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Scrambled Time

January 31, 2022

Dunno how it is in your Neck of the Woods, but hereabouts Time is unbelievable Scrambled! I’ve totally missed a Moon Out of Bounds! It Left Town at 8:19 pm PST 27 January 2022, in 13 Sagittarius, and Came Back Home at 10:07 am PST 31 January, in 6 Aquarius. Which might explain why I missed it – while it was Vacationing, it crossed…

  • Asteroid Klotho (New Beginnings) at about 9am PST on the 28th in 21 Sagittarius,
  • Dwarf planet Ixion (Forbidden Genius) Out of Bounds 4am PST on the 29th in 3 Capricorn,
  • Mars (Action) OOB 7am PST on the 29th in 4 Capricorn,
  • Dwarf planets Quaoar and Pholus (Global Climate Change) 11am PST 29th 7 Capricorn,
  • Asteroid Vesta (Unconscious Limitations) 5pm PST 29th 10 Capricorn,
  • Venus (Values) 7pm PST 29th 12 Capricorn,
  • Asteroid Lachesis (Unexpired Karma that Can Be Let Go) OOB 11 pm PST 29th 14 Capricorn,
  • Dwarf planet Hylonome (Codependence) 10 am PST 30th 21 Capricorn,
  • Mercury (Miscommunication) Retrograde 6pm PST 30th 27 Capricorn,
  • Pluto (Compulsion) 8pm PST 30th 27 Capricorn,
  • Asteroid Juno (Growth in Consciousness) 12 am PST 31st 30 Capricorn,
  • Asteroid Nemesis (Guilt ) 2am PST 31st 1 Aquarius,
  • Dwarf planet Chariklo (Confidence) 9am PST 31st 5 Aquarius.

What a Gauntlet!

If you were Present enough to Remember anything Weird, or have a Diary, you may be able to find Information about yourself and your World in that list. For instance, suppose your natal Chiron (Despair and Miracles) is at 3 Capricorn. Then your Experience of the equivalent in your own Time Zone of Saturday morning PST could have been really Exciting as you were struck by Lightning-like Insights about how to put your Hidden Genius to Work, or Frustrated by your apparent Lack of Creativity as you Regress to when your Native Genius was Repressed, without Realizing that it was your Programmers that were Way Off Base, not you! Or Both at once!1

Or suppose you have natal asteroid Karma (Held Emotions) near 21 Capricorn. Then you may have spent the equivalent in your own Time Zone of Sunday morning PST Lamenting that you’ve never found a way to Express your Truth about the things that are Most Important to you.2

  • 1 As Mars and Ixion Danced with your Chiron whilst the OOB Moon Triggered Your Thoughts About Your Feelings. I’ll bet you didn’t Remember to Poor-Sweetheart yourself.
  • 2 Your own Codependence (Hylonome) wouldn’t want you to Burden anyone else with Stories that you Believe they’d Reject about the Limitations that you’ve always Believed are Real for you (your Perception that your Karma is Irrevocable), while the OOB Moon would be Bolstering your Limiting Beliefs.

Let’s get ahead of it and nail the next Moon OOB now. She goes Out of Bounds at 2:42 am PST 10 February 2022, in 12 Gemini, and comes back In Bounds at 1:36 pm on 14 February, in 6 Leo. On the Capricorn side of the Zodiac, the just-past OOB Moon Triggered thirteen different planets! While the Moon is OOB in Declination,3 it’s traveling fifty-some Degrees of Longitude, approximately the distance of a Septile (Being in the Right Place at the Right Time). The mid-February Moon crosses only three planets while it’s OOB! A Picnic! However, all three of them are Retrograde dwarf planets, and all three Out of Bounds themselves. At least we’ll have more time to Breathe between them! The three OOB dwarf planets are…

  • Dwarf planet Asbolus (Intuition) Retrograde and Out of Bounds at about 3am PST on 11 February, in 25 Gemini,
  • Dwarf planet Chaos (Unlimited Potential ) Rx and OOB 10 am PST 11th, 28 Gemini,
  • Dwarf planet Varuna (The Life Force) Rx and OOB noon PST 14th, 5 Leo.

If you have a natal planet, like for instance Mars, near 28 Gemini, you’ll be Experiencing, at the equivalent in your own Time Zone of the morning of 11 February PST, a semblance of a Triple Conjunction of Moon, Mars, and Chaos, with Moon Out of Bounds. Moon OOB tempts us to get Lost in Our Thoughts About Our Emotions, rather than Attending to how our Emotions actually Feel in our Bodies. Your Mars-Chaos Thoughts will connect you Intimately to your Karma, your old Grudges, your Perceived Slights and Insults, your Perceived Lifetime Rejections that appear to have Prevented you from “Being a Contender” at What You Want in your Life, and your Daydreams about What Could Have Been if only “they” hadn’t held you back. That’s all useful Information for Healing, but only if you Avoid Identifying with the Thoughts, and instead Focus on your Awareness that you’re Thinking, and how these Thoughts might point to a Direction that your Healing could take. But how likely is that?

Good, I would hope, but probably not for most of us most of the time, as our Culture has Trained many of us to Ignore as Unreliable everything except our Thoughts. “Chaos” – not Disorder, but the planetary Energy of Potential (which of course may well feel like Disorder!) – is what happens when we Transcend our Limitations and start to soar into our Zone of Genius.4 That means leaving behind all of the Reliable Landmarks that make us feel Safe. So at the very least we’ll probably be Feeling some Fear and Confusion. How do we usually Respond to Fear and Confusion? Well, it’s likely to Trigger our Fight or Flight Energies, so we may be preparing to Defend ourselves. With Mars involved, if we aren’t already Angry to some degree, we probably will be soon.

Our Emotions themselves around a Mars-Chaos Conjunction are likely to revolve around Excitement (Fear plus Breathing) and Frustration (Facing our Karmic Limitations Again). Actually Attending Intensely to where you’re Experiencing Frustration in your Body could well Heal some of your Limitations. I’ll paraphrase pp. 38-39 of Barry Grundland and Patricia Kay’s Cell Level Meditation

“Notice the Spaciousness surrounding your Body, and the No-Thing that it contains. Notice the Sensation of Frustration occurring in your Body. The Frustration may already have shifted a little bit just because you Noticed it. Notice that you Breathe In from the Empty Space around you. On the Out-Breath, take the Breath toward the Frustration. Like blowing into a balloon. Fully Breathe the Breath toward the Frustration, like sending a breeze in that direction.

“Notice the Frustration and Offer it the Breath. Open yourself to receive the Breath from the Spaciousness, Breathe it toward the Frustration. Notice how the Frustration Responds to the Breath. Experience how the Frustration Feels in your Body. Experience the Frustration and the Breath and the Spaciousness all together. Pretend you are the Frustration and Notice how the Breath Breathes. Experience Breath and Frustration in Synchrony, Breathing, Shifting. Stay with it. Keep Breathing.

“What happened?”

This is basically the same process that Joe Dispenza and Gary Craig teach, with somewhat different languaging. We can do the same with Excitement, if we aren’t too busy Enjoying our Daydreams about all of the Wonderful Things we’re going to Do when we’ve Permanently Transcended our Limitations.

At the equivalent in your Time Zone of mid-day PST on 14 February, we’ll be working with The Life Force, dwarf planet Varuna. The Key to Healing is to Focus on What’s Right rather than What’s Wrong. Our Body Feels Uncomfortable when it wants our Attention. Ignore our Dis-comfort long enough, and our Body will resort to Dis-Ease as it amps up its Efforts to get our Attention. What’s Right about Dis-Ease is that the Body now has our Attention. That’s too Precious to waste by Eliminating Symptoms. The Noticing and Breathing process above works well on Body Sensations that Trigger our Fear of Disease. Even if we Give Our Power Away to some pill-pusher or skin-slicer, we’ll still gain immensely by Breathing into our Fear of Disease Sensations. If nothing else, the Body’s instant access to the Universal Field5 can steer us toward pushers and slicers that are more likely to be Healing.

We want to Remember that Uranus in Taurus means that the Soul is Descending into the Body, and as this occurs, the Soul may be called to Rearrange some of our Internal Real Estate. So, many of our Fear-of-Disease Sensations may result from this Internal Reorg.6 In addition to Breathing from the Spaciousness around us, we may also want to Contact our own Soul and Enlist Their Cooperation as we begin these Meditations. If you aren’t in the Habit of Contacting and Enlisting your own Soul, you may gain from Mary Shutan’s The Body Deva, as the Body Deva is the Body’s Overarching Spirit. Or Gary Crag’s Unseen Therapist,, who plays the same Role, may be Easier for you to Contact and Enlist. Working with Joe Dispenza is top drawer, but his workshops are expensive (Mary’s book retails for US$17, Gary’s is free, and Joe does have many fabulous books, but they can get complicated quickly). And of course, you can just PIAVA Contacting and Enlisting your Soul.

  • 3 It’s not quite True, but it’s a lot Easier if you just think of Declination as Latitude (North-South), as compared to the 12 Signs, which measure Longitude (East-West). What astrology considers to be a Conjunction, is really just two planets on the same Longitude. They could be far apart in Declination or Latitude. One of them might be overhead, while the other could be out of sight over the Southern or Northern Horizon! We Expect a Conjunction to be more profound if the two planets are also close in Declination, as well as Degree – we call that a Parallel Conjunction, because “Parallel” is another name for Latitude. If you’re Korean, you know very well what the “38th Parallel” is. Are Parallel Conjunctions more Intense? Since the use of Declination is relatively rare in astrology, and not Easy to find, I’m not at all sure we really know.
  • 4 Gay Hendricks’s The Big Leap is an excellent alternative approach to our Zone of Genius.
  • 5 Otherwise Reliable Sources tell me that our individual Cells, all N gazillion of them, each of which of course have their own Consciousness, have immediate access to all of the Information in the Universe through their Mitochondria. This access can be Blocked by Toxins and by Held Emotions. Held Emotions are those which we’d rather Die than Feel. That is, our Karma, and our Limitations, the same ones that inhibit the Unlimited Potential indicated by dwarf planet Chaos. Here we’re sneaking up on our Held Emotions by approaching them through the Physical Body, assisted by our Spiritual Breath and our Guiding Mental Concepts. In other words, yes, we may well encounter some Ego Death (it’s not actually I Would Rather Die Than Feel That! as much as it’s My Current Ego Must Be Transcended Before I’m Willing or Even Able to Feel That! ) along the way.
  • 6 We of course are not intending any Diagnosis, Treatment, Cure, or Prevention of any Disease, we can be sure that the FDA does not approve, and we do not intend to compete with or diminish the AMA or any other medical or pharmaceutical providers or organizations. We’re just suggesting a style of Meditation that might be useful for several purposes and is unlikely to Interfere with other approaches.

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.

Portal 21-25.5

May 20, 2015

galk5564bpAren’t these lovely little Gems?  In many crystals, one metal or anion can substitute for the usual suspect.  In this Crystal with three metals, Galkhaite, the first metal can be either Cesium or Thallium, the second either Mercury or Copper or Zinc, the third either Arsenic or Antimony, and the anion is Sulfur (a metallic ion is positively charged, so to make a neutral Crystal you need a negatively charged partner, the anion).  So you don’t know whether a given specimen of it is innocent, or dangerous because of Radiation and/or Mercury and/or Arsenic!  Kind of like the Karma you thought you had successfully Denied, till Medusa saw through your subterfuge.  Good chance our defenses against our Yintegrity could get outed here!

We promised in Plenipotent New Moon to follow up on…

More soon, as the Star Capulus (Perseus’s sword) is also very close to the New Moon, and probably contributes to Algol’s reputation.  Algol and Capulus together represent one Coin of raw, unrestrained – even psychopathic by many standards – Sexual Energies, Algol the Magnetic and Capulus the Dynamic.  They also pair Sex and Ego Death as another Coin, and we could go on for a looong time on that subject.  Kelley introduces the notion that Perseus was an agent of the Patriarchy doing Inquisition duties, and we have more to say on that too.

And we will.  For instance, did you know that “ED” is the abbreviation for Ego Death?  But first, here are some pretty incredible tools for dealing with a New Moon that’s a gravitational lens for the Eye of Medusa…

Actually, the Star Algol, symbol of the I of M, is quite a bit Out of Bounds, so the New Moon doesn’t physically gravitationally lens it, only astrologicallyAstrology works mostly with Longitudes; if Declinations matched up too, we’d have an Eclipse or an Occultation.

To remind, this sort of type is intended for everyone to read, while the indented non-bold non-italic type is meant for anyone knowing some astrology or interested in picking it up by osmosis.  The doubly indented non-bold but italic type mostly defines astrological terms and esoterica, so can be completely ignored by anyone who doesn’t intend to learn astrology.

Two planets or stars on the same Longitude are Conjunct; two on the same Declination are “Parallel.”  Declination is used instead of Latitude; Latitude measures the angular distance from the Earth’s Equator, while Declination measures the angular distance from the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (the “Ecliptic”).  Since the Earth is tilted (which is why many of us have Seasons), Latitude and Declination aren’t the same, though we can think of Declination as Celestial Latitude. 

The Celestial equivalent of Longitude is called “Right Ascension,” and starts at the Aries Point, or the Sun’s Longitude at the Northern Equinox.  This makes Right Ascension (RA) and astrological Longitude basically equal in Tropical astrology, once you divide RA into Signs.  Physical Longitude of course starts in London.  In both Sidereal astrology and physical geography, the Aries Point moves, so Right Ascension and Longitude are only equal every 26,ooo years or so. 

When both Longitude and Declination align, we have a “Parallel Conjunction,” which may be known as an Eclipse or an Occultation, depending on who’s Occulting and who’s Eclipsed.  Both words mean the same thing, that one body crosses in front of the other.  When the Occulting body is smaller than the Occulted body, though, since that’s not usually considered an Eclipse, it’s called a physical “Transit,” like the “Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun” in 2012.  An “Annular Eclipse” occurs when the Occulting Moon, being at the far end of it’s elliptical orbit, appears to us as smaller than the almost-Occulted Sun, so the Eclipse is incomplete.  To “Occult” something just means to hide it.

An astrological Transit is something different.  A Transit occurs when a planet, in the sky now, makes a major Angle or Harmonic to a planet in your natal chart.  A Harmonic is a fraction of the Zodiac.  The First Harmonic is a Conjunction (1/1).  The Second Harmonic is an Opposition (1/2, or half way ’round the Loop), the Third a Trine (1/3), the Fourth a Square (1/4), etc.  Multiples of Harmonics, like the Quincunx (5/12) can also be considered as Transits, though they’re often called “minor” Angles, as are the Harmonics above the Fourth.

And before we forget, we want to introduce our next Portal…

Venus Opposes Pluto on 21 May and Squares Uranus on 25 May.  With Pluto Retrograde and Uranus moving forward, the Uranus-Pluto Square is now outside of our usual three-degree Orb or Sensitivity.  Nevertheless I’ll wager we’ll still experience the Uranus T-Square rather loudly, as something like…

Putting finishing-school touches on our Yintegrity.  If you’ve forgotten, Yintegrity means doing exactly what you Feel like Doing, when you Feel like Doing it – as opposed to Yangtegrity, which means Doing what you said you were going to Do.  Of course, if you Live in a World that hasn’t made the transition yet, in order to Live in Yintegrity you may have to reduce your Commitments, Renegotiate the remaining when your Intentions shift, and make Amends later when your shifts are too sudden for Renegotiation and your audience is of Value to you. 

OR, you can accelerate the Planet’s Ascension, by just Living your Yintegrity and letting the chips fall where they may, since the Chips will be things you didn’t really Love anyway.  Imagining doing this will probably engender Fear, which is great, since you want to be Loving with that Fear first, while imagining, before you jump in.  If you Feel Your Fear and Do It Anyway, your Fear may Manifest on you.  Of course, if you Feel Your Fear and Love it to Death, or use Dr. D’Eramo’s ABC process…

  • A. Be Aware of your Fear
  • B. Breathe while spreading your shoulders and arching your spine
  • C. Choose a far better alternative

Then go for it.  Be Aware that this is a variation of Empathizing with your Fear, so if you’re Open to them, Miracles may be available for you to Choose.  The C in ABC is a fabulous time to turbocharge your PIAVAs.  For B we could even add Let Go of our Limiting Beliefs and shout YOO HOO! so the Miracles can rush in.  Imagine how the World would Change if we all shouted YOO HOO! in the middle of a frightful Manifestation.

What a “coincidence”!  This Portal turns out to be a perfect foil for a Medusa New Moon!  Like with all those Grand Trines Pi gave us in 2013 to ease our transition, Pi is good to us!  She’s uncompromising on the Responsibility bit, but She recognizes that we need time to figure it out, and reps to practice it.  Our Gratitude is in order. 

~~~  YOO HOO!  ~~~