Alabaster Disaster and
Be careful as you enter this time, as
there may be attempted comedy in progress,
even repeated attempts at Aquarian
comedy in this space, like this one
done by the author last month in Honolulu,
Kailua and Waialua, Hawaii. It is vital
that human beings learn to practice
the power of comedy without wounding
I just got back from
and my suitcase set
off an alarm for explosives
at LAX airport. My bag was searched
by the Transportation Security Administration.
Boy, is America ever lucky they did
it, because my
bag was full of dangerous stuff.
There were papyrus
paintings rolled up in a tube with just enough room inside for
a stick of dynamite if
I had one. It was
I had some galabiyas, the Middle-Eastern robes like this one, the kind that are worn by Osama bin Laden. Was that ever suspicious.
I had a big crystal
cluster with gold quartz on the top
and alabaster on the bottom. It weighed
two and a half pounds, so I could have
used it to conk somebody on the head, even a
high official. Is America lucky
the TSA inspector dropped
the crystal and broke it in three pieces. Now
one of them could still raise a bump on your head,
but they couldn't assassinate anyone
unless they were thrown by somebody
a lot stronger than me.
They found a bottle
of liquid oxygen, and I said it was medicine to increase the oxygen
in my blood. "Do you have a prescription
for this?" the TSA person. "No, it's a natural remedy.
I don't need a prescription
for it. Would
you like to see me put a few drops under
my tongue?" She would not.
The weird thing was
what the inspectors missed. I had
24 bottles of flower remedies and
essential oils that can promote healing and
induce states of love, desire, joy,
passion, serenity and bliss. Any one
of these things is a distraction from the alertness
we need to maintain at all times.
They even missed this. I got two of these from a guy selling them out of a box on the July 26 Street in Cairo -- and if they're that easily available, who knows how many more of them there might be?As you can see, it's a Santa Claus hat, but look, it's covered with little gold crescent moons and stars, which are the symbols of . . . that's right, Islam. It is clear, tangible, undeniable proof, right in my hands -- and these flashing stars are sure to captivate the kids -- that Islam is out to destroy America by taking over Christmas itself. The Islamic Santa Claus Hat is grim evidence indeed.
my bag a little
more, they found it:
thing that blew the needle
right into the orange. The infernal machine, the
was -- a plastic bottle of water from the Nile
It may seem impossible to you that a bottle of water could
actually explode in fire. It's never
happened -- but it could. Maybe those
TSA sensors were on to something. After
all, the water of the Nile is the living
body of the lady Isis herself, the infinite
source and stream of love and abundance,
forgiveness and kindness, compassion
and mercy. There is not telling what
dislocation might ensue if these things
get into a river near a major American
city, even invade the water table of
all North America.
For guidance through them, we look to
the astral dynamics of the month. (Or
skip the astrology
rubrics and go to Breakout!)
This month Neptune in Aquarius and the Moon's
Node in Taurus are in square (90° angle) to
each other, necessitating a discussion between the
mystic placement of Neptune in Aquarius and the
earth bone of Taurus. If you wonder why anyone would
counsel "Trust No One", this is a time
when that paradigm could make sense to the most
fear-held human beings.
2/3: Mars enters Taurus, ruled by Venus, where he is "in detriment" (until March 20). The idea here is that the male is temporarily whipped, held within the majesty of the goddess in her power. The reverse of this power position occurs, naturally, when Venus is in Aries, ruled by Mars (2/9 below), and is the self-hurting female who will not break free from a relationship that does not serve her. For now, the goddess has the lights and the cards, and runs the show. Note that this love and power surge occurs on the wonderful feast of Aetsubun on 2/3.
2/5 - 6: Full Moon
in Leo opposite Sun in Aquarius, grand cross with
Moon's Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio. The implications
of this majestic alignment -- enriched by tension
between the individual and the collective -- make
this a volatile and very fluid window for the influencing
of mass opinions in several places.
2/6 - 7: Mercury
exits Capricorn and enters Aquarius, until 2/25.
For the significance of Mercury's actions from January
through March, see Mythic Prelude to January,
2004. The weekend of Feb. 14 - 15, when Mercury
crosses over Neptune in Aquarius, is excellent for
ceremonies and gatherings in celebration of spiritual
2/8: Venus enters
the Mars-ruled sign of Aries, where she is "in
detriment", until 3/5. The Stanley Kowalski
and Stella placement. The goddess stays within the
painful, loveless fight with her god over pleasure
and experience, because she fears what she might
meet or miss if she were alone.
2/19 - 20: New Moon
conjunct Sun in Pisces, both planets conjunct Uranus,
with all three quintile (72°, one-fifth of a
circle) from the Moon's North Node (Dragon's Head)
in Taurus, and Pluto in Sagittarius. The main idea
here is that this New Moon is loaded with new creative
possibilities, especially for the shared creativity
of groups (Dragon's Head), provided that the ego
rush of glamorous secrecy surrounding powerful new
inventions and ideas does not lead again, as it
usually does now, to ridiculous cloak-and-dagger
scenarios (Pluto) and extremes of concealment,
spying and general mistrust. Especially for those
who think themselves most truthful, it will be hard
to resist the temptation to get even with pigheaded
authorities by being as suspicious and opaque as
those who are asking the questions.
2/25: Mercury enters
Pisces, where he is both "in detriment"
and "in fall" (until 3/11 - 12). This
situation, in which the noble and truthful energy
of Thoth/Hermes/Mercury is temporarily blocked and
impeded, and is tempted toward compromise and corruption,
is one of the main reasons why Pisces month (2/19
- 3/20 is so dreary: the painful realization hits
-- that glib communicators are easily corrupted
with flattery, intimidated with empty threats and
bribed with perks, and the main difference between
reporters and prostitutes, really, is that whores
a sense of ethics, a moral boundary between the
soul and the things one will not do.
This day bears and rewards special examination,
for a momentous event we are about to look at. Astrology
Detail Alert: skip to end of this paragraph
if you like: On Feb. 25 Mars is conjunct the Moon's
North Node (Dragon's Head) in Taurus, and both planets
are trine (120° from) Jupiter in Virgo and square
(90° from) Neptune in Aquarius. While all this
is going on, the Sun is conjunct both Mercury and
Uranus in Pisces, and all three are trine Saturn
in Cancer, sextile (60°) the Moon and quintile
(72° from) Pluto in Sagittarius, which in turn
is trine to Venus in Aries. It is worth noting how
much of this spectacular planetary design carries
the energy of the breakout to freedom, as Mercury,
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all in signs
where they are said to be "in detriment",
their power blocked and weakened, and they long
for release, and return to their full scope and
It is thus crucial that the moment of Feb. 25 be seen for what it is: not some grand celestial pageant by Tiepolo, like the Harmonic Concordance last Nov. 8, but an alliance among the walking wounded and the unjustly confined, who are determined to get back to the health that is their right, the places where they belong and the freedom they want. In other words, the essence of this combination is revolutionary -- especially as Uranus is a major player -- in the literal sense that power is "turning back" from those who have seized it, but do not deserve it, to those who do deserve it, but have lost it. The word "revolution" is so charged, in so many minds, with so much passion and drama, that it is usually pictured in blood and fire, and other images of fear. This persistence of grim imagery and memory -- of Jacobins, Bolsheviks, Red Guards and other artists of other people's pain -- is in fact the main block to the Aquarian Revolution that is now inevitably underway. Those who cannot yet envision the Aquarian style of revolution -- in which collective inner change first happens instantly and quietly, then manifests outwardly later -- had best pray for relief from their tapes and pictures of grief, and soothe the violence in their minds, through the practice of love.
One cue as to what type of "turning
back" we can expect is that this
time the tired and the poor, the dejected
and disempowered, the people
to whom Jesus ministered, are looking to form alliances
and take action. And on Feb. 25, Mel Gibson's The
Passion of Christ opens in theatres across North America. Veteran broadcaster Paul Harvey calls it, "a kind of art that is a rarity in life, the kind that makes heaven touch earth." It is reported in some circles to convey stereotypical anti-Semitic images. It will or will not hit America like a tsunami. The transformation that The Passion of Christ will amplify, and in some
measure help to generate, will not be immediately seen or
verbalized -- especially as three planets now struggle
for air while in Pisces -- but it will be felt.
And will be seen more clearly by the end of March.
It remains true that dishonesty
is invariably the product of fear (if anyone knows
the source of this idea, please tell me), and love
is invariably the antidote to lies, so let us love,
calm fear and persevere until the Spring. Keep Holding
Copyright 2004 Dan Furst
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