At the Seams

A good mantra for the first half of 2012 would be All is not as it seems.

We been claiming that the Change Has Already Occurred (ie, Chiron-Neptune, May 2009-February 2010), and our “leaders” (sic) and the Corporate Propaganda Machine are having to run faster and faster to keep it covered up.  What is the nature of the Change?  Well, we haven’t finished creating it yet, have we.  If we roll over and submit to our collective Karma, based on the events that have been going on so far, we’ll mostly just revert to the Stone Age (could be worse, considering that many of us are fond of Rocks).  But if we recognize that the decks are being swabbed, we can get a nice clean start on whatever we wanna create.

For instance, at the last Chiron-Neptune, the folks who converted their war machine for WWII into automobile factories for the 50s made out like bandits.  In the one before that, the folks who converted their railroad factories for the US West into war machines for WWI also created enormous wealth, and many of them were bandits.  For the rest of us, who’re content to have good food to eat and a warm dry place to sleep, we survived without our railroad bonds and we survived without our infantry uniforms.  It’s just Change, nothing to be alarmed about.  What was it that Fear + Breathing equaled?

Richard Brautigan gave us the answer a half-century ago…

Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4
1. Get enough food to eat, and eat it.
2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet, and sleep there.
3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise until you arrive at the silence of yourself, and listen to it.
4.

With Neptune now in Pisces, illusion is the order of the day.  In Pisces, the Matter is Closed.  What’s the Matter?  We’re Done with Matter.  We gotta move to Energy if we wanna see clearly.  Karmic Pisces moves to Emotional Energy, which can be fun, but it’s kindofa dead end because Emotion is the glue that holds Matter together.  As the Seams of the Matter unravel, all the Emotion spews out.  That’s endlessly entertaining to some folks, highly motivating to others, and completely inane to others.  Behind the Emotion smokescreen lurks constant, and constantly transmogrifying, Spirit.  That’s where you wanna be, cuz that’s where the silence of yourself is.

Ifya wanna take it alla way, just remember where you were and what you were doing before you came into yer Mum’s womb.  Lotsa Emotion there, maybe?  Well, you gotta get neutral about all that, tap it out, so you can just watch it play out like the Wayang that it is, before you can reduce the intellectual and emotional noise.  If you don’t believe you was nowhere before you came into yer Mum’s womb, that’s some serious intellectual noise you’re going to have to eliminate first.

When you study Intuition, you practice filling in the Unknowns with Well, what if I did know?  And then accept the answer you’ve been rejecting.  It’s a hypothesis, it’s not a Certainty.  Certainty is a heuristic, a game you play with yourself in order to move forward.  Since any act or scene can legitimately be seen from an infinite number of angles, there is no such thing as Certainty.  There is a part of You, You as Energy, that is uniquely you.  But shift the angle slightly, and your You drama is just another Human drama.  Alls ya need is a soap company to sponsor you.  Shift it again and your You drama is just another Entity drama, not essentially different from a Dragonfly or a Quaking Aspen or an iPad or a Greensand or a Romulan drama.

Details differ, but not the basic plot.  The basic plot has two themes, the Unconscious theme, where the drama takes a predetermined path, and the Becoming Conscious theme, where the protagonist can mess up on his or her own.  Some folks’ll try to tell you there’s a third theme, the Enlightened theme, but that’s just a comedic version of the other two.

So why bother with this?  Cuz the World can Change in the blink of an Eye.  Sure, you can stock up on toilet paper and ammo for your semiauto, and if that’s fun for you, don’t let me slow you down.  But why not go a little deeper to the Kaleidoscopic Constant that is really You.  I guarantee you won’t be bored there.  And you’ll never be caught unprepared.

The Shadow Play runs through May, before the seams really come apart in June.  Meanwhile, there’s a coupla interesting little changes coming up in the next few weeks.

On February 25, Vesta pushes into Aries.  Vesta takes about four years to go ’round the loop; she last entered Aries in April 2008, just before the Big Wall Street Dramas.  I’ve told this story many times, but it won’t hurt to tell it again.  Vesta is the Roman version of the Greek Hesta.  She was the Goddess of the Hearth.  You toasted Hesta before you toasted the Head Dude Zeus, and you toasted Hesta after you toasted Zeus.  Cuz without Hesta – heat and food, even in a semitropical climate – you were toast.  Hesta was the Bottom Line.  The Romans saw this and, always the politicizers, made Vesta the Goddess of the State.  See the picture?  Bush II tried to take us back there, and he partially succeeded.

So Vesta represents your Bottom Line, that which you hold sacred.  Not what you want, or what you respect, or what you think is cool, but that for which you’d be willing to die or kill for.  Life-and-death sacred, that which makes life worth living.  And by now you know about Aries, eh?  Aries the reboot, Aries the blank slate for Spirit, for that Kaleidoscopic Constant of You to write on.  See why it’d be useful to touch your Essence?  So you can stay in the Becoming Conscious theme, and not get rinsed out into the Karmic drain with the other detritus.

So there’s a real sense in which Vesta entering Aries is even more important than Jupiter entering Aries (January 2011) or Uranus entering Aries (March 2011) or Venus entering Aries (February 8), because Jupiter is just your next adventure, and Uranus is just your Integrity, and Venus is just what you Love.  Uranus knows what you Want, but Vesta knows what you need, to paraphrase Mick.  So keep your Eyes and Ears and Belly and Heart open February 24-26.  We’re likely to discover things we didn’t know about our Kaleidoscopic Constant Us.

Then on March 3, Vesta and Uranus embrace.  That’s a pretty big deal, Integration with the Sacred.  Worth paying Attention.  The Vesta-Uranus Cycle that we’re just completing began in March 2008, “A table set for an evening meal.”  The Last Supper, for too many.  A teaching in Gratitude.  This new Cycle will be about “Two Lovers strolling on a secluded walk.”  It would be smart if this was You and Yourself, your Conscious Identity and your Kaleidoscopic Constant.

That’d put you in a great position to spring into Action and Being when come June you begin to see how you fit into the New Paradigm, more than how there isn’t room for you in the Old Paradigm.  The Old Paradigm is a deflated balloon.  Anybody who’s still trying to squeeze into that old parapants will be embarrassed to discover that the butt’s been torn out, with no hope for mending.

Remember, this is Aries we’re talking about.  You aren’t gonna be taking any hundred-page Business Plan to the bank.  Never mind that the bank is a hollow shell, its the whole idea of Planning and Executing that’s gone away.  Aries doesn’t work that way.  You get an idea and you wonder what that would look like, so you make a sketch.  Well, it don’t look like much, so you put it on the shelf.  Then a few months later (well, this is 2012, so it may be a few hours instead) you get another idea, and you sketch it out too.  Well, that don’t look like much either, but as you reach to put it on the shelf you notice the one you did earlier.  When you fit them together, you see something else emerging, like a Mysterious Island.

Things aren’t what they seem, and the seams are open.  Time to sow something new.  Aries has no idea what it’s doing.  If Aries isn’t too frozen by Karma and held Emotion, Aries just follows pure Intuition, and is as surprised as anyone else to see what arises out of the motley collection of seemingly disconnected fits and starts.  Curiosity is what will take us across the crumbling bridge to the Other Side.

BTW, I been erroneously referring off and on to Mars Outabounds.  I was confused; Mars aint Outabounds, it’s Retrograde.  It turns Direct April 13.

This imposing Battlestar of a Crystal is a great metaphor for Neptune in Pisces.  Ikaite is a hydrated (bonded to water molecules) isomorph (distorted form) of Calcium Carbonate that forms in cold salt water, usually at the bottom of a Fjord.  Bring an Ikaite crystal up off the bottom, and the water disperses like a melting Snowflake.  But if you leave it there for a long time, and conditions are just right, it’ll turn into Glendonite, which is just another name for An Odd-Shaped Calcite Crystal Found at the Bottom of a Fjord, as in the picture.

It’s kinda like a pseudomorph (where one mineral takes the crystalline shape of another mineral, because geologic transmogrification replaced the atoms of the original mineral with atoms of a new mineral, but left the original form), but there hasn’t really been any replacement, just the drifting away of the hydration.  A synonym for Calcite or Calcium Carbonate is Tums.  Or the Lime you put on your garden to reduce the acidity of yer Dirt.  Or Eggshell, or Clamshell.  As the Oceans warm up, they’ll dissolve the Clamshells, and we’ll be surrounded by Nekkid Clams.  I would expect that to be enough to get the Wackos off the Planned Parenthood witchhunt and onto the Global Balming bandwagon, but evidently not.

Carbon, Oxygen, Calcium, Water – add a little Phosphorus, Potassium, Nitrogen and maybe a pinch of Sulfur and Magnesium, and you got a good start onna nice variety of Life Forms.  See, these Big Changes, even if they’re still seen through a glass darkly, aint so bad, ‘specially when we look through the shroud-penetrating Eyes of our Kaleidoscopic Constant.  Aint much gonna be the Same, but it could be Fun.

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