Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Necessary Discordant Notes as Uranus Makes Its Final Conjunction to Eris in Aries

Revolutionary rabble-rouser Uranus is currently moving into its final exact conjunction to Goddess of Discord dwarf planet Eris at 22 degrees Aries, indicating some rebellious and shit-disturbing themes at play, extending to mid-May.

At the same time as the Uranus-Eris conjunction becomes exact, Jupiter retrograde in Libra is backing into oppositions to Eris (February 22) and Uranus (March 2), just as Venus stations retrograde at 13 degrees Aries on March 4.

Eris, Uranus, and Jupiter are within orb of aspects to Pluto in Capricorn, and warrior planet Mars, at home in its own sign of Aries, makes contact with all these bodies in late February, as well.

Mars in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn exactly on February 22, followed by a powerhouse conjunction to Uranus-Eris in Aries and opposition to Jupiter Rx in Libra on February 26/27 during the New Moon annular solar eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces conjunct Neptune.

Communication planet Mercury will activate the Uranus-Eris energy yet again on March 25/26, forming a conjunction to this somewhat agitated hot spot. The winged messenger will then go retrograde from April 9 - May 3 (4 degrees Taurus to 24 degrees Aries) before stationing direct at 24 degrees Aries in conjunction to Uranus and Eris, stirring things up again in late April/early May.

So what does this indicate?

Things are electric, energized, edgy, antsy, agitated, stirred up. It's time for some changes, including personal shake-ups, breakthroughs, and revolutions that help lead us and others onto new ground.

If the way things are going on Planet Earth doesn't do it for you in some way (or in almost all ways), it's time to let that rebel flag fly. It's time to put ourselves out there a little so we can join - even just psychically - with others of like mind, with others who also sum these times up with a giant "wtf?"

If you have personal bodies or points around 22 degrees of any sign but especially the cardinal signs, you're being activated. 

With the current Eris-Uranus-Mars conjunction in fierce-and-feisty warrior sign Aries, this is no time to hold back. This is no time to stay silent out of habit or fear or a desire to remain socially meek and acceptable. It's time to get your concerns on the map. It's time to throw down.

But, um, politely. And safely. It's time to throw down as politely and safely as possible.

See, it's also not such a great time to go overboard with any soapbox-standing, arguing, debating, aggressiveness, or "I just gotta be me!!!" stuff. Jupiter Rx in Libra is reining things in along those lines for good reason: these are some pretty trigger-happy aspects to navigate. They could even be dangerous or violent if taken to extremes. On a societal level, things are a bit...taut (to say the least). To avoid any social grease fires, we have to work a fairly masterful combination of personal assertion and social yielding. Some interpersonal friction is probably unavoidable, but as long as we don't lose the overall spirit of the thing, we're golden.

These aspects indicate the possibility of some fissures developing or deepening over the next weeks. These could be literal or figurative - seismic activity in the physical Earth, social seismic activity, internal seismic activity for the individual, or all of the above.

Example: as we head to the sixth anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima, Japan nuclear disaster on March 11 (yes, it's still a global emergency; no, it has not been contained), some information about the nuclear disaster has made its way onto mainstream media, and a recent story about "record-high" levels of radiation recorded at the plant (530 sieverts per hour - highly lethal) went semi-viral on Facebook.

Some key points to keep in mind about those "record-high" radiation levels:

a) these may be the highest readings that have been recorded thus far, but they are almost certainly not the highest radiation levels in existence at the site. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) officials don't even know where the melted nuclear cores are (they have very likely leaked through their containment into the ground below), let alone have they gotten near them with equipment to record radiation levels.

b) this may be the highest radiation reading that has been released to the public up to this point, but official sources have been lying and covering this situation up for almost six years now. We can't trust the "official data" that has been released or that will be released to tell the whole story.

And c) Even minute levels of radioactive contamination in our food, water, and air that can be ingested are highly toxic to biological organisms, even if the levels of radioactivity are relatively low. Despite the assurances from uranium-happy world governments and scientists, no level of radioactive contamination is safe. And unfortunately, Fukushima signature radioactive fallout has been found in our food, water, milk, and general environment since the disaster began and continues to be detected.

Nothing that is currently being reported is actual news to Fukushima researchers - the things now being reported as "breaking news" were already surmised years ago - but for people who have been lulled into a false sense of complacency by gatekeepers, nuclear shills, establishment scientists, and controlled media outlets, the information leaking out now may be revelatory, shocking, disturbing...and motivating.

Eris-Uranus-Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn indicates breakout movement and actions taken by individuals in the face of building pressure that cannot be fully contained, and this includes the pressure created by state repression and industry lies.

Basically, things have gotten so bad on so many fronts that it can't be kept quiet anymore. The Fukushima nuclear disaster and ongoing collapse of sweet, wonderful sea creatures in the Pacific Ocean that accelerated dramatically in 2011 are part of this. The story can no longer be entirely denied by the establishment, so bits of the truth are being released to relieve pressure without ever giving people a full understanding of the scope of the situation.

We can expect to see the widening of cracks in establishment facades under these Eris and Uranus-influenced astrological configurations. Informational breakthroughs can be expected in particular when Mercury in Aries activates the Uranus-Eris conjunction in late March and then again in late April/early May.

From a previous post:

"The most well-known story about Eris involves a big social snub. Eris was not invited to a prominent wedding that was going on, despite the fact that all of Olympus had been invited. The social roster was not complete. Eris had been shut out of the proceedings. As a result, the big smiles and boisterous glad-handing were too phony for her to bear, and she stirred up some drama at their little party to make things seem more fair.

Queen Shit Disturber, that one is.

Eris tossed a golden apple, referred to as the Apple of Discord, into the party. The apple was inscribed with "To the Fairest One," (ingenious) and three goddesses there, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, immediately started quarreling and vying for the prize. They stripped naked for the judge, Paris, and offered him bribes.

Eris played on the vanity of the women involved to great effect, making them look like fools, and, unfortunately, a war was even started over it.

The discovery of dwarf planet Eris in 2005 created discord in our solar system classifications, as well, resulting in the 2006 re-classifications of Pluto, Ceres, Haumea, and Makemake as dwarf planets by the International Astronomical Union. Here again, we have things being stirred up by Eris, but finding a new and more fair structure. That reclassification put feminine Ceres and masculine Pluto on an even playing field, rather than classifying Pluto as a planet and Ceres as an asteroid...

There's a prominent theme here of a person initially being warmly welcomed into the social fold, but his or her presence creating unexpected disruption and discord to the point that the individual is then expelled. The inadvertent golden apple...

The turbulence associated with Eris may come as a shock to those who fit more neatly into standardized social constructs...

The influence of Eris in Aries opposite Jupiter Rx in Libra indicates that discord in relationships and social scenes could have elements of:

-- big snubs and the aftermath of those snubs
-- standard female competitiveness and jockeying for position, especially around looks, appeal, and social and career positioning
-- the benefits of belonging socially versus the difficulties of being left out
-- the difficulties of belonging versus the benefits of staying independent
-- justice, fairness, and balance in social settings
-- the results of shutting certain people or perspectives out of society - anger, upset, disruption, violence, imbalance, injustice, ineffectiveness, skewed ideas of reality
-- the reasons people are left out and whether they are warranted
-- doing your own thing, balancing it with inevitable social disruption
-- disruptive elements (golden apples) brought into social structures that change the game
-- acts of raw individuality and personal will altering how people are viewed or thought of socially
-- the weight of social mores and customs stirring rebellion
-- social shuffling
-- social breakdowns
-- feisty or even violent changes in social status and position, including on the world stage"

So we can expect some "golden apples" to be tossed into the social ring, and this could shake things up considerably.

Real information about Fukushima finally gaining traction and hitting the mainstream media in an ongoing way would be one of those potential "golden apples," which could force a mammoth perspective change on the issue for millions of people. (A gal can dream, can't she?)

In light of these astrological themes, people will be standing up, speaking out, and taking action on a number of fronts in ways that could be unexpected or even considered out of character.

Certain actions will be forced. It just won't be a choice anymore.    

Individuals may find themselves compelled to act as Eris figures, providing necessary "discordant notes" in social settings when bringing new voices and perspectives to the standard discourse and decision-making tables.

Following in the Eris mythology, many (most) of us haven't been invited to the current decision-making tables. But under these aspects, with the spirit of Eris in Aries so strong, we're going to show up anyway. We're going to plunk ourselves down and take our places, extended via formal invitation or not.

On the other hand, we may decide we don't even want a place at the stinky old table. We may be counting our blessings that we didn't get an invitation to their stuffy party. We may decide to say "to hell with it" to the whole kit and kaboodle and do things our own way. This is a distinct possibility under these aspects, too.

Rebelliousness could take many forms.  

Under these aspects, there's a stronger understanding of our natural-born rights as sovereign human beings, and most of us understand, at least on an intuitive level, that the way things are going on this planet - including in many supposed alternative circles - infringes on these rights considerably.

There is a desire and an effort under these aspects to achieve greater independence, autonomy, and personal freedom - for everyone who wants these things. There is a drive to doing things on our own, under our own steam, by our own rules - but also to join with others who live by similar ethics.

Things are breaking wide open now. The rules are changing because they just don't work for the full social spectrum - and never did.

Overall, we can expect some dissent, discord, and disruption under these aspects, as well as a social shuffling and re-classification process as things shake out under the agitating energies.

We have a whole new rezoning process underway as far as personal and social "lines in the sand." We don't want our toes stepped on, and we don't want to step on the toes of other people.

We can expect new energy and high spirits as a joyous carnival of rebels around the world aligns along threads of common interest amongst the considerable horror of the times in which we're living.

Hey, we're all living in this shitshow! And we can all work toward something preferable, something with more heart and soul and fairness and care. And sanity. Don't forget the sanity.

There's a very strong "don't step on me" vibe under these aspects, so allow people their space while ensuring that you're getting enough room to fully unfurl your own fine self, as well.

With war planet Mars inflaming the Uranus-Eris conjunction, it would not be surprising to see the fools who masquerade as world leaders creating some sort of violent theatrics along these mythological lines.

March equinox, marking the birth point of the astrological new year, is a time when these false leaders often initiate new war offensives. The invasion of Iraq under the Bush Administration was planned for March equinox 2003, and the bombing of Libya under the Obama Administration was planned for March equinox 2011.

We all know this will be the first March equinox (astrological new year) of Trump's reign in the United States, a reign that has already produced a very strong discordant note indeed.

I would be looking to March equinox 2019, with Uranus newly in Taurus, for any major new war offensives from the Trump Administration, as the war offensives planned for March equinox in 2003 and 2011 also coincided with Uranus ingresses (of Pisces in 2003 and Aries in 2011). But we also know the penchant this new U.S. Administration has for aggression, showboating, and dick-swinging, so a violent and repressive marking of territory as the Sun enters Aries would not be out of character.

At the same time, these aspects indicate a very strong possibility that the people are going to have some "golden apples" of their own to toss into the carefully laid and vicious plans of the current world regimes...

Apples at the ready, friends!

Speaking of which, a roving contributor and reader from that fine country to my south recently tossed a few informational golden apples of the "Stop Genetically Modified Alfalfa!" variety on a work-related road trip. He distributed some zines to get the word out about this huge threat to human and animal health and was kind enough to document some of his adventures for us while Stopping GM Alfalfa out in the wild!



 "I took a moon shot (Snow Moon?) as I left the house Saturday morning, the eclipse and Full Moon hopefully auspicious..."










"Stopped at a Cracker Barrel for caffeine and a bite, huge traffic through these, and made the first drop."

* Very nice partially-hidden drop in Tifton, Georgia, complete with sizeable 25% tip to (hopefully) distract the waitress long enough so that the zine can be discovered by her next customer.






"CAUTION BRIDGE MAY ICE IN WINTER"
"I always laugh when I see these "bridge ices before road" signs and wonder - if you go far enough north, does everyone just know this and they don't bother with signs?"

* Nope. Canada has these signs, too. 









"Had a major drop planned for the University of Georgia, huge campus, and immediately got lost and trapped (with a 30-foot trailer) in an endless loop of narrow roads and crawling traffic and no shops and lost an hour. Finally escaped. Had to settle for a drop at a bus stop just north of the ring road. "Settle" may be too strong - a bus stop actually seems like a pretty good place." 

* Stop GM Alfalfa getting some excellent public exposure in an Athens, Georgia bus shelter 








  "I'm gonna die soon if I don't get some coffee. 
Denny's, middle of nowhere. 
I'm gonna live - they have coffee and quite a good omelet. I picked a corner where t'was easy to make another drop. The awesome waitress made me some java to go."

* A sly zine drop with excellent coverage behind the Ketchup bottle, ensuring almost certain discovery when the next customer needs to douse some fries. 
(Um, "Selfie for Good: Take a Selfie and We'll Donate Ketchup." Insanity.)





 "I spy with my little eye - twin rest areas on each side of the interstate just out of Unionville. Twenty minutes of ramp-swapping, drops 4 and 5."

* The classic "zine slide" into other literature at a rest stop in Unionville, Georgia

Thank-you, roving contributor and golden apple thrower, for documenting your Stopping of GM Alfalfa along that endless highway!

 

If you're interested in tossing some informational golden apples of your own, check out the WWA zines.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Jupiter Draws the Fixed Star Goodness Into Its Retrograde Period

Planet of expansion and cosmic blessings Jupiter goes retrograde on February 5 (10:52 p.m. PST) at 23 degrees Libra, exactly conjunct highly fortunate fixed star Spica (23 Libra) and tightly conjunct highly fortunate fixed star Arcturus (24 Libra).

The Jupiter retrograde station conjunct two superfantabulous fixed stars draws the fixed star goodness into the following retrograde period. (This is a good thing since Jupiter will go direct again on June 9 at 13 degrees Libra, conjunct unfortunate fixed star, Algorab, indicating that a bit of the nasties could be possible around that time, especially related to society, justice, or other people.)

With Jupiter in retrograde motion, we're shoring up social and relationship-related expansion we've experienced since Jupiter first entered Libra on September 9, 2016. Throughout the retrograde period, we'll be drawing on benefits and goodness from the social networks we've been developing and interacting with since then.

Any social or relational benefits we are experiencing now will come to their full and glorious peak as Jupiter direct forms conjunctions to Spica and Arcturus yet again September 6 - 16, 2017.

The very fortunate fixed star influence indicates a beneficial boost when dealing with all things social and justice-related, and this is carried through the retrograde period. If there are areas that are barely tolerable to you at the moment due to their unfairness, hold on. Things could be restored to a more equitable state as Jupiter Rx goes over the ledgers in Libra. At the very least, you may come into contact with others who find things just as intolerable as you do, finding strength and comfort in numbers.

As Jupiter now goes retrograde in Libra, we're applying the social and relational wisdom we've accumulated through all our social experiences - and maybe most importantly, from the social experiences that didn't turn out quite as we had hoped.

One of the great Jupiter lessons is that some of the deepest wisdom comes after falling flat on our faces. So with Jupiter in relationship-oriented Libra, our social gaffes, our interpersonal frictions, and our general faux pas moments in relation to others are valuable sources of wisdom that can now be applied, making for more successful interactions with other people and with society, in general, as we move forward.

The choices we have made in partnerships of all kinds can now be re-assessed and weighed. We can be grateful for the wisdom our choices have brought and for the richness they have provided, while also making wiser and more balanced choices in future, if necessary.

A Jupiter in Libra retrograde period allows us some time to put our social histories into fuller perspective. With this fuller perspective, we can re-balance relational dynamics, softening our stances in certain areas while becoming more aggressive in others.

There is a quality of withdrawal inherent in any retrograde period, so this is also a good time to practise applying the wisdom of when not to interact, when not to join the social fray, and when not to go along with the crowd.

Sometimes it's in our best interests to put ourselves out there with other people, and sometimes it's in our best interests to keep our own counsel. Sometimes it's in our best interests to enter a public debate or argument, and sometimes it's just not worth the energy expenditure. Sometimes it's in our best interests to push a contentious issue with others, and sometimes it's better to just let that shit slide. With Jupiter in Libra in retrograde motion until early June, we're working this balance like full-on stealth ninjas.

Fixed star Spica is associated with lots of good stuff: fame, wealth, honour, glamour. Arcturus is associated with all that, along with popularity and success through work and travel.

But perhaps the most important thing these mucho beneficial fixed stars provide - including during this Jupiter retrograde in Libra - is a shield from the heat, friction, and general social angst associated with the Via Combusta. 

From the September 3, 2016 patron article (which I would suggest patrons brush up on...), "Jupiter in Libra and a New-Era Shake Up of Relating Patterns":

"The Via Combusta is an area of the zodiac between 15 degrees Libra and 15 degrees Scorpio (except for 23 and 24 degrees Libra) known as the burning path or combustible way. Traditionally, it is associated with "unfortunate and ineffectual events…"

When the Via Combusta is strongly highlighted, there is a feeling of running the gauntlet through sometimes seemingly insurmountable odds, collective karma, booby traps, and friction, very often related to relationship dynamics, which are Libra and Scorpio territory. 

There's a fire in the Via Combusta and within people with a strong Via Combusta signature that keeps them burning, burning, burning a path through life as you would imagine a shooting star burning an accelerated path through the night's sky. There's a feeling here that one has to keep going, no matter what, through the wreckage of old, crystallized layers that would keep us stultified, constricted, and unsatisfied with old wounds perpetually reopened by a revolving cast of characters. 

The basic goal of the Via Combusta is to reach escape velocity. In space travel, this is the point a space shuttle reaches when its speed and momentum allow it to escape the effects of gravity pulling it back down to Earth. In the case of the Via Combusta, it's about reaching the points of awareness and pure momentum where we escape the gravity of the sticky, tricky wreckage trying to draw us back into old territory, especially involving old constructs and dynamics of relating...

Jupiter will be in the Via Combusta, traveling the burning path, from November 20, 2016 to May 4, 2017, re-entering this zone again on July 15, 2017 and leaving the area entirely on August 22, 2018...

Chronic relationship issues and social frictions could be experienced in an exaggerated way so as to draw our attention to the areas that need a little more “Libra finessing.”

Relationships and social scenes are experiencing a period of growth, expansion, and development during the transit of Jupiter through Libra, but they will also be in a fairly continual state of “transformational morph,” which can be frictional.

Relationship constructs still playing by old era rules will be breaking down, and we will be forced to re-formulate the ways in which we relate to others in an ongoing way.

Ultimately, we are working to reach “relational escape velocity” from problematic relationship themes, particularly those of the astrological Piscean era. These themes have very long roots, collective/ancestral roots, and we will need a heavy dose of wisdom and luck (Jupiter) to move beyond them.

Lucky for us, this is just what Jupiter provides."

With Jupiter in Libra interacting with revolutionary Uranus in Aries and transformational Pluto in Capricorn during much of 2017, we are opening into big new social and relational territory - cardinal sign territory. We have to go, we have to move, we have to shift out of old relational holding patterns, and this isn't without its frictional moments.

But the Jupiter retrograde station conjunct Spica and Arcturus indicates some blessed and protected social expansion that is being shored up, developed, and strengthened over the next four months.

We've bitten off about all we can chew socially and relationship-wise at this point. We've gone about as big as we can go.

At the same time, collective social tensions and divisions have been pushed right to their breaking points.

Now, with Jupiter retrograde in Libra, we go back over the social and relational webs that will sustain us for the next 12 years of our lives and shore things up. We strengthen valuable social ties. We make friends. We make alliances. We inject benevolence and understanding where they are needed. We interact. We learn to allow space for some of the more frictional relating points, some of the potential breaking points. Or we let things break down organically and then re-formulate into something more workable. We grow as social beings. We come to understand our own social context in fuller and deeper ways. We reformulate social scenes to include new and different people with new and different ideas. We learn to honour the potentially-frictional individual differences while organizing around shared collective goals. We expand social frameworks and rules so as to include those who have not fit into them previously. We extend generosity to others in deeper ways, accepting people for who and how they are while appreciating that same acceptance when it is extended to us. And we also fully honour the right not to interact, not to associate, not to join the group or crowd.

Rigid social rules about associating only with a certain class, a certain race, a certain age bracket, a certain sexuality, a certain political or religious mindset, or a certain lifestyle will often become outmoded as we hurtle further into the astrological Aquarian era. Under the benevolence and broad-mindedness of Jupiter in Libra, judging people primarily on how they dress, how they look, how they speak, how much money is in their bank accounts, what music they listen to, what books they read, or what type of car they drive will seem even sillier than usual. (And isn't all that just amazingly silly to begin with?) 

Are we all going to get rich and famous during this transit of Jupiter through Libra, as the Jupiter-Spica-Arcturus sandwich may boast? No. But it's quite possible that we're going to be blessed in ways that make us feel rich and famous. It's quite possible that the people, beauty, and expanded social outlets in our lives, in particular, will make us feel rich and famous - or whatever version of that we'd like to experience. It's also quite possible that our enjoyment of life will be increased in certain ways during this transit that will have ripple effects for the following 12-year Jupiter cycle, and this includes, in particular, the enjoyment of other people and of social settings. It's possible that our sense of peace and our appreciation of beauty will be increased, as well, and this makes one very rich, indeed.

Even under the heat and karmic touchiness of the Via Combusta, relationship issues are not quite so harsh or unforgiving with this highly fortunate fixed star influence drawn into the retrograde proceedings. So let's count our blessings, starting with the people who bring us good luck and cheer just by being in our lives.  


Thank-you to astrologer Rob Tillett for providing good information online on the fixed stars.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Deconstructing New Age Zine

Deconstructing New Age: The New Age Movement as a Spiritual Control Mechanism




- a 24-page pocket-sized zine critiquing and deconstructing the New Age movement and its ideology

- far from being innocuous, this zine makes the argument that New Age is a spiritual and mind control mechanism 

- Friends don't let friends be brainwashed by New Age! Deprogram yourself and others with help from the potent critique and deconstruction in this zine. 

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rejection of the Race-Based Agenda in Favour of the Common Struggle

The roots of many (if not most) white people in North America involve the escape of murder by the state, genocide by the state, or mass deaths due to starvation, overwork, poor conditions, and lack created by the state.

The current race-based agenda in North America - constantly repeated and reinforced - generally paints white people of European background as privileged colonialists who came to North America with the intention of displacing native people for their own benefit and profit.

This is an incorrect representation of reality in many instances, as many white Europeans were forced to emigrate to North America due to the terrible conditions that had been created in their ancestral countries. Many white Europeans came to North America as refugees. As I've written about before in this Jupiter in Libra article ("Jupiter in Libra: Bringing it All to the Table"), many white European communities are dealing with the trauma and resulting dysfunction of these experiences without the benefit of having their histories fully acknowledged in the accepted history books. The root causes of this dysfunction (alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty, rootlessness, overwork, domestic violence, relationship breakdown, mental illness, emotional disturbance, etc.) remain invisible in most cases.

Just a few examples of genocidal practises against white Europeans by the state include: the Holodomor in Ukraine, the Great Purges and gulags of Russia and Poland, the Irish potato famine, the Highland Clearances of Scotland, and the English enclosures.

World Wars I and II can be viewed in a similar light as state-directed mass slaughter and displacement. 

Common people being murdered, pushed off land, or forced into starvation and deprived conditions by the state has been a widespread practise throughout history, creating common roots among people of many different races and backgrounds. It is these common roots - most often erased in the political discourse of the day - that provide the strongest foundation for resistance and necessary change today.


Rejection of the Race-Based Agenda in Favour of the Common Struggle


We were once indigenous people, too.
Dispossessed from our land, too.
Native language stolen from our tongues, too.
We were pushed off, burned out, forced into starvation or urban slavery - a slow death sentence handed down by those with means
Forced into workhouses and gulags
Either murdered quickly or left to perish slowly from cold and damp and overwork and filth and bugs and vermin and hunger and lack
Forced to give up our ways, too, to be useful to them, to make profit for them, to bend our souls, our natures, to fit their machine(s)
For many, to come to this new land was not a choice.
"Emigrate or die" is no choice.
Sent on ships not seaworthy and many sank
Conditions so poor many did not live to see land again
No monetary value for us, less worth than livestock or commodified slaves,
So no one cared if we lived to see the other shore.
Deprivation and early death on this new land, too brutal to sustain us, too heartsick and homesick to resist it
So don't call me a "white European colonialist."
Don't try to make me feel guilty for the crime of surviving.
Don't tell me I'm on land I have no right to exist on,
As if I somehow need your permission. 
I'm here. I'm sovereign. And my roots go just as deep as yours.
My heart aches for a place to belong and for the old ways, for freedom, just like yours.
The Sun, the Moon, the seasons as my timepiece,
The intuitive call as true authority
They teach us your history (their version) while we are severed from our own.
Our history stays invisible, while you spit their words at us: "white European imperialist"
And teach the partial story being misrepresented as truth
Common roots covered with convenient black-and-white agendas
The genocide has happened a hundred times before
To every colour of skin
The land has been taken, revoked, stolen and with it our survival, our peace
Set adrift on a sea of anomie, searching for a place to belong
Addictions to numb the heartsick and soulsick,
The gnawing knowledge that we may never again feel at home
So if you want to fight corrupt power alongside each other
With long, parallel roots acknowledged,
If you want to make a better world for all
I will stand with you.
But if you want to overpower my voice, my history, my truth,
If you want to misrepresent who I am and where I come from,
If you want to take my right to a place on the land (just like they do),
You're on your own.
If you want to paint me as white imperialist scum, you are really no better than they.
Your rhetoric will crumble and your power will desert you
Under the awesome, undeniable force of the real story
Under the drive for full acknowledgement and justice, currently denied
So reconsider this whitewash of history, this convenient erasing of roots, this partial truth declared to be whole.
Understand the common experience, the common struggle that is fought to this day, to this minute, to this second.
Overturn the denial of common roots.
Overturn these cheap slurs against those whose only crime is surviving
The systemic violence they bring down on all of us.
Overturn their easy answers and over-simplified histories
Or take your place as just one more overlord
As just one more chapter in their false historical line
As just one more boot in the face.
The full spectrum is cracking open,
And the time is now
To stand for justice for all.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Venus Retrograde 2017: Reviving Relationships and Social Scenes By Releasing Old Ghosts


...The Venus retrograde in Aries in 2001 coincided with the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) anti-globalization protest in Quebec City that I took part in, driving day-and-night in a 15-passenger van and car caravan with other protesters from Saskatchewan. The meetings and protests occurred just as Venus stationed direct at 1 degree Aries and involved joining together with others (Venus) to fight for our rights and for our survival (Aries). It was quite an exciting and social time, joining 50,000 other protesters from many different locations, groups, and backgrounds. 

The powers-that-be had learned a few things since massive protests shut down the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle, Washington in 1999 (coined the “Battle in Seattle”). The FTAA protest was the first with a ten-foot riot police-guarded chain-link fence erected around the convention centre to segregate the mucky-mucks who were meeting behind closed doors to decide our fates.

Though marching and protesting peacefully, we were tear gassed and CS gassed terribly as we stood around the fence. The air was absolutely thick with it for hours on end, day and night. Do-it-yourself medics traveled around with water bottles, rinsing the eyes of protesters who had been overcome by pepper spray powder, which was also being used. I managed to step in a mound of it myself and was temporarily blinded by it. The gratitude I felt for the DIY medic who rinsed my eyes and restored my vision was pretty well immense. Other protesters gave out bandanas soaked in apple cider vinegar so we could breathe through the gas. (Many of us stood our ground all day and well into the night.) The self-organization and the helpful spirit behind it were refreshing to experience. 

We were also sprayed with a water cannon filled with a chemical mixture that burned the skin on contact. Water cannons are hugely dangerous because of the intense water pressure and have caused severe injuries to protesters in the past, including putting people’s eyes out. Some protesters were shot with rubber bullets, which are not as innocuous as they may sound. My friend was one of them and had a huge red welt at the impact point. These can be deadly if they hit a person in the wrong spot.

In a fit of hilarious poetic justice, so much chemical weaponry was unleashed against the protesters in Quebec City that it blew back into the convention centre and shut down the meetings!

This time around as Venus prepares for retrograde motion through the sign of the warrior, we are in another volatile period, with a catalyzing event taking place January 20: the swearing in of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. (Sounds like a joke...but isn't.) We are now near the end of the Uranus in Aries – Pluto in Capricorn square, a period associated historically with the rise of violent global fascism and totalitarianism, along with mass slaughter, surveillance, and imprisonment by the state. Stalin and Hitler are two of the figureheads associated with this period of time (mid-to-late 1930s), but there were also many lesser known characters of equal nastiness embedded in high-ranking positions in governments, business, and finance throughout the world. 

Under current conditions, increased clashes between activists (especially young activists) and the police state can be expected. However, I would advise extreme caution, as I did ahead of the G20 protests in Toronto, Ontario in late June 2010. The militarized police tactics used against protesters have become even more brutal and dangerous, now including the use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs). These are energy weapons, previously used only in warfare, that emit a high-pitched, ear-splitting sound that can deafen a person, cause inner ear damage, stop a pacemaker, or cause an aneurysm. LRADs were rolled out for the first time in Canada at the G20 protests in Toronto in 2010, appearing a year earlier in the U.S. at the G20 protests in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in September 2009.

Mass arrests and overblown charges and prison sentences are also being used to intimidate protesters. Over 1,000 protesters were arrested (and often beaten/injured) at the G20 protests in Toronto in 2010. Undercover police officers infiltrated activist groups, arresting participants and charging them with things that could involve lengthy prison sentences – all for the crime of organizing a protest.

The initial “stepping up” of militarized police tactics against protesters at the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto occurred with the Uranus in Aries – Pluto in Capricorn square in its earliest stages. Jupiter (expansion, everything made bigger) was also in Aries at the time, conjunct Uranus at zero degrees Aries and square Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn. A cardinal t-square was formed on the weekend of the G20 meetings with the Sun and Mercury in early Cancer. A call (Mercury) for safety, care, and protection (Cancer) in the face of violent and dangerous police state insanity that unleashed new and deadly technology (Jupiter-Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn).

As we move into another tension-filled time with militarized police on high alert, we must understand the long history of shared struggle against fascist/authoritarian forces and not become impatient or reckless - definite possibilities with Venus in detriment in Aries. Forcing confrontations with militarized police forces is often not worth the risk, more theatrical or symbolic than concretely productive. We must learn from the past experiences of others so that we do not make the same mistakes moving forward.


This is an excerpt from the article, "Venus Retrograde 2017: Reviving Relationships and Social Scenes By Releasing Old Ghosts." This 6,600+-word article details astrological transits, aspects, and themes that span the first six months of 2017. It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased by email money order or by PayPal for $11.25.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ladies of the Zodiac: It's Showtime. (A Re-Post)

The following article appeared in the first issue of Hexagon Astrology Magazine in Summer 2015. In light of current world events (sexual misconduct fan turned President of the United States of America, Eetos-Chay Itler-Hay), along with current astrological events (Saturn in the last leg of Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries), a re-post seems appropriate:

Astrology is a lens through which we can view life on this planet, and this lens reflects back to us certain insights that would be much more difficult to glean without it. 

As a reflection of the patriarchal constructs of current human society, we deal in an astrological zodiac that is masculine-heavy, illustrating certain reinforced dynamics on the planet. Seven of the 10 major planets used in astrological analysis are considered masculine (the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) with one (Mercury) considered neutral. Only the Moon and Venus are considered feminine. Important as those bodies are, this is still a whole lot of imbalance. 

Women and the feminine influence are far more multi-dimensional and diverse than the loving, pleasing, and supportive mate (Venus), the mothering nurturer (Moon), or the vindictive, vixen/seductress version of the dark feminine.


We pick up some of the slack as far as the feminine influence in the zodiac with the feminine asteroids and dwarf planets.

The four major “secondary” bodies most often used in astrological charts – asteroids Juno, Pallas Athene, and Vesta, along with dwarf planet Ceres - are considered feminine, though these bodies most often play second fiddle to the planets, doing their thing with little recognition or fanfare in mainstream astrology.

An invisible feminine force doing its work from a disempowered position for much less than its due share of recognition, respect, and reward. Sound familiar?

As with the planets, these four bodies have ties to Greek and Roman mythology, which color their themes in astrological analysis.

Unfortunately, the men who created and furthered the mythology that is used in current-day astrology have missed about 50% of the story. They missed the herstory of the history, as they say.

This missing feminine/female influence is apparent in Greek and Roman mythology as well as in much of the standard religious and spiritual imagery of the current day. We're working with partial archetypal truth at best and straight up patriarchy-approved fabrication at worst, and we have to understand how detrimental these power-imbalanced units of cultural transmission can be.

The feminine bodies used in astrology have been saddled with an Old Boys Club mythology. There is widespread sexual violence, control, and misconduct toward women, among many other offenses, in the stories of those old Greek and Roman dudes. Women are most often in secondary roles with their stories told for them by males, through the male lens.

The threads of misogyny in the symbols and myths reflect current-day societies and structures where underlying hatred of and violence against women are woven right into the fabric. They simmer and poison, a little flicker visible here and there, until they are full-on confronted - repeatedly - and made wholly unacceptable by both men and women.

(The feminine force in men is also suppressed, oppressed, and damaged by the dynamics outlined in this article.)

Instead of carrying the half-truth, misogyny, and sexual violence of this mythology forward in astrological symbolism, it's time to consciously address it, working the feminine energy free from the karmic weight of these myths.

By exposing this androcentric mythological misogyny, by adding a stronger and more fully-developed female perspective, and by calling the old "Gods" on their crap, we move beyond the old stories and dynamics, advancing an astrology that is more balanced, humane, just, relevant, and true-to-life.

As Saturn (structure, rules, patriarchy) transits Sagittarius (religion, stories, truth) into December 2017, the time is ripe to open into new truth told through cultural symbols, where the experiences of women and the feminine aren't filtered through a male-dominant lens.

It's time to carve a new path, shedding light on the domination/subjugation dynamics that are wrapped up so neatly in these mythological images.

Spiritual and religious paradigms past and present have whitewashed out much of the female influence, making it invisible and subservient. But as Saturn transits Sagittarius, it’s time to stand up, speak up, and add the full wisdom and knowledge of the feminine to the scene.

That wisdom and knowledge doesn't necessarily come in the form of easily-swallowed, non-threatening Glittery Goddesses and Angels and Mermaids and Faerie Nymphs, either. (Much of that was designed to titillate males, anyway.)

The feminine wisdom and knowledge to be integrated is white hot and will shake things up considerably. It requires something of people. It makes people uncomfortable at times. It's not about being pretty or demure or seductive.

It demands its rightful place - nothing more, nothing less.

Women are used to having to compete with each other for a limited number of spots, for a limited amount of influence.

With Saturn transiting Sagittarius over the next couple years, women will be working their way into full cultural and structural representation - or at the very least, into a full understanding of the detrimental feminine shortfall.

As Saturn in Sagittarius builds to a trine to Uranus in Aries in December 2016, we have a chance to unravel these fabricated units of cultural transmission, breaking their spells once and for all.

The Goddesses are breaking out of their fairy tale nightmares. They're tearing at the Technicolor blue skies, ripping up carefully-manicured, lime green lawns, tossing matches into the castles. They're standing back as all of creation - the feminine and the masculine - comes spewing forth.

CERES – the Earth Mama dwarf planet

Dwarf planet Ceres relates to agriculture, grains and cereals, the seasons, the harvest, and the fertility of the Earth. Ceres is synonymous with Demeter in Greek mythology. It is a symbol in the astrological chart related to how we nurture others and how we need to be nurtured ourselves.

Ceres is the largest of all bodies in the asteroid belt, which is located between Mars and Jupiter. In fact, when Ceres was discovered in 1801, it was classified as the eighth planet. After about 50 years, it was re-classified as an asteroid. But in 2006, after Eris was discovered, forcing a change in astronomical classifications, both Ceres and “Lord of the Underworld” Pluto were re-classified as dwarf planets.

This was considered a promotion for Ceres and a demotion for Pluto. Because of the re-classification, Ceres is now included in ephemerides – the books astrologers use to follow the movement of the planets through the zodiac.

The struggle remains, however, to create more equal power dynamics and spheres of influence for the feminine dwarf planet, Ceres, and for the masculine dwarf planet, Pluto, in the astrology of the day.

The astronomical re-classifications were a leveling of the masculine/feminine playing field, but the astrological system and the current-day practise of astrology have not yet fully adjusted to this new reality.

Mythologically, Ceres and Pluto have a long and brutal history between them. Going to the mat, hitting where it hurts most, dragging you to hell and back, destroying every single thing you love. Raging, wrathful stuff borne of the type of pain no one wants to experience.

Pluto, tired of being alone, isolated, and stuck in hell, kidnapped Ceres’ (Demeter’s) daughter Persephone and hauled her off to Hades to be his Queen.

When Ceres realized that her daughter had been abducted and dragged off to the Underworld, she became so depressed, so full of rage and anguish, that she made the Earth cold and barren. Nothing could grow there. Ceres literally had the power to destroy life on Earth, and this Mama in anguish for her kidnapped child was about to do just that.

An epic power struggle for the ages: who would give in first?

There are a few different versions of how this stalemate between Pluto and Ceres was finally brought to a head and resolved.

But in all versions, Persephone had eaten some pomegranate seeds while in Hades, and eating any food while you were in the Underworld meant that you were forced to stay.

A compromise was struck. Based on the number of pomegranate seeds she ate, Persephone had to return to the Underworld for a portion of the year. Ceres again made the Earth cold and barren for the duration of Persephone’s Underworld stay each year, corresponding with the winter season.

So Ceres and Pluto are now on astronomical equal footing, despite Ceres being far more downplayed in the astrology of the day.

Their power - both for growth and regeneration as well as for death and destruction - are evenly matched.

The process of equalizing their power in the astrological zodiac, making the influence of Ceres more visible and widely-known, is ongoing.

Even if we go against the feminine wisdom and play by the standard rule of "bigger is better," there is an unjust sharing of power within the astrological zodiac. Ceres is vastly larger than masculine comet Chiron and, unlike Chiron, is a dwarf planet with its own mantle and core. However, the use of “wounded healer” Chiron, like the use of Pluto, is much more widely integrated in today's astrology.

The fact that Ceres relates to agriculture and food and the fact that it is so often an invisible symbol in the astrological chart indicate a broader disconnect between people and the sources of their food.

Highly pertinent issues such as genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), intensive chemical farming, Colony Collapse Disorder, soil degradation, food security, food purity, increasing food allergies and sensitivities, malnutrition, health damage done by food, and the like are all Ceres’ domain.

The importance of Ceres cannot be understated, relating as it does to the ability to sustain life on Earth.

JUNO – the soul mate asteroid

Juno is considered the soul mate asteroid, related to marriage and soul-deep commitments. It is considered an area to which we are “married” in the astrological birth chart, and its symbolism colors the types of “soul mate” relationships we will have.

Juno is synonymous with mythological Hera, all-powerful Goddess, though, so don't think the Juno story ends once a ring's on her finger.

What Juno knows is this: soul mates are not often like the Hollywood or New Age versions. They're actually very hard work, challenging from many angles.

Juno relates not only to marriage and soul mate relationships but also to the difficult emotional experiences and power dynamics those types of commitments can bring with them.

Contrary to what's been drilled into people's heads these days, soul mate relationships are not always meant to be romantic, sexual, or long-term.

The term soul mate refers broadly to a person (or animal) brought into our lives to catalyze soul-level work that could not be completed on our own. Interactions are catalysts, but they are not necessarily sexy and spicy.

Being connected to someone at a soul level is not always pleasant. In fact, if the person you're connected to isn't responsible with the power of that position, it can be a straight-up nightmare.

Juno (Hera) knows this one firsthand.

If Zeus was the King of the Gods, Hera was the Queen of the Goddesses - until, that is, she got roped into "little wifey" territory as Zeus' long-suffering bride. Hera was raped and tricked by Zeus into marrying him and was then dragged through the muck and mire as her loyal husband screwed, philandered, and stuck it in anything in a skirt.

Hera originally spurned Zeus' advances, so he turned himself into an injured bird, playing on her nurturing side. When Hera picked the bird up and began tending to it, Zeus became himself again, took advantage of his position, and raped her. Due to the shame she felt, Hera agreed to marry Zeus.

As Zeus' wife, Hera was habitually betrayed, disrespected, and dragged through the muck as he repeated the pattern with woman after woman. The emotional and energetic damage done by Zeus to Hera and to the other women he manipulated and raped through his position of power are not often spoken about - and they definitely don't get any play on Hallmark Valentine's cards. (Valentine’s Day is also known as Juno Day, just to provide a little subtext for that often-painful cultural construct.)

Ah, Juno. Anciently worshipped as supremely powerful and multi-talented Goddess in your own right, pre-dating these tiresome, tiresome male egos. Now most often relegated to subjugated second-class citizen as "Zeus' wife," the scorned woman destined to suffer and then suffer some more as he messes with every female who catches his eye.

Juno is most often portrayed these days patriarchally as the Crazy Bitch acting out in vengeful and completely insane ways.

She's also often portrayed in New Age circles as the Sad Little Wifey stuck in ever-popular "victim consciousness," creating her own reality and bringing it all on herself. If only she could transcend her circumstances and create a positive reality.

Pfft.

Hera meted out some strong punishments to the women her husband dallied with, for which she is vilified and condemned in many portrayals. In relative terms, though, Hera's reactions to her husband's chronic philandering were fairly understandable - if misdirected - by mythological standards. Her actions, while difficult to defend in any human morality terms, were certainly no more vicious than what her husband Zeus or many of the other Gods dished out.

Zeus' punishments, often rooted in jealousy or perceived threats to his dominance, are generally considered strong, righteous, and fully within the rights of the all-powerful King of the Gods - even when they involved torture or murder.

Hera's punishments, though she was previously considered an equally powerful figure as her husband, are often portrayed as desperate, vicious, and out-of-line - a jealous female who needs to be brought under control. In this way, Hera/Juno is portrayed in a subjugated light as a figure who does not have the same rights or level of power as her husband.

Being placed in a subjugated societal position and then having a man take liberties and inflict injury - physical, emotional, sexual, financial, social, energetic - from his position of power and influence often leaves a woman to act from the disempowered place of the “Crazy Bitch.”

The injuries inflicted become so commonplace and accepted that they are socially invisible. Because of this, a woman's reaction to the energetic abuse, if a reaction surfaces, is portrayed without context, without root cause, as insane, irrational, jealous, vindictive, hysterical. The Crazy Bitch.

While there is a fine line between a just reaction and a reaction that is dangerously overblown and melodramatic, these reactions are an attempt to draw attention to sick and unjust situations. The reactions are an attempt to draw hidden and detrimental dynamics to surface awareness from an institutionally disempowered and un-validated position.

One of the problems with Hera's actions was that her anger was often misdirected. She blamed and took it out on the other women (sound familiar?) when in many cases the women had acquiesced to Zeus because of his position of power over them as King of the Gods – just as she had.

It was easier to blame the other woman than to face the sick power dynamics in which she was enmeshed. A common story.

PALLAS ATHENE – the female warrior asteroid

Asteroid Pallas Athene is the female warrior, and this symbol indicates something for which we are willing to fight throughout our lives. It indicates how we fight – but in a less overt and obvious way than the male warrior symbol, Mars. This symbol is about the way the feminine fights, with its very own strategies, skills, and cunning. Pallas Athene indicates battles that go on in the subtler realms and battles that involve strategy. This is also a symbol related to the battle for equality and justice between the sexes.

Pallas Athene was a woman who, according to the mythology, was born from the forehead of her father Zeus wearing a full set of armor. There could be no doubt that she was a born warrior, and her skills in strategy, crafts, and combat were so impressive that she was accepted into the fold by the male warriors.

There was just one hitch: in order to be accepted as an equal, Pallas Athene had to give up her sexuality and remain celibate, something that was not required of the male warriors.

The mythology of Pallas Athene involves an element of female sexuality suppressed in order to be accepted amongst the men. There is a theme of women having their sexuality controlled by the established order and of women having to remain celibate in order not to threaten that established order.

The suppression of female sexuality in professions like military or police work is a Pallas Athene theme. Rape against women in the military, a widespread problem, is another.

A United States Veterans Affairs Administration study found that nearly 1 in 3 female U.S. soldiers is raped during her service, usually by fellow soldiers. This means that nearly 500,000 military women have been raped since the U.S. Armed Forces first began accepting female soldiers in 1948.

According to a study released on April 13, 2012 by the U.S. Department of Defense, 3,200 rapes are reported to the military annually.

Since an estimated 80 percent of rapes go unreported, the annual total is closer to 19,000.

Of the 3,200 rapes that are reported, only half are deemed worthy of pursuing in military courts, and of that half, only 6 percent result in a conviction. One out of three soldiers convicted of rape is retained by the military, keeping his job and his place on the payroll.

Female soldiers who do come forward with accusations of rape are often harassed by male soldiers and intimidated by their higher-ups, discouraging the reporting of these crimes.

Themes of sexual violence against women as well as the suppression and control of female sexuality run through much of the Greek and Roman mythology, reflecting the violent, patriarchal societies from which the stories came.

From Persephone being forcefully dragged off to the Underworld by Pluto to Pallas Athene having to take a vow of celibacy in order to do her work, many of the feminine bodies are connected to mythological themes of control, suppression, violence, and abuse, often along sexual lines.

VESTA – the sacred flame asteroid

Vesta is the second-largest body in the asteroid belt after Ceres, though its status in the astrology of the day is often downplayed or even invisible.

Vesta is the asteroid related to hearth and home. It represents something we hold sacred, something for which we are willing to make sacrifices. It indicates a sacred flame that we are invested in tending and continuing throughout our lives so that others may also light their candles by it.

As with Pallas Athene, there is, within the mythology tied to Vesta, a theme of women having to give up their sexuality in order to hold positions of authority and responsibility for the community.

Vesta is connected to the story of the vestal virgins, a group of (mostly) women who were de-sexed in order to be accepted in positions of spiritual authority, as keepers of the hearth and sacred fire.

The vestal virgins were entrusted with the responsibility of keeping a central fire burning for all members of the community, but in order to hold that position, they, too, were required to give up their sexuality, remaining celibate and unmarried.

The messages underlying the mythology of both Pallas Athene and Vesta are:

You can be a warrior woman fighting the battles of the established order, but you can't exert yourself in ways that threaten the Boys Club.

You can be aggressive in ways that benefit the structures as they exist but not sexually confident or assertive.

You can play a spiritual role in society, but you will have to separate yourself from your sexuality and your desire for love and companionship to maintain it.

You can achieve alongside the guys, but you'd better let them make the rules for you sexually. Women who own their sexuality cannot be respected in positions of authority.

With Saturn soon to be transiting Sagittarius, religious and cultural (Sagittarius) establishments (Saturn) are ripe for re-structuring, and it's the denied feminine perspectives and experiences that most need to be brought to the table – by both men and women.

As Saturn moves back into Sagittarius September 17, 2015 until entering Capricorn December 19, 2017, the old stories and myths are being challenged. We are establishing a new foundation of cultural truth for a new astrological era.

And the feminine has heard just about enough of the male-dominated takes on its life and experiences. It will speak on its own behalf from now on, thank-you-very-much.

Releasing these feminine bodies of the zodiac from the oppression of their standard portrayals and restoring them to their full positions of power and influence are all part of the process.

We're dealing with a feminine force that has been held hostage by these mythological archetypes, exploited and abused while most traipse through the manufactured distractions of their daily lives unaware, walking over the trapdoor that covers her, bound and gagged.

A phony, controlled, androcentric version of the feminine has been slotted in in its place - as vacant-eyed model, as mannequin interchangeably in store window or on man's arm, as plastic sex doll with red-lipsticked grin, as pretty, unblinking, emotionless android - and all variations therein.

This artificial and manufactured version of the feminine is considered over-the-hill and used up by age 30. It is a male-created version of the feminine, trading its attractiveness and desirability in at the first Saturn return or at the first signs of grey hair and crowsfeet – whichever comes first. Once this version of the feminine has lost its youthful appeal to men, it has no real value. This version of the feminine is shoved aside as soon as it becomes a mirror of the male’s advancing age, an inconvenient reminder of his mortality – or as soon as it displays a mind and an intellect of its own.

We're dealing with an establishment masculine force that is scared spitless of what the feminine is going to do once it has worked its way out of the shackles. It’s terrified of the power shifts and of what they might mean.

As we move into the thick of the Saturn in Sagittarius transit, in the sign of truth, myth, and story, it's time to re-write many of the stories one woman at a time, with the female/feminine voices - the real ones, not just the easily-swallowed and non-threatening versions - equally strong, equally prevalent, equally important.

It's time to bust out of the word-woven chrysalises of these old men and into our own stories, the real stories.

It's time to call these dudes on their untruths, their half-truths, their bluster, and their blowhard poetic waxings that sound important but don't even come close to the reality of the situation. And this includes the people working the "Enlightened" Boys Clubs of today, furthering patriarchal mythology, symbology, and imagery along with those power dynamics.

It's time to turn these sick myths ass-over-teakettle. It's time to understand how these myths - reinforced by many storytellers of the day - work to keep women in place, pinned down, ensnared in the same old crap, falling into the same old dramas.

So much of the mythological, religious, and spiritual imagery of the day keeps women repeating weighed-down words that are not their own. So much is handed top-down from males on high.

The crystallized imagery and rich, burgundy words blot out the unrepresented voices clamoring to be heard. The addition of ever-more obscure and titillating asteroids into the equation diverts from the fundamental issues being ignored.

It all works to eliminate the female/feminine threat to male dominance and to the continued dominance of masculine truth.

So let's now be a threat.

Or...

If you prefer to be spoken for by these half-truth myths and by the people creating false meaning there, don't expect your freedom. Don't expect your story to matter. Don't expect to be unlocked from the gilded mythological cages.

You can choose to be a nameless disciple, an acolyte, a groupie, repeating words that are not your own. You can swallow half-truth interpretations of your story, of our stories.

But don't come complaining to me when they grind your truth under their heels.

With Saturn about to re-enter Sagittarius, the musty old myths and miserable archetypes are clashing, crashing, busting open.

As Saturn transits Sagittarius, we are establishing the truth, and in order to do this, the feminine must step up in new ways. It must come to the decision-making table and make itself heard. 

Do we have the courage to unfold authentically, or do we stay safe (and stuck) in the old, one-dimensional societal feminine constructs, playing the same games and roles and falling into the same traps?

The feminine is working at a bit of a disadvantage now because so much of its previous work and influence have been unrecognized and, therefore, unassisted, left to wither on the vine and to use huge energy reserves fighting for bare survival.

However, the ongoing strengthening of position of the feminine bodies Ceres, Juno, Pallas Athene, and Vesta in the astrology of the day mirrors the unfolding of the true feminine force - in all its glory and all its ugliness.

We can use the old myths to understand the historical context within which we are working, but it's time to advance the stories. It's time to re-tell these tales from the female point-of-view and to stand up to an established order that involves pigeonholed roles for women: as de-sexed; as non-threatening secondary supporters; as convenient sexual object ideal; or as unprotected victims of systemic rape, sexual brutality, and control.

The feminine force will have its redemption, and there's no better time to start than the present.

Yes, ladies of the zodiac: it is most certainly show time.