Archive for the ‘Eclipses’ Category

August Total Solar Eclipse

March 4, 2017

It’s definitely not too soon, and may be a bit late, to Plan to attend the 21 August North American Total Solar Eclipse.  You probably want to PIAVA your attendance as well as Plan it.  A Total Solar Eclipse is a Lifetime-Quality-Amazing, Life-Changing event, even though it lasts only 2-3 minutes.  I still have a vivid memory of the one I was lucky enough to attend in 1979, and I’m Planning to attend this one.  Darkness falls before it gets to Europe or Africa, so it’s visible only from the US and the two adjacent Oceans.  The 45-mile-wide Path of Totality, starting at 10:15am PDT, takes about two and a half hours to cross Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Some useful resources…

http://www.mcglaun.com/eclipse/2017/maps.htm

http://www.mcglaun.com/eclipse/2017/path_through_the_us.HTM

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=4314

https://www.nasa.gov/content/eye-safety-during-a-total-solar-eclipse

Because Absence is just about the only way to bring the Ubiquitous into Consciousness, and because the Nature of the Unconscious is Ubiquitousness, we regard a Solar Eclipse as a Powerful symbol of Illumination.  The Eclipse chart is remarkable; we’ll dissect it later.

Blessing Full Moon Eclipse

February 8, 2017

Two planets are “Sextile” to one another when they’re within a few Degrees of being two Signs apart, or one sixth of the way ’round the Zodiac from one another.  The Angle from one planet to another determines how their Energies are Relating to one another.  One sixth of the way ’round the Loop is a 60-Degree Angle, and it’s a very positive Angle.  

The Sixth Harmonic (ie, one sixth of the Circle) is about Partnership, Collaboration with Others, and particularly with a Special Other.  Well-functioning Partnership makes Life a lot Easier – with two cats in the yard and all.

The Trine (Third Harmonic, 120 Degrees or four Signs apart, a third of the Loop) represents “Dumb-Luck” Grace – things flow so Effortlessly that we don’t even know that there could be Resistance.  Personalizing a Trine – thinking the Ease is a result of our own special heroism – creates insufferable Arrogance.  

The Sextile is more subtle.  It only Opens the door to Grace after we’ve taken the “first step.”  If we don’t take the first step, nothing happens.  Kind of the way Partnership works – one of us has to take the first step.  There’s generally no Arrogance involved, more like Surprise and Gratitude instead.

We use the term “Grand” when any set of Angles fills the Circle – three Trines back-to-back is called a “Grand Trine,” six Sextiles end-to-end a “Grand Sextile.”  Generally, the “Grand” Configurations are Blessings.  Even the Grand Cross, which is four Squares (each 90 Degrees, one fourth of the Loop), is a Benefic, even though it’s made up of four Angles which by themselves would be Challenging.  It’s Benefic because, like the other “Grands,” it’s Balanced.

Many folks consider the Grand Sextile – a six-pointed Star – to be the greatest Configuration of all.  A Grand Sextile contains two Grand Trines, so there’s plenty of Dumb-Luck Grace.  But there’s also all that Collaboration flowing from six Sextiles all working together, once we set it all in motion.

The long-lived Ixion Golden Rectangle we’ve been touting for months is made of two Trines and two Sextiles, so while it doesn’t include a Grand Trine, it does fill the Circle and is relatively Balanced, so it’s also fairly “Grand,” it’s a very beneficial Configuration.  Well, the 10 February (4:30 pm PST) Full Moon Eclipse, at 23 Leo-Aquarius, turns that Golden Rectangle into a Grand Sextile.  Break out the Champagne!  It’s short-lived, since it’s the fast-moving Moon that forms the Configuration, but we get a solid half-day out of it, from around 11am till 11pm PST on 10 February.

Grand Sextiles occur in either the Dynamic Signs or the Magnetic Signs, this one in the Dynamics.  So Action is implied as our strategy most likely to be successful.  That means Brave and Brash.  The six points on the Star represent the six Energies that will Dance hand in hand on 10 February…

  • Trusting Intuition, Trusting Self (Moon in Leo)
  • Big Rebirth – take the Risk to meet new People and Be a new Person (Jupiter-Haumea in Libra)
  • Forbidden Creativity – take the Risk to loose the chains and really Be Your Scariest Self (Saturn-Ixion in Sagittarius)
  • Party it Up and Celebrate Community (Sun in Aquarius)
  • Be Unabashedly Yourself, no holding back or thinking about Consequences (Uranus-Eris in Aries)
  • Whenever you Feel a Should coming on, Cancel-Neutralize-Upgrade it before it can get past the Sh-h- (Atropos-Chaos in Gemini)

Any Full Moon Eclipse is Stronger than the average Full Moon.  This one is a “Penumbral” Eclipse, which means you have to look very closely to notice the slight darkening of one side of the Moon.  While a Full Moon does its work by Illuminating what was hidden, an Eclipse does its work by making absent what was there all along but not differentiated.  If all you see is a Forest, then they log half the Trees, suddenly you see, through their absence, that there were Trees there too, not just a Forest.

So a Penumbral Eclipse does double duty.  The Full Moon is almost as bright as usual, illuminating what we need to see to make our next jump in Growth of Consciousness.  It’s also Eclipsed – we may have to squint to notice, but the Eclipse Energy is there – so what’s been hiding in plain sight suddenly becomes obvious by its absence – and that is our next jump in Consciousness.  

We don’t Grow in Consciousness through Discovery; we Grow through Differentiation, through Noticing what we hadn’t Noticed before.  That’s what Meditation is all about.  You might Notice that you’ve been Shoulding on yourself without Realizing it till now, for instance.  Or you may find that your Limits are Illuminated in such a way that you Realize that they’re your Limiting Beliefs, not the “Laws of Nature” you thought they were.

There’s a lot more to this Full Moon and Eclipse; we’ll take that up in the next couple of posts.

The 23.3 Maker Eclipse I

March 19, 2016

Wednesday’s (5am PDT 23 March) Lunar Eclipse is only Penumbral.  That means that you’ll have to watch closely to notice that there’s a slight darkening of the Moon’s light, as the Earth blocks only the fringe of the Sun’s Light.  It’ll be easy to miss even when looking straight at it on a cloudless night.  I tend to discount the importance of Penumbral Eclipses, but others don’t, and there’s every reason to assume that they know more about it than me.  Since I see Eclipses as bringing into Consciousness through Differentiation that which was ubiquitous or obvious before, we could see a Penumbral Eclipse as very subtle Growth in Consciousness.  And just because it’s subtle doesn’t mean it can’t be momentous – you just may not realize it for a while.

Though there isn’t much subtle about this Eclipse chart.  First we need to remember that during this Eclipse Saturn, Ixion, Pholus, Klotho, and Sappho are all Stationary.  Plus, dwarf planet Quaoar (the Law-Giver) is also Stationary, on 29 March.  That’s a load for a background.  

Quaoar doesn’t hand down The Law because he’s a Control Freak; he hands it down because he knows what will promote Survival and what will destroy it, and he’s on the side of Survival.  Quaoar’s Station is a hare’s breath from the Cusp of Capricorn, implying that the next twelve months will see our last opportunity to Let Go of our Resistance to Allowing Change, and to Let Go of our unnecessarily extravagant Lifestyle, before it becomes painfully obvious that we just need to Fix It, and to hell with the oil companies and the multinationals.  Since Just Fixing It will involve painful sacrifice, we’re waaay ahead to Attend to our Sustenance this year, so we’re already adjusted when the scat hits the blades.

And of course it’s an Equalnox, already a Cleansing and a Rebirth even without the embellishments.

There are two big Configurations in the Eclipse chart.  First, the Eclipse itself is Conjunct dwarf planet Makemake (Manifestation) – a Maker Eclipse.  Mercury (Communication) Conjoins the Sun.  The Moon heads a Powerful Kite, with Mars (Physical Energy) and asteroid Hopi (Reverence for All Things) at the arms of the Grand Trine (Grace).  The Eclipse Axis is also the base of a T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) focused on Stationary Quaoar, Centaur Hylonome, and asteroid Lachesis.  

Quaoar-Hylonome-Lachesis is an interesting Challenge.  Lachesis is about measuring the length of a Lifetime, the span between Ego Deaths.  Hylonome is about Divorcing ourselves from the Archetypes that have been controlling our Reactions to Life, and the Ego Death that inevitably accompanies such a Divorce.  “How will I Survive without that!?!?” says our Resistance, and the short answer is, You won’t, because your Old You is being retired, to be replaced by the New You that’s being designed now.  We can hang your old jersey from the rafters if you cherish it.

We could well encounter a period of Confusion, where we aren’t at all sure just Who We Are.  As much as you can, Let that Be.  Confusion is the first stage of Growth, and any retreat from Confusion is a retreat into your Old, obsolete Ego.  You’d much rather slither out of that old Snakeskin now while the slithering is easy, than have it ripped off of you later, as fingernails take a while to grow back.

The asteroid Vesta also makes a Quincunx Bridge across the Full Moon-Eclipse Axis…

An excellent test of how your very subtle Growth is progressing will be your sense of Being Violated.  Certainly not physically, but if you encounter Insults, Pay Attention.  That’s one of your Unconscious Limiting Beliefs that’s being Insulted, and the name of the game here is Letting Go of Unconscious Limiting Beliefs.  Take a time-out, be Loving and Present with your Feeling of Being Insulted, and take as much time as you need to start seeing the Humor in it.  The person who Insulted you is an Ally – though not necessarily a friend.  You don’t have to, and probably don’t want to, share with them your Insights about the Limiting Beliefs you’re transcending.  They may not even be aware of Insulting you.

Take my word for it, this is the Easy way.

You know those new-fangled 3D “printers”?  That’s the sense in which this is a “Maker” Eclipse – it’s “printing” you a new Identity.  

We’ll do the second Configuration in the next installment.

Kundalini Rising II

March 6, 2016

The Elves of Lily Hill Farm don’t mince words (Penny Kelly, p.191)…

“Humans are at the top of nature’s heap.  Ye humans need everything that’s in the heap under ye to support yer form of life.  But nothing in the heap needs that human at the top.  Ye humans are the most expendable of all – yet ye all think yer indispensable!  

“Picture the security of the human race right now as one lonely person riding a unicycle across a tightrope that is tied between two poles anchored in soup bowls floating on an ocean,  Yer position is tenuous – at best.”

But there be Hope (Genia Haddon, Body Metaphors, pp.108-9)…

“Neither participational consciousness [the original Matriarchy] nor differentiating objectivity [the Patriarchy] characterizes this third model.  It [the Age of the Yang Feminine – the Age of Lilith] encourages a ‘both-and’ way of looking at things.  Although uncommon in the Patriarchal Age, this sort of consciousness is sometimes experiened in mystical states or with the aid of psychedelic drugs.  

“A pair of opposites that are mutually exclusive as seen by patriarchal, differentiating consciousness are no longer contradictory when comprehended by mentation that simultaneously holds awareness of various levels or orders of wholes.  In other words, this is a style of consciousness that is attentive to varying contexts and can shift from one to another, or even hold several in awareness simultaneously [Castaneda’s ‘Cognitive Dissonance’].

“In such a system, we should expect to experience life as multivalent rather than focused, contextually transformative rather than goal oriented.  Within the gestative system [Matriarchy], movement was contained and cyclic.  The metaphor for progress was natural, vegetative proliferation and succession of seasons.  Phases succeeded one another in a repeating pattern, like a circle, or like the snake biting its tail.  

“In the phallic system, movement is goal oriented and linear, like a arrow.  Progress is pictured as ascent achieved through competition and mastery.  In the exertive [Yang Feminine] system, movement is to be rooted in context and emerging out of it, like a spiral or helix … [in which] interleaved ascending and descending coils suggest the contexting of ‘opposites’ within a larger whole that retains their distinctions, yet transcends their opposition [the ‘Coin’].”

“In an Age reflecting the nature of the exertive womb [Yang Feminine] rather than the phallus, property ownership and exploitation would simply cease to be meaningful concepts, based as they are on patriarchal principles of separating out and power over.  It is beyond my capacity to picture concretely such a world based on exertive-world principles of egalitarian networks, contextual transformation, and holistic transcendence.  

“To appreciate how alien exertive-womb principles still are, try to imagine what sort of pattern would replace ‘ownership’ of animal pets by ‘masters’ in an age in which the dominant motif is no longer hierarchical. … These are the watchwords: context, egalitarian, transformation, multiple wholes, self-transcendence, non-uniform multiplicity, both-and simultaneity without loss of distinctions, network.”

Here’s an example of Both/And/And-that-too, from Robert Moss’s Dreaming True pp290-1…

“The philosopher of Science Thomas Kuhn observed that we get a paradigm shift when the accumulation of ‘anomalies’ forces the abandonment of old scientific paradigms and the adoption of new ones.  Dream journalists can contribute mightily to the emergence and understanding of new paradigms in science” by, for instance…

  • “Case studies of interactive dreaming that will provide mutually confirming evidence that consciousness is never confined to the brain.
  • “Documented and witnessed reports of dream precognition, telepathy, and other psi phenomena that will establish that these are entirely natural events and that our everyday experience is not the only engagement with time and space that is possible.
  • “Serial dreams in which we return to locales where we seem to be leading a continuous life as our present selves, but with some different elements in the scene.  For example: we may be married to a different person, living in a different town, following a different line of work.  Serial dreams of this type may provide strong experiential evidence for the ‘parallel universes’ hypothesis.
  • “Serial dreams in which we enter the situation or perspective of people living in other times or dimensions who are clearly not our familiar selves.  These experiences may be suggestive of our connectedness, in our multidimensional identity, with a vast family of consciousness in many time periods and frequency domains.”

The Eclipse Grand Cross is tight, spanning only three Degrees, 17-19 of the Mutable Signs (Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini).

In general, Angles between planets that are less than three Degrees apart can be considered to have a strong impact on the Present Moment.  Angles between planets that are less than eight Degrees apart will have less effect on the Present Moment, but will have profound impact on any project or Entity or Identity that is born at the time.  

“Orb” is the astrological term for the inexactitude of interplanetary Angles, but we prefer “Sensitivity” because how responsive we are to the Angles depends on how Sensitive we are to Energy.  The average Muggle might be hard-pressed to detect one Degree of Orb, while a Sensitive person could feel the impact of eight or ten Degrees even in the Present Moment.  We’ll all be much more Sensitive to any current-moment Angle that mirrors an Angle in our Natal chart.

Because we use many more planets, asteroids, dwarfs, and Centaurs than traditional astrology, for birth charts we try to keep our Attention directed toward Angles that are less than five Degrees apart.  Because we expect most of our readers to be Sensitive to Energy, we often use five degrees for Present-Moment charts as well.

Exceptions arise when Angles adjoin one another.  For instance, the Total Solar Eclipse occurs at 19 Degrees of Pisces, two Degrees from Chiron at 21 Degrees, and three Degrees from the South Node at 22 Degrees.  But Ceres sits at 16 Degrees, three Degrees on the other side of the Eclipse.  So we have a choice: we can interpret Eclipse-Chiron-South Node and Eclipse-Ceres as two distinct relevant Energies, or we can read Ceres-Eclipse-Chiron-South Node as one Stellium and one Energy.  To be thorough, we should do both, that is, read all three.

So now we’ve stretched from 17-19 Degrees to 16-22 Degrees, sevan Degrees of Separation.  Still well within traditional astrology’s span for a birth chart.  Lilith is also at 22 Degrees, so this allows our Grand Trine and Kite, since Pallas, like Saturn, is at 17 Degrees.  Haumea is very Conjunct Lilith, but at 24 Degrees.  We can’t ignore Haumea’s promise to Rebirth Lilith, but this brings us to 17-24 Degrees, and 16-24 if we  include Ceres, which is hard to exclude when the Ceres-Saturn Square is only half a Degree from being Exact.  While this seems like way too much slop for Present-Moment consideration, we can’t ignore the interconnections.

So far we have involved planets in Pisces (Ceres-Eclipse-Chiron-South Node), Aquarius (Pallas), Sagittarius (Saturn), Libra (Lilith-Haumea), Virgo (Jupiter-North Node), and Gemini (Chaos).  Uranus-Eris at 19-23 of Aries makes our Kite into five-sixth of a Grand Sextile, and the asteroid Klotho at 17 Leo completes it.

Klotho is one of the “Fates” – Klotho cuts the fabric from which Lifetimes are woven, Lachesis measures out the length of a Lifetime, and Atropos cuts the chord when that length is reached.  Their mother Moirai completes the foursome.  

It’s important to remember that Fate and Free Will, as a Duality, cannot be properties of the Universe at Large, as the Universe at Large is Multifarious.  Duality does happen to be a signal property of the Observing Human mind, however, so we interpret Fate as a philosophical issue, not an Existential issue.  It is striking, though, how often astrology seems to Teach us about what’s going on, as if our Co-Creations have long been mapped out by the Stars, as if the best outcome we could hope for from a Lifetime would be an Oscar.

We’re fond of saying that if we use Senses and Skills beyond the intellect, or if we desire to peer into the Unconscious, there is no Contradiction, only Paradox.  In most cases that’s giving the mind more credit than it deserves, but it’s certainly a valid Perspective.  So we could profitably view the Question of Fate and Free Will as a Paradox.  In fact, we can even look at it through Genia’s Yang-Feminine Perspective as a case of “both-and simultaneity without loss of distinctions”!  

How handy.  We’re being Rebirthed into the Yang-Feminine Age as we speak!  

We don’t usually think of Klotho as a heavy hitter, but completing a Grand Sextile gets our Attention, particularly with Haumea Rebirthing Lilith.  The combination means that…

This is a particularly germinal time for building foundations for our Role in the New “Fresh Violets in an Ancient Pottery Bowl” Culture that we’re Co-Creating.

Big revisions to our Cultural Zeitgeist were promised by the 2009 Neptune-Chiron Initiation, “Fresh Violets in an Ancient Pottery Bowl,” which we consider to be the astrological correlate of the Derivative Crisis that the Lizards quite successfully spun as a Mortgage-Deadbeat Crisis.  Genia’s comments are validation for what we’ve been talking about in this regard.

In a significant way, we’re “cutting the cloth” this month for our New economic and ecologic Persona.  We’ve suggested that major Commitments are better delayed till after June’s Eris-Uranus Initiation, since we can expect to meet whole new elements of ourselves then, but if we Trust our Knowing, there is a lot of preparatory work we can be doing that doesn’t involve firm Commitment.  And while New Moons are generally considered to impact the following two to four weeks, Eclipses are usually given a longer span of influence, often nine months.  So if we pinned on the Pattern this month, and wielded our pinking shears in July, we’d be in good stead.

Kelley Hunter usually reads the more traditional astrological symbols, while I stray into all manner of questionable nooks and crannies, so it’s particularly validating when the two of us walk down the same lane.  Her readings have been more mundane than mine of late, so we haven’t been linking to her newsletter.  On the other hand, she literally “wrote the books” on Lilith, and few folks are more in touch with the evolving Age of Lilith than she.  Her reading for this Eclipse mirrors ours, but of course as always adding much of note…

http://heliastar.com/cosmic-news/the-new-note-eclipse/

So we regard this Eclipse chart as a legitimate Grand Sextile, in addition to the Kite, Grand Trine, and Grand Cross – very Powerful.  The nature of a Sextile is Grace, as long as we provide the initial impetus to kickstart the process.  A Grand Sextile is about processes that feed on themselves and become virtuous cycles, like Genia’s interleaving helixes.  We may even be able to kickstart one of the Sextiles and watch it activate the other five!  Let’s talk about that in another installment.

I don’t want to leave this train of thought without bringing Pluto into the picture.  Pluto, at 18 Capricorn, Sextiles the Eclipse, and this Sextile forms the base of a Finger of God pointing directly at Klotho.  So it’s a good thing we included Klotho.  It doesn’t pay to ignore Pluto, or Eclipses.

Pluto represents that which Cannot Be Ignored.  I think of Pluto as a Powerful River, not in Space but in Time.  Paddling our canoe upstream is not an option; we’ll simply get pulled backwards into the rapids, if not the falls.  We need to ride this River downstream.  We can, however, steer toward one bank or the other, camp on an island, and since we can see where we’re going, pull out to portage around the falls.

The Klotho Finger of God tells us to Pay Attention Now to the way we’re designing the New Life that we’re Rebirthing for the Age of Lilith, to make sure that our New Life flows with the current and not against it.  The Eclipse-Ceres Conjunction reinforces this Directive, Asking us to Attend to Sustainability here.  

And to the other side of the Sustainability Coin, Sustenance – which means Letting Go of what’s no longer necessary – especially our Limiting Beliefs, which will be illuminated brightly for us with the Eclipse (which provides Illumination by showing us what it’s like without what we take for granted) on the South Node (which harbors our Held Emotions).  Penny Kelly spends about 90% of her book describing how difficult it was to Let Go of all the Resistance she had to Receiving Insight from The Elves of Lily Hill Farm.

The keystone in this Drama is the Initiation of Moirai, mother of the Fates, by Pluto on 10 March, at 18 Capricorn, “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship.”  Rudhyar’s interpretation, “Protection provided by institutions in charge of maintaining order,” reeks of the Patriarchy, as Rudhyar’s roots were deep in European traditions.  

Our interpretation springs instead from the 1/1/2000 Initiation of Chiron by Pluto, “A flag turning into an Eagle, turning into a Chanticleer heralding the Dawn.”  The flag represents the old Loyalist status quo Ego, the Eagle the wide, inclusive Perspective of the Yang Feminine, and the Dawn of course the EnLightenment that follows.

So now we’re tossed back into the “Paradox” of Fate and Free Will with a renewed sense of Importance.  It would probably be quite accurate to say that astrology shows us our Fate if we proceed Unconsciously.  If we interpret the Squares to the Eclipse negatively, we’d Expect that because the Eclipse will cause us to freeze like a Deer in the headlights because there are too many Choices (Chaos), we’ll find our Future to be severely Limiting (Saturn).  

And I imagine that this will be an apt description of the Future confronting many of the Muggles that still suffer under the Illusion that their employer and their government have their interest at Heart, as the propaganda machine continues to work overtime to keep them convinced.  Ask your doctor if Climate Change Denial is good for you, it should say.  Ask your doctor if Globalization is good for you.  Ask your doctor if Glyphosate-saturated, mineral-deficient food-like substances are good for you.  If Death occurs, tell your doctor immediately and discontinue use.

I’m sure it’s an apt description for the poor blokes who’ve just been trying to survive the Drought and Turmoil in the Middle East, and for the Greeks being trampled by the results, after being wrung out by the Vulture Capitalists and Multinational Patriarchs running the EU.  We may not be able to divert the Pluto River, but we do have the option to Respond Consciously to the currents, to recognize that The Most Important Thing (Saturn) confronting us is Making Choices to steer our Unlimited Future (Chaos) in directions that promote our Deepest Desires and further our Mission in the Lifetime (Jupiter-North Node).

We still have quite a bit of material left in this Eclipse chart that keeps on Giving – to be continued!

Kundalini Rising I

March 5, 2016

The machine is a bit Atlantean, but here’s a great musical introduction to today’s post…

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2016/03/03/469027281/be-amazed-by-this-marvelous-music-machine-powered-by-2000-marbles

And one in prose…

“In the late seventies I was a tool and process engineer at Chrysler Corporation when, almost overnight, all kinds of strange and uncontrolled perceptual changes began happening to me.  These changes were the start of over two long years of valiant struggle with both my body and my mind, while I was certain that I was going slowly insane.  Most of the uncontrolled perceptions coiuld only be called psychic experiences, but I had never had those kinds of perceptions before, not did I know of anyone else who might have had such unusual experiences.  

“I was not at all familiar with concepts such as clairvoyance or clairaudience, nor did I know anyone who was.  I had neither read nor heard of anyone who claimed to be out of the body, or in two places at once.  I did not believe in reincarnation, mostly because I didn’t know anything about it beyond what the word suggested.  In addition, communication had always been something that happened between me and other people who were alive and right in front of me, or by telephone, perhaps by letter.  

“It is possible that if I had known anything about the subject of psychic experiences, this period of my life might have been a bit easier, less confusing, althought it probably would have been just as frightening.  I didn’t know it at the time, but I was suffering from what was known as kundalini, an ancient term for the sudden, massive awakening of consciousness with all of its powers, varieties of perception, and ability to enter other realms of existence.  Even if I had known something about kundalini, the metaphysical realm, or the possibiliies for experience beyond the immediate physical reality I was accustomed to, nothing would have prepared me for what I went through during this period.

“The processes of this ‘awakening’ resulted in such a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional phenomena that every law of time, of space, of human capability and meaning that I had built my reality around was confronted, defied, and swept briskly away.  It was as if I had stumbled through some door into a realm where none of the old rules of reality applied.”

–Penny Kelly, The Elves of Lily Hill Farm, pp. ix-x

We’re moving into the last several days of the Aim Higher and Upper Limits Province (in Linear Time) that we talked about recently, as the Jupiter-North Node Quintile Yod fades.  It’s being replaced by the New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse of 8 March, 2016.  The Totality will be visible only if you’re in the mid-Pacific or Makulu or Sulawesi or Kalimantan or southern Sumatra.  That’s Borneo and Celebes to us oldsters – Celebes is where the Boogey Man lives, literally.  If you aren’t familiar with the Boogey Man, you can read about him in Tom Perkins’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, or Ursula Leguin’s five-book Earthsea Triology – both of which you need to read anyway, if you haven’t already.

In other words, there’s likely to be a fairly heavy four weeks ahead of us.  Let’s start with the astrology…

The Saturn-Chaos Opposition is the central axis of the Eclipse Chart.

The Most Important Thing during the next four weeks will be our Unlimited Potential.  In that sense, our Aim Higher suggestions will be more important than ever.  

Based on this information alone, what I’d suggest is that whatever ill befalls us – if any, Asking “I Wonder what Amazing Adventures will Open Up for me as a result of this Clearing” is probably our best recourse.  We want to be careful to Change the Subject after this Query, rather than trying to look for an Answer, because any Answer we come up with intellectually will be an extrapolation of our Limiting Beliefs, won’t be able to encompass the Unlimited Potential we’re moving into, and as a result will only keep us tethered to our current treadmill.  

A crazy-seeming Intuition would be a more reliable guide, but if you get one, take it with a sense of humor, as the Olde Mind can so easily make a house of cards out of it, Fantasizing on our obsolete Perceptions.  Take notes, then Change the Subject again.  Our Identities will be turned upside down in June, and we want to wait till we get past that shakeup before we start making conclusions about our individual and collective Futures.

The June Jupiter-North Node Initiation will be minor compared to the Eris-Uranus Initiation that will follow.  Eris-Uranus will bring us face to face with the elements of our True Self that we haven’t yet incorporated into our Conscious Ego.

The Saturn-Chaos Opposition is one pole of the Grand Cross.  The Opposition between the Eclipse and Jupiter forms the other pole.  The Eclipse adjoins the South Node and Chiron, and the North Node adjoins Jupiter.

By now any regular reader will be very familiar with the notion that Chiron represents Despair and Miracles, and that we convert Despair and Discouragement into Miracles by shifting from “I Am in Despair” to “I Feel Despairing,” then reaching back and Embracing our Despairing self, “You poor Sweetheart, you’re really Feeling Discouraged, aren’t you.”   That shifts our Identity from being In Despair to being In Compassion.  If we can Change the Subject after that, we Open ourself to Miracles, in the sense that our Future is very likely to contain Gifts that were not within the realm of Possibility when we were in Despair.

If we aren’t successful at Changing the Subject, we Tap it Out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVd6Ww0as4 – then we circle back and Empathize with our Discouragement again.  It’s not how many times we fall down, it’s how many times we get up.  If we’ve been repeating a Pattern all our Life – which probably means many Lifetimes before that as well – then we can hardly expect to Change it with a few “reps,” though, since Karma is Dead, we’ll be surprised at how quickly we can Let Go of a Pattern that has been sabotaging us forever.

And the South Node, what does that symbolize?  None other than Patterns we’ve probably been practicing for many Lifetimes before this one, Patterns that may be self-sabotaging.  Like Kim D’Eramo says, there are no positive or negative Emotions, there are only positive and negative reactions to Emotions.  In the same vein, there are no positive or negative Patterns, there are only Patterns we repeat mindlessly and Patterns over which we have the Power to Choose to use when appropriate to the situation, and the Power to Choose not to use when it’s not appropriate – Archetypes that have us in their Spell, and Archetypes we can manipulate Consciously.  There are no negative Archetypes, only Archetypes used Unconsciously.  Breathing is an Archetype.

The bane of self-sabotage is Consciousness.  If we’re Conscious that a Pattern is repeating, we have the option to Choose an alternative.  The sooner we Notice that we’re about to do that again, the easier it is to stop.  If we add the step of Congratulating ourself for Noticing rather than Condemning ourself for repeating the Pattern, we accelerate the Change process, even if we’ve already repeated the Pattern.  We create a Virtuous Cycle – Repeat, Repeat, Notice, Repeat, Congratulate, Notice, Congratulate, Choose.  It gets easier and easier.

My Guides showed me this trick when Uranus was crossing my Neptune.  I was just starting to learn astrology.  Neptune, the Undifferentiated Sea of the Unconscious, and Uranus, the Soul’s Urge.

The worst kind of Despair is Unconscious Despair – when we don’t even consider the Possibility that something might exist – such as our Deepest Desires, or Elves – because we’ve integrated our Limiting Beliefs so well that they define our “Reality.”  We’ve encountered our Limiting Beliefs so often, and been Discouraged by their apparent impermeability, that we’ve come to accept them as just the way things are, just another “Law of Nature.”  Dwarf Planet Chaos teaches us that Possibility is Limited only by our Imagination.

If you interpret that in the most Reductionist sense, you could think, Sure, but that’s not Reality, it’s Imaginary.  So what if it’s “only” Imagination.  If we can Imagine having What we Want, we can Feel it, and if we can Feel it, we can Become it – that’s just the Chironean Empathy process in reverse.  If we Become it, we Are it, we have arrived.  Its the difference between Greed and Abundance.  Abundance is Having Enough to Share.  Stepping out of skepticism, there is ample research to show that if we can Imagine it and Feel it, and it Motivates us enough, we can also Manifest it into Hardcopy Reality, if Abundance isn’t enough for us yet.

With Jupiter on the North Node, our Deepest Desires are brightly Illuminated, even exaggerated.  The more we Let Go of our Held Emotions and Limiting Beliefs, the closer our Deepest Desires approximate our Mission for the Lifetime.  You may have noticed that when you fulfill a Deep Desire, the fulfillment becomes hollow rather rapidly, and gets replaced by another Deep Desire – if you’re lucky enough to avoid the span of Discouragement and Lackawanna that often resides between them.  That’s because Desire is not a destination, but a road sign.  Your Mission for the Lifetime always hides behind it.  This creates Pain for some.

The Saturn-Chaos Opposition is also the central axis of the Kite that rides the Grand Trine between Chaos, Pallas, and Lilith-Haumea.  

Haumea Initiates Lilith on 19 March, “A Butterfly with a third Wing on its left side,” which Rudhyar interprets as “The ability to develop new modes of response to basic Life situations” – more Chironean Breakthroughs.  It’s a curious “Coincidence” that the Butterfly’s third Wing is on the Yin side, when the Initiate is Lilith, our symbol of Yindependence and Self-Sovereignty.  Haumea, of course, represents Rebirth.  

Rebirth of the Feminine.  Earth First! used to pass out very low-quality bumper stickers, low quality because that made them difficult to remove.  You could surreptitiously paste them onto megatruck bumpers on wilderness portals.  They said, “With a pecker as small as mine, you need a huge powerwagon like this.  Big hands or not.  You didn’t want to get caught.

While we read Pallas as Boundaries, remember that negation is not a property of Unconscious Reality, which is to say, not a property of non-Egoic Reality.  In other words, we can read Pallas in our Kite as Letting Go of our Boundaries with Unlimited Potential and the Rebirth of Self-Sovereignty.  And of course our Saturn Kite represents Grace aplenty, so we can read the Kite as…

This will be a particularly Easy time to Gracefully Let Go of Limiting Beliefs that Separate us from a whole new Identity of Healthy Egoic Control over our Relationship to Unlimited Possibility, and to Potentiate Futures that we would Consciously Choose to Experience.  Yes, while Mindful of our Upper Limits – but in a particularly auspicious time to Transcend our Upper Limits.  Our Noticing, as we described above, may be critical in differentiating Fear of Surrendering to the threat of Ego Annihilation, from Realization that the threat was not a hungry Tiger at all, but a painting on tissue paper of a hungry Tiger, requiring more Intention than Exertion to walk through.

As we’ve often said, the “best kind of chart to have,” from the Perspective of Doingness, is a chart with both a Grand Cross and a Grand Trine.  The Grand Trine provides a priori Skill and “Luck,” while the Grand Cross provides Motivation and Skill at multitasking.  We achieve the most by starting with our best native Skills and practicing them as if we were talentless.  This is true no matter how we define “achieve.”  It’s especially auspicious if the Grand Cross and Grand Trine share a corner.  Here the Grand Trine is expanded into a Kite, and it shares its central axis with one of the arms of the Grand Cross – particularly auspicious.

They say, “Be careful what you Ask for” because no matter how carefully and exhaustively you Ask, you’re still likely to trigger unintended consequences.  And when we Ask for anything, unless we’re right on the verge of Manifesting it anyway, the first thing the Universe will provide is information about why we haven’t been Manifesting it all along.  That’s why we cycle around to Paying Attention after we Change the Subject when we PIAVA, so we can discover what else needs to be Let Go of or Asked for.

We all have Effortless Manifestation of something.  If you’ve never spent two days without Food, Fasting excepted, then you Effortlessly Manifest Food.  If you’ve never spent two days without Freedom, then you Effortlessly Manifest Freedom.  If you’ve never gone two days without Pain, then you Effortlessly Manifest Pain.  What are your Deepest Desires?  Have you ever met anyone who never seems to be without the very thing that you Want so much?  If anyone has ever Manifested it, that’s a demonstration that it’s not Reality that lacks What you Want, it’s your Limiting Beliefs that constrain your picture of Possible Realities.

These are the Main Effects.  There are a lot of Embellishments, which we’ll take up tomorrow.

Up Next (18.9.15)

September 18, 2015

4gcwallsA slot-canyon tributary of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon of Arizona.

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We’ve a very nice bundle of Grace going for us for the next day or several, that will help us find a Sustainable Response to Fear and Anger and help us understand how to set good Boundaries that Protect our True Self without being offensive.

Respectively, a Grand Trine between Sedna, Ceres, and the Sun, and a Grand Trine between Pallas, Uranus, and Venus, the latter stretched into a Kite focused on the Mercury Station.

At least through the end of September, we’re still trying to find the Miracles that will allow us to tap our Unlimited Potential to Express our most Potent but most buried Selves.  The key is not to worry about Manifesting the Miracles, but Focus on what you’re Learning about Miracles, Self-Expression, and your Limiting Beliefs.

Chiron’s backing out of its long-term T-Square with Chaos and Ixion, but it’s got another Degree to go before it’s liberated.  Meanwhile, the Chaos-Ixion Opposition is getting very close, but Chaos turns Retrograde before it’s Exact.

Meanwhile, Expect the next week to be very Intense.  We’re likely to get glimpses of Bright Light, but shining through a haze of Jello.  The order of the week is Transformation into Unlimited Potential, but it could also feel like a dark tunnel into lack of definition.  Keep bringing the Focus of your Attention back to What you Want, while being careful not to limit yourself to any defined Mechanism.  Stay with What, and eschew How.  Sometimes talking about it helps make it Real, but here you’ll be better off Meditating on it rather than talking about it.

Both Chaos and Pluto are Stationary 23-24 September, Chaos turning Retrograde and Pluto turning Direct.  Pluto Stations often feel like swimming in Jello; I can’t say I recall my Experience of any recent Chaos Stations, but being prepared to Reach for the Stars will be a boon.  Pluto and Chaos are Quadrinovile to one another, four ninths of the way ’round the loop.  The Quadrinovile is about gaining Dominion through Solitude and Self-Observation.

Then the big Harvest Moon Total Eclipse on 27 September.  As we’ve said, we do have great respect for a Total Eclipse, as a Great Illumination of some element of Reality that for some reason we hadn’t paid any Attention to before this.  Like for instance, suppose the American “media” suddenly realized, “Omigosh, Bernie’s been right all along – there really are some pretty important issues here, like Sea Level Rise and Income Inequality and Racism and Women’s Rights, that we’ve inadvertently overlooked because we thought youall were more entertained by The Donald’s flatulence!  Sorry, we were just so focused on what he might say next!” 

If we’re awake to it, we should receive major Epiphanies about our Limiting Beliefs and What we might gain by dunking over them.  It’s often said that “If we can Visualize it, we’re halfway there.”  If we can Feel what it will Feel like when we are there, then we don’t even need to go there, we can just Enjoy the Feeling, because in fact we are there!  Imagine what it will Feel like when you have absolute Sovereignty over your Actions and Thoughts and Feelings, moment to moment.  Not the ability to censor your Feelings, but Mastery of them, so that you Respond to them appropriately, without being overwhelmed by them, dismissing them, or becoming their Victim.

The Eclipse is at 5 of Aries, “A Triangle with Wings.”  Elsie didn’t say whether it was a Grand Trine or a T-Square or a Finger of God.  The Mirror Point, 5 Libra (the Sun) is “A man revealing to his students the foundation of an inner knowledge upon which a ‘new world’ could be built.”  As the Chiron T-Square foresees, the Eclipsed Moon Conjoins Vesta (our Beliefs) while on the other end of the bar, both Juno (the Edges of Consciousness) and Lilith (Self-Sovereignty) Conjoin the Sun.

I Recant

September 17, 2015

I Recant my insult of the Eclipse Gods last week. 

The essence of an Eclipse is Illumination, as what was previously an integral part of the background suddenly becomes obvious through its absence.  But I don’t expect much impact from a Partial Eclipse, particularly a glancing blow visible in only a small fraction of the World, because you could easily go about your day without ever noticing that a Partial Eclipse was happening.  However, I experienced an obvious Small Ego Death around the time of Saturday’s Partial Eclipse, so…

I Recant!  May your Powers Reign Supreme, O Eclipse Gods!

And may Nemesis sheath her sword!  I have no disrespect at all for the Total Lunar Eclipse later in the month, as it’s Total and visible from much of the Planet, and I’m looking forward to much Illumination. 

My Small Ego Death?  While passing through an area that is very familiar to me, part of me recognized it not at all.  It was as if there were two different people, or two sets of neurons, evaluating what my eyes were transmitting to the brain.  Three fourths of my Attention was experiencing the Territory anew.  One fourth knew exactly where I was – but I had to Consciously Call that part of me forth, otherwise I would have experienced myself as “lost” – not in a negative sense, as my body knew where to turn, but as in having my Childlike Curiosity triggered by the possibility of Exploring new Territory – a classic Small Ego Death or Identity Rebirth.

Light Reading and Listening for September

September 9, 2015

Okay, we’ve (most of us) lived through the Stellium-Stations Galactic Ring-Pass-Not, let’s see what the rest of September has for us to shadow-box…

Many folks worry about the barely-Partial Eclipse this coming weekend; I don’t.  Fear is a strong Energy, easily manifested into Form, and Total Eclipses are definitely one of the most Awe-Inspiring experiences to behold.  When your Emperor tells you to pay double this year on your taxes or a Dragon will eat the Sun, and you didn’t know better and ignored him, then a Total Eclipse can be truly Terrifying.  We know better now, eh?

What’s lit up now is a Focus on what’s Sustainable and what isn’t.  Part of Sustainability involves giving up what we don’t need for Sustenance; Let It Go.  We may get some information on the Sustainability of governments.

Expect to Receive important information about your Mission mid-month.

  • The Partial Solar Eclipse, visible from the Atlantic coast of South Africa and Namibia, occurs 12-13 September at 21 Virgo, “A girls’ basketball team
  • Dwarf planet Ceres is now Stationary, turning Direct 14 September
  • Dwarf planet Makemake Initiates the North Node 16 September (Makemake Initiated Lilith 1 September and the North Node Initiated Lilith 8 September)
  • Mercury turns Retrograde 17 September, till 9 October
  • Dwarf planet Chaos turns Retrograde and Pluto turns Direct 23-24 September; they’ll be Stationary from around the 17th on

The Energy will be pretty Heavy between 17 September and 24 September.  Here’s some essential preparatory work – Dr. Kim presents three free videos on How to Finally End Anxiety and Live the Life You Desire.  Anxiety could well be the root cause of whatever you suffer from, but if it isn’t, there’s a good chance it makes your suffering worse…

https://mbs.drkimderamo.com/optin

Here’s some excellent input on Multiversity and Judgment from Return to Source Energy; what if we were able to Witness Judgment and replace it with Curiosity!  Wouldn’t that spice up Life…

http://returntosourceenergy.com/2015/09/08/september-2015-a-challenge-for-the-heart-space/

And a profound poem about Empathy for a childhood friend, from Heart Shaped Eyes…

https://heartshapedeyes.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/shadow-boxing/

Now, reread it with your own historical child being the childhood friend.

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…

http://drkimderamo.com/how-to-reverse-a-mid-day-slump-in-seconds/

http://drkimderamo.com/love-cures-cancer/

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!  ~~~

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 (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt9.htm), 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 (http://www.jbuss.com/tt/pdt5.htm), 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.