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October 2009 Astrological Newsletter

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Karma, Futurity, and the Spiritual Intelligence of the Heart

A talk by Robert of Mayflower on current Astrological, Metaphysical, Dharma insights into the true nature of the World and Self, the Phenomena of 2012, and the Alchemy of Awareness in personal interactions and relationship. OM Cafe Sunday, October 18th, 11 am to 1 p.m.. $20 at door, $15 in advance to save your seat.


Mayflower Bookshop Astrology and Spirit Newsletter for October 2009

Robert Thibodeau, Mayflower Bookshop (248) 547-8227

“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”

-Carl Jung

“There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer;
there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through;
there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount.
For those who win onwards there is a reward past all telling
– the power to bless and save humanity;
for those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come.”
-H.P. Blavatsky Col. Wr. XIII, p. 219

NEW at Mayflower Bookshop:

  1. South River Miso and Wakame or Kombu Seaweed for sale. Yes, it’s time to eat yummy Miso Soup each day to strengthen one’s immune system, and add a little spark to a healthy life. We also have new Eden products like Black Bean Chili with Quinoa, and more. Other products we carry are Mu Tea, Green Tea, Sea Aloe, Sea Essentials, grains, Mochi, Sea Salt, Tamari, and more.
  2. Astrological Calendars for 2010 are in! Mention this ad and get $1 off.
  3. Carl Jung’s once SECRET ‘Red Book’ with Tarot type drawings and 416 pages of esoteric initiation knowledge, or is it Jung’s struggle bridging the Unconscious to the conscious? Some critics say he was going crazy or esoteric. We say he’s a genius. Available early October at Mayflower. Soon to be a collector’s item for sure.
  4. Rudolf Steiner’s book ‘Riddles of Philosophy’ sometimes selling for $240 or more, is now back in print and available for $45, 447 pgs. Great book on Philosophy, Truth, and Spiritual Science.
  5. During October 2009 and while supply lasts, purchase $40 or more at Mayflower Bookshop and receive Robert’s latest CD ‘WISH’ for free!
  6. ‘Ear Candles’ are back in stock.
  7. Holy Tim Leary who stated while shopping at Mayflower long ago, that ‘gravity’ is the cause of all evil and suffering; Carolyn Myss has a new book titled ‘Defy Gravity’ available soon.
  8. New Steiner book titled ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the West’ has just arrived.
  9. I just hung out with Dougie MacLean and Fred Eaglesmith again before and after concert. Two of my favorite singer-songwriters. New interviews and reviews coming soon!

“O Human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.”

-Dante Alighieri

“To seek to achieve political reforms before we have effected a reform in human nature, is like putting new wine into old bottles. Make men feel and recognize in their innermost hearts what is their real, true duty to all men, and every old abuse of power, every iniquitous law in the national policy, based on human, social or political selfishness, will disappear of itself . . . .”
-H.P. Blavatsky


“A great flame follows a little spark.”

-Dante, The Divine Comedy

“The Wisdom, Love, and Will of the Sun, thus the solar system, is the spark in each heart. It is the captain midnight dharma decoder, the light to every map, the map to every experience, lightening and lighting the way home.”

-Trebore Tau Bodhi, Mayflower Bookshop

  1. Mercury now direct. It takes until October 14th to reclaim Mercury shadow of retrograde starting back on September 17th. By October 14th, the previous month falls into place, makes sense, finds its own natural order. Communications straighten out or are forever lost.

“Dropping the idea of ownership is renunciation. Renunciation is not dropping the possessions but possessiveness. And this is what Gurdjieff calls getting unidentified. This is what Bauls call realizing ‘Ardhar Manush’ — the essential man. This is what Zen people call the original face.”


  1. Pluto now direct takes until the end of the year to reclaim, heal, digest, compost and renew intimate powerful connections, both personal and material. Time to stop trying to digest the past. It’s time to let go of the past and now to journey into the future. Pluto in Capricorn wants deep commitment. But if not to one’s own Higher Self, to what? If not enlightened, you’ll be with unenlightened people. To the enlightened, all is enlightening. One can learn to see the Buddha or Christ or divine nature in each and all, but first one must learn to see the divine within.

“Avarice, envy, pride; three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all on fire.”

-Dante, The Divine Comedy

“The fire of heaven, truth and love, quenches the fire of earthly passion and desire; and kindles the fire of eternal friendship.”

-Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower

By end of the year, politics, the economy, deeper romance and connections, and even the Jay Leno Show, take more positive lasting turns.

Pluto now moves forward and deeper into Capricorn, and as Joyce states in Ulysses, “History…is a nightmare from which I AM trying to awake.” Pluto represents that part of ourselves that is unlived. The part of us that is unconsciously lurking and moving us emotionally and psychologically in both environment, sleep, and in precipitative sexual vigor of yet to be formulated moments. Such unconscious forces strongly affect and effect our immediate psychic and emotional environment, our children, and the future of our community. Dream true in thinking, be awake in heart, will the divine.

“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.”

-Carl Jung

Meditation and Compassion are key to resolving plutonian conspiracies of the heart and soul. There are no real conspiracies other than that the HEART has not awoken with intelligence. All other conspiracies are shadows that die at death. Only Love and Hate can make one immortal, so choose Love. When one finds TRUTH, one finds that part that is already enlightened. Love is truth manifested in good work, virtue. Right suffering is purification and learning. Buddha taught right suffering. Suffering that allows one to grow, learn, awaken. Sacrificing an immediate pleasure for something better to come in the future, or to sacrifice and suffer so one can get a right education … that is right suffering. Suffering without learning or growing is wrong suffering.

“Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.”

-Carl Jung

Where love rules, war ceases. Where compassion prevails, a garden grows. Where the wisdom of selflessness and full awareness prevail, something new arises out of nothingness, free of preconceptions and karmic conditionings. Selflessness is genius. Selflessness is not no-self. Selflessness is stillness, open arms, open heart holding the whole world.

A little common sense would see that ‘paganism’ and ‘animism’ as a world conception is healthier and more peace-making. Having a God we personally represent to send people to hell and ill imagine a destroyed world doesn’t make sense. That’s why even Jesus chose love. “When you love the least among you, you love Me.” Think for yourself. Pluto is the last planet, or pesky dwarf planet. Pluto encircles the whole solar system. Pluto energy wants to hold everything. Otherwise, Pluto fights over pieces. Pluto is either Plutocrats or pure compassion. You and I can choose wholeness or a piece. Peace is wholeness, there is no perfection, conquering, or being conquered when it comes to love and truth.

“Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.”-Carl Jung

The diverse garden or multitudinous uniqueness protects the garden from one bug or disease destroying the whole thing. Unity in diversity means one spirit permeating the many diverse unique. The Unique Principle is key to Macrobiotic Philosophy as revealed by George Ohsawa and later by his student Michio Kushi. This is why the founding fathers chose the philosophical axiom for America, “Unity in Diversity.” There is strength in a bundle of twigs or stars if they are individuals unique.

“If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.”

-Dante, The Divine Comedy

“My life closed twice before its close;

It yet remains to see

If Immortality unveil

A third event to me,

So huge, so hopeless to conceive,

As these that twice befell.

Parting is all we know of heaven,

And all we need of hell.”

-Emily Dickinson

  1. Full Moon (Harvest Moon) Sunday, October 4th at 11 degrees Aries makes Saturday, October 3rd FULL MOON NIGHT. With Sun Libra and Aries Moon Opposed, FULL MOON; raw inharmonious individualistic action (Aries) is conflicting with partner or group dynamic or harmony (Libra). The group may disempower the individual. Again, unity in diversity can work harmony. Love talk needs practical application. Outer possibilities are bigger than inward ability to facilitate. Venus/Mercury/Saturn in Virgo tends to over-criticize without offering good alternative. Jupiter/Neptune within conjunction inconjunct Mars depicts longing to jump into fantasy or escape. Although this is a good aspect for musicians, artists, imagineers of the future, and idealistic romantics who have their feet on the ground. Uranus trines Mars reveals that some risk-takers and bravados of emotional courage may actually know what they are doing with themselves in their emotional, as well as financial, investments or speculations. Mars/Uranus depicts daring and courageous alchemical/transformative experience. Moon in Aries strengthens the Mars boldness and daring for creative change.

The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire – the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain.”


Always be ready to speak your mind,

and a base man will avoid you.”

William Blake

Mercury opposed Uranus and Mars trine Uranus in the evening of Full Moon day October 4th … influences us all the way to Venus opposing Uranus October 9th. Creative thinking/speaking attempt to win the day here, but some are just bores of reaction. All things being equal, take the way that frees your mind the most. Avoid repeat offenders and those who boast without actions to back it up.

Bosh! Stephen said rudely. A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals to discovery.”

-James Joyce, Ulysseus

October 4th to 9th makes for a week of strong, positive, and perhaps sudden, changes of direction when it comes to work and love, health issues and far-a-way dreams. If you are running from or to, you may be trying to avoid yourself. Ideals clash with practical reality, and much change is in the air. Uranus semi-sextile Neptune portends of night-time dreams merging with day-time dreams. An interfacing of the spiritual and material worlds is possible at this time in preparation for the 2010 Cardinal Sign T-Square. All now is preparation for 2010 and then the 2012 Venus Transit across face of the Sun. Apaches called it the ‘Black Tear of the Sun’. Lazlo calls 2012 ‘The Chaos Point,’ and most call it the end of the Mayan Calendar and the beginning of the Great Age of the Goddess. The Winter Solstice near the Galactic Center wherein lies an enormous Black Hole or Jaggad Yoni, Cosmic Womb, blessed be. More at my talk at OM CAFE New Moon October 18th at 11 am.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition”

-Tim Leary

Shame is Pride’s cloke.”

-William Blake

  1. October 9th, 13th, and 15th respectively – Venus squares Pluto, conjuncts Saturn, and then squares Pluto. These are what astrologers call “BAD ASPECTS”, so beware. Don’t believe anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad aspect. And O yes, one can change bad aspects into good ones. Go ahead, try! It actually did happen a few times. Personal feelings can get in the way of objectively seeing the situation clearly. Take nothing personally, except your own higher self, your own virtuous possibilities, take a thousand lifetimes to chew on it. Take that seriously to heart so to manifest your destiny. Venus/Pluto makes one over-sensitive, feeling wounded, hurt, vain, and crest fallen. The antidote is to love everyone, not just one. These aspects can be good for deep bonding, but a smothery mothery sense of being confined, limited, or buried could ensue. Good aspects for inner work, getting the big long-term picture, and lots of patience and tender loving care with the little ones. Sometimes the little ones are big guys or giant girls 30 or 45 years old. Think about next lifetime and take a breath. Love anyway, don’t expect much during these aspects and you’ll be fine. Avoid kinky and repeat offenders. Try to see the Christ in everyone, or Moses, or Divine; but also know ‘they know not what they do.’ People who play power games are insecure. When one realizes the divine and creative within, one is rich; one doesn’t steal. When one is true to oneself, one doesn’t lie. Bless and bless, it is its own reward.

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”

-Carl Jung

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.”

-Carl Jung.

Obviously this takes time for the world to see. For the self, it takes one moment to see.

October 9th to 13th can make for hungry ghosts. This making for many a past ghost or future possibility to appear is the magic of Fall. Many a past lover, ghost, or karmic thrill, bill, or love dharma make for colorful but illusive times. It’s generally thought a good idea not to make love to hungry ghosts, vampires, or draconian phantoms of the opera kali yuga. Early America loved the special pre-halloween game ‘spin the bottle’ to find out what direction true love lays. The implication is that it’s not here now.

“Intolerance is evidence of impotence.”

-Aleister Crowley.

Compassion is the sign of a Buddha, or bodhisattva. Truth is the sign of the hero.

-Robert of Mayflower

Venus, the planet of love, being within the 2004-2008 VENUS TRANSIT envelope strengthens the power of love as a force for transformative change and awakening of higher consciousness, destiny, and dharma. Venus brought the gift of grains to Earth and is the conductor of the theosophical ‘Lords of the Flame,’ the spiritual teachers of wisdom and compassion. Everything in this 8 year period not done out of the inspiration of higher love disturbs the astral field of the future, of the higher Buddhic consciousness of love and compassion true. Pluto is the energy that drags higher love, compassion and divine harmony, into the lower worlds of chaos and discord, ignorance and delusion.

October 11th, Moon eclipsing Mars Sunday half moon makes for high physical energy and courage/boldness, but it is a dangerous time if one is prone to anger, jealousy, using force, or arguments; thus, this is a breaking apart type aspect, as well as a forcing oneself or one’s view on another, depriving the other of the very freedom one wants.

“The hours of folly are measur’d by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.”

-William Blake

  1. Jupiter goes direct October 13th. Here comes the future! Now is the time to make amends and move forward with social plans, family, friends. Good time for making the future begin to move into the present, good for new adventures and projects. Things begun during January through June 2009, or even more recently, finally get ‘lift off’ in the coming month. Will the DOLLAR now rise in world markets? Gold go down for a moment? … or will it take another 3-4 months? Will the economy take a more positive turn for the moment? (i mean, how can we grow when the whole world wails in birth pains, war, greed, and pollution?) How can one expect outer development and growth without inner development and growth?

How often do we see men arising here or there, making this or that proposal for the social and economic life out of a specious wisdom, and always with the mistaken idea that it is still possible to make constructive proposals for the social life without calling in the aid of Spiritual Science. He alone thinks in accordance with the times who knows that every attempted proposal concerning the social configuration of mankind in future is the merest quackery unless it is founded on Spiritual Science. Only he who realises this, in all its implications, is thinking truly in accordance with the times. Those who still pay heed to all manner of professorial wisdom on social economics — arising on the basis of an unspiritual science — are passing through the present time asleep.”

-Rudolf Steiner, from lecture, ‘Evil and the Future of Man

January and February 2010 look for new enterprise, money, projects, adventures, romance to truly take off (Air Signs and Water Signs, especially) and finally a real good car, for real.

The Gracehoper was always jigging ajog, hoppy on akkant of his joyicity”

-Finnegans Wake, Joyce

  1. Want more freedom? October 4th, night of 8th, 9th 16th, 20th and 27th are your best bets. October 9th high romance and crazy kisses for earth, water signs primarily, mutable signs need slight adjustment to inner thinking to attract the luck and good vibe. Cardinal signs need to continue helping others to help themselves. (All predictions can have day before or after effect.) For real accuracy, get a full reading for yourself. Yea!

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”

-Tim Leary

Want commitment and bonding? October 13th through 16th, and October 23rd are the best days for making lasting experiences, but these daze may also bring some heavy reality checks when it comes to spending, money issues, romance and sexual involvement. Don’t be a stick-in-the-mud, be a lightening rod for new initiative and a foundation stone for future endeavor; then see who comes. ‘Where there is a lake, the swans will come’ is the old Tibetan wisdom.

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

-Mark Twain

“Find something to live for, to love for, and fear disappears in the wind.”

-Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower

Our Spirit is the highest love and truth and that never dies, but how many are conscious of that?!? Actually, our body doesn’t die either, it loses consciousness and is re-circulated, composted and recycled. The biggest shock at death is that our mind doesn’t change much, it just goes on. If you want your mind to change the way it’s going, change it here on Earth. All karma is made and paid off here on Earth. After death, you can re-member and promise to do better, but you will have to reincarnate to prove it. Earth is the proving ground.

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”

-Leonardo DaVinci

  1. October 20th Mercury trine Jupiter gives much intellectual happiness and insight.

Good time to journal, plot out your divine future, make plans eternal, write or call every good friend, hug and kiss with mindfulness. Hey, when are those politicians for healthcare going to give out yoga passes and coupons for health food stores, healing massage, vegetarian restaurants like OM CAFE, or gift cards for Mayflower Bookshop? They are working on medicine drugs and docs and hospitals and prisons without meditation and yoga and right diet and exercise? Give money to the healthy to teach the not healthy methinks. But who am i? Nobody and everybody …

“We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.

-Tim Leary

  1. October 27th Moon conjunct Jupiter/Neptune into October 28th Venus trine Jupiter makes for much future optimism when it comes to love, romance, and security/money/finance issues. Manifest your dream into the every day, don’t just escape the everyday.

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”


  1. October 29th Saturn enters Libra along with Sun square Mars into October 30th’s Moon conjunct Uranus oppose Saturn and square Moon. Some heavy quick karma may go down on these days leading up to the so called ‘devils night’ or ‘angels night’. In early America it’s ‘Spin the Bottle’ time, played to find out what direction your true love (or destiny) may be. Halloween will be crazy wild this year with such strong aspects. Lots of wild outfits. Halloween is a weird psychic festival of after death states where whatever you are inside comes out and reveals its grotesque or divine nature in big bold letters. No face jobs here. After death, one’s soul fully reveals itself. That is the symbolism of night time out on the streets disembodied looking for a porch of entry into a body, a home. The porch light on is the love light on. The man and woman ‘come to the door’ to decide to let the wandering forlorn soul in or not; to have a baby or not. That’s the big stomach pumpkin billy with a candle or light on inside, soul inside. The reincarnating soul out in the night looks for entry. That is why the graveyard and death thing is connected. The individual dies, goes through the graveyard, wanders out on the astral plane with or without the road maps or esoteric knowledge, then looks to reincarnate. On November 1st, ‘All Saints Day’ or ‘All Souls Day’ has Mercury square Mars depicting troubles from eating too much sugar associated with slavery and being stuck in the past. Mercury/Mars is good debate at best, plain out disgusting discursive argument at worse. All Souls Day was to philosophically reveal that, at the end, everyone makes it. All Souls reach enlightenment. This process may take awhile at the looks of it. Osho books say it takes one second if you know how to stop your mind and look again from your heart. Zen anyone?

“Among all peoples of the earth, bards have a share of honor and reverence because the Muse has taught them songs and loves the folk soul of bards.”

-Homer, the Odyssey

By the way, have you heard my new CD ‘WISH’ ???  Another new CD called ‘WONDER’ is on the way.

  1. Full Moon November 2nd, Moonday has Moon triggering the Mercury/Mars with Venus trine Neptune in evening for romantic or imaginary escapes and dreams. Good time to let your inner nature reach to the farthest boundaries of imagination. Look for the most boring thing in your room, on your body, in the person next to you … and write about it. Read it the next day. Ponder the immeasurables in the smallest thing.

In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.

-Tim Leary (Yes, he too shopped at Mayflower)

This Full Moon in Taurus, Sun in Scorpio also is Daniel Boone’s birthday, also Marie Antoinette’s; so be careful of losing your head or wrestling with bears and wild animals. Mercury goes direct on November 4th making it safe to make new plans and do the accounting about how much of your life is about divine undertakings, and how much of your life is the undertaker taking your divine. The Full Moon makes for many a turnaround in its waxing waning mode. Future indications, funny psychic feelings, and throwing oneself into tomorrow may work, but i suggest a slow sensuous candlelight evening may be better. By the way, for most of us, the future really starts in 2010 when Uranus goes into Aries and opposes Saturn while squaring Pluto. This grand crossing should prove quite invigorating for progress in both spiritual and material unfoldment and growth. Marijuana then may become legal gaining much tax money for USA as well as taking a bite out of Mexican drug lords and crime. Regulation of drugs could not only end much violence around its prohibition, but it would also help get much criminal element off the streets. Last time Uranus was in Pisces transitioning to Aries, Alcohol prohibition ended and it became legal and taxable.

“Gurdjieff used to say that if you start getting disidentified from things, sooner or later you will fall upon your essential being. That is the basic meaning of renunciation. Renunciation does not mean, sannyas does not mean, renouncing the world and escaping to the Himalayas or to a monastery — because if you escape from the world and go to a monastery, nothing is going to change. You carry the same mind. here in the world, the house was yours, and the wife was yours; there the monastery will be yours, the religion will be yours. It will not make much difference. The ‘mind’ will persist. It is a mind-attitude — it has nothing to do with any outside space. It is an inner illusion, an inner dream, an inner sleep.”


“After the event, even a fool is wise.”

-Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, 9th-8th century BC

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”

-Carl Jung

“O lady, you in whom my hope gains strength, you who, for my salvation, have allowed your footsteps to be left in Hell, in all the things that I have seen, I recognize the grace and benefit that I, depending upon your power and goodness, have received. You drew me out from slavery to freedom by all those paths, by all those means that were within your power. Do, in me, preserve your generosity, so that my soul, which you have healed, when it is set loose from my body, be a soul that you will welcome.”

-Dante, thanking Beatrice for saving him.  Canto XXXI, Paradiso

“O grace abounding, through which I presumed to set my eyes on the Eternal Light so long that I spent all my sight on it! In its profundity I saw-ingathered and bound by love into one single volume what, in the universe, seems separate, scattered: substances, accidents, and dispositions as if conjoined-in such a way that what I tell is only rudimentary.”

-Dante, on his vision of God.  Canto XXXIII, Paradiso

“But then my mind was struck by light that flashed and, with this light, received what it had asked. Here force failed my high fantasy; but my desire and will were moved already-like a wheel revolving uniformly-by the Love that moves the sun and the other stars.”

-Dante’s conclusion of The Divine Comedy .  Canto XXXIII, Paradiso

— Force, hatred, history, all that. That’s not life for men and women, insult and hatred. And everybody knows that it’s the opposite of that that is really life.

— What? Says Alf.

— Love, says Bloom. I mean the opposite of hatred.”

-Joyce, Ulysseus

“though a day be as dense as a decade, no mouth has the might to set a mearbound to the march of a landsmaul, in half a sylb, helf a solb, holf a salb onward the beast of boredom, common sense, lurking gyrographically down inside his loose Eating S.S. Collar is gogoing of whisth to you sternly how — Plutonic loveliaks twinnt Platonic yearlings — you must, how, in undivided reawlity draw the line somewhawre.”

James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, 292.25-31

One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot.”

-About Finnegans Wake; Letter to Harriet Shaw Weaver, 24 November 1926

“Never underestimate the loving warmth of the heart. The spark of sun in the heart is what makes all things grow. This light of Spirit within each of our Soul’s is a gift of God. This fire is the Philosopher’s Fire, the fire tried stone of the heart, the workings of the Holy Spirit of the World. From this fire, all things are born, transformed, and born anew. Metamorphosis, the alchemy of creative transformation and rebirth, renewal, is not accomplished by the intellect alone; but by this fire of higher love, higher self, and creative play. Where there is love, there is no warring will to overpower and rule, no sense of conquering or being conquered. Love frees, awakens, and empowers each uniqueness; otherwise, love leaves alone. Love is the kindling soul enkindling.”

-robert of mayflower

End here. Us then. Finn, again! Take. Bussoftlhee, mememormee! Till thousandsthee. Lps. The keys to. Given! A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

-Finnegans Wake, James Joyce

Celebrities in the news:

Conan O’Brian’s bump on the head accident on set giving him a few days off are astrologically coincident with transiting Neptune retrograde approaching his natal Saturn. Saturn just opposed his natal Venus, while approaching Uranus retrograde is about to conjunct his Venus. Poor Conan Venus envy!? Assuming Conan can withstand the many changes and acclimations to the high airs of late night power, late November into December looks much more favorable to his ratings and health. Transiting Jupiter goes direct and conjuncts his natal Moon (increased popularity and favorability) in November, to go on to conjunct his natal Saturn in December (long-lasting power or another blip on the screen). Although now stirred and shaken, Conan will feel empowered and reborn in December. With Pluto in 2010-11 going to square his natal Jupiter, Conan will need to continue to metamorph and alchemically transform if he is to keep his sanity, job, and marriage to prime time.

Meanwhile, Jay Leno flirts with vicissitudes of popularity while Jupiter transit opposes his Pluto for next few months. With Saturn last year conjuncting his Moon/Mars in Virgo, Jay may have needed the break and rest. Secret little chronic health troubles with this aspect. With Pluto coming to oppose his natal Uranus, and Saturn/Uranus coming to square it, look for 2010 to bring many more changes in Leno’s programming. Will Jay Leno finally really retire? Will late 2010’s transit of Jupiter conjunct his natal Venus renew his love affair with his TV Show and the public? Will such love affair or other then renew Jay Leno for another hot go go? At any rate, astrologically, it’s been a rough transition and until later in 2010, it looks to get rougher. Well, he’s tough and when the times get tough, the tough get going. Jay’s free live show concerts are just one of his wondrous social cultural community gifts. Jupiter entering Pisces next year (2010) will trine his natal Uranus giving much sense of renewal, new joy, insight, levity, and ways to survive at the top of the entertainment pyramid scheme. Where’s the enlightenment channel when we need it?

Barbara Streisand has a new cd and just played a hot concert at a small venue in NY City. Barbara is a Taurus Sun with Mars conjunct Jupiter in Gemini for her beauty, voice, and projective skills; as well as her public popularity. The mirror does have two faces when it comes to Streisand’s Moon conjunct Pluto in Leo. This aspect gives her intense serenity, secrecy/privacy, and sensuous magnetism, as well as shining etheric chi or etheric life force. The Moon/Pluto paradox wants privacy and secrecy but the Leo shines out (gossip leaks) to the public. Transiting Pluto just finished a year or two in opposition to her natal Mars, and may reveal secret tensions in relationships. Barbara may be throwing herself into work to avoid facing some personal problem. A long-term aspect trines her natal Moon giving long-term security and power as long as she applies herself and doesn’t retire. Coupled with an approaching Jupiter conjunct her Venus next year, I astrologically expect Barbara Streisand to fall in love again and gift the public with many more amour creative sound tracks and public outings. With Uranus and Saturn opposition in the sky and both squaring her natal Mars in 2010, there could be some trouble in the crib, or with those she is contracted to work with. No worry though, with transiting Pluto approaching trine to her natal Sun, Barbara is strong for the future and coming into new eternally youthful power. She is also feeling her oats (strength) when it comes to expressing her emotional feelings and political sympathies, strong in supporting her favorite charities and spiritual causes. She is known to be the highest selling female artist and second only to Elvis Presley, beating both the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. With transiting Uranus approaching square to her natal Mars in 2010, expect the unexpected with this most private yet, at times, outwardly daring sensuous Venus in Pisces woman. For you Barbara Streisand fans, some of her best years are to come! Until Uranus conjuncts her natal Sun in about 8 years, the lady is hot, ever novel, creative, and intellectually on fire.

Iran has crazy aspects with Uranus transiting its natal Mars while transiting Saturn opposes its Mars. Certainly, there is danger of sudden precipitous warring actions or even explosive actions or accidents. Yet creative peace-making may also occur. There is freedom – Saturn is the attempt to dampen Martian war instincts for nuclear power. Neptune transiting approaching Venus conjunction portends of China’s near half trillion dollar investment in Iran’s oil industry enabling much money to be funded for both Iran’s escalating economy and military ambitions (as reported recently in NYTimes). All this being said, if escalating war talk is to be avoided, this year into next is the crucial time. Next year as transiting Jupiter enters Pisces to conjunct Iran’s natal Venus, more peaceful solutions may be found. Saturn’s present transit to Iran’s Mercury portends of a dueling stand-off and need to be cool, patient, and non-offensive with economic sanctions to avoid escalating troubles.

USA chart based on the Articles of Confederation, a business chart if you will, for America is November 15th, 1777. If this infamous chart made popular by David Solte has worth, Jupiter transit will conjunct the USA’s Ascending Sign in December 2009 giving at the least a healthy appearance of an economic recovery on the way. Neptune these last few years transiting the USA Ascending Sign depicts the difficult situation of our depending on cheap goods from China, thus allowing all our dollars to go to China who is presently buying the world up with such profits. Neptune also reveals here the confusion about exactly what is happening to the economy and why? Neptune opposing USA’s natal Jupiter depicts the draconian vampiristic effect dependency on foreign energy sources, outsourcing jobs, and addictive drugs (the Mexican drug cartels and Afghan Opium just to name two) have had on us. “Wanting money for nothing and our chicks for free” as the song goes, isn’t working. Neptune can be high-flying spirituality and a yet higher love/compassion, but its down side or shadow side is escapism, drugs, greedy profiteering, and pharmaceuticals and fake foods. It is also lying to yourself or feeling lied to. It is not exactly Emerson’s ideal of ‘Self Reliance’. Neptune can be the highest inspirations, but also indicates blindness caused by old romanesque bread and circus entertainment while the world burns in delusion, ignorance, war, pollution, and poverty of wisdom and intelligence, good food, water, and what Yeat’s would call ‘lack of imagination’. Let’s hope November 2009’s Saturn transit trining USA’s natal Moon brings the mass public online with what Thomas Paine called ‘common sense,’ and what Emerson calls ‘self-reliance’ and ‘OverSoul’. Have you seen the last lectures of Emerson at Harvard, which have just been published? Good stuff.

This October 9th-13th transit of Mars in opposition to USA’s natal Pluto portends of critical decision making and debate by our politicians and those of power in regard to banking issues, the politics of health, war, and car-making. Lots of doors open and close with this aspect of shrewd boldness and coercive ultimatum, finality of decision and persuasive bargaining. Look for the fall and rise of various auto stock. I still think its next spring when the real wheel of fortune and change chi chi cha chings.

The traditional Gemini Rising chart for the USA has Jupiter coming to conjunct the Moon indicating happiness for the masses. But what if you don’t go to masses and stay home gardening? For the third time, this aspect comes in early November giving much positive tidings for our economy and general happiness. As Jupiter enters Pisces next year, Jupiter will trine the USA Jupiter/Sun in Cancer. This again is good! This will help both our image in the world as well as our economy. Uranus transiting in opposition to natal Neptune end of October into early November indicates the danger of acting or reacting too hastily when it comes to problems in foreign lands, be it economic or militaristic. It also portends of weird storms and strange weather, and danger of precipitous negative emotions (due to near square to Mars).

President Barack Obama’s chart strangely has 18 degrees Aquarius rising conjunct the USA Scorpio Chart ascending sign. Jupiter/Chiron on his ascendent gives Obama a bit of healing power and magic. Jupiter transiting goes direct mid October conjuncting Obama’s ascendent in November giving the President a certain amount of success in trying to make everyone happy so to be happy himself. The end of November into December’s Uranus retro opposing his natal Mars portends of danger and the need not only for continued protection, but the need not to act or speak too hastily; yet to be ever-ready for response. Uranus/Mars can be bold and decisive, brave and daring, but also can over-react, get angry, argumentative, combative, or even accident prone. Yes, it can make for genius quick action and heroics, but not exactly good for making ultimatums or over-challenging others. Good for reacting quickly though to others’ challenges. Pluto approaching opposition to the President’s natal Venus again, late October into November, reveals both the popularity and unpopularity of this President. Here, there is a continual need to not make unnecessary enemies. Pluto/Venus is at its best with compassion for all who suffer, as well as attempting to include all at the round table. At worst, it is a loss of popularity or supporting unpopular views with the majority. It’s tough being an honest politician and many a man would debate there is even one. These are challenging times and the United States of America tends to give everyone a chance to prove or disprove themselves. Pluto/Venus aspects can be feeling rejected or helping those who feel rejected. The danger is helping those who won’t help themselves. When Saturn comes up to square Obama’s natal Venus in November, strong stands will be taken for and against many an issue in economics and politics. The country continues to feel polarized without a higher call. The President may then experience either a temporary drop in popularity and/or a growth spurt in his depth of perception as to the problems facing the world today, re-invigorating the grass roots. Saturn/Venus aspects can make one feel unappreciated, but they also conform and confirm to mature love, organic nature, and virtue commitments. Such aspects can also test one’s virtue. Saturn/Venus aspects are good for long term interests, but try one’s patience and fortitude.

Howard Stern’s chart reveals his wilder side this month. Can he be wilder?! Yuks. As transiting Mars conjuncts his natal Uranus while opposing his natal Sun, watch Howard become a jumping bean lightening bolt for change and mediocrity upset. Much energy arises for creating new views and news via radical thought and voicing. Howard Stern is an informational novelty, if not radio rich pornography of cross America nakedness bare all frankness. In nature, shock stimulates new gardens of growth; in radio, it can be left to resuscitating the corpse of old imaginations of happiness and what being rich inwardly and outwardly looks like. At times overly materialistic, Howard has moments of genius. Those who remember are true blue listeners. Will Howard once again reinvent himself? Where do you yo yo go when you are not only on the top, you are on satellites bouncing around the earth? Can you stay married and grow a garden? Can one be still? Mars approaches a square to his natal Neptune in October giving much energy for colorful antics and entertainment. It could also indicate Stern going buddhist more than transcendental. After all, how high can one go without rooting firmly in earth? Maybe that is why he got married. Mars/Neptune can be little accidents or slips from the tongue, as well as Freudian soul. Uranus retrograde is squaring his natal Jupiter adding to his vicissitudes of popularity having, in the course of the last while (with transiting Neptune opposing his natal Pluto), slipped and dipped in the popularity polls. Sirius Radio having financial troubles along with the auto companies’ economic woes (many get Sirius Radio with the car) hasn’t helped. Nonetheless, there’s always China. He could go work for China. Somehow, I don’t think so. December’s Jupiter transit opposing his natal Pluto may reveal more secrets and future moves of cashing in the chips or raising the bid. When Jupiter trines Howard’s natal Saturn and Mars next spring/summer, he may be coming back up, not only for much more air, but to buy more chips to bet with. Good aspects then for further successes in the Howard Stern School of Pirates of Radio Marketing and excessive profitability. If Neptune doesn’t present any unforeseen slips and vanishing escape hatches, look to 2015-16 for Howard to vanish or retire from Radio. Tidbit fact: I was an astrologer and player in Howard’s old days here in Detroit on WWWW Radio before I went on to JP McCarthy’s show.

Look for Joe Biden to get a little more respect and positive attention next year as Uranus transit trines his natal Sun and Venus, while also trining his natal Jupiter. Next year you might think him a contender for being the next President after President Obama leaves. With Neptune recently squaring Vice President’s natal Mercury, he hasn’t exactly been shining in the press with comments or gestures. Neptune squaring his natal Scorpio planets have a way of making it appear our VP is out of the loop or even loopy, but this will all change next year. Jupiter adding to the mix will increase his likability and popularity. I know you are saying “How the freakin’ fudge is this going to happen?” It’s Astrology Watson, Astrology. It’s not possible that he could be our next President, is it?

Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP fame just blew through Detroit with a hot live performance. Billy’s lead rhythm guitar, heavy jamming, and rock solid gold song list, along with Dusty’s trustworthy bass, rocked solid to the drum and bone on Woodward. With Jupiter now transiting his natal Neptune and Saturn, to soon trine his natal Jupiter/Venus in Aquarius, look for new songs and video movie cds to emerge keeping Billy G and the boys on top their game for life (as if they weren’t already there!). Saturn just transited his Mars with transiting Uranus squaring Billy’s natal Sun may have locked into lots of new songs and creative innovative ways of expressing the Tex blues rock. Such aspect could also reveal a constant changing of plans with work associates. Uranus/Sun aspects can portend of trouble in the crib and roller-coaster rides when it comes to partners or co-hearts. It is the need to ever continue to rediscover self and others round, ever changing rules in relationship or business, change of heart or mind or even music. It makes for dynamically highly-charged new music and creative novelty. ZZ is laying tracks for the future. Stay tuned.

And now from Rudolf Steiner on Economics, Politics, and Social Life-

The social element is essential; it must be cherished. We shall see that in this Fifth Post-Atlantean Period there is a tendency to take no notice of the social in merely acting naturally. Rather it must be acquired consciously in working with one’s soul forces, while formerly it was felt instinctively in man. What is necessary and must be actively acquired is the interest of man in man. This is indeed the backbone of all social life.

It almost sounds paradoxical to say today that no clear conception of the so-called difficult ideas of economics can be gained if the interest of one for another does not increase, if people do not begin to compare the illusions which have sway in social life with present realities. One who really thinks about it recognizes the fact that simply by being a member of society one is in a complicated relation to others. Imagine that you have a $5 note in your pocket, and you make use of this $5 note by going shopping one morning, and you spend the full $5. What does it mean that you go out with a $5 note in your pocket? The $5 note is really an illusion — it is worth nothing in reality (even if it is metal money. At this point I do not want to discuss the theories of the Metalists and the Nominalists with regard to money; but even if it is metal money, it is still an illusion and of no real worth). Money is namely only a ‘go-between’. And only because in our day a certain social order exists, an order belonging purely to the State, therefore this $5 note which you have spent in the morning for different items is nothing else than an equivalent for so many days of labour of so many men. A number of men must have completed so many days of work, so much human labour must have flowed into the social order — must have crystallized itself into merchandise — in order for the apparent worth of the bank note to have any real value, but only at the command of the social order. The bank note only gives you the power to call into your service so much labour, or to put it another way, to command its worth in work. You can picture it in your mind: There I have a bank note, which assigns to me, according to my social position, the power over so many men. If you now see these workmen selling their labour hour by hour, as the equivalent value of that which you have in your purse as the $5 note, then you begin to get a picture of the real facts.

“Our relationships have become so complicated that we no longer pay attention to these things, especially if they do not concern us closely. I have an example which easily clarifies this. In the more difficult considerations of economics, in the areas of capital and interest and credit, things are quite complicated; so that even university professors and political economists, whose position should mean possession of adequate insight, really have no knowledge. Thus you can see that it is necessary to look at things correctly in these areas. Of course we cannot immediately take in hand the reform of the national economy, which has been forced into such a helpless condition by what is nowadays taught as political economy. But we can at least ask with respect to national education and other such matters: What must be done so that social life and forms are consciously established in opposition to anti-social forces? What is really required? I said that it would be difficult in our time for people to develop sufficient interest in each other. You do not have sufficient interest if you think that you can buy yourself something with a $5 note and do not remember the fact that this brings about a social relationship with certain other human beings and their labour-power. You only have an adequate interest when in your picture you are able to substitute for each apparent transaction (such as the exchange of goods for a $5 note) the real transaction which is linked with it.

“Now, I would say that the mere egoistic, soul-stirring talk of loving our fellow-men and acting upon this love at the first opportunity, that this does not constitute social life. This sort of love is, for the most part, terribly egoistic. Many a man is supported by what he has first gained through robbing his fellow-men in a truly patriarchal fashion, in order to create for himself an object for his self-love, so that he can then feel nice and warm with the thought, “You are doing this, you are doing that” One does not easily discover that a large part of the so-called love of doing good is a masked self-love. Therefore, the main consideration is not merely to think of what lies nearest to hand, thereby enhancing our self-love, but to feel it our duty to look carefully at the many-sided social structures in which we are placed. We must at first lay the foundations for such understanding. Yet few today are disposed to do so.”

-Rudolf Steiner, from Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being; Special thanks to Rudolf Steiner Archives.

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August 2009 Astrological Newsletter

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

“The Philosophy of Freedom is not just to free yourself from troubles and others,

it’s to free yourself with others in wisdom and compassion; 

to grow a garden and circle of friends. 

co-creative to the world without end – 

this is the knock on the door to nirvana,

this the beat of the heart.”

Robert of Mayflower

August’s Astrological Vibrations

Mayflower Bookshop’s Aquarian Age Review

-robert thibodeau (248) 547-8227

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Harold Whitman

President Obama, Dad-in-chief or Commander-in-Chief?

August 4th is President Obama’s birthday, right before the Full Moon Eclipse. With his Solar Return Moon in Capricorn, the Commander-in-Chief may feel more saddled up to play ‘Dad-in-Chief,’ continually having to get people to behave and not fight like kids. Seems the President finds himself playing the role of dad, coach, football announcer, ‘break-up-the-fight’ hockey referee, and news analyst more than commander-in-chief. Perhaps that is more in line with Aquarian Age ideals? With the impending Eclipse, and the President’s Solar Return chart’s Saturn on Midheaven, this month will bring the challenge of taking the lead or being lead, taking charge or being charged into action. Saturn wants no-nonsense practical results but is often placed in a ‘wait-and-see’ situation. Saturn calls for strong ‘take-the-lead’ leadership, or things get put on hold, procrastinated, or grid-locked. With Sun/Mercury in his Solar Return chart, President Obama may be finding himself as teacher, counselor, and moral big brother emulation model. The Solar Return Pluto in the second house opposing Venus in the eighth portrays the continual problems and power struggles in economics and secretive infighting. More specifically, how to fix banks, the economy, find a fair health plan amidst the powerful corporate complex insurance and pharmaceutical industry, and how to avoid or fix scandals and negative public relations and rumors. As well as who’s to pay or where is the money coming from that continues to be perplexing and challenging. The Neptune/Jupiter at the bottom of the chart indicates the strong spiritual ground President Obama taps into, as well as the need to avoid naive socialism and Chinese take-over of the world economy. Transit wise, the President continues to be lucky, forthright, victorious, and popular with the public due to transiting Jupiter near his natal Ascending Sign. With Pluto still opposing his natal Venus, the President needs watch out for both scandal and secret enemies, betrayal by a friend, or troubles with spies or false storytellers. Jupiter/Neptune brings inflated egos while the Pluto/Venus brings hurt feelings and personal injustice issues. The mix is emotionally volatile and needs to be handled with care; thus, Obama the caretaker, dad, counselor. In late August, transiting Saturn conjuncts Obama’s natal Mars perhaps indicating getting good work done but at a slowed or delayed pace. By November into December, the Uranus retrograde transit opposing his natal Mars indicates a now-or-never attitude with lots of breakthroughs and new initiatives leading, perhaps, to a more successful result. Or, is it more reversals of plans and overheated debate? Under current transits, it’s lots of hard work and grindingly slow results now until this coming November/December when possible breakthroughs to successes occur. The end of the year into 2010 will truly tell the story, and perhaps a positive turn-a-round in the economy, as well as good vibe health plans. Hey, is yoga and vegetarian diet part of the health planning? Coupons for your local health food store and metaphysical bookshop?!

A good book should awaken the life of the spirit, not simply impart a certain quantity of information. Reading it should be an experience with inner shocks, tensions, and solutions.”
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Austrian Philosopher

When books and an individual come into collision and there is a hollow sound, this need not be the fault of the books!”
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Austrian Philosopher

In the Gemini USA chart, transiting Uranus trining natal Mercury reveals that America’s on a new learning curve getting smarter on how to deal with our own world problems. A new thinking is emerging. We need lots of inexpensive educational opportunity to grow better futures. That is the investment and insurance of happiness and prosperity: loving and respecting Mother Nature and offering free lifelong education. Jupiter/Neptune near natal Moon portends of the United States as an individual and collective consciousness truly aspiring towards new morality and virtuous ideals, an alchemical re-spiritualization or re-awakening of the higher virtue and possibility, the higher angel. 


August 1st, Venus opposes Pluto. Intimate love and healing or jealousy, gossip, worry and fret, feelings of loss or rejection. There is no end to pathology and vicious circles, not virtuous circles and spiritual friends. Choose love rather than anger to immortalize yourself. Good aspect for making necessary sacrifices for a better future. Over-indulgence can make you sick. Good aspect for compassion for idiots, but not good for idiot compassion. (See ‘Transcending Madness’ by Trungpa.) Venus/Pluto tends toward a deeper love and passion, otherwise feelings of being misunderstood, alone, hurt or rejected. A higher wisdom and compassion are called for.


“Not that any true adept would say aught against the naturalness and sacredness of pure sexual relationships; but that, to become an adept one must expand the finite into the Infinite, the personal into the Universal, man into Parabrahm- if one so choose to designate that Thing Unspeakable.” 

-H.P.Blavatsky, Collected Writings volume 4, pg. 342


A Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius on August 5th There is a tendency to throw away all that weighs or burdens the soul, an urge for higher freedoms and new adventure. The eclipse portends of breakthroughs or breakdowns, sudden turn of events from now and into the next 14 days. It’s musical chairs and time to dance or make a move. Continuing changes in negotiations and plans may perplex into next Sunday, then on Monday everyone grabs a seat. All fixed signs (Scorpio/Taurus/Leo/Aquarius) as well as Libra and Gemini are primarily affected. Do you need a higher calling? Or just need to let go of all the lower callings? Look for a sudden release or letting go or freeing up of various situations and pressing intrigue, biz, problem, or situation. The Eclipse takes place on a big “Black Hole” in Aquarius (sidereal Capricorn) portending of the need for a new alchemy or magic tantra, or even a counselor or another opinion. Better yet, the need to be a spiritual adventurer, a psycho-drama composter and celestial composer, a karma eater and dharma maker, a gardener for better futures, letting go of the past and maybe even the present in a magical metamorphosis of negativity into positivity, a fertilizing and nourisher of better futures. Yes, it’s time to quit channelling, surfing, talking and dreaming; it’s time to be your Higher Self in everyday life. Yep, if you understood that, you got it. Otherwise, review this page next month and ponder. August begins with Venus/Pluto aspects and ends with Mars/Pluto aspects. What was once free decision and choice may by the end of the month become need and necessity to make decisions now. Discovering how to work on oneself, and avoiding others working you over, may be the trick here. If one doesn’t get rid of the excessive psycho-drama by the end of the month, it may get rid of you. In other words: are you steering? Driving? Or do the things you do drive you steery weary, drive you crazy? (The book ‘Meaningful to Behold,’ as well as ‘The Work of the Angel in the Astral Body’ study may be helpful here.) 


Can you still feel the effect of the Jupiter conjunct Neptune? Over-reaching or imagining followed by crashing reality? Psychic inflation followed by emotional deflation? The fantasy or adventure of ‘doing the world’, or ‘the world is doing me’? Artistic and creative or farce and deflated? It might be time to harvest or ‘make wise’ what you can and slowly make the return to earth.


“Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one’s own being.” 

Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist, (1875-1961)


August 8th to 11th (exact on August 10th) Mars square Saturn. Is summer over or just beginning? Good aspect for ‘working’ with others. Not good for forcing one’s opinion. Often this aspect brings strong pressure to act or be acted upon, to work or be worked upon. The weather either burns or turns cold, and so do certain proclivities and friends. Mutable Signs (Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius/Pisces) along with Capricorn/Taurus/Libra/Aquarius are most affected. This aspect prolongs the inevitable but often forces long-delayed decisions. Often one feels stuck or belabored or weighed down with certain situations or people. An impasse demanding assertive action or force versus being stuck with dead weight or a lack of co-creative partnership or an inactive indifferent or cold person or situation. Good aspect for seeing the work right in front of you and tactfully persistently applying oneself to such. The ‘take one step at a time’ ‘deal with what’s right in front of you’ type aspect. Bad aspect for over-indulging or avoiding responsibility. Good aspect for getting caught with exactly what you need to work on next.


August 12th-14th Mars in Gemini trine Jupiter in Aquarius. Although this aspect portends of too much of a good thing, or going too far or over the top, over-expansive, this is a great aspect for expanding, socializing, playing, gaming, making successful plans and arrangements. Good for music, writing, networking, meetings of success and good fortune. Air signs are most favored in luck, money, and adventurous romance. This is a good time for exercise, rejuvenation, meditation, yoga, right diet, and preparing for new opportunity. Good time for explaining yourself, but why? Actions speak louder than words now. Mars in Gemini is words blowing in the wind. Jupiter in Aquarius is trying to include everybody but not everybody includes you. Just be yourself and let the chips fall, let the dice roll, let karma unfold and flower into dharma, into the open road ahead.


The End of Summer or the Last Dance Party?

“The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; the faults of others one lays open as much as possible, but one’s own fault one hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler.” 


August 16th-18th, Mars trine Neptune, Mars square Uranus, Sun oppose Neptune, Mercury conjunct Saturn all pile up to indicate more than a few fallings out, partings of the way, trading sides, and major miscueings and train wrecks. Mars/Neptune/Uranus indicates premature or precipitive need to act quickly, respond quickly. Notorious aspects for flights of fancy and daredevil tactics, but also aspects for foolhardiness, explosive response, over-doing, or false dreaming, projecting, falling or flying, rather than practical holding of true ground, patience and understanding. Watch for extremes in the weather, crazy karma adventures, and much ado about nothing in these Shakespearean Comedic Tragic Times. Good aspects for all artistic, musical, gardening, or true love full of light adventure. Bad aspects for trusting others with your dharma, destiny, enlightenment, or promises to make you happy.   Otherwise, yes, miracles do happen. Here heaven and earth can meet, but can they listen and truly speak to each other? Usually these aspects warn of troubles, fights, anger, out-of-control antics, and childish behaviour later to be sorry for. Yes there are miracles but only if you have good karma for such, otherwise winning the lottery can mean losing your soul. Beware of lies and false hopes for false futures.


“Help the poor, but pity the ignorant rich.”

-H.P.Blavatsky, Collected Writings 12, p.61.


“To be wisely rich, you need more than money.”

-Aria Fairchild


August 20th New Moon in Leo leading into August 22-23 Sun enters Virgo with Venus trine Uranus followed by Sun trine Pluto. For a minute, everything is alright with the world. Water, Earth and Fire Signs are favored now. First baby steps in long-term investments and commitments for adult positive futures are possible now.


“Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.”  

-George Eliot


“Love is wanting another to be happy, compassion that they cease suffering; wishing another to be free and spiritually enlightened is even a higher jeweled path.” 

-Trebore Tau Bodhi


“So long as one has not developed a perfect sense of justice, he should prefer to err rather on the side of mercy than commit the slightest act of injustice.” 

-H.P. Blavatsky, collected writings vol. 8


“There is often greater martyrdom to live for the love of, whether man or an ideal, than to die ” is a motto of the Mahatmas. 

-HPB, collected writings 4, p. 603

August 25th, Mars enters Cancer – the signature for September. Mars will then conjunct the USA’s chart Sun, making for a more aggressive no-nonsense, and more assertive approach to both home and White House politics. Economics, healthcare, jobs, and personal security agendas command attention. With Mercury entering Libra and squaring Mars followed by the next day, along with Mars opposing Pluto (August 26th), look out for shoes being thrown at you. Lots of blame and shame, accusing others, scapegoating, and angry weird weather. Venus entering Leo and Mars opposing Pluto, egos and ultimatums are on the plate. This is a strong time to make demands but a bad time to use too much force. Beware of war drums and provocative behaviour escalating violence and storm. Yet, it is a good time to be honest with what you need and what you don’t need. Be honest with yourself, don’t force it on others, and these times be progressively good. You can’t force someone to love you. You can request what you desire, but you got to let them be free. Ask for what you want. Let things be what they are. Turn up your love, don’t demand it of others. Then, take what you get. Otherwise, wait for 2012, or when all the cattle come home. If you don’t get this, read Osho’s Book of Secrets or HPB’s Isis Unveiled, or Steiner’s Rosicrucian Wisdom, then come talk to me again. In other words: do your homework.


“Remember, when you add the big ‘D’ to ‘anger’, you get Danger.” 

Aria Fairchild


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”  ~Buddha


In the Detroit incorporation chart, Detroit is a Capricorn: January 18,1802. The present transiting Pluto conjunct natal Mars in the eighth house reveals the ongoing political scandals, indictments, deaths, and economic hard times, as well as corporate take-over of everything. Hopefully, it also indicates an end to escalating crime, poverty, homelessness, and joblessness. With Transiting Uranus squaring that same natal Mars 2010-11, look for a great new car as well as new unique economic initiatives to lift Detroit back up to world leadership capacity and creative social cultural participatoriness. 


The place we rip open again and again that always heals — that’s God.”
Rainer Maria Rilke 


Detroit’s more esoteric chart based on Cadillac founding, has Sun in Leo for regal pride in spite of everything and anything that happens. Moon conjunct Jupiter in Pisces indicates Detroit’s ‘let’s party’ mentality, as well as high care-free spirited idealism, perhaps even strong religious and spiritual virtue values. In Pisces though, it’s not always realistic nor practical. Often it’s just dreaming of something better, praying and asking for something better. Pisces needs to act, to work, to realize, not fantasize. Transiting Uranus conjunct natal Saturn all this past year reveals the constantly changing battlefield when it comes to how to dig out of near bankruptcy, corporatization dictatorship, and profit making cronyism and greed. With Mars squaring Moon first week of August, look for harsh words and sparks to fly in the continuing ‘who’s to blame’ game and how many crooks can we still find in office. By summer next year, Jupiter will conjunct natal Moon to truly raise the level of social consciousness, as well as real estate values, and Detroit may then begin a true road to recovery with many a new venture in capitalism and social cultural growth. This also is a good aspect indicative of Detroit’s sports actually going all the way and winning at the end! Did I say Hockey and Baseball?!?


When ideas fail, words come in very handy.”


Detroit Mayor Bing has transiting Pluto retrograde coming to conjunct his natal Moon, ouch! Is the Mayor running up against problems or is he gaining power and speed? This aspect can give one second thoughts about how much fun it is being Mayor of Detroit. Indeed, it may get worse before getting better. More bankruptcy or lots more revamping? Here, one wants to keep their friends and business separate or you may lose your business and friends. Even health, as well as money, is at issue. How do you keep your friends and business separate in Politics these days? How’s that going to happen?! Health and money and psychodrama with those close by are often the challenge with such aspects. On the positive note, this aspect forces one to really realize what matters most, and helps one stick to their guns. Hey!? Don’t we have too many guns? Good aspect for strongly standing behind (sometimes people in front with this one, but mostly behind) what one really believes in. Taking a stand for what’s right is called for with this aspect. Otherwise there are internal secret problems forcing retreat. His transiting Jupiter trine natal Venus and Saturn in grand trine makes for a bit of good luck and positive spirit offering many opportunities of good friends and favorable moments of good luck to come help in his time of need. 2011 brings many more good aspects to Bing’s chart, if he and we can wait that long.


With July’s eclipse conjunct Madonna’s natal (normally private) Sun/Pluto, privates become public. Her ex-bodyguard boyfriend is offering secret erotic love cassettes, video, and letters to be auctioned. ‘Holy Green Hornet Butler lover, Batgirl!’ With transiting retrograde Neptune opposing Madonna’s natal Sun this year into October/November, more than one erotic ghost of sticky hard candy may emerge. Neptune opposition usually reveals that others lie about you, deceive you, betray you, and yes at times, inspire and romance you. She’s got a lot on her plate. In losing what’s far away and what’s deadly close, oft one finds middle ground, peace, and true self. Will Madonna become a buddhist? A born again Yogi? A new psychic? Neptune has a way of remaking oneself, rebirthing and renewing oneself. Madonna will do this once again and re-appear in new vogue, new view, clothes and smile, new movie roles, witty wisdoms and song. Yes.


“There is a road, steep and thorny, beset with perils of every kind, but yet a road, and it leads to the very heart of the Universe:

I can tell you how to find those who will show you the secret gateway that opens inward only, and closes fast behind the neophyte for evermore.

There is no danger that dauntless courage cannot conquer;
there is no trial that spotless purity cannot pass through;
there is no difficulty that strong intellect cannot surmount.
For those who win onwards there is a reward past all telling
– the power to bless and save humanity;
for those who fail, there are other lives in which success may come.” 

-HPB, C.W. 13, pg. 219

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


“In the future 6th post Atlantean cultural epoch and even now with those who have advanced their own spiritual mind stream; one feels what others feel, both the joy and the pain. We share an inner life just like we share an outer world. We joy in the freedom of heart and mind creating and co-creating god like qualities, virtue and grace, compassion and truth. We consciously see and hear, touch and are touched by spiritual realities both in ourselves and all others, all living things. In the same higher sense, we now cross the threshold to worlds of spiritual love and truth. Human beings can now experience this ‘at-one-ment’ of their own I AM with the spiritual worlds and every other I AM in such. Then the true meaning of I AM THAT I AM will be self evident. At the moment, this is experienced in the imagination and inspired by the intuition of the average person. Only the advanced spiritual practitioner who is clear about who ‘I AM’ and who I am not may truly knock at the door. We are nearing a time in collective humanity when all of us are becoming psychic to every virtue and non-virtue, and must consciously decide to be spiritual creative, alive. We are nearing the 2012 time of the Apocalypse of ignorance and delusion and the rebirth of the Great Goddess, an ecology, economics, and politics of loving kindness and compassion. This ever renewing birth of the future is the present tension of the time, the higher morality and virtue of our own Spirit calling our Souls home to the heart of the matter.” 

-Robert Thibodeau at an OM Cafe lecture

“Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses much more;
He who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others –
you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician, wife of FDR

“Either you think — or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Writer)

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”Oscar Wilde [Playwright]

Astrology Newsletter July 2009

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Astrological & Spiritual Insights for July 2009

-Robert Thibodeau, Mayflower Bookshop

“Children are love made visible. We are the seed and ground host for love’s infinite possibilities living in outer nature and inner art. Love is the foundation and blooming rose of magic. Love works magic. There is no other miracle.” -robert of mayflower

“I am a part of all that I have met; yet all experience is an arch wherethro’

gleams that untravell’d world … Come my friends, ‘tis not too late

to seek a newer world.”ULYSSES

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU LOVE? Three Eclipses in a row may change your mind about this. These coming eclipses bring about an intensified need for spiritual renewal, right job and home life, and a higher feeling and sense for what and who we love. Eclipses help us cut unnecessary things and people out of our life, or we’re cut out of something. Eclipses ring ‘in with the new and out with the old’ type changes. A deep questioning within as to what or who do you love, and why, may arise at this time. Economic VooDoo or new window of opportunity for many a new enterprise and adventure. With Uranus going retrograde, look for lots of reversals and surprises, especially you mutable signs of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, and Sagittarius – the unexpected is now to be expected. All things being equal, take the new road. The beaten road is for beaten people.

“Imagination is to Love, what Eternity is to Truth.” -Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower

Wild exaggerations and denials is Hollywood, but so are big dreams and wild kisses of success. Jupiter conjunct Neptune is Hollywood—mystical experience, spiritual lovemaking, fireworks and rain the day after. It’s the highest mountain and deepest sea, it’s lost in space and newfound adventure all at once. It’s the feeling of belonging to the universe, and a song in your heart of surrender to all that is good, true, and beautiful, like life itself.

“I have no problem that every human being is a child of God. My problem is that there are not very many who grew up to be adults with God.” -robert of mayflower

The Moon conjuncts the Jupiter conjunct Neptune on July 10th. Jupiter/Neptune is the second of three conjunctions in Aquarius with Chiron within orb. Boot up the old wild maverick in you and get ready for big adventure and sacred mystical experience. Some of us may only experience the big gass garage sales in the neighborhood along with a front porch picnic, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. Jupiter/Neptune is notorious for some big events in people’s lives, but also it is an aspect for grandiose delusions and big balloon explosions plopping us back to practical ground zero, let’s start again. Still, I don’t want to deflate anyone’s balloon. Jupiter/Neptune is great for that ‘Once In a Lifetime Experience’. Great for making peace with yourself and others. Great for experiencing beyond oneself. Great for travel and imagination. Jupiter/Neptune can also indicate difficulties individuating or finding one’s singular purpose and sense of true self. Troubles due to being too (YIN) diffuse in actions and endeavor. Jupiter/Neptune can indicate a strong need for mothering in social cultural or religious group identification, such as Mega stadium spectator stuff. Being a spectator to one’s own life can be a problem. The other side of that coin is being an hysterical screamer, an inflated boisterous performer or personality, and a caricature of oneself pantomiming one’s own higher self. This is not good. The upper and lower worlds should serve the fire of the heart, serve truth and love, the higher self.

Jupiter/Neptune can also be finding a greater sense of purpose and meaning to life. Finding a sense of self in the greater container of group identity, a social womb or cultural religious/spiritual net to catch one’s higher inclinations into virtuous action. Jupiter/Neptune can be group identification, such as an internet grouping, a religious or spiritual identification. This can be good, but often the individuality is lost in the blur of mass hysteria or mass hypnosis. On the positive up side, it is the sixth cultural epoch of co-creatively working with others to help make the world a better place for all of us. On the negative side, it is escapism and an unconscious wish to return to the womb or be mothered, fed, nourished by someone, even if we feel imprisoned. Good time for socializing and dreaming of better futures, artistically endeavoring to manifest higher dreams and imaginations. There is a danger of unconscious projections. Under the influence of this transit, people are most prone to false imaginations based on either personal fear or unconscious instinctive desire. Also danger of mass projections and subjections to experiences beyond one’s own control. World Event Tsunamis, fears of abandonment or loss, feelings of aloneness or loss of consciousness, or even loss of personal or group identity. The positive side is a reaching up to higher attunement and atonement for past misgivings or mistakes; that is, higher learning. Those most affected by this Jupiter/Neptune aspect are the fixed signs of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, and Scorpio, though all of us have these signs somewhere in our chart. These fixed signs may feel lonely or alone, lost or misunderstood, cut off or separated from what they once knew as reality or security, or even sense of self. Others may feel swamped by others’ demands, feel unduly impressed by others’ wishes and dreams, and having no worthy sense of self. The positive side is better futures coming, so have a big dream, plan big and prepare. If you have any planets in fixed signs, those areas of life will be affected. Positively, it is ‘the big dream come true’. Or at least the plan, the beautific vision of such.

“We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it.” -Donald Curtis

Mars conjunct the ‘evil eye’ star Algol, squares the Jupiter/Neptune/Chiron triad July 1st to 7th making for much movie madness and sudden leaps of faith into the future ready or not. It’s about watching your own dharma mind to learn to fly, and avoiding the downfalls of negative thinking and non-virtuous acts of anger and jealousy, obsession and infantile fixations and paralysis. Of course, you could try eating more greens and grains (see Self Healing Cookbook at Mayflower).

The question is though, are you living in the right movie?! And is it your future or your neighbors? Your parents? Your good or bad karma? Your free will? Might be a time to meditate, do yoga, go vegetarian. Otherwise, avoid driving people nuts, or being driven by too many feelings and things outside of yourself. Avoid anger and angry people, unless you’re part of the policing of such. This aspect can make for the mad but creative artist, musician, or magician, even wildly creative business adventures. This aspect is also prone to overdo, over-indulge, and go to unjustifiable extremes in behaviour. All planets at the end of fixed signs along with those especially born on or near May 14-17, Feb 12-15, Aug 16-19, Nov 15-18th are affected. Take extra care to be patient, kind, gentle, and caring. Try not to speak of others unless it’s true, kind, and constructively helpful. Positive critique only is advised. Good for waking up suddenly to what you should be doing. Waking up out of an emotional coma or intellectual sleep, or some retarded involvement or situation you fell unconsciously asleep in. A Macrobiotic diet, a healthier natural diet and exercise, can do much to free you from feelings of falling numb or asleep. Mars can wake you up from difficult or erroneous situations with a wish to be free from neurosis. It can make for the most ingeniously creative moves enlivening the sense of life and joy and youth.

“Smee: Captain, the ice is melting, the sun is out, and the flowers are all in bloom… 

Captain Hook: He’s back.”  

-From Peter Pan. Pan is the archetypal eternal youth living inside each of us. Mars hooking up with Jupiter/Neptune signifies such youthful action arousing etheric life force.

Mars is a also a freedom fighter wanting a higher sense of self-worth, creativity, skill and adventure. Avoid Neptunian fixation on problems, staring too deep into one’s own narcissistic woundology pattern. Instead, find a higher star or ideal, virtue to spark your imagination. Find things and people that wake you up rather than numb you out, or put you to sleep. Avoid unnecessary arguments or discursive thinking that doesn’t lead to positive new growth. Good aspects for getting rid of things that seem good, but persist in going round and round, going nowhere man. Work for your individual spiritual progress, self unfoldment and expansion, and let that overflow into the world. Seek not the world, seek self-knowledge and self-realization, then let the heart overflow. First heart/mind training, then let the heart feelings go; not the reverse. Then true bliss comes. One needs, with this aspect, to be free and playful, but practical in self work, working on oneself. Avoid fantasizing on love or money or places too far from what’s right under your own nose and feet. Clean your own house before critiquing others. There is a danger of overshooting to keep oneself stuck where one is. There is a need to work on obvious things right in front of you, rather than big far-a-way dreams of pie in the sky. Some famous celebrities that are born on the above dates and may very well be affected by such aspects of fantasy and reality mixing drinks include: Jennifer Aniston, Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, Madonna, George Lucas, Sean Penn, the USA Scorpio Chart (financial chart), Pakistan and India’s Chart (quake or economic turmoil, warring or new peace), and Israel (intense power plays, infighting, and need to take new progressive peace making direction).

“Imagination continually frustrates tradition, that is its function.” -John Pfeiffer

“Imagination is the match, Inspiration the breath of new possibility, Intuition the meeting of the spiritual being, yourself, and those here and not quite here yet. Listen deeper, your heart can hear the nearing pulse of new wonder!” -Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower 

Lunar Eclipse on July 7th at 15 degrees of Capricorn and a Solar Eclipse on July 21st at 29 degrees Cancer primarily will affect all Cardinal signs born July 6th to July 22nd, January 4th to January 20th, April 4th to April 20th, and October 7th to October 23rd. (See your astrological chart for other planets that may fall into alignment with these Cardinal degrees). Expect changes (or rethinking) in all areas concerning direction, goals, job, career, calling, home life or domestic securities. Eclipses have a way of cutting out dead matters, cutting out what no longer serves the higher self or true spiritual direction. Continuing attempts to resuscitate the economy will be the concern, but until Uranus enters Aries in 2010, expect only short-term results. Libra, Capricorn, Aries, and Cancer are most affected. 

“If you want to be happy, live out of your imagination. Live not out of fear or money or poor view. Be rich in imagination, that is where all prosperity and happiness begin!. Otherwise, eat more brown rice and chew well. Life is all about awareness. When that fails, chew on your past a little more to digest the experience. The future then awaits you, and the future is all about imagination.” -robert of mayflower

July 21st 2009 Solar Eclipse in Cancer is the longest total eclipse (over 6 and half minutes) that will occur in the 21st century, the longest until June 13th 2132. Eclipses suddenly make us alarmingly sensitive to situations unperceived previously. Sudden realizations and turns in life are now possible. The eclipse will be total or near total in India, Calcutta, Delhi, Kathmandu, Shanghai, and Wuhan. The end of the eclipse passes into Central China, then into the Pacific Ocean. Expect challenging crazy wild news and ever-changing events in and concerning India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and even our economic relationship to China. Eclipses often bring about quick changes in leadership, sudden fortune and misfortune, quakes and storms of change and rearrangement, as well as more sudden celebrity/politician scandal, crisis or death. The eclipse in Cancer affects quality of food and environment, home and land, property, family values, and the sense of security or not. This eclipse at 29 Cancer opposes the USA Chart’s natal Pluto. Expect strong changes in Federal Reserve structure or rules, along with further bank problems with this aspect. Venus squares Saturn this day of the Solar Eclipse indicating serious bottom lines when it comes to money, love, long term security, and taking care of others. Those born on or near January 15th to 20th, April 15 to 20th, July 18th to 23rd, October 18th to 23rd are most affected to change or be changed, be sensitive or be shocked, cut out dumb stuff or be cut out. Eclipses can reawaken what really matters most in one’s life. It’s always a time for increased compassion and patience. All major astrological aspects create a window area of opportunity to make good or bad karma quickly. Choose awakening virtue mind and making good karma. 

“John: Michael, are you shot? 

Michael: I haven’t checked yet, but there’s something worser. 

John: Oh, what could be worse? 

Michael: My thoughts aren’t very happy! [they both fall]” –from Peter Pan

July’s Solar Eclipse conjuncts mega-church’s Joel Osteen’s South Node indicating both his charismatic prosperity gospel of buckets of money for everyone, as well as a possibly very intense love interest which may elevate or deviate his vertical ascent to success and glory. His emphasis on the power of love and a positive attitude is winning for him these days. The eclipse may signify changes of staff or working relations. With Saturn opposing his natal Sun at the moment, growth without limits may be his downfall, along with ‘trouble in the crib’ or health sensitivities. His strong and assertive wife may be the Saturnian influence dampening the party, or is it another? If Osteen doesn’t slip on the high slopes of mega church success with transiting Neptune (truth or lies?) conjunct his natal Mercury (public talk), the transits of both Uranus conjunct his natal Jupiter, and transiting Jupiter coming end of year into next to oppose his natal Uranus will bring more windfalls of success. Osteen’s church holds 35,000 people. TV multiplies that count. He preaches and asks Jesus to give people bonuses and raises. Alan Greenspan and Ed McMahon, both public spokesmen, share being born March 6th, but in different years. This July eclipse will also reveal whether or not there is an economic ‘China-Centric Recovery,’ or is it a slow but sure China Doll? ‘Shine Ah’ … China, is a power to be reckoned with intelligently. Spiritually the raw material is in intelligent loving kindness and compassion for stones, trees, plants, animals, birds, butterflies, weeds, flowers, vegetables, and all humans. In money terms, China’s got raw resources and lots of money to buy anything it doesn’t have. The USA may soon need to return to sane yet free ecological and peaceful world economics. Intelligent and creative peace with China is imperative, to avoid new imperialism and totalitarianism in the form of corporate feudalism and communism. America is in the midst of being reborn as a world leader or fallen leader as Pluto comes to oppose our natal Sun sign. The eclipses also foretell of the struggle between inflation and deflation fighting for what, where, and when. It’s anyone’s guess. Most of us realize at this point that anything that has quality, costs more. Intellectual and emotional inflation followed by deflation, then again inflation, etc. seems the norm these daze. Interesting times. Inner wealth now needs to become as important as outer wealth. Imagination can make us again rich. Imagination as to how to heal the earth, live in peace, be co-creative and brotherly with all economic workings worldwide. Imagination to be be free thinkers and researchers, religiously spiritual about everything and every moment of our life. Spiritual imagination is the fiery warmth protecting us from, and capable of healing, the cold realities of ignorance and delusion, anger and violence, pollution and ecological disaster. We need a new imagination inspiring all of us to work together for peace and love. A new imagination enlivening and inspiring us to get out of our fear and little falsely protected egos. Love is the match for truth. Truth is the light of love. Truth and love united in an awakened heart is healing, awakening, bravery to be yourself, the world, the ultimate enlightenment. May all beings find happiness. May we see this truth and love within our own heart mind and moment!

“…and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”        -Anais Nin

July 26 to 28 Venus trines Jupiter/Neptune/Chiron while squaring Uranus. Good aspect for loving, making new and renewing good friendships, creatively engineering social cultural events and endeavors, parties, and just good positive vibes all over. A feeling lucky kind of daze. Air signs and Fixed signs feel this the most, but it’s in all our astrological charts in some area of life. You have your chart don’t you? Good time for a reading!

“There was a woman who talked perpetually of ‘the divine spark’ within her, until HPB stopped her with – ‘Yes, my dear, you have a divine spark within you and if you are not very careful you will hear it snore!” -Yeats, ‘Autobiography of HPB’ by Cranston p.467

August 4th Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (13 degrees) should bring much relief and creatively constructive relief to many an ill in this world of personal challenges and oft too many then not enough opportunity. Aquarius full moon eclipse should initiate a de-construction and re-construction of one’s ideals and higher aims in life in the two weeks following this astro event. Time of coming into fruition. Time for pulling the old weeds of wrong habits or false expressions of self. Time to cut back on extraneous expenditures of self in areas not fitting with true plan of the future.   

“Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.” -Les Brown

Michael Jackson’s recent untimely death may leave more questions unanswered than answered when it comes to his money, estate, habits, and reason for death. With transiting Neptune and Jupiter opposing his natal Mercury at death, being vampirized by medications and other peoples money grabs, as well as his own needs to escape reality in overindulging fantasies and in undisciplined spending, may have in the end, done him in long before he physically died. Moving vans are towing away his stuff and nobody knows if he had a will or who either of the real parents of his children are!? Jackson is claimed to be over 500 million dollars in debt. Nobody knows for sure what he is worth while anything connected to him is zooming up in price as a collectible. We’ll know by the end of 2009 and into spring 2010 when transiting Jupiter will enter Pisces and oppose Michael Jackson’s secretive natal Sun conjunct Pluto in repressed (sometimes kinky) Virgo the virgin. 

“Reverence, enthusiasm, and a sense of guardianship, these three are actually the panacea, the magical remedy, in the soul of the educator and teacher.” – Rudolf Steiner 

“Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.” – Rudolf Steiner

Jackson’s Sun/Pluto in Virgo indicates secret powers as well as eating disorders and psychological/emotional difficulties concerning sexuality and childhood. Michael claimed he innocently shared his bed with children; yet, he also did much for charity. By early 2010 we’ll get the clearer picture of his psyche and true estate and state of mind. Michael Jackson was born August 29th, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. There is no exact time for Jackson’s birth. My rectification puts it around 10:45 p.m. giving him a natal Moon at 16 Pisces being opposed by now transiting Saturn in Virgo (need for discipline and right diet, otherwise difficulties with food and medication, drugs, health problems, eating disorders). Jackson has a natal ascendent then at 26-27 degrees Taurus with transiting Neptune now squaring such (loss of consciousness, confusion, high ideals that don’t reach manifestation, concert canceled). Natal Mars near ascendent in Taurus, roughly opposing Neptune in Scorpio gives Jackson the Elvis wiggles, sexual moves and grooves, along with his infamous ‘moonwalking’ and robot like dance moves and illusionist tricks. Mars/Neptune is also an imagination that can inflate or deflate ego depending on the mood swing. Confusion about masculinity, along with acting ability. The natal Venus T-Square to Neptune/Mars and Ascendent adds to Jackson’s mysterious charisma, charm, and sexual allure. In 1993-94, following Jackson’s huge ‘Thriller’ success, transiting Pluto opposed his natal Mars and Ascendent simultaneous to sexual abuse accusations, which Jackson settled out of court for $22 million. In May of 1994, with transiting Venus opposing his natal Saturn, and Saturn transiting about to conjunct his natal Moon, Jackson married Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa. They divorced within two years. This is the end of an era in music history.

“Fame doesn’t take away the pain, it only pays the bills, and you wind up on alcohol and pills.” -Fred Eaglesmith

For others who over indulged in medications, drugs, or alcohol, check out ‘Alcohol and Pills’ song by Fred Eaglesmith ( which lists many other STARS who ended up on Alcohol and Pills. Stars like Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Graham Parsons, Jimmy Hendrix, Judy Garland, Charlie Parker, Marilyn Monroe, Keith Moon, John Belushi, River Phoenix, Gerry Garcia, Chris Farley, Billie Holiday, Lenny Bruce,  Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, John Bolin, Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), David Ruffin, Shannon Hoon, to just name a few.  

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“The human race is ruled by the invisible government of imagination. Head thinking can only imagine what the heart enkindles. The awakened heart is the queen of imagination. Let’s imagine Love and Truth ruled the world and we are its servants.” -robert of mayflower

Robert Thibodeau is available for private astrological and spiritual consultations. Call Mayflower Bookshop to make your appointment (248) 547-8227.

Robert is also available for Spiritual, Metaphysical and Astrological lectures and talks, as well as live performance acoustic folk rock music. 

“The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire – the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain.” -H.P.Blavatsky



“Love can heal all things. Truth makes you forget your little self in light of all that could yet be. Love moves you, Truth stills you to listen to what is bigger than separate ego. Real love and truth includes us all, all of life.” -robert of mayflower

“In the end know this, there is a golden thread at the heart of which weaves all the worlds into one. All fellows of good spirit and heart are in league with this. To bear this knowledge in the soul of the heart, no matter how simple the voice, is greater than all the books ever written, better than all the world’s history and knowledge of the brain. The intellect can grow stale and cold, but listening to the voice in the heart keeps one eternally youthful and spiritually enlivened. Giving wings to both the golden bird of truth and love, this heart touches every iota of earth, e’en the furthest star; enabling the fully Human Being angelic intelligence and virtue, giving access to the simplest matters of day whether made of clay or spirit, as well as the vision of the eternal beauty we are wandering our many ways. Joy to the world. May all beings find lasting happiness.”

-Trebore Tau Bodhi of Mayflower Bookshop.

June 2009 Astrological Newsletter

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Many thanks to the many friends who came to my recent live music performances. It was great to hear so many sing along with some of the songs. The song line chorus of ‘Fly me home, fly me home; on the wings of an angel, don’t ever let go’, as well as ‘A little bit of Love’s gonna set us free’ had everyone singing! Those songs, from my new ‘WISH’ CD, seemed to be the favorites with everyone. You can hear some of the songs on Mayflower Bookshop website ( My little rap rants about the sacred heart and holy backyard, politics, ecology, and saying prayers before meals in a song at Memphis Smoke seems to still have some people talking. Move over Tom Petty and Bob Dylan! Thanks friends! Next concert is in Palmer Park June 28th! More concerts coming up, so stay tuned. -robert (248-547-8227) See our website and hear some music at 

Robert of Mayflower’s Astrological Newsletter, June 2009

Pluto, now in Capricorn, envisions the need for world concern for ecology, good healthy food to eat, and concerned governments around the world to work together for peace and prosperity. Pluto opposing the USA’s Cancer Sun Sign denotes how world dilemmas and problems are forcing us to re-imagine ourselves as agents for positive change and renewal. Pluto’s danger is letting the ‘little man,’ the unconscious libido, the desire/fear rule. Emerson – a true transcendentalist and creative imagineer of modern America’s pursuit of happiness, joy, and peace – clearly accentuates and activates our higher virtue and sense of conscience, mind, and spirit in his wonder poems and essays such as Brahma, The OverSoul, and Self-Reliance. Emerson may well be the one to read, along with Bucke’s ‘Cosmic Consciousness’ to antidote Pluto’s negative influence. Another book, ‘Secrets of the Soil’ or anything on Biodynamic Gardening will also help. If America could rekindle their intimate relationship to the Virtuous Heart and the Holy Backyard, re-awaken how important a relationship to the soil is, much good could prevail. Pluto opposing Cancer is the loss of healthy soil and good food. By cognitive organic gardening alone, we can recreate a virtuous world of peace and joy. Most of us have been severely cut off from the spiritually etheric formative forces and rhythms of Mother Nature.

 “He is asleep. Though his mettle was sorely tried, He lived, and when he lost his angel, died. It happened calmly, on its own, The way the night comes when day is done.” -Les Miserables (p. 1463)

Pluto squaring Libra reveals the end of marriage and relationship as we know it. It indicates a need to make friendship and loving kindness the core of relationship, not a dream in the sky. Happiness in helping others unfold their own talents and virtues, as well as mutual respect and co-creative spiritual striving, freedom, and honesty, will become a priority in all relationships. Staying friends after parting ways is the key proof of such attainment. Pluto square Libra reveals a need to base friendships and partnerships on the many possibilities of making the world a better place, a more virtuous harmonious place; rather than partnerships based on greed, desire, fear and egotistical attainment/acquirement alone. Pluto in Capricorn depicts the death and rebirth (controlled bankruptcies and re-making) of many a corporation and car company. It also depicts the need to have all military powers of the world to work for peace and love, rather than perpetual war and military nuclear build-up. We seem to be good at war but not peace, good at making weapons but not healthy gardens and farm communities.

“Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers.” -Les Miserables (p. 27)

Neptune in Aquarius probably signifies how many people are medicated, or ‘on something,’ also the mass hysteria produced by being continually overstimulated. The real need of meditation rather than medication, yoga rather than party togas, and gardening rather than fireworks and loud stadiums of spectator music, sports, and politics. Wrong use of drugs are a real problem both in the garden and in the human being, toilets, and our drinking water.

 “In passing, we might say that success is a hideous thing. Its false similarity to merit deceives men… They confuse heaven’s radiant stars with a duck’s footprint left in the mud.” -Les Miserables (p. 51-52) 

Neptune wants to get something from nothing, and seems to neither understand Buddha’s empty bowl, nor emptiness practice. Neptune is escape, false spirituality, maya or feverish illusory pursuits, as well as visitations and moments of great compassion, the mother. Neptune is the sea of compassion and bliss, or the sea of samsara’s illusions and false perceptions. Neptune in Aquarius calls for a real need to address drug addiction, whether in the form of sugar and coffee, TV and porn, pharmaceutical or illegal drugs. Emerson’s works, Blavatsky’s ‘Secret Doctrine’ and ‘Isis Unveiled,’ Steiner’s ‘Outline of Esoteric Science’ and his ‘Theosophy,’ Osho’s ‘Book of Secrets,’ the Tibetan Buddhist Mind Training and Meditation Techniques, Vedanta, the Bhagavad Gita all are ways of spiritually “getting high” or transcending to a spiritual reality or angelic encounter enabling a more virtuous re-embodiment, or even next moment. The metaphysical movement and health food, whole foods, movement is a real human heart conspiracy of LOVE. The human being is conscious virtue and harmonious co-creative spirit indeed. The human being, each of us, is a divine co-creative agent for either positive or negative change. Few are trained in the ways of virtuous mind training, organic gardening, musical play, or metaphysical inquiry that leaves one free. Freedom and truth, loving kindness and compassion, and creative play, are severely lacking top to bottom in this weird world of better living through chemistry, advanced technology, economic war machines, and spectator living (spectator sports, spectator sex, spectator music and entertainment). Neptune in Aquarius is also the danger of spectators or ghosts. Ghosts are all the past unfinished or undigested experiences that haunt the mind and emotions with distraction or vampirization making one feel either drained or over accentuated, exaggerated, or inflated. 

“That eternally returning specter, the past, not infrequently falsifies its passport. Let us be ready for the snare. Let us beware. The past has a face, superstition, and a mask, hypocrisy. Let us denounce the face and tear off the mask.” -Les Miserables, Victor Hugo (p. 508)

Neptune in Aquarius calls for the need for heightened awareness and a new spirituality that can heal the split between spirit and body by awakening the Soul of Knowledge in Heart, awakening the heart’s mindfulness. (See ‘Treasury of Dharma,’ or ‘Meaningful to Behold,’ or ‘The Three Principled Path’ by Gelek Rimpoche, and also Robert of Mayflower’s cd called Divine Yoga Sutras).

“The greatness of democracy is that it denies nothing and renounces nothing of humanity. Next to the rights of Man, side by side with them, at least, are the rights of the Soul.” -Les Miserables (p. 517)

Uranus in Pisces, about to go into Aries in 2010, indicates the need to catch the mind from unconscious streaming. Uranus wants something new to happen, but in Pisces it’s like trying to have a new dream rather then doing something real. Uranus in Pisces is sleep disturbances as well as events that disturb your sleep or ability to stay unconscious. Uranus is the awakener. If one doesn’t consciously, spiritually and morally, wake up to participating in the creation of a peaceful healthy holy world, one may accidently and karmically open oneself up to being shocked into growing up spiritually. It’s the carrot or the stick type mentality. Either one goes for the carrot, making oneself better, initiating spiritual (virtuous) education, or one gets hit with the stick, hit with learning lessons. Uranus in Pisces truly indicates the need to awaken a spiritual pre-conceptive awakeness, an intuitive feeling for future events, and a willingness to change the inner self, the inner mind, so to attune to meeting the future full-bodied. We live in a world where some of us have awakened the awareness that “Each of us is a child of God”. The problem is that few of us are spiritual ADULTS. Few realize their full spiritual potential. Few realize their co-creative power in creating future circumstance and world event starting with each and everything we do. The present is the child of the past, the parent of the future. Uranus in Pisces gives us plenty of forewarning of coming events. When Uranus goes into Aries and squares Pluto, much of the past will be truly thrown off and the future, like it or not, will be rushed at us. Many a new invention and cultural revolution of higher intelligence and world necessity will be thrown upon us. It will be like ‘musical chairs’ – except everybody sitting will now have to get up and dance, or do something, move.

“Liberation is not deliverance. A convict may leave prison behind but not his sentence.” -Les Miserables (p.97)

Saturn in Virgo reveals the need to insure good healthy food and water for everybody, not just “good” insurance. Healthy diet and exercise is an insurance. Saturn in Virgo is the need to find good work, job, that is spiritually and ecologically healthy for both the individual and the world. We need healthy transportation! Non-fossil fuel transportation. Job and health are the issues here with Saturn in Virgo, but if you’re not working on healing the inner life, the mind and heart, what good will a healthy animal body be but for harnessing as work dog serf-dumb? “If you’re not working on your inner self, you’re not working” used to be the slogan at Mayflower Bookshop. Being physically healthy but not virtuous is not spiritual health. Saturn in Virgo is about the wisdom of right work, right mind, right diet (intestines), and right dharma or critique. Right Fix is knowing what to fix that automatically fixes a thousand other things.

Jupiter in Aquarius is about social justice and creating healthy spiritual community. Its fall-out or shadow would include elitist exclusive clubbing and in-house clowning. It also indicates the tendency to collectivize, socialize, and herd, rather than to individualize. The most for the many, rather than the most for the few is the trend. What is best for the whole which includes each individual.

“Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves.” -Les Miserables (p. 1004)

Venus and Mars in Taurus makes for some great hugs and kisses this month. Good for down-to-earth practicality and super-sensuous experience. Good for gardening, friends and backyards.

 “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves–say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” -Les Miserables (p. 167)

June’s Astrological Configurations of Interest include—


  1. June 5th, Sun square Saturn leading into June 7th trigger of Moon square Saturn on Full Moon Day  may mean extremes in the weather along with tough realistic decisions when it comes to the economy, travel, and all big blue sky, the grass is greener over there, possibilities. Saturn makes one realistic. Mars trine Pluto on the 4th makes for aggressive but practical moves to further large stake interests and long-term securities.
  2. The Venus trine Pluto on June 8th in Earth signs, makes for the need to secure one’s heart to deeper yet secure waters. The heart yearns to anchor in deeper waters of time’s wisdom and insight. Good for evaluating what really works in love, and what escapes in love. What anchors love and what flies away in such.
  3. Mercury square Chiron/Neptune/Jupiter on the 9th & 10th. Great aspect for using one’s creative wits to achieve the impossible. Bad aspect for taking unnecessary risks in gambling, investments, speculation, or compromising oneself with unconscious weird appetites or desires, or wanting something for nothing. Also indicative of the need to transcend troubles with something more beautiful, loving, and full of grace, forgiveness, and futurity. The June 13th Moon conjunct Neptune/Jupiter/Chiron vibe is orgasmic insights into the future.
  4. First half of June, Asteroid Pallas squares Venus/Mars making for sudden jolts of reality when it comes to love, money, and the hunt for happiness. Beware of hunting goddesses. Good for making love work for everybody. Anger is forcing one’s judgement and opinion on another denying them the freedom to come to it on their own. Pallas can be forceful. But when patient and loving, the best of lovers and friends she is.  Love is wanting the other to be happy, to bloom. Love ravishes the seed to bud, the bud to flower, the flower to fly in the air, perfume the world. Love is the paradox of becoming oneself simultaneous to freeing oneself; and perhaps, even the other.

 “They were living in that ravishing condition that might be called the dazzling of one soul by another.” -Les Miserables(p. 1004) 

5. June 4th to 12th watch the verbal sparks fly as President Obama has transiting Mars square his natal Mercury, and then by the 12th he has transiting Mars opposing his natal Neptune. The President will be quick to retaliate or react to misplaced criticisms. Also quick to address and put in check troubled hot spots. By the 12th, danger of acting prematurely or too quickly, rashly, or wrongly. With Pluto going retrograde to oppose his natal Venus again at the end of June, the President may be feeling the tight squeeze of performance tension, and/or the continued pressures and troubles due to both the war in the Middle East, and the continued threats of North Korea’s actions. Pluto/Venus can create ultimatums and strong pressures to act or react. Neptune retrograde transiting so close to his ascendent demands realistic and practical actions progressing the Presidents future plans; otherwise, Neptune can be the feeling of being lied to or misled. Positively, the Pluto/Venus transit depicts the President dealing head-on with real problems in the economy and with the poor, rather than loss of popularity due to scandal. The Neptune transit can depict the President’s strong spiritual power and virtuous idealism shared by the collectively conscious public, rather than the illusory pursuit of goals. When Uranus transit squares his natal Venus early next year, we will get the report card. Spring could be the breakthrough time for progress and real forward motion. Early next year, Jupiter will trine President Obama’s Venus in Cancer and his Neptune in Scorpio. Will everything come up roses by then, or is it the war of the roses?

6. Aquarius Jupiter going Retrograde on June 15th till October 13th portends of four months of reconsidering the Obama plan for restoring the country to world leadership in peace, environment, economy, social justice, and education. This may prove to be the critical time for the economy to prepare for many real NEW initiatives, inventions, and futuristic realities to make their appearance in 2010-12 during the Cardinal Sign Cosmic Cross of Pluto Capricorn/Uranus Aries/Saturn Libra/Jupiter Aries.

    “Mayor Madeline: ‘The two highest functionaries of the state are the wet nurse and the school teacher’.” -Les Miserables (p. 161)


    7. June 17th Sun trine Neptune/Jupiter and square Uranus makes for an intense need to make quick changes and adjustments. This influence for sudden shifts of direction extends from June 15th to 20th. Asteroid Juno conjuncts Uranus during this week of June 17th portending of wild Celtic Amazonian women of wonder and power, along with the usual criminals of complaint, worry, nag, and haggy dissent, dissatisfaction. Juno is mythologically associated with Zeus’s wife capable of loving wisdom, joy, and kindness, but also of rage and terroristic obsession and fascination. Men are equally included here. This may prove to be a harmonious and beautiful time, but it could also be a time of stormy weather and earthquake, as well as tempestuous political debate. The beautiful hag, Juno, is a flush rose cheeked this June.

     “She astounds at ten paces, terrifies at three; a large wart inhabits her perilous beak; you constantly tremble lest she blow it your way, and lest her nose slip in her mouth some fine day.” -Les Miserables (p. 1087). 

    Jupiter conjunct Neptune on July 10th should flush out whether 19 people dying from Swine Flu in U.S. constitutes a pandemic alarm or not. Jupiter/Neptune can be highly inflated data as well as completely missing the obvious fact right in front of your face. The question most astrologers have is, is the economy really hitting bottom and making a positive turn? I tend to think the Jupiter/Neptune may be fooling us, and we haven’t quite hit bottom yet. Spring 2010 on to 2012 will be the real turn around and positive new world vibe. Or so i think.

    8. Summer Solstice on June 21st on Father’s Day reveals Venus conjunct Mars in Taurus notorious for passionate love, eroticism, sacrifice, and going to no end to find satisfaction. With New Moon next day oppose Pluto, along with a Venus/Mars trine Saturn, expect many power plays and heated threats both personal weird stuff with jealousy, anger, and fear, as well as geo-political hotspot war zones. Compassion, compassion, compassion with sharp wisdom, wit, and selfless insight much needed at this time. On the 23rd, Sun opposes Pluto known for jealousy and crazy antics of selfish obsession, vanity, taking-it-personal, and downright neurosis, psychosis, and woundology psychology.  Being happy for other’s happiness is usually the missing element these daze.

       “And whatever he did, he always fell back onto this paradox at the core of his thought. To remain in paradise and become a demon! To re-enter hell and become an angel!” -Les Miserables (p. 235)

      Although Venus/Mars can make for impulsive highly exciting erotic love adventure this whole month leading to June 21st and on to the July Full Moon eclipse, and on to the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction on July 10th, take care to avoid people who aren’t happy for others, who put everyone else down, who demonize others with their superior inferiority complex, and who deny others the creative freedom they demand so much for themselves. Reality check points include the highly erotic, kinky and weird, Sun opposes Pluto on June 23rd, the Ceres conjunct Saturn on June 26th through the end of June, along with July 1st, 4th, and July 21st Solar Eclipse with Venus square Saturn. (Will grains and corn and food prices rise substantially due to cold then hot weather? Or will they fall?) The weather continues to go to extremes. Here in Michigan, my hope is the cool spring will ward off the Japanese beetle bugs that love to eat corn, berries, and roses.

      9. With Venus/Mars conjunct on June 21st, heading for a square to Jupiter then Neptune by the first week in July many a love life will tangle, untangle, wrangle and jingle jangle, come unglued and reassemble. Do we remember just what and why we are here for each other. To midwife awakening? Destiny or fate? To make the world a better place or just to work out bad karma? Hug; or, Huh? Or is it just a mad plunge into the future avoiding the reality of the situation? Escapism and inflationism? Or just lost at sea without a clue, dishonesty and real friends too few? Ask for anything, accept the way it is for now, and turn up the love light, being yourself true to the dream, the ideal, the highest star o’er head. Yes, that’s how to deal with this aspect.

        “Love almost replaces thought. Love is a burning forgetfulness of everything else.” -Les Miserables (p. 1009)


        10. Conan O’Brien’s astrological chart reveals shake-ups and dramatic changes to his show by October 2009 with Retrograde Uranus transit conjunct his natal Venus. Neptune then retrograde transits near his Saturn/Moon depicting feelings of being drained, and a need for better diet and exercise, a need to take care of health. (Isn’t Conan already doing this?) With Pluto recently squaring O’Brien’s natal Jupiter, everything is changing … or is it? The last of three Pluto/Jupiter squares hits in early 2010. If Conan makes it to then, the Uranus transit conjunct his natal Jupiter will catapult him to greater success. Till then, his tough aspects in October, along with Saturn transit opposing his Venus in September, portend of tough times and a long ride. O’Brien has transiting Pluto trining his ascending sign, Uranus and Pluto, indicating somebody in power wants Conan there. But why? Is he really that funny? If Conan can last it out, 2010 will be his time to win.

        11. Susan Boyle who won our hearts by being somebody simple, miserable and downtrodden (and who doesn’t have a piece of that hidden somewhere inside us) won a place on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ by singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from the play ‘Les Miserables’. Les Miserables was a book by Victor Hugo depicting a convict in prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. The story is a torrid affair of poverty seeking wholeness, love, and redemption, and the heart eventually winning out over outer circumstance and fate, even death. Susan Boyle typifies that beat-up part of ourselves seeking healing and wholeness, seeking our day in the court of divine providence, perhaps even on the stage of mass attention. Somewhere inside each of us is something really beautiful, a song in our heart. Susan has a Libra Moon opposite an Aries Sun. Jupiter in Aquarius trines her Moon. With Neptune transiting her midheaven and opposing her natal Uranus, she had her day or two of fame and good fortune. With transiting Pluto slowly coming up to oppose her Mars in the coming years, and with transiting Jupiter coming to oppose her natal Pluto next year, Susan would be smart to buy a farm and stay grounded. With Uranus coming in the next two years to conjunct her Sun, and with Neptune presently high in her chart near MC, she may end up with a little TV show, but if I was her, I wouldn’t gamble. I’d take care of my heart and health, eat good food and exercise, and go for the farm, not the fame.

        “Each of our passions, even love, has a stomach that must not be overloaded. We must in all things write the word finis in time; we must restrain ourselves, when it becomes urgent, draw the bolt on the appetite, play a fantasia on the violin, then break the strings with our own hand.” -Les Miserables (p. 135)

        12. Plane vanishes over Atlantic as Neptune goes retrograde and Mercury goes direct. N. Korea announce more underground nuclear bombs, and more missile tests. Hard to tell exactly what’s going on with Jupiter Neptune aspects. June should flush out what’s up here. The end of June and around full moon early July also has tricky aspects for warring geopolitical hot spots on earth.

        “Great perils share this beauty that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.” -Les Miserables (p. 1101)


        13. Mel Gibson recently announced he’s getting divorced from his wife, and having a baby with his girlfriend. I wonder what his ‘Catholic’ opinion was about the Opra Priest affair?! Well, it’s good they are with women and not kids, eh? Anyway, Mel has transiting Pluto squaring his natal Moon which can be really good for having a baby and a garden. You gotta be really sweet and loving with that aspect. Jealousy and psychodrama will kill ya if you are not careful with Mr. Pluto. Transiting Uranus conjunct his Midheaven portends of a huge change in his career, his looks, the roles he plays, the way he walks and talks even! Uranus may get him to write a book or do reality shows, or even journalism or reporting. Uranus wants honesty and a higher truth. His Pluto aspect wants privacy and lots of intimacy, closeness, and trust. Hey, where does that start? Assuming Mel sticks with the new love he’s having a baby with (she’s now over 3 months pregnant), his Jupiter aspects to his natal fifth house and then oppose his natal Moon may predict another baby within a year and a half. Go Mel, go go!

        “Suspicions are nothing more nor less than wrinkles. Early youth has none. What overwhelms Othello glides over Candide.” -Les Miserables (p. 1041)

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        Next live music Robert of Mayflower concert in the park, June 28th 2pm in Palmer Park.

        “Citizens, in the future there shall be neither darkness nor thunderbolts, neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood… In the future no man will slay his fellow, the earth will be radiant, the human race will love. It will come, citizens, that day when all shall be concord, harmony, light, joy, and life.” -Les Miserables, Hugo (p. 1116)

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        May 2009 Astrological Newsletter

        Thursday, May 7th, 2009

        Two Live Music Shows Coming Up


        Robert of Mayflower’s Astrological Newsletter

        1. Robert Thibodeau plays new songs, and folk/classic rock with Bob Monteleone 

        Friday May 29th at 7.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. 

        at Gala Restaurant in Farmington 


        2. Robert and Bob at Memphis Smoke

        at John Lamb’s Singer Songwriter Showcase

        on Sunday May 31st at 8 p.m.

        at 11 Mile and Main Street, Royal Oak


        Astrological Events for May 2009


        1. May 7th – Mercury retrograde after Venus square Pluto on May 2nd. Oh this will be fun! Old arcane karma comes to hit you in the face, a heart of love reckoning, and a new approach to what needs to be done to make the future work. These may be the issues. On the other hand, it’s deep love: wanting it, getting it, and now what to do with it. Old issues of fear/desire obscure the view. Mercury in Gemini going retrograde re-enters Taurus on May 13th indicating a need to be more practical and down-to-earth than superficial genius on paper. Do yoga, meditate, re-write the script for practical genius to shine indeed. Mercury goes direct on May 30th the day after Neptune goes retrograde on the 29th. Hopefully spring warmth will arrive with Sun square Jupiter on May 15th and we won’t have to wait till the end of May when Mercury goes direct. Mercury retrograde into Taurus may make us reconfigure what is real security and savings; what is real futurity. Down-to-earth gardening, sewing, cooking, weaving friends, sharing, hands-on stuff is what works. Late Taurus is known to be a part of the Zodiac that the really rich people enjoy, so there may be a re-questioning of what it means to be rich, both inwardly and outwardly. What it means to be poor, both inwardly and outwardly; in qualities and capacities!?! It truly is a new time to spring forth by both looking deeper within, righting the wrongs of the past, catch up to unfinished business, and boldly going where your past never allowed you to go. We are spirit souls in a material world. 
        2. Saturn is still going retrograde indicating more work-related troubles. The good news is that when Saturn goes forward or direct the night of May 16th, on Armed Forces Day, a shift will start to take place getting people back to work with good jobs culminating in late October when Saturn goes into Libra. At that time, we’ll be back to work but starting to ponder the workability and feasibility of our relationships and partners long term.
        3. Jupiter conjunct Neptune on May 27th portends of magical times, over-the-top imaginative luminal numinous experience. Be careful of Virgin Mary sightings, UFO sightings, Elvis sightings, and Harmonic Convergence memorial services. Until Jupiter goes retrograde on June 15th, you can’t trust the future and its many possibilities and lucid dreams. When Jupiter goes direct in October, everyone will be ‘kind of’ unified in the vision and dream of how the future is going to work for everyone.
        4. Venus is chasing Mars in Aries and will conjunct Mars on June 21st (Solstice), preceded by Jupiter retrograde June 16th, Moon trigger to the Venus/Mars June 19th and Sun square Uranus and Sun trine Neptune on June 21st. And it is closely followed by Sun oppose Pluto also on June 21st. Surely, this will be an interesting time when many jump ship and join the ‘other side’. Love bubbles may pop, out with the old and in with the new, as well as the myth reality workings of not putting new wine in old bottles. Or can you? This time will prove to be quite erotic and for others, neurotic and psychotic. Venus is the feminine principle chasing the male Mars energy. Should be interesting time.
        5. Pluto opposing the USA Venus this month portends of more bankruptcies and bailouts, banking problems and concerns over children and mothers. Venus/Pluto always is dangerous for people with problems of jealousy, obsession, compulsive behaviour and misbehaviour. Good aspect for compassion for the underdog who is getting beat up by whoever, whatever, forever. Also good for long-term love, gardening, behind-the-scenes good workings.
        6. The best thing in May will be Robert’s live music May 29th and May 31st, join us for a fun time.

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