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debateincaElection shenanigans continue to heat up  and Hilary’s exact birthtime is still a well kept secret, as it should be for any high-ranking Scorpio. No doubt she has had some guidance from the astrologers, we’re always lurking around the power centers, if we’re not one ourselves.

Gemini Trump is a poster-child for one who is unable to ‘focus’, the exact opposite of  Scorpio.
It’s quite the conundrum, Gemini vs. Scorpio.

Since we’ve just moved into the season of Scorpio, here’s a list of other notable Scorpio’s, lest you judge the sign by Hilary alone.  Bonnie Raitt  Nov. 9, Vivian Leigh, Tatum O’Neal, Roy Rogers  Nov 5, Ted Turner Nov 19, Sally Field Nov 6, Goldie Hawn Nov 21, Whoopie Goldberg Nov 13rwbdoodleifc

That said,  today I  refer  you back to this post.  Scroll down to where I’ve listed some dates and you will see that Nov. 9 is when Mars/Saturn begin to move into the next phase of their new cycle which began in August.  At 45 degrees of separation a certain subtle tension begins to set in, it happens during the crescent phase of the cycle.   (360 divided by 8 = 45 degree phases) However, Mars is dreadfully close to Pluto at this same time, around Nov 8.  This is not an easy planetary picture, for anyone & everyone.  We are certainly “living in interesting times”, as an ancient Chinese curse proclaims.

The SALON FOR ASTROLOGICAL DISCOURSE will be meeting to discuss all of this and more at our next meeting, WED, NOV 2, 7PM.   If you are in or around Asbury Park, NJ and would like to attend please contact  Ida at Time & Space Consulting for details.

” Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.” 
                                                                                                                          ~Benjamin Franklin

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rwbdoodleifc Last Saturday I logged onto a webinar offered by Kepler College of Astrological Arts & Sciences.  A panel of five mundane astrologers discussed politics, race relations, the economy, and other various hot topics.

They posted the charts they used online which made it quite easy to  follow the discussions. It was fascinating to see the variety of techniques and charts they used.  As always, the astrology of current events leads one to a much more comprehensive understanding of what is going on at any given time.  Astrology reveals the nuances and hidden subtleties that are often overlooked by the current herd-mind*  (*I refer you to the brilliant Jeffrey Wolf Green, one of my earliest teachers.)

Astrology, is a language of symbols, which creates a much broader, wider, context by which to understand & discuss events.  Dane Rudyar, another one of my most inspirational teachers,  writes, “…astrology is always symbolical when properly understood. All depends on what is meant by symbol. Algebra is also purely symbolical, and yet algebra and higher mathematics have made possible modern science and the age of machines. Astrology is fundamentally the algebra of life.” (AP p.18)

Anyway, each panelist mentioned the August 24, 2016 conjunction of Mars & Saturn in 10 Sag. as a notable upcoming transit.  They all agreed  that regardless of who gets elected,  the USA is in for a difficult time ahead.  The transits to the chart of the USA are nothing less than transformational.  That’s the bad news.   And, that’s the good news too.  (I published the chart of the USA in my previous post)

After the webinar I was inspired to spend some time on my own studying the algebra of this upcoming cycle and even before I write any commentary I want to go on record with the following dates which mark the more stressful moments.  Please allow a 2-3 day orb…..

  • Aug 24 2016
  • Nov 9 2016
  • Jan 19 2017*
  • Mar 27 2017
  • May 29 2017*
  • July 30 2017
  • Oct 11 2017*
  • Jan 5 2018
  • Apr 2 2018*

What’s important is to think of this time period, 8/24/2016 – 4/2/2018 as one complete cycle of Mars/Saturn.  The dates represent  ‘hot’ spots. And those dates with an * are hotter than the others.  More on this later.  An important detail to note is that right now, these weeks leading up to Aug 24, are the balsamic (closing) phase of the current cycle which is coming to completion.  That cycles was birthed in Aug of 2014 at 17 Scorpio.  Masters and teachers alike have always asked us to move towards our conscious connection to spirit during balsamic times.  Solitude, contemplation, prayer, meditation, those are the preferred activities during the balsamic phase of any cycle.   If the Mars/Saturn cycle represents (among other things) our evolving/devolving/revolving relationship with: authority, police, military, power, the law, rules, aggression, violence, malevolence, and that sort of thing, we have much to process and heal from before Aug 24, 2016 otherwise,  whatever is unresolved gets dragged into the new making it not-so-new at all and complicating any efforts to really start anew.

What was not discussed during the webinar was how to move thru these difficult times.  That’s what I want to talk about……there’s much to discuss. It’s definitely time for another Salon for Astrological Discourse.  Stay tuned for date.

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rwbdoodleifcAll three top presidential candidates have Pluto in Leo at their birth.

Between 1937 & 1956  Pluto moved thru Leo and the “Baby Boomers” were born.   Astrologically speaking, all those born during the same Pluto placement have the same evolutionary/generational challenge: to transform, revolutionize, and bring to a higher level all the issues of what the sign, LEO,  represents.  Being the largest population group for a long time, we’ve made some fundamental changes in our society, beginning in the 60’s.  But the balance of power is changing now and the Millennial population is beginning to en mass as per their particular Pluto placement.  More on them another time.

Pluto represents transformation,  guaranteeing that something gets birthed, something dies, and something is reborn.  That is the essence of what transformation is.    It takes about 20 years for Pluto to move thru a single zodiac sign, 248 years to make one orbit around the sun.  Each human generation is measured by the movement of Pluto thru the  zodiac.  Each zodiac sign symbolizes a whole different  life-lesson or soul’s purpose for those born during this time.   It all gets clearer as you age. Wisdom has its own rewards.   The stress points (hard angles) are particularly revealing.

Leo, is possibly, the most self-absorbed sign of the entire zodiac, most especially about aging, and those boomers are the seniors now.    The youth driven culture that we initiated in the 60’s is now poised to take over the governance of our nation, again as evidenced by the majority of this years presidential nominee’s.

Part of a boomers charm is the ability to remain the eternal child,  the puer aeternus. and that about says it all.  We are the kids who just want to have fun.  It’s a natural response to our Pluto in Cancer parents.  Leo is all about ego and prioritizing ‘self’ over group.  Pluto in Virgos & Libra are our kids. And, Pluto in Scorpio and Sagittarius are our grandkids.   But I digress.

 

USAMundane astrology is the study of world events, rather than people.  I don’t spend much time with event charts, but there is a lot you can glean from them.  This chart here is the birthchart of the USA.  There is some disagreement among the astrologers as to exact time of birth and other charts have been put forth and argued for.  I choose to use this one.

I bring it up because it’s important to note, even before this election cycle began, that Pluto has been making some serious aspects to the chart of our country.  There’s no denying the fact that we are in the process of re-birthing our nation.  It’s very serious and we need to understand that regardless of how the media (transformed when Pluto traveled thru Sag from 1995-2009), portrays the news and the candidates.    Once again I refer you to the mundane astrologers who have analyzed this better than me.

That said, the candidates are, as usual, perfectly suited to represent the times we are living in.   Bernie & Hillary actually have a lot in common and seem to be quite compatible in many ways.  Jupiter is at the midheaven for both of them and that bodes well.  Donald, on the other hand, well, it’s frightening to consider.  Seriously.

Anyway, that’s enough for now.  Look at the charts for yourself.  It’s a good way to begin studying astrology….watching famous people be who they are.

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Do you imagine the universe is agitated?

Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars.

This practice should answer the question.

 

The superior person settles her mind as the universe settles the stars in the sky.

By connecting her mind with the subtle origin, she calms it.

Once calmed, it naturally expands, and ultimately her mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.

~Lao Tzu

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YogaNidra Here’s the astrology chart for our yoga nidra this Sunday.  I find it makes for a delicious experience  if I take the time to study the Timescape© for the event.   Timescape is a word I invented in 1989 to describe the particular astrological technique I use to help people manage their time better.  Time, and our management of it, is a major stress factor for our modern day society .  And, then, given the fact that most people look at life from a linear, finite point of view, just adds to the stress of it all.   Birth…then, death.  The End.

Cyclical thinking and cyclical time-keeping really does feel better….at least it does in this aging female’s body.

Anyway, in the chart we find Uranus rising, Mars setting,  with Pluto and Venus culminating.  The sun and moon are drawing closer together for a New Moon at 6:39 am on monday in 20 degrees of Aquarius.  This means that our yoga nidra experience will be happening under the auspices of a balsamic moon.   It’s a wonderful time to go in and light your fire around something close to your heart.  Om shanti.     That said, the Sun square Mars in the middle degrees of fixed Aquarius and Scorpio, will keep flames burning right into the new cycle.

At the beginning of our yoga nidra practice you will be asked to create a sankalpa, or intention for your practice.  The theory says that if you plant a sankalpa into a deeply relaxed body it’s like programming your brain for success.  The details do matter so come on Sunday so that we can all practice together.

There’s a widget over there on the right where you can sign up for my newsletter.  Do that.  Then you can be informed about new events in advance.  Or, send  your contact info directly to me here at ida@ifcullen.com

Til then,     May all your dreams take root and grow.

 

 

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And an astronomer said, “Master, What of time?”
And he answered:
“You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable.
You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.
Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing.
Yet the timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness,
And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.
Who among you does not feel that his power to Love is boundless?
And yet who does not feel that very Love, though boundless encompassed within the center of his being and moving not from Love thought to Love thought, nor from Love deeds to other Love deeds?
And is not time even as Love is, undivided and spaceLess?
But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons. Let each season encircle all the other seasons.
And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with Longing.

Kahil Gibran

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activates my Yod!

A yod is an astrological pattern that has been nicknamed “the finger of god”.  It consists of 2 inconjuncts & a sextile.   It’s an uncommon pattern,  most do not have one in their chart.  If you do have one consult your favorite astrologer for a complete interpretation.  I have 2 of them, so my attention was peaked from the start.

Yod’s can be catalysts for spiritual events……things like: awakening, transformation, enlightenment, and experiences like that.  Rarely do these events happen with ease and comfort.  Think of a snake and the process it goes thru when shedding it’s skin…..

scan0005.jpgI’ve seen this coming….sort of.  Doesn’t really matter because there’s not much you can do to control it, or prepare for it, most especially if Uranus is involved!  Decades of yoga study, practice, and teaching seem more relevant now.

But, more so, after 40+ years of astrological study and life experience I can certainly attest to the benefits of having astrological insight when life gets messy.

I’ve been on the phone for days with clients.  It’s really fulfilling to help someone make sense out of things that don’t make sense.

more later.

 

 

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Dear Ones,

It’s a really special day today.  Two wonderful moments happen with hours of each other, the Winter Solstice sun/moon/earth alignment and coincidentally, a New Moon.  Both events herald an auspicious time on their own.  And, then, when you add in the recent 6th of the 7 squares, and say goodbye to saturn in scorpio it  can get a little overwhelming….and, since Jupiter does things big, in a friendly fire sign like Leo he is jovial beyond the point of tolerance some times, you know?…………anyway, I AM rambling here…..mostly because Neptune continues to provide  these  lovely “rose-tinted glasses”.! 

I know that most of you don’t really understand what I just wrote…..but perhaps many of you do?  Astrology, whether or not you “believe” in it or not, is still a wonderful Language to learn.  It is genderless, colorless, lacks a political point of view, and has no bias, opinion, or judgement in it’s dialogue.  It is us, in our own minds/hearts that makes it “good” or “bad”.   Enuf said.   Learn a new language for the New Moon.

Anyway, it’s a busy day for me and now it’s time to prepare for storytelling and sadhana……

I hope to  check back here to further inform you about these charts.

 

 

 

…much love, om shanti…..

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The Sun, Moon, Venus, Regulus & Transpluto are all moving thru my third house and the emphasis is on all-things-Virgo. Yes, I know it’s going to be Libra-time for the Sun in a couple of hours, but there are other things happening in the sector called Virgo that when approached with the right attitude can actually be quite pleasant and I want to savor it. Virgo is all about the everyday self-care rituals that keep us healthy. But, not just the body. We all need to apply self-care to our spirit & our souls as well, and that’s what telling a story yesterday did for me.

 

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Even as I took the ‘stage’, I still couldn’t figure out exactly why I’m telling this story…..now. Here? My story-support group (and you know who you are) said I told it the best ever….. I suppose I could tighten it up even more if I wanted to. But why? And what’s the purpose? Regardless I feel complete……it was a daunting task, and the pay was poor, but the benefits were huge and that really was a nice conversation I had with that inter-racial couple afterwards and it would have never happened otherwise………….

Stories can be many things. Entertainment. Documentary. Educational. And, stories can also be therapeutic & healing and a way to practice self care for our soul. Much of my professional life I am helping people to get ‘out of the story’ and to just feel the sensations & feelings that are present in the moment. Stories can and do take us into our heads a lot of the time, and astrology teaches that there is a time & place for everything, even getting into our heads and churning out some good stories.

So, I think that whilst the Virgo Moon is still agitating my third house, I’ll finish the editing on my story for a print version and maybe publish it…….? here?

New Moon Wednesday…..that means that we are all in the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle. Time to rest.

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Here’s the chart for the Monmouth County Shore Area….Long Branch, Asbury Park, Neptune, Belmar areas.    It occurs at 10:12 am this morning.  That means that we should all take advantage of the remaining hours left of the Balsamic Phase to rid ourselves of whatever toxic waste, (ama) we have collected since the last New Moon.  Capishe?

more later……    review the posts on Balsamic/New  Beginnings & Endings.     The search bar is over there on the right….scroll down.

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