Wednesday 23 August 2017
 
Happy August!!
 
Happy Autumn!
 
Happy Birthday Leo!!!!
 
Our early autumn sun bakes at 6 degrees of lordly, golden Leo for the autumnal harvest.  The sun is in its most powerful position in Leo, and we can look forward to sunshine, bright skies and happy harvests.  We are definitely feeling the power of the monarch now!  
 
If we have some duty to honor, this is our day for it!
 
The early morning moon remains in Leo with the sun.  Our social connections are expansive, convivial, fun!  We settle down into a more complex mode at 9 04 AM Pacific, 12 04 PM eastern time, as the moon slides into silvery Virgo, the Gardener of the zodiac.  With the moon in Virgo we are analytical on details, fussy, worried over small stuff, and committed completely to the service of humanity.  It is in this sign that we can really shine!  Not the time for selfishness!  Special care must be taken of the digestive tract now, as this is at it's 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 have a gastric bypass now, but you won't heal as rapidly and recover as  fully, either.
 
Just after lunch time on the Pacific coast, 4 02 PM eastern time, we gather close to women friends, those we like best, and confab for a couple of hours on every topic dealing with health, healing, comforting, soothing, and making it better.  We learn a great deal that surprises us!
 
Those of us who rise for midnight prayer on the west coast will be moved to memory of all we have learned. 
 
Thursday, speaking of synchronicity, we run in to a bouquet of old friends! 
 
As the sun bursts in Leo, we feel our self confidence returning, along with our strong instinct to preserve our family and traditions.  
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.e the approach now!

As Christian knights on quest for the True Cross, the Great Work, or the Holy Grail, while in Leo we are out traversing the worlds, rescuing, slaying monsters, banishing evildoers, and salvaging treasures.  Part of our testimony includes  hosting lavish pageants to demonstrate his subject, invites everyone including his enemies, and treats all to his sunny smile.  Judging the character by the names of the stars in the sign, the Leo knight is most concerned about Rending Asunder that which is evil, or wasted;  Leaping Forth in defense of the weak and dumb;  honoring The Lord Who Comes Quickly;  and giving God The Exaltation.  Most interesting is the Royal star Regulus, The Treading Underfoot, prominent Denebola, the Judge Who Comes Quickly, The Exaltation, The Shining Forth, The Joining, and The Enemy Put Down.

Known as The Boss of the Zodiac, Leo is very organized, this extending even to their private lives. Sometimes this is seen as a need for control, bossiness, or being full of themselves.  However, Leo observes boundaries, as doing the right thing is important to them, helping others and not taking credit for it.  Extroverted, outgoing, cheerful, generous to a high degree and exceptionally creative, Leo is also sensitive.

Leo is all about yellow... they love to learn and are curious, by nature. They want to know how everything works and why. Leos are governed by the power of the mind and can tend to hide their emotions, the adverse aspect being that they repress or deny true feelings and inner thoughts, Overall, the Leo knight is strong, independent, and enjoys teaching others about life and interests. The purpose of the yellow to to become more compassionate and understanding, especially towards the self. Take time to purify the body, mind and spirit with golden soap or shower gel first thing, and try adding a slice of fresh lemon to your drinking water. Bergamot or rosemary oils can be used in a diffuser to help aid digestion and release the body of toxic waste. Yellow music would be Tibetan Bells or Crystal Bowl music. 

The magnificent Water Serpent spurts its stars just before sunrise tomorrow morning. The individual names for the stars of the constellation is one of The Heart of the Serpent, The Separated, The Excluded, and the Put Out of the Way.  Those people and relationships born under these stars are noble, enthusiastic, born leaders, with a great love of change and reform.  The wise and prudent  will consider her actions and issues through this lens.

 
 
Mercury, the orb of communication and ideas, our thinking process, is turned about retrograde in Leo, while opposing Neptune, the planet of inspiration, and illusion, also retrograde in Aquarius.  We may find ourselves daydreaming about past events, episodes of odd behavior in others and in ourselves, strange visions or notions haunting us from the past.  This will be quite intense, or come into real focus, on September 4th when not Mercury but the sun, our sense of self, opposes the wacky green blue orb out at the edge of the solar system.  We can handle this most wisely by allowing our imagination to run its full length and back, chock full of color, crazy creatures, and paradoxes, entertaining them without adopting them.  Our journals may be bursting at the seams, but our crochet will be spectacular! Let's stay focused on family and remember that we are a human family, so that the ego in Leo remains king!! 
 
Backing through Leo, the orb of communication can cause us to promise a great deal more than we can deliver, or to say more than we mean.  Let's be more focused on listening, discerningly, in order to distinguish what is really being said to us during this harvest month!  Mercury will remain back-spinning through the 5th of September, and grant us relief on the 10th.
 
If Leo is in a sensitive or prominent position in our natal chart, we can expect to find quite a few things we thought we lost, including family members, children, gold anythings, toys, good luck, and friends.  Let's take maximum advantage of this open ended tunnel from our future!
 
The phantom moon Vulcan lurks in Leo, undermining our plans if we build them on volcanic grounds.  We really need to check below the surface before we proceed with anything, and now is the perfect window for investigating, experimenting, gathering opinions from all sides. 
 
Venus, the charmer of the heavens, slowly carries on through Cancer, where we tend to cocoon and canoodle at home. 
 
Mars is back in the back seat, as he is in a sign where he really doesn't work well with others.  Cancer the warm, watery, weepy, sentimental sign, exhausts Mars impatience.  It's time to play rather than work!   We are going to feel very motherly, or parentally concerned, especially with those values, persons, and issues which we have fought over, or are willing to battle to champion.  If we have anything important to commence, this would be the ripe time, through the day today.  This would be a perfect window to settle disagreements and soothe over snarls in the best and happiest way.
 
On the 27th of August Mars pivots at the karmic degree of Cancer, just before leaving the summery sign, so we are wise to postpone house cleaning or clearing till he blasts into Leo the next day.  We will feel his fire then!
 
Mighty, benevolent Jupiter has passed the harsh angle to brooding, secretive Pluto.  We will experience the residual after-image, the results, the chain events launched in the past weeks of the square. Jupiter is an expander, an explorer, a magnifier, activated by Plutos inner desires and hidden motives, usually to expand and expend in a secret or quiet manner.  He may have incited us to acquire or to dispense, which is fine, as long as we used our own resources!  We will be sensing the flow till September 16th!!  Right now, with the hard square removed, we can feel the nice aspect Jupiter is making to Saturn, the planet of discipline and concentration.  This great combination is a gift to our abilities to materialize our ideas and get our work done on time and right the first time!!  We are so fortunate to be able to act creatively and clearly through two other events close upon us from the starry heavens.  Pay close attention, Star Travelers!
 

Jupiter cruises through Virgo, where he expands our scope and our understanding of health regimen, health care options, how we deal with other people who work with us and who work for us, how we deal with the defenseless, weak and helpless, like animals, and house cleaning.  Oh, that house keeping!!  It waits for us in a big way!  The Santa Claus of the solar system likes to scatter, shower, toss things into a bunch and a pile, thinking of the big picture, while Virgo is all about nicety neat and tidy.  We can really overdo our neat little stacks and piles now!!  

 

Saturn, the karmic planet, in the karmic sign of Scorpio, has moved off of the critical degree and is bringing us relief at last!  We have a more relaxed feeling now when we peruse our past sins and offenses, not that they have become less real or intense, but because we know we can correct and expiate our wounding others.  The Wise will still keep a sharp eye on fragments of memories, what we may have forgotten, neglected, refused, returned unopened, refuted, rejected. All these unwanted and discarded orphans of our life need attention, repair, or recycling, with which we can proceed at our earliest.  

Saturn turns direct on the 28th of August, and reaches the karmic note again on October 25th.  What we don't make up for this summer, we find waiting for us in late fall.  On the 5th of November Saturn will teeter at 0 degrees Sagittarius,  till the 15th, giving us plenty of time to discover the Truth and the truth, which will out, no matter what is shading it.  

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. 

Saturn will turn direct in late summer, on the 28th of August, at 5 08 AM Pacific time.

 

Uranus, the cosmic hand grenade, is exploding through Aries the Spring Lamb in soccer style, backwards.  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.
 
Neptune retrograde in Aquarius, the sign of ideas, brotherhood, idealism, and innovation, brings us most of our ideas from the future itself.  We know this intuitively as we know what is about to happen, and bingo! it comes to pass!  This will continue as a trend till late November.  Make wise use of this, a precious gift, Star Travelers!

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.

With both Malefics, Pluto and Saturn, retrograde, along with nebulous Neptune, we can push full speed ahead, going boldly where no one has gone before, whether it be wise or no.  

The planette which keeps watch on the home fires, Vesta, roars in Leo, inspiring children to play, and us to have more of them.  Careful!!  Vesta loves kids, grandkids, and greatkids!!  As she is opposed by a backtracking Uranus now, we will find ourselves surprised by realizations that things are not as we had believed them to be. Reality check, Star Travellers!! 

Our spousal planette Juno journeys through Sagittarius, backspinning now, making this a great time to explore our options for the single life.  Juno is almost never happy when alone, or when committed.  Today she may break more than one friendship with a member of the other gender, and we can head her off by staying cool!

Splashing in Pisces is the planette Chiron, our Wounded Healer, retrograde now to go back and fix what needs work on our inner emotional issues with real success when using color, theater, drama, or past life therapy. 

Pallas, the planettary BFF and sister in arms, jumps in Aries, exciting our social life no end!  We can expect to meet an army of new BFFs over the next week!

The planette Ceres, the cook of the solar system, is in Gemini, talking about healthful cuisine and methods.  We find real value in the kitchen now, discovering our traditions still taste swell!

 

 

This marks the 9th complete lunation for this year.



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.  As Saturn in Scorpio is a hard sign to understand and navigate, we must all be sure of our own motivations/

    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 Leo, in the second house of making money, turning backwards!  Let's change nothing, but continue to do what works!

    Mars is in Cancer in the Markets first house of where we shine.  Let's wait till he conjuncts the sun on the 26 through the 28th, and then strike pink!

    Venus is in Cancer, in the first house, where she brings opportunitites for making ourselves look our best and looks our for us too!  

    The sun in Leo in the second house of earned income.  Let's shine! 





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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