Sunday, July 26, 2015


      If you set out at one point on a trip around the world, you eventually end up exactly where you started. Such is the nature of roundness. Forward motion is questionable, even though most people perceive time moving linearly. It goes round and round in some mysterious fashion that people strain to understand and race to keep up with. They also strain to identify the motion with improvement, although reality does not always bear this out. Something better is inevitable from time to time, though, with statistical factors in play.

      The same can be said about the astrological wheel as a representation of a life. The greater wheel of the ages speaks of humanity's journey, and oddly, that circle goes in exactly the opposite direction from the personal one. So what is this thing called progress and evolution? Forward is not always good. You could be walking straight into a pond loaded with water moccasins, for example. In that case backward would be considered good. Forward and backward both work.

      In Pisces the native comes to the end, to begin anew in Aries, the birthing point of personality, assuming there might be continual forward progression. This point is often accompanied by a feeling of futility where all previous struggles have come to naught and the person is ready to relinquish control, freeing him or herself from mundane contests, however briefly, in order catch a glimpse of other dimensions. Here's how this comes about.

      In Aries, the native is born and starts the solo journey looking ahead, finding something to do, forming relationships, building families, creating a complicated network of connections, and arriving at Capricorn, or the 10th house, where he attempts to join in the construction of a great society. In Aquarius, it's discovered that the attempt hasn't worked out as well as expected. Social and political systems are far from ideal, so utopian concepts are developed and group cohesion becomes the goal. In Pisces one understands that nothing has worked, really. So the person gives up for a minute to experience a moment of refuge and resuscitation. This brief interlude is where one stops in the circle and pauses to see the expansive realms existing outside the confines of the body and structured worlds. At this moment the entrapment of mundane living can be wearisome, but it also frees the native for square one again and a new plan. The period of confinement offers the chance to undo. It's a time to recognize the limits of human influence and to contemplate the inclusive nature of existence. Everything happens all at once and all experiences are vital to the whole. Thus comes the prize in Pisces. Non-judgement.

       These days there are many factors influencing this completion of the revolution and it looks to be a rather drawn out affair.

Neptune in Pisces
US Progressed Sun in Pisces
The 12th house of the Pluto return
Pluto in Pisces forthcoming
The end of the Age of Pisces

      People believe that if it weren't for the enemy they create, they would be happy or something like that. Safe. Anything. But in Pisces, the identity of the enemy is blurred which leads to confusion. A lot of things are blurred in this area. The world of Neptune often escapes common logic. It escapes everything. And that's what led to my conclusion that progress is unimportant overall. It happens automatically.

     Due to mathematical laws, a certain amount of experience is bothersome. At the full revolution, it can seem like everything is out of order. It probably is.

Still, one can look to the heavens and the beauty of astronomy. The celestial bodies revolve independently of one another while maintaining the integrity of the system. Movement is omni-directional. So I assume it's all progress. Or is it just motion?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shaping Identity

      The astrological sign on the horizon at birth provides an accurate guidepost for character development. The odd thing about the ascendant is that it precedes the individual. One is behind, not inside it, and the native often acts out traits that aren't natural inner ones. This can cause confusion, and that's where relationships come in handy. Others reflect ourselves back to us, and thus we get familiar with the persona we are projecting, more so as life goes on. I think people incarnate further into their ascendants as they progress through the years We learn who we are.

      Because of the separation one actually has the opportunity to mold and sculpt this part of the whole. It is malleable and responsive to personal will. It's where the native creates him or herself over and over again like trying on clothes in a cosmic dressing room.

      Often the rising sign conflicts with the sun, moon, and other placements, but this costume is the winner as far as outer existence is concerned. And it can be creatively thrilling.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Nature of Nature

Recently I noticed the waxing moon in the night, ancient, steady, and beautiful. I enjoy contemplating the systems of the universe in their perfection including earthly life. People might not like the eruptions, disruptions, and general discomforts of experience but one thing leads to another in a sequence that ultimately works.

Things are designed to live naturally and achieve death. The earth changes continuously and all entities adjust. I think this is what might be called evolution.

Evolution goes in many directions. Sometimes it moves forward, and sometimes backward, seemingly undoing progress. Other times it goes sideways. It even appears occasionally not to move at all. People can't perceive the overall stages since they are caught inside the mechanism. Human systems are an infinitesimal part of universal ones and governance is within and without.

I assume there is an intrinsic intelligence in systems that oversees their proper functioning. Even their demise is nourishment for new ones better adapted to changing conditions. Events are a reflection of such changes. 

It seems to me that no one in particular is in charge.

In the midst of life's continual quirks, people often don't know what to do. Or what's where. This is natural, while things route themselves and the system shimmies. The planets offer a great clue as they move in their multi-directional pathways. Magnetic forces keep them all in order as they likely do for all earthly creatures.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Unconscious Consciousness

Deep in the brain sits an interesting organ called the corpus amygdaloideum. The amygdala  is an almond-shape set of neurons located in the brain's medial temporal lobe. Known to play a key role in the processing of emotions, the amygdala forms part of the limbic system. In humans and other animals, this subcortical brain structure is linked to both fear responses and pleasure.

This odd organ is believed to serve as a communications hub between the parts of the brain that process incoming sensory signals and the parts that interpret them. It can signal that a threat is present, and trigger a fear response or anxiety. 

What has been discovered about this part of the brain is that it has a dual input system. Both inputs run from the eyes, ears, and other sense organs to the thalamus. At that point the inputs diverge. One pathway leads directly to the amygdala while the other first passes through the cortex. Each input causes a unique behavior. The amygdala is specialized for reacting to stimuli and triggering a physiological response.

There is a distinct difference with conscious feelings of fear. These feelings are thought to arise from the second, slower pathway that travels from the sensory input first to the higher cortex and then to the amygdala. In the cortex the frightening stimulus is analyzed in detail, and a message is sent back down.

The initial signal, and its corresponding physiological behaviors, prepares the body for immediate reaction. This is part of the startle circuit. By having the body ready for action, the second circuit can then take a moment to study the signal to determine whether the threat is real or perceived. If real, then the body is already on the go, if perceived, than nothing has been lost. Maybe.

 But there are problems associated with the double wiring between the higher cortex and the amygdala. The neural connections from the cortex down are less well developed than are connections from the amygdala back up. Thus, the amygdala exerts a greater influence on the cortex than vice versa. Once an emotion has been turned on, it is difficult for the cortex to turn it off.

I wonder why that imbalance. Do humans not trust the cortex?

And this is fascinating......

The only sense with direct access to the amygdala is smell. I guess it's real. The smell of fear, that is. The smell of everything and it's emotional behavioral directives.

Are we destined to vacillate between terror and confidence? Is the enigmatic amygdala responsible for fear conditioning? The fact that the amydala generates hate and fear, as well as pleasure, tells me that it can turn on a dime.

People like to be united in common emotion, be it love or hate, or something else. Several years ago, hope was sold to the American people and they bought it enthusiastically. However, hope is a difficult product to warranty. The return of Neptune to  Pisces has reminded many people of their common delusions mixed with all the individual ones. 

My thinking leads me to the current Aries-Capricorn square as usual.

Uranus rules nerve circuitry, and that could be a clue to a fast track in Aries to the cerebral cortex and logic. Capricorn central control. As people remain confused, they entertain doubts about their choices. Being confused, lost, and alone are understandably uncomfortable. A dependable track to the cortex might be beneficial. Conscious decisions could be enjoyed.

Brain functioning aside, maybe one can work with the quirks. I'm sure the amygdala would love to run wild into the paranoid fantasies that Neptune adores, but perhaps one can use the strength of Aries coupled with the logic of Capricorn to influence matters. It looks as though as a whole, people could easily be wandering around lost in puzzling brain circuits as Pisces clouds the path ahead. A temporary blindness, so to speak. But from the blindness sometimes comes an alternate way through developed from intuition and feeling. A sort of cosmic braille.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

As the Scientists Discovered

Curious why some people retreat in difficult situations, while others power though, some unusual experiments were done.

Relative to ordinary participants, the the steely subjects showed less blood flow to an area of the brain that helps govern emotional responses, the anterior cingulate cortex. These changes suggest these individuals had less of an emotionally charged reaction to the stressor.

While pushing through discomfort might initially require strenuous effort, over time the brain begins to makes the necessary adjustments automatically.

Very good.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Astrobabble with Winston Moonbat

Hello! Hello! All you gravity challenged voyagers of the universe!
With Uranus in Aries I've been upside down and sideways out here but I just righted my ship long enough to get down and deliver the latest. Unfortunately, it's quite bad.

"Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium didn't believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her phone. Then the reptile started ringing.
But Gena, the 14 year old reptile who swallowed the phone, has not been living a fairy tale. He hasn't eaten or had a bowel movement for four weeks and appears depressed and in pain."
Well, here's what was going on with the misbegotten creature's planets. He had a sesquiquadrate aspect going on between Pluto and Mars and a biquintile between the Moon and Saturn. You know how terrible that can be. Mars will be moving on and I certainly hope the croc gets his body in order and even if the phone does not pass, he could be receiving some interesting messages when the Sun moves into Gemini shortly. And, of course, Mercury will be going retrograde in that chatty astrological sign. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Gena! I might give you a jingle.
The future? There's no such thing. That's just a silly notion you humans concocted in your ever-active brains. Don't be concerned. You'll get warts.
Now I must head back up and get everyone straightened out in time for Aries target practice. And dust off your dictionaries for the coming Gemini transit. Vocabulary reigns!
Crocodile story: Maria Danilova: Associated Press

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Hexagram of Regeneration

"When the wind blows low on the mountain, it is thrown back and spoils the vegetation. This contains a challenge to improvement. It is the same with debasing attitudes and fashions; they corrupt society. To do away with corruption, the superior man must regenerate society. He must first remove stagnation by stirring up public opinion, as the wind stirs everything, and must then strengthen and tranquilize the character of the people, as the mountain gives tranquility and nourishment to all that grows in its vicinity."
I Ching

Aries likes to go quickly and directly to its target, while Capricorn goes slowly and methodically. The impatience of Aries butting against Capricorn can create paralysis at first, but the ultimate goal is to build new structure together. Aries brings the new, while Capricorn provides enduring foundation and framework time tested by experience. The stagnation that Pluto roots out comes before regeneration can take hold, and I think the idea of tranquility is a good one in the face of the arduous tasks ahead, assuming one is going to take advantage of the opportunities the times are offering.

When Pluto transited the USA Sun in Cancer, a mythological parent came to the rescue, nurturing and caring for the people in a remarkable fashion. To this day, many of the programs remain, although the impoverished frightened citizens are no longer in that dire condition. They've benefited greatly over the years and have remained dependent, expecting the government to be there for them, at least psychologically, while they embarked on years of overindulgence. The American people are overweight in many ways and their survival skills, honed so well during the Great Depression, have atrophied somewhat. The Cancer trait of leaning on a "kind" parent is no longer effective. The parent has gotten cold, calculating, and decidedly unkind, mostly concerned with going about its big business and waging war abroad. Pluto in Capricorn beckons us to stand upright and take responsibility for our destinies. The timing is right. Uranus transits of the Cancer planets facilitate separation.

The strict paring down of Capricorn combined with Uranus in independent Aries is saying that we're being prepared to go it alone more than we used to. There are payoffs for this autonomy, but they won't come into fruition until later. Part of the process is letting go of Cancerian bonds. It's too soon to tell exactly what safety mechanisms will be lost, but eventually new ones will come to replace them. More effective ones, earned through some trial and tribulation, like good forged metal.

Instead of attacking or waiting for the government, we can ideally sidestep it until it measures up to our standards. So the disintegration of the centralized ruling body might help in the long run. The less it has to do the less it will suffer in its inability and the more we citizens can learn and develop alternatives. Being on our own under Aries-Capricorn could prove to be invigorating. It should. The states and communities have more to gain by employing good governance and when the federal body is out of the way, the chance for improvement will take root. Some states are already finding solutions within the breakdown, but it's becoming more and more difficult due to current federal policies. The legislation being passed now is destructive, but destruction is what is called for during this phase. Massive legislation is untimely and doomed to failure.The states and cities need more control. Collapse is not assured, but if we put too much pressure on this weakening central body, the chances increase. Building from the bottom is the best remedy.

There are many areas that could reveal possibilities while people come to understand that there's nothing much they can do to change the system through traditional electoral means. It's a perfect time to move on. Community activism is due to rise and there will surely be dissent in some form, but here is the most important way to thrive in these unusual years.

Look to your own chart. Look at where Pluto is transiting, then look at what your Saturn is doing along with transiting Saturn. These will tell you how to proceed. By facing the problems in our own selves, the cumulative effect holds the promise of a better collective. You have to start at square one. Aries. So pay attention to that sector as well. That's where you get the juice. Let me give you a hypothetical example. It's a technical analysis but you can follow it with focused attention.

Say you have Pluto transiting your Capricorn 7th house. The ruling Saturn sits in Aries at the Midheaven. Pluto crossing the 7th by transit indicates major relationship upheavals and the opportunity for tremendous personal advancement, once the native gets past the do or die moment of possibly losing the bond.

Cancer rising with a Capricorn 7th is an individual who prefers to play the role of child with a responsible adult as partner. The Cancer might want to hide out in her imaginary world while the partner tends to business and keeps the enterprise above water. She wants to rest in the comfort of knowing things will be taken care of. But with Saturn in Aries in the 10th, she also has authoritarian drives and memories of a strong, possibly abusive parent. This is played out in the marriage as the two might jockey for position trying to establish dominance. Considering Saturn in Aries, it's in her destiny to learn how to be the boss, so I would guess she struggles to find the strength to stick up for herself and take charge against her Cancer inclinations. With transiting Pluto, the power struggles come to a head and she can expect much conflict in her relationship for awhile. This serves her Saturn in Aries which tries to teach her to be less afraid of quarrel and self centeredness. Successful self defense is a prime goal. Appropriate expression of anger and aggression must be learned. Reaching her goals depends on unleashing the blocked strength of Saturn in Aries. Capricorn 7th says that an innate control will protect her when things get hairy. She need not be afraid of her own strength any longer.

Compounding the problem is often overemotional Cancer rising. People like this can use their sensitivity as a weapon, always crying about others' callousness, yet knowing exactly how to push reactive emotional buttons. They retreat from direct confrontation in asserting themselves and making clear demands, but they frequently bully emotionally when they want to get their way. They can be manipulative, using guilt against the other to make him acquiesce. Crying, yelling, and all sorts of fits can occur, or sometimes, they retreat in silence to brood. Basically, not a mature way of handling interpersonal conflict. But now with the transits, this one has a fantastic opportunity to gain control of herself and relate well with her partner. Doing this helps her achieve her lifetime goals indicated by the tie-in to the 10th house Saturn. If she doesn't develop these partnership skills, her achievements will be thwarted and she could easily revert to her self-pitying mournful childish ways. If she works with Pluto she can unlock her potential with her partner, share the power, and go on to take down the walls impeding her steps up her own ladder of success. So she's definitely primed to seize this opportunity. The added benefit would be less sorrow over a cruel world that she can't do anything about. In fact, if she works on her own problems the world might look a little better. A little less daunting as she grows into her own authoritarian skill. The breakdown in outside government can be replaced with a construction of her own. Uranus on her MC probably will bring new opportunities and Aries can help her forge ahead in the world.

In this way, the Pluto 7th can use the trouble around her as motivation to bring solutions to the troubles in her own life. If we all did this, it would provide the infinitesimal steps to solving the overall societal problems we are so acutely becoming aware of as a whole. It can reroute us from demanding that political authority figures do it for us. They simply don't have the time or concentration since they are always fundraising. Of course, if you have Pluto in the 11th, you might have to go out and confront the social ills head on, but it still can be done from a perspective of inner achievement. Pluto in Capricorn takes you to the source of authority. I am my own boss. Combined with Aries, self sufficiency, dignity, and the ability to do the right thing can grow naturally.

So many people are complaining bitterly about the wrong that's being done. But you can't force others to do it the way you think is best. So the only alternative is to do the right thing as consistently as you can. Learn to look away from the scene of the crime and build elsewhere. The outside action will continue so you can tune in any time.The whole theme of Aries-Capricorn is the conflict between the individual and the state. It takes almost no effort to see the poor condition of the state at present so that puts the emphasison the individual. It's extremely helpful to recognize where the struggle is and to avoid blaming your fellow citizens for your misery as much as you disagree with their philosophies. Doing this steals valuable vitality which could be used to further your own well-being, which in turn effects the rest of us in a constructive manner. And will be especially handy when the regeneration comes.

Aries combined with Capricorn is like steel and stone, exceptionally strong, durable, and resistant to fear. It creates the proverbial supportive spine that so many people have been mentioning lately. With a disintegrating governmental structure, the creation of a workable personal one is a good alternative. The idea of Pluto in Capricorn is for everyone to find his or her inner executive administrator. The country's government can follow suit if it has any sense left after it hits the earth.