Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jupiter in Scorpio and Successfully Updating the Expression of Scorpio For the Aquarian Era






 
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jupiter in Scorpio: Going Beyond the Tip of the Plutonic Iceberg to Get to the Full Truth of the Matter



As mentioned in the Jupiter in Scorpio patron article, one theme we can expect during this transit is the blowing up (Jupiter) of sex scandals (Scorpio), particularly involving webs of power. 

One of the stories blowing up in mainstream media just as Jupiter entered Scorpio (October 10) involves a group of women, including multiple well-known actresses, accusing powerful Hollywood film producer and Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sex-based crimes ranging from sexual harassment to rape. According to accusations, it seems Ole Harv expected more than just a standard screen test to get hired on his films. 

At the time of the Jupiter ingress, the Sun and Mercury were conjunct in Libra (arts, beauty, justice), forming frictional squares to Pluto in Capricorn (toxic business/corporate hierarchy, toxic power dynamics). 

Further developments stemming from the time around the ingress can be expected when Mercury catches up to Jupiter in early Scorpio October 18, as Venus in Libra squares Pluto October 27, and then as Mars in Libra squares Pluto November 19. 

Now, one could see this as a simple Jupiter in Scorpio theme - the spectacular (Jupiter) outing of one nasty character misusing his power and prestige in heinous and sexually-based ways (Scorpio). 

The truth is, though (and with Jupiter, we're going for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth), this is just the tip of the Plutonic iceberg as far as the corrupt-to-the-core Hollywood machine.

Where Pluto or Scorpio is involved, if anything does manage to surface in the mainstream psyche (including through mainstream media coverage), it is just the beginning of the uncovering process, the initial catalyst. In order to bring about real, grand-scale change from what is exposed, we have to pick up that single thread, follow it, and keep following it: unraveling things, deconstructing things, digging, digging, digging, and seeing where it ultimately leads.

There's a relentlessness required - not often found within the glossy facades of Hollywood. 

We have to be looking at all elements of corrupt power, at how the entire machine works, rather than focusing on individual scenarios as isolated events.

The truth is: Hollywood is known for this. It's pretty well always been known for this. The "casting couch" is a well-known phenomenon. 

If true, these allegations against Harvey Weinstein describe disgusting crimes committed against women by a disgusting man. But as gross and heinous as this is, it should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention. This is far from a lone wolf situation. This is far from an isolated case. The entire Hollywood machine, as well as the corporate music and modeling industries, have been set up this way. They have been built on a foundation of sexual abuse and depravity. 

Lop one head off, and there are a hundred more where it came from.

The sexual abuse and programming of Hollywood actors and actresses, as well as mainstream music stars and models, is a well-researched phenomenon. And the use of these programmed stars to implant certain ideas, images, symbols, and behaviours into the public - beginning from childhood - is well-documented, as well. (MK Ultra, Monarch programming, Sex Kitten programming, etc.) These men and women are programmed to be hyper-sexualized ideals up there on the screen or stage, projecting a very dark and twisted version of human sexuality to then be emulated by their adoring fans. This is a foundational tenet of the entire corporate entertainment industry.

Former child actors have been attempting to blow the lid off pedophilia in Hollywood for decades. It was suspected that the death of Corey Haim, for example, was connected to his plan to out the pedophiles responsible for his abuse in Hollywood. Haim's friend Corey Feldman, another former child star, has also been vocal on the subject. Feldman has said, "I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia."

Celebrity "meltdowns" are also very well-publicized (Britney Spears, Selma Blair, Amanda Bynes, Mischa Barton, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and model Karen Mulder to name a few) that involve breaks from their programming. This often involves the surfacing of accusations of sexual abuse, which are later hushed up when the star is "feeling better." 

Rose McGowan is one of the actresses accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct. McGowan has been vocal (including on Twitter in October 2016) about being raped by a high-ranking Hollywood executive in the past, claiming it was an "open secret" in the industry.

McGowan got her first Hollywood break in director Gregg Araki's 1995 film, The Doom Generation. This film is textbook Illuminati programming, involving hyper-sexualized and hyper-violent imagery. (Similar themes can be seen in Araki's 1997 follow-up, Nowhere.) McGowan's career continued along a trajectory where her physical appearance and sexuality were primary.

About a month before the Weinstein story broke, I saw an April 2017 podcast involving an interview of McGowan done by actress and producer Illeana Douglas. The shocking thing to me about the interview was how many times McGowan mentioned trauma, cruelty, and abuse relating to her stardom in Hollywood with absolutely no follow-through from Douglas. McGowan's comments were shrugged off by "I play by the Hollywood rules" Douglas, and this, I think, is a clear indication of the overall climate around these issues. They are hushed up, glossed over, or given a very superficial treatment if they are addressed.

It's very unlikely that Douglas was unaware of the highly-public accusations McGowan had made against that Hollywood executive...

At the 21:45 mark of the podcast interview, McGowan says about her stardom, "I found it largely traumatizing, most of it, to be honest with you."

At the 29:16 mark, she speaks again about traumatizing experiences on movie sets.

At the 32:20 mark, she speaks about "arrogance" and "cruelty" on movie sets.

At the 40:10 mark, she talks about becoming "unfamous" and changing her appearance. She starts to say "programming" (40:25) but stops herself, changing it to "hits all your buttons." She talks about "disappearing" into another person/character. She also talks about being forced to have a certain appearance, "looking like a freak" at awards shows. This theme of "forced appearance" was also an element of the Britney Spears "meltdown" in 2007 when she shaved her head because, it was reported, she said she was tired of people touching her all the time when having her hair and make-up done. McGowan also speaks about cutting her hair very short/shaving it as a move toward empowerment and independence over her appearance.

At 51:15 of the interview, McGowan talks about her directorial work having a theme of: what society does to girls and women.

At 52:20, she says she has been asked, "What did you learn from the men you worked with?" and her response was, "What not to do." McGowan says this in a very serious tone, and it obviously warrants some follow-up, but Douglas laughs and shrugs it off by saying, "That's so funny!"

At the 52:41 point of the interview, McGowan talks about a memoir she is writing about the "Cult of Hollywood," how it permeates the world and what it does. 

Again, there was no follow-up from Douglas on any of the comments made by McGowan. McGowan also seemed very dissociated while doing the interview, a common reaction to trauma. 

So we have huge mainstream media coverage of the Weinstein issue because it involves "luminaries" of the Hollywood machine, like Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie. People are scintillated by it, and those involved get the benefit of the worldwide spotlight to broadcast their plights.

The truth is, though, this type of sexually-based crime and intimidation goes on regularly within the patriarchal hierarchies of Planet Earth. It's built right into the fabric of the power structures.

From worldwide sex trafficking and slavery (including of children), to sexual molestation in the Catholic Church, to rape in the military, to #pizzagate, to husbands raping their wives, to sexual intimidation in workplaces around the world - it's a global theme involving the most heinous abuses of power.

Real advancement on these issues has to go far deeper than the Hollywood level.

And in fact, real advancement must involve the rejection of the Hollywood machine, in general.

It must involve the rejection of Hollywood's detrimental and brainwashing products. It must involve the rejection of the concept of "fame," in general - which will inevitably be considered more and more bizarre the further we get into egalitarian Aquarian times.

Real advancement must involve the rejection of those ridiculously over-the-top paycheques for hoodwinking and diverting the populace with their pretty, pretty faces up there on the screen or stage. Actors and musicians need to find more honest and legitimate avenues to pursue their crafts because being part of Illuminati Hollywood is really nothing to celebrate - or to be celebrated for.

Real advancement involves a public that is not looking to gaze starry-eyed at whatever new, carefully-manufactured idol is placed on a pedestal before it.

Real advancement involves a human society that does not waste its time thinking about physical appearance much at all, certainly not to the point of obsession, narcissism, and even unnecessary surgical procedures, as is the case currently. 

People need to get a life!

This Weinstein situation is a potentially-valuable jumping-off point for the Jupiter in Scorpio transit, but we have a very, very long way to go - through much less glamourous territory - in order to create any real and lasting change as far as sexual intimidation, exploitation, abuse, and crimes on this planet.

If there's a rule of thumb for this Jupiter in Scorpio transit, it's this: take it further, dig deeper, and follow your gut as it tells you, "There's more." 

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Quick Shift in Social/Relational Tone As Jupiter Enters Scorpio


We have a final burst of social and relational development/expansion underway as Jupiter completes its transit of cardinal (leadership, initiatory) Libra before entering fixed (steady course, set conditions) Scorpio for a yearlong transit starting October 10.

With Venus and Mars conjunct in Virgo until mid-month, squaring Saturn in Sagittarius and opposing Chiron in Pisces, we're seeking to set just the right tone, addressing any nagging details in our relations with others that may require some attention or polishing. There's a particular focus on the way we interact/the way others interact with us in a work setting. 

Practical adjustments and actions, along with pointed conversations, could alleviate some of the building mental and psychic stress indicated by these aspects.

We're working hard in a hands-on way to make things just right in the physical realm (Virgo) so that things are hunky dory in the psychic/metaphysical realms (Pisces), as well. 

We're bringing the skills of the master craftsperson (Virgo) to our relationships and interpersonal dynamics (Venus/Mars). We're looking to apply our personal truth (Sagittarius) in practical, daily ways (Virgo), particularly in our relations with others. We're looking to walk our talk in relationships and social settings in a precise and straight-forward manner, fulfilling the social and work-related functions that feel right for us - nothing more, nothing less. We're looking to remove the influence of detrimental self-sacrifice, unfair projected expectations, illusions, blind spots, and inflated ideals from our relationships and interactions.

As the Sun and Mercury come together in interior conjunction at 15 degrees Libra in square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn (October 8/9), there may be some interpersonal friction or complexity urging us into our full social positions. There is a "taking charge" impetus, extending throughout the fall season, which must be balanced with the conciliatory and harmony-seeking nature of Libra. Like sand in our underwear, social irritations and points of friction can produce the impetus and motivation to propel us forward that last little bit as Jupiter completes its transit in the sign of the scales.

Conversation, information flow, the written word, and our own thoughts and perspectives (Mercury) can be particularly motivational as far as any changes that have to be made with that last bit of cardinal sign juice.

It's in our best interests - even if it's a little uncomfortable or scary - to address any nagging details or issues in our relations with others because the social and relational conditions we're in the final stages of creating now will be with us strongly over the next year as Jupiter settles in to its transit of fixed Scorpio. The social/relational course has been set, to a great extent, as Jupiter leaves Libra and enters Scorpio. The cardinal sign (Libra) initiates; the fixed sign (Scorpio) follows through with what was initiated.

Jupiter will be throwing an immediate (and I mean immediate) spotlight on the emotional and psychological subtext as it enters Scorpio. The social facade that brought us benefit during Jupiter in Libra is going to slip a little, and how people really feel underneath it all will become more apparent, especially as we move through October and November (Scorpio season). Teeth may be bared a little. Backs may get up a little.

So quickly, practically, and proactively addressing any problematic areas is in our best interests before they get blown up under Jupiter in Scorpio. Clear the slate as much as you can, even if it means gathering your courage to do so.

We have an extra layer of challenge now as far as eking out our precise social/relational positioning, as Mars in Virgo forms a square to Saturn in Sagittarius October 11 and an opposition to Chiron in Pisces October 15.

Venus in Virgo will square Saturn in Sagittarius October 8 and oppose Chiron in Pisces October 11.

As Jupiter moves from Libra to Scorpio, the dispositors (key influences) over its expansive proceedings shift from lovely Lesser Benefic Venus to hardcore mofos Mars and Pluto. So things immediately take a more Martian/Plutonic tone, and the social graces that brought us favour under Jupiter in Libra will fall flat if they are not fully authentic and honest, if they are designed to gloss over sticking points or beefs.

The Mars-Saturn square (along with the Mars opposition to Chiron) lays out an initial challenge for the Jupiter transit of Scorpio.

We may feel as if our forward-ho motion is stalled in despair-inducing ways under these aspects. We may feel as if our will is thwarted and our motion painfully restricted. There can be a feeling that any action taken is pointless or that it will not bring desired results. There can be fear related to taking any action at all, creating a feeling of being stuck in the current circumstances or problems. In my observation, the Mars-Saturn square is particularly harsh for men, unfortunately coinciding with an increased possibility of suicide, as Saturn can convince us (erroneously) that our problems will be this tough forever and that there is no way out. The Mars-Saturn square indicates "between a rock and a hard place" frustrations, but remember: any acute challenges are temporary, and things generally seem more difficult than they really are. 

With Mars transiting Virgo, there are small changes, improvements, and adjustments that can move things in the right direction - albeit in a slower fashion than may be desired. Remember that there is wiggle room here - even if it doesn't feel like it. We have to keep trying.

Any wet blanket effects should ease up as we move into the second half of October.



 A more Scorpionic view of the proceedings is wise...


So yes, things are taking a bit of a deeper, darker tone here as we move into the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere. This more serious tone will then be reinforced as Saturn leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn at December solstice, followed by a six-planet stellium in Capricorn in January 2018.

This is nothing to fret over - just be aware of the quick shift in tone, and adjust accordingly, especially in your relations with others. A little more wariness, a little more space given around potential sticking points, playing your cards a little closer to your chest. Foreknowledge can help us to stay out of the interpersonal frictions (or even straight-up meltdowns) that may be stirred up as Jupiter gets its footing in Scorpio. 


For a full treatment of the Jupiter in Scorpio transit: Jupiter in Scorpio: Wisdom Drawn from the Still Depths of the Soul

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Just For the Halibut


A beautiful image for these tail-end (pun intended) Piscean-era times...

What do you say? We might as well stick around "Just For the Halibut."

Warhol Fish print by artist, musician, herbalist, and friend Dannika Soukoroff

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Applying the Venus-Mars in Virgo "Relational Editor" Energy and a Reminder of Mars in Virgo Hot or Nots

As mentioned in a previous article, relationship planets Venus and Mars are currently traveling through the zodiac in a conjunction in Virgo (exact October 5 at 19 degrees). This indicates that a little editing, fine-tuning, or tightening up may be required in our relations with others. 

The application of heightened discernment, stronger filters, and higher standards (Virgo) in relationships of all kinds (Venus-Mars) is a theme.

Transiting Venus and Mars in Virgo are currently forming oppositions to Neptune in Pisces, and both bodies form oppositions to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces next month (exact October 10 -  15).

This brings up the possibility for some direct contact with "Neptunian shitbag" behaviours with a requirement to filter these out, making them fully unacceptable in our lives and in our relationships. 

As we are now hurtling headlong into the astrological era of Aquarius, these behaviours may be less prevalent or at least, a little harder to pinpoint than when we were in full-on tail-end Piscean era. 

At the same time, the slippery flakiness, charm, and shitbaggery that can be associated with Neptune/Pisces do rear their ugly heads, and Venus-Mars in Virgo is a great time to out this stuff, outsmart it, and quietly demand better.

As stated in the previous article, "Mars relates to desire, and in Virgo, only those with shit together - and with a history of having shit together - need apply."

(Again, this involves relationships of all kinds, not just romantic ones.)

As a little humourous yet reality-based reminder of the Neptunian shitbaggery to be on the lookout for, I will re-post an excerpt from an article from December 1, 2011, titled "Mars in Virgo Hot or Nots." This article was written just prior to the last Mars retrograde in Virgo (January to April 2012):

"Warning: This article contains an extraordinary number of occurrences of the word "shit" as well as derivatives of the word "shit." Proceed only if scatological references in relation to human behaviour do not offend...

I saw the 2008 film The Wrestler a few weeks ago, and the main character in the film illustrated the Piscean/Neptunian shitbag quite well. You know the kind.

It's a person who, on one hand, is deeply wonderful, gentle, compassionate, loving, sensitive, human, spiritually-aware - a person who can feel oh-so-good to be around, who has so much potential! This is a person who seems to know you on a special level, who can touch your heart in profound ways.

And then, on the other hand, the person's a shitbag.

The guy in the movie was an aging professional wrestler who was in many respects a lovely man. He was funny, giving, compassionate, a real mentor for up-and-coming wrestlers. He was exciting, sexy, interesting, and he could waltz.

He was also a shitbag. He abandoned his daughter when she was little, preferring to immerse himself in the cheering crowds and artificial (highly Neptunian) world of professional wrestling. He spent his money on alcohol, drugs, and lap dances, screwing random women still hot for his fading star. He lived in past glory, trying to outrun the requirements of the present. He made promises he didn't keep. He let people down. When the going got tough, he cut and ran, taking the easy way out and slipping out of his responsibilities.

The reality didn't live up to the hype - a big Neptune theme.

We've all seen or experienced Neptune at work in relationship. ("But I loooove him!") Neptune glosses over all the shitbag behaviours, leaving only the wonderful. If Neptune is strong enough, it's as if the shitbag behaviours don't even exist. They're invisible, dimmed dramatically by the shining, glowing, rosy light of the wonderful qualities Neptune insists are the whole story.

The shitbag behaviours are skimmed over and forgiven almost immediately, without holding the individual accountable, and nothing changes. It's the same cycle over and over again: shitbag behaviour, disappointment and hurt, forgiveness, being awash with Neptunian love; shitbag behaviour, disappointment and hurt, forgiveness, being awash with Neptunian love...

The damage keeps being done, keeps accumulating, and Neptune keeps covering it all over, focusing only on the lovey dovey goodness.

Until the point comes where enough is enough, and the cycle absolutely has to be broken. It takes a while to get there, but this is where we are now.

There are many deeply-ingrained Piscean era cycles to be, once and for all, broken, cleaned up, and transitioned out of as Mars moves through...Virgo, and they're holding on with a great deal of subtlety and tenacity.

This isn't just straight-up, easily identifiable Neptunian shitbag we're dealing with here, as in The Wrestler. This is immersed into the scene, woven into the energetic fabric. This is a multitude of subtle variations. This is even just the energetic impression of shitbag with little to no identifiable behaviour.

The Neptunian gloss is potent stuff, crystallized and unquestioned in many cases. People have been getting away with this stuff for a good long while...

If we assist it, Mars in Virgo will cut through the gloss in a valiant attempt to address fatal character flaws and make things right through and through. Virgo relates to personal development, and Mars does battle on the fine points here...


For a little helpful guidance on this front, here are some Mars in Virgo HOT or NOTS:

HOT: A person who will defer sex until the right time and the right conditions out of respect for the health and well-being of both parties.

NOT HOT: Someone slobbering in your ear and getting all hot and bothered when you're basically still at handshake stage.

HOT: A person who puts effort into learning the details about you, what you like and don't like, and then applies it precisely.

NOT HOT: Discovering someone you've been dating for weeks can't pronounce your last name correctly.

HOT: People who run their lives like well-oiled machines who would be scandalized if they bounced a cheque.

NOT HOT: Flaky, floaty, space cadets who routinely bounce cheques (if they even have a bank account) and live in a state of constant chaos that spills over into the lives of other people.

HOT: Finding a new boyfriend or girlfriend with carefully cultivated associations and influences who has no problem weeding out detrimental ones. This person has been anticipating you and has created a place that is just right for you in his/her life.

NOT HOT: Discovering your new boyfriend comes with a string of: old exes who call regularly in some variety of life crisis, hard-up buddies looking for a place to crash, down-and-out family members asking for money, slightly obsessive old flames who still have a thing for him, and various shady types always involved in some type of not-quite-above-board situation, bringing you into contact with people you would choose not to be around otherwise. Discovering the place he has created for you is a dirty mattress on the unwashed floor that you have to share with the sleeping-it-off ex-girlfriend of his high school best friend.

HOT: Someone who shows his desire for you by keeping bills up to date, dishes washed, floors vacuumed, and laundry folded, thereby removing stressors so energy can be directed into more *ahem* extracurricular-type activities.

NOT HOT: Someone who forgets his wallet at home, leaves dirty dishes strewn around, and thinks the hamper is wherever his clothes happen to fall. I know a few slobs, and I love them, but I'm here to advise that slobbing is NOT HOT under Mars in Virgo.

HOT: Moderation, temperance, practicality, humility, modesty, earthiness, focused drive and self-direction, attention to detail, awareness of the fine points.

NOT HOT: Escapism, substance abuse, chaos, pie-in-the-sky ideas, ineffectiveness, weak will, scattered energies, being excessively impressionable and easily led astray, allowing oneself to be tossed around by the circumstances of the day.

HOT: Living simply and within one's means.

NOT HOT: Financial over-extension, frivolity, living on (bad) credit.

HOT: A person who has developed a level of self-control and self-mastery.

NOT HOT: Someone looking to be taken care of.

HOT: Taking full responsibility for half-assed behaviour, rectifying it immediately.

NOT HOT: Making vague, weaselly excuses for half-assed behaviour and then continuing it.

HOT: Saying you're going to do something and doing it, on time.

NOT HOT: Saying you're going to do something but then consulting your psychic who tells you not to do it unless six particular signs as well as a white eagle's feather show up within fourteen days. Staying in a state of "tortured" limbo for months, hashing it over ad nauseum with every person you know to the point that people start avoiding your ass."


Venus will be in Virgo until October 14, 2017 and Mars will be in Virgo until October 22. The Venus-Mars conjunction occurs at 19 degrees Virgo on October 5. So if you recognize yourself on the NOT HOT list, you have some time to move yourself onto the HOT list. And if you recognize yourself on the HOT list, congratulations on being a hot commodity!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jupiter in Tail-End Libra and a Final Propulsion into New-Era Dynamics of Relating

We've just passed through fall equinox in the northern hemisphere as the Sun entered Libra (September 22), the sign of the scales, indicating equal hours of day and night. 

There is a momentary pause in the action and busyness for us to take a breath and see where we stand, particularly in relation to others and to the world around us. 

Greater Benefic Jupiter is completing its transit of relationship and justice-oriented Libra at this time and forms a final exact opposition to Uranus in Aries on September 27 (9:25 p.m. PDT), just as Pluto stations direct at 16 degrees Capricorn September 28 (12:36 p.m.) and Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces September 29 (5:11 p.m.). (Mars in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces September 25 at 12:49 p.m.)

This astrological context indicates a final propulsion into new-era dynamics and rules for relationships and social scenes, one final surge past the sticky, tricky tendrils of karmically-loaded Piscean-era relating that will not bring us desired results as we move forward.

The current astrological context indicates that there is some stuff to clear in our relationships and in our dynamics of relating now - some old Piscean-era stuff that, if continued, will not create the healthy and loving relations and connections we desire. 

As Pluto stations direct, we're doing the big purge, shedding skins, moving through a process of energetic moulting and streamlining. As we move to the dark half of the year, we're dropping the non-essentials. We're dropping the drama. We're dropping the excess charge. (Ain't nobody got time for that!) We're dropping the weight of things that we do not have the strength or energy to continue carrying or dealing with or putting up with.  

We may have to reality check ourselves a little on this front, being brutally honest about any areas of emotional or energetic over-extension. With Pluto so strong in the zodiac, we may be tempted by "moth-to-flame" scenarios that have burned us in the past, and we're battling our own inner fascinations, compulsions, and desires at this time as much as anything.

With the combination of the Jupiter-Uranus and Venus-Neptune oppositions occurring at the time of the Pluto direct station, we're dropping the dead carcasses of Piscean-era ideals, fantasies, and dreams, as well as old rules around what other people "should" do in relation to us and how love and relationships "should" be.

From a previous article:

"Pisces is known for the heroic lengths it will go to in order to long and pine and sigh and hurt and torture itself over ideas and ideals of love and over the projected object of its affection.

Old school Pisces wants complete immersion in love and in a loved one. Always. And forever. It wants to be wrapped up in a cocoon of unending love, adoration, and support from the universe and from other people. It wants to do a continual backstroke in the auric field of the one it desires. Blissful communion and spiritual ecstasy with nothing reality-based that might burst its bubble.

But we're moving on from that as the dominant ideal for love. Those things exist in love, certainly, but they are no longer the singular ideal for which we are holding out.

That old school love ideal ain't coming back (thank goodness), and those who are wasting time waiting on it will be moved into the new era via Uranian shocks to the system, like it or not.

There is no time, no energy, no inclination left to torture ourselves over anyone else or over any outdated ideals for love...

Under the astrological Aquarian era, Pisces loves freely, just as it always did. But Pisces must also ensure that loving someone does not drag it into the same old traps. The pure and open-hearted love given so generously by Pisces must be applied a little more intelligently, with a little more discernment, with a bit higher standards...

We do not love to obligate others to us. We do not love only so that we can receive love in return. We do not love only to help or heal or prop others up. We do not love because we feel guilty or beholden or sorry for someone. We do not love simply so that we don't have to move forward.

Under the current scene, if it hurts, it isn't love. If it hurts, it's an old Neptunian trick you have to figure out, an old Piscean-era construct, a mirage you need to move through.

Or on the other hand, if it hurts, it may be a point of too-extreme detachment, too much cold Aquarius, too hard an angle. Going too far into the Aquarian extreme can be just as painful, requiring the correct application of Piscean love to bridge the gap. Pisces is the sign of union, remember, the last sign of the zodiac, the sign that brings it all together.

So on the Piscean end of things, if it hurts, you need to let it go. You need to detach from it. You need to re-formulate, distract yourself, propel yourself beyond it.

But on the Aquarian end of things, if it hurts, you need to make the loving connection, build the bridge, bring it back to love, bring it back to union and communion. You need to hold space for the love that fills the cracks and makes us whole again."

The standard Piscean-era romanticized ideals and expectations may be nipping at us here, as relationship planets Venus and Mars both transit Virgo in opposition to Neptune (and later wounded healer Chiron) in Pisces. This Neptunian overlay can certainly bring up some bad habits, some illusions, some blind spots, and some general dirty tricks when it comes to love, romance, and other people, in general. There is danger of being drawn into the cycle of built-up hopeful expectations followed by disappointment and despair, built-up hopeful expectations followed by disappointment and despair...

But the boon here is this: Virgo was designed to nip this stuff in the bud. Virgo was made to cut through emotional chaos and illusions and bliss bubbles and dreamy softheadedness.

The heightened discernment, stronger filters, and higher standards required as we hurtle further into astrological Aquarius? Virgo is the stone cold master with that stuff. 

So as Mars and Venus in Virgo both form flowing trine aspects to stationing Pluto in Capricorn (October 1 and 3), followed by a potent Venus-Mars conjunction at 19 degrees Virgo on October 5 at the 12-degree Harvest Full Moon in Aries, we are supported to apply these Virgoan qualities in our relationships with the utmost precision. 

We're supported to cut away and clear away the last of the Piscean-era fog swirling around human relations, coming to a new clarity about what actually is, rather than what we hoped or dreamed or wished existed. We're working with the potential of what actually exists in our relationships and social frameworks in the current moment, right where we stand, and this is ultimately much more satisfactory and exhilarating territory.

We're looking to entirely purge the element of detrimental self-sacrifice from our relations while not losing the compassion, love, and sensitivity.

We're looking to clarify our stances in relation to others. We're looking to draw attention to details that may have been overlooked or glossed over previously within our social scenes. 

We will have additional opportunities to apply this crisper, cleaner, no-strings-attached way of relating as both Venus and Mars in Virgo form oppositions to wounded healer Chiron in Pisces. Venus opposes Chiron on October 10 (strongly colouring the Jupiter ingress of Scorpio), and Mars opposes Chiron on October 15. If there are situations that we've been drawn into through guilt or through the projected expectations of others, these aspects will provide an opportunity to clear that away, so long as we do the work and keep working until it's clear.

There is a certain social energetic mix coming fully to the forefront now, and it has been in the works during the entire Jupiter in Libra transit, since September 2016. This mix may involve a somewhat unusual cast of characters with varying interests. But every rough edge and every seemingly-disjointed social connection are necessary. We need the energy and the dynamism of these unusual social mixes to make it through. 

There are some catalytic connections coming with Jupiter's transit of Scorpio (October 10, 2017 to November 8, 2018), and we're setting the social stage now, expanding it to its full Aquarian-era glory, as Jupiter completes its transit of Libra in opposition to Uranus in Aries.

We may experience some social/relational turbulence and "growing pains" as Jupiter completes its transit of the scales and enters the new sign of Scorpio. There are some interpersonal shifts and shifts in power dynamics indicated as we move into a stronger egalitarian social overlay. With the influence of strong Pluto, some alternately intriguing and upsetting/frictional interactions may be involved.

The big, new-era relational wave indicated by Jupiter in late Libra opposite Uranus in Aries will continue to be fleshed out throughout the fall, as the personal planets in Libra form squares to stationing-potent Pluto in Capricorn and oppositions to revolutionary rabble-rouser Uranus in Aries.

The Sun and Mercury form their exterior conjunction at 15 degrees Libra on October 8, followed by squares to Pluto in Capricorn October 9. This sets a tone of social/relational alchemy, change, and transformation as Jupiter enters Scorpio October 10. 

Communication planet Mercury in Libra will then get out in front of the Sun, forming an opposition to Uranus in Aries on October 15.

The Sun in Libra will oppose Uranus in Aries October 19, just before a New Moon at 26 degrees Libra.

Venus in Libra will form a square to Pluto in Capricorn on October 27, followed by an opposition to Uranus in Aries on November 3 at the 11-degree Taurus Full Moon.

Finally, Mars in Libra will square Pluto in Capricorn November 19, followed by an opposition to Uranus in Aries December 1. 

This indicates quite a rollicking (and potentially rocky?) social and relational scene as we move through fall in the northern hemisphere. Many changes are possible, particularly involving interpersonal and social power dynamics and organization.

The trick is to use the ultra no-nonsense Virgo energy to proactively cut through the energetic crap ahead of these cardinal aspects, determining when the universe is just screwing with us and refusing, straight-up refusing, to play ball in the same ways. 

Virgo is the sign of the editor, and with relationship planets Venus and Mars transiting the sign in potent conjunction, we're editing our relationships to better suit the times in which we're living - a little snip here, a little extra precision there, a little correction here, a little polishing there. 

This "relational editor" energy is most accessible until mid-October when Venus moves into its own sign of Libra (October 14).

Venus is in the sign of its fall in Virgo, meaning these "relational edits" are not necessarily easy to make while maintaining social harmony and congeniality. They can sting a little. They can inadvertently put people off or insult them. 

Overall, though, these edits are necessary to head off bigger issues as we move deeper into fall with Jupiter digging in in Scorpio.

We have to be quick on the uptake here, taking immediate practical action in our relations with others and speaking up when necessary, but this can be challenging with Piscean/Neptunian energy so strong. Blind spots abound. 

There just isn't energy to continue with the old-era social and relational dynamics, and this will only become more apparent the further we get into the Jupiter in Scorpio transit.

Proactively set just the right tone in your relationships and social scenes, take action on issues that are bugging you, and you'll be rewarded with a (relatively) smoother and more inspirational passage later on.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jupiter in Scorpio: Wisdom Drawn from the Still Depths of the Soul






Jupiter in Scorpio: October 10, 2017 to November 8, 2018 

This 5,000+-word article delineates and interprets the year-long Jupiter in Scorpio transit. It is available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $10.50 by PayPal or email money transfer.

Until the end of 2017, all new patrons will receive the Saturn in Capricorn article as a bonus ($11.25 value).





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Diminishing and Marginalization of "Those Types" of Astrologers Within the Astrology Establishment


A couple days ago, I was guided/urged to share a link to my recent article, "Hurricane Harvey, the Total Solar Eclipse, and This Era of Unnatural Disaster," on a Reddit.com astrology board, which is a public message board. 

This isn't something I normally do. I've actually never posted a link to this site, and I don't frequent it. Another astrologer kindly posted some of my articles there a few years ago, and I believe I made two comments in total at the site before now.

The link to my article stayed up at the Reddit page for a couple hours. I could see on my StatCounter that people were navigating to my site from that link.

But soon after, the link I posted disappeared from the page.

So I posted it again.

Again, it was deleted.

I thought maybe it was stationing Mercury that was messing with me and asked a friend to check the site for my link. She couldn't find it, either. 

I wanted to know if this was censorship based on the subject matter of the article (which was certainly astrological in nature, involving a fair amount of transit and astrological research) or whether this was a general blackballing of me as an astrologer.

So I tested the waters, posting a link to this other recent article, "The Push for Standardized Astrological Education As a Pluto in Capricorn-Era Control Mechanism." 

In it, I outlined a level of discrimination I've experienced and felt against intuitive astrology (the type of astrology I practise) coming from the astrological establishment. 

The experience I had after posting this link amusingly (and aggravatingly) illustrates exactly what I'm talking about, which I will share here.

Posting the second article had an immediate large and backlash-y reaction with a few people shit-swarming me in the comments section. This included a couple of the more establishment-friendly astrologers trying to dominate my perspective out of existence.

"Your experience is not your experience because I say it's not and because I haven't experienced that myself, so that means it's not happening." 

(Is this what they call gas-lighting?)

I was called "hostile," "skewed," "dogmatic," "objectively incorrect," and was said to be promoting a "narrative that is garbage," among other pleasantries. 

All this because I refused to be brainwashed out of my own (15+ years of) experience, and I refused to be bullied into accepting their more establishment-friendly reality in place of my own.

One commenter seemed to be particularly incensed by my article and perspective, launching into paragraphs-long commentary trying to dominate my viewpoint out of existence. In his mind, his experience as a more establishment-accepted astrologer negated my (very different) experience. The classic, "I haven't experienced that, so it doesn't exist" thing. 

It's common for the dominant paradigm to insist that it is the only paradigm - or the only paradigm that really matters. 

This commenter said full-on that he believed it was correct that astrologers whose work involves conspiracy research should be censored from that message board. That was fairly mind-boggling to me.

Then in the second breath, he demanded to know what made me think he was more establishment-friendly than I am. (You can't make this stuff up, folks.)

Another commenter turned his nose up at sociopolitical astrology ("exhausting!") and stated his preference that astrology be just a "fun personal interest." (This view, depressingly, probably represents 90% of all astrology enthusiasts these days...)


Excessively-long comment section shitstorm short, it turns out that the guy who was so obsessively trying to force his establishment-friendly views down my throat was the moderator who censored my article in the first place! Ah, it all makes sense now.

Except, he claims it's not censorship and that, again, I am pretty well a wingnut if I think that is the case.

The stated reason for my article being deleted (twice) from the Reddit astrology board:

"Resources that discuss conspiracy theories are discouraged in much the same way we discourage palmistry, numerology, and general occult things like that."


So in a fit of absolute and utter cosmic perfection and beauty, we see a clear example of the type of marginalization of "certain astrologers" within the astrology establishment that I wrote about in the article and that I then reiterated in the comments section of that article. 

As this guy is so vehemently insisting that I'm making all this up and this discrimination/experience/perspective does not exist, he is illustrating the very dynamics I'm writing about.

The reason the article had such a huge and backlash-y response from these people is that it hit the nail squarely on the head. 

Now, most astrologers I know are not opposed to palmistry, numerology, tarot, psychic abilities, conspiracy research, etc. It would actually seem insane to us to be opposed to those things. If we aren't into them ourselves, we're certainly not going to make it our mission to discredit them and stamp them out (so long as they are being legitimately practised by skilled and ethical people). 

So if this is the policy of that Reddit astrology page, they need to make that bias known up front by stating it as a rule on the front of the page. 

As I said in the article on forced standardized education/certification, I don't mind being treated like a second class citizen. What I mind is not knowing why I'm being treated that way. What I mind is everyone pretending it's not going on, pretending everything is so inclusive and evolved, when the reality of how things function is far from that.

This Reddit page moderator is taking his cues from the astrology establishment, which believes that it has to distance itself from "those types" of astrologers in order to gain mainstream acceptance (and salaries). 

This type of discrimination against and marginalization of intuitive astrology and astrologers (which, yes, can involve things like palmistry, numerology, psychic abilities, divination tools, conspiracy research, etc.) is unfortunately far from uncommon within the astrological establishment. 

Well, I'm one of "those types" of astrologers. The astrologers I roll with are "those types" of astrologers. The astrologers I respect are "those types" of astrologers.

And we're one potent motherfucking crew. We exist. We practise astrology, we do readings, we write, we teach, all from that potent motherfucking perspective that only we can bring.

And the astrology establishment is just going to have to get over it. Pretending we don't exist or pretending that we're just "secondary astrologers," marginalizing and shutting out our practise of astrology while pretending that is not going on - it's all so very, very last era.

And it's all very clearly a Pluto in Capricorn-era control mechanism, a power move designed to create prestige and financial reward for those who play the game while diminishing and shutting out those who do not.

Let's bring it all out into the open, friends. Jupiter in Scorpio is on its way. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hurricane Harvey, the Total Solar Eclipse, and This Era of Unnatural Disaster

Considering what we know about weather warfare and geoengineering, we have to seriously question whether Hurricane Harvey was an intentionally-created or -enhanced storm. Harvey devastated Houston, Texas and many other areas of the state as Saturn stationed direct at 21 degrees Sagittarius on August 25, following the total solar eclipse August 21.

The related flooding is something that has never been seen before in U.S. history. It is being called a 1,000-year flood, with an estimated 100,000 homes and 1 million vehicles destroyed. People's lives have been detrimentally disrupted for years and potentially decades to come.

Houston is the home of former U.S. President and known member of ruling elite secret societies, George Bush, and this fact sticks out to me like a sore thumb.

We're in an era when the powers-that-be are creating "biblical" unnatural catastrophes that are then blamed purely on climate change or other factors ("Revelations is coming true!").

Unprecedented rainfall and flooding, as well as extremely violent storms, have been experienced around the world with increasing intensity over the past decade. Even before Harvey, the United States had been hard hit with recent massive floods. 

This all plays into the distorted symbolism being intentionally manifested and played out as we shift astrological eras. 

The deluge myths that are being played upon now with these man-made events are cross-cultural, not limited to Noah's Ark in the Christian Bible. From a January 16, 2011 article, "Jupiter at Tail-End Pisces, the Deluge Myths and the Implanting of the Serpent":

"Fragments of cross-cultural deluge myths are suddenly becoming (sur)reality as we traipse through fin-de-Pisces - set off as part of the long-term plan by a version of "God" that is strictly man-made and a version of life on Earth that is strictly symbolic...

If we hone in on North America and the Lenni-Lanapi or Delaware River Indians' version, after the deluge, a period of snake-worship is secretly brought to Earth. Under worship of the God of the snakes, Wakon, this period brings evil, crime, unhappiness, bad weather, death. Just what the doctor ordered for those looking to rid the Earth of 'excess' humanity while controlling the remainder."

If you think weather modification, control of the weather, and weather warfare are strictly wack job conspiracy theory, think again: John F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke about the ability to control the weather to the United Nations General Assembly in 1961. You can't get much more official than that.

Rutgers University climatologist Alan Robock blew the whistle on the CIA's interest in weather warfare in 2015, claiming his department was contacted by the agency about the subject. (Source: "Spy agencies could be funding geo-engineering research in pursuit of weaponising the weather, scientists claims" by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, February 15, 2015, The Independent)

Robock pointed out that the U.S. government/armed forces has used cloud seeding against Cuba in an attempt to increase rain and ruin the sugar harvest.

Robock also pointed to geoengineering during the war against Vietnam, when the United States government/armed forces seeded clouds over the country from 1966 to 1971 to produce an excess of rain and prolong the monsoon season. This secret mission was called Project Popeye, and it ended only after it was exposed by journalist Jack Anderson. (Source: "Controlling the Weather" by Paul Simons, September 24, 2001, The Guardian) Project Popeye was also exposed in the Pentagon Papers, reported on by The Washington Post in 1972.

The Guardian article "Controlling the Weather" also reports on historical tampering with hurricanes. In 1947, U.S. meteorologists seeded the clouds around a hurricane out at sea in a stated attempt to kill it off, but the next day, the hurricane gathered strength and did major damage in Savannah, Georgia.

In 1969, when Hurricane Debbie was 700 miles out at sea, three cloud-seeding missions were flown around the eye of the hurricane. Each time, the hurricane's winds were initially reduced but then picked up again.

During World War II, the United States and New Zealand governments were studying and testing the capabilities of "tsunami bombs" - bombs that would create tsunamis. Project Seal was one of the codenames for these experiments.

We have to wonder what the U.S. government and its scientists have learned since then...

In the video of Hurricane Harvey's path, presented by YouTube vlogger Moe Othman, the hurricane gathers strength and then disappears, gathers strength and then disappears about five times, which is not usual for a hurricane. This unusual path provides evidence of some type of manipulation. 

This video shows Hurricane Harvey being "refueled" by a technique called in-place sequential water vapor generation, WeatherWar101: Hurricane Harvey: Refueled Three Times = 50 Inches

Even more evidence of potential manipulation: as pointed out in Othman's reporting, Hurricane Andrew occurred exactly 25 years prior to Hurricane Harvey and had the same type of path - gaining strength and then disappearing, gaining strength and then disappearing. 

Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida on August 24, 1992.

August 24, 2017 was the day Harvey began to intensify, being upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane.

(Updated) Some recent research I've found claims Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were created via a technique called In-Place Sequential Water Vapor Generation. A particularly chilling detail is that Hurricane Irma, being called the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, is said to have originated over Central Africa on August 24 - the same date Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992 and the same date Hurricane Harvey intensified to hurricane status in 2017.

Even more chilling: the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico that followed the hurricanes occurred on September 19, 2017. This is the very same day that an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City in 1985, killing 5,000+ people.

With Saturn currently gaining speed direct in Sagittarius, let's establish (Saturn) what we know (Sagittarius):

We know that numerology and certain dates are utilized by the powers-that-be because of their symbolism and occult power. 

We know that governments around the world have the ability to use weather as a weapon, including seeding clouds to create torrential rainfall.

We know that the spraying of chemtrails creates a blanket of cloud cover - a continual and daily practise in many countries around the world, including the United States and Canada.

We know that the HAARP project (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) and other technological tools have the ability to create violent weather events.

I've written on the blog before about the fact that I feel the earthquake and tsunami that set off the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis were man-made, potentially via HAARP activity. (See also: tsunami bombs) The clouds seen over Japan immediately following the earthquake certainly appeared suspicious.

I also believe that these unnatural disasters (as well as more traditional war manoeuvres) are being timed according to astrological events.

From a previous article:

"The Fukushima disaster occurred on March 11, 2011, on the very same day that Uranus moved from the last degree of the zodiac (29 Pisces) to the first degree of the zodiac (0 Aries).

Uranus (sudden events, shocks, uranium) + Pisces (ocean, energetic connection of life, end of era/cycle) + Aries (attacks, war, new cycle).

As Uranus entered Aries March 11, 2011, it moved into position for a seven-square series to Pluto in Capricorn (running June 2012 to March 2015) - a square series we last saw during the Great Depression and the lead-up to World War II when Uranus was transiting Aries and Pluto was transiting Cancer (1932 - 1934).

History was about to repeat, Aquarian era depopulation-style.

As soon as I saw the astrology, I knew.

See, naturally-occurring events don't happen that pat. They don't happen that precisely. They rarely follow the astrological symbology to a tee like that - at least, not on that large a scale.

The events that caused the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan were planned to coincide with Uranus moving from the last degree of the zodiac (29 Pisces) to the first degree of the zodiac (0 Aries) - a shocking and traumatic (Uranus) event symbolizing the end of the astrological Piscean era and the beginning of the astrological Aquarian. One era ends, another begins - in a forced, unnatural, and horrific way.

As Uranus entered Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, the first sign of the new cycle, we entered a new era of energy weapons, technology used to attack, and a transhumanist agenda that is attempting to alter the very identity of human beings as natural, biological organisms.

They kicked it off with a bang, to say the least.

As Uranus and Pluto moved into square position, these events were designed to pick up right where World War II left off: a depopulating nuclear war against Japan and against the whole of humanity. But this time it was being waged covertly. In the same way that nuclear attacks have gone undercover with the use of depleted uranium munitions, we are now experiencing sabotage of nuclear reactors as covert nuclear war."

I have experienced unnatural weather events and unprecedented rainfall and flooding first-hand, though on a much smaller scale than the poor residents of Texas.

I've seen flooding of the agricultural zones of the prairie provinces of Canada over the past seven years, particularly in my home province of Saskatchewan. This is recurring flooding that has destroyed crops en masse, as well as property and homes, and it is flooding that has not been experienced before in remembered history.

I wrote about the unprecedented wild weather in Saskatchewan in late July/August of 2010 under the massively potent cardinal t-square involving Jupiter-Uranus in Aries, Mars-Saturn in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn. That flooding led to 114 communities declaring themselves disaster areas, as well as widespread crop failure.

The next year was more of the same - widespread flooding of southeastern Saskatchewan in May 2011, when only one-third of the crop land in the area could be sowed. The cardinal t-square between Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn was still strongly in effect at that time.


Then in June 2014, the Saskatchewan village I was living in (as well as many other communities) was almost entirely flooded after receiving torrential rain for around 48 hours straight. This was a type of rain and a type of flooding that we do not get in the prairies, outside the past number of years. I can't remember a single other time when my area flooded in a similar fashion prior to these events, and neither could my father, a lifelong resident of the area.

I wrote about that flood in this article from July 13, 2014, "The Cardinal Configurations and Orchestrated Disasters in Major Food-Producing Areas." The flooding in 2014 occurred right in the thick of the Uranus in Aries - Pluto in Capricorn square series (2012 - 2015). Transiting Mars was in Libra at the time of the flood, and the Sun and Moon were in Cancer, creating a Cardinal Grand Cross formation with Uranus and Pluto. (All WWA articles related to weather modification can be found under that label on the right side of the page or at this link.)




This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course - people from areas around the world could chronicle similar patterns and anomalies in weather in recent years. 

The flooding of some agricultural areas has coincided with severe droughts in others. Coincidental?  Droughts in California, Texas, Montana, and North Dakota in recent years, to name a few, have prompted massive sell-offs in livestock, as there is no feed for the animals.

To be blunt about it: the Great Depression was just a warm-up for these fucks.

There's no better way to control people than by starving them out or destroying their homes and businesses, their ability to make a living. This has been a historical practise of establishment wealth and power against those with much less wealth and power, and it goes across races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. This includes people being "tractored off" their farm land during the Great Depression of the 1930s, often leading to starvation or malnutrition and being forced into what amounted to slave labour.

Three hundred-year floods...500-year droughts...1,000-year floods...

"Unprecedented," "largest natural disaster in history," "unseen before in our lifetimes," "record-setting rainfall," "record-setting flooding," "most powerful earthquake ever recorded."

And all happening within the past ten years. Does this seem a little suspicious? Do you notice a pattern?

It's orchestrated.

Nostradamus may have predicted this stuff, but he didn't finger the people responsible. Yes, there are actual individuals responsible for this. We're being ruled by straight-up psychopaths with no regard for human life. In fact, they desire to drastically depopulate the Earth and are following plans to that end. It sure would be nice to expose them in a way that could not be refuted... 

There are so many devastated lives and broken hearts in the wake of these hurricanes and earthquakes. It's monstrous in scope, and I'm so sorry to everyone affected.

But this is the power structure of Planet Earth. This is what's being intentionally brought down upon us. We can't be happy to just go along with this system as long as we have a reasonably comfortable life, as long as it doesn't affect us or our loved ones directly. We all need to see it. We all need to know in no uncertain terms who's responsible. With that awareness comes real power.

I've come to understand, after more than a decade of intensive observation, that the nefarious crimes of the big-league power players on this planet are often planned to coincide with astrological events. They are harnessing nature's energy to assist in their vicious deeds, and they are also employing a sick occult symbolism that has become a trademark of this corrupt web of power.

Hurricane Harvey was timed to coincide with the over-the-top Leo New Moon total solar eclipse on August 21.

Harvey made landfall on August 25, just as Saturn stationed direct at 21 degrees Sagittarius. This was followed by days of torrential rainfall. Saturn (the establishment, the father) stationing in the sign of religion, culture, and myth indicates a concrete "deluge myth" event tying in to the occult symbolism/mythology used by the power elite.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Saturn Inches Forward in Publishing-Related Sagittarius

As Saturn (consolidation, concrete efforts) inches forward in publishing-related Sagittarius, I have a few interesting things to report.

First, the wonderful Jeremiah Moss, author of the fabulous Jeremiah's Vanishing New York blog, now has a book out titled, "Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost its Soul." You can check it out online here, but it is being widely distributed and sold, so check your local book shops. (Jeremiah would encourage local, independent book shop patronage!)

For the past ten years, Jeremiah has chronicled the horrifying gentrification of the Lower East Side of New York City, in particular the doubling and tripling of rents on retail spaces to make room for stores, restaurants, and pubs directed toward the rich and trendy. This practise has put hundreds (thousands?) of much-loved and much-patronized small businesses out of business or forced them to move out of their neighbourhoods. This practise has changed the entire landscape of New York City (not just in the Lower East Side), removing a lot of the heart and soul and quirky independence by which it was once characterized.

Jeremiah lovingly documents the vanishing businesses of the Lower East Side - that so many people patronize and love - before they disappear. And I love him for it!

(Aside: I also love Jeremiah's Vanishing New York blog because it's still a blogspot. Blogspots represent!)

The hyper-gentrification Jeremiah has so heartbreakingly and painstakingly chronicled in New York City for the past 10 years is a ubiquitous Pluto in Capricorn-era theme, displacing people from homes and businesses around the globe.

It's the abusive and coercive power of all mighty fiat currency  - a type of phony and corrupted power too often worshiped on Planet Earth and never so blatantly as during the Pluto in Capricorn years (2008 - 2024).

Entire cities are being re-made as playgrounds for the rich and trendy, driving rents and real estate prices up to the point that lower income people are forced out. Make no mistake about it - it's socioeconomic cleansing, a fundamental characteristic of the Pluto in Capricorn agenda.

My own beloved Art of My Heart store (seen to the left in its second - and more orderly - incarnation on the ground floor of the mall) was gentrified out of the TD Square Mall in Calgary, Alberta in 2009. This beautiful, soulful, independent, and utterly unique store was pushed out by the Pluto in Capricorn steamroller to make way for such thrilling and unique high-end chain stores as Brooks Brothers. 

The end of Art of My Heart broke my own heart into a million pieces and threw my life into a state of chaos. At the same time, I knew that what happened there was going on all over the place. The owner and I were far from alone in our unceremonious displacement. 

This article is from May 23, 2009, at the point when I realized Art of My Heart was dead and that it wouldn't be resurrecting in a new location due to sky-high rents all over the city. The article is full of grief and rage and Plutonic horror, and it's bang-on as far as what was going on (and is still going on) and what it was doing to the people involved.

"R.I.P. Art of My Heart":

"I'm just waiting. Inside the fortress that is me. The only place that feels good.

I'm waiting for this wave of hyper-gentrification to run out of steam, so that I can properly assess the situation. At the moment, even walking down the street feels like a blast from an overexposed dystopic imagery furnace. Fake light and happy, grinding its pointy high heel into my eye. A nouveau rich nightmare. Teenagers in brand new, sickeningly overpriced clothes designed to look "lived in." Street-tastic! Carrying Chanel purses (yes, high schoolers with Chanel), cell phones and iced coffees.

They look straight out of the pages of InStyle (Star/People/US Weekly) magazine, so I can see why they feel entitled. That takes a lot of effort. 

Mount Royal Starbucks where you'll get the snobby once-over just for going in to get a take-out coffee. They can sniff out non-upper-mid-class-yuppie status.

 It's a fucking wasteland. Sorry, but it is. 

The so-called alternative crowd drinking overpriced beer, eating overpriced breakfasts in pseudo-retro diners, sitting around in carefully chosen "styles" being all alternative and shit. Talking about how to market their band. Hoping to be noticed, to get famous. Even the indy crowd in this town has this marketing veneer lacquered over everything. 

No one just living their lives. It's all an agenda. Gotta be someone. Gotta get somewhere. Gotta play the game. 

Calgary, Alberta. Schlepping phony Western Canadiana for kicks, but the mean, mean underlying vibe is always there. Vicious millionaires bulldozing soulful establishments and people's livelihoods in favour of clean, cleansed luxury for its clean, cleansed luxury-deserving patrons. A city run by and for young souls. You can throw in a few newly-minted mature souls just to give it that fake "artsy/cultured" thing. Garbage. Trying to lure the people who don't know any better into dropping their money on overpriced drinks and food, clothing and accessories. Paying for fake experiences with fake money.

The downtown mall has kicked all the real stores out in favour of luxurification plans handed down by Torontonian property management overlords.

Brooks Brothers is coming to town! How thrilling. 

Spaces are empty all over town. All over the country. All over the world. Bulldozed livelihoods. Lost our lease. Lost our lease. We're closing shop. And in a way, the independents are relieved. Because trying to keep your head above water in this increasingly corporatized climate is bloody exhausting. They tighten the vice little by little. Priced out. Squeezed out. And when the death of the business finally comes, it's accepted with a sigh. 

And so I wait for the bulldozer to run out of gas. Or to at least take a fucking coffee break. 

I can see it starting. "Luxury" stores aren't lining up to fill those empty spaces. The spots are sitting empty. Stalled monster condo projects all over town. Massive, gaping holes left in the ground with fences all around. They got ahead of themselves, trying to build on phony foundations.

And here I sit. I'm not sure what things are going to look like or if there will ever be a place I can stand being in again. 

Art of My Heart is dead. And every fucking brainless weasel in this town can go to hell."

My little beading zone at the second incarnation of Art of My Heart, TD Square Mall, downtown Calgary, Alberta

The funny thing was that after the richy-rich gentrification of much of Calgary, the oil bust came along! They poured millions into renovating the TD Square mall, putting in fancy sky lights, and booting all the independent retailers in favour of high end chains. And then people couldn't afford to shop there anymore!

From what I hear, downtown Calgary has been pretty much a ghost town for the past number of years - compared to the oil boom days, anyway. That city really could have used the oasis of soul that Art of My Heart provided. They blew it!

Second of my publishing-related announcements: my recent article on Leslie Demeniuk and pharmaceuticals-caused violent crime has been published in the Ripe with Rage zine out of Nashville, Tennessee. You can check the 80-page zine out here. This is the second issue of the Ripe with Rage zine and has a theme of Asylum.  

My own self-published zines are also available in some interesting places at the moment. They can be found at Spartacus Books in Vancouver, B.C., at Camas Books in Victoria, B.C., or at the University of Victoria Zine Library. 

I have to say, I'm most excited about the zine library. When my own local library accepted Hexagon Astrology Magazine onto its shelves, I had a little 'squee' of delight, and when I noticed that someone had actually checked it out, that 'squee' was magnified even further.  

 WWA zines

My own zines are also available online through this blog or through my Etsy shop

My efforts will continue to be focused on writing articles for the blog and for WWA patrons, but it's nice to have a physical medium to work with like zines. They create some cross-pollination and get the writing to people who may not come across it otherwise.
 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Saturn Direct with Dispositor Jupiter in Some Juicy Territory

 Photos: Willow

The engine for concrete progress in the material world, Saturn, turned direct early this morning at 21 degrees Sagittarius, and we're ready to take on a new chunk of growth, development, and achievement in the public sphere. Plans slowly start to solidify and take form. Our positions have been fortified, and we're now setting our sights on the next leg up the mountain.

Saturn will now move through the last decan of Sagittarius in one sweep before entering its own sign of Capricorn at December solstice. More on the Saturn in Capricorn transit is available in this article, "Saturn in Capricorn: An Astrological Overview for Long-Term Strategic Planning."

We're ready for one final push toward achievement and greatness in the sign of scholarly Sagittarius, structuring our lives according to our own truth and guiding philosophies, making commitments and decisions under the ultimate authority of our own wisdom and knowledge.

Achievements in academia, medicine, law, or publishing are particularly highlighted, but again, the greatest Saturn in late Sagittarius achievement may be the commitment to living by our own truth, our own ethics, and our own philosophies, even when they are not aligned with those of the society or collective around us. 

There's a bit of a shake-up indicated in the status-quo-as-you-go as Saturn moves through the last leg of Sagittarius, and our wild-and-free spirits lead the way on this.

The dispositor (key influence) of Saturn in Sagittarius is Jupiter, currently transiting relationship, society, and justice-oriented Libra. 

Jupiter in Via Combusta Libra is heading into some mighty juicy territory as Saturn gets going direct again in Sagittarius, and this indicates some sparkle and flash in the social/relational realms this September.

You may recall from previous articles that Jupiter in Libra is currently in air-fire kite formation with Mars in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius. This kite will be activated again by transiting Venus in Leo September 12 - 17.

Jupiter in Libra is also just about to form its final opposition to Goddess of Discord Eris at 22 degrees Aries (September 1 - 5), which brings Eris themes strongly into the kite formation party. This contact to Eris brings up the potential for some social discord and shuffling over the next month, and we have a re-triggering of themes from this February 15, 2017 article, "Necessary Discordant Notes as Uranus Makes Its Final Conjunction to Eris in Aries":

"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...

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...

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."

So as Saturn grinds back into forward motion again in last-decan Sagittarius, there is the potential for some golden apples to be tossed into the social ring, creating a little necessary disruption in the standardized way of things. There could also be some ripple effects emanating from previously-thrown apples...

The potentially disruptive social/relational element carries through the month of September with Jupiter in Libra moving into its final opposition to revolutionary Uranus in Aries, exact on September 27. We're looking for new-era relational dynamics, win-win social scenarios, and the most productive and meaningful of social connections. This may indicate some breaks from standard social orders and rules for relating.

The winds of Aquarian change may not go over so well for those who like the standard social orders and rules for relating just fine.

The trick is to maintain regularity, tradition, and social structure wherever this is beneficial, but to also bring in new ways of relating and doing things where they are needed and where they make sense.

We aren't going in guns a-blazing, alienating those of a more conservative or structured nature. But we also aren't circling the wagons and shutting out new people or ways of doing things that would ultimately be beneficial to the scene.

Successfully striking this balance keeps Saturn, Uranus, and Eris happy - not an easy feat.

Ultimately, a social structure that does not work for all members of the society is not a fully successful structure. Keeping certain people shut out of society, on the outside looking in, can breed hatred, resentment, and even violence.

We are looking to broaden things a little in ways that make sense. We're looking for the next logical step to take that can be agreed upon (or at the very least, allowed/tolerated) by all involved.

In between its opposition to Eris in early September and its opposition to Uranus in late September, Jupiter in Libra will receive a little cosmic assistance from conjunctions to highly fortunate fixed stars Spica (September 6 - 11) and Arcturus (September 12 - 16). This indicates that socially discordant notes will be kept to a manageable level, as long as the necessary adjustments are made within the established social order.

If not...well, there's plenty of cage-rattling energy here. The universe will likely do its thing with or without our assistance. 

Our social contributions are in the spotlight over the next six weeks as Jupiter completes its transit of Libra, and this particularly involves social contributions that lead the way into new-era social energy and dynamics. Make sure the contributions you make are meaningful to you and that they are a true reflection of who you are and what you're about. These are the contributions that will have the strongest and most long-lasting impact.