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Week of Oct 7 to 15, 2007 

The big event of the week is the welcome aspect of Jupiter to Uranus, albeit of a hard nature (a square), it is actually these types of hard aspects that bring out the dynamic nature of the planets involved.  Since Jupiter most of the time seems like the great promiser, many times like a politician, telling us of good things to come; it rarely delivers. 

Sorry to say, but the generosity of the Universe (and the Intelligence behind it) is not without a price.  Is it hard work, perseverance, and determination?  Those are more of Saturn’s qualities.  The price the universe exacts from us for abundance is truthfulness, honesty, and integrity.  “Working hard” is more of a state of mind and an emotional attribution.  

Abundance is a state of grace, felicity at some task which is not work to you but an expression of your true being.  Abundance is the natural side effect of true creative action; and it is by nature effortless and boundless as is the land, seas, and the stars. 

Let’s us not delude ourselves however from the fact that we all have our “moments” when we are in the frying pan of Saturn’s purging flames transmuting vicariously our leaden human emotional elements into golden everlasting joy, hope and love.  (Since Saturn is the exaltation ruler of Libra, it helps bring things back into balance.) 

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Week of Oct 7 to 15, 2007 

The big event of the week is the welcome aspect of Jupiter to Uranus, albeit of a hard nature (a square), it is actually these types of hard aspects that bring out the dynamic nature of the planets involved.  Since Jupiter most of the time seems like the great promiser, many times like a politician, telling us of good things to come; it rarely delivers. 

Sorry to say, but the generosity of the Universe (and the Intelligence behind it) is not without a price.  Is it hard work, perseverance, and determination?  Those are more of Saturn’s qualities.  The price the universe exacts from us for abundance is truthfulness, honesty, and integrity.  “Working hard” is more of a state of mind and an emotional attribution.  

Abundance is a state of grace, felicity at some task which is not work to you but an expression of your true being.  Abundance is the natural side effect of true creative action; and it is by nature effortless and boundless as is the land, seas, and the stars. 

Let’s us not delude ourselves however from the fact that we all have our “moments” when we are in the frying pan of Saturn’s purging flames transmuting vicariously our leaden human emotional elements into golden everlasting joy, hope and love.  (Since Saturn is the exaltation ruler of Libra, it helps bring things back into balance.) 

Worldly Success and Heavenly Success

I have actually known a multimillionaire or two in my life, but I have found them to be utterly spiteful, contemptuous, and not a little bit greedy.  They were however very sharp, and very much aware of what it takes to achieve certain goals and direct enough to act on them.  While they were rich in an outer sense, in an inner sense they were quite poor. 

I would say that the blessings I have received in life, many of which enable me to write for SWN, have come only at the cost of enduring great disabilities, hardships, and seeming misfortunes.  Am I rich?  I would say so for the richness of life as I experience it every day, even as I am “forced” to reach up to seize it.  (Did you ever notice how the words rich and reach are very similar?….).  Do I live in a mansion?  Not exactly, but I think I live in heavenly mansions in my mind that would put to shame the dingy shanties that the millionaires above call home. 

Who enjoys freedom then?  He who has amassed a fleet of automobiles, a vast financial portfolio, and any number of homes dotted around the globe all of which demand time, energy, and much expense to run and keep from the land-grabbers, revenuers, and other bandits; or someone such as me who can spend much greater time in ecstatic heavenly bliss, one with the heart of the living universe, and ever more sensitive to the fluttering of a spiritual bird somewhere at any point in the cosmos?  Who is free and who is in bondage?  Who is less hindered by the demands of the ego, and less subject to the intimidations of that limited human egoic existence? 

Fortuitous Turns

As Jupiter this week moves into exact square to Uranus; I wouldn’t be surprised to see dramatic fortuitous events that carry the lightning of divine illumination that can shatter the over-long held dominance of outworn and obsolete ideas.  Ideas of course form the world, and the world could see some changes right now. 

The US presidential candidate Ron Paul with a message of Constitutionalist reform and less government restriction could pave some inroads to the increasing socialism coming form the other Republican and Democratic contenders.  Maybe more and more members of government in US Congress will be seized by a spirit of integrity will challenge more and more the obvious criminal actions of both the White House and the leaders of Congress such as in the continued war in Iraq and the sell off of US assets to foreign interests in the Security and Prosperity Partnership (also known as the North American Union). 

The rising hue and cry over atrocities committed in Burma seem to embody this astrological configuration, idealism stirs a cry for reform and suddenly the whole world listens as the Myanmar government responds with repression and violence.  Sometimes people seemingly “sacrifice” themselves for an ideal, and it is like the spirits that rise from their spilled blood serve as a planetary catalyst for reform.  Before long however the hypnotizing drone of the modulated airwaves with their managed political horse races, celebrity meltdown spectaculars, and soothing soft assurances that everything is going well completely overtakes once again the public consciousness. 

Prevalence of Pigs

In a dense world filled with piggish people however this is the norm.  But for every 100 pigs you will find a few men or women with a heart that will not leave them alone until they until they act on the promptings of their conscience.  The pigs however don’t rule the world; they just wait around for someone to tell them what to do.  I suppose if someone told them to become a real man or woman, maybe a lot of them would do it but not a lot of people tell them to. 

I think though Jesus (maybe the greatest ever yogic master) put it in a better way.  He said (paraphrasing) that he is the leaven and that we are the loaf.  We, or the loaf, are those people whom I have just referred to as pigs.  You don’t add a lot of leaven to make the whole loaf rise, just a little.  As Jupiter squares Uranus this week, maybe you and I will see a little bit of the leaven activating the whole loaf.  Could you see it? 

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Mon, Oct 8
Potentially interesting day in the offing as malefics line up, but not as badly as they could.  Very early on (in European time zones) there could be some breakdowns or abuses of power.  A strong feeling of charisma and magnetism could influence people to do things they normally wouldn’t, but in the end strong feelings do not de facto prove the integrity of one’s intentions.  Many times strong feelings only register on our lower, egoic, physical selves with all their illusory/delusory value.  In other ways today action moderated by wisdom and willfulness connected to higher ideation can bring you to real progress in life.  

Tues, Oct 9
Restrictions and inhibitions (external or internal) may suddenly feel intolorable and could incite corrective reform.  However saying "enough is enough" is never enough, a sound plan of constructive realistic change is what is necessary.  However as hope spring eternal, the desire to bring about change could expand right now and lift up individuals and groups.  We just have to be careful to let ourselves move along realistic paths and not wild radical shifts that never seem to last. The urge to act today however could be blocked mysteriously, such as ailments flaring or even self-defeating behaviors energized anew.  Be careful of such things as intoxicants and interferences from other chemical/toxic agents.  (Jupiter square Uranus, Sun quincunx Uranus, Mars sesquiquadrate Neptune)

Wed, Oct 10
No peaking influences with the exception of a minor Sun-Venus aspect forming very early on (around midnight US time) making relationships cordial and maybe a little cozy.  (Sun semisquare Venus)

Thurs, Oct 11, New Moon in sidereal Virgo
Mercury turns retrograde today. Traditionally this is a prohibition against starting new ventures, businesses, or signing important documents.  The thinking/reasoning around things right now is not supposed to be quite right, overly tainted perhaps by psychologically unresolved personal issues.  Just make doubly sure that you are embarking on now is on the up and up.  No help from a dark moon either, as there is no reflected light from the Sun to illuminate our lives. The Sun (representing pure truth) of course is alway shining, our minds however (Vedically symbolized by the Moon) are at a very obtuse angle to it and things may seem very strange. 

Fri, Oct 12
What seems real may be more colored by your hopes and dreams than you first might believe.  But is not what you believe what really is?  The mind creates the world.  This might be a day where you mind can create a better, closer to the Divine world.  All the same be careful of potential toxic conditions in the body, including a desire to indulge in intoxicants.  Be careful as well of a latent propensity to lie and deceive others (to act deceitfully) as it may seem the only way to go or is expedient.  (Sun trine Neptune)

Sat, Oct 13
This coming week may be pivotal for you and the world at large.  We are moving into a conjunction of Venus, Saturn, and the Ketu, the Moon's south node.  Relationshps may take a turn for the better, even if that means a separation of sorts. People may be sensitized to negative things in relationships and be moved to act on them, or they may just simply come to a head.  As Ketu and Saturn are many time separative forces (showing the futility of the soul's attachment to egoistic frames of mind); strange, but spiritually purposeful situations may come about.  A tear or two may be shed for the loss or the pain, but they are a small price to pay in order to come into true living.  This astrology will be peaking over the next couple of days.  At any rate the pulse of emotions should be strong.  (Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn, Venus conjunct Saturn)

Sun, Oct 14
Significant situations may come about today accompanied by a strong feeling of fate, destiny, or personal life mission.  The zeal to be free from restriction, control, or the tyrrany of narrow-mindedness may be very powerful.  There could be a strong restlessness.  (Sun minor aspect to Nodes, biquintile Uranus)

Mon, Oct 15
A deep and poingant feeling of love may burn today.  Love that requires surrender, sacrifice, and other gratifications; but the gratifications of the soul on its way Godward, not tied to human limitations, smallnesses, or sense of neediness.  (Venus conjunct Ketu)

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