November 18th, 2012

Post-Election Cogitation by Jonathan Tenney

My friend Anne Hoff alerted me to this dispatch early this morning.

I haven’t been able to find any corroborating website, but thought I’d share with you nonetheless (Note: Austin Coppock tells me he first read it on the Facebook.)

It’s from astrologer Jonathan Tenney on this year’s Mercury retrograde election predictions and it’s the best post-election commentary I’ve read yet.

Bonus points for: Conflating ‘dementors’ and Caroline Casey (that had me busting out laughing) and evoking Jung‘s principle of ‘enantiodromia‘ to finesse his point.

It is titled Mercury Pivots and it’s a beautiful thing:

It’s been 48 hours since the election and I’m still in a state of shock. Seems like something unusual happened, although I’m not sure I can exactly put a name to it. Feels a little bit like some kind of time-warp. Two days ago the dementors of doom (ala Carolyn Casey [sic]) were riding high…It looked like Karl Rove commanding the 1/2 billion dollars dedicated to the lie and buy strategy of corporcratic control was closing in for the kill. It was, by most accounts going to be at least nail-bitingly close. Then there was Mercury Rx which we all remember so well from the 2000 elections and the anticipation of all sorts of possible delays…vote stealing, and subterfuge. Read more

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November 13th, 2012

Saturn in Scorpio: The Art of Desire and War

“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue.
It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.”
…………………………………………………..Oscar Wilde

There’s a famous book called the Art of War. A wise Chinese general named Sun Tzu wrote the book thousands of years ago and it’s considered one the greatest classics of military literature. I love the title because it’s a condensed miniature koan, a magical moniker that calls forth a paradoxical truth related to desire.

As G.I. Gurdjieff taught, whenever you want something the force of your wanting sets off a second force that is directly related to your desire — a force that arises to deny your getting what you want. This is a simple law. Like gravity. It’s nothing personal and it is beyond your ability to manipulate. There is a name to this oppositional side of the equation. Gurdjieff called it the law of denying. These two laws, the law of affirming and the law of denying work like this:

I’ve decided to start a new diet on Monday. On Sunday evening, under the law of affirming, I pull together all my resolve and will power. And then come Monday morning, under the law of denying, I’m gorging on bagels and cream cheese at the coffee shop. What happened?

This diet dilemma was a faulty arrangement to begin with because my intent did not consider the ‘art of war’ which has a secret directive to it that is easy to overlook.

I’ll talk about that now.

Seeing the Invisible

Because our brains are steeped in duality (the Moon/Mercury part of our nature — or the left brain/right brain dichotomy) we miss the one force that would transform the clash between positive and negative. Reconciliation (or neutralization) is the third force or law and Gurdjieff talked about it this way, he said:

“The presence of a third force is necessary, for it is only with the help of a third force that the first two can produce what may be called a phenomenon…” But the problem for human beings, he explained, is that we are “third force blind.”

What is the third force? Well, that’s complicated. I would describe it like this: The third force contains two important components:

The first involves the actual realization that we live life trapped within our tunnel vision of polarity. Good and bad, male and female, liberal and conservative. Blah blah blah. We take this to be reality. But it is missing the perception of the third force.

The second component is that the third force isn’t ‘interested’ in winning or losing, getting or not getting, dieting or not dieting — its essence is that of reconciliation or neutralization. When the paradox of duality is quelled something is then able to actually manifest or appear within the flow of time.

Here is a prayer Gurdjieff gave in relation to the three forces. See what you can make of it and then let me know what you think. It goes like this:

Transubstantiate in me,
For my Being.

A hint is in the word transubstantiate. And also in the word Being, which means presence which means living beyond the confines of one’s personal history with its litany of personal desires which are based on unconscious drives that desire things that have no relevance to the creative expression of your life, as it appears in the moment, right here, right now.

Which is to say that reality is only interested in bringing forth what is fresh, new and pristine — never been seen before. The ego is only interested in ideas and desires that have their origin in unresolved ideas and frustrated desires from the past.

You could say that the third force isn’t interested in the ego’s particular desires or self image. Third force is involved with how presence shows up in real time: In reality. Which of course evokes the planet Saturn.

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November 08th, 2012

A Post-Election Conversation with Astrologer Michael Lutin

Astrologers have favorite astrologers. Michael Lutin is one of mine. He’s best known for his popular column with Vanity Fair and is always working on new creative projects: plays, videos and books. His most recent is Sunshines: The Astrology of Being Happy.

Michael’s funny, smart and communicates in direct, simple language. I wish other astrologers would emulate him; but then — scratch that — there’s only room for one one Michael Lutin on this planet.

I followed Michael’s predictions related to this year’s Presidential election closely, and was curious to hear his insights and reactions, especially now that the mania has (seemingly) settled and we’re on to the next chapter in the United State’s ongoing political drama.

We spoke this morning. Read more

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November 06th, 2012

Election 2012: The Pluto in Capricorn Mindfuck

The phone rang six times today. Everyone wanted to know the outcome of the election. Each caller explained how he couldn’t take one more minute of torment. I couldn’t blame him. Since when has a civic event ignited such fear, loathing and dread? Christ, I thought democracy was supposed to be sort of cool; and this feels more like a sickness of soul.

I’d decided last week to consciously minimize my obsessive tracking of the polls, the blogs, the posts and the predictions. I’d noted that my fervor was turning into a sort of masochistic dog treat. Like when a dog starts chewing on a bone so hard his gums begin to bleed and he thinks he’s getting more juice from the bone when really it’s just…

A lot of nothing.

And we want so badly for something right now. To appease, put in order, make the craziness subside. Ah, so maybe this election will finally ‘do it.’ Right?

I don’t think so

Ours is a hybrid condition presently. Not unique in history, but unique to us right here and now. In astrology it is the trans-personal planets — Uranus, Neptune and Pluto that mirror, like a full moon on the surface of a still lake at midnight, our generational and cultural shifts. This is the gift, you could say, of the outer planets and what they symbolize. Dane Rudhyar called them “ambassadors from another galaxy”, and I think this is an apt term. Read more

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