Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Screwdrivers in the Garden

There are three major star-kissed events this week so I'm offering cocktails for anyone who likes to imbibe. There will be unspiked pomegranate juice as well, along with raspberry scones. They just can't seem to progress out there, so I'm thinking of leaving them all alone and enjoying some alternatives.

Mercury goes into Libra. Just about here, and good for balanced judgement, perhaps even decision making when the weighing of options is finally over. This busy communicative entity will go on to Scorpio, turn retrograde, and back up into Libra again, so some developments are afoot. What mysteries will be uncovered? What compromises will be made, what agreements formulated? What relationship dilemmas revealed? Possibility of peaceful, pleasant moments? I'm always up for those, and of course, the potential for stimulating and enlightening intellectual intercourse.
Venus leaves Leo. What is it with this Leo lesson knocking like gangbusters? As fate would have it, Venus leaves the long retrograde exactly when the Moon is in Leo as well. Are we missing something? Or are we really getting it?
The big one. Joining Venus in her motion will be Pluto turning direct in the Galactic Center of the milky Way for the last time in 248 years, on his way to Capricorn. This is it. An added factor has been the month and a half station of the north node in Pisces at 7 degrees. Confusion does seem to be in power as Leo keeps driving the point home trine Pluto in this sensitive black holy spot. In the next weeks, Venus will meet Saturn in Virgo for this lengthy Plutonian passage out, and another big one, Mars, will go into Cancer for its long retrograde. Plus the Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, the sign naturally ruled by Pluto. A lot of emotional knowledge ahead. In the gut, in the visceral body, is where it's trying to land. The day Pluto goes direct the Moon will be in Cancer further foretelling some information being delivered as Mars in Cancer guides Pluto in the crossing to Capricorn, joining up with Jupiter and Venus already in Capricorn, and Saturn in Virgo forming a beautiful earth trine.
So drinks are in order as people contemplate and speculate about the changes. I noticed one interesting thing -- a distinct and new feeling of safety came through yesterday and I'm waiting to see if this is permanent. The Mars in Cancer finale to the Pluto in the GC kind of makes me think so. I wouldn't want to think all this terror has been in vain.

31 Comments:

Blogger jm said...

One thing to look at is where Mars will be transiting Cancer to see how the Pluto in Sagittarius transit has impacted you personally, along with the Sagittarius house(s).

5/9/07 3:45 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Well, JM, drinking in the garden is probably the best thing to do while we wait for all this planetary shifting to work itself out. Although I wonder if I could BMOB ... not much into screwdrivers, but love a nice, crisp gin & tonic, easy on the ice, extra lime, made only with Cascade Mountain gin. I will be happy to share it :-)

5/9/07 8:06 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Gin and tonic! That's an old standard. Junipers and god-knows-what's in the tonic. You know, it does smell medicinal.:-)

5/9/07 10:26 PM  
Blogger jm said...

while we wait for all this planetary shifting to work itself out.

Good way of putting it. I think I'll make it a long wait until the entire thing works itself out. It doesn't need me, so I can just go ahead and do what I want. My life itself seems to go on automatic and could do with or without me.:-)

5/9/07 10:29 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Just got this e-mail:

We are pleased to announce A RENAISSANCE OF LOCAL!, our major event to be held Sept. 28-30 at the beautiful Planet Bluegrass site in Lyons. This will be a county-wide community festival, conference and expo, the first of an annual tradition, providing opportunities for involvement for local citizens, organizations, and businesses. The entire event will be an uplifting celebration of local food, local energy, local economy, local culture and local community, serving as an energizing focus and catalyst for the BOULDER COUNTY GOING LOCAL! Campaign for building community self-sufficiency and strengthening the local economy through partnership, collaboration and engagement.

FESTIVAL: Live music, great food from local growers and chefs, special activities for children and families, in a spirited community-oriented atmosphere. The (nearly) Zero Waste event will be powered where possible with energy produced on-site (e.g., solar, wind, biodiesel generators), along with demonstrations of renewable energy alternatives. Includes a juried art show of Colorado artists.

CONFERENCE: A packed three-day schedule of unique local and national leaders, as well as local panelists, covering the major themes of the BOULDER COUNTY GOING LOCAL! Campaign: BUY LOCAL FIRST!, EAT LOCAL!, GROW LOCAL!, LOCAL ENERGY!, and LOCAL CURRENCY!


I guess they mean business.

5/9/07 11:20 PM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Gin and tonic! That's an old standard. Junipers and god-knows-what's in the tonic. You know, it does smell medicinal.

Yep, the Queen Mum lived to be 104 years old on it. There were stories about how she skipped tea at 4 and went straight for the gin.

That medicinal taste doesn't come from the gin but all the "aromatics" and other flavorings they put in it nowadays. One high-end brand brags about the fresh aroma of cucumber. I drink Cascade Mountain because it's juniper and nothing else! (Also like the fact that it's made not too far away. It's almost local.) Juniper is quite an amazing herb, as Tseka will be able to attest to. If you ever run across juniper berries in a market, crush one between your fingers and smell it. Maybe it's just my unique chemistry, but it makes me euphoric.

As for the tonic, it's got quinine in it, so I can't argue about the "medicinal" thing there. The British mixed it with their gin to prevent malaria in tropical countries where the empire was doing its colonial thing. I just like it because of the bitter flavor. There's no accounting for individual taste.

5/9/07 11:31 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I definitely will try crushing a juniper. I could use a little euphoria. In moderation.

The British seem to fancy this stuff. Yes, malaria could get in the way of an empire. Something always gets them in the end.
I like tonic. Vodka tonic is my drink of choice these days, since I seem to be able to avoid troublesome inebriation by sipping rationally. I think my Canadian whiskey days are sort of over. I'm not a big wine fan. Just mixed with the right food.

I had vodka mixed with lemon-lime soda water and lemonade on the 4th and that was great!
Still searching for the perfect experience, though. Something to help me glide through my old age.

5/9/07 11:57 PM  
Blogger jm said...

That was such a great suggestion, pat, and it's beginning to sink in. Kick back and let the planets do their (empire) thing. By the time they get transited, I'll be so used to garden pleasures I won't notice what they're all doing. Or won't care. Let them circle at their leisure, rule who they will.

6/9/07 12:03 AM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

I'm not a big wine fan. Just mixed with the right food.

The French think it's barbaric (or just plain bizarre) to drink wine without food. And I can't even really drink California wine with food without getting a headache the next day. Another reason for the pure brand of gin. We Aquarii are not known for moderation (and Pisces even less, when it comes to alcohol) but I've learned over the years that drinking is so much more enjoyable when it's done in moderation.

Not that I see you "gliding" through old age, anyway, but (bless her heart) I imagine that the Queen Mum had a bit of a simpler mind that yours, JM. You'll come up with something much more original than alcohol :-)

6/9/07 12:18 AM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Kick back and let the planets do their (empire) thing.

It's funny, but I've been fairly calm about this. I have my moments when I start to go into fear mode, but as soon as I recognize it, it's gone. For the first time in years, I've been able to lie around and do nothing, without worrying that I ought to be doing something to "take charge." That's definitely the old empire model going away. Very interesting effect, hard to put into words.

6/9/07 12:24 AM  
Blogger jm said...

HA HA HA!!

You'll come up with something much more original than alcohol :-)

Geee.

I've been able to lie around and do nothing, without worrying that I ought to be doing something to "take charge."

I love your calm. Wonder why.

I have some thoughts about this fear thing that are developing. I've noticed something this past week.

It's nuts, not relaxing. So much of what we do is so dumb, really. Pretty useless in the long run.

6/9/07 1:01 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I really would like to develop a nice glissando with whatever stimulant is involved. I could kick myself sometimes for falling into this guilt trap that makes people identify with all the suffering of 5000 years, let alone their own rather inconsequential misdeeds. It's ridiculous to be hoodwinked. I know there's a way. Probelem with alcohol is the hangover which induces guilt, not to mention the embarrassments of the previous night. I'll find the trick.:-) Pure juniper juice is a good idea.

This week I've been thinking about the identification with wrongdoing which has and always will go on. What good does it do when you can't stop it? Being aware is important but suffering because some white guy enslaved a brown guy 400 years ago doesn't help. Especially since the brown guy probably enslaved another brown guy before that.

I was just reading about the vicious Caribe Indians who took over the islands in the Caribbean and ate the peaceful inhabitants, then probably were enslaved later by the invaders.

Can't win, so might as well lie around a little.

6/9/07 1:11 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Interesting that you showed up tonight, Pat with this wonderful peaceful vibe, and now it dawned on me. Mercury just went into Libra, probably as we were speaking! We're celebrating with the bottle you brought. Thanks for the taste.:-)
Virgo purity of juniper berry mixed with Libra companionship.

6/9/07 5:14 AM  
Blogger Pat Paquette said...

Mercury in Libra, never thought of that. But you could be right, JM.

As for not being able to do anything about the ills in the world, I know what you mean. If the entire nation took to the streets and protested the War in Iraq, what do you think would happen? I'm pretty sure nothing would change. And we can't even vote the bastards out of office, because the new set is almost as bad. We're really in a predicament here, and I simply don't know what the solution is this time. We need a whole different paradigm of government, and before we can have that, we need a whole different way of relating to our friends, our family, the people we work with -- and ourselves.

That is what I believe this shift is about. The change is going to come from the bottom up, but that can't happen until the roots establish themselves in solid ground and the budding plants get the sustenance they need.

6/9/07 10:39 AM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

Great thoughts pat and jm. I'm putting down roots right now and within a few years I will be doing a whole lot less, or a whole lot more but in a wholly detached sort of way.

Soon enough I will have no need to relate to the systems that are driving the rat race on any but my own terms. I anticipate a massive return of energy to my system, to help enact personal and interpersonal transformations.

There is a massive latent pool of energy in my system. Like an electron, I will jump state once the energy hits a certain threshold. Just like in physics, the jump can occur if enough energy is present. I've been aware of this for quite sometime. Within the current energy state, I can innovate to no end, but further creativity, the lightning flashes of new insight lie in the next state. The challenge of the present: to gather the necessary energy for the jump, to conserve and not to dissipate it.

6/9/07 2:03 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I agree with all of this, pat, and you say it well.

We need a whole different paradigm of government, and before we can have that, we need a whole different way of relating to our friends, our family, the people we work with -- and ourselves.


It' so true that we have to start from the bottom and work up, or the center and out, in terms of the self. I think if we really do this, we will see results in our own little universes, and that would make a difference. Others come one by one, and the important thing for me is to be comfortable with the drift away and toward. People go back to the familiar and group together when afraid, so maybe we are at some in-between stage and the drift toward will come gradually. So patience and perserverence? Is that what I'm trying to say? I know the desire for a better society is genuine, so there's something to build on. If you look at it clearly, the human family has progressed and become slightly more civilized.

The coming trend toward "local" might be symbolic of this.
I was involved in a group event last week (thousands of people) that ran into problems and all handled it beautifully. That was far better than the planned event when it finally worked out.

6/9/07 2:20 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I was thinking about this jumping state idea and I can remember it happening several times before in my life. It takes place quickly, it is a permanent jump in consciousness. I think we can apprehend bits and pieces of what lies beyond our next threshold but we keep getting shoved back down into the "electron state" that we occupy. We don't embody the entirety of the next state until a certain amount of energy is gathered, and then the shift has to occur, it's inevitable. I think this process is individual, but when we jump state we are vibrating at the new level and those around us start to pick up the energy for their own jumps, if they are aware and don't dissipate the energy. Also, some people reach a certain level and that's it. They aren't going to hit the next one, for whatever variety of reasons. That jump is different than sharing a bunch of insights, but sharing process helps us accelerate the jump if that's where we are headed. It leads to an entirely new sphere, a new embodiment. I think a lot of us have a surfeit of energy, but not enough to hit that next state. We feel how wonderful it will be\would be to be working on that level.

6/9/07 2:22 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The challenge of the present: to gather the necessary energy for the jump, to conserve and not to dissipate it.

Oh, do I ever relate to this.

6/9/07 2:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I was thinking about this jumping state idea and I can remember it happening several times before in my life. It takes place quickly, it is a permanent jump in consciousness.

This is amazing mpk. It happened exactly like this to me in an ashram in India many years ago. The sudden change was astounding and I still remember looking at people's faces and seeing an entirely new response. I had to adjust to my new self. One of the best experiences of my life.

when we jump state we are vibrating at the new level and those around us start to pick up the energy for their own jumps, if they are aware and don't dissipate the energy.

That would be great.

That jump is different than sharing a bunch of insights, but sharing process helps us accelerate the jump if that's where we are headed. It leads to an entirely new sphere, a new embodiment. I think a lot of us have a surfeit of energy, but not enough to hit that next state.

Yes, it's far beyond talk. When it's time I don't think anything will stop it. You are so right about energy, dissipation, consolidation for the spark and leap, and so on.

I do think we have to ready ourselves and have pure intent. Focus and drawing in energy, avoiding the dissipation entirely. That's how it happened for me that time in India.

I do agree with you completely about the jump factor.

6/9/07 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Wow, this is remarkable. Is this why I have been busy these past 5 years turning my backyard into a mini-prairie? Using local plants that can survive droughts (once established of course) and foot traffic? Am I setting down roots of another kind?

This is on my mind a lot lately... trying to figure out just what the hell I'm supposed to do with my life. Interestingly, on my way home from up north, precisely as I entered the city limits, I spotted a bald eagle circling exactly above me as I drove. I took it as a sign to carry me through the coming days. I'm meant to be here... just don't know which thermals I'm supposed to be riding just yet.

6/9/07 2:52 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This gets more and more interesting. I've been sensing the same thing, mpk.

Soon enough I will have no need to relate to the systems that are driving the rat race on any but my own terms. I anticipate a massive return of energy to my system, to help enact personal and interpersonal transformations.

I'm in this exact spot. I can easily detach from the rats, by staying away, but now I will venture forth into their realm and this will require the "own terms" you mentioned. And the jump in energy.

The astrology on this is quite revealing. We both have Pluto in Capricorn coming, headed to your ASC and the ruler of mine, so your timing is accurate in these terms. The energy for transformation is exactly what Pluto-Mars is all about. This is a fantastic reminder and it's time to continue fully on this path for me.

Pluto (deep reserves of power for transformation) in Capricorn (focus and consolidation) for the jump (Aries/ASC and ignition, leap into new territory).

6/9/07 3:01 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

Joe... I think it's all related. We are digging in and setting down roots, gathering great power. I think herein lies a great deal of hope, because the old consciousness is still out there blowing it all away, while those of us on the verge of the shift are becoming silently stronger.

6/9/07 3:04 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I'm in this exact spot. I can easily detach from the rats, by staying away, but now I will venture forth into their realm and this will require the "own terms" you mentioned.

To me this is such a delicious feeling. To enter into the maelstrom and change it by being as we truly are. To feel the change in vibration from being in our true nature as we reengage. It's no small effect.

6/9/07 3:07 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This is on my mind a lot lately... trying to figure out just what the hell I'm supposed to do with my life.

You know, joe, I don't think this ever ends. Now with Capricorn coming, Virgo here, I think many are getting serious about choosing something and focusing. But in the end, I don't think it matters what direction we take, as long as we're fully present with the current choice. I think this bleeds energy. The doubt.

I'm meant to be here... just don't know which thermals I'm supposed to be riding just yet.

I think maybe they lift and carry us as long as we don't resist.

6/9/07 3:08 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I think herein lies a great deal of hope, because the old consciousness is still out there blowing it all away, while those of us on the verge of the shift are becoming silently stronger.

Beautiful. The image of the old blowing itself away. We don't have to waste any strength doing it ourselves.

6/9/07 3:11 PM  
Blogger jm said...

To me this is such a delicious feeling. To enter into the maelstrom and change it by being as we truly are. To feel the change in vibration from being in our true nature as we reengage. It's no small effect.

This is it.

It was the act of reengagement the first time that was the greatest pleasure. Seeing my new self revealed. This is important for me right now as I'm on the bridge to reengagement and "being in my true nature" is the only way. It's been many years coming, this nonengagement with their desires as the focus of intent. Excellent. It will be done.

6/9/07 3:17 PM  
Blogger m.p.k. said...

I'm meant to be here... just don't know which thermals I'm supposed to be riding just yet.

I never have to wonder about this anymore. I just know. I'm a magnet, and I'm drawn to what's next or it is drawn to me. I can picture it as and object moving toward a center, for instance the center of the earth. Along the way their is matter of different resistance, yet no matter what turns the paths end up taking due to the varying resistances, the center never shifts. The life direction is always drawn to it no matter what paths are necessary. The unknown quantities are part of what makes it exciting. Who or what or where is the next vehicle that carries me forward? Thru what next will the great light shine? I know where I'm going, but the paths there remain delicious mysteries.

I don't know how this consciousness comes about. I think this is one of those state shifts.

6/9/07 3:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I am convinced it's all about magnetism. We're wired and built properly to attract/repel and ensure survival. The same principle transcends physical survival and engages other realms, I think moreso as we evolve.

This is why the centering and consolidation appeals to me so much. It enhances the magnetic attraction.

The center never shifts. The life direction is always drawn to it no matter what paths are necessary. The unknown quantities are part of what makes it exciting.

Agreed.

6/9/07 3:27 PM  
Blogger jm said...

As we "jump" out and away from the center we stall the jump to our own potential destinies. I've always called it the spook factor that tries to distract. There is so much potency in this central core so naturally forces are snapping their fingers and making people heel. Those that aren't ready.

6/9/07 3:33 PM  
Blogger chrispito said...

Have you ever had sauerkraut with juniper? It is a gift sent straight from heaven!

6/9/07 6:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Sounds scrumptious! ....unh

7/9/07 5:59 AM  

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