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This is Not an Election

Camille HagnerWhat’s happening in the USA makes no sense as a rite of democracy. But it fits this historical moment like a hand in a glove.

This most unpresidential of presidential campaigns is a blatant — if distorted — display of the biggest transit in the sky. For several months now, the square from Neptune (erasure) has been undermining the American self-image (Saturn in the Sibly 1st house). A mutable T-square between Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn, in effect since last summer,(1) is expressing itself in the candidates’ febrile, obfuscating generalizations (Jupiter), outright lies (Neptune) and righteous blaming (Saturn in Sadge).… click here to continue reading.

Keeping Score

11703258_593217737487021_2346821292038386208_nWe Americans have two big shows going on. One of them is the Superbowl, in San Francisco at the moment, a 500-pound gorilla who’s sitting wherever he wants. The other one sucking the brains out of the US public is the presidential campaign.

It’s hard to take either of them seriously (see Pretend Politix).

It happens every election year: You always think, It can’t get more absurd than this.… click here to continue reading.

End of the Line

FallenWarriorBSo it looks like the Pentagon intended to target that hospital in Afghanistan, after all. (You remember Afghanistan — that war that’s over?)(1)

After changing their story a few times, the top brass admitted that the bombing by US special ops(2) that wiped out a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz in October was not an accident. Apparently the U.S. advisers(3) had heard a rumor that a terrorist was inside.… click here to continue reading.

Stop and Think, Stop and Feel


In fairy tales, the gifts magical creatures bestow are always exactly suited to the hero’s tasks. Since life is a fairy tale, the same applies to the tools we are given by circumstances. Each is perfect for our path, and for the age we were born into.

Ours being the age of the Fantastic Information Machine.

Ideally we would use our computers and phones with the same mindfulness with which we’d use magic beans or an enchanted lamp.… click here to continue reading.

Drums of War

SC78663The American public is very confused right now, about what’s going on in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. So is Washington.

We don’t have the huge, divisive for-or-against war debate that we had a decade ago. Instead there’s an uneasy huffing and puffing from both political parties. It has the feeling of reluctant posturing, but cumulatively it sounds like the drumbeats of war.

It’s a deadly default strategy, and it’s only possible because of the absence of any sense of history.… click here to continue reading.

Without Looking Away

599095_434473863267727_111937871_nHere in the spring of 2015, Pluto is halfway through Capricorn. Its square with Uranus, having hit exactitude for the last time mid-March, has officially begun its assimilation phase. Our cells have started digesting it. Its lessons are slowly being absorbed into the troubled body of the Vasnetsov_Grave_diggerAnima Mundi.

But early April is beset by severe aftershocks. From April 5th-10th the Sun and Mercury in Aries will conjoin Uranus and square Pluto, our first post-exactitude test.… click here to continue reading.

Looking Death in the Eye

illusion-mushrooms-skullIt’s the perfect time to look death in the eye.

Right now, Pluto and Uranus are leaning in so close we can practically feel their breath.(1) Sparks from the Aries and Leo transits are practically singeing our eyebrows(2).

If we’re feeling bold enough to look death in the eye, first of all we  get ourselves centered. Then we identify our most deeply entrenched fears — the ones that make our innards contract just thinking about them (Pluto).… click here to continue reading.

Seventeen in Paris

40-12-17/35The  new year opened as the transits suggested it would, with reactive dogma (Saturn in Sagittarius) against the background of the Uranus-Pluto square, the astrological time bomb of our era.

The shootings in Paris aroused universal outrage, which has inspired a mass conversation. People’s hearts opened in an outpouring of a worldwide unity. Is this what these horrors are for?

This is the Saturn-in-Sagittarius question. What must happen to provoke us to ask it?… click here to continue reading.

Out, Damn’d Spot

originalIt’s like finding a piece of rotting meat in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator. We put it there ourselves, and then forgot about it.

Transits like this one trigger events that are often very unpleasant. Uranus and Pluto are exactly square in the sky, as I write. It’s the 6th out of seven times this historic transit (2012-15) has been exact to the degree. The last time will be in March 2015.… click here to continue reading.

Out of Africa

Horses_of_Neptune,_Walter_CraneNeptune is the also-ran outer planet. It hasn’t been getting the press that Uranus and Pluto have been getting. But it is stationing in mid-November in the sign of its rulership, Pisces, where it is maximally strong (2011-2025). These weeks of its station provide a window into its power.

Neptunian power is all-encompassing but subtle, like the smell of salt water in the air. We feel it buzzing in the collective vibration like an ocean of bees.… click here to continue reading.