Monthly Archives astrology: May 2010

A day with Dharmaruci

This has been an amazing trip so far!! Today Dharmaruci and Vajramala hosted Rich and I and our friends Dianne and David for a delicious lunch on their courtyard. It was lots of fun meeting DR after corresponding for about five years. Many of you will recognize Dharmaruci from his Astrotabletalk blog (linked in the sidebar), another of my favorites and most sympatico to this one.

There was a debate a couple of years ago whether DR’s rising sign was Virgo, Leo or Libra – I’m pleased to be able to confirm that it’s definitely Leo! He is a very entertaining guy and lots of fun to hang out with.

From here Rich and I head off to Cornwall for more magical adventures. Meanwhile I hope you are enjoying the menu of posts I prepared for you!

By | 2010-05-30T15:57:03+00:00 May 30th, 2010|Astrology in my world|7 Comments

Memorial Day musings

While I am out of town I’ve selected some older articles to repost for you.

I was a student during the Vietnam war, and in demonstrations and marches against the war we decried the philosophy of our government that killing for peace made sense. On September 11 we were attacked by Osama bin Laden, and 2,646 Americans were killed.

Since then, 3,813 Americans have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 398 private contractors of various nationalities have been killed. Nearly 7,000 Iraqi forces have been killed, and anywhere from 60,000 to over 600,000 civilians and over 100 journalists.

I am not a pacifist, but I believe in healing. Where there is dysfunction, there is a need for healing that dysfunction. If Americans are hated, perhaps we should find out why. We had a beautiful opportunity in Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11 to go into that country and rebuild it; to drive out the Taliban and capture bin Laden and win the hearts and mind of the people. Instead we took every resource of the US military into a country that did not attack us and that we couldn’t maintain.

Perhaps we could take some of the billions of dollars being spent by military contractors to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan over and over again, and invest in programs in the middle east that would help the people in these countries. This is what Hazbollah has successfully done for years in Lebanon. This is what AlQaeda is trying to do; provide funds and a sense of pride.

Killing for peace has never been a goal that makes sense. In the ’60s, we used to say “Killing for peace is like f*#cking for chastity.” To kill innocent civilians for […]

By | 2010-05-30T07:03:24+00:00 May 30th, 2010|Life|2 Comments

Voices in our heads

While I am out of town I have selected some interesting articles to repost.

Nearly all of us hear voices of one kind or another. My mother hears the voice of her mother criticizing her in her head. Someone I know well hears music in his head – full orchestras. When I do readings, I hear voices describing aspects of the chart to me before I have a chance to notice them. Are we all crazy? Granted, this is nothing like the people whose voices urge them to murder and worse, but perhaps there’s more to this phenomenon than simply classifying people who hear voices as schizophrenics.

An  (thank you ) asks the question, “Can you live with the voices in your head?” The article cites the work of a group in Britain called “” whose purpose is to bring people that hear voices an opportunity to get together for mutual support. The Times article suggests:

Since the 1990s, a growing number of researchers and clinicians, predominantly based in England, have been comparing voice-hearing in psychotic patients with voice-hearing in nonpatients, measuring the incidence of hallucinations in the general population, and using cognitive behavioral therapy (C.B.T.), a popular, short-term treatment for depression and anxiety, to help them manage their responses to the voices they continue to hear. C.B.T. typically asks patients to scrutinize how they interpret their symptoms rather than focusing on an illness as an underlying cause. “The matter of whether it’s effective, and to what extent,” Lieberman says, is still being investigated. So far, the use of C.B.T. in the treatment of psychoses is much more prevalent in the […]

By | 2018-11-19T21:22:37+00:00 May 29th, 2010|Life, Psychology|1 Comment

Saturn gets a bad rap

Dharmaruci has a good article about Saturn’s role in Western society.  DR and I have known each other for about four years – we follow each other’s blog and at one point cross-posted for each other.  On Sunday we’ll be having lunch together in Glastonbury!  Life is an adventure.

Saturn sits on my Sun in my own chart, and I am very familiar with his many virtues so I particularly like the spin in this article.

Saturn sets boundaries and limitations and pushes us to achieve, to become good at what we do and to gain recognition for it. Negatively, he fills us with thoughts of what we ought and should be doing, and makes us feel guilty for not measuring up. Well, he doesn’t in reality push us or make us do anything, but he does describe those positive qualities and dysfunctions within ourselves. …

Being busy and working hard: those are the 2 great virtues of negative Saturn. So and so worked very hard for many years, so he is virtuous. No doubt many drug smugglers, gangsters and tyrants have ‘worked hard’ to get to where they’ve got to. And keeping busy and working hard are often an escape from guilt, from the miserable loser-ship of being idle or poor.

Negative Saturn divides society into winners and losers, judges on appearance and never looks beneath the surface to see what is of real value. It does not produce happiness, but it does produce a wealthy country, in which people can be relied on to keep working, keep busy and not to think. It is like the drug that the queen bee produces to keep the workers working and serving the needs of the hive. It is a brainwashing. It is the real conspiracy, except it is collective and […]

By | 2010-05-28T06:47:01+00:00 May 28th, 2010|Life|Comments Off on Saturn gets a bad rap

Uranus in Aries – May 27 2010

The power of the Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 27 contains the movement of the planet Uranus into Aries.  Uranus changes signs every seven years or so, and it will dip its metaphorical toe into Aries and remain at zero degrees of that sign until mid-August when it will retrograde back into Pisces until 2011, at which time it  will begin to face off against Pluto in their exact square confrontation.

Much has been written about the upcoming Uranus/Pluto square, in these pages and elsewhere – when these two planets get together there is a huge force for transformation and radical change.

Uranus is very much at home in Aries: the primal needs of Aries find pure and unfettered expression when Uranus makes its home there.  Uranus is a mental planet that brings focus to our ideas of what will make life better.  Uranus is an idealist; in the ancient myth he stole his children away from their mother Gaia and imprisoned them in Tartarus because they were monsters.  He dislikes messy emotional situations and prefers utopian environments where there is social equality and absolute freedom.

In Aries, Uranus is emancipated from any rules or structures that inhibit its revolutionary new ideas.  Aries is the sign of pure instinct and adventure; it tends to be always in motion, unimpeded by fear or caution.  In the sign of Aries, Uranus is inventive but also impulsive, and tends to shoot first and aim later.   Uranus is known as the planet that can truly “shock and awe,” bringing events that surprise us and change our lives forever, and in Aries its power to bring about sudden reversals is even more pronounced.

Uranus in Aries is filled with ideas for how to make change happen, but lacking respect for Saturnian structure and […]

By | 2010-05-27T05:31:27+00:00 May 27th, 2010|Planetary cycles|4 Comments
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