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November 30, 2012

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If this was ordinary times, we would be getting a break for the next week and a half, but based on my experience of the last couple of days – not to mention the near-universal Intuition that we’re near the End of whatever Age we’ve been in – that won’t be happening.  Uranus Stands Still and turns Direct Square to the New Moon on Thursday the 13th.

Let’s run through that more slowly – Uranus (our Soul Connection, or Yin Integrity) Stands Still (is very Strong) and turns Direct (spilling out all of the Individuality and Creativity we’ve been holding back since mid-July) Square (Challenging but very Rewarding) to the New Moon (Reboot) on Thursday the 13th (as Pogo would have said, Friday the 13th falls on a Thursday this month).

Without the stutter, December is about letting go of any inhibitions we have about allowing our Light to Shine Brightly.  Folks who go into mid-December Unconsciously will be doing a lot of “Whoa, did I say that?” by the 15th.  Or not noticing that they’ve been through a personality transplant – as Kesey described it, sometimes you can trip out so far that you never get back to know that you left.  That’s a generous view, as Uranus usually represents Disruption to a life lived Unconsciously.  Normally, we’d expect a Uranus Station to be felt something like 2-7 days prior to the event, but in this case it will behoove us to plan ahead.

So let’s start with some background that might be handy.

Sleep.  Don’t worry about it.  If you usually monitor the clock to see when and how long you sleep, forget it.  For all kinds of reasons, Uranus does NOT do linear time.  If you need to keep to a schedule, Prayer is probably your best bet – Great Spirit, may I please awake rested and alert at 6:45 am? – that sort of thing.  Sleep deprivation is cumulative, but you may be surprised at how well a Prayer of that sort works on a few hours sleep.

Trance.  You may well find yourself in a Reverse Lucid Dreaming state.  In a Lucid Dream, you let your Ego screw around with your Dreams.  Since Dreams are one of our richest sources of information about the Unconscious, information that’s vital to our Survival, Lucid Dreaming is like urinating on the Dragon.  In a Reverse Lucid Dream, you’re awake, but you also aren’t.  It feels like you’ve never slept, because you’ve been at Full Attention all night, but you’ve been in a Deep Trance, probably without conscious control of your muscles.  Deep Trance can be as restorative as Deep Sleep, or more so.

You may also find yourself walking around in Trance when you’re awake.  Like the feeling you get when you’ve taken antihistamines for a while, like there’s a thick sheet of glass between you and the World you’re walking in.  Everything you see may be funny or pathetic or poignant, and you can connect only to people who are in the same Trance.  You may not know that you’ve crossed the Veil into a parallel lifetime, unless you notice the signs.  It’s like watching a very intense movie, and feeling as though you’re still in the movie after you leave the theater.  You may or may not actually say things that you’d never expect yourself to say out loud, but you’re probably conscious of the difference.

YintegrityYang Integrity is when you do what you said you were going to do.  Yin Integrity is when you do what you feel like doing, moment to moment.  To make Yin Integrity work in a Yang World without making us look flibbertigibbet or flaky, we need to minimize commitments, renegotiate them when appropriate, and make amends when we run afoul of Yang Integrity.  Usually, for sheer practicality, this involves reducing the scale of our relationships.  At least some degree of Yin Integrity is necessary when we operate Intuitively, follow our Guidance, or respond to Synchronicity.  Yang Integrity becomes more and more difficult to maintain as the pace of Change accelerates (aka 2012).

Disruption.  Yes.  What gets Disrupted, is that which is no longer in harmony with the new download from the Soul.  If it sneaks up on you, there’s not much you can do except to be as honest as you can in renegotiating and reorganizing your Life.  If you have any advance notice (such as hating to do something), the sooner you start reorganizing, the easier it will be.  Don’t throw out any Babies with the bathwater or burn any bridges – when you tap on your hatred for something, it may turn out that it’s your hatred that’s on the chopping block, rather than what you hated doing.  The Empty Chair game that Clint used so well to sabotage the Retropublican Convention would be a great process to use on any strong negative emotions.  Every part of our Reality is there for a purpose, but natural inertia can produce tenacious obsolescence.

Fear.  Practice recognizing Fear in your Body, and tap it out.  Tight jaw, tight belly, tight sphincter, tightness across the chest, these are a few clues.  Fear is a poison, even very capable of producing “disease” by itself.  Changes are occurring  on the physical level as well, and those Changes can mimic “disease” just fine.  I won’t comment on “healthcare,” but do let me say this…

Spirit, Energy, Body, Mind, Emotion are not separate Levels of our Existence; they are different Perspectives on our Existence.  Our Existence is unitary. 

There are certainly circumstances where the bars of our Birdcage are so thoroughly cemented in place that we can’t find a passageway between the Perspectives, and so come to believe that, for instance, “disease” in the Body must be dealt with using chemical or surgical means.  But don’t confuse your Karmic limitations with Reality.  Deal with Fear first, before you resort to other approaches.  Rise of the Guardians is a great seminar on Fear, as well as a fabulous movie.

Death.  As we’ve often said, the only Death there is, is Ego Death, the rest is only transition, transformation, Trance(Re)Formation.  A strong Uranus produces nothing if not Ego Death – it’s necessary to muscle the bouncer Ego aside in order to make room for new knowledge of the Soul Self.  The Ego’s function is to keep us Alive and Safe – no fault there.  But like anything in hardcopy Reality, it can become ossified.  If Fear or premonitions of Death arise, it would be a good time to recognize your lack of omnipotence, and give it over to a Higher Power.  Ask for Safety, and trust that Prayers are always answered.

Blame.  Blame is the hardest of all, because it is a complete Worldview.  Blame and Responsibility sit side by side, like the two Earths, with very little to connect them.  From the Blame Worldview, Responsibility means Blame.  There are two metaphors that work, but they seldom crack the shell of Blame.  In workshops Katie Hendricks used to tack a hundred-dollar bill to the wall and ask, Who’s Responsible for this?  After several rounds of she-did-that he-did-this, someone would just get up and remove it.  Responsibility is the Ability to Respond, simply.  It’s not about the past, it’s about the future.  It’s not who-did-it, it’s what-are-you-going-to-do-about-it?  Blame looks backward, Responsibility looks forward.  Blame will tack you to the wall, where you’re unable to Respond to your Soul’s requests – or demands.

Healing.  When you’re making friends with a Wild Critter, you don’t approach it directly.  You do something you hope will please it, and then make yourself available to it.  You sit down nearby, without facing it directly.  You open space for it to approach you.  Then you wait, patiently, until it feels safe enough to come forward.  That will involve fits and starts; it approaches a little, you move and spook it, and you have to start over tomorrow.  So it takes a while.  It’s like Grief, it has its own timetable.  Inviting home the parts of yourself that you rejected (or your significant others rejected and you eventually collaborated) works like that.  We don’t have a lot of time here, but remember that Healing is a Magnetic process.  You PIAVA, Change the Subject, and wait while remaining vigilant for additional information.

Soul LossHank Wesselman and Jill Kuykendall give three causes for dis-ease: Disharmony, Fear, and Soul Loss.  Acute or Chronic Trauma can cause a Portion of us to seek a permanent hideout.  Like any part of the Unconscious, our Lost Portion can take over our personality at times, making us much younger and less socialized, or even Wild.  We can redefine some aspects of Soul Loss as Post-Traumatic Stress Discomfort, and there are effective tapping protocols for PTSD.  Any Uranian download is going to trigger some part of our Soul Loss – exacerbate PTSD symptoms – either because the downloaded Soul Energy requests reunification of the Prodigal Portion, or because the download compensates for the Loss.  It may be useful to consider the Soul Loss to have a valid psychic function, and apply Clint’s Empty Chair to it.

Karma.  We don’t know whether the Challenges that face us are personal or global.  For instance, the young man who came into my Dreams this morning, knocking on the door offering to sell me a plant but obviously there to seek alms, then leaving in tears when I was unable to help him.  Was this a symbol for the World’s Scarcity, or a symbol of my own Scarcity, or Both/And?  I can only know by imagining myself to be the youth, and waiting to see how that evolves.

Thanks to Messiah Mom for the introductory image.

No Matter Where We Go…

September 19, 2012

…here we are.  Uranus is Squaring Pluto as we speak.  Here are a couple of alternate forms:

http://theonenesschannelings.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/2012-year-of-becoming/

http://isaacgeorge.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/mirror-games/

And a good giggle from Peter Phalam’s Celestial Reunion (pp.85-86)…

“No one would want to ascend before they are ready.  Souls choose third dimensional karmic evolution on Earth partly for its difficulty and the resulting quantum leap in evolutionary rewards – the benefits after ascension.”

Dane Rudhyar used to say that the Square – Mastery through Challenge – was basically the bleeding edge of Human evolution, though he didn’t use those exact words.  Continuing Phalam…

“So you see, no one would want to leave early.  Another reason to complete this phase of realization is that if you chose to believe you were complete before you actually were, and then ascended, you would be taking all of the ‘baggage’ with you which you had not completed.  For example, if you still had issues about women [or men] in relationship, money, sex, your father, fear, or any other unhealed illusional aspect, you would drag that drama with you into your etheric reality and then attempt to teach realized principles from that weighted perspective.  Can you imagine [Jesus] addressing a large group of humans, whining about his relationship with Mary Magdelan?  Or wanting to know why he had to be born in a manger instead of the comfort of a home?”

Albert Lee used to say,

“Somebody exploded an H-bomb today.

But it wasn’t anybody Aye knew.”

There’s a whole lotta Sturm und Drang on the Planet, and it’s almost assuredly going to get “worse” before it gets “better,” or, More Challenging before we get to Mastery.  Empathy heals, but Empathy does not mean Sympathy.  Empathy does not include getting emotionally mired in the drama like Br’er Rabbit did with Br’er Fox’s Tar-Baby.  Empathy is compassion and detachment, with no judgment, bad or good.

If you think of Pluto as the Force of History or the Universal Unconscious, and Uranus as our individual Soul Mission in the current Lifetime, then absolutely, we’re challenged to Master Community without abandoning our Individual Self – and to Master Selfhood without abandoning Community.  The corporate media wants us to make our Community global.  Contrast that to the way the internet makes our Community global.  Global in scope, but tribal in domain.  If the media can pull us into an emotional global tar-baby, we’ll be too overwhelmed to notice the fascist takeover.

Will that matter?  The fascists weren’t anybody Aye knew after all.  Like Ego, Emotion has a critical psychic function.  Emotion won’t hold us back, it’s Attachment that will hold us back, and Emotions are so rich and multi-dimensional that Attachment dearly loves them.  Ultimately we have to discern present-moment Emotion from Karmic tar.  Emotional Intuition is very subtle.  Karmic Emotions are about as subtle as an air-raid siren.  Tapping can help with the discernment, as Karmic Emotions will have their intensity reduced by tapping, while Emotional Intuitions will not.  The fascists, with their Wars and Hoarding, are just part of the Challenge, just another mirror.

Apophyllite was used for divination by the twelve Apophylls.  It reflects Intuition, allowing us to see around corners.  It’s another Mica (love them Micas!), Potassium Sodium Calcium Phyllosilicate Fluoride.  Phyllo from the Greek just like phyllo dough, in thin sheets.  It’s about Balance; too little or too much of either Potassium or Sodium can kill you pretty dead, and without Calcium you wouldn’t be able to stand your ground – you wouldn’t be able to stand at all, like Gary Larsen’s boneless chickens.

I was standing on the platform in Bath, Wiltshire, many years ago, waiting for a train to Salisbury.  Behind me was a woman on a bench eating what we Gringos would call a muffin; she’da probably called it a crumpet or something.  Milling around on the ground in front of her, silent but agitated, was a Pigeon with a club foot, obviously coveting some of her muffin.  The woman appeared unaware of her suitor.  I asked Sulis, Goddess of the Bath Springs, to help the Pigeon.  She replied that this was the Pigeon’s fate, and it could not be changed.  So I asked Krishna if He would help, and he patiently but condescendingly explained that it was the Pigeon’s Karma.  Then I asked Jesus if He would help the Pigeon, and He said nothing.  But when I turned around, the woman was sharing her muffin with the Pigeon, with a blissful look on her (the woman’s) face.

Interesting counterpoint to the 47%, and to the people who claim Jesus’s other name today.  But everyone has their own tribe, their own role, everyone of us is somebody’s Challenger and somebody’s Challenged.  Compassion and detachment, no judgment.  That’s what Heals, that’s Chiron, that’s the essence of our New Paradigm.

Trance

July 18, 2012

Terri Patrick brings up some interesting angles that I haven’t mentioned.   For instance, she quotes Clare Martin to define the T-Square, and Clare’s article about Uranus and projection is very worthwhile.  And she reminds me that T-Squares can be differentiated by modality (cardinal, fixed, mutable), and it’d probably behoove us to look at the New Moon’s three T-Squares through that perspective.

Terri mentions that Full Moons often represent the culmination of the previous New Moon in the same sign, which would be six months prior, rather than the culmination of the New Moon preceding it.  Interesting.  Following Rudhyar and trying avoid too much indirection, I usually just consider the current New Moon to influence the following month, rather than the following six months, but I have to say that Terri’s perspective would be perfectly valid, and could yield fascinating insights.  I’ll look into that.

For most of us I don’t think that this coming month’s Identity Trance- (Re)Formations will involve Conscious choice.  The nature of Trance is that it is mostly Unconscious, except for experienced meditators, and even they will still act mostly from Unconscious Trances.  Stories about Sai Baba, or Ram Dass’s stories about his guru Neem Karoli Baba, or about any of the other Indian Saints who can reach into other Realities at will and create what appear to be Miracles from the perspective of our Trance, are stories about Consciousness beyond Trance.  We touch that state when we manifest jawdropping synchronicities, but most of us don’t live there except when we allow our Intuition to be in control, and even then…

Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are considered to be planets of the Unconscious.  When Uranus is strong, we’re more closely in touch with our normally-Unconscious Soul.  Uranus gains its reputation for disruption because it disrupts whatever is not in alignment with our Mission, what is not in alignment with our Soul’s current assignment for us – keeping in mind that this evolves, and doesn’t mean that what’s being disrupted wasn’t in alignment with a previous assignment from the Soul.  So when Uranus realigns our Trance, it means we’re ready for the next assignment (like it or not).

We can think of Pluto, on the other hand, as the Soul of the Planet.  When Pluto Trances shift, we all shift.  The oil crisis in the 1970s was such a shift.  Before it, the media was imagining we’d all be buzzing around in jetpacks soon.  Afterward, it was bicycles.  Sputnik was another global Trance-changer, as were Pearl Harbor and Mai Lai and Kent State and Nixon’s trip to China and Watergate and “9/11” and the Tech Bubble that popped in 2000, the collapse of Lehman Brothers (aka the Housing Bubble, often mislabeled the “Subprime Crisis”).  And probably the LIBOR scandal.

Recall that Jim Sinclair called Bob Daimond’s forced resignation from Barclay’s as the indication of a shift in the global Trance.  When I can understand them, I trust Jim Sinclair’s opinions about the world more than almost anyone elses.  You can find a short bio at  http://www.jsmineset.com/about/.  And If you go to

http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/Broadcast/Entries/2011/12/18_Jim_Rickards__Part_II.html

and scroll down a bit, you’ll find bios for Jim Rickards.  Jim R usually simplifies things more than Jim S, so I (think I) understand him more often, but if you want an adviser on things financial, you couldn’t do better than either Jim.  Here’s Jim R’s take on the LIBOR business and whether it will be globally Trance-shifting…

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/tim-geithner-aided-abetted-libor-crimes-jim-rickards-131709068.html

And here’s a fabulous article on the house of cards that this LIBOR business could bring to it’s knees and worse…

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2012/07/16/derivatives-should-be-banned-from-financial-markets

What’s ultimately at stake is the basic Money Trance.  It’s difficult to imagine how we would survive if Money went away.  We imagine that our landlord or mortgage-holder or even our property-tax creditor and fire-insurer would still want their pound of flesh.  And what stories would we have for the greengrocer, let alone the megacorporations?  A lot of folks have already experienced the No-Money version of this, but when Money itself is worthless, that’s a whole nother story.  That’s a Trance.

More Eclipse II

May 25, 2012

I see in my own life, and in people all around me, that whatever is unhealed is coming up to be healed.  You can always interpret Life that way, but it seems more pronounced now than usual, even if only because the arrival of 2012 has brought us more into Awareness that Life As We Know It must change, simply because it’s unsustainable – if for no other reason.  Remember that Sustainability Coming into Awareness (Ceres Rising all ’round the globe), Deep Deep Release (Neptune on the Dragon’s Tail, or Moon’s South Node), and Ultimate Cleansing (Chiron Conjunct Pluto) were among the most prominent features of the 1/1/2000 horoscope of the 21st Century – along with the Polarization (Moon-Pallas-Saturn-Uranus Grand Cross) that continues to drive an apparently unhealable wedge between the folks who understand that We’re All in This Together or The Baggage is Ours, and the folks who still believe it’s Us-Against-Them or The Baggage is Theirs.

I mean, we could go on for days just about the Chiron-Pluto Conjunction; Pluto as mandatory trance-re-formation, and Chiron as the ladder that takes us from the-reality-that-defined-the-problem to the-paradigm-that-contains-the-solution, or more properly, the-paradigm-where-the-problem-never-existed.  Chiron as the bridge from Despair to Miracle, in other words.  Chiron is the unhealable healer, yet it is Empathy that heals – when we turn around and look in the mirror to Empathize with our own trauma, healing Miracles occur.  Recognize on the Emotional level, without holding back, that the World Out There is nothing but a mirror for our own Deepest Healing.  Your image of yourself as a material Being is a trance programmed into you by the Lizards.  You are an Atom of Consciousness, and the World is your hologram.

As we enter the Age of Aquarius we are asked to finally Release our attachment to the Age of Pisces.  In Western European mythology, the Age of Pisces was initiated by the end of the Old-Testament Us-Against-Them paradigm, and the beginning of the New-Testament The-Baggage-Is-Ours paradigm.  The contest between those two sides of the coin is done now, and the time has come to move to Consciousness of the Coin.  Remember that it’s Uranus that rules Aquarius, and while the traditional interpretation of Aquarius includes a large dose of Community, Uranus reminds us that it’s about the Individual in Community – Uranus is about the Individual Soul, not the collective.  Remember too that a Grand Cross is in Balance.  That says that the Polarization will produce no winners; the Coin is that this is not about one or the other, this is about the Creative Tension between.  Meditate on the Tension, embrace and release Expectations, Change the Subject, Rinse and Repeat.

The Japanese are very aware of the connection between Fukushima and Hiroshima-Nagasaki.  The American Empire, which in many ways was born out of WWII, hasn’t shown any Awareness of the connection.  We’re in early days of a new Chiron-Neptune Cycle, and WWII ended at the initiation of the prior Chiron-Neptune Cycle.  That’s one prominent astrological connection between Fukushima and Hiroshima-Nagasaki.  The Empire is about to unleash the same unaccountable Frenzy of Violence on Iran that it did recently on Iraq – and in the name of preventing nuclear proliferation — unbelievable hubris, doublethink, and blasphemy!  And we have to own that this Baggage is Ours!  Of course the fallout from Hiroshima and Nagasaki would have followed the same path as the fallout from Fukushima – that is, the Eclipse path.  So yes, leilanai, the mirror is there for us to look into, and I think we avert our gaze at our own peril.

With Neptune Stationary at the impending Lunar Eclipse, and Jupiter Squaring Neptune to embellish the Uranus-Pluto Square and the Saturn Station, we need to write about what Neptune’s up to.

Essence

March 5, 2012

Lovely fireworks on the SpaceWeather page today.  They also mention that Mars is at it’s closest approach to Earth for the year.  Shall we start another one of those FW: erumormills that Mars’ll be as big as the Full Moon next week?  The last one went on for years and years!

Today’s big news is Uranus Initiating Vesta, and Venus entering Taurus.  Venus of course “rules” Taurus – which is to say, you could think of them as the same Energy, it’s just that planet Venus is sortofa verb, while sign Taurus is sortofa noun.  Venus stands for what we Value, and Taurus symbolizes our rigid opinions, likes, and dislikes.  In other words, clear away the Held Emotions (aka Karma) from Taurus, and you have Venus.  Venus in Taurus, which lasts about a month, will provide us additional opportunities to notice the difference between what we Value and our Pet Peeves (the ones we’re proud of), so we can hopefully start, for instance, Valuing our own Integrity instead of being Righteous about Other People’s corruptibility.

Of course, everyone might not Value Integrity – lotsa folks might Value, say, Expediency, instead.  But with Vesta crossing Uranus, you can bet yer bottom that Integrity will be at the top of everyone’s priority list this week.  Vesta stands for a far deeper level of Values, that which we hold Sacred, that for which we’re willing to kill and be killed.  Lighting up Vesta and the cusp of Taurus at the same time could ignite some fireworks, as those who confuse the Sacred with what they’re Righteous about will likely become insufferable, to the extent that they aren’t already.  Fortunately it’s Sweet Venus lighting up Taurus, and Lofty Uranus lighting up Vesta.

Plus, the Sabian Symbol for the Vesta Initiation is “Two lovers strolling on a secluded walk,” much more Venutian than Taurean.  Uranus, as the symbol for our Individual Soul, represents Integrity.  So the opportunity for insights that will bring our Integrity into higher alignment with our sense of the Sacred is pretty exciting.  It’s these two essential components of our personal Psyche that are the two lovers strolling.  If you notice yourself projecting this onto someone else this week, bring it home.  Love projections are wonderful things, don’t rue it.  But also bring it home.  Yes, they’re fabulous, but what is it in yourself that they’re mirroring?  Anything you take for granted?

By Initiation, we mean Conjunction, the two planets coming together on the same line of longitude, as the faster planet passes the slower planet.  The slower planet is the Mentor – the repository of Wisdom – in these Cyclic relationships, and the faster planet is the Messenger, or the Energy that disseminates the Wisdom. Uranus is of course the Wise Old Man here, and Vesta the receiver and carrier of the Shaktipat that Uranus grants.  The Greeks and Romans would be scandalized to hear Vesta, symbol of the most Sacred, lowered to the status of disciple, but then, the Greeks and Romans didn’t know about Uranus.  It’s like when all the Body Parts were arguing over which one was the most important.  You know who the winner was.

Aquarius and Uranus

January 23, 2012

My friend Alice Miller has some wonderful insights about Aquarius and Uranus in her latest email newsletter, Spirit and StarsSpirit and Stars is free, just email Alice at astrominister1<AT>yahoo.com and ask nicely if you’d like to get on her emailing list.  Of course you’d replace the “<AT>” with the usual “at” sign – it’s polite to express email addresses this way on the internet because it (hopefully) fools the automatic email-harvesting “spyders” that spammers run across the internet.  Alice’s website is http://www.lifeprintastrology.com.  I learn a lot from her books.

Here are some of the tidbits in Spirit and Stars that jumped out at me…

“Uranus is, most obviously, the Planet of Change.”

Uranus “rules” Aquarius.  That means that Uranus and Aquarius share a lot of implications and meanings.  In other words, Aquarius can be thought of as the Sign of Change, in addition of course to  sympathy and understanding, harmony and trust abounding.

“A major function of astrology is to follow the cyclic movement of planets, for these are the clocks and calendars of change–both personal and general.  Life is that which grows, changes, becomes.  It evolves in an upward spiral.
“Uranus and Aquarius are heightened at this time.  Uranus’s passage into Aries, approximately a year ago, heralded the seeding of a new cycle of change.  We are being lifted up into an ever-greater awareness of our Universal and Cosmic connections.
“Traditionally, Aquarius has been called the sign of sudden change, of the unexpected, of chaos.  Today we understand that Aquarian changes are cyclic, but the cycles are long ones.  Evolution is one such change.
“Another is linked to weak-energy ideas which accumulate over long periods, until a day when they suddenly become strong enough to manifest.  Aquarius is also linked to group-consciousness, another means of compounding weak-energy ideas.”

I love that notion of “weak-energy ideas” or phenomena that grow slowly, and may appear to be sudden because they’ve just reached the threshold of visibility, even though they’ve been growing for a long time.  Every new astrological Cycle becomes as it were a weak-energy idea in between the time when it’s new, at Conjunction, and when it “becomes permanent,” at the Waxing Square.  If I had to pin down the 1960s in a few words, I’d probably chose freedom of expression, tolerance, and peace.  Is there a sense in which those principles became weak-energy ideas since the 60s, as the Cycle went underground between the Uranus-Pluto Conjunction and Waxing Square?  I believe so.

Today there’s a major backlash against freedom of expression, tolerance, and peace.  When yer Ego’s back is against the wall, you resort to bullying and yelling and insulting before you (hopefully) cave in and admit you were wrong all along.  I believe that’s what the loud backlash is all about – that repression, intolerance, and war have their back against the wall as the rising tide of contrary weak-energy ideas climbs above their knees.  The next US election, remember, takes place after the Uranus-Pluto Waxing Square.  I fully expect to see a plethora of “sudden” changes between now and November.

“Uranus remodels what it touches.  It may change the look and function of the areas transited, but the original foundation and bearing walls will be retained.
“When there is a simultaneous Neptune transit, while our attention is on the Uranus position, attention is withdrawn from the Neptune position and something just fades away from lack of attention.  This has been particularly strong for the last 20-30 years [since] the two planets first conjoined and [while they] have since been in mutual reception.
“Pluto’s changes are quite different from Uranus.  He does not try to remodel the old, but simply removes it and replaces it with something new.”

The Uranus-Neptune Cycle began in 1993; we spoke of it in Hitting the Fan, the 170-year A hidden Choir sings during a religious service Cycle that “becomes permanent” in 2040.  Since the Uranus-Neptune initiation was the culmination of the Harmonic Convergence, we could justifiably say that the Harmonic Convergence becomes permanent in 2040.  Mutual reception means that two planets are each in the Sign ruled by the other – Neptune rules Pisces, and Uranus has till recently been in Pisces.  Meanwhile Uranus rules Aquarius, and Neptune is just finishing its sojourn in Aquarius.

But now while Uranus remodels, Pluto transforms, and this is a Uranus-Pluto event that approaches us in mid-2012.  When Pluto “removes it and replaces it with something new,” the mechanism is Trance-formation – Pluto changes the Trance, changes the Hologram.  Like putting a new slide in the ViewMaster.  In the 60s, Uranus-Pluto changed the Trance from Lawn Order to I Gotta Be Me.  Pluto replaced the Saturnian, convention-oriented Trance of the 50s with a Uranian, individual-creative Trance.  We see too that Uranus remodeled the process of Trance-formation, as Bandler and Grinder decoded the magic that Fritz and Virginia and Milton practiced intuitively.  Now too, Kepler is beginning to dispel the Trance that Humans are unique in the Universe for those who weren’t convinced by Crop Circles.

“In physics, chaos is a phase that occurs during transformation.  You can resonate a container of water with sound waves that generate a balanced, symmetrical pattern on the surface of the water.  Then, if you turn up the frequency a little, chaos will ensue.  The neat pattern on the surface of the water will become choppy and discordant.  However, when you turn the frequency up still more, a new pattern emerges, one which is even more complex and beautiful.  The chaos was a temporary phase between one natural state of harmony and its transformation into a higher form.
“It is much the same with the transformation of humanity through any major shift.  Today the frequency associated with the Old Reality has already been increased.  The old pattern has been disturbed and is beginning to go away.  In its place is a choppy pattern which is searching for its new form.  Discords abound at a personal and social level as old wounds arise, seeking attention and resolution.  As the frequency rises even more, the chaotic outbreaks upon the surface of life will decrease.  Life will settle into a new norm at the next higher plane of existence.
“This may or may not comfort readers who are dealing with the transiting Uranus-Pluto square in a very personal way.  Pluto represents the driving force of higher mind, now taking over your life, reminding you of any pre-incarnational commitments you made, or whatever calling you have.  You, dear readers, are in the vanguard of Global/Species change.  You have stepped back in time to be the Elder Brothers and Sisters who help to lead the general population into an ever-greater awareness of the potential within all humanity.  It is as though you came back from the next age, to help your younger siblings to find their way into it.
“Most of you came into an area of space-time where you were parented and taught by people who had no real concept of what you are about.  You are a type of being thought to be impossible, or immoral, or simply nuts!
“Early in life, you tried to live according to their patterns, but that has not worked well for you.  Life often became chaotic, simply because the rules and methods learned in childhood were, for you, obsolete.  Gradually, that has (or will) become apparent.  You realize that you are designed to live in new ways and to model the future.
“Most of us have felt that we did not fit in.  We didn’t.  We were neither designed nor intended to fit in.  We are not the sheep, but the Shepherd, the one who leads (not drives) the sheep.  This is the message of Uranus in Aquarius.  It is also the underlying theme of all those with strong placements in Aquarius.  You are different for a reason.  You are tomorrow, and without your light, the all-human dawn will not come.”

Beautifully put, Alice, thanks!

Chrysocolla, the Green mineral, is a Copper-Aluminum Mica.  Chrysocolla is the master of self-acceptance, on all levels.  Here it overlays a “botryoidal” Black Oxide of Cobalt called Heterogenite.  Cobalt was name after a Germanic Trickster figure, Kobold, because it has the power to change the Trance and open our vision to Spirit.  Botryoidal is your word for the week – it means “shaped like a cluster of grapes.”  Leave it to the Greeks.

Sorry, but I can’t mention Bandler and Grinder without a footnote.  I recommend NLP to NO ONE, because it’s very powerful, and in my experience, usually misused as more of a Power Trip than a Healing.  However, the insights in Bandler and Grinder’s books are invaluable.  They gleaned their insights by observing Fritz Perls (master of Gestalt Therapy, or Seeing the Whole, or understanding how our self-sabotage patterns actually serve us so we can negotiate win-win with them) and Virginia Satir (master of Group Dynamics, or understanding how much of our behavior is determined by how we fit into a group) and Milton Erickson (master of Hypnotherapy) at work, and writing down what they did that others didn’t.

That’s Uranus Talkin’ Atcha

July 9, 2011

That’s pronounced Yer’-ann-us, just so’s there’s no confusion.  You know my Party Line about the three traditional Outer Planets – since we’re talking about the Unconscious, Heads are Tails and Tails are Heads – ya gotta focus on the Coin.  They’re about Disruption (Uranus), Confusion (Neptune), and Deconstruction (Pluto), and about Integrity (Uranus), Clarity (Neptune), and TranceFormation (Pluto).  It’s easy to say ya get the first three characteristics whenya look through Material Eyes, and the last three whenya look through Spiritual Eyes, and in general, that’s a pretty useful metaphor.

They’re likely to Disrupt whatever is outa Integrity inyer Life, Confuse you wherever your priorities and motives are Unclear, and Deconstruct any old Trances that are obsolete and in need of Reformation.  We all operate on Trances, alla time, so don’t try to kid yerself about being immune.

So tomorrow, July 9, at about half past 5pm PDT, Uranus Stands Still, and then goes Retrograde for the next six months or so.  So by now you’ve gotten ample information about what’s outa integrity in yer Life.  The hardest things to recognize are the most important, and the most central to our Lives, closest to our Essence.  So ifyer still sufferin’, that’s good, it means yer onto some really really Core Issues.  You just gotta remember we’re talking way way up above the plane where the Ego operates – if the Unconscious was a Satellite, the Ego would be a Kite.  Yes, a Kite all dolled up to look smashing!  But for the right angle and weather and a glint from the Sun, you’d never even see the Unconscious.

It is very possible to work with the Unconscious, but there are rules.  As Ursula would put it, The Rules Change in the Reaches.  And how true that is!  First, there is no Cause and Effect; that’s an artifact of Linear Time, which is a mass Trance.  With the Callemander winding down, that Trance could be due for Reformation, eh?  Night Four (Rain & War) begins July 12.  Second, of course no Either/Or or Contradiction.  That happens in the mechanical mind, which doesn’t even operate at the Kite level, more like the Hip Pocket level – the Ego’s smarter than the mechanical mind.  The Unconscious is totally and competely Both/And.  The Third Rule is that you kneel before the Unconscious and humbly Ask it to share its plans with you, you don’t petition it to preserve or create any particular realities.  It’ll replace you with a Walk-In inna minute if you get too uppity – don’t think it hasn’t happened before!

Not that the Unconscious is nasty – that’s Freudian Old-Testament Firebreather Trash, er, I mean Trance, that some of yer ancestors got stuck on and never could figure out how to break out of.  I think they kinda liked the illusions of Power and Order.  Ifyer trapped in onea those, just pray for a Rapture so you can start over cleanly.  There’s NOTHING that the Unconscious loves more than your commitment to cooperate with it!!  It has plans that are gonna happen whatever, and it’s a lot easier to ride shotgun than to try to fight for the steering wheel or cower in the back seat.  It needs Trust, and that’s about Faith, and that’s gonna be your major contribution.  Sure, you’ll be chipping in for the gas, but you won’t even notice that.

While Uranus represents the most personal region of the Unconscious, even there, personal doesn’t mean anything like yer Ego imagines (Wow, I’m really special! or Hoo, I yam sheet!).  It just means that the Uranus region of the Unconscious is more about yer own Soul Chord than anyone else’s.  Of course, yer Twigmates aren’t far off, but they have their own Twigs.  Not at all a lonely place, it’s permeated with all-knowing, non-judging Unconscious Energy, and inhabited by Angels.

So first thing “we” (the Ego) gotta do, is Surrender.  Not give up (though that’ll work too), but give over.  I know yer reading time is limited, but in Truth or Dare Starhawk does such a fabulous job of describing the difference between Power Over and Power With, that you’ll never regret looking it up.  I mean, gawrsh, it’s only a chapter, and I’m not even asking you to read Who Dies? in this issue – though of course you’d be infinitely happier ifya did.  It is terribly relevant.

You can call yer Unconscious whatever you like – Fred, or Connie, or God, or Great Big Me, or Higher Self, or Faraway Winker.  But you do wanna talk to It/Him/Her.  Let ‘Em know you’re declaring the intention to cooperate with whatever They have in mind for you next – you know the story, Curiosity, and Expect Miracles.  If there’s anything you really don’t want, like Pain, or Lackawanna, or Bigtime Hassles, just let ‘Em know.  They ain’t out to torture you – that’s your childhood programming that believes in No Pain No Gain.  The way the Universe really works is Big Grace Big Gains, but ya gotta Intend it, or it’ll pass ya by while you aren’t looking.  You could use something like,

I dedicate myself to collaborating with the Unconscious in Grace (though I have no idea what that means!), rapidly, completely, lovingly, and gently.

Then just distract yourself with something pleasant, and leave the rest up to Them.  Believe me, They’re up to the task!

Ain’t that Peacock Ore just lovely as a fine feathered Ego?  It’s usually a mixture of Bornite and Chalcopyrite, which are both Sulfides of Copper and Iron.  Those combinations can produce just about any reflection color imaginable!  And Copper has just as many hypercritical uses in the Body, from maintaining cells, nerves, bones, joints, to facilitating antioxidant reactions and the Body’s use of Iron.  Not exactly a precious metal (costing about 10% of the cost of Silver), Copper comes close (sharing the same bed in the Periodic Table with Silver and Gold), and has been used for adornment since forever.  It’s called “Dr. Copper” because it’s price tells you exactly how excited the World Economy is, cuz nothing industrial happens without Copper.

June and July

June 29, 2011

Well, we have the end of QE2 on June 30, the Moon Occults (passes in front of, so as to hide – “occult” means “hidden”) Venus on June 30 (half-past midnight PDT), the Moon partially Occults (ie, Eclipses) the Sun on July 1 (just before 2am PDT), Uranus Stands Still and then turns Retrograde on July 9, and Night 4 (ruled by the God of Rain & War) of the Mayan Callemander begins on July 12.  Meanwhile, China has offered to buy – er, I mean, bail out – Europe!

So it’s a fabulous time to become aware (occultation) of the places in your life where you’re out of synch with your own Values (Venus) and your True Self (Uranus), so you can PIAVA (Pray for/Intend/Ask for/Visualize/Affirm) Grace-full changes to your life that will bring you more into harmony and integrity and congruity, while the option is easier (ie, Uranus is still Direct).  Don’t forget to also PIAVA a loving and gentle and rapid and complete release of everything that’s hindered your harmony and integrity and congruity up till now.  Your Old Programming could easily War With or Rain On your PIAVAs if you forget to add Grace and Ease to the mix.  And y’know, it doesn’t hurt at all to tap while you’re doing your PIAVAs.  In fact, if you haven’t already tried it, you could be amazed at how effective that is!

I wouldn’t aim for harmony integrity congruity with the old right-brain/dynamic techniques of deciding, planning, and acting.  If you do that, your Old Programming will be doing the deciding and planning.  Instead, you want your New Soul Chord to be doing the work, for which you need left-brain/magnetic techniques like PIAVAing, because only your New Soul Download has the sufficient scope and perspective, and, for all of us, most of the New Download is still occult.  We’ll be manifesting this Download in stages over the next fifty years.  Only then shall we fully understand.  The Glass is still quite darkly.

Meanwhile, here’s some entertainment…

A great meditation by Carol Tuttle;

Some clarification on the Economic Reality;

A bit of additional perspective on the European Situation;

Some interesting hearsay: “I was at a party not too long ago with a bunch of young people, and we were talking about some topic that was mildly controversial, and one of them said, ‘I’d love to look up more about that online, but I don’t want it to be part of my permanent search record.’  So, the youth of America already have it in their heads that anything they do online is being monitored and will be in their search records forever and accessible to the government”;

A long interview with Edwin Vieira, the guy who related the hearsay;

And a very entertaining two-year-old repartee between Jon Stewart and Christine Lagarde.

Enjoy!

Didja know that every Flower is cohabited by a Fairy?  RJ Stewart, a life-long student of Celtic traditions, says that this Planet will be “saved” only by a coalition of Humans, Fairies, and Critters, and it won’t be the Humans leading the way, cuz they don’t got sufficient scope and perspective.  The Fairies and all their many Cousins live in a Dimension that is closely intertwined with this one.  Mostly They withdraw just beyond the Veil, cuz Hey, you would too if you didn’t get no respect.  But they are There – that is, Here – and every Flower is a portal to their Dimension – or that is, the occult Soft Power Wing of our own Dimension.  No better way to start getting to know the Fairies, than to just say “Hi Sweetheart!” to every Flower you pass.  One day, when you start to believe it again, you’ll get a response!

Day 4

June 21, 2011

Wow, musta been some Eclipse, eh?  More folks checked in than have checked in since Mars crossed Uranus in early April.

It’s a busy week.  Long Day today, frinstance, in the North, and Short Day in the South.  Sun-Turn-Around Day.  I celebrated with ten yards of primo topsoil.  Then Day 4 of the Callemander begins on Friday.  It’s easy to tell it’s the last few days of the Big Release Opportunity that Night 3 brings – lotsa stories from folks about reliving various emotional events from earlier in their current life, and about connecting with threads from the Other Side of the Veil.  Then lotsa threads falling in from the Future, from the likes of Hank Wesselman and John Perkins.  Hank talks about

The Ancestral Grand Plan—exploring the path our ancestors set in motion millennia ago and how the Plan is playing out across the world today,”

and John tells how

We see how countries all over the world are now rejecting tyranny.  As we stand with them, we must also demand that in our own country our leaders will hearken to the call for a new economy based on doing well by all people – workers, consumers, and those who do not have jobs or food on their tables.  The time for greed and excessive materialism has passed.

while Bloomberg tells us that 46 out of 58 economists think that The Ben Bernank will have to keep pouring cash into the gash in the Old System after June 30.  The standard line is something like, If you laid all the economists in the World end to end, they still wouldn’t agree, so 46 outa 58 is pretty good.  Not that their record of prediction is any better than the weatherfolk.

In a clamshell, the Solstice chart, which visualizes the three months and (in a more general way) the year to follow, is a doozy.  Two Grand Crosses and a Grand Trine – couldn’t get much noisier, so we can probably expect more of the same going forward, as we been enduring in the recent past.

The Solstice Sun completes the Saturn-Pluto-Uranus T-Square that we spoke of recently, making it into a Grand Cross.  The Square (Fourth Harmonic), recall, is about Mastery through Challenge, the T-Square (two squares joined at the hip) about Tolerating Imperfection and “Learning Experiences,” and the Grand Cross (four squares all joined at the ends) about Finesse.  The Grand Cross gives us four Challenges, but they’re mutually complementary, so we can juggle them effectively.

The first Grand Cross connects the Sun (the essence of who we are – which is to say, Energy) with Saturn (focus, priorities), Pluto (trance formation, inevitability), and Uranus (remember that New Soul Download?).  The Grand Trine (Third Harmonic, Grace) joins Saturn (focus, priorities) with Venus (self-respect, eschewing self-abandonment) and Pallas (boundaries).

That all plays right into what Hank and John are talking about, along with a healthy dose of reliving various emotional events – we just gotta relive them till we can embrace them without rue or discomfort.  Didja notice how quickly they moved on?  Did that surprise ya?  That’s the nature of the process – we re-experience our traumadramas till they’re routine, and each time we re-experience them they get easier and easier.  Tapping, of course, helps.

The second Grand Cross connects both of the Moon’s Nodes (also called The Dragon, or the very symbol of Spiritual Fire burning away Emotional Dross – through re-experiencing of course) with Juno (guess what – Identity!  Ta-Da!) and Ceres (Sustainability or Sustenance).  Ifya don’t know Dragon well, you gotta take the time to read Ursula Leguin’s Earthsea Trilogy – all six of them.  Number six is the meat, but you won’t get nearly as many of the teaching threads unless you start with number one.  It’s not a chore, you won’t be able to put them down.  And of course, you know Juno, you also gotta read Stephen’s Who Dies?

Here’s the scoop on the Solstice Sun.

Eudialyte is the Way-Shower that leads us cleanly between Dimensions.  Ya gotta be clean to travel between Dimensions, cuz when ya try to carry baggage, the portal will rip yer arm off.  Energy passes through effortlessly, but not Matter.  Ursula’ll teach you all about that, and you’ll enjoy it to pieces.  The chemistry is Sodium Calcium Cerium Iron Manganese Yttrium Zirconium Cyclosilicate Hydroxide Chloride – !  I won’t even try to decipher all that!

Get Serious

June 9, 2011

That is, it’s time to do just that (Get Serious), cuz our old buddy Saturn is stationary, which means strong, until about 9pm PDT on Sunday (June 12).  In other words, for mucha the World, as Pogo woulda said, Friday the 13th falls on a Monday this month.  Saturn is about concentration and focus – if Saturn gives you fits, it’s probable that you aren’t focusing on priority number one.  We all like our fallbacks, cuz they cushion our fear of failing.  On Wall Street (which we’ll be discussing a bit) they say, It’s not what you earn, it’s what you learn.

And taking the risk to fail is howya learn.  Excellence derives from neither native talent nor hard work, but both.  Knowing your own unique talents, and working yer butt off to develop them, is exactly what Saturn wants for you.  Wer immer strebend, was Goethe’s phrase for it.  If you streben for your own Mission on the Planet, more Power toya.

Unless you have a natal Saturn T-Square, in which case it’s not that simple, but we can talk about that later ifya want.  This Station occurs in a weak T-Square, with Pluto and Uranus – pretty powerful company.  The bottom line of that is…

Do not expect anything to actually “work out” – just make yer best effort toward the best outcome you can think of at the moment, realize that what’s going on is a whole lot bigger than you or I, recognize that “you” (the Old you) do not actually understand where “you” (the New you) are going, Ask for a Blessing, and as much as you can, muster Curiosity about what’s going to happen next, and expect Miracles.

Tall order, but just do yer best, eh?

So, speaking of Wall Street, we need to remind that the Fed-WallStreet Scam that’s giving the World fits and propping up the illusion of continuing Empire, supposedly ends June 30, the day before the

“Small naked girl leaning over a pond trying to catch a fish and a large diamond in the first stages of the cutting process.”

partial Solar Eclipse on July 1.  Let’s untangle that slowly.  First, the Scam, in simple terms.  The US Federal Reserve, which the average Joe and Jane thinks is in the business of managing the US Economy, is actually in the business of managing the Wall Street Banks.  Since 2008, the Fed has been printing oodles of money and loaning it to the Banks at virtually zero interest, so they can loan it to the US Government at higher rates.  The hope is that this will prop up their balance sheets enough to compensate for the toxic garbage (called derivatives) that’s still on their books from the 2008 crash, so they can pass for solvency.  It’s not working.

Over the last three years, the Fed has quadrupled the supply of US Dollars.  Meanwhile, the supply of Broccoli, Gasoline, Shampoo, and Dental Floss has not increased all that much, so simple maths tell you, barring some kinda miracle, that before long everything’s gonna be costing four times as much as it did in 2008.  Here’s a concise summary of the process…

http://www.goldmoney.com/video/james-turk-presentation-on-gold-and-the-US-dollar.html

I’m surprised how many folks I meet who don’t know that this process is scheduled to “end” on June 30.  That is, “end,” rather than just end, because it’s not quite that simple, cuz the Fed can still continue a form of the process under the table.

All this puts the Empire at an awkward crossroads.  Without all the monetary stimulus, as we’re already seeing, the US Economy could get worse than it already is.  With negative Expectations, it could get a lot worse, since Economy is driven by Expectations (If I can expect you might buy my crop, I can grow Broccoli this Summer; if I expect you won’t, I’ll just grow Velcro instead, even though it’s worth less than Broccoli).  And with the wont of Markets to go to extremes, it could get a whole lot worse.  For instance, it might not be enough for Gasoline prices to quadruple, speculators could drive them up even further faster cuz they expect them to go up.  And Bond Traders could panic and sell, which would raise interest rates, making it harder for everyone to function.

Is the (mixed) Sabian metaphor beginning to make sense to you? 

“A small naked (Vulnerable) girl leaning over a pond (an Emotional abyss) trying (and by implication not succeeding) to catch a fish (get something to Eat) (…that is, the failure of the old system that’s been exploiting us Shoeple since the “Industrial Age” began, but which makes us feel grateful for a handout if we can get it…) and a large diamond (which is of course Forever, not to mention shiny, pretty, and relatively durable).”

Now we need to bear in mind the context:

A recent New Soul Chord Download (Jupiter-Uranus);

A recent reboot of the Basic Paradigm (Chiron-Neptune);

Night 3 of the Universal Underworld (in this Underworld, evolution is accelerated such that as much change occurs in nine months, as has occured in the previous several billions of years – and the Night phases are when things look dark cuz we’re tending to focus on what’s Leaving rather than what’s Coming);

The ongoing collapse of the American Empire (the European Empire collapsed a century ago);

Global Warming, which will make life harder for most everybody, if it hasn’t already.

The good news is that Day 4 begins before the end of June, on the 24th, so we may have a period of Grace, at least till July 12, when Night 4 begins.  On the other hand, Uranus turns Retrograde on July 9, which is fab for anyone who’s focused on the Coming, but major trauma for anyone focused on the Leaving.  That Energy should be tangible by around July 5-6.

One of the utilities of Big Government, which the Teabaggers would undoubtedly disavow, is Big Science.  Big Gummint recently put up two Satellites, one a quarter-orbit in front of the Earth, and the other a quarter-orbit behind.  Between the two of them, they have a stereo view of the bursts of Big Energy the Sun sends out, like this one…

http://spaceweather.com/swpod2011/07jun11/bestcrop.mov?v=Q_3u_0NN7OM

Once that movie loads on your computer, so it plays through without interruption, play it several times.  Notice that the outburst is as big as the Sun itself!  Our Home Planet would fit into one of those bright splashes where the Energy falls back into the Sun.  That blast was  late Monday night PST, and the video is from a different, “local” Satellite, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.   And don’t forget SOHO, another Big Gummint boon.

The upshot is that the Sun is beginning an 11-year active period, and it’s expected that this one will be mild; however, mild active periods tend to be the most variable.  Any big outburst like the one in the movie, especially one that happened to be pointed at us, as this one was not, could wipe out electrical (ie, electricity) and magnetic (ie, computers) phenomena on this Planet.  These Satellites provide enough warning that grid operators can shut down before the blast arrives – if the blast hits an electrical grid that’s not running, it does far far less damage.

So while you’re planning how you might survive without the benefit of banks, without the benefit of Dollars, and without the benefit of an Economy, it wouldn’t hurt to think about how you might survive without electricity or computers.  I mean, at this point in the course of things, priority number one might be sheer survival.  Now, if any emotions arise about all this, I’m sure you’ll be tapping them out, eh?  In every case, that is priority numero uno.

And have you forgotten the bottom-line assignment?

Do not expect anything to actually “work out” – just make yer best effort toward the best outcome you can think of at the moment, realize that what’s going on is a whole lot bigger than you or I, recognize that “you” (the Old you) do not actually understand where “you” (the New you) are going, Ask for a Blessing, and as much as you can, muster Curiosity about what’s going to happen next, and expect Miracles.

Worth repeating – read slowly and carefully…

Do not expect anything to actually “work out” – just make yer best effort toward the best outcome you can think of at the moment, realize that what’s going on is a whole lot bigger than you or I, recognize that “you” (the Old you) do not actually understand where “you” (the New you) are going, Ask for a Blessing, and as much as you can, muster Curiosity about what’s going to happen next, and expect Miracles.

A coupla other treats…

Here’s a nice shot of the June 1 partial Solar Eclipse, from Norway…

http://www.spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Thomas-Hagen-partialeclipsemidnightsun_wide_1306979611.jpg

and a cute one from Finnish Lapland of just the “ears” as the sun rose (to the extent that the sun “rises” at this time of year in the Arctic), taken by B.Art Braafhart…

And some truly amazing photos of the Volcano that’s erupting in Chile…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394503/Chile-volcano-causes-ash-cloud-lightning-tears-sky-apart.html#ixzz1OX1D8reQ

And finally, isn’t this intriguing…

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/09jun_bigsurprise/

We have no idea wherefrom our Grace flows, we just need to keep it coming.

The Stone at the beginning is native Graphite, the soft form of Carbon, as Diamond is the hard form.  While Diamond is hard, it’s also brittle, and fairly easily cracked.  Graphite, on the other hand, is so soft you can write with it, once your computer crashes.  Graphite’s doing some very magical things these days, part of the New Basic Paradigm, I’m sure.  So far as we know (which ain’t much, actually), Carbon is the basis for Life.