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Occupy Wall Street

Originally published in The Mountain Astrologer,  2011.

Throughout 2011, astrologers have watched the Uranus and Pluto square approaching like a revolutionary advance guard.1 Everywhere in the world, infrastructures are crumbling in the face of this long-awaited transit. The epochal Arab Spring has segued into winter; the European Union threatens to break apart at the seams; there is mounting chaos in Russia, Africa and India.

The weekend before the Autumnal Equinox.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Four: Bigger than Trump

Granted, he’s like an appalling roadside accident from which it’s hard to look away. But in the interest of choosing our battles and clarifying our targets, we need to look beyond Trump, even if the media doesn’t.

The Orange One is a ruthless lightweight, whereas those lurking behind his throne are ruthless heavyweights. Mega-doners like the Mercers make the Koch brothers look like a pair of avuncular empaths.

Wall Street

Consider the forces that sent the stock market soaring a few days after the Inauguration.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Three: My Country vs. Yours

The world desperately needs our intelligence right now. It needs us to keep our wits sharp and expansive.

This means avoiding the conventions of groupthink that weaken and diffuse them.

Such as dualistic thinking, which cramps our intelligence like a growing child dressed in tight clothes.

Here vs. There

We’ve talked about how every domestic issue is identified in the US media in terms of this party vs. that party. At least as limiting is the way every global issue is seen as this country vs.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part Two: Sea of Lies

Social media is a perfect fit for the Trump brain, an organ that has proven itself creepily savvy without being intelligent.

Ideally, the media (from mediate) exists to provide a bridge of thought between a given news event and the mass mind. But Trump’s “shadow government by Twitter” (the Guardian) has gotten around this.

His febrile little midnight tweets, un-fact-checked and unmitigated by impulse control, are mainlined straight into the mob’s reptile brain.… click here to continue reading.

Mar 2017
Golden Rule

16473449_628311037358011_1658883377977727681_nAs the month begins, the transit that puts 2017 on the map(1) reaches its peak. On March 2nd and 3rd, the second of three Jupiter-Uranus oppositions is exact to the minute of arc.

Jupiter retrograde

Jupiter is retrograde at the moment; conventional wisdom says this is not the time to launch big projects. Until this big gas giant stations direct, on June 9th, we are meant to be reviewing our work.… click here to continue reading.

Vive la Résistance!
Part One: Inside the Gate

I like the fact that we, the anti-Trump multitudes, are being called The Resistance. My Moon in Sadge gets off on being anointed with this historically dignifying term.

All the same, maybe we shouldn’t capitalize it, just yet. It feels a bit presumptuous for American progressives, a relatively cosseted lot, to identify ourselves with the brave anti-fascists of the Greatest Generation.

But we have a grand fight on our hands, and could use all the morale boosting we can get.… click here to continue reading.

Feb 2017
Rejecting the Intolerable

6833a8e56fdcf954de0cd317a58dbfe4Mercury kicks off the Uranus-Jupiter opposition on the first two days of February, igniting the year’s big cardinal T-square. (1) Whatever arises during these few days is a statement about the key lessons facing us.

Whether the event is inner or outer, respond to it with awareness. If you find yourself reacting, instead, that’s okay. Notice that’s what you did. And make a decision to learn from it.

The T-square

To get at the general meaning of the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto configuration, let’s break it down into its parts.… click here to continue reading.

Welcome to the Kakistocracy

1916572_689842171157910_6288094094310148293_nSisters and brothers, it’s time to shake off our spiritual hangover from November. Things are happening very fast since the Clown Prince was inaugurated. A high level of alertness is required right now.

No small feat, maintaining alertness during times like these. But by astrological logic, there’s a link between the intensity of world events and the degree of focus required.

Transit-wise, these are the most important years of our lives.… click here to continue reading.

Fool’s Gold

Artist: Agostino ArrivabenrFellow Americans, we are entering the next phase of our country’s nervous breakdown.(1) Time to zoom out from the chaos with a cosmic wide-angle lens.

When an individual has a psychotic break, their sense of fundamental reality starts to drop away. When a group has one, what drop away are the cultural structures that are supposed to be stable and meaningful enough for a society to cohere. (2)

These include moral, political and journalistic structures that constitute our web of reality.… click here to continue reading.

Jan 2017
A Well-Crafted Poem

12799145_689420981200029_4825635591593789163_n2017 begins with a lesson about the fictional nature of reality. The Mars-Neptune conjunction on New Year’s Day asks us to accept that the world is slippery and unknowable. The best approach is a bemused spiritual detachment: to stand outside of events, in observation mode.

If our behavior (Mars) vacillates and equivocates right now (Neptune), it’s only appropriate. A test of how well we work with transient perceptions, this inaugural transit offers fertile ground for artists, dreamers and liars: those who work purposefully with ambiguity.… click here to continue reading.