Remember Tantalus? He was the guy who was condemned to eternal thirst and hunger amidst abundant fresh water and fine fruit. Kinda like the Buddhist version of Hell, where everyone sits around a fabulous banquet, but with their elbows locked. This lovely Crystal is made of Manganotantalite. Tantalite makes the best capacitors – batteries on steroids – representing our reserves of physical energy. The gorgeous deep red is the Mangano part – Manganese, a trace element that’s indispensable for the health of your cells, bones, nerves, and thyroid, and helps regulate your blood sugar to boot. Manganotantalite Crystals drive your cellphone. Manganotantalite helps you to speak in ways that communicate directly and deeply. If you’ve got something difficult and important to say, gaze at a MnTaO Crystal first, and hold the image in your mind.
In July a robotic visitor from Earth will arrive at and orbit Vesta for a year.
We said earlier that the machines would be doing all the work soon, and if we didn’t own any machines we’d be SOL. But the new Wired Magazine has a big section they call “How to Make Stuff,” about the new class of machines that you could actually have in your garage, if you had a garage. For most of that you’d pretty much have to be an engineer, by training or temperament. But the last article in the section is about Kickstarter, a website that allows you to tentatively pre-sell ideas/products. For instance, if you wanted to start a healthy-food restaurant with fast service, or a website for voice lessons, you could post a proposal on Kickstarter, set a target for startup capital, and solicit pre-orders. If you meet your startup goal, then yer in business, you already have customers lined up, and you probably have a treasure trove of potential co-conspirators as well. If you don’t meet your goal, then everybody wishes you well and you move on. Commerce writ small – impressive!
And if yer a Kurzweil fan with an analytical bent looking for signs of the Singularity, some folks have built an equation-fitting software process called Eureqa that uses evolutionary programming to help reduce large quantities of data to more manageable dimensions. Evolutionary programming starts with a couple of arbitrary guesses, chooses the guess which fits the evidence better, and compares it to another arbitrary guess, making “evolutionary” tweaks along the way. After a coupla million iterations, who knows what you’ll get, but it’ll probably be intriguing.
I usually look to see who they’re dancing with when a planet goes retro, and Mercury dances with Jupiter during its March 30-April 23 reversal. It crosses a couple of other planets, but only Jupiter gets crossed three times – once direct, then retrograde, then again direct. So we should look at the first direct crossing to glean some direction. That was two weeks ago, at 12 of Aries. Aries 12 reads “A ‘V’ of wild geese.” Rudhyar has two interesting comments: “An idealistic reliance upon a mental image of universal order,” and “it symbolizes cosmic order, in contrast with the socio-political order within a nation which is represented by its ruler.”
By now is there anyone left who doesn’t know that a retrograde Mercury complexifies communication and travel? It’s actually a lot trickier than that, and if you’ve ever been through a when-one-door-closes-another-door-opens kind of experience, where you thought you were losing a gemstone only to discover you were (also) gaining a necklace, you understand that there is a purpose to everything. Or at least, it’s a useful perspective to add to your repertoire. Miscommunications and delays under Mercury retro always mean there’s more beneath the surface, and it’s worth looking for.
We know that Jupiter in Aries is opening a New Chapter, of what we of course don’t know, because that’s the nature of Aries – nobody ever knows why Aries does anything, till we get at least well into Taurus. Except through intuition, of course. We do know there’s a Big New Soul Download involved. Uranus is just starting back into Aries after it’s retro adventure, but Jupiter has raced ahead to clear a path. And now comes Mercury, dancing around Jupiter as if he was Matt. So we can probably expect to discover some hints about the new pathways that Jupiter and Uranus are laying down, since Mercury does translate and communicate.
And we need to be very tentative about what we come to believe about this, because Mercury is Coyote, the Trickster. Much of what we do over the next three weeks will be heuristic – not about accomplishing anything, but about learning something. Things will not be what they appear to be. Those hooded “anarchists” in London, for instance – were they really anti-avarice, or thugs hired by the Glitterati to give the big demonstration a bad name, like the vandals at the Battle in Seattle?
The other handy tool for interpreting retrogradations is a review of the astrological space where the backwardation occurs. This one spans 13-25 Aries, or the portion of Aries that corresponds to Virgo through Capricorn. Now Aries is potential, so we’re talking about the Virgo-through-Capricorn portion of the as-yet Unformed. These phases of the Zodiac are about
Virgo – breaking down the individual ego (ours, not theirs)
Libra – meeting other people without judgment
Scorpio – exploring our deepest reactions
Sagittarius – forgiveness, moving past emotional bias
Capricorn – creating a new phase of evolution
So we have to say that the next three weeks will be about the clandestine evolution of communal energy, not personal energy. Yet it’s all about us as individuals – Uranus represents the individual Soul. So I would say we’ll be glimpsing new ways in which We Are All One, a melting of what we believed were inviolable Boundaries between us and Other (our skin for instance – not that our skin will be melting, but our beliefs may be), without loss of our Soul identity. To me that says we’ll be asked to Blame less and take Responsibility more.