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    Spiritual But Not Religious

    Spiritual But Not Religious

    by Steven Forrest

    There is a growing group of humans on the earth who have turned their backs on religion while maintaining a personal connection with the divine. Sociologists label them “spiritual but not religious,” which seems like a fair enough term. The category is an emerging one since there has not been much precedent for it in history – as with so many truly new things, you first have to believe it before you can see it.

    For a long while, in other words, there was no “spiritual but not religious” box to check on anyone’s survey.  It was strictly, are you a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, or a None of the Above?

    Behind this cultural development, there is a lot of astrology. And it is the kind that suggests a lasting sea-change rather than a passing fashion.

    We will get to the astrology in moment. But first, let’s put a few facts on the table. I apologize for the United States bias here, but that is my only source of concrete evidence. We will just use that as a launching pad. I suspect the results are fairly generalizable, at least in the industrialized world.

    A 2017 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that 18% of Americans put themselves in the  “spiritual but not religious” category. In 2012, the Pew Research Center announced that the number of Americans who “do not identify with any religion” had grown from 15% in 2007 to 20% in 2012, with that number continuing to grow. Significantly, while that was true of 21% of so-called “Generation X” folks – those born between 1965 and 1980 – it increased to 34% among a younger group of “Millennials,” born 1990–1994.

    Whatever is happening here, the tide is definitely rising.

    Behind these numbers I believe that what we are seeing astrologically is the interaction of two factors, one of them huge – and the other one, even bigger than that.

    Factor number one is the long transit of Neptune through its own sign, Pisces.

    Factor number two is our collective entry into the Aquarian Age.

    History demonstrates that the first – Neptune in Pisces – can always be relied upon to trigger a spiritual awakening, while the second promises a strong flow in the direction of individuality, independence – plus a suspicious attitude toward any kind of “group-think.”

    These are both vast topics and I can only breeze through them in this present  context. For a fuller exploration of Neptune’s passage through Pisces, here’s a link to a two-hour talk I gave about it.

    You might also try chapter 34 of The Book of Neptune, which deals in more depth with the same subject.

    The transition into the Age of Aquarius is a complex and controversial topic – and one of my favorites. Here’s a link to a 90-minute talk I gave about it.

    I should also say that Tony Howard is currently editing the video of a longer, deeper presentation I did about the topic last year in North Carolina. It is called “Generations,” and I look forward to it becoming available.

    Let’s take these two factors one at a time, starting with Neptune.

    Neptune criss-crossed the Pisces boundary in 2011-2012, finally settling solidly on the Pisces side on February 3, 2012. Right now, we are about midway through the transit. In 2025, Neptune moves in and out of Aries, not putting Pisces fully behind it until January 26, 2026.

    With all the noise and horror in the world today, it is easy to miss the history-shaping impact of this epochal transit. It happens every 165 years, and it always changes everything.

    In a nutshell, when Neptune is in its own sign, its influence simply becomes stronger. A way of saying it is that everyone on the earth is currently going through a major Neptune transit, even if that is not obvious through any aspects in their personal chart. As with everything astrological, Neptune being in the spotlight means good news, bad news, and all the possible news in between. Escapism and addiction abound – there is the astrology behind the opioid crisis, for example. Delusion and madness are having a heyday – conspiracy theories are everywhere, world leaders seem to have lost their marbles, and we are worried about Kim Kardashian while the Earth’s climate reaches the boiling point.

    But behind all of those dark Neptunian effects, a spiritual renaissance is quietly changing the way we look at the world. It is not about an explosion of peace, love, and understanding sweeping across the earth. Rather, it is a renewal and a reconfiguring of the human relationship with the mysteries. Spiritual leaders are being empowered, and they are finding receptive, ready students and disciples. Healers and diviners are rising up. Yoga teachers are emerging as lamas. We have shamans in the suburbs and visionaries on street corners. Everywhere, people are hungry, ready for something real, ready for a visitation of raw spiritual energy.

    As ever, Neptune must interact with specific cultural realities. Each of its passages through Pisces has been a distinct event – but the effects are always palpable, and often dramatic.

    Let me prove it to you by quickly hitting just a few historical high points.

    • Neptune entered Pisces in 47 A.D. as St Paul was bringing Christianity to the Roman empire.
    • There are various tellings, but the standard version is that in about 58 AD, Emperor Ming-Ti introduced Buddhism to China.
    • In either 538 or 552, depending on who you read, we saw the official introduction of Buddhism to Japan.
    • Here’s a big one, maybe the most impressive event of all. Neptune was in Pisces from May 701 until February 716. The year 711 brought the Islamic invasion of Spain and the establishment of the Moorish culture there. A year later, in 712 AD, a Muslim state was established in what we now call Pakistan. The truly amazing thing is that by 715 AD, a Muslim empire stretched all the way from the Pyrenees to China, with Damascus as its capital.
    • Neptune was back in Pisces between March 1520 and the end of 1534. Martin Luther had posted his “95 Theses” in 1517, with Neptune still in Aquarius – and in 1521, he was condemned as a heretic and excommunicated, setting into motion the Protestant Reformation.
    • The last historical time Neptune entered Pisces was April 1847, only crossing finally into Aries in October 1861. The correlations here are dramatic too. Spiritualism—which involved communion with the dead and with beings in other dimensions—swept through the English-speaking world. Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame, became a major figure in the movement — a movement that attracted Abraham Lincoln, as well as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Numbers vary, but one report I read informed me that in 1850, out of an American population of about twenty-three million people, eleven million of them claimed membership in a spiritualist church.

    Now we are in the Neptunian soup again. As ever, it is difficult for a fish to describe the sea – but I think that the “spiritual but not religious” movement is a big part of how it is playing out this time.

    Here is another idea, one that is closely related: there is an emerging recognition that beyond all theological differences lies a universal truth – one that beggars human intelligence and escapes all definitions. Another way to say that is that words such as “God,” “Allah,” “The Force,” the “Dharmakaya,” and so on all mean the same thing. As a the Zen Buddhists say, they are all just “fingers pointing at the Moon.” A Muslim at prayer, a Christian at prayer, a Hindu at prayer – all are experiencing a similar Presence.

    Statements such as these still infuriate some people – but try this: they are more likely to infuriate old people than young people. Rings true, doesn’t it?

    The times they are a-changing.

    Now let’s add the Age of Aquarius to the mix.

    The position of the Vernal Equinox slowly retrogrades against the starry background, taking 25,772 years to make the complete circuit of the zodiac. This, by the way, is the source of the frequent headlines about how “your sign is wrong.”  Not to get too windy about it, but there is Western astrology, which is generally based on the seasons – Aries being defined as where the Sun is on the (northern hemisphere) Vernal Equinox – and there is Vedic astrology, which is based on the actual constellations. The former is called “Tropical” astrology and the latter, “Sidereal” astrology.

    One serious complication in thinking about astrological ages is that it is a classic “apples-and-oranges” situation: we are mixing these two kinds of astrology, and they do not mix easily. We are relating the position of the (tropical) Vernal equinox to the (sidereal) starry constellations.

    The Vernal Equinox will not enter the constellation Aquarius for another four centuries or so. Who says? The answer is the International Astronomical Union which arbitrarily defined those star-boundaries about ninety years ago.

    I am not sure that they were speaking for God.

    A further complication is that these official I.A.U. constellations vary enormously in size, while astrology operates as a system with twelve equal signs. When I think of the astrological ages, I take that complete cycle of  25,772 years and divide it up into twelve equal segments, each 2147.5 years long.

    So when did the age of Aquarius begin?

    Trying to solve the problem astronomically leads directly to confusion, unless we accept the divine authority of the International Astronomical Union – something I see no reason to do.  Normally in astrology, we look to the heavens in order to clarify what is happening here on Earth. In this case, I recommend solving our problem by doing it the other way around: in order to try to figure out what is going on in the sky, let us look to events on the earth.

    In some of the other “Age of Aquarius” programs I have mentioned, I go into all of this a lot more deeply. But here is my favorite line from those programs: we went from Kitty Hawk to the Moon in sixty-six years.

    That sure sounds like the Aquarian cusp to me. Without being rigid about it, I like to set the Aquarian boundary around 1903-1905, to coincide with the Wright Brothers first flight and Einstein’s publication of the Special theory of Relativity: two events which epitomize the brilliance, rebellion against norms, technology, and impatience with boundaries which so beautifully characterize the spirit of the sign Aquarius.

    This really is a labyrinthine subject, but for our purposes here, let me make one simple point. While under the sway of the sign Pisces, there is a powerful urge to dissolve into something greater than ourselves. As we retrograde into Aquarius, the orientation and underlying agenda shifts dramatically: no one wants to dissolve into anything anymore. No one wants to disappear into a nation, a marriage – or a religion. It is an age of individuality. We are a salad, not a melting pot.

    And what do we see? Marriage has become unstable. Families are breaking up or scattering across the landscape. There are far more nations on the earth now than there were a century ago. Societies feel increasingly fragmented. Everyone seems to be part of some “minority group.”

    And religion is increasingly losing its hold upon individual conscience.

    It would be naïve simply to celebrate all this; it is far more complicated than that. As with everything in astrology, there is a dark side to the age of Aquarius. There are shadows and there is light. As ever, humanity – and each one of us as individuals – will have to find our way through this tricky new energetic landscape.

    Never before in recorded history has Neptune’s passage through Pisces coincided with an Aquarian age – remember, the last one started twenty-six thousand years ago. Spirituality will not die, but it will change, adapting to a new – and far more questioning, doubting, and individuated – way of being human.

    “Spiritual but not religious” is one expression of this emerging change. Undoubtedly there will be others. How exciting! We are all surfing this breaking wave, creating the roots of a planetary spiritual culture that will last for two thousand more years.

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    The Shadow Dance Between Pluto and the South Node

    The Shadow Dance Between Pluto and the South Node

    by Steven Forrest

    On March 28, 2019, Pluto and the lunar south node formed a conjunction. Since they both move slowly, the date itself is not terribly important. At the beginning of March, the two points were already separated by less than 2°. And on the last day of April, their separation will only be 1° 55'.

    The Pluto-node interaction is ongoing, in other words, and we are all very much in the stew.

    There’s more: we can expect an intensification of these complicated energies around the middle of this month. The all-powerful Sun squares the nodes on April 12th and squares Pluto the next day. That promises to be a colorful week.

    Another date to circle on your calendar: April 24. When a planet turns from going retrograde to direct motion, or vice versa, there is also a great focusing of its energies – a turning of the tide, so to speak. On April 24, Pluto makes such a “station,” so that will mark yet another crossroads. As we mentioned a few lines ago, when that Station happens, the separation between Pluto and the South node will be less than 2° – still a very solid conjunction.

    All of this is happening in the sign Capricorn, where the Pluto-node alignment is aided and abetted by the planet Saturn, also passing through that sign. This further intensifies and complicates the situation. Saturn’s fingerprints play an exaggerated role since Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn. Thus it is extra strong, and its energy pervades that South node.

    In Saturn times, reality always faces us squarely – and invites us to do the same.

    If you have any planets or sensitive points between 20° and 25° of Capricorn, these transits have your name on them. Almost the same level of relevance would apply if you have any astrological sensitivities in the same degree zones of the signs Cancer, Libra, or Aries.

    The South node always suggests karma ripening. My November 2018 newsletter, The Lunar Nodes Change to Cancer - Capricorn, covers the fundamentals. I do not want to repeat all of that here.

    Pluto always brings truth to the surface, especially the kinds of realizations that we tend not to welcome.

    Saturn, as we saw, can also be confrontational: bills come due, hard choices must be made, push comes to shove.

    It is impossible, in other words, to look at this Spring astrologically without recognizing that both individually and collectively, the karmic chickens are coming home to roost. The personal meaning of all of this for you can only be determined via a full astrological analysis – exactly what are your individual sensitivities to those degrees of Capricorn, and what is the specific nature of your own karmic predicament? Any competent evolutionary astrologer can help you with all that, or maybe you can figure it out for yourself. To do that would require some degree of astrological skill – not to mention emotional and spiritual courage.

    Massive astrological events such as this one also make themselves felt in the collective. Humanity itself is impacted. They leave their marks on history.

    Before I go any further, I fear I must afflict you with a brief sermon. I will try to keep it as short as possible, but it is profoundly important to me that I underscore a critical ethical point. I am about to tread out onto the notoriously thin ice of politics and cultural commentary. Just like you, I have opinions, some of them held passionately, about all of that. I think that is a healthy trait; democracy is a vigorous process and if any of us are worthy of its best manifestations, it is only because we think and participate in the collective conversation.

    As astrologers, however, we must, above all, celebrate human diversity. I find it absolutely toxic when an astrologer – even one with whom I agree politically – pronounces ex cathedra that the heavens themselves insist that you must vote for a specific candidate. Your politics, just like the rest of your life, are your own business.

    In what follows, I am going to strive to be as non-partisan as I can possibly be. Within the limits imposed by the nature of my own individuality, I want to look as clearly and neutrally as I can into the mirror of the heavens. I want to bring our astrological attention to bear upon the current dance of Pluto, Capricorn, Saturn, and the lunar South node.

    Transiting Pluto

    Pluto, as Lord of the underworld, always brings shadow material to the surface. As it passes through a sign, the darker dimensions of that sign loom large in the collective experience. This is a vast subject, worthy of book length treatment. But let me prove it to you in just a few words.

    When Pluto was in Libra (1971 -1983), the sign of marriage, the divorce rates went through the roof. The stultifying, shadow side of marriage was revealed. Collectively, we became much more honest about the soul-misery inflicted on us all by traditional marital values. A necessary healing? Fair enough. An uncomfortable process? For sure. Some of you older readers lived though it – and some of you younger ones – children of those times – bear the deeper scars of it.

    When Pluto was in Scorpio (1983-1995), the AIDS crisis struck. Suddenly, being honest about human sexuality became a matter of life and death. And we vividly saw the dark side of unbridled sexual freedom.

    When Pluto was in Sagittarius (1995-2008), the bleak side of big religion pressed upon us from all directions. Religiously-inspired terrorism horrified the world, while the plague of priestly pedophilia dominated the headlines.

    The Pluto Equals Shadow Work principle is reliable; it does not fail. Underlying it is a broader astrological law: every front has a back. Every symbol in astrology has a divine purpose – and every one of them can be misused and go down a dark road. The evolutionary purpose of Pluto is to support our being honest about those soul-cages.

    So what about Pluto entering Capricorn? It crossed that line in 2008 and will not enter Aquarius until 2023.

    Here we enter delicate territory. Let us remember to respect human diversity, and also to remember that shadow energy lurks in every sign of the zodiac. We should never lose sight of the higher ground, yet Lord Pluto always reminds us that unless we deal honestly with our own darkness, we will never reach it.

    Capricorn is an innately conservative sign. The word “conservative” has of course become very charged lately. Initially here, to keep perspective, let us honor this “conservative” dimension of Capricorn. It is about healthy conservative values such as integrity, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and maturity. It is about taking responsibility for one’s self and for the results of one’s own actions. It is about hard work and stepping up to the plate as a man or a woman in full. Capricorn represents the polar opposite of childishness. If Capricorn energy disappeared and suddenly there were only eleven signs in the zodiac, human consciousness would be radically diminished.

    Still, every front has a back: there is a dark side to conservatism. On schedule, that dark side is being revealed. Who can look at the current headlines and have any doubt about that? The revelatory process is ultimately about the possibility of some larger healing in the human race, as were the other Pluto-sign examples we briefly explored a few lines ago.

    Dark Capricorn can be frightening. It invokes the image of the controlling tyrant suppressing truth and murdering enemies, real or perceived. Ultimately, it is not even really about a political ideology. Ultimately it is about fear: the fear of losing control or power, the fear of change, the fear of anything or anyone perceived as alien, and fear of the unknowable future.

    Add In The South Node

    The South node of the Moon, like Pluto, brings wounded material to the surface. The combination of the two symbols last month and this month suggests that the “boil” of the fear-driven side of conservatism is currently bursting. Everything truly terrifying about it is being laid on the table of collective consciousness.

    Here in America, the long-awaited Mueller report was delivered just one week before the exact Pluto - South node alignment.

    So where is it?

    What taboo Plutonian information does the report contain? Only our Trump-appointed Attorney General, William Barr, knows.  And as I write these words, he refuses to tell us. Two weeks before the alignment, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 420-0 to release the report – lots of political conservatives did the right thing that day.  

    And yet all we have seen so far is a scant four pages of whitewash summary.

    I doubt that situation of futile, desperate control will prove stable for very long. I want to be an astrologer here, not a political commentator, so I am not going to say anything more about that. The deeper question is, do you sense in all of this any sign that “karmic chickens” are coming home to roost? Do you sense fear – and the resultant dark Capricornian obsession with control – behind it? That is the fingerprint of the Pluto alignment with the South node. With that aspect exact on March 28, the timing could hardly be more perfect.

    Once again, if you are politically conservative, I respect your right to your own thoughts and your own values. I feel that if those were not my sentiments, I would have no business being in the field of astrology. You have a right to be different from me; I not only respect that, I celebrate it. What I am attempting to do here is astrological commentary, not strictly political analysis.

    I suspect that starting in 2023, as Pluto enters Aquarius, we will see the shadow side of the progressive movement revealed. That is a long story, and not the one we are exploring today. Simply said, the pendulum will swing. Some things are truly eternal.

    More immediately, I am looking to colorful headlines about this collective crisis  around the middle of the month when the transiting Sun triggers Pluto and the nodes.

    And then, of course, we have mighty Pluto standing still in its tracks at the end of the month, staring us all right in the eye, inviting us to stare back courageously into the fierce mirror of truth.

    We all have front row seats for whatever they might mean. May old Cosmo have mercy upon us.

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    The Book of Fire: The Life-Givers
    … or Trying to Walk My Talk

    The Book of Fire: The Life-Givers<br /><em>… or Trying to Walk My Talk</em>

    by Steven Forrest

    Let me start by getting the obvious stuff out of the way. The long-awaited Book of Fire by best-selling author Steven Forrest is now available! Act Now! Act Now! These savings won’t last! Be the first on your block . . . etc.

    I know you’ve heard it all before. And of course I would like for you to buy the book, but only if you think you might find it helpful. So far as I know, Linda Goodman, who wrote Sun Signs back in the 1960s, is the only astrological writer who ever wound up wealthy for her efforts. For most of us . . . well, it reminds me of the old joke about how to make a million dollars playing jazz: just make sure that you start with two million dollars.

    Astrological writing is a labor of love, in other words. In all honesty, even though I’m probably among the more successful astrological authors, most of the profits from my books have come in the form of spinoffs: readers getting inspired to come to me for consultations, invitations to lecture and teach – things like that.

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    Remember What You’ve Already Said…
    or What Mars Is Up to in February

    Remember What You’ve Already Said…<br /><em>or What Mars Is Up to in February</em>

    by Steven Forrest

    Facing any kind of crisis or heartbreak in life, most of us would find an eye-to-eye session with a living astrologer to be more satisfying than a computer screen offering us pre-packaged nuggets about our current transits or progressions. There are a lot of reasons for that, most of them rather obvious at the human level. People and machines may be developing an interesting symbiosis, but when the emotional chips are down, human-to-human, heart-to-heart, interactions are still the most appealing option for most of us.

    Beyond the obvious touchy-feely realities, there is another level to this distinction, something more intellectual, something that goes beyond empathy and a hug. The human mind can do something that no machine can do. It can meld all of the symbols together into one clear, coherent, emotionally connected package. Developments in artificial intelligence may change all that someday, but for now the human heart is still the premier instrument when it comes to pulling the diverse messages of many planets into a meaningful, coherent statement.

    When I am teaching the more advanced kinds of astrological interpretation, I constantly beat this drum: integration, integration, integration. One day I realized that I could boil this critical skill down to one single pithy statement: always remember what you have already said. So simple to say, but it really encapsulates all the critical integrative principles.

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    This Month's Big Lunar Eclipse

    This Month's Big Lunar Eclipse

    by Steven Forrest

    If you live in North or South America, the sky will put on a very fine show on the night of January 20/21. Lunar eclipses are not rare, but ones that coincide with a so–called "Super Moon" are a lot more unusual. And that's exactly what you will be seeing, provided that no clouds get in the way: a particularly big Full Moon going dark, maybe even turning coppery–red in the process.

    Caveat: absolutely guaranteed, the media is going to oversell it, leading to lots of disappointment among people who've been jaded by special effects in movies. I can see the hyperbolic Yahoo! headlines now: GIGANTIC MEGA-MOON ECLIPSES ENTIRE SKY! And of course somebody somewhere will have their fifteen minutes of fame by proclaiming some grand governmental conspiracy to conceal the fact that the Moon will collide with the Earth, probably due to some alleged malfeasance on the part of Hillary Clinton.

    Ignore the hyperbole, but please, if you possibly can, have a look at this sky–show! Just keep your expectations somewhere south of seeing a real–life Star Wars up there that night.

    Lunar Eclipses are languorous affairs, to be savored like long, slow winter sunsets or your last piece of chocolate. Totality, for example – the period of total lunar eclipse – lasts about an hour. Compare that with the frantic few minutes of a total solar eclipse. That's an entirely different beast, and admittedly a lot more spectacular. January's Moon–show, from the first, nearly–unnoticeable "penumbral" contact of the outer edges of Earth's shadow with the Moon to the final " not–with–a–bang–but–a–whimper" end of it all, runs about five hours.

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    Jupiter Entering Sagittarius

    Jupiter Entering Sagittarius

    by Steven Forrest

    Jupiter is in Sagittarius now and it will stay there until December 2, 2019. Since Jupiter “rules” that sign – and also famously has dominion over Lady Luck – there’s a pervasive tendency among astrologers to view this as an innately wondrous thing, as if all of us can expect an avalanche of winning lottery numbers, true love, and weight loss. 

    Fear not:  we are not going to say the opposite! But this big Jupiter event does offer us a chance to think some deeper thoughts about what it means for any planet, and Jupiter in particular, to be “in its own sign.”

    Here’s the simplest way to say it:  when a planet passes through a sign that it rules, it does not become “better;” it just becomes stronger.  The good or bad of it depends, as ever, on how you use that energy rather than on the configuration itself. In that rulership situation, it is as if you are cutting a piece of wood with a hand saw. When you are cutting across the grain, it’s hard work. When you are cutting along the natural lines of the grain, it’s much easier.  The lay of the grain and the direction of your efforts are in alignment. 

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    The Lunar Nodes Change to Cancer - Capricorn

    The Lunar Nodes Change to Cancer - Capricorn

    As we enter November, the big news looming on the astrological front is that the lunar nodes are about to change signs. That is always a crucial development even though it happens every year and a half.

    What does it signify?

    Two things: first, that the nature of the collective “karmic chickens coming home to roost” is about to shift dramatically.

    The second is that we will soon see the births of children who are members of a very different soul-tribe than the babies who’ve been born since early 2017. That is because south node energy is what you see in a newborn baby’s eyes, at least once you have stripped away all the required rhapsodic cooing. Babies are as human as you or me, warts and all. As the south node switches signs, the nature of the warts switches too.

    Here are the details:

    On November 15, the lunar north node – always retrograde – backs out of Leo and enters Cancer, where it will remain until June 4, 2020.

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    Astrology, Astrologers and Reincarnation

    Astrology, Astrologers and Reincarnation

    by Steven Forrest

    The August 2018 edition of Ed Snow’s wonderful Astrology News Service revealed the results of a survey he had conducted among members of the astrology organizations. It turns out that 68.5% of the five hundred astrologers he surveyed accepted the idea of reincarnation, while only a tiny 12% disagreed with the idea.

    That so many of us practicing this craft believe in prior lifetimes came as a big surprise to me. Reincarnation is of course fundamental to evolutionary astrology. But, while it is increasingly popular, evolutionary astrology is still a minority voice in the larger context of our profession. I would have imagined that far fewer astrologers were concerned with who they or their clients were in their past lives. But more than two-thirds of us do.

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    When Did Being Neighborly Become Radically Subversive?

    When Did Being Neighborly Become Radically Subversive?

    by Tony Howard

    The Mr Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor has been the sleeper summer indie movie hit, suggesting that its poignant message is just right for the times we’re living in. With a focus on the short supply of human decency, respect, compassion and tolerance, at this moment in history the film feels, as Alissa Wilkinson at Vox points out, “radically subversive.” How did we get here?

    The answer to that question is of course long and complex. But it’s my hope that everyone receiving this email resonates with Fred Rogers’ mission, which is distinctly Piscean: We’re all sisters and brothers here, with insecurities, fears, problems. So why not support each other with care and kindness?

    Rogers had such a lasting impact, in part because, as the documentary shows, he walked his talk.

    Like many of you, I’m so jaded by the high drama of the news cycle and of sensational documentary exposes that I found myself waiting on the edge of my seat for the “big reveal.” But it never came. It turns out that the big revelation was that Rogers was the guy we all thought he was - and that his mission hasn’t lost its power or importance.

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    What Will Uranus in Taurus Bring?

    What Will Uranus in Taurus Bring?

    With its eighty-four year orbit, Uranus – the fabled Lord of Earthquakes and Lightning Bolts – enters a new sign of the zodiac about every seven years. As befits its dramatic title, when it enters a sign, any area of life connected with that symbol is due to hit some choppy air. Underlying the “chop,” however, is a deeper process: old, outdated structures are shaken to make way for breakthroughs and pulses of evolution. As befits the lightning bolt metaphor, these pulses can happen very rapidly. Like earthquakes, they can, in the blink of an eye, change the shape of the landscape forever.

    What does Uranus’ entry into Taurus portend for us, both as human societies and as individual beings? In this month’s newsletter, I want to wrestle with the “big picture” perspective – what this event means for the world. We are also simultaneously releasing a two-hour program I recorded regarding the event’s more personal dimensions.

    Before we stroll out on the thin ice of global prediction, let’s remember that of all the planets, Uranus is the least predictable. Seeing it arriving at a sensitive point in a client’s birthchart, many an astrologer suggests a strategy of “expecting the unexpected.”

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