Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Welcome Home!

You'll love this funny flash movie from the Foundation for Global Community: it's a Scoop Nisker-esque kinda reminder that we're one planetary family, indivisible, with blue skies and butterflies and waterfalls and tacos for all:

All Is One

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The End of Plutocracy?

Pluto may have been demoted as a planet, but nothing can stop the plutonic transformational energies from having their way with us all. Visionary Activist Astrologer Caroline Casey says in her latest missive:

Pluto and the Mythic News:

February 26, 1993 – As a beautiful snowstorm swirled outside, I pondered the Mythic News, how the gods were trying to help us out by staging things in such a succinct symbolic manner that even the most dunderheaded humans would notice, and heed.

I noted that Pluto was stationing (apparent motion stops, the god beams down its literalized symbolism) that day, and that this god embodies the principle that whatever is suppressed becomes volatile and toxic due to its disrespectful suppression. One hour after the exact station, the news reported the 1st attempt to blow up the World Trade Towers from the Underworld parking garage. Whoowee…So literal.

I told this story at a speech at Herbfest Iowa in late August of 2001, saying, well Pluto’s now stationing again. Let’s see what we’ve all learned.

Pluto does station often in late August/early September. Last year, on September 1st, 2005, Pluto squared the U.S. Neptune, (where Neptune was when this country was born - representing the soul of this country.) And it was on that day that a British paper published the most apt cartoon, of the Statue of Liberty floating dead, face down in New Orleans, while disinterested troops with guns gazed dispassionately from an overhead bridge.

Well Pluto is stationing NOW, exact on Labor Day, September 4th at 7:20PM ET. So, team of dedicated democracy-philes, sane and reverent people, let’s work with it. Pluto says, “planet, schplanet”; in the words of ally Steve Bhaerman, “Sure it works in practice, but will it work in theory?”

The instructions of now encourage us to be active agents of Pluto, composting death in every imaginative, visualizing, practical manner that synchronicity affords us, to suck the “g” out of “kingdom,” and exhale the energetic chi into the animating of the resulting “kindom.”

Pluto would like us to collaborate in every way, sucking the energy out of any death-dealing up to no good irreverent violent plot, so that it is fully revealed, rendered harmless and collapses like a souffle.

As Vipassana meditation suggests, inhale the world’s grimy plutocracy, and exhale radiant beauty, now, forever, every day, together, for a few minutes, and especially this strange Labor Day weekend. Inhale death-dealing tyranny, exhale creative democracy.

And novelist Terry Pratchett adds: “When in doubt – choose to live!”

Friday, August 25, 2006

Peace of Earth

The World Peace Prayer Society has put forth the call for everyone to join together on Saturday, August 26th, for a Day of Prayers for Gratitude and Peace.

The tri-part ceremony, which takes place in New York State, honors:
1. Native Americans
2. All the people of North America
3. All the people of the world.

At the World Peace website, you can also purchase books of prayers specifically focused on those most affected by:
• The World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001
• Hurricane Katrina
• The Pakistan Earthquake
• The Asian Tsunami.

I'll be devoting the September issue of my e-newsletter, What Shines, to a radical perspective on peace and the environment known as the Peace of Earth, or Pax Gaia.

Thanks for reading! I look forward to your feedback.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Wealth and Worth

I just received this from my dear friend Ellie, who turns 93 in a few weeks. (See my story honoring her on her 92nd birthday, The Love You Make). It's a good reminder to value who we are and what we offer, regardless of life's curve balls:

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill.

In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first, let me do this.

He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill.

He then asked, "Who still wants it?"

Still the hands were up in the air.

Well, he replied, "What if I do this?"

And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

"Now, who still wants it?"

Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson.

No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.

It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives,

we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt

by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.

We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased,

you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you.

The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know,

but by WHO WE ARE.

You are special- Don't EVER forget it."

Count your blessings, not your problems.

And remember: amateurs built the Ark ...

professionals built the Titanic.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Expanding the Solar System, Part 2

I now have a meta-perspective on my nomadic lifestyle, or mobile ministry, as one faithful reader put it: I'm a planet! The word planet comes from the Greek for "wanderer". My gravitational field keeps me in a smaller orbit than the Heavenly bodies that wandered into our galactic orbit and remained there; nonetheless, the "as above, so below" correspondence holds a satisfyingly familiar ring, perhaps akin to one of Saturn's (my First House planet, for the astrologically adept.)

Now we're expanding our sphere of influence and inclusiveness, as it were, opening the Milky Way to connections with other confections.

Celestially speaking, the International Astronomical Union has honed its definition of a planet to the following two conditions:

• The object in question must be in orbit around a star, but must not itself be a star, and
• It must have enough mass for the body's own gravity to pull it into a nearly spherical shape.

According to a report filed by the BBC, "Any object with a mass greater than 0.6% that of our Moon and a diameter greater than 800km would normally meet the second condition. But borderline cases will have to be resolved by more observation.

Some objects currently considered to be moons and asteroids could be eligible if they meet those basic tests. So the definition leaves the door open for other objects to join the expanding club."

It means Pluto has been demoted to the status of "pluton", along with Charon, (the temporarily named) UB313, and the asteroid Ceres. The IAU's proposal now recognizes eight "classical" planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

What's a pluton? Not a crunchy space salad treat. According to the IAU, plutons "reside in orbits around the Sun that take longer than 200 years to complete, circle the Sun with high 'inclination' (are highly tilted with respect to the classical planets) and typically have orbits that are far from being perfectly circular."

Yet--plutons fit all the criteria of the new definition of a planet, so Pluto does not receive a full "demotion". And over a dozen other new candidates now vie for planetary status:

Trans-Neptunian Objects
2003 EL61
2005 FY9
2002 TX300
2002 AW197


This is certainly one way of expanding our galactic reach--and while certainly cosmological, it's not necessarily cosmic in scope. Stay tuned to both inner and outer dimensional frequencies for updates. Conscious evolution is a level playing field. Only requirement: a steadily opening mind.

Expanding the Solar System, Part 1

Since writing about global warming in my August e-newsletter, What Shines, I've been in the hot zone for cool information! Here's the latest:

If you're tired of gritting your teeth at the high cost of energy, stop the grit and get off the grid, with The Solar Power Directory, a web-based state-by-state listing of solar power and alternative energy installation companies throughout the US. The site includes links to other alternative energy products and services including wind power, bio-diesel, photovoltaic and hot water heating systems for home and business.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Being Peace

Between the oil spill polluting Lebanon and the foiled terrorist bombing of ten US-bound planes from the UK, we're primed to once again take sides and fight back against "the enemy." It's the only way to stand up for what's right and move towards world peace...NOT.

As the father of nonviolent activism, Mahatma Gandhi said, "There is no way to peace...peace IS the way." As much as our reactive minds might want to place sanctions against Israel for causing the oil carnage, or against the Muslim community for being behind the almost-air attack, this response only keeps us in duality—which is precisely where the forces of darkness most wish us to stay.

When Aluna Joy Yaxk'in asked the Star Elders whom she channels how to heal the "split between the worlds" that's been present in the Middle East for eons, they told her:

"First you must rise above duality. Duality will soon be an issue of the past. Don't see the problem. SEE the positive result. In other words, see perfection in that area. If you fight against war, it is just another form of war. War is duality in its extreme, and the underworlds are struggling to keep you in duality. Remember you are a part of the collective. How YOU live affects everyone. Quit fighting on every level. Live in Peace and Love at home, and see this Peace and Love in the areas that need it. Be at Peace with your neighbors. Walk on the lands in Peace. You can't fight for peace; you can only live it. Don't ask for PEACE. Don't Pray for PEACE. Start acting as if PEACE is already here! Remember how you live is what you create in the world. The universe responds to your actions. One day you will wonder what all the fighting was about. It won't make sense to you anymore, because you will have rewritten the collective program. Quit acting like victims and think you can't do anything about it. You are the creators now."

I wrote something similar after 9-1-1, about this event being a planetary spiritual emergence. (If you'd like the special broadcast, please e-mail me with "9-1-1 article" in the subject line.) A lot of people got it; a few vilified me. As more of these wake-up calls happen, more of us will continue to let go of more of the need to react in kind.

Would I endorse nonviolence over the law of the claw if people I loved dearly were involved? I like to think I'm getting there. Once of the most enlightened comments I've heard along these lines came from a man who participated in the Source Force gathering of lightworkers in Arizona this past April. He said, "I don't see my kids as any more important than anyone else's." That's a pretty monumental statement for a parent to make. When we can all see all children as equally sacred—followed by seeing all adults the same way—it will be the end of war on Earth. And then we can get down to what really matters.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Window to Infinity

Today is 8:8:8 (August 8, 2006, 2+0+0+6 = 8), a spiritual window on our collective evolutionary path. Eight is the number of integrity, of harmony; the principle of the octave (resonance), the path of the one heart. The Mayan Calendar (which I've been following faithfully for many years) asks, in the eighth moon, or on any eight-toned day, "Do I live what I believe?" Eight is known as the Galactic tone. "G" is the primordial symbol; "lactic" refers to mother's milk. We are living in the Milky Way. Nourishment of the cosmos! Eight on its side is eternity. The infinity of integrity...the symbolism just goes on and on, appropriately for a numerologically infinite day.

Canadian astrologer and way-shower Tara Greene has a lot to say about 888. Here's an excerpt:

"On the Highest Spiritual level all time is NOW. Everything that ever happened is occurring NOW and everything that ever will happen is happening NOW. We create our present from our past and our future from our present. It is Karma. So 888 is a Triply Karmic Day. Karmic to the third Power. This is a very powerful occurance.

888 is the number of the Holy Spirit, an endless cord, the ourobouros serpent eating its tail. The Infinity symbol appears in a number of traditional Tarot Trumps, the Magician # 1, and # 8 Strength/Justice.

From An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper:

'Spiritually, eight is the goal of the initiate, having passed through the seven stages or heavens, and is thus, the number of Paradise regained; regeneration; resurrection; perfect rhythm; the eighth day created the new man of grace.

Buddhist: 8 means completion, all possibilities; 8 symbols good augury

Chinese: wholeness, all possibilities, good luck; the Ba Gua has 8 trigrams and pairs of opposites, the Book of Changes 8 x 8 =64. The circumference of the Ba Gua symbolizes time and space. There are 8 delights of human existence.

Christians: 8 symbolizes regeneration; rebirth. Eight beatitudes.

Egyptian: the number of Thoth, the great metaphysical teacher.

Hebrew: perfect intelligence, splendor, the digit value of IHVH, the 'number of the Lord'; The Temple was sanctified in eight days. Circumcision, the covenant with God for Hebrew males, takes place on the 8th day of life.

Hindu: 8 x 8 is the order of the celestial world established on earth. Temples are built on the pattern of the Mandala, the 8 x 8 symbolism. There are eight regions of the world; suns; divisions of the day .

Islam: The throne which encompasses the world is supported by eight angels, corresponding to the eight dividsions of space and the groups of letters in the Arabic Alphabet.'

The Tibetans use an instrument in their prayers called a dorje. It is considered to be a lightning bolt. It is a figure 8.

In the Kabbalah, the Number 8 is the Sefirot called 'Hod' and its meaning is Splendor.

It symbolizes reason, the Individual mind, the contact point with the Master Teachers, all Language and Visual Images. Its symbols are names and versicles, an apron. Its planet is Mercury/Thoth/Hermes. Its color is orange. It is related to the stellar light, bestowing elegance, swiftness, scientific knowledge and art, and constancy of speech, and it rules the sphere of actions of Mercury. Words properly vibrated have powerful effects on the inner planes. Chanting and mantras are in this sphere. Words have power. It is said that whosoever learns to pronounce the name of God, will be master of the Universe, as God.

Hod is a primary point of conceptual transfer in our return to the God/Goddess head. Hod helps us to understand the mechanisms of our perceptions. Beware, because we need to know where we may be deceived in the Astral realm. Hod also relates to the Moon, which is our cellular memories, our DNA, our past lives, present lives. The Moon rules intuition, instinctual knowledge.

There are 2 opportunities to invoke the vibrational sacred Geometry of 888. The first is August 8 and the second is August 17th, 2006 which adds up to 8, 1 + 7 = 8, August 17, 2006=888.

Between these 2 dates I advise a 10 day strategy beginning on August 8th to bring all of your personal past, present and future realities into alignment, and become Infinite, become the Messiah, become Christ’s sacred message of Love, Infinite Love and Compassion.

The Magician in the Tarot Trump #1 has a lemniscate, the mathematical sign for infinity above him. Like yin/yang, the symbol depicts the balance of the opposites, the interplay of energies, positive/negative endlessly changing into one another. Author Sallie Nichols in her book Jung and Tarot, sees the infinity sign as 'a pair of giant spectacles. If you put on these magic eyeglasses you may catch a glimpse into new dimensions of reality. These glasses are not rose-colored. What we shall see in this new dimension is a natural phenomenon. It is not pie-in-the-sky nor the manifestation of some vague 'other world.' The experiences which {infinity} offers us are as indigenous to our nature and as rooted in our terrestrial environment as are the plant that we see growing.'

The Number 8 Card in the Tarot Trumps is that duality of 8 and 11. How appropriate that the number 8 itself has a dual nature. Traditionally Tarot Trump # 8 is Strength, showing a woman closing the jaws of a Lion, with an Infinity symbol above her head. The Strength card shows our power over our animal selves by the Feminine Psyche or Soul. Spiritual Strength is what 8 confers. Also the balance of the human and the Divine. The Divine Mystery of Union. It is also Trump # 11/ Justice. Sometimes the two symbols are interchanged on the cards, 8 being Justice and 11 Strength depending on the Tarot deck. Justice is cause and effect. Karma, not as punishment but as a rebalanceing for deeds done."

In reading Tara's illuminating information, what flashed across my mental screen (and perhaps yours as well, if you've been reading these posts for at least a few days) is that we've now entered the Lion's Gate. The Divine Feminine is the key to taming the Leonine energies that can otherwise roar out of control. Masculine power in service to Feminine wisdom is true healing/wholeness/holiness. This is a wondrous opportunity for us all to wed our masculine and feminine selves both within our psyches and out in the world.

Tara offers a meditation for this 10-day window in her posting, and I've created two e-courses specifically to help you recognize, reclaim and celebrate the wedding of the masculine and feminine aspects of your life. I call it learning to yinify: to magnetize more of the Divine Feminine into your life and into the world. Both e-courses are available with an e-mail coaching option: The Inanna Initiations and Loving Our Lunacy.

Blessings and joy to you!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Fire This Time

August has always held special significance for me. Years before I knew anything about astrology, cosmic forces, or how energy works, the month signaled a kind of portent, when whatever happened amazed me. I now know the Leonine energies are a cosmic complement to my Aquarian sun--but well beyond this, our eighth month opens portals to power for us all.

On the Starchild Ascension site, Celia Fenn channeling Archangel Michael, writes,

"...the Sirius Star Gate opens into the Harmonic of the 8:8:8 on the 8th of August and is followed by the energy of the Full Moon (in Aquarius) the next day. The gate remains open until the 12th of August. Then, on the 13th of August, Venus transits into the fifth house of Leo, governed by the Sun and the element of Fire. The Fire Goddess Comes - the energy of the Solar Feminine floods the planet.

The fiery energy of the Divine Feminine in her manifestation as Sekmet, the lioness, has been felt on the planet in recent weeks, but now, the Fire Goddess flames forth in the fiery and intense energy of Leo. She will transit through Leo in the month of August, following the path of the Sun and creating intense and fiery energy. On the 27th of August she will cross paths with Saturn at 14 degrees of Leo. This will be a pivotal date, for at that time her energy will be under pressure to transform and change as a result of the close conjunction with Saturn.

At that point, dearest Lightworkers, the Planetary Collective will choose between continuing on the current path that will lead to continued destruction, or transmuting the energy into Global Peace and Harmony. Whatever seeds are planted at this time will grow and flourish in the next year. We cannot stress enough how important it is NOW to hold the vision of Global Peace. Pray for Peace, Meditate for Peace - create that miracle! Feel that Peace deep within yourself and your heart and believe in it totally and completely. Hold the Vision and the intention for the Highest Possible Outcome - Global Peace - starting in the Middle East."

On a personal level, we've also been working with the energy of the Divine Solar Feminine to transmute all that is not "of peace" in our own lives. Michael continues:

"The 8:8:8 'harmonic' is a vortex of pure energy that holds a powerful archetypal imprint that is made available to all those on the planet. The archetype of the 8 is PERSONAL POWER - the essence of the I AM within each person. The conjunction of this Harmonic with the Lion's Gate Energy creates a powerful moment for Personal and Planetary empowerment. The 8:8:8 is also what we would call a 'Time Gate' or 'Time Lock'. It allows you as individuals to access fully your Past and Future self in the Present Moment as you experience the entirety of your 'I AM' presence. Wherever you will find yourself physically at that time will be a power point for you. It is an opportunity to consciously integrate all that you Are and hold the balance, for yourself and the planet as part of your Lightwork.

The 'Spirit' Lions that guard the portal of the Lion's Gate were known in ancient Egypt as the Lions of 'Yesterday' and 'Tomorrow'. Enter in between the guardians of the Past and the Future, and fully claim your I AM power - NOW. This will give you great strength on your journey forward.

Then, on the 9th of August, this energy will be amplified by the energies of the Full Moon. The rising Moon will be in Aquarius, with the setting Sun in Leo. The energy of Aquarius is governed by Uranus, that planet of sudden shifts and changes. You can harness that energy to accelerate the transformation for PEACE as humanity stands at the threshold of the Age of Aquarius, or the Golden Age of Peace. You are planting the seeds for the Coming Age in your work right now!"

On the 13th, we have the opportunity to use the power of Sekmet to transmute the Solar Fire "from its lower expression of greed, power, and destruction into its higher expression of Love and Beauty and Harmony. "

Then on August 26th and 27th, resonance and reverberation begins, as we complete the 8:8:8 energies until we reach the 9:9:9 harmonic on the 9th and 27th of September in 2007. This will be the final clearing and closing of this cycle that began in 1999.

Michael assures us that as Venus in Leo transits Saturn in Leo, "This will be the important moment of Transformation and an opportunity to Restructure old patterns of hostility and transmute them into Higher Octaves of Peace and Love.

The Sun will have moved into Virgo on the 23rd of August, and the New Moon in Virgo, also on the 23rd, will allow you to GROUND your I AM power in order to create Global Peace and Harmony on the beloved Planet Earth.

Personally, and as a Planet, you can choose to transmute the Solar Fire energy into Higher Love through Global Peace. Call on the Divine Feminine through Hathor, to allow her energy to be felt at this time.

You are Human Angels, you are Christed Beings, you have worked for this moment. You are taking on your Mastery and becoming true Stewards of the planetary energy. You can make a difference!

Call Forth Peace and Joy.

And so - IT IS!"

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Making the Planetary Personal

I learned of another great climate change site right after sending off my August e-newsletter on global warming: check out Climate Star.

It includes a letter you can customize and send to your legistlator(s), as well as a list of practical steps you can take right now to help reduce your ecological footprint.

I agree with all the climate choices except for microwave oven use; microwaves are actually very harmful to your health. E-mail me if you'd like a few microwave danger articles as Word attachments.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Astrological Aspects Of Al Gore

Insightful astrologer Judy Goldberg once again dives into some very timely marrow with her analysis of Al Gore's planetary placements as they affect his place on the planet. Since I've just published my August newsletter on "An Inconvenient Truth," her article is a welcome addition to the mission:

Al Gore, Man On A Mission