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Us versus Them

November 22, 2015

Today is 11/22. By some measures, it is the most interesting day of the year. For one, it is a double master number. For two, it is the transition from the most internally intense sign to the most externally expansive sign.

In one view, it is when we get flipped inside out. It is where negative infinity meets positive infinity. It is the precise moment we realize that inside of every atom is the entire universe.

I’m going to play with some comparisons for a moment.

Scorpio Sagittarius
Introvert Extrovert
Inward Outward
Negative infinity Positive Infinity
Atom/subatomic particles Universe/Multiverse
Intense Expansive
Intent Extent
Greatest desire Greatest manifestation
Strongest feeling Most expressive
Pluto (most distant) Jupiter (most massive)

The sun crossed into Sagittarius at 9:25 CST. Earlier this year, Saturn crossed into Sagittarius for real (meaning it will not retrograde back into Scorpio and will not revisit Scorpio for 26 years).

The last time I posted a blog entry was on 10/10 (interesting numerology again). I did not blog the entire month of Scorpio. In one view, I have been decidedly inwardly focused since 10/10. Actually, life has been noticeably different since the Lunar Eclipse (on 9/27).

Aside No. 1: Progressed Depositorship

During Scorpio time frame, I have also experience a huge shift in my Astrology…namely within my progressed chart. Mercury recently progressed into Cancer and days later the moon progressed into Pisces.

For nearly all of my life, my progressed Mercury moved forward, backward, and then forward again in Gemini—its sign of rulership. In fact, Mercury has been the final depositor for a while now. In other words, all planets in my progressed chart have been taking a back seat to Mercury.

Mercury progressing into Cancer means it now defers to my moon. It’s interesting that right afterward, the moon progressed into a new sign—Pisces. I expected everything to feel different. Now that I have passed that point, I can honestly say that it all does…indeed…feel…very…different.

However, I don’t yet know what it means.

The natal chart does not change and thus my natal Mercury remains forever in Gemini. I still want to know what things mean. I suspect, however, that for the rest of my life, meaning will have a bit less value. Mercury in Cancer will defer meaning to feeling.

Another interesting change is that my progress chart no longer has a final depositor. Mercury in Cancer is ruled by the moon…Moon in Pisces is ruled by Neptune…Neptune in Scorpio is ruled by Pluto…Pluto in Virgo is ruled by Mercury… There is now a cycle. Going from a final depositor to a cycle is a big difference too. [I don’t know why exactly, but I feel that it is—ha ha.]

Aside No. 2: Redefined Purpose?

This past summer, a close friend did a reading for me. At one point, she said something about my purpose (namely my writing). She said I needed to write more about me and my personal experience.

At first, I resisted the statement. I felt like I already talked too much about me in my blog posts. I was trying to be an Astrology blogger after all…not one who is simply publicizing a personal journal. I have to confess: that message has sat with me (and haunted me) for months now.

Aside No. 3: The end of A Fool’s Inclination

In 2010, I made a huge change to my offering. I gave my business a name: A Fool’s Inclination. At the time, I had only the one book: A Fool’s Journey. The name was a logical choice.

It was also in 2010 that I started offering Astrology readings (on top of Tarot readings). I decidedly focused on my business and it expanded.

In 2013, I added publishing to the list. That is also when I released Journey to the Temple of Rathe rewrite of A Fool’s Journey.

Unexpectedly, in late 2013 my business peaked and then crashed.

This year, I released Scribe to the Pantheon of Rome while simultaneously allowing my business to die. I haven’t announced this, but during Scorpio, and fittingly so, I gave up all of my domain names and websites (this blog begin the one exception). I had started using DavidTangredi-dot-com in 2006, which got you to my first website. So, in total, this is the end of a nine-year cycle (and interestingly correlates to the cycle of the Lunar Nodes).

Even if I somehow remain in (or get back into) Metaphysical work, it will not be as A Fool’s Inclination.

Saturn in Sagittarius

This morning, I found myself rereading a post from three years ago about Saturn in Scorpio. For months now, I have been thinking about what Saturn in Sagittarius means (for me and everyone). So far, I haven’t come up with anything as elegant as last time (“Need versus Desire: Saturn in Scorpio”).

Using sun sign analysis, which applies to all Geminis, Saturn entering Sagittarius means it crossed my Descendant and entered my relationship house. I strongly suspected that a relationship would show up and would induce significant learning. Not surprisingly, that has already happened.

Contemplating the cusp from Scorpio into Sagittarius, I now have some new thoughts about Saturn’s journey.

Scorpio is about transformation—a journey that necessitates traveling in, in, and further in. The boundary into Sagittarius flips things inside-out. Without changing direction, we now find our selves going out, out, and further out. That is because deep inside of each of us is the whole universe. I can’t explain it, but I feel it…I sense it…I get it on some level that does not exactly include my brain (at least not solely).

Can you follow how all of these pieces fit together? My progressed Mercury (my mental tendency) has changed…specifically from logical Gemini to feeling Cancer, which then drops me into the vast sea of Pisces where everything lives!

Perspective is everything…and…perspective is not simply what one thinks. It is not only what one sees or how one looks at it all. It is also how one feels…deep down…beyond verbal description.


Consider Mars for a moment. Right after Mars conjoined the North Node at nearly the Aries point of 0o Libra, we experienced a significant event (in Paris), which induced a strong global response. We all were affected by the event itself or the response that followed. Many are still reeling…and reacting.

Mars rules war, but also passion. In fact, it takes strong passion to choose to engage in a war (or to fight for anything).

Mars rules Aries and Scorpio: birth and death. In a sense, Aries is the birth of ego (of individuated self). The Aries point (0o Aries) can be thought of as the moment of birth. Then, at 23o 59’ Scorpio, we die. 0o Sagittarius is thus rebirth into the collective experience. We are no longer one, but rather a part of THE ONE.

Scorpio represents the pinnacle of intimacy (the merging and melding of individuals). That ecstasy is what induces death (an alternate spelling of depth). The moment after Scorpio, we go from the most intimate to the most public. It is when everything inside is blown outward. We can no longer hide. We have become transparent. [Sagittarius cannot tell a lie. It says what it thinks without hesitation. It thus reveals itself!]

Sagittarius relates to the ninth house: the house of philosophy, religion, (morality?), international travel, and global affairs. The center of our galaxy sits within the astrological sign of Sagittarius, as does the Great Attractor.

These days, people are publically battling (arguing) morality. There are not just two sides, although many try to divide the world that way. I think any Astrologer would say that we are decidedly experiencing (exhibiting) our transiting Saturn in Sagittarius now.

At the same time, we are expressing (exposing) our insides—our deepest needs and desires…and beliefs. I think many (all?) of our needs and desires stem from our beliefs.

In the minds of many, armies (and thus wars) are needed to protect freedoms. Most believe that we only have freedom because it was won. The underlying belief is thus that we are not free (innately) and that freedom is so fragile, it has to be vigilantly protected.

This brings me back to Mars. Scorpio represents the deepest intimacy we can feel. When we reach that level of intimacy, some wish to join with a specific significant other (through sexuality). Mars rules sexuality. It makes sense that from deep intimacy can come deep vulnerability and if we feel insecure within our vulnerability, we turn toward an aggressive defense, which is viewed as offence from the other side.

Pluto is said to be the higher octave of Mars. To solve our Martian conflict, we have to rise up to/through Plutonian transformation (from the inside out). Fighting someone/something outside of our selves is a way to do this…that is why war is permitted by the universe (by God, if you prefer).

Viewed another way: Freedom is so prevalent, we are allowed to perform the most atrocious acts…and yet we are STILL LOVED…always…even in the exact moment we are committing atrocities!

There is nothing you can do, which will cut off the love the Universe has for you. No matter how much you hate, you are simultaneously and unendingly loved.

Many people out there cannot believe this. Some of us can believe it intellectually, but not yet within our hearts. All of that is okay, because we can come to believe and experience these truths at any moment, even if for only a moment.

Us versus Them

Right now, the world is resonating within the idea that it is always us versus them. I recognize this within myself. For me, it is personal.

The idea is this: I cannot be happy until this outside thing/force/action is removed or destroyed. I cannot be safe while this threat exits.

Our view of cancer (the disease) is another manifestation of the same construct. It is a threat that gets us from within, yet we consistently seek what outside influences cause it. We label all sorts of things as cancer-causing and thus seek outward for cancer cures.

In these two profound ways, we give up our power. Every effort seeking power over something outside of us (or inside of us) gives away our true power.

Freedom is not given to us. It is something we innately have. Yet we can give it away (by creating an illusion that it is not ever-present).

Life is not given to us. It is something we innately have. Yet we can give it away (by creating an illusion that it is not ever-present).

Those who most seek to control others are those who are most fearful.

The only way we can feel safe, is to let go of fear. The only way we can feel free, is to let go of the idea that we are not free. Not knowing a solution doesn’t mean the solution doesn’t exist; it simply means we haven’t found it yet. Logic cannot be the sole tool to solve all problems because we are not simply ensouled brains. We are not one-dimensional.

“Terrorism” is a convenient label. It implies one side is right and the other is wrong. It attempts to hide the fact that war has two sides and is when two perspectives collide.

The Lunar nodes recently occupied 0o Aries/Libra – the ultimate we-versus-they opposition in the Zodiac. Libra represents justice and yet many (most? all?) acts of war are justified by those who perform them. Attacks are called “justified retaliation” by one side, and “terrorism” by the other side.


Humanity might have a long way to go before it rises above the concept, construct, and reality of war. So be it. Individually, we do not need world peace to attain inner peace. We can live on the same planet – enslaved by war or utterly free.

You have that choice, but you alone must choose for yourself.

Sagittarius is prone to exaggeration. Saturn is not immune. For the next three years, we are best served by monitoring our own exaggerations (our own dramatic responses to things less significant then we make them out to be).

Many out there want you to see the world in black and white (black versus white?). Do you really want to give up seeing this world in all of its splendid color?

What is Fair?

October 10, 2015

What is fair? Is it black and white? Does it boil down to simply this: one of us is right and the other is wrong? Is it all or nothing—fight to the death—winner takes all? Is that what fair looks like?

Is it survival of the fittest—the early bird always getting the worm? If I have the strength to take that worm away from you, does that make it fair that I do?

Is it majority rules? Does 51% have the right to dictate life for the rest of us? What about the 90%? Do they get to dominate the other 10%?

For that matter, is it fair that the ones with the most cash gets to set the rules, then break them and pay their way out of it?

Bring it into personal relationships. Is the bread-winner the master of the household? Does his value (MONEY) trump the value of the nurturer, the cooker, the cleaner, the feeder, the rearer?

Mercury stationing in Libra brought a clear lesson to me. Fair is not always obvious. It is not always simple. It is certainly not black and white. It contains nuance, intention, timing. It sometimes requires delving down before moving forward. It may require a mix of hard and soft.

It is not fair for me to simply take care of myself. It is also not fair for me to take care of you and disregard my perspective.

Fair sometimes requires us to move way out of our comfort zone…out of our protective place. It is not always the first answer…or even the tenth.

There are a lot of people trying to force the issues into a this-or-that, a one-size-fits-all solution.

I think “fair” requires giving it some time to work out. We need to take time to see it from more than one angle…possibly from all angles.

Fair can be achieved…it can also be improved. It is never 100%; it is never done. It should be allowed to change…it must be allowed to evolve.

A Turtle on the Lake.

September 8, 2015

For the past few days, I’ve been sitting with Thursday’s channeling (Standing Waves), which I posted on Friday. This whole time, spirit has been guiding me toward a deeper understanding.

I am acutely aware that the conversation started right when I noticed the motorboat. I had been admiring the unusual glassiness of the water and I knew the motorboat would ruin it.

However, I had to admit that the initial waves emanating from the boat were beautiful. They remained glassy as they gracefully expanded toward me. It caught the entirety of my attention and I was rapt.

As many of you know or have guessed, I have been hiding out. If you’ve known me long enough, you have surely noticed the change. On a conscious level, I have been (attempting) to insulate myself from those vibrations that cause me pain. My ever-growing sensitivity is to blame. [More accurately stated: I have been blaming my heightened sensitivity.]

Part I

Allow me to share some in depth examples. [If you prefer, skip down to Part II for the insights gained.] This is not an attempt to justify my behavior; it is simply to give you an understanding of what it is like for me, in case some of you are experiencing the same.

I “see” energy now. One way that works really well is when I look back on an experience. In my mind’s eye, I can see emotional waves, but only when they are particularly strong. [If they are strong enough, and I am in tune, I can see them while they are happening.]

I not only see energy travel out of a person, I also see how others react when those waves break against them. The motorboat on the lake, you see, thus serves as a perfect analogy.

When you watch a motorboat slice through glassy water, you can see the at-first pure waves leave the boat’s hull and expand outward. Turtles swimming in the lake rise and fall with the crests, as they offer no resistance to it. The boardwalk pillars, however, reflect the waves back. Eventually, the whole lake churns in chaos.

[As I am editing this article, I now see these two profound examples of how we act or react to other’s emanations. When we do not resist or respond, we are like the swimming turtles. When we resist and reflect, we send our own waves out, which interact and interfere, ultimately creating chaos.]

I will now share a specific and detailed example from a couple of years ago.

I am in a room observing a parent “discipline” his child. On the surface, this is not an uncommon event. However, now consider that I can see more deeply what emanates from this specific parent. I not only see it hit the son it is directed toward, but I also see it break against all other persons in the room.

[In this particular case, I didn’t see it while it happened. I had more to learn first.]

As a healer, I sometimes work on people. When I do, I sometimes find knots of energy stuck inside of them. Earlier, I had worked on the boy and had found a knot of energy. I worked the knot until it loosened. I found myself saying, “This is going to hurt.” When the knot finally left the boy, sobs flowed out with it. Both he and I knew the knot originated from his father, but there was so much more to learn.

For a few months after the experience, I am especially sad, depressed, and discontent. I feel this way about all areas of my life. I cannot even tell you why. Maybe I can dig up reasons, but I can’t tell you why it’s worse one day than the week before.

I search and seek. Weeks later, I find the answers.

Through a dream, I discover that that same viscous energy is inside of me. I look back and in my mind’s eye, and I see that parent’s emanated energy flow into me. I see it in first person, and what I remember most profoundly is the look in his eyes. It is like looking at the headlights of an oncoming train or directly into a laser.

Like the lake, my glassy surface was ripped by that wave, but unlike the lake, I did not allow myself to return to my more natural frequency…at least not in a timely fashion. I was not like the turtle, but not like the boardwalk pillar either. I didn’t roll with the wave, and I didn’t react or respond. I absorbed the waves and held onto them. [This is something I have done my whole life.]

The above experience is merely one of many. So I start isolating myself. Too many people are emitting waves that hurt me, that stay with me, that haunt me. As part of my (attempted) protection, I stay home more; I unfollow people on Facebook; I skim the news faster and faster to shun traumatic images and words before they cut me.

I even start to avoid so-called spiritual people because I have learned, first hand, that when some learn energy work, they also learn how to forcefully penetrate others with energy. If you stick a part of your body into my body without my permission, it is called rape. But what if you do that with your energy? The laws of our land don’t cover that case. Most can’t even witness such an event, but it happened to me, and thankfully someone who could perceive it was present and validated my experience.

Part II

This recently channeled message has helped me gain a greater understanding. I now see how my isolation has been feeble. First, I have failed to shield myself from painful outside frequencies. Second, and more importantly, I have failed to shield myself from those painful frequencies (thoughts and worries) that I myself create.

I have been focusing on the outside stuff, ignoring the inside stuff.

I have already stopped trying to change the world (for the most part), but I have still been trying to control the space around me—all the while failing miserably.

The channeling spoke of emotional endurance. I have since realized that a better set of words is emotional tenacity.

It makes sense I would hear and say emotional endurance because that’s what it has felt like. I’ve been enduring the onslaught. When you endure something, you tolerate it; you put up with it. But when you have tenacity, you hold your own against it. Tenacity holds more power than endurance.

Mental tenacity is called focus. Meditation is another form of mental tenacity, and a way to practice it.

Emotional tenacity requires mental tenacity. Scratch that. Spirit just explained (this instant) that that statement is false. One can use mental tenacity to attain emotional tenacity, but that is not the only way.

Elasticity is another way. You can let the (negative) thoughts in, but then bounce back.

Visualize the turtles swimming on the lake. They did not resist the waves; they simply rose and fell with each crest. In other words, they rode out the waves!

AHHHHHH. That’s it! That’s the message I’ve been reaching for!

The lake bounces back; it returns to its glassy state after the boat races by. Not immediately, but in time. In fact, it happened rather quickly.

Another message I often get from spirit is to slow down. I now understand why.

To recap, the messages are:

1 – Tend to your own waves more. In fact, you need only tend to your own waves (thoughts and emotions) to feel better.

2 – Rather than trying to shun vibration, offer less resistance to it. Move from emotional endurance, to emotional tenacity, to emotional elasticity.

3 – By slowing down, you give yourself more time to recover from perturbations.

When a turtle exhibits emotional endurance, it pulls itself into its shell. It is safer, but not happier. When the turtle exhibits emotional elasticity, it rides the waves.

I have been like the turtle hauled up in my shell of protection. I now understand that I don’t have to give up my shell to swim in the lake and have fun. I just need to go with the flow and let the waves wash over me.

Standing Waves

September 4, 2015

[A couple of days ago, I was listening to Abraham-Hicks channelings and felt a desire to channel a message myself, which I haven’t done in a while. Yesterday, while out on a walk, I started to hear them.

The following is the message they gave me, which is for me and about me, but worth sharing, in my opinion.]

Still waters run deep. They also reflect.

You wrote those lines some years ago, during a time when you studied the Four of Cups in order to discern the message it had for you at the time. You have since published your latest novel: Scribe to the Pantheon of Rome. Within that story, you channeled the following:

In the greater fabric of being, there are densities of existence—not simply the physical and the non-physical. The first density is the realm of matter. Each atom in all materia lives in first density. Matter is simply consciousness commissioned to hold a finite amount of space for a finite amount of time. Through this the entire physical universe is constructed.

Density is merely another view of frequency. Matter is nothing other than standing waves.

Standing waves appear stationary, but they are clearly not motionless. It all depends on how you look at them. Surely you are familiar with the wagon wheel effect where a wheel appears to stop and change direction simply by adjusting the frequency of a strobe light shown upon it.

[This video illustrates the wagon wheel effect:]

Your experience of reality is via a type of strobe. In very real terms, you look at certain things at certain times. For example, lately you’ve been perusing the eastern horizon at 6:00 am. You thus get to observe Venus (and now Mars) each morning. You take note of the changes and those things that do not change. The Austin Skyline remains in your view, yet it is always a bit different than the day before. The temperature varies, but only to a degree. Sometimes there are many clouds, sometimes none at all.

All standing waves have movement. First is their primary frequency—the one you notice straight off. There is also the half-life—the rate of evolution (or decay). For example, spin a wheel or oscillate a pendulum, then watch as it slowly loses velocity.

All matter, all standing waves have these properties. However, there are many more frequencies present than those aforementioned.

Take Saturn for example. Saturn, the physical planet, is a system of standing waves. First off, it is comprised of billions of atoms—each of which is its own standing wave. These atoms act, react, and interact in patterns that are their own standing waves. The planet rotates…more waves. It orbits, yet another cycle or wave. And it evolves. Despite all of the above, every time you look at it (through your telescopes), you always recognize it as Saturn. You would never confuse it for Jupiter or Neptune.

And then there is the astrological archetype you associate with Saturn. You notice its cycle—namely the roughly 29 years it takes to circle the sun and thus Zodiac.

Back in 2012, you tuned into the phase that started then—namely Saturn in Scorpio. You wrote about it: Need versus Desire — Saturn in Scorpio.

And here we are, in your year of 2015, where (when) Saturn is soon to exit Scorpio.

In this post: Perfect Reflection, you discussed still waters. You didn’t, at that time, make the connection to Scorpio. The Four of Cups pertains to still waters as in stagnant emotion, but Scorpio, as fixed water, also relates to still waters.

“What,” you may ask, “is the purpose of stagnant emotion?”

“Why hold anything constant?” we say in response. Because, by allowing something to last for some time, you give yourself the opportunity to study it! It is specifically the stillness of water that allows it to reflect with detail. When waters are choppy, you don’t get an accurate reflection. There’s too much noise.

Saturn in Scorpio represents to us a standing wave in time. It has allowed some of you to hold specific frequencies longer than you would normally.

Scorpio, as fixed water, has the ability to hold a standing wave of emotion. Those strongly influenced by this sign can, generally speaking, love longer, want stronger, and hate more vehemently than most. They have earned this ability, but are burdened with the task of having to live with that gift.

Surely you understand how gifts can seem like curses until one gains adequate proficiency.

When you look at the past 2 ½ years, you notice that you have held specific emotions longer than usual. For whatever reason, you chose the negative ones. You have thus experienced more pain, more fear, more discomfort, more frustration, and more discontentment that in most other 2 ½ year spans in your life.

Having stated that, here’s the good news. You have gained emotional endurance! And, as you know, emotional endurance is creative. When you hold a particular emotion (when you resonate with a particular feeling), you attract experiences that align with that frequency. So you are now more creative than you were!

We chuckle with you. Yes, you feel less creative than ever. Again, it’s all in how you look at it. Your creating, though not born of your desires, has been enduringly (persistently) consistent.

Getting back to standing waves, you are well aware that a tone (i.e., a musical note) is a standing wave. A vibrating string…another standing wave…creates the note. They are not the same—one begets the other.

[This is another cool video combining the wagon wheel effect with a vibrating guitar string.]

Music is not the same as noise. Music requires the waves to be held and released with intention. Noise, on the other hand, is chaotic, abrasive, seemingly random, and harsh.

The string, being a physical object, is a standing wave even when it is not vibrating. When it vibrates, it is a wave, that is waving, and producing waves that flow outward. You are precisely the same.

So, rearranging yourself slightly, you become a human, with emotional endurance, feeling and thus emitting “positive” emotion!

Another standing wave we wish to remind you of is electricity. Be it direct current or alternating (DC or AC), it is simply more standing waves.

Electricity is associated with the sign Aquarius and the planet Uranus. Recall that Saturn is the classical ruler of Aquarius.

Aquarius, as fixed air, is precisely the correct sign to associate with electricity. It is only when electricity is a standing wave (one with a certain degree of stability) that it is useful to you. Lightning, for example, is not very useful. It is fun to watch, but potentially destructive. It is unpredictable.

In some ways, Saturn is the most interesting planet simply because of the relationship between its 29-year cycle and the human lifespan. Its time in each sign lasts long enough for an extensive study, yet it moves quickly enough to give most of you three times around. You, at your current age, can (sketchy as it may be) remember the last time Saturn was in Scorpio. When Saturn returned…so did a select few individuals. You, of course, recognized them, yet also saw how much they had changed. In response to the experience, you also took inventory of how much YOU have changed!

Considering Saturn’s smaller cycle (namely the nearly three years in Scorpio), you are now considering and comparing who you were when it started (and how you felt) with who you are now (and how you feel).

The gift of a planet like Saturn is its rate (frequency).

Over the past few weeks, you’ve noticed, with your naked eyes, the movement of Venus from one day to the next. You can tell that it is higher in the sky today than it was yesterday. Back in June, you watched Venus and Jupiter dance around each other. Every day the arrangement was different.

One cannot do that with Saturn. Each day, it appears to sit right in front of the constellation Scorpius. Only when you take your attention away from it for a while can you see that it moved.

For the duration of these past 2 ½ years, things have changed, yet your feelings, for the most part, have not. Yes, there were peaks (or more accurately: troughs), but the discontent has been more or less constant. Like an chronic ache, it’s there when you look for it, even if you can, at times, forget about it.

We recommend viewing with Saturn’s eyes rather than the sun’s. In other words, look at the long cycles. Instead of seeing 3 years of challenge, look further back and see the depth that exists now, which was missing before.

Still waters run deep, so you have to dive deep to see what’s happened.

Earlier today, you marveled at the glass-like appearance of Lady Bird Lake. The refection of the downtown buildings was so clear, you could rotate a photograph and most would not notice it was upside down.

You then saw a motorboat race across the surface. Like a scalpel, it ripped the lake apart. The glasslike surface reeled, rolled, and toiled. Soon the entire lake was astir.

Your first thought was this: the fragile stillness was polluted and destroyed by a single boat passing over it. You saw disruption. And then you turned your attention away from it.

But not minutes later, the glassy surface of the lake caught your attention again! You snapped this photo in response:


Yes, a single motorboat has the ability the completely wipe away the glassy serenity of the water. However, when the water is deep enough, its endurance prevails. The standing wave (of glassiness) thus returns.

For 3 years, you have been trained in the art of emotional standing waves. Using the gift of Aquarius, which you have access to innately, it is now time to flip the polarity. Like a light switch, move from the negative to the positive. See things differently. Recognize your tenacity.

Tune in to Saturn’s frequency (meaning a slower movement of time). Don’t look for results using the moon; a month is not long enough to discern. It is too soon after a boat passes. Give it a bit more time and you’ll see your frequency (rather than your response to those frequencies that strike you daily).

One year in a child’s life produces vast changes. It is astounding to watch! But a year in the life of a man who is 47, does not. It needn’t change that aggressively. You do not need that type of change to live or survive. You are in a different season.

You are already resonating with what’s to come. Whenever you lose sight of this, allow yourself to calm back into your own standing waves—like the lake did before your very eyes.

Precipice of Change?

September 3, 2015

Now that it is September, I am guessing that a number of you out there are waking and possibly leaving the house in the dark…partly because your schedule has changed and partly because the sun is rising later and later each day.

If you’re observant, you’ve noticed Venus shining brightly in the eastern sky. If you’re like me, you’ve looked for her. And maybe you’ve even tried to catch a glimpse of Mars.

Mars currently rises with Venus. They are at the same height. If you hold out your hand at arms length, Mars can be found about a palm’s width to the left of Venus. These past two mornings, I have been able to find Mars with little effort.

Mars and Venus are going to hover near each other for a while longer. Venus’ retrograde time comes to an end in three days. After she stations direct, she’ll creep forward slowly…eventually catching back up to Mars. After that, Mars will continue to climb in the morning sky (viewed one day to the next) while Venus will more or less hold steady.

In my last post, I talked about the Virgo-Pisces opposition. We are not done with the likes of that…not even close. Next up is the exact opposition between Jupiter and Neptune (on September 16th).

Jupiter is the classic ruler of Pisces; Neptune is the modern ruler. As astronomical orbs, they are both massive gas giants.

From our perspective, earth is a big place. The ocean reminds us of this. Have you ever waded in the sea with your eyes just above sea level? Looking out, you see nothing but water and waves to the seeming end of the earth.

Taking this experience further, consider being out in the middle of the sea, where no coastlines are visible. Now the earth not only looks vast, but eerily quiet as well. Given our propensity to take cruises, I’m sure many of you have had the opportunity to witness this.

Bodies of water easily induce daydreaming. That’s partly why we seek them out, yes?

For one year, Jupiter will crawl through Virgo. Neptune is not due to swim out of Pisces for another decade. So the opposition between these giants is exact soon, but not likely to completely fade for a while.

Interestingly, life has given me an experience I can relate to this. Back in January, I was involved in an accident. I finally got my truck in for repairs. Just this week, I picked up a rental car. Yesterday, as I drove downtown, I found myself contemplating a parallel life. Not a literal one, but an imaginary one: a life where I drive a car (instead of a truck) and one where I work downtown.

The very different physical vehicle (Jupiter in Virgo) allowed this fantasy (Neptune in Pisces) to feel more real.

Soon, I’ll likely get used to the car and it will stop feeling so different, but for now, it is fun to go along with the sensation. “What would that life be like?” “How would it cause me to see things differently?”

Virgo is the last month of summer, but like all mutable signs, it begins the transition into the next season. It already feels like fall despite the summer temperatures. That’s the gift of mutability: to assist, inspire, and facilitate change.

By the end of September, three of our four largest planets will be in mutable signs: Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. Uranus, the last of them, and Pluto, the last of the outer planets, both sit in cardinal signs, which don’t simply inspire change, but ignite it.

And get this: on October 9th, when Venus ingresses Virgo, not a single planet will sit in a fixed sign:


This hasn’t happened in a while…maybe even in a long while. [I believe the last time this happened was June 2012, before Saturn entered Scorpio and when Venus was retrograde in Gemini.] Are big changes in the offing? Who knows! I guess we’ll find out soon enough, eh?

I, for one, am looking forward to some practical (Virgo) and beneficial (Jupiter) changes (mutable signs) that are both real (Saturn) and closer to my dreams (Neptune)…

By the way, on 8/18 in my post entitled Design and Implementation I wrote this:

Sagittarius is known for its excess. Whether it’s preaching or partying, it’s all in. Saturn will temper that tendency. If you preach holier than thou, but your own nose is not clean, Saturn’s going to send you home to wipe your face.

It didn’t take long for examples of that to show up in the news, eh?

Virgo Pisces Opposition

August 31, 2015

In yesterday’s post (Venus and Mars; Dogs and Cats), I discussed the Venus-Mars conjunction. A conjunction occurs when two (or more) planets appear next to each other in the sky from our vantage. They needn’t be anywhere near each other in reality. For example, Venus is still quite close to earth. She just overtook us on 8/15 and passed between us and the sun (the inferior conjunction between Venus and the sun).

We recently had a sun-Mars conjunction as well on June 14th. In that case, Mars was furthest from earth on the far side of the sun. So while Venus and Mars appear close in the sky, they are quite distant.

A conjunction represents proximity in apparent location in space. Proximity in time is equally as significant. About 90 minutes before Venus and Mars conjunct, the sun and Neptune oppose.

A few minutes ago, I reread my post from yesterday. I typically read a post a day or two later to better evaluate it as a reader (rather than as a writer). It occurred to me that it was a very Neptunian (Piscean) post. It was descriptive, a bit dreamy, and fluttered and floated about. It wasn’t at all Mercurial. It didn’t make a strong point; it wasn’t based on logic. It was more about feeling and desire.

The Pisces full moon was just the other day. [It was amazing to see!]

If you consider a number of things occurring near in time and space, we have/had the following:

  • Venus conjunct Mars in Leo
  • Sun conjunct Jupiter in Virgo opposite Moon conjunct Neptune in Pisces.

Oppositions and conjunctions have similarities, especially when the orbs aspecting are so different to each other: Venus & Mars, sun & Neptune as examples. In either case, the energies are blending, but like waves that encounter each other, they can constructively or destructively interfere.

Virgo-Pisces is a particularly contrasting opposition. Gemini and Sagittarius, by comparison, are rather similar. Virgo lives firmly on the earth, while Pisces prefers to be as far from terra firma as it can get.

Much of the data I shared in yesterday’s post could just as easily be attributed to the sun-Neptune opposition as the Venus-Mars conjunction. The point of the discussion is different though.

Caring for a dog (this dog anyway) requires lots of planning. The dog eats on a schedule, for example, and needs to be walked right afterward.

Having the dog required me to be responsible and organized (sun in Virgo), while at the same time had me dreaming of what my life could be (moon and Neptune in Pisces). In yesterday’s post, I compared my experience as a cat owner with that of a dog owner, but I simultaneously fantasized about being an owner of some other, unknown, kind of animal.

More contrast for you to consider this week is what your life is (sun in Virgo) with what your life could be (Neptune/Pisces)—the dream and the fantasy, in other words.

Venus and Mars represents very different wants and needs that we each have. Virgo covers living life as a physical being on a rock hard planet while Pisces tethers us to our soul—to the higher self, which lives out there somewhere (as well as in here somewhere).

In my opinion, Astrology is most fun when you notice what is happening…the thoughts and feelings, the interactions and the experiences. That’s when Astrology becomes something a bit more tangible…or at least something you can relate to.

On another note: I want to share a recent review I received. It covers both books!


If (when) you read my books, you will notice that some parts are very Mercurial, while others are quite Neptunian…a little for everyone!

Venus and Mars; Dogs and Cats

August 30, 2015

Tuesday is the first day of September. At 12:04 am CDT, Venus will conjunct Mars to simultaneously kick off the day and the month. Six hours later, one with a clear view of the eastern horizon will be able to watch them rise side-by-side ahead of the sun. I’ve been observing Venus before sunrise, but unfortunately there’s too much light pollution around here for me to see Mars.

Venus conjunct Mars is sort of like caring for a dog and a cat at the same time.

The dog wants constant attention. She follows you around…and gets under your feet. If you sit, she wants to be in your lap. If you walk, she pulls at the leash, either ahead of you or behind. The dog is always happy, and seems to always want to play…even if she was sound asleep the moment before.

The cat wants no part of the dog. Play? Only on her terms. She’ll happily go outside, but not on a leash. More than likely, she’ll want to be on the other side of any closed door, regardless which side you’re on. She’ll tolerate affection, for a minute or two. If you happen to pet her a few seconds too long, you just might get some teeth or claws to set you straight.

You may have guessed: I’ve been dog sitting. I’m used to craving affection from my aloof cat, but I’m NOT used to the constant attention I’m getting from the dog. Being woken in the middle of the night is one thing, but then having to go outside at that hour is another.

The walks around the property have been nice…even if they are a pain to start. You see, I’m on the sixth floor. It’s a long walk and a lot of stairs to get to grass around here. And, since I’m caring for a very small dog, I have to carry her up and down the stairs.

Yes, there is an elevator; but it’s in the wrong direction…better for the ride up than the ride down. And this is a very big building. There is just no simple way to take the dog out for a quick pee.

My cat is a quiet companion…even if she’s typically under the bed or some other furniture. The dog is sometimes quiet, but abruptly loud when something catches her attention.

The one thing they each have in common? Neither does well with other animals! Ha ha!

Now I am not going to equate one with Mars and the other with Venus. That just wouldn’t work.

However, having both a cat and a dog—for the weekend—has me thinking. It has me craving an animal for a pet, which doesn’t exist. One that is quiet, like the cat, but portable, like the dog; one that can use a litter box, yet is happy to walk on a leash; one that will sit in your lap when you want the company (and warmth), but is also happy to sit on the other end of the sofa when you want your space (and no…more…heat; it’s August in Austin for Pete’s sake!) One you can go out with (a walk, a ride, a trip), and one you can stay home with.

Mars and Venus are very different archetypes…yet we each have both in our natal charts. One might be stronger, and more influential, but they are both there. In my birth chart, they are in adjacent signs, which means they are even more different than normal.

For a moment, imagine being perfectly bisexual: equally attracted to men and women—physically, sexually, emotionally, socially, etc. How hard it would be to pick just one mate, wouldn’t you think?

Venus and Mars are personal planets. They tend to affect us in personal ways. Uranus aspecting Pluto, by contrast, seems to be the bringer of the kind of events that affect large numbers of people all at once, as we’ve seen these past few years.

So Venus and Mars soon unite, blending their energies for a few days. They sit in Leo…and touch that part of each chart. For me, they are deep into my 12th house…just a few degrees above my ascendant. It’s not so much who I am…but something much deeper inside. The contrast I feel is with my wants and desires.

For the next few days, notice how you feel about contrast. You’ll probably see pros and cons simultaneously. You’ll see the advantages of this, and the advantages of that. And you just might ask, as I have been: “Why can’t I have it both ways? Why can’t I have it all? Why can’t I have just the things I want…without the tradeoffs?”

A house can give you this…but an apartment can give you that. A cat is good at these times…and a dog is better at those times. There’s everything the city gives you, and then those things we need the country for. Being single has its advantages, but it would be nice to NOT be single ALL of the time.

Liking dogs versus cats is not better or worse. Liking men versus women is not better or worse.

Some of us are heavy on the Mars…others overwhelmingly Venus. In reality, each of us is affected by both. Sometimes you want a spoon, but sometimes you need a fork.

My dog sitting days are just about up…and I have enjoyed the contrast this weekend has brought. I’m not thinking I’ll be a dog owner any time soon…at least not while living in a big apartment building by myself. But I like to imagine having it all—not merely having a dog and a cat, but having (a) companion(s) that can be all the things I want…even if I want different things at different times.


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