Saturday, November 24, 2018

Probably the most enlightening thing I ever learned was about Hugh Everett’s “many worlds” theory. It was dramatized in the movie, “What the Bleep?” and was also illustrated in the book, “One,” by Richard Bach. The theory is that when we are confronted with choices, we have “free will” to choose into which direction our lives will shift. For instance, it is not a “given” that you will inevitably choose to kill someone, marry someone, etc. Options for the future shift the minute you make a choice. This is why it is impossible to “predict” from your chart exactly what you will do or what will happen (since other people can do surprising things that are not in YOUR chart), although the chart does show your “line of least resistance.”

An example is when you are confronted with the need to make a decision. For instance, you might have a choice of whether to buy an expensive item on credit or to wait until you have the cash. If your chart shows a tendency to live beyond your means, you may need a “lesson” about that, and events could have been pre-planned before you were born (by yourself) to deliver it. BUT, if you know ahead what the lesson is about, you can make different choices and build in different habits—and, therefore, different results.

Most people live largely unconscious lives and so the predictive methods Astrologers use are usually accurate. However, there are times when people surprisingly choose to “break free” from habitual patterns and do some wiser and more heroic things. I have no way of knowing when or if that will happen…although there might be clues pointing to it. My job is not to predict the future, but to help people make better decisions by outlining the “line of least resistance” that is probable in the future. If someone doesn’t like it, then it is a clue to make better decisions.

It’s really difficult because I cannot make decisions FOR people. I can only relay what is there in the chart and hope that people will do something to change habits so that they have outcomes that they want and/or that are more productive. That is the main reason I don’t like to forecast for more than a year at a time. One time someone wanted his whole life forecast!!  I couldn’t get this concept across at the time, but I didn’t do it, either. There are exceptions….i.e. children’s charts can be forecast rather accurately for the first couple of decades because they are not independent enough to make their own decisions. By the first Saturn return (roughly age 28) a person is much more autonomous.

One more thing….a birth chart is just a frozen moment in time. It can be the chart of a country, a dog, an event (like a party), or really, anything at all that has a beginning. That is why, it is necessary to TELL your astrologer something basic…like whether it’s the chart of a person or not, and if so, at least the entity’s gender! You do not go to your doctor and say, “Tell me what hurts.” You at least tell him (or her) your symptoms!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Upcoming elections

Every time I’ve chosen a topic for a blog, there is breaking news that seems more relevant, and as a result, I’ve written nothing for a long time.  That is the whole reason; I have not been ill nor incapacitated at all.

Now, we are approaching the mid-term elections, and that overrides everything.  I just saw today that Fox “news” is watched by more people than MSNBC and CBS combined. That is unfortunate.  [It’s licensed under ‘entertainment’ ---- lacking a legitimate ‘news’ license (unless that has changed without my knowing it)]

When I was getting an education, I took a couple of years of journalism…in the late fifties. We were taught not to put an opinion in any straight news story; it was called “editorializing. “ (which, btw, is what a blog is--an editorial) For instance, we could not write that a crowd was ‘large;” we had to estimate a number, because “large” was an opinion. Ethics like that have largely disappeared…especially on Fox…not as much on other newscasts.  The PBS newscasts seem to be the best at reporting straight news.

Donald Trump’s Chart

In case any of you didn’t save it, Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 at 10:54 a.m. (birth certificate source) in Jamaica, NY. The most important thing I notice right now is that his progressed Moon is approaching a conjunction with his progressed Sun. (This only happens around every 28 years…and the first time depends on where the Sun and Moon were when a person was born; so it is not going to necessarily be at age 28.) This is a major conjunction and denotes the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. The phase he’s in right now is called “balsamic” and is supposed to be a time of reflection and review of the preceding 28 years.  The next phase, the “new,” will begin for him in a little less than a year from now. Now, it IS possible that some twists and turns can happen before that, but from HIS perspective, that is a new beginning.

One of the most important “events” in solar arc directions is when an aspect in the natal chart moves to coincide with another natal aspect. Those are life-changing. He was born with Venus conjunct Saturn in Cancer and also Neptune square Mercury (the source of his unfamiliarity with the ‘truth’ and vivid imagination).  Venus/Saturn is about to coincide with Neptune square Mercury. It will first be Venus conjunct Neptune about 10-11 months from now. For him, it will manifest initially as delusional thinking, which has been the case all his life, but Venus rules his third house (Koch houses), so it is especially so at that time. Saturn will follow about a year and 11 months later, and that is when one cannot lie to himself any longer. I call that “reality hitting the fan.” However, the fallout from all this will take about two years to complete (when Venus/Saturn squares his natal Mercury) Incidentally, his solar arc Moon entered Pisces a little over five months ago, and indicates that he really does see himself as a “victim.” 

That is not unfamiliar to him. With Venus conjunct Saturn in his natal chart, he has felt unloved since he was nearly two years old.  Something happened when the Venus/Saturn conjunction "closed" by solar arc that left him feeling bereft. But, with Mars and Leo rising, his response would be pride and bravado. And with Mercury square Neptune, he was capable of "altering reality" to fit his self image. There is more, of course, but that is what is at the forefront now.