On being hopeful in bad times

Somebody emailed this to me and I wanted to share it:

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.

It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.

If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.

The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

–Howard Zinn
(You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A personal history of our times, p. 208)

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By |2006-07-27T19:39:00-04:00July 27th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on On being hopeful in bad times

Baby Boomers: A Faustian Bargain

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While we’re on the subject of the sign of Leo, let’s talk about the Pluto in Leo generation. My friend Jon sent me this article:

My cohort of early baby boomers has been called a lot of names in its nearly six decades of existence—we were the insolent teenagers of the 1950s; the self-centered Yuppies of the 1980s; now we are the aging spendthrifts who will bust the federal budget and bankrupt our children with unreasonable demands for creature comfort in old age.

But maybe it would be more appropriate to think of us as the Faustian generation. We didn’t exactly sell our souls to the devil—not collectively, anyway—but as we jog toward senior status, it’s hard to escape the sense that we were complicit in our own unique kind of unholy bargain.

“The dull ache will not depart,” Faust says in the first part of Goethe’s epic, as he laments the cozy tedium of his cloistered life. “I crave excitement, agonizing bliss.” That does pretty well as a mantra for the best and brightest of the early baby boomers as they reached mid-adolescence in the early 1960s. [Baby boomers found themselves with] ever-expanding choice—the freedom to make important life decisions and then unmake them at will: new locations, new spouses, new careers, all subject to endless re-evaluation out of a concern that something more exciting might lie around the corner.

This article perfectly characterizes the “baby boomer” generation, so-called because they were primarily born when Pluto traveled through Leo during the post-war years (generally between 1939 and 1957). Pluto is a slow moving planet – it takes approximately 20 years to pass through each astrological sign, and although it […]

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By |2016-11-12T07:29:22-04:00July 26th, 2006|Generations, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Baby Boomers: A Faustian Bargain

A new beginning?

The New Moon in Leo occured early this morning EDT, last night PDT, beginning a new cycle of creativity and play. Leo is the fun-loving sign of the zodiac, and this New Moon marks a new cycle to offer a respite and a chance to break out of restrictions that we may have been experiencing. In a New Moon the lunar feminine principle is conjunct the solar male principle, the yin and yang are joined and the positive and negative find a way to unite their expression. In the “lunation cycle”, the cycle of the moon phases from new moon to full and back again, the New Moon and the first quarter (seven days after the New Moon) represents a period of action and initiation. In Leo, as we saw in this recent post about the Sun in Leo, there is a tendency towards dramatic and expansive events that stroke the ego.

The Leo New Moon is a good time to celebrate the Self, to indulge oneself in play and pleasure. However, with Venus in Cancer with its focus on nurturing relationships and friendships highlighted now there will also be a sensitivity to the needs of others. Venus is approaching a trine to Jupiter and exactly quincunx (50 degrees) Chiron, showing an expansion (Jupiter) of compassion and desire for alliance (Venus), yet these efforts cannot reach fruition yet (quincunx to Chiron). The quincunx focuses the attention on the problem without offering a release, unlike the square (90 degree) aspect which forces a confrontation and resolution.

While we easily draw others to us now and life is generally flowing in a positive direction, we may find ourselves irritated (quincunx) by difficulties in our ability to balance taking care of others with caring for ourselves. […]

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By |2006-07-25T10:40:00-04:00July 25th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A new beginning?

Redesign coming!

I’m working on what I think is a cool redesign of this blog and wanted to give you a little warning because in the next few days you’ll log on for your regular astrology fix and find a whole new look. You can preview it here, and comments are welcome (either on the test site or here).

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By |2006-07-24T17:35:00-04:00July 24th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Redesign coming!

Christie Brinkley’s liberation

My profile of Christie Brinkley’s divorce and relationship history is posted on the National Ledger site. There’s not much biographical information available on Christie so it was difficult to do an extensive profile, but her relationship dynamics are very interesting. She has jumped from one marriage into another, usually during a time of tragedy or disaster and most likely arising from a deep insecurity as shown in her .

Also interesting are the transits taking place during her very public separation – mostly from Jupiter, the planet of abundance and the Great Liberator which has crossed over Saturn and her Midheaven while squaring her natal Sun/Venus conjunction. Jupiter is known as the “Greater Benefic” (with Venus being the “Lesser Benefic”) because it generally bestows luck and good fortune. We often find transits of Jupiter at the time of death, and when we see them during a divorce we can be certain that the ending of the marriage will ultimately have positive results. This is also shown by the square of Pluto to Christie’s Mars indicates that life is not giving her what she thinks she wants: Mars represents the will of the personal self and Pluto the will of the higher self. During these cycles we often feel blocked from achieving our desires, but later look back to discover that Pluto really was looking out for our best interests.

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By |2018-07-15T09:19:15-04:00July 23rd, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Christie Brinkley’s liberation