Friday, February 12, 2016

Mars Retrograde 2016: a Re-Direction of Passions

Mars is referred to as the action planet, relating to physical energy, personal direction, goals, will, anger, aggression, sex drive, sexuality, the way we move, and the way we do things, in general.

One of the primary astrological events for 2016 is a Mars retrograde period from April 17 to June 29 when Mars will appear to re-trace its steps in backward motion through the zodiac. 

Mars retrogrades occur once every two years. With the upcoming retrograde period from 8 degrees Sagittarius to 23 degrees Scorpio, the path we are actively carving through life will be changing - or at the very least, deepening - in 2016, becoming more fully aligned with our personal belief systems, faith, and truth.

Both Sagittarius and Scorpio are known as quite passionate signs, and this Mars retrograde period indicates a time of “passions directed and re-directed.” 

In Sagittarius, Mars is actively seeking meaningful experiences that boost inspiration, exhilaration, joy, and faith, as well as deepening our knowledge of the truth.  

In Scorpio, Mars desires to know stone, cold reality, right down to its deep, dark (and sometimes ugly) core. Mars in Scorpio leaves no stone left unturned.

This is an excerpt from the patron article, "Mars Retrograde 2016: a Re-Direction of Passions." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $9.50 via PayPal or email money transfer.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A New Moon in Aquarius Delivers Us From the Plutonic Grips

We experience a New Moon at 19 degrees Aquarius on February 8 (8:39 a.m. CST) that propels us beyond the Plutonic muck we've been wading through since the year began.

Celebrate good times, friends.

Even the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon has a bit of a relieving message: "A Large White Dove Bearing a Message."

Part of that message is: we're moving out of the gut-churning grips of Pluto in Capricorn! At least a little.

Having our nose rubbed in the dank and disturbing side of things has been fun and all, but honestly, let's bust loose from the muck and mire and set our sights on what's up ahead for a while.

The objective, detached, and future-oriented characteristics of Aquarius will be a very nice change as we deepen into Aquarius season with this New Moon. Mercury moves into Aquarius February 13, and Venus follows into the sign of the water-bearer February 16.

The Aquarius New Moon February 8 officially closes out the lunar cycle that began with the Capricorn New Moon, tightly conjunct Pluto, on January 9.

That entire 28-day lunar cycle was Pluto-infused, making the first month of the year a little heavier and more depressing than usual. (And yeah, January is generally pretty depressing!) Like perpetual Monday morning under the fluorescent lights of a soul-sucking office job...

The lunar month that is now coming to a close included Mercury (communication, intelligence, what's on our mind) retrograding back to a conjunction to Pluto and then stationing direct there on January 25. This kept us struggling with some of the paranoia, obsessiveness, and icy-grip fear related to Pluto for an extended period of time.

Coming out of the holidays, financial and job-security worries were preying on people's minds and emotions in some fairly intense ways, and this theme continues with a Venus (money) in Capricorn conjunction to Pluto on February 5.

Here in Bakken oilfield territory, the rock-bottom price of oil has thrown many people out of work, and those who managed to keep their jobs have often had to take substantial pay cuts. You can certainly see the price of oil reflected in the patronage at the honky tonk dive bar where I work a couple nights a week. Once filled with rowdy, oil field-employed drinkers every single night of the week, we are now closing at 10 and 11 o'clock at night due to lack of customers.

This is just one of the collective Pluto in Capricorn stories as corrupt and unsustainable structures are manipulated and milked to the point of collapse.

Some re-structuring - mental, emotional, and physical - was necessary as we moved through the first month of 2016.

But as we move through the upcoming Aquarius New Moon, Mercury in Capricorn has moved beyond its conjunction to Pluto and has re-gained full speed direct, while Venus in Capricorn has cleared the exact conjunction to Pluto, moving into a nice, productive trine aspect to Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo, exact February 10.

We've received the Plutonic reality check loud and clear. Changes have been made or forced. Endings have been experienced. The dust has (somewhat) settled. And now, as we enter this Aquarian-infused lunar cycle, we're ready to look forward.

We can't simply step away from the things we've come to know, however.

This Aquarius New Moon falls in tight square aspect to Mars in Scorpio, indicating a tension-filled necessity to hold the emotional/psychological bottom line as we make our future plans. Holding the energy of that bottom-line reality - even when it's on the uncomfortable or unpleasant side - ensures that our future plans have the right grounding and less chance of falling apart at the seams.

Aquarius' detachment and icy objectivity have a way of hurting Scorpio's feelings.

And you know Mars in Scorpio will just fuck shit up if its concerns are not taken fully into consideration, right?

We can't simply sever our emotional state or intuition in favour of the future vision. It won't work.

We're balancing what we know and feel in our guts (Scorpio) with what our brains are telling us about the way forward (Aquarius), and this tension continues throughout the 28-day lunar cycle.

Stay at Emotional/Intuitive Ground Zero, but look ahead with interest and excitement, at the same time.

We can't pretend things are less messed up on Planet Earth than they really are. Taking the full shitshow into consideration ensures that we're moving on from here in a grounded, effective, and reality-respecting way. We aren't amputating our feelings or any aspects of our experience in an ill-advised attempt to lighten the load.

Juno is also in Scorpio at the moment, conjunct Mars and square the Aquarius New Moon, so our soul mates are those who also know the score - and live by it - on the emotional and energetic level. Our soul mates are those who've dealt with more than their fair share of shit sandwiches in their day, just as we have.

As we move into this more strongly Aquarian-flavoured time period, Uranus in Aries becomes a much stronger influence over us, indicating a drive to make changes and even radical breaks from the standard way of doing things. These changes may be taken on willingly, or they may be forced by increasingly unsustainable circumstances within our structures, particularly business/finance.

The influence of Mars in Scorpio at the time of the Aquarius New Moon indicates a fairly charged and unpredictable month of events in store for us.

There may be some anger as we run into clashing future visions or people who are looking out for their own interests to the detriment of others. We may have to fight our way through some dense emotional or psychological territory as we make strides toward a future we'd like to live through.

We may also have inflammatory issues popping up with the body (Mars) or physical energy. This is a good time to remind ourselves of transiting Jupiter conjunct the North Node in Virgo and the wisdom of being pristine with diet and health.

Look to the house where 19 degrees Aquarius falls in your birth chart to find the breath of Aquarian/Uranian fresh air coursing through your life and world. There are unconventional and unexpected solutions coming in this area of life as we open out of the New Moon February 8.

The Moon will move through Capricorn, the sign of its detriment, February 4 - 6. As we close out this uber Plutonic lunar cycle, the Balsamic Capricorn Moon will be very busy tying up loose ends. It will form conjunctions to Pluto, Venus, and Mercury in Capricorn as well as a vibe-shifting square to Uranus in Aries, all on February 6.

The electric zing! of Uranus/Aquarius is on its way for the lunar month up ahead, replacing the dense and concentrated energy of Pluto that we've been navigating intensely since 2016 began.

The Aquarian-flavoured lunar cycle that opens February 8 continues until the New Moon total solar eclipse at 18 degrees Pisces (conjunct Chiron) on March 8.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mercury in Blazing-Hot Catalytic Territory As it Stations Direct

So it's Monday. It's January. And Mercury is stationing direct conjunct Pluto.

Well, then.

"One step ahead of reverse" may sum up the proceedings of this day (or the next couple days, to be honest), but keep inching your way through it. Tackle responsibilities like a champ, step-by-step, even if the steps you're taking are teeny-tiny. This will ease your mind and take some of the Plutonic pressure off.

Communication/intelligence planet Mercury will be in forward-ho motion at 14 degrees Capricorn by this evening (direct station at 3:50 p.m. CST).

Mercury's position (tightly conjunct Pluto in Capricorn and square Uranus in Aries) indicates that communication and information flow this week is all kinds of potent.

Pluto is pulling up some yuck, some buried energy or emotion, forcing potentially uncomfortable "air clearing" exchanges designed to move us beyond old sticking points and unsatisfactory ways of interacting. Mercury crawls forward in the zodiac this week, making one final exact conjunction to Pluto at 15 degrees Capricorn on January 29 (11:58 p.m.).

At the same time, Uranus in Aries is blasting us out of old physical and mental constructs in favour of a new vision, a breath of fresh air, new energy sources, new ways of doing things, a fresh start. Mercury will make one last square to revolutionary Uranus at 17 degrees Aries on January 31 (9:41 p.m.). We may see cracks opening or widening within the current structures for us to move through.

We're finding the catalytic words, perspectives, and ideas that propel us beyond the same old crap.

Some (possibly long overdue) speaking up may be necessary, but, with Mercury in Capricorn, we have to be strategic about it. Don't allow the Plutonic build-up to make you lose your cool or overstep your verbal boundaries, especially at work.

Love, money, values, and relationship planet Venus has also just taken up residence in Capricorn and will repeat the activation of the Uranus-Pluto square with a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn on February 5 (7:15 p.m.) and a square to Uranus in Aries on February 6 (4:03 p.m.).

Things are a little unsettled with business plans, structure, love, and money! 

People may be on edge this week: touchy, defensive, quick to anger, easily hurt or insulted, fed up, fuming.

Things are building all week to the Mercury-Pluto conjunction on Friday, and if people are not being fully honest or authentic in their dealings with others, Plutonic meltdowns may force that honesty and authenticity. "Well, then. Tell us how you really feel!"

Things are simmering. Energy is trapped within structures, systems, and rules that are no longer humanly possible to upkeep. Trying to continue with "business as usual" may push people past their breaking points now.

But we have to go past those breaking points in order for the necessary changes to come into play. 

The Mercury contacts to Pluto and Uranus indicate that some major structural shifts are in progress, but it's such a slow-burn process of transformation that our quick-footed messenger planet may be getting a little frustrated.

I would encourage patrons to do a quick review of this article for more context on Mercury in Capriocorn's movement and retrograde process: Mercury in Capricorn Triggers the Uranus-Pluto Square Just as it Enters the Retrograde Shadow

The best use of these aspects is to clear any air that needs to be cleared using right timing and the organic Plutonic process. Don't force your words between anybody's ears, but definitely say what you need to say. Words resonate now far beyond the current moment.

New boundaries and lines in the sand may be established now.

Future plans will become solidified as Mercury regains speed direct, perhaps relating to the overall situation and/or the changing conditions on Planet Earth. 

Mercury will re-enter Aquarius on February 13, cooling our hot, little, Plutonically-charged brains. It will leave the retrograde shadow at 1 degree Aquarius on February 14.

"Named must your fear be before banish it you can."

 - Yoda

(Mercury conjunct Pluto)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A 'Best of WWA' Re-Post: Warning: You're About to Read a Plutonic Punk Astrologer. Proceed at Your Own Discretion.

As Mercury backs into a prolonged, slow burn conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn (in effect strongly January 22 to 29), this post on what's it's like to be Plutonic is coming out of the vault, originally posted June 27, 2011:

I'm always surprised when people are surprised that I'm fairly Plutonically hardcore (and so is this blog). It seems evident to me, but with all the Neptunian projection that goes on on the interweb, a disclaimer might be a good way to get it out of the way.

As is the case with most Plutonics/Scorpionics, I don't put up with any crap, and when people try to feed me crap (yes, I see them doing it, and yes, I know it's crap), I refuse it and dump it back in their laps. This generally leaves people miffed and/or stunned, but their crap is not my responsibility.

Some would call me bitchy. I prefer witchy.

That said, Plutonic/Scorpionic types are generally deeply intuitive and accepting of extremes, able to hold the energy of people in various emotional and psychological states - usually because they have experienced some variation of those states themselves. They don't shy away from the more difficult aspects of life, including death.

If you're dealing with a difficult situation (or a difficult life, period), if your life has just imploded, if you have a major case of the transformational yucks, or if you are just royally and righteously pissed off for some reason, someone with a good handle on this energy is the person you would want in your corner. You can tell them what's really going on for you - as long as it's honest and coming from your own experience - and they can not only deal but work with it intricately to help extricate you from the oppressiveness of it, all while empowering you and keeping you out of co-dependency.

It should be known that Plutonics don't let up easily. A dog with a bone. We're pretty close to relentless. We have to be. We're here to expose power dynamics that have been kept buried for millenia as well as the injurious, unjust, and deadly consequences of those buried power dynamics.

We're here to figure out what's killing us so we can expose it and stop it. We're here to reach critical mass, to hit the marks that catalyze real improvement, real change, while providing such unerring, unfaltering evidence that it breaks through the mass denial that has been crystallized into insulating, deadened shrouds.

It's no easy task.

We're working with issues that people will do everything in their power to deny. People will kill (and do) to keep this stuff covered up.

Most would rather deal with a slow, unexamined, day-to-day poisoning that does not require anything of them than be faced with the raw truth of the situation - something they would have to deal with.

Plutonics wouldn't, though. They can't. So they have to dig it out, and they're here to get all of it. Nothing half-assed will do. Any tentacle left behind will attach and re-grow.

Plutonic people can follow a thread for months or years through thorny bramble bushes, over barbed wire, through mucky gutters, past armed guards, finally reaching the root and clearing away the detritus around it. In a lot of cases, as soon as they get it cleared, along comes a boot to kick mountains of earth back over it. Then the boot plants itself in their faces.

But in other cases, not. In other cases, they find the spaces to move through and bring it up to the light of day. This is happening more and more. It's getting easier.

I'm not a fearmonger. I'm also not "negative," "dark," "pessimistic," or any of the other words used to discredit my point-of-view.

As I've said before, I don't see the world through the New Age light/dark, positive/negative filter. I believe that paradigm is an artificial one set up to keep people from their own authentic experience while denying the authentic experience of others - where the power is.

Incidentally, the denigration and demonization of "the dark" has its root in black/white racism and Aryan supremacy - something the New Age is intrinsically connected to.

From Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States:

"The colour black was considered distasteful in England. The Oxford English Dictionary defined it as: "Deeply stained with dirt; soiled, dirty, foul. Having dark or deadly purposes, malignant; pertaining to or involving death, deadly; baneful, disastrous, sinister. Foul, iniquitous, atrocious, horribly wicked. Indicating disgrace, censure, liability to punishment, etc."

The colour white, on the other hand, was often used, especially in poetry, to mean beauty, purity, chasteness, what's good and right."

(Black is my favourite colour.)

I'm well aware that the power and spiritual energy of righteous people is stronger than the nasty deeds and tactics being used by the criminally insane/inhumane who call themselves our leaders. That has never been in question.

But I also know the ways in which people's most potent energy and awareness is being diverted, manipulated, and used for ends that are not in their best interests.

I know fascism when I see/feel it. You can dress it up, Photoshop it, call it enlightened - it's still fascism.

So I strip the layers, bit-by-bit, as people kick and scream and fight to hold on, to stay comfortably blanketed in them.

What a Plutonic person knows is that in order for things to change this stuff has to be brought up and fully integrated into collective awareness. People have to be living as if it's real, as if it affects them, and as if the wrongs being brought down are being brought down on them - because this is the case. Decisions have to be made, courses have to be changed, using this awareness, so we keep uncovering and providing it. We keep finding the cracks to widen.

And I guess knowing it can make people feel helpless and hopeless because we're dealing with issues that don't fit into the problem-reaction-solution model - another artificial construct. There are no easy, quick-fix answers. It's almost impossibly complex, complicated, tangled.

But working with this bottom-line reality is what I find meaningful. It's what I find exciting and interesting. Sometimes it's even fun. And it's what makes me a good astrologer.

The soft, sleepy Neptunian clouds are maybe pretty to look at, but I do beauty, not pretty.

I know what has been brought down on the people on this planet, and I know what is still being brought down. The injustice of their injuries and deaths burns in me because it's my own. This is not the ancient past. We are not "ascending" out of it. We do not simply "transcend" what has gone on and what is currently going on. The slaughters and poisonings were brought down 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 40 years ago, a century or two. It's the blink of an eye. It's yesterday. It's just the other side of the Neptunian veil dropped over the eyes of the willing. It's a single step outside the Aquarian virtual realities holding rapt attention.

I know the people who have been hurt because they are me. These are the people whose hearts are with mine. What has been brought down on them has been brought down on me, on us. That's real Pisces - not the separation and transcendence and lovey-lighty, awakey-ascendy glossing over that's being preached and sold these days.

All this smoulders and burns until it is rectified. And until it is out in the open, understood, felt, loved, and dealt with en masse, so do I. So does anyone who feels it as their own. The Plutonics.

At this point, holding the awareness of what has gone on and what is going on is doing something. Making changes and decisions in your own life based on it is doing something. Most people are not doing so. It flits into their minds for a minute or two, maybe, and then it's onto something else.

So for all the Plutonic consciousness comrades out there:

Don't doubt yourself.
Don't ever let them reframe your experience into something more palatable and comfortable for them.
What you're doing, reaching the points of authenticity and honesty that you are reaching, is highly effective, and that's why it's such a threat to those who wish to maintain the establishment status quo as you go.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A 'Best of WWA' Re-Post: Time to Beat a Dead Horse! Aquarius and the End of Spiritual Hierarchy

This is from a post on March 4, 2009 (with a little recent editing to bring it up-to-date). It's quite wild to see how much time has elapsed since I wrote this post, as the themes remain relevant today, almost seven years later. This article belongs to a series of articles on deconstructing the New Age meme complex written in a state of sheer indignance that people were even trying to put this New Age scheme over on others.

As stated previously, currently transiting Jupiter Rx is tightly conjunct the North Node in no-nonsense Virgo (opposite wounded healer Chiron in Pisces), which makes for a period of time when puncturing spiritual glamour and trickery is beneficial as we forge ahead under the astrological Aquarian umbrella.

Spiritually enlightened guru-following time is over, if we desire to make that so. And I couldn't be happier. 

It's interesting how time changes a person's perspective. I'm still just as indignant about it all now but in more of a "slow burn" way. When I was in my teens and 20s, I felt that change was inevitable and if enough people came to understand the true situation on this planet, things would start to change and change rapidly. I worked very hard and felt we would be living in a very different world in a matter of a few years. I mean, how could things possibly go on as they were?

As I got older, I realized that the issues I was writing about on this blog (spiritual control, mind control, the Global Government war machine, depleted uranium, Fukushima, nuclear energy, the oil industry, GMOs, chemical agriculture, chemtrails, dangerous pharmaceuticals, etc.) would more than likely make up my life's work. Change wasn't going to come as quickly as I thought as a teen or 20-something, and it was a shock at first to understand just how much time and energy it takes to catalyze real social change and revolution (the kind that sticks).

Now, though, I'm simply honoured that I can continue working on these oh-so-pertinent issues, continue researching, and continue looking into the Hell that is being intentionally brought down on Earth while reporting back on what I see. I'm happy to build on the heavy lifting I did as a younger person. I thank that younger person for her hard work and diligence! And I continue that work.

In light of this, I'm now sharing with you a post on consciously bringing about the end of spiritual hierarchy, particularly in astrological and "spirituality" circles.

I realize some of the WWA readers have been reading since 2009, but most have not. Perhaps this will hit some new eyes in beneficial ways...

Time to Beat a Dead Horse! Aquarius and the End of Spiritual Hierarchy - originally published March 4, 2009 at Willow's Web Astrology

"Transiting Pluto in Capricorn is a potent force intent on crumbling outdated hierarchical structures.

This includes spiritual hierarchy.

As we head into Aquarian-era times, the Piscean spiritual structures that have been built up have to shift. I know this sounds weird. Pisces and structure don't usually go together. But there is a definite establishment that has been built up around spirituality that will find itself increasingly obsolete as we move into egalitarian Aquarius.

I believe the New Age movement is one of those outdated spiritual hierarchies.

The roots of the current New Age movement go to the late 1800s and occultist Helena "Madame" Blavatsky. Blavatsky's work was based on theosophy and was continued after her death by her student Alice Bailey.

Blavatsky's ideology seems to have developed out of the political movement Synarchism, formed by Joseph Alexander Saint-Yves d'Alveydre. Synarchism was developed as a reaction to anarchism and preached the more state control, the better.

Both Bailey and her teacher Blavatsky had ties to Aryan beliefs (that the Aryans were the most evolved race on the planet). Bailey was also hell-bent on removing the influence of Judaism.

Apparently, Hitler was a big fan and kept a copy of Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine at his bedside.

"Hitler, like today's NA [New Age] philosophers, firmly believed in the coming of a new species of humanity. Like modern New Agers, he expected them to be a literal "mutation" of homo sapiens, achieved by arriving at "higher levels of consciousness". He also believed that the new humanity would be free of "the dirty and degrading chimera called conscience and morality," as well as "the burden of free will" and "personal responsibility" which should rightly be borne only by the few with the fortitude to make the awful decisions necessary for the good of humanity." (Sklar, p.58)

- From an online article by Hannah Newman "Nazism and the New Age, Hitler and the Occult" with references from the book The Nazis and the Occult by Dusty Sklar.

I know the "all roads lead to Hitler" thing is tiresome, but this really is pertinent in the examination of the roots of the New Age movement.

You can see how the concept of a "spiritually enlightened" elite who call the shots for the ignorant masses would coincide with fascism, in general, as well as with any hierarchical power structure in which control is consolidated at the top with orders handed down to the lower echelons.

Pyramid-scheme spiritual hierarchy and pyramid-scheme political hierarchy go hand-in-hand.

New Age ideology is built on a hierarchical belief system that there are spiritual masters - Jesus, Buddha, Quan Yin, etc. - who guide the humans on the planet. Regular humans can usually only interact/learn their teachings through an intermediary - a human who is more "spiritually evolved" and in a service role.

There is a focus on spiritual information being secret and accessible only through these spiritual middlemen/women. The whole system is set up as a series of initiations or levels you have to go through to get to the top of the spiritual hierarchy, at which point you gain the consciousness of and become an "Ascended Master."

There is constant focus on spiritual materialism and the individual reaching "enlightenment" through the program of New Age books, lectures, workshops, gurus, products, retreats, cleanses, meditations, etc. prescribed by those supposedly higher up the enlightenment ladder.

There is pressure to conform to the teachings of these people, to "surrender" and give oneself over to the "evolution of consciousness" up the enlightenment pyramid scheme.

This system is set up to appeal to human cliqueiness - being "in the know," part of a special, enlightened group of people.

It's designed to appeal to the spiritual ego, teaching people that they have varying degrees of spiritual specialness over the common herd and can help others get to that special level they inhabit through spiritual service roles.

And boy, do a lot of New Age adherents like to rub it in when they believe they're higher up the Spiritual Ladder of Successful Enlightenment.

It's so incredibly annoying to be told by a proselytizing New Ager, when you offer a different perspective than the one they're asserting, that they're sorry you're just not "there yet" and that they hope that one day you will be open to the truth (their truth).

Nope. I've just been and gone is all. Not interested in what you're selling.

New Age people who believe they are in these spiritual service roles often feel compelled to proselytize and pass on their ideology any chance they get. "Spreading the word." They believe they are more enlightened than the masses and explain away all critique/opposition as that of "lower consciousness." They commonly believe that exposure to their ideology will bring people to a higher consciousness level - that people will inevitably, with enough exposure, come to the same understandings that they hold.

Reinforcement of spiritual hierarchy isn't the way of the Aquarian paradigm. Under this paradigm we're all on the same "level." There is no such thing as a spiritual person and a non-spiritual person, an enlightened person and a non-enlightened person.

Thanks, Aquarius. You're a pal.

The New Age establishment is in for a dramatic Aquarian leveling, I believe. It will become increasingly difficult for people to set themselves apart, promoting a glamourous spiritual image (and taking that image all the way to the bank). The level of overblown spiritual ego fostered by this system will have an increasingly tough time of it. People who are used to constant little ego boosts from others who are impressed by their supposed higher consciousness level will find it increasingly difficult to get a really good fix.

Continuing with the master-student paradigm at this point will be prone to ass-biting karmic lessons about not blindly following. Doing so under the current conditions sets us up for massive disillusionment and abuses of power within these types of follow-the-leader, hierarchical structures.

(Editor's note: The three dead and dozen injured at James Arthur Ray's The Secret-themed retreat in October 2009 would be a prime example of this. Articles here and here.)

Spiritual information/universal law is no longer to be shrouded or considered beyond the commoners, accessible only through an intermediary. (This was never the reality to begin with.)

Aquarius is about integrating collective wisdom and knowledge into the community, as comrades and equals, and using it concretely to solve humanity's problems.

But just like the economic system, this spiritual hierarchy is not going to shift quietly. There's a whole army of New Age missionary-types who make it their personal goals to spread their understanding of things - prescribed by a program or system or guru-type.

There is a push to get new converts into the fold, and they don't like it so much when you don't want to be folded. Staying in your own energy seems to be taken as a personal affront for a lot of old school New Agers. They want to envelope you in theirs. There's a push with these folks to get everyone on the same page. Oneness. Everyone agreeing with each other.

And boy do the fangs come out when you aren't willing to be guided into their understanding of things and exert a differing perspective.

Subtle manipulation and unrequested promotion of what they're into is one surefire way you can tell that a person is holding onto the spiritual hierarchy. And then "more-enlightened-than-thou" condescension when you exert your boundaries. Anger and lashing out about how you are too negative or unconscious or closed off are also popular tactics when you don't swallow what they're trying to feed you.

The problem with this is - we don't all agree. We're distinct individuals with our own minds and bodies of knowledge. It's not about blissing out together in communal harmony anymore (if it ever was). It's about all voices being respected and taken into consideration, not just those singing the same New Agey tune.

Aquarius requires that we take on the responsibility of our individuality within the collective, to be ourselves and to say what we think and feel, even if it goes against the grain - especially if it does. 

And maybe this isn't comfortable for everyone, but these are real human relations. It's not always harmonious.

From what I can surmise, people in positions of earned leadership in the Aquarian paradigm will not be promoting or imposing their particular brands of spirituality as the key to salvation. And they will not be self-labeling as our "visionary leaders." Being followed is the last thing people attuned to Aquarius will want, and they will certainly not be talking people out of their own experiences.

Painting people in difficult circumstances as "too negative" or "unenlightened" or "dense," rather than actually listening to what they're saying and taking action on it, is just insulting. It also lets everyone off the hook for any collective responsibility for what is systemically being created on this planet. This way of explaining things has absolutely no sociological perspective.

I always think it's hilarious when people say, well, I've always had a comfortable life. I've always had everything I wanted, when I wanted it. So obviously these other people are doing something wrong in their lives.

These people honestly don't see how their comfort has often been provided on the backs of other people in much less comfortable circumstances.

In reality, most "spiritual" knowledge is fairly common sense when people are connected to themselves and to their bodies.

The problem is that our societal structures are set up in a way to keep people disconnected from their own spiritual wisdom, their emotional guidance, their inner world, and the healthiest and most balanced ways of living, connected to the Earth. People are often talked out of what they feel or experience.

When we transform our sick structures (as Pluto in Capricorn is requiring), we will have fewer sick/out of sync people, and I think this actually freaks the hell out of the people selling the supposed cure.

I've always felt that much of establishment New Age was treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional, disconnected culture rather than dealing with the root, systemic/institutional causes of the sickness. As long as the structures people are living in are sick and dysfunctional and spirituality is considered separate from the day-to-day, they'll never be out of business selling the temporary cure!

Until the New Age establishment addresses the problems that create the sickness in the first place, working to change that from inside the mainstream structures out, it is just capitalizing on a bad situation.

To me, the constant positivity pushing of the day only makes things worse. Denying the intolerable things going on on the planet gives those committing the wrongs more power, allowing them to continue. Thinking that if we "transcend" (you say transcend, I say deny) the horrifying parts and make it all the individual's fault (a la The Secret), we'll all be fine and dandy is naive at best, dangerous and deadly at worst.

The frictional transition between Pisces and Aquarius is all around us these days, and it takes a lot of conscious skill to successfully deal with the requirements of both energies.

There has been a lot of talk on Internet circles about the New Age roots of the powers-that-be - the sort of creepy spirituality that allows them to murder and ravage the planet, all as part of the "Divine Plan." (While keeping the followers sedated with Love and Light soma, eyes glazed over with Neptunian bliss, repeating the "all part of the Divine Plan" mantra.)

I initially read about the connection between New Age and the New World Order's One World Religion on astrologer Robert Phoenix's blog, and that connection made perfect sense to me based on my personal experiences with people in the New Age movement. Both bank on the idea of an "enlightened" group of elites calling the shots for the rest of the planet - the unenlightened sheep who can't be trusted with autonomy.

Too bad these so-called elites are so very far from true spiritual understanding and from being real leaders. Thus, their vision will create yet more dystopia. Too much secrecy, domination, abuse, and manipulation. Um, yeah. And killing.

And too close to that whole Master Race thing. 'Memba that?

So you can see the roots of this stuff.

Outdated, redundant, not just a little creepy, and in the wrong hands, horribly dangerous. (It's most definitely in the wrong hands.)

To me, the crystallized establishment that has grown up around this stuff has to be examined and broken down: the spiritual egos and quest for spiritual superstardom, the proselytizing, the groupthink, the programmed idioms repeated ad nauseum. Unbalanced denial of "the dark" and lack of socio-political awareness. The hierarchical way of thinking about spirituality, in general. The explaining away or glossing over of anything that doesn't fit the paradigm. The insufferable positivity-pushing and passive aggressiveness. The way individual experience is rejected for umbrella New Age platitudes. The emphasis on "transcending" the problems of Earth (and Earth-bound experience altogether), rather than digging in and dealing with the issues head-on.

To me, this stuff has to go because this is the stuff that threatens to hold people back in an outdated paradigm, repeating the mistakes of the past.

We have a responsibility to improve conditions for all living things on this planet, and those who say otherwise aren't talking real Aquarius."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Deconstructing the New Age Meme Complex with Transiting North Node and Jupiter in Virgo: A 'Best of WWA' Re-Post

 Photo: Willow

Wisdom-related planet Jupiter has just stationed retrograde at 23 degrees Virgo (January 7) and will retrace its steps through the sign of the virgin until stationing direct again at 13 degrees Virgo on May 9. 

Jupiter is a planet associated with valuable wisdom and knowledge and also with experiences that bring us that valuable wisdom and knowledge. It is a celestial body associated with "luck," though I see it more so as representing a deeply-ingrained store of wisdom and general prowess in an individual that brings benefits and the appearance of luck. 

With Jupiter transiting Virgo until September 9, 2016, our discernment, our analytical skills, our attention to concrete (and sometimes unpleasant/inconvenient) details, and our work ethic bring us luck and expansion.

To be more specific (and Virgo loves specifics), our ability to puncture through illusion, mis-truths, half-truths, and general mental garbage brings us luck and expansion. Virgo is a "separating the wheat from the chaff"-type of sign, removing all excess, all that is redundant or unnecessary. 

Crisp, clean, cool. 

Jupiter is currently traveling in tight conjunction to the North Node of the Moon in Virgo, which indicates that "Virgo wisdom" is our shield as we carve a path through current circumstances. We must practically apply that Virgo wisdom in our daily lives in order to be fully successful now, avoiding the karmic pitfalls of the Pisces South Node abyss.

Whereas earthy Virgo is associated with practical efforts, hard work, the mundane, and all things systematic, Pisces is associated with dissolution into the spiritual, chaos, surrender, and the general 'blissing out' of material reality. 

With the South Node of the Moon transiting Pisces, one of those abyss zones is spiritual control, including by my favourite topic to deconstruct and nullify - the New Age movement.

My past experiences with New Age ideology - and the insidious merging of astrology with New Age beliefs - have brought me a certain degree of wisdom (Jupiter) about that whole machine and the effects it has on the human mind and spirit.

This is the first in a series of Mercury retrograde re-posts I will be doing, and I believe this information is just as relevant today as it was when I wrote it.

From a June 1, 2009 post:  

The Vilification of Virgoan Analysis and Scorpionic Intuition Within the New Age Meme Complex

""Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense."

- From 1984 by George Orwell

The last post on New Age solipsism got me thinking about how important both Virgoan analysis and Scorpionic intuition are, especially these days, in determining real from fake. It also got me thinking about how both those things are vilified in much of the New Age ideology of the day.

The manipulation of the people has very much gone to the embedded stage. The trick of the day is to mix a grain of truth with a little trend-a-licious language and imagery along with a whole lot of garbage designed to achieve certain hidden, control-based motives - and hope people swallow it whole.

Current world governments are setting up embedded police/military forces. Just think about that for a moment. People embedded in daily society who appear to be regular citizens who are actually members of the police or military. Imagine the effect of this on our communities.

In the same way, I feel that the people are being coerced with embedded pseudo-spiritual ideologies.

I know this starts to sound a little kooky for some people, but it's not really.

It's the idea of certain ideologies, catch phrases, and ways of thinking catching on like wildfire in a population. We must examine the root reasons certain ideologies spread so rampantly in this way (virally), as well as the effects those ideologies have on the individual and the collective society.

Although I'm not a Richard Dawkins fan (strong non-fan, actually), he coined the term 'meme' for this phenomenon.

Meme: a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes, especially with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them, much as viruses do.

The term 'meme complex' denotes a group of mutually-supporting memes that form an organized belief system.

I see the New Age movement as a meme complex.

To me, this concept explains very well how the ideas of the New Age are spread. Think of the rampant spread of the ideology of The Secret, for example, and how people felt a compulsion to aggressively (and/or passive aggressively) proselytize and spread those ideas to the people around them.

The constant promotion of certain New Age ideas by its proponents - all while often denying doing so - is an example of how these memes are spread in the population. Examples: "creating abundance," "creating your own reality," "all part of the divine plan," "love and light," "oneness," "moving to a new dimension," "density," "enlightenment," "transcendence," the concept of spiritual hierarchy leading to ascended master consciousness, etc.

People are often parasitized by these ideas/memes without even knowing it. Their speech is peppered with this stuff, or sometimes just a few words sneak in, but the energy of it is the same. The fact that people promote it often without recognizing they're doing it - or at the very least denying they are doing it - shows the level to which it has been embedded.

A lot of New Age people I've come across use very sneaky and subtle proselytizing techniques. They start off with seemingly benign chit-chat and then subtly start pushing their beliefs, throwing in a few key concepts. Because they're not doing it out in the open, it's easier for the meme to spread. People feel its all very innocuous.

But I believe the effects of these New Age memes on the individual and, therefore, on our societies, are far from innocuous.

The words often say one thing, seemingly benign on the surface, but ultimately mean another. Elements and applications of New Age ideology are being used manipulatively, in damaging ways, and are taking hold along with the seemingly more light-hearted aspects.

The end result of people adopting these ideas is a largely complacent, docile, navel-gazing population ignorant of much of anything that hasn't been prescribed on their journey up the (false) enlightenment ladder.

It's bizarre to me that people speak as if they are reading straight out of a New Age 101 textbook, but they claim they are not New Age. They repeat the same beliefs, the same idioms, quote the same gurus, use the same tactics but claim no connection.

If there really is no connection, how can I tell within seconds that someone is coming from this ideology, no matter how sneaky the person is? Once you can energetically pick up on the influence of these New Age ideologies, there is no doubt.

So perhaps "New Age" is an old term, one easily denied by those who sense critique? Maybe we need a new term for this meme complex.

Either the proponents of these ideas are denying the roots or they really don't know what they're promoting. In either case, most haven't examined the sociological effect of what they're promoting, and this is unnerving.

To me, the prevailing New Age meme complex is an overriding mindset that promotes complacency (misusing the terms "acceptance," "tolerance," "surrender," "all part of the divine plan"), along with socio-political ignorance, lack of personal responsibility/action, and solipsism (nothing exists outside yourself), where every social ill is linked back to the individual's own negative thinking, personal impurities, or belief system. Every social ill, people are told, can be solved with internal self-examination, meditation, and "spiritual" practises prescribed to them.

Everything is considered subjective and beyond personal judgement, even the idea of right and wrong.

Everything can be explained away with this mindset - murder, theft, rape, destruction of people's homes and businesses. People are taught that they do not have the right to judge these things. They are taught to give up their own personal discernment and values in favour of the "divine order."

People are taught that nothing exists outside themselves, and that, therefore, there is no external accountability for actions, even from public officials. Everything is in the hands of the "higher power," which they already are or can become by submitting to the hierarchical process of "enlightenment."

The ideology goes that there is a spiritual hierarchy that each individual is striving to climb on his or her way to achieving "ascended master" consciousness. (IE. Buddha, Jesus, etc.) Immense amounts of time and energy are put into climbing this supposed enlightenment ladder, all focused on the individual achieving "enlightenment," which is determined by those who are already considered at the top of that hierarchy.

There are endless books, lectures, workshops, retreats, sessions, fasts, cleanses, purification rituals, diets, programs, all intended to keep the individual focusing strictly on him or herself. There is also a strong element of playing people off each other, activating the spiritual ego about who is more or less "enlightened." It's a race to the finish line.

"Guru" human beings who have supposedly reached the highest levels of this enlightenment ladder are set up as models by which those on a lower rung should pattern their lives.

And again, the language of it seems innocuous at first to the untrained ear. (As does, for example, world leaders calling for a New World Order.)

Tolerance, acceptance, love and light? Who could be against these things?

But here is the subtext, the double-speak. Here is where the combination of Virgo and Scorpio are necessary to weed out the real from the fake, to pick up on the underlying message and energy and to identify and eliminate the embedded poison before it is swallowed.

There is the message and then there is the effect and application of that message. Here is where the ideological thrust of the New Age movement gets less innocuous.

When you strip away the fuzzy language, the effect is this:

People are taught to adhere to moral relativism - that reality is completely subjective, all in how you look at things. People are taught that acceptance of all things is the way to go, including those things generally considered personally or socially unacceptable, because the individual has no right to declare what is right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable. They are told they do not understand the divine order of things (only those "higher up" do) but can calm themselves with the understanding that it is "all part of the divine plan." This goes to the extent that mass murder committed by the state is considered to be all part of the divine plan.

Nothing exists "outside" the individual, so all events are linked back to the individual. If "darkness" is experienced, it is because the individual is a negative thinker or holds a negative belief system and is attracting this "negativity." This often creates a huge amount of guilt and an eroding belief that there is something wrong with the individual, that he/she is energetically dirty, etc. Because of this all-encompassing link to the individual, all ills, people are taught, can be solved with internal focus. There is a lack of holding anyone external accountable for his or her actions because, they are taught, there is no "external." This also relates to the state and relieves the individual of any requirement of political or sociological awareness or action. There is a lack of any personal responsibility or concern for collective circumstances.

There is constant, unbalanced positivity-pushing, an "if you don't look at it, it doesn't exist" ethic.

All questions are answered with the same meaningless, solipsistic idioms.

An endless focus on spiritual materialism, philosophical tail-chasing, and internalized navel-gazing related to the goals of climbing the personal enlightenment ladder is encouraged, fueling already off-the-charts levels of narcissism within this group of people. (Wank, wank, wank.)

People are encouraged to drop/"purify" their egos and personal will, as well as any personal values that are not aligned with New Age values. Those values, they are told, are from a "lower consciousness," also sometimes referred to as a "lower dimension," "lower vibration," or "density."

Anything that doesn't fit the meme complex, people are told, is from that "lower consciousness" and is looked upon distastefully.

There is overriding pressure to conform to the ideas of the group - misusing Piscean "oneness" to mean homogenity. New Age adherents are taught that it is inevitable that, with enough exposure to their "universal truths," everyone on Earth will come to the same understanding of things that they have come to, which, they are taught, is simply "increased consciousness," not a belief system or ideology. There is pressure to envelop the traditional religions into the New Age "oneness consciousness," also sometimes referred to as One World Religion. This New Age "oneness consciousness" is, again, believed by adherents to be the inevitable progression of human consciousness on Planet Earth.

Reinforced separation from non-adherents is built right into the system. This plays on the hierarchical spiritual ego: the idea that New Agers are special and of a higher consciousness level than the rest of the people on Earth. New Agers are taught that the people who refuse to "see the truth" are in a different dimension of consciousness from the one(s) they inhabit, and that the dimensional divide is so strong that eventually they will not even be able to physically perceive these other people. This reinforces the "enlightened/unenlightened" divide and fuels more bubble-dwelling solipsism and lack of care for fellow human beings. It's also a big boon for murderous world governments when people divide themselves along "consciousness" lines and stop believing they even inhabit the same dimension as people who are less privileged. Because it is only the so-called enlightened who know how to "manifest abundance" (wealth), the poor are blamed for their poverty and difficult circumstances with no understanding or consideration of the class-related power dynamics on this planet - intentionally reinforced to benefit the few over the many. More of the "if I don't look at it, it doesn't exist" ideology.

There is a great deal of reinforced socio-political ignorance within this ideology, as New Agers are often taught that they are in a "different dimension" from war, poverty, suffering, injustice, politics, etc. Because they have "transcended" these distasteful aspects of life on Earth, they have no personal responsibility for social or political awareness or action.

The constantly reinforced ideas of "transcendence" further the ungrounded separation from the requirements of physical life on Earth. Those requirements (including those of inhabiting a human body) are often looked upon as "unenlightened throwbacks," simply as things that need to be pushed beyond, rather than heeded.

Virgoan skills such as critical analysis, personal discernment, personal preference, judgement and rejection of what is not meaningful, necessary, or acceptable for the individual are all looked at suspiciously and are quite often given a negative spin. Here, within the context of the tail-end astrological Piscean Age, there is an imbalanced glorification of and push for Piscean qualities (tolerance, acceptance, surrender to a higher power, going with the flow, passivity, love and light, etc).

So much easier to pull the wool over your eyes, my dear!

In reality, Virgo energy has never been more necessary to balance the excesses of tail-end Pisces.

Scorpionic intuition is also vilified quite often by those in the New Age but is very necessary to skillfully determine what is really going on. Scorpio is aware of extremes, both ends of the spectrum - light and dark, yin and yang, negative and positive - and it is also aware of the trickery and ruthlessness that are used along that spectrum. The consciousness represented by Scorpio relates to things most people would prefer not to look at and/or would prefer to deny altogether (which the New Age consistently does). Scorpio can't pretend. It can't look the other way. When Scorpio feels that something isn't right, something isn't right. It has to penetrate to the core of what is going on and remove detrimental influences.

Scorpio intuitively feels things like dishonesty, lack of integrity, motivation, abusiveness, attempts at subjugation/domination, and coercion.

This intuitive understanding is, again, generally written off within New Age circles as "negative" under the imbalanced Piscean umbrella of, "Everything is acceptable. Be open to everything."

Scorpio is aware of both the surface appearance and what is going on underneath (hidden influence and motivations), and the proper use of its intuition is crucial.

But any form of critique or exploration of motivation is written off by the New Age movement as the "negative perceptions" of the individual. Or the (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) perceptions of a less enlightened individual who "just isn't there yet." The individual's intuitive skills/personal perceptions are often vilified by those in the New Age. "You need to check/align your perceptions," they are told by the New Age proponent, all in an attempt to get them "on board."

Both Scorpio and Virgo, when they haven't allowed themselves to be talked out of their knowledge, can smell bullshit a mile away. These energies, well-developed, can determine real from fake. They can identify the drop of embedded poison before it is swallowed.

Skillfully-used Virgo and Scorpio energies are both dangerous tools to have in the hands of people you are trying to put one over on. If your motive is dirty, Virgo and Scorpio will more than likely know it and, in combination, can generally prove it. These signs can pick up on the most subtle of vibrations. Very refined "spidey sense." Built-in bullshit detectors.

Both these energies are valuable in scenarios of embedded motives.

And again, these signs are dangerous to people with coercive, manipulative motivations. They would prefer the populace give these powers over to them, and with New Age ideology, they generally do.

This is why people using these faculties are so often attacked or written off as negative, dense, dark, unenlightened, etc. within the New Age movement.

It's all kind of silly because both Virgo and Scorpio are considered negative. They're yin/feminine/negative signs. It's just that the current New Age paradigm equates negative with bad, rather than as the balancing yin to the yang.

It's the perfect embedded religion to go along with that embedded police force. It's a belief system that claims no centralization. People promote the beliefs without even knowing what they are doing and without knowing the effect these beliefs have. It's the advancement of One World Religion, and most people don't recognize it.

Nothing is out in the open. The influence and allegiances are hidden, which is why it's crucial that we develop these very refined bullshit detecting skills and trust our own perceptions, especially when the pseudo-spiritual ideology of the day is trying to talk us out of them."

Jupiter and the North Node transit in tight conjunction in Virgo this winter, forming an exact conjunction at 15 degrees Virgo on June 20, 2016 after Jupiter goes direct.

So sharpen those Virgoan wits as Jupiter and the North Node transit the sign, and puncture any bullshit that doesn't hit your ears as being quite right!

Be sand in the underwear for those who are trying to pull the wool over our eyes, glossing over the pertinent details for their own benefit. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy 2016!

Photos: Willow

Well, 2016 is off to a bit of a creaking start under the Mercury retrograde station. It's always a little difficult to get back into the swing of things after holidays, and the communication/information/connection planet standing still in the zodiac is not helping this cause all that much.

Mercury standing nearly still on the first degree of Aquarius, like it is now, does set our sights on the future. It just doesn't let us jump too far ahead. As Mercury changes direction in early Aquarius (the retrograde station was January 5), our focus is held on the earliest phases of the blueprints that take us through this year and closer to a future vision for our lives, for our communities, and for this planet that we'd actually like to live through and experience...

There are some practical and gravity-laden challenges associated with getting to that future vision, however. (The current state of toxic, illegitimate, injurious, and deadly power structures on the planet would be a major one). The rest of Mercury's retrograde period will bring us into contact with some of these challenges.

The way things are being done by the establishment does not make logical sense to anyone with a fully functioning heart and soul.

This is hard on a brain. It's hard on a heart. It's hard on the emotions. Accepting the reality of this is one of the requirements now, one of the ways we succeed during Mercury's retrograde period.

As Venus (values) forms a conjunction to Saturn (establishment/structure/patriarchy) in Sagittarius on January 8, influencing Mercury as it slides back into late Capricorn, we're cementing our own value systems and guiding philosophies as the over-arching righteous force in our lives. We're cementing love as the over-arching righteous force in our lives. Love is the deepest and wisest and most enduring sage. Committing to love and to the loving path (Venus), no matter what, positions us for long-term success (Saturn) now, while also helping us to overcome any fears that may be holding us back in this new year.

Fear is no match for love.

Fear is no match for the love that rings through every cell of your body, radiating from its Central Sun, from the centre of the galaxy that is you.

Under this Venus-Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius, we're committing to the righteousness of what's in our hearts, and in a system intentionally designed to disconnect us at the heart, that alone is a radical act.

We may also be confronted by the values of the current establishment (both what is declared and what is displayed in practise), forced to reject whatever proves false or illegitimate to us.

We're wrapping our minds around all this during the Mercury retrograde (January 5 - 25), extricating our own brains and logical processes from the systems and structures that have run us off a cliff.

We're protecting our own mental health and the mental health of our loved ones from systems and structures intentionally designed to entrap, poison, manipulate, divert, distract, and control.

Mercury will now backtrack to a conjunction to Lord of the Underworld Pluto in Capricorn where it will station direct January 25, still within tight conjunction. This creates an extended, slow-burn Mercury-Pluto conjunction that is strongly in effect during the last 10 days of January, with exact aspects January 22 and January 29.

The protection of our mental space over the next weeks could require the elimination of certain media, contacts, information sources, thought patterns, or communication. It could also force some uncomfortable but necessary interactions as buried feelings, grudges, and resentments come spinning off and up to conscious awareness. A clearing of the air that leaves everything lighter and fresher, like the aftermath of an intense thunderstorm.

Mercury-Pluto contacts are transformative, bringing us to empowering points of steely-eyed clarity. Remember the Plutonic method behind the madness when things get tough. 

Mercury in Capricorn will also fuel itself up via dynamic squares to Uranus in Aries, exact January 20 and January 31. We can expect some charged insights about the way forward as our brains process the energized and erratic impulses of Uranus. Ruminate on your forward-ho vision around these dates. Ruminate on how that vision fits into the collective scene. And allow space for lightning-bolt insights and realizations that change everything. 

(More astro analysis of this Mercury retrograde can be found in this patron article: Mercury in Capricorn Triggers the Uranus-Pluto Square Just as it Enters the Retrograde Shadow)

It may seem that "the way things are" is stepping on our vision and plans in a big way. But the clusterfuck of hell that is the current establishment power structure (trickling down to workplaces, family structures, and personal relationships) is actually giving us the fuel, the motivation, the smarts, and the propulsion to go all the way with it.

We can go a different way - a way that feels better, a way that feels loving, a way that feels right. But we have to know exactly what we're dealing with, exactly where we're starting from, in order to make the right moves.

Our minds are heading back into hell, to a certain extent, as we move into 2016. Our minds are (temporarily) locked on this hell that we must work through, this hell that is really and truly going on on this beautiful planet, this hell that is intentionally being brought down on us, on our loved ones, and on all the precious life on this planet.

Our minds are going back into that clusterfuck (temporarily) so we can understand it from all angles, so we can gain full mental possession, so we aren't scared.

So we aren't too scared to do what we need to do. 

We're mentally working our way out of the last tendrils of manipulation and maya and mindfuckery. How refreshing. How empowering.

And Pluto is all about empowerment, when it comes right down to it. Pluto shows us the dark and dirty so we don't waste our precious time as dupes, as less effective that we truly are or could be.

Mercury re-enters hard-nosed, all-business Capricorn on January 8 just as Venus conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius. (Mercury will re-enter Aquarius on February 13, crossing out of the retrograde shadow just in time for Juno Day on February 14.)

Immediately following Mercury Rx's re-entry into Capricorn on January 8, we experience a Capricorn New Moon at 19 degrees (February 9 at 7:30 p.m. CST), and we really don't have much time for lollygagging at that point. The holiday's officially over coming out of that Capricorn New Moon, and we need to get back to being large and in charge of things in order to feel good about ourselves and our progress.

Until then, slide back into the working grind gradually, allowing plenty of slack-cutting for your fine selves...

Happy 2016, WWA readers! I'm very happy to be your anarchist astro-reporter again this year, pulling news and views out of the cosmos for your navigational assistance. Keep making this planet great!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hexagon Astrology Magazine Subscription Drive!

Hexagon Issue #2

Hexagon Astrology Magazine, the blazingly awesome new astrology magazine being put out by astrologer/editor Matt Savinar, is having its first subscription drive!

You can check it out here:

A one-year subscription (4 issues) can be had for pledges of $55 US or higher.

Canadian subscriptions will be $75 US ($20 shipping). This will be converted for Canadian subscribers when you make your pledge.  

Hexagon Issue #2 will also be available in 335 Barnes and Noble stores in the United States, and further distribution is being worked on. I'm hoping for Canadian distribution, as well, at some point.

If you missed the premier issue of the magazine, which came out in August 2015, there are pledge amounts that will snag you a copy of it, as well. 

The first 144 subscribers (The Original 144) will also receive this highly cool patch as a memento: