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Tuesday’s Chiron-Station Eclipse

November 12, 2012

Well, with the US Presidential Drama dismissed so summarily, and apparently demonstrating that we’re past the Tipping Point on at least some issues, where does that leave Tuesday‘s Total Eclipse of the Sun?  Bottom line, for you bullet-point thinkers out there…

On many counts, big breakthroughs in Paradigm Shift are indicated.  Expect Miracles.

I regard Eclipses to be about Conscious Awareness, as they reveal by its absence something that’s been there all along, but we haven’t been noticing.  Take inventory before the Eclipse, to see where we are on the issues that are important to you.  Jobs?  Equality?  Human Rights?  Discomfort in your Body?  Tolerance?  Global Warming?  Emergence of the Deep Feminine?  Sustenance?  Anxiety?  Sustainability?  Politicians and Media whoring to the redundantly wealthy?  Self-confidence?  Fanaticism of all kinds?  Arbitrary violence?  Government violence?  GMOs?  Pick out a few of the issues that are most important to you, and/or add your own.

Then, twelve hours after the Eclipse – later if you’re sleeping then, check your list.  Anything change?  The Outer World is a mirror for our Inner World, and vice versa – As Without, So Within.  Maybe a headline caught your eye, or you noticed a change in how you feel about an issue, or heard several people talking about it, or were surprised by what seemed like a change in the way your friends viewed it.

The standout feature of this Eclipse is that it’s occurring with Chiron Stationary Direct.  Chiron has been moving imperceptibly slowly for a week or two now, and on Wednesday at 25 minutes before 1pm PST, Chiron stands perfectly still (it’s strongest moment) and then slowly begins accelerating forward again.  Chiron represents paradigm-changing shifts in perspective – Miracles, in a word.  Twelve hours or so after Chiron’s Station, check your list again.  What’s changed now?

Chiron is of course the Change half of the New-Paradigm Chiron-Neptune Cycle that was Initiated a few years ago as the US financial system collapsed and the Slavemasters that run it had to be given massive infusions of taxpayer money.  Neptune is the Culture half.  We expect to see most of the New-Paradigm Changes occurring on the Cultural level, but of course we’re all intimately programmed into our Culture, so we’ll see a lot of changes in ourself as well, not least of which will be a requirement to adapt to Changes in the Culture we live in.  Just compare your issue list against where they were in 2005.

Neptune was Stationary and turned Direct last Saturday, so the Cultural Changes that have seemed to be in abeyance since June, can now leap forward.  Our bucket may seem to be at its Tipping Point, but it may soon be in full flood!

Chiron and Neptune are Biseptile to the Eclipse.  The Septile is an angle that’s one seventh of the way around the Zodiac, and the Biseptile is double that.  In simple terms, Septiles are about Magical Powers, or seemingly so.  Think of a Snake holding so still that it’s invisible, that instantaneously snaps out of hiding and snatches an unsuspecting Mouse.  If you weren’t looking directly at the Mouse, or blinked, you’d think it just demanifested.  The Septile series of Angels is not about violence, but it is about something previously unnoticed popping out of the Holodeck fully formed, in an instant.  The people who have “spontaneous remission” to terminal cancers do so through Septile Energy.  The Septile is like an Eclipse, but while an Eclipse is about Awareness, the Septile is about Action.

That’s the Big Energy around the Eclipse.  What else can we say about it and its influence?

The Eclipse is the focus of a Finger of God from Eris and Vesta.  Remember the Quincunx, Curiosity?  A Finger of God is two of those radiating from the same Zodiacal point, in this case the Eclipse.  It makes the Eclipse jump out at us and fill our Attention.  Eris and Vesta?  That’s heavy.  You know Eris, our She-Bear.  And Vesta stands for what we’re willing to live and die for, our deepest and most sacred values.  Not as Big an influence as the Chiron Station, but very significant.  And potentially Miracle-inducing as well.  Better take inventory of how much respect you give to people of the Female persuasion, because God’s on their side here.

We still have our persistent Grand Trine between Ceres and Saturn and Chiron-Neptune, which can be phrased as Great Grace flowing to those who focus their attention on sustenance, and on sustainability, as the Culture Changes.  Along with Pluto, the Ceres corner makes a T-Square to Uranus, challenging us to sustain the manifestation of our True Self into the current lifetime.  The Chiron-Neptune corner makes a T-Square with the Moon’s Nodes, and Mercury, now Retrograde, sits on the North Node; the insights may be murky, but nevertheless open up to them, as we are receiving an important download about our own role in the New Paradigm and how it relates to our mission in this lifetime.  A third Quincunx between Saturn (Ego) and Uranus (Soul) reinforces the download.

There’s a third T-Square focusing on Pallas, with Mars and Vesta in tow.  That will mean lots of lines being drawn in the Sand, as limits of Tolerance are reached.  But Vesta also Trines Venus and Sextiles Eris: Compassion and Cooperation will appear out of nowhere to defuse these confrontations.  Look what I literally just stumbled across:

So why doya suppose our Guides are lit up like that?  Maybe because Neptune is still Stationary, square to Mercury.  Even though Neptune’s started moving forward again, it will be more than a week before it moves even a minute of arc, and two months till it moves a degree.

Finally, and I’d be ignoring this if it didn’t echo well-established themes here, Jupiter is Opposing Juno: growing Awareness that our Unconscious Identity needs to expand.

I know, we feel like raw meat these days, as we’re being asked to let go of so many aspects of ourselves that, if we’re on track, we hardly know ourself any more.  But the raw meat in the opening portrait is a steak-sized slab of Manganotantalite – Manganese Tantalum Oxide, MnTa2O6.  MnTaO, the Tao of Manganese,

allows you to speak so others understand what you’re saying.

That’s pretty big.  Contemplating the picture may even allow you listen to what the Other Parts of You – other than your Identity – have to say to you!  If nothing else, they might help you have Compassion for your long-suffering Identity.  I mean, who among us knows how to separate from our Identity?  If you’re going to be loving and gentle with yourself (which is mandatory), you’re going to have to do that.  It’s actually easier than you’d imagine.  Just talk to yourself, honestly and without Judgment, addressing yourself as You.  Maybe

You’re pretty worn out here, aren’t you Honey – why don’t you have a rest!

or something like that.

Paradigm Quite New (Revised)

November 8, 2012

That was surprisingly quick and easy.  Mercury Stations have been probably the second-most-reliable astrological indicator, after Full Moons.  We can certainly say that a Mercury Station indicates Strong (Station) Awareness (Mercury), but that would apply mostly to folks who aren’t sleepwalking.  So how do we interpret this?

That folks are waking up and actually becoming adept at bullshit detection?

That Mercury Stations, like Mars-Plutos, are having an impact quite different from their traditional implications?

That hidden difficulties will surface later, perhaps at the Eclipse next week?

That the whole sham is a conspiracy?

That I’m just waaay too cynical?

Till proven otherwise, I’ll take Door #2.  Well, okay, a little of Door #5 too.  Ferryboat traffic here was waaay screwed up today, so Mercury Retro still carries some of its traditional weight.  One could make a case that the election really was not as meaningful as we imagine.  That would follow from the perspective that governments are becoming irrelevant.  Then again if money was supposed to buy the election, that proposition certainly got Coyoted bigtime.  Making the assumption that O’Bama is closer to the Primordial Feminine than Rmoney (which isn’t far-fetched), maybe this is just more of Her ascendance (or descent, depending on how you look at it).

It is relevant that Neptune is also Stationary – Clarity when viewing the World through spiritual eyes and Confusion when looking through material eyes – turning Direct on Saturday.  Neptune is Water, that would help explain the Ferryboat-traffic connection.  And Chiron is also Stationary – Changing Perspective – turning Direct next Wednesday.  Chiron-Neptune symbolizes the New Paradigm, so both of them turning Direct would spill out all of the reconsidering of their Co-Creations that everyone has been doing during their Retros.  That would be since June – Neptune turned Retro during the Venus Transit, and Chiron a week or so later.  So there is a strong connection to the Return of the Goddess.  We’ll also see that tomorrow when we review the Venus-Mars Cycles.

Interesting Times

October 21, 2012

Remember the old “Chinese curse,” may you be born in interesting times?

If you know anybody getting born in the next month, pray for them.  The “curse” doesn’t comment on how it will go for folks already born, but you might say a prayer for us too while yer at it.  I actually find the various charts to be kinda promising, but certainly not dull.

Lemme just list the play-by-play, and we can use the list as a map for future comments.

Mars (Action) goes Outabounds (Strong for the duration) on October 26, till December 9, during which time it spans mid-Sadge to mid-Cap.  That’ll give us an Outabounds Mars-Pluto initiation on November 27, just prior to the Lunar Eclipse, which of course will Square Uranus (the Devil made me do it).  It’s probably fortunate that this occurs in pragmatic Capricorn, but it’s been many years since Mars-Pluto events were broadly violent anyway.  The two-year Cycle initiated begins at Cap 8, “An Angel carrying a harp“!  Lord knows we can use that.  The Mars-Pluto Cycle (history-making action) has been in the Void for about a year, which is lucky since the currently ending Cycle was about “Indians on the warpath.”

So Mars will be Outabounds during the election in the USSA.

Ceres (Sustainability/Sustenance) is Stationary (Strong for the prior week) Retrograde (Reconsider) on October 31 at 4 Cancer, “A Cat arguing with a Mouse.”  Interesting metaphor.  Ceres, remember, is the third pole of our ongoing Grand Trine (Big Grace) with Saturn (Focus) and Chiron-Neptune (Two Shiny Dimes), and the third leg of our T-Square (Mastery through Challenge) with Uranus and Pluto (terminal self-trust).  We’ll come back to Ceres later in November.

Mercury (Communication, Awareness) goes Outabounds (Strong for the duration) for a week starting October 31, until about 5am PST on November 6.  November 6 is of course the US election, and we all know what October 31 is about, right?  Samhain.  End of harvest, start of serious preparations for Winter.  The Veil thins.

Then at 3pm PST on November 6, election day, Mercury is Stationary (increasing in Strength for the prior several days) Retrograde (Thinking about it).  Lotsa folks writing about that.  Notice that the Outabounds-Strong and the Station-Strong overlap, so we’re talking about Strong-Squared.  I don’t think that guarantees good Communication, but strong Communication wouldn’t hurt nobody.  Well, except maybe liars.  The degree of the Station is “An old owl alone in a large tree.”  Rudhyar’s take is interesting: “a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.”  More on that later.  Mercury spends most of November Retro and spans the Cancer portion of Scorpio and the Sadge-Cap portions of Sadge.  If I had to put a word on that span it would Forgiveness.

Then on the following Saturday, Neptune (our relationship with “God,” or anything larger than ourself, including our culture) is Stationary (increasing in Strength for the prior coupla months) Direct (okay, we’ve thought it over, now this is what we’ve come to believe).  Notice that makes Neptune very Stationary during the election (and quite a ways before that).  Remember what we like to say about a Strong Neptune?  It represents Confusion when looking through Material Eyes, and Clarity when looking through Spiritual Eyes.  Now Confusion, as we know, is the first step of Growth in Consciousness, if we don’t habitually shut it down with Fear or Anger.  So Confusion isn’t the best place to be (that’s Curiosity), but it’s close.  Or, you can just get metaphysical about it all – not a bad choice either.

Then, a week after the US election, we get the big Total Eclipse of the Sun.  I assume you’re all traveling to Cairns for that, as it’s a Life-Changing event to witness.  More on that later.

The following day, November 14, Chiron (Changing the Rules) is Stationary (increasing in Strength for the prior six weeks or so) Direct (Eureka! That’s the Solution!).  Chiron is the messenger that literally shuttles between Soul (Uranus) and Ego (Saturn) and back again, thus representing major downloads that amount to virtual Walk-Ins (Change of Consciousness).  The Moon also Occults Mercury on this day – that’s worth more discussion later.

Don’t miss the Big Implication here – that the whole New Paradigm thing (Chiron-Neptune) is lit up bigtime all during the lead-up to the election, and all of the New-Paradigm Energy that’s been thinking it over since June, when they went Retro as Venus Walked Across the Face of the Sun starts gushing out.  If yer jaw isn’t dropping at that, we need to talk.

Not finally, but enough for now – Ceres (Keep on keepin’ on) goes Outabounds (Strong for the duration) on November 21, until mid-July of next year, crossing all of Cancer and half of Leo in the process.

Now all that aint horrendous the way the dictionary wants the word used, but it’s certainly worthy of note.  When I get time over the next week I’ll talk about why the whole business looks very optimistic to me.  In a word, History and Herstory appear to be on our side, if we accept their Challenges.

Manganotantalite is the crystal to carry (if you can find one) when you want your words to be understood as they are intended.

Mythology, Metaphor, and Fundamentalism

June 17, 2012


A “Fundametalist” is someone who takes their metaphors literally.  The news is that the Universe is a tad larger than yer brainbone, and yer brainbone ain’t near big enough to be able to afford to take any metaphor literally.  As within so without notwithstanding.  On this metric, most of the Scienterrrific types among us are as bad as or worse than the Religios who are famous for investing enormous quantities of Belief and Identity in their metaphors.  It’s all mythology, not a drop of it is True.

Which of course means that they’re all True – all mythologies are useful in one situation or another, just a matter of tuning your metaphors to your situations.  Sciences and Religions both have some very useful and powerful metaphors – doesn’t mean they’re True.  The more metaphors/mythologies we know, the better we’re able to grok what’s going on and respond effectively to it.  If you haven’t noticed your Reality pixelating a bit lately, Mr. Jones, you might want to PIAVA an increase in your span of Awareness.  Used to be, the person whose Ego was strong enough to hold steady in any degree of trauma was considered the most “sane.”  But it’s really the other way around; it’s flexibility that yer Ego needs when Reality is changing rapidly, and you get that by flexing yer metaphors.

Which brings us to why we’re writing this, here on the eye of a Solstice New Moon.  Short of Joseph Campbell, nobody I know of knows as many mythologies as thoroughly as Steve Nelson, so I trust his work enormously…

This is a good one too…

And I want to thank Sherri Burch for pointing out that a Solstice is the latitudinal equivalent of a Station – I had never thought of it that way, but it certainly is, and it’s important.

A Station is when a planet stands still in the sky, because (from our perspective) it’s about to stop moving forward and start moving backward (“Stationary Retrograde”), or stop moving backward and start going forward again (“Stationary Direct”).  But that’s all relative to longitude – that is, a planet will stop moving east and start moving west (“Stationary Retrograde”), or stop moving west and start going east again (“Stationary Direct”).  It’s the rotation of the Earth that makes the planets appear to move always westward; you have to take a snapshot every night at midnight to see the planets themselves move east (Direct) or west (Retrograde) relative to last night’s snapshot.

The Sun, which (we hope) never goes Retrograde longitudinally, moves back and forth from the Tropic of Capricorn (23 and a half degrees south of the equator – near Rio de Janeiro and Brisbane) at the mid-June Solstice to the Tropic of Cancer (23 and a half degrees north of the Equator – near Havana and Hong Kong) at the mid-December Solstice.  So the Sun too is Stationary, exactly so at nine past 4pm PDT on Wednesday, a day andahalf after the New Moon.  And the Sun remains within one minute of arc of the Tropic for two days on either side of the Solstice, so we’d have to consider it Stationary for several days.

The Moon will also be Latitudinally Stationary shortly before the New Moon, as it turns around and heads back south, a few degrees shy of the Tropic of Cancer – recall that the Moon left it’s 11-year Outabounds Cycle last May, and no longer goes norther than Havana or souther than Rio.  The other planets will also have their Latitudinal Stations – for instance, Mercury stood still on June 8-9, two degrees north of the Cancer Tropic.  At the New Moon, it’s just dropping back Inbounds.

In other words, the Sun (which represents our Life Force) is Strong (Stationary), and so is the Moon (which represents our relationship to our Life Force).  And while Mercury (which represents the left brain and the mouth) has been Strong since May 31, it’s now dropping back into a more balanced perspective.

One of the differences you’ll find between the astrology that Steve Nelson usually uses, and the astrology that I usually use, is that Steve often pays close attention to the inner planets (as do most astrologers), while I pay more attention to the outer planets.  I do that because one of the metaphors I find to be often useful, is that our Conscious Ego (inner planets) has little control over our Lives relative to our Unconscious (outer planets).  So I try to use astrology to help interpret what The Boss (the Unconscious) is up to.  Steve uses his extensive catalog of mythologies to do the same.

In the Unconscious, there are no heads or tails, only coins.  That’s because it’s only the human left brain that sees the World dualistically.  To the rest of the Universe (more or less) it’s all one fabric.  In other words, when outer-planet astrology says that the “Sun (Life Force) is Strong,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that we all feel vigorous and athletic.  It means that all of our Life-Force issues are lit up.  So for instance, if our personal history or our past/parallel lives and Karma leave us wondering whether it’s really all worthwhile, or why it’s all so hard, or just whose side our immune system is on, anyway, those potential interruptions to Life Force could be lit up.

If they are, of course, and you been there before, remember the difference between Release and Re-Lease.  Whenever our Karma revisits, our natural reaction is Oh shit, here we go again!  When we allow that reaction to remain center stage, we basically sign up to renew our Lease on that sorta Karma.  But by recognizing that we been there before, and recognizing that each Karmic revisit is also an opportunity to ascend beyond it, it’s possible to actually make a step toward Letting It GoKarma, recall, is inertia – a body in motion tends to continue to move in the same direction until some force causes it to change direction.  That force can be as simple as

I Wonder what it will be like when events evolve differently this time!

There’s nothing quite like Curiosity to banish inertia!  Just ask any Puppy.

Venus Resting, Chiron Surging

June 10, 2012

How was your Venus Walking?

Last week I read Brian Froud’s How to See Faeries – it’s short, and fun.  The day after Venus Walking I was driving home from the Big City and Whoa!  Alla sudden the Trees were alive!  And there were a lot of them!  I had to focus to stay on the road, they wanted a lot of Attention.  Big Change for me, even if the Goddess skipped Wisconsin – or maybe not, if it’s really about being forced to go back to Community and stop focusing on Politics.  The word Politics is the same word as Power, which for all intents and purposes, is just Ego run amok.  Community is Other.  Of course it’s all about Identity.  Are we AllOne, or are we Alone?

Venus should be reborn as the Morning Star – Athena, Innana, Quetzalcoatl – soon; if yer up before dawn and the Eastern sky is clear, have a look.

Great new short Bruce Lipton video out…

What’s up next?  If we ignore Jupiter’s entrance into Gemini, it’s Chiron standing still and turning Retrograde.  Jupiter in Taurus for the last year would have amplified (Jupiter) stasis (Taurus) – think Europe (or for that matter the US), where one desperate attempt after another has been made to keep nonfunctioning financial-economic-government systems from collapsing utterly.  Gemini’s about change, and lots of it.  It’s about trying out all kindsa new ways of doing things, just to see what’ll work – or just to see what happens whenya do.  We’ll see that amplified for the next year.

Neptune was Stationary turning Retro last Monday; now it’s Chiron turning Retro this coming Tuesday.  They been fellow-traveling the last several years, as they’ve conspired to set up a whole new way for us to view the World and everything in and on it.  Retrograde, remember, means thinking it over.  Everybody and everything would rather mull things a while than act precipitously.  Stationary means Strong.  When a planet is Stationary, its Energy dominates everything else.  So, what happens when Chiron dominates?

Chiron is about converting Despair into Miracle by reorganizing the foundation on which we build the structures of our thinking and feeling.  Remodeling our birdcage.  Here’s a trivial example: when I was cooking up some Bacon today, I spontaneously contacted the Soul of Pig, expressed my Gratitude, and sought her Blessing – which she generously granted.  It never occurred to me to explicitly do that before.  I can feel the difference in my body; eating it brings Joy.  I think I’ve always felt a little guilty about cooking and eating Bacon before.  Opens my mind to many other possibilities.  Not that I was in Despair over Bacon, but I do notice that I’ve been seeking stronger flavors lately.  Being in Harmony with what I eat is already changing that.

Chiron is probably a “captured comet” – a big iceball that got snared into a planet-like orbit instead of a comet-like orbit, by the grabity of the Big Planets.  It’s orbit is irregular.  It soars waaay out and touches the orbit of Uranus, then zooms waaay back in, to finish inside the orbit of Saturn before it scoots back to Uranus.  It’s a messenger.  It’s even considered a “higher octave” of our wing-ankled friend Mercury.  It touches our Individual Soul (Uranus), and brings an enlightening message back to our workaday Ego (Saturn) – then takes a message back from our Working Self to our Ideal Self.  It’s not a one-way flow of Energy.

At the moment, after spending many years inside Saturn’s orbit (while repeatedly Opposing Saturn – awakening contradistinctions between the habitual and possible), Chiron is now soaring outward toward Uranus.  As a captured comet with an irregular orbit, one of these orbits Chiron could well just keep going.  That would make Earth Life unbearably boring, so you may want to join me in contacting the Soul of Chiron, expressing our Gratitude, and asking for her Blessing.  Sure, change can be hard, but you can PIAVA (Pray, Intend, Ask, Visualize, or Affirm) that it be loving and gentle and rapid and complete.  You can even PIAVA that you’ll lose none of the benefits you would have gained had you done it the hard way.

So what could our Ego have to tell our Soul, that our Soul didn’t already know?  Well, it could tell the Soul what Life is actually like on Earth, here among the Hubeings.  You can imagine Chiron telling Uranus, Didja hear the one about the… and the two of them laughing their heads off.  Not that Uranus could possibly believe that it’s possible for anybody to forget the existence of the Soul, and actually believe that Matter is real!

Anyway, look for small Miracles the next several days.  Little light bulbs lighting up, “solving” long-simmering “problems” you’ve been working on.  And stay open for Big Miracles.  And don’t be quick to judge what seems Retrograde, like government in Wisconsin.  The Corporate Media want to keep you in Trance so you believe that everything is (a) Business As Usual so no worries and (b) Scary As Hell so be very scared, but it aint neither.  It’s just Change.  Tune into the Soul of Ten Years Hence, find your Gratitude, and ask for a Blessing.  Something is happening, Mr. Jones.

Neptune II

May 29, 2012

We’ve established, to our own satisfaction at least, that Neptune is currently prominent, by virtue of it’s June 4 Station, and consequently its barely perceptible movement.  Imagine what you would feel if the Sun stopped midway through its daily journey across the Sky; any other planet’s influence is similarly amplified when it slows to a crawl.  And that June’s two Big Events – Venus Walking Across the Face of the Sun, and Uranus Squaring Pluto – are connected by Neptune.  She is still virtually Stationary when Venus Walks (and the Moon is Partially Eclipsed) next week, and she is Squared by Jupiter when Uranus Squares Pluto (and Saturn turns Direct) later in June.  In other words, Neptune is waving her arms and shouting “Look at Me!

Now, when we look to see what sort of impact a Square such as Jupiter’s Square to Neptune might have, we look in two places.  First, is it a waxing Square or a waning Square, and second, where and when was the preceding Conjunction.  The Conjunction initiates a new Cycle between the two planets, and defines the character of the entire Cycle.  At the waxing Square, or 1/4th point of the Cycle, the Cycle is gaining influence, and in fact, just coming into its own.  The new Energy of the new Cycle is prominent at the Conjunction, but there is still great resistance from the Energy of the previous Cycle.  Once the excitement of the Conjunction fades, the old Energy does everything it can to undermine the new Energy – until the waxing Square, when the new Energy takes hold fully and “becomes permanent,” for the rest of the Cycle anyway.  At the waning Square, the Cycle’s 3/4ths point, the new Energy has done its thing (peaking at the Opposition and the Phitile), and is beginning to fade.

Jupiter acts mostly as an amplifier, and in this kind of circumstance, where we’re dealing with outer planets dancing with one another, we could easily consider Jupiter a likely trigger for the initiation of long-developing trends into action, the way the Moon provides the same function for shorter trends and events.

The Uranus-Pluto Square is waxing, and so is the Jupiter-Neptune Square.  So we look to their respective Conjunctions to tease out the nature of their Cycles, which are both just now “becoming permanent.”  To see which obstreperous old fuddy-duddies, ne’er-do-wells, and obstructionists are about to be banished from the Temple, in other words.  Note that they are likely to be the loudest voices you can hear, as they shout out their last pathetic pleas for Attention.  Of course by now you well know that the Uranus-Pluto Conjunction occurred in the 60s.  But here we’ll talk about the Jupiter-Neptune Cycle.

Which was initiated on May 27, 2009, three years ago almost to the day, at 27 degrees of Aquarius.  You’ll recognize the Sabian Symbol – An ancient pottery bowl filled with fresh Violets – the same as the Chiron-Neptune Conjunction of February 2010.  At the time of the Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction, both Chiron and Neptune were Stationary, and only one fourth of a degree apart, doing their pre-Conjunction dance that Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner were celebrating so joyfully, as they signed all your tax money over to their buddies at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.  The current collapse of economic and political order in Europe is a direct result of that, as will be a later collapse in the US.  Jupiter Conjoined Chiron a few days prior to Conjoining Neptune, in the same degree.  Notice please Mr. Obomba and yer Repo rivals, that it’s fresh Violets, not fresh Violence.  Easy mistake for youall to make, not easy for the rest of us.  Jupiter reaches its waxing Square to Chiron on July 24 of this year.

In other words, Neptune makes this whole month turn out to be about the New Chiron-Neptune Paradigm.  To review, Chiron is about changing our perspective in such a way as to turn despair into miracles – as Einstein said, you can’t solve a problem using the same way of thinking that was used to define the problem.  The previous Chiron-Neptune Cycle began on the day when Emperor Hirohito surrendered on the deck of the USS Missouri (which created an enormous change in the US and Japanese economies, from building bombs to building cars and electronic entertainment devices).  If you saw that change coming, and sold or converted your gunpowder factory, Chiron-Neptune was a huge opportunity; if you didn’t, it was a big bummer.  The Cycle before that, 1879, began when the bonds used to build the railroads from the US Midwest out to the Pacific collapsed – very similar to the housing collapse in 2007-2008.  Had you sold your rail mill and started a gunpowder plant in 1879, you’d have had a thriving century to follow.

So it’s clear that the economic collapse in Europe and the US is only a bummer to the extent that we hate change, and a big opportunity to the extent that we can intuit what the next Cycle is gonna be about.  For instance, converting from Gasoline to Natural Gas is a no-brainer.  Some “green” technologies, like windmills, will eventually prove viable.  Batteries can provide nowhere near the “power density” (horsepower per pound) that petroleum products and fuel cells provide, and no huge battery breakthroughs are in sight (other than making lead-acid batteries robust enough to survive for more than a week in a vehicle that kills the engine every time you take your foot off the accelerator).  Coming up with an alternative to both Gangs and Fascism for maintaining social order will be a win for somebody – we hope.  Pottery may not be the best business, since the Pottery is Ancient.  Flowers, maybe.  Or reanimating the Planet, as the Spiritual element of the Flowers is the world of the Faeries.

The Sabian Symbol for the 1945 Cycle was Libra 6, “A person watches their ideals taking a concrete form before their inner vision.”  Not sure how that relates to the Age of Automobiles and Electronic Toys, but obviously somebody had a vision.  Probably Mr. Toyoda or Mr. Samsung or Mr. Rockefeller, or all of the above and Mr. Pirelli as well.  The 1879 Cycle began at Taurus 11, “A woman watering flowers in her garden.”  If we recall the words to Where Have All the Flowers Gone, that certainly makes sense for the first half of the 20th century.

All of which makes the falling dominoes in southern Europe seem more and more like the first drop in the bucket of the End of the World as We Know it, duly scheduled for June.  The Uranus-Pluto (“I gotta be Me!“) stretches on until 2015, as the two planets Retrograde back and forth across one another’s Squaring paths.  If we make it into 2013, it’ll probably take till 2015 before the last domino, which could well be the US Dollar, falls.  By then southern Europe should be leading the Planet into the New Paradigm (as they often have in the past – the Ancient Pottery Bowl).  Europe has a long history of taking care of the Planet, by necessity – they can probably figure out how to frack responsibly, though as they re-colonialize a newly third-world North America, they may consider its landscape to be as expendable as it is exploitable.

Violets, Pansies, same diff.  Another common name for the species is Heartsease.  Nice, eh?

Innana Begins Her Descent

May 17, 2012

Sunday evening, following the Rising Sun in East Asia and before Sunset in western North America, we get an “almost-total” Eclipse of the Sun.  It’s called an “Annular Eclipse,” which means that the Moon is near the far end of its oval-shaped orbit, so even though this would be a Total Eclipse if the Moon were otherwise, the Moon isn’t quite big enough to cover the full face of the Sun.  The Eclipse will be maximum through Hong Kong and Japan, across the North Pacific, and in a stripe from far northern California to eastern Texas (Crescent City-Reno-Zion-Albuquerque).

It’s a complex chart, so I’ll write more about it in additional posts, and just try to describe the context and major elements here.  Things get very busy from here on – the Universe is about to start slapping around the Muggles who’ve been poo-pooing 2012.  Some of them will wake up; many won’t, and they’ll be screaming more stridently than ever on Fox News and Talk Radio, so be mindful about what you hear and believe.  Think of it as their Death Rattle.

In case any of you aren’t familiar with Innana, Starhawk’s Truth or Dare is a fabulous source for – and explication of – Her myth.  Forget Carne Ross’s genuflections; it’s Starhawk that has real information for us.  It’s especially appropriate now, because it was Innana herself who confronted the Lizards when they landed in Sumeria, the very Lizards who are about to lose their latest fascist takeover attempt of Humanity.  On the wake-up level, that is.  On the still-asleep level, the Foxnewsers will continue mining Gold for them for a loooonnng time.

Here’s the Big-Picture rundown…

May 15 – Venus turns Retrograde, in preparation for her Walk Across the Face of the Sun.  Hot coals pshaw!  Venus has been Outabounds (ie, Very Strong) since April Fool’s Day, and she doesn’t return Inbounds till June 3, only two days before she crosses the Sun.  It’s not like she’s sliding into her Transit, she’s literally dive-bombing the Sun!  She reached the peak of her trajectory on May 5, and she’s been diving since.  If you go out just after Sunset and listen closely toward the West, you’ll probably be able to hear the whistling.

May 17 – my calendar says it’s Ascension Day.  Not a bad idea.

May 20 – Annular Eclipse of the Sun in the first degree of Gemini – “A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.”  Well, you know by now that I regard any Eclipse as an adventure in revelation, as what was previously part of the background suddenly is made obvious by its absence.  The Eclipse opposes Juno (Identity – a clue about what might become obvious), Squares Chiron-Neptune (Challenges us to move into the New Paradigm), and receives Grace from Pallas (setting good Boundaries is the way we move into the New Paradigm).

We’re no longer under the Mars Grand Cross, but I was gonna say that in this astromileau (Mars Squaring the Moon’s Nodes) there’s no more apt idiom than Gandhi’s admonition to Be the change you wish to see in the World.  Or as Stephen Levine used to put it, There is no greater Work for the Planet than your Work on yourself.  (That’s what the Moon’s Nodes mean – the presence of Juno on the North Node puts about seven exclamation points on it.)

But the Mars Grand Trine remains, and now it’s Trining Pluto and Vesta.  Vesta is what we hold most sacred – what we’re willing to die or kill for.  When you remember that the only Death there is is Ego Death, Juno becomes even more relevant.  The Grand Trine represents Comsummate Grace, Pluto that which cannot be resisted (only transformed aka trance-reformed), and Mars where we direct our Energies.  So the gravest danger here is the Human tendency to see Other People’s need to work on themselves, without realizing that the World is a Mirror.  And yes, there may be Zealots around who haven’t figured out yet that they are Spirit rather than Body, and misinterpret Ego Death.

But even more important, Mars is still Opposite Chiron-Neptune, which we translate as if you don’t invest your Energy in the New Paradigm, it’ll bite you in the Butt.  That is, if you don’t invest your Energy (Mars) in the New Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune), it’ll bite you (Mars) inna Butt (Opposition = wake up and turn around and see what you’ve been missing!).  The Mars-to-Chiron-Neptune Opposition makes the Mars Grand Trine into a “Kite,” with Chiron-Neptune at the top (draw a circle with three equally spaced points on it, then put a fourth point halfway between two of the three, then draw lines between all of the four points, and you’ll see the Kite).

And remember that this is the same Chiron-Neptune that’s being Squared by the Eclipse and forming a T-Square with Juno!  A T-Square is two Squares to the same planet, in this case Chiron-Neptune.  It’s half of a Grand Cross.  With a Grand Cross, the two T-Squares Balance one another, keeping us from straying too far.  With a T-Square, it’s up to us to maintain our Balance, and since a Square is about Mastery through Challenge, that gets tricky.  Whatever you do, don’t try to get it right!  Try to make it work.  There is no such thing as right when you’re dealing with a T-Square.

That is, remember that this is the same Chiron-Neptune (New Paradigm) that’s being Squared by (being Challenged by) the Eclipse (New Awareness) and forming a T-Square with Juno (Challenging us to grow our Identity waay beyond who we think we are or should be – or can even understand)!

While Mars still opposes Chiron-Neptune, it no longer Squares the Moon’s Nodes.  The clue which a T-Square provides us is called the “Vacancy” – the point, Opposite the peak, which would complete the Grand Cross if there was a planet there.  The Vacancy for this T-Square is 7 degrees of Virgo, “A Harem.”  In other words, we survive this Big Challenge (T-Square) to Awaken (Eclipse) to aligning our Identity (Juno) with the New Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune) by listening to our Inner Female, in all her many guises.

I know, that’s alot.  But it aint all.  Neptune is almost Stationary – that is, Very Strong.  It’s also at the top of the Kite.  So Neptune is the key to the whole process!  What’s Neptune about?  When you see the World through Material Eyes, Neptune covers everything with fog; when you see the World through Spiritual Eyes, Neptune creates total Clarity.  Neptune is also Pisces – Emotion, Water.  That brings A glass-bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders into context, and brings us to a Bottom Line for the whole adventure – don’t hesitate to embrace all of the Emotions that arise; that’s the way our Inner Female would have it, and that’s what the Nodes are about!

Which brings us to…

June 4 – Partial Eclipse of the Moon and Retrograde Station of Neptune.  Of course an Eclipse of the Moon would reveal (Eclipse) Emotions (Moon) that may hide Karmic material.  We could write a whole essay on that last sentence; if you remind me, I’ll do it.  With Mercury Outabounds, our openness to Awareness (or our Defensiveness against it!) will be amplified.  Venus also Squares Mars, which is big considering how lit up they both are – more about that later.

And of course that means that Neptune is virtually Stationary for the whole period between now and then, carrying all the implications of the paragraph above that starts with “I know, that’s alot” through all of the time between now and early June.

June 5 – Venus Walks Across the Face of the Sun, while the Moon again Occults Pluto.  And Mercury remains Outabounds.

June 12 – Chiron Stationary Retrograde.

June 17 – the Moon Occults Jupiter.

June 24 – (finally – what a build-up!) Uranus Squares Pluto.

June 25 – Saturn Stationary Direct.

July 3 – The Moon Occults Pluto again.

July 13-14 – Uranus and Mercury both turn Retrograde while the Moon Occults Jupiter.

July 20 – The Moon Occults Mercury.

July 30 – The Moon Occults Pluto again.

All of which will be asking for many more posts!

Swimming in Jello

April 8, 2012

Tuesday morning, at about half-past 9am PDT, Pluto stands still, and then turns Retrograde.  If things were normal, we’d just feel like we were swimming in Jello for the next few days.  Pluto rules (is, kinda) Scorpio, and Scorpio never relaxes until it gets to the bottom of things, so if there’s anything “bothering you” – occupying your thoughts or triggering your Emotions – things’ll feel intense.  Pluto’s been within one degree of it’s Station since February 6, so the Sensitives among us may have been feeling “heavy” since then.

There are a couple of handy guidelines for living with a strong Pluto, that work as well for a heavy Pluto event as for a Pluto-dominant lifetime.  The first one is what investors refer to as “don’t fight the tape” – when progress gets too difficult, turn around and go the other way.  Pluto, recall, is like a Big River, and paddling upstream can be a horrendous waste of Energy.  “You may have to lose a battle or two to win the war” is another trite metaphor that fits.  Of course, if you’re a sailor, you know about tacking – that’s a very handy skill around Pluto.  Don’t waste your energy on resistance – Pluto is relentless.

Another useful Pluto helper is Let Go of the Past.  Pluto transforms.  You don’t want to be clinging to old patterns or old places or old paradigms or old expectations or even maybe old friends – you will be a different person when Pluto gets done with you, and your old connections may seem like dim recollections from an old movie – familiar, but distant.  No need to burn any bridges unnecessarily, but Pluto is about Rebirth.  You may as well be a walk-in.  Sure, there will be survivors, friends or jobs or addictions or desires that survive from “lifetime” to “lifetime” (a single strong-Pluto life feels like many lifetimes), but you don’t usually know which ones will be survivors (unless you know which ones are also Pluto People), so to avoid losing fingernails it’s best to hang loose during the Trance(re)formations.  Live each day anew.

Okay, that’s what we’d say about Pluto if things were normal.  But, y’know, it’s 2012.  Many folks say that the distinguishing character of 2012 is that Pluto will align with the Galactic Center at the Winter Solstice – that Pluto won’t just be the lens that channels the usual stream of beyond-our-Solar-System Energy into our space, but like a short wave radio that finds a thunderstorm on the other side of the World, Pluto will now be channeling direct orders from the Center of the Galaxy.  Given the nature of the Unconscious, it’s not unreasonable to think of yourself as a remote controlled airplane – and Daddy just took the controls away from Junior.  So Pluto could seem several orders or magnitude heavier than usual.

And on Friday, Mars turns Direct.  Mars has been within one degree of its Station since April 1, so it’s completely reasonable to consider Mars to be lit up as well as Pluto.  Mars-Pluto is traditionally a harbinger of violence – though over the last few decades it’s been conspicuously absent in that regard, fortunately.  Yes, Mars has been Trining Pluto, which will have been Actively adding Grace to our Transformations, Hooray!  The Trine is stretched to about 6 degrees of Orb at these Stations, though, and we’d ordinarily consider that to be quite “weak.”

However, they’re both turning in directions that will bring them back into Trine (in mid-May), so this Energy will begin waxing again.  The downside of a Trine is Arrogance.  So rather than the apparently-random violence that a “normal” Mars-Pluto might produce, over the next several days we may see violence in service of a cause.  Violence mixed with Arrogance produces self-righteousness.  Don’t provoke any zealots this week.  And curb yer own internal zealot – polarization just creates standoff, as well we’ve learned (or not!) over the last dozen years.

Then of course, this is the Year of Uranus-Pluto.  Uranus is now 4 degrees from Pluto.  That’s way too far to say this Energy is prominent, but when you consider that Uranus is still moving forward, and Pluto will now begin moving backward to meet it, we could easily say that Uranus-Pluto (“the 60s”) starts now.  They’ll be getting closer every day from now on.  Their Square comes down to one degree of Orb on June 2, and completes on June 23, a coupla days after the Summer Solstice.

So rather than things being normal, Pluto will be tempered by Uranus – or aggravated by Uranus.  Uranus is of course I gotta be Me.  So there will be irresistible forces (Pluto) meeting inexorable desires (Uranus), with potentially explosive results.  If your need to get up the River is Karmic or otherwise part of your Soul Mission, you’ll be renting a jet-boat.  River be damned.  Kent State comes to mind.  Remember when yer Mum ruined that great Orange Jello by putting grated Carrots in it?  Some of those Carrots may explode on impact.

Whatever happens, since these Dramas are waaay beyond our own span of control, take a deep Breath and try to relax.  Even if you wake up and find yourself driving the jet-boat, take a deep Breath and try to relax.  It may not always be that Pluto-driven Transformations are for the best, but it is true that they’re what’s happening, and denial won’t get you nowhere.  What you can trust, though, is that you aren’t seeing the Whole Picture.  You’re seeing mostly your own projections.  Pluto is the Elephant, and you’re one of the seven blind folks.  Tap out your reactivity.  The more clearly you see what’s really happening, the easier it will be to adapt and thrive.

Don’t forget we’re in the very earliest stages of the new Chiron-Neptune paradigm.  Whatever Pluto dislodges, we can guarantee it was an impediment to opening space for that shift.  And don’t forget that the Lizards own the media.  Whatever the mass media says, turn it around.  Reality’s probably pretty close to the opposite of what they want you to believe.  Other than all that, try the backstroke – you won’t get so many Carrots up yer nose.

Opal is “just” Quartz with Water molecules embedded in the Crystal structure.  If Opal drys out, it can lose it’s “fire” – the play of colored lights that it has when viewed at different angles, though sometimes you can rehydrate yer Opal by soaking it in Water.  This is a “Jelly” Opal, or Oregon Opal, as most Opal of this ilk comes from one mountain in Oregon, which is now closed to mining.  I know, Pluto/Scorpio is symbolized by Water, but as the Buddhists say, into the Water, out through the Fire, into the Fire, out through the Water.  It’s Spirit Fire that does the Trance(re)formation work.  Here’s the Watery side, a “Boulder” Opal from Oz…

Beware! The Beginning Is Near

April 7, 2012

While it was Mars that starred in the Big Grand Cross and Big Grand Trine, the real doyenne of the first half of 2012 is Venus.

She joined the Big Amplifier Jupiter and Big Mystic Black Moon Lilith in a very close Triple Conjunction as one corner of the Grand Trine, along with Mars and Pluto, in mid-March.

Lilith, for those who’ve forgotten, was Adam’s first wife.  She split as soon as Adam began to lay down those Penis First rules that Eve was willing to take for granted.  You can see the impact of the Triple Conjunction in the reactionary Attack on Women that’s underway – which Attack is a Paper Tiger.  The Triple Conjunction occurred at 10 degrees of Taurus, “A Red Cross Nurse: The compassionate linking of all Peoples.”  It only seems like the Penis Flag is being raised again because Eve’s Old-Testament offspring own the media.

Black Moon Lilith symbolizes the mystical aspect of the feminine.  The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is an ellipse, an oval.  While circles have one center, ovals have two.  Earth sits at one of those centers, and Black Moon Lilith sits at the other.  You can think of it as Earth 2, waiting just on the other side of Manifestation.  With Lilith in charge, the Penis is the Flagpole, not the Flag.

Venus crosses the Moon’s South Node next Wednesday, becoming as she does a corner of the Grand Cross, rather than the Grand Trine.  Mars turns Direct the next day.  Expect some fireworks over who gets to be the Flag and who the Pole.  This is Venus Squaring Mars – Mastery through Challenge in the relationship between our Inner Male and Inner Female.  If yours ain’t married, you’ll be doing some homework next week – enjoy it as the Learning Experience that it is.

The Mars Grand Cross, by the way, remains in effect well into May.

As we’ve seen, Venus has been dominating the evening sky.  Venus as the Evening Star is Venus Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.  She reaches her farthest extent from the Sun in mid-May, just as the Mars Grand Cross begins to fade (and the media’s Penis Flag starts to go limp).  She’s Stationary from May 7 to May 15, and then starts working her way back to the Sun, remaining Retrograde till June 27.

Meanwhile, starting April 2nd, Venus is Out of Bounds.  Out of Bounds means that she is further from the Equator than the Sun ever goes, in this case overhead north of the Tropic of Cancer.  Out of Bounds means strong.

She remains Out of Bounds, and Retrograde, until June 3.  As she returns In Bounds, she meets the Sun, on its journey north to the Summer Solstice.  On June 5, Venus crosses the face of the Sun.  Not just a Conjunction, where they share the same longitude, but a Parallel Conjunction, where they share the same latitude.  If Venus were bigger than the Sun (or the same size), it would be called an Occultation, which is the general term for an Eclipse, where one planet or body “occults,” or hides, the other.  Since Venus is smaller, it’s called a “Transit,” but it’s an astronomical Transit, not an astrological Transit.  Astrological Transits are much more general.

Venus Transits the Sun, in pairs, only once per century – and it skipped the 20th Century entirely.  It’s tempting to equate the darker elements of the previous century (two World Wars, the Bomb) with that lack, and maybe not inappropriate.  The first of the current pair of Transits occurred in 2004.  One meaning of a Venus Transit is the feminine made visible.  Venus Transits the Sun as both Square Mars.  What a fabulous time for the Genders to open their minds to learning about one another, aided and abetted by Mercury going Out of Bounds (enhanced Awareness) from May 30 to June 19.

In mid-June, Venus rises as the Morning Star, Pallas Athena, the Goddess of War and Wisdom.  Venus rising as the Morning Star is called the Heliacal Rising of Venus, and represents a very significant region of the year.  We’ll talk more about that later.

Then, on June 23, Uranus Squares Pluto, the Big Event of 2012.  To celebrate that event, Jupiter Squares Neptune, and Saturn turns Direct.  We’ll go into the implications of all that later as well.

Here’s an excellent interview and implicit book review on The Beginning Is Near, and the Rise of the Feminine…


Busy Coupla Weeks

March 31, 2012

Happy April Fool’s Day!  Busy coupla weeks coming up.

Mercury turns Direct on April 4, then re-enters Aries on April 16.  That means that over the next few weeks we should oughta be up for a bunch of insights into the tons of Karma that we’ve all been dumping, as Mercury makes its third pass over the tail end of Pisces.

Then Mars finally turns Direct on Friday the 13th, which falls onna Friday this month.  Till late June, Mars will be making its third crossing of the Heart of Virgo. When a planet dances across a Zodiacal zone three times, it’s an intense review of the affairs of the planet and the zone.  Mars dancing in Virgo ends up being close to a Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory, or at least a thorough review of our Identity and Community, and how we use our Energy on the Planet.  The third crossing is a review and confidence-builder; the first crossing opens old wounds, and the second crossing provides the opportunity for Healing, for trying new and different ways to approach old dilemmas.

For Mars, the first crossing was mid-November to late January, and the second from late January to mid-April.  Slow processes like these are hard to correlate with external and internal personal and impersonal events and processes, but tremendously worthwhile if you can do it.  I suggest you PIAVA (Pray, Intend, Ask, Visualize, Affirm) that you receive insights, and then Change the Subject, cuz unless the Karma you’re re-experiencing is a Big Deal, it’s unlikely that you’ll find the most useful insights by thinking.

The first crossing of the tail of Pisces and the head of Aries by Mercury spanned February 27 through March 12, and the second crossing March 12 through April 3.  The tail of Pisces and the head of Aries of course represents Rebirth.

Meanwhile, Pluto turns Retro on April 9.  The last coupla days before a Pluto Station, it always feel like we’re swimming in Jello, cuz history and herstory are slowing down and getting ready to turn in a new direction.  Pluto will go backwards till mid-September, making a second crossing over the fourth Dwad of Capricorn.  A Dwad is the twelfth part of a Sign.  The fourth Dwad of Capricorn is the Aries Dwad, and of course while Pluto is Retro it’ll be Squared by Uranus from Aries, in early July.

Let’s just suppose for a minute that all of those rumors and intuitions and wishes of Breakthrough and Transcendence and New Earth and Ascendance will work out for the best.  Then if that’s true, we would have witnessed all of the roadblocks and speedbumps to that Trance(re)formation during Pluto’s first crossing of the Aries Dwad, from mid-December through April 9.  We should be experiencing the Healing between now and mid-September, and the third crossing will span mid-September through early January of 2013, finishing up just in time for an Inauguration.

Capricorn is the Just Fix It Sign (Cardinal Earth, or creativity around materiality), and the Aries Dwad is the Oh, We Could Fix It This Way! portion of Capricorn (Aries is Cardinal Fire, or creative Spirit).  Capricorn is run by Saturn, the Zodiac’s engineer (think Gopher, if yer not British).  It likes to think things over thoroughly, but once we get to the Aries Dwad, it’s time to get off the workbench and begin testing the prototypes.

Here’s a great Bill Moyers interview with Howard Zinn – who better to kick us inna butt and get us moving forward…

Followed by a David Icke article, a movie review no less.  Who could possible be bored by anything David Icke says!  Dust off yer best Both/And glasses.  You don’t need to watch the video, it’s just about some boring topic like Identity or something.  The written text below it is more compelling…

Then Ozzie Barbara sends us this nice link, a table of metaphysical properties of Crystals…

Of course different Crystals mean different things in different contexts for different people, and the best way to use Crystals is to use the one(s) you have in your hand in the way you’re guided to use it.  But our left brains like entertainment too, and, at least at first glance, this compendium looks very useful.  She describes our Green Kyanite Crystal, for instance, as

‘Heart of the Lioness’ Kyanite in the green ray allows deep meditation to draw on the loving and healing qualities of the fourth chakra.  May assist in alleviating depression through seeing the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’  Stimulates the incorporation of dream work and visions into daily life.  Its energy is feminine and may be more attractive to those wishing to support receptive qualities in themselves as well as female visioning power.

Nothing to argue with there.  Kyanite, like Garnet and Topaz and Zircon and Peridot, is a Nesosilicate, the simplest of Silicates, where the Silicate groups don’t bond with one another before linking with the Metal ion.  They’re similar to Phosphates and Sulfates in this regard – the rest of the Silicates are more complex.  Like Topaz, Kyanite is an Aluminum Nesosilicate – the difference is that Topaz adds a Fluoride or Hydroxide ion.  After Lithium, Beryllium, Sodium, and Magnesium, Aluminium is the fifth-Lightest Metal.  It’s cuz they take themselves Lightly that Angels can fly.

If I recall correctly, the Black Crystal is Schorl, Black Tourmaline, the ultimate in grounding.  Nice combination, eh?  Walking the Spiritual Path with Practical Feet, as Angie would put it.  Kinda like where 2012 will take us if we hold our mouths right.  That’s one of the things my Father used to say when I’d pepper him with Whys and Hows – How do you do that?  You gotta hold your mouth right.  Useta frustrate me, but now I know what he meant – you gotta be square with your Intention, so your Emotion isn’t secretly (or not-so-secretly) canceling out your Intent.