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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.

Spinoza.

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Saturday July 25, Sunday July 26 2020

July 25, 2020

Saturday July 25, Sunday July 26 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase  – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering

– Moon in Libra

– Sunday Moon Void of Course 9:06 PM – 12:12 AM – Entering Scorpio

– Black Moon Opposes the Moon – Black Moon Days July 25-27

– Sun in Leo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

July 26, 2020

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 24th – 25th – Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 24th – 26th – Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 1st New moon in Cancer: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 2nd New moon in Cancer: “a Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales” (& Earth – “a woman reading tea leaves”)

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

SUN:  4 LEO: A man formally dressed stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition

EARTH:  4 AQUARIUS: A Hindu healer

NOTE: The 25-26 hold the same Sabian Symbol of 4 Leo

How do You Perceive That Which is Divine?

The Sunday edition of the Patriot Intel Report with Phoenix features Laura Walker. She and Phoenix hold a Question and Answer period. At this point, I have not finished listening to it. But one of the questions sparked my interest and I have decided to expand upon their discussion. (You can scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to watch the whole thing).

The question came from a devout Christian. They asked how they should come to terms with Astrology and the Mahavidyas given that their faith describes these things as demonic.

Laura’s explanations were spot on. But I thought it would be good to take a deeper look at this. It is hard to come to terms with conflicting viewpoints on the Divine. Especially when the perspective you are taught either denies or condemns conflicting viewpoints.

What is The Divine?

This could be the question of the universe. Are there realms that we cannot perceive? If we cannot see it, touch it, taste it, hear it or smell it, does it exist?

First. We collectively know that there is much out there that we cannot perceive with our 5 senses. We know that dogs can see more acutely in the dark and smell much more sensitively. We know that other animals can hear much more than we do. Though huge amounts of research has been done on that which was can perceive. But there has been a would lot less done on the things that we cannot.

We perceive the color spectrum, but do not see ultraviolet or Infrared or xray or microwave.

We hear in a specific range. The human range is commonly given as 20 to 20,000 Hz. Some dolphins and bats can hear frequencies up to 100,000 Hz. Elephants can hear sounds at 14–16 Hz, while some whales can hear infrasonic sounds as low as 7 Hz (in water).

Have you ever seen a frequency dispersion of what we touch, taste or smell? I am sure people have studied these, but there seems to be little mainstream interest.

So there is much that we do not or can not perceive in the ranges of the five senses. But what about other forces?

Magnetism? Gravity? Life Force? Spirit?

Much of what we cannot perceive has been left to science or esotericism.

And it is in these realms that we begin to imagine the Divine.

Religion and Myth – The intersection of Life and our Past

People, communities grow up with a shared past. Part of that past is their faith story. Often it is a mix between history,  stories and the spiritual beliefs that were passed down as well. These beliefs become a part of us as we grow and learn. And Hopefully lead to an understanding of the meaning of life. Why are we here.

I believe also that these stories describe a greater past understanding of the divine. Consider the major religions of today:

Buddhism

Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Judism

Shintoism

Taoism

Each revolves around stories of people’s intersection with the divine. Were these people special in some way? Did they have a special ability to perceive the divine? Or were they simply in the right place and time for the divine to reveal itself to them? And their experience so profound that others sought to emulate it . . . learn from it . . . worship it?

And these are just 7 of the hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of religions that have come up over the course of time.

These religions gain adherents (followers) looking to join in the footsteps of the leaders. Do many or any of them succeed in reaching the heights reached by the firsts? Maybe. But maybe not. I think that many of the organized religions have found a pathway towards divinity. I like to call it a filter. And that filter can lead to a form on enlightenment. Consider Buddhist Monks reaching Nirvana. Sufis twirling into ecstasy. Christians speaking in tongues. and so many others. But are these the ONLY way?

I like to believe that these experiences happen more often that we hear about. Instances where divine realms are touched. Where that hand of God reaches down and touches an individual. And maybe all of them are tapping into the same well of divinity, with each person unaware of the shared experience.

I personally grew up in the Christian faith. Can I say that I have had a divine christian experience? No. But I have spoken to many who believe that they have.

Do I believe that I have touched the divine outside of the Christian faith? Definitely. And Often. But not consistently. I do not go outside and say I am going to talk to God today and receive a direct answer. But I see the divine touch upon the world around me. I revel in music. And messages are revealed to me through it. I wish I could make music or play an instrument. But no. I cannot.

Getting to the Point

As I have said, I have no answer to the ultimate question of the divine and whether or not to follow a religion or what parts of that religion you need to adhere to. My experiences go beyond what I would call coincidences or what can be explained by science. Is it a divine touch. I believe so.

 

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Friday July 24, 2020

Friday July 24, 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase  – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering

– Moon in Virgo

– Moon Void of Course 7:08 PM – 9:54 PM – Moves to Libra

– Sun in Leo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 24th – 25th – Bake, Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Get Married, Buy Clothes, Entertain Friends, Host a Party

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July24th – 26th – Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 1st New moon in Cancer: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 2nd New moon in Cancer: “a Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales” (& Earth – “a woman reading tea leaves”)

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

SUN:  3 LEO: A mature woman keeping up with the times having her hair bobbed

EARTH:  3 AQUARIUS: A deserter from the navy

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Thursday July 23, 2020

Thursday July 23, 2020

– Crescent Moon Phase  – challenge, growth, struggle, expansion, gathering

– Moon in Virgo

– Sun in Leo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 23rd – Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Wax Floors, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 20th – 23rd – A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  2 LEO: An epidemic of mumps

EARTH:  2 AQUARIUS: An unexpected thunderstorm

“What you see & what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” C.S. Lewis

Much of the world that we believe we live in has been dictated to us. Consider who it is that is dictating this message.

Back in the middle of the last century, we were asking ourselves a lot about this. Consider the time:

Nazi Germany

Communist Russia

Communist China

Fascist Spain and Italy

The world was flirting in a very large way with totalitarianism. Was it that the 80-90% of the people WANTED to have an all controlling and encompassing government? Or were they driven into it?

Consider what the motives of beginnings of these movements. Its a much much longer discussion than this blog post will go into. But I would like to point out that the fictioneers of the time were noticing it. And they were writing the stories about it. Consider:

George Orwell – 1984 and Animal Farm – Dystopian fiction about life under totalitarianism – Russia, Nazi Germany

Aldus Huxley – Brave New World – Dystopian Government controlling the masses with Drugs – China and the Opium Dens

JRR Tolkien –  Lord of the Rings – World war and Good Vs Evil – WWII

CS Lewis – Narnia, Screwtape – Good and Evil, God vs the Devil

Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living –  Personal Civil Liberties vs Social Control

Consider how the “Where they Were” affected their view on the  world. How their experience through Totalitarianism made them want to tell their stories. Stories to dramatize the depth of their experience. Stories to teach us to not to repeat it.

The “What kind of person you are” goes much deeper. There is the questions of their backgrounds and how they were raised.

Consider religion. Tolkien and Lewis were both Christians, and wrote from that perspective. Though they were not Christian or religious stories, they wrote about the values known within the faith.

Huxley and Orwell wrote about specifically Non Religious lives. Ask yourself what a government would be devoid of religion or where it was specifically limited.

Rand goes a step further by being openly atheistic and antagonistic toward religion.

Consider how these Points of View shaped the characters and actions of the stories.

Then 1984 Happened

I was born in the 60’s, so I did not live the lives of these authors. We are the result of the mindset known by the authors names above. My parents, born in the 30’s grew up with these pieces of fiction – as well as life during wartime and The Cold War. And a world shaped the the Media’s spin on what was going on in the world.

We found out later about the depths of what the CIA were doing throughout the world in battling the Cold War. In the name of protecting our liberty they broke just about every rule of our society. Was it a reaction to the Soviet KGB and slaughtering of millions of their own ethnic populations? Possibly. But where do right and wrong become part of the equation?

In response to the heavy-handedness of our government, we have seen liberal and progressive educational systems forced upon the children of our country. We have gone from Reading Writing and Arithmetic to:

Common Core math reading and writing

Revisionist history

Focus on Environmental science over hard science

Psychology, Sociology and social sciences

The textbooks are mass produced by left-leaning progressives trying to mold the understanding of the next generation. The teachers have been taught by the most progressive teaching standards that the university system can churn out.

There is no question about why the millenial generation is by and large (65%+) favorable towards Socialism. They have been taught that there should be a government that provides protection, and healthcare, and high paying jobs, and everything else. And HAVE NO CLUE what it will take in order to get there, be it the cost in dollar terms or the cost in personal liberties.

Consider this. Doctors have traditionally been considered one of the highest paying professions. It requires YEARS of Schooling and sacrifice to get there. BUT. How many people will really have an interest in the medical profession if the top dollar earning potential is chopped off? The light at the end of the tunnel is turned off. There are not many government workers who can make in the millions. Doctors will become unionized chattel.

And Then There is The Media

The liberal bias in media is pretty much complete in the USA now a days. Anyone who wishes to dispute this, please do so in the comments. I will laugh at you. I have touched on this subject many times. And I hope to do an extensive study of it. But not today.

I came to my understanding of the liberal bias in the media back in the 80’s. For Newspapers, I grew up thinking that the LA Times was a “Conservative” publication. This was something that I would have to live and learn about. For the most part, I had no understanding about bias. I had thought that Reporters were all pretty heroic people dedicated to finding the TRUTH.

Then I traveled to England. There I learned that every tabloid paper was basically dedicated to one political viewpoint or the other. There was not illusion of being “unbiased”. I was shocked by this. But then later appreciative. It became easier to discern which side’s BS you were really reading about. When the news in the US was supposed to be unbiased, you didn’t have to think about it. Or at least that is what they hoped.

Where Does That Lead Us?

As the movie The Matrix showed us by example, there a lot of people who do not want to know, or are not ready to know, the reality around them.

For all of us who took the Red Pill, we must remain diligent. With our own background and education, we must discern what in front of us is fact and what is illusion. Or what is being placed before us to drive us in a specific direction (think cattle down the chute to the slaughter house).

Who do you listen to? What do you read? What do you watch?

These are important questions.

 

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Wednesday July 22, 2020

Wednesday July 22, 2020

– New Moon Phase  – begin, initiate, wish, project, set an intention

– Moon in Leo

– Moon Void of Course – 8:27 PM – 7:40PM 7/22 – Moving to Virgo

– Sun in Leo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 21st – 22nd – Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Buy a Home, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 20th – 23rd – A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  1 LEO: Under emotional stress blood rushes to a man’s head

EARTH:  1 AQUARIUS: An old adobe mission

Whose Heads are exploding today?

There is a lot going on right now. Per the Sabian Symbol for the sun, “Under emotional stress blood rushes to a man’s head,” we can guess that things either are, or have the potential to, boil over.

So I want to break some of it down. I am still in the mode I started yesterday. This is Game 1 that I will call: What is its Nature? We have Planetary alignments, Astrology, potential False Flags, and the same old Plandemic and Riots that have been a part of our lives for the past since last fall.

FIRST– Planetary Alignments – Sun – Earth – Saturn

EARTH
SATURN

I have been posting planetary alignments that I am repeating from Suspicious0bservers. Sometimes they are obvious from the astrology charts. Sometimes not. Yesterday the Sun, Earth and Saturn were in alignment.  We could see it on the chart as the Earth (Circle with a cross) was at the same location as Saturn (Cross with a hook to the left).

As far as what is going on is the Galaxy, this could be described the same was as a Full Moon – where the earth is in between the sun and (in this case) Saturn.  This puts gravitational and magnetic pull on our planet. Suspicious0bservers watches these due the fact that it increases the chances of large earthquakes.

And What happened? There was a 7.8 Earthquake up in Alaska – in a place called Perryville. It was followed by 5+ point aftershocks in Sand Point, Alaska and Tofino, Canada. This is why we pay attention to these alignments.

Eris Point – 21 Aries

An aspect that we pay attention to is the Eris Point – 21 Aries. The Sabian Symbol is A Boxer enters the Ring. It is the point where the planet Eris was discovered about 18 or so years ago. That story is related in Laura Walker’s book about the Planet Eris: Eris: Archetype of Shadows, Crisis & Awakening at the Completion of the Mayan Calendar (2007)

Out of the darkness, a new planet emerges.  Her name is Eris and with her discovery comes the path through the dark apex of patriarchal society.  Eris teaches us the process of breaking free from the grip of a global shadow that has grown to epic proportions and threatens the very core of our personal liberties.  The journey to integrate this shadow strips us of our illusions so that we may balance ourselves and heal our world.   Through it all, Eris, our companion, shines the beacon for rebirth.

We pay attention to Eris aspects because they are strong. They deal with the Shadow side. And Aspects to the planet Eris are histrorically used by the Cabal as attack points. We see mayhem happen at these times.

Today, Jupiter is square the Eris Point. And it also begins the Black Moon transit of the Eris Point (which will last through about August 4). Laura talks about this in a short audio released last night:

https://www.bitchute.com/video/1lWIw7HuRJsL/

Zodiac -The Sun Exits Cancer and Enters Leo

At about 8:36 AM on the 22nd, The Sun Enters the sign of Leo, leaving Cancer behind.

Put it together, we can see that we have some interesting times ahead.

Before the energetics for the day hijacked my thoughts, I had already decided what I wanted to write about.  Yesterday we talked about really looking deep into what we see going on. Today, I wanted to start to dissect a subject that has been at the top of the news cycle since late May – Black Lives Matter.

Now a proper discussion of this could take a while. It could probably become a book. I am not going there today.

I began unraveling this ball of string last month on July 19 – trying to get a handle on the day they call Juneteenth. Read it here if you would like: http://astrogardens.com/2020/06/19/friday-june-19-2020/

So today, We look at Black Lives Matter from the lens of Game 2: Follow the Money.

This is a fun game. This is where you look at a subject and try to figure out who is involved based on Who benefits most from its existence.

Now, BLM sound like a completely positive, random uprising of individuals who want to peacefully fight for respect, in the same vein as Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. And the Lamestream News and every left of center organization love it. We can ignore its seriously passive aggressive challenge to anyone that questions it. I feel it is best referred to as:

The Passive Aggressive Revolution of 2020

They found a martyr in George Floyd. They resurrected another martyr  and New Official national spokesperson in Colin Kapernick. And they plan to ride that wave all the way into November to defeat Donald Trump . . .

WAIT WAIT WAIT

What does one have to do with another. Is this an uprising to attain perceived Equal Rights? Or is it the bookend toward a political agenda?

See the video below. Note it is a Facebook video and I do not know if it will play for everybody. I wish you luck because it is a fascinating view of the money and organization behind BLM. After watching this glimpse, then it will be time for a real discussion about WHO might be behind all of this.

Now is where I take my tinfoil hat off and declare myself justified with all the proof to open the eyes of the blind..To all you people that are tired of the blind and deaf that drink the koolaid from the mainstream media.Well this is the video to open their eyes and instead of being divided we unite..No vaccines for me or you.We are Americans.. black white yellow or red.. we are 1 people.. we stand as one people and we beat this evil our government is feeding us.You either stay blind and divided and our nation burns! Or we come togther in one accord as individuals into a collective but remain unique individuals!The truth is presented to you here and now!— Ed Mac —

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If you did not listen to Laura Walker’s audio from last night, she warned about False Flags today. Since it is almost 9:00, what have you seen?

  1. Q was summarily kicked off of Twitter today (over 150,000 accounts that spread Q information). Now that is free speech.
  2. Bernie Sanders is leading a Coup in the Senate to Defund the Pentagon (it did not fly)
  3. There was a Mas shooting event in Chicago that injured 15 people . . . but then neglected to mention that the victims were black, the suspects were black and that people on both sides were shooting.
  4. In my little hometown in Eastern PA, BLM planned and executed a huge protest of about 50 people over the arrest of a Black individual at Walmart over the weekend. The facts do not matter in this case – and they make the protesters look foolish. But they informed enough people in the press that it received coverage from the Philadelphia news stations (60 miles away).
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Tuesday July 21, 2020

Tuesday July 21, 2020

– New Moon Phase  – begin, initiate, wish, project, set an intention

– Moon in Leo

– Moon Void of Course – 8:27 PM – 7:40PM 7/22 – Moving to Virgo

– Sun in Cancer 

– Planetary Alignments – Sun – Earth – Saturn

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 21st – 22nd – Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Buy a Home, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 20th – 23rd – A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  30 CANCER: A daughter of the American Revolution

EARTH:  30 CAPRICORN: Directors of a large firm meet in secret conference

“ Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature?” – Hannibal Lecter quoting Marcus Aurelius

I am a Horror nut. For a number of years, Horror was all that I read. Stephen King, Peter Straub, H.P. Lovecraft, a number of blogs including the amazing chiaroscuro.com which, regrettably folded. I enjoy movies, though usually not as much as the books.

But every once in a while, a gem appears. Like Alien – pure horror that just accidentally is set in a Sci Fi realm. Or Silence of the Lambs. A murder mystery that crosses over to Thriller/horror. These tend to be the movies that excite me.

But here is where I get to bring my own personal fascination with the elements of horror into our own weary existence here in the matrix. When a quote by Hannibal Lecter can become a guiding principle in life.

I use this quote when listening to and reading the lamestream media. Ask what really is going on that they are reporting about. For example, I will take the most prominent headlines on a subject from a number of different news sites and see where it takes us. The Subject: Portland Oregon Protests:

MSNBC – “Veteran beaten by Federal Agents in Portland Speaks Out” –

CNN – “Breaking Down What’s Going on in Portland”

FOXNEWS – “Avoid the Area:  Portland protesters clash with feds as downtown violence escalates overnight”

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Happy Monday July 20, 2020

Monday July 20, 2020

– New Moon Phase (@ 1:32 PM) – begin, initiate, wish, project, set an intention

– Moon in Cancer – Second New Moon in Cancer

– Moon Void of Course – 1:55 PM – 4:16 PM moves into Leo 

– Sun in Cancer 

– Planetary Alignments – Sun – Venus – Mars 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 21st – 22nd – Cut Firewood, Mow to Increase Growth, Dig Holes, Paint, Get Married, Buy a Home, Entertain Friends, Host a Party, Travel for Pleasure, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 20th – 23rd – A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  29 CANCER: A Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales

EARTH:  29 CAPRICORN: A woman reading tea leaves

Happy Monday! “Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to a new week and new month – at least as far as the lunar phases are concerned. Today the Moon will reach the New Phase at 1:32 PM. When we count the Lunar Cycles, we track them according to the zodiac Signs.  under which they start.

Simple Math – Each zodiac sign is about 30 days. The Lunar month is between 28-29 day. There will be overlap every once in a while.

In the Gregorian Calendar world, this happens as well. You usually hear about it when there are 2 Full Moons within a month – often times referred to as a “Blue Moon,” which means, in the vernacular of our times, something that does not happen very often.

 

Sabian Symbols for the New Moon at 1:31 pm EDT on Monday, July 20, 2020 (From www.OracleReport.com

Sun/Moon: 29 Cancer – “a Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales”

Earth/Saturn: 29 Capricorn – “a woman reading tea leaves”

Mercury: 09 Cancer – “a small, naked girl bends over a pond trying to catch a fish”

Venus: 16 Gemini – “a woman activist in an emotional speech, dramatizing her cause”

Mars: 13 Aries – “a bomb which failed to explode is now safely concealed”

Black Moon: 20 Aries – “a young girl feeding birds in winter”

Jupiter: 22 Capricorn – “a general accepting defeat gracefully”

Chiron: 10 Aries – “a teacher gives new symbolic forms to traditional images”

Uranus: 11 Taurus – “a woman sprinkling flowers”

Neptune: 21 Pisces – “a little white lamb, a child, and a Chinese servant”

Pluto: 24 Capricorn – “a woman entering a convent”

Eris: 25 Aries – “a double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings”

Part of Fortune: 30 Libra – “three mounds of knowledge on a philosopher’s head”

North Node: 29 Gemini – “the first mockingbird of spring sings from the treetop”

South Node: 29 Sagittarius – “a fat boy mowing the lawn”

Vulcan: 21 Cancer – “a prima donna singing”

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Sunday July 19, 2020

Sunday July 19, 2020

– Balsamic Moon Phase – release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new

– Moon in Cancer

– Sun in Cancer 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 18th – 19th – Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Brew Beer, Get Married

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 18th – 19th – Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most fruitful days for planting root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  28 CANCER: An Indian girl introduces her college boyfriend to the assembled tribe

EARTH:  28 CAPRICORN: A large aviary

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Saturday July 18, 2020

Saturday July 18, 2020

– Balsamic Moon Phase – release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new

– Moon in Cancer

– Sun in Cancer 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 18th – 19th – Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Brew Beer, Get Married

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 18th – 19th – Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most fruitful days for planting root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  27 CANCER: A violent storm in a canyon filled with expensive homes

EARTH:  27 CAPRICORN: A mountain pilgrimage

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Friday July 17, 2020

Friday July 17, 2020

– Balsamic Moon Phase – release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new

– Moon in Gemini

– Moon Void of Course 5:14 PM – 12:48 AM Entering Cancer

– Sun in Cancer 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – July 16-17 –Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth, Harvest, Quit Smoking, Wash Wooden Floors, Buy a Car, Host a Party, Write, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –July 16th – 17th – Poor days for planting, seeds tend to rot in ground.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

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

SUN:  26 CANCER: Guests are reading in the library of luxurious home

EARTH:  26 CAPRICORN: A nature spirit dancing in the mist of a waterfall

Balsamic Phase

During Balsamic, we release anything that we what we do not want or need to carry with us into the impending lunar month.  Cleansing waters of consciousness flood the field with breaking waves to refresh and renew.

The veils between the worlds are thinnest during Balsamic Moon phase.  Spirit is breathtakingly close.  It is a beautiful thing if we are able to let go of the controls.  A higher power seeks to untangle us from restrictions so that we can begin anew with the New Moon. 

 

Follow up from last weekend’s post about the Article in Harper’s. I was not the only one to comment on that article. The Left seems to be coming to Jesus about their odd attitudes toward Free Speech. The NYTimes has an oped that I am copying completely – as they so often guard their content:

 

Do Progressives Have a Free Speech Problem?

The illiberal left is a lot less threatening than the right. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Credit…Bryan Denton for The New York Times

An acquaintance came to me a few weeks ago with the rough draft of a letter about free speech and asked me to sign. I declined, in part because it denounced “cancel culture.” As I wrote in an email, the phrase “‘cancel culture,’ while it describes something real, has been rendered sort of useless because it’s so often used by right-wing whiners like Ivanka Trump who think protests against them violate their free speech.”

A little later my acquaintance came back to me with a new version, which didn’t mention “cancel culture.” Like the people who wrote the letter, I think left-wing illiberalism is a problem, though I’ve mostly stopped writing about it since Donald Trump was elected, because it seems like complaining about a bee sting when you have Stage IV cancer.

So I signed. The statement, published in Harper’s Magazine as “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” spawned takes and countertakes, most of them, despite my modest effort, about “cancel culture.”

At first I avoided wading into discourse about what’s now called the Letter. It seemed self-indulgent to write about media angst when the country is self-immolating because of unchecked disease and an economic catastrophe that’s about to get much worse. But as the debate over free speech grew and grew, I started to think I was using the burning world as an excuse to avoid personal discomfort.

From my (privileged) vantage point, several things are happening simultaneously. The mass uprising following the killing of George Floyd has led to a necessary expansion of the boundaries of mainstream speech. Space has been created for daring left-wing ideas, like abolishing the police, that were once marginalized. Cultural institutions are reckoning with the racism that leads to mostly white leadership.

At the same time, a climate of punitive heretic-hunting, a recurrent feature of left-wing politics, has set in, enforced, in some cases, through workplace discipline, including firings. It’s the involvement of human resources departments in compelling adherence with rapidly changing new norms of speech and debate that worries me the most.

In her scathing rejoinder to the Letter in The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis wrote, “Facing widespread criticism on Twitter, undergoing an internal workplace review, or having one’s book panned does not, in fact, erode one’s constitutional rights or endanger a liberal society.”

This sentence brought me up short; one of these things is not like the others. Anyone venturing ideas in public should be prepared to endure negative reviews and pushback on social media. Internal workplace reviews are something else. If people fear for their livelihoods for relatively minor ideological transgressions, it may not violate the Constitution — the workplace is not the state — but it does create a climate of self-censorship and grudging conformity.

One of the more egregious recent examples of left-wing illiberalism is the firing of David Shor, a data analyst at the progressive consulting firm Civis Analytics. Amid the protests over Floyd’s killing, Shor was called out online for tweeting about work by Omar Wasow, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton, that shows a link between violent protest in the 1960s and Richard Nixon’s vote share.

It should be said that many people on the left, including some who are often dismissive of the idea of left-wing illiberalism, condemned Shor’s firing. Surely one reason this episode has been invoked so often is that there aren’t many comparable examples of such obvious social justice overreach.

Still, there’s no question that many people feel intimidated. John McWhorter, an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia who signed the Harper’s Letter, told me that in recent days he’s heard from over 100 graduate students and professors, most of them left of center, who fear for their professional prospects if they get on the wrong side of left-wing opinion.

Some on the left have argued, fairly, that those worried about people losing their jobs for running afoul of progressive orthodoxies should do more to strengthen labor protections, since all sorts of employees are vulnerable to capricious termination.

In a much-discussed essay on what he called “reactionary liberalism,” The New Republic’s Osita Nwanevu wrote, “In practice, workers of all stripes often lack the means and opportunity to defend themselves from unjust firings⁠ — all the more reason for those preoccupied with ‘cancel culture’ and social media-driven dismissals to support just-cause provisions and an end to at-will employment.”

This is true; as Zaid Jilani wrote recently, “If it were harder for employers to fire people for frivolous reasons, Americans would have less reason to fear that expressing their views might cost them their livelihoods.” But it seems strange to me to argue that in the absence of better labor law, the left is justified in taking advantage of precarity to punish people for political disagreements.

None of this is an argument for a totally laissez-faire approach to speech; some ideas should be stigmatized.

I recently spoke to Wasow about the reaction to Shor tweeting his paper. “Much of what we call ‘cancel culture’ is just culture,” he said. “Culture has boundaries. Every community has boundaries. Those boundaries are always shifting. In the age of the internet, they move faster, and therefore where those boundaries are is less clear and less stable, and it makes it easier for people to cross those lines.”

But it’s a problem when the range of proscribed speech is so wide that the rules are hard to even explain to those not steeped in left-wing mores.

Writing in the 1990s, at a time when feminists like Catharine MacKinnon sought to curtail free speech in the name of equality, the great left-libertarian Ellen Willis described how progressive movements sow the seeds of their own destruction when they become censorious. It’s impossible, Willis wrote, “to censor the speech of the dominant without stifling debate among all social groups and reinforcing orthodoxy within left movements. Under such conditions a movement can neither integrate new ideas nor build support based on genuine transformations of consciousness rather than guilt or fear of ostracism.”

It’s not always easy to draw a clear line between what Willis described as “reinforcing orthodoxy” and agitating to make language and society more democratic and inclusive. As Nicholas Grossman pointed out in Arc Digital, most signatories to the Letter probably agree that it’s a good thing that the casual use of racist and homophobic slurs are no longer socially acceptable. “But those changes came about through private sanction, social pressure and cultural change, driven by activists and younger generations,” he wrote.

Willis reminds us that when these changes were happening, the right denounced them as violations of free expression. Of the conservative campaign against political correctness in the 1990s, she wrote, “Predictably, their valid critique of left authoritarianism has segued all too smoothly into a campaign of moral intimidation,” one “aimed at demonizing egalitarian ideas, per se, as repressive.”

The same is happening today; the president throws tantrums about “cancel culture” while regularly trying to use the power of the state to quash speech he dislikes. Because Trump poisons everything he touches, his movement’s hypocritical embrace of the mantle of free speech threatens to devalue it, turning it into the rhetorical equivalent of “All Lives Matter.”

But to let this occur is to surrender what has historically been a sacred left-wing value. One reason many on the right want to be seen as free speech defenders is that they understand that the power to break taboos can be even more potent than the power to create them. Even sympathetic people will come to resent a left that refuses to make distinctions between deliberate slurs, awkward mistakes and legitimate disagreements. Cowing people is not the same as converting them.

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Michelle Goldberg has been an Opinion columnist since 2017. She is the author of several books about politics, religion and women’s rights, and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018 for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues. @michelleinbklyn