Saturday, March 31, 2007

Escape to Green

While the sequoias are rumbling, art is rearing and whinnying, and spring is coming, I thought a walk in the gentle woods would be refreshing. A chance to get another cool deep breath.
Earth, water, and air ......
A threesome made in heaven.

Cascade in Dark Hollow, Shenandoah. David Muench.

29 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

That photo is priceless.

31/3/07 5:03 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Very peaceful. sigh

I thought i'd drop a bit of news here for us to consider. 12 March 2007 Ron Paul, whom i've mentioned recently declared his candidacy for President of the US.

He was born 20 August 1935. i'll see if i can get more.

A libertarian leaning member of congress from Texas. This could be very, very interesting. One thing he wants to do is put us back on US Treasury -Get rid of the Federal Reserve. As hss been said before many speculate that this action; ending Rederal Reserve was the true reason JFK was assassinated. Additionally Ron Paul is opposed to spending more money on the Iraq war, wants us out immediately. A to the bone constitutionalist, who is clean- he has never taken moeny form corporations. Most of this has been told to me by one in the know but i want to dig around abit... lots to look ar here. And coming from the republican party. This in itself fascinates me. A rebirth could be in the making? Early signs of the Pluto at the Capricorn gate on voting day 2008?

31/3/07 6:21 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Ron Paul born Pittsburgh PA

31/3/07 6:29 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka, I am fascinated with Ron Paul. This is great news. I agree with him about the monetary system, and I've heard that about Kennedy.

This is the skinny on western Libertarians. There are lots of them since they value independence. They are against almost all foreign intervention.
They are mostly concerned with upholding the Bill of Rights. One I know carries a copy with him all the time.

They originally ran as Republicans because of the low spending philosophy. But now that the Repubs have turned to stealing and spending on wars for profit so blatantly, the Libertarians are aligning with the Democrats.

As I've said, I embrace a lot of Libertarian philosophy, especially the miniscule government. I'd like to see more of them in office.

And coming from the republican party. This in itself fascinates me. A rebirth could be in the making? Early signs of the Pluto at the Capricorn gate on voting day 2008?

The Republican Party is due for radical transformation. This will be good, since they also have some sound philosophy when they are acting right.

I think we have some new and interesting political times ahead. I know I'm interested for the first time in ages.
Very exciting.

31/3/07 8:54 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It could very well be that as government has grown to monstrous proportions, these Libertarians will figure in more in defense of our freedom.

31/3/07 8:56 PM  
Blogger jm said...

So with all these great talks we've been having, the Taurus input, and the idea of clean, deep, full breaths, I feel like I can approach the end of the Pluto in Sagittarius transit, and the beginning of Capricorn, with equanimity and good sense.

Capricorn is about shaping our destinies, and if things develop right, we should be able to influence the political direction of this country we call home. like my personal home and life, I care about it.

Sagittarius is a great scattering in the upward flames, but Capricorn will bring it all back down to earth in a new form. Best we be part of the blueprint making. Get your pencils ready!

This is one of the beautiful aspects of astrology. How it can help us map. Simple consciousness.

31/3/07 9:12 PM  
Blogger AcousticGod said...

Do you think he'll continue to run regardless of whether he gets the Republican nomination?

I ask, because Clinton won twice as a result of a credible third party (Ross Perot) running. A Libertarian could conceivably appeal to a lot of people thereby garnering enough of the vote to really make a difference this election.

1/4/07 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Capricorn is about shaping our destinies,

Reminds me of the astro salon I went to 2 weeks ago. The host was talking about Pluto leaving Sag and entering Cap, and a woman I didn't know piped up and spoke gloomily about how she dreaded the Capricorn energies because "it's a heavy, corporate or business-like, fatherly, controlling energy." I looked at her and tried not to roll my eyes. She went on in this vein and clearly had some issues in that direction. Isn't Cap more of a grounding force? I don't know where she was getting all this doom'n'gloom but thankfully someone changed the subject...

1/4/07 1:56 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I don't think he'll go far, acousticgod. He's an extremist.

1/4/07 3:35 PM  
Blogger jm said...

it's a heavy, corporate or business-like, fatherly, controlling energy.

She's talking about her inner self, just like everyone, and I mean everyone. And of course, for her, it will be just this way.

These things will happen in some places...like the smoking laws.... but the other side of Cap will too.
The truth is, we need some controlling energy. But the out of control corporations will get it too.

It's interesting to observe. How people project. Those that hook on to the negative, the horrible abuse and suffering, are attaching because of internal issues. Hate is always self loathing. This is fine, except for the fact that they have little chance of solving the problems if they fail to look inward. The important thing is to not let them scare. Hooking on to others' misfortune is also personal guilt many many times, especially when milked. An example is John Edwards and the imminent death, as this society feels humiliated and sick itself. The personal tragedy becoming a political event. The subconscious need for punishment motivates so much of our misfortune.
Another example is the torture. The way people keep reading the details and looking at the pictures. One time is enough and we go on to its elimination, the best we can. But pouring over and over it, satisfies a personal prurient desire, and in the end, impedes its removal. Everytime we take in the details we are punishing ourselves when its after the fact.
But these events also can guide us to correction and health. Capricorn is about correction too. Corruption in the system is what it wants to eliminate.

So people who fear the future will do so anyway, no matter what planet is spinning round.

I just saw a production of the Merchant of Venice and the tragedy of religious persecution. The domination of Christianity and the white man was glaring at me and taunting. Should I suffer for this human historical tragedy, or should I be thankful that the Jews are no longer being locked behind gates at night and denied the right to hold property? Should I hate the Christians, or should I use my good sense in remembering the oppressions of Judaism within, and the all the crimes of peoples everywhere?

Should I suffer or should I rejoice at the good things in life?

It all depends on inner need. The need for punishment. The negative Capricorn is perfect for that.

One thing I saw clearly is how we have evolved as small as the amount might seem to some.

1/4/07 4:08 PM  
Blogger jm said...

One of the main lessons of Capricorn is punishment and reward. It seems that guilt and punishment dominate, and yet it's been proven that reward gets the better results behaviorwise. The integrity and smooth running of the entire system is what Capricorn wants. So Pluto is coming to root out all that undermines this.
We have collective guilt from our entire history, but this is the present, and that's what we have to face. The sooner each one of us does the right thing, the sooner the rewards will manifest.

Denial of pleasures, restrictions, even imprisonment of some kind are Capricornian elements, and so is great recognition and reward.

We will see. The need for collective punishment will determine a lot, but there are always those who act right, do well, and will be compensated by life, no matter what the group does.

We couldn't possibly exist if we didn't sense some kind of individual destiny apart from the group, some autonomy, self determination, and relationship with the cosmos that is all our own.

Pluto through Sagittarius was for this reason. To unite each one of us with his*her own relationship with this cosmic force. This will carry us through the next phase.

2/4/07 4:40 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I would like to add that doing the real right thing in any circumstance is not always what others think it should be. This is where the knowledge and maturity will enter. Sometimes you know deep down what to do, and also the resistance, criticism and rejection that might accompany these decisions. Guilt and fear from the self might also emerge when the best decisions are made.

There is a kind of isolation in Capricorn because of these sometimes unpopular choices. The heat and craziness of Sagittarius have departed, and the cool and aloof judgements have arrived. This will test us all.

2/4/07 4:41 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

That is profound, jm. Much to meditate upon.

Maybe what this woman at the salon was mourning was the vanishing of fire and warmth of Sag, and dreading the aloofness of Cap. She seemed like someone who needs a lot of nurturing.

2/4/07 4:42 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"she dreaded the Capricorn energies because 'it's a heavy, corporate or business-like, fatherly, controlling energy.'
     "She seemed like someone who needs a lot of nurturing."


Mother said: "Just wait till your father gets home." ;-(

3/4/07 2:53 PM  
Blogger jm said...

And mothers aren't controlling?????????

3/4/07 4:00 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Curiously, in ancient times, the fourth house was thought of as the house of the father.

3/4/07 5:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Absolutely kad. They are interchangeable now. I have a Cancer 4th house and it's my father, with his Moon in cancer. he was not controlling, although control is so vast and complex, and not always obvious. The weeping mother is just as controlling as the harsh father.

In the end it's our own inner image that is described by these houses. So a fear of authority is within, often feeling undisciplined and knowing they are going to get it! So they hook onto outside control.

Mothers actually do a lot of the Saturn type discipline since traditionally they have been the ones with the kids most of the time. Remeber the shrieking voice when you were doing..?

3/4/07 5:40 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Oh, of course. Capricorn. A well behaved child in your case, so maybe you missed the full brunt.

My mother didn't discipline me, only to tell me to stop whining, which I did incessantly. I think it worked, somewhat.

3/4/07 5:42 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Father was a laissez-faire Leo. Mother was a Saturnine Aquarius, with Saturn conjunct Sun, a big worrier. :-)

3/4/07 5:49 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"The weeping mother is just as controlling as the harsh father."

Emotional manipulation. Capricorn tears? LOL! In India, the Capricorn constellation is called Makara the crocodile.

3/4/07 5:53 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The worrier. That can control the child and make it fearful. But through Leos come risk taking, even if they didn't do it or teach it.

My father was also laissez-faire which I became in relationships. I hold the longest leash known to man. And even that stretches like salt water taffy on the boardwalk.

3/4/07 5:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Emotional manipulation. Capricorn tears? LOL! In India, the Capricorn constellation is called Makara the crocodile.

OMG! Incredible!! I do love your educational input!

That is fascinating. I had no idea, and it certainly fits. That brooding, odd sort of self pity Cap can have, especially the Moon. The guilt manipulation. The croc correlation is really interesting.

3/4/07 6:01 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The mother manipulation gets to me because they often get away with playing the innocent or the victim. From early on I could see through this. I'm not a great mother fan, although they have their plusses, but I see them as pretty much equal, with their good and bad characteristics. Good to individuate at some point in the destiny.

Actually we can pick and chose what we want to copy..:)

3/4/07 6:05 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"The croc correlation is really interesting."

One of those strange but true things! Could be scary, but the other side is that Makar Sankranti is the harvest festival throughout India, and a celebration of the return of the Spring. A fertile, earthy connection, with required baths and, literally, sun worship.

Maybe Pluto in Capricorn will be like spring cleaning in government and institutions. So we'll get to see a lot more dirt along the way.

Speaking of animals, I just read that the elephant was first associated with the Republican party in a cartoon wherein a donkey wearing a lion suit scared the elephant in the zoo.

3/4/07 6:45 PM  
Blogger jm said...

fertile, earthy connection, with required baths and, literally, sun worship.

Heheh. Everthing has a required bath in India.

Maybe Pluto in Capricorn will be like spring cleaning in government and institutions. So we'll get to see a lot more dirt along the way.

What a great thought and correlation. Dunk some politicians in the holy waters.

Now to check out your cartoon fact ot fantasy..:)

3/4/07 9:29 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Speaking of dirt, Saturn is just about to go into Virgo. Dirty laundry and spring cleaning might get underway.

3/4/07 9:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Ha ha!!!

The now-famous Democratic donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. His opponents called him a jackass (a donkey), and Jackson decided to use the image of the strong-willed animal on his campaign posters. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous.

True, do you think?

3/4/07 9:33 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"True, do you think?"

Hmm. Well, let's see. A similar account appears on gop.com, which also explains the original meaning of "G.O.P."

So, the GOP said it -- it must be true!

C-SPAN has a more detailed account, accompanied by a reproduction of the cartoon.

4/4/07 12:16 PM  
Blogger jm said...

What a ludicrous world!!

I'll believe just about anything so Jackass Jackson it is!

4/4/07 1:36 PM  

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