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The astrological history of the sexual revolution: Part 1

sexual revolutionA reader on my Facebook page suggested a connection between Saturn in Libra and the sexual revolution.  Saturn was actually in Libra between 1950 and 1953, placing it a little earlier than the actual sexual revolution which we typically think of occurring in the 1960s along with all of the other revolutions brought about by the conjunction of Uranus (the revolutionary) with Pluto (the transformer).  But it can definitely be argued that Saturn’s passage through Libra, the sign of relationships, created some of the challenges that led up to the sexual revolution in the 1960s.

When Saturn went through Libra in the early 1950s the world was recovering from World War II.  In the United States this was the Ozzie and Harriet era – a time of booming prosperity in which suburban life became rigidly codified into an increasingly comfortable prison of rigid sex roles.  The husband went out to work, the wife stayed home.  This is Saturn (structure) in Libra (balancing polarities) in its purest form.

At the time, Saturn conjoined Neptune in Libra, so Neptune was there as well adding a touch of glamor and fairy dust to the whole situation.  There was a great deal of idealism and a willingness to ignore any problems that resulted from an increasingly rigid societal structure.  And with Pluto still traveling through Leo, every aspect of life was seen through the lens of expression of Self.  But Saturn was still present creating tests and challenges, and Simone deBeauvoir’s landmark work The Second Sex began to grow in its influence over American women when it was translated into English in 1953 with Saturn still in Libra.

Saturn’s entry into the sexy sign of Scorpio in late […]

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By |2016-11-15T08:32:49-04:00July 23rd, 2010|Life, Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Saturn in Libra and the cosmetics industries

Saturn went into Libra, and I found these links on my Facebook page this afternoon:

Safety of cosmetics video on Democracy Now

The Story of Cosmetics on Youtube

A site called Truth in Aging

And a new bill proposed in Congress for safe cosmetics

It appears that safe cosmetics is a theme for the upcoming Saturn in Libra period!

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By |2010-07-21T18:25:25-04:00July 21st, 2010|Life|1 Comment

Meditation may boost attention span

Just what we need for our overworked and internet-addicted minds as Uranus retrogrades back into Pisces and completes its blurring of the boundaries (Pisces) between technology (Uranus) and reality!

Meditation is known to help the mind, body and soul, and new research shows it can also improve attention span.

Researchers at the University of California at Davis conducted a small study testing how Buddhist meditation affects focus and attention to visual detail.

Volunteers attended a three month long meditation retreat where they also took visual computer tests.

As the retreat went on and the medication continued, they did better on the tests.

Months after the retreat, the same people were tested again. Those who continued to meditate every day were able to maintain their level of concentration.

read more here…

I generally recommend a mindfulness type of meditation for my clients over the type of meditation that attempts to block out all thoughts which can cause us to repress and deny aspects of our emotional life that often need a voice.  In mindfulness meditation we sit quietly with deep and measured breath, observing and releasing any thought or distraction while remaining completely present in the moment.

As life becomes ever more complicated, sitting quietly and turning our attention within with our eyes closed can be experienced as a mini-vacation, offering momentary relief from the swirl of activity around us.  It’s encouraging to know that when we open our eyes, that break may also make us more effective as we return to our multitasking.

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By |2019-05-11T07:34:49-04:00July 20th, 2010|Consciousness, Life|2 Comments

Transformation and the Gulf oil spill

“Gaia,” by Alex Grey

Much has been written recently comparing the Gulf oil spill to the rumored Hopi prophecy that predicts the seas turning black and causing the death of many living things.  Certainly there is no doubt that the disaster in the Gulf will transform life as we know it as it destroys much of the undersea life in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas.

Daniel Pinchbeck, editor of the online magazine Reality Sandwich, has an interesting article about the oil disaster.  He, like other authors, has written about the sociopathic disregard of the “corporate and financial culture” in the United States (the US chart has Pluto in the second house of money and finance):

Our corporate and financial culture instills a mindset of sociopathic disregard, and the system permits certain psychological profiles to thrive within it: those capable of disassociating their actions from any moral consequences. What should be an extreme liability in a complex and interconnected world shared by a multitude of living beings has become an asset for our corporate, financial, and political masters – the current ruling elite who congregate at events like the annual Bilderberg gathering, who see massive loss of life as “collateral damage” along the way to their next golf game or yachting match.

But then Pinchbeck takes a more spiritualized view of the disaster which I find a compelling viewpoint:

These are aspects of my current view of the world: the faltering of my faith, that horrible presentiment that the forces of disillusion and destruction have already triumphed, that creepy familiar feeling (as if I already experienced this, long ago, on some other lost world, many forgotten splinters of incarnated lifetimes ago) of failure and futility. […]

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By |2010-07-17T17:25:41-04:00July 17th, 2010|Life|1 Comment

Saturn at the 29th degree: A fiesta of recalls

Saturn tends to create challenges and shows us where we have to wake up to some cold, hard realities.  As it has traveled through Virgo over the past two and a half years, it’s been bringing up some difficult truths about the healthcare system and in fact our very health itself.  Virgo is associated with health, but also with the mundane details of taking care of life in a body.  Under Saturn in Virgo it was discovered that hormone replacement therapy was actually bad for women.  The cold hard reality of the burgeoning cost and diminishing effectiveness of the healthcare systems around the world has become evident.

Virgo is also associated with perfectionism, work and service, and Saturn’s restriction in Virgo has seen millions of people lose their jobs and have to recreate a new life from scratch.

When a planet is at the 29th degree of a sign it is completing its business there, and as Saturn completes its passage through Virgo there have been a plethora of recalls of all types, as the perfection that Saturn seeks in Virgo reveals the poor quality of many of our products.  These are just a few of the recent recalls in the news:

  • Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of various brands of cereal after a smell in the packaging revealed the presence of a petroleum-based chemical.  This chemical, methylnaphthalene, is approved by the FDA but it is linked to serious  lung damage in some studies.
  • McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) has been linked to recalls of several of their products over the past year or so because of a musty, moldy smell in the packaging.  McNeil is now under investigation by several government agencies.
  • A children’s jewelry manufacturer, Tween Brands, recalled its jewelry which contained toxic amounts […]
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By |2018-07-15T10:06:03-04:00July 15th, 2010|Life|4 Comments
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