Looking up to Jupiter and Chiron

December 9, 2009

This past Monday Jupiter and Chiron formed an exact alignment along the plane of the ecliptic. Given that Jupiter astrologically represents the teacher, learning and the quest for knowledge, and Chiron refers to the one-to-one learning process of mentoring, the lecture by the comet discovery guy, David Levy at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory lecture hall topped the “must do” list. Of course, I attended.

As Dr. Thomas Fleming, head of the fabulous astronomical outreach program conducted by the University of Arizona, introduced David Levy there was a notable hole in his educational background in the field of astronomy. When Levy began his presentation, he told the students present that he was not going to recommend all the physics and math studies a brain can absorb. Levy, himself, has never taken a single course in astronomy! He did mention that those who want to study the heavens should voraciously read, especially in the arts. At the start of his presentation, Levy posed a most curious question. He asked how many of us in attendance actually bothered to look up at the sky this year. A majority of hands rose, but not all.

Immediately, I flashed back to earlier days in my astrological career when J. C. Eaglesmith, a Native American in attendance at the same cosmic conference as myself, chastised the astrologers for not being outside to look up at the sky each and every night. His point was noted by not only myself, but others, including Steven Forrest, one of the few other astrologers pondering the recently discovered dwarf planets and galactic effects.

But back to Levy’s presentation. He told the story of how he decided at summer camp one night that he decided he wanted to discover a comet – an amazing declaration for a teen age boy. Later in life, he headed to Arizona to do exactly that, precisely what he did. He holds one of the top spots for number of comets discovered and is most famous for his co-discovery with the Shoemaker team for locating Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet parade that collided with Jupiter in 1994. So a non educated man, astronomically that is, came to Arizona to observe the sky and achieved notoriety for amazing solar system (and beyond) discoveries.

Hmm. Sounds familiar. Where have we heard that story before? Ah yes. Kansas farm boy, Clyde Tombaugh purchased a one way train ticket to Arizona to document the sky at Lowell Observatory in search of Planet X – the unknown planet. As we all know, Tombaugh succeeded in finding that planet, now demoted to dwarf planet status, and still one of astrologers’ all time favorites, Pluto. Oh by the way, David Levy knew Tombaugh quite well and even wrote a biography of the fascinating man.

I’ve been thinking about all of this since hearing Levy’s delightful presentation and mixing it with my understanding of Jupiter and Chiron, which now head toward the inspiration source of Neptune. These days in astrology there’s a big movement for academia in astrology, degrees and certification. I must admit I fail to see the point. Astrology will not be accepted by the mainstream consensus that contends astrologers are superstitious fools no matter what letters antecede an astrologer’s name. The effort to establish an organization as the elite astrological academic authority has caused extreme political conflict, personal attacks and still we’re no better off for it all.

When I started my study of astrology I was in the U. S. Navy and for much of the time of my initial studies, confined with more than two hundred sailors in a closed environment in a war zone often engaged in combat. Of these sailors, more than twenty were in my charge at various times. I had the luxury of a human lab of astrological study enduring the most extreme circumstances. I read everything I could, studied the charts of my ship and my shipmates and learned astrology in a crash course I wouldn’t want to repeat, despite the learning achieved.

My point is not that astrological courses and learning from competent astrology teachers should not be engaged. Anything but that is the point. How amazing is it that the Internet brings teachers and previously unavailable historic astrological writings to your computer screen at nearly the speed of light. My point is that modern astrology will benefit from those who also apply the messages of Jupiter and Chiron. One does not need to have a degree to be a fabulous astrologer. One, however, must read, study and think for oneself.

I must admit I rarely write for forums anymore. While well-intended, most posts were “all about me” oriented by people who have made no effort to research information and further are not inclined to think much about what they do receive. Given that some truly great information gets posted, it often is overwhelmed by contradicting inaccurate information and the hostility that permeate blogs when people can render their opinions with complete anonymousness.

It’s Jupiter-Chiron time and soon, Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune time. It’s time to get back to the awe of looking at the heavens to (re)discover the essence of the art form and scientific discipline of astrology. It’s time to mentor and be mentored. It’s time to contemplate and conclude and then test those conclusions in the human lab on Earth.

The essence above demands insight, inspiration and illumination by all below. No matter what one’s education or background, anyone can respond if only they look up.


No 2012 Wrap Party This Week

November 16, 2009

Last week the Hollywood special effects poster child film, 2012, went into wide distribution. As expected, the sensationalism of the effects drew throngs of viewers. The film captured $65 million or $160 million (depending upon how you assess box office scores) from the pockets of the public, dramatically gaining on reclaiming its estimated cost of $260 million. I’m not going to see the film, but I have poured over the reviews. Even without the reviews I could find and clearly see the unfortunate effects. Yep, the fanning of fires about the end of the world on astrological forums stoked new fervor in Mayan/disaster postings. No doubt the topic is receiving its due from water cooler conversations in work places by those witnessing the celluloid spectacle. Evidently P. T. Barnum and H. G. Wells have reincarnated and are alive and well either in Hollywood or at the helm of the largest fear-based blog sites.

This is all a complete waste of words, energy and life.

Okay, so let’s pour some much needed water on the rekindled end of the world (eotw) flames. How do I know there will be no end of the world? Well, the world might end someday either by human abuses of the planet’s resources or collision from an asteroid (and NOT Planet X, Niburu… there’s no such thing), and if that were to coincide with the completion of the Mayan Calendar I would be greatly chagrined. I am working with the assumption that any asteroid collision that may occur in the future shall not correlate with the Mayan Calendar’s turn over. Furthermore, scientists feverishly work to find ways of preventing such a collision, of which we would likely have enough of a heads up to get Bruce and Billy Bob back in space.

Here’s where I’m putting my faith. When Y2K rolled around I wrote a column for the Science Fiction Channel’s website where I could rant on about the fact that Y2K was the equivalent of a hoax. How did I know? Having two computers with identical software and files, one day I boldly reset the clock in one of those computers to January 2, 2000. No crash.

Last week I was cranking out data for the newly refined orbit of yet another dwarf planet, 225088 (colloquially called Snow White). As I was formatting the data into tidy columns, I noticed that the data did not fade from the pages once I passed December whatever it is in 2012. So again, I reset my computer’s clock past the fateful date. It still worked.

Ridiculous? Not nearly as ridiculous as the fear-mongering surrounding 2012. You know, evidently P. T. Barnum never said, “there’s a sucker born every minute,” but he surely applied the statement. When I was a child, neighborhood kids used to report during “scary time” that giants lived in the Earth and at will, could pop up through the ground and eat us all – a plot point somewhat applied to the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds. They also said that if you chewed off your fingernails when worrying about such things, the sharp nail points would go to your heart and stab you dead.

When visiting relatives in Cooperstown, New York as a child, I went to the fabulous Farmer’s Museum. There they had a stone fabricated to look like a petrified giant, which one day was miraculously unearthed in upstate New York. It was a ruse directed by the brilliant P. T. Barnum. The terror there must have been. Even in nineteen sixty something while staring at this impressive hoax, it shot shivers up my spine. What if the hoax was: this hoax was real?

The bottom line is: people commonly await the uncertainty of the future with great angst. So maybe if absurd predictions are attached to a given date, and we make it through that given date there is hope for humanity?

So, I’ll restate my contention. When the Mayan Calendar expires, the cycle simply starts again. Throw another shrimp on the barbie, bellow out another stanza of Auld Lang Syne and have a beverage indigenous to the plants where the Maya once flourished. If I’m wrong, meet me in the afterlife and I’ll spring for a beverage of your choice. I’ll be cash laden up there, because I’m planning on taking it all with me.

For now, take a breath. Forget about 2012. There are still two years of life that require your attention and the application of the celestial movements between now and then. Wouldn’t it suck to lose two years of your life to fretful, meaningless worry?

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Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10 is now Minor Planet 225088

November 4, 2009

According to information posted by the Minor Planet Center today, the dwarf planet candidate 2007 OR10 now has a refined orbit as of today thus becoming minor solar system body 225088! This is a body that discoverer Mike Brown refers to as Snow White (and the seven dwarf planets??).

Here’s where she is now.

October 26 – 0 Pisces 14 Retrograde
November 5 – 0 Pisces 12
November 15 – 0 Pisces 11
November 25 – 0 Pisces 11 Direct
December 5 – 0 Pisces 13
December 15 – 0 Pisces 15
December 25 – 0 Pisces 19
January 4 – 0 Pisces 24
January 14 – 0 Pisces 30

She (based only on the fact that Mike Brown refers to the body as Snow White) has a fairly extreme inclination – in between that of Pluto and Eris – 30.67 degrees. With an eccentricity of 0.4999 her orbit ranges a leisurely 552.67 years reasonably close to the orbital period of Eris. She is closest to the Sun at 4 Libra 17 (a heliocentric measurement) – very near the Super Galactic Center. The ascending heliocentric node is 6 Pisces 52.

Keywords based upon node and perihelion to follow. And soon I’ll be generating ephemerides (monthly from 1700- 2100, daily 1900 – 2100).

Mike Brown (discoverer) informed me by e-mail today that they’ve not even thought about a name. So it likely will be quite a while before we get a name.

Stay tuned. There is a lot more to come. Soon keywords and other observations will be posted on my website (visit the about me feature for a direct link to my site).

11/16/2009 Note: More accurate position data is available in ephermerides I have generated.  There is a daily ephemeris for 225088 from 1900 – 2100 and a monthly for 1700 – 2100. Please use the “about” link for direction to my website and more information.

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.


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.