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Current Planetary Positions

Sun 01° Pisces 51' 49"
Moon 26° Aries 55' 30"
Mercury 04° Pisces 22' 43"
Venus 12° Pisces 00' 42"
Mars 15° Sagittarius 13' 31"
Jupiter 22° Scorpio 47' 39"
Saturn 06° Capricorn 39' 19"
Uranus 25° Aries 34' 12"
Neptune 13° Pisces 28' 45"
Pluto 20° Capricorn 24' 11"
Chiron 26° Pisces 45' 50"
TrueNode 14° Leo 50' 50" R

Saturn

 

A very important force in the planetary array, this planet is often the most important natal point,  and the cycles of Saturn are extremely important toward understanding how to best align oneself with our life circumstances. Connections to timekeeping, accountability, success or failure, getting things done, wisdom from experience and still much more–associate to this planet,  so understanding how it works and learning to express it well-becomes critical if one hopes to do well in life.

 

Where is it in your chart when you were born?  What relationship(s) to other natal planets does it make?

 

Where has it been in the past? What is it doing now?  Where will it go next?

 

Trump’s Halloween 2017

 

Halloween 2017 is the start of a difficult period that will last until the spring of 2018. The first week or so will be particularly interesting as this video explains:

 

Mastication

 

 

So much can be said in the area of nutrition. Simple to complex descriptions of foods, food components, supplements, herbs, special diets, fasting, schedules, portions etc.

 

And yet it is amazing to consider that the simple notion of chewing one’s food thoroughly and completely- to a point as close to liquid as possible, may be the single most important practice. In fact, I would say that if you are thinking about making changes and improvements to your nourishment habits, consider making this your first change.

 

Digestion is one of the most energy demanding body processes and if you eat quickly without thorough mastication the energy demand increases, sometimes dramatically. This leads to feeling foggy and even sleepy afterwards.

 

Chewing food as close to a liquid as possible maximizes digestive efficiency. It also reduces the chance you’ll eat too much because you’re giving your body a chance to “catch up” and let you know when you’ve had enough. You are more likely to remain comfortable and awake which will make your relationship to the moment in time easier.

 

When looking through this website you’ll get the sense that many practices involve “working the moment” or “working in the moment”. This is true,  but it’s the kind of work that is greatly assisted and enhanced by basic body vitality, the energy and clarity you feel in your nervous system when your “head” feels clear. If you want this clarity, make sure you don’t overburden your stomach or you’ll feel foggy and uncomfortable. Then, this moment will still be this moment but you will not be at your best and this will make relating to this moment more difficult.

 

So, chew your food as thoroughly as possible. A simple practice with a lot of impact. A really valuable habit. An invaluable skill.

Being Present Works

 

Being present works. It does. It’s really the only thing to do and be. Still, until it is totally natural, we’ll probably have to work at it. We need to train this faculty. We have to make it real.

 

How do we do this?

 

By undertaking practices to train ourselves to consciously relate to the present moment. It can be difficult at first but with practice it gets easier. Effort becomes effortless and new efforts are then made in more subtle ways.

 

It is also very helpful to become aware of what in our lives promotes being present. In contrast, what might be getting in the way?

 

Whatever promotes presence we seek to emphasize and enhance. What gets in the way we should work on letting go.

 

With practice and commitment we will soon experience the power of the present moment. We discover our conscious presence is the key to everything in our lives and that there is no better work we can focus on if we intend to be truly happy. As it turns out, skill in relationship to the present moment also translates wonderfully to success in the “ordinary” sense: This means prosperity in health, work, creativity and  relationships.

 

So, bottom line: Being Present Works and………everything benefits!

 

The astrology of posture

 

In astrology, posture, a straight-upright spine is most closely associated to Saturn. The strength and character that results is Sun ruled. This is an example of using the power of Saturn-proactively in a very intelligent and positive way. In fact, one could go further and say that there is no better work than striving to be upright.  This will not only immediately connect one to confidence and  strength but also to purpose. Saturn acting in it’s best and most positive role, as a minister to the Sun.

Posture

 

Being upright is one of the best ways to promote presence by way of a strong and correct relationship to the present moment.  Upright posture promotes wakefulness, consciousness and strength. It also “self transmits” a message of responsibility and mastery that is very helpful. Arguably it is the first step as well as the prime directive in any plan to connect to one’s best self. It represents the beginning but also the middle and the final destination on the road to awakening.

 

As Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki said:

 

…. To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.

 

.The state of mind that exists when you sit in the right posture is, itself, enlightenment.

 

…..In this posture there is no need to talk about the right state of mind. You already have it.

 

…..So try always to keep the right posture, not only when you practice zazen, but in all your activities. Take the right posture when you are driving your car, and when you are reading. If you read in a slumped position, you cannot stay awake long. Try. You will discover how important it is to keep the right posture. This is the true teaching.

 

The weight of the sun

 

Imagine all the matter in our system. The Sun, all the planets, the dozens of moons orbiting the planets, the asteroids, comets and all the remaining flotsam. Now imagine you place everything on a giant scale in order to weigh and assess it. Amazingly, you would discover the sun accounts for 99.86% of the total mass!

 

So now try to think of it this way: If the entire solar system is worth $100, the sun would be $99.86. The sun is almost all of it!

 

Of the 14 cents that remain, Jupiter would be 10 cents and Saturn 3 cents. Everything else, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Eris, moons, asteroids, comets etc would be the final penny. The earth would be about 3/100 of that penny.

 

I guess this tells us the Sun is pretty big and the earth is really small.

 

And as for all life including me, you, and the rest of us……………

 

 

Trump’s Mid Fall 2017

 

A video in which I talk briefly about Donald Trump’s chart-where it has been and where it is going:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturn transiting through Sagittarius

 

Saturn transits through Sagittarius from December 24, 2014 until June 14, 2015 and from September 17, 2015 until December 19, 2017. This puts pressure on those born in Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo. The earlier you are born in each sign, the greater the pressure would have been during the early part of the transit. The later, the more you are affected in the later stages. So for example someone born in the early days of those four signs would have felt the energy of Saturn in late 2014 and into the summer of 2015 and then again in the fall of 2015. If on the other hand you are born in the last third of these signs, 2017 becomes the pressure period. The good thing about Saturn pressure is that it often leads to growth and maturity. The bad is that it can be quite challenging. From December 19 onward, it will be affecting the cardinal signs, Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra.

 

Trump’s lunar triggers

 

Donald Trump’s chart featured transiting Saturn conjoining his natal Moon and opposite his natal Sun from early July until the end of October 2017. By sign this alignment has been in play since 2015  but here we are referring to a block of time during which the degree correlations are tighter and therefore more intense. In the brief Audio below I explain how the green/yellow graphic displays weekly lunar triggers that correlate with days and times of greatest intensity.