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Astrological Newsletter March 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Robert of Mayflower’s Astrological News and Views, March 2012

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“An open heart pure and true, clear thinking not a cloud when blue, a simple walk and spirit for life, is the best of guides to find eternal life in each passing moment.” -rt


“The whole planet and all of life is a vast university. The historical moment we are in this year, is a sort of final exam, in which we not only learn if we graduate from high school and go to a college of higher learning; but we now get to find out if we will even have a world left to learn from.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi


Conquer the ignorance within oneself and the war will cease. Furthermore, it is in the discovery of who and what we are, that all great wealth and peace arise. With such work we are never unemployed, the job takes and lasts forever.


*March 1st to 5th, March 6 into 7th; Stormy weather, fights, oppositions, accidents, strong shake ups, fall outs, reaching peak out and need to turn round and think deeply about how one’s own actions create future karma. Beginning of March and end of March loaded with war like, storm like, aggressive aspects. Many relationships (business, personal, friendships) need to go to a higher level of spiritual integrity, virtue, and qualitative life style; or perish is a storm of negative reaction, projection, and little mindedness. Good time to find higher octave of harmony, intelligence, constructive critique for self and other, and compassion, peace. Good aspects for getting lots of work done. Bad aspects for just working on others to be at fault. Such aspects may bring intense storms as well as early spring moments. This could be a time when some things fall apart, depart, or impart new arts, ramparts, and co-heart in higher truths and love struggles to incarnate new forms out of old. Ominous or good time (depending on personal chart) for starting or ending affairs of the heart, business, or political ties. Good for both birth and death (the middle of March brings spiritual mass attunement, the beginning and end of March is strange karma time for many). Relationships, work, calling, home; its all up for grabs or re-consideration and re-construction. This early and late March is a very feisty time where many relations and arrangements, struggle or fight to survive. Struggle to make it in or out, to be on the top, or fight to avoid hitting bottom hard. Good for the fight for truth, love, and a higher calling, freedom to learn and express. Extremes in the weather, a warring of opposites, warrior moves and reactions. Upsetting emotions and difficulties in relationships which are fixated in negative fixations and obsessions such as jealousy, anger, attachment, projection, possessiveness, and control freaking. (See m’new song ‘Bigger Love’ on YouTube mayflowerbookshop channel for further insights, the ‘ONE SKY’ song was inspired by OSHO book that title). This is a big month for wanting a ‘bigger love’ in self and other (in self usually prevents the war). A general lack of compassion and higher spiritual freedom with early and late March aspects, so take care. Positive side is courage, conviction, strength for standing up for what is right to do for oneself, honoring long held virtues and family traditions. The problem is when one forces others rather than enlightens oneself with freedom. while respecting other. With Mercury conjunct Uranus March 5th and again on the 18th, Some people grow quick with unexpected positive surprises, others flip out not able to grow or change. New insights or personal revelations cause shake ups in status quo. Expect a month of constant intellectual change and challenge when it comes to day to day activities, job, relationship, and decisions concerning home (where, and who to live with, arrangements). There is a tendency to fix it or get rid of it. Interesting upsets or turn around bring new possibilities. March 7th good day to plan garden, spring, and summer plans and venue. Avoid the negative path. Unless constructive critique, purifying diets, pulling the weeds of unruly emotions, avoid conflicts escalating with other. Uranus and Mars aspects often precipitate events before actual aspect occurs, recent shootings and tornado, storms reveal such precipitate events. Needless to say, this could be a wild month for storms and unbridled emotions. Positively speaking, spiritually brave souls for truth and love arise.


There are many people I’d tell to ‘Go To Hell’, but it seems they’re already there. -Captain Bob and the Paddleboat Erie.


There is no solid forever permanent heaven, each day we must rediscover the garden within each other. There is the Great Work to be found. -Trebore Tau Bodhi



*March 8th, Full Moon crosses equator to ‘stir it up’. Stormy? Sudden shifting of technique or strategy. Switching inner to outer, outer to inner? Constructive criticism vs destructive criticism? Good time to clean, fix up, catch up, and honor the other’s views. Good time to be the love and truth you’re looking for.


My goal is this: always to put myself in the place in which I am best able to serve, wherever my gifts and qualities find the best soil to grow, the widest field of action. There is no other goal.” -Herman Hesse, N&G.


*March 9th, Moon triggers Uranus/Pluto, freedom and need for security struggle to find lasting truth and love. An emotionally and intellectually charged day revealing hints as to the coming few years. Remember, everyone has a right to their experience, even if they are wrong. Teaching by example goes far here, as does patience and cautious or wise words. Create time to be silent, listening to the whole of life’s teaching and subtle direction. Protest one’s own lack of talents and creative response. True humility only comes in the face of a higher spiritual recognition, seeing. Knowing one doesn’t have the answer to help another find peace and enlightenment is the humility that opens the door to learning. As long as we are willing to learn, we will never grow old and harden against higher love and truth.


*March 10th Moon Perihelion. Things get delivered, come to understanding, intensify, become realized, and are cognized or faced. Good time for dealing with things, otherwise need to compromise or make peace, not confront.


Each of us must learn to ensoul our money, our work, our givings and offerings with the purpose and intention of world peace, loving kindness, compassion and freedom to all. Such universal intention multiplies our wealth and good return, our reincarnation into the next moment or life. -Trebore Tau Bodhi


*March 12th, Mercury goes Retrograde in Aries returning to Pisces on 23rd, going Direct April 4th. Mercury retrograde, unless well aspected to your natal chart, is a time to go back over the past and fix up things. Difficult time for new beginnings or new starts. Good time to stop fighting others and resisting what life is teaching you. This Mercury retrograde tends to make many tire of fighting all the time, or struggling just to be oneself.


“This isn’t as simple as an experience of Harry Potter and friends, pre and post puberty rites. Its not just a taste of life away from the parents, this is a real Lord of the Rings, experience. The world is in trouble and huge monstrous shadows of darkness (ignorance, selfishness, pollution, greed, fear) are coming to the little hobbits still sleeping in small personal comforts and little universal thinking. If you really take a look, there is probably a Gandolf knocking on your door now!” -Captain Bob and the Mississippi Paddleboat Thunder Fun


*March 13th (active all mid March!) Jupiter/Venus trine Pluto; Lover’s bliss and whole life connection, the leaping into the sunshine of the Heart. The tantra of love and devotion, right action and universal harmony is vibe now. (avoid gluttony). Happiness in the journey aspect abound. Good for locking into good strong connections, long term goals and sure foundations. The ability to see and feel the archetypal good, true, and beautiful. (Basically Venus/Jupiter grand trines Mars and Pluto benefiting all earth signs and houses. See yr chart). Women rise to power, new beauty and arrangement. (A woman VP?). Look in your natal chart for what houses Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. Virgo (and Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini) being hit by Mars retrograde needs this positive vibe moment. This is rough month for these signs, and everyone;s houses such signs in!). The Stock Markets could be doing well at this time. If they fall a bit, its due to profit taking. Such aspects mid March often find some people making lots of money easily and without much effort. Its also an aspect, on the down side, when some people lose big money due to throwing caution to the wind, wanting something for little or no effort or work, and lost due to over estimation of self. Avoid self aggrandizement, bragging, ego inflationary activities. Goethe’s cue is ‘Too much good is evil’. Too much of a good thing can hurt one. Everything in moderation. None-the-less, Mid march if full of exciting aspects for positive new meetings and connections, group endeavors, positive news economically in the short and long run view. Good for peace making and plenty of positive vibe. A much necessary break from the grind. Sometimes such aspects portend of the death of highly celebrated personality. New arts and cultural impulses arise at this time.


The Economy isn’t the worst problem facing America, its our life style! It’s the lifestyle that creates economy. We don’t need more money, we need more loving kindness, sharing and caring for each other. -Capt. Bob and the Queen Paddleboat Maya Gaia.


The economy that will not economize is an unruly adolescent pleasure seeker, addicted to the fear of one’s own mortality while quickening oneself to such bitter end. -Captain Bob and the Tugboat Land sing Anyways U Can.


The economy will economize when each of us discovers our own inner wealth and fullness of heart, our spiritual treasure and psychic gifts; otherwise, nothing outwardly is capable of filling the hole or emptiness within. Virtue Mind Training is the wholeness capable of fulfilling and transcending, crossing the abyss of pain and suffering in this samsara carnival.  Deep within there is a great peace. Seek that first. -robert of mayflower



*March 14th (operative 11th to 18th). Venus conjunct Jupiter, Venus trine Mars, and retrograde Mars trining both Jupiter and Pluto. Many interesting love and higher spiritual connections being made now. Spiritual alliances working for higher causes. Good aspects for romance, marriage (even plans), new business plans or arrangements, long term and short term goals for greater happiness. Danger of extravagance or over doing, drinking, partying. End of month reveals if you made the right moves. Middle of the month is magic spring dance. This whole time period of 11th to 18th gives vision and voice, feeling and higher attunement to our future in who and what we want to be. The end of the month is the energetic attempt to begin the work and journey of getting to our higher envisioned intuited place and self. This could cause some ground shaking reactions and responses from our past to arise. i.e.. Karma gets shook up and worked out so we can grow.


“It will never be possible for us to obtain a dishonorable victory over natural law.” -Manly Hall


“Love is the true way to peace. Fear freezes, anger burns, hate destroys, jealousy deforms, ignorance numbs, delusions throw out, our own future possibility. When we begin to discern and learn about our own karma and many reincarnations, the spell of bad luck is dispelled. True freedom and love may now emerge. Look to one’s own heart for all true predictions and prophecies.” -robert of mayflower, from the Charity begins at Home Talk.


*March 17-18th, Vesta squares Pluto in sky, Flaming on or off? Hot then cold? Many a hot shot waivers, many a slow one now quickens.. Strong determination to transcend, win, upset, intellectually debate, or even rise to truth. Success  comes from harmonizing the inner and outer, higher and more earthly worlds in truth and love for all. Negatively its the dilemma of the virgin and the whore, the pure virtue and the day to day matter of fact needs. The ideal and practical making ends meet in ever new beginnings. Conflict between warrior goddess/mom need to win or make right, vs need to surrender or flow to flower avoiding feeling used. Avoid smothery motherly or selfish benedictions. Mercury conjunct Uranus second time this month shocks many with new awareness, truth, insights, and sudden need to re-think or re-examine one’s position or direction. Good for living the truth, avoiding just ‘telling it like it is’.


“Its not about going to Mars or beyond, its about transcending the burdensome gravity of false materialism and attachment to form, to something that we wish to last forever and be solid. There is no such thing, everything changes, everything is up for grabs and rediscovery; even you. Fear is clinging to perishables. Love is the selfless mother of compassion.” -robert of mayflower


*March 19th Pisces Moon conjunct Neptune late evening makes for weird, but perhaps, psychic dreams and premonitions. Good for pre-cognitive visionary, musical, advertising flashes, networking connections, seeking higher connections, future connections, as well as redeeming past. Avoid false nostalgia or day dreaming. Good for higher connections, not always good for practical everyday reality or commitments.


“Often in separation or divorce; spiritual and moral ethical behaviour, even religion or spiritual life, is rudely cast aside. Social pretense and idealistic or superficial facade is stripped bare, and the barbaric selfish egotistic survivor instinct of an avenging god holds unconscious angry hostile expression oft leading to deeds with little or no concern for virtue, intelligence, wisdom, or insight into what should be nor what once was family, friends, social network, or bigger love or world outside the little selfish self.” -Roberre Ribbons


*March 20th, Spring Equinox, Sun crossed equator; avoid conflicts and unnecessary speech or travel. From 20th to 24th, time rocks and swirls too quickly with too many things happening all at once. Weird shake ups, break ups, turn-a-rounds, loss, separation, even death (of dream or ritual, habit). Juno squares Mars and Chiron around 21st (love quarrels or fun roll around?), maverick wild moves for fun, love, and profit. Moon crosses equator 22nd on New Moon/Uranus/Mercury causing wild weather and storm with both nature and emotions. A heads up and ground quaking shake up time coming now and in next few weeks. World Hot Spots erupt, complaints or rioting or protest arise. Strong voices for change with need for higher wisdom to guide. Need for true virtuous world leadership to arise. Morality based on universal principles of love, truth, lasting freedom and responsibilities needed for such may arise at this time. This last two weeks of March brings many a change like it or not to many a domain. Also brings many new breakthroughs in science, computers, economic understanding, politics, and relationship. World reality and personal little down home reality have trouble meeting on harmonious ground. Good time to let go and let God (or Goddess) when it comes to earth changes, and changes due to things outside or bigger than you. On the other hand, if you know what you’re doin, try catching a big wave and ride. Big week for big news world wide and nation wide. Lots of changing chairs, loss of chairs, and new chairs appearing.


“The reason more people can’t realize the world is heading in the wrong direction, is that if they did, they’d have to turn themselves in.” -Captain Bob and the Paddle Boat Fanny May.


*On 24th Sun conjuncts Uranus. A sense of explosion or jolt, finality and sure change is in the air. A time of quickening and revelation. This whole last 5 days here may reveal over the top heroics, but also foolhardiness antics, shake ups and upsets, break ups and break through. Lots of wild ever changing and at time aggressive energies. Innovative breakthroughs or breakdowns. Reset or upset, re-tune or out-of-tune aspect. Good for change, hard on the unchanging.


Many people in the last 30 years have really come out with themselves, their personality and ego desires, wants, and personal expression. Looking at the world situation, it may be time for many more to turn in, tune in, intern, and return to the inner core center, the city of gold, the heart of being, becoming, be-ness. Only the Transcendental can transcend, only the loving ones be loved. -Captain Bob and the Upper Lake Superior


*March 25 Moon conjunct Jupiter, a quick and small aspect but pleasing when socializing, making friends, hanging out for fun and pleasure. Good time to catch a breath and good dinner and friend. Good time to make oneself at home with oneself too.


It used to be in a past history where our world was big and our problems small. Now the world is small and our problems big. Buddha wisely said to look for the middle way and avoid extremes. Jesus got crucified between the two, but also arose. Jesus said where two or more of you gather, I will be there. The Christos, the Mind, the Word. Jungian’s say ‘hold the tension of opposites’. Pythagoreans see a unity or a trinity and avoided opposites or duality. Unless initiate truth was to be revealed duality brings war. Jewish mysticism has the cabala, the middle pillar, to balance mercy and severity. The center of the interlaced triangles of Solomon’s Seal is the same. It is here that the solar hero arises. Brahma and Shiva have Vishnu. Its seems a middle way, a going to the celtic crossroads, is now upon us again for better or worse. Let us be centered in love and peace, the truth of who we essentially are. – Aria Fairchild, the STAAR Journal


*March 27th, Venus at greatest elongation (no joke) east from Sun. New beginnings, re-beginning, starting over or looking deep within for new ways to renew, awaken, rise in love and awareness. (earth signs and fixed signs feel it the most). Tendency to reach far  within or without for true love and love for truth.


The world will change when we learn ‘to become’ rather than ‘to acquire’ or ‘possess’. When we learn that we are the world, we are the walking book, we are the temple of Spirit Self, change will become only learning. There is no shame of blame, only learning. The world is a book of changes, an ever learning turn of the page. Stop trying to forever rearrange facts to solidify our own false security and ego. Only when we seek, learn, talents rather than seek luxuries,will real change take place. New aspirations of becoming rather than ambitions for finished products and material wealth alone is key to true happiness. It is time to have ‘spiritual access’, not just ‘material possess’. It is time to put everything to right use and not be held in bondage by our own fear and desires, our possessions and obsessions with what yet to possess. It is time to ascend in awareness while being here now, not flying to somewhere something else. The ‘cling-ons’ are the bad guys, be cling free of attachments. Be the truth and love you want. Give what you desire. Generosity of self makes one beautiful. -Trebore Tau Bodhi


*March 28th Mercury crosses equator, could make for stormy weather, or is it just new insights that ‘storm into view’?


If we are going to remain civilized and not return to barbaric warring tribes and gangs, a New World, a Spiritual Economy, a Soul Economy, needs arise within and before us quickly, before the tides of chaos both man made and nature reactive finally reacting at a massive level befalls us. -Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower


*March 29-30 Sun square Pluto and Moon trigger; negative emotions eat at you? Or is it time to do another personal laundry, purification, and re-attunement to higher calling and true virtue motivation. Avoid destructive habits and/or unhelpful negative criticism. Good time for healing up, catching up, fixing up, renewing. Avoid tearing it up or terrorizing it up.


Blessings, robert of Mayflower


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Astrological News and Views February 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Robert of Mayflower Bookshop’s
Astrological News and Views February 2011
(248) 547-8227

“Anger weakens us; truth strengthens us.” -Steiner, The Mission of Truth

This is a month where many jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. In other words, ‘haste makes waste’ and ‘anger just turns up the heat, not the intelligence nor ‘wisdom-compassion’; the two wings of the true heart spirit-soul. Good month to brave the dark, be yourself, tell the truth and love everyone.

“You’re leaping over the hedge before you come to the stile.” -Don Quixote

The ego is unfree because it is ensnared in the toils of anger, of passion and the like. -Steiner, The Concepts of Original Sin and Grace, May 3, 1911

Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason. Know this to be the enemy: it is anger, born of desire. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Making ourselves accountable, more often than not, helps others to count.” -Captain Bob of the Princess Lake Paddle Boat

*Feb. 2nd to 6th, New Moon applying in aspect to Mars then on to Neptune midpointing Uranus/Mercury make for much confusion, stormy weather, and misguided intention, delusion and tricks of the mind. ‘Much ado about nothing’? Sun conjunct Mars on 4th makes for swift aggressive moves both militarily and economically. Smart quick decision making taking action making for lots of strong winds, storm, and energy (esp 2nd to 6th Feb). Stormy weather, extreme weather and behavior, aggressive actions, crazy daze for sure! Good aspect for striving for one’s highest ideals and dreams. Often indicates everything from Don Quixote to Parzival, Shakespeare to Faust, 007 to Mad Max; Comedy and tragedy is at a high this month. Avoid Anger and psychodrama obsession. Courage for truth and love prevails but wisdom and compassion need be close consultants.

“Anger is the wine of fools” -Trebore Tau Bodhi

Hey! Is this Super Bowl week or what!? Astrologically tough call. Packers may or may not win on the TV. There’s 2 Super Bowls, the gambling one and the tv one. Last year Vegas Casinos declared that without the gambling one, there’d be no tv one. Didn’t i say this years ago on WJR Radio with J.P.McCarthy?! Yes! With Moon/Venus/Jupiter aspecting Sunday night, its gonna be one wild night for parties and fun.

On the whole, February is good month to deal with problems rather than avoiding. Catch up on all work. Many Mars aspects this month makes for bravery and courage for ideals, throwing oneself into solving problems and getting work done. Take care that Mars doesn’t end you up in arguments and feisty nasty fights of egotism and delusion, false dreams and control freaking, erroneous ways, illusions, fakers and lies. Honesty and Hard work go far this month. Long term practical ideals encourage one to prevail. Be brave for the higher truth and love living in us all. Be careful of partial facts throwing you off course from spiritual values, virtues, and higher morality. This month will have many of us re-examining the roots of violence, anger, hatred, and negative emotion psycho-drama, with emphasis on the ‘psycho’, and the ‘sci-fi’.

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” -Emerson
“A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.” Winston Churchill

“”Truth is a stern goddess, she demands to be at the center of a unique love in our souls. If a man fails to get away from himself and his desires and prefers something else to her, she takes immediate revenge.” -Steiner, Mission of Truth

Venus square Uranus on 2nd makes for amazing kisses, but also struggles tween love and freedom. security and growth. Good aspect for creative flair, poetic genius, and fights or flights for freedom. Other daze to invoke one’s higher angelic virtues and spiritual courage (rather than anger and taking things personally, woundology psychology, violence, political and religious unrest, argument, and insane craziness) possibly include; Feb. 6th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 24th, and 25th.

In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.”
– William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, 1.1

*Feb. 3rd to March 26 Venus goes into Capricorn making in time a more practical and secured approach to long term love and friendship. Striving for mutual goals and shared respect and responsibility with realistic plans for the future strengthens family friendship ties now.

“To strive against truth leads to humanly degrading egoism. Love of truth is the only love that sets the Ego free.” -Steiner, Mission of Truth

Feb 3rd beginning of the Chinese Year of the Metal Rabbit. Look for more passive aggressive people meeting aggressive passive people. Persistent and, at times, obsessive lovers, friends. Rabbits are all ears and good listeners. Metal Rabbits are tough lovers, hard driving workers, and don’t take things personally, tough skinned. Nibbling ears anyone? Other rabbit people include that bunny boy Tiger Woods, Frank SINatra, John Mellencamp, Marvin Gaye, Huey Lewis, along with Tina Turner, Muddy Waters, Brad Pitt and Angelina jolie, and even Drew Barrymore.

“The Duke: I invent information about a country and sell it to others stupid enough to believe it.
Miquel de Cervantes: Seems a sound proposition. What brought you here?
The Duke: A lapse of judgment. I told the truth.” -Don Quixote

*Feb 9th Venus conjunct Pluto into Feb.10th Venus reaches peak south before heading north. Avoid loving others for just who you want them to be. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be yourself, work on yourself, to effect real change. Expect atmospheric and love disturbances, reshuffling, and rebalancing. Venus envy? Deep insights into what works and what doesn’t work in matters of love, friendship, children, elderly. Feelings of deep commitment and bonding, yet needing down time alone to ponder and contemplate, meditate. Learning from mistakes and backing up to catch one’s breath at this time is a good yoga. Avoid sticky control freaks and those who manipulate with guilt or shame. Painful awareness of difficulty in relationships. A need for time alone (with self and/or that special other).

“The truth is more important than the facts.” -Frank Lloyd Wright

*Feb. 14th is Valentine’s Day and Tim Buckley’s Birthday. Avoid ‘The War of the Roses’ scenario as well as feelings of nihilistic avoidance of one’s higher callings and virtues. Protect the ‘little ones’ and care for the elderly. Help those less fortunate to lift your spirits. Mercury trine Saturn good for writing in journal, paying up bills, long term thinking and planning, gaining wisdom from the past.

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.
-Carl Jung

“Sancho: They say one madman makes a hundred and love makes a thousand.
Aldonza: What does that mean?
Sancho: I’m not sure.” -Don Quixote

*Feb. 16th-18th Full Moon Fever. More winter storm coming? Fantasy and over the top escapes and escalades of mad rapture may land one hard to the ground of reality. Sun conjunct Neptune followed by Venus square Saturn makes for zany weather and hard cold reality checks. Also for imaginative leaps into the dark future followed by a bump of reality and down to earth practicality. Where is one’s higher calling, vocation, right work and relationship? Are you founded on virtuous spiritual ideals? Falling short in the love, wealth, and health projections?Taking a beating or are you fleeing from self imposed images and fantasies. Full Moon at end of Leo quickly followed by Virgo Moon may reveal how one’s egotistic view may block one’s right mind truth ground. Review self when it comes to one’s personal and higher calling, work, relationships, and health.

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell

Feb. 19th lunar perigee near the equator adds to the far out full moon fling turning many a wheel into Sunday’s new mind grind for a better future that includes you.

Resentment is the father of anger, selfishness the mother. -Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower

Feb. 20th Mercury/Mars/Neptune conjunct following Moon opp Uranus/Jupiter. Good time for the arts, music, creative speech and prayer. Bad time to argue, fight, or go crazy. Extra caution needed to avoid accidents or being carried away with oneself. One may want to ‘Look before You Leap!’. The best laid plans of mice and men may go astray. Avoid being stuck on too structured of a day. Go with the tao, with the flow, be water seeking sound ground and pond of playful security. Great day for all artistic, musical, and creative adventure in writing, play, adventure, and pursuing dreams. Difficult day for playing accountant, detective, inquisitor, or materialistic judge of others affairs. Avoid not paying attention to practical down to earth things. Avoid artificial or too rich of foods that can make one over acidic or feel weak, sick. Difficult aspect when it comes to economic reality, geo-political hotspots, and fast talk. Beware of lies and lipstick, far flung wild money schemes and far-a-way dreams.
Feb 22nd Mars enters Pisces till April 1st. Passive people get aggressive, aggressive ones get passive. Crazy turn inside out aspect this Mars in Pisces. Take extra care to avoid food poisoning, others crazy plots and inflated dreams and schemes, and wild no where rides or travels. Good for artistic, musical, and spiritual relationships.
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” -Ben Franklin

Feb 25th Jupiter square Pluto with Moon conjunct Pluto on 27th brings a few dayz of seriously reconsidering all big plans and over night success stories. Greed, ego, selfishness; or social concern for the less fortunate. Ecological difficulties. Such aspects are notorious for making or losing large amounts of money/emotions/investments. Such aspects intensify need for social change, banking changes, concerns about social security, taking care of the less fortunate. One can regenerate or degenerate at faster pace. Make it or break it in big big ways aspect. The big shooters come out. This is the third of 3, Last 2 Jupiter sq. Pluto were June 24th and July 2nd. This aspect thus in effect for the last several months.

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.” -Aristotle

*****other news in the news:
*The Detroit Public Library is looking to close branches and lay off 20% of staff and cut pay by 10% for starts. With Borders on the brink of bankruptcy and Barnes and Noble having their own difficulties, what will people read? Bills?

It’s been recently reported that women ask for a divorce two thirds more often than men. I think what’s really going on is that men ask once and expect the woman to get it, women have to ask 3 times before a man begins to hear what she’s saying. Men want to feel what the woman is saying or doing, women just immediately intellectually get what men say and do. What do you think?

So lets get this right. The news reports that men quarrel and hit women more often during the Super Bowl. Its the largest gambling day of the year. And the news also reports that police are cracking down on Super Bowl day and city for the largest sex slave day of the year??! Jeez….., what is the Super Bowl anyway? And i thought it was entertaining advertisements and half time music!

Farmland birds in UK continue to drop in population dying out, as many as ½ as many birds since 1970. Pollution and cell phones? Who knows?!

News reports Sex Desires down in Japan. Too much porn and computers?

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” -Dale Carnegie

“Some things that count can’t be counted; some things that can be counted don’t count.” – Albert Einstein
From Rudolf Steiner—
“A small number of the seventh sub-race of the fifth root-race will become the true sons of the Kundalini fire. They will be permeated with its full power. They will provide the material, they will pass it on to the leaders of those who will develop: man further. Thus is the fifth root-race directed to the heights which kindle the divine fire; thus is kindled out of inmost depths with holy fervor the divine principle which no longer separates man from man, but evokes brotherliness as far as the human understanding reaches. And thus far shall brotherliness be quickened in our own root-race and in the next. This fire will live in single individuals; and in those who are initiated in the course of the fifth root-race there already lives a spark of this divine fire which is the capacity for brotherliness and will put an end to separation.
But it is only in its beginning, it is still hidden, veiled by the existing life of separation. The power of kama (lower desire) still conceals the Kundalini fire. And because it emerges in veiled form as premonition, as foreboding, in the immediate future it will assume another character. On the plane of illusion the divine fire is the divine wrath. When the whole of mankind is permeated by this brotherliness it will become the divine love. But so long as it makes itself felt in individuals as zeal, it is the divine wrath. It asserts itself by working with great power in individuals and since the others are not yet ripe enough, it manifests itself as the divine wrath.
The poet, the initiate, who speaks of such things, always expresses this at the outset of his poem.” -Steiner, Greek and Germanic Mythology in the Light of Esotericism, chap. 4, the Trojan War
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January 2011 Astrological Newsletter

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

“Every path into the spiritual world goes through the heart.”
-Rudolf Steiner, from the Contents of Esoteric Classes, 8-24-1910

News and Views from Robert of Mayflower—

1. January 4th New Moon in Capricorn with Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Pisces, along with Venus in strong aspect to Jupiter/Uranus/Neptune makes for intense changes in love life, investments, and strong shifts in weather right up to Full Moon on the 19th. Storms of change and storms of love quake and shake things up. Unrealistic expectations or projections on others may pop your balloon. When Venus leaves self oriented heat seeking Scorpio and goes into Sagittarius on 7th, take care that vanities don’t change into profanities; or is it secret profanities become new vanities. Gosh, ideals need to come to the ground of reality. Negative emotions or false dreams can catch one unawares in the mirror of reality, in the school of hard-knocks its about what works. All creative actions to free one’s inner artist or to embrace a more universal love and peace, prosper one’s journey. This next few weeks is a critical time to overcome obstacles to true self and goals including the world around you. Avoid unnecessary criticism and extremes in behavior. Lots of sudden luck can occur now; but also, danger of misfortune and sudden ‘falling outs’ due to inflated ‘carried away’ emotions or unrealistic fantasies. With all Sun Sign indications, check your own personal chart for where such signs land in your chart. Cardinal Signs (Cap/Cancer/Lib/Aries) need be more patient keeping in mind the long term picture. If running naked out in the field, don’t sit down in the nettle patch. Be diplomatic among the animal farm of fear and desire. Fixed Signs (Taurus/Leo/Scorp/Aquarius) need take care not to misfire and shoot themselves in the foot. Its hard to be glamourous if you’re hammered or hammering. The Doctor Jekyll-Mr.Hyde in that special other is only out done by that same polarity turned inside out in you. Remember, Captain Bob says, “Don’t burn bridges behind you unless you’ve finished crossing the river”. Mutable Signs (Gem/Virg/Sag/Pisces) continue to grow, learn anew, and make positive progressive changes this month. You are setting the stage for much more prosperity and security in the next 3 years. Take care that your immediate family/friends are really your friend. Avoid telling your secrets to false friends who gossip. Some friends are anchors for sure; but some friends are dropping the anchor as well as your secrets, in wrong places. Dead weight friends or fair weather friends? Keep the hard working ones, the loving ones, the playful ones, and let go of the rest. The Solar Eclipse on the 4th signifies many a parting of old ways for new roads, and inroads, to better futures. Luck is with those who creatively continue to engage a bigger picture holding the whole world, the whole spiritual community, in mind and heart. This is a bit of fun aspect wanting to get rid of what is too burdensome or unworthy of one’s higher virtues and spirit, letting go in the spirit of the moment. Next two weeks or more carries a wilder healthy spirit for the world. Seems like half the world is lost, and the other half is found; both keep looking for each other. Sitting still and listening with the heart is the only solution is see at this point. Chit is getting wild…
2. January 7th Sun square Saturn makes for cold reality day or two. Keep your nose to the grindstone, or is it a good day to avoid drinking hard, driving hard, or hard nosed affairs. Good for wisdom but oft lacking loving kindness and compassion, that old saturn. ‘Who is not the miller, is the grain’; is an old axiom that comes to mind. Money, friends, job, and the past against the future all need a re-tuning, patience, endurance, and appreciation. Old friends show up now at the oddest moments. As usual, give all these exact times a day or two before or after to feel the full affect and even, effect.
3. January 10-11th, Mercury square Uranus/Jupiter followed by Mars sextiles Uranus/Jupiter on 12-13th. Good days to set the wheels in motion for new projects and better communications leading to better futures. Lots of new initiatives leading us into a better year. Truth and practical reality now get results looked for. Tendency to quickly adjust oneself for the sake of future needs and realities. Intuitive innovative changes day by day, moment by moment now occur. Good aspects for intellectual intercourse or sex. (Yes, without love nothing really works…i know.)
4. January 18th Mercury conjunct Pluto. Good day for deep research or catching up with past mistakes and trying to correct, or dharma it. Strong news and decisions concerning the economy and money matters. Bad day for laying negative rap on others. Strong drive to know the truth or facts. Good day to avoid aggressive hard driven maniacs and control freaks. Outspoken honesty needs wisdom and compassion as wings to avoid the pit bull attacks of ignorance and delusion. Good time for deep thinking practical considerations. Avoid quirky ‘get rich’ quick schemes. Frank leadership needs to avoid the traps of pride, envy, greed, jealousy, anger, gluttony, and sloth. Avoid unnecessary travel on 18th, 7th, 24th-26th. (these last dates along with 4th and 10th could also be difficult weather days). Good time to donate to this free astrological spiritual newsletter. 10 years off purgatory! Sorry, just kidding. But good time to be sweet…
5. Jupiter goes into Aries on 22nd initiating a year of prosperity and good luck to Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius). Advancements and much new growth. Libra, Capricorn, Cancer need to take care not to ‘over-do’ nor go to ‘extremes’; but these cardinal signs get invited to many a new stage of higher learning, growth, and fun. Check your own chart for what house Aries is in to see where Santa may have hidden special gifts for you.
6. Other news gone by me include—-

*Julian Assange–pluto mars opp sun natal and sq uranus natal (july 9th, 71; Townsville Australia). Jupiter/Uranus trine natal Venus while close to conj. Mars, sextiles Jupiter/Nep. Lots of ups and downs and surprises from to to this boy. He is a wild card…
*Weird animal deaths in Arkansas, Birds falling from sky and dead fish on river banks. The apocalypse of the animals? Gosh, what will that do to our love life? The earth is in ecological turmoil as we near the myth reality of the end of a natural world and end of the Mayan Calendar 2012.
*Voyager Space Probe after 33 years is about to leave the solar system…now in the heliopause threshold leaving the heliosphere. Scientists predict within next few years that Voyager will be outside the solar system and in the interstellar space between stars. Most of our leaders have been outside the solar system for years. Is there really life on earth? Might be time to re-enter our moment in time, seeing it as if for the first time!?! Please sign up for our ‘I’m not going to heaven but staying on earth’ sign up list now!
*Ex Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick continues to have difficult aspects astrologically speaking, and it won’t be a surprise if more legal troubles on the way.
*Legalize marijuana and stop the mexican drug wars? It would also be a good way to make most americans honest; bringing many a new job to the market. There is definitely a need to rediscover fasting and meditation in this world. Seems like everybody is on something. Just for your personal info, i don’t smoke.
*It has been reported that another 16oo missing persons each year in detroit! Have they looked in the Casinos? Reality is stranger than fiction and addictions. We need more family, friends, social community net to catch our brothers and sisters.
*In December a medical group of doctors asked Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to impose a moratorium on new fast food restaurants citing a study showing Detroit has more fast-food restaurants than four other cities with similar population count, and that the high-fat and meat-heavy diets contribute to heart disease which kills 3,400 detroiter’s a year; obesity being cited as another problem with fast-food diets. Om Cafe anybody? Inn Season? Where is brown rice and miso soup when you need it. Still my favorite cookbook, Turner’s ‘Self Healing Cookbook’. Its been a long time coming! Food is really important to healthy body and thinking.
*Kosovo’s illegal market in human organs business exposed. Ahhh…..the rich sick organ buyers. The ego, “Me, Mine, My”…..gods and pirates of samsara. When we don’t learn and understand the principles of Karma and Reincarnation, as taught in theosophy, tibet, Steiner; the world’s thinking gets very ‘this shore’ little. Where Compassion? Where future life? Where the love? Where the eternal spark each heart bares?
*News reports that fake and impostor doctor worked out of Royal Oak’s Beaumont hospital and Western Michigan University for last 15 years; he was found out and fired. Hamman trained hospital staffers and directed simulated medical exercises. He lied about being an MD and having a Ph.D.. Liars and cheats in the medical profession? Doctors die younger than any other profession. Some think due to poor diet. Stress perhaps? What kind of food is in hospitals? Tricky stuff…, but how to be healthy, wealthy in spirit, and wise?
*Other news….discovers….that ‘Bright city lights interferes with cleansing process of dark night’. see
Meditate….bring back the dark! Hey? Didn’t Niagara already have this idea. I talk about it in a new article in Crazy Wisdom Journal out of Ann Arbor. Holy, holy, holy dark stillness to receive the universal truth and love to shine from our hearts!
*Well one way to conquer China, President Obama is making headway at China buying our beef. What’s the beef? Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson thought American diet should be centered on GRAINS! They have to be crazy to buy the beef. But alas, i am a vegetarian…
*Miami Call Girl prostitution ring busted in detroit hotels….i listened to some sport’s jock on radio in detroit asking listeners to call in if they think this all should be legalized so we (the taxpayers) can make the money rather than pimps. Reality is stranger than fiction. Sex is sports for many. Love is some lost ideal at the church of bingo…
*Captain Beefheart dead at 69. Famous musician and artist of Frank Zappa daze.
*Crystal Harris, 24 yrs. old engaged to be married to Playboy (boy?) hugging and still wagging the tail, Hugh Hefner; now 84 yrs. old. The ‘Hug Hef’’er’ is creating his own way to confront Ageism in society.
*Internet equality at risk. Duh!? Just figured that out? Transnationals taking it over methinks…
*In late december, Australia down under got heavy snow in their summer, and now is flooding terribly. California breaking records with tons of rain: unholy end of Mayan Calendar Batboy.
*Blowhards? Fox News? No…..
*Not on fox news…sex slavery round the world…from the stupor bowl to this one….the world’s crazy. Its the ‘Golden Ass’ all over again, seems the neo-platonic boys got it right. Where’s Venus when you need her? See,
*Its obvious that what people are saying and what they are doing seem in quite opposite directions. Freedom, truth, love, kindness to all living things, is at stake. Its time we all live what we secretly think and feel, in the open, without cover ups, true to self and other. Otherwise, the world is ending before it ends. Take forever to figure it, but there is no time like now. -Trebore Tau Bodhi

*A John Perry Barlow tweet, “We have reached a point in our history where lies are protected speech and the truth is criminal.”
*The average person visits the toilet 2500 years, the time of the precession of the equinox. Same amount of breaths in a day. Top to bottom we are connected to earth and stars, the heart mind stream is another thing.
“These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship,” he said. “They only like people when they’re on their way up … I cannot be on the way up again. -John Lennon, from final interview
“What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interesting in being a dead (expletive) hero. .. So forget ’em, forget ’em.”
-John Lennon, from his final interview
Here’s a quote from recently published Blavatsky book , She was always so brave to live the spiritual life. Each of us holds the infinite, in an ever changing form. Each of us is a spark of sunshine, each a temple and temple of the universal good, true, and beautiful. Some just get a bit buried, but in time, all shine out truth and love—

“The early Christians until the beginning of the third century would not hear of temples, or rites, or ceremonies, or churches or anything of the kind. That which is called a church in Paul is simply a gathering and an assembly in a room; there were no churches, no rites, nothing at all. You know what this {Minucius} Felix says: he says, “you say that we are not pious because we have not temples, and this, that, and the other, but we cannot have a temple, for where is the temple that is large enough to contain the Almighty and the Absolute?” This is his argument, that went dead against the temples.”

-H.P.Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine Commentaries, The previously Unpublished 1889 Instructions, just published

“Perception can be categorized into three levels: experience, emptiness, and luminosity. The perception of emptiness is the absence of things as they are. That is, things have their space; they always come with a certain sense of room. Despite the complexities of the overcrowdedness of our experience, things provide their own space within the overcrowdedness. Actually, that is saying the same thing: overcrowdedness is room, in some sense, because there is movement, dance, play.”

From “Nobody’s World,” in TRUE PERCEPTION: The Path of Dharma Art, pages 105 to 106.
“But one gets closer to supersensible thoughts when one notes relations. Remembering a sound is a memory of a sensory things, but remembering a melody is something that consists in relations of sounds that don’t as such belong to the sense world.”–Steiner, 1-17-1911

Note: A Steiner meditative process it to empty picture consciousness or content of thinking into nothingness, into the heart; then out of nothingness we create.

In the rainbow’s flowering

Winter is the time to contemplate a thousand and one seeds
pathways leading out from the heart going in every which direction
only one reaches the highest mount to awaken the thousand petal’d lotus,
and you are that ONE. I AM. The other thousand paths are served
and are served by that ONE. You are One in a Thousand,
you are joy without end, forever weaving and bending
in the rainbows flowering. The intelligence making sense
of this world is a heavenly conductor of luminous harmonies
immeasurable and without end forever kissing the sky and earth.
Between the Mind of God (Hermes) and everyday experience,
the World Mother watches. Winter is the time to dream futures true
in the rainbow’s flowering heart of our soul.

-robert of mayflower, sunday after christmas 2010
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“The masters of wisdom and of the harmony of feelings send us an analogy to elucidate this matter. It’s as if we saw all the objects in our room in a mirror and we would then go behind the mirror to find their reality there. We would see that there’s nothing behind it. Here we must let concepts about higher worlds flow into us from higher beings and we must work at ourselves so that we form such concepts. But after we’ve acquired some through serious and honest work, we must step before the mirror again, make a bold decision, and destroy it. Then darkness and nothingness will yawn towards us. But if we endure steadfastly, light will shine up out of the darkness and reveal an entirely new world to us.”
-Steiner, 12-11-1910

Mayflower Bookshop News

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Robert of Mayflower Bookshop’s

Astrological and Spiritual Insights for October 2010

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.”Thomas Hardy

“Love is Who travels, Truth makes, and is, the road.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.”Thomas Hardy

“I was court-martial’d in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.” -Thomas Hardy

“Chit, i feel that way sometimes…” -Captain Bob and the Paddle Boat

  • Venus conjunct Mars for the second of three conjunctions on the 3rd of October, on Michaelmas. Last of 3 Venus/Mars conjunct in August and next one in May 2011, in Libra/Scorpio/Taurus respectively. What does it mean? During this nine month period or conception, many a relationship takes heavy review and re-adjustment. Questions about balance, equal exchange, energy/money, love/sex, work/play get worked out at this time. With Venus going retrograde on the 7th, after Mars shot out ahead on the 3rd, take care that your sensitivities and inner feelings (Venus) don’t get too beat up by your ‘men are from Mars’ get up and go. On the other hand, it’s a great time to take the lead when it comes to one’s true desires, wishes, and will. All relationships are now being tested. Venus and Mars are in mid Scorpio, the midpoint between the Galactic and Super Galactic Center, where Pluto made its Perihelion in 1989; holy retro 1989 in love, sex, money, and power ego vs. lack of true self vs. humility, spirit view, person vs. object. Spiritual values of virtue and compassion are challenged by militarism, materialism, and objectifying or over-concretizing qualities of experience. Personalizing and seeing the spiritual spark in all living beings, the infinite possibility and potential in all is challenged. Venus is peace-making while Mars is usually concerned with the martial arts, cars, sports, warring, contesting. The higher octave of Mars is Michaelic courage, truth, and bravery protecting the little ones and standing up for the true, good, and harmonious. Wherever in your personal chart, Fixed Signs of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius, and Leo is most affected. Love and Sex entanglements and the negative emotions related to jealousy, anger, envy, seeing too many differences, rather than how we are common-sense untied, are to be avoided. When love works, it’s the best with such aspect; only Mars/Venus oft misfires and quarrels.

    Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you’d treat if met where any bar is, or help to half-a-crown.” -Thomas Hardy

    When Venus/Mars work well, it’s a good time for love and high deeds of adventure. When Venus/Mars doesn’t work well in your chart’s aspects, it’s dog and cat fights. These triple conjunctions usually are part of a six and a half year cycle, as well as part of a thirty-two year cycle, but somehow that’s broke and this triple conjunction is out of whack, or part of something bigger. Esoterically, it indicates an opportunity for a new type of love or social identity, a higher heart minded relationship, a higher love and intelligence to take the lead in one’s life. The Sun conjunct Venus (inferior conjunction) on the 28th should send home a report card of how well, or not, you are doing. (Especially feeling the vibe are, of course, Libra/Scorpio/Taurus/ Aries, then comes all cardinal and fixed signs, Cancer/Capricorn/Aquarius/Leo.)

    A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.” -Thomas Hardy

    “Real beauty is where and when the spiritual soul shines through every gesture, feeling, and thought. Truth is when you can see the last seven lifetimes and the next. Whether of the person viewed, or their unborn pre-self and/or aftermath. At the wake, the person honored is usually the first to compost the bio. Primordial mind anyone?” -Trebore Tau Bodhi

    • New Moon in Libra on the 7th portends of many a magical flight of fancy till the Moon goes into Capricorn on the 13th bringing reality and long-term security back into the picture. Or is it keeping one’s foot in the door to the future? Serious debates about who and what to save or bail out. Deep insecurity or deep compassionate learning? Each of us gets to choose. The ancients thought the real new moon to be when just after sunset the crescent moon could be seen in the west. Check out the crescent moon snuggled into constellation Scorpio with the reddish ‘wandering star’ Mars near by on October 10th.

      And yet to every bad there is a worse.” -Thomas Hardy

      “To the pure, all is pure.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi

      • Look for serious news about the economy and our financial crisis, ecological and medicological … as well as voiced need for government governing more strictly on the 5th, 7th, 8th, and 13th as Mercury aspects Saturn/Pluto. A conservative crunch. Good time to get work done and keep a low profile unless you really know what you’re doing. Good time for research and working on self-purification.

        There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn’t there.” -Thomas Hardy

        “On the other hand, seeing what is here and there can make one blind unless of course you have the paddle boat steering mechanism safely in one hand, while the other is holding what is dearest.” -Captain Bob

        • With Sun trine Neptune on the 19th and Mars square Neptune (food poisoning or deception) on the 22nd, (27th vibes this way too) watch out for lies and deceit, swindles and corruption in high places. On the other hand, what a time for a party or a highly idealistic escapade. It’s an aspect that is so spiritual, that it’s surreal and hard to stay practical or manifest one’s higher vision. Check it out. Fun though. On the third hand, watch for many a person wanting to make a major move or migrate into a new world, a new life, a new sense of self and other. Full Moon on 22nd (the Blood Moon in ancient times) makes us feel luckier, juicier, and sensuously alive. This is a good time to practice mind over matter and dispel the negative ghosts from one’s psyche closet.

          “The question is; do you want a friend or a karmic situation. A lot could have been solved right there and then, if i really thought this out before i kissed her.” -Captain Bob and the Paddle Boat

          • Mars trines Jupiter on the 20th while the Moon triggers Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto. This is a great day to make a positive change in one’s life. By initiating a spiritual practice, yoga, meditation, exercise and a healthy diet, one can become rich within! This is the day to be positive and do something to better oneself and others.

            Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.” -Thomas Hardy

            • Other notable days include—

              a. Mercury opposing Jupiter on 1st, and opposing Uranus on 2nd. Busy busy, take care to not just blow away in the wind, but good days for many communications and getting a thousand things done.

              Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.” -Thomas Hardy

              b. Mercury/Pluto square on 4th is grievous angel stuff. Avoid being negative. See the positive or long-term learning in the ‘bad-ass’ things and words rotating and spinning into view.

              The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.” -Thomas Hardy

              c. Mercury crossed celestial equator on the 5th making for cross currents and sudden shift in markets as well as thought to accommodate deeper feelings.

              The sky was clear – remarkably clear – and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.” -Thomas Hardy

              d. On the 9th, the Moon is close to Venus and Mars, generous and intense love feelings emerge. Avoid too much talking, good time to exercise or do yoga, extra energy to merge with higher dreams. Avoid arguments and repeat offenders who go round and round with same old same old. Check out the early evening sky and ponder peace and joy!

              Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.” -Thomas Hardy

              e. On 20th-24th, Meteor showers from Orion bring serious awareness of coming to earth with reality and spiritual insight, as well as protecting one’s virtue and silence.

              “Whenever you don’t know what to do, listen to one’s own silence listening to the other’s stillness.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi

              f. On October 25th, Mercury retrograde conjuncts Venus, good time to reconnect and reunite with old and new projects and friends. Poetics and love thoughts vibe the days around this aspect. Beauty wins for a change, and good manners.

              Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.”Thomas Hardy

              g. Halloween on the 31st with Moon in Leo … this should be a less violent scary one, and more of a masquerade party with many a creative outfit. Often claimed to be the most celebrated festival of the year (take that you fundamentalists!), Halloween persists in being a mostly unconscious and unquestioned celebration of spirits. See my video or dvd Halloween talk for full interpretation esoterica. The early american version is to go past the graveyard, last life’s death, and look for a porch or entry with a love light on. Two parents come to the door to trick away the disembodied spirit-soul of the night, or let them come in for a treat- Love. The pumpkin with a candle inside metaphysically stands for the re-incarnating ego, the pregnant belly. Yes, halloween discloses the secrets of death, bardo, intermediate stages between death and reincarnation, and rebirth. Quite an esoteric pilgrimage for the truly profound philosopher or esoteric truth seeker. Devil’s Night just before halloween is symbolic of the struggle of the excarnated (just deceased) soul separating from its desire/fear body and attempting to enter the Eleusinian fields of the higher worlds of spirit, nirvana or heaven, devachan. All Souls Day following Halloween indicative of the fact that eventually, as with all Universal Religions, all the souls, all the children of God, all beings, reach Nirvana or heavenly realms.

              I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on.” -Thomas Hardy

              The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.” -Thomas Hardy

              h. The grand climax of Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Libra continue to vex and hex the best of astrologers, since it indicates such a vast sweep of the past and introduction to so many new futures, as the earth groans in toxins and greed profit-making at the expense of living earth, water, air, and spiritual education. Pluto oppose Cancer alone is the danger of the death of air, water, and good food. The bees are only the beginning. There are the oceans and ground water. Everything is alive and interactive, but for many years we treat the earth as dead and our slave. Saturn in Libra contests and tries the best of relationships and Uranus in Aries creates radical new weaponry and a new soldier of egotism, as well as radical solutions to radical problems. With Pluto opposing USA Venus this month (SAGE Sagittarius Rising Chart), we continue to search for what we truly love in self and other. Such aspect can give many in our nation, a feeling of rejection. Both rich and poor are feeling that way these daze. When one finds the wealth of spiritual awareness and freedom within, the outer worlds find more harmony. See my CD Talk ‘Divine Yoga Sutras’ for the secrets of spiritual insight that can make you inwardly rich.

              If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.” -Thomas Hardy

              Check out five new songs on website from 2 Cds about to be released- ‘Songs of the Wild Midwest’. Chris McCall, Carolyn Striho, Jill Jack and others join me in singing a song. Fun stuff!

              Mayflower Bookshop is open Wednesday through Saturday about noon to six p.m. Astrological consultations and appointments available, please call for more information.

              Mayflower notes:

              • New South River Miso in! Mention this newsletter and get 10% off for October.
              • New books, crystals, gemstones, art and artifacts come in daily.
              • We might have the largest selection of vegetarian incense in the world!
              • Lots of new children’s books, fairy tales, home birthing, vegetarian cookbooks, psychology, education, Waldorf, gardening … wow!
              • Chris Fessler is giving a talk at the Berkley local Theosophical Society in October. John Barnwell is giving a talk at the Steiner House in Ann Arbor, where I, Robert of Mayflower, will be giving a talk on the first Tuesday of December.
              • Carolyn Striho is playing everywhere, and I am doing tunes mostly at Mayflower … but stay tuned.
              • New astrological calendars for 2011, including ‘WeMoon’ are in.
              • My friend Fred Eaglesmith has a killer new song out, ‘Careless with my Love’ on his new cd. Check him out on YouTube. My other great friend Dougie MacLean has a new cd coming out with lots of great songs you can only hear in concert before. I love ‘Be your loving one,’ and it’s on it. Mayflower will have ‘em! I love these guys’ songwriting!
              • New book by HPB coming soon … her last classes, ‘Commentaries on the Secret Doctrine’!
              • Doug Gabriel’s doing readings again! We have his number.
              • Lots of new magical mystical gemstone bracelets just arrived.

              Hope your fall is colorful and full of inner warmth and friendship. If you have a garden, it’s a good time for greens in Michigan.


              robert of mayflower

              November 2009 Astrological Newsletter

              Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

              “This we know…..the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected, like blood that connects one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life-he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

              ——–Chief Seattle, circa 1854


              1. Need your house cleaned or paperwork odds and ends straightened out? Ask Robert about the Mayflower Ladies and their new cleaning biz, putting your house in order services!
              2. New South River Miso and batch of seaweed in! Mention this ad and get additional 10% off your next Miso purchase during November until Thanksgiving. It’s time to get out your Self Healing Cookbook and Miso/seaweed for hearty cold weather change of season soups and grains.
              3. Until Thanksgiving weekend, mention this ad and get 10% off any new Steiner or Osho, or Tibetan Buddhist book. Now is the time to get rich with insight, wisdom, and enlightenment.
              4. Mayflower has new shipments of quartz crystals, gemstone artifacts and jewelry,  which will bedazzle and amaze with beauty and wonder from the natural world. Great gift that has timeless value. Good for grounding and awakening more color in one’s life.
              5. Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar for 2010 is in. Mention this ad and get 10% off during November until Thanksgiving.

              Robert Thibodeau’s Astrological Insights for November 2009/Mayflower Notes

              1. Full Moon November 2nd on Daniel Boone and Marie Antoinette’s birthday. Some people are losing their head in politics, others are wilderness warriors. Venus trines Neptune on the Full Moon while Neptune retrograde is about to go direct on the 4th. The NY Stock Exchange may have a crazy fantasy moment, strong shift, up or down, but with Neptune, don’t trust this as long-term. Strong ideals and strategies for the future clash with practical everyday realities. Good time to stay practical, communicate clearly, don’t take things personally, and don’t overextend yourself with energy or money expecting immediate returns. Good for investing in the long run and being rather practical. Venus/Neptune good for higher love, the arts, poetics, soul-mating, and loving one’s way into the future. Not good for impatient, need-it-now types. Neptune going forward first week of November jolts many into practical needs and reality. Air signs may just dream or flow through this time in good spirits. Fixed signs scramble to stay on top of changing conditions, and/or suddenly through fog or self-deceptions in need of new game plan. Escapism not good at this time. Cardinal signs feeling the pressure to put up or shut up, as well as need to manifest product, destiny, or secure structure.

              “Thus we never see the true State of our Condition, till it is illustrated to us by its Contraries; nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.” – Defoe , Robinson Crusoe, pg. 102.

              2. November 10-12, on to November 15th when the first of three Saturn square Pluto take place along with a Sun square Neptune that day. Sun square Jupiter, Mercury trine Uranus and square Neptune, Moon triggers Saturn/Pluto on the12th. The wild dance of doing a thousand things at once, working too hard and trying to play too? Musical chairs? Or just last minute adjustments to ever-changing conditons? One thing is for sure, Saturn/Pluto tends to put a hard reality crunch on things. It’s kind of like, time is up and many things need to be done NOW, so what to eliminate, fire, rid of, drop, cancel, X out, stop. If you can, be sure to get enough sleep and renewing rest during this time. Saturn aspects make for tooth troubles, debt troubles, need for control or disipline. Be careful around repeat offenders, negative always people, and people you cannot help no matter what you do. Saturn/Pluto often indicates having to deal with external situations outside oneself or beyond one’s control. One may feel one’s partner cold at this time, or that intimacy and warmth are lacking. Patience and compassion is key at this time for dealing with keeping on track with long-term goals while that which is closest seems to be cracking, crackling, and carjacking your dreams. Historically, Saturn/Pluto puts lots of pressure on Middle East and geo-political hotspots to find long-term solutions for peace, or face long-term disillusionment and environmental disintegration. The melting and diminishing of both the Himalayan glaciers and the ice in Antartica is affecting hundreds of millions of people. The Ganges River is threatened to dry up! All great mountains are suffering this drying up. Healthy air, water, food may soon replace all wars for land and other mineral rights. We just spent 79 million dollars to crash spacecraft on the moon looking for water with no results so far. Can we learn to spend time and money on loving the earth for heaven’s sake? Scientists claim to be racing to increase food production by 50% over next 20 years to feed an ever-growing population. The number of hungry recently rose to 1.02 billion this year; that’s 1 in 7. With nitrogen fertilizers contributing heavily to greenhouse gases, isn’t it time to start gardens in Detroit’s 40 square miles of vacant acres out of 139 sq. miles?

              On the other hand new discoveries and scientific breakthroughs in space and under sea and mountain are just around the corner. One interesting development is the claim of a mayan city just discovered that is bigger than L.A. and holding the largest pyramid in the world so far! Gosh, just in time for 2012 end of the calendar. They also discovered artifacts proving popul vuh and  predating spaniards by a millenia….!

              “The laboratory table must become an altar.” -Rudolf Steiner

              Saturn in Libra is the questioning of partnership and the need for positive long-term solutions in the business of love and money, politics and financial institutions, personal and social structures of health and well-being. Possibly lots of new rules limiting the wilder side of stock/credit card speculation, i.e. hedgefunding. With banks recently returning to paying record bonuses again, anything could happen. Saturn/Pluto wants to end hot wars and just have cold war. Did Nixon’s War on Drugs end? Watch out for strange extremes in the weather, possibly early winter storm warnings come November 12th, 15th, 19th, and the 27th (these are also serious days for work and decision-making, grounding and re-grouping or contracting, dealing with the problem side of life).

              Saturn/Pluto square demands strong action, also strong reaction if rights are violated. Saturn squared Pluto in 1777 when America was struggling for freedom and new direction. With Uranus thrown into the configuration, these aspects rival aspects taking place during the great depression after 1929. Saturn/Pluto indicates permanent junctures and turning points in both history and biography (if such aspects hit directly upon your natal chart). Simplicity is in, longevity is strength, and patient perseverance and persistence wins with such aspects. Discipline or control is a choiceless choice here. Reigning in ‘too big to fall’ institutions and government takeovers are common day occurences of late. When top musicians are legally demanding records from the post President Bush administration, on which of their music was used “to torture Guantanamo Bay prisoners with extremely loud rap music,” times are weird, rough, and tough with rule-breaking and international plagues on morality. Saturn/Pluto tends to make tough laws and rules, and sticks to it.

              “God is absence. God is the solitude of man.” -Sartre

              Saturn square Pluto can be gridlock and frozen up impulses. Stay tuned for coming Saturn square Uranus 2012 and the coming Uranus square Pluto for major breakthroughs and new world one planet working for sanity and peace or major end time scenerios. Cow-a-bunga little veggie burger! Cardinal Signs and planets or Ascending Sign in cardinal signs beware, awaken, be creative and grow!?! Saturn will square Pluto two more times – January 31st and August 21st 2010. Ok, so Saturn/Pluto square was there at outbreak of WWI and II. Saturn in Libra portends of conversing and avoiding unnecessary struggle by peaceful negotions. Pluto in Capricorn says that if that doesn’t work, we will secretly or overtly just ‘control’ the situation. Ben Franklin, an astute astrologer, said, “Forewarned is forearmed.” Astrology can be good astral weather predictions. We are the sportsmen and women taking the field. Out of our own higher selves, out of love and truth, each of us can make a difference right where we are. This is what mind training or spiritual learning is all about. This is what positive thinking begins, heart felt thoughts.. Saturn/Pluto’s 33 to 35 year cycle portends and indicates that such aspect brings about an energy necessitating ‘the need to grow up’. The need to wake up and smell the coffee, the reality of the situation. Will we get a grip on the recession, or will matters worsen?

              “The human being is this night, this empty nothingness, which in its simplicity contains everything…this is the night, the inner part of nature, that here exists – pure self…it is the night of the world that approaches.”

              -Hegel, from Jenenser Realphilosophie.

              It might be time to backyard garden for real. More than one third of species assessed by global diversity are threatened with extinction. Don’t worry, local newspapers report that if honey bees die, we will still have lots of food, though a third or half will disappear. Hey, there’s still beer and dirt isn’t there?! Gosh, the writings always on the wall.

              “The only way to combat the influence of these Ahrimanic Beings is to realise that against certain aims of Ahriman nothing avails except to see through him, to know that he is there. I have indicated this repeatedly in the Mystery Plays; think only of the end of the last Play. The Fifth Post-Atlantean epoch must evolve to the stage where many human beings address the Ahrimanic Powers and Beings as Faust addresses Mephistopheles: “In thy Nothingness I hope to find the All.” -RS; Rudolf Steiner, Behind the Scenes in External Happenings – The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness

              3. November 19th (18th to 20th influence) -Venus Square Mars. Love works miracles, but it can also mess up the rest of your life. Love implies freedom, freedom without love is dangerous. Venus/Mars aspects heighten sexual awareness, it can be dog and cat fights, or intense kisses, slaps of reality, or sudden insights into relationships. Passion without compassion oft is blind; never much forsight, and hindsight is not always kind. Knowing when to say no is the preriquisite for truly saying yes.

              “In my recent lecture on mysticism, I spoke of the particular form of mystic absorption that appeared in the Middle Ages between the time of Meister Eckhart and that of Angelus Silesius. This type of mysticism is distinguished by the fact that the mystic seeks to become free of all the experiences aroused in his soul by the external world. He seeks to acquire the feeling that proves to him that, even when everything of the everyday world is removed from his soul and it withdraws into itself, a world of its own still remains within it. This world always exists but is outshone by the experiences that work so powerfully on man from without. Thus, it generally appears as a light so faint that most men do not even notice it. The mystic usually calls it “the spark”. Yet, he feels sure that it can be fanned to a mighty flame that will illumine the source and foundation of existence leading man along the path of his soul to the knowledge of his origin. This may, indeed, be called “knowledge of God.”

              Rudolf Steiner

              More on Venus Mars square….

              Fixed signs under the Love Spell? Water Signs in the love flow? Fire Signs into dictator sex or love idol thrust gottcha? Whew! Watch out for cardinal sign seriousness and mutable sign fickleness. Spring is where love rises, in fall love falls; sometimes into your lap, sometimes on the floor. Venus in Scorpio squares Mars in Leo on same day the Moon (Sagittarius to Capricorn) aspects Saturn/Pluto. Cool attracts hot, hot attracts cool, magnetic attracts lightening sparks and electrical zaps magnetic. Good days for sporting your most attactive magical wear and strutting your stuff. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, avoid mystical magical encounters and sexual play. Mars/Venus tends to be everything or nothing for many folks.

              “Infinity and immediate reality are only a breath away to the heart of the lover or poet, musician or true esotericist. True Art awakens, resurrects, the Spirit of the World in the Soul of Imagination.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower

              4. Sun in Sagittarius on November 21st sparks a joyful fun filled end of the month with many a happy social encounter. Positive vibe days for love, fun, joy, sociability, and making new connections in biz and otherwise for November include November 5, 8, 10, 14, 23, 25, 26 and 30th.

              Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”

              -Jean-Paul Sartre

              NEXT TALK BY ROBERT OF MAYFLOWER tentatively scheduled for November 22nd, 12 Noon, Om Cafe in Ferndale: FINDING HAPPINESS IN AN UNHAPPY WORLD. Astrological and Metaphysical Insights into having creative and happy times in these nearly apocalyptic and chaotic times. How to find peace and co-create a better future. How the 12 Signs of the Zodiac will fair the play of time. Donation ($20 suggested).

              Artists don’t hold the balance or tension of opposites. Artists transcend and overcome warring opposites in life, recreating new ones in a kind of perpetual motion and rest. It’s not I Ching, its Ma Ching, touching, kissing heaven and earth together for a moment, an eternal moment. It’s listening to the birds, catching the change in the garden song, the light. It’s awakening the heart to listening, conversing, truth. Its becoming in the moment, the moment in eternity, the infinite in this finite revealing the spiritual path. -robert of mayflower

              Robert Thibodeau

              Mayflower Bookshop and Gifts

              2645 W. 12 Mile Road

              Berkley, Michigan



              248 547 8227

              [email protected]


              Clear Sky Heart

              In autumn leaves red,

              there is joy too

              in finding stars.

              The mind catches fire

              in heart’s cool calm


              Only pure fools trust

              the ground to catch

              the fallen times.

              Everything is here

              in the empty

              open clear sky, heart!

              -robert thibodeau of mayflower

              All Souls Day, 2009

              As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. –Max Planck, The Nature of Matter, Speech at Florence Italy 1944

              We do not join together merely to possess agreeable facts of knowledge. Rather should it be that we unite together in order to carry on a sacred service to truth in the interest of mankind’s evolution. Then, indeed, the right knowledge will come to us. Then these facts will not be restrained by all sorts of prejudices…

              In contrast, a knowledge must arise through the science of the spirit, a knowledge that can be embraced in two statements that I should especially like to inscribe into your souls today. The first is: A man can never come to a really good, upright, strong personal inner life without having the warmest interest in other men. All inner life that we seek remains false and seductive if it does not go hand in hand with a kindly interest in the character and qualities of other people. We ought straightway to take it for granted that we find ourselves inwardly as man when we take an interest in the characteristics of others. Entering with love into the individualities of other people, which is at times united with a deep experience of the tragedy of life, is what can bring us to self-knowledge. The self-knowledge we seek through delving into ourselves will never be true. We deepen our own inner nature by meeting other people with full interest. But this statement as it has now been expressed here, implies something that cannot be directly carried into effect because it must interact with the other statement.

              The other statement is: We never gain a true knowledge of the outer world if we do not resolve to examine the universally human in ourselves and learn to know it. Therefore, all natural science of modern times will be a purely mechanical science and knowledge, not true but false, inverted, unless it is based on the knowledge of man. In the science that was described by me as “occult science” in the book ‘An Outline of Occult Science’, the knowledge of the outer world was sought for together with the knowledge of the human being. We find the inner through the outer, the outer through the inner.

              -rudolf steiner, Inner Impulses of Evolution