The Sad, Strange Journey of Malachi Ritscher

On November 3, 2006, Malachi Ritscher set himself on fire in Chicago on the Kennedy Expressway to protest the war in Iraq. The only problem is, no one was paying attention. Only in the past few days has this story hit the mainstream media.

Malachi left a , which begins:

When I hear about our young men and women who are sent off to war in the name of God and Country, and who give up their lives for no rational cause at all, my heart is crushed. What has happened to my country? we have become worse than the imagined enemy – killing civilians and calling it ‘collateral damage’, torturing and trampling human rights inside and outside our own borders, violating our own Constitution whenever it seems convenient, lying and stealing right and left, more concerned with sports on television and ring-tones on cell-phones than the future of the world…. half the population is taking medication because they cannot face the daily stress of living in the richest nation in the world.

The event was largely ignored by mainstream media. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “But with all great respect, if he thought setting himself on fire and ending his life in Chicago would change anyone’s mind about the war in Iraq, his last gesture on this planet was his saddest and his most futile.” This gesture has largely been dismissed as the act of a mentally ill man.

Malachi Ritscher was a fixture in the Chicago jazz scene. He attended concerts five or six nights a week, documenting each concert for posterity and for the musicians. He was well loved by strangers but a stranger to his family; he wrote his own obituary because, as he said, […]

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By |2018-06-11T12:42:24-04:00December 3rd, 2006|Death, Psychology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Sad, Strange Journey of Malachi Ritscher

Full Moon December 4: “The Cold Moon”

The Full Moon in December was known by many native Americans and other cultures as the “Cold Moon.” The Sun is at its weakest now: it is lowest in the sky and the trajectory of the Moon is therefore higher than in any other Full Moon event. The nights are longest and darkest, and the winter cold has taken over the land.

The Moon is Full in Gemini at 7:25 pm on December 4, with Uranus forming a tight aspect (T-square) to the Moon and Sun which are now opposite each other. During the Full Moon, the lunar unconscious principle faces off against the solar conscious principle. The Sun illuminates the Moon at this time, casting a bright line on the deep workings of the unconscious, empowering the Moon to reveal her inner secrets. Uranus is the planet of innovation and rebellion, and because the Moon is in Gemini, the sign of communication and the processing of experience, Uranus calls on us now to open up to new ways of thinking, new technologies that open doors to awareness.

Uranus is called “The Awakener,” it shakes up our old routines and provides inspiration but it is hampered by a square of Mercury to Saturn that same day. Saturn enforces limitations, and in the difficult aspect to Mercury it seeks to restrain our thinking and may keep us from realizing the full potential of the Uranus influence. As with any such conflicting dynamic, the key is to negotiate the two influences. Saturn loves form, and while Uranus seeks to burn through tradition and establish new patterns Saturn will resist this. During the Full Moon our ideas and plans can come to fruition, and using Saturn to create a new form […]

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By |2006-12-02T12:55:00-04:00December 2nd, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Full Moon December 4: “The Cold Moon”

A look at the Imum Coeli

Saturn and Pluto are approaching a transit to this point in my chart so I thought it might be a good time to explore some secrets about this rarely discussed point. The Imum Coeli (IC), or Nadir of the chart is the midnight point and the cusp of the fourth house. It lies opposite the Midheaven which usually gets all of the attention, which is somewhat appropriate since the Midheaven (the cusp of the tenth house) is the noon point at which we project ourselves into the public arena. The IC, or Nadir, is the point where we meet the deepest part of ourselves.

The IC is typically described as representing our family history and psychological roots. The ancient Greeks considered the IC to be the home of the underworld and in psychological astrology the IC usually represents the nurturing parent – typically the mother, but not always. Sometimes the IC represents the grandmother if the parents were absent, and the father can also be present there if he was the parent that did the nurturing in the home.

From a transformational perspective, the Imum Coeli is the midnight of the soul. It shows the psychological legacy from our parents and ancestors that submerges in the unconscious until activated, usually by transit of a planet to that point. This is the point at which we enter the underworld of our own internal psyche, turning inward to meet the essence of who we are in this lifetime.

There is a certain amount of karma and destiny inherent in the cardinal points or “angles” (ascendant/descendant, Midheaven/Nadir) and transits to angles are usually life-changing events. The nadir is where we turn inward for […]

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By |2006-12-01T11:50:00-04:00December 1st, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A look at the Imum Coeli

Skywatch for December is posted!

You can read it in its entirety here. I’m glad to announce that December is looking like a cakewalk compared to what we’ve been going through over the past year.

Some highlights:

  • Saturn is within one degree of a trine to Pluto, the closest it will get until this aspect culminates in August of next year. The power of constructive change is tremendous when the Lord of Karma and the Lord of Transformation put their heads together.
  • The Sun squares Uranus on the 2nd, creating some excitement to start off the month. The Full Moon on the 4th contains that energy as Uranus, seeking change, squares both the Sun and Moon while Saturn, the enforcer, squares Mercury that day. This could lead to a buildup of frustration as Uranus instigates restlessness and a call to action which is curtailed by the influence of Saturn and a sense that change is not possible. Integrating Saturn and Uranus isn’t easy but it IS possible: Embrace the new (Uranus) with a solid plan that is grounded in reality (Saturn).
  • Mars, Mercury and Jupiter all form a harmonious aspect (sextile) to Chiron at the beginning of the month. Jupiter provides opportunities for healing, Mars brings the energy and Mercury furnishes the ideas.

For more details, read the full article, or stay tuned in this column for a day-to-day report.

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