Astrological News and Views January 2013

Robert of Mayflower’s Spiritual and Astrological News and Views

January 2013, The Mayflower Bookshop (248) 547-8227


“In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

-Mark Twain (Twain must have visited the Mayflower Bookshop!)


“The heart is the proving ground of love.” -robert of mayflower

Le bon sexe est la terre s’avér d’amour.


    • With Mercury conjunct Pluto on the 6th, and Mars square Saturn on the 7th, People are going to be critical and negative, moody and fixated, blame and shame, clinging to anything keeps em afloat. Or is it just good old hard work, working for a better future? No shame or blame, just learning and growing pains? Look for tough times, hardlines, manipulative techniques, hard lines drawn in the sand, cold shoulders, estrangement, bitter behaviour, stubbornness, battered beat emotions, cold harsh weather, and political hard lines of resistance. The good side of these aspects is facing cold reality, willingness to work for desired ends, patience, persistence, perseverance in the face of conflicting odds. Good for work, yoga, OM CAFE’s healthy grounding food (Traverse City or Ferndale), and disciplined whole-hearted efforts to achieve goals. (Fixed Signs of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius, Leo affected the most, secondarily the Cardinal Signs of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, and Aries Signs and Houses). If the Fiscal Cliff isn’t figured out now or by mid February … things could get tough until July/August when a grand trine of Jupiter/Saturn/Neptune takes place bringing many a resolution and solution to economic and warring contesting sides. Kind of a Summer of Love and Peace Treaty, Good for the Economy time.
    • The Fiscal Cliff isn’t solved, it’s just bandaged and waiting on further decisions. Raised taxes on the upper wealthy and delayed spending cuts. It will take awhile to clearly see what’s happening. The end of February is tough if Congress doesn’t raise the $16 trillion federal borrowing limit so the government can keep paying its bills. House Republicans want spending cuts, Dems want tax on rich. Tendency to keep postponing … perhaps to July/August if not figured out soon … mid February latest. Tax rates and Government Spending must be agreed upon to avoid ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and confusion of economic and investment concerns. In April, transiting Pluto comes very close to opposing the USA’s Sun degree before Pluto then goes retrograde. April should reveal to us many challenges to come in 2014; especially concerning troubles with the economy, world political drama, and ecological concerns, i.e. clean air, water, and healthy food for example; also education needs for the poor or under-privileged. Uranus square USA Sun degree this coming June/July will be a quickening, an eye opener, and many a rebirth/renewal for America and Americans. February coming brings Saturn transiting to conjunct Queen Elizabeth II of England’s Mercury, and very near square to her Moon. July Saturn near opposition to her Sun. Will health or other reasons bring a King? Stay tuned.


“It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.” -Charles Baudelaire


“Love accesses what we seek, the universal in each other.” -robert of mayflower


  • New Moon on the 11th (January 10th to 18th influence) triggers many a change for the better (in time) when it comes to love, friendship, romance, family, and kids. If you love your job, your job is fun and renewing. Same with many a friend near. Challenging time for deciding who is in or who is out. Some may decide for you. Again, Cardinal and Mutable Signs and houses affected the most. Mutable Signs of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, are acting out the illusion or projection, or in serious recall and redirection, due to recent wake up call about health, romance, money, along with changing sense of self or other. Many corrections or changes of plans may occur 10th to 16th.


“Sometimes i wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” -Twain


  • Jupiter square Chiron plays into the fantasy planning or real-life acting and action, or is it a call for help? January 14th to 16th may bring way too much busy busy times, but could bring many an opportunity for future growth if you catch the time in time. Good time for social and self renewal, finding something to believe in that lifts one’s heart to higher goals and spiritual activity. Some just party harder, some fall further, but this can be a good time to heal, regenerate, renew. Can be a really good healing aspect, or good time to transition. Have you seen the Tibetan wisdom book, ‘Ultimate Healing, the Power of Compassion’ by Lama Zopa yet? Also Osho’s ‘From Medication to Meditation’? or Kushi’s ‘Macrobiotics, a Path to Total Health’? All available from Mayflower Bookshop. Good time to read ‘The Bhagavad Gita’ by Judge, a self-initiation manual from Atlantis! Really solid good spiritual read. One could really gain much spiritual wisdom from such read and study!


“Nakedness is not enough, you have to become transparent …

You are still learning, come out of retreat.” – Chogyam Trungpa


  • January 16th time period, watch out for weird psychodrama and bad love antics as Venus conjuncts Pluto. Nutty behaviour as well as high romance could collide. Great time for bodhisattva romantics and yogis. On the other hand, this is a very deep aspect for intimacy and feeling communication. Good for helping others heal or mend. Tough aspect for re-visiting woundology psychology unless you are proficient healer.


“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” -Mark Twain


  • Mars midpoints Uranus/Pluto square especially 24th to Full Moon on 26th. This could prove a damaging time or breaking point for some. Tendency to violence, going to extremes, fanatical behaviour, strong emotional outbursts or breaking points, sudden fierce storms or extreme manic depressive moods. A critical juncture in health or decision-making. A need to enforce decisions or laws. On the positive side, a struggle to find compassion and wisdom, a middle way, between warring or contesting sides between more freedom or more laws or rules, discipline. Much more debate about violence and guns, as this is aspect for those mixing medications with alcohol or drugs to go out of hand chaotic. Good time to invoke patience and compassion, as well as smart quick wisdom. Difficult aspect when it comes to travel, sports, arguments, fighting, debate, or military action. If one knows what they are doing, this could be quite the dare devil creative courageous feat or act. Outlandish speech or genius? Care needed to make sure message or communication is clear and simply understood. Could be electrical or communication breakdowns or troubles.


“No: I am not tired. I have a curious constitution. I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.”

~ Sherlock Holmes” -Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four


  • January 30th Sun square Saturn and Jupiter goes direct from retrograde (went retrograde early October 2012). Plans made last fall start to gel or come back into play. Positive plans, dreams and goals get a jump start this next few days and weeks. Mutable Signs and Houses (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, and Virgo) get a positive kick start when it comes to job, money, friendships, dreams, and goals.


“Only Love can prove Love.” -robert of mayflower


Further Notes: The Comet ‘ISON” is Coming. Maybe brighter than the Moon! And will be together in the sky with Mars, Jupiter, and Moon! The reappearance of the Christos in collective consciousness? Or is it just another phenomena to distract us from our spiritual practice and mindfulness clear light love?!? Cardinal and Mutable signs and houses affected the most! Comets bring quick rises to, and falls from, power, prestige, and grace. Often heads of state change. Many inspirations and creative deeds emerge.


From Goethe’s Faust, Act 5,

“Chorus of Angels.

Love still revealing,

Flames, becom clearer!

All, cursed with error,

Truth be their healing !

Glad self-retrieval

Free them from Evil,

In the all-folding Breast,

Bessed, to rest!”


-Faust, Bayard Taylor translation, 1870 edition


Rare Comet makes its appearance September – November 2013

Discovered November 21st, 2012, in late degrees of the astrological sign of Cancer, this portends of many positive possible changes for Cardinal Signs and Houses. This comet will perihelion at 6 degrees Sagittarius November 28th, 2013, and bring revelations and amazing insights and growth to Mutable Signs and Houses then (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo). The fact that Comet ISON was discovered a few days off from the infamous Uranus/Pluto square, and will Perihelion during Uranus/Pluto Square peak in November coming; may very well indicate huge changes and surprise discoveries when it comes to both Science and Peacemaking. Many surprises in Knowledge Wisdom, Ancients and Futuristic type, Scientific and Religious breakthroughs coming up quick. Should prove interesting and for sure indicative of an exciting year to come. Great Wine Year below the equator. Discovered near the brightest star in the Unicorn Constellation denotes possible spiritual and religious breakthroughs to truth. ‘Holy come to the point’ Batman! Mercury aspects surrounding discovery and sun’s passage indicate deep year for research and discovery, rethinking thinking. Education and what the future means is certainly in need of a mend and renewal; it may be coming.


“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” -Twain


“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” -Twain


“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” -Twain


“We have to travel both these paths, we have to experience both obstacles, the fear before the void, as well as the resistance of our own egotism. And as we thus pierce through ourselves to the other side of the will-nature, and draw near to the cosmos, as soon as we thus emerge from ourselves, we are seized by an infinite compassion, an endless sympathy with all beings.” -Rudolf Steiner, ‘Wonders of the World’ lectures.


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“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” – Oscar Wilde



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