Blessings Full Moon II

August 19, 2016

Lots of Grief, sobs coming up for no apparent reason for many hereabouts.  It’s important NOT to intellectualize Emotions.  I know, it’s a huge temptation when we’re programmed by an Atlantean overHead Culture.  But attempting to apply CauseanDeffect to Emotions makes as much sense as applying Catfur to Pasta; they belong in different realms, and besides, you’ll gag on it.

This is Pisces homework, the ultimate Life Lesson that Pisces takes a Lifetime for, and Neptune (Confusion and Clarity) and Chiron (Despair and Miracle) are both in Pisces for the long haul, Chiron till 2019 and Neptune till 2026.  They’re both prominent in the Blessings Full Moon.

From the Perspective of Pisces, an unpleasant Emotion arising from the Depths for Letting-Go (as opposed to “Re-Leasing”) is indeed the ultimate of Blessing.  As long as It resides in the Deeps It rules us; when It arises, we can rule It.  But not if we give It to that great Dog Mind to chew on.  Then we serve Mind, the Dog, and we become compelled to feed it.  It howls and wakes the neighbors when we don’t.

When It arises, we have to let It Be what It is, Emotion.  No Cause, no Effect, just Emotion.  No more Caused than a Heartbeat or a full Bladder.  Sure, you can rue the Beer, but it makes a lot more sense to just pee and be done with it.  It help to find where It Lives in our Body.  Grief often dwells in the Heart, but not always.  It can Live somewhere different in the next hour, than It Lived in the preceding one.  We have to follow It.

Follow It with Love.  No other approach to Emotion works.  All There Is Is Love, Love.  Love Is All There Is.  Embracing Emotion with Emotion.  The only process that works.  Letting the great Dog Mind Imagine a Cause is like trying to assuage a full Bladder by driving a nail into your Foot.  

Love is soft and warm, Fear is cold and hard.  Soften around Emotion, warm it.  Resistance is cold and hard.  Attribution is liquid nitrogen.  Who can Live in liquid nitrogen?  To Live you need Oxygen.  Locate your Emotions in your Body and Breathe into Them.  Let Them Live and Dance, let Them Be who they Really Are.  You haven’t really Met Them yet, and they’re You.  They’re a lot more You than your Dog Mind.  A whole lot more.

All around I see people being more Real, too.  Like Fernanda says…

Reminiscent of when I said I’d take one apartment then found another, and went back to tell the first folks only to find (later) that my Double had replaced me.

Or Lauren Oster…

“I visited a friend at the hospital yesterday.   He whistled when he saw me, and I trilled back.  He’s a northern cardinal, you see.  I volunteer at the Wild Bird Fund, New York City’s only dedicated rehabilitation center for sick and injured wildlife.  The boundary between the life I live as a middle-aged Manhattanite and the fairy tales I gobbled up as a girl grows more porous each time I visit.”

“My favorite patient was a rat.  The WBF doesn’t usually admit rats, but someone brought one in and we named her.  Seeing her cage card –

Dehydrated, Disoriented, Wound on Arm

broke my heart.  Virginia sounds like a character from a fable, but such intimacy with wild animals reminded me that they aren’t feathered or furred metaphors.  They’re real,  They’re part of our community, and we’re part of theirs.”

From “Creature Comforts,” Rodale’s Organic Life, September/October 2016, p.112.

Each one of those Emotions is a Wild Animal.  Cardinals and Rats don’t have Reasons and Causes.  They each have Their own Account, and that ruthless hunting Dog Mind and his Atlantean pack are exactly why They’re all going Extinct, as We are if we follow our current Canine path.  It’s Heart that Endures, not Head.

Blessings Full Moon

August 14, 2016

The next several weeks are all about Blessings, tons of them.  There’s a “catch,” of course.  We’re settling into a new Province (in Time), deciding which wall gets the couch.  But there’s a nagging Feeling that we Left something Behind in the old Province, and we Fear that we may need it.

No Worries.  What we’ve Left Behind is our Olde Ego, the one who had to fight for everything.  It’s not so easy to Receive a ton of Blessings.  We’re suspicious.  Are they trying to Manipulate us?  Has anyone asked about the Cost?

Sit down.  Breathe.  Imagine that it’s Summer Time and the Living is easy.  Fish are jumping and the Cotton is high.  Your Momma’s oh so rich, and your Daddy’s good lookin’.  Just Let it In.  Find your Worries and Tap them Out.  PIAVA no difficulties.  Life isn’t always a Struggle.  There are Times when Blessings fall from the Sky, Abundantly.  Let them In.

The 17-18 August Full Moon features four – count ’em, four – Grand Trines.  They’re all Kites.  One Grand Trine is great.  Four?  Incredible.  Plus, there are Motivating Angles as well.  So what’s not to Love?  Well, okay, there’s that one thing…

Dwarf planet Sedna (Actions Taken out of Fear) makes a T-Square with the Full Moon.  The Vacancy that would complete the Grand Cross – and a Grand Sextile! – and therefore the fulcrum for the whole Blessed chart, is 26 Scorpio, which is about Making Camp in New Territory.

The Fixed Star Agena, or Beta Centauri, is there in the Vacancy.  Agena may represent “the sacrifices required for growth to occur” (Bernadette Brady, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, p.102).  There’s more to the story – this is the Constellation Centaur – which we’ll cover later.  

The Arabic name, Hadar, means On the Ground, Settled, echoing the symbol for the Degree.  Interesting “Coincidence” that a few days ago the discovery was announced of the most Earth-like exoplanet yet, circling a star in Agena’s twin Alpha Centauri (both Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri are triplets that appear to us as one Star).  No other Star is closer to the Sun than Alpha Centauri.

The four Grand Trines are…

(1) 24-26 of the Fire Signs, Uranus-Eris (Truth-Speaking), Sun, and Pholus (Full Responsibility).  Pholus is part of the “more to the story” about the Centaurs.  Quaoar (Survival) is Conjunct Pholus and within three Degrees of an exact Sextile to the Full Moon.  The Full Moon is at the head of a Kite at the Uranus-Pholus Midpoint.  The Asteroid Atropos (Endings) makes a second Kite at the Sun-Uranus Midpoint.

The Full-Moon and Sedna-Agena Oppositions form the Grand Cross.

(2) 24-27 of the Earth Signs, Mercury-Jupiter (Mind-Blowing), Sedna, and the asteroid Moira (Fate).  Chiron heads the Kite, at the Sedna-Moira Midpoint.  There’s that Centaur Connection again.

Moira is the collective representation of the three Fates – Klotho (Grandmother Spider), Lachesis (Measuring the Length of a Lifetime), and Atropos (Cutting the Chord).  Atropos is in the incipient Grand Sextile.  Lachesis is Conjunct Pholus, four Degrees from Sextiling the Full Moon.  And Klotho sits between Mercury and Jupiter.

The Chiron-Jupiter and Atropos-Pholus Oppositions form a second Grand Cross, with Lachesis Conjunct Pholus and Klotho Conjunct Jupiter.  Ixion (our Abandoned Genius) by the way, also Conjoins Pholus-Lachesis.

So we’re due for some mind-bending Learning here that will Cut the Cloth for a whole new reboot of our Identity, in the process Healing our Unhealable Wounds.  Intense.

(3) 5-8 of the Earth Signs, Ceres (Sustainability), Centaur Chariklo (Charm), and dwarf planet Orcus (Oaths), with asteroid Hopi (Respect for All Things) Conjunct Orcus.  Note that Ceres Conjoins the Fixed Star Schedar (Shakti Leadership).

 Centaur Nessus (Privilege and Abuse) at the Ceres-Chariklo Midpoint heads one Kite, while Juno (the Edges of Consciousness) at the Chariklo-Orcus Midpoint heads another.  The Fixed Star Mirfak (Young Male Energy, not open to Wisdom or Caution – Brady p.187) fills the 6-Cancer Vacancy to complete the Grand Sextile.

The Nessus-Orcus Opposition Squares a Mars-Aletheia (Truth) Opposition to create the complimentary Grand Cross.

(4) 10-12 of the Water Signs, Neptune (Cultural Trance), Lilith (Yindependence), Vesta (Unconscious Beliefs).  Orcus at the Vesta-Lilith Midpoint heads the Kite.

We’ll look at some of the Configurations on this remarkable list in future installments.



Saturn III

August 12, 2016

I Forgot to mention the Spiders.  Last several weeks I’ve had several very clear Visions of Spiders, some as big as a Kitten, walking busily across the floor.  

It started with a Vision of a medium-size Spider perched on my thigh, under the covers, while I was in bed.  Not imagining that a Spider of that size would actually be in my bed, I got lost thinking about that big Tarantula on James Bond’s chest in one of those movies, and what I might do if I were in that situation, then fell asleep.  In the morning I had three good-size, very itchy bites where  the Imaginary Spider had perched.

Then a good friend found literally hundreds of thousands of Spiders in their cabin, so many that they had to call an exterminator.  So many that afterwards it took them two full days to clean out gallons of sticky Spiderpoo.

So naturally I turn to the definitive work on Grandmother Spider, Ursula Le Guin’s Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight.  A particularly juicy extract…

“Coyote sat down and began patting her hands on the dirt in a soft four-four rhythm and singing under her breath, one of the endless tuneless songs that kept time from running too fast, that wove the roots of trees and bushes and ferns and grass in the web that held the stream in the streambed and the rock in the rock’s place and the earth together.” (p.48 in Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences)

” ‘Go on, little one, Granddaughter,’ Spider said.  ‘Don’t be afraid.  You can live well there.  I’ll be there too, you know, in your dreams, in your ideas, in dark corners in the basement.  Don’t kill me, or I’ll make it rain.’  

” ‘I’ll come around,’ Chickadee said, ‘Make gardens for me.’ ”  (p.51)

To see all these “Imaginary” Spiders busy in their tasks, tells me in no uncertain terms that the fabric of the Planet is being rewoven.  Hints about how it’s being rewoven?

Another excerpt from Saturn 

(3) Some of our Values are Truth in our Heart.  Those won’t Change.  But others (faux Values really) are the result of Vows that we swore in this Lifetime or another, or that we adopted from our Ancestors.  These latter Values are Changing, which will require some Adjustment in our Lives.

(3) Orcus Initiating Venus August 10 at 8 Virgo, Learning new old Skills as if naive.

As we try new things, old Memories will come flooding back, Changing everything.

And yet another…

(7) four Octiles (Rebalancings): Saturn Waxing Octile Haumea, Venus-Orcus Octile Haumea, Neptune Octile Uranus-Eris, and Veritas Waxing Octile Uranus-Eris.

Some of these are “ancient.”  Neptune Waning Octile to Eris Initiated in 1848 at 2 Pisces (Self-Protection), and has another twenty or so years to run.  The Neptune-Eris Cycle would be about being able to Speak your Truth in public and be Listened to.  The next Cycle begins in 2037 at 29 Aries, “The Music of the Spheres.”

So the hard Mask-Removing work of the last four years hasn’t been wasted; we’re just laying the groundwork for a huge Social Transformation that will begin to evolve in twenty years or so.  At least according to this Cycle – though it’s a very important Cycle.  This Changes the Spin on a couple of trends.  

It tells us why youngsters are more fearless – from the Perspective of us oldsters, careless – on Social Media.  Yes, there is backlash, as there is around the beginnings of any Change.  Being a Victim of backlash is optional; we just need to carefully weigh our Deep Feelings (so we aren’t Unconsciously Creating exactly what we don’t Want), and tailor our PIAVAs.

And it casts a Light on The Donald.  While the World would go somewhere conceptually familiar in a handbasket if he were CEO of the USofA (actually, be might mercifully accelerate the process), he makes a fantastic role model for unabashedly Speaking your Truth.

Another “ancient” trend is Orcus Waning Octile to Haumea.  These two, which both have orbits similar to Pluto’s in duration, travel at speeds that are only about 15% different.  So they can chase each other around the Zodiac almost indefinitely.  This Waning Octile is in effect from around 1990 till about 2040.

The Orcus-Haumea Cycle would be about Cleaning Up our Act – the need to Let Go of obsolete Oaths (which limit our Experience to Either/Or) before we can Manifest Rebirth.  Or alternatively, taking Birth for a specific Purpose.  We don’t know the Initiation or duration of the current cycle; the orbits aren’t defined enough yet to extrapolate that far – assuming their orbits are stable.

We can see two sides of this Coin – with Saturn in Sagittarius (the Way Out is Letting Go) and Pluto in Capricorn (Just Fix It), it’s a fifty-year exercise in Letting Go and Moving On.  And it speaks to the Importance of moving toward our Mission (if we Chose a Purpose-Directed Lifetime).  What Coin would that Be?  Maybe Intention?

The next longest Cycle would be Uranus-Neptune, Initiated in 1993, the last stone in the Harmonic Convergence.  That one we remember well – appropriately. in my then-neighborhood, it welcomed a huge storm that blew down 100-foot Walnut trees.  Uranus-Neptune is about the Relationship between the Individual and the Culture, so this one should be interesting.

The Uranus-Neptune Cycle runs about 170 years.  This one began at 20 Capricorn, “A hidden choir singing during a religious service: Fulfillment of the individual’s creative function through participation in a group consecrated to a transcendent realization of unity.”  The Octile is Waxing.  

“Fulfillment of the individual’s creative function through participation in a group consecrated to a transcendent realization of unity” – that’s good news.  A typical Cycle blows Strong at Initiation (as this Energy did in the early 1990s), then wafts conspiratorily underground till the Waxing Square, when it becomes Mainstream.  The Waxing Octile, halfway to the Square, is the place where the Energy first surfaces again, tentatively, testing the air.

The Octile in general is about Adjustment, Rebalancing.  You can see this one in our thirst for Community.

Next, in terms of Hypnotic Power or Cyclic Duration, is the Waxing Octile of Saturn to Haumea.  The Cycle began in September 2011 at 18 Libra, which in contrast to the Uranus-Neptune Cycle, is about a breakdown in Individual-Culture Relationships.  Pretty easy to find signs of this Energy, even though it’s still mostly underground.

In Western Culture a breakdown is a medicable problem.  In Eastern Culture it’s a normal part of the process of Rebuilding.  This Cycle, which in and of itself is about how Rebirth is Defined, spans about 35 years.  So yes, from the Perspective of Western Culture, this is a long, ongoing Ego Death.  Fun!  Much more constructive to see it through Eastern eyes, as a Liberation from Cultural constraints that no longer serve.

The other three Cycles are shorter-term, starting with Veritas-Uranus and Veritas-Eris.  These Cycles span a little more than four years.  Veritas-Uranus began in March 2016 at 20 Aries, “A young girl feeding birds in winter.”  The Eris-Veritas Initiation followed in April at 23 Aries, “A pregnant woman in light summer dress.”  Both of these Octiles are Waxing, and both are about being True to Ourself.

So in the shorter term, we’re Nurturing our Spirit and refusing to hide our preparations to Rebirth a new kind of Culture, where what’s Valued is Integrity, even Yintegrity, rather than Conformity and Greed.

Finally, on the one-year scale, Venus is Waning Octile to Haumea.  The Cycle begsn in December 2015 at 24 Libra, which is basically about Yintegrity and PIAVA.  

By now we’ve integrated Yintegrity and PIAVA into our Values and our Skillset, and it’s time to Let Go of what we’ve Learned, in order to Open Space for the next stage of our Growth.  We want these Skills to be Living processes, not rote scripts.  “I Wonder what will come next.”


Saturn II

August 10, 2016

Excerpted from the previous post…

(2) We’re used to thinking of Saturn as having crisp Edges and Defined Boundaries.  But this Saturn Station is a little different.  Have you noticed more things moving out of the corner of your eye, and there’s “nothing” there when you look in that direction?  How about the Spiders.  What’s being Defined here is that the Veil is thinning yet more.  Spider Grandmother weaves the Web of Reality, and She’s busy making adjustments.  More about this later.

(2) Neptune Initiating the South Node, as it did in January 2000.

Okay, it’s later…  

The 1/1/2000 chart suggested Heavy Traffic between Consciousness and the Unconscious, which we interpreted at the time as the “Loss of the Veil.”  The Veil separates what we regard as “Us” from what we regard as “Other,” and separates what we regard as “Reality” from what we regard as “Not Real” or, if our Reality is more Open, what we regard as “the Other Side” – that which we know to be Real, but about which we know not much.

The 1/16/2000 Initiation of the South Node by Neptune occurred at 4 Pisces, which is about heavy traffic on an isthmus.

I recommend the movie Ghost (Whoopie, Demi, Patrick), and the third volume of Ursula Le Guin’s six-volume Earthsea Trilogy (The Farthest Shore) as excellent sources that collaborate my Experience, Intuition, and Book-Learnin’.  All of which are thoroughly Enjoyable.  There are many sources on Near-Death Experiences and on the “Little People.”  And we shouldn’t neglect Robert Moss, starting with The Three Only Things.

We’re in the dregs of the Void phase of the current Neptune-South Node Cycle, but the new Cycle is obviously (to me at least) on its way in.  This one is about Flying Blind, which I interpret as Trusting our Intuition more than our Knowledge.  

The New Cycle doesn’t begin till 3 October 2016, at 10 Pisces.  Neptune remains Retrograde till 19 October.  Since we use the Mean Nodes, they’re always Retrograde, so we don’t get a multiple crossing.

Of course I advocate Trusting our Intuition in most situations anyway, but it’s particularly relevant when in New Territory, as we are now.  As Ursula says, “Rules Change in the Reaches.”  

For those of us who were programmed to be “evidence-based” in our approach to Life, the Universe, and Everything, there’s one additional note that must be added.  Suppose your Knowledge indicates one Direction and your Intuition another, and you Choose to follow your Intuition – and it proves to be the wrong Direction.  Time to get a couple of chairs and have a talk with yourself.

First question for this interview: “What was your Real Objective?”  Switch chairs before you answer.  You may be on the brink of a Big Discovery about how you Relate to the Unconscious.  We didn’t mention it explicitly in the previous post, but Easy Revision of our Beliefs is part of item (8).  When our Beliefs Change, our “Assemblage Point” and our Identity shift, and new Channels open between our Consciousness and the Unconscious.

At the very least, you may have been moving toward Conflicting Objectives, and you need to stop and do one of Dr. Kim’s “Yes-And” exercises, or follow Dr. Perls’s original suggestion and simply Ask yourself, what’s the Positive side of each of your Conflicting Objectives, and how can you reorganize to Collaborate with yourself toward Win-Win.

Or, if you were on a conceptual map where the virtual street follow a N/S-E/W grid and your Destination was to the virtual northeast, your Knowledge may have wanted to start to the east, while your Intuition may have been pointing out to you that east will work, but only for a little while, then you have to turn north.  Maybe it wasn’t your Objectives that Conflicted, only your route.  No matter where you’re going, you always have to Ask frequently, “Is this still the right Direction?”

All that may be more than enough, but if you aren’t fully Engaged in following those threads, you could Ask “What have I Learned about my Intuition?”  “That it was wrong” is not a valid answer – if you get that one, Change it to “That I need more Practice with it.”

It’s also relevant to Ask, “What have I PIAVAed lately?”  This could well be part of a Pay Attention phase from a PIAVA.  Remember that you’re PIAVAing all the time, whether you’re Consciously assembling a formal PIAVA or not.  Just as an example, last time you said “It’s Cold in here,” was there an implied “I Wish it was Warmer” underneath it?


August 8, 2016

As we’ve often said, we like to collect Perspectives.  The more the merrier.  A Fundamentalist, whether in religion, science, ego, politics, or idiocy, is someone who Believes that their own Metaphors are literally True.  We’re Fundamentalist in our Belief that the Universe is bigger than intellect, so we Believe that everything we “know” is metaphor.  We often see folks, especially in science, who seem to Believe that the Universe is a subset of their intellect.  

Others seem to Believe that the Universe is a subset of their Emotions.  Certainly the Universe is about Consciousness, but I’m not sure that the Universe is a subset of Consciousness, it could be the other way around, or they could easily have some other sort of Relationship.  The Bottom Line is that it behooves us to examine our Beliefs.

One Belief I’m pretty sure about, is that there is no inherent value in the Negative.  It’s the Lemonade Principle – if you’re stuck in the Negative, Change your Perspective.  A minor corollary of Chiron, with its Despair and Miracles.  Especially if you’re talking about people or events.  There is only one reason to interpret people or events negatively, and that is to manipulate someone or yourself.

Pity parents, religions, and other Political instititions.  For their own psychological and often material well-being, they need to Control their kids and followers to at least some extent.  Depending on the kid and the Emotional maturity of the parents or group, often Manipulation is their only hope.  It’s usually the easiest tool to use, and heing handed down from generation to generation, it seems reliable.

So if we’re looking for a personality zit to make someone feel Guilty or Sad or Contrite, Saturn is often the easiest “fault” to grab.  We all know the Control Freaks who know what’s inherently good and bad, and don’t hesitate to instruct you on how to conform to their notion of good.      Do we see them as Negative, or simply overzealous at practicing a very useful Skill?  Probably depends on how strong our own Uranus is.

Here’s a fun example…

Julie Henderson has a fabulous book on Expansion (Jupiter) and Contraction (Saturn) and the value of each, called The Lover Within: Opening to Energy in Sexual Practice, though it’s incredibly useful for Practicing far more than that.  She also introduces Compression, as distinct from Contraction.  Highly recommended.

The Most Important Thing I’ve ever learned about Saturn is that is symbolizes The Most Important Thing.  When Saturn is Strong, as it is this week…

Saturn is Stationary this week, turning Direct at 10 Sagittarius on 13 August.  The Sabian Symbol for 10 Sadge may help you remember what it was that you ran out of Patience for last 25 December: “The theatrical representation of a golden-haired Goddess of Opportunity.”  Something Contrived, maybe, or something Wasteful, some Future source of Lemonade?

Saturn asks us to Focus on The Most Important Thing, and let all of the Other Things slide for a while.  That’s scary because the Other Things help us Feel Safe.  It’s very Risky to put all of our eggs into The Most Important Thing – if it fails we may really need to Change our Perspective, to rescue ourself from a serious Ego Death!

So, what Metaphors do we “know” about this astroevent and by extension this week?

  • (1) It’s about Letting Go of something we’ve been holding on to.  Maybe something Contrived, Wasteful, or a Future source of Lemonade.
  • (2) We’re used to thinking of Saturn as having crisp Edges and Defined Boundaries.  But this Saturn Station is a little different.  Have you noticed more things moving out of the corner of your eye, and there’s “nothing” there when you look in that direction?  How about the Spiders.  What’s being Defined here is that the Veil is thinning yet more.  Spider Grandmother weaves the Web of Reality, and She’s busy making adjustments.  More about this later.

   Just sayin’.

  • (3) Some of our Values are Truth in our Heart.  Those won’t Change.  But others (faux Values really) are the result of Vows that we swore in this Lifetime or another, or that we adopted from our Ancestors.  These latter Values are Changing, which will require some Adjustment in our Lives.
  • (4) This is really about bringing our Masklessness more into public view, which will shock us at times, as it happens seemingly below our Volition.
  • (5) When this happens it will be surprisingly satisfying.
  • (6) The Bottom Line is that we’re being Reborn (again).  If you find yourself in situations where you feel like an infant, go out of your way to be very Loving with yourself.
  • (7) We’ll be making a number of Adjustments, which we’ll detail in the next installment.
  • (8) Trump’s self-immolation is likely to continue, as it becomes easier to support the Goddess.  We’ll also find it easier to PIAVA than to PDSA.
  • (9) Accordingly, it’ll be a lot easier to Wonder how we’ll Adapt to the New Reality, than it will to try to Understand and Consciously Adjust.

When in Doubt, just Ask Ganesh to Remove all Obstacles between you and What you Want.  However, express What you Want in ways that allow Change with the least Resistance.  For instance, rather than Asking for the contents of your intellectualized Anxiety (such as Survival and Comfort), Ask for Peace and Confidence.

The astrology…

(1) Saturn is in Sagittarius.  As Mutable Fire, the essence of Sagittarius is Letting Go and Letting God.

(2) Saturn Squares Neptune, which is again about to Initiate the South Node, as it did in January 2000.

(3) Saturn is the focus of a T-Square with Neptune and Venus-Orcus.  Orcus Initiates Venus on 10 August, which is about Learning or Remembering new Skills as a rookie. 

(4) The Square between Saturn and Venus-Orcus is the base of a Mjolnir focused on Uranus-Eris.

(5) The asteroid Veritas, Latin for Truth, completes the T-Square by Opposing Saturn.

(6) Haumea Opposes Uranus-Eris, bisecting the T-Square and the Mjolnir and creating a Top out of the whole complex, spinning around the Haumea-Uranus/Eris axis.

(7) The bisecting adds four Octiles (Rebalancings): Saturn Waxing Octile Haumea, Venus-Orcus Octile Haumea, Neptune Octile Uranus-Eris, and Veritas Waxing Octile Uranus-Eris.  We could spend a long time on this.

(8) The Neptune-Opposite-Venus/Orcus axis bisects a Neptune-Lilith-Vesta Grand Trine, creating a Venus-Orcus Kite.

(9) Vesta Quincunxes Saturn, creating a Major Tricolor with Neptune.

Portals 13.8 and 22.8.16

August 2, 2016

Three August is probably our last excellent day for taking Action to start a big new Project, though the odds remain strongly in our favor till around 22 August, particularly if our Actions include being willing to take calculated risks to “show off” our Unique Genius. 

Venus is moving out of the Grand Sextile, but it’s replaced by the Moon on 3 August.  After that, we have five of the six points of a Grand Sextile until around 11 August, with the Vacancy in Leo.  From then till about 15 August, while asteroid Beatles remains in the band, the Sun fills the Vacancy.  

From the 15th till about the 22nd, while the Sun holds the Leo position and Beatles strolls away down Abbey Road, we’re back to five points, with the Vacancy in Aquarius.  Both Vacancies are about showing off our Unique Skills, complementing Ixion’s place in the Grand Sextile.

Meanwhile, the Grand Cross, which supplies the Motive Force to Activate the Grand Sextile (remember what Stephen Buhner said about Love and Will? – we’re going to count that as a new addition to our PIAVA playbook), is long-Lived, lasting from late July into early September.

Around the same 22 August, Jupiter moves out of 3-Degree Sensitivity, so the Grand Cross will then Motivate Projects begun over the two weeks after that, but won’t Excite the Present Moment as much.  After 22 August, when the Grand Sextile goes away, the Golden Rectangle formed by Ixion-Pholus Opposite Chaos Trine to Haumea Opposite Uranus-Eris remains within 3-Degree Orb for most of the rest of the year.

Golden Rectangles are Inspired by their Oppositions, so…

The Planet is very fecund for the rest of the year, for Enjoying the Rebirth of our True Self and the Unlimited Fruits of our formerly Orphaned Genius.  Don’t hold back!

Meanwhile, most of the next two weeks is about Focus, as Saturn, which signifies The Most Important Thing, is very Strong.  Saturn has a reputation for Limitation, but that’s a bad rap.  Our secondary Priorities are Important to us, because they’re our fallbacks should we fail at The Most Important Thing.  If our fallbacks fall flat, we still have other options.  

If our First Priority falls on its face, it’s a blow to our Ego and our Identity.  So we’re loathe to give up our fallbacks.  But that’s exactly what Saturn Asks us to do.  In no uncertain terms, Saturn says…

It’s Time to Focus on The Most Important Thing.  Let Go of your secondary Priorities for now; they’ll still be there when you get back.  And obviously, The Most Important Thing right now is to Make Space for your Orphaned Genius.

It’s a very strong Prescription.

Saturn  turns Direct 13 August at 3am PDT, in 10 Sagittarius.  It’s been Retrograde since late March, and has backed over 17-10 Degrees of Sagittarius.  If you have natal planets in that zone, the message is to Stop Ignoring Them!  This is the Aries, Taurus, and Gemini Duads of Sagittarius, and…

This is about Letting Go of all Baggage from the Past, and accepting a new Spark that will Ignite your Future.

We first hit this space on 25 December last year.  Something wore out its welcome for you then.  You ran out of Patience for Struggling with someone or something.  It’s not Important what you Let Go of then; what’s Important is the Spark that Inspired you to seek Freedom instead of Struggle. Remember that moment of Relief when you first knew that you would be able to Surrender this Burden.

If you can’t remember it, imagine it.  You’ve been Struggling with something for Centuries, and something just snapped, and you just Cut the Chord and Floated Free.  It was like this…

There’s actually a third element in Stephen Buhner’s Love-and-Will process (see ); it’s the Moment of First Contact.  Buhner’s talking about plants, but we’re generalizing the process to work as a PIAVA on anything.  I’ve been playing with it, and it works.

So last 25 December, or just now in your Imagination, you Felt a Spark of Inspiration.  It was Lovely – you Loved it.  You’ve probably been dwelling more on what you Left Behind then, maybe with some Guilt.  Shift your Attention to the Spark of Freedom instead.

You want to make that a permanent part of You.  Open your Heart and Will it to be so.  It may Feel or “Look” like little double doors Opening in the center of your chest, as if a Cuckoo was going to come out and sing.  Will this Spark into all Projects you will Initiate in August.

In the video, which character did you naturally Empathize with?  Watch it again, switching roles.  If you can.  Try it full screen.

Lughnasadh New Moon

August 2, 2016

There are eight Natural or Wiccan Holydays – the Solstices and Equinoxes, and the Cross-Quarter Days that fall halfway between them.  Lughnasadh – Celebration of Light – falls halfway between the June Solstice and the September Equinox.  It’s pronounced as it looks, with emphasis on the “nas.”

The Leo New Moon (1:45pm 2 August), representing Illumination by rendering absent what is usually taken for granted, falls on Lughnasad.

The Eighth Harmonic is about Returning to Balance, by Illuminating Illusion, Delusion, and Deception.  Specifically, what’s being Illuminated is a path toward the elimination of Discouragement, through Action to Defend our new-found Yintegrity, Masklessness, and Yindependence.

We remain in that Space of relative calm and effectiveness that we’ve been in for a week or so now.  There’s a lot going on, but it’s mostly in Balance.  The exceptions or “dangers” are…

  • The unfamiliar territory of the Growth we’re encountering as we adapt to Unconscious Beliefs that have been Changed so much that in some cases we won’t recognize ourself.
  • The Temptation to get Discouraged that we mentioned, which is open for Healing here.
  • The Temptation to Fear that we’ll be left behind because we’re too “ordinary” – we can Feel the Planet Shifting, and we Expect that to Shift with it we need to be Exceptional, not Realizing that our personal Exceptionalism Feels Ordinary to us.
  • Our Hesitation or Fear to accept that the time has come for us to Betray our Oath to Suppress our Unique Genius, and Open to our Unlimited Potential.
  • The Temptation toward Inertia, toward not Choosing the open doorway to Rebirth because it’s not what we Expect it to be, or because it’s not on the itinerary Mom left for us.

There are several things for us to remember here…

  • Fear plus Breathing Equals Excitement.
  • Confusion is the first stage of Growth, as long as we don’t try to mentalize ourself into some Delusion, Illusion, or Deception in order to avoid the Sensation of Confusion.  Confusion is an Emotion; don’t seek reasons for it!  Instead, Feel it!
  • Spirituality is Both/And; Mentality is Either/Or.  “Political” is the adjectival form of Ego, or the Urge to Power.  Either/Or is always Political.  Notice that most non-mystical Religions are strongly Either/Or.
  • If we were propagandized into seeing the Religious as Spiritual, we can fall prey to the Illusion that our Either/Or Oaths are somehow Spiritual, and that Betraying them is somehow Betraying Spirit.  Nothing could be further from Truth.  Obeying them is a Betrayal of Spirit.
  • When Suffering arises and it reminds you of something you’ve Experienced in the Past, take that as evidence that it’s not Present-Moment, rather than taking it as evidence that it’s difficult to avoid.  You avoid its recurrence simply by recognizing its recurrence as its departure – if you Let Go of it.

The Grand Cross in 22-25 Mutable persists – Chaos Opposite Ixion-Lachesis-Pholus Square to Jupiter Opposite Chiron.  Uranus-Eris, Ixion-et al, and Venus form the persisting Grand Trine, while Chaos, Haumea, and asteroid Beatles complete the Grand Sextile, all within 22-25 Degrees of the Dynamic Signs. except that Venus has slipped forward to 27 Degrees.  

The Opposition between Chaos and Ixion-Pholus-Lachesis is the locus of Power, as it’s the Angle shared by the Grand Cross and the Grand Sextile.

While we may be stretching it for Current Moment advice, it’s well within Sensitivity for any Projects we’re Initiating, and that’s exactly what we’re doing in the Present Moment, Initiating Actions to implement our new Self, whether we know that’s what we’re doing or not.

For extra credit, Haumea Opposite Uranus-Eris forms the base of a T-Square to asteroid Karma, and Venus Opposite Beatles forms the base of a T-Square focused on Sedna.  Mars is the focus of a Quintile Yod from Vesta and Uranus-Eris.

In addition, to Celebrate the Eighth Harmonic, the New Moon in 11 Leo joins Lilith in 9 Scorpio in forming the base of a Mjolnir focused on Chiron.  The Mjolnir or Thor’s Hammer represents the Illumination of Lightning, or Epiphany.  Lughnasadh can also be interpreted as Lightning.

In yet another Celebration of the Eighth Harmonic, if we stretch Orb a bit, we can come up with an Eight-Pointed Star or Grand Octile.  Starting with the Grand Cross, Lilith is on the Midpoint between Jupiter and Ixion et al, the New Moon is four Degrees from the Chaos-Jupiter Midpoint, Ceres is five Degrees from the Chiron-Chaos Midpoint, and the Pallas-Pluto Midpoint is on the Midpoint between Chiron and Ixion et al.

Asteroid Atropos, signifying Endings, is Conjunct Chaos, suggesting the End of Limitations on your Unique Genius.  Asteroid Lachesis, which is Conjoining Ixion and Pholus, turns Retrograde on 8 August, meaning it’s Stationary now.

Sappho Conjoins the North Node on 4 August, and Varuna Initiates asteroid Karma on 12 August.  Orcus Initiates Mercury on 5 August, Venus on 12 August, and asteroid Hopi on 27 August.  Sedna turns Retrograde on 27 August, and Mnemosyne on 30 August.

Sleep – Who Needs It

July 29, 2016

With Uranus Standing Still as I write this, I’d usually be telling folks not to worry if they aren’t Sleeping, because when Uranus is Strong, our Creativity is Strong as well, so Inspiration is often stronger than the need for regular Sleep.  Of course, if we let our Shoulds override our Wannas, we’ll try to Sleep a regular schedule anyway, and end up exhausted. 

I have several close friends with Uranus prominent in their Natalities (birth charts), and with Uranus lit up a lot for the last five years, they’ve been finding themselves lucky to be able to Sleep much at all.  But the last few nights?  They been Sleeping like babes – a good example of how astrology often acts homeopathically!  We can identify a dimension (Sleep, Creativity), but not a Direction (lots or not much).

Stephen Buhner, in his Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature, tells us how to grok Plants…

“There will come a time, when you slightly step back from the plant, at the moment when you are not thinking and not feeling, that the living perception of the plant as a complete whole emerges within you.

“The organism stands forth in its own light and is understood.  Knowledge of the plant as medicine (or its function in the ecosystem, or more) is directly gathered from the plant itself.

“However, before the whole of the plant emerges and is revealed to the imaginal sight, there will be a moment of stasis, a moment in which the will of the perceiver and the resistance of the phenomenon to reveal itself are equal.  There is an impasse. during which movement forward is difficult.

“You may feel as if you are pushing through cotton wool, with no forward momentum possible.  At this point, it is the will of the student to know – and the depth of love he or shw has for the plant – that is essential, that carries the process through.  Love without the will, however, is insufficient, because there is no motive force.  And without love. the phenomenon will not acquiesce to reveal itself to you.

“It is here, at this point of stasis, that you must hold your intention to know and not allow yourself to be distracted in your task.  If you continue, to hold your directed focus, there will be a moment in which the forces involved – the will and love of the perceiver and the life force of the phenomenon – converge.  There will be a moment of breakthrough where you emerge into a center of understanding.”

This is a great description of the process of Knowing anything – Plants, Rocks, People, planets, History, Zeitgeister.  I’ve even been using it to improve my general Intuition.  If we’re going to operate from Yintegrity, as our Soul-Urge Uranus wants us to, we need a well-honed Intuition.

Today’s bigger impact though, isn’t about Yintegrity directly, though Yintegrity is certainly a solid path to achieving it.  Today’s biggest impact is the Unlimited Future available to us when we connect with our Abandoned Genius.  Buhner’s suggestions for having a Heart-to-Heart talk with a Plant, is also an excellent suggestion for having a Heart-to-Heart talk with our Orphaned Genius.

Uranus, turning Retrograde at 2pm PDT 29 July in 25 Aries, is still Conjunct Eris, on its way to the late-September Uranus-Eris Exposition – and still Opposite Haumea, so our Maskless Rebirth is still underway.  

A bit after 12am PDT 30 July, though, the Moon crosses dwarf planet Chaos, which is Sextiled by Uranus.  This is a Biggie because Chaos makes a Grand Cross and sits at the head of a Kite, making Chaos the clear Ruler of the Uranus-Stationary event.

The Grand Cross consists of Chaos-Opposite-Ixion Square to Jupiter-Opposite-Chiron.  Uranus-Eris, Ixion, and Venus form the Grand Trine, with Chaos, Sextile to Uranus and Venus, completing the Kite.  Haumea and our asteroid friend Beatles complete the Grand Sextile, all within 22-25 Degrees of the Dynamic Signs.  The Grand Cross occupies the same Degrees of the Mutable Signs.

It’s been a difficult five years, as we’ve been forced to shed the Masks that have kept us Feeling Safe, even as they kept us from being Present to the World.  Our Vulnerability may well get a whole lot easier here for a while.

Now, with Uranus past its exact Station, excuse me while I go catch up on my Sleep…

Learning to Transcend

July 24, 2016

Being very much still under the influence of the Big-Pattern-Breaker and The-Time-Is-Now Full Moon, there’s lots of Action going on, eh?  

The 19 July Full Moon featured a Grand Unx (Bigtime Pattern Breaking) and a Grand Septile (Timing is Everything).

Can we shed any more Light on that, based on what’s going on now?  

I’m not a huge fan of Cognitive Therapy, because it works mostly for folks who run their lives from their minds, so their Shoulds probably already have them Living someone else’s Life rather than their own, and Cognitive Therapy can make that worse, unless it’s done just right.  

But if you can lead someone into Insight about their previously Unconscious Self-Sabotage (and if necessary provide Tools to facilitate Change), it really doesn’t matter how you do it.  If someone has their Mercury (Thought) or Venus (Values) in an Air Sign (Mind), then the Cognitive approach may be their natural path.  Right at the moment, Mercury and Venus are both in Leo, a Fire (Spiritual) Sign, so in general folks are probably trying to put their best foot forward.

Leo, though, is also a Fixed Sign, so a danger is that folks may be thinking and Feeling that their Perspective on Spirit is the onliest or bestest one.  The Big Opportunity here is to Learn about the places where our Superiority and Privilege – and the places where we acquiesce to Superiority and Privilege in Others – are being exposed.

Part of the ongoing Sappho-Orcus (Challenges to Oaths that are no longer Self-Loving) Opposite Nessus-OR10-Pallas (Setting Boundaries against Abuse and Clearing Boundaries against Memories of Abuse), now T-Squared (Mastery through Challenge) by asteroid Veritas (Truth).

Sappho (Self-Love) is moving out of this Configuration, and is now one foot of a Saturn (The Most Important Thing) T-Square, with Neptune (Our Relationship with Everything Larger than Ourself, such as our Culture, the Goddess, and in general, Other) at the other foot, which is to say…

The Most Important Thing here is to be Self-Loving in our Response to the ongoing Collapse of our Culture and Economic Milieu.  An excellent process for this is to Give Over Control to some aspect of the Godhead, such as “Ganeshi, please Remove any and all Obstacles between me and Ongoing Abundance,” where Abundance of course means Having Enough to Share.

l don’t know if you’ve noticed, but The Donald is a perfect example of Yintegrity.  It’s just Yintegrity mixed with Narcissism.  The hunger for Yintegrity is so great that The Donald is able to hypnotize many people into believing that he will help them Manifest their Narcissism, or at least their Permission to Act Out their childhood and adolescent Fantasies.  

As we move from the Patriarchy to Yang Feminine Cultural Structures we will have to expect to see a good deal more of this, as our repressed Fantasies are Set Free from the Should Prisons they’ve been locked into.  Most of our Terror of our own Fantasies results from their being imprisoned for so long that we Fear they will take over our Consciousness – while in Truth they’ve been running the show all along, just on the Unconscious level.

Yes, we set Oaths to keep them under cover because we would have been – or were – punished for displaying them.  But how old were you when you swore those Oaths?  The urges underlying these Fantasies are still just that old, and it will take some Work and Skill to bring them up to age-appropriateness.  Once they’re Liberated from Repression, our Fantasies will mature – in the sense of being Constructive to Community – surprisingly quickly.

Libertarianism is the -ism that expounds Yintegrity, but as far as I’ve seen its spokesfolks refer only to Economic Libertarianism, which boils down to your right to rip me off if you can get away with it.  Hence The Donald would banish any law that would prevent his making money by destroying the Planet and exploiting People.  Of course, that’s exactly what the WTO, NAFTA, the TPP, and all of the other elements of “Globalization” promote, and which are already law in many places.

The major difference is that Obama and Hillary would banish any law that would prevent their campaign funders from making money by destroying the Planet and exploiting People.  The Culture in the U.S. worships “Success,” which means “Having Enough Money” to do whatever you Want, whenever you Want to.  A friend used to refer to “Enough Money” as “the Ultimate Oxymoron.”

In truth it’s not about Money, but about Courage.  What if “Success” meant “Having Enough Courage” to do whatever you Want, whenever you Want to.  In U.S. elections, Libertarian candidates have never gotten more than around 1% of the vote, because people are so frightened by their own Repression.  And because the other 99% of us lack the Narcissism and Psychopathy necessary to Worship Exploitation as the Highest Virtue.

Much of Economic Theory used in the U.S. and exported to the rest of the World through the IMF, World Bank, and Goldman Sachs alumni in Central Banks worldwide, is based on Milton Friedman’s work at “the Chicago School” of Economics.  Uncle Milty even has a Nobel Prize for it.  Ted Cruz is one of his rabid disciples.  You can find excellent summaries of how it works in Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine and John Perkins’s New Economic Hit Man.

Another noted Libertarian, Narcissist, and Exploitation expert is Doug Casey.  Here’s what Doug has to say this weekend…

Doug and his fellow Vulture Capitalists and 1%-ers know what they’re talking about, and we will never win an economic contest if we try to compete with them.  We can maybe support our own Survival by riding their coattails – Doug is generous enough to be Honest and forthright – to the extent we can ride their coattails and stay within our own Values.  

And of course, we need to be mindful that Economists and folks like Doug are famous for predicting 25 of the last 10 economic slumps.  But as we’ve said, we’re in the last few hairs at the end of the tail of the Industrial Revolution, as we descend into economic and social chaos between now and 2020.  We’ll talk more about that soon.  Our primary focus this week is on what we’re Learning.

Today’s chart features a Grand Quintile – a complete Configuration making Learning and Teaching the primary current process, in the context of the Pattern-Breaking and Timeliness of the Full Moon chart.  The five planets in the Grand Quintile are…

  • Mercury – Mind and Communication
  • Chiron – Despair and Miracles
  • Juno – the Edges of Consciousness
  • Asteroid Veritas – Truth
  • Pluto – Trance ReFormation

In addition, two planets sit at the Midpoints between two of the Grand Quintile planets, making Deciles (Fortune) to their neighbors, a Biquintile to one another, and Trideciles to Mercury.  These two planets are…

  • Saturn – The Most Important Thing
  • Ceres – Sustainability and Sustenance

Because it has more Active Angles in the Grand Quintile, we have to call Mercury the “head” of the GQ, which is convenient, implying that much of what we Learn here under the GQ and its Decile embellishments will come directly into Conscious Awareness.

We also have to flag five other members as Prominent, because they participate in T-Squares with planets outside the GQ.  That leaves one planet unflagged, and we could easily make the case that this one becomes The Most Important one by virtue of its uniqueness.  We don’t need to do that, though, because the unflagged planet is Pluto, which always points to what’s Mandatory.

Pluto recall is like a big River, the River of Time.  The current is too strong to paddle against; if we try we’ll just be swept over the waterfall backwards.  If we Choose to move with the current, though, we’ll be able to steer to one bank or the other, and portage around the rapids and falls.  Hence we think of Pluto as Transformation – it Changes everything, and often symbolizes a major Change of Zeitgeist.

Since any form of Zeitgeist is a Mass Hypnosis (we forget it was or will ever be different than it is), we often misspell Transformation as Trance(Re)Formation

The T-Squares?  

Foremost are Saturn and Veritas, as they form a Grand Cross with Sappho and Neptune.  (A Grand Quintile does not include Oppositions, but the Decile embellishments on this GQ Oppose members of the GQ.)  Sappho and Veritas complete a Grand Cross with the Waning Saturn-Neptune Square…

As the Culture and Economic Structure Collapse, The Most Important Things for us are to Stay Present with the Truth, and Maintain our Self-Love.  As we’ve suggested, PIAVAing Ongoing Abundance – Having Enough to Share – will allow us to Survive and help our Community Survive as well.  But we have to Sustain ourself first, or we’ll have nothing to Give.

Similarly, Juno and Ceres Oppose one another, forming the base of a T-Square to the Sun…

As we Stay Present with the Truth, we bring our own former Unconscious Limitations up into Consciousness.  Compensating for and Replacing these will allow us to Let Go of what is Unnecessary and Stay Focused on what we Need for Sustainability.

Finally, Chiron is T-Square to the Opposition between dwarf planets Chaos (Unlimited Potential) and Ixion-Pholus (Taking Full Responsibility for our Abandoned Genius).

The rest of the decade will be Challenging.  To avoid Despair we will need to stop discounting our own Skills, and PIAVA to Connect with Unique Skills we didn’t know we had.  Of course Embracing ourself in Despair and Empathizing with ourself no matter what we’re Feeling, is critically important.  

But as they say, “If it doesn’t make you stronger it will kill you” – either way, you’re Liberated from Suffering.  Wait – did I get that backwards?  Mastery follows from Challenges.  Remember Marianne Williamson’s famous anthem…

“Our deepest Fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest Fear is that we are Powerful beyond measure.  It is our Light, not our Darkness That most frightens us.

“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a Child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There’s nothing Enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

“We are all meant to Shine, as Children do.  We were born to make Manifest the Glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.  And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people Permission to do the same.  As we’re Liberated from our own Fear, our Presence automatically Liberates others.”

Hidden Genius lies within All of us.  All we need to do is to stop preventing it from arising.  Accept the Challenges being Presented to you, and Allow your Native Creativity and Curiosity to Surpass them.  The Challenges and your Creative Responses are part and parcel of the Ascension of the Planet.

Cellular Healing

July 21, 2016

Dr. Kim shares a story about how spurious Cause and Effect can be, about Epigenetics and intergenerational Archetypes, and about how Powerful Self-Empathy can be…


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