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August 6, 2017

As we said last time, things haven’t felt very satisfying or stable the last several days, as Jupiter Squares Pluto, amplified by the impending 7 August Full-Moon Partial Eclipse, prelude to the 21 August Big One.   The Jupiter-Pluto Cycle is about Expanding our Transformation, and the two Squares in the Cycle are about being Challenged to Master the next stage of our Transmogrification. 

Remember that Pluto astroevents are like floating down a big River.  You can hear the roar of the rapids ahead and you can steer to one bank or the other to portage around them, but if you try to paddle upstream you’ll just get swept backwards over the falls.  So Resistance is not only futile, it’s Self-Destructive.  Go with the Flow.

Of the two Squares in any Cycle (when the two planets are three Signs apart), the first or Waxing Square is about being Challenged to Let Go of the dregs of the previous Cycle and fully Commit to the present one.  The second or Waning Square is about Letting Go of any Attachment you’ve made to the current Cycle, because the Energies of the current Cycle are disintegrating.  Think Barnes & Noble, post-Amazon.

So, what are we Letting Go of – what’s the Current Cycle about?  It was Initiated 12 December 2007 at 29 Sagittarius, “A fat boy mowing the lawn of his house on an elegant suburban street.”  Always a puzzling Symbol.  Rudhyar’s interpretation seems oriented toward Materialism, Ego, and Status-Quo; he sometimes did that.  Sagittarius is itself about Letting Go, Spiritual Fire, burning away what’s Obsolete, before we start over on version 4.0 with a whole new Grounding, and the last Degree of Sagittarius should be a final big Catharsis. 

So the Symbol is Antonymous.  Being Non-Dual, the Unconscious Loves tko be Antonymous.  That’s why She has a reputation as a Trickster.  So what means it?  Well, the “elegant” neighborhood tells us we’re dealing with Materiality and probably Ego-Attachment.  Elsie Channeled these Symbols in the 1930s, so the boy’s heft is probably not a symptom of the modern Salt- and Sugar- and Chemical-laden microwaved synthetic GMO diet, but simply to Over-Indulgence.  Of course it could be genetic; the boy may be on his way to becoming the fastest Offensive Lineman in the NFL, but I don’t think the adjective “fat” would be the most apt word to describe that.

The “fat” conflicts with “mowing,” as we’re used to associating fat with inactivity.  So it’s easy to imagine the lad sweating and grumbling to himself.  Perhaps it’s a punishment – if he did it frequently he’d probably weigh less.  Every time I see that Symbol I can’t help but think of J.R. Simplot’s house in Boise, which is perched on top of a small hillock, 30-40 feet above the elegant suburban street, surrounded by lawn on the slopes, which seem not so far from vertical.  Boise is hot in the summer, when grass grows, so this kid is unlikely to make it through even one mowing without hospitalization.

Now, if we add to this image the fact that since 2007 we’ve seen a vast reorganization of modern Life, the Symbol smacks of the need for Sustainability.  Sustainability and Sustenance are really the same thing, and they imply Letting Go of the Unnecessary.  What it reminds me of is the ongoing Pholus-Quaoar-Galactic Center Stellium, which in no uncertain terms reminds us that we’re Responsible for the Survival of the Planet. 

So Bottom Line, this Jupiter-Pluto Cycle is about Letting Go of our Materialism, and the Waning Square of the Cycle is about Stepping Away from that Letting Go.  The nature of a Waning Square is that we don’t know what comes next.  Our Assignment is to clear away all Expectations so we can be Open to the next Cycle without preconceptions.  If we knew what the next Cycle was about, we’d contaminate it by viewing it through the eyes of the old Cycle.  In other words, our Transformation is no longer about Letting Go of Attachment to Materialism.  It’s about Curiosity and Wonder.

The Waning Square was Exact at half-past 10am PDT on 4 August.  When outer planets make Angles to one another, they often do it three or more times, which gives us Opportunities to practice.  This is the third time Jupiter has Squared Pluto.  We call the third time a “Confidence-Builder” event, because by now we’ve had our practice.  The first Waning Square was 24 November 2016; we call that the “Can-Opener” because if we don’t do astrology, we’re usually caught off guard by the abrupt shift in Energy.

So if you have a journal you can look to see what sort of Experiences you Enjoyed (or otherwise), internally and externally, Circumstances and Reactions, last mid-November, as the Energy was intensifying.  If you don’t have a journal you can look back to and the several posts preceding it.  It was a very busy time. 

The second Waning Square is usually when the faster planet is Retrograde, so we Experience the same Energies less Dramatically, giving us time and space to Learn more about them.  We call this second recurrence an “Exposition” because it Exposes more information about what’s going on.  Whatever we didn’t resolve at the Can-Opener (when we’re often Overwhelmed by the new Energy) or at the Exposition, will be Lit Up now, at the Confidence-Builder. 

It’s mop-up time around Materialism and Ego-Attachment to it.  There’s a big White House on the east coast of the US where all that’s being Acted Our for us in Real Time on Reality TV.  With a fat boy mowing the greens of his elegant suburban golf course even.


June 6, 2016

Natacha asks…

Could you please post an article about the Quintile series of aspects?  I have hard time understanding how they work together, and the specific vibration of each one of them.  That would be: decile (36°), quintile (72°), bi-quintile (144°) and tredecile (108°).  I understand that the quintile is the matrix of all the others, but it is hard to grasp the working mechanic of the series.  This would be very helpful. Thank you so much.

Sure.  I’ll even do it in bold italic, since these kinds of underlying geometries are bottom line to the way we do astrology.

I use Angeles Arrien’s excellent Tarot Handbook to define the “Harmonics.”  If two planets are a fifth of the way ’round the Zodiacal loop from one another, they are “Quintile” to one another, and they dance together in the Fifth Harmonic.  I don’t know Music, but if you do, you probably know a lot more about this than I do.

Since we follow Rudhyar’s Cyclical astrology (his Lunation Cycle, for instance), it’s technically more accurate to say that the faster planet Quintiles the slower one, or the slower planet is Quintiled by the faster one.  So for instance on 9 June, Vesta makes a Waxing Quintile to Pluto while the Moon makes a Waning Quintile to Pluto.  The Angle Waxes while it’s still growing, but then, after the Opposition, it Wanes.  The difference is that the Energy of the Cycle is still Expanding while the Angle is Waxing, but when it’s Waning the Energy of the Cycle is moderating.

The combination creates a Quintile Yod Configuration – two planets Quintile to one another, each of which is Biquintiled by a third planet.  The third planet is the focus of the Q-Yod.  

To interpret the Q-Yod, we would say that we are Transforming (Pluto) the relationship between our Unconscious Beliefs (Vesta) and our Instincts (Moon) – hopefully that means we’re Learning to Trust our Instincts more, so that they’re less censored and censured by our Unconscious Beliefs.

To interpret the Waxing Vesta-Pluto Quintile by itself, we would say that we are Learning (Quintile) more about this Vesta-Pluto Cycle, which is about artifacts of an ancient culture (the Cycle was Initiated at 14 Capricorn), and more specifically, we’re beginning to establish new Habits (Biquintile) based on what we’ve Learned to Trust (we’re now past the Waxing Square, or the place where the Energy of the current Cycle has forced out the Resistance of the previous Cycle) about which of our Unconscious Beliefs still “grow Corn.”

Which, “coincidentally,” resonates with the primary 9 June Energy, which is about Removing our Masks, or the places where we hide from ourself and others.

To interpret the Waning Vesta-Pluto Quintile by itself, we might say that we are Learning (Quintile) to be Grateful for the Gifts of previous Privilege, as we prepare to Let them Go (the Waning Biquintile occurs just prior to the Phitile, or Fruiting of the Cycle) and move on to a different sort of relationship with Slavery (the Cycle was Initiated at 18 Capricorn).  Again, the Biquintile is about Changing Patterns.

The Waxing Moon-Vesta Quintile, occurring as it does prior to the Waxing Square, may involve Unconscious Learning (Quintile), as we adapt to the building of the Energy of the new Cycle, which in this case is about Preparedness (Vesta Initiated the Moon at 9 Gemini).  Of course, if we were aligned with the new Energy at the Initiation, and we Trust the new Energy, we may be very Conscious about it.

For instance, if we Trust the Uranus-Pluto and Uranus-Eris Cycles and we Believe in Yindependence (which we might paraphrase as Freedom and Compassion), we’d be Preparing for four years of Bernie.  If we Believe in Yangdependence (Freedom and Competition) we’d be Preparing for regresssion to the 19th Century with The Donald.  If we just prefer Dependence, we’d be relaxing back into the 20th Century and Hillary.

That’s all “tongue in cheek,” so don’t get riled about it – but do try to understand the astrological Perspective I’m offering there, even if it’s not the Perspective you’d use.  It’s just meant as a Heuristic, not any sort of interpretation or prognostication.

The Fifth Harmonic, and the Quintile, is about Learning and Teaching.  To get quickly to the essence of things, we (I’m using the “editorial we” here, not trying to dictate how everyone should do things) shortcut all Quintile Angles, including the Biquintile, as simply about Learning.  A Waxing Triquintile is just a Waning Biquintile.  When looking for a first-cut overview, we don’t bother with Cycles, so we don’t worry about which planet is faster, we just look at the Angle between the two planets.

The Biquintile, as distinguished from the Quintile itself, would be about Learning to adopt (Waxing) or Release (Waning) new Habit Patterns, as it combines the Fifth Harmonic with the Second, and the Second Harmonic is about the Power of Ritual.  Or, if we were ignoring the Waxing/Waning dimension for the sake of an efficient overview, the Biquintile would be about Changing Patterns.  Since it’s Repetitions that cement Habits and Patterns and Rituals and Archetypes and Karma, we could say that the Biquintile is about the Power of Repetition.  Roke’s Master Patterner, for example.

Numerologically, the Tenth Harmonic reduces to the First Harmonic, or the Magic of Communication in all its forms and applications.  But in a Cyclical rather than Linear context, the Tenth Harmonic is subsidiary to the Fifth, because a Bidecile Angle is in fact a Quintile.  The Tenth Harmonic is Fortune.  Technically, it’s The Wheel of Fortune, which can run over us as well as turn in our favor.

Our bias, though, is that it’s all about Learning, so even when Fortune seems to turn against us, it’s only in order to provide us with Information that we can use to Manifest even more Fortuitous circumstances than we otherwise would.  When we PIAVA, the Universe always Responds.  If we’re ready, the Universe gives us what we Asked for.  If we aren’t ready, the Universe gives us Information about why we had to Ask for it, and haven’t been Enjoying it all along.

It’s kind of like the old story about Give a man a Fish and he’ll eat, but Teach a man to drink beer in a boat, and he’ll Fish all day long.

This a Powerful Perspective to bring to our Victim spaces.  Whatever it is we’re Asking for, someone somewhere probably already Enjoys it.  Even if we don’t know anyone, we can Imagine it.  So, why not us?  Well, if it’s hard, we probably have Unconscious Resistance to Manifesting it.  So we get the homework assignment to Get Conscious of any relevant Unconscious Limits and Choose to Create different Patterns. 

That’s why we Pay Attention if nothing appeared to happen after a few days of Changing the Subject, so we can Ask ourself what did happen, and Wonder how that might possibly be related to what we PIAVAed.  It’s also why we don’t recommend making too many PIAVAs at once – we won’t be able to sort out all of the new Information in order to use it to our greatest advantage.

So we simply regard the Decile Angle as fortuitous.  The Tridecile, or Tredecile, brings in the Third Dimension, Love with Wisdom – even more fortuitous.  We get the Grace of Love, without the Codependence of Naive Trust.

We could take it a step further.  The Tridecile is one Twentieth of the way ’round the Zodiac past the Square.  The Square, or the Fourth Harmonic, signifies Healthy Control, as the place where Clarity returns and it’s now Clear that the new Cycle is in Charge (Waxing) – or the place where it’s now Clear that the current Cycle is descending into the Void (Waning).  Either way, we don’t have to hedge our bets any more.  The Twentieth Harmonic is about Decisions that can withstand the test of Time.  So at the Tridecile we’re firing on all cylinders.

If we’re going to talk about Learning, we need to also talk about Curiosity and Confusion.  We live in a Patriarchy where the “left brain,” with all its Analysis and Logic and Debate and Rules, dominates the surface.  The “right brain,” with its focus on Vision and Intuition and Relationship and Yindependence, runs underground, or, we might say, has been run into the dirt.  Logic is a house of cards built on top of Assumptions that are almost never explicit.  The Assumptions of Yangtegrity are the equivalent of Unconscious Limits – they need to be brought into the Light of Day where we can see if they still grow Corn.

The “left brain” is useless for examining the Unknown, and by definition, the Unconscious is the Unknown.  On the other hand, the “right brain” has a fabulous Skillset for doing exactly this.  Intuition, yes, but foremost, Curiosity.  Not Curiosity as in Questions looking for Answers, that’s “left brain.”  But Curiosity as in Invitation to Insight.  As with PIAVA, there must be a Change of Subject between Curiosity and Insight, or our old Patterns will absolutely Resist any Change.

Insight is very different from Analysis, because Insight leads us to New Perspectives, the very New Perspectives that can shift us from Despair to Miracles, as seeing the World through new eyes reveals different dimensions and relationships. Analysis can only shuffle the existing deck.  Curiosity is akin to Love (the “greatest of these three”), in that they both eschew Judgment.  Analysis seeks out Judgment.  Without being Open to the New, we’re condemned to repeat the same old same old.

The first stage of Growth is Confusion, as our old mental structures are no longer adequate to constrain our World.  A fundamental question to Ask ourself, if we want to follow the tremendous Changes that are shaking our Planet, is How is it that we Unconsciously Respond to Confusion?  Fear is a common Response, as is Anger.  Talk to someone whose Rhetoric is different from yours, and you’ll notice that when you get close to touching their faulty Assumptions, they get Angry – and we probably do the same.

One of our most important Masks to remove, is the one between Confusion and our usual Response to it.  Neither Fear nor Anger serves to help us Grow quickly into new circumstances.  By examining our Fear and Anger, we can work our way back to Confusion itself, and Teach ourself to relish the Feeling of Confusion, to invite it into our house as an honored guest, toast it, and Relax into it.  Learn to Enjoy it.

To do that you’ll have to Feel Safe, and to the extent that our Safety depends on our mental structures, that’ll never happen.  So to Enjoy Confusion we need to move our Assemblage Point from Understanding to Trust or Faith.  We can’t do that “on Faith,” we need some kind of Support for a Belief that Trust or Faith is even possible.  How to start on that project?  PIAVA it.

Now Retipuj Too

January 7, 2016

If we look for the most unique news event in the Collective during Mercury’s first crossing of Pallas and Pluto, and Squaring of Uranus, we find the recovery of the SpaceX first-stage rocket.  

Background, if you’ve missed the story: The US Space Agency, NASA, has been inviting private industry and small startups into the “Space Race,” in the effort to spur innovation and reduce cost.  Successful bidders include SpaceX, a rocket company founded and run by Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla, SolarCity), whose primary motivation seems to be to colonize Mars.  

Satellite-launching rockets cost tens of millions to build, and they’ve been considered disposable, used once and discarded.  Musk’s notion is to recover and reuse them.  In mid-December a SpaceX rocket successfully launched eleven communication satellites, then turned ’round and came home, landing nose up in a bed of fire a few miles from its launch site in Florida.  Jeff Bezos’s (Amazon) rocket company, Blue Origin, has also successfully recovered used rockets by landing them vertically, but his rockets don’t reach orbital altitudes.

SpaceX aims to reduce space travel costs by 99% with rocket recovery.  Potential for increased space littering aside, this kind of puts us back in the 1960s, when the Sky was no longer the Limit, and folks purportedly walked on the Moon, before OPEC threw a wet blanket on our plans to emulate the Jetsons.  Global Warming, Syria and Russia, and the rise of China were also prominent at the Mercury-Pluto Can-Opener.

So we can expect more development of the subway-to-Mars story in mid-January, at the Mercury-Pluto Exposition.  Apart from the time-local Mercury Can-Opener template, the SpaceX story is also an excellent example of another phenomenon, the astrological Cycle.  We’ve been referring to 2012-15 as “The Return of the ’60s” because Pluto Initiated a new Cycle with Uranus in 1965, and a characteristic of the astrological Cycle is that a new Energy emerges at the Initiation, then goes underground during the first one fourth of the Cycle, or until the planets “Square” one another.  After this Waxing Square, the new Energy spreads widely.  The Uranus-Pluto Square spanned 2012-2015, and we’ve seen a number of other ’60s themes becoming prominent – civil/human rights and marijuana decriminalization among the most obvious. 

Two planets are said to “Square” one another, or to “be Square” to each other, when they are 90 Degrees apart, or one fourth of the way around the Zodiac from one another.   In “Tropical” astrology, which we practice, the two imaginary lines drawn from Earth to each planet would be perpendicular to each other.  So one of them would be rising or setting when the other was directly overhead.  

A “Waxing” Square is created when the faster planet reaches one fourth of the way around the Zodiacal loop, ahead of the slower planet.  The slower planet is moving too, so the Square doesn’t occur 90 Degrees from where the planets met, but rather when there are 90 Degrees between the two planets in real time.  The “Waning” Square occurs when the faster planet is 270 Degrees ahead of, or 90 Degrees behind, the slower planet.

Keep in mind that the planets move from West to East.  Its the daily turning of the Earth into the East that makes it look to us as though the planets and Stars and Sun and Moon move from East to West.  You can see how the planets themselves move by taking a snapshot of the Sky every night at midnight.

As the name implies, a Square signifies a Fourth Harmonic relationship between the two planets.  The Fourth Harmonic is about Dominion, and the Square is about Mastery through Challenge.  If you think about your frustrations and breakthroughs in trying to Relate to someone who is very different from you in ways that you don’t understand, you’ll get a good handle on the Square.  If you succumb to Preconceptions and Judgments and Other People’s Opinions and Expectations, you won’t get very far in either Relationships or Squares.  If you’re genuinely interested in overcoming the barriers, willing to learn and practice new Skills, able to try something else when one strategy doesn’t work, open to Surprise, able to Suspend Judgment, and willing to give yourself credit for all the hard Work, you’ll find both Relationships and Squares to be Exciting and Rewarding.

Now it’s Jupiter’s turn to face the Mirror at the back of the bus – Retipuj Egardorter.  We pay attention to the Stations, when a planet is changing directions, because that’s one of the times when a planet’s influence is Strongest, and because of these triple-plays, which are often Life-Changing.  Jupiter’s triple-cross spans 14-24 Degrees of Virgo and mid-October 2015 through early August 2016.  Jupiter starts moving forward again on 9 May.  

One of Jupiter’s triple-plays, for instance, is an Opposition to Chiron.  The Can-Opener occurred in early November.  Jupiter may have Expanded your Discouragement then, in an effort to get you to step over the wall into Miracles.  If you allowed Preconceptions and Judgments to slow you down then – this is common for Can-Openers, because they introduce us to new territory – we get another chance at the Exposition in late February.  Expositions are easier, first because we’ve now seen it before, but also because events and feelings unfold more slowly and gradually, giving us a better opportunity to study and understand what’s going on.  Our Confidence-Builder will occur in mid-August.

The Jupiter-Station chart is a busy one…

  • The Jupiter-Edargorter Station is Conjunct the North Node, while the Moon and Ixion T-Square the Nodes
  • Jupiter is also the focus of a Yod based on the Ceres-Eris Sextile
  • It’s also the tail of a South-Node Kite, Grand-Trining Pallas and Sedna
  • Sedna’s the focus of a Yod from the Haumea-Moon/Ixion Sextile
  • Haumea has it’s own Yod, based on the North Node-Eris Sextile
  • Pallas is also the focus of a T-Square across the Haumea-Eris Opposition
  • Eris is Stationary, turning Direct in two days at the head of a second Kite with s Chaos-Ceres-Haumea Grand Trine, T-Squared by the New Moon 
  • The Eris-Haumea Opposition also forms a Trioctile Box with the Orcus-Neptune Opposition

It’s going to be a hard month for keeping secrets, and for keeping our remaining Masks held tight, as the New Moon extends this chart into the rest of January.  Our “Pathological Genius” – our Unique Skills that have been Shamed into the Dungeon – will be irrepressible.  Fear may be prominent, especially Fear of Abandonment and Annihilation as we move through the Ego Deaths necessary for Rebirth into our own Truth.  There will be Boundaries to be moved, to Allow new parts of our Self to emerge into the Light of Day and to Defend their right to do so.  It won’t feel any better but it will help anyway, if we remember that Courage is not the absence of Fear but the willingness to Act in the face of Fear.  

If you have any natal planets in 14-24 Degrees of any of the mutable Signs (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius), Jupiter is asking you to Expand around them.

This is basically the Pisces, Aries, and Taurus Duads of Virgo, a Duad being one twelfth of a Sign.  If we regard Virgo (which we do) as the place where we dissemble the individual Ego in order to prepare to meet Other, then this is the area where we’ve pretty much dissembled, and now we’re starting to experiment with rebuilding.  

Saturn and Juno, Portal 3.8-14

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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.