The Alien Patterns in Astrology

New! Fall 2020 Alien Patterns Class Starts September 10

Updated 08-19-20: Class start has been moved to Sept. 10 and classes will be held weekly through October 22. Jump to updated schedule and sign-up details.

One of the most powerful experiences I get to have as an astrologer is witnessing the profound relief and self-acceptance that happens when a client “gets” their alien pattern. Sharing what these patterns are, how they challenge the native and those around them, and how the native can integrate and “own” these patterns is a spiritual initiation. I have seen people’s lives transform radically after one reading – the alien pattern constructs are that powerful.

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Bill Gates natal chart alien patterns astrology

The Microsoft founder and current de facto world health czar Bill Gates’ birth chart hosts a volatile cocktail of four alien patterns: Uranian Instrument, Neptune Power, Mutual Reception Pluto Power, and Earth Adept.

What are the alien patterns?

Alien patterns in the natal horoscope are special energy configurations involving a conjunction of the Sun, Moon or Ascendant with one of the transpersonal outer planets.* These patterns give the native special abilities, such as an innate understanding of the true nature of time, the ability to see dead people, psychokinesis, or the ability to awaken the kundalini power in other people.

Choosing to carry one or more alien patterns is intended by the soul as a gift to the world. But the alien patterns are often experienced as a curse by those who carry them – until they are able to bring these energies into their conscious awareness.

In fact, natives with alien patterns in the natal horoscope almost always reach adulthood suffering from a profound sense of alienation (hence the name).

Why is this?  


I had been anxiously awaiting DK’s Alien Patterns class for a good chunk of time. I have had many readings with DK, and as someone with a Pluto Power alien pattern in my chart, pretty much all of my sessions would end up with me “picking his brain” for more and more alien pattern info. Of course, I was eager to learn more. When he finally decided to offer his Alien Patterns course, I enrolled right away. I am so glad that I did. Throughout this course I learned that if you have an alien pattern, it can be both a blessing and a curse…much like a superpower. It takes some time to recognize the blessing, but it is well worth doing the research! One of the most incredible things I took away from this course was an understanding of the interpersonal dynamics that are involved with living with an alien pattern, particularly among family members (interestingly, families often run in alien pattern “packs”…who knew!). Learning about this phenomenon fueled my desire to learn more about astrology and I am now pursuing this path! Thank you, DK, for your magic and wisdom. – Toni Black, toniandkim.com


The outer planet energies carried by the alien pattern native operate with the intent to transform whatever they encounter. So as soon as an alien pattern person connects with another human, they initiate an evolutionary/transformational feedback loop with the other person.

Here’s a post, with pictures, answering the question: How do I know if I have an alien patterns in my natal chart?

Relationships are incredibly loaded for most alien pattern people. Almost all of us learned at a very young age that there was something ‘wrong’ with us. We made others uncomfortable, we attracted inappropriate sexual attention from adults, we knew things that we couldn’t possibly know…and we were shamed, shushed and ostracized for simply being who we are.

Who Is This Class For?

Astrologers & Healers

If you’re an astrologer, or if you use astrology as part of your healing or coaching practice, you need to know about the alien patterns. Understanding the alien patterns will help you initiate your alien pattern clients into the mystery of who they really are. It empowers you to validate these people’s life experience in a way that is profoundly healing. It will help you to understand why they may be so enlightened in most areas of their life/chart, but deeply resistant or fearful in certain areas.


“I am a Plutonian Vessel… A Shaman who holds deep emotional space for others and guides them through profound life changing transformation. It was through taking this course that I could fully embrace and vocalize what I have been embodied all along. Kairos helped me recognize that the Chaos I bring and the channeling of Kali Ma energy is my superpower and not something to be ashamed of doing in the world. Eternally grateful for this course. It has opened up a whole world of limitless possibilities (Chaos in her truest form).” Chaos, astrologer and shamanic healer


Alien Pattern People (And Those Who Love Them)

If you possess one or more alien patterns in your birth chart this information can radically transform your understanding of yourself and your life experience and purpose. The same is true if your partner, children or other key people in your life carry alien patterns in their charts. (Aliens tend to attract aliens.)

Read my post on: How to find alien patterns in a natal chart

Minimum Requirements

To get the most out of this class, you’ll need a basic understanding of the language of astrology, including signs, houses, planets, and major aspects. For example, you can identify a sign by its glyph, you know the difference between Venus and Pluto, and if I say, “Notice this client also has Saturn in Libra in the 2nd House” you know where to look and find Saturn in the chart.

If you want to take the class but don’t feel confident in your astro-knowledge, contact me and we can determine together if you and the class will be a good fit.

Class Content

Overview (Weeks 1 & 2)

In the first two classes (four hours total) you will learn:

  • The alien pattern framework: the stages of development all alien pattern people go through from birth through adulthood.
  • How to identify alien patterns in a horoscope.
  • The basic gift/teachings of the four outer planets forming the alien patterns: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
  • The Adept patterns and how they work / how to work them.
  • How the alien patterns act when we are consciously aligning with their power.
  • How they affect us and those around us when we are unconscious of them.
  • How to bring an alien pattern into conscious awareness.
  • The two transformational keys for taking an alien pattern from curse to gift.

Going Deep with the Alien Patterns (Weeks 3-6)

These four classes (eight hours total) are organized by outer planet archetype.

Week 3: Saturn – The Teacher/Transformer – The Saturn aliens are natural authority figures. They understand the true structure of reality and the non-linear nature of time. They push those around them to develop inner authority and take responsibility for their lives.

Week 4: Uranus – The Illuminator – The Uranian aliens are the radical truth-tellers. They illuminate falsehood in those around them and challenge others to own their truths and live from the Authentic Self.

Week 5: Neptune – The Divine Mirror – The Neptune aliens inspire others to see or feel what it would be like to be their ideal selves. They light up the space around them with Christ-like compassion but are often chronically drained by psychic vampires.

Week 6: Pluto – The Shaman – The Plutonian aliens activate people’s deepest fear and unconscious shame patterns, allowing others to experience a rebirth into their most powerful self.

Reach for the stars - alien patterns in astrology

In these four classes, you will learn about:

  • Common traits of the Power, Vessel and Instrument patterns for each outer planet archetype.
  • Differences in how the Power, Vessel and Instrument patterns tend to manifest with each of the outer planet types.
  • How to honor the native’s internal resistance to each pattern.
  • The importance of working with built-up trauma from carrying one or more of these patterns.
  • How to become conscious of these patterns by recognizing them at work in relationships, including past relationships.
  • How the patterns show up when the client is resistant/unconscious.
  • How to help clients move out of resistance and into the awakened state.

We will use the natal charts of celebrity alien pattern people to illustrate how the different patterns function at various evolutionary levels. And you’ll have the opportunity to explore the alien pattern(s) in your own chart!

Live Class Dates and Times

Live video calls will be held every week on Thursdays at 9 pm Eastern time. All classes are recorded (video and audio) for those who can’t make the live class.

Those dates are:

  • September 10
  • September 17
  • September 2
  • October 1
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • (October 22) – makeup date if we need to take a break along the way

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Six two-hour live, interactive video classes.
  • Lifetime access to the video and audio recordings of all six classes.
  • Course notes and exercises and links to additional resources.
  • Email support from me.
  • A private discussion forum is available to Cosmic Fire members.

Register

Space is limited to 15 participants. Payment plans available if needed. Email me at dk [at] dkbrainard [dot] com if you have questions or need to make payment arrangements.


Fall 2020 Alien Patterns in Astrology Course – $300





* There are a few alien patterns that don’t involve the outer planets, such as the Adept alien patterns. These occur when one of the elements or modes contains no planets or the Ascendant. We will cover these patterns + Shadow alien patterns and mutual reception alien patterns as well.

Wake Up! 2020 Astrology

This Is the Time We’ve Been Waiting For

Are you ready?

I do pretty much all of my astrology writing and video-making over at my new spiritual creative community, Cosmic Fire. But for those of you just discovering my work, here’s a primer on the 2020 Great Awakening featuring some of my videos and podcast interviews.

January: Where This Is All Heading and What That Means for You

In January, my friend Corin Grillo (author of The Angel Experiment) invited me to her monthly Inner Sanctum group to look at the year ahead:

DK Brainard astrologer 2020 predictions

It is still a year with tremendous power for those who are focused and committed to the path of their highest good. And, it’s seriously time to wake up to the reality of the Matrix and the fact that you absolutely cannot be pursuing Matrix-level goals and expect a good outcome. Going forward, the only security is in aligning with our highest selves and purpose and connecting with likeminded community: You must learn discernment!! The mainstream media (and a lot of well-meaning people who are totally stuck in Matrix programming) are blasting huge waves of fear and misinformation designed to keep you from acting on your own inner guidance. You can’t afford to trust any perceived or self-styled authorities any more.

Question everything.

March: Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn – Global Lockdown

On March 14, I predicted the possibility of martial law being enacted in the U.S. that week, as Mars was about to make conjunctions with both Jupiter and Pluto on March 20 and March 22. (The first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in 2020 would be exact on April 4).

This prediction popped out during our Cosmic Fire Sunday mastermind call as I was looking at the Mars-Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. The video below is a one-minute excerpt (with charts) from that call. The second Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions happens on Monday, June 29.

April/May: Coronavirus and the USA’s Astrology in 2020 and Beyond

4TGV Corin Grillo Golden Vine podcast covid fear of death
Corin Grillo interviewed me on her Golden Vine podcast. We talked about why the American people – including so-called spiritual teachers and “woke people” are so ungodly terrified of death. And how the shamanic practice of befriending your death could change the world.

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers DK Brainard astrology of USA 2020

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers interviewed me about how we can work with the 2020 astrology to create a positive outcome for ourselves and the world.

June: Two Eclipses, Mercury Retrograde, and Jupiter-Pluto #2

The build-up to the first of three eclipses between June 5 and July 5 brought huge protests (as well as violence and massive property destruction) in many American cities.

I broke down all three eclipses in June and July – including connections to the pre-9/11 Cancer solar eclipse in 2011 in this video:

Reality Beyond the Matrix?

It’s hard to see much of a break in the intensity for the rest of the year. Mars will be retrograde in Aries in September and October, Mercury is retrograde in October, stationing direct on election day in the U.S. (shades of the 2000 election?) and then we have two more eclipses before the once-in-20-years Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius.

The parasitic forces of control, greed, violence and force that have oppressed humanity for thousands of years are doubling down in 2020. They know this could be the end of the line and they are engaging (via their human hosts in the mainstream media, deep state, politics, and corporate-financial systems) in all-out psychological warfare on the people.

That sucks. And, this our chance to make a prison break and restore this beautiful planet to her true Reality of love, art, beauty and fairness for all.

We can’t do it alone and we can’t do it halfway. You’re either waking up or you’re choosing to stay tethered to the Matrix wheel of karma. For those of you who are choosing the red pill option, I invite you to check out our online community of artists, visionaries, healers, and makers  at CosmicFire.org.

My partner Phoenix and I are doing a series of four community circle calls free for Cosmic Fire members during eclipse season. (During last summer’s eclipse season, we offered a similar series of calls for $99/month.)

You can join us for a monthly donation of as little as $11 (and we have scholarships for people who really can’t come up with $11 – apply within). All members of our community get access to the eclipse season calls, to our private (no ads, no spies, no trolls) forum, to our library of meditations and spiritual teachings, and more. No contracts, no obligations (other than walking in integrity), no bullshit – you can stay for a month or stay forever.

How to Find Alien Patterns In Your Natal Chart

What are the alien patterns in astrology?

Alien patterns are specialized energy configurations in the natal horoscope.  The most common alien patterns include a conjunction of the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant with one of the four outer planets (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).

What are the alien patterns? | How do I know if I have an alien pattern in my chart?

I’ve been working with the alien patterns framework with clients for about 15 years. My experience shows that while these people are unusually gifted, they also tend to be unusually troubled.

The alien patterns were discovered by astrologer Edwin Steinbrecher, who wrote about them in his book The Inner Guide Meditation. Steinbrecher named these chart configurations alien patterns because people with one or more of these patterns in their natal chart shared a similar sense of alienation, of other-ness. Even in childhood, they felt apart from others. They were conscious of being treated differently, of not belonging, of not being able to fit in. From a young age they saw the world from a remarkably different viewpoint than most of the people around them.

I’ve had several alien pattern clients tell me they knew they must have been adopted: “I kept badgering my parents to tell me how to find my real family.”

These energies are not easy to carry through life because their function is disruptive and transformative and because they are always active on some level. These archetypes are so powerful that one can only suppress them for so long. Also, they are distinctly transpersonal or non-human. The alien pattern archetypes carry the intention of destroying old, corrupt emotional patterns, thought forms and behaviors – and they don’t care whether the person who is being triggered by them likes it or not.

Alien pattern people tend to find relationships uniquely challenging, especially relationships with family and intimate partners. Because they are – usually unconsciously – always triggering the people closest to them to evolve and transform, they evoke strong reactions from others.

These reactions range from intense neediness to verbal, psychological and emotional abuse, and sometimes outright physical violence. I tell my alien pattern clients that many of the people they will attract in this lifetime are drawn to them because the other person’s soul wants the alien pattern medicine the client carries. But if the other person is locked in an egoic mind state of fear, shame, separation or control, their ego will fight desperately to stay in charge.

I’m going to be sharing 15 years’ experience working with alien pattern clients in my new Alien Patterns in Astrology class, beginning September 10, 2020.

Types of Alien Patterns

Power alien patterns
People with natal Sun conjunct Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. These people function as initiators or shamans of the planetary archetype they carry. They radiate the archetypal energy of the planet in an active, outer-directed, traditionally masculine way.

Vessel alien patterns
People with natal Moon conjunct Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. These people carry the archetypal energy of the outer planet in a more traditionally feminine way. They magnetize or pull up the energy of the planetary archetype in everyone they connect with.

Instrument alien patterns
People with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto in the 1st House or conjunct the Ascendant from the 12th House. These people function as amplifiers and receivers of the planetary energy and, according to Steinbrecher, “Their abilities are intrinsic to their physical bodies.”

Adept alien patterns
These people have none of the traditional modern planets, nor the ASC, in one of the four elements or in one of the three modes. These people intrinsically understand the element or mode they lack and are adept at helping others in that area. However, they tend to struggle with this same energy themselves until they learn to share their gift with others.

Fire adepts, for example, have no planets (nor the ASC) in any of the three fire signs. They excel at helping others find their passion, discover the courage to start a new career, or step into a leadership role. They are often mystified as to how they can do this so easily for others and not for themselves.

Mutual reception alien patterns
This is fairly rare, but in the interests of accuracy this pattern occurs when there is mutual reception between the Sun, Moon or ASC/1st House and one of the outer planets.

How to Find Alien Patterns in the Natal Chart

I’m using Steinbrecher’s orbs (degrees from exact conjunction) as I’ve found them to be pretty reliable.

Power alien patterns

You have a power alien pattern when your natal Sun is conjunct natal Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto with an orb of ≤ 15°.

Donald Trump: Has a Uranian Power pattern. Uranus is conjunct the Sun with an orb of 5°.

Donald Trump. June 14, 1946, 10:54 am, Jamaica, Queens, NY.

 

Vessel alien patterns

You have a vessel alien pattern when your natal Moon is conjunct Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto with an orb of ≤ 12°.

Drew Barrymore has a Saturnian Vessel pattern. The Moon is conjunct Saturn with an orb of < 6°

Drew Barrymore. February 22, 1975, 11:51 am, Culver City, CA.

Instrument alien patterns

You have an instrument alien pattern when Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto is in the 1st House or conjunct the Ascendant in the 12th House with an orb of ≤ 10°.

Kurt Cobain: Has two instrument patterns, Uranian and Plutonian. Uranus is in the 1st House. Pluto is conjunct the ASC from the 12th House with an orb of < 1°.

Kurt Cobain natal chart - Pluto-Uranus instrument alien pattern.

Kurt Cobain. February 20, 1967, 7:20 pm, Aberdeen, WA.

Jack Nicholson: Has a Pluto instrument pattern. Even though Pluto is in Cancer and Jack’s ASC is in Leo, Pluto is conjunct the ASC with an orb of 9°.

Jack Nicholson natal chart, Pluto instrument alien pattern.

Jack Nicholson. April 22, 1937, 11:20 am, Neptune, NJ.

Whitney Houston: Does not have a Saturn alien pattern, since the orb from Saturn to the ASC is greater than 10°.

Whitney Houston, August 9, 1963, 8:55 pm, Newark, NJ

Mutual Reception alien patterns

You have a mutual reception alien pattern when the Sun, Moon, or ASC are in mutual reception with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. See David Bowie’s chart below.

*I normally work with the traditional sign rulers as the primary rulers and incorporate the modern sign rulers when helpful. In this context, however, I follow Steinbrecher in working with Uranus as the ruler of Aquarius, Neptune as the ruler of Pisces, and Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio.

David Bowie: Has a Saturnian Vessel pattern and likely a Plutonian Vessel pattern (his birth time is uncertain). He also has a mutual reception Saturn Power pattern. The Sun is in Capricorn (Saturn’s sign) while Saturn is in Leo (the Sun’s sign).

David Bowie Saturn vessel alien pattern, mutual reception Saturn power alien pattern.

David Bowie, January 8, 1947, 9 am, Brixton, England.

Pisces New Moon + Erin Aquarian Interview

Bringing Heaven to Earth

When you think of Pisces, “real world” is probably not the first phrase that comes to mind. Pisces is all about feeling, imagining, and dreaming – the stuff that music, movies, and visual art are made of.

But the Pisces New Moon (4 Pisces 29) that arrives on Sunday, February 23 at 10:32 am EST makes strong positive connections to Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus, two action planets in Earth signs.

Appropriately, the Omega symbol for the New Moon degree talks about bringing heaven down to earth. The Omega symbol indicates we can improve upon reality by using our imagination to visualize and connect with better potentials; by grounding ourselves to the Earth, we then channel these higher cosmic energies into material reality.

Phoenix and I talk more about the astrology of the Pisces lunar cycle (and how Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is affecting things) on Episode 2 of the Cosmic Fire Podcast.

Healing Trauma with the Tarot

Plus, radical visionary artist and full-time witch Erin Aquarian joins us to talk about her twelve-year journey with the Tarot. Like so many of us, Erin woke up in adulthood to realize that she wasn’t who she thought she was.

Erin talks about how the Tarot helped her deal with a legacy of trauma that she inherited both from her family of origin and from the systemic abuse rampant in our society for many centuries.

She talks about how the Tarot archetypes gave her the wisdom and guidance her elders couldn’t give, and how the Tarot continues to support her creativity and her personal mastery work.

You can listen here:

Healing Trauma with the Tarot: An Interview with Erin Aquarian | Cosmic Fire Podcast

Cancer Lunar Eclipse Saturn-Pluto Conjunction Jan 10 2020

Reclaiming Our Power to Remake the World

The first eclipse of 2020 happens Friday, January 10 at 2:21 pm EST.

It’s a lunar eclipse with the Moon in Cancer and the Sun in Capricorn. This is an incredible stellium (several planets conjunct) in the sign of world systems. The Sun, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto plus centaur planet Chariklo are all conjunct within 4 1/4 degrees while Jupiter is tightly conjunct the karmic South Node.
 
The fact that it happens two days before the exact Saturn-Pluto conjunction adds to the power of this eclipse. Saturn and Pluto are conjunct every 34 years but this is the first time they’ve been conjunct in Capricorn (Saturn’s sign and the sign of world systems) since 1518. Here are some things that jump out at me about this eclipse. 
 

Goddess Power!

That’s a huge old stellium – a conjunction involving three or more planets – in Capricorn in the eclipse chart. What does that mean? Basically that almost all the planetary power is focused along the eclipse line of 20 Cancer – 20 Capricorn. Looks like a pretty black and white, cut and dried picture. Until you notice that the Sun, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto and Chariklo and the eclipsed Moon are all square Eris, the archetype of the revolutionary feminine, at 23 Aries. This T-square funnels a huge amount of energy to Eris. (Saturn and Pluto square Eris by < 1 degree.)
 
Eris, the Goddess of Discord, introduces chaos into patriarchal, linear, status quo systems, agitating for a more egalitarian setup. It’s hard to overstate the power of the eclipse-Saturn-Pluto alignment, even without Eris in the picture. I feel like Eris’ presence as focal point for this alignment has radically amped up the destructive energy we’d expect to see.


In the build-up to the eclipse, we’ve seen the Trump and Tehran flirt with starting World War III, the mind-boggling wildfires in Australia, the start of the Harvey Weinstein trial in Los Angeles (remember #MeToo ?) and devastating earthquakes in Puerto Rico, a country that still hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Maria.
 
There’s a very pronounced emphasis on society’s treatment of women, children and the ecology in this picture, with Ceres conjunct Saturn and Pluto by < 1 degree. Ceres was active in the eclipse charts for 2017, when the news of the many women allegedly molested by Harvey Weinstein launched the #MeToo movement. As well as being the mother of Persephone, Ceres/Demeter is the goddess of the harvest. You may remember that in some versions of the myth, she cursed the natural world and stopped the plants from bearing fruit as a way of getting Jupiter’s attention and getting her kidnapped daughter back from Pluto.
 
There are a lot of interesting connections from this eclipse and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction to the USA’s chart, which I will tackle in more depth in a future video. I saw several news articles pop up on Apple News mentioning that several awards recipients and/or presenters at the Golden Globes had used their screen time to advocate for women’s rights and the environment. This makes a lot of sense in light of Ceres’ placement in the eclipse chart. And that whole Capricorn stellium is opposite the USA’s Mercury (what we think and communicate about as a society).
 
In case you missed it, Tatiana and I did an Instagram Live on the eclipse Wednesday night. I’ve edited the live stream into two shorter videos. The first (see above) focuses on how this energy is affecting us personally and what we can do to feel better and align ourselves with its transformational power. The second eclipse looks at the big picture and why this is such a revolutionary moment:

Winter Solstice 2019

Looking Within to See the Future

Winter Solstice 2019 – The Sun enters Capricorn at 11:20 pm EST on Saturday, December 21, marking the moment in the Northern Hemisphere when the night is longest and the day is shortest.

Traditionally, the solstice is celebrated by candle light, honoring both the rejuvenating darkness of the void and the impending return of the life-giving Sun. Moving forward, the days will begin to grow ever-so-slightly longer, until (we hope) spring eventually comes again in all its abundance.

With five planets - including Saturn conjunct Pluto - two centaurs, and the South Node in Capricorn, this solstice is packed with transformational power.

With five planets – including Saturn conjunct Pluto – two centaurs, and the South Node in Capricorn, this solstice is packed with transformational power.

The astrology of the 2019 Winter Solstice emphasizes the power of getting quiet, letting go, and going within to find wisdom and strength. This year’s solstice happens with the waning Moon in Scorpio, just a few days before the last New Moon of the decade, a Capricorn solar eclipse on December 25/26.

Water sign Scorpio is willing to plunge into the darkest depths of the soul. Scorpio knows that the key to power in the external world is found in the shadows. Scorpio knows that we can only become the powerful creators we were born to be when we are willing to face our un-healed trauma, our deepest fears, and the parts of the Self we were taught to be ashamed of and to hide from ourselves and others.

Solar eclipses are also powerful times of letting go. This eclipse comes with some very fortunate aspects. The Sun and Moon are conjunct benefic Jupiter and trine Uranus, the Awakener, in Taurus, the sign of the Earth. So we really want to use this moment to look within and let go of roles, beliefs, and identities we have outgrown as we step into the unknown potential of a new decade.

John Sandbach’s Chandra symbol for the first degree of Capricorn is “A canopy bed with curtains.”

“This symbol signifies a private place in which to dream and retreat from the world,” Sandbach writes. “It may seem like a strangely introverted symbol for such a social and gregarious sign as Capricorn, but the fact is that unless this very private inward place is established as a base there can be no effective operating out in the world.”

On her Edge Magazine 2020 preview radio show, Cathryn Taylor and I talked about the fear factor in the collective psyche right now. Beneath the heavy gravity of January’s epic Saturn-Pluto conjunction, the old patriarchal structures are visibly crumbling and cracking.

When the entire world is transforming at this accelerated pace, the only security we have — really the only security we have ever had or can ever have — comes from our connection to the Divine within ourselves…and from being part of a community of like-hearted souls.

I believe this Winter Solstice is designed to help us go within and find our resolve to break free of old 3D baggage and live the lives we came here to live. Even if you don’t normally celebrate the old Nature holidays, I encourage you to do a little ritual on Saturday evening.

Centaur planet Pholus, a patron saint of ritual, is conjunct the Sun at the solstice. Pholus bridges the orbits of Neptune and Saturn, opening a link that can help us ground some of our most beautiful visions of the future into the world of 3D reality.

This next-level 5D energy (a quality of all the centaurs and TNOs) is further emphasized by centaur Chariklo’s tight conjunction with Saturn and Pluto. Chariklo was a powerful healer, and also the wife of Chiron and mother of Tiresias, the blind hermaphroditic prophet who appears in both Homer’s Odyssey and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.

Chariklo brings the ability to “see” the unseen, that which exists in quantum potentiality but must be named in order to become part of this reality.

We are the ones who can ground those potentials, here and now, and change our reality.

Eclipse Season Preview!

Turning Water into Wine – The Naked Songwriter Podcast #55

Guess who’s coming to Christmas dinner? A solar eclipse conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn! Plus, surviving the holidaze, aka gamma ray bombardment from deep space Source objects aligned with the sign of Sagittarius. And how the 12/12 Gemini Full Moon encourages us to revoke old soul contracts and get on board the 2020 transformation train.

Collage of chart for the Dec. 12, 2019 Gemini Full Moon with eternal return by Karri Upson, photographed by my sis at Art Basel 2019.

Collage of chart for the Dec. 12, 2019 Gemini Full Moon with “eternal return” by Karri Upson, photographed by my sis at Art Basel 2019.

Miracles are on offer in December but you probably won’t land the big one all by your lonesome. Heading towards the January 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction, you’d better find your cosmic krewe.

Plus, a sneak peek at the January 10 lunar eclipse in Cancer, opposition Saturn and Pluto.


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Sagittarius Full Moon Podcast June 17 2019

The Cosmic Imperative

The Naked Songwriter Podcast #43

Today’s Sagittarius Full Moon conjunct the Galactic Center caps a week of intense emotional waves, preparing us for the upcoming eclipses in Cancer/Capricorn. For those on the path of ascension, this alignment marks the beginning of a period of accelerated evolution.
Sagittarius Full Moon Galactic Center Podcast DK Brainard

We’ve been bombarded by high-frequency rays emanating from the center of our galaxy all month. This can feel overwhelming at times, but it is flooding our bodies and minds with higher-order frequencies that enable us to release massive amounts of old trauma, programming, and blocked emotions from the mind-body system.

In this podcast, I explore how the alignment of Mars and Mercury in Cancer opposition Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn has been building to peak intensity just in time for the release offered by today’s Full Moon.

Spiritually, the Galactic Center seems to function as a transmitter of Source energy. Scientists are discovering that – even in 3D reality – the GC is incredibly powerful and mysterious. In addition to shooting particles out at greater than the speed of light, the GC possesses a well-defined structure that looks curiously like a 3D rendering of the infinity symbol.

Sagittarius Full Moon Galactic Center DK BrainardNASA scientists recently discovered “a previously unseen structure” at the center of the Milky Way – two gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that extend 25,000 light-years north and south of the galactic center.

“The bubble emissions are much more energetic than the gamma-ray fog seen elsewhere in the Milky Way and appear to have well-defined edges,” according to NASA. “The structure’s shape and emissions suggest it was formed as a result of a large and relatively rapid energy release – the source of which remains a mystery.”


 

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June and July 2019 Astrology: Profound Healing or Potential Disaster?

Deep Space Activations – the Great Attractor and Galactic Center

If you’re already feeling that familiar eclipse season craziness, you’re not alone. We are being bombarded with high-frequency light information from two of the major Source emanation points in our known cosmos – the Great Attractor at 14 Sagittarius and the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius.

As I mentioned in the last podcast, the June 3 Gemini New Moon happened in close alignment with the Great Attractor and the June 17 Sagittarius Full Moon aligns with the Galactic Center or Great Central Sun.

Sagittarius Full Moon conjunct Galactic Center June 17 2019

Mars and Mercury are opposition Saturn and Pluto at the June 17 Sagittarius Full Moon. This alignment prefigures the July 16 Capricorn lunar eclipse and aligned with the nodes — prefiguring the July 16 lunar eclipse at 24 Capricorn.

These deep space consciousness centers affect us in much the same way as eclipses do. They accelerate evolution, move us forcefully beyond our comfort zones, and activate our internal God-consciousness so that we are no longer able to buy into Matrix-level programming about who we are and what we can/should be doing with our lives.

They also activate us on a physical level. This can manifest as anxiety, nerves, confusion, and sudden-onset healing crises in the body.

Family Shadows: Mercury & Mars Out of Bounds in Cancer

Both Mercury and Mars have been out of bounds (OOB) in the sign of Cancer  as we head into the June 17 Full Moon. Out of bounds planets are considered to have gone beyond the jurisdiction of the Sun, the ruler of the solar system. This doesn’t make them ‘bad’ but it does tend to  give them a certain outlaw / lone wolf quality and push them to act in extreme ways. Continue reading

No More Scraps: Scorpio Full Moon and Venus-Uranus May 2019

Reclaiming Our Power from Abuse and Trauma

Scorpio Full Moon Venus conjunct Uranus astrology chart

It’s Sunday morning, the day after the Scorpio Full Moon. I’m in a motel room in Los Angeles, listening to the sounds of traffic on the street below and thinking about the Japanese man who survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb blasts at the end of World War II.

I’m thinking about my own life journey as an abuse and trauma survivor. And I’m thinking about my female clients, friends, and colleagues who have spent a lifetime struggling to overcome the insidious effects of sexual abuse.

I’m thinking that the bad news that fuels the patriarchal control systems continues to seep like radioactive waste into the ground water of the collective consciousness.

And I’m also rejoicing because it’s clear to me that our filtration systems – our psychological and spiritual immune systems – are evolving. Continue reading