February 2020 - Mark Seltman's Real Palmistry BlogMark Seltman's Real Palmistry Blog

PISCES & HANDS

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No need to have a Pisces sun, moon, planets, planetary aspects, or house placements to have Pisces hands. Feeling types have long lean rectangular palms and long fingers. Pisces often have dominant first phalanges on long slender fingers, smooth joints, conical tips, and loop prints, especially the index and pinkie fingers. Medium set shapely thumbs, mildly flexible sensitive fingers, round and conical fingertips, narrow nails, and head and life lines interwoven at their beginnings are typical. Pinkie fingers with small bottom and middle phalanges and no knots personify not much need for physical order or material wealth. Pisces with inwardly curving pinkie fingers avoid confrontation at all costs, acting happy when they’re not, and pretending everything is OK when it isn’t.

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Pisces is Spiritual. Scorpio is Sexual. Cancer is Feeling, Mother, Food, and Home. Neptune in Pisces, king of the seas, (Poseidon, King Triton), personifies emotion, feelings, instinct, and personal and collective unconscious. Water is the most calming and destructive force in nature. Neptune alters mind and emotion, especially through substances like prescription and recreational drugs, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and other ways of fueling personal visions, illusions, and delusions. Neptune’s mundane correspondence is religion. Neptune’s esoteric reality is spirituality. Religion without spirituality is blind.

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Most sensitive, introverted, and least acquisitive of all signs, Pisces is often misunderstood. The feminine gender communicates through a lens of feelings. Strong Earth (Practical) and Air (Thinking) provide a healthy pragmatism. Fire (intuitive) is often mistrusted by Feeling. How can we depend on whims, impulse, inspiration, and passion when our basic needs are security, stability, and reliability?

Pisces with balanced head and heart lines surrounded by deep and clear basic lines are well aware of themselves. Large stiff thumbs, square fingertips, developed knots, broad nails, and arch and whorl fingerprints empower Pisces physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As the most and least evolved sign of the zodiac, Pisces teaches us that beginnings and endings are inevitable. It’s what we think and how we feel that matters.

Michael Dell became rich, powerful, and famous while following his vision:

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.” 

Ariel, daughter of King Triton, ruler of our collective unconscious, visualizes what she desires as she explores our collective needs. Michael Dell intuitively knows what we need and focuses on that. Ariel and Michael must be vigilant and keep a watchful eye out for Ursula, an Octopus (conglomerate) who lusts to control her spirit.

Pisces is well suited to teaching, human resources, helping professions, visual arts, and music. Everyone’s hands embody talents, abilities, choices, decisions, and commitments. Pisces greatest strengths are compassion, humility, and faith. Mentally and emotionally indecisive at times, Pisces can simultaneously be secretive and spiritual. Trust needs to be earned. Impressionable and easily influenced, many Pisces escape reality when circumstances get too hard. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lewis, and Liza Minelli are substance abusers who hid their personal suffering as they lit the stage.

Pisces is my most and least favorite sign. When Pisces let fear rule their emotions, they can be extremely flaky. I feel blessed and grateful, because I’m able to love unconditionally and without expectation. I’m thankful for a healthy Pisces father, brother, and daughter.

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Dad shares his birth with George Washington. He was born 2/22/22. Dad’s Sun, Venus, Uranus, and Ascendant are in Pisces. Despite a challenging childhood and horrible and terrifying WWII experiences, dad remained an incorrigible optimist, idealist, and true lover of family and humanity. Gary (Pisces) my brother, Jennifer (Taurus) my sister, and I (Gemini) were equally blessed.

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If the definition of a genius is an average kid with a Jewish Mother, ours was Father. Conceived on my parent’s wedding night, I arrived nine months and one day later. My biggest fan from the get go, dad embarrassed me frequently. At age seven, I played a Chopin Prelude on the radio. Dad distributed radios to every classroom in my grade school. He made sure everyone listened. I was horrified! I was also a local sensation in our tiny community. Dad’s pride in me made me feel awkward. I wondered if I was the person he imagined, or if I was being the person who I thought he wanted me to be. I learned the importance of accepting his unconditional love. Dad was the best friend and playmate I’d ever have.

I never read dad’s hands. He died suddenly and unexpected of a massive heart attack at age 54. I never found a clear photo of his hands. I remember his hands as loving, warm, strong, and capable as a small child. His firm hand shake, grip of steel, and firm energetic touch was gentle and loving. As I grew older and stronger, we had gripping battles, squeezing each other’s hand with all our might. He’d pretend I was crushing his hand, both of us laughing heartily, but me knowing he was stronger and letting me win. Dad’s Capricorn moon grounded and supported him in both practical and mundane ways. Dad’s early death catalyzed my search for meaning, passion for metaphysics, and several personal transformations. I think of dad often, especially when I’m happiest.

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Nary a night passed in early childhood when Gary, Jennifer, and I didn’t experience an exciting imaginary adventure at bedtime. Dad was a great storyteller. He created “BoBo”, a gorilla, and “Squeaky”, a mouse, magical friends who dad embodied as role models to engross and nourish us.

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Everyone knows, other people’s home movies are very boring! Families are waving and smiling at the camera most of the time. Dreaded invitations to watch other people’s home movies were tactfully avoided. We acted and created roles for ourselves in our home movies. Although we were corny, we had a lot of fun. Dad created commercial breaks, which he strategically placed between scenes to make the experience more fun. I edited my favorite commercials from our archives and made this short video. Click here to see my childhood hero in action. The quality is pathetic (8mm), but his humor trumps all else.

PISCES & PSYCHE

Personal and Collective Psyche transform as outer planets change signs. Uranus (1919–1928) was the only outer planet to pass through Pisces in the 20th Century. It’s eighty-four year cycle was completed when it transited Pisces from 2003–2011. Uranus partnered with Neptune, ruler of Pisces and god of the seas, to shift religious, social, and cultural paradigms. Symbolic of sudden unexpected change, Uranus destabilized stock markets and caused interest rates to fluctuate. Uranus transited Aries (Mars and Uranus are a volatile combo) from December 2011 to Taurus in April 2019. We all watched fake news become real news. Many folk believed or needed to believe the obvious untruths. White extremists committed domestic terrorism. Over two hundred mass shootings occurred in this country. One in four victims were small children and teens. Similarities between the ideologies and philosophies of 1919 and 2003 are alarming. Plutocrats, politicians, and priests continue to con and exploit us using fear and intimidation. It’s not what you do, but what you can get away with that matters. The ends justify the means! It’s time to look back and see!

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. Do you think Gaia is communicating with us?

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

2003 ~ Increased wage inequality between workers at the top, middle, and bottom resulted in less wages and compensation for typical workers. Despite increased productivity, real wages and compen­sation have continued to stagnate.

WARNING!!! Unhealthy for 99% +

Four conservative Republican Presidents (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and George W Bush) held office while Uranus was in Pisces. “Silent Cal” Coolidge, the 30th President (born July 4) 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 big business were roiling in the hay. Illicit affairs wielded temporary and absolute power over tightly woven webs of political, social, and cultural fabric. Plutocrats seduced and betrayed us all for profit. We call our addiction and dependence on corporations ‘Citizens United’. We give mega-money permission to make our decisions for us. Winning through Intimidation works until Time and Karma collide with Hubris!

Mission accomplished?Wars are bought, sold, and traded. George W Bush began his ‘War on Terror’ as Uranus entered Pisces in 2003. Carelessly wrecking Iraqi culture and disabling their energy infrastructure, George pilfered and profited from Iraq’s resources through Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, a proud sponsor and powerful benefactor of the war. Security for airports and seaports was put in the hands of chosen special interest contractors. Public Health Care was sacrificed on the altars of Health Insurance Czars and pharmaceutical companies. Social Security, which had been based in faith, truth, and justice, was almost privatized. Abuse of power, greed, fear, apathy, loss of faith, and giving up control are obstacles and threats to its future good health and well being.

In 1929, loss of faith in government and business infected the human psyche, catalyzing a devastating stock market crash! In 2008, George W Bush taught us what not to do as President: 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. Ironically, during the banking and housing debacle, Democrats dominated both the Senate and Congress from 2007~2009.

Love is a moral obligation and ethical responsibility to merge truth and justice. Physical and spiritual wealth is most wisely spent creating a whole, healthy, and natural world for all. Humanity needs guidance from caring leaders who love their families, value their friends, care for others, and nurture Gaia who sustains and nourishes us all.

‘ No Love’ is not ‘Tough Love’. Absolute power corrupts! When you’re lucky and you know it, you need to give back as much as you can. Choose a cause. Make a decision. Take action. Make a real difference in a real world!

Before the great Stock Market Crash, Uranus in Pisces transformed traditional paradigms of thrift and austerity to consumerism and addiction to credit. Two of three Americans had electricity, refrigerators, and washing machines. Spending on recreation tripled. Henry Ford created green and maroon as well as black cars. Mass tastes made and cultivated markets for Rice Krispies, Lender’s Bagels, Mounds Bars, Betty Crocker, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and many other super marketable products.

Credit and consumerism created an 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 materialism and conformity.

Writer Sinclair Lewis highlighted humanity’s illusions and delusions while blaming mass production and consumption for “having created a bloodless, loveless, and standardized world”. Ouch!

Sudden and unexpected Karma manifests when outer and inner worlds collide and divide! Hubris has taken down every demagogue in history. 2020 is the year for ‘Hubrisight’. A few caring billionaires can make a huge difference for humanity!

In 1925, the KKK released 40,000 hooded members to invade Washington DC. Their resurgence targeted African Americans, Immigrants, Catholics, and Jews. New laws reduced to a trickle the stream of migrants while congress hindered the flow of immigrants based on quotas of 150,000 new immigrants yearly. Are our religious leaders practicing what they’re preaching?

Shame on us in 2020! As the KKK endorses Donald Trump, we do nothing but talk, blame, and continue scraping for pennies at the bottom of the barrel. If money talks and bullshit walks, Mike Bloomberg should begin spending some of his billions now and get a head start on issues he plans to fix as President. His quest needs not to be about him.

Creationism ignored modern science. Pisces hosted an opposition between Uranus (science) and Neptune (religion). 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, fought for Darwin’s ‘theory of evolution’. Science and truth lost to politics and religion in the “Scopes Monkey Trial”. Denial of Science is even worse in 2020.

No rich child left behind. Poor folk can become workers and soldiers. Rich folk get richer and more powerful. Exactly how many yachts do our saviors and persecutors need?

The German Bauhaus School of Architecture’s ‘less is more’ design philosophy influenced architecture and product design on a global scale. Religious culture manipulated school curriculum to cleanse obscenity, promote censorship, and discriminate against race and sexuality in literature and theater.

In 1984, Intelligent Design became the new Creationism. I used to be an industrial designer. In 1969, ‘Intelligent Design’ was about saving materials and money for manufacturers. Waste was not a hassle, except for clean-up and disposal, which were often hastily and carelessly dealt with. I depleted more than my share of our planet’s natural resources for my own benefit in the name of fashion. It was easy to rationalize and compartmentalize my choices and actions by ignoring consequences. That’s when I gave up polluting the planet and became the Guru of Garbage. Land, water, and air are poisoned by award winning design! Few people realize that our planet is smaller than our ability to infect her with humanity’s dis~ease of greed, ignorance, consumption, waste, hate, and fear.

‘Intelligent design’ is not ‘smart design’. Smart designers create useful products and services using sustainable resources, efficient energy production, and fewer pollutants that produce less waste. Remaining waste is recycled or reused in constructive projects that add to nature and humanity. We must shift our paradigms from lying, denying, and hiding, to seeing, understanding, and accepting truth as real. Hate must be transformed into love by letting go of fear. The handwriting is on the wall and the time is now!

‘It’s not what you do, but what you get away with that matters’. Denying science is ‘Unintelligent Design’. One thing Donald Trump has taught us is that common sense is not good sense. As we’re busy interpreting fake news and deciphering deceptive politics, all news is becoming ideologically and philosophically bankrupt.

Pundits make fun of greed, discrimination, prejudice, hate, and a hypocrisy of fools. It’s not funny. Naked Emperors who think they know what’s best for all of us, are weaving warps of ‘no love’ with wefts of ‘tough love’.

Becoming healthier, happier, more loving, and tolerant of ourselves, each other, and our environment is the only mission and mandate that makes good sense. Our chosen leaders must find courage, strength, wisdom, and grace to do what’s best for everyone and everything!

Much has happened since 1919. A Century +1 has passed. Neptune returned home to Pisces April 4, 2011 ~ April 1, 2025. Neptune blurs boundaries, vision, illusion, and delusion. Pisces embodies physical, mental, and emotional endings that catalyze new beginnings. The dusk of denial is the dawn of truth. Bad behavior has become pandemic. Healthy behavior is a remedy.

Hindsight is still 2020. Attitudes haven’t changed. Why must we lose what we value to value what we had? History repeats its desperate and disparate attempt to teach us not to learn the hardest ways. Neptune in Pisces blends infinite shades of gray from the brightest Spiritual Enlightenment to the Darkest Death. Must we die to be reborn?

William Blake said “The path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.” Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Uranus suddenly and unexpectedly transformed traditional ideologies and beliefs. We must learn to focus our attention on harnessing and directing sustainable energy, cultivating values over money, refining communications, upgrading infrastructure, improving transportation, providing healthcare for all, having honest relationships, encouraging creativity, embracing healthy philosophies, practicing bi-partisan politics, having clear purpose, being spiritual, and choosing our personal and collective destinies. Embracing courage, strength, wisdom, and grace leads to the palace of good health and happiness.

Uranus entered Aries in 2011. Greed driven by Wealth and Power fed the Illusion of Self Importance. Huge footprints don’t mean huge hearts. The pathology of power fosters the denial of truth. Futility causes the disillusion of the free will of 99%. Fear and apathy poison the Kool-Aid and too many unsuspecting folk are guzzling it.

EXPELIOSIS!

Nonsense trumps good sense. Money trumps values. Religion trumps spirituality. Climate denial trumps science. Health insurance companies trump healthcare. HMO’s, pharmaceutical companies, and medical profiteers trump have-nots. Plutocrats trump prisons privatized by politicians, and packed with mostly poor black prisoners. Senators create and enforce laws that require the constant filling of vacancies and attention to profitability. Prison hatcheries spawn fearful frantic followers, fundamentalist ideologies, and fanatical behaviors. Our human race is racing against bad shit happening.

Vampires don’t love us. They suck our blood. Wars are fought by have-nots, whose souls are squandered by HAVES in luxury and waste. Do we really need fear, hate, and terror to learn to love?

How can we protect our planetary health and well being? We send electric cars into space, but can we transform mass travel, build bridges, tunnels, and less walls? How can humanity become more mentally and emotionally stable? How can we renew our topsoil, clean water, fresh air, and energy sources? Healthy intent and right use of free will can make huge differences. As we help ourselves, we need to help others. Conceive the inconceivable.