May I introduce an extremely diverse musician who has been nominated in more categories than any other musician in Grammy history, Mr. Béla Fleck.  Winner of 12 Grammies in categories such as pop, country, jazz and crossover, Bela is a banjo virtuoso.

Keep in mind this is a solar chart, I don’t have Bela’s birth time. Planets in the signs remain the same, houses may change.

Bela is a life path 4.  Fours are all about building foundations, stability, and manifestation in the physical universe.

Bela’s intuitive Cancer Sun is quintile (spiritual gifts) his sensate (exalted) Taurus Moon.  He is firing on all cylinders conscious spirit and subconscious instincts dovetailing as he lays down every note !  This quintile is really good because Bela’s Sun is the apex (under pressure) of one of two T-Squares.

T-squares mean the apex planet feels supercharged – it forces creative solutions to manifest the planetary energy.
Sun in the natal represents the spirit, life force, creative expression from the heart.

Bela’s Sun is square (creative tension) Mars (in Aries, the sign Mars rules) and Sun is also square Jupiter (expansion, abundance) in Venus (art) ruled Libra.  Jupiter is opposite (awareness, compromise between energies) power-hungry Aries Mars.

Mars rules Aries, so it is pioneering (Aries, Mars) creative energy (Sun) expressed in a visionary, exploratory way (Jupiter).  Bela’s Mars is not only opposite Jupiter, it also sits on the decan (each 30 degree sign has 3 sub-rulers, called decans) of Jupiter meaning his Mars is steeped in visionary philosophy, luck and abundance.

Mars (drive) is also opposite (creative tension) Neptune (rules string instruments) which is on the decan of Mars.  That apex Sun sits on the Mars decan, too.  Saturn (building over time) is trine (harmony of energies) Mars.  Pluto (fire in the belly metamorph) is on the decan of Mercury, trine Mars.
Mars is also quintile the Midheaven or peak of achievements.
Why, you may ask am I going on & on about Mars…?

Mars rules drums.
A banjo is actually a drum head stretched over a tone ring.

How cool is that ?!   exactly.
*astrology takes a deep bow*


Bela’s second T-Square culminates in not one, but two apex planets- Mercury (communication, dexterity) conjunct Uranus (intuition, electricity [banjo], innovation).

Mercury is thinking, it’s higher octave, Uranus is knowing.  They are tightly conjunct – mainlining each other’s energies !    That’s a lightning fast conjunction of perception and polarities in the creative sign of Leo, the root of willpower.

So communication in both octaves – inside and outside the head – is on fire (leading).  Willpower, and creative self-expression is all systems go.  Day and Night.  (Sun quintile – spiritual gifts from the cosmos- Moon.)

Mercury/Uranus are square the exalted Taurus Moon (Mercury rules sound, Taurus how lovely the sound is) which is opposite Neptune (strings).

Ok, so dig this… Jupiter (visionary ideas) is conjunct North Node of Destiny which is conjunct Neptune (string instruments and the inspired artist).
And, Venus (art, beauty) is trine Jupiter, and the Node of Destiny and Neptune conjunction via the domino effect.

Ba DA Bing !

What I love about the clip below is Bela’s description of the intuitive, inspirational, creative process that comes like a bolt out of the blue ~ gotta bottle it fast , or risk losing it !

Funny, as I was going to write about Victor, the multi-award winning bass player in the Flecktones – don’t worry Victor fans, his chart will be coming later – but when I saw this clip it so perfectly expressed Bela’s tight Mercury Uranus conjunction, I switched paths when his quote inspired me.

Then I looked up the synastry.  Love this !
Bela’s drive (Mars) is opposite (awareness, co-operation) my Mercury (writing).
My Mercury is conjunct his Jupiter, Node of Destiny and Neptune conjunction.  cool.
Thanks for all the groovy tunes and inspiration~


Hum a few bars

Ahhh…The Look.  You know the one…the look you get when you speak something Not of Status Quo, the look generally followed by a chuckle + eye roll.  Perhaps the odd bit pops out of your mouth in polite conversation about : astrology, aliens, crystals, crop circles or in my case today~ the Taos Hum.  The curious Uranian blurt followed by knowing glances around the room.  Yes.  I am, once again, safe in the knowledge that I have raised the freak flag in the academic crowd; aka the weirdo in the room just stood up.
I have heard the Taos Hum and here is my story…
I was planning on driving the enchanted circle after leaving Taos heading home toward Eagle Nest Lake along the river on my way to 64 East to Cimmaron.  I had driven this route before and fell in love…it is a winding road that follows the river on the south side with bluffs on the north; trees and forest lush on both sides.  There is a little Buddhist monastery tucked up in the bluffs too, and as you can see by the map, that’s not all.

I was stopped at the crossroads fiddling with my ipod -[must have road-worthy tunes for one of the best drives in the country]- when, it occurred to me my truck seemed really loud, even for my old Dodge.  So I put it in park and got out to look at the rear chassis.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  hmm…?…  So I climb back in and I hear it again…a very low register, but very loud, wave-like humming sound.  Ok, my truck had a lotta miles this trip: Colorado mountain top festival in the 14ers, Arches, Grand Canyon,  Monument Valley, Barringer Crater, Zuni Pueblo, Santa Fe, Taos…and that was only this vacation.  I have driven my truck coast to coast and I know how it sounds.  So this time I turned my truck off…and could still hear it.
Then I sit and wait for the dump truck hauling rock that I am sure will be appearing from around the bend anytime now.   ….nope.  All Alone.   Me, my silent parked truck, and The Hum.

I finally gave up, after several trips around the vehicle, knowing my truck sounded fine when I climbed out of it to hear it, and I had places to go.  ( Like the worst bathroom in the US- Cimmaron- fair warning- skip it !)
In case you are ever near Taos and want to try a ‘hearing the humming’ experiment…I was parked at the crossroads near the star marked Taos.
Ok, so now a bit about The Hum~ the sound registers louder to the people who hear it while they are inside a structure than if they are outside a structure; standing in the yard, it can’t be heard.   The noise has driven nearby residents to petition Congress.  In 1993 residents asked the government to help locate the source of the disturbance, to no avail.  Some who are routinely subjected to the sound feel symptoms such as: dizziness, insomnia, disorientation, pressure on the ears, and headaches.  Among several theories of what causes the hum :  Infrasound, audible electro-magnetic earth frequencies, or the echo of undetected seismic activity.
Strangely, only 2% of Taos residents are able to hear the hum.  *When recorded by a Denver audiologist, the hum was a steady vibration of 17 cycles per second with a harmonic rising to 70 cycles per second near Taos. The low range of human hearing is 20 to 30 cycles per second. (*  Similar humming sounds have been reported in the UK and New Zealand.
Astrologically, I am thinking my Sun conjunct Uranus and biggie Neptune in 11th aspecting Toro Moon feels the vibrations ~ Saturn trine Mars on the 12th sign is getting the hidden dial tuned into the Earth.  ? shrug ?
What do you think..?

*edit: Check out the great convo on this subject at Mystic Medusa

Also check out The World Hum Map and Database here.
Hum Database on twitter here.