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July 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

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Jung on Alchemy (4): Prima Materia – The One, Who Art All

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3 philosophers… #Locke #Bacon and #Newton ?

Originally posted on symbolreader:

The Library and the Laboratory (From Michael Maier, Tripus Aureus, Frankfurt, 1677) The Library and the Laboratory (From Michael Maier, Tripus Aureus, Frankfurt, 1677)

In this vignette found in Michael’s Maier’s Tripus Aureus Jung saw “the double face of alchemy.“ On the right hand side, a man is busy at a furnace, engaged full on in the physical and transformative experience, while in the library three learned men are having a philosophical debate. Theorizing and applying the theory were of equal importance to alchemists: learning required an equal measure of doing, throwing oneself into an experience without hesitation or holding back. In the round flask on the tripod there is a winged dragon – a crucial symbol in the alchemical opus:

“The dragon in itself is a monstrum – a symbol combining the chthonic principle of the serpent and the aerial principle of the bird. It is … a variant of Mercurius. … When the alchemist speaks of Mercurius, on the face of…

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April 24, 2015 at 7:12 pm

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What Happened to the End of the World?

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Jude Cowell:

On the Mayan Apocalypse of 2012:

Originally posted on Apocalypses and Other Thoughts:

I can’t believe it; I’m out of town for a few weeks and, when I get back, I learn that Dec. 22 (or 23) won’t be the end of the world after all.  It seems that archeologists have found an older Mayan calendar that says we have at least another seven thousand years.   Serious news outlets broadcast this information widely. http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/article00310.html

What has surprised me is that there has been no response from the most vocal advocates of the Mayan apocalypse.  After all, they were able to raise thousands to make “documentaries” explaining that it wasn’t just the Mayans, but the Hopi and others who predicted the end.  Added to that were solar waves, pole reversal, the 10th planet (or maybe the 9th, now that Pluto has been demoted) and a cosmic convergence that would apparently send us a death ray from the center of the galaxy…

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April 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

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A Little IRS Humor

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Jude Cowell:

#TaxDay #Astrology

Originally posted on Sky Writer:

Skywriter Donna Cunningham astrological humor

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April 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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Written in the Stars: What are the Astrology Signs of Jane Eyre/Madame Bovary?

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Sun signs of famous literary characters!

Originally posted on Jane Eyre Gets Real:

Literary characters have birthdays like everybody else. And sun signs. Since specific birthdays are rarely mentioned in print, the trick is to figure out when our favorite protagonists might have born based on their temperments and inclinations.

Here’s my best guess:

VIRGO: JANE EYRE–gentle, with love of duty and heart of gold, studious and accomplished, who comes up from behind; Cinderella was also a Virgo

ARIES: EMMA BOVARY–impetuous, impatient, idealistic; Aries is the sign most likely to get into significant debt and they live for whirlwind romance

SCORPIO: HESTER PRYNNE–intense, smouldering and never lets anything go. Obsessed with birth, death, love, guilt

SAGITTARIOUS: HEIDI–outgoing, loyal, friendly; loves travel and athletic pursuits such as rambling after goats up the Swiss Alps

AQUARIUS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND–free-spirited, offbeat and dreamy, like her creator Lewis Carroll; Aquarian women are known for being the most beautiful of all the zodiac

Now…

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April 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

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The Stars of Vincent Van Gogh

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“La tristesse durera toujours.” – Vincent van Gogh

A few years back, CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a feature on certain questions surrounding the death of Vincent van Gogh (tap or click to view an excerpt.) Did the painter commit suicide as is typically promoted? Did teen-aged boys with a “malfunctioning gun” wound him the afternoon of July 27, 1890—boys he may have gone drinking with?

Was someone else in the wheat fields that day he left the Inn after breakfast ostensibly to paint?

No matter how it happened, van Gogh passed away from his wound at about 1:00 am LMT according to contemporary accounts (with 1:30 am listed on his death certificate) on July 29, 1890 in his room at Auvers sur Oise, France with brother Theo among those at his bedside. The horoscope I’m posting here is set for that date and place at 1:19 am LMT because a YOD pattern formed at that time, a planetary pattern which has a health implication along with its ‘crossroads’ and ‘turning point’ connotations. The transiting Moon @25Sag53 (or, ‘death Moon’, tragically) had just set at 1:19 am along with the Lunar South Node, a Saturnian point of separation. As you know, the Moon is a significator for the physical body, among other things, and as such relates to health matters on both the physical and psychological levels.

Ebertin gives the Moon-MC duo as “collapse” and as you see in the horoscope, their sextile forms the base of the YOD pointing toward Chiron, the wound and the wounded, in Cancer, ruled by the Moon. Transiting Chiron has crossed Vincent’s natal Ascendant recently and remains within orb; Cancer rules the breast and chest area where the bullet pierced his body and a turning point (YOD) has occurred.

Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 with natal Moon @20Sag55 conjoining South Node (SN @22Sag28 Stationary) and Jupiter (24:16) and his last Lunar Return took place on July 28 while he was in bed and fading away toward death. A Moon-Jupiter conjunction tends to provide a good reputation yet Moon-SN has ‘bad timing, emotional isolation, and lack of cooperation from others’ implications of a karmic nature; Jupiter-SN denotes more ‘bad timing’ issues which blocked or restricted his endeavors along with ‘conflicts of interests'; Van Gogh’s ethical and religious aims may have clashed with prevailing social trends.

This period of time included a Nodal Return for him, a 19-year cycle when new associations may begin and fate is encountered; his death NN arises in the 1:19 am horoscope, as you see below. “PE” rising denotes the influencing Solar Eclipse which occurred on June 17, 1890 in the 19 North Saros Series with themes of: realism; coming down to earth; seeing things as they are rather than as they had seemed; tackling the truth (paraphrasing Brady’s Predictive Astrology.)

Sadly, ‘coming down to earth’ may refer to multiple things in van Gogh’s case such as sinking to the ground after a gunshot–self-inflicted, misdirected, or accidental–and to his burial on July 30, 1890. His long term depressive condition may also be implicated along with his recent stay in the gloomy environment of an asylum (St. Pol—like Pollux!), then on to Auvers where he is said to have completed 70 canvases in 70 days! Health wise, epilepsy plagued him as indicated in the natal chart by a particular midpoint picture: Uranus-Neptune = Sun (vitality): epilepsy and possibly migraines as well. (Ebertin.) Other natal chart factors also indicate neurological problems, disturbing dreams, plus, an inferiority complex, a fluctuating lack of incentive to work, a quarreling nature, and a weak will to live.

Death Chart of Vincent Van Gogh

Death Chart of Vincent Van Gogh

July 29, 1890 1:19 am LMT Auvers sur Oise, France; Hour of an unaspected Venus (in 4th house and in Virgo, sign of the bowels and The Virgin); asteroid Aesculapia, a health/healer archetype, rises with the North Node (encounters; destiny) and the prior Solar Eclipse (PE), as noted above, making its themes of immediate importance; Moon is angular.

Warrior Mars, fiery planet of guns, bullets, sharp instruments and those who wield them, is posited @1Sag49 in the 6th house of Health, Work, Daily Rounds, and Service including the military. Curiously, the degree of Mars at ‘1 Sag’ in the Sabian Symbols = “A Grand Army of the Republic Campfire” which I assume has nothing to do with the identity of the shooter–van Gogh himself or another–but one wonders.

‘Misdirected energy’ is found in the horoscope (ex: T-Square with Mars-Neptune pointing toward Saturn) with the Mars-Neptune opposition showing potential for deceptive actions, confused motivations, possibly fraud, and weakened efforts. Some sources mention the teen aged boys as noted above having a ‘misfiring gun’. Would a man wishing to commit suicide shoot himself between stomach and heart as van Gogh’s wound is described by those present at his deathbed? A painter familiar with human anatomy?

Well, if he did shoot himself, there is a Kite configuration (if the Nodal axis is allowed) indicating success with the Moon as nose and NN/ASC as the tail. Separation (SN) from the physical body (Moon) was achieved yet a less painful method than a lingering death would surely have been preferred. Besides, did he take a gun with him that morning as he set out for the wheat fields for a day of painting? So far, I’ve found no mention of such planning on van Gogh’s part.

As for the boys who may have been involved, the wounded van Gogh is reported to have stated, “Do not accuse anyone…it is I who wanted to kill myself” though in his letters he had referred to the act of suicide as “sinful” and “immoral” (as it is) and was known to be concerned with his spiritual condition and ultimate destination. If the shooting was accidental he may have wanted to spare someone the blame, make his death matters easier for his family, and gain positive karmic progress simultaneously.

And yes, van Gogh’s occult interests are also known and he left behind a number of books on such topics.

Violence, Murder, Suicide

Other chart indicators point toward suicide and/or murder but with no definite conclusion: his natal Mars @26Pis08 (conjunct natal MC, the Aspiration-Career Point–in creative Pisces) conjoins Fixed Star, Scheat which can bring extreme misfortune, murder, or suicide (Robson) when linked to malevolent planets as here–conjunct quarreling Mars.

Plus, star Pollux rising in his natal chart denotes potentials for brutality, violence, cruelty, the occult, being deceived by others, and fate playing cruel tricks upon him. The archetype associated with shadowy Pollux is sometimes “the wicked boy” though of course there is the added benefit of brilliant Castor-Pollux creativity where the polarities of good vs evil and light vs dark are blended and overlapped into pleasing patterns (his painting) with undercurrents of angst and pain. (Brady; Louis; Ebertin-Hoffmann.)

Four stars are linked to van Gogh’s natal planets by paran:

1. Deneb Adige in Cynus, The Swan relates to the strength and hostility of the swan and to mysticism, transcendentalism, and the World Egg. The star was at Nadir (midnight) when his Mercury set so it expresses at the end of his life and after death. His style of rapid brushstrokes and unusual color techniques show how he thought and communicated (Mercury) and received recognition after death;

2. Ras Alhague a star of healing, wounding, teaching, and creating balance, is linked to his Sun which culminated (the prime of his life and career) as Ras Alhague set; Rigor says it provides “tremendous visualization ability” which is excellent for an artist;

3. Bellatrix in the left shoulder of Orion is partner to Betelgeuse (right shoulder), a star that promises success. Bellatrix provides success as well but with a shadow and a price involved: achievement requires dealing with the dark components of the psyche; personal weaknesses are exposed making the pathway to success difficult. Bellatrix is linked to van Gogh’s natal Mars at Nadir as the star set. Add this Martian indicator to his Mars-Scheat potential noted above and we see a dark and tragic life’s journey ending with (probable) suicide;

4. Acumen, a nebula star with Aculeus, both linked to the concept of blindness whether physical, mental, and/or spiritual. Was he color blind? Acumen implies the negative shadow side of the starry duo and brings attacks which weaken and damage. This star adds more of the light vs dark theme to van Gogh’s life and indicates problems with gossip that destroys the reputation. However, lashing out in anger–like a stinging scorpion–is inadvisable since it may result in self-destruction.

Dealing with issues such as personal weaknesses and other problems “in the clear light of day” (ex: painting wheat fields!) is imperative for lessening the negative potentials of Acumen which links to his Moon-SN-Jupiter conjunction of bad timing, separations, and grief. But unfortunately, van Gogh’s natal Mercury-Pluto conjunction of deep thinking includes a tendency toward lashing out with cruel words that leave lasting damage to its recipients and to his relationships with them.

Impaired Vitality and a Life of Melancholy

Brother Theo van Gogh, a Paris art dealer who supported Vincent financially and emotionally, had been experiencing career disagreements with his employer and was considering starting his own company. By July 1890 this may have contributed to Vincent’s increased anxiety during his final days during which Theo attested to Vincent’s weak will to live: “He himself wanted to die.” Does such a desire prove that the shot that day was self-inflicted? Or did Vincent simply realize that the unremoveable bullet was an opportunity to escape all his suffering?

His “La tristesse durera toujours” translates as, “The sadness will last forever,” and with this observation, when considering his difficult life fighting inner demons with lessening strength and his remarkable genius cut short, many art lovers would agree that Vincent van Gogh was correct.

And as friend and death bed attendant, Dr. Gachet, eulogized at van Gogh’s funeral, “He was an honest man…and a great artist. He had only two goals, humanity and art.”

Vincent van Gogh R.I.P.
1853–1890

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April 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm

“But NOTHING happened!” Why Big Transits Can Sometimes be a Bust

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Originally posted on Sky Writer:

© 3-28-2015 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

 A longtime Skywriter reader wrote to ask a question that had been bothering her for quite a while. She said that despite predictions of big changes in her life, major transits had often produced little or no effect in the way of happenings. I understood what she was saying about big transits and nothing happening. I have observed such things with myself  and others, too–clients and friends or loved ones.

When I examined their lives more closely, it became clearer that the long outer planet transit correlated with internal changes that moved them. Eventually and only gradually, under internal and/or external pressure, did they take action to change their approach to life and to significant others. It’s often something like a realization that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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March 31, 2015 at 1:16 pm

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The Intensity of Mickey Mouse

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The Wikipedia page and bio for Walt Disney’s most famous cartoon character Mickey Mouse reveals that his public debut in film short Steamboat Willy occurred on November 18, 1928 in New York City.

Wondering what makes Mickey tick, I set up a horoscope for this date and place though an exact hour of the first showing remains a mystery. Steamboat Willy played prior to the main feature and ran for two weeks, netting Disney $500 per week. Quite a sum in 1928 and launching a lucrative career in cartoon animation.

On November 18, 1928, the Moon remained in Aquarius (natal sign of America’s Moon–July 4, 1776) and of course the Sun was in intense Scorpio, ruled by Mars and sub-ruled by Pluto. I contend that the Sun sign relates to Mickey’s creator, Walt Disney, who was not the jolly artist we kids saw on TV but a dark, driven, and profane man.

In fact, the debut of Mickey Mouse had a Pre-Natal Solar Eclipse in the 2 South Saros Series with themes of ‘joining unusual groups through which a great deal is gained’ (Brady) and given the ability of secret societies to provide aid to their members’ careers, this may be what catapulted Steamboat Willy into such a plum position. Success in New York was on Disney’s schedule for you know what the song says, “If you can make it there you can make it anywhere.”

Not that Mr. Disney wasn’t born ready for fame and fortune! His birth date of December 5, 1901 shows that he entered the earthly plane during a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction period in work-loving Capricorn so he had the determination to work toward the achievement promised by the societal planets, Jupiter and Saturn. His Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Libra are Jupiter and Venus ruled, two of the money planets.

Interestingly, Walt Disney’s natal Moon will be eclipsed on April 4, 2015 by a Lunar Eclipse and of course the Moon’s realm includes publicity and public contact–though eclipses are considered ‘wild cards’ and may dredge up secrets and spotlight scandals. His Sun Sag-Moon Libra combination of Fire and Air denotes optimism, great and fiery communication skills, a dramatic streak, and a chivalrous, prophetic character.

Natal Neptune at 00 Cancer is on one of the four Cardinal Points of fame, fortune, recognition, and prominence and of course Neptune’s realms include illusion, art, images, photography, and the silver screen.

The intensity of Scorpio is seen in Walt Disney’s natal Mercury (28 Scorpio) with Mercury the planet of thinking processes, communication, and commerce–so Disney’s natal Mercury conjoins Mickey Mouse’s natal Sun identifying Mickey as Walt’s ‘brainchild’.

As for Mickey, his Sun Sco-Moon AQ identifies him as an ‘impenetrable enigma’ yet a ‘wide-eyed and open-armed friend of the people’ (Harvey.) This blend denotes a capacity for the regeneration (Sco) of social structures (AQ), and one who sees what needs to be done and simply does it.

An observer of life, Mickey’s intent on relieving the suffering of others through his humorous antics in that comedy-tragedy way of traditional thespianism. The Sco-AQ combo of energies gives him a magnetic quality which continues to attract children to the present day.

Hot Dog! Mickey insists on finding the truth which he does regularly on his current TV show, The Micky Mouse Clubhouse–which you already know if you watch it with a 3-year old as I do–treasure hunts and all!

The character Mickey Mouse shares his natal Sun Sco-Moon AQ personality blend with the illustrious Voltaire, Albert Camus, Dylan Thomas, economist Jean Monnet (architect of the European Community), and the modern ‘new world order’ as timed by the third of three conjunctions of Enlightenment planets, Uranus and Neptune on October 24, 1993 at 18 Capricorn…”POLITICAL POWER”.

Yes, the field of Entertainment is one of the most successful diversions for distracting the public from real issues while power elite architects set up their Utopian ‘new world order’!

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