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Yes, showbiz is once again the main metaphor of the month, as it was eleven months ago, when spiritual evolution activists all over the planet called Places, Please for the runup to the Harmonic Concordance of November 8, 2003. This month two very rare and beautiful Grand Quintiles will be essential alignment dates for planetary transformation ceremony.

John and Jan Mirehiel, who coined the term Harmonic Concordance for last November's Grand Sextile alignment and were instrumental in organizing worldwide meditations and ceremonies to link the intentions of people everywhere with this rare moment of spiritual synchronicity, are working now to spread word as rapidly as possible about two equally important alignments coming this month, as discovered by astrologer Jill Whitman:

On Oct. 1 and 28, the planets will form Grand Quintiles -- that is, pentagrams in which five or more planets are aligned at angles of 72° all around the zodiac wheel, forming the shape of a five-pointed star. The second Grand Quintile on Oct. 28 is extremely rare and auspicious, coming as it does at a Total Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon. Jill Whitman reports that in the 2,500 years of astral alignments she has researched, this Oct. 28 star display is the only Grand Quintile to coincide precisely with a Total Lunar Eclipse. At the Harmonic Concordance website, there is excellent analysis and astrological charts for both of the Grand Quintile patterns.

So excellent, in fact, that there is no point in trying to reinvent the five-pointed wheel here. Only a few additional notes are in order.

One is about the significance of quintiles, and of Grand Quintiles in particular. While there is no clear consensus among astrologers about what quintiles mean, two general ideas prevail: one is that a quintile, like a 90° "square," has an energy of tension, though not necessarily disharmonious like that of a square, and implies a certain decisiveness and finality in bringing to an end something that is due to pass away. This feature of the quintile is clearly emphasized and amplified at the Oct. 28 Grand Quintile, which comes in the month when the Sun is in Scorpio, the sign of death, transformation and rebirth.

The other interpretation of quintiles, more commonly held, is that they are the emblem of creativity; that highly creative people tend to have quintiles in their natal charts, and that in more general terms, each new quintile that forms in the sky may offer individual people, and humanity as a whole, opportunities to make creative changes that come about because human beings work proactively to direct and produce the change they want, instead of merely reacting helplessly to changes that seem to come about even though we do not want them.

The three "permanent members" of both Grand Quintiles are Saturn in Cancer, Uranus in Pisces and Pluto in Sagittarius. The Sun in Libra and Moon in Taurus complete the planet quintet on Oct. 1; Jupiter in Libra and the Moon, returning to Taurus, are the other two planets in the Grand Quintile of Oct. 28.

As Jupiter is the planet of government and law, Saturn brings deep spiritual instruction and karmic lessons, and Uranus and Pluto are both connected with mass political and social movements -- and Uranus in particular is the planet of revolutionary change -- we can now connect a few dots.

Are these Grand Quintiles connected with the American election on Nov. 2? Obviously. As everyone realizes by now, this moment of decision -- or of what may prove an act of fraud and larceny in which the people's decision is highjacked again by illegal and unconstitutional means -- is an event of crucial importance for everyone: for Americans and all of the planet's people, for all living things on Earth who are affected by a present regime that refuses to sign the Kyoto Accord, and for beings on other planets who are watching now with extreme attentiveness because the strategic plans of the neoconservative Project for a New American Century include American military hegemony in outer space as well as on Earth.

What do the Grand Quintiles tell us about how the election will go? We could look at it either way. If we focus on the "difficult" or "decisive" features that some astrologers see in quintiles, on the traditional view of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto as "malefic" planets and on the coming of the far more momentous Oct. 28 Grand Quintile in the death-and-renewal month of Scorpio, then some could claim that the thing that is due to pass away is American constitutional freedom. The election could indeed decide whether history's finest experiment in liberty and democracy will dissolve over the next few years into the dogpatch dictatorship of an evangelical Christian police state, or perhaps a more radical mediarchy, that is, a state run by livid pit bulls from political talk shows, who will replace professional politicians as the only public voices anyone still respects as tellers of the truth, whatever that is. The mediarchs will make the life-and-death decisions while Congress lives on as a body of pork traders and pitchpersons for recreational products.

If Americans do indeed re-elect Bush, or he succeeds again in stealing the election, then the "war on terror" will go on and on, still unwinnable, as America's people remain blind to the plain truth that one does not have to be Tom Robbins to see: that