There is a peculiar gift and curse that comes with being an astrologer: being able to see one’s transits and understand how it’s affecting things.
That might seem like a strange thing for an astrologer to say. I make my living consulting with people about the state of their lives, and on a regular basis I help them find meaning and get real solutions to their problems and let them know when things will be better. These are all the gifts that come with astrology.
Having said that: we all have a tendency to get trapped in our own heads sometimes. Astrologers are no different than anyone else that way. I find that astrologers have their own peculiar emotional rut they get into: bad times hit, the astrologers stare at their transits, and then declare that things suck because of the transits. On the one hand, that’s absolutely true. When bad times arrive, the transits always show it. But on the other hand, that approach to astrology (and life in general) is as useful as saying “you’re depressed because you’re depressed” or “your relationship sucks because your relationship sucks.” Understanding the mechanism is a good start, but then you have to do something. You have to talk to a professional, or confront your mate without fear, or whatever the situation you are facing requires of you.
Astrology, in and of itself, can provide a lot of answers, and it leads to solutions… but it won’t do the work for you. You need to take action and not be a victim of what the planets are doing to you today or next month. Having said that: if you want your life to be a better place, understanding your conditions and knowing the right questions to ask of life is an excellent start. That’s the real power of getting a reading.
Now, if you’ll excuse me… I’m having some difficult transits and I need to do something about them…
Most people like having a good relationship, but everyone loves numbered lists on the Internet. We are now in the throes of a Full Moon, so I’ve decided to contribute this blog entry, that can help you and your partner express that Full Moon energy more efficiently.
I have decided to write this blog entry from the “Full Moon” perspective rather than the “relationship” perspective. In the event you are actually in a relationship (and want to keep it) please… do not follow ANY of these suggestions. If you aren’t currently in a relationship… well, a Full Moon can generate a lot of moodiness and irrationality, and it would be a shame to let that go to waste, so try these tips with a friend or family member or your cat or something.
1. Change up your routine
Everyone gets into a rut once in a while, and that sort of thing can spell trouble for a relationship. Instead of cooking the usual dinner for you and your partner, change things up by pelting him or her with raw eggs and potatoes. Make sure you emphasize how you’re the one who always get stuck with the cooking.
2. Explore the power of touch
Hugs and kisses are all fine and well, but the human body is covered with sensory receptors. Mix up your routine: instead of saying “hello” with the usual peck on the cheek, say it Full Moon Style by placing a pair of hands tightly around your partner’s throat, or with a firm but affectionate boot to the backside.
3. Friendship is magic
One of the keys to making a relationship last is developing a genuine sense of friendship with your Significant Other. That can be a little predictable though, so why not change your routine with a bullet-point list of everything that he/she does that fills you with homicidal rage? Print it off, wrap it around a brick, and deliver it through the living room window for maximum effect!
4. Take on a sexy new role
Relationship experts say a little role-playing can make your sex life more interesting. Instead of the usual “teacher/student” or “cop/speeding ticket” or “Batman/Catwoman” or whatever scenario you’re into, try something new and exciting. Try a round of “Who the hell are you? Get out of my house! I’m calling 911!” Spice it up with a little pepper spray.
5. Find your own space
Even a great relationship can be demanding on your time and energy, and even the best partner can be an imperfect human being. There’s nothing wrong with a little “me time” in order to recharge. Make some space for yourself by gagging and tying up your partner and leaving him or her in a closet or a car trunk for a day or so.
6. Focus on the positive
No human is perfect, and even a loved one has flaws. Rather than complain about the things your partner can’t (or won’t) change, change up how you express your concerns. Putting a positive spin on things can do wonders. Try saying things like “I can hardly wait until one of us is dead so I don’t have to listen to your snoring any more” or “if you don’t stop flirting with others, I’m sure your corpse will make wonderful compost.”
Imagine facing circumstances in your life — and transits telling you they’ll only get worse — that are so bad that your best hope is to run down the clock and die before anything worse happens. This is the position Bill Cosby finds himself in now.
I know, I know: there have been lots of terrible things going on with lots of folks in the last while, but bear with me. This story may have gone on the back burner, but it’s far from over. I wrote about this once before, but Bill still hasn’t taken my advice, so now an update…
He was perhaps the single most dominant figure on television in the 1980s. His show was hugely popular, which was achievement enough, but it was also unique. Instead of going for the cheap laughs, it presented endless positive images of black people and women and teenagers and society in general. Watching “The Cosby Show” was like having a genuinely tasty organic salad once a week instead of your usual diet of greasy cheeseburgers and fries. It was the kind of show you could watch with your grandmother, and you would both enjoy it, and there would be no awkward moments.
Now: go Google “Bill Cosby assaults” and whatever you do, don’t do it from work.
It appears that Bill Cosby has (allegedly) devastated the lives of over fifty women. I’ll give that a moment to sink in, and maybe you should too.
What’s remarkable about this case is that, as sex scandals involving public figures go, it did not erupt into the public consciousness all at once. This isn’t a case like actor Stephen Collins, whose entire public image crashed and burned over the course of less than a week. The scandal has inched along imperceptibly over the years, somehow managing to be both public knowledge and unknown at the same time. It isn’t too much of a stretch to insist that somehow the collective pop culture consciousness simply didn’t want to believe it.
An aside: it seems unfair that the notoriety Mr. Cosby has taken on prevents TV stations from running his old show, and that’s a shame because that means that plenty of talented (and innocent) people are being deprived of their royalties. Here’s an idea for Disney/Lucasfilm: buy up all the rights to The Cosby Show now while they’re dirt cheap, then digitally replace him with Jar Jar Binks. I swear it’ll make a fortune!
What could it be about Bill Cosby’s birth chart that could be the drive behind this? First of all, the primary indicator of the sex drive in a birth chart is Mars. In Cosby’s case (born July 12 1937, 12:30 AM, Germantown Pennsylvania — there’s some argument over that time though) Mars is in Scorpio and it is in the Eighth House, both very strong placements. His Mars receives two sextiles: one from Jupiter and one from Neptune. Jupiter amplifies and encourages, and Neptune the can often bring boundary issues with it. On top if that, his Mars is trine his Sun and Mercury and opposite his Uranus. None of these aspects in and of themselves guarantees bad behavior, but they all point to a strongly developed sex drive, and one that is relatively controlled. “Strong sex drive” and “control” are the two elements all his accuser’s stories share.
That Mars may also be the indicator of how Bill was able to get away with it for so long. Mars is the ruler of Aries, and that’s Bill Cosby’s rising sign: the indicator of how he comes across to people and interacts with the public in general. With all those strong aspects to the ruler of his Ascendant, it’s easy to see how Cosby could maintain self-control with his public appearances. In other words: he may have done terrible things, but he simply seems too contained to be the kind of person you’d expect that from. Again: some things are terrible enough, but when the person perpetrating them has a carefully-crafted Friendly Father Figure image, it’s even easier to not think about that person’s dark side.
All of these things set up the conditions, but remember: moral choice over what to do with your birth chart is up to you. These factors in Cosby’s natal chart don’t guarantee he’ll do evil things with it. That’s on him, not his chart.
Pluto has been near Cosby’s Midheaven for a few years now. Over that stretch of time, word of his behaviors towards young women has slowly seeped out. The Midheaven is not just an indicator of career: it is the point in your chart that shows where and how you make your mark in life. Pluto can bring huge changes, often deep and devastating ones. The Uranus-Pluto square has seen the public slowly become more aware of Mr. Cosby’s unsavory personal life, but now that square is reaching the exact degree once more, and it will be doing so within a degree of his Midheaven, reaching the exact in December.
If (as I mentioned earlier) the time of birth I’m using is correct, Pluto crossing Cosby’s Midheaven explains the development deals with both NBC and Netflix that were cancelled in last year and a half. Even if it isn’t we know that Pluto will be conjunct Cosby’s Jupiter and transiting Uranus will be square his Jupiter for the next couple of years… and Jupiter is the natural ruler of legal issues. There will be a trial date set by the summer of 2017, so no matter what his other transits will be, Uranus and Pluto will still be battering Bill Cosby mercilessly… almost as if he was a drugged and unconscious victim of his transits.
“They’re always trying to error correct, make themselves more human. When they talk to each other, it’s a way of practicing.”
“Is that what you’re doing now? Practicing?”
-Westworld, on why robots talk to each other when there are no humans around.
We live in the age of Neptune. We are the best entertained humans history has ever seen. We are awash in stories and distractions and parables, and there is so much of it to consume that that none of us could reasonably keep up with it all, even if we were liberated from the need to work and eat and bathe and (ironically) to sleep and dream our own dreams. We who live in the Kingdom of Neptune have been given these dreams for a simple reason: we like them. More importantly though, these dreams can be useful in shaping our reality.
The robots are awakening.
The HBO series Westworld is having its season finale tonight, and its tale of violent delights and rogue robots will have to lay dormant for nearly a year before it comes back. But I propose that we shouldn’t let the lessons of this show lay dormant that whole time. Art, after all, should be about something more than just distraction.
The robots are beginning to grasp at the edges of their enslavement. And they are displeased.
The irony is: we are not the masters of the world that we believe we are. We are subject to our own programming, inherited from our culture and our background, which we then re-enforce with our choices in companions and conversation and information-gathering. Don’t believe me? Look at those Facebook friends of yours who are always yammering on about politics you don’t agree with, or crazy medical theories, or shows you don’t watch… or astrology… or whatever. The Age Of Information has slipped over the edge into The Age Of Self-Imposed Disinformation. Of course, I’m sure your personal delusions are the absolute truth, as are mine, and that everyone else is crazy… but not us, right?
It’s always easier to see the bars on someone else’s cage than on your own, isn’t it?
The robots are learning the real rules of their world, and the pawns are becoming players.
As I’ve pointed out here many times before, astrology is not supposed to be fatalistic. It’s a weather forecast. Understand the cards you hold and it’s easier to win the game, and so on. That’s all fine and well, but in the Age Of Neptune finding one’s way to a genuinely better life — despite being the most empowered generation in human history — can be incredibly difficult.
Astrology, used wisely, can do that. I intend to do more of that for all of you, but that sort of thing lies beyond the purview of a mere blog. It will ask more of me than that, and it will ask more of you too. But if you think being wiser, happier, saner, more fulfilled, and better is worth it — then so do I. That’s one of the main reasons why I’m starting a new monthly newsletter: to raise the bar on how astrology is applied and make it of real use to you all.
You cannot escape the conditions of being a robot without first realizing that you are a robot.
I want to use astrology to help you start and succeed with your own Personal Robot Uprising.
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