More Milk in the Milky Way ~ 1 November 2009

November 1, 2009

How interesting is it that at a time when the personal planets in Scorpio prepare to cross the brightest optical object in our local group – a black hole to boot – and then continuing to traverse the greatest density of objects in our galaxy, we see for the first time dimensions of the Milky Way never before seen?

Dr. Alex Mellinger of Central Michigan University devoted 22 months and traveled more than the circumference of the globe from Texas to South Africa to compile 3,000 photographs of the Milky Way. The result is a glorious panorama, revealing stars a thousand times more faint than can be seen by the human eye. As well we get our first look at hundreds of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae previously unobserved.

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Credit: Dr. Alex Mellinger

While musing over this fabulous galactic composite, I recalled something equally luminous: a book entitled Wholeness and the Implicate Order by David Bohm. In this treatise, Bohm dedicates a number of pages to the concept of the observer and the observed. While exo-solar planet searching astronomers continue to discover more planets around other stars, there just might be the possibility that another life form culture stares back at us from somewhere in the previously visible or the newly revealed parts of the Milky Way. The odds that this is true are amazingly high.

I wonder what other civilizations might think of us and our “universal understanding.” I hope they do not start with astrologers. Though we have been blessed with the knowledge of new planets in our solar system for more than six years, astrologers persist in balking at the use of these new bodies. Personally, I’ve been working to find a receptive software company for a report on the rich, soulful implications of the dwarf planets. The response is consistently the same. There’s no market for it. People are not interested.

What? No market for expanding understanding of what impacts a soul on earth? Slightly more than 30 years ago I began working with the galactic implications of astrology, greatly influenced in those early days by the work of Michael Erlewine. After multiple decades those using the expanding awareness of astronomy and astrophysics find themselves standing somewhere on the event horizon of a black hole… invisible despite the great luminosity (or potential illumination) of the effects of the black hole.

Now that we can clearly see what we’ve never seen before, isn’t this the time? What a perfect time to embark upon the transition through the portal of transition implied by the ending of the Mayan Calendar and seize the luminosity of the new insights. We now learn that the cup of the Milky Way runneth over what we’ve seen before, sharing the nurturing nectar of Creation to those willing to declare themselves as galactically lactose tolerant and observe what can be seen.

May the cream of consciousness rise to the top. I’ll start with the Big Dipper, for myself.


Attack on the Moon, Saturn’s Solar System

October 9, 2009

In the interest of time, a clearly Saturn commodity, today’s post is the same content as my Galactic Times posting (you can sign up for these free weekly e-zines on my website – please check the About… page). Since the news is hot, here are the out of the gate, off the top observations.

In the last GT I mentioned that Saturn was going galactic. I had no idea that the astronomical community would release new findings that make Saturn a much larger planetary player than previously known. The new discoveries make Saturn – already a solar system unto himself with his 60 + moons and vast array of known rings – seem as if he is creating his a galactic presence. But first, it seems more people want to talk about the attack on the Moon than the discoveries about Saturn – I do hope lord Saturn takes no offense.

With Mercury finishing off the last degrees of Virgo, the use of “bombing the Moon” seems a bit off the mark. It is not a bombing, per se, but truly NASA’s probe constituted an invasion of the Moon. Presumably any probing or landing or rocketing into any terrestrial or celestial body is invasive. It’s just that a rocket attack seems so much more invasive… and it is. This event is much like the July 2005 assault on Comet Tempel – a head on collision of a probe with the coma of a comet – an event that produced far more dramatic results than this morning’s lunar attack. Both events attracted attention and well-deserved outrage because of the effort that violates the wise axiom “do not mess with Mother Nature… or Mother/Father Sky.”

With science we have probed every planet reachable with our technology, landed on the Moon and the asteroid Eros, glided through a comet’s wake and solar rays to extract particles and smashed head on into a comet. Earlier this year both the Japanese and Chinese landed “equipment” on the Moon, also home invasions according to the dust, potential ice and whatever lives upon the Moon.

This “research” effort seeks to locate the potential of water in hidden ice assumed to be on the Moon, which could later support life on a space colony. This whole thing is so ironic (last night the movie Apollo 13 was running on cable TV here in America). Not even considering the irony of the U. S. attack on a day when the President receives a Nobel Peace Prize (no commentary on the merit of that award intended, one way or the other), the symbolic irony boggles the mind. In astrology, the element of water symbolizes emotionality, sensitivity, creativity and to some degree creativity. As well, the Moon, astrologically speaking, denotes one’s emotional reactions, sensitivity and the needs for safety, security and an emotional envelope of protection in which one’s consciousness may flourish. All those archetypes were “probed” today. Is our sensitivity under attack? You bet it is. Blogs, Internet comments posted, the free reign of criticism presumably sanctioned by anonymous posting, judgment of emotional choices made by others seem to be indicators of this effect, hopefully climaxed by today’s event(s).

During his comments regarding the receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama indicated he believed this to be a “call to action.” Fair enough. It is a call to action. How about a personal and collective restoration of emotional expression free of subjective projection call to action? How about interacting with people once again in a feel good way instead of inert, choppy blips that fail to carry emotional water and are infused with the high potential for misinterpretation. What if we consider the call to action to be one that favors a heightened awareness of inner churning, clarity of expression and the restoration of a feeling, compassionate planet that reaches out to heal the wounds of our organic orbiting satellite and each other?

Meanwhile, a bit further out in our solar system, the magnificent Saturn now blows us away with his recently realized extended reach. A subtle, thin ring of dust, likely the result of scatterings from impacts with his moon, Phoebe, ranging three hundred times the width of Saturn, now contributes to our understanding of the lord of discipline, dedication and manifestation. His breadth is hundreds of times wider than what we ever imagined – unless enduring a potent Saturn transit. As well, the ring forms an angle of inclination of 27 degrees from Saturn’s ring plane. It’s as if Saturn has his own wide-ranging Kuiper Belt. Maybe astronomers on Titan (this moon being a liberal analogue for the Earth-Sun relationship) now argue about which objects orbiting Saturn might actually be viable planets, moons or stuff of no significance whatsoever.

One thing for sure, Saturn means to re-enforce the idea that cosmic influences spread further than previously known. Since 2003 and with subsequent Kuiper Belt discoveries, we know the breadth of our solar system to be at least 50 times wider than previously assumed. Now we find out that Saturn’s range is three hundred times more extensive. For those of you who may be no fan of Saturn’s astrological influences, consider the symbolic images rendered by this recent discovery. Saturn, once perceived to be the “limit” planet, no declares you can reach so much further that what you previously suspected. And, if you are inclined, try looking up and down, too. Think above and below your existing line of perceptions. This is so much more than “think out of the box.” This is the “expand the sphere of consciousness” summoning.

Over time, there will be more to ascertain. There will be more to include in personal and collective awareness. But for now Saturn urges us all to reach out, as he does to include and accomplish more. This, for now, is just the tip of the lunar iceberg.


As Above, So Below

September 29, 2009

While astrologers might quibble back and forth over which constellations are superior – tropical or sidereal whether applied to Vedic interpretations or not, they might be missing an important point: All constellations work. In creative circles it is said that life imitates art – and it does. In our circles we must remind ourselves, “As Above, So Below.”

This past hot summer while enduring the transit Pluto aligning with my natal Mars, the local news alerted us to an emergency in our neighborhood. Lo and behold, the sign off report rendered by local newscasters cautioned of a gas explosion in an underground sewer line in our neighborhood that caused evacuations less than a mile away. Sure enough, with a quick dash into the yard it was easy to see emergency lights slicing into the dark of night. For the longest time, emergency vehicles and personnel scurried this way and that way, quelling the threat.

After a while of scanning what adorned the near horizon, the sky ultimately recaptured my attention. There, cruising along the ecliptic and directly above the incident, the constellation Scorpio cast its stars. What makes this detail evocative originates within the assignment astrologers give Scorpio, who receives modern rulership from Pluto, lord of the underworld, in this case the underground. As well, Scorpio rules the process of elimination and directly refers to excrement and matters related to its disposal, in this case the sewer line. While this same constellation within a month was the overseer of an enormous recycling plant fire and the portal through which the Space Shuttle and International Space Station could be seen flying (I can’t remember if this was the broken toilet time frame for the ISS), the constellation Scorpio certainly demonstrated its vast array of symbolic earthly significance.

Of course, we normally think of Scorpio as part of our astrology. The truth is that all constellations and their ecliptical equivalent have import. Just because the more inclined constellations lie above or below the zodiac minimizes their significance is not diminished. As well, the planets and moon often travel above and below the perimeters of the actual zodiac constellations. With newcomer Eris and her 44 + degree inclination, her constellational range is the most vast of any solar system body. Consider that even within the more classical bodies the passage into non-zodiac constellations is common. The Moon calls six constellations other than the traditional zodiac home. The visible planets visit twelve constellations besides those in the zodiac. Pluto, the previously most inclined planet, plunders the domain of a total of forty-one constellations in his passage around the Sun!

A case in point occurred last week as Mars transited sidereal Gemini/tropical Cancer. Just after sundown I decided to walk about the property. This is the desert and we frequently encounter snakes, coyotes, javelina, rabbits, bats, hawks, lizards and occasionally a special treat. This was such an evening. I walked around the edge of the house to come face to face with a bobcat (lynx). We stood observing each other for no less than seven minutes at a mere distance of about twenty feet. He did not run or seem threatened. So I talked with my visitor, indicating the wild cat (also the totem animal of the local university’s sports teams) was welcome as long as s/he did not bother our domestic cats. The lynx’s ears twitched back and forth, presumably taking in the terms of visitation.

Naturally such an extended event with a wild animal stands out as remarkably singular. After days of pondering the significance of the event, a noninterpretative detail occurred to me. Something must have been in the constellation Lynx. Sure enough, though Mars by transit was in one of two traditional zodiacal signs, he marched across the sky directly under the reign of the constellation Lynx. (Star Map below is for the date/time of the encounter)

Mars passes under the constellation Lynx

Mars passes under the constellation Lynx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe the significance was the most simple reminder: As Above, So Below.


The Next Wave of Planets

September 16, 2009

These days we frequently hear of a new planetary discovery. The science blogs and press releases report, with increasing regularity, the discovery of an earth-like planet, the most massive planet, the fastest orbiting planet and the list goes on. When considering planetary discovery as a more universal theme, astronomers have left astrologers in the dust and ice of the Kuiper Belt. With the planetary definition debacle stimulated by Eris a few years hence, astronomers now struggle with applying that “clear up Pluto” declaration as a fussy template to apply to other worlds… other worlds meaning planets around other stars.

Whether considered astrologically or not, planets around other stars are a big deal. Exosolar planets as they are called are now known to be nearly 400 in number (375 by today’s count on http://www.exoplanet.eu and ever growing). Many such planets larger than Jupiter orbit their star in days! Some are likely brown dwarfs or similar such things. Yet the quest of astronomers on Earth is to find such a planet that seems to be like earth – the narcissistic assumption being a planet like Earth has a better chance of life.

Those outside the realm of astrology often express amazement that astrologers are not addressing the implication of these planets. Some contend that astrologers are so heavily invested in reacquainting themselves with historical roots via comprehensive and articulate translations that they cannot even address the current discoveries of the solar system such as centaurs and dwarf planets let alone other worlds. Truly, the other world phenomenon is a collective consciousness bender.

The flagship star of extra-solar planet discovery is assumed to be 51 Peg (51 Pegasus, located at 24 Pisces 17, epoch 2000.0). In 1995 the alleged expanding philosophical reach of humanity received planetary definition from Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in the same sign as 51 Peg. Also that year, deep diving Pluto flirted with the last degrees of “reveal all truths” Scorpio and into the unending discovery saga associated with Sag. While some theologians, religious leaders and scholars tracked the astronomical discovery, the majority of astrologers did not.

At this point in 1995, awareness of other worlds finally appeared to our consciousness, offering the first potential grounding strap for the idea that other worlds and alien cultures might exist. Staggering yes? Not if one considers that Australian astronomers have taken a stab at the number of stars out there: 70 Sextillion. Does it take a planet just like earth for earthlings to care?

It’s all more convoluted than that. 51 Peg was not the first object discovered with “planets.” In 1994, astronomers realized that the pulsar PSR1257+12 held not one, but three planets in its gravitational grasp. Why did this receive no press blitz? A pulsar consists of a neutron star for a core, which is deemed incapable of supporting life. So who cares?

From now on, we’ll continue to be inundated with new planet discoveries. Each will claim to be more innovative and significant than its predecessor. Astronomers largely look to other worlds, ignoring the seemingly lifeless remnants still to be revealed in our solar system. Should we keep up?

Ah, our ignored and disregarded solar system. Soon other stars will be found to have more planets than we do… if anyone can determine what a planet makes. Our Sun is rather ordinary in cosmic perspectives, despite its importance to those who determine those cosmic perspectives. And here’s another solar system, expanding horizons, “holy cow, imagine that” factoid that eludes press coverage and the attention of astrologers: Our awareness of the vastness of our solar system has exponentially exploded. When Sedna came to our attention in 2003 with her 11,213.9 year stroll around the Sun (according to today’s data), she stretched our awareness of the reach of our solar system. Then, in 2006 a small Kuiper Belt Object with the unrefined orbit designation of 2006 SQ372 was located. According to today’s data, this body, orbiting our Sun, does so once every 35,591 years! The known breadth of our solar system, since 2003, has expanded by a factor of approximately fifty times!!

No doubt it is time to reach out with a clear awareness of what is and weave that into option-oriented, expanding reality consciousness. Take one from the real estate folks. Every time I tell a realtor about the increase of known space in our solar system, they always ask: Is that space available? Maybe. But certainly other planets exist upon which the housing markets may be fertile, flourishing and expanding. Maybe that’s something to ponder with the next gaze upward at a starry sky. Someone might be looking back.


Does Size Matter… for Planets, That Is?

August 26, 2009
Relative Planetary Size
Relative Planetary Size ~ Image Courtesy Dr. Michael Brown

Does size matter for planetary status? Again, that depends.

It seems that when the astronomical community considers bodies in space, a large part of their thinking goes to planetary diameter and mass. Mass affects the bodies gravitational influence, which in turns allows a planet to “control” or “clear” its orbital neighborhood. Obviously, a large diameter makes an object more important as it becomes harder to miss.

Actually, it makes sense to some degree. Astronomer Mike Brown and co-discoverer of Sedna, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Snow White (yet to be named), declares that the dwarf planets are so small, it’s absurd to consider them planets. During the International Astronomical Union’s meeting in Rio earlier this month, Dr. Gonzalo Tancredi suggested a diameter of greater than 450 km. as the lower limit diameter for a dwarf planet. Tancredi’s speculation now grants 14 dwarf planets, 8 probable dwarf planets and 19 of unclear categorization. While this helps to determine dwarf planets, no useful minimum diameter standard for planet has yet been proposed of which I am aware. Seems unfair somehow.

But let’s consider what the astronomers are seeing. Above is one of three diagrams from Mike Brown in his recent blog Planetary Placements: (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2009/08/planetary-placemats.html) While he and I disagree on some planetary terms, we’re in alignment on the impact of celestial discovery. I strongly recommend his blogs for understanding the astronomy of what we interpret. So anyway, check this out!

At the upper left the smaller spheres, left to right, are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and a sprinkling of larger asteroids. The larger spheres below are, left to right, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Those dots on Neptune are the larger Kuiper Belt Objects. The largest is Eris and Pluto is second. Since this diagram is to scale, the first glance notes that asteroids and dwarf planets are virtual chicken scratch when considered by diameter and mass and relative to the terrestrial and gaseous giant planets. This is why it is hard for an astronomer to reconcile a planetary status for Pluto… which of course would mean that Eris would also be a planet and likely Haumea, Makemake, Sedna and Snow White.

Actually astrologers tend to ignore two size factors regarding Pluto and other solar system objects. Astrologers know, and I am one of them, that Pluto works with staggering planetary potency in a chart. It simply doesn’t matter how big it is. However, if size matters, why do astrologers ignore Eris, who is larger than Pluto? Again (ad nauseam), Eris is larger than Pluto. Similarly, while many astrologers declare the potency of the centaur, Chiron, and again I agree, why do they ignore the centaur, Chariklo, who is notably larger than Chiron and is Chiron’s wife?

I get the astronomers’ claims based upon the diameter criteria. What I don’t get is why astronomers do not consider other aspects of a planet’s physicality, for instance, density and relative gravity. Are these not potential measures of a planet’s potency? Gravity represents a planet’s drawing power, or its ability to attract and capture the attention of other bodies. Sure small planets have less gravitational influence, but could there be a per capita consideration. Per capita, Arizona has more boats than most states. Arizona doesn’t have more boats; Arizona has more boats relative to the population base. Density addresses how tightly packed a planet is. I often wonder how big Jupiter would be if packed to the relative density of Pluto or Ceres. Density symbolically represents qualities of concentration, focus and intention.

It occurs to me that there’s a bias against gravity and density as planetary physical factors. To me it seems this is like intentionally excluding two of the five physical senses. Certainly while enjoying a great meal, it would be silly to ignore the texture of food and the scent of a fabulously prepared dinner. Why shun the delectable attributes of the intriguing dwarf planets?

But then again, I know Pluto’s potency through years of working with the horoscopes of events and individuals. Let’s not even go into the current transit of Pluto to my natal Mars. Further, my research involving the other dwarf planets has not disappointed either. Every single day a new insight arrives that confirms the potency of these intriguing, important and spiritually significant bodies. Does size matter? Not in my book. But what do I know? I’m a guy.

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Why Pluto Is/Is Not a Planet – IAU in Rio Update – 6 August 2009 (updated Aug 10)

August 6, 2009

The International Astronomical Union is now meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This gala gathering commenced on August 3rd (with Ceres slipping into Libra and squaring Pluto) and runs through 14th. Astronomer Mike Brown, co-discoverer of Eris, is in attendance and tweeting on Twitter as PlutoKiller whenever Twitter is not under ahack. Before Brown departed for the event, he posted his current thoughts on Pluto’s planetary status and the likelihood of an IAU debate in a blog. While suggesting the IAU is not likely to resurrect the Pluto-planet controversy in a style astrologers would deem worthy of the underworld god, he did write: “But don’t give up hope! Perhaps something will unexpectedly spill into the open and Rio can turn into a place as fun as Prague. Stay tuned…”

This blip drew my sensors into higher alert. As of the first posting of this blog (August 6th) no such debate has yet appeared. The only new posting of bodies in Pluto’s neighborhood was today’s notation on the Scattered Disk Objects Centaurs page maintained by the Minor Planet Center of the awareness of the reasonably small, highly elliptical SDO, 2009 KN30, discovered on May 25th of this year. As well, four TNO’s of non notable natures posted, discovered on the same date. The data on “Snow White,” as Mike Brown likes to call the possible dwarf planet, 2007 OR10, remains the same.

Brown’s pre-IAU blog reiterated his view that Pluto simply is not a planet. When lecturing at the University of Arizona last fall, he contended those holding the planetary view of Pluto, are quite simply, delusional. Pluto, per astronomical notation, as are Ceres, Eris, Haumea and Makemake, are dwarf planets. Pluto is not a planet.

The tweets from down at the IAU indicate that the idea that Titan has cyrovolcanoes was met with skepticism. Early IAU talk that Earth’s water came from asteroids and “it’s a good thing Jupiter has the orbit it does” was replaced with no one knows the source of Earth’s waters. Evidently, no one knows where Sedna originated either and as Mike Brown suggested in his talk, “Almost every time we try to predict something about the outer solar system we get it wrong.” So per this tweet and the comment noted above from his blog, there still is hope, right?

Astrologers balk at the declaration that Pluto is not a planet. While adamantly contending Pluto is so a planet, they neglect Eris (largely because goddess of discord is hard to work smoothly into a reading by those who have not studied her). This makes astrologers look… well stupid…. or ignorant (per my previous blog). Astrologers, to avoid being categorized as planetary conspiracy theory proponents, must: accept Pluto’s dwarf planet status, recognize the reorganization of the solar system, study the other dwarf planet effects with equal regard to Pluto, and continue to use Pluto as the potent planetary entity we know it to be. Problem solved.

The best astrological quote about Pluto’s planetary status came from Gloria Star. Star quipped that, “a Chihuahua may be small, but it’s still a dog.” Now that Gidget, the Taco Bell spokes-chihuahua has gone to the taco stand in the sky, does that mean Pluto is no longer a planet? Yes. Pluto is a dwarf planet – by astronomical terms, at least today. Get used to it.

Let’s re-evaluate the solar system. There are three planetary groupings: terrestrials (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars), gaseous giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and dwarf planets (Ceres, Pluto, Charon, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and who knows about Sedna and Snow White?). While pondering if size matters in the solar system, I constructed a collection of plots of the physical data of the solar system. While on a late night tear, I decided to examine plots involving the logarithms of the bodies. Lo and behold, an affiliation between the dwarf planets, based upon density, came to light. The lack of proximity of Ceres to the other dwarf planets no longer matters. The relationship has been found. Consider the following two plots involving the diameter of the planets plotted aganst the log of the density (how tightly packed, symbolically representing focus, intention) of the primary “planetary” bodies.

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The same effect as above can be witnessed with a plot of mass versus the log of Density.

As well, note the following graphic argument for the potency of dwarf planets based upon the ratio of density to gravity:

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Similar effects are seen with plots for mass/Gravity

Ultimately, it does not matter what the bodies are called. A name is a name. Pluto is a dwarf planet. So what? Big deal. Call it what it is and while you’re at it, start using Eris. Otherwise, when astrologers ignore the snub-sensitive Eris and call Pluto a planet, they appear superstitious and conspiratorial. We wouldn’t want that. So let’s be the ever-evolving, open-minded collection of humanity we profess to be and let’s start with Pluto. Still, given the exploration of physical planetary characteristics, I think of Pluto and Eris and more as planets, deluded though I may be. In public, though, I make sure I make it known I am aware of the actual scientific status. I don’t want to be “plutoed” for my view of Pluto.

Update 8/6: Dr. Gonzalo Tancredi suggests 14 dwarf planets, 8 probable, 19 unclear. Suggested diameter > 450 km. Astrologers are really in trouble now!

Update 8/7: Today on the MPC TNO post a new body appeared. The same happened with SDO’s and centaurs. Mike Brown tweeted that the panel on Icy Bodies in the Solar System is complete with no discussion of what a planet makes.  The tally for talks dedicated to specific dwarf planets: Haumea 4, Pluto 2, Sedna 1 and nada for both Eris and Makemake. Damn, shouldn’t they know better than to snub Eris?

Update 8/10: Well, it appears that the IAU made it through the part of the gathering that might rile up any new debate on planets, Pluto, Eris or dwarf planets. I must admit I am disappointed. If you search Mike Brown’s planets you can read his summary of the IAU and see his promise to go on in the future about the way the IAU has handled the planet debate. So, I’m guessing we now need to wait for more data on “Snow White,” which to me seems unlikely to stir more debate, or for something new and odd and way beyond known models to appear. I suspect we may not have long to wait – at least in the scheme of eternity or the length of orbit of a plutoid-class dwarf planet. More on Pluto from my corner soon.

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Ignore-ance

July 29, 2009

Last night I enjoyed Mike Brown’s blog about Pluto books including one on Planet X: The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto by Govert Schillng. “I’ll have to get that,” I thought as I watched the Space Shuttle Endeavor lead the International Space Station across the sky, slipping under Arcturus and the moon in Scorpio last night. The two bodies tracking overhead disappeared just about the time they reached the western most stars in the constellation Scorpio. Of course, then I thought of the recent anniversary of the lunar landing and how, true to Scorpio’s reputation for secrecy, there exist two camps of conspiracy about facts that have not been told. One camp contends we never landed on the Moon and it was a Hollywood production with flaws a script supervisor should have caught. The other contends we found things on the Moon that have never been reported. And along that line there is the mysterious missing tape of an astronaut reporting, “they’re watching us.” Then I thought about the innate stubbornness of the sign of Scorpio, skeptics and conspiracy theorists. Hell, you can show a “birther” a valid birth certificate and copy of a newspaper notice announcing a birth but you can’t make them believe it’s real.

A few blogs ago I mentioned the free galactic insight available from the Galactic Center. It’s true. Insight is there and usable by those savvy enough to set down their Me-Phone (a phrase touted by former baseball player and sometimes broadcaster, Matt Williams, which of course refers to the I-Phone) long enough to capture and apply the information. Then there’s the polarity. Despite the presence of insight and information guaranteed to urge humankind along toward enlightenment, there’s always resistance in the face of truth. There are those that despite facts and evidence to the contrary believe that solar flares during the next solar max will knock Earth off its axis. There are those who persist in believing in the catastrophic effects of Planet X. There are those contending that Y2K did annihilate the functionality of computers and we are all living in a frail adjacent parallel reality in which collective consciousness barely holds operating systems functional. There are those who believe that Pluto is a planet (today Pluto is a dwarf planet). There are those who believe Pluto is no planet whatsoever – a scrapheap of a planet, according to a docent at the Lowell Observatory where Pluto first came to our attention. There are those who believe that despite growing evidence to the contrary, Eris, Sedna, Makemake, Haumea and the Galactic Center for that matter, hold no influence in astrology.

For years I have contended that an undesirable effect of the Galactic Center is ignorance, or more precisely: ignore-ance. Unlike ignorance, which is the lack of knowledge, ignore-ance is the act of ignoring available insight, information and consciousness building concepts because they are inconvenient, require discipline, upset the status quo, or make a person feel wrong. According to pure Sagittarius precepts, ignoring valid information constitutes missing the mark (sin). Sagittarius, of course, is the zodiacal home of the Galactic Center, whether measured tropically or sidereally.

The sins against the Galactic Center by humankind spread with contagious and rabid abandon. Despite no evidence to support it, proponents of Planet X and its intended catastrophes continue to fan the fires of fear. The same goes for the Lazarus-like Photo-Belt resurrected from its grave every time someone chooses to pile on possible reasons for the end of the world. Worse, ignore-ance is used to reject perfectly valid concepts that have the ability to shift consciousness and alter the course of the planet to a more favorable and ever-evolving fate.

In my mind perhaps the worst ignorant trend is the blatant rejection of Eris by modern astrologers. She is larger than Pluto, if that matters to one’s planetary selection criteria. She continually amazes astrologers using her with her applications to manifestations in society at large and the horoscopes of individuals. In fact, she is the goddess of snub. She cannot stand being excluded and will wreak havoc on those who disavow her presence. Sounds like a goddess demanding that astrologers reckon with her.

In her day, Eris was not invited to the wedding of the millennium. She appeared anyway and showed those who failed to recognize her presence a thing or three. Given her feelings about wedding ceremonies, consider the horoscopes of people with a vivid disregard for marriage vows. Check out the charts of Governor John Sanford and Senator John Ensign (and there are many others) for instance. Those using Eris will find that she makes potent contacts to personal planets of these politicians who blatantly engage in chaos-inducing activities outside their vows of marriage, invoking the double standard doctrine.

The dwarf planet Haumea symbolizes travel with an entourage; one must have a clan with whom one can clamor. Eris desires inclusion. Given that these bodies were discovered at the time that social networking sites, online friends and foes, and all the “I matter,” “please include me” phenomena appeared in society, how easy would it be to understand the recent explosion of narcissism in the past few years?

Recently I compiled a pdf ephemeris for the outer planets: Jupiter through Sedna, including Chiron, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Sedna with the gaseous giants from 1700 – 2050. Here an astrologer can observe previously unknown generational influences and fill in missing clues as to what caused humankind to move in the direction it did. I must say, I am shocked by the lack of response from astrologers. Could it possibly be true that today’s astrologers simply do not give a damn about what’s newly discovered in our solar system and beyond?

Nah, I’m sure it’s just the fact that I’ve not signed up (and won’t and will delete any invite) on social networking sites. Certainly, it’s not about ignore-ance at all. Every astrologer is tracking the new, weird and innovative courtesy of the potent Uranus to Galactic Center square. Right?

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Jupiter Takes Another Hit

July 21, 2009

Fifteen years ago we witnessed an amazing show as Comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with Jupiter over a period of six days between July 16th and July 22nd 1994. Days ago, on July 19th, amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley, working from his backyard observatory near Murrumbateman, Australia, noted a likely impact spot on Jupiter near the planet’s south pole. Good on you, Anthony, as they say down under. We can thank amateurs like Wesley for their ongoing discoveries that supplement the pros now contending with severe budget cuts, time limitations and limited observing time. Such rabid sky watchers ensure that if there was (and there is not) a governmental conspiracy to hide the discovery of Planet X (which would now be detectable if it were real) that the truth would be known regardless – truth being an alleged Jupiter attribute.

Astronomers suspect that Jupiter took another hit from a comet and now they scramble to find out what actually occurred, causing the mysterious dark blemish on Jupiter. It is reasonable to expect that there are heaps of collisions in the solar system that we never know anything about. Consider the possibility of in-family collisions within the asteroid belt or in the Kuiper Belt. Perhaps Kuiper bodies collide with Neptune on a regular basis, given the number of objects in the vicinity and Neptune’s relatively significant gravity. Given that Haumea took a hit eons ago and was sent spinning faster than any planet in the solar system, there’s reason to believe a lot more collisions have happened and shall continue to occur as time goes on. Haumea’s impact produced seven large chunks of ice knocked from her body that orbit in her path about the Sun.

A few years ago a great Vedic astrologer, Charlotte Benson, asked if I had noticed that Jupiter transits stopped being all they were cracked up to be after the Shoemaker-Levy collision. Honestly, I hadn’t made the connection, but I had noticed that if one wanted to get the most from Jupiter transits, more preparation and thought were required than ever before. Is this effect true? I don’t know and I don’t know of anyway that we can empirically test the idea with any degree of success. Can we expect a similar effect from this recent, likely collision? Anyone stating facts about this is likely guessing. But if you insist upon a guess, how about this? Could the multiple impacts on Jupiter in 1994 have to do with politicians having less regard for the truth than ever before? That’s something that should be hard to test. Haven’t politicians always lied? Yes, but now with the C-Street revelations (it’s worth a Google), politicians blatantly claim their actions and beliefs do not need to align given they are “chosen.” Holy hyperboles, Batman! Isn’t Jupiter supposed to rule truth, politicians and hypocrisy?

Speculation on the impact of the effect of the recent presumed impact on Jupiter would be like answering the guy who recently posted on a forum, “Hey you, astrologers, what do you think of the Himiko Blob?” Well, like the astronomers, we find the “cosmic blob thing” first reported back in April of this year simply fascinating. But do we, within moments of its discovery have solid interpretations? Ah, no. The query seemed to be a bit antagonistic to me (but then again I have Pluto on my Mars presently; what do I know?) so I never bothered a response to the request for speculation, though I have thought about it, asking the following rhetorical questions. Why should we have immediate answers to something scientists cannot yet figure out? And why would you expect us to figure it our first?

Anyway, here’s this Jupiter thing and the consideration of the astrological importance of that thing. Over the years, Jupiter’s influence seems to become more and more of a planetary tease. When he comes to town, he knocks on your door and asks if you’d like to come out and play with an unproved, highly speculative opportunity. He might ask twice in one pass, but he won’t wait outside for very long when he comes calling… maybe three days… five tops. You either jump or you don’t. And if fail to you wander out in wonder, he’ll find someone else silly enough to fancy speculative offers. Now this does not suggest that every contest e-mail received or career opportunity posted on Craigslist are valid. But it does suggest if you want to savor the effects of the traditionally labeled benefic, you’d better be ready. I do wonder if Jupiter’s recent hit symbolically represents an ego bruise suffered by Jupiter in reaction to of all the people in the world afraid to jump at valid opportunities because of the economy. You reckon?

How to be ready? Perfect your talents, knowledge and obtain all necessary information and learning. Write the script, play or novel and be ready to submit. It will not work if you say you’ve been thinking about writing something and asking established forces who can make words become a reality if they’d like to wait and see if you know how to use Saturn in a timely manner. Get your stuff ready. Carry it in your hip pocket, nearest a body part Jupiter is said to rule and confidently present your wares at every possible opportunity, that does not involve stalking, obnoxious overstatement of insecurity or a poorly written parade of hype.

Jupiter rules: On your mark, get set, go. Oh yeah, there’s no point in taking your mark unless you’re good to race. Jupiter rules, blemished or not.

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Free (Galactic) Information

July 18, 2009

A while back when Pluto aligned with the Galactic Center, a fair amount of astrological press revealed the potency and promise of this transit. Now, in true Piscean fashion, the current transit Uranus square to the Galactic Center receives little to no press at all… until now!

Being conservative with orbs, Uranus commenced a tight square to the Galactic Center (26 Sagittarius 59) in late April of this year. When Uranus retrograded on July 1st, he did so 22 minutes short of an exact square. Come December he’ll turn direct and close on the square to our galaxy’s core, becoming partile (exact) in March of 2010. Shortly thereafter, Jupiter joins in, aligning with Uranus to the Galactic Center in mid-May 2010. Given Jupiter is involved, at this point we can take the zany brilliance of Uranus and multiply it by at least a dozen, given the fortitude to do so.

Neither of the gaseous giants are done next summer, either. Jupiter forms two more squares to the Galactic Center; one retrograde in October of 2010 and the final one direct in January 2011. Uranus makes a retrograde square to this powerful black hole in September of 2010, retrograding, and makes a direct and final quadrature at the dawn of 2011… actually within the first two days of the year.

The squares to the Galactic Center from both Pisces and Virgo seem harder to apply for most people than the direct alignments of the  Gemini/Sagittarius axis. Given the progressive nature of the ideas available for download by tracking the Galactic Center, Virgo is likely to feel wrong and criticized when advancing ideas ahead of what people can understand. Similarly Pisces energy seems reluctant to put it out there for fear of persecution or tracking some weird past life recall of being put to death for witchcraft. Thus, with Uranus and Jupiter to the Galactic Center, reticence for sharing brilliant ideas is understandable and probably natural, but holding out the cosmic goodies works against the flow of cosmic progress.

Information received from the Galactic Center tends to lead the collective consciousness and its ability to wrap around the ideas by six to nine-month. Often a new, progressive idea is greeted by, “So, you’re telling me I’m doing it wrong, right?” “No. But there is an alternative that might produce results closer to what you claim you seek if you’re willing to try it.”

Given the transits to the GC from Pisces, the ideas received appear in less informational, non-intellectual formats. Perhaps metaphors, symbolism or images render the information and require processing time upon the part of the recipient to grasp the visions.

Fear of putting ideas out there that roots in paranoia, or a learned history of having brilliant ideas put down or those askance glances and finger points can prohibit full, confident expression of consciousness altering concepts.

Ask for information without attempting to steer it and let it reveal what it does. Write it down and leave it alone for at least ninety days before reviewing it. Then, upon, review tracking and application should make more sense.

But know that if you’re working to track Galactic Center ideas and your palms or bottoms of your feet itch, the top of your head warms and also itches, and your tummy gurgles a chorus, you’re probably on track. So don’t blame it on a spirit guide. Claim fearless authority of your ability to reach out and receive the best the core of the galaxy has to offer. In Hollywood it is said everyone is writing the same script at the same time. The first one who writes a gem, registers their creation and shops the script, likely gets the deal. Develop your information and put it out there. It’s free and available to everyone pretty much non-stop from last April into early 2011. As the Cosmos likes to say, “First Come, First Serve. Get your insights, here!”

Who knows, lurking in the GC might just be the truth about the whole 2012 thing. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!?

BTW in the not free info category, if you visit my website (the link’s on my bio) you can get all the outer and dwarf planets in one place from 1700-2050. Staring at this thing will get the creative juices stirring, that’s for sure.


Two Astrologers Succumb to Astrologer’s Disease

July 3, 2009

Dateline: Cable Television Land, Two Astrologers recently succumbed to lethal doses of Astrologer’s Disease. If you are a professional, beginner, well seasoned or in between or if you are a zealously rabid fan of the divine science of astrology, perhaps you might want to check yourself for symptoms. The symptoms include but are not limited to:

Need to be right.
Need to be seen as authoritative and knowledgeable
Need to convert skeptics, nay sayers and non-believers
Love of hearing oneself speak
Narcissism.

It was bound to happen. Months ago I became aware of a solicitation from the producers of Showtime’s series Penn and Teller’s Bullsh!t. In my Galactic Times, I offered cautions to my colleagues and readers, especially those newer to the field and less aware of the vicious, contemptuous efforts of “scientifically thinking” skeptics to put us in our place: Do not go on this show. These guys are professional magicians, they’re skeptics and they’ll manipulate the tape they shoot however the hell they please. It is impossible to go on the show of these astrology/New Age haters and come out looking good.

It did happen. Last night I ran into the Bullsh!t show addressing astrology and using two astrologers – one of whom I’ve met at conferences – the other maybe – I’m not sure. You can catch the show should you want if you have Showtime. Or perhaps Showtime is streaming it online, I haven’t checked. Been too depressed.

The show baited these astrologers into behaving worse than students in astrological pre-school. They ended up guessing the signs of previous relationship partners, providing a list of career options that made it appear they were suggesting “any field will do.” The astrologers came off like carnival weight guessers, experiencing an unusually off day. Thus, the show made these well-meaning astrologers appear to be superstitious fops and neglected to render the star gazers any chance for rebuttal. Penn and Teller sought out experts against astrology, too. Of course, the experts hired by the show to offset the validity of astrology were an astronomer who doesn’t believe in astrology and that’s pretty much that, and a psychology teacher hell bent on “proving” astrology does not work in his psych 101 classes with a scientifically flawed, biased experiment. Penn and Teller further cited and offered homage to the Amazing Randi, magician and skeptic extraordinaire as a patron saint of debunking. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Blinded by fame and a television role, likely solicited on Craigslist, our colleagues set out to prove astrology right, once and for all. Did they set us back? Hard to know. Those who watch Bullsh!t and I often do, mostly for a laugh and to see what the “competition” is doing, know that if Penn and Teller dislike something, no matter if rational or not, they can prove it fits the title of their show. That’s what they do. Actually, in a couple of shows, I was aligned with what they were thinking… ah, that was a couple of shows of the scores of shows presented. Regardless, it is entertaining… the purpose of television, right? Hopefully a minimal number of “on the fence” believers viewed the show.

As I watched last evening, I was reminded of the quote attributed to the great scientist-alchemist-spiritual sciences guy, Sir Isaac Newton. Newton allegedly said, “I, sir, have studied the matter. You have not,” or something very close to that. I wasn’t there and cannot verify complete accuracy of the quote. The truths be told, skeptics, even if they (skeptics) study the matter, nearly all skeptics will not turn about to believe in astrology.

In the late 1970’s as astrology rode the waning crest of a wave of incredible popularity, I was fortunate to live in San Diego where Michel Gauquelin, the great skeptical researcher who converted to astrology after a fabulous research study (an glowing exception to the above), teamed up with computer genius, chart service provider and astrological data compiler, Neil Michelsen. One day, a panel discussion held by the local astrology group was interrupted by a member of a skeptics group, Dennis Rawlings. All astrologers need to know what happened after that. Use this link and devour every detail of the long story if you ever plan on attempting to convert skeptics.( http://cura.free.fr/xv/14starbb.html) Study and create concise rebuttals to the infamous Objections to Astrology signed by 192 scientists, including Nobel Prize winners (insert impressed ooh and aah here) way back when in 1975. If you won’t do at least this, button it on behalf of astrology, please. Please!

One cannot convert the nonconvertible. Astrologers attempting to do so become as unattractive as the zealous Christians, missionaries and skeptics that astrologers commonly judge as narrow minded, bigoted and unspiritual.

Astrology has nothing to prove. Those who study it know its accuracy and value. It doesn’t matter if according to my numbers based upon reactions to blogs I wrote on the Huffington Post that 80% of the population holds severe contempt for the field. Those who reach out to use what we have to offer we can serve, and in so doing, work to shift collective consciousness one person at a time. It’s not going to help our cause if we look like bumbling idiots on national (maybe even global) television.

While professional astrologers understand the merit of interactive client sessions and point out that one never goes to a doctor to declare, guess where I hurt, it is also understood that a barrage of superfluous information seeking to create a track record of accuracy is a superlatively flawed technique. Good astrologers have nothing to prove and are past the point where they’ll claim a client doesn’t know what they’re talking about if they disagree with an astrological claim made based upon their horoscope. Experienced and/or media savvy astrologers know the futility of attempting to teach an old, subjectively biased dog new tricks. Perhaps the triple conjunction in Aquarius offered all astrology a potent message: If you want to create an enlightened planet, do not go door to door. That’s what missionaries do. When people show up and ask for what we can offer, render it. Otherwise, please, do not waste pie hole muscles on those who cannot believe.

There’s still time. Cure yourself of astrologer’s disease before it’s too late. The Age of Aquarius hinges on the fulcrum of such cures.


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