Astrological News and Views – August 2014

July 31st, 2014

Robert of Mayflower Bookshop’s 

Astrological and Spiritual 

News and Views for August 2014

(248) 547-8227 ★ www.mayflowerbookshop.com on the web

 

“Astrology is the movement of cosmic harmonies within the inharmonious, love within the world.” -robert of mayflower

 

  • August 1st to August 8th cracks the whip for love adventures as Venus (love) and Mars (thruster rockets) boost the energetic of summer fun, socializing outdoors and meetings with friends. Many break-ups and endings portend many new beginnings with a flair for not making the same mistakes twice. Don’t let routines capture you. What if you were free, what would you do? Although the aspects seem worthy of fun and new adventure, take care not to lose practical grounding and long-term vision, goals. Fun takes strange bends and turns late night of August 8th, but particularly August 9th and 10th. It’s then that the Full Moon (fool moon) in Aquarius triggers aspects to black moon Lilith (wild girl sensuality) with Saturn (firm stern security needs). Some dig in for the long run and are conservative in demands. Others flirt with danger and creative edge. First week in August (and in October) critical timing for geo-political hotspots, warring factions, egotistic and demanding people. Critical time for politics and economics, Middle East and other hot spots such as Putin and Russia. Attempts to bring harmony to world up and down. Some jeopardise further progress and endanger self and others. A need here for wisdom and long-term strategies to curb excessive abuses and grandiose notions of power over others rather than power through others. Learning to Divine the Divine in each other and love all God’s creation is in critical need of repair these daze.
  • August 9th and 10th, Full Moon. Need to focus on long-term goals cutting out repeat offenders or negative elements obstructing clear path ahead. This time reveals the need to reassess one’s relationship to teachers and teachings, students and what’s stewing, friends and enemies. Time to discriminate real from unreal, truth from illusion. What to cherish and what to let go, what to learn or newly grasp, what is just lower self grasping at straws and what is higher self, higher virtue, more ennobling. Sun squares Saturn while conjuncting Lilith. Discipline self or others try to discipline or limit you. Shaky weather and storms, extremes in different parts, force a more conservative back step and retreat to see things more clearly. Some form new long-term allegiances, others end long-term relationships or commitments. If you feel your life and relations are shaky, this is a good time to duck out and hide, or deal directly and honestly. Good time to meditate, pondering the sacredness of quiet aloneness, health and solitude, life and breath. Saturn tends to quickly cool, or go to hot extremes. There is a need here of knowing what to keep and what to cut out. Here the bold knight for the Grail meets a split road, a decision must be made by week’s end as to which way and what, who.
  • Aug 14th Moon conjunct Uranus, a good day to wake up anew to what’s up. Smell where the fresh coffee is coming from as well as see who’s making it and who’s not. Such aspect makes for good magic of change. Many a quick change artist and economic turn is at fast play. Coming weekend brings many leaps of faith and attempts to dream and jump into new unknowns. Many shoot for imaginary moons. Some kiss and touch the impossible possibility, the spiritual reality, true love, joy, creativity. Many leap and fall, back to reality. By Monday 18th to 21st, love and joy overwhelms sombre cold reality and reality tries to return the favour. Take care not to leap into fantasy, illusion, false paths. Or is that what you are needing, artistic creative play, escape, imaginative adventure? Discern desire vs. need. Truth and facts give you clear notion of what still needs work on, what is true and realistic goals . False ideals may mislead your directive later in evening of 18th. Magical dreams may reveal future but need practical interpretation.
  • Mars trines Chiron August 22nd into 23rd, Do you feel like you are getting healed and made whole, or do you feel like you are getting waylaid or wounded again? Avoid repeat offenders and old familiar patterns and ruts. Try new learning, new ways of playing, co-creating. Help those less fortunate for ground level view renew. Good time to go on a renewing rejuvenating regenerative journey. Such aspects strongly give emotions and feelings of connection, or is it a need to part ways. Special intuitions and messages from dreams, psychic encounters. Time of spirit soul magic, and courageous energetic for doing what matters most. What you desire the most is in view if you are brave enough and courageous enough to honestly work and strive for it. God helps those who help themselves. Action speaks louder than words at this time. Renewing energies abound. For some the opposite may occur, degenerative negative breakdowns and noise pollution. Eat healthy at this time.
  • New Moon 25th August into the 28th, Next two weeks many new attempts to clean up, heal up, fix up, work out, try out, cut out, and play out. A crisis of freedom and love needing to find sure ground. Need to feel secure to love, and need to secure freedom to love. Time of making tough decisions for long-term happiness. Taking risks at this time could be critical mistake. Good for weaving one’s way into holy spiritual community. Possible sudden arousal of creative forces followed by dull let down. Need to see progress on long-term works to prove oneself true. Earth life is the proving ground for our higher self, virtue self. A crisis of work and responsiveness to crisis or critical concerns. Important to stick to the point and not get lost or go astray. Avoid false lures to unknown futures. Danger of undigested experience repeating the past. Some may feel like ghosts hunting or haunted by ghosts of unfinished business. The new clashes with the old. Need some Sage or Sage Spray from Mayflower to change the vibration, purify the space?! Venus conjunct Black Moon Lilith during this time adds subtle super sensuousness and engaging erotic intrigue. Eros is really the universal erotic, it’s what gives us that personal sensuous connection to the whole of life, the universe; the universe to our most personal moments. The higher love, universal big love, meets the everyday need for touch, connection, eroticism, polity of polarity, engaging people and situations. Here some feel the need for the ‘other’ to reflect us, touch and be touched, arouse and meet, permeate and interact, creatively speaking.
  • August 29th’s Sun oppose Neptune brings unusual encounters of the imaginary. Art meets science in such a way that religion is transcended in direct experience. Many take a critical turn or return to simple values here, others leave the simple for the most advanced mapping and touring escapades. Some may astral project to imaginary moons. Others rudely awaken to reality. One may yet further confuse the issues at hand by false hopes or imaginings, over investment or projection. Or is it just time to let go, find a good fun loving friend to escape with! Take care not to overdose on life. Too much of a good thing is bad, sours, spoils, Good for the arts and music but wildly wasteful or ‘crazy-go-nuts’ if one is not careful. Take care to eat good healthy food avoiding what may have spoiled or become toxic. Confusion or loss in travel. Try not to spoil yourself unless in the most healthy healing spiritual and artistic way.
  • August 31st afternoon Moon in Scorpio a good day to catch up to a little sleep and rest. Some go to extremes in behaviour, others catch up with past. Avoid anger and entanglements negative on that last night of August into September 1st. Labor Day Moon into Sagittarius throws you into the big sky open wide creative universe of opportunity and over the top ideas and plans.

 

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Robert Thibodeau
Author of ‘Astrological Aspects the Art’, ‘The Hermetic Dream’, ‘The Laws of Hermetic Wisdom’, ‘Astrological Aspects Explained’, ‘The Astrology of Love and Sex’. New book coming soon – Robert has done thousands of radio and tv shows, and is a public speaker available for talks.

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Astrological News and Views for July 2014

June 30th, 2014

Robert of Mayflower’s Astrological News and Views for July 2014

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See below for latest talk on Youtube, ‘THE SOPHIA MYSTERY, the Triple Goddess, the  Wisdom of the Spirit Soul and the fallen Angel Magalion’.  Also other talks and a nice song i did hook up.

 

“Meditate to stop thinking and being stuck in sense bound head, then spiritual imagination will awaken. Stop imagining and new inspirations arises. Stop being inspired and intuitions come. Stop self cherishing and ego grasping, acting out of separateness, and the world will arrive on the door step of your awakened heart.”

-Trebore Tau Bodhi

 

  • July 1st Mercury in Gemini goes direct since going retrograde on June 7th. Much mental clarity and sureness in forward motion, direction, or coming actions and work come now, and in coming few weeks. Much quick wisdom in thinking and planning rush us to event and landing ideas practically as Mercury enters Cancer on 13th and Venus enters Cancer on 18th. Either one is at odds with self and other with thinking and feeling in conflict, or a new harmony between body/mind, thinking and feeling emerges to free the soul to be more creative and forthright, progressive and on-goingly blushed and flushed into the future. A renewed harmony and coordination of head and heart, beauty and truth/reality in personal and collective family/community expression.

 

  • July 4th Sun oppose Pluto. Danger of extremes in emotions and heat, weather, taking things too personally and reacting; jealousy, emotional obsessions, feeling overwhelms, or its opposite of just running over things to get things done. Take care to keep the quality of noble endeavour, virtuous mind expression. Avoid negative or going to extremes in emotions or talk. Be patient and mindful of self and other. Compassion is to see the divine in self and other, then to be patient with outer frustrations in disharmony with divine spark and sparkles. Good time to work on the self while attempting to see the pure nature in the other that is buried perhaps deeper than the outer circumstance displays. Avoid ultimatums or direct conflict. Avoid manipulating others through guilt, shame, blame, or projection. Boil all your troubles into two, self cherishing and lack of wisdom insight to change it for the better yet. Accept things as they are if you can’t change the situation, then turn up your loving kindness and patience. Work on self to change other. July 4th to 7th may be difficult time to travel or make your sharp points. Explosive emotions or repressed anger and depression? Good time for yoga, grains and greens, miso soup and OM CAFE, and long walks in mother nature. Very hot in some places. Moon occulting conjunct Mars on 6th good for physical work out, exercise, engaging others, but have extra patience and compassion for those stressed out and/or too forceful in expression or feelings of victimisation. Tough as it is, we all need to ponder karma, and the dharma that could free us. The assumption that the higher self has set this all up for our learning experience and growth makes life way more interesting and personally engaging, free.

 

  • The Earth makes its Aphelion on July 3-4th when the Earth is at its furthest point away from the Sun for the year. Earth now comes ever closer to Sun reaching perihelion closest distance on January 3rd. Do you feel you’ve gone too far out and now need to turn back into yourself a bit?!? Needless to say, since June Solstice when days longest and now start getting shorter in light, and now this point of Earth turning closer to Sun for next 6 months; one should take care not to be over-extended, over-doing, over-outgoing. One can with John the Baptist, sort of lose one’s head in the heart of summer and the heat of the moment. It may be time to take a breath after letting the last breath and events of past go. Let go and let God as they say. Do take notice of nature, the trees and green, they know this subtle nuance of cyclic life is turning inwards as we voyage out.

 

  • July 4th to July 8th the Sun in the sky triggers the parting Uranus/Pluto square revealing to many what changes are in store for our future, and how to interpret the past in such a way as to give wisdom to this time. We start to see what exactly is wrong and right about our own personal life and the life of the world around us; and what to do! Such aspect gives us more perspective on past and soon coming future, so take notes while objectively observing your own inner and outer worlds. Uranus is truth or new reality, urge to free; Pluto is urge to root, secure, find place, renew/regenerate. Negatively, it’s fights for rights, animal instincts and plutocratic manoeuvres. Many urged by new found freedoms or loss of such freedom or health, money or power. Urge to seek more long-term goals of security or freeing oneself from what has one’s light and love captured or overburdened, weighed down, or darkened. Sense of striving and struggling, working to express one’s best. For some, this time is a feeling of struggle, attempting to continually hold something together that keeps trying to fall apart. One is fighting to hold it together, or to let it go, part, or separate. Where there is Truth and compassionate understanding and awareness, there is always sure ground to hold and grow you, meditate and mediate a higher fuller expression of the divine. A healthy split is a knowledge of the seven principles of self as delineated in Blavatsky’s ‘Key to Theosophy’ or her ‘Voice of Silence’, just back in at Mayflower Bookshop. Also see Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Road to Self Knowledge’ or his book ‘Rosicrucian Wisdom’. I too go into it in my book ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’.

 

  • Get good nourishment, exercise, fresh air, and sound sleep (or get good work done without over doing or taxing one’s self) especially the nights of July 7th-8th. Saturn aspects demand catching up or securing ground. Don’t burn out by pressing self or other too hard or negatively. Go slow and sure like the turtle to win merit here. Try yoga, meditation, tea, soup, massage, a trip to Mayflower Bookshop in Berkley Michigan, or the Om Cafe in Traverse City or Ferndale.

 

  • July 8th Sun square Uranus just after noon with Sun trine Saturn later in evening. Good day for surprise beginnings and peaceful endings, in days to come new beginnings. Evening good to lay back and chill, get bigger long-term view and plan better futures for tomorrow.

 

  • July 12 Full Moon (Full Moon at 7:25 a.m., so Friday June 11th is the full Moon night energetic as well as Sat.). With Mercury at its greatest elongation now, there is much sharing of minds and reaching out far to make someone happy or make something happen. Or is it just blowing in the wind, idle talk, jocular motion, and out of bounds outrageous play. Moon in Capricorn till 11:07pm est when Moon enters Aquarius, for some that will mark when it gets extra wild, insightful, or ‘crazy-go-nuts’ jiggle like bunnies or something. Long-term security or authoritative ‘always right’ sense of control works day with Capricorn Moon. Night rivals the status quo with animistic urge for freedom, spontaneous combustion, wild abandon, and a peculiar scientific mind and animal instinct meet. Or is it just great friendships going beyond one’s own fears or boundaries, and meetings of mind and heart dancing a new tangle. Experiences this week end (and this month for that matter) not usually in simultaneous occurrence and such synchronicity. The hunter and the gardener, lion and lamb, meet and agree for a spell? Letting go of what doesn’t work to ponder what could possibly work seems in the air.

 

  • July 13th, Venus in Gemini trines Mars and North Node in Libra (Mars/Node conjunct). Possibility of great team work, union of mind and heart, higher aspirations and noble endeavour. Passionate pursuit, lively feelings, artistic creativity, magnetic personalities subdue chaos and make fluid the situation. Otherwise cross currents and opposing desires/fears dominate situations making for troublesome times for some. Sexual attractions and interesting allurements at play. Spirit is trying to harmonise diverse worlds and moods. Danger of being too frank or honest causing upset or emotional reactions in others. Others may jiggle your patience and nerves. Good time for love and play though with mind and heart in harmony and balance.

 

  • July 16th Jupiter enters Leo for just over a year. Fire signs Leo, Sagittarius, Aries in general prosper, grow, expand, get lucky, feel overflowing in grace or kindness, in ability to give and take, share. Jupiter in Leo brings out new leaders or emulation models that colourfully shine, wine and dine us, and take charge of new futures. In general people will come out more in new splashes of fashion, colour, flowing and flowering in each their own unique quality and high style definition. Leo when feeling good is love and light, fun and expanding pleasures, self assurance and self confidence. Positive assertiveness takes the place of paranoia and inner reserve. Aristocratic or spiritual receptiveness, feelings, healthy belonging and attachment, friends and family all illuminate each other. If you have Leo planets, ascendent or midheaven, look for positive uptick in your ability to shine and grow.

 

Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love. Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori.”  -Virgil

  • July 18th, Venus enters sign of Cancer, a sense of musical chairs where the music stops and one needs to find good chair to weather the storm or craziness. Looking for the hug that holds you, or the nourishment for inner being. In next few days, Venus makes a Venus return to the USA Chart of July 4th, 1776. Things happen that remind us of our higher love and love for all living beings and things. There is a renewed sense of home, family and friends, and what counts most to our inner life flowering in peace and beauty, higher truth and joy.

 

  • July 19th Sun square Mars triggers lots of physical energy to do things, fix things, go places, challenge status quo, or manifest one’s dream or ideal. Danger of rash actions, hasty decisions or tongue leading to accident. Avoid taking things personally stirring emotional or negative reactions

 

  • July 20th Censorship increases round the world as freedom of expression is repressed. It’s a fine line if freedom goes too far in expressing animal instincts of fear and desire and mindless entertainment while the world really struggles for peace and harmony, healthy air and water. Many healthy and spiritual lifestyles don’t have the money to compete for advertisements. The mis-use of freedom has saturnian reactions. Conservative and authoritative Saturn goes direct at 16 Scorpio while July 21st-22nd freedom loving Uranus goes retrograde in Aries. Inhibition or reluctance meets agitation, and push may come to shove here. Freedom and human equality, healthy air and water, good education for all clash with totalitarian states of mind and plutocracies. A sudden strong sense of what works and what doesn’t emerges. Sudden shifts, shafts, firing and hiring, sudden strong decisions and big plans in the political, economic, and corporate arenas of google, amazon, telecommunications, face book, energies, gold. Funny times for electrical or computer glitches, miscommunications of feelings and thoughts. Feelings of estrangement vs. intense intimacies. Sudden stops or dead ends while in other places an ‘all ahead go’ push. Sudden deep transformations of feelings and thoughts, deep inner stirrings suddenly move one from seriousness to ascendent play, freedom, frolic and letting go; or one is moved in the opposite direction from spontaneous free play to extreme egotism and survival, sudden deep seriousness or long-term work or commitment, strategy. Sudden rise and/or fall of leaders, the famous, those on top. Some on bottom, rise. Reversals at play. Those born the 4th to 11th of any particular month affected strongly. Fire signs feel hot and lucky. Libra and Aquarius take extra care around hot heads or idiots of knee jerk or chaotic actions. Taurus, be patient but avoid feeling stuck with others or some situation that will change in time. Find inner freedoms and insights to open new roads of action and possibility. This is a time itching for renewed feminine wisdom and spirit soul calls for renewed action and wisdom compassion in politics and all human affairs. With Saturn going direct, authority and powers that be move forward with long-term plans. Uranus retrograde sparks those who don’t have their feet on the ground to come back down to the ground or chance crashing back to reality. Or is it just slow and sure outward plodding ahead and inward sudden awakening, sudden zolts of new intelligence and spirit knowledge quickening your way?!

 

  • July 22nd Mercury opposes Pluto while the Sun enters sign of Leo. Serious thought and provocative events force strong decisions and actions with long-term consequence. Strength of conviction and persuasive argument push agenda or direction. Strong words or thoughts stirs reaction for better or worse. A need to let go of worry, do your best, and let go and let God, Goddess

 

  • July 24th Venus trine Neptune love dreams/wishes, Sun conjunct Jupiter goes big/expands light/love, Mercury squares Uranus and trines SATurn intellectually awakens, revolts, and seeks practical knowledge. Power forces of Love and Good Will wrestle with larger issues and problems working for a more holistic all encompassing solution for community/family/planetary good. Much luck or sudden change in luck for better or worse comes to those who dare truth and love, reaching for higher ideal.

 

  • July 25th Mars enters Scorpio giving one a sense that ‘This can’t keep going on!’ — whatever ‘this’ or that is for each of us. Mars/Scorpio wants to get to the point, get it over with, complete or retreat, cut out anything not necessary or to achieve needed goal/desire. A sense of immediacy and immanent danger or endeavour, adventure.

 

  • July 26th New Moon in Leo near Jupiter in sky. For many, next weeks bring a sense of positive growth and expansion of individual goals concerning travel, business, spiritual aspirations, calling, work, money, friendships, community, family. Strong sense of group or team identity. Need for universal compassion and reverance for all. Need to avoid over-doing, over-indulging or eating/drinking. Ego can get carried away with these aspects but otherwise a really good time to feel that one both participates and belongs to a greater sense of spirit and adventure. Fun times of sharing, giving, caring, receiving.

 

  • July 28th (27th to 29th influence) Venus oppose Pluto. Fanatic or intensified attraction or repulsion. If you chase it, it runs. If it chases you, you run. Need to take a breath and relax in the heart of silent contemplation, compassion, and insight. Exchanging self for other and pondering what others go through helps give compassionate wise perspective. Inner compulsions and frantic fanatic affairs of the heart and mind. Mad lovers. Fierce attractions or repulsions. Intensification of feelings. Important aspect to avoid jealousy or taking things too personally, too seriously, and/or feeling hurt over another’s action or words. Good time to engage another artistically or lovingly, but also good time to work on oneself, clean up one’s own act, change oneself to affect the other. Rid self of clutter or unwanted things blocking your psychic path to better futures. Empty self to renew vision, meditate on oneness with all life and truth that all things are interdependent on each other. Everything around you mothers your experience, thus everything is your mother. How your inner self responds it the father of the future. Make love not war here means embrace whatever is happening with silent awareness and learning.

 

  • August 1st-2nd-3rd wild weekend with renewed sense of love, old and new friends, travel, visits, cars and cafes, fun conversing, play, interactions. Try to get a good night’s sleep Sunday August 3rd because come Monday’s Moon occult conjunct Saturn at 6:29 a.m., somebody’s gonna be really tired and not quite ready for a hard work day. First two weekends of August wild with aspects of fun and adventure, but avoid recklessness and going too far beyond safe boundaries. Blessings and joy!

 

Robert of Mayflower is available for private astrological and intuitively psychic readings by appointment.

Call (248) 547-8227 or email mayflowerbookshop@mac.com

 

The Sophia Mystery, the triple goddess and the wisdom of God’ — here is Part One of four available for your review here on Youtube.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2kYFZkR4VY

 

The Astrology of 2014 talk given at OM Cafe in Ferndale Mi. Dec. 10th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6HxSjmLo64

 

Ask Robert on Love and Relationships

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeYav_Kd-rs

 

And, here’s a little song for you … ‘Weave your Wings back on’ … recorded at Tino’s Funky D Studio (Tino plays drums) with other friends such as Holly Bernt on piano and back up singing as well as the Detroit Jewel’s Band at Hand … pic of Philip Glass and i at Jewel Heart and more … Keep your Heart Pure. Roses i grew….more to come.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT-hfzYEprI

 

 

Astrological News and Views – June 2014

June 3rd, 2014

Robert of Mayflower’s News and Views for June 2014

(248) 547-8227

Robert talks at TS June 20th … see below!

Come and celebrate Mayflower’s birthday anytime in June! New incense, tarot cards, salt lamps, bracelets, Steiner and Osho books. Astrological Calendars 50% off! Find us at www.mayflowerbookshop.com on the web.

“Mayflower Bookshop isn’t where you find the honey, it’s where you learn to make the honey.” -Captain Bob and the Wordsmiths of Avalon

  • Challenging or difficult days that try the soul and temper the spirit, days one may need to call upon a higher power or dive deeper into stillness, silence, and retreat, days calling upon a higher octave of music, angel, spiritual self; days of mystery and magic, alchemical change and need to stir it up, pull weeds, make bread, soup, and new friends … most likely to occur: June 7th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, and 26th. There are no good days in June, unless you make ‘em. Ha, aha!

 

  • June 6th. Mercury goes retrograde in sign of Cancer making many re-think, re-view, redo and perhaps renew connections, contacts and contracts. Others opt to get out for higher ground or deeper restocking in self. Thoughts and plans, actions and events, having to do with repairing or fixing up house, but also fixing up feelings and emotions, family, parents, office, land. Water at issue, quantity and quality. Previous plans shaky, perhaps affecting how international vs. national concerns are at odds. Securities re-secured and travel plans may alter especially mid June. Mercury retrograde conjuncts Sun on 19th allowing then for burning realisations and clear insights on what to do and what not to do.

 

  • All summer, starting June, Saturn near trine to Chiron in influence for weeks. Attempts at world and personal healing occurring. Patience allows sureness, action, and wisdom to arise. A new sense of harmony, peace, healing comes from walking the middle way. Tension or new harmony between opposites of security/freedom, straight practicality bottom line/high ideals, rules of authoritative law/social liberty and justice, maverick genius/conservative wisdom tradition, straight medicine/alternative healing, yoga, health food diet/hard core work out. New integrations or conflict? Seek to reconcile opposites finding a new balance and harmony allowing yourself to move forward or at least pause to rest, heal, restore. Saturn finds happiness working alone, Chiron needs others but needs not to be dependent. Science and mysticism merge, rational logic and genius join hands, less shock and awe but more wonder and learning, rooting and flowering find expression here.

 

  • June 13th into 14th. Full Moon in Sagittarius, Venus oppose Saturn. Theosophists and old India celebrate Wesak Festival, as well as Buddha’s Birthday, Enlightenment, and Death, all on May Full Moon. Tibetan’s say it’s this Full Moon. Mayflower Bookshop had two official openings when first opening — one in May and the other in June. So Happy Birthday Mayflower Bookshop and Buddha! Virtuous merit or non virtuous merit multiplies in power on such days, so take care to think, feel, and do your highest deepest ideal true you, virtue you. Take care to act appropriately and moderately, ideally and virtuously; wrong moves here could raise havoc and cause severe complex reactions and in days to come. Compassion for others’ struggle as well as inner work, love for the ideal, infinite patience to keep in the learning sharing process, is what is positively called for here. World news and higher views conflict with the personal little picture, or local view. Too big a picture conflicts with too small a vision. Big views and big personalities conflict with little ones and the ‘be here now’ immediate needs and view. Doing little things in clear clean virtuous ways may conflict with big overboard plans to conquer the world or climb that next mountain. Greater needs conflict with personal needs. Finding a balance between the higher self and the everyday self, the macrocosm and the microcosm is key. Yet small is beautiful, and yet again there is an ‘Out damn spot, out I say!’. Larger spirited enterprise and adventure is good but be sure to honour your inner needs, sleep/exercise/diet. Full Moon with Venus/Saturn shows us how much further we have yet to go, how big the gap between the ideal visualised and the practical here now. How to love the little things and moments while keeping on track for the long run big plans is key. Behaviour and weather here can go to extremes … cooler in some places, hotter in others. A feeling that ‘things can’t go on this way’ may present itself. A forced wait-and-see attitude. Yet yoga or meditation, fasting or healthier diet, seeking spiritual counsel can quicken things up. Stormy weather comes for some. Some feel lack of love, others are smothered by it and need a break. Personal values and needs need to re-align with bottom-line practicality as well as higher virtue authority and experience. Sad partings, separations, or death of something for some. Others experience deepening of commitment and connection. Where love works, it’s either dependent and co-dependent, or incredibly free and wisely harmonised, perhaps due to many life-times experience and connections. This aspect is in influence a few days before and after June 13th. Austere or disciplined actions, and true love, wins in time. Immediate desires or wants could be frustrated these daze. Wanting others to be happy is finely balanced with not feeling stepped on if one wisely manoeuvres through this time.

“Art can never exist without truth’s naked beauty.” – Captain Bob and the Woodward Egyptian Crocodiles.

 

  • June 14th (This whole passage includes June 10th – 14th as well as other contributing suspect days such as days around June 25th and 26th). Mars in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn and Moon squares Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries triggering repercussions and further events unfolding or influenced from last January 2014 and last April’s Grand Cross. (See Youtube for my December 10th talk ‘The Astrology for 2014’, as well as April’s Grand Cross, the effects of which run into June/July). Opposition to authority, need for compromise and mutual agreement or strivings, work. Struggle to attain equality, inwardly or outwardly with someone seen as either an authority or a despot, plutocrat, or leader (good or bad). Deep need for change pushes many to press too hard, making for much possible stress and worry, anger and frustration, even possible violence. Hasty nasty actions and reactions. Positive need for inner work, renewing vows to higher self or ideals, and for rejuvenation, vs. degenerative episodes and negative backsliding. Need for updating, strengthening and deepening roots and foundations in what is good, true, beautiful, loving and wise. Also a wish to adventure beyond boundaries and test limits, experiment, with danger of going too far and causing unnecessary suffering to self or other. Possible difficulties communicating and traveling. Extremes in weather, politics, business, markets. Volatility in markets. Tensions and inner conflict arise leading into explosive remarks and situations, especially now around June 14th and right into time when Mars opposes Uranus, June 25th, when actions speak louder than words. Danger of premature hasty actions causing much troublesome or dangerous events. Tendency for geopolitical hotspots to ignite or seek immediate serious solution. This aspect affects week before and after exact aspect. As mentioned in the ‘Astrology for 2014’ talk on Youtube given last December 10th 2014, this aspect triggers transiting Pluto opposing the USA Sun (influencing the whole year). Russia and China, the USA, and others are in new power plays and economic intrigue. Often such dangerous aspects challenge various markets, gold and silver, and peace in the world. This is for sure a good time to have a spiritual practice and good prayer for peace in the world. In the USA Chart with Gemini Rising Pluto opposes USA Sun mid June. With Rudhyar’s Sagittarius Rising, the Pluto opposition Sun occurs next year and came very close in April, being within orb of influence since late last December when cold and snow appeared with intensity here in North America. In David Solte’s Chart for USA, Mars transiting squares the USA Mars in Leo around June 12 to 14th bringing both stormy weather and politics, aggressive economics and strong reactions to anybody or anything threatening to our security and economic prosperity. Although very assertive, this is good aspect for pushing agendas forward, making strong peace and economic partnerships (or losing such). More debate about gun violence and climate change, change of super powers? Need for more compassion and learning to grow, not destroy, for sure. Upticks in quakes and volcanoes adding to quirky times. As mentioned in last December’s ‘OM Cafe’ talk, we are collectively awakening to planetary environmental problems, the need to purify air and water, and the need to create such an intelligent ‘peace making’ that the severe top heavy military industrial complex can relax a bit and not be so heavy handed. We need more gardeners and cooks.

 

“As Robert Graves said, ‘There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.’ That is, unless you are Allen Ginsberg, Robert Bly, Eminem, or Kid Rock, or a very creatively smart artist.” -Captain Bob and the Woodard Aviators.

 

“Mayflower Bookshop is not a place where you can get lost, it’s a place where you can be found.” – Captain Bob and the Woodward Crack in the Open Book.

 

  • June 19th into 20th. Mercury conjuncts Sun giving burning insights and clear vision as to what to do and what not to do. Good clear articulation. Try to be patient and kind in all communications, haste makes waste and rudeness/harshness may cause over reactions, arguments, anger. Tendency to fall back into true and tried mental ruts rather than take the leap forward and upwards with bigger hearted feelings. A sense of being a caterpillar crawling or even stuck in the cocoon vs. opposite sense of arising out of past conditionings, ready to fly like the butterfly to the many colourful flowers of experience life offers.

 

June 20th, 7 p.m. Robert Thibodeau’s Talk at the Theosophical Society on Woodward in Berkley (between 11 and 12 mile roads a few blocks south of Catalpa) –

“The Sophia Mystery and the Secret of the Soul”

Learn how the word ‘Theosophy’ is derived from ‘Theo-Sophia’, or Anthroposophy from ‘Anthro-Sophia’. Sophia meaning ‘wisdom’ but also divine goddess feminine. Learn of the holy spirit, kundalini, spiritual forces awakening higher intelligence, the secret of the Chalice and Sword, the Grail, and more. Voyage with us in the descent and re-ascent of the Soul seeking spiritual unfoldment, enlightenment, immortality. Experience the stories of Psyche and Cupid, Persephone & Demeter, and the initiatory story of Inanna.

Robert Thibodeau is author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’ published in 2013 and containing astrological interpretations and techniques as well as insights into the spiritual relationship of Theosophy, Steiner, Psyche and Eros, Sacred Geometry, Platonic Solids and Chakras. Robert is a practicing astrologer and musician. Find him on the web at www.mayflowerbookshop.com and on YouTube on the ‘mayflowerbookshop‘ channel.

 

 

  • June 27th. New Moon semi-sextile Venus and trines Neptune. New Moons oft begin new adventures, Full Moons try to complete or fulfil things. This aspect good for many a love adventure, travel plan, and future dream come true. Emotional sensitivities and psychic perceptions can rock the dream boat, so be sure to be rock solid practical when wishing upon a star. On the other hand, if sinking in all the things that matter to you, it’s good to tie yourself to a star, hitch your wagon to the highest star; and yes, wish upon a star, call on the higher self and higher power within to re-invoke your God ‘I AM’ Presence. In other words, now is the time to pray, meditate, and call upon higher virtuous powers and intelligences to assist you on your most noble adventure or journey of experience yet to come! Keep a journal, write down dreams, make peace with your self and make a plan to ascend to your highest goals. The New Moon sets the tone for the next 4 weeks but especially the next 2 weeks. Tendency to need more down time to find your inner place of peace and harmony. Keep an ecology of balance when it comes to work and play, money and health/exercise/diet, personal needs and those of others. Haunting memories of unfinished karma may gently collide with what is right before you. Future callings compete with what is not complete and may need being done with. Future visions and premonitions meet past expectations and karma, creating unusual gatherings of spirit and matter, thoughts and feelings. Ideals and dreams. Dare to voyage beyond the boundaries of what makes you secure but not fulfilled or complete, happy. To find deeper or higher meaning and purpose, try reading Osho, or tibetan arts of meditation, Rudolf Steiner or H.P.Blavatsky. Manly Hall’s books are easy and high-minded, try ‘Secret Teachings of All Ages’. Definitely a good time to set the wheels in motion for a more healthy, happy, holy, holistic good and true future.
  • June 29th. Sun trine Neptune, Venus square Neptune. This is the best good day in June, but then again you could be fooling yourself or they are fooling you. Good day for art, dreaming, music, and letting go. Maintain your practical long-term view.

 

Robert is available for consultations and private readings.

Call (248) 547-8227 or email mayflowerbookshop@mac.com.

Robert is author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’ available on our Website and on Amazon. He has music available on CD and much on Youtube, including talks on meditation, relationships, and more.

Astrological News and Views – May 2014

May 2nd, 2014

Robert of Mayflower’s Astrological News and Views

May 2014, Mayflower Bookshop (248) 547-8227

 

“Without Love this world is haunted,
Without Truth this world is alone.”
-robert of mayflower

Are we going to have a cold spring into summer as predicted in December 10th’s Om Cafe talk (see youtube mayflowerbookshop channel)? Then really hot late June into July? Will food and energy prices go up?!

For those making plans: tough aspect days are May 10th, 11th, Full Moon May 14th, 18th/19th, 28th. Good days for positive aspects include May 3rd, 4th Moon/Jupiter/Saturn give future insights, 12th, 15th for some, 18th for some, 24th especially good when Jupiter trines Saturn, 25th, and 31st for some. May 22nd to 24th Moon/Jupiter/Saturn grand trine melts minds and hearts into allegiances for lasting good true beautiful friendships, callings, and happiness.

“A billion stars go spinning through the night, glittering above your head, But in you is the presence that will be when all the stars are dead.”-Rilke

 

May 2nd evening, Mercury oppose Saturn creates obstacles to truth or fixed ideas, negative thinking, or opposition to such. War rhetoric and shaky markets? Or just cold shoulders and weird reality stares into space? Venus goes into Aries while Mars in Libra, both are in each other’s ruling sign. Men become sensitive and over-feeling? Women over-aggressive? Or is it time for women to take more leading roles? Is it just a time in next 3 weeks when (especially May 11th to 15th the worst) many relationships hit the wall. Intense feelings and passions may find cold or indifferent resistance. Extremes in behaviour, jealousy, envy, and just simply being at odds may cause many a split. On the other hand, the middle of the month could be a wild passionate free-for-all for some. Venus now triggers the grand cross, need to internalise outer events, digest experience, be patient to act. Internal feelings and passions now play into the configuration of work and play, politics and economics. Weather continues to go to extremes, but as predicted December 10th at OM Cafe talk, some areas experiencing cooler weather (eastern half of USA for sure).

 

“Love is the key, truth is the lock.” -robert of mayflower

 

May 3rd evening and into 4th, the Moon in Cancer Sign conjuncts Jupiter and trines Saturn. Good days here (Sat. May 3rd into the 4th) to make persuasive moves for long-term goals, commitments, friendships, business, future. Good for trying to make peace these next weeks, laying groundwork for long-term prosperity rather than short-lived.

 

“Because we want something beyond ourselves, we seek another.”

-robert of mayflower

 

May 5th to 10th Black Moon Lilith triggered by conjunction of Moon (night of 5th), inconjunct to Neptune (night/8th), and Venus trines Lilith (night/9th). Watch out for the wild woman in you to come out. Tendency to pull the rug out from under your own (or other’s) feet. Good if you’re falling to the floor to kiss, bad if undoing or tripping oneself or another. Tendency to want to make your own rules, bucking authority. Good to have passion, better to have compassion and wisdom to boot. Danger of booting the wrong one out. Danger of personal feelings getting the best of one’s rational judgement.

 

“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.”

-Hans Christian Anderson

 

May 7th Mercury enters Gemini with Moon in Leo, Leadership communications, hearty connections. Two and half weeks of too much new news, breakthroughs in communications and networking with Mercury in Gemini. Climacteric weather, inner and outer, tensions increase as we near May 10th aspects.

 

“There are no classes in life for beginners; 

right away you are always asked 

to deal with what is most difficult.” -Rilke

 

May 10th and 11th, Sun oppose Saturn, Venus oppose Mars, Mercury square Neptune. Wisdom and patience called for here to avoid anger and hatred, mistaken views and erring imaginations. Warring energies and mistaken views? Conflict with authorities? Weird weather doesn’t help moods. Good and evil seem to conflict. Heavy reality check. Going to extremes dangerous here. Threats and counter threats. Difficult weather, inwardly or outwardly. Sad news, dog and cat fights, strange sightings, lipstick and lies, peculiar states of mind. Avoid misuse of meds, drugs, alcohol. Avoid negative states of mind and emotions if possible. Good day for yoga, disciplined diet and exercise, imaginative creative endeavours. Can be a rough 5 days coming for storm and change. Security needs fight with excitement stimulation needs.

 

May 12th Mercury trine Mars, breakthroughs in communications, relationships, partnerships, business connections, networking.

 

“Everything terrible is something that needs our love.” -Rilke

 

May 14th Full Moon in Scorpio, Venus square Pluto makes for intense passion and intimacy, spending oneself wildly, or feeling split between ideal and practical. Could be a need for more security measures and compassionate loving kindness, patience and unconditional love. Otherwise jealousy and obsession, negative emotions overrun with chaotic outcomes. A need to finalise something, take it in deeper or rid oneself of unwanted or unneeded restriction or weighty heavy situations. Reversals in weather, perhaps stocks, relations. Worries about money or security. Need for deeper love and commitment to oneself, one’s higher self and future goals. A sense of rejection or need to remove, cleanse. Ridding self of unnecessary baggage, repeat offenders, and negatives. A sense of knowing what to cut out to make room for what to let in. A sense of planting new seeds, freeing the past, or continuing to feel stuck or fixated. Need for renewal or one feels sunk by negativity or poor habits. A sense of death and rebirth. When love works with this aspect it can be quite healing. Jupiter trines Chiron on 14th but influences all month really; making for a wanting to mother others’ happiness, positive change for the better when it comes to diet, exercise, yoga, work out, body work. Good for healing family problems or troubles, but also good for making a magic garden and sacred centre away from the hustle and bustle and noise. Unusual meetings, healings, or re-woundings and strange affairs. Aim for the higher octave of these planets. Then even the Venus/Pluto becomes in depth love and commitment to renewing to spirit ennobling relationships.

 

“To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”

-Emily Dickinson

 

May 15th evening, Venus conjunct Uranus; Wild colours, sudden urges, new forms of release and creativity, love urges. Sudden coming together or parting, wanting a change or a rearrange. Sudden change in plans or direction. A wild kiss. An either/or conundrum or ultimatum. Fast as it comes, fast as it goes. Lightening and windy storm aspects these last days. Mercury squares Chiron May 16th into 17th, expect wild minded ideas and talk, maverick new insights or crazy wild play or tricks. Sudden arousal of the creative urge, urge to do something new, expect the unexpected.

 

“For some, greater things defeat the ego that separates us from the wild greater spirit life of the wilderness, creativity and genius offer.”

-robert of mayflower

 

May 17th Saturday night here may play wildly into Sunday next day 18th. Need for long-term view on both play and promises.

 

May 18th, Moon in Capricorn, Venus square Jupiter. Do what you love but keep the fort down kind of aspect. Disciplined play? Or running out of bounds and crossing new thresholds. Some have disciplined sorrow, others unimaginable joys. Much wisdom arises now for those who listen with their heart and bone. Willingness to be alone, even in a crowd, opens the door to being alone with one’s higher self and other.

 

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow” -Rilke

 

May 19th Mars goes Direct to trigger off the Uranus/Pluto square mid June coming. Venus opposes Ceres. Shades of Grand Cross April! The return of the Mummy and Vampire? Just more geopolitical tempers flaring and bad weather. Around mid June Full Moon in Sagittarius Mars will hit the Uranus/Pluto square and more stressful craziness such as during April’s Grand Cross may return; also possible tough time for farming, money, and love life. None-the-less, around May 19th look for some strong shifts of weather and mood, windy zaniness, forward moving political outlook and economic zoom. Also the Venus/Ceres makes for the need to be mothered or mother, with many a big baby running around complaining over spilt or spoiled milk. Next few days rush forward into the future, ready or not here it comes.

 

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”

-Rilke

 

May 24th Jupiter trine Saturn for third time in last two years. Good for long-term investment, economic stability, emotional security, and friendship futurity. This aspect stabilises the crazy Uranus/Pluto volatility and high pressure weather, politics, eco and economy. Such aspect offers solutions to problems, not pollution, disillusion and dissolution of challenges. What started earlier in month reaches important turning point or continuance with long-lasting ramifications and results.

 

“The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.” -Rilke

 

May 28th New Moon in Gemini, Sun square Neptune. Lots of talk going nowhere these next few days, or is the future going off without us? People tend to want more peace and quiet and voters may be becoming annoyed with noisemakers and worry warts. Tendency to get lost, ramble on, lose oneself in words and thoughts. Possible genius creativity in the arts, music, imagination. Higher love vs. lost in the shuffle aspect.

 

‘Upon hearing true melody, one awakens the inevitability of something eternal within us, a song, dancing all along within us, awaiting to re-member, connect, bridge, remind us that we are part of everything, everyone, and the world.’

-robert of mayflower

 

 

“We need the Moon so we don’t perish in the Sun, we need dark so we don’t perish in the light, we need love so we don’t perish in truth, we need art so we don’t waste away from news.” 

-robert of mayflower

 

Robert Thibodeau is the author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’, and is available for readings and consultations. Call (248) 547-8227 for appointment. On the web at www.mayflowerbookshop.com 

On Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAi-sxEP07g 

Donations welcome.

 

Further note from Steiner. Mayflower Bookshop began in my imagination when I saw ‘The Secret Doctrine’ glowing on a bookshelf in Circle Books, Ann Arbor, long ago. Blavatsky’s books are important to have for your expanding mind, imagination, and library. Start with ‘Isis Unveiled’ and enjoy.

 

“At the beginning of the Theosophical movement a woman stands, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. It is a strange circumstance that precisely here we have the unprecedented experience, that here we have a woman with the most all-embracing mind, with the most penetrating force and energy of mind who has written works compared to which all the spirituality which our culture (Geisteskultur) has otherwise produced is but a trifle.

Now, perhaps you believe nothing of the so-called occult teachings, the so-called insights into the spiritual world that are contained in Blavatsky’s ‘Isis Unveiled’ or the ‘Secret Doctrine’ — perhaps you believe nothing of this; but take a look at these books some time and ask yourself: ‘How many thinkers of today have known more penetratingly about so many things as Blavatsky?’

The two enormous volumes of The Secret Doctrine give information on almost all areas of spiritual life, ancient culture, ancient religion; on all possible branches of natural science, social life, astronomy and physiology.”

-Rudolf Steiner, ‘Women, Sexuality and Society’, Nov. 17, 1906, Ga54.

 

“Hence it seems clear that in every human being, if we wish to consider him as a totality, we have a phenomenon before us with two parts — one revealed and material, and one hidden and spiritual. And only a man who is capable of combining an external masculinity with a beautiful internal feminine character is a complete human being. And it is precisely this that the greatest spirits, namely, those of a mystical nature, have always felt in the spiritual life of the past.

This is an important point. Men have played a greater part because materialism impels itself towards an external culture. This external culture is a masculine culture because it was meant to be a material culture. But we must also be aware that in the development of world history one cultural epoch gives way to another, and that this one-sided masculine culture must find its completion through what lives in every human being. One senses this precisely in the age of this masculine culture. That is why, when the mystics spoke from the innermost depths of their souls, they defined this soul as something feminine. And it is from this that you find everywhere the comparison of the soul, receptive as it is to the world, with the feminine; and on this is based Goethe’s saying in the ‘Chorus mysticus’:

Everything transient

Is but illusion;

The inadequate —

Here becomes reality;

The indescribable —

Here is achieved;

The Eternal-feminine

Bears us aloft.”

…For this reason it should not surprise us that, in an age that has given birth to a masculine culture, the spiritual culture which has begun in the Theosophical movement had to be given birth by a woman. Thus this Theosophical or spiritual-scientific movement will prove itself to be eminently practical. It will lead humanity to overcome gender in and to rise to the level where Spirit-Man or Atman stands, which is beyond gender, beyond the personal — to rise to the purely human.”

 

-Rudolf Steiner, GA 54;http://southerncrossreview.org/94/steiner-women.html

Astrological News and Views for April 2014

April 1st, 2014

Robert of Mayflower’s 

Astrological News and Views for April 2014

(248) 547-8227 or

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“Where two or more gather for sure, human love awakens the river of time, sacred space for souls to arrive, grace the place and divine, how to unfold the mind into heart’s sunshine.”

-robert of mayflower

 

Astrology for the times—

 

March 29th Venus trines Mars good for love and kissing, foreplay and just good old friends at play. Venus early eve square Saturn putting a dampener on affairs, cooling off weather; but for some a deepening of their wisdom mind stream as to what matters and what doesn’t for long run.

 

March 30th New Moon conjunct Uranus while both opposing retrograde Mars on 31st triggers early warning shots of Grand Cross of April. Quakes? Solar eruptions? Storms and Winds of Change? Or just sudden shifts in directions, habits and patterns, goals? Difficult connections, fragile feelings, strong reactions, or is it temporary breakdown in communications. Brains vs. Brawn and instinctive will? Taking risks and being opposed. Storms, natural or man-made crisis or phenomena, mishaps, earthquakes, accidents, war drums, quirky stock markets, and other wild sudden new challenges or adventures arise now and continue to amaze us all month. Many world changes and re-directing impulses present themselves. Also, near genius spiritual creative impulses try to find new solutions and doorways to prosperity while attempting to make peace not crisis or war. Crazy month coming up here for highly unusual events, changes, shifts in Aquarian Age sense of revival or increased awareness of higher consciousness arises. A renewed sense of individual and collective spiritual awakening prevails, along with a need for common sense and universal good spirit, one humanity yet each of inner worth, love for the earth arises. Or so I hope … Many breakdowns and breakthroughs, challenges with communications, electricity, lightning, satellites, and new vulnerabilities to truth and love.

 

“You can’t find light in the dark, not really. Dark can’t make sense of itself. The same old finds the same old. If in the dark, turn on a light; learn something new. When you turn on the light, the darkness flees. That’s why the Mayflower Bookshop is here, to turn new lights on! For others, Mayflower can help the mind find rest, quiet, the holy dark.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sun triggers the April Grand Cross. Hopefully the Sun brings us light, warmth, insight and love. Sun square Jupiter on 1st expands our thinking. Sun conjunct Uranus on 2nd shakes, rocks, and rolls us to new arrangements and sudden shock changes perhaps quaking foundations with new realisations. Sun square Pluto on 3rd arouses a politics of compassion or one of reaction. Strong indications of what’s to come later in month may appear these last and next 3 days. This is a really good time to make the changes in self and surroundings you’ve been waiting to make for some time. Update, don’t re-negotiate. Lots of challenges but lots of good things happening too. Can be a bit of a chaotic time perhaps as the world still works at learning to make peace/balance/harmony with self, other, and environment. These first three days in April can be vastly enriching and rewarding, but also a time forcing strange bedfellows together for odd or upsetting reasons and circumstance. It’s a make peace not war time for some. World events staggering in their future potentials and possibilities. Vicissitudes and provocative events this month cause ripples and waves in reality, world media, economics, science; along with many knee jerk reactions. Expect sudden change of direction or change in response from self to other or other to self. Expect the unexpected, yet have to expectations. Step out of the light to let others shine to earn long-term kindness. New initiatives and remarkable responses to find immediate solutions to problems. Markets, politics, geopolitical hotspots tingle and twist, gush then reverse, and perhaps even drop out of sight. Caution advised during these times. Mercury goes into fiery Aries on April 7th possibly making for hot shots and hotheads, so be cool near volcanic emotional activity. Sink holes are expanding so learn to fly in your wisdom and compassion. Enthusiasm good, anger bad here.

 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Love your enemies.”

-Jesus and Buddha said that.

 

Sun opposes Mars in retrograde on April 8th further triggering anger or weird accidents and precipitive danger. Need to attempt quick resolution to expanding problems. Avoid negative emotions exploding into disruptive events. Last 3 months a foreshadow of possible coming events.  Events starting to unfold last months more fully emerge now in first days of April. Tendency to get carried away, yet also time to be actualised to manifest one’s dreams. Yet tough time to daydream this month! Sun/Mars is sure fire action hero stuff, but also a dangerous time to take risk or travel. Avoid stress, use of risky machinery, avoid arguments and impulsive acts, use of force or anger. On the light side, the Sun brings light of intelligence and understanding, resolution, if one listens and is clear-minded, right hearted. Mars tends to act and not listen, act and ask questions later. With Mars retro avoid hasty or rash actions triggering mistakes, accidents, or misfortune, loss. Higher octave of Mars is Buddhist Compassion and Wisdom in practice. Anthroposophically speaking, Buddha now on Mars. Buddha is working on and in the Astral Plane of dreamtime and emotions with Wisdom/Compassion, selfless ennobling virtue action. Mars is also Michaelic Wisdom and Courage to do the right thing with a heart of gold, love and truth. The Sun makes for the light of moral imagination possible, the rising or uplifting consciousness in the spirit of the good, true, and beautiful. May that happen! Om!

 

“When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

 

“Love doesn’t have to rely on another, we are love. When you realise that, there is no falling or rising in love, only being, forever shining in love.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 11th-12th Venus conjuncts Neptune. Some balloons and illusions pop. For others, the little red balloon of imagination is starting to carry them to success. Such aspect can create mystical magical love, romance, escape, private gardens and parties, secret affairs of higher airs and nomenclature. For others, the dream is melting. Security and tradition struggle with progressive and perhaps needed change, fresh air and ideas.  Need to simplify or purify self, diet, environment. With Venus in Pisces, follow your love; don’t follow your fear, need, or false imagination or projection on others, the world. Good time to have a talk with God, one’s deep silence, the ocean of love compassion lives there. One for all, all for One ideal. Avoid projections, shame and blame, name and cheap gain. Time for reality check to keep from miscuing. Avoid unnecessary criticism and emotional negativity. Good time to beautify, clean, sparkle, and shine. Some experience weird psychic phenomena and mysterious dreams, intuitions, sightings. Logical mind and feelings, reason and intuitions may conflict. Moon in Virgo while Venus conjuncts Neptune attempts to join the practical common hard-working sense with the intuitive feel for it all. Travels or plans to travel, plans for future, musical or artistic endeavours prevail at this time. April 14th Mercury squares Jupiter and conjuncts Uranus, bringing innovative, radical, or even revolutionary ideas to the table. A time of strong outbursts of genius and creativity. Take care not to rock the boat unless you are taking over the boat and giving new course instructions. Sudden events and turn of events give new revelations, insights, surprises, and unusual news. Rethinking and upgrading in vogue here. Sudden turnings on and off, and on again. One door closes, another opens kind of vibe. Avoid distractions from true goals and work aims.

 

“Some pick flowers, others plant them. There is a season for everything.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 14-15 Pluto goes retrograde for 5 months (big plans take that long, or is it mistakes taking that long to fix!). Tendency to try to reverse one’s wheels or face karmic fate. Or is it sitting back and taking a deep breath to re-examine the state of affairs in light of a bigger picture. Dangerous quirky time for markets, investments, turn arounds (also April 20-24th period). Higher Angels of destiny are also at play here above and behind the scenes. Powerful moves made this month in the world chess game, proving to either further the game or even tilt the game out of balance. Also note, a total Lunar Eclipse visible in U.S.A.

 

April 15th with Mercury square Pluto! Tough news day for sure. Need for clear, sure decision-making. Cardinal Signs and houses beware: Aries/Libra/Capricorn/Cancer (see your chart for houses). Eclipses (and we have 2 in April) have a way of cutting things out and plopping new realities in. Big changes for some. Pimps and pimples pop, others betray or radically change moods and mind, posture, position. Eclipses also good for becoming intuitively sensitive. Sometimes too sensitive. Sudden changes and turn-arounds. A sense of need to eliminate negative elements or be eliminated. Danger of negative projection and making strange difficult ultimatums, which may back fire. Yet, those in the power often use eclipses to make strong changes in structure and directions. Chance of moments of very poor weather, difficult communications or relations, sour dispositions. Need for much patience and compassion in dealing with others’ problems. Attempts to further positive goals, may feel held back, other’s resistant. Sense of immediate needs and demands, and frustration achieving such goals or results. Good for research, deep thinking, taking one’s time and being patient. Heed warning signs of danger and impending necessities. Indications of fate and destiny abound. Need to rid oneself of unnecessary baggage or negative habits. Danger between this and next eclipse of 29th of major awkward or shocking changes. Good time to cut out all bad habits and to keep mindful of one’s own thoughts and feelings. Here negativity is its own reward. Virtuous actions worth 1000 times more spiritual merit (inner wealth, wisdom, love). Libra Full Moon time calls for balanced heart and mind when it comes to personal needs and desires vs. those of others. Work and personal life need strike new balance. Avoid negative criticisms that are not constructive or educational towards bettering oneself.

If all this is confusing, let me put it this way. Work on yourself and try to leave others alone or to their own means of learning, growing. Go inward and kneel at a heart of compassion for all.

 

“Love is a madness, for others reason is. Genius is to grow a garden and friends anyway.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 16th Mercury oppose Mars, Good insights and ideas come but difficult to express in a way others understand. Tendency to quarrel, argue, debate. A sense of getting one’s thoughts aired, yet disagreements and contesting abound. Avoid gossip and loose windy thoughts/talk going nowhere. Tendency for one-sided intellectuality. Logic at odds with feelings, demands or needs with instinctive passions. Danger of crash and burn, pushing others too far, or going too far with demands or ultimatums. Yet need now to give warning and draw line of how far one will go to accomplish aim and avoid disputes, or how much one can take before breaking point reached.

“Love is freedom from the self, freedom is compassion for self. The true nature of the Self is freedom and love. Here, truth is the housekeeper, service to higher love/compassion the soon to be master student.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 17th, Moon occults Saturn and Venus trines Jupiter. Some parts cold, others warm up friendly and lovingly. Long-term love works here, as well as practical true and tried methods of operations. Sense of new friendship while good old friends seem golden. Happiness in little things. Negativity is its own reward, so be sweet and warm and patient to win this day. Be the warmth and love you want. April 17th Venus trines Jupiter and on April 25th Venus trines Saturn giving an 8 day window to future Jupiter trine Saturn in May Vibe … Great time to make big plans for the future. Good time to follow your love and bliss, gather round you robust friends and make virtuous vows for future trends, family, friends, community, and world peace endeavour, joy, prosperity. This can be a most fortunate time, especially for those with planets and houses in water signs (see your astrological chart for where your water is hidden).

 

“The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.”

-Oscar Wilde, from The Artist as Critic

 

April 20th The official Grand Cross is in Play here! Jupiter squares Uranus, Jupiter oppose Pluto, Moon triggers Pluto/Jupiter/Mars/Uranus. These are critical days for many – a realisation and major understanding, event or happening potentially forever changing your life. A real sense of new beginning but also a sense of ‘death and rebirth’ for some. In ancient Egyptian Initiation, Osiris lays in death-like coffin for 3 days and then resurrects or ascends. Our soul is contained within the symbolic three days within the physical, emotional, and mental plane. Initiation or coming to wisdom, is letting the Universal Spirit of love and truth awaken our Souls to shine in a new way within its three sheaths or bodies. Same wisdom for Ishtar the Goddess of Spring. Jesus the Christos descending into hell for 3 days reveals this enlivening and renewing rejuvenating of the physical, etheric, astral bodies. This is a big part of the Easter mystery. See Steiner’s ‘Festivals’ lectures. Spring has for better and worse arrived and we slowly again raise our consciousness along with the flowers and rising sap to honour higher skies, stars, angels, virtues, above and within us. Strong shifts in how we look at life occur at this time, April 20-24th. At this point it’s clear what we are dealing with to survive and thrive as a planetary culture, community, and people.  A sense of progress and change, quickening and growth; or a sense of crash and defeat, thickening and slow down fill this time period with change. Markets and weather highly provocative and may go to extreme or reversal. In politics and the entertainment arena, more than a few heads roll while others quickly rise to new fame or power. This month into May, events continue to play out, even to July/Aug where things take a much more positive up turn. Weather can be really weird in parts of world, especially beginning, middle, and 20th to 24th April. Intense hot vs. way cooler, wet vs. way dry hot, up vs. way sinkhole down these days. The grand cross reflects how many feel crucified and nailed to some unfortunate situation or life process. For others the cross is reflective of spiritual and material manifestation, incarnation and realisation of the ideal, one’s higher aspirations and dreams. The cross can be a four fold incarnation or manifestation of the higher self. A realisation of one’s goals or desires. Plato said the World Soul is “crucified”, meaning fourfold, cubed, on the square, in time and space within each individual. (See my book ‘Astrological Aspects the Art’ available worldwide for further esoteric and practical wisdom on this; i.e. platonic solids and chakras, four Noble Truths and Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Foundation Stone Meditation’, astrological aspects, the descent and re-ascent of the goddess).

 

“True change always happens from within first. Events unfolding now are but decisions and actions of the past, our karma. How our inner self interacts and participates with life creates the future.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 21 Uranus Squares Pluto. Forced change for many, others make major decisions affecting self or other.  Need for yoga, meditation, relaxation arts, contemplation, patience and new learning to deal with the stressful times. Tendency to rebel or criticise without real alternative wise solutions. Need for truth and higher-minded awareness. Need to address suffering in wise ways. Helping others to help self is key here.

 

“Sometimes when the grasshopper’s cage door is left open they don’t jump for freedom, sometimes they do.”

-Trebore Tau Bodhi

 

April 22 Mars square Jupiter triggers ACTION and heroics or foolhardiness for some. The Grand Cross is totally activated positively here but the days to come may give many a crisis opportunity challenge or obstacle. Here the hero wears a thousand faces, the fool but one. Important time to not be too exuberant or over done. Appropriate well-defined action needed. Tendency to overdo or party too hard, over eat, or over satiate. Here, as Goethe noted, too much good is evil. Need to act for sake of others. Heroic acts and selfless endeavours go far here.

 

“Scientists are always looking for speed, quickening thing and thinks up. They want to find something first and faster, even go faster, than the speed of light. But forever will darkness be first and last, there from the beginning and there when we finally arrive, and even after too. And the secret of darkness is easy, it is love, the heart yet unfathomed, unknown, alone and yet still one. It is love, and the light of stars and mind is its consort.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 23rd Mars opposes Uranus triggering Grand Cross and causing reactions and backlash from preceding events and actions. Mars/Uranus is lightning fast changes, reactions, accidents, misfires, calamity, violence, crashes, explosive events, mishaps. Yes it can be a call far and beyond duty, incredible luck and bravery, success. For most this is dangerous time so play it safe. Expect strange mysterious events in high places of religion, politics, economics, and the every day flow rhythm. Squares and Oppositions in astrology put one into the center of the action, trines are more visionary or feeling oriented. Avoid wild man action hero antics or demanding too much attention or center stage. This grand cross in cardinal signs signifies world events where everybody, like it or not, feels they are tossed into the action. On the other hand, one could say, that each and every one of us by the way we live, breathe, think, feel, act, are co creative agents for change. Each of us has a front seat, or on stage center, of the action. How we live our life, creates, or co-creates, the world. We are the world, and yes we are also alone. Though it’s all crazy at times, we can be intelligent enough to share and care, make peace with ourself and the world.  Each of us is both at fault and at cause. To see oneself as victim is spiritual suicide, even if it is true materialistically or outwardly. From the higher point of view, our higher self has put us here to learn and we picked the time and circumstance to perfect our self learning world education. There is no shame or blame or game playing here, there is just learning and returning till we do it right. We come to grow and know ourselves as co-creative beings with the whole of life, the future of the world. How one lives their life is a vote for futurity good or ill. Only you and God, or Divine Mind, know for sure how you voted. I can only take a good guess and my guess is that many frustrations come from not voting or not voting well. Ha! Soul wake up, live your highest ideal, virtue, dream, bliss, angel, call it what you will. Avoid drugs and negative emotions that could obscure your clear highest sense of all Life. Live the life to know the teachings, yourself, the other. Om Ah Hum, May it be! Obviously with crazy aspects like the ones earth has been going through since Pluto went into Capricorn. Some real estate and goods will go sky high in price while other places and faces fall into disarray and free fall in price and merit. Many relationships are re-thinking goals and definitions of what is happiness and who do I share the adventure with. The times are a’changin, re-arrangin’. The future is re-strategizing for some, or alarmingly disengaging for others. Strangely enough, this could be a highly prized time to have a baby; for others the worst time. Same for all big doings, plans, and future projects, projections, and precipitations of art, biz, and spirit.

 

“Rose gold diamond dew on the green, wet with morning dreaming May flowers trembling like young butterflies to wing weaving blue skies on tips of asparagus and pastel petals momentarily still twinklings eternity grants hearts with eyes to see.”

-robert of mayflower

 

April 25th Venus trine Saturn, Moon conjunct Venus, Sun conjunct Mercury. Love and reality, common sense and kindness, conscious recognition and smarts make sense of past events and set proper stage for fixing things up, bettering the future, making good on promises, making amends and future plans.

 

“She told me I was no Keats, and I realised again nothing would hold me until I could be myself alone with her.”

-Aria Fairchild

 

April 27th Moon again triggers past grand cross, after shocks, anger, hurt, emotional overload, intense feelings. Good day to catch up, heal, clean, rest, renew, reflect on the times past and to come.

 

“It’s hard to say if the kiss lit the stars or the stars lit the kiss, but heaven and earth touch lips when a heart opens to another.”

-Aria Fairchild and the Mayflower Guitars

 

April 29th Solar Eclipse in Taurus affecting fixed signs and houses primarily (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius). Sudden cutting off or being cut off, sudden change of plans or future, sudden change in day-to-day rhythms. Mercury trines Pluto giving help in finding intellectual understanding of very moving events (for some).

 

“Without Love this world is haunted,
Without Truth this world is alone.”

-robert of mayflower

 

May’s tough aspected days are May 10th, 11th, Full Moon May 14th, 18th/19th, 28th for those making plans. Good days of positive aspects include May 3rd, 4th Moon/Jupiter/Saturn give future insights, 12th, 15th for some, 18th for some, 24th especially Jupiter trine Saturn, 25th, and 31st for some. May 22nd to 24th Moon/Jupiter/Saturn grand trine melts minds and hearts into allegiances for the good true beautiful, friendship and happiness.

 

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