Blood Moons and Biblical Prophecy

Blood Moons and Biblical Prophecy

Blood Moon

 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.” Bible’s Book of Joel, Chapter 3:3-4

star of david 2Today is Passover. A total lunar eclipse occurred a moment ago. The transiting moon just squared Pluto. It’s about to oppose Uranus before it goes void of course. We’re still wandering aimlessly and endlessly across a bleak and barren desert, led by our sacred cows and golden calves that must be sacrificed on the altar of true love and faith.

 

Many people are preparing for ‘End Time’. Before I begin my rant, I want you to know that I’ve broken rules of syntax, spelling, spacing, punctuation, rhyming, and alliteration. Most of my artwork has been excavated from the electronic ether. I’ve parodied or radically altered it to avoid copyright infringement. I’ve also included a selfie from my ‘Exhibitionist Meets Voyeur’ collection. Please suspend your preconceived ideas and beliefs. I’ve left nothing to chance but you. Take what works. Leave what doesn’t.

The human race has become a race against bad shit happening. Pious philosophies and pointless politics pollute higher purpose. Partisan paradigms and pestilential practices poison our psyche. Faulty families feast frenzily on filthy banquets of flawed feelings, vague values, and toxic thinking, copiously spiced with needless fear, desperation, and hatred. We analyze, rationalize, and compartmentalize our ideologies and beliefs while we sacrifice our dignity, integrity, and nobility on the altars of nonsense.

George and the dwarves

The sheep are restlessEveryone is frantic about what’s happening in the mid-east. Focusing on insane ideologies like “Armageddon” transforms hazardous theories and toxic beliefs into self-fulfilling prophecies. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Fear, anger, and hatred are potent catalysts for apocalyptic thinking. Vengeance is not a solution to violence. Just watch the nightly news or Jerry Springer for live action.

A spiritually corrupt society worships idols from amateur hours and applauds scripted survivors. Masses of meek minds are mesmerized by meaningless media. Captivated by courtroom melodramas, viewers become critical and judgmental of the pettiest behaviors. Cunning narcissists, warped exhibitionists, and religious perverts expose their sleaziest selves to a desperate and depraved public. A culture of winners and losers has become a world of haves and have-nots.

Dick as DopeyOur planet and collective psyche are immune deficient. We preach love and sympathy and practice hate and fear. Our appallingly apparent apathy produces pandemic pathological paradigms. We fixate on sex, violence, disease, and death, while shortsightedness, greed, and fear rule our personal and collective unconsciousness.

Donald TrumpWe’re fascinated by fake vampires, werewolves, and zombies while real vampires, werewolves, and zombies thrive virtuelessly among us. We vote for political prostitutes, prostrate ourselves before self-appointed emperors, and worship megalomaniacs on gilded pedestals. We reward religious rapists who pay for their offenses with an eternity in hell. We need a megadose of sanity, but how can anyone be sane in an insane world?

who fartedWake up and whiff the weirdness. How sane is consuming massive amounts of highly toxic chemicals every day in our wars with insects, rodents, weeds, dirt, stains, odors, germs, bacteria, viruses and other invisible enemies? We’re marinating in the chemicals that heat and cool us; power our transportation; provide us with products; color, flavor, and preserve our foods; and enable us to communicate on a grand scale. We breathe, drink, wash, and apply risky substances to our scalps, mouths, armpits, fingers, toes, and crotches. Why must everything be bright white, squeaky clean and lemon fresh? Why do fossil guzzling polluting cars go twice as fast as our highest speed limits?

Mission Accomlished

Mission Accomplished?

Evil acts are symptoms, not causes. As we examine our thoughts objectively, we see action comes from thinking. Why do so few herd so many and harvest so much? Why do so many people secretly believe they’re better than others? Why do we harm cultures we’re supposed to be helping? Why do we trade prejudiced politicians for terrible tyrants?

 

Sitting on compacted cansWhen my daughter Cassie was two, I was ‘Guru of Garbage’. I taught ‘Designing with Garbage’ classes at Parsons School of Design, and co-taught Environmental Design classes at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. I was on NYC’s Solid Waste Advisory Board and spoke at design schools, community boards, and National Design Museum about recycling, reusing, and recreating materials from the waste stream. My work was exhibited in eco-tours and museums around the world.

 

 

As Cassie and I walked down the street, she’d pick up trash, “Here daddy”. Graciously, I’d thank her and deposit it in the nearest trashcan. When others noticed, they’d stoop to pick something up and turn to smile at us as they dropped it in the can. We felt proud.

George W BushJoanna and I were concerned that Cassie worried too much about the planet for a kid. Many of her friends were also tormenting themselves about their future. In fifth grade, Cassie took matters into her hands and wrote a letter to the editor of an East Village newspaper. Her ‘Earth School’ fifth grade class wrote to George W Bush.  At the end of their concerns they wrote, “Please don’t send us a signed picture of your head”. I altered the image to reveal the true nature of the beast.

Dear Editor,

I’m a 5th grader at the earth school in the east village of Manhattan. A lot has been happening in the world and this is a paragraph to explain my point of view. I wrote it at home this afternoon and it is unedited and done completely by myself. I was wondering if you would be interested in publishing it in your newspaper.    Sincerely, Cassie Seltman

We are deeply worrying about Saddam’s toxic and chemical weapons but what we are not realizing is that we are using just if not more as dangerous toxicants in our everyday life.  Eventually at the rate we are going and the life style we are living we will kill ourselves off.  The only difference with Saddam’s weapons is it will happen faster.  Really all it takes to turn the world evil is one bad mind.  We can easily find excuses to do certain uncalled for horrible things.  What we need to do is think positive and constructive for our own benefit.  We have to also be cautious about who we elect for president because that one bad mind could be his and make all the difference.  We are being so concerned with Saddam Hussein but you should think about it like Saddam Hussein is one ant in a whole anthill.  The only reason ants survive is because they work as a team to carry food and build that huge hill.  Even without war we are still heading towards a bad future.  If we continue to pollute our earth we are going to have nothing left.  If we get good ideas and stop polluting right now we will still have a chance to save our earth and the people on it.

The EmperorThe emperor weaves a wardrobe of secrecy and deceit. Our good health and the health of our planet depend on our ability to share healthy thoughts and loving feelings. We must shift our broken philosophical and spiritual paradigms so that we can live and thrive in a healthier world. We can no longer substitute money for values, religion for spirituality, or collective delusion for reality. When you’re ready to meet the Messiah, you must look in the mirror.

 

Authors note: Today’s moon is in Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. At 12:58 pm, Jupiter will become direct in Leo. Since Jupiter rules publishing, I’ll click ‘Publish’ at that moment. Jupiter also rules publicity and promotion. I’ll promote my artwork using social media.

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Aries Search for Self

Aries

“Millionaires don’t consult the stars, billionaires do.”  J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan

John Pierpont Morgan, Sun, Venus, and Pluto in Aries (April 17 1837) formed the banking house of Drexel Morgan & Co., later renamed J.P. Morgan & Co. His father, Junius Spencer Morgan was the powerful financier who loaned $50-million to France during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). Aries rules Iron. After purchasing Andrew Carnegie’s steel operation for $400 million, J.P. waved his Magical Martian Wand over raw materials, manufacturing, mass transit, and banking. J.P. was a plutocrat in power.

AladdinYou don’t have to have an Aries sun to be an Aries type. All intuitive types have rectangular palms and short fingers. Aries types have pink puffy bumps bulging where the thumb meets the hand. Their well-developed percussions (under pinkie) and firm consistent elastic skin, quickly returns to normal when pushed or pulled. Pink skin color energizes. Red pressurizes. Warrior hands are redder. Aries head and life lines separate at their beginning. Wider gaps between head and heart lines represent more independent, freedom loving, and rebellious individuals. When the head and life lines are intertwined, there’s much more inertia. The hand pictured belongs to a real life Aladdin. Click here for his story.

feeling for consistency and elasticity

Aries are the most courageous and adventurous of all types. They’re natural heroes and inspired risk takers. Their passion is contagious and optimism eternal. They never run out of doors to knock on because they don’t take rejection personally. They’re ready and willing to compete with anyone at any time and place. These autonomous freedom lovers detest bureaucrats and hate criticism. Very low set thumbs were meant to quest for holy grails and champion underdogs. They crusade relentlessly until their objectives are realized. Rising to worthy causes brings a lot of personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

Aries is not a detail person. As an Intuitive type, he’s conceptual. When he gets bogged down in mundane tasks like paperwork or bookkeeping, he gets bored and restless. He’s easily frustrated, so it’s best to stay out of his way if you can’t help him. His most important challenges are being patient, trusting his intuition, setting sensible goals, and building sound structures on solid foundations. Mars rules executives, military leaders, soldiers, policemen, firemen, salesmen, surgeons, barbers, and butchers. He’s a potent archetype if you work with sharp tools and / or are unafraid of blood.

Aries symbol
marsEveryone has Aries in his or her symbolism. Aries is Greek. Ares rules Aries as it rises at the birth of spring. Mars is his Roman version. As an invincible warrior and lusty lover, the Roman god of war is symbolized by an erect penis. Built to match, he has a strong athletic body, dominant chest, and rock hard head. He isn’t called ram for nothing. Joanna, my life partner, is Aries with Venus in Taurus rising. I call her ‘RamBull’. I’m a Gemini. She calls me ‘a piece of work in progress’.

Aries types have amazing resilience and an innate ability to bounce back, always landing on their feet. Their strong sense of inner strength, courage, and persistence make them formidable foes. Aries most important job in most of us is to conquer our procrastination, overcome our inertia, and help us take action. Aries potential physical problems include inflammations, fevers, headaches, and high blood pressure.

Xena and Mulan are anima with dominant animus. Aries types are descendants of heroes like King Theseus of Athens, Jason and the Argonauts, Joan of Arc, Robin Hood, and their popular eastern cousin, Aladdin, orphaned son of the king of thieves, handsome adolescent street rat, a diamond in the rough, destined to become a prince.

Al GoreAl Gore is an Aries. His rectangular palms and short fingers reveal a link between his persuasive personality and his Aries Sun. Al’s Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are in Leo. He has abundant inspiration and plenty of motivation to transform energy and politics. When charged with a bolt of lightning from his Jupiter in Sagittarius, he can sell just about anything. Aries and Mars rule Energy and War. Sagittarius and Jupiter rule Publicity, Publishing and Politics. Billions of individuals are manipulated and controlled by energy, war, and politics.

Al Gore’s rectangular hand shape, short fingers, and long index finger revitalize his ambition and egocentricity. As a modern version of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Al and his Argonauts bagged the coveted Nobel Peace Prize while opening masses of minds to the hazards of Global Warming. As a conceptual thinker, Al loves the idea part of his process best. His strength is in his ability to see the big picture. He has no time for details because he has no aptitude or patience for them. Al needs to pour his inspiration and passion into the essence of his reasoning. Once he knows what he must do, Al will acquire the facts to make the case for his cause. As a man of great influence and privilege, Al must sagely survey his personal footprint and practice what he preaches.

Colin PowellU.S. ex-Secretary of State, ex-General Colin Powell is a pure Aries with Sun and Mercury in Aries (April 5, 1937). His rectangular palms, short fingers, and widely separated life and headline are the embodiment of King Theseus of Athens. Theseus escorted Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece. He defeated the dreaded Minotaur (Saddam Hussein, a Taurus) and united the warring Greek factions under his rule. Secretary Powell’s commanding personality persuaded Americans to keep the faith while we invaded Iraq. He believed he could make a real difference, but ended up being goldenly fleeced by the Bush administration. As the Emperor pulled the wool over our eyes, he proudly wore Colin Powell’s noble charisma, flawless credibility, and ethical principles on the front lines of international diplomacy. Colin Powell’s largest battles are yet to come as he approaches the end of his life and wages war between his personal loyalties and his honesty, integrity, and dignity. A true hero, he must cleanse his legacy by shining the blinding light of absolute truth on the many shades of gray in his life.

Kitty BrazeltonKitty Brazelton is a Libra, artist, composer, and professor of music at Bennington College. Her students and colleagues love and admire her. Dominant air and fire make Kitty smart, resilient, and feisty. She’s mother of and friend to a unique and charismatic 23 year old named Rosie.

Here are a few comments from Kitty’s peers that fit her Aries personality like a glove.

Kitty’s a mover and a shaker in the downtown scene; a singer, bandleader, and composer of striking originality.”  Experimental music icon John Zorn

“Few composers are as uninhibited at saying exactly what they want to say.”  Gramaphone

“There are few musical styles and genres she hasn’t absorbed or embraced. You might wonder how someone’s musical appetite can be quite so voracious, but the results are anarchic, wacky, and hard to resist.” WIRE MAGAZINE 

One very important lesson Mars must learn is that enthusiasm and positive energy won’t make the impossible possible. Kitty chose a creative and very practical life partner. Too bad he was contradictory, had chronic control issues, and wielded his critical nature like a Samurai swordsman. They fought and shared a lot of art and music while raising a highly imaginative kid for eighteen years. Low set curved pinkies reveal how she lasted so long. She won the occasional battle, but always lost the war because she had a compulsive need to make the peace. She pretended her marriage was better than it was by compartmentalizing, analyzing, and rationalizing her feelings and fantasy.

Ancient warrior cultures ritually practiced their lustiest mating rituals from late June to late July to seed future generations of Aries warriors. Aries rules Germany, England, and Japan. Hitler planned an Aryan race. The English expanded their influence by barbarizing and colonizing the globe. Japan was atom bombed during World War II. Japan’s warriors fight battles in commerce, communications, transportation, and electronics. Mars rules raw physical energy, sports, law enforcement, and military.

Largest of energy giants, XX is an Aries with its first trade March 25 1920. A predatory power broker must shift its greedy paradigms and embrace philosophical and spiritual transformation. Our earth’s creative juices were meant to be shared by all. Mom’s blood has enabled us to achieve a very high standard of living by heating our homes, fueling our transportation, and providing us with products that make our lives easier. Unseen lakes and ponds of mom’s magical elixir are plundered from their holy sanctuaries, then wasted in disposable plastic packaging and squandered in gas guzzling vehicles. Why must hundreds of horses gallop under our hoods?

XX sells mom’s alchemy to us while efficiently and profitably pumping it from her natural reservoirs into pipelines and artificial tanks that lead to our financial umbilical cords and personal containers. Our world economy and planetary good health are at stake. XX must be guardian for, not sole owner of mom’s soul. XX must not become XXX.

Our energy needs require prompt consciousness and conscience. The Arab oil embargo of 1973 was supposed to teach us not to take Mom’s precious essences for granted. We must learn to devalue our vanity, curb our wasteful habits, and embrace a sustainable energy conserving culture. From jumbo jets to disposable plastic bags, oil has lubricated our needs and desires and greased the psyches of promoters and politicians who pollute our political process by providing plutocrats with permission to plunder our planet wherever, whenever, however, and forever.

It’s no surprise our most important priority is to protect energy sources. Military is our most voracious energy vampire. Bloody wars are waged and financial fortunes flourish because plutocrats are our real leaders. Their greed and wars torture our souls and the soul of our planet. They guzzle our vital essences as they suck our blood and the blood of our fathers, brothers, and children.

Uranus changes sign every seven years. In Aries, Uranus brought fierce individualism, pioneering spirit, abundant energy, and limitless financial resources to bring concepts to fruition. It was the only outer planet to transit the sign of Aries in the twentieth century (1927 – 1935). Uranus invigorated the collective psyche through revolutionary and technological changes. Here are my favorite picks from the last Uranus in Aries era.

Physics and astronomy created the “Big Bang” theory of an ever-expanding universe.

The Neutron was discovered.

King Kullen was the first supermarket (opened in Queens) in New York.

Wonder Bread and homogenized milk were introduced.

The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth Texas.

The flashbulb was invented and marketed.

The 3M Company introduced transparent Scotch Tape.

Nylon fiber was created.

The first plastics were synthesized in Britain.

Bell Laboratories developed stereophonic sound.

A German ophthalmologist pioneered the first contact lens.

The first drive-in movie theatre opened in New Jersey.

The model A replaced the model T Ford.

The first air-conditioned office building in the US opened in San Antonio Texas.

The jet engine was patented.

Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight from New York to Paris.

America was captivated when Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son was kidnapped.

Mao Tse-Tung began his `22 years in the wilderness’ where he developed guerrilla warfare tactics that ultimately conquered China.

Leon Trotsky was expelled from the communist party.

The federal government entered the field of hydroelectric power with Boulder Dam.

The first all talking motion picture, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, revolutionized the film industry. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was born.

The stock market crashed, forcing people to re-examine their values and institutions.

Uranus completed its eighty-four year cycle in the spring of 2011 as it turbulently returned to Aries to crumble regimes, topple demagogues, ignite cities, and fuel the Arab Spring that spread across the Mid-East. Devastating earthquakes in Japan forever changed how governments look at nuclear power policies. Protestors in Spain set the stage for Occupy Movements in New York and London. Osama Bin Laden was killed. His sighting appeared on Twitter before it was officially announced by the Whitehouse. WikiLeaks raised our consciousness of government secrets and conspiracies.

Mars is the blood, guts, and gore of war where psyches are devoured by passion, lust, and hatred. Uranus and Mars is an explosive combination. Combined with the darkness of Saturn and Pluto, that’s a prescription for MPTSD (mass post-traumatic stress disorder). The “Big Bang” theory has come a long way since the first Neutron was discovered. We must see where supermarkets, laundromats, homogenized milk, Wonder Bread, Scotch tape, plastics, and the Model T have gotten us.

Here’s an Arian idea of how to better manage partisan political corruption and war.

The vernal equinox is a great day for political hand-to-hand combat on “Reality TV”. Partisan Congressmen, Senators, and Governors will be issued clubs and knives. Bipartisan candidates are exempt. Terminators welcome. “Hasta la vista baby”

Pisces – Search for Faith

 Pisces-2

FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”   Einstein

Albert Einstein

(Albert Einstein hand prints from the Marianne Raschig collection)

Pisces is an archetype for spiritual growth. It’s the astrological home of Neptune (Poseidon, King Triton), ruler of the seas. Water symbolizes emotion, instinct, personal feelings, and the collective unconscious. It’s the most calming and destructive force in nature. Neptune symbolizes any substance that alters consciousness, creates illusions, and fosters delusions. That includes prescription and recreational drugs, nicotine, alcohol, and any kind of smoke. Philip Morris (IPO March 15, 1923, Sun in Pisces) catalyzed a tsunami of cancer by maintaining the delusion that cigarette smoking isn’t harmful while creating and fostering the illusion that it’s cool to smoke. Neptune also rules the arts. Michelangelo, Renoir, Chopin, Ravel, and Nijinsky were Piscean. Major scientific advances are attributed to creative Pisceans like Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein. Religion is Neptune’s mundane correspondence. Spirituality is its esoteric equivalent. Religion without spirituality is blind.

Pisces is the most sensitive, least acquisitive, and most introverted of all twelve types. They’re capable of incredible foresight, but are frequently misunderstood because they convey their visions to others through the lens of feeling. When their head and heart are balanced, Pisces can be the most powerful of all types. George Washington was a Pisces. Former CEOs of Citigroup, IBM, Merck, DuPont, and Bank One were Piscean. One of the youngest most powerful Pisces CEOs is Michael Dell of Dell Computer. Like the rebellious daughter of King Triton (Neptune / Poseidon), ruler of the Seas and the unconscious, Michael can swim anywhere and dream whatever he wants. Michael has the natural ability to tap into the collective unconscious. He intuitively gets a sense of what the public needs and hones in on that. He must keep an eye out for Ursula the Octopus, a conglomerate who lusts for control of his empire.

Pisceans are well suited to teaching, human resources, and the helping professions.   They’re at home in the visual arts and music. Their strengths are compassion, humility, and faith, though they’re not known for being decisive. Both private and spiritual, Pisces can be challenging to get to know. Their trust needs to be earned over time. Unevolved Piscean types are impressionable and easily influenced. Many have a strong need to escape reality when circumstances get too difficult. Some become substance abusers (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lewis, Liza Minelli). Personally, I love Pisceans. My father was a Pisces. My brother is a Pisces. My daughter is a Pisces.

My first friend in New York City was Piscean. I knew her as Purnima, a name given to her in a Sufi commune where she had lived in England. Purnima has small hands with long slender palms and long delicate fingers with conical tips. Her palms are covered with a fine network of lines that seem as fragile as a spider’s web. Anytime you see a spider’s web in palms you must be careful what you say. A person who is very impressionable will remember the “bad things”, even if you didn’t say any.

 

purnimaPurnima was born as Fran and raised in New York City by a controlling alcoholic mother. Fran visited her emotionally absent estranged father as often as she could. She was convinced he loved her, although he was never able to verbalize it. Fran told me stories about how as a pre-teen she’d arrive at a police station to redeem her mother after a drunken brawl, only to be psychologically abused by her when they got home. Her short index fingers on both hands never got to grow longer because her mother constantly told her how worthless she was. Fran also had very flexible thumbs that embodied how easily she adapted to changing circumstances.  There were so many distractions. It took Fran nearly fifty years to learn to say “NO”.

When I first met Purnima, she was a vegan chain smoker. That seemed incongruous to me, but I learned that inconsistency is consistent among Neptunian types. Purnima was a magnet for strays and fixer-uppers. She attracted the mangiest dogs, cats, mice, and the most damaged men around. She must have kissed a thousand frogs and strived to heal a hundred beasts, but none turned into princes. In hindsight, I had been one of her worthy causes. Purnima knew what I was feeling before I did. I’m glad she adopted me.

Forced to go to Church every Sunday, Fran witnessed hypocrisy in action. She had very little respect for formalized religion. Nonetheless, no matter how ugly or despicable the person or circumstance, Purnima had an uncanny ability to see a goodness and beauty in everyone and everything. Purnima was a wonderful poet and musician. Her poetry would have made great lyrics for songs. I encouraged her to perform and publish her work, but worldly ideas didn’t appeal to her. She felt that nothing was hers. Instead, she was a conduit for spirit. Purnima had no problem putting anything and everything into a spiritual context. I was amazed because she was an inch from poverty most of the time and yet she’d give away her last dime to someone needier than her. For a few days each week, Fran did meaningless temporary work for meaningless companies for too little money in order to survive.

Every time I’d put myself on a pedestal, Purnima would knock me off. She helped others, but had a hard time helping herself. I was unable to help except to listen and acknowledge her. Much of her time was spent dwelling in her past. That’s a challenge for feeling types in general. Purnima lives in San Francisco. She still checks in on me to make sure I’m staying on track and encourages me to keep evolving.

Hand of a Terrorist?

osama bin ladenAbsolutely! Would any palmist anywhere have had the foresight to predict that from a photo of his hand? Not a chance. Osama’s long narrow palms and closely held fingers and thumb illustrate a healthy feeling type. Interpol says his birthday is March 10 1957. His Sun, Venus, and Mercury were in Pisces and his Moon was in Cancer.

What can we see from this picture? This may piss a lot of people off, but based on his hand morphology, Osama bin Laden appears to be a healthy type. As a man of great religious faith, he believed deeply in his ideologies and convictions. Don’t forget that bin Laden was a rich Arab who gave up a life of wealth and luxury in the holy land to fight for his fellow Muslims in Afghanistan. The Taliban regarded him as a Saint.

Osama’s closely held fingers and thumb reveal a good team player who may also be cautious and shy. His strong index finger shows natural leadership ability and talent for directing and managing people. His long strong straight middle finger made for excellent organizing and planning. A long ring finger symbolizes a sense of style and a natural flair for the dramatic. Though his pinkie finger appears a bit low set (reticent to put himself in front), it’s long and straight, which is a sign of a powerful communicator.

osama as friend 1979Osama wasn’t born a terrorist and international pariah. That was nurture. We supported his transformation to monster when we conveniently forgot how he helped us evict the Soviets from Afghanistan. He was getting lots of “at a boys” and pats on the back from us back then. Osama became more militant as we selfishly abandoned his people when we no longer needed him. It’s no wonder Osama evaded being caught for so long. He received his ultra-security training from our CIA.

Osama was well aware of the power of symbolism. He may have had no remorse, but I’m positive he got no pleasure from killing over 3000 innocent people. His goal was to destroy powerful symbols of western testosterone; ego, greed, and global dominance. Tragically, the people who died in the 9 /11/ 2001 bombings were collateral damage.

The only outer planet to pass through Pisces in the twentieth century was Uranus, from 1919 to 1928. When Uranus completed its eighty-four year cycle through the zodiac in 2003, it began its journey through the sign of Pisces, crossing into Aries at the end of 2011. Let’s observe the cultural similarities between the two times Uranus has passed through Pisces in recent history.

When World War I ended in 1919, discrimination, immigration, and consumerism grew as Uranus left the sign of Aquarius. When Uranus moved into Pisces, a new kind of rebellion began. Over four million steel workers and miners walked off the job to protest too many work hours with “inhumane pay”.

All three Presidents in office during Uranus’s first transit through Pisces (Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover) promoted ‘government business partnerships’ as the focus of their presidencies. They put material wealth and unobstructed corporate power in the forefront of the nation’s political, social, and cultural fabric. Our government was cozily in bed with big business. In its second transit through Pisces, George W. Bush awarded our healthcare system to the pharmaceutical industry and insurance companies, our energy needs to oil companies, and the security of our airports and seaports in the hands of private enterprise. He tried to donate our Social Security to the stock market.

With Uranus in Pisces, traditional values of thrift and austerity gave way to neo-consumerism and buying on credit. Two out of three Americans had electricity, refrigerators, and washing machines. Spending on recreation tripled. Henry Ford announced cars in Green and Maroon as well as black. Mass produced foods such as Rice Krispies, Lender’s Bagels, Mounds Bars, Betty Crocker, and Peter Pan Peanut Butter influenced mass taste and created the illusion of an easier more convenient life. Movie houses, chain stores, and radio advertising proliferated. By the end of Uranus’s transit through Pisces, movie attendance had outstripped church attendance. Consumer magazines like Modern Romance challenged moral codes. Many critics believed consumerism was driving Americans into a soulless existence of materiality and conformity. Sinclair Lewis, famous author of ‘Babbitt’, highlighted the delusion of Uranus in Pisces when he blamed mass production and consumption for “having created a bloodless, loveless, and standardized world”.

The 30th President, “Silent Cal” Coolidge (same birthday as USA) said, “The business of America is business”. He also opened his mouth to say, “Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend”. He was speaking about the “inferior races” of Asia. Meanwhile, there was a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan that targeted African Americans, blacks, immigrants, Catholics, and Jews. In 1925, the Klan marched on Washington DC and drew over 40,000 hooded members. New immigration laws reduced the stream of immigrants to a trickle when congress decided admissions of immigrants should be on a quota basis – reduced to 150,000 new immigrants a year.

Uranus in Pisces symbolizes the conflict between science and religion. The socially correct term for Intelligent Design was Creationism. Religion clashed with modern science during Uranus in Pisces transits in both centuries. Tennessee legislators voted it unlawful for any teacher in a state supported school “to teach any theory that denies the story of man’s creation as taught in the bible”. They could not teach that man descended from a lower order of animals. A high school biology teacher named John Scopes tried to teach the theory of evolution. As the defendant in the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” legal battle, John Scopes ultimately lost. Culture wars clashed over school curriculum, obscenity, censorship, race, and sexuality in theater and literature.

In the world of design, the Bahaus School of Architecture was created in Germany. Its less is more philosophy influenced product and building design. When I graduated from Carnegie Mellon U. as an industrial designer, intelligent design was about making and saving money for manufacturers. No one cared much about waste, except when it was costly. Intelligent design is very important. Designers select materials to be used in a product. They choose whether sustainable resources are used, how much energy will be consumed during production, what pollutants will be generated, and how the product will ultimately be disposed of, recycled, or reused.

Common sense is not necessarily good sense. If man were intelligently designed, we   wouldn’t be racing towards self-destruction. Instead, we’d be healthier, happier, and taking better care of our planet, ourselves, and each other. Seven Commandments say, “Thou shalt not”. The negative language affirms they’ll be broken. Perhaps God could have framed all her rules and regulations more constructively.

Here are a few similarities between the two most recent transits of Uranus in Pisces:

1919 – The worst baseball (Black Sox) scandal in history happened when a grand jury brought indictments against eight players from the Chicago White Sox. They were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series and eventually found not guilty.

2003 – The illicit use of steroids became the biggest scandal in modern baseball.

1919 – The eighteenth amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, which encouraged home brewing and bootlegging.

2003 – George W. Bush prohibited Medicare from negotiating drug prices. A black market for drugs from India and Canada began to thrive.

1921 – First formal investigations of the Teapot Dome oil scandals were initiated.

2003 – USA invaded Iraq under false pretenses in order to secure oil resources.

1924 – The worst tornado in US history obliterated 35 towns in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Two cycles of Uranus in Pisces passed. Much has happened. Not much has changed

Aquarius – Search for Insight

Aquarius

AQUARIUS   JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 18

“It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.”

Betty Friedan (Feb 4, 1921 – Feb 4, 2006) died on her 85th birthday. Betty reformed women’s rights with her book, The Feminine Mystique. She powerfully influenced the whole women’s movement. As founder of NOW (National Organization for Women), she organized the first International Feminist Congress in 1973. A true Aquarian, Betty’s war cry was “Make policy not coffee”.

Aquarius imageMany people think Aquarius is a water sign. They see a water bearer and a symbol that looks like waves. Water symbolizes emotion, feeling, and unconscious. The water bearer is discarding feelings in favor of thinking by pouring them out of a jug.  Air waves are sharp and geometrically precise. Aquarius is fixed thinking. Thinking is Destiny.

Aquarians are the coolest, most detached, and friendly of all types. While they love free spirited friendships, they avoid intimacy. Much time is spent in a world of their ideas and inventions. They value their freedom of speech and overvalue their own opinions. Aquarians should be aware of their Leo opposition. They seem to think they can solve problems better than other people (and sometimes they can). As independent, progressive, and original beings, they pride themselves on their unconventionality, eccentricities, and uniqueness. They must learn to value their uniqueness for what it is and not for the sake of being different. Many Aquarians relish a revolution when the cause is right. They attract other unconventional and unusual people who they can commune with. The best way to convince an Aquarian to change his or her mind is to be extremely logical. Make good sense. Aquarians love technology. Encourage them to innovate. They’ll be happier.

Uranus, first son of Gaea and Chaos, was ruler of the Sky and Father of the Titans in Greek myth. No matter what your sun sign, strong Uranus symbolism makes for strong Aquarian energy. Uranus is closely conjunct my Gemini Sun. People often ask me how I make a living. My answer ~ I invent ways of making a living. For over half a century, I have steadily transformed from Megalomania, to Egomania, to Ecomania, to Humania.

A keyword for Uranus is sudden change. Sudden and unexpected change is what got me here. Why was shit always hitting the fan when I was about to taste real success? I wasn’t supposed to be doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing.

Uranians can be predictably unpredictable and erratic. Many Aquarians are blue-sky thinkers. Jules Verne ~ sci-fi writer, Buzz Aldrin ~ second man on the moon, Helen Gurley Brown ~ editor of Cosmo, James Dean, Charles Dickens, Michael Jordan, Charles Lindbergh, Bill Maher, Wolfgang Mozart, Paul Newman, and Franklin Roosevelt.

Tarin Chaplin (Dec. 4, 1941 – May 30, 2009)

Tarin Chaplin

An “eco-choreographer,” activist, writer and dancer, Tarin sought to connect people to the earth, the elements, and the sentient and non-sentient beings that share this universe with us (Burlington Free Press). Tarin was a Sagittarian and nature spirit with no planets in Aquarius. She shows us her Aquarian personality by revealing her square palms and widely spread long fingers in an inventive way. Tarin was a bundle of creative expression. She was also practical, responsible, and reliable (crooked middle fingers), which frustrated her sometimes because she over-committed and obligated herself to too many worthy causes that delayed living in her ideal world. The Intimate Act of Choreography is one of Joanna’s favorite dance books and a classic text used in dance departments across the country.

Pattie CanovaPattie Canova is a Taurus. She’s the Queen of Pentacles. Pattie behaves more like an Aquarian, the Queen of Swords, with her square palms, long straight fingers, stiff thumbs, and a strong head life line connection. Pattie is my all~time favorite tarot teacher. I had studied with other tarot teachers, but never truly connected with the archetypes until I met Pattie. Her knowledge and understanding of the 78 archetypes and the corresponding psychology is awesome. Her genuine passion and desire to share what she knows places Pattie way ahead of her competition. Pattie also has the uncanny ability to remember anyone’s and everyone’s names forever. I’m jealous because I have Alzheimer’s for names. Notice how Pattie’s fingers lean toward her index fingers that project outward from her hands ~ Pattie is a ‘Giver’. The bright pink color on the heels of her hands reveals her psychic ability. I’ve watched those lunar mounts glow like hot coals when Pattie’s psychic intuition is cranking. Pattie performs feats of tarot magic on stage and radio. In her unique way, she shares her Aquarian thoughts and ideas in a letter she sent me years ago. I’m sharing them with you.

“My work on stage may seem frivolous and at times it can be. My audience can ask the most banal of questions, but it’s fear that keeps them from themselves. They’re a great reflection for my process; what I love about it and what I’ve just given myself to receive from it all is the experience of joining, of oneness, the giving up of judgments and quieting of my perception. We are all on the same journey. Doing what I’m doing has helped me take it out of my head and into my heart and practice. We all walk that hard road toward enlightenment. I so trust the outcome. I so trust the absoluteness and the power of spirit. I know that everyone in their own way ‘hears’ something, either through feeling or insight”.

Jennifer de WitMy sister Jennifer is a Taurus. Her long knotty stiff fingers and thumbs are set on square palms, symbolizing Aquarian behavior.  A fixed thinker, she can be very practical, incredibly logical, and extremely obstinate. I know better than to argue with her. Jenny is a loving parent, partner, daughter, and sister. She’s a compelling story teller, gifted children’s librarian, caring community member, amazing cook, and devoted friend.

GrahamJennifer and her husband Brian suddenly and unexpectedly lost their son, Graham (1/24/1989 – 5/22/2012). Graham, a very talented young Aquarian, was looking forward to embarking on an exciting and fulfilling journey into a mysterious and unknown future.

 

Jenny and Brian continue to be healthy human beings despite the pain of not being able to watch and share their son’s growing, blossoming, loving, and knowing personal fulfillment. I honor Graham by remembering him and by living my life healthfully and meaningfully. Jenny created an amazing blog to help other people who have suffered devastating losses in their lives – http://www.scoop.it/t/grief-and-loss

Kevin McGuireKevin McGuire ~ Charismatic Capricorn.  It’s impossible not to like him. His Aquarian hands blend structure, discipline, and focus (Saturn) with originality and chance (Uranus). As a stage actor and director, Kevin has starred in plays on Broadway and acted and directed his way around the globe in Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Jane Eyre, Secret Garden, Uncle Vanya, and many others. Kevin has sung for Presidents Clinton, Reagan, and Ford.

OprahOprah Winfrey is an Aquarius and intuitive personality type with rectangular palms and short fingers. Sagittarius rises in her natal chart, blending the best and worst of Athena and Artemis. Oprah is an Alchemist. She turned lead into gold when she transformed an abandoned poor black bastard girl from the south into the self-appointed Queen of mass media. A golden pedestal awaits the goddess in her sacred temple. “Damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t”, Oprah makes a difference, but no matter what and how much she does and gives, it’s still a droplet in an ocean of human suffering, misery, and tragedy. Oprah must balance responsibility and transparency by always being true to herself.

As a mutable thinking type, I relate well with Aquarians. Some of my favorite teachers have been Uranian types. When the all too familiar ‘shit was hitting the fan’ years ago, I sought insight from a psychotherapist. I met with Freudians, Jungians, Reichians, and Adlerians and finally chose a Gestalt psychotherapist because my needs felt immediate. I didn’t want to spend my time combing for clues from my childhood to fix my current challenges.

IanI chose an Aquarian. I call him Ian, for all the “ians” I had rejected. Each session, I’d weave my wordy web of melodrama for Ian. I hoped to earn his understanding and sympathy. When I’d finish, Ian would ask, “So what else is new?”  He’d clean his nails or play with his latest gadget. I felt pissed. Was he listening to me or wasting my time and money? Once I got Ian’s strategy, I knew that he knew exactly when to look in my eyes and talk.

 

I’d say “but…”  He’d say “and…”  I’d say “can’t…”  He’d say “Don’t want to!” He noticed every gesture and expression and didn’t let me get away with a thing. Ian’s unorthodox methods and clever techniques helped me throw a switch in my thinking and transmute.

As a thinking type, Ian’s hands are much like mine. His square palms and long fingers are held widely apart. The primary difference between us is that my hands and fingers are flexible and Ian’s are stiff. He’s strong willed, focused, and determined. I’m a “jack of all trades, master of none”. Ian helped me to focus and to clarify my thinking. I sought Ian’s friendship as well as his therapeutic skills.

Aquarians make stimulating friends. Ian was fascinated with my hand reading skills. We’d share our ideas and theories for hours following our sessions. As a founding director of a Gestalt Psychology institute, Ian convinced me to participate weekly in an intermediate Gestalt study group. I partook for two years and totally loved the experience. I was able to seamlessly integrate physical, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual archetypes with my knowledge of palmistry. My hand reading expertise brought new perspectives to the group. Psychology compliments metaphysics by providing a foundation for counseling. Counseling is a craft that’s been too often neglected in practices of many self-appointed psychics, readers, and healers. It’s much easier to see something than to know what to say about what you see. What you say and how you say it matters.

In Aquarius, Uranus brings sudden unexpected changes on a grand scale. Uranus takes 84 years to orbit our sun. It surfed the raging rapids of Aquarius from 1912 to 1920.

1912 ~ The “unsinkable” Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage.

1913 ~ A series of tornadoes and floods devastate Middle America, killing over 3,000 people and costing over $100,000,000

1914 ~ World War I began.

1915 ~ A German submarine torpedoed the Lusitania.  The first transcontinental phone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell.

1916 ~ Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa invaded the USA, and President Woodrow Wilson retaliated by sending 6,000 troops into Mexico. The Official Gazette of London published the names of 80 United States firms suspected of trading with Germany.

1917 ~ USA declares war against Germany. The largest race riot in American history occurred in Illinois. Congress amends to prohibit alcohol.

1918 ~ Spanish Flu was the worst pandemic since the bubonic plague that wiped out one quarter of Europe’s population in the 14th century. Daylight Savings Time began.

1919 ~ Prohibition is ratified as the 18th amendment to the constitution. Congress failed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles ~ President Wilson opposed and unsuccessfully took his disagreement to the American people. He died on tour after having a massive stroke.

When Neptune began transiting the sign of Aquarius in 1996, people became even more divided, deceived, and demoralized by the powers that be. As Uranus entered Aquarius in 1996, many esoteric people believed it was the beginning of the Aquarian Age. Humanity would finally get its shit together and would choose real brotherhood and not just what’s fashionable. Instead, the first political act of 1996 was a welfare reform bill that President Bill Clinton signed into effect that made life much harder for poor people. Taiwan had its first democratic election. There were four catastrophic plane crashes. Madeline Albright became the first female Secretary of State. Ellen DeGeneres became the first outwardly gay star of an ABC sitcom. Body piercing and tattoos became more popular.

In 1998, Catholics and Protestants voted for peace in Ireland. We began bombing Iraq. Male virility became pharmaceutical phenonmenon after Pfizer introduced Viagra. The stock market initiated a new form of gambling they dubbed “internet day trading”. DVDs became the fastest growing consumer electronics product in history.  Bribes and drugs tarnished the Olympics. We lost our innocence, civil liberties, and illusion of security and stability.

bill clintonNeptune rules confusion, illusion, and delusion.  When Neptune entered Aquarius in 1998, the House of Representatives impeached President Clinton. Clinton was accused of giving “perjurious false and misleading” testimony in front of a grand jury. It was bad for the country, but good for the cigar industry. Our government and twenty state attorney generals charged Microsoft Inc. with anti-trust practices for dominating the Internet access market.

 

When Neptune exited Aquarius in 2012, Neptune’s greatest illusion and deception was how public policy affected old, poor, and sick people, and anyone else who can’t afford to have bad shit happening. Only when we truly see and know what’s truly valuable can we transform our inequities. Narcissistic visions for the future will affect over a billion people aged 65 and over by the middle of the 21st century. Profits of false prophets will continue to confuse, delude, and control the 99%. The Plutocrats who finance our political campaigns own the partisan leaders who control our health care, manage our welfare, gamble with our pensions, and risk our social security. As Neptune entered Pisces in 2012, many old, poor, and sick people were searching for security, stability, and spiritual answers and finding nothing.

CAPRICORN – Responsibility and Purpose and your Middle Finger

Capricorn - Responsibility and Purpose

CAPRICORN

RESPONSIBILITY & PURPOSE

DECEMBER 21 – JANUARY 20

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

                                                                                                       Martin Luther King Jr.

Jesus ChristThe most famous Capricorn of all time was Jesus Christ. Jesus was a Jewish self-help guru and not for profit Prophet who may have eventually reformed the business of religion had he stuck around. Who needs codes, dogmas, and doctrines when they have spirituality? Jesus shared God’s essence as he spoke the words “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Jesus was crucified for loving too much.

 

Martin Luther KingDr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1/15/1929 – 4/4/1968), another lover, was martyred for his fervent beliefs. As a Baptist Minister and passionate Social Rights Activist, Dr. King led the black civil rights movement in the United States from the mid 1950’s until his assassination in 1968. His mission was the pursuit of truth, peace, justice, and equality for all. Martin Luther King’s dream has become our holiday.

Mel GibsonMel Gibson, a Capricorn, irreverently and irresponsibly reveals the dark side of love. Jesus writhes in Heaven as Mel warps his essence and continues to punish us for our sinful ways. Perhaps Mel will capitalize on Dr. King’s final moments and make another movie that he can call LETHAL WEAPON 666.  Even more excuses for him to perpetuate shame, guilt, fear, hate, and justify ongoing torment, torture, and terror. Mel would be less harmful to humanity as a Hummer salesman. He could sell ‘already been road-warriored’ models, like worn jeans or distressed furniture.

Dominant Saturn fingerDominant Saturn types have dominant middle fingers. Your middle finger should always be longest no matter what your archetype. A short middle finger is a life out of balance. Your middle finger embodies your need for and ability to embrace structure, focus, discipline, and responsibility. It shows how serious and reliable a person you are and how you cope with restrictions, obstructions, obligations, and guilt. Dominant middle-fingered people are organized, efficient, patient, dependable, and faithful individuals. A stiff bent Saturn finger along with a long middle phalanx, knotty joints, square fingertips, and short broad nails symbolizes obsessive order, method, and punctuality. Saturnians become guilty, pessimistic, fearful, easily frustrated, depressed, and vindictive when things don’t go well. Most self-critical of all archetypes, they habitually must relearn how to “lighten up and smell the roses”. Traditional music and dry humor sometimes helps.

Saturnians are the most serious and responsible of all types. The firm consistency of their hands, resilient elasticity of their skin, flat square palms, short stiff squarish fingers and fingertips, and dominant middle fingers with dominant first and middle phalanges make them a different kind of Initiator than Aries, Cancer, or Libra types. Their every thought and action must have a purpose. They make great business leaders and managers who embrace responsibility with energy and enthusiasm. As they carry out the specifics of their everyday business, they also maintain a long-range vision of their final goal. As structured, focused, disciplined, and dependable individuals, they expect you to be on time and do as you say. They have little patience for excuses. As natural skeptics, they don’t trust slick and flashy types. As workaholics, they don’t think twice about coming in early or staying late when a task needs to be finished. Despite their powerful ambitions, they patiently bide their time until the proper conditions present themselves.

Practical, prudent, and persistent, Saturnians are easily frustrated and aggravated when their strategies don’t go according to plan. Their overdeveloped sense of responsibility and obligation frequently causes them to feel guilt and shame. Many have a cynical, sarcastic, or fatalistic sense of humor rooted in a pessimism that they’d much prefer to hide. They can be extremely defensive or offensive when they become depressed. Pure Saturnian types rarely stray from provincial, traditional, or conventional ways.

HermitIn ancient Greece, Capricorn was ruled by Chronos, Saturn in Roman Myth and Western Astrology. “Father Time” is present wherever structure, discipline, and focus are required. He’s a strategic planner. At best, he’s healthy, happy, wise, prosperous, and caring. At worst, he’s frustrated, controlling, depressed, greedy, and self-destructive.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln

Capricorns want to be number one. Muhammad Ali was King of Boxing. Elvis Presley was King of Rock ‘n Roll. Tiger Woods was Prince of Golf. Humanitarianism and Medicine produced Albert Schweitzer and Louis Pasteur. David Bowie and Rod Stewart are Capricornian musical prodigies. Daniel Day-Lewis (Taurus with strong Saturn) was cast as Abraham Lincoln, a pure type. Clint Eastwood is a Gemini with dominant middle fingers. Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse were French artists who were ruled by Saturn.

ScroogeScrooge is the epitome of Saturnian stinginess because he chooses greed and materialism over caring and generosity. Relationships are only important as they relate to profit. Master criminals ruled by Saturn never depend on cleverness or spontaneity like Aries, Gemini, and Sagittarian types. Saturnians carefully strategize every move and bide their time.

 

Bernie EbbersGhosts of Christmas past, present, and future will haunt Bernard Ebbers for eternity. As former CEO of WorldCom, Ebbers hugely contributed to society by making telecommunications competitive. Too bad he compromised principles he once valued in order to reach his goal of power and worldly achievement. Bernie played both sides against the middle and got caught in the squeeze.

Donald RumsfeldDominant middle-fingered people tend to be tall, slender, and angular in appearance. They often have dark hair, large bones, stern features, and bland complexions. They’re loners; distant and needing private time, even when married. Their prevailing physical sense is smell. Many love string instruments and prefer classical music with a tinge of sadness. They may eventually have physical problems with teeth, knees, ligaments, rheumatism, hardening of the arteries, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and deafness in the left ear. When a middle finger leans toward the ring finger you have an individual with a strong need for privacy and personal space. I guarantee that when Donald Rumsfeld feels confined or controlled, he becomes cranky and irritable. You can see it in his face.

A majority of scientists, technical individuals, conservative businessmen, researchers, writers, craftsmen, therapists, night watchman, undertakers, morticians, and derelicts have dominant middle fingers. They have manifested their strong Saturn differently.

Janet - CapricornJanet is a pragmatist with crooked middle fingers and separated head and lifeline on her dominant hand. This combination of features makes her a very independent freedom loving perfectionist with an overly developed sense of responsibility, obligation, and guilt. There’s always a ‘should or supposed to’ in the way of that adventure she wishes she was having. Janet is a high-powered corporate consultant in the publishing industry.

NeptuneHistorically, during the late twentieth century, the planets Uranus and Neptune transited the sign of Capricorn. When Uranus transited Capricorn from 1989 to 1996, political institutions and structures were revolutionized. The Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall were ripped down. On October 3, 1990, Germany was reunited as the political demarcation between East and West vanished. The Soviet Union disintegrated into fifteen republics in December of 1991. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibited discrimination against the disabled.

VoyagerUranus also brought us the Voyager space probe that successfully explored the outer limits of our solar system. Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years behind bars and successfully galvanized the Anti-Apartheid movement around the globe. Jean Bertrand Aristide, a radical priest, became Haiti’s first freely elected president. Ten months after his election, the military seized control of the government. After Asylum in the USA, Aristide returned to office in 1994, accompanied by 20,000 American troops. Operation Desert Storm liberated Kuwait from the Iraqi invaders. Bosnia declared their independence from Yugoslavia that resulted in a religious civil war pitting Serbs and Croats against Muslims. At the end of Uranus’s transit, the US and theJohnny Carson UN brokered a prickly cease-fire and hopefully ended ethnic cleansing. Representatives from over 100 countries met in Rio de Janeiro in June of 1992 to discuss how to better preserve the earth. Their good intentions haven’t worked. Johnny Carson retired after 30 years of hosting The Tonite Show on NBC TV.

Arafat and RabinExpect the unexpected with Uranus. PLO leader Yassar Arafat shook hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in an effort to end hatred. The Irish Republican Army agreed to lay down its arms in exchange for a role in Northern Ireland’s political future. The Brady Bill concerning gun control was signed into law thirteen years after Brady was shot and paralyzed. The NRA is more powerful than ever. Smoking was banned in New York City restaurants. Women began smoking cigars.

ChernobylWhen the planet Neptune transited the sign of Capricorn from 1984 -1998, lines between chemical industries and moral responsibilities dissolved. A gas leak at a Union Carbide plant in India killed over 3,000 people. British scientists pinpointed a hole in the earth’s ozone layer. Two years later in 1987, after seeing the hand writing on the wall, fifty-three nations signed a treaty pledging to reduce the number of CFCs in the atmosphere. This also hasn’t worked. The most serious nuclear accident in history occurred at Chernobyl. Thirty-one people died instantly and another 40,000 were diagnosed with cancer from exposure to radiation. The wreck of the Exxon Valdez was the worst oil spill in history, contaminating hundreds of miles of Alaska shoreline and killing many thousands of creatures.

Hey Monsanto

Strong Middle Finger

Monsanto, creator of Agent Orange, PCBs, DDT, and Dioxins, launched their first “Round-up Ready” GMO soybean, which was approved by the FDA in 1994. “Frankenfood” became the focus of environmental activists and comedians on late night TV. Mad Cow disease mysteriously appeared in the UK in 1996. The slim line between science and science fiction was crossed when the first sheep was cloned in Scotland in 1997. The FDA approved a drug called AZT, designed to treat AIDS. In 1997 and 1998, El Nino was attributed to bizarre bad weather conditions.

 

Bill CosbyCapricorn transformed the image of fatherhood. Bill Cosby was the most popular father figure in 1984. Saturn was in Scorpio. Bill must not have been practicing what he was preaching or Saturn would not have punished him when he returned to Scorpio in 2014. Racial bigots Archie Bunker and Homer Simpson became two of the most popular fathers of all time. ‘Married with Children’ gave us a completely different view of fatherhood. Disney produced the popular father and son story, ‘The Lion King’. Murphy Brown revealed her animus to the world. General Electric purchased media giants NBC and RCA.

In the world of big business, Ivan Boesky preached virtuosity and honesty and then got busted for insider trading. A frenzy of mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers in the ‘80s destabilized financial institutions. When the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) collapsed, regulators from 69 countries seized their assets and charged that officers had been hiding substantial losses from investors. The guys at the top got away with it. History repeats itself. Congress closed the House of Representatives Bank in the wake of scandal in 1992.

Ronald ReaganNeptune also dissolved political structures. Gorbachev reformed controls that kept the Soviet Union together. Growing concern over the federal deficit catalyzed the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act as the Reagan deficit soared to 2 trillion dollars (2X 1981). On Black Monday, the stock market suffered a mini-crash with a huge drop in stock prices. Texaco filed the largest bankruptcy in history.

 

 

Follow the moneyPluto entered Capricorn in 2009. Ninety-nine percent of people began to become aware of the power of the other one percent. The beginning of the end of Plutocracy, faulty financial foundations, and deceptive business practices was born and still has a very long way to go. Commerce, politics, and religion will transform as greed, corruption, and shadowy secrets are exposed on top levels of business, government, and religion.

GoogleNostradamus was a Capricorn. We’re still interpreting his astrological predictions. Here is my generalized and fairly obvious ‘whether forecast’ for Pluto in Capricorn. The NY Stock Exchange, born May 17 1792 under the sign of Taurus will be upset as the bubble created by the illusion of social security bursts. Prepare for widely fluctuating interest rates and inflation. Broken systems will be scrutinized and reformed. Cyber-Terrorism will reach into everyone’s computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. New and revolutionary ways of managing energy and environment will be implemented on a larger scale. Recycling and reuse will become more practical and cost effective. More women will come into positions of greater power. The Federal Reserve Bank, born in Capricorn (12/23/1913), will experience major upheaval. It was designed as a way of keeping the mega-rich from controlling all the wealth by forcing banks to keep a certain percentage of their assets in the Federal Reserve. The private money of Plutocrats currently owns the majority of votes in Congress and the Senate.

Declaration of IndependenceMost astrologers agree that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4 1776. That places the U.S. Sun, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury in the sign of Cancer. As Pluto opposes these planets and we try harder to control everyone and everything, we will have greater difficulty maintaining control of our status as an economic power and world leader. There’s dispute among astrologers as to whether the USA horoscope has Gemini or Sagittarius rising. Either way, we’ll continue to be short sighted and to behave immaturely like spoiled little children. NYC’s charter was signed on January 1 1898 at 12:01 am. As Pluto conjuncted NYC’s Sun in Capricorn in 2013, it inaugurated chaos on both physical and financial infrastructures, public transportation, and corruption. Expect more chaos, along with more hurricanes and other natural anomalies. The Constitution of the USSR (12/21/1922) has Capricorn rising. Anticipate more political and economic upheaval as Pluto transits its first house. Where does responsibility begin and accountability end?  We’ll come to know and understand why the bottom line can no longer justify the means before Pluto exits Capricorn.

Here’s a blog post describing my scary hand reading session with a Saturnian client.

Sagittarius – Search for Truth

Sagittarius

“He who dies rich dies disgraced”  Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie had Sun, Mars, and Venus in Sagittarius (Nov 25 1835). Born in poverty and with no formal education, Carnegie moved from Scotland to Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1848 when he was thirteen. He worked in a cotton factory, a telegraph office, and for the Pennsylvania Railroad where he promoted mass transportation. He introduced the first Pullman sleeping cars and became head of their western division in 1859. In 1865, he resigned and formed Keystone Bridge Company that manufactured steel rails. He bought out the Homestead Steel works, which eventually became the Carnegie Steel Company. In 1901, he sold out to J.P. Morgan. Until his death in 1919, Andrew Carnegie devoted himself to philanthropy; giving back more than $350 million dollars while establishing more than 2,500 libraries and funding the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (CMU, my alma mater), Carnegie Institution at Washington, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Immense wealth raised Carnegie’s consciousness of caring and giving.

Sagittarians are irresistible when they believe in themselves. They’re eternal optimists, honest, sincere, and friendly, with charismatic voices designed to persuade. They’re also philosophical, expansive, enthusiastic, generous, idealistic, proud, truthful, and spiritual. Sagittarians are frequently accused of observing life through rose colored glasses because they tend to see people and circumstances as they want them to be instead of how they really are. They love travel. Arriving at a new destination, they take time to explore the sites and seek out fascinating food adventures. Most Sag types are nature lovers and naturally healthy types. Physical problems result from overindulging in food and drink. Sagittarians have a dark side that can be egocentric, arrogant, tactless, insincere, judgmental, opinionated, hypercritical, hypocritical, impractical, grandiose, dictatorial, vain, gluttonous, or philandering. Numerous journalists, judges, lawyers, priests, teachers, chefs, and salesmen are Sagittarian types.

The pure Sagittarian type has rectangular palms and short fingers with long, straight, and strong index fingers that often stand away from the other fingers. A strong index finger symbolizes leadership abilities, pride, self-confidence, spiritual or religious affinities, truthfulness, generosity, and idealism in relationships. A pinkish color under the index finger adds energy and reveals a desire to give. Hands generally tend to be pinkish in coloration and healthy looking with mildly flexible joints and firm elastic skin. Fingers are not knotty and fingertips are often rounded or conical with loop or whorl fingerprints. Sagittarian types are idealistic, enthusiastic, confident, and hate being criticized. They love rich food and fine wine. Good luck and positive thinking are attributed to Sagittarius.

RobinRobin is a mixture of Scorpio sun (Feeling) and Sagittarius hands (Intuitive). As you can see from her rectangular palms and short fingers, she’s an Intuitive type. She’s generous, honest, and truthful. Her inner Scorpion is strong and she must be vigilant to avoid the imprudent temptations that her intuitive side so easily attracts. She’s a loving mom, fabulous friend, wonderful cook, incredible quilter, knitter, and an avid gardener. Robin’s huge heart and endless enthusiasm are contagious. Joanna and I are grateful to have Robin in our lives.

PegasusBellerophon, master of the winged horse Pegasus, is a mythical match for Sagittarius. Sag rules horses and horsepower. Bellerophon was a likeable fellow who meant well, but depended on his charm, good looks, and luck to save him when his adventures went sour. He symbolizes inspiration and new ideas, which have to be taken with a grain of salt. Bellerophon’s hubris was his undoing as he tried to fly to Mount Olympus, home of the gods. Like Don Quixote who tilted at windmills, Sagittarian types must learn to embrace a philosophical paradigm that helps them to be an integral part of a working society and not someone who has everyone else’s answers.

Sagittarius rules transportation. Sagittarians enjoy speed, taking calculated risks, and looking good. They leave racing to Aries and showing off to Leo. The gods of making cars must shift the paradigm of profit before people. Automotive industries must be more truthful in their actions and spiritual in their vision. By perpetuating the illusion that overly powerful gas guzzling vehicles are glamorous and sexy, car makers maintain the delusion that it’s alright to deplete natural resources and pollute our planet. Cars must be designed for the present and future health of our culture and environment. We can all profit from higher environmental and social consciousness. As our globe warms and fuel prices skyrocket, a need to design more fuel efficient, non-polluting, practical, and economical vehicles is crucial or we will drive ourselves to extinction.

Let’s look at the current consequences of our transportation paradigm. We can drive any time and place in the comfort of our cars. Our costs are exorbitant as we guzzle gas, fight oil wars, deplete precious finite natural resources, and pollute our planet. Carbon monoxide and dioxide are hovering around and above us. Toxic buildups of automotive smog poison major transportation arteries. Traffic proliferates, coagulating like cholesterol, on its way to a coronary. Dangerous overcrowded roads, clotted with angry, depressed, drugged, and drunken drivers, are mom’s varicose veins, connecting the festering infections we call cities. Our way of life is steering us toward a dead end.

Historically, during the twentieth century, the planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transited the sign of Sagittarius. Politics, big business, and religion were transformed. While the planet Uranus transited Sagittarius from 1981-1988, politics and corporate power were shaken up. Sandra D. O’Connor was the first Woman elected to the Supreme Court. Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman nominated by the Democratic Party for Vice President. Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of a Muslim country in Pakistan’s first free election since 1977. George Bush Sr. became the first sitting Vice President elected as president since 1836. President Ronald Reagan initiated “Star Wars”, an absurd and overly expensive national defense idea. IBM introduced the first personal PCs to the marketplace.

Uranus is a symbol of sudden and unexpected upheaval and disaster. The monopoly of AT&T was broken up by the Department of Justice. While Greenpeace was protesting France’s nuclear testing, their flagship Rainbow Warrior was bombed. The space shuttle Challenger exploded on takeoff while millions watched on their TVs in horror. Sagittarius rules publishing and religion. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death after publishing his popular novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie’s tales of good and evil stimulated riots in India and book burnings in England.

While Neptune transited Sagittarius from 1970 to 1984, the idealism of the 60’s was replaced by pessimism, marked by a lack of trust in national institutions. The war in Vietnam had made many people cynical. The Arab oil embargo of 1973 created a major energy crisis (allegedly teaching the USA not to take energy for granted) and catalyzed the opening of the controversial Alaska pipeline.

Neptune rules false prophets, delusion, deception, and victimization. Richard Nixon became the first President in US history to announce his resignation. New York became the first city in US history to be bailed out of bankruptcy by the federal government. A popular religious paradigm was shifted when the Catholic Church elected its first non-Italian pope in four centuries. Mother Theresa accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in the name of the poor. Televangelist Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979.

Neptune also rules chemicals and drugs. The first test-tube baby was conceived out of the womb. It was the beginning of genetic engineering and new horrors for theologians. Environmentally conscious people protested industries that created “Acid Rain”. The ‘Three Mile Island’ fiasco helped derail several nuclear energy projects. The World Health Organization announced an end to smallpox. A new deadly epidemic was officially named AIDS. Crack cocaine became popular.

The planet Pluto transited Sagittarius from 1995 to 2008. Pluto and Sagittarius together is a recipe for upheaval and transformation in politics, big business, and religion. Political extremism, corporate greed, religious fundamentalism, and terrorism came into focus around the world. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing law student, disrupting the Middle East peace process. Great Britain gave up control of Hong Kong.  President Clinton resumed diplomatic relations with communist Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands of Black men flocked to Washington to participate in the million-man march. For the first time in forty years, Republicans gained control of congress. Y2K was not the end of the world.

Sex scandals rocked the Catholic Church.  The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton for lying about his sexploits. He was later acquitted. Two students killed themselves after murdering twelve students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado. The Unabomber was caught and sentenced to life in prison. The Oklahoma City bombing established large-scale terrorism by Americans on our own soil. Governmental power was transformed on 9/11/ 2001, giving leaders the ability to supersede human rights and civil liberties. A large political machine preempted war without world consent. A lair of corporate foxes ruled the hen house while a pack of political wolves became professional sheep herders.

Saturn is returning to Sagittarius on December 23 after a 30 year journey through the signs of the zodiac. Astrologers are pondering and prognosticating the effects of Saturn over the next three years while it passes through Sagittarius and into Capricorn around Christmas of 2017. Saturn deals with structures and responsibility. Capricorn is the most practical, reliable, dependable, pragmatic, and objective of all astrological signs. Saturn rules big business and bureaucracy. Energy, transportation, communications, housing, healthcare, food industries, law, politics, and religious structures will be affected by Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius. Our global economy must be reformed in a way that’s sustainable for all people. There will likely be a shakeup or shakedown of world leaders. Perhaps there will be a rebirth of nobility, dignity, integrity, and ethics.

Tale of how Mercury Exorcised Pluto, his Evil Twin

Exorcising the Evil Twin

The gods and goddesses of western myth were created in the ideals of ancient Greece. Too bad they abused their morals, ethics, nobility, and power. As greedy, narcissistic, and incestuous gods, they tempted fate and influenced human destiny forever. Those same gods and their dysfunctional families are in the here and now, incarnate as us with new names, scripts, roles, sets, and relationships. Nothing else has changed.

Pluto is death. He’s the last stop on the train to never ending nothingness. The shit doesn’t stop until it gets to Pluto where it gathers for all eternity. Imagine the stench.  Ravenous vampires mercilessly await us along the banks of the River Styx, anxious to suck our souls. The myth of Pluto tells us that he got tired of hanging out with corpses and decided to reward himself with a tasty perk from the world of the living. Persephone was the tastiest perk of all. She’s the feminine side of Pluto. The well-guarded daughter of Demeter, earth goddess, was sniffing a narcissus in a meadow one day when Pluto (the ultimate narcissist) erupted from the earth in his chariot and abducted her to be his High Priestess and Queen of the Underworld.

Persephone was off limits. In desperation and panic, Demeter pleaded with her brothers and sisters for help. Unfortunately, no one dared take initiative because they all feared Pluto. Demeter took matters into her own hands and killed all vegetation on the earth. That’s how we got winter. The gods began to worry. If we perished, who’d worship them? They went to bat for mankind, intervened, and negotiated a compromise between Pluto and Demeter. Persephone spends spring and summer with her mom and winters with Pluto as his Queen of the underworld and High Priestess of the unconsciousness.

Venus was married to Vulcan (Hephaestus), lame god of the forge in mythology. Beauty wedded Craftsmanship. Vulcan got his muse, however, Venus needed a lot more than craft. She craved sensual and sexual satisfaction, resulting in casual flings with Mars, Mercury, and her other brothers who fathered many different children with her. Mars and Venus produced Phobos (fear) and Deimos (terror), the twins who served Mars in battle. Their daughter, Harmonia, and son, Cupid (Eros) served Venus. Hermes (Mercury) and Aphrodite (Venus) conceived Hermaphrodite, androgyny of hetero-bi-homo-sexuality.

In this particular story, Mercury and Venus were happily married. Mercury needed a lot of intellectual stimulation, along with emotional and physical freedom. Venus had no problem giving that to him. Venus required emotional stability, consistency, reliability, affection, and sensual pleasure. Mercury gratefully embraced his responsibilities.

Venus and Persephone met through a mutual friend. They bonded as soon as they found out that they shared a passion for the arts, beauty, and nature. Venus, the muse in music, was goddess of fine art. Enchanting and quixotic, Persephone was an extraordinary artist. They decided to collaborate on an art project together. Persephone and Pluto offered Venus a full scholarship for a summer residency at their country home.

Persephone embodies the hypnotic power of the personal and collective unconscious. Plutonian types have mesmeric personalities and healing powers. It’s easy to feel special when you’re with them. They can bring out the best and worst in each of us. Helen of Troy (Persephone) was so charismatic; men fell hopelessly in love with her. The Trojan War occurred when young Paris wrongly chose Venus in a goddess beauty contest and as a result, fell foolishly in love with Helen, Queen to King Menelaus.

Pluto and Persephone were Scorpios. Pluto had Sun and Moon in Scorpio and Leo rising. That’s a recipe for double trouble with a heaping helping of the melodramatic. Persephone was making art all over the world when she and Pluto first met. Many princes had wooed Persephone, but all turned out to be frogs or beasts. Desperately, she craved true love, but Persephone was still as emotionally innocent as Little Red Riding Hood who met the Wolf (Pluto) in the forest on her way to Grandma’s house.

Persephone had a long graceful heart line ending under her index finger. She saw people and circumstances as she wanted them to be. Pluto, Emperor of Darkness, presented himself as the Prince of Lightness. He was physically strong, intelligent, handsome, expressive, funny, adventurous, and a talented craftsman. Pluto beguiled Persephone with caring words and loving actions. He treated her like a real goddess and fulfilled her soul mate fantasy. Persephone’s lust for love literally attracted the man from Hell.

Pluto and Persephone had a waterfront estate on the outer banks of the River Styx, far from Mount Olympus where Mercury and Venus had grown up. Mercury and Pluto were instantly compatible. In myth, Mercury had escorted departed souls to Death’s door and couriered messages from Mount Olympus to the underworld. Mercury had planned to spend the summer by himself, but Venus pleaded. “These people are incredible. You won’t believe this place and community. I’ve met a couple who you’re going to love. You must come”. Community had been an occasional weekend barbecue with the locals for Mercury. Venus described Pluto and Persephone in flowery superlatives. “Sounds too good to be true” Mercury responded. It was and took over fifteen years and a series of very painful character building experiences for absolutely everyone to unveil that truth.

Mercury changed his plans after Venus’s call. He spent his summer with her. Maybe she was right. People were warm and friendly. Strangers waved when they drove by. Pluto was one of the kindest people Mercury had ever met. His words were thoughtful and his actions generous. Mercury thought Persephone was Pollyanna. Warts were beauty marks to her. She saw the best in everyone. Mercury put his skepticism and sarcasm on a back burner when she was around. She softened him. Who was he to be cynical while she was embracing the best? Mercury grew to adore Persephone. Pluto and Persephone were surrounded by fascinating friends and loving families. Mercury and Venus began to wonder if maybe they had found their Shangri-La.

Mercury rules hands and palmistry (with Chiron). Mercury had known Pluto for a while before Pluto asked him to look at his hands (most people want that as soon as they find out you read hands). Pluto’s large rectangular palms, long stiff fingers, and tightly tied head and lifeline confirmed he had a Scorpion personality. Like Manuel (the child serial killer), Pluto’s ball of the thumb (Venus) had no lines parallel to his lifeline. His heart line dipped to touch the beginning of his head and life lines.

Mercury felt confused. A large ball of the thumb person can fool even the best judge of character with feigned warmth and generosity, but not Mercury. He asked Pluto if he was challenged by intimacy and by verbalizing his true feelings. Pluto replied that he had no idea what Mercury was talking about. Everyone knew he was a loving person and caring community member. Mercury decided that Pluto must have risen above his challenges and his intimate relationships would eventually show up in his hands. They never did. Mercury continued to ignore Pluto’s other ambiguities and incongruities.

Pluto was a hugger.  Mercury was androgynous, but Mercury wasn’t comfortable with so much physical affection so soon. It didn’t take long for Pluto to catch on to Mercury’s uneasiness. His mission became to hug and kiss Mercury regularly and turn this “Man of Steel” into “Organic Man”. He was successful. Pluto helped Mercury become a more trusting person as he passionately cultivated his friendship. Holding Mercury squarely by the shoulders, Pluto would gaze straight into Mercury’s eyes and say, “You’re the greatest”  “I love you sooooooooooooooooooo much”  “I can talk with you about things that I can’t say to anyone else”.  Sometimes they laughed so hard that they cried.

Mercury loved Pluto like a real brother. He would have freely given him anything. He and Venus cherished Pluto’s friendship. Pluto, however, methodically exploited their love and trust as he covertly plotted their individual seductions and betrayals. Pluto prepared Mercury and Venus, like virgins, to be spiritually raped on the altar of hell.

The twisted handwriting was always on the wall. Pluto recited poetry from his journal for Mercury and Venus. His delivery was dramatic, but his content seemed contrived and cliché. He wrote for the reader, not for the writer. Mercury and Venus were reticent to criticize Pluto’s art. It somehow made him even more lovable. They giggled as they recited corny poetry when he left; not realizing their friendship was also bad poetry.

Pluto asked Mercury to spread his tarot cards. Concerns of gossip, betrayal, and painful endings would arise. Mercury interpreted them hopefully. It never occurred to him to put himself and his family in that picture. Mercury looked at Pluto’s hands many times over the years and always blocked the truth. Why shouldn’t he trust Pluto? Pluto had certainly made them feel lovable and they were positive that Pluto loved them.

Pluto would show up with huge dark circles under his eyes. In hindsight, they were polluted pools of deceit reflected in a murky swamp. Terrified of dying, he secretly wished he could, but that wasn’t an option. Mercury and Venus comforted Pluto. In a moment of weakness, Pluto blurted “One day you’ll hate me and turn against me”. Mercury and Venus recited in chorus, “You’re crazy”. Turned out everyone was right.

When Pluto’s indiscretions first surfaced, Mercury and Venus rationalized his behavior.   Everyone makes mistakes they thought. They figured that by successfully seducing his best friend’s life partner, Pluto had unconsciously killed off his father and married his mother. Pluto had grown up in a suburb of Metropolis with a very loving, sensitive, and artistic father (a beautiful man) who feared his own shadow. Pluto’s powerful mother (Scorpio) wore the pants in the family. Pluto had climbed every mountain and hiked every trail in search of his manhood but hadn’t found it.

Even when the connections that Pluto and Persephone had worked so hard to create began to unravel and disintegrate, Mercury and Venus were still protecting Pluto. They thought they were ‘special’ and different from everyone else. They were. They had indulged Pluto in his narcissistic fantasies and kept his treacherous secrets from everyone including themselves and each other. There’s a very thin line between perpetrator and victim. Masochists and sadists are co-dependent. Voyeurs and exhibitionists are magnets for one another. Just watch Jerry Springer for live action.

Pluto and Mercury nourished each other’s ‘Pig Dogs’. They drank home brewed beer and ate hot buttered popcorn while they watched porn and fantasized erotic sexploits. Once in a while they’d find a sleezy lounge where they’d watch people lap dancing. While sitting in front of a crackling fire late one night, Pluto turned to Mercury and asked, “Would you mind going upstairs and fucking my wife?” Privately, Pluto had been priming Persephone by saying that Mercury was hot for her, even though he wasn’t. Mercury declined. He loved their polyamorous fantasies, but they were just fantasies. It wasn’t the same for Pluto. Mercury learned that Pluto had actually lusted over, coveted, seduced, or tried to seduce almost every female they’d ever fantasized about including their good friend’s wives. Mercury felt ashamed and remorseful for “his part”. He’d encouraged Pluto’s pathology by indulging in the sick fantasies that turned them both on. He’d have had clearer boundaries had he known the truth about Pluto, and himself.

Hindsight dealt everyone a challenging blow. Mercury realized that he and Venus were just like everyone else when a mutual friend confided to Mercury that Pluto had foolishly bragged about how he had attempted to seduce Venus. Mercury confronted Venus, “Why didn’t you tell me?” Venus told him she didn’t want to hurt their friendship. “It’s been so long since you had a real buddy”. She assured him that she had no intention of indulging in Pluto’s persistent advances. Mercury and Venus had been living in Pluto’s home for the first year and a half of that relationship. Venus had hidden Pluto’s behavior and kept a secret from Mercury for fourteen of the fifteen years they’d known Pluto.

Venus told Mercury about the first time that Pluto attempted to seduce her. Mercury had sworn off physical labor, but he felt compelled to try to help Pluto and his partner save their failing custom furniture making business. They were wonderful craftsmen, but didn’t know how to get paid well for their work. Being a natural salesman, Mercury offered to bring work from Metropolis. When possible, he’d help make, deliver, and install jobs. One day, they were all hard at work in the shop when Pluto exclaimed, “Damn, I forgot something at home (Venus was home alone). I’ll be back soon”.

In hindsight, Mercury remembered Pluto forgetting things a lot. Venus was back at the house taking a bath (in the only bathroom) when Pluto arrived home. He knocked on the door and asked if she could please close the shower curtain. He needed to use the toilet. She said OK. The next thing she knew, Pluto abruptly drew the shower curtain, and stepped confidently and completely naked into the bathtub with a huge smile on his face. “What are you doing?!!!” yelled Venus. Pluto pretended he had been in some kind of trance. His master plan hadn’t worked out yet, but he’d seen what he intended to see and shown what he intended to show.

The whole community became hip to Pluto. One distraught wife told Venus that the usual topic and focus of female get-togethers was, “Who was Pluto hitting on at that moment and how bad was his influence on their husbands?”  Persephone had no clue that Pluto was betraying her mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, every single day of their marriage. She blamed herself for his selfish behavior. Pluto’s inability to truly love her remained his secret. Other wives tried to enlist Persephone into group discussions; however, she declined, maintaining a ‘hands off Pluto’ attitude.

Pluto used every technique in the book to get what he wanted. Flattery worked. Mercury could see how Pluto boosted Venus’s self-esteem. He wanted her to feel queenly and goddess like. His behavior taught Mercury how to be a more passionate and desirable husband. Dishonesty worked too. Pluto would innocently offer to physically “wrestle” female anxieties and frustrations away. That notorious ‘walk in the woods’ was his favorite venue.  He was infamous for saying, “I just want to kiss you”.

Art of Seduction and Betrayal

Once Mercury and Venus stopped protecting Pluto, reluctant females peered cautiously from cloistered closets, confessing that Pluto had seduced or attempted to seduce them. One more irreverent pastor had faked faith and tempted trust. By driving an invisible psychic wedge into his friends’ marriages, Pluto fostered guilt and shame and forced everyone to hold onto their secrets. Pluto’s `beloved’ victims were full of remorse. One tearful woman told Mercury that she had spent nearly twenty years of her marriage feeling guilt, shame, and fear that her husband would eventually find out about her and Pluto.

The last straw for Mercury was when he observed Pluto seducing his good friend’s wife, right under everyone’s noses. She was another Persephone type and artist. Pluto was trading in Persephone 1 for Persephone 2, the sequel. The speediest path into her panties was through her vanity, so he immortalized her artwork. Mercury had confused Shangri-La with Xanadu. Pluto was Citizen Kane, incapable of truly loving while endeavoring to turn his conquest into a star. Pluto urgently wished to love and be loved, but only knew lust. Rosebud was the love he so deeply desired but could never have.

Years prior to Persephone 2’s conquest, a friend told Mercury that he had walked in on Pluto while he was jerking off over pictures of Persephone 2. Persephone 1 was in the next room. Even though Pluto had fantasized about, lusted over, coveted, and carefully plotted the seduction of Persephone 2, he still pretended they “fell in love”. Unless Pluto has actually transformed his severely damaged character, it will be a very sad day in hell for Persephone II when she discovers that her cup is half fool.

Mercury, Venus, Pluto, and Persephone were destined to share a very powerful love experience, followed by a very negative outcome. Trust would forever forward be an issue. Pluto betrayed Mercury, Venus, and Persephone by working so diligently to make them love him while he was unable to truly love them back. He brought out the best and worst in them. If Pluto’s love was real, you’d see the lines in the ball of his thumb. Pluto was in Mercury’s. He stops at a perpendicular cross line, the roadblock where Mercury exorcised his evil twin. Mercury had pondered who, what, and when that might be.

Mercury and Venus chose not to confront Pluto in person because Pluto had no real remorse for his actions. He was in denial, explaining that he was sorry for “his part”. He made himself into a victim and even seduced a female psychotherapist into believing his stories. What Pluto could have used was a no bullshit male therapist who’d help him to see himself through the eyes of the loving beings he had so pathologically deceived.

Hands speak louder than words and actions

 

Scorpio – Shedding light on darkness

Scorpio

voldemortScorpio is black. In Roman myth, Pluto is god of death, sex, and transformation. Hades is lord of the underworld in Greek myth. The Devil is alive and well in Christian myth. The Death card, Queen of Cups, and High Priestess symbolize Scorpio in Tarot. Voldemort, Darth Vader, Mummy, and the Big Bad Wolf are modern versions.

 

Pluto inspires rapists and terrorists and seduces priests who sexually abuse the children whose innocent souls they’ve been entrusted to protect. The prospect of an eternity in hell both tempts and terrifies them. A path of too many dark secrets leads to the palace of the sociopath. Pluto rules executioners, coroners, undertakers, and morticians. From our first breath to our final exit, Pluto ruthlessly awaits our arrival with a kiss of death.

Pluto can be controlling, compulsive, manipulative, jealous, possessive, fearful, resentful, obstinate, secretive, suspicious, subtle, and subversive. Pluto also has a bright side that can love without coveting, lusting, seducing, controlling, or possessing another’s soul. Pluto can transform into the Phoenix who rises triumphantly from the ashes. Scorpions have a powerful sense of purpose when they’re not at war within themselves. They can envision their deepest desires and know that they will eventually realize them.

Scorpio is fiercely loyal, but Scorpio’s greatest loyalty is always to himself. It may take a near death experience to awaken the Scorpion to her higher self. I say ‘her’ because Scorpio and Capricorn are feminine signs, even though we always refer to Saturn and Pluto as ‘he’. When ‘he’ and ‘she’ are balanced, Scorpio can be born again and again. Scorpions make excellent researchers, clever problem solvers, sleuthful spies, skillful surgeons, and insightful psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. Scorpio attracts many of the best and worst mystery, crime, and horror writers.

round self portraitWhen the Sun entered Scorpio on October 23rd (after passing through my Libra 12th house), I began to examine my character flaws and ponder my darkest secrets. I devoured dark music, read dark literature, and watched dark movies for many dark, cold, damp, and dreary days before I began writing this blog entry. Retrograde Mercury (Scorpio / Libra), escorted me to Pluto’s door, mercilessly exposing my sacred lies and starkly reminding me that even the best kept secrets eventually die. As a serious professional palmist, I guard many thousands of secrets. Many people reveal their most intimate secrets to readers because they misguidedly believe that we already know them. I don’t, until they tell them to me.

mark seltman astrological chartFor those interested in astrology, Gemini rules my sun, hands, and resultant behavior. Scorpio rules my unconscious. Scorpio rises in my natal chart along with the asteroid, Chiron (hand). Jupiter in Scorpio is in my first house is a singleton in the bottom hemisphere of my horoscope. Pluto is in my tenth house closely conjunct my Leo midheaven and ninth house Saturn. My Sun Uranus and Venus North Node conjunctions are in Gemini in the 8th house (along with my vertex, asteroids, and outer planets). When Saturn transited my ascendant back in November of 2012, it squared my Midheaven and compelled me to create more structure and discipline in my life. Saturn forced me to focus more on achieving realistic goals and challenged me to let go of everything and everyone that wasn’t working for me.

The hardest part of the whole process and experience for me has been letting go of people who are no longer right or good for me. Even if they’re responsible for my current thinking and actions, I still feel guilty for having to pull away my love and for abandoning and betraying them for reasons that accept no compromise or excuses. Losing faith and trust in someone is the beginning of the end of that relationship for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I let go of a 25 year friendship that I believed was something it wasn’t. Here’s my version of that story. My friend was smart, talented, creative, and funny, and a deeply emotionally wounded person. Frequent late night phone calls often centered on his complaining about or blaming his family, friends, and colleagues for his loneliness, suffering, and struggles. I don’t think he ever took responsibility for his part. I listened for many hours while trying to be empathetic and supportive. So many times, my friend told me how much he loved me and my family and how much he valued our friendship. That felt good. We shared our philosophical and spiritual ideas. I never asked my friend for anything for myself. That became the crux of our impending crisis.

Hand BookMost of you know that I have written a narrative non-fiction palmistry book called ‘Hand Book’. My goal was to help people realize that they don’t have to be palmists to see their relationship, career, health, and other valuable potentials in their hands. Back in April, I sent out 100 reviewer copies to friends and important players in the helping professions. My friend raved about his copy. I told him I was seeking credible reviews. I wanted to be more visible when someone searches for a palmistry book on Amazon. Since that time, Hand Book has gathered more legitimate five star reviews than any palmistry book on Amazon. He asked me if I’d like him to write a review. I said “sure”.

Weeks passed and nothing happened. Honestly, I could care less about his couple of lines on Amazon, but the idea of getting nothing back after giving so much for so long began festering in my mind. This was the first time I had asked my friend for something, and nothing happened. When I confronted him, he said that he had read some of my reviews and was totally intimidated by how well conceived and written they were. He felt inadequate.

I suggested he take a few favorite review lines and rewrite them in his voice. Maybe he could call one of his other close friends and say something like, “I told Mark I’d write a review for his new book and I’m having a hard time. Could you help me?”  You get the point. ‘Actions speak louder than words’ is not just a hollow saying.  A lot of gratuitous platitudes and excuses don’t pay the proverbial rent. The moral of this story is that my dedication to a friendship is not unconditional, but based on expectations that have been set and agreed to by all. My faith in my friend’s caring words died due to his inaction.

Pluto is also lord and master of the Sexual Orgasm (little death). One exquisite moment of fully losing oneself, however, is not enough for Pluto. Temptation, seduction, and betrayal are his M.O. While seduction turns Pluto on, betrayal gets him off. Guilt, obligation, shame, and remorse safeguard his evil secrets. Pluto tempts us to rationalize our bad behaviors by telling us, “Everything is OK as long as no one gets hurt”. Unfortunately, someone is often hurt, intentionally or not.

Many of our darkest fears are connected to our secret obsessions, lusts, fetishes, and sexual desires. Fear of getting caught turns a lot of people on. The more taboo the behavior, the more erotic and pleasurable the action. Pluto falsely assures us that our secrets will stay secret. Poisonous spiders, slithery snakes, and hungry crocodiles stealthily lurk beneath his stagnant waters. Society frowns on unconventional sexual experiences. Fortunately, however, it agrees that sex should be consensual among adults and that adults must stay away from children sexually.

Everyone has dark secrets. Abusive parents, jealous partners, manipulative bosses, and mean spirited jailers mask the shadowy unstable side of their emotional natures. Your friendly neighbor, a model citizen, devoted husband, loving father, loyal friend, and faithful parishioner conceals his secret lusts for sex, money, and property while he indulges in his physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual perversions. When he dies, his family finds hidden pornographic literature, sado-masochistic sexual supplies, secret love letters, illegal drugs, and concealed money.

A coroner secretly collects perverse photos at death scenes. A career of fatality has warped his reverence for life into a morbid sense of humor. He shares his handiwork and pathology with his deviant friends. One photo has immortalized a man’s greatest fear as he accidentally electrocuted himself while trying to sexually get off when he switched on the alternating current that he had wired to his genitals.

A cadaver awaits a makeover. The mortician lights a match by his decaying anus and gently presses on his stomach. The methane produces a torch that singes the hair on his thighs. It smells horrible. The mortician and his friends laugh. Pluto is pleased.

One emergency room nurse told me about a couple that was in a horrible automobile accident. She was sitting on his lap and having sex while he was speeding on the freeway. They were unable to separate and were still together when the emergency vehicles arrived. The Plutonian part was that they were both married to other people.

Life’s most painful lessons are a result of choosing darkness. It’s easy to rationalize the darkest behavior when your head rules your heart. I never intended to hurt anyone. No one did anything they didn’t want to do. I may not have told the whole truth, but I didn’t lie. I’m sorry for my part. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Can you keep a secret? Do you depend on someone whose hard lessons result from bad moral values? Is temptation strong? Do guilt, shame, remorse, and fear hold you in darkness?

the great seal copyGEEntire societies and cultures are corrupted by the Plutocratic power of corporate money owning their raw materials, energy, communications, transportation, food, health, and their financial, religious, and political processes.

Everyone has heard the saying “The only guarantees in life are Death and Taxes”. Death and taxes are definitely Plutonic. If there’s a particular industry that fits Scorpio and the 8th house of the astrological chart, it’s insurance. Insurance is a contractual arrangement whereby one party pays another party to guarantee them against a specified loss. Insurance implies that we have something of value. Perhaps we can’t afford not to value something.  We worry less about the costs of bad shit happening to our family, health, home, car, or property if our premiums are paid.

Insurance is a form of gambling. Your insurance agent is your bookie. Your insurer is the casino. The house is always favored financially due to statistical permutations, combinations, and probabilities. High risk means high premiums. Actuarial tables decide the odds. The insured always loses, even when he wins. My good friend Lloyd tells me that he’s depending on winning Lotto for his retirement. He assures me that it gives him hope. “You’ve got to play to lose” he quips.

Insurance does not protect us from bad shit happening. If you’re poor and healthy, having insurance that you can’t afford may be a bigger gamble than not having insurance. That’s why we need affordable healthcare. Insuring can be confused with ensuring or assuring. Spraying crops with pesticides ensures fewer bugs and weeds. It assures that we eat, drink, and breathe toxic chemicals. Investing Social Security in the Stock Market does not insure that the market won’t collapse. Drilling for oil in pristine wilderness does not insure that we will have enough oil. It does ensure and assure we will have environmental, social, and political problems. Conserving energy ensures that we will have more energy and waste fewer natural resources. Offering vengeance as a solution to violence assures more violence. Does having a nuclear arsenal insure, ensure, or assure that we will not have Nuclear War?

toe tagPeople frequently ask me, “Am I going to die?” or “When am I going to die?” I assure them that everyone dies. Only God knows when. Life insurance protects the living. What are your last years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds of life worth? What’s the premium for a graceful and painless final exit? That’s why I’ve created my very own “Dr. Death Do it Yourself Kit”. When it’s my time, I have a logical, practical, painless, and peaceful alternative to facing a future of pain, dependency, lack of awareness, loss of love, or poverty in old age (hopefully).

Recommended books:

Final Exit by Derek Humphrey – to learn more about dying with dignity.

Denial of Death by Ernest Becker – for death psychology.

I’ve written way too many words to put into one blog entry, so stay tuned for several more installments. Next – A tragic tale of Mercury and Pluto

Libra – Search for Other

Libra

Libra is the month of marriage, partnership, sharing, and giving. Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac and the 7th house of marriage in astrology. Libras strive for balance, idolize harmony, dislike discord, and hate confrontation. They’re the best negotiators of all types. Famous for having a hard time deciding where and what to eat or what to wear, Libras can be very decisive when it really matters. Most Libras prefer to be frank and direct, but haven’t figured out how to be liked for it. Even when they’re aggressive, indirect, or vague, they manage to get their way. Many tread the thin line between ethics and honesty. Maybe they know something important that could kill a deal or make a task harder for themselves, but fail to mention it. Some Libras serve their clients by wielding logic, tact, and diplomacy like Samurai Swordsmen. Athena’s mighty sword is brandished with icy detachment. Legal, political, publishing, marketing, public relations, higher education, and entertainment fields are burgeoning with Libra types.

Libra HandAll Thinking types have square palms and long fingers. Many Libras have long straight unobstructed headlines that fork at their end near the percussion of the hand. They see every side of a situation. Straight and strong long pinkie fingers enhance communication. Dominant bottom and middle phalanges are favorable for commerce, banking, and real estate, while a long top phalanx is better for public speaking, journalism, and law. Blended with strong index fingers, you’ve got ambitious hardworking managers and powerful leaders. A wide separation between head and life lines increases personal initiative and spontaneity and reveals its owner really doesn’t care what others think of them. Some Libras are blinded by their desire and need to get their way. Trying to change a Libra’s mind is like playing mental monopoly. Be direct and make good sense.

Most healthy Libra types have strong handshakes and firm pink elastic skin. Long graceful heart lines extend from under the pinkie to the base of the index finger, symbolizing sentimentality and romance. Vertical lines on the ball of the thumb within the life line are soul commitments to family and friends. Libras are idealistic, romantic, and refined. Aesthetics are important to them. You’ll see Libra business types in chic designer clothing taking clients out to trendy restaurants.

AthenaAthena is my favorite Libra archetype. Greek Goddess of Wisdom and Justice, Athena rules the strategic thinking required in battle. Heroes like Odysseus (Libra) and Achilles (Aries) worshiped her. Often pictured as a handsome Goddess in battle armor, Athena holds a shield (Intuition) in one hand and a sword or spear (Thinking) in the other. She discards emotion to think with crystal clarity. In Libra, Athena holds the scales of justice and has an owl (Wisdom) on her shoulder. Real palmistry story about my relationship with an Athena type who I call ‘Athen’.

 

As a Libra, Truman Capote innately understood how easy it is to manipulate truth and the legal system. “Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.” In Cold Blood

Gore Vidal said, “Truman Capote made lying an art…”

Scott             Lisa

Scott is a Cardinal Thinking type. His Sun, Moon, Mars, and Jupiter are in the sign of Libra. That’s a lot of Libra. Scott has Scorpio rising and three planets in Scorpio. That’s a lot of fixity in the Feeling department. Scott is head ruled, but soft hearted. Much of his emotional growth can be attributed to his partner Lisa, who is a Cardinal Feeling type. Her Sun, Venus, and Uranus are in Cancer. She’s heart ruled, but also a strategic thinker. She has to in order to partner well with Scott. Scott and Lisa balance each other beautifully. Scott’s strong, firm, hardworking hands have designed and built sustainable housing, planted and tended bountiful gardens, and nourished community. Scott is also a Tai Chi master, baker, musician, song writer, and friend. www.pompanuck.org.

susan alancraigSusan was born on the same day and year as Scott. She has the same planets at the same degrees. You’d think their hands would be very similar, but they’re very different. Susan has Capricorn (Cardinal) rising. Observe the separation between her head and life line. Susan has long index fingers. She’s ambitious, but in a very different way than Scott. Notice how the fingers on her right (dominant) hand lean towards the index finger. As a giver, she has traversed much of the Third World with her loving partner Orin, helping less fortunate people have better lives. Her communication and language skills are refined. Susan sings in a chorale, her wonderful voice her instrument. She’s a great documentary photographer (all my website photos), gardener, musician, and friend.

Cousin RichieMy Cousin Richie, Libra extraordinaire, philosopher, sculptor, and inventor; created Tangle, The Infinite Sculpture (designer series of interactive, interlocking, plastic elbows). Our mothers were sisters. We share the ancestral “happiness”, and “seeker” genes. I once said to Richie, “If you put the same religious fervor into saving the world as you have into plastic elbows, we’d be saved”. He replied, “I am saving the world, one Tangle at a time” He meant it.

Dalai LamaRichie has sold tens of millions of Tangles worldwide. I ran into a mutual friend on the streets of NYC who said he visited a monastery in Tibet and saw a picture of the Dalai Lama with a chrome Tangle in his lap. I wasn’t surprised. When I visited Richie at his gift show booth in NYC, he was talking with a very conservative buyer from Wal-Mart. I leaned closer to overhear what he was saying, “Let me show you the only product in this show worth more than money”.

 

The hardest task in reading hands is learning to judge hands. One person’s long, rectangular, and firm assessment can be another’s short, square, and soft appraisal. Rigorous practice is necessary to learn to observe and judge hands. Few of us are pure types. You may look at Cousin Richie’s fingers and see them as too short for a thinking type. I admit that if I didn’t know Richie, I may have seen his fingers differently, but the opposition in his symbolism is very powerful. Knowing Richie’s astrology and behavior has influenced how I see his hands. Dominant Libra opposes Aries as autumn opposes spring. Odysseus’s strategy fanned the flames of Jason’s passion on his quest for the Golden Fleece. Astute planning still fans the flames of passion in the 21st Century.

GaryMy brother Gary has a Pisces sun, a mutable feeling type. With Libra hands, he behaves more like a cardinal thinking type. Gary is a geriatric psychiatrist. I threatened to become one of his craziest patients, but then as a Gemini, I decided not to get old. Gary’s Libra temperament gracefully deals with the most stressful situations. Pisces gives Gary the ability to have a natural empathy and intuition that many Libras lack. Gary is a great psychiatrist, husband, father, brother, son, and friend.

Heart line touching head lineYou don’t have to be an expert palmist to see certain truths in hands. When the end of a heart line dips down to touch the beginning of a headline, it’s unlikely a person will verbalize their deeper feelings, especially negative emotions. A rational mind controls a very impressionable heart. Add a short index finger and that will wreak havoc on a person’s self-esteem. It makes trying to offer advice to anyone with that combination a challenge for someone who wants to help. When you discuss personal history, you may learn a parent was emotionally or physically absent during the person’s formative years.

Mohandas GandhiOne highly principled Libra was Mohandas Gandhi, lawyer, political, spiritual leader, and civil rights champion in early twentieth century India. He promoted non-violent disobedience and began India’s freedom movement. Gandhi must have had huge empathy and unshakable conviction to overcome the inertia of his short index fingers. Dennis Kucinich, a Libra, and a long shot in the 2004 presidential campaign, promised to make non-violence a priority by establishing a “Department of Peace”. Russian president Vladimir Putin is a Libra. He was nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Bruce Springstein “The Boss”, has captivated masses for 30+ years with his charisma. John Lennon and Jim Henson were also Libras who mesmerized masses of followers. “Imagine there’s no country, / It isn’t hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, / And no religion, too. / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace”  John Lennon (1940-1980)

SleepingBeautySleeping Beauty symbolizes the search for self through other. Prince Charming (Aries) rescues SB from her hundred year sleep. He bestows a magic kiss that enables her to awaken and they ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Many Libras have unrealistic expectations of relationships that end up disappointing them in reality. I remind them that there are many more frogs and beasts than princes. Libras want to be married. A marriage license may be a legally binding contract, but it doesn’t guarantee love.

Winnie the PoohWinnie the Pooh (Libra) tries to find balance in his life by reasoning “think, think, think”. He always manages to get a pot full of honey for himself. Christopher Robin (Aquarius) knows what’s best for everyone. Winnie lives in the hundred-acre wood with his friends, Piglet (Gemini), Rabbit (Virgo), Roo (Saggitarius), Tigger (Leo), and Eeyore (Capricorn).

Everyone has Libra, Venus, and a 7th house in their astrological symbolism. Deep down, we know what’s honest, true, and fair. Most of us have ethical and moral values and boundaries. We also know right from wrong and fear the consequences of our betrayals. It’s too easy to analyze, rationalize, and compartmentalize our bad habits and behaviors. “Laws keep honest people honest”, “Locks keep honest people out”, and “Contracts are only as good as the people who sign them” are aphorisms that describe Libra.

Tales of Cindy and Ella – Two Faces of Virgo

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”  Stephen King (9/21/47 – Virgo)

Virgo - Cindy

You don’t have to be a Virgo (8/23–9/22) to have dominant Virgo symbolism embedded in your psyche. Where the sun was when you were born does not define your character. Palmistry and astrology share the same western mythological archetypes and the same dysfunctional families and relationships – and how they live on in our psyches and lives.

As one of twelve basic archetypes, Virgo is best when discriminating, reliable, modest, and orderly service is required. Ego gratification is not a primary motivation for Virgos, however, it’s important to value and appreciate them. They often don’t ask enough for themselves, but they do know what they’re worth and want to be appreciated and rewarded accordingly. Virgo hands have square palms and short fingers. They tend to be less meaty and more flexible at the joints than Taurus types. In Capricorn types, the top knot on the fingers is often more well developed. Add well-developed second knots, square fingertips, and short fingernails to any archetype, you get more Virgo qualities. Virgos are reputed for cleaning up everyone else’s messes. Some are overly critical and meticulous. If you bite your fingernails, you’re probably critical, no matter your type.

Most short fingered people tend to see the whole picture and dislike details. Virgo types; however, are pragmatic about details and facts. They just plain do what needs to be done. They sometimes lack breadth and long-range vision. Virgos must work hard to feel useful and they need to cherish every inch of what they earn. Virgo rules healthcare.  Accounting, medical, nursing, social work, health food, maintenance, and cleaning professions are magnets for Virgos. Some Virgos worry too much about their personal health.

Cinderella is incarnate in millions of women. She’s a Virgo archetype who faithfully swept the cinders, scrubbed the floors, made the beds, and served the meals to her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella dutifully served her family while they treated her like shit. Cinderella’s fairy godmother came along and provided the magical coach, gown, and glass slippers that helped Cinderella capture the heart of the Prince. At the stroke of midnight, Cinderella had to run away before turning back to rags. The Prince searched for Cinderella and finally found her. The glass slipper fit perfectly and they lived happily ever after. Many Cinderella types have been kissed by frogs and beasts. Few have been saved by Princes.

The following is a tale of a true life Cinderella and how her virtue overcame her evil nurture. I can confidently say that no scientific palmist who I know would ever have predicted what actually happened in Cindy’s life from her hands. Cindy was born with a pure and virtuous spirit. That made the devil mad. He worked hard to erode Cindy’s trust, promote her fear, and take away her hope. It’s hard to believe he didn’t succeed.

When I met Cindy, I was anxiously searching for someone to rent a home from my friends who were in the Peace Corp. I was responsible for their idiosyncratic house and finicky cat, which needed constant attention. I’d advertised for a tenant, but hadn’t found anyone suitable. Cindy showed up by referral at the eleventh hour. She seemed careworn to me, with missing teeth and weathered skin. The tip of a large vertical scar traveled downward from the top of her breastplate, but Cindy had an inner radiance that shown brightly. The sparkle in her eyes and the pride in her step made me confident she was right for the job.

Cindy consented to let me examine her hands. She’s a Virgo with Virgo hands (above). The number 6 in the image relates to the 6th house of work and health of the horoscope. Her square palms and short straight fingers were much healthier than I had anticipated. They were strong and firm and her skin was elastic with a healthy pink color. It was instantly clear to me that she was honest and hardworking and had no problem taking responsibility. Over the many years I’ve know Cindy, I’ve grown to admire and respect her more each day and to deeply cherish our friendship.

Cindy is a real life Cinderella. Cindy’s higher nature overcame her evil nurture. She was born to an alcoholic drug addicted prostitute who didn’t want her. Her first memory at age one was of her mother crying out in pain while strange men were beating her up. She remembers ashtrays full of stale cigarette butts that would be re-lit again and again until every last drop of nicotine was gone. Cindy’s mother routinely screamed at her and punished her for “stealing her cigarettes” when the pack was empty. When Cindy was two, she was playing by the stove. Her mother grabbed a red hot cast iron frying pan and pressed it against her innocent little hand to teach Cindy a lesson about playing near a hot stove. She still has the scar that makes that lesson hard to forget.

Cindy doesn’t remember much about her father. She knows he spent most of her formative years in prison. He was occasionally granted leave to visit his family. He began abusing Cindy sexually from the time she was 1 ½ years old. When she had begun to speak, she remembers walking into a bathroom while he was peeing. He yelled at her and lectured her about privacy and morals. Cindy didn’t get it. She had already seen, touched, and tasted his penis. Cindy had an adult cousin who was married. When he’d come over to visit with his child, he’d take Cindy into the bathroom, shove his hard penis into her mouth, then wash her mouth out with soap when he was finished because she did such a dirty thing.  She hated him.

Cindy’s mother habitually left her with strangers. Cindy had a brother who was five years older. When he was two, his mother left him in a carriage on the streets for two whole days. Cindy’s mother’s mother found him and took him to live in the “dark dank cave” she and her husband called home. He grew up with those grandparents. Cindy recalls that he was compassionate and caring towards her, though she rarely saw him. He took her to see horror movies on several occasions. One of Cindy’s most vivid and positive early memories is of the smell of a neighbor’s fried pork chops, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and homemade applesauce. Cindy was malnourished and her kind-hearted neighbor fed her when she could.

Once in a while, Cindy’s mother would drop her off at the local Catholic Church where the nuns were very nice to her. Like her fairy godmothers, they cleaned her up, gave her new clothes, and a doll. She couldn’t believe that anyone could be so nice to her. Cindy’s mother hardly recognized her when she came to pick her up. When they arrived home, she told Cindy that she was still worthless and that one day, she’d end up as a skinny little whore in a gutter. Everyone, including Cindy, thought she was probably right. Cindy fantasized about becoming a nun, but even as a young child, she already knew that she was not a virgin, nor was she baptized in the family church. She believed that she would remain in LIMBO until she’d eventually rot in HELL.

Cindy ran away. A sixteen year old girl who lived nearby took Cindy in. Cindy hid in a closet in her room for a month before this girl’s bizarre mother found out. Her mother was angry, but somehow managed to arrange with social services to get paid for Cindy’s care. Cindy didn’t get much actual caring, but at least she had a roof over her head for a while. When her foster mother threw her out, Cindy found a second foster home and lived there for a few weeks. She arrived home from school one day to find all of her stuff out on the sidewalk. Her evil foster mother, regretting the loss of her stipend, had spread nasty rumors about Cindy and got her back.

At nine years old, Cindy fainted and was dumped on the steps of the hospital. They discovered that she had a serious congenital heart problem because of her mother’s substance abuse during pregnancy. Cindy was forced to remain in the hospital for a year, mainly because no one wanted a homeless kid with serious heart problems. The doctors and social workers fell in love with Cindy, but there was not much they could do short of adopting her and no one did. Cindy has had three major heart operations at ages 14, 24, and 42.

Cindy actually had a happy foster care experience for nine whole months. It was difficult at first, because Cindy didn’t know how to respond to kindness. She hid in her room. This foster family treated her like a real human being and actually wanted to know her. They taught Cindy to sew and work with wood. Cindy began to respond well to their kindness, but her evil foster mother lied once again to social services and eventually Cindy was back with her. This sick bitch cut off all of Cindy’s long beautiful natural red hair to punish her. Cindy didn’t feel loved, but she did have some remote sense of stability and security as long as a social service was paying for her. She bonded with a stepbrother at that time and still maintains a positive relationship with him, although he’s a redneck.

As long as her evil foster mother was getting her check she didn’t care what Cindy did. At fourteen, Cindy went off to live in her own apartment that she paid for by doing factory day work for Manpower. She tried to get an education at the same time, but it was impossible. When social services came looking for Cindy, her foster mother had to track her down to get her back. She informed Cindy’s landlord that he was renting to an underage prostitute who was using his place for business. Cindy once again found her stuff in the hallway and locks changed, though she had paid a month’s rent in advance.

Cindy’s heart gave out. She ended up back in the hospital, having her first major open heart surgery. Three weeks later, Cindy was forced to go back to her foster home, only to be thrown out again. In a state of hopeless desperation, Cindy asked one of the men whom she had met at Manpower if she could stay with him. He was arrogant and physically aggressive towards her, but she decided to put up with him, since she didn’t know what else to do. She tried to physically distance herself from him, but eventually he got her pregnant and she had her first child at age sixteen. Meanwhile, he was becoming more and more abusive – beating her up and slamming her hand in a door to punish her for not being a worthy servant. Cindy lasted for two years – long enough for her to get pregnant again.

While Cindy was pregnant for the second time, she unexpectedly received a letter out of the blue from her father that contained a month old front-page newspaper clipping about how her brother had been brutally shot and killed. Reading about her brother threw Cindy onto an emotional roller coaster. He was a kind and caring person who worked so hard to rise above his circumstances, only to be violently murdered. He had gotten himself educated and was working in a nursing home. Cindy’s partner scolded and punished Cindy for mourning. “You hardly knew him”, he complained. He wanted nothing to interfere with his clean house and hot food which had to be served in a timely fashion.

Cindy ran away with her two girls and found her own place. She lived in poverty, but Cindy was extremely resourceful, growing much of her own food, chopping her own firewood, fixing her home, and sewing clothes for herself and her children. She worked odd jobs like cleaning other people’s homes, care taking, and painting. Cindy managed to create the best life she could for her kids. She was deeply committed to caring for them and giving them a good education.

Cindy attributes having children to saving herself. She rose with grace, strength, and wisdom to her challenges and responsibilities with a soul full of love and dedication. Cindy did a remarkable job. Her kids have endured their own relationship challenges and become strong healthy women with their own families. Cindy has five grand children who adore her. When I interviewed Cindy for this article, she was working as a tech person in a hospital; drawing blood, wiping butts, and cleaning bedpans with dignity. The patients were blessed to have her. Cindy’s long term plan was to earn a nursing degree and pay for her grandkid’s college educations.

As I listened to Cindy’s story, I felt an uncontrollable rage rising in me. How could so many people be so sick? I imagined horrible ways of getting revenge on the monsters who abused Cindy. She was in a different place, however, having forgiven everyone who had ever hurt her. “I feel sad and sorry for them”, she told me. Cindy hasn’t found her prince yet, but when she does, he will be one of the luckiest men in the world.

I once had a girlfriend who was a Virgo with fine skinned Virgo hands. I’ll call her Ella. I arrived as Ella’s prince, but departed as her persecutor. Ella frequented a cafe’ in Soho every morning at a certain time and sat in a certain seat. She’d peacefully sip coffee and write in her journal. This cafe had excellent coffee and pastries that were served by attractive hip young waiters and waitresses in a rustic natural décor. I stopped by for coffee a couple of times a week. Ella and I would nod and acknowledge each other.

One morning, Ella asked me if I’d like to join her at her table. She was healthy looking and attractive in an earthy way. She had long very dark silky hair, large sensitive eyes, a rosy complexion, full pink lips, and shapely hips. I could see from her square palms and short squarish fingers that she was a practical type. Her conical finger tips informed me of her intuitive and aesthetic side. Her knotty finger joints and short nails clued me to Virgo qualities. She was addicted to order and routine. I knew that Gemini (me) with Virgo (Ella) was like Peter Pan with Wendy. I could hardly believe how incompatible Ella and I would become as we got to know each other.

Ella set her sights on me. I don’t think I ever had a woman pursue me so relentlessly before. It was too late before I realized our relationship had no future. Gemini types prefer to flit from flower to flower like a butterfly. Obligation, responsibility, and guilt are like bad tasting medicine. Ella would call, “I was thinking of you while I was shopping today and purchased a beautiful piece of tuna big enough for the two of us. Would you like to come over to my apartment for dinner?” Her timing was impeccable. I’d be on the verge of forking down Chunk Light, straight from the can.

Ella set a beautiful table with perfectly matching tableware, flowers, candlelight, and soft music. Her home was spotless and she always smelled freshly showered. She was smart, sensual, and amazingly patient. Resistance was futile. At first, I’d eat and run. Ella offered to massage me. In hindsight, that was the beginning of the end.

I began sleeping over regularly. It was like being a kid again, only better. Ella worked so hard to please me. I rationalized – if she wants to, why not? Peter Pan needed Wendy to darn his socks and sew his shadow back on. If Ella wanted more than I was capable of, I’d just have to fly back to Neverland. Ella and I were literally too much like Peter and Wendy and just as destined to eventually part ways.

It wasn’t until I moved into Ella’s apartment that I realized the consequences of my choice and actions. While Virgo loves consistency, reliability, and dependability, Gemini hates being restricted and confined. Ella knew that, but secretly hoped that I’d change. She adapted as much as she could to my needs as she worked hard to try to change me. I did need more structure in my life, but I felt like I was sacrificing a huge chunk of my freedom in exchange for that structure. Ella provided a positive framework. She’d gently wake me at 7:30 am, having already quietly stretched for an hour, cleaned the house, organized, showered, and set a beautiful breakfast on an elegant table awaiting my arrival. At first, I thought, ‘this is too good to be true’. Our relationship felt incestuous. Ella was more like my mother or sister, than my lover. It was easy to please Ella, which added fuel to her desire to love and nourish me.

I marveled at Ella’s discipline, structure, and focus, however, I began resenting her routines as I realized that they were directing my life. I had an idyllic situation and yet I was feeling trapped. If only I were a Capricorn or a Taurus, I’d have thought that I was Adam with Eve in Eden. Ella would look at her watch and say “It’s time to make love now if you’d like”. I began feeling shame and guilt for not being able to love Ella as she wanted me to.

‘Am I insane?’, I thought.  Ella loves me. She even accepts my unpredictability and unconventionality, while I’m resenting her lack of spontaneity and secretly strategizing my getaway. She’d have been better off with another practical or feeling type, instead of a thinking type. I finally faced the handwriting on the wall, deeply wounding Ella when I announced, “I need to breathe”. We shed a lot of tears together for different reasons. I slinked away with bowed head, a sad heart, and a deep sense of relief.