Astrological News and Views — May 2017

May 2nd, 2017

Robert Thibodeau’s
Astrological and Spiritual News and Views
(248) 547-8227

Mayflower Bookshop
2645 W. 12 Mile Rd
Berkley, Mi. 48072

Metaphysical Spiritual Talks by Robert of Mayflower — Author of ‘Astrological Aspects the Art’

May 4th, Thursday, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Birmingham Community House. ‘TAROT CARDS’ -Learn how Tarot cards revel new pathways to intuitive and psychic perceptions, happiness, and spiritual unfoldment. $29.

May 12, Friday 7pm at the Theosophical Society in Berkley
‘H.P.Blavatsky’s ‘The Voice of the Silence’ in Light of Modern Buddhism and the Mystery Schools of Ancient and Modern Times’. A Path to Higher Consciousness, Spiritual Learning and empowerment. The Key to Theosophy and spiritual unfoldment. $5 or donation.

May 17, Wednesday, 7 pm at the Theosophical Society
‘The Secret of Prayer, a Way Back to Each Other’. $10 or donation.

May 18, 7pm at the Birmingham Community House
‘Astrology, the Art and Spiritual Science’. Predicting techniques, tricks, revealing tendencies, possibilities, and probabilities. How to turn negatives into positives, planetary virtues and finding meaning in life, the art and science of timing. $29

May 25th 7 pm at Birmingham Community House
‘Making Miracles Happen!’ Radical Forgiving, the art of loving, how reincarnation and karma influences events, the enlightenment process, creating space and relieving stress. How to be co-creaive happy and free with oneself and others.

May 2017 New and Views by Robert of Mayflower

Astrology Aspects impel, not compel; influence not force. No one can predict your life when higher consciousness and virtue hold sway. Yet often Astrology does predict. Each of us has freedom to choose the greater or lesser path to fulfillment, happiness, total unfoldment of heart and mind. Astrology is the Science art of tendencies, possibilities, probabilities, and odds. Each of us is free in spirit and soul to work out our destiny and fate here on earth and through our many lifetimes.
Blessings on the way,
robert of mayflower

“Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else.” -Rudolf Steiner

*May – Juno conjunct Pluto. The Asteroid Juno is very close (within one degree) to conjoining Pluto now into Mid May when Juno goes retrograde and doesn’t return to actually conjunct Pluto in November coming. Juno carries the myth reality of being the wife of Zeus (Jupiter) and thus the Queen of the Gods (Virtues). Patron of fidelity, fertility, marriage, traditions, faithfulness, and concerns over looks, beauty, position, power. When Juno hooks of with Pluto there can be some interesting rises; to power, procreation, majestic role modeling and role playing. May indicate time when very powerful people come together forming strong bonds and commitments in both business and love. It can for some show the reverse, major warring and struggle/fight to get out of certain relationships or partnerships. Need to honor each other’s need for freedom, redemption, change and growth as well as need for closeness, intimacy, love and/or sex. Troubles come from jealousy, selfishly competing, disrespecting others right for same things you want. This aspect may bring together power elements, forces and people, from previous life and unfulfilled needs.

“Kings make laws, and break them at their please.” -Manly Hall

“Theosophia…Wisdom-religion, or Divine Wisdom. The substratum and basis of all the world religions and philosophies, taught and practiced by a few elect ever since man became a thinking being. In its practical bearing, Theosophy is purely divine ethics.
-The Theosophical Glossary, by GRS Meade and HP Blavatsky

May 3rd Mercury goes direct giving new drive and upwards striving, forward motion anew and renewed. Heightened evergy and vitality in days to come up to full moon on the 10th for negotiating, making connections, signing papers, furthering new projects and goals. Mercury in Aries is in mutual reception with Mars in Gemini, Mercury and Mars are in each other’s signs. Great aspect for negotiating and making things better all round. Recent aspects created much tension stress leading to confrontation, fights or flight tendency. Much tough talk and strong actions oft times leading to reversals of position or luck. Although too much talk and not enough right action might be the case, the aspect is very good for progressing toward one’s goals and creative projects. Good for researching facts, obtaining new insights, with still a need to constantly be ready to readjust one’s thinking and position on many fronts. On May 16th Mercury goes from sign of Aries into Taurus, ruled by Venus. With Venus in Aries ruled by Mars, and Mars in Gemini ruled by Mercury; these three planets interestingly join forces, (Mercury/Venus/Mars) to help bring peace i hope. Good for people working together for bettering the future. Major coordinated efforts to achieve goals and accomplish deeds. Great month for creative projects and social interactions. This aspect in play up to June 4th making for greater passion for the arts, love making, sexual play mingled with intellectual interactions, wish for progeny or creative results, weddings, babies, creative endeavors. On the downside for some, this can be a hot feisty time of love troubles where one argues over things that can’t be changed. Many hot feelings dance and tangle, some get entangled in what may not last much past the new moon May 25th. Avoid hot emotions with no smarts as well as cold intellect with no warmth. None-the-less, strong impulses to start new things, new relations, new projects, new work, or renewed drive to accomplish what already on your plate in front of you. Aries/Taurus/Gemini and Fire/Earth/Air signs triggered most here.

“An extra-cosmic god is fatal to philosophy, an intra-cosmic Deity – i.e.. Spirit and matter inseparable from each other —-is a philosophical necessity. -HPBlavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, vol. 2, page 41

May 6th but weeks before and after, President Trump has Transit of Uranus square his Venus. His love for the world flares and dares quick moves, escapades, adventures, and ‘lets fix it now’ attitude. Yes this is flirting with success and more, but its also impatience to get the job done. Yes its a sudden stepping up of the love urge, possible impatience and slip, but its also high degree of creativity and urge to succeed, love and be loved. By end of month we may well see success in a few endeavors. Yes, it could get intense in geo-political hot spots or wild weather in nature and emotions.

“If thou art told that to become Arhan [Spiritually Self Realized -rt] thou has to cease to love all beings—-tell them they lie.”
~The Voice of the Silence, HPB.

May 7th Moon conjunct Jupiter favors social, family, love, money interests. Air Signs triggered the most for good luck. Aries disfavored, as is Capricorn and Cancer. Good day for friendly relations and positive vibe for the most part. (Look at all your planets in your own astrology chart for the whole picture of where the luck and good fortune is possible).

“Universal Unity and Causation; Human Solidarity: the Law of Karma: Reincarnation. These are the four links of the golden chain which should bind humanity into one family, one universal Brotherhood.”
-H.P.Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy

May 9th-10th Sun trine Pluto* , Mercury conjunct Uranus, Full Moon in erotic Scorpio/Sun in sensuous Taurus. The May 9th Sun trine Pluto pushes to accomplish, make higher connection, shine for higher ups and give others a hand up. Good for helping less fortunate. Powerful connections hook up, power plays, striving for power, attainment, wanting rulership or clear direction and drive. Earth Signs favored (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). Inner drive pushes us to progress, clean, make way t

“Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.’ -Chogyam Trungpa

May 10 Full Moon in Scorpio with Mercury conjunct Uranus brings quick endings, new beginnings, interesting and fated deaths, births, and rebirths for some. Newsworthy events unfold and seek for conclusion or completion. Danger of crazy events, explosive moments, difficult travel, wrong knee jerk reactions, hasty wrong moves and takes on things, alarming news, accidents. Mercury/Uranus can at higher octaves be genius and sudden truth telling. Uranus wants revelations and breakthroughs, Mercury wants honesty and facts, even higher truths. Scorpio makes it intense and not sure of true motivations (ie. Scorpio snake/serpent, eagle, or phoenix; devious, high flying intellect, and phoenix able to shed past and renew, regenerate, alchemically transform, die and be born again Hermes Trismegistis like).

Spiritually speaking this is sacred Full Moon Wesak Festival where in with right meditation, prayer, sleep, one can tune into higher cosmic consciousness of the great Avatars, Buddhas, Christs, Saints and Sages of all ages. With Full Moon conjunct Jupiter/Saturn; some are happy being alone, separate from past difficulties. Others happy with new residence or friend, love, job, or relations. Others pondering right things to do to bring about positive changes in next months. Some say this is Full Moon when Buddha born, got enlightened, and died. Others say its full moon in June. Still, this is a most sacred time, and with Mercury/Uranus aspecting, and tomorrow Mars/Neptune, One can be sure that Prometheus is bringing his fire of enlightened mind opportunity to us, Minerva and Hermes, even ArchAngel Michael, are bringing a sense of genius insight, and Great Mother wisdom and compassion to us. Some may feel cut off or lost at sea or broken, but champions of truth and love, wonder and wit are at work these next days and weeks.

“The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground.” -Trungpa
(i assume ‘no ground’ is really the ground of ‘emptiness’, interdependency, no inherent existence, selflessness. -rt).

11th Mars square Neptune can produce storms, weird weather, travel problems, nature thwarts, or pollution problems, fog, lack of clarity vs alarming clarity. Bad habits or devious behaviour betray doer. Danger of wrong attunement and lack of clarity. Dangers from wrong use or misuse of drugs, medications, alcohol. Danger of escapism or putting one’s head in the sand and not taking good hard look at reality. On the other hand this aspect has both higher and lower expressions and its up to each of us to work and play the higher octaves. Good for arts and music, creativity if you don’t get lost. Can make for Irritability or weakness due to wrong diet, lack of sleep or exercise, overdoing. Weakness from not planning properly or its opposite, over planning and over worry and fret. Lack of common sense. Water and air problems. For some trouble around machines, travel, talk, lies, or misuse of things, thieves, promises not able to fulfill. Mars square Neptune but also Mercury trine Saturn. If you cheat or make bad karma, non virtuous deeds, instant karma will get you. Need to wake up to reality and deal with it, not keeping one’s head in a cloud. Need to discern truth from illusion or lie. Need to act out of one’s wholeness, truth, conviction. Big plans contest with lack of planning or low energy. Lots of future plans, not all of which will manifest. Get it in writing. Courage for one’s ideals, love for the mother, truth in place of false ideals or illusions, this is way to go; stillness listening heart in face of force or storm. May love prevail, truth hold ground.

“To be a spiritual warrior, one must have a broken heart: without a broken heart and the sense of tenderness and vulnerability, your warriorship is untrustworthy.” -Trungpa

May 12 Mars trine Jupiter is great aspect for healthy exercise, beginning new projects, making right connection, asserting one’s big plans. Easy sociability and flow, sharing and caring for others. Flowering moments, easy conversations, getting along with others. Balance of thinking, speaking, doing. Good time to take action and getting things done. Time of spiritual growth opportunity. Courage and insight come so to help self and others to improve inner and outer conditions. Time to turn up the positive virtues, creativity, and learning, knowledge wisdom and love are at hand.
Come to my talk if you can, ‘The Voice of the Silence and Modern Buddhism’ this Friday May 12th at the Theosophical Society at 7 pm.

“If we only practice compassion on the mind level, we run a great risk of our compassion being just talk. As we know, talk is cheap. To develop true compassion we have to put our money where our mouth is.” -Gelek Rinpoche

May 13 Moon in Sagittarius conjunct Saturn need to catch up on all the details, clean up messes, do the dirty work, earn one’s degree, pay one’s dues, keep to true and tried, and exercise patience coupled with honest work and striving. Avoid arguments or too blunt offending speech. Formal duties or obligations needing to be done. Truth and facts may adverse. Patience to endure, love everlasting. Jesus and Buddha never said you had to like everyone, they said ‘love everyone’. Tough aspects around Mother’s Day so be flowery sweet to all mothers if you can, all of them are underpaid. O Tara Kwan Yin, Bless us! Holy Mother Ceres, Demeter, Isis Sophia, Bless us. O heart of hearts, find us, weather us, bless us! In next days the north node moves from critical Virgo to Leo pride, from wanting to clean up everything, fix things, to wanting to be king or queen for a day. It can shift things from worrying too much to just doing what you can, letting go to let God, and shining, blessing, smiling more on problems or challenges. S.Node moves from Pisces to Aquarius bring greater clarity on how to , or not to, work with others. Aquarius is the song, ‘Make new friends, but don’t forget the old ones; some are silver and others gold!’ Watch the next few days for the shift.

“Ego’s trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.” -Gelek Rinpoche

May 15th Moon conjunct Pluto triggers events coming into New Moon May 25 and on. Much need for patience, love, compassion, and stillness in the face of ever growing tensions and division. Trouble in the crib at the Big House? Hmmm, lets see. Or is it new plans to educate and help the less fortunate? For those psychic or spiritual sensitives, you may have psychic flashes or feelings of what’s to come. Will the Queen of England die? More storms, flooding, or fierce nature threats or international terrorism in those parts? More conflicts and divisive issues due to Brexit and reasons for Brexit. Or is she giving her farewells and deep insights? There is a major shift of some kind happening and the world is ready to end ignorance and lack of love/compassion, understanding, and willingness to work together. With Pluto conjunct Kim Jong-un natal Sun last January and coming up again this coming August Eclipse time into September, one ponders the negative outcome of such aspect. Of course he could suddenly become a humanitarian gardener of compassion eh, there is a higher octave. Well, this is why some of us worry a wee bit. The threats to extinction, or at least loss of freedom, keep amassing. Try not to demand nor command but to attract God, or universal grace, by virtue on one’s own in breath to true self, love and truth.

“The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body with the physical, the former independent of the latter. -The Secret Doctrine, Vol II, pg. 149

May 16 Mercury enters Taurus starting a phase of wanting to land or ground or manifest love and highest ideals (mentioned on May 3rd above). Mercury mind, Venus Love, Mars Action all start to work together for peace and love; otherwise direct confrontation. The need to think beautiful thoughts. Mercury in Aries wants things done, accomplished, moving, NOW. Mercury in Taurus wants to lay back bit and enjoy the ride, beautify, not stress, do one step at a time and enjoy who you are with starting with you! Taurus is also very much associated with buddhism. The last Uranus/Neptune/Pluto conjunction was when Buddha, Pythagorus, Plato, Lao Tsu, Confucius and many other spiritual world teachers alive. Good time for grounded spiritual teachings.

My talk is May 17th Wednesday at 7 pm at the Theosophical Society,
‘The Secret of Prayer, a Way Back to Each Other’!
Also on May 18th talk on Astrology at Birmingham Community House!

“The basic mistake of many scientific endeavors in the present is that they believe they are presenting pure experience, while in reality they are reading out the concepts that they put into their experience in the first place.” -Rudolf Steiner

May 19 Saturn trine Uranus, Venus oppose Jupiter. Security, need to land or produce, manifest works together with new innovations, new turn of events, creative opportunity and new freedom all work together for long term goals as well as immediate results. Some go wild with joy, throw themselves into adventure and play, Its party time and love romance. With Moon Neptune coming after midnight, stay practical all you Moon struck lovers. Too much of a good thing can turn bad, but fun aspect for science and love, intellect and biological slipperiness, solid pleasures with an eye on the future yet honoring the past.

“In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.” -Steiner

May 20 Moon conjunct Neptune, Sun enters Gemini. Strong ideals and future plans wet the moment and flowers growing. A sense of spreading out, opening up, expanding possibilities of both work and play, love and work. Sun in Gemini time for very quick growth in the garden, which is hard to catch because so much is going on, so many things to do. Avoid dumb gossip about others, live your own life! Now is the time to open up to the outdoors and worldly adventures. Good aspect for the performing arts if neptune doesn’t trip you into miscue, loss, mistakes, disconnect or wrong turns. Avoid food ills, eat healthy. Avoid gambles or long trips going nowhere or getting sidetracked. If you aim is to happen right where you are, make music or divine experience right where you are, easy as pie.

“Live through deeds of love, and let others live with tolerance for their unique intentions.”-Rudolf Steiner

May 22 Moon conjunct Venus. New interests, new love, new sparkles, new renewed environment or clothes, look. A sense of beautifying or pursuing beauty and what one loves.

“When to the Permanent is sacrificed the Mutable, the prizes thine: the drop retrench whence it came. The Open Path leads to the changeless change – Nirvana, the glorious state of Absoluteness, the Bliss past human thought.” -H.P.Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence

May 23 Moon conjunct Uranus and Mercury bring activating news and insights, turning points For some shocks or turn arounds, sudden jolts shifting directions. May 23rd is the day Joan of Arc was arrested, and later burned at the stake. A terrible tragedy for both France and the Catholic Church, England, and more.

May 25th Making Miracles Happen talk at Birmingham Community House 7 pm; see above.

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” -Steiner

May 25 New Moon and Venus square Pluto, Ascension Day. Some rise to the occasion, others burn out on the affair or investment of self, money, time. GeoPolitical Hot Spots intensify and do personal sore spots. Erotic overtures and subtle innuendos. Otherwise, a tendency to worry, be jealous, fret and compare self to others, anxiety. Some want to return to trouble, or repeat offenders. Avoidover trying or sticky people and situations. Love troubles, or is it lack of true love, lack of understanding wisdom compassion? New spiritual practice and sacrifice of animal appetites for better futures? Or weird sexual happenings, partings, separations, feelings of rejections,rejecting psycho drama, lack of wisdom love. Good for cleaning, gardening, fixing up, repairing, avoiding people and situations going no where. Because of new moon this aspect can affect next two weeks or more. There is always a higher and lower octave to all astrological aspects, choose high way of virtue and non attachment. Love what you got. The higher aspect is unconditional love, good bottom line, compassion with teeth, smarts for all can benefit. Good for helping less fortunate, loving one’s enemies in buddhist and christian terms. Any universal religious ideals will do. Negatively, its making enemies or engaging others with force, bottom line, power. Danger of hate crimes or unnecessary violence or negative emotion. Otherwise, sadness over impossible situations. Avoid gamble or wrong investment of self. Avoid decadent habits. Time for renewal and healthy life style, exercise, intensification of positive yet compassionate feelings. Venus/Pluto can for some give money worries, feelings of lack, wrong purchases, misuse of intoxicants, lack of politeness, legal troubles, negative mode. Negativity is its own reward, virtue is its own reward. My first spiritual teacher Philip Knight told me that. This year i found that Plato too said it. Knight said it first. Ha! Aha! With New Moon oppose Jupiter/Pluto midpoint next few weeks bring partings for some, strong uniting and emotional/material bonding for others. Strong losses for some in the markets, others strong gains. Don’t risk with this aspect. Jupiter/Pluto notorious planet combo for either going broke or making millions, or both within a short time. Very few can take risk now and win without inside info or genius proclivity. With Venus square and at midpoint between Pluto oppose Jupiter/Uranus midpoint (forming a T-Square) , these next days and weeks may prove very wild wooly crazy go nuts for those with intense love drive, big investments, or make it or break it attitude. Even with divine intention beware. No expectation, no let down is key. Some have a heck of a good time, but many endings and new beginnings are at hand. Many now looking for powerful changes and shift of direction. Expect some famous people dropping out of the picture due to death, scandal, burn out, or retirement. Others rise fast to power during such aspects. Danger of costly mistakes but good aspect for make over, redoing, fix it uppers, and renewal. Also much love and adventure is in the air all month, which for sure makes things easier for many. Love is the ultimate pain killer, with wisdom and spiritual insight love can drive you all the way to heaven and back. For many a sudden change in financial situation or relations. Unusual striving for knowledge, power, positive creative change. Strong impulses to really fall in love… heavily, rashly, foolishly, deeply, irreversibly without havoc or chaoes. Chance for the true thing none-the-less, meditate on if its wise, or even worth it. Some are!. Again, all aspects have a positive and negative possibility. It is up to each of us, out of our own freedom, destiny, and fate to choose, aspire, root and ascend, progress in heart, mind, soul, spirit. Take care around weird cravings, over indulgences, giving one’s love blindly. A sense of plutocracy and power drives these times, along with a lusting for something or someone. Danger if taking high risk, yet can be most fulfilling if right heart and mind meet right heart and mind. Possible moments one will never forget; for the most part good this month. Love and truth are the great protectors. Invoke that! Invoking qualities and virtues from within shining and above descending into hearts is good. Truth and Love, wisdom and compassion for self and other can overcome so called ‘bad aspects’. With President Trump having Uranus transit trine his Mars, look for strong progressive success and decision making forwarding goals around this end of May. Early May challenging.

“The common trait of all evil is nothing other than egoism… Basically all human evil comes from what we call ‘selfishness’.” -Rudolf Steiner

May 28-29, Mars oppose Saturn can make for extremes in weather round these days, or just negative blues times. Good for good hard work and straight ahead honest assessment of situation, work plan, goals. Need for patience, perseverance, persistence, and a plan. Saturn can block, delay, oppose, weigh one down. Mars wants to push through, force, penetrate, fight. At higher level Mars is ArchAngel Michael or Manjushri for you tibetan buddhists. Saturn is Christ the Lord of Karma transformed into wisdom love. Saturn is the Virgin Isis Sophia, the silence of God and the patient love wisdom to endure all God’s children. Divining the divine is paramount. There is no evil, only ignorance and delusion. A listening heart, a patient mind, furthers the journey. Materialistically the feelings and heart must listen to rational smart thinking, but spiritually thinking the sense bound materialistic thinking must learn to be patient and student to the heart medicine teacher. Mars/Saturn on lower in can make for troublesome communications, travel, conversations, journey, so take care; things can get stuck or blow up out of proportion. Some cold wars, some hot; some cold spots, some extreme hot. Some get stuck on the past and can’t forget, others rush to a future that is pretend. Still others ponder the truth, holds all the world, me and you. Mars in Cancer come early June can get aggressive chauvinistic and violent. Issues of protection for women and children in news, also war torn places. Need for all to have good home, food, necessities, education; need to cap decadence a bit. While Mars in Gemini we need to converse, share, negotiate, protect peace of mind and heart.

“If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.” -Rudolf Steiner

May 30 Mars in Gemini sextile Uranus in Aries makes for busy day getting a thousand things done, good for making right connections, new connections, hooking up, intellect and actions work good together. Avoid too much talking or spinning the wheels and missing chance to get much accomplished and done. Tendency for positive growth and voice of truth, fact, reality.

“In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.” -Steiner

May 31 Mercury trine Pluto makes for real knowledge and actions taking hold which could have positive lasting consequence.

“The time has come to realize that supersensible knowledge has now to arise from the materialistic grave.” -Rudolf Steiner

June 1st Venus trine Saturn. Long term plans, family and love positive growth, love roots, reliable experience and feeling insights. Avoid being lazy, yet good time to catch up with rest or cleaning or projects if need be. A graceful last pondering and digestion of the past to carry new wisdom into the future, or has something returned to you near forgotten?

“The ethics of Theosophy are even more necessary to mankind than the scientific aspects of the psychic facts of nature and man.”

June 3rd Venus conjunct Uranus, Sun trine Jupiter Moon conjunct Jupiter. Fast as love comes, it goes. Slow it up if good thing. Sudden creative or love urge. Strong feelings of happiness, family, friends, birth, new plans positive thrust forward. Sense of belonging to larger sense of identity, love, friends, God. For some a need to break away and be free, a testing of one’s wings, escape velocity speed either takes off with luck and guts, or near crashes. Great aspect for new and renewed social life, the arts, music, sudden arousal of love urge, creativity and sharing.

June 4th Sun square Neptune, Mars enters enters Cancer. Danger of violence, accident, over doing things. Frustration over over shooting goal, trying to do too much, wrong attitude/feeling/thinking thwart true growth or forward motion. If inspired rightly wings to fly. If projecting false illusions or delusions, mishap, misfiring, wrong turns, lost in space or waters of imagination and such. A wanting to know or do all things must be preceded by practical learning and work. Futurity shines into present for some.

“Theosophy is the most serious movement of this age; and one, moreover, which threaten the very life of most of the time-honored humbugs, prejudices, and social evils of the day.”
-The Key to Theosophy by HPB.

June 9th Jupiter goes Direct, Full Moon in Sagittarius, Venus sextile Mars hot love and hot big plans unfold or get redirected. Sense of wanting to do lots, perhaps too much. Need to stay focused on goal or true needs.

Robert Thibodeau is author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’, ‘Laws of Hermetics’, The Hermetic Dream’, and more.
His latest music cd is ‘Folk Rock Love, and Other Tall Tales’. Other works of music include ‘Wish’, ‘Second Chance Moons’, and more.

Robert is available for Astrological and Psychic Intuitive Readings and Consultations.
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Blessings on your way.

Last thoughts:
“We feel how in the world here and there the Eternal stands at rest in the form of an enduring thought, and we who belong to the world of movement are passing through what is being placed into seeming’s changeful forms as enduring thoughts, as the beauty that weaves and works everlastingly, reveals itself in order that we may comprehend it when the right moment comes.
And may a right moment also come for mankind in the near future, even as it is predestined to come if mankind is not to fall into decadence. May Man understand that he has to pass through the next point, which reverses materialism into its opposite, the point where the great thought of the spiritual world can ray into mankind. Preparation is now being made for this in those whose karma has allowed them to come to Spiritual Science. And it will be the continually recurring task of Spiritual Science to turn its work in this direction. For to the materialistic age that has found the enduring thought which in its newest form Ahriman-Mephistopheles has placed into modern evolution, to this materialistic age must be added what can be experienced in passing through a spiritual enduring thought. Spiritual Science must see to it that mankind does not omit to grasp this spiritual thought. Therefore also must we not grow weary in warning Man again and again, lest the moment of time for the comprehension of Spiritual Science slip by and be lost.”
– Rudolf Steiner, Archives.

Robert of Mayflower’s News and Views for April 2017

March 31st, 2017

Robert Thibodeau, author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’

and ‘Laws of Hermetic Wisdom’

(248) 547-8227

Robert of Mayflower Talk Coming on METAPHYSICAL HEALING (see below on April 13th) 

“People who have a creative side and do not live it out are most disagreeable clients. They make a mountain out of a molehill, fuss about unnecessary things, are too passionately in love with somebody who is not worth so much attention, and so on. There is a kind of floating charge of energy in them which is not attached to its right object and therefore tends to apply exaggerated dynamism to the wrong situation.”
― Marie-Louise von Franz, Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales

Astrological Aspects for the Month of April

See below for last month’s mention of these aspects.

April until 15th, Venus Retrograde squaring Saturn on 8th April and also 21st when direct, on 23rd Moon conjunct Venus is further event trigger day. Pretty much all of April will challenge us with things we value and love. Not a pretty time for love and/or money issues. For some it’s a slap of reality or cold wake up call. Need for higher truths or just better facts. For some, a serious hold on manifesting dreams and ideals. For others, capable of unconditional love, an inward and outward growing time. Some smartly working a way clear of psychodrama, inch their way forward. Those with many planets or Ascendent in late mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) need inner patience, more research and prep work, and unconditional love to keep things going, rooted, or in progressive forward motion. Chiron is entangled in square with Saturn these days with Venus conjoined to Chiron; authority/security/money/control needs clash. Need to learn to work with reality and others. Some stretch limits to breaking point with selfish or unclear motivations and needs for maverick freedom or daring escapades. Some anchor down in patience and an eye on the long run; others manage wild escapes and early spring frolic. With Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius forming a T-Square midpoint in the sky between opposition of North Node Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, many are looking for love melts and mindless romantic adventures, many with false expectations and high-and-mighty projections of fantasy, or childhood stuff needing to be worked out. With this aspect, no projections, no let down. It’s spring, so cheers! Nonetheless, for some this is a wild month of spirituality, love, creative imagination and fulfilling dreams. For others, it’s a time to not take risky chances in love and/or money or to stick to the true and tried.

April 5th Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn, a good strong aspect for keeping to what works in the long run. Urge to power, forward motion, extra points, overtime, success with great work and striving. Take care not to overdo things. This is a good aspect for earthy practical forward push to make goals happen. Earth signs and planets prosper and gain advantage here (Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus).

“The great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant. In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations first take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately spring as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources in individuals. In our most private and most subjective lives we are not only the passive witnesses of our age, and it sufferers, but also its makers. We make our own epoch.” ~ C.G. Jung, 1934, Collected Works 10, para. 315

April 6th, Saturn goes retrograde on Galactic Center right before entering Capricorn, going direct 4 days after big Solar Eclipse across America on August 21st. This is a long Saturn retrograde so take heed. Its effect is most strong in April/May and this coming August. Many have big plans for the future that may now take a back seat for re-configuring and revising in the world view. Many things in the working for last several months need more preparation. For many, there is a need for more discipline and clearer thinking when it comes to goals and aims. Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius brings down the law and need for clear honest thinking and actions when it comes to religion, travel, sports, higher education, learning, and future plans. Some get smarter, others dumb down and numb out. Clear honest thinking and continual learning from what life offers is needed, rather than blindly following our desires. Need for higher consciousness and universal or planetary responsibility — see ‘Key to Theosophy’ by H.P.B.

“Let us take some event in the life of humanity. For instance, war. There is a war going on at the present moment. What does it signify? It signifies that several millions of sleeping people are trying to destroy several millions of other sleeping people. They would not do this, of course, if they were to wake up. Everything that takes place is owing to this sleep.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff

April 8th, Venus square Saturn, Sun square Pluto. Some feel unloved and in the blues; others locking in to long-term goals and not taking things too personally. Some feel rejected and estranged; others melt into the deeper-than-deep love and selfless greater sense of family/friends. Avoid jealousy and impatience. Be the love you want to receive, set free those unruly elements in yourself. Make time for self, away from repeat offenders or psychodramatic control freaks. Here, meditation is listening to God, prayer talking. This is a good day to quit whatever bad or negative habit is holding you back, and blocking your heart’s flower from blossoming. Patience and selfless unconditional love furthers. Not letting yourself be stepped on or used is good, but perform virtuous acts of kindness, helpfulness, to build up good karma. For some, the need to go back to working on self, changing self to change the world. Stormy violent day for some in the world. Endings and new beginnings. For some it’s good, slow day for gardening and intimate friends.

April 7th, Sun oppose Jupiter right into April 10th Moon conjunct Jupiter on Full Moon night (Full Moon is 2 am on 11th). This is a wild weekend for fun and frolic, crazy spring wildness and for some, stormy times and rollercoaster rides with emotions. On 8th, remember Venus/Saturn and Sun/Pluto aspects occur which often trigger difficult relationships/money trouble/sexual psychodrama, crime, chaotic behaviour, and heavy political economic news — good guy/bad guy stuff. A lot going on these days so take it easy, slow and sure. Avoid risk. Other events include more national and international tests of the nerve, war drums, White House drama, clashes of opposites, geo-political hotspot pimples. Intense weather and emotions during this time. Nonetheless, for many, this is a very, very social weekend of friends, party, gatherings, music, expansive play. Here, too much of a good thing can go bad or turn sour, so practice the Golden Mean of temperance, balance, middle way. Hot play. April 11th Full Moon in Libra near retrograde Jupiter. Libra wants to make love, peace, harmony, friends but needs to have assurance that the other is with them. Many put on good happy face but inside a bit worried about things.

April 9th Mercury goes retrograde in early Taurus. On 20th, Mercury goes back into Aries for a spell, Pluto goes retrograde, and Mercury conjuncts Sun. So, for the next 11 days, one needs to rid oneself of winter blues, dead memories, and undigested experience. Examine yourself for where your need for false security or repeat offenders keep reminding you where you’re stuck. Rid oneself of Klingons, attachment, fixations, obsessions, anger and jealousy. Fear no failure, court no success; just be yourself. Otherwise, retreat spiritually and study. Good time to rid yourself of dead weight and unwanted things, making space for new opportunities and arrivals. Mercury retrograde is famous for miscommunications, difficult travel, negotiations, mistakes in paper work (so get tax work done early!). Mercury conjunct Uranus on 28th has breakthroughs in what went wrong, news that wakes us up, new insights for growth, helping clear the path for continuing the adventure and voyage. Mercury goes direct on May 3rd.

Sometimes the way forward is to go back and fix something, review, and do it again better.

“Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself — only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.” —Gurdjieff

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April 14 through to 20th brings love healing, need to burn away non-essentials and what doesn’t work, seeking higher inner and outward values and relations. Concentrate on tasks at hand. Keep strong work ethic. Some continue over play and maverick behaviour. Energetics in the air for love adventure, and creative changes. Venus/Chiron, Vesta square Sun/Uranus, Sun conjunct Uranus (quakes or storms, fire and wind). Need to clear the air, clean up situations quickly, make creative moves or face uncertain change and turn arounds. Sudden fractures or partings, or is it significant meetings? Depends on your natal planets and signs, and your internal spirit soul aliveness, awareness, intention and capability of working.

A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.” —Gurdjieff

April 16th Moon conjunct Saturn wants the true and tried, family/friends. Venus sextile Mars wants sensual delights and creativity. April 17th Sun trine Saturn wants long-term goals to have light and life.

If you want to keep your faith, make friends with listening stillness.”
—Trebore Tau Bodhi

April 20th, Sun conjunct Mercury and Pluto, this is a retrograde aspect for shocking news or critical insight forcing one to deal with facts. Tough negotiations. Possible breakthroughs with right thinking, wise action, timely behaviour, and a bit of luck. The sun can bring light to solve difficulties. A call for serious thought before action. Honesty and integrity, clearness; or face consequences of wrong intention, erroneous action, negative thinking affecting outcomes.

April 21 Venus square Saturn. Need for more loving kindness, compassion, care for the little ones and earthy pure ways. A need to be love rather than expect love. Good for catching up, cleaning, being slow and sure with oneself.

“Synchronistic events, moreover, almost invariably accompany the crucial phases of the process of individuation. But too often they pass unnoticed, because the individual has not learned to watch for such coincidences and to make them meaningful in relation to the symbolism of his dreams.”
–Marie-Louise von Franz, “The Process of Individuation,” in Man and His Symbols, 1964, p. 227

April 22 Moon eclipses or ‘occults’ Neptune. Mystery plays, mystical experience, psychic phenomena, sentimental sweet nothings. Over-idealistic or wishful thinking may clash with reality or immediate needs or work to get done. Some on escape or play mode. Good for the arts, music, future planning. Bad for making false projections and jumping in. All that and more. Interesting prophetic occurrences and dreams if you can interpret correctly. See my ‘Hermetic Dream’ book if you can find it.

“You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff

April 25th into New Moon in Libra on 26th, Moon Uranus/Mercury then New Moon square Saturn/Neptune midpoint makes for sudden insights, stormy windy changeable weather and feelings melting one away into dream or need to get back to work and stop worrying fretting draining oneself with false imaginations.

“Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.”  G.I.Gurdjieff

April 28th  Mercury conjunct Uranus quickens and awakens one with need for new clear thinking. New insights or news wake one up to true calling, direction, and what to do.

From March news on April events celestial….

April 6th Saturn goes retrograde on Galactic Center and Justin Timberlake’s Neptune/Moon conjunction while training his Ascendent. Oh oh! Hope you are making right holy time for the kid and sweet lady, otherwise trouble in the crib is coming slow but sure. Or is it wisdom arriving of the universal planetary situation? With Pluto in sky coming conjunct Timberlake’s Venus before 2020, it may be time to duck out and hide, grow a new garden, have another kid, and learn to love in ever deeper ways. Otherwise, listen again to ‘This is the End’ by Jim Morrison. Also, Trungpa,had Mars within 10 degrees giving forward motion energetic of spiritual impulse (near Mercury with Yogananda, universal laws), connected to this. So, it’s either yoga and meditation, or it’s weird need to control or fear of control. Let Higher Self guide …

“Love without knowledge is demonic.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff

April 11th Full Moon in Libra opposing Sun/Uranus. Quake? Volcano? Sudden need to act? React? Sense of death and rebirth, new throne of possibility and continuance? Powerful events shape shift the future for better or worse. Karma from long historical mistakes or ignorance resurface in new ways. Great time to make positive changes that heal, not fracture; bless, not curse; join not divide. Challenging few days for some, lots of quick quirky upsetting or rearranging changes. Good time to make changes if that is the aim. Take care to avoid premature actions and hasty decisions leading to accident or mistake. Can be stormy, lightening, electrical, danger around machines, travel or more.

April 14th Sun conjunct Uranus. Amazing moments of light and insight pervade the time. Situations out of control of moment. Karma working quickly to help many grow now. Forced new beginnings for some. For others, lots of new insights and revelations. Cardinal Signs and Houses electrify and jolt things to grow or change. For some there is rising to next higher level of work and play, for others sudden downfall.

April 15th Venus goes direct from retrograde helping what we love to grow in new ways. Those affected the most are born between March 15 to April 3, between June 16th to July 5th, between Sept. 18 to Oct 7th, and between Dec.18th to Jan. 7th. Now things get clearer about who and what you love, and who and what loves you. New dreams for future propel renewed or new actions. Love is the great mover.

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Astrological News and Spiritual Views for February 2017

February 2nd, 2017

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Feb 1st Moon conjunct Uranus with Mercury square Jupiter makes for too much news, loose tongues, upsetting events, and outlandish or even outlaw type behaviour. Quarrels over what is right or wrong, true or false. More talk than action. Look for sudden separations, sudden new meetings. Some rise to the occasion with fresh insights and sunny disposition.

‘Truth is no stranger to aloneness, aloneness no stranger to awe, wonder, and the infinite possibility one’s heart gardens.’ ~robert of mayflower

Feb 5th and 6th reveals Gemini Sun Sign President Trump to have both challenging and positive good astrological aspects. Will he try to please both his voters and his right wing plutocrats and walk the line or middle way? Or will he throw jobs and infrastructure to his voters while making some rich quick and creating quick jobs? These days the blessings are in disguise and the disguise is really good. None-the-less, Feb 5-6th into eclipse on 10th reveals much on who is who and what is what. The big shift and tell all signs isn Solar Eclipse 26th. May love and truth prevail. May we never lose our free press and right to think and speak.

Feb. 6th Jupiter goes retrograde till June. Jupiter will oppose Mars Feb. 27th, between now and then Mars will square Pluto and Conjunct Uranus. For some new genius sunny disposition arises, for others it’s crazy antics and comedy tragedy. This month is high stress dangerous and needs much patience and wisdom to maneuver cautiously, wisely. Many relationships going sour, even in the White House (Melania’s Saturn/Pluto aspect is all hush or is it quiet retreat and patience?) Many people ‘back up’ or ‘reverse’ on previous decisions/plans made. A re-examination of who and what to invest one’s self, money, and time. Jupiter is retrograde till Full Moon in Sagittarius June 10 when a new all ahead go and sense of party or belonging emerges. Is society going backwards? Corporate Feudal State? Are we losing, or gaining our freedom? What does it mean to be a United States Citizen? A united state of consciousness with all life? One for all, all for one? How to balance one world with one’s own back yard? Truth, Love, Pursuit of Happiness, and Freedom is endangered, or re-examined? It may take till June for the collective social cultural whole to individually find peace and harmony with current world events. By June a sense of collective futurity with a better plan appealing to more of us appears. The Jupiter Pluto square in August along with a big Eclipse may make that time too a major crisis opportunity. Till then, take especial care. WATCH OUT for end of month when rough Mars/Pluto/Uranus aspects, indicating danger of escalation of violence, threat, major storms, accidents, hard shifts and changes. For some, sudden risings to power, for others loss.

Where there is love, there is no fear; fear is the absence of love. -rt

Feb. 10th Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 22 Leo at Saturn/Uranus midpoint is stormy (other areas break out the sun and champagne). Control freaking and erratic crazy behaviour collide. Need for golden mean and disciplined behaviour. Strong urges for freedom contest with long-term security needs . For some it’s loss of ego and material status, for others it’s a regaining lost wind and a renewed sense of direction. Strong energetic to break up or make up. Some find new octaves of pleasurable release and sunny skies. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Feb. 10, right to Feb. 26th New Moon Solar Eclipse will really shake up what some thought was on track. Eclipses can ‘cut people off’ or ‘suddenly cut off situations or arrangements. People or things get cut out, eclipsed out’, sudden endings and/or new beginnings. Shifts in relations or things one identifies with. Lots of energy to do a thousand things this Friday and Saturday 10-11th. Take care not to just spin your wheels, mouth, and over done energy. Now the time to get lots done, make new friends, re-meet the gold. New Moon Eclipse Feb. 26 at 8 Pisces near Uranus/Pluto midpoint…then and in weeks after much complaint, revolt, protest, debate, and wish for new ways of working together rather than apart or against each other.

‘Truth is no democracy, but democracies are built on it.’ -rt

Feb. 11th Moon in Virgo, Sun in Aquarius trine Jupiter. Avoid being over critical or perfectionist; or its opposite, lacking clarity and discernment. Lots of energy to play, socialize, gather, unravel secrets and mysteries of self and other. Great time to get out and do something, prove yourself free and social. Stay on positive side against the tide of negativity. Sun Jupiter for most is sunny disposition and positive spirit of adventure and joy.

‘Negativity is its own reward, so is love.’ -rt

Feb. 22 Mars square Pluto, Moon conjunct Pluto and also square Mars/Uranus/Jupiter. Ouch! this is warring aspect for sure, accidents and threat to life. For some it’s party hardy crazy. If you can pull it off, this is great day for intimacy, aloneness, cleaning, ridding self of dead weight or unneeded baggage, researching great books from Mayflower Bookshop. A very difficult day for many though who can’t get out of their head, feel trespassed or offended, over critical of others than working on improving self. This is a major violence aspect and is notorious for woundology psychology. Hurt people hurt others, Love begets love. Good time to move into future and not keep getting caught in webs of the past. For some a need to go inward working on self rather than others. You can change yourself, hard to change others. Some use force to press their will, desire, fear, or need. Some project guilt or shame in manipulative ways. Some mischievously crime. Still others go the higher way and let their truth love shine no matter what comes or goes!

‘Anger is the worse non-virtue, wisdom compassion.’ -rt

Feb. 25th Comet close to earth making for exciting energetic few days here, electrolytes get charged up and many in very up mood. For others, they finally land with sense of ground, or even crash. The ‘Neowise Comet’ made its Perihelion Jan. 12th last. Now closest to earth passing by giving us messages from both heaven and from the deeps. Watch your dreams for clues. Good time to meditate on the divine in each other, the Unity or Oneness permeating all, listen deeper for heart wisdoms to flower. Watch how others sparkle. New meetings and golden old rekindle the soul in new learnings now.

Genius is what makes us rise to the occasion overflowing in grace. -rt

Feb. 26th Solar Eclipse New Moon near Neptune in Pisces with Mars conjunct Uranus followed by Mars opposition Jupiter Feb 27th. Major friction or rebellion, riot or shake up. Some steal the show while others feel stolen from. Some wake from the dream with new insights while others feel in a fog of impotence and loss of direction. Some set new sail while others have lost the sail, rudder, and oars afloat. When used for the good, this aspect sparks highly creative endeavors, super heroic feats, and a strong sudden gust of gusto for the good, true, beautiful. Storms, nature occurrences, fights, violence, guns, crashes, craziness mar many an occasion. Take care not to trust all you see for next few weeks, Neptune is lies and deceit. On the other hand, at higher octave, Neptune is divine perception, inspiration and dreams come true. For most this will prove time of friction, loss, death or endings, draining, snow, wet, flooding and weird fog or weather. Overwhelming feelings or intuitive insights rock the heart’s clear sailing harmonies. Again, all the planets and aspects have higher and lower octaves of expression and each individual has certain freedoms to work either or into their individual and collective karma or evolutionary soul learning.

Love without learning is blind belief. -rt

Feb. 28th Moon conjunct Venus sets the day for peaceful, artistic, loving, joyful, play and workings. This is good day to love the divine in all things. Be the love you wish to see.

‘Change yourself to change the world, change your world to change yourself; meditate in your inner silence space, watch who watches and fathom the deep to break the spell of separate self, return to love’s truth to be yourself, to flower full bloom.’ ~robert of mayflower

March 1st into 2nd brings Sun conjunct Neptune followed Jupiter oppose Uranus. Lots of illusions and delusions suddenly become known, for others the fog still setting in. Danger of lies, deceit, illusions and delusions. Play it safe and practical. Neptune’s higher octave is the arts, music, escapism to spiritual deed and higher consciousness, transcendental consciousness. By end of March with Jupiter square Pluto, many have sense of strong shift, change, even emotional/psychological death and rebirth of social identity, one’s tribal or group ego or identify. And for sure, many a corporate huge move, take over, growth or bankruptcy. Economy and Markets, stocks, may get rattled and challenged end of March into first week of April. Dangerous time with investments possible then. Some make lots of money fast, others lose. Break-through or break-down. For some cloudy rainy or wet, snow; for others sunny break throughs and wild escapes of wonder. Sudden upsets, or sudden creative insights and workings.

-Robert Thibodeau is an astrological consultant and available for personal readings.
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When the ground under your feet speak, and stars above for you weep, know the next step peeks where you are not looking in a holy silence deep enough to hold all in the fall and new rise for the occasion, change of season, and foreverness, oneness, wonder and joy. There is no go unless we prove it by our going. No God unless we prove it by the way we live. All dreams find meaning by awakening. Each of us is chariot, charioteer, rider, and star. Each is the inner master of their destiny, meaningfulness, realization and enlightenment.
-robert of mayflower

News and Views — January 2017

January 8th, 2017

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‘The ultimate imagination is each and everyone of us is becoming a god like virtue. Each is awakening the universal spark of love and truth within heart and soul. Each a universal song in the becoming. As jesus said, as well as old testament wisdom, ‘Ye are Gods in the becoming.’ We are virtue heart mind streams in the becoming, artists of the divine. -robert of mayflower

Astrology News——-
Jan. 1st Mars conjunct Neptune to Jan. 7th Sun conjunct Pluto puts a spell of fog and negative emotion on first week. Colds, flu, strange gilded age intoxications, conspiracies and magical webs of insight anew bringing renewed light and hope. Weird extremes in the weather and as reported on my Facebook page and website, uptick in quakes/storms/volcanos. Jan. 10th into full moon on Jan 11th-12th brings things to extremes and turnarounds, reversals with crazy news, blow ups, behaviour and weather extremes, lightening responses., Need to bring things to a higher level adds to tension or release. Avoid things that drain or lead off course from long term goals. Make no promises you can’t keep. Good time for practical down to earth concerns. Miscommunications abound until we get past Jan.8th when Mercury goes direct from retrograde. Take care to avoid taking things too personally. Work on self rather than others. Correct fault lines and wrong habits not promoting one’s true will to the future present. More strange deaths and passings, as well as psychic adventures, dream messages and revelations. Good time to get a good astrology reading, lay back with mayflower book, or pick up some more miso and seaweed for your homemade soups (at mayflower too!).

‘Nature abhors a vacuum and men seem to be following in nature’s example. Remember, especially around elections, to always clean your own house first, be first a cynic to one’s own lack of virtue enough to win change, and always tune your own instrument of heart and mind before trying to re-tune others.’
-robert of mayflower

Jan. 8th Mercury goes direct from retrograde. Big ideas and goals renew the surge to go forward with projects and aims. For some sudden shift in coming days to redirect aims, goals, projects. Slow but sure clarity comes in coming days.
Jan. 10th Sun squares Uranus triggering possible solar activity, uptick in storms, quake/volcano activity, and shocking news, political weirdness and emotional upsets. Sudden news or on alert, shocks of awareness, new facts, surprises, sudden shift or change, turn-a-rounds and new excitements, need for stimulus Urge to progress, be free, awaken, strive for reform. Danger of accident or set back, catastrophe. Surprise news or disturbance. Need to take things to a higher level of activity in truth and virtue. Facts or newly discovered truths alarm and awaken change. This aspect affects 3 days before and after. Lots of changes going on in the world with politics, economics, attractions and distractions, affecting us all. Important to seize the time or opportunity, but also important to find down time for rest, rejuvenation, beauty sleep or yoga, positive changes. Avoid just spinning your wheels and having panic attacks or worries not getting you anywhere but more confused and lost. Sometimes doing more is doing less, getting more done with less effort but more wisdom and focus. Good time to try a new book and insight from Mayflower Bookshop. Come on down! Up!

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‘Without inner wealth, wisdom and selfless learning, listening; outer wealth alone will torture and torment the soul. Without the outer wealth of health, education of virtue, value of friendship, courage and fearless for truth, the soul is poor indeed.’ -rt

Jan. 11th Sun square Jupiter brings over the top antics, party or festive vibe into full moon on 12th. Avoid arrogance, prideful boastys, over doing, talking too much or making promises you can’t keep. Good for successful endeavor, recognition, advancement, right purchases.

Jan. 12th Full Moon in Cancer with moon making T-Square to Jupiter and Uranus brings break throughs or break down, plunging somethings and sudden leaps courageous through the air toward new projects/goals/dreams. Strong shifts in weather and emotions. Venus conjunct Neptune adds to the fairy tale magic, or for some the lost slipper and winter blurr. For some, dreams come true and love abounds. For others dreams, goals, love melts and is more on the horizon far away with stars. Illusion and trickery or a magic spell for success? For some divine inspiration, for others cloudy foggy winterization and loss. Good time for future planning, the arts, creativity, music, musing, and share sweet nothings. Good time to re-attune to the gods of virtue and more eternal realities. Mercury entering Capricorn on 12th calls for practical common sense, not over shooting goals, listening to the rules, and avoiding mouthing off or playing big shot egoist making oneself easy target for other’s criticism. Positive side, new leadership and ideas for long term goals, knowing what to let go of to make room for further growth, progress and success.

Love is spirit recognizing spirit, soul acknowledging soul, body and hearts dancing, minds learning….’there is self and other as path, but ultimately it is a ‘no self’ heaven, an All Self Awareness we seek and find. This all self reality is pristine stillness, all inclusive, emptiness in buddhist theory, no separate reality, only dependent arising, non-dual’. Love and Truth the same. -rt

Jan. 16th to Jan 19th when Mars squares Saturn (90 degree hard aspect), tougher weather, tougher going, hard work, need to be paitient, persevering, persistent, with higher aims and values, ideals and aspirations. Good time to help those less fortunate than yourself. Cold weather, cold shoulder? Cool and calm patient or opposite extreme, hot headed. Need to hug more, work harder, love more, take short power renewing naps. Mars is cars and saturn is contractions or negative experience as teacher or lesson giver. Saturn here is Karma unless discipline and sacrifice in work and ethic open doors, dharma is this. Harsh or overly critical language brings harsh reactions. Mars in Pisces often misses its mark or misfires. Need to be compassionate with constructive criticism when called for. Car troubles, difficult travel or communications. Hard work, patience and persistence, pays off.

‘Perhaps the solution of the problem is suggested by these words of Nathaniel
Hawthorne: “We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking
from a terrible dream; it may be so after death’–Alexander Wilder

Jan 19th to Jan 27th when Venus square Saturn and NEW MOON (27th) near Neptune/Pluto midpoint and Saturn/Neptune midpoint. For some curtains close, sad endings, severe times, feelings of being alone or insecure, depressed, caught in the middle of something. A sense of Comedy and Tragedy. For others this is the start of a long journey of spiritual soul unfoldment. For many, selfless new beginnings, for others a slow but sure end game is at play. Good time for ridding oneself of unnecessary burdens, things going nowhere, and wrong habits. Good for yoga, meditation, bodywork, change to healthier diet, voyage for spiritual cleansing or learning. Good time to clean and prep for better futures. Work on changing self to change the world. If you really think you can change the world for the better, this is the time to virtuously act, be true to one’s higher self and universal song of life. Venus is love and Saturn is lack of it…., so give more love, give more than you receive to counter chilling effect of Saturn. Positively Venus/Saturn can be long term commitments, forever love, deeper love and work ethic discipline. Venus/Saturn is loving what you do, or needing to find work or commitments you can love. Venus/Saturn makes for some not feeling loved enough, others smothered or too controlled by such. For still others, deepening of understanding and experience of love. New Moon near Nep/Pluto midpoint indicate power moves, plutocratic dictorial moves in next weeks, a sense of life and death critical states of timing. Over sensitive soul moods, tendency to over react or go to extremes. For some prophetic psychic perceptions, views of past and future shift present stance. Such aspects give doomsday feeling, for others sense of renewal. Renunciation, suffering, illness, lingering negative situation, ecological concerns. Also sense of destiny and duty overwhelm feelings. Need for big view, universal planetary healing view and aim.

When in doubt, start a new chess game. Be sure to complete it. Otherwise wait in stillness for higher orders or insight. This is meditation, watching who is watching, listening to the stillness, awareness without object, consciousness without object, and right action, in that order. -robert of mayflower

Jan. 28th Mars enters Aries till March 9th. A sense of heroic or Michaelic courage, truth, and justice vs. need for disciplined behaviour, better law and order, individual and social justice. Tendency to be over assertive, yet now for the next month or more is the time to act. Act selflessly without attachment to results, act out of one’s pure intention and intuitive ideal. Avoid use of force or blunt volition. See Bhagavad Gita translated by Judge for more on this. Voice of Silence by HPB great inspirational text on this subject of right action without attachment to result. Don’t let your urge to do something, and your fighting spirit, cause unneeded quarrels or accidental occurrence.

“Fear no failure, Court no success.” -Voice of Silence

Jan. 31st Mercury square Uranus, flashes of new awareness, unsettling news, change of mind, irritant to mental flow. Need to think clearly in respect to long term view before acting hastily. Surprising events, shocking news. Good for research and discovery, experimenting within safe boundaries.

Feb. 6, Jupiter goes retrograde in Libra till June. Relationships now deepen or get severely questioned, partnerships evaluated anew. Some excel and some need repair, renewing, reviewing, reevaluating, retooling, reschooling. Many enjoy new encounters and friendships offering more fun, growth, and sunnier creative artistic loving disposition. Avoid over critical behaviour, stick to constructive tips and teaching by example.

Feb. 10th Lunar eclipse in Leo near Saturn/Uranus midpoint. Security and Freedom vie for power or position. Tension to grow, flow, travel, plan better, envision clearer. Present, Future and Past clash with future and present tending to win over past ways, mistakes, plays, and remakes. Something new is breaking through old patterns of thought and behaviour.

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“Love makes us immortal;
awakening to how that works
makes us a buddha,
a christ, a hermes,
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  1. July 1st Full Moon in Capricorn, Venus conjunct Jupiter, Sun trine Neptune. Very high ideals and dreams concerning love, new projects, beautifying, adding onto, travel, kids. Practical yet far seeing concerns. Beautiful experiences.
  2. July 6th, Sun oppose Pluto. Nasty weather rumblings in parts, or is it just nasty feelings and conversations heard round the world? Pluto can internalize experience, take things too personally, tendency to be over-sensitive or reactive. Some experience strong assertive or aggressive energies. Possible subtle shifts or changes in calling, vocation, home, relations, personal identity. Power struggles vs. running and hiding. Passive aggressive, aggressive passive manoeuvres. Deeper currents stir feelings for where things want to go. Some experience endings or new sense of beginning. Cardinal signs and houses affected primarily are Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, and Libra. A sense of finality or completion for either what is behind you, ahead of you, or present now. Some struggle between making profits and making fun. A want to improve the quality of life, ecology, environment, home. Sudden rise or fall from power for some in coming weeks. First photos of Pluto coming in showing it to be ‘reddish’ and full of water (it appears). Pluto has a few astrological faces or expressions, one is a higher or lower octave of the planet Mars. Mars is known in esoteric circles as the fiery red planet, red for iron in the blood, cars and swords, assertive aggressive speech and action, courage or even war. Pluto can be discreet or secretive. Pluto can act instinctively and passionately from unconscious pervasive impulses. Pluto is plutocracy, plutocrats, ‘power over’ rather than ‘power through’ another. Pluto at higher levels is compassion, redemption of the dark feminine, relaying of foundations, renewal, and acts with the impulse of ‘the most for the many’ and ‘education of the poor’ ethic.
  3. Weekend of July 10th to 13, Sun square Uranus aspect. Quick changes, at times shocking revelations or insights. Sudden storms or quakes. Sudden loss or win. Depends on one’s chart whether Uranus is lucky or unlucky. Some feel need to change and update home and/or personal appearance. Strong urge to rebel, or be especially unique, even go a little crazy with needs to be free or freely express. Sudden urge to do something new. Strong creative juices, much communication and making connection. Multitasking and getting lots accomplished for some, others feel split and divide to conquer or are conquered or waylaid by diverse impulses and split personality.
  4. New Moon July 15-16th, Mercury/Mars conjunct just after opposing Pluto. All geo-poetical hotspots most likely on alert. Dangerous stormy time in weather and emotions for a number of spaces and places. Strong assertive, even aggressive, speech and action. Force and strength may need to police chaotic elements keeping in check unruly behaviour. This is not a good time to misbehave or act crazy wild. This is most likely a day we see strong need for good police and strong military. Danger of dangerous acts and violence in many parts of world. Stormy or severe emotions and weather for sure. On the positive side, there is strong assertive speech for truth, compassion, social welfare, also much political jockeying and posturing. Strong economic corporate political strategic moves positioning for future. Take extra care and caution if traveling. Avoid confrontation. Strong energetic for protecting one’s long term view and home dynamic. On an esoteric level, Raphael, the angel of healing, teams up with Michael, the archangel and time spirit for these times, and confronts darkness, ignorance, and lack of love. Or from buddhist point of view, Medicine Buddha and Manjushri, angel deva of wisdom and cutting through obstacles, team us with a secret Tara, feminine wisdom of Buddha, to bring insight, wisdom and compassion, healing, to the less fortunate, those in ignorance and delusion. At any rate, during this month, this aspect triggers very strong forces of light and dark, and brings about here and there rainbows of love and truth and colorful unforgettable experiences. The individual and collective heart of love and peace is birthing a new planetary wisdom! Good time for purification, prayer and meditation, times of beautifying and attuning to the wholeness of life. Good time for a new book from Mayflower Bookshop.
  5. Venus into Virgo on 18th makes for critical week before Venus goes retrograde on 25th to go back into Leo until Oct. 9th. Venus goes direct on Sept. 6th . Venus retro good for yoga, meditation, self reflection, and inner beautification and contemplation. Avoid un-constructive criticism. Clean, renew, and work on self to change others. Don’t take anything personal other than trying to live up to your higher self and ideals of virtue. The secret here is to let your heart shine for everyone, unconditional universal love. True yoga is the union with the higher self that is in all of us, starting with oneself.
  6. Uranus retrograde on 26th adds to Venus retro making for many unique maverick and individualistic moves, changes, reversals, and escapades of adventure and change of mind. Uranus retrograde till direct on December 25th on Christmas! Progressive aggressive moves of last few months may retreat to review and re-analyze situation. Bold individualistic maneuvers can throw others off balance during this time. Good to check with close ones before sudden surprise actions. For some its too late and too little, a retreat or reconsideration of past and future. Esoterically, the inner love looks for new ways to express and explore full nature of the self.
  7. July 21 Sun trine Saturn followed byJuly 22 Mercury trine Saturn makes for smooth wise long-term thinking and actions. Think practical, think wise, act slowly, be true to your divine stillness and pure depth. Happiness when alone or in deep silent contemplation. Good time to sign long-term secure contracts and agreements.
  8. July 23rd Sun conjunct Mercury can bring a quake or two, storms, and sudden winds of change and direction. Otherwise, it’s a wake up and smell the coffee of reality and clear thinking. Lots of new realizations about what is up and what direction or action to take to make it yet better. Good time for communications and sharing, learning, speaking, listening.
  9. July 25-26th Venus stationary retrograde and Uranus stationary retrograde while Mars squares Uranus is not good for some; for others its divine revelation not apocalypse. Extremes in weather and behavior for some, for others it’s breakthroughs and freedom. Danger of going too far with something, reaching breaking points in life. Anger and aggressive violent action day for some. Others find need to make strong changes in their day-to-day life to assure security and sense of creative freedom. Can be a day when truth and love find each other in need for change. Sudden shifts in direction or thinking. This is one of those aspects where people come unglued and do dumb things to hurt others. Danger of premature hasty actions and mistakes, misfiring, premature eruptions. Basically, Mars is need for courage to see truth, Uranus is higher truth trying to reach everyday reality. Patience and recognition needs here to overcome impulses of anger or hatred. The key here is to learn to love people for who they are and to leave them free. Jealousy and trying to control others is not love nor wise ways of educating or freeing oneself or other. Special heroics and feats of action can happen but special caution and wisdom must prevail over instinctive impulsive unconscious actions which could fail or backfire. Courage for truth and higher love is needed with this aspect.
  10. August 2nd Saturn goes direct from retrograde, wisdom and forethought emerge to redirect actions toward better futures. Mercury trines Uranus for fortunate turns of fate and positive returns of friends and luck. August 3rd Jupiter squares Saturn in the sky for many a good investment for long-term success. Our happy side wants to find a good home and garden to grow in and through. A sense of being co-creative with life, past and future now present. August is a month of strengthening foundations and securing sense of long-term direction. Good time to take off the crown and start to dig in for a gentle fall and return to earth, the inner connection, and good friends we can count on. The return of lasting qualities and virtues, good character and sustainability in sense of self and self-worth.

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