Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 28 and 29 2017
 
Our daystar rises from 11 to 13 degrees on the shoulder of the Celestial Bull whose unmistakable stars  were painted by Cro-Magnon deep in the caverns and grotto walls.  Cheerful industriousness, loyalty, fidelity, and an appreciation for all qualities under the sun are the most marked Taurean traits.  The nature of Taurus is that of the nature of the earth itself; so sacred, so varied, so holy, where does one begin?  With the Pleiades, on the shoulder, called the Beehive?  Or with the star called, 'Bullseye!'  since times so ancient we dare not date them.  

 

The nursery of the stars known as the Pleiades, and the Hyades, lie in Taurus.

 

The stars of the sign itself include A Leader of The Wounded, or The Slain;  Judge of The Congregation;  He Belongs To The Judge;  He Is at The Center of the Foundation; The Bull Coming or Ruling; The One Who Saves Mightily; The Head; The Traveler Who Comes to Save; The Station of Who Comes To Save;  Savior; The Leader; Governor; Wounded; Slain; Center; The Heap (Pleiades); The Congregation (Hyades); Belonging to the Judge; Abundance; Foundation; The Center; and The Turned Around.

Under the stars of the Celestial Bull we tend to plod along, seldom rushing, but we will get there, make no mistake!! We often take our time about it all and enjoy the experience for what it is.  We do it all at our own pace in our own way, and we can bank on it!  

The stars which frame the background of the sunrise are those of the celestial River Eridanus.  Many consider the Nile its earthly counterpart.  Those of a less Christian frame of mind call this the river of fire of Gods Wrath poured out upon His enemies.  The individual names for these stars include The River; The Flowing; The Waters Going Forth, The Afterpart of the River, and The Bent Down.  Those people and relationships born under these stars are deliberate, conservative, with unusually active minds and studious, forceful personalities.  The wise and prudent  will consider her actions and issues through this lens. 

That celestial pearl of light which focuses our Hearts and Minds is of a dual nature, and, so close to us, highlights our weaknesses as well as our commitment to blessing.  The moon weekends in sociable, gregarious Gemini!   With the moon in Gemini we are loquacious, socially interactive, curious, and mentally adroit.  This is the moon when we need each other the most, and become capable of doing our most good for others- or the most harm.  Not the time to take the low road and be the bad twin!!  Special care must be taken of the shoulders and lungs, as these are at their most vulnerable at this transit.  Recall, 'touch not with iron those parts of the body resided by the moon.'  You won't die if you get bronchitis now, but you won't heal as rapidly and recover as  fully, either.

This marks the 6th complete lunation for this year.

Saturday is perfect for social gatherings, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, old chums from way back when, and reminiscing.  We talk a lot today!  The Taurus sun and Gemini moon have us interested in the good things of the earth!

We continue to enjoy the coffee klatch between the planettes Isis, Pallas and the delightful planet Venus, traveling in Pisces.   Pallas is our wise self sister, our BFF, warrior princess and confidante, encouraging us to explore all that is beautiful in all the worlds.  Pallas is such an inspiration to artists and musicians in Pisces!  Isis is a minor planette entirely focused on the gathering the memories.  We may find our appreciation of the past, the wisdom, the pomp, the music, the glory, skyrocketing now.  Our appreciation for beauty of all kinds explodes, and we ourselves produce our masterpieces!  We are apt to hear much wisdom from other women, our best friends, our frienemies, our inner Medicine Woman, sometimes hard to swallow, and often disguised as criticism.  Be aware of many women bringing us news about past friends, even past lovers now!

Mighty Mars runs ahead of the sun in verdant, earthy Taurus at 29 degrees on Saturday, as karma strikes in great acts and deeds! Mars enters Gemini and opposes Saturn directly through the 30th of May, and we too may hear or speak fightin' words!  Considering the reason we observe this weekend, we may wisely speak of past conflicts and acknowledge that in war, there are never any real winners.  As Sagittarius is the realm of Jupiter, which is opposing Venus now too, so the effects in our life will be noticeable.  We may need to work twice as hard when it comes to being on time, especially when it comes to school, or to be in synch with any legal matters, and travel times may be hard to synchronize.  We may fume over having to hurry up and wait!  The wise will use this time to carefully think things through, balancing responsibilities with the need to drive forward.  Exercise is vitally important now, especially for our bones!!

Those of us who rise for midnight prayer on the west coast Sunday morning will receive an Inspired Word at 12 04 AM Pacific time, a fine time to listen intently!

Sunday morning brings us vivid, colorful, insightful dreams full of fresh ideas and new plans!  We are wise to record all that we have dreamt, especially any repeating words or melodies, as these may become quite significant later on this year.  By 11 06 AM Pacific, 2 06 PM eastern time, we begin our scrutiny of all we have in mind, analyzing and picking and tricking our way through our fresh views.  We must be careful, in the afternoon, not to become antagonistic toward our women friends, as we sometimes tend to be a bit brusque when Mars is so strong in the heavens.

Those of us who rise for midnight prayer on the west coast will be struck by the memories and images of conflict, of the loss and the gain, the sensitivities now will be most intense.  

Early morning Monday sees the moon appropriately enter caring, patriotic Cancer.  With the moon in Cancer we are kinder, gentler, home loving, nurturing, and ferociously protective of the young- in any form, be it our garden, our newest project,  a child or distant cousin.  Baking and home decor may take precedence, but not over piety, filial obligations, and patriotism.  Not the time to attend an anti-something rally!!  Special care must be taken of the chest, breasts, and stomach, as these are at their most vulnerable at this transit.  Recall, 'touch not with iron those parts of the body resided by the moon.'  You won't die if you get a breast augmentation now, but you won't heal as rapidly and recover as fully, either.

On Monday we may remember the reason for our long weekend, a moment of silence tinged with sadness at the history of loss, savagery, inhumanity toward man.  Memorial Day is a sobering reminder of why we fight the good fight!  Let's keep in mind the Mars/Saturn opposition peaks this morning at 2 55 AM eastern time, which brings sudden sharp turns and iron doors from out of nowhere!  As this peak pops while we are sleeping, let's not attach too much attention to bad dreams or dark images! 

Our early morning Monday dreams are marked by further images of conflict both past and present, which we may wisely examine for significance to our inner turmoil or life struggles going on now.  We may notice a karmic link here and there, through the repetition of a color scheme, a snatch of song, old poetry or war movies. That won't be hard today!!

Most of us will wisely be considerate of the past, of the need to sublime the instinct to fight, in order to dignify our future as a race and as a nation.  We may also be considerate of veterans past and present, and future!  So many are not recognized or treated with the simplest of courtesies.

Late Monday, 8 17 PM Pacific, 11 17 PM eastern time, we feel a contentment, a security, which only a clean conscience can give!

Tuesday will be busy!!!  

As Saturn tips on the 0 degree of Sagittarius, the Truth Seeker, the Traveler, the seeker of understanding of all foreign affairs, the time is come to examine our inner wisdom seriously.  Our desire to stop things or slow them down, or the obstacles which slow us down, will intensify till the full moon of June, the 9th.  Saturn is that planet which says NO!  I said NO!  That's Enough!! As Sagittarius is all about Truth, Justice, and the American Way, we can expect a great deal of hidden news to come tumbling out and make its way down the timeframe.  We ourselves will wisely pay close attention to all that we hear, as this is a sign and planet sensitive to sounds.  We may notice that the feeling of sadness or foreboding descends upon on in earnest now.  The perfect remedy for our plight is to take serious subjects and sober views now, eschewing any tendency toward prankishness or light heartedness for the time being.  This, too, shall quickly pass!  

Stalwart Saturn, at his best, can steady all the wild sky horses with sober calm, turning their tricks into reigns to guide our own inner drives with a more mature hand.  Now is the time to pay attention to the eldest, wisest, and most noble of our friends and family with real regard for what they think, not just about us but about how things are shaping up in general. 

A Word to the Wise:  on the full moon of June, the karmic planet will backspin at the 29th karmic degree of karmic Scorpio, providing a perfect window of opportunity to reconsider, reconnect, repair, and resolve all that is dark and hidden within us.  Saturn will direct in late summer, on the 28th of August, at 5 08 AM Pacific time. 

Our spousal planette Juno journeys through Sagittarius, making this a great time to explore our options for the single life.  Juno is almost never happy when alone, or when committed.

The planette Ceres, the cook of the solar system, is in Taurus too, where she promotes healthful cuisine and methods.  We pay attention to our dietary needs now! 

Venus the Golden Girl herself is in her place of glory and exaltation in Pisces, to our benefit and our artistry!  We are at ease and inclusive now in all our social interactions.  We tend toward music, art, color, museums, concerts, surrounded by a crowd as diverse as we can find!  We are more sure of our financial ground, even if its a foot square.  The orb of grace is at the height of her power in Pisces, where she can freely express exquisite beauty in art, color, music, rhythm, in the subtle energy flows and in the grosser rivers of gold.  Venus retraces her steps through the sign of the Enchanted Fishes through the 1st of June, allowing us a summer season to unleash all the beauty within us into a sharable form! 

Also traveling in Pisces are the planettes Chiron, our Wounded Healer, and Pallas, our wise self and BFF, warrior princess and confidante, encouraging us to explore all that is beautiful in all the worlds.  Pallas is such an inspiration to artists and musicians in Pisces!  The planette Isis has joined this conference, igniting the need to gather our loved ones from the past around us, even in fragment form.  As Venus is atop Pallas, our appreciation for beauty explodes, and we ourselves produce our masterpieces!  We are apt to hear much wisdom from other women, our best friends, our frienemies, our inner Medicine Woman, sometimes hard to swallow, and often disguised as criticism.  Be aware!

Mercury, the orb of communication, rockets through Aries, a lessening distance from the sun.  We find our thought processes crystal clear, if a bit quick!  The phantom moon Vulcan is now just perched on the shoulder of the great Bull, occluded by the sun.  Vulcan is the natural ruler of Taurus and as this sleek, elegant spot of fire occupies the Bull, we take stock of our inner possessions!  We cheerfully anticipate the good summer season with joyful natures now.

Uranus, the cosmic hand grenade, is exploding through Aries the Spring Lamb in soccer style.  Sports, military maneuvers, policing issues and leadership opportunities seem to materialize out of the air, and demand immediate action.  Let's be ready to think on our feet, Star Travelers!   This can be a fun time full of exploration, innovation, experimentation.

Let's keep in mind that the Santa Claus of the solar system is also on a long vacation, till June 9th of this year, 2017, in the sign of sidereal Virgo.  We get the opportunity now to go back and examine the details, the fine print, the extra costs of everything we have been doing as far as health care, our employment necessities budget, our gifts to others, especially those we work with or who may serve us in some way.  This is neither the time for ingratitude, nor being nip cheesy; this vacation is all about balancing our reality!!

Pluto, the fateful, fitful energy orb which can open our eyes to what is really there in front of us, is turned about retrograde now, in the sign of true blue Sagittarius till the 28th of September 2017.  Our core beliefs about religion, the law, The Law, education, and foreign affairs will be challenged, turned upside down and inside out, and we are wise to move through slowly to examine our own innards to see what is really going on there.  Sagittarius is the great Truth Seeker.  Let's not disappoint Him! With courage, dignity, and grace, we can refine and now redefine who and what we are, in our inner reality.

Jupiter, the most Benefic of orbs, is retrograde, along with the Malefics Saturn and Pluto, now making a vague retro square.  We are going to find that we may be however temporarily stymied in reaching for what we want intensely, need deeply, and this can cause immediate frustration and acting out behavior in the poor in spirit.  The Wise will take this time, from now till August 14th, to examine at the deepest possible level, where our desire and want comes from, and what our real objective may be.  We can always find our greatest strength and stamina for perfect balance during trying times in our own natal sun, or in the power of Taurus!

The planette which keeps watch on the home fires, Vesta, stays Home in Cancer, from which we derive security and comfort!

 



Jesus' Teachings on Money



One of the most corrosive quandries we face as American Christians today is that of the, and it's erroneous teachings about money and our attitude toward capitalism.  Jesus Himself was a capitalist.  

The witness of His Own Words provides us with the right attitude on material possessions and our righteous atttitude toward them.  Jesus taught us in story form, anecdotes, or infomercials, so that we might have an ear of understanding.  These stories have more than one level on which we can access His reasoning.  In these passages, Jesus didn't advocate usuery;  He praised a money lender for his work nonetheless.  If Jesus did not approve, He would not have liken our own best behavior to that of a good and faithful servant.

Luke 19:23 Why then didnít you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?í


Matthew 15: 26 "His master replied, ĎYou wicked, lazy servant!!  27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

For the Scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain." And in another place, "Those who work deserve their pay!" I Timothy 5:17-18.

3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." 

 

 

Even He, the Lord of Lords, was accompanied by a group of wealthy women who provided for Him materially. Luke 8: I-3;  JohnThe emergent church and it's communist overtones chooses to ignore these passages because these words do not suit their agenda, just like the Whore of the Many Waters, who only tells part of the story.

 

Many godly Bible characters were wealthy. 

Solomon was the wealthiest man in history; yet observe his conclusion of this matter. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14  

Job was the wealthiest man of his day (Job I: 3) yet when all his wealth was gone, observe his attitude. Job 1:20-22

 

We do not please God by being poor; our relationship with Him is the important part of life.  It is not measured by either abundance or absence of material goods. Nowhere in the Bible does God or Jesus specifically condemn anyone simply for having or not having money.  He always deals with their heart attitude.

Jesus Himself not only participated in festive occasions which included eating and drinking with others (Mt 9:10-11; Mk 2:15), there are times when He hosted parties.  Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana, he didnít chastise the family for having an expensive feast. Nor did he say, "Just drink water and save your money for the poor."  


He was even called a glutton, a drunkard and a friend of riff-raff (Mt 11:18-19; Lk 7:33- 36).   Jesus entered into joyful celebration with "sinners, taxcollectors, prostitutes and the rabble."

In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus positively described a lavish feast (Lk 15:22-
23).  

The Gospels repeatedly record Jesus giving thanks for food (i.e., Mt 14:19; 27:26-27).  As the perfect Man, Jesus exemplified grateful enjoyment for Godís bountiful gifts.  He demonstrated that "the religion of gratitude cannot mislead us" (Wordsworth).  Genuine gratitude and enjoyment can coexist with a sacrificial, generous determination to relieve the suffering of others.  (The Apostle Paul echoes this theme in 1 Cor 10:30 and 1 Tim 6:17-18).  

 

The Bible does NOT say that money is the root of all evil, It says... "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil... " I Timothy 6:10.


One of our commandments is to refrain from envy and covetousness, to be content with what Gods provisions for us.  This includes talents, looks, aptitudes, and family background.   All we have been given is a blessing!!  We are not to be ashamed of Gods work or to gainsay His decisions. Psalm 49: 16-17; Exodus 20:17


We are to be content in whatever state we find ourselves, resting in  the LORD JESUS CHRIST Philippians 4:11 Interestingly, Paul wrote these words while in jail!


Let's consider the things which we know from experience money can not buy:

 Wisdom Proverbs 16:16
 A righteous life. Proverbs 28:6; Proverbs 16:8; Psalm 37:16
 A good night's sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:12 
Gods own word. Psalm 119:14, 72, 127
Good health. Luke 8:43
Peace and quiet Ecclesiastes 4:6; Proverbs 15:16; 17:1

Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

1 Timothy 5:8New International Version (NIV)

8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.I Timothy 5:8.

 

 

In 3 John 1:2, John, His beloved disciples, says to us Christians, "Beloved, I wish above all things that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." 


 

A message to the emergent church from Christ Jesus: Proverbs 11: 1, "A false balance is abomination to the Lord...".Luke 19 12 27




Our Money

     I did warn you that things are definitely looking up!!  I must remark upon the Black Swan event known as the Trump Bump, and take my hat off to a miracle!

     Saturn, the planet of NO!!! teeters on the cusp of the markets sixth house of everyday every day, backwards; our daily routine and the things that give our time structure, schedules; of employees, fellow employees, those who work or serve us in some way; health, hygiene, and the way we worry about things, and best of all, small animals and pets.  If we have any investment in these areas, let's take a long long long hard look at our rationale, and maybe consider a further diversification.  Saturn will bounce around till the first of next year on this sensitive cusp, so we have time, the great gift of Saturn, to think, plan, proceed carefully.  This will prove a little difficult since Sagittarius is an impossibly optimistic sign, and we will keep a careful watch to make sure we don't over shoot our mark!

    Another of the major factors of which we must be carefully cognizant is Pluto in Sagittarius, retrograde in the sixth house of everyday every day, of employees, of open enemies.  Pluto brings out our zits and boils them to a head, which is necessary for cleanliness and health, and which really hurts and looks disgusting.  Sagittarius is the law and The Law, all thing foreign and foreign to us, and religion, and journeys.  I think you can see what the real root of the matter is here!  The election of Donald Trump, as well as the Brexit was ordained in the world, as are other Black Swan events, the lancing of long stagnant boils.

     Uranus, the wildcard of the zodiac, who goes KA-BOOM! when we least expect it, is sitting at the very top of the markets chart, the House of Glory.  In Aries, the electric blue orb will kick start our ambitions, our gumption and our extremes.  Well it sure has!

     Moving slowly in its folds of dream, Neptune in the eighth house of Aquarius is responsible for all the dire prognostications of the market crashing, burning, dying on the ice and never coming back.  

   Transiting Jupiter is nearing the end of his journey through Virgo in the fourth house of endings, where we sense our way forward..

    Mercury is in Aries in the tenth house of profession and governance. Let's expect anything now!

    Mars is in Gemini in the Markets twelfth house of hidden deeds and dark meetings; be aware!

    Venus is in emotional, colorful, splashy Pisces, in the ninth house of the law, The Law, travel plans, school, and foreign affairs. 

    The sun in Aries, in the tenth house of government, professionalism, and dads everywhere.





The Future of A Christian Nation

Are we in fact a Christian nation, as denied by a US President?  What is our destiny?  Is New York City actually Babylon??  

      I prefer the Sibley birth chart for the United States, as opposed the more popular 2AM birth time;   the Sibley chart reflects best the history and changes faced by the US through its lifetime.  I also read in real time, thus am using sidereal astrology.  This is the chart.

     The chart reckoned by the tropical seasons is not so much different from the sidereal chart, only inasmuch as it is more detailed, and that detail is eerily accurate!  Both charts indicate our national good humor and optimism, as well as our obsession with sports, especially if that sport involves horses!  Sagittarius rising lets the world know that the USA is a natural cowboy, the icon that most often represents us at our best.  A  restless and freedom loving lot, we respect religion, education, and those who have traveled far in the world;  we won't tolerate being ordered around or talked down to! 

     The sidereal chart shows us to have a Scorpio eagle rising, again, highly accurate for us and for our spiritual reality.  The 20th degree of Scorpio fades into a Sagittarian first house, so there is little difference here, indeed, none to worry us! 

     With Pluto in the second house we know how to make do, make over, remake, and recycle;  we are hardy pioneers who flourish despite the odds.  With this placement we are a bit fixated on money, a little extravagant, and tend to make snap judgments, being quick minded and impatient.  The natural nobility and promise of our Aquarian soul as represented by the moon at 5 degrees of this sign shines our from the third house of The Populace, or We The People.  We desire freedom and liberty for all, whether or not they be our friends.

     We love science and mathematics, big loud machines and anything shiny and fast, says our Uranus in the sixth house of Taurus;  our versatility is proverbial, as is our eccentricity;  we as a nation have real concern for the rest of the globe.   Mars in Taurus lets everyone know we will defend what is ours.  The sun in Gemini imbues us with that duality so noted by foreigners, and keen observers of American culture;  we love what we love, and can put it away from us with an awful disassociation.  We have the sun, Venus, and Jupiter all in a row in Gemini, in the seventh house of Others, proof that we as a nation have unexpected opportunity for exceptional service to others.  Mercury in Cancer shows our patriotism, love of mom and apple pie big enough to be shared by everyone in the neighborhood, just like in Norman Rockwell's art. 

     Even our national reach for the medicine cabinet is here at the top of the chart with Neptune in detriment in Virgo.  Strange dietary fads, our obsession with hygiene, and labor troubles emanate from here, as well as our spiritual faculties, for we are a spiritual people with visions and prophetic dreams.  

     Typically American, we have no planetary ruler;  we are a nation of Laws, and those Laws have limits.
 

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