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Transformation 1

June 28, 2020

Remember this “Tumultuous Week“? …

That was the first week of April 2020, when Our Willingness to Accept our Forbidden Genius in order to Respond to Climate Change was all Lit Up (Ixion [Forbidden Genius], Pholus [Response or Denial], and Quaoar [Survival Instincts] all Stationary [Strong]).  And of course we were busily Reliving “9/11” (Moon beginning a decade going Out of Bounds for a few days every two weeks, after staying In Bounds for a decade), disguised as a Virus this time around.  And beginning to Recover from (the first decline of?) the fastest “Bear Market” in recorded history, in the US stock market.  It was so busy that we didn’t have time to write about what would otherwise be a Big Deal, the Merging (Conjunction) or the Energy of Expansion (Jupiter) and the Energy of Compulsory Transformation (Pluto).

Here’s the chart of that 4 April 2020 (7:40 pm PDT) Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction in 25 Capricorn…

Why are we thinking about this 3-month-old chart?  Turns out we’re Reliving it, as the Energies of Expansion and Compulsory Transformation are Merging (Retrograde Jupiter Conjunct Retrograde Pluto in 25 Capricorn) for the second time, culminating 29 June (9:30 pm PDT).  As many of you know, when two planets Merge, they often Dance the Three-Step – they cross, then stop and back up to cross a second time, then stop again and then finally cross for a third time (some planets even do the Five-Step or Seven-Step and more).  We have names to distinguish these three crossings from one another.

We call the first crossing the “Can-Opener” because it usually introduces a Problem of some kind.  The Energy of the current Three-Step Dance is about Expanding into Compulsory Transformation.  Well, we definitely saw the Planet as a Whole Expanding into Compulsory Transformation, didn’t we.  You can even see the Sky in Beijing and Los Angeles!  Many of us as individuals Experienced this Transformation as a Problem, all right, and those of us without effective Community still do.  Not to mention those of us who were Challenged directly by the Virus.

We name the second crossing of the Three-Step Dance – the current one – the “Exposition,” because the Problem repeats itself, but this time (with at least the faster, Active planet Retrograde) it unfolds more slowly, giving us the Opportunity to Grok the issue, and make some attempts to Respond to the Problem rather than just Reacting.  The Exposition phase of the Three-Step is when we Learn more about how to handle the Issue.  (In the case of the Five-Step, Seven-Step, and More-Step Dances, all of the crossings except the first one and the final one are multiple Expositions.)

This particular Issue, Expanding into Compulsory Transformation (Jupiter-Pluto), reccurs every 12-13 years, so we do have Experience with it, at least if we’re over 30 (we may not be Trustworthy, but we are Experienced).  If we look back in herstory and history, the last time it occurred was in 2007 – the Derivatives Crash that most folks, following the propaganda of the time, referred to as the “Housing Crisis.”  That tells us that current Transformation events aren’t really about the Virus, as the headlines would have us Believe.  They’re about what John Perkins in Touching the Jaguar calls the Death Economy, often called Predatory Capitalism, or the modern version of Colonialism.

If you haven’t read any of John’s books, now would be an excellent time to start, beginning with Touching the JaguarIf you’re at all curious about any of the Conspiracy Theories around the Virus, it will be very educational.  And you’ll end up Grokking much more of what Expanding into Compulsory Transformation is all about.

We highly recommended this book recently, along with Larry Korn’s One-Straw Revolutionary, but we weren’t explicit about why we recommended them – because they’re the best Expositions of 5D I’ve run across so far.  Michael Roads’s Through the Eyes of Love series goes into more depth, but it’s far beyond the Skillset of many of us, thus easily dismissed as Fantasy by folks who don’t understand much about the Spirit Realms.  Touching the Jaguar and One-Straw Revolutionary may be ambitious, but they’re completely feasible from the 3D Perspective.  And I’ve found another book to join these two – Masanobu Fukuoka’s Planting Seeds in the Desert.

Previous episodes of Expanding into Compulsory Transformation occurred in 1906, 1918, 1931, 1943, 1956, 1968, 1981, and 1994.  Many of those years were indeed significantly Transformative.  In addition to the obvious, we might note that 1918 included the Spanish Flu, 1943 included race riots, and 1981 included the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.  Intriguing that Microsoft Bing chose this evening to put the Empire State Building on it’s headline page, as it was completed in 1931.  On the page it’s illuminated in rainbows for Pride Week in 2014.

The third crossing of the Three-Step Dance is called the “Confidence-Builder” because at that point we re-Experience the Issue but this time we have enough Experience to sail through it.  In this case that will occur in mid-November.  That would be a good Timeline for putting the current Virus behind us, if we’re ever in a position where we have to make a prediction.  With luck, and if enough of us PIAVA it, we may be able to put other current issues behind us as well.

Remember that the Energy comes first and the Physical follows.  The more time we spend Meditating on How we’ll Feel when we’re in 5D, the faster we’ll get there.

This is an Initiation – a Can-Opener of a Merger between two planets (first Conjunction in a Three-Step).  That means that the chart above will define how we will Expand into Compulsory Transformation for the next dozen years.  This Cycle begins at 25 Capricorn, “A store filled with precious Oriental rugs.”  While Oriental rugs are luxury items today, their original use was as large very tightly woven rugs used by desert nomads to keep their tent floors from being overwhelmed by Sand.  So it’s reasonable to Believe we might see politics “Cleaned Up” a bit over the next decade (the Active portion of a 12-year Cycle lasts about 10 years)On the other hand, the desert nomads were terribly Patriarchal.  However, the rugs are displayed in a store – the original use is no more.

The 29 June chart (next post) then will tell us about how we’re Learning about Expanding into Compulsory Transformation here at this Exposition, but the 4 April chart above will tell us about the next dozen years.  So to interpret the next few days, we should start by interpreting the 4 April chart.  The nature of the Initiation of a new astrological Cycle is that the Energy of the new Cycle is Lit Up around the time of the Initiation, but then goes underground for a while (until the Waxing Square, which will occur in mid-May 2023) as those who are heavily invested in the Old Cycle blast us with propaganda about how superior the Energy of the Old Cycle is.

Or rather, in this era where the Capitalists own the media, pretend that the New Cycle doesn’t exist.  Fortunately, there are a few bastions of actual Journalism left that also report on the New Cycle’s Energy.  So, if we look at what’s been happening over the last 3-4 months, what do we see?

  • A bump up in our mortality rate, obviously.
  • Severe debilitation by Virus and by treatment.
  • Governments acting like “Third-World” countries.
  • Minorities banding together to Insist on their Huperity.
  • Remarkable Environmental Recovery even while the Antichrist peels away legal protections by the truckload.
  • Death Capitalism grinding to a halt.
  • Lots of people Threatened with Economic catastrophe.
  • Lots of people Helping one another.
  • Diminished Materialism and Globalization.
  • Massive Confusion as Polarization grows.
  • Resistance to Denial and Prevarication.

What am I leaving out?

We Create our own Reality, so we can pick and choose which of these we want to Expand into the New Cycle, which we’ll then want to Experience Directly as Energy, PIAVAing that we Manifest them for ourself.  You can put Energy into What You Want For Others, but that’s thinner ice.  Even if you know what they say they Want, you don’t want to Compete against their Negative Unconscious Wants by trying to “Fix” their Karma for them – guess who will win that contest.  You’ve got more than enough to do to Revert your own Negative Unconscious Wants!

We’ll need to look to see which of these are Supported by the 4 April chart, and emphasize those.  We’ll look at that tomorrow.  Then we want to look at the 29 June chart and see what it contributes.  Mañana.

The Most Important Thing 2

May 11, 2020

Yay!  Kristin Metcalfe has directed us to as a place to get lists of asteroids and dwarf planets sorted by Degree, so we can find Heavenly Bodies that we don’t normally use, which will fill out an Almost-Big-Configuration!  Hooray!  Thanks a million, Kristin!  For example, our 7 May 2020 Full Moon 19 Virgo Vacancy in the Potential-Grand-Sextile, is occupied by an asteroid (Asclepius) named after the Greek God of Healing.  Goddess knows we can use that!

Meanwhile, let’s take the most intense Challenge (T-Square) in today’s 10 May (9:09 pm PDT) Priorities astroevent (Station of Saturn in 2 Aquarius – Yay Again!  I discovered how to use this color without having to post-process the whole post), and see what happens if we consider it an Almost-Complete-Configuration.

I’ll start with our traditional interpretation process, where the planet at the focus of the Challenge (in this case asteroid Sappho [Self-Love] at 30 Virgo) is Worried by a False Dichotomy (Opposition or Duality, False because the Universe isn’t Dual; here the Nodal Axis [our Life Path], with a Big Party on the South Node – dwarf planets Ixion, Pholus, and Quaoar [Climate Change and how our Unique Genius will handle it]).  The Challenge is basically then, How are we going to Love Ourselves Unconditionally when we know that our Culture and most of our Species is on a Suicidal trajectory and people just Glaze Over when we point out that the Sky is Falling? 

But of course we have to Take Responsibility for our own Unique Genius, “Save Ourself,” let our Tribe find us, and Let Go of the folks that the Sky will Fall upon.  They have their own Free Will, whether they Recognize it or not.  They who Fart in Church sit in their own Pew.  We can have Empathy and Compassion for them, but do we really want to Follow them to their Self-Genocide.  You can Martyr yourself in front of their bulldozers if you want, but that’ll just Bloody things up.

I know, we Fear that they will Destroy our Planet and leave us without a decent Home, but the Planet we Live on is a Mirror for our own Inner Peace or Lack thereof.  The notion that our Planet is Only Physical, and therefore unable to Manifest Differently to each Observer, is a 3D Trance that we need to be willing to shed.  Life is an Interaction between the Consciousness Constellated around our Identity (ie, “Me”) and the Rest of the Universe (from our Viewpoint, “the Unconscious”).  In Energy terms, it’s a complex Diffraction Pattern (Hologram) Created when these two complex Energy Waves cross one another.

So then, can we find a planet that Opposes the symbol for Self-Love and Completes the Grand Cross, which would then be Balanced?  Yes we can.  It’s the symbol for The Lord of the Wind (Trans-Neptunian Object Manwë, aka 385446, aka 2003QW [Tolkien’s Lord of Wind, Air, and Birds] at 29 Pisces).  Wind is Uranian, the Higher Manifestation of Mentality.

In its Discovery chart (25 August 2003 in Chile), 150km-wide Manwë is Conjoined by a Retrograde Mars [Action Behind the Scenes] and Opposed by asteroid Arachne [Grandmother Spider, who Weaves the Web of Life that we Live in] and Worried (T-Squared) by dwarf planet Chaos [Unlimited Potential] on one side and Ixion-Quaoar [Survival of our Unique Genius] on the other, making a Grand Cross.  Which is to say that the Actions of our Unique Genius (Ixion) will Open Doors that will never again be Closed (Chaos) – if we Allow our Genius out of its Cage.

The Mars-Manwë T-Square in the Manwë Discovery chart is also Self-Resolving (a Diamond Star) that will Resolve the Issues that it Opens.  The Path which the Resolution follows will Lead through (the feet of the Manwë Finger of the Goddess, namely) Rebirth (dwarf planet Haumea) and Trust (asteroid Eurydike).  That is, we need to be Willing to Abandon Ourself (Eurydike) to the Dark Unknown in the Rabbit Hole of Ego Death (Haumea) in order to Coax our Genius out of Their Closet.

So to give this symbol for the Lord of the Wind (Manwë) a one-breath phrase or keyword to use should we encounter it again, we might use Stepping Off into the Unknown, also a reminder that this Lord Lives on a Mountaintop.

So then, How are we going to Love Ourselves Unconditionally when we know that our Culture and most of our Species is on a Suicidal trajectory and people just Glaze Over when we point out that the Sky is Falling?  We’re going to Trust that our Hidden, probably Forbidden, Unique Genius will plot an Effective Course for us, if we Give ourselves Permission to Break the Rules that imprison Her, or Him, or Them.

Thus Emboldened, let’s Risk going a step further.  There’s one planet five Signs away (a Quincunx) from the Focus of the Challenge (the Sappho T-Square).  If there was a second planet also five Signs away in the other direction (making a Finger of the Goddess), we’d have a Self-Resolving Challenge (a Diamond Star)!  Why not make it Easy on ourself?

Well, turns out there is a planet there, an asteroid.  The symbol for the Goddess of the Soul Completes this Major Configuration (asteroid Psyche at 1 Taurus).  We’ve met this lady before, though it’s been a while.

So now, Where will we Look to see How Unconditional Love Heals our Culture and our Species from its Suicidal trajectory so we don’t have to Run Around shouting that the Sky is Falling?  We’re going to Trust that as the Goddess of the Soul (asteroid Psyche) Merges with Our Own Soul as it Descends into Matter (Uranus in Taurus), our Forbidden Unique Genius (Ixion) will Break Free from its Hiding and Find its True Effortless Role in Creating a Safe Place for Us and Others on Earth.

This Merger (Uranus Initiating / Conjunct Psyche) occurs on 26 May at 3pm PDT (in 9 Taurus, “A fully decorated Christmas Tree“) and Begins a New 5-year Cycle where we may Learn to Celebrate Ego Death as a Rainbow of Light Penetrating the Darkness of our Unfulfilled Desires.  Each time we Lovingly Embrace an Ego Death we get closer to EnLightenment.

This is more Indirect than I prefer to go, but it verifies that the process works.  Next time I will probably go directly to Filling a Vacancy in a Self-Resolving Challenge rather than Filling a Grand Cross Vacancy, if there’s already one five-Sign connection.

Over the course of writing these blogs we’ve tried to make a Big Deal out of our Reaction to Confusion, hoping to Learn and Teach us to Embrace Confusion Directly as an Emotion, without trying to Fix it or Change it or Trying to Figure It Out.  When we succeed in Eliminating Confusion we Eliminate personal Growth, and it we have a Goal of EnLightenment or Ascension or any other form of Growth, we Sabotage ourself.

And separately, over the course of writing these blogs we’ve tried to make a Big Deal out of how we deal with Curiosity.  Many or most of us have been trained to Believe that Curiosity should Inspire us toward Knowledge, that Curiosity automatically seeks Understanding, that it’s a Question seeking an Answer.  We’ve tried to Shift that to Curiosity in the Infantile sense of Wonder or Awe.  More “Wow, isn’t that Amazing!” than “I need to Figure Out how that works.”  More “I Wonder at that!” than “I Wonder How That Works.”

Curiosity is the primary keyword assigned to the five-Sign Angle (Quincunx), in both Ego astrology and Growth astrology.  But in Growth astrology we want you to replace the Question Mark that follows Curiosity in Ego astrology, with a period.  With PIAVA, if we don’t Change the Subject after our Prayer, Thinking rapidly removes the Opportunity for Change by reinstating our old Limiting Belief System, fencing out what we’ve PIAVAed.  It’s Thinking that considers Curiosity to be a Question and does the dirtywork of reinstating our old Limiting Belief System and blocking what we could have Learned.

The other Major Angles connect Signs that are Related…

  • Three-Sign Angles (Squares) connect planets in the same Quality – Creative (Cardinal), Stabilizing (Fixed), Changing (Mutable).
  • Four-Sign Angles (Trines) connect planets in the same Element – Spirit (Fire), Matter (Earth), Emotion (Water), Mind (Air).
  • Two-Sign Angles (Sextiles) connect planets in the same Polarity – Dynamic (Masculine) or Magnetic (Feminine).

But Five-Sign Angles (Quincunxes) Connect planets in Different Elements and Different Qualities.  Categories and Judgments are useful, but they are also Arbitrary, and Inhibit us from Recognizing the Unity and Infinite Variety of Reality.  They are products of Thought and its need to reduce everything to Duality.

The Five-Sign Quincunx Angle offers us Opportunities to Look at the World a little Differently, subtly slipping out of our Habit of Naming and Constraining and Limiting everything we Encounter.  When we Ask a Biomancer to Teach us how to Listen to Plants, the first thing they tell us is to Let Go of any Names we’ve associated with the Plant.  Try it – unless you’re having Senior Moments (which have their advantages), that’s not easy to do.  But when we consider Curiosity to be a Question seeking an Answer, we blithely Discard that Opportunity to Learn and Grow in Consciousness.

Is your Life absolutely Perfect the way it is?  Then don’t Change your Habits of dealing with Confusion and Curiosity as Invitations to Research.  Otherwise, PIAVA to Disrupt them, post-haste.

The current Priority astroevent (Saturn Station at 2 Aquarius) happens close to a Sign Cusp.  We usually use three Degrees of Sensitivity (“Orb” in astrologuese).  That means that we may have Major Angles between planets in Different Qualities or Elements.  For instance,

  • The Self-Love symbol (Sappho) at the End of the Ego-Death Sign (30 Virgo)

makes a Major Angle (Trine) to

  • The Top-Priority symbol (Stationary Saturn) Early in the Group Relationships Sign (2 Aquarius).

There’s less than three Degrees Difference between them, but they Connect Changing Matter (Mutable Earth) to Stabilized Thought (Fixed Air) – Different Qualities and Different Elements.  Another Opportunity to see the World through Different Eyes and Potentially Crack Open our Ossified Perspective on “Reality.”

Since Four-Sign Angles (Trines) are considered Benefic precisely because they Connect Signs in the same Element, there’s even a legitimate Question whether Cuspal Trines are Trines at all.  All six Angles that the Self-Love symbol (Sappho) makes include Cross-Cuspal Angles.

Here, by the way, is the chart for the Saturn Station – a Flying Squirrel with one ear missing…

It’s a bit crude, but you’ll have to bear with me.  It’s been more than 50 years since my Cartography degree – I looked for my tools but couldn’t find them, so I had to draw it by hand.  My Canon printer turned ink-cartridge up, and thanks to the Spumonivirus the same brand wasn’t available, so I had to buy an HP printer.  Of course it wouldn’t talk to the ancient HP laptop that makes my charts.  So we’ll have to make do for a while.


May 9, 2020

A reader Wonders…

“I just realized I am not well versed in the ‘vacant spot’ and how to read it; for example, 19 Virgo (near my Natal Jup) – Is the vacant point an important piece to incorporate Natal planet positions to understand creating the pattern within the transits?  Or is the vacant spot more an indication of what is to be understood from the pattern configuration?  If you have any references from your posts that I could study further?  Or maybe a quick explanation will do the trick.”

Yes, when you’re at, there’s a long column of keywords (“categories”) to the right of the text.  If you’re looking at a specific post, it doesn’t show up.  I try to add a keyword to a post only when the post explains the term, but I’m not totally consistent about categorizing all posts.  I notice that there are two cubbyholes for “Vacancy,” one under “Planets etc.” and one under “Astrologuese.”  They should be combined, as there’s no difference in how they’re used – but it would take me about an hour to combine them, so I won’t bother.

But let’s go ahead with a quick explanation, as we never know what we’re going to find from the keyword list – I “improve” my astrology constantly, so I’ll just tell you how I use Vacancies now…

Configurations in a chart are combinations of planetary angles that, usually, fill the Zodiac (usually that means they add to 360 Degrees).  For instance, the Grand Sextille comprises six planets each two Signs or 60 Degrees apart, 6 x 60 = 360.  The Grand Sextile (and the Grand Anything) is considered to be much more Powerful than six Sextiles randomly placed around a chart or less well organized.

I consider it an Almost-Grand Sextile when five of the six Positions are occupied, because if we supply the missing Energy in the sixth Position, then we Complete the Grand Sextile and Enjoy the Benefits  (kinda like Bingo or the Lotteries, of a Full Hand in Poker).  It’s similar with other Almost-Grand Configurations – Quintile, Septile, etc. Occasionally, when it seems appropriate, I’ll consider a Configuration with two Vacancies to be Almost-Grand.  Like the four adjoining Septiles we had at the 25 April 2020 Pluto Station, where just for the heck of it we looked to see if there were Stars at the missing three Positions (still in my queue, Bob!).

Notice that an Almost-Grand Cross is a T-Square – the primary Benefit of any Grand Configuration is that it’s Balanced, including the Grand Cross.  It combines four T-Squares, but it’s In Balance, so it’s not considered as Troublesome as the T-Square.  The primary Challenge of the T-Square then is to Create Balance from it.  We don’t usually consider the Vacancy of a T-Square, but it wouldn’t hurt to do so.

We were looking at a 19-Virgo Vacancy in the Almost-Grand Sextile in the 7 May Full Moon chart.  I don’t have a way to check to see if a Vacancy may be occupied by asteroids (or even dwarf planets) that I don’t usually use – I wish I did, as it would help a lot.  If anyone has a way to do this, let me know.  So if none of the “planets” (meaning planets, asteroids, dwarfs, Lights, Nodes, etc) I use are there, I look for Stars nearby.  That’s an iffy proposition, as there aren’t that many Stars that are cataloged for use by astrologers.  However, if there’s a Biggie there, like Arcturus or Regulus or Sirius, that’s Huge.

Whether there’s a Star near the Vacancy or not, if you have a natal planet there, you automatically Complete the Configuration, without even trying.  So for you it’s a full Grand Sextile, because you Embody the Energies of your natal chart.  If you have natal planets near any of the other planets in the Configuration, that’s worth noting as well, because that natal planet will be Lit Up more than usual.  As Huminals (Huper Animals), we’re like Viruses, with those little Spikes all over, corresponding to the planets in our natal chart, each of which is an Antenna for broadcasting and picking up (and maybe getting Stuck on) Energies from outside of ourself.

So that Almost-Grand Sextile in the Full Moon chart comprised…

  • Klotho – Beginning New Timelines
  • Sun-Mercury – Awareness of our Essence
  • Neptune – Our Relationship to Energies Larger than Our Own
  • Hylonome-Veritas – Insights into our Codependence
  • Moon – our Instincts

If we add a Jupiter to that in the Vacancy, which would apply only to you, we Expand everything.  A Grand Sextile itself is about fabulous Grace or Good Luck in combining the Energies in each Sextile, which in turn is about Projects where we take the First Step and the Universe takes over after that.  So for the next several weeks (Full Moon charts impact the following 2-4 weeks) we might be finding excellent progress around Expanding New Projects that involve Trusting our own Instincts more, and Listening More to (and/or PIAVAing the Assistance of) our Guides, instead of Playing to or Soliciting the Opinions of Others.

Now, for most of the rest of us, without a planet in or near 19 Virgo, we have to Consciously add the Energy of the Vacancy in order to take advantage of the Enhanced Grace of the Grand Sextile.  For a guess about what that might mean we’d read the Sabian Symbol for that Degree, 19 Virgo: “A Swimming Race.”  To me that means Efficiency at processing our Emotions.  So for the rest of us for the next several weeks we might find great progress with New Projects that involve Trusting our own Instincts more, Listening More to our Guides and Soliciting their Assistance more, and Trusting our own Emotions (as Opposed to our Thoughts About them of course), instead of Trying to Please Others.

For all of us, the Programming we received from our Mothers is likely to be particularly Lit Up, since the Saturn Station occurs on Mother’s Day.  And we can’t ignore the fact that the Moon goes Out of Bounds on Mothers Day, so it’s all going to be a lot more Emotional than it would be usually – though telling Mom to Butt Out of our Choices will probably always be a Chancy Conversation.  But its a Grand Sextile, suggesting very Positive Outcomes from any Project that we Initiate, so it may be the best time ever to Begin our Self-Liberation.

Or, you can take an Easier path, especially if your Mum is Difficult (or Deceased), and use your Mirrors instead.  Either way our Relationship with our Dear Mother is Changing, so we want to Make the Best of the Opportunity in whatever way Feels best to us – that is, by Trusting our Emotions.  If our Emotions are Conflicted, as they’re likely to be, what an Opportunity to Stay Present with our Confusion and Avoid trying to Fix it.

If your Mother is the type to Demand Commitment, what an Opportunity to Stand your Ground (Veritas-Hylonome) – “Mom, I hear that you’re Asking for a firm Commitment, but I’m not Ready to do that, so we’ll have to leave the whole Issue Dangling till I am Ready, and I don’t know when that will be.”  Then, while the odds of Success are Great (Grand Sextile), you get to Practice Not Trying to Fix or Manipulate your Mother’s Emotions!

You might think this all sounds Daunting, but it’s a Critical and Natural part of Claiming Your Power, and as we’ve said, there may never be a Better Time.  Trying to stuff your Mother’s Heavy Emotions into your Carrion Bag for the Ascension Flight won’t work.  They’ll bump you off the Flight for overweight.

Charts It Is! Test

April 19, 2020

I want the Lavender print to fade out enough that it’s easy to read the black text and skip over the Lavender, but I also want the Lavender text to be readable.  Here’s a progressive darkening (current color first, hex code cc99ff); which hex code, if any, optimizes the compromise between these competing goals?

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the charts!  Charts upcoming; tomorrow I’ll add them to the previous Self-Sovereignty (Hylonome Station) post and the earlier Resilience (Varuna Station) post,

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the charts!   Charts upcoming; tomorrow I’ll add them to the previous Self-Sovereignty (Hylonome Station) post and the earlier Resilience (Varuna Station) post,

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the charts!   Charts upcoming; tomorrow I’ll add them to the previous Self-Sovereignty (Hylonome Station) post and the earlier Resilience (Varuna Station) post,

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the charts!  Charts upcoming; tomorrow I’ll add them to the previous Self-Sovereignty (Hylonome Station) post and the earlier Resilience (Varuna Station) post,

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the charts! Charts upcoming; tomorrow I’ll add them to the previous Self-Sovereignty (Hylonome Station) post and the earlier Resilience (Varuna Station) post,

Charts It Is!

April 19, 2020

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the charts!   Charts upcoming; tomorrow I’ll add them to the previous Self-Sovereignty (Hylonome Station) post and the earlier Resilience (Varuna Station) post,

Another question!  Do the astroinclusions (Lavender or light-purple writing) distract?  If not, is that color dark enough for everyone to read?  It’s not always practical to focus purely on the interpretation (with the Moon-OOB f’rinstance), but I imagine many readers or potential readers would like to be able to just quickly grab the Interpretation (is this True for anyone?), so I’m trying to make the astrologuese easy to skip over.  I definitely want to include the astrology, both as a Reference and for Teaching. 

Most of the new astrologers I see coming up are opting for the sort of canned left-brain Ego-supporting astrology that will get them degrees or certifications, which is useful for decorating a shingle and perhaps increasing the opportunity for an income – I understand that.  And of course it’s useful to know that side of astrology.  But I believe my approach is fairly unique and has something positive to contribute to the field, and I’m getting old and don’t have a mentee except youalls, and while this blog feels like a fairly permanent record, it depends on the continuing Good Will of WordPress.  So Teaching feels Important.

I like the (Lavender) inclusion style, but I wonder if it interrupts interpretation too much, especially when a paragraph is two thirds (astrologuese) or every third word is.  I’ve thought about writing everything twice – without, and then with, the astrologuese.  Any thumbs-up for that?  Anyone want more Interpretation and less astrologuese?  More astrologuese and less interpretation?

Changes in Latitude

March 18, 2020

Most of us probably have at least a rough idea of how Longitude and Latitude work.  Longitude measures how far east or west of (a line drawn from pole to pole through) London a place is, and Latitude measures how far north or south of the Equator it is. They’re measured in Degrees; up to 180° E or W, and up to 90° N or S.

Our Time Zones are based on Longitude, with adjustments for political boundaries, economic relationships, etc.  For instance, New York and Detroit are in the same Time Zone even though they’re quite a few Degrees apart, and the westernmost part of Michigan that’s in the Eastern Time Zone is only a few miles from what should be the center of the Central Time Zone.

It gets more complicated when you start projecting lines of Longitude and Latitude into the Sky.  Adjustment here aren’t made for the convenience of politics or commerce, but for the ease of astronomy.  The Equator is equidistant from the Poles, but the Polar Axis is tilted relative to our orbit around the Sun.  That’s what gives us our Seasons, as our half of the Planet is tilted toward or away from the Sun.  For astronomers, it’s the plane of our orbit around the Sun that’s far more important than the Equator.

(Now, I’m not an astronomer, so I’ll have to tell you how I understand it to be, which may be a bit different than how an astronomer would describe it.)  Projected into the Sky, the plane of our orbit around the Sun is called the “Ecliptic.”  The Moon’s Nodes, for instance, are the places where the Moon crosses the Ecliptic, North when it’s crossing from below to above and South when it’s crossing from above to below.  Of course that’s “above” and “below” from the Northern Perspective; it’s the other way around when seen from Australia or Argentina or Botswana.

The distance from a planet in the Sky to the Ecliptic is called its “Declination.”  It’s like Latitude, but not quite, because it’s relative to the Ecliptic rather than the Equator, and the relationship between Latitude and Declination changes with the Seasons.  But in a very loose, averagey kind of way, you can think of Declination as a substitute for Latitude, so a planet at 49° N Declination is roughly overhead in Paris, and one at 34° S Declination is roughly overhead in Sydney.

Astrological Longitude gets tricky because of what astrologers call the “Precession of the Equinoxes,” which means that the “Fixed” Stars aren’t really Fixed, when seen from Earth.  Of course, as usual, it’s us that’s moving, not them.  Well, of course they’re moving too, but they’re so far away we can’t really detect it.  But the point is that, relative to our Longitude, the Stars are slowly moving, about 0.84 arcseconds a year.  In 26,000 years or so, they’ll be back to where they are now.

Divide that 26,000 years by 12 (astrologers divide by 12 quite a lot – it’s a Sacred Geometry sort of thing), and you get our roughly-two-millennia-long “Ages,” as in the “Age of Pisces” (which we’re leaving) and the “Age of Aquarius,” which we’re entering.  From our Perspective, its the Equinox that’s moving relative to the Stars.  So when the North Pole is leaning toward the Sun at max (the Northern Spring), the Stars will have moved a little  from where they were last year at this time.

There are actually two different kinds of astrology, one based on the position of the Stars, and one based on the position of the Equinox.  (Of course there are many more, but we only need to consider two here.)  We use “Tropical” astrology, in which 0° Aries is when the North Pole leans toward the Sun at max (which puts the Sun overhead at 23:27° N Latitude, on the “Tropic of Cancer,” hence “Tropical” astrology).  In Sidereal astrology, 0° Aries is when the Sun enters the Constellation Aries (the Constellations move with the Stars).  A couple thousand years ago, they were the same.

When astrologers say that two planets are Conjunct, they aren’t really one behind the other – that’s called an “Occultation,” meaning one really is Hidden or Occulted by the other – “Occult” just means Hidden.  A Conjunction just means that they are on the same astrological Longitude in the Sky, even if their Declinations are separated by half the visible sky.

A reader has asked…

“Maybe I’m missin’ the boat, but if da Moon is currently at 9 degrees of Capricorn, then how is it OOB?  I’ve got my Moon in Cap at 23 deg plus, which is defo OOBs.”

Nine (or any) Degrees of Capricorn (or any Sign) is the astrological Longitude (East/West).  The Moon goes Out of Bounds when it exceeds 23:27 Degrees of Declination (North/South).  A Full Moon at 9 Capricorn would Oppose the Sun around the end of June.  The Moon goes from max North to max South every 28 days or so.  How far max North or South is what varies on the 20-or-so-year Cycle – for about ten years the Moon never goes OOB (beyond 23:27° N or S), then for the following decade or so the Moon goes OOB for a day or two every two weeks, alternating between N and S.

Out of Bounds is defined by the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn – 27:23° N and S.  The Sun never goes beyond those Latitudes or Declinations, barring an asteroid collision that’s big enough to alter the Earth’s tilt – in which case we wouldn’t be in a position to care.  The Sun is always on the Ecliptic, so for a Solar or Lunar Eclipse to occur, the Moon also needs to be near the Ecliptic, which the Moon crosses every two weeks.

An Eclipse is an Occultation, also sometimes called a Parallel Conjunction when planets other than the Sun and Moon are involved.  Latitudes, and Declinations by extension, are sometimes called “Parallels,” because lines of Latitude are indeed parallel to one another.  Lines of Longitude on the other hand Converge at the Poles.  Hence the name Parallel Conjunction for Occultations, or Contra-Parallel Conjunction when the two Conjoining planets are in the same Degree of Declination, but one is North (often written as “+”) and the other South (often written as “-“) of the Ecliptic.

Over the Hedge

March 6, 2020

Remember that Moon Out of Bounds thing?  It’s when the Moon strays too far from the Equator.  In general, everybody gets over-Emotional.  It happens for a day or so every two weeks for about eleven years, then not at all for the next eleven years or so.  The Moon started its last Out-Of-Bounds Adventure on 11 September 2001.  People got pretty Freaked Out then.  Well, it’s starting its next “OOB” Adventure.  We’ll be lucky if this one “only” results in the New Coronavirus, though it’s threatening to usher us into a repeat of the 1930s.

The Moon dipped Her toe into the OOB water 4 March 2020, between 3:25 and 7:45 pm PST.  From where I live, She actually appeared to be north of west.  She’ll have her first solid junket Over The Hedge from 9:15 pm PDT 16 March till 4:52 pm PDT 17 March.  We’ve been forewarned, now we have ten days to stock the Zoloft cabinet in our Fallout Shelter.

I think of the Moon as operating on three levels.  First is our “Random” Emotions.  When someone cuts us off in traffic, sometimes we’ll Curse them, and other times we’ll Wish them Goddesspeed, and it seems Random.  But chances are, in the fist case they were Angry and taking it out on us, and in the second instance they were rushing to the hospital.  That’s the second level, our Instincts.  The third level is the Energy that holds our Reality in place and keeps it from Detonating.

If we turn off the TV and don’t worry about whether someone else’s Castles are Burning, Moon OOB should make it easier for us to Notice when we’re disregarding our Instincts, and Change those Habits.  It should also have a more Immediate Impact on our Manifesting.  Which will make it much more Important that we Stay Focused on What We Want, and Vigilantly Stop ourself when we Notice that we’re Focusing on What We Don’t Want again.

While we’re on the subject, the asteroid that symbolizes Judgment and Respect (Hopi) has been OOB since 28 June 2019, and returns In-Bounds at 4:30 am PDT 16 March.  Does that mean that Respect has been Stronger since last June, or that Judgment has been Stronger?  I suspect both, depending on which way you lean.  Hopefully we will have learned something useful about Judgment and Respect since June.  If you skipped Dr. Chu’s video at the end of the last post, you may want to go back and watch it.

Asteroid Hopi also left Pisces and entered Aries on 6 March, so we should be Channeling more Spiritual Energy and less Emotional Energy into our Judgments and Respect.  As we approach 12 March we may Experience a Big and possibly Challenging Shift around this Transition (as Hopi crosses Chiron in 5 Aries, “A triangle with wings: The capacity for Self-Transcendence,” at 6:30 pm PDT).

If you aren’t Manifesting What You Want, then, you have till the 16th to take advantage of the last ten days of Hopi OOB to work on Converting your Judgments and Envies to Respect and Gratitude.  If we aren’t Manifesting What We Want, we’re spending too much time Focusing on What We Don’t Want.  Instead of Judging ourself for slow Manifesting, we need to get in touch with the part of ourself that Wants Something Else, because they may well be the one who’s inhibiting our Manifestation.

Find out What your Evil Twin Wants, and Respect it.  They’re both You, so you should be able to negotiate Win-Win between them, where they both agree to Help one another reach toward their own Goals.  One Caveat is to keep everything Positive.  If your Evil Twin wants you to stay in Poverty because rich people are Wasteful and Selfish, Focus on having Abundance while Being Respectful, Efficient, and Generous with your Resources.

When you sit with your Various and Conflicting Wants, you may find that some of your Wants aren’t really Yours.  Maybe you Condemn Abundance not because you Love Minimalism, but because your Father was always bad-mouthing the Rich as Selfish and Wasteful – or even Criminal.  You may actually Love Luxury.  When we Internalize other people’s Values as our own, it’s often Karmic.  So we may need to Face Down Emotions that we’d rather Die than Feel, and work through the resulting Ego Death before we Allow ourself to be Reborn into Abundance.

OOB Mercury

December 22, 2019

Formal and informal astrologers Learn early on about planets turning Retrograde.  We emphasize the Stations of the planets.  Those are the times when they’re slowed to a crawl, just before they stop to turn around and (from our Perspective here on Earth) start to back up, or turn around and go forward again.  We do that because we’ve observed that the impact upon us of a planet is strongest when it’s Stationary.  And it’s one of the best times to Learn what that planet’s Energy feels like.

But most of us are much less familiar with the influence of planets that are going Out of Bounds, or “OOB.”  That means they’re overhead at a position more than a fourth of the way from the Equator to either Pole (0.26 to be exact, or 23:27 Degrees of Declination, which for practical purposes is the same as Latitude; 23:27 Degrees is the maximum that the Sun moves north or south of the Equator).  Most of the planets rotate in a single plane around the Sun, so most of them don’t stray much from being overhead at the Equator.  But some do, and when they do, it changes their Dynamic, usually making their Influence Stronger.

Mercury (Mind, Communication, Short-Distance Travel) will be giving us an Opportunity to Experience this for the next several weeks.  Mercury goes Out of Bounds on 22 December 2019 (4pm PST), and stays OOB till 12 January (5:30 am PST).  Pay Attention to how this impacts your Young Life…

Do your Thoughts make you more Anxious than usual?  Less Anxious?  Are your Thoughts more or less Penetrating or Discriminating or Judgmental or Decisive or Prominent?  How does any of that make you Feel?  Is the News more Dramatic than usual?  Are you Reacting to it more Intensely than usual, or Feeling Detached?

What about your Communications, both those you Receive and those you Give?  Are they more or less Anxious?  Insightful?  Concise?  Forgiving?  Muddled?  Are you Communicating more or less than you usually do?  When you Communicate, is your Tone of Voice and Body Language Congruent with the Emotions you’re Feeling, and their Degree of Intensity?  More or less so than would normally be the case?  Are you being more Passionate or more Detached than usual with your Communications?

And how are you on the Road – driving, walking, bicycling, skating, sledding, skiing, running, riding the bus or train, or however you Travel on short trips?  More or less Attentive?  Distracted?  Rushed?  Relaxed?  How is traffic?  Faster or Slower?  More Crowded than usual?  More Confrontational or more Forgiving?  More or fewer missed Connections, flat tires, sprains, Collisions, tickets, detours, or other Difficulties?  Does Travel feel more or less Dangerous than usual?  How patient or impatient are you with any Travel glitches?

Mercury is never far from the Sun, so during this time it spans 21 Sagittarius to 23 Capricorn.  Those are very busy Degrees.  Mercury will be crossing many planets, and it we can Learn a lot about the planet and about ourself while Mercury’s Laser Light shines on them…

  • Mercury crossing Aletheia 23-24 December – Learning Opportunities re the Truth of the Heart.
  • Crossing asteroid Bee-Zed 24-25 December – Learning re Transcendance.
  • Dwarf planet Ixion 28 December – re our Hidden or Forbidden Genius.
  • Dwarf planet Pholus 30 December – re important issues that we aren’t Aware of or would rather Minimize.
  • Dwarf planet Quaoar 31 December – re our Survival Instincts.
  • Jupiter 2 January – re our Expansion.
  • South Node 3 January – re our Held Emotions.
  • Dwarf planet Hylonome 7 January – re our Self-Sovereignty.
  • Saturn, Pluto, and dwarf planet Ceres 12 January – re Sustaining our Focus on Transformation.


Survival or Bust V

December 14, 2019

Anybody notice how the Full Moons have been getting further and further toward overhead in the Northern Hemisphere, and (I assume, not being there to check) getting further and further toward the northern horizon in the Southern Hemisphere?

When a Heavenly Body moves further north than the Tropic of Cancer (23:27° N) and/or further south than the Tropic of Capricorn at (23:27° S) it’s said to be “Out of Bounds” or “OOB.”  Neither the Sun nor Jupiter ever go beyond those boundaries.  For instance, Venus was OOB from mid-November till yesterday (12 December 2019), and Mercury will be OOB between 23 December and 12 January.  We Feel a planet’s Energy more Strongly when it’s OOB.

The Moon has it’s own OOB program.  It goes OOB for a few days every two weeks for about a decade, and then stays “In Bounds” for the next decade or so.  Folks can be more Emotional during Moon OOB periods, like the one from 2001 through 2011.  The Moon started that OOB Decade on 11 September 2001, just about the time the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  The next Moon OOB Decade begins at the Ides of March 2020.  This time it’s the Antichrist that’s attacking World Trade.  The Moon is a quarter of a Degree shy of the Tropic of Cancer as we speak.

♥ And speaking of Survival (which as we’ve said is especially Lit Up all month), today’s news included stories on threats from Above…

and from Below…

2019 Q4 and 2020 Q1 Stations

October 16, 2019


Now that we have a “week off” more or less, let’s look at the remainder of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.  We’ll use several “shorthand” abbreviations or symbols…

  • Â.Mickie stands for asteroid Mickie
  • Ð.Goofy stands for dwarf planet Goofy
  • Š/ stands for Station, when a planet’s Energy is especially Strong
  • Î stands for Initiation of a New Cycle between two planets

Below we list only the Stations (plus one major Initiation), or the times when a planet’s Energy is Strongest and most Distinct or Identifiable.  When there are several planets Stationary at the same time, though, it will likely be hard to Distinguish the Separate Influence of each planet, because their Energies will be Merged.  When two planets are Stationary at the same time, it’s as if they’re Conjunct.

In general, we Experience the Energy of a Station before it happens, as the Energy Intensifies until it is “Complete” (the planet starts moving in the other Direction), and then it drops off rapidly.  In cases where we aren’t Neutral to the Energy, we may make Decisions about it, and those Decisions (Orcus) will carry the Energy over into the time following the Station, possibly even eventually Creating new Karma.

For instance, the Energy of asteroid Moira is about Fate and Choice – Fate in situations where our Karma is still Unconscious…

Someone else is doing something to me

and Choice in situations where we’ve brought the Karma into Consciousness…

Oh!  I’m really not Experiencing what they seem to be Doing, I’m Experiencing my own lifelong Habitual Reaction to it!  They don’t even know I’m here!

Once we’re Conscious, we can Choose to Respond Constructively, rather than Reacting from our Victimhood.

So if we’re Insulted or Angered by something someone Says or Does, and we don’t Realize that it’s our Button that’s been pushed, we might Decide that this person is not “on our side,” and make them (or worse, people like that) a Lifelong Enemy.  And if we stay in 3D (which is likely if we haven’t Cleared our Karma), we’re likely to continue the same Conflict into Other Lifetimes.  You can tie up all Deviations from Whirled Peas and all of World History in this simple wrapper, and there won’t be much left to Clean Up.

On the other hand, we might Feel Insulted or Angry, but if we Recognize that it’s our Feeling, we may Choose to Agree to Disagree, or even move to a different Meeting, but we won’t make it into a Capital Offense.

Rose Quartz.

There are a number of ways to guess how soon we’ll begin to Experience a Station before it’s Complete, but a useful rule of thumb is…

  • A week for the four outer planets, asteroid Bee-Zed, and the dwarf planets except dwarf planet Ceres (that is, everyone with orbits longer than ten years)
  • Several days for the three inner planets, the asteroids, and dwarf planet Ceres (orbits between one and ten years)
  • Since “Tropical” astrology (the kind we use) sees events from the Perspective of Earth, neither Earth nor Sun nor Moon are ever Stationary

We might also begin to Experience the Energy of the next Station as soon as the current Station is Complete.  Our General Sensitivity is obviously relevant.  And if a Station occurs on one of our natal planets, we’ll React more Strongly and probably sooner.

If we want an Astrological Rule rather than Empirical Guidance, the usual Sensitivity projects that the Impact begins when the Stationing planet is less than one Degree from its Exact Station.  However, some of the newer dwarf planets (such as Sedna) move less than one Degree in a year, which would mean they’re Always Stationary.  And yes, we can certainly interpret that to mean that Fear is Omnipresent, as was common Before the Current Era (ie, BCE or BC)!  If we’re in the Habit of Converting Fear to Power (with Kegels for instance), then this is a Powerful interpretation!

But using lengthy Stations can give us so much overlap that we’re never sure what’s happening.

Asteroids usually take about four days to move one Degree, but when they’re slowing down to Stop and Turn Around, they’ll be much slower.  For instance, rather than 23-26 October for the first Klotho Station, you might look at 11-26 October (the one-Degree range) instead, and Pay a lot more Attention if you have a natal planet near the Ides of Gemini.

Bottom Line, feel free to start my date ranges sooner.  But if you’re still Experiencing Strong Energy after the Station, in order to Avoid accumulating new Karma you want to look over the last several days to see if you’ve made any Decisions based on your Discomfort with the Energy of the Station.  If so, Own your Discomfort and Revert your Decisions.

Initiations are Conjunctions, and Conjunctions act like Stations in that we Experience the Energy increasing in Strength as the Exact Conjunction approaches, then it drops off rapidly, assuming we’ve Captured the available Learning to keep, and not the Energy.  Again, we want to Pay Attention to Discomfort before the Initiation, and Work on Ourself to Own and Revert if necessary after the Initiation.  What we Learn from any astroevent is ours to keep.  They’re all Teachers.

Initiations Differ from Conjunctions, however, in that they also Begin a new Cycle, and the Energy that’s Born at the Initiation – including your Reactions to and Learnings from the Initiation – will Endure on some level for the entire Cycle, whether the Cycle is Initiated by a New Moon (28 days) or by Saturn and Pluto (30-some years).

We’ve added a few words of preliminary interpretation, but of course the actual interpretation will flow from a chart drawn for the Station, which we don’t normally do till we’re getting close to the event.  The preliminary interpretation will probably hang True, but it may not be The Most Important interpretation.

The short interpretations below are Dimensions, not Directions. The Direction is up to us.  For instance, in the first few days of November Our Perspective on our Vitality may Improve or Decline.  If the latter, it’s Identifying Karma for us to Let Go Of.  If we Allow our Victimhood to Reinforce the Decline, we Lose.  If we Notice the Decline and Realize that we have the Power to Heal (Tapping, Poor-Sweethearting, PIAVAing, Plan-Executing, Invoking the Unseen Therapist, et al), we Win.

If Our Perspective on our Vitality Improves, Gratitude is Relevant.  You don’t want to use the Improvement to pad your Ego – it’s not your Ego that Heals, though it can certainly Catalyze Healing, and increasing Self-Love is always Valuable, but not for Cause.  If Self-Love depends on Cause, it will never become Unconditional.  Self-Love is the Natural Condition we Strive to Return to, and we can certainly Congratulate ourself for Work Well Done when we step in that Direction.  But it’s Grace that Heals, and to Welcome and Encourage Grace, lift out the “c” and drop in a “titud,” then give it plenty of Exercise.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

23-26 October – New Beginnings (Š/Â.Klotho 15 Gemini)

30 October-4 November – Our Perspective on our Vitality (Š/Mercury 28 Scorpio; Š/Ð.Varuna 4 Leo)

31 October-3 November – Obsolete Habits (Š/Â.Karma 20 Pisces)

16-22 November – Ending Emotional Flashbacks (Š/Ð.OR10 4 Pisces; Š/Ð.Nessus 9 Pisces; Š/Â.Atropos 7 Aries; Š/Mercury 12 Scorpio)

23-27 November – Confusion and Bliss (Š/Neptune 16 Pisces)

7-15 December – Sidestepping Bummers (Š/Ð.Orcus 13 Virgo; Š/Chiron 2 Aries; Š/Â.Lachesis 21 Leo)

26-29 December – Unconscious Beliefs (Š/Â.Vesta 13 Taurus)

30 December-6 January – New Creations (Š/Ð.Makemake 7 Libra; Š/Â.Klotho 5 Gemini)

6-12 January – Opening to Soul (Š/Ð.Eris 24 Aries; Š/Uranus 3 Taurus; Pluto Î Saturn)

13-17 January – Ego Death (Š/Â.Nemesis 27 Virgo)

20-26 January – Rebirth (Š/Ð.Haumea 28 Libra)

2-8 February – Mastering Fear (Š/Â.Sappho 16 Libra; Š/Â.Juno 22 Libra; Š/Ð.Sedna 27 Taurus)

16-17 February – Emotional Intelligence (Š/Mercury 13 Pisces).

25 February-1 March – Intuition Breakthrough (Š/Â.Bee-Zed 28 Sagittarius; Š/Ð.Asbolus 20 Gemini)

1-6 March – New Horizons (Š/Ð.Chaos 25 Gemini)

9-10 March – Social Intelligence (Š/Mercury 29 Aquarius).

19-25 March – Claiming Our Power (Š/Â.Moira 20 Scorpio; Š/Â.Lachesis 8 Leo)

25 March-3 April – Survival Breakthrough (Š/Ð.Ixion 1 Capricorn; Š/Ð.Pholus 5 Capricorn; Š/Ð.Quaoar 5 Capricorn)

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

We aren’t adding the Moons and Sign Changes to this list, because they have different orientations in Time, and they would just make the list overlong.  The above are what we regard as The Most Important astroevents of the next six months.  We’ll table the Moons and Sign Changes separately, and maybe add the Out-of-Bounds periods, since the Moon starts going Out-of-Bounds in March for the first time in a decade.  Then if we get time, we can combine the lists to make a complete calendar.