Uranus in Taurus: Radical New Values Around Money & Pleasure

The Naked Songwriter Podcast #025

Experiments in Micro-Economics with Artist/Activist/Yoga Teacher Bear Hebert

bear hebert talking about micro economies and social justice on the naked songwriter podcast May 11, 2018Uranus in Taurus is going to radically reshape our societal values and change how we relate to money, food, and pleasure. The last time Uranus the Awakener transited the sign of Taurus, in the 1930s, a lot of bad stuff happened. Much of it involving money, food security, racial oppression, and the politics of scarcity. Why should this transit (2018-2025) be any different?

I tackle this question with one of my current favorite bloggers and grassroots/futuristic thinkers, Bear Hebert.

Bear teaches yoga in New Orleans. She’s a life coach who specializes in working with post-capitalist entrepreneurs. She runs a theater company. She writes a provocative blog encouraging healers and spiritual people to take action on social justice issues. (Her current life coaching program is titled “No Lazy Cowards”…) Listen to the podcast: Continue reading

When Anything Is Better Than the Same Old Thing

Naked Songwriter Podcast #24: Breaking the Mold

dragon, Roya Pearl

King Duskbreaker, by Roya Pearl.

Sometimes you’ve just got to do something different – anything – to assert your divine right of being who you really are. (And remind yourself that whatever’s getting your goat probably isn’t as do-or-die as the voices in your head are claiming!)

If you want my take on the Scorpio Full Moon, please see the live stream I did about it.


Astrology Live! Saturn Retrograde, Mars Pluto Conjunct, Chiron on the Aries Point

Astrology to Drive You Crazy

Mercury square Saturn on Wednesday, April 25: dark thoughts or focus that leads to success? This week’s square activates the Saturn retrograde degree, which tells us we need to go a little crazy and disrupt our own personal status quo in order to regain our inner authority.

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn on Thursday, April 26 can bring tremendous focus to what is worthwhile. But it also opposes the USA’s natal Mercury in Cancer (security-oriented thinking) and the USA’s natal Chiron in Aries in the 4th House (we’re not as sure of ourselves as we like to pretend).

Sunday’s Scorpio Full Moon squares the nodes (the current series of Leo-Aquarius eclipses), challenging us to tune in to what is precious in ourselves and our lives. This is what gives us the courage to bring forth our inner divinity and recreate society so that life can be beautiful for everyone.

And with Chiron conjunct the Aries Point, the personal becomes political and the political becomes personal. We are more likely now to feel the impact of events on the world stage as a powerful impetus pushing us to break free of old constraints.

Aries New Moon April 15, Mercury Direct, Chiron in Aries

Anything Could Happen If You Don’t Give Up

Mural – New Orleans Food Coop

I’m sure you’re feeling the chaotic energy swirling around. Mercury is stationing, preparing to return to direct motion on Sunday. The New Moon in Aries also happens Sunday, at 9:57 pm EDT USA. At the New Moon, the Sun and Moon will be in a two-degree conjunction with Uranus, the planet of sudden, sometimes shocking change, revelation, and enlightenment.

Not only that, but Chiron leaves Pisces – the sign he has transited for the last seven years – and enters Aries on Tuesday for the first time since 1977. And Saturn stations retrograde on Tuesday, as the Sun is moving toward exact conjunction with Uranus early Wednesday.

Chiron is, of course, the archetype that connects or mediates between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron enables us to ground the innovative, revelatory insights and energy of Uranus into the the structure and density of Saturn.

So there’s a lot of possibility amidst the chaos. As John Sandbach says in his notes on the Chandra symbol for the 29th degree of Aries (where Uranus is hanging out this week): “No running away here, rather an embracing of the unknown and a complete willingness to try something just to see what happens. ”

Year of the Dog

I’ve been hanging with my daughter in New Orleans while her mom is out of town on business. I’ve also been watching her dog during the days while she’s at school. I’m amazed at the ability of dogs to keep believing that what they want to happen is going to happen. Every night at dinner, Booch (who turned nine earlier this year) bounces into the kitchen like a puppy. When we sit down to eat, he looks up at us with earnest, hopeful eyes. “Surely,” his expression says, “this is the night where you share your people food with me!”

Most of us humans would have given up eight and a half years ago. But dogs have this amazing ability to forget the bad and focus on their desires. And you know what? Sometimes it pays off. Many times it doesn’t – you end up eating the same old boring dry dog food because you’re hungry and you have to eat. But sometimes you get the delicious treat.

One thing I want to remind you of, regarding the mechanics of a Mercury retrograde. It’s not uncommon for us to get stuck on (or in) a ‘problem’ while Mercury is retrograde. This can feel intensely frustrating. We find ourselves obsessing about exactly what we don’t want more of and it’s hard to break free of those depressing thoughts.

But what Mercury is trying to do is force us to stay inside the problem state so that we can fully understand it. Then – once Mercury has returned to direct motion – we will be empowered to implement corrective strategies.

By showing us how often we think the same negative thought, or how often the internal dialogue repeats the same limiting belief statements or energy-taxing complaints, Mercury retrograde reveals the impact these mental habit patterns have on our lives. While simultaneously showing us the structures that have built up and calcified in the mind in order to create the negative outcomes we are so sick and tired of.

Let’s face it: as long as we can buy into the parasitic rationalizations – “it’s not so bad; there’s nothing I can do about it; I’m a victim of fate; I guess I’m just doomed to suffer with this” – most of us will tend to keep generating the negative outcomes.

Mercury retrograde is showing us that we can change our reality by changing the thoughts we empower with our emotional energy.

Since this retrograde is happening in Aries – the sign that is seeking its true identity (the sign that asks “Who am I?”) – this weekend is a great time to tune in to what has been repeatedly bothering you about yourself.

Whatever you have felt most frustrated about; wherever your inner self-talk has been most negative or abusive or fatalistic; whatever you’ve found yourself just hating about your identity: this is the aspect of your identity you can transform in the coming weeks.

Just allowing yourself to say what you want and don’t want can be so powerful right now. Even if you don’t believe you can change it. There’s such a power in acknowledging that (a) you’re sick and tired of a habit, behavior pattern, or way of (not) showing up in the world; and (b) that you do desire to be free of that pattern, to be who you really are.

Oh, and remember – the parasitic thoughts are not who you really are. And they are not your fault. They’re the symptoms of a hereditary disease. But the disease is curable.

The cure – as Chiron always reminds us – is awareness. I hope that remembering that the self-destructive, fearful, shameful thoughts about yourself are NOT your Self will give you the courage to stay aware and to allow yourself to feel and energize your heart’s desires for your life.

In this Year of the Dog, we could all probably learn a little something from man’s best friend about refusing to give up hope and about being faithful to our desires.

Ear Candy – Towards Mr. Fantasy

Live Looping Improv – Show Opener

I’ve been working on the opening number for one-man show. I happened to record this practice session and was psyched to listen on my earbuds and find a lot of tasty ear candy moments!


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The War on Children

[Podcast] Libra Full Moon Square Mars & Saturn

In the new podcast I look at the two malefics – Mars and Saturn – conjunct in Capricorn and how we can use the intense energy pattern created by Saturday’s Full Moon. And I explore last weekend’s march on Washington in light of the national War on Children. Plus: the current Mercury Retrograde in Aries and questions of mistaken (self-) identity…and some new music. Check it out!

Libra Full Moon - March 31, 2018, 8:37 a.m. EDT, Washington, DC

Libra Full Moon – March 31, 2018, 8:37 a.m. EDT, Washington, DC

Here’s the full piece from the musical interlude: Ear Candy – Towards Mr. Fantasy


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Courageous Empaths: Apply Within

This Could Be Your Missing Puzzle Piece

  • Are you an empath or sensitive?
  • Do you have a persistent dream of what your life is meant to be?
  • Have you been working on yourself for years and years but still feel like something is blocking you from your real life?
  • Are you constantly giving to other people but can’t seem to give to yourself?
  • Do you struggle to set healthy boundaries with others?
  • Do you often feel guilty when you do make time for yourself or spend money on yourself?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed and oppressed by what is going on in the world and wish you could make a real difference?

The time is now for those of us who are sensitive, empathic, creative and kind to stand for who we are and for the world we believe in.

We are called to reclaim our inner authority. This means learning to accept and honor our needs, not continually “working on ourselves” while we settle for scraps.

This means learning to trust and honor our desires rather than suppressing them to avoid conflict.

It means seeing through the stories we were given in childhood, such as that acting on our desires will hurt those who supposedly love us.

Most of the stories we have believed about ourselves and about the world are false. They are merely clever and convenient control mechanisms designed to enable other beings to suck your life energy and use it to further their agenda of misery and suffering for all.

Seeing ‘Reality’ for what it really is means seeing yourself for who you really are. Which is SO much more than who you were made to think you are.

The parasites are clever but their power over you is based on one thing and one thing only: your belief that their lies are actually your thoughts.

Connecting with likeminded people who are committed to seeing through the false ‘reality’ story is KEY. We need each other to help us stay awake.

We start a new six-week Book of Spells webinar on Sunday, March 25. We have six four places left in the group. Sign up here:

Register: The Book of Spells: Who Do You Think You Are?!

book of spells who do you think you are webinar

The Real You, Hiding in the Shadows

Who you think you are is probably not who you really are…

by Safiya

I’ve been crocheting a lot lately. It’s like a meditation, the repetitive back and forth, seemingly never ending rows growing and forming, something taking shape from nothing. It’s a miracle to turn a ball of string into a piece of fabric, a fabric that is basically holes held together with knots of yarn.

I just made a curtain. I’m in love with it! I fall in love with everything I make. I can’t believe I’m able to do it and I fall in love so often that I’m overrun with stuff I’ve made.   This is the making of a great modern fairy tale:  the girl who fell in love with everything she makes and ends up surrounded by her handiwork and unable to leave her home, only to be rescued by a handsome prince who arrives on a white horse clutching  a pair of scissors to cut her out of her predicament.

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Why crafting our own narrative matters more now than ever

Social media seduction

I talk about this in my most recent podcast, but this 13-minute Guardian interview is worth watching to understand how unscrupulous marketers are influencing us through Facebook harvesting and micro-targeting.

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie claims that Cambridge Analytica used apps developed by a Cambridge University professor that enjoyed “special permissions” from Facebook. Meaning that If one of your friends signed up for one of these apps, the app had permission to harvest data from all of your friends’ friends – including your status updates and even private messages.

I also found it fascinating that Cambridge Analytica employs teams of writers, designers, and other creatives to create entire blogs and websites to lend the appearance of legitimacy to what you are fed on Facebook. Entire fake histories written just for you!

Want to take back your story? Join us now for Who Do You Think You Are?! A mind-expanding exploration into the untapped resources of your multidimensional Self.