four are critical to our joie de vivre.  If we learned anything about the Unconscious in school it was probably about the Freudian Subconscious, the dank dungeon where we stuff our Shame, rather than the Jungian Unconscious, the potentially-daylight basement from whence our Motivations and Behavioral Controls (many of which Limit us) arise.  

Boundaries are fundamental for any Relationship, but who teaches them?  

And we’re not programmed to strive for Sustainability and Balance, but to Crave More so we can keep the Great Capitalist Treadmill running at maximum speed, scooping the results of your Life and the crumbling remains of your Planet into the great offshore Corporate treasury – and increasing GDP.  The faster the Treadmill uses you up and destroys the Planet, the greater is GDP.  And your “democratically elected” government’s primary measure of success is to increase GDP.  

Is that what democracy and “Freedom” means to you?  Are you Manifesting this Intentionally?  Maybe we should talk less about Programming and Archetypes, and more about Propaganda.  If maximizing GDP isn’t your freely-Chosen personal Intention, maybe we should focus on bringing Propaganda into Consciousness.  Our budding Nemesis-Juno Yin Gate would be a good starting point.

So, since we’re talking about Learning things that are primarily Unconscious, how do we go about this?  We use PIAVA.  Accessing the Unconscious is what PIAVA does  for a living.  

  • “I Wonder what this Vesta Transit over my Mars will Teach me about how well my Physical Energy serves my Conscious Goals.”  
  • “Great Spirit, please Lovingly and Gently show me how this Pallas Transit over my natal Ceres will Teach me to use Boundaries to more Sustainably maintain my own Safe Space.”  
  • “I Affirm that I will become Conscious of everything that this upcoming Juno Return is Teaching me.”  
  • “God/Goddess, Creator of All That Is, I Command that this Sun-Vesta Transit synchronize my Conscious Goals and my Unconscious Desires, and Lovingly and Rapidly Resolve any apparent Conflicts between them.  It Is So, It Is So, It Is So.  Thank you, God/Goddess.”

We could say the same for the other asteroids that we follow whenever they’re particularly Lit Up by the other planets…

  • Nemesis – our Ego’s “Achilles Heel”
  • Sappho – Self-Love
  • Karma – our Inertial Habits, Patterns, and the Archetypes that we Grasp
  • Hopi – Respect for All Things
  • Veritas and Aletheia – Truth
  • Mnemosyne – Memories

If you keep track of your own natal chart and want to follow any of these fellows, you can use…

to locate them.  Like most ephemerides, you’ll get their location at 12am (or “00:00 hour”) UT or GMT, ie, London time.  The asteroids between Mars and Jupiter average about one fourth of one Degree per day, so you don’t need to worry too much about adjusting for local time of day, unless you want to know their Sabian Symbols.  If anyone wants me to coach them on finding exact asteroid locations at local times, let me know.

Charles Hervé-Gruyer tells us…

“I had until then seen our world as the great river: terribly powerful.  And I often found myself swept up against my will by the current, unable to resist.  Modernity takes us along without asking our opinion, and no one really knows where we’re going.  Yet this world that is so incredibly powerful generates countercurrents: if I learned to identify them, I realized, I would not have to struggle, to exhaust myself in a losing battle.  By positioning myself in my proper place, I would be able to carve out a path aligned with my heart and my dreams.

“The defining trait of the modern Western world is hypertechnicity, a pursuit of material progress.  Despite undeniable advances in countless areas, this form of progress, as it has been developed to date, provokes a rapid and massive destruction of the biosphere.  We continue to artificialize nature, replacing life with technology.  It is the dominant current – strong, rapid, and terrifying.

“But the countercurrents exist, everywhere: lively little veins of water that bring us hope.  All around the world, millions of people of goodwill are striving with all their force to invent lifestyles that are respectful of people and the planet.”  —Miraculous Abundance: One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World, p.9.


Truthspeaking Full Moon II

October 15, 2016

Forgot one important piece of the 15 November Full Moon – the collapse of Civilization As We Know It.  Like the 2012 “End of Time As We Know It,” we don’t need a decline into complete Social Collapse (though it’s happened many times in the past) to Survive.  However, to replace the Patriarchy with its successor, there will be enormous Changes in the way our Cultures are organized, and those Changes will take a while to evolve.

When an astrological Cycle enters its last quarter, its organizing principles break down, and when several astrological Cycles Wane at the same time, we enter a period of Uncertainty, Disorder, and Confusion.  In Eastern Mythology, this Deconstruction and Recycling is a routine process.  In Western Mythology, it’s swept under the rug and Denied its proper role, with the result that we’re burdened with a lot of Unfinished Business and Unnecessary Baggage.  For just one example, why is the “Abolition” of Slavery still in our face a century and a half later?

We’ve talked, and we will again, about the Jupiter-Saturn (Social Organization) and Saturn-Pluto (Ego Death) Cycles, both of which are seriously Waning, Jupiter-Saturn on the Super-Cycle level.  These days the Saturn-Neptune (Social and Mythological Order) is breaking down.  Part of The Donald’s appeal is the “Every Man for Himself” message (Women of course don’t count, they’re only property to the Patriarchy’s Perspective).  When the Social Order is breaking down, the message is appropriate, though “Every Person for Themselves” is more real.

Hupers, however, are Social beings, so while the message has appropriate impact, it’s not at all complete.  What’s really appropriate, is moving our sense of Community to a more local level.  Not just geographically, but also philosophically – hence the Polarization that the Media so exploits.  It’s not really Polarization, however, it’s Atomization.  With the Social Structure breaking down, we’re thrown back into more of a Survival mode – as Quaoar is making clear to us, while offering his Helping Hand.

The Waning Square (the beginning of the Deconstruction and Recycling phase of a Cycle) between Saturn and Neptune is complicated by several other players.  Neptune sits on the South Node, symbol of Emotional Baggage, reminding us that we not only need to Let Go of obsolete Patterns and Archetypes, but we also need to Recover the Skills Hidden behind the Emotional Baggage.  

So Saturn is also Squaring the Nodes, bringing us a Personal Identity Crisis in addition to the Cultural Challenges.  The basic Question is “Who Am I?”  Am I the Embodiment of my South Node (my Akashic and Astral Body), or Am I the Embodiment of my North Node (my Ambitions and Etheric Body)?  Saturn is moving from the North Node toward the South Node – the Challenge is to maintain an Etheric Identity while “descending” into more mundane Trances.

Bear in mind that Descension and Ascension are different sides of the same Coin.  Rudolf Steiner pointed out that Devolution meant Spirit “Descending” into Form as much as Evolution meant Form “Ascending” into Spirit.  If we approach this apparent Contrast from the Material Perspective, we have Collision, like two cars trying to go opposite directions on the same road.  

But if we use the Spiritual Perspective, there is no Conflict – what happens when you point two flashlights at one another?  There may be some interesting Resonance Patterns, but they don’t Collide.  If you’re standing behind one of the flashlights you can still see the Light of the other one.  Either/Ors don’t serve us, they freeze us into Duality and Separation.  Both/Ands are the doorway into the Paradox of Multifariousness and Unity, a good introduction to the impending Yin Gate.

Finally, dwarf planet Orcus – symbolizing Decision, Promises, Commitment, Oaths, Vows – on the North Node, opposes Neptune.  This is multi-edged sword.  On one hand it symbolizes the Decisions and Oaths we made in the past which hardened into Limiting Beliefs that we need to Let Go of if we are to move forward, and any Guilt or Fear (“If you ever tell anyone I will kill you,” eg) we Feel about doing so.  On another it represents the Commitment we need to make to our Mission, which we approach only through our Deepest Desires – which in turn requires Letting Go of any Guilt or Hesitation that surrounds our Deepest Desires.  

And on yet another level it signifies the Paradox that our neonatal Yintegrity requires that we reduce our Commitments.  Saturn means The Most Important Thing.  The Square from the North Node to Saturn is Waxing – our Commitment to our Mission is Growing.  The Square from the South Node to Saturn is Waning – our Attachment to our Patterns and to Resisting our Held Emotions is Descending into the Void.  This is Confusing for the Ego, because the Future is Unknown, and little is Stable.  So Be It.  Increasing our Comfort with Uncertainty is probably the Most Important Thing we can be doing.

This is a T-Square, meaning that we can bring it into Balance by providing the Energy represented by the Vacancy Opposite Saturn, which will convert the T-Square into a more-Balanced Grand Cross.  That Energy is 11 Gemini, which signifies Opening Up to New Experiences.  The Saturn-Orcus Square is Waxing, so we’re in the process of Owning a new Relationship with Oathmaking.  The Initiation took place in August 2007 at 29 Leo – A Mermaid Metamorphosing into Huper Form.  Sounds like Descension to me.