Archive for December, 2014

Portals 12.27-12.31

December 26, 2014

makemakeMakemake rescued the People of Rapa Nui by teaching them how to use Rocks to harvest Water from fog.

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It gets busy over the next several days, as we have a Station, several Initiations, and a big Moon crossing. 

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Makemake Stationary December 21-30

A Station makes the impact of the Stationary planet very strong, in this case the dwarf planet Makemake, which is about Manifestation.  So watch your thoughts and your metaphors – you could “get what you Ask for” before you even get the words out of your mouth.  The actual Makemake Station doesn’t occur till December 30 (a bit before noon PST – see for other time zones), but we’ll be feeling the Station for a week or so prior to that.

Let’s take the others in time order.  An Initiation means someone’s changing our Water – the Energy is shifting.

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Pluto Initiating Vesta – December 27

At a bit past 1pm PST ( ) December 27, Pluto Initiates Vesta.  Pluto doesn’t take No for an answer, and Vesta is about our Fundamentalism – the places where we take our metaphors literally.  So our Beliefs are Changing, which is good, since Belief is usually just about the last thing that gets Changed.  Belief struggles mightily to keep up with the last century’s Reality, let alone this century’s. 

Most asteroids take about four years to get back to where they started, so for the last four years our Beliefs have been justified by Outside Authority.  This is shifting.  For the next four years our Beliefs will be based on Fear of Destruction, though there will be some who Believe even more strongly that if it’s carved in Stone it must be true.

The previous Cycle began in February 2011 at 7 Capricorn, “A veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of a god.”  The current Initiation occurs at 14 Capricorn, “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture.

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Chiron Initiating Sappho – December 27

The second event is Chiron Initiating the asteroid Sappho, at around 8pm PST ( ) on December 27.  Sappho’s kind of obscure, but she’s about Lust for Yindependence and Yintegrity.  Chiron starts out Discouraging, but then, if you’re lucky or assiduous, Changes your Worldview so Discouragement becomes Excitement.  The Initiation is 14 of Pisces, “A lady wrapped in a large stole of Fox fur.

We can expect the next four years to be about using our cleverness to justify and indulge our Lust for Yindependence.  That’s clever, not disingenuous.

The prior Cycle, the one we’re finishing, began in March 2011 at 2 Pisces, “A Squirrel hiding from hunters.”  So…

With regard to our craving for Freedom from Convention, we’re changing from being the hunted to being the hunter, and changing our modus operandi from subterfuge to cleverness.  This will be very handy as we move into this last Uranus-Pluto Square, which is about dropping our Masks and letting our True Self bloom.

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Saturn Initiates Pallas – December 28

Saturn is very clear about how we need to Pay Attention to The Most Important Thing, and put lower priorities on the back burner for a while.  If we do, we leap forward; if we don’t, progress stalls.  Hence Saturn’s (inappropriate) reputation for Limitation.  When Saturn’s lit up and progress eludes us, we need to examine our priorities.  On December 23, Saturn completed its two-and-a-half-year sojourn in Scorpio. 

In Scorpio, The Most Important Thing is to Get to the Bottom of Things.  Now Saturn is in Sagittarius, where The Most Important Thing is Letting Go and Moving On.  Pallas is about Boundaries and Discernment – think “God, grant me the Strength to Change the things I can, the Serenity to Accept the things I can’t, and the Wisdom to know the difference” and you know Pallas. 

The spent Cycle was Initiated in September 2009 at Virgo 26, “A boy with a censer serves the priest near the altar.”  The current Cycle, beginning at 4pm PST ( ) December 28, starts at Sagittarius 1, “Retired army veterans gather to reawaken old memories.

We’re moving from five years where our Most Important Boundaries revolved around Tradition and Ritual, to five years when our Most Important Discernments are about Community and Bonding. 

If you’re reading the indented normal print, you see how I’ve gone from “priest and altar” to Tradition and Ritual, and gone from “gathering veterans” to Bonding and Community – and you’ve undoubtedly taken the symbols in your own direction as well!  You may have gone instead from “censer” to Incense to Trance, and from “old memories” to Traditions.  Go for it!!  That’s why I list the astrology itself, because my interpretations are just one snapshot of one moment; the astrology itself is a whole movie.

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Moon Crosses Uranus-South Node – December 28-29

Which of course triggers the Main Event of the next several months, namely Pluto Squaring the Nodes while Uranus sits on the South Node.  In case you haven’t noticed, this means that all of the heavy Emotions and childhood prohibitions that have prevented you from revealing that part of your True Self, are up in your face.  Well, it turns out that those heavy Emotions and childhood prohibitions were just protecting you from all manner of untoward consequences of letting that part of you come out and play before the right time.

Now the time is right, but you have all these Habits and Patterns built up to hide behind.  You don’t need them any more, but do you know that?  And how can you Trust that it’s now okay to come out to play?  Not easy.  Good time to stick a toe in the Water, though, to see what happens.  You’ll need all the Discernment you can muster though, to separate your Expectations from the “Real”-World consequences (the World will probably be totally nonplussed).  We don’t have to do it all in one weekend, but if you’re inspired to run a test, by all means go for it!

The Moon crosses Uranus at a bit after 8pm PST ( ) December 28, and crosses the South Node at about 1am PST ( ) on the 29th, but plan to work with this Energy from around 2pm PST ( ) December 28 till about 7am PST ( ) December 29.

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Quaoar Initiates Ceres – December 31

Unlike our Vesta Beliefs, which are usually long since obsolete and serve mostly to Limit us, Quaoar Beliefs are real Life-and-Death rules that impact our Survival.  Since Ceres represents Sustainability, Ceres-Quaoar is a pretty heavy combination.  It’s a five-year Cycle.  We’re shifting from a half-decade where we specialized in certain tasks, and segregated ourselves by tribe, to a span where we feel the need to be very clear about who we are and what we stand for.

The prior Cycle started in February 2010 at Sagittarius 22, “A Chinese laundry.”  The new Cycle begins at Sagittarius 26, “A flag bearer in a battle.

Shouting down Monsanto’s efforts to poison and monopolize our food comes to mind, along with a hundred other flavors of fascism.  Makes me curious about what will come next.

In November 2009 Quaoar Initiates Ceres again in 3 Capricorn, “A human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment.

Well, that could go either way – the Chinese aphorism “May you be born in an interesting Time” is generally regarded as a curse.  But at least it implies that it’ll be worth coming back for.

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All of which leaves us where exactly?  Well, one way to put all these ideas together is that the next several years will see us raising the flag of Community and eschewing the forces that would enslave the People in order to enrich a few.  We could see that.


December 26, 2014


Lots of Rebirth going on, for better and for worse – not at all surprising after a Uranus-Stationary Solstice New Moon.  Makes the 2012 Solstice look like no big deal, as if that was just the end of some Calendar, or the End of Time, or something trivial like that.  This is New Life, like it or not.  Whatever is Changing rapidly for you, it’s important to look it squarely in the eye. 

Responsibility means being willing and able to Respond.  It’s how we avoid being victimized by events in our World that may or may not have any relationship to our own personal Manifestations.  We need to absorb our Changes quickly, partner with them, and move forward.  The World won’t wait for us.

We have no need to try to second-guess the Unconscious.  You may benefit from Asking yourself, “Did I Manifest that, and if so, how?”  But don’t get tangled up in it.  If you get an answer to that question, you’ll get it in a split second, and if you did, you’ve probably already rejected it as politically incorrect.  If you have to think about it, you’re not just wasting your time, you’re probably Creating new complications with your thoughts.  This isn’t about Guilt, it’s about Rebirth.

If you want to dissect the relationship between the Unconscious and the events in your World, get a copy of Eugene Gendlin’s Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams and follow it closely, so you can dissect without convoluting things even more.  The only substantive difference between Your Dreams and Your “Reality” is that Your Dreams suffer less from your Limiting Beliefs.

If you do want to sit down with what has Manifested in your Life, give it its own chair.  Be the Witness.  Talk to it, Ask it questions, and let it answer.  If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re projecting, Ask yourself, “Well, what if I did know?” and take the answer that you’ve already rejected.  No thinking, this is all about First Flash.  Let it Ask you questions.  Find out what its Mission is, and share with it what you believe Yours is.  See if the two of you can work out a Win-Win, where you support one another.

If it’s entered your Life, whether you’ve Created (or Co-Created) it or not, it’s now your new partner, so the two of  you need to get on the same page as quickly as you can.

Solstice to New Year

December 24, 2014

psc_stripNacreous Norwegian clouds, caused by holes in the Ozone Layer.  Photo by Ivar Marthinusen, with thanks to

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The Tricolors (which instruct us to Respond to any Difficulty with Curiosity) that we spoke about in our last post, Curiosity ( ), are still with us.  There are a few adjustments, which we’ll talk more about soon.
The Main Event for the next several months is the combination of
  • Pluto Squaring the Nodes (“Listen Up!  The instructions we’re giving you aren’t optional!” says the Unconscious),
  • Uranus Squaring Pluto (if you aren’t at the top of your game, it’s because you still aren’t fully accepting some essential part of yourself), and
  • Uranus Initiating the South Node (Don’t you dare miss a *single* opportunity to be Loving with any bummer, large or small, that you’ve seen before)
And on December 31, the dwarf planet Makemake (which is about Manifestation) is Stationary (strong), so expect to be experiencing that as we move through the holydays.  That basically means, Be careful what you Ask for, and be mindful of your thoughts because after all each thought is really a Prayer, and all Prayers are answered in one way or another.  Our thoughts are just so scrambled that when they are answered, our Manifestations are so scrambled that we don’t notice the connection. 
When you catch a negative thought, hit it quickly with the mantra “Cancel, Neutralize, Upgrade” to Cancel the negative Manifestation, Neutralize the Energy you’ve Created, and Upgrade the thinker (you) to reduce the future scrambling. 
Meanwhile, here’s a nice story about Manifesting Healing…


December 20, 2014

x2quad_stripFriday’s Solar Flair from Sunspot AR2242, in honor of our Big New Moon Uranus-Stationary Solstice.  This one messed with communication in the Southern Hemisphere, but most of it missed us again.  Here’s a NASA video on Solar Flairs and CMEs, the latter being the more dangerous to our technologies…


I was on a ferryboat yesterday when the boat seemed to stop about halfway through it’s journey.  My father was in the business of commercial boating, but I know nothing about it, so I’m always curious and try to guess what’s going on and why.  I was in the middle of the boat, though, so I would have had to get out of my car to see what was going on.  Not that I was being lazy (at that moment), but realizing that we were in a big Pluto T-Square to the Nodes and Uranus, I tried instead to hold onto my Curiosity.

It was near impossible.  Curiosity is like Water.  My mind was adamant though about making up stories!  It was like I was starving and someone was handing me candybars.  I finally realized that once I tried to hold on to the Curiosity, I got the Intuition that another boat was tying up the dock.  Then I remembered which boat I was on, and how that had always been the case with that boat when I had taken it before.

But I had gotten the point – are there any Tricolors to the T-Square?  Moving from the Squares to the Quincunxes will unleash the Grace of the Trines or Sextiles in the Tricolors, just as respecting my Curiosity as Curiosity, rather than as a puzzle to be solved, led to my Intuition and recollections.

The answer is Yes.  There is a prominent Minor Tricolor with Pluto Square North Node Quincunx Chiron Sextile Pluto…

For the next several months we’re being Asked (actually, ordered is a more appropriate term when Pluto is involved) to connect with our Mission in the Lifetime.  When any Uncertainty or concern arises around that –

Why am I here?  What am I supposed to be doing with my Life?  Why is this so difficult?

A Powerful response to those questions would be to empathize with our Uncertainty –

“You poor Sweetheart, you’re really feeling puzzled, aren’t you.”

You don’t want to stay with the Questions, looking for answers.  Empathy takes you out of your conundrum and puts you in the role of the Witness.  The Act of Empathy will trigger your Intuition, potentially (if you can maintain the role of Witness) unleashing Miracles that will Transform your Life.

Which is to say, that’s Chiron’s role, to Transform us from Discouragement to Miracle.  The doorway to Chiron’s Transformation is Empathy.

And there is a Major Tricolor across the Pluto-South Node Square; Pluto Square to Uranus-South Node Quincunx to the asteroid Panacea Trine to Pluto…

 Panacea’s role in Mythology was as the “Universal Remedy” – she can fix what ails you.  So when we feel Stress about whether to be “nice” or Honest, and when we feel deja vu coming up over ancient experiences we’d just rather not re-experience all over again, our Power lies through…

“I Wonder what sort of Magic will just eliminate all this Stress about avoiding Bummers and worrying about saying the right things at the right times to the right people!?!?”

Once you’ve Wondered, you’ve done the Work.  You don’t need to know anything else.  You can just Imagine the Elixir you need, the perfect Fairy Dust to heal all of your Stress and leave you perfectly Self-Confident and Relaxed about your Competence to handle whatever Life throws at you today.  Shower yourself with that Elixir, and you’re ready to meet your Solstice Rebirth!  Enjoy!

Abundance II

December 17, 2014

Didn’t read this till after I published the earlier post, but it’s right on the money…

Except that I have a lot less faith in the effectiveness of political action than Mark has.

The Ceres-Chiron Binovile suggests that

This may not be the time to Act, but rather a time to Meditate on the issue.  It’s easy to forget the lessons that TM taught us when they substantially reduced the crime rate in a Community by having 1% of the population in meditation…

By mid-January

we’ll be in the Waning Biquintile stage of the Ceres-Chiron Cycle, where

we’ll be Learning how to Let Go of our own closet admiration for redundant wealth.


December 17, 2014

van7163bpVanadinite, a Lead Vanadate Chloride, symbolizes Abundance.  The “-ate” ending means an Oxide, so it’s Lead Vanadium Oxide Chloride.


A couple of interesting questions from a regular reader…

“What do you think of Nick Hanauer?  I’ve only seen his TED…my cousin sent me this.  It
makes perfect sense on the first read and is generally what us plebs say–tho none of my
cronies understood about buybacks…”

WordPress’s practice of constant “improvement” still seems to be blocking me from using links, so you may have to block and copy the web addresses into the address line of your browser.  Sorry for the hassle.

I don’t believe that folks like Epstein are really that stupid.  Regulation has been declining since Reagan, during the period when the Middle Class collapsed.  Glass-Steagall for instance – which was just repealed again by a passage snuck into the “save the government” bill of 2014.  Folks like Epstein just believe that we’re really that stupid, that he and his cronies can follow Goebbels’s rule that “if you tell the same lie often enough, people will believe it.”  And the unfortunate truth is that it works.

And it’s entirely possible that Epstein has been told the same lie so often that he believes it, as a serious branch of modern academic economics actually believes it.  The bottom line on both this issue and the torture issue that was prominent for a few minutes in the US, is in Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine.  She doesn’t talk about their scales, but otherwise it’s mandatory reading to understand what the Lizards are about.

It’s not just buybacks.  There is a pack of lies around “Globalization” and “Trade” that’s every bit as insidious as the lies around “Trickle-Down Economics.”  The modern notion in academic economics is that Hufolk are “resources,” just like Coal or Lumber.  When you’ve burnt a lump of Coal, you dump it in the ashheap over there behind your lowest-paid employee’s house.  And when you’ve burnt out an employee, you dump them on the street and get a new one.

My father grew up during “The Depression,” and it was clear to him that he had to toe the line, because if he didn’t kiss ass there were a thousand folks waiting just the other side of the fence to take his place.  That Pluto-in-Cancer (Security über alles) notion is what us Pluto-in-Leo (Self-Expression über alles) folk were fighting against in the 1960s, when Uranus Conjoined Pluto.  Now that Uranus is Squaring Pluto, the same issue arises, but it’s reversed.  We’re back to realizing that we have no Security, often even if we do toe the line.

The reversal arises because Duality is an illusion.  We have to Ask, “What’s the Coin?”  Suppose Cancer meant Nurturance über alles, and Leo meant Self-Love über alles.  There would be choices, but not antagonism.  The Coin is that we Create what we Resist.  When we look at the World without Dualism, there is only Community and Self-Interest.  Hanauer sees these as complementary while Epstein sees them as competing.

The Planet will continue to go downhill till it’s top predator gets the message that once it eats its last Auk or Carrier Pigeon, it’ll have to “go back to eating clay,” as Quaoar puts it.  The alternative is cannibalism, but of course, if you’re really a shapeshifted Lizard, it isn’t cannibalism after all, is it.


The second question…

“and this was interesting.  I never realized about the general  gmo-vitamins link.

“what I dont understand, in the cereal case, is that those now missing vits were added in.. so does that mean the wheat or oats etc itself doesn’t contain vitamins since they don’t list them?

“i thought that the list of vitamins on food packaging was about what’s in the food, not what’s added in… unless it says ‘added.’  I so rarely eat anything packaged that it doesnt matter to me, but I thought it was interesting and am wondering about vit supplements… which I dont take regularly either.  And probably should since I dont really eat balanced-ly.”

Fascinating; they can’t make synthetic vitamins without GMOs.  I hadn’t thought of that, but I should have, since I do know that GM microbes are routinely used as “factories” to produce industrial inputs.  I try to pay a lot of Attention to the sources of the raw materials for the supplements I take, but it’s not easy.  Using normally-reliable brands (Swanson’s for instance) is often the best we can do.

What the NPR article omitted is that food which is not organically grown is grown in depleted soil.  Modern industrial agriculture adds nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (and often toxins, if they use sewage sludge or industrial waste labeled as “fertilizer”) to the soil because plants don’t grow without those three elements, but they don’t routinely add the other minerals or the elements that the plants would use to make vitamins. 

Those other things come from compost, if the compost is made from certified-Organic fruits and veggies, or produce that’s grown the way certified-Organic produce is grown.  If you buy non-Organic produce or Cheerios and then compost your kitchen scraps, there’s no vitamins or minerals in that compost either, because there weren’t any in the non-Organic produce that you started with. 

I don’t mean to promote Organic certification per se; it’s expensive and small producers can’t afford it.  I’m using “certified-Organic” to indicate food grown with good compost and without chemical poisons, as opposed to the generic word “organic,” which just mean “based on Carbon.”  Note that there are no certifications for fertilizers, so when your local nursery or hardware store sells you “organic” fertilizers, that just means it’s based on Carbon, not that it’s been certified to have been made any certain way.

Yes, the nutrition you’ll get from Organically-grown or Biodynamically-grown or Permaculture-grown produce is usually far superior to the nutrition that you’ll get from the empty imposters that the big stores sell.  But if you care about future generations, it’s even more important to buy Organic for political reasons. 

First, in general, every non-Organic crop depletes the Soil more, so Hufolk in general are on a downhill Atlantean course with regard to health, and on an even faster downhill course with regard to Sustainability, as erosion and pollution kill off more arable land every year. 

And that doesn’t even consider the Carbon footprint of industrial agriculture and nonlocal food, the loss of fertile deltas to sea-level rise, nor the fact that in the developed World, and soon in the rest of the World, the most productive river-valley land has been covered with four feet of gravel in order to build massive single-story factories, warehouses, and malls to feed the advertising industry.  That land once fed the People.

Second, in general, Organic and Biodynamic and Permaculture standards treat Soil as a Living Source, rather than as a simple industrial input with only three components.  So each crop improves the Soil more, while protecting it from pollution and erosion with practices like no-till planting.  So each crop can have more nutrients than last year’s crop.

That’s idealized, but it’s accurate in general.

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It would behoove to consider the evolutionary implications of both of these interwoven trends.  Descent into Victimhood as we lose what little Power we had to control our own Destiny, and Descent into ill Health as we lose nutritional Power from our food, will perpetuate the concept of Hufolk as equivalent to lumps of Coal, as we Descend back into Slaves.  The historical reactions to overpopulation have been War, Famine, and Pestilence.

What are we doing to make this time different? 

And how will we do that so we don’t Create what we Resist?

Abundance means Having Enough to Share, and at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is classically the time when Sharing is necessary.  The parable of “Buddhist Heaven and Hell” comes to mind.  In Buddhist Hell you’re starving and there’s a sumptuous banquet on the table, but your elbows are locked.  In Buddhist Heaven we feed one another.

These Linear-Time dramas ask us to examine where we are on the Ceres-Chiron Cycle, because clearly we need a Miracle – a complete change of Water in our thinking – to escape this slowly-warming cauldron.  Ceres and Chiron were both prominent in the 1/1/2000 chart, as Pluto was then initiating Chiron, and Ceres was Rising.

The Pluto-Chiron Initiation occurred at 12 Sagittarius, “A flag turns into an Eagle, the Eagle into a Rooster saluting the Dawn.”  The pattern is Patriotism and Us-against-Them-ism yielding to a more far-seeing Perspective, which brings the Light.

Ceres was Rising in early Libra – the birth of the realization of Other.

Ceres Cycles are only four years or so long, so we get rapid turnover on the Ceres-Chiron Cycle.  The Cycle is currently at the Waning Binovile stage.  The Waning Square occurred on November 28.

The Novile series represents the Ninth Harmonic, or the principle of Introversion and Meditation.  The Binovile, like the Biseptile, is the stage where we’re challenged to either get lost in an Either/Or, or find “the Coin” that inspires our Intuition.  The Waning portion of a Cycle is the winding-down and debriefing stage of that Cycle.

So the Ceres-Chiron Cycle that’s winding down began in late March 2011 at 4 of Pisces, “Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts.”  And this Symbol was channeled in the 1920s, so we can bet that these were the cigar-chomping top-hatting one-percenters of their day and their knee-crossing molls, as cars were rare and expensive.

The next Cycle begins March 24, 2016 at 22 Pisces, “A disappointed and disillusioned woman courageously faces a seemingly empty life.”  Good thing Chiron is involved, though it sounds like a Challenge.  This cycle will carry us through 2020, when the World economy is likely to pick up again as the Jupiter-Saturn Cycle kicks it into gear.  The Jupiter-Saturn Cycle promises us two centuries of Air, where the intellectual dominates polite society and industry, so disappointment and disillusionment isn’t surprising.

How long will that Chiron-Pluto Cycle take to bloom?  We’re now just past the Waxing Sextile, meaning that it’s up to us to kick-start progress, though since we’re early in the game we should keep our Expectations low.  We’ll be lucky to give a few folks Perspectives that temper their Us-against-Them-ism.  The Waxing Square doesn’t occur until 2028.

So this Liberation and Illumination business is a long-term process.  One step at a time, and keep your Expectations low.  If you can educate one or two Folk per month you’re probably doing very well.  They’ll go on to educate a few other Folk, and before long it’ll be a Movement.

The End of Autumn II

December 16, 2014

Forgot to mention that the Capricorn Solstice New Moon is Biseptile to the Uranus Station.  So the three events – Solstice, New Moon, Uranus Station – are tied together by more than concurrency.

The Septile series is about Shamanic Energy, which is to say it’s about Trusting our Intuition to Act at the precise moment when minimum effort is required to produce maximum results, and in the precise manner to make it so.  Since chances are that Shamanic Action won’t make sense to the logical mind, we usually need to assign the role of Non-Judging Witness, or at least disinterested spectator, to the mind when this Seventh Harmonic is lit up.

That’s particularly important at the Biseptile, or two seventh of the way ’round the Zodiacal loop.  The Second Harmonic (the “bi” part) is about Transcending Duality.  The logical mind doesn’t easily move to the Coin from the contrast of heads versus tails; it requires an Intuitive leap.

So Life will be Asking us to Do things this week and next which make no sense.  Dare to go ahead and Do them.  The Uranus Station is in Aries, and Aries’s job is to lay the Spiritual Foundation for a Co-Creation that is totally Clear in the mind of the Creator of All That Is, but completely fuzzy in the mind of Her co-conspirator, us.

Also forgot to mention that our Descent into the Initiation of the South Node by Uranus begins December 20.  It’s Exact on January 31, and remains within our three-degree Orb till March 4.

An Angle is said to be “Exact” or “Complete” when the degrees and minutes match.  We feel it most from the time when the faster planet is one to three degrees away from the slower planet, to the time when the Angle is Exact.  The one to three degrees is called the “Orb” or “Sensitivity.”  If we’re Sensitive to Energy we’ll want to use three degrees of Orb.  If we’re as Sensitive as a concrete block, it doesn’t matter.  But one degree is a minimum.

For instance, on December 20 the South Node (the faster “planet”) is at 15:33 of Aries, and Uranus at 12:34 of Aries.  Since the Nodes always move backwards (the “Mean Node” anyway, which is the one we use), and since Uranus is beginning to move forward again, this is three degrees of Separation and closing.  By January 31, they converge at 13:17.  They remain within three degrees of one another till March 4.

The South Node represents our Limiting Beliefs, and Uranus our Individual Soul.  So there is an impending collision here, between our Karmic programming and our True Self, which may be painful.  The Universe is Asking us to Stand Still for whatever Emotional trauma embraces our Limiting Beliefs.  If you’re old enough and have a journal or a good memory, you can think back to May 1999, the last time Uranus Initiated the South Node.

That one occurred at 17 of Aquarius, “A watchdog stands guard, protecting his master and his possessions,” with Uranus Stationary.  So if you’ve spent the last fifteen years Protecting yourself from your Emotional trauma, no Blame!  ‘Twas the season.  This on is 14 Aries, “A serpent coiling near a man and a woman.”  That image carries a whole lot of implications, and Protection doesn’t sound like it’s one of them.

So the next few months could be quite a rodeo ride.  Since we’re dealing with Rebirth, it’s probably best not to hang on too tight, and just PIAVA a gentle landing in our new roost.

The difference between the period of Sensitivity prior to an Exact Angle, and the period of Orb that follows an Exact Angle, depends on our Consciousness. 

If we’re Conscious that the Angular event is occurring, then the impact will drop off rapidly after the event is Exact.  If we’re Victim to the event, it’s more likely to diminish slowly.  If we feel Victimized by the event and make Decisions to Protect ourselves from it, we’ll make this Victimization a permanent part of our Lives, until we Liberate ourselves from it.

So for the next several months we’re deeply entwined in Pluto Squaring the Nodes, with Uranus on the South Node.

Plan to do a lot of Surrendering until we get to the next Equinox.  In a nutshell, Resistance is not only futile, it’s counterproductive.

The End of Autumn

December 16, 2014

galactic_lightshow-e1418515846398-580x309Galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163 merging, as observed by the Chandra, Hubble, Donder, and Spitzer telescopes, courtesy NASA/CXC/SAO/STScI/JPL-Caltech.

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As the Nodes (Karma and Destiny) move into a Square (Mastery through Challenge) to Pluto (Inevitability), it’s a good time to review what Felix Wolf refers to as “Cognitive Dissonance.”  We usually refer to it as “Both/And,” the version of the story taught to us by Susun Weed.  You’ll probably recognize it as Buddhism 101.

The basic idea is that, if we want to Live from the Heart – which is not optional – we need to bring the tyranny of mind under control.  Truth lies in the Heart, and it carries a different flavor in every Heart.  It cannot be pinned like a trophy butterfly into words, because it’s Alive.  

The notion that Truth derives from Facts is Political.  It’s basic purpose is to separate your supporters from your detractors.  A “Fundamentalist,” whether a religious Fundamentalist or a scienterrific Fundamentalist or a patriot, is someone who “believes their own metaphors,” or takes them literally.  In the Political realm it’s Either/Or – you’re either one of us or you’re the enemy.

In the Spiritual Realm it’s Both/And; you’re just seeing the World through different Perspectives, and the more Perspectives you can carry around with you, the more flexibility you have for dealing with a Unitary and infinitely Multifarious  Reality. 

Here’s a starter: the Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual views of the World are each different Perspectives on a single Reality.  Find a circumstance where you vehemently object to that proposition, and sit with it till you’re comfortable with the Dissonance.  I’ll wait…

Got it?  Good.  Now you know how to soften up those self-sabotaging Limiting Beliefs.  Saturn moves into Sagittarius soon, so you’re going to be meeting many such situations for the next several years.  And Pluto being Squared by the Nodes, which will be with us through February, is likely to ferret out all of your most vehement objections to the notion.  You want to get this work finished before the end of January, while the “iron is hottest.”

Any time you encounter an apparently Physical problem (such as money or health), work on it from the Emotional (How will I Feel when I achieve that goal?) or Spiritual (Give It Over) Perspective. 

When you run into an Emotional problem (such as being strongly Reactive in a situation where you need all your faculties to be Present), try playing with it from the Physical (act it out with a friend) or Intellectual (what would Dick Cheney do?) Perspectives.

You might approach a Spiritual problem (such as Fear of Death) from the Physical (Tibetan Buddhists sit with a corpse while it rots) or Intellectual (the Buddha asked a person who was unable to release their Grief to find someone who had never lost a relative) Viewpoints.

An intellectual issue (such as what the Lizards and Fascists are likely to do to the Planet next) might soften if approached from a Spiritual (Matter doesn’t Matter) or Emotional (Grieve it as you would the Death of your best friend) viewpoint.  BTW, any concerns about the Future are intellectual concerns, because in Real Life, All There Is Is Now.

Which brings us to a Perspective that might have the Power to allow you to Let Go of your Karma, if you’re willing. 

Imagine us as Souls sitting in the lounge and tuning in to the afternoon soap opera called “Earth” on our galactic scanners.  We’ve smoked a little too much Soulweed, and we start to empathize with the Drama.  So we decide to go “down” there and mix it up a little before Souldinner.  (Time’s a little different here.)

Maybe we don’t like the constant War business.  As Souls, we’re U17-DK-certified Karma-free, so we have to find a costume that’ll seem credible to our fellow simulators.  No problem, as all of the exit ports on the lounge have built-in programming modules.  So we just turn the dial to “Anger” (or maybe a Mars T-Square) as we step into the transmogrifier.  So then when we’re born or walk in to a Lifetime, we get to experience our own little internal War.

Of course, if we remember our Soul Self during our recess it would spoil the fun, so we tune the other dial to “Full” (or maybe Mars Out of Bounds and Rising) so we’ll forget what we came to the Planet to do.  You can see the Emotional Fields on Earth in maps, like they use to show the weather (Emotions aren’t personal, they’re Energy Fields).  So you might drop into Syria rather than Iowa.

The Nodes Square Pluto on January 20, and the three-degree Sensitivity window begins tomorrow and runs through the end of February.  The Vacancy that would complete the Grand Cross is 14 Cancer, “A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast.”  Sounds like the Rebirth theme again to me.

If terms like “Sensitivity” are new to you, look them up in the “CATEGORIES” list to the right.  Sensitivity is filed under “Orb (Sensitivity).”

Our drama this week, leading up to the Solstice, is about our True Self’s urge to Manifest into our Life.  This year’s Capricorn Solstice will be a major Rebirth, with abundant Grace sprinkled down from the Heavens.

We start our Solstice adventures at 3am PST December 21 ( ), plus or minus six hours, when the Moon crosses the dwarf planet Chaos (Limitless Potential or the Quantum Vacuum, rather than Disorder) and triggers the Juno-South Node-Chaos Grand Trine and the North Node Kite.  The Kite is long-term, it’s just the Moon’s activation that lasts plus or minus six hours.

The window for Miracles is wide open during this Rebirth.  The only Limits are your own Beliefs.

The next event is an almost-simultaneous Direct Station of Uranus and the Solstice itself, which occur within a quarter hour of one another, around 3pm PST ( ).  In other words, Uranus is Stationary (Strong) all this week.

If Disruptions occur this week, Let It Go.  What’s being cut away is no longer in alignment with our Soul’s Mission for us in the Future.  Grieve if necessary, but move on.  If anything isn’t effortless, don’t push it; instead, go inside and explore your Inner Experience.

Then at half-past 5pm PST ( ), we get the New Moon, within six arc-minutes of the Capricorn Cusp, “An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe.

A quick calculation says we’re likely to get a New Moon within three hours of the Capricorn Solstice – which we can think of as Rebirth Squared – every 1,800 years or so.  The Capricorn Solstice stands out not just because it’s a traditional time of Rebirth, but also because it’s near the Galactic Center.

The Galactic Center being still Lit Up by September’s once-in-twelve-million-times-the-age-of-our-Universe Centaur Stampede.

A New Moon, a Capricorn Solstice, and a Uranus Station occurring within three hours of one another would occur every 30,000 years or so.  On the current Linear scienterrific time scale that would put us about twenty millennia before the discovery of metalworking, so this is indeed an opportunity for swapping out of a Trance that Hufolk have been in for a loooong time.  The timing doesn’t quite match with the collection of fossils found so far, but with a little imagination you could think of the shift from Homo neanderthalensis to Homo sapiens.

I also can’t help but think about Atlantis, though the Linear timing, at least according to Plato, is off.  But Plato says that Atlantis fell because of the hubris of the Atlanteans.

Here’s a great example of the hubris of Homo sapiens in its current evolution…

It so happens that on December 19 there’s a triple Initiation of Saturn, the asteroid Hybris (ie, Hubris), and the Moon at 30 Scorpio, “Children in Halloween costumes indulge in various pranks.”  Thanks to Elizabeth for the tip.  The impact of this may be that

If it feels like your (old) World is falling apart (or like you’re sinking into a bottomless sea of Emotion) before your Rebirth establishes any foundation for your Rebirth, take it with a sense of humor.  It’s just the Gods having some fun at your expense.  It’ll be all good in a couple of days.

Reanimate the Planet

December 14, 2014

I think one good way to kernelize the irreparable damage that Hupersons are doing to their Home, is to speak of the need to Reanimate the Planet.  History and the frightly news is full of examples to the contrary, but most of us would be less abusive to the Planet if we thought of Her as alive.

I couldn’t find a link – they may be waiting till the copies in the stores age – but the current Popular Science (of all places) has an article on “Animals Like Us,” about the Nonhuman Rights Project, , that’s suing to liberate Primates involuntarily incarcerated for life.  The article goes on to talk about the many “recent discoveries” that demonstrate that differentiation between Hufolk and Animafolk is political, philosophical, religious, reductionist, and self-serving rather than scienterrific.

An unusual topic for Popular Science magazine.  And speaking of unusual topics, foodie Mark Bittman has a very well-written and comprehensive article in the NYTimes about inequality in das Vaterland

where he strikes a similar theme, about how the difficulties facing Folk of all stripes (except the Lizardfolk) really amount to the same thing.  Good food = clear thinking.  This is a good trend, as it simplifies “the problem” and potentially unifies the political movement to change it.

It’s late – we’re at Uranus-Pluto Square #6 of 7, but better late than never.  It’s interesting that the corporate media is carrying these protests; since the 1970s the media has been collaborating with the increasingly militarized police to paint political protest in Amerika as the work of “anarchists,” when they cover it at all.  It’s a big change, and it indicates that corporate interests are now fearing that their police machine could get out of hand and shoot them in the foot.  A parallel to Nixon ending the draft?  Now we just need to avoid a repeat of the Eugene McCarthy debacle.

Free Food

December 10, 2014

Dandies‘Lion Seedheads

A great boon to Sustainability is the population of Weeds that love to grow all around us.  Many are edible, and many are medicinal.  Once you get the hang of it, they’re pretty easy to recognize reliably.  The Universe is always In Balance, and when we bend it out of Balance, it compensates quickly – the Weeds are a big part of that.  Stephen Harrod Buhner even says that the out-of-control “invasive” species around you are usually medicine for the latest epidemic.

Sustainability, recall, was one of the four biggest trends in the birth chart for the Century, as Ceres was Rising everywhere around the globe as it turned into the year 2000.  And during the transition to a new Chiron-Neptune Cycle (such as now), attention to Sustainability and Sustenance is always a good idea.

I’m assuming that anyone with at least half a brain, which obviously includes youalls, avoids herbicides and pesticides.  Since so many people are naive to the damage they do to the Planet in the name of Conformity – herbicides and pesticides are the chemicals you buy in plastic bags at the nursery or hardware store that say in fine print, “don’t use on plants you plan to eat next week” – look for it

If you don’t do your own Gardening and lawn care, check into it with those who do.  Ask to see their plastic bags – they could well be naive too.  Good chance they’ll tell you “No way, I don’t use any poisons!  Roundup?  No, no, Monsanto assures me that it’s safe, see, right here on the label, it says ‘Safe when used according to directions’!” 

It’s a good bet that your neighbor sprays their lawn with poisons (if their yard isn’t full of Dandelions, they use poisons!), and the Wind carries their poison spray, so don’t pick any Weeds that are close to their yard.  You’re in far more danger from your neighbor’s routine use of carcinogens than you are from the wild Healing Herbs around you.

For instance, Dandelion is one of our most pernicious Weeds and one of the best Liver Tonics around – flower, leaf, root.  The cure for almost any affliction starts with cleaning the Liver.  The ‘Lion can be a little bitter at times, but when it’s a minority in a salad or smoothie, or in a tincture, you won’t even notice.  I eat several fresh ‘Lion leaves every day in my Kale-Oregano-Garlic-Huckleberry-etc. smoothy. 

One of my favorite sources for reliable information about our Green Cousins is Susun Weed’s Wise Woman Herbal.  She’s taught me a great deal over the decades.  She was even once a subscriber to a predecessor of this blog, till I said something untoward about the Motherhood Archetype.  Here’s a great start to her Wisdom…

There are links to great continuations at the bottom of the page.  Here’s another good one…

It’s always good to be careful when enjoying Free Food.  If you can, spending an hour or two with a local herbalist or wild-food advocate will be invaluable.  If you aren’t used to identifying Plants, they’ll probably “all look alike,” so spend some time talking to the Green People.  See if you can learn the difference between a Dandelion leaf, a Plaintain (Ribwort) leaf, and a Yellow Dock leaf.  See if there’s a wildflower or edible-plant identification book for your local area. 

Always eat a small sample, wait a day or two, then try a larger sample, when trying a new wild Food – actually not a bad practice when eating a new Food from the supermarket as well!  Plants which are edible and choice in one region can be toxic in other places.  Herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides are toxic in all places.