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Internal Adjustments

October 2, 2014

MnTaOpManganotantalite, an Oxide of Manganese and Tantalum, will help keep Communication flowing, especially the all-important Communication between our Olde Selves and our New Selves here in this era of Great Change.

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Other than Portal 10.1-8 (we added more information to the end of that post at about 2pm PDT October 2), Mercury’s October 4 (10am PDT) Retrograde Station is pretty quiet.

It would make a Mercury-Square-Juno-Quincunx-Neptune-Trine-Mercury Tricolor, but you’d need 7 degrees of Orb to count it, and the big Orb would apply to the Quincunx, and few astrologers would ever give you that, even in a natal chart.

In case you’re a total newbie, Mercury turns Retrograde for three weeks at a shot every four months.  The traditional meaning is that Communication and Travel may become difficult, though I find that interpretation to range from subtle to irrelevant.  Retrograde means the Energy is directed inward rather than outward, and the majority of folks think that’s weird (or pathological) because only 25% of us are more introverted than extroverted, and extroverts have zero Empathy for introverts.

When a planet turns “Retrograde,” it appears to move backward in the sky.  To see this “backward” motion you’d need to take a snapshot of the sky every night at the same time, then compile the snapshots into a movie.  The planet isn’t really moving backward, we’re just passing it (or, in the case of Mercury or Venus, it’s on the other side of the Sun), so it appears to move backward. 

When a planet changes direction, it’s either “Stationary Retrograde” (turning Retro) or “Stationary Direct” (starting to go forward again).  The influence of a planet is very strong when it’s Stationary, whether Retro or Direct.

The Real impact of a Retrogradation – other than these two periods of planetary strength while the planet is Stationary – is that we get to (or have to) review three times the curriculum covered by the planet’s Retrogradation.  The planet crosses this playground once forward, then stops and backs up across it a second time, then stops again and crosses it again.  At the Retrograde Station, the planet has crossed the playground once, and it’s about to start crossing it again backwards.

The official term for this playground is the “Shadow Period.”

So in this case we have Mercury Retrograding over the last half of Libra.  Mercury is basically about Thinking.  Libra is about the self-absorbed individual meeting for the first time Other – we usually think of Other as Other People, but really it applies to anything that the individual sees as Not-Self.  The first half of Libra is about encountering Other.  The second half is about how, having encountered Other, the individual is changed.

So in the Big Picture, here in Pi’s domain after the End of Time, we’ve now encountered Other from the place of Responsibility (Ability to Respond) rather than the place of Blame (Who did that?).  This is the first Libra Mercury Retro since the End of Time.  So for the next three weeks we’ll be rethinking our Relationships to Other, making more space for Responsibility and less for Blame.  That usually means owning our Projections – recognizing that it’s our Reactions that are causing us discomfort, more than their Behaviors.  But this World is New, so who knows what it will mean now.

In the Medium Frame, we’re about five sevenths of the way through the Yintegrity work we’ve also been doing since 2012.  For the last three weeks we’ve been meeting Other through the frame of our evolving Yintegrity.  Some folks are pleased with our Yintegrity and some folks aren’t.  How have we Reacted and Responded to these differences?  We’ll be rethinking them for the next three weeks.

In the more local Picture, we’ve now met Other after the early-September Centaur Stampede Galactic Download that we briefly summarized in Portal 10.1-8.  Centaurs are, after all, half Human and half Other.  Mercury entered the playground on September 14, so we’ve been encountering Other through the filter of the Galactic Download since then.  Have you noticed how Other has seemed different since September 14?  For the next three weeks we’ll be rethinking our Relationships with this Other as well.

Our Yindependence is another changing element in our 21st-Century evolution and devolution.  How has Other Reacted to these Changes, and how have we Responded to their Reactions?  How have we Reacted to growing Yindependence in Other?  Yindependence is a big part of the Centaur Stampede Grand Trine.  Another issue we’ll be rethinking over the next three weeks.

The other thing that’s useful to know about a Retrogradation, is which planets are danced with three times, as the Retrograding planet crosses the playground thrice.  These are the interactions that the Universe wants us to review very thoroughly.  There are several here…

Pallas Initiates Mercury on September 11 at 14 of Libra.  Libra 14 isn’t within the Shadow Period, but Mercury Conjoins Pallas twice more in October and November.  Libra 14 is “In the heat of the noon hour a man takes a siesta.

A major element of our rethinking will be about how we need to shift our Boundaries with Other.  For instance, suppose for us Nature is part of Self or Other.  How then do we React to the news that so many species have gone extinct in the past forty years?  Empathize for a moment with an extincting species.  How would it feel to be the last remaining individual of your species?  How will your Boundaries be shifting to adjust to the Changes in your Yintegrity, your Responsibility, your Yindependence, and your Relationship to the Galaxy?

On September 16-17 Mercury Waxing Squares Juno and is Initiated by both Haumea and the North Node, at 21 of Libra.  On September 19 Mercury Opposes Eris.  All of these Angles are repeated twice more in October and November.  Libra 21 is “A Sunday crowd enjoying the beach.

As we’ve been harping on at length, we’re being Reborn anew as the hidden elements of our Karma are Revealed and Released.  This new Entity we are Becoming will need to be rethinking all of their Relationships and Boundaries with Others of all stripes.

While Mercury’s Shadow Period is over by October 26, the Confidence Builder recurrences of the Mercury-Pallas and Mercury-Juno adventures won’t occur till mid-November.

Chaos IV – Not to Mention…

September 21, 2014

And we shouldn’t forget that Pluto is Stationary Direct (Heavy) all the while, Standing Still at half past 5pm PDT September 22, two hours before the Equinox.  That’ll carry the influences we’ve been discussing forward for several months.

The New Moon is at quarter after 11pm PDT September 23. 

Then on October 8 there’s a Full Moon Total Eclipse bang on Uranus – Yintegrity Ho!  May as well start practicing now – it might even shake loose some of that Mask-cementing Karmic PTSD that’s ready to pop.

Chaos III – Portal 9.21

September 21, 2014

ruby8140bpAh, Ruby!  Symbol of Heart and Courage.  The integrating, balancing, and synthesizing mind isn’t really the mind at all, but the Heart.

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Reviewing our basic format, since we use it a lot in this post:

For folks who just want to know what’s going on (no indent, bold italic)

For folks who also have some knowledge of astrology, or who want to accumulate same effortlessly through osmosis (indent, normal text)

For folks who want to learn more about how our oddball strain of astrology works (double indent, italic)

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The first picture of Chaos II – Pictures (Portal 9.20) endures for about seven weeks, till around October 20.  It features 

  • Sharp focus on our ancient PTSD
    •   The enhanced Brilliant
  • Relative ease – though since we’re being asked by a Galactic Download to Let Go of our ancient PTSD, the ease will indeed be relative

    • The almost-Grand-Sextile

We talked about the first picture in Chaos I – Portal 9.20; we’ll try to make sense of the second picture here.

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Since the complete fancy footwork in the second picture in Chaos II – Pictures depends on the fast-moving Moon, Portal 9.21 is only open for twelve hours or so, starting around 2pm PDT September 21 and reaching a peak about 8pm PDT.

It’s quite a strange Configuration, which I don’t recall ever seeing before.  I’m not even sure what to call it.  If I turn it so the Sun is at the bottom, it kind of looks like a Sleeping Bat or a Flying Squirrel, and I guess those are as good a name as any.

A “Sleeping Bat” then would comprise two T-Squares whose base corners are separated by an Octile, and whose foci are separated by a Trioctile.  That gives us four Mjolnirs, and three fourths of a Grand Octile.  It’s also two interlocking Toadstools.  These subsidiary Configurations will give us ideas for approaching an interpretation.

Overall, what would we say about any Sleeping Bat Configuration?

Once the Bat metaphor is on the table, the whole concept of Mostly-Unfounded Fear arises.  Bats can be rabid, and some Bats do feed on blood, and occasionally Human blood, so there is some real danger to Humans from Bats, but it’s minimal.  Most Bats eat Bugs or Fruit (a few eat Fish!) and are useful to Humans by pollinating flowers, dispersing Fruit seeds, and reducing the numbers of noxious insects.

So the idea of Anxiety comes up – Anxiety usually has a Present-Moment source or trigger, but the Emotional Energy expended in the resulting thought helicopters usually far exceeds the weight of the source.  Most of the Energy is provided by reprocessing past or Karmic Trauma.  Anxiety is like Despair – once we step out of our fascination with the content of our thoughts and notice that we’re Anxious or Despondent, a bit of Empathy with the Identity we just exited is often enough to begin a cascade of Healing.  

The Dracula Stories are a teaching about how contagious Emotions are, whether positive or negative.  The Stories contain the seed of the notion that Emotions are Energy Fields independent of the folks who encounter them.

The Eighth Harmonic is all over the Sleeping Bat.  Angeles Arrien, whose Tarot Handbook is our personal guidebook to the Harmonics, tells us that the Eighth is about…

The universal principle of alignment and balance … reflecting the principle of negotiation and truth … having pierced the webbed veils of illusion, delusion, and deception … The integrating, balancing, and synthesizing mind … the application of creative ideas in tangible, useful ways

There are no blue lines in a Sleeping Bat, so Grace is not prominent in the Configuration.  However, the Eighth Harmonic is all about realignment and making adjustments to what’s already present, so Grace may not be as important as it otherwise would be.

Graceful gliding and ease of travel are obvious characteristics of a Flying Squirrel, and the Epiphanies involved in the many Mjolnirs reinforce that metaphor.

There is a whole lot of Grace in the first picture (which of course is the same chart for the same time as the second picture, just with different Angles emphasized) anyway, so any lack of Grace is no issue here!

Based on the number of Mjolnirs involved, Epiphanies should dominate a “Sleeping Bat” Configuration, especially Epiphanies that enlighten us on multiple dimensions.  Greater Anxiety and stronger Realizations should occur around the two T-Squares.

The foci of the T-Squares (and Toadstools) here are Juno and Mars, so…

Epiphanies that stretch our Consciousness, and that incite and educate our Actions, should be strongest in Portal 9.21.

The other two Mjolnirs point to Neptune and Eris-South Node (I didn’t draw in Eris, but she’s at 22:51), so…

It should also be an excellent time for the Spiritual purposes behind our Traumas to be revealed to us.  Interesting that it’s World Peace Day.

As with any Box Configuration, we should also Pay Attention to the dynamics embedded in the two Oppositions.  Since Angie emphasizes the Integrating, Balancing, and Synthesizing mind in the Eighth Harmonic, and since Oppositions illuminate the mind’s usual Dualistic and Reductionist modus operandi, these should provide special insights.

The two Oppositions are Moon-Neptune and the Nodal Axis, supplemented by Haumea on the North Node and Eris on the South Node.  The Nodal Axis is always a prime mover in any chart.

The major focus of our Realignment and Adjustment efforts in Portal 9.21 will be our Life Purpose and Limiting Beliefs – the Nodes.  We can conceive of any Lifetime as a great Mystery Puzzle about how to overcome or otherwise massage our Limiting Beliefs so as to allow ourselves to approach a step closer to our Deepest Desires.

In the bigger Portal (September and October’s primary Grand Trine), the dwarf planet Haumea is midwifing our Deepest Desire through Fire, and the largest dwarf planet Eris is “helping” us get Clear about our surplus Emotional Baggage.

In the modern interpretation of the Cell and the Soul, every Mitochondria in our body has a direct and instantaneous connection to the Quantum Vacuum, that is, to all of the information in the Universe.  But there are “microtubules” that can be tuned like Venetian blinds to block, temper, or unblock those connections.  Toxins and Held Emotions close these blinds.  So any uncleared Karma limits the Clarity that informs our Beliefs and Actions, and circumscribes our Power to Create.

Which gives us a clear guideline, both for this Portal and for the larger one –

Will yourself to be lovingly drawn like a Moth to any Discomfort or Resistance that you encounter!

Because that Discomfort or Resistance or Judgment or Pain or Despair or Anxiety is the tip of a Soul Fragment that’s begging to be reunited with your Integrity.  You reclaim the Fragment with Love, by Embracing the Pain or Resistance with Empathy and Love.  Love is soft and warm; Fear is hard and cold.  Where you feel rejection or chill, soften and warm it.  Use pillows, blankets, Intention, Gratitude, Words, and every other tool you have to soften and warm the Orphaned Emotions that are longing to return to You.

The Moon-Neptune Opposition is more subtle.

Neptune symbolizes anything larger than ourselves – the Unconscious, our Tribe, the Planet, the Universe, the Goddess, the Ocean, the Zero Point Field.  The Moon has three levels,

  • “Random Emotions,” which are really
  • Instincts, and
  • The Glue that creates Form and keeps it in place

So on the most profound level…

We’ll be reviewing our Place in the Universe, the Totems that mark our Place in the Universe, the Tools we use to work toward our Life Purpose, and Who “We” Are in that Place using those Tools, and making adjustments and realignments as appropriate.  Pay particular Attention to anything that seems “Random” or unrelated.  That will be a symbol for the next Expansion of your Consciousness.

Chaos I – Portal 9.20

September 20, 2014

polder2169bpI love this stuff.  It’s called Poldervaartite (or Olmiite) of all things, a Calcium Manganese Nesosilicate.  A Nesosilicate is a simple Silicate, like Garnet or Topaz.  Poldervaartite is a great candidate for the Witch’s Cauldron that is Chaos – not the kind of Chaos we think of as confusing and disordered, but the Chaos of Greek mythology – pure unlimited unmanifest Potential.

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The modern egocentric antropocentric materialist reductionist deterministic “Western” Worldview ranks Chaos right down there with Entropy,  the T word, and Poop.  Yet in Science itself, Chaos Theory applies not to abject disorder and disgust, but to situations where small changes in initial conditions can lead to qualitatively different results.  Untidy perhaps, but not disordered, especially if you don’t constrain your Reality to being purely mechanistic.

In its original Greek form, Chaos simply referred to the Void, the open ground prior to the Creation of Form.  Consider…

When the seekers come close to attaining their goal, their descriptions of what they regard as the supreme principle of existence are strikingly similar … an immense and unfathomable field of consciousness endowed with infinite intelligence and creative power … a cosmic emptiness – a void.  Yet, paradoxically, it is also an essential fullness.  Although it does not feature anything in a concretely manifest form, it contains all of existence in potential.  The vacuum they experience is a plenum; nothing is missing in it.  It is the ultimate source of existence, the cradle of all being.  It is pregnant with the possibility of everything there is.”  –Ervin Laszlo, Science and the Akashic Field, p.120.

And Dr. Laszlo is obviously a materialist, as he has trouble regarding Consciousness itself as “being” or “existence”!  Rather than calling it the Source or Cradle, we’d be more likely to say that it IS Existence and All Being, the place from which the Illusion of Separation arises.

So what the Greeks would call Chaos, we would call the Quantum Vacuum or the Zero Point Field, home of The Creator of All That Is.

Elizabeth has pointed out that the probable dwarf planet Chaos is Stationary Retrograde on September 20-21.  A dwarf planet differs from an asteroid by having enough gravity and rotation to mold itself into a sphere.  Not knowing much about Chaos, it’s considered a “probable” dwarf planet.  It lives out in the realm of Pluto – the orbit of Chaos spans 40 to 50 “AU” (the distance from the Sun to the Earth is an AU) while Pluto’s orbit spans 30-50 AU.  But Pluto is four times as big as Chaos.

The reason we bring this up, is that Chaos’s Station is Opposite the Centaur Stampede in the big September-October Grand Trine.

We’ve already mentioned that the North Node and Haumea make the Centaur-Galactic Center Grand Trine into a Kite and puts the focus of the Configuration on Haumea-North Node.

But the addition of Chaos moves the focus there, as it’s Stationary.  That’s at 20 degrees of Gemini, “A modern cafeteria displays an abundance of food, products of various regions.”  Lots of pregnant themes in there – Abundance, Carbon Footprints, Voting with our Dollars, Globalization.

Chaos’s perihelion (closest approach to the Sun – and a quick check on the potential meaning of a new planet) occurs at 18 Cancer, “A Hen scratching the ground to find nourishment for her progeny.”  Now that’s a Locavore.  So the Station illuminates the contrast.

Her discovery location (another quick check) was 27 Taurus, “An old Indian woman selling the artifacts of her tribe to passers-by.”  Interesting.  The implication to me is that she’s selling her tribe’s cultural heritage, not just newly-created artworks.  Globalization and Abundance issues again.

But the addition of Chaos also creates five sixths of a Grand Sextile, which moves the focus again, to the Vacant sixth position.  That’s 21 Aquarius, “A disappointed and disillusioned woman courageously faces a seemingly empty life,” re-emphasizing the whole business of Unconscious Despair – the Belief that it’s just not possible to get one’s needs met.  But this is a Chaos chart, where “empty” takes on a special meaning and invokes the Miracle side of Chiron.

But let’s look at the chart.  In the first picture in Chaos Pictures, you can see that, thanks to an Eris-South Node Yod makes the original Kite into a Brilliant.  That means we look to Eris-South Node for the primary indication.  You can also see an Eris-South Node Mjolnir (the gold lines) – an enhanced Brilliant!  So while we need to include all of our previous information, the Big Deal here is Eris-South Node.

The bottom line is that, sure, this is a max-Grace much-enhanced Grand Trine, and that’s great news and guarantees a positive outcome.  But the road to that positive outcome could be very rough, as it leads through our native PTSD, through all of the Past Deaths and Emotional Traumas that we’ve accumulated without processing and Letting Go.  Most of us would “rather die” than do that, as it’s a huge Ego Death and feels like we’re going to literally die.  We aren’t, but our Ego is, in order to make space for a larger Reborn Ego, and since most of us ARE our Ego, it’s probably going to hurt.

This is actually easy to work around.  All we need to do is, for a few minutes, stop Identifying with our Ego.  Yes, you laugh, because yes, that’s not possible.  Unconscious Denial, eh?  There are actually a zillion techniques for doing that.  Here’s just one – expanding your Self so you Identify with the Solar System instead of your personal Ego…

Shades of Juno, the Edges of our Consciousness – we’ll come back to that.

Remember, Karma is dead, so why do we still have to do this?  The difference is that we don’t have to get lost in pain for years or Lifetimes, as we used to do.  Once we Own it and Witness it, now our Karma just dissolves.  We do need to Change our Lifestyle, perhaps Consciously – if we continue to live through the same Patterns as we did before, we aren’t dealing with Karma any more, just with bad habits.  And we need to do one other thing.

We need to Empathize with our old pain.

“You poor Sweetheart, that was really painful, wasn’t it.”

We also need to be gentle with ourselves – if we try to rush through the process or power through it, we’ll overload ourselves and accumulate more Karma rather than Letting it Go.

Let me look up the exact time of the Chaos Station.  Bingo; it’s right now, as I write this, fifteen minutes before 6pm PDT on September 20!  I usually give a range of time when a Portal is open, with three degrees of Sensitivity, but Chaos moves Pluto-slow, so Chaos is not the limiting factor here.  The limiting factor is the Trine from Lilith to Eris, which is within three degrees till October 20.

The charts though are drawn for 8pm PDT September 21, because that’s when the Moon perfects the T-Square with Mars and Neptune that you see in the second picture of Chaos Pictures.  It’s the Moon-Mars Square that forms the base of the Mjolnir in the enhanced Brilliant in the first picture.

That Mjolnir will be a boon, as it will provide Epiphanies about what we’re Denying.  Moon and Mars are our two major methods of manifesting Form – Mars via planning and executing and Moon via focusing Emotional Energy into the glue that keeps Matter from repelling itself.

The second picture is a whole new animal, so let’s deal with it in a separate post.

Remember we said we’d come back to Juno?  We’ve drawn in the Juno T-Square with the Nodes (and Eris and Haumea) in the second picture in the Chaos Pictures post.  This tells us we’ll need to Expand the Edges of our Consciousness in order to make room to Embrace the ancient pain of what we’ve been Denying for so many Lifetimes, to Let Go of our old Ego, and to allow the Rebirth in Fire that Haumea promises.  We’ll look at that second picture in the next post.

Chaos II – Pictures

September 20, 2014

IMG_1128IMG_1129See Chaos I – Portal 9.20 and Chaos III – Portal 9.21 (in press) for details.

The Heavies, Blame, C&E, Yintegrity

September 20, 2014

schee3405bpMy favorite Tungstide, Scheelite, Calcium Tungstide.  Scheelite helps us penetrate Denial, Obfuscation, Lies, Bullshit, and Propaganda – theirs and our own – to reach Truth.

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So much going on, and so many lessons occurring around Blame, Cause&Effect, and Yintegrity, that I’m not even going to make any logical links, I’m just going to make a list, and let you Lego them together to see how they fit you. 

Before I do, take out a good-sized piece of paper, and two pens or pencils of different colors.  In the center of the paper, draw a circle just big enough that you can write ME in it in big letters.  An inch or so (or several cm, your choice) above your ME circle, write a few words describing The Most Important Thing going on in your Life right now, and draw a “cloud” around it.  It could be something dominating your thoughts, something you’re worrying about, something you’re doing, some hassle that you’re enduring, something you’re praying for, it could be anything, but it needs to be The Most Important Thing in your Life right now. 

Your “cloud” should have bumpy or wavy edges.  If the Issue is very clear-cut, you can make the cloud an oval.  If it’s fuzzy, make the edges of the cloud wavy or bumpy, the fuzzier the bumpier.

Can’t decide what’s Most Important?  Great – draw several clouds all around your ME, one for each Big Issue in your Life right now.  The next task was going to be “now draw a cloud with The Second Most Important Thing in it” – but there’s no need to rank them.  Draw in as many clouds as you have Big Issues going on in your Life.  Draw lines from your ME circle to each of your clouds. 

Are any of your clouds related to other clouds?  Maybe you’re worrying about having enough money, and what you’re doing is looking for work or starting a business.  Draw a line between any two clouds that have major links, or close relationships, or dependencies between them.

How about other people?  Do any of your clouds depend on or involve other individuals (known or unknown)?  Put these folks around the edges of your paper in little circles, and draw lines between them and any clouds they’re related to.

Now, as you read my list, choose a word or two to summarize how it’s likely to impact your Life.  Using your second color of pen or pencil, put those words in a box on your page, along with the item number from my list.  Position the box so it’s close to any of the clouds that it may impact.  Draw lines to connect the box with the most relevant cloud or two.  If it seems unrelated, you don’t need to draw any lines.  You can fill them in later if a relationship occurs to you later on.


One more thing.  You might want to have a couple of spare blank sheets, because as you fill up your page you may see relationships that you didn’t notice before, so you may want to redraw the whole page, moving the clouds around to reflect the new relationships.  Do this whenever your page gets too messy with lines crossing.  If an item on my list seems connected to everything, you may want to put it in a second circle around your ME circle, instead of a box.

Here we go…

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1. Pluto

You probably know by now that Pluto’s pretty heavy.  And that when a planet is Stationary, it’s influence is strongest.  A favorite and apt metaphor for a Pluto Station is “swimming in Jello.”  What you need to know about Pluto is that when Pluto is strong, you need to go with the Flow, not against it.  So when Pluto is strong and something gets difficult, back off. 

When you’re with Pluto, you’re floating downstream.  It may be too fast for comfort, but it’s downstream.  If it is too fast for comfort, that’s great, you’ll accomplish a lot more than you expected to, in a much shorter time.  That’s what happens when you’re in the Flow, or in the Zone.  Just keep your eye on the Most Important Things, and let the rest slide or take care of themselves.  Your aim here is the destination, not the journey.

When you’re moving against Pluto and swimming upstream, it’s one step forward and two back.  Like swimming in Jello.  Difficult.  Don’t waste your Energy.  Let it go.  Reconsider your goal.  You may want to modify it or qualify it.  If you decide to keep it, then modify your strategy.  If it doesn’t get easier, start over again.  It’s not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get up.  But move the ladder, ok?

Pluto is Stationary Direct on September 22 (at half past 5pm PDT). 

At 11:00 of Capricorn, “A large group of Pheasant on a private estate.”  Portentious.

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2. Yintegrity

Remember Yintegrity?  That’s when we’re able to do what we feel like doing, moment to moment, rather than having to do what we said we were going to do because we said we were.  To do Yintegrity we probably need to reduce our commitments, renegotiate when a commitment must be broken, and make amends when renegotiation isn’t possible. 

Pluto is about Yintegrity these days because we’re in the middle of a major dance between Pluto and Uranus.  We’ve been referring to that at times as “The 1960s Becoming Permanent” – the 60s were about wearing Flowers in your hair, going naked (being honest, relaxing pretexts, removing Masks, challenging convention, questioning everything), going with the Flow, making Love not war, that sort of thing.  Something is happening, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones.

Pluto doesn’t dance cheek-to-cheek with Uranus again till mid-December, but by mid-October they’ll be dating.  After September 22 they begin courting one another, so our Yintegrity lapses will be heating up again.  Hint: if you encounter difficulty after September 22, see what happens when you kick Honesty up a notch.

Pluto is turning Direct September 22, and Uranus is Regrograde, so they’ll now be moving toward one another.  They’re within three degrees of one another by October 17.

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3. The Galactic Download

This goes on through the first three weeks of October.  See

if you’ve forgotten about it.  In general, it’s about rejecting History and reviewing Herstory instead.  When the bullies finally convince you that you’re Powerless and your only course of action is to do their bidding, you naturally come to see the World through their eyes, Abandoning Your Own Eyes.  Well, you have to go back and Recover Your Own Eyes.  It’s painful, and it’s not optional.  The faster you Embrace it, the easier it is.

In a nutshell, there are a half-dozen minor planets lined up between us and the Galactic Center, acting as a lens to focus Galactic Energy upon us (think a magnifying glass and a billion Suns).  Most of them were Stationary (amping up the magnification, a lot) in early September.  The odds of this happening during your Lifetime by chance are vanishingly small – this is what you came here for.

Most of the minor planets involved are Centaurs – half Human, half Horse.  So we know we’re being asked to consider all of the Goddess’s creatures, not just our own race.  The dwarf planet Quaoar is also there.  Quaoar asks us to make sure we’re using the correct set of guidelines in our Life to assure Sustainability.

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4. Shock Doctrine

If you haven’t read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, you need to, and, whether you vote or not, you need to read it before the next election in your thereabouts.  It’ll literally change your orientation to the World, because you’ll have new understanding of what happens why, how it happens, who’s behind it, and what you can do about it.  There’s no conspiracy here, there’s an open attack on The People, and the media will only brainwash you to believe that it’s all just the way it is.

Here’s a good example…

If we follow that approach – where we think we just need to point out facts to someone and then they’ll act in sensible ways and end their perpetual war – and we continue to Deny the fact that they’re joined at the hip to the munitions industry (and worse), all we’re doing is giving them another opportunity to propagandize us.

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5. Herstory

The Galactic Download is a Grand Trine (dumb-luck Grace), with Lilith (Self-Determination) and Eris-South Node (You can no longer Deny your Abandonment) as the other two corners.  Grand Trines are usually really groovy, but in this case, given the characters at the corners, we’re extraordinarily fortunate that it’s a Grand Trine, because if it wasn’t, we’d be in unbelievable pain.  Don’t be fooled – it’s all the more important that we do our Work.

That means, it’s not them.  It’s not you either, in the usual sense.  It’s either you, regressed, or it’s you, Empathizing with the pain of the PlanetLike the creep neighbors, who keep throwing projectiles into my Garden – just metaphors for Syria and Iraq, reminding that no, this isn’t happening over there, it’s happening everywhere.  Or their adding injury to insult by stealing my entire crop of Plums, before they were ripe – it’s just a local metaphor for the Shock Doctrine.

Here’s Herstory…

Since Rage usually comes across as Blame, and Blame gets projected on the nearest handy person, it’s very difficult to become an effective container for someone else’s Rage and give them permission to express it.  It’s not Present-Moment, but it comes out as You-Statements, and if You (that is, you) are in your Ego identifying with that you, you’re going to be awfully defensive, and like as not spit it back in the form of your own non-Present-Moment Rage, also expressed as You-statements, as if the party before you is your persecutor.

There are formulas for avoiding that, such as NVC, but it’s damn hard to remember them when you’re regressed to the floor of the Roman Colisseum.  Put this on your bathroom mirror…


in the hope that you can remember more often when you’re in the presence of the millennia of Grief and Rage and Anger that the Planet must give voice to before it is cleansed of Retribution.

This is the Abandonment that erupts from the South Node.  Yintegrity is not all Wine and Roses.  But while Eris is on the South Node, Haumea is on the North Node!  Haumea, Goddess of Rebirth, Pele’s Daughter, Born of Fire!  Here’s a possible example…

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6. Despair

And Discouragement, and especially what we call “Unconscious Despair,” which is the lack of Belief that something important is even possible.  We’re still deep in Portal 9.11-22.  And while Portal 9.1-11 has waned, there are many cracks keeping Despair on the front burner, and Portals yet to come that bring it back in force.  We Heal Despair by Empathizing with it…

The Second Grand Trine (Portal 9.1-11) was a Chiron Grand Trine, and Portal 9.11-22 features a Chiron Yod.  We’ve a configuration coming up in a few days, Portal 9.21, which I’ll write about tomorrow if all goes according to schedule, that’s focused on 21 Aquarius, “A disappointed and disillusioned woman courageously faces a seemingly empty life.”  More Abandonment, more Empathy, and now, more Changing the Subject.

When we PIAVA something, we do it because we want to break the mold and manifest something entirely New, something that we haven’t manifested in the current Lifetime.  When we do that it’s critical that we Change the Subject, that is, put our mind on something else entirely.  Otherwise, our habitual mindset will constrain what we can create to something that fits into our current Worldview – and thus failing to meet the criterion of New. 

Once we get far enough along on Empathizing with our ancient Abandonment, and shift to the Rebirth erupting from the North Node, we have the same need to be looking the other way, in order to allow our New to be sufficiently Manifest by the time we see it, that we don’t lock it into our old Expectations before it congeals.  If our ancient Abandonment didn’t demand such all-consuming Attention, we’d never be able to Manifest anything New, and we’d be stuck on the same treadmill forever.

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7. Yindependence

The September-October Centaur Stampede Grand Trine is actually a Kite; since the South Node (with Eris) is one corner of the Grand Trine, the North Node (with Haumea) becomes the top – and focus – of the Kite.  But what’s the third corner of the Grand Trine?  Lilith.

Our Yindependence and Yinstincts.  Our Self-Trust and Self-Suzerainty.  Our ability and willingness to blaze our own trail through the Wilderness, our ability and willingness to listen to and follow our own Guides rather than our programming or our would-be masters.

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We aren’t done yet; we’ll add more boxes to your Karmic map tomorrow.

Portal 9.11-17-22

September 12, 2014

biot6728bpBiotite – Iron-rich Mica.  Mica forms in sheets, and a cluster of sheets isn’t called a “Crystal,” but a “Book.”  Iron and black are both Grounding.  We need to peel off the layers of Discouragement, Despair, Impossibility, Powerlessness, and Hopelessness, one at a time, then go back for more.  The Challenges are insurmountable, so we need to PIAVA Miracles.

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The next phase of our September-October adventure begins around September 11, peaks on the 17th, and extends through September 22nd.  This project involves adjusting our Consciousness to integrate what we’ve experienced so far – namely Letting Go of some degree of historical Despair – so we can make space for the Galactic Download we’re in the middle of.  Consciousness is a larger animal than our intellectual concept set, and larger than the Limiting Beliefs that our Emotions define.  Larger than our Birdcage.

You can think of Consciousness as the span of experiences and circumstances where you’re able to be fully in the Present Moment, and fully Present.  For most of us, that’s a pretty small space, especially these days, when most of the time we’re lost in our childhood Powerlessness (a sepia portrait of our Karma), projecting those frustrations onto the facts of our current experience, and scared or frustrated or both because we don’t understand why they don’t seem to fit.  When we aren’t totally spaced out unconsciously processing the Download, that is, or merged with the paroxysms of the Planet.

If we’ve been on schedule, for the last two weeks we’ve been Letting Go of this ancient and Archetypal Despair to make room for the new information in the Galactic Download.  It’s all relative, so if you’ve made any forward progress at all, congratulate yourself.  No sense being Discouraged about Despair. 

For the next two weeks we’ll be reorganizing our orientation toward our Personal History, discovering Epiphanies about our Mission and Desires, and working out ways to Sustain our new Freedom to be more Present.  Most of these processes will occur without our direct knowledge or direction; we’ll occasionally get a glimpse, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing and feeling and thinking things that don’t seem to have a context.

Three Squares have been added to the Galactic Grand Trine.  Juno has come ’round to T-Square the Nodes, while Eris still clings to the South Node, and both Mercury and Haumea approach the North Node.  And Ceres Squares Jupiter.

With Haumea being the (dwarf) planet of Birth and Rebirth and Mercury the planet of comprehension, their presence on the North Node is quite a Blessing.  The North Node Initiates Mercury on September 17 at 21 Libra, “A Sunday crowd enjoying the beach: A revivifying contact with the Mother-force of nature and of social togetherness.”  Haumea Initiates the North Node in the same degree on September 18.  A friend today asked the Great Spirit why they felt grief, and Her Creativeness answered “Why do you only pray for yourself?” which reminded them that it was 9/11.

Eris has already Initiated the South Node.

This first picture below shows the T-Square in dark red, the Grand Trine in dark blue, and a resulting Trine Fez (the trapezoid with the light green “X” across the middle), as the recent Saturn-Vesta Initiation Trines Juno and Quincunxes Eris-South Node to finish the Fez.

The base issue (the Square) in the Fez is Juno to Eris-South Node, indicating Mastery through Challenge in adjusting the Edges of our Consciousness to the barn-sized Denials we’ve been opening up to.

The Quincunxes tell us that the solution lies through

  • Curiosity about which rigid Beliefs we need to relax, and which lapses in discipline we need to tighten, in order to blow away the self-sabotaging Denials permanently (Saturn-Vesta to Eris-SN), and
  • Curiosity about how to open to the Downloads that are coming in from the Galactic Center, particularly with regard to being Blamed unfairly, and the Grace involved in whatever “good” Karma we have (Juno to Chariklo-Pholus).

Remember that Karma is not retribution, it’s inertia, so “good” Karma is not a reward, it’s a Habit that’s constructive more often than not.  A Karmic Habit is an epigenetic Habit that you learned in other Lifetimes.

There are a couple of issues where we’ll be far ahead if, rather than trying to understand, we stay in Curiosity, and let the issue remain unresolved as long as we can.  These arenas are about

Where in the general high-speed blur we should Focus our Attention,


Anything that seems Unfair. 

We can deal with those using PIAVAs.  Use them iteratively, so you don’t get stuck thinking you know what’s going on and quench your sense of Wonder.  What’s coming down is much larger than you sense it to be, by many orders of magnitude.


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The second picture, below, shows a second Trine Fez that’s also present.  This one spans September 12 through September 26.  The base Challenge is Jupiter-Ceres, a Cycle Initiated withA Well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic Trees,” suggesting that there are Global Warming and other Survival concerns involved.

The Quincunxes that can lead us to Mastery of the Challenge include (1) Curiosity about Expanding our Openness to Miracles and our willingness to Embrace our Despair as Witness (Jupiter-Chiron) and (2) Wonder about how to make our Yintegrity more Sustainable (Ceres-Uranus).  Again, we want to use our PIAVAs iteratively, to maintain our Curiosity.

There is a second element in this second picture, namely a Yod to Chiron from Pallas and Jupiter.  The Pallas-Jupiter Cycle began in August 2013 at 10 Cancer, “A large Diamond in the first stages of the cutting process: The arduous training for perfection in order to fully manifest an ideal.”  The Yod says Pay Attention to Chiron, to transforming Despair (especially what we don’t even know is Despair because we don’t even conceive of a possibility that what we want could occur) into Miracles through Empathizing with our own Discouragement.  The base Sextile says, Keep at it; it’s not a one-time event!

The other element in the Portal 9.11-22 adventure recommends that we avoid drawing any conclusions about how to be True to our Soul’s Path, so we can be open to Change, recognizing that “now we see through a glass darkly.”  The longer we can maintain our Curiosity, the more we’ll Expand our Consciousness.  Again, iterative PIAVAs are in order.  Try to keep them a couple of days apart; otherwise the Pay Attention phase gets too confusing.  But if you think you’ve got the Answer, come up with another Question quick.

Another iterative process recommended is Empathizing with our Despair.  This Portal tells us that we need to keep doing that over and over again, as we are approaching Challenges that will require the utmost Mastery, and we can’t afford to be faint of Heart.


September Review

September 8, 2014

redco6259bp Fossilized Red Coral.  To be fully Here and Capable in the Present Moment, we need to Let Go of Emotional Attachment to our Personal History and our “Past” Lives.

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There’s a lot going on, so let’s review…


1. Sedna New Moon

We’re at the Full Moon, which is often considered a culmination of the Energy released at the New Moon.  The New Moon was Conjunct the dwarf planet Sedna, so the interpretation we gave to this Energy was The exposure of loooong-standing Patterns as self-sabotaging, and the opportunity to shift them, with potentially Life-Changing consequences – but only if they’re addressed with reverence and compassion! 



2. Grand Trines

We’re dealing with two Grand Trines, which in general indicate immense good luck.  However, here they reinforce the New Moon interpretation above, because they involve planets that are very likely to invoke an Ego Death or two.  Since they’re Grand Trines we can expect good outcomes, but rough sledding is possible in the interim.


3. Centaur Stampede

The Big Grand Trine, lasting from August 29 through October 20 or so, involves a “Stellium” (several planets in the same place) of

  • six different minor planets
  • all within a few degrees of each other
  • all Stationary
  • all within a few degrees of the Galactic Center

and that’s just one corner.    How often would such a Stellium occur?  Scientific folk think our Universe is a bit less than 18 thousand million years old.  A quick estimation suggests that it will be over twelve million times as long as that before this sort of Stellium occurs again.  Twelve million times as long as the age of our Universe.  That’s kind of a rare event on our usual time scale.

The other two corners of the Big Grand Trine are about our Yindependence (taking Healthy Control of our own life and directing it toward our own Desires), and the Revelation of what we’ve been Denying.  Hmmm, sounds like the New Moon Energy amplified, doesn’t it.  Again, we should expect a positive outcome but a number of Ego Deaths along the way, to the extent that any of us have any attachment to our Life and Planet as it’s been. 

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4. The Second Grand Trine

Between September 1 and 11, our Big Grand Trine is joined by a second Grand Trine, this one between Despair and Miracle, the Edges of our Consciousness, and Defining What We Believe to Be Sacred.  Once again, the theme is Letting Go of obsolete Identities and Judgments and allowing our sense of Self to expand.  So once again, positive outcomes should we choose to accept the mission, and more Ego Deaths along the way. 

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Fortunately, we get a road map!  Any time we encounter Despair or Discouragement, we’ve entered Transformation territory.  We’ve made several suggestions for the Alchemical Transformation into Miracle.

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5. Chiron Full Moon

The Full Moon is bang on Chiron (Despair and Miracle), and happens to be the peak of the second Grand Trine Energy.  We get yet another repeat of our theme of ancient Unconscious contents erupting into Consciousness so they can be cleared.  Without them we can move forward instead of spinning our wheels.  

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6. Saturn

Finally, we notice how Saturn gets involved; Saturn always focuses us on The Most Important Thing.  Here it helps us understand the long-term context of what’s happening. 



7. Here’s a timely interview on the recurring Theme of the Month…

Chiron Full Moon V

September 7, 2014

As usual, Kelley Hunter’s view of the Chiron Full Moon is right on…

While we focus more on the Angles and Cycles between the planets and the asteroids and the Seven Dwarf planets, she focuses more on the Signs that the major planets pass through.  The frequent synchrony between her view and ours (which is primarily because both views are more or less Jungian) is a testament to the holographic nature of astrology.

Despair into Miracle IV – Saturn-Vesta

September 6, 2014

Continuing our consideration of the September Full Moon and Portal 9.1-11, we need to look at the upcoming Saturn-Vesta Initiation.

Following Rudhyar, we pay a good deal of Attention to the astrological Cycles between planets.

The planets go round the Sun at different speeds, so the faster of them eventually (or often) pass or cross the slower of them.  The loop from one crossing to the next is called a Cycle.  For instance, Saturn takes about 28 years to navigate the astrological loop, while Vesta takes about four years.  So every four years (plus several months, as Saturn moves ahead by about fifty degrees in four years), Vesta crosses or Conjoins Saturn. 

We refer to this Conjunction as Saturn Initiating Vesta, because the faster planet Vesta acts as a messenger for the slower planet Saturn, so Saturn acts as the Guru and Vesta the receiver of the Shaktipat.

The four years-plus between Initiations is one Vesta-Saturn Cycle.  We can find clues about the nature of the Cycle by looking at the Sabian Symbol (an interpretation of the individual degree) of the degree where the two first Conjoined.  The change from one Cycle to another can create meaningful differences in the Gestalt or Mileau we live under.  English doesn’t have a word for this because English is reductive rather than integrative.

So in general, what would a Vesta-Saturn Cycle entail?

One of the functions of Saturn is to codify.  So every four years, as the Vesta-Saturn Cycle changes, we would begin Paying Attention to different phases of What We Consider to Be Sacred.  Over the four years, while that phase felt like The Most Important Thing, we would be learning, experiencing, and consequently upgrading our understanding of that part of What We Consider to Be Sacred.

Viewed from the other side (Vesta’s effect on Saturn), we’d also be Paying more Attention to our own behavior and how it relates to that part of our “moral” or ethical code.  Note that Morality is intellectual, it’s set of rules; it has little to do with Spirituality or Compassion or Presence or the other markers of how we relate to Spirit.  Ethics is like Patriotism, it’s the last refuge of a scoundrel.  There is no sense in which Ethics is superpersonal.  It’s a word that allows us to try to bully someone larger than ourself by attempting to shame them.

But we do try to translate our Spiritual/Sacred standards into behaviors.  Without a predefined moral or ethical code we may have to “try it on” for each behavior – imagine acting it out and looking to see how it’s likely to make us feel.  Parables like “Do unto others as you would have them do until you” or “Do unto others as they would like to be done unto” are simplified guidelines for “trying it on” like that.  So every four-plus years we would expect our understanding of how those parables operate, or arenas in which they operate, to shift.

What sort of shift should we be expecting now?

The previous Vesta-Saturn Cycle, the one we’re leaving, occurred at 3 Libra, “The dawn of a new day reveals everything changed,” in August 2010.  The Vesta-Saturn Cycle that we’re approaching occurs on September 13 (noon PDT) at 19 Scorpio, “A Parrot repeats the conversation he has heard: The capacity to transmit transcendental knowledge.”  The “capacity” part is Rudhyar’s interpretation.  He introduces the “transcendental” because it’s a Bird, and Birds are associated with Spirit because of their wings.  There is a clear implication that we’re repeating more than we understand, that we still see through a glass darkly.

Let’s step back to 2006 and see what preceded the dawn of a new day.  The 2006-2010 Vesta-Saturn Cycle was about “Glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing: The need to involve one’s most spiritual and vital energies in the creative act if it is to produce significant and beautiful new forms” (9 Leo in mid-June 2006).

So here’s one way to consider Saturn’s role here – from 2006 to 2010 during the Big Meltdown we were asked to be very careful to bring our full Spiritual and Energetic Skills into what we were creating.  We were laying the foundation of our Survival strategies for the New Paradigm that was being birthed at that time. 

By 2010 it was clear that our old strategies were obsolete, and once we got to 2012, the End of Time and the Rebirth of Yintegrity,

(not to mention the second Transit of Venus)

it was clear that, really, Everything had actually Changed.  It really was Different This Time.  Now, for the next four years, this information (our new Survival strategies) has to be repeated over and over again, to as many people as we can.  The academic study of Change says that it occurs when a few “early adopters” try a new strategy on to see if it works.  If it does work, their neighbors try it, and if it works for them, the word spreads and soon most people adopt it as a Best Practice.  We’re entering the “Spread” stage for our new strategies.

Here’s a great example…

So the big changes we’re undergoing in September and October will put us on a plateau, from which we’ll spend the next four years telling anyone who’s interested what we’re up to and why.