Royal baby signals the end of an era with change on the horizon for the Royal family

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I’m actually not a Royal lover or Royalist by any means. I do not condone the belief that a group of people have the right to be superior and above the average man. Nor pay their fair share of taxes.  It strikes me odd that in the 21st Century people are so drawn to the Royal family regardless of the dark and dirty stories that have surfaced over the years. But the purpose of this post is not to hail proudly the announcement of the new Royal baby like many others, but to reveal that Will and Kate’s baby boy will challenge the status quo when he becomes a mature man. He will have the challenge of an eagerly changing world and the demise of the British Royal family will be on the cards. The full moon he is born under suggests great drama and revealing for the Royal family as the Moon in Capricorn directly corresponds to Britain – as it is a Capricorn nation. As I write this post thunder and lightning are lighting up and booming across the night’s sky. I can’t remember the last time I saw lightening in this country so bright and powerful as the energies are very volatile and foreboding. So let’s have a look astrologically to see what amazing potentials await this young soul or ‘old soul.’

The young Prince was born on Monday 22 July, 2013 at 4.24pm BST in London, England. He was born during the grand water trine of 2013 involving Saturn at 4 Scorpio, Neptune at 4 Pisces and Jupiter at 5 Cancer. Initially this grand trine is a very positive energy and extremely dreamy and inspirational. Individuals who are born under a grand trine have historically been seen as extremely lucky as a trine is generally viewed as a positive aspect. So combine three trines and you are very lucky indeed. At least this is the conventional wisdom. But sometimes having it too good can make you complacent and lazy. So although you are born with the potential of great luck and talent  will you have the desire and conviction to go for your dreams? This is the problem with a grand trine. It promises much but makes you rather defensive lacking a fighting spirit to go for what you want. Prince Charles is another Royal who was born with a grand trine. His trine is in earth and the question we always ask of Charles is will he be King? He seems rather complacent to challenge his mother and make a bid for the throne. Rather, he is happy to live in his own world with the ‘earthly’ benefits it brings him leaving mummy to take care of business.

The Royal baby like his grandmother Princess Diana and father Prince William is a Sun sign Cancer. He is born with his sun at 29 royal baby chartdegrees Cancer. Signs and elements run through families so it is no accident that he is also born a Cancer. For example, my father was a Sun sign Sagittarius. I was born with my Moon and Ascendant in Sagittarius. The young Prince has his sun at 29 Cancer which is known as the millionaires degree and of course he will be rich. However, the 29th degree of any sign comes with many complications. If a natal planet is found at 29 degrees of any sign, also known as the Anaretic degree, there can be some real issues with decision-making in that part of the personality represented by the energies of the planet. The native may evaluate and re-evaluate situations before making a move one day, and the next day, jump into the action without listening to himself or herself! The Royal baby will have to overcome great restlessness in his ego and a sense of urgency will plague him during his life. He will be motivated to act not necessarily from reason but from impulse. This may be a good thing if he is going to challenge the establishment – but a bad thing if he uses his potential to keep tradition in place.

Many children currently born from 2010-2015 will have the Pluto square Uranus aspect in their charts. This aspect holds the seeds for great turmoil and revolutionary spirit amongst the population and when these children become adults in 20 to 30 years from now, and when this aspect is triggered, many individuals including the young prince will be ignited to rise up and make sweeping changes in various areas of society.  It is great to see that this young royal will be part of the generation that will truly bring change and plant the seeds for a new world. I have no doubts that Diana is smiling from afar as she disagreed with the Royal family on  so many issues and disapproved of their cold and calculating manner.

We are currently living through the Pluto in Capricorn years which is eroding established structures and systems but when Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2024  new ways of living, revoultions in technology, governing, and thinking will finally be able to gain traction in our world. The path will be difficult as there will be many who will resist this change,  but change is definitely on the horizon.

The young prince in his astrological chart shows he will have much to say about the establishment and the ‘old ways’. Pluto opposes his Mercury and  squares his Uranus. He will be an extremely deep and rebellious thinker as Mercury is in his 8th house, the house of Scorpio. He will have a secretive nature and will not openly reveal himself during his younger years. In addition, he also has an opposition of Pluto to Mars and Jupiter that sit tightly conjunct. His Jupiter is also trine Neptune and he will embrace deep spiritual values in his lifetime after having a great epiphany.  Spiritual values does not mean that he will be drawn to conventional religion but he will question the meaning of life in a deep way probably experimenting with taboo concepts and ways of thinking. An event around the age of 16 when his Solar arc Neptune conjuncts his IC will greatly change his outlook on life making him question his belief systems setting him on a deep path of exploration. He will be very charismatic and the public will be drawn to him but with Pluto in Capricorn opposing his Mars in Cancer in his 8th house, the house of Scorpio, he has the potential to be the victim of great bullying by the establishment and those responsible for his grooming.  Most likely he will be told to tow the line and keep quiet. But with his Mercury in Cancer square Uranus in Aries he’s going to have a hard time keeping his opinions to himself as he matures. His opinions will also be very much outside of what has been traditionally accepted. He will also find himself attracted to foreign and/or ethnic women with his Venus in the 9th house which could be an issue for the Royals. Like Diana he will be a maverick with differing opinions from the ‘established’ norm which can cause him problems.

I do not like seeing the opposition of Pluto to his Mars in his chart. Pluto at odds with Mars creates great tension and a victim or victimiser scenario unfolds. Victims of child abuse often have a harsh aspect between Pluto (sex) and Mars (aggression). The revealing in recent years of ritual abuse in rich families has surfaced and been brought to our attention as this horrid practice is common among aristocratic  families. A lack of love and attention purposely withdrawn as well as sexual abuse creates a cold and unfeeling personality. This behaviour is what creates the psychopath who is devoid of sensitivity and is calculating. Diana broke the mould with Will and Harry being present as much as she could in their lives giving them cuddles and affection when she herself did not get this as a child. However, this was abruptly ended with her early death when the two of them were were in adolescence years. However, Kate does not have Diana’s rebellious nature and will most likely stay silent and in her place rather than create any waves in the family. Hence,  with his Moon in Capricorn and Sun square Saturn the young prince will experience his parents as reserved and austere with the family home being quite structured with little time for fun.  The imposition of duty will weigh heavily on his young shoulders and he will find his home life to be quite sobering lacking happiness.

But the young royal will be no easy pushover. Although he does have a sensitive nature with his Sun in Cancer and plenty of water energy in his chart, he will not shrink into a corner and take his punishment lightly forever. He has his Ascendant in the steely sign of Scorpio. He will be your worst enemy or greatest champion of human rights. Rafael Nadal is a great example of someone with a Scorpio Ascendant. In childhood he recalls how he was mentally abused by his Uncle Toni, who still coaches him today. His Uncle Toni often called him a mama’s boy and treated him harshly.  Nadal has used the challenges of childhood to become one of the greatest fighters the world of tennis has ever seen. His resilience is astounding.  This is this the positive side of a Scorpio ascendant. Many people will experience a difficult childhood when born with a Scorpio ascendant and have to overcome their innermost fears,obsessive need to control and intense nature which can easily get out of balance and direct these negative characteristics into a positive outlet because if not, they can easily self-destruct.

The young royal shows great potential who will be embraced by the public with his Sun making a harmonious trine to his Ascendant. Although he will be raised to keep the establishment in place with his Moon in Capricorn as he matures he will have a hard time keeping his rebellious opinions to himself with his Sun opposing his Moon. He may walk the walk and look the part but underneath his reserved appearance will hide a complex and secretive personality eventually needing space to grow and heal as suggested by his Sun sesiquadrate Chiron, the wounded healer. His water grand trine and Sun in Cancer in the 8th house will make him deeply sensitive and understanding and although in childhood he may be reticent to voice his opinion as he grows into an adult life will force him to take a stand. I see great change coming for the royal family with Uranus in his fourth house squaring Mars the ruler of his Ascendant in Scorpio. As well as Pluto in Capricorn, the modern ruler of his ascendant, squaring his Uranus in the fourth house. His homelife, inner psyche and landscape of his mind will experience a great awakening when these aspects are triggered. He will most likely take the throne later in life around the age of 50 when his solar arc sun reaches his Midheaven. However, the importance of the Royal family by this time will definitely be in question as it will be reformed and reshaped in years to come.

It looks like Diana might get her wish after all!

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Google Glass – why it’s our new future

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“In case of Revolution Wear Glass” It’s safe to say that Google have a very direct marketing agenda  when you read this strapline. Yet, I have to admit to you that I have been astounded by my own remarkable interest in the new arrival of the technological wizardry known as Google glass. Before you read on please accept that I have no profitable interest or agreement with Google.  I personally despise what Google have become as they have long used their power to snoop on individuals and release private information to Corporate spies. So I am by no means a fan of what they stand for.  But my interest in Google glass is not in relation to Google in particular because although Google are trying to be the pioneers in this new ‘glass-tech gadgetry’ it doesn’t mean they will be the leaders of the pack once this technology takes off in a big way in a few years time.

As we move beyond the 2012 marker and into a new beginning the world of secrets and secrecy is breaking down.  Whether we believe in the Mayan calendrical date of 21 December 2012 or not we can all agree that our  world is rapidly shifting and changing in ways unimaginable to our psyche of even five years ago.  Power structures that once had a great hold on the collective consciousness are in fear of being exposed and discovered.  The average person nowadays has heard of the term ‘the illuminati’, and although they may not have any idea about what this term actually means they have by association been exposed to salacious ideas of a world being run by a powerful elite.  Of course for those of us who have long known about these things it is refreshing to see others waking up to this new world that has always been in front of our eyes, but for many reasons has not been easily knowable.

Whether we want to believe it or not the world of ‘No more secrets’ is before us. Yes, it is true that we are currently living in a police state and that there is a race on for your mind and soul. The elite have been running the show for a long time and have, in current years,  revved up their dominance and desire to control our every move we make now more than ever. This is where Google glass becomes interesting.  For the greedy elite they are hoping the innovation of this technology will be used by people to tune out and become mind controlled robots.  I’m sure a certain section of the public will do just this in the early years, but I see Google glass becoming a way of life in the future and the initial plans to use this technological innovation in a negative way will back-fire.

In these current years of austerity the elite are in a great position of power to rob us of our savings, pensions, salaries and homes.  We can pinpoint astrologically that these grievous times, we are living in, are the symptomatic result of Pluto in Capricorn.  Capricorn rules structures, finance, economies and governance and with Pluto in Capricorn, this energy is expressed as austere, strict and controlling, hence we get the term the years of ‘austerity.’ The energy of Pluto loves to shake things up. It demands ruthless change, and will reveal the dark and dirty aspects of our world whether we like it or not.  Since Pluto’s arrival in the sign of Capricorn  in 2008 we have seen scandal after scandal. The financial system and structures that rule our world have been eroding and fighting for their survival.  In the UK we have grappled with the misuse of public money by way of dodgy expenses used by our elected officials.  We have heard the dark and twisted reality of phone tapping by News of the World, to get a ‘story’ at any expense. News of the World is of course owned by Rupert Murdoch, a powerful man who in the past has never had to answer to the public for his deeds, but we saw, if only briefly, his private and corrupt world being questioned and probed.  And of course let us not forget the Jimmy Savile scandal and the issue of a large and well-connected pedophile ring that has brought well-known British celebrities front and centre as we learn about their sexual exploits with underage children.  There has been no short supply of intrigue over the last six years since Pluto’s entry into Capricorn and as we wade through these tough years through to 2024 we will see a lot more.

In 2024 Pluto will move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius.  The austerity years will become a beacon of the past and new themes of revolution and defiance, consciousness for the greater good, amazing technological leaps and becoming unified for a common purpose will move to the forefront.  After being battered and bruised during the years of austerity and witnessing the collapse of first world economies, we will finally be ready for real change leaving the old world truly in the past. This is why I see great things for Google glass style objects in the coming future and I don’t believe people will tune out and become mindless robots if they choose to use them. Yes, the technology will be used to spy on us, there is no doubt about that. But we are now in the early years of the Age of Aquarius, and our online culture of sharing every detail of our personal lives with each other via Facebook, Twitter and other social media in general is only the beginning of the ‘No more secrets culture’, that is coming.

The establishment is not responsible for the discovery of social media technology, although with their help these big-wigs have financed and helped to spread the seeds.  The brilliant ideas of social media have come from those born in the 80s and early 90s who are the Adam Swartz’s of our world. I have no doubt that there are more of these personalities to come in the future and they will revolutionise the way we communicate and share information. For their vision of the future is for all information about everything to be readily available at the touch of a fingertip. Those born in the 80s and beyond strongly believe information should be free and accessible to everyone everywhere whilst truly enjoying living their lives online and connected. These concepts can be a bit scary for those of us born in the 70s and earlier, for the world we were born into was all about keeping secrets and playing a power game of dominance and control. All one has to do is look at the years of the Cold War to understand this point further.  Yet, I do believe that just as everybody is now walking around with a tablet and mobile phone, we will all, in about 10 years time, if not sooner, be styling Google type glasses or contact lenses. It doesn’t mean that you have to cop-out and tune out and live in a fairy tale world of virtual reality which I’m sure will become a feature of this technology. Conversely, the internet is a great tool for sharing ideas, creativity and thoughts.   Hopefully in about ten years, when this technology has fully taken flight a reputable company with vision for the future that has our best privacy interests at heart will become the market leaders. Nevertheless, google glass technology is here to stay.

Uses for Google glass

-take pictures and video at voice command

-24 hour connection to the internet

-24 access to email

-translating services

-navigation guide

-stereo sound using your brain

-question and answer service on demand

-watch media on a large  screen from your point of view through the glasses

Possible uses in the future

-Virtual reality gaming

-Virtual reality neighbourhoods where you can hang out with others

-use as a phone including video

Interview with Lavandar from starseedhotline.com

Hi guys,

I’ll be uploading a new post soon.  2011 is just flying by is it me or have you noticed the quickening that has been taking place?  Time is certainly changing.

In the meantime, here’s a great interview I conducted with Lavandar earlier this week.  We discussed Galactic astrology and her amazing story of the star markings in the astrological chart. Have you heard of the term ‘starseed’ well she coined the term.

To listen to the interview just visit my website and follow the link, http://www.valentinestaubyn.co.uk.

Until next time.

Bye for now.

No you are not crazy it’s just the energies of August

Feeling unbalanced, a bit paranoid, tearful, tired, exhausted, fed up?  Feeling like your life is on the verge of change but nothing has happened yet? Well, you’re not alone and this is the reality for many of us at the moment.  Last week I spent most of the hours of the day fighting extreme fatigue.  When I feel like this I know something big is on its way.  Yes, there are zones of conflict in the midst of turmoil as we speak.  The floods of Pakistan, the forest fires in Russia and Portugal and the continuing saga of the oil ‘disaster’ which is not being reported accurately by any means are just a few events that have kicked in since the cardinal cross at the beginning of the month began.  But as August opened we have also been inundated with new energies as the solar flare cycle which has been quiet for quite some time re-emerged firing off a massive ejection.  This only means one thing, new coded information is being hurled towards us and these energies have to be assimilated into our bodies and if I may add our conciousness which governs how we see, feel, and react.  I feel that August will be a month of incubation although a fiery seclusion waiting to burst.  And that all of these energies will climax which has been the theory all along but I believe we will have to wait until September and October before the fireworks go off. Which most likely will occur when Pluto awakens from its slumber in mid-September.  So be forwarned.

So if you have been having a hard time this month know it will pass and that you are not alone.  There are many shifts and changes going on in our lives at this time.  Endings are never easy but with every ending there is always a beginning.  I would like to leave you with the latest astrological weather report from Anne Ortelee who describes what we are currently experiencing very well.  I love the way she writes and she describes the energy of the moment so well.

Take care, Valentine.

Weekly Weather August 16, 2010

Our Cardinal T-square perfects this week, culminating in moments of choice for each of us. T-squares are crossroads in the heavens, asking us to make choices and choose our path. A three point heavenly cross guides us as we choose our next direction and head off towards our life. Often we come to a profound realization about ourselves during heavenly cross roads.

This cross road is a bit bigger than most others have been. There are 5 outer planets, which are societal and life direction planets, changing signs and starting new journeys. When the planet change signs, we change down here on earth too. As above, so below. As without, so within. We live in an interconnected world and universe where the symbolism and synchronicity interplay in our lives across time and space.

I always laugh and love it when some one asks me if I really believe in astrology. I reply “Of course I do. And YOU believe in astrology too! Even if you actually don’t realize it.” Asked to explain, often with a scowl on their face, (translated as: How dare I suggest that THEY believe in Astrology?), I reply “Well the Sun affects your behavior ~ you wear a coat in winter and sweat in the summer ~ just as the Sun impacts all life and causes the seasonal cycles of everything on earth. And the Moon makes the tides of the ocean move as well as the tides of water within you. The OCEAN! The Moon moves the Ocean! So if those TWO bodies have such a profound impact on us down here on earth, how can we ignore the other bodies up there?” And I smile sweetly, often with a giggle added, just for extra emphasis as in ~ you silly, you never thought of THAT before did you?

Weeks like the past few and the one to come, just affirm my understanding of the cycles and impact of same. We Virgos LOVE a good system for categorizing and organizing things. So forward we go to the t-square culmination that we’ve been waiting for! Our next chapter awaits us ~ as the heavens present us with a moment of choice.

But first a word of caution. I’ve had a few clients call with recent suicides in their lives, particularly that first week in August when Mars was so active. This is a big week for feeling you can’t take it a moment more and acting on it too. Another big suicide week. Soooooo, IF you know someone who has been having a particularly hard time lately, take the time to give them a call and talk to them. Let them know that this week is particularly hard energetically. And that all the difficult energy will start to abate after the weekend. However, THIS week will be tough so you want them to know you love them and would like to help in any way you can. They know you believe in that astrology stuff ~ and in a secret part of their being, they resonate to it (even if they don’t admit it on the surface or to your face). Heck, you always get the problems that happen during a Mercury retrograde right!

So encourage them to make NO PERMANENT decisions or final solutions to their problems to the extent possible. No acting out their inner Mel Gibsons or Steven Slaters, even if they really, really want to deploy the emergency exit chute while chugging a beer. And if they mention they are thinking of killing themselves or killing some one else, talk to them, all night long if need be. Get them help. Take it SERIOUSLY! This is the week when they will act on it. If they are thinking they are having a nervous breakdown, take them to the hospital. If some one is stalking or threatening someone you know, encourage the person to get OUT of their normal life routines for the week. And to be careful. No points for bravery. No cavalier dismissing it as foolishness. Take care of yourself and others this week.

I hate to be an alarmist astrologer but some weeks are rougher than others. This week we have Jupiter opposing Saturn for the second time and Saturn squaring Pluto for the third time. Saturn/ Pluto is a terrorist aspect. Jupiter /Saturn is separating hardship, endings and structure from the good times and sense of optimism. The planets are in signs that are CARDINAL so they like to take action! And Uranus is at the crazy making degree of 29 Pisces, where the boundaries between illusion and delusion are very, very frayed and fragile. We need to take good care of each other this week.

Essentially, we will all be fighting or arguing with the principle of being our own authority, growing up and being the adult in the room. Part of us wants to be a big kid and stomp our feet. Part of us knows we have to grow up now. Jupiter and Pluto are both Saturn’s kids. The kids are fighting with Dad, or the authority ~ perceived, believed, real or unreal, in their lives. We will be struggling with our own ideas of authority too. How grown up are we really? How much of us is still 5 and wanting to be comforted? We have to comfort ourselves this week.

Mercury stations to go retrograde after setting off the t-square by declination aspect which finds him siding with Saturn and fighting with Uranus and Jupiter. So expect unexpected news that is rather shocking. Sun opposes Neptune and Chiron so the sense of illusion or the dream dissolves and you see things clearly that you may not have seen before. Both Venus and Mars have hard aspects to Neptune and Chiron too. In their case, the planets of desire and action are in a stressful place of needing to take action to find relief. And they are working together to start a new cycle right as all the other planets are collapsing in piles of exhaustion.

So take care of yourself. Take care of your loved ones. Get extra nurturing. Get your self extra support if your old addictions come a’ calling with all the tension in the sky. One of the things I noticed in the Steven Slater story was the reference to 12 steps and sobriety on his Face book page and the reporting that he grabbed a beer as he made his exit down the emergency slide after a very, very bad day at work. It is a VERY easy time to slip back into old destructive ways of nurturing yourself so be careful to get yourself extra support if you find yourself tempted.

And in a week it will be all over! If the financial markets are going to collapse, this is the week. So fingers crossed (and toes too) we all make it to the other side. I am rooting for you! And you need to root for you too. And make sure to root for the people in your life who need rooting for! We are all in this beautiful world together for a reason. And what a ride eh? Clear those cobwebs and fears! Full steam ahead to the next chapter!

 

Monday August 16 Moon in Scorpio kicks up some intense energy as the Sun has an aspect of brilliance. Moon has nice closing aspects of a trine to Uranus offering creative energy to draw upon. Make sure to note your dreams or great ideas upon awakening. Venus argues with the principle of health and healing shifting her energy to other areas. Be careful not to indulge in bad old behaviors today. Extra emotions abound as Jupiter approaches his opposition with Saturn. Fights with authorities…. Hmmm. Mars squares the nodes offering us the opportunity to choose up or down, good or bad, left or right, whining and crying or growing up. Or maybe a bit of both? It is a choice day. Jupiter opposes Saturn part two of three. Back to May 23rd, when they opposed each other for the first time. Their third time is March 28, 2011. Part two of the opposition asks you to focus on the project you began in May 28, 2000 when they joined at 22 Taurus to begin a new cycle. It calls to mind December 17, 2005, June 22, 2006 and October 25, 2006 when they squared each other, testing whether this was the right choice for you. Now, as they oppose each other, think about the changes you want or need to make to move your life and life’s work forward.

Tuesday August 17 Moon in Sagittarius answers to Jupiter, recently bruised after his fight yesterday with Saturn. The closing aspect is a square to Uranus suggesting separating energy that pushes you to a new place or wants to end a situation. It is a rocking and rolling day as there are numerous aspects in the heavens. Venus erupts with passion and moves rapidly affecting emotions, finances and desires. Mars links up with Eris, the Goddess of Discord to produce some mighty irritated and irritable energy. We are all cranky! Don’t take action if it is destructive. And most actions will be destructive. Be aware the desire is to go nuclear. And quickly. Will that actually HELP the situation? Venus, the principle of love, money and caring is deeply wounded today as she links up with Chiron. She also reaches the end of her proverbial rope. She’s frustrated and angry. Old wounds can be opened. Look at the wounds. Apply astringent. Clear it out. Clean it out. It is YOUR wound, but it existed in your soul to create the life you have. It will never go away but it can be nurtured back into silence or quiet. If you think about it, your wound actually helped you become who you are today. Wounds exist for a reason. Try to understand the reason. I know it hurts but that is the way to clarity.

Wednesday August 18 Moon in Sagittarius continues to push the energy forward passionately. Venus squares the nodes today offering her the same choice Mars had to make on Monday. Be careful not to operate out of your wound. What do you love? Is this situation part of getting you clear on what you want to create in your life? Maybe not with the person or situation standing right before you but it is something you want or need just the same. Be clear. Be brave. Hold your own hand. Support your self. Support your dream. Make a clear choice that supports your desire and life path. Don’t choose out of fear of your wound! Don’t act out of fear of or from your wound! Mars has an ending energy today as he has stresses and agonizes about the decision(s) before him. No permanent endings with knives, guns, jumps or pills! This is a decision time but not time for PERMANENT decisions. Caution around words as things can “end” today. Mars is fighting mad but also boxing against or with smoke and steam. What he is fighting is actually a figment or illusory battle of and in his own mind. Mars is building up a head of steam to take action. Try and reason with him. Or move out of his way. Be careful today. Take precautions. Even if YOU are crystal clear and paying attention, the OTHER guy can be totally out of his or her mind. Caution on angry encounters. Mars has a booster rocket on him today ~ and can be just as explosive. Sex can be completely amazing but there is a strong level of fantasy to all actions taken today so be aware of that as a subset of the energy. While it might look like an amazing partnership, reality is right around the corner. Mercury links up with Saturn by declination and receives very difficult news. Go home and pull the covers over your head (if you can) or call your support people. Relationships can end or transform today.

Thursday August 19 Moon in Capricorn brings us down to reality, with a loud bump. Mercury is slowing to a stop in the sky. Moon goes through the t-square ~ Capricorn Moon can be a critical and difficult energy today as we find the flaw or problem rather than the good parts. Our t-square is triggered yet again. Sun faces a stressful choice as it aspects the Nodes. The power of a booster rocket sets off Venus and her energy today as she too faces off and dissolves the illusions fostered by Neptune. It is NOT okay. There IS a problem! High emotions rule the day. Sun pushes for hope but Mars joins with powerful destructive energy today by declination. War? Collapses? Chaos? Something mighty, mighty big. Mercury fights with Uranus by declination. Words can cause endings, separations, chaos and changes today. Mercury is stopping in the sky as these aspects occur making the words even more powerful and potent. Sun has about had it with these difficult energies and wants to pull the plug on the situation. A great day for firings and break ups and crashes and collapses. The structure just can’t hold it together any more. Pluto asks us to take a new approach to partnerships that are not working for us any more. People can get on your last nerve. Remember the good times when you are feeling like lashing out. This is a transit. They are having crappy stuff on their side too.

Friday August 20 Moon in Capricorn receives a trine from stationing Mercury today. Mercury stopped in the heavens forces us all to look with new eyes at the dawning of a new day where everything is changed. Our souls feel enormous needs to stretch out and relieve the stress even as we feel more building within our being. Sun opposes Neptune so the clarity begins to break through the fog. We will start to see things clearly. This is what the crossroads was for in YOUR life. The moment of clearness arrives ~ or starts to arrive. High emotions move things rapidly. Venus fights with the Goddess of the Sea, Sedna, asking us to understand the role of our interconnected world. The oceans roar as emotions swirl. Mars and Venus both sesquiquadrate Chiron, opening old wounds, causing us to feel a bit ill perhaps. Chiron at the last degrees of Aquarius reminds us that we are all members of the same tribe, like it or not. What happens to one can happen to all. Venus joins with Mars today an hour before Mercury stations retrograde. Venus/ Mars square the Node and form a Hammer of Thor with Neptune and Chiron. Our beliefs and understanding of our world will be forever altered by the events of today. Our pattern of reality is changing before our eyes.

Saturn day August 21 Saturn squares Pluto in the early morning hours, finishing the third of three squares. The first was November 15 2009, the second was January 31, 2010 and the third is today. This is a terrorist or war aspect. It is active when ever we are experiencing terrorist activity. Moon is in deep places all day long allowing us to emotionally process the events of the last week. Sun opposes Chiron, activating the fears and wounds but also offering us an opportunity to take action and heal. Saturn forms a contraparallel aspect with Uranus which is mighty powerful for transformation and shifting of reality. We break free in a way we never have before. We break down in a way we never have before. Once we break, we can begin to heal. Vesta’s square says time will heal all and time will heal nothing. Some things can never heal.

Sunday August 22 Moon in Aquarius allows us to detach and move up 20,000 feet to get a better view of what is actually going on. Moon has helpful aspects as she goes through the t-square and attempts to make sense of what is going on. Sun is inconjunct Uranus asking us to adjust and find stability. Astraea, the asteroid of hygiene, cleanliness and astringency, crystal clear vision stations to go retrograde. We pucker a bit, like biting into a juicy lemon. It stings but also feels good. The energy starts to separate and abate. Relief is right around the corner.

Copyright © 2010 A. C. Ortelee

Understanding Astrology

Aurora Borealis or Northern lights hitting Earth's atmosphere

I have often had people ask me over the years if Astrology is real.  I completely understand why many do not believe it is real as a conscious effort from those in the know have worked dilligently to discredit this ancient science. Although many do not realise it Astrology is a science that is based on mathematical precision.  It is also a metaphysical science as its proof can be seen through the energetic matrix that is present on this planet.  We feed into this energetic matrix and upon birth infuse ‘cosmic codes’ into our DNA that can be read through the astrological chart.  A very good way of proving this energetic matrix can be seen in the Aurora Borealis.  In this instance, we can see with the physical eye the flow of energy coming off of the planets and sun into our dimensional fabric.  We then breathe this energy into ourselves as it permeates through everything around us.  This is how Astrology works on the mundane level.  It is simply a system of energetics computed through Mathematical precision and interpreted through a graph like structure, the natal wheel.

Up until the 20th Century Astrology was a part of Astronomy and was practiced alongside one another.  Kepler practiced Astrology as have many others such as Karl Jung, the father of modern Psychology and student of Freud.  Of course astronomers today have the power in naming new bodies that are found in our Galaxy.  When the recently discovered planet Sedna was named Astrologers began to feel very in tune with the energy this planet carried and felt that the right name was given.  Sedna is an Innuit Godess who protects the oceans. Interesting that this planet was discovered at a crucial time when we have been so focused on our oceans and the life forms such as polar bears, and penguins who get their sustenance from it. This is the beauty of Astrology and there is no coincidence here just a reminder that we are all feeding from a collective consciousness that is joined whether we are aware of it or not.

So what can Astrology do for us?  Many Astrologers may have different ideas about what Astrology should be used for.  Should it be used for predictive purposes, psychoanalysis, predicting world events?  There will always be divisions in this respect but one thing is for sure it can help you understand what is going on in your life.  What lessons you have come into this incarnation to work on, and why some of the main players in your life act the way they do.  It is a great tool for learning and helps one discover themselves.

We are now in a period of great change.  There is a shift of energy that is arriving onto this planet which many have termed Ascension.  More and more of us are having spontaneous kundalini awakenings as our bodies transmute its old carbon blueprint into a more crystalline base.  It is just not our planet that is ascending or lifting vibration it is our whole solar system and galaxy.  The heating up of our planet has alot more to do with metaphysical pheneomena than the emission of carbon gases.  NASA is well aware of this fact and has been gathering overwhelming data to confirm that something within the energetic backdrop of Earth and our solar system is changing.  Again, this information is being witheld from the public keeping people in a fog of ignorance but eventually many more people due to the increasing vibrational energies will awaken as strange symptoms of anxiety, fatigue and illness will become and harder and harder to ignore.

So, we can use Astrology to help us through these changing times ahead.  The planet Pluto is now in Capricorn which rules structures, and government.  We are in for some tough times financially and are only in the early stages of this great change.  There is no reason to fear this change just arm yourself with knowledge and be flexible with the changes that will occur around all of us. This summer things will definitely heat up and it will continue well into 2011 and the next few years due to the well known cardinal climax that is being discussed by many astrologers. The upcoming transits of Uranus and Pluto squaring off will also unlodge a great deal taking us into revolutionary territory.  Stay grounded and know that new beginnings are on the way and Astrology can help inform all of us to understand what these new beginnings represent.

Valentine St Aubyn

Mercury turns direct and clarity returns

Well, one thing is for certain, I’m so glad that this last mercury retrograde phase is coming to a close. I cannot stress how emotional of a period it has been for many of us. The energy out there was so chaotic that I had to really step back and take a breath. The last two weeks of April and early May were incredibly intense to say the least and I was like a yo yo having my insides turned upside down with emotion and confusion. It is hard for me to gage how the energies affect others on the outside world but I would have to guess that many have been on a knife edge. I have very little to do with the outside world these days, and I’m glad for that. I enjoy being in my cocoon. I spend my time writing and I work nights. Working nights has given me a much needed rest from annoying people and lower denser energies. The last few years were very volatile for me. As I transmuted and worked through many of my issues I was faced on several occasions in my professional life with hostility that was beyond the ordinary and bordered on outright violence. However, the challenges I went through from 2006-2009 in particular have brought me to where I am now. In a new space, where I am learning to re-claim my power. One of Steve Rother’s channellings summed it up for me very well, learning how to put self first has been a weakness I have suffered with for my entire life. Not that I have been a rug for others to walk all over but I have often found it difficult putting up boundaries. Well, now I no longer suffer from that and all the work I have done through my ascension process has brought me to this point, which I am very thankful for even though I have made it kicking and screaming.

I believe in these last few weeks I and many of us have been through another transmutation phase hence why at least for myself my emotions were so dark and I was all over the place. I am a naturally positive person with Sagittarius Rising ruled by Jupiter and although I have my down moments, feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in misery is not something I give into often. Yet, something very deep was taking place in these last couple of weeks and it was intensified by the Mercury retrograde phase. Mercury retrograde periods usually ask us to review and re-think things. It is not a time to initiate new projects and I can say this with certainty as I have tried to launch new projects during a Mercury retrograde period and they always need to be reviewed a few months later. Yet something was definitely afoot and I think many of us came to some heartfelt conclusions.

We’ve been down a long and hard road. I’m certainly not a first waver and can honestly say that I was not consciously aware of my ascension process until 2007, although I do believe I began my ascension awakening back in 2000. It took me years to figure out what was going on with me and when I finally learned it was this thing called ‘ascension’ I was relieved that I was not going crazy. But I have never fit into mainstream life and have often wished to be on another planet so thinking on these terms was not new for me anyway. The times we are now living in are certainly very trying and the energies are pushing us to continuously transmute and grow, it never stops for any of us. I constantly have to keep learning exactly what ascension and all that is related to it means.

And that is what I want to stress in this post. As the month of May opened Karen Bishop wrote one of her darkest Wings post I have ever read, and then on the 15th May she said good-bye to us.  I feel sad seeing her go.  Her energy alert posts put so much into perspective for me over the last few years and I honestly have to say that I resonated with her work.  However, it doesn’t surprise me that she is moving on as we are all being pushed to grow and to do more work.  I have found over the last year that the information that may have resonated with me a few years ago no longer remains true the way it first did.  I caught myself just a couple of weeks ago thoroughly disagreeing with David Wilcock on a few issues.  I’ve always enjoyed David’s work but now that he is becoming ever more mainstream I find myself sifting through the information he presents with a more critical eye than I have in the past.  Even the founders of Project Camelot who have given us some great whistleblower documentaries have fallen out with each other.  So, indeed nothing stays the same but then why should it anyway?

At the end of last year I wanted to connect with others out there like myself as I was feeling quite lonely. I found myself drifting into a particular forum which I will not name. I was vulnerable due to all of the chaos I had been through and was looking outside of myself to gain clarity. The funny thing is, I do not care for forums these days. They have helped me in the past but I have now moved on from them. Well, it simply wasn’t for me and some of the belief systems that were being purported were quite scary to be honest. The ideas were far too dark for my palette probably due to all of the transmuting and releasing I have done over the years.  But it helped me to realise something. I felt I was meant to experience this to help me understand that no one truly has all the answers. Others hold a belief system depending on the experiences and what they believe to be true but it doesn’t necessarily make it right. Discernment has become a very important tool for me and I always get cold ripples of energy moving through me if I read something that resonates with me.

I feel that more and more of us are becoming our own guidance. We’ve journeyed through our ascension process over the years, read a lot of material, educated ourselves but it is up to us to find the answers that fit the journey we are presently taking. So I would like to say thank you to Karen and many others who have helped me understand what ascension is over the years but I think it is now time for me to go more within to find the answers. Maybe that’s what this Mercury retrograde period was forcing many of us to discover. I do feel like doors closed there was a finality, a kind of death in the energy that was in the air which was very evident, which I myself fell prey to. But with every ending there is always a new beginning if you choose.

Valentine St Aubyn

 

Volcanoes and earthquakes galore has the ‘Cardinal Climax’ arrived?

The huge plume of ash thrown from the Icelandic volcano

As 2010 arrived on the 1st January I knew that this would be a defining year.  Already at this point, I as many others such as yourself, was suffering with an overwhelming attack of fatigue and tiredness.  I have begun to put 2 and 2 together in the last few years and know whenever my fatigue levels hit an unbearable peak movement in the earth is a foot. 

I am what is termed an earth sensitive as many in the lightworker family are.  I literally feel the energy of Gaia and if it is heavy and unsettled then I am heavy and unsettled.  The earthquakes that have hit in Haiti, Chile, and China especially have left me feeling extremely tired and out of balance weeks before they occurred.  I have spent much of 2010 trying to keep myself awake as my body has been wanting to shutdown due to the influx of energy moving around the earth. Movement these days has translated into a great amount of seismic activity.  It is true the earth constantly experiences earthquakes on a regular basis, nothing new there.  But the amount of damage and the upheaval caused is what is defining the recent rise in seismic activity as above and beyond.  Steve Rother and the group have been very forward about their predictions advising us to look to the ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific to have a high volume of activity in the coming years.  Both Haiti and Chile are included in these areas and the earthquakes we have seen there are by design and are no accident. 

However, not only are intense earthquakes something to be concerned about now we have volcanoes to contend with.  I personally have not come across any channelings from my regular sources such as Steve Rother, Karen Bishop, Lisa Renee or Kryon particluarly on volcanoes but I do know astrologers have been warning about the years of 2010 to 2014 as being fraught with tension and economic change.  Of course, natural catastrophes can also kick start economic problems and although many of us think we live in a society that is advanced and beyond ‘nature’ the recent explosion coming from a volcano in Icleand is forcing us to re-evaluate things, just a bit. 

I am based in Britain and here we have been hit hard by the ash plume that has invaded our skies thousands of miles above us.  This is where our planes fly and for the first time since World War II British airspace as well as European airspace has been shut down.  Which is unprecendented.  Airspace has been shutdown for almost 5 days causing many problems for travellers and airlines.  A review of this is now underway and by the 20th April flights at least on a small scale will begin again across Europe.

So what is going on and is this the beginning of the chaos that has been predicted by astrologers and intuitives? Last year I read a great article by an astrolger named Theodore White.  The article discussed the coming years from 2010 beginning with an alignment where many of the heavy hitting planets such as Pluto, Jupiter and Uranus would be moving into the early degrees of Cardinal signs.  (The article is provided in full below.)  In astrology the 0 degree is known as a critical degree.   Having a planet at 0 degrees Aries is very fortunate but it also carries a heavy punch.

Most likely the recent rise in seismic activity with high levels of damage and now a volcano eruption indicates to me that the ‘Cardinal Climax’ White has termed is building in intensity and most likely we will not begin to see the true fallout until June or July this year once Uranus enters Aries on May 27th 2010.  Keep in mind Aries is a fire sign and as Uranus is now entering into this sign I would expect unexpected eruptions of a volcanic kind to become big news in coming years. As Uranus rules the unexpected and accidents.

If you look at the picture above the ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland actually looks like a nuclear explosion.  And we have definitely been feeling an explosion of sorts here in Europe.  In Britain the news media have termed it as the ‘Ash Crisis’ causing untold amounts of damage to the economy.  The other point to keep in mind is what will happen when this cloud hits the ground? 

Astrologically there have been some good articles written about the timing of the eruption in Iceland.  Lynn Hayes discusses it on her blog, ‘Astrological Musings’ and others have looked into it finding some interesting tidbits of information.  Most likely we will be hearing alot more from Iceland before all is said and done.  In Europe, Iceland was one of the main contributors for the great crash that took place in 2008.  Many councils across the UK had invested great amounts of taxpayers money into Icelandic Banks, only to see the banks go bust.  I believe Iceland will be a major force in the coming shift so no wonder all eyes are on their volcanoes.

The volcano that has caused disruption is one of the smaller ones, if the bigger volcano decides to re-awken then what we have experienced will hit on an even bigger scale.

I would suggest that you get acquainted with the upcoming astrological alignments that is on the way.  The ‘Cardinal Climax’ which is just around the corner will no doubt wake many out of their slumber.  Because as far as I am concerned too many are still asleep.  One of the backlashes of the ‘Ash Crisis’ has shown how slowly European governments have acted to help bring those who are stranded home.  When the real shit hits the fan don’t look to the government to save you, if they can get out of it they will.  Inform yourself, be smart and listen to your intuition.  The earth feels all of our vibrations and she will keep you safe if you are meant to be here in years to come.

A special thought goes out to all of those who are are stranded and trying to get home.  As for us earth sensitives, I suppose we will keep doing the work we do when we spend the many hours asleep that we do as I believe on a higher level we are helping to keep the energy levels stable which of course makes us fatigued in our normal 3-D lives.  How long we can keep this going is anyone’s guess. As the earth changes may become too great for us to buffer in coming months and years.

Valentine St Aubyn

The Cardinal Climax & Global Transits of 2010

Economic & Social Phase Change & Peak Oil

A New World Era Dawns

©2009 By Theodore White, classical astrologer

Times are changing. Over the past two years, I’ve witnessed much of what I already knew over 10 years ago would be taking place as the decade of the 2000s drew to a close – an economic crisis the world over.

Astrologers who know about long-range global transits often are not believed when they warn about future trends; especially in the midst of booming economic prosperity, or, what economists call “Boom times.” Such as this most recent economic consume-and-spend era of the last 15 years.

Today, things have changed. Every day brings news of what many people feel is a coming depression. Rising unemployment in double-digits loses of homes and businesses to foreclosures have led to people very afraid of the future.

This is seen in the cases of increased murder-suicides, break-ups of families, relationships and marriages as whole communities weighed down under the onslaught of foreclosures are turning into ghost towns as retail shops, and malls shut down amid deterioration of 20th century infrastructures worldwide. Global trade has slowed to a crawl, increasing the worries about what the future holds.

World transits indicate that the current world economic crisis began quietly in August 2006, when a series of New Moon cycles started on August 23, 2006, with a new moon at 0-Virgo, leading to the New Moon of September 22, 2006 at 29-Virgo. This cycle began the shocking fallout in the world financial sectors

People the world over are very stressed out. What comes now?

“The US is doing everything possible to avoid these awful realities, but probably the worst self-deception is the idea that everything would be okay if we could just “re-start lending.” That’s just not going to happen, says James Howard Kunstler.

A former writer for Rolling Stone, the author of eight novels, and a regular contributor to the NY Times Magazine, Kunstler comments on a wide variety of issues from architecture, urban planning, to energy and economic issues. These days, he has taken aim on the unprecedented world economic crisis.

A firm believer in ‘peak oil,” Kunstler says the world economy is now in major transition and will continue to head downward until the globe gets itself un-addicted to the oil in the ground that is running out.

“The banking fiasco has introduced so much noise into the system that world leadership can’t think straight,” Kunstler says. “What they’re missing is real simple: peak oil means no more ability to service debt at all levels, personal, corporate, and government. End of story.”

“All the other exertions being performed in opposition to this basic fact-of-life amount to a spastic soft-shoe performed before a smokescreen concealing a world of hurt,” Kunstler says.

“If the ‘quantitative easing’ (money creation) and fiscal legerdemain (TARPs, TARFs, et cetera) happen to jack up the “velocity” of the new funny-money, and the world resumes its previous level of oil use, the price of oil would rise again — this time astronomically because the previous crash of oil prices crushed the development of new oil projects to offset depletion — and the global economy will crash again,” he points out.

Moreover, “there is no more capacity to service the debt we’ve already piled on, “Kunstler says about the 2008 economic crisis. “Americans borrowed too much, and the bankers who made obscene fortunes in fees and bonuses in fraudulent lending managed to leverage this un-payable debt into the greatest collective swindle the world has ever known. The swindle has sent poison into every cell of the macro socio-economic organism, and further swindles are unlikely to revive it.”

Since the peak of the downfall of the financial center in New York in September 2009, the world over the last six months has been in a state of utter shock as sinking GDPs, double-digit unemployment, bank closings, and business and trade contraction has rippled through the entire globe.

The losses as of April 2009 in the United States alone seems to confirm Kunstler’s comments:

· $213 million – Bonuses at American International Group (AIG)
$1.6 trillion – All AIG Toxic Assets
$8 trillion – Losses in Stock Market
$5 trillion – Losses in Real Estate
$35 trillion – Unfunded Medicare Debt
$20 trillion – Unfunded Social Security Debt
$24 trillion – Toxic Assets Held in European Banks
$500 trillion – Total Derivatives Market

Kunstler says that the next phase of this “poison” in the world’s financial system is sure to move beyond the financial, and into the social and political arenas.

“Disorder of various kinds will rule — toppled governments, civil unrest, international tension and conflict,” he points out.

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Indeed, since the end of the solar year of 2008, many nations have been on the verge of revolution, with anti-government and anti-banking protests taking place in countries throughout the European Union, with disturbances in Russia, Asia, and in a most calm state like Iceland, where the government was forced to resign en masse in January 2009 after Iceland’s currency lost more than half its value.

In the United States, protests are already taking place with anger building daily with news of corruption and multi-million dollar bonuses for CEOs at companies at the heart of the economic crisis.

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“The socio-political fallout from the inherent anger and disappointment in all this is liable to be severe,” Kunstler says. “The public is already warming up for it, with cheerleaders such as Glen Beck on Fox TV calling for the formation of militias, and gun sales moving out-of-sight. One mistake that the banking elite and their lawyer paladins made the past decade was their show of conspicuous acquisition — of houses especially — in easy-to-get-to places where anyone can see them, for instance an angry mob in Fairfield County, Connecticut, or Easthampton, New York.”

“We have no previous experience with this type of social unrest. Kunstler says.” The violence of the Vietnam era will look very limited and reasonable in comparison — in the sense that it was an uprising on the grounds of principle, not survival. And the Civil War was a wholly regimented affair between two rival factions.

“This time, people with little interest in principle beyond some dim idea of economic fairness, will be hoisting the flaming brands out of sheer grievance and malice,” Kunstler says.

Hear this story ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX_ydi5f6SI&feature=related

Kunstler adds that, “President Obama will have to starkly change his current game plan if this outcome is to be avoided. I think he’s capable of turning off the mob — of preventing the grasshoppers from turning into ravening locusts — but it may take an extraordinary exercise in authority to do it, such as the true (not pretend) nationalization of the big banks, engineering the exit of Ben BernankeBen Bernanke from the Federal Reserve, sucking up the ignominy of having to replace failed regulator Tim Geithner in the Treasury Department, and calling out the dogs on the swindlers who had the gall to play their country for a sucker.”

Sadly, looking at the world’s astrological transits just ahead in the early 2010s, I would have to agree. We are in the last year of the first decade of the 21st century. From an astrological perspective, the true start of this new century begins in 2011, when a series of positions of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto) begin to form powerful configurations among themselves on, or very near the Earth’s seasonal points.

Called the Cardinal Climax, the outer planets will touch upon the early degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra and Capricorn, forming strong squares and oppositions that are sure to heighten world tension in the midst of the economic collapse. Astrologers who are aware of these coming planetary configurations continue to be amazed at the power of these outer transits that peak in the years 2010 through 2014.

From this view, the year of 2010 is a key year as the world enters the second decade of the 21st century. As the world nears the year 2011, it is in a state of economic panic and decline. Clearly, the legacy era of the latter half of the 20th century is coming to an end, and a new era is on the horizon.

Kunstler states that the American standard of living as defined in the late 20th century “has got to come way down.”

What does he mean by “come way down?”

“What’s going on now is nature’s way of telling you that America’s standard of living has to be reduced by something between 20 and 50 percent. You can have it in the form of a compressive deflationary depression, including widespread bankruptcies… or you can have by way of inflation, in which money loses its value.

“But there’s one basic qualification to this: the way down is not symmetrical with the way up. That is, it’s really not just a matter of ratcheting down to a standard of living half of what it was, say, in 2006, because in the event all the various complex systems that support everyday life enter failure mode before our society re-sets at a theoretically lower level of equilibrium.”

Kunstler elaborates: “By this I mean our methods for getting food, for moving about the landscape, for deploying capital, for trading and manufacturing, for schooling, doctoring, and running public services all destabilize and, to some degree or other, fail to deliver their contribution to normal daily life. Banking (capital deployment) is already mortally wounded. It remains to be seen how this will affect the food supply half a year ahead in the harvest season.

He paints a picture where “capital is as big an ‘input’ for our method of farming” as diesel fuel or fertilizers when created from methane gas. “The failure of banking will combine with city and state insolvency to crush public transit, law enforcement, fire protection, and whatever flimsy local safety nets exist to keep the ultra-poor and helpless from die-off.”

“The lowering of living standards by 20 to 50 percent essentially eliminates all but the must critical commerce, meaning that most of the stores in the malls and strip malls lose their customers and shed employees,” he says, “while the mall and strip mall owners lose their rents, and the bankers lose performing commercial real estate loans. As all this occurs, tax revenues go way down; schools can’t pay their employees or buy diesel fuel for their yellow bus fleets.”

So, according to this scenario, many more people could lose their health insurance with hospital becoming overwhelmed and western-styled health care lowers to levels of the Third World. “

“Meanwhile, pensions are destroyed; the elderly live on dog food and ketchup. . .” Kunstler points out like something out of a bad Ayn Rand novel.

“This is where we’re headed,” Kunstler surmises.” It could easily be worse than the 1930s, when we still had plenty of family farms, plenty of oil, plenty of factories in good running order, and a highly regimented population of workers unaccustomed to luxury, leisure, and entitlement.”

As spring takes shape in the northern hemisphere, most of the world already is very much aware of the global economic downturn that has affected every area of life and industry worldwide.

Trade has nearly ceased between nations; banks have not been lending, home values continue to fall worldwide, and construction of new houses and commercial buildings has completely halted.

“We’ve hardly begun to see the potential political repercussions of economic disorder now underway,” Kunstler states. “I think it will start to show in a big way not long after Memorial Day, when the current false euphoric Wall Street rally ends in yet another pool of tears, and the despair trickles downward.”

Hear what Gerald Celente forecasts for 2009 ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTIW9mOKU4s&feature=PlayList&p=75A133212B0265E4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=25

“A crucial piece of the outcome depends on what happens over at Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department – which lately seems to have seceded from the federal government,” Kunstler says. “A peeved public is going to start wondering why the bankers and insurers have not been called in by the criminal division to do a little ‘splainin’. As the spring yields to summer, the Obama team’s current fix-it plans are also likely to have run out of credibility. Mr. Obama better be prepared to get a new game.”

We mortgaged our future and the future has now begun,” he says. “Tough noogies for us. But the broad public won’t accept the reality of this as long as the grandees of finance and their myrmidons appear to still enjoy the high life.”

“They’ve got to be brought down hard,” Kunstler believes. “Perhaps even disgraced and humiliated in the courts, and certainly parted from some of their fortunes — if only in lawyer’s fees. Obama pretty much served notice to this effect (in early April 2009) telling a delegation of bankers in the White House that he was the only thing standing between them and ‘the pitchforks.’ It’s possible he understands the situation.”

World Transits: The Cardinal Climax

The Astrological Year of 2009 will undoubtedly be the first full year of the beginning of the transition from the legacy world of the 20th century, into the new era of the 21st century.

By the year 2010, the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto will form a series of squares and oppositions touching on the seasonal cardinal points of Aries, Libra, and Capricorn, forming what is known as the “the Cardinal Climax” – a major series of T-square aspects that will rotate the world in 2010, and early 2011.

Cardinal signs are “initiating” and often, when the superior planets are involved in such configurations, the world is influenced by a series of major problems that can be difficult to resolve immediately.

Saturn/Pluto world squares are mainly unfavorable, and can lead to rigid attitudes among people that can lead to power struggles as a result of economic, political and professional plots. Pluto’s position in Capricorn indicate that the wealthy are involved, and Saturn’s coming transit in tropical Libra squares Pluto, indicating that the struggles against widespread corruption will heighten in 2010.

Jupiter will form its first square to Pluto in July 2010, and again in February 2011. These squares continue the power play influences of the earlier Saturn/Pluto square, where forceful tactics are employed using cultural, philosophical or religious means to force others to reform, or to use dishonest means to obtain power and status. Conflicts over finances and outdated modes of doing business are continued under this Jupiter/Pluto square where sustained struggles against corruption and established power bases heighten. The problems of pride, arrogance, and yet neglect over small, but important details are common under this Jupiter/Pluto configuration.

The problems inherent in the world’s financial and political systems have been witnessed throughout the globe since the first of several Saturn/Uranus oppositions began in November 2008. Saturn/Uranus oppositions are well-known among mundane astrologers for clearly showing conflicts between old and newer ways of doing things.

This is mainly expressed through polarizations between existing power structures and generations and younger generations and newer power structures emerging. The clashes within professional classes often extend into the personal sphere of relationships under a Saturn/Uranus opposition with relationships that once were important and needed for the security of all are threatened by inconsistent behaviors; especially through frustrations that come from the need to change existing conditions.

Adding to the Saturn/Uranus opposition, is the coming Jupiter/Saturn opposition from 2010-2012. Occurring every 20 years, the last Jupiter/Saturn opposition happened in the years 1990-1992.

This particular opposition from 2010-2012 occurs along the Pisces/Virgo and Aires/Libra axis. Most Jupiter/Saturn oppositions signify major changing times, and also can indicate poor timing in business matter and problems within professional and personal affairs as well.

Bureaucratic red-tape is a common complaint during such Jupiter/Saturn oppositions, and the frustrations that build up as a result can be unleashed in public, sometimes in violent manner.

The conflicts that are influenced by Jupiter/Saturn oppositions can adversely affect personal matters, friendships and relationships that were once seen as positive. Ethics can suffer, and hypocrisy often arises under this planetary opposition where once stable professional and personal relationships can suffer.

One of the reasons why it is so important for the world economic crisis to be solved before the next decade matures is because of the coming Uranus/Pluto square from 2012 to 2018. The slowness of the outer planets makes such unfavorable aspects much more powerful, as this particular global aspect will last for nearly seven years before all is said and done.

Uranus’ entry into tropical Aries, briefly in June, July, and August 2010, and then fully by mid-March 2011, indicates a new world era. Uranus is ending an 84-year cycle it began in 1928, and by March 2011, Uranus will start a new cycle that is important in mundane world affairs.

With Uranus entering the seasonal vernal equinox point of 0-Aries in March 2011, the world will surely be on the precipice of what can truly be called the start of the 21st century.

For 15 months from its first full ingress into Aries in March 2011 to the month of June 2012, Uranus will mainly be un-aspected by major outer planets until it forms its first exact square to Pluto in Capricorn in late June 2012.

These 15 months from March 2011 to June 2012 provides a “grace period” where many positive accomplishments can be made to greatly reduce the volatile energies to come – particularly from June 2012 to spring 2014, and again, from the years 2015-2018.

From June 2012 on, transiting Uranus and Pluto will square one another consistently, within orb of one another, until the year 2018. This has major ramifications for the world as Uranus/Pluto squares in the Signs of Aries and Capricorn influence powerful global rebellious tendencies that could lead to the near collapse of governments, and in some cases, outright revolutions taking place in several countries worldwide.

The cardinal square of Uranus in a violent Sign of Aries forces established structures (Capricorn) to often respond ruthlessly to problems that has long been allowed to fester without resolution.

This can lead to events on large-scale events such as revolutions that can overwhelm establishments that have not adjusted from the transition from the legacy era of the late 20th century to the new era of the 21st century.

Dangerous situations can arise during Uranus/Pluto squares where people may have to face potentially life-threatening situations not initiated by them, but forced on them nonetheless because of events affecting large numbers of people.

Sudden financial losses can also come under this transit if finances are not handled properly. Power struggles to and within corporations, as well as outright public rebellions are a constant threat under this Uranus/Pluto square due to the failure of established power structures to concede power, or who have become too conservative, rigid, and unyielding in their philosophy as to have outlived their usefulness.

The failure of individuals, groups, organizations, corporate and government leaders, to use the 15-months of Uranus’ first transit of tropical Aries will surely lead to great upsets that will shake the foundations of all existing structures, and, in the cases of many, destroy them for good.

One of the most serious problems concerning The Cardinal Climax world transits of 2010/2011 will be in the proper use of Time. From my perspective, the wasting of valuable time by not resolving outstanding problems before these outer planets configure is a direct cause of the later, more serious events to take place worldwide in the 2010s.

The best way to counter the most powerful malefic transits of the 2010s is for many people, groups, organizations, governments and nations to freely admit that times are changing, and to make serious and lasting adjustments to the way business is done, and how society must work together positively, before the world transits configure into unfavorable positions.

One of the ways the planet’s energies affect the world is through the lack of use of positive free will, and the allowance of negativity to dominate until the malefic influences build to a crescendo.

For much of 2009, transiting Jupiter will conjoin Chiron and Neptune in tropical Aquarius as transiting Saturn continues its oppositions to Uranus in Pisces throughout the year while Saturn moves into its first major square to Pluto in Capricorn by November 2009, and throughout much of 2010.

However, the months of July through November 2009 contain some of the best world transits to make progress for those people willing to adapt, which can be continued into the early months of 2010, just before the Cardinal Climax transits of summer 2010 come into play.

Trends show that local businesses through the work of entrepreneurs can see opportunity in these times, according to the trend research of Gerald Celeste of New York’s Trends Institute, who highlights the commercial crash of retail in 2009, his trends for 2009, and about his difficulty in taking out money from his hometown bank.

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James Kunstler says,“Lending on the scale that became normal over the last decade is for sure the one thing that we will not recover. We turn around in 2009 to find ourselves a much poorer nation than we thought we were a year ago, especially among that broad range of formerly middle-class wage-earners who lived so luxuriously until yesterday. The public can’t process this reality, and the president, for all his relaxed charm, is either not ready to articulate it, or can’t process it himself.

Letting go of ego and discovering one’s soul

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In a previous post I wrote about the deconstruction of our ego self in ‘The separation of the worlds’ article. In this article I would like to contine on with this theme as it has been playing a very important role in my own life over the last year.  I do believe when you reach a certain point along your ascension journey, after having a spiritual awakening, such as a kundalini event, questioning the new you that emerges cannot be ignored. 

Everything in your life comes up for reflection. You cannot hide from yourself as there is no where to run.  The you who you have always known and conversed with in the depths of your mind becomes altered and any belief systems that you have held are shattered systematically and dramatically.  A kundalini awakening can bring on an ego wipeout.  This is a term I have adopted from Noel Tyl, a renowned astrologer.  I certainly did experience this for myself when my solar arc midheaven conjuncted my natal neptune.  Reality as I new it disappeared into a forest of neptunian illusion, deception and destruction.  I have since rebounded and am coming to peace with myself and the new belief systems I have incorporated into my daily life.  I am certainly not the same person I was before my awakening and boy am I glad for that.

Before my kundalini awakening I would not have been able to distinguish  a difference between my soul and my ego.  So what is the difference you might ask as I can hear you saying this to yourself?  A year ago I would not have been able to offer any descriptions on this matter.  At that time I was still looking outside of myself to find the answers, there is nothing wrong with this of course it is how we learn, but using discernment I have learned is extremely important when you have experienced a kundalini awakening or any kind of spiritual emergency because at these times we are at our most vulnerable.  There is alot of deception in the spirtual community  and it is important to question the belief systems others are imposing on us albeit voluntarily as many of us want to unlock the mysteries around us.  It is also important to be aware of others who masquerade their egos purporting information that nobody else knows, leading you to believe that they are the only ones who can guide you to your desired goal.  This is why I enjoy the work of Karen Bishop.  She is simplistic in her approach, and stays away from hosting forums, having a facebook page etc, which of course are all trappings of ego whether we want to admit this or not.  She allows her message to speak for itself freely without charge for the most part and she doesn’t claim to know everything.

When I first had my kundalini awakening I experienced many physical and non-physical occurences in my body and around me.  Inside of me I felt as if someone turned a light switch on and I physically felt an inner warmness just under my heart chakra and above my solar plexus.  I had discovered the seat of my soul and was beginning to make contact with my higher self in a way that I had never done before.  Depending on how in tune I am with my higher self this feeling is either now always constant or drifts in or out.  I use it as a gage to decipher and encode if I am allowing my soul to guide me or if my ego has taken over.

The difference between those of us who have had a kundaini awakening and those who have not, I believe, can be found in how we express our ego selves.  Whether we like it or not our ego is expressed through our personality.  We cannot escape it.  In astrological terms it is our natal chart.  Our ego is a lense that we perceive the world through.  It controls our belief systems, our reactions to others and how we even sabotage and jeopardise ourself.  Our soul is our true essence and in astrology it is known as the draconic chart, when we consciously let go of our ego we are allowing our soul, the higher self of our essence to take over. 

I have been having many lessons that have been teaching me the necessity in letting go of ego.  For me, it has been through financial issues.  Yes, that’s right money problems.  When you cannot pay your bills and mortgage  you have only one option, let your ego go and ask for help!  A Christian would say put your faith in God, he will provide for you.  Whereas someone on a different spiritual path like myself would say let go and let your soul guide you.

I am certainly not going to purport that we can completely override our egos.  To be honest it is foolhardy to believe this.  Yet we can be more aware of our egos by letting go  and trying not to be in control all the time, when we begin to do this then we are truly beginning to be in line with our soul’s purpose.  Running to others to find the answers ceases to be important because the soul knows deep down inside and will eventually guide you, the ego doesn’t and will constantly produce feelings of fear and insecurity to get you to respond to the environment and obstacles in your way.

Valentine

The astrology of spiritual awakening, a case study part I

Unfortunately astrology has been confined to the outskirts of conscious awareness.  We live in a world where anything that is of any real value and has the ability to shift our consciousness for the better is marginalised and made fun of.  Astrology is a science and is the oldest science on this planet  and great thinkers over the many centuries have studied this science worldwide.  Astrology is a great tool and if you would like to understand ascension and the shift of consciousness from 3-D to 5-D then a study into astrology will help you greatly.  In parts I & II of my ascension nightmare and how I got to where I am now posts I discussed my experience of a kundalini release and how it all works in the wider scheme of things.  In this post I discuss the astrology of ascension using my own chart as a case study.

One of the best works I’ve read so far that addresses the issue of kundalini and astrology is Barbara Hand Clow’s Liquid, Light, Sex: Kundalini, Astrology, and the Key Life Transitions.  In this work Barbara Hand Clow embarks on a great journey explaining how the time clock of astrology signals our mid-life crises transits which take place to transform us, and not just make our lives fall apart, which is what most mid-life transits actually feel like.  The key to any transition is the release of kundalini energy and for better or worst its purpose is to make us face ourselves and evolve into higher levels of consciousness.  Throughout the book Barabara focuses her attention on the planets Uranus, Saturn and Pluto and Asteroid Chiron as major triggers for releasing the kundalini.   Barbara’s work could go into the astrology of ascension even more directly, I believe she is more than equipped to do this but may have resisted to avoid scaring off more mainstream readers.  However, the undertones of ascension are definitely there.  Yet many of us are having kundalini releases and we haven’t reached our forties or fifties so what shadowy figure in the astrological world is responsible for this?

At the moment I can only use myself as a case study, but this area certainly does call for some further research.  I would say officially that my kundalini released itself in August 2007.  I was 35 and experiencing an approaching square of Pluto to my natal Pluto which is at 29 Virgo. Most astrologers without a doubt give the Pluto square Pluto transit more credit as a great life transforming transit and and believe it to be more potent and volatile than the saturn return.  My ascendant is at 26 Sagittarius and my moon is at 27 Sagittaurius both being tightly conjunct.  Since 1995 I had been hosting Pluto in my 12th house which helps to explain the cleansing theme of hynoptherapy and counselling I underwent starting in 2003 as it began to get close to my ascendant and moon.  Pluto in my 12th house brought out all of my fears and painful memories and for years I battlled with anxiety and insomnia beginning in 1999 until I couldn’t take it any longer and decided to reach out for help in 2003.  As my ascendant and moon are at 26  and 27 degrees Sagittarius they are both conjunct the Galactic Centre, a mystical black hole in the centre of the Milky Way.  In 2006- 2007 Pluto exactly conjuncted the Galactic Centre for the first time in 250 years which was seen as a monumental event in astrological terms.  We all held our breaths and wondered what message would come as Pluto crossed this sensitive point and began its entry into Capricorn.

As a late Sagittarius rising individual Pluto conjuncting my ascendant and Moon stirred and dislodged great energies inside of me which brought on my kundalini release.  Something big was definitely happening in my life.  Pluto crossing the ascendant is always a big deal and you and your life are never the same.  But as my moon and ascendant and natal Pluto were all being touched and triggered by the transformative and destructive energies of Pluto, lord of the underworld, something deep inside of me certainly was unleashed.  Coupled with the energy of the Galactic Centre which I was born with natally I felt like someone had plugged me into an electrical outlet and left my to fry.  I was baking in full on cosmic energies directly from the central sun, the Galactic Centre, for many months and when Jupiter joined the party with Pluto in September 2007 it expanded all of the energies that were charging through my body. 

It is said that a life changing transit can be read in many ways in the astrological chart.  In my progressed chart looking at the solar arc progressions my SA Midheaven was conjunct my natal neptune which is at 3 Sagittarius. My SA Pluto was conjunct my natal Midheaven at 0 Scorpio, my SA Neptune was conjunct my natal Jupiter which is at 6 Capricorn.  Jupiter is also my chart ruler.  And my solar arc Ascendant had just changed signs and was at 0 Aquarius.  Noel Tyl who is credited with educating the astrological community about solar arcs says that when either the solar arc midheaven and natal Neptune or vice versa make a conjunction or when the solar arc Neptune hits an angle an ego wipeout usually occurs.  Spiritual awakening and transcendence also takes place but one cannot occur without the the other.

I certainly did experience an ego wipeout and because of this my consciousness opened up fully allowing me to awaken spiritually with little choice.  Without a doubt the trigger for me was the planet Pluto, and what followed was definitely a Plutonic tale as the building blocks in my life fell in a domino effect in a blink of an eye.  In part II I will discuss how Pluto completely transformed my life taking me to where I am now.

Valentine St Aubyn