Thursday, May 15, 2003

Okay. Saturn is still squaring my Mercury so I remain a bit tongue-tied and am posting late once again. For some reason all the apostrophies on this post are appearing as question marks. How's that for Merc retro. . .?

To alleviate this rather weighty influence, I lit a stick of Shiva’s Triumph incense. . .in the twilight of the day it’s odiferous, sweet scent sprang forth creating a truly intriguing trail of smoke. At first resembling an incessantly self replicating double helix, which then became housed within a smoky tornado. Then it formed an infinite series of ram’s head, then at last, its trails appeared as if it were a slinky’s shadow. Hmmmmm. Perhaps I should really get a life.

Stellascope # 34

This month’s Full Moon occurs at 11:36 pm EDT on May 15th at 24 degrees of the Taurus/Scorpio polarity. It’s a total lunar eclipse. Eclipses such as these occur twice a year.

Full Moons don’t get heavier than those, which occur, in fixed signs. So take a flying leap into the Ganges or Tigris or Euphrates or Amazon or Mississippi or whatever body of water is most easily accessible and bathe around. Just don’t try the Hudson please. But seriously, ritualistic immersion is a time tried cure all for such oppressive influences and intense polarizations.

Given that the keyword for Taurus is, "I have" and the keyword for Scorpio is, "I desire," indulging in shopoholic behaviours or dumpster diving may satisfy at least momentarily, a cosmically induced rise in the lust quotient. Though I seriously doubt the pending tax cut will even begin to satiate this lust for even a nanosecond for most of us.

Eclipses are traditionally wondrous opportunities for conflict resolution. That would be if and only if, in full accordance with the 1st law of thermal energetics, both parties can cop to mutually shared culpability. This of course is highly improbable with Saturn transiting through the last degrees of Gemini. Saturn has been in Gemini for roughly 2 & 1/2 years. It has had the cumulative result of the dumbing down of the national dialogue. The prevailing lack of intelligence represented by the dualistic trend in what can only be called the collective unconsciousness (i.e. "you’re either with (the administration)or you are a terrorist" sic).

Neptune goes retrograde at 8:50 pm EDT on the 15th as well. The stations of the big outer most planets always create some spaciness but they are great for meditation. Anticipate further foggy representations of the truth from the media and damn it. . . try at least for once to find the G-d within without failing to recognize the G-d within everyone else.

Venus enters Taurus at 6:53 am EDT on May 16th. It that sign, Venus is most happily hedonistic. For best results express gratitude vociferously and create random acts of beauty preferably in legally designated areas.

Mercury thankfully goes direct at 3:33 am EDT on May 20th. Further repercussions of its retrogradation tend to rumble for a while after the station so don’t over schedule yourself or expect immediate clarity of mind, especially during this lunation.

Hopefully after this Saturn square passes, I’ll get my humour back and establish a rhythm of greater frequency to this blog. Till then have a ball.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Okay. . .this is posted after the fact. Mucho apologies, for which I may wax anecdotal later.

Stellascope # 33

The next lunation will occur at 10 degrees and change of Taurus, at 8:15 am EDT on Maydaymaydaymaydaymayday.

The occurrence of this New Moon will have just passed a square to a flaky Mars in Aquarius, and a gregarious Jupiter in Leo. It will be approaching both a square to spacey Neptune in Aquarius and an opposition to overly possessive Juno in Scorpio. So have a flaky, gregarious, spacey, and overly possessive day. Kidding.

If you consider the feminine asteroids to be significant, then this lunation will form a grand fixed square. These asteroids are astral objects that don’t quite qualify as planets and which some believe to have once been a planet that we already trashed. The fourth largest of these are believed by some to represent four aspects of femininity. Those would be. . . mother, wife, sister, and daughter. . .not necessarily in that order. They occupy an orbital sphere between Mars and Jupiter. See myth of Hera (archetypal wife) for reference.

If you don’t accept the aforementioned theories, then at the very least the lunar configuration will form a T square. That represents a three-legged chair. One could either devise a complicated pulley system to maintain one’s balance or try gravity boots. As always, astral projection is strongly recommended for those who are inherently gravitationally challenged.

But seriously, the New Moon in Taurus is the most fertile lunation of the year so if you’re not courting visions of "living in a shoe" then please take the necessary precautions and be wary of the plethora of all the flying pheromones.

With Venus in Aries until May 16th consider that relationships may not be just about instant self-gratification only. Venus will trine Jupiter in Leo and Pluto in Sagittarius, so that might be tough simply because self-righteousness is at an all time obnoxious high. See our foreign policy for reference.

Oh by the way, as soon as Uranus entered Pisces . . .the sign of health care, amongst many other things . . .SARS emerged. Though the first case is now recognized to have occurred much earlier.

Also it is the Uranus return of the somewhat arbitrary dismantling of the Ottoman Empire in 1919 by the Brits, which just happened to have created Iraq along with a holy host of rivalries in that hotbed of ancient hatreds (aka sandbox).

And does anyone really wonder why the 101st Airborne was observed to be on the ground in tanks? Every time I heard that I expect them to sprout wings and take flight. A flying tank? Funny image.

Quotation of the lunation: as Saturn rumbles over the last degrees of Gemini. . . "There is a rather large dark cloud hovering over the (sunset) of rationalism (in this country)."

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Mercury "Retr-oh-grade"

Expect more intractable political posturing as well as serious deficits in listening skills with those with whom you hold nearest and dearest. Mercury (ruling our ability to clearly project and perceive information) is in Taurus, the sign of the baked potato. It’ll be retrograding in that sign from April 26th till May 20th. Till then telepathy is strongly recommended. Otherwise the chance that you’ll ever get your point across is slim to nothing.

Mercury retrograde has been popularized by the mass media (which I’ll never refer to as being even remotely liberal) as an influence that induces catatonia and encourages sloth. That interpretation is at the very least a gross over statement and at most, is often abused as a cosmic rationalization for bad behavior.

Mercury, traveling so closely to the Sun goes retrograde more often than any other planet. It does so for three, three week intervals during each year. That’s roughly 20 % of the time.

Though the term "retrograde motion" does suggest that a planet pulls a celestial U turn, if that were true it would create an unfathomable astrophysical calamity. If you imagine that you are driving on the highway (aka freeway, autobahn, M road, etc) and you pass a car going in the same direction and it appears to go backwards, that phenomenon demonstrates the mechanics of retrograde motion. The Earth simply passes by another planet. Astrologically this seems to internalize planets which typically manifest themselves externally (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) and externalizes the planets which typically manifest themselves internally (Mercury, Venus, and Mars).

Mercury retrograde is great for editing, and organizing paperwork. Just don’t over schedule your self especially if travelling. The whole purpose of it is to deepen one’s thought processes. It can inspire one to change their minds, though this is rare when it's retrograding in a fixed sign such as Taurus.

Anyway it’s not as though most have been even remotely capable of critical thinking since Saturn entered Gemini temporarily in the summer of 2000. This heralded the onslaught of convoluted reality TV and the total absence of objective non-corporate sponsored media that became seemingly permanent in April of 2001. Saturn has been in Gemini since then. It also apparently compelled our current regime to employ the doctrine of concocting facts and repeating them ad nauseum. The most recent fallout from this transit has been the wholesale whitewashing of the war.

Fortuitously, Saturn will finally leave Gemini and enter Cancer on June 4th. Maybe then and then only will the voices of dissent in the former land of the lively discussion be considered as thought provoking as opposed to being vitriolically unpatriotic.

There is another word for cultures that are intolerant of criticism for their leader but it thankfully escapes me right now.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

On Monday, the Moon will be in cranky Capricorn. Aside from that influence, a cheerful sextile between Mars and Venus at 4:50 am EDT at 29 degrees of their respective signs (Capricorn & Pisces), represents a pivotal influence for personal relationships. 29 degrees of any sign is the most critical degree of any sign. For these two signs it speaks to both practical pragmatism and romantic idealism.

As a result, in certain time zones it may be very difficult to get out of bed. In others it is more than likely that you will probably get caught talking to lover on company time. Either way, don’t come to any absolute conclusions about anything because the planets that rule both the source of one’s personal happiness and one’s desire nature are about to shift. In other words you’ll feel differently about everything by days end.

The most unusual influence for this particular day is that both Venus and Mars will change signs within the span of 7&1/2 hours. That is very rare. On this beauteous holiday, I’m not quite up to calculating the stats on just how infrequent it is, but suffice it to say that I can’t recall seeing these ingresses occur on the same day over the span of several decades. But if it did occur, I may have missed it.

Venus enters Aries at 12:18 pm EDT. It’ll remain in that sign until May 16th. Pisces, the sign where Venus has transited since March 26th, is selfless and self-sacrificing. Venus in Aries completely the opposite (a.k.a. self absorbed). It can be very creative as well. This ingress is rarely a graceful transition. Like, you might receive the best foot rub that you’ve received over the course of several lifetimes only to moments later, witness your partner morph into a sports obsessed moron who’d probably be too distracted to take you to the hospital when you’re in the throws of labour.

Mars enters Aquarius at 7:48 pm EDT where it’ll transit until June 16th. Mars in Aquarius varies from waves of incidental and forgivable flakiness to full blown flagrant irresponsibility. The higher vibration of this placement compels one to commit acts of will that benefit the whole. In that regard it can be quite noble. But the enormity of that kind of behaviour and responsibilities implied, more often, are so daunting that it inspires most humans and sub-humans to go. . ."awww screw it". . . thus the flakiness.

Maintaining some degree of independence in relationships will help enormously through the duration of both of these transits. Think. . ."space. . .the final frontier". . .

On Tuesday, the Moon will be void of course in late Capricorn all day. Harmonious aspects between the Moon and Mercury and between the Sun and Uranus in the morning will help in terms of adjustments in relationships from the day before.

I may or may not be blogging on a regular basis during high gardening season in the NE USA, but will definitely come through for major aspects, ingresses, and assorted rants.

Friday, April 18, 2003

Tomorrow. . .as others have pointed out, is the anniversaries of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, more recently the siege of the whacko cult Davidians at Waco, and of the woefully and allegedly retributive bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Despite the ominous nature of these anniversaries, more happily the Moon will trine Jupiter at 10:31 am EDT and it’ll sextile Neptune at 5:59 pm EDT. A harmonious Saturday could actually follow.

The far more foreboding aspect this weekend occurs on Sunday morning at 5:06 am EDT. That would be when the Moon conjuncts Pluto. Although this aspect occurs once a month, it rarely coincides with Easter sunrise services especially after we just happened to have maybe provoked the wrath of most of the Muslim world.

That influence, along with the aspects that follow may create a rather onerous holiday. The Sun will enter Taurus (8:03 am EDT), creating insatiable hunger. Then the Moon will oppose Saturn (1:55 pm EDT), creating unbelievable heartburn. Then the Moon will square Venus (9:02 pm EDT), augmenting sibling rivalries over who Mommie truly loved best. We all know that is a most measurable and resolvable dispute. Finally, the Moon will trine the Sun (11:24 pm EDT) when you will never have been happier to have your head hit the pillow. Sweet dreams. Happy Easter and Pesach.

today. . .Moon is void, "of course" in Scorpio until 8:51 pm EDT when it’ll enter Sagittarius. When the Moon is void (making no major aspects ) in Scorpio usually feels like the Twilight Zone. However it’s making some rather friendly aspects to both Mars and Venus which should make for a pleasant afternoon and evening at least on the personal front.
"i just stumbled across a quotation i used in my autobiographical writing
from ten years ago.
Winston Churchill’s eloquent warning about the way in which technology has
outpaced our ability to control it retains its relevance. His essay from the
1920’s is in “Thoughts and Adventures”"-A.T.

"Certain it is that while men are gathering knowledge and power with
ever-increasing and measureless speed, their virtues and their wisdom have
not shown any notable improvement as the centuries have rolled.The brain of
the modern man does not differ in essentials from that of the human beings
who fought and loved here millions of years ago. . .Under sufficent stress
-starvation, terror, warlike passion, or even cold intellectual frenzy -
the modern man we know so well will do the most terrible deeds. . .We have
the spectacle of the powers and weapons of man far outstripping the march
of his intelligence; we have the march of his intelligence proceeding far
more rapidly than the development of his nobility. . .
Without an equal growth of Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love, Science herself may
destroy all that makes human life majestic and tolerable. There never was a
time when the inherent virtue of human beings required more strong and
confident expression in daily life."

Thursday, April 17, 2003

okay. . .so I'm a cyber dummie. . .took a while to publish first vacuous post. As it is early gardening season, have had some earthly distractions and still haven't written the next scope but it'll follow ASAP.

In the mean time. . .does anyone recognize the profound irony in the fact that Hammurabi's Code (one of mankind's earliest codes of law) was among the items looted from Baghdad's Iraqi National Museum? If plundering does truly wreck one's luck. . .what does this foreshadow for the "cradle of West Civilization ?". . .

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

first blog. . .stellascopes are somewhat tongue in cheek astrological interpretations of current trends and influences and assorted rants. . .now I'll have to go write one!!!