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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Please Orcus, Hurry Along Into Virgo

June 28, 2009

Soon, but not soon enough by my account, Orcus steps back into Virgo, pretty much to stay. The Etruscan mythic equivalent of Pluto pulls one more brief stint of duty in Leo come May of 2010, but we’re fixing to start the era of Orcus in Virgo. Orcus, according to his “discovering” astronomer Mike Brown, is the anti-Pluto. The orbits of these two Kuiper Belt entities bear remarkable similarities with their orbit’s focal points about 120 degrees apart. Orcus was a stickler for oaths and adherence to those oaths and made sure violators of vows got the full picture of what his domain meant.

Depending upon where in the world you are, Orcus mercifully enters Virgo on August 1st or 2nd. As he does so, he will sharpen his opposition to the dwarf planet still in the infancy of our understanding, Snow White – a colloquial pre-naming nomenclature, of course – and will join the efforts of Ceres, in the short term, Saturn in the moderate term and Logos (a Kuiper Belt Object) and Makemake in longer terms.

Consider the claims of the Pluto in Virgo pack that the mess created on Earth needs to be straightened out and they’ve come to do it, dammit. Great! Offer solutions and engage those solutions, resisting any urge to condemn, criticize, chastize or pontificate. Get back to basic facts, insists Virgo and embellish nothing outside the realm of reality. Critically as well, use the energies to minimize the human wounds of guilt, shame and blame. Cool.

Ceres works well within the Virgo plan, totally convinced that you can fight city hall if your position is intact. True that; no need to cut off the nose to spite the face though.

Saturn demands a plan, order, critical-thinking (more like logic building and scientific method, not implying reverting to the tactics of a condemning PITA), structure, clarity, dedication and commitment to cause.

Makemake insists upon applying personal creativity in the effort to spread awareness between the presence of humans on the planet and the availability of the resources of the planet.

Logos seeks logic, clarity of concept and perfection of words used to articulate those concepts.

Orcus stands guard, ensuring that those who speak one thing actually enact it accurately without deviation.

For instance, one cannot claim to be love and light if spreading fear about Planet X (it simply does not exist and is based upon flawed astronomical declarations) and 2012. After all if this is 2009, it is 1430 in Arabic cultures, 5769 in Hebrew tradition, 4706 to the Chinese. So why is no one bashing 1433, 5772 or 4709? Or whatever those years will be – I just didn’t feel like looking that up so I’ll just extrapolate my facts, which seems to be common practice on this Internet tool.

An astrologer cannot claim to be a citizen of the world if they refer to June 21st (plus or minus a day) as the summer solstice or winter solstice, exclusive of the other solstice. That is segregationalistic (evidently I used Logos to make up a word I perceive as more concise) and divisive.

If you claim the next Solar Max due in 2011, but now attached to 2012, will cause a polar shift on Earth, you’re guessing. No one knows for sure. Further, let’s not confuse polar shift with the inclination of the Earth on its axis. And if you really want to get behind the Solar Max, Google John Nelson and educate yourself on some amazing astrology and attach to awesome scientific data that speaks in favor of the discipline we all love.

Get ready now. As of August 1st, the universal Dragnet (television reference) is out: Just the Facts.

2012: Continuing Humanity – A Prescription for the Fate of Humankind

June 9, 2009

Evidently another commonality between astronomers and astrologers these days is that of the unwritten job description stating the need to quell the fears of the public surrounding 2012 and its unfortunate affiliation with the End of the World (EOTW). Last night when I received Mike Brown’s (you know, the guy who co-discovered Sedna, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Snow White) latest blog (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/) I realized how much time he spends, like me and every astrologer, dispelling the nonsense surrounding 2012.

A couple of things to get started here. Not to incite fears of the pole shift, usually confused with a change in the tilt of the Earth’s axis, but there’s a great page to read on one of the leading sites about pole shift. Check out: http://www.poleshift.org/Pseudosci.html in which the site discusses how to take a thin fact and warp around your greatest agenda of fearful speculation. Unfortunately, most of the 2012 doomsday posts and all of the Planet X-Niburu posts fall into the category of the above. Each and every blog, essay, editorial, book and such touting such fear-based Cheney-Il-esque proclamations injure astrology, metaphysics and astronomy.

Now, Mike Brown’s blog discusses an e-mail he received from the Institute for Human Continuity (http://www.instituteforhumancontinuity.org/?hs308=email). Check it out. It’s kind of fun, but it’s equally sad. It looks bona fide. It’s better than most of the EOTW websites out there. As Mike Brown points out, a careful read, which is atypical of the typical Internet browser seeking out cataclysms, would note the links that refer to Sony Pictures and sniff out the ad. Actually, I was tipped off by the picture of Oliver Pratt on the home page. So Sony Pictures is scheduled to release the movie 2012 on November 13, 2009 – according to the latest update on IMDBpro. Bastards! While they hope to scare the crap out of humankind and make heaps of dollars doing so, they have substantially added to my non revenue workload. I’m conjuring a response to submit on their website. It’ll be a good one, I promise.

Incidentally, anyone I find forwarding the IHC website as if it’s fact, be warned. If that you do, I’m going to show up with a turkey baster and force feed the doom promulgator a gallon of wheat grass juice to clear out their psychic toxicity.

Now the IHC website seeks to assert an agenda of preserving human continuity after 2012. Okay fine, but I bet mine is better. Inspired by Mike Brown and his planets, here’s an agenda we can all live with that is based upon the recent innovations of consciousness we can derive from the dwarf planets, which most astrologers actively seek to ignore.

Sedna’s Suggestion: Get back to basics. Take care of basic domestic issues and security, establish a healthy diet and adequate rest routine, then delve into your spirituality with unlimited abandon.

Eris’ Exclamation: Enough already. Get over your addiction to status and success. What you drive and how many Platinum cards you carry will not get you into the underworld for the purpose of soulful evolution. Why obsess over meaningless affiliations, clubs and social networking sites when you can’t unify energy in such environments? Hits on your social pages do not consiousness make. Overcome fears of exclusion and align with what matches your spirit. Once done with that, how about overturning collective consciousness that works against the survival of Earth?

Makemake’s Magic: Stop over populating the dang planet. It doesn’t matter if we’re green if the planet cannot support the people on it. Figure out your creative contributions and offer them with confidence and certainty.

Haumea’s Helpful Hint: Figure out who can be part of your inner circle and who cannot. Cling-on kinds that debilitate your energy must be cast away. Bond with those of similar spirit and agendas and get on with healing souls and regenerating the planet.

Snow White’s Magic Apple: Though we don’t know much about her orbit yet, it appears her node serves up an agenda of empathy and compassion, something that constitutes sin in some political agenda. Try on those attributes for size.

What are you waiting for? Can’t you see the 2012 countdown clock in Times Square (there’s not one that I know of, but since the National Debt clock is busted, maybe Sony will hire it as a promotional tool)? Time’s a’wasting and people are a’freaking. We can do something about that.

I hope someone from Sony sends me free passes to the movie, given what I’ve done to further their ad.

20Y2K12 and Astrology’s Reputation

January 11, 2009

I just have to write a post today and forgive me if it’s a bit on the edgy side. Pluto stands 16 minutes short of the first of three conjunctions to my natal Mars and my astrological/astronomical sensibilities have been locked and loaded by the rash of 2012 prophecies saturating cyberspace.

In honor of Mercury’s impending retrograde, allow me to back up first. Last fall I had the pleasure of writing a blog regarding election polling and the upcoming U. S. Presidential Election for the Huffington Post. My posts appeared under a subcategory entitled Huffpollstrology. But when I started writing for HuffPo, the first post was placed in the column with the standard array of mainstream bloggers. Oh my! I discovered that despite the stats about the general public loving to read sun sign columns, approximately 80% of the comments received about my first post were hostile, hateful and ignorant of the topic they condemned, which in the realm of blogging has nothing to do with anything. The ridicule came in from the obvious religious quarters, those who despise superstition and well educated and/or intelligent folks who condemned the idiocy of those who put credence into astrology. The spiteful comments continued through the tenure of my columns leading up to the election, despite the impeccable accuracy of the content. “Jeez Louise,” thought I, “Us astrologer folks better not say anythin’ silly lest we fuel the fires of speculation about our sensibilities.”

Evidently 2009 is the time cusp for increasing posts on the Mayan Calendar and the end of the world and all the psychic terrorism that goes with it. Back in the days pre Y2K I wrote a column for the Sci-Fi Channel’s website in which I had carte blanche in pooh-poohing the absurdity of the Y2K speculations. Despite the efforts to calm the psychic seas of life, fear and hysteria spread but not to extent we observe with the rampant speculations about the significance of the end of the Mayan Calendar. The suicides have already started… and not counting those related to the Madoff scandal.

People turn to astrologers in times like these. Last week a colleague sent me a chart from 1962 with the heap of planets aligned in Aquarius. I lived it and remembered it well. I was a terrified twelve-year-old shaking as I heard that astrologers said the gravitational pull of the planets would split the Earth in half, or so the media reported, was a lot to bear. In the past days, I’ve posted on forums opposing the view that Comet Holmes is the Blue Star of the Blue Star Kachina prophecy in which an article attempts to tie this long-standing prophecy to a comet. Back tracking the logic, Comet Holmes is a yellowish object that enjoyed a strange sort of expansion during the culmination of its last apparition. It appeared blue because of filters applied for better viewing. And Comet Holmes has been coming to town every 6.9 years since we became aware of it in 1892 and there’s that comet is not a star thing and ancient watchers could discern such a distinction. My best guess for this prophecy is the once in eternity extremely rare explosion of a blue super-giant star that became the supernova, SN1987A. Yes, some Hopi elders have sanctioned Comet Holmes as the stellar sign of the Blue Star Prophecy and there is a seven year healing/purification cycle in the prophecy, but then again the U. S. Congress in the U.S. bought faulty intelligence and started a war.

Now Planet X-Nibiru people have this possible brown dwarf/comet storm/TNO that’s 33 light years away in the Kuiper Belt coming to get us in 2012 after if failed to meet up with predictions of cataclysm for 1999, 2001, 2003 ad nauseam. The flawed astronomy of these fear-mongering speculations do not deserve attention, but one staggeringly inane point I read claimed that something thirty-three light years away would get us within a decade. That would mean the object would defy all known laws of physics and fly through space faster than the speed of light.

Regardless, we astrologers must ward off Planet X predictions that eject from websites around the world. And we must ward off EOTW (end of the world) speculations rendered by Mayan Calendar interpreters and the attempted weave between Planet X and the Mayan Calendar. This inconvenient responsibility appears when we in astrology desperately seek to put letters that designate professional acumen and certification after our names of which the lay public possesses no interpretive or decoding ability.

Years ago I decoded the Mayan Calendar thing while drinking tequila in a Chinese restaurant. While pondering the twelve year Chinese zodiacal cycle, it occurred to me when the Mayan Calendar expires, like any calendar it rolls over and the next era begins. The day after the Mayan Calendar ends will be a day just as fine as the day before. If I’m wrong, tequila shots are on me in the after life. It could be that the Mayans ran out of stone, you know, thus the stopping point. Oh and this thing about the Galactic Alignment correlating with the Mayan Calendar… wasn’t that in 1999 or does that require revisiting with the recent size/motion adjustments that came out about our galaxy recently?

Seems to me, if we expect to be taken seriously and credibly, we must actively stave off the inaccurate prediction phenomena inspired by those who failed to get a turn spinning scary yarns around the fire at summer camp. We must understand astronomy and astrology, weaving the two back into a harmonious helix of cooperation. We must interrupt the nonsense speculations and reset people back to critical thinking and intelligent assessment of the cosmic variables we so readily perceive. We must avert the crisis of erroneous speculations regarding 20Y2K12. Join the cause now. Hurry! Time is running out. Only four more years to print bumper stickers and shift the consciousness of fearful negativity before the Mayan Calendar concludes.

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