Friday, September 18, 2015

High and Low

There appears to be a receptor in the human brain for god or a facsimile of the somewhat elusive creature.

With Saturn in Sagittarius for awhile, manifestation of this creation is probable. Here, validation of a person's spiritual achievement is the plan.

It's a complex dialogue a human has with itself to arrive at some conclusions as to what's been done right and wrong, what goodness is deserved, and what misfortune is as well. Saturn relies on accurate judgement with reward and punishment meted out as required. People bounce between behaving and misbehaving.
Still, one thing leads to another, and what can be wrong on one hand, might become right through quirk of fate and passage of time. It keeps people wondering.

So results the relationship with an omnipotent being who seems to hold the cards and deal them at what? Whim? Who exactly is this being? Who decides matters of destiny?

There are many philosophical questions to be considered as Saturn traverses Sagittarius in pursuit of a substantial version of the god figure and a well-functioning set of rules, while people decide what they believe. Or think about it.

I lean toward the idea of divine power being distributed within a pantheon of gods and goddesses. In this case, they're all in charge of their own realms. And they never can decide who's the highest. I guess it's inconsequential.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Deep Repair

Scorpio finds the fundamental root of problems and Virgo comes with its precision tools to fix the predicaments. In these last couple weeks of Saturn in Scorpio, while the Sun and Jupiter travel through Virgo, opportunity appears.

The combination of eighth house Scorpio and sixth house Virgo is known as a point of crisis. The healing powers of this duo are legendary. Longstanding breakdowns are ready to be repaired in the body, in the machines, and in one's life.

It's probably not time for bandaids and pleasant cards. This is serious action designed for long-term results. Saturn in the 29th degree of Scorpio is naturally profound.

Enduring the maintenance process can be taxing with Scorpio involved. Rigorous routines, much harder than usual, might be instituted, while others are sometimes deleted, with the accompanying sensations of loss. Scorpio favors emotion while Virgo simply wants to get the job done. Together they are ruthless, determined, detailed, and thorough. The Detective and the Doer, gutting, wrenching, digging, twisting, screwing, unscrewing, and frequently permanently repairing. Presumably, everything can be fixed, although the solution might be different from what's expected.

With Scorpio, the ultimate physician, and Virgo, the cosmic technician, one is in good hands. A semblance of order for a moment, until Neptune in Pisces brings its chaotic magic once again. There's always something to do. Or undo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


About half of the weight of the human body is made up of muscles. An individual has more than five hundred muscles large enough to be seen with the unaided eye, and many thousands so small that a microscope must be used to observe them. The skeleton is covered and hidden from sight by thick layers of large muscles. The familiar shape of the human form is due as much to the muscles as it is to the bones, if not more.

All the motions of the body or any of its parts are produced by muscles in action. There is never a time when all of them are quiet. The body as a whole might seem to be at rest, yet breathing goes on, the heart beats regularly, and muscles in other internal organs are at work. The heart itself is a hollow mass of muscle.

There are two kinds of muscles. One kind works whether we wish it to or not. The work of the other kind is to a great degree under our control. It's an interesting fact that life depends on muscular behavior that cannot be controlled, while conscious work is governed by muscles that move by choice. This suggests that humans receive the gifts of life together with the freedom to choose what to do with them.

I'm reminded of the Aries-Capricorn relationship.

Maybe the wise and patient bones guide the eager and impetuous muscles, much like the system guides the individual ideally. The structure provides restraint, control, and stability following the initial muscular impulse.  And I suppose the action loving muscles keep the bones from becoming too locked and rigid, besides adding curvaceous beauty to the form.

Aries-Capricorn. A fine combination, keeping the body in motion.

Muscle information from The Modern Medical Counselor, published in 1943.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


      If you set out at one point on a trip around the world, you eventually end up exactly where you started. Such is the nature of roundness. Forward motion is questionable, even though most people perceive time moving linearly. It goes round and round in some mysterious fashion that people strain to understand and race to keep up with. They also strain to identify the motion with improvement, although reality does not always bear this out. Something better is inevitable from time to time, though, with statistical factors in play.

      The same can be said about the astrological wheel as a representation of a life. The greater wheel of the ages speaks of humanity's journey, and oddly, that circle goes in exactly the opposite direction from the personal one. So what is this thing called progress and evolution? Forward is not always good. You could be walking straight into a pond loaded with water moccasins, for example. In that case backward would be considered good. Forward and backward both work.

      In Pisces the native comes to the end, to begin anew in Aries, the birthing point of personality, assuming there might be continual forward progression. This point is often accompanied by a feeling of futility where all previous struggles have come to naught and the person is ready to relinquish control, freeing him or herself from mundane contests, however briefly, in order catch a glimpse of other dimensions. Here's how this comes about.

      In Aries, the native is born and starts the solo journey looking ahead, finding something to do, forming relationships, building families, creating a complicated network of connections, and arriving at Capricorn, or the 10th house, where he attempts to join in the construction of a great society. In Aquarius, it's discovered that the attempt hasn't worked out as well as expected. Social and political systems are far from ideal, so utopian concepts are developed and group cohesion becomes the goal. In Pisces one understands that nothing has worked, really. So the person gives up for a minute to experience a moment of refuge and resuscitation. This brief interlude is where one stops in the circle and pauses to see the expansive realms existing outside the confines of the body and structured worlds. At this moment the entrapment of mundane living can be wearisome, but it also frees the native for square one again and a new plan. The period of confinement offers the chance to undo. It's a time to recognize the limits of human influence and to contemplate the inclusive nature of existence. Everything happens all at once and all experiences are vital to the whole. Thus comes the prize in Pisces. Non-judgement.

       These days there are many factors influencing this completion of the revolution and it looks to be a rather drawn out affair.

Neptune in Pisces
US Progressed Sun in Pisces
The 12th house of the Pluto return
Pluto in Pisces forthcoming
The end of the Age of Pisces

      People believe that if it weren't for the enemy they create, they would be happy or something like that. Safe. Anything. But in Pisces, the identity of the enemy is blurred which leads to confusion. A lot of things are blurred in this area. The world of Neptune often escapes common logic. It escapes everything. And that's what led to my conclusion that progress is unimportant overall. It happens automatically.

     Due to mathematical laws, a certain amount of experience is bothersome. At the full revolution, it can seem like everything is out of order. It probably is.

Still, one can look to the heavens and the beauty of astronomy. The celestial bodies revolve independently of one another while maintaining the integrity of the system. Movement is omni-directional. So I assume it's all progress. Or is it just motion?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shaping Identity

      The astrological sign on the horizon at birth provides an accurate guidepost for character development. The odd thing about the ascendant is that it precedes the individual. One is behind, not inside it, and the native often acts out traits that aren't natural inner ones. This can cause confusion, and that's where relationships come in handy. Others reflect ourselves back to us, and thus we get familiar with the persona we are projecting, more so as life goes on. I think people incarnate further into their ascendants as they progress through the years We learn who we are.

      Because of the separation one actually has the opportunity to mold and sculpt this part of the whole. It is malleable and responsive to personal will. It's where the native creates him or herself over and over again like trying on clothes in a cosmic dressing room.

      Often the rising sign conflicts with the sun, moon, and other placements, but this costume is the winner as far as outer existence is concerned. And it can be creatively thrilling.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Nature of Nature

Recently I noticed the waxing moon in the night, ancient, steady, and beautiful. I enjoy contemplating the systems of the universe in their perfection including earthly life. People might not like the eruptions, disruptions, and general discomforts of experience but one thing leads to another in a sequence that ultimately works.

Things are designed to live naturally and achieve death. The earth changes continuously and all entities adjust. I think this is what might be called evolution.

Evolution goes in many directions. Sometimes it moves forward, and sometimes backward, seemingly undoing progress. Other times it goes sideways. It even appears occasionally not to move at all. People can't perceive the overall stages since they are caught inside the mechanism. Human systems are an infinitesimal part of universal ones and governance is within and without.

I assume there is an intrinsic intelligence in systems that oversees their proper functioning. Even their demise is nourishment for new ones better adapted to changing conditions. Events are a reflection of such changes. 

It seems to me that no one in particular is in charge.

In the midst of life's continual quirks, people often don't know what to do. Or what's where. This is natural, while things route themselves and the system shimmies. The planets offer a great clue as they move in their multi-directional pathways. Magnetic forces keep them all in order as they likely do for all earthly creatures.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Unconscious Consciousness

Deep in the brain sits an interesting organ called the corpus amygdaloideum. The amygdala  is an almond-shape set of neurons located in the brain's medial temporal lobe. Known to play a key role in the processing of emotions, the amygdala forms part of the limbic system. In humans and other animals, this subcortical brain structure is linked to both fear responses and pleasure.

This odd organ is believed to serve as a communications hub between the parts of the brain that process incoming sensory signals and the parts that interpret them. It can signal that a threat is present, and trigger a fear response or anxiety. 

What has been discovered about this part of the brain is that it has a dual input system. Both inputs run from the eyes, ears, and other sense organs to the thalamus. At that point the inputs diverge. One pathway leads directly to the amygdala while the other first passes through the cortex. Each input causes a unique behavior. The amygdala is specialized for reacting to stimuli and triggering a physiological response.

There is a distinct difference with conscious feelings of fear. These feelings are thought to arise from the second, slower pathway that travels from the sensory input first to the higher cortex and then to the amygdala. In the cortex the frightening stimulus is analyzed in detail, and a message is sent back down.

The initial signal, and its corresponding physiological behaviors, prepares the body for immediate reaction. This is part of the startle circuit. By having the body ready for action, the second circuit can then take a moment to study the signal to determine whether the threat is real or perceived. If real, then the body is already on the go, if perceived, than nothing has been lost. Maybe.

 But there are problems associated with the double wiring between the higher cortex and the amygdala. The neural connections from the cortex down are less well developed than are connections from the amygdala back up. Thus, the amygdala exerts a greater influence on the cortex than vice versa. Once an emotion has been turned on, it is difficult for the cortex to turn it off.

I wonder why that imbalance. Do humans not trust the cortex?

And this is fascinating......

The only sense with direct access to the amygdala is smell. I guess it's real. The smell of fear, that is. The smell of everything and it's emotional behavioral directives.

Are we destined to vacillate between terror and confidence? Is the enigmatic amygdala responsible for fear conditioning? The fact that the amydala generates hate and fear, as well as pleasure, tells me that it can turn on a dime.

People like to be united in common emotion, be it love or hate, or something else. Several years ago, hope was sold to the American people and they bought it enthusiastically. However, hope is a difficult product to warranty. The return of Neptune to  Pisces has reminded many people of their common delusions mixed with all the individual ones. 

My thinking leads me to the current Aries-Capricorn square as usual.

Uranus rules nerve circuitry, and that could be a clue to a fast track in Aries to the cerebral cortex and logic. Capricorn central control. As people remain confused, they entertain doubts about their choices. Being confused, lost, and alone are understandably uncomfortable. A dependable track to the cortex might be beneficial. Conscious decisions could be enjoyed.

Brain functioning aside, maybe one can work with the quirks. I'm sure the amygdala would love to run wild into the paranoid fantasies that Neptune adores, but perhaps one can use the strength of Aries coupled with the logic of Capricorn to influence matters. It looks as though as a whole, people could easily be wandering around lost in puzzling brain circuits as Pisces clouds the path ahead. A temporary blindness, so to speak. But from the blindness sometimes comes an alternate way through developed from intuition and feeling. A sort of cosmic braille.