Diving Into The Pisces Full Moon And Some Lunar Scopes

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I’m feeling a lot like Otis Redding (Virgo) in his posthumous hit, “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay” during Mercury Retrograde. I’m pondering the whys, wherefores, whats and whens of my life and this blog. The path that I started out on, nearly two years ago when Sah (Immanent deity of Orion) Ra (Egyptian sun god) Palin entered the election, coming from seemingly out of nowhere, just as Barack Obama did. I did Palin’s chart and my stats went through the roof. I didn’t look back. Over the course of the past two years, I covered everything from Albert Pike to Lady Gaga and have done my best to wrap it in a blanket of stars, meaning that there was usually some sort of astrological through line. The blog has become part of an awakening process for me as I hope it has been for you, but I am not sure how much more I have to say along these lines, especially as it relates directly to astrology. Mercury in my own sign, retro has me reflecting on the meaning of it all.

Last night, I spoke with Katie Gallanti and she and I were in agreement that so much has transpired over the past two years and the awakening process has become viral. Here on the day of the Pisces Full Moon, I read a piece by Dahr Jahmail, the terrific journalist from the Middle East. He traveled to Mississippi and spent time with shrimpers who not only refused to go out on their boats to catch toxic shrimp, but held their own press conference, called for the resignation of Dr. Bill Walker, the head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources for lifting the ban on shrimping and fishing. Their first hand accounts of sea life trying to out swim toxic waters is riveting. They are indicative of eyes opening wide across this country and world. Nearly ten years ago, a good friend kept me at arms length when it came to my “crazy” ideas. Fast forward. He’s that guy now. The great awakening is taking on a momentum of it’s own.

As the sleepers arise from their trance-like-slumber, I’m thinking about the next phase, catching the next wave. Once we’ve awakened, what can we do?

When I was young, I had a deeply romantic and naive vision of enlightenment. Occasionally, I still do. I thought that enlightenment was the key to true magic and the conscious application of man’s and God’s will in a perfect execution of integrated energies for truth, beauty and service. I still think this to some extent, but what I never quite factored in on the enlightenment side of the equation was waking up to the horror of the world and the attendant suffering, then deconstructing the architecture of the invisible prisons that we inhabit, how we got there and who helped erect and stand over them. That’s the not-so-fun side of waking up.

There’s the initial rush, you know, the one where you get to live in a Robert Anton Wilson epic for a while and then realize that it’s just another step in the process, a seductive Bardo that can yield some really surreal and juicy nuggets. There’s a high that comes along with it. It’s the inverse of solving light’s riddle, but comes with the attendant giddiness that “you’ve figured something out.” There’s plenty of black diamonds in that mine, trust me. But my wandering soul is restless again and I’m not wholly satisfied with discovering that Barack Obama might be the son of Michael Rockefeller and Cleopatra. After a while, uncovering more illusion only begets more illusion.

Perhaps this is the dialectical dance between my Sun in the 10th and transiting Pices Moon in the 4th. I’m doing my best to ground the arc between the spark of mystical unity and the practical tools of building a better world than the one we allowed to go to hell. Part of me wonders if it’s even possible at this point? I’m considering surrender as the most efficient move-letting go of all my strategies and systems, letting the flood just crash over me. I’ve been here before. I know it. I feel it.

On the other side of letting go is a sense of freedom and release that I can only begin to articulate. The dynamic push/pull between the Sun and the Moon is creating a tension, a torsion, a bi-polar magnetic field that holds the flux of possibility.

The Pisces Full Moon wants us to get cozy at a cellular level, while the Virgo Sun wants to know if it’s a phillips or a flat head? The Pisces Moon is full credit in faith, diving head first into the ocean of oneness, swallowing duality whole. Dick Cheney and Tony Hayward are merely dark angels on the road to redemption. Aware of the depths of the darkness, the Pisces Full Moons beckons immersion and trust. The Virgo Sun wants to make sure that you’ve got a map for the backroads out of town, a tent, sleeping bag, water, a couple of weeks of food and tank full of gas. This is kind of where I’m at. An uneasy station on the cross. But I do know this–there is plenty to live for. I’ve had glimpses of a very different world coming our way and trust me I want to be there. Surrender does not mean giving up–it’s more like giving away.

It’s been a while since I’ve done some Full Moon Scopes, so in the spirit of giving practical form to the numinous, here’s some light bon-mots of astro-advice for each sign over the next 24/48 hours.

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Mercury Retrograde In Cinema And The Guide To Surving MR In Virgo

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Sometimes when it’s Mercury retrograde, I just want to go into one of those Lascaux styled caves, or maybe a kiva up in the Taos Pueblo and just hang out with some clean water and bushel of fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, but since I’ve already been in a cave-like setting for the last two weeks, it doesn’t really play out that way. So here I am, fire walking across the pit of Mercury Retrograde. It’s already hit. My guest for tonight canceled. Oh well, that means I’ll be doing live mini-reading over on the BlogTalk side of things during MR. Should be interesting. Maybe I’ll go into the future and work backwards for people.

I’ve been thinking abut cinema and what films really portray MR in the truest light. I came up with three that really communicate the essence of MR and two of them are time travel films. Let’s start with the first.

GROUND HOG DAY

Can anyone think of a film that is more MR than the Bill Murray classic? The scene where he drives off the cliff with the stolen Phil has got to be one of the top ten comedic scenes of all time. When he punches Ned in the face, is a close second. Murray had had a string of minor hits, but nothing like Meatballs, Ghost Busters, Stripes or Caddy Shack. That was Bill Murray (Virgo) in his zone. He went off road to try some zen comedy in Somerset Maughm’s classic, “Razor’s Edge” but Murray and the quest for truth only made sense if you were up away too late in a hotel in Miami on acid, but that’s a whole-nuther-story. “What About Bob” was a minor Murray classic. It wasn’t until he was able to channel all that smarm and charm into the cynical feature correspondent, “Phil,” the same name of the celebrated ground hog from Punxatawny. The rumor is that Harold Ramis, The Director, modeled “Groundhog Day” after The Strange Life Of Ivan Osokin which is about a man that gets to live his life over and the same results happen, even though he supposedly makes different choices. The whole concept of “free will” is examined throughout Ouspensky’s novel and eventually gets a workout in Groundhog Day as well.

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Ramis’ film is about a time loop that gets played over and over again, until Murray can master the art of letting go and serving. This is critical, because once he’s able to realize that he is stuck in a loop, he begins to manipulate reality based on his foreknowledge of events. It works until he tries to seduce the pretty producer played by Andie McDowell. Once he is in the realm of the heart, his manipulation of time and space fails. That’s when he has the epiphany of being in the moment and serving others instead of self. MR, especially MR in Virgo. Continue reading “Mercury Retrograde In Cinema And The Guide To Surving MR In Virgo”

The Libra Stellium And The Quest For Peace

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Before I drop into my piece on peace, Tiger Woods just shot the worst round of golf in the history of Tiger Woods. In fact, some might even say that he’s not playing like Tiger Woods. Hmmmmm? I wonder why?

As Venus, Mars and Saturn, all align in Libra, on 8/8, the day of the infinite gate (the day Matt Simmons died), I think it’s high time that we meditated on the concept of “peace.”

If one really pays attention, and can somehow listen to the MSM and our so-called leaders for any period of time, they’ll be able to hear a variety of terms and phrases bandied about like, “the war on terror.” or “we will not stand for such overt acts of aggression,” or “you’re with us or against us.” The closest we get to “peace” is that abstract, “spreading democracy” which is really code for the proliferation of hegemony. But rarely, if ever, does a pol use the word “peace.” It might as well be an Andromedan phrase, a platitude of a some alien tongue with little meaning here.

Ask yourself this question; When was the last time Barack Obama spoke openly and at length about peace and what it would take? I think many of you would be hard pressed to find an example with some real gravitas. Bush didn’t either. It’s non-partisan denial. Do you know why peace is really not part of the narrative? Because peace ain’t sexy and it sure as hell doesn’t fuel an arms driven economy. A world without peace is a world of border disputes, ethnic grudges, and deadly agendas, all of which can and are easily exploited for maximum gain, by someone, somewhere. Even so-called “benevolent” forces in the world, do not come in peace. So what is it and why don’t we spend more time and energy focusing on it?

Peace is a state of being and a state of mind. It embodies various qualities, including compassion and wisdom but also has a line plumbed deep into a place of timelessness and immortal being. In the Christian tradition, this type of peace was and still should be the connection to eternity, through the metaphysical channel of Jesus. That type of peace exists as a vibration that is unshakeable in the face of chaos and ruin. It is real estate in the ultimate center. Traditionally, this is the redemption of Christ.

However, due to the bastardization of modern Christianity, especially in the form of the more dispensationalist variety, the type of peace that’s promoted in those churches, is an almost psychopathic placebo, deep-fried-rapture-dough-balls , consumed like bonbons anytime something edgy goes down in the Middle East. Just pope’s in your mouth and you’re just fine. Doesn’t matter what happens to the rest of us sinners, you’ll have the luxe boxes at the pearly gates watching the unholy wars just like they’re WWE Smackdown on Saturday night. That’s not the type of peace I’m talking about.

There’s another type of peace outside of the more conventional and slightly orthodox variety. Some of the most peaceful and poetically soulful samurai, like Taira Tadanori, were deeply invested in peace. They embodied peace, because they knew that given the chance, they could disembowel someone, quicker than it takes my website to load. Once you know that you can do something like that, you understand the power and how the power must be used carefully, cultivated, so that if and when the sword was drawn, it would be used to the death. In the dreadful finality of the samurai, peace was an ally, an angel that kept him from the horrible potential of razor forged steel. The samurai, through death, knew the quality and gift of life. They practiced the way of “Bushido.” Here is the definition of “Bushido” from William Scott Williams author of, Ideals of the Samurai—Writings of Japanese Warriors;

“Breaking down the character bu (武) reveals the radical (止), meaning “to stop,” and an abbreviation of the radical (戈 ) “spear.” The Shuo Wen, an early Chinese dictionary gives this definition: “Bu consists of subduing the weapon and therefore stopping the spear.” The Tso Chuan, another early Chinese source, goes further:

Bu consists of bun (文), literature or letters (and generally the arts of peace), stopping the spear. Bu prohibits violence and subdues weapons … it puts the people at peace, and harmonizes the masses.”

In essence, peace in the heart and mind of the samurai warrior, promoted and extended life.

Another tradition where peace can be cultivated, is in Yoruba. In Yoruba, peace is a quality that is interwoven in “Ashe.” Ashe is life force that is cultivated and peace is a by-product of that cultivation. One gets “Ashe” by shaping and building the character. This is done in two, distinct ways. The first is demonstrating “coolness” which is what we might call, “grace under fire/pressure.” The other is by not talking ill of others. Idle chatter, banter and gossip about another would leak “Ashe.” However, if the individual could demonstrate character and a type of fearlessness, more “Ashe” would be alchemically gifted to him or her. The result would be a more natural and peaceful state, which could be used in the service of leadership. So peace does have a number of ways to seduce, court and surrender to it.

If there is anything that the current Libra stellium could teach us now, is how to build better bridges, find more winning, higher ground solutions and outcomes for all. Peace and fear are not congruent, for peace is also a temple of love. Any peace gained through fear and intimidation is an empty peace and resembles a beaten dog in defeat.

There are rumors-a-plenty when it comes to war these days. Israel/Iran tops the hit parade, but the gulf is and has been under an oily siege. The skies there are filled with planes, carpet bombing the ocean with Corexit. The marine life and coastal communities are now collateral damage. It’s more important than ever before to find a peaceful and resolved place within and hold fast and steady to it. Holding the space does not mean you are a pushover by any means. True peace also requires a type of vigilance, a mindfulness that will bring all situations into balance, which is really the hidden message of Libra.

So today, as the new moon gate opens and spiritual energies flow in abundance into this world, tap them and make a pact with yourself to truly embody the infinite center of peace. Holding the space of peace is more important than you know right now. Don’t take things too personally and practice the art of subtle accord. You are our very best ambassadors of peace on a moment-to-moment basis. Practice it like a samurai–deadly poetry in motion.

RIP Matt Simmons

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Your name became synonymous with The Gulf. You and the hanging Thad. If there was some counterbalance to the spin cycle going counter-clockwise, it was you, setting it right in the other direction. You were on the scene about the second leaking well, right around the time our very own Michael Edward was. I didn’t believe in your peak oil theories but you were our go-to-guy on MSNBC and Fox. Now, you’re gone, evaporated into the realm of the spirit, supposedly like the toxic oil you uncovered. Wherever the mystery of death has taken you, you likely know the full story now.

Your sudden departure has raised as many questions as eyebrows and unlike Ken Lay, who I think is probably living out the rest of his life in some place like French Guyana, your exit is real, if not necessarily legit. I don’t have any astrological correspondence for this and perhaps it’s best not to. You laid it out there, CFR and all.

If there truly is no separation, your work will continue through refined filters and astral-media.

You left a family behind.

You’ll be missed.

Matt Simmons, 67, Dies. (Bloomberg)

Thad Allen’s Saturnian Dilemma And Mermaids On FAR Sunday

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The level of strangeness regarding the Gulf is reaching epic proportions. One day it’s “the top kill” the next it’s “the bottom kill.” Charges have been levied that BP is using ROV footage from some other well, rather than the capped top and bottom killed Macando well. All this talk of tops and bottoms is all too close to the seamier side of Craigslist if you know what I mean. I guess in this situation, BP is definitely the top.

Did I mention that supposedly, all that oil is gone as well? So is Tony Hayward, taking his anaretic grin back to his manse, now paid off thanks to cashing out all that BP stock. But there has been one constant throughout it all. Do you know who or what I am talking about? It’s retired Coast Guard Admiral, Thad Allen. Don’t you feel safer now?

So just who is this Thad Allen anyway? And more importantly, what does his solar chart have to say about him?

In an ironic sort of twist, when searching for “Thad Allen” another related name comes up, author, Michael Thad Allen, who wrote The Business Of Genocide: The SS, Slave Labor And The Concentration Camps. A quick perusal of a brief summary of Michael Thad Allen’s work provides this distilled and potent paragraph from H-net.org;

“The major question driving Michael Thad Allen’s The Business of Genocide is what motivated mid-level SS bureaucrats in their pursuits of industry, slave labor, and murder. Allen rejects Hannah Arendt’s theory of the banality of evil, as well as the explanation that SS bureaucrats were simply cogs in a machine that operated beyond their control. Instead, he argues that mid-level SS managers in the WVHA (Wirtschaftsverwaltungshauptamt, or Business Administration Main Office) were driven primarily by a “plexus of ideologies.” In doing so, he challenges the supposition of many studies, that Nazi bureaucrats were repulsed by their actions. Rather, he argues they were committed to the leadership principle of “productivism,” modernization, racial supremacy, and the goal of creating an SS “New Order” throughout Europe. SS ideals shaped the bureaucracy and provided it with enough ideological consistency. Allen believes that rather than factional disputes, far more cooperation within the SS leadership was possible than other historians have portrayed.”

Pretty interesting eh? It’s even more interesting when I found out that Admiral Thad, retired Admiral Thad, only just retired back in June. Admiral Thad now works for Homeland Security. I also find it pretty interesting that he didn’t slide into FEMA, but DHS instead. It dawned on me that it’s not the EPA or any other dept. associated with the environment or energy, but DHS that is large and in charge in The Gulf. Continue reading “Thad Allen’s Saturnian Dilemma And Mermaids On FAR Sunday”

13 Caban, Coronal Mass Ejection and Mars/Saturn Conjunction in Libra

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There are some days that line up in with an intriguing convergence of elements. This is one of those days. According to Clif High, this is the last day of the earthquake chatter he and George at HPH had picked up on in their latest web bots sweep. Today, also happens to be 13 Caban on the Arguelles/Dream Spell Mayan Calendar (enduring in order to evolve), which may also correlate with the CME or Coronal Mass Ejection, headed our way from the Sun.

This latest CME seems to have some fairly powerful energy associated with it. Here is the description of it and how it manifests, from Real News Now:

“On Sunday, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a complex magnetic eruption on the sun. The NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) also spotted a large coronal mass ejection (CME) The eruption happened around (3:50 am EST), the SDO detected a C3 class solar flare originating from a group of sunspots (called sunspot 1092). The flare itself was not that large, but the filament located about 70,000 miles away erupted at the same time.

A filament is a large, bright feature extending outward from the Sun’s surface, often in a loop shape. Filament is anchored to the Sun’s surface in the photosphere, and extends outward into the Sun’s corona. It is a long magnetic structure rising above the surface of the sun, filled with cool plasma. The flare and filament erupted at the same time, this suggests they are connected by long-range magnetic field lines. Some believe the flare may have accelerated the eruption of the filament. Eventually, a giant magnetic bubble of plasma broke and blasted out into space.

The problem is, the eruption occurred on the side of the sun facing earth which means, the Coronal Mass Ejection is on its way to the planet earth. It’s expected arrival is Aug. 3. This is known as a geomagnetic storm, and they have been known to cause electrical power outages and damage communications satellites. They drive shock waves which produce energetic particles that can be damaging to both electronic equipment and astronauts that venture outside the protection of the Earth’s magnetic field.”

Below, you’ll get Michio Kaku’s take on this latex CME and how it could impact us. In addition to all of the above, Mars and Saturn are both conjunct in Libra. When Mars and Saturn conjoin, structures shake, rattle and roll. Energy and fire meets Earth. Libra does it’s best to mediate, but it’s all about balance and equalization.

Many people don’t quite understand how the Sun is directly related to our consciousness. it is thee aggregate Sol/Soul of our “soul are system.” It is guiding, on a deep, electromagnetic level, the evolution of our solar system, with Earth, probably being the most affected on a physical level. The mysterious force that is the source of our life here on this planet is also calibrating our spiritual development as well and the day of course is in the sign of the Sun itself, Leo.

Here’s Michio Kaku on Fox News.