Full Moon on Oct. 20 (below) is a planetary moment
of extreme importance as an opportunity to accelerate
the awakening of Earth's people. The celestial dynamics
of this Full Moon alignment certainly favor a chance
to hold the frequencies of love and joy in ways
that vibrate the planet toward awakening.
month it is best to cut to the chase, and save the
main scene. The burning
practical and immediate question for October 2002
is: To go to war or not go to war? Those who are
hell-bent to launch before lunch find the delicate
business of herding far too many cats more exasperating
by the minute. Others who are heaven-bent to slow the rush to war, even avoid war altogether,
often prove successful now in bringing more light
and love than rage and hate to the proceedings.
Communications of love and peace are favored now.
For peacemakers who are interested in the
astral dynamics of this moment, the encouraging news is that only a moron will go
to war with Mercury retrograde (until Oct. 6) or
Mars in Libra (Oct. 15 - Dec. 1). The sobering news, on the other hand, is that
the number of morons in America seems to increase
geometrically by the week. Lest this calendar appear
merely to argue that those who disagree with the
author are stupid -- this cheap ad hominem rhetoric is best left
to loud white males who rule TV on Sunday afternoon
and Fox News and radio at all hours -- it is better
and more useful to make sure we understand exactly
what kinds of folly are involved here.
The simple actuality is that both ends of
the intelligence spectrum are sparsely populated.
People who are truly imbecilic by nature or mishap are
almost as rare as geniuses. Why, then, does it seem
sometimes that imbeciles are proliferating
all the time? Because for every person who really
is stupid there are many others who may as well
be, for they are either asleep and uninvolved,
show why the Greek word from which we derived the
English "idiot" literally means a person who does
not participate actively in public life -- or they
are the most dangerous fools of all because no one
knows how immense their mistakes will be, and how
steep the public cost -- they are the brilliant fools who are deaf
to their own intuition and unlit in the heart, so the
only thing they can use is their intellect. The
good news is that their intellect is acting as a
self-appointed police force only for the present
emergency. The disturbing news is that their intellect
knows how to prolong the emergency indefinitely.
It happens all the time. Kennedy and Johnson had
a number of these unaccompanied intellects designing
misery in Vietnam. Now Bush and Cheney have new
experts. These are the ones who can do a power of damage.
simply too smart for anyone's good because they
employ the intellect in love.
One does not have to be the author of the
Peter Principle to know that this unfastened rogue intellect type is most common on the highest tiers
of corporations, churches and governments,
and this is why the destinies of entire nations
are in the hands of people who can't speak
in intelligible sentences, or don't know how much
a quart of milk costs, or lose sensitive documents
or send them to the wrong places, or would likely
a supermarket -- if they ever actually wound up
in one -- looking in vain for the toast.
It's lonely up there where people who don't know how to make fire or find food in a forest are in charge of national arsenals, farm policies and a court system. It's terrifying for those poor, brilliant, isolated souls. So it's best for the rest of us, who try every day to gain some understanding of why such powerful people behave so cluelessly, to see that ridicule is too easy, that anger and blame continue to accomplish nothing, and that compassion is the only resource that will serve us. Imagine what it is like to be Mr. Rumsfeld, Ms. Rice, or Mr. Cheney in the hour before sleep, and to brood in the dark about what Winston Churchill meant when he said that he did not become prime minister in order to preside over the dissolution of the British Empire. The Bush regime, and all who lead the predatory corporatism that traditional republican capitalism has now become, at least in the United States, may keep a brave face, even a nervous grin, to cover their inner reality. But they dread history's stark verdict: that these were the ones who lost it, lost the whole map and market. It was on their watch that the power elite lost control, and the global pie slipped out of America's hands. If this thought is not enough to put some ice in one's groin, what is? And if fear is the true cause of dishonesty, is it any wonder that the government has fabricated a crusade campaign worthy of Bernard of Clairvaux? (For more on him, see most recent UFC listing for Aug. 20.)
The rogue intellects must be shivering with fear if they are
lying this much, so let us proceed in love, and see October 2002
for what it is: a month that either is, or may as well be, designed
for the sudden awakening of those who have been asleep, and the
encouragement of those who are stuck in the coldest fear. This
is a month when many can and will awaken, and it is up to us who
are committed to this goal to stay consistently in love and serenity.
Keep holding that frequency. Here are some dates and details:
10/6: Mercury "goes
direct" on the day of the New Moon, when the
Sun-Moon conjunction is sextile (60° from) Jupiter in Leo on
one side, and Pluto in Sagittarius on the other;
Jupiter and Pluto thus form a very favorable trine (120°
arc) that grows stronger through the month,
becomes exact on 10/27, and continues into January
2003. This trine represents an ability to achieve
inner spiritual insight and integrate it into the
outer fabric of social action, and the alignment
of Sun and Moon at the center of the trine clearly
embodies, among other things, what master astrologer
Reinhold Ebertin termed "an appreciation of
the need for social or religious regeneration".
This potential for personal and collective awakening
begins at the New Moon, and continues through the
Oct. 7 - 11: In the days just following the New Moon, Mercury
in late Virgo is square (90° from) Saturn in late Gemini,
raising again more urgently the question of how the American media
will play the inevitable tension between their natural impulse
to tell the story, and their fear of reprisal and pressure from
those who want to suppress it. The media will reach between Oct.
6 and 10 the kind of nexus Muhammad Ali had in mind when he said
"You can run, but you can't hide". We are about to see
whether mainstream media in the United States are here mainly
to heel and obey, or to speak their truth in the service of their
deepest principles. One very promising development is that the
normally obedient publicity vehicle Newsweek has just published an article on how the United States assisted Saddam Hussein during the Reagan era.
If others are emboldened to dig and report -- on the healthy premise that any information that someone wants to suppress is news, and everything else is publicity -- then who knows what could come out? The fool king parade of embarrassing revelations about the suits, the brass and the cops, often forecast in this Calendar, most recently in June and August, swells high as the whole media marching band is out for a showdown and about to face the reviewing stand. Will the David of honest journalism sling his stone at the Goliath of rogue corporatism on Oct. 9 and 10, just before Mercury enters Libra? He wants to, and is gathering nerve.
10/16: Mars enters Libra,
where he is "in detriment", partly because the balancing
energy of Libra works against the one-pointed certainty
that a warrior needs to start and maintain a fight,
and partly because in Libra - as is true also with
the other Venus-ruled sign of Taurus - Mars is under
the influence of Venus, and is more likely to protect
families than to try to kill them. It is exceedingly
exhausting to get morale high and keep it there
while Mars is in Libra. This month and a half (until
Dec. 1) is extremely favorable for teaching principles
of mercy and forgiveness to unlikely audiences who
will be uncommonly receptive.
The other main ripple at mid-month is that
Chiron in Capricorn is square (90° from) planets
moving through Libra: Mercury (Oct. 15) and Mars
(Oct. 24).. As of this writing (Oct. 1), DEA
agents have raided medical marijuana facilities
in California, arresting people who are fighting
terminal cancer and AIDS, and actually handcuffing them to
their wheelchairs. Which group in the system is
most likely to perpetrate such outrageously arrogant
and heartless cruelty? You guessed it. It's those
unaccompanied intellects again, producing their
War on Drugs with a stolid fervor that, if
it goes on much longer, will begin to rival the
Roman persecutions of Christians for the Longest-running
Rearguard Action against a Spiritual Force. Is marijuana
to the American empire what Christianity was to
Rome? It may as well be. It's certainly being treated
that way. The ancient and ongoing War on the Plants
will continue for a while, though there will be
a respite next month when planets are in Scorpio,
one of Chiron's medicine animals.
10/21 The Full Moon is the
climactic event of the month. It is one of the main
elements in an extremely
auspicious double grand trine. The Sun in Libra
forms a grand
trine in air with Saturn in Gemini and Uranus in
Aquarius. This piece is very favorable for sudden awakening
to spiritual truths, especially those which had
been unseen or resisted before, but which can now
be faced and integrated or dissolved. Moon in Aries, opposite the
Sun, is sextile (60° from) Saturn and Uranus.
These four planets thus literally form a peace sign
on the zodiac wheel, with the Sun at one end, opposite
the Moon, with Saturn and Uranus sextile the Moon
either side, forming the three lines of the leaf
at the other end.
This grand trine is linked with another one,
which has Mercury in Libra trine Neptune
in Aquarius and Moon's North Node (Dragon's Head)
in Gemini. This second grand trine is loosely linked
to the first through a quintile to Uranus in Aquarius.
This represents a time in which the forces of imagination
can be used truthfully for awakening mass audiences.
Most of all, this Full Moon is an advantageous Day
of Power for those who are working for peaceful
spiritual transformation into the beings of love
that we are meant to become.
Before we close, an Advance Look at the celestial
dynamics of the American election day on Nov. 5.
Election day rides in on the Scorpio New
Moon on Nov. 4, which squares (at 90° from)
Jupiter in Leo. It's likely that this election will
bring the beginnings of new things which some powerful
will view as disturbing and unpleasant. Changes
at this election will be subtle at first, but pround.
in Scorpio is square (90° from) Neptune in Aquarius,
meaning that there will be a continuous ooze and
flash of disinformation up to and culminating on
election day. Mars in Libra will be in the middle of
a trine between Jupiter in Leo and Pluto in Sagittarius.
The simplest summary for now: Tampering has been
in Hawaii and New Jersey -- and will continue to
be alleged and reported in many places. The election
will be no dramatic mandate for one side or thrilling reversal for the other. But it will demonstrate that the 70% approval
rating and pro-war consensus are a sham, and that
more minds have awakened and see war as a movie
or glitter patch to hide all the corporate gangrene.
It will be clear on Nov. 5 that more people want
to slow war down or not do it at all than want to bomb
'em now. The election result will be an icebag that
reduces the war fever, at least for the month. The
danger is greater when Mars is in Scorpio, from
Meanwhile, now, in October, the very beautiful
design of the Libra Full Moon on 10/20 - 21 could
be explicated to exhaustion, but why? The point
now for spiritual workers is, as the supple trickster Scaramouche put
it, "Mademoiselle, the time for action has arrived."
For those intent on spiritualizing the Earth, the
time is the Full Moon, and the iron is hot.