Karma, Futurity, and the Spiritual Intelligence of the Heart
A talk by Robert of Mayflower on current Astrological, Metaphysical, Dharma insights into the true nature of the World and Self, the Phenomena of 2012, and the Alchemy of Awareness in personal interactions and relationship. OM Cafe Sunday, October 18th, 11 am to 1 p.m.. $20 at door, $15 in advance to save your seat.
Mayflower Bookshop Astrology and Spirit Newsletter for October 2009
Robert Thibodeau, Mayflower Bookshop (248) 547-8227
“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”
“There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer;
there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through;
there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount.
For those who win onwards there is a reward past all telling
– the power to bless and save humanity;
for those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come.”
-H.P. Blavatsky Col. Wr. XIII, p. 219
NEW at Mayflower Bookshop:
- South River Miso and Wakame or Kombu Seaweed for sale. Yes, it’s time to eat yummy Miso Soup each day to strengthen one’s immune system, and add a little spark to a healthy life. We also have new Eden products like Black Bean Chili with Quinoa, and more. Other products we carry are Mu Tea, Green Tea, Sea Aloe, Sea Essentials, grains, Mochi, Sea Salt, Tamari, and more.
- Astrological Calendars for 2010 are in! Mention this ad and get $1 off.
- Carl Jung’s once SECRET ‘Red Book’ with Tarot type drawings and 416 pages of esoteric initiation knowledge, or is it Jung’s struggle bridging the Unconscious to the conscious? Some critics say he was going crazy or esoteric. We say he’s a genius. Available early October at Mayflower. Soon to be a collector’s item for sure.
- Rudolf Steiner’s book ‘Riddles of Philosophy’ sometimes selling for $240 or more, is now back in print and available for $45, 447 pgs. Great book on Philosophy, Truth, and Spiritual Science.
- During October 2009 and while supply lasts, purchase $40 or more at Mayflower Bookshop and receive Robert’s latest CD ‘WISH’ for free!
- ‘Ear Candles’ are back in stock.
- Holy Tim Leary who stated while shopping at Mayflower long ago, that ‘gravity’ is the cause of all evil and suffering; Carolyn Myss has a new book titled ‘Defy Gravity’ available soon.
- New Steiner book titled ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the West’ has just arrived.
- I just hung out with Dougie MacLean and Fred Eaglesmith again before and after concert. Two of my favorite singer-songwriters. New interviews and reviews coming soon!
“O Human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.”
“To seek to achieve political reforms before we have effected a reform in human nature, is like putting new wine into old bottles. Make men feel and recognize in their innermost hearts what is their real, true duty to all men, and every old abuse of power, every iniquitous law in the national policy, based on human, social or political selfishness, will disappear of itself . . . .”
ASTROLOGICAL ASPECTS for October 2009
“A great flame follows a little spark.”
-Dante, The Divine Comedy
“The Wisdom, Love, and Will of the Sun, thus the solar system, is the spark in each heart. It is the captain midnight dharma decoder, the light to every map, the map to every experience, lightening and lighting the way home.”
-Trebore Tau Bodhi, Mayflower Bookshop
- Mercury now direct. It takes until October 14th to reclaim Mercury shadow of retrograde starting back on September 17th. By October 14th, the previous month falls into place, makes sense, finds its own natural order. Communications straighten out or are forever lost.
“Dropping the idea of ownership is renunciation. Renunciation is not dropping the possessions but possessiveness. And this is what Gurdjieff calls getting unidentified. This is what Bauls call realizing ‘Ardhar Manush’ — the essential man. This is what Zen people call the original face.”
- Pluto now direct takes until the end of the year to reclaim, heal, digest, compost and renew intimate powerful connections, both personal and material. Time to stop trying to digest the past. It’s time to let go of the past and now to journey into the future. Pluto in Capricorn wants deep commitment. But if not to one’s own Higher Self, to what? If not enlightened, you’ll be with unenlightened people. To the enlightened, all is enlightening. One can learn to see the Buddha or Christ or divine nature in each and all, but first one must learn to see the divine within.
“Avarice, envy, pride; three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all on fire.”
-Dante, The Divine Comedy
“The fire of heaven, truth and love, quenches the fire of earthly passion and desire; and kindles the fire of eternal friendship.”
-Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower
By end of the year, politics, the economy, deeper romance and connections, and even the Jay Leno Show, take more positive lasting turns.
Pluto now moves forward and deeper into Capricorn, and as Joyce states in Ulysses, “History…is a nightmare from which I AM trying to awake.” Pluto represents that part of ourselves that is unlived. The part of us that is unconsciously lurking and moving us emotionally and psychologically in both environment, sleep, and in precipitative sexual vigor of yet to be formulated moments. Such unconscious forces strongly affect and effect our immediate psychic and emotional environment, our children, and the future of our community. Dream true in thinking, be awake in heart, will the divine.
“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”
Meditation and Compassion are key to resolving plutonian conspiracies of the heart and soul. There are no real conspiracies other than that the HEART has not awoken with intelligence. All other conspiracies are shadows that die at death. Only Love and Hate can make one immortal, so choose Love. When one finds TRUTH, one finds that part that is already enlightened. Love is truth manifested in good work, virtue. Right suffering is purification and learning. Buddha taught right suffering. Suffering that allows one to grow, learn, awaken. Sacrificing an immediate pleasure for something better to come in the future, or to sacrifice and suffer so one can get a right education … that is right suffering. Suffering without learning or growing is wrong suffering.
“Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.”
Where love rules, war ceases. Where compassion prevails, a garden grows. Where the wisdom of selflessness and full awareness prevail, something new arises out of nothingness, free of preconceptions and karmic conditionings. Selflessness is genius. Selflessness is not no-self. Selflessness is stillness, open arms, open heart holding the whole world.
A little common sense would see that ‘paganism’ and ‘animism’ as a world conception is healthier and more peace-making. Having a God we personally represent to send people to hell and ill imagine a destroyed world doesn’t make sense. That’s why even Jesus chose love. “When you love the least among you, you love Me.” Think for yourself. Pluto is the last planet, or pesky dwarf planet. Pluto encircles the whole solar system. Pluto energy wants to hold everything. Otherwise, Pluto fights over pieces. Pluto is either Plutocrats or pure compassion. You and I can choose wholeness or a piece. Peace is wholeness, there is no perfection, conquering, or being conquered when it comes to love and truth.
“Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.”-Carl Jung
The diverse garden or multitudinous uniqueness protects the garden from one bug or disease destroying the whole thing. Unity in diversity means one spirit permeating the many diverse unique. The Unique Principle is key to Macrobiotic Philosophy as revealed by George Ohsawa and later by his student Michio Kushi. This is why the founding fathers chose the philosophical axiom for America, “Unity in Diversity.” There is strength in a bundle of twigs or stars if they are individuals unique.
“If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.”
-Dante, The Divine Comedy
“My life closed twice before its close;
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me,
So huge, so hopeless to conceive,
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.”
- Full Moon (Harvest Moon) Sunday, October 4th at 11 degrees Aries makes Saturday, October 3rd FULL MOON NIGHT. With Sun Libra and Aries Moon Opposed, FULL MOON; raw inharmonious individualistic action (Aries) is conflicting with partner or group dynamic or harmony (Libra). The group may disempower the individual. Again, unity in diversity can work harmony. Love talk needs practical application. Outer possibilities are bigger than inward ability to facilitate. Venus/Mercury/Saturn in Virgo tends to over-criticize without offering good alternative. Jupiter/Neptune within conjunction inconjunct Mars depicts longing to jump into fantasy or escape. Although this is a good aspect for musicians, artists, imagineers of the future, and idealistic romantics who have their feet on the ground. Uranus trines Mars reveals that some risk-takers and bravados of emotional courage may actually know what they are doing with themselves in their emotional, as well as financial, investments or speculations. Mars/Uranus depicts daring and courageous alchemical/transformative experience. Moon in Aries strengthens the Mars boldness and daring for creative change.
“The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire – the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain.”
“Always be ready to speak your mind,
and a base man will avoid you.”
Mercury opposed Uranus and Mars trine Uranus in the evening of Full Moon day October 4th … influences us all the way to Venus opposing Uranus October 9th. Creative thinking/speaking attempt to win the day here, but some are just bores of reaction. All things being equal, take the way that frees your mind the most. Avoid repeat offenders and those who boast without actions to back it up.
“Bosh! Stephen said rudely. A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals to discovery.”
-James Joyce, Ulysseus
October 4th to 9th makes for a week of strong, positive, and perhaps sudden, changes of direction when it comes to work and love, health issues and far-a-way dreams. If you are running from or to, you may be trying to avoid yourself. Ideals clash with practical reality, and much change is in the air. Uranus semi-sextile Neptune portends of night-time dreams merging with day-time dreams. An interfacing of the spiritual and material worlds is possible at this time in preparation for the 2010 Cardinal Sign T-Square. All now is preparation for 2010 and then the 2012 Venus Transit across face of the Sun. Apaches called it the ‘Black Tear of the Sun’. Lazlo calls 2012 ‘The Chaos Point,’ and most call it the end of the Mayan Calendar and the beginning of the Great Age of the Goddess. The Winter Solstice near the Galactic Center wherein lies an enormous Black Hole or Jaggad Yoni, Cosmic Womb, blessed be. More at my talk at OM CAFE New Moon October 18th at 11 am.
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition”
“Shame is Pride’s cloke.”
- October 9th, 13th, and 15th respectively – Venus squares Pluto, conjuncts Saturn, and then squares Pluto. These are what astrologers call “BAD ASPECTS”, so beware. Don’t believe anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad aspect. And O yes, one can change bad aspects into good ones. Go ahead, try! It actually did happen a few times. Personal feelings can get in the way of objectively seeing the situation clearly. Take nothing personally, except your own higher self, your own virtuous possibilities, take a thousand lifetimes to chew on it. Take that seriously to heart so to manifest your destiny. Venus/Pluto makes one over-sensitive, feeling wounded, hurt, vain, and crest fallen. The antidote is to love everyone, not just one. These aspects can be good for deep bonding, but a smothery mothery sense of being confined, limited, or buried could ensue. Good aspects for inner work, getting the big long-term picture, and lots of patience and tender loving care with the little ones. Sometimes the little ones are big guys or giant girls 30 or 45 years old. Think about next lifetime and take a breath. Love anyway, don’t expect much during these aspects and you’ll be fine. Avoid kinky and repeat offenders. Try to see the Christ in everyone, or Moses, or Divine; but also know ‘they know not what they do.’ People who play power games are insecure. When one realizes the divine and creative within, one is rich; one doesn’t steal. When one is true to oneself, one doesn’t lie. Bless and bless, it is its own reward.
“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.”
Obviously this takes time for the world to see. For the self, it takes one moment to see.
October 9th to 13th can make for hungry ghosts. This making for many a past ghost or future possibility to appear is the magic of Fall. Many a past lover, ghost, or karmic thrill, bill, or love dharma make for colorful but illusive times. It’s generally thought a good idea not to make love to hungry ghosts, vampires, or draconian phantoms of the opera kali yuga. Early America loved the special pre-halloween game ‘spin the bottle’ to find out what direction true love lays. The implication is that it’s not here now.
“Intolerance is evidence of impotence.”
Compassion is the sign of a Buddha, or bodhisattva. Truth is the sign of the hero.
-Robert of Mayflower
Venus, the planet of love, being within the 2004-2008 VENUS TRANSIT envelope strengthens the power of love as a force for transformative change and awakening of higher consciousness, destiny, and dharma. Venus brought the gift of grains to Earth and is the conductor of the theosophical ‘Lords of the Flame,’ the spiritual teachers of wisdom and compassion. Everything in this 8 year period not done out of the inspiration of higher love disturbs the astral field of the future, of the higher Buddhic consciousness of love and compassion true. Pluto is the energy that drags higher love, compassion and divine harmony, into the lower worlds of chaos and discord, ignorance and delusion.
October 11th, Moon eclipsing Mars Sunday half moon makes for high physical energy and courage/boldness, but it is a dangerous time if one is prone to anger, jealousy, using force, or arguments; thus, this is a breaking apart type aspect, as well as a forcing oneself or one’s view on another, depriving the other of the very freedom one wants.
“The hours of folly are measur’d by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.”
- Jupiter goes direct October 13th. Here comes the future! Now is the time to make amends and move forward with social plans, family, friends. Good time for making the future begin to move into the present, good for new adventures and projects. Things begun during January through June 2009, or even more recently, finally get ‘lift off’ in the coming month. Will the DOLLAR now rise in world markets? Gold go down for a moment? … or will it take another 3-4 months? Will the economy take a more positive turn for the moment? (i mean, how can we grow when the whole world wails in birth pains, war, greed, and pollution?) How can one expect outer development and growth without inner development and growth?
“How often do we see men arising here or there, making this or that proposal for the social and economic life out of a specious wisdom, and always with the mistaken idea that it is still possible to make constructive proposals for the social life without calling in the aid of Spiritual Science. He alone thinks in accordance with the times who knows that every attempted proposal concerning the social configuration of mankind in future is the merest quackery unless it is founded on Spiritual Science. Only he who realises this, in all its implications, is thinking truly in accordance with the times. Those who still pay heed to all manner of professorial wisdom on social economics — arising on the basis of an unspiritual science — are passing through the present time asleep.”
-Rudolf Steiner, from lecture, ‘Evil and the Future of Man
January and February 2010 look for new enterprise, money, projects, adventures, romance to truly take off (Air Signs and Water Signs, especially) and finally a real good car, for real.
“The Gracehoper was always jigging ajog, hoppy on akkant of his joyicity”
-Finnegans Wake, Joyce
- Want more freedom? October 4th, night of 8th, 9th 16th, 20th and 27th are your best bets. October 9th high romance and crazy kisses for earth, water signs primarily, mutable signs need slight adjustment to inner thinking to attract the luck and good vibe. Cardinal signs need to continue helping others to help themselves. (All predictions can have day before or after effect.) For real accuracy, get a full reading for yourself. Yea!
“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”
Want commitment and bonding? October 13th through 16th, and October 23rd are the best days for making lasting experiences, but these daze may also bring some heavy reality checks when it comes to spending, money issues, romance and sexual involvement. Don’t be a stick-in-the-mud, be a lightening rod for new initiative and a foundation stone for future endeavor; then see who comes. ‘Where there is a lake, the swans will come’ is the old Tibetan wisdom.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
“Find something to live for, to love for, and fear disappears in the wind.”
-Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower
Our Spirit is the highest love and truth and that never dies, but how many are conscious of that?!? Actually, our body doesn’t die either, it loses consciousness and is re-circulated, composted and recycled. The biggest shock at death is that our mind doesn’t change much, it just goes on. If you want your mind to change the way it’s going, change it here on Earth. All karma is made and paid off here on Earth. After death, you can re-member and promise to do better, but you will have to reincarnate to prove it. Earth is the proving ground.
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”
- October 20th Mercury trine Jupiter gives much intellectual happiness and insight.
Good time to journal, plot out your divine future, make plans eternal, write or call every good friend, hug and kiss with mindfulness. Hey, when are those politicians for healthcare going to give out yoga passes and coupons for health food stores, healing massage, vegetarian restaurants like OM CAFE, or gift cards for Mayflower Bookshop? They are working on medicine drugs and docs and hospitals and prisons without meditation and yoga and right diet and exercise? Give money to the healthy to teach the not healthy methinks. But who am i? Nobody and everybody …
“We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.”
- October 27th Moon conjunct Jupiter/Neptune into October 28th Venus trine Jupiter makes for much future optimism when it comes to love, romance, and security/money/finance issues. Manifest your dream into the every day, don’t just escape the everyday.
“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”
- October 29th Saturn enters Libra along with Sun square Mars into October 30th’s Moon conjunct Uranus oppose Saturn and square Moon. Some heavy quick karma may go down on these days leading up to the so called ‘devils night’ or ‘angels night’. In early America it’s ‘Spin the Bottle’ time, played to find out what direction your true love (or destiny) may be. Halloween will be crazy wild this year with such strong aspects. Lots of wild outfits. Halloween is a weird psychic festival of after death states where whatever you are inside comes out and reveals its grotesque or divine nature in big bold letters. No face jobs here. After death, one’s soul fully reveals itself. That is the symbolism of night time out on the streets disembodied looking for a porch of entry into a body, a home. The porch light on is the love light on. The man and woman ‘come to the door’ to decide to let the wandering forlorn soul in or not; to have a baby or not. That’s the big stomach pumpkin billy with a candle or light on inside, soul inside. The reincarnating soul out in the night looks for entry. That is why the graveyard and death thing is connected. The individual dies, goes through the graveyard, wanders out on the astral plane with or without the road maps or esoteric knowledge, then looks to reincarnate. On November 1st, ‘All Saints Day’ or ‘All Souls Day’ has Mercury square Mars depicting troubles from eating too much sugar associated with slavery and being stuck in the past. Mercury/Mars is good debate at best, plain out disgusting discursive argument at worse. All Souls Day was to philosophically reveal that, at the end, everyone makes it. All Souls reach enlightenment. This process may take awhile at the looks of it. Osho books say it takes one second if you know how to stop your mind and look again from your heart. Zen anyone?
“Among all peoples of the earth, bards have a share of honor and reverence because the Muse has taught them songs and loves the folk soul of bards.”
-Homer, the Odyssey
By the way, have you heard my new CD ‘WISH’ ??? Another new CD called ‘WONDER’ is on the way.
- Full Moon November 2nd, Moonday has Moon triggering the Mercury/Mars with Venus trine Neptune in evening for romantic or imaginary escapes and dreams. Good time to let your inner nature reach to the farthest boundaries of imagination. Look for the most boring thing in your room, on your body, in the person next to you … and write about it. Read it the next day. Ponder the immeasurables in the smallest thing.
“In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.”
-Tim Leary (Yes, he too shopped at Mayflower)
This Full Moon in Taurus, Sun in Scorpio also is Daniel Boone’s birthday, also Marie Antoinette’s; so be careful of losing your head or wrestling with bears and wild animals. Mercury goes direct on November 4th making it safe to make new plans and do the accounting about how much of your life is about divine undertakings, and how much of your life is the undertaker taking your divine. The Full Moon makes for many a turnaround in its waxing waning mode. Future indications, funny psychic feelings, and throwing oneself into tomorrow may work, but i suggest a slow sensuous candlelight evening may be better. By the way, for most of us, the future really starts in 2010 when Uranus goes into Aries and opposes Saturn while squaring Pluto. This grand crossing should prove quite invigorating for progress in both spiritual and material unfoldment and growth. Marijuana then may become legal gaining much tax money for USA as well as taking a bite out of Mexican drug lords and crime. Regulation of drugs could not only end much violence around its prohibition, but it would also help get much criminal element off the streets. Last time Uranus was in Pisces transitioning to Aries, Alcohol prohibition ended and it became legal and taxable.
“Gurdjieff used to say that if you start getting disidentified from things, sooner or later you will fall upon your essential being. That is the basic meaning of renunciation. Renunciation does not mean, sannyas does not mean, renouncing the world and escaping to the Himalayas or to a monastery — because if you escape from the world and go to a monastery, nothing is going to change. You carry the same mind. here in the world, the house was yours, and the wife was yours; there the monastery will be yours, the religion will be yours. It will not make much difference. The ‘mind’ will persist. It is a mind-attitude — it has nothing to do with any outside space. It is an inner illusion, an inner dream, an inner sleep.”
“After the event, even a fool is wise.”
-Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, 9th-8th century BC
“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”
“O lady, you in whom my hope gains strength, you who, for my salvation, have allowed your footsteps to be left in Hell, in all the things that I have seen, I recognize the grace and benefit that I, depending upon your power and goodness, have received. You drew me out from slavery to freedom by all those paths, by all those means that were within your power. Do, in me, preserve your generosity, so that my soul, which you have healed, when it is set loose from my body, be a soul that you will welcome.”
-Dante, thanking Beatrice for saving him. Canto XXXI, Paradiso
“O grace abounding, through which I presumed to set my eyes on the Eternal Light so long that I spent all my sight on it! In its profundity I saw-ingathered and bound by love into one single volume what, in the universe, seems separate, scattered: substances, accidents, and dispositions as if conjoined-in such a way that what I tell is only rudimentary.”
-Dante, on his vision of God. Canto XXXIII, Paradiso
“But then my mind was struck by light that flashed and, with this light, received what it had asked. Here force failed my high fantasy; but my desire and will were moved already-like a wheel revolving uniformly-by the Love that moves the sun and the other stars.”
-Dante’s conclusion of The Divine Comedy . Canto XXXIII, Paradiso
“— Force, hatred, history, all that. That’s not life for men and women, insult and hatred. And everybody knows that it’s the opposite of that that is really life.
— What? Says Alf.
— Love, says Bloom. I mean the opposite of hatred.”
“though a day be as dense as a decade, no mouth has the might to set a mearbound to the march of a landsmaul, in half a sylb, helf a solb, holf a salb onward the beast of boredom, common sense, lurking gyrographically down inside his loose Eating S.S. Collar is gogoing of whisth to you sternly how — Plutonic loveliaks twinnt Platonic yearlings — you must, how, in undivided reawlity draw the line somewhawre.”
–James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, 292.25-31
“One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot.”
-About Finnegans Wake; Letter to Harriet Shaw Weaver, 24 November 1926
“Never underestimate the loving warmth of the heart. The spark of sun in the heart is what makes all things grow. This light of Spirit within each of our Soul’s is a gift of God. This fire is the Philosopher’s Fire, the fire tried stone of the heart, the workings of the Holy Spirit of the World. From this fire, all things are born, transformed, and born anew. Metamorphosis, the alchemy of creative transformation and rebirth, renewal, is not accomplished by the intellect alone; but by this fire of higher love, higher self, and creative play. Where there is love, there is no warring will to overpower and rule, no sense of conquering or being conquered. Love frees, awakens, and empowers each uniqueness; otherwise, love leaves alone. Love is the kindling soul enkindling.”
-robert of mayflower
“End here. Us then. Finn, again! Take. Bussoftlhee, mememormee! Till thousandsthee. Lps. The keys to. Given! A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.”
-Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
Celebrities in the news:
Conan O’Brian’s bump on the head accident on set giving him a few days off are astrologically coincident with transiting Neptune retrograde approaching his natal Saturn. Saturn just opposed his natal Venus, while approaching Uranus retrograde is about to conjunct his Venus. Poor Conan Venus envy!? Assuming Conan can withstand the many changes and acclimations to the high airs of late night power, late November into December looks much more favorable to his ratings and health. Transiting Jupiter goes direct and conjuncts his natal Moon (increased popularity and favorability) in November, to go on to conjunct his natal Saturn in December (long-lasting power or another blip on the screen). Although now stirred and shaken, Conan will feel empowered and reborn in December. With Pluto in 2010-11 going to square his natal Jupiter, Conan will need to continue to metamorph and alchemically transform if he is to keep his sanity, job, and marriage to prime time.
Meanwhile, Jay Leno flirts with vicissitudes of popularity while Jupiter transit opposes his Pluto for next few months. With Saturn last year conjuncting his Moon/Mars in Virgo, Jay may have needed the break and rest. Secret little chronic health troubles with this aspect. With Pluto coming to oppose his natal Uranus, and Saturn/Uranus coming to square it, look for 2010 to bring many more changes in Leno’s programming. Will Jay Leno finally really retire? Will late 2010’s transit of Jupiter conjunct his natal Venus renew his love affair with his TV Show and the public? Will such love affair or other then renew Jay Leno for another hot go go? At any rate, astrologically, it’s been a rough transition and until later in 2010, it looks to get rougher. Well, he’s tough and when the times get tough, the tough get going. Jay’s free live show concerts are just one of his wondrous social cultural community gifts. Jupiter entering Pisces next year (2010) will trine his natal Uranus giving much sense of renewal, new joy, insight, levity, and ways to survive at the top of the entertainment pyramid scheme. Where’s the enlightenment channel when we need it?
Barbara Streisand has a new cd and just played a hot concert at a small venue in NY City. Barbara is a Taurus Sun with Mars conjunct Jupiter in Gemini for her beauty, voice, and projective skills; as well as her public popularity. The mirror does have two faces when it comes to Streisand’s Moon conjunct Pluto in Leo. This aspect gives her intense serenity, secrecy/privacy, and sensuous magnetism, as well as shining etheric chi or etheric life force. The Moon/Pluto paradox wants privacy and secrecy but the Leo shines out (gossip leaks) to the public. Transiting Pluto just finished a year or two in opposition to her natal Mars, and may reveal secret tensions in relationships. Barbara may be throwing herself into work to avoid facing some personal problem. A long-term aspect trines her natal Moon giving long-term security and power as long as she applies herself and doesn’t retire. Coupled with an approaching Jupiter conjunct her Venus next year, I astrologically expect Barbara Streisand to fall in love again and gift the public with many more amour creative sound tracks and public outings. With Uranus and Saturn opposition in the sky and both squaring her natal Mars in 2010, there could be some trouble in the crib, or with those she is contracted to work with. No worry though, with transiting Pluto approaching trine to her natal Sun, Barbara is strong for the future and coming into new eternally youthful power. She is also feeling her oats (strength) when it comes to expressing her emotional feelings and political sympathies, strong in supporting her favorite charities and spiritual causes. She is known to be the highest selling female artist and second only to Elvis Presley, beating both the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. With transiting Uranus approaching square to her natal Mars in 2010, expect the unexpected with this most private yet, at times, outwardly daring sensuous Venus in Pisces woman. For you Barbara Streisand fans, some of her best years are to come! Until Uranus conjuncts her natal Sun in about 8 years, the lady is hot, ever novel, creative, and intellectually on fire.
Iran has crazy aspects with Uranus transiting its natal Mars while transiting Saturn opposes its Mars. Certainly, there is danger of sudden precipitous warring actions or even explosive actions or accidents. Yet creative peace-making may also occur. There is freedom – Saturn is the attempt to dampen Martian war instincts for nuclear power. Neptune transiting approaching Venus conjunction portends of China’s near half trillion dollar investment in Iran’s oil industry enabling much money to be funded for both Iran’s escalating economy and military ambitions (as reported recently in NYTimes). All this being said, if escalating war talk is to be avoided, this year into next is the crucial time. Next year as transiting Jupiter enters Pisces to conjunct Iran’s natal Venus, more peaceful solutions may be found. Saturn’s present transit to Iran’s Mercury portends of a dueling stand-off and need to be cool, patient, and non-offensive with economic sanctions to avoid escalating troubles.
USA chart based on the Articles of Confederation, a business chart if you will, for America is November 15th, 1777. If this infamous chart made popular by David Solte has worth, Jupiter transit will conjunct the USA’s Ascending Sign in December 2009 giving at the least a healthy appearance of an economic recovery on the way. Neptune these last few years transiting the USA Ascending Sign depicts the difficult situation of our depending on cheap goods from China, thus allowing all our dollars to go to China who is presently buying the world up with such profits. Neptune also reveals here the confusion about exactly what is happening to the economy and why? Neptune opposing USA’s natal Jupiter depicts the draconian vampiristic effect dependency on foreign energy sources, outsourcing jobs, and addictive drugs (the Mexican drug cartels and Afghan Opium just to name two) have had on us. “Wanting money for nothing and our chicks for free” as the song goes, isn’t working. Neptune can be high-flying spirituality and a yet higher love/compassion, but its down side or shadow side is escapism, drugs, greedy profiteering, and pharmaceuticals and fake foods. It is also lying to yourself or feeling lied to. It is not exactly Emerson’s ideal of ‘Self Reliance’. Neptune can be the highest inspirations, but also indicates blindness caused by old romanesque bread and circus entertainment while the world burns in delusion, ignorance, war, pollution, and poverty of wisdom and intelligence, good food, water, and what Yeat’s would call ‘lack of imagination’. Let’s hope November 2009’s Saturn transit trining USA’s natal Moon brings the mass public online with what Thomas Paine called ‘common sense,’ and what Emerson calls ‘self-reliance’ and ‘OverSoul’. Have you seen the last lectures of Emerson at Harvard, which have just been published? Good stuff.
This October 9th-13th transit of Mars in opposition to USA’s natal Pluto portends of critical decision making and debate by our politicians and those of power in regard to banking issues, the politics of health, war, and car-making. Lots of doors open and close with this aspect of shrewd boldness and coercive ultimatum, finality of decision and persuasive bargaining. Look for the fall and rise of various auto stock. I still think its next spring when the real wheel of fortune and change chi chi cha chings.
The traditional Gemini Rising chart for the USA has Jupiter coming to conjunct the Moon indicating happiness for the masses. But what if you don’t go to masses and stay home gardening? For the third time, this aspect comes in early November giving much positive tidings for our economy and general happiness. As Jupiter enters Pisces next year, Jupiter will trine the USA Jupiter/Sun in Cancer. This again is good! This will help both our image in the world as well as our economy. Uranus transiting in opposition to natal Neptune end of October into early November indicates the danger of acting or reacting too hastily when it comes to problems in foreign lands, be it economic or militaristic. It also portends of weird storms and strange weather, and danger of precipitous negative emotions (due to near square to Mars).
President Barack Obama’s chart strangely has 18 degrees Aquarius rising conjunct the USA Scorpio Chart ascending sign. Jupiter/Chiron on his ascendent gives Obama a bit of healing power and magic. Jupiter transiting goes direct mid October conjuncting Obama’s ascendent in November giving the President a certain amount of success in trying to make everyone happy so to be happy himself. The end of November into December’s Uranus retro opposing his natal Mars portends of danger and the need not only for continued protection, but the need not to act or speak too hastily; yet to be ever-ready for response. Uranus/Mars can be bold and decisive, brave and daring, but also can over-react, get angry, argumentative, combative, or even accident prone. Yes, it can make for genius quick action and heroics, but not exactly good for making ultimatums or over-challenging others. Good for reacting quickly though to others’ challenges. Pluto approaching opposition to the President’s natal Venus again, late October into November, reveals both the popularity and unpopularity of this President. Here, there is a continual need to not make unnecessary enemies. Pluto/Venus is at its best with compassion for all who suffer, as well as attempting to include all at the round table. At worst, it is a loss of popularity or supporting unpopular views with the majority. It’s tough being an honest politician and many a man would debate there is even one. These are challenging times and the United States of America tends to give everyone a chance to prove or disprove themselves. Pluto/Venus aspects can be feeling rejected or helping those who feel rejected. The danger is helping those who won’t help themselves. When Saturn comes up to square Obama’s natal Venus in November, strong stands will be taken for and against many an issue in economics and politics. The country continues to feel polarized without a higher call. The President may then experience either a temporary drop in popularity and/or a growth spurt in his depth of perception as to the problems facing the world today, re-invigorating the grass roots. Saturn/Venus aspects can make one feel unappreciated, but they also conform and confirm to mature love, organic nature, and virtue commitments. Such aspects can also test one’s virtue. Saturn/Venus aspects are good for long term interests, but try one’s patience and fortitude.
Howard Stern’s chart reveals his wilder side this month. Can he be wilder?! Yuks. As transiting Mars conjuncts his natal Uranus while opposing his natal Sun, watch Howard become a jumping bean lightening bolt for change and mediocrity upset. Much energy arises for creating new views and news via radical thought and voicing. Howard Stern is an informational novelty, if not radio rich pornography of cross America nakedness bare all frankness. In nature, shock stimulates new gardens of growth; in radio, it can be left to resuscitating the corpse of old imaginations of happiness and what being rich inwardly and outwardly looks like. At times overly materialistic, Howard has moments of genius. Those who remember are true blue listeners. Will Howard once again reinvent himself? Where do you yo yo go when you are not only on the top, you are on satellites bouncing around the earth? Can you stay married and grow a garden? Can one be still? Mars approaches a square to his natal Neptune in October giving much energy for colorful antics and entertainment. It could also indicate Stern going buddhist more than transcendental. After all, how high can one go without rooting firmly in earth? Maybe that is why he got married. Mars/Neptune can be little accidents or slips from the tongue, as well as Freudian soul. Uranus retrograde is squaring his natal Jupiter adding to his vicissitudes of popularity having, in the course of the last while (with transiting Neptune opposing his natal Pluto), slipped and dipped in the popularity polls. Sirius Radio having financial troubles along with the auto companies’ economic woes (many get Sirius Radio with the car) hasn’t helped. Nonetheless, there’s always China. He could go work for China. Somehow, I don’t think so. December’s Jupiter transit opposing his natal Pluto may reveal more secrets and future moves of cashing in the chips or raising the bid. When Jupiter trines Howard’s natal Saturn and Mars next spring/summer, he may be coming back up, not only for much more air, but to buy more chips to bet with. Good aspects then for further successes in the Howard Stern School of Pirates of Radio Marketing and excessive profitability. If Neptune doesn’t present any unforeseen slips and vanishing escape hatches, look to 2015-16 for Howard to vanish or retire from Radio. Tidbit fact: I was an astrologer and player in Howard’s old days here in Detroit on WWWW Radio before I went on to JP McCarthy’s show.
Look for Joe Biden to get a little more respect and positive attention next year as Uranus transit trines his natal Sun and Venus, while also trining his natal Jupiter. Next year you might think him a contender for being the next President after President Obama leaves. With Neptune recently squaring Vice President’s natal Mercury, he hasn’t exactly been shining in the press with comments or gestures. Neptune squaring his natal Scorpio planets have a way of making it appear our VP is out of the loop or even loopy, but this will all change next year. Jupiter adding to the mix will increase his likability and popularity. I know you are saying “How the freakin’ fudge is this going to happen?” It’s Astrology Watson, Astrology. It’s not possible that he could be our next President, is it?
Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP fame just blew through Detroit with a hot live performance. Billy’s lead rhythm guitar, heavy jamming, and rock solid gold song list, along with Dusty’s trustworthy bass, rocked solid to the drum and bone on Woodward. With Jupiter now transiting his natal Neptune and Saturn, to soon trine his natal Jupiter/Venus in Aquarius, look for new songs and video movie cds to emerge keeping Billy G and the boys on top their game for life (as if they weren’t already there!). Saturn just transited his Mars with transiting Uranus squaring Billy’s natal Sun may have locked into lots of new songs and creative innovative ways of expressing the Tex blues rock. Such aspect could also reveal a constant changing of plans with work associates. Uranus/Sun aspects can portend of trouble in the crib and roller-coaster rides when it comes to partners or co-hearts. It is the need to ever continue to rediscover self and others round, ever changing rules in relationship or business, change of heart or mind or even music. It makes for dynamically highly-charged new music and creative novelty. ZZ is laying tracks for the future. Stay tuned.
And now from Rudolf Steiner on Economics, Politics, and Social Life-
“The social element is essential; it must be cherished. We shall see that in this Fifth Post-Atlantean Period there is a tendency to take no notice of the social in merely acting naturally. Rather it must be acquired consciously in working with one’s soul forces, while formerly it was felt instinctively in man. What is necessary and must be actively acquired is the interest of man in man. This is indeed the backbone of all social life.
“It almost sounds paradoxical to say today that no clear conception of the so-called difficult ideas of economics can be gained if the interest of one for another does not increase, if people do not begin to compare the illusions which have sway in social life with present realities. One who really thinks about it recognizes the fact that simply by being a member of society one is in a complicated relation to others. Imagine that you have a $5 note in your pocket, and you make use of this $5 note by going shopping one morning, and you spend the full $5. What does it mean that you go out with a $5 note in your pocket? The $5 note is really an illusion — it is worth nothing in reality (even if it is metal money. At this point I do not want to discuss the theories of the Metalists and the Nominalists with regard to money; but even if it is metal money, it is still an illusion and of no real worth). Money is namely only a ‘go-between’. And only because in our day a certain social order exists, an order belonging purely to the State, therefore this $5 note which you have spent in the morning for different items is nothing else than an equivalent for so many days of labour of so many men. A number of men must have completed so many days of work, so much human labour must have flowed into the social order — must have crystallized itself into merchandise — in order for the apparent worth of the bank note to have any real value, but only at the command of the social order. The bank note only gives you the power to call into your service so much labour, or to put it another way, to command its worth in work. You can picture it in your mind: There I have a bank note, which assigns to me, according to my social position, the power over so many men. If you now see these workmen selling their labour hour by hour, as the equivalent value of that which you have in your purse as the $5 note, then you begin to get a picture of the real facts.
“Our relationships have become so complicated that we no longer pay attention to these things, especially if they do not concern us closely. I have an example which easily clarifies this. In the more difficult considerations of economics, in the areas of capital and interest and credit, things are quite complicated; so that even university professors and political economists, whose position should mean possession of adequate insight, really have no knowledge. Thus you can see that it is necessary to look at things correctly in these areas. Of course we cannot immediately take in hand the reform of the national economy, which has been forced into such a helpless condition by what is nowadays taught as political economy. But we can at least ask with respect to national education and other such matters: What must be done so that social life and forms are consciously established in opposition to anti-social forces? What is really required? I said that it would be difficult in our time for people to develop sufficient interest in each other. You do not have sufficient interest if you think that you can buy yourself something with a $5 note and do not remember the fact that this brings about a social relationship with certain other human beings and their labour-power. You only have an adequate interest when in your picture you are able to substitute for each apparent transaction (such as the exchange of goods for a $5 note) the real transaction which is linked with it.
“Now, I would say that the mere egoistic, soul-stirring talk of loving our fellow-men and acting upon this love at the first opportunity, that this does not constitute social life. This sort of love is, for the most part, terribly egoistic. Many a man is supported by what he has first gained through robbing his fellow-men in a truly patriarchal fashion, in order to create for himself an object for his self-love, so that he can then feel nice and warm with the thought, “You are doing this, you are doing that” One does not easily discover that a large part of the so-called love of doing good is a masked self-love. Therefore, the main consideration is not merely to think of what lies nearest to hand, thereby enhancing our self-love, but to feel it our duty to look carefully at the many-sided social structures in which we are placed. We must at first lay the foundations for such understanding. Yet few today are disposed to do so.”
-Rudolf Steiner, from Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being; Special thanks to Rudolf Steiner Archives.
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