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The Astrology of May – A Retrograde Season to Remember
Category: Astrology
Tags: Alternative Science Astrology Consciousness Empowerment Nature of Reality

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Henry Seltzer – The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. This is a complex month when inner planet retrogrades bring a sense of confusion and potential upset, switching gears, and when all three outer planets are once again very much in evidence, signaling transformation. Mercury is in its retrograde for the entire month, and then some, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account.

Mercury stations direct on Sunday, May 22nd, one day after a dramatic Full Moon that is closely conjunct retrograde Mars, so that this is one particularly strong weekend of the entire Mercury Retrograde period. Mercury finally escapes its retrograde shadow next month, on June 7th.

It is also fascinating to note that when the New Moon comes along, on Friday, May 6th, the Sun and Moon make a grand trine in Earth signs with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing the volatile forming square between Jupiter and Saturn fully into the picture, and Uranus-Pluto as well. This grand trine is formed once again when Mercury stations two weeks later, at 14 degrees of Taurus.

Jupiter in mid-Virgo stations this month also, and remains all month in close contra-parallel with Neptune in Pisces, opposite Jupiter. With all the outer planets triggered in this way, what we have is another rather intense monthly cycle, with plenty of introspective moments and with other-dimensional intimations that nudge us into the personal evolution that our higher selves have apparently long ago signed up for.

Venus is the personal planet that pairs with Mars, as in female — male energies, and as exemplified also by the fact that they rule the opposite signs of Libra and Aries, Taurus and Scorpio. For almost the entire month of May, Venus is in Taurus, the sign she rules, and is therefore quite strong, especially at the time of the May 6th Taurus New Moon when she also makes an inconjunct aspect to retrograde Mars, now running backward through the sign of Sagittarius.

 

Venus makes another contact with retrograde Mercury in Taurus, a conjunction, on Friday, May 13th, in the exact timing also of the First Quarter Moon. These interesting combinations with retrograde personal planets signify an emphasis on areas that Venus rules: art, beauty, earth magic, connecting with others around us and especially with important partners. These subjects are therefore on our minds and in our hearts for most of the month, when we will be looking beneath the covers of our artistic and our relationship dynamics for the underlying motivation.

With Jupiter and Saturn coming into the third and final pass of their perfect square alignment, this is also an exciting month for their own contrast in archetypal energies. Jupiter stations to direct motion on May 9th, the same morning when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, marking one peak of the retrograde period.

The New Moon of May 6th makes a potent grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, repeated when Mercury stations direct on the 22nd, so that all through the month this dance of the social planets is very much emphasized. Everyone therefore gets a big hit of applied philosophy now, and of social responsibility, recognizing where they might be able to plug themselves in for the purpose of creating a better system.

In the most positive way of seeing this, there is a sense of joy through limitation, as Jupiter enhances the normally depressing character of restrictive Saturn, as well as a sense of healthy grounding imparted to the Jupiter people in the group, those with strong Jupiter in their charts or a Sagittarius emphasis.

Uranus and Pluto remain in square, with no further exact hits, but still only separated by five or six degrees, as they receive an unusual level of emphasis also, throughout the month. Uranus and the new planet, Eris, are close to exactly conjunct, which will perfect next month. Pluto gets a boost as well, from Saturn all month long, and from the New Moon of the 6th, Mercury-Venus on the 13th, and by Mercury’s station to direct motion on the 22nd.

Because Saturn and Pluto continue in their close parallel aspect, existing structures of society are dying and new ones arising to take their place, which is also happening on an individual level. There is inevitability to the sense of revolutionary progress indicated by these further developments of the Uranus-Pluto square, as this intense and pivotal year of our supremely fractious decade continues to unfold.

SF Source Astrograph  May 2016

 

Zero-Point Astrology: The Science of Freedom Tags: Alternative Knowledge Astrology Consciousness Empowerment Esoterica Nature of Reality Transformation

by Kit Walker

Moving beyond planetary influence

Let’s explore further the whole idea of “non-dual” astrology, specifically with the purpose of using astrology to move beyond planetary influence. Perhaps many will say this is not possible, but it is certainly worth considering, especially in these days where everything is up for review.

I hesitate to use this term “non-dual”, because it contains a negation, which is not recognised by the being. If you say “non-dual” to the being, it registers “dual”. But since all words fall short, by their very nature, we have to do our best using language to point towards the unspeakable.

However, i do feel it is an important distinction, as we can get stuck, even in “non-duality”, where there is still a subtle pushing away of duality, which just reinforces duality ever so subtly.

 

Perhaps the term “zero-point astrology” would suffice. Let’s try that one on for size. And let’s imagine the very center of the astrological mandala as the zero-point, or the portal to infinity.  And the idea is, that when we occupy that point, which is really our very center, then the entire astrological configuration resolves itself into a coherent, but unique, whole.

What sparked this inquiry originally for me was noticing that all of the buddhas, or enlightened beings, that i have come across in my life still exhibit the qualities of their astrological birth chart, while at the same time being free of the influences in a karmic way. So enlightenment doesn’t involve the erasing of individuality at all. On the contrary, it is when true individuality emerges. Ego is cheap imitation individuality. It occurred to me that astrology from the “perspective” of oneness still has validity, but in a very different way, and the birth chart is a symbolic representation of our uniqueness.

The science of freedom

After watching the planets daily, for over 40 years now, i have noticed that they work like clockwork. It is amazing to see how precisely the effects come down, even to the minute. In the world of cause and effect, the planets do have a synchronous influence, whether people notice it or not, whether they believe in astrology or not. And it seems to me as well, that those who know the least about it are the most affected. Of course, this is just my observation. I am sure many would swear that the planets have no effect on them whatsoever. But if they have never really studied the science of astrology, then how could they possibly know for sure?

But anyway, the clockwork part is what makes me wonder. Is this some kind of mechanical process going on here, perhaps to keep us locked in time? Is this some kind of repetitive time loop we are stuck in? Apparently so, if we look around us at what is happening these days. Most of what we see playing out in the world is like a bad re-run of Nightmare on Main Street. Or is it Elm Street. Seems like any street has the same nightmare going on.

Also, i notice that those who have no idea that they aren’t free are not bothered by the effects in the same way as those who are waking up to what is going on here. Astrology is the science of freedom. A fenced-in animal that never tries to escape from its pen will not feel, or even notice the fence, like the one who does try to escape.

So we have to be skillful if we want to go beyond the effects of the planets. Basically, we have to go beyond cause and effect altogether. And i believe that astrology can help us in that respect. But also I don’t mean in any way to imply that this will make us immune to the intense transformational energies that are at work these days. But i believe it can help us make the most of them, by bringing ourselves into more positive alignment with the planetary awakening that is going on now.

“The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth was not meant to emphasize fate, the result of past good and evil, but to arouse your will to escape from this universal bondage. What you have done, you can undo. You can overcome whatever effects are now prevalent in your life because you created them by your own actions in the first place, and because you have inner spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.” Paramhansa Yogananda

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Resolving the opposites

One of the first things that strikes me, upon looking at any astrological chart, is that it is made up of 6 pairs of opposites, which, from a dualistic perspective, are seen as pitted against each other, opposing energies.

I have written about the resolution of some of the pairs of opposites already, at the following links:

Virgo/Pisces:

https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/from-neurosis-to-gnosis-resolving-the-virgopisces-polarity/

Leo/Aquarius:

https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/from-selfies-to-self-realization-resolving-the-leoaquarius-polarity/

Cancer/Capricorn:

https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/cancer-capricorn-full-moon-the-art-of-the-hearth-is-to-hear-the-earth/

These oppositions when seen from the place of eternal being, or oneness, are actually continuums, or complementary energies, actually an integral part of each other. As i have said before, you can imagine an infinity symbol overlaid on each pair of oppositions, and the energies feeding into each other, informing each other, really inseparable from each other.

And, i have noticed, that the negative qualities of any particular sign only manifest, when the opposite sign is not included and integrated into the equation, in other words, from a place of separation.

Beyond Balance

Many astrologers talk about the need to “balance” opposites, as if there is some kind of tightrope walking that needs to be done, and the slightest move from balance causes the tightrope walker to fall. But this is still coming from the dualistic paradigm. Almost like the idea that staying in the present moment is like walking a tightrope, between the past and the future, when actually, the present moment is eternal and vast, and the art of remaining in eternity is effortless, and, of course, lasts forever.

This includes too, the idea that to stay in the present, we somehow have to stop the mind. And keeping it stopped is akin to walking that tightrope between past and future, of present “time”. No, we are going beyond all that. The mind is simply outshone by the radiant presence, the Sun at the heart, that IS present. No “time” necessary.

Sadness comes, joy comes,
and everything passes by.
What remains always is the witness.
The witness is beyond all polarities.

—OSHO—

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Libra/Aries

We could think of the sign Libra, for example, speaking of balancing. Now, Libra is about balance, but notice this: Libra is one end of an opposition! So the balance of Libra is only half the picture. The Aries end of things needs to be there for the energy to be complete. And what is Aries? It is standing alone. And it is very here now. You could think of Aries as the fulcrum of the scales, without which balancing would not be possible. So, if one cannot be oneself (Aries) in the here and now, in the primal innocence of the Fool, with the courage of the Warrior, one cannot fully enter into relationship (Libra), not only with another, but with life itself. Obviously! These are not antagonistic states, they are part and parcel of each other.

Only when one can remain with paradox without having “issues”, can one begin to see the trick involved with the oppositions, and that is, that rather than having oppositions balanced, when one remains in the zero point of oneness, the oppositions simply resolve. It is effortless, and the more one can rest in this effortless resolution solution, which is really dissolution, the less one will be pulled off center by opposing polarities.

For example with Aries/Libra, we have war (Aries) and peace (Libra). How does this opposition resolve? We can’t have both, right? Do we really need to “balance” these energies? What does that mean? Does it mean we’ll have an equal amount of war as of peace, just to be “fair”?? Sounds kind of like democracy!

Peaceful Warrior

Well, let’s consider martial arts, then. The objective of any martial art is to avoid conflict. Conflict is the last resort. But in order to do that, martial artists practice to be ready to defend (Aries) the peace and harmony (Libra). As in the Art (Libra) of War (Aries), we must be embodying our own strength and independence (Aries) in order to truly meet another (Libra). And in the presence of our essential strength, others will see that conflict with us is simply not possible, because we are the peace (Libra) that undoes impulsive reactivity (Aries). So we become a peaceful warrior.

For the mind, this can be a problem, because mind cannot resist going to one side or the other, but to the being, it is natural to contain both sides effortlessly. Essence, eternal Being, has different qualities, including Strength (Aries) and Peace (Libra), which are not in any kind of antagonistic relationship with each other. When one’s essential nature is free and available, then the necessary qualities will arise, depending on what the situation requires in the moment. We can be strong, standing in our center (Aries), and totally at peace (Libra) at the same time. Of course ! It is actually completely obvious.

The Self is love

Or, we could say Libra is love, Aries is self, so both together is self-love. And self-love is the only way to truly be in relationship, as we cannot truly love another if we do not love ourselves, not in any kind of reflexive way, but simply by being Love. The Self IS love.

So we can imagine ourselves at the very center of the wheel, where the energies unify and belong to each other. Like if we sit at the middle of a merry-go-round, there will be no centrifugal force to pull us out towards the circumference. This sitting in the center is, simply, stopping. Just stop.

“Stop moving and there will be no world.” —Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

When we rest as this zero point at the center we see that all that arises is simply light, conscious, without binding force, and that we are actually the Source of the light of the world.

So the key to going beyond astrological influence is simply to remain at the zero point. Easy! Well, yes, and no. Easy when you know how, as they say, but when you don’t, it is almost impossible. Not because it is difficult, but because it is SO close to home that we never even notice it. In fact, it cannot be “noticed”, because it is what/who is “doing” the “noticing”.

From camera to projector

When one graduates to zero point living, one’s astrology undergoes a fundamental change. One’s chart then becomes one’s unique pattern, a coherent whole that projects one’s world, much like the film in a movie projector. The key is that the source of light is inside, rather than outside. So our unique pattern informs the creation of the reality we experience. And, because the film in the projector is what is in the mind, we have the power to change the projection that results on the screen.

The dualistic way sees the source of light as outside us, much as in the case of a camera. Then the astrological pattern becomes an imprint upon our freedom, a limitation, and a kind of daily struggle of reconciliation of various energies imposed from the outside, and finding myriad ways to pull us out of center. The ego is more like the camera, with its narrow focus shutter, always at the affect of the light coming from outside, and the pattern of the world is imprinted on the film of the mind. And, if we remember our grade school experiments from making a simple pinhole camera, the image in the camera is always imprinted upside down and backwards. hmmmm.

The Moon

“Everything living on Earth, people, animals, plants, is food for the moon…. All movements, actions, and manifestations of people, animals, and plants depend upon the moon and are controlled by the moon…. The mechanical part of our life depends upon the moon, is subject to the moon. If we develop in ourselves consciousness and will, and subject our mechanical life and all our mechanical manifestations to them, we shall escape the power of the moon.”

– G.I. Gurdjieff

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The moon is an important player in astrology for many reasons in the process of changing the fundamental position of power from “outside” to Source. This enigmatic planetary body is worth studying because we can find the key there to “making the switch”, so to speak.

In “traditional” astrology, the moon represents the conditioned body, the conditional states, the moods, the emotional changes that one goes through on a daily basis. The moon rules Cancer, and the opposite sign is Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. I feel that we have to look carefully at the moon’s relationship with Saturn, to understand how the conditioning is passed down to us, hour by hour, day by day, month by month.

My feeling is that the moon’s true relationship is with the Sun, but that she has been abducted, so to speak, by Saturn, and the dualistic opposition of Capricorn/Cancer. Some say she is an artificial body, introduced to create a distortion in the energy field of the earth, while others, like the Gnostics, (at least in the Gnostic scholar John Lash’s version of Gnosticism) say that the only planets that were really meant to be here were the earth, the moon, and the sun.

We can stay open, without deciding one way or the other whether the moon is a natural body or not, and just observe the influence of the moon in our daily life. Perhaps then we can come to more clarity about its purpose and effect in our lives. Because whether we like it or not, it is there.

Lunacy

“There is a monumental presence of manipulation and control that dwarfs all other forms of parasitic interference that plague this planet, a presence that disturbs and disorganises the Source Intelligence encoded into the light of the Sun, disarranging our symbiosis with it, occluding it’s ability to nurture and advance our evolution. The synthetic satellite is the grand deceiver in the sky. “ Juliet J. Carter, referring to the Moon

Lunacy is a term referring to a kind of mental/emotional imbalance, or illness, and of course, this word is derived from the word “luna” which means moon in Spanish. And a “lunatic” is, well, a crazy person. Lunacy has been romanticised over the centuries, and the inevitability of the moon’s presence has been rationalised in various ways, but rarely do people question the moon’s origins or purpose. Imagine what it would be like without this constant provocation of reactive dualistic emotionality that we are subjected to daily, and monthly, through the influence of the moon!

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Saturn and the Moon

I recommend this interview from David Icke, from 2011, in which he discusses what he calls the “Saturn-Moon Matrix”, which corroborates this view as well. This relationship of Saturn with the moon could very well be a system of distortion purposely introduced to keep humanity in a semi-comatose state, and unable to wake up to the magnificence of who we really are, in order to enslave us and use our energy.

As Gurdjieff said, humans are food for the moon. David Icke even speculates that some of the 62 moons of Saturn could be inhabited, and that the rings of Saturn could very well contain some kind of broadcasting apparatus. I know, it sounds far-fetched, but many who laughed at David Icke in the past are now having to admit that he was right, about so many things. Perhaps we should remain open and investigate for ourselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppQUCPJWKOg&index=6&list=WL

The Sounds of Saturn

Saturn is a key figure in the whole equation too, because in astrology, it is Saturn that holds the key to the jail cell, as it were. Saturn is the task master, time, karma and ego. He is Satan. He is enforcing the conditioning of society, and the moon is distributing it.

There is a recording of some very strange sounds emanating from Saturn, that were recorded by a spacecraft called Cassini, which really can make you wonder, just what is being broadcast from there. Check these sounds out for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh2-P8hG5-E

and this link is from NASA, describing the intense sounds emanating from Saturn:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia07966.html

It states “Since the frequencies of these emissions are well above the audio frequency range, we have shifted them downward by a factor of 44.” In other words, these sounds are inaudible to the human ear, but nonetheless, this audible version is very grating and uncomfortable. Could these sounds be being broadcast to Earth constantly, in a way that works them into our daily life as a disrupting and disturbing force?

Beyond the frequency fence

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So to go beyond the societal conditioning, the frequency fence, if you will, of Saturn, broadcast into the emotional body through the Moon, we need to do the work of de-conditioning our emotional body, which is the water in which we swim (our body is mostly water), and which is pulled around by the moon every month. Notice also that the ocean tides are pulled by the moon every month, and that the ocean water is salty. Salt is crystal, and ruled in astrology by Saturn.

Cause and Effect

Saturn also rules time, which is directly related to cause and effect, since time is required for an effect to follow a cause. Saturn is also karma, which has been promoted by the religions as an inevitable kind of universal law, where those who do evil get their just rewards. But is this “law” actually borne out in the world? What we see, more often than not, is the exact opposite. Those who commit horrendous crimes, ruining the lives of millions, get away scot free, and good honest souls living simple lives get screwed time and time again. I think we need to question this idea of karma, just like we need to question literally everything in our world. Could the “law of karma” be created in order to keep us separated from our true power? The religions tell us: in their next life they will be punished for their evil deeds done in this one. Oh, ok, well guess i’ll never know for sure, but i’ll take your word for it….

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Could Saturn actually be the home of the “creator God” that the major religions worship? The Gnostics refer to the Demiurge, who is a kind of synthetic substitute for Divinity, whose purpose is more to enslave humans than to free them. Although exactly how the demiurge works is a bit mysterious, it is apparently a synthetic thought form which depends very much on what is fed into it by the collective thought form of the world.

The real “democratic process”

We could look at the whole process of voting in politics (Saturn) as a dim reflection of this much deeper process. The universe is being created by this collective thought form, the demiurge, to which we are constantly, in every moment, adding our “vote”, by what we choose to focus attention on. To me, THIS is the true “democratic process”, and one of much greater responsibility than just ticking a box on a piece of paper once every four years. More about that here:

https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/every-volt-counts-your-attention-is-your-current-see/

and more about the demiurge here:

http://montalk.net/gnosis/171/corruption-of-the-demiurge

The religious scriptures, especially those of the Abrahamic religions, are full of stories and commandments of a punishing kind of God, who promotes fear and retribution, “original sin” and punishment, rather than love and forgiveness. Perhaps this “God” is just Saturn, or Satan.

Creation Software

Here’s what I’m wondering: perhaps this demiurge, since it is really synthetic, is like a software program, actually neutral in and of itself. But it is as if this software program has a virus in it. According to what i got out of the article above, the demiurge is like the “world soul”, a kind of transitional bridge between the Infinite Source, and manifest physical 3D “reality”. It perhaps could be something like the “Creation Software” program which creates this virtual reality construct we are in.

So could this be why so many negative and dark rituals are constantly being created by the controllers, to program this software, or rather distort it like a computer virus distorts the operating system? And could we not, with our collective intent, simply overpower that virus? Since the virus itself is synthetic, it has no creative power. It has to usurp ours. And since there is no way we would agree to such a thing if we understood what is happening, it has to obtain our consent through deception. So the first step is simply to say NO.

Moon as amplifier

When you watch the positions of the planets for a long time, especially in relation to your planets, of your natal chart, you begin to understand how the moon amplifies the energies of all the other planets in the hours when she contacts them, and more often than not, this amplification can have a distorted quality, reinforcing the duality based expression of the signs, and thus bringing out their more negative aspects. The moon seems to reinforce reactive negative emotional states, especially in those humans who never work with themselves.

But whether the effects are “positive” or “negative”, they are always transitory, subject to change, so even the “happy” states are not based in the true ecstatic and eternal nature of Consciousness Itself.

The moon’s cycle is much like the blip on a radar screen, which rotates around, and lights up the objects that are there as it passes over them. Most people are familiar with the energy of a full moon, for example. Full moons can get pretty crazy. Well, ALL the phases of the moon have their own unique qualities, which we can learn to feel by observing them on a regular basis, and noticing how we feel. And when we clear our emotional reactivity, i feel we can begin to receive the light of the Sun, the portal to the realm of Divine Sunlight, and the moon will help us to bring that into our life in an empathetic and nurturing way.

And how the effects of the moon’s transiting of the other planets affects you, depends entirely on how clear your emotional body is from the conditioning of Saturn. As this process proceeds, perhaps the moon changes into more of an ally, as the one who brings the light of the Sun, or enlightenment, to you in a way you can assimilate, and a way that can free you.

And yes, there are many therapies that help in the purification of the emotional body. But at a certain point the Primal Sunlight takes over the job and one just needs to allow it. Not that it is not still very challenging and difficult at times, as any kind of cleansing can be, but it will happen on its own, in its own timing, and we will be able to see the timing of it borne out in astrological cycles.

Moon and Sun

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It could be that the moon’s true relationship is with the Sun, at least that is my feeling. Her relationship with Saturn is what furthers the entire domestication process, which takes away our freedom in order to make us fit into the farm, much like cattle. Saturn is the farmer, and the Moon, which rules the public, is the cattle. Their relationship is almost like an arranged marriage, brought together by the society, the parents, and enforced upon the bride against her will. This is the kind of marriage that is more concerned with property, family bloodlines, inheritances, and social standing, than with love.

Notice this connection too, that Saturn has a 28 year cycle, and the Moon has a 28 day cycle. Coincidence?

But when the Moon is with the Sun, he is the King and she is the Queen, as in the true, alchemical marriage. He is Gold, she is Silver. The metal of Saturn is lead. The alchemical process is all about transforming lead (ego, Saturn) into Gold (the Sun, eternal Radiant Conscious Light). It is the recognition of the Divine in each other.

Let’s also notice, that Uranus rules the sign opposite the Sun’s sign of Leo. Uranus rules Aquarius, and thus those energies of the Leo/Aquarius polarity are inextricably connected. Awakening (Uranus) to the Conscious Light (Sun) is the Philosopher’s Stone, the result of the alchemical marriage of Sun and Moon.

Leo/Aquarius:

https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/from-selfies-to-self-realization-resolving-the-leoaquarius-polarity/

Remembering the Now

So how to break the spell of Saturn? Once again, the solution is always the same, to come to the center point, the zero point, where all oppositions resolve. And that is always only possible in the NOW. So the Cancer/Capricorn polarity resolves into the the primordial (Moon) memory (Saturn) of who we are, HERE NOW. Both Cancer and Capricorn have to do with this kind of memory. It is the practice (Saturn) of remembering (Saturn) to be present, to be here. This kind of memory has nothing to do with the past. In fact, it is a waking up from the dream of the past, much like when we remember in a dream that we are dreaming, and wake up within the dream, into a lucid dream.

This frees the moon into the present, and then, much like when the father (Saturn) who gives away his daughter with his blessing to her beloved, she is free to reflect the light of the Sun with no distortion.

So perhaps we have more say than we think we do, in how the planets work, both for us personally, but also for the world at large. Because the more of us who participate in this process, the more the planets will change from having a binding force, to having a liberating force.

But we must come to grips with this Saturn character. And basically that means saying, as Jesus said to Satan, “get thee behind me! “. In other words, no thank you, not interested, I am not willing to sign your “contract”.

Freedom

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Notice that Uranus, the planet of freedom, is outside the orbit of Saturn. That means that freedom is beyond the world of Saturn, time, society, rules, hierarchies, governments, and ego. And, both astrology and science are ruled by Uranus. Astrology is the science of freedom.

So if we want to be free, in the radical (Uranus) sense, which means to the ROOT (radix means root in Latin), we have to leave Saturn behind us. We must go outside the “law”, (not natural law, but rather the “legal” system of society), and indeed be an “outlaw”. Not a criminal, but simply withdraw our consent to participate at that level, and, as much as we can, move beyond, and stop “contracting” with Saturn (Satan), which is nothing but limitation. I have written about the “nuts and bolts” of how that contraction process happens here:

https://kitwalkermusic.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/the-strawman-is-the-ego-the-parasite-cleanse-begins-at-home/

But Saturn will test us in the process, until we have the integrity (Saturn) to stand firm in the face of his shenanigans. In short, just like in any school (Saturn), at some point we need to graduate. The time comes when we must simply turn our back on Saturn, and his world, and walk away.

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Our memory of the crystalline structures (Saturn) of our extra-dimensional vehicle in the true Matrix (Moon) of Creation is what will allow us to pass through the city walls of the “Patrix” to the outside. Much like the mythological situations where the hero must solve a riddle, before passing through the gates, we must be able to embody the paradox of the resolution of opposites, as all riddles involve a paradoxical component.

But this freedom also means leaving behind the security (Cancer) of society, family, and the state (Saturn). In this video, Alan Watts describes how true renunciates, or monks, have to renounce all dependency upon the state.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtHPUThgdyI

This requires both a tremendous amount of courage, and of faith, as one then surrenders into trusting the optimising force of the whole, and one’s absolutely necessary place in it, rather than trusting the artificial structures of government and society, which always demand your freedom in return for the illusion of security that they offer.

The Three Crosses

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There is a lot more that can be said about this Cancer/Capricorn polarity, but we must turn our attention to other polarities as well. And then after that we must deal with the crosses, or signs that are at 90 degrees to any particular opposition. This is a further stage of resolution, even more challenging to integrate.

We will see that there are 3 crosses, the cardinal, the fixed, and the mutable, and that when we can hold an entire cross by resting at source, then our ability to effect change in this world takes on new meaning, and becomes much more dynamic. The stillness of zero point contains all potential, and the crosses activate this potential, turn it into action, and tangible results.

A brief example would be: with the Aries Libra polarity, the cross is the Cancer Capricorn polarity. We could think of this as stability, like the four legs of a table. So this primal memory of who we are (Cancer Capricorn) that we have just discussed, will inform the polarity of Aries Libra, that art of the peaceful warrior, in a way that will increase our effectiveness exponentially. The crosses have a transformational, evolutionary energy, which becomes a capacity to effect change in the world, as one integrates.

And when this cross is not resolved, Cancer Capricorn issues, family conditioning, and mommy (Cancer) daddy (Capricorn) issues will thwart our relationship process, as well as our autonomy, and bring conflict (Aries) into relationships (Libra).

some interesting material on the crosses here:
http://members.dodo.com.au/~astroqab/three_crosses.htm

The Four Grand Trines

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And then, we will notice, that each of the four signs of the cross, which have the four different elements, will have a grand trine connected to it, the signs of the same element, fire, earth, air, and water, which will all contribute to stabilising the cross in question. And that will constitute all of the signs, in a mandalic force field that only reinforces one’s relaxation into the effortless zero point at the center .

So we can see that, in itself, the astrological mandala can become a very powerful centering tool, when engaged in this way.

Cures

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However, when we look at the planetary pattern of our particular birth chart superimposed upon this mandala, we can see more precisely the imbalances of forces that are tending to bring us out of center, and the more we understand that dynamic, the more we can apply “cures” as in Feng shui, or homeopathy. We can learn to extract the essences of planets and signs that we need to bring our pattern into resolution.

Uranus Pluto square example

Here is an example: the ongoing square of Pluto and Uranus that we have been dealing with for the last 6 years or so. What kind of energies are needed to resolve this square? Well, the square is Aries to Capricorn, which are ruled by Mars and Saturn. Two very hard edged, male, violent and controlling energies, when left to themselves. And the planets, Uranus and Pluto, are also two very male energies, technology (Uranus) and power (Pluto).

We can see the effects of this in the world around us, with the increasingly technological aspect of the war and domination game, in the political (Capricorn) arena, power plays, and the destruction of the planet, with heavy metals, radiation and EMFs (Uranus). The terrorism theater also figures in, meant to amplify fear (Pluto), by using radicalised reactionaries (Uranus) striking (Aries) at unexpected (Uranus) moments.

Feminine energies needed

So the energies we need to resolve this are in the opposite signs of Aries and Capricorn, which are Libra and Cancer. Ruled by Venus and the Moon, these are both very feminine energies. Venus is love and relatedness, beauty and art, and the moon is empathy, caring, consideration, nurturing, once purified of the reactivity distortion from Saturn. We need a strong dose of feminine, soft energy to resolve this destructive, reactive insanity of the Pluto Uranus square.

People need to be much more loving and empathic (Cancer) with each other, and themselves, and to be able to put themselves in the shoes of others, to feel what it would feel like to actually be them. Then we will be able to transform the aggressive Aries energy into the capacity to be a warrior (Aries) for the truth (Uranus) and for justice (Libra). Our empathic soul (Cancer) memory (Capricorn) of our common humanity (Cancer) will give us the strength and integrity (Capricorn and Aries) to stand up for what is right, because we remain empathically connected (Cancer). And we need art (Libra) with teeth, so to speak (Aries), that is, art that awakens and enlivens, rather than art that deadens and desensitises.

Planetary medicine

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We could go on with this, since the information and energy you can extract from each sign and planet are infinite, even though they each have a very specific quality. These symbols are like storehouses of empowered energies, really actually medicine, when understood and applied intelligently. You can start free associating in this way, by contemplating a sign or planet, and evoking its most positive qualities. You will find that the opposites, and the squares, will strengthen even more the vision, if you allow yourself to hold all the supposedly conflicting energies at once.

At the zero point, they all work together.

Astrological practice

Remember, this is a practice. One has to study the planetary movements to really be able to work at this level. You will not escape the influence of the planets just by ignoring them. The more familiar you are with not only your own astrological configuration, but also the current configuration, which is always changing in relation to your chart, the more you will understand the energies and how they work. It’s a bit like taking responsibility for your own health, rather than always just blindly following the advice of a doctor.

I suggest starting by following, with an ephemeris, the movement of the moon every day. And watching for how it feels when the moon contacts both the planets in the here and now, and also the planets in your chart. You will get a visceral, holistic understanding of how the planetary energies feel, and you will see the types of events that arise out of whatever the planetary resonance of the moment is. It is pre-verbal, really, and later you can find words to describe it. As you develop more skill and understanding of the energies, you will be able to call upon the most positive expression of any configuration, and will find that it arises naturally.

The more you can intuit these energies, the more they become available for you to use as medicine. And when a particular configuration occurs, you can see what the energies are that are involved, what the energies are that are needed to resolve it, and how long it will be occurring. In some cases an aspect lasts for just hours, in other cases for many years.

You could think of it as a kind of surfing, since the energies come in waves, and every wave is different. You would need the same kind of presence and skill as a surfer, but on a completely different level. It’s not like there is a one-size-fits-all formula you can apply. Everyone has their own unique dynamic to deal with. It is very much about improvisation, which requires, as in music, an in-depth training. But it is a fascinating study and practice nonetheless.

There must be a better way

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This process is something i am experimenting with, so as of yet, i cannot offer it as anything more than an exploration. Feel free to experiment with it yourself. What i do know is that i am tired of the way the planets tend to affect us here in the world of duality, because more often than not, the effects are not entirely beneficial. And i do feel that the distortion imposed by Saturn (ego) through the Moon (emotional reactivity) is a major cause of so many of the difficulties we face. Because when we do not see the bigger picture, we end up in a confused and bewildered state, unable to make intelligent decisions about how to proceed towards optimal living.

As we blossom into our wholeness, this round of patterning brought down by the planets through the moon has to be freed into a more creative design, with the purpose being to move beyond time, karma, and cause and effect. At that point there are no separate planets, causing any particular effects, but rather the whole pattern is simply arising spontaneously, and uncaused, without any binding effect. Really, more like a work of art or a piece of music than anything. But it is the kind of music only Nature can create. And the current astrological configuration can be assessed as a symbolic depiction of the optimal expression of any particular moment, rather than a deterministic cause of whatever effects we may be experiencing.

Find your place

The more you understand your astrological dynamic as a pattern of wholeness, the more you can understand your part in the puzzle, how your gifts, talents, and purpose fit into the awakening of the new impulse here, the peaceful revolution of true creativity that is now underway.

If you would like a session to look at your astrology in this way, please contact me.

 

The Death and Resurrection of Music
Category: BEYOND ILLUSION
Tags: Alternative Knowledge Art and Music Astrology Consciousness

by Kit Walker InfiniteGenius

The music business is dead. There, i said it.

Please bear with me, once again, while i question everything. It is rapidly becoming obvious, at least to me, that nothing, and i mean nothing, is as it seems. Especially what is promoted by the “system circus”, the 3 ring corporate farce that is being constantly pushed on us by the mainstream media and the corporate onslaught of imitation everything. Let’s turn a discriminating eye towards one of the biggest commercial pig-piles of all, the music business.

The End of an Era

 

I have been noticing something in the last couple of months. The passing of David Bowie, combined with the departure of an unusual number of famous musicians, including Glen Frey of the Eagles, members of the Jefferson Airplane, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, Dan Hicks, and several others, left me scratching my head and wondering. Wow, it was like there was an expiration date of some kind of soul contract or something for a bunch of well known musicians, and they were all in their late 60s for the most part. And, many of them got their start in the late 60s. It is becoming very obvious that this is the end of an era.

The Uranus Pluto connection

In the late 60s we had the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. A conjunction is the beginning of a cycle of any pair of planets. This pair, Uranus and Pluto, are the planets of revolution, among many other things. At the conjunction, in the late 60s, many seeds were planted, both positive and negative. These planets are both slow moving, so when they come into aspect with each other, it takes years for the change to come about.

Now, 50 years later, we are at the culmination of the first quarter, 90 degree square of these two planets, a process which has taken the last five years to complete. This square brings to mind The Tower, in the Tarot deck. Pluto is now in Capricorn, which is like the fortified consolidation of the “power over” paradigm. Uranus is in Aries now, at 90 degrees to Pluto. Uranus in Aries is the sudden lightning strike that brings down the tower.

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The first quarter square is where things that were begun at the conjunction either start to find a foundation, or start to break down, if they are not viable. There is no simplistic way to describe the complex ramifications of this square, but we can see that much of the corruption that began in the 60s is now breaking apart, and it would be naive to not include the music business in this exploration, especially in light of the other major square happening now between Saturn (business) and Neptune (music). The music business, as well as the religion (also Neptune) business, is now up for major review.

We also had a birth of new consciousness in the late 60s, with the psychedelics and the music. It was the “peace and love” moment. So now is the time when we have to sort out what was real there, from what wasn’t. It is time to make peace and love REAL. And, in order to accomplish that, we first have to realize how that movement was co-opted to serve the corporate agenda. Whatever happened to “tune in, turn on, drop out”?

The conjunction of Pluto and Uranus brought an explosion of new music, psychedelics, revolutionary sentiment, and a sense that we had to fight the “system”. The lyrics of the songs, although in many cases drug-addled and obscure, had the quality of a new consciousness arising, one of freedom and justice.

But then, progressively over the last 50 years, the music became more and more formulaic, and the lyrics more and more banal, as the parasitic corporate agenda slowly but surely strangled the life out of this revolutionary impulse. And now we are left with nothing but an ego-driven parody of these noble impulses. And most of the hippies cut their hair, got corporate jobs, bought houses, and forgot. What happened??

Pluto and Uranus have now finished the process of the square, after 7 occurrences of it. The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 marked its final pass, where the two planets came very close to exactly 90 degrees, and then right after New Year’s 2016, the Sun passed over Pluto, which intensified this final pass of the square. And what happened in music business news at this point?

David Bowie exited, stage left. David Bowie was a Capricorn, with Sun conjunct Mars in Capricorn, and, lo and behold, Pluto, the planet of death (among other things) is conjunct the position in Capricorn of his Mars and Sun. And Uranus (sudden changes) is square that position. So his exit, to me, marks the end of an era, the end of a phase, which represents the hierarchical (Capricorn) model of power. The lightning of awakening (Uranus) has struck the “Tower of Power”, and it is falling.

And is it a coincidence that one of the musicians who passed was Mic Gillette, one of the founding members of the band “Tower of Power”?

So, it was David Bowie’s birthday, death day, AND the release of his last album, Blackstar. So close together, that one wonders, what are the chances of all that happening at once?? Coincidence?

It really made me wonder. How about you?

A Houdini-like disappearing act

Consider this for a moment, from Julian Temple, a film and music video director who was active at the beginning of the punk movement in England. If we consider that the punk movement might well have been yet another experiment in social engineering, things begin to make more sense. Here he is talking about David Bowie.

“When I knew him well in the 1980s – we worked together on Absolute Beginners among other projects – David talked often about his compelling need to engineer an elegant exit mechanism from the circus of pop stardom and fame. A Houdini-like disappearing act. A velvet parachute floating down and away from the public eye. He was obsessive about it even then and it is beyond extraordinary that he has now managed to pull it off with such breathtaking ingenuity and precision. A Garboesque process that began with him invisibly evading the rabid buzz-hounds of the Twittersphere has ended with what seems like a magnesium flash, a sudden trick of the light and a triumphant vanishing act.”

Seems to me, he pulled it off. Especially in light of the report that he was cremated privately soon after his death. Even his family was not present at the cremation. Hmmmm…. Houdini. An illusionist.

Inquiring minds want to know: what kind of ambition would move someone to spend the last 18 months of their life working feverishly on making one last hit record? Not to mention a theater production, as well. Is that how you would spend your last days alive? Yes, in one way it’s amazing, but it also makes me wonder. Yes, this guy was a serious Capricorn. With Saturn conjunct the moon in Leo. Saturn all the way. The goat, who climbs to the top of the mountain, step by step.

There’s a lot more to say about Blackstar, but what strikes me is that something has changed in the music business since then. Or perhaps that it marks some kind of transition to something new and different. Since then i am seeing more and more articles where people are questioning it all more.

Going downhill fast

Does Today’s Pop Music suck?
http://acculturated.com/does-todays-pop-music-suck/

Also,  a statistic that says more old music is selling now, than new music, for the first time in history.
http://www.chartattack.com/news/2016/01/20/old-music-is-outselling-new-music-for-the-first-time-in-history/

Some of us have been investing some hope in the Bitcoin/blockchain model as the new way for the music business, but that is beginning to look like a pipe dream too:

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/01/19/bitcoin-has-totally-failed-says-a-top-bitcoin-engineer/?utm_content=buffer80aa8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Let’s not kid ourselves any more. The sooner we come to grips with what actually IS, the sooner we can move towards solutions. But if we, as musicians, just keep our heads in the sand, trying to recreate the past days of glory, or whatever it was that happened, we’re just going to go down. Humans have managed to pollute everything on the planet, INCLUDING MUSIC.

Look at this:
http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/global-music-piracy-downloads-grew-by-almost-a-fifth-in-2015

Piracy of music is rising, and the quality of music is plummeting. You get what you pay for. You don’t want to pay anything? OK, you will get something that is worth nothing. But, apparently, you don’t care, because you really can’t tell the difference between something real and a simulacra.

Are we stuck in the past? Why this tendency to be looking back, trying to relive the old way, the old music? What was so appealing about it? Why aren’t we looking forward to what is coming next? Not only in music, but in everything? Is it because there is nothing to look forward to? Is this it? We’re going down?

Sometimes i get the feeling we musicians are all competing for the gig on the deck of the Titanic. Shouldn’t we be manning the lifeboats right about now?

So I started to see the trajectory of music since the time recorded music began.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sound_recording

Basically it seems to pretty much parallel the development of electricity generating and delivery to homes. Both began around the beginning of the twentieth century, though they didn’t really turn viable until the 20s or 30s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_electric_power_transmission

It is interesting to note, further, that the Federal Reserve, and the fraudulent banking industry as we know it, has a similar trajectory. And it is becoming more and more apparent, with each passing day, that the days of the Federal Reserve are also numbered.

So i began to see the entire trajectory of recorded, and thus commercial music, almost as a kind of bell curve, which peaked around the 70s or 80s, and now is on its way down.

Free Music

And also, more and more, we are now seeing people come up with ways to generate electricity from uncontrollable sources. Free energy technology is arriving. Could it be time for free music? No, not just music you don’t have to pay for, but truly liberated music. Free of the commercial paradigm altogether?

We’re talking music as the UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE here ! This is not some small thing that we can squeeze into some cheesy pop music ! Let’s wake up out of this nightmare, and restore music to its real dignity and standing.

Those were the days

There now seems to be this prevalence of looking back to the past, the great masters from this time period, the big stars. We have reunion tours, and homages to this master and that, and everyone making albums with cover versions of some of the more famous songs and compositions from this time period. I see a lot of musicians reminiscing about how great it was. Those were the days. We miss that time, when we had that evolutionary impulse to wake up and be real. Why didn’t we have the strength of spirit to sustain it?

But I am wondering in the midst of all that.. NOW WHAT?? If we look towards the future, and the future of music, can we see anything? Where are we going? What happens next? Is there a future for music, or for that matter, anything at all?

This is a very short period of time, compared with the entire history of music. It’s about a hundred years. And it coincides with the rise, and now the fall, of “modern civilization”. And really, it mirrors the civilization in so many ways.

Bowie’s Blackstar

To me, Blackstar is a statement about the death of the music business, even if that was not its intent. And perhaps, there is an unintended message there as well, about the resurrection of music. Now, i agree that it is very artistically done, and the musicianship on the song is top quality. I like that Bowie chose some of the best jazz and fusion players from New York to work with him on it.

But aside from the artistic value, I found myself wondering, just exactly WHAT is he trying to say with this video? But rather than get too intellectual about it, i was left dealing with how it made me feel. And I have to admit, it did not leave me feeling good, not that it was supposed to. To me it is like a nightmare. Something i never want to watch again. And it struck me about how it is like so much of what the music industry has been releasing lately, a dark message, with really an overlay of hopelessness. Are we just crucified scarecrows who are eaten by the moon when we die? Maybe that’s what it has been up to now, but not a very encouraging message to send to the world, especially as your parting shot.

What is death ?

Is this a depiction of what death is supposed to be like? And, like one friend said, well, death IS dark.

So then i was left wondering again: IS death dark? what is it? Does anyone really know what happens on the other side? Yes, we hear stories from near death experiences, but does that mean that what happens to us will be the same? It’s certainly not the same experience for everyone on this side of the curtain, not even close, so why would we expect anything different on the other side?

But perhaps even death ain’t what it used to be. EVERYTHING has changed, and is changing SO much, why would we assume that death is not included in all of this change?

To me, death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite, it is eternal. Death is the opposite of birth. It is a transition. If you think of where we are now as a room, it has two doors. One is the “In” door, that is birth, and one is the “Out” door. That is death.

But just like any room, once you go out the door, you could go ANYWHERE. It might very well be a bright sunny day on the other side. Is anyone really sure? And also, wouldn’t it be different for each being, just like life on this side is? And are you sure that you wouldn’t have any choice about where you are going to go after you go through that door? Admit it, you really don’t know.

Why would things on the other side be any different than they are here? Here there is a myriad of realities available, of all qualities, from sublime to hellish. Why would it be any different on the other side?

And if you are established in and as the Divine Reality, why would that not continue on the other side?

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So why does the entertainment industry insist on reinforcing the idea that death is like a hell? And life as well, for that matter…? Look at all the “entertainment” that comes out of Hollywood. Most of the films and music videos portray some dark and twisted themes, with lots of guns, conflict, violence, and death. Why?? These kinds of questions open up some serious cans of worms, about just what is really going on here in this earth realm.

And, furthermore, lately since Bowie’s passing, he has become like a god. Like somehow he held the secrets of the universe. People even say he went to “heaven”, because he said that in the Lazarus song. Where’s heaven? Do we REALLY still believe in heaven and hell? How is that different from conventional religion? Is heaven a good place to go, even?

Through his life, Bowie went through many transitions and transformations, from being heavily influenced by the occult and Alastair Crowley, to being deeply into Buddhism. I have even read that at one point he was seriously considering becoming a Buddhist monk, but at the last moment decided not to.

He was clearly a complex and multi faceted man and artist, and it is really hard to say anything definitive about him one way or another, without knowing him personally. But clearly his departure marks the end of an era.

Where’s my constellation?

And now he’s the “Starman”. He even has a constellation named after him. Yes, it’s a nice thought and everything, but how does something like this happen ? Who decides how constellations are named, anyway? Then i wonder, where’s Beethoven’s constellation? What about Mozart’s? He died at 35 years old, penniless. How can some musicians be multi millionaires, and others totally impoverished?

How about a constellation named after Jaco Pastorius, the “world’s greatest bass player”? Or how about Paco de Lucia? He died this year too… Why aren’t we worshipping him? Clearly one of the most brilliant guitarists who ever lived. Don’t you think he deserves a constellation?

Towards a new way of art

So here is the big question for me. Some people say that great art reflects the times, and that art like Bowie’s reflects the fragmentation of our society. It helps us see that more clearly, i guess, but wait, don’t we already know how fragmented everything is?? Do we need any more reminders of that? How about some art that reflects the innate wholeness and connectedness of all life? How does that sound for a change?

But that means the artists will have to be whole, awake, present, alive, sane, and enlightened. Oh well, never mind then. We’re too busy playing music, and trying to produce yet another hit record, to waste time on “spiritual stuff”.

Do we really need more music? Do we need more stuff? Do we need more “busy-ness”? Isn’t consumerism consuming us? Perhaps it is time to just STOP, and reboot. Seems to me all our busy-ness is just making one big mess here.

Now What?

What’s next for music and the arts? Well, seems like wholeness is the only real choice. Not only for the arts, but for everything. Because otherwise we are all toast. But the arts can also lead the way. However, that is contingent on the artists and musicians WAKING UP. Which means stop being obsessed with the dying hierarchical music biz model, and getting here and now.

I submit that many of the really big music stars are people who were ready to sell themselves for fame at the drop of a hat. And what is fame? People’s attention. Perhaps this is the way the Parasite eats the attention, and thus the conscious energy of people, through “celebrities” like this. The classic Faustian deal. Let’s not be naive about the methods of society’s soul cancer parasite. It always finds a way, until you really see its strategy.  And the way it infects people is through EGO, the belief in separate self.

So please tell me, how is this different from religion? Notice that, at the same time as the rock and roll era was beginning in the late 60s, religion began to fall apart. The famous Time magazine issue that said “Is God Dead?” on the cover was in, you guessed it, 1966. The Uranus Pluto conjunction.

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So religion was replaced with rock and roll. Same process, different clothes. And who but a chameleon like David Bowie to better represent this change of clothes?

And even the word “fan” comes from the word “fanatic”. What do we associate that word with? Religion. Religious fanatic. Hmmmm…..

The pyramid scheme is over

So to get back to the subject matter, we are witnessing the demise of the hierarchical top-down  pyramid scheme model on such a grand scale right now, that all of its aspects are up for review. And none of it is working any more. Really, none of it. We may not be noticing it yet, similar to when the root of a tree is cut, at first the leaves are still green. But slowly but surely they start to turn brown, and it begins to become obvious that the tree is dead.

So if we look at the whole phenomenon of popular music, fueled by commerce, we can see the hierarchical model very clearly in operation.

The whole phenomenon of “big stars”, with larger than life presentations, is part of this hierarchical model. The big star is up on the stage. He’s the one with the talent, and the light show must mean that he has something important to say, so we should listen very carefully. Because if he can play such amazing music, and have so much money backing him, then he must know something i don’t know.

How is this different from politics? And where did the money that catapulted some of these people to stardom come from? Clearly, the publicity machine of the corporate controllers has gotten behind some of these stars and made them into a “phenomenon”. Their popularity is not always about talent. Sometimes they happen to be talented too, even very talented, but that is not always the case. Very often, these stars are “created”. Can we tell the difference between being created and being creative?

And as Socrates said, just because artists have inspiration and genius, doesn’t mean they have wisdom.

Beyond Beyoncé

And the women, for the most part, what happened? Nowadays, it seems like it is more important to be a young sexy babe, to dress provocatively, and to sing in a kind of pseudo-soul style that feels like a caricature of the real thing, rather than to actually be a real musician, with something real to say. Where are the Nina Simones, the Elis Reginas, the Mercedes Sosas? You know, the courageous ones, who are not afraid to speak the truth. Where are the women who cut through all the superficial narcissistic fascist fashion BS and sing about what really matters? Where are the ones who plumb the depths of their being to come up with something raw, honest, and original? Of course many of these “stars” like Beyoncé have talent, but talented people are a dime a dozen these days. There’s a virtuoso on every street corner, playing for tips.

Music is not Football… or is it?

Has music become a competitive sport? I have been wondering about this a lot lately, as so many musicians try to outdo everyone else, being the baddest, most mindblowing, sexiest, funkiest virtuoso ever. But isn’t it more that each of us has a unique expression? At least that is how i have always seen it. This is not a place for competition. Yes, we can be inspired to do our best by others, but music somehow loses its delicacy and beauty when it becomes a platform for competitive ego expression.

But well, maybe i’m wrong. After seeing the half time performance of the 2016 Super Bowl by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, sure enough. i could see the evidence right there. Music has become football. 

And Beyonce’s song, released right at the same time, “Formation”. Here it is, with the lyrics: http://www.justjared.com/2016/02/06/beyonce-formation-full-video-lyrics-watch-now/

Maybe I am missing the point, because “critics” are hailing this as a great empowerment for black people. As far as I can tell, this lyric just equates power with money and sex, which is exactly what you would expect from someone the toxic corporate music industry had placed on the throne. And of course, millions of young women will be emulating this kind of “music” and “power”. Oh well…

Support the independent trail blazers

Just to be clear, of course i realize that there are many truly amazing talents in the music world, who are a true joy to hear and see. What i am objecting to here is the corporate co-opting of the arts and music, to use it as a tool to further its agenda. For me, the artists who manage to keep their artistic integrity without catering to manufactured fads and fashions are to be truly honored, as it is challenging territory indeed to navigate.

The only way left for real musicians these days is the independent route. It is a long and winding road, which requires improvisational skills on all levels. It is not for the faint of heart. These people are true lions, courageous souls who will do whatever it takes, go wherever they need to go, to keep practicing the art. Let’s develop the ability to recognize and support these music warriors. Just like we would support local growers of organic food, doing whatever it takes to make sure that healthy food survives, in this onslaught of fake everything, let’s acknowledge and support those who keep the vision and the art alive no matter how intense the obstacle course gets. You will find almost all of them online, and you will find many ways to support them there as well.

Taking the 60s spirit to the next level

And also in no way do i mean to belittle the contributions that all of the musicians, including David Bowie, who came up during the sixties, have made. That was a seed moment, an initiation. Everything came out, rough, unformed, and wild. It was the chaotic springing up of something new, with all its pluses and minuses. But now is our opportunity to reevaluate all that, and build something more grounded in the Real, something even more true. This is the moment of turning a corner (the first quarter square of Pluto and Uranus), and taking it to the next level.

And now with all the social engineering of the 20th century coming to light, we can see how popular music has been used to push society in ways that the controllers want. It is time to sort wheat from chaff (Jupiter conjunct North Node in Virgo), and remove the virus from the process, by understanding how it works.

No Individuality Allowed

They want us to be the disempowered audience, down there in the crowd, looking up to the special one who has the connection to the creative source, that we don’t have ourselves. Just like religion. And then they want to confuse our minds with messages, through the lyrics, that contain just enough truth to keep us paying attention, but not enough truth to really liberate us. Again, like religion. And then, at a certain point, these larger than life types are sacrificed. Just to let us know, don’t bother to try and become like this, for this will be your fate. Kinda like Jesus, actually…And we just numbly watch the same drama play out, over and over again.

How is the corporate music business different from the “king business”? This idea that there are chosen ones to rule over the rest of us is one big lie. They wear these gold and diamond studded crowns, and big fancy hats, and all sorts of badges on their chests, and then we are supposed to believe that they are somehow superior to us. What is a crown, but a cheap imitation of an open crown chakra? What is a diamond but a cheap imitation of the indestructible multi faceted brilliance of enlightened awareness? DON’T FALL FOR IT!! What is going on in this phony distraction theater of entertainment and politics is a simulacra, a false version of the true glory of your own divine kingship, YOUR MAJESTY. Not theirs. The “kings” of this world have no majesty. They sold it out for a flimsy tin substitute. Traded their glory for a fake hat. If you want to know what poverty looks like, take a look at the perverted vampires of the collapsing empire of “power over”, whose crap “glory” comes from eating the suffering of good and honest beings all over the planet.

And then there are the ongoing frequency wars, which are being pushed on us in so many ways, but through the sound of the so-called music it has been getting more and more intense and artificial.

So I look at the David Bowie video, and i see the end of an era. And then a lot of musicians followed him out. Time’s up for the music business.

So now what? What happens with music now?

This beautiful poem by Pablo Neruda shows the way:

“Keeping Quiet” by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

—from Extravagaria (translated by Alastair Reid, pp. 27-29, 1974)

 

 

Music 2.0: The Resurrection

 

So, i have a modest proposal. Music 2.0.

We could look at the entire situation as something like a virus in the operating system that distorts the output. It’s time for a reboot of music. So i have some proposals to submit for your consideration.

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

The first step, for musicians, if you want to be part of Music 2.0, and if you have been “professional” for a long time: simply STOP. Be silent.

Keep still.

This is the real revolution, literally. It is a 180 degree turn. Remove yourself from the corporate commercial paradigm. And yes, i agree, easier said than done. Really, at this point, it is almost impossible. But at least we can take the first step and understand clearly how it works. And really, we are all being forced into it. Just like society, there are the few mega-rich superstars, and the rest of the musicians, just barely making it.

By the way, this might be good advice for EVERYONE at this moment, not just musicians. We are all doing WAY too much, most of which just doesn’t need to be done, and we are ruining our planet, just for money. Let’s all take time out, out of time. Beyond time altogether. REBOOT. Rethink, review, regenerate.

When we want to clear the virus from a computer, the first thing we need to do is turn it off. And then we have to erase the disk and reformat it, with an upgraded operating system. So, there is some down time involved. But it is worth it, because the computer will then have new software, and will not be having the old problem any more.

Some suggestions:

Just stop

If you are a musician who plays music constantly, even compulsively, just STOP, for a certain amount of time. “Count to twelve”. for 12 hours, 12 days, 12 weeks, or 12 months. Try it, and see what happens.

I mean, we’re not making money anyway, (are we??) so maybe now is the perfect time to just STOP. Be silent. Explore the inner music. Practice the silence. Understand and embody the vibrational source of all creation. Take the study of music to the next level. And then afterwards you come out of the silence like a butterfly from a cocoon, a new being entirely, with a new relationship to music.

What we have done with music up to now is just the kindergarten level to what is possible, that is my feeling. But in order to graduate beyond kindergarten, we have to leave the ego game behind. Without that necessary step, we are going to just become more and more mired in banality.

You could even think of it as being on strike. Even though it may not apparently make any difference in the “music biz” world around you, trust that it will have an invisible effect. And it may just improve the quality of your music, and your life.

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Standstill: I Ching

In the I Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, hexagram 12, Standstill, points to a time when “heaven and earth do not unite”. Clearly these times we are in are a time of standstill, or as another translation calls it, Divorcement. And notice what the “superior man” does in these times.

Wilhelm/Baynes translation: Heaven and earth do not unite: the image of Standstill. Thus the superior man falls back upon his inner worth in order to escape the difficulties. He does not permit himself to be honored with revenue.

Blofeld translation: This hexagram symbolizes heaven and earth cut off from each other. To conserve his stock of virtue, the Superior Man withdraws into himself and thus escapes from the evil influences around him. He declines all temptations of honor and riches.

Listen = Silent

Spend as much time as you do practicing or playing, just being in silence. And learn to LISTEN again. Cultivate the silence part. It is NOT NOTHING. It is the foundation for all music. More about that here. Become a “keeper of frequency “, or resonance.

To practice music without practicing silence is like a bird with one wing trying to fly.

Do the sadhana

If you work primarily with electronic music, choose an instrument, one that you love the sound of, one with real strings, or a wind instrument, or percussion, something acoustic, and master it. Spend time learning how to actually play an instrument. Electronic instruments or keyboards don’t count. It has to actually be something acoustic, because one of the most important elements of music, which is being lost with electronics, is the art of tone creation. To be able to create consistently good tone on an acoustic instrument, that actually vibrates, requires a yogic approach to the instrument that can be likened to learning a martial art. Touch, breathing, presence, are all key elements. More about that here: Chi Touch

In the Quadrivium, which was part of the ancient Greek educational system, music was one of the required subjects, like mathematics and astronomy. In other words, it was a life skill that was essential to the development of the human being, not some useless and valueless “entertainment” on the side, to divert and distract you from “real life”. It was all part of becoming a human being of “sound” mind and body. Notice, that in English, the word “sound” is also used to refer to something that is healthy and whole.

In India, there is still the tradition of one’s music master being a guru, and the course of learning music is a spiritual process that one undergoes, a sadhana, or spiritual practice, with complete sincerity. Sadly, it appears that even in India the commercial virus has infected the music so much that the musical guru/disciple relationship is dying too. In the west it is all but gone.

Live with Nature

Music 2.0 has nothing to do with the city. Understand that in the city, there are way too many straight lines. There is way too much concrete, machinery and noise. Why is it most musicians choose to live in the city? With nothing but the city as our input, what comes out is bound to reflect the distorted mechanical noise that pervades most city environments. And why does music always get relegated to bars and places where people drink alcohol and go to be distracted (i.e. entertained)?

If you are still pro-alcohol, and don’t understand what happens to you when you drink, or even when you play music in the context of alcohol, maybe this article will help you understand that this is not the optimal context for music, and certainly doesn’t help anyone be a better musician, or human being. In fact, you may just be poisoning others vibrationally.

http://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/the-mystery-of-the-golden-blossom/905-the-demon-algol.html

And, in the city, we have our little studios in whatever little room without windows, where we spend hours and hours staring into a computer. Yes, of course there are the classical concert halls, and various other more artistically oriented concert situations, but it seems that the vast majority of musicians work in the entertainment paradigm, in order to “make a living”.

But we have already explored how commerce kills the soul of everything. So why would it not do the same with music?

Nature is Music

Music is much more related to nature. Nature is in perpetual motion, endlessly creative. All the proportions of sacred geometry are perfect in nature. You won’t find a better artist or teacher than nature herself. And it is infinite variety. Just watch a field of grass blowing in the breeze. It never repeats itself. Just being in nature in contemplation brings so much unquantifiable information into and through you, all of which opens the creative possibilities in mysterious and wonderful ways.

And the sounds in nature, from the wind in the trees to the sound of the ocean, running water, birds and animals. This is a whole other level of music. What a joy to hear ! Always different, always alive. Don’t underestimate the effect that spending this kind of “quality time” in nature will have on your music. It is priceless.

And this doesn’t mean that music has to be all “new-age”. Nature has MANY different colors and qualities. Every day is something different. Sometimes nature is very intense, and violent even. But what is NEVER there in nature is ego.

From corporation to cooperation

How can we support each other to move beyond this toxic paradigm?  Success of the few built upon the failure of the many. For every rock star there are thousands of musicians who are struggling to make ends meet, living in substandard conditions, and gambling in the casino of “success” with the deck stacked against them. Like the lottery, a lot of hopefuls, fueling the big winner. How is this different from the whole 1%/99% paradigm going on, where 62 people have more than half the wealth of the world?

The logical outcome of this trend is that one guy will have ALL the money, and he will be sitting there, alone, in a world where everyone else is dead, and the planet is completely destroyed. Where and when do we draw the line??

So in looking for solutions, i suggest changing one’s life to require as little commerce as possible, by arranging your life in a way to be living within your means, however modest, growing one’s own food, or at least buying it locally, thus living in the abundance of having what you need. And living in community, with much more time in nature, and having much of your day left for creativity, in all its forms from remaining in silence, to composing, recording, as well as doing simple grounding work like gardening and so forth. Obviously, we have to learn to cooperate, together. But this will require dropping all the fantasies of glory, and coming all the way down to earth.

 

What is a professional?

I realize that these are ideas that will not appeal to many, especially those of us who are “professional”. This is more for those who have seen the dead end street of “pop culture”, and would like to experiment with a new way, which really could also be a return to an ancient way. I realize that there are many musicians who would probably just laugh at these ideas. Well, clearly they are not for you.

But just notice the word “professional”. it is someone, like a “professor” who professes to do, or be something.

From vocabulary.com: “To profess is to declare something, often insincerely. You can profess something and mean it, but more often the verb ‘profess’ is used when someone lies about their true feelings. “

So then, perhaps a professional is someone who claims to be something they are not.

An “amateur” on the other hand, is someone who does something for the love (ama) of it.

This is the quality we need to restore in the music: LOVE.

Play for love

Let’s play because we love to play. I know we all really DO love to play, that’s why we got involved with music in the first place. But look at all the hoops we have had to jump through to become “commercially viable”, because we recognized that we wanted to dedicate our life fully to music and creativity, which meant doing whatever we could with music to “sell records” and pay the bills.

So take a stand! Play the music that you would play even if you weren’t getting paid. Pay it forward is the new economy, so instead of waiting for the money, be the one to take the first step, take the risk, and play your love. Be more like birds, who just can’t help singing. It’s involuntary, with no thought of an audience. But at the same time, don’t be so willing to play in whatever context for free. We must develop the capacity to say no to situations that compromise our dignity and integrity, and that do not offer some valid exchange of energy and respect for what we offer.

How can we arrange our lives, so we can still do music full time, with all our heart and soul, AND follow exactly our own creative bent? This is the “64 thousand dollar question” these days for artists of all types, and everyone else, really. The economic upheaval, and the recognition that most jobs are not really necessary and just cause more suffering and environmental degradation, is all pointing toward the need for a radically different direction.

Just like with politics, we are not going to find the solutions within the existing paradigm. it is time for a radical departure.

 

Be Original

Everyone talks about original music. But how many actually make original music? What is it that makes some music original, and some music not? We all have the same 12 tones to work with. How can we still make an original statement with such a limited palette? Just because you can write a song yourself, doesn’t make it original. It seems the power of that word “original” has been diluted considerably.

Some of the greatest advice i ever received was from a musician and teacher called Roland Wiggins, who had been John Coltrane’s teacher, among others. He told me that if i wanted to have an original style, it was more important what i DON’T play, than what i do play. That advice really stuck with me. What you don’t play is the silence and the space.

For your art to be original, you have to be an original. You have to find your own way. The “school of life” will educate you at a whole different level, and will imbue your art with a value that institutional learning will never offer. There’s no growth without risk.

The contamination of commerce

I submit that it is commerce that has contaminated the music. And by commerce, i don’t mean money really. I mean the entire corporate system, which is really defined and enforced by the Uniform Commercial Code. If you aren’t aware of how this works, there is plenty of great info online. Also i recently just wrote an article which explains my view of how it interfaces with us each personally. For me, it is clear that commerce is the language and structure of ego, as it plays out in the “real world” around us. And by ego, i don’t just mean being “egotistical”. This is the grossest form of ego. There are many much subtler layers, all of which boil down to the belief that one is separate from the whole, and that the suffering of others is not one’s own suffering.

The Strawman is the Ego: the parasite cleanse begins at home

We have to clear the contamination of corporate commerce from music, before music dies completely. We have to restore it to its original purpose, that of restoring the soul, and bring body, mind, spirit into harmony and resonance. This is not a course of study you are going to find in any college or university. Maybe some schools are beginning to touch on it, but since schools and universities are corporations too, the bottom line remains in effect.

And this has nothing to do with New Age music, or “new ageism” in any form, either. Nothing short of the mastery of music will suffice. The mastery of sound, and the mastery of silence. The style of music, the amount of notes involved, none of that is the issue. Mastery of inner and outer music, and life. The issue is the presence of the artist. In this way, music can become a sadhana, a path to enlightenment.

Of course music will never really die. All That Is is vibrational, really just frequency. But what is music asking of us at this moment?

Musicalizing Existence

We could call this “musicalizing existence”. We musicalize existence when we realize the music that we are. Then we become a harmonious presence in the world, which will ripple out into the morphogenetic field in mysterious and miraculous ways, beyond the linear world of cause and effect.

i recently came across a very short video clip of Pat Metheny, in which he points to what i am getting at. In it, he says that for him, these days, whether he’s playing, or not playing, it’s the same, it’s all music. Pat is a good example of someone who is musicalizing existence. When you allow music to be the Guru, it will bring you to the Infinite, where the entire existence IS music. This is not just a metaphor, it is actually so. It is a vibrational symphony SO vast, that we cannot begin to comprehend it. The ears are not calibrated to perceive this level of music, but the heart is.

So luckily, we can BE it, we ARE it. And that is the way to understand it, through the heart, by being it. And like Metheny, anyone who masters music to the level he has, will simply begin to musicalize existence, just by existing. It is profoundly simple. And it is also interesting that it doesn’t matter whether you are famous and successful or not, if we take on the demanding and rewarding path of music as our sadhana ,we will all eventually end up at this place, where, whether playing or not, it is the same, it is all music. Our very existence is the resonance of the whole.

Perhaps this can be a beginning of a new way for music. Music 2.0.

“Remember one thing: except for silence, everything else is your imagination.” Osho

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