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I asked Diotima about the recent focus on race relations. This is an old problem for the United States and it certainly goes beyond the South. Diatoma responded:

The sudden, infuriating, heart-wrenching tragedy in Charleston that spurred the most recent objections to the display of the confederate flag, and the resulting national conversation on race relations is not something *I* would have predicted — at least, not that specifically — but I have not made an astrological study of the Civil War or the history of race relations in the US. Astrologer Nick Dagan Best has, and come up with a very interesting correlation between certain cycles of Venus, particularly as it moves into Virgo then retrogrades through Leo, and key moments in race relations in the US. Venus is now in Leo, within the shadow period of its upcoming retrograde in Virgo. Best wrote:

“Drawing from these two parallel groups of five points, this one pair appears to have a profound connection with a historical chronology of race relations in the U.S., going back at least to the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831. The retrograde that currently stations in Virgo, then goes direct in Leo (during the 19th century it was stationing retrograde in Libra and direct in Virgo), and its counterpart superior conjunction, which now occurs in the late degrees of Leo every other four years, has a peculiar prominence in the timeline of tensions between races in U.S. history, largely black-white tensions” http://exotericastrology.blogspot.com/2007/08/venus-retrograde-cycles-of-injustice.html

Now that I am familiar with Best’s work (which I just recently discovered) I’ll be looking for this correlation again in the summer of 2023, when Venus again goes retrograde in Leo. And now that you have mentioned it, I’m looking at the chart of the Civil War, and noting some interesting transits to that chart.

As I write this, I am looking at notes I made on the Summer Solstice chart ( I used when preparing to write my blog post on that chart http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/summer-school-lessons-of-the-solstice.html These notes were made prior to the Charleston murders. Here are a few of the ones that pertain to the national reaction to the murders (somewhat expanded for clarity)

· Gemini Mars-Cancer Sun conjuct at Gemini Midheaven suggests possible violence around communication, ideas, and/or home and tradition. Declaration of some sort of war? Communications war? Or simply a lot of “patriotic” bloviating?

· Tight Moon-Saturn square Leo to Scorpio, anaretic degree, 12th to 3rd houses — crises of tradition, lessons of trust and generosity, deep shadow work on a societal level.

· Powerful Mercury-Neptune square, 9th to 6th, brings deep, divisive, emotional discussions around religion, philosophy, big ideas, and the law. Also deception, illusion and disillusionment, issues around mental illness, possibly police? Military?

· Jupiter-Venus trine Uranus in Fire signs might save the day here. Generosity, open-heartedness, willingness to change, intuitive and creative connections.

I titled my post on the Gemini New Moon — the chart that sets the stage for this month — “Speak Truth to Power” and wrote:

“We have our work cut out for us — how do we communicate clearly, speak forcefully enough to initiate change without driving others back into the defensive emotional postures of Saturn in Scorpio or into Neptune’s realm of escapist fantasy? We will likely be faced with powerful, repressed ideas and emotions that get blurted out in often painful ways. We’ll see this in ourselves, in our relationships, and in the world around us. Reacting with compassion to social blunders, verbal faux pas, and unintentional insults will be a challenging but necessary response to Mercury and Saturn’s game of truth and consequences.” http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/speak-truth-to-power-new-moon-in-gemini.html

And we also can see similar indications of violence and passionately-held opinions in the fiery charts of the two recent eclipses, which I wrote about here
http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/balancing-change-new-moon-eclipse-and-spring-equinox.html and here http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/playing-with-fire-lunar-eclipse-in-libra.html . All of these charts are still influential — still breaking on the shore.

I spent the weekend with my great-nephew, a six-year-old black male who, at one point when we were coloring, smiled at me and said, “Aunt Hecate, I want a hug.” I hugged him and poured protection onto him. He’s such a sweet little guy. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt him and yet. . . . Sad times.

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Even More Interesting Times Blogging

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As a Witch, the line in the Charge of the Goddess that says that “All acts of love and pleasure are rituals of the Goddess” has always settled for me the question of whether or not same-sex relationships are blessed. Of course they are. And, besides, how could the loving relationships of my friends NOT be blessed? I live every day within, to borrow a term from the Supreme Court, the penumbra of their blessings.

As a lawyer, I’ve followed with interest the Supreme Court’s progression from Lawrence v. Texas (rules against sodomy), to U.S. v. Windsor (DOMA), to, finally, Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage). As an American, I’m glad to see this bending of the arc of the moral universe.

I asked Diotima what astrology has had to say about this event.

As far as the openness of society to different forms of love and sexuality, again, we can see the influence of the Uranus-Pluto square breaking down cultural norms, particularly sexual ones (Pluto, along with Mars and Venus, rules sexuality) and Neptune in Pisces reminding us that we are all inextricably entwined with each other and with our world. As Saturn moves through Sagittarius over the next 2 years or so, we’ll see a tremendous amount of conflict over religion and law, particularly when Saturn squares Neptune, an aspect which will become exact next year. Since the primary objections to non-traditional love and sexuality come from the religious right, I would say that there is a good possibility their objections will be argued into the ground and finally become a non-issue over the span of the next year or two. I also suspect that Jupiter in the relationship sign of Libra moving into an opposition with Uranus in 2017, along with Saturn in a beneficial aspect to these two planets will also bring us to new understandings of relationship. I probably don’t even need to say that some will be brought to those understandings kicking and screaming.

While I don’t doubt that there will be those brought kicking and screaming into a new understanding of love, I do hope that Diotima is right. Maybe the next few years can see this issue become a non-issue.

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May You Live in Interesting Times Blogging

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The brilliant Joe Gerstandt recently tweeted: “‘We are called to be the architects of our future, not its victims.’ -B. Fuller. Take up all your space friends, stay messy.” I love that notion; it resonates, for me, with something that Byron Ballard is always saying: “Fear not. Fear not. These are the times we are made for.” I may have to live in Tower Time. I may even have chosen, in some way, to live in Tower Time. But if I can’t dance through your Tower Time . . . .

These past few weeks have certainly felt as if they were hurling us — will we or (for some of us) nil we — head-long into the future, head-long into where we should have been a long time ago. For legal nerds, the end of June is often a BIG TIME; that’s when SCOTUS usually issues its most newsworthy opinions of the year. And this June, with important decisions on the Taking Clause, the Health Care Act, and same-sex marriage, it’s certainly felt that way. Throw in this Spring’s emphasis on racial police brutality and the terrorist attack on an African American church in Charleston, and, well, you don’t need to be a weather-person to know that the winds of change are blowing. Don’t stand in the doorway don’t block up the hall.

I turned to my friend, Diotima, to see if astrology predicted any of these recent developments. I’ll be reprinting her detailed response over the next few days, concluding with a look at what astrology may tell us about what a number of us see as our NEXT BIG PUSH — passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

First, I asked: “Dio, this week was historic in several ways. Let’s start with the Supreme Court’s ratification of the ACA. Was there anything in the stars that predicted this?”

She replied: “Before I get into specifics, let’s look at some of the longer-term outer planet influences that are currently affecting all of these events. The Uranus-Pluto square is separating, but still in effect, and the core meaning of this long-term aspect is the breakdown of fossilized, restrictive authority in the face of demands for freedom and change. We also have Neptune moving powerfully through its own sign of Pisces, bringing profound spiritual awareness, artistic inspiration, deception, or disillusionment to the zeitgeist, depending on individual factors. Saturn has been in Scorpio for the past 2 1/2 years, moved into Sagittarius for a few months early this year, and recently moved back into Scorpio, where it will remain through September. The move into Sagittarius brought issues of social justice to the forefront — its retrograde back into Scorpio gives us another chance to comb our personal and cultural subconscious for lingering shreds of whatever hatreds we are struggling with, be it racism, misogyny, or homophobia.

So with that background, we can look at the ACA, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 at 11:00 am. This gives us the act’s “birth” chart. It’s a chart full of arguments and challenges, unsurprisingly, but when you look at the aspects between this chart and the chart of the USA, there were strong indicators from the first that the law would prevail. Last week, as SCOTUS was deciding its fate, Uranus (oh, I do want to rename this planet Urania — it would be so much more appropriate. But I digress) was directly conjunct Venus in the ACA chart, and Venus rules the 12th house of public health matters in that chart. Transiting Venus and Jupiter trine the natal Venus, bringing a bit of luck and compassion. There’s more, of course, including transiting Saturn in Scorpio square the Aquarian Midheaven, Chiron, and Neptune in the chart (a shit or get off the pot aspect). I note that the chart reveals the deep flaws in this “better than nothing but far from perfect” law and the confusion that has surrounded it from the beginning. (I can pretty much assure you no astrologer was consulted about the time of the signing.)I don’t think the challenges are over, and I predict another major assault against it in 2017, that may well be based on serious problems within the health care and health insurance systems, both of which will undergo profound changes over the next decade.”

Check back here, tomorrow, for Diotima’s take on SCOTUS’s affirmation of same-sex marriage. And if you’re interested in learning more about astrology, check out her upcoming on-line class called Chart and Soul: Astrology for Yourself, which will give a very basic grounding in astrology, with a focus on personal spiritual development. You can sign up for her mailing list on the home page of her website: http://www.uraniaswell.com

Full disclosure: As noted, I consider Diotima a friend. I regularly check her blog for advice.

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Sunday Ballet Blogging

What Patriotism Looks Like on a Summer Saturday in the South

At the end of an historic week, Ms. Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole outside the South Carolina State Capitol and took down the Confederate flag. May the Goddess guard her every day of her life and reward her for her bravery.

There’s so much to say about this, and, at the same time, what else can anyone say?

Michael Moore has already promised to pay her bail and legal bills and, if the Left has even half the sense of the Right, someone will start a GoFundMe campaign for Ms. Newsome and I’ll definitely send some money to it. Some of us are afraid of heights, but we do have bank accounts. And we’re brave Southern women with bank accounts and we love other brave Southern women when we see them.

I’ll also point out that Ms. Newsome had an ally. His name, according to news reports, is James Ian Tyson. (Son, a rock climber, tells me that what Mr. Tyson was doing, by standing on the ground and holding the rope, was “spotting” Ms. Newsome. He also grabbed the flag when she lowered, it, at least until the white policeman reached out and grabbed it away from him.) Mr. Tyson was doing what an ally does. He supported Ms. Newsome, but he didn’t make himself the center of attention. He was arrested with her, but he was silent while she chanted her religious chant. He supported her but he didn’t make himself the center of attention. May we all learn from him and his good example.

There were some African American police involved in Ms. Newsome’s arrest. Before anyone calls them traitors, I imagine that they figured that it was a good idea for them to be involved in her arrest, transport, jailing. America needs more, not fewer, African American police. But whoever is standing down there yelling, “Mam! Mam! Come down off the pole,” well that person is an idiot.

The Governor of South Carolina, Ms. Nikki Haley, has the ability to issue an executive order RIGHT NOW to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the people of South Carolina. Ms. Haley should order the flag down NOW, even as the South Carolina legislature debates whether or not to permanently remove the flag, and she should do so in order to protect the health, welfare, and safety of others who will follow in Ms. Newsome’s brave example. She should do so NOW in order to protect South Carolina’s scarce resources rather than waste them arresting, jailing, and prosecuting those who, like Ms. Newsome, will continue to drag down that flag.

I’m a Witch and I believe in every cell of my body that my job is to help to turn The Wheel. This week, you had to be almost deaf not to hear The Wheel turning. Me, I intend to keep on putting my old, arthritic, not-very-strong shoulder to The Wheel, and I’m glad to be inspired by the example of women, who, like Ms. Newsome, decide it’s just time for The Wheel to make a gigantic move forward.

I shan’t be gone long — You come too.