Five Ways to Feel Better Fast in Dark Times

Feeling Down? Anxious? Overwhelmed?

Get Your Mojo working with These Road-Tested Consciousness Hacks & Feel Better in 10 Minutes or Less

Five ways to feel better fast in dark timesThe collective angst sure can feel overwhelming these days.

The astrology feels dark and heavy.

You’ve had it up to here with racist, sexist narcissists spouting off in the press, on the campaign trail, and on the Internet.

Maybe you feel like you’re surrounded by the walking dead. Your (insert older relative here) no longer has thoughts of his own. Everything he says to you on the phone is a verbatim quote from either FOX News or Breitbart.

Your partner is in the fetal position on her yoga mat, sobbing silently. You’re afraid she may be emotionally bleeding out for the last time.

Some days you wake up and the first thing you feel is (fear, anxiety, grief, a sense of creeping dread).

OK, so your details may vary, but if you’ve been feeling like you can’t take any more for far too long…

Don’t give in to the collective despair!

The astrology of 2018, even more than the last several years, seems designed to force us to do what we’ve all been trained to avoid doing, at almost any cost. And that is:

Feel our feelings so they can move through us and set us free.

The five consciousness hacks below are distilled from 10+ years of using hypnosis, shamanic journeying, archetypal astrology, and meditation to help people move through their deepest fears and let go of crippling shame. (And to move through my own stuff, of course!)

I can’t promise you that you’ll be able to let go of a lifetime’s worth of repressed anger in one sitting. But I can say with confidence that these five consciousness hacks you can do in 10 minutes or less will break you free from your trauma trance and reconnect you to your powerful, creative Essential Self.

Best of all – you can do any of them in 10 minutes or less. Continue reading

Goddess in the Underworld: Libra New Moon – October 8, 2018

Venus, Ceres & Persephone: Re-Balancing Relationships

As I was meditating on the chart for the Libra New Moon last night, I kept being drawn to the fact that – right after the Kavanaugh fiasco – we have a New Moon in the sign of relationship and justice that is conjunct Ceres. And that Ceres is square Pluto.

Suddenly I experienced a little mental nudge: “I wonder where Persephone is?” (More on that in a sec…)

Venus, Persephone, Ceres: the goddess and her underworld journeyCeres’ tight conjunction to the New Moon indicates that Ceres themes (the pain of women and children in societies based on patriarchal privilege; abortion, abduction, sexual assault, pedophilia) are going to predominate. As I noted in my piece last week on the mythology of Ceres and how she shows up in astrological charts, Ceres has a strong warrior nature. But there seems to be a need for ritual grieving of the wounded feminine (in women and men) before that warrior side can be truly empowered.

Check. There’s definitely plenty of grief and shock to go around since the Senate voted Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as our newest Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh’s judicial record and public comments certainly seem to legitimize the widespread fear that a high court now tilted heavily in favor of right wing ideologues will act as soon as possible to reverse Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling that made abortion legal 45 years ago.

New Moons always herald the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. We are definitely still deep in the mourning / letting go of the past energy of the  ‘old cycle ending’ phase.

In my post on the astrology of the September 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, I hypothesized that the reaction of Republican Senators, the President, and the right wing media was actually more important than whether or not Kavanaugh was confirmed.

I know it doesn’t feel that way for many of us. And it’s important that we feel our feelings now.

But Ceres has been super active in this year’s key astrology charts. And when we place this New Moon chart in the context of some bigger astrological cycles, we start to see the power of divine evolutionary intent at work.

I believe Ceres’ presence at this lunation indicates an evolutionary imperative to fundamentally rebalance our society’s attitudes toward not only women but toward the divine feminine and the divine masculine within each of us.

Even more than oppositions, squares in astrology indicate two archetypes butting heads with one another. Squares are challenging aspects, true; but they always produce change or movement in the material world. The potential of this square between the Sun/Moon/Ceres in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is for an evolution in consciousness that challenges the status quo and contributes to the destruction or transformation of the patriarchal power structure.

Strange Echoes & A Light in the Darkness

So, I mentioned that I started wondering where Persephone was. I knew there was an asteroid named Persephone. But there are hundreds of named asteroids, most of which I’ve never used when casting charts.

Still, given the circumstances, it seemed wrong not to at least look up where she happens to be at the moment. And would you believe it?

Ceres, Venus & Persephone: Libra New Moon, October 8, 2018, 11:45 pm EDT, Washington, D.C.

Ceres, Venus & Persephone: Libra New Moon, October 8, 2018, 11:45 pm EDT, Washington, D.C.

At tonight’s New Moon, Persephone is conjunct Venus in Scorpio (< 0° 10′). Not only that, she’s in the exact degree where Venus stationed retrograde last Friday (10 Scorpio 50′). Continue reading

Astrology of the Kavanaugh-Ford Senate Hearing

The Astrology of me too: Re-Visioning Our Society’s Values and Attitudes Toward Women

If you want to see the astrology of me too in action, look no further than the chart for the September 27 Senate hearing of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Supreme Court nominee (and now justice) Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

In the current climate it would be shocking but not surprising were Kavanaugh to be confirmed as the new Supreme Court Justice. This, despite Kavanaugh’s having put on a display of erratic behavior – and having lied under oath – in front of the Judiciary Committee that almost certainly would have seen him thrown out of his own courtroom.

We Need to Have a Real Conversation About Sex and Women’s Safety

The themes in the chart for the hearing ‘s official start time (Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10 am EDT, Washington, DC) couldn’t be more explicit.

"Astrology chart Brett Kavanaugh Christine Ford hearing Thursday September 27 2018"

Chart for the Brett Kavanaugh – Christine Ford hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Click on the chart to see full size image.

First, we note that Ceres is exactly conjunct Mercury (1/60th of a degree) in the 10th House of the USA’s natal chart. In our country’s birth chart, the 10th House is our public face, what we aspire to, our life’s work: This is what we stand for as a nation. Continue reading

Ceres Astrology: The Pain of Women in Patriarchal Society

Ceres, the Earth Mother: The Journey Through Grief to Advocacy

Ceres in astrology symbolizes the suffering of women in patriarchal society and societal values around nurturing.Ceres is often described in astrology writing as a benevolent but somewhat impersonal nurturer. In my experience working with Ceres in client charts, though, she more often symbolizes the suffering of women and children under patriarchal privilege.

The description of Ceres as a sort of less emotional Moon/Mother archetype accords with her mythological role of Earth Mother and harvest goddess. (Bread nurtures us, but it won’t rub our temples and tell us everything is going to be all right when we’re feeling down.) But it also paints a falsely rosy picture of a complex and challenging feminine archetype.

The Myth of Ceres and Proserpine

In the myth, Proserpine is abducted by Pluto and taken to the underworld. Ceres/Demeter goes to Mount Olympus and demands help from Jupiter in finding her missing daughter. Jupiter initially feigns ignorance to protect his bro.

“Sorry, can’t help you,” he says. “She was probably asking for it.” Continue reading

The End of Scarcity and the Return of the Bird Tribes

The Naked Songwriter Podcast – Episode #31: The End of Scarcity

Why the end of scarcity on Planet Earth can happen within 5-10 years and what you can do to make that a reality.

The End of Scarcity and the Return of the Bird Tribes - Naked Songwriter podcast #31

We all know that imagination is stronger than willpower and that, among the mental powers, only imagination is capable of creating new forms and experiences. So why do we continue to focus on the list of problems and obstacles we supposedly must overcome to get what we want? Why don’t we focus instead on the list that holds our heart’s desires?

Why would our governments lie about free energy and alien technologies? Why would we consider bringing about the end of scarcity in our lifetimes such a crazy idea that we — the artists, visionaries, meditators, yogis, and healers — don’t even discuss it?

I discovered intriguing answers to these questions in two strangely resonant mythologies: the ancient Native American ‘bird tribes’ and the modern phenomenon of UFOs and an alien-influenced shadow government. Continue reading

The Healing Power of Imagination: Pisces Full Moon Edition

The Naked Songwriter Podcast – Episode #30

The feelings and mental images you choose to focus on this weekend can have far-reaching implications for your future reality. Imagination can heal your life. It can heal the world. But there’s a problem with our imagination.

Imagining beauty - Hermits international retreat Vermont 2018

Find out how the rare aspect pattern happening at the Pisces Full Moon on August 26 is supporting us in creating the world we desire. And what you need to do in order to access this expanded possibility.

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Mercury Retrograde Is Over (Now What?)

Mercury Storms, Mars and Saturn Station, Pisces Full Moon – August 2018

Chaos birds - Painting by Hermits International, Vermont 2018.

Painting by Hermits International, Vermont 2018.

Not Quite Full Speed Ahead

Although the massive planetary retrograde energies that have colored the last few months are starting to shift, we aren’t out of the woods quite yet. Mars stations direct on August 27, just after the Pisces Full Moon on August 26.

While Mercury resuming direct motion should bring mental clarity, the energetic whirlpool doesn’t really clear until September 7 when Saturn, which has been retrograde since mid-April, also returns to direct motion. Here’s how to approach the next two weeks…

The Mercury Storm

Astrologers often refer to the three or four days surrounding the exact moment when Mercury stations retrograde or returns to direct motion “the Mercury storm.” These periods tend to produce the most concentrated negative effects associated with Mercury retrogrades: technical malfunctions, traffic snafus, garbled communication, and a general inability to think or communicate clearly.

This particular Mercury storm was off the chain! Mercury returned to direct motion on Sunday, August 19. I talked to my daughter on the phone on Monday evening.

“Dad, what’s going on in the skies that is making it IMPOSSIBLE for me to focus?!” she demanded. “Something must be happening in the astrology. I mean, I start on my homework –  then I get distracted. Then I go back to it. Then I get distracted. Then I go back to it – distracted again! I’m so frustrated.” Continue reading

The Big One – Total Lunar Eclipse Aquarius Conjunct Mars July 27 2018

The Good News (Did You Know Mother Earth Loves You?)

The Naked Songwriter Podcast #29

Aquarius lunar eclipse astrology podcast July 27 2018 Mars retrograde Mercury retrograde

This may not be “the” Big One, but it’s big. The blood moon total lunar eclipse at 4 Aquarius 44 on Friday, July 27 is tightly conjunct Mars and square Uranus in Taurus. It’s also conjunct the USA’s South Node, indicating a time of karma coming due for the United States.

(The eclipse, which is supposed to be the longest lunar eclipse in 100 years, will not be visible in the USA but should be visible in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.)

If we project all the bad news of the last two years onto this eclipse, it’s pretty easy to conjure up some dire disaster scenarios. So…what do we do? Is there anything we can do?

Yes, there is. It requires a leap of faith. It may require unplugging a couple devices. But it’s a solution based in Reality, not the illusions we are being sold by the parasite-infested overlords of the degraded reality (and likely by some of the people closest to you).


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The Antidote: Cancer Solar Eclipse July 12 2018

Solar Eclipse Opposition Pluto

Cancer Solar Eclipse July 12 2018

This is the first of three consecutive eclipses and the only one of the series that’s not in Leo-Aquarius. It’s also interesting because the Sun and Moon at 20 Cancer 41′ are opposition Pluto at 20 Capricorn. That’s pretty heavy. But, as you can see in the chart, the eclipse Sun and Moon also form a creative, inspirational Grand Trine in the water signs with Neptune and Jupiter.

So what does that mean, and how can you work with it? Continue reading

The Breakup of Linear Time

Opportunities in Chaos: The Naked Songwriter Podcast #28

Disruptions in linear time can lead to profound restructuring of your worldThis summer looks like a grind, with the Mars retrograde, three eclipses, more super moons, and Mercury retrograde later in July.

But we are also experiencing the disruption of linear time, introducing profound moments of discontinuity that can facilitate evolutionary quantum leaps. If you’re prepared to take advantage….

Read more about the Mars retrograde here: The Summer of ??? Dealing with Mars Retrograde in Aquarius

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