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HOMER’s ODYSSEY, Chap. IV- CANCER

Posted on November 19th, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

We’re up to our fourth chapter of Homer which correlates to the fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer. Ruled by the Moon, this is a Cardinal Water sign that deals with the feminine, home, family, silver, womb and birth, bath, beds, sleep and things nautical.

And then, there’s always food. As a water sign, their emotions flow. They cry a lot.

In the category under women in this chapter alone we have various associations that wrap their arms around the feminine as daughter, bride, maid, housekeeper, queen, Aphrodite, Helen, Artemis, wife, shameless whore, a train of women, a woman of Egypt, Trojan women, serving women . . .  and that’s only from the first ten out of 36 pages of the Robert Fagles translation.

But these are simply vocabulary words, words alone. Let’s read the verses as Homer wrote them (translation aside) and jump back into the lyrics themselves.

But God himself, jealous of all this no doubt,

            robbed that unlucky man, him and him alone,

            of the day of his return.”

                                                             So Menelaus mused

            and stirred in them all a deep desire to grieve

            Helen of Argos, daughter of Zeus, dissolved in tears.

            Telemachus wept too, and so did Atreus’ son Menelaus.

            Nor could Nestor’s son Pisistratus stay dry-eyed,

            remembering now his gallant brother Antilochus,

            cut down by Memnon, splendid son of the Morning . . .

Four grown individuals, three men and a woman, moved to a puddle of tears by their grief stricken memories.

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. At least, not in these lines.

And here another example of grief, tears and memories being emphasized in this chapter.

                                                            And still,

            much as I weep for all my men, grieving sorely,

            time and again, sitting here in these royal halls,

            now indulging myself in tears, now brushing tears away-

            the grief that numbs the spirit guts us quickly-

            for none of all those comrades, pained as I am,

            do I grieve as much for one . . .

            that man who makes sleep hateful, even food,

            as I pour over his memory. No one, not in Achaean,

            labored hard as Odysseus labored or achieved so much.

            And how did his struggles end? In suffering for that man;

            for me, in relentless, heartbreaking grief for him,

            lost and gone so long now- dead or alive, who knows?

            How they much mourn him too, Laertes, the old man,

            and self-possessed Penelope. Telemachus as well,

            the boy he left a babe in arms at home.”

Here’s some earlier lines that invoke a number of our lunar/Cancerian images. Telemachus and his buddy Pisistratus have just arrived at the palace (home) of Menelaus and his lovely wife Helen, the pearl of women, the one over whom the entire war had been fought. Here the focus is home and food, but it is not limited to that.

                        Both struck by the sight, 

            they marveled up and down the house of the warlord dear to Zeus-

            a radiance strong as the moon or rising sun came flooding 

            through the high-roofed halls of illustrious Menelaus. 

            Once they’d feasted their eyes with gazing at it all,

            into the burnished tubs they climbed and bathed

            When women had washed them, rubbed them down with oil

            they took up seats of honor next to Atrides Menelaus. 

            A maid brought water soon in a graceful golden pitcher

            and over a silver basin tipped it out

            so that they might rinse their hands,

            then pulled a gleaming table to their side. 

            A staid housekeeper brought on bread to serve them,

            appetizers aplenty too, lavish with bounty.

            As a carver lifted platters of meat toward them, 

            meats of every sort, and set before them golden cups,

            the red-haired king Menelaus greeted both guests warmly:

            “Help yourselves to food, and welcome!

It is in this chapter that Odysseus must wrestle with the “Old Man of the

Sea” in order to obtain the information needed to get off the island he is landlocked          on. Once again, we find tears:

            So Proteus (the Old Man of the Sea) said, and his story crushed my heart. 

            I knelt down in the sand and wept. I’d no desire 

            to go on living and see the rising light of day. 

            But once I’d had my fill of tears and writhing there,

            the Old Man of the Sea who never lies continued,

            ‘No more now, now Menelaus. How long must you weep?

            Withering tears, what good can come of tears?

            None I know of. Strive instead to return

            to your native country- hurry home at once!

And once more we have a veil of tears at the end of the chapter, when the wife of Odysseus learns that her son had set out for distant lands, to catch some news of his long lost father.

Down she sank on her well built chamber’s floor,

            weeping, pitifully, as the women whimpered around her,

            all the women, young and old, who served her house.

            Penelope, sobbing uncontrollably, cried out to them . . .

And then later, after exhaustion finally overwhelms her:

 Harried so she was, when a deep sleep overcame her,

             back she sank and slept, her limbs fell limp and still.

           And again the bright-eyed goddess Pallas thought

of one more way to help. She made a phantom now,

            its build like a woman’s build, Iphthime’s, yes,

            another daughter of generous Lord Icarius,

            Eumelus’ bride, who made her home in Pherae.

            Athena sped her on to King Odysseus’ house

            to spare Penelope, worn with pain and sobbing,

            further spells of grief and storms of tears.

            The phantom entered her bedroom,

            passing quickly in through the doorbolt slit

            and hovering at her head she rose and spoke now 

            “Sleeping Penelope, your heart so wrung with sorrow?

            No need, I tell you, no, the gods who live at ease

            can’t bear to let you weep and rack your spirit

            Your son will still come home- it is decreed. 

            He’s never wronged the gods in any way.”. .

            And Penelope murmured back, still cautious,

            drifting softly now at the gate of dreams . . .

            You tell me to lay to rest the grief and tears

            that overwhelm me now, torment me, heart and soul? . . .

            “Courage!” the shadowy phantom reassured her.

            “Don’t be overwhelmed by all your direst fears.

            He travels with such an escort, one that others

            would pray to stand beside them. She has power-

            Pallas Athena. She pities you in your tears

            She wings me here to tell you all these things.” . . .

                                                                  At that

            she glided off by the doorpost past the bolt-

            gone on a lifting breeze. Icarius’ daughter

            started up from sleep, her spirit warmed now

            that a dream so clear had come to her in darkest night

Silvery ghosts to the rescue!

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Daily Planets- 11/17/17

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by Don Cerow

November 17-November 23, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 17th- Things take a hard right turn this morning. Use your own ideas as to how to put it right. We head into late lunar cycle tonight. Get some rest after the Sun goes down.

Saturday, 18th- The New Moon is early this morning, but wait until Monday (Moon Day) to start anything new. We float until 2:00 today, but people are libel to get angry about things late afternoon and early tomorrow morning.

V/C Moon 6:42 A-1:59 PM when it enters Sagittarius

Sunday, 19th- A little after 7:00 this morning Mars squares Pluto. Deep seated anger is likely to be stirred. There could be loss, breakage or simple some very old memories being stirred which sets us off. Avoid impulse and be careful in dealing with loved ones. The more you want to the more you shouldn’t. Late afternoon and into the evening is OK.

Monday, 20th- We’re chatty this morning. Early afternoon is full. Later afternoon (4:30ish) is some of the best. Finish projects by 7:30 PM in time for the Void-of-Course Moon.

V/C Moon 7:26 PM-2:14 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Capricorn

Tuesday, 21st- This is a quieter day that runs along more smoothly than most we’ve seen recently. There are mild attractions, or satisfactions, that go with the earlier morning. We move into a particularly pleasant evening tonight.

Wednesday, 22ndNeptune’s pivot this morning may challenge our beliefs. The Earth shaker is disturbed and stirred from his slumber. The afternoon stirs the embers of our passions into a flickering flame, but don’t jump too quickly before assessing the situation.

Thursday, 23rd- The morning should be very relaxed, as is the first half of the afternoon. The evening is fun, creative and social, depending on what you want to do with it, particularly between 6:00 and 9:00 PM. Early or late,

V/C Moon 5:33 AM-3:14 PM when it enters Aquarius

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Daily Planets- 11/10/17

Posted on November 9th, 2017 by Don Cerow

November 10-November 16, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 10th- Conversation this morning is pleasant, early afternoon is under the table (count your change), and later evening is socially excellent.

Saturday, 11th- Take it easy during the morning under the V/C Moon, and then get ready to uncover a gem through the rest of the day. There is a magnetism that pulls us in after lunch, and then continues into the later evening.

V/C Moon 3:55 AM-11:41 AM when it enters Virgo

Sunday, 12th- We’re organized and health conscious through a good portion of the day. Put your plans into action late morning. Later into the evening we begin to feel a nervous system buzz. Communicational wires may crossed.

Monday, 13th- We’re thrown a shift in gears mid-morning that ways on us, but by early afternoon have turned it around and made some good use of our time, even if it’s only cleaning up.

V/C Moon 10:45 AM-6:26 when it enters Libra

Tuesday, 14th- The morning is pleasant, later afternoon is worn out. Give yourself some space. We feel energized after 9:00 PM. Passions may flow.

Wednesday, 15thMost of the activity runs through the afternoon. For the most part we’re doing really well. Finish up projects by 8:00 PM and cut yourself some slack. Getting to bed earlier than usual may pay dividends.

V/C Moon 7:50 PM-3:19 AM (Thursday) when it enters Scorpio

Thursday, 16th- As we head into mid-morning the energy feels really good. We’re relaxed and at peace with the world. Look for the silver lining in the events all around you. Early afternoon and early evening are very pleasant for different reasons.

 

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HOMER’S ODYSSEY, Chap. III- GEMINI

Posted on November 4th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac. Ruled by Mercury, it is a Mutable AIR sign which deals with the intellect and nervous systems. This is the sign of duality as represented by the Twins, brothers and sibling. They’re clever and precocious. If you know the myth about Hermes birth, it highlights his creativity on his very first day of life, and of how quickly he becomes bored with each.

The Mind is the center of thought and communication, of strategy and a way with words. In our first selection here, we follow lines which demonstrate articulate expression, of two as one. In these verses wise old Nestor the noble charioteer tells what he remembered about his relationship to Odysseus.

Nine years we wove a web of disaster* for those Trojans,
pressing them hard with every tactic known to man,
and only after we slaved did Zeus award us victory.
And no one there could hope to rival Odysseus,
Not for his sheer cunning-
at every twist of strategy he excelled us all.
Your father, yes, if you are in fact his son…
I look at you and a sense of wonder takes me.
Your way with words- it’s just like his- I’d swear
no youngster could every speak like you, so apt, so telling.
As long as I and great Odysseus soldiered there,
never once did we speak out at odds,
neither in open muster nor in royal council:
forever one in mind, in judgment balanced, shrewd,
we mapped our armies’ plans so that things might turn out best.
(lines 131-145)

[*Etymology. The word disaster is derived from Middle French désastre and that from Old Italian disastro, which in turn comes from the Ancient Greek pejorative prefix δυσ-, (dus-) "bad" and ἀστήρ (aster), "star".]

That’s the high road, when two see as one, forever one in mind. But then Homer immediately flips the coin and illustrates the alternative side, of when two brothers (Gemini) go the low road and make erroneous choices. Of course in this case, the ‘road’ represents the maritime journey home and the plans involved to get there.

Eyes afire,
Athena set them feuding, Atreus’ two sons
They summoned all the Achaean ranks to muster,
rashly, just at sunset- no hour to rally troops-
and in they straggled, sodden with wine, our heroes.
The brothers harangued themtold them why they’d met:
a crisis- Menelaus urging the men to fix their minds
on the voyage home across the sea’s broad back,
but it brought no joy to Agamemnon, not at all.
He meant to detain us there and offer victims,
anything to appease Athena’s dreadful wrath-
poor fool, he never dreamed Athena would not comply.
The minds of the everlasting gods don’t change so quickly.
So the two of them stood there, wrangling back and forth
till the armies sprang up, their armor clashing, ungodly uproar-
two plans split the ranks. That night we barely slept,
seething with hard feelings against our own comrades,
for Zeus was brooding over us, poised to seal our doom…
At dawn, half of us hauled our vessels down to the sea,
we stowed our plunder, our stashed and lovely women.
But half the men held back, camped on the beech,
Waiting it out for Agamemnon’s next commands

(lines 151-172)

Under the banner of communication flow the following lines-

“Telemachus. . . this is not the time.                                     (line 16)
We sailed the seas for this, for news of your father. . .
Press him yourself to tell the whole truth:
he’ll never lie- the man is far too wise.”

The prince repliedwise in his own way too,                     (line 23)
“How can I greet him, Mentor, even approach the king?
I’m hardly adept at subtle conversation.
Someone my age might feel shy, what’s more,
interrogating an older man.”

Telemachus,”                                                          (line 27)
the bright-eyed goddess Athena reassured him,
some of the words you’ll find within yourself,
the rest some power will inspire you to say,

Of course there are other Mercurial images that may be found here, clues to a cosmic puzzle. We’ve looked at various shades of speech, from ignorance to truth, subtle in its design, but there are many others. Hands are among the parts of the body ruled by Gemini (as are arms, lungs and the nervous systems), and we see this theme early in the chapter,

” . . . grasped their hands and sat them down at the feast . . .”      (line 41)

” . . . all according to custom- hand this cup . . .                               (line 51)

” . . . Pisistratus placed in her hand the cup of mellow wine . . . ”      (line 58)

” . . . She offered the rich two-handled cup to Telemachus,                (line 71)
Odysseus’ son, who echoed back her prayer word for word.”

” . . . weather he went down on land at enemy hands . . .”              (line 100)

Throughout this chapter, Nestor is referred to twelve times as the noble chariot driver. It is hammered home. In the ancient world a chariot was your car or vehicle for getting around from town to town. He is an intelligent man who makes correct choices. These horses are bred and paired (2) to run all day long.

Nestor the noble chariot-driver issued orders;
“Hurry, my boys! Bring Telemachus horses:
a good full maned team-
hitch them to a chariot- he must be off at once.”

They listened closely, snapped to his commands . . .” 

As the ruler of roads the symbolism of Hermes (Mercury) is brought to light (or it’s lack) in the final two paragraphs, and indeed in the last lingering line of chapter three. In the penultimate paragraph it leads,

“The sun sank and the roads of the world grew dark . . .”        (line 546)

And then in the ultimate paragraph and final line we hear it again:

. . . as the sun sank and the roads of the world grew dark.”              (line 557)

A Mercurial image as it fades from view, twice repeated, twice repeated.

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Daily Planets- 11/03/17

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by Don Cerow

November 3-November 9, 2017

EST begins 2:00 AM Nov. 5 2017.

Friday, 3rd- We can get some things done in the morning, and are content as we head into mid-afternoon. We bring what we imagine into focus. Things may not move as fast as we’d like around 6:00 PM and the pressure grows as we head into midnight.

The V/C Moon ends at 5:46 AM when it enters Taurus

Saturday, 4th- The Full Moon was early this morning. Many found it hard to sleep last night, but our focus is excellent as we head into 10:00 AM. Don’t forget to fall back tomorrow morning. It’s time to set your seasonal clocks.

Sunday, 5th- The Gemini Moon finds us chatty and curious this morning, with an extra charge kicking in as Mercury enters Sagittarius before 3:00 PM. Our wisdom is spread a little thin. We don’t know as much as we pretend to. 8:00 PM is good, while midnight is uncertain.

V/C Moon 4:28 AM-5:26 AM when it enters Gemini

Monday, 6th- Nervous energy is a little stronger than usual today. You might want to hold off from that additional cup of coffee. If you focus the energy we can get quite a few projects done, but many will simply choose to jabber.

Tuesday, 7th- Mid-afternoon into the early evening feels really good . We’re energized and excited. Don’t jump the gun around 10:00 PM, while midnight allows us some real peace.

V/C Moon 5:39 AM-5:44 AM when it enters Cancer

Wednesday, 8thWe can get some of our own things done before 9:00 this morning, but see things from a different point of view around 10:00 PM. Finish projects before 10:00 tonight, and be in bed before midnight.

Thursday, 9th- We miss the point early evening. We feel drained, as though our get up and go got up and went. 5:30 PM is the last shot at clarity, so don’t be surprised if people don’t ‘get’ what you’re doing.

V/C Moon 0:14 AM-7:29 AM when it enters Leo

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Daily Planets- 10/27/17

Posted on October 27th, 2017 by Don Cerow

October 27-November 2, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 27th- We’re a little fuzzy as we get up this morning, but things really start to kick into gear mid-afternoon. We’re not in agreement from about 8:30 to 11:30 PM, but start to work things out by midnight.

V/C Moon 1:22 AM-8:59 AM when it enters Aquarius

Saturday, 28th- An emotionally charged day when people move from an early morning restlessness to an early afternoon magic for those that can see the potential. From 8:00 to 9:00 PM is the social best.

Sunday, 29th- We’re running to keep up late morning, but feel satisfied with our efforts around noon. Take a break until 8:00 PM. Emotions run deep leading into midnight.

V/C Moon 12:22 PM-7:46 PM when it enters Pisces

Monday, 30th- Early morning is best, leading into 10:00 AM. Between 4:00 and 5:00 PM would be a good time to get away and commune with nature (you remember nature) as we’re sensitive to our environment and all that is in it.

Tuesday, 31st- We figure things out early afternoon, getting a hold of those who have the information. The veil begins to drop around 6:00 PM and there’s both magic and mystery leading into midnight for those who have the imagination to see it.

V/C Moon 5:08 PM-2:43 AM (Wednesday) when it enters Aries

Wednesday, 1stWe’re busy through the morning, but start to feel last night’s fatigue kicking in around 6:00 PM. Mid to late evening is the most pronounced. Past midnight is good.

Thursday, 2nd- Today’s turn of events tends to throw us for a loop, bringing back old issues from out of our youth. People say things that come from out of left field. Choices could be erroneous, mistakes costly. This one is strong and runs deep. Take it easy man.

V/C Moon 11:03 PM-5:46 AM when it enters Taurus

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HOMER’s ODYSSEY, Chap. II- TAURUS

Posted on October 19th, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

WORDLY TREASURES

            So, we will devour your worldly goods and wealth
            as long as she holds out, holds to that course
the gods have chartered deep inside her heart.
Great renown she wins for herself, no doubt,
great loss for you in treasure.
 

These lines capture some of essential theme of chapter two of Homer’s Odyssey. The second constellation of the zodiac is Taurus, a Fixed Earth archetype, ruled by the planet Venus. The ‘Fixed Earth’ connotation implies long term material acquisition. It also implies, as seen in the lines above, that Penelope is stubbornly resisting giving up on Odysseus, believing that he will one day come home, even after twenty years of patience.

But it is essentially one’s personal treasures that is focused on in this chapter, whether it be one’s clothing and collectibles, or the stocks that one lays up in their storehouse or ship’s hole. A well honed sword flung over the shoulder (the part of the body ruled by Taurus), rawhide sandals (made from the skin of the cow), a bronze spear, with two sleek hounds at his heels make this an auspicious beginning for the chapter.

As Homer puts it, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, is handsome as a god (Venus).

And all this just from the first page of chapter two.

Of course, most of these treasures come into the spotlight because the suitors are consuming them at an alarming rate. Here are a few clips:

…they butcher our cattle, our sheep, our fat-goats
feasting themselves sick
all of it squandered.

Rich or poor, accumulation or squandered, it’s all a gage of $. In the classical world, the Beautiful Bovine, and of how many you had, was one principle way to measure this wealth.

…and all our worldly goods in the bargain…

If you were devouring my treasure, all my cattle…

…yes, if a man of such wealth should lie in state…

Devour your own possessions…

Essentially the value of our metaphorical coin.

And you, old man, we’ll clap some fine on you
you’ll weep to pay, a fine to crush your spirit!

In effect, we’re going to take some of your personal fortune.

The prince’s wealth will be devoured as always,
mercilessly- no reparations ever…

they lay their lives on the line when they consume
Odysseus’ worldly goods.

What a bore! He’d double our work for us,
splitting up his goods, parceling out his house…

…her care, her vigilance, guarding all those treasures…

Kill you by guile,
they will, and carve your birthright up in pieces.

Your treasure. And then there’s all the leather laden clothing, stores and equipment. We’ve already been introduced to the rawhide sandals Telemachus wears upon his feet…

But get your rations ready,
pack them all in vessels, the wine in jars,
and barley-meal- the marrow of men’s bones-
in durable skins

Pour me barley in well-stitched leather bags…

…and poured barley in well-stitched leather bags.

They sprang to orders,
hoisting the pinewood mast, they stepped it firm
in its block amidships, lashed it fast with stays
and with braided rawhide halyards hauled the white sail high.

What a wonderful way to learn astrology! Each chapter is laced with the images of the archetype inherent under that constellation. It is very easy to get lost in the story-line, missing all the clues that are at work.

There are other themes as well, that we have not mentioned as in the dowry (…her kin will arrange the wedding, provide the gifts, the array that goes with a daughter dearly loved…), of all the food and wine stored in Odysseus’ home (…but Telemachus headed down to his father’s storeroom, broad and vaulted, piled high with gold and bronze, chests packed with clothing, vats of redolent oil. And there, standing in close ranks against the wall, were jars of seasoned, mellow wine, holding the drink unmixed inside them, fit for a god…) of the peace and serenity that comes from the enjoyment of life (…how could I dine with you in peace, and take my pleasure?), and of the power of Venus locked up in the ‘bevies of brides,’ etc.

This chapter is rich with imagery.

All this, in just one chapter out of 24, represents a three thousand year old time capsule waiting to be opened, to learn about what little has changed, and of how life was viewed before the Age of Technology and the influence of the Bible.

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Daily Planets- 10/20/17

Posted on October 19th, 2017 by Don Cerow

October 20-October 26, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 20th- We’re very focused this morning and get right down to the essence of things. After 6:30 PM is very nice, at least up until about 10:30 PM.

Saturday, 21st- A quiet day, celestially speaking. Whatever we put our efforts to seems to work fairly well. The Scorpio Moon helps us to stay on top of things, or perhaps the bottom of things, if you know what I mean.

Sunday, 22nd- Mars enters Libra today, which suggests that people want to push their own sense of fair play on others. Along about 3:00 PM we’re not real interested in their set of standards.

V/C Moon 7:35 AM-7:57 AM when it enters Sagittarius

Monday, 23rd- After 8:00 this morning is excellent for physical tasks. Late morning there’s some disagreement, while around 4:00 PM we don’t really grok where others are coming from (what planet did you say you were from?). There’s a better sense of proportion along about 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, 24th- Get it done in the morning. Enjoy the afternoon. Feel awake as we approach midnight. Initiate not important tasks through the afternoon for the usual reasons.

V/C Moon 12:44 PM-8:12 PM when it enters Capricorn

Wednesday, 25thFrom start to finish, a nice day when we tend to get along better with the establishment.

Thursday, 26th- The best day of the week, culminating a little after lunchtime. We feel optimistic, are happy about life, and find a little more passion in what it is that we do. Powerful events are being outline in the media, and there could be some deep discoveries being made in the outside world.

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Daily Planets- 10/13/17

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by Don Cerow

October 13-October 19, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 13th- We’re surprised by what we learn this morning and it may throw us for a bit of a loop. We’re pushing to get things done by 10:00 PM, and feel a little restless after midnight.

V/C Moon 0:00 AM-2:41 AM when it enters Leo

Saturday, 14th- We’re taking an opposing point of view as we get up and going today. The information being offered late morning may not be right on the mark and could produce some interpersonal controversy. Noon is nice, late afternoon fun and 7:00 PM productive.

Sunday, 15th- We’re focused on health, nutrition and organization and are able to get quite a bit accomplished through the afternoon. Tidying up works well. Those up after midnight enjoy.

V/C Moon 1:27 AM-7:19 AM when it enters Virgo

Monday, 16th- Yesterday’s efficiency carries through to today, growing strongest around 1:00 PM. Be careful as the day winds down as we could make some serious mistakes due to fatigue. We’re exhausted, which leads to some potentially serious miscalculations both late today and with tomorrow’s dawn.

Tuesday, 17th- The early morning is radical, but after the disruption we settle down into the early afternoon to some fairly pleasant vibes. We get along with one another through the afternoon and particularly enjoy the social setting of 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

V/C Moon 7:27 AM-1:35 PM when it enters Libra

Wednesday, 18thWe’re winding down with the late lunar energy but are still able to finish off  larger projects into the evening. Some are particularly chatty tonight.

Thursday, 19th- We’re tuned into our differences this afternoon and don’t feel as though we can get things sparked through the latter afternoon and into the evening.

V/C Moon 3:12 PM-9:41 PM when it enters Scorpio

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Daily Planets- 10/06/17

Posted on October 6th, 2017 by Don Cerow

October 6-October 12, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 6th- We forget or miss things throughout the latter morning and mid afternoon. Significant developments begin to take place through the course of this weekend, developments that shake our world view. Today and tomorrow are most powerfully impacted.

V/C Moon 6:38 PM-7:56 PM when it enters Taurus

Saturday, 7th- The herald of our new world order, Uranus, semi-squares Neptune and contraparallels Pluto. These outer planets represent the roots of our foundations, what we believe in in life, many of which we deem to be unquestionable. Faith is being challenged in fundamental ways.

Sunday, 8th- Between 7:00 and 9:30 AM our favorites fall out of favor, but after that the mood seems to lift somewhat and we’re doing much better. Late night could find us seeing the same thing from different points of view. This accelerates with tomorrow’s morning light.

V/C Moon 9:45 AM-9:44 PM when it enters Gemini

Monday, 9th- There could be financial hits between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning, but we feel a little better and tend to look at the bright side by noon. Between 6:00 and 9:00 PM actions could be difficult to dangerous. Confrontations could be costly. Slow down and consider carefully what you are being offered.

Tuesday, 10th- The reverberations of the last couple of days continue to be felt, especially so late morning. Late afternoon also has a bit of an edge, but midnight lifts our spirits somewhat.

V/C Moon 6:24 PM-11:38 PM when it enters Cancer

Wednesday, 11thMid-morning and late afternoon slow us down and change what we hoped would not be changed. After 5:30 PM though we get a break that lasts right through midnight. We feel more better.

Thursday, 12th- We return to a more normal state of affairs today with the lows not as low nor the highs as high. Some of the hard work of early afternoon yields fruit for those working past 10:00 PM

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HOMER’s ODYSSEY, Chap. I- ARIES

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by Don Cerow

            GOLDEN TREADS

 

In a mix of metaphors, we are to set out once again in a Herculean task as we examine in close detail Homer’s epic work, the Odyssey. Like its predecessor the Iliad, it is a work composed of 24 chapters which is, in essence, an astrological primer for students of the stars. It requires a basic understanding of some of the elements of the stellar science, but once grasped, the pattern jumps out at you as the Greeks studied their notions of divinity and recorded them in this work.

The pattern is incredibly simple. The 24 chapters represent the 12 signs of the zodiac examined twice. Chapters one through twelve represent Aries through Pisces, and then chapters thirteen through twenty four repeat the pattern, with Aries logging in as chapter 13, Taurus chapter 14, etc.

Astrology is a system of symbolism, with its archetypes crafted as repositories of information. Each of these images can open the door to a host of avenues in a fascinating weave of colors and textures that capture a tapestry of mythological themes, opening them into a far deeper understanding of life in its various guises. It is a three thousand year old time capsule giving us images from life in the past.

In our presentation, chapter one represents Aries, the sign (and at the time the Odyssey was composed) and constellation of the Ram. The ruler of Aries is MARS, the ancient and modern symbol of MAN, in all his manly attributes, both high and low. The Sun has archaeologically been represented as the ‘planet’ who was in its exaltation in this sign.

On the flip side, Venus, the ruler of the opposite sign Libra, is thought to be in its detriment in Aries, being as far from its home base as it can be in the zodiacal circle. It is therefore debilitated, weakened, and not thought to be in such a good position in Aries. Finally, Saturn, for the same reason, is in its exaltation in Libra, and is as far from that strength as it can be in Aries and is therefore thought to be in its fall.

That’s it. Mars and the Sun are in their strengths and do well in this position, while Venus and Saturn do not do well in this position and are therefore downgraded in their roles.

Now, let’s begin by looking at the obvious. At this time, the constellation Aries stood at the beginning of the zodiac as was therefore in a position of strength. It’s ruler Mars leaps out as us as a paragon of manly virtues, but these will be contrasted by male ne’r-do-wells throughout the chapter. So for MARS there are those who experience their MANLY virtues in a positive manner, and those who do not demonstrate these qualities well. Pictured above is, to the Greek mind, the ideal MAN, Odysseus.

Line one, book one:

            Sing to me of the MAN, Muse, the MAN of twists and turns. . .

His son Telemachus laments later…

            “Would to god I’d been the son of a HAPPY MAN.”. .

As the archetype of MALE energy, it is the patriarchal line that rules. There’s the MAN, the MAN’s FATHER, and the MAN’s SON, in this case Telemachus as the SON of Odysseus. The book catches this youth as he leaves boyhood behind and becomes a MAN. . .

            You must not cling to your boyhood any longer-

            It’s time you were a MAN. Haven’t you heard

            what GLORY Prince Orestes won throughout the world

            when he killed that cunning, murderous Aegisthus,

            who killed his FAMOUS FATHER?. . 

It would seem that for the Greeks, justifiable homicide was a rite of passage into MANHOOD. In lines that will get me into trouble with a number of my women friends, the following is an example of how the MALE gender lords it over the FEMALE in the cultures of this time.  . .

            Suddenly dissolving in tears and busting through

            the bard’s inspired voice, she cried out, “Phemius! . .

                        break off these words,

            the unendurable song that always RENDS THE HEART inside me…

            the unforgettable grief, it wounds me most of all! . .

This is an example of the debilitated state of Venus. The bard is there singing for the suitors, but against his will. This image sets the stage for the MALE response, to which Telemachus replies: . .

            Why fault the bard if he sings the Argives’ harsh fate?

            It’s always the latest song, the one that echoes last

            in the listeners’ ears, that people praise the most. 

            Courage, mother. Harden your HEART, and listen.

            Odysseus was scarcely THE ONLY ONE, you know. . . 

                        So, mother,

            go back to your quarters. Tend to your own tasks…

                        As for giving orders, 

            MEN will see to that, but I most of all:

            I hold the reins of power in this house.”. . 

This is a demonstration of Telemachus coming into his MANHOOD and demonstrating his new-found strength to his mother. She sees it too. . .

                        She took to HEART

            the clear good sense in what her SON had said. . .

And at this point we should bring in another example, of that of the role of the Sun’s exaltation in Aries, the Sun being the planet most often associated with the HEART and its love and affection. We’ve already seen a few examples, but there are many more in this first chapter. . .

      But one MAN alone, his HEART set on his wife . . .

      Athena says:  “But my HEART breaks for Odysseus…

      far from his loved ones . . .

                        Olympian Zeus

      have you no care for him in your lofty HEART? . .

Prince Telemachus, his… HEART obsessed with grief…

                  Nor do I rack my HEART and grieve for him alone . . .

Take my words to HEART, call the gods to witness…

reach down deep in your HEART and SOUL

            for a way to kill these suitors in your house…

The Sun is the planet associated with the color GOLD, and here in its exaltation we see a number of HEART felt threads coming to the surface of our, or more precisely, Homer’s, tapestry. Repetition is one of the ways in which Homer used symbolism to illustrate a particular celestial theme, as seen here. Of course there are other threads related to our constellation that make themselves known throughout this chapter. Although it does not make an appearance in this episode, Athena was born from the head of Zeus (the sky), the part of the body ruled by Aries. As in the Iliad, Athena’s influence is strong in both of these first chapters, shaping the destiny of those involved, influencing the design of things to come. In the Odyssey Athena raises Telemachus’s spunk, rousing his son to a ‘braver pitch’ inspiring his HEART with COURAGE. GREAT FAME is also there, so that they might be remembered for generations to come.

All of these are powerful Arian traits.

The royal line is represented by the FIRE energy of ARIES, of those who are distinctive, set apart and special in a physical way. Winners might be one way of looking at it, and winners were part of a divine right. The strong right arm of God and martial force go hand in hand with what we are seeing here.

            It’s really not so bad to be a KING. All at once

            your PALACE grows in wealth, your HONORS as well.

            But there are hosts of other Achaean PRINCES, look-

            young and old, crowds of them on our island here-

            and any one of the lot might hold the throne . . .

            But I’ll be lord of my own house and servants,

            all that King Odysseus WON for me by FORCE.”

The flip side to these noble themes (if you consider murdering people in your own home as noble) is contrasted by the suitors feeding off the fat of the land, so to speak; lazy good for nothing princes who only know how to party.

            Look at them over there. Not a care in the world,

            just lyres and tunes! Easy for them all right,

           they feed on another’s goods and go scot-free…

            How obscenely they lounge and swagger here, look, 

            gorging in your house. Why, any MAN of sense 

           who chanced among them would be outraged,

           seeing such behavior.”

Here’s our honorable MAN again.

To be able to reach to the pinnacle of one’s abilities could put one on a level with the gods. They work through us and can assume the guise of many different individuals because at different times, these themes could work through any of us.

After a visit from Athena, Telemachus can feel the difference as some of these heavenly qualities begin to flow through him.

            He felt his senses quicken, over whelmed with wonder—

            this was a GOD, he knew it well and made at once

           for the suitors, a MAN like a god himself… 

            What a fine thing it is

            to listen to such a bard as we have here—

            the MAN sings like a GOD.

            And no mean MAN, not by the looks of him, I’d say.”

And once again, Athena’s spirit flows through Telemachus as he follows her advice.

            …amazed the PRINCE could speak with SO MUCH DARING. 

            “Well, Telemachus, ONLY THE GODS could teach you

             to sound so high and mighty! Such brave talk!

Aries represents many strong and dynamic themes that, according to the ancients, played out better through MEN than through women. Venus in Aries can represent strong, beautiful and dynamic women, but there’s no real love there, at least not for the MAN.

Calypso, the bewitching nymph, the lustrous goddess, held him back…

            craving him for a husband.

She wants it, but he’s not so interested.

As for Saturn’s fall in Aries, the entire book opens in a depressed manor. Our hero’s domicile is under siege from the local suitors, being eaten out of house and home, Odysseus is lost at sea, far from the ones he loves as the sands in the hourglass slowly slip away. Time is moving on, and it has been twenty years since he left at the head of ships bound for Troy, leaving his wife in tears and his son a tender young infant.

In one of the down sides for the male gender, Aries energy works on a short fuse. Their energized Chi causes them to jump into situations even when they are advised not to, but do anyway. It is their own fool HEARTiness that gets them into trouble.

But he (Odysseus) could not save them from disaster, hard as he strove-

            the recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all, the blind fools…

And from that comes this: Zeus says,

            ”Ah how shameless- the way these mortals blame the gods.

            From us alone, they say, come all their miseries, yes, 

            but they themselves, with their own reckless ways, 

            compound their pains beyond their proper share.”

And on a final note, the chapter ends with an Aries image, that of a Ram itself. From the last two lines of chapter one:

            There all night long, wrapped in a

      SHEEPS WARM FLEECE,

            he weighed in his mind the course Athena charted. 

I’d call that a wrap.

 

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Daily Planets- 09/29/17

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 29-October 5, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 29th- Some will focus on either what they don’t have, or what their partner is not coming through with. The zone is fairly tender from 6:00 PM until midnight.

V/C Moon 8:13 PM-0:40 AM when it enters Aquarius

Saturday, 30th- Don’t be excessive with your affections this morning, whether people, places or food. From 3:30 until 9:00 tonight is really quite nice. Love the one you’re with. Some continue to work on their obligations well into the evening. Creative juices begin to flow.

Sunday, 1st- We are able to strategically employ our energy to good use today, especially as we head into the afternoon and early evening. We are drawn to people in a vibe that will run through Tuesday.

Monday, 2nd- We would like to have some of our own down time today, but things are busy and it’s not easy to carve out a niche. We’re most efficient around 6:00 or 6:30, and things get a little agitated into the evening.

V/C Moon 7:13 AM-10:26 AM when it enters Pisces

Tuesday, 3rd- Mid-afternoon is excellent, and early evening ain’t too bad neither. Sunday’s infatuations come back into focus through these times. For the usual reasons, get what’s important done today as the pieces will be slip sliden around tomorrow.

Wednesday, 4thRelax and float with the stream through 4:30 this afternoon. Tonight there may be misunderstandings, we forget things, feel as though folks don’t love us, or just plain old feel tired. This is the evening heading into the Full Moon, so people will react more strongly than usual.

V/C Moon 3:19 AM-4:40 PM when it enters Aries

Thursday, 5th- All in all, this is a great day. We’re feeling more empowered, like what we see (feel, touch, hear etc.) and the pieces seem to be falling into place nicely. It can be time to take on a dirty job, court someone from work or finesse a project to a higher degree. Finish up around 8:00 PM.

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Daily Planets- 09/22/17

Posted on September 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 22-September 28, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 22nd- The morning is slightly beyond our grasp, but the afternoon, and the Equinox, hold some really important answers as to how to gather the resources you need. Dig for solutions and be willing to commit, just don’t go overboard.

V/C Moon 9:04 AM-1:40 PM when it enters Scorpio

Saturday, 23rd- The morning is enjoyable, the early afternoon peaceful, the evening sensual. Get things done today, as tomorrow is V/C most all the live-long day. It will be harder to get the pieces to fit together. It can be done, it’s just more difficult.

Sunday, 24th- Traditional favorites are the name of the game this morning, with noon possibly some of the best energy of the day. The evening is agitated.

V/C Moon 3:33 AM-0:01 AM (Monday) when it enters Sagittarius

Monday, 25th- It’s easier to get agreements or figure things out in the early morning. Mid-morning is a different story. Detours and delays slow us down. This is not a time to be asking for help. As we move through the later afternoon the mood begins to lift somewhat.

Tuesday, 26th- Early morning is excellent, while mid-morning is focused. Tonight brings some of yesterday morning’s issues back to the fore. Giving onerous projects or people time may be part of the solution.

Wednesday, 27thThose up after 5:00 this morning really enjoy the allure of the new day’s energy through to about 8:00 AM. Mid-morning is disorienting, while early afternoon is satisfied. There’s a buzz into the late evening.

V/C Moon 7:08 AM-12:24 PM when it enters Capricorn

Thursday, 28th- Major changes are at work today, the roots of which extend back into last night. Outer planets disagree as Pluto pivots. Death to the old, birth to the new. 6:30 PM brings an invigorated burst, while late evening reveals some of Pluto’s secrets. What is this cycle all about.

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LUKE

Posted on September 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

21:5  And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.

38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.

These are the lines currently being held up by some Biblical numerologists as signals for the Time of the End, and there is some truth to them, but per usual, they generally miss the mark.

It is the Time of the End, but it’s not going to be this week.

First of all, this is, in general, the end of a period of cultural consciousness which is getting ready to shift into a new epoch, and, according to both Christian and indigenous mythologies, that there will be some sort of cataclysm which occurs to help define the ending of one and the beginning of the other. The ‘there shall not be left one stone upon another’ could be a reference to the greatest earthquake the world has even known found in Revelation.

The ‘what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass’ is Aquarius, and after the Vernal Equinox passes into Aquarius it is being promoted to a ‘great sign’.

Do not follow those who claim to be the Christ because the Son of Man is referring to a time, not an individual.

Ye shall hear of wars and commotions’. Yup. Nation, nation; kingdom, kingdom. But the end is not yet. The entry of Aquarius is flushing many themes that have been hidden just below the surface. Our media is exploring these in detail.

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Hurricanes on the east coast, earthquakes on the Mexican west coast. Check. According to these lines, there’s more to come. 

Neptune (aka Poseidon to the Greeks) was known as the ‘Earth shaker’. As ruler of the oceans, he was also the author of sea borne storms with his trident. Just ask Odysseus. At the end of the Age of Pisces, it would not be surprising to see a major discharge along these lines.

The message, at the end of this epoch, is that we’ve fallen out of line with the Divine. Those who ‘honor the gods’, in other words those who honor their civic responsibilities, in turn draw favor from the gods. This is how Odysseus put it.

Your fame, believe me, has reached the vaulting skies.
Fame like a flawless king’s who dreads the gods,
who governs a kingdom vast, proud and strong-
who upholds justice, true, and the black earth
bears the wheat and barley, trees bow down with fruit
and the sheep drop lambs and never fail and the sea
teems with fish- thanks to his decent, upright rule,
and under his sovereign sway the people flourish.

Book XIX- 108-115

If we read between the lines, it would seem to indicate that we have not had honest rulers of late, and especially here at the end of the Age, with the energy waning.

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

This is the first real clue that provides us with a solid event against which we can measure when these prophecies will be about to unfold.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

This is where the astrologers are well positioned. In spite of the fact that many religious groups try to drive a wedge between ancient astrologers and ‘Biblical astronomers’, the two are one and the same.

Sorry boys.

If you’re going to comb the historical skies for celestial clues, you need to go to the professionals. My work, The 8th Seal, delves deeply into the mythological and astrological symbolism of the Book of Revelation.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

This is the constellation Aquarius (the Water Bearer), a human archetype, coming in the skies (in a cloud) with power and great glory. The book goes extensively into this, just as my prior book (When the Dragon Wore the Crown) observed the passage of the Vernal Equinox as it moved through the earlier constellations of Gemini, Taurus and Aries. Christianity does the same thing, but through the constellation of the Fish (I shall make you fishers of men). This has been the social archetype for the last two thousand years, but it’s getting ready to shift gears as the first point of Spring enters Aquarius.

In fact, if truth be told, the Age has already begun, which is why we’re seeing all these themes coming to life.

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Obviously he is once again being metaphorical here, because the people who heard the actual words of the master have come and gone a long, long time ago. The ‘generation’ is all the people that have lived under the vibration of Pisces and the religious orientation it gave birth to.

If the Bible prophecies are correct, we’re in for a hell of a ride.

Buy the books. Learn what we’re in for.

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Daily Planets- 09/15/17

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 15-September 21, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 15th- An exuberant and enjoyable afternoon, but some serious thought through the evening. The shift is around 5:30 PM. As we move into midnight and the morrow, there is more energy, especially for talking.

V/C Moon 5:23 PM-9:09 PM when it enters Leo

Saturday, 16th- There are many issues we can accomplish today, especially through the afternoon, but some folks may be a little hot under the collar. 7:30 PM is probably some of the best energy of the day.

Sunday, 17th- An excellent day. We’re organized in the morning and feel confident through the afternoon. The evening has sparkle and magic tied to it. Launch social endeavors before 9:00 PM and then enjoy through to midnight.

V/C Moon 8:55 PM-0:52 AM (Monday) when it enters Virgo

Monday, 18th- It’s a busy day throughout. We attempt to get a little more done than we are able, especially through the late afternoon. Between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM the pace is buzzy.

Tuesday, 19th- Early morning is focused, while mid-afternoon is tiring. The New Moon is just past midnight, so we’re winding down on our energy levels tonight.

Wednesday, 20thA crazy day where electronic components don’t fire entirely as they should. There could be breakage if you’re not careful, or even if you are. Midnight brings with it a sense of order.

V/C Moon 1:30 AM-6:06 AM when it enters Libra

Thursday, 21st- We’re a little tight on funds through the morning and into the early afternoon. Some attempt to squeeze the social situation, attempting to manipulate circumstances to their advantage.

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Daily Planets- 09/08/17

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 8-September 14, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 8th- Mercury is a busy boy as he makes three planetary triggers today to Pluto (early), Uranus (mid-day), and Venus (late). Conversations are buzzing and understanding can deepen. Don’t be surprised if things don’t go as planed. Noon is possibly best.

Saturday, 9th- There are some economic advantages that can be played today, especially through the morning. The afternoon is fairly productive, but we’re feeling tired by late night.

V/C Moon 11:52 AM-12:22 PM when it enters Taurus

Sunday, 10th- Conversations are ego oriented, but there can be insight into what is being offered. Late afternoon and early evening can be particularly nice. Finish up projects by 9:00 PM.

V/C Moon 8:54 PM-3:29 PM (Monday) when it enters Gemini

Monday, 11th- Up until mid-afternoon the day is fairly relaxed, just possibly not very productive. Late afternoon we become a little more testy, and then even a little more aggravated. We may still experience the same problems in tomorrow’s early morning light, but we feel better about it.

Tuesday, 12th- The emphasis today is in the evening. If we work hard and commit some resources we will find that we’ve accomplished a fair amount of progress by day’s end. Be practical, possibly even conservative with your efforts and prioritize your projects, doing the most important first, etc.

Wednesday, 13thEarly morning’s a little crazy, but there’s some fun to be had through mid-afternoon. Late evening is when things begin to drag, and it’s best to try and not force issues.

V/C Moon 2:35 PM-6:12 PM when it enters Cancer

Thursday, 14th- Late morning is a lot of fun. We’re creative, focused and a little crazy, in a good way. By mid-afternoon the pace has settled, but we’re still at peace. Later tonight folks explore things from different points of view.

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ANNUAL QUEST

Posted on September 6th, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

      Have just returned from our annual quest to Gail’s grave. Evalyn came out for the 30th annual Women’s Herb Conference and we usually take the time remove all the dead stalks and leaves. Under this alignment we journeyed from Nantucket to Western Mass and the South Ashfield cemetery in anticipation of changing her into her autumn dress.

Just short of the entryway to the site the van got totally stuck in the mud, goin’ nowhere. I was attempting to go around a tree that had fallen across the drive. Evalyn went up to deal with the grave, while I started digging the mud out and away from the tires, using the shovel we had found there last year. So, there we were for the night, tipped at about a thirty degree angle, no cell phone service, in the middle of the woods, without any answer immediately available.

The Venus Neptune alignment in this case deals with all the above. Venus is a loved one, while the Neptune represents the ground underfoot not being the foundation that we needed.

Just made it back from a long journey there and back again, mission accomplished but with a twist we had not anticipated.

Blessings to All-

~Don

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Daily Planets- 09/01/17

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 1-September 7, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 1st- Some tenderness emerged overnight and through the early morning hours. 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM are the most insightful and focused. Stick to your routines after 9:00 tonight.

Saturday, 2nd- We do what we need to do through 8:00 this morning and it helps us to get things done, but the same attitude through the early afternoon is met with resistance. Wait until the Void-of-Course Moon period is over (4:00 PM) to really get cracking on more focused issues.

V/C Moon 12:30 PM-4:06 PM when it enters Aquarius

Sunday, 3rd- There’s much that can be done throughout the course of the day today, but the evening really smiles on us. There is love, attraction and affection in the air. Open your hearts.

Monday, 4th- One of the better days of this week. 9:30 and 11:44 AM are especially nice, but 10:00 PM’s not too shabby either.

Tuesday, 5th- Time will tell on this auspicious day and the next 24 hours. Mercury pivots on the degree of the solar eclipse and Mars is also triggering this point. Throw in the Full Moon at 3:00 tomorrow  morning, stir vigorously and you’ve got yourself one spicy brew.

V/C Moon 1:15 AM-1:28 AM when it enters Pisces

Wednesday, 6thThe earlier part of the day is more responsive and productive. By mid-afternoon some people are trying to force round pegs in square holes, and it just ain’t happenin’ Captain. People overstate the case tonight.

V/C Moon 4:29 PM-8:01 AM (Thursday) when it enters Aries

Thursday, 7th- We’re a little fuzzy as we wake up this morning. Excess from the evening before may have something to do with it. Try not to force what you are not certain of.

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Daily Planets- 08/25/17

Posted on August 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

August 25-August 31, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 25th- Today is a day during which you’re being tested. Are your projects, goals or actions strong enough to weather the conditions life will throw at them? Through the afternoon a few of the positive manifestations make themselves known.

V/C Moon 1:39 AM-4:53 AM when it enters Scorpio

Saturday, 26th- What a great day. We have energy, enthusiasm and a guiding light showing us the way. This builds to a peak through the afternoon. We feel the truth of what we’re doing from the inside.

Sunday, 27th- Friday’s hard work and conscientious applications shows us some of the potential of our long term projects yesterday and today. We’re clear headed about what we’re doing, and our love can be self-evident. Conversations explore some tender sides around 6:00 or 6:30 PM, but we bounce back nicely.

Monday, 28th- After a couple of days of devoted effort we get a little break today with the Void-of-Course Moon until about 4:00 PM. Conversations dig a little deeper through 8:30 PM, but late night is very pleasant indeed.

V/C Moon 5:38 AM-3:47 PM when it enters Sagittarius

Tuesday, 29th- Many miles will be covered today, so you might want to pace yourself. We feel the most fatigue between and 5:00 and 7:00 PM late afternoon. Serious effort will be required early tomorrow morning so get some rest tonight.

Wednesday, 30thThe majority of the day is very effective, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Last Friday’s Saturn pivot is continuing to pay out dividends for those that put effort into it each day.

Thursday, 31st- From 6:00 AM until just past noon is quite enjoyable, as is 10:00 tonight. The Capricorn Moon helps us to keep at in as our efforts are important and these are serious matters.

V/C Moon 0:42 AM-4:18 AM when it enters Capricorn

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A LITTLE HISTORY

Posted on August 21st, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

From the book:

“A little more than one hundred years after the events of 7 BC, the first surviving comprehensive work on astronomy, astrology and geography was written by Claudius Ptolomy. His astronomical observations were made between AD 125 and 140. For the next thousand years and beyond, the works of this author were to set the industry standard for both excellence and science. In a chapter on prediction, taken from a former work by Hipparchus (190-126 BC), Ptolemy claims that eclipses are the most auspicious:”

“… the strongest and principle cause… exists in the ecliptical conjunctions of the Sun and Moon …”

                                             The 8th Seal, Don Cerow, pp.145-146.

 

 

 

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Daily Planets- 08/18/17

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Don Cerow

August 18-August 24, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 18th- The morning is good. Early afternoon not so much. After 10:00 PM we start to feel the fatigue or feel out of alignment with our surroundings. Consider going to bed early.

Saturday, 19th- Before 9:00 AM is nice, but we’re a little uncertain about late morning. After 2:00 PM the energy level begins to pick up. If you’re playing with pets be gentle through noon tomorrow.

V/C Moon 11:17 AM-1:55 PM when it enters Leo

Sunday, 20th- Busy day. We’re tender through the morning, but a little off center as we hit noon with all the activity coming at us. After 7:30 the pace begins to hit a much better note. The evening could be very entertaining if you try new stuff.

Monday, 21st- This is the one we’ve been waiting for. Excitement leading into early afternoon with many focused on the solar eclipse, with a side of uncertainty into the evening.

V/C Moon 2:30 PM-4:25 PM when it enters Virgo

Tuesday, 22nd- We’re organized, efficient and make good use of our time this morning. This is doing the job right. Be ready to pace yourself though, because your efforts will take time. There’s a drop in the energy mid-afternoon, but we rebound into the evening.

Wednesday, 23rdThe day, up until 4:00 PM runs fairly smoothly. From 4:00 until 9:00 PM we cruise with the current. Later evening is nice. Love the one you’re with.

V/C Moon 4:02 PM-9:04 PM when it enters Libra

Thursday, 24th- Our favorites don’t seem to play fair today. Not everyone is being taken into account. 4:00 PM shows us what could possibly be the best use of the energy, but people may play favorites.

 

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Daily Planets- 08/11/17

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

August 11-August 17, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 11th- Basic sensibilities are due for an overhaul this afternoon. We’re uncertain about what the future may bring. After 10:30 tonight brings some peace, serenity and real inner beauty. Faith can be a real cornerstone.

V/C Moon ends at 1:22 AM when it enters Aries

Saturday, 12th- Our paths shift with changes in plans. There could be repairs in the works, of your tools or regarding your health. We feel a little pressure in the morning, are hard at work and industrious through the afternoon, and really enjoy the evening after 10:00 PM.

Sunday, 13th- What a nice day, particularly through the late morning and early afternoon. We accomplish what needs to be done through the later afternoon and retire to some pleasant conversations or thoughts as we approach midnight.

V/C Moon 4:01 AM-6:40 AM when it enters Taurus

Monday, 14th- An energized day that sees us accomplishing much in stages, but be careful not to over-do, especially through mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Take a break around 7:00 PM and finally wrap things up around 9:00 PM.

V/C Moon 9:15 PM-10:06 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Gemini

Tuesday, 15th- We’re enticed by alternative scenarios  early this morning, but it may not be a good path to follow. Late night tonight and early tomorrow morning there’s some danger, particularly as egos come into play. Some will try to force matters. What is hidden here may be more costly than at first realized.

Wednesday, 16thPrior to mid-afternoon we’re struggling with some of the shifting tides. Between 3:30 and 8:00 PM is quite enjoyable indeed. Rest up after 9:00 PM.

Thursday, 17th- Between 9:00 and noon this morning stimulates some interesting new concepts, but it’s doubtful that they will actually come into play in their present form. We’re more sensitive to our circumstances through the afternoon and into the evening, but memories can also be more clearly defined. Don’t forget the family.

V/C Moon 9:38 AM-12:13 PM when it enters Cancer

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LEARNING FROM THE LENS OF HISTORY

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Historically speaking, eclipses were generally feared.

One month from now, as the eclipse runs through the core of the country (from Oregon to South Carolina), President Trump’s Ascendant will be triggered as his light goes out, either personally or politically. Unlike Hillary (and a number of other political notables), there has only been one solid contender for Trump’s birth chart, whereas debate rocked the boat of Hillary’s three or more natal maps. The Ascendant moves at the rate of about one degree for every four minutes of time. Since the Ascendant is one of the ‘Big Three’ of astrology (Sun, Moon and Ascendant), knowing its precise position is very important.

This eclipse is a case in point.

Since this eclipse is in Leo, it represents the king, leader, chief, or head of the enterprise, explaining why kings of old were particularly susceptible to (and feared) this heavenly omen. Here’s an example from history of how Solar Eclipses were thought to impact a nation’s fate:

“This eclipse is recorded as partial both by the contemporary writer Xenophon and by Plutarch. When the eclipse occurred, the army of King Agesilaus II of Sparta was on its way to engage in battle with the Thebans near Chaeroneia, having marched southwards through Thrace. Xenophon accompanied Agesilaus on his campaign and thus probably witnessed the eclipse himself.”

“At the time of the eclipse, Agesilaus learnt of the Spartan defeat at the Battle of Cnidus, a joint Athenian and Persian operation against the Spartan naval fleet, which marked the end of the naval hegemony of Sparta.”
Stephenson. Historical Eclipses and Earth’s Rotation, p. 366.

which marked the end…”

That has been my observation, that the area of the chart triggered by the eclipse brings some event, in our lives or in the lives of society, to an end.

Here’s another look at another culture.

         IMPORTANCE OF ASTRONOMY IN MAYAN SOCIETY

      “In the Mesoamerican culture, the practice of astronomy was extremely important. To the Maya of Mesoamerica, this ancient science reflected order in the universe and the gods’ place in it. This order reflected an inherent harmony present in their general theological view of the universe. To the Mayans, capturing the essence of time was of the utmost importance. In their cosmology, space and time were inevitably intertwined, as is evidenced by their complex calendar system that combines spatial attributes of the universe, such as animals and plants, with temporal movements of astronomical objects. Although the Mayans never invented water clocks or other specific time-keeping devices, they used the sky as a method of measuring the passage of time.”

      “The Mayans believed that celestial events were indicative of communication with the gods. Specific astronomical objects represented certain deities, whose divine lives were portrayed in the daily, monthly, and yearly changes in their appearance. The religious aspect of astronomy was also taken one step further: to astrology. The movement of constellations and other objects across the sky represented a connection between celestial events and human affairs. In other words, the practice of astronomy- in the form of astrology- was believed to have an influence on every Mayan.

The article goes on to say that when celestially generated nefarious influences, in other words bad luck, were the prediction, the people would stay inside their homes and block their chimneys so that the evil light could not enter. 

What does the eclipse, falling right on the president’s Ascendant and working its way across the middle of the country, seem to indicate? The Ascendant represents the ‘self’, individuality and general health of the individual, of his sense of power and control.

Whatever the consequences, it won’t happen exactly on the eclipse. This has been the difficulty about making predictions with them. Yes, they are big, setting off major events. Other aspects build into their exact celestial configurations and are often triggered as they happen, but where the eclipse is concerned, there’s this cosmic pause as we wait to see what will happen. It’s like a great cosmic loaded gun, the hammer has now been pulled back, the safety is off, and the cross-hairs are aligned.

Whether personal, political, or Putin, Trump’s light may be about to go out.

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Daily Planets- 08/04/17

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

August 4-August 10, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 4th- Watch out for big ticket items putting a serious dent in your finances, philosophy or particular orientation late this morning and through the afternoon. Major misconceptions (fabrications) may lead you astray today and through tomorrow.

Saturday, 5th- We’re hypersensitive to conditions around us, and may feel as though we’re unloved. Children should be more carefully watched through this time. As per usual, don’t bet the farm.

Sunday, 6th- Community endeavors and extending your network are some of the themes of the day. Even though it’s the evening leading into the Full Moon, folks will feel they need some extra rest tonight.

V/C Moon 5:22 AM-8:15 AM when it enters Aquarius

Monday, 7th- We feel as though we’re being held in check this morning, but the tide begins to turn as we move through late afternoon and into the evening.  4:00 and 7:00 PM may be some of the most uplifting windows of time.

Tuesday, 8th- The morning is good and as we head into 3:00 PM there’s some sparkle. There’s a tendency to over-do after 6:00 PM, and so erring on the side of caution is not a bad idea.

V/C Moon 3:07 PM-5:56 PM when it enters Pisces

Wednesday, 9thNoon is excellent, while 4:00 PM is potentially dangerous. Something may break or snap, and so heeding cautionary warnings works well.

Thursday, 10th- Between 8:00 and 10:00 is a bummer and it sets off our Void-of-Course day, but through the later afternoon we begin to really enjoy some of the opportunities.

V/C Moon 9:28 AM-1:22 AM (Friday) when it enters Aries

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Daily Planets- 07/28/17

Posted on July 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 28-August 3, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 28th- We’re grinding on an issue as we get up this morning. The additional focus can help us to get things done, but try not to grind on others. Early evening is best, especially around 7:00 PM. Thoughts are a little scattered around 10:00 PM.

Saturday, 29th- Steady as she goes through the late morning, but by 4:00 PM we are feeling pretty good about what we have accomplished. Some take on additional projects after 8:30, but we begin to feel the fatigue as we move into 11:00 PM. Allow time for rest.

V/C Moon 5:30 PM-8:23 PM when it enters Scorpio

Sunday, 30th- We feel a little résistance a couple of times throughout the day today, between 9:00 and 10:00 this morning, and as we approach 6:00 PM. Give it the time is needs and you will have made some real progress by day’s end. For many, this will be the beginning and end of the work day.

Monday, 31st- We find this Void-of-Course Moon day satisfactory and relaxed, especially around 3:00 this afternoon. Focused activity is a little harder to steer, but those who are willing to walk with the Will of the Wisp may discover some interesting new angles.

V/C Moon 7:10 AM-8:01 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Sagittarius

Tuesday, 1st- We can get things done today but it doesn’t move quite as smoothly as we’d like. There are some additional expenses or efforts that need to go into what we’re doing late morning, and we just seem to be spinning our wheels into the evening. Midnight is good.

Wednesday, 2ndLate morning is fuzzy, early evening is focused. Uranus pivots after midnight, indicating that there might be some radical shifts in behavior including airline snafus throughout the day. Take it easy and expect the unexpected.

Thursday, 3rd- We’re pretty active in dealing with the morning and early afternoon, but are particularly satisfied with things a we move into 5:30 and the later evening.

V/C Moon 5:38 AM-8:37 PM when it enters Capricorn

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Daily Planets- 07/21/17

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 21-July 27, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 21st- We’re a little fuzzy as we get up this morning. The truth may not be readily apparent. We’re listening to domestic tales that don’t really do it for us around 8:00 tonight (or there’s an issue around supper), but 8:30 PM has some sparkle.

V/C Moon ends when it enters Cancer at 4:09 AM

Saturday, 22nd- Some are a little jealous and covet what others have around 9:00 AM. Noon is good. The late lunar tide brings fatigue to our shores around 3:30 PM, and after 10:00 PM the chatter box begins to take over.

Sunday, 23rd- The New Moon is a little before 6:00 AM and it brings with it renewed enthusiasm and initiative as we move through the morning. The tide pulls out and we feel another afternoon lag, similar to yesterday afternoons. Late evening there’s another surge, but its focus is questionable.

V/C Moon 2:05 AM-4:33 AM when it enters Leo

Monday, 24th- Late morning it’s difficult to get what we want, but there are some original ways of working with it as new opportunities emerge around noon. After 4:00 PM things begin to feel much more sociable and fun through 10:00 PM.

Tuesday, 25th- Moods swing back and forth today, but with both the Moon and Mercury entering Virgo, it’s a great time to get the job done or begin new dietary regimes. 3:00 through 7:30 PM feels the most upbeat.

V/C Moon 5:22 AM-6:32 AM when it enters Virgo

Wednesday, 26thWe’re feeling our oats as we work our way through the day. High side; we’re stronger than usual and can take on larger physical tasks; flip side, some may be hot under the collar as minor issues set them off. Late morning, early afternoon is probably the best.

Thursday, 27th- The morning drifts, although we feel a little more animated than usual. The rest of the day runs smoothly, building to a stronger culmination between 7:00 and 10:00 tonight.

V/C Moon 2:31 AM-11:37 AM when it enters Libra

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Daily Planets- 07/14/17

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 14-July 20, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 14th- There can be some enjoyability to the day, but it will come at a slow pace, especially around 2:30. Don’t fight gravity. Allow it some time.

V/C Moon 1:00 PM-7:52 PM when it enters Aries

Saturday, 15th- We can get quite a bit achieved as we approach early afternoon. Folks may be a little subjective about what they’re saying. Late afternoon is the most enjoyable. Late evening we tend to over reach a little, whether in opinions, calories or conversation.

Sunday, 16th- Major decisions could be quite costly. Be careful if the selection needs to happen today. Mid-afternoon is especially susceptible. Early evening is uncertain. The more urgently you really want to _______ (fill in the blank), you more you should let it go today and tomorrow.

V/C Moon 10:19 PM-1:04 PM (Monday) when it enters Taurus

Monday, 17th- Deep and dangerous waters flow through the day. Venus is what we’re attracted to, Mars is what we desire. In the morning our vision is confused, while in the evening our impulses tend to sweep us away.

Tuesday, 18th- Peace returns to the valley through the morning and later afternoon. 7:00 PM may be a little shaky, but after 8:00 the satisfaction takes the upper hand.

Wednesday, 19thNervous systems are abuzz early this morning. We downshift into a more solid track through mid afternoon, taking care of priorities, even though they may not be very entertaining.

V/C Moon 2:11 AM-3:31 AM when it enters Gemini

Thursday, 20th- 7:30 and earlier is excellent, but then things start to get a little dicey. Once again, mistakes made here could wind up costing you in health or repairs, and folks aren’t thrilled. After 7:00 tonight misdirected passions begin to flow. It all happens so suddenly!

 

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TRUMP AND THE NATIONAL ECONOMY

Posted on July 9th, 2017 by Don Cerow

      In examining this Full Moon, what immediately jumps out is the recent nationalistic sentiment being stirred up by President Trump, of his representing the patriotic fervor of ‘Making America great again’. It was enough to tap a vein of enthusiasm within the country so that it got him elected.

This is the Sun in Cancer end of our alignment.

The only problem is that this may not play well in Peoria (he said, mixing his metaphors).  According to Peter S. Goodman from the NYTimes (July 7, 2017) and Michael Birnbaum of the Washington Post (July 8, 2017),

As U.S. Steps Back on Trade. Allies Move On

LONDON – In the master plan advanced by President Trump, an unabashedly aggressive United States is supposed to reclaim its rightful perch as the center of the commercial universe, wielding its economic dominance to dictate the rules of global trade. 

      As it turns out, the rest of the planet has its own ideas.

At G-20. top world leaders align against policies of US president

HAMBURG, Germany – The growing international isolation of the United States under President Trump was starkly apparent Friday as the leaders of major world economies mounted a near-united opposition front against Washington on issues ranging from climate to free trade. 

      At a gathering of the Group of 20 world economic powers- normally a venue for drab displays of international comity- there were tough clashes with the United States and even talk of a possible trans-Atlantic trade war. 

      The tensions were a measure of Trump’s sharp break with previous US policies. 

      They were also a warning signal of Washington’s diminished clout, as the leaders of the other 19 nations gathered in Hamburg considered whether to sign statements that would exclude Trump or to find some sort of compromise.

So with the Sun in Cancer at one end of the spectrum and 19 nations at the other end, we find the current tug of war happening right on cue. But there’s another US Full Moon aspect that’s being played out.

One of the alignments currently riding through the sky but not mentioned too much is the Jupiter Neptune inconjunct, each at 14 degrees (of Libra and Pisces). This is an aspect that tends to drain our resources. Libra gives power to the ‘other’ one, pulling from his own energy in an effort to equalize the pan of the scales. Pisces is other-worldly and dreamy. Together these two are triggering the US Saturn, with Jupiter right on top of Saturn, less than a third of a degree from exact.

Saturn is the big boss, and while found in the 10th house, this doubles the influence of this same interpretation. But Saturn rules Capricorn, and wherever Capricorn is to be found in the chart would be an area also impacted by this draining alignment.

The 2nd house represents the country’s resources, their finances, and this alignment would suggest our economy is about to take a hit, thanks to the president (Saturn).

Trade war indeed.

 

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Daily Planets- 07/07/17

Posted on July 4th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 7-July 13, 2017

All listed times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 7th- Early to mid-morning is excellent. Through the afternoon we are content, but projects or situations may require more resources than expected, which could set a few people off. Tonight we’re not in total agreement.

V/C Moon 10:12 AM-1:44 PM when it enters Capricorn

Saturday, 8th- The big news of the day is the Full Moon right after midnight. The productive potential of the summer is now coming to a peak; harness your efforts and focus on what needs to be done. It may be hard, it may take time, but that is what is required.

Sunday, 9th- It’s tough getting up this morning and the way ahead seems to be blocked. Confrontations may be the result. Choose your battles, as this one may not win you many points.

V/C Moon 10:12 PM-1:35 AM (Monday) when it enters Aquarius

Monday, 10th- We’re tired getting up this morning, feel good through the early afternoon and review an alternative approach through the early evening.

Tuesday, 11th- All in all an enjoyable day once we move through the morning.

Wednesday, 12thThe morning, leading right up to noon is Void-of-Course as we float with the current. Between 7:00 and 9:00 PM is the most productive time of the day. We feel a little irritated as we lead into 11:00 PM.

V/C Moon 8:40 AM-11:51 AM when it enters Pisces

Thursday, 13th- We’d like a little down time through  the earlier half of the afternoon and evening, but we may not get it. Pisces is allusive. What are you missing?

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Daily Planets- 06/30/17

Posted on June 29th, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 30-July 6, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 30th- Early morning is excellent for figuring things out. Late evening we may not like what needs to be done, but we do it anyway knowing it was what needed to be done.

V/C Moon ends at 3:02 AM when it enters Libra

Saturday, 1st- This is an interesting day. Between 7:00 and 9:00 PM is peaceful and serene. We feel challenged through the early afternoon, but there’s a real gem that comes with it. Go with what the knowledge seems to reveal. 7:30 is also feel good, but as we approach midnight there are different points of view that are being offered.

Sunday, 2nd- Confrontations are possible this morning, and they may be serious. It’s possible to get much done through the afternoon, and this spills over into tomorrow.

V/C Moon 9:16 AM-12:59 PM when it enters Scorpio

Monday, 3rd- We’re talkative and on the right track. There is an ability to see things with a greater clarity through 2:00 PM. 5:00 PM helps us to bring things to completion.

Tuesday, 4th- People say things they know are not true. People on the highways and byways are not paying attention to the rules, so be careful. We may have to re-examine our beliefs through the next 24 hours. Not all is as it seems in the media.

V/C Moon 9:34 PM-1:08 AM (Wednesday) when it enters Sagittarius

Wednesday, 5thWe continue to reverberate from all we see out there in the media this morning. Give it time. As we approach 9:00 tonight there is greater clarity.

Thursday, 6th- We’re caught up in ephemeral issues throughout the morning. Early afternoon is the most consistent and focused. There’s a short fuse that’s burning as we move through 7:00 PM, and we’re feeling tired around 11:00 PM. Get some rest.

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THE VIEW OVER ATLANTIS III

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by Don Cerow

Over the last couple of Moon Mails we have been sharing some of the notions proposed by John Michell in his classic work, The View over Atlantis. In simple terms it proposed that there was once a world wide system of highways and bi-ways that were specifically contoured to help improve the vibrancy and health of the planet. Straight paths, originating from astronomical stone circles and running to the horizon, were crafted by these great earth movers in order harmonize the planet. These lines helped to facilitate not only an awareness of heavenly motion, but also worked with terrestrial currents that we, to this day, do not fully understand.

Astrologically speaking, it would seem that just beyond our earliest historical horizon, the influences of the sign and constellation of Gemini were at work, producing an intellectual quickness which saw the world in its own terms. The keywords of Gemini are communication and transportation, and these are precisely the areas we see being emphasized by Master Michell’s book.

All early accounts of the straight roads of Britain hint at their sacred or astronomical nature.”                                                    p. 23

Artificial flat-topped mounds were erected at key positions suitable for walking, but not limited to this activity. Without the aid of telescope, distances were used to compliment accuracy, from said stone sights to the skyline.

The existence of an elaborate and sophisticated system of geometry and mathematics in the arrangement of stone circles is sufficiently remarkable. But the whole popular conception of the quality of pre-historic life is shattered by Thom’s discovery that the geometry of stone circles is itself derived from the extreme positions of the sun, moon and stars as they cross the horizon. The lines of stones that produce and determine the circle’s formation are set to point out these astronomical points in such a way that the heavenly bodies themselves create the figures on which the circles are based. The celestial movements are thereby reduced to a system of geometry and mathematics illustrating the basic universal laws and the pattern of life itself.”                                                   p. 33

These extremes were measured not only at Stonehenge, but at Chimney Rock in southwestern Colorado.

“The construction of the Great House Pueblo at the top of the ridge, close to Chimney Rock and its neighbor Companion Rock, had a large ceremonial role in the later years of Chaco presence. As the moon makes its lunar cycle across the sky over a period of 18.6 years, it appears in a “lunar standstill” between the two rocks every 9.3 for a period of approximately two years.”            -Wiki

Here we have indigenous peoples using the natural contours of the Earth to help determine celestial cycles.

Even with the earliest observations and re-discovery of these lines, the extreme positions were being carefully monitored. Returning to highlighted author.

At a time when many archaeologists failed to recognize the astronomical significance of stone circles, hilltop enclosures and other structures of antiquity, Watkins had observed that a number of leys(straight roads) were set to mark some extreme position of the sun or moon.”                                        p. 21

Through intellectual intent, the Earth was being used as a framework against which to measure heavenly motion.

“In many cases stones are set outside the circles forming alignments which point to a natural hill or mountain peak, to a stone or mound placed on the horizon or to a notch cut through a high ridge visible on the skyline. Only from the site of the stone circle itself have these works any significance, for they mark the spots where the sun appears or vanishes at the equinox or at the solstices or where the moon reaches an extreme position in one of its complicated cycles.  The delicacy with which these marks are placed is so extreme that minor irregularities in the moon’s orbit, unnoticed within historical times until quite recently, can be measured accurately from the central circle of stones.”               p. 34

A natural hill as opposed to an artificial hill, one that was filled in by human labor such as Silbury hill in England, or the Native American’s Cahokia in the Mississippi Valley, or Moundville in central Alabama, where there are at least twenty some flat topped mounds that have been manually constructed (in my humble opinion) for the purpose of celestial observation.

“All over the world the centres of spiritual power were discovered by means of a system which combined science, astrology and intuition. Above all, in China, not only was every sacred building magically sited, but the Chinese geomantic principles are known, for the practice of divining the sites of house and tombs was carried on well into this (the 20th) century.”                                      p. 46

The light glimmers yet at the end of the road.

“In China, mountains were remade to improve the astrological conformity of nature. In Britain the outlines of hills were altered by mounds, earthworks, cuts and notches. From any stone circle the man-made features on the surrounding ridges are clearly visible against the skyline. It may be that the double peaks discovered by Professor Thom to measure accurately the 9 degree variation in the orbit of the moon are not placed so conveniently by chance. A great many hills, rocks and mounds, of which the Wrekin and Silbury are but two examples out of hundreds, are supposed according to local legends to have been set down on the landscape by a former race of earth moving giants.”                          p. 53

Because these highways were considered to be sacred, no violence could be committed by either thief or constable, which might ‘spiritually inject’ the larger body (ultimately, the Earth) with some bad ju-ju.

These roads were sacred ground where, as in a church, all men were safe either from attack or arrest. Along their course, freedom and protection were guaranteed to travellers, and strangers were everywhere given hospitality.”                                                                                                                               p. 30

There may even be a few Biblical recollections that look back and whisper their name on the winds.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”                                                                                                                 Jeremiah vi, 16

Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps; set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest.”                       Jeremiah xxxi, 21.

Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walked in paths in a way not cast up.”                                  Jeremiah xviii, 15

And I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth.”                                                                                                                                     Isaiah lviii, 14

The mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isaiah ii, 2.  (View, p. 13)

These are but a few of the highlights offered by this groundbreaking work. For those who are interested, the reconstruction of this City of God may commenced once again, as the AIR sign Gemini gives way to the AIR sign Aquarius (with a six thousand year interval occurring in-between).

Is it time to realign? 

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Daily Planets- 06/23/17

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 23-June 29, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 23rd- Getting up this morning may be a little tiring, but we have things to do. Early afternoon is fairly stimulating, but we let some things slide through the afternoon. There’s a bit of an acceleration with the New Moon at 10:30 tonight. Some lean on the late night snack.

V/C Moon 2:45 PM-6:07 PM when it enters Cancer

Saturday, 24th- An excellent day with some real sparkle to it through mid-morning. The afternoon for the most part is really productive, we have the energy to see it through. Late evening is passionate, but some may go a little overboard.

Sunday, 25th- We’re feeling tired through the morning, frustrated mid-afternoon, and really great once we cross the 6:00 PM threshold. The energy is stellar through until 3:00 AM  tomorrow morning for those who would like to stretch it.

V/C Moon 2:44 PM-6:06 PM when it enters Leo

Monday, 26th- Like yesterday morning, we’re a little tired as we get up. Early afternoon feels pretty good. 6:30 PM is really nice.

Tuesday, 27th- We’re organized and off to a good start this morning, but through early afternoon there’s a tendency to exagggerate. Around 8:00 PM we enjoy the beauty, music, peace or serenity.

V/C Moon 5:12 PM-8:41 PM when it enters Virgo

Wednesday, 28thMorning is good, afternoon is energized, but the evening is a little tough. Something we enjoy is in short supply, like understanding. Those up past midnight feels a little better.

Thursday, 29th- The morning is playful. 3:00 pm has a bit of a weight that comes with it. 4:30 is very pleasant, but conversations dig deep into the evening. Be gentile.

V/C Moon 4:34 PM-3:02 AM (Friday) when it enters Libra

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Daily Planets- 06/16/17

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 16-June 22, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 16th- We’re sensitive to issues this morning, although through early afternoon the conversational pace picks up. Later afternoon is most focused and productive.

Saturday, 17th- The energy floats through the afternoon. Start your engines about 2:00 PM and things will run much better.

V/C Moon 3:44 AM-1:55 PM when it enters Aries

Sunday, 18th- Communications are good through the morning and the buzz really begins about that time and carries through the evening. We have steam into 10:00 PM.

Monday, 19th- Things are exciting through the early morning. Try new directions that you haven’t tried before, but don’t go overboard with the accounting department. Finish up tasks for the usual reasons by 3:45 PM.

V/C Moon 3:42 PM-5:53 PM when it enters Taurus

Tuesday, 20th- Early morning is insightful. 6:30 PM is some of the most enjoyable time of the day. Summer begins 24 minutes after midnight.

Wednesday, 21stTongues are a-wagging throughout the day, but it doesn’t hold water. Commence important projects after 6:44 this evening.

V/C Moon 0:26 AM-6:44 PM when it enters Gemini

Thursday, 22nd- This is a fairly pleasant day. Conversations are interesting. 4:00 PM is some of the most uplifting of today’s themes.

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RETURN OF THE DRAGON

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Don Cerow

In our book, When the Dragon Wore the Crown, we contend that long ago cultures all over the world shared an ideology of a great flying serpent that wrapped his considerable bulk around the North Celestial Pole and chased his own tail for literally thousands of years.

In other words, the source of this myth was astronomical.

This seems to be John Michel’s opinion, too. From chapter two of his work, The View Over Atlantis,

Every aspect of the dragon’s career is represented in stories, songs and dances. The stages of its seasonal growth are celebrated all over the world in the rites and festivals which reach their climax at the beginning of winter in the processions that mark the dragon’s death.

He goes on to list a number of locations all over England that lay claim to these Dragon paths.

A number of parish churches contain an effigy of the local dragon killer and early Celtic stone carvings show that the legend is of an age far more remote than that of its traditional historical heroes.

Amen. What my own research has revealed is that, as legend records, the Dragon was born of the Egg, and like Pan Ku of China and the Dioscuri (Castor and Polydeuces) of Greece who were also born of the Egg, this simply indicates that they were born during a period of time when the Twins of Gemini were marked by the constellational passage of the Vernal Equinox (Spring) through this sign. These ‘myths’ were told sometime between 6300 and 4800 BC when this was the astronomical ‘picture’. These myths preserve traditions which were in place long before ‘history’ came to be. History is founded on the written word, and this was a period of time long before writing as we know it came to be.

This story was certainly one of those enacted by local or wandering players at fairs and religious festivals, and the life of the dragon, the annual rise and wane of the fertilizing principle, much at one time have been seen as a seasonal dramatic ritual by almost everyone in the country.

Among other things, the observation of the Dragon helped to define the celestial passage of the year through the Seasons and provided a framework against which to observe stellar passage and to provide guidelines for the local farmers and the tending of their crops. To this day the Chinese remember this tradition in their New Year’s association with the Dragon in a celebration of the end and beginning of the year.

When visiting some of these mounds, stones and ancient church sites associated with the dragon it is hard to avoid the impressions that they were located according to principles similar to those adopted by the geomancers of China. There it was said that the dragon’s heart is to be found at a lonely knoll standing in a small plains or valley among the hills. From the central spot the veins of the dragon current run over the surrounding ridges.

What we have here is our ancient observatory, where artificial mounds were carefully constructed to give an excellent spot to observe the heavens, marking by the contours of the local terrain, just like the Native American Mississippian cultures build artificial mounds for the same purpose all over the eastern US.

These mounds, like the stone rows and circles from which they form alignments, are typical of those once used in both countries in connection with astronomy. The mounds, which form the centres of the dragon current in China, were also used for planetary observation, as we know from living traditions and from the survival of the practice into modern times.

Like St. Patrick’s in Ireland, illustrating his control over a natural, elemental force, was taken by early Christians to represent the defeat of the old religion by the new. This selective interpretation hid the dragon’s wider elemental and astrological significance.

Many indigenous traditions still have stories about the great serpent, who once spread his wings over and embraced the entire planet.

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Daily Panets- 06/09/17

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 9-June 15, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 9th- A powerful morning; Full Moon, Jupiter pivot, Sun Pluto inconjunct and more. Try not to knee-jerk in anger. By noon things have settled back into place.

Saturday, 10th- A wonderful day, especially around noon and 4:30 PM. It’s peaceful and meditative. Working on your professional images works with the Capricorn Moon. Some may cross communicational wires around midnight.

V/C Moon 02:20 AM-7:36 AM when it enters Capricorn

Sunday, 11th- There’s a tendency to stretch things this morning. Be mindful of how much you eat. Noon is nice, but conversations are more controversial late this afternoon. Working on a project would be a good use of the energy. 9:00 tonight would be very focused and passionate.

Monday, 12th- Alternative advice or information is excellent early this morning, and we’re fairly productive through mid-morning. A few curves are thrown at us around noon and into the early afternoon. We’re having to change what we are doing as we approach midnight.

V/C Moon 2:45 PM-7:45 PM when it enters Aquarius

Tuesday, 13th- There are some opportunities we hear about late morning, but not all the pieces are apparent as we head into the late evening, but we feel pretty good about it anyway.

Wednesday, 14thProductivity and working with others are the name of the game today, especially as the Sun goes down. We can be methodical and patient as we head into 7:00 PM.

Thursday, 15th- We’re being asked to play within the rules and budget our time wisely throughout the day today, but we sense a level of accomplishment and satisfaction as we head into 6:30 tonight.

V/C Moon 1:40 AM-6:17 AM when it enters Pisces

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Daily Planets- 06/02/17

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 2-June 8, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 2nd- Say not words in haste this morning. After 8:00 tonight things begin to improve, either until the wee hours, or through to noon tomorrow.

V/C Moon 5:48 PM-8:04 PM when it enters Libra

Saturday, 3rd- A nice day through to 10:30 tonight. Both noon and 9:30 PM are particularly good. The Libra Moon suggests we have fun with someone.

Sunday, 4th- There’s confusion at noon, but we figure it out by 4:00 PM. Major projects move forward through the latter part of the day.

Monday, 5th- We feel certain about things at 8:00 AM, but not so much by 8:30 AM. 8:00 PM tonight works well. We figure things out right up until midnight.

V/C Moon 4:57 AM-6:46 AM when it enters Scorpio

Tuesday, 6th- Get it  done if you need it by today, as tomorrow is V/C until 7:00 PM. Noon and 9:00 PM today are nice.

Wednesday, 7th-  The AM is smoother than the PM, possibly best around 11:00 AM. Between 4:00 and 7:00 PM flow fairly well.

Thursday, 8th- Mid-afternoon is possibly some of the best time of the day. Be willing to work with unexpected developments. After 9:00 tonight people start to get a little particular about what they do and don’t want. There’s some improvement right at midnight.

V/C Moon 8:35 PM-6:59 PM (Wednesday) when it enters Sagittarius

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Daily Planets- 05/26/17

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 26-June 1, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 26th- Those up around 5:00 AM feel really good, but by 6:00 AM the mood begins to shift. Early afternoon is attractive, but a little naughty. There’s a surge of enthusiasm around 10:00 PM.

Saturday, 27th- Noon is nice. Satisfaction colors late morning. Take with a grain of salt what is being offered to you. They may not follow through as proposed.

V/C Moon 2:18 AM-7:24 AM when it enters Cancer

Sunday, 28th- The Moon’s Void tomorrow. Try to get important things done today. Two PM is most focused, but not everyone has the same priorities.  After midnight things get a little rough.

Monday, 29th- From 3:00 AM until after eight tonight the Moon is Void-of-Course, but we really enjoy the up-swing as it ends between eight PM and midnight.

V/C Moon 2:59 AM-8:12 PM when it enters Leo

Tuesday, 30th- Around 8:15 AM we feel like going back to bed. Choices are difficult this afternoon. This is not the ideal time to take the plunge. The evening is great, however, and extends well past midnight.

Wednesday, 31stVoid in the morning yet productive through the early afternoon. We feel a little pinched around 7:00 PM.

V/C Moon 7:14 AM-12:16 PM when it enters Virgo

Thursday, 1st- In spite of the emotional gyrations through the earlier part of the day, this is a fairly productive time if you will keep your shoulder to the wheel. Sensuality returns as we approach 11:00 PM.

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THE VIEW OVER ATLANTIS

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Don Cerow

               
There have been a number of works which have influenced my thought through youth, but possibly none more so than John Michell’s The View Over Atlantis. It describes a time, now largely forgotten, when Terra Firma was mapped out as one big observatory, a ‘City of God’, nestled in the bosom of the Earth. It was still under  construction up until the time things began to fall apart and what we think of as ‘history’ begins.

Much in the same manner that we respond to acupuncture points affecting other parts of the body, so too is the Earth a living, breathing entity that may be impacted by the locations of megalithic stones, her acupuncture points, that are seasonally or ritualistically stimulated by dancing, drumming and otherwise ‘vibrating’ these sacred points. As time went by these stones would be replaced by temples, churches, and ultimately, legend.

“… and they stopped building the town.”

During the Age of Gemini it was precisely these characteristics that were bumped up a grade, accelerated or advanced as part of a world wide social agenda. Heaven was seen in the contours of the Earth. Time was measured by the passage of the stars overhead, and storytelling (myth) inherited a primary function in the dance of civilization.

      ”So, they are all a single people, with a single language!” said Yahweh.

“This is but the start of their undertakings! There will be nothing too hard for them to do. Come, let us go down and confuse their language on the spot so that they can no longer understand one another.”

Yahweh scattered them thence over the whole face of the Earth, and they stopped building the town. It was named Babel, therefore, because there Yahweh confused the language of the whole Earth. It was from there that Yahweh scattered them over the whole face of the Earth.”                                                    -Genesis 1, 5-9.

The Earth was being prepared for Her marriage to heaven until outside forces began to put a real strain on the whole system.

“Imagine a fiery chain stretched from mountain peak to mountain peak, as far as the eye could reach, and paid out until it touched the ‘high’ places of the earth at a number of ridges, banks, and knowls. Then visualize a mound, circular earthwork, or clump of trees, planted on these high points, and in low points in the valley other mounds ringed round with water to be seen mark the way at intervals, and on a bank leading up to a mountains ridge or down to a ford the track cut deep so as to form a guiding notch on the skyline as you come up. In a bwlch or mountain pass the road cut deeply as a notch afar off. Here and there and at two ends of ponds dug on the line, or streams banked up into ‘flashes’ to form reflecting points on the beacon track the beacon was fired on the traditional day.

All these works exactly on the sighting line.

The wayfarer’s instructions are still deeply rooted in the peasant mind to-day, when he tells you- quite wrongly now- ‘You just keep straight on.”
From ”The Old Straight Track” by Alfred Watkins

And from the preface of ”The View Over Atlantis.

 ”Despite the warnings of astrologers and students of sacred history, many find themselves unprepared for the changes that inevitably occur as the spring point enter Aquarius. Yet, as events move toward the pattern foreshadowed by prophecy, as portents, long awaited, stir the primeval spirits from the depths of mythology, the changeable and impermanent nature of the structure, evolved during the preceding two thousand years, the age of Pisces, becomes ever more apparent.

“Certain predictable phenomena mark the beginning of each new cycle. Ignatius of Antioch, in the first century of the Christian era described the surging spirit of the times that the shattered tyrants and destroyed the power of the old magicians.

“Similarly, the late C.G. Jung in 1959 wrote of “changes in the constellation of psychic dominants, of the archetypes ‘of gods’, as they were called, which bring about or accompany, long lasting transformations of the collective psyche.”

“Old secrets rise to the surface and dissolve into the consciousness of the human race to fertilize the seed of evolutionary growth. The important discoveries about the past have been made not so much through the present refined techniques of treasure hunting and grave robbery, but in the intuition of those whose faith in poetry led them to a scientific truth. The gradual accumulation within each succeeding generation of the total knowledge of the past through the hereditary medium, known to biologists as DNA, is a phenomenon of which we have again become conscious, and this realization ensures the ultimate re-establishment of the former b­elief in the revelation on which the science of the ancient world was founded.”

In the old straight track, when simply walking these ley lines brought about healing and centering, the themes of Gemini are evoked. Wind and Air gods (Sumer and Norse) ruled the roost. The duality of the Tao held sway for all those “born of the Egg” (China’s Pan Ku and Greece and Rome’s Castor and Pollux). “Transportation and communication” are the keywords of this pair, and in days of old there is evidence for a once world wide system reflecting a sacred highway navigating the Earth via Heaven, a secret wisdom uniting the two. Civilizations of old were building a new world wide city, a new cosmology for the planet, as Revelation calls for a pioneering new urban spirit, a new Decapolis.

Aquarius is an AIR sign devoted to the social agenda.

Gemini is an AIR sign, the last AIR sign to have traversed the point of Spring.

We have things to learn from the last time this vibration held sway. The prophets of both the Hebrew Bible and Christianity’s Revelation both foretold of a City of God to whom all would come to pay reverence. This was its predecessor.

Welcome to the New Jerusalem.

Welcome to Aquarius.

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Daily Planets- 05/19/17

Posted on May 18th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 19-May 25, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 19th- Anger management is on the agenda for the morning. Avoid knee-jerk responses. By mid-afternoon there’s peace in the valley. Conversations (or communications) grow more interesting as we approach midnight.

Saturday, 20th- The morning hours, especially around 8:00 AM, are fairly nice. Noon is a little pushy. Some are trying to force the situation. 9:00 PM is enjoyable, midnight isn’t.

V/C Moon 11:39 PM-6:10 AM (Sunday) when it enters Aries

Sunday, 21st- Starting at six this morning, this is a fairly nice day. We’re focused in the AM, pushing a little harder mid-afternoon and exuberant at 9:00 tonight. Things can be accomplished today if you set your mind to it and don’t get distracted around 3:00 PM.

Monday, 22nd- Around 10:00 this morning is pleasant. Through mid-afternoon folks are being a little extreme. After 4:30 PM the currents run well. We’re energized around 6:00, social around 9:00 and effective after midnight. That is all.

Tuesday, 23rd- In general this is a nice day all day long. Nervous system energy begins to pick up after 7:00 PM. People are chatty through 11:00 PM.

V/C Moon 2:59 AM-8:33 AM when it enters Taurus

Wednesday, 24thFinish up by 3:00 PM. Tonight will be rather low key, as this is the tail end of the lunar cycle. Get some rest.

V/C Moon 3:08 PM-8:15 AM (Thursday) when it enters Gemini

Thursday, 25th- Someone has their thumb on the scales around noon. They’re not playing fair and may be a little jealous. The New Moon is at 3:44 PM. The energy level picks up, but folks are a little less than understanding after 7:00 PM. Chores take time.

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Daily Planets- 05/12/17

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 12-May 18, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 12th- We feel strong and can accomplish a great deal of activity through the day, particularly with regard to physical activity. Six o’clock, both AM and PM, represents the day’s strengths.

Saturday, 13th- The Sagittarian Moon keeps us feeling rather upbeat through the day, especially through the later afternoon. Late morning is somewhat busy.

V/C Moon 10:14 PM-1:37 AM (Sunday) when it enters Capricorn

Sunday, 14th- Early morning is peaceful. Late afternoon is forgetful. We misplace or are mentally preoccupied around 6:00 PM. Avoid late evening snacks.

Monday, 15th- Tomorrow morning is largely Void-of-Course, so you might want to think about what needs to be done tomorrow, and then do it today. We’re most focused through the later afternoon. Get it done today, and then take a bit of a break tomorrow morning.

V/C Moon 6:22 AM-1:50 PM when it enters Aquarius

Tuesday, 16th- The V/C Moon gives us a chance to take a break and re-charge our batteries. Pick up the ball and get back to it after 2:00 this afternoon. We misconstrue how long things will take as we head into the later evening.

Wednesday, 17thSleep and dreams may have been stirred early this morning. We’re not thrilled about what we perceive to be the case, but we’re off the mark. What we think is not necessarily an accurate assessment. Late afternoon is the best use of the energy.

Thursday, 18th- Folks are rather straightforward early this morning. Later afternoon is excellent. We’re busy and we get things done. Finish by 8:30 PM for the usual reasons.

V/C Moon 8:33 PM-11:52 PM when it enters Pisces

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CAN YOU SAY, “WATERGATE?”

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

 
FBI Director fired for heading investigation probing into White House’s actions.
Everyone is reporting the news. This is big. The media is abuzz. The ‘special prosecutor,’ the one whose job it was to check into illegalities at the governmental level, is being thrown under the bus, presumably before he can gather incriminating evidence that looks unfavorably upon the executive department.

From the Moon Mail, January 27th (see Columns on the home page), looking at the year ahead for the USA-

Finally on the 9th of May, the progressed Sun will semi-square the natal US Pluto in the 2nd house (finances and emotional securities). The (progressed) Sun in Pisces is sad about the way our resources are disappearing.”

Heads may roll.

May 9th was the day the FBI Director was fired. Our ‘emotional securities’ are wondering whether or not our form of government still works anymore. Many of the pundits are quite alarmed.

Two other high lights are on the horizon; progressed Venus builds to its exact alignment in its square to Pluto on June 3rd. The ‘unpopularity’ (and possible illegality) of this president and his administration will build to a climax at that time. Looking a little further down the road, the progressed Ascendant will leave Leo and enter Virgo November 23rd. The Leo Ascendant portrayed Trump’s kaleidescopic persona, while the shift to the Virgo might suggest a more practical, collected, polished and reserved Pence quality.

      The country will have a new face that looks down on us from above. The ‘theater’ our administration dances to will undergo a make-over and we will come to see ourselves differently.These are the times when we are likely to see cord changes at the hierarchical levels. May 9th as the progressed Sun semi-squared Pluto (now gone by).June 3rd as progressed Venus squares Pluto.And November 23rd as the progressed Ascendant enters Virgo.Mark your calendars.

We’ll make you a deputy by putting this silver star on your chest.

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Daily Planets- 05/05/17

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 5-May 11, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 5th- Early morning there’s a tendency to exaggerate things, but once past 9:00 AM we begin to feel better, are more focused, and enjoy the process. The Virgo Moon helps us to get it right.

V/C Moon 8:42 AM-2:20 PM when it enters Libra

Saturday, 6th- Folks aren’t thrilled to find out it’s a Void-of-Course Moon until the early afternoon, but by 3:30 we’re cruising along nicely, thank you very much. As we move into the latter evening, we’re surprised by other people’s orientations.

Sunday, 7th- Late morning works well. Show some initiative by making decisions and getting on it right away. Late afternoon is a little wobbly, but 7:00 PM is very productive. Stack your chips here.

Monday, 8th- Six AM is very nice indeed. Finish projects up by 7:00 tonight and be prepared to take the evening off. If you feel sleepy, go to bed early. Tonight is not a night for decisions. Pieces are missing.

V/C Moon 6:59 PM-1:00 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Scorpio

Tuesday, 9th- Resources are made available through the early afternoon and we are surprised by what we hear later this evening. The Full Moon is exact late tomorrow afternoon, but we feel some of its emotional power tonight.

Wednesday, 10thThe Scorpio Full Moon arouses some passions late this afternoon and into the early evening. Some are enamored by times gone by. Tread carefully tonight, as you might inadvertently push some sensitive buttons.

V/C Moon 5:42 PM-12:59 PM (Thursday) when it enters Sagittarius

Thursday, 11th- We lose some of our steam through the early afternoon, but regain our focus as we move beyond 3:00 PM. Do what is practical, and base your moves on experience. Use what has worked before.

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Daily Planets- 04/28/17

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 28-May 4, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 28th- Communications are electrified this morning. Nervous systems buzz, but it gives us greater clarity and understanding. Five and 10:00 PM are particularly nice.

Saturday, 29th- We’re processing yesterday morning’s new directions and are playing them back through the early afternoon. For the usual reasons, finish up projects by sundown. We’re a little bummed as we head into the evening.

V/C Moon 5:28 PM-9:48 PM when it enters Cancer

Sunday, 30th- Once again, new ideas are giving airplay between 8:00 and 10:00 AM, and they have potentialities. The afternoon is another story. We’re not happy about what we’re hearing. The mood improves about 8:00 PM.

Monday, 1st- Between 5:00 and 6:30 this morning are magical. We’re turned on by events, new ideas and directions. Early afternoon we’re discussing the down side to the changes. The Moon goes Void-of-Course at 4:23 PM. Finish up important projects prior to that, mundane projects you can keep working on.

V/C Moon 4:23 PM-0:12 (Tuesday) when it enters Leo

Tuesday, 2nd- The morning is hectic and its hard to keep up with. The early afternoon improves and is really the best time of day. Physical endeavors work well. Major themes come to the surface through the evening and into the morrow.

Wednesday, 3rdA major day. Mercury goes direct together with some strong alignments early and late. Focus on where your life is headed and attempt to make some improvements through this day. Between 7:00 and 10:00 tonight are excellent.

Thursday, 4th- The Virgo Moon makes us a little critical, but also hardworking. Discussions build as we head into the evening. Don’t push your notions on others as they still need development on your part.

V/C Moon 0:35 AM-5:46 AM when it enters Virgo

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COMET STRIKES EARTH

Posted on April 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

                By Sarah Knapton, science editor  21 APRIL 2017 • 11:25 AM (English spellings)

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck
Earth in 10,950 BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000 BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Experts at the University of Edinburgh analyzed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe (click for additional background on Göbekli Tepe) in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.

The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.

Scientists have speculated for decades that a comet could be behind the sudden fall in temperature during a period known as the Younger Dryas. But recently the theory appeared to have been debunked by new dating of meteor craters in North America where the comet is thought to have struck.

However, when engineers studied animal carvings made on a pillar – known as the vulture stone – at Göbekli Tepe they discovered that the creatures were actually astronomical symbols which represented constellations and the comet.

The idea had been originally put forward by author Graham Hancock in his book Magicians of the Gods.

Using a computer programme to show where the constellations would have appeared above Turkey thousands of years ago, they were able to pinpoint the comet strike to 10,950 BC, the exact time the Younger Dryas begins according to ice core data from Greenland.

The Younger Dryas is viewed as a crucial period for humanity, as it roughly coincides with the emergence of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilisations.

Before the strike, vast areas of wild wheat and barley had allowed nomadic hunters in the Middle East to establish permanent base camps. But the difficult climate conditions following the impact forced communities to come together and work out new ways of maintaining the crops, through watering and selective breeding. Thus farming began, allowing the rise of the first towns.

Edinburgh researchers said the carvings appear to have remained important to the people of Göbekli Tepe for millennia, suggesting that the event and cold climate that followed likely had a very serious impact.

Dr Martin Sweatman, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, who led the research, said: “I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seal the case in favour of (a Younger Dryas comet impact).

“Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change.

“It appears Göbekli Tepe was, among other things, an observatory for monitoring the night sky.

“One of its pillars seems to have served as a memorial to this devastating event – probably the worst day in history since the end of the ice age.”

Göbekli Tepe, is thought to be the world’s oldest temple site, which dates from around 9,000 BC, predating Stonehenge by around 6,000 years.

Researchers believe the images were intended as a record of the cataclysmic event, and that a further carving showing a headless man may indicate human disaster and extensive loss of life.

Symbolism on the pillars also indicates that the long-term changes in Earth’s rotational axis was recorded at this time using an early form of writing, and that Göbekli Tepe was an observatory for meteors and comets.

The finding also supports a theory that Earth is likely to experience periods when comet strikes are more likely, owing to the planet’s orbit intersecting orbiting rings of comet fragments in space.

But despite the ancient age of the pillars, Dr Sweatman does not believe it is the earliest example of astronomy in the archaeological record.

“Many paleolithic cave paintings and artefacts with similar animal symbols and other repeated symbols suggest astronomy could be very ancient indeed,” he said.

“If you consider that, according to astronomers, this giant comet probably arrived in the inner solar system some 20 to 30 thousand years ago, and it would have been a very visible and dominant feature of the night sky, it is hard to see how ancient people could have ignored this given the likely consequences.”

The research is published in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry.
Gobekli Tepe original article.)

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Daily Planets- 04/21/17

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 21-April 27, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 21st- We’re not happy as we arise around 7:00 this morning, but we get some things done late morning leading into 2:30 PM. Emotional responses could use a little polish (he said diplomatically). Tonight is chatty. Everyone has opinions.

V/C Moon 2:23 PM-3:43 PM when it enters Pisces

Saturday, 22nd- We’re hit with some shifts this morning but handle them fairly well. Late afternoon is uncertain. We don’t know what to do. Some choose this as a time to get away. Try not to aggrandize the situation around 9:00 PM.

Sunday, 23rd- Early morning is pleasant while noon is not bad. Around 4:30 we feel the drag, while 5:30 is fairly enjoyable. There’s energy to be had for those who want to work on into the evening.

V/C Moon 5:34 PM-8:32 PM when it enters Aries

Monday, 24th- We feel as though we need to catch up this morning. The push is on. Later afternoon is very enjoyable. We like what is going on. The evening is fairly even keeled.

Tuesday, 25th- Tomorrow morning is the New Moon. After 6:00 tonight we start to feel a little more tired or sleepy. Do something quiet, relax a bit, or go to bed early and you should feel better refreshed by the morning.

V/C Moon 5:53 PM-9:56 PM when it enters Taurus

Wednesday, 26thThe next couple of days would be good to get things planted in the garden. Make contacts and gather information around noon, and know that things may pinch a little late afternoon.

Thursday, 27th- We’re off to a nice start to our day, but things need a little more lift as we approach 3:00 and 6:00 PM. Both last night and tonight there’s a tendency to over-indulgence. Mindfulness would be a good thing.

V/C Moon 9:18 PM-9:39 PM when it enters Gemini

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Daily Planets- 04/14/17

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 14-April 20, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 14th- A peaceful morning when we feel centered and refreshed. The pace picks up somewhat through the early afternoon, and Venus pivots early tomorrow morning (influencing our socialization tonight) as we say good-bye to something or someone we have enjoyed.

Moon enters Sagittarius at 6:27 AM EDT.

Saturday, 15th- We’re a little sensitive to our surroundings this morning, but our energy grows into the evening as we move through the day. We can tap into the reservoir and draw on additional resources to work or play late into the evening.

Sunday, 16th- We have the energy to do whatever we want to through the day. Three nice planetary combinations keep us going, and there’s continued efficiency into early tomorrow morning. Figure out how you need to budget your time and organize your responsibilities. After 7:00 PM is particularly nice.

V/C Moon 2:26 PM-7:04 PM when it enters Capricorn

Monday, 17th- This is a test. This morning the Sun trines Saturn, this evening Mars inconjuncts Saturn. Circumstances respond to our efforts fare more easily this morning than they will this evening. Anticipate that there will be a bit of a slow down tonight, and get most important things done first.

Tuesday, 18th- The current settles down through the majority of the day. It’s more focused in the morning, helping us to get things done, and a little crazier as we move into 8:00 PM.

Wednesday, 19thSpring responds to a new facial. The Sun enters Taurus today, while Mercury enters Mercury. We’re more spirited and energized. Pluto pivots at 19 degrees of Capricorn. Check your charts.

V/C Moon 5:57 AM-6:52 AM when it enters Aquarius

Thursday, 20th- If Pluto is kind to you this is really a nice day, especially as we begin to move through the afternoon. Look at the bright side.

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VENUS SQUARE THE US PLUTO

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Don Cerow

One of the alignments that we have been monitoring in the US chart this year has been the Progressed Venus square to the US natal Pluto, which will be exact June 3rd, 2017. We’re building into it now. The themes of this alignment will reappear as the progressed Venus squares the progressed US Pluto on February 16th, 2019 .

First things first.

In a hard aspect to Pluto, it is less likely (he said diplomatically) that Venus will manifest in a happy, harmonized state. These generally represent circumstances that are unpopular, unfair, and often unresolved between those involved. The current alignment is the progressed Venus inAries squaring Pluto in Capricorn, but the alignment has occurred before, and we can draw clues from what history has to say about these times and superimpose them on what is happening now.

      Basically.

The last time this alignment occurred was when the progressed Venus was moving throughLibra and squared Pluto in Capricorn. The two dates were exact on October 8th, 1867 and again on January 11, 1869.

Would you believe that one of the  presidents generally ranked towards the bottom of presidential lists amongst historians was in office?

No, it wasn’t ‘W’.

Say hello to Andrew Johnson.

The first American president to be impeached, he was acquitted in the Senate by just one vote. Coming to power at the end of the Civil War, he was thrust into the national spotlight by Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. As Lincoln’s Vice President, Johnson was the next in line for the presidency and finished Lincoln’s term, but was not able to be reelected in his own right. His political hurtle, was not an easy one. He had the Reconstruction of the nation he had to stitch back together after the bitter animosity of a hard fought war.

He was a one term president.

Johnson was a maverick from the get-go. As governor of Tennessee, he was the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who did not resign his seat upon learning of his state’s secession. After the war when Southern states were slowly being reintegrated into Congress, many of the same elected politicians who had been in office before the war were voted by Southerners back into office. These ‘newly’ elected officials passed Black Codes to deprive former slaves many of their hard won civil liberties. Congressional Republicans advanced legislation to overrule Southern actions, but Johnson vetoed their bills and, in return, Congressional Republicans overrode his vetoes, setting a pattern for the remainder of his presidency. One of Johnson’s greatest political impediments in working with Congress was that he opposed the Fourteenth Amendment which gave citizenship to former slaves.

On February 22, 1866 (Washington’s Birthday), Johnson gave an impromptu speech to supporters accusing his opponents (among other things) of plotting his assassination.

“Republicans viewed the address as a declaration of war… while one Democratic ally estimated Johnson’s speech cost the party 200,000 votes in the 1866 congressional midterm elections.”
“Although strongly urged by Moderates to sign the Civil Rights Bill, Johnson broke decisively with them by vetoing it on March 17. In his veto message, he objected to the measure because it conferred citizenship on the freedmen at a time when 11 out of 36 states were unrepresented in the Congress, and that it discriminated in favor of African Americans and against whites. Within three weeks, Congress had overridden his veto, the first time that had been done on a major bill in American history. The veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, often seen as a key mistake of Johnson’s presidency, convinced Moderates there was no hope of working with him. Historian Eric Foner in his volume on Reconstruction views it as “the most disastrous miscalculation of his political career.” According to Stewart, the veto was “for many his defining blunder, setting a tone of perpetual confrontation with Congress that prevailed for the rest of his presidency.”

“Efforts to compromise failed, and a political war ensued between the united Republicans on one side, and on the other, Johnson and his allies in the Democratic Party.”
(Italics mine.)                 -Wiki

But there were other manifestations to this Venus Pluto square.

Can you say, “peace treaty?”

There were two treaties that stand out and were signed under the window we’re examining. The first was the Medicine Lodge Treaty (Oct 21 & 28, 1867), and The Treaty of Fort Laramie, aka The Sioux Treaty of 1868 (Apr 29, 1868). To repeat, the first Venus Pluto square of this series was exact on October 8, 1867, the second in January 11, 1869. Observation suggests the effects build into these exact astronomical (mathematical) dates.

Here’s some background on the influence of the Medicine Lodge Treaty.

From Wiki:

“With the treaties signed on October 21 and 28, 1867 the old idea of a giant continuous Great Plains reservation was abandoned forever and replaced with a new system in which the Plains Tribes were required to relocate to a clearly bounded reservation in Western Oklahoma. Any tribal member living outside of the reservation would thereafter be in violation of the treaty, and the US would be justified in using whatever means necessary to force them onto the reservation. Likewise, the new policy of “civilizing the tribes” meant that the US would no longer allow the Indians to preserve their traditional ways, but would instead use schools and agricultural education programs to try and eradicate the old customs and assimilate Indians into white culture.”

And from the Treaty of Fort Laramie…

“…guaranteeing the Lakota ownership of the Black Hills, and further land and hunting rights in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. The Powder River Country was to be henceforth closed to all whites. The treaty ended Red Cloud’s War. Article 16 in the treaty specified in that in addition “the country north of the North Platte River and east of the summits of the Big Horn Mountains shall be held and considered to be unceded Indian territory… no white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the same; or without the consent of the Indians first had and obtained, to pass through same…”

“Repeated violations of the otherwise exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors led to the Black Hills War. Migrant workers seeking gold had crossed the reservation borders in violation of the treaty. Indians had attacked these gold prospectors and war ensued. The US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877. It later broke up the Great Sioux Reservation into several reduced reservations.”
-Wiki

So let’s see now; in the 19th century under this alignment we have one very unpopular president who struggled with Congress and two peace treaties that weren’t worth the paper they were printed on. Do the Cherokee now have the territory promised them in Oklahoma following the Trail of Tears? As the aspect reoccurs, whose territory is it if the oil pipeline is allowed to run through the Lakota reservations in spite of the protests of the entire, collective Native American tribes? The aspiration of Venus is to have peace, fairness and everyone being treated equally before the scales of justice. But under a hard aspect it will not be what you see when this alignment occurs.

It can also represent a hard fought justice being won.

But you know it don’t come easy.

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Daily Planets- 04/07/17

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 7-April 13, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 7th- Things are getting busy! There’s so much to do with the Sun opposing Jupiter. Gather information and make decisions this morning, and feel the energy build over the next 48 hours.

Saturday, 8th- A powerful day. We need to take things cautiously. Err on the side of and all that. Expenditures may reach deeper through the late afternoon and into the evening.

Sunday, 9th- Communications reach a high water mark as Mercury prepares to go retrograde. People change their minds, equipment needs repair, or we have to reorganize our finances. Things are getting a little more emotional as we move into the evenings into the Full Moon.

V/C Moon 4:21 AM-8:34 AM when it enters Libra

Monday, 10th- Tonight’s Full Moon shortly past midnight builds to a crescendo as the Moon triggers Jupiter, Pluto and the Sun. There may be expenses involved. Given the choice, I would say hold off on purchases if possible.

Tuesday, 11th- The morning is the best time to get things done, even though we feel a little funky. Finish by 2:15 PM. After 7:00 tonight the mood begins to shift.

V/C Moon 2:19 PM-6:42 PM when it enters Scorpio

Wednesday, 12thNew information comes through this morning which could be helpful. We’re busy up until 8:00 PM, but then start to relax by 8:30 and into the evening.

Thursday, 13th- The morning rides fairly nicely, but the pace begins to quicken as we approach 5:00 PM. Get ready for the rush. Good advice can be found around 11:00 PM.

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Daily Planets- 03/31/17

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 31-April 6, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 31st- We’re really enjoying this morning around 8:00, but don’t have as much time to devote to it as we would like. Folks like early afternoon.

V/C Moon ends 12:40 PM when it enters Gemini

Saturday, 1st- From 6:00 to 9:00 AM is fairly nice, but then we’re not so sure. We need to make up our  minds and act on it mid-afternoon, while avoiding attempting to control or being controlled by, situations at 8:00 tonight.

Sunday, 2nd- There are differing points of view about how to spend our time this morning. Be logical around 6:00, and take some time off was we head into the evening. After midnight is refreshing!

V/C Moon 10:43 AM-2:27 PM when it enters Cancer

Monday, 3rd- What a great day, beginning with later morning through to 9:00 PM. We’re not as happy as we approach 10:00 PM. We tend to exaggerate.

Tuesday, 4th- Over extending ourselves is again on the table late tonight. Either we bite off more than we can chew, or are pushing things that don’t want to be pushed. 5:00 and 7:00 PM are good.

V/C Moon 4:45 PM-6:13 PM when it enters Leo

Wednesday, 5th6:00 AM is excellent. The end of the afternoon not so much. Midnight is both romantic and sustained. Strike a match and things may catch fire.

Thursday, 6th- Some are trying to manipulate circumstances late morning and we don’t feel good about it. Early afternoon brings some changes that we enjoy, and we’re able to bring some projects to completion by 8:00 PM. Knock it off after that.

V/C Moon 8:16 PM-0:20 AM (Friday) when it enters Virgo

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THE 8th SEAL

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Well, the proofs, editing and adjustments have been made. The book is on its way to the printers and will be available for mailing in May. You can pre-order the work through Amazon or Red Wheel/Weiser, and before you know it, a hard copy of The 8th Seal will find its way to your door.

Pictured above is the Vatican on the evening of the day the Pope announced that he quit. For years Athena had been predicting that, as the Vernal Equinox aligned with Omega Piscium, it would represent the end of the Age of Pisces. From Revelation,  “Flashes of lightning were coming from the throne, and the sound of peals of thunder, and in front of the throne there were seven flaming lamps burning, the seven Spirits of God.”

…and from the book, page 105,

“The Vernal Equinox” [here symbolized as 'the throne'] “is a source of thunder and lightning. These are the calling cards of the Sky God. When stars cross the Vernal Equinox, sparks fly. When the Vernal Equinox aligns with significant celestial triggers, discharges of power are released—either literally as bolts of lightning, or as life-events that suddenly “rain down” on the mortals here on Earth below. The seven flaming lamps are the seven visible planets, grouping the Sun and Moon in with the other five visible moving celestial bodies. These are the seven Spirits of God.”

To be honest, I had thought that the manifestation of this event would be more metaphorical. It turned out that it was literal. It is my understanding that the image on the front cover was captured on a cell phone, and that there were actually two strikes to the Vatican during a thunderstorm on the evening of the day the Pope said he quit.

      One of my favorite themes in working with Revelation is the historical analysis. If the lightning strike listed above is indeed The 8th Seal, we can look back to another trigger, one which combined the star aligning with the 2nd Seal and the King Snake or Dragon outlined in ‘When the Dragon Wore the Crown‘.  As we established in that work many of the Creation Myths of various cultures were an interweaving of North and East symbolically, of the North Celestial Pole and the Vernal Equinox. As civilizations moved into the third millennium BC the world was astronomically and mythologically entwined by serpents. Draco was the guardian of the North Celestial Pole as Alpha Draconis climbed to the highest latitude of the skies as life’s North Star; Scorpio and Serpens dominated the Autumnal Equinox, and the Hydra swam along the Earth’s equator. Astronomically speaking, the Earth was indeed wrapped by serpents.

Hannibal’s war with Rome was the most formidable ancient martial conflict in the Mediterranean world. In The 8th Seal, we ground each of the Seven Seals astronomically, and then examine them historically, unearthing what might be revealed by written records. In the following example the Great Serpent, the mythological image guarding the North Celestial Pole, was used to help describe what would happen as the Vernal Equinox paralleled (aligned) with xi Piscium, the Second Seal. We see this pattern being used over and over again by various cultures, interweaving North and East to describe their time and place in history.

From Gades Hannibal returned to the army’s quarters in New Carthage, and then proceeded by way of Etovissa to the river Ebro and the coast. Here, it is reported, a youth of divine aspect was seen by him in his sleep, who said, “that he was sent by Jupiter as the guide of Hannibal into Italy, and that he should, therefore, follow him, nor in any direction turn his eyes away from him.”

At first he followed in terror, looking no where, either around or behind: afterwords, through the curiosity of the human mind, when he resolved in his mind what that could be on which he was forbidden to look back, he could not restrain his eyes; 
then he beheld behind him a serpent of wonderful size moving along with an immense destruction of trees and bushes, and after it a cloud following with thunderings from the skies; and that then inquiring “what was that great commotion, and what the cause of the prodigy,” he heard in reply: “ that it was the devastation of Italy: that he should continue to advance forward, nor inquire further, but suffer the fates to remain in obscurity.

Livy- The History of Rome, Chapter XXI paragraph xxii.

Not only do we have Serpent andSeal (North and East), but also another lightning strike, consistent with the themes we have been examining “and after it a cloud following with thunderings from the skies.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Astronomically, mythologically and astrologically, The 8th Sealrepresented the boundary stone separating the Age of Pisces from the Age of Aquarius. On February 11th, 2013, the Vernal Equinox aligned with Omega Piscium, fulfilling Revelation’s prophecy,

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…”

…of the Age of Pisces.

Order your copy today and see what else we learned about the past, and the future.

Blessings to All,

            ~Don

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Daily Planets- 03/24/17

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 24-March 30, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 24th- Philosophical discussions fly back and forth today as we explore different realities with others. Noon makes the best use of this energy. Passions are strong late afternoon, but it helps us to dig deeper towards a solution.

Saturday, 25th- We can enjoy what we’re doing this morning but there are things we have to do and we need to take the time to get them done. Folks may not appreciate the alternatives later evening, but after 11:00 PM it begins to make better sense.

V/C Moon 1:56 AM-6:06 AM when it enters Pisces

Sunday, 26th- Some fascinating new ideas are being broached through the late morning and early afternoon. The rest of the day bounces these notions back and forth. Tomorrow is the New Moon, so we feel somewhat played out tonight as the day comes to an end.

Monday, 27th- Between 10:00 AM and 1:00 this afternoon is some of the most relaxed energy, but it can also be productive. By 3:00 PM we’re feeling  fatigued, 4:00 PM is enjoyable and the New Moon late tonight brings some vulnerabilities to the surface.

V/C Moon 6:19 AM-10:11 AM when it enters Aries

Tuesday, 28th- Early morning is relaxed, while the energy ratchets up a notch at the end of the afternoon. After midnight is interesting.

Wednesday, 29thThere’s some uncertainty until about 2:00 PM, but if you go with what has worked before you can make the best use of your time. Trust to experience.

V/C Moon 8:07 AM-11:48 AM when it enters Taurus

Thursday, 30th- There are huge fiscal shifts today. Many may find their funds being depleted. This is not a time to speculate on deals that may be risky. Like yesterday, stick to the tried and true. Conservative is the name of the game.

V/C Moon 7:12 PM-0:20 AM (Friday) when it enters Gemini

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Daily Planets- 03/17/17

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 17-March 23, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 17th- Energy and enthusiasm are available through the morning, but things begins to drag somewhat through the afternoon. Circumstances get in the way that take more time than we had wanted. After 6:00 PM we shift gears and relax in a playful way.

V/C Moon 5:56 PM-11:00 when it enters Sagittarius

Saturday, 18th- The seeds of what we are working on through the morning come into their own through the late afternoon and early evening. We like it and are willing to talk about it. It’s a little more difficult to relax as we approach midnight.

Sunday, 19th- Here’s your chance to say good-bye to the last full day of winter! Life is pleasant through the afternoon, and 9:00 PM conjures interest or surprises. Be willing to walk a more alternative path, and you’ll be glad you did.

Monday, 20th- Hello Spring! The Sun entered Aries at 6:29 this morning putting more bounce in our step. The afternoon is particularly nice, bordering on magical. Life is good.

V/C Moon 6:37 AM-11:31 AM when it enters Capricorn

Tuesday, 21st- Get up early and get what you really need  to done as we’re sharp, focused and able to cut through issues that would normally slow us down. By mid-afternoon we’re taken down a path we hadn’t planned to take, so be ready. After 11:00 tonight some of our early morning focus begins to return.

Wednesday, 22ndThe day is largely V/C, which means it has a tendency to drift. We don’t like the shifts of 9:00 AM, but are much happier campers as we approach noon. Not all the info we need is available late evening. Midnight may be restless.

V/C Moon 9:20 AM-10:28 PM when it enters Aquarius

Thursday, 23rd- Communications and transportation are more intense and more penetrating today, all day long but especially around 8:00 tonight. Verbal arguments are better than transportational arguments, but consider your words carefully before launching them. Mid-morning is very nice.

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TALKING TREES

Posted on March 12th, 2017 by Don Cerow

EUROPE
German Forest Ranger Finds That
Trees Have Social Networks, Too

The New York Times Saturday Profile
By SALLY McGRANE JAN. 29, 2016

HÜMMEL, Germany — IN the deep stillness of a forest in winter, the sound of footsteps on a carpet of leaves died away. Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches.

“These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky. “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light.”

Before moving on to an elderly beech to show how trees, like people, wrinkle as they age, he added, “Sometimes, pairs like this are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.”

Mr. Wohlleben, 51, is a very tall career forest ranger who, with his ramrod posture and muted green uniform, looks a little like one of the sturdy beeches in the woods he cares for. Yet he is lately something of a sensation as a writer in Germany, a place where the forest has long played an outsize role in the cultural consciousness, in places like fairy tales, 20th-century philosophy, Nazi ideology and the birth of the modern environmental movement.

After the publication in May of Mr. Wohlleben’s book, a surprise hit titled “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World,” the German forest is back in the spotlight. Since it first topped best-seller lists last year, Mr. Wohlleben has been spending more time on the media trail and less on the forest variety, making the case for a popular reimagination of trees, which, he says, contemporary society tends to look at as “organic robots” designed to produce oxygen and wood.

PRESENTING scientific research and his own observations in highly anthropomorphic terms, the matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.

“With his book, he changed the way I look at the forest forever,” Markus Lanz, a popular talk show host, said in an email. “Every time I walk through a beautiful woods, I think about it.”

Though duly impressed with Mr. Wohlleben’s ability to capture the public’s attention, some German biologists question his use of words, like “talk” rather than the more standard “communicate,” to describe what goes on between trees in the forest.

But this, says Mr. Wohlleben, who invites readers to imagine what a tree might feel when its bark tears (“Ouch!”), is exactly the point. “I use a very human language,” he explained. “Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean.”

Still No. 1 on the Spiegel best-seller list for nonfiction, “Hidden Life” has sold 320,000 copies and has been optioned for translation in 19 countries (Canada’s Greystone Books will publish an English version in September). “It’s one of the biggest successes of the year,” said Denis Scheck, a German literary critic who praised the humble narrative style and the book’s ability to awaken in readers an intense, childlike curiosity about the workings of the world.

The popularity of “The Hidden Life of Trees,” Mr. Scheck added, says less about Germany than it does about modern life. People who spend most of their time in front of computers want to read about nature. “Germans are reputed to have a special relationship with the forest, but it’s kind of a cliché,” Mr. Scheck said. “Yes, there’s Hansel and Gretel, and, sure, if your marriage fails, you go for a long hike in the woods. But I don’t think Germans love their forest more than Swedes or Norwegians or Finns.”

MR. WOHLLEBEN traces his own love of the forest to his early childhood. Growing up in the 1960s and ’70s in Bonn, then the West German capital, he raised spiders and turtles, and liked playing outside more than any of his three siblings did. In high school, a generation of young, left-leaning teachers painted a dire picture of the world’s ecological future, and he decided it was his mission to help.

He studied forestry, and began working for the state forestry administration in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1987. Later, as a young forester in charge of a 3,000-odd acre woodlot in the Eifel region, about an hour outside Cologne, he felled old trees and sprayed logs with insecticides. But he did not feel good about it: “I thought, ‘What am I doing? I’m making everything kaput.’ ”

Reading up on the behavior of trees — a topic he learned little about in forestry school — he found that, in nature, trees operate less like individuals and more as communal beings. Working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance.

By artificially spacing out trees, the plantation forests that make up most of Germany’s woods ensure that trees get more sunlight and grow faster. But, naturalists say, creating too much space between trees can disconnect them from their networks, stymieing some of their inborn resilience mechanisms.

Intrigued, Mr. Wohlleben began investigating alternate approaches to forestry. Visiting a handful of private forests in Switzerland and Germany, he was impressed. “They had really thick, old trees,” he said. “They treated their forest much more lovingly, and the wood they produced was more valuable. In one forest, they said, when they wanted to buy a car, they cut two trees. For us, at the time, two trees would buy you a pizza.”

Back in the Eifel in 2002, Mr. Wohlleben set aside a section of “burial woods,” where people could bury cremated loved ones under 200-year-old trees with a plaque bearing their names, bringing in revenue without harvesting any wood. The project was financially successful. But, Mr. Wohlleben said, his bosses were unhappy with his unorthodox activities. He wanted to go further — for example, replacing heavy logging machinery, which damages forest soil, with horses — but could not get permission.

After a decade of struggling with his higher-ups, he decided to quit. “I consulted with my family first,” said Mr. Wohlleben, who is married and has two children. Though it meant giving up the ironclad security of employment as a German civil servant, “I just thought, ‘I cannot do this the rest of my life.’”

The family planned to emigrate to Sweden. But it turned out that Mr. Wohlleben had won over the forest’s municipal owners.

So, 10 years ago, the municipality took a chance. It ended its contract with the state forestry administration, and hired Mr. Wohlleben directly. He brought in horses, eliminated insecticides and began experimenting with letting the woods grow wilder. Within two years, the forest went from loss to profit, in part by eliminating expensive machinery and chemicals.

Despite his successes, in 2009 Mr. Wohlleben started having panic attacks. “I kept thinking, ‘Ah! You only have 20 years, and you still have to accomplish this, and this, and that.’” He began therapy, to treat burnout and depression. It helped. “I learned to be happy about what I’ve done so far,” he said. “With a forest, you have to think in terms of 200 or 300 years. I learned to accept that I can’t do everything. Nobody can.”

He wanted to write “The Hidden Life of Trees” to show laypeople how great trees are.

Stopping to consider a tree that rose up straight then curved like a question mark, Mr. Wohlleben said, however, that it was the untrained perspective of visitors he took on forest tours years ago to which he owed much insight.

“For a forester, this tree is ugly, because it is crooked, which means you can’t get very much money for the wood,” he said. “It really surprised me, walking through the forest, when people called a tree like this one beautiful. They said, ‘My life hasn’t always run in a straight line, either.’ And I began to see things with new eyes.”

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Daily Planets- 10/10/17

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 10-March 16, 2017

Daylight Time begins Sunday at 2:00 AM.

Friday, 10th- Take on more time consuming tasks this morning and by noon you’ll be glad you did. The afternoon tends to drift a bit as we switch tracks into some unexpected directions. After 5:00 PM we have more energy and enthusiasm right into 11:00 PM

V/C Moon 12:05 PM-5:07 PM when it enters Virgo

Saturday, 11th- The morning is a little buzzy, but pleasant. Try not to over extend expectations through the afternoon. Not everyone will be able to deliver, including you. We feel the power of the Full Moon tonight after sundown, even though it is not exact until late tomorrow morning. Health issues may come into focus, folks are critical of plans.

Sunday, 12th- Timing is a factor that may throw us off kilter this morning. Did you remember to change your clocks? By 10:00 tonight, we manage to have worked out most of the wrinkles.

V/C Moon 10:36 PM-1:28 AM (Monday) when it enters Libra

Monday, 13th- Finish up paperwork and uncompleted projects today as Mercury makes its way through the final degree of Pisces. After 8:00 is good for social activities. Call it quits by 11:00 PM.

Tuesday, 14st- Between 5:00 and 7:00 this morning is some of the most organized energy of the day, while 6:00 PM feels the best and is the time to ask folks for personal favors. Late night may be a little more sensitive than we would like.

Wednesday, 15ndLet the current take you until about 11:00 this morning and then be ready to deal with what transpires. We understand why things are unfolding the way they are, but folks don’t agree with us around 7:00 PM. After 8:00 there’s more of a tendency to agree.

V/C Moon 6:05 AM-11:11 AM when it enters Scorpio

Thursday, 16rd- We don’t get everything done that we’d like to by noon today, but we don’t seem to mind. We’re moved by old habits through the afternoon.

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Daily Planets- 03/03/17

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 3-March 9, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 3rd- Get important projects done and bills paid before 10:15 this morning, and then get ready to roll with the day. 4:00 PM through 10:00 PM is really nice. Romantic decisions may take a turn, so reserve judgement until later tomorrow.

V/C Moon 10:20 AM-5:05 AM (Saturday) when it enters Gemini

Saturday, 4th- We don’t get through to folks early this morning. Either we can’t reach them, or they misinterpret what is being said. Conversations and what we’re thinking are pleasant into the evening.

Sunday, 5th- We misdirect our efforts and energy late this morning, but make some real progress through the afternoon. The evening, especially around 6:00 and 11:30 PM, is very enjoyable.

Monday, 6th- There’s magic and originality through the afternoon, and people tend to be very chatty into the early evening. There’s a shot of energy in the hour after midnight if you must get things done. Romance works well, too.

V/C Moon 3:22 AM-7:54 AM when it enters Cancer

Tuesday, 7st- Early afternoon is excellent. It’s fun, creative, and leaves us with an honest perspective on how things will turn out. Mental focus is particularly sharp in the hour after midnight.

Wednesday, 8ndIt’s tough getting up this morning, but we get a second chance to muster the forces through the afternoon. Late night is pleasant.

V/C Moon 9:59 AM-11:45 AM when it enters Leo

Thursday, 9rd- People over extend themselves through the morning. They’re swayed by a pretty face. But it could be more than you bargained for. Answers reveal themselves around 9:00 PM.

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NASA’s REPORT ON THE ECLIPSE

Posted on February 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

               NASAs REPORT ON THE ECLIPSE 


This interactive Google map [1] shows the path of the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 Feb 26 . The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. You MUST be somewhere within the central path (between the blue lines) to see the annular phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red). The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals.

The green marker labeled GE is the point of Greatest Eclipse. The magenta marker labeled GD is the point of Greatest Duration. This is the location where the annular eclipse lasts the longest along the entire path. In this case, the Greatest Duration is 01m22.4s . This prediction does not take into account the mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. For the sake of speed and simplicity, the effects of the lunar limb profile are NOT used in the predictions and map presented on this page.

You can be hundreds of miles from the theoretical point of Greatest Duration and still enjoy annularity lasting within a fraction of a second of the maximum possible (as long as you stay within several miles of the central line). It’s much more important to watch the weather forecasts a day or two before the eclipse and choose a location with the best chance of a cloud-free sky during the eclipse. Good weather is the key to successful eclipse viewing – better to see a shorter eclipse from clear sky that a longer eclipse under clouds [2].

To continue with this column and turn on the interactive functions from the NASA page on eclipses, click here.

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Daily Planets- 02/24/17

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

February 24-March 2, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 24th- We enjoy the day, especially through 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM. After 10:00 tonight you might want to consider a little extra rest.

Saturday, 25th- Tasks fall into place most easily through the late morning and into lunch time. The afternoon floats for the usual reasons. We’re sensitive to conversations around 7:30 tonight.

V/C Moon 1:11 PM-7:24 PM when it enters Pisces

Sunday, 26th- The Solar eclipse this morning peaks out right around 10:00. In the next 24 hours there are three planetary triggers to Mars, igniting passions  around the planet. We’re inflamed and eager to get on with things, but don’t push it. It could backfire.

Monday, 27th- Yesterday’s Red Tide continues to tug at us today, but largely plays out through the morning hours. Pack up your pencils around 6:00 tonight so you can relax a little before midnight.

V/C Moon 6:08 PM-11:52 PM when it enters Aries

Tuesday, 28th- This is by far the easiest day of this week. Things run smoothly throughout the day and are especially nice after 9:00 PM. Social engagements run well.

Wednesday, 1stThis is our busiest afternoon, with a few changes in plans coming through the early evening. We’re liable to forget or misplace objects. After 9:00 PM is best.

V/C Moon 9:18 PM-2:42 AM (Thursday) when it enters Taurus

Thursday, 2rd- Extreme opinions tug at our reason this evening. Today is a time to get as much as you can done. We make good use of our time.

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Daily Planets- 02/17/17

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Don Cerow

February 17-February 23, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 17th- Opinions are very subjective this morning. Try not to push ideas and be careful out there on the highways and byways. Finish up on projects by 2:30 for the usual reasons. Late night is more at peace.

V/C Moon 2:38 PM-1:52 PM (Saturday) when it enters Sagittarius

Saturday, 18th- Just the opposite of yesterday. Today wait until 2:00 to kick things into gear. Thoughts and communications clarify as we approach midnight. Use the time to determine solutions.

Sunday, 19th- 10:00 this morning and midnight tonight are the best times of day. Noon- not so much. We just want to be left alone, but that ain’t happening. Except for noon, a nice day.

Monday, 20th- The morning is excellent, and after a small emotional bump at 1:00, most of mid-afternoon is feeling very good. We’re conservative after the Sun goes down, but engage in some stimulating conversations late evening.

V/C Moon 6:37 PM-2:08 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Capricorn

Tuesday, 21st- The morning and early afternoon are excellent. We have an real sense of how things will turn out. Use it to figure out how to deal with tomorrow’s destructive currents. We catch a taste of tomorrow’s belligerence after 7:00 tonight. Live and learn.

Wednesday, 22ndEarly morning and afternoon unleash passionate currents born of impulsiveness. Counting to one thousand helps. By that time they’re gone. Folks offer some unusual perspectives tonight.

V/C Moon 10:24 PM-12:17 PM (Thursday) when it enters Aquarius

Thursday, 23rd- Late morning is wonderful. We’re at peace. The afternoon is resourceful, practical and responsible. Look at your upcoming timetable and figure out what you need to do today in anticipation.

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POWER CRUNCH

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Returning to our feature from November 29th’s edition of the WEB (2016), we have now passed one of the alignments we saw forthcoming in the US chart (4th July, 1776). In that edition, the progressed US Ascendant inconjuncted Pluto in the final degrees of Leo and Capricorn, suggesting a power struggle between the king (Leo) and the administration (Capricorn). Inconjuncts are one of the family of hard aspects, and like oil and water, they don’t mix very easily.

The judicial has squared off against the executive. The ruler of the Ascendant (the Sun) is in the 7th house of legal matters.

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban,
Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss

By ADAM LIPTAK
NYT- FEB. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president.

The three-judge panel, suggesting that the ban did not advance national security, said the administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — had committed terrorist acts in the United States.

The ruling also rejected Mr. Trump’s claim that courts are powerless to review a president’s national security assessments. Judges have a crucial role to play in a constitutional democracy, the court said.

“It is beyond question,” the decision said, “that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action.”

The decision was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. It upheld a ruling last Friday by a federal district judge, James L. Robart, who blocked key parts of the travel ban, allowing thousands of foreigners to enter the country.
The appeals court acknowledged that Mr. Trump was owed deference on his immigration and national security policies. But it said he was claiming something more — that “national security concerns are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections.”

Within minutes of the ruling, Mr. Trump angrily vowed to fight it, presumably in an appeal to the Supreme Court.

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

At the White House, the president told reporters that the ruling was “a political decision” and predicted that his administration would win an appeal “in my opinion, very easily.” He said he had not yet conferred with his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on the matter.

The Supreme Court remains short-handed and could deadlock. A 4-to-4 tie there would leave the appeals court’s ruling in place. The administration has moved fast in the case so far, and it is likely to file an emergency application to the Supreme Court in a day or two. The court typically asks for a prompt response from the other side, and it could rule soon after it received one. A decision next week, either to reinstate the ban or to continue to block it, is possible.

The travel ban, one of the first executive orders Mr. Trump issued after taking office, suspended worldwide refugee entry into the United States. It also barred visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations for up to 90 days to give federal security agencies time to impose stricter vetting processes.

Immediately after it was issued, the ban spurred chaos at airports and protests nationwide as foreign travelers found themselves stranded at immigration checkpoints by a policy that critics derided as un-American. The State Department said up to 60,000 foreigners’ visas were canceled in the days immediately after the ban was imposed.

The World Relief Corporation, one of the agencies that resettles refugees in the United States, called the ruling “fabulous news” for 275 newcomers who are scheduled to arrive in the next week, many of whom will be reunited with family.

“We have families that have been separated for years by terror, war and persecution,” said Scott Arbeiter, the president of the organization, which will arrange for housing and jobs for the refugees in cities including Seattle; Spokane, Wash.; and Sacramento.

“Some family members had already been vetted and cleared and were standing with tickets, and were then told they couldn’t travel,” Mr. Arbeiter said. “So the hope of reunification was crushed, and now they will be admitted.”

Several Democrats said they hoped the appeals court ruling would cow Mr. Trump into rescinding the ban. Representative Karen Bass, Democrat of California, said in a statement that the ban “is rooted in bigotry and, most importantly, it’s illegal.”

“We will not stop,” Ms. Bass said.

But some Republicans cast aspersions on the Ninth Circuit’s decision and predicted that it would not withstand a challenge in the Supreme Court.

“Courts ought not second-guess sensitive national security decisions of the president,” Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, said in a statement.

“This misguided ruling is from the Ninth Circuit, the most notoriously left-wing court in America, and the most-reversed court at the Supreme Court,” he said. “I’m confident the administration’s position will ultimately prevail.”

Trial judges nationwide have blocked aspects of Mr. Trump’s executive order, but no other case has yet reached an appeals court. The case in front of Judge Robart, in Seattle, was filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota and is still at an early stage. The appeals court order issued Thursday ruled only on the narrow question of whether to stay a lower court’s temporary restraining order blocking the travel ban.

The appeals court said the government had not justified suspending travel from the seven countries. “The government has pointed to no evidence,” the decision said, “that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”

The three members of the panel were Judge Michelle T. Friedland, appointed by President Barack Obama; Judge William C. Canby Jr., appointed by President Jimmy Carter; and Judge Richard R. Clifton, appointed by President George W. Bush.

They said the states were likely to succeed at the end of the day because Mr. Trump’s order appeared to violate the due process rights of lawful permanent residents, people holding visas and refugees.

The court said the administration’s legal position in the case had been a moving target. It noted that Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, had issued “authoritative guidance” several days after the executive order came out, saying it did not apply to lawful permanent residents. But the court said that “we cannot rely” on that statement.

“The White House counsel is not the president,” the decision said, “and he is not known to be in the chain of command for any of the executive departments.“ It also mentioned “the government’s shifting interpretations” of the executive order.

In its briefs and in the arguments before the panel on Tuesday, the Justice Department’s position evolved. As the case progressed, the administration offered a backup plea for at least a partial victory.

At most, a Justice Department brief said, “previously admitted aliens who are temporarily abroad now or who wish to travel and return to the United States in the future” should be allowed to enter the country despite the ban.

The appeals court ultimately rejected that request, however, saying that people in the United States without authorization have due process rights, as do citizens with relatives who wish to travel to the United States.

The court discussed, but did not decide, whether the executive order violated the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion by disfavoring Muslims.

It noted that the states challenging the executive order “have offered evidence of numerous statements by the president about his intent to implement a ‘Muslim ban.’” And it said, rejecting another administration argument, that it was free to consider evidence about the motivation behind laws that draw seemingly neutral distinctions.

But the court said it would defer a decision on the question of religious discrimination.

“The political branches are far better equipped to make appropriate distinctions,” the decision said. “For now, it is enough for us to conclude that the government has failed to establish that it will likely succeed on its due process argument in this appeal.”

The court also acknowledged “the massive attention this case has garnered at even the most preliminary stages.”

“On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies,” the decision said. “And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination.”

“These competing public interests,” the court said, “do not justify a stay.”

The court ruling did not affect one part of the executive order: the cap of 50,000 refugees to be admitted in the 2017 fiscal year. That is down from the 110,000 ceiling put in place under President Barack Obama. The order also directed the secretary of state and the secretary of homeland security to prioritize refugee claims made by persecuted members of religious minorities.

As of Thursday, that means the United States will be allowed to accept only about 16,000 more refugees this fiscal year. Since Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, 33,929 refugees have been admitted, 5,179 of them Syrians.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis contributed reporting from Washington, Katharine Q. Seelye from Boston, and Liz Robbins and Caitlin Dickerson from New York.

This will lead the series of confrontational aspects that are coming up through the spring, as we covered in the last Moon Mail, Aquarian New Moon, which went out on January 27th.

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