This Wintertide has been my most more Yule-y ever, and this nearly the last night of the Twelve Nights of Yule starting with Winter Solstice, going to January 1st.
I had three owl happenings, with the first being this card (above) from my mentor Pat, the longtime bird rehabbing mentor in Savannah, who happens to be in her eighties. She took this of a Grey-Phased Screech Owl she rescued in 2016.
The second was hearing an actual owl on Christmas Eve, which was so amazing, and rare.
There were two, so it was a call and response.
The third happening was getting a gift of an owl fixture for our house-in-progress from my friend Kathy.
The Owl is Cailleach-oidhche in the Druid Oracle, a totem of "detachment, wisdom, change." The Cailleach is familiar of the crone or hag-godess, and a messenger of death. I saw one swoop down in Druid Hills of Atlanta, when my father was in his last days.
From the Oracle: For most birds, the coming of darkness renders it impossible for them to feed, but the owl's exceptional hearing enables it to pick out and swoop on unsuspecting prey during the night. Twilight has been described as owl-light, and going for a quiet walk in the woods at this shimmering time of twilight is an excellent way to develop a sensibility to the Otherworld and the inner soul of Nature."
The Winter is a time of long nights, when twilight ends the day almost as soon as it starts. The owl-light begins the long night of dreaming and tuning in to the Otherworld. Perhaps that was the message of the Yule owl, who came to me this season! Best Wishes to You...
Wild Hunt 2 Cosmic Yule: Odin, Thor, Santa and the Julbock - Odinia.org (Seana Fenner)
So why do I sit here with eyes tear-brimming and a full heart?
Because most of it (except for the Baby Jim part) felt so right and natural, even my beloved dog's passing. She had lost her hearing and it was hard to see her tumble down stairs or the ramp we made her. With endings, comes release...of responsibilities and habits of thought grown fixed in grooves that could use a shake-up.
I've changed so much since I began writing for About, and other doors have already opened. It's sweetly meaningful that my last article was about Simple Yuletide Rites - of greening, warmth and lights.
I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts here on Wild Bee Grove, and not just about astrology, of course. I'm also going to take another look at Readings, and am coming back to offering them by phone and/or Skype for the in-the-moment interaction.
Stay tuned for more!
with love, Molly
Some of my Yule / Wintertide Favorites:
The Real Yule Story - The Northern Shaman (on You Tube)
Loreena McKennitt - To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987 Album)
Snow - Loreena McKennit
Greetings! It's starting to get cozy, with Fall breezes even here in the Deep South. The recent hurricane brought home the power of the air + water elements at their extremes. Even great oaks with their massive root systems were brought down in some places.
Right now, I'm researching for an article on Samhain, with a book called The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. It's by Ronald Hutton, a rather serious historian, who clears up the convergence of the Catholic All Saint's Day and some of the folk traditions of Ireland and Wales. Look for that on About.com.
With the winding down of the year, I'm also winding down readings....
I sense things are coming to a natural close with readings, so act now if you're really wanting my take on your chart or transits.
With our off-grid situation, I offer them as an mp3 on the Readings Page. It's not ideal, and I know a lot of the magic is in the give and take of the moment.
My own path feels very in-between, with so much chaos in the psycho-sphere, and wanting to stay real and move away from "magical thinking." I sense it's important to be alert, and question everything, and avoid the overly abstract expression of astrology, or seeing its symbology as set-in-stone.
That's why I'm wanting to ground my writing in the solar year, and its celebrations, rooted in the traditions of the European folk. I still see value in astrology as a tool for finding shape for life purpose, and as a mirror of inner character.
I hope you are enjoying the cozy comforts of the season, and finding some peach and vigor too, in this wild time at the edge.
Hi Everybody! I'm revising how I do readings, taking into account our off-grid experiment here at Wild Bee Farmlet.
These are the dark days, but I've realized that there's a way to simplify things, and doesn't depend on having Skype and full solar power.
For those that want a Recorded mp3:
I'm offering the Full Reading as an mp3 that will run approximately 45 minutes, but will include a round of follow-up questions.
For those that want a phone reading:
I'm able to do phone readings, when that's preferred, but for now, they won't be recorded.
I'll still offer the shorter 30 minute reading, and both are at the usual rate (see the Readings page).
Best Wishes to You All!
Holiday Update into 2016:
All readings are now on recorded mp3 only, until further notice....
Due to this glitch, I'm extending the special for a one hour - $50 - reading to January 1st, 2016. Get one for yourself or a friend!
Some possibilities are: A Reading of Transits for the Year Ahead; A Synastry (compatibility) reading with you and another; A Reading with a particular focus (Love, Life's Work, Creativity).
Yes, I'm still doing readings! I do an average of 1 or 2 per week, so you can be assured very personal attention.
I've decided to bring back the Autumn "Holiday" Special - $50 - for a One Hour Session.
This can be a chart reading, a look at the year ahead (or other time frame), or a relationship chart comparison.
Sign up below and send your birth data and initial greeting to email@example.com.
Special ended Jan 1st, 2016.
I've decided to archive this blog, since it's become such an on again/off again kind of thing.
I'll be leaving this here, but won't be updating as of July 20th, 2015. I'm not sure if I'll start a new kind of blog down the road, or not.
In other news, I am officially permitted as a wildlife rehabilitator in my state (Georgia), as of today! My specialty is birds, and I've been training for a year, and passed a state licensing exam, so it's a big milestone.
Here's a picture of the aviary with some feathered friends....three blue jays.
I'm still available for sessions, so feel free to visit the Readings page. And you can still find my astrology writing at About.com of course!
It feels like a time to change and part of that is knowing when to conserve -- and rein in focus -- as well as when to expand. And this next bit is going to take everything I've got.
I mentioned in my bio that we're deconstructing a school AND building a house, and I'll be pitching in more, so my husband Sandor doesn't have to shoulder all the work.
I'm sure I'll create a site for Wild Bee Orphaned Bird Care and a blog. And I've got career goals that are starting to take shape, and yet are aspirations that I've held for many years.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about readings - or to say Hello.
"The world is changed." Lately, I've been thinking of that first scene in Lord of the Rings, that opens with Galadriel continuing, "I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it."
The story of the forging of the rings is told, and the trick on all of them -- with the forging of the One Ring to Rule them All. And then, she says, something happened that the Ring didn't expect -- it was found by the most unlikely creature, a hobbit....Bilbo Baggins.
Maybe it's obvious, but this dawned on me recently as symbolic of the authentic individual, the one guided by his own instincts, conscience and knowledge. Hobbits are powerful because they're simple, close to nature and pure of heart. They are spontaneous, and so, are unpredictable.
Gandalf later says, "Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you."
If you're an elite that's dreaming of a "final solution" to the wearying need to put-down rebellions, where the real rebel is a thing of the past., you could demonize the loner as a nut. You could cultivate cultures of rebellion that are about tuning out and turning off.
You could make it risky to step out of the consensus reality, to be called names, or worse.
The War on the Lone Wolf
In his article, The Psyop to Neuter the Rebel, Jon Rappaport writes, "Any human being who has courage, intelligence, eyes to see, and a determination to express his power in uncompromising terms can now be redefined as a potential threat to the stability of society---if he criticizes the prevailing Authority."
The age-old enemy of the Authority (Pluto Capricorn) is the one that got away, and is a free agent, able to envision a future outside the system (Uranus Aries).
Writes Rappaport, "We're the wild cards, a fact which they take to be result of our improper and incomplete conditioning. They aim to fix that."
I've been thinking about how censorship is creeping in to the Internet, and how we might look back at the 2000s up to recently as the golden age of information. And that technology can be used to free, or it can be used as a weapon -- both possibilities are there with Uranus (technology) in the sign of dynamic Aries (breaking new ground).
But all tech, it seems, has an entrancing effect and there are likely ways (like with television), it's being used for mind control. The tech trons together with the contrived social crises are a tool for entrainment.
In her article on Activist Post, Melissa Dykes quotes perennial adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, in his 1970 book, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era.
"Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of mass media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the piecemeal transformation of the United States into a highly controlled society."
When we see how quickly people react to media memes, we see it in action. On Freeman TV, author Joseph Atwill talks about the 'catastrophic' gender disruption of males through plastics, as a strategy of putting down rebellion before it starts.
The bigger questions for our species, says Atwill, go beyond the hyper-promotion of gay rights. Atwill asks, "Is the gender bending that's going on a weapon of the oligarchs? That's the question. Is it deliberate? Is it a damn weapon?"
And that's where I'm coming from with this line of inquiry. Not to be intentionally provocative, but to look at these memes with social engineering in mind.
I've got Uranus the rebel squaring my own Mercury (in Cancer) into 2017, and am sure this will be an ongoing theme. I'm interested in how to encourage the spontaneous traits that come from that often hard-won sovereign sense of self.
A great way is by creating culture that extols those qualities of character -- of acting on the conscience, of overcoming social programming, and of daring to speak up, even if you're a lone voice.
Jon Rappaport concludes with:"The ultimate rebellion is against programming, whatever it looks like, wherever it occurs"
The 4th of July is My Birthday
Old Glory and I are on intimate terms, as the stars and stripes were often on my party plates, napkins and hats. The fireworks are all for you, little girl, my dear old Dad would say.
I also grew up with Southern history, not necessarily the symbol (the Confederate battle flag), but in the stories told, and in old timers attitudes about Yankees (the main target of ire, if truth be told).
The flags are meaningful, because they represent something -- regional or national identity, and history. That's why it's rather shocking after 150 years to see the sudden "take down" -- and demonizing -- of the Confederate battle flag.
Sandor was reminding me that the same thing happened to his country when the communists took power in Hungary -- all the monuments and flags from before were taken down.
Are there other ways to look at this?
Astrologically, Robert Phoenix pointed out the uncanny Sabian Symbol for that flag switcheroo, as Mars went into Cancer, the sign of fiercely fighting for home and hearth. He wrote here, "At 0 degrees, the Sabian Symbol for it is “On A Ship The Sailors Lower An Old Flag And Raise A New One.” This is fairly apropos, given that the Confederate Flag was taken down by the South Carolinian government."
Is this another sorbet-colored simpleton's delight, an Orwellian flip, where the "Rebel" flag is the baddie and the establishment's Rainbow is the goodie? Are Southerners the baddies and the LGBT's the goodies?
The South was rebelling against the North (and Yankees), not slavery. Most of the Southern soldiers and even officers didn't own slaves, and the planter class often didn't fight (sent in substitutes). What were they rebelling against? The establishment's overreach.
Red Ice Radio got into this theme of lowering one flag and raising another in the video - Capture the Flag: Rebels and Rainbows.
It seems to me there's a big divide between people who see that there's an architecture of tyranny being put in place, and those who don't. Those who are aware of false flags and those who aren't.
And that it's deeper than the surface players in politics and the "rainbow magic" that entrances.
So far this Summer has felt very end-gamish to me, with the specter of psy-war upon us. It's wise to be watchful, and to work your own magic.
The brave Laura Bruno has A Call for Reiki, Runes and Responsibility this Fourth of July Weekend. She writes:
"Those who know how to use Runes might want to imagine the THORN and AR Runes surrounding themselves, their communities and even over a map of the entire US. THORN creates a semi-permeable hedge like the one around the castle in Sleeping Beauty, filtering out those who would harm the vulnerable, but allowing true lovers and helpers safe passage. The AR Rune brings light to murky areas, casts out ghosts, and shifts things from the Shadow back into the Light for purification and healing reintegration."
America's Aquarius Moon
The astrology is very fine for the Fourth, and the national Moon is in its native sign (Aquarius). The Moon is also well-aspected to Uranus, Jupiter and Mercury (now out of retrograde shadow).
There could be brill conversation under the grand finales, with awakening to see beyond the polarities of us vs. them. It's great for meeting people who are very different, and with a generous heart.
I wish all my fellow Americans a meaningful, big-hearted Fourth of July, free of the scourge of psy-ops and weaponized patriotism.
This secret journal had a flurry of hits last week, when I wrote about media and mind control.
There's an art to deciphering news on its many levels, from the surface show that becomes the mainstream narrative, to the ulterior plot that runs with it.
Once you wake up to different agendas of those running the show (most of them are not occulted), you can see these in tandem, and how they are voiced then in the streams -- one the mainstream, the other the alternative current.
I like how Robert Phoenix put it recently:
"Reality is a set of frames that can be arranged for our own point of view based upon deeply justified bias. No one is perfectly neutral and omniscient, so I am, to the best of my ability, decoding this based upon how I am seeing the events unfold, not necessarily on the vision of the type of world/agenda that follows a party platform or philosophical plank."
I started out in topside world journalism, with some years with Associated Press, the news wire. What bothered me there, and why I left ultimately, was that there was never any dot connecting -- just the relentless "facts" with no context.
Similarly, today we have news memes and feeds with no historical context. There's no time for the bigger picture! That could be by design, since "those who forget their history (or never knew it) are destined to fall for news memes."
For example, in the recent mass hysteria about the confederate battle flag, the one-dimensional message was that it's a symbol of slavery. And yet, there's other dimensions: that many Southerners were poor and from backgrounds of white slavery (indentured servitude); that the North held slaves after the war; that taxes and tariffs that favored the North were the main grievance; that the South was agrarian (primarily) and the North was industrial; that very few Southerners held slaves; that there were black slave owners (as depicted in Edward Jones' novel, The Known World).
These kinds of realities get shouted down when the one-dimensional message is trending.
As Saturn Turns
The fall of mainstream media and the rise of independent venues is a sign that people want more than hysterical shows without any context.
Later this year, Saturn will go direct back into Sagittarius, and will be the seeing eye specs we need to navigate the confusion. Saturn will square Neptune exact November 26th, and into 2016, for an interesting dance of truth and illusion.
The truth sets us free from delusional beliefs, which are often revealed as intentionally dropped into the culture, for an ulterior objective.
As I went on errands the other day, I was thinking of our parallel history in the South, and where those stories intertwine. And the urgency of telling those stories, so that the one-dimensional version doesn't go down in history as fact.
From a Review of "They Were White and They Were Slaves" by Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1, 1985.
"This is a history of White people, that has never been told in any coherent form, largely because most modern historians have, for reasons of politics or psychology, refused to recognize White slaves in early America as just that.
Today, not a tear is shed for the sufferings of millions of our own enslaved forefathers, 200 years of White slavery in America, have been almost completely obliterated, from the collective memory of the American people.
Who wants to be reminded that half, perhaps as many as thirds, of the original American colonists came here, not of their own free will, but kidnapped, shanghaied, impressed, duped, beguiled, and yes, in chains?"
Timothy Spall, a Pisces (Sun) has been in the enchantment zone with Neptune, and like a lot of sensitive water signs, says he's "still scared of ghosts."
In an April 2015 UK-Guardian interview, he talks about the film he's shooting now, and his role as a paranormal researcher called the Enfield Haunting. He's talking like someone with a wise caution about inviting specters in, especially the dark ones.
He says, “I ascertained it wasn’t a story about satanism and it wasn’t a story about evil, which was very important to me because, purely on a practical level, I didn’t feel like going home and finding all the doors banging and shutting when I was lying in bed, or waking up with a gothic demon sitting on my chest. I wasn’t in the mood for that, you know?”
He was born on February 27, 1957, and has Sun at 8 Pisces in a square to a 13 degree Sagittarius Saturn. So he's coming up on his second Saturn Return in 2016. I see shades here of the boundaries for all the boundlessness of Pisces, through philosophizing.
In the article, he talks of time itself as something unusual, "that there could be a parallel time…”
Along with the 'touched-by-Neptune' Sun in Pisces, he's an Aquarius Moon, with antennae tuned to all kinds of frequencies and ideas.
Timothy Spall Film Festival
Purely by chance, we saw two films recently starring Spall -- Pierrepoint (about the last hangman in Britain) and Mr. Turner (a Mike Leigh film).
I find him "funny-looking" as he calls himself, and also very indigenous English (of the Anglo-Saxon variety). Stories from his family wood pile read like a Dickens novel, with death in the work house and even a whimsical surname, Christmas.
In this fly-by post, I wanted to point out his Jupiter in Virgo, at 29 degrees, the anaretic or mastery degree. And it's interesting to note that as a child, he started 'acting' by mimicking
the walk of an old fellow in his neighborhood.
There's a gift here in his acting -- and I saw in in the two roles above -- where he's "one" with his character's workaday rhythm. He's intimate with his tools, from the length of the hang man's rope, to the viscous paint blobs he turns into buoys on a painting.
It's what makes him believable in that role, his physical immersion in the particulars. And why a whole movie can be built around him as an actor, beyond the character actor role.
Here's his chart. 'Til next time....