Friday, October 27, 2017

The Most Terrifying Ghouls and Goblins on Planet Earth Wear Suits and Ties

 At my neighbours' house. Should I call someone???

As Jupiter sets up shop in Scorpio and we enter the dark half of the year in the northern hemisphere, we're under some fairly intense astrology. The ugly truth is being exposed under a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio combined with a Venus in Libra square to Pluto in Capricorn - or at least, it's starting to make the overall emotional climate a little uneasy, a little anxious, a little agitated.

As the veil between this world and the spirit world thins, we have a particular challenge related to the truth (Sagittarius) about our material circumstances (Saturn) on this planet.

Sagittarius relates to freedom, and Saturn relates to constriction and limitation. As Saturn in Sagittarius closes in on its final exact square to Chiron in Pisces (November 2) at 24 degrees of the signs, we are uncomfortably aware of the ways in which our freedom is being inhibited or hindered and the effects this has on our psychic and spiritual health (Chiron/Pisces).

We are now nearing the end of the Chiron in Pisces transit. The wounded healer has been transiting the sign of spirituality and collective psychic space since February 2011. Chiron will enter Aries in April 2018, retrograding back into late Pisces September 2018 to February 2019, before entering Aries again for the duration of its transit, until April 2027. 

So the truth we are being confronted with as Saturn in Sagittarius forms this final square to Chiron in Pisces (under an 11-degree Taurus Full Moon opposite Sun-Jupiter in Scorpio November 3) is something we've been chewing on for a while now. It's those big issues, those big problems, that seem to have no answers - certainly no easy answers. It's the causes of difficulty or pain we can't quite put our fingers on. It's the bouts of despair or overwhelm or hopelessness that often can't be linked back to a single, specific source. 

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