Notes On Mercury {The Trixter} retrograde

30 May

“Is Mercury retrograde

or is it me?”

-Katy Perry

 

Some of us are already noticing the time huxter
already playing tricks with clocks, and schedules.
If you are dead set on the trains and everything
else running on time, these periods will break your
heart head trust and also etc.,
Time sense time perception is now associated with
the basal ganglia.
{http://www.unisci.com/stories/20011/0227013.ht
m}
From Tourette’s to stuttering, OCD, major
depressive disorder, and anxiety disorder, its not a
big stretch to see how these seem somehow to
represent a relationship to Mercury symbolically.
The shuttling of synapse firings, are a mercurial
dance.
When the logical right side of the brain is
dominant, experience the world as if it were a well
tuned clock, clicking away the kilometers and the
computer pixels; a Saturnine machine, well its
sense of machine deadness.Push button Y and X
happens.
As the imaginative left side of the brain is
dominant, we are surprised and sometimes
delighted by the treasures of the unexpected, and
the accidental. Mercury retrogrades spark the
awakening of this perception. What better time to
find what you weren’t looking for.
For anyone whose brain is in working order, of
course we use both hemispheres for most activities.
Broca’s area, a speech center, occurs in the left
side of the brain.
Mercury’s symbols and archetypes fit these brain
facts well. Mercury reveals two quickly reversing
sides of ideas, communication, mercantile issues,
and travel. The mind is the place of tricks. One of
these is its
various methods of tricking us into thinking it is a
friend. Of course our mind is not our friend. In the
instant of one breath it whispers and sometimes
bellows how good bad, beloved and bereft,
brilliant and utterly stupid we are; a place of siren
seductive judgement.
Astrology is said to ‘lift the veil’ of understanding.
During these Mercury Rx cycles, astrology tells us
to enjoy the shift, and stop taking blockages
personally. Many of us work hard and are
reluctant to excuse our frustrations. As I said
before, This starry signature tells plainly that
the matter is out of our hands.
The trickster is ducking and dodging our direct
actions in the above dates. Are you going to see
events slow down? Yes!! Suffering over this is
optional.
This particular starry signature means a lot to me
in the framework of one word; compassion. If you
choose the path of severity, the path of ‘old yeller’,
that certainly is one option.
compassion/severity
Why invent robots when they already exist inside
us? Here is what I call the robotic reaction: you
mean to insult me so I just have to be angry and
upset and pay you back, with interest. This is
simply programming. There are times when killing
your enemies with kindness will infuriate them
even more. You have to choose the appropriate
response. Sometimes assertive self defense is the
very best reaction. Expect you and others will
screw up a bit during a Mercury Rx.
Which of these is how you’d like to be treated? If
you choose compassion, then you are one of my
kind. If you choose justice, likewise; choose your
battles. It can only start with you. Here is the
down side:
A bad time to begin litigation
A bad time for elective surgery
Missed appointments.
Computer equipment crashes.
Checks get lost.
The car you just purchased during Mercury
retrograde is a lemon.
You hate your haircut, the lamp you bought shorts
out, your sister hates
her birthday gift.
There will be countless delays, cancellations and
postponements. All
machinery and things with moving parts–such as
autos, computers, bluray, camera equipment,
garbage disposals, and so forth, will reveal any
weak links now. It is critical that you back up
your data system and be more careful and vigilant
than ever.
Projects will demand more time and money than
anticipated this month.
In matters of the heart;
People may say other than what they mean. If you
value the connexion wait until Mercury turns
direct November 26.
Travel;
Leave early and allow for extra travel time.
Have all bags double-taped closed, count your
belongings, double-check addresses and reconfirm
appointments. Things get lost when Mercury
messes stuff up. Take NOTHING for granted.
The sector of your chart that Mercury happens to
be skating through will be effected most
dramatically, so check your forecast!
The other side-
Why would the Universe give us Mercury
retrograde? Because to move forward it is
sometimes necessary to backtrack and reconfigure
our paths in life.
These will benefit you in the long run.
Don’t fight them, although your frustration level
and feeling of restlessness will be hard to cope
with at times.
RE –
Consider, repair, reflect, and reconnect.
Slow down and fix what’s broken, and in so doing,
rethink things.Time to get to projects we have put
on the back-burner.
Some activities are lucky or actually improve
when Mercury retrogrades.
You are likely to bump into old friends that you
haven’t seen in years. Adopted children tend to
find their birth parents during Mercury
retrograde periods, or people locate their long lost
siblings. Prosecutors often find clues to crimes
that had previously remained unsolved for years.
(Although sometimes the reverse is true–there is a
greater danger, or example, that police can bungle
evidence during a Mercury retrograde period, for
clear thinking doesn’t come easy for any of us
then.) Mail that went astray weeks or even years
ago shows up during Mercury retrograde.
Some things that were lost reappear.
Dress old wounds, clean up relationships or to
simply bury the hatchet. A great breakthroughs is
possible in psychotherapy during a Mercury
retrograde period. It is a positive time to
backtrack over previous
clients/customers/contacts rather than call on new
ones. A perfect time to schedule work on projects
that you haven’t had time to do and you’ve let pile
up. Revise your resume or portfolio or bring it up
to date, Clean out your closets. Take time to
paint the house. Clear your decks.
Just try not to start new things. This is the
‘perhaps’ list;
You have to start a job during a Mercury
retrograde period know that the nature of the job
is likely to change dramatically over time.
The person you report to will leave, or your
responsibilities will be very different from what
you thought they would be. Your company won’t
be ready to take you on, and you won’t have much
to do until things are reorganized. If this was a
position that you tried for in the past, then you’ve
got the vibes working for you rather than against
you.
Finally, what about people born with Mercury
retrograde? If you are due to give birth to a baby
during this period, don’t fret. The ancients felt
that this aspect lends a more philosophical tone to
the character. Mercury rules thinking, therefore
an individual born with this aspect tends to
reflect deeply over events and issues throughout
their lifetimes. In this case, having this aspect
could be a big plus!
Your astrologer was born with Mercury
retrograde–so relax! {4 degrees of Aquarius – it
turned direct later the same day — big astrological
bonus}

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A Mars Narrative – by Michael Zizis

22 Apr

A Mars Narrative

by Michael Zizis
April 21, 2014

Mars, planet of war, {usually for the Hell of it} flight/flight, self defense, breakage, blood  and blood lust, ego outbursts,{me me me} and hemorrhage turns direct on May 20, 2014. Mars went retrograde March 1, 2014.

Mars
Mar 01, 2014 16:22
Libra   – S/R
Mars
May 20, 2014 01:31
Libra   – S/D

“He says —Death to all those
who would whimper and cry-
and And dropping a barbell
he points to the sky
saying the sun’s
not yellow, It’s chicken!”

– Bob Dylan

Every two or so years in their couple dance around the sun, the Earth catches up to and passes Mars. It seems this creates a bit of outrage in Mr. bloody outburst. This is traditionally called Mars Retrograde, or Mars Rx. Astrology like poetry compresses language.

As you have heard me mutter for too many times, the planets don’t “do” anything. They show a map — a traffic flow mechanism — of the unfolding of earthly events. This is just the way traffic lights {I like green} and stop signs and round-a-bouts tell us of the river of life.

During a Mars Rx, the berserker shows us that mechanical things break, poisons gets into the system and peace turns to war, as a slow boil; hence Vlad Putin {Libra} and Ukraine, and things gradually worsening in Syria.

The Greeks {who knew him as the god Ares}have temples some of them still partially extant, to many of their mythological gods. So far, one small thoroughly ruined small temple has been found to the god of bloody mayhem. The Greek city of Metropolis in S/W Turkey had a temple dedicated to the war god Ares, one of only two known such temples, has been located here.

from wikipedia: {bold type is mine}

Ares (Ancient Greek: Ἄρης [árɛːs]) is the Greek god of war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera. In Greek literature, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspect of war, in contrast to the armored Athena, whose functions as a goddess of intelligence include military strategy and generalship.

The Greeks were ambivalent toward Ares: although he embodied the physical valor necessary for success in war, he was a dangerous force, “overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering.” His sons Fear (Phobos) and Terror (Deimos) and his lover, or sister, Discord (Enyo) accompanied him on his war chariot. In the Iliad, his father Zeus tells him that he is the god most hateful to him.

An association with Ares endows places and objects with a savage, dangerous, or militarized quality. His value as a war god is placed in doubt: during the Trojan War, Ares was on the losing side, while Athena, often depicted in Greek art as holding Nike (Victory) in her hand, favored the triumphant Greeks.

…….

At first glance this sounds mean, cruel and arbitrary. And, it is. That is, until one realizes that every civilization is built on the ruins of previous ones.There is another barbaric and unhygienic Paris beneath the feet of current Parisians. So it is with the collapse of worker’s buildings in Bangladesh, and the Titanic’s sinking, and cannibalism, bridges collapsing, doctors not washing their hands until too many women die in childbirth, and you name it. We cut corners and proceed thru ignorance, until ignorance kills scores of innocent lives, and we begin to pay attention.

The Big Picture

The nature of the opposition is a person or event seeming to be pulled in two opposing directions at once.

From wikipedia:
MV Sewol Korean is a ferry built in Japan. Sewol capsized on 16 April 2014. It was carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City) who were traveling from Incheon to Jeju. As of this writing,  200 of the 476 people who were aboard the 6,825-tonne Sewol, most of them schoolchildren, are still unaccounted for.

In the chart below, the disaster happened as a preliminary result of a sharp turn causing weight in the ship to shift, which caused the ship to capsize. Captain Lee Jun-Seok was one of the first to leave the ship to safety after the disaster. This tragedy happened with hours of a lunar eclipse. Mars Rx {fifteen degrees Libra Rx} is opposed Mercury {fifteen degrees Aries} and Uranus {thirteen degrees Aries} and the Sun at 25 Aries. Eclipses release energy. Mars retrograde opposing Mercury / Uranus incites rash decisions and lack of the Captain’s understanding his role during any emergency. Mars / Mercury / Uranus are almost precisely squared by Pluto {13 degrees Capricorn} opposed Jupiter {12 degrees Cancer}.

When the moon entered this hair trigger grand square in the Cardinal signs, it was as if a nuclear mouse trap was set off. The Captain’s lack of attention and cowardice are exemplified by The tension between Mars and Uranus. This is a very violent and explosive combination.

According to Astrologer Eric Francis: “Mars (in the words of Robert Hand) “rules the energy that an individual uses to maintain himself in the face of pressures from his environment.”  There is an inherently contentious potential for instantaneous explosion, meltdown or implosion, whenever Mars and Uranus oppose. The difference you can make begins by simply being aware that you can control you.”

The squares From Jupiter / Pluto indicate conditions of outsized tragedy, seeming to expand instantaneously from minute conditions or small errors in judgement resulting in major horror. This is one outcome of the Butterfly Effect.

Don’t believe those with pleasant aspects in their horoscopes, who tell you that nothing is wrong with anything. There is a crack in everything. Believe those folks with difficult aspects in their charts telling you that there is sometimes rot and human ugliness, in what we do, what we create, and how we treat each other.  This, for me, is a good indicator of Mars Retrograde. Anyone’s ego can get out of hand. Anyone can start to imagine that they are the worst off, and the unhappiest, or like poor old crazy Nijinski that they are god. Just as Mars direct often reinforces the ego. Mars Rx tells you that you don’t pull your own teeth, or administer your own gall bladder operation. Do You?

The Small Picture

The mind is generally not a warm place. It is most often that place of cold calculation. In other words, it is a tool, with which we can get things done. One minute it tells you how great you are – the next that you are a terrible person. Then, it does it all over again.

Take a moment to look at what has broken small or large since Mars went Rx since March 1, 2014. During this transit mechanical things break. Mars traversed slowly backwards from 27º to 9º Libra. Like all retrogrades this period gives us a chance to look at things from a right-brain perspective.

My dishwasher broke.

I have a remarkable 180 gallon aquarium. I bought new tropical fish and introduced them into the stable lives of my lovely wet pets. Disease broke out and I lost some pets that had been with me for over a decade. Some lessons are expensive and heart breaking.

This taught me two important lessons. One that can pay dearly for being impulsive. Two that I must grieve, and learn.

Oh, yes, and about those cracks:  “You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but, let’s be honest.  Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.”  – Emery Allen

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”
– Marcel Proust.

For further reading:

http://darkstarastrology.com/mars-retrograde/

http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/this-is-it-the-cardinal-grand-cross-of-2014/Content?oid=2243443

How Can I Help?

Michael Zizis

96 Benson Ave.,

Toronto- M6G 2H8

ph: 416/651-0096

michael.zizis@sympatico.ca
http://www.michaelzizis.com/

blogs:
http://piscesrevisited.blogspot.com/
http://theaquarianconspiracy.blogspot.com/
http://2aquariansinagarage.blogspot.com/
http://notwolfkillbarbie.blogspot.com/2010/11/2012-unbearable-wetness-of-being.html
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/murder-at-midnight-an-essay-by-michael-zizis/
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/saturn-the-old-devil-enters-scorpio/
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/an-essay-on-jupiter-in-cancer-and-mercury-retrograde/

A Mars Narrative – by Michael Zizis 4/22/14

22 Apr

A Mars Narrative

by Michael Zizis
April 21, 2014

Mars, planet of war, {usually for the Hell of it} flight/flight, self defense, breakage, blood and blood lust, ego outbursts,{me me me} and hemorrhage turns direct on May 20, 2014. Mars went retrograde March 1, 2014.

Mars
Mar 01, 2014 16:22
Libra – S/R
Mars
May 20, 2014 01:31
Libra – S/D

“He says —Death to all those
who would whimper and cry-
and And dropping a barbell
he points to the sky
saying the sun’s
not yellow, It’s chicken!”

– Bob Dylan

Every two or so years in their couple dance around the sun, the Earth catches up to and passes Mars. It seems this creates a bit of outrage in Mr. bloody outburst. This is traditionally called Mars Retrograde, or Mars Rx. Astrology like poetry compresses language.

As you have heard me mutter for too many times, the planets don’t “do” anything. They show a map — a traffic flow mechanism — of the unfolding of earthly events. This is just the way traffic lights {I like green} and stop signs and round-a-bouts tell us of the river of life.

During a Mars Rx, the berserker shows us that mechanical things break, poisons gets into the system and peace turns to war, as a slow boil; hence Vlad Putin {Libra} and Ukraine, and things gradually worsening in Syria.

The Greeks {who knew him as the god Ares}have temples some of them still partially extant, to many of their mythological gods. So far, one small thoroughly ruined small temple has been found to the god of bloody mayhem. The Greek city of Metropolis in S/W Turkey had a temple dedicated to the war god Ares, one of only two known such temples, has been located here.

from wikipedia: {bold type is mine}

Ares (Ancient Greek: Ἄρης [árɛːs]) is the Greek god of war. He is one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera. In Greek literature, he often represents the physical or violent and untamed aspect of war, in contrast to the armored Athena, whose functions as a goddess of intelligence include military strategy and generalship.

The Greeks were ambivalent toward Ares: although he embodied the physical valor necessary for success in war, he was a dangerous force, “overwhelming, insatiable in battle, destructive, and man-slaughtering.” His sons Fear (Phobos) and Terror (Deimos) and his lover, or sister, Discord (Enyo) accompanied him on his war chariot. In the Iliad, his father Zeus tells him that he is the god most hateful to him.

An association with Ares endows places and objects with a savage, dangerous, or militarized quality. His value as a war god is placed in doubt: during the Trojan War, Ares was on the losing side, while Athena, often depicted in Greek art as holding Nike (Victory) in her hand, favored the triumphant Greeks.

…….

At first glance this sounds mean, cruel and arbitrary. And, it is. That is, until one realizes that every civilization is built on the ruins of previous ones.There is another barbaric and unhygienic Paris beneath the feet of current Parisians. So it is with the collapse of worker’s buildings in Bangladesh, and the Titanic’s sinking, and cannibalism, bridges collapsing, doctors not washing their hands until too many women die in childbirth, and you name it. We cut corners and proceed thru ignorance, until ignorance kills scores of innocent lives, and we begin to pay attention.

The Big Picture

The nature of the opposition is a person or event seeming to be pulled in two opposing directions at once.

From wikipedia:
MV Sewol Korean is a ferry built in Japan. Sewol capsized on 16 April 2014. It was carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City) who were traveling from Incheon to Jeju. As of this writing, 200 of the 476 people who were aboard the 6,825-tonne Sewol, most of them schoolchildren, are still unaccounted for.

In the chart below, the disaster happened as a preliminary result of a sharp turn causing weight in the ship to shift, which caused the ship to capsize. Captain Lee Jun-Seok was one of the first to leave the ship to safety after the disaster. This tragedy happened with hours of a lunar eclipse. Mars Rx {fifteen degrees Libra Rx} is opposed Mercury {fifteen degrees Aries} and Uranus {thirteen degrees Aries} and the Sun at 25 Aries. Eclipses release energy. Mars retrograde opposing Mercury / Uranus incites rash decisions and lack of the Captain’s understanding his role during any emergency. Mars / Mercury / Uranus are almost precisely squared by Pluto {13 degrees Capricorn} opposed Jupiter {12 degrees Cancer}.

When the moon entered this hair trigger grand square in the Cardinal signs, it was as if a nuclear mouse trap was set off. The Captain’s lack of attention and cowardice are exemplified by The tension between Mars and Uranus. This is a very violent and explosive combination.

According to Astrologer Eric Francis: “Mars (in the words of Robert Hand) “rules the energy that an individual uses to maintain himself in the face of pressures from his environment.” There is an inherently contentious potential for instantaneous explosion, meltdown or implosion, whenever Mars and Uranus oppose. The difference you can make begins by simply being aware that you can control you.”

The squares From Jupiter / Pluto indicate conditions of outsized tragedy, seeming to expand instantaneously from minute conditions or small errors in judgement resulting in major horror. This is one outcome of the Butterfly Effect.

Don’t believe those with pleasant aspects in their horoscopes, who tell you that nothing is wrong with anything. There is a crack in everything. Believe those folks with difficult aspects in their charts telling you that there is sometimes rot and human ugliness, in what we do, what we create, and how we treat each other. This, for me, is a good indicator of Mars Retrograde. Anyone’s ego can get out of hand. Anyone can start to imagine that they are the worst off, and the unhappiest, or like poor old crazy Nijinski that they are god. Just as Mars direct often reinforces the ego. Mars Rx tells you that you don’t pull your own teeth, or administer your own gall bladder operation. Do You?

The Small Picture

The mind is generally not a warm place. It is most often that place of cold calculation. In other words, it is a tool, with which we can get things done. One minute it tells you how great you are – the next that you are a terrible person. Then, it does it all over again.

Take a moment to look at what has broken small or large since Mars went Rx since March 1, 2014. During this transit mechanical things break. Mars traversed slowly backwards from 27º to 9º Libra. Like all retrogrades this period gives us a chance to look at things from a right-brain perspective.

My dishwasher broke.

I have a remarkable 180 gallon aquarium. I bought new tropical fish and introduced them into the stable lives of my lovely wet pets. Disease broke out and I lost some pets that had been with me for over a decade. Some lessons are expensive and heart breaking.

This taught me two important lessons. One that can pay dearly for being impulsive. Two that I must grieve, and learn.

Oh, yes, and about those cracks: “You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but, let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.” – Emery Allen

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”
– Marcel Proust.

For further reading:

http://darkstarastrology.com/mars-retrograde/

http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/this-is-it-the-cardinal-grand-cross-of-2014/Content?oid=2243443

How Can I Help?

Michael Zizis

96 Benson Ave.,

Toronto- M6G 2H8

ph: 416/651-0096

michael.zizis@sympatico.ca
http://www.michaelzizis.com/

blogs:
http://piscesrevisited.blogspot.com/
http://theaquarianconspiracy.blogspot.com/
http://2aquariansinagarage.blogspot.com/
http://notwolfkillbarbie.blogspot.com/2010/11/2012-unbearable-wetness-of-being.html
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/murder-at-midnight-an-essay-by-michael-zizis/
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/saturn-the-old-devil-enters-scorpio/
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/an-essay-on-jupiter-in-cancer-and-mercury-retrograde/

AN ESSAY ON JUPITER IN CANCER AND MERCURY RETROGRADE

27 Jun

AN ESSAY ON JUPITER IN CANCER AND MERCURY RETROGRADE.

AN ESSAY ON JUPITER IN CANCER AND MERCURY RETROGRADE

27 Jun

By Michael Zizis

June 24, 2013

This work begins with a lie; the Earth is the centre of our solar system. Except for heliocentric astrology, every other form astrology begins with this false premise. Like fiction, astrologers tell the lies that tell the truth.

But, a closer look puts not the Earth but the person at the centre of our little suburban solar system. So it is with “Mercury Retrograde.” Planets do not go backward on their orbits. That’s why you might hear the cumbersome phrase Apparent Retrograde Motion. To use another likeness to literature, astrology compacts a powerful statement in abbreviated symbolic form, like poetry. Astrology says a lot with sparse pared down symbols.

Mercury is Retrograde in the sign of Cancer from June 26th to July 20th, 2013.

09 Jun 2013 08:54 pm 13CA22′ MERCURY Enters Rx Zone

26 Jun 2013 09:03 am 23CA07’Rx MERCURY Stationary Retrograde

20 Jul 2013 02:17 pm 13CA22′ MERCURY Stationary Direct

03 Aug 2013 07:49 pm 23CA07′ MERCURY Leaves Rx Zone

We, at the time of this writing, are in the pre-shadow period until June 24. This cycle starts abut two weeks before the moment of retrograde. It is often a time when people become wildly optimistic. Its a good time to get others to cooperate.

Mercury retrograde station begins the moment with the classical Retrograde (Rx) begins; June 26.

This cycle ends July 20.

Until August 3, Mercury enters its station direct period.

As Mercury retrogrades people withdraw into themselves. This is like shouting ‘Hello’ in a canyon and waiting for an echo that never returns. We in the industrialized West have no patience for the time it takes for introspection. We become impatient and uncooperative.

There is nothing right or correct in folks withdrawing. There is something very right about our living, intelligent and responsive universe telling us to slow down, or go nowhere more slowly. If you have been on my mailing list you know what is likely to break and what new chances not to take during this time.

We don’t live in or for a machine, but a living responsive universe. Use of technology is fine, believing in it (as is the current myth) will break your heart, or make you bitter and miserable. Ask anyone born near to an eclipse or on a Mercury Retrograde if things break.

Folks typical reaction to the announcement of Mercury Rx is, “When will it be over?” This is understandable. It is also wrong headed. Getting one’s head right demands that this is a good time to stop agonizing over technology, and delays. What are you accomplishing by increasing the amount of stress hormones in your body? Where is the real saber toothed cat chasing you? In other words, is your computer break-down life-threatening? If the answer is no, I suggest you roll with the punches, fix what can be fixed and take any lessons learned now to heart, in preparation for Mercury’s next Rx, on October 21 to November 10, 2013.

The only thing we are ever in control of is our reaction to what happens. We are not in control of what happens. Sorry satanists, sorry evangelical church of We Can Shoot You. Spiritual narcissism is all around us.

One of life’s missions is to help us see the humour of our human condition. The Trixter Mercury in apparent retrograde motion is one way we can share the laugh. Like some holy book says, rain is made to fall on the heads of the just and the unjust, the Apple iPhone 5 and the Android Galaxy Nexus.

Here are some particulars if you are not familiar with what is best used and best avoided during this next few weeks:

http://www.astrologyzone.com/forecasts/mercury.html

http://galadarling.com/article/how-to-survive-mercury-retrograde

JUPITER ENTERS CANCER

Symbolically in tropical astrology – Jupiter enters the cardinal water sign of Cancer on June 26, 2013. That’s the same day that Mercury turns Retrograde, and a few days after the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere. That’s a lot to unpack.

Jupiter in its nearly circular orbit around the sun takes about one year to go thru each of the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Every year Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, changes signs. Traditional astrology calls this mighty lord of the planets (Zeus, to the Greeks) ‘The Greater Benefic,’ meaning the most powerful and favorable influence (Venus being the ‘Lesser Benefic.’) Jupiter brings opportunities, optimism and the faith necessary to expand your life in the direction of your dreams. The key word is ‘expansion’ and is the over-all principle of Jupiter’s influence. Jupiter also expands consciousness and helps you to perceive ‘the big picture’ of life. Nothing this super-sized planet does is small! The Jupiter essence includes philosophy and learning, truth, justice and wisdom, mercy, idealism, aspiration and generosity. Jupiter’s influence can also manifest in less desirable ways through exaggeration and over confidence, extravagance and over indulgence, self-importance, and gullibility.

As Jupiter enters the sign of Cancer, it is considered to be ‘exalted.’ This means that Jupiter’s energies are fluidly and royally expressed in the sign of Cancer. Imagine sitting in a plush throne that gives you a great view. This is similar to how a planet expresses its Exaltation. Now imagine sitting in a hard wooden chair with no comfortable spot and the dimensions are all wrong. This is similar to a planet in its Fall or Detriment.

This past year Jupiter has been transiting through Gemini, the sign opposite to the sign it rules, Sagittarius. This was considered to be its ‘detriment,’ or least optimal expression. Scattered mental energies and information overload many have experienced this past year are classic Jupiter-in-Gemini manifestations. In Cancer, Jupiter’s benevolent energy can help us expand emotionally – the sensitive, compassionate and generous heart that Cancer astro-energy radiates is a perfect match for the expansive and positive Jupiter energy. As a cardinal sign, Cancer ‘gets things moving’ and with Jupiter in Cancer it can encourage us to get in touch with our deep emotional truth and expand our very notion of ‘family’ in a way that our world needs!

Cardinal signs initiate action. Aries {first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere} is cardinal fire. Cancer {first day of Summer in the northern hemisphere} is cardinal water. Libra {first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere} is Cardinal air. And Capricorn {first day of Winter in the northern hemisphere} is cardinal earth.

Look to the sector of your chart that contains the sign of Cancer. There you may find more joy and growth than you have recently. Cancer is also about home, and cacooning. Look to real estate to increase in value during this time, as well as the price and availability of food.

Saturn is currently in the water sign of Scorpio, and Neptune is in the sign of Pisces. Beginning June 26th, Jupiter in Cancer completes a water grand trine with them. Water symbolizes emotions and floods, and flow in general. Many astrologers have convinced themselves that they are really psychoanalysts and social workers. You will see many astrologer’s web sights just now advising you to let emotions flow. That’s all good.

However astrologers have also had something of a reputation for addressing the future. The future isn’t just what you make it. There are floods in Alberta, Canada right now. Nobody there to my knowledge made the floods happen. Here are more places where floods are unfolding around the world;

http://www.hewsweb.org/floods/

As Jupiter Enters Cancer so close to the Summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere, look for sudden increases in temperature, and excessive cool moments. Jupiter reveals excess. In the southern hemisphere flooding will be frequent. Because this Jupiter cycle is so close to Mercury Rx, look to investors to be in swindled more publicly now, shades of Bre-X!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre-X

During a previous transit of Jupiter in Cancer The Savings and Loan scandal in the United states was well under way, Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989. Jim Bakker was exposed for fraud during this transit. He is a televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister and a former host (with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker) of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program. A sex scandal led to his resignation from the ministry. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about his imprisonment and divorce.

JUPITER’S SYMBOLS

Jupiter is the first slow-moving planet, the biggest of the solar system, and twelve times the size of the Earth. He takes nearly twelve years to travel through the Zodiac (11 years and 11 months), and spends approximately one year in each sign. 

 His nature is hot and moist. He rules Sagittarius and Pisces (along with Neptune), and he is in exaltation in Cancer. He rules the hips and the endocrine system. N.B.: the planet’s element, Air in the case of Jupiter, must not be confused with the elements of the signs it rules (Fire for Sagittarius, and Water for Pisces). 

Jupiter represents people in power, magistrates, great professors, and religious figures. The age of Jupiter covers the period from 55 or 58 years to approximately 70 years. 

Temperament: sanguine. 

Characterology: emotive, active, primary. He is an extroverted choleric, some sort of a moist version of Mars, and as the latter, he is action-oriented.

He symbolizes abundance, warmth, blossoming, good luck and self-confidence. He also describes the potential for good fortune and the way the individual expresses his enthusiasm, his benevolence, as well as the way he integrates into the mainstream.

 Jupiter is the biggest of all planets. Therefore, he is associated with wealth, glory and honours, and he is also a success factor. Although he is often beneficial, he may show a tendency towards exaggeration and pretentiousness, and sometimes, he promises more than he can deliver.

 When Jupiter is a dominant planet, the individual is generous, outgoing and enthusiastic. He has charisma and usually loves children.

 Jupiter represents public persons who offer supports and protection, as well as lawyers and politicians.

CANCER’S SYMBOLS

“I feel”

June 22 – July 22

1st Water sign – 2nd Cardinal sign (summer solstice) – Feminine
In analogy with the Moon, her ruler, and the 4th House
Cancer governs the stomach and the breast.
Her colour is white or black, her stone is the moonstone, her day is Monday, her professions are catering, the hotel trade, property, antique dealer, archaeologist…

If your sign is Cancer or your Ascendant is Cancer: Cancer is dreamy, with a psychological nature that is oriented towards nostalgia for things past, towards your mother and your family. Your instinct and your need to protect yourself from the outside world are highly developed. Your inner life is rich, with a vivid and even unlimited imagination, a propensity to avoid all risks and to pursue security. You show your true face only to persons you can trust and you need the well being brought about by nostalgia for the past.

Keywords are emotional, sentimental, peaceful, imaginative, sensitive, faithful, resistant, protective, vulnerable, generous, romantic, nostalgic, tender, poetic-minded, motherly or fatherly, dreamy, indolent, greedy, devoted but also timorous, unrealistic, evasive, passive, anxious, dependent, stubborn, moody, passive, lazy, touchy, stay-at-home or inaccessible.

Some traditional associations with Cancer: Countries: Holland, Scotland, North and West Africa, New-Zealand, Paraguay, Algeria. Cities: Amsterdam, Manchester, Tokyo, New York, Istanbul, Stockholm, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Cadix, Alger, Tunis, Bern, Magdeburg. Animals: crabs, animals with shells. Food: milk, fishes, watery fruits and vegetables, turnips, white and red cabbages. Herbs and aromatics: tarragon, verbena, saxifrage. Flowers and plants: geraniums, white roses and white flowers in general, water lilies, morning glory, bear’s breeches, and lilies. Trees: all trees full of sap. Stones, Metals and Salts: pearls, silver, lime and calcium phosphate.

The Chinese have a saying; where the flow of energy {chi} in the body is blocked, there is sickness. Consider the concept of flow in the current grand trine of water signs: Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, until July, 2014 when Jupiter enters the fiery fixed sign of Leo.

In Astrology as in life, water waits and is acted upon. It is the compliment of fire, which is always active and burning. People in the arts and those awakening to creativity will prosper more easily, as collectively we all experience more flow from the unconscious to awareness. Those nurturing past hurts are also more likely to act violently on them. There will be more susceptible individuals who give in to psychotic breaks, and make innocent others pay with their lives. Water damage in vulnerable areas of the earth will occur.

I tried without success to observe if this combination in water signs happened previously since year One CE, it hasn’t. In other words this vivid and rare light hasn’t happened in 21 past centuries of human experience.

Look to where the waters signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces occur in your chart to gain more joy, imagination, intuition, and even psychic awareness until July of 2014.

Special notes: Nelson Mandela – Cancer – born 18 July 1918.

Homeland and Patriotic issues are Cancerian.

Saturn – The old Devil enters Scorpio

29 Oct

The Old Devil, The Teacher, Saturn Enters Scorpio

an essay by Michael Zizis

Saturn the astrological symbol of limits and learning entered the intense and martial sign of  Scorpio, on Oct 5, 2012, at 6:00 pm EDT. Saturn leaves Scorpio in September 2015. This combination is fearless and determined. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are all born with Saturn in Scorpio.

Get serious. Get real. Get sober, mature, grounded, organized, patient, get over it … welcome to Saturn’s take on our journey.

To the death. This is the level of action that powerful Scorpio plays out in the drama of committing to the things we want. Mild vacillating logical Libra antecedes this potent sign, and sole survivor of the flames of extinction, jovial Sagittarius  comes immediately after it. Wherever Scorpio occurs in your horoscope by house, you can expect the severest intensities, from carnality to epiphany.

The Path of Severity
According to the Byzantine mythographer Tzetzes, Saturn in his form as the Greek Kronos, ate his children out of jealousy, based on a prophesy that one of them would replace him as king of the gods. His wife Rhea, alerted to this travesty substituted a swathed large rock for dinner, and he devoured it, thinking it was his heir and successor Zeus. (The greek word for Jupiter is Zeus).

Zeus (Jupiter) castrated his father {as Kronos had done to his father Uranus} and set free the new pantheon. Thus Kronos’ wife symbolizes Venus. Venus is the cure for the worst that Saturn puts in our path.

Yes, mention Saturn in a conversation and the topic of breakage, loneliness, sorrow, failure and exclusion follow. Mention the sign of Scorpio, and knowing smirks of blind obsessed sexuality arise.

Yet many of us were around 28 years ago, August of 1983 to November of 1985,  when the old devil entered Scorpio previously. Whether this is your first encounter with Saturn in Scorpio or not, preparation is never a bad thing.

“This is what you pay for what you need.”
– Sly Stone

Saturn’s themes include paying for what you take and what you need, as well as being excluded from the group, weakness in the body, emotional and mental depression and things bad broken and decayed; organization, ambition, career, science, older people, tradition and rules, conventionalities, orthodoxy {a greek word meaning the right or proper way}, authority, authoritarian actions and government, status, productive and planned use of time, physical form, bones, teeth, responsibility, restrictions, sorrow, delays, depth, patience, timing, honesty, density, age and wisdom.

Rex E. Bills The Rulership Book is an invaluable and exhaustive source for lists of astrological meaning.

Scorpio is a much maligned sign in an immature culture, and that is what our culture is increasingly becoming. Twelve signs make a great harmony. Scorpio is as much a part of that harmony as any and all of the other signs.

It’s three octaves of meaning are a universe of its own. The lowest octave of Scorpio is represented by the scorpion; those who undermine and destroy and defile all they touch. This is the realm of the heartless sociopath. The second octave of Scorpio is the snake, weaving back and forth into helping and harming. This portion of the scorpio population, is like the sexually charged teenager with more drive than purpose. The highest octave of scorpio is the eagle, the bringer of light, the revealer, and the dedicated and implacable seeker of truth. Eagles help, heal and teach everyone they touch.

For further studies into this sign, there are many places on the WWW to explore:

http://www.orderofthewhitelion.com/astrology@/signs@/Scorpio.html
http://zodiac-signs-astrology.com/zodiac-signs/scorpio.htm
http://www.astrology-online.com/scorpio.htm

“There are no truths, but those proved upon the pulse.”
– John Keats

Those people born 1953 to 1956 are in for their second Saturn return, those born 1983 to  1985 are having their first go round with Saturn.

If you were born with planets in the sign of Scorpio, including Neptune and Pluto, you will feel its chill influence on your journey in one way or another.

Many astrologers, myself included, speak of Saturn as the old devil as well as the hidden angel, denying us entrance to love, health, belonging, prestige, honours, or any club until we are mature enough to handle the gift. Saturn’s revisionist incarnation is that of the teacher. As we evolve, lessons are brought to us, often each harder than the last. We decide the difficulty of the next life lesson – the earth as school.

So what are we to expect with this placement? Saturn and Pluto will be in mutual reception at this time. Mutual reception occurs when two planets inhabit each other’s signs. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn where Pluto is, and Pluto is the  ruler of Scorpio, where Saturn will reside. Mutual reception enhances the characteristics of the signs and planets involved.

Consider Europe’s monetary crises and banks being shaken by billion dollar illicit stock matters recently. Consider presidential candidate Mitt Romney promising to cut taxes to the wealthy while bringing down the United states 11.27 trillion — dollar debt. Think of China’s slowing economy and its effect on Chinamerica, while Iran plays brinksmanship in the  Strait of Hormuz, and its flirtation with becoming a nuclear state.

All of the gulf states surrounding Iran are madly buying more powerful defensive weapons, in an extraordinary buying spree, to defend against the only Shia state on the planet.

These symbols are all connected with Pluto in Capricorn, and shortly Saturn in power-loving Scorpio. None of the Arab Spring countries have any experience of democracy. In a democracy idiots can make films that ridicule someone else’s god. Islam as the youngest of the monotheistic religions, and hasn’t yet evolved to the point of self reflection as parody.

Moloch, Bal, Kronos, & other gods of cannibalism

Bashar el- Assad {born September 11, 1965} current dictator of Syria, represents a manifestation of Kronos, and his bloody handed will to stay in power presages  Saturn’s entry into Scorpio. Only war and blood will displace Assad, who will not, “go gentle,” out of power. He fits the archetype of the ravaging old god Kronos, only too well. Please look into how he is destroyng the children of Syria:

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.7998857/

The next three years will bring crises {and break-thrus; see my list at the bottom of this essay} along in the following issues: sexually transmitted diseases reasserting their virulence, new aggressive AIDs campaigns, bank fraud, exposure of sexual hypocrisy among conservative politicians and clergy, drug corruption in police forces, an easing of drug criminalization, an increase of state sponsored internet attacks, food scandals involving poisonings, child pornographers brought to justice, entire countries in bankruptcy, and advances in remote surgical tools including robotic surgery.

My take on this transition includes the view that we are at the end of about 300 + years of relative climate stability.

Other online sources will speak of personal responsibility, and the courage of speaking our unwavering personal truth as Saturn moves thru the sign of Scorpio. Notice in this chart of the moment Saturn enters Scorpio, {0 degrees 0 minutes} it is in good aspect {trine} to Neptune {0 degrees Pisces}in Pisces. This aspect brings more hopeful outcomes by combining truth {Saturn}with compassion {Neptune}. This is all to the good.

My focus is on more worldly events that affect all of us. Water erosion, hurricanes and drought are likely on the menu from this point forward. These shifts have their own political portents. In the alluvial plains of Bangladesh, {80% of the country} most elevations are less than 10 meters above sea level; elevations decrease in the coastal south, where the terrain is generally at sea level. With such low elevations and numerous rivers, water—and concomitant flooding—is a predominant physical feature. About 10,000 square kilometers of the total area of Bangladesh is covered with water, and larger areas are routinely flooded during the monsoon season.

The extremely scant surviving Mayan sources available talk of life after 2012. They speak of a world of water. As far as the students of Mayan texts can salvage, there are no writings on December 21, 2012, being the end of our journey, our world. As Scholar Northrop Fry pointed out, our culture  examines everything thru the opacity of the bible. And the bible was written by an anguished defeated culture, yearning for justice from any quarter. Opaque objects are not good lenses. Opaque objects make great blinders. According to the World Bank, the current population of Bangladesh numbers over 150 million people. As sea water rises and poisons the arable land, in this country, Bangladesh’s will migrate en masse to India.

India’s reaction will be a military one.

In Saturn’s previous ingress into Scorpio 1953 to 1956, devastating floods occurred.  Scorpio symbolizes still deep water, and Saturn in astrological lore points to collapse and sorrow. Again this is not inevitable until it is. We build static structures on fault lines, we trust atomic energy companies to safeguard us, we allow governments to fail at food inspection, we bless the greed that ruins homes in mortgage crises, we malnourish young minds and souls, and the list of human sanctioned willful blindness never ends. We are shocked when these issues ruin our fantasies that everything will be wonderful if we put impending catastrophes on ignore. Saturn rarely punishes careful forethought.

Breakages, Breakdowns, and Breakthrus:

Saturn in Scorpio points to poisoned waters. Here is a partial list of waterborne disasters that happened with Saturn’s last sojourn thru Scorpio:

North Sea flood of 1953
over 2,000 dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1953
{as Saturn finished it’s transit thru Libra}

Yangtze flood 1954
33,000 dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Yangtze_River_Floods

1955
New England Floods
33 dead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_of_1955_%28Connecticut%29

Hunter Valley Floods {NSW Australia}
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1955_Hunter_Valley_floods
25 dead

1956
River Murray flood
devastating three states in Australia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956_Murray_River_flood

1956
New Germany Nova Scotia flood
http://newgermanycap.ednet.ns.ca/NewGermanyhistory/Flood1956.htm

Saturn was previously in Scorpio from September 1924 to December 1926.

1925 −1926
The greatest American Mississippi flood in recorded history began when Saturn was in Scorpio in the summer of 1926 / 27, when heavy rains pounded the central basins of the river. The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states.

Han River Korea
600 dead, 17,000 damaged homes

Other events of note related to Saturn in Scorpio 1925 to 1926 & 1953 to 1956.

1925: Scottish inventor John Logie Baird transmits recognizable human features by TV.
Hitler reorganizes Nazi party and publishes Vol 1. of “Mien Kampf”.
Heisenberg, Bohr, and Jordan, develop quantum mechanics for atoms.
John T. Scopes convicted then acquitted thru Clarence Darrow on teaching the theory of evolution.
State of Tennessee forbids sex education.

1926: Fascist youth party founded in Germany and Italy.
Robert Goddard fires the first liquid fuel rocket.
Emile Cou’e French psychotherapist coins the phrase; “Every day in every way, I am getting better.”
Turkey abolishes polygamy.
United Church of Canada founded.
The Bible sells for $3.00 a copy — it started from 1455 {Gutenberg} at $2,000 a copy.

1953: U.S.S.R. explodes its first hydrogen bomb.
1955: atomically generated power first used in the U.S.
Albert Einstein dies.
1956: “Peyton Place” a tale of incest, abortion, adultery, lust and murder
published by Grace Metalious.

1956: July 26 / beginning of the Israel Egypt Suez war when Nasser nationalized the Suez canal. Saturn {26’ Scorpio}was opposed The Israel Sun’s {23’ Taurus} birth chart.

Saturn will oppose Israel’s sun again in October/ November 2014.

Money is cheaper than grief. As nations become ever more powerful, peace is better than war; we can’t sell refrigerators or cars or iphones to dead people. Foresight can prevent many of the miseries that can and will be coming our way in this Saturn transit. We simply have to care, enough. Am I my brother’s keeper?

How can I help?

Michael Zizis

96 Benson Ave.,

Toronto- M6G 2H8

ph: 416/651-0096

michael.zizis@sympatico.ca
http://www.michaelzizis.com/

blogs:
http://piscesrevisited.blogspot.com/
http://theaquarianconspiracy.blogspot.com/
http://2aquariansinagarage.blogspot.com/
http://notwolfkillbarbie.blogspot.com/2010/11/2012-unbearable-wetness-of-being.html
https://michaelzizis.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/murder-at-midnight-an-essay-by-michael-zizis/

Murder at Midnight an essay by Michael Zizis

27 Aug

Murder at Midnight

an essay by – Michael Zizis

“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

– Hippocrates

What ever space in our psyches, our minds, is not taken up by knowledge, will be taken up by ego.

Can astrology shed any light on this tragedy? An astrologer can reveal in an hour what a year of therapy might yield.

What is the difference between what is possible and what is probable?

For readers not invested in astrological lore, allow me to clarify some terms used here. If you will suspend judgement for a moment about whatever is meant by, “I believe/I don’t believe,” you will find astrology offers up unique insights into the human experiment. Astrology is not founded on the burden of belief, despite decades of coffee chat.

It is germane to this discussion to ask whether an astrologer’s methods can yield anything insightful; “does it work?” as opposed to the killing field of belief. Arguments against astrology start with the premise that we practitioners are believers.

When I am in the public eye, a stranger usually in their twenties will walk up to me and say plainly, “I don’t believe in astrology.”

My reply is “Neither do I.”

Then they in some astonishment will vigorously claim, “I am skeptical.” To which I reply, “Yes, you are just not skeptical enough.”

That’s when that dim confused look clouds across their face. The banter is just my way of offering an uninformed person an invitation to the dance. Towards the end of his life, Carl Jung was interviewed by a young reporter who asked him if Jung actually believed in reincarnation. Jung’s terse reply was “I don’t believe young man, I know.”

It is absurd to continue to think humanity has no relationship to the cosmos. From the Gaia hypothesis of James Lovelock to Richard Tarnas’ book Cosmos And Psyche, we are increasingly informed that we are surrounded by a living responsive Cosmos.

Astrology can be both descriptive, and prescriptive. By descriptive I mean we can define the essential tendencies of an individual based on the classical nine or ten planets. Astrologers use glyphic shorthand — symbols to define characteristics. We do know that the Sun and Moon are not planets. We use this term among others to get on with the starry narrative. A parallel example would be that astronomers use the term metal or lack of metal to describe the very ancient stars in globular clusters.

They know very well that elements such as carbon and chlorine are not metals. Its just shorthand for a star containing anything atomically heavier than hydrogen and helium. No one raises any stink as to whether astronomers are just dummies. Every discipline has its jargon.

As for astrology having prescriptive qualities, This view enters into what I am calling a nascent ‘philosophy of astrology’. This narrative goes something like, when an individual fails to challenge their shadow, their tendencies, they will become a pawn of fate. When anyone looks courageously into their shadow as revealed through astrology, they are often able to fulfill something called a destiny.

As an astrologer, I realize we are continuously passing through myth, as myth passes through us. One of the many dangerous myths we are perhaps too close to see is about us telling each other that, “anything can happen.”

This gloss deprives us of a real human truth; probability. Only certain things are probable. This is easily proven. As a real life or thought experiment drop a pen or a pencil onto the table. What is the earthly probability that physics will be shattered and your pen will float towards the ceiling as you drop it? Egg stays broken. The time spent after the death of a child in ones family removes the infantile whimsy that anything can happen.

This essay is a delineation of a person who crossed the line from troubled young man to cold blooded killer. Will astrology be given credit for it’s astounding insights, or will cynical and ill-informed people like Michael Shermer and the “Amazing Randi” still blind you to a path to knowledge?

Hero Warrior Perpetrator

“The nature of music is that you must hear all the digressions.”

– Diane Wakoski

As a variation on the theme of young adult male violence, it is good to deconstruct the soldier warrior hero myth before we proceed. Our narrative about the soldier/warrior is built on the Greek model. Achilles is used to define the soldier in modern times. The lone weaponeer skilled at single handedly murdering hordes of the enemy, through martial skill and murderous bravery. Achilles is an American marine. All young men are taught this is the single way to become a man.

But there is another path in how to become a man. It is the jewish model. It is the path of the good husband found in the bible. Many husbands in the bible Job or Joseph father of Jesus among them are strong, nurturing, patient and heroic.

A Body Count

I will be discussing here some of the lower octaves of the powerful sign of Scorpio. There are many born under this complex sign that are the eagles in symbol, the bringers of light. The themes of concern here are what can happen when any of us has an astrological placement of this tremendous power, {a planet in Scorpio} and no understanding of it’s best use; this is epitomized by the lower urges of the unevolved Scorpio, and planets in this sign.

It is possible that James Holmes might have gone to the midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises, and handed out baby kittens, or a cure for cancer. Based on his horoscope, it was strictly probable that he would show up that evening dressed in combat gear, and hand out death.

We don’t understand yet, that while anything is possible, only a certain limited number of things are probable. Eggs don’t un-break.

The week of July 19, 2012, saw a nearly exact T-square of Mars {nine degrees Libra}opposed Uranus {eight degrees Aries}, and both square Pluto {seven degrees Capricorn} at the moment when this nightmare unfolded. The planets in their saraband across the night sky don’t make anything happen. They do tell us that abandoning our destiny leads us to being pawns in the cold hands of fate. Here is a horoscope erected for the time this maniacal bloodlust began:

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The cardinality of Aries, Libra, and Capricorn symbolizes an energy turned outward. This signature reveals a conspicuous lack of anything like the examined life. For the cardinal signs, including Cancer, the answer most often is ‘out there’ in the next lover, job, city, or drama. Mars, Uranus, and Pluto all have their darker symbolism, in conflict, sudden explosion, and subversion, respectively.

James Holmes commited this atrocity at the first midnight screening of the new Batman movie – The Dark Knight Rises, in a peaceful suburb of Denver, Aurora Colorado. I agree with Roger Ebert that the title of the movie was largely irrelevant:

Published: July 20, 2012

JAMES HOLMES, who opened fire before the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” could not have seen the movie. Like many whose misery is reflected in violence, he may simply have been drawn to a highly publicized event with a big crowd. In cynical terms, he was seeking a publicity tie-in. He was like one of those goofballs waving in the background when a TV reporter does a stand-up at a big story.

The darkness of midnight may have been more of a motivator to a deranged mind. Do you believe that there is a connection between madness and art? In my opinion, they are not connected. Art requires discipline.

The modern view of an individual’s horoscope is that it represents what we came to work on, or work thru in this life. Holmes’ horoscope, as it is available today, reads like a recipe for a time bomb. The information I am using was obtained here:

http://darkstarastrology.com/james-holmes-horoscope/

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I am using Placidus as its configuration places most of Mr Holmes planets near the MC. The most obvious astrological signature of this chart is Holmes’ Mars at 12 degrees Scorpio conjunct Pluto 11 degrees in Scorpio.

{Let me say clearly for other astrologers, I don’t need or use the 10 trillion asteroids or KBO’s or imaginary planets to explain individual or collective actions. I start with the basics to see if that satisfies the question, as it always does; thru classical astrology. That is my bias. The one exception would be Chiron. This asteroid is being defined in astrology as our personal healing journey.}

These two planets of war, Mars and Pluto, are in the midnight-loving sign of Scorpio. Scorpio alone is characterized at its worst as vindictive and treacherous. Mars in Scorpio is a signature of martial power at its utmost, to destroy and create. People with Mars in Scorpio, when not in awareness, will use others to destroy their own lives. Reports say that Mr Holmes did not resist arrest.

Seung-Hui Cho who murdered 32 people and wounded 25 others at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was born January 18, 1984. He also had a tight conjunction of Mars{three degrees} and Pluto {two degrees} in Scorpio. He also had four planets and the South node in the soldiering sign of Sagittarius.

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Am I just one more superficial astrologer denouncing the sign of Scorpio? After all Madame Curie and Bill Gates had/have their Sun in Scorpio. Scorpio symbolizes transformation. Evolved Scorpios are the bringers of light.

It’s much more challenging and difficult to build than to destroy, and anyone can easily be a destroyer. Holmes supercharged Mars in Scorpio coupled with the symbols of death {and rebirth} promoting Pluto, offers us a glimpse into the very ordinary and banal mind of the quick — fix perpetrator. Evil is in essence a banality.

You are eleven years old at the beach. You very carefully build a sand castle. The local bully kicks it back to meaningless heaps of sand. He then proceeds to do the same thing over again up and down the beach. Once we take the ugly faux glamour out of destruction, once we collectively assert that any idiot full of nothing but instincts can destroy, we are off to a better world. There is banality to evil.

James Holmes ‘Herostratic fame’ tells the media that, it bleeds so it leads’. Herostratus burned the newly constructed magnificent Temple of Artemis to the ground in order to achieve fame; on July 21, 356 BC. He was executed, and the Greeks forbade the mention of his name. However a Greek historian Theopompus, was a witness and recorded the act.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herostratus

You will find countless articles on the victims of this tragedy. That is as it should be. How many news broadcasters will peer into a heart of darkness? I have been given excellent tools to peer into human darkness among other journeys to the light — astrology.

The massive T-square between Mr Holmes’ planets in Sagittarius – Sun 21 degrees Sagittarius, conjunct Saturn at 23 degrees Sagittarius, which is conjunct Uranus at 26 Sagittarius} square his moon {and the North node} in Virgo at 24 degrees which is opposite his north node{28 degrees Pisces}, point to taking action as opposed to reflection to solve problems.

from Cafeastrology: http://www.cafeastrology.com/articles/aspectpatterns.html

In M.Kozyritskoj and M.Levina’s view the T-square is perceived by associates of the native as forceful, clumsy aggressiveness. This configuration occupies a semicircle of the horoscope, and the native feels an emptiness in other hemisphere, and intuitively tries “to fill the void” in order to counterbalance the figure. There is a problem of self-assurance. According to some astrologists great attention should be given in the analysis to the zone diametrically opposing the planet with the two square aspects. Subconscious promptings are focused into this area as the native’s discontent with destiny grows. In daily life it is necessary to monitor closely transits through this area — during these periods there are often fateful life events. If the person is not sidetracked by self-assurance issues, he or she can solve very complicated problems, such is the power of the acquired T-square. In the half of the chart where the strong-willed pressure is required, the energy for uncommon success is possible in those areas, for example, politics.

The chart reveals the troubled child, turned adult loner. He was isolated and fed sugar and violent movies by his culture. He turned violent madman just after his Jupiter return, his natal Jupiter also placed in the militarily expansive sign of Aries.

His generation was born with Pluto in Scorpio; approximately 1984 to 1996. This group was raised on rap lyrics and easy access to pornography. Some of the men and women in this generation are fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, against mujahideen who also have this placement.

Philip Brown has written an excellent essay on this generation if you are interested in further studies:

http://www.astrofuturetrends.com/id29.html

Conjunctions in a person’s chart are said to be purely instinctual, active and reactive. Mr Holmes’ has a stellium in Sagittarius. All fire signs are more comfortable with answering the question of What Is To Be Done, rather than What is to Be felt.

Sagittarius is a feral or a wild sign, not domesticated. This sign is often associated with the soldier or the field commander. The introvert who sets off cannons. The Sun is conjunct Saturn, almost a guarantee of an absent or abusive father. Saturn is conjunct Uranus. This signature paints the picture of explosive freedom-loving Uranus against discipline and self-controlling Saturn. Revolutionaries and mad men are born under this roof.

A compelling parallel to Holmes chart is Ted Kaczynski’s, {the unibomber} horoscope: Uranus {zero degrees Gemini} tightly conjunct Sun {zero degrees Gemini} and Saturn {one degree Gemini}.

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From astrologer Robert Pelletier:

Two very conflicting factors are brought together here: a need to carve out an identity for ourselves, to define limits and to preserve form (Saturn), and a need to break structures, to overstep limits and to develop individuality (Uranus). Clearly, this will sometimes make it difficult to decide whether to preserve or to destroy. Uranus in full flight is a poor listener, and Saturn dragging its heels is not likely to change course.

The revolutionary and the violent silent loner are represented here in this paradoxical conjunction. In all cases, this configuration compels the native to assess themselves in opposition to any group, even a gaggle of strangers at a movie.

The lack of a positive father figure in males often leads as in this case to violently revenge a vain ego. It is compelling to compare these horoscopes; Kaczynski with a Gemini need to communicate {Gemini will not be silenced} and Sagittarius Holmes need for aggressive action.

Mutable signs, Virgo and Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini, need to respond and react to other people, to create some form of connection.

I am blinded by the beauty of our weapons.
Leonard Cohen ~ Virgo

It is also worth mentioning that Holmes and Kaczynski both were born with their nodes in Virgo and Pisces; the most difficult placement of the nodes.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what the nodes of the moon mean in astrology, here are a few places to begin:

http://www.lunarliving.org/moon/lunar-nodes2.html
http://www.khaldea.com/rudhyar/astroarticles/moonnodesatbirth.php
http://cafeastrology.com/nodesofthemoon.html

{Donna Van Toen has written an excellent book on understanding the lunar nodes. See my next paragraph;}

Holmes: North node 28 degrees Pisces, South node 28 degrees Virgo.
Kaczynski: North node 9 degrees Virgo, South node 9 degrees Pisces.

Donna Van Toen in The Astrologers Node Book defines these as:

Holmes- North node Pisces
Bigotry
Refusal to settle for anything less than perfect
a feeling of being “different”
A tendency to test others
Shyness
Jealousy
Pettiness
Insecurity; builds self up by knocking others down or through back stabbing.

Kaczynski- North node Virgo
Excessive daydreaming
little control over emotions
Masochistic or morbid tendencies
Discontentment with one’s lot in life
Shallowness
Moodiness
A tendency to attract chaotic conditions.

Two time murderer in cold blood Gary Gilmore, demanded and got a firing squad execution in Utah.

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Again we see in Mr Gilmore’s horoscope a massive T-square involving Mars, Venus, Jupiter Saturn, and Pluto – demanding Scorpio action to resolve inner conflict. Gilmore’s story was documented in Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Executioner’s Song (1979). I am not implying a bias against any sun sign. I am constructing an argument for an examined life, and the brilliant light of astrology.

Jim Jones of the Jonestown massacres, is yet another example of the destructive ego played out on the stage of the T-square:

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Contrast these lives with poet Gary Snyder’s Horoscope:

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Mr. Snyder has aggressive Mars {eleven degrees Aries} conjunct Uranus {thirteen degrees Aries}, while both are square Saturn in Capricorn {eleven degrees}, and Saturn is opposed Pluto in Cancer {seventeen degrees Cancer} yet has transformed any violent daydreams and nightmares into amazing volumes of poetry. Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto form a powerful T-square, which fuels a rebellious revolutionary nature.

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Mahatma Ghandi’s horoscope presents an equally powerful and potentially violent signature. Mars {eighteen degrees Scorpio} conjunct Venus in Scorpio {sixteen degrees Scorpio} opposed Jupiter {twenty degrees Taurus} conjunct Pluto in Taurus {seventeen degrees Taurus.

Calling The Darkness Poetry

What is the difference between a mass murderer like Holmes and Kaczynski contrasted with poet Snyder and statesman Ghandi? The former beheld injustice and took it personally, the latter two saw the same thing, and made something either beautiful or transformative out of their own antisocial natures. American values in the case of Holmes and Kaczynski honed them into the personal narrative. They became what they always were: subjective and defensive, living in their lower brain stem. Under these same ugly conditions Snyder, Ghandi, and many others have done the heavy lifting of finding a state of beauty and political power to objectify cruel realities.

Mr. Holmes committed this ugly act in part for recognition. Victim impact statements will continue to be churned out by mass media, all the while avoiding the baldest fact of all: what you don’t know can and will hurt you. As cold as it may seem, the mountain of interviews with relatives and friends of these tragic endings will in some sense neatly put us back to sleep.

I write not to tell you anything
but to live forever
– Leonard Cohen

Am I telling you that Holmes was born to be a brutal murderer? No. I am saying that you won’t find this remarkable detailed study, accurate in character and timing, anywhere else in human studies, beyond the sometimes dark gifts of astrology. Holmes became a loner, and fell through the cracks. Then he crossed the line to become a monster. If we continue to hand out the intoxication of electronic toys and sugar, to our children, while ignoring their inner life, we will be mopping up blood and entrails into the next few years much too often; and once is too often.

We are becoming more detached from the messy human heart’s centre through murderous distraction. We feed our kids mercurial fart joke movies, so they won’t ever have to grow up. Am I my brother’s keeper? Or must we simply build bigger gladiator schools that we call prison life.

Holmes chose to give in to his demons. We silence each other and then the silent loners become monsters. He surrounded himself with metaphors of violence. His mother when phoned by the police knew and said immediately it was her son who was the little destroyer.

“The sleep of reason produces monsters.”
-Francisco Goya

In the last week of November 2012, Mars will conjoin Pluto in Capricorn in 8 – 9 degrees and they both square transiting Uranus in the skies above us.

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The week of March 22 to 27, 2013 maps out another trigger point for social mayhem to unfold.

 

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Let’s hope that the Pluto in Scorpio generation doesn’t give us another dark ending to grieve over.

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http://notwolfkillbarbie.blogspot.com/2010/11/2012-unbearable-wetness-of-being.html

Wikipedia sources for this essay:

Aurora Colorado shooting – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora,_Colorado_theater_shooting
T- square in astrology – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_cross_%28astrology%29

Ted Kaczynski – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kaczynski
Gary Gilmore – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gilmore
Jim Jones – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown
Gary Snyder – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Snyder
M. Ghandi – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghandi