I listened to part of a piece today on The Story, a newish show by the fabulous Dick Gordon who moved to Chapel Hill after his NPR show The Connection was taken off the air for being too controversial. Anyway… today’s show featured a segment called “Jane Fonda’s Legacy,” a story about the aerobics craze that began during the 1980s and continued into the 1990s, leaving many of us with shin splints, bad feet and sciatica worse than our mothers’.
Dick interviewed a former aerobics instructor named Carol Espel who taught aerobics in New York City and had to have both hips replaced at age 44. This story really resonated with me since I taught aerobics from 1984 until 1995 or so when I had to quit because of chronic knee problems and foot neuromas. At the time I was 43 and proud of the fact that I was teaching college kids. In the interview Carol reminisced about the ego (Leo) that was involved in never admitting when it was enough. We kept going “through the burn,” popping aspirin and tylenol to alleviate the pain, buying orthotics and doing whatever it took to keep going, addicted to the driving music and the endorphins. I’m sure runners will identify with this as well.
Now the Pluto in Leo generation (1939-1956 and some stragglers in 1957 and 1958) is 50 and 60, and we are exercising like no other generation before us. Leo rules sports and games of all kinds and Pluto brings a compulsive quality to the sign that it’s in. We Pluto in Leo folks invented compulsive exercise and created a new disease: exercise bulimia. There’s even a new procedure invented just for us called “hip resurfacing.” When […]
The Celtic festival of Samhain, where the veils between worlds is at its thinnest, occurs on November 7 at the midpoint between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice (at 15 degrees Scorpio). Samhain celebrates the darkest time of the year and the ascendancy of the Holly King (darkness) over the Oak King (light).
This poem by Kabir is a beautiful remembrance of the power of darkness.
The darkness of night is coming along fast, and
the shadows of love close in the body and
the mind. Open the window to the west, and disappear
into the air inside you.
Near your breastbone there is an open flower.
Drink the honey that is all around that flower.
Waves are coming in:
there is so much magnificence near the ocean!
Listen: Sound of big seashells! Sound of bells!
Kabir says: Friend, listen, this is what I have to say:
The Guest I love is inside me!
–translation by Robert Bly
(Thanks to Zentio)
Dharmaruci has written on a this morning: The accuracy of the zodiac. There’s more there too, like how the fixed stars work so well in astrological charts and a look at Hitler’s Mercury, but this is most relevant to me at the moment:
I’ve lately been feeling more dissatisfied than usual with the imaginary nature of the zodiac in modern astrology. The planets are in real places, and their relationships with each other are real, but the constellations that are supposed to be behind them and influencing them are not there. This is partly due to precession, but actually the neat 30 degree segments they were divided into several thousand years ago are also a fiction, because nature is never like that.
In a way western astrology is more straightforward than Vedic astrology in this respect. A western astrologer will tell you that the zodiac we use bears no relationship to the stars. I don’t want to put words in the mouth of a Vedic astrologer, but their astrology takes precession into account, so there seems to be more of a relationship with the stars, but actually the neat 30 degree fiction still remains.
This is not to say that western astrology doesn’t work, because it does, and it does so very well. But as an astrologer, what turns me on is my symbolic relationship to the sky, that is the foundation, that is what moves me, and that is what in large measure is not there. It’s like modern western astrology for me is part relationship to the sky and part tea-leaves.
I think this is really undeniably true which is what makes the skeptics so crazy. The sky isn’t cut up into nice little 30 degree segments which we call the zodiac, astrology is a […]
. The timing of the exploding Comet Holmes at the exact moment of the conjunction of Pluto to the Galactic Center is a fascinating coincidence. Add to this the timing right at the Full Moon and there is a sense of something very significant going on.
Comets have long been thought to be harbingers or omens, and this new comet has defied the understanding of scientists and their efforts to strip the magic from this type of event. If the Universe was trying to get our attention, it makes sense that It would create a vision in the sky that was unlike anything ever seen before.
Pluto conjuncts the Galactic Center approximately every 250 years. In this earlier article I reviewed some of the history of previous cycles that heralded a shift in focus of the human species.
We are clearly on the brink of a shift in human evolution:
- Threats of mass extinction ignore the fact that extinctions are already occurring at a rapid rate. Species are becoming extinct at a rate , and a third of all amphibians and primate species with nearly a quarter of mammals are threatened.
- The Middle East, “cradle of civilization,” is now the fulcrum of a major shift in global power from two “superpowers” to a multitude of smaller powers and tribal allegiances.
- A new race to space pits China against rivals Japan and India for the first moon landing by an Asian country.
- Syria has possibly of countries possessing nuclear technology, bringing that number to ten or possibly eleven, depending on the degree to which Iran has acquired this technology.
- Scientists are working hard to
After over 25 (gak!!) years of studying astrology and 20 years doing readings I never doubt the planets. I may doubt the client’s memory or understanding, or my own interpretations, but I never doubt that the astrology is correct.
Sometimes, like today, I do a consultation with a client who is in the middle of a devastating experience. Newly single, afraid of the future – in the middle of beautifully optimistic planetary cycles. It would not occur to me to think that the planets are incorrect: instead, it shows me that for this individual, this challenging period is an incredibly exciting time of change and liberation.
We think of Jupiter as a beneficial planet, yet it is often present in death charts. We think of Saturn as evil and malefic, yet many people experience great achievement and success during their Saturn returns. Left by his wife a man may feel he is overwhelmed by darkness, yet the road ahead is strewn with Jupiter and Uranus transits that will open his world in ways he never dreamed possible. Sometimes we are not that lucky; sometimes times of crisis go on for years with Pluto separating us from all that we treasure. But we can look at the Pluto cycles and anticipate that we will be asked to surrender pieces of ourselves that no longer serve us, and trust that we are being guided toward greater wholeness. Even that information can be incredibly useful.
We often think we know all there is to know, but we only see a glimmer of the truth.