TAURUS & HANDS

You don’t have to have a Taurus sun, moon, ascendant, aspects, or house placements to be Taurus. ‘Pure types’ have firm, pink, elastic skin, dense mount consistency, and a bulging percussion under pinkie finger. Large stiff thumbs and short stiff fingers embody stubbornness, determination, and tenacity. Full rosy balls of thumbs symbolize love of family, children, food, nature, comfort, luxury, art, music, and all things beautiful. When a ball of thumb is surrounded by a long clear deep life line, that person is blessed with good health. Long clear fate lines also symbolize strong purpose, goals, and sense of destiny. These are all generalizations to be adjusted based on the gestalt of a person.

Deep lines and clear skin ridges reveal trails, trials, and tribulations to be navigated and guided by anyone who learns. Taurus has few extra lines. Requiring security and stability, they think and feel in practical ways. Long graceful heart lines ending under the index finger are romantic and sentimental. Being ‘old fashioned’ is natural. People with long heart lines often see others as they want them to be, instead of how they really are. Head lines closely intertwined with life lines at their beginnings must be appreciated and never taken for granted. Loop and arch fingerprints add adaptability and practicality. Square finger tips reinforce a need for order and stability. Depending on size, second knots are more or less concerned with keeping everything in its place. The larger the knot, the more compulsive the need for order in the area that knot represents. Dominant middle phalanges embody practical pursuits and dominant bottom phalanges prefer sensual. The hand pictured above belongs to someone with a Pisces sun and a Taurus hand and character.

Taurus is driven by their physical senses. These responsible, practical, pragmatic, objective, reliable, and dependable individuals manage and maintain the material world. They only trust what they can see and feel, not ideas, intuitions, or inspirations. As creatures of habit, they get addicted to routine and order. Being bogged down in practical and mundane matters makes it hard to access their abstract abilities and imagination. They procrastinate at beginnings and endings, another unproductive habit, which opposes their need to be responsible, caring, and appreciated.

Taurus embodies Aphrodite’s desire for comfort and beauty. Venus gives form to wealth and power. She loves her family, friendships, home, food, nature, art, and music. Her need for physical security and stability drives her practical attitudes. She’s honest, dependable, and trustworthy, and valued by all for her natural warmth and good sense. When she’s healthy, she won’t bend the truth or perform a song and dance act for anyone. She’s loyal, affectionate, and charming, and can also be controlling, jealous, and possessive. She’s not a great salesperson as she takes rejection personally. She thrives in real estate, banking, food, and fashion. Her challenges are to trust her gut, give up control, and let go when it no longer makes sense to hang on. Taurus can be the best Bull and the worst Minotaur.

FAMOUS TAUREANS

Pope John Paul ll embodied many positive Taurus qualities. He got the rich to share wealth with the poor. He was the first Pope to visit a synagogue, encouraging Catholics and Jews to love one another. An assassination attempt nearly killed him; and still, he rose to address countless chaotic church stresses and messes.


J. Krishnamurti, spiritual guide, made good sense to and for everyone

Leonardo da Vinci was the original hipster, great artist, and inventor

Sigmund Freud was father of modern psychoanalysis

Karl Marx developed the theory of socialism

Martha Graham was mother of modern dance

Katherine Hepburn was Grande Dame of American stage and movies

Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Tony Blair ground Great Britain

“The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one”. The darkest depths of Taurus created the monster from Hell from 1933 to 1945.  Adolph Hitler transformed our world by empowering anger, fear, and terror and manipulating masses with symbolic imagery. Hitler was responsible for over thirty million deaths.

 Jim Jones, fanatic cult leader, led 1,000 followers to mass suicide in 1978

Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh had no remorse for his evil

Saddam Hussein, (Iraqi President 79~06) dictator, was shamed and slayed.

Alchemy isn’t about turning lead into gold. It’s the art and science of guiding and balancing Saturn and the Sun. We can all be our own best friends and bull shit detectors. Having virtue, honesty, integrity, dignity, nobility, discipline, structure, focus, persistence, and determination are keys to healthy humanism and heroism. Taking responsibility for healthy attitudes, critical thinking, constructive planning, realistic goal setting, healthy values, and honest actions, transform our inner and outer worlds. Embrace your best qualities, master your darkness, manage your life, and be an alchemist. Everyone has Taurus in their symbolism and psyche.

TAURUS & PSYCHE

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“Since I gave up hope, I feel much better”. Pundits joke, but having no hope is not a laughing matter. It doesn’t take a seer to see that the human race has become a race against bad shit happening. We’re primed and ready for a loss of hope and faith.  Programmed to feel impotent, incompetent, and indifferent, we’re resigned to apathy and acceptance of the poisoning of the positive results of the hard lessons learned and resolutions made when Uranus last transited Taurus from 1935~1942.

The USA went off the gold standard. People focused on values and questioned materialism. President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Labor organized, forming unions that went on strike and engaged in sit-downs across the nation. There was strength in solidarity. President Roosevelt defended the Four Essential Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. What happened?

Uranus in Taurus stimulated aristocracy, autocracy, and plutocracy. Greed and anti-socialism were nourished and flourished. Uranus in Taurus brought us William Randolph Hurst and Orson Welles, two bulls, who bullied each other over the creation and release of the movie, ‘Citizen Kane’. Self-righteously determined, Welles smugly, immodestly, and arrogantly modeled the notorious media mogul Charles Foster Kane after Hearst. Despite his abundant natural charm, brilliant portrayal, ground breaking cinematography, and exceptional directing, Welles art was no match for Hearst’s wealth and capacity to influence courts and public opinion. Welles persisted in his righteous defiance of Hearst, while Hearst relentlessly tortured Welles with legalities and bludgeoned him with bad publicity until Welles could no longer afford to hang on to his principles, rise to his challenges, or control his self-indulgences. Like Kane, Welles longed for his lost innocence too late in life.

‘Less is more’ learned Midas as he yearned for a touch of gold, got it, and transformed his beloved daughter and their loving relationship into a cold hunk of metal. His food turned to gold as it touched his lips. One moral of Midas is having stability, security, and good health, meaningful work, satisfying relationships, happiness, and not needing more. Healthy people value what they have, nourish their relationships, choose higher purpose, and feel satisfaction and fulfillment without affluence. Having too much or too little of anything raises our awareness of what truly matters. Black and white, all and nothing, good and evil, love and hate, and rich and poor are opposites of equal value; identical in nature, but different by degree. An old billionaire dying of cancer will gladly trade his $$$ for youth and good health. A glamorous celebrity with a brain injured child will gratefully scrub public toilets at Grand Central Station to heal her child.

Can a ‘Stable Genius’ destabilize a nervous and fickle public with lies and manipulation? Our political, financial, and religious ideologies, philosophies, and paradigms are in danger! Will we see our Emperor for who he is or only dressed in the clothes he chooses us to see? The New York Stock Exchange and Federal Reserve are bulls. Uranus will enter Taurus two weeks from now for seven years.

Faulty ideological, philosophical, and spiritual paradigms must shift or our culture will face a Black Tuesday worse than ‘29. As transiting Saturn opposes our Stock Exchange’s natal Chiron and squares its natal Moon, transiting Pluto will square natal Jupiter, Uranus will conjunct Venus and Neptune will oppose Mars! People born 1935 ~ 1942 know and understand that unexpected gain and reversal means that we must lose what we have to learn to value what we had. It’s time for a new generation to learn those very same lessons again.

There’s a lot of nostalgia and talk of Civil War these days. Black and white wages endless wars on battlefields of infinite shades of gray. Needing guns is a symptom of a decaying culture. What will we do when partisan Republican bullies with their laws, fascists and terrorists with their semi-automatic weapons of mass-destruction, and evangelical fundamentalists with their bibles and guns show up at our doors? I’m not a big fan of guns in general, but I’ve been thinking a lot about self-defense. Most sensible people are scared of crazy people with guns. The idea of protecting family, friends, and humanity is good, but the idea of shooting someone or getting shot stimulates horrible fantasies, terrible ideas, and supports unhappy states of being for me. Will I purchase my first weapon?

Clients ask, “How long is my life?” “When will I die?” Life is about quality, not quantity. Everyone dies. I encourage my clients to be responsible for their thoughts and feelings. Alchemy is not transforming lead into gold. Alchemy is melding Saturn with the Sun by synchronizing and harmonizing the Sun’s talents, energy, optimism, and initiative with Saturn’s skills, skepticism, master planning, determination, and enduring patience. We need all of our planets, families, friends (no matter how dysfunctional), and everyone else to live, work, and play in harmony. Courage, strength, wisdom, and grace embody four paths to achieving and maintaining good mental, emotional, and physical health. Responsibility, discipline, determination, and devotion are ideas, ideals, and values that build sound structures on solid foundations. Spirituality is earned by practicing faith, virtue, integrity, loyalty, dignity, nobility, and honesty. Shine your brightest light on your most valuable talents, abilities, and desires. Be clear in your intentions, decisions, and actions. You can be an alchemist, own best friend, and master bull shit detector.

Limericks by Steve Benko ~ Artwork by Mark Seltman

Said Donald, “Our minions I’ll galvanize,
And with porn stars and thugs again fraternize.
Vlad, I’m walking on air,
But though Mueller was fair,
For my insults I’ll never apologize.”

ARIES & HANDS

You don’t need an Aries sun, moon, ascendant, planets, aspects, or houses to be Arian. No matter what your astrology says, Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo, are Intuitive archetypes with rectangular palms and short fingers. If you have an Aries sun and Aries hands, you’re very Aries. Aries hands differ from Leo and Sag hands in that Leo hands tend to be harder and stiffer than Aries while Sagittarian hands tend to be softer and more flexible. Aries hands have full and firm percussions (upper Mars under pinkie finger). Resilient elastic skin quickly springs back to normal when pushed or pulled.

Pink color energizes. Red pressurizes, especially when a plump red puffy bump bulges (lower Mars) where the thumb meets the hand. Red hands embody too much energy, anger, and passion. A healthy Aries has a rosy full ball of thumb (Venus).

Head and life lines are separated at their beginnings on pure types. Wider gaps symbolize greater need for independence, freedom, and rebelliousness. A healthy Mars has plenty of initiative, cherishes his independence, and must be true to himself. When head and life lines intertwine at their beginnings, motivation and action are other driven. They need to be appreciated and must never be taken for granted. Pure Leo has closely entwined head and life lines. They want to be in charge, but procrastinate at beginnings and endings because they care too much what other people think of them. They fixate on the ideas of others and take their opinions personally, even when they’re not.

Most courageous and adventurous of all types, Aries is a fierce warrior and inspired risk taker. Passion is contagious and optimism eternal. Mars never runs out of doors to knock on as he doesn’t take rejection personally. He loves sports and is ready and willing to compete with anyone at any time and place. An autonomous freedom lover, he hates criticism and bureaucrats, and loves being the catalyst at beginnings of projects.

LOW SET THUMB

In general, cardinal types tend to have low set thumbs. No matter what you do, very low set thumbs were designed for questing Holy Grails, saving underdogs, strays, and fixer-uppers, and rescuing fair damsels in distress. Aries crusades relentlessly and persists untiringly until his objectives are realized. Working on worthy causes brings satisfaction and fulfillment.

Aries is not detail oriented. When they get bogged down with mundane activities, they become bored, restless, and frustrated. It’s best to stay out of their way if you can’t help them. In intimate relationships, physical chemistry is very important. The football player (Mars) and cheerleader (Venus) are hot for each other. Aries needs to stay far away from controlling, possessive, and jealous types. Freedom is a must. They must not be too impulsive or in a hurry to ‘fall in love’. Unhappy marriages often follow unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Aries must be patient, trust their intuition, and set sensible goals. Most are unafraid of blood and sharp tools. Many become soldiers, butchers, and surgeons. Mars also rules executives, salesmen, barbers, sportsmen, military leaders, policemen, firemen, and any and every one else who is full of fire and fury.

Aries are resilient. No matter what happens, they always bounce back and land on their feet. Their powerful sense of inner strength, unrelenting courage, incorrigible determination, and tenacious persistence make them formidable foes. Aries conquers procrastination, overcomes inertia, and takes action with abundant physical energy. Their health challenges are inflammations, fevers, headaches, and high blood pressure.

Aries rules War. Ancient warrior cultures 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 manufactured an Aryan race. Britain barbarized, colonized, and attempted to civilize the globe. Japan was atom bombed in World War II. Modern Japan wages wars of commerce, communications, transportation, and electronics.

Invincible warriors and lusty lovers, gods of war, are symbolized by an erect penis. Aries is Greek. Mars is Roman. Aries rises with the Spring Equinox. Everyone has some degree of Aries and Mars in his or her psyche. Strong athletic bodies, dominant chests, and rock hard heads were made to match that psyche. Aries aren’t called ‘Ram’ for nothing.  My partner Joanna is an Aries with Venus in Taurus rising. I call her ‘Rambull’. She can be extremely obstinate and that’s grounding for me. I’m a Gemini with Scorpio rising. Joanna calls me a ‘piece of work in progress’.

Aries ancestors are warriors and conquerors. King Theseus of Athens, Jason and his Argonauts, Joan of Arc, Xena, Mulan, Robin Hood, and their popular eastern cousin, Aladdin, the orphaned son of the king of thieves, handsome adolescent street rat, diamond in the rough, destined to become a prince. The hand above belongs to a real life Aladdin. Click here for his story.

Al Gore’s rectangular palms and short fingers reveal the harmony between his intuitive personality and Aries Sun. Al’s Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are in Leo and his Jupiter is in Sagittarius. That’s a lot of fire. Inspiration motivates Al, as he passionately informs consumers about the hazards and truths of Global Warming and Climate Change. Al and his Argonauts bagged the coveted Nobel Peace Prize while opening masses of minds to masses of waste.

Al is a conceptual thinker who loves the idea part of his process. His greatest asset is his ability to see the big picture. Having no time and little aptitude or patience for details, Al can sell anything he truly believes in. Al’s long index finger symbolizes his ambition, obsessions, and egocentricities. Al knows what he wants, gets the facts, and makes the case for his cause. Armed with a lightning bolt from Zeus, Al is a person of great influence, privilege, and wealth. It’s vital that Al remain vigilant of the size and quality of his own personal footprint. Al must make sure he always practices what he preaches.

U.S. ex-Secretary of State, General Colin Powell is Aries with his 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 powerful and practical personality persuaded Americans to keep the faith while we invaded Iraq. He believed he could make a positive difference, but ended up being goldenly fleeced by the Bush administration. Our Emperor, George II, pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes as he proudly wore Powell’s threads of noble charisma, flawless credibility, and ethical principles on the front lines of international diplomacy. General Powell’s greatest battles are yet to come as he approaches the end of his life and wages war with his personal loyalties, honesty, integrity, dignity, and truth. An evil empire can take revenge on Powell’s family and forces him to keep his truths secret. If Colin Powell wants to die a true hero, he must find a way to cleanse his karma by shining the light of absolute truth on the many shades of gray in his life.

ARIES & PSYCHE

Personal and collective psyche transform as our outer planets pass through our zodiac. Uranus was our only outer planet to transit Aries in the 20th Century (1927–1935). Uranus in Aries brought fierce individualism, pioneering spirit, abundant energy, and limitless financial resources to facilitate bringing concepts to fruition. Uranus invigorated our individual and collective psyche through revolutionary technological changes. Here are some images and events inspired and symbolized by Uranus’s path through Aries.

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

NEUTRON was discovered

King Kullen was the first Supermarket in Queens, NY

Wonder Bread and Homogenized Milk were mass-manufactured and marketed

First Laundromat opened in Fort Worth Texas

Flashbulb was invented

3M Company introduced transparent Scotch Tape

Nylon fiber was invented

First plastics recycled in Britain

Bell Laboratories developed stereophonic sound

A German ophthalmologist pioneered the first contact lens

First drive-in movie theatre opened in New Jersey

Model A replaced the Model T Ford

First air-conditioned office building in USA ~ San Antonio Texas

Jet engine patented

Charles Lindbergh made first solo flight from New York to Paris

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

Mao Tse-Tung developed guerrilla warfare tactics that conquered China

Leon Trotsky was expelled from the communist party

Federal government entered field of hydroelectric power with Boulder Dam

First all talking motion picture, ‘The Jazz Singer’, starring Al Jolson

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & 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, turbulently returning to Aries to crumble regimes, topple demagogues, ignite cities, and fuel an Arab Spring that would spread across the Mid-East. Devastating earthquakes in Japan forever changed how governments look at nuclear power policies. We’re still dealing with the fallout and consequences. Protestors in Spain set the stage for Occupy Movements in New York and London. Osama Bin Laden was killed. His demise appeared on Twitter before it was officially announced by the Whitehouse. WikiLeaks raised our awareness of government secrets, conspiracies, and everything we should never take for granted!

Irrational interpretations of our second amendment have been adopted by extremist and fundamentalist ideologues. Armies of angry, confused, and frustrated folk with semi-automatic weapons of mass destruction are only a banana peel away from becoming nutcases with guns. The NRA, evangelicals, corrupt politicians, and partisan politics have laid the groundwork for another Civil War as Uranus leaves Aries. The Devil tempts and seduces his disciples to betray our minds, hearts, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and planet. Too many emperors, beasts, and frogs are clothed in lies and alternative facts and must be seen through a lens of good sense. Even a catastrophe may take many years and many hard lessons before real change is implemented.


“Hasta la vista baby”

Uranus’s unpredictability, along with blood, guts, and gore of war are a scary combo. Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn can be noble and highly spiritual or poisoned by passion, devoured by lust, and consumed by greed, hatred, fear, and terror. We must shift our broken philosophical and spiritual paradigms or be doomed to MPTSD (mass post-traumatic stress disorder). The “Big Bang” is a tale of neutrons, plastics recycling, supermarkets, laundromats, homogenized milk, Wonder Bread, Scotch Tape, and the Model T. Why has the human race become a race against bad shit happening?  Must we always lose what we have to value what we had?  

PISCES & HANDS

You don’t need a Pisces sun, moon, planets, planetary aspects, or house placements in your natal astrology to be Piscean. Pisces is a feeling type. Feeling types have long slender rectangular palms and long fingers. Pure Pisceans have dominant top phalanges on long slender fingers, smooth joints, conical tips, and loop prints, especially on index fingers. They have medium set mildly flexible shapely thumbs, sensitive looking fingers, a combo of round and conical fingertips, long narrow nails, and head and life lines loosely interwoven at their beginnings. Pinkies with tiny bottom and middle phalanges and no knots symbolize having little need for physical order and / or material wealth. Pisceans with inwardly curving pinkie fingers avoid emotional confrontation (even more than other curved pinkie types).

In my experience, Pisces tend to have more flexible hands and fingers, more peripheral shallow lines, and less deeply etched basic heart, head, life, and fate lines than Scorpio and Cancer types. Pisces is the epitome of spiritual truth. Astrologically, Neptune (Poseidon, King Triton), ruler of the seas, personifies emotion, feelings, instinct, and personal and collective unconscious. Water can be the most calming or destructive force in nature. Neptune rules mind and emotion altering substances like prescription and recreational drugs, nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine. Anything that alters consciousness, fuels visions, inspires illusions, and promotes delusions is Neptunian. Neptune’s esoteric foundation is spirituality. Its mundane correspondence is religion. Religion without spirituality is blind.

George Washington (2/22) was Pisces. CEOs of Citigroup, IBM, Merck, DuPont, and Bank One were Pisces. One mysterious Pisces is Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Computer, world’s largest privately controlled High-Tech company. Many years ago, before Dell was a major player, Michael prophesied, “We are at the dawn of the next industrial revolution. Our world is becoming more intelligent and more connected by the minute, and ultimately will become intertwined with a vast Internet of Things, paving the way for our customers to do incredible things. This is why we created Dell Technologies. We have the products, services, talent and global scale to be a catalyst for change and guide customers, large and small, on their digital journey.” Like Ariel, daughter of King Triton, ruler of the Seas and our unconscious, Michael visualizes what he wants by delving into our collective unconscious. He intuitively knows what we need and hones in on that. Michael must keep a watchful eye out for Ursula the Octopus (a conglomerate) who lusts for control of his empire.

Pisces is well suited to teaching, human resources, and helping professions. Many are at home in visual arts and music. Hand qualities vary depending on natural talents and abilities, decisions, and actions. Piscean strengths include compassion, humility, and faith. Not known for mental or emotional decisiveness, Pisces tend to be private, and spiritual. You must earn their trust and intimacy. Impressionable and easily influenced, many attempt to escape reality when their circumstances get too hard. Some become substance abusers like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lewis, and Liza Minelli.

As the most sensitive, least acquisitive, and most introverted of all types, Pisces is frequently misunderstood because the feminine gender communicates through a lens of feeling. The most practical Pisces have strong earth (Practical) with a good backup of air (Thinking) and fire (Intuitive). When head and heart are balanced, deep clear basic lines, large stiff thumbs, square fingertips, developed knots, broad nails, arch, and whorl fingerprints combine to empower Pisces physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Pisces is my most and least favorite sign. My father, brother, and daughter (zero degrees) are my three favorite Pisces. Today is dad and George Washington’s Birthday.

Dad was born 2/22/22. His Sun, Venus, Uranus, and ascendant were in Pisces. My brother, Gary (Pisces), sister, Jennifer (Taurus), and I (Gemini) were blessed with dad. Conceived on my parents wedding night, I was born nine months and one day later. If the definition of a genius is an average kid with a Jewish mother, ours was father. My biggest fan, dad frequently embarrassed me. When I was seven, I played a Chopin Prelude on the radio. Dad distributed radios to every class in my grade school. He made sure everyone listened. Despite my mortification when I found out, I quickly became a celebrity in our little community. Though his pride in me was awkward sometimes, it was more fun than I imagined.

I never got to read dad’s hands, nor did I ever find a decent photo of them. I remember loving his warm, strong, and capable hands as a child. Dad had a firm hand shake, a grip of steel, and an energetic touch that was gentle and loving. Perhaps his Capricorn moon grounded and made him more practical on the outside. Dad died suddenly and unexpected 43 years ago of a massive heart attack at age 54. That catalyzed my interest in metaphysics and began my personal transformation. I miss and think of dad often, especially when I’m happiest.

Dad was an incredible storyteller. Scarcely a night passed in early childhood that my brother, sister, and I didn’t go off on an exciting imaginary adventure at bedtime. “BoBo”, the gorilla and “Squeaky”, the mouse were lifelong friends and magical creatures who dad physically embodied to engage us.

As most of us well know, most family home movies are incredibly boring ~ everyone waves at the camera and smiles all the time. Our family dreaded invitations to watch other people’s home movies. We used to act and create roles for ourselves in ours. Dad created commercials and strategically placed them at transitions between scenes to make the experience more fun for the viewer. I edited my favorite commercials from our archives and made this short video. Click here to see my childhood hero in action. The quality isn’t great (8mm), but the content is terrific.

PISCES & PSYCHE

Personal and Collective Psyche transform as outer planets change signs. The only outer planet to pass through Pisces in the 20th century was Uranus (1919–1928). Uranus, symbolic of sudden change, completed its eighty-four year cycle and passed through Pisces from 2003–2011. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, god of the seas, eternally linked to our personal and collective unconscious. Uranus moved to Aries in December 2011 and begins its final journey through Taurus in April of 2019. Stock markets and interest rates may fluctuate when smart investors and psychologists realize that fake news is real news when enough people believe it. I’ve illustrated historical similarities and differences between 1919 and 2003 with documented facts and parodied portraits of politicians, priests, and predators who continue to con us and get away with it.

1919 ~ worst baseball scandal (Black Sox) in history occurred when a grand jury brought indictments against eight players from the White Sox. Accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, they were eventually found not guilty. 

 2003 ~ complicit use of illicit steroids was the biggest scandal in modern baseball.

Bottle of bonded medicinal whiskey

“For Medical Purposes Only”

1919 ~ Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors, which encouraged distilling, brewing, and bootlegging.         

2003 ~ George W. Bush prohibited Medicare from negotiating drug prices. Black markets for drugs from India and Canada thrived. Cannabis became medicinal.

1921 ~ formal investigations into the Teapot Dome oil scandals were initiated.   

2003 ~ USA invaded Iraq under false pretenses to secure oil resources.

1924 ~ 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.

1919 ~ World War I ended; consumerism, immigration, discrimination, fundamentalism, and extremism grew. Uranus in Pisces spawned Neptune rising as four million steel workers and miners walked off the job to protest ‘too many work hours’ and “inhumane pay”.

2003 ~ increased wage inequality between workers at the top, middle, and the rest of us, affected overall productivity, resulting in less wages and compensation for a typical worker. Real wages and compen­sation continue to stagnate.

Four horrible conservative Republican Presidents (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and George W Bush) held office while Uranus was in Pisces. The 30th President (born July 4), “Silent Cal” Coolidge said, “The business of America is business”. He also told us, “Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend (Inferior Races of Asia).” Some things never change. Government and business enjoyed their time in bed together. Illicit affairs wielded temporarily absolute power over tightly woven webs of political, social, and cultural fabric. Plutocrats seduced and betrayed humanity for profit. Ironically, we call our dependence on corporations ‘Citizens United’. The warning label should read: ‘Unhealthy for 99%’.

Mission Accomplished?

Mission accomplished? In 2003, Uranus entered Pisces again. George W Bush began his ‘War on Terror’ carelessly wrecking Iraqi culture and disabling their energy infrastructure. Dick Cheney’s ex-employer, Halliburton, became a proud sponsor and benefactor of the war. Energy sources (wars) were rewarded to energy barons. Security for airports and seaports was carefully placed in the hands of chosen special interest contractors. Public Health Care was sacrificed on altars of pharmaceutical companies and health insurance czars. Social Security flirted with an untimely demise in the Stock Market.

In 1929, loss of faith in government and business infected humanity, and catalyzed the stock market crash! A lesson of GW Bush is a warning of what not to do: out-of-control federal domestic and military spending, government bailouts for financial and auto industries, and unfunded nebulous federal mandates like educational reform that transformed substantial surpluses into huge deficits. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress until the end of Bush in 2009.

Stable Genius

‘No Love’ is not ‘Tough Love’. One obligation and responsibility of wealth is truth and justice. Having great wealth is truly valuing family, friends, everyone, and everything else. The purpose of wealth is to be accountable, choosing a worthy cause and practically and effectively sharing whatever resources it takes to make a real difference.

Mentally, Emotionally, Morally, and Spiritually Bankrupt

Uranus in Pisces transformed traditional patterns of thrift and austerity into neo-consumerism and buying on credit. Two out of three Americans had electricity, refrigerators, and washing machines. Spending on recreation tripled. Henry Ford created new colors, green and maroon, as well as black. Mass tastes energized mass markets for Rice Krispies, Lender’s Bagels, Mounds Bars, Betty Crocker, and Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and many others.

“The real problem is liberal spending”

Credit and consumerism created the illusion of an easy convenient life. Uranus in Pisces inspired movie audiences to out attend church audiences. Movie houses, chain stores, and radio advertising proliferated. ‘Modern Romance’ magazine challenged moral codes. Critics believed consumerism was driving Americans into a soulless existence of materiality and conformity. Writer Sinclair Lewis highlighted humanity’s illusions and delusions, blaming mass production and consumption for “having created a bloodless, loveless, and standardized world”, a very scary reality.

Clueless Hypocrite

Which religions are practicing what they are preaching? Are emigrants and immigrants equal? Evidently, God commanded the KKK with over 40,000 hooded members to march on Washington DC in 1925. The resurgence targeted African Americans, blacks, immigrants, Catholics, and Jews. New immigration laws reduced a stream of immigrants to a trickle while congress decided to hinder the flow of immigrants based on quotas of 150,000 new immigrants yearly. Sound familiar?

Living Proof of Darwin’s Theory

 Uranus in Pisces catalyzed a clash between science and religion. Intelligent Design and Creationism ignored modern science. 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”. Man descending from apes was unacceptable. John Scopes, high school biology teacher, taught ‘theory of evolution’. Scopes lost in the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial”.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Religious culture manipulated school curriculum to cleanse obscenity, promote censorship, and discriminate against race and sexuality in literature and theater. No child was left behind. The German Bauhaus School of Architecture’s ‘less is more’ design philosophy influenced architecture and product design on a global scale. How many yachts do our savior oppressors need?

I was an industrial designer in 1969. At that time, ‘Intelligent Design’ was saving materials and money for manufacturers. Waste was not a problem, except for clean-up and disposal costs. Designers didn’t realize our planet was no bigger than our ability to infect her with a fatal dose of humanity’s own disease. Ignorantly and egoistically, I depleted, wasted, and polluted our natural resources. I rationalized my actions by creating fashion and justified my decisions by ignoring their consequences.

‘Intelligent design’ is not ‘smart design’. Smart designers create useful products and services using sustainable resources, efficient energy production, fewer pollutants, less waste, and finally reincarnating whatever waste remains into beneficial and constructive materials and products that add to humanity. The handwriting is on the wall. Humanity must shift a paradigm of living lies, to seeing, understanding, accepting, and embracing truth. Hate must be transformed by love and letting go of fear.

BELIEVE ME!

‘It’s not what you do, but what you can get away with that matters’. One clear lesson Donald Trump has taught us is common sense is not good sense. Losing our sanity doesn’t make any sense. We interpret fake news and decipher illegible and deceptive writing, while all news has become morally and spiritually bankrupted by leaders with perverse senses of truth. Emperors believe they know what’s best for us, weaving webs with warps of ‘no love’ and wefts of ‘tough love’. We joke of discrimination, greed, prejudice, hate, and hypocrisy of fools. It’s no joke. Being healthier, happier, more loving, and tolerant of ourselves, each other, and our planet is the only thing that makes good sense. We need leaders who can call on their courage, strength, wisdom, and grace to love us and do what’s best for all of us!

Much has happened since 1919. 164 years passed as Neptune transited Pisces from April 4, 2011 ~ April 1, 2025. It’s hard to foretell Neptune’s nebulosity because the lines between vision, illusion, and delusion blur. Pisces embodies endings of ages that begin new ages with spiritual enlightenment. The dusk of denial is the dawn of truth. Bad behavior is pandemic. Attitudes haven’t changed much. Must we die to be reborn? Why can’t we appreciate what we have when we lose what we value? History repeats its desperate and disparate need to teach and learn in the hardest ways possible. Has Neptune in Pisces catalyzed Spiritual Cancer?

Greed Incarnate

Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Uranus entered Aries in 2011. Pluto and Uranus combine to suddenly and unexpectedly transform character, energy, values, communications, business, transportation, health care, relationships, creativity, philosophy, politics, purpose, religion, spirituality, and our destiny. Greed is driven by Wealth, Power, and the Illusion of Self Importance. Huge footprints don’t mean huge hearts. The pathology of power fosters the denial of truth. Feeling futility catalyzes the delusion and disillusion of the will of 99%. Fear, hopelessness, and apathy are poisoning the Kool-Aid and too many of us are guzzling it.

DONALDEMORT and his DEMENTORS

Nonsense trumps good sense. Money trumps values. Religion trumps spirituality. Climate denial trumps science. Health insurance companies trump healthcare. Humanity is trumped by HMO’s, pharmaceuticals, and hospitals that prioritize profits over people. Prisons are privatized and trumped by profiteers, packed with prisoners (mostly black), proffered by plutocrats, and promoted by politicians who create laws that promote their own enforcement and profitability of prison populations. Prison hatcheries spawn fundamentalist and fanatical behaviors and frantic followers.

LOCK HIM UP Presidential Coin
Trust Me

Vampires don’t love us. They suck our blood. Wars are fought by have nots, who surrender their vital essences to Plutocrats, who squander them in luxury and leftovers. Why do we choose harmers over farmers? Do we really need fear, hate, and terror? Who are the real vermin and what should we do about them?

‘LOCK THEM UP’

Haves who are lucky enough to have earned what they have, and know how lucky they are, have great moral, ethical, and spiritual obligations and responsibilities to themselves and others. What are our ethical, moral and spiritual responsibilities and obligations?  As we help ourselves, we must help others. How can we protect our planet and still have what we need? How can we be more mentally and emotionally stable?  How can we renew our topsoil, clean our water and air, and employ renewable energy sources. We can send electric cars into space, but can we transform travel, bridges, tunnels, and not build more walls? Conceive the inconceivable. Healthy intent and free will makes a huge difference. Where is love?  

AQUARIAN HANDS

You don’t need an Aquarius sun, moon, planets, house placements, or aspects to have Aquarian hands. Aquarius is a ‘thinking’ type. Pure types have square palms and long fingers, medium to low set stiff thumbs, inflexible fingers, mixed round and square fingertips, broad nails, and head and life lines closely intertwined at their starts. Analytical, technical, and scientific types have long first phalanges with prominent first knots on middle fingers.

Many people think Aquarius is a water sign. They see a water bearer and a symbol that looks like waves. Air waves are geometric, sharp, and precise. Aquarians are fixed thinking types. Water embodies feeling. The water bearer is discarding feelings in favor of thinking by pouring them from a jug.

I’ve seen many successful Aquarian business types with long straight pinkies, dominant first and second phalanges, and smooth knots. Many inventors and designers have long second phalanges, prominent second knots, whorl fingerprints, spatulate tipped ring fingers, and square tipped thumbs. I’ve seen lots of practical types with square looking index fingers, square fingertips, and loop fingerprints. Pure Aquarians have less peripheral shallow lines than Gemini and more deeply etched basic heart, head, life, and fate lines than Libra. Various signs have various topographical and tactile qualities.

Everyone has thirty degrees of Aquarius in their allegory. Aquarians can be highly sociable individuals. At the same time, they can also be private, cool, and detached. Aquarians avoid intimacy by spending time in a world of their own ideas and inventions. They need to become more aware of their Leo opposition. Aquarians think they can solve problems better than others (and many can), but their egos get in the way. They value free speech, but overvalue their opinions, which may be obsessive, extreme, and sometimes conceited or obnoxious.

Uranus, ruler of Sky and Father of Titans in Greek mythology was first son of Gaea and Chaos. Uranus is about sudden change. Aquarians can abruptly become erratic and unpredictable. My close Sun Uranus conjunction in Gemini in my 8th house has seen a lifetime of internal and external revolution. I’m a magnet for Uranian types. Some of my personal heroes are Aquarians: Jules Verne ~ Buzz Aldrin ~ Helen Gurley Brown ~ James Dean ~ Charles Dickens ~ Michael Jordan ~ Franklin Roosevelt ~ Charles Lindbergh ~ Bill Maher ~ Mozart ~ Paul Newman.

Uranus takes 84 years to return to its place of birth. Betty Friedan completed her Uranus cycle a year before she died on her 85th birthday (2/4/06). Betty published ‘The Feminine Mystique’ in 1963. She catalyzed the women’s movement and revolutionized women’s rights. As a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Betty planned the first International Feminist Congress in 1973. She summarized most women’s quandary when she described their situation, “It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.” Betty’s Aquarian war cry was “Make policy not coffee”.

Aquarians relish a revolution when the cause is right. They’re independent progressive thinkers who pride themselves on their originality and may sometimes flaunt their eccentricities. Aquarians must learn to value their uniqueness for what it is and not for the sake of being different. They attract other unconventional, unusual, and free spirited types. In order to change an Aquarian’s mind, you must be extremely logical and make good sense. Encourage them to be innovative. They’ll be happier.

My Fearless Prediction for the Future

Pluto will pass into Aquarius in 2024. Pluto will also have returned to it’s natal position in the horoscope of the United States. Personal and planetary inequities will transform into an Aquarian Age of love and brotherhood. Humanity will proactively, profoundly, and proudly see, hear, and know what’s fake and what’s real. We will no longer take others, ourselves, or this tiny speck in time and space we call Earth for granted. Our future is in our hands. Priceless information and insights about our characters, values, thinking, feelings, will power, health, relationships, creativity, philosophy, purpose, hopes, fears, and spirituality lie waiting to be discovered by us at the ends of our arms.

AQUARIUS & PSYCHE

Look and See. Listen and Hear. Touch and feel. Think and know.

Personal and Collective Psyche shifts paradigms as Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto change sign. Uranus takes seven years to change sign and eighty-four years to orbit our sun through all twelve signs. Uranus returned to Aquarius twice in the 20th Century. 1912 to 1919 marked a time of sudden and unexpected political and social upheaval that challenged our spiritual ideologies, faith in humanity, and trust in ourselves. Uranus passed from Capricorn to Aquarius in 1996. Had humanity chosen love and brotherhood over selfishness, convenience, and fashion, we’d be building bridges instead of walls!

1912 ~ The “Unsinkable Titanic” sunk on its maiden voyage, a karmic lesson in hubris.

1913 ~ Tornadoes and floods devastated Middle America, killing 3,000 people and costing over $100,000,000… a very expensive lesson in preparedness.

1914 ~ World War I began. Fear, hatred, and terror levied a heavy toll on humanity.

1915 ~ A German submarine torpedoed the British ocean liner, Lusitania.  

Alexander Graham Bell catalyzed mass communications when the first transcontinental phone call was made on Jan 25th, 1915. A powerful concept’s time had arrived.

Note: In Greek Mythology, the true father of the Cell Phone was Hermes, a real man and mystic teacher of Abraham. Hermes believed everything is made up of cells. Our brain is the hardware. Our job is to connect with other cells and fine tune our links.

1916 ~ would a wall have deterred Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, from invading the USA? Woodrow Wilson retaliated by sending 6,000 troops into Mexico.

Official Gazette of London published the names of 80 United States firms suspected of trading with Germany. Prescott Bush was one banker who supported the Nazis.

1917 ~ USA declared war on Germany. Hitler’s enemies became our allies.

Bigotry was bountiful. The worst race riot in American history happened in Illinois.

Congress amended laws that prohibited beer, wine, and liquor from being profitable.

1918 ~ Daylight Savings Time began. Spanish Flu became the worst pandemic since the Bubonic Plague wiped out one quarter of Europe’s population in the 14th century.

1919 ~ Prohibition was ratified as the 18th amendment to our constitution.

Winners lose and losers win. Congress failed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles. President Wilson disagreed. He went on public tour to fight the decision and eventually died trying.

Male vanity and virility was popularized when Pfizer introduced Viagra. The stock market created a new form of temptation called “internet day trading”. DVDs became the fastest growing consumer electronics product in history. Bribes and drugs tarnished the Olympic Games. Our innocence and civil liberties were transformed by dissolving our ideas and delusions of private and social security and stability. What we think and how we feel about our past, present, and future is all that really matters.

Body piercing and tattoos became even more popular. President Clinton’s first political act of 1996 was to sign a welfare reform bill that made life harder for poor people. They became demoralized, deceived, and divided by the powers that be. Madeline Albright became the first female Secretary of State. Ellen DeGeneres became the first outwardly gay star of an ABC sitcom. Taiwan had its first democratic election. There were four major plane crashes. Why did we bomb Iraq when Uranus was still in Aquarius in 2003?

Neptune entered Aquarius in 1998. Neptune rules vision, illusion, delusion, and confusion.  The House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton for giving “perjuriously false and misleading” testimony in front of a grand jury. Bill’s Hands, Sun, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto are all in Leo. Bill was being Bill! Catholics and Protestants voted for peace in Ireland. Peace won.

The US government and twenty state attorney generals charged Microsoft with anti-trust practices for dominating the Internet access market. Bill Gates has a Scorpio Sun and intuitive hands. Imagine having the power to make a huge difference for our planet and humanity? What is the moral and spiritual responsibility of understanding that difference?

Neptune transited into Pisces in 2012. 1% of ego infected 99% of lesser ego with physical, emotional, ideological, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dis-ease. Our delusions and deceptions about being old, poor, sick, and not being able to afford bad shit happening were dissolved. We must take responsibility for our values, hopes, fears, and choices. Fear and terror is preventing us from transforming our inequities.

Neptune in Pisces can symbolize billions of people seeking security, stability, and spiritual answers and finding despair, fear, and terror. If slavery and freedom are opposites, what shades of gray are you? The human race has become a race against bad shit happening. History will describe the 21st Century as an era of alternative facts and false profits for false prophets. HAVES rule have-nots. Plutocrats pay partisan politicians to permit the depletion and pollution of our planet, deregulation of public welfare, and control of health care, social security, and pension funds. We’re pawns, collateral damage, and statistics in a game of digital chess. Never in history have so many HAVES felt so fully entitled to manipulate and control so many have-nots.

SUPER BLOOD WOLF 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 Book of Joel, Chapter 3:3-4

January 21, 2019. A total lunar eclipse is launching a Super Wolf Blood Moon (from the Old Farmer’s Almanac) at 0:16 AM EST. The last Super Blood Moon Eclipse was January 31, 2018. It was a Super Blue Blood Moon. The one prior to that was in 1866. It symbolized the Civil War and the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. We share the same blood from past blood moons. This super blood moon eclipse is an opportunity to revisit our past choices and actions. The meaning we give to this moment in time and space is crucial and the implications of our current choices and actions are epic. I re-edit this post each time a new super blood moon eclipse happens and it seems to me that its content has become truer than ever!

Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln

The meaning we give to this Super Blood Moon is ours. In 1866, the Party of Lincoln believed in government and equality for all. We must come to terms with resolving Reconstructionism and the Fourteenth Amendment once and for all. Our obligation and responsibility today is to choose a healthy legacy for our future, the future of our children, and our world.



Fourteenth Amendment

This is what was going on politically and chronologically in 1866

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the states wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

“And at this very moment, a concerted, extremely well-funded crusade is underway among elements of the modern Republican Party, who now gleefully desecrate the ideas of its founders by effectively eroding and destroying the essence of Reconstruction’s greatest achievement—birthright citizenship and equality before the law.” I recommend reading this  article from The Atlantic.

DONALDEMORT and his DEMENTORS

Republican politicians feign competence, makeup their own rules, and threaten non-followers or anyone who disagrees with them. They drain our personal and collective coffers to fill their swamp with our resources. Democratic politicians feign incompetence as they wander blindly across a bleak and barren wasteland, led by sacred cows and golden calves that need to be sacrificed on the altars of truth, love, and faith. It’s time for humanity to stop expecting to be saved by politicians and become self-aware. We must fully commit to choosing good health for ourselves and our planet by making healthy decisions and taking healthy actions. It’s up to all of us to make this eclipse meaningful or we’ll still be dealing with the same old shit 150 years from now.

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

Everyone is frantic about what’s happening in the world. Focusing on ideologies like “Armageddon” emboldens hazardous theories and encourages toxic beliefs to morph into self-fulfilling prophecies. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Fear, anger, and hatred grow exponentially. Vengeance is not the solution to violence.

A spiritually bankrupt society worships idols from amateur hours and applauds scripted survivors. Masses of meek minds are mesmerized by meaningless media. Captivated by TV courtroom melodramas, we become critical and judgmental of the pettiest of behaviors. Cunning narcissists, warped exhibitionists, and pious perverts perjuriously present their sleaziest selves to a desperate and depraved public. A culture of winners and losers has become a world of haves and have-nots… with less than ever.

This tiny speck in time and space we call our planet and collective psyches are immune deficient. We preach love and sympathy and practice hate and fear. Appallingly apparent apathy produces pandemic pathological paradigms. We fixate on sex, death, violence, and disease, while fear, greed, mistrustfulness, and shortsightedness rule our personal and collective unconscious. We mistake no love for tough love. Where are our healthy role models?

We prostrate ourselves before self-appointed emperors on gilded brass pedestals, pray to political prostitutes, and worship tyrants. We’re fascinated by fake vampires, werewolves, and zombies, while real vampires, werewolves, and zombies suck our vital essences, grab our pussies, control our choices, and thrive on and among us. Must we lose everything we value to appreciate what we have?

We need to wake up and whiff the weirdness. There’s a huge difference between common sense and good sense. Why are we 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 chemicals that heat and cool us; power our transportation; provide us with products; color, flavor, and preserve our foods; compel us to communicate on a grand scale, and impel us to fight senseless energy wars. Why choose fossil fuel guzzling vehicles that deplete natural resources and pollute our planet? Why must everything be bright white, squeaky clean and lemon fresh? Why do we breathe, drink, wash, and apply risky substances to our scalps, mouths, armpits, fingers, toes, and crotches? Is it possible to remain sane in an insane world?

Evil acts are symptoms, not causes. Wealth and power are conjoined twins. As we examine our thoughts objectively, we know that action comes from thinking. Why do so many people secretly believe they’re better than others? Why harm people and cultures we can be helping? Why do so few have so much? What’s their responsibility for the rest of us?

Bullshit trickles down. Money and resources must freely flow to feed and nourish all of humanity. Those who are lucky enough to ‘have’ must let go of their hubris and fear and give generously and freely to causes that are important and helpful to all of humanity. Our government is here to help us, not to help themselves and their patrons. Partisan politicians produce poor persecutors.

An evil emperor weaves a wardrobe of secrecy and deceit. We must shift our malignant spiritual and philosophical paradigms to enable us to survive and thrive in a healthier world. Our good health and the good health of our planet depend on our ability to share healthy thoughts and loving feelings. We must no longer substitute money for values, religion for spirituality, and collective delusion for reality. As we wander aimlessly through time and space, the Messiah wordlessly awaits us in the mirror.

CAPRICORN & HANDS

In palmistry, no matter what your astrology says, flat square palms, short stiff fingers, square fingertips, and a combo of loop and arch finger prints is Capricorn. A Capricorn sun, moon, rising sign, planets, houses, or aspects makes you more pragmatic. Firm hands, pale tough skin, and self-assured handshakes embody practicality, responsibility, and reliability. When the middle finger leans or crooks toward the ring finger, seriousness, structure, and responsibility rule the person.

Middle fingers with dominant first and middle phalanges make Capricorn more practical and pragmatic than his cardinal brothers and sisters, AriesLibra, and Cancer. He’s more motivated and aggressive than his fixed cousin Taurus and a better manager than his mutable cousin Virgo. Every thought and action must be rooted in rational reason and clear purpose. Successful industry leaders and managers embrace responsibility with commitment and perseverance, carrying out mundane tasks while maintaining a long-range vision of their goals. Structured, focused, disciplined, and dependable, they expect you to be on time and do as you say. Saturn has little patience for excuses. As natural skeptics, they don’t trust slick and flashy types. As workaholics, they don’t question coming early or staying late to finish a task. They patiently await the right conditions, relationships, and timing.

Middle fingers should always be longest. No matter your type, short middle fingers mean lives out of balance and control. Middle fingers symbolize a need for structure and discipline and embody capacities to be precise, practical, and pragmatic. Middle fingers reveal how serious and reliable we are and how we can best manage our frustrations, obstructions, obligations, shame, and guilt.

Saturn is well organized, efficient, patient, dependable, and faithful. Obsessive order, minute methodology, persistent punctuality, and perfectionism are embodied in stiff knotty joints, crooked middle fingers, long middle phalanges, square fingertips, and short broad nails. Self-critical types must learn to “lighten up and smell the roses”. Traditional music and dry humor soothes the saturnine soul.  Saturn has a cynical and sarcastic sense of humor peppered with a pessimism that can be offensive and defensive at the same time. The funniest comedians hide their pain behind humor. Practical, prudent, and persistent, Saturn becomes frustrated when his strategies don’t go according to plan. Rigid ideologies and an overdeveloped sense of obligation and responsibility makes Saturn feel guilt, shame, and depression. While they pride themselves on their ingenuity, it’s ironic they rarely stray from traditional and conventional careers.

Dominant middle-finger types tend to be tall, slender, and angular in appearance. Dark hair, large bones, stern features, and bland complexions are common. Saturn needs solitary time including with family, friends, and partners. Saturn’s physical sense is smell. Pure types love string instruments and classical music tinged with sadness.

Abraham Lincoln was saturnine. Daniel Day-Lewis (Taurus / Saturn) played Abraham Lincoln. Clint Eastwood is a Gemini with strong Saturn. Elvis Presley was King of Rock ‘n Roll. Tiger Woods was Prince of Golf.  Muhammad Ali was King of Boxing. David Bowie and Rod Stewart are musical pioneers. Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse fathered Post-Impressionism. Albert Schweitzer‘s ‘reverence for life’ was his gift to humanity. Louis Pasteur pasteurized.

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Capricorn (1/15/1929) with Capricorn hands, was martyred for his fervent beliefs. As a Baptist Minister and Social Rights Activist, Dr. King was destined to lead the black civil rights movement in the United States from the mid 1950’s until his brutal assassination in Aries (4/4/1968). Dr. King’s mission was the pursuit of truth, peace, justice, and equality for all. His dream became his legacy and a legal holiday.

Saturn rules physical structure. Capricorn weaknesses include teeth, knees, and ligaments. Maladies like rheumatism, hardening of the arteries, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and deafness in the left ear are Saturnine. Middle fingers that lean towards ring fingers symbolize perfectionism and needing personal space. I’ll bet that Donald Rumsfeld is mostly cranky, irritable, and annoyed. Just look at his face. Saturn thrives in conservative types. Most scientists, researchers, mathematicians, technical specialists, and businessmen are saturnine. Writers, craftsmen, therapists, night watchmen, undertakers, morticians, and derelicts often have dominant middle fingers.

“Do the work or suffer the consequences”. “Father Time” is about quality, not quantity. The lone hermit is not lonely. Saturn is present where discipline, focus, and structure are required. Saturn can be prosperous, happy, wise, and compassionate. He can also become easily frustrated, compulsively controlling, greedy, and self-destructive. Transforming lead into gold is a metaphor for shining the Sun on Saturn.

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The most famous Capricorn of all time was Jesus Christ, Jewish guru, and not for profit prophet. God spoke through Jesus, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Jesus would have reformed religion. Who needs dogmas, doctrines, codes, rules, and regulations when you’ve got spirituality? Jesus was crucified for loving unconditionally and without expectation.

Mel Gibson accessed his dark side when he created ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Jesus’s spirit writhes in heaven as Mel irreverently punishes and blames humanity for torturing him to death. You get to see all the suffering and none of the revelations and victories.

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Perhaps Mel can capitalize on Dr. King’s final moments and call his flick LETHAL WEAPON 666 ~ even more reasons to feel and spread hate, shame, guilt, fear, and terror. Mel should stick to acting, although he would make a great used Hummer salesman, specializing in ‘already been road-warriored’ models, like worn jeans or distressed furniture.

Scrooge is our darkest, greediest, and stingiest self. Relationships are important only as they relate to profit. Master criminals ruled by Saturn have no need for cleverness like Gemini, spontaneity like Aries, or grandiosity like Sagittarians. They strategize and wait.

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Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future haunt Bernard Ebbers, former CEO of WorldCom. Ebbers made telecommunications competitive. He achieved his goal of power and wealth, but compromised his principles in the process. Preaching one thing and practicing another has a gloomy prognosis that can end a person in the slammer. Evangelical Christians had better get real soon or there may be another crusade!

Janet is a Capricorn. Her crooked middle fingers along with head and life lines that separate on her dominant hand at their beginnings embody a freedom loving, independent, perfectionistic person with a highly developed sense of responsibility, guilt, and obligation. Too many “should’s’ and ‘supposed to’s” are always in the way of that adventure Janet would rather be having.