Scenes from the Birthing Room…

March 16, 2011

THIS is what I meant when I said, in the previous post, we are giving birth to the child of the new era:

On Mar 13, 2011, at 9:59 AM, SUSAN BLACK wrote:


From my cousin Anne Thomas in Sendai, Japan where she has lived for the past Decade teaching English. Very moving!!


Hello My Lovely Family and Friends,


First I want to thank you so very much for your concern for me. I am very
touched. I also wish to apologize for a generic message to you all. But it seems the best way at the moment to get my message to you.


Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.


During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.


Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines.  People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes.  People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”


Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.


We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a  day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.


There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.


Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains around Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.


And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.


They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others.  Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an Enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that is much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.


Thank you again for your care and Love of me,


With Love in return, to you all,

Astro-weather… an analysis

March 16, 2011

Astrologers have been waiting and holding our breath for Uranus to finally re-enter Aries for its run til 2019.  Well, it finally happened on March 11th, long hours after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan and shortly before the cascade of nuclear accidents.

Wow. Let’s analyze this.

First, we are dealing with the soltice/equinox points:  Aries is the first of these points–the degree of the spring equinox.  Solstice points are the Axis Mundi— the axis upon which the world turns–the four corners of the world..  Appropriate to this symbolism, the 9.1 Japanese quakes actually moved the earth several more inches off its typical axis.

But the quake actually struck when Uranus was at 29 degrees and 59 minutes of Pisces.  Why was this such a big deal?    Let us count the ways:

1.  It’s as close to the Axis Mundi as it could possibly be, so that’s plenty.

2. 29 degrees is an “unstable degree” and Uranus is the least “stable” of all planets.

3. Uranus was in Pisces, a water sign ruled by Neptune  AND   Neptune was in Aquarius, the sign ruled by Uranus

4. AND Neptune was at 29 degrees of Aquarius.   So with both of these at 29 degrees of each others’ home signs, one of the planets long associated with instability in a water sign, and the other long associated with the ocean in a sign associated with ‘shaking things up’…  we had a perfect storm.

5. And one more thing–the Moon, the most visible object in the night sky, was very close to it’s first quarter position, long considered the position of ACTION.   It was also approaching one of the Biggest Full Moons of 20 years (because the Moon will be unusually close to the earth this time).

So can we rest now?   I’m sorry, but we can’t.   On March 19, the Full Moon will be at perigee (closest to earth) at 29 Scorpio, the sign of the underground, the underworld, the hidden.   And this powerful Full Moon will exactly conflict with Neptune (exact square), still at 29 Aquarius.   Uranus will still be on the Axis Mundi.   Unstable degrees, a powerful Moon, and a powerful Uranus, sharing MARS rulership (conflict, fire, explosions) with the Moon (both Scorpio and Aries are ruled by Mars, which is in watery Pisces).

There’s a lot more going on in these charts, but this plenty to paint a picture.   Uranus will be at the Axis Mundi until March 28, but will return to this degree later this year, resting at that specific point between 11/11/11 and 1/8/2012.   I particularly cringe at the 11/11/11 date, not because those numbers are astrologically significant, but they are VERY psychologically significant, and may prompt some unusual behavior even without Uranus’s help.

Gee.   I hate to end this post on such a dire note.    Right now the only thing I can think of are a couple of platitudes:  True, but not new.   But it’s still important to remember that these earth changes are course-corrections.   We are in the process of long-needed change, and as stubborn as we humans are, we often neglect to make change until there is no longer choice.   … or to mix our metaphors here, we are in the birth-pangs of a new age.  Birth is sometimes long, difficult, and painful, but the results evoke the most profound love we know on earth: that of a mother for her new-born child.   We are getting ready to welcome the child-form of a new era in human history.

Saturn Retrograde: The Vedic View

March 10, 2011

Saturn Retrograde…. and Remedies

Saturn went retrograde on January 26 this year, and will not station direct until June 12-13 (depending on where you are in the world).  Why does this matter?  Planets are stronger when retrograde.  KN Rao teaches us that retrograde planets make aspects from their sign and from the previous sign, meaning they will give twice as many aspects when they are retrograde.  And a strong planet is not necessarily a good planet.  It is stronger to do what it will, whether that be good or bad.   This year’s Saturn station was particularly strong.  Saturn stationed in Virgo, Mercury’s sign. If we use Virgo as Lagna, all four angles are occupied.  Mercury, Saturn’s ruler, conjoins Rahu in the 4th, with Ketu in Gemini in the 10th.  Saturn is very strong, and Mercury is very weak.  Saturn will overpower Mercury:  Authority and Power will overcome Thought for the period of this retrograde, and all will carry the weight of Saturn.

What do we generally think about Saturn?   Well, usually it’s not good.  But Saturn does offer some gifts and it must be respected.

Here are qualities of Saturn when it’s strong in a positive way:  Authorativeness, discipline, responsibility, conservatism, practicality, realism, durability, constancy, consistency, perseverance, prudence, frugality, endurance, industry, thrift, power to keep secrets, stability, self-control, dutifulness, faithfulness, chastity, ability to concentrate, longevity.

Here are problems that come from Saturn being strong and bad:  Pain—especially bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, teeth; diseases due to coldness, consumption, paralysis, chronic illness, bone diseases, eczema, timidity, diffidence, anxiety, fear, bad dreams, poverty, instability, shame, delays, humiliation, inhibition, loneliness, isolation, depression, mental or physical rigidity, stinginess, disappointments, resignation, melancholy, suspiciousness, doubt, difficulties, laziness, lethargy, idleness, tendency to be easily discouraged, sorrow, misfortunes, death, and excessive use of the “good” expressions—e.g., too much discipline, authority, etc.

So if you are experiencing too much Bad Saturn or not enough Good Saturn, you must befriend this greatest of all visible planets.   The easiest way to befriend Saturn is to ask to do Saturn pujas for you, but you can also take action yourself.  The principle for propitiation is to give a Saturn-related item to a Saturn related person or place on nine consecutive Saturdays.

For example, you can give your TIME and visit the elderly, shut-ins, or prisoners on Saturday, bringing them dark-colored foods (think coffee or rye bread) or purple flowers.  Or you can give these things to a homeless person on Saturdays, or feed crows dark seeds or rye bread.   You can light a dark blue candle on Saturday morning, surrounding it with pictures of old people, grandparents, laborers, renunciates, and with purple flowers, rye seeds and blue stones.  Take a few moments to recite at least nine Mrityunjaya Mantras, (see Mantras under Astro-Remedies) or spend two minutes repeating Om Nama Shivaya.    You will be surprised at how quickly the situation begins to improve.