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Astrological News and Views February 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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

News and Views from Robert of Mayflower—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the rainbow’s flowering

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

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

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Friday, October 1st, 2010

Robert of Mayflower Bookshop’s

Astrological and Spiritual Insights for October 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            • Other notable days include—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Mayflower notes:

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

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


              robert of mayflower

              January’s Astrological Insights

              Thursday, January 1st, 2009

              Astrology for January 2009

              Compliments of the Mayflower Bookshop, Robert Thibodeau (248-547-8227)

              1. Jupiter enters Aquarius on January 5th and, for a year, the hippie (or surf bum, party-goer, nightclubber, midnight romancer, or travel dog) in you will come out fantasizing that the New Age of Dumb Fun and Magic is here. Jupiter/Neptune/Uranus form a mutual reception giving much positive spirit and hope for change, as well as uplifting rearrangement of friends, social networking, technological advance, and escape from whatever prison of addictions one has. Jupiter in Aquarius is most positive for all signs and planets in Air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. It also favors creative endeavors by Scorpio and Taurus signs. For the Fixed and Air signs, the main danger of Jupiter in Aquarius is over-doing or excess, laziness both spiritually and matter-of-factly, and finding oneself just talking about stuff, but not really doing anything about it. Armchair generals have never been more frequent. JUPITER/NEPTUNE aspects this year are good for gardening, poetics, art, new music and film, and higher spiritual romance and comedy. Often associated with miracles and scientific wonders, the Jupiter/Neptune aspects make for high road aspirations and novelty. The danger of such aspects is delusions of grandeur and psychic inflation, as well as wanderlust and unnecessary wanderings and dreaming. The dreams we have this year will really manifest in 2010 when Jupiter conjuncts Uranus. Expect a really cost-efficient, ecologically sound car (or form of transportation) then. Also at that time, there will be major breakthroughs and advances in communications, computers, informations systems, technology, and alternative energies.
              2. The January 20th inauguration of the new President Obama has the Sun in Aquarius for the positive change vibe, but with Mercury retrograde and conjunct the Sun on that day, there will be much difficult work to do as the newly elected President faces the huge task of re-working or even reversing economic, ecological, militaristic, and social ills. With many major thinkers these days predicting the disintegration and fractionalizing of the USA by 2010-12, and with more scandals than ever in the financial quarters of banking, mortgage, sports, and politics, there are more troubles than hairs on a rabbit, and the needle of repair is not even hidden in the haystack of problems. I dare say it appears that the newly elected government officials are walking into a wild beehive astir with the frenzy of over-complicated matters, and they have little time and high pressure to amend them. The sweet honey days of high profits for many may be over for awhile. Jupiter in Aquarius often brings many new adventures and quests for the gold, new technologies and new opportunities for investment—if you can live on the edge of Uranus, Chiron, and Saturn, the rulers of Aquarius. This aspect is good for working with others for the good of others. A sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, the family of humankind is always present with Aquarius aspects.
              3. Mercury in Aquarius goes retrograde on January 11th until February 1st when it goes forward from Capricorn. Here the high ideals and goals of the new year may take a step back to deal with the practical matters at hand, which are blocking forward motion. Getting the knots out of the strings before making new ties is the call of Mercury retrograde. Mercury dipping back into Capricorn demands realistic, practical, down-to-earth details in planning, as well as authoritative power plays and one-up-man-ship manoeuvres.
              4. February 5th’s Saturn opposing Uranus and Venus square Pluto may find some heavy restructuring of plans laid out in January’s inauguration into the new year. Cardinal signs need to think long-term when it comes to people and things you love. Letting go of what doesn’t work is always helpful to ‘lift-off’ and ‘take-off’ with future plans. The Mutable signs continue to struggle with ever-changing flight plans and dreams, and how one’s day-to-day lifestyle and work fit into such future endeavors. Cardinal signs may find themselves coming into new strength and power, but this is dependent on the continuing ability to jettison old modes of behaviour and habit, not getting stuck on repeating past formulas nor allowing the old ghost of self (or others) to retard your progress. The breakthrough for Cardinal signs will come in 2010-2012. At the moment, some are just breaking wind.
              5. If you behave yourself, and don’t slip on over-shooting the mark, mistaking a landslide for a white elephant, nor imagining this world offers something for free, January could prove to be a seemingly magical journey on the love and pleasure side of the street. January 20th to the 25th could prove for some to be a good time for high romance, spirit’d adventure and joy, and successful financial gain. With Sun in Aquarius, Venus conjuncts Uranus in Pisces (January 22nd) and then opposes Saturn (January 24th) when the Sun conjuncts Jupiter. This may well just be a week of partying during the Presidential Inauguration. It is also a week of readjusting your creative view of love and exactly what will make you happy, or not. Lots of insight into who’s who here. This will also be a week of great adventure in music, the arts, romance, new financial adventure and opportunity. Take care to not crash and burn by the end of January with dreaded aspects of weird weather and crazy people by February 5th. Lots of new economic breakthroughs, planning and structure around the New Moon on the 26th. Adjustments to such, and more crazy psychic political economic warring weather patterns by February 5th. Air and Water signs are especially applicable to the love and joy vibe this month.
              6. WEATHER: Crazy psychic weather days, good for cleaning and catching up to the past and trying to metamorphose into the future include January 2nd into 3rd, 9th into 10th, 14th into 15th, 19th, 22nd into 24th, and the 27th. Be patient and cautious if traveling on these days. Good days to catch up, clean up, and ‘fess up to what still needs to be worked on.
              7. With Mars cruising between Pluto and the Sun this month, and Chiron near Node/Neptune, take care to avoid people who take things too personally, are easily angered, or are a bit too forceful. On the flip side, these have really been the times for creative mavericks to have their say, stake their turf, and get their ya ya’s out. If you yourself feel the creative and wild forces of the Dionysian urge, take heart to listen to your audience a little better, between your pertinent expressions of yourself and the world you conceive.
              8. Books worth reading and pondering about before winter is over (available at Mayflower bookshop) include:

              a) The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity by Rudolf Steiner

              b) Expanding Tonal Awareness, A musical exploration of the evolution of consciousness guided by the monochord

              c) Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces by Rudolf Steiner

              d) Inner Reading and Inner Hearing by Rudolf Steiner

              e) The Therapeutic Eye by Selg. Reveals tips on how Steiner could read your face.

              f) Good Life, Good Death by Gelek Rimpoche

              g) BioDynamic Wine Demystified by Joly.

              h) You can’t read it, but you can sure eat it—Yummy Good for Your Health and Tummy South River Miso is in. Great for putting in soups or even on sandwiches.



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