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Even Busier Week: Portal 3.31-4.8

March 31, 2015

mntao7133bpWe may want to have a Manganotantalite Crystal handy, or at least a picture of one we can Channel Energy from, as Manganotantalite – Manganese Tantalum Oxide – is very good at gilding our tongue. 

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We’re visited by four Centaurs and a Total Lunar Eclipse.

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The Centaur Nessus

Elizabeth points out that Vesta, the head of our Flying Squirrel, is at 2 Pisces, “A squirrel hiding from hunters: The need for self-protection.”  She quotes Anne Ortelee, “You can’t make this stuff up!”

And a couple of other things have popped up.  First, Vesta is Conjunct the Centaur Nessus!  My list of dwarf planets and Centaurs isn’t wide enough to include everybody, so I only occasionally look at the Centaurs Nessus and Asbolus.  Well, this puts Nessus at the focus of our Flying Squirrel.  Nessus is about Privilege and the calling out of Privilege, particularly Unconscious male Privilege.

So this week is a big week for a shift in Gender Balance, so Reanimation of the Earth is really right in line.  Keep your eye on the News to see if more MCPs don’t shoot themselves in the foot like the Indiana government has with its attempt to legalize discrimination against everyone who offends your Limiting Beliefs.  Which is actually an excellent practice for this week…

  • Who offends you? 
  • What Experience lies beneath that offense? 
  • Any sense in which it Mirrors some part of yourself that you reject? 

Don’t forget the Funhouse Mirrors. 

For instance, I was grumbling to myself this afternoon about this very thing.  When I suggested to myself that it might behoove to replace these negative thoughts with positives, my mind’s response was “Good, I’ll think about how good it would feel to get even!”  Nice fellow, very spiritual.  It was trespass that irritated me, but when I ask myself how I trespass (the direct Mirror), nothing pops up.  In the Funhouse Mirror, though, what shows up is Deservingness.  Am I willing to stand up and unequivocally Claim my Space?  When I contemplate that, I find only visions of escalating violence rather than any sense of Peace and Safety.  I don’t even have an image of the possibility of Claiming my Space.  So I get to look beneath that Mirror for the little man behind the curtain.  When I find him, look out, I’m going to…!

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The Centaur Asbolus

And then there’s Asbolus.  In early Gemini, Asbolus completes a Grand Sextile, not in the short-term Moon-Vesta Flying Squirrel, but in the second, long-term Mercury-Makemake Flying Squirrel.  So our Grand Sextile endures for a solid week.  The corners are Asbolus, Juno, Makemake, Saturn, Ceres, and Mercury.  Ceres has been Out of Bounds since Christmas.

A Grand Sextile (six planets evenly spaced around the Zodiac), recall, is a “virtuous circle,” where everything feeds and supports everything else.  While we can think of a Grand Trine (three planets evenly spaced) as “dumb-luck” Grace, a Grand Sextile is more about Reward for Action and Creativity.  When we “try something,” chances are it’ll work better than we imagined.  Of course the six-pointed Star includes three nested Grand Trines, so there’s no shortage of spontaneous Creativity.

So Asbolus (Clairvoyance) supports Juno (Consciousness) which supports Makemake (Manifestation) which supports Saturn (Focus) which supports Ceres (Sustainability) which supports Mercury (Alertness) which supports Asbolus, etc, in a rising crescendo.  Not only that, but we can take these in any order we want – so So Sustainability supports Consciousness which supports Focus, just to suggest one possible partial combination.

In other words, this week Intuition and Analysis and Growth and Attention and Permanence and Creativity are all mutually supportive.

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The Centaur Hylonome

The first Flying Squirrel, the short-term one created by the fast-moving Moon, doesn’t form it’s own Grand Sextile because there are two Vacancies, one in late Gemini or early Cancer and the other in late Libra or early Scorpio.  There are probably Asteroids there, but unless the ‘roids are particularly relevant to the themes already identified, I don’t usually worry about them.  Of course we’d find the prolific bisexual Apollo Out of Bounds in early Cancer.  Acceptance of LGBTI is an important part of Gender Balance.

When our Beliefs or Dogmas or Archetypes change, our Boundaries change with them.  Which brings us to the Stellium, a significant Configuration in its own right, for several reasons.  The Stellium that forms the first Flying Squirrel’s right hand includes Pallas (Boundaries), Quaoar (Lawgiver) which was Stationary March 28, Chariklo (Beauty and Charm) which is Out of Bounds and also Stationary, and Hylonome (Grief and Liberation) which is this week’s main event, as it is Stationary at 9am PDT April 4 (, at 2 Capricorn.

When a planet is either Stationary or Out of Bounds, its influence is Stronger than usual.  A planet is Out of Bounds when it’s further north than the Tropic of Cancer, or further south than the Tropic of Capricorn.  A planet is Stationary when it’s within one degree (or within a week or so) of turning around – going Retrograde or going Direct.  I won’t go into the details of Retrogradation here, since you can look up either “Stations” or “Retrograde” or “Repeating Events” (or even “Can-Opener”) in the Categories section at right.  But there’s one consideration I do want to discuss here.

In general, when a planet is Approaching a major event, such as a Station or an important Angle, the influence is Strong, and grows Stronger until the event is Exact.  After that, the influence fades fairly quickly if one is Conscious about the event, more slowly if one is not Conscious around it, and not at all if one is Defended against it.  Stationary refers to the speed of a planet’s travel.  So even though Quaoar’s Station was Exact last week, it’s still Stationary, but it’s impact is probably waning, as it’s not Approaching its event but Separating from it.  On the other hand, Hylonome is Stationary and Approaching its Exact Station, so it is very Strong. 

The Mythical Centaur Hylonome committed Suicide with the spear that killed her Lover, rather than live without him.  So we interpret the Cosmic Centaur Hylonome to symbolize Grief over major Changes in our Life, such as detachment from an Archetype, or from any other Energy with which we had been Merged.  We sometimes refer to it as Grief unto Ego Death, or Grief over Liberation.  When we Let Go of an Archetype, we are literally Liberated, but all Losses must be Grieved, so Grief is involved even at Liberation.  The Loss of an Archetype is indeed an Ego Death.

With Pallas Conjunct, Boundaries are obviously involved, and there is a strong implication that we will be strengthening a Boundary against an Archetypal Trance, or loosening a Boundary that overprotected us.  The other two Energies, Quaoar and Chariklo – both of which are Strong by virtue of being either Stationary or Out of Bounds – imply charisma, as Charm and Beauty merge with The Lawgiver.

So we might expect to encounter a situation where we reluctantly but necessarily “draw the line” to prevent our Energies from being drained by gilded-tongued alien Energies that want to control our Lives and Decisions.  Or it may be us with the gilded tongue, talking our way out of long-standing entanglements that no longer serve us.

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The Lunar Total Eclipse

Four hours before Hylonome’s Station, at 5am PDT on April 4 (, there’s a Total Eclipse of the Moon, at 15 Libra, “Circular Paths.”  Of course 15 Libra Opposes Uranus and Squares Pluto, making this Eclipse another major debriefing of our Yintegrity adventures.  The Energy continues into April 8, as the Sun and then Mercury work their way across Uranus.  Meanwhile Jupiter, which forms a Trine-Sextile Bridge across the Axis of the Eclipse, is Stationary at 10am PDT April 8.

Eclipses reveal to us Energies which were previously merged with the background but which are now made obvious by their absence.

Between now and April 8, we will discover a huge new element of our True Self that we hadn’t noticed before, creating a major shift in our Lives.  We’ll need to Grieve the Loss of the obsolete Identities that will fall away as a result.  All Losses must be Grieved, no matter how much we think we’d Celebrate at their demise.  The more we Embrace our Grief, the less painful it is.

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The Centaur Chariklo

Almost forgot that Chariklo, part of the Stellium, is Stationary on April 7!  We’ll look at that in a separate post.

Saturn and Juno, Portal 3.8-14

March 10, 2015

Cat_and_RatEgo and Archetype.  Which is which?

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As we drop back into the final Uranus-Pluto Square, the almost-simultaneous Stations of Saturn and Juno make it very clear that our assignment here is to

Pay Attention to the Edges of Consciousness

So often we go to the Edge, look into the Abyss, shake our heads, and step back.  We don’t have to take a flying head-first arms-wide dive into bottomlessness, all we need to do is step in.  We can even leave one hand grasping some firmly-anchored object in the Present Moment.  In fact, most of the time it’s a good idea to remain mindful of Present Moment “Reality” so we don’t, as Kesey warned, “Trip out so far that we never get back to know that we’ve left.”  Most of the time.

It happens to me almost every time I step into the shower, for instance.  Some event out of my personal history will pop out of the drain – an opportunity for Regret or Shame, for example, or an opportunity for Growth or Excitement that I let pass because I feared at the time that Regret or Shame, or even just too much Complexity, would result.  My usual response is to quickly re-Experience the moment, then shake it off with “Whoo, glad that’s not still going on!” and wash my hair.  I should sit down on the edge of the tub and take several minutes to move from re-Experiencing the then-moment, to fully Experiencing the present-moment Emotion, lovingly and gently move all of my Attention into it, and see where that doorway leads.  Then Embrace my historical (or Karmic) self with “Wow, you were really Feeling ___, weren’t you.”  Then wash my hair.

Saturn stops just shy of its Waning Square to Neptune (2:57 from it), so we won’t get the Square itself until November.  A Waning Square is the beginning in earnest of the winding down of a Cycle, the time when we drop into the Void in order to Clear Space for the next Cycle.  If we don’t Clear the Space, we’re always “fighting the last war” as they say, or still trying to deal with our previous boss or employee or lover or postman, which can be very confusing for our current boss/employee/lover/postman.  You’ve been on the other side of that equation many times – right?  “Don’t get even, get odd!” is excellent advice when you’re dealing with TSA or the Gestapo (or your previous lover), but it’s terrible advice when you’re trying to develop Relationship.

Which Cycle are we winding down?  The current Saturn-Neptune Cycle began during the Harmonic Convergence, in 1989.

March 3, 1989 at 12 of Capricorn, “An illustrated lecture on natural science reveals little-known aspects of life.

The Saturn-Neptune Cycle shows the current flavor of major Cultural currents, and has a big impact on our Relationship to Spirit.  What’s changed in the way of major Cultural currents since the First Gulf War in Kuwait?  Here in the US, the tone has changed from “bombing them back to the Stone Age” to giving lip service to “converting Hearts and minds” – though of course the favored method of converting Hearts and minds remains the threat of bombing folks back to the Stone Age.  Since the US is a for-profit institution and bombs are a, if not the, major export, that’s only logical.  The shift in Global Balming Denial has also been meaningful. 

What about our Relationship to Spirit, how has that been changed by Insights from “natural science”?  It’s alternately pitiful and hilarious to watch the hyperscientists still taking their ever-higher-tech scalpels to the brain in their belief that Consciousness resides there and that Reductionism will enable them to find it.  I’d say that the Kepler project and the widening realization that “Oh gosh, we may not be the onliest ‘Life’ in the Universe after all!” – Duh! – is testament.

So, come November, we’ll be literally in the Void with respect to Cultural currents and our Relationship to Spirit, till our new Cycle begins in February 2026.  It never makes sense to look ahead to see what the next Cycle is about, because until we’re washed clean by the Void, we can only see the Future through the eyes of the Past, guaranteeing that Change won’t happen.  But I can tell you that the next Cycle will be pretty exciting.  Saturn-Neptune isn’t the only Cycle out there – there are many.  But it’s an important Cycle, as it mediates the Relationship between the Ego and the suprapersonal Spirit.  We don’t need Validation for The Shift, we can Feel it.  But we do need reminders, as we’re constantly bombarded with propaganda from those who fear loss of the status quo and its impact on their profits.

This person spends 85% of her time traveling the World teaching it, so she knows of what what speaks…

“There is a huge wave of awakening and healing sweeping our planet right now, and I think all of us are feeling a ‘pull’ to respond to a global imperative that we be a part of the change, the healing that our world so sorely needs during these tumultuous times.  And we seek practical work, work that is real, down to earth, that gets measurable results.  Work that helps clear our blocks, silent saboteurs and our limitations.  Work that gets right under our skin to the root cause of our emotional and physical issues and clears them.  Work that opens us into our essential greatness, into the love, the freedom, that is our own essence.  We all long to have a direct experience of our own authentic greatness.  We want to liberate our lives and experience the natural joy in the core of our being.

“Ultimately we want to take the lampshade off our own lights and discover our own truth, find our own answers.  We want to live a guided, grace-filled authentic life, lived from the love that is our essence.”    –Brandon Bays, The Journey, pp.xii-xiii.

A Saturn-Neptune Void between 2016 and 2026 increases the odds of an economic downturn before the 2020 beginning of the Digital Revolution.  Not that one isn’t due anyway, just on the basis of averages.  It also suggests a good deal of Confusion around the 2016 US presidential elections.

The Saturn Station itself (the influence of a planet is particularly Strong at its Stations) occurs at 8am PDT ( March 14, with a preview at 2am PDT ( March 12, plus or minus three hours (when the Moon crosses Saturn).

We give these times because they’re excellent times for Meditation or PIAVAs, amplifying your Power.

Typically a Saturn Station makes us feel squeezed – Saturn represents ContractionContraction is a legitimate state, facilitating Safety.  Without Safety, we don’t Grow.  It’s not Limitation, it’s Focus or Concentration.  A Strong Saturn feels Limiting because it asks us to focus on The (One) Most Important Thing, and set everything else aside for the while.  When The Most Important Thing is our Mission, and we Fear failure, that’s scary.  We don’t realize that our Mission is Pass/Fail, and any effort yields a Pass.  Like Pluto, Saturn has an “upstream” and a “downstream,” one being easier than the other.  The downstream course simply comprises Focusing on The Most Important Thing.

Meanwhile, the Juno Station occurs at 1am PDT ( March 13.  Juno is the Roman name for Hera, wife of Zeus.  Hera was the jealous type, always turning Zeus’s many lovers into Stone.  So Juno represents the Archetypes – those Unconscious constellations of Energy that hypnotize us and prevent us from Acting of our own accord (without our realizing it of course) – turning us to Stone, so to speak, or Archebots.  Juno also represents Identity, who we Merge with, who we’re Codependent with, whose Will we act out rather than our own.  While believing it’s all for the Good of course.  So we kernelize Juno as the Edges of Consciousness.  So this week is about letting other priorities slide while we Focus on the Edges of Our Consciousness.

Well, the Edges of Our Consciousness are normally invisible to us.  Other than a Swan dive into the Abyss or sitting on the edge of the tub or Meditation, our best strategy may be to put our Pet Peeves in the Mirror and Ask, Who Is It that’s so peeved?  Is that really me?  Is that really a core Value of mine?  Or is that some Archetype?  The Libertarian Archetype perhaps, or maybe the Inner Two-Year-Old Archetype?  But reread Bonnie’s illuminations, several times, carefully – Focus on it…

What is it that she’s recommending? 

Our old friend Curiosity!! 

Any time we want to reach across that Edge of Consciousness to the Other Side, we need only PIAVA (  That’s what the Magnetic Approach to Manifestation does, it enlists the cooperation of the Unconscious.  That’s why most of your Female friends are so good at Intuition; it’s what they do.  So we might Ask, “God/Goddess, Creator of All That Is, may I please Lovingly and Gently, and for the Benefit of All, take One Step closer to my True Self?”  One Step at a time is a good strategy; as it increases the odds that you’ll notice the Change and be inspired to take another Step.  And nothing prevents you from being Given a Big One Step, if your Guides believe you’re ready for it.

The Juno Station Trines the Saturn Station, so there is much Grace available!  This Trine makes a Tricolor with both Mercury (intellect) and Neptune, so the Juno-Neptune/Mercury Quincunx is the route recommended by our astroguides for a headstart in dealing with the Challenge in the Waning Saturn-Neptune Square.  Neptune (also symbolizing the Unconscious, especially the Cultural Unconscious) is the mechanism by which Archetypal hypnotism takes place – or is undone, and Mercury represents one possible route, the Cognitive route (which is unlikely to work as well for Emotional or Passionate thinkers – those with their Mercury in a Water or Fire Sign), to undoing Archetypes.

So another good PIAVFA might be, “I Wonder what sort of invisible Archetypal Monster has a grip on me.”  Play that one with the Monsters, Inc. movie in mind; no need to be heavy about it.

Of course the antidote to Merging is Boundaries, symbolized by Pallas, and Pallas joins Neptune in making a Quintile Yod focused on Juno.

There is tremendous Power available to us here, for breaking through our Self-Sabotaging Archetypes.  Like any Habit, there is Power and Skill in any Archetype.  What we want is not to reject the Archetype, but for our Healthy Ego to gain Power over it rather than vice versa.  That way we can use those Skills (which as a trained soldier in the Archetype’s infantry, we know well) when they are useful and appropriate, and use our other Skills when the Archetype’s Skillset would Sabotage us. 

Juno is also the focus of a Finger of God (Quincunx Yod) on the base of a Sextile between Mercury and the Separating Chariklo-Hylonome Conjunction.  In addition, during the Saturn Station, the Moon crosses the Chariklo-Hylonome Conjunction.

There is some confusion in astrology between the terms Waning-Waxing, and Approaching-Separating.  We use Waning-Waxing to signify stages in a Cycle; so when a faster planet is moving from Conjunction toward Opposition with a slower planet, it makes Waxing Angles, while Waning Angles are made during the second half of a Cycle, when the faster planet is moving from Opposition toward the subsequent Conjunction. 

In a Waxing Angle, the Energy of the Cycle is Building; in a Waning Angle – once we’re past the Phitile (222 and a half degrees) – the Energy is moving into the Void between Cycles.  The Phitile is the Golden Angle of Sacred Geometry.  For practical purposes, you can usually use the Waning Trioctile to estimate the Phitile, as the Trioctile only two and a half degrees further on in the Cycle.  The Phitile makes a Cycle five-eighths Constructive and only three-eighths Deconstructive.  You can assign Ascension and Devolution to either phase, depending on your orientation.

On the other hand, when a faster planet is within a few Degrees (of Orb or Sensitivity) to making an Angle with a slower planet, we consider it to be Approaching.  Once the faster planet has completed the Angle with the slower planet, we consider the Angle to be Separating.  When a Retrogradation causes an Angle to occur several times, the faster planet can be Approaching the slower one from the “far” side.  We consider the Energy of the Approaching Angle to be much Stronger than the Energy of the Separating Angle, but that depends on the degree of Consciousness of the person encountering the Angle.

If you know that planet Fast is about to make an Angle with planet Slow, and you understand what it means and can relate the events and circumstances in your Life to the astrological Angle, then the Energy drops off precipitously after the Angle is Exact.  If you are instead Reacting to and Resisting the events and circumstances in your Life that are associated with the Angle, and you make Decisions to Protect yourself against the Energy, you’ve created Karma that persists long past the astrological event. 

The classic example is “9/11.”  It was a Manifestation of a Separating Waning Saturn-Pluto Square, so the astrological Energy was nowhere near as Strong as the Manifested event.  Yet the resulting Fear was manipulated intensely for negative purposes, and so persists to this day, as you well know when shuffling toward an airplane without your shoes and belt, or getting felt up because of your Titanium hip.  The Manifested 9/11 event itself was delayed so as to coincide (to the hour) with the first Out of Bounds Moon of the 2001-2012 series, because the Out of Bounds Moon amps up Emotional Reactions and thus served the manipulation.

The January 26, 2015 Initiation of Chariklo by Hylonome occurred at 30 Degrees of Sagittarius, “The Pope blessing the faithful.

When a faster planet Conjoins a slower planet for the first time, we consider it the Initiation of a new Cycle between them, and refer to the slower planet (the Teacher or Guru) as “Initiating” (Shakti) the faster planet (the Student or Messenger).  In this case we’re assuming that the Chariklo-Hylonome Conjunction was an Initiation, without checking it out thoroughly, because since the Centaur orbits are by definition irregular, and since they travel at roughly the same speeds, they can take turns Conjoining one another for Centuries – literally, so it’s very difficult to tell which is really faster and which is slower, and which Conjunction is the first of a Cycle.

While the orbits of the asteroids between Mars and Jupiter aren’t usually irregular, their speeds are so similar that it’s also very difficult to say which Conjunctions among the asteroids are Initiations.  Because their speeds are so similar, a single Cycle between two asteroids can span many Centuries and include hundreds of Conjunctions, even though their orbital period is only about four years.

The Centaur Chariklo symbolizes Beauty and Grace, while the Centaur Hylonome represents Grief unto Ego Death.  So this Initiation is sorta like the Wicked Stepmother banning Cinderella from attending the Ball, and the Cycle would be the story of Cinderella sidestepping the ban and ending up with the Prince, or at least the royal personage formerly known as Prince.

Whatever Stories have been handed down in your family about what can only end badly, are particularly vulnerable here to being extinguished.  For instance, a good friend’s ancestor grew up in the 1930s, during “the Depression,” when any misstep would lead to the loss of your job – if you were lucky enough to have one – because there were hundreds just over the line waiting and ready to take your place.  So my friend works hard, pays close Attention to what’s Expected of them, and “keeps their Light under a bushel,” so they won’t be noticed as out of line.  That would be a perfect example of an Unconscious Habit eligible to be Shifted – an Edge of Consciousness to be Expanded – this week. 

What Archetypes might be similar?  Master-Slave?  Owner-Worker?  Pleaser?  Codependence?  “Just be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy, and they’ll be nice to you?”  Overconfidence?  Arrogance?  Inequality?  Racism?  In the US there have been a couple of nice, if token, Racism breakthroughs this week already, in Missouri and Oklahoma.  Wouldn’t it be great if we saw some Inequality breakthroughs to ease any economic downturns we might be heading toward!  Miracles that Shift the whole picture could happen any day.

The Saturn Station is Biseptile to Chiron, so it’s entirely possible that we could reach Tipping Points here that feel like Miracles, as the Seventh Harmonic and Septile series of Angles rules Tipping Points, hundreds of Monkeys, Assemblage Point shifts, and Accumulating Energy in general (in the Castaneda-Don Juan sense).

Before the Juno-Saturn province demands All of our Attention, at 9am PDT March 11, Uranus Initiates Mars ( 

At 15 Degrees of Aries, “An Indian weaving a ceremonial blanket.

Procrasti Nation and Walking in Beauty

January 30, 2015

thule4185bpThere aren’t many Stones or Minerals that combine the two Heart colors, pink and green.  Zoisite (Calcium Aluminum SoroSilicate) makes two of them – Anyolite (green Zoisite with Ruby) and Thulite (green and pink Zoisite).  This is a lovely chunk of “massive” (Crystalline but not a discrete Crystal) Thulite.  The third Heart Stone is Unakite, a combination of pink Feldspar and green Epidote.  These pink-and-green Rocks symbolize Relationship, combining the two flavors of Heart Energy.  I particularly like this one because in the center it has a band of the third form of Zoisite – the brown form that it makes when Zoisite forms discrete Crystals.  Brown is a Third-Chakra color, so the Stone signifies Relationship without Codependence.

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Sitting around feeling guilty because you know you should be doing it, but you don’t feel like it at the moment?  Welcome to Yintegrity

This is what it’s about.  What would you be doing right now if you could do anything you wanted?  I know, it’s hard, but Yintegrity is just one Energy of many, and we need to stay in Balance.  Right now, being in Balance means being in Yintegrity, bigtime.  Not a time to be shoulding on yourself.  You’ll feel more like doing that other stuff next week.

Or not.  Maybe that other stuff is what you’re being asked to leave behind, because it’s no longer in Alignment with your Soul’s Path for you.  That’s a hard one if you have a big investment in that other stuff – for instance, maybe it pays the bills, or you vowed till Death do you part, or you promised Mom.  Uranus will do Scorched Earth if you back it up against the wall.  But it doesn’t need to be that way.  You can PIAVA a gentle and loving transition, or you can even PIAVA Both/And.  Maybe there are ways that that other stuff can change so it’s more fun and fits your temperament better.  There’s no need whatsoever to be closed to Miracles.

In fact, Mr. Miracle-Chiron Initiates Mr. Action-Mars at half-past noon PST ( on January 31, about 8 hours before Ms. Yintegrity-Uranus Initiates Mr. Karma-South Node.  The Chiron-Mars Initiation occurs at 16 Pisces, “In the quiet of their study a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration“!  That’s pretty cool.  Why are we drudging about now when something exciting like that awaits us?  We should be celebrating!  What about Uranus-South Node?  14 Aries, “A serpent coiling near a man and a woman.”  That’s pretty germinal.  No wonder we’re in the dumps – you know the “Chinese curse,” May you be born in interesting times.  Well, interesting times ‘r us, so we may as well party!

By the way, to use the Sabian Symbols, or otherwise refer to Zodiacal Degrees, you always round up.  13:17 is 14 Degrees.  Why?  Because there is no “zeroth” Degree – 0:35 is in the first Degree of the Sign.  Aries 14 includes 13:01 through 14:00.  That means the Aries Point, 0:00 of Aries, is actually 30 Pisces, as Aries 1 (or 1 Aries) begins at 0:00:01 of Aries.  It’s better to read both Symbols, though, than to spit hairs – Both/And. 

Cusps are always transitions, and a good case can be made that Pisces 30 is actually the strongest point of Aries.  For instance, if a planet is 3 Degrees shy of a House Cusp, I regard it as being not just in that “next” House, but being “on the Cusp” of that next House, which in many ways is a place of great emphasis.  So if a House ran from, say, 16 Pisces to 14 Aries, I’d count planets as being in that House when they were between 13 Pisces and 11 Aries, and I’d count planets between 14 and 17 Pisces as being highlights of that House.  But when it’s important, Both/And is always better.

The reason I do this is because when two planets are Approaching one another, the Energy is much stronger than when they are Separating from one another.  So I expect Mars-Chiron Energy to be much stronger prior to noon on January 31, than it will be after 1pm.  I extend that logic to House Cusps, and to a lesser extent to Sign Cusps.  I consider a planet at 29 Degrees of Leo to be in Leo, but to be on the Cusp of Virgo.  Depending on other things (such as Conjunctions), I’d talk about the planet as having Leonine qualities, but I’d talk about the Energy as Initiating Virgo.

Sometimes the terms Approaching and Separating are used, respectively, to mean the Waning and Waxing phases of a Cycle instead.  I find that to be confusing and inaccurate, but the bottom line is that you need to be careful to be sure you understand what the speaker means when they use these terms.  Same with the terms “Sinister” (from the left) and “Dexter” (from the right) – even decades later there are some books that I still can’t decipher because they use those terms without clear explanation.

Of course the Chiron-Mars Initiation creates a Quincunx-Unx Bridge across the Nodal Axis-plus-Uranus Opposition and the Uranus-Pluto-Nodes T-Square, so it’s a Big Deal.

An Unx, recall, is our new name for a Twelfth-Harmonic or 30-degree Angle between two planets.  They used to be called SemiSextiles, but that’s much too clumsy.  The Twelfth Harmonic is about Pattern-Breaking, so when the South Node is lit up as it is today, it’s much too important to be considered as half of a Sixth Harmonic Sextile.  In general of course, there’s no better way to get your face rubbed in your Patterns than to get into Relationship (Sixth Harmonic)!  But that’s not necessarily what the South Node is about.

Chiron-Mars is also Square to Ms. Boundaries-Pallas…

There are some Boundaries that need to be Transformed here.  Often an experience of Guilt is generated in real time by Other People’s Expectations; it may not just be your own Programming.  Ask yourself, “Who’s bugging me here?” and take the first answer, then imagine holding a wardrobe Mirror up between you and them, facing them.  If after a minute or so your Feelings change, ask them (psychically) to use a different Communication channel.  Then you can just not answer the phone, and they’ll have to assume you’re otherwise engaged.  If your feelings don’t change you can try a second-most-likely person, but if your first few Mirrors don’t yield results, you want to PIAVA to take Responsibility for your Programming.

We aren’t against negative Feelings; we just don’t see any reason to Sustain them for longer than a few moments.  Why not get down to their root causes and shift the Energy.  Life’s too short to waste on bummers, except to make sure we’re comfortable with ALL Feelings, because it’s all one channel, so if we’re blocking out Guilt for Fear or Anger, we’re also blocking out Excitement and Ecstasy.  That’ll make it very difficult to Follow Our Joy.

Pallas also forms a Trine-Sextile Bridge across the Nodal Axis and the Pluto-Uranus T-Square, so Grace is available.

Mars-Chiron is also Decile to Ms Denial-Eris, and with the Chariklo-Hylonome Conjunction forms a Quintile-Decile Bridge across the Eris-Haumea Opposition.  The Conjunction of Ms. Charm-Chariklo and Ms. Grief-Hylonome is about…

Beauty has it’s own Karma.  By that I mean alpha males and alpha females miss out on a great deal of Life Experience by virtue of their natural attractiveness to others.  When someone is “spoiled” by their parents or other Power figures in their Life, or even stronger or smarter than the average Bear, or skilled in any admired characteristic, it’s a similar phenomenon.  So Beauty and Privilege are coming to some Grief here, and facing this Shift, where we’re sort of being “cut down to size” or brought closer to the norm, facilitates Miracles.  Resisting the Shift feeds Discouragement.  All Losses must be Grieved, and this is no exception; Embracing the Grief will move it through much faster.

And the Opposition between Ms. Revelation-Eris and Ms. Rebirth-Haumea…

There’s a major Rebirth awaiting on the other side of the Grief, but it involves facing up to some Denial.  If it feels like you’re being treated unfairly, then this is what you’re up against.  Rather than indulging your Anger or Offendedness at the unfairness, open to the Grief instead.  And rather than intellectualizing the Anger or Offendedness, PIAVA to Lovingly and Gently take full Responsibility for what you’ve been Denying.  You probably wouldn’t feel Offended without an underlying Feeling of Inferiority or Defensiveness.  There are clues there, but be very kind to yourself.

We and the Universe are always in Balance.  Whatever elements of our Life appear to be Out of Balance, these elements must be Balanced in the Unconscious.  It’s not fun to feel Inferior, so we shove it into the Underwhere whenever we can.  That’s compensated by a bit of a chip on our shoulder, so we’re Offended where no Offense is intended.  Once you explore it once or twice and develop the habit of looking through the Funhouse Mirror at yourself, these Imbalances are easy to resolve.

Just check the Angle of your jaw and spine.  If your nose is in the air a bit or your shoulders back, PIAVA what sort of Inferiority you’re hiding from yourself.  If your chin is pointing down or your shoulders forward, PIAVA what sort of natural or hard-earned Superiority you’re discounting.  Don’t forget to Change the Subject and Pay Attention (  Miracles await.

You may have noticed that these techniques can apply equally to either situation – we could easily have pointed our Funhouse Mirror at ourself to resolve our Guilt about what we thought was procrastination, and we could easily have pointed our wardrobe Mirror at our protagonist to resolve our Offendedness over what we felt was unfair.  It’s Both/And – both techniques are valid, useful, and instructive in most situations.  The only “rule” is Safety First.  If we push ourself onto unsafe ground, we can easily create trauma that impedes our journey into Expanded Consciousness and can even reverse it. 

So you might want to do the wardrobe Mirror (facing them) first, but without Blame.  Even when Mirroring someone relieves your discomfort handily, it doesn’t mean that the dynamic is really them pressuring you.  This isn’t Newtonian physics, it’s quantum.  You don’t know who or when or why or how you got Entangled with them.  You could make up Stories, but they’d be one of many that applied.  The notion that your Ego is Separate from theirs is an illusion, part of the Trance that makes up the Veil.  They’re just an actor acting out another part of you, and vice versa.  You’ll probably feel safer though after doing the wardrobe Mirror as if they were your protagonist, so your Funhouse Mirror (facing yourself) will be less biased toward the Defensive.  We can hardly Open to Denial when we’re Defensive.