Archive for April, 2010

Miracles Dangerous, Miracles Daring

April 28, 2010

Serendibite with Phlogopite

Here’s a fabulous story about serendipitous Miracles.

I have a better PDF copy, with pictures, that Donna Eden sent with her latest newsletter – just email me or leave a comment if you’d like a copy of it.

In economics, there’s macroeconomics, which is what everybody‘s doing, and microeconomics, which is what you and I are doing.  Here’s a couple of Truthspeakers writing about the macroeconomic history that’s being created these days.

You could say the same about politics – there’s macro (Obama and Congress, or Iceland and Europe, or Greece and Germany) and micro (Will I be able to get groceries next week?).

There could well be macro Miracles – but the Corporate Media will probably ignore them, because Corporate interests are served more by drama and trauma than by Peace and Love.  For instance, how often do you see a headline like The Weather Was Perfect in Malaga Every Day Last Week, compared to, say, Deadly Tornado Rips Texas Apart.  Or Dad Made It Home From Work Last Night rather than If They Don’t Stop That Broken Well in the Gulf It’ll Be the Worst Spill in History.  Sound boring?  That’s cuz the Corporate Media has you hypnotized.  Snap your fingers a coupla times, or count from 10 to 1 backwards, or walk back up the steps.

The place to look for Miracles is at the micro level, like in David’s article on Congress.  The only reason we don’t see Miracles every day, like a Sunrise, or a Flower, or a Full Moon, or a Rainshower, or a Meal, is Stress.  How often yesterday were you aware of a Miracle?  You can’t count it unless it captured your Full Attention and took your breath away, or transported you into a more connected and boundaryless place, like a daydream sometimes does.

This morning’s Full Moon is a Pandora Moon, the asteroid Pandora being right behind the Sun as the Moon climaxes.  Pandora is to Box as Eve is to Apple.  Hope is at the bottom of Pandora’s Box, but she closed the lid before Hope could get out.  It’s Curiosity that opens the Box again – and it’s Curiosity that heals our Relationships, including our Relationship with the Goddess.  Curiosity is the opposite of Judgment.  Judgment and Knowledge are synonyms.  When we believe we know something or someone, we’ve Judged it or them.  Curiosity is Dangerous.  What if we didn’t know what that hot burner on the stove can do to our finger?  What if we didn’t know we was sposta stop at red lights?

So how do we keep ourself Safe, and also keep ourself Curious?  Eve is to Adam as Pandora is to Icarus.  Adding a new annex to our Birdcage and getting the new bars in place while Sylvester is sleeping.  Well, if we have a history of frequent accidents, we might be better off focusing on Safe – we may already be out of balance on the side of Curiosity.  If not, we may be able to delegate Safety to our Guides, so we can explore Curiosity more.  Not while operating machinery of course.  On the Crystal Moment in 2012, June 24, Pandora is on the cusp of Libra – surrendering the Self out of Curiosity about Other.  Curious.  I wonder how that will be.

And the D-Word

April 24, 2010

You’ve probably seen this – I think it made the rounds of everybody’s forwards a while back.  But it wouldn’t hurt to watch it again, … and again, … and again … – a fourth approach to The Change, actually.  And a great model for Flash Mobs. .  Donna Eden says that

singing along with them will turn on your Radiant Circuits, put your Chakras into balance, and bring a smile to your face.”

Our Radiant Circuits are sorta like our Meridians, but more obscure, and less formulaic.  They’re the nurturing yin guardians of our Immune Systems, while our Triple Warmer Meridian is the warrior yang guardian.  Like in Avatar.

The F-Word

April 24, 2010


During the S&L crisis in the 80s I helped the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Company, or FSLIC, try to handle the scandal.  Really, it was pronounced “fizz-lick,” and nobody even snickered.  I was there to teach them how and when to use then-new PCs for tasks that their adult computers weren’t very good at, so I worked in most of the divisions of FSLIC.  Their primary objective was to  keep the scandal under wraps until The Gipper was outa office, so it wouldn’t appear to besmirch his God-like reputation among the Antiregulation crowd.  They figured George I, with his CIA background, could take the heat.

The S&L fiasco was largely confined to the Oil Patch and the unwinding of the Oil Crisis of the 70s.  The S&L crisis was a direct result of the deregulation of S&Ls, one of the first steps in putting Reaganomics to work.  Deregulation allowed just about anybody to borrow huge wads of money from the Federal Home Loan Bank, or FHLB, and loan it to someone who wanted to buy land.  The FHLB was the wholesale bank for Savings and Loan institutions (S&Ls), just as the the Federal Reserve is the wholesale bank for commercial banks.  In those days you could make up just about any value you wanted for land that might have oil under it, so you could borrow millions of dollars to buy vacant land.

So you’d go to an S&L and borrow half a million to buy a vacant lot.  Then you’d sell it to yer buddy for twice the price, who’d borrow a million.  Then he’d sell it back to you for two million.  With a phony S&L looking the other way because they were happy to book the loans and collect the fees, and a half-acre of scrubland, you & yer buddy could become multimillionaires in a few weeks.  When oil prices came back to Earth, there was no longer any way to fudge up the value of the underlying land.  With you & yer buddy living high in Bermuda, it was the S&Ls that were stuck eating the sagebrush.  The names have changed, but the scam’s the same.

Bill Black worked for the San Francisco office of the FHLB at that time.  FSLIC, now defunct, insured S&Ls, just as the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) insures commercial banks.  FHLB and FSLIC were sister institutions.  I didn’t know Bill personally, but I certainly knew of him, because his name was often mentioned as a synonym for authoritative.  It was Bill who was threatened by the “Keating Five” – McCain and four other senators who were trying to get regulators off the trail of one of their best campaign contributors, Keating, who ran an Arizona S&L – and who was later convicted of massive fraud.  Keating screwed 23,000 people out of their life savings, diverting it to the Bermuda Boys.

The reason I bring all this up, is cuz Bill Moyers had done his last PBS interview – with Bill Black – and I’m recommending it to you as a fantastic and up-to-the-minute inside perspective on what’s going on economically, from someone who knows as much about it as anybody on the Planet.  Bill now teaches economic law at the University of Missouri.  Find the interview at  Enjoy!

I’ve seen three movies lately with alternate views of how The Change might occur, all recommended.  First there was the Contrary approach, The Yes Men Fix the World.  Second, a Ghandi approach, Taking Woodstock.  And third, the American Way (ie, war), Avatar, though I don’t usually like or watch violent movies.  The Yes Men do a fantastic job of humor, but Mr. Jones never seems to get the irony.  Since 2012 represents the recurrence of the 60s, Taking Woodstock has a leg up.  The Vietnam War ended with a whimper, after four dead in Ohio finally got Mr. Jones to wake up, and the Luminati saw the writing on the wall and backed off.  Avatar does an excellent job of engulfing us in a Networked yin World, but the general Custer scheme, as delightful as it is to see, seems a little unlikely.

Till we remember that Miracles Are Afoot.  But forget the violence – totally unnecessary.

Sun of Hubble

April 21, 2010

New Solar Observatory

Wowee Zowee.  NASA Starfans have a new toy, a Hubble aimed straight at the Sun, 24/7, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.  They just turned it on.  More amazing pictures and movies at – if you’ve got the bandwidth, don’t miss it.

The Starfans are also setting up a pair of satellites they call STEREO, one a quarter-orbit in front of the Earth, and the other a quarter-orbit behind the Earth, so they can get a stereo view of what the Sun sends toward us.  This is critical, because we’ve only had electronics for a hundred years or so, and we already know that the hundred-year solar storm can fry telegraph operators and fire up Auroras that light up Florida like noon at midnight – and that was a hundred years ago.  So it’s clear that the thousand-year solar storm could fry the Planet pretty good.

STEREO can give us an 8-minute warning, so we can unplug anything electrical, and maybe save it from melting.  With electrics unplugged, no current is flowing, so it’s only the magnetics that are impacted.  Not much hope for preserving any kind of magnetic memory (keep a hard copy of important documents and accounts), but we might be able to save some hardware.  For instance, those transformer cans on your neighborhood telephone pole – if they all fry and have to be replaced, it could take years before you got grid electricity back.  With the grid shut down, some transformers might survive.

A Tree in my back yard got hit by Lightning many years back, and the Charge traveled twenty feet along a 4-inch wire-mesh fence, knocked a hole in the bedroom wall and jumped through the hole into a window fan that was unplugged, but the cord happened to be draped across a heater vent.  The Charge followed the heater ducts to the water pipes, and followed them to Mother, toasting the water heater on the way.  The fan cord ended up as several short pieces of Copper and plastic all melted together.  I’d stepped out of the shower about five minutes earlier, or I’da been fried too.  That was just one little bolt of Lightning.  But unplugging the fan saved my household electrical system and everything that was plugged into it.

Uranus represents our Soul Chord, our need to be who we gotta be.  Uranus has a reputation for disruption, because it disrupts whatever isn’t in integrity.  Lightning is a great metaphor for the energy of Uranus.  Like Inuits and Snow, we need more than one word for Energy.  Lightning energy is Uranian Energy.

And here’s a another great story for small-government fans to enjoy with their Tea –  This’d be Jupiter Energy.

Portraits of Pluto

April 16, 2010

We was too sudden.  Just this morning, NASA publishes the latest and bestest Hubble shots of everyone’s favorite Dwarf Planet, with photo credits to NASA/ESA/SWRI, whatever that is.  The link has stories.

Pluto by Hubble

They also include a channeled drawing of what it might feel like to see things through Pluto’s eyes, including a lovely crescent of its own huge (relative to Pluto) Moon Charon.  Photo credit for this one is “ESO/L Casçada.”  That tiny dot out there is our Sun.

The View from Pluto

Remember Charon, the ferryman who ferries us across the River Styx?  One of our daily Choices is “3) release and let go of realities that no longer serve us.” That’s what the River Styx is about, and that’s what Pluto’s about, letting go and moving on.  In the Tarot, this process is the twelfth (the Hanged Man) and thirteenth (Death/Rebirth) stages.  The 12th is about recognizing our inertial limitations, by hanging upside down so we see things differently.  Twelve reduces to 3 – Love with Wisdom.  The 13th step is the actual release, and the alchemical transformation which this produces.  Thirteen reduces to 4 – Dominion, or healthy control.

Notice in the Hubbleshots that Pluto is very tidily round.  That’s what distinguishes a Dwarf Planet from a mere Asteroid – a Dwarf Planet has enough mass to create sufficient gravity to pull itself into a round ball as it spins, while an Asteroid is just a big Rock.  The only other Dwarf Planet anywhere near our neighborhood is Ceres (Sustainability/Sustenance), the largest Asteroid between Mars and Jupiter.  Pallas, Juno, and Vesta are ‘roids.  The Astropowers That Be felt they had to create this new Dwarf Planet category because they keep finding more Dwarf Planets waaaay out beyond Pluto.

The folks who freaked out about “demoting” Pluto to Dwarf status made a serious faux pas, insulting the Dwarves, who, after all, are the human-friendliest dwellers of the Underworld, which is Pluto’s realm anyway.  Think Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Minerals, Crystals, Metals.  Not a good collection of Energies to be at odds with.  I wouldn’t hurt to take a few minutes to apologize to these Allies, apologizing for the ignorance of those other humanoids.  Shift Happens, but it doesn’t have to be adversarial.

Konigsbergite, or natural Mercury-Silver Amalgam

In terms of diameter, Pluto is two-thirds as big as our Moon.  Charon is about half the size of Pluto, and Ceres is a little smaller than Charon.  Our Home Planet is four times as big as our Moon.  If we take Charon to be 1, then Ceres is almost 1, Pluto is 2, our Moon is 3, Mercury is 4, Mars is 5, Earth and Venus are 11, Uranus and Neptune are 45, Saturn is 100, and Jupiter is 120.  The Sun is 1200.  Chiron is neither an Asteroid nor a Dwarf Planet, but what the astronomers call a Centaur – there’s a bunch of them between Saturn and Uranus, and they’re more like captured Comets than ‘roids.  Chiron would span one fifth of Charon’s width.  Among the other major Asteroids, Pallas and Vesta are one half of Charon’s width, and Juno one fourth.

In esoteric Irish tradition, the “Little People” is an euphemism – in their influence they’re actually giants.  We could compare the sizes of the planetary bodies to homeopathy – the smaller they are, the bigger they are.

Pluto and the Moon

April 16, 2010


One of the more troublesome astrological events for anyone is when Pluto goes over the same place in the sky where their Moon was when they were born.  Astrologers call that “transiting” Pluto (Pluto in the sky now) over the “natal” Moon (where it was when you were born).  The snapshot of where the Planets were when we were born still lingers in the Heavens, and those spots are sensitive, like bruises.  Pluto-Moon gets troublesome because Pluto’s very domineering, and the Moon is very emotional.  So anyplace where we aren’t fully competent at dealing with our emotions, we get bigtime opportunities to practice.

I like to divide emotions into two categories.  Venus triggers our values – the things that will always get us excited.  And the Moon triggers the inconstant side of our emotions.  When our emotions are triggered for no apparent reason, that’s the Moon.  And more important, when we do have a reason for being emotional, but we don’t always feel the same way about this reason, then we’re looking at the Moon, and the reason is just mental noise that’s hiding something from us.  We need an example.

Suppose someone insults our mother.  Well, lotsa folks would always get very upset about that – to them respecting one’s Source is a value.  But some folks might usually take such an insult much more lightly.  They’d wonder why that person would want to insult their mom, or they might stop to think whether it was a fair criticism.  But then, once in a while, they’d get really angry at such an insult.  That’s the key to the Moon – once in a while, or sometimes.  When the Moon’s involved in an emotion, think subterfuge.  No, you didn’t get mad because they insulted yer mum.

You maybe got mad because that person reminds you of some part of yourself that you haven’t learned to fully love, or something like that – the insult reason is just an excuse for not examining your dislike for that person.  No, I’m not saying that’s always the “real” reason – it’s the Moon after all, so always isn’t involved – I’m saying that something is hiding.  I don’t know what, depends on the person and the circumstances.  But if you get upset about something that doesn’t always upset you, then the reason you think you’re upset probably isn’t the real reason, and asking for the “real” reason could be illuminating.

Angie Arrien, in her fabulous book The Tarot Handbook, speaks of the Moon as Authenticity“the ultimate work to be done each day is to choose whether we will support our authentic self or support our false persona or dutiful self.” This is what we mean.  The Moon is a teacher, a window into our Authentic Self.  She is Uranus, our Soul Chord, mirrored into manifest hardcopy “reality.”  So when Pluto, who leaves NO stones unturned, crosses our Moonbone, we are in hot water!  It’s all good, but man, does it come at us fast and furious, and do our emotions fly all over the map faster than we can keep up with them!  I know, that happens for “other reasons” too – but those reasons are usually about some major life change that is asking us to surrender one set of identities and accept another set – same diff, eh?

In the early 80s I stumbled onto David Keirsey‘s book Please Understand Me and discovered that I was dual!  I had one set of answers for popular consumption, and another whole different set for the truth, which no one could ever know!  I was an INFP masquerading as an INTP!  So, Pluto being in Scorpio at the time and the Recovery movement being in full swing, I set out to recover my feelings, which I worked at with some success for several years.   That led me to discover that I also had to recover my intuition, because all that masquerading as a Thinking person had seriously weakened, relatively, my iNtuitive quadrant.  So I worked very hard at doing that.

Now this is Recovery, mind you – Recovered is not defined.  It will always be Recovering.  While I was starting these Recoverings, I was living in a daylight-basement apartment, and often working late nights, writing the newsletters that were the pre-internet predecessors of this here blog.  So it’d be 3am, and I’m sitting at ground level with the curtains drawn, and I’d feel this sudden surge of fear.  Not paralyzing fear, but a vibration in the body that rises up from the feet, like when a dog snarls at you.  Very primeval fear.  This happened many times.  Usually my mind would think prowler, and I’d mentally review the locks, stay alert for inappropriate sounds, and go back to work.

So one night was different.  I don’t recall whether the vibration was unusually persistent, or if I was just in a more adventurous place, but I was called to throw open the door and confront this prowler face to face!  Quite dramatic, actually.  Well, there was no prowler.  Instead, there She was, the Full Moon rising! And instead of fear, I’d feel Power rising in my body.  This actually happened several times – I’d sorta forget in between times, and throw the door open again.  There is immense Power in Authenticity, much much stronger than the Fear in our need to act out our Dutiful Self.

But where is the lever?  Our Dutiful Self has all this inertia behind it, and our Authenticity lurks behind the couch, hidden.  We seldom even notice the Choice.  Angie says “It is through Choice that we can 1) create new realities, 2) sustain and maintain current realities, or 3) release and let go of realities that no longer serve us.” Of all times, here at the initiation of a new Chiron-Neptune cycle, Reality is wide open for us to use as our palette.  We need to review that, don’t we.  You’ve forgotten already.

Neptune symbolizes our relationship with everything that is larger than ourself, and specifically, our relationship with The Creator, with Source, with the Universe, with the Unknowable.  Chiron was a Centaur wounded by another Centaur – he was the unhealable healer.  But what is it that heals?  It is empathyTo be present with our despair, to be loving and gentle with our unhealable self, is what will heal the unhealable.   Our mental constructs are birdcages that keep Sylvester at bay, that keep us safe.  But to change our Reality, we need to expand the cage.

We sit content in our Safety, looking out at the Unknown which does not threaten us because our cage protects us.  Or looking out at an Unknown which does not protect us, because the Old Order has broken down.  Either way, what we enjoy or seek is Safety.  Now, breathe, and slowly turn yourself around.  What you felt as Safety, see as imprisonment.  You’ve been a prisoner in your Birdcage all your life.  Yes, PuddyTat has not eaten you, but you got Wings, fer gosh sakes!  Think about it – did Sylvester ever win?  No!  TweetiePie lost a few feathers now and again, but he always got away.

So let’s do Both/And.  Yes, I’m Safe.  I’m threatened, but for this moment, I’m Safe.  I’m grateful for that!  But I’m also in prison!  When I turn around I see the Sky and the Sun and the Green Hills like I’ve never seen them before.  I can just glimpse the joy and freedom of Authenticity, dancing out in that hilltop meadow.  Has my Soul ever died?  What is there to be so afraid of?  I know, it’s inertia.  You start with one step toward Safety, and pretty soon it’s a thousand steps.  It’s just a habit.  The door is open, and the Sun is out, it’s a beautiful Spring day, and the Unknown awaits out there.

The Moon is the fourth stage from the end.  Authenticity is the 18th archetype in the Major Arcana.  The next step is Collaboration (The Sun), then Timelessness and Curiosity (The Aeon), and finally Creation (The Universe), where we write our own script.  Of course the end is also the beginning – we come back to Fearlessness (The Fool) – to the place where there is no longer any upside in acting our Dutiful Self.

You remember the story about the Moon being out of bounds, or stronger than usual, from 2001 till 2011, right?  Making our “irrational” emotions more volatile, right?  Starting at 9am New York time on September 11, right?  So all this polarization and wars, all these Tea-Party brownshirts, all this locking and loading, all this clueless avarice and helpless despair and superminority, is just drama for the sake of drama.  Just a long string of invitations to return to Authenticity.

Pluto drives this process.  Pluto is the engine, the energy that repaints the status quo as just a touch boring, just enough that we’d like a diversion.  Oops, no no, don’t change thatI’d do anything for Love, but I won’t do that. Pluto is The Fool hisself, Fearlessness.  Discrete, but fearless.  Pluto was outabounds from 1938 to 1953, in the early part of each of those years.  This happens every 90 years or so.  A generation of Transformers.  Pluto opens the door to the prison.  Scary, but liberating.

Pluto’s retrograde now, eh?  Does that mean the door’s closed now?  No, it means the door opens to the inside.  It means that what’s being transformed is our internal processes.  And it’s precisely our internal processes that create our Limiting Beliefs, the bars that form our cage.  The Fear invites us to throw open the door.


April 6, 2010

Mercury PhotoThis gorgeous portrait of our Quick Friend is borrowed with gratitude from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Clover Jello

April 5, 2010

I don’t usually get enthused by hang-in-there stories, but I thought this one was cute…

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, “Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.”
“Here, have some cooking oil,” her Mother offers.
“Yuck” says her daughter.
“How about a couple raw eggs?”  “Gross, Mom!”
“Would you like some flour then?  Or maybe baking soda?”
“Mom, those are all yucky!”
To which the mother replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.  But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! “

Which is moderately timely because Pluto stands still at 8:30pm PDT on Tuesday.  It often feels like we’re swimming in Jello for the week or so before Pluto stands still, though I confess that I’m not really feeling that – maybe because that’s the way it feels most of the time in these end-of-time days, so I’ve lost my ability to discriminate.  Or maybe because Pluto’s in Capricorn, where drama is passé.

Of course, if you have natal planets around 6 degrees of Capricorn (or Cancer or Aries or Libra for that matter), your experience may be vastly different, as the Universe may be lining up a major reorg for you.  This would include folks born between Christmas and New Year (or at the end of June, March, or September).  And many folks born in 1962, just to take one example.

Pluto is inevitable, but it’s also very flexible.  You’re the canoe, and Pluto is a very large River with a very strong current.  You can paddle toward one shore or the other, or any island you like, or paddle faster if you’re in a hurry, but if you try to paddle upstream, the only thing you’ll gain is not being able to see where you’re going.  Denial is a powerful and useful tool, but rapids and even an occasional waterfall are possible, so it may be a disadvantage here.

If you’re struggling to hold on to something, or struggling to make something work, let it go.  Just Ask for what you think you want, add …or something like that… at the end, and know that ALL prayers are heard, though delivering the goods often takes a while.  The …or something like that… is necessary because there’s always a gap between what we think we want and what we actually want, so we need to give the Universe the benefit of the doubt.  We could go into the Gestalt of it here, but we’ll spare you, unless somebody asks.

The other thing you might wanna know, is that Mercury goes retrograde in two weeks.  You know Mercury retro, where communications get scrambled, deliveries get delayed, and decisions and contracts often require reworking.  The retro period is April 17 to May 11.  The reason we’re speaking of this now, is that Mercury has just entered the space over which it’s later going to backtrack.  Why do we wanna know that?  Because you may want to look at your schedules, and adjust deadlines so they occur before or after the retro period.

And because what’s going to be reworked, will probably be introduced during the next two weeks.  It’s not like Mercury retro is nasty, not at all.  Mercury retro gives us the opportunity to reduce the size of our orsomethinglikethats. Which is to say, one of Mercury’s realms is thought, and when Mercury goes retro, we get to “sleep on it.”  So by the end of a Mercury-retro span, what we think we want is usually much closer to what we’d actually be delighted with once we got it.

In other words, if it’s an important deadline, after May 11 is better than before April 17, particularly if problems arise.  If any major snafus arise during the next two weeks, you’re actually better off delaying delivery until after May 28 – that’s when Mercury finishes going over the same space for the third time.  Suppose a panic erupts on April 12, for instance.  After Mercury starts going backward, it’ll return to that same point in the sky around April 24.    At the initial event, you won’t know how to fix the problem.  At the second event, you’ll get some ideas about how to fix it.  But by the time Mercury crosses for the third time, you’ll have absolute confidence in your ability to do it perfectly.

Because Mercury, and any other planet, slows down as it approaches a Station (that’s what they call it when a planet stands still, a Station), we can’t just count the days, but here’s a table of the first, second, and third crossings for any particular day, give or take a day.

First       Second      Third
——-      ——–      ——-
April 4     May 9      May 13
April 5     May 5      May 18
April 6     May 2      May 20
April 7    April 30    May 21
April 8    April 29    May 23
April 9    April 27    May 24
April 10   April 26    May 25
April 11   April 25    May 26
April 12   April 24    May 26
April 13   April 22    May 27
April 14   April 21    May 27
April 15   April 20    May 28
April 16   April 19    May 28
April 17   April 18    May 28

So if the snafu arises on April 8, put off working on it again until around April 29, and plan to finish the work around May 23.  If you can – of course all of our schedules aren’t so flexible.  If you try this, and it works or doesn’t, lemme know.

This space that Mercury visits thrice is 3-13 degrees of Taurus, which is mostly about bringing a creative new idea into clear focus (April 4-6 and the corresponding dates in the table for the second and third crossings), clearing away resistance to it (April 6-8), nurturing it (8-11), and molding it’s design into precisely what will serve you best (April 11-17).

The Sabian Symbol for the first (retrograde) Station is “A porter carrying heavy baggage” – one implication is that we may be projecting our own unfinished emotional business on someone else.  The second (direct) station is “Natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom.”  Sounds like delaying decisions would be particularly beneficial, especially if you have ungulate tendencies.

We get the Baggage Station first and then the Clover Station, but remember that the Clover Station is the beginning of the span that Mercury is triple-crossing.  We cross the Clover location, move forward to the Baggins location, stand still there, then back up to the Clover location again.  We stand still in the Clover before we zip forward again toward and past the Baggage location.  In other words, our creative new idea (which we probably had yesterday) will put us in the Clover, but before we can shape it just right for us, not too hot and not too cold, we’ll need to release some limiting beliefs.  That’s the function of Mercury retrograde.

Pluto’s triple crossing spans 3-6 degrees of Capricorn.  It’s retro period lasts till September 13.  The “shadow period,” or time span that Pluto takes to cross this area thrice, spans mid-December 2009 to early January 2011.  The current (retrograde) Pluto Station is “Ten logs lie under an archway leading to darker woods.”  Rudhyar’s reading of that is “The need to complete any undertaking before seeking entrance to whatever is to be found beyond.”

September’s direct Pluto Station is “A human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment,” which Rudhyar expands as “A powerful yearning for whatever will increase the scope and depth of one’s contacts with other living beings.”  It’d probably be useful to remember that everything is a living being.  We first visited this place in mid-December, when Jupiter was crossing Chiron-Neptune.

And in case ya didn’t notice, the Mercury event and the Pluto event stand in third-harmonic relation to one another, which is to say, they complement one another to deliver perfect Grace.  So hey, No Worries! We’ll be in the Clover soon, we just need to attend to a little unfinished business first.