April 11, 2009
The Vacillation of Spring
In the western Christian world today is Holy Saturday, and I woke with a fierce longing for my mother’s Hot Cross Buns — those incredibly light and hot-from-the-oven creations she baked exclusively on Holy Saturday morning.
Although I now understand that traditionally they are associated with Good Friday, for my family that was a fast day and my mother’s Hot Cross Buns held no resemblance to a ‘fast’ — they were that decadently delicious!
The ground cardamon that she included in her recipe gave off a distinctive and compelling aroma. The ‘crosses’ she etched across the tops of each bun before baking, now were filled with a painted soft white icing. We couldn’t stay in bed for the inviting aroma wafting its way up from the kitchen.
Strange as it may seem, her ‘crosses’ were more like x’s in a tic-tac-toe game, and the remembrance of the lightly interspersed currents inside the delicately sweet bread, was to be indelibly etched on my olfactory senses for life.
Besides the mouthwatering pleasure, I also associated those delicately sweet yeast rolls, and the traditional Easter bread she baked for the next day, with the rising of Christ’s ascension.
Regardless of one’s persuasion, Easter is Spring, and this year Spring is traveling through the Santa Fe region like someone who does not know how to drive with a clutch, as it advances and retreats, jerks and spits, pushes and pulls through the middle of April. One day it’s warm and in the 50’s, while the next day I awaken to ice in the birdbath — a reminder that the Earth too is waking up from the mantle of Winter.
There are days I can sense the heaving of the ground in the effort to cast off the bonds of a frozen darkness. Tulips push up their green bodies out of the bulb, their timing activated by an innate knowing. Shoots of spring garlic are already showing through the ground, and the parsley and oregano are beginning to produce vibrant green new growth.
Here in the western high desert, Spring weather has always captured my attention as it gallops across the land like a bucking bronco, dispensing its filtered sun through a thin ceiling of clouds while simultaneously delivering fast-moving fronts of rain, sleet, snow, and even hail within any imaginable duration of time, whether the intervals be fives minutes or a half hour — all within the course of one day.
Today, I woke to a combination of a soft rain interspersed with snow that covered the mountain range of the Sangres. The dense overcast that has been ‘socked-in’ over Santa Fe all day is now beginning to lift as the wind begins to blow, swaying the trees whose tips are burgeoned with buds of multiple hues of greens and reds.
Several weeks ago we had a weeklong warm spell and the apricot trees so popular all over this town were in full bloom, along with the usual first flowering forsythia bushes. The warmth also enticed a Mourning Cloak butterfly from its winter cave somewhere beneath the crevice of the bark of a tree. I spotted it lighting on an apricot blossom.
Having never seen a Mourning Cloak butterfly before, it was an occasion for the photo that accompanies this article. Through some research I discovered the name and the fact that this is one of the first butterflies to appear in the Spring, that it over-winters as an adult butterfly. This one looks a bit bedraggled for the experience. Now in the Spring, it literally feeds off rising tree sap as the tree awakens and begins to pump its energy up the trunks toward the branches.
The name Mourning Cloak is intriguing, and some sources say it’s due to the dark wings that resemble the traditional woolen cloak worn to funerals in the 1800’s.
If we were to go back and look at the oldest myths and stories about the seasons we would recall that according to the myths, it is Demeter Mother of Persephone who first mourns the disappearance and abduction of her daughter by Pluto, who takes Persephone into his personal kingdom of the UnderWorld, and the reason we have Spring is due to the negotiation by Jupiter between Demeter and Pluto for the release of Persephone.
The agreement reached stipulates that Persephone will be allowed to move from the deep dark world of Pluto’s reign for half of the year, and when Persephone emerges, Demeter throws off her Mourning Cloak of Winter, and welcomes her daughter once again back to the world of Upper Earth.
All the symbols of Spring — the Earth awakening, the ground-frost heaving, green shoots of plants appearing and rising to new life and growth are reflected in the celebration of the Christian world by Christ’s rising from the dead — just as in her mother’s mind, Persephone has also risen from the dead.
Both Spring and Easter hold deep, fond memories for me. In my childhood it meant wearing galoshes or boots over my shoes to school as the mountain streams of snowmelt flowed over the sidewalks and streets I had to walk and cross. The difference between the morning and afternoon temperatures meant wearing a raincoat in the morning and carrying it home in the afternoon.
On those walks to school I had a world of Nature to entertain me, like going past the Spring-flowering Dogwood tree at the top of Kane Street that marked the half-way point of my twice daily journey to and from school, and being enthralled by a huge mountain meadow carpet of millions of tiny pale lavender-pink forget-me-nots.
Spring is a welcome change from the dark days of Winter, and perhaps the changeability also reflects the fickleness of Persephone, who although is glad to see her mother, is not quite ready to settle into a different home away from her consort Pluto for a six month stay.
It seems that this year Persephone needs a bit of coaxing. Perhaps she has not been able to release her attachment to her Underworld home.
I much prefer this version of Persephone, the changeable weather with the Dance of Spring as it comes and goes, ebbs and flows.
Summer will come soon enough.
Labels: Demeter, Easter, Holy Saturday, Hot Cross Buns, Mourning Cloak Butterfly, persephone, Pluto, Spring
December 19, 20082008 Winter Solstice Greetings©marty kleva
2008 Winter Solstice Greetings
The Winter Solstice signifies the longest night of the year, that period just before the Earth’s tilt begins to swing back toward light and longer contact with the Sun. Sometimes lost is the significance that the Sun makes it’s move into the Constellation of Capricorn, and depending where you live that occurs between December 21st and 22nd.
Regardless of the holidays associated across the religions of the world these days, it seems that there’s not much left to the consensus reality that’s sacred. The economic meltdown spans everyone across the age factor, and even if some people are not yet feeling the effects, one look at national or local headlines tells the story to come. At least this is what is apparent at first glance.
Although there is much opportunity to point fingers at many who have had their hands in the public till for decades without accountability, I would like to zoom out and address the greater picture, the one that may be difficult to see much less comprehend. Some of this can be viewed from an important astrological perspective that need not demand any foreknowledge of astrology, just a bit of common sense and reasoning powers will do.
Presently, and since the beginning of 2008, January 26th to be exact, the Planet Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is the sign that represents the hierarchical structure of all those aspects of society that we rely upon for support from government. Things like the infrastructure and workings of Congress, commerce, transportation, finances, lands, borders, political parties, etc. Like it or not, Pluto is the planet of change.
Pluto is a powerhouse of a tiny planet, and moves very slowly, much like a bed of moving lava where nothing in its way lies untouched. Yes I know the scientific community has downgraded Pluto — forget that — they are in a state of total denial.
Called the transformer, Pluto’s characteristic effects on the area it transits are like a dynamo come to clean house. Sometimes it’s a welcomed affair, most times we are not ready for it and it can be downright inconvenient if not painful.
It’s no secret to the world that all of the above mentioned categories have been steeped in corruption for far too long no matter what side of the aisle one sits on. This too will get some scrubbing down by Pluto and before the job is done, we will see just how much of a difference is present when the details behind the scenes of political chicanery are exposed. As it is said, the devil is in the details, and in the end result, Pluto like any ruthless, topnotch editor, will examine and investigate every word.
In what most of us in this country think of as the constitutional republic named the United States of America, Pluto is now directly touching major important points in the astrological chart of both the US and that of the Federal Reserve System.
In fact, the birthday of the Federal Reserve is December 23rd — right on the cusp of the Sun entering Capricorn and conjunct the very powerful Winter Solstice point. Pluto has not been in Capricorn since the birth of the Federal Reserve in 1913, and now is aligned exactly opposite its own natal degree point in the Federal Reserve chart, and simultaneously conjoined with the Sun of the chart. This makes the Fed a Capricorn with Pluto in direct challenge to its original position in the chart. Not inconsequentially Pluto is also about death and taxes, money and power.
By now the bells should be ringing — the one on Wall Street and the banking district has been clanging loudly enough to signal the desperate position banking and business is in to muster the aid of a Congress that has allowed itself to be bullied and blackmailed into giving away the future wealth of the American people. Whether or not this is all a deliberate act to disarm the power of the people is a matter of much speculation and a ripe topic for debate.
So since the beginning of 2008, Pluto has held connection with this position of the Fed Sun and natal Pluto by touching on them in January, then withdrawing a few points away in the summer, and just recently on November 29th, transiting Pluto made the third direct contact. This connection will have direct impact on these two points for the entire year of 2009 and continue into 2010.
As much as this may be good news to those who have always chafed against this organized banking cartel that was subversively instituted in 1913, there’s also the down side which is that due to the collective impact, the Fed will not suffer the consequences alone. This is already apparent with the financial news.
Like any time we decide to clean house, there are some painful decisions about what to keep and what to toss away. For those in America, along with the collective consequences related to the impact on the Fed, this will also be an integral factor for anyone with an early Capricorn birthday to work through on a personal level.
Adding to the mix, in the natal astrological chart of the United States, Pluto lies in the 2nd house — signifying its relationship with money and values — and transiting Pluto will be slowly moving toward this degree of self-reckoning in the years to come. It will take the next 15 years for Pluto to move all the way through the 30º’s of Capricorn making its presence well known, especially to Americans.
One major point that we as Americans will need to understand and come to grips with is the notion and belief that we are under the rule of law of the Constitution, for presently we are not. There is a lot of railing about the possibility of losing the constitution in the public media. Sorry to say my friends, its already gone, so lets stop this whining and do something about it. Either that or decide that we no longer wish to live under the Constitution, but let's stop pretending it isn't so.
Having schooled myself through several constitutional law groups I’ve learned a lot about the difference between what I believe this country is and what it actually operates as. I would agree that the constitution still remains in its place — but that it has been 'overwritten' with a dummy template called by a similar named 'corporation' that looks like this — the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INC. That corporation only operates as long as the people are hoodwinked by the deception.
The constitution is veiled now, like a 'layered' image in Photoshop — you can see it but you can't get to it because it is the bottom layer of acetate in a merged image, a manipulated image that has been very deftly and covertly switched for the original document. The majority of people still do not even consider this as a possibility let alone a reality. The reality is in plain sight but it is deceiving, due to the same vocalization of the meme 'US'.
When we HEAR ‘US’, we think constitution and democracy. When those who know SAY ‘U.S.’ they are speaking from a position within the CORPORATION named the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INC., not the republic of the united States of America.
Reality only hits when a person is so unfortunate to be called to court, and if they base their defense on the constitution, they quickly find out they have no constitutional rights. This is such a shock that people are traumatized by it and don't know what to do. The point is they have no constitutional rights in that court because that court is not a constitutional court, but rather is an administrative CORPORATE COURT.
All courts, including the SUPREME COURT, operate under a corporation name — all are listed as DBA on DUNN & BRADSTREET — I looked up my Santa Fe County Court and found it listed as a CORPORATION. This also applies to all municipal courts. Before you go to court, look to see who you are doing business with before you show up.
Reportedly (have no direct personal proof here) there are actually very few Constitutional Judges left — they must be especially requested in order to have a Constitutional court session.
All this came to fruition in the latter part of the 1900's when towns and cities began to incorporate and people thought it was just grand — not fully understanding that we were being slowly cooked frogs by a covert regime's agenda.
It will take a revolution of both the people’s values and thinking to vote all incumbents out of office over a period of several elections. We were given the chance to do so in this last election and still we could not bring ourselves to see the light.
It will take patriots and constitutionalists to question and educate newly elected congress members BEFORE they are elected. Hate to say it but most of congress is ignorant of the fact that they work under a corporate CEO, meaning the administrative president.
This is also why Mr. Obama can be elected president without needing to prove where he was born. Again this is the sleight of hand — the constitutional 'united States of America' vs. corp. 'UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'. Once this concept is clearly seen, then the veil of confusion will be lifted and it can be seen everywhere.
Regardless of the patriotic words we heard in this past election, neither Mr. McCain nor Mr. Obama ran for president of the constitutional government — they ran to be the CEO of the CORPORATION U.S. therefore all those criteria set down by the Constitution are moot points.
This is the reason Mr. Bush has been able to do what he darn well pleases — his advisors are the Board of Directors — the Congress are merely the shareholders — we the people are the capital assets of the CORPORATION. Take a good look at Mr. Paulsen’s position having complete and total power over the trillions of dollars awarded, without congressional oversight of any consequence, to the banking industry, all of which are private CORPORATIONS. FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN, Mr. Bernanke recently told congress that he would not disclose where several trillions of dollars went to, and it is going to take another CORPORATION, namely BLOOMBERG to challenge the FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD in a CORPORATION COURT to bring the matter to light.
Pluto is now going to shine its light upon this debacle of unscrupulous misuse and abuse of the constitution, the very structure America is originally based upon.
Unfortunately, most of those who are licensed by this system and considered to be the experts, are highly invested in the structure and are not likely to be open to another view, or be willing to explore anything that does not support their status quo. They are on the inside looking out. That is their box of tools that they rely upon to give them their massively overblown ranking within the societal makeup.
All this abusive contamination we presently see operating is based on the manipulation and distortion of a Law that is above any law that mankind writes, and that the majority of us have chosen to ignore. Pluto has arrived upon the scene, and innocent or guilty, the time of reckoning has arrived for everyone concerned.
Where then can we find some peace, and where can we find a source of integrity to support our need to see the truth and carry out our purpose?
Here we return to the original intent for this post — the Winter Solstice. There may not be a more sacred time of the year than this date, one that stands for all, believers and non-believers alike. However, in this time of such great turmoil and challenge, the one place that still holds a sense of sacredness, a place that we can touch and feel, one we can interact with that transcends all the grime of corruption spilling out of the seams and over the top of the container of our lives, is this dear planet that we live on — Earth.
If you want to know sacred, get out and find a tree, a rock, pay attention to the rain and the snow, and listen to the Earth. Tune into her vibrations, and feel her shuddering to loosen the burden she carries. Begin to connect with the ground that is beneath you and that we take for granted will be there when we get up tomorrow. Begin to interact with Earth as if she is as sentient as we are. Seriously consider that Earth is a conscious and breathing body and that our very survival depends upon each other. Breathe with her and find a friend like no other.
Get a relationship with Earth that’s aware of her on a daily basis. It does not matter if you live in the everglades, near the ocean, in the desert, or on a mountaintop, begin to relate to all the idiosyncrasies of being there. When you walk out the door in the morning, stop for a moment and check-in with Earth — say “Good Morning”, and Bless the ground you walk upon.
hayam (love that wanders the earth),
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Labels: astrology, Capricorn, Earth, Pluto, times of transition, winter solstice