May 2015

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Bernie Sander’s is running for President. With Pluto in the sky in good aspect to his natal Sun, and again at Election time come November 2016 (due to retrograde motion), Bernie could take the light. Pluto indicating power and popularity, trines his natal Sun by degree. It seems from an astrological point of view, he has a successful chart for bottoms-up politics, money from low dollar donors online, and popularity with the common man and woman of the USA. We will be hearing lots more from this Vermont Senator about to challenge Hillary from the left. Jeb Bush has a very good chart though for President, so this looks to be an interesting race.


Joni Mitchell’s Sun is at 14 Scorpio where May 3rd (EST) Full Moon is. Is she ill? Will she pass into the spiritual worlds? Perhaps a difficult time for her this month with transiting Uranus square her ascendent and Neptune square her natal Uranus. Lots of changes and confusion or loss of consciousness. Uranus could be writing a new song though, and Neptune says… ‘Let’s make a movie’. No doubt, when she goes … there will be a movie.


What does President Obama and Russia’s President Putin have in common? Both have Moon in Gemini at about 3 degrees.  Could they have know each other in past lifetimes as lovers? Brother and sister? twins? contestants? Gemini is known for being smart and knowing a little bit about everything but not enough about any one thing. As they get older, they get wiser and know about everything deeply. Gemini needs to deepen self knowledge to know world and other. Gemini is also known for talk but no action. Hmmm, we will see. The last Pluto/Neptune conjunction in late 1891-92 at 8 Gemini triggering an outpouring of materialistic science revelations as well as spiritual revelations such as Theosophy, Bhagavad Gita coming to west in English, and more. 490 years earlier, Pluto/Neptune conjuncted at 3 degree’s Gemini in 1398-99 when Richard II was deposed, which lead up to the War of the Roses. We could learn from that time to pay more attention to what is going on at home in USA rather than always being too busy with far away troubles. Russia’s Putin under stress for change again this month as Full Moon May 3rd is at 13-14 degree Scorpio where Pluto was in perihelion during the fall of Russian Wall in Berlin in 1989. Some of that karma is still working out. Seems also it’s an intense chess game with USA and Russia need to agree to agree. Both need more wisdom and wit, smarts and action to resolve in peaceful manner conflicts concerning us all. In May look for another stressful attempt to resolve differences and bring economic stability to Ukraine as well as further tensions between all warring countries. Astrologically, the first week and last half of the month the more challenging in geo-political hotspots, extremes in nature, weather, and storms. Mother nature can be wild, and human behaviour outlandish. Danger of criminal behaviour by egoists bent on their selfish or crazy-minded agendas during May. Much room for patience and perseverance, and opportunity to train the mind in virtue, love and truth.Strong forward motion and good work times come May 15, 16, 18, 21 thru 25th. Otherwise, lay back those days if the world around you seems hostile, wild, or insane.


Floyd Mayweather’s astrological chart makes me think he will win, or is he just making lots of money no matter what? With Mars on his Jupiter, he is for sure making lots of money and may not care if he wins…Whew! Funny what some call entertainment. The Bhagavad Gita is the path of the spiritual warrior Arjuna. Buddhists have the bodhisattva warrior attaining noble virtues to overcome negatives.


Baltimore’s chart natally has Mars conjunct Midheaven making for assertive aggressive aims. Last days of riots had Mars in sky conjunct Baltimore’s natal Sun exact. Need for strong listening from the heart here, otherwise everyone is over assertive aggressive. Mars is war like, but can also be buddhist/christian type compassion.


May 3rd Full Moon at 13 Scorpio with Mercury opposing Saturn; Jupiter midpoints Sun/Moon opposition making a T-Square. Serious conversations at the least. Definitely a vibe of death and rebirth, endings and new beginnings, and strong ego thrusts for change. Strong sense of accounting for people and things. Tough news. All mutable signs, Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces, are either melancholy and feel at a loss, or deeply serious about getting things done, completed, finished. Intellectual sensuous time for some.


May 4th Sun square Jupiter creates mass stir or popular consensus as to direction to go concerning economy, politics, ego. Fixed signs, Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus, as well as Sagittarius and Aries in the midst of making big plans, fun times, and positive investments of self and time.


May 6th Sun trine Pluto gives control as to outcome, decision, stock market, politics, foundation. Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo feel in power about present into future. Aligning self with larger interests.


May 7th Venus enters Cancer sign. From now into first week of June, great time to beautify self and home. Deep feelings of love, family, friends, home, art, music, clothes, food, and joining up with others who make one feel intimate and warm. Avoid over-indulging, but after last winter…that may be hard to do. Urge to feel life is strong now.


May 9th Mercury square Neptune. Funny feelings, lack of certainty, bewildering statements, untrustworthy news, precognition of the future. The desire to map things out and know everything conflicts with moods and feelings overwhelming the practical matters of life. Higher truths conflict with straight out illusions or lies.


May 11th Mars enters Gemini till June 24th making for more talk than action but some intense sudden knee jerk statements and sudden actions. Avoid scattering energies into too many things, doing no one good. Networking and mobility is at a high.


May 15th Mars oppose Saturn. Military stand-offs? Strong aggressive or assertive speech. Accidents and travel troubles, storms or sudden cooling of relations. Over-the-top victory march and ego inflation vs. feelings of inferiority and infertile or impotent actions. Patience and hard work pay off, using force and anger may cause many a problem. A feeling that others obstruct, and a need to work on oneself to change or correct others’ wrong behaviour. A need for authority to correct mischief.


May 16th Venus trine Neptune, putting on a happy face, soul relations, strong feelings of love and wanting to nourish or be nourished. Good day for food, flowers, friendship, love, gardens, music, family, and friends. Erotic imaginations, far-a-way dreams or scheme, plans and projections. Illusions but sensuous psychic feeling galore. Long voyages and big plans to jump over the moon, travel, create.


May 18th New Moon at 26 Taurus. Mercury goes retrograde 9:50 p.m. till June 11th making for difficult communications unless one can command or demand outcome, and that may have its own problems. Good time to rethink, renew, return, remark at the wonder of life. Bad time to make major investments unless one really knows what they are doing. Good time to turn things around that already went bad (next week or two).


May 21 Sun enters Gemini, Venus opposes Pluto. All talk and no action causes problems. Love difficulties, separations, jealousies, infighting, arguments. Venus/Pluto aspects make for much psycho drama around sex and love. When love can work, it’s deep, but many fall into rejection and mean hard behaviour, coldness and cruelty. Weird sex stuff. Positive side is helping the poor, the underdog, the less fortunate. Good for gardening, yard work, cooking good food, sensuality with a magic touch. Dangerous time to be in dangerous places. Strains and stresses with who and what you love. Strong inner compulsions to love someone that may not be that good for you. Or is it really deep love and passion totally transforming your life. A sense of gardening the Soul for some. Great for cleaning, renewing, outdoors, gardening, cooking, making love not war. Sad news in world or death or loss makes some ponder the future.


May 22 Sun oppose Saturn. Seeing inevitable consequences of past actions. Feeling stuck with situations or authoritative or deadened people. May 31st Sun square Neptune. Illusory feelings, Maya, naive thoughts and projections. Perhaps good for the arts, music, painting, poetics, but need to stay practical and grounded. May 29th Mercury square Neptune. A need for a simple life, diet, thoughts. Good for yoga and meditation. Good for simple decisions to stay grounded. Bad aspect for high flying plans that could crash land.


May 24th Moon conjunct Jupiter in Leo. Good hearted actions, happiness, feelings of religious ecstasy, sharing and caring for others. Avoid grandiose, inflated, over-the-top scams or schemes.


May 30 Sun conjunct Mercury. May trigger May 21st to 30th. Uptick possible in quakes, storms, volcanoes, winds, hurricanes, flooding, and god knows what. Good for smart clear thinking, making good plans positive and noble.


May 31st Sun square Neptune fog or sudden sunlight? Confused or sudden breakthrough. Psychic dreams and premonitions. Mystic or artistic perceptions possible.  Don’t trust all that you see. Seduced or inspired behaviours. Obsession with something. Possible meeting with an angel.


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“Trying to understand the economy these days is a lot like trying to quench one’s thirst for water by drinking beer. By the time you get somewhere, you’re gone.” -Captain Bob and the Fall docks.
“Some fly away, some harden in their ways; the true Grail seekers weave their hearts to the world, the world to their heart, in love and compassion, truth and art.” -RT

*October 1st (in effect for few days), Sun square Pluto, Mercury trine Neptune. Government shutdown? Will it be resolved by end of week New Moon? Or end of Month after Sun conjunct Transformation Point October 20th-21st? Or will it ride into November? Student loan defaults highest ever, hard to get a job even with a degree, good water harder to get, everyone blames someone else, new radioactive leak in Japan, big ecology problems looming, earth shaking times?! This weeks aspects stormy with change. Uranus can even be earthquakes, crazy storms, or shocking news; but also new revelations and new truths, reality facts, being disclosed. With Uranus coming to square the USA Sun, and Pluto coming to oppose USA Sun, 2015 seems to be the tipping point for deep-rooted transformation and renewal of how we think and work and do world business. America needs keep their universal love and quest for truth, freedom, friendship, world community, garden. Till then, lots of ups and downs on the roller coaster. Power struggles and Puer Eternis wobbles, set in one’s way crystallizations while others fly aimlessly or neurotically, seems times are tough to find a true middle way flowering in grace.
Pluto aspects can make one feel depressed or compassionately engaged, Neptune wants to escape or find greater oneness, wholeness. Major deep decisions being thought out at high and low levels. No where to hide from one’s self can be good when one is spiritually questing for love and truth. Political and Ego Power struggles wrestle for the future. Tendency to procrastinate or postpone inevitables of future. Danger of projecting unconscious fears or desires onto others. Pluto has a way of making ultimatums and drawing lines in the sand not to be crossed over. Double crossed lovers? Needing to renew friendships wishing each other happiness and growing awareness? Need to keep to long-term good habits and higher aims. Avoid using force or aggression if possible. Pluto known for psycho-drama, jealousy, attachment, fear and oppression. Can be good for social and personal renewal. A seeming ‘war of the gods’, ‘good guys vs. bad guys’. Possible separation by force majeur or something seemingly beyond one’s control. Possible stormy weather and emotional disturbances in certain parts of world around New Moon as well as 8th to 10th and late in month. Need to curb needless and unwanted negative habits, thinking/feeling, anger. Call for, and need for, compassion and wise understanding concerning world problems, poverty, education. Need for purification. See my book ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’ for more ideas on this. Or see books by Steiner, Osho, Gelek Rimpoche, Blavatsky for spiritual ways of conducting one’s personal journey.
*October 3rd, Sun oppose Uranus. Last 3 days and next many quick changes, abrupt turn arounds, sudden upsets and reversals in the markets, emotions, relationships, job. Sudden shifts, revelations, new insights, lightening jolts, and possible quakes, cosmic storms. Uranus can just as well, suddenly clear the air. Moon triggers Uranus on New Moon October 4th.
*October 4th, New Moon. Next three days many new beginnings and plans for new beginnings. Next 3 days, in many ways, set the course for the year. Ancients considered New Moon after Fall equinox beginning of the new year. Mercury conjunct north node adds to picture. What one thinks, one becomes in time. Train the mind. Good time for a good read and mind attunement. New cheap edition of ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages,’ $17 plus postage/tax, now available at Mayflower Bookshop. Read that along with a good Rudolf Steiner and H.P.Blavatsky book, and come to understand the deep Metaphysical reality of the times. Check out YouTube for my little talk on Meditation. October 4th to 7th set your heart and mind on your highest dream and star …, hurry up, the future is coming! October 4th to 7th, new free impulses and creative fresh innovations or relations clash with the past or need to control and have security.
*October 7th Black Moon Lilith in Cancer square sun in Libra brings breakthroughs or breakdowns in relationships. Kindness and compassion, patience and listening capacity goes far here.
*October 8th, Mercury conjunct Saturn, Moon in Sagittarius conjunct Venus. Depressing day and weather or it is just deeply thoughtful and reflective? A desire to manifest one’s highest ideals and dreams. Good day to read, or send to a friend, a good Rumi or Rilke poem; or even write your own poem. Good day to think practically and catch up with past bills or things needing to be done, finished, completed. A reality check day. Avoid negativity. Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations.
*October 9th , Mercury, an evening star after sunset, is at greatest east elongation. This day, before and after, much nostalgia of the past, wisdom of the past rising, and long hard looks at whole of one’s life pondering the mystery for new revelation and for more meaningfulness life may offer. Good time to write or communicate one’s view or needs. Even better time to ponder alone one’s being, truth and love.
*October 10th (and surrounding days), Venus square Neptune. Only fools fall in love, here few rise. Venus is Love, Neptune illusions or dreams, possible futures. Sensitivity or receptiveness to art, beauty, music, and hugs. Romantic revelling or love confusion.
*October 12th Sun square Jupiter. Tendency to have lots of fun, but perhaps tendency to overdo, exaggerate, spend too much. Desire to attain goals now Happiness with others, sharing, joy with friends, family. Possible spiritual or material growth and advancement.
*October 15th Mars enters Virgo. Perfectionism, fixing things up, critique and adjustment. Need for more constructive, rather than destructive, criticism. Have you seen the book ‘Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe’? A great book on the sacred geometry of the human body and mother nature. A must book for your library and research. Helps one feel connected to the earth and heavenly rhythms. My friend Carolyn Striho on WDET radio 7:30 pm today!
*October 16th into 17th, Venus trine Uranus, quick realisations, flirting with love and higher octaves, higher self. Sudden birth of new ideas, rapport, love urge, friendships.
“These aren’t ties, these are golden memories in the making….” -Captain Bob and the Paddle Boat Wing On.
*October 18th Full Moon Eclipse (New Moon Eclipse November 3rd). Cut out negative habits or have stuff cut out of your life? Eclipses can suddenly cut something out of your life. Need to sacrifice or work for greater need or want. Next two weeks, if not four; brings adjustments and changes to those with planets in Cardinal Signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn (esp. 22 to 29 degrees).
Full Moon October 18th into Sunday October 20th has Sun/Moon conjunct Transformation Point (midpoint of 3 trans-Saturnian planets Uranus/Neptune/Mars). During Boston bombing Mars in hard aspect to Transformation Point. T.P. brings powerful energies and emotions into play for planetary growth but often negative emotions thwart such positive growth. With Mars oppose Neptune during this time, we may find more reasons to rid ourselves of big guns in small mind’s hands. These three days may bring out the best and worst in some people. Take care to avoid any area or people too big to handle. Good time for the arts, music, creativity, romantic escape, spiritual pursuit. Bad time for creating negative vibe or doing dangerous antics. Mars/Neptune can bring uncanny accidents, crashes, psycho drama. May be difficult time for travel or discerning reality from truth. Good for working for the future if one is practical and down to earth. Avoid spoiled food, may be danger of food poisoning or eating wrong combination of food or spoiled food. Take no unnecessary risk. Take extra time if you have to travel. Strange mystical experiences.
*October 21st Mercury goes Retrograde in Scorpio until November 10th. Fixed Signs of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo, and Aquarius (especially early degrees of fixed signs born late July, April, October, January) need take extra care in communications with loved ones or dealings with real estate and money. Mercury retrograde is infamous for communications going astray. Good time to work on strategies of renewal and saving up for future needs. Take care not to do or say something that turns someone into an enemy. Good time for constructive values, words, and deeds.
*October 23rd, Sun into Scorpio. Month of renewal or destructive habits? Good time to cut out unneeded expenses or negative habits. Scorpio is the eagle of higher vision or the snake/scorpion of secret agendas and back biting. Good for intimate rapport and intensifying relations.
*October 25th Sun trine Neptune and Moon conjunct Jupiter augment a beautiful weekend of fun, friends, entertainment, travel, going beyond one’s limits, attempting to manifest one’s higher self, higher dreams and ideals, reaching for one’s higher star.
*October 28th, 29th, 30th Pluto sextile Chiron, Venus trine Juno. Fixing up the house? Congress? Improving one’s health and vitality, exercise, yoga? Good time to mend fences, improve roads and communications, love the one you’re with, or reach out and touch someone. A very good time to go out and eat some good healthy food at OM Cafe in Ferndale or the one in Traverse City. Yum! Good time to go deep with a book from the Mayflower hand tailored to your spiritual needs for growth and personal richness.
*Chiron sextiles Pluto on 28th while on October 31st Mars trine Pluto and oppose Chiron (Charon). Expect strong decisions of change made from self or others affecting work, health, and long-term goals as well as day to day life. Many big changes in store for earth signs and cardinal signs. One’s deep feelings may be challenged by external world situations. Chiron (or Charon) is associated with feeling or being stuck between two situations, or struggling between feeling stuck or secure vs. feeling free or liberated. Challenged between higher mindedness, calling and world view vs. need to secure or manifest, realise, one’s practical needs, stay grounded. Important time to research anew one’s sense of self and other relying on freedom and compassion as guiding light.
*October 31st, Halloween tonight!
Halloween is an interesting festival unconsciously revealing after death states of inner virtue or non-virtue being lavishly over-expressed. Souls disembodied out in the night time looking for entry into home or re-embodiment. Parents come to the door to trick the excarnated soul away or to let ‘em in and have a baby, the big pumpkin stomach with the light within. Thus the old English celts would give the candy away at the cemetery. All Souls Day November 1st, All Saints Day too it’s called, revealing that one day all souls reach heavenly state of enlightenment.
“Fear & hatred are one & the same thing essentially. He who fears nothing will never hate, & he who hates nothing will never fear.” H. P. Blavatsky , The Inner Group Teachings of H.P.B., Sept. 1890
*November 1st Uranus Squares Pluto. New ideas struggle against the true and tried. Big changes in the world are afoot. Breakthroughs in Science, Space, Oceanic understanding, and growing vegetables in the back yard of America. Intellect and emotions struggle for supremacy while

“I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this grey spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought….
…Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

-Tennyson, from his Ulysses, first appearing in Morte D’Arthur and other Idyls.

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