Archive for August, 2013

Whither the Century? A 7th-Harmonic Portal

August 30, 2013

CharioteerThe Seventh Harmonic is symbolized by the Charioteer, or Stillness and Action – Energy applied at the right moment, without waste or counterproductive harassment.  Sort of the opposite of the way the United States of Thag has used its primary export (violence) since at least 2001.  The Brits are starting to think about whether bullying is the appropriate answer for every insult, but it’s less likely that the UST will come around, since every Congressional district relies on those exports for jobs, and if they aren’t used in Syria, then where?  I think of the Seventh Harmonic as Shamanic, because knowing when to Act, and when not, is a subtle but critically important element of Power.

There’s a compelling Configuration in the sky, in place from around 10am PDT August 29, to about 9am PDT September 3, where Pallas, Uranus, and Saturn form what for lack of a better word I’m going to call a Septangle.  Saturn makes a Triseptile to Uranus, while Pallas sits at the far Midpoint Biseptiling both of them.  The Triseptile is three sevenths of the way round the loop, while the Biseptile is two sevenths of the way.  The result is a fat Triangle, a little off center but otherwise looking quite like a Grand Trine or T-Square.  It’s not symmetrical, but neither is Shamanic Energy.

SeptangleOf course we know that Saturn making any Angle to Uranus is a request of some type to Focus on Who You Really Are.  If Obomba can find a way to punish Assodd without killing and maiming a lot more mostly-innocent people, maybe it will signify a turning point for Who the US Really Believes Itself to Be.  And Pallas is the Goddess of War, so her involvement is particularly keen here.  As we often say, Mars shoots first and asks questions later, while Pallas asks questions first and shoots only if necessary.  We think of Pallas as symbolizing Boundaries, and these really are Boundary issues, notwithstanding all of the “line in the sand” metaphors.

The Waning Triseptile is about pollination, occurring as it does between the Bloom (Opposition) and the Fruit (Phitile).  Without properly-timed pollination, you can have lovely Flowers, but you won’t get Fruit.  Will the Thags in the UST stand up and say no, we don’t want another War?  This Saturn-Uranus Cycle is one of many that were born during the Harmonic Convergence, in February 1988, “The Pope blessing the faithful” (30 Sagittarius).   The Blooming was in November 2008, as Obomba was elected.  The Waxing Square, when the Pope’s Blessing would “become permanent,” occurred in July 1999, and was a part of the 1/1/2000 Grand Cross that brought us the extreme Polarization that we’ve been seeing since.  July 1999 gave us the Woodstock 1999 disaster that made Altamont look like your third-grade birthday party.

Some people say that Altamont “ended” the 1960s.  The essence of the 60s was Vulnerability – and the Exploitation of Vulnerability.  Experience with the Vulnerability part is essential for anyone to align with their Soul (Uranus).  And a crude first reading of Pluto (the Pluto-Uranus Ouija-Board Initiation characterized the 60s) would make the Exploitation part sound appropriate.  The Transformation of Vulnerability would be a more meaningful reading.  While the 60s may have ended at Altamont for concert fans, it certainly didn’t end for everyone else.  Now that we’re at the Waxing Uranus-Pluto Square, it’s clear that setting Boundaries to make Vulnerability safe is important in any Fear-based scenario, and there is a deep connection between Fear and Exploitation.

Pallas (Boundaries) and the Moon (Authenticity) were the other two members of the 1/1/2000 Grand Cross.  Now the Moon comes around to join Pallas at the apex of the Septangle at half past 5am PDT on September 1.  It will be within the two-degree Orb usually used for the Seventh Harmonic, for about eight hours centered on that time, the first four hours being probably more potent.  Pallas and the Moon sit at 25 Cancer, “A will-full man is overshadowed by a descent of superior power.”  Intense.

So the 1/1/2000 Grand Cross, certainly the largest if not the deepest Configuration of the Century’s birth chart (Chiron-Pluto and Neptune-South Node would be deeper), is this weekend folded into a Moon-Pallas-Saturn-Uranus Septangle.  That certainly makes this weekend a critical turning point for the evolution of the Century.

Will Obomba, with a premeditated attack on an ally of Russia-China-Iran, within earshot of a nuclear-armed Israel, start WWIII this weekend?  It’s the easiest way out of his ongoing economic dilemma.   Or will the Bees of Sympathy and Understanding, Harmony and Grace Abounding come to our rescue and pollinate a different kind of Fruit?  We are Graced with a complete Grand Sextile.  The Sun has moved in to replace Mercury in position #6, and will stay there until September 4.  The Sun represents Essence or Source, and it joins the Nodes (Destiny and Choice), Pluto (Transformation), Chiron (Miracles), and Lilith (Collaboration) in the Grand Sextile.  Surely that will help.  The Sextile is a Human-Goddess Collaboration, though, and Human Effort is required to Initiate Grace, lest we wallow in Fate, Ego Death, Despair, and Abandonment instead.

So it may be a good time to let your Voice be heard for Peace, and to devote the four hours prior to 5am PDT September 1 to PIAVAs for Peace.  The dashed lines on the horoscope picture are more Seventh-Harmonic Angles.  Mercury Septiles both Saturn and Pallas from their Midpoint, while it Triseptiles Uranus.  Mercury is about Communication and Awareness, signifying that it’s an even more important moment (remember the Septile is about how Power interacts with Time) to Speak Out, and an important Portal for Epiphanies.  The Moon is frequently the Trigger for Manifestation.  It certainly indicates that Power is Afoot!  It’s a Balsamic Moon, symbolizing Endings.

Pallas, and the Moon when it’s there (and during the 8-12 hours prior to that), makes a Waxing Square to Eris (Exposing Denial) – all the more impetus to Speak Out.  Eris Initiated Pallas back in March at 22 Aries, “The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires.”  If you desire Peace more than War, the next few days would be an excellent time to say so.

Adding Mercury

August 26, 2013

konig5022bpMercury is moving into the Vacancy in the Grand Sextile.  Using three degrees of Sensitivity, Mercury completes the Grace from about 7am PDT August 27 till about 10pm PDT August 29.  What’ll this do for us?

First, a Sextile is about “Creative Grace” – the Universe will smile on your projects once you get them started with your own Initiative.  A Grand Sextile is six of them end to end, so they make a hexagram circling the whole Zodiac.  It’s Creative Grace Galore!  The Sextile is a Sixth-Harmonic Angle, and the Sixth Harmonic is about Partnership, so our collaborative projects are particularly favored.  When you draw a hexagram and then connect all the points to one another, you get two Grand Trines superimposed into a Star of Dave, and three Mystic Rectangles.

A Grand Trine is three Trines connected end to end, making a Triangle with equal sides and angles, and it symbolizes Glorious Grace – so much Grace that there’s a grave danger is hubris!  The Third Harmonic is about Love with Wisdom.

The Mystic Rectangle is a box with Trines on two opposite sides, connected by Sextiles.  We get the Grace of the Trines and the Creative Potential of the Sextiles, without the hubris.

Mercury represents Communication, Awareness, Divination, Commerce, Travel, Interaction across the Veil, and the Trickster Coyote.  Mercury is quintessentially mental – hence the Trickster subtext, because mentality with its reductive Either/Or fixation, is perpetually believing in Illusions.  Of course the Spiritual Function of those Illusions is to show us the Coin, to give us the opportunity to move out of Either/Or into Both/And.  Who else is in the party?

Mercury’s joining both Nodes, Pluto, Chiron, and Lilith in the Grand Sextile (Eris wasn’t invited).

The Nodes stand for our Path in the Lifetime, from our Habitual Patterns and Limiting Beliefs enforced by ancient Emotional Holding but also hiding untapped Skills in their vaults (Karma, the South Node) to the Deep Desires and Unquenchable Wants that guide us into our Limitless Future (Mission, the North Node).  Turns out the South Node’s Hidden Skills are necessary if we are to achieve the North Node’s Deep Desires.  But the Nodes are anchored deeply into the Unconscious, and as such they frequently flip; always best to avoid getting stuck in Either/Or when dealing with our Karma and Mission.

Pluto, the Great River, the Force of History, the Illusion of Linear Time, Change, Transformation, Trance Formation, the Deep Unconscious, and Ego Death.  Pluto represents (for this Planet) the Universal Trance, the Illusion that almost everyone buys into.  Not wise to fight Pluto.  Steer from one side of the River to the other to avoid the Rapids, but don’t try to swim upstream.  Great Power if you align your journey with the River’s.  Pluto can be transcended, but not usually successfully.

Chiron – Fundamentalism (believing one’s metaphors) and Reframing (finding new perspectives), Healing (the Emotional equivalent of Reframing), Despair, Miracles, Breaking Patterns and Habits, Transcending Karma, and New Paradigms.  The Twelfth Harmonic, or the Hanging Man, hanging by his heels to see the World differently.  Chiron tells us when to cut the chords and start over.

Lilith symbolizes Pre-Intellectual Instinct, Non-Judgment, Yin Energy, Collaboration, Cooperation, Community Orientation, Continuity, the “Flow” that carries us effortlessly forward.  As Pi and Eris bring the Planet back into Balance, Lilith is on the Rise.

Doing Astrology is like creating a Menu – choose one item from each of the major Food Groups, and try to combine them harmoniously.  So for example we might start with Grace following Effort (Grand Sextile), add a pinch of Awareness (Mercury), a tablespoon of Desire (North Node), a cup of Limitation (South Node), an openness to Ego Death (Pluto), a willingness to solicit Collaborators (Lilith) to help you lovingly embrace Despair (Chiron), mix well, and bake for half an hour.

Let’s say you’re feeling Limitation in some area of your Life.  You could increase your Awareness of the Despair you feel about that, share your Dreams and Frustrations with close friends, and tell your Guides that you’re willing to give up a few less-than-essential comforts if doing so will move you a step or two closer to What You Want. 

You don’t want any great leaps, because your Upper Limits would push you back, and you’d end up Manifesting your Fears.  You want to move toward your Dreams in small steps, lovingly, gently, rapidly, and completely.  You also want to Intend that you gain all of the benefits that you would have gained by doing it the hard way, while doing it the easy way.

Now, there are seven elements here – the Grand Sextile and its six members.  And we’ve listed between four and nine keywords and key concepts for each element.  That means there are almost half a million ways to combine these keywords into a story, and that’s using only the keywords I’ve listed – as you get to know the actors you find that there a lots of other key words and concepts that can be associated with each actor.

Let’s take a few more combinations, so you get the idea…

  • Creative Grace; Communication; Emotional Holding; Desire; Transformation; Fundamentalism, Non-Judgment
  • Effort to Initiate; Commerce; Limiting Beliefs; Unquenchable Wants; Ego Death; Miracles; Collaboration
  • Potential; Coyote; Hidden Skills; Limitlessness; the Force of History; Despair; Instinct

Just a matter of picking one concept from List A, one from List B, etc. down to List G, putting them together, and making up a story.  With the three combinations above, we might imagine stories about…

  • Creative Grace; Communication; Emotional Holding; Desire; Transformation; Fundamentalism, Non-Judgment…  By focusing on the places in us that some part of us considers to be blasphemous or life-and-death dangerous (Fundamentalism) and setting up Non-Judgmental Communication between (1) the way those places make us feel (Emotional Holding) and (2) the way we’re going to feel when we achieve our Desires – maybe by setting up two chairs facing each other, deeply feeling one of those feeling complexes while sitting in each chair, and then having a conversation between the two parts of ourselves, Grace will help us Transform what feels stuck.
  • Effort to Initiate; Commerce; Limiting Beliefs; Unquenchable Wants; Ego Death; Miracles; Collaboration…  You really want Abundance, but your Limiting Beliefs hold you back.  It feels like you will Die if you transgress those Beliefs, but maybe if you Collaborate with a Partner you could Initiate a successful Business.  No, no, that can’t happen, you don’t Believe it, do you.  Well, what if it could?  Can you start a dialog between those two, the Inner Believer and the Inner Non-Believer, and see if they can negotiate a compromise?
  • Potential; Coyote; Hidden Skills; Limitlessness; the Force of History; Despair; Instinct…  It’s tricky business, trying to open up to the Skills that hide beneath my difficult and forbidden Emotions.  I’d be a great teacher, but I’m too shy to do it.  I know those Skills are there, I just don’t ever get them validated by anyone else, so I think I’m deluding myself, and that Depresses me.  I don’t like to think about it.  Maybe if I found a place that really needs what I could offer, and volunteered as a teacher’s aide for a while, I could get some practice and start gently challenging my Limits.

You see, there are half a million ways to experience a Grand Sextile, and that’s only using the parameters we’ve described.  I’m sure you could invent a thousand different stories for each of the three keyword combinations above – that’d give us half a billion.  Then recast each story using different pronouns, and see how different I-stories feel from you-stories.

You can see how everyone experiences the World differently, and how self-sabotaging are our Judgments of them for experiencing it differently than we do!  Those Judgments Limit our willingness and ability to Collaborate, reducing the fruits of our labors exponentially.  Thank the Goddess that Lilith is on the Rise, as it’s obvious that Cooperation is the only answer to the difficulties facing us.  I know, our Frustrated Inner Heros will have to endure what feels like Death to understand that it’s about the Team, not the Leader.

Eris, now, is Trined by Vesta.  So it’s a good time to be forthcoming about what’s really bottom-line important to you.  Not trying to convince anyone else that they should do it your way, but just so you have it out in the open, so you can be Known.  It’s important to Community.

Kongsbergite is a natural form of the Mercury-Silver Amalgam that dentists used to cram into your teeth before you realized that Mercury is highly toxic and made them stop.  The metal Mercury creates Confusion; isn’t that contradictory to the mentality that Mercury represents astrologically?  We’re programmed to believe that Confusion occurs when ideas seem to conflict, but true Confusion occurs when ideas seem to concur, because then we believe the ideas, and not the complex Reality beneath them.  We end up glued to the photograph and unaware, blissfully or otherwise, of what’s being photographed.

The Karma of Western Civilization lies in these Fundamentalist Patterns.  Much attention is focused on the battles between different religions and their conflicting Worldviews.  But Scientists are just as Fundamentalist, believing their metaphors often more passionately than religionists, and dismissing other Worldviews as primitive superstition.  Capitalists and Colonialists are even more destructive, believing that their metaphor of superiority over other people and other species gives them the right to take more than others.

It’s the failure to realize that mentality is a small part of the Universe, rather than the other way around, that Limits the Future of the Western Empires.  “In the Beginning was the Word” is the ultimate intellectualist blasphemy.  In the Beginning (and thus ultimately underlying All) was and is the Vibration – the Energy.  Yes, you can see that as Sound, since Sound is one scale of Vibration.  But to diminish Sound into Word just demonstrates how illiterate the Western Worldview becomes in its focus on anthropocentric Intellect.

Not that we aren’t all, in one way or another, Capitalists, Colonialists, and Fundamentalists.  As Gandhi says, we need to Be the Change we wish to see in the World.

Adding Eris

August 25, 2013

Let’s extend that commentary about the Outers…

You know my Party Line about the three traditional Outer Planets and their consort Chiron, plus that Outsider Snowden, er, I mean Eris…

Since we’re talking about the Unconscious, Heads are Tails and Tails are Heads – you have to focus on the Coin(That would probably be the fall of Western Civilization, er, I mean, Troy.)

These planets are about Disruption (Uranus), Confusion (Neptune), Deconstruction (Pluto), Dischord (Eris), and Despair about all that (Chiron) – and as well about Integrity (Uranus), Clarity (Neptune), TranceFormation (Pluto), Speaking Truth (Eris), and Miracles (Chiron).  What’s a word starting in “D” that means Confusion?  Discombobulation?

It’s easy to say that you get the first set of (“D”) characteristics when you look through Material Eyes (Matter), and the second set when you look through Spiritual Eyes (Energy), and in general, that’s a very useful metaphor.  In the “Conventional Wisdom” (ie, the consensus of the different Spiritual Traditions), Energy is Truth and Matter is Illusion.

Dances of these planets can

  • Disrupt whatever is out of Integrity in your Life (Uranus),
  • Confuse you wherever your priorities and motives are Unclear (Neptune),
  • Deconstruct any old Trances that are obsolete and in need of Reformation (Pluto),
  • Inject Dischord into your Life that allows you to see how you sabotage yourself (Eris), and
  • Signal you that it’s time to chuck it all and start over by dumping you into Despair (Chiron). 

We all run around in Trance, all of the time, so don’t try to kid yourself about being immune.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget that Confusion is the first stage of Growth!  Or maybe it’s Dischord.

Snowden tossing his Golden Thumbdrive into the Group of Eight is such a perfect copy of the basic Eridean story, where Eris tosses her Golden Apple, inscribed “For the Fairest of All,” into a dinner party full of Goddesses.  How do these Outers sit in Snowden’s horoscope?

Eris herself is on the corner of a T-Square whose Vacancy is “The unfoldment of multilevel potentialities issuing from an original germ.”  Boy, will that ever be writ large in the history books, if it’s not expunged.  Eris Opposes Juno – Unconscious Identity.  Given the circumstances, we have to interpret Juno here as the governments’ hidden agenda that’s being brought into Awareness (Opposition).  The disjoint between democracy and surveillance is obvious to everyone but the government.  So typical of our Unconscious Patterns – obvious to everyone else, but we’re totally oblivious.  The Squares are to Pallas – BoundariesMastering through Challenge the Boundaries between loyalty and honesty!

Pluto?  Conjunct Saturn (Focus – on Transformation) on the corner of a fat Grand Trine with Ceres (Sustainability), and Mars on the North Node (Active Pursuit of one’s Mission).  Of course when the North Node is one corner of a Grand Trine, that means the South Node (Karma) is at the head of the Kite that a Grand Trine and an Opposition form, focusing the Grace of the Grand Trine into the South Node, which is Conjunct…

Neptune!  Is this fellow Confused about his Karma, or perfectly Clear?  Tells you whether he’s operating on the Material level or the Spiritual.

Uranus is Conjunct Jupiter, ie, Amplified.  It’s one corner of a second T-Square that has the Vacancy (Rudhyar’s view) “The capacity to picture to oneself clearly the salient features and the overall meaning of any life situation.”  For most charts I’ve seen, T-Square Vacancies are riddles, as they should be (or they’d be planets!).  But it’s as if this guy is living his Vacancies.  In the T-Square Uranus Opposes…

Chiron, forming the T-Square with Grand-Trine-corner Ceres – SustainabilityAwareness of the interplay (Opposition) between Amplified Yintegrity (Jupiter-Uranus) and Pattern Recognition (Chiron), as the Ground of a Challenge to Masterfully Create (T-Square) something Sustainable (Ceres).

If we’re going to Amplify our Yintegrity without being a total flake to everyone else (that is, Sustainably), then we’re going to have to be very assiduous about Recognizing our self-sabotaging Patterns (aka Karma).  Throw in “The capacity to picture to oneself clearly the salient features and the overall meaning of any life situation” and his stated reasons for doing what he’s doing, and it sure sounds like his Neptune is wasting no time with Material Eyes!

Impressive chart.

Mooning Uranus

August 23, 2013


That’s pronounced Yer-en-us, just so’s there’s no confusion.  Sounds like “you’re in us.”  She’s gorgeous, isn’t she?  Notice that she’s tipped 90 degrees, so her polar axis is parallel to her orbit, not perpendicular to it like all of the other planets.  Not particularly into Conformity, that Uranus.  She’s like one of those people that are so rich that they don’t care what you think of them.  Did you know she wears Rings?

The Uranus Grand Cross

As the Moon passes over Uranus (which it’s doing as I write), Venus is moving into Opposition, completing the Grand Cross with Pluto and Lilith-Jupiter.  Venus Opposing Uranus implies we gain Awareness of what it’s like to Walk in Beauty – in Yintegrity.  This Venus-Uranus Cycle began in late March at 9 Aries…

A Crystal gazer

So there’s an indication of heightened Intuition as well.

Lilith Initiated Jupiter on July 11 at 4 Cancer…

A Cat arguing with a Mouse

Lilith being slower (ie, more profound) than Jupiter, we’d normally assign the Cat role to Lilith.  But since the Mouse hasn’t been eaten yet, we see that the Cat must be on the defensive.  Jupiter’s the first social planet, so what if we cast Jupiter in the role of the traditional Culture, and Lilith (Feminine Instinct) in the role of the underpuppy.  That would certainly match the historical narrative.  And the current trend, where the traditional Culture is defensively backpeddling like crazy trying to keep a rising Feminine under its thumb.

The Jupiter-Pluto Cycle began in December 2007 at 29 of Sagittarius…

A fat boy mowing the lawn of his house on an elegant suburban street

A Jupiter-Pluto Cycle would be about Accelerating Transformation and I’m not sure why, but every time I run across this image it feels like the drama is about to break wide open.  Maybe because the lad is overweight and thus out of tune with the lawn order implied.

The longest – or dominant – Cycle here is Lilith-Pluto, begun in August 1999 at 8 Sagittarius…

Within the depths of the Earth, new elements are being formed

which Rudhyar reads as

The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of one’s inner life

Now this is a Grand Cross, so these Alchemical Transformations into Yintegrity should Balance one another.  The four Squares would be

  1. Moon-Uranus Waxing Square to Pluto: Manifestation of Mandatory Yintegrity
  2. Venus Waning Square to Pluto: Release of obsolete Values
  3. Venus Waxing Square to Jupiter-Lilith: Formation of new Values that support the cultural Expansion of the role of Feminine Instinct
  4. Jupiter-Lilith Waxing Square to Uranus: Wondering how long the charade of repressing the Feminine can persist before it just stops working

The Moon’s Waning Square to Jupiter-Lilith would be short-term.

It’s almost farcical – the Olde Males strutting about believing they’re winning the upper hand, while the floor is about to collapse under them.  Bill Moyers summarizes it pretty well…

After interviewing Mark Liebowitz on the Capitalist royalty…

Remarkable how tuned in to the Cosmos Bill has been every week.

Bear in mind that what is repressed into the Unconscious actually runs the show; it’s just that the Conscious Ego in its Denial doesn’t notice the Pattern.  So it’s quite the Cosmic Joke really.  The implication is Do what you want – it doesn’t really matter because it’s all gonna work out just fine.

The Nodes Grand Cross

Meanwhile Comet ISON is Opposing Juno, completing the Grand Cross with the Nodes, and resurrecting our fun adventures with our own self-sabotage Patterns.  We’ve been working on this for awhile – what, since May?  Are you making progress?  Or still shooting yourself in the foot?  You don’t know?  Well, what if you did know?

The Grand Trine

Except for the Vacancies, we still have a hobbled Grand Sextile for another couple of days, till Mercury moves into position #6 on August 27, followed by the Sun on August 31.  So that leaves us with only one Grand Trine, Jupiter/Lilith to Chiron to North Node.  This is incredibly beneficent, because it includes a corner of each Grand Cross, making enormous Grace flow between the two!  Getting Aware of the ways we sabotage ourselves, and Recognizing the cultural transformations that are going on, when taken together, exponentially accelerate one another.  The result? – What’s the third planet in the Grand Trine?  Chiron?  Isn’t that Miracles?

The Unconscious and Mirrors

And on that note, I want to repeat an old post that I ran across the other day – That’s Uranus Talkin’ Atcha – that’s very relevant to The Now, and I thought, well put.  I’ll edit it a little to bring it up to date…

You know my Party Line about the three traditional Outer Planets and their consort Chiron…

Since we’re talking about the Unconscious, Heads are Tails and Tails are Heads – you have to focus on the Coin.

These planets are about Disruption (Uranus), Confusion (Neptune), Deconstruction (Pluto), and Despair about all that (Chiron) – and as well about Integrity (Uranus), Clarity (Neptune), TranceFormation (Pluto), and Miracles (Chiron).  It’s easy to say that you get the first set of characteristics when you look through Material Eyes (Matter), and the second set when you look through Spiritual Eyes (Energy), and in general, that’s a very useful metaphor.

Dances of these planets can Disrupt whatever is out of Integrity in your Life, Confuse you wherever your priorities and motives are Unclear, Deconstruct any old Trances that are obsolete and in need of Reformation, and signal you that it’s time to chuck it all and start over, by dumping you into Despair.  We all run around in Trance, all of the time, so don’t try to kid yourself about being immune.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget that Confusion is the first stage of Growth!

By now we’ve gotten ample information about what’s out of integrity in our Lives.  The hardest things to recognize are the most important, and the most central to our Lives, closest to our Essence.  So if you’re still suffering, that’s good, it means you’re onto some really really Core Issues.  You just have to remember that we’re talking way way up above the plane where the Ego operates – if the Unconscious was a Satellite, the Ego would be a Kite.  Yes, a Kite all dolled up to look smashing!  Only with the right angle, good weather, and a glint from the Sun, would we ever even see the Unconscious.

It is very possible to work with the Unconscious, but there are rules.  As Ursula would put it, Rules Change in the Reaches.  And how true that is! 

  • First, there is no Cause and Effect – that’s an artifact of Linear Time, which is a mass Trance.  Time ended, remember?  We just haven’t changed all of our Patterns to adjust yet. 
  • Second, of course no Either/Or or Contradiction.  That happens in the mechanical mind, which doesn’t even go up to the Kite level, more like the Hip Pocket level – the Ego’s way smarter than the mechanical mind, at least it knows how to keep us alive.  The Unconscious is totally and completely Both/And.
  • The Third Rule is that you don’t petition the Unconscious to preserve or create any particular Realities, you kneel before it and humbly Ask it to share its plans with you, .  It’ll replace you with a Walk-In in a minute if you get too uppity – don’t think it hasn’t happened before!

Not that the Unconscious is nasty – that’s Freudian Old-Testament Firebreather Trash, er, I mean Trance, that some of your ancestors got stuck on and never could figure out how to break out of.  I think they liked the illusions of Power and Order.  If you’re trapped in one of those, just pray for a Rapture so you can start over cleanly.  There’s NOTHING that the Unconscious loves more than your commitment to cooperate with it!!  It has plans that are going to happen anyway, and it’s a lot easier to ride shotgun than to try to fight for the steering wheel or cower in the back seat.  It needs Trust, and that’s about Faith, and that’s going be your major contribution.  Sure, you’ll be chipping in for the gas, but you won’t even notice that.

While Uranus represents the most personal region of the Unconscious, even there, personal doesn’t mean anything like your Ego imagines (such as Wow, I’m really special! or Hoo, am I a piece of sheet!).  It just means that the Uranus region of the Unconscious is more about your own Soul Chord than anyone else’s.  Of course, your Twigmates aren’t far off, but they have their own Twigs.  Not at all a lonely place, it’s permeated with all-knowing, non-judging Unconscious Energy, and inhabited by Angels.

So the first thing “we” (the Ego) have to do, is Surrender.  Not give up (though that’ll work too), but give over.  I know your reading time is limited, but in Truth or Dare Starhawk does such a fabulous job of describing the difference between Power Over and Power With, that you’ll never regret looking it up.  I mean, gosh, it’s only a chapter, and I’m not even asking you to read Who Dies? in this post – though of course you’d be infinitely happier if you did.  It is terribly relevant.

You can call your Unconscious whatever you like – Fred, Wilma, God, Great Big Me, Higher Self, the Underwhere, or Faraway Winker.  But you do want to talk to It/Him/Her.  Let Them know you’re declaring the intention to cooperate with whatever They have in mind for you next – you know the story –

Curiosity, and Expect Miracles

If there’s anything you really don’t want, like Pain, or Ennui, or Big-time Hassles, just let Them know.  They aren’t out to torture you – it’s your childhood programming that believes in No Pain No Gain.  The way the Universe really works is Big Grace Big Gains, but you have to Intend it, or it’ll pass you by while you aren’t looking.  You could use something like…

I dedicate myself to collaborating with the Unconscious in Grace (though I have no idea what that means!), rapidly, completely, lovingly, and gently.

Then just distract yourself with something pleasant, and leave the rest up to Them.  Believe me, They’re up to the task!

Light of the Moon?

August 22, 2013

The possibility of real news?

and a sample…

I know, some folks say it’s “anti-American Propaganda,” but it can hardly be worse than American Propaganda, let alone the Predatory Capitalist Propaganda that they usually feed us.

And while we’re on the subject of propaganda, here’s some excellent anti-propaganda…

More Full Moon

August 20, 2013

Forgot to mention that Kelley Hunter now has her Cosmic News on her website,

so we can link directly to her excellent summary of some of the astroelements that this Full Moon brings us but which we haven’t mentioned.

Big Full Moon Portal

August 20, 2013

If we use three Degrees of Sensitivity, Juno (Unconscious Identity) is slowly stretching its way out of its T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) to the Nodes (Karma and Mission) over the next week, which should give some degree of “relief” to many, as the pressure to come into Integrity with our True Purpose should lighten up a bit.  Of course it’s all gradual and relative, depending partly on your Degree of Sensitivity and what else you have going on at 6-11 degrees of the Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius).

The other side of the Coin is that Juno is moving into a Square with Saturn, as Saturn approaches the North Node.  That’ll all start heating up around the end of August, and basically means that we’ll all be Asked to Focus on our Unconscious Identity and how it relates to our Mission and Karma.  The Universe usually Asks us to Focus by arranging circumstances where we sabotage ourselves or something dear to us.

Other than this, we still enjoy our Five-out-of-Six Grand Sextile, and our Uranus T-Square to Pluto and Jupiter (a Challenge to Transform our Lives through Expanding our Authenticity), though Lilith will be replacing Jupiter in that T-Square by the end of the month (a Challenge to Trust our Instincts on a much deeper level).  The Vacancy of the Grand Sextile has moved to 11 of Virgo, “In her baby a mother sees her deep longing for a son answered.”  That should make our cultural Gender Confusion adventures more entertaining.

But the noteworthy thing about the Full Moon lies in the Fifth and Tenth Harmonics – issues of Learning and Abundance.  The Moon itself is tightly Quintile (one fifth of the way ’round the circle) to the South Node, implying that we could be Learning a great deal about our Karma over the next couple of weeks (at least), amplifying the Saturn-Juno-Nodes adventures we mentioned earlier.  Since the Full Moon is an Opposition and the Nodes are Opposite one another, this makes a Fifth-Harmonic equivalent of a Mystic Rectangle – two Quintiles on Opposite sides of the Wheel, with Trideciles between their ends.

A Tridecile is three tenths of the way round the Zodiac, combining Energies of the Tenth (Abundance) and Third (Love with Wisdom) Harmonics – sounds potentially quite benefic.  Of course when we’re dancing with the Unconscious, as the Nodes do for a living, we can always see the Opposite of what we expect to see.  Which is great if we’re Awake, because that makes an ideal Learning Experience.  In fact, even if we aren’t Awake, that should be enough to Awaken us!  If you see any Victims running around (including in the Mirror), it’d be a great Teachable Moment.

So a Quintile-Tridecile Mystic Rectangle should have meaning parallel to that of a Sextile-Trine Mystic Rectangle.  The latter means phenomenal Grace but you may have to provide the initial innoculant.  The former then should mean phenomenal Charity if you’re Awake to the Learning Opportunity.  That would be Charity extended by the Universe to us, by us to others, and by others to us.

Since it’s the Full Moon and the Nodes on the corners, we could easily expect to see Charity in Elightenment.

That Portal should be open widest for a half hour starting at quarter to 7pm PDT August 20, but three Degrees of Sensitivity would open the Gate for about four hours on either side of 7pm PDT.

That is, starting right now.  An excellent period to spend in Meditation, though since much of our Karmic Drama plays out in interactions with other people, hanging with other people should be interesting as well – just be sure to examine any Judgment, Blame, or Victim issues that arise, as that’s where the meat is likely to reside.

The Moon-South Node Quintile also has Venus at its Far Midpoint – that is, a Venus Quintile Yod.  Venus is at 6 of Libra, “A person watches their ideals taking concrete form in their inner vision.”  More validation, suggesting that our Focus should be on What We Want (North Node/Mission Quintile Sun/Source) and What Prevents Us From Having It (the South Node/Karma Quintile Moon/Manifestor).  Notice again that the Manifestor Quintiles the South Node, making it likely that we may be Learning here by realizing how we Manifest what we Don’t want.  The Moon also Tridectiles the North Node, giving potential to Manifest oodles of what we Do want, but the Quintile is the stronger Angle.

We move from Bummer to Delight by realizing that it’s our own Habits that create the Bummers, noticing how we’re doing it, and PIAVAing that we do it differently from now on.

More Natals in Vacancies

August 17, 2013

mgrieb3020bpOur Pluto-in-the-Vacancy reader responded with

OMG… i mean.  Just know every single line I could comment on out of my daily at that job.”

For all of us, the five-planet All-But-The-Vacancy Grand Sextile persists for the rest of August.

On August 28 Mercury moves into the Vacancy and completes the Grand Sextile again, while Lilith replaces Jupiter on corner number five.

And on August 31 the Moon joins Lilith at corner number five, while the Sun replaces Mercury in what is now the Vacancy.  That’ll be quite a Portal into September.

Remember that the other four corners are Pluto, Chiron, and both Nodes – what an opportunity to Transform (Pluto) our Karma (the Nodes) through Miracles (Chiron).

But first we have to

  1. Not fight Pluto, because that’s a lose-lose proposition, and
  2. Ride out the Despair side of Chiron to get to the Miracle side.

Don’t Fight Pluto

Yes, there’s a Pluto T-Square with Uranus and Jupiter, so that’ll Challenge us to Expand (Jupiter) our Self-Expression (Uranus), and it won’t be optional (Pluto).  If we have a natal planet in the Vacancy of that T-Square, near 10-12 of Libra, that’ll be a boon.  On the other hand, if we’re in a position where we feel like we have to suppress any part of our True Self (Uranus) in order to stay safe, that’ll certainly add to our sense of Despair.

Yesterday, today (August 17), and tomorrow there’s also a Mjolnir from the Uranus-Pluto Square to a Sun-Ceres Conjunction.  A Mjolnir occurs when a third party (here Sun-Ceres) Opposes the Midpoint of a Square between two planets, and it implies a likelihood of Thunderstorms and Lightning.

Ceres is what’s Sustainable, and Uranus disrupts what’s no longer in alignment with the Soul’s Journey in the Lifetime, so while it may be scary, you might suddenly be much better off if you go ahead and let Lightning strike any place in your Life where things feel stuck.  While Lightning can destroy, it also Illuminates the Darkness.

“By coincidence,” the Sun-Ceres Conjunction occurs at 26 Leo, “After a heavy storm, a Rainbow.

So not fighting Pluto here could mean being open to more Authenticity and Honesty than usual, taking more Risks, and tolerating Change, especially sudden Change, as it isn’t all that easy to know where or when Lightning will strike.

Chiron – Despair to Miracle

As far as riding out the Despair side of Chiron to get to the Miracle side, certainly Authenticity and Honesty will help with that, but not from our usual posture of defending the Ego.  Chiron requires Empathy.

Stand in front of a Mirror and say to yourself, You poor fool, you’re really discouraged, aren’t you.  Now switch sides, and let the person in the Mirror say that to you – You poor fool, you’re really discouraged, aren’t you.  Have a compassionate conversation with this person.

It might go…

You’re really discouraged, aren’t you.  Why so?

Well, uh, because, uh, well, they won’t let me.

Who won’t let you?

I don’t know, it’s a voice.

Where in your body does it come from?

When I try this, I don’t immediately feel better, but pretty soon I notice that my spine is now straight and I’m standing taller.  Those people and that voice are probably emanating from deep in Linear Time, considering that the Nodes are involved.

It would be a good conversation to have frequently.  It probably won’t go any deeper than a few exchanges each time, but the side effects could be profound, especially when combined with Tapping.

We can see from this that Chiron is about Confidence.  If we believe we can, we can probably find a way.  If we don’t believe we can, we probably won’t even try, except maybe to prove to someone (who?) that it’s impossible.  That great astrologer (whether he knows it or not) Bill Moyers has put together a very timely video essay on this for us,

Virgo and Abandonment

This Vacancy is in Virgo, and Virgo is the one Sign most abandoned by Western Culture, which holds the Individual Ego as Sacred.  Virgo’s job is to break down the Individual Ego, to get it ready for meeting and collaborating with Other.  So the Culture bullies Virgo into self-abandonment.  That’s a huge hump to surmount before we even get started on our own Karma.  A big source of that voice which says we can’t.

The sense that there is an outside Energy limiting us is not completely of our own Unconscious making.  For instance, in the US, who writes the laws we have to live under?

Was the US Constitution meant to protect the People from being abused by government, or protect the government from being controlled by the People?

And what we eat has a huge effect on whether we’re inspired to Miracle or Despair…

Goldilocks and the Three Vacancies

Let’s look at a couple of other Natal-planets-in-the-Vacancy situations.

  • What if you had Juno in the Ninth House filling the 12-Libra Vacancy created by the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-Square?  That would be a heck of a pressure on your Unconscious Identity to break out of its Ninth-House Pattern of not taking Responsibility.  It’s a lot easier in the Ninth House to just Let Go of outcomes, and work off Stress through exercise or other means, rather than working toward a goal.  But Uranus has a rather insistent agenda here, and the Grand Cross releases tons of Stress, creating an opportunity for Life-Changing transformation deep in the Unconscious.
  • And what about Sun in the Twelfth House at 12 Leo completing the incipient Grand Cross made potent by the Juno-Nodes T-Square?  We’d likely be feeling a very strong need to get our Life in order – for something.  We wouldn’t know what, though we could guess that it might have something to do with World Peace.  We can feel the Energies shifting underground.  We won’t know where they’re bound until they settle.  The Twelfth House is about Grief and Meditation; it would be an excellent time to choose the latter.
  • And Suppose you have a Natal Chiron in the Tenth House filling the Transiting Grand Sextile Vacancy.  What would that imply?   Chiron in Ten says your role in your Community is to reframe the Community’s Worldview.  Here you have the force of History (Pluto) behind you, everyone – including you – being Challenged to find their voice (Uranus), and a growing Awareness of your own Calling (Transiting Chiron Opposite Natal Chiron).  While enormously beneficial, it’s a serious Challenge to your Confidence and your Limiting Beliefs.

Fragmentation and Healing

Asbestos isn’t a Mineral per se, it’s a Mineral form, like Sand or “Rock.”  A number of different Mineral Crystals can shred into threads and particles fine enough to lodge in the Lungs permanently, hence the danger of Asbestos-form Minerals, like the Magnesioriebeckite in the portrait that introduces the post.  Confidence disappears when our Ego-based Sense of Self shreds into fine threads and particles.  The Humpty Dumpty story is not a casual tale about Eggs – Egg / Ego, get it?  When the Personality shreds, the best advice is to not try to accomplish anything until one puts oneself back together again.

But look what happens when Mother Gaia bathed Riebeckite in molten Silicate, leaving it embedded in Quartz once it cooled and worked its way to the surface…

pieter2572bpPresto, “Hawk’s Eye,” the blue version of Tiger Eye (a little polishing helped out).  A rock that contains both Hawk’s Eye and Tiger Eye is called Pietersite.  It’s “hard as a rock” – no shredding here.  While Hawk’s Eye opens the Intuition, Tiger Eye is Grounding, and Grounding is the first requirement for putting Humpty back together again.

Natal Planet in a Transiting Vacancy

August 11, 2013

“Transiting” means in the sky now, versus “Natal” which means when you were born.  A good deal of astrology is done by studying the relationships between the Transiting planets and your Natal planets.  We don’t do that here because we don’t know where your Natal planets are, unless we do a reading for you.  We just work with the Transiting planets because we’re all under their spell.

A loyal reader asks, “So when a natal planet fills in a vacancy?

Right on, that’s a Biggie!

First of all, for the rest of the World, you deliver the Energy in the Configuration, in this case the Grand Sextile.  A Transiting five-planet-almost-Grand-Sextile is like everyone’s walking around starving, or walking around in the winter without a coat, and they don’t know what it’s like to eat or be warm – they know there’s something really scrumptious just out of sight, but they have no idea what it is.  Imagine a movie where everybody knows something really Big is about to happen, but nobody knows what, and everybody’s running around asking everybody else what they think it might be and getting all hyped up with Expectation and literally, Lust, for something they know is so good they can taste it.  But nobody knows what it is.

Then you walk in, with your Transiting-Vacany-filling Natal planet.  Everybody runs to you because you exude the Energy of knowing what it is.  Doesn’t matter whether you do or don’t (it’s all too multidimensional for most Perceptions anyway), you just find that suddenly everyone’s falling all over you, because you personify the plug for the Whole in the Universe.  You don’t have to do anything – you’re it, it all happens without your consent or, in most cases, knowledge.  You just wonder why suddenly everybody’s sucking up to you.  It’d make a great Steve Martin movie.

And since it’s a Grand Sextile, you have the Midas Touch – you see everything that’s just about to fall into place, and you can give it that little Sextile Shove that converts it from Potential to Creative Grace.  You can Heal, grant Wishes.  You are rightly in demand, because others don’t have that Vision.  Don’t take it for granted, or let it go to your head – by October somebody else will be It.  Milk it for all it’s worth, the rest of us need your far-sightedness!

Second of all, for the “Native” (you, the one with the Natal planet in the Vacancy), it puts a huge emphasis on that planet, like it’s the Star of a really big Show in Las Vegas.  In the case of a Grand Sextile, it’s a huge blessing descending on whatever that planet means in your Natal chart.  Suppose it was a planet in the Eighth House, for instance.  The Eighth House is about Power.  With an Eighth-House planet lit up like a skyrocket, people will be hanging on your every word, looking for any little way that a little of all that Power might rub off on them.  You know the way it was in high school, where everybody tried to elbow their way into the good graces of the ones with the Power.  In high school that was the cheerleaders and quarterbacks.

Just for review, Power is the same word as Politics and Ego.  Most of us work with good old “Office Politics,” the grown-up version of high school, in one way or another.  For some people, it goes to their head, either positively or negatively.  They think of their role in the organization as King or Queen, or Jester or Serf or Maid, or the one with the Golden Apple.  We always have to balance our revulsion for the Politics with whatever gain we can eke out from rubbing elbows with Power.  Most folks admire a Big Ego, and some folks are pretty good at helping to polish it.  Folks say they’re disgusted by Big Egos, but watch how they behave around one.

Watch to see how your own Ego reacts this month, as you encounter folks who want to hobnob in case a crumb of Power falls their way, and folks who are inexplicably bitter because they resent your ease with Power.  Not that Power is something you’re necessarily familiar with.  Maybe this huge Blessing will be about your coming into Consciousness about Power.  Just because you have it doesn’t mean you know you have it.  And don’t forget that Power is changing – the Olde Male model of Power is waning.  Lilith/Eris Power is replacing it – Standing Firm to Protect the Innocent.  Unwavering because you’re Standing in Truth.

And don’t throw away the fruits!  You’re likely to be blessed with new Responsibilities and/or Authority and/or Compensation.  Politics is a two-way street.  With a Natal planet in the Eighth you’re no rookie, but those who dole out the Power aren’t either.  Don’t take Responsibility without Authority and Compensation; that’s always their first offer.  It’s a test of your own Power, to see whether you’re willing to Stand Firm for yourself.  Ever wonder why there are so many mismatches between Responsibility, Authority, and Compensation in any organization?  It’s because nobody every gives Power; it’s always taken.

Just to pick a planet at random, for an example, suppose your Natal Vacancy-Filler was Pluto.  Whoa, Pluto in the Eighth!  You live and breathe Power!  And now it completes a Transiting Grand Sextile!  Are you thinking of running for Governor?  There’s a Huge Gift here!  And just to embellish our imaginary Natal chart, suppose Pluto was Conjunct your Natal Sun.  Wouldn’t that be a stunner!  With Sun-Pluto you wouldn’t be Living your Life, rather Your Life would be Living You.  You’d be left running to try to catch up with it.  If you were in Resistance to that, it’d be a living Hell.  You just have to put your canoe in and let it go.  You can steer – Pluto is Transformation as well as Inevitability, but it’s not you that decides where you’re heading.

So maybe the Huge Gift here is that you finally stop Resisting, and let Power take you where it will.  Like Don Juan compared to Castaneda.  Jumping on your Ally’s back and hanging on for the ride!

Sometimes you can trip out so far that you never get back to know that you’ve left,” as Kesey put it. Why not?

I mean, what is there to lose?  Your sense of Control is only imaginary anyway.  It’s an outstanding chart.  Nothing in it to Fear except, as Winnie said, Fear itself.  Or was it FDR.  I know, it takes your Breath away, but since the decisions aren’t really yours to make, there are no wrong choices.  Totally benevolent, just fast-paced.  Hard to relax when you’re always out of Breath, but that’s your task.  Tap on it.  The World needs you to stop hiding your Light under the bushel.  The World needs your Power in a bigger arena, and it’s likely to fall out of the sky into your kitchen.  Go for it!  Easy for me to say, but we need you!  We need ALL of us to stop hiding!


August 11, 2013

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