Three important planetary alignments the first week of August, which include the Venus-Jupiter conjunction could foreshadow a major earthquake threat during August 3-7.
Theosophical Society of Tulsa
June 21st, 2015
The newly reformed Tulsa Chapter of the Theosophical Society met for the first time Sunday, June 21st. There were eleven present to help launch the group towards a deeper understanding of Theosophical teachings. Meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of each month @ 2:30 at Peace of Mind Books.
July’s meeting will be held on the 4th Sunday (July 26th) due to many members attending the Psychology: Science of the Soul National Conference at The National Theosophical Center in Wheaton, Ill.
The Theosophical Society was founded in New York City in 1875 with the motto, “There is no Religion higher than Truth”
Following are some of the more prominent Theosophical writers:
-Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
-Charles Webster Leadbeater
For more info on the Theosophical Society of American go to www.theosophical.org.
Tulsa has been captivated by the return of Garth Brooks to the stage after a twelve-year “retirement” devoted to child-raising. His show in the BOK Center (which he helped to create) sold out instantly in November and was extended to a total of 7 shows, January 9-18, 2015. If you live in Tulsa, you either have attended, will attend, or know several people who have done so. He is about to surpass Elvis in the number of songs sold, quite a record. So astrologically speaking, what’s with this guy? Garth was born Feb 7, 1962, at 1:07 pm, in Tulsa, according to a verbal report given by him to an astrologer.
You don’t have to be an expert to notice that 7 planets appear all together in one box, the 9th house. The sign here is Capricorn. Yes, it is very unusual to have so many planets in just one sign! He has Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the South Node of the Moon, Ketu, all together. Only the Moon in Pisces, the Rising sign of Taurus, and the North Node, Rahu in Cancer, are not in Capricorn. (Note this is in the traditional sidereal zodiac based on where the constellations actually appear in the sky. In popular Sun-sign astrology all these planets are in Aquarius).
Capricorn is strong, serious, hard-working, practical and loyal, and loves to be the executive. One source from his college days playing clubs at OSU in Stillwater said, he might not have been the best musician in the clubs but he was by far the most hard-working. Behind the down-home humble image of the Oklahoman and family man is an extremely astute businessman, and in fact his college degree was in marketing and he recently acquired an MBA from his alma mater.
The sign on the eastern horizon when he was born is Taurus, another down-to-earth practical sign. Like many Taurus rising natives, he has a solid build and great endurance. He gets his musical talent partly from his Moon sign being Pisces, so he can relate to sentiment and he enjoys being able to be the benefactor of those in need. But all those planets in Capricorn dominate: they are in the part of the chart called the 9th house, the house which shows how we relate to the values of our society and our culture. A 9th house dominant person is called to travel, to teach, or to express to others the values he or she believes in. Garth really believes in the down-to-earth values of the Heartland and expresses this in song.
Have you ever wondered what is a Capricorn, anyway? I’ve read a lot of mythology and I can guarantee you, outside of astrology, you have never met a Capricorn! The origin of the 12 zodiac signs is from ancient Mesopotamia – very old indeed. In India the name of this sign is Makara, which means crocodile or sea monster. I have a much easier time visualizing a crocodile swimming the marshes of ancient Mesopotamia, the banks of the Nile, or the swamps of India, and as we know from all those TV shows, crocodiles are even to day a force to be reckoned with – an apex predator which has outlasted the dinosaurs and who knows how many other species, who is patient and strong and determined, protective of their young, admirable but feared. I think the Greeks had trouble thinking of a word to translate the crocodile and ended up with Capricorn. So what animal is Capricorn in Oklahoma? I think the gator! But lets put in a word for the giant catfish and sturgeon which I am told inhabit the deepest pools of the Arkansas River. Next time you go noodling for catfish or visit the Oklahoma Aquarium, pause for a moment to give respect to the Capricorns/Makaras among us!
You can find out your dominant zodiac signs and life purpose with a Vedic birth chart reading at Peace of Mind Bookstore. I will be there Saturday afternoons for the rest of January and all of February from 1-5 pm, and am available by appointment at other times.
Jan 15, 2015
Planetary weather for January, 2015.
Brrr!! I hop you all enjoyed your holiday break. Like me you are no doubt looking forward to warmer weather in Tulsa. If there are any clear nights you can enjoy the full Moon on January 4. Look for Jupiter in the night sky all month, but in particular look for Jupiter near the Moon on January 5 – in fact this entire first weekend of January it will be the brightest object other than the Moon in the night sky. The next new Moon is January 22 in sidereal Capricorn – we can expect the coldest weather of the season around then. Time for quiet and study. For thousands of years astrologers have considered deep winter the time when the planet Saturn is the strongest influence, but while we can acquire deepest insights at this time we have to work to maintain vitality. The counterpoint to Saturn is the joyous radiant energy of the Sun. Be sure to get outside if there is sunshine, if only for a five minute break! A brightly lit corner in your home, firelight or candlelight, warm spicy drinks like cider or spice tea, and cheerful company all are natural remedies which remind of us the Sun and its warmth.
I have been writing articles for AstroLogic, an on-line subscription magazine on Vedic astrology. Every month there is an astro-biography of a notable person – this month I celebrate Robin Williams. I’ve attached a portion of the article for your enjoyment. You may locate the journal at http://www.astrologicmagazine.com/home.
ASTROBIOGRAPHY OF ROBIN WILLIAMS
By Lynn Bootes
Copyright on file.
Birth Data: July 21, 1951, at 1:34 pm, in Chicago, Illinois, AA data from a birth certificate in hand, Astrodatabank.com cites collector Wilsons.
The life of a humorist is often enough shadowed by pain. For Robin Williams, known for his hilarious depiction of the alien Mork in the television sitcom “Mork and Mindy,” as the cross-dressing nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and lastly as the museum replica of Theodore Roosevelt come to life in the “Night at the Museum” movies, the pain gave his comic depictions a depth that belied the silliness. In a career which spanned four decades he played a huge range of serious roles besides. His suicide by hanging in August, 2013 shocked and saddened the public and brought attention to the issue of the suffering of those with chronic mental illness and early dementia. Only after his death did the public become aware of the full extent of his philanthropic efforts and more important, the personal support and encouragement given to fellow artists, particularly Christopher Reeve.
LAGNA 7:44 LIBRA
Libra rising people generally have a refined nature and a motivation to interact socially and express themselves artistically. Ruled by Venus, the desire nature tends to be strong. For Williams, the ruling planet Venus is in the 11th house of enjoyment and gains, foretelling the ability to express himself in public and gain from his artistic ability. But Venus is EXACTLY conjunct to Ketu, the South Node of the Moon – only 20 minutes difference between the two. If Ketu were an actual planet, the sages would call this a “planetary war,” in which one planet overwhelms the function of the other often with difficult results. Ketu is a shadow planet and cannot engage in planetary war, but such a close connection with Venus implies that Williams was constantly pushing outside the usual emotional boundaries and norms. People who saw him perform live frequently were reduced to a state of helpless exhaustion from laughter such that no comedian could ever follow him in an act. It seemed as though when he was on stage a torrent of imagination was released. Venus and Ketu is in Leo, not the most conducive to personal happiness but indicating someone who loves being on stage. Indeed throughout his life when he suffered from bouts of depression, he coped best by going back to stand-up comedy: he called it his therapy. Venus and Ketu together can also speak of a yearning for love and relationship which is not fulfilled; even though he had several marriages, children who loved him and numerous friends, to many observers he never recovered from the damage of a lonely childhood and the endless quest to engage the attention of his mother with his comedy.
He was the only son of a wealthy 46 year old Ford Motor Company executive and a fashion model with roots in Mississippi upper class society, who spent his early childhood in Lake Forest, a wealthy suburb of Chicago. His childhood was a lonely one, as an only child in a large mansion from which his parents were often absent, busy with their lives. He recalled spending countless hours dreaming up imaginary stories acted out with his large collection of toys, including over 2,000 toy soldiers, an image which brings to mind the hilarious toy soldier characters in “Night at the Museum.” Biographer Emily Herbert describes him as a “shy, plump, melacholic and quiet.”
I think this is a rather accurate birth time for several reasons. First, the lagna and lagna ruler describe him well. Second, he was born in a hospital in Chicago in a year when progressive physicians were beginning to pay close attention to resuscitating newborn infants using the methods of Dr. Virginia Apgar, and therefore they recorded birth times from the moment of emergence. Later in the article, there is confirmation in the timing of the dasha system. But most importantly, the Navamsha chart has this same Venus and Ketu conjunction in the 10th house of career – I can’t think of a better way to express that Williams would become famous for his astounding talent as an artist and performer. The Navamsha chart is calculated by dividing each of the 12 signs into 9 divisions, and then plotting them out in a separate chart. While the rising sign or lagna of the birth chart stays in the same sign for more or less two hours, the Navamsha chart changes lagna about every 13 minutes. When the Navamsha chart is strong and coherent, the astrologer can interpret this as showing the fruits of relationships and of spiritual accomplishment which may be possible in the life whose beginnings are showed in the birth chart. For Williams, in addition to the Venus and Ketu in the 10th house of the Navamsha, the Sun is in Leo in the 9th house, and three planets are in another angle: Rahu, Mars and Mercury in Pisces in the 4th house. Trust me, most of us do not get this much going on in our Navamsha charts!
A DAMAGED MOON at 15:46 AQUARIUS
The other side of the wit and the torrent of talent was Williams’ incredible depth of insight but also of depression. His Moon is in the 5th house which one associates with brilliance of mind and of artistic ability. But it is in Aquarius, a sign ruled by Saturn where depression can linger like a cold blue shadow on the north side of a building in winter. The Moon is only two degrees away from Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, the shadow planet of obsessions and unconscious drives which often enough acts a lot like Saturn in the chart. Does this Moon/Rahu combination reflect his lonely childhood and his desire to somehow attract the attention of his mother through his comic performances? I think it does, and it also hints at a double dose of depression. Saturn, the ruler of his Aquarius Moon, is in the 12th house of the birth chart in Virgo. We associate the 12th house with confinement and solitude, and despite his high public profile Williams was a very private person, who spent many hours running, cycling and walking his dogs. The confinement of substance abuse treatment can be indicated by this 12th house Saturn and Williams was in treatment a number of times, including a month before his death.
Normally we think of Saturn as being a helpful planet for Libra rising, because even though it is a malefic, it rules the favorable 4th and 5th houses for Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius. But for Williams, being born with Saturn in the 12th house, it becomes more problematic, speaking of the depressions he suffered. However, in some respects, having malefic Saturn in a malefic house can be ironically beneficial. He had the self-discipline of Saturn which he used to prepare so meticulously for his comedy routines that they appeared to have been improvised. It can be argued that without his periodic retreats to treatment programs and his habit of solitude, he would have self-destructed at a very young age.
In his Navamsha chart, Moon and Saturn are conjoined and in the very same sign as the birth chart, Aquarius. This is called Vargottama and is another sign of a powerful Navamsha chart and of the power of these two planets. In the Navamsha they are in the 3rd house, which is often active in those who use their bodies for performing music or acting.
MOON NAKSHATRA SHATABHISHAK
In addition to the twelve sign zodiac, Vedic astrology uses the older lunar zodiac of 27 constellations, the Nakshatras, to explore the emotional nature, for timing of life events and for compatibility judgments. Each of the Nakshatras comprises 13 degrees and 20 seconds of longitude, which is close to the distance on average that the Moon changes in position from night to night. Williams’ birth Nakshatra, Shatabhishak, comprises the mid-portion of Aquarius, from 6:40 to 20:00 degrees. Shatabhishak means “the hundred stars,” or the hundred physicians, and is linked with the god of the night sky and of the waters, Varuna. Another connection is to the Crown Chakra. Shatabhishak natives are often deeply intuitive and mystical and have healing abilities, but are often enough wounded themselves and susceptible to depression and addictions. It is ironic that this man who suffered so deeply from depression and committed suicide brought hope and laughter to millions of lives. The ruling planet of Shatabhishak is Rahu, the North Node, and as we have already seen, it is a very strong influence being conjoined with his birth Moon in both the natal and the Navamsha charts.
THE BRIGHTER SIDE: SUN, MERCURY, MARS AND JUPITER
I am treating these planets as a group as they stand in contrast to the elements above, and because they need to be mentioned before going into some biographical details and looking at how the dasha cycles played out. The Sun sign is Cancer and is a noon-time birth. When the Sun is prominent in the 10th house and strong, the father is often powerful, and the individual is drawn to a public career: both are true of Williams. Having Mercury in the same sign as the Sun improves the mental abilities: despite suffering from some dyslexia and probably ADHD, Williams was able to succeed as a student. As a performer he would astonish people with his ability to pull in allusions to literature, history and philosophy and then instantly follow them with absurd slapstick. Once he was an established comedian, he sought out and performed in dozens of movies as a serious actor. The ruling planet of the Sun in Cancer is the Moon which as we saw above, is in the 5th house. He found himself drawn into a career which was built around the performing arts, a 5th house matter.
Mars is in Gemini in the 9th house of the birth chart; the 9th house indicates the father and fits the description of his father’s business career; the ruling planet of the 9th house is Mercury in the 10th – he is able to use education in his career. The 11th house has Venus and Ketu in Leo as described above, and the ruling planet of the 11th house is the Sun in the 10th. Thus the 10th house planets are flanked by planets whose rulers are in the 10th house, reinforcing the potential success of the career.
Jupiter is in Pisces in the 6th house. Jupiter in Pisces is above all kind and compassionate, a trait demonstrated by Williams in his philanthropy and in his lifelong affiliation with his church of his upbringing, the Episcopal Church. The 6th house shows illness and obstacles, and the primary obstacle of Jupiter in Pisces is excess, consumption of alcohol or drugs or gambling, the inability to set limits. Williams was fortunate that he had Saturn in Virgo in opposition to Jupiter; after his first drug rehabilitation, he was able to remain sober for 20 years, a remarkable accomplishment. Jupiter is also the planet which rules the Navamsha lagna, Sagittarius. In the Navamsha, Jupiter is in the second house of wealth, and in fact, he was for many years among the wealthiest men in the United States as a result of his success in television and movies.
VEDIC ASTROLOGY LOOKS AT FAMILIES
by Lynn Bootes
Our families have such an impact on our lives, for good or ill! For many people who come through the doors of Peace of Mind Bookstore, Aquarian Age Massage, or the Church of Holistic Science, our families have been a benign influence. But sadly, many others have become estranged and found it better to keep a distance from relatives and one of the reasons we come here is for the company of like-minded individuals. Others of us are in transition, grieving the loss of someone or hoping for the appearance of a potential mate or child in our lives.
Your birth chart can show how your family appears from your unique point of view – in fact a skilled astrologer can often “rectify” an uncertain birth time by asking a few questions about the nature of the parents and siblings. For instance, I recently looked at the birth chart of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was President in the Depression and World War II. His birth time was recorded but was not exact – he could have had one of two different rising signs, but based on his biography, I picked Leo rising. In his chart this rising sign foretold a very strong-willed mother and a wealthy benign father, which was certainly the case. In the very same week, I read the chart of a worthy member of the Tulsa community, who described how his parents were well-off, but cold and distant to him, such that the housekeeper actually raised him. This, too, was reflected in his birth chart. Even in the case of siblings, the experience of family life can differ drastically depending on the rising sign and the year of birth: one child might find themselves pushed to achievement in public life, while another in the family learned to care for others.
Even in youth and young adulthood, when we are the most focused upon personal independence, it pays to be aware of the influence of our families. Even if our experience of family was not good, a horoscope reading can be invaluable for helping identify constructive influences and potential dangers coming up in our lives. After all, the Sun, Moon and stars are but manifestations of the divine order of the universe, which we can turn to for help.
perfect timing! thanks for sharing!
‘How do i live my life?’ ‘ How can i live the very best life?’- these are fundamental questions and Buddhism supplies a coherent answer to this question. Shakyamuni Buddha, the Great Teacher Tientai and Nichiren Daishonin each set forth a clear response. In particular the conclusions of Shakyamuni and Daishonin are exactly the same.
Moreover based on this conclusion Nichiren Daishonin left behind a concrete ‘TOOL’ that all people can use to become happy. He bestowed the Gohonzon- which is nothing but a “happiness producing device”
Faith is the engine that enables us to persevere in life to the very end. Our Buddhist practice serves as the propulsive force for piercing through the clouds of suffering like a rocket and powerfully ascending higher and higher, without limit, to fly serenely through the sky of happiness.
When we chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, hope and strength to always live positively…
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The lock had been busted off the backdoor. That’s how they got in. My uncle had informed us of that the day we gathered at his house to receive the torch of honor he (in lieu of his wife, my Aunt Jo Avis) passed down to us. Our family home is kept in a trust. And now it is my generations turn to uphold the honor and do the work.
I’d forgotten about the lock. It took me a second to adjust, then I walked in.
I wasn’t expecting my reaction. When I had heard of the vandalism I was upset… I was pissed. When I saw it first-hand… I was wrecked. The sense of violation, the senseless act of destruction, leveled me to the floor.
The back porch, where the vandals entered the home, steps up into the kitchen. There was a smashed coffee carafe on the floor and knives scattered about on the countertop. “My granny’s kitchen”…that’s all I could think as I began my tour of the damage.
Then to the dining room. Disaster. Mirrors smashed, my great aunt’s knick-knacks that she hand painted, smashed. Shards of glass were everywhere. The living room was worse. The marauders had taken a large heavy glass bowl and attempted to smash in the TV screens. They failed, but the glass bowl left amber tears of glass scattered over a large swath of the floor. One of the table lamps, a very large ceramic lamp, had been used to smash the window over the sofa. The table where we keep the guest book was wrecked. Pictures, knick-knacks…they were very thorough. Next to that table is the door that leads to the middle bedroom. It had some minor damage; a broken lamp and a couple of ceramic figurines…and as I began my clean-up…a different scene began to emerge. They never touched the other bedrooms.
Due to a miscommunication, I had ended up at the farm alone. The original plan was for the whole family to converge and clean up the remains. I missed out on the conversation of it being rescheduled and didn’t find out until I was half-way up there. I decided to go it alone. Once there, I knew why.
I’ve always had this sixth sense. For as long as I can remember, I have seen spirits. They communicate with me. This extra sensitivity always gave me a strange, quirky personality, and at times this ability has been down-right unnerving. Lucky for me, when I was in my 20’s, I found a place that not only didn’t judge me for this unusual gift, it allowed me to research it, to understand it, and to develop it. I owe this refined version of myself to Peace of Mind Books in Tulsa, OK.
Every person who has been up to our family farm has felt its presence. It is unbelievably peaceful and serene; a haven for us to escape the modern world. Some, like me, have felt another presence…a very old, protective influence. I had never felt it as strong as I did that Saturday when I arrived alone.
The house was eerily quiet as I set about the clean-up. Every other time, when I’m up there, it is with my large and boisterous family. I chalked the mood up to that and started in. But I could feel it. It was a male presence and it was literally hovering over me. I wasn’t scared. Like I said, I have been training and fine tuning my skills and besides…whoever this was…was family.
There is this place…we all do it…where we suspend consciousness. It’s the soft-gaze you see on those statues of Buddha and Krishna. We do it when we are on automatic pilot, when we are just going through the motions and not focusing our intent on what we are doing. While sweeping, I’d lapse into that place. And that’s when I’d hear him. “You got this, kid.” It wasn’t my own voice in my head. But I did know whose it was. It was my Granny’s brother, Uncle Ernie. When Grandpa Gallop died in the 50’s, he moved in with her and lived there until he died in the early 70’s My memories of him are very blurry. I was just a baby, but I do have hazy impressions of going to town with him, my two older sisters, and our cousin, Melissa. When I realized he was there with me, I cried. It was his sadness I was feeling…and his helplessness. He was Granny’s protector and felt guilty that he had failed. So we both had ourselves a moment, then got back to work.
I had bought a large bundle of white sage when I left work Friday. I knew the place would need to be smudged after the debris was cleared, and that’s just what I did. I walked the property to get a sense of whether they had violated any other buildings, walked down to the pond and meditated on the east bank that looks west back towards the house. It was perfection. Once I had made my preparations, I went back to do the real cleaning.
I lit my bundle and started at the front gate. I walked counter-clockwise around the property then came to the house. I entered the same way they had…through the back and drove all the energy forward and out the opened windows and doors. I concentrated more on the areas of specific damage…the smoke was thick and heavy. Once finished, I grabbed my keys and went to town. I would let the smoke settle while I was gone.
An hour later, I entered again. The smell of sage was strong, but the energy did indeed feel lighter. I sat down in the velvet armchair that faces the console TV to relax and just tune in to the energy. I began to pray, asking my ancestors’ blessing. And that’s when I saw him.
I was again in that suspended place as I was praying…my eyes slightly closed, gaze cast down. The console TV that serves as a table for the TV that actually works, directly in front of me and in its reflection, I saw something… make that someone… behind me. As soon as I focused my gaze on it, it swished away…back to the middle bedroom. But it was a person…his head and shoulder.
I’ll have to say, I was a little unsettled. I had never actually seen spirits up home before, although I have always felt their presence. I decided to go back outside and drag limbs up for my fire that I would light later when it got dark. Suddenly, I got the urge to bring the old rocking chair that sits on the back porch outside with me. It’s literally the most comfortable chair in that whole house, and it belonged to Uncle Ernie. I broke limbs, made piles of kindling, smaller logs, and then went down to the barn to grab a few logs of cured firewood. As I came back up to the house, and saw the chair, I knew why I had brought it out. He was there…hanging outside with me in his rocking chair.
I grabbed my box of wine, my cup and began preparations. As I sat down, I noticed this large, straight branch in my pile. This would make a great poker for my fire. As I studied it, I saw that it had a large knot at the top where it had originally attached to the tree that it was ripped from during the winter. “That would be a nice carving” Huh? I’ve never carved anything in my life, but felt compelled to go into the house and get the Swiss army knife from the toolbox. I spent the next few hours tuning in to this energy and carved away on this branch from my pile.
As it began getting dark, the sounds of this vast expanse of wilderness began; turkeys, coyotes, hoot owls. There are two large yard lights on poles; one in the front, one in the back where I was. But I wanted only the light of the fire so I got up and turned off the yard lights, grabbed a few items I needed from the house, then went back outside. I sat back down and immediately noticed that the back light was back on! At first I thought I’d messed up and turned the switch wrong, so I went back in and turned it off again. Then as the sounds of large critters began to surge closer, I realized it had been turned back on for a reason. There are animals out there who are not afraid of humans…and they were pretty damned close. Needless to say, I turned it back on and chuckled to myself.
He is still here… protecting us as always.
I believe those kids who broke into our family home were scared off. For some reason, they stopped when they entered the middle bedroom. If they were bent on destruction, as they seemed to be, there were plenty of mirrors and pictures left untouched in that room and the other bedrooms as well. But that was where they stopped. None of the other bedrooms were touched.
That middle bedroom was my Granny’s. It was where she slept. It was where she gave birth to her children. It is the womb, the well, and the source from which we all spring. And it is protected.
Thanks Uncle Ernie.
We got this.