Pisces and the Collective Psyche

Collective psyche transforms as outer planets travel from one sign to another. Uranus was the only outer planet in our solar system to pass through Pisces in the 20th century (1919 – 1928). Pisces naturally embodies Neptune, god of seas, who is always logged on to our personal and collective unconscious. I’ve illustrated the similarities and differences between 1919 and 2003 using portraits I’ve parodied of unlikeable people who’ve been conning us and getting away with it. Uranus finished its eighty-four year cycle in 2003. It passed from Pisces into Aries in December of 2011.

1919 ~ Worst baseball scandal (Black Sox) in history occurred when a grand jury brought indictments against eight players from the Chicago White Sox. Accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, they were eventually found not guilty.                              2003 ~ The illicit use of 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 began to thrive. Cannabis is medicinal.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?

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 a Neptunian rebellion. Four million steel workers and miners walked off the job to protest ‘too many work hours’ with “inhumane pay”.

 

 

Three Presidents (Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover) held office during Uranus’s transit through Pisces. The 30th President (born July 4th), “Silent Cal” Coolidge said, “The business of America is business”. “Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend.” (“Inferior Races” of Asia) ‘Government and business were in bed together. Their illicit affairs wielded temporary but absolute power over tightly woven webs of political, social, and cultural fabric. Plutocrats compulsively betrayed us for profit. Ironically, we call our co-dependency ‘Citizens United’ these days. The warning label should read: ‘unhealthy for 99%’.

George W Bush began the ‘Global War on Terror’ by invading Iraq and wrecking Iraqi culture and infrastructure. Halliburton was a proud sponsor. Healthcare was sacrificed on the altars of pharmaceutical and health insurance czars. Energy sources (protected by our armed forces) were given to energy barons. Security for airports and seaports was carefully placed in the hands of chosen special interest contractors. Social Security flirted with an untimely demise in the Stock Market. Loss of faith in government, business, and humanity characterized 1929!

Bush’s legacy is a case study in what not to do: out-of-control federal spending (domestic and military), government bailouts (financial and auto industries) and unfunded federal mandates (education reform). George Bush entered office with the largest $ surplus and left with the largest $ deficit in history. By the end of Bush’s Presidency in 2009, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Who’s not leaving our children behind these days?

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

Credit and consumerism created the illusion of an easy convenient life. Movie houses, chain stores, and radio advertising proliferated. Uranus in Pisces inspired movie audiences to outperform church attendance. Consumer magazines like Modern Romance challenged moral codes. Critics felt 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”.

The KKK marched on Washington DC In 1925 with over 40,000 hooded members. Ku Klux Klan resurgence targeted African Americans, blacks, immigrants, Catholics, and Jews. New immigration laws reduced a stream of immigrants to a trickle when congress decided to reduce the flow of immigrants based on quotas of 150,000 new immigrants yearly. Are emigrants and immigrants created equal?

Intelligent Design ~ Creationism denied modern science. With Uranus in Pisces, Science and religion clashed. Man did not descend from apes. 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”. John Scopes, a high school biology teacher, taught the ‘theory of evolution’. Scopes lost bigly as the defendant in the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial”.

Religious culture manipulated school curriculum to deal with obscenity, censorship, race, and sexuality in literature and theater. German Bauhaus School of Architecture with its less is more design philosophy, globally influenced architecture and product design. When I became an industrial designer in 1969, ‘Intelligent Design’ was about saving materials and money for manufacturers. Waste was unproblematic, except for disposal costs. ‘Intelligent design’ is about creating useful products using sustainable resources, efficient energy production, fewer pollutants, and finally reincarnating waste back into beneficial and constructive materials and products that add to humanity’s humanity.

‘It’s not what you do, but what you get away with that matters’. Donald Trump has taught us that common sense is not good sense. Good sense is humanity not losing its sanity. The human race has become a race against bad shit happening. As we futilely try to interpret fake news and decipher the illegible and deceptive writing on our walls, the real news is that a spiritually bankrupt human with a perverse sense of reality rules over us. Donald Trump thinks he knows what’s best for us and tough love and punishment are his gifts to us. We must all learn the hard way. We joke about greed, discrimination, prejudice, hate, and the hypocrisy of fools, but it’s not funny. Good sense is everyone becoming healthier, happier, more loving, and tolerant of ourselves, each other, and our planet. We need father figures who love us and want what’s best for all of us.

Much has happened since 1919. Not much has changed. 164 years passed and Neptune is in Pisces again from April 4, 2011 ~ April 1, 2025. It’s very difficult to predict Neptune’s nebulosity because he blurs lines between vision, illusion, and delusion. Pisces can symbolize a beginning of a new age of spiritual enlightenment or it can be the dusk of an age of denial, unhealthy attitudes, and bad behavior. Must our planet die to be reborn and rid itself of Spiritual Cancer? Must we appreciate what we have by abusing what we value? History continually repeats our need to learn the hard way.

Pluto relocated to Capricorn in 2008. Uranus passed into Aries in 2011. Pluto and Uranus mutually embody a transformation of character, energy, transportation, communications, business, politics, religion, and destiny. Great wealth powers illusions of great importance. Just because you have a huge footprint, doesn’t mean you have a big heart. Power pathologizes power, fosters denial of truth, feeds hopelessness, and catalyzes a disillusion of the will of 99%. Fear, hopelessness, and apathy are poisoning the Kool-Aid and we’re guzzling it.

DONALDEMORT AND HIS DEMENTORS

Donald Trump has shed much light on the meaning of his name. Money trumps values. Health insurance companies trump healthcare. Pharmaceutical companies, HMO’s, and hospitals prioritize profits over people. Compound fractures will never be healed with Band-Aids. Prisons privatized for profit are packed with petty lawbreakers (mostly black) proffered by plutocrats and politicians who make the laws, promote their enforcement, and profit from prison populations. Religion trumps spirituality; spawning fundamentalist, fanatical, and fiercely frantic followers instead of empowering loving spiritual people. Climate denial trumps science and good sense (for now). Donaldemort’s cabinet members’ mandates are antithetical to their missions. I call that demented!

Donald Trump is certifiably insane. Ask any psychiatrist. He’s a vampire who sucks our blood and doesn’t care about us. Do we need more fear, hate, and terror? Real wars are fought by have nots who surrender their vital essences so haves can squander them as they live in luxury.

 

Most underprivileged folk appreciate small acts of thoughtfulness and kindness. Haves who truly value what they’ve earned have a spiritual obligation and ethical and moral responsibility to choose how they can create meaningful differences for the rest of us. What differences can healthy intent and loving free will make? A wealthy person can send an electric car into space, but how can we rebuild our bridges and tunnels without healing our spirits? How can we help the less fortunate without empathy? How do we nourish and protect our planet without caring and having philosophical solidarity? How can we convince the invincible that we’re lovable? Our destiny is in our hands. 

Super 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 Book of Joel, Chapter 3:3-4

January 31, 2018. A total lunar eclipse is launching this message at 8:27 AM EST. The last Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse 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.

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

 

 

This is what was going on politically and chronologically in 1866

Fourteenth Amendment

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.

2018

DONALDEMORT and his DEMENTORS

Republicans feign competence, makeup 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. Democrats 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 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 a 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 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. What good sense 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 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 be 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, a Messiah wordlessly awaits us in the mirror.

More on the astronomy of the Super Blue Blood Moon from NASA

Aquarius Hands

You don’t need an Aquarius sun, moon, planets, house placements, or aspects to be Aquarian. 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.

I’ve seen successful business types with long straight pinkies, dominant first and second phalanges, and smooth knots. Many inventors and designers have long second phalanges, bulging 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 of hands.

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 unconscious. The water bearer is discarding feelings in favor of thinking by pouring them from a jug.

 

Everyone has thirty degrees of Aquarius in their allegory. Aquarians can be highly sociable individuals. 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, or obnoxious.

Uranus, ruler of Sky and Father of Titans in Greek myth was first son of Gaea and Chaos. Uranus is sudden change. Aquarians can suddenly 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. Many of my personal heroes are astrologically 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 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.

Neptune exited Aquarius in 2012. Our great delusion and deception was that public policy was getting better for old, poor, and sick people. Sadly, have-nots were desperately searching for physical and spiritual answers and finding nothing. Profits from false prophets control the masses.

Plutocrats finance political campaigns, purchase politicians, own health care, manage welfare, gamble with pensions, and jeopardize social security. Relatively few greedy capitalists control politics, energy, banking, communications, transportation, housing, food, healthcare, insurance, and religion while demoralizing billions of people who need their help. It’s mind-boggling how someone in power could choose hate over love. What sense does arrogance, selfishness, and being untruthful make?

We’re loved for loving. Hubris will never win friends and influence people.

DONALDEMORT and his DEMENTORS

Feigned competence rules!

Intimidation only works when we choose to feign incompetence

My Fearless Prediction for the Future

Pluto will pass into Aquarius in 2024. Personal and planetary inequities will transmute 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 for us at the ends of our arms.

Aquarius and the 20th Century Psyche

Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transform both personal and collective psyches when they change signs. Uranus takes roughly seven years to transit a sign and eighty-four years to orbit our sun through twelve signs. Uranus came home to Aquarius twice during the 20th Century. From 1912 to 1919, sudden and unexpected political and social upheaval challenged our spiritual ideologies, faith in humanity, and trust in ourselves.

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

1913 ~ A series of tornadoes and floods devastated Middle America, killing 3,000 people, and costing over $100,000,000. We learned preparedness the hard way.

1914 ~ World War I began.  Hate took a heavy toll on humanity. Love defeated hate. 1915 ~ A German submarine torpedoed the Lusitania. Expect the Unexpected

The first transcontinental phone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell. Everyone communicates. A powerful idea’s time had arrived.

1916 ~ Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary, invaded the USA. President Woodrow Wilson retaliated by sending 6,000 troops into Mexico. If only he’d built a wall.

Official Gazette of London published names of 80 United States firms suspected of trading with Germany. The moral of the story is haves don’t give a shit about have nots.

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

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

Congress amended laws to prohibit alcohol to make beer, wine, and liquor profitable.

1918 ~ The Spanish Flu was the worst pandemic since the bubonic plague that wiped out one quarter of Europe’s population in the 14th century. Bad Shit Happens.

Daylight Savings Time began. Don’t ever take time for granted

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. Winners sometimes lose.

Uranus re-entered Aquarius in 1996. It could have catalyzed an Age of Aquarius if humanity had chosen brotherhood over fashion, convenience, and selfishness. Instead, we bombed Iraq in 1998. Male vanity and virility was popularized after Pfizer introduced Viagra. The stock market created a new form of gambling 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 the illusion of private and social security and stability.

Uranus transited Aquarius in 1996. People became even more demoralized, deceived, and divided by the powers that be. President Bill Clinton’s first political act of 1996 was to sign a welfare reform bill that made life harder for poor people. Body piercing and tattoos became more popular.

 

There were four major plane crashes.

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.

Neptune rules illusion, delusion, and confusion. Neptune entered Aquarius in 1998. The House of Representatives impeached President Clinton who gave “perjuriously false and misleading” testimony in front of a grand jury. Bill is a Leo with Leo hands.

Catholics and Protestants voted for peace in Ireland. Peace Won.

 

Our government and twenty state attorney generals charged Microsoft with anti-trust practices for dominating the Internet access market.

Bill Gates is a Scorpio with intuitive hands.

 

Neptune left Aquarius for Pisces in 2012. Our delusions and deceptions affected old, poor, sick, or anyone who couldn’t afford bad shit happening. 1% had infected billions with spiritual dis-ease. We must understand our values before we can transform our inequities.

History will reveal the 21st Century as an era of profits of false prophets consigned to con and control the 99%. Plutocrats patronize partisan politicians who deplete our natural resources, pollute our planet, ravage our psyches, choose our health care, control our welfare, gamble with our hard earned social security, and own our pension funds. Neptune in Pisces embodies billions of people seeking security, stability, and spiritual answers and finding despair, fear, and terror. The human race has become a race against bad shit happening. Look and See. Listen and Hear.

DONALDEMORT

A lot has been said lately about Donald Trump being another Adolf Hitler or an anti-Christ. He’s not. Nor is he an Emperor or a villain in a children’s book. Donaldemort is ‘RACKET MAN’, a pathological liar, nasty con artist, and scandalous symptom of a human race against bad shit happening. Pestilential presidential practices and partisan political paradigms poison public psyche. Pious philosophies and prejudicial policies pollute higher purpose. As we analyze, rationalize, and compartmentalize  biased beliefs and illogical ideologies, we sacrifice our dignity, integrity, nobility, and virtue on the altars of nonsense.

How many polished brass towers, glitzy gambling casinos, graven images, beauty queens, shark tanks, and celebrity idols do we need?  Donaldemort’s treacherous thinking transforms toxic theories and evil beliefs into self-fulfilling prophecies. As faulty families feast frenzily on flawed feelings, vague values, and toxic thinking; spiced with needless fear, desperation, and hatred, uncontrollable terror, fury, and rage fertilize a swamp of apocalyptic thinking. Vengeance is not a solution to violence. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

Mesmerized by meaningless misbeliefs, spiritually depraved souls worship idols from amateur hours and scripted survivors. Meek minds captivated by TV courtroom melodramas grow critical and judgmental of the pettiest of behaviors. Degenerate fundamentalists, devious narcissists, and depraved attention-seekers expose their sleaziest selves before a desperate and voyeuristic public. A culture of winners and losers has become a world of haves and have-nots. Humanity is at the bottom of the barrel scraping for pennies.

 

Our planet and collective psyche are immune deficient. We preach love and sympathy and practice hate and fear. Appallingly apparent apathy produces pandemic pathological paradigms. As we fixate on sex, violence, disease, and death; our shortsighted greed and irrational fear guide our unarmed unconscious toward oblivion. Our bizarre attitudes and insane behavior are a result of practicing perverted philosophies and sickening spirituality.

 

 

While we’re fascinated by fake vampires, werewolves, and zombies, we encourage the real things to grow and thrive around us. We elect political prostitutes, prostrate ourselves before self-appointed emperors on lacquered polished brass pedestals, and worship megalomaniacs. We reward physical and spiritual rapists who we’ve chosen to protect innocent souls. Who can we trust and entrust our souls to? Where’s Harry Potter when we need him?

 

We must wake up and whiff the weirdness. Why must everything be bright white, squeaky clean and lemon fresh? How intelligent is consuming massive amounts of highly toxic chemicals every day in our wars with dirt, bacteria, viruses, pathogens, germs, stains, odors, insects, rodents, weeds, and other unseen enemies? We’re marinating in the chemicals that heat and cool us. While chemistry provides products that color, flavor, and preserve our foods; power our transportation; and enable us to communicate on a grand scale; we breathe, drink, and wash with toxic chemicals, and apply risky substances to our scalps, skin, mouths, armpits, fingers, toes, and crotches.

Evil acts are symptoms, not causes. As we examine our thoughts objectively, we can see action follows thinking. Wealth becomes corrupted when values are traded for money. Why do so few people have so much power over so many? Spirituality needs no religion, but religion needs spirituality. Why do so many people secretly believe they’re better than others? Why do we harm those we’re entrusted to help? Why do we choose prejudiced politicians and terrible tyrants over wise and loving guidance?

A leader weaves a wardrobe of secrecy and deceit. Our good health and the good health of our planet depend on our ability to share healthy thoughts and loving feelings. We must shift our philosophical and spiritual paradigms so that we can survive and thrive in a healthier world. As we trade money for values and choose religion over spirituality, we substitute delusion for truth. We’re living our lives ass backwards. We must turn around and look for the Messiah in the Mirror.

DEMENTORS

Sagittarius and the Collective Psyche in the 20th Century

Outer planets powerfully influence our personal psyche. They symbolize massive transformations in our collective psyche as they change sign. When Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transited Sagittarius in the 20th Century, paradigms of politics, commerce, and religion shifted forever.

Uranus transited Sagittarius from 1981-1988. Political gender was 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 was the first female prime minister of a Muslim country in Pakistan’s first free election since 1977.

Uranus can represent sudden and unexpected upheaval and disaster. The space shuttle Challenger exploded on takeoff while millions watched in horror on their TVs. While Greenpeace protested France’s nuclear testing, their flagship Rainbow Warrior was bombed. Ronald Reagan created “Star Wars”, an absurd and overly expensive national defense idea. George Bush Sr. was the first sitting Vice President elected as president since 1836. IBM introduced personal PCs. AT&T’s monopoly was broken by the Department of Justice.

Sagittarius rules publishing and religion. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death after he published his popular novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie’s tales of good and evil fueled riots in India and book burnings in England. His huge success fueled Islamic hatred.

 

Neptune transited Sagittarius from 1970 to 1984. The idealism of the 60’s was replaced by pessimism and a marked lack of trust in national institutions. The war in Vietnam united a mass of skeptical protestors ready for confrontation. The Arab oil embargo of 1973 created a major energy crisis, teaching US not to take energy for granted, and conveniently catalyzing the opening of the controversial Alaska pipeline.

 

Neptune rules false prophets, delusion, deception, and victimization. Neptune is also visionary, imaginative, and magical. Richard Nixon was the first US President in history to announce his resignation. New York was the first city in US history to be bailed out of bankruptcy by the federal government. A religious paradigm 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 rules chemicals and drugs. The first test-tube baby was conceived out of the womb. Genetic engineering created new horrors for theologians and religious extremists. Environmentalists protested industries creating “Acid Rain”. The ‘Three Mile Island’ fiasco derailed several major nuclear energy projects. The World Health Organization announced an end to smallpox. Crack cocaine became popular. A deadly epidemic was officially named AIDS.

Pluto transited Sagittarius from 1995 to 2008. Pluto with Zeus is recipe for upheaval and transformation in politics, big business, and religion. Political extremism, corporate greed, religious fundamentalism, and terrorism began to flourish and thrive across the globe. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing law student. The Middle East peace process was disrupted. Great Britain finally let go of Hong Kong. President Clinton resumed diplomatic relations with communist Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands of Black Men flocked to Washington to march for freedom. It was the first time in 40 years that Republicans controlled congress. Y2K was not end time.

Sex scandals rocked the Catholic Church.  The House of Representatives impeached and later acquitted Bill Clinton for lying about his sexploits. 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 soil. After 9/11, governmental power transformed, giving leaders the ability to supersede human rights and civil liberties. A large political machine preempted war without world consent. Lairs of corporate foxes ruled the hen house while packs of political wolves managed the sheep.

Saturn returned to Sagittarius on December 23, 2014, after nearly thirty years through eleven other signs. Astrologers predicted Saturn would wield powerful influence for three years as it transited Sagittarius on its way to Capricorn. Saturn rules responsibility, structure, discipline, focus, time, big business, and bureaucracy. Energy, transportation, communications, food, housing, healthcare, law, politics, and religion were changed by Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius.

Sagittarius rules transportation. We’re a long way from the Model T, only a speck in time ago. Sagittarians love prestige and luxury cars as racing is to Aries and showing off is to Leo. The gods of cars must shift the paradigm of profit before people. Automotive industries must be more spiritual in their visions and truthful in their actions. By perpetuating an illusion that overly powerful gas guzzling vehicles are expensive, glamorous and sexy, car makers and profiteers promote a delusion that it’s OK to deplete our natural resources and pollute our planet. How long did we let cigarette companies get away with pretending unhealthy products were heallthy. Do we really need hundreds of horses galloping under our hoods? Transportation needs to be designed for present and future good health. We will profit from higher social and environmental consciousness. As the globe warms and fuel prices skyrocket, fuel efficient, non-polluting, practical, and economical transportation needs to happen or we will drive ourselves to extinction.

We drive whenever and wherever in the comfort of our cars. Real and hidden costs are usurious as we guzzle gas, fight oil wars, deplete finite natural resources, and pollute our Mother Earth. Carbon monoxide and dioxide hover everywhere. Toxic smoke and smog poison arteries while they proliferate and coagulate like cholesterol on its way to a coronary. Too many old, tired, depressed, angry, drugged, and drunken drivers are turning roads into varicose veins connecting festering sores we call cities. We must shift our travel paradigm and steer ourselves far from death and destruction, instead being hopeful and helpful in our intent and actions. Our fate is in our hands.

Greed and prejudice are unhealthy symptoms of powerful partisan political philosophies and pervasive extremist religious ideologies. A global world family and economy must see the forest from the trees in ways that are healthy and sustainable for all. Our values will become healthier when Uranus enters Taurus on May 14, 2018. I’m praying for a reincarnation of nobility, dignity, integrity, ethics, and virtue.

Scorpio and the Collective Psyche in the 20th Century

Outer planets have a powerful influence on the personal psyche. They also symbolize massive transformations in the collective psyche as they change sign. When Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transited the sign of Scorpio in the 20th Century, our views of Sex, Violence, and Death transformed forever.

Pluto takes twenty years to change astrological sign during which time it disintegrates, destroys, and transforms collective consciousness. Pluto almost doubled its speed when it transited its own astrological home of Scorpio from 1984 to 1995.

It was a challenging time to keep secrets. Sex combined with death to expose the dark underbelly of Scorpio. HIV came into being while condoms were promoted on national TV to stop the spread of AIDS. Homosexuality came out of the closet to be the topic of everyday conversation. Religious fundamentalists and politicians had plenty to preach about. Sex scandals ousted Senator Gary Hart and televangelist Jim Bakker. Scorpio rules other people’s money and Bakker was later convicted of defrauding his followers of 158 million dollars.

Police bombed the headquarters of a black radical group called MOVE. Terrorists from the Palestine Liberation Front seized the Italian cruise ship Achille Laura. Oliver North exposed the Iran Contra scandal. He and Ronald Reagan walked away intact. Terrorists bombed Pan Am flight 103, killing 259 passengers and 11 villagers in Scotland.

 

 

Nobody wanted our famous Garbage barge which carried 3,100 tons of Garbage 6,000 miles before returning home to be burned.

“Dr. Death” (Jack Kevorkian) became a household name.

When Neptune (Pisces) transited the sign of Scorpio from 1957 to 1970, it offered an opportunity for spiritual transformation. Neptune regenerates or degenerates. It began with sit-ins and peaceful demonstrations and ended with race riots, terrorist bombings, and hijackings. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by `two of her own bodyguards’. Racial tensions rose. Bernard Goetz shot four young black men in the NYC subway system. He claimed they were robbing him. They claimed not to have provoked him. Political unrest catalyzed the assassinations of John Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. It was an era of escapism. Drugs, pornography, and indiscriminate sex became normal. Oral sex and contraceptives became popular. Thousands of men went into exile rather than serve in the Vietnam War.

When Uranus (Aquarius) transited Scorpio from 1975 to 1981, it marked the end of the Vietnam War for America and the beginning of new terror in Cambodia. A senate committee admitted that assassination was modus operandi in U.S. foreign policy.

Mass humor was irreverent as seen by the popularity of Saturday Night Live on TV.

Scorpio rules the reproductive system. In 1976, scientists at MIT created the first synthetic gene. The first test tube baby was conceived outside of the womb in 1978.

Scorpio symbolizes powerful women. The Episcopal Church ordained the first woman. Barbara Walters was the first woman national news anchor on ABC TV.

The first Death (Pluto) sentence was carried out in ten years when convicted murderer Gary Gilmore went before a firing squad.

Punk Rock was loud and nihilistic, an unconventional rebellious expression of Uranus.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a cult classic.

Ultrasound became an alternative to x-ray radiation.

Performance art became a new art form.

Palimony suits became popular.

Over 1,000 “No Nukes” protesters were arrested on Wall Street on the 50th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash.

1980 saw the first professional actor in the Whitehouse following the lowest voter turnout in modern history.

Fidel Castro’s “Freedom Flotilla” embarrassed the U.S. when we discovered that Castro had unloaded his underworld criminals, mentally ill, and misfits on us.

IBM introduced the personal PC and revolutionized the computer industry forever.

Insurance is very 8th house. We’ve all heard, “The only guarantees in life are Death and Taxes”. Life is not ensured or assured like Death and Taxes, but you can purchase life insurance, which 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 (2nd house). Perhaps we can’t afford not to value something. Assuming our premiums are paid, we worry less about the costs of bad shit happening to family, health, home, car, property, or whatever we value that’s insurable.

Insurance is a form of gambling. Your 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 stakes. You can check your odds by examining insurance actuarial tables and know your prospects by observing your premiums. The insured shoots craps and always loses, even when he wins.

Insuring may be confused with ensuring or assuring. Spraying crops with pesticides ensures fewer bugs and weeds. It assures we eat drink and breathe toxic chemicals. Investing Social Security in the Stock Market does not insure that the market won’t collapse. Employees of Enron believed their pensions insured a secure retirement. Drilling for oil in the wilderness does not insure that we will have enough oil. It does ensure and assure that we’ll have social, political, and environmental 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.

Everyone dies. Life insurance protects the living. What are your last few months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds worth?  What’s the premium for a graceful painless final exit? I’d like to live a long and healthy life and enjoy a quick and graceful final exit. Having an abundance of Scorpio symbolism in my horoscope, I’ve created my very own “Dr. Death Do it Yourself Kit”. It’s a breathing apparatus attached to a tank of helium. When necessary, I’ll have a logical, practical, painless, and peaceful alternative to facing a future of pain, dependency, lack of awareness, no love, or abject poverty in old (hopefully) age. Read Final Exit by Derek Humphrey if you want to learn more about Dying with Dignity.

Libra and the Collective Psyche in the 20th Century

Outer planets have a powerful influence on the personal psyche. They also symbolize massive transformations in the collective psyche as they change sign. When Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto transited the sign of Libra in the 20th Century, forces of good and evil clashed as we tried to find a balance between optimism, pessimism, tolerance, prejudice, progress, and regress. There was not much social or political stability.

While the planet Neptune (Pisces) transited the sign of Libra from 1942 to 1957, Nuclear weapons began proliferating. The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  President Truman instructed the Atomic Energy Commission to produce an even bigger `Hydrogen Bomb’. The United Nations began blossoming. International cartels became firmly established. The European Common Market was recognized. The civil rights movement flourished. Group psychology became popular. The World Council of Churches was established. Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was the first American citizen canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

The art world went through dramatic changes.  Allen Ginsberg became a popular poet writing, “I have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness”. When Neptune left Libra in 1957, the bestselling novel was Peyton Place   focusing on sexual intrigue in a small town. People born between 1942 and 1957 tend to be overly idealistic in relationships.  They must learn to harmonize, compromise, and sacrifice.

While the planet Uranus (Aquarius) transited the sign of Libra from 1968 to 1975, the spirit of our nation shifted from optimism to pessimism. Faith in progress turned into disillusionment with national institutions and world progress. This period was marked by useless popular inventions like the “pet rock”, giant platform shoes, and shag haircuts. Punk Rock, along with primal therapy and streaking became popular. The Supreme Court legalized abortions in the first trimester of pregnancy (Roe vs. Wade). Governor Wallace, a racial bigot from Alabama, announced that he would be running for President on the newly formed American Independent Party ticket. He threatened to repeal the “so called civil rights laws”. Meanwhile, the most popular show on TV was a comic satire about a racist named Archie Bunker. Diplomat Henry Kissinger approved the financing of clandestine CIA activities in Chile aimed at preventing the election and inauguration of Salvador Allende as Marxist President. Patty Hearst was kidnapped and brainwashed by the Symbionese Liberation Army. A military junta deposed Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

While the planet Pluto (Scorpio) transited the sign of Libra from 1971 to 1983, growers and pickers finally reached a settlement that ended a nearly ten year grape boycott (led by Cesar Chavez). Farm workers finally had bargaining power. This time marked the official beginning of the environmental movement. The Supreme Court upheld busing as a way of integrating schools.  An assassination attempt left presidential candidate George Wallace paralyzed from the waist down. Prime Minister Idi Amin slaughtered over 300,000 Ugandans and alienated his country from the rest of the world. Violence in Ireland forced Britain to seize control of Northern Ireland and suspend the Protestant controlled parliament. An arm of the Palestine Liberation Organization terrorized the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich. In 1975 South Vietnam crumbled, bringing an end to the Vietnam War. Because of the Karen Ann Quinlan case, `right to die’ rulings were enacted all across the USA. The serial killer “Son of Sam” was finally put away after terrorizing the male and female population of NYC. Religious fanatic Jim Jones got his followers to commit suicide. John Lennon was murdered.

“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”

Virgo & Hands

You don’t need a Virgo Sun, Moon, planets, aspects, or placements to be Virgo. Virgo’s square palms and short fingers are less meaty and more flexible than Taurus hands and pinker and more elastic than pure Capricorn types who have whitish flat palms and well developed first knots on lean fingers. Virgo is most adaptable of three practical types. Strong middle fingers that crook toward ring fingers at first joints strive for perfection and need personal space. No matter your type, enlarged second knots, square fingertips, and short fingernails add more order and practical Virgo qualities. People who chew their nails to the quick are self-critical and critical of others (worse if many lines crisscross beneath middle finger). Bitten nails belong to contrary people who will choose another side of an argument, just to make a point, even if they agree with you.

Virgo is best where discriminating, reliable, modest, and orderly service is required. Famous for cleaning up everyone else’s messes, Virgo may sometimes obsess on details and be overly thorough and meticulous. Contrary to popular belief, Virgo doesn’t enjoy details. Short fingered people in general (practical & intuitive) dislike details and need to see the whole picture. Details are a nuisance; something others should do, but few can do them better than Virgo who addresses them and then does what needs to be done. Because they usually ask too little for themselves, Virgo must be valued and appreciated. They know their value, but are reticent to ask for it. Ego gratification is not a motivation. Never take Virgo for granted. Virgos work hard to feel useful. They must learn to cherish every molecule of what they earn. Careers like accounting, medical, nursing, social work, maintenance, cleaning, and health food are magnets for 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)

Carly Fiorina, former fortune 500 CEO is a conservative Virgo. Despite bad publicity over her tenure at HP and a failed presidential attempt, Carly practices what she preaches. Whether you agree with her or not, her intuitive hands with short fingers, along with her Virgo sun are saying, “Challenge the mind and capture the heart”. Aristaeus `Guardian of the flocks and farming’ in Greek myth is a Virgo archetype. Aristaeus taught bee-keeping. He embodies the capacity to dedicate selflessly in service to others.

Virgos who have worked and been rewarded include: Writers Agatha Christie & Leonard Cohen; Lawyers Alan Dershowitz & Marcia Clark; Financiers J.P. Morgan & Warren Buffet; Actors Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, Paul Walker, Keanu Reeves, Blake Lively, and Cameron Diaz; Singers Michael Jackson & Beyonce’ Knowles; Political figures Margaret Trudeau, Lyndon Johnson, George Wallace, Yasser Arafat, & John McCain with Taurus hands, short index finger, crooked pinky, and intuitive tips that say what you see is not what you get.

 

 

 

Virgo is earthy and practical. He/she represents more scientific and technical aspects of thinking. Virgo is more logical and healthier, while Gemini is more intellectual and cleverer. Imagination is more important to Gemini than practicality. Mercury, the winged foot messenger, holds a caduceus (medicine) ruled by Virgo (healthcare) while Gemini rules communications. As a Gemini, Mercury, my ruler is in retrograde motion at the moment.

 

 

 

I’d begun to practice palmistry professionally in my early thirties when a young man showed up and asked a mind boggling question. “When will I die?” A healthy looking Virgo, he was well built, energetic, handsome, smart, and a multi-talented craftsman. He appeared to take excellent care of himself. His well-balanced square palms were pink and firm with short straight fingers. His pink elastic skin, resilient palms, flexible wrists, and mildly flexible finger joints revealed a healthy balance between his determination and adaptability. His basic lines were clear and deeply engraved. How lucky he is, I thought, but his fate had been sealed when he had contracted AIDS.

AIDS was a death sentence at the time. I was clueless how to look for AIDS in his hands. Nothing stood out. I also lacked experience to counsel him. Instead, I said, “I’m sorry, only god has the answer to your question”… “You’re a naturally healthy type. If anyone can beat this disease, you can.” I highlighted his most positive qualities, but he wasn’t interested in hearing about them. We continued to chat about what he planned to do about his situation. He wanted to be proactive. I charged no fee for his session.

My curiosity about AIDS and my desire to make a difference motivated me to volunteer twice weekly at Bailey House, an AIDS housing organization. I showed up twice weekly for two years to counsel clients and staff. I used palmistry, astrology, and tarot as lenses to view their issues and challenges and help them make decisions about what’s next.

I printed AIDS infected hands monthly to monitor the progress or regress of the disease. I began to notice changes in skin ridge patterns on the percussion of the hands, but lack of adequate funding, limited time, and not enough statistical data made it difficult to be thorough or scientific. Most people with AIDS suppress their potentials because they obsess on the harsh realities of their fragile and impending mortality. I affirmed talents and strengths and tried to inspire AIDS sufferers to continue making positive choices and taking positive actions. Everyone looked forward to our weekly sessions.

Healthcare is a mundane correspondence for Virgo. Good health is a birthright we all deserve. Everyone has physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health challenges. Our partisan government, acquisitive pharmaceutical companies, and greedy health insurance industry have transformed our healthcare system into an extortionate superstore. Gluttonous insurers care more about profit than people. Megalomaniacal money managers and materialistic managed care providers bribe prejudiced politicians to institute and enforce the rules of their game. Selfish executives prosper while dedicated doctors are forced to ignore root causes and treat symptoms with overpriced medications. Saturn was in Virgo from 9 / 2007 – 10 / 2009. Seeds for structural change to healthcare were sown and the Affordable Care Act was harvested.

Your health is in your hands. In the days before computerized medical diagnosis, doctors used their intuition, tasted a patient’s urine, looked into their eyes, and examined their tongue, skin, and especially their hands to diagnose illness. Hands reflect a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. I encourage seekers to examine and reflect on their own hands and the hands of people they care about. There’s much to see in a mirror.

 

Fingernails are windows to a person’s health. Illnesses that can be seen in nails are anemia, thyroid disease, malnutrition, carpal tunnel syndrome, psoriasis, eczema, liver disease, heart, lungs, colon, chronic respiratory disease, lymph system problems, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, Hodgkin’s disease, and sickle-cell anemia.

Dozens of stress related problems and several types of cancer can be seen in skin ridge patterns (dermatoglyphics). Conditions of lines in hands can indicate conditions of the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, stomach, and male and female systems. Palmistry is prescriptive, but when I observe a potential health problem in hands, I never diagnose or prescribe. I tell clients I’m not a health expert and suggest they see a specialist.

Many health problems are natural predispositions to specific character types. Know the type and understand the corresponding potential health problems. This is a generalized list of health issues that correspond to particular fingers. Click links to learn when and how a finger is dominant and what other qualities in addition to health are represented.

Dominant index finger ~ blood disorders, liver trouble, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and problems with hips, thighs, and throat. One habitual challenge is the temptation to overindulge in food and drink.

Dominant middle finger ~ skin problems, teeth with age, knees, ligaments, secretion of bile, skeletal, left ear deafness, paralysis, rheumatism, gout, hardening of the arteries, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.

Dominant ring finger ~ eyesight, heart, and blood circulation.

Dominant pinkie ~ delicate nervous system, weak bronchial and respiratory systems, thyroid gland, headaches, memory loss, and speech impediments.

Dominant ball of thumb ~ throat, lymphatic system, venereal diseases, heart and circulation, and nervousness.

Dominant heel of hand ~ bodily fluids, stomach problems, tumors, female disorders, epilepsy, mucous membranes, gout and rheumatism, kidney and bladder, and mental illness.

Dominant thumb and percussion of hand ~ inflammations, acute fevers, infections, muscular disorders, blood diseases, hemorrhage, infectious and contagious diseases, throat and chest trouble, and high blood pressure.

Scorpio types ~ reproductive system, ruptures, hemorrhoids, ulcers, venereal diseases, and problems with prostate or urethra.

Aquarian types ~ ankle weakness, anemia, cramps, heart weaknesses, nervous diseases, varicose veins, and sensitive skin.

Piscean types ~ feet and toes including bunions and gout, colds, mucous discharges, tumors, drug addictions, and liver troubles.

Bernie Serotta was a Pisces with Virgo hands and matching character. Bernie passed from the physical plane in 2004. It’s easy to see his warm, open, friendly, hardworking, and practical nature from his dominant hand. His muscular square palm and short fingers are saying, “Hello, goodbye, and I’ve got nothing to hide”. Despite my being peculiar to Bernie, I always felt honored and embraced by him.

 

Bernie was more Piscean as a child with his sense of wonder and love and appreciation of all things beautiful. As a young adult, Bernie embraced his Virgo nature as he started a family and a business. Bernie owned and operated a hardware store in Saratoga, NY for forty years. He served his family and community with dignity, grace, and humility. Bernie was retired when we met. He’d begun to explore his Pisces nature again, a second childhood. He had to let go some of some very practical habits to make space for his curiosity and creativity and engage in a more magical journey as he aged. We chatted about music and philosophy. Bernie practiced violin, enjoyed playing chamber music, and continued to do good deeds for family and friends until he passed.

Symbolic Power of Our Sun

One dreary mid-winter day in 1998, I was drinking tea from a cobalt blue mug decorated with an orange and yellow sun surrounded by stars. It had been a gift for speaking at a National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) educational conference for astrologers in NYC. The horoscope in the hands was my topic. I had been a faculty member and resident palmist for over 20 years. I desired a sunnier future and decided to transform my sun mug into a talisman to help me achieve that goal.

 

I felt inspired as I rummaged around for an appropriate ‘mug shot’ of myself. After carefully cutting out my face, I glued it to the center of the sun. I applied several layers of crystal clear film. As I burnished down the edges, I imagined myself as Apollo, the Greek Sun God. When I finished, I raised the cup in my left hand to observe my handiwork. Simultaneously, the phone rang. I picked it up with my right hand. “Hello, I’m the Public Program Coordinator for the National Design Museum. We’re curating a major Solar Energy Exhibition in June and were wondering if you’d be interested in presenting the Lecture / Workshop series on the symbolism of the sun?”

I almost fell out of my chair. I’d experienced synchronicity, but this seemed impossible. How could a talisman work that quickly? Confidently, I replied, “You’ve come to the right place.” The magic of the sun materialized the moment I combined the esoteric power of the sun with my clear desire, intent, and action. My life instantly became sunnier.

Speaking of sun mugs, back in the early ‘80’s, a manufacturer of drinking mugs asked me to design a collection of astrology mugs for department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. Six masculine sun signs were printed in 24 carat gold and six feminine signs in platinum. The customers loved the mugs, but began returning them not long after they were purchased because they were damaged in the dishwasher, even though they had been merchandised as ‘wash by hand’ only. My beloved mug collection was dumped despite my unrequited pleas to try again with dishwasher safe inks.

The sun in Leo (July 23 – August 23) rules the fifth house of the natural horoscope. The Sun’s day is Sunday. The Sun’s hour is noon. In Kabala, Tipareth corresponds to the Sun and the number six, which balances the tree of life. The word count of this post reduces to six. The Crown Chakra is ruled by the sun. The heart is the organ ruled by the sun. Solar archetypes exist in every culture: GREEK ~ Apollo & Hercules, JUDAIC ~ Samson, EGYPTIAN ~ Osiris & Ra ~ AFRICAN ~ Anansi, INDIAN ~ Narasimha, HINDU ~ Vishnu, PERSION ~ Mithra, JAPANESE ~ Amaterasu, NORSE ~ Odin, IRISH ~ Lugh, and ARTHURIAN ~ Percival. The Lion King and Goldilocks are LEO fairy tales. Lots of Leos are myths in their own minds. Musical links for the sun are the key of C and most instruments. Solar gemstones are diamonds, amber, and topaz. Solar trees are citrus, walnut, bay, and palm. Solar herbs, plants, and scents are sun flower, yellow poppy, saffron, marigold, cinnamon, pepper, peony, musk, honey, frankincense, rice, and all aromatic herbs. Aroma of Frankincense (Christ and the Nativity) when used in ritual magic brings good health, wealth, success, acclaim, mental clarity, fearlessness, confidence, and spiritual awakening. Gold and diamonds worn on the ring finger are marriage magic. Pyrite, fool’s gold, eases anxiety, frustration, and depression. Pyrite is wise man’s gold when charged with clear vision and pure intention to attract wealth, boost self-esteem, aid communications, and enhance appreciation. I’m publishing this post at the exact moment of the lunar eclipse on August 7, 2017 @ 2:11 pm EDT.

A talisman is anything (including a simple piece of paper) with a design on it that’s symbolic of what you want to impress on your psyche to catalyze change or reinforce something that needs to be strengthened. Amulets and hex signs are solar symbols used for protection. You see a lot of Amish hex signs blessing barns and homes and protecting livestock from harm.

It’s best to create your own talisman. The more tuned you are to your intent, the more potent your talisman will be. The more esoteric correspondences you include, the more powerful the talisman’s effect will be. After my mug experience, I was inspired to create a small metalworking shop where I could make talismans to my heart’s content. Specific metals, minerals, and gems are incorporated for specific purposes on specific months, days, and times of day. Everything matters. Even facing the right direction, smelling the right incense, and hearing the right musical vibration while you’re creating your talisman can enhance its potency. The four talismans below, I made for myself and wear often.

As you can see, ‘Grounding’ is beat up. I wear it most because I need lots of grounding. It works for me because I created it with the clear intent of becoming whole, centered, and peaceful. Copper represents Venus and earth and is grounded in practical reality. Silver symbolizes feelings and emotion. Gold promotes clear thinking, passion, intuition, and inspiration. Square shapes within circles add order, structure, discipline, and focus. Circles within circles help center, inspire, and motivate. The rest is intent and quest.

‘Energizing’ is solid bronze with an opal in the center. There was a huge crack in the casting. I almost chucked it, but decided the crack was like a bolt of lightning and an important pathway from the outside of the circle to the opal. When I finished polishing the talisman, it felt perfect for me and my purpose.

‘Strengthening’ was created on a picture-perfect day in May (Taurus). I have a Taurus moon and mars and the horns remind me to be determined, persistent, and relentless when necessary. This talisman helps me think with my head and feel with my heart. Being mainly bronze, it’s a blending of copper, tin, zinc, and lead. Alchemically, it blends Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn in order to balance ambition and compassion with order and action. A solid foundation encourages a healthy framework that supports a powerful structure.

‘Centering’ consists of circles within circles, heart (copper) surrounded by mind (gold) and emotion (silver). Six small outer circles within two large inner circles represent masculine (gold) and feminine (silver) principles and all twelve aspects of my character. I need to balance my character with my values, thinking, feelings, will power, health, relationships, creativity, philosophy, purpose, hopes and dreams, and spirituality.

In case you’re not convinced of the power of the sun, let’s look at how religions, politics, governments, dictatorships, and corporations use the powerful symbolism of the sun to magnetize, mesmerize, and monetize masses with ideologies, products, and services.

Circular logos and iconic names like $tarbuck$ are no coincidence