intellectual ancestor

My mind is my own church.  – Thomas Paine

Sun, Mercury, Jupiter in Aquarius
Saturn, Neptune in Gemini
Venus exalted in Pisces

 Grand trine: Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto

Thomas Paine was an 18th century activist, a British expat who was called the “Father of the American Revolution” because of his anonymously published, pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense.  He was suppressed by the British, sought asylum in France, and was later released from a French prison (with the help of President Monroe) and moved to the U.S.

Paine became notorious because of his progressive, free-thinking writings.  In his book, The Age of Reason, he argues against institutionalized religion.  He later introduced the concept of minimum wage in Agrarian Justice, as well as old age pension (social security).  Paine was strongly influenced by his time spent with the Iroquois, who lived in harmony with nature and each other by tribal (democratic) law.
Though there is no evidence he was himself a Freemason, Paine also wrote “An Essay on the Origin of Free-Masonry” (1803–1805), about the Bible being allegorical myth describing astrology:

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.
Liberals, libertarians, feminists, democratic socialists, social democrats, anarchists, freethinkers, and progressives often claim him as an intellectual ancestor.  (wiki)

Now I do as well ~ very Aquarian !

 Shocking writings for his time, fascinating free-thinker, yes ?

“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794.


All hands on deck !


Sunday May 20
Sun enters Gemini 10:16am CST, USA
Moon enters Gemini 6:06pm
Annular Solar eclipse 6:45pm
New Moon 6:47pm

Map of annular solar eclipse visibility here

Gemini house is hoppin’ and boppin’ these days. 
Venus in Gemini on April 3rd – August 7th
(5 months is an extra long stay)
Sun into Gemini Sunday 20th
Rare Occultation of Venus on June 5
All in Gemini. 

Good thing Gem energy multi-tasks well, we will need all Gem hands on deck ! 
Know how to tell when a Gemini is freaking on information overload ? 
hands are in the air waving around, lol. stop talking back away slowly….

Annular Solar Eclipse is at 0 degrees Gemini – Mercury is Lord of the Eclipse.
Solar Eclipses involve identity, ego, ambition, leadership, co-operation.
Versatility in communication is on the table for this eclipse.

This is a New Moon – a time for beginnings and fresh starts, growing upward.  New Moon feels spontaneous, filled with possibilities, intuition and instincts rule while moonlight is dim.
*Clean the corners, toss items, do rituals for closing, clearing stagnant energies, light candles and smudge in preparation for new moon.

Energies in play at new moon will culminate at the next full moon.
The next full moon is the Partial Lunar eclipse June 4 in Sagittarius.

South Node of Destiny accompanies this annular eclipse, so get ready to bob and weave with the past – adaptation, improvisation.

Thinking, learning talking, writing, siblings, neighbors, short journeys are some of the energies in motion with this eclipse.

Pay attention to what is happening in your life in the days prior to the eclipse to determine what energies are being activated in your life.  Eclipses are often triggered before the actual eclipse and the energies continue to play out over weeks or months afterward as other planets move over the eclipse point.

Early August will reveal more internal struggles regarding this eclipse energy and early November will reveal the growth via confrontation with others.
Where is the Gemini house in your natal chart ?  
Kickstarting soon ! 

Keep in mind the mutables are feeling the squeeze : Virgo and Pisces by square (internal conflict surrounding new communication energies).

Sagittarius by opposition (juggling solutions and compromise with another, via you guessed, it  – communication).

Communication opportunities are presenting themselves in your Aries and Leo houses.

Juno is in this ballgame too…actively engaging in a tug of war across the wheel, and it is walking right beside the path into the future  via North Node.

Gemini talks, Sagittarius walks (rules thighs) this eclipse is like climbing the high dive ladder for the 1st time…0 degree eclipse…the next eclipse is Sagittarius totally going for the swan dive leap of faith…it is easier by the time we get there because we have higher visions incoming all month !  Jupiter is protective as well ~
 …  hmmm interesting … eclipse is exactly trine my natal Juno at zero Libra.

Something that strikes me is this is both a chart of reaping from former efforts and also giving back to people.  (SW quadrant) 

What we are actively sowing is exactly that : Work.
– changes and transformation re: work (Pluto in Cap)
– organizing, streamlining energetic efforts across the board (Mars in Virgo)
– shifting of balance re: work, status, career, health and routines (Saturn Rx in Virgo)

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Money, love and creativity are all undergoing major overhaul at this eclipse. 

Venus Rx and Saturn Rx exact trine, both also loosely trine Neptune.
Time is money.  Money talks, BS walks.  Does anybody really know what time it is ?

Brakes are on while we re-think, renovate and re-purpose love, communication, partnership and work.  *Fun times* …I think I need another vacation. yeah ok. right. not gonna happen, ha.  Suck it up sweetheart. Welcome to Uranus square Pluto !

Jupiter is conjunct Lord of the Eclipse, and he’ll be Lord of the next Eclipse, this is a keep your eyes on the prize aspect – North Node will lead you ~> find your Sagittarius house and SEE your visionary goals !  Juno North Node carrot right. in. front. of. you.

This eclipse is giving me visuals of Contact: Ellie shaking in the seat of satellite dudes spaceship Good to Go !

Eclipse luminaries are square Neptune which opposes Mars ~
where the hell are we going ? !
Who knows…?…but we’ve got high hopes ! 
Leo is at eclipse MC, and it is time to get creative, people !  Make it work !
…and did I mention I just checked out 2 seasons of Spartacus – bit violent for me, but the tribal jewelry is to die for !   Horns, bones, leather and stone – yes !

Mars in 10 in the Mercury ruled house trine Pluto, fresh new ground is tilled and ready for planting new moon thought seeds for long – term growth. Be aware Gemini is a restless, changeable energy and it likes to switch it up.

For those of you asking about spell work at new moon – Gemini new moon is in flux, neutral and dual.  Not known for sticking and staying, but moreso for ideas, observing, being flexible and spells will reflect this.  If you are looking to work with Mercury, be aware it is trickster energy !

Lord of the Eclipse is quintile Chiron. 
Mercury heals.
Think, learn, teach, walk your talk and work the witty ways out of the square to Neptune, get real, get creative, put one foot in front of the other.  Just keep walking / swimming.
Do you speak whale ?  haha  I don’t, but I do speak toad and cat. lol.

Uranus in Aries wants it right the fuq now, and Pluto Rx in Cap says you will get it when I am damn good and ready.

It’s cool, baby…put it in cruise control….we’ll get there….

Eclipse luminaries are bi-quintile Saturn Rx in Virgo.
Mercury, Lord of the Eclipse is quintile Chiron.

If you are team Chiron rules Virgo – talents and genius expression.
If you are team Mercury rules Virgo – talents and genius expression.

Either way, we are working towards healing…

Like I said… Good to Go !

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Mercury rules Maps, in this case of Moai.
 I happen to love Moai and Rapa Nui.
They keep me company in my Neptunian transporter room.
(laminated poster in  my shower.)
Lord of this eclipse will be exactly opposite my Neptuner !

Peace out ~

jedi me

Kite above us
Mars holds hands across the wheel
with the healers and the feelers
Zen masters, we are.

Moon, Chiron conjunction in Pisces.
Healing the feelers, feeling the healers.

The above are
Sextile Mercury in Taurus, sextile Pluto in Capricorn.
Opportunities for healing
through communication of love
renovations of long-term work and career

Neptune, Moon, Chiron opposite Virgo Mars
duty bound
detail driven blade

 learning and problem solving
to be in
service to others

Capricorn Pluto, Taurus Mercury, Virgo Mars
Grand Earth Trine
manifestation on the material plane
practical prowess

in progress

Venus in Gemini, Saturn in Libra (Air), Neptune, Moon and Chiron in Pisces (Water)
Grand Trine
intellectual love, balance and justice
the healers and the feelers
cosmic harmony

Sun Jupiter conjunction quintile Chiron 
ginormous benefics
bearing gifts and talents
healing, love
peace of mind

~blessed be~

Merkaba activate

Merkabas by Gneiss Moon

Mer (light) Ka (spirit) Ba (body)
These are egyptian words from the 18th dynasty.  Mer (light) specifically means two counter-rotating fields of light spinning in the same space. These electromagnetic light fields are always present, but grow stronger with meditation and specific breathing patterns.

Merkaba is a geometric representation of the bridge between the mind, body and heart; the spiritual etheric and physical bodies.

The Mer-Ka-Ba is composed of two intersecting, counter-rotating tetrahedra (triangular pyramid) in the figure of a three-dimensional Star Tetrahedron, or “Star of David”.

The center point of the spinning tetrahedron (pointing up and down) forms a “zero-point” construct that compels singular motion (wave of creation) to resonate with Universal Harmonics.

This harmonic convergence within the center of the body activates a rotation phenomenon similar to twelve-strand DNA and the upward spiral of evolution.

This spinning rotation has many useful applications in altering the bio-energetic construct of the body, mind and emotions.

For instance, the activation of the Harmonics alerts all 12 dimensional realms to open and connect throughout the unified field, in cascading layers of grids—spiraling wheels of light, sound and color. The pattern of “12 around 1” represents the alchemical vortex of consciousness that is the fundamental foundation for sacred geometry. (source)

Now you can readily see why I am thinking of Merkabas.
This is our sky at the moment.

Grand Trines, like Merkabas have to be activated.

We have a grand trine in Earth, physical manifestations are granted easier access at this time.
Another grand trine in primarily Air, with Neptune out of sign / element in its home in Pisces (water).  This is balanced emotionally based, spiritual, healing communication.

Let’s work it peeps !


I’m honored

Johnny Cash, Arkansas born; Pisces Sun, Scorpio Moon.
Kris Kristofferson, Texas born; Cancer Sun, Leo Moon.

Johnny recorded his first hits for Sun Records in Memphis, in 1958, Johnny left Sun for Columbia Records in Nashville.  For a short while Johnny and Waylon shared an apartment in Nashville, both were young, wild and crazy, popping pills and playing honky tonks. While on tour in 1965, Johnny was arrested by a narcotics squad in El Paso, Texas. He was carrying 688 Dexedrine capsules and 475 Equanil that were hidden inside his guitar case.  Are ya gettin’ the outlaw bit here ?  In 1967, Johnny and June won a Grammy for their duet of ‘Jackson’.

In 1965, Kris (a Rhodes Scholar) moved to Nashville, declining an English professorship at West Point to write songs instead.  His military family disowned Kris for ditching the teaching gig and taking up music.   Again, are ya gettin’ the outlaw bit ?  Kris got a job as a janitor at Columbia, while also working part-time as a bartender, a commercial helicopter pilot and trying to pitch his songs to record execs.  He also gave some songs to Johnny, who ignored them.  In 67, Kris was signed to Epic, but his songs were more successful chart hits when sung by other artists.

Then Kris, dig this !  (his Toro Uranus – rules aviation – is opposite {energy in your face} Johnny’s Scorpio Moon – rules the home) landed a helicopter on Johnny’s lawn and asked him, “Now will you listen to some of my songs?’   Don’t you just love astrological bits like this ?!   He did ! – then introduced Kris at the Newport Folk Festival in 1969, and Kris’ career as a performer of his own songs began to truly take off.

Trines indicate harmony, benefits and co-operation, they are protective, they are the past life bank account you can draw from.

Johnny had Sun / Mercury / Mars in Pisces trine Kris’ Sun / Venus / Mars stellium in late Gemini, early Cancer.  Right there, they ‘get’ each other, communicate well, love and understanding.  Water Suns, both both intuitive and sensitive.
Kris’ Leo Moon was conjunct Johnny’s Jupiter — both trine Kris’ Jupiter.  Moon is feelings, Jupiter luck, optimism–all in fire, signals creativity, self-expression.

Kris’ Jupiter in trine to Johnny’s Venus / Uranus conjunction in Aries which was in turn trine their Moon / Jupiter conjunction in Leo.  They were good for each other, lending support and caring when the other needed it.  Again in fire, so between their charts Kris and Johnny formed a grand fire trine between Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

Kris had Uranus (flight, eccentricity) trine Johnny’s Neptune (music), so when he landed, Johnny listened, haha.
click here for Waylon and Willie



Tonights sky

Moon and Jupiter conjunct in Taurus in a Grand Earth Trine
with Mars in Virgo and Venus conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

Slow and sweet as molasses right now…..enjoy it while it lasts.

Hold your toes steady on the Venus balance beam.
(Saturn is in Venus ruled Libra opposite -(compromise)- Venus ruled Taurus)

Take a deep breath ~ be limber and  strong  ~> radical Uranus dismount & Full Lunar Eclipse on the 10th.

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presto change – o

Venus (love, art) is cozing right up onto Pluto’s (sex, morph) lap in Capricorn (earth, clay !) & they are in a grand earth trine with Jupiter (it ahem, expands) in sensual Taurus, and Mars (desire) is in Virgo (the Virgin ha, yeah right !) and ummm, earthy signs, are well… e a r t h y

click : Bruce Bickford claymation


use love

Venus, the planet of love, art, money and women has entered the cardinal (taking action) earth sign of Capricorn, the practical sign of long-term achievement, building, and success.
She is trine Mars and Jupiter; energy and faith, hope.


Venus in Capricorn highlights not only love, art and women, but also money and how WE USE (Capricorns motto) all of these in our world…in our climb to reach personal and monetary success.  What symbolizes success to you ?

Venus here brings kindness, skill building, responsibility to our energy of love, money and women. She teaches us to bend instead of break.  She reminds us that quiet stillness of prayer or meditation is best done from the vantage point of humility; the bended knees.  (Capricorn rules the knees.)  She teaches us balance and harmony in relationships with each other, and diplomacy regarding money.  She delivers options, and sees all sides.

Venus brings trust, courage, self-confidence and awareness of purpose to Capricorn.
She brings love.

Where do you find a hand to hold yours in the world of female power, where do you find long-term female support, who has your back…?    YOU DO.  Demi Moore recently posted a photo of her back in her bathroom mirror with the reference ‘you always have your own back’.  This is so true, be your own strength, your own rock.

Venus rules Taurus – what we own- Venus is presently conjunct Plutonian power, that is what others own- Scorpio territory.  Are you revising (Mercury is Rx now) and revisioning your feminine power and where the coiled snake rises from within yourself…? What power do you guard for yourself, and what do you give away for the sake of love or money or vanity ?

The first law of thermodynamics is energy can not be created or destroyed, it only changes form.  Where is your Venusian energy placed and how is it phoenixing for you..?  Are you digging deep and going quiet between the recent partial solar eclipse on the 25th, and the total lunar eclipse on December 10th ?

The seeds are sprouting in the garden of your life, it is just after the new moon, tend your thoughts and be kind to yourself, be your own rock of Gibraltar.  Tend to the creative thought, be loving and re-define what is long-term success, streamline and begin again.

This is turtle wisdom.