Aquarius Solar Eclipse: Emerging Systems Theory February 15 2018

[Podcast] The February 15 solar eclipse 27 Aquarius: Profound Shifts in Perception

Sensory Rain. Drawing by DK.

Sensory Rain. Detail from colored pencil sketch by DK.

The Aquarius solar eclipse falls in the same degree as the USA’s natal Moon. In this podcast, I explain how the ongoing demoralization of the American people will lead to new social paradigms and threaten the relevance of current social networks such as Facebook. Plus, this ‘super’ eclipse makes a friendly aspect to Aquarius’ ruling planet, Uranus, suggesting the potential for radical innovation as well as sudden upheavals.

And I look at systems theory, the Leo-Aquarius shadow polarities, and read from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.

In my article on the Aquarius solar eclipse as emotional pressure gauge, I look at some of the degree symbols for the eclipse chart and explore how your emotional state can enable you to break free of conditioned social roles and underperforming relationships.

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Leo Lunar Eclipse: Into the Light of the Soul

Podcast: Leo Super Lunar Eclipse – January 31, 2018

The January 31 Leo Super Lunar Eclipse is conjunct President Trump's progressed Moon and natal Pluto.

The January 31 Leo Super Lunar Eclipse is conjunct President Trump’s progressed Moon and natal Pluto.

The January 31 Total Lunar Eclipse – Super Moon, Blue Moon, Ceres in the News?

The super blood moon total lunar eclipse in Leo happening overnight makes an almost exact conjunction with dwarf planet Ceres – an archetype that astrology has not really assimilated yet. In the podcast, I look at how this eclipse reflects and brings into manifestation the themes of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. A major theme of this eclipse is sacrificing our stories about limitation and stepping into our inner divinity. And, the lunar eclipse in the chart of President Trump.

Note: I mentioned two dates I was going to give you and forgot to give you the second date. So here it is: There was an eclipse in the same degree of Leo on January 31, 1999. If you can remember what was happening in your life at that time, you may get some clues about the startling realizations or liberating energies coming into your life now.

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The Venus Cycle…Cosmic Intelligence Agency – has a useful chart showing the phases of the Venus’ synodic cycle

Venus Exterior Conjunction – great astrology writing covering key astrological events in January 2018; also, good explication of the Venus cycle

John Sandbach’s blog – creator of the Omega and Chandra symbols referenced on the pod

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I Dream Too Much – Katie Cokinos Interview

Podcast: Writer & director Katie Cokinos on why it’s never too late to follow your bliss

Eden Brolin and director Katie Cokinos on the set of I Dream Too Much

Eden Brolin and Katie Cokinos on the set of I Dream Too Much.

Writer & director Katie Cokinos interview: why it’s never too late to follow your bliss. Katie began writing what would become her full-length feature film debut, I Dream Too Much,  in her late 40s. Starring Eden Brolin, Danielle Brooks, and Diane Ladd, I Dream Too Much is a coming-of-age drama that invokes the spirit of Jane Austen and climaxes with a poetry reading at a small-town festival.

Cokinos’ female-centric film eschews romantic comedy tropes (lonely heroine is rescued by destiny in the form of a hot guy who also turns out to have a heart of gold). Instead, the film invites us into a meditation on dreams, beauty, family, snow, and the saving power of art.

In our interview, Katie opens up about committing to her own dreams in midlife, balancing motherhood with her need for a daily creative practice, women in movies, and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

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Trailer: I Dream Too Much

You can stream I Dream Too Much on Netflix or get it on Amazon or iTunes.

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The 2018 Starts With a Super Moon Podcast

In with a bang! The Grand Trine Super Moon in Cancer, Saturn, Uranus Direct and more…

The 9 of Poetry (Powers) card from the William Blake Tarot

The 9 of Poetry (Powers) card from the William Blake Tarot of the Creative Imagination.

2018 begins where 2017 left off, with high intensity and healing intent as the first of two Super Moons in January lights up the night on New Year’s Day.

The Cancer Full Moon (9:24 pm EST USA) also makes a Grand Trine with Neptune in Pisces and Mars/Jupiter in Scorpio. (See chart below)

Note: In the podcast, I mixed up the Capricorn New Moon on Jan. 15 with the Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Jan. 31. The lunar eclipse will also be a Super Moon.

2018 promises to be at least as dynamic, disruptive and  upsetting to the status quo as 2017 was. Why is this cause for optimism? Because all of the spiritual work you’ve done until now can help us save the world – if you can embrace this central paradox:

In 2018, we are called to take meaningful action to answer the political, economic and social chaos in the world. The most meaningful action we can take is being who we really are and acting on our deepest desires.

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As discussed on the pod:

Hare in the Moon Astrology Weekly Forecast

John Sandbach’s Omega and Chandra symbols:

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Cancer Full Moon Grand Trine Jan 1 2018

Sagittarius New Moon & the Purging of the Priesthood

Podcast: The Sculptor’s Vision Is Taking Form

27 Sagittarius Sabian symbol "The sculptor's vision is taking form"Drop that bag of feces! We’ve got to get to a higher place. And the Great Central Sun is trying to clear out all our old baggage because we can’t get there while we’re still dragging around our old stories and ancient pain.

Plus, why Saturn’s entry into Capricorn is cause for optimism, more revelations forthcoming in USA celebrity and politician sex scandals, and more.

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About subjects discussed on the podcast:

World Events: Saturn in Capricorn

The world being what it has been, a lot of negative things have happened during the periods when Saturn has been in Capricorn. The early 1960s saw troop buildups in Vietnam and JFK urging Americans to build fall-out shelters amid widespread nuclear testing by the USA and the USSR. The late ’80s and early 90’s brought us the “War on Drugs.” But these periods brought many positive developments, especially in regards to correcting unjust laws targeting women and minorities.

January 1959 – December 1961

  • First female contraception pills legalized and sold in the USA and UK. Journalist Fred Kaplan: “This allowed not just a sexual revolution, but it allowed women to get jobs, to advance professionally.” (CBS News – Source)
  • Civil Rights Act signed into law by President Eisenhower
  • The Beatles’ first gig
  • Jimi Hendrix’ first gig
  • JFK elected president

November 1988 – January 1991

  • Opening of the Berlin Wall signals the end of the Cold War
  • David Dinkins is elected first African-American mayor of NYC
  • Douglas Wilder is elected first African-American governor (Va.)

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Out of Time

Naked Songwriter #15

Horses, Synesthesia, Trance and the Eternal Present Moment


Photo by DK

I had an extraordinary experience with a horse – the day after it happened.

Which led to an exploration of the relationship between time and authority – and why we can’t hope to write a different story while we’re stuck in a krono-logical timeframe.


  • Mercury out of bounds in Cancer
  • Mars out of bounds in Cancer
  • The Cancer New Moon
  • Synesthesia and songwriting

Like Suicide: Chris Cornell Part 2

Interview with a Dreamer

Christine C. is a prophetic dreamer. Not that she wants to be – it runs in her family. The way being psychic runs in some people’s families. In my interview with Christine, she talks about her dream of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell on the night he died and why she feels sure his suicide was unintentional.

Does that sound weird – an unintentional suicide? I have a theory on it, as someone who has been to that edge and survived.

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What’s Reality? Chris Cornell, Chiron in Pisces & Collective Grief

What Channel Are We Tuned Into?

Feeling the weight of the “War on People”?

This is the revolution, kids. If the wave should suck you under, remember ‘this too shall pass’ and please reach out to your tribe. We love you and we need you.


  • The astrology of Mars square Chiron this week, activating collective grief.
  • Exploring Mars out of bounds in Gemini in transit to Chris Cornell’s natal chart.
  • Chiron in Pisces and #blacklivesmatter
  • More downloads on the collective story and why your big problem isn’t really your fault.
  • Melanie Reinhart – Chiron and the Healing Journey.
  • And new music!

“What is the sound of one hand clapping?” asks the zen koan.

“I don’t know, but, um, personally, I like it when they clap for me,” says the Leo in my chart.

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Tales of a 4th Grade Cut-Up

Kids Creating Music

4th Grade songwriters

The creative minds and voices behind Dangerous Panda.

This is the story of how 12 fourth-graders with a smart, creative teacher wrote and recorded a catchy pop anthem about danger, pandas, Olaf the snowman, and electrical engineers…all in less than an hour.

Read about our songwriting process and listen along as the song evolves here: Making Music in School: The Story of Dangerous Panda

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Money, Slavery, Freedom & the Future

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

Soul Mantra 17In this week’s podcast, DK explores insights from the Venus retrograde: how we’re trained to apologize for being who we are and why we should all get together and stop it.

“I know I am august,
I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood,
I see that the elementary laws never apologize,
(I reckon I behave no prouder than the level I plant my house by, after all.)

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.”

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself