Archive for August, 2011

Precession of the Equinoxes

This is another guest blog post by my Facebook friend, Chicago-based astrologer and acupuncturist Dean Scarpinato. I think he does a nice job contextualizing our current times within a phenomenon known as Precession of the Equinoxes. For those of you not familiar with this term, it’s the basis for the idea we are entering (or have already entered) “The Age of Aquarius.” The Mayan Calendar also relates to the Precession of the Equinoxes and the 26,000 year cycle that comes to a close on or around December 21, 2012. Mayan Elders have recently explained to the public that the great shift can happen within a time range, which we are already experiencing. Just to clarify, the Mayans themselves do not predict the end of the world, but the end of an era. Dean explores how the 1960’s offered a kind of dress rehearsal for today’s big show.

(I’ve left his piece unedited, because I appreciate his fiery style. Editing out any curse words disrupted the flow and seemed to zap the power of his points. Apologies to anyone who dislikes explicit language: there’s not a lot, but there is some in here.)

Many thanks to Dean for allowing me to share his insights with my own readers:

The world is at a point of radical change, a tipping point if you will. The ’60’s was an immature awakening, the birth of a New Age, New Consciousness, New Aeon. But it was in the hands of children who lacked the necessary discipline to rightly divide the word or to persevere in the face of established resistance , which came all to often in the form of Daddy saying “come on home boy. Let me get you a cushy job.” The Black and Brown revolutionaries ended up in jail while the white ones became Professors with book deals looking back on those whacky days of radicalism and helping society to relegate the revolution to the storage shed with all other anomalies.

But the Universe itself is moving on, as we shall see. And so you can co-opt the Revolutionary, bring corporate sponsorship to the Revolution, but the most you can do in the face of the changing Aeon is to perhaps wipe out the world population. Whether or not God or the space men or even some political figure not entirely corrupted by corporate dollars (and hopefully bullet proof as well) will come in the final reel to save us from ourselves is anyones guess. But we as a world are moving into the Age of Aquarius, the Aeon of Horus and we are at the end of a 26,000 year cycle (A Great Year) as well. So put all the laws in place to keep the sheeple in line. Uranus is gonna blow this pop stand wide open and I don’t think St Peter takes Master Card. The Church may (LOL) but I don’t think that will get you far in the Kingdom of Heaven either.

In the 60’s Uranus in Virgo was opposite Saturn in Pisces. That is to say that the revolutionary, free thinking iconoclast in the realm of the Earth Mother, virgin Isis or in her later incarnation Mary, seeded by God (heavenly process) and prepared to give birth was actively opposed by the entrenched system. We were (are?) in the Age of Pisces. At least the Sun is. From a heliocentric position the Earth is in the Age of Virgo and so this polar opposition was indeed most telling.

And perhaps, like the child Jesus, the so-called “hippies” just figured that as soon as everyone heard the good news and turned on we’d all just groove, turn our homes into crash pads and all ancient wounds would be forgotten in a nice peyote ceremony. And much like Jesus the Roman Army and its lick spittles (FBI, CIA, Local Police etc) pretty much crushed the rebellion and all its leaders. The ones it didn’t crush outright it bought off and then they co-opted the hair and dress into a fashion worn by everyone. Crazy side burns and very gay polyester bell-bottoms were in even at the Brady Bunch Home.

Then a few years back that opposition repeated itself, only 180* opposite. In other words Saturn was now in Virgo with Uranus in Pisces, and I as an Astrology couldn’t help thinking that maybe the Revolution had matured while the so-called Revolutionaries just got old. 40 years…hmmm. The Biblical number of probation. The number of years that the unbelieving generation wandered in the desert, knowing of but never reaching the Promised Land. Only Joshua and Caleb were preserved in their youth to actually take what they should have, but were not ready to take 40 years ago.

And while this is significant Astrologically, along with the fact that Pluto is in Capricorn, last seen (or not seen) there during the American and French Revolutions, it should be clear not only to any third rate Astrologer but to anyone who reads the papers that the absolute most hidden filth in the deepest invaginations of the Plutocracy we call corporate America will be forced to the surface with the fits and spats of dysenteric diarrhea until the patient finally recognizes the cause and takes the fucking cure. And not unlike so many patients I see in my Acupuncture practice, the cause of the disease is the lifestyle they covet and cherish and they would literally rather die than give up smoking, drinking eating processed garbage and lying to themselves over every detail.

So rather than recognize that capitalism is the disease and the need to get bigger bigger bigger is the mentality of a cancer which ultimately destroys its host, instead of recognizing that the Earth is a fragile eco system orbiting a spectacularly stable star in an otherwise uninhabitable infinitude, and saying “hey maybe we should take care of this place for ourselves and posterity,” we blow up mountains and drill the oceans and turn the atmosphere into a microwave. We shoot nuclear radioactive levels of DU (depleted uranium) all over the Middle East but especially Iraq, and just plain lie and cover up the fact that cancer and really really nasty birth defects are up exponentially. Then we build prisons for the dissidents (attack what few health cells are left) and blame them for all our misdeeds.

It is psychopathic and it is cancerous. And we can’t give it up because we just cannot imagine living without all the neurosis that our greed can buy (on credit). “And even still they would not stop their witchcraft”

So how exactly did we get in this mess? Better still where are we headed? We are on a ride through the Ages into a New Age that, like all new ages, will make devils out of the gods of the old age. The first will be the last. He who tells you today “grab a shovel and be productive (shovel coal into the furnace of hell)” will soon be wailing “Forgive me I was blind.” It is nothing new. It has happened a number of times throughout human history.

To digress for a moment I learned recently from a Terrence McKenna youtube that most stars only last about 700,000,000 (thats seven hundred MILLION) years. Our Sun is already 2,000,000,000 (thats 2 BILLION). Our Sun is already 3X older than the average star will ever get and its still rocking. It is an incredibly stable star system. Biological evolution has been occurring on Earth for 200,000,000 years. That means that 90% of the Earths life was completely desolate. Perhaps the Sun was hotter. Perhaps hot enough to have sustained life on Mars.

Of that maybe human beings have been around for 2,000,000 years and of that written history is no more than about 50,000 years old. Capitalism, by the way, has been around for perhaps 300 years. To conclude that the Universe would miss us, or the US dollar would require a level of ignorance that would challenge Fox News. How many Egyptian Sheckles does it take to buy a loaf of bread? Well I guess if they’re pure gold you could buy the whole US government. But if it’s FIAT Currency made of paper well you can guess what it’s worth today. Such is the fate of the US dollar and such is the fate of the current Fascist/Corporate system of government. But today, unlike in 1967, I believe it is permanent and certain.

As a world we have experienced many Ages. Ask an archeologist and they will tell you of the Ice Age, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Copper Age, Iron Age, perhaps even Space Age also known as NASA Sound Stage Age. A Sociologist might tell you of the Dark Ages and subsequent Renaissance. The Age of Enlightenment, and perhaps even the Golden Age when men walked with the gods and magick filled the air.

Talk to an Astrologer and you will learn that the Sun in its elliptical path around the Zodiac loses 1* every 72 years. This gives the Sun an ever so slight retrograde motion by which it moves backwards one sign every 2,160 years. It is called the “Precession of the Equinoxes.” Multiply 2,166 by 12 and you will find that in 26,000 years the entire Zodiac will have been circumambulated. This, Astronomers beginning I believe with Ptolemy or perhaps Pythagoras or even Plato, have labelled “The Great Year.” And that is where we stand today. That’s right…this time its different.

In reading Angels, Demons and Gods of the New Millenium, by Lon Milo DuQuette I became quite interested in brief and enlightening narrative of the historical movement of the Ages and the evolution of religious beliefs and practices. Much mystery indeed became clear and I am going to attempt to capture this narrative in my own style and perhaps with my own emphasis. I find that this historical understanding makes me all the more certain and perhaps slightly less tentative about the great, even cataclysmic changes that are approaching. I died as a rock and became a plant, as a plant I evolved into an animal, from which I became a man. Let me shed this mortal coil and awaken the god within. How splendid the adventure. Viva la revolucion!

What Do You Think Will Happen?

Some beautiful questions for you from Rumi:

Much Love and Many Blessings … be the change!

August Special: New Offering for Potent Change and Guidance

Introducing a new service running at least for the next two weeks:

Half Hour Tarot Reading $55.55

Although I have studied (and painted) tarot for many years, I’ve never offered these readings as a separate service. During this time of economic surprises and roller coasters, I have decided to make this a separate service. I don’t know how long I’ll keep it as such, but for the next two weeks, I’m offering a half-hour tarot session for $55.55.

Wheel of Fortune

Tarot readings are particularly good for people who don’t know what kinds of questions to ask me; they just want some kind of guidance because they feel unsure of what’s coming or what to focus upon. Tarot also seems to benefit those people who have exceptionally good things coming their way, yet wonder if I might be “padding the reading” or “just saying what they want to hear.” The cards don’t lie. (Neither do I–but the cards seem that much more objective a medium for delivering good news.)

I have several different decks ranging from Robin Wood’s classic version, to an antique Italian set, faery cards, and even a Jane Austen Tarot, which is surprisingly thorough! I most often use Robin Wood’s deck, but I intuit which deck most suits any given situation or person. If you’re interested in this special, which runs until August 30, please email me to set up a session. I will then invoice you via PayPal.

Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep

It brings me great pleasure to announce (albeit somewhat belatedly) that my dear friend and colleague Tania Marie has released her first book, called “Spiritual Skin.” When I interviewed Tania for this blog in May 2009, I asked her to write about her tattoos. Little did we know that her interview would become so popular! People began to email Tania with more and more questions about her process, designs and how tattoos could become part of one’s spiritual journey. Even back then, I urged her to write at least an e-book, and after much work, she has done a beautiful job!

“Spiritual Skin” is now available in both e-book and on Amazon. It offers a thorough, inspired and empowering look at spiritual tattoos from ancient history to deciding what or if to tattoo now. Tania helps readers discover themselves and their deepest yearnings for self-expression. I have already referred clients to this book and they love it! (Please note: Tania does offer an affiliate program for the e-book, but I’m not affiliated with it. I just love her book and know from helping clients decide about tattoos that Tania has really covered every angle in a heartfelt, inspiring way.)

Here’s an excerpt about portals, which blog readers know I love (and paint!):

…A growing body of literature supports the idea that portals can transport spiritual practitioners into altered states of consciousness.

American psychologist Charles Tart believed that through the study of altered states of consciousness, the apparent gulf between science and spirituality could be bridged.

“We cannot ignore data that is not physical,” Tart wrote.

After several years of research, Tart came to believe that there are several universal techniques used by varying figures, which can access alternate realities through portals. These include use of the senses, mandalas, voice and musical instruments, body movements and decoration, physical pain and olfactory and tactile stimuli.

Of significance to those interested in tattoos is the fact that visual symbols can act as portals accessing altered states of awareness. As commentator Nevill Drury has noted, “visual symbols may be employed to expand sensory awareness. Here a key point is that the inner, meditative experience of an image or symbol can be as ‘real’ to the individual as the perception of a more tangible object in the physical world.” This confirms that tattoos can serve as portals to transport their wearer to altered states.

Different forms of spiritual healing or more extreme situations directly affect tactile portals (points of contact or penetration on the outer surface of the body that create altered and spiritual renewal experiences).

This leads to another area of significance for tattoos as portals – their use in the ceremonial infliction of pain. For example, ritual flagellation in some branches of medieval Christianity was believed to enhance devotional connection with the suffering Christ. Modern day tattooing, body piercing, bondage, sensory deprivation, fetishes and body rituals are believed by some to serve as portals to altered states of consciousness and designed to “transform the body” to allow one to experience a “greater reality.” Workshops led by people such as Fakir (California-based, modern day primitive, shaman, master piercer and body modifier) are held to facilitate this and said to induce transformational experiences, to be physically freeing and similar to near-death experiences.

Thus, there is significant support for the idea that tattooing can help one access altered dimensional states and experiences of energetic portal opening for healing and spiritual renewal. Body art can greatly affect your daily experience, whether through intentional meditational practice or simply the awareness of its symbolism.

The specific images and symbols you choose in a tattoo can help enhance specific things in your life, strengthen energy that is operating at less than its potential, open points that feel blocked, enhance and create potency to specific chakras, convey healing energy to specific regions, reveal your essence to others, heal karmic energy, connect with past lives, and tap into your subconscious and latent gifts. All of this can be done through the ancient art of tattooing, a means of rewriting your soul’s history, empowering your experience through “spiritual skin,” and creating an auric resonance to the energy of your choosing.

The significance of tattoos lies in the beliefs and intents we place upon them. And when imbued with our experience, our beliefs and intents yield deeper potency that can support personal empowerment.

When you allow your tattoos to empower you in this fashion, you are not only tapping into specific energies personal to you, but you are also tapping into the Collective Consciousness energy as you embrace and apply universal symbolism.

Images and art are universal means of communicating where words fall short, and they convey much more than language allows. They unite people beyond the color of their skin and what others see as their outside reflection. Tattoos, while controversial to some, are like fine art, transcending all boundaries and holding individualistic beauty and meaning relative to each person.

It’s no wonder so many feel drawn to this personal art form of expression and that it has been carried on throughout the ages. With tattoos, we can definitely say that a picture speaks a thousand words…

For more information, reviews and links to buy the book, you can check out the Spiritual Skin website here. Even people like me who have no intention of ever getting a tattoo will find gems of wisdom and love embedded in this gorgeous offering. Blessings and thanks to Tania Marie for this special contribution.

Hunter-Gatherer Skills Course

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to attend this one, but my friend Sue asked if I’d spread the word. This is a course brought into being by The Permaculture Project, LLC. It’s open to anyone interested in learning how to survive in the wild for practical and/or fun reasons. I’m not a doom and gloom subscriber, but given the recent events and trends in US government and around the world, I do like knowing my options for foraging and community building. This course seems like it offers a lot of both!

Learn the arts and practical skills of outdoor survival

Hunter-Gatherer Skills Course
August 19-26, 2011

Taught by Wayne Wieseman, The Permaculture Project, LLC

Sponsored by Popular Resilience, a Madison-based permaculture organization

Live for a week completely immersed in the environment in 548 acres of prairie, forests, cliffs and wetlands habitats located in Wisconsin’s un-glaciated “driftless area.”

Join with other individuals and families to adopt a hunter-gatherer lifestyle as you learn to make essential tools for hunting and fishing, and pottery vessels for cooking and eating.

Try your hand at fire-making, building shelters, foraging for useful plants, weaving, making cordage, flinting arrowheads, firing pottery, setting snares and more.

All (vegetarian) food included in fee. A kitchen, including refrigerator and freezer, and outdoor grills are also available on site.

Download a registration form or flyer
Please register by August 12th

Contact Norah Cashin ( for the course schedule or more information
$495 per person
Ask about special pricing for families.
Minimum age 13. Teens 13-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Popular Resilience: Skills for the long term
A happy, healthy, liveable world for our great-grandchildren