"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Mars to Shapely 8

"That said, Mars will be heading over the degree of super-massive galactic anomaly, Shapley 8, in the next days as well. Shapley 8 is a huge gravitational steering mechanism that does galactic flight control for the Great Attractor, our group of local galaxies and our galaxy. With Mars transiting this point, expect draws and pulls outside of the typical realm of influence.
Let’s say a person walks down the street of a Christmas street fair. As they pass a vendor’s booth, the sunlight aligns perfectly with glass orbs inside some cool spinning device that is an amazing window decoration. It’s awesome! You could get lost in that dang thing. If you had it hanging in a window where the morning Sun can spread light though the sphere in visually tantalizing spectrums, you could get lost in it.
Would getting lost in the visual display offer you inspiration, restore frustration with awe, and inspire an understanding of the mysteries of the universe? Or would you idly dream away endless hours with no perceivable gain? Saturn in Capricorn will want to know.
Mars to Shapley 8 will impel you to attend to ideas and activities that were not on your agenda. Will these gravitational disturbances more perfectly direct your path in the next days? Will the distractions seed new life-altering activities? Is the investment of energy in accord with the best intentions of your soul? The answer lies in the intent with which one applies Martian effort.
It’s a great thing that the Mercury-Earth-Sun alignment virtually coincides with Mars to Shapley 8. Develop an instinctive overlay to all those galactically potent pulls that demand your action to ensure that you consider the previously unimaginable, the potentially daunting and the most certainly life changing within the most appropriate commitment of your energy to cause."

— Philip Sedgwick, SkyScraping, Morsels of Mercury and Mars ~ 11 Dec 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

From Sagg (Whew!) to Cap

Well... an eventful ride... deeply significant, as a sagg.
And now...

From Here to Saturn in Capricorn
— Eric Francis Coppolino

"Just before noon Eastern time on Tuesday, Dec. 19, Saturn arrives in Capricorn. Saturn’s pass over the Galactic Core and through the last degrees of Sagittarius describes the high-pressure madness we’ve been seeing, as well as the feeling of some people waking up.

For a brief refresher, Saturn (associated with structure, productivity, responsibility and authority) orbits the Sun in about 29 years, and therefore takes about two-and-a-half to three years to pass through each sign. It’s been in Sagittarius since late 2014 and is about to enter Capricorn. This particular change is significant in that Saturn will be entering a sign that it rules for the first time in a generation and, in the process, will make an aspect to the Aries Point, with its theme of the personal meeting the collective. This also commences the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, which peaks in 2020."
"Along that line of thought, last week dwarf-planet candidate Quaoar entered Capricorn. Quaoar, discovered in 2002 (in Sagittarius, where it was till a few days ago), was considered such an important discovery at the time that it was given the honorific minor planet number 50,000. Its overarching theme is the creation myth and family patterns.

One discussion we have not heard in the mix of all the #metoo protests is the connection between how people conduct themselves in corporations and government, and how that relates (and indeed has its origins in) the family. However, we do need to keep that in mind, since psychology has done an excellent job of mapping that out. This is a subject to focus on as Saturn makes its one and only conjunction to Quaoar, for this Saturn cycle, on Saturday, Dec. 23. (The next one is March 11, 2051.)

Also note that Mars is now in Scorpio, having just arrived Saturday. This represents an infusion of sexual energy, in the style of hormonal desire, into the current equation. For quite a while, Mars has been in Libra, and its presence in Scorpio, a sign Mars rules, is more palpable. So that, too, is influencing our environment. The assertion is being made over and over again that “this is all about power; it’s not about sex,” though that’s barely possible to demonstrate, much less to prove. Mars is a reminder to own your sexuality, your desire, your choices and your freedom to choose."

"Tuesday, Dec. 12, Vesta and Jupiter form a conjunction in Scorpio. This describes the wisdom of sexuality, and the fact that any actual discussion of sexuality requires the acquisition of knowledge and a deep form of self-honesty. ...
If Scorpio is also the sign of psychology, then this conjunction also suggests a commitment to internal work — and to conscious magnanimity; that is, actively practicing generosity and mercy, and perhaps forgiveness."

No perhaps... forgiveness is the work!
(Reread all!)

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Saturn-Pluto, Love and Trust

things are only likely to get more (shall we say) impressive as the next few seasons and years unfold.
The central feature is the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, synonymous with the U.S. Pluto return. The New York Times quoted me recently as saying that “we are entering the biggest point of reckoning in American history since the Civil War.”
The current astrology is a mash-up in Sagittarius, as Saturn clears the Galactic Core and heads to Capricorn and an aspect to the Aries Point. Mercury retrograde lasts through Dec. 22, three days after Saturn enters Capricorn and a whole new phase of history begins.

In these weeks, pay attention to what you do, say, sign or otherwise commit to. Keep your priorities set on the truly meaningful matters of life.

What we’re witnessing isn’t even the new normal. It’s the opening act to what will be a kind of endgame. And we will need one another’s love and support — beginning right now. I mean this literally, and directly. Help anyone you can, so long as nobody is hurt in the process. Offer your support wherever you notice it’s needed. Solve any problem that you can. Use your resources to make things easier for people. Buy meals for homeless people. Refer people to those who can help them. Whatever you can do. Think of this kind of transaction as your basic function in life.

Through this time it’s going to be essential that we keep our spiritual footing. This might involve meditation (I keep hearing people say they’ve started up their practice again). Really, though, it’s about being friendly. To sum up the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and the Beatles in a few words, we need to be friendly to one another.

We need to remember that trust is a voluntary act; and that as a poet once wrote, without love in a day, insanity is king. Most of all, we need to remember that our healing process is not about what happens out there but rather what happens in here. We are past the point where spirituality can be some abstract philosophy.
Eric Francis Coppolino, Not Just Strangers in a Strange Land