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lil_michael“The infant boy struggles against his father’s hands, fighting the narcissistic father’s desire to bind or murder him; and he struggles against the swaddling bands, fighting the narcissistic mother’s desire to change him into what she wants. When the boy fails to get free…he learns to sulk… he becomes passive to his own hurts….” Robert Bly

So it’s been a while since I posted (a week is a long time for me). I’ve been dealing with filtering lots of info and trying to get a sense with what’s appropriate for the site and of course there’s plenty to talk about regarding the passing of Michael Jackson (Virgo) and I wanted to give the subject and Michael’s passing a few days before commenting on him and what might be the meta-meaning, especially as it relates to astrology. I think enough time has passed to look at Jackson’s passing from many angles. So let’s shoot the rapids down the rabbit hole and see where we go.

On an archetypal level. one could easily predict that Michael was not long for this world. Whether it was a health or wealth issue, Jackson was living on borrowed time.

One of the most meaningful books I read in my early twenties was written by one of Carl Jung’s proteges, Marie Louise Von Franz. Von Franz started off as an assistant for Jung and eventually became a Jungian therapist and an important one in her own right. The book she wrote was “Puer Ateernus” which loosely translates into, “Eternal Youth.” In “Puer Aterenus” Von Franz uses two examples of prolonged adolescence in literature, the main and most important one being “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint Exupery. In it, she weaves the story of “The Little Prince” with that of Exupery’s own life and case studies of men who, in essence, refuse to grow up. Exupery was a pilot and spent a lot of time flying (not grounded) away from his wife and her mother, whom Exupery considered oppressive and meddling. In this flight from terrestrial responsibility, Von Franz saw a man who was not willing to confront the challenge of channeling his masculinity and dealing with the rigors of responsibility. She makes allusion after allusion that “The Little Prince” is in actuality Exupery himself and that their fates were intertwined.

Von Franz rejected the idea that Exupery was an artist, she claimed that he was not someone committed to the psychic rigors of being a dedicated and successful artist. She felt that Exupery at best was an auteur and at worst a dilletante, who simply played at being an artist, much in the same way a child would.

In many regards, this completely fits Michael Jackson’s profile, everything from “Moonwalking” (not on Earth) to Capt. Eo, to Neverland (Peter Pan) he occupied the same flighty atmospheres as Exupery and his Little Prince. Michael was a puer incarnate. He avoided real intimacy much like Exupery, even though he had children (well sort of). While I don’t want to disrespect the life of Michael, I’m not sure that he was a great artist. He didn’t play anything, didn’t really write much of his own material and was not heralded as a producer (that honor would go to Quincy Jones, Jackson’s opposite, with Sun in Pisces). He was a performer, like the man whom he is most often compared to, Elvis Presley (Capricorn). He was one of the best, but he was not an artist along the same lines as say Prince (more on him later). In essence, Jackson fit the profile of the puer to a tee and his inability to ground himself in relationships and intimacy would doom him to the gravitational pull of the spirit realm, flight out of the body, escaping from the chains of this mortal coil.

Getting a fix on Jackson’s chart is not easy. Astrotheme has him as a Libra Rising, which would place his Moon, in Pisces, in his fifth house. Read the rest of this entry »

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14641Confessor priest and noble savage?

1966 was a big year for maverick film director, James Toback. The son of wealthy Wall Street investor-father, and a mother who was the head of “The Women’s League Of Voters,” he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, where he would quickly pick up his first writing assignment, doing a piece for Esquire on Cleveland Browns running back and fellow iconoclast, Jim Brown. He would later team with Brown and help pen Brown’s autobiography. With a 0 degree Sag Sun, Toback would always be drawn to sports as a love and future subject matter. Aquarian, Jim Brown was a perfect point of departure to launch a career for Toback that would eventually take him into cinema as a writer/producer/director with a reputation as an outsider, a risk taker, here’s that term again, “maverick” tackling unique subject matter and themes in documentaries like the big, sprawling, all star confessional, “The Big Bang” which featured people from all walks of life ruminating on life, sex, death, fame, failure, love and fear. It featured the likes of jazz pianist, Cecil Taylor, boxer Jose Torres, the late film producer, Don Simpson and flamboyant hoopster, Daryl Dawkins.

He also directed the extremely ambitious, “Mindwalk” with Sam Waterston, John Heard and Liv Ullman, who portrayed a politician, poet and scientist in that order. The three of them spend the majority of the film riffing on theories inspired by the physicist, Fritjoff Capra, with the luscious backdrop of Mont. Saint Michel as the silent partner in their often fascinating trialog.

James Toback also wrote and directed on of my favorite films of all time; “Fingers” starring a young, Harvey Keitel as a psychotic, classical pianist, who was also a the son of a loan shark. One of his father’s debtors, a well connected mob figure owed his dad some money and Keitel’s character was pressed into service to collect for his dad. The stark contrast between the painful sensitivity and brutish violence that Keitel’s character could channel would also be on display in another figure that would loom large and become an important figure in Toback’s own life. Unbeknownst to Toback, way back in 1966, was the year that Mike Tyson came into this world. “Iron Mike” is the star of his new, riveting, documentary on the life and times of Mike Tyson, simply titled “Tyson.”

Toback has known Mike Tyson since Tyson was just 19 and getting ready to take the boxing world by storm. The astrological connections are most certainly there and while I could get granular, it’s Toback’s Saturn in Cancer at 9 degrees which rests almost directly upon Tyson’s Cancer Sun at 8 degrees that is most telling in the context of the film. A long time experiencer of psycho-analysis, Toback plays the role of the psychic priest in Tyson’s life and the film manifests in a type of reckoning for Tyson. The saturnian/sun connection highlight’s Toback’s ability to evoke a sympathetically karmic reset, while allowing Tyson to confess the most private thoughts in his mind, which he does without much effort on Toback’s part. At the end of the film, after we witness Tyson being as brutally honest with himself as he was with his opponents in the ring, he comes away as a much more sympathetic character, who is painfully self-aware of all of his misdeeds, errors and contradictions of self. In this regard, the film is an agent of redemption and Tyson’s destiny has likely been forever altered by Toback’s unconditional observance and capture.

I recently caught up with James Toback in SF and we sat down to talk about his life as a director, Tyson, the man and the movie. The following is a pod cast of our conversation, followed by a trailer for “Tyson.”

PLAY THE PODCAST.

MOVIE TRAILER FOR TYSON.

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xiii_-_deathThe grim reaper as death in the major arcana.

While I was planning on going in a linear fashion regarding this series, what’s currently happening with The Swine Flu outbreak reminds me that life is anything but linear–especially now. At some point, I was going to stare down the concept of “the custodial race” as described by William Bramley (Gods Of Eden) and others. David Icke alludes to it as well. I first came upon the concept many years ago in a book by Robert Shapiro (no, not the lawyer), but a channel from Arizona, who penned an interesting tale called, Shinning The Light which in many ways dovetails the Enki/Enlil dynamic, only “Zoosh” the narrative voice in “Shinning” unfolds a tale about Yaweh and Lucifer. half-brotherts.

Yahweh is from Sirius, while Lucifer is half Sirian/Orion and is a shit disturber that’s nudged to travel to an azure jewel across the galaxy, located in the cradle orbit of it’s solar system. Things unfold pretty much as you would think. Lucifer has great ideas, is rebellious and Yahweh plays it pretty close to the vest. But then they get into the creation of the hu-mans business, with Lucifer leading the way, which manifests in rebellion and Lucifer starting his own Earth/Terra colony in the outpost known as “Atlantis,”

In Atlantis, Lucifer becomes a creator god and gifts the atlanteans with crystals, technology, you name it. In Patricia Cori’s work, also channeled, The Sirians go into great detail regarding the manifestation of Tesla’s first incarnation as a galactic mage who opens portals and stargates in Atlantis, which ultimately leads to it’s downfall. For those that are into an arcane and occult telling of tales, it involves crystal skulls as the main technology. But that’s another story.

Atlantis gets trapped in a conflict between the spirit and the will, projecting it’s shadow onto Lemuria and creating a devastating weapon that not only destroys Lemuria, but brings about the ultimate demise of Atlantis.

According to Zoosh, there are small fragments and outposts of atlanteans living in places other than Atlantis, one of which was living in what we would now call South Africa. Frightened at the possibility of being abandoned and alone, they contact the spirit of Lucifer who had longs since past, but was still revered as the bringer of light and life. Lucifer picked up on this signal in the realm of the spirit and then passed it along to the orions, who sent a search party to Earth and decided that they were going to get in on the game. They promised this frightened and dispossessed bunch that they would help them and in fact, make them the overseers of this world, sort of a management team, which Shapiro/Zoosh would thus refer to as “The Custodial Race.” Read the rest of this entry »

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biden and palinWell it was at least more entertaining than the Obama/McCain snorefest. Biden with tranisting Venus in Scorpio just beginning to touch his stellium in Scorpio, seemed in command and well versed in the issues, this is par for the course with him as Scorpios are deep planners and Biden has no doubt had this date circled on his calendar since Palin joined the McCain ticket. The Scorpio Moon didn’t cause him too much unease and in fact allowed him to tap into feelings of grief when he recounted the story of his wife’s death and sons ensuing physical challenges as a result of their tragic car wreck. The transiting Scorpio Moon humanized Biden for a few, key moments.

While Biden was the picture of Scorpionic control, Palin was all over the map, channeling the spirit of Reagan, while adding a new twist of folksie, homespun homilies, invoking the memes of “The Soccer Mom” and “Joe Sixpack.” Much to the consternation of The Left, this is where she is the most effective, connecting with the populace, in ways that Biden, Obama and even McCain fail to do. She’s America’s cheerleader and that spirit was on full display tonight, in all of it’s eccentric, down home strangeness. But then, she would go completely off road when Gwen Ifill would ask her certain questions, like the one on same-sex marriage. It’s clear that this is where the pool drops off into the deep end for Palin and instead of having her own, individual take, she resorts to grabbing ahold of the talking point life vest to keep from going under. Remember, Sarah Palin has zero water in her chart, so her ability to retain information and experiences is not well supported by her chart.

Much like Obama, Palin is about projection, but unlike Obama who does have some water in his chart, her ability to be introspective and reflective is not her strong suit to say the least.

Whether it’s Joe Lieberman, Karl Rove or Cthulu who is crafting her script and sculpting her talking points, they need to be very aware of the fact that Sarah Palin is a loose cannon and while she did not embarass herself tonight, she flashed glimmers of dancing right off the edge.

I also noticed a genuine affection from Biden to Palin, as this is in alignment with his deeply Scorpionic energy.The big winner? Israel. Both candidates heartily agreed on their undying support for Israel as Biden pledged loyalty and fealty and Palin seemed ready to throw on some buckskin and boots to personally hunt down Ahmenijad herself.Tonight, the serpent and the eagle nested together in relative peace, while debating the merits of each ones vantage point, no matter how conditioned, ingrained or entrained.

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Harvest/Fall/YankeesTaking a well deserved break from the intense political and economic drama being played out before our very, eyes, we step back and give thanks as The Sun moves into zero degrees Libra, which symbolizes the arrival of The Fall Equinox and the shift from Summer to Autumn. This is the time of perfect balance and inner peace. It’s critical that on this day that you assess your life, your resources, your investements, your projects, your relations, your relationship to yourself. It’s not quite a day of out time, but it’s as close as it gets in the western sense of astrological data mining.

Why is it critical? Because we are staring down chaos in a way that supersedes any other period in recent memory. While The Fed has come to the faux aid and rescue of a financial calamity they helped to create, the solution to the hemmorhaging of The US economy and it’s long term impact are still a vast unknown and even our representatives in congress would not reveal what was said to them and the steps needed to make the change.

In addition to The US economy sinking faster than an ex-Seinfeld cast member sitcom, Russia is sending more ships to Venezuela, a hotel blows up in Pakistan where their leaders were supposed to have met, and The G-7 refuses The Fed’s latest version of the bailout plan. Today is a sacred time to re-connect with balance, stability and what that means internally for you, your loved ones and your own personal harvest.

THE SYMBOLIC END OF AN ERA

One of the things that we try to do here is view reality, through astrology from the meta level. Quietly, a symbol of The US dominance and role as global leader in the 20th century passed away yesterday. It’s not a person, and yet it has a symbolic character that is mytho-poetically rich and profound in meaning. Yesterday was the last day of the beloved, Yankee Stadium, “The House That Ruth Built.” If there was ever a fitting end to the final days of Pluto in Sag, it’s the passing of this venerable shrine to The US. It was here that Babe Ruth became a Bunyan-esque figure, larger than life itself, reflecting America’s rise in the consciousness of the world. It was Yankee stadium, where Lou “The Ironman” Gehrig said farewell before his body became choked by ALS, a disease now named after him, where in his farewell speech, Gehrig heroically announed to the world that, “He’s the luckiest man alive.” It was Yankee Stadium where Joe DiMaggio (Sag) roamed the outfield and courted Marilyn Monroe (Gemini), refelcting the rise in Hollywood celebrity, paving the way for the likes of Madonna and Brittney. It was Yankee Stadium, where the new Ruth, Mickey Mantle carved out his own legendary niche, both on and off the field and it’s where George Steinbrenner took his team and the sport into the marketing and financial stratosphere of the late-twentieth-century, shadowing the social and economic dominance of The US in The Reagan and post-Reagan eras. Ironically, one of the few times that The Yankees lost their way was was in the mid-sixties, when The United States moved away from the patriotic, homogeneity that had preceded the social turbulence of The Sixties. It’s even rumored that Jimmy Hoffa, who represents the death of the unions is taking a concrete nap in Yankee Stadium.

On this day of the culmination of harvest, the life cycle of Yankee Stadium organically follows the cycle of planting and harvest as the first pitch was thrown on April 18th, 1913 and the last on the 21st of September, 2008. Ironically, Pluto was in Gemini at 28 degrees the day that the first ptich was thrown and eighty-five-years later, the day the last pitch was caught, Pluto was in an exact opposition at 28 degrees Sagittarius.

There will be a new Yankee Stadium, right across from the original, but it will have it’s first game under Pluto in Capricorn and come to mean something wholly different than the symbolic stadium of America’s rise in the 20th Century.

Tomorrow, we’ll get political again and look at how the upcoming Mercury Retrograde will impact the debates, financial markets, the election and certain key state initiatives.

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JFK“Fashion, turn to the left, Fashion, turn to the right.” — David Bowie

The culture wars subsided ever-so-briefly to witness the ominous arrival of the economic death star that pulled into close, geo-synchronous orbit with Earth. For a few days, the crushing realization that total financial collapse was imminent and for once, the bi-cameral split of the voting public couldn’t avert their eyes from the onset of the unspeakable. While the two candidates still blamed one anothers party and leadership, there was slightly less venom being spit from either side of the left/right divide. There was something bigger taking place.

But prior to being brought to the edge of the economic precipice, the volatility between The Left and The Right has been epic. It’s a cuture divide that cuts through families and communites. It speaks to a duality that is deeply woven into the tabula rasa of The United States. We are right and left, light and dark, sacred and profane, infuriating and exasperating to most of the rest of the world and it can be seen in The US Chart where Mars rests in Gemini at 21 degrees. Gemini, The Twins, represents a bi-cameral consciousness that borders on schizophrenic. Were we always this way? If not when did separate from the embryonic wholeness of ourselves and a national identity?

The answer might lay on 11/22/63. This was the day that John Kennedy died–the day a cold Winter chill ripped across the verdant hills of Camelot. You see, JFK was a Gemini. In fact, he personally embodied the contrary nature of the country in his own life. He struck the pose of the head of the first family, confident, loving, devoted, and yet his indiscretions are now legendary. From Marilyn Monroe, to Mary Cord-Meyer, JFK lived two (at least) separate lives. JFK’s Pluto sat right on The US Cancer in Venus at 3 degrees and just two degrees off of The US Jupiter at 5 degrees. This conferred a electric magnetism and sense of powerful expansion that translated into votes and devotion. Beyond the dual nature of his own existence, Kennedy had a deeply intimate relationship with the soul of The United States of America and it’s people. The people unaware of Kennedy’s double life, were equally attuned to his vibration as well. The cliche of Camelot was not an innapropriation of the symbolism. There was a wholeness between the man and the country.

But when Kennedy was assasinated, it all came to a crushing end and the country was left in a state of shock, post-traumatically stressed. That’s when the negative duality of Mars in Gemini came into play. Shortly after the death of JFK, the country was flooded with event after tragic event, social movements cutting a deeper divide into the psychic landscape. Vietnam split households and generations, the civil rights movement split north and south (again), the women’s movement split the sexes. Divide, divide, divide. Ironically, it was another Gemini who was the regional head of The CIA in Dallas, one George Herbert Walker Bush and many years later, out of his lips came the phrase, “New World Order” replacing The Camelot Matrix with something far more ominous.

Now I am not saying that any of the social movements in the aftermath of Kennedy were right or wrong, I’m simply noticing how the duality of the nation became much more painfully apparent.

We’re heading towards some form of unification and singularity, whether it’s externally imposed (New World Order variety) or internally activated (psychic commonwealth), we are lurching forward, it’s simply ours to choose and as a result we are learning about duality and separation through The Twins disconnected dance.

This Summer, in a wide opposition, Pluto in Sagittarius sat across from The US Mars in Gemini and highlighted what a deep split we have; Palin’s a stupid bitch, McCain’s a senile old fart, Obama is a closet homo-muslim (notice how Sun in Scorpio Joe Biden ducks out of the fray?). You know the bloody assertions all-too-well by now. The opposition highlights that despite the fact that there are other parties, with other candidates, this is and almost always has been and will be a two-horse-race, indicative of the polarity engendered by Mars in Gemini.

Pluto in Sag will be in it’s final days, highlighting this duality up until the end of November, until once again we notice the shadow of the economic deathstar darken our inner skies. So expect more barking, more free-floating anger directed at symbolic messengers of the split; soccer moms in SUV’s on one side, bike riding and Hybrid driving tree huggers on the other.

When Camelot returns, it won’t just be for the blessed of this land, it will be a planetary awakening, taking US up out the drama of our duality and into the essential awareness of our oneness with all.

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joan quigleyLife for me is a series of strange attractions and unexplainable synchronicities. When I begin to mine a particular vein of thought or follow some ley line of meaning, unusual occurences begin to manifest. On the heels of my exploration of Aquarius in the chart of Sarah Palin, aquarius begins to manifest. I just found out that Sheila Fadia, my new health consultant and Thai massage therapist par excellence is an Aquarian and as I type from a hotel on the coast in Santa Cruz, the restaurant under construction here is named, “Aquarius.” I have no doubt that more synchronicities will begin to emerge.

In order to understand the role of Aquarius and what it has and will likely play in the furture of American politcs, lets go back in time and re-visit America’s last Aquarian president, Ronald Reagan. Reagan, known by many as “The Great Communicator” was born on Februrary 6th, 1912. Even though his Sun was in Aquarius, most of his planets were in Capricorn, in fact, Reagan had Mercury, Uranus, Mars and his Mid-heaven, all in Capricorn. Capricorn (The Goat) represents big business and large institutions like government and coporations. It’s no coincidence that when Reagan was in office, trade restrictions, tariffs, interest rates, etc began to be lifted and lowered, The US Govt announced that it was open for business. It was a dramatic shift in the policy and direction of the US as the seismic jolts of Reaganomics are still being felt to this day.

Even though the energy of Capricorn was prominent in his chart, Reagan was still very Aquarian as evidenced by his leadership of SAG, The Screen Actors Guild (Aquarians just love groups and organizations). Under Reagan’s leadership of SAG, he was extremely helpful in assisting Lew Wasserman, the head of MCA. Reagan’s influence in The SAG allowed Wasserman to be both a talent agency and a studio–that was verbotten until Reagan took charge of SAG and allowed Wasserman to have a near monopoly on talent and production. He never forgot what Reagan did for him and helped elect him first to govenor of California, then president. This type of cronyism goes hand in hoof with Capricorn. It’s big business, good ole boy networks and dollars for votes. The Reagan White House however was not just about opening the public coffers to big business.

Nancy Reagan was deeply into the occult, especially astrology. It played a key role in the Reagan administration and Nancy’s personal astrologer was Joan Quigley. Nancy Reagan had met Quigley on the set of The Merv Griffin show in the seventies and developed a relationship with her because she was fearful for The Gippers life. Quigley was the sister of Carroll Quigley, the noted Georgetown professor and mentor of Bill Clinton. Carroll Quigley was one of the few establishment professors who was aware of the fact and wrote extensively about the overthrow of Western politics by a group of elite bankers, businessmen, and acamedicians titled, The Anglo-American Establishement. But I’m getting slightly ahead of myself. We’re merely trying to establish the role that astrology played in The Reagan White House, during Ronald Reagan’s Aquarian presidency.

I met Joan Quigley once in the lobby of the Fairmont in SF, back in 1988. She had just written a book on astrology and was busy promoting it. Madame Quigley was demure to the point of being stiff. But she wasn’t calm by any stretch–there was a nervous energy that churned beneath her quiet reserve.

The difference between Reagan and Sarah Palin as Aquarians is pretty significant. Reagan, for all of the recognition he got as being “the great communicator” and a “uniter” was really all about doing business, big business. He was in some ways more Capricornian, since his mid-heaven, the place where we manifest our life path into the world was at zero degrees, it’s most potent placement. Sarah Palin has no Caprricorn planets in her chart at all and even though she has it on the tenth house as well, her chart is dominated by the eleventh house and her five-planet-stellium in Aquarius. If anything, Palin will be the anti-Reagan.

Ironically, Barack Obama has cited his admiration for Reagan, this goes back to the polarizing, opposite/attract dynamic I mentioned in the first part of this series as it relates to Obama (Leo) and Palin (Aquarius).

When it comes to the executive branch, the preponderance of presidents that are air and fire signs is notable; Dubya, fire (Leo), Clinton, air (Libra), Bush 1, air (Gemini), Reagan, air, (Aquarius), Carter, air (Libra), Kennedy, air (Gemini). Only Nixon, earth, (Capricorn) is the only elected preisdent that was not air or fire in the past 48 years. This obviously favors Obama, a fire sign (Leo) and not McCain, an earth sign, (Virgo). However, Sarah Palin, an air sign and a dragon in Chinese astrology will figure prominently in this election (a rat year) and will most likely be a very favorable candidate in 2012, the return of the year of the dragon.

Tomorrow, the astrological future of The USA as it relates to Obama and Palin.

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