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The Great Conjunction of 2020

On Dec. 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will be conjunct at 0 degrees Aquarius. (or Capricorn if you use the sidereal zodiac) This conjunction happens every 20 years and is called the Great Conjunction. This will be the first time in a long while that this conjunction has occurred in an air sign, because for the past 200 years it has been occurring in earth signs(by sidereal zodiac, it is still in an Earth sign.)  The 200 years prior to that, in water signs.

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction is an event we can witness with the naked eye in the sky this coming winter. The Asheville Astronomy Club put together a nice graphic About the Great Conjunction. 

Viewing the Great Conjunction in the Sky from Houston or adjust for any location.

For the past few months since Christmas I have been reading Willi Sucher’s Cosmology I. This I am only beginning to ingest, let alone to digest, but I will here summarize what I’m understanding so far about Great Conjunctions.

To provide some background, Jupiter has a 12 year cycle and Saturn an approximately 30 year cycle. These two planets make a triangle pattern in the sky, and the whole triangle rotates through the zodiac, moving a little further along with each 20-year period at the conjunction.

Jupiter has to do with thought, growth and the future.  Saturn has to do with structure, limits, memory and the past. When these two planets meet in their cyclical triangle pattern, one could say that it represents  a conversation between that which manifests in the physical world and that which the spiritual world ordains.  It is a meeting or a conference of “divine thought” and the physically manifesting powers.

Sucher relates the Great Conjunctions to the time of the Christ. The first conjunction during the time of Chirst took place at 7BC,  in the sign of Fishes and is related to the birth of Jesus.  The second conjunction in 14 AD took place in Archer and is related to the 12-year old Jesus in the temple, and the third conjunction at 34 AD in Lion relates to the conversion of St. Paul and his experience with the risen Christ.  The first is called the Shepherd stream, the second the King stream, and the third has to do with the Cosmic Christ. It is possible to follow through history, the events occurring in relation to the movements of these planets, and interpret the meaning of the themes of the Shepherd stream, the King Stream, and that of the Cosmic Christ.

From this, Sucher goes into a great deal more about the Christ and the planetary indications as history shows us which I hope I can summarize further. Suffice it to say, the years and events happening around  Great Conjunctions correlate through time.

Perhaps as we inch closer to this great conjunction in 2020 we are laying new foundations for the yet young century and the yet young millenium.  I suggest that with all of the heavy emphasis in Capricorn, that we take stock of our self-discipline in every realm and especially put discipline into our thinking.  Thoughts are things and what we think matters greatly for the future of humanity and for the reality we eventually manifest.

For additional anthroposophically-based reading on this subject- try Astrosophy.Com Article – The Great Conjunction. 

 

Coming Changes to the Astrosophy Research Center Website

This month I have recently begun volunteering as webmaster for the Astrosophy Research Center.  The Astrosophy Center is a non-profit 501 C, established in 1984.

This has been a long time in the making, as the board of the center has undergone some changes, with Jonathan Hilton stepping down as President in early 2019.  The center, located in Meadow Vista, Ca, just 45 minutes outside of Sacramento, will carry on the function of distributing printed books, while Jonathan pursues his own path with teaching and developing web courses on his own.  It will be my task to just keep the website going, and assist Darlys Turner with incoming book requests and inquiries for the time being.

I am grateful to get to know this work of Willi Sucher better and to help give back something in the way of service to continue to share this profound work with others by an inspired teacher. Though traffic at this site is minimal, I am still really happy to help and be involved.

Be on the look out for future changes to the Astrosophy Research Center website and let me know your feedback.  So far, I have not made any significant changes to it, but plans are being discussed.

www.astrosophycenter.com

 

 

 

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Striving?

As the Holy Nights have gotten underway I have been drawn to looking at the other various guides to the holy nights that are available this year.  I think it is great that more of these guides are appearing and becoming available and it gives me a greater opportunity to reflect on my own approach with the holy nights.  What started out for me as me just wanting to have a plan for the holy nights for myself has turned a little bit into an obsession, wanting to know what others are doing and how.

Some of the guides I have taken a look at include:

Inner Christmas by Lynn Jericho
Alan Thewless’ Guide to the Holy Nights
Peace Ripples Guide to the Holy Nights

I have also taken a peek at what the Anthroposophical Society has put together in the way of their Holy  Nights webinar offering this year.  For more info go to Holy Nights Webinar

Their pdf slideshow is colorful and artistic, full of great quotes and corresponding zodiacal relationships to the saints, the tones, the eurythmy gestures, and so on.  Great speakers are lined up for each night’s presentation, all representing different parts of the country, some from Dallas, some from Chicago, Nashville, Portland.  The offering is impressive, and it’s nice to see the society getting more into putting technology to use through using zoom conference calls.

I looked into Alan Thewless’ guide to the charts and it is certainly thorough and well put together also.  In reading all of these I feel more confirmed rather than contradicted in what I found just by using the tropical charts doing my own simple interpretations.

Thewless uses sidereal charts in both heliocentric and geocentric views, which is something I attempted to do last year with only novice understanding of it.  I felt quite out of my depth.  Thewless clearly has put a lot of time into his offering, so I do have respect for the amount of work and care that goes into these things and the experience he clearly brings to it.  He does his readers a favor by not explaining the complexity of the astrological techniques too much because if he did he would lose his audience pretty quickly, missing the point of all of this inner work by drawing us too much into the head trying to grapple with it.

We have some stressful times coming in 2020, even more so on the eve of 2021 in December 2020.  Much is uncertain and vital courage will certainly be needed by all of us for the times we live in.  If we chose or we were chosen for this moment to be alive, opportunities exist.  Whether we are in a good situation or a challenging one, opportunities exist for us to do what we came here to do.

I feel pretty certain we each have to come to our own questions and conclusions during the holy nights. It might help to look at the stars if that normally inspires you, but it might not be of help at all if you are someone who doesn’t normally follow the “sign” of the times.  Suddenly following it during the holy nights might be counterproductive in that situation and fear inducing.

I think it might be more important to just stay grounded in your sense of self, to trust your preferred ways of getting connected to yourself and your sources of inspiration and guidance.  We can then attempt to go about life and normal plans in a grounded way during these days.

I hope to achieve a humble groundedness but with extra attunement and listening at this special time. It is best just to remain open to the messages, to trust intuitions and guidance more than usual and just keep it simple, not get too pulled off into whims, mindlessness or reaction.

I’m also realizing that we don’t need to obsessively pour over the meaning of these transits or sit down and study religious images or texts for hours on end.  These forms of obsessiveness do not enlighten.  Do nothing to an extreme. At least, that is my approach, to conduct normal range of activities, but just have more respect for the inner intuitions and inner promptings than I usually do at this time.

Holy Night Guide

The Guide to the Holy Nights is a nightly meditation guide using the planetary transits as an inspirational focus.

The guide began as my own navigation plan for getting through the holidays, for getting focused in my meditations and it began out of my own annual practice of journaling and meditation during the twelve holy nights.   I wanted to be able to work in alignment with the active forces present as mindfully as possible.  The guide is the collection of themes I choose to focus on in my meditative practice.

This will be the second year I have put together a guide. Last year’s guide used the images and the indicated saints from Willi Sucher’s guide as the inspirational focus. This year I used the active transits of the moon through the zodiac as the thematic inspiration for that day’s focus.

I create it for friends and family to enjoy and will happily gift it to pretty much anyone, I just would like to know who is reading it, so I can send you an updated one next year and keep track of my audience.    Nothing will happen to your email, it won’t be bought or sold.  You won’t receive junk mail or ads every day.

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Astrology Ted TALK

In this talk I really agree with the presenter’s content and message but I wish she would add something to it. It’s all about living with childlike wonder and getting connected in a world full of disconnect, but I doubt she will win many with this message alone.

I am probably like many who have a hard time getting past her airy voice and cosmic sounding style of speaking. I want astrology to gain greater acceptance, groundedness and respect and I’m totally on her side! We need more wonder and awe of the natural world.

Why do so many astrologers speak like poets or have that wispy, meditative sounding voice? It’s annoying really. I think a lot of people can’t get past it.

Where are the astrologers who are going to put in the science and provide the proof of correlation? We have the ability to analyze huge amounts of data. Now is the time to understand these available data sets and reveal that structure to more people who ask for that correlation evidence.

It’s hard not be impressed by the beauty, complexity and order of the cosmic framework when you study astrology and not wax poetic. I guess astrologers become like little children when they stare into the face of infinity. But, this hardened world full of disconnected, faithless wanderers craves and needs the proof. Give it to them and let them come to their own awe and wonder whatever way they will.

See what you think. But, if you are like me, you might struggle to turn off that judgement of her airy, star struck voice.  When you do see if you can hear the points she makes.

What are we waiting for? I say- bring the two together.

It’s about connectedness: the marriage of nature ( earth ) and the starry world, heaven. the heiros gamos or sacred marriage.

If we want company as astrologers we need our feet on the ground as we gaze up.