Enlightened Resistance

[AR] The dark forces keep forcing, manipulating and trying to wear down the opposition. The light forces are managing to resist and hold their ground.

[JB] First phase: Resistance (electrical): incandescent light (rational fire by friction)

lightbulb

An incandescent light bulb, incandescent lamp or incandescent light globe is an electric light with a wire filament (resistor) heated to such a high temperature that it glows with visible light (incandescence).

 

Second phase: LED light bulb (intuitive clear cold light)

LEDlight

An LED lamp or LED light bulb is an electric light for use in light fixtures that produces light using one or more light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LED lamps have a lifespan many times longer than equivalent incandescent lamps and are significantly more efficient.


 

RESIST RADIATE TRANSFIGURE

 Quotes from the Technique of Light

 “As a soul I work in light and darkness cannot touch me. I take my stand within the light. I work and from that point I never move.”

 “Radiance are we and power. We stand forever with our hands stretched out, linking the heavens and the earth, the inner world of meaning and the subtle world of glamour. We reach into the light and bring it down to meet the need. We reach into the silent Place and bring from thence the gift of understanding. Thus, with the light we work and turn the darkness into day.”


 

Ohm’s Law: Triangles

VIR

Voltage (V) = Current (I) x Resistance (R)

PIV

Power (P) = Current (I) x Voltage (V)

Ref: https://www.edinformatics.com/math_science/work-energy-power.html


Mind the difference between ENERGY and POWER

Power is a (kinetic) rate of doing work (per unit of time).  Power is a measure of how quickly work can be done (according to the Plan).

Energy is the capacity for doing work in a period of time (according to the Plan). Energy is stored in electrical batteries.

A battery is a device consisting of one or more electrochemical cells with external connections provided to power electrical devices.  The usage of “battery” to describe a group of electrical devices dates to Benjamin Franklin, who in 1748 described multiple Leyden jars by analogy to a battery of cannon. Benjamin Franklin borrowed the term “battery” from the military, which refers to weapons functioning together. [Source: wikipedia]

Energy is generated and stored in the “silent place” where the Will of God is known. The batteries of the New Group of World Servers need to be periodically recharged, every 7 years, from the Central Power Station in Shamballa, by the Lord of the World wielding His Rod of Initiation, so that…

 Quotes from the Technique of Light
(continued)

“With power upon its beam, the light is focused on the goal.”

 “The power of our united light prevents the appearance of the glamour of SEPARATIVENESS [BREXIT, TRUMPISM].

The power of our united light negates the quality of the glamour from affecting humanity.

The power of our united light destroys the life behind the glamour.”

 


Fourteenth Rule of Initiation

Listen, touch, see, apply, know.

 Know, express, reveal, destroy and resurrect.

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The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ* return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men –
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

https://www.lucistrust.org/the_great_invocation



Electricity and The Great Invocation

by JB

“We shall talk and think increasingly in terms of electricity, of voltage, of intensity and of power.” -Treatise White Magic, 334

JB

A Dream

I have a dream… that one day… POLITICIANS:

  1. will not be moved by ambition to power but by aspiration for altruistic service.
  2. will not compete for power but, in sacrifice, acquiesce to the will of the soul of their country.
  3. will not misuse power to impose the little wills of human minds but will use it to implement the Plan according to the Purpose which the Masters know and serve.

Politics is about POWER, the kinetic energy propelling the potential force of LOVE.

LOVE is the substrate on which POWER operates: its motive, its compass, its magnet.

Enlightened, intelligent activity is the skill in action needed to implement the PLAN, “that measure of possibility of immediate importance which the divine Purpose can present at any given moment in time and space.” (TEL 132)

We need compassionate and enlightened wielders of POWER in the field of politics, wearing incorruptible shields of Light and Love.

[EOH] In September 1940 I gave an interpretation of a new Stanza of the Great Invocation, and in that communication I spoke of Divine Embodiments as the highest type of Avatar for which humanity could look at this point in its evolution. I spoke of the activity of the Hierarchy and of Shamballa, should these two divine Agencies decide that intervention in the form of a widespread cataclysm (engulfing all peoples) was necessary, and I referred to the emergence of inspired leadership as another and lower aspect of divine guidance and participation.[Page 301]

Such inspired leadership is now being given to humanity by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in contra-distinction to the focussed leadership of the forces of materialism through Hitler and another man in his group … Such leadership is called forth by elements present in humanity itself.

The “dynamic energy of the divine Will” (TEL 122) needs the “the duty and the responsibility of the [server in the field of politics], working under the inspiration of the Ashram, to “modify, qualify and adapt” the proposed Plan of Shamballa (for which the Ashrams are responsible) in connection with the coming civilisation and culture.”(DINA II, 278)

I have a dream… that one day… POLITICIANS will be sworn in to their elected office with this pledge, in sealing the door where evil dwells:

“In the centre of the will of God I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from His.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the Triangle divine, work out that will
Within the square and serve my fellowmen.”

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth, a Plan of Right Human Relations (social justice) leading to a permanent PEACE on Earth.

-José Becerra

Brexit 2018

DN 81: London, the heart centre of the [U.K.] is ruled spiritually by Leo … and it is, therefore, the soul factor which links Great Britain to France and which should assist spiritually the Leo nature of the French Personality. …  It is the Leo aspect also which links London to Berlin, but it is Leo in its more self-assertive aspect and hence some of the difficulty and hence also the close and not to be evaded relationship between London-Paris-Berlin, a triangle of force which conditions Europe most potently.  It is between these three that the destiny of the race of men in the immediate future lies, and again the question arises:  Will the coming decisions [Page 82] be based upon the good of the whole or upon the good of a part of the whole?

TRIANGLES visualization
for an organic integration of the European Union

countries_europe_map2

[Adapted from:  https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/europe_map.htm]

From the center which we call the human race, we INVOKE the support of the spiritual Hierarchy to REVOKE Brexit, and EVOKE the Power of Light and Love from the Center where the Will of God is known. -JB

The New Group of World Servers unambiguously support the nonpartisan values we should live by, such as the principle of sharing and internationalism, regardless of any party supporting it. -JB


 The European Union:
UNITED, DIVERSE and PLURAL

 Bound by a common purpose,
regional and planetary in scope,
according to the Plan.

 Two of the five planetary inlets are in the European Union:

  • London for the British Commonwealth,
  • Geneva for continental Europe and Russia.

R&I 586:  … the New Group of World Servers.  All disciples and initiates in physical manifestation are at this time members of that group, which is the focal point of the present effort being made by the Hierarchy.  Through it spiritual energy from five of the Ashrams is flowing.  These five are:

  1. The Ashram of the Master K.H., particularly in regard to the work of education.
  2. The Ashram of the Master D.K. (myself), particularly in regard to aspirants for initiation.
  3. The Ashram of the Master R., particularly in regard to the reorganising and the reconstruction of Europe, from the point of view of economics. 
  4. The Ashram of the Master Morya, as He seeks to find, influence and direct the activities of workers in the political field throughout the planet.
  5. The Ashram of the Master Hilarion, as He supervises the discoveries (and the application of such discoveries) of the scientific movement in the world today.

You will note, therefore, the profound and widespread interest of this field of energy wherein ray energy is now active.

DINA II, 596: The Master R.—as the Lord of Civilisation—is also closely involved; He is also—and this is of major importance—Regent of Europe.

DINA II, 593: Master R. in whose hands lies the rehabilitation of Europe…

DINA II: The work of salvaging Europe, spiritually and psychologically, which is our main preoccupation, must go on. It [Page 499] must be entirely divorced from politics and partisanships, and I am asking all of you who are my pledged workers to move forward in this spiritual undertaking.

 


Astrology, Brexit and Global Healing

by Roy Gillett

© Roy Gillett – first published by The Astrological Journal, 2016 / The Astrological Association of Great Britain / 01.09.2016

If the three UK General Elections above occurred at times when the astro-cycles were ripe for unavoidable radical change, there could not have been worse astro-cycles than those of the months surrounding 23 June 2016 to hold a vote on an issue that marked a far more important constitutional change than any of them. The actual Bill that called the referendum was debated and received Royal Assent around the first exact Saturn in Sagittarius-Neptune in Pisces square on 26 November 2015. It called for a decision based on a simple majority of those voting. This may suit a by- or general election, whose result can be reversed in a few years. However, a constitutional change, designed to stand for at least a generation, usually requires a much more substantial majority; perhaps 60% of those voting, or 50% of all people registered to vote. The voting was to be on 23 June, five days after the second Saturn-Neptune exact retrograde square.  Jupiter in Virgo was three days from its reckless trine to Pluto that was rising in Capricorn.

EU Referendum

With the associated Grand Cross, the astro-cycles clearly indicated the nature of the campaign; one characterised by confusion, manipulation, fear (immigrants, especially Turks, if we remain; economic disaster if we leave), abandonment of reason, blame and intolerance. Far too many people would base their vote on prejudice or treat the process as a by-election to teach the establishment a lesson.

The outcome and the way it was received could hardly have been more like the nature of the transits. 51.9% to leave was held to be a sacrosanct democratic lifetime decision, although it represented just 37% of the registered voters and 33% of the adult population. Soon after the vote was announced, key leaders on both sides either resigned or withdrew, leaving others to sort out the future. As Jupiter exactly trined Pluto, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn was blamed and was largely abandoned by his parliamentary party, even though his own constituents had voted overwhelming to remain and most of his Labour MP critics’ voters had decided the other way. Was a more long-term malaise in Labour support the real reason?2

When Mars made a direct station on 29 June, Michael Gove withdrew his support from Boris Johnson (“Et tu Gove” was the front page headline of one national newspaper). The Conservative Party originally decided to announce their new leader on 9 September, the day before the third and final Saturn-Neptune square. It seemed that the entire period of that square was to be taken up with the preparation, decision, and then indecision concerning the Brexit vote.

Then came Theresa May enjoying her Jupiter return on 6 July 2016 (could it be near the MC in Virgo with late Scorpio rising?3). This Libran with strong Virgo planets was dominant enough to spare the nation a bruising contest, but her task ahead will be far from easy. In the coming few months, transiting Pluto trines her Jupiter, and Saturn retrogrades back towards her progressed Sun and Saturn, and then forward across her progressed Mercury.

Brexit, Europe and today’s world events in their historical context

UK/EU split

In the midst of this Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces time, as we struggle for survival out of the debris of the massive upheaval of the 2012-14 Uranus-Pluto squares, people all over the world are making massive, poorly-conceived decisions and performing the most ruthless actions for short-sighted and selfish reasons. We are in one of the most unreliable periods in human history, when it is vital to learn from the past. The list (see the ‘Saturn-Neptune 90-degree separations 1900 to 2030’ box at the end of this essay) shows how direly disturbing outcomes associated with Saturn-Neptune 90-degree separations can be.

The 2015-16 Saturn-Neptune square has been greatly empowered by its t-square to Jupiter in Virgo; all climaxing in a mutable Grand Cross through the late spring and summer, as inner planets transited Gemini.

Events for Britain and all over the world could well lead to terrible outcomes, for which our times will be remembered. Is it destined that we are doomed, or can astrological understanding guide us to doing something better with the future?

The Capricorn triple conjunction

With Saturn joining Pluto in Capricorn from December 2017 and connecting to the 1066 English and 1801 UK charts,4 which have their MC-IC axes reversed across Capricorn-Cancer, it would have been difficult for the UK to stay in Europe whatever the outcome. With the triple conjunction transiting across the EU’s Uranus-Neptune conjunction (2017-20),5 it too is due for radical change. So, should we have stayed and helped guide the transition? With less rush to decide, delaying the Referendum vote until the end of 2016 or spring 2017 would have enabled a less frenetic, more considered discussion of the idealism unpinning both sides of the argument.

Because it did not happen this way, the UK has to cope with the bad impression our unilateral decision may have created. Are the majority of British people motivated by self-interest, less concerned with the disadvantaged in the poor parts of Europe; only willing to help refugees if they stay a safe distance away, close to the borders of their country?

It is never too late to turn such impressions around. It could be argued that the EU is a club for the privileged that slowly allows in a few of the less well-off, but essentially operates at the expense of the under-privileged masses in the rest of the world. The astro-cycles since 2008 have been accompanied by so much destruction, suffering and confusion that an anarchy of blame and retribution screams out mindlessly on all sides all over the world. As the Saturn-Neptune square eases into the autumn, wherever we are in the world, negotiations that enable rather than defend selfish interests, that are inclusive without exposing vulnerability, that share rather than exploit, could go a long way towards easing tension. As boiling resentment and outrage cool, will we start preferring to solve our problems, to turn away from the constant desire for revenge that only makes them worse?

http://www.astro.com/astrology/aa_article160901_e.htm


Brexit or not, here is what is important for the UK

by Malvin Artley

Why Brexit, why now? What was the real reason behind it?Neoliberalism was introduced into the mainstream, meaning primarily by governments of the US, UK and eventually the EU, starting in the latter half of the 1970s. It is a system that cuts taxes for the rich and corporations, cuts social services and governmental departments, induces austerity measures, moves production offshore for cheaper labor costs, minimizes regulations (another word for public protections), encourages competition and inequality and rewards the very successful while denigrating those who are not. It is neo-liberal ideology that has gutted trade unions and collective bargaining and is causing the collapse of infrastructure in nations like the US, UK and Italy, to name just a few. Common sense says that if taxes are cut and wealthier people and corporations are not paying their fair share, then there is a downward spiral and there will be little left to support infrastructure or entitlements. We would have to rely on the beneficence of the wealthy. The advocates of this system use the word ‘freedom’ as a catch-call, whereas for the average  person it tends to create debt slavery and a meaner society.

The people who came up with the Brexit scheme were a group of financiers and corporatists along with thinkers in shallow tanks centered in the heart of the City of London who have pushed the scheme since 2011. Most of these people were disaffected back-benchers who in reality were pushing a “far-right ideology designed to deliver a low-tax, small state, deregulated economy that will have a detrimental effect on the lives of the very UK citizens they coerced into believing they were voting Leave for reasons other than to negatively impact the NHS, public services, schools and the day-to-day lives of the vast majority of the people of the UK.” (see linked article). Enter David Cameron.

Cameron was PM starting in 2010 until he resigned after the Brexit vote. He is a member of the Conservatives, but was opposed to the Brexit idea, preferring instead to stay in the EU and work to change the regulations from within. This was just after the Lisbon Treaty of 2009, which allowed for freedom of movement between EU member states. From the Eurozone financial crisis of 2011, the Greek debt crisis of 2013 to the migrant crisis of 2015, he had his hands full with the conservatives and a conservative press that was constantly harping on the evils of the EU. To cut a long story short,Cameron called the Brexit vote, but he did so to calm divisions within his own party, not because he thought it was good for Britain. It was a play for domestic politics. Instead, what he got was the UK leaving the EU and his own fall from power. He simply wanted his own party to stop ‘banging on about the EU’.

The tipping point for the British public was the Lisbon Treaty, which allowed for freedom of movement in the EU, even to people from outside the EU. They also saw what happened to the Greeks in 2013. The migrant problem was especially driven home with an influx of Eastern Europeans and the migration crisis brought on by the war in Syria. This was used to great effect by the Leave campaign to sway public opinion. One of the big factors magnified in the Brexit vote by the Leave campaign was xenophobia, not about real issues. For the most part the British public was more concerned about the NHS and home-grown issues than they were about foreigners, but the campaign by the Leave group swung just enough voters by that meme to clinch the Brexit vote. Thus, when it came to the actual vote, it was won by a campaign of intense nationalism, wild untrue claims about both potential immigrants and finances, sloganeering about British exceptionalism and Tory claims about bringing back British sovereignty, when most of the British public had little idea what that term really meant. It should be noted here that neither Brexit nor Article 50 are binding, i.e., they can be rescinded by a vote of Parliament. There would be no need for another referendum should the British decide they wanted to stay.

The directions to the chart of the UK (1 Jan 1801 at midnight, London) on the day of the vote show the directed Vertex and Pluto both aspecting Neptune (governing plebiscites), showing the dubious nature of the vote. Transiting Mars was two minutes away from a square to the natal Saturn, and retrograde at that, a harbinger of bad decision-making coupled with over-confidence and even hubris. Transiting Venus was square the Kingdom’s horizon, showing the split nature of the vote and just behind the MC in the 9th house, showing the possibility of foreign influence in the vote, which there was,from the US (and here) and from Russian oligarchs living in London. And, transiting Pluto, itself retrograde, had just passed its square the natal Vertex axis, bringing up all the subconscious elements that were manipulated in the lead-up to the vote. We should add that the Vertex in the UK chart is conjunct the north node in the 7th house, representing the public in general as a partnership, along with enemies of the state, litigation and conflicts. But perhaps the most revealing direction was that of Neptune to the Pluto/Ascendant midpoint, from the 9th house (again, foreign influence): “The experiencing of a most awkward and unfortunate situation”, as well as “the misfortune to suffer the ill effects of…malicious and deceitful people in one’s environment”.[i] The chart (bigger) is below:

I have heard many people say that the Brexit vote was the ‘will of the people’, in the same vein that Trump’s election was. Neither outcome reflected a decisive will of the populace. Instead, what we had was confusion, protest votes and manipulation on both sides of the Atlantic. They were typical referendums on hot-topic issues, in other words. It is emotions that win referendums, not truth in most cases. Where does that leave us, then? There is debate ongoing in Parliament, with a vote due on the 11th of December. Accompanying that, there is a powerful astrological influence we want to consider here, which began to affect the UK in September.

The particular astrological direction that points to the problems that beset British politics today, and thus the health and well-being of the populace, is of Pluto with its hard aspects, including the semisquare and sesquisquare, to the horizon of any chart. As it happens, Pluto has just entered with a degree of orb approaching its conjunction with the Ascendant of the United Kingdom, the latter being the current political structure under which the UK operates. Pluto entered that one degree of orb, which is the usual orb allowed for a solar arc, around the middle of September this year. I have personal experience with that solar arc, having gone through it some years ago. And I can tell you it is not an easy experience. But when the dust settles, it leaves one on a new course in life. It has been called a ‘major life milestone’ among the solar arcs. There are several such, but we’ll limit our view to this particular one  here.

The solar arc of Pluto to the horizon can refer to many things, but in particular it can relate to relationship breakups, particularly ones where a person is duped or manipulated somehow (Pluto), possible legal troubles, identity crises, deep inner searching and the like (horizon). Perhaps the idea is clear enough. Now, before we get too far into this and jump to the conclusion that this somehow marks the split of the UK from the EU – it may or may not – this does mark the public upheaval we are seeing, the facts from under the covers coming to light, the influence of big money showing through and deep inner questioning about  the place of Britain in the world, Pluto themes one and all. Other than breakups, that solar arc can also simply mean a profound inner searching. Pluto governs the subconscious, the underworld, hidden agendas, subterfuge, the mass subconscious and also regeneration, new growth (as in pruning a plant, for example) and in general, getting rid of the ‘dead wood’. I have heard many people say that there is plenty of dead wood in politics to cut away.

https://malvinartley.com/blog.malvinartley.com/2018/12/03/brexit-or-not-here-is-what-is-important-for-the-uk/

Thank you for this review and summary of causes for Brexit. A hard core of racist xenophobic nationalism mingled with neoliberal corporate interests are two major factors to explain both Trumpism and Brexit. What seems to be missing in the UK is the apocalyptic ideology of the Evangelical fascism, as Chris Hedges calls it. On the astrological analysis, I suggest you also review the Saturn-Neptune synodic cycle, as it relates both to the UK and the rise and fall of the USSR. Great job. -JB


 

IDEOLOGY STRUGGLES (Saturn/Neptune) 1989 – 2026

(36 year cycle)

The present Saturn/Neptune cycle started very recently in March 1989 and reached its Quarter stage  (+90 degrees) in June 1998. The Halfway stage occurred in August 2006 and the Three quarter stage ( +270 degrees) will occur in November 2015. (The next cycle will commence in 2026).

What might the cycle mean ?

We have given the generic meaning of this cycle as ‘The Implementation or restriction of collective ideals’ – in other words ‘converting ideals into practice’ or ‘preventing ideals from becoming reality’. Whereas the Neptune/Pluto cycle signifies how collective idealism in the form of religion, philosophy and long term societal goals becomes completely transformed and whereas the Uranus/Neptune cycle signifies how innovative intellectual, technological or aesthetic ideas get taken up as ideals, the Saturn/Neptune cycle deals with how ideals which have been created, written about, voiced, discussed or debated start getting actually adopted or put into practice – or are prevented from that happening.

In the Saturn/Uranus cycle we looked at how a new mindset sweeps away the Status Quo, in this cycle we look at how ideals become the Status Quo. Here we shall be looking at the conjunction for clear indications that new societal ideals make their first start to becoming accepted as the norm. Throughout history this conjunction would not so much coincide therefore with the beginning of restructuring, overthrow and later dissolution of the established order but with the early manifestation, the struggle to get adopted and the widespread acceptance of new ideals or ideologies.

PRECISE SYNCHRONICITY WITH RISE AND FALL OF COMMUNISM

In this chapter we shall demonstrate the precise synchronicity between the Saturn/Neptune cycle  and the birth, growth difficulties, peak of influence, terminal crisis and death of Communism as a global ideology. At the 1846 Saturn/Neptune conjunction the Communist Manifesto was published. At the 1989 Saturn/Neptune conjunction the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR crumbled. Sceptics may be justified in seeing this as a coincidence. But as we shall see when the 1882 and 1917 conjunctions, which came in between. fit the pattern, the cycle begins to gain considerable credibility. Historians need to check out this extraordinary 143 year long match between communism and this cycle. See separate webpage titled ‘Communism’.

http://cyclesofhistory.com/ideologystruggles-1989-2026/


 

Saturn-Neptune cycle: the actualization of a dream.

This synod occurs every 36 years on an averaged out basis because of Saturn’s high orbital eccentricity. It will always have as its focus the need to make real an inner vision. A theme of oneness always reverberates through this cycle.

http://www.historicalastrology.com/planetary-synodic-cycles/saturn-conjunct-neptune/

The last conjunction of Saturn and Neptune occurred in a three-passage series (due to Saturn’s retrograde motion) March 3, 1989 through November 13, 1989 at 10-12º Capricorn. The next conjunction will take place in a single passage on February 20, 2026, at 0º Aries. That will be a very significant one because it takes place at the beginning of the tropical zodiac, or the same degree of the Sun as it begins the season of spring every year. The last time Saturn and Neptune were conjunct in early Aries was in 555 AD.

  • March – November 1989 (conjunction, start of first phase)
  • June 1998 – April 1999 (waxing square, start of second phase)
  • August 2006 – June 2007 (opposition, start of third phase)
  • November 2015 – September 2016 (waning square, start of fourth and last phase)
  • February 2026 (conjunction, end of old cycle, start of new cycle)

 

RUSSIA AND SATURN/NEPTUNE

Each of these phases, or hard aspects, is important. When the new cycle begins at the conjunction, it sets into a motion certain themes (political, social, economic) that will likely be highlighted at each of the following four phases. Not only are the themes similar, but the same regions of the world are often highlighted on the world stage. For example, in 1989, the fall of Russian Communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union occurred. Over 300 million new consumers were freed to participate in the free world market economy. Russia lost its status as a world superpower, but its citizens, and the citizens of its satellites in the Soviet Union, were released (and exposed) to many of the freedoms of the rest of the western world.

In 1998-99, under the first quarter square of Saturn/Neptune (first phase), Vladimir Putin became the new Prime Minister of Russia. By the end of 1999, he assumed the role of President upon the resignation of Boris Yeltsin. A new era was now being birthed.

The opposition of Saturn and Neptune unfolded in 2006-2007. This was a time of increasing dissent by those who protested against Putin’s new policies.  In September 2007, Putin dissolved the government in order to have a “free hand in the run up to the parliamentary elections.”2 He was barred from running for a third presidential term in 2008, but this maneuver allowed him to retain great powers before the new president took office.

The third phase, known as the waxing square, now occurs in 2015-2016. After years of economic and political decline since 1989, Russia is again back on the world stage (under Putin’s leadership), once again asserting itself as a world super power and expanding its range of political influence in many of the same regions it controlled prior to 1989 – and more. Thus, it is easy to make the forecast that in 2016, Russia’s expansion and status as a world super power will likely continue. However, the fourth and final phase of this Saturn/Neptune cycle also begins now and will last through 2026.

The last phase of any cycle is usually the period where all the advances of the first three phases – and especially the first phase – are re-examined and determined to be obsolete. They are no longer practical or useful. They are torn down, as new models for a new future are being conceived. Any remnants of the first phase are pushed aside as no longer relevant, and anyone who still supports them is considered “behind the times.”

The progressive reforms undertaken by Russia in 1989, at the time of the conjunction of Saturn and Neptune, fit this category. They are no longer relevant to Russia. Any reminder of them during the next 9-10 years – and efforts to return to the conditions of 1989-1998 – are likely to fail. Yet there is another new model that is being built and not yet finished, not until 2026. The Russia one sees today is not the Russia of 1989-1998. It will also not be the Russia that will be in force in 10 years. We may see a Russia that is stronger and more powerful as a world super power than ever before. It is possible that in the next ten years, Russia will become the world’s dominant super power. Or, we may see a Russia that once again disintegrates, loses everything it has built (perhaps due to economic mismanagement), and is forced to start anew, just as happened in 1917 (Bolshevik Revolution), 1952-53 (death of Stalin), and 1988-1989 (breakup of the Soviet Union), which were the last three times that Saturn and Neptune conjoined.

https://www.isarastrology.org/news/102/raymond-merriman-the-saturn-neptune-phases


 

Life to Live and Dreams to Dream: The Saturn–Neptune Cycle in Movies and History

by Shawn Nygaard

© Shawn Nygaard – first published by The Mountain Astrologer in 2016 / 04.02.2016

The Saturn–Neptune Conjunction of 1989: What We Stay Alive For

Our current Saturn–Neptune cycle began in March 1989 with the two planets conjunct at 12° Capricorn. On June 2, 1989, the movie Dead Poets Society was released, a movie that captures the essence of the Saturn–Neptune conjunction with poetic precision.

As a teacher, John Keating is not only introducing his students to the class syllabus, he’s also evoking the entire period of Western history known as the Romantic Era, which spans from roughly the late 18th century through a majority of the 19th century and includes Neptune’s discovery in 1846. In the same way that Uranus was discovered in 1781 amidst the scientific revolution and the Age of Reason, and symbolically represent the qualities of revolution and a brilliant scientific mind, it was within an atmosphere infused with Romanticism that the passionate heart of Neptune was discovered. What, then, is Romanticism?

The Romantic Era emerged in part as a reaction to the hyper-analytical and rational mind of the Age of Reason. Yet, it also emerged as a natural next step. After the Industrial, French, and American Revolutions rearranged the order of the external world for many, the Romantic Era continued that revolution internally, focusing on the interior life of the individual. As the external governing forces fell, an internal governing force emerged: the imagination. Most significantly, the Romantic Era “gave privilege to the imagination as a faculty higher and more inclusive than reason.”4 By making imagination a priority, the Romantics were recognizing the a priori nature of imagination — that it’s there first. As van Gogh expressed it, “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.”5

See, Romanticism has less to do with the kind and quality of books found in the romance section of a modern bookstore and everything to do with the kind of imagination Romantic poet William Blake was describing when he wrote: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.”6 This is the Neptunian imagination that coursed through the Romantic Era. Said poet John Keats, “My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk.”7 Keats’s description of Saturn that begins his epic poem Hyperion is a far cry from the standard astrological description:

Deep in the shady sadness of a vale
Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn,
Far from the fiery noon, and eve’s one star,
Sat gray-hair’d Saturn, quiet as a stone,
Still as the silence round about his lair;
Forest on forest hung about his head
Like cloud on cloud.

Romanticism places high value on intensity and depth of emotional feeling, on Beauty, and on experiences that find their expression largely in the arts, from literature and drama to music, painting, and poetry. As a matter of fact, sales of poetry far exceeded prose during the Romantic Era, and culture thrived.

http://www.astro.com/astrology/tma_article160205_e.htm


N.B.: I was born during the Saturn conjunct Neptune of 1951-1953. -JB

 

 

No Dharma Higher Than Truth

Truth is nonpartisan. There’s no possible stance of neutrality in facing it, not even for nonprofit organizations fearful of losing their tax exempt status. We either accept or reject it. Neutrality is rejection by ambivalent attrition.

Ambivalence is mostly due to our inability to hear, touch and see a recognizable truth. If we can’t discern the good, the true and the beautiful from the evil, the false and the ugly, and act on it, what good is any esoteric training for –here and now- except for some vague future accomplishment?

May the Power of our united Light prevent the appearance, negate the quality and destroy the life of all lies, particularly the Egregor of Prevarications currently dwelling in the White House of the United States of America. -JB

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The Hierarchical Plan and the World Situation Today


[JB] Excerpts from the book review by Michiko Kakutani focusing on “the  president’s inability to process reality or step beyond his own narcissistic delusions…”

A version of this article appears in print on April 13, 2018, on Page A19 of the NYT New York edition with the headline: Face to Face With President, Without Mincing Words.


 

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In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey calls the Trump presidency a “forest fire” that is doing serious damage to the country’s norms and traditions.

“This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty.”

[…]

“The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.”

An earlier visit to Trump Tower in January made Comey think about the New York Mafia social clubs he knew as a Manhattan prosecutor in the 1980s and 1990s — “The Ravenite. The Palma Boys. Café Giardino.”

The central themes that Comey returns to throughout this impassioned book are the toxic consequences of lying; and the corrosive effects of choosing loyalty to an individual over truth and the rule of law. Dishonesty, he writes, was central “to the entire enterprise of organized crime on both sides of the Atlantic,” and so, too, were bullying, peer pressure and groupthink — repellent traits shared by Trump and company, he suggests, and now infecting our culture.

We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country,” Comey writes, “with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.”

“A Higher Loyalty” is the first big memoir by a key player in the alarming melodrama that is the Trump administration.

[…]

Comey is blunt about what he thinks of the president, comparing Trump’s demand for loyalty over dinner to “Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony — with Trump, in the role of the family boss, asking me if I have what it takes to be a ‘made man.’”

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Put the two men’s records, their reputations, even their respective books, side by side, and it’s hard to imagine two more polar opposites than Trump and Comey: […]

One is an avatar of chaos with autocratic instincts and a resentment of the so-called “deep state” who has waged an assault on the institutions that uphold the Constitution.
The other is a straight-arrow bureaucrat, an apostle of order and the rule of law, […]

One uses language incoherently on Twitter and in person, emitting a relentless stream of lies, insults, boasts, dog-whistles, divisive appeals to anger and fear, and attacks on institutions, individuals, companies, religions, countries, continents.

The other chooses his words carefully to make sure there is “no fuzz” to what he is saying, […]

One is an impulsive, utterly transactional narcissist who, so far in office, The Washington Post calculated, has made an average of six false or misleading claims a day; a winner-take-all bully with a nihilistic view of the world. “Be paranoid,” he advises in one of his own books. In another: “When somebody screws you, screw them back in spades.”

The other wrote his college thesis on religion and politics, embracing Reinhold Niebuhr’s argument that “the Christian must enter the political realm in some way” in order to pursue justice, which keeps “the strong from consuming the weak.”

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It’s ironic that Comey, who wanted to shield the F.B.I. from politics, should have ended up putting the bureau in the midst of the 2016 election firestorm; just as it’s ironic (and oddly fitting) that a civil servant who has prided himself on being apolitical and independent should find himself reviled by both Trump and Clinton, and thrust into the center of another tipping point in history.

They are ironies that would have been appreciated by Comey’s hero Niebuhr, who wrote as much about the limits, contingencies and unforeseen consequences of human decision-making as he did about the dangers of moral complacency and about the necessity of entering the political arena to try to make a difference.

Michiko Kakutani, former chief book critic for The New York Times, is the author of the forthcoming book “The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump.”

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/books/review/james-comey-a-higher-loyalty.html


GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with ‘ego’ attack

The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Thursday kicked off its ad campaign against former FBI Director James Comey ahead of the release of his new book, releasing a mock cover of the memoir attacking the former FBI chief’s “ego.”

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Comey compares Trump to a mob boss in the book and reveals that Trump asked him to probe salacious allegations in an unverified dossier of opposition research compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

The former FBI director writes that Trump repeatedly brought up the unproven allegation that while staying in Russia, he asked prostitutes to urinate on a bed previously used by the Obamas.

According to the New York Post, Comey wrote that Trump “brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ … adding that it bothered him if there was ‘even a one percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought it was true.”

Trump denied the allegations in conversations with Comey, and said that he didn’t like how the claims affected the first lady, according to The Washington Post.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-unveils-mock-cover-of-comey-book-with-‘ego’-attack/ar-AAvPysl


Comey on a Trump impeachment

https://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=54492973