note from Claudia

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake in the middle of the night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world around you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” Theodore H. White, The Once and Future King

Years ago in listening to a tape of Liz Greene talking about Pluto, I recall her saying something to the effect that the only way through difficult times/transits is through art.  I don’t think she was saying that art saves lives or that we should all run to our canvases (what canvas?  I can’t draw a straight line!).

remember tape recorders?

But what I got from that taped lecture was that it is art that allows us to see the unseeable, think the unthinkable and be with mystery.  Art as antidote to fear.

It is in writing, in color, in music and in the art of conversation, and even in finding images for a blog (from tape to blog?) that I find an antidote to the fears. In addition to practical actions (note to self:  get more water to have on hand, listen to Rachel M. explain radiation, be informed), I search for writings and pictures and music so I can ‘be’ present to life and suffering and joy and compassion.

The Japanese people are being a work of art in and of themselves.  No looting.  Much sadness. Days of being with the tragedies and now being with each other.  I’m learning so much from them.

Below is an article I found this morning that appealed to me.  More to come.

To quote Astrologer, Len Wallick:

Over uncounted millions of years, life on this planet has become as a cycle in rhythm and harmony with the seasons. Our own kind, humanity, became as a part of those cycles. We developed a story to account for the rhythm, mythology. We also formulated a method to keep track of the harmony, astrology.

We, at Skydog Institute, are listening for the stories to account for the rhythm and using the method of astrology to keep track of the harmony–and we’ll share these with you–dear client and friend and family.

What We Are Doing – The Vernal Equinox

By Len Wallick

Music is immediate, it goes on to become.”
– W.H. Auden

The Sun calls on us to become. We reach the Vernal Equinox at about 7:21 pm EDT this coming Sunday. Earth is reaching one of the two points in its orbit where the axis of rotation is not tilted either towards nor away from the center of the solar system. When that happens, the direction of Sol’s incident light is perpendicular to the equator. At that time the entire surface facing the Sun is exposed to the light equally. Equator, equal, equinox.

continued at: Astrology, Horoscopes, Monthly Horoscopes, Weekly Horoscopes, Daily Astrology Blog, | What We Are Doing – The Vernal Equinox | Daily Astrology & Adventure by Eric Francis.

Supermoons produce high tides. This is known.

from Astrologer, Marcia Buchart

Supermoons produce high tides.  This is known.  If you have to set sail—if you have anything that needs to get off the dock and on its way—pay attention to this time!

In ordinary maritime schedules supermoon high tides are yet another factor to be compensated for.  Grumble, grumble, grumble.


In individual life endeavors, they present the times the surfer can “catch the wave”.  Have you ever watched this process; have you ever seen it happen?

Go to YouTube; there are videos, especially at this time of year, films of the winter storms bring the waves to the Hawaiian Island beaches.

The humans are out there on their boards…drifting…paddling…backpedaling to stay in place ‘in the zone’…

And suddenly…

The wall of water rises behind them.  Frantic activity.  Mad paddling.  People rise up on their boards.  Some wipe out.  Some miss the timing.  But some few…hit it.  They’ve caught the surge, they’re in the tube, they’re on that thin line of creative actualization, they even…ride it all the way in, peeling out before the wave finally collapses.


Is there some area of your life that is waiting in the zone, waiting for that perfect wave to ride into shore?

Maybe…it is now.  This weekend.  Even if you live in the heartland of America, go online and find a tide table.  Notice that the tides are not in sync with the Moon’s pull in time; they do not exactly match it.  Luna/Selene shoves the waters of the Earth in front of Her by about 1.5 – 2 hours  (or, perhaps, drags them behind Her with a 10-11.5 hour drag).  But look at the times of high tides.

And get ready to catch the wave.  Cowabunga!

re: Howdy Doody and Kowabunga and those of us old enough to remember

” Howdy Doody scholars have suggested that Cowabunga! Is “subliminal or coded profanity.” But Buffalo Bob Smith “strongly resented any insinuation of profanity and respond to the charge in ‘Howdy and Me” by Mr. Smith and Donna McCrohan (New York: Plume Books, 1990): ‘.the implications of Kawabonga were always squeaky clean.’.

Kawabonga, in any event, was soon taken up by surfers, who changed the spelling of Cowabunga! It was an all-purpose cry of exultation.”

Wounded Waters—Neptune and Chiron in Pisces by Jessica Murray on March 1, 2011

Piscean transits will make it relentlessly clear to the obtuse human mind that we’re all in this together. This article at : DayKeepers Journal

The Great Flood

Every culture old enough to have legends has a version of the Great Flood story. It is a tale that resides deep in the collective unconscious, telling of a deluge (Neptune) whose purpose is to all-but-destroy an irremediably wounded (Chiron) human race, giving the few survivors a chance to start all over again. Since the opposition of Saturn (structures) and Neptune (melting) in 2006-7, the mass mind has been inundated with the latest iteration of the legend. We are awash in the imagery of breaking levees and flooded cities. Animals and birds are migrating away from the planet’s climate-compromised zones, seeking higher ground—just as they did in the story of Noah’s ark (see the Skywatch for March 2011 on

Myths exist in the human mass mind for a purpose. The Great Flood myth is experiencing a renaissance, in our era, in order to supply us with a coded multidimensional teaching. It is giving us an image of vengeful water, of gigantic floods that wash everything clean. We are being prompted to purify that which we have made toxic, and to take responsibility for the guardianship of our planetary home.

On a physical level, geological and meteorological water emergencies over the years ahead will force us to understand and revere the laws of water. At the same time, we will be absorbing this lesson on a trans-physical level. Our enhanced attention to water will show us the extent to which we are all psycho-spiritually bound together. Neptune and Chiron in Pisces will make it inescapably clear that all beings are drops of water in the same cosmic sea.

and a Happy Pisces New Moon to you

Heads up Pisces

Heads up Pisces folks.  Actually heads down–it seems that the sign Pisces rules the feet and many of my Pisces pals are tripping over things and having to slow down…it is a silly thing to say to a Pisces, but as a Capricorn I’ll do it anyway–“watch where you are going”

Always on the lookout for places you might go to learn or be inspired, I went to find Dana Gerhardt’s words on the moon.  I always want to read what Dana writes.  You will want to head on over to a great site for this and other articles called The Meta Arts Magazine or to Dana’s site

Pisces New Moon: Call and Response
by Dana Gerhardt

It’s another new moon: when the magically minded make wishes and astrologers attempt to divine this cycle’s intentions. But fates are personal. Even if a new moon chart could be forced to describe them all, no single astrologer could tell that many stories. The wishes you make now may indeed be super-powered, but if you don’t have a strong relationship with the archetypes, don’t expect special favors. If you rarely sip tea with your quirky neighborhood psychic, don’t expect her to throw rings of protection around your house. New Moons are potent times to forge alliances with the gods. Visit the invisible world. Bow and open yourself to their touch. Make an offering. Humans have been rendezvousing with these archetypes for thousands of years. When you call out to the gods, they do respond!

Calling Pisces

Pisces plays the mandolin and wears sky blue shirts that smell like lavender or sometimes roses. When he visits, you might hear snow melting. Tulips and daffodils poke their heads above ground to greet him, while starlings dream of their future: finding a soul mate, nest-building, teaching their young to fly. Pisces’ mother used to worry about him. He’d spend long hours alone in his room. Whenever she pressed her ear to the door, holding a bowl of soup or grilled cheese sandwiches, she would hear strange voices, sometimes sobbing, maybe a violin, or a trilling bird. One year he drew a thousand portraits of clouds. Next year he took up face painting, until every kid in the neighborhood had become twelve fantastic animals. The year after that he spoke just one word: “Ah.” He studied poetry and took long naps in college. Later he tried the corporate world, but missed too many meetings. One day he kidnapped the shipping department and took them to a matinee just before Fed-Ex arrived.  read more at: Meta Arts

do read all the way to the end so you can enjoy a line about hot dogs 🙂

~oh ho the wells fargo wagon and the VAN are comin~

When my sister and I were kids we would dance in front of the mirror — and sing–really really LOUD, songs from various musicals.  One of them was The Wells Fargo Wagon –you know–from The Music Man.  We were great–no really–and we got into the songs.  With this one we really believed that something great was gonna happen.  Something was coming. We had to believe it in order to be the stars we knew we were meant to be.  We still watch the Oscars and plan acceptance speeches.

me and my sis

Something big could be coming! That is how I feel when one of Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzberg’s VANs arrive in my mailbox.   “VAN” stands for Visual Astrology Newsletter and these two remarkable scholars have been putting this out every month for I think something like 6 years!  Like a practice they write and share knowledge about our night sky.

They do their “homework” and speak about the way the “priest/astrologer” in Mesopotamian times would have seen the story playing out on that silver screen called the night sky.  What a stage!  What lights! What action!  (ok I’ll stop).

I know there was no musical theater playing songs that my sister and I would sing to, but I do experience the anticipation waiting for the VAN to arrive. I stop what I’m doing and print it out and read it.  I want you to know about this newsletter and those times — when the sky was present and up close and personal.  One great way to do that is to follow Bernadette and Darelyn’s lead, subscribe to and read the VAN.  You just might feel like singing.

Well–maybe that’s just me.

But check it out anyhow.

This month Bernadette addresses The Arab World and the Jupiter Saturn cycle

The 40 Jupiter Saturn conjunctions and their movement through the signs via the elements.

Um—Definitely NOT a musical.  But good grief–talk about a drama playing out in our lifetime.

Ya Got Trouble

A Mundane Astrological Study of the Revolution in Egypt by Erin Sullivan

I highly recommend this article by Erin Sullivan regarding Egypt and the astrology–excerpt from the first page:

Today, we are far from a new order, far from a “day in which it will all be organized” . . . and deep in the mystery of metamorphosis.  And, because no moment is ever like another, we have neither model nor memory-chain to guide us.  It is a rich time for astrology, philosophy, sociology, ideology and other human/social orientated thinking, but it is alarming to our limbic brain . . . our emotional non-verbal brain.  And, it is “interesting times”, for sure.

In the Canadian national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, columnist James Bradshaw writes: “Political Science Professor Wayne Cox, at Queen’s University at Kingston, “ . . . feels compelled to set aside the planned material for his four-year seminar Conflict and Peace in the Middle East, in favor of a free-ranging discussion on what caused the unrest in Egypt, as the political landscape is remade before the world’s eyes . . .” Bradshaw continues to quote Prof. Cox, What they [political scientists] are encountering seems to Prof. Cox,  “quite un-orderable” and further,  “. . . what happens when the collected wisdom of text books can’t keep pace with a permanent geopolitical shift in the making?”

Prof. Cox opens his unprogrammed three-hour seminar with the question:  “What is it about this particular time, in this particular place that has made a social movement that has remarkable persistence just suddenly emerge?

The answer:  we look to astrology for the analysis and details of otherwise unaccountable events and currents.

Continue reading by clicking to Erin’s Site — You will also want to watch her most recent video blog about all this on her home page at

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