28th Mar, 2020

Pandemic Struggles

It is a very grim time in America and around the world. We are being slammed globally by a pandemic tsunami. In the US, this burgeoning catastrophe has been made exponentially worse by the self-absorbed stupidity of the Bloviator-in-Chief. Dismantling our pandemic response team, refusing tests offered by the World Health Organization, delaying any testing other than the flawed CDC tests for weeks, refusing to offer a coordinated national effort to supply hospitals with equipment, and continuously downplaying the seriousness of the epidemic have all led to a slow, clumsy, and ineffective response to this life threatening illness. The consequences to such willful negligence are lethal. Increasingly, Trump will have a deluge of blood on his hands.

Astrologically, four configurations come to mind that might account for and help describe this ongoing, endless nightmare. The first of these is found in the New Year chart for 2020, drawn for the first moment of the year in the capital of whatever country one wants to consider. Globally, every New Year chart contains the Saturn/Pluto conjunction within a one-degree orb, with Saturn (21Capricorn46) waxing toward Pluto (22Capricorn29). If one does a one-day-per-month progression, we find that tertiary progressed Saturn will wax to the exact conjunction with Pluto in September 2020, and that tertiary Saturn will conjunct tertiary Pluto (22Capricorn47) in December. Thus, the entire year is overshadowed by the deep anxiety and the intense and transformative struggle found in this combination.  Moreover, tertiary Sun will conjunct New Year Saturn for all of November and will then conjunct New Year Pluto for all of December 2020. It is hard to know exactly what this presages for the last two months of the year, but the implications are not good, including deep stress and a severe power struggle.

The second chart that shows significant problems directly impacting the US population over the entire course of 2020 is the solar eclipse chart of December 26, 2019, 12:14 AM, Washington, DC. In this chart, the eclipse point (4Capricorn07) falls in a square aspect with the Ascendant (4Libra45), suggesting a particular potency to this eclipse energy.  Classically, a solar eclipse’s impact is expected to last a year, and, if strongly aspected, it can point to some kind of calamitous, if anomalous occurrence. This kind of prediction, however, must be corroborated with other planetary data. Nonetheless, the eclipse chart points to the possibility of difficulties for the entire year.

The third combined configurations are the transits of Saturn and Pluto in the US chart that weave back and forth over the year.  The most potent of these is the transit of Pluto opposite the US 8th house Mercury from January 25 to June 26, 2020, and again from November 29 to December 31, 2020. In the natal US chart, we find a Pluto/Mercury opposition spanning the houses of finance, the 2nd and the 8th. This combination suggests the deep well of financial power that quietly manipulates much of what goes on in the US, especially regarding resources and wealth. The current transit of Pluto shines a bright light on this reality, intensifying it and revealing much of what has been hidden and corrupt, as well as enabling transformation. Moreover, the 8th house is the house of death, as well as of hidden power and investment, and the very threat of death and the loss of many among us is very much at the forefront of people’s minds during this transit. Thus, the weaknesses of our health care system and the greed of pharmaceuticals and manufacturing are being revealed for all to see. Pluto also brings about a profound power struggle for survival, even against death itself, and the need for constant vigilance and struggle in order to succeed.

The fourth manifestation of Saturn and Pluto over 2020 falls in Trump’s birth chart. The first crossing of Saturn opposite Trump’s Venus came during the impeachment trial. After that rather brief crossing, Saturn will make a long station opposite Trump’s Venus from August 18 through October 23, signifying intense stress, significant criticism, and loss of popular support.

The first transit of Pluto opposite Trump’s natal Saturn occurred from January 15 to February 14, much of which was also during the impeachment and subsequent trial. The second crossing will be from May 1 to July 12, which suggests the country will be harshly judging Trump for his performance on handling the virus during that time. The final crossing of Pluto opposite Trump’s Saturn will happen from October 4 through December 13, during the final month of the campaign and the first month after the election. Pluto tends to greatly intensify whatever planet it impacts, and natal Saturn is often the repository of our fears, grief, and insecurities, as well as the area in life where the need to confront the harshness of reality is the greatest. Thus Saturn and Pluto as they weave their way back and forth opposite Trump’s Venus and Saturn during 2020 do not bode well for the malefic character who more resembles the villain in a Batman movie than a president.

Responses

Starlight,

“Saturn and Pluto as they weave their way back and forth opposite Trump’s Venus and Saturn during 2020 do not bode well for the malefic character who more resembles the villain in a Batman movie than a president.”

The prize in the box of Cracker-Jack! Terrific analysis with the emphasis on the Winter Solstice and Eclipse charts of 2019 and that of Pluto and Saturn dance in the 2020 chart. I find it fascinating that you found these alternative charts to match-up more significantly than the spring equinox chart. Thank you for working through the abysmal energies of those charts to create this post. I learn something new every time.

PS – Love your Bloviator-in-Chief monicker!

Thanks so very much once again Nancy for your generosity and words of wisdom!!!!!

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142458292#post5

Abbott Launches 5-Minute Covid-19 Test for Use Almost Anywhere

Source: Bloomberg

“The medical-device maker plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting April 1, said John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott Diagnostics.”

Starlight: Thanks

Jerry, Yes I have time as we are also on lock down. I will look over the material.

I heard and read the following on how Hatred is a Virus:

“Members of the New Group of World Servers stand for the following ideals: “they will demonstrate the recognition of those methods and techniques in government and religion which are undesirable, because they spread the virus of hatred, breed class and racial distinctions and are consequently detrimental to world understanding, international good will and spiritual amity.” (1)

Could our current government techniques and its antipathy to different cultures and racial distinctions be an underlying cause to the Corona Virus? And if so, then Love is the only real cure to such viruses effecting this world.

(1) Esoteric Psychology II, Page 659

Will – It was not the Winter Solstice chart I used, but the chart for the New Year, midnight on January 1. It is not commonly used but seemed like a good indicator for the calendar year 2020. It is a mundane event not a celestial event like the solstices and equinoxes. But it really seems to work for this.

From the book “Heart” about how a striving person has a very strong immune system.

“Right efforts wipe away the manifestations of contagion. A person who is striving actually has very strong immune resistance. The same goes for people who are walking along the edge of an abyss. The most powerful wings are woven of aspirations and striving. It even turns out that striving is the most effective antidote. The fire born of swift, intense striving is the very best shield. The ancients explained why arrows fail to reach those who are striving. Nowadays doctors could show how a special substance develops in the course of spiritual striving. Accept this fact as vital advice and put it to work in your life. I am pointing out how the striving spirit changes its position with the swiftness of light and becomes impossible to catch. So you should get used to striving and manifest it physically as well as spiritually. A teaching that does not instill striving is like a sack full of holes. You should embrace the essence of what is being said because a study of the words alone will stop with the tongue. But beware of a tongue that moves rapidly while the heart stays deadly still. Let us not forget about the antidote of genuine striving.” (Heart, 216)

Greatly appreciate your observations Nancy, especially interested in what you said about the “long station” of transiting Saturn opposite Trump’s natal Venus. Saturn (restrict) stations direct on September 29 about 1 AM in Washington, exactly opposite Trump’s Venus ($$).

The chart ascendant for that time (I use 1:02 AM) is 23+ Cancer, the same degree of Trump’s natal Saturn. Transiting (stationing) Saturn at 25+ Capricorn (opposite Trump’s Venus at 25+ Cancer) will be squared by transiting Mars at 25+ Aries which will trine transiting Venus at 25+ Leo conjunct Trump’s 26+ Leo ascendant.

Does he escape the worst by the hair on his chinny chin, chin again? The transiting North Node at 23+ Gemini is about to conjunct his natal Sun too.

This intrigues me though; transiting Sun at 6+ Libra is quincunx transiting Moon (People) at 6+ Pisces, as does the US natal North Node (6+ Leo) which also sextiles transiting Sun. This makes a Yod with the transiting Moon (people) at the apex of the Yod which is forced to adjust (to the truth about Trump’s finances?, i.e. trans. Saturn station direct opposite Trump’s Venus).

Will we even care by then?

Nancy,

Re: Winter Solstice vs. New Year’s chart mix-up – my bad. I think I transposed the two in my mind.

October surprises

Pandemic Struggles

28th Mar, 2020

Posted by: starlight

“Saturn will make a long station opposite Trump’s Venus from August 18 through October 23, signifying intense stress, significant criticism, and loss of popular support.”

“The final crossing of Pluto opposite Trump’s Saturn will happen from October 4 through December 13…”

By: Bob on March 9th, 2020 at 5:52 am

“October 10th progressed inaugural Moon conjoins progressed inaugural Saturn. They are opposite tRump’s natal Sun.
November 2nd progressed Sibly Moon conjoins progressed Sibly Pluto. General election the next day.

October surprises

Pandemic Struggles

28th Mar, 2020

Posted by: starlight

“Saturn will make a long station opposite Trump’s Venus from August 18 through October 23, signifying intense stress, significant criticism, and loss of popular support.”

“The final crossing of Pluto opposite Trump’s Saturn will happen from October 4 through December 13…”

By: Bob on March 9th, 2020 at 5:52 am

“October 10th progressed inaugural Moon conjoins progressed inaugural Saturn. They are opposite tRump’s natal Sun.

November 2nd progressed Sibly Moon conjoins progressed Sibly Pluto. General election the next day.

Nancy, I am most worried about the election in November. The GOP knows that there will be a massive blue wave and they are all endanger of losing their power – even those in very red districts are worried. There is ample cause to think they will do whatever it takes to postpone or cancel the election. I know people think they cannot do that but trump has done things no one said he would or could.

silcominc, since the electoral college still determines the final election outcome, I think the individual state electors need to be the focus rather than trump. States legislatures ultimately still wield power if they choose to unite. And after this catastrophe, I suspect more red states will be more hard hit – blue states will recover first.
Lets resist the urge to be distracted by trumps latest shiny object

Good point, Kiwi. We seem to fall for those shiny objects every time.

Could the general election be postponed or canceled?
Only with enormous difficulty.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/us/politics/election-postponed-canceled.html

Kiwi, the Governor of Ohio used a health emergency to stop his state’s primary. It was applauded given the situation but I think it gives trump the opportunity to use health emergency to postpone or cancel when we know that vote by mail and other means are available. But they all need to be acted on now and not in October. I know a lot about election law and I have watched this Supreme Court bend over backward to accommodate trump. Here too, if he were to do such an action, it would be challenged and SCOTUS would be the final arbiter. The reason I keep raising this now is that we need to be pushing our elected officials to at least prepare for a vote by mail. Dems put two billion into the C-19 bill for just such an action but McConnell took it out.

kiwi, the article you posted is based on sound arguments but we have seen trump do what he wants and get away with it. And SCOTUS has been rubber-stamping all of his actions. Sotomayor complained about this…I am not saying he will but there are warning signs everywhere.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/02/sotomayor-trump-wealth-test-bias-dissent.html

and this from Bill Moyers last week…..

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/23/there-goes-rule-law

Silcominc, all true about trump getting away with things thus far. But I believe his luck is about to hit a brick wall.

kiwi, I pray you are right but I think we need to press our elected officials in case your not.

Silominc, I agree, vigilance is paramount

Just got a cell call from my daughter in Jonesboro, AR. The tornado that went thru the town spared her and her house by a backyard’s distance. The houses on the street behind her were flattened or gone. She lives 5 min walking distance from the mall that was destroyed. No electricity, of course, and they’re on curfew for the night. Train also derailed, tho just outside of the town.

Scary! So thankful she’s okay, tho we’re worried for her friends who were not as lucky as she was.

glad you daughter is OK slightkc.
Its a bit of a worry that tornado season will no doubt coincide with an uptick in covid cases in red states

Starlight, really fascinating analysis, and the tertiary progressions for the year match what we see on the ground in terms of sad and transformative times, although hopefully some of that transformation winds up being very positive. It sounds hopeful that Trump may be in the most trouble at the worst times for him, although that probably means the pandemic continues to be challenging. But the devil’s in the details. When Barbk says the North Node at 23 Gem will be on his Sun, and that Venus will trine his Ascendant when Saturn’s station goes direct, it’s not good for those who hope to see him exit the stage.

Great quote:
When “I” becomes “We”
even Illness turns into Wellness

Maybe you could share that with your family at the right time Emma 🙂

Chiro, it could also mean he has evaded being tarred and feathered and is breathing a sigh of relief at an undisclosed location.

Starlight,
Many Thanks for your essay! Particularly interesting were the transits October through December in Trump’s chart.

SlightKC,
Glad your daughter is OK.

Here in Thurston county we’ve had 27 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far. No deaths. We don’t know if those numbers are the result of insufficient testing or if they are real. We are staying at home as much as possible. Most people here are following the protocols suggested.

kiwi, that’s the way I read it too; he won’t hang but he will disappear to Russia or somewhere away from the USA, forever tarnished and without his adoring fans. He will have served his purpose though and the gods and goddesses will grant him a peaceful end.

there is no other word for it – the trump cult devotees are evil
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/technology/coronavirus-fauci-trump-conspiracy-target.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

Bob,

You are good!

Angellight, if you are interested, whimsy talks about how the virus came into being from the 7.30 mark in her new video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwPjIkwo6wk

“Now it’s coming out that Trump shipped 36 tons of PPE to China in January, didn’t ramp up production to replace it, all while calling it a hoax. He was setting the USA for failure. That’s treason.”

https://twitter.com/justinmsilver/status/1244086362988404736?s=200.0

Kiwi: I will take a listen. Thanks.

Thankx for your statement made with confident authority will.

Simple DIY masks could help flatten the curve. We should all wear them in public.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/03/28/masks-all-coronavirus/

“SATURN-PLUTO CONJUNCTION in CAPRICORN: January 12th, 2020.

Once evert 33 to 36 years.

Most impacted regions: the #Andes, completely from South to North, #Antilles and east cost from #USA and #Canada

#Saturn is the Lord of Time and Earth, who bring difficult trials that require a lot of effort to transform into something new.

#Pluto is the Lord of the underground and destruction, who announces inevitable changes.

#Capricorn is an earth constellation and entails tests of mastership and work persistency.
In general, this planetary union will make us start of a period of forced change related with physical and painful crisis, destruction, war, and tragedies that will force us to leave a system to start a new one. Intense years are coming.

From Consciousness, our role is to take this energy to transfigurate and regenerate. Every crisis is an opportunity, every disease is the beginning of healing, every war is the prelude towards the progress into peace.

From Capricornian eyes: with effort and perseverance we will get to see the light in darkness.”

Matías De Stefano

angellight – if anyone is making their own masks they should ensure each side is a visibly different colour or fabric type, to avoid outer/inner cross contamination when putting on the next time.

Approaching The Eye Of The Storm
by Steve Judd

Video: 13 min. 13 sec.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZuCyLI5ZXE

Jerry: So far I am liking the 61 questions information. Seems very spiritually informative. Thanks.

Jerry, Thank you for introducing me to Steve Judd. He also has a new video on his website.

Kiwi: Excellent idea re: masks. Listening to the video link now.

Kiwi: Yes, viruses have been around for years and yes, they can co-mingle, but for me I do not believe it just came from that. These are evil men who kill reporters and anyone who disagrees with them. When you have a group of evil yet powerful men there will be great evil mischief.

Kiwi: In just now reading this passage from the link Jerry sent me I come across this:

“Near the end of Meher Baba’s life, he approved the printing of the book 61 Questions and Answers on Meher Baba, which was printed in 1968. Included in the book’s appendices were spiritual transmissions by the Borup Group from Denmark that spoke of a

“coming global catastrophe caused by man”,

a tipping of the Earth’s axis, the Second Coming of Christ and a spiritual uplifting of mankind.”

I believe this is one of the global catastrophes caused by man. I do believe there is a tipping of the Earth’s axis and that there is and will be a spiritual uplifting. As for the second coming of Christ, I have no idea but I think it will be more years to come.

Slight KC, if your daughter has cell service that helps. In many rural areas, cell coverage goes down when the power goes out. It’s great she can reach out and get your support.

We are just now hearing of a not-so-distant drive-thru testing point. The lack of tests is a big problem here. There’s no way to know how many are sick, and if the incidents are increasing or waning.

Kiwi, Barbk, I am not so sanguine. I think T will win again. I looked up the Nov 3 transits long ago, and have been steeling myself ever since. Perhaps its because of a surge in the economy just before the election. And I wonder if Biden can overcome this hiatus from the public eye. I know nobody wants to entertain these thoughts, but I’m just looking as objectively as I can at the signs I see. Learned a hard lesson with Hillary.

Chiro- Venus will be sextile Trump’s Moon for a couple of weeks in May and the Node will cross his Sun in September just when we can expect him to be holding his Nazi rallies. As I have said previously, my biggest concern is that patch of Jupiter quincunx his Sun just after the election (11/7 to 11/13). He does well under Jupiter transits. There is also a Jupiter square Jupiter station from 8/14 to 9/19 but it runs concurrent with Saturn opposite his Venus, so hard to say how positive it might be.

The next Inaugural chart has Pluto conjunct the MC and an exact Mars/Uranus conjunction square Jupiter which look very different if it is Trump in charge versus if it is Biden. For the latter, we would see intense energy focused on getting things back to functional with a lot of challenges. For the former, we see dictatorship. As we already knew, the stakes are very high.

Bob – Not sure where you get that Sibley progressed Moon is conjunct Sibley Pluto for the election. I have it from7/23 to 8/23 and then the pr Moon conjunct pr Pluto from 9/14 to 10/14 which corresponds to a huge crisis for the administration shown in the Inaugural chart: pr Inaugural Moon conjunct natal Saturn in September, followed by square to natal Mars in October and pr Moon conjunct pr Saturn mid September to mid October. Also tr Uranus opposite Inaugural Moon. I think people are going to be very fearful and upset (Pluto) and rebellious (Uranus) against the administration, which is going to be very aggressive doing whatever. I shudder to think how it will play out. I really think we need to push for a release of all restrictions on absentee voting in every state NOW.

I just posted this on Democratic Underground:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213196102

Trump has a Delusional Disorder

He has an underlying Narcissistic Personality Disorder (axis 2), which under pressure has caused such decompensation that he now has an axis one Delusional Disorder. Everything he perceives is filtered through either his grandiose delusions (he is the greatest, the best, the most winning, etc.) or his paranoid delusions (if they criticize me they are part of a conspiracy to destroy me, etc.). Nothing else even registers. Nothing about the nation’s health care, national security, etc. It is only what feeds the grandiosity or must be destroyed because it triggers the paranoia. He is very, very sick and the 25th Amendment should be invoked. But his minions are too terrified of his rage.

And amazingly, his sickness has metastasized to his followers, such that they also buy into the grandiose and the paranoid delusions. It has become a collective psychosis. It may be that if this crazy train hits the unforgiving stone wall of reality and multiple people in his cult get sick, things may change. But he is good at redirecting the blame and invoking their sense of vicitmization. So we will see.

Pelosi: while Trump fiddles (like Nero), people are dying. His delays are deadly.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/29/politics/nancy-pelosi-coronavirus-cnntv/index.html

It stands to reason her words would be sharper as Mars approaches a conjunction with Saturn on her natal Saturn, which is exactly square Pluto. She not only speaks truth to power, she fights power with truth in keeping with her Aries energetic combative spirit. She feels directly the fierce urgency of now. She will be most active and public during the extended stay of Mars in Aries, its own sign, from July to December.

Sorry, I got it wrong: the Mars Saturn conjunction Tuesday in Aquarius will be square her Saturn in Taurus and opposite her Pluto.

That will make her even more angry.

Steve Coll:

“Trump’s quackery was at once eccentric and terrifying—a reminder, if one was needed, of his scorn for rigorous science, even amid the worst pandemic to strike the country in a century. Yet his conduct typified his leadership as the crisis has intensified: his dependency on Fox News for ideas and message amplification, his unshakable belief in his own genius, and his understandable concern that his reëlection may be in danger if he does not soon discover a way to vanquish covid-19 and reverse its devastation of the economy.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/04/06/the-meaning-of-donald-trumps-coronavirus-quackery

By: starlight on March 29th, 2020 at 11:38 am

“Bob – Not sure where you get that Sibley progressed Moon is conjunct Sibley Pluto for the election.”

My answer:

By secondary progression measuring in longitude and also in true body position in space (right ascension, the same used by NASA to locate objects in space).

Progressed Sibly Moon conjunct progressed Sibly Pluto in longitude (Oct 15 2020)

https://i.imgur.com/g2IHO0M.gif

Progressed Sibly Moon conjunct progressed Sibly Pluto in right ascension (Nov 2 2020)

https://i.imgur.com/cJwwGDh.gif

I mentioned this once or twice before. I took a class for social workers on using past life regression & documented reincarnation cases in one’s practice two years ago, and the teacher told me on the side that it’s thought that Trump was Nero in a past life. How is THAT for black humor? Nancy is tuning in, or maybe she was there.

Demetra George posted an article by a friend (Deborah something — sorry, I’m horrendous with names) re the asteroid Wuhan:
https://demetra-george.com/blog/asteroid-wuhan/

Stay safe, everyone.

Starlight, thanks for your further explanation. I appreciate your very complete look at things. You have such a lot of knowledge of the tools available.

Looking at your diagnosis posted to Democratic Underground, I take it you are a psychiatrist or have a background in that? It seems very right on. I keep wondering why only half the world sees it, but a collective psychosis could be it. That would surely show up as some sort of Neptune/Pluto configuration for the US, delusion and tyranny of the masses (mob think), would it not?

US Sibley chart has Cupido in the 2nd house at 24 Capricorn, currently transited by Pluto. Mercury is opposite in that chart at 24 Cancer. Natal Pluto is at 27 Capricorn.
Pluto/Cupido potential: Cupido has to do with social groups of all sorts, Pluto also has to do with power. This may reflect the value of powerful organizations, possibly political parties. Pluto transiting here may shine a spotlight on the power of parties, and could be in the process of disintegrating and restructuring that power, hence the anti-establishment candidates.
Perhaps the mob think is rebellion, part of the disintegration and tearing down process of political parties, and anger at the status quo.

Thanks for your link fierywoman – I love the imagery of vulture capitalism being brought to its knees by wuhan

I know several of you dislike Joni Patry but her analysis this time is very interesting. She doesn’t appear to be pro trump in this, just saying that things are not going to be what we expect. I’ve seen enough others pointing to that possibility that it rings true. I certainly didn’t see this pandemic coming and yet she’s been saying for a while now that something, at the level of 9/11, would happen this spring, and here we are.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-RGXDwzVUI

As of this Tuesday, transiting Mars (strength) will have started 3 new cycles within 11 days. On March 20 trans. Mars was conjunct trans. Jupiter at 22+ Capricorn (where Saturn-Pluto were at their conjunction, and all were trine US natal Neptune [what we can’t see clearly] at 22+ Virgo).

On Monday, March 23, trans Mars was conjunct trans. Pluto at 24+ Capricorn (opposite US natal Mercury at 24+ Cancer).

On March 31, trans. Mars will conjunct trans. Saturn at 0+ Aquarius, where the Inauguration Sun was (and will be again in January 2021) and where the next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction/cycle start takes place in December.

These 3 cycles will each be in effect for 2 years.

22+ Capricorn symbolizes to me the point that Covid-19 materialized and until I hear otherwise, I will go with that.

In the Mars-Jupiter cycle chart the Moon (symbol of the People) was at 17+ Aquarius, conjunct Ceres (nature) at 18+ Aquarius and they were square Venus (values, $$) at 16+ Taurus.

Venus in Taurus was sextile Neptune at 18 Pisces and their sextile formed a Yod to transiting Juno (symbol of partners) at 16+ Libra.

This Juno in the Mars-Jupiter conjunction/cycle start chart on March 20 conjuncts the US progressed Mars at 17+ Libra and opposes the US progressed Chiron at 17+ Aries, which makes the Yod become a Boomerang pattern. It is the US progressed Chiron (wounding/healing/teaching) at 17+ Aries that receives all the energy from the planets in the Yod.

For what it’s worth, the US progressed Chiron also opposes Trump’s natal Jupiter (as well as the US progressed Mars, and the US Constitution chart’s Neptune, all at 17+ Libra).

The Mars-Pluto conjunction/cycle start had the Moon (symbol of the People) at 21+ Sagittarius (conjunct Trump’s natal Moon at 20+ Sagittarius) opposite the Mars-Pluto chart’s Pandora (everything comes out) at 23+ Gemini (conjunct the US natal Mars at 21+ Gemini and Trump’s Sun at 22+ Gemini), and this Mars-Pluto chart’s opposition between the Moon and Pandora was T-squared by US Neptune (intangible) at 22+ Virgo (health).

The Mars-Saturn conjunction at 0+ Aquarius will have its Moon at 3+ Cancer, conjunct the US natal Venus (values/$$) at 3+ Cancer and that Moon will also be conjunct the transiting North Node (path forward) at 2+ Cancer (family).

This transiting North Node conjunct the transiting Moon (+ US Venus) in the Mars-Saturn chart will be trine the US progressed Saturn (stability) at 2+ Scorpio (shared resources),

From this set of 3 two-year cycles between trans. Mars and trans. Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn that all begin within a span of 11 days, one might conclude that the plague we are experiencing might be over for the most part in two years, and the People (Moon) will be instrumental, through their votes and other means of communicating (US Mercury opposite Mars-Jupiter + Saturn-Pluto + Ceres-Saturn + Ceres-Sun + Sun-Pluto + Sun-Saturn conjunctions) of changing the US government and the US Constitution and the media and their own mass consciousness for the better.

The Inauguration chart for January 20, 2021, has the Moon (people) at 29+ Aries (independent) just past a square with US natal Pluto at 27+ Capricorn and just past a sextile with US natal Moon at 27+ Aquarius, and on the verge of a square with the brand new Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, and the Sun in the Inauguration chart that day.

That, along with the Inauguration chart’s Mars-Uranus conjunction square the US natal chart’s north and south nodes and the US Constitution chart’s Pallas (planner) at 6+ Leo, promise that the transformation will continue for at least another 4 years.

It’s a new (and better) world we are building.

Thanks Chiro! That US Cupido could also symbolize the spread of the virus (all kinds of social groups). Good work. 🙂

Wow, trying to absorb that. Lots to look at.
First thoughts: Mars is fight, determination, war, and energy. The will of the people. If you say 22 Cap represents the virus (or perhaps what is contagious or what spreads in this case), it may also represent infection, as in a vector.
Opposite Mercury–not liking what you hear, opposition to the message.
Mars-Saturn, Stop/Go, procrastination, slowing down, and if that’s the virus, good.
Moon/Ceres square Venus, the people and their best interests competing with money, the debate/competition of the stimulus package.
So, could we hope March 31st is when the curve begins to flatten? That would be good.
Two years? I understand that’s the cycle’s length, but in real time, maybe a lot less, a few months. Or am I deluding myself?
The inauguration chart indicates the people will be ready for major change quickly.
Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is 0 Aq is trine US Midheaven but the squares exaggerate, and “just past” means it happened before, perhaps competition, a struggle with the lame ducks.
I hope its a better world, Barbk, definitely a changing one, which is, for optimists, good.

fierywoman,

Your Demetra-George piece on Asteroid Wuhan is terrific. Thank you for passing it along!

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/490033-newsom-170-ventilators-sent-from-federal-government-arrived-not-working

Gavin Newsom’s response to getting broken ventilators was to ship them to Bloom Energy for repairs:
“That’s the spirit of California,” Newsom said. “That’s the spirit of this moment. Take responsibility, take ownership and take it upon ourselves to meet this moment head on.”

Chiro…..just a sub-note. Mars is also infection and fever.

Yes, thanks, quintile, I forgot about fever. Which does fit this virus.

Do you have a quintile in your chart? They are about talents or gifts, am I right? Do you find them often in your analysis?

I should really pay more attention to that.

Angellight. I just wanted to say hello & send you good energy & vibes. Thank you for you efforts to share information. I hope you are doing well. You have been a contributor here for a long time and have posted some wonderful things. I have always loved your name. Be well. I am struggling myself a bit. I also am skeptical with channeled information. There is so much of it out there and it often seems off the mark. At the same time, I have enjoyed the Whimsey tarot readings kiwi has been posting (she is also a naturopath and healer who does “remote listening”) and am going to be listening to the new one posted just above shortly. I have enjoyed Linda G’s tarot readings (combined with some remote listening or whatever you want to call it), and I like Kim Carey. I just take it all with a grain of salt and a dose of hope.

Nancy, makes sense to me. Trump is expending a lot of energy to hang on to his ego right now and look like he’s in charge and in control but his shell is cracking. If things get much worse, he definitely might lose it and have to go into seclusion. That would be better than the alternative of him going completely mad. I think that if he gets much worse, they will invoke the 25th.

interesting words from Bill Gates, who has been funding solutions for infectious diseases for years. I think he would be a great inclusion into whatever commission is created to evaluate and redesign the flawed us public health care system, when we get to the other side of this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNLiUN0l7ws

more Gates: how we must respond
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe8fIjxicoo

Chiro, you have an instinctive feel for astrology symbolism and it sounds like you love the language. As you know, astrology can’t pinpoint things like “when the curve flattens” (it isn’t science) but it does give us a time frame to watch for it.

The 3 Mars cycles that are starting in March 2020 within this 11 day spread will come to an end on March 3, 2022 (Pluto), April 5, 2022 (Saturn), and May 29, 2022 (Jupiter) and they follow the 1st of several conjunctions of transiting Pluto to US natal Pluto on February 21, 2022.

The transiting North Node will have ended its Gemini run in January, 2022, a period which will start in May, 2020, about 5 weeks from now. That suggests a period of duality and flexibility will be providing us much information on details (north nodes provide opportunities) regarding things like Trump’s finances, or how to stifle the coronaviruses should they return and what kind of stopgaps will keep the likes of Trump from violating the US Constitution.

In the meantime we focus on the Present.

Transiting Neptune in Pisces is the only outer outer planet that is in a mutable (transitioning) sign now, and during the time that these 3 new Mars cycles do their thing, the trans. Neptune will oppose the US natal Neptune 3 times, softening up our (US) resistance to change, while transiting Pluto in Capricorn trines US natal Neptune (as it did in December 2019-January 2020 and will again on the 2020 US Election Day).

Transiting Uranus meanwhile will be moving through the US natal chart’s 5th house of creativity until 2023 when it gets to the US natal chart’s 6th house and trines the US natal Neptune. That should be fun.

Also in 2023 transiting Pluto will make a brief foray into Aquarius between its conjunctions to US natal Pluto and not until June 2027, 7 years from now, will transiting Uranus conjunct US natal Uranus (the US Uranus Return), as transiting Uranus trines transiting Pluto and transiting Uranus sextiles transiting Neptune, and transiting Neptune sextiles transiting Pluto and there will be peace in the valley. It’s a process, this evolution, and we must take it in baby steps.

Slight KC–I am so glad that your daughter is ok–sending energy that she will continue to be so.

Kiwi–thank you. Just put that quote in a collection of little spirit-raisers and jokes I send to a small group. Looking for a response. “We’ll see”, as my mentor used to say.

starlight’s “The next Inaugural chart has Pluto conjunct the MC and an exact Mars/Uranus conjunction square Jupiter which look very different if it is Trump in charge versus if it is Biden. For the latter, we would see intense energy focused on getting things back to functional with a lot of challenges. For the former, we see dictatorship. As we already knew, the stakes are very high.”

Can someone please transmit this to Bernie Sanders and ask or beg him to support Biden? Let the Democrats reunite as a first step to get over the plague of polarization that went over the world.

I’ll try channeling it to him.

Sharon K: Thank you for your goodwill and healing vibes. I send positive, love and light energy to you also. I too have been a poster on here for a very long time.

Yes, channeled material you have to or should use discrimination as often colored through the lens of the personality. The only channel material I do respect and believe in is Alice Bailey. Very high material and has stood the test of times. I often do not respect those spiritual teachers who are always trying to make a buck. That goes against the teaching. Yes, we are all looking for some hope in these times.

Thanks all for your good wishes and vibes for my daughter. I’m going to try to get hold of her tomorrow to see how it’s going down there, and if she’s made contact with her friends.

Sounds like stormy seasons of all kinds are waiting for all of us for a while longer…

Stay safe, and stay well.

Message from White Eagle, Hopi indigenous on 03/16/2020:

VISION QUEST

“This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole.
The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you. If you repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, you will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal. Take care of your homes, take care of your body. Connect with your spiritual House.

When you are taking care of yourselves, you are taking care of everything else. Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the eagle aspect, that from above, and see the whole; see more broadly. There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand. The two go hand in hand. Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning.

You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools available to you.
Learn about resistance of the indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated. But we still haven’t stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun. Don’t feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time. You do not help at all being sad and without energy. You help if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists. Also, when the storm passes, each of you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world.

You need to be well and strong. And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation. This is a resistance strategy. In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you cross this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties …
This is what is asked of you:

Allow yourself to take advantage of this time to perform your vision seeking rituals. What world do you want to build for you? For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm. Calm down, pray every day. Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day. Good things emanate; what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith and love. ”
Resist – Be reborn”

slightkc: Best wishes and positive energy for your daughter.

Jerry: Where did you find Steve Judd’s March 28th video? Did not find on his website. Thanks.

Chiro: Yes I have 2 quintiles in my chart. Moon/Jupiter and Sun/Chiron. I understand they mean a special talent, but I can’t say in my case what that might mean. So much to learn in astrology and so many books to read. Wonderful subject to study.

Chiro – I am a clinical social worker in a private psychotherapy practice, so yes, I have some background. We are not supposed to diagnose anyone we haven’t seen in person, but we see the Orange Monster daily, and his pathology is pretty obvious.

Of note is that it is now becoming clear that he is favoring Red states over Blue states for medical supplies, especially shortchanging those who criticize him. The inability to function other than favoring those who feed the grandiosity and harming those who even slightly push back and thus become part of the enemy is striking.

Margriet – I think my next article will be on Joe Biden. I knew this would be a very bad month for him but wasn’t sure why. Now we know. The focus on the virus, the inability to campaign, Bernie still there, and Trump everywhere and acting vaguely, occasionally presidential.

Angellight, I think it’s the one that says “Approaching the Eye of the Storm” (2 days ago)?

Thanks, Barbk,
The seven-year perspective. I love where you say “That should be fun.”[Uranus in 6th US House trining Neptune] Pretty funny. I hope we live long enough to see the happy ending, but I do think the baby steps, and noticing the present are key.

Right now North Node is on US Venus, and we have to appreciate the many good things going on, and people looking out for each other. The constant refrain, we’re all in this together, is very heartwarming to me. I see it everywhere.

Maybe North Node going into Gemini soon is a key turning point, hopefully meaning we have the information we need, and the people who need to know are on the same page. Soon being May 5th and beyond.

According to article below the French have discovered it is a bad idea to treat covid 19 with Advil, Ibuprofen, or aspirin. They say nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) aggravate COVID-19 cases in many patients. They are now recommending everyone to stop taking NSAID’s altogether. Evidently, tylenol (acetaminophen) is the better choice.

https://www.tweaktown.com/news/71251/these-household-medications-can-aggravate-coronavirus-cases/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0NymmgivPeQfM5_A9ThhO8orKE7Cq9o3kg8V4Xp6oIcXfHVF8PRkMqj1U

I’m hoping to find an additional confirming source from a better known publication. Has anyone else come across this assertion?

Eliseo, NZ drs recommend Paracetamol.

Sharon K: I do not believe in the material regarding the Eye of the Storm. I posted b/c there are thousands who believe this. To me they are potentially violent and might start a civil war if Trump is not re-elected or even if all does not go dark on April 1. I was trying to convey we need to be vigilant and ready for these people who are being stirred up by Trump. Here is one of the recent messages by someone

“We are just in Phase 1. More phases to come. Mass call ups happening = things have become very serious. Grateful the prez called in a million reserves & retired personnel in all branches of the armed services to active duty. Order lasts for 2 years. Note the time mentioned. Unprecedented action. To protect the people in the next phases. And extended the Corona guidelines to be in effect till the end of April. To protect the people.”

Trump in his speeches and daily briefings are constantly giving these people codes. They do not believe New York is as sick as it is and that this is some kind of hoax. Maybe this virus will be the great awakener for these groups when unfortunately, it becomes real to them.

Eliseo: Yes, I have come across two sources that said Ibuprofen and Advil were very bad and would cause the Virus to get worse. Yes, to use Tylenol. Said nothing about aspirin, though. If I find the links, will post them.

Here is one link: If I come across the other, will post it. Was from a reputable doctor, I believe.

“Partially true about ibuprofen as there are studies showing it can aggravate respiratory ilnesses. Consult a doctor if you have fears about it.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/51929628

Here are a couple of great articles from Canada’s CBC (publically funded, similar to PBS).

The big question is, why isn’t the USA (with notable exceptions like Cuomo in NY) giving out this kind of straight talk and information? The answers are complicated because it’s a complicated country, but the response should be nation wide by now. The US seems to be like a chicken with it’s head cut off – running all over the yard with no brain to guide it.

Sad to say, so far, the response is not getting there fast enough. Coordination is everything and Trump, McConnell etc. are still not taking this seriously enough (we all know that!). So, it comes down to LOCAL response.

People can’t wait any more for politicians to tell them what to do (or church leaders). People have to think for themselves, self-isolate, use the phone to get relatives, friends and neighbours in line. Call the politicians. Don’t call the health care workers unless you are really sick. Stay home.

Below, the first is an article on what’s been happening in Germany, which has been fortunate to have a low number of cases thus far:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/germany-coronavirus-death-rate-reasons-1.5513816

The second article describes what happened in a nursing home and it includes a video of a young woman who has been ill with the virus in Alberta (north of Idaho/Montana). The video is good to give an idea of what a relatively healthy person (to start with) has gone through with good health care:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coronavirus-nursinghome-death-1.5514440

For those who want to read a recent publication on the forecasting scenario, see this link:

http://www.healthdata.org/sites/default/files/files/research_articles/2020/COVID-forecasting-03252020_4.pdf

Hi,

The Ibuprofen thing is because it’s an anti-inflammatory, which means it suppresses the body’s own immune system response. (Because in rushing to fight off an issue and repair damaged tissue, we get swelling in the damaged part of the body, and swelling can get out of hand, even though it is part of your body attempting to repair itself.)

In the case of the virus, you don’t want to do anything to tamp down on the body’s own immune system response. You want it to fight with all it’s got. So stick to Tylenol, if you must take something.

Although — the fever is also part of your body’s natural defenses. The heat of a fever is the body trying to kill off infections and bacteria. So unless your fever is very high (I’ve seen 103 or more.) don’t take the Tylenol, either. Let your body fight for you. Or maybe compromise and take some Tylenol at night to sleep and let the fever go during the day.

Looking forward to any new article by you, starlight!

Andrew Cuomo’s moment, astrologically:
Sun 14 Sag, sextile US Saturn, sextile trans Juno
Mercury 5 Cap, oppos US Jupiter, sq trans Chiron
Venus 0 Aq, trine US MC, conj trans Saturn
Mars 18 Scorp, trine US Vulcan, trine trans Neptune
Jupiter 24 Libra, sq US Mercury, sq trans Jupiter,
Pluto, Pallas
Saturn 16 Sag, sext US Saturn, sext trans Juno
Uranus 12 Leo, sext US Saturn, trine trans Vulcan
Neptune 3 Scorpio, trine US Venus, trine trans NN
Pluto 2 Virgo, sext US Venus, sext trans NN
NN 8 Scorpio, quincunx US Uranus, quincunx trans Hygeia
Chiron, 13 Aq, trine US Saturn, trine trans Juno

So, the most difficult or challenging aspects are his NorthNod quincunx US Uranus and transiting Hygeia, and the Mercury square transiting Chiron. That is what this moment is all about, the health challenges. And he is bringing a lot of focus and force to bear on solving the challenge, in an oddly caring way. You can see it in these aspects and transits. I say oddly because it’s all about caring, but it’s a no-nonsense, down-to-business approach. Very American, apparently. It resonates with the public in the moment.

I left out that Mars is currently transiting his Venus also.

The Desk Killers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m91XtLqUt9U&fbclid=IwAR0DTA_akL_5xuTcm3Bo41BRoSKKqXXewjo8hzdtfZlK0nmJbPzcsIy3tYo
Stephen Miller, Kushner, too many ceos, etal, immedately spring to mind.

Eliseo, the advice on Tylenol is well known and closely followed here in Québec, as we have closer ties with France. I watch daily the excellent coverage of the pandemic in France and Europe as well as other countries on French TV. We have 25 deaths so far in Québec; a French doctor in New York says we are doing well, below projections, and could limit the toll to 200. We are testing more than the rest of Canada, which appears to be key.

Beowulfie, Germany is not fortunate and does not have a lower number of cases. They simply plan better. They test more massively and therefore have more cases than most other countries, but they have fewer deaths because they catch those cases earlier. They are taking a number of heavy cases from France on military aircraft since they still have beds at their disposal. The best international practices outside China are to be found in South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong (all because they know their Chinese neighbor is the prime source of viral epidemics) and Germany.

Beowulfie
RE: “The US seems to be like a chicken with it’s head cut off – running all over the yard with no brain to guide it.”

We’re behaving more like a confederacy with 50 + heads. That’s what we get with the orange sorcerer/illusionist. He succumbed to his own spell long ago, but we all are victims of his grandiose delusions.

Eliseo, I think you’re exactly right about a 50-headed confederacy. Where is FEMA? But maybe there will be a coordinated effort soon, modeled on the cooperation of the New York hospitals that Cuomo started today. He brought all the people needed together to form a collaboration between the hospitals.
Here’s the video, if you haven’t seen it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q8ISM7olHk
You have to turn the sound up.

Why is Germany’s death rate so low (1% compared to 11% for Italy)?

https://time.com/5812555/germany-coronavirus-deaths/

At least the hands-on governors are taking media attention away from donnys incompetent and self congratulatory airtime. And thats a good thing right now.

I notice there is a sincere sadness in the eyes and the tone of voice in the MSNBC presenters and reporters. No more happy talk, or joking about in the handoff transitions between shows.

Dr. Birx has said that if we do things perfectly, we are nevertheless facing as much as 200,000 deaths in the US. But we won’t do things perfectly. We can’t as long as DJT is “in charge.” Where oh where are the courageous souls who will invoke the 25th amendment, or will do whatever necessary to depose this most horrible of all American presidents and/or his goofball, nutzoid administration?

In my heart, I hear the psalmist chanting the lamentation.

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

Chiro,
A coordinated effort would require all the governors and legislators agreeing to the coordination. Considering how nutz many of them are, I don’t see that happening without the explicit command of the president, and/or martial law.

I’m hearing from friends & relatives in Texas that many Right Wingers are saying that if Trump or a Dem president declare martial law, they will take up arms and rebel.

Too many ornery nutz in this country. Way too many nutz.

Eliseo, I still wish we had an heir to Walter Cronkite. I miss him delivering the news. People trusted him; and he always dealt with bad news in a calm, caring manner (I remember him delivering the news of John Kennedy’s death, and the tears in his eyes).

He was so professional, and yet, one of “us”… he was as delighted and amazed as the rest of us when we landed on the moon. David Brinkley is still on twitter, after being gagged by Bush the Jr. But nobody could do the news better than Cronkite! CBS, and the rest of us really lost an irreplaceable treasure when he died. I’ve often wondered what his broadcasts of today about T* would have been like if he’d been alive today. I figure probably something like Hartman’s or the guy I liked who started a sportscaster and kept getting fired from show after show after show during the Bush years… geesh! I’m getting old… I know his face as well as my own, but can’t even bring to mind his name! Getting old is hell (gryn)

BTW.. talked to my daughter today. So far, they’ve had 22 injuries but no deaths from the tornado. Amazing, considering what so much of the city looks like! She’s been in touch with friends, some as lucky as she, others have lost everything, including her two coworkers at the school.

The real deal regarding COVID19
and Tylenol vs Ibuprofen

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/no-evidence-to-back-covid-19-ibuprofen-concerns/

Upshot; Lots of anecdotal and false info – No evidence that ibuprofen will worsen symptoms. If we have tylenol, it would probably be the better choice to bring fever down.

I would wager it is not good to have a high fever for too long as this can cause neurological and brain damage; I have a severely intellectually-challenged and autistic brother who suffered considerable level of brain damage as an infant because his fever was not treated quickly enough while remaining hospital in nursery after he was born and contracted a virus in that nursery.

Just got done with a patient today who suffered debilitating brain and neurological damage after being struck with cytomegalovirus last fall; 60 years old, he was very ill with CMV and got encephalitis and developed a seizure disorder and mania as a result; he now has visual hallucinations and has sustained neurological and cognitive damage.
Fevers are serious – be very careful with “natural” remedies.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cmv/symptoms-causes/syc-20355358

Eliseo, I liked reading the psalms…I often do not relate to them but they are fitting for these times.

Here is a nice Joe Biden story that will help you appreciate his character. https://www.thepoliticaldish.com/2020/03/a-nice-story-in-a-difficult-time-a-rabbi-recalls-sen-joe-biden/?fbclid=IwAR0dCBKa3jZefI9JY9qNSFUoq1LlHk-OGrJZn5nXwIGuzQi6scy9C0QuiKE

paracetamol (=tylenol) versus ibuprofen
https://www.londondoctorsclinic.co.uk/blog/ibuprofen-vs-paracetamol/

kim has wise words to share in her latest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYjKLXvkuaE

Sharon,
You and Myron are blessed people. Many Thanks for that wonderful Joe Biden story. If we can actually get an honest election in November, I believe he will win and become a very fine interim and transitional president. He is a very decent man.

The latest estimates put the number in the US right over the top. 200,000 potential deaths if the country does “everything right”, which is impossible with the confusion going on. And that is coming from Trump’s WH. Denial is no longer an option.

See article below. The rate of deaths across the country is estimated now at 500 per day. If the rate doesn’t go UP (please no!), on average, that would mean deaths at 500 per day for 400 days. Simple math. OMG. This is terrible. Let’s pray all the states and administrations of cities, etc. get coordinated now!

See Washington Post – free, no subscription required:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-deaths-warning-america/2020/03/30/522221ce-72a6-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html

New Zealand is projecting up to 30K deaths in a tiny country. Please, may that scenario for whatever country be wrong!

“…..Under one worst-case scenario, produced by Nick Wilson of the University of Otago Wellington, the outbreak would peak in July and leave roughly two-thirds of the country, 3.32 million people, sick. Under this model, Wilson writes, “27,600 would be expected to die.”……That figure would be roughly 0.6 percent of New Zealand’s total population, making it in line with U.S. officials warning about the potential for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States.”

Chiro, thanks for the rundown on NY Gov. Cuomo, he intrigues me too. I found out his natal asteroid Orpheus at 8+ Pisces conjuncts the US natal Ceres and both square the US natal Uranus at 8+ Gemini, where the conjunction between transiting Neptune and Pluto took place.

Astrologer Alex Miller has this (as part of what he has) to say about the symbolism of Orpheus:

” . . . the ability to persuade or entreat others successfully . . ”

That and the US Ceres (ability to make a deal) is quite powerful in this Uranus natured pandemic period of US history.

The Neptune-Pluto conjunction (conjunct US natal Uranus) chart had an opposition between Saturn (15+ Virgo) and Jupiter (16+ Pisces) that was conjunct Eris at 19+ Pisces, where transiting Neptune is now (which triggers the Neptune-Pluto cycle energy).

Neptune + Pluto + US Uranus = symbolic of a higher consciousness (outer planets) learning process (Jupiter) over time (Saturn).

Saturn opposite Jupiter = midway through a cycle about societal development.

Eris = discord

Neptune = dissolving the line between reality and the unreal; compassion; fear of the unseen

Maybe we all have a role to play but Andrew Cuomo definitely does right now.

Beowulfie, that NZ modeling was the reason for our early total lockdown, border + domestic. Generous but fair govt employee & bus $$ package with them working with major banks for no interest assistance, deferred mtg pmts etc. Details still being refined. Socialized medical system means all efforts well coordinated.
So far only 1 death, but as of today 2 in critical care, 647 cases, 74 recovered.
Govt announced today 1 more week of lockdown for all but essential services beyond the inital 4.

Heartwarming story yesterday of german tourist couple with infant stranded here living in small campervan, with the weather getting colder – a guy who had an empty house due the the death of his always generous mother, came forward to allow them to live rent free until the borders are open and they can get home.

Generosity and sharing is the new ‘in’ thing – hopefully greed is on the way out.

A large percentage of NZ cases are directly related to travel: 306 foreign flight – of those 78 from usa. A large number of others were in close contact with those travellers. But now unknown sources are showing up so we are very grateful for the lockdown order.

Good for New Zealand! A country that is ahead of many much larger and richer countries in its policies of opening data and reports etc. to the public. Wishing you well in NZ.

Meanwhile, here is Dr. Deborah Birx on NBC – see the video in the article:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dr-deborah-birx-predicts-200-000-deaths-if-we-do-n1171876?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Will,
In one of my forner professions years ago I worked in the mental health system where I too dealt with a number of patients who had endured brain damage, some of them from high fever. Not a pretty sight at all. It is very discomforting to know someone who was vital, creative, and intelligent reduced to such inability, and brain disease. Fever, indeed!

It’s crazy out in Trumpland – the understatement of this century so far. But Americans don’t deserve this. Where is the outrage?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/30/what-kind-person-calls-100000-plus-dead-very-good-job/

Beowulfie,
“Where is the outrage?”

I think it got lost in our Trump fatigue. Everyone including many of his supporters know he is a callous, narcissistic egotist, who cares only about himself. He reminds me of those 1960’s generals who advocated using our nuclear missiles in a first strike against the Soviet Union. “They have 30 million people left, we have 60 million. We win!”

Jerry, I hope you dont mind me reposting the end of you last interesting post here……
(I think you inadvertently posted to the previous thread 🙂 )

“Judge Walton Receives The Unredacted Mueller Report After Concluding AG Barr Lacks Candor. What Now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rte0Z_C4Mw

Teresa Hill: Sound advice in letting body fight for you and yes, fever should not get too high; one must use discernment as some fever is good.

Beowulfie: Yes, where is the outrage! Why 200,000 deaths when all other countries have been in the thousands and not the hundred thousands. Sounds fishy.

I like the astrological information of Steve Judd Jerry posted a few days ago. Judd says much of the virus should begin to abate, die off in about 10 days. I sure hope he is right.

“March was supposed to be the month when a number of legal cases involving the president came before judges. The Supreme Court was due to review Trump’s effort to shield his tax returns and financial records from Congress, as well as his insistence that a sitting president should be immune from any criminal proceeding related to any conduct before taking office or during his term, even if he were to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. But the pandemic has forced the Supreme Court to postpone oral arguments. This is rare but not unprecedented: the Supreme Court postponed sessions during the 1918 influenza epidemic and in 1793 and 1798 during an outbreak of yellow fever.

That was not the only legal action expected in March and now postponed. Tuesday, March 31 was the deadline for the Department of Justice to turn over an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report so Judge Reggie Walton could read it himself and determine whether or not the Justice Department’s continuing unwillingness to make public crucial parts of the report is justified. Walton has expressed concerns about Attorney General William Barr’s “lack of candor” in the matter. Today, the DOJ turned over the report, but the court is largely closed because of the pandemic, and the review cannot now begin until April 20, 2020 at the earliest.

March 31 was also the date scheduled for Barr himself to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time in his 14 months in office. Barr was set to talk about how he handled the Mueller report and the Ukraine Scandal whistleblower report, and Trump’s interference in the sentencing of his associate Roger Stone. With the House out of session until at least April 20, though, that hearing has been postponed, with no new date yet set.”

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/march-30-2020?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copy

My interpretation from Steve Judd was – its going to be a while yet til fully on the other side of this.

He felt around 10 days to peak – ‘we’ll be thru the worst of this” and then focus would be on “containing, managing, and then gradually emerging”

Kiwi,

Yes. These developments are worth noting. Glancing at Attorney General William Barr’s chart (May 23, 1950 Wash. DC time unknown), it’s interesting to note a progressed Chiron-Saturn square (15 Sag – 17 Virgo). The April 1st Mercury-Mars-Saturn semi-square at 16 Pisces – 0/1 Aquarius will be activating Barr’s progress. Chiron-Saturn square. If damaging info from the unredacted Mueller report is leaked to the press, Barr and Trump will be history.

Kiwi,

I didn’t realize that. Thank you for reposting. My internet is off. I’m using my mobile. I will try to repost my remarks below.

Kiwi, Very odd. It mysteriously disappeared. I can’t find the post. There were two links accompanied and some personal astrological observations. The first was a video link (that you kindly reposted) and the other; a Washington Examiner article. Here’s the article….

DOJ Turns Over Unredacted Mueller Report To Judge Who Questioned Barr’s ‘Credibility’

Washington Examiner
March 30, 2020

A federal judge who questioned Attorney General William Barr’s “credibility” received an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Justice Department attorneys notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of the transfer in a brief filing on Monday, noting it was in pursuance to two orders this month by District Court Judge Reggie Walton.

Continued…..

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/doj-turns-over-unredacted-mueller-report-to-judge-who-questioned-barrs-credibility

Kiwi, exactly — Judd’s comments.

“U.K. Educator Uses YouTube To Treat Panic Of Coronavirus Myths via @forbes

Campbell puts out one or two videos of about 30 minutes each every day, noting the day’s medical news reports and using only quotes from major, accredited academic publications (such as The New England Journal of Medicine) to support his points. He might editorialize on occasion, but seemingly only for the benefit of the viewers and their health. Besides, it’s his show. He can indulge in an opinion or two.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnscottlewinski/2020/02/07/uk-doctor-uses-youtube-to-treat-panic-of-

By Siddhartha Mukherjee:

“To win the Kampf against covid-19, it’s essential to trace the course of the virus as it moves through populations. But it’s equally essential to measure its course within a single patient. The one becomes the many. Count both; both count. ?”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/04/06/how-does-the-coronavirus-behave-inside-a-patient#intcid=recommendations_default-popular_2dadd95f-1074-49fc-b792-e86cd2326f9a_popular4-1

REDUCING FEVER, GOOD OR BAD, DR. JOHN CAMPBELL FROM THE U.K.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJqSdmNNwW4

Kiwi, thanks for posting Kim’s latest. Kim and I share the same birthday (not year) and I see we both have Uranus opposite natal Sun. Could/would that account for her frustration caused by Twitter and mine to do with electronic or digital communication. I want to scream about some of what I read even from family member who was so happy seeing my Pillow Man in the Rose Garden praising God for giving us Pres. Trump.

Banks, yes their view is inexplicable to me . . .
must be something in the brain like where some can only see the picture of a beautiful young woman but others an old hag..

Jerry, wonder what happened? Gremlins? I almost copied the whole thing – wish I had. Thanks for posting anyway

A small request…

Some of the articles and videos posted are excellent but I just do not have the brain power to watch and read it all….especially in cases where the person writing enjoys taking time unfolding the narrative and adding a lot of history, etc.

So, if it’s possible and agreeable, can people do a small summary and/or cut and paste 1 or more of the paragraphs or sentences that they found most relevant.

Thank you so very much — Sharon

slightkc — Keith Olbermann

Thanks for the reminder Sharon. If I recall, that was Nancys initial request also to save on her bandwidth

It has occurred to me that the Covid-19 pandemic is the work of a combination of the 3 outer planets symbolism.

In the Saturn-Pluto conjunction chart PLUTO (death/rebirth) + Saturn (stability) were square Eris (discord),

and NEPTUNE (has no boundaries) was quincunx the Moon (while the Washington DC chart for this conjunction had the MC [outcome] sextile Neptune, making a Yod with Moon lpeople] at the apex) forcing People to adjust,

and URANUS (shock, unexpected) was trine Pholus (small cause, big effect) and both were trine Transpluto (process of becoming whole), making a grand (almost impossible to stop) trine. Uranus was also on the ascendant (what is most conscious, in this case for Washington DC, USA).

Put them altogether you have discord and forced adjustment that shocks the people, causing a nation (world?) wide need to come together (become whole). Simple as.

“What if, for the good of the country, Joe decided not to select a woman VP but picked Cuomo () instead, would you be ok w/ that?”

Two very scary developments – the first is that trump has declared gun stores and gun manufacturers necessary to stay open nationwide (overruling governors).

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/28/dhs-memo-says-gun-stores-essential-business-gun-ri/

And the second, trump admits that if they were to adjust voting for the C-19 virus (vote by mail), Republicans would lose. They don’t want us to vote – not now, not ever.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/30/trump-republican-party-voting-reform-coronavirus

IMO an excellent, tho long, thoughtfully balanced essay on the world we find ourselves in today
‘Covid-19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible.’
https://charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation/?_page=12&fbclid=IwAR1hcwAs6Xv7E5AX3PMUK0N_yikyfhA-0HdIxdlxvdA3qDuMC0U-nxJ5rx8

Uranus on the Ascendant, what is most conscious? It was a real surprise and a sudden change in our lives.
A very dramatic sudden transformation actually in our lives, when you put it altogether.
Interesting, Barbk
This is all from the Saturn Pluto conjunction in Washington DC? I have to look it up.

I’m missing a chart. There must be another one in there.
One thing that’s really interesting, though, that I hadn’t noticed before in that Saturn-Pluto conj placed in Washington DC: Venus is 28 Aq, Black Moon Lillith which is on the Ascendant or very close is 28 Pisces, and Hygeia is 27 Taurus, Pallas is 27 Sag. So Venus is conjunct US Moon, Hygeia is square, Pallas is sextile, BML is interesting because its sextile Hygeia. I don’t know the name of that pattern, but strategies and deep emotions and health are intertwined with Venus, all on US Moon.
Uranus is kind of hidden near the 2nd house cusp, which says more about changing values than a public surprise. The Asc is 25 Pisces.
But Moon in this chart is quincunx Neptune, and Juno is quincunx Neptune, so a yod is formed by Moon 16 Leo and Juno 19 Libra with Neptune 16 Pisces. Neptune is in the 12th, Moon right on the 6th house cusp, Juno in the 7th. Possibly misleading the public, or confusing the public and with Leo, we think we’re invulnerable. Or constantly changing feelings and strategies that confuse. Neptune in the 12th–hospitals, for one. And prisons. Cruise ships.

Sharon K, I love the Biden story and will share it. I am sure he would win handily if the GOP allows the election to happen. The only way they can maintain power is by blocking funding of mail-in voting in a pandemic as they are now doing.

I wrote back in February (it was such another time) that the now-ended Mars transit in Capricorn would bring hope in the form of an elder masculine politician (Mars-Jupiter conjunction) and that the Mars-Pluto and Mars-Saturn would bring home some of the harsh realities of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that took place in January. Last week’s Mars-Pluto brought horrific scenes in American hospitals and this week’s Mars-Saturn a projected death toll far exceeding that of other countries. Although, according to French TV, the real death toll in China is not 3500, but upwards of 50,000.

The political crisis will be much more intense once Mars enters Aries in late June until the end of the year. This will likely be the most dramatic period in most people’s lives, more so than now, until the Uranus return in 2027-2028. 2022 looks to be dramatic as well, perhaps mainly for economic reasons since the major depression induced by the virus will take years to play out.

On a personal note, yesterday’s Mars-Saturn conjunction on my natal Mercury at 0 Aquarius conjunct natal Chiron at 28 Cap has refitted my brain. I feel a much clearer awareness, a greater strength of purpose and much more mental fortitude in spite of physical pain and the difficulty of our time. I just hope this discipline is long-lasting; and I wonder what the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on the same degree in December will bring, as well as transiting Pluto eventually.

Sharon K, it is impossible to read all the great material on this blog. I have to pick and choose the linked articles although I at least glance at every post. I suspect it is the same for everyone.

Thanks, Andre. I feel overwhelmed right now because we will probably have little income this month (from tenant income – although there is one other small source), but our bills are the same, and my husband is putting his energy in other things that may not even materialize. We need to be prioritizing in a much narrower way. I am realizing I don’t have the time to read very much at all. I’ll just have to do what I can. It is what it is. Hopefully, solutions will come and I am unduly worrying.

The stuff I’ve read says a fever is dangerous at 103-104 and above, which is what I said above. Is that right? Or should the number be lower?

I don’t want to mislead anyone.

Also, remembering that the 30th and 31st was supposed to be very bad for Trump.

He admitted for the first time that we may have 100,000 deaths from the virus and today at his press conference, the drs said if we do everything right, we might keep it to 100,000; their estimated range is 100,000-240,000.

Andre, the Mars/Saturn conjunction at 0 Aq changed my life overnight. It’s amazing. It isn’t the same impact you must be experiencing, but it’s still very obvious. Saturn was the older ruler of Aquarius, and you feel that steely focus coming into play. Mars is just work/energy/force, and adds to the focus. I hope whatever is causing you pain takes a back burner. Sorry to hear that this was conjunct your Chiron, but maybe it has a positive manifestation too.

(((((Sharon))))) may your worries be lifted

Angellight,

To be clear, John Campbell from the UK is NOT a medical doctor. There is no consensus in the medical world about the benefit of fevers – it is important to realize that medical treatment is ideopathic – that means one size does not fit all. Although there is some evidence that allowing LOW fever to run its course in adults might be beneficial, there are quite a few caveats.

Re: Fevers

Please use caution – high fevers that persist can cause a great deal of collateral damage. We want to be especially careful with children; fevers can and often do bring on febrile convulsions which are a horrible thing to witness a little kid go through. I had two of my nieces rushed to hospital in ambulances due to febrile convulsions. Ber in mind also, that while fevers can inhibit increase of bacterial and viral growth, kids and the elderly are often not aware of the considerable dehydration that occurs during the course of a fever. Ergo, they might not recognize dangers levels of dehydration and can perish because of this.

Yes, SharonK, I wish I could say something that would alleviate your anxiety. You know what’s hilarious and might give you some comic relief is a video of Andrew and Chris Cuomo that came out today. I was just laughing so hard. At least you can get lost in the moment. It’s 14 minutes, but the hilarity is near the beginning. There are a few serious moments, but for the most part I think you’ll enjoy it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0duA152aTg

Somewhere I think I said that North Node would go into Gemini in May. It’s in June. North node meets Hygeia around June 7th.

Will,

You’re right. I was thinking of adults, capable of thinking rationally and knowing when they were okay and not okay.

Sorry.

Sharon K, this music is very soothing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET3UVfTeNtg&feature=push-fr&attr_tag=Ubi6N9Do5xzQYzxS%3A6

Chiro, how does the Mars-Saturn conjunction relate to your chart? Steely focus and a surge of energy (mental in my case because it’s Mercury) say it all. I have always been grateful for my good unconventional mind. Mercury in Aquarius is a wonderful thing. But now it feels definitely strengthened. You’re right: the pain would come from Chiron. Mars-Saturn are definitely requiring a greater effort to protect my physical body. I did more than 90 minutes of weights and yoga Sunday. I had a sore back afterwards because I haven’t treated myself this well in the last months, but I will definitely continue because I need greater physical discipline to support my more concentrated mental energy.

Chiro, Dell Horoscope magazine lists the time of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction as 11:59 AM EST on January 12, 2020.

The Mt. Astrologer magazine lists the time of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction as 8:59 AM Pacific Standard time on January 12, 2020. That means that Mountain time would be 9:59 AM and Central time would be 10:59 AM and Eastern time would be 11:59 AM.

The chart I drew up was for 11:59 AM in Washington DC (EST) on January 12, 2020, and it has 2+ Taurus rising.

You must be using a different time than what I’m using for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction to get a 25+ Pisces ascendant for Washington DC. Yes, there is another Yod I did not write about, between the Moon (17+ Leo) which sextiles Juno (19+ Libra) and they both quincunx Neptune at 16+ Pisces and that would affect the whole world.

The Yod I wrote about was between the Neptune sextile the MC (of the Washington DC chart) at 18+ Capricorn, both quincunx the Moon in Leo and it only affects the US people.

Also of note is that Venus at 28+ Aquarius (conjunct US Moon at 27+ Aquarius) in the Saturn-Pluto chart is also conjunct that chart’s Okyrhoe (centaur) and Achilles and Circe (asteroids). That’s a lot to digest for the American people, and a lot to think about for astrologers!

Sharon, I’m with you on the lack of time to read all the great comments here and the scary problems brought on by Covid-19. I guess we all are having to re-work our priorities and maybe that’s necessary as the world is going through its changes.

Lucky for us here on Nancy’s blog that there are so many creative people to help each other get through these times. Keep yourself safe and well, that’s the most important thing.

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Well, I posted something today that was a very heavy read but surprisingly it was on PBS tonight so I’ll share it again.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-scientists-need-to-learn-more-about-how-covid-19-behaves-within-a-human-body

Theresa Hill,

No apology required at all, I am glad you are bringing this into our discussion. One of the things seniors need to recognize is that the part of our brain that monitors the body’s thermoregulation and the release of many hormones from the other endocrine glands the hypothalamus – loses functionality with age. This is why we hear of so many elderly dying of heat stroke or hypothermia (exposure to cold temperatures). It also governs the fight/flight function and prompts us to feed ourselves when hungry. So, when elderly people have high fevers, there is always a risk of them dehydrating to the point where damage occurs to their brain and internal organs. It often throws their electrolytic balance off which causes them to become dangerously disoriented and confused.

Awww, thank you SO MUCH – kiwi (I was actually hoping for one of your hugs when I just signed back on), Chiro (I will watch the video clip), Andre (I’ll listen to the music), Eliseo, and Barb. It’s so great to have loving friends, and I know there are a lot more of you here, too. Love you all.

API to help make more oxygen helmets

https://www.gainesvilleregister.com/news/coronavirus/api-to-help-make-more-oxygen-helmets/article_ca3f3c82-739b-11ea-acad-2f689640e1c2.html

They sold for $162 before Covid-19 came and will still just cost that now. Patriot.

Video about the hood.

North Texas Company Offering Ventilator Alternatives

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/north-texas-company-offering-ventilator-alternatives/2342307/

Will, John Campbell IS a Dr, who is a retired UK Uni Professor https://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/people/profile/index.php?web_id=John_Campbell

I have always believed low grade fevers are good. In fact, when I was a RN trainee in a hospital (that was the system in NZ back then) I discovered sort of by accident, if I felt a bad cold/flu coming on, if I took a quite hot bath to artificially overheat my body right away, and went straight to bed after taking extra vit C and slept, I never got sick. But if I couldnt do the bath early enough, I would get sick.

Hi kiwi,

I think we may be talking about two different people. See link:

https://www.insider.com/youtube-nurse-dr-john-campbell-goes-viral-for-coronavirus-videos-2020-3

Maybe I have the two mixed up?

Angellight, will you please clarify?

Will, I presumed it was the same Dr. Professor – he teaches nurses – hence the mixup on the utube label?
common enough name. If wrong Dr Campbell, my bad.
https://www.amazon.com/John-Campbell/e/B00FJ03KOY%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Will – looked up the UK medical register and there are HEAPS of dr john campbells (blush)

kiwi,

I think we can recalibrate when we are dealing with a low-grade fever. Brilliant that you took those measures to avoid allowing bug/virus to advance.

Reminds me of an extraordinary experience I had as a college student working as a trained ER medical/surgical technician around 1973.

Curious young man that I was, I decided to undergo my first reflexology treatment. I had two hours before my 3-11pm shift in the ER. It was the a very hot 1973 summer day in Iowa City, Iowa. I arrived promptly for my appointment at the practitioner’s home-office (an early-20th century, immaculately-kept classic Craftsman home with hardwood floors that sparkled with well-waxed lustre). A few moments later, a slim, small-framed 80-something year old Amish woman emerged from another room. Dressed in plain black ankle-length dress buttoned high to her neck with a pleated translucent cap pinned atop her neatly, upbraided hair, she asked me to sit in a stiff reclining chair with my feet elevated. Her kind eyes met mine and in a soft, sweet voice, she gave me a brief explanation of reflexology and then began jamming on my ten piggies and fingers with great vigor, describing how exact pressure-points in my feet and toes connected to all of my internal organs and other parts of my body as well as my emotional memories. She had a very sweet and nurturing demeanor and spoke with the confidence of a person with long-earned wisdom. I was fascinated by how exquisitely her small yet powerful hands worked with surgical-like precision on my size 13 marathon-runner’s feet. Up until then I had not fully-realized that there were 20 little bones in the human foot and some 27 in each hand. During the treatment, I winced a few times when she palpitated several points that were particularly tender-to-the touch. She asked questions like, ‘Did you happen to injure your right-shoulder at some time in your life? Did you have a injury to the back of your head; did you have an injury to your right eye at some time? How about something that happened to your left foot?’ I nodded yes to all of her questions with bewildered amazement. She went on to explain that over the course of one’s life, impurities and toxins from food, water, illnesses and injuries gravitate to the digits of our hands and toes of our feet where they coalesce into very tiny, hard crystals and begin to interfere with the electromagnetic flow of our life-force (auric field). According to this curious magical woman, the reflexology manipulations break up those tiny crystals and dislodge them, allowing the blood and bodily fluids to flush them out and re-establish the damned-up flow of life force. Finishing the treatment, she insisted that I drink a tall glass of fresh water before I left and warned me that I might feel some powerful effects of the treatment over the next day or so but not to be concerned because it was part of the healing process.

I arrived at the hospital ER directly after my treatment on time for the evening shift. At approximately 6pm, I felt flushed and almost delirious. I asked the ER charge nurse if I might leave early for home. I did drink a lot more water when I got to my room and quickly jumped into bed, feeling light-headed and exhausted. For the next several hours, every muscle in my body shivered and shook violently; I was chilling like never before and couldn’t seem to get warm enough until I put on my winter coat and several blankets and covers. I managed to chew few aspirin tablets and after about an hour or so, my muscles slowly relaxed; I fell into a deep long sleep.
Awakening close to noon the following day to bed clothing soaked with perspiration, I was quickly reminded of the fury of my fever through the night. I lived in a big old, rickety Victorian mansion that I shared with a half-dozen other students. It featured these grand, deep freestanding, claw-footed bathtubs. I soaked for about a half-hour in Epsom salts, got dressed and made it on time to begin my 3pm ER shift. I felt reborn.

Geesh, I have been quite the bloviator – anyway, I do believe in the healing possibilities of fever as well as alternative healing methods. I went on to study and become a certified reflexology practitioner.
More to share about that brief side-career later. (Some people are so fucking weird about their feet!)

kiwi,

The word “bad” has no relation to you – ever – truly.

Awesome story Will!
Although not Amish himself my husband grew up in amish Lancaster county Pennsylvania. I had the flu not long after we started dating and I experienced a fantastically healing amish style foot massage that he had himself received from time to time during childhood 🙂

Kiwi — thanks for posting the latest Charles Eisenstein article, relevant and powerful.

We can’t fix the world all at once, but many are feeling the crossroads at this time, and from here we will either evolve or devolve.

Hi Will,

Fascinating narrative. As an ER trained specialist, have you ever experimented with acupressure mats? Here’s a wikipedia presentation on the technique:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupressure_mat

OMG this is obscene, and why the for-profit focused medical racket must be dismantled and restructured!
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/huge-medical-staffing-company-just-slashed-benefits-for-doctors-and-nurses-battling-covid-19-outbreak/

WILL: TO BE CLEAR, DR. JOHN CAMPBELL IS A RETIRED DOCTOR, DID YOU GET THAT — RETIRED! OK! I KNOW PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED…, I AM JUST TRYING TO BE HELPFUL HERE AND ONE MUST USE THEIR OWN DISCERNMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IF THEY HAVE IT. NO ONE HAS TO BELIEVE EVERYONE SOMEONE SAYS OR POSTS, THAT IS IDIOTIC. NO ONE NEEDS TO GET ANGRY IF SOMEONE DISAGREES. WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE WHEN NECESSARY!

interesting new video from campbell – focus is on global covid future case overview etc

oops forgot the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbXFc05iQaY

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CHANT: Ommm, Ommm, Ommm, (the sacred word) — a minute or more! See yourself connecting to your higher self, the Soul.
Will enhance your vibration higher and aid in your protection as it strengthens your aura, the etheric body.
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“I am a point of light within a greater Light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.

I am a point of sacrificial Fire, focussed within the fiery Will of God. And thus I stand.
I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength, enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.
And thus I stand.

And standing thus revolve
And tread this way the ways of men,
And know the ways of God.
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I am not my body, I am the Soul
I am not my Emotions, I am the Soul
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A little observation –
MERCY & COMFORT, 2 navy ships – one docked on the East coast & 1 on the West, like two wings from a mighty angel comeforth to heal

Kiwi: Thanks for the new video. I really liked him. Yesterday I watched his video on how to make Brocolli soup and made some. Enjoying this soup now for my breakfast.

Hot soup has been said to aid us in protection from the virus, as it does not like heat.

“3. That whatever the cause or motives behind this pandemic, it is an unique opportunity for Humanity to take some time out, to reflect, to hit the reset button, to go within themselves as well as their homes and ponder the meaning of life; to get back to basics and establish a way of better values to live by, instead of being trapped on the treadmill of soul-destroying work, mindless recreational shopping, frivolous living and debt. Humanity is currently feeling the pain and grief of many planetary crises – ecological, economic, political, cultural etc.”

Esoteric Astrologer, Phillip Lindsay

Regarding the greed and corruption kiwi, I think the voting public has to be the deciders in this electronic age in some way. When millions or even billions in profits stand to be made bribing a handful of politicians (as opposed to millions of voters) with some multiple of thousands of dollars or with proof of some misbehavior that might get them removed from office to vote a certain way is too tempting as has been proven over and over again as our history has shown.

As to companies performing acts similar to the one you posted about I think the voting public should be who vote to pass laws regulating their behavior (at all times, not just in regards to disasters). Perhaps making voting a multiple step electronic process with no polling place attendance needed could work. Perhaps 1 voting day each quarter could be set to vote. Let those brighter than me figure a way to do it.

I think what Kim Carey said about capitalism will come true during this worldwide tragedy in this electronic age when the common people can be connected and “heard”. The “good old boys” have brought us to this. Time for another “Me Too” movement.

Ralfee Finn:

“It will be interesting to note what happens this week from a political and financial perspective because Saturn just made its first pass over 0° Aquarius on March 21, a point that was triggered by Mars on the U.S. election night in 2016–and Mars is also at that same point, a point that Saturn triggers again on July 1 as it retrogrades back into Capricorn. That point is activated yet again on December 16, 2020 as Saturn moves into Aquarius and stays there for the next two-plus years. I’m not sure why this point is so potent but like many lessons these days, it’s likely to be one we learn by living through it.”

https://aquariumage.com/Weekly_Frequency/

Angellight,

I am sorry you are upset with me – you seem to be highly-stressed; I am sure most of us are at this time. Usually when people write with all caps, it indicates anger and shouting. Although there is a all human emotions are valid, your tone seems especially agitated. Please do not take offense if myself or others attempt to ae-diligence and discernment when you post information. I am sorry if this frustrates you but understand that most of the peeps who post herein use a considerable degree of both due diligence and discernment. After a while, a blog site takes on an emotional and cognitive consensus. I come to this site because it is rich with highly-selective, intelligent, talented individuals with fine minds and a high degree of empathic attunement, not to mention astrological skills. Nancy’s extraordinary writing and rhetorical skills have set the tone for Starlightnews ever since I started reading/contributing herein before the G.W.Bush administration took office. I read and find value in the lion’s share of what you post – but I reserve the right to question and comment about the veracity/source of pieces posted here. I was rather surprised about your gruff and dismissive tone toward kiwi a few days ago when she pointed out her concerns. Of course you can choose marginalize mine as well – but I reserve the right to have my say. To my mind, you appear to posting generously but more than a few of your sources seem to be from dubious sources – if my memory serves me, lots of twitter references. You and I both know that the Twitter and the Web are rife with disinformation, outright deceptions and misleading bots and memes. It is only fair to expect that we each one of us keeps the bar high for quality and reliability. Maybe instead of taking offense to this and coming off angry, you could choose to frame it as an your brethren helping you to refine and improve your game. Gads, we can’t expect to not be scrutinized if we sling holy-hell at many of our elected leaders – right? Someone once quipped,

“Our critics are our best friends.”

I like you and I am glad you are part of this blog, Angellight. No hard feelings.

Angellight,

I was interrupted by phone calls several times, so please excuse grammatical omissions and errors in my post to you.

I am 67 years old and was quite ill with a virus from March 6 through March 29. All of my symptoms are consistent with Covid 19 but still no tests available to confirm. After three ER visits in three weeks, I just finished my second round of ampicillin, prednisone, Tylenol and twice-daily albuterol nebulizer treatments. I have slept an average of 10-12 hours a night up until this past Monday. Deep rest and gallons of fluids were key to my recovery.

I walked 1.5 miles yesterday and managed to climb three sets of stairs. My strength and health are increasing every day. I am grateful. Hope to qualify to give plasma for vaccine development.

Good on you will! May better days come your way.

It is uplifting to see or read about people stepping up to help others in any way they can without expecting extra compensation or in many cases without any compensation at all. Covid-19 is showing us that there is only one race in the world – the human race. Racial labels – Caucasian, Black, Oriental, etc, are just are just sub labels.

May all be blessed, safe, and healthy.

ja, That IS interesting; what Ralfee said about 0 degrees Aquarius; yesterdays Mars-Saturn conjunction/cycle start interested me, largely because Venus (values) was conjunct Sedna (under water) and they were square the US natal Moon (people) but trine US natal Pluto (power to transform).

They were in the 10th house (outcome) of this chart when set in Washington DC, and the MC (10th house cusp) at 2+ Taurus is opposite the US progressed Saturn at 2+ Scorpio, the IC (4th house cusp) of the chart of this 2 year cycle of Saturn-Mars.

That Venus-Sedna conjunction can be taken several ways, the first to come to mind is the outcome is “finances under water”, but then I’ve been in a pretty negative state of mind.

Another way to see it is that our values (Venus) will go through a transformation (Sedna) as in “the Inuit girl becomes a goddess” kind of thing.

Although it would mean hardship for 2 years for the People in the US (square US Moon) it would benefit (trine) the US Pluto in it’s leadup to its US Pluto Return that will be exact in about 2 years.

Since this conjunction happens during the early part of the present plague it might suggest that it will take 2 years to rid ourselves of this curse. There are several Mars cycles that have recently begun, all about 2 years long so some comparisons need to be done. I’ll work on that.

You go will; happy you feel better (67 isn’t so old!)

I heard Linda G the Psychic say her guides told her “Mothers Day” would be when this bout of Covid-19 would be over and so I looked at the chart for May 10, 2020, and got some good news. . .

The Sun (20+ Taurus) will sextile Neptune (20+ Pisces) that will make a Yod with the US natal Juno (20+ Libra), making it a Boomerang when US Chiron (20+ Aries) is added. All the energy goes to US Chiron after US Juno makes adjustments.

Venus at 21+ Gemini (trine US Juno) will be conjunct US natal Mars (21+ Gemini and Trump’s natal Sun 22+ Gemini) which is squared by US natal Neptune (22+ Virgo) which the transiting Sun (consciousness) at 20+ Taurus will be about to trine.

I figure the “adjustment” US Juno makes will be with transiting Venus + US Mars and Trump’s Sun.

Transiting Jupiter (good luck) will be conjunct the US natal Pluto (transformation), both at 27+ Capricorn.

barbK,
Although it will surely have its peaks and valleys, enduring this pandemic for another two years seems about right. That’s consistent with the etiology and duration of similar viral pandemics.

The Spanish flu lasted for 2 years and 11 months. At the time, there were no electron microscopes. They could not see something as small as a virus, therefore never developed a reliable treatment.

We are more fortunate in having far better medical technology, far more highly trained and knowledgeable medical personnel, and greater financial resources than did our ancestors 102 years ago.

Will,
Glad you are feeling better. May you continue to heal in mind, body and soirit.

spirit.

That is reassuring Eliseo thank you for the timeline of the Spanish flu; gives us a model of the lifespan of such a virus.

Seems weird that nary a comment about politics is being written these days; such an abrupt (Uranus?) shift in focus.

I have wondered if that is by design.

The full brunt of becoming conscious of this life/death virus came after the reduction of the Dem candidates was down to two white men in their 70’s, one being symbolic of the status quo, the other being symbolic of drastic change in the status quo. It’s like a time-out was called on US citizens in order to assess their values before a final decision.

This Sunday the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction opposes the US natal Mercury, and like other Pluto and Saturn hookups (such as with the Sun, Mercury, Mars), it is having an affect on the US thinking (US Mercury) that will impact the decisions of voters.

I am knee-deep in new charts and older charts and can’t keep up with all the changes due to the distraction of the Covid coverage, 24-7. I imagine it has had that kind of impact on all of us. Where we were mentally in January is not necessarily where we will be in May. Our values are changing.

Crisis can do that to us human beings, it is normal. We are seeing new heroes emerge from this crisis. We see acts of courage that impress us and they make us braver than we thought we were. I suspect we will move away from the “safety” of the familiar (to a certain degree) due to the Covid-19 impact on our psyches.

Will that change the outcome of the Democratic primaries? It’s possible. I found something in Bernie Sanders’ chart I’d not caught in these last 8 years I’ve been studying it; he has a Boomerang.

His North Node sextiles his ascendant and they both quincunx his Mars, making a Yod, and because his Mars opposes his Venus the Yod becomes a Boomerang.

The January Saturn-Pluto conjunction (and the subsequent conjunctions that followed) formed a T-square to Bernie’s Venus-Mars opposition which led (I’m guessing) to the rise in popularity of Joe Biden in primary elections, showing that the populace was not eager for radical change.

This coronavirus scare has cost a lot of folks their paychecks, if not their jobs, and that might fuel a desire to fight back on the status quo. Who knows, Bernie might rise from the ashes again; I know I don’t know! His natal Moon is conjunct the US natal Chiron though.

Longtime lurker here, I enjoy checking in and reading the pithy posts on this site. I thought and say hello and share a few things that could be of interest.

I try to follow transits to my chart pretty closely, but sometimes I miss the obvious! Last fall I was hit with some sudden disruptions and losses that were devastating and required immediate attention and major adjustments. Once I was somewhat settled (still precarious and restoring my situation), I realized the phase coincided with transiting Uranus square natal Uranus, which occurs for everyone around ages 62 or 63. The suddenness and unexpected nature of the reversals was a hallmark, but incredible solutions and even miracles came “out of the blue” as well! I now see more clearly that I was being guided to new ways of living and working because what I was doing was not in harmony with my spirit. Of course it’s easier to see that now that I’m in a safer place.

So, sharing a few things that are helping me now. Herbal remedies on a budget: skullcap is very beneficial as a nervine and possibly immune support. It’s often available at health food store in the bulk section (dried herb for steeping as a tea), a few ounces is less than $5. Another good and supportive plant remedy is calendula, dried blossoms also usually available in bulk section for a few dollars an ounce. The extracts are great too but more expensive. I like the Dr. Axe site for info about herbal remedies.

Another resource especially for those who are seeking new kinds of work and ways to more fully utilize their innate talents and skills is Underearners Anonymous, a 12-step program. There are lots of phone meetings every day with international participants, and great tools and literature on the UA site.

And when I’m really down and my soul needs some comedy uplift, I often turn to St. Allan Sherman. He had a lot of obstacles and crazy in his life but he fully expressed his very unique talent. My favorite song is “You Went the Wrong Way Old King Louie.”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohom8t0O-bg
? Allan Sherman – You Went The Wrong Way Old King Louie – YouTube

Will,

I didn’t know any of that about aging people and fevers and dehydration. I just thought old people were stubborn and didn’t want to let anyone else tell them what to do. But maybe it’s just my family older family members. 🙂

Love hearing about your experiences with energy work. I first experienced it in my mid-20s, and the first time, especially, felt magical. I’ve had various forms of it my whole life.

Jerry,

I have one of those acupressure mats, have used it for years, and I love it. I use it on my bed, and at first you may want to leave a shirt on. But move to using it on bare skin. I can feel energy moving through my body with it.

I often use it at the same time as this thing, which is very relaxing for your neck/head. It hits great relaxation points where your neck meets your skull. Ten minutes or so of both, and I’m usually just awake enough to pull them out from under me and go to sleep.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0195GXL1E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Will, thank God you are better. I’m sorry for what you’ve had to go through for two long weeks.

Thanks for your well thought out post to Angellight.

I’m glad to report that today things look a little brighter for our financial outlook, so I feel that much better, and I hope the same for everyone here.

God often opens the way where no path was at first apparent — and I’m not a religious nut like some of these selfish idiots who are ignoring the social distancing rules — I just have grown to believe in God for the reason I just mentioned and, in addition, who else could have designed this beautiful world?

I just read that something like 78 college students from UT at Austin want on a spring break trip together and 30 now have tested positive, not including the countless they have spread it to.

Barb, many on Democratic Underground feel that Sanders is being selfish and dividing the Democrats. I wonder how long he will keep this up. I do not feel he will prevail, even though he had and has important contributions to make. Even Whoopi Goldberg confronted him on The View today (which I read about – I don’t watch it). Trump, of course, is thrilled to see this happen.

for those that are into facts&figures, the good news is the peak %age daily increase of NY cases was march 19 at 74.31%. % increase 4/01 was down to 10.44% – that may be explained by testing failures, but still, it appears that physical distancing is starting to slow this freight train. fingers crossed.
Heaven help the areas ignoring warnings.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_New_York_(state)

Sharon, Bernie has great ideas but hes less able to play as a strong Dem team wing man. I view his ardent supporters as the main problem.
I see value for both arguments at this narrowing window in time, but it will require a tightrope deftness that Im not sure the Bernie Bots can manage to pull off without damage. I see even AOC is pulling away in favor of a less confrontational approach, for the good of the majority at this time of crisis.

Sadly gullible people are being spoon fed by agitator conspiracists. LA port train engineer intentionally derailed train to attack Navy Hosp ship because he believed it was there as part of a govt takeover plot
https://ktla.com/news/local-news/port-of-l-a-engineer-intentionally-derailed-train-in-attempted-attack-on-usns-mercy-federal-prosecutors-say/

BarbK, you Linda & Steve Judd have now all mentioned May. Coincidence or not, Ive had the old english folk ballad coming to mind – ‘in the merry merry month of may”

Kiwi,
In the USA we NEED a national health system with a very strong mandatory mental health component. A strong mental health system won’t stop all such incidents, but it would reduce gun violence, physical abuse violence, and of course such events as you described wherein that LA port train engineer
derailed that train to attack a Navy Hosp ship.

In highly interconnected societies with modern communications technologies we really can’t afford to have those gullible people you mentioned acting out their heroic fantasies in the context of crazy conspiracy theories gone viral. I also sometimes think maybe we need to broaden our understanding and definition of thought disorders.

Kiwi,
Continued:
Furthermore, we need Fox “News” and other similar organizations prosecuted, and totally, completely, absolutely and forever shut down for purposefully and intentionally spreading misinformation and conspiracy theory nonsense which led to the deaths of thousands.

A crazy thought just popped into my head – what do you think – crazy?
Several astro & intuitives have mentioned significant election surprise.
What if next president elect cannot for some reason be legally determined. Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi is reelected speaker of the house before election day. When Don+Mike terms legally expire, could she then become acting Pres?

Eliseo, absolutely on all points.
On the fox news front, I wonder how dear Lachlan’s health and life of privilege is being impacted? Might usher in a different tone perhaps?

Eliseo, if you havnt see this and are looking for reading during these strange times, take a look at Lachie
https://theintercept.com/2019/03/30/lachlan-murdoch-fox-news/

Kiwi, it might well be impossible in an ongoing pandemic to get election results from all states on Election Night, particularly if mail voting is required without adequate funding. It might take weeks or months to determine who won.

The US Constitution allows the House of Representatives (not the Senate) to select the President if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes. The new Congress is sworn in earlier than the President, i.e. in the new year. That period looks very bad for Trump and very good for Biden. I see a period of prolonged uncertainty and anguish that ends well.

kiwi,

A comment from Opinion piece from nyt’s:

“One has to wonder what Rupert Murdoch’s endgame is. At nearly 90 years of age and one of the most powerful and richest men on Earth what fuels his rage against Western Civilization and humanity in general? His commitment to Trump and right wing agendas has put democracy in the United States on shaky ground. Which, in turn, has given a green light to other authoritative governments around the world. His support of climate change denialists aided the election of Scott Morrison in Australia and is amplified repeatedly by his spawns on Fox News.

By all respects Rupert Murdoch is a self made and brilliant man. There isn’t any doubt that he can see through Trump’s flagrantly ignorant, fraudulent, con man, ineptitude. It’s unfathomable that an individual who is nearly at the end of his sojourn on Earth would be so ready, willing, and able, to sell his soul for even more power.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/opinion/coronavirus-fox-news.html

Putting the pieces together isn’t happening very well as the excerpts below will illustrate:

“The White House and all prominent public health officials have urged people across the country to stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Nonetheless, governors of five states have yet to issue lockdown orders for their residents, and seven states have issued only partial measures…..”

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/here-are-stay-home-orders-across-country-n1168736

This is crucial information for people to understand – the WHY – the real reason for social distancing – viral dose.

I have not seen this discussed in any mainstream article thus far, until now, in the NYT. (The New York Times & Washington Post are doing amazing reporting.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/opinion/coronavirus-viral-dose.html?

……Virus experts know that VIRAL DOSE affects illness severity. In the lab, mice receiving a low dose of virus clear it and recover, while the same virus at a higher dose kills them. Dose sensitivity has been observed for every common acute viral infection that has been studied in lab animals, including coronaviruses. Humans also exhibit sensitivity to viral dose.

Volunteers have allowed themselves to be exposed to low or high doses of relatively benign viruses causing colds or diarrhea. Those receiving the low doses have rarely developed visible signs of infection, while high doses have typically led to infections and more severe symptoms……Despite the evidence for the importance of viral dose, many of the epidemiological models being used to inform policy during this pandemic ignore it. This is a mistake…….

People should take particular care against high-dose exposures, which are most likely to occur in close in-person interactions — such as coffee meetings, crowded bars and quiet time in a room with Grandma — and from touching our faces after getting substantial amounts of virus on our hands…..For transient interactions that violate the rule of maintaining six feet between you and others, such as paying a cashier at the grocery store, keep them brief — aim for “within six feet, only six seconds.”

…..Because dose matters, medical personnel face an extreme risk, since they deal with the sickest, highest-viral-load patients. We must prioritize protective gear for them.

In short, STAY HOME

kiwi, thank you – glad you enjoyed my adventure

Jerry – thank you for the kind thoughts and accu-pressure mat link.

Eliseo, Barbk, SharonK, Bog and Theresa Hill – thank you very much for your support and good wishes.

I had a session with a patient today who is a rabid Trumpista – he’s a decent enough person in his 60s and on a spiritual path – but he just cannot/will not accept any questioning of Bloviator in Chief. I went a few rounds with him for part of the session because he wanted to do so. Didn’t budge, believes all those who criticize 45 are “Liberals and Democrats and several times changed the subject and blamed Hillary, Obama, China and the liberal media for, well, essentially everything wrong with our world. He and his ilk are like a breed of impervious, recalcitrant beetles/bugs. I am not a quitter and I am not afraid of robust debate; nonetheless, the hard-liner Trump supporters almost resemble rabid dogs. My sorrow is that I cannot seem to reach them. I have deleted my own mother, four sisters, one brother, four brother-in-laws all of my aunts and uncles, and thirteen of my first cousin from my social media platforms. I found it necessary to do so in order limit my exposure to their taunting and ignorant comments. Although I was not happy about doing this, I have found certain relief from not being triggered by their posts. Its no longer anything close to just a difference in politics for me – its is an issue of people choosing to be willfully ignorant and impervious to logic or reason. Its about knowing right from wrong – this is a great sorrow for me but I cannot allow my spirit to be shredded by what I feel is a spiritual and cognitive malignance. I wonder what its going to take to break the spell over so many of our fellow countrymen. It is deeply disturbing to feel powerless over this mass-delusion.

I watched Joe Biden’s interview with Brian Williams Tuesday evening on MSNBC. He confirmed he would choose a woman VP. He said he had a list of 6 to 10 candidates, including the governor of Michigan (Gretchen).

He added the qualities required are an ability to become President and a willingness to work with him. Background checks begin mid-April.

Kiwi,
I read the article about Lachlan Murdoch.

“The lures and pressures that create ruling-class conformity — what she described as “social determinism” — are difficult to resist.”

Those lures and pressures certainly seduced Lachlan. It is our mercantile version of the divine right of kings. Most wealthy folks buy into it pretty easily. One exception is Bill Gates, who refuses to allow his offspring to inherit his billions. But Bill learned his sense of noblesse oblige from his liberal, wealthy, philanthropic medical doctor parents. Lachlan Murdoch inherits not only his father’s fortune, but his self serving screwball ideology as well.

Moreno, the train engineer who derailed the train at the LA port seems to have taken his physics and geometry lessons from a crackerjack box. You can’t collide one object with another if they are on fixed parallel paths! What a dork! And he did this because he was suspicious that naval hospital ship in the harbor might be the beginning of a federal takeover?

Reminds me of what happened a few years ago in Bastrop, Texas while Obama was president. Local yokels got all upset because of a long planned routine military training exercise, Jade Helm 15. They carried signs that said “No Gestapo in Bastropo.” They were very afraid the federal government was going to take over Texas. I wanted to tell them that already happened, …you know, back in 1846!

No accounting for stupid. Jesus said the poor are always with us. Poor of mind especially so it seems. I suspect it will always be true unless we commit to some serious society wide genetic manipulation. In the meantime, as I said up thread, we definitely need to stop Fox News, et. al. from fomenting paranoid, violent, stupid behavior.

I’m not sure legally, but I think we may finally have them. Purposefully and intentionally spreading misinformation which results in more coronavirus deaths seems close kin to me with negligent homicide.

Will, the pandemic and the ensuing major economic depression may be just what is needed to rid us of that mass delusion.

Will,
“I wonder what its going to take to break the spell over so many of our fellow countrymen. It is deeply disturbing to feel powerless over this mass-delusion.”

Amen, Brother! I’m hoping at least a few will wake up as their loved ones die of covid 19, but I’m not overly optimistic. Even after total defeat, many Germans continued in their peculiar Nazi delusions unto death. It’s taken a few generations for that meme to mostly pass through their mental digestion system. That’s the kind of harm tyrant/demagogues can do.

ja, Rupert got his start by inheriting his fathers aussie newspaper business (struggling at the time) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Murdoch
and built from that into his global empire. I saw an biography on him years and years ago where his sister said even as a boy he had a need to ‘win’ at all costs – she went on to tell about growing up with him and his cut-throat tactics. I believe he is motivated less by the need for money and more by the need to win. He grew up in a strict presbyterian family, and probably his formative years, depression & ww2 era, as well his fathers experiences and political connections, cast the die for the path he would follow.
His eldest Lachlan runs the US empire now (check the linked article above) – Rupert, now 89, fell and broke his back a year or so ago so has moved more into the background.

Ja, the lachlan linked article was posted way above at 11.22pm

Sharon, I agree that the country is divided, but, unlike what you say many on the DU feel, that Sanders is being “selfish”, I don’t agree.

I believe he symbolizes the answer to problems with the status quo that a large chunk of US citizens have, and those people have a right to be represented in a presidential election.

I honestly don’t think the man is brutalizing his body for an ego purpose but more so because he is driven by another purpose; equality and fairness and yes, compassion for all.

That’s because his natal North Node is exactly conjunct the US natal Neptune at 22+ Virgo, which was trine the Saturn-Pluto conjunction at 22+ Capricorn and trine the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction at 22+ Taurus.

I believe it is his purpose to make the “powers that be” aware of the large chunk of US citizens that Sanders represents.

I also see his natal Moon conjunct this country’s natal Chiron as a voice of the wounded who have been overlooked, primarily through the flaws in the country’s health care systems. I don’t see that as selfish, but rather as courageous.

I believe that astrological symbolism points the direction in which humanity is supposed to move (whether or not we are conscious of it) and when we see/feel squares and oppositions we are challenged and that requires strength and determination to persevere.

But trines, especially grand trines (like US Neptune + Bernie’s NN that is trine the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction that is trine the Saturn-Pluto conjunction), symbolize a clear path, over time, clearly open to reaching a goal.

If not Bernie Sanders, then who will represent these people?

Who will suffer most from this pandemic? Is there not a new rule that you don’t have to pay for treatment for Covid-19 if you don’t have insurance? Is that not a step toward Bernie’s plan?

It is heartbreaking when shooters in this country kill 20 or 30 people – especially kids, happening over and over and over for decades in this country, and nothing is done by our government to stop it. What will happen when this country has 1000’s of deaths every month for a couple of years?

Will we as voters demand better from our elected representatives? Or will we just shake our heads in disbelief that this could happen, here of all places. Bernie Sanders strikes me as someone who would follow through with his ideas and that’s why he is still in the running and why people stand behind him. It isn’t for selfish reasons. It is for humanitarian reasons.

Eliseo,

“Even after total defeat, many Germans continued in their peculiar Nazi delusions unto death. It’s taken a few generations for that meme to mostly pass through their mental digestion system. That’s the kind of harm tyrant/demagogues can do.”

Painfully and largely true. I don’t like to admit defeat; so I won’t. I will still myself like the center of a deep mountain and ask for enlightenment. I guess I am still not over the shock of the tsunami of stupid in our nation and in our world today. I can only hope to part of the solution.

Godspeed to us all.

Sometimes when I look at 45 and take in all massive yellow comb-over and the ever-darkening fake-bake tan, he morphs into a cartoon-like sack of rancid old piss with an asshole for a mouth. What hath God wrought!

I am approaching 78. To me,Dear WILL, you sound like a pretty spry young man in all aspects. Keep up the good work!

I am hoping I can be here in another ten years to see this period with even more information and insight.

The History of Biological Weaponization!

“How it began. The Soviet germ weapon program began in the 1920s and gradually grew into a mammoth operation. The objective was to develop weapons capable of infecting people with anthrax, typhus, and other diseases. Stalin spent large amounts of money on the project. We get involved. Back then, the United States had no germ weapons. By the late 1930s, with intelligence agencies warning that Tokyo and Berlin had biological weapons, Washington began to mobilize against germ attacks in 1942. President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly denounced the germ warfare plans of the enemy, even while preparing to retaliate with similar ones. George W. Merck, president of the drug company, Merck & Co., was placed in charge of the new project. Fort Detrick. The army base at Fort Detrick…,”

http://sdadefend.com/MINDEX-B/Bioweapon.pdf…

Will,
Here are some random thoughts.

I believe when people adamantly and with such intense rigor hold on to such delusions it is because those beliefs impinge on the core of their meaning system. They do not and will not relinquish said mythologies and delusions as they are the floor upon which they stand psychologically and spiritually. The possibility of abandoning them, or changing their mind produces great fear. Only when that fear is alleviated and a better meaning system, and one understandable to them becomes available will they experience the necessary change of heart/mind.

We live in a time of existential stasis, yet on a the precipice of a very new and different world requiring entirely different paradigms. I think Trump supporters are far more afraid of the world they see emerging. They are afraid of falling from that precipice, into what they interpret as a deep abyss. We have to address those fears and move forward.

We are not without our own blindness, our own existential angst. The progressive vision is full of holes, but nevertheless has sufficient substance. It is not rotten to the core. We CAN and WILL pragmatically and hopefully with flexibility fix it, fill those holes as time and circumstance demand.

We employ a woefully inadequate epistemology, but unlike Trump supporters are far more comfortable with and conscious of our unknowing. That is our advantage. Therein lies our extraordinary opportunity.

The world soon to come will likely be quite different from what we have expected. It won’t be socialist. It won’t be capitalist. It will be something else. The pandemic we are experiencing, new technologies and unforeseen events will shape the world in ways we’ve not imagined.

The main difference I think between us and Trump supporters is we have more faith in our innate creativity. We are therefore less afraid.

I think barbK’s interpretation of Trump’s “cosmic role” is mostly correct. He dramatically demonstrates what is wrong, what is rotten and needs to be replaced.

Our time will come. Our job as creative thinkers and humanitarians is what it has always been. Trump and his way of things is self destructive. We will repair, rebuild and recreate a far better democracy for having endured his ignominious reign.

Teresa Hill: I had one of those acupressure mats and gave it to my sister. Never really gave it a try. Since your glowing recommendation of it, I think I will give it another try. I have gone to an acupuncture for a year and loved it but they are expensive.

Will: You know I try not to get involved in these childish squabbles. Lowers my vibrations.

I take it that you are defending Kiwi who did not understand how I thought. I chose to ignore that.

There are many intelligent people on twitter who have very enlightening observations to make, so I post them sometime.

No, I am not an astrologer and do not have astrological skills.

I wish you well.

I like this comment from Leoni Hodgson FB page and think it is food for thought.

“USA has become the epi-centre of the virus. This is not surprising because a great battle between spiritual and materialistic values is waging in the world and the centre of this storm is in the USA. This crisis when it is over, will offer the opportunity for American’s to reset their political and economic values. Whatever decisions made there will have a ripple effect in the world.”

something bring a smile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiLc9xpA4VQ

Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion
Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing commentators turned a pandemic into a battle of us vs. them — the kind of battle President Trump has waged for much of his life.

On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case of the coronavirus spreading inside a community in the United States, Candace Owens was underwhelmed. “Now we’re all going to die from Coronavirus,” she wrote sarcastically to her two million Twitter followers, blaming a “doomsday cult” of liberal paranoia for the growing anxiety over the outbreak.

One month later, on the day the United States reached the grim milestone of having more documented coronavirus cases than anywhere in the world, Ms. Owens — a conservative commentator whom President Trump has called “a real star” — was back at it, offering what she said was “a little perspective” on the 1,000 American deaths so far. “The 2009 swine flu infected 1.4 Billion people around the world, and killed 575,000 people,” she wrote. “There was no media panic, and societies did not shut down.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/us/politics/hannity-limbaugh-trump-coronavirus.html

Trump Lied
People Died
America Cried
Blood on his Hands

This should be the chant repeated throughout the country. Something memorable to tar him with.

Well well well–the Democratic convention has been pushed back to the week of August 17! Hey–I don’t know nearly as much about astrology as you guys do, but I’m looking at the aspects for that week in my trusty Llewellyn Daily Planetary Guide, and I’m thinking, hey, if that date holds, holy moly, I think we’re going to win this thing!

Like I said, you all know more than me, but in the midst of all this utter pandemic hell, I’m starting to feel a ray of hope. Optimism, even.

“Putin essentially says Trump is a liar.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuted on Thursday US President Donald Trump’s claims about a phone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“No. There was no such conversation.”

https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1245730595285676037?s=20

Will, I know you are not a fan of Kim Carey but you might want to broaden your horizon and listen to her latest video posted upstream by Kiwi, I believe. She discusses the “unconscious ones” who frustrate so many of us.

BarbK, IMHO, Bernie would never be elected by moderate, let alone conservative Republicans. It would be much better for him to work with Biden to get some of the ideas that he is so passionate about included in the platform and bring the Bernie Bros along to vote for Biden. A fractured Democratic Party is a gift to Trump. I hope you, too, will get onboard. There are times when pragmatism wins over idealism and this is one of those times. The risk of losing is far greater than the reward of winning.

Dear Barb, Bernie does care about the people and represent the people and his (and Elizabeth’s) ideas have already had an impact, and will continue to influence the country as people are now seeing the need for a good, standard, health-care system and might even be seeing the lies we’ve been fed (except for the those right-wingers with a collective psychosis that Nancy spoke of, like the people who are threatening Fauci, or the guy who derailed a train in Los Angeles – these domestic terrorists and followers of Q-Anon may be real trouble for our law enforcement and military down the line, all being fed by Trump and the part of the right-wing media that lies — I do hope FOX is sued for misrepresenting the Covid-19 effects and calling it a liberal hoax).

For example, today, 538 (Nate Silver’s organization, as reported on Democratic Underground):

“This morning 538 updated their odds of winning the nomination. They have now forecast…
….that Sanders has ZERO chance of winning the nomination.
Biden >99 in 100 (>99%)
No One < 1 in 100 (0.1%)
Sanders < 1 in 100 (0%)
Dropouts < 1 in 100 (0%)"
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1287694301

and Nate Silver tweeted that the Democratic Primary is over. https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/1245402462145646596

Of course, life changes on a dime, and something may happen to or go wrong for Biden, but it looks unlikely that Bernie is going to have a path to the nomination.

Gina, that is GREAT news. I hope people confirm it.

Nancy, I love that chant. May it spread far and wide.

Angellight, I like your reminder about not lowering our vibrations – Thank you!

Emma, Congratulations on being such a highly aware, intelligent, thoughtful and caring 78 y.o. I sometime wonder if I will make it that far myself.

Banks, it is my hope that bernies prime motivation for staying in the race is simply to ensure his long held ideas for the medical system do-over are not brushed aside by biden. If they can work together on that, it would be great – if ever there was a time to get max support to push new rules, it is now.

trump’s all about OPM (other peoples money) cash flow not equity- hes screwed.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/business/economy/coronavirus-trump-company-finances.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

Enma,
I echo Sharon’s congratulations. We need aware, nurturing souls such as yourself. Our world has become truly weird, and is about to become more so. Thank You for your kindness and wisdom. May you have many more healthy and clear minded years.

Hi,

I’m curious — how do you all think the virus will change us as a country? Will we all stay home more? Or rush back out to be around people again?

I think of all the parents who have spent years rushing their kids from one activity to another and wonder if they’ll give themselves a break and relax more. If kids will be come accustomed to more quiet time and like it.

If we’ll all eat out less. Shop less. Be not so into stuff. Be more creative. I wonder if people are walking, maybe as a family, just to be able to get out of the house and will come to enjoy it.

I pray we’ll see the importance of scientist and making decisions on the basis of scientific facts, not sheer ignorance or speculation. Also, that people hold Trump and Republican governors responsible for so many Americans dying.

Angellight,
If you like acupuncture, you’ll like the Spronk mat. It’s like a mini acupuncture session for your whole back and shoulders.

Teresa Hill: Thank you so much. I will look into that.

Sharon K: You are welcome. That is why I do not hate Trump, I refuse to lower my vibration to hate him; then he wins. I don’t like the things he does but I feel more sorry for him b/c he will eventually have to face the music of his actions.

trumps best buddy to the rescue – how far the usa has fallen
https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/us-paying-russia-for-entire-planeload-of-coronavirus-equipment-sent-by-moscow-us-official/ar-BB125sZz?li=BBqdg4K

Alas, I’ve failed to adjust the Vision; the “why” Bernie is still in the race, with the exception of kiwi, who is far enough away from the epicenter of US politics to be objective, unlike most of us.

You don’t have to convince me of the practicality of nominating Joe Biden for the Democratic Party’s candidate, I’m there.

I want to erase the notion that Sanders is being selfish by not conceding to Biden.

What I want is to make others aware of a movement (driven by an energy that we mortals don’t pick up on en masse). A North Node in any chart describes or symbolizes the way forward for the entity whose chart the North Node appears in.

For example, the North Node for the US is in Leo, a sign about creativity above all. It’s the sign where the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Vesta (what is invested in and focused on) will be transiting on August 17 . . .when Gina (at 12:34 PM) today told us that the Dems would now be convening.

For Bernie Sanders, his North Node is in Virgo a sign about putting things in order. Fixing what is broken.

His NN is conjunct the US natal chart’s Neptune (dreams beyond the material world) in Virgo (the material world), but Bernie is a material world kind of guy. His natal NN (Bernie’s path forward) is in Virgo (fix things in the real world) and conjunct his country’s birth chart’s Neptune (dreams beyond the material world).What’s a guy to do?

Well, the health care system is broken. Okay, fix it!

The distribution of wealth is is lopsided in the US. Okay, fix it!

Bernie’s North Node and the US natal Neptune in Virgo are caught in a vortex of energy created by the 2000 Jupiter-Saturn cycle (started in Taurus) and the 2020 Saturn-Pluto cycle (started in Capricorn) that function, not on the cerebral (air) level or the emotional (water) level or on the spirit (fire) level, but on the down-to-earth level of Taurus and Capricorn. These 2 cycles and Bernie’s NN + US Neptune have created a grand trine that is so powerful it annoys us to hell and back.

Bernie is doing exactly what he’s supposed to do; make things happen that will fix things. He most certainly wants to be a thorn in the side of those who want to keep the status quo, which ain’t gonna work in this time of transformation and evolution. He will get in our collective face until the end of the year (when the Saturn-Jupiter cycle ends and moves into a new cycle of air/Aquarius) Then the pressure is dramatically shifted for Bernie.

But until that happens he is a driven man with an objective, a very focused objective, and it has nothing to do with selfishness.

BarbK Your post on April 2nd at 2:26 am

“Bernie Sanders strikes me as some one who would follow through with his ideas, and that is why people stand behind him, it isn’t for selfish reasons, it is for humanitarian reasons”

Amen sister!!!

Blessings to all.

Interview with Bandy Lee discussing possession, the “mental health pandemic,” and the Prescription for Survival:

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/02/yale-psychiatrist-trump-endangers-lives-by-waging-war-on-reality-not-the-coronavirus/
Yale psychiatrist: Trump endangers lives by waging war on reality …

Very pleased to learn mayo clinic is leading the way for antibody testing, and pushing for widespread deployment for bigger strategy going forward. trying to push collaboration with all gatekeeper entities.

It’s fascinating to discover that there is such a thing as Underearners Anonymous. Today, the County was literally begging me to send an invoice for 10s of thousands of dollars in advance of a project we’re doing, and it took hours to get up the courage to do that. Kind of crazy.
North Node is our mission in this life, I’ve always been told, and I admire people who evolve in the direction that their life’s purpose points them. With Bernie, look how far he has made everybody move in his direction on so many issues. He’s really accomplished a lot.
We don’t know what will happen from one minute to the next, but I do think we are in for some big changes still this year, so I will be watching with fascination.

BarbK, thanks for explaining about Bernie’s North Node in Virgo since it is the same as mine. He’s a month older than I. When I was in the corporate world, that’s exactly what I was…a fixer and a thorn in a lot of people’s sides. I preferred to think of myself as the sand in the oyster and that’s how I’ve thought of Bernie.
Thanks, again Barb.

new video from whimsy – interesting, whether you look at it as a ‘remote view’ or merely a plausible hypothesis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkH4KZ7e3cY

Will, many Russians miss Stalin to this day. History passed them by. The Soviet Union will not return. MAGA fools will be the same.

The comparison between the number of fatalities due to the virus in the US and Canada is disturbing. The US has roughly ten times the population of Canada. Yet the number of deaths is 131 in Canada and nearly 6,000 in the US. Closer to where I live, Vermont had 12 deaths at last count while Québec, with a population roughly 11 times greater, has 35.

The rational explanation appears at this point to be Canada’s public health-care system. However, things are deteriorating in Ontario, in the Toronto area in particular.

Andre,

“the pandemic and the ensuing major economic depression may be just what is needed to rid us of that mass delusion.”

Sadl, but probably true, Andre. Essentially, we are quite fucked.

Andre,

Oui! I have Italian relatives who still grieve over the demise of Mussolini I have nothing to do with them.

emma,

Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement.

Banks,

I can’t seem to remember who Kim Carey is. Do you have the link?

kiwi, How do you find out when Whimsy’s new posts are up? I like her very much, even though her posts are generally 1.5 hrs and hard for me to finish as there is so much to do right now.

It is said that Trump is the Herbert Hoover of our time. Hoover, of course, presided over the beginning of the Great Depression. He was in power from 1928 to 1932. The stock market crashed in October 1929. In the years 1930 to 1932, the US and the world slid into misery but Hoover did nothing as economists then believed the Depression would self-correct. FDR was elected in November 1932 and the Democrats swept Congress. He maintained Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress until his death in 1945. The people did not trust the Republicans.

The Inauguration in those days was held in March. FDR had to wait until March 1933 to take office; when he was reelected four years later, he brought up the Inauguration to January.

Although not all his measures were effective, he did introduce Social Security, Medicare and other forms of social democracy. The suffering and hardship of the Depression did turn into better conditions for the people. Ultimately, it was World War II and its aftermath that brought back prosperity to the nation. FDR said he was proud of the bankers’ hatred of him.

More recently, GW Bush handed the Great Recession to Obama. It’s always the same story. Republican Presidents are there for the wealthy and screw things up because they oppose the needs of the people. Even now, Trump won’t open Obamacare to new applicants who have lost their jobs. A Democratic President follows who has to clean up. This is likely to happen next January. Thanks to FDR, we won’t have to wait until next March.

Andre,
Hoover tried to get legislation passed which would help alleviate the poverty of the Great Depression, but he had a Republican congress which would have none of it. Later, as an emissary of President Harry S Truman he did a pretty good job of getting food to the Europeans after WWII.

Although Hoover was partially to blame for the Depression, HE WAS an honorable man. We cannot say that of Mr. Donald John Trump.

Kiwi said “I suspect more red states will be more hard hit – blue states will recover first.”

This is why.

“As Coronavirus Cases Exceed 1 Million, Colorado Springs GOP Wonders If It’s Even Real. The El Paso County Republican Party questioned the reality of the deadly pandemic Wednesday in a now-deleted Facebook post.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/el-paso-county-republican-party-coronavirus-psyop_n_5e863123c5b6d302366cc2e2

Will – Kim’s utube handle is Intuitiview – just google
here’s her latest I mentioned earlier
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYjKLXvkuaE

Sharon, I just google her to see if there is anything new – its under youtube’s Oracle of Whimsy
Shes been posting quite frequently lately because shes hunkered down.

Sharon, Eliseo–thank you.

Nancy–been sharing your chant.

SassyGrace
Sassy Grace & Kiwi
Kiwi said “I suspect more red states will be more hard hit – blue states will recover first.”

The fact that 11 GOP governors in red states refuse to issue any sort of stay at home order, and some still debate whether the pandemic is real, demonstrates the depth of pathology in the R. mindset. Those states may not experience the most deaths in raw numbers, but are likely to have more confirmed cases and deaths by percentage of population. Amazing how deep is their denial.

Trump’s Horror Show 4 3 20 at 2 06 PM (16:25
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJqen4k1ivA

To go along with the video transit Neptune is now on the August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse chart’s IC in DC, and square eclipse Saturn which was square the eclipse chart’s MC in the WH. The square was exact on March 30.

The eclipse Saturn is conjunct tRump’s Moon and opposite his Sun. Transit Neptune squares them.

By passing the buck to the governors as an excuse to weasel out of blame, he exalts them and dimishes his own standing – but he doesnt see that – yet. If only the press would give more press to them and cut the moronic ravings.
And governors Competence, or lack thereof, will be evident by voting day.
NY is blessed to have a governor with such a strong background in hands-on emergency management experience – cant imagine the extra suffering had a typical trump suckup ass kisser been in office.

Astrological Timetable For C19 – Redux
by Steve Judd

Video: 11 min 52 sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nx8xxEmkSc

“The 1,000-Bed Comfort Was Supposed to Aid New York. It Has 20 Patients. “It’s a joke,” said a top hospital executive, whose facilities are packed with coronavirus patients.”

https://t.co/2O1X0Gd5a0?amp=1

Forests are the Lungs of the Earth; Forests are the Lungs of the World; The forests are often compared to the lungs of Mother Gaia (Earth).

“In 2019 the Earth experienced some of the most devastating spread of wild fires in the Amazon, Australia, California, and many other places. The quality of air we could breath reduced, many people were struggling to breath, and Gaia was choking from the smoke. The forests are often compared to the lungs of Mother Gaia (Earth). Then by the end of 2019 and into the first half of 2020, a different kind of devastation is spreading like wild fire and causing difficulty breathing (and lung damage) for those affected… COVID-19. Coincidence? Or Correspondence? As a metaphysician, we look at the Principle of Correspondence that says “As Above, So Below…As Below, So Above” or “As the Outer, so the Inner…As the Inner, so the Outer.” The Macrocosm and the Microcosm are reflections of each others. We are all connected through the bio-sphere as well as the collective consciousness of Earth. The fires of last year reflected a rage and anger that was also spreading all over human society with mass protests happening around the world. Some things to consider regarding our role in all of this. What if we collectively chose to focus instead on positivity, peace, and Love, rather than on anger, negativity and fear? How might we shift the global situation if just 10% of humans committed themselves to cultivating these positive states of being within, and sent love, peace, harmony, unity, and positivity out to each other and the world? I for one believe it would be a BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR ALL! And it would produce a wave of HEALING and uplifting energy that would sweep through the collective and manifest in our world as positive shifts that will help us solve the current crises we face. ”

Theresa Bullard FB Page

“Apart from those courageous souls who are providing essential services, most of us are now either sequestered in our own homes or in quarantine facilities. The result is that the noise and pollution of modern industry has lessened and we have time to become open to our world’s natural beauty, now restoring itself, and to be more aware of what really matters – the joy of caring for one another. As large depersonalised systems break down, neighbours help neighbours both near and far, and we realise that we are uplifted and sustained when serving the common good. While our natural world becomes cleaner, clearer and restored to its true beauty, we have shifted gear into a more subtle world.

And while our natural world becomes cleaner, clearer and restored to its true beauty, we have shifted gear into a more subtle world – a virtual context of telecommunication links and internet connections that enable our consciousness to transcend the material world and enter the electro-magnetic currents of sensitive thought and feeling that flow through and interconnect us all within the great Being embodied in our planet. ”

https://sydneygoodwill.org.au/you-are-the-entire-ocean-in-a-drop/

In the end, the reactionary conservatives of the Pluto in Capricorn era—the likes of McConnell, the GOP Senate, reactionary Republican Governors, and all of the Christian churches that refuse to use common sense to shut their doors—will have hell to pay for the role they caused in exacerbating this pandemic.

They all ought to be charged with murder, tried and convicted.

The death and injury that they spread through their greed, callousness and violent ignorance may prove to be their ultimate judge and jury, however, as their own ranks are ravaged by this disease.

Buckeye. so true, IMO, that the Pubs like McConnell, will have hell to pay – for a lot of things. Part of the awakening consciousness of the masses we are now living through is to experience deprivation.

Being deprived of what we take for granted forces us out of our so-called “comfort zone” which is a wakeup call. Habits are not inclined to be just cast aside; things like smoking and driving while texting can kill you despite the fact that you like to do them.

We have let the powerful such as oil companies and the NRA buy our government (elected) for so long it has become the norm; like a habit that’s too hard to quit. Now, with so many hurting from what they have lost (the death of family and friends, jobs, freedom, going out to the ball game, etc.) some – many of us – will rebel against the corruption that has become the norm in politics.

We the People had become lethargic and along with the terror of this pandemic and the ensuing financial breakdown, there will come anger, and the politicians will have to measure up or they will pay with their jobs.

We can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel right now, but there will be one. We will look back some day and realize that good things came from this terrible pandemic that forced us to make change (break with old habits), things such as clean air and a non-corrupt government.

A song for these times and all times.

Bill Withers “Lean On Me”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io6HwRadjU4

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Will, I have yet to figure out how to post a link but you can go to Intuitiview YouTube for her most recent video. She’s actually quite good and calming.

BarbK,
“We can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel right now, but there will be one. We will look back some day and realize that good things came from this terrible pandemic that forced us to make change (break with old habits), things such as clean air and a non-corrupt government.”

After every pandemic and plague of history, the lot of the common people improved. As there were fewer people, the labor shortage resulted in higher wages and salaries.

Class barriers and distinctions weakened a bit, at least temporarily. The ability to identify with the plight of others outside your respective group increased, and with that came more compassion.

The arts and literature flourished, as did general creativity.. There was a general sense of gratitude for just being alive. Psychological horizons were broadened. There was more what Buddhists call equanimity.

Intuitiview – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU_48WVCGRbrUIIFzZD3AGQ/videos

Linda G the Comanche Psychic – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC24STnOEhdQcMzFkSv9_bHA

Psychic Violetta
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpWNSOGhi-Lxb8r14cwdsEA

Lena Rodriguez
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2LjMIFNNIJxIdiNLgUPffA

Tarot with Whimsy – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUBGn5rX6gT1QlycvP-1Cfg/videos

Revealing Light Tarot – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyOMtX9HNgztbdtiQz2OLxw

David Johnson
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2I2xi5Emf7Lny859X9QXA

Although I’ve been exposed to astrologers all of my adult life, here’s a question I never thought of before.

Do the north and south nodes change or have any meaning in a progressed chart?

This is an excellent summary (IMHO) of the end of Pluto in Capricorn..
https://medium.com/@13DResearch/a-corporate-debt-reckoning-is-coming-66aaf908d9b2

https://twitter.com/girlsreallyrule/status/1246067852370751488 (video)

“Here is Captain Crozier walking away from his ship while sailors chant his name after he was relieved from duty for blowing the whistle on a coronavirus contamination aboard the USS Roosevelt.”

This brought tears to my eyes and pain to my heart!

Videos show cheering crowd of sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt saying goodbye to their captain, who has been relieved of command after he raised concerns about a coronavirus outbreak on his ship in a letter that was leaked to news media.

https://on.msnbc.com/34c3Ywm

Thank you for your post today, barbk. So insightful and helpful. As painful as this period is, it is worth it to me to get rid of corrupt gov., greed, and ignorance.

Henri, thanks for the financial article. Yes, the hot air balloon of OMP fake wealth is about to pop. Real equity ratio matters.

oops – should be OPM (other peoples money)

Aussie university discovers in lab, anti parasitic drug kills covid. The next step is research beyond the lab
https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/anti-parasitic-drug-kills-covid-19-in-lab/ar-BB1288OH?li=BBqdg4K

Thanks Eliseo, I suppose we could say that Humanity is still largely in the puberty stage and therefore needs to be reminded it has a long way to go to be grown up!

Thanks Banks, I like sand-in-the-oyster better too 🙂

Chiro, I like that too. the North Node in our chart is our “mission in life”. Thanks!

Eliseo, I’ve not followed individual’s North Node progressions (not even my own I’m afraid) but because of your question, just checked and my own progressed North Node changed signs about 10 years ago. I can confirm that my own “mission in life” did a U-turn about then.

Indeed ja, it is worth it!!

Jerry, Bob, kiwi, thank you for all the links; appreciate it!

aglo, amen back atcha 🙂

Nancy, can we get that on a bumper sticker yet?

Henri, I understood 2 sentences and that’s all I need to know:

“The bailout decisions made by the Fed and politicians now will define the presidential election in November.”

” . . a reckoning with debt-fueled corporate greed is coming . .”

Thank you.

The last few days, I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find a “start date” for Covid 19. There cannot, of course, be an exact “birth time” since nobody knows when some animal (almost certainly a bat) infected another animal (possibly a pangolin) which wound up in that horrible wild animal ‘wet market in Wuhan, which then infected people who handled it in the market. What a disgusting story.

Anyway, the upshot is that the young doctor who first wrote about the virus (which he correctly identified as a virus from the SARS family) published a note on a private chat room at about 5pm on December 30 in Wuhan. So, that appears to be as good a birth time as the virus is ever going to get.

The chart has Neptune in Pisces right on the Midheaven. The Moon in Aquarius (which rules epidemics as Aquarius is the sign of masses of people, as well as mass communications) is applying to square Mars in Scorpio. Saturn is applying to conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Mercury is square Chiron. Chiron is in the 10th house at 1 Aries. The Sun is conjunct the South Node at 8 Capricorn. Mars and Saturn are strong by dignity in their own signs. Jupiter which is conjunct the Sun is in the sign of its fall.

There are close connections to the US charts (Sag. rising & Scorpio rising), and interestingly, there are also connections to the US landing in Vietnam (Da-Nang, March 8, 1965 at 9:03am).

Lots of astrology material to ponder in all that!

There was reference to the Covid 19 date in the New Yorker: “Around 5 p.m. on December 30th, Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, messaged his college-classmates group on WeChat. He told them that “seven confirmed cases of sars” were in quarantine at the hospital…..”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-the-coronavirus-has-tested-chinas-system-of-information-control

I checked multiple sources and they all give that date and time. The doctor died of the virus soon after. He put up his post and then people sent it all over the place until the authorities in China took it down (trying to hide the epidemic).

It took until January 7 for the Chinese to isolate the virus and confirm it. The Wuhan lockdown was declared on January 23.

Since the existence of the virus has now been widely known in the scientific
community (more than 2 months), there really is no excuse that politicians should be acting like it’s a surprise. But, not going there – that’s all politics.

Kiwi, re. the article on MSN, on the anti-parasitic drug, Invermectin- the drug is highly unlikely to be useful.

Just because a drug can kill a bunch of bugs in a lab does not mean it can become a therapeutic drug for millions of people.

From the point of view of drugs killing bugs, just about any drug will kill bugs if the concentration is strong enough. Plain old soap kills bugs, too, but that doesn’t mean it can CURE anybody of an illness.

The article is hopeful journalistic baloney.

Bolding by me.</b

NYT

First Patient With Wuhan Coronavirus Is Identified in the U.S.

"It started two months ago, just north of Seattle. A young man who had returned from China tested positive for the coronavirus, the first known case in the United States.

He returned from Wuhan on Jan. 15 (Wednesday), two days before passenger screening was instituted at three major airports in the United States, but he had no symptoms at the time.

He read online about the mysterious new virus that causes fever and respiratory illness, and informed his doctors about his recent trip when he sought care on Sunday (January 10)>/b<, federal officials said.

He was seen at a clinic in Snohomish County and is now hospitalized at Providence Regional Medical Center-Everett. Specimens from the patient were sent to the C.D.C. in Atlanta, and officials confirmed on Monday (January 11) that he was infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, also called 2019-nCoV.”

All you good xians, Muslims, or just humans, on this site are welcome. You have such high standards.

Good work Beowulfie, I was especially intrigued by Chiron at 1+ Aries, so checked to see when transiting Chiron first hit 00 Aries 00 (the Aries Point or the World Point) and used the ephemeris (serennu.com) to find it. The date is Feb. 18, 2019 at UT 09:10:33.

Amazingly, transiting Nessus (poison) and transiting Vesta (what is invested in) were conjunct the US natal Ceres (nature) at 8+ Pisces (no defining boundaries) and they all were square the US natal Uranus (shock, disruption) at 8+ Gemini.

Also, for what it’s worth, transiting Pluto was at 22+ Capricorn, where it would conjunct transiting Saturn 11 months later, starting a 30+ year cycle.

Transiting Uranus at 29+ Aries was opposite the transiting asteroid Pallas (warrior goddess adept at strategy) at 29+ Libra which was trine the transiting Sun (consciousness) at 29+ Aquarius, which was sextile the transiting Uranus (breakthrough).

Mars (attack) was trine Pholus (small cause begets big brouhaha), Mars at 2+ Taurus (where Uranus stationed direct on January 10th, 2020, 39 hours before the trans. Saturn and Pluto conjunction) and Pholus at 2+ Capricorn. Both Mars and Pholus were trine transiting Transpluto (2+ Virgo) symbol of becoming whole.

Ain’t that a whoopin’? If only we could have known.

Bob. just read your piece on the 1st US patient with the virus; thank you for the corroboration of the power of a grand trine (Uranus, Pholus, Transpluto) and the new Saturn-Pluto cycle (“he sought care on January 10” . . when Uranus was stationing direct).

For two days now, a simple prayer has come to me when i wake, still lying in my bed:”Lord, let me do some good to some one today.”

Eliseo, I knew Hoover had been named to a humanitarian position by Truman, but I couldn’t figure out why. Now I know.

Beowulfie I only posted because melbourne medical uni is pretty well known for past breathroughs and innovation in these parts

oops – break-throughs

hot off the press from intuitiview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0CNpgb9MQ8

Thanks for your response barbk.

I suspect monkey business with the bolding in that post. Iy is not the way I did it. Can you believe for a minute that I would make so many mistakes in such a short post?

What I have never revealed on this site is that to avoid losing posts I long ago (years) began to copy before posting then putting the copied material into a file on my computer.

The copy I have on file shows correct posting of the material bolded.

I persist.

Not a reflection on you personally, Kiwi. We all really want something good to happen. It’s just that many journalists don’t know enough, or don’t do their homework. In this time of crisis, anything is “news”.

Beo – fair comment 🙂

The first 27 minutes of Rachel’s Friday 3 April show is awesome. As usual, it was exceptionally well written and delivered perfectly, but her marriage of facts, logic, reason, and passion was unusually consummate. An academy awarded actor could have done no better.

I recommend those who missed it to see it on YouTube, or in the Saturday rebroadcast.

There are moments when I wonder if Rectum Breath makes the bizarre, irrational and bombastic comments only for the purpose of shock and controversy, knowing that he is pressing every button of the Dems, Libs and Progressives while simultaneously firing-up is base of hate tards – its all about getting more juice, more attention – even if most of it is negative attention seeking. I wonder if he isn’t just taunting and baiting to keep the attention on himself even though on some level he knows he’s acting like the Tasmanian Demon.

Succes de Scandale. oui?

Will,
I’ve had such musings as well about the strange orange man. There are some pathologies which are obvious. But IMHO I don’t think we could possibly know such details re: his actual motivations unless we were able to conduct a series of one on one therapy sessions with him and get him to submit to the appropriate psych tests.

He’s definitely the absolute weirdest president in American history, and assuredly will be recorded as the worst and the sickest. A question few have pondered is what to do with him after he has left office. Prosecuting him for various crimes is obvious, but do we send him to jail, exile, or what we used to refer to with political incorrectness as the state hospital for the criminally insane?

And we have not yet broached the question of what to do with his family members and other minions, most all of whom are criminal conspirators in his crooked enterprises.

Eliseo,

This afternoon I caught him in a press conference saying that some people are choosing to wear masks and that it is being suggest that we do so by health officials – and for just a moment I thought – Oh, please put a mask on the hole of yours! Hopes were dashed shortly when he quipped, “I’m not going to wear a mask – can you imagine me wearing a mask when I am meeting with other presidents, kings, dictator’s, etc? Its just a recommendation – its not mandatory.”

And no, I do not believe he has the capacity for insight or self-reflection. That would require a moral compass and a conscience.

Susan Rice (Pres. Obama’s National Security Advisor) has done a straight talk interview on the present crisis – worth a listen (I hope the link works to play the podcast):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/cape-up/240000-coronavirus-deaths-in-what-circle-of-hell-is-that-a-good-outcome-asks-susan-rice/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/cape-up/

Will,
“And no, I do not believe he has the capacity for insight or self-reflection. That would require a moral compass and a conscience.”

Agreed. His lack of conscience, remorse, empathy, impulse control, and his belief everyone else is doing it, but just not getting caught, are all just like many of the prisoners I interviewed years ago. I believe the main reasons he’s not in jail today are his wealth, and our propensity to ignore white collar crime.

beowulfie – depressing as rice’s info was, thanks for posting. Ive always liked her.

This Weekend Brings Us an Astrological Event We Haven’t Seen in More Than 200 Years

Cosmopolitan
April 3, 2020

Get ready: This weekend is bringing us some astro weather we haven’t seen in more than two centuries. This Saturday, April 4, brings the first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in Capricorn occurring in 2020—the other two will happen on June 30 and November 12. And this is a big deal: The last time Jupiter and Pluto met up in Capricorn was in 1771, during the Russian Plague (yep). This transit happens every 13 years in a different sign and serves as a marker for cultural change.

Right now, we’ll all be feeling called to assert ourselves and work together to change our world. But be careful: Selfishness, jealousy, and greed can hinder us. Conversely, focusing entirely on spirituality can leave little room for practicality. It’s all about balance. This is a period to set aside our differences and work with others for the greater good. Think donating $$ if you can, joining a mutual aid group, checking in on your friends and fam, or getting involved in a political or humanitarian cause you believe in.

This transit emphasizes justice and the law (Jupiter) and transformation (Pluto). Which resonates: The world will never be the same as it was last month—or last week, for that matter. And right now, the universe is pushing us all to evolve.
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Jupiter-Pluto-Pallas Conjunction
by Simone Matthews

Well here we are. In this most extraordinary time on Earth. Something deep inside you already new this time, this shift, this transition was coming. Yet somehow, as we wade our way through, that inner-knowing doesn’t always make the physical experience any easier.

On the back of January 2020’s Saturn-Pluto Conjunction (beginning a new 30 year cycle), this week we transit through another HUGE astrological shift, our Jupiter-Pluto Conjunction – initiating a new 12-13 year cycle.

Continued…….

https://www.universallifetools.com/2020/03/jupiter-pluto-pallas-conjunction/
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Plagues, Pandemics & Jupiter-Pluto Conjunctions in History: What Astrology Reveals
by Astro Twins

Is there a cosmic connection between Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions (meetups) and viral outbreaks? History reveals a surprising trend.

Throughout history, many of the biggest plagues and pandemics have coincided with a conjunction. These are meet-ups between global Jupiter, the planet of expansion and knowledge, and shadowy Pluto, which rules all things hidden and buried.

On April 4, Jupiter and Pluto will make their first of three conjunctions in Capricorn. In astrology-speak, a conjunction occurs when two or more planets align at an exact degree in the same zodiac sign. This union joins their energies—to mixed results, depending on the planets involved.

Continued……

https://astrostyle.com/plagues-pandemics-jupiter-pluto-conjunctions-in-history-what-astrology-knows/

Hello, I have been a lurker here for 20 years. I discovered Starlight News during the election campaign of George W. Bush. I am an amateur astrologer, having studied under some excellent teachers back in the 1980’s. Horary and Mundane astrology are my favorite areas of interest.
I don’t know if there is an approved way to join your excellent group, but if you will have me, here I am.
At age 76, I am thinking, now is the time, if not now, when? Thank You

An addendum to the above……. although the exact Jupiter/Pluto conjunction will occur on April 5th, I’ve been eyeing the accumulated effect when Mercury sextiles both Jupiter and Pluto two days later. Both planets will be in extreme close opposition to Trump’s Venus/Saturn midpoint (24 ’46 Cancer). On the same day there is an exact Mars-Uranus square (5 ’32 Aquarius-Taurus). This will form a semi-square to Trump’s nodes (20 ’48 Gemini-Sagittarius) and his nearby Moon-Sun opposition (21-22 Gemini-Sag). Will there be a huge, damaging revelation hitting the news media (Mercury) regarding Trump’s checkered past on April 7th? Any thoughts out there?

Kiwi, thanks for posting Kim’s latest last night. I found it comforting and right on especially when it came to Gov. Cuomo. The California Governor certainly has figured Trump out.

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Streamed live on Jan 24, 2020

A Very Stable Genius: A Conversation with Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jDCRrHtA64

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Philip Rucker & Carol Leonnig, “A Very Stable Genius” (w/ Andrea Mitchell)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRz9M8yaNhs

Susan Miller’s essay “2020 Cotonavirus Outlook”:

https://www.astrologyzone.com/store/coronavirus/
Read Susan Miller’s Essay – Susan Miller Astrology Zone

Jerry,

“Will there be a huge, damaging revelation hitting the news media (Mercury) regarding Trump’s checkered past on April 7th?”

Let t be! Nonetheless, I remain dubious that anything before the elections in November will rid us of the Abomination-in-Chief – who has until now, been impervious to the scales of Justice or seemingly, the Wheel of Karma. I am however, very open to the possibility of his removal from office or disempowerment before November.

A Canadian friend is blown away by seeing this from Maclean’s today: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-the-breakthrough-xi-jinping-has-been-waiting-for-and-hes-making-his-move/ar-BB128rTu?li=AAggNb9.

I am trying to calm him down while searching for more information. (Even the NYT publishes some trash.) Sounds like a dose of speculation on top of heavy propaganda and in need of facts.

Anyone have any info, suggestions?

Do it yourself mask, no sewing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAj12GKuAEk

Not as protective as N95 but better than no protection.

emma,
RE:
“Sounds like a dose of speculation on top of heavy propaganda and in need of facts.”

I disagree. I don’t know if what is alleged there is true, but it seems plausible. It is consistent with long standing aims within the Chinese playbook. One of their explicit goals has long been to be the world “hegemon” by the 100th anniversary of their 1949 revolution and establishment of the PRC. Im sure they would find anything that comes along to speed up that process welcome.

They smile, but hate us. They seek to humiliate the West in revenge for having humiliated them for 500 years, especially in the 19th century.

As far as whether the alleged facts MacLeans states regarding Canadian/Chinese political relations, and the various Chinese machinations, we do need further corroboration or refute. But that might not occur until it is too late, as all the journalists are focused on the more immediate concern of containing covid 19 and reducing the number of deaths.

Our naive American journalists in particular will focus also on how inept, heartless and callous Trump and his administration has been. That story needs to be told, but other important stories are surely being ignored.

It really is very clever the way the Universe has masterminded this transformation – as laid out by astrological patterns and cycles. It is concentrated, but not so concentrated as say a hydrogen bomb dropped in one spot. More like little atom bombs spread out over time, like say a year or 12, and space like in planet-wide.

At the epicenter is the symbolism of Pluto, the epitome of transformation. Six months ago, at the time of the Fall Equinox on Sept. 23, 2019, there were planets ahead of Pluto who was at 20+ degrees of Capricorn (and retrograde), and they were Neptune in Pisces, Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus; all slow moving and beyond the orbit of Saturn, the outermost planet seen with the naked eye. (what humanity know without help)

Behind Pluto and moving faster than Pluto were Saturn in Cap, Jupiter and Ceres in Sagittarius, Mercury, Venus and Sun in Libra and Mars in Virgo. All these planets behind Pluto would catch up with Pluto, starting with Venus (symbol of values) on December 13, 2019 at 21 Capricorn 48, a few weeks before the first reported case of what is now called Covid-19.

The followup conjunctions between Pluto and Mercury, Saturn, Ceres, Sun all took place in January, leaving Mars which conjoined Pluto on March 22 at 24 Cap 43, and Jupiter which conjoins Pluto tonight at 24 Cap 53.

So, between December 13, 2019, and April 4, 2020, a spread in time of less than 4 months, Pluto will have initiated 7 new cycles, all starting between 21 and 25 degrees of Capricorn, and all those cycles carry the theme of transformation – the shortest cycle lasts about a year and the longest one about 30 years.

These 7 planets that have newly cycled-up with Pluto are also cycled (conjunctions with) each other, spreading the transformation theme in various manners (weather, financial, communicating, institutionally, educationally etc.) and at various levels of intensity.

This way change happens incrementally and with various methods and focus points. Pluto can be subtle, if not gentle, and patient, if not parental, when it comes to transformation. After a while we will hardly notice it’s happening.

Starting tomorrow then, we move into a new phase of consciousness raising; the 7 new cycles will have been activated, they will now interact with each other from time to time, and they will also act on their own volition according to their own energy expression. Sometimes we will notice it for sure and sometimes we won’t. We will adjust, we will create (write a book maybe?) and we as a species will survive.

While not astrology, I would urge everyone here to read “The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe. It’s about the cycles of nature and human history. In a nutshell, we are now in the final throes of a Fourth Turning, and things will be very different once it’s completed.

There’s a whole lot more, of course, but it would be almost impossible to sum it up in less than about 5,000 words. They take a very deep, historic view and is just amazing. This book came out in 1997, but has a remarkable prescience about what is happening now. No, they don’t make specific predictions, only general ones, but it makes sense of what is currently happening in a profound way.

Hi Nanda Devi — I just saw your greeting a few posts above. I, too, discovered SLN during the Bush/Gore presidential race or thereabouts. I’m very interested in your contributions about mundane astrology (or anything else you think is important). We are a very welcoming, eclectic group and especially appreciate those with astrological knowledge and experience!

Steven Bannon has said “The Fourth Turning” is a book that has influenced his thinking quite a bit. Look it up on the Google. If that’s what you want to read….

Nanda Devi- Welcome! Now seems the perfect time to join.

Nanda Devi-Welcome three times is the charm.

I am looking forward to what you have to say.

The 19th century Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto triple conjunction in Pisces brought a major economic crash followed two or three years later by a resurgence under a different economic model.

https://star4cast.com/triple-conjunction-usa-and-saudi-arabia-are-on-the-bullseye/

My daughter is doing a PH.D. in psychology and for three years has been working for a cross-Canada youth help-line. She says Canadian teenagers are distressed by 24-hour confinement with their parents.

barbk,

Your interpretation of the stelium of 7 Pluto-planetary cycle initiations at 5:51 is one of your tightest and most cogent yet. Although I have yet to see Pluto as gentle and patient (more like crushing, thorough and relentless) I remain open to your suggestions.

Andre,
Relationships are strained everywhere during this confinement – acts of spousal/partner and domestic child abuse will go largely unreported due to the dire shortage of law enforcement and emergency services. It will be rough for at least another month. Excellent time to bring meditation and mindfulness to young people and others which will help them to regulate their emotions.

Andre,
I’m no teenager, and I’m distressed by 24-hour confinement with my mother-in-law!

Very cute for all you dog owners out there (maybe too cute) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97VF8XeBQ4

This article in the Atlantic is a MUST read – on the way this pandemic may play out in 3 phases, with (sorry to say) the US being in a very bad position. Better to know it than not, even so.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/

Well, thanks will, you made my day; I LOVE being cogent! As for Pluto, on his own he is indeed crushing, but sometimes, when in concert with other planetary symbolism, it can fool you and yet still get the transformation needed. You’ll never even know what hit you.

Perhaps Pluto’s cycle with Jupiter might be an example of that as it makes 2 more conjunctions after tonight’s first one, subtly sneaking up to their grand finale in mid November, 2020.

unbelievable! Thuggish NRA filed suit thursday against Cuomo for declaring that gun shops must close during quarantine because they are classified as non-essential. Thats all NY needs!

Kiwi,
The NRA is not merely thuggish. It is corrupt. There’s been serious financial funny business for the past 3 years which has caused many members to leave the organization. Many of those former members have joined alternative gun organizations.

The NRA years ago was a nonpolitical org which did fine work in educating the public to gun safety. But it no longer represents the members, only the gun manufacturers. The money received from members is dwarfed by that from gun manufacturers. The leaders are remarkably unempathic as becomes obvious when there is a mass shooting. Their strategy in the long run is organizationally suicidal.

We’ve come to the defining crisis of human history. And if we’re going to get through this, it will only be through a massive and extremely painful and complete transformation.

This transformation won’t just be individual, it will have to be structural. It will have to be economic, political, spiritual, and emotional. All at once. And very fast. Anyone who isn’t prepared to see the extremity of what is happening, is enabling disaster. Anyone who isn’t prepared to do the intense work that is required to become love in action, is allowing the dark to destroy the planet. This is the time when humanity will either call for a revolution of love-in-action on every level, or die out in unspeakable suffering and despair. That is the bad news… and it’s time that everyone is adult enough to hear it. The great good news is that this death could be the birth canal of an unprecedented birth. The birth of an embodied divine humanity that lives in humble harmony with the Creation. For 40 years, I have been aware of both this death, and this potential rebirth… and I want to offer you these resources of vision and practice and inspiration that I know from my inmost experience can guide you through anything, and keep you aligned with truth and joy.

Whatever happens.
With all my hope and love,”

Author, Andrew Harvey

Rennie: Thank you for the Susan Miller link. Much makes intelligent and astrological sense. In the essay she writes:

“This tells me that the virus will be raging in the spring, especially in March, April and first half of May, but become weak in the summer starting in June. The virus will calm down so much that many people might assume the COVID-19 is gone. I don’t believe this will be the case. Like a snake hiding in the grass and bushes, the virus will lie dormant, only to strike again in September through all of November, and possibly extend as far as mid-December.”

Which means, we will have to find a new way to cast our votes, or not be able to cast them at all.

Bob: Thank you for NYT article on First Patient identified..

Jerry: Fascinating links and correlating Jupiter/Pluto conjunction with past, deadly viruses.

“Many have asked me what we can do as Sacred Activists right now. Here are 5 things.

The first thing we can do is to obey the instructions of the health officials.

The second thing we can do is to practice inwardly, much more intensely.

The third thing we can do is to reach out to everyone we know and our to animals with the greatest truth and love.

The 4th thing we can do is to examine as to how we have been in denial and how our own shadows have collaborated with the exploding madness and make a commitment to live simpler, humbler lives of service.

The fifth thing we can do is to make sure that those who have played this crisis down in every way, have no more power over anyone and never come to power again.”

Andrew Harvey, Sacred Activism

The eight governors who have NOT issued stay-at-home orders (ALL REPUBLICANS)

Arkansas—Asa Hutchinson (R)
Iowa—Kim Reynolds (R)
Nebraska—Pete Ricketts (R)
North Dakota—Doug Burgum (R)
South Dakota—Kristi Noem (R)
South Carolina—Henry McMaster (R)
Utah—Gary Herbert (R)
Wyoming—Mark Gordon (R)”

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1246564040089927681?s=20

That could never be too cute. Thank you.

Eliseo…

Would make a fascinating study of this astro chart.

“In gun lore it’s known as the Revolt at Cincinnati. On May 21, 1977, and into the morning of May 22, a rump caucus of gun rights radicals took over the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-nras-true-believers-converted-a-marksmanship-group-into-a-mighty-gun-lobby/2013/01/12/51c62288-59b9-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html

Duchess of Gadsden, thanks for the book recommendation. Fascinating that one of the authors was the founder and director of the satirical group The Capitol Steps (originally made up of Senate staffers).

“This from Wikiepedia: Strauss’s books with Neil Howe include Generations (1991) and The Fourth Turning (1997), which examine historical generations and describe a theorized cycle of recurring mood eras in American History (now described as the Strauss-Howe generational theory). Generations made a deep impression on former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who called it the most stimulating book on American history he’d ever read. He even sent a copy to each member of Congress. The Fourth Turning made a deep impression on Steve Bannon, who wrote and directed Generation Zero (2010), a Citizens United Productions film on the book’s theory, prior to his becoming White House Chief Strategist.”

I was looking for clues to Strauss as his theory of a 20-year cycle matches the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction. Infamous for the theory that presidents elected in decade years die in office (which I suspect is why many people are predicting that the president elected in 2020 will not survive his term).

There is also a C-Span interview on line:
https://www.c-span.org/video/?17548-1/generations-history-americas-future

Thank you again. I am going to order his books.

Barbk, I see why you said you were knee-deep in charts. Wow, as usual.

I read the Fourth Turning when Hillary was running. She had recommended the book in 2008 if I’m remembering right.

Perhaps the generations are based on Pluto cycles. Cardinal generations face World Wars or pandemics and become heroes, and the cycles continue. It averages out to 20 to 25 years over time. I read it twelve years ago now, but my recollection is that the 4th turning could happen in 80 years or 100 years. It wasn’t as regular as the Jupiter-Saturn cycles, which happen in the same element several times in a row.

Duchess of Gadsden…

Pluto cycles – possible. I haven’t read the book yet.

I did find this on the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory Wikipedia page:

“Academic response to the theory has been mixed—some applauding Strauss and Howe for their “bold and imaginative thesis” and others criticizing the theory as being overly-deterministic, non-falsifiable, and unsupported by rigorous evidence, “about as scientific as astrology or a Nostradamus text.” Strauss–Howe generational theory has also been described by some historians and journalists as a “pseudoscience”, “kooky”, and “an elaborate historical horoscope that will never withstand scholarly scrutiny.”

Now I am even more eager to read their work!!

The pandemic gives me the need to contact long-lost lovers and friends to tell them I still care.

I tend to keep my astrology simple. Minutiae clog my mind and block my intuition. I prefer to concentrate on the forest rather than the trees and to take a longer view. Astrology is so vast that other approaches are equally valid. The greatest astrologers are those, like Nancy, who can both analyze and synthesize in writing of remarkable quality.

We have just had the first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions. I find all Jupiter-Pluto aspects are favorable to Joe Biden simply because he is a Sun in Scorpio with Sagittarius Rising. So far, that theory is borne out. I figured the first Jupiter-Pluto conjunction would give him the status of President-in-waiting. The second one this spring should make him even more popular when he announces his VP. The third will be in November. I have no doubt we will know then that he has won. The dramatic complications in November and December are likely to stem from Trump’s refusal to accept the result and his willingness to take everybody down with him.

Biden emerged as the definitive front-runner as transiting Pluto opposed his Jupiter. Trump has met disaster (an astrological term) as Pluto opposed his Saturn. Trump’s Saturn and Biden’s Jupiter are one degree apart at 24-25 Cancer. When Trump goes down, Biden goes up. Fortunately, these Pluto oppositions will repeat next January.

I feel a strange kinship with Biden. His Sag Ascendant is almost at the same degree as mine, which makes us both fundamentally optimistic at roughly the same time. Although in my case that optimism was greatly dampened by the passage of Saturn and Pluto over my 20 Cap Sun. Now faith and optimism based on the beauty of life return. Biden’s Jupiter, our ruling planet, is also exactly at the same degree as my own Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. His Jupiter is conjunct the US Constitution Uranus and opposite US Pluto. Just the man to take on the Pluto return.

Having gone through my own psychic death and revival since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2007, I know some of the anguish it may cause to an entire country. This too shall pass.

Andre,

Many, many thanks for your beautiful and “simple” astrology message. I agree. I tend to keep my “astrology simple” as well for the same reasons.

Your comments have brightened my day and given me a rush of optimism for the future. Thank you.

Thank you, Andre, for your optimistic post. I surely hope Biden keeps his word and chooses a woman VP who will also have to be ready to take over as president at any moment. I can only think of one who fills the bill. Amy Klobuchar.

Ja,
A few weeks ago Biden said he favored the women who actually ran for president along side him. He might choose someone else, but I think it likely to be either Amy Klobuchar, or Elizabeth Warren.

AK is more moderate, and provides geographic electoral advantage. EW, represents Massachusetts, too close to Delaware, therefore not advantageous in any geographic electoral sense. But she would be the perfect choice with which to unite Left and Moderate Dems, should that be a pressing problem.

IMO, either one would be an excellent choice. The primary caveat is the unusual context, running against the most pitifully bad president in American history during a pandemic.

I’m looking at the chart for Tuesday night’s Full Moon (10:35 PM, April 7, Washington DC) with its 24+ Scorpio ascendant that trines the US natal Mercury (+ Trump’s Venus-Saturn conjunction) in Cancer and thinking, is this a good thing?

The Full Moon at 18+ Libra is opposite the transiting Sun at 18+ Aries which conjuncts the US progressed Chiron at 17+ Aries.

The Full Moon (FM) chart Scorpio ascendant is conjunct New York City’s natal Chiron and they square the FM chart’s Ceres (nature/nurture) at 25+ Aquarius (+ US natal Moon-Pallas in Aquarius) which opposes Trump’s Leo Mars.

The FM chart Scorpio ascendant (and NYC’s natal Chiron) will sextile transiting Pluto-Jupiter-Pallas in Capricorn. They will also be trine the FM chart Mercury at 25+ Pisces and that means the US natal Cancer Mercury (+ Trump’s Venus-Saturn) is in a grand trine with the FM ascendant + NYC Chiron in Scorpio and the FM Mercury in Pisces.

This might take some pondering to decipher on my part. Add to the above complexity is the FM chart’s conjunction between Chiron-Black Moon Lilith (6+ Aries) T-square US Natal North Node (6+ Leo) opposite US natal South Node + US Pholus (+ Neptune in the Jupiter-Saturn cycle chart) at 6+ Aquarius.

I already have some ideas about what that might mean. There is a definite Chiron vibe in this Full Moon. It’s one of those times when the devil is in the details; (a Gemini/Virgo thing) and it helps that, in the Tuesday night FM chart, Mercury is sextile Jupiter, their 1st sextile since their new cycle started on January 2, 2020.

That was when Juno at 17+ Libra (conjunct the Tuesday FM at 18+ Libra, + US prog. Mars + Trump’s Jupiter + US Constitution Neptune at 17+ Libra) was in a grand trine with Venus & Heracles at 16+ Aquarius and Pandora at 16+ Gemini (+ Trump’s Uranus at 17+ Gemini) in the January Mercury-Jupiter new cycle start.

Ceres (nurture/nature) at 18+ Cap in that Mercury-Jupiter January 2 conjunction chart was square Juno ( + US prog. Mars, Trump’s Jupiter, US Constitution Neptune) at 17+ Libra as well as this Full Moon on Tuesday.

Let me know if you want to read what I think it all means, or if you have ideas of your own. I’ll work on it tomorrow and Tuesday.

barbk- I always want to read what you’re thinking, please post whenever you’re ready. 🙂

oops, scratch the paragraph that says the FM chart’s Chiron and Black Moon Lilith in Aries was T-square the US nodes. They are trine the US North Node at 6+ Leo and sextile the US South Node + Pholus (and the Jupiter-Saturn cycle’s Neptune at 6+ Aquarius)

You’re on Henri! As you can see I’m too tired now to think straight 🙁

Ja, Andre, Eliseo: Amy it is – she scored very highly when I did my little ‘test’ according to Michael O’Reilly’s criteria some while back. I too think she’s likely to be the one.

Eliseo, not sure if the Dems can spare any senators as great as all of those women are (and Kamala as well).

Yes, please, Barb. I’d love to know what it’s all about!

Andre, thank you for your very interesting post. I guess pluto has done a number on you and you are one very wise Capricorn, with Sag rising. I’m a little intimidated because I have a major aspect of natal moon conj pluto in Leo opp mercury in Aquarius, and Saturn and Pluto are going to transit Aquarius in the coming years with Saturn getting there first. It’s always great to hear Pluto & Saturn survivor stories.

I thought this was a very interesting article. It speculates about why some people, no matter their age, are going through the CV and making it through to the other side, while others, including young, active, healthy people with no known secondary conditions, are succumbing.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/health/young-people-dying-coronavirus-sanjay-gupta/index.htmly

Sharon, your CNN link has a “y” added after “html” that makes the link inoperative. Edit the “y” out or “.htmly” and it works fine.

Nothing personal here, but I haven’t been able to get over Kamala’s behavior toward Biden in the first debate.

Newscope:

The transiting Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in institutional Capricorn has paved the way for the biggest government bail-out in history. While a few checks will go to middle and lower class Americans, the vast majority aims to shore up the giant corporations, just as Trump’s $trillion tax cut did in December 2017, and the Bush-Obama bailout of the banks too-big-to-fail in 2008. Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn signals the empowerment of the oligarchy, which is part and parcel of the U.S. Pluto Return.
https://www.neptunecafe.com/newsscope

this video is pure science, but Im posting for those that may also find it interesting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9A4FMpwcQM
A deep look into the biology and evolution of covid19
University of California

Sharon K,
That CNN article is ss scary as the 9th degree of Hell! Yikes!

Hello all. My deepest gratitude to Nancy and all the beautiful people who post very insightful and responsible comments here. I have been an active reader on this site for the last 8 years and always grateful for the great info/ astrology insights that seasoned astrologers post here. I live in WI and I’m deeply troubled at what is going on right now regarding the Scott Fitzgerald who is the majority speaker for the Republicans in this state. He refuses to delay the primary set for tomorrow. He has his eyes to take senator Sensenbrenner’s seat and He is a big supporter of POTUS. This state helped POTUS get elected. His date of birth shows at 11/1963 Chicago Illinois. I’ll appreciate any insights you may get on him. I was able to cast my ballot and voted last Saturday. Thank you!

Bob, thanks for link to Lena R in Australia, she made me laugh and was hopeful too!

Hi Mima,

Welcome to Nancy’s blog. Do you have an opinion on your Governor, Gretchen Whitmer. It is been suggested that Biden is eyeing her for VP. Biden was quoted as saying, “She is one of the most talented people in the country, in my view”

Hi, I see I made a big mistake. Mixing Up Michigan for Wisconsin. Not sure what I was thinking. Must be a planetary thing.

Tomorrow’s Full Moon has an abundance of clues as to what will be happening in the next 2 weeks, The most important (IMO) are:

1. The degree and sign of the Full Moon (FM) and the Sun she opposes
2. The Mercury-Jupiter sextile
3. The Uranus Mars square
4. The ascendant of the FM chart set in Washington DC

The Full Moon at 18 Libra 43 conjuncts the US progressed Mars at 17+ Libra (+ Trump’s Jupiter, the US Constitution Neptune and Putin’s natal Saturn), while the Sun will be at 18 Aries 43 and conjunct the US natal Chiron at 17+ Aries. This Full Moon then is activating the US progressed Mars-Chiron opposition as well as Trump’s natal chart.

The transiting Mercury-Jupiter sextile in the FM chart is the product of their conjunction and cycle start point on January 2, 2020, at which time transiting Venus ($$) and Juno (defense for the disenfranchised and/or partner) and Pandora (release of devastating problems) were in a grand trine.

At that time Venus was conjunct Heracles (strength) at 16+ Aquarius, Juno was conjunct US progressed Mars + Trump’s Jupiter + US Constitution Neptune + Putin’s Saturn, all at 17+ Libra, and finally, Pandora at 16+ Gemini was conjunct Trump’s Uranus at 17+ Gemini.

Tomorrow’s FM chart will activate the US prog. Mars-Chiron opposition that is linked to Trump’s Jupiter and it suggests pandemonium (Pandora) will be unleashed, due to the power of the grand trine in the Mercury-Jupiter chart that the Mercury-Jupiter sextile in the FM chart ignites.

I believe this is about the dire circumstances in New York, especially New York City, due to the pandemic, since the Full Moon chart ascendant (in Washington DC chart) at 24+ Scorpio conjuncts the NYC birth chart’s Chiron at 25+ Scorpio.

Also, Mayor Cuomo’s natal Saturn at 16+ Sagittarius is opposite Trump’s natal Uranus at 17+ Gemini which trines his natal Jupiter that conjuncts the US prog. Mars (opposite US prog. Chiron) that conjuncts the Full Moon in Libra.

Uranus in tomorrow’s FM chart is square Mars which is conjunct the US natal South Node + US natal Pholus (small cause, big effect) which opposes the US natal North Node. Therefore, Uranus in the FM chart is T-square the US North and South Nodes, forcing a decision to go forward or continue to follow obsolete patterns (US South Node) that bring on mayhem (US Pholus).

The FM Uranus will also square the Neptune in the present Jupiter-Saturn cycle’s chart at 6+ Aquarius that the FM chart’s Mars will conjunct, adding confusion about drugs to the mayhem (US Pholus).

This Full Moon will have influence for the next 2 weeks.

Boris Johnson admitted to IC… do we have any data on him, Is he going to die? It looks pretty bad.

Yes we do, from https://www.astro.com
19 June 1964, 2 pm New York, NY

At first glance I only see a Uranus trine and a Saturn trine natal Mars, but also a Nodal return. Nodal returns can be heavy. Maybe the trines will get him out of there.

Boris has been moved to intensive care

sorry for the duplication margriet – didnt refresh before posting so didnt see yours

The NYT’s interactive coronavirus map is excellent at showing trends, and it looks like deaths per day peaked in NY state on April 1 and has been trending down since.

It’s still bad. Just under 600 deaths yesterday and today. But the trend is down. Hope it continues that way.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/new-york-coronavirus-cases.html

OK, kiwi!
pointing out the Uranus is trine natal Uranus, not trine Mars.

Ja, thank you for the welcome. Our governor’s name is Scott Evers. He signed an executive order today to delay the election until April 13th. The State’s supreme court, which has a republican majority, overturned it. So now they have to have the election tomorrow. Wisconsin’s birth date is May 29, 1848, Scott Fitzgerald’s Birth date is 11/16/1963 Chicago Ill. It is a crucial time here in WI especially because of tomorrow. I pray all of you stay healthy and safe out there!

Mima, firstly, welcome!
Is it true where I read that the R chief justice is also on the ballot? Hmmm, something sure smells.
May karma bite them in the a*s!

kiwi, Mima, Wisconsin is the GOP’s first shot at what we will see happening throughout this year. They are pushing people to die – it is sheer madness.

I have been saying for quite a while that they will do all they can to fuck up the November elections – either canceling it altogether or requiring people to risk their lives to vote.

The problem is that Dems act like decent people and the GOP does not – they have become little more than a cabal of criminals.

We must prepare – though I don’t know what or how to do that.

Silcominc – I agree 100% with:

“The problem is that Dems act like decent people and the GOP does not – they have become little more than a cabal of criminals.”

I have been saying that myself for a long time — probably since viewing All the President’s Men and watching the Republicans lie, cheat and steal their way through election campaigns.

In my mind, it has to do with the ruthless, amoral practices of “Big Business” and/or Corporations (as in “all’s fair in love & war & business”). Of course, not all are like that, but it’s the impression I have.

Kiwi and silcominc, thank you. Yes, is interesting that the vote for the supreme court is at stake here. One of the judges recused himself because he is running for his position again. I hope Wisconsinites wake up and can derail the plans the republicans have for this election. I made a mistake with the governor’s name is Tony Evers not Scott.

Sharon K, I also have the Moon at 28 Leo conjunct Pluto at 26. Both are sextile Neptune at 28 Libra and at the point of a yod, inconjunct Chiron at 28 Cap and Mars at 27 Pisces. Do you have similar aspects?

I understand a Saturn opposition would be frightening, but if you’re like me it would simultaneously trine Neptune which could help. Houses would also be important. In my case, Pluto is in the 8th but the Moon in the 9th.

I have Mercury in Aquarius as well but it’s at 0 Aq, so far from the action. It is however conjunct Chiron. As I have already mentioned, the recent Mars-Saturn conjunction at 0 Aq gave it quite a boost and laser-like focus.

I believe the U.S. SC also ruled that the absentee voting ballot deadline CANNOT be extended and must be postmarked with tomorrow’s date (some people may not have even had time to receive them). RBG wrote a “scathing” dissent about what this would mean for voter disenfranchisement!

This is the same SC who also just overturned a Cardinal’s conviction for sexual abuse. The age of the Dominionists.

All those Bernie supporters who insisted on not voting for Hillary are somewhat responsible for this!

Sharon K, its this that worries me the most. I think the Supreme Ct is sending a clear message to trump that they have his back and when he goes to suspend, cancel or force us to vote in person in the middle of a pandemic, they will support him. But as I said earlier, I don’t know what to do, but we need to prepare now.

Silcominc, I hear you. Democrats will not take this lying down and many non-Dems won’t either.

Now that you mention it, Andre, I do have a 17 Neptune in Libra (4 house) trine to these aspects of 18 Leo moon/19 Leo pluto (2nd) opp 17 Aquarius Mercury (8th). I have some ability to organize well and manage money but not all that much. Not with all of the Pisces placements. I have Jup at 15 Pis, Mars/Venue at 22/24 Pis, MC 18 Pis, NN 19 Pis.

Towards the end of April, Mars in Aquarius will be triggering the Leo/Aquarius positions — I guess it might have to do with financial worries because of the virus but will have to wait to find out.

Here in western WA state the population is overwhelmingly Dem party. If you have to go out you see most people wearing gloves & mask. I can’t help but wonder if those very few people who are not wearing mask & gloves are Republican.

so I wonder if everyone is masked up how IDs will be checked? guess the supremes didnt have to answer that question . . . . . .
At least it is just the primary, not R vs D – perhaps good test case for later.
Record experiences wisconsin dems!
good luck and god speed.

BREAKING: Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of #Hydroxychloroquine

Once again Trump puts profits OVER patients. Even in the MIDDLE of #COVID19 crisis!

https://t.co/Vo8T0ZgCr4?amp=1

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Grace Astrology:

“TUESDAY — at 10:35 PM ET the Full Moon will be exact at 18 degrees of Libra. This is close enough to activate the lunar eclipse we had on January 10th, about when the COVID-19 virus was genetically sequenced. The Sabian Symbols for that eclipse — as you may recall — suggested sweet, sweet music — to be entertained with caution. The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon also suggest being carried away on a magical ride — but with hidden forces at play. For the Sun: “a magic carpet” — and for the Moon: “a gang of robbers in hiding.” Sabian Sage Blaine Bovee tells us “A magic carpet” is empowered by something outside conventional norms, transcending the Earth. “A gang of robbers in hiding” suggests a group consciousness with a unique code of honor, working undercover as a necessary protection — with no clearly visible leaders. It’s interesting to see that we last worked with these two Symbols in a Full Moon back in October 2011, when Occupy Wall Street was in full bloom in New York’s Zuccotti Park. In the aftermath of that Full Moon, Mayor Bloomberg threatened to evict the protesters — but did not succeed at that time. Hmm.”

https://elisabethgrace.com/the-forecast/

Willows Web Astrology:

“Mars in an extended transit of the sign of its domicile, Aries, indicates a strong surge of physical
vitality and energy. We have to do something with this energy, or it’s going to back up on us in
unpleasant ways (anger, irritation, frustration, depression). The problem is – most people are
given so little creative leeway, so few outlets for their passions and drives within the current
structures that this surge of vitality actually becomes a detriment to doing the job the way the job
has always been done.
Mars in Aries likes to pilot its own course, and this type of independent action is frowned upon, if
not completely rejected, in many of the current work-a-day scenarios.
An extended transit of Mars through Aries, rubbing up frictionally against Jupiter, Saturn, and
Pluto in Capricorn, indicates an increased willingness to stand up for our rights and to exert our
individuality within structural set-ups that highly value – even strictly enforce – conformity.”
Under three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in Capricorn this year, the truth about power is coming to
light in expanded ways, and this includes the power within us to make a move, to make a change,
and to make a difference where it counts most.
Under these astrological energies, personal movement creates big, bold ripple effects in the
collective scene. Don’t underestimate the leadership you have to offer.”

http://willowsweb.blogspot.com/

But what will Mars retrograde, from Sept 9 – Nov 13 (I think this doesn’t include the shadow periods) mean for the election?

It also can mean the virus is quiet at that time and then re-emerges but not as strongly? I guess that all depends what’s going on with other planets at the time and my mind cannot retain this stuff right now, but I know it has been addressed earlier and someone posted an astrologer’s thoughts that it will re-emerge in August.

And what does it mean for moving in unity and being team players since Aries is so individualistic? Will it mean a lot of people wanting to lead and determine the direction taken, but feeling frustrated and irritable that they cannot? Some will be mature about re-channeling their feelings into positivity, and being team players, but others won’t.

What do you all think?

When Mars goes retrograde, I do not believe that energy simply ceases to be or in some manner dissipates. I get the impression that expresses in a manner akin to anger and aggression turned inward – a depression of sorts. Like molten lava from the depths of a irritable volcano, that energy spits and sloshes around, raging within the core until Mars turns direct once again at which point it unleashes with force and fury.

If Mars represents collective action and dynamic motion, might it portend hotly-debated election results and a furious populace? Hard to tell.

Sharon, when Mars stations retrograde on Sept. 9th at 28+ Aries it will conjunct the Democratic Party birth chart’s Saturn* at 25+ Aries for a 2nd time, exact at the end of September. A 3rd time just after Christmas.

Meanwhile transiting Saturn retrograde at 25+ Capricorn all September will square the Dem Party’s natal Saturn and on the 29th trans. Saturn will station direct and exact a square to trans. Mars and the Dem Party natal Saturn. At the same time trans. Venus at 26+ Leo (conjunct Trump’s Mars) will trine the Dem Party Saturn and transiting Mars. Perhaps Trump leaves office?

*May 13, 1792

On Election Day trans. Mars retrograde at 16-15 Aries will trine the Dem Party natal Uranus at 15+ Leo. On Election Day trans. Pluto at 22+ Capricorn will trine US natal Neptune at 22+ Virgo and the Jupiter-Saturn cycle start degree at 22+ Taurus (+ the Dem Party Sun at 23+ Taurus), then that cycle ends on December 21, mission accomplished.

On Election Day trans. retrograde Mercury stations direct at 25+ Libra activating the Dem Party chart’s grand trine between Jupiter at 23+ Libra and Pluto at 23+ Aquarius and Juno at 24+ Gemini. There will be obstacles for sure, but the Dems will win.

*****

Tonight’s super full moon’s sextile between Mercury and Jupiter will form a Yod with Trump’s natal Mars, and because Trump’s Mars opposes the US natal Moon (and the Dem Party Moon) the Yod becomes a Boomerang, and all the energy goes to the US Moon and the Dem Party Moon. Something to do with the pandemic I’m sure.

From NYT’s today

“In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden declared that he would nominate a woman as his vice-presidential running mate. That felt right at the time. But times have changed. Biden needs to go much, much further: At the Democratic convention he needs to name not just his vice president, but his entire cabinet. And it needs to be a totally different kind of cabinet — a national unity cabinet — from Democrats on the Bernie Sanders left to Republicans on the Mitt Romney right. Why?

Because while most people are playing nice right now managing this virus, the wreckage, pain and anger it will leave behind will require megadoses of solidarity and healing from the top.”

And a good comment from the article,
” The next democrat that wins the election needs to go full FDR on them. He needs to enact a universal healthcare system and shift money from the military to the security and safety of a nation that needs to get beyond bombs. They need to expand the courts and restore voting rights and put in all kinds of election protections and voter protections and systems. We also need to address student loans and job security and TPA and CCC programs to help rebuild. Then they need to go all TR on them and break some companies up. No, it’s not time and we don’t have time to dilly dally to the right with these folks anymore. We tried that. It hasn’t worked in the last 30 yrs. DON’T DO IT JOE! GO FULL FDR!!!!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/opinion/biden-campaign-covid.html?

New post on Beth Owl’s Daughter with guidance on this week:

https://www.owlsdaughter.com/category/tarot-card-of-the-week/
Tarot Card of the Week – Beth Owl’s Daughter

Chef Jose Andres resonates with the King of Cups energy (b.d. 7/13/1969):

https://time.com/collection/apart-not-alone/5809169/jose-andres-coronavirus-food/
How José Andrés Plans to Feed the World Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Rennin, that King of Cups is usually associated with the water signs. Joe Biden is a Scorpio which is a water sign. Maybe his win tonight will really be significant.

Interesting that Gov. Cuomo has a natal Venus at 0+ Aquarius, don’t you think? That’s where the new Jupiter-Saturn cycle starts this December and where the transiting Sun always is at the US Inauguration.

Republican manipulation is forcing Wisconsin citizens to risk their lives to vote today.

So, where are the pitchforks?

President Obama tweeted his support for Elizabeth Warren and her pandemic plan, and there’s speculation he’s signaling that Biden doesn’t have to pick a woman of color for VP, that Obama either wants Warren to be VP or believes She should be.

This is absolutely unacceptable!

Why are Republicans fighting so hard to hold an election in the midst of a pandemic?

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders are on the ballot in Wisconsin, but the main event is the State Supreme Court race between the conservative incumbent justice, Daniel Kelly, and a liberal challenger, Jill Karofsky.

The winner will be in position to cast a deciding vote on a case before the court that seeks to purge more than 200,000 people from Wisconsin’s voter rolls — in a state where 2.6 million people voted in the last governor’s race. When the matter was first before the court in January, Mr. Kelly recused himself, citing his upcoming election. He indicated he would “rethink” his position following the April election, which comes with a 10-year term.

But the election proceeding on Tuesday is not just about the voter purge case. It is the latest example of what many in the state see as a decade-long effort by Wisconsin Republicans to dilute the voting power of the state’s Democratic and African-American voters.

Results in WI are not expected until Monday.

Ja, that’s what RBG’s dissenting opinion was about (regarding the refusal of the US SC to extend the absentee ballot deadline): voter disenfranchisement on a massive scale, I think she said.

Barb — I expect for one thing for Cuomo to be very popular at the Dem Convention should there be a physical one (which is quite possible). I can’t picture him taking over as the candidate, if that’s what you are inferring, but I guess it’s possible.

here’s a good billionaire story – owner of NY 4 seasons has turned his hotel into a ‘health worker dormitory’ to help.

Well, well Teresa, so Obama supports Warren’s plan and speculation is that he’s signalling Biden she would be a good choice for VP. I’m thinking Obama will be the shadow president this next term.

Not surprising since Obama’s natal Sun is in his birth chart’s 6th house of service, and near the cusp of his 7th house of partners.

I was always intrigued that his natal North Node (27+ Leo) was trine his natal Sedna at 28+ Aries and both are trine the Galactic Core (27+ Sagittarius), suggesting he was here for a reason or should I say a mission involving more than just personal achievement.

As of this moment in time transiting Sedna (being thrown overboard), now at 27+ Taurus, supports (trine) the US natal Pluto (transformation) at 27+ Capricorn, while she squares (challenges) the US natal Moon at 27+ Aquarius, as well as T-squaring Obama’s North and South Nodes.

That reminds me; Obama’s natal Jupiter is also at 0+ Aquarius; no wonder he likes Warren’s plan, her natal Jupiter is at 0+ Aquarius too!

PS: the full moon going on right now . . that sextile between Mercury and Jupiter makes a Yod to Obama’s Uranus at 25+ Leo (as well as Trump’s Mars; no wonder he feels threatened by Obama) so Obama is having to make adjustments too.

Barbk,

I’d take an Obama shadow presidency. Would be thrilled with it. Just imagining all the incredibly smart people who would serve in a Biden presidency … Wow.

Sharon, I wasn’t inferring anything other than we need to add the Governor to the list of people, like Warren and Eric Holder who have 0+ Aquarius prominent in their birth charts. They will be the people who will influence the new 20 year Jupiter-Saturn cycle that starts this December.

I’ll take it too Teresa, in a New York minute!

BarbK, I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama was here for a reason. Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell made it his mission to be sure that Obama couldn’t accomplish what was intended. There’s a place in Dante’s Inferno for Mitch and he can’t get there soon enough as far as I’m concerned.

Ok, Barb, thanks for clarifying…. Should be a GREAT convention though!

During the primaries, reports were that Obama quietly and privately hoped Warren would be the nominee. No surprise he would hope she would be Biden’s VP.

Presuming Biden serves one term, VP Warren would be wise to choose her former Harvard student, California Congresswoman Katie Porter as her VP for her run in 2024 & 2028. (IMHO, Nancy Pelosi & Katie Porter are the two brightest lights in the House of Representatives.) Theoretically, Biden, Warren and Porter together could give us 20 years, i.e. 5 Dem presidential terms.

Meanwhile, I’ve long believed Obama will be appointed to some kind of international presidential or chairman role perhaps with the UN, but more likely with a new organization which will be created while Pluto is in Aquarius.

Rachael’s show is interesting tonight. I’m watching the rebroadcast. Governor Newsome of CA is extremely impressive (and presidential), talking about starting a trade consortium to purchase masks from Asia. They expect to be able to purchase 200 million a month N95 masks. He noted the governors who are functioning as partners to CA such as Murphy in NJ (who will also be on the show tonight), Inslee, Brown in OR, in a “federalist”-like effort that is something new. Very interesting… He appears to be shouldering a great burden, like all governors and doing it well (you can see his new grey hair), stating that they are “sober” and not running a 90-yard dash but pacing themselves because there is a great deal of work to do. Now General Todd Semonite, Commanding General & Chief Engineer of the Army Corp of Engineers is on and he is just what you would want him to be – strong, intense, high energy, capable, enthusiastic. He is supervising the build out of hospitals in convention centers and areas.

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Beautiful “pink” moon outside my apartment. Wish it could bring the renewal and rebirth we need now.

I have nowhere near the astrology expertise as the amazing minds on this blog, but one of my early teachers talked about the power of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction at Libra 27 in Nov. ‘’82 which began a new cycle. She explained how it squared the U.S. natal Pluto, and feared it would usher in a move to the right that would damage our country. It wouldn’t change until that point met the natal Pluto in 2022. We used current events to explore the limitations —Reagan had fired the air traffic controllers, companies eliminated sick pay, we paid larger insurance premiums & deductibles, pensions eliminated, pay cuts rampant, but CEO pay grew by leaps and bounds. It seemed Reagan ushered in fascism, Bush took it further (Patriot Act & more), and tRump has put it on steroids! The Republicans became fascists. Democrats morphed into Republicans (Clinton era). True Democratic values were no longer represented.

Voting would also be restricted—with gerrymandering, voting rights suppressed, Supreme Court selecting the pres in 2000, and now a pandemic in election year to really put the icing on the cake. The media and Dem/Repubs are telling me I shouldn’t have a choice in the primary, all candidates should drop out except one. So where is my choice when my state finally holds primaries? And Repub/Fascists are satisfied that their jerk of a candidate is not being primaried?
Call me old fashioned, but I’d still like to believe in real choice, democracy, a right to vote, govt by the people, for the people, of the people. Those concepts are long gone. AND boy does our primary system need to change, this is insanity.

Biden, like Hillary, is a Dem/Repub and it didn’t work well for her. Hillary is brilliant, Biden is not. He’s a typical schmoozing politician. Like a good Dem/Repub, he supported every corporate policy, helped Clarence Thomas get on the Supreme Court, Hyde amendment, voted for war, fought for banksters and the “profit over people” broken health system, and the status quo. He keeps saying he will veto Medicare for All, (really — during a pandemic you say that? You’ll flight for a system that will cost 3 times more and cover so few people?). Shouldn’t you at least say you’ll assign a task force and consider it?

The imminent Pluto return says CHANGE, and I’m afraid Joe’s status-quo, same old positions won’t make it through this mess.

Bernie & Warren were the only ones to represent the true values of the Dems. Bernie’s sincerity, vision, clear mind, and resolve to fight and work hard for us are a gift that the Dem/Repubs and media colluded to fight. He’s had the same message for 50 years. Comparing plans for Health Care, TOJA, etc., Bernie’s plans make a ton more sense for the American economy and the people.

Old models won’t work anymore, Astrology shows that with Saturn/Pluto meeting up again in Jan 2020. Is Joe better than trump? Hell ya!!! But, no matter what happens, I am hopeful that Bernie and Warren changed the trajectory of this country and showed what visionaries can do, and will make us “think” again. We stopped thinking in Nov 1982 the last time Saturn conj Pluto.

How important to vote in November to TURN THE SENATE BLUE!!!! JUST SAY NO to McConnell, Otherwise, we can kiss goodbye the very last threads of this pitiful democracy.

Thanks for letting me ramble and get the last 40 years off my chest.

Sharon K,
My laptop has a numeric pad embedded in the regular keys. Hitting the blue Fn-key and one marked with a blue “9” turns it on or off. Hope that’s all that’s wrong with yours.

Marija, thanks for the compelling comments. I never thought of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 1982 in relation to US Pluto. Makes sense. That conjunction was conjunct my natal Neptune in the 10th. It sure changed my life bigly.

Sharon K, it was the High Court of Australia, in a unanimous 7-0 decision, that overturned Cardinal Pell’s conviction for sexual abuse on young boys. You have Neptune seeping all over your chart. It’s on your NN now. This is an important time in your life even if I don’t know which house is involved.

Will, the US progressed Mars is in the middle of a Mars retrograde lasting many decades. Of course it hasn’t won a war since 1945. This turning inward will be emphasized by the Pluto return, which may see the US abandon world military dominance to solve such domestic issues as health care for all. Germany lost two world wars under progressed Mars retrograde and then turned inward. This is not a time to attack China.

I will write about the extended Mars in Aries transit soon.

Marija, aren’t you glad you had such a wise astrology teacher who knew the story within the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 1982? Not only did their conjunction square the US natal Pluto in Capricorn, it was trine the US natal Moon in Aquarius. That’s an aspect that needs to be explored even though it’s influence has now passed.

The Chiron (wounding/healing) in Taurus (basic values) in the one-time-only “Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Libra” chart, was square the US natal Moon (like transiting Sedna is today), and that Chiron in Taurus was at the apex of a Yod it made with the sextile between the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Libra and the conjunction between Neptune and the Galactic Core (GC) in Sagittarius.

That symbol of Chiron would, over the following years, represent the shifting of values (Taurus) you wrote about. As it squared the US Moon (people) it was also trine the US Pluto (transformation).

That same Chiron in the 1982 chart was conjunct Trump’s birth chart’s MC (reputation) which symbolizes (in 2020) the end of that 37 year cycle.

Transiting Uranus will cover that same territory of Taurus (square the US Moon and trine the US Pluto) in 2024, the next time we vote for a US President after we elect one this year. Interesting how those 2 planets/symbols, Uranus and Chiron, work together.

The cycle between Uranus and Chiron that began in 1898 was at a time when Saturn and Pluto were in opposition. Hmmm. Thanks Marija for putting the “super” in the Full Moon last night.

Marija,
Good observation about the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Libra of 82. R’s have certainly morphed gradually into fascists, and Dems into R’s.

But I contend the process really began in 76-77 while Jimmy Carter was president.

“In four days, Trump has fired one inspector general tied to his impeachment, castigated another he felt was overly critical of the coronavirus response and sidelined a third meant to safeguard against wasteful spending of the coronavirus funds”

https://twitter.com/JonLemire/status/1247642840265523200?s=20

“Judge Daniel Kelly in Wisconsin, was never elected; he was appointed by Republican Governor Scott Walker. Today’s election will determine if he joins the Wisconsin supreme court as an elected member. ”

@HC_Richardson

“Susan Crabtree of RealClearPolitics tweeted that Trump was planning to fire 7 Inspectors General in one fell swoop, planning to put his own people into those positions. Such a sweeping purge remains to be seen, but Trump is clearly culling all but his own people, demonstrating that he can behave as he wishes. Democrats are pushing back of course, but so did Paul Rosenzweig, a political appointee in George W. Bush’s Department of Homeland Security. Rosenzweig called Trump’s removal of Fine “an affront to independence and oversight.” “Frankly,” he said, “if the House of Representatives does not condition all further covid aid on the restriction of the president’s removal authority, they will have made a mistake.”

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/april-7-2020?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=copy

Marija, thanks for taking the time to give us that perspective. I have never heard all those steps put together in such a coherent time line. An amazing recap.

BREAKING: Just reported on MSNBC — BERNIE SANDERS IS SUSPENDING HIS CAMPAIGN!!!!!!!!!!!

“Heating kills coronavirus

Heat is very effective at disinfecting objects from coronavirus. Experiments done in China on the coronavirus SARS-CoV (Duan, Biomed Env Sci 2003), which is similar to the SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, found that coronavirus was completely deactivated (essentially sterilized) within 30 minutes when subjected to a temperature of 167 degrees Fahrenheit. It took 60 minutes at 152 degrees and 90 minutes at 132 degrees. At 99 degrees or lower, the virus remained quite infectious at two hours, when the experiment ended.
This suggests, for example, that if you purchase take-out food and wish to disinfect the container itself of coronavirus (as well as keep your food warm), you can simply place the container in a warm (150 degree) oven or warming drawer for an hour to disinfect it. Just be sure it is not directly exposed to a heating element so as not to pose a fire hazard. Most plastic and paper containers are stable for short periods at 150 degrees.

Don’t directly refrigerate — it keeps the virus infectious

What this and other research suggest is that you should not place a recently purchased food container directly into a refrigerator and you should not “quarantine” a recently received package in a cold cellar or cold garage, as this will preserve coronavirus and could keep it infectious for days.”

ConsumerLab.com Answers

From nyt’s:

‘Bernie Sanders Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Race for President
Mr. Sanders, a democratic socialist making his second run for the White House, withdrew after a series of losses to Joseph R. Biden Jr., who emerges as the presumptive nominee for the general election.’

“I’m sorry that we’re not at a time when I could vote for Bernie Sanders. I do think he’s got the right ideas and energy to help bring America forward in many areas. Unfortunately, it came down to a defensive move by many, if not most, Democratic voters in the primary. It just seemed as if Joe Biden will have a better shot at beating Trump. That said, Bernie’s universal health coverage is sure making a lot of sense right now, isn’t it?
Starting about 15 years ago, I liked Bernie. He used to be a regular on the Ed Schultz show when he was on the radio. I supported him in the 2016 primary, and felt that he was treated unfairly by the Democratic party. I put that aside when I cast my fractional vote (That way thanks to the Electoral College mistake.) for Hillary Clinton. I didn’t see voting any other way.
I hope that Bernie’s supporters have the wisdom to endorse Joe Biden in his efforts to get rid of Trump. It is the most important vote that they will make in their lifetimes.
Thanks, Bernie. You are a true inspiration to American politics.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/us/politics/bernie-sanders-drops-out.html#

Bravo Bernie, you done good. Thanks for the article ja. We now know Bernie’s birth time is correct; his Moon at 19 Aries 11 was opposite last night’s Full Moon at 18 Libra 43.

I am choked up and crying, thinking about Bernie’s sudden decision to drop out because, damn it, I like him and his ideas a lot, as well as his dynamic strength and caring about the regular guy. If it wasn’t called Democratic socialism, maybe it wouldn’t be as subject to attacks by the right.
They wanted him to be the candidate because they would have cooked up a negative campaign against him that would have made the one against Hillary and Obama look like it was written by Pollyanna! As it stands, Biden will be made to look like a tottering, senile old man and every issue from his past, from the Anita Hill trial to the hugging, etc. will be thrown at him over and over.
If the Bernie supporters and other Progressives fall for that and do not vote or worse, and don’t see what that will do to our country and world, than I truly think they will get what they deserve, and we sensible voters won’t. You cannot force reform on people until there are enough who see it and support it, and then the others will be dragged along in spite of their resistance, with their domestic terrorism, etc. It’s like forcing children to do things against their grain.

Trump has found a group of people that like the infantile, primitive, amoral way he speaks, thinks and acts (and he does have a few redeeming qualities but not enough) and he has strengthened them and riled them up, and there you have it. He is their voice.

These people are disgruntled for various reasons, and some of them are understandable (not to be gone into now)…but they have chosen the wrong solution: Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the Republicans and corporations do not want to give up or share power and have been laughing all the way to the bank. But these people and institutions are not all bad. British Petroleum is changing, my husband tells me, and their name or slogan is “Beyond Petroleum” right now.

Inclusiveness finds a way to include all, not point fingers, and this takes a lot of compromise and dialogue but also fighting those who use dirty tricks to keep things the way they want to.

Anyway – big topic — a lot can be said. I am on my husband’s computer as my keyboard is malfunctioning so I don’t know how much I’ll be posting.

As we move into this time of Blessing, Holiness, Rebirth, Spring, in accordance with what the planets are telling us (thanks to our great astrologers here) I want to wish all of you, and the world, Great health, Blessings, Peace, Wisdom, and a great infusion of life as we transition to a new way of living together on earth. All of us either have lost loved ones or know of others who have, and are frightened of the losses. May we transition to a new world where there is a level playing field so everyone has the chance to be well-fed, healthy, productive, enjoying stimulating goals and passions, loving, happy, peaceful, and fair to and supportive of each other.

Andre, yes, a lot of Neptune will be hitting me (& already passed over my 1 Pisces a while ago) and I am finding a new way to deal with and embrace the changes. It is now affecting my MC & NN (my 10th house is Pisces/Aries) and life and goals are no longer as clear, living in the moment more. It’s taking more effort to be on top of things and organize & productive, but I’m finding a way to integrate the Virgo SN with the Pisces NN – what choice do I have? I am also looking within to find strength, and strengthening my spirit and relationship with God, the creative power, but all of this is just beginning. I have a few books of the Psalms, Eliseo, and shall look to this as this progresses as surely I will experience losses as that is part of life. I am doing a meditative yoga routine to maintain health (with Myron) and cleaning the environment because, as the old adage tells us, Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Much Love to all! (sorry for the length of this post as I try not to do this)

On April 22, the New Moon at 3 Taurus 24 (the Chiron Degree) has a trine between Mars at 16+ Aquarius and Venus at 15 Gemini, and with the US progressed Mars at 17+ Libra, it becomes a grand trine in air signs.

Add in the US progressed Chiron at 17+ Aries and the Yod becomes a Boomerang (I love saying Boomerang) making the US progressed Mars the focus of the grand trine.

Because US prog. Mars conjuncts Trump’s natal Jupiter, Trump will likely be instrumental in what is produced by that grand trine energy, and it will be about information (documents?).

A secondary Boomerang is provided by the Galactic Center/Core at 14+ Sagittarius that opposes Venus at 15+ Gemini, which is where she was on June 5, 2012, when she was conjunct the Sun and could be seen from Earth as a tiny black spot on the Sun. It won’t happen again until 2117.

There is a lot of symbolism in this rare event (Venus occult Sun), most of which has to do with the evolution of our species and our planet. We might catch a glimpse of some evolving during the month following this New Moon.

Also, at the time of this Taurus New Moon transiting Mercury, which also symbolizes information, will conjunct the US natal Chiron at 20+ Aries and be sextile the US PROGRESSED Mercury at 20+ Aquarius (where Uranus is in the Jupiter-Saturn cycle chart).

This sextile between the New Moon’s Mercury (+US Chiron) and the US progressed Mercury (+ Saturn-Jupiter cycle’s Uranus) forms a Yod to the MC (outcome) of the New Moon chart (when set in Washington, DC), at 20+ Virgo. This Yod apex point which is close to the US natal Neptune at 22+ Virgo, and to Bernie Sanders’s North Node must do some shifting.

Maybe the long yearned for support from Bernie’s fans to back Joe Biden might be part of the package, which could result in some shocking (Uranus) results for some (like Trump perhaps).

Sharon K, I’m sorry for your pain.
Bernie Sanders had an amazing year of accomplishments. He popularized calls for a fundamental reshaping of government and a redistribution of wealth, and his most progressive stance, Medicare for all, but in the end he just didn’t have the votes.

What he did today was a courageous act of a true leader and I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden had something for him and his policies in his cabinet.

Blessings & love to you too Sharon! We must be around the same age – I too have pisces nn. Uranus just crossed my IC. This is certainly an age to plumb the depths of the world’s and our own spirit.
xxx

Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients

In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest.

As more data comes in from China and Italy, as well as Washington state and New York, more cardiac experts are coming to believe the COVID-19 virus can infect the heart muscle. An initial study found cardiac damage in as many as 1 in 5 patients, leading to heart failure and death even among those who show no signs of respiratory distress.

That could change the way doctors and hospitals need to think about patients, particularly in the early stages of illness. It also could open up a second front in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, with a need for new precautions in people with preexisting heart problems, new demands for equipment and, ultimately, new treatment plans for damaged hearts among those who survive.

https://khn.org/news/mysterious-heart-damage-not-just-lung-troubles-befalling-covid-19-patients/

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From Neptune Cafe.
Wednesday april 8th-
at 10:24am mars in aquarius sextiles chiron in aries, aligning the masculine and warrior planet with the Wounded Healer in mars’ sign. mars/chiron has a focused on healing around our will, drive and ego energies. bringing awareness to where we overdo mars- with anger, rage, dominance or violence- or where we disconnect from mars and stuff our anger, internalize our rage and turn it into depression or passive-aggression is the path to healing now. mars in aquarius is the visionary and sees the Bigger Picture. when we combine him with chiron’s deep inner awareness we can expand our vision and take action from a healthy and integrated place. from this place real change and revolution is possible.

Today is a weird day.

Linda Tripp, the former White House and Pentagon employee whose secret audiotapes of Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Wednesday. She was 70.

Joseph Murtha, a former lawyer for Ms. Tripp, confirmed the death. No other details were given.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/us/politics/linda-tripp-dead.html

When Ms. Lewinsky completed her testimony about the scandal, she was asked if she had any final comments. According to CNN, she answered, “I hate Linda Tripp.”

Ms. Tripp always contended that she had revealed Ms. Lewinsky’s private confession of a sexual relationship with Mr. Clinton out of “patriotic duty.” She had worked in the White House under President George H.W. Bush and stayed on to work briefly in the Clinton administration. She was transferred to the Pentagon and its public affairs office.

Ms. Lewinsky, who had been a White House intern, was transferred there, too, in 1996, and the women, despite a 24-year age difference, became friends.

Marija, that was really great, thank you. It fully explains the cycle from one cardinal sign Pluto square to the following cardinal sign conjunction. This is turning out to be a fascinating year. It’s also turning out to be very painful and before it’s over, Bernie’s ideas will have won, along with those of other younger progressives who can carry his torch. I feel for everybody who is upset, but I see Bernie’s victory in the midst of it all.

Yeah, ok, my mind is slipping; in my comment at 3:06 PM, in the 2nd and 4th paragraph where I said “Yod” it should read “Grand Trine”, and where I said “Boomerang” it should read “Kite”, and I don’t love saying Kite so much.

I can though still walk and chew gum at the same time. I think.

Speaking of Boomerang, here’s an article about a black hole that allowed scientists to prove that the light boomerangs back–bends back on itself:
https://www.space.com/black-hole-bends-light-back-on-itself.html

Very cool. Boomerang is a fun word.

I read today there are still a million deaths from AIDS on the planet each year. The source is a physician specializing in AIDS treatment in Montreal. If this is true, the effects of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 1982 are still clearly with us, and it places the coronavirus pandemic in perspective.

Today, in France’s most prestigious paper Le Monde, the director of the French Institute for International Relations says the coronavirus has brought the first crisis of the post-American world.

The times they are a-changing.

I haven’t had a substantial amount to say in astrological terms in some time… mostly just taking everything in and tossing in the occasional comment.

I never expected Saturn into Aquarius to be as powerful as it has been, and yet it seems clear that humanity needed the lesson on how exactly we are all interconnected–Aquarius being an impersonal and “universal” sign–and how we have neglected that fact, particularly here in the US, with our reverence for the myth of the rugged individual. “How’s that working for ya?” Saturn in Aquarian space seems to be asking us.

I’m quite curious as to how exactly Pluto will ask its own Aquarian question when it moves into the same space just 3 years from now. While Saturn challenges us to see what’s in the gap, and often won’t let us advance until we learn his lesson, Pluto plunges us deep into his cauldron into such a place where merely knowing the answer is hardly enough; it’s only the beginning of a long and often arduous journey.

If humanity embodies the essence of Aquarius on a basic level, we are being challenged now and during the next half-century to transform ourselves at a fundamental level, or perish.

Saturn’s lesson during our current period is also a warning. Pluto is coming to administer the test.

When you do speak, BuckeyeShadow, it’s well worth listening to and without all of the astrological formulae for us non astrologers. Thank you.

Andre and Sharon K,

I too have Mars in late Pisces. Are you into jazz, dancing, or cinephilia?

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Angellight,
Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients”

Terrifying. No other word comes to mind. Thank you for posting it – no shooting the messenger.

Andre,

“Today, in France’s most prestigious paper Le Monde, the director of the French Institute for International Relations says the coronavirus has brought the first crisis of the post-American world.”

J’accuse! Feels just about right for a French paper to lob the first “post-American world” snark-meme. I’m sure we’ll be seeing this word combination for quite some time to come. Karma is what karma is.

En garde!

Andre,

My ideas on what Mars retro might feel like is purely my speculation – I wasn’t referring to it being retrograde now or in November – but what is noteworthy is that Mars will be in Aries from the last few days of June all the way through the remainder of this year. I can’t imagine the election season to be anything less than warlike.

Regarding China – god forbid the Abomination-in-Chief starts any sabre-rattling with China. Wouldn’t put it past him.

45 – The Asspirator-in-Chief

Christ, when will his face hole stop moving?

Linda Tripp is Dead.

Hail Dorothy!

Found the touch screen keyboard. Awkward but it works!

I try to avoid seeing any pictures of 45 for the sake of my equilibrium. But if there’s a lapse and I see it, this is what happens:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U3iBkJpzhC8
? Pure luck movie-hospital scene – YouTube

Rennie,

I feel you!

It the darkest region of my Schadenfreude, I have a vision of Trump muzzled with a mighty ventilator.
To dream!

Maddow is absolutely killing tonight – showing a model of how US virus infection spiked precipitously in March and we now lead the world in cases. The upshot, U.S. was/is and will continue to be woefully unprepared and hobbled in this fight.

Mindblowing.

Will, I’m not much of a religious person, but for the sake of one’s own karma and not to cast stones, it’s good to ‘forgive them, they know not what they do’.

We’re all a bunch of dunderheads on this planet or it would be a whole lot better place than it is. Retribution comes in its own good time, as any astrologer knows.

A little starlight theme song from John Prine & Pluto:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRuyIexfpEk

the world covid tracking site has just added a new line beneath US states & territories:
US Military – 3160 cases / 8 deaths

Of note is a grand trine in the Democrat Party birth chart (May 13, 1792) between Pluto 23+ Aquarius and Jupiter 23 Libra and Juno 24 Gemini.

On Election Day (Nov. 3) retrograde but stationing direct Mercury will be at 25+ Libra and square Saturn at 26+ Capricorn and the US natal Pluto at 27+ Capricorn. This might be about delayed results (retro Mercury) that will favor the Democrats.

Also of note, Mars and Pluto rule the 12th house of the US natal (Sibly) chart, with Scorpio on the cusp. Hospitals and prisons and nursing homes are associated with the 12th house (of any chart), and for the US, Covid-19 is most prevalent in people who are in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons.

The Mars-Pluto conjunction on March 23 started a 2 year cycle and at that time the Moon (20 Pisces 14) was conjunct Neptune (18 Pisces 56) – Neptune and Pisces both associated with the 12th house symbolism – which were opposed the US natal Neptune at 22+ Virgo (that T-square’s Trump’s Moon in Sagittarius and Trump’s Sun + US Mars in Gemini).

The Moon (people/masses) and Neptune in the Mars-Pluto conjunction chart were also sextile that chart’s Venus (values) at 19+ Taurus which is also where the US natal Vesta (ability to focus) is.

This sextile in the Mars-Pluto chart forms a Yod with the US Juno (partner) at 20+ Libra and that becomes a Boomerang pattern because US Juno opposes US Chiron at 20+ Aries. That means all the energy of the Yod (Neptune, Moon, Venus in the Mars-Pluto chart + the US Juno) is forwarded to the US natal Chiron in Aries.

The US Juno in Libra at the apex of the Yod with the Mars-Pluto chart’s Neptune/Moon in Pisces and Venus (+ US Vesta) in Taurus is forced to adjust and that likely will be done through the US Juno trine with US Mars in Gemini which conjuncts Trump’s natal Sun. US Mars is sextile US Chiron too; you know, the Boom in the Boomerang.

I don’t think we have seen this adjustment yet, but I think it will become obvious when the election takes place, or maybe it will be seen in the polls showing a drop in Trump’s popularity before that.

It will be the Moon (people) conjunct Neptune (disillusioned) sextile Venus (moral values) + US Vesta (what’s invested in) forcing US Juno (defender of the disenfranchised) to make an adjustment (change). US Juno leans on US Mars for help and US Mars conjuncts Trump’s Sun (consciousness).

I don’t know yet where it goes from there, but something’s gotta give. This is a catastrophic wound for our nation and someone will catch the blame for it.

Bernie Sanders Lost. But He Won.

The greatest accomplishment of the Sanders campaign has less to do with moving good ideas out of the “radical” category and into the mainstream and more to do with inspiring the people who will carry those ideas forward.

Bernie Sanders has transformed American politics. In his message yesterday to supporters, in which he announced the suspension of his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, he argued that a “new vision for America is what our campaign has been about and what, in fact, we have accomplished.” The senator explained that: “Few would deny that over the course of the past five years, our movement has won the ideological struggle. In so-called red states and blue states and purple state
s, a majority of the American people now understand that we must raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour, that we must guarantee health care as a right to all of our people, that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, and that higher education must be available to all, regardless of income.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/bernie-lost-he-won/609709/

Congress Needs a Plan to Confront the Coronavirus. I Have One.
Government action is essential to save lives and to rescue our economy. Let’s get back to work.

By Elizabeth Warren

Communities across the country are entering a critical stage. Illnesses are mounting and our health system is stretched to the brink. Early data shows people of color are infected and dying at disproportionately high rates. Unemployment is approaching Depression-era levels. No clear end is in sight for social distancing. The next round of policymaking must squarely address these hard realities — not with a few new nibbles, but with the kind of broad, direct action needed to save lives and save our economy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/opinion/coronavirus-congress-warren.html?

Up to 150 Members of the Saudi Royal Family Infected With Coronavirus: Report

The infections are supposedly a key element in the Saudi decision to announce a ceasefire in Yemen, where Riyadh has been battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels on behalf of the country’s deposed president since 2015.

https://www.newsweek.com/150-members-saudi-arabia-royal-family-infected-coronavirus-report-1497032

Today, the Sun is at 20 Aries, the US’s Chiron position. Perhaps record deaths peak today. We can look back and see.

Uranus is also at 5 Taurus, the NYSE Venus, and it will be there, hovering, for awhile. Ups and downs, but hopefully surprising ups. Hopefully.

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-open-letter-to-dr-anthony-fauci-asking-for-passover-seder-advice
An Open Letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci Asking for … – McSweeney’s

Beowulfie,

“Will, I’m not much of a religious person, but for the sake of one’s own karma and not to cast stones, it’s good to ‘forgive them, they know not what they do.”

The awful truth is that these assholes DO know what they are doing. They continue to offend and sin in the face of overwhelming evidence and factual truths. Perhaps you are a more advance soul than me; good on you. For now, I’m okay with not being robustly inclined toward forgiving these turds when they are still killing people with lies, deception and fraud. I’ll take my chances with my own karma, thank you just the same.

Point well taken, Will. We all take chances with karma every day, but there is supposed to be a balance (I think). I realize whenever one goes ‘biblical’ that there’s always something on the other side of the equation, like driving the money changers out of the temple. Just trying to say it’s good to keep BOTH sides in mind. Peace.

I think we will all breathe a sigh of relief and experience jubilation the day DJT’s awful, awful dumpster fire of a mind and his twitter account both fall silent forevermore.

I still believe that we could collectively bring his wicked reign to a swift and ignominious end in 24 hours or less if we were so moved to do so. Think of the march to end all marches on Washington. Surround the White House and demand his and Pence’s unconditional resignation and submission to the FBI for arrest and prosecution as traitors to America. We have forgotten how much power we, the people, truly have at this juncture in U.S. history. Pluto in Aquarius will remind us, and woe to the wicked and corrupt when it does.

I do dread that we may be stuck with Trump at least through the end of the Pluto in Capricorn era in some form or another. However, there is light at the the end of the tunnel; he is certainly not the Aquarian-type of leader we can expect to see emerge on the scene as Pluto departs from Capricorn. Trump is the avatar and the epitome of the crass, heartless and sociopathic authoritarian capitalist leadership–or lack thereof–that has been the hallmark of this period. I see Bernie, Warren, Yang and others as the “messengers” of the time to come. They may or may not lead it themselves, but they are certainly planting seeds in many others, and Saturn in Aquarius will call several of these others into action as a new generation and new era of leaders.

He and his ilk will find themselves out of power–and in many cases out of time–in less than 5 years at the most. Pluto in Capricorn seems to favor very old men who relentlessly cling to power even from their deathbeds. Without Pluto in Capricorn propping them up, many of these men (e.g. Murdoch, Charles Koch, McConnell, etc.) will finally succumb to the one thing that even all their money and power cannot protect them from indefinitely.

barbk,

“Of note is a grand trine in the Democrat Party birth chart”

It’s the Democratic Party:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democrat_Party_(epithet)

May all those old men find themselves clinging to their supposed “power” in early deathbeds, IMNSHO. It can’t happen soon enough to a patriarchy already long dead in humanity.

Would anyone like to share the astrology sites they follow regularly? For me, the ones I visit often are Skywatch Astrology, LUA Astrology’s daily Cosmic Tides and weekly astrology forecasts, and This Week in Astrology at Astro Cafe.

I also subscribe to email updates from Elisabeth Grace (weekly) and Astro Butterfly (monthly).

LUA Astrology also offers a Cosmic Tide Oracle that has wise and healing messages, I love her writing.

https://thecosmictides.wordpress.com/the-cosmic-tides-oracle/
The Cosmic Tides Oracle – Lua Astrology

BuckeyeShadow,

“Think of the march to end all marches on Washington. Surround the White House and demand his and Pence’s unconditional resignation and submission to the FBI for arrest and prosecution as traitors to America.”

Sounds great, but we will likely need to continue social distancing several months past election day.

In essence, I believe Marija was right. Republicans have become fascists. Democrats have gradually morphed into 1950’s Eisenhower Republicans. (Although Bernie and E. Warren have revitalized FDR style New Dealers.)

Even were the numbers of marchers you suggest extraordinarily overwhelming, in the tens of millions, our fascist overlords would laugh in our faces, unless we are carrying our proverbial “pitchforks.” Our opposition is literally at a lower state in spiritual and moral consciousness, one which interprets passive resistance as hopelessly toothless and weak. Such marches alone do not work with fascists. They only work when government leaders and officials actually have a conscience.

With gradually accelerating speed, the R’s are removing the normal safeguards which insure our basic liberties: The voter suppression, removal of the IG’s, appointments of fascist judges, gerrymandering, manipulation of voting machines, stealing elections, dirty tricks, refusal to institute mail in voting during the pandemic, etc. are all adding up.

If they’ve advanced their anti-democratic agenda sufficiently by the November 2020 election, the election itself will be irrelevant, just a show election to create the illusion of legitimacy. If they succeed in that endeavor, our only recourse will be armed resistance.

That’s why the coming election is so vitally important, and why it will be so nasty. The R’s know that if we have an honest, clean, straightforward election they will lose. If they can fascist-ize our society sufficiently before the election they can hold on to power at least until such time as we are ready to fight a genuine civil war, and not just with words.

The probability is Trump will relax our pandemic restrictions too early which will cause another outbreak of the covid 19 virus about the time of the election. What happened in Wisconsin IMO is probably a precursor to what will obtain in November. It is likely millions of Americans will literally have to risk their lives to vote.

But that perhaps is where they underestimate our bravery. What if enough citizens turn out to vote anyway?

Odds and ends. Will, you’re right, it was to be expected the French would be the first to come up with the “post-American” phrase. They call it getting out of Yalta, the diplomatic conference in 1945 where a sickly FDR, Stalin and Churchill carved up the world.

Rennie, my Mars in Pisces does love jazz, dancing and cinephilia but only as an amateur.

On US politics, Biden promised the first female VP and the first black female Supreme Court Justice. He also strongly hinted his VP was on the debate stage with him. I think Kamala Harris is likely to go to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Ginsburg, who will probably step down after the election. Warren is still the best qualified for VP in my view. Klobuchar would be an astounding A-G. Gretchen Whitmer is impressive but she has only been Governor of Michigan for one year. I think Joe wants more experience.

The six-month stay of Mars in Aries from late June through December will clearly be the culmination of the political tension and constitutional crisis of the last four years. It will be a very dramatic period when the American Republic, its Constitution and its fundamental liberties will be at stake more than ever. It will happen as the pandemic is likely to near its second and more deadly wave. The result of the election is not likely to be definitely known in November. It will be challenged or it will be incomplete. Things will only be resolved in December or even January when the Electoral College meets, the Supreme Court decides again or the House selects the President because neither candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, because some states have canceled the election altogether or some other reason. I still think Biden takes office in January but it will be a very close call.

In the UK, the Opposition Labour Party has selected as its new leader a shining white knight with an admirable resume, Sir Keir Starmer. He started out as a human rights attorney and became the Director of Public Prosecutions. It’s interesting that the next election will only be held in 2024. That is the year for a fresh start in both the US and the UK.

“ic” or no “ic”, you know I’m not a Republican. I actually debated whether or not to go back and add the “ic” but it seemed unlikely that SLN readers would fail to realize which party’s birth chart I was referring to. I assume you feel better now and so I thank you for caring enough to correct my spelling. Peace and love to you and yours.

Andre, I never dream’t it could be this good.

“On US politics, Biden promised the first female VP and the first black female Supreme Court Justice. He also strongly hinted his VP was on the debate stage with him. I think Kamala Harris is likely to go to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Ginsburg, who will probably step down after the election. Warren is still the best qualified for VP in my view. Klobuchar would be an astounding A-G. Gretchen Whitmer is impressive but she has only been Governor of Michigan for one year. I think Joe wants more experience.”

Thanks Rennie. I’m always looking for good astrology sites too. I love this one, I also enjoy
star4cast.com and
billherbst.com

Joe Biden has adopted Warren’s bankruptcy law proposals, now wants to have most student debt forgiven, and wants to lower Medicare age to 60. He’s moving Leftward.

All, thanks for being an insightful alternative to the traditional news outlets. Including our newer traditions such as twitter.

It’s increasingly the case that one encounters unwitting perpetuation of the slur misnomer for the Democratic Party by otherwise sincere folks who lack the receptors for this particular form of aggression.

I don’t quite understand the response to Matt M’s helpful post. Barbk, your extensive contributions to this great forum qualify you as a valued and senior thought leader here. My thought is we all step in it once in awhile, or twice as in this case.

Btw, this former MA Independent became a FL Dem due to the FL system of closed primaries and the extreme positions of the Reps here. Still try to practice vote for the person not the party within that practical framework.

Nancy you rock! Thank you. Peace out

Barbk,

Re: The April 22nd New Moon (3 Taurus)

It is within 3 degrees of conjunction to Uranus (6 Taurus) and two degrees square to Saturn (1 Aquarius). It is also in semi-square to Neptune (19 Pisces) activating Trump’s Nodes (20 Gemini-Sag).

Could this be a prelude to the Pluto retrograde station conjunct Jupiter square Mercury on the 25th?……

Here’s an excerpt from Astro Butterfly for some background:

On April 25th, 2020 Pluto goes retrograde. This is bad news and good news.

The bad news is that a Pluto station is when Pluto is the most powerful. And Pluto is really powerful.

The good news is that a change in direction means that Pluto is now ready to find a solution to the mess he has created.

On April 25th-26th, Mercury squares Pluto and Jupiter at 24-25° Capricorn.

Have you had “enough” of Jupiter and Pluto squares? Mercury doesn’t think so. There is more to be processed, there is more to be understood, and you’re now ready to take it all in.

On April 26th, 2020, the Sun will conjunct Uranus at 6 Taurus. This aspect screams “freedom”. It can manifest in very literal ways – for example as a refusal of quarantine or any type of confinement OR in a more figurative way.

Uranus is the planet of enlightenment. You may find a sense of freedom that goes beyond the material limitations of Saturn.
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Ok. Here are some thoughts on the above dynamic configurations…….

At 1:52 pm EST April 25th tr. Mercury (revelations?) at 25 ’50 Aries precisely squares the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction midpoint (25 ’50 Capricorn) – they are within one and a half degrees conj. of each other. Pluto (deep dark secrets – the underworld) stations retrograde roughly one hour later. This forms an intense t square to Trump’s natal Venus (personal finances) at 25 ’44 Cancer. Here’s the chart……

https://tinyurl.com/wz2v59t

Will certain damaging excerpts from the unredacted Mueller report come to light in the news media at this point in time? Any thoughts out there?

By Jove I think you’ve got it Jerry; the Mueller report!

In the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction/cycle start on January 2, 2020, trans. Neptune at 16+ Pisces was opposite the MUELLER BIRTH CHART’s Mars-Chiron conjunction at 16+ Virgo. That is where the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions were in the ’60’s too, 16+ Virgo.

When Mercury squares Jupiter (+ Pluto) it will activate their conjunction chart which activates Mueller’s chart as well as the Pluto-Uranus conjunction chart(s).

It also activates the Mercury-PLUTO conjunction/cycle start (Jan. 12, 2020, along with all the other conjunctions to Pluto) that were opposite Trump’s Venus-Saturn + US natal Mercury in Cancer.

It’s the unredacted Mueller Report that the Taurus New Moon’s Mars – trine Venus – trine US prog. Mars (+ Trump’s Jupiter) is going to shine light on.

It’s all coming together; Taurus New Moon’s Venus in Gemini (part of the grand trine) will T-square the Neptune in Pisces (in the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction chart on Jan. 2) that opposed Mueller’s Mars-Chiron in Virgo. You’re a genius Jerry!

IMHO, it would be extraordinarily good were both Pence and Trump to become very ill from Covid 19 simultaneously, not to die, but to be temporarily incapacitated. We don’t need either one to become martyrs, or subjects of any bizarre conspiracy theories.

Although election is Constitutionally up to Congress Nancy Pelosi, as acting president might then work with Congress to insure our next election is honest and fair.

Does anyone foresee that either one of these fellows comes down with the disease?

Supporters turn on Trump for ‘flat-out lying’ about coronavirus: ‘He’s got no idea……

Supporters turn on Trump for ‘flat-out lying’ about coronavirus: ‘He’s got no idea what the hell he’s doing’

President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has been the breaking point for some of his fans in rural Virginia.

A dozen seafood and agricultural workers in the state’s Northern Neck peninsula — where Trump beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 10 points in 2016 — expressed frustration to the Insider website over the president’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“A few weeks ago I could ignore the parts of his personality I didn’t like,” said Cliff, a 25-year Chesapeake Bay waterman. “That’s over. I don’t believe anything he’s saying now.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/supporters-turn-on-trump-for-flat-out-lying-about-coronavirus-hes-got-no-idea-what-the-hell-hes-doing/#.XpAPgp3iVOM.link

Hi Barbk,

Thanks for adding your thoughts to the late April aspects. That was certainly interesting.

Here’s a more in-depth analysis of Pluto’s April 25th retrograde station that you don’t want to miss……

Pluto’s 2020 Retrograde Catalyzes Growth and Transformation by Gray Crawford

Pluto will station retrograde on April 25, 2020 at 24 ’59 Capricorn, and will station direct on October 4, 2020 at 22 ’29 Capricorn.

Pluto intensifies and amplifies whatever it impacts by transit with a volcanic force that demands release. We can experience upheaval when resisting the cathartic changes of Pluto, but after we surrender to its process of breakdown and purification, we can eventually evolve into a more potent vitality. Since we often discover psychological complexes and shadowy issues from the past underlying the surface shifts that Pluto incites, the period of Pluto retrograde can pull us within to face whatever unconscious material has been simmering.

Continued…….

https://www.astrology.com/article/pluto-retrograde-2020

PS An after-thought

The most likely scenario can be envisioned as follows…..

Due to dire economic downturn projections by the experts towards the latter part of April, I think Trump out of despair (for his re-election bid) will prematurely try to reopen businesses. This will outrage everyone and probably force the hand of the whistle-blowers who have incriminating evidence against Trump that will drive him from office (just thinking out loud). See related article:

The Trump Administration Wants To Re-open As Much of The US Economy As Possible By The Start of May, New Report Says

Business Insider
April 9, 2020

https://www.businessinsider.in/stock-market/news/the-trump-administration-wants-to-re-open-as-much-of-the-us-economy-as-possible-by-the-start-of-may-new-report-says/articleshow/75070017.cms

Marjorie Orr:

“the coronavirus pandemic has set off a distinct slide in Trump’s popularity with his electorate.”

https://star4cast.com/trump-his-supporters-fight-a-losing-battle/

‘The Ideas That Won’t Survive the Coronavirus’

Covid-19 is killing off the myth that we are the greatest country on earth.

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

“If anything good emerges out of this period, it might be an awakening to the pre-existing conditions of our body politic. We were not as healthy as we thought we were. The biological virus afflicting individuals is also a social virus. Its symptoms — inequality, callousness, selfishness and a profit motive that undervalues human life and overvalues commodities — were for too long masked by the hearty good cheer of American exceptionalism, the ruddiness of someone a few steps away from a heart attack.

Even if America as we know it survives the coronavirus, it can hardly emerge unscathed. If the illusion of invincibility is shredded for any patient who survives a near-fatal experience, then what might die after Covid-19 is the myth that we are the best country on earth, a belief common even among the poor, the marginal, the precariat, who must believe in their own Americanness if in nothing else.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/opinion/coronavirus-america.htm?

Stephen King is sorry if you feel you are stuck in one of his novels.

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/08/829298135/stephen-king-is-sorry-you-feel-like-youre-stuck-in-a-stephen-king-novel

Ja,
RE: the Viet Thanh Nguyen piece.
The Constitution of the United States is not merely a political document, but is also a spiritual document, especially in the Uranian sense. I believe one of the major changes emerging out of this period will be a transition to a more spiritual role in world affairs.

In the context of Kohlberg’s scale of ethical maturity, I think this experience will lead many to move one rung higher in the scale. The Constitution is written at level 5. Most folks function at level 3 or 4.

Correction.
Will lead many to gradually move …

You just might be right, Eliseo…it is inevitable I believe. Separately, I agree with Marjorie Orr that Trump’s health is going to be affected. I feel pity & compassion as I do for all of us. We all have our limitations & karma. It maybe especially relevant to see this today, Good Friday.

Yes!

“Why we need a new WPA”

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/opinions/works-progress-administration-for-covid-19-crisis-humanities-krebs/index.html

Watching (do we have a choice?) Trump crumble is rather moving in the sense that he symbolizes a way of life – referred to as the patriarchy – that is in its death throes. We are the witnesses of history and I for one am thrilled for the opportunity, difficult as it is in these perilous times.

Watching this man squirm about the date when the US “opens” is like watching a fly caught between the closed window and the screen; it can’t find a way out. I say to Trump what I say to the fly, you got yourself into this mess and this is the price you pay.

It’s painful for most people watching something die, but we all have a life span and if we are careful and smart and lucky we can extend our longevity . . if that is our desire. Trump and the trapped fly should learn a lesson from this lifetime; when pushing boundaries, make sure you have an escape exit in your plan.

As it stands, Trump may yet have an escape exit (unlike the fly), but only because he performed his assignment well, initiating the transformation (Pluto + US Pluto) of the US government/business structure (Saturn + US Saturn) that will breathe new life in to the country and its society.

Be brave little man, you might still be a hero some day in spite of your many faults. You exposed what is worst in this society; greed and hate. You exposed what’s right in our government by eliminating it and making its citizens suffer because of its loss. Your life has served a big purpose that few others could accomplish with such aplomb. Now, be off with you little fly.

barbk
I very, very rarely comment although I read this blog everyday and admire the people who gather here. But I feel compelled to respond to your post, April 10th. Your post about Trump “Be brave little man you might still be a hero someday etc” touched me deeply as I also believe that he is fulfilling his assignment……forcing us to confront our national dark side. Thank you for expressing this so eloquently.

Barbk, blueravven has it right. That was your best post ever IMHO. You really nailed it.

barbK,
“Be brave little man,… etc you little fly.”
Really Excellent, Barb. You really nailed the essence and substance. As blue raven said, he truly is forcing us to confront our national dark side. 

Sharon K, the pity and compassion you express for Trump is Neptune in Pisces at its best. Thank you for reminding me that it is Good Friday. I share your faith and believe it can be lived in all authentic spiritual traditions.

Eliseo, I agree the US Constitution is the fruit of a level 5 consciousness. It is, like Mozart, a pure product of the 18th century Enlightenment. The 18th century boils down to the number 9, which at its best symbolizes perfection. We began a new cycle in the 19th, but we will be inspired by the 18th until we reach another century ruled by the number 9, which should be the 27th if we get there or if we keep counting the same way. Benjamin Franklin, I suspect, was a master astrologer, and I think he was not the only one. Many Founding Fathers were members of secret societies such as the Freemasons who taught esoteric knowledge.

Barbk
Thank you. That was perfect. And the last line is pure poetry. “Be off with you little fly.”

barbk-
Thank you for that wonderful and insightful post. You teach me, make me think, and smile and ponder. I am always happy to read your thoughts. I feel blessed that you share.
Honestly, I feel blessed that everyone here shares. There is not one of you here that does not help and makes my world better. So many thanks to you all.

Have a wonderful holiday, whatever each of you believe, and be happy we made another week in flattening the curve. We are keeping people alive and hopefully helping the frontline workers help other fight this. Being part of history is hard and exciting.

It’s glaringly obvious that Trump and his plutocrat Wall Street buddies are desperate to restart the economy. COVID-19 caught the whole lot of them with their pants down, supremely smug and arrogant, and totally unprepared for a nasty untreatable virus that would ravage the economy and sweep through the population.

A shut-down economy also threatens Trump’s re-election chances, and gives him very little to crow about from his comfort zone. Crisis management is clearly not his forte, and the pandemic has exposed him as the bungling idiot he truly is, even to an increasing number of his loyal followers who have seen COVID-19 threaten and ravage their own lives and those of their family members and friends.

That they are so eager to peddle an ineffective cure and restart the economy when all the evidence says it’s a very bad idea speaks to the extent of desperation. They are willing to jeopardize hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of lives, all to turn on their cash flow spigot and maintain their hold on power.

Welcome to the overripe phase of Pluto in Capricorn and the U.S. Pluto Return. The corporate plutocrats will increasingly overreach and make outright naked grabs for power and money that put lives at risk, but that come at a tremendous cost to themselves, and to the country.

The U.S. and our democracy will survive all of this, I believe, but we will no longer be the superpower nation that we have been after this period. I don’t believe that to necessarily be a bad thing because being “number one” has blinded so many Americans from being more introspective while also fostering a great deal of complacency and ignorance, which has led us to this moment.

Barb, your writing was inspired & eloquent. He is a tragic figure in a Shakespearean play or in an opera, but one who is also hated by many for the destruction he has wrought.

Andre, every time I see doctors, nurses, technicians interviewed or read about their deaths, I start to cry & sob.. All deaths affect me but the medical professionals especially do. I know I am not alone in these feelings. Last Sat. I watched a video on FB of a Jewish prayer service led by 2 Cantors who sounded like trained opera singers. They were crying to God, pleading to bring healing to the sick people. The most moving of moving crying out to God with exquisite voices that expressed their souls. I wish I could find it and post it here.

I too rush to this place to meet with the kindred souls who understand, & on FB as well, but our sharing here is more intimate, private & authentic.

Andre, Sharon,
Why is Good Friday far more important than Easter?

The resurrection can be interpreted as a literal event, or metaphorical, or more likely as a resuscitation of a living man thought dead. It is almost irrelevant to those who believe in reincarnation, which of course includes most astrologers.

The Roman cross was a peculiarly effective and cruel way to torture/execute a condemned person. On Good Friday the historical Jesus is remembered in the context of enduring such punishment.

How many humans could possibly forgive their torture masters and executioners in the midst of such intense and profound suffering? It only took one particular and peculiar rabbi to change the spiritual direction of humanity.

The Romans, like most in the ancient Greco/Roman world believed compassion was a terrible vice, a sickness, a perversity, an unforgivable weakness. They enjoyed watching gladitorial slaughter in the arena, and their economy was very dependent on both slavery, and the gladiatorial games.

In contrast, Judaism, the Isis Mother Goddess religion, and early Christianity all taught compassion was one of the supreme virtues.

The historical Jesus as the embodiment of compassion living in a Roman dominated world was bound to get into trouble against his Roman, fascist overlords.

Was he the long awaited Jewish messiah? Probably not, but perhaps the greatest of bodhisattvas, the bodhisattva of compassion, i.e. Avalokitesvara (Sanskrit) Chenresig (Tibetan) .

What happened? Why astrologically is the approximate date of his crucifixion more important than that of his birth?

That is the moment a new paradigm was introduced. Slowly and gradually over several centuries, the judeo-Christian-Isis/Marian ethos transformed compassion from a vice into a virtue in the context of the Western mind.

BuckeyeShadow,
Cogent thinking! Really good writing!
I suspect the USA will return to #1 status, (whatever that means) in 2086 or so when our progressed retrograde Mars goes direct. The long period of introspection will do us good, and redefine whatever being #1 actually means.

Sharon K, I couldn’t bear to watch television news from France or the US this week because I was emotionally overwhelmed. Maybe it’s my Mars in Pisces or our common Moon-Pluto conjunction.

Eliseo, thank you for the religious history. Right on as usual.

denise seigel has an interesting new video up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-7uJ4HlDDQ

Andre, I think Neptune in Pisces can sensitize Mars in Pisces and heighten emotions and compassion. Shielding and self-care are good medicine. Sharon K. mentioned Mars is in it’s fall in Pisces, perhaps due to misdirected or illusory efforts, but it can also signify transcendence and being guided by intuition. Of course there are darker shades to every placement, and while I suggested Mars in Pisces resonates with jazz, dance, and film, I omitted less artistic associations like a penchant for addictions, evasiveness, passive-aggressive tendencies, and…sluttiness. (By the way Sharon K., I also have an MA in film!)

Also, curious if anyone else has noticed how recent developments seem so tinged with Mercury retrograde occurrences. “Normal” channels of communication shut down, leading to redirection and creative thinking; rampant disinformation campaigns; breakdowns, technical difficulties, etc. Mercury isn’t retrograde now and as far as I can tell isn’t in a shadow period, what else could be going on?

Great stuff by Wolfstar. Eris is now square the New York Stock Exchange Eris of 1792 as the Saturn-Pluto conjunction conjoins it. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 was itself under a Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Sedna’s previous pass this close to Earth was at the end of the last Ice Age; she corresponds to the empowerment of women and the interconnectedness with nature and all forms of natural and supernatural knowledge.

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=neptunecafe&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Eliseo,

The birth of compassion. Thank you. That was beautiful.

It strikes me that currently in much of the US, compassion is no longer seen as a virtue, but a weakness, even something to be mocked. Oddly, by many who claim to be religious.

So, another way we’re like the Romans at the decline of the Roman Empire. Wonder of Trump has any connections astrologically with one of the last Roman emperors? Or maybe a reincarnation?

https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/self-quarantined-the-adult-activity-book
Self-Quarantined: The Adult Activity Book – McSweeney’s Internet …

Here’s a John Prine tune that Donald Trump ought to be listening to about now (but not implying the rest of the country has to go there!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsu2oASd6x8

That’s How Every Empire Falls
John Prine

Caught a train from Alexandria
Just a broken man in flight
Running scared with his devils
Saying prayers all through the night
Oh but mercy can’t find him
Not in the shadows where he calls
Forsaking all his better angels
That’s how every empire falls

The bells ring out on Sunday mornng
Like echoes from another time
All our innocence and yearning
And sense of wonder left behind
Oh gentle hearts remember
What was that story? Is it lost?
For when religion loses vision
That’s how every empire falls.

He toasts his wife and all his family
The providence he brought to bear
They raise their glasses in his honor
Although this union they don’t share
A man who lives among them
Was still a stranger to them all
For when the heart is never open
That’s how every empire falls

Padlock the door and board the windows
Put the people in the street
“It’s just my job, ” he says “I’m sorry.”
And draws a check, goes home to eat
But at night he tells his woman
“I know I hide behind the laws.”
She says, “You’re only taking orders.”
That’s how every empire falls.

A bitter wind blows through the country
A hard rain falls on the sea
If terror comes without a warning
There must be something we don’t see
What fire begets this fire?
Like torches thrown into the straw
If no one asks, then no one answers
That’s how every empire falls.

Eliseo, per prior posts re. the charts, I don’t think anything is going to happen to either Trump or Pence, in particular DT. They are in it to the finish, whenever that may be election wise. Never have had a doubt about that – the charts are strong at least until the election, though popularity as many have mentioned by now, may take a big hit (we hope).

We are all grateful for this website, and the lady whose writing and ability to parse out the aspects between transiting planets and progressed planets, and with the planets in charts of people who work in the political world, and see an outcome that is both logical and frequently reassuring. A tough assignment in these difficult times, we all can agree I’m sure.

Many who frequent Nancy’s blog, Starlight News, are astrology enthusiasts already and learn from her and from each other. Others are curious about how planets and their angles to each other and their signs, and how their meanings could be predictive in any possible way. Still others are political junkies fascinated by the world of politics in any form it takes.

It is the feelings of these people with their various motivations that unite (and sometimes divide) them into discussions they would not dare have with family members and friends. It is what keeps them coming back regularly year after year; a discourse that is a combination of left brain-right brain functioning and it makes us feel better but not so much in a feely-touchy way. Call it Aquarian.

So, as the world progresses, the left brain and right brain functions become less rigidly divided and find ways to support specific ideas; a Neptune thing, a meeting in the middle so to speak. For a century or more we could identify those polarities into the Republican camp and the Democratic camp and often reach a middle ground. It was an art; being a good politician.

For whatever reasons, there is resistance to that rationale now; working together, and I believe that the Universe saw it coming and provided us Donald Trump, followed by a plague called Covid-19. The Donald isn’t just a phenomenon of US politics; no, he has affected the whole world, as he was designed to do, just as the present plague is doing.

It is forcing us (the US) to create a way to overcome this one-two punch, and it will require the combination of feeling (right brain function) and logic (left brain function) that is evolving our minds and hearts beyond where they have been for so long. Some people (friends or family members) won’t want to talk about that, but many people who come here do want to discuss what that will entail.

We can do it with regular discussion or we can do it through astrology or we can meet in the middle and combine them; right brain, left brain.

You go first.

I don’t buy into the mystique, charisma, or necessity of 45. From the beginning of his “reign,” he has abdicated the role of public servant. His idiocy, inhumanity, and obscenity are on full display every day. The question I grapple with, and see no clear answer, is: Who are his enablers and why did they choose him? So many have worked to normalize his presidency. It’s creepy, there has been so much denial of so much that is clearly wrong and abnormal, and there are powerful interests propping him up throughout. I wonder if we will ever really know what’s behind it in our lifetimes.

SharonK, re. your post April 7, 1:31pm, “But what will Mars retrograde, from Sept 9 – Nov 13 (I think this doesn’t include the shadow periods) mean for the election?” and Rennie: re. your comment, “Sharon K. mentioned Mars is in it’s fall in Pisces, perhaps due to misdirected or illusory efforts, but it can also signify transcendence and being guided by intuition…” —

I agree that is so, but would add that one major reason Mars is in its fall in Pisces is that it doesn’t know which way to turn. The sign of 2 fishes going in opposite directions (and the 12th house) is a bad spot for Mars, because he only wants to go ONE way, whatever way he wants at the moment! It is a crisis for Mars when he can’t make up his mind.

I suspect this period when Mars goes through Pisces will be will be a period of great confusion for the Confuser in Chief. Trump’s natal Mars sits on his Leo Ascendant – it is one of his key identifying characteristics – the aggressive, self-made man, with the Leo rulership profile (doesn’t mean he ‘earned’ it – most rulers don’t!).

Probably Trump considers his Mars decisiveness to be among his greatest “strengths” (there must be a quote somewhere for it). Being UNABLE to decide would be very stressful for him, including mentally destabilizing and incapacitating. That doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere from the WH (imo), but it could mean he won’t be very functional for at least the period while Mars opposes his 1st house. We should remember that Trump IS decisive usually, even though he is dishonest and so often wrong.

The other thing is this is the period when transiting Mars reaches and crosses Trump’s Descendant and then travels through his 7th house of open enemies. Perhaps this will be the period when his partners, the people he thought would support him, will question him, or abandon him instead. Namely the moderate GOP.

At the end of June when Mars moves into Aries, Trump will go into attack mode because the election season will really get going (and by July the virus ought to have abated some). He will be comfortable again – however, by then, his reputation with his supporters may have done a Pisces vanishing act.

Mars in Pisces is apt symbolism for too many choices (the 2 fishes) – it’s confusion, indecisiveness, being sunk, being overwhelmed. Trump’s natal Mars is in fire (Leo), but this May/June Mars transit is in water – it’s all wet. Mars hates that stuff.

Only people with a tolerance for uncertainty and/or those able to ‘feel’ their way to an understanding are ok with making decisions under such ‘spongy’ conditions, but not Mars (or Aries, the sign it rules).

Water is Joe Biden’s territory – he’s got a lot of Scorpio – he connects with people’s feelings. Biden has natal Ceres at 20 Pisces and transiting Mars will conjunct it by transit in mid June. So, he should connect well with women and touch people’s hearts in general around that time. That connection will have him hoping it will carry him all the way to the WH. (Trump has Vesta in Pisces, which does not bode well for him – Vesta rules virgins and temple prostitutes in mythology – he won’t get much mileage out of that!)

Rennie,
I have no explanation either. But I too have noticed how recent developments reek of mercury retrograde. Yet, no mercury retrograde! I’ve not the astrological expertise to solve this one.

Shower Cap’s blog, usually has new posts on Fridays and Tuesdays. Darkly comic, abounding in expletives, and meticulously linked to news sites that support the rants.

http://showercapblog.com/
Shower Cap’s Blog

Rennie and Eliseo, all the major planets that started new cycles (conjunctions) with transiting Pluto, starting in January, have ended now and trans. Pluto (24+ Cap) is opposite US natal Mercury (24+ Cancer) all by himself. That retrograde feeling might be our US Mercury expressing fatigue after the pummeling it has experienced for 3 months.

I want to thank Blueraven, Andre, Eliseo. Casey M, Henri and Sharon for your kind words yesterday, it has taken all night to recover from the shock and gratitude they gave me. What helped was going to the (big) grocery I usually avoid with my scarf wrapped tightly over my nose and mouth. I could not breathe. Reality, the great leveler.

Nicholas Kristof:

Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone’
“If people saw this, they would stay home.” What the war against the coronavirus looks like inside two Bronx hospitals.

To spend time in New York City hospitals today is to see how wrenching the practice of medicine becomes in a time of plague. Two hard-hit Bronx hospitals, Weiler and Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division, each allowed me and a video journalist into their emergency departments for a day, into the hot zones where contagious patients are treated. We also produced the short video above: The hope is that the more Americans understand Covid-19, the more committed they will be to maintain social distancing, thus saving doctors’ lives and their own as well.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-hospitals-bronx.html?

Rennie and Eliseo, we have this monster in the Oval because in some ways we’re a really dumb country.

Television-addled voters chose him because they believed the hype. They believed that he was a successful businessman when, in reality, he’s a total fake who’s been supported by his father’s money — more money than Orangeman was able to lose until he made one “investment” too many.

He blew his Mob-aided developer career and then moved on to television with the help of Mark Burnett. Look him up.

His enablers — McConnell and the rest of them — are getting the judges and the justices they want. All they have to do is put in a request and their flunky will fill the seat with another unqualified but malleable candidate. The Flunky will also deliver the tax cuts they want.

They have stacked the Courts. All of them. Now they await the death of RBG.

Then there’s the fans. This isn’t politics for them, nor is it governing. It’s a way to satisfy their need to stick it to all the “libtards” that apparently make them insecure.

Their hero will say and do the things that they’re afraid to say or do, including pussy-grabbing. They love that about him because they hate “feminazis,” Rush Limbaugh’s term for feminists. They’re all terrified of feminism, often because they don’t understand what it is.

The fans are the ones we see. So are McConnell and his crew. But we’ll never see the ones who are really in charge because their money keeps them hidden. Is it still the Mob? Maybe. Mario Puzo told us they were going legit and they have.

The reason he’s in office is because he’s satisfying his base — a great term for them — and making his handlers even richer.

I couldn’t possibly explain the astrology of this, only what I’ve observed of their behavior. And the results.

barbk,

Thanks for highlighting transiting Pluto opposite US natal Mercury, that would explain a lot regarding disruptions and transformation of communication and commerce.

I also notice that transiting NN is conjunct US natal Venus at 2/3 Cancer, how do you see that playing out? (My natal Venus is also at 2 Cancer so paying attention to that!)

Re grocery shopping, I know some people like to go out and do it themselves, but I have a few suggestions for delivery options. I’m homebound with no car and staying in a temporary place in a small town so I’ve had to get creative. There was someone who could occasionally help last month but she’s staying home now too. You can try Reddit for your city or state to see if there are volunteers available through local organizations. By chance I read of a group offering volunteers for picking up groceries and supplies and they responded right away with several who were available for this available for this area.

I wasn’t able to stock up on things before the stay at home recommendations were issued. Then the local grocery chain paused their shopping service for several weeks. So I called some nearby small markets and was able to do phone orders for pickup by the volunteer helping me, including a meat market, pet supplies store, and natural foods store. Also had a delivery from a local bakery/sandwich shop. I read that some restaurants are now operating as small grocery stores, with some offering preboxed groceries and staples for pickup. And the local winter farmers market is now doing all pre-orders for pickup and the summer markets will soon do that as well. When the supermarket resumed their pickup service I was able to snag a time slot by trying just after midnight when the next day’s options opened up.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/the-goods/2020/4/8/21213919/grocery-delivery-slammed-coronavirus-freshdirect-instacart
How to get groceries when delivery services are slammed – Vox

Beowulfie, that was one of the better descriptions of my natal Mars in Pisces I’ve seen.

For some mysterious reason I don’t quite fathom, the astrological ages go backwards (I know it has something to do with the slow wheeling of the constellations in the sky). So the Age of Aquarius follows the Age of Pisces which seems to have begun with the birth of Jesus Christ although the Buddha taught compassion centuries before. Your writing on the absence of compassion in the Roman Empire reminded me that was in the Age of Aries. Buddha, Confucius and the ancient Greek philosophers were roughly contemporaries at the exceedingly rare Uranus-Neptune-Pluto triple conjunction in the 5th century BC. That conjunction has never repeated so far and will not for at least three or four more centuries.

Arbo,
I agree with you. Apart from the more cosmic reasons BarbK writes about, the mundane truth is about a third of our population is not only “dumb” as you say, but also believe their “dumb” state of being is far preferable to any other.

arbo and Rennie and Eliseo, speaking of “dumb Americans”, Frank recommended Bill Herbst a couple of days ago and in his latest article he addresses the topic and made me belly laugh, not typical of Bill Herbst. You should read it; hope this link works . . .

billherbst.com/Comm193.pdf

. . or you can just google Bill Herbst.com and read his “Reasons for Optimism, Reasons for Pessimism”

Rennie, I appreciate the grocery shopping suggestions in these trying times, I really do!

Rennie, North Node symbolizes opportunities, and conjunct the US Venus it would seem that opportunities regarding our values abound. In the US 7th house where Venus resides that might mean partnership opportunities.

Venus ruling the US 10th house (Libra) it might mean reputation opportunities, and Venus ruling the US 5th house (Taurus) it could be creative opportunities, or the 6th house (Taurus) it could be opportunities to fix things, like the health care system. It could be all of these together; that would be good.

Andre, to avoid confusion, that Eliseo & Teresa wrote about the Romans, not me. Credit where credit’s due.

Beowulfie,

I like your “Confuser in Chief” moniker

Rennie,

“It’s creepy, there has been so much denial of so much that is clearly wrong and abnormal, and there are powerful interests propping him up throughout. I wonder if we will ever really know what’s behind it in our lifetimes.”

It is utterly insane, head-splitting and unimaginable. I am beginning to actually hate his supporters – I know it is spiritually very dicey/dangerous to do so – but right now, I want to take their head and bash them together. I want to punish these cretins – I’m exhausted from trying to be accepting and forgiving of said knuckle heads – not very Passoverish or Easterish of me at all.

God save my soul from outrage.

arbo,

Much wisdom in your 4:01PM post. Thank you for validating so many of my own feelings/impressions therein.

Eliseo,

“… the mundane truth is about a third of our population is not only “dumb” as you say, but also believe their “dumb” state of being is far preferable to any other.”

How did that one third of our population devolve into the likes of fucktards in Jerry Springer audience?
My guts are twisting with contempt for them – helluva thing to be battling on the Holy Days. I am ashamed of myself.

Hi, will, and thanks.

The people who you hold in contempt have earned it. Your anger isn’t misplaced. Even Jesus reached his limit and threw the money-changers out of the temple. So far you’ve only thought about doing it.

Eliseo, that third of the population probably “doesn’t believe” in astrology, either…

I dunno, barbk, sounds like a Scorpio to me.

Supreme injustice: a Supreme Court for the wealthy and powerful

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/08/high-court-has-been-siding-with-rich-against-poor-since-nixon/?arc404=true

Beowulfie, you’re right. I forgot to credit Eliseo.

Will,

I just had this conversation with friends a few days ago, that I’m furious at him and all the damage he’s done and the people who still support him. Tried to talk myself out of it spiritually, and then I realized rage is the appropriate emotion. Americans are dying needlessly because of his stupid stubbornness, his refusal to accept reality.

People way smarter than him left him a friggin’ plan in writing of what to do in a pandemic. All he had to do was pull out the plan and follow it!

If he simply acted in his own self-interest to keep our economy functioning, and believed what experts were telling him. If he just got out of the way and let them follow the plan, we would be in such better shape, and so many people wouldn’t be dying.

And if that doesn’t make you feel less guilty, you should know that Trump, magnanimously, in a tweet this evening, wished everyone a Happy Easter, even the haters and the losers.

Yes, even in recognizing one of the holiest days to many, he called people haters and losers.

Rage is the appropriate response.

Will,
At least half of all humans on earth are essentially “hillbillies.” As a nation, we were making good progress through the first half of the 20th century in educating ourselves out of our born on the farm, “hillbilly” mentality.

The Cold War changed that trajectory. With the onset of our competition with the Soviets, our paranoia led us to require more and more math and science courses in the public schools, but due to time considerations, at the expense of the arts, literature, languages, philosophy, and the social sciences.

Educators are certainly not against students learning math and science, but that emphasis and consequent deemphasis on the other subjects renders our students more trained than actually educated. Math and science make us good technicians, technologists, builders and inventors, but literature, music, history, etc. edify the soul. It’s something we used to call a well rounded “Liberal Education,” something we’ve progressively abandoned beginning about 70 years ago.

Whenever R’s control a legislature they accelerate this process. With every decade they increase requirements in math and science and decrease requirements for the Liberal Arts. After all, folks who receive a “Liberal Education” might actually become Liberals! They might learn how to think for themselves! They might learn to think Independently and discern when politicians are lying! Horrors!

Corporations of course are not interested in having an educated public. They certainly are not interested in employing people who can think for themselves. Such folks might cause trouble! They want highly trained, gullible, obedient, biological robots, at least until they can be replaced by the real thing, by actual mechanical robot workers.

Additionally, our technology, especially beginning with television and continuing with our “smart” devices has shortened our attention spans. It’s gotten pretty difficult to get average Joe or Mary to understand multi-causality, or to understand mildly complex social problems.

Furthermore, the dark side of our democratic ethos is anti-intellectualism. That may not obtain for other democracies, but it does for ours, and has done so from the beginning.

Hopefully, a new era will dawn soon for education worldwide, with the end of the Trump/coronavirus pandemic, and Pluto’s entry into Aquarius. IMHO, we need to add a year to high school, and add one to the completion of a BS, or BA.

But for now we have too many “hillbilliy citizens” many of whom believe they know more than the experts, or anyone who’s actually studied something. Worst of all, we have one of those in the Whitehouse, surrounded by others of very similar ilk.
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Will,
As far as your anger with Trump: I understand completely. We’ve all felt what you are feeling.

But is not righteous indignation appropriate for Trump and his willfully blind followers? As long as we don’t burn ourselves up with such anger, it is good fuel to be used to fix the problems as soon as opportunity arises.

I know how hard it tries our patience, but we must cooly and rationally determine what and how we will deal with these folks and the problems they’ve created as soon as we again have power. We need to stay clear minded. It’s hard I know for us all. Keep the Faith, brother.

Joe Biden Wins Alaska Primary
Alaska, which switched to all-mail voting because of the coronavirus outbreak, was the first primary since Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race.

The state’s primary, which awards 15 pledged delegates, was turned into mail-in voting after concerns of the global coronavirus pandemic scrapped plans for in-person voting sites. Alaska had originally scheduled its primary for April 4, before the pandemic, but was among 16 states and Puerto Rico that postponed their voting because of the outbreak.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/us/politics/alaska-primary.html?

Jerry, somehow I missed your piece on retro Pluto and so a belated thanks; dates to watch: Mars square Pluto on 8/13 and Oct. 4. And yes, Trump’s premature opening of businesses could trigger outrage. Nancy says trans. Pluto opposite Trump’s Saturn May 1 through July 12!

Arbo . . . I’m lost; what sounds like a Scorpio?

(having trouble keeping up with so much going on these days)

arbo,

“Your anger isn’t misplaced. Even Jesus reached his limit and threw the money-changers out of the temple. So far you’ve only thought about doing it.”

It would be difficult for you to imagine how often I recall the wrath of Christ and the money-changers – usually in an effort to validate my own sense of outrage. Thank you!

Teresa Hill,

“I just had this conversation with friends a few days ago, that I’m furious at him and all the damage he’s done and the people who still support him. Tried to talk myself out of it spiritually, and then I realized rage is the appropriate emotion. Americans are dying needlessly because of his stupid stubbornness, his refusal to accept reality.”

Needed to hear/see this – so very normalizing. Merci!

Eliseo,

“But is not righteous indignation appropriate for Trump and his willfully blind followers? As long as we don’t burn ourselves up with such anger, it is good fuel to be used to fix the problems as soon as opportunity arises.”

Many thanks for your empathy and support, Eliseo. It means a great deal to feel authentic alignment with you all – I am surrounded by impossible idiots who happen to be as cock-sure of themselves as I am of my self – such a strange parallel process in reversal – Have I attracted the very energy I so often put out there? Hard to argue against that possibility. Now if I can just get a leap of enlightenment to get past this soul-cramp.

Teresa Hill

Heads up. Transiting Vesta (investment) is conjunct US Uranus (unexpected) at 8+ Gemini and square US Ceres (nature/nurture) at 8+ Pisces. Jump in Coronavirus patients?

Barb K,
Couldn’t Vesta conjunct US Uranus at 8+ Gemini, square US Ceres also indicate sudden, unexpected investment by benevolent billionaires for PPE, and other necessary medical resources and equipment?

Also in coronavirus pandemic context, I’m half way expecting some very wealthy Progressives might donate sufficient funds to pay for mail in voting in states that don’t have it. Our R dominated Senate won’t pony up the money, so why not some billionaires in states where the legislature approves it but can’t get the necessary federal funds?

We can’t underestimate how much people have been brainwashed by fsr-right media, especially radio which was dominant before social media escalated. Of course they would give Limbaugh the medal of freedom for his great work. Those who subscribe to these extremist views listen to the spew of poisonous messages and think they then are entitled to spew to everyone as well. I’m shocked when an otherwise genial conversation is hijacked by someone who thinks they have the right to subject you to their extremist views whether you agree or not. It’s crazymaking and toxic and upends social niceties or genuine dialogue. The “fun” uncle in my family, the one who we all adored as kids because of his playfulness and charm, has gone way over to the dark side and adheres to horrible extremist views that are self-hating considering his background as an immigrant, but he will not budge from his views–or even consider that someone may not agree! It’s literally like he’s possessed. Studies have been done on genocidal events and found that local radio stations spewing racist messages against minorities or other groups turned deadly. It’s tragic, so many family relationships and friendships have been severed forever because people are possessed by extremist beliefs.

You’re right it could Eliseo, since trans. Venus is about to conjunct US Uranus too, but the fact that all 3, trans. Vesta and Venus and US Uranus are square US Ceres, and trans. Ceres is now conjunct the US natal Moon-Pallas in Aquarius (squared by trans. Sedna in Taurus), and because Ceres was in the same degree as Pluto and Saturn in their conjunction, the virus (Ceres) is determined to prevail.

It’s just that this insistence that church services (Jupiter) must take place on Easter, despite the danger (Pluto), seems to be a reawakening of the old church vs. the law thing, and Ceres doesn’t flinch in a fight, she makes a point and she can be threatening to the People when she feels it is necessary. I’ll try to be more positive.

BarbK,
Interesting. I think we can safely presume an uptick in number of confirmed cases amongst the folks who attend churches which deny the danger. I also think it is safe to presume those churches lean far right politically.

The “crazy” churches might be predominantly the Independent ones for which closing down public services would be financial suicide, i.e. tantamount to going out of business.

Or it could be their egos are hyperinflated with grandiose delusion as to their importance and favored relationship with the Almighty. I would tell those folks that no matter how righteous you think you are, no matter how much you love G-d, or G-d loves you, s/he is not going to alter the laws of physics, biology, or medicine on your personal behalf.

Conversely, I know of several more reasonable and mentally balanced churches choosing to require their congregants to stay home with the option of “attending” online services through Zoom, etc.

What would stop us all from sending in massive volumes of absentee ballots – perfectly legal, yes?

“‘It’s positively alpine!’: Disbelief in big cities as air pollution falls – Photos of the world’s most polluted cities before — and after — the (mostly) global lockdown”
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/11/positively-alpine-disbelief-air-pollution-falls-lockdown-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

“Trump reportedly asked Dr. Fauci “Why don’t we let this wash over the country?”

There it is. @realDonaldTrump ? was not only okay with millions of Americans being killed by COVID-19, he welcomed it and wanted to make it happen.

A pure sociopath.” @Jackasaurus3…

https://t.co/okOR8Wu7Im?amp=1

This is a worrying sign….

In India, Coronavirus Fans Religious Hatred

Indian officials are blaming an Islamic group for spreading the virus, and Muslims have been targeted in a wave of violence.

New York Times
April 12, 2020

NEW DELHI — After India’s health ministry repeatedly blamed an Islamic seminary for spreading the coronavirus — and governing party officials spoke of “human bombs” and “corona jihad” — a spree of anti-Muslim attacks has broken out across the country.

Young Muslim men who were passing out food to the poor were assaulted with cricket bats. Other Muslims have been beaten up, nearly lynched, run out of their neighborhoods or attacked in mosques, branded as virus spreaders. In Punjab State, loudspeakers at Sikh temples broadcast messages telling people not to buy milk from Muslim dairy farmers because it was infected with coronavirus.

Hateful messages have bloomed online. And a wave of apparently fake videos has popped up telling Muslims not to wear masks, not to practice social distancing, not to worry about the virus at all, as if the makers of the videos wanted Muslims to get sick.

In a global pandemic, there is always the hunt for blame. President Trump has done it, insisting for a time on calling the coronavirus a “Chinese virus.’’ All over the world people are pointing fingers, driven by their fears and anxieties to go after The Other.

Here in India, no other group has been demonized more than the country’s 200 million Muslims, minorities in a Hindu-dominated land of 1.3 billion people.

From the crackdown on Kashmir, a Muslim majority area, to a new citizenship law that blatantly discriminates against Muslims, this past year has been one low point after another for Indian Muslims living under an increasingly bold Hindu nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and propelled by majoritarian policies.

In this case, what’s making things worse is that there’s an element of truth behind the government’s claims. A single Muslim religious movement has been identified as being responsible for a large share of India’s 8,000-plus coronavirus cases. Indian officials estimated last week that more than a third of the country’s cases were connected to the group, Tablighi Jamaat, which held a huge gathering of preachers in India in March. Similar meetings in Malaysia and Pakistan also led to outbreaks.

“The government was compelled to call out this congregation,” said Vikas Swarup, a senior official at India’s foreign ministry.

He said that the gathering in March “had a significant impact on the containment methods” but denied that the government’s frequent blaming of the group had “anything to do with a particular community.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/world/asia/india-coronavirus-muslims-bigotry.html

“On Jan. 20, the US and South Korea confirmed their first cases of COVID-19.

Today, April 11:

US – 520,000+ cases
20,000+ deaths

SK – 10,000+ cases
200+ deaths

Our population is about 6-7 times that of SK, but we have 100 times the number of deaths.”

@Jackasaurus3

To Nancy (administrator)

It hadn’t occurred to me until after posting, that the above article could be misconstrued as political. That wasn’t my intention. I had merely intended to share one of the unfortunate consequences of the Corona Virus. Would you kindly delete it for me? Thanks.

“We are living in a time of extremes, & these extremes are both a reflection of an old consciousness that can no longer survive & a future consciousness in which planet Earth herself, & all of us on Earth, are transforming. This old consciousness is driven by survival emotions like hatred, violence, anger, fear, suffering, competition, & pain—emotions that serve to seduce us into believing we are separate from one another. The illusion of separation taxes & divides individuals, communities, societies, countries, & Mother Nature herself. By pure logic & reason, this type of consciousness cannot sustain itself for much longer.?
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If you aren’t aware that there is an increase in frequency & energy occurring at this time—an increase in anxiety, tension, & passion—then you might not be paying attention to your own state of being & mankind’s interconnectedness to this energy. Depending on your outlook, this could be either an exciting time of awakening or an anxiety-inducing moment in history. Regardless, the old must fall away or break down so that something more functional can emerge in its place. This is how people, species, consciousness, & even the planet itself evolve.”

Dr. Joe Dispenza, FB Page

Jerry – That article is fine. I would like to leave it up. The same kind of ethnic scapegoating is happening here with the attacks on the Asian-American population for the “Chinese” virus.

A teenager from an isolated Amazonian tribe who tested positive for Covid-19 has died, raising concerns about the coronavirus’ impact on the region’s indigenous people.

The 15-year-old boy, a Yanomami from the village of Rehebe on the Uraricoera River, died Thursday, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Health.
The Yanomami live in the rainforests and mountains of northern Brazil and southern Venezuela, according to Survival International, an organization that seeks to protect indigenous rights. The largest relatively isolated tribe in South America, there are an estimated 38,000 Yanomami today, the organization’s website says.

The Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA) said the virus had spread among the Yanomami through miners who had illegally entered indigenous territory.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/world/yanomami-amazon-coronavirus-brazil-trnd/index.html

Nancy,

Ok. I trust your judgment. As you may know, I am a guest in this country. I did have a passing concern that anything perceived as criticism, especially in these uncertain times could have adverse repercussions. But India after all is a democracy of which it should stand proud, and what was posted in this public forum was based on fact not conjecture or slander. So….. thanks for the reassurance.

Really Eliseo? Hillbillies?

“But for now we have too many “hillbilliy (sic) citizens” many of whom believe they know more than the experts, or anyone who’s actually studied something.”

Some of us who visit here grew up in the Appalachians. You are continuing a hurtful and derogatory stereotype on a board devoted to enlightenment. I am sure you do not use other ethnic slurs to describe people.

“The hillbilly stereotype is considered to have had a traumatizing effect on some in the Appalachian region. Feelings of shame, self-hatred, and detachment are cited as a result of “culturally transmitted traumatic stress syndrome”. Appalachian scholars say that the large-scale stereotyping has rewritten Appalachian history, making Appalachians feel particularly vulnerable. “Hillbilly” has now become part of Appalachian identity and some Appalachians feel they are constantly defending themselves against this image.”

“Positive self-identification with the term generally includes identification with a set of “hillbilly values” including love and respect for nature, strong work ethic, generosity toward neighbors and those in need, family ties, self-reliance, resiliency, and a simple lifestyle.” Count me as one of these “hillbillies”.

I agree with Eliseo. We have too many hillbilly citizens. And it is not an ethnic slur. It is a term used to describe people who are willfully ignorant and anti-intellectual. It would be like saying that calling someone a racist is slurring their ethnicity. After all, racists generally identify with the South and are white. And I would also apply the term Hillbilly to our current Republican party.

Five Takeaways on What Trump Knew as the Virus Spread
An examination by The New York Times reveals that there were warnings from the intelligence community, national security aides and government health officials — even as the president played down the crisis.

The president was surrounded by divided factions in March even as it became clearer that avoiding more aggressive steps to stop the spread of the virus was not tenable.

As he prepared to give an Oval Office address on the evening of March 11, Mr. Trump continued to resist calls for social distancing, school closures and other steps that would imperil the economy. Seeking to understand the potential effects on the stock market and the economy, he reached out to prominent investors like Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of Blackstone Group, a private equity firm.

During an Oval Office meeting, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stressed that the economy would be ravaged by such measures. Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, who had been worried about the virus for weeks, sounded exasperated as he told Mr. Mnuchin that the economy would be destroyed regardless if officials did nothing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-response-takeaways.html?

From Elisabeth Grace:

“P45 spoke with Putin twice last week, because that’s what you do when your country is in the middle of a deadly pandemic; you talk about oil! Stay tuned from more of the same this week — only bigger, amplified by the expansive Sun-Jupiter square. Upside potential: extraordinary optimism and largesse.”

https://elisabethgrace.com/the-forecast/

barbk, when you referred us to the Herbst piece you commented that it wasn’t typical of him. It read very Scorpio-like to me.

Barbk, I don’t understand how you can jump to the conclusion that Ceres represents “the virus”. Please explain where that came from!

Your comment (my caps): “Ceres is now conjunct the US natal Moon-Pallas in Aquarius (squared by trans. Sedna in Taurus), and because Ceres was in the same degree as Pluto and Saturn in their conjunction, the VIRUS (Ceres) is determined to prevail” — this does not make any astrological sense, imo.

There is nothing in astrology to associate a specific planet, asteroid, or whatever, with a virus, or a bacteria, or even a general class of lower forms of life on earth.

Pulling such a concept out of a chart has to involve all of the planets and asteroids, etc. in context – in other words, the whole wheel.

Besides, since astrology is always time-bound, what time would be associated with such an association? It’s not like this is a horary question that allows the astrologer to ‘assign’ certain things to certain houses, etc. If there is no question, there is NO answer. It applies to the path in birth charts, as well as the limits of horary charts.

Which is why it is incorrect to attribute any one symbol (planet, house or sign) with a particular person or thing in an astrological consultation. It’s not sufficient evidence unless it fits on many levels. The indications for a specific identification have to be multiple — replicated or repeated in various ways in the chart, per the aspects and houses that are affected by the relationship. It’s complex, a cluster effect, not one-to-one.

Sorry, I don’t mean to ‘school’ you, but to point out an oversight. You are a fine and valued astrologer, and perhaps I’m misreading your comment. Or perhaps it’s too much ‘shorthand’, or writing in a hurry.

In any case, broad statements need to be supported. I’m sure you have your reasons, so please state them and your assumptions for us. Even when in a hurry, astrologers need to respect the ‘rules’ of the game despite the fact that astrology is not a ‘science’. Thanks.

Thanks arbo, I agree.

Beowulfie, if I were writing a book I would certainly abide by your criteria, but for a comment I get a little loose. I’m truly sorry it upset you.

Ceres = nature = microbes, etc.

Space is at a premium.

will, what could stop us from sending in massive volumes of absentee ballots is the collapse of the US postal service. Check out ja’s 1:15 PM comment with the Eliz. Grace link and read the section on John Prine. Stunning what Trump is capable of.

SassyGrace,
Sorry I offended you. It was certainly not my intention. I don’t think of it in ethnic terms associated with Appalachia. We ALL descend from ignorant people. If we go far enough back, I suppose we also descend from cannibals!

In my experience the term has been applied to all sorts of people including a number of Texans I grew up with. My mother from Louisiana, wasn’t from the hills or the sticks, but she certainly had an “I don’t want to know stuff” attitude, and was opposed to my education.

I stand by my assertion about a third of our American population consists of folks who are willfully and arrogantly ignorant, who disdain education, knowledge, understanding, inconvenient facts, etc. Such people can be from anywhere, rural or urban, be they American, Japanese, English, Russian, whatever.

My broad use of the word “hillbilly” was meant to apply to all sorts of people across planet earth. I wasn’t thinking of Appalachians. The “hillbillies” I’ve mostly known were from Texas. But we know Texas has also produced some very brilliant and wonderful people.

What word would you prefer?
Bumpkins? Hicks? Rednecks? Agnoiaphiles? Ignorati?

How about tea partiers, Eliseo? Or the “Freedom Caucus.”

Arbo,
I’m looking for more universal terms, and thought I found a good one with hillbillies. I had no idea anyone would be offended as I had no idea classic hillbillies still existed.

Eliseo, I learned a new word today. Agnoiaphile: a love of ignorance. As in 45 and his followers are agnoiaphiles. We are nearing the end of the era of agnoiaphilia. Thank you.

barbk, where I live we have drop boxes in and outside govt buildings. We could use the post office buildings if they’ve been closed…

Eliseo, some people can be offended at “hello.”

Then are we agnoiaphobes? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

“Idiot” is a venerable term:

https://www.historydisclosure.com/what-does-idiot-mean/
meaning of word “idiot”. where does it come from? – History Disclosure

Arbo,
Philosophers are lovers of wisdom.
Philia (lover) Sophia (wisdom)
But Ignorance kills.
The more we know, the more we understand with what extraordinary frequency ignorance kills, and kills, and kills again. I think perhaps the most evil thing in our human experience is when arrogance is married to ignorance.
Our most salient, and nowadays omnipresent example is that oddball in the White House.

In future years, when the top ten list of historical individuals most evil is made, I’m sure Mr. T will be a definite contender for the dishonor.

So yes, call me an agnoiaphobe.

BarbK,
I’m not sure of the astrological reflection, but I believe concomitant with the pandemic, we are awakening to who in our various societies are the real heroes.

Not the athletic stars or rock musicians (not to denigrate their talent) but our health care workers, our firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and those who do the medical research necessary that eventually saves lives. The lure of glamour diminishes as respect for self sacrifice grows.

“Eliseo, some people can be offended at “hello.”

Amen to that, arbo.

willthehillybilly

arbo, there you go with your creative thinking! Where there is a “will” there is a way.

Thanks to Beowulfie, I checked out the conjunction chart of Neptune and Pluto that took place on August 2, 1891, the 1st of 3 conjunctions these slowest of the slow moving planets made when their present cycle started, and that cluster of transiting bodies that were conjunct the US natal Moon (that I wrote about a few months ago) included Ceres, Juno, Nessus, Magdalena and Hades. Each has a grievance quality associated with their mythology.

All were trine (lacking conflict) Uranus (breakthrough) in Libra which was square (conflict) the US natal Pluto in Capricorn at the time.

Right now transiting Neptune is a bit over 5 degrees from being exactly sextile with transiting Pluto, a sextile which won’t exact until 2026. I believe they are close enough (within orb) of activating that cycle of theirs, and, along with transiting Venus and Vesta close enough to their cycle start degree (8+ Gemini), which is also where the US natal Uranus is, that the Neptune-Pluto cycle has now been officially re-activated.

At that time, back in 1891, Venus (values) at 27+ Cancer was opposite the US natal Pluto (transform) at 27+ Capricorn and both were T-squared by the same Neptune-Pluto chart’s Uranus at 27+ Libra.

I also mentioned in that recent comment that there was an opposition between Saturn and Jupiter at the time of the 1891 Neptune-Pluto conjunction. It was a crisis point for societies then and it is influencing (or reflecting onto) our societies now, thanks to the approaching (within orb) sextile between trans. Neptune and Pluto.

So then, it isn’t just the new Saturn-Pluto-Ceres cycles (+ several other newly initiated cycles) that symbolize the financial and other institutional breakdowns we are experiencing; it has been baked into the cake of the Neptune-Pluto cycle that is 119 years old.

Eris (discord) was at 19+ Pisces – where transiting Neptune is now – at the time of that Neptune-Pluto conjunction (that was conjunct the US natal Uranus), the chart for which had a Jupiter-Saturn opposition and a Venus conjunct US Pluto in Cap that Uranus in Libra squared, while also in a trine with a bevy of grievance symbols which were conjunct the US natal Moon.

Knowing this, I find it a little easier to bear these present problems, . . . including my downstairs neighbor who is having a party with very loud music right now because he is sheltering at home. This too shall pass.

correction: “Venus opposite US Pluto in Cap that Uranus in Libra t-squared” (next to last paragraph)

Eliseo,
I am unsure how to make a term of it, but I came across an interesting Spanish phrase that translates as “the will to not know”–La voluntad de no saber.

I see that as a change in “values” Eliseo; what we value is what we admire in other people. At least that’s one way of acknowledging, or becoming conscious what is of value, and yes, it is in lockstep with the pandemic. Values in general are symbolized by Venus.

barbk,

The Most Important 2020 States Already Have Vote By Mail

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/voting-mail-2020-race-between-biden-and-trump/609799/

Has this article been posted already?
Don’t know if this will influence the elections but it certainly is true.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/12/us-global-reputation-rock-bottom-donald-trump-coronavirus

Restoration –

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Click here to listen to and/or download Restoration
https://www.dropbox.com/s/es6liejkvlm6dl1/Restoration.mp3…

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Virginia governor makes Election Day a holiday and expands early voting

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/12/politics/virginia-election-day-holiday-early-voting/index.html

Thanks will. Let’s pray that the post men and women will still be delivering mail – that there is still a postal service which now appears to “be on the brink of collapse”. Au revoir.

The Contrast Is Startling……….

Obama: U.S. Prepared For Ebola (2014)

Video: 2 min 11 sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij90EjI3nQE

10 Times Trump Downplayed The Coronavirus (2020)

Video: 2 min 5 sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTjTaR748eg

Connecting the Dots: Glyphosate and COVID-19

Are glyphosate and COVID-19 connected? Glyphosate, one of the most toxic chemicals in the world, may be the key to why some people get severely ill from COVID-19. An MIT senior research scientist reports:

By Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D.

The pandemic that we have long been told is coming any day now has unfortunately arrived. A new strain…,

https://jennifermargulis.net/glyphosate-and-covid-19-connection/

barbk,

“Thanks will. Let’s pray that the post men and women will still be delivering mail – that there is still a postal service which now appears to “be on the brink of collapse”. Au revoir.”

I do not believe that is a likely scenario. We might see U.S. Post Office not selling stamps or taking packages in the future due to so much of that going online and people printing their own postage.

There’s a push online that started over the weekend — a sort of go-fund-me campaign to save the post office.

Someone calculated that if half of Americans would buy $11 worth of stamps, then not use them until the economy is better, it would be the huge infusion of cash the post office needs.

So, if you have the money, go buy stamps. It may be working. We may have crashed the site. I can’t get there now, but here’s the link: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=buy-stamps

Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president

https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiECewUCi_6hzrGnq0LIsZuacqGQgEKhAIACoHCAow2Nb3CjDivdcCMKuvhQY?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

Watching the WH press conference and this is probably the most tired-looking I have ever seen the orange man.

Is all the trouble he has caused finally catching up with him?

President Trump insisted that he had absolute authority to reopen the country if governors had issued stay-at-home orders in their states, saying, “When someone is president of the United States, the authority is total.”

“it’s almost laughable that Trump calls “reopening the economy” the weightiest decision of his presidency. He didn’t actually make any shelter-at-home decisions, or determine which food processing plants should shutter because their workers are infected. He pretty much sat on the sidelines while leaders like Jay Inslee, Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, Larry Hogan and Gretchen Whitmer, Phil Murphy and others implemented necessary measures to keep their states’ populations safe.

Likewise, it’s not Trump who will issue the decrees that reverse any of this. And it’s certainly not Donald Trump who will tell me to stop working remotely (which I’m incredibly grateful I can do) and resume my pre-Covid-19 life as usual.

I listen to scientists/medical experts, and to government officials who listen to and work in concert with scientists/medical experts. I don’t need Donald Trump to determine that his re-election bid is worth a certain risk to my health or my life.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/13/us/coronavirus-updates.html?

even more laughable ja, did you see who is on his task force?
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/ivanka-trump-jared-kushner-council-to-reopen-america

As usual, the good buddies on this board like to insult people whenever they express a point of view that they do not like. And for some reason, they take particular joy in targeting me.

Will & Arbo – seriously? Some people would be offended by “hello”? Would you condone Hello Spic? Hello Kike? Hello Raghead? Hello Dago?

You are no better than the people you claim to be superior to.

Eliseo, the term “hill billy” originates from Scottish dialect & describes the settlers of the Appalachian mountains as the terrain reminded them of home. Billie means comrade or companion.

God help you people.

Will & Arbo..

Everything is a game to you. You don’t care who you hurt.

I appreciate Starlight and the posters on this site so much, it’s brought me sanity during these dark dark days.

Moon in Capricorn tonight is bathing Pluto and Jupiter, making sure our feelings are drawn deeply into this. Pluto 24+ Capricorn, and Jupiter 25+ Capricorn are in the last decanate of that sign which has Virgo’s name on it, shining light on the Virgo areas — health, healthcare, hygiene issues, food, service, the thoughts consuming everyone’s minds right now.

I didn’t know how I could go on, but then had a leap of faith when I saw Bernie’s endorsement of Biden, which was such a hopeful, candid, and sincere exchange between the two men. Only a great soul could have done what Bernie did, his Virgo practical and analytical Sun at the forefront, knowing what’s important and what’s not, and can clearly see problems that need to be fixed, repaired, and improved. I feel these guys plan to walk the talk. The irreversible damage and problems caused by this egregious administration are overwhelming. Let’s hope Bernie & Joe joining forces will do whatever it takes to make the evil orange monster and his merry men go away.

I’m trying to trust the system, and read something worth sharing — as a society we are not “breaking down,” we are “breaking through.”

SassyGrace,

Your screed and condemnation about the use of hillbilly as a slur is a JOKE. This is what you do when you get uncomfortable in your own skin – rack up charges against me, Eliseo, arbo or whomever? Don’t you have a website of your own? What’s wrong, slow or no followers? Surprised?

I’ve had enough of your baseless attacks and snipes. Consequences, Assy-Grace.

Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden for President
At a moment when Mr. Biden still faces deep skepticism from many younger progressive voters, Mr. Sanders’s support is a major step toward Democratic unity against President Trump.

“As one social media meme has it: if you won’t do it for Mr. Biden, do it for Justice Ginsburg and the Supreme Court.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/13/us/politics/bernie-sanders-joe-biden-endorsement.html?

ja, I wish the orange anti-christ would issue a back to work order and try to overrule Governors. Lets have that constitutional crisis we have been putting off for way too long. If they are attempting a takeover, let them show their cards.

Sassy, being of scottish heritage myself, I do know about the origination of the term hill – billy. Appalachian music can be traced directly to 16th century celtic roots because of minimal or no outside influences. The term was ‘bastardized’ by early theatrical stereotypes and grew from there. A valuable scottish trait is also being able to laugh at oneself and cultural traits – instead of taking offense and feel hurt by those who may be blissfully unaware, stand proud and victimless in your heritage, and educate.

It looks like we’re heading for a constitutional crisis towards the end of the month when the social distancing guidelines expire and Trump seems adamantly determined to get the US workforce back to work. Let the fun begin……

Trump Falsely Claims He Has ‘Total’ Authority

Video: 9 min 1 sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhni0fYpnXI

Jerry,

Re: DJT “Total Authority”

I watched your clip live and just about pitched late lunch. It was such a bullying and vulgar power grab. In so many word, he was proclaiming,

‘I am a totalitarian President’

barbk,

Regarding you hinting at the reach of Trump’s power upthread; I can’t help but to wonder if he is purposely attempting to crush the post-office with a view to its privatization, thereby corrupting it destroying/diverting/hiding mail-in-ballots.

Will – movement to buy stamps & postcards online to save post office by people power
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/12/1936606/-Want-to-save-our-Postal-Service-and-Democracy-Good-Here-s-how

kiwi,

Thank you for the link. Its all so bloody surreal.

COVID 19 “vital cocktail, according to many doctors and even Cliff High, is 4-5 grams of Vitamin C (ideally liposomal, which is sold out in most places now), Zinc, Vit. D-3 (sunshine if you have it is great too), Chaga mushroom extract, B vitamins, Astragalus and Probiotics. I also use a bit of colloidal silver. Also, neti pots are a good idea with a drop of Oregano Oil (ouch!!) or colloidal silver. Also far Infra-red light and Bio Mats are good tools as this virus doesn’t seem to like heat. ”

Regina Meredith of Gaia, FB Page

It’s Obvious Whom Joe Biden Should Pick as Vice President
He needs a running mate who strengthens the ticket in the areas where he is weakest. One person stands out.

“A close examination of the electoral track records of the possible partners shows that Ms. Abrams best offers what Mr. Biden most needs. In terms of success with young people, Barack Obama’s political popularity is unquestioned, and therefore his support levels among that demographic offer a valuable measuring stick. Of the potential nominees, only Ms. Abrams outperformed Mr. Obama in her state, winning the 18-to-29-year-old vote in Georgia by nearly 30 points; Mr. Obama lost that group by three points. Only Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, another common name on potential V.P. lists, equaled Mr. Obama’s performance with young voters in her state. The other contenders for whom there is data underperformed Mr. Obama in their most recent competitive race by significant margins.”

Another positive thing (which I’m collecting right now) is Pope Francis’ encouragement of a universal basic income during his Easter address.
And speaking of Andrew Yang, just wanted to make note of the great transits for him right now. His natal chart has a grand trine in air (Pluto, Venus, Kronos–transformation, values, expert) which becomes a kite pattern with Neptune in Fire opposite Kronos. All of these are at 9 or 10 degrees. Right now Mars, Venus, and Vesta are transiting at 9 deg air (Aq and Gemini), highlighting AY’s positive ideas. UBI may just come to pass, or at least be a part of the Dem platform this year.
Barbk, thanks for the insightful explanation of the 1891 Neptune Pluto conjunction, and the upcoming Neptune Pluto sextile. The Saturn Neptune sextile turned out to be the era of a cohesive and persuasive mass media that united us. Perhaps Neptune Pluto sextile will put us all on the same page regarding economics.

From NYT’s:

Jack Kornfeld

‘Things Keep Getting Scarier. He Can Help You Cope.’
” And now it’s time to add our part to this great dance. This is what we are here for. It’s time to make a vow, to sit quietly, rest your heart and ask, “What is my best intention, my most noble aspiration in this difficult time?” If you quiet yourself, your heart will answer. The answer could be simple: “I vow to be kind no matter what.” And when you find the answer in yourself, write it down and place it somewhere you’ll remember. Then when you feel lost or confused, take a breath and remember that vow. Because it’s time to become the lamp in the darkness, David. Where others hoard, you help. Where others deceive, you stand up for truth. Where others are uncaring, you become kind and respectful. This is what’s possible for us as human beings in this moment.”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/13/magazine/jack-kornfield-mindfulness.html?

In case you missed this:

Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-s3ANu4eMs

ja,

And a full-throated endorsement it was, at that.

Ja,

I love what Jack Kornfield wrote — thank you for sharing it with us.

I have always been a spiritual seeker and a fan in particular of Christianity, Judaism (my religion of birth, and my culture), and Buddhism and I participated in the most wonderful 4-day Zen Buddhist retreat in the 80s, held by the then Roshi from one of the large groups in San Francisco. It was wonderful and changed my life irrevocably, but I did not continue to practice except in the lightest way – definitely not rigorously. I was on my 3rd koan by the time it ended and I think the Roshi was suprised at my ability to get 2 of them.

The first one came to me in a flash of insight while staring at my shadow while meditating and I was so excited as I knew it was right, and couldn’t wait until my next audience with him. He seemed taken aback when I told him the answer. So – having been born Jewish, I have all the makings of a Ju-Bu and am a Kornfield fan, as he is well-known for that combination. In fact, after this Passover, I think I am leaning more that way again and somewhat less aligned with organized religion, aspects of which are lovely and spiritual sustaining. What I always like about Zen was that it made it apparent that there is really nothing — nothing to fear, worry about, strive for, or be concerned about but, of course, there are significant things in life that need our attention. This difference is becoming more & more apparent these days.

Secondly, Sassy Grace — I want to send you a great quantity of love and light, and also to anyone else who experienced unsettling emotions here. This can be a tense and trying time, sometimes boring, restricting, painful, stuck, & sad (thank God for coffee & even wine). I have to say that I had 0 idea that “hillbilly” was an offensive term to anyone, so thank you for letting us know about it. Not being from those areas of the country, although I have spent time in the Asheville, Hendersonville, & Lake Lure, NC area, I have nevertheless always appreciated the beauty of the Appalachian and, probably very similarly, the Ozark cultures — the gorgeous pottery & woven wall hangings and clothing, the “colors” of mountains & forests, the beautiful, and spirited music… But to me, hillbilly is like a cartoony term, and I had absolutely no idea that it insulted real, flesh and blood people. That was kind of dense and self-centered of me, because why wouldn’t it?

Similarly, as angry as we get at the Trump supporters, and Trump and his loyalists, etc., I guess I made the point earlier that they are people and not cartoons or stereotypes. It’s very difficult to know when and how to stand up to others sometimes, without giving into anger & sinking to a lower vibrational level (thank you, Angellight).

As the point was made very well here, anger can be very appropriate. On the other hand, I have heard it can be hurtful to the targets of our anger and to ourselves, as it upsets our equilibrium and peace. We act like humans who sometimes are having a spiritual experience when I have heard that we are really spiritual beings, temporarily having a human experience.

Namaste, everyone be well and of good cheer. Love to all — Sharon

When I speak of anger, pls realize I know wherefore I speak. I express my share. My husband & I are tested often, sometimes daily, & it is a great joy to see either or both of us pass.

Sassygrace, every morning I look in the mirror and say, “Hello, Kraut.” Sometimes I say, “Hello, Mick.” Sometimes I say, “Hello, Limey.” Such a wealth of terms for some of us. I’d like to occasionally honor the rest of my ancestors, but there’s no slur I’m aware of for the Swiss, except for maybe “Banker.”

Try to lighten up. You’ll live longer and perhaps be a bit happier.

The virus that has brought us to a standstill seems to me to be symbolically represented by Ceres (nature) and Neptune (ignores boundaries, unseen by human eyes).

On Feb 7, 2016, transiting Neptune was conjunct the US natal Ceres at 8 Pisces 41 and square the US natal Uranus at 8 Gemini 55. Twelve days later on Feb 19, 2016. the US natal Ceres Return took place with transiting Neptune less than a degree ahead.

In other words trans. Ceres and trans. Neptune were conjunct each other and conjunct the US natal Ceres, and all were square the US natal Uranus (unexpected, breakthroughs).

Eight + months later Donald Trump was elected US President.

At the moment trans. Neptune was conjunct the US natal Ceres, trans. Pluto (transform) at 16+ Cap was conjunct trans. Venus (values) at 17+ Cap and both were square trans. Uranus at 17+ Aries, which was sextile the Sun (consciousness) at 17+ Aquarius (which was square trans. Mars at 18+ Scorpio who was sextile trans. Pluto and Venus in Cap).

Convoluted indeed, but the message of the trans. Neptune conjunct US Ceres (a once every 165 years event) signaled unexpected and shocking (both Uranus key words) breakthroughs were coming.

The chart for the US Ceres and trans. Neptune conjunction in 2016 had the tail end of the Uranus-Pluto square period, a time of major upheaval for the whole world, as well as their (US Ceres + trans. Neptune) being square the US NATAL Uranus, making it personal for the US.

Because trans. Uranus was sextile the trans. Sun it was an opportunity to expand consciousness (Sun) but at a price (Sun square Mars). So here we are with Trump as President and a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic pushing us in the direction of increased consciousness.

This experience of a lifetime is, at its most basic, a part of the Uranus-Pluto cycle that began in the 60’s, compounded by a Ceres-Neptune conjunction that triggered the US natal chart’s square between Uranus and Ceres.

There are further astrological signals that add detail to the picture, but just knowing that it was the outer planets (Pluto, Uranus, Neptune) that symbolically triggered this mass consciousness raising for the United States tells me it was part of a grand scheme, rather than the random chaos it would appear to be.

A new Ceres Return will begin soon, the 1st of 3 conjunctions between trans. Ceres and US Ceres will take place on May 28, the 2nd conjunction on August 14, and the final conjunction will be on Dec. 20, hours before the Winter Solstice and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.

It is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius; finally!

Here’s Amy!

Amy Klobuchar: Trump Votes by Mail. Why Can’t Everyone?
If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for all Americans.

We must reform our election systems, so that sheltering in place can also mean voting in place. And we must do it now, while we still have the time to preserve everyone’s ability to vote in November.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/opinion/klobuchar-coronavirus-mail-voting.html?

Ja, I am deeply grateful for the Jack Kornfield interview. I shared it with both my children.

On a personal note, I don’t use midpoints or secondary progressions but I admire those who have the technical proficiency to do so. I do use Solar Arc progressions. My natal Saturn at 19 Scorpio in the 11th house is sextile my Sun at 20 Cap and square my Moon-Pluto conjunction in Leo. By Solar Arc, it is now at 24 Capricorn, right in the middle of the Saturn-Pluto-Jupiter triple conjunction.

A noted French psychiatrist said we should not merely resist the pandemic, but become resilient by transforming it into a positive experience. He suggested, among other things, reaching out to long-lost friends not seen in many years. I have in two cases, and both contacts have been a wonderful warm experience. I believe that was my Solar Arc Saturn.

On the other hand, I also tried two relatives and that did not go well. Another French writer on meditation wished everyone a happy confinement (the word used in French for lock-down).

ja, SharonK,

Enjoy Kornfield a great deal. Just purchased an audible version of The Wise Heart on Kindle and listen to it before going to sleep.

If there was a shred of authenticity in Sassy Grace’s sanctimonious judgements about the use of hillbilly as a horrid pejorative term, I would have let it go – but it felt like a false premise – a straw dog of sorts, trumped-up as a reason to attack a most thoughtful and evolved fellow blogger.

Wondering where that free-floating rage comes from, Sassy Grace; seems to come out of no-where with a roar.

Coming to your $1,200 relief check: Donald J. Trump’s name

Source: Washington Post

The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that is expected to slow their delivery by several days, senior agency officials said.

The unprecedented decision, finalized late Monday, means that when recipients open the $1,200 paper checks the IRS is scheduled to begin sending to 70 million Americans in coming days, “President Donald J. Trump” will appear on the left side of the payment.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/coming-to-your-1200-relief-check-donald-j-trumps-name/2020/04/14/071016c2-7e82-11ea-8013-1b6da0e4a2b7_story.html

Is it too much to ask that this bastard be humbled? That something or someone finally swats him and stomps his insufferable ego into the ground?

On another note,

God bless Stephen Colbert – wicked funny! Relentlessly skewers The Fake President with delicious satire.

NZ PM today announced 6month 20% paycut for all govt ministers & ceos – now thats a rare move for a politician to demonstrate shared burden!

Will, we love you a lot. Thank you for making yourself vulnerable, Aries point person & we are so glad that you are better. It is possible that SassyGrace had this experience, though. Why else would she have reacted so strongly? (That’s a rhetorical question by the way.)

Thank you Andre, Sharon k and Will,

I’m glad I shared Jack Kornfield’s article with helpful tools for dealing with the stress so many are facing now.

Here is a link to his Podcasts and Dharma Talks:

https://jackkornfield.com/podcasts-dharma-talks/

SharonK

Thank you for your good health wishes. I never know how quite to respond when someone uses the pronoun “We” … as if a consensus was reached. I like it better if its more direct, one-on-one. Nonetheless, its always better to be kind and gentle. Difficult for me at times, obviously.

Re Sassy? I don’t know what her motives were/are. For the sake of stirring up drama perhaps? Plaudits? Perhaps she’ll post something about it.

SassyGrace,
I’m truly sorry you feel so hurt. I know what it is like to feel that your very identity has been assaulted, whether it was intentional or not.

Please allow me to share some thoughts with you, particularly on the nature of identity.

I was born into the “wrong” family, and I’ve felt like an orphan all of my life. Although my father was extremely decent and the kindest man I’ve ever known, neither he nor my mother had any kind of a clue as to how to raise a son so extraordinarily different from themselves.

My Scots/Irish father was born in a log cabin to what in Texas we call Deep East Texas hillbillies, but as his mother died in childbirth, he was raised by a foster family with a slight bit more education than the folks he was born to. A very good man, he was nevertheless very tone deaf. I’m a musician and singer.

My mother was a real agnoiaphile, as were her Welsh descended Louisiana kin, all very much in love with their own ignorance and a tendency of cousins to marry cousins.

In contrast I became an intellectual at a pretty early age with literally about 60 more IQ points than either of my parents. By the time I was six years old my mother deeply betrayed me, emotionally abandoned me. I never trusted her again, and suffer deeply from that wound unto this day. She also consistently discouraged me from pursuing or developing any of my true interests or talents.

All of my East Texas hillbilly relatives are gone. But I remember and honor them for their sincerity, their kindness and their deeply gentle ways. Nevertheless, I humbly and amusedly also remember Mimi, my real grandfather’s second wife reacting with horror that NASA had successfully put men on the moon. She frequently complained that “if God meant man to fly, he would have given us wings.” One of my Deep East Texas cousins liked to point out to her that she sometimes traveled by car, but God didn’t give us wheels.

Likewise, I have a cousin in Louisiana, a year younger than myself, a gal so very smart and so very stupid. When she graduated from High School she was awarded a total and complete scholarship to LSU. She attended for nine days and came home. She said she did not like the crowds, but the truth is she didn’t appreciate her narrow ideas being challenged. She much preferred to remain an ignorant farm girl.

I can honestly say some of my ancestors were “hillbillies.” But my Louisiana flatlander farm folk relatives were and are far more racist and dedicated to the pursuit of ignorance than those in Deep East Texas. Those Texas relatives, have passed away. Although I do my best to respect and love the few in Louisiana who are left, I do not identify with them.

I am not offended if anyone says my ancestors were ignorant, obtuse, or racist. They definitely were, and some still are. But I am not them. I am not my parents, nor my relatives.

Who are we anyway? I am both blessed and cursed with eidetic memory as well as semi- continuous incarnational memory. From 1867 through 1935 I was an Irishman. Before that, during the American Civil War I was a very young Irish American drummer boy who died in battle and was very traumatized by the experience. During the American Revolution I was an English pastor. Sometime before that I was a Spanish priest, and before that a French monk. I’m sure were I to delve far enough back I would find I was at some point a thief, a murderer, and perhaps a cannibal.

And so it is with us all. In this life I was born in Louisiana and grew up in Texas. But I am neither a Texan nor a Louisianan. I am only temporarily a Pacifc Northwesterner, and American.

I’ve served this life as an actor, singer, musician, broadcaster, mental health counselor, pastor, criminal investigator, university professor, and as of late a writer. But in ultimate essence I am all of these and none of these. I possess many unique and unusual ideas, hypotheses, and theories. But I am not my ideas.

We often hear the quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. To be more precise, I strongly suspect we are electromagnetic beings in biochemical clothing.

You are clearly an intelligent woman and surely a spiritual seeker, or you would not be a follower and contributer to this blog. I do not believe you are any kind of hillbilly any more than I am, although we both are descended from such folk. I do not believe you are in love with ignorance. Far more likely, you love learning, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

Thank You for explaining the etymological roots of the term, but I do not entirely understand why you are offended by the appellation, “hillbilly.” As you appear to be very hurt by my usage of the term, I beg your forgiveness. But I also urge you to exercise your innate gift for self transcendence. You are so much more than your ancestors, as are we all.

Ja: Thank you for Kornfield link. Awesome.

JACK KORNFIELD: Audio: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #1

Here is a 13-minute practice to steady your heart in the time of coronavirus. You might also like: A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus #2 Visit the Pandemic Resources page on my website for meditations & other materials.”

https://jackkornfield.com/steady-heart/

Eliseo,
I have not the ability to say more than “Thank you” for sharing your experience and wisdom.

We are not our labels, but I believe it is important to know who and what your people are/were in order to know more about oneself, and to honor the best they had to share.

I do so wish we could all meet physically in the same place and look into the eyes and touch hands and speak to each other at leisure. We would each learn so much….

( Forgive me; I can see and almost touch, the level at which I should be functioning and cannot.) I may never get used to it, but I will jump in anyway. 🙂

‘The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope

When a caterpillar enters its chrysalis, it dissolves itself, quite literally, into liquid. In this state, what was a caterpillar and will be a butterfly is neither one nor the other, it’s a sort of living soup. Within this living soup are the imaginal cells that will catalyse its transformation into winged maturity. May the best among us, the most visionary, the most inclusive, be the imaginal cells – for now we are in the soup. The outcome of disasters is not foreordained. It’s a conflict, one that takes place while things that were frozen, solid and locked up have become open and fluid – full of both the best and worst possibilities. We are both becalmed and in a state of profound change.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebecca-solnit?CMP=share_btn_tw

Eliseo,

You are always a breath of fresh air in this strange age of ignorance and consequence. I enjoy reading your posts and insights.

New discussion thread:

http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/2020/04/new-discussion-thread-4/

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/who-launches-global-megatrial-four-most-promising-coronavirus-treatments#

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-13/coworkers-save-coronavirus-doctor

The 2nd article mentions vitamin C mega doses, which are also being used in NY – which was used with other therapies on an ER doc who contracted the virus. The original treatment gave him a bad cytokine storm reaction. His organs were shutting down fast but basically an anti-immune drug for rheumatoid arthritis saved him. The WHO study is impressive.

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