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The God of Spinoza

Did you know that when Einstein gave some lecture at the numerous US universities, the recurring question that students asked him was:

– Do you believe. In God?
And he always answered:
– I believe in the God of Spinoza.

The one who hadn’t read Spinoza stayed in the same…

I hope this gem of history, serves you as much as it does me:

Baruch de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher considered one of the three great rationalists of the 17th century philosophy, along with the French Descartes.

Here’s some of him.

This is the God or nature of Spinoza:

God would have said:

Stop praying and punching yourself in the chest!
What I want you to do is go out into the world and enjoy your life.
I want you to enjoy, sing, have fun and enjoy everything I’ve made for you.

Stop going to those dark, cold temples that you built yourself and say they are my house!
My house is in the mountains, in the woods, rivers, lakes, beaches. That’s where I live and there I express my love for you.

Stop blaming me for your miserable life; I never told you there was anything wrong with you or that you were a sinner, or that your sexuality was a bad thing!
Sex is a gift I have given you and with which you can express your love, your ecstasy, your joy. So don’t blame me for everything they made you believe.

Stop reading alleged sacred scriptures that have nothing to do with me. If you can’t read me in a sunrise, in a landscape, in the look of your friends, in your son’s eyes… you will find me in no book!
Trust me and stop asking me. Will you tell me how to do my job?

Stop being so scared of me. I do not judge you, I criticize you, nor get angry, or bother, or punishment. I am pure love.

Stop asking for forgiveness, there’s nothing to forgive. If I made you… I filled you with passions, limitations, pleasures, feelings, needs, inconsistencies… free will. How can I blame you if you respond to something I put in you? How can I punish you for being the way you are, if I’m the one who made you Do you think I could create a place to burn all my children who behave badly for the rest of eternity?
What kind of god can do that?

Forget any kind of commandments, any kind of laws; those are wiles to manipulate you, to control you, that only create guilt in you.

Respect your peers and don’t do what you don’t want for yourself. All I ask is that you pay attention in your life, that your alert is your guide.

My beloved, this life is not a test, not a step, not a step in the way, not a rehearsal, nor a prelude to paradise. This life is the only thing here and now and all you need.

I have set you absolutely free, no prizes or punishments, no sins or virtues, no one carries a marker, no one keeps a record.
You are absolutely free to create in your life heaven or hell.

I could tell you if there’s anything after this life but I can give you a tip. Live as if there is no. As if this is your only chance to enjoy, to love, to exist.

So, if there’s nothing, then you will have enjoyed the opportunity I gave you. And if there is, rest assured that I won’t ask if you behaved right or wrong, I’ll ask. Did you like it? Did you have fun? What did you enjoy the most? What did you learn?…

Stop believing in me; believing is assuming, guessing, imagining. I don’t want you to believe in me, I want you to feel in you. I want you to feel me in you when you kiss your beloved, when you tuck your little girl, when you caress your dog, when you bathe in the sea.

Stop praising me, what kind of egomaniac God do you think I am?

I’m bored being praised, I’m tired of being thanked. Feeling grateful? Prove it by taking care of you, your health, your relationships, the world. Feeling looked at, shocked?… Express your joy! That’s the way to praise me.

Stop complicating things and repeating as a parakeet what you’ve been taught about me.

The only thing for sure is that you are here, that you are alive, that this world is full of wonders.

What do you need more miracles for? Why so many explanations?

look for me outside, you won’t find me. Find me inside… there I am beating on you.


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Tuesday April 7, 2020 – Full Moon Fever

Full Moon 4/6

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

– Full Moon Phase (@ 10:35PM): llumination, revelation, realization

– Lunar Perigee (@ 6:35PM):

– Moon in Virgo

– Black Moon Transit the Moon April 6-7

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth,  Slaughter BEST DAYS BUT NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING (Entertain Friends, Host a Party)

– Gardening tips April 6-7 (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – A favorable time for sowing grains, hay, and fodder crops. Plant flowers. First day is when to plant corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, and other above ground crops. Second day is a favorable day for planting root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 19 ARIES – The magic carpet of Oriental imagery

EARTH: 19 LIBRA –  A gang of robbers in hiding

The Full Moon is one of the most well know astronomical and astrological events. 1) It happens once a month (just about). 2) It is visually striking (Besides the Sun it is the largest thing we can see in the sky – and it lights up the night), and 3) It is well known to cause weird things to happen.

So for this first Full Moon of the lunar year, I wanted to talk about it for a bit. Maybe set this as one of those pages you go to when you want to find out data about the moon.

Full Moon in Aries 2020

Full moons are a lunar phase which occur roughly once every month when the Earth is located directly between the sun and the moon. At these moments, the side of the moon that faces towards us is fully illuminated.

So for the Aries Lunar Phase in the Gregorian year 2020, This is the first Full Moon of the Spring. And it is referred to as The Pink Moon. In North America, it a name of ancient origin that is likely derived from the the pink flowers of the Wild Ground Phlox plant which often bloom around this time of year.  It has also been called the Paschal Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, The Hare Moon, The Egg Moon and the Fish Moon. I guess it depends on where you are.

April full moons mark the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

For Astrology, We look at the Full Moon as the Completion or fullest expression of the energy that began with the New Moon. In our case in 2020, that was described with the Sabian Symbol at 5 Aries – A Triangle with Wings.

From the New Moon to Full, the energy is building (or Waxing). From the Full Moon, back to new, it is receding (or Waning). So the Triangle symbol suggests mysteries and the ethereal realm. Have you been feeling this energy. Things going on outside reality. Also consider your own intentions. Did you set intentions for the year? For the month? This is a time they have taken off and are on their way.

What’s a Supermoon?

“Supermoon” is a term which refers to any full moon that occurs when our Moon is within 10 percent of its perigee, or minimum distance from Earth. This year, The Full Moon in Aries happens within hours of the Lunar Perigee, as noted in the aspects at the beginning of this post. The Full Moon will occur at 10:35 p.m. Eastern Time, when the moon will be located 221,851 miles from our planet (as measured between the centers of the moon and Earth) according to EarthSky.

The lunar perigee will occur at 6:08 p.m. on the same day. At this point, the center of our natural satellite will be 221,773 miles from Earth’s center. The April full moon falls closer in time to a lunar perigee than any other full moon in 2020.

And what is the difference between a Supermoon and a non Supermoon? It is about 10% bigger. It is bright and fun to watch.

Full Moon Fever

We know its bigger and brighter. But the mainstay of Full Moon lore is that it is known to cause strange things to happen.

If you wish to deny this, you might spend some time with an Emergency Room nurse, a teacher or anyone involved in the mental health industries.What is it like when the Moon is Full? The ER is crowded, the kids are unruly, and the freaks are freakier. Ask a Cop. What are the jails like.

So what do people attribute this increase unrest at the time of the Full Moon? I can suggest a few that are obvious. But I will also suggest a few that are much less mainstream. In fact I believe that I may travel into Tinfoil hat territory in some people’s minds.

The Earth actually feels the constant pull of the gravity of the moon throughout the day. This can bee seen in the tides. As any point on Earth faces the Moon, it pulls toward it. The force is so strong, that it causes the tides. Is this a pull on the water? Is this a warping of the planet itself? Whatever it is, it affects us.

At the Full Moon, there is the strongest influence of the two greatest gravitational forces that exist. The Sun and the Moon. If you have paid attention, the greatest variations in Tides (highest flooding tides) are seen during the Full Moon Phase. The graphic above illustrates this.

Those same gravitational/magnetic forces are also acting upon each of us. Some of us are more sensitive to it than others. Are people actually more careless at the Full Moon – as they fall and get into accidents and end up in the ER more often? Do people who have mental disorders more sensitive because they can feel the pull, and it pulls them out of balance? Do we get Full Moon Fever?

All of these are questions that need answers. And the answers are not going to be found by asking a Doctor or a Scientist.


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Friday April 3, 2020 – When Venus and the Pleiades Dance

Friday, April 3, 2020

– First Quarter Moon Phase: Step out, Take action

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Kill Plant Pests, THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO BECAUSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING (but are good nonetheless) – Get Married, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure,

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Chinnamasta, Goddess who expands the Mind

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East, God of Wisdom

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN: 15 ARIES – An Indian weaving a blanket

EARTH: 15 LIBRA –  Circular paths

When Venus and the Pleiades Dance

This weekend we are blessed to see a relatively rare conjunction in the sky. This is when Venus will be conjunct the Pleiades. It is relatively rare because it only happens every about 8 years.

In addition to being between the Sun and the Earth, Venus also rotates on a different Plane from Earth. While Earth travels around the sun every 365 .256 days, Venus takes 224.7 Earth days (since that is how we recon time). Every 18 months, Venus laps us, causing a Retrograde.

I would liken this conjunction kind of like the instance of solar and lunar eclipses. It happens around the same dates early April and visible in the same spot in the sky – in the constellation of Taurus. So like eclipses, it happens at predictable times, though not all that often.

The inner planets of our solar system will always be visible to us close to the sun. As shown in this picture, viewing Mercury will be within about 24 degrees of the Sun and Venus about 45 degrees. For practical purposes, this must be done either at Dawn or Dusk – before or after the Sun rises or sets when the sky is dark enough to see them.

An easy way of sighting this is by extending your arm toward the sun with your hand out, palm facing out. The measurement between your thumb and little finger is about 25 degrees. So Venus will never be more than about two hands away from the sun and Mercury, less than one hand.

The Pleiades are known as the seven sisters. The Constellation is named for the Greek myth of the same name. The names of the sisters are Alcyone, Atlas, Electra, Maia, Merope, Taygeta, Pleione, Celaeno and Asterope. Visibly, these are the stars you can see unaided. There are actually over a hundred stars that make up the cluster, adding to its brightness.

Its brightness and uniqueness has earned it attention in star lore throughout the world. It is known as Matariki to the New Zealand Māori. Its helical rising in May/June traditionally starts the Māori new year. In Japan, the Pleiades are are known as Subaru. The car manufacturer Subaru uses a stylized depiction of the star cluster in their logo.

Astrologically, the conjunction of Venus and the Pleiades combines the troubled aspects of the Pleiades (Accidents, blindness, violence, feminine power. Ambition, honor and glory. Trouble with opposite sex. Bereavement; loss; sorrow.) with Venus. And Venus governs courtship and adoration, as well as personal taste and esthetics. Venus represents your values, including your relationship with finances and material possessions.

This is a strong conjunction that those who aspect it in their charts should be aware.


Star Lore of the Pleiades: The quotations below are from The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. This book is a useful summary of two thousand years of lore concerning the ‘fixed stars’. Much of what is quoted below probably finds its origins in Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos.

Quotation from The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. pp 181 -184.

The Pleiades or Atlantides were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, six of whom are described as visible and one as invisible or “lost”. They were the virgin companions of Artemis [Diana] and were translated into heaven in order to escape the importunities of Orion, or according to another account because of their grief at the fate of their father Atlas, who was condemned to support the weight of the heavens on his head and on his hands.

The names of the sisters… are as follows: Alcyone, Maia, Electra, Merope, Taygete, Celaeno and Sterope, and to these have been added the parents Atlas and Pleione

The missing or lost Pleiad has been said to be Merope, who alone married a mortal, Sisyphus, and hid her head in shame at being the only one not married to a God, but other accounts substitute either Electra, who withdrew her light in sorrow at the destruction of Ilium [Troy], which was founded by her younger son Dardanos; or Calaeno, which Theon the Younger said was struck by lightening. [Curiously, however, there are now seven again as the above photo shows.]

The Pleiades form a cluster with Alcyone as the principal star, situated on the shoulder of the Bull. For all practical purposes the longitude of Alcyone may be used for the whole group, as all are contained within about one degree of longitude.

Influence:  According to Ptolemy they are of the nature of the Moon and Mars; and, to Alvidas, of Mars, Moon and Sun in opposition. They are said to make their natives wanton, ambitious, turbulent, optimistic and peaceful; to give many journeys and voyages, success in agriculture and through active intelligence; and to cause blindness, disgrace and a violent death. Their influence is distinctly evil and there is no astrological warrant for the oft-quoted passage Job (xxxviii. 31)” Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades? “which is probably a mistranslation.*

*[The complete passage reads – King James Bible Job 38 31 – “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” Vivian Robson was correct about the translation in the King James version. In the more modern New American Bible this passage is given as “Have you fitted a curb to the Pleiades, or loosened the bonds of Orion?” I have read that Jehovah’s Witnesses once believed that the Pleiades, specifically Alcyone, was the place of the eternal throne of God, on the basis of that passage, but this may be apocryphal.]

If rising: Blindness, ophthalmia injuries to the eyes and face, disgrace, wounds, stabs (operations nowadays), exile, imprisonment, sickness, violent fevers, quarrels, violent lust, military preferment. If at the same time the Sun is in opposition either to the Ascendant or to Mars, violent death.

If culminating: Disgrace, ruin, violent death. If with the luminaries it makes its natives military captains, commanders, colonels of horse and emperors.

With Sun: Throat ailments, chronic catarrh, blindness, bad eyes, injuries to the face, sickness, disgrace, evil disposition, murderer or murdered, imprisonment, death by pestilence, blows, stabs, shooting, beheading or shipwreck. If in 7th house, blindness, especially if Saturn or Mars be with Regulus. If with Mars and Venus the native will be a potent king obeyed by many people but subject to many infirmities.

With Moon: Injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, wounds, stabs, disgrace, imprisonment, blindness, defective sight especially if in the Ascendant or one of the other angles, may be cross-eyed, Color-blind or the eyes may be affected by some growth. If in the 7th house, total blindness especially if Saturn or Mars be with Regulus and the Moon be combust.

With Mercury: Many disappointments, loss of possessions, much loss from legal affairs, business failure, trouble through children.

With Venus: Immoral, strong passions, disgrace through women, sickness, loss of fortune.

With Mars: Many accidents to the head, loss and suffering through fires. If at the same time Saturn is with Regulus, violent death in a tumult.

With Jupiter: Deceit, hypocrisy, legal and ecclesiastical troubles, loss through relatives, banishment or imprisonment.

With Saturn: Cautious, much sickness, tumorous ailments, chronic sickness to family many loses.

With Uranus: Active mind, deformity from birth or through accident in childhood, many accidents and troubles, many unexpected losses often through fire or enemies, marriage partner proves false especially if female, troubles through women, occult interests, unfavorable for children, if any, and lack of harmony with them, heavy losses at end of life, violent death. [Uranus was discovered in 1781.]

With Neptune: Bold, military preferment, honor, wealth, help from friends, many serious accidents, many travel, somewhat dishonorable occupation involving secrecy, ill-health to marriage partner and peculiar conditions respecting parentage, bad for children, may lose everything at end of life, violent death, often abroad while following occupation. [I am not sure from where Vivian Robson takes this information as Neptune was only discovered 76 years before her book in 1847.]

With Pluto: [There is no information for this planet. Vivian Robson wrote her text in 1923. The planet Pluto was discovered on 18 Feb 1930 and not named until May 1930.]


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New Moon in Aries – March 24, 2020


Following the Astrological Calendar, the beginning of the year is the sign of Aries – which begins in April – right around the same time at the Spring Equinox – This  year March 19th. It can be anywhere from March 19th to the 21st, depending on when the earth actually gets to that point.

And remember the whole leap year thing. The astrological sign of Aries begins on March 21st according to most Gregorian Calendars and horoscope websites. If you are counting for accuracy though, you look to when the sun enters the sign of Aries. This year that happened around March 18th at 9:35 PM

Here is where it gets complicated. The actual beginning of the New Year is when the New Moon strikes in the sign of Aries. And that day is today March 24th, at 5:34 AM.

I am not generally a stickler for details, but the art of astrology is. Or at least the math behind it is. And I would like to spend some time this year thinking about this math as well as some details about calendars and the passage of time. How we pass our time here on Earth. And how it may differ around the world.


Figuring out how dates and times work in astrology has confounded me since I began paying attention to it. And to place that date, it was in about 2011 – about the time I asked myself what the heck this whole 2012 end of the world thing was about. FYI I am still not incredibly clear on that. But it made me start paying attention.

Some of the things I looked at included the Mayan Calendar. The Kali Yuga. Western Astrology. Astronomy. And through this research, I found the Oracle Report. And the bottom of the rabbit hole truly fell out.

Anyways, the point of this post, and likely a whole lot more, is to take an intensive look at calendars, time and how we look at its passage. I am interested in how all of us pass time. All around the world.

I may tread lightly, or go deep. It will depend on how into it I get in the moment – and whether my kids interrupt my train of thought. Who says it will be my kids though. Many people I know claim that I have adult onset ADD. We will just have to see.

So for today’s lesson:

Tuesday March 24, 2020 5:34 AM

Taken from The Oracle Report, here are the astrological positions and Sabian Symbols associated with the planets on this date at this time:

Sun/Moon: 05 Aries – a triangle with wings

Earth: 05 Libra – a man teaching the true inner knowledge of the new world to his students

Chiron: 06 Aries – a square brightly lighted on one side

Black Moon: 07 Aries – a man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once

Uranus: 05 Taurus – a widow at an open grave

Venus: 21 Taurus – a moving finger points to significant passages in a book

North Node: 04 Cancer – a cat arguing with a mouse

South Node: 04 Capricorn – a group of people entering a large canoe for a journey by water

Jupiter: 24 Capricorn – a woman entering a convent

Pluto: 25 Capricorn – an Oriental rug dealer in a store filled with precious ornamental rugs

Mars: 26 Capricorn – a nature spirit (fairy) dancing in the mist of a waterfall

Saturn: 01 Aquarius – an old adobe mission

Mercury: 07 Pisces – illuminated by a shaft of light, a large cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea and mist

Neptune: 19 Pisces – a master instructing his disciple

A New Way of Looking at the  Calendar

And I have spared no expense at the production of this new calendar. Any close inspection will see that it is a Gregorian 202 calendar that I got from my bank that I was not using. So I cut it out in a new and unique way. I will be posting the lunar phase each month. Since I am not sure where this is going, this is where it starts. Basic lunar phases and times (where I had them). Most almanac sites are nice enough to give you the 4 cardinal phases (New, 1st Quarter, Full and 3rd Quarter). We know that the in between phases (Crescent, Gibbous, Disseminating and Balsamic) fall in-between. Getting an exact date and time is not quite so clear. But I am sure I will find a decent source to quote these times. Give me a week.

You can also see that there are some holidays filled in (The Easter Holidays for the most part). This is just the luck of the draw as that is what they put in this calendar. For my part, there is a lot to fill in.


Since we are on the New Year theme, I want to write down a resolution or two. In the astrology world, we do this now because:

  1. It is the New Moon Phase of the Year, a time to set intentions.
  2. It is the New Moon Phase in Aries, also good to set intentions (and start anything new)

So I Resolve to blog daily (Or as close to daily as I can) about the days of the lunar month. There are lots of things to talk about that have been either forgotten or lost or just unknown in each of our worlds. I will try to stay away from ridiculous government Official Days (Like National Tulip Day – It’s not that I know of, but I could not think of anything funnier). But if I discover or find an observance that has some significance to it (Like March 9th this year was Holi – a holiday in India that is pretty significant – 1.4 Billion Asian Indians are aware of it and only a tiny sliver of the 320 million people here in the US have even heard of it) I will try to make a point of it.

Somehow, I will also relate it to my garden. Times right now (with the Coronavirus offering us as close a view of the Zombie Apocalypse as we have ever seen) allow us to admit that being a little better Prepared is a good thing. And Astrogardens began paying attention to this.

So thank you for reading through this and please come back.

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The Media and The Narrative

America is in a media war. It is an extension of the cold war that never ended, but shifted to an electronic front. The war between freedom and statism ended geographically when the Berlin wall fell, but the existential battle never ceased.

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, the battle simply took a different form. Instead of missiles the new weapon was language and education. and the international left had successfully constructed a global infrastructure to get its message out. Schools, Newspapers, Network News, Art, Music, Film, Television.

For decades the left understood the importance of education, art and messaging. Oprah Winfrey gets is. David Geffen gets it. Bono gets it. President BHO gets it. Even Corey Feldman gets it. But the right doesn’t.

Common Sense Does not win the day.

In the 21st century, media everything. And the left wins because it controls the narrative. The narrative is controlled by the media. The left is the media. Narrative is everything.

Andrew Breitbart – Righteous Indignation

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Life, Liberty and the Corona Virus

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Who might think that a couple of sniffles and a cold might bring into question our personal Liberties. But in a world where there needs to be a cure or a pill for every ailment, loss of control is the bane of the medical establishment and, worse, our leaders.

Friday Morning – CBS News (Local) 7:00AM

“Coming Up. Special Coverage of the Corona Virus Outbreak”

CBS This Morning – Starring Oprah’s best friend Gayle King – “We are dedicating the entire our to special coverage of the Corona Virus.”

As the talking heads behind the Glass Network-Logo table with CBS Coffee mugs open with a laundry list of the number of people in the US (by state) affected and dead attributed to the Corona Virus. SCARE SCARE SCARE!

This level of Coronavirus promotion went on throughout the day, with Breaking News, Special Reports, Whole News Reports dedicated to The Virus, and ending the day with a 20/20 Special Report on the Coronavirus.

Add to this it is Friday March 13, Schools in Pennsylvania are closed until the middle of next week. Grocery stores are being run over for Bread and Toilet paper. This is worse than the calm before a blizzard where everyone runs out to buy Milk and Bread.

Watching the hype non stop on the news, on the internet, in interactions with everyone in the community, we must ask whether it is truly a disaster, or whether it is another case of “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

I will be updating here about the hype, the fear mongering, and utter insanity behind this SUPERVIRUS. Much to say. But even more to consider when looking at how you prepare yourself for it