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Summer of Love (June 10 – October 6, 1967): Uranus-Pluto Conjunction Counterculture Revolution 1962-1972

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

The Summer of Love was a cultural and sociological phenomenon that occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area from June through early October of 1967. The prelude to the Summer of Love was a celebration known as the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park on January 14, 1967 to promote a peaceful celebration of personal empowerment, cultural and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, higher consciousness, and liberal activism.

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Chart for the Human Be-In Event on January 14, 1967

The First Summer of Love Music Festival

While the highly documented Monterey International Pop Festival continues to be remembered by most historians of the ’60s Counter Culture Revolution as the first of a series of San Francisco area cultural events known as the Summer of Love, the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival took place one week before Monterey, and is considered to have been America’s first rock festival.

Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

The Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival was held June 10th and 11th, 1967 at the 4,000-seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheater high on the south face of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. At least 36,000 people attended the two-day concert and fair. The festival represented a sea of change in musical preferences among the emerging Baby Boomer generation that was coming of age in the San Francisco Bay Area as the hippie culture fully arose in mid-1967.

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Cover of the sixth issue of “The Oracle”, February 1967

The event was announced by the Haight-Ashbury’s underground hippie newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle:

“A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.”

Summer of Love Event Horoscope

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The Uranus-Pluto Alignment

The predominate outer planetary configuration in the Fantasy Fair event horoscope is the Uranus-Pluto alignment. The general tenor of Uranus-Pluto cycle is revolution – the Dionysian (Pluto) impulse for revolutionary empowerment of the masses, and the Promethean (Uranus) thrust for radical change and innovative reform for the establishment of a new social order. Scholar, author, and cultural historian Richard Tarnas has stated that periods during Uranus-Pluto alignments have correlated with “widespread radical and political social change and often destructive upheaval, massive empowerment of revolutionary and rebellious impulses, and intensified artistic and intellectual creativity.”  (pp. 143-144, Cosmos & Psyche).

A Libertine Subculture Phenomenon

The stellium of planets in the 12th House of the Fantasy Fair event horoscope signifies the social spectacle of the Summer Love was essentially a libertine subculture phenomenon of the hippie counter-culture that held social egalitarian beliefs and rejected consumerist values, with artistic (music, painting, poetry) and religious (Eastern mysticism and meditative practices) interests that was at variance with the larger middle-class parent culture of America.

Something Higher

The Moon-Uranus-Pluto-Neptune configuration in the horoscope encouraged the exploration of connecting to something higher than themselves through the use of psychedelic drugs and the embracing of Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and New Age spiritual concepts the essentially that defined the Hippie counterculture movement that inspired thousands of young people from all over the world to travel to San Francisco during the Summer of Love.

The Grand Idea of Love

The Venus-Jupiter in the Fantasy Fair event horoscope symbolizes the grand idea of love and augurs a mood of optimism, generosity that inspired, pleasant social interaction, beauty, love, artistic expression, cultural celebration, and indulgent festivity.

Light My Fire

Fantasy Fair was also The Doors’ first large show and happened during the rise of the group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire”, to the top of the charts and that launched them to stardom.

The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the fire sign of Leo in the 12th House, galvanized and popularized hippie culture through “Light My Fire” that became one of the signature songs during the Summer of Love, that exemplified the Utopian dream of coming to a place where one can indulge and experience more in life beyond the ordinary grind of reaching out to others turning them on to “turn on, tune in, drop out”, personal experimentation, communal living, and abandoning their education or jobs for a summer of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

The Doors on the main stage at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival
The Doors on the main stage at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival
San Francisco Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair
San Francisco “Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair” – Scott McKenzie

Released nearly month prior to the Summer of Love on May 13, 1967, the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” written by musician John Phillips of the band The Mamas & the Papas served to promote both the upcoming Monterey Pop Festival (June 16, 1967) and to popularize the flower children of San Francisco. By the week ending July 1, 1967, it scored number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it remained for four consecutive weeks.

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Summer of Love Music 1967

Hippie Movement and Flower Power

The Fantasy Fair natal Sun is conjuncts the AS/MC midpoint of the event horoscope and squares the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. These mundane testimonies signify both the popularization of hippie life in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco due to growing mainstream media coverage, that drew the attention of youth from all over America and the peak of “Flower Power.” A movement of passive resistance to the establishment and non-violence ideology that was rooted in the opposition movement of the deployment of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam.

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Flower Power

Psychedelic Drugs – Exploration, Expression, Existence

The Uranus-Pluto conjunction in close sextile to the Neptune correlates with the mass consumption and recreational use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD for a psychedelic experience (a temporary Holotropic state of consciousness) for personal development, mind revealing self-discovery, and religious & mystical revelations. Psychologist Stanislav Grof described the LSD experience as: “complex revelatory insights into the nature of existence… typically accompanied by a sense of certainty that this knowledge is ultimately more relevant and ‘real’ than the perceptions and beliefs we share in everyday life.”

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LSD Blotter Tabs

Psychedelic drug use became commonplace during the Summer of Love in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco as Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir commented:

“Haight Ashbury was a ghetto of bohemians who wanted to do anything—and we did but I don’t think it has happened since. Yes, there was LSD. But Haight Ashbury was not about drugs. It was about exploration, finding new ways of expression, being aware of one’s existence.”

The Hippie Code

On July 7, 1967, Time magazine featured a cover story entitled, “The Hippies: The Philosophy of a Subculture.” The article described the guidelines of the hippie code:

“Do your own thing, wherever you have to do it and whenever you want. Drop out. Leave society as you have known it. Leave it utterly. Blow the mind of every straight person you can reach. Turn them on, if not to drugs, then to beauty, love, honesty, fun.”

July 7 1967 Time Magazine Issue

Summer of Love Funeral and Aftermath

Death of the Hippie FuneralAfter many young people left at the end of summer to resume their college studies, those remaining in the Haight wanted to commemorate the conclusion of the event. A mock funeral entitled “The Death of the Hippie” ceremony was staged on October 6, 1967 at sunrise, and organizer Mary Kasper explained the intended message:

“We wanted to signal that this was the end of it, to stay where you are, bring the revolution to where you live and don’t come here because it’s over and done with.”

It is estimated that around 100,000 people traveled to San Francisco in the summer of 1967.

Death of the Hippie Funeral Horoscope
Death of the Hippie Funeral Horoscope

The Aftermath of the Summer of Love

Shortly after, the rock musical drama Hair, a product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, which told the story of a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against the draft into the Vietnam War, began its Off-Broadway premiere on October 17, 1967 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City’s East Village.

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Poster for the original Off-Broadway production of “Hair”

The Human Be-In Event of 1967: Uranus-Pluto Conjunction Counterculture Revolution 1962-1972

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Human Be-In Event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Polo Field on January 14, 1967
Gavin Arthur
Gavin Arthur

Gavin Arthur was the great-grandson of U.S. President Chester Arthur. At the age of 19 Arthur read Eduard Schure’s The Great Initiates (1912) which set him on the occult path, with astrology being his main course of study. In the 1950s a Jungian psychologist asked Arthur to cast her patients’ horoscopes to help her analysis with her practice. Arthur, being a counselor at the San Quentin Prison, like Carl Jung, began to include astrology in his counseling work. Arthur became a major force in the Haight-Ashbury Counterculture scene in San Francisco by the early ’60s, whose big success was the prediction of President Kennedy’s assassination before he was elected President, along with popularizing the dawning of the Age of Aquarius which he believed would arrive in 2260. Gavin believed that the planet entered a new age of consciousness in 1940 and the Uranus-Pluto alignments (1962 – 1972) in the mid-sixties would usher in a “cosmic consciousness” that would accelerate the general spiritual evolution of the planet.

Chart for the Human Be-In Event on January 14, 1967
Chart for the Human Be-In Event on January 14, 1967

Starting A Peaceful Celebration

Gavin Arthur advised the San Francisco Oracle that the planetary alignments on January 14th, 1967 at 1:00 PM PST at Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field would the most propitious date and place starting to promote a peaceful celebration that would communicate and celebrate personal empowerment, cultural and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, higher consciousness, the use of entheogens to induce spiritual awareness and transcendence, and radical liberal political consciousness. The Human Be-In was announced on the cover of the fifth issue of the San Francisco Oracle as “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In”. The Human Be-In was announced on the cover of the fifth issue of the San Francisco Oracle as “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In”.

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Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In

Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out

The event included Timothy Leary in his first San Francisco appearance, who set the tone that afternoon with his famous phrase “Turn on, tune in, drop out”, and Richard Alpert (soon to be known as “Ram Dass”), and poets like Allen Ginsberg, who chanted mantras, Gary Snyder and Michael McClure. Other counterculture gurus included comedian Dick Gregory, Lenore Kandel, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Jerry Rubin. The Hell’s Angels, at the peak of their “outlaw” reputation, corralled lost children. Music for the event was provided by a host of local rock groups including Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service, who had been staples of San Francisco’s The Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom since February 1966. Also, “Underground Chemist” Owsley Stanley provided massive amounts of his “White Lightning” LSD, specially produced for the event, as well as 75 twenty-pound turkeys, for free distribution by the Diggers.

Poster for the Human Be-In
Poster for the Human Be-In

-Ins: Nonviolent Protests

The mainstream media were stunned by the event as over 30,000 young people from all over America descended on the Haight-Ashbury area and showed up at the Be-In. Soon after every gathering was an “-In” of some kind. Just four weeks later was Bob Fass’s Human Fly-In at JFK Airport in New York, then Emmett Grogan of the Diggers inspired Sweep-In in the Lower East of Manhattan. This was followed by Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In comedy television show began airing on NBC just a year later on January 22, 1968. This was followed by the first Yip-In (on March 21, 1968 at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York); the Love-In (a public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and/or use of psychedelic drugs on April 14, 1968 at Malibu Canyon in Central Los Angeles, California); and the famous two-week Bed-In (starting March 25, 1969 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam) hosted by founding Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono — gatherings intended to be non-violent protests against wars, and experimental tests of new ways to promote peace.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the first day of their two-week Bed-In in Amsterdam on March 25, 1969

Counterculture Surfaces, The Summer of Love Begins

The counterculture that surfaced at the Human Be-In galvanized an anti-authoritarian movement which encouraged people to question traditional modes of authority, with regard to civil rights, women’s rights, consumer rights. The Human Be-In also help spur the alternative media movement that helped define the counterculture’s radical political opposition to “The Establishment” with the proliferation of underground newspapers and radio stations.

Read article: “The Summer of Love (June 10 – October 6, 1967)

Christmas Celebration In History From 336 A.D. – 2016

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Many modern and church historians are in agreement that Christ began his ministry during the month of October in 29 A.D. -“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near”, during in the 15th year of the Emperor Tiberius’ reign. Second Century Christian scholars, such as Irenaaus, said that Jesus “was beginning to be about thirty years of age” [Against Heresies h, II, xxii, 5]. The generally assumed date range for when John the Baptist was active, based on the reference to the reign of Tiberius in Luke 3:1-2, is from about 28-29 A.D., with Jesus beginning to preach shortly thereafter.

This satisfies the statement in Luke 3:23 “And when He began his ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age…” Based on the reference in John 2:13 to the Temple being in its 46th year of construction, scholarly estimates for Jesus’ Temple visit in John 2:20 are around 28-29 A.D., when Jesus was “about thirty years of age.” By working backwards from this date, it would appear likely that Jesus was born in 2-3 B.C.E. 

The Birth of the King of the Jews and His Star In the East

Herod the Great (74 – 1 B.C.E.) was a Roman client king of Judea, referred to as the Herodian Kingdom. After the birth of Jesus, some astrologers (magi) from Babylon visited Herod to inquire the whereabouts of “the one having been born king of the Jews”, because they had seen his star in the east (or, according to certain translations, at its rising) and therefore wanted to pay him homage (Matthew 2:1-12). Herod, as King of the Jews, was alarmed at the prospect of an usurper. Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the “Anointed One” was to be born. The astrologers answered, “In Beit-Lechem of Y’hudah,” citing the prophesy of the birth of a Jewish king from Micah 5:2, “because the prophet wrote, ‘And you, Beit-Lechem in the land of Y’hudah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Y’hudah; for from you will come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Isra’el.'” (Matthew 2:4-6)

Herod therefore sent the magi to Bethlehem, instructing them to search for the child and, after they had found him, to “report back to me, so that I too may go and worship him”. However, after they had found Jesus, they were warned in a dream not to report back to Herod. Similarly, Joseph was warned in a dream that Herod intended to kill Jesus, so he and his family fled to Egypt. When Herod realized he had been outwitted, he gave orders to kill all boys of the age of two and under in Bethlehem and its vicinity. Joseph and his family stayed in Egypt until Herod’s death, then moved to Nazareth in Galilee to avoid living under Herod’s son and successor Archelaus.

In 4 B.C.E. around that age of 70 years, Herod became very sick with chronic kidney disease complicated by Fourier’s gangrene.  Herod’s sons, between whom his kingdom were to be divided, were printing his coins as early as 4 B.C.E. to ensure their succession of rulership in Judea, with Archelaus exercising royal authority during Herod’s final years of rule.

Herod’s Death and Jesus’ Birth

The Roman historian Josephus tells us that Herod died after a lunar eclipse. He gives an account of events between this eclipse and his death. A Lunar Eclipse took place on January 10th, 1 B.C.E., about 18  days after the Eclipse. Jesus therefore most likely born in 3 B.C.E. — as confirmed by Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Africanus, Hippolytus of Rome, Hippolytus of Thebes, Origen, Eusebius, and Epiphanius.

Taking this further, we can speculate on the month of Jesus’ birth based on the conception story of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25). John the Baptist was conceived during the period of time Eighth Course of Abijah,  which was May 26 to June 1 in 4 B.C.E. (Leviticus 21:16–23). The human gestation period is about 280 days ― nine months and ten days. This indicates that the birth of John the Baptist occurred near March 10th, 3 B.C.E. Jesus was conceived sometime in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:26, 36). Therefore, Jesus was born six months after, near September 11th, 3 B.C.E. [Tishri One on the Jewish calendar] during the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles, a very holy day in Judaism.

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The First Christmas Celebration by the Early Christian Church

For the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birth wasn’t celebrated at all. The religion’s most significant holidays were Epiphany on January 6, which commemorated the arrival of the Magi after Jesus’ birth, and Easter, which celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. The first Christmas celebration by the early Christian Church occurred 331 years after Christ’s Crucifixion in Jerusalem – April 3rd, 33 A.D. (during the Lunar Eclipse at 5:12 PM LMT) and Pentecost –  which is considered to be the inception date of the Roman Catholic Church. In an old list of Roman bishops, compiled in 354 A.D., these words appear for 336 A.D.: “25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.” Translation: December 25th, Christ born in Bethlehem, Judea.

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Pope Julius I, the bishop of Rome (from February 6, 337 to his death in 352), declared the nativity celebration of Christ on December 25th because it coincided with the existing pagan festival honoring Saturn (the Roman God of Agriculture) that began several days before the Winter Solstice.

Horoscope of the First Christmas Celebration – 336 A.D.

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Horoscope of the First Christmas Celebration: Rome, December 25th, 335 A.D.

Above is the horoscope of the first Christmas celebration that occurred in Rome on December 25th, 336 A.D. during the first Mass upon sunrise 7:30 AM Local Mean Time. In the First Christmas Celebration event horoscope, we note the placement of the Moon in Pisces. Many Christian symbols for Christ use the astrological symbol for Pisces, the fish. The twelve apostles were called the “fishers of men,” and early Christians called themselves “little fishes,” and a code word for Jesus was the Greek word for fish, “Ikhthus.”

We also note from the First Christmas Celebration horoscope, the ingress of Uranus on the cardinal axis at 0 Aries, and the Neptune-Pluto square alignment, both mundane astrological portents that augur Christianity’s remarkable rise to prominence from a tiny persecuted cult to the established religion that would dominate in the medieval West over the next 1,500 years.

The Neptune-Pluto alignment often coincides with profound historical transformations within the collective, that usher in the seeding of a new cultural worldview that sets in motion the destruction of the old one. During the  Neptune-Pluto square alignment during the early 4th century, there was a”changing of the Gods”, as powerful archetypal subterranean forces were unleashed that led to the destruction the of the Roman Empire and the death of its Gods, as a nascent underlying matrix emerged based on the metaphysical beliefs and dogma of Christianity, that offered spiritual comfort and the prospect of salvation, decreed by the spiritual authority of the Church, that would later eclipse Roman authority and rule by the early 5th century.

Finally, the First Christmas Celebration by the early Church occurred within 40 years of the precessional shift into the sign of Pisces that occurred in 3rd century in 221 A.D. (based on the Fagan\Bradley Ayanamsa), which was the last year that the Sun last rose in the constellation of Aries in both the tropical and sidereal zodiac at the Spring Equinox. The Edict of Milan, an agreement to treat Christians benevolently within the Roman Empire, occurred in February 312 A.D., a mere 91 years after the precessional shift into the sign of Pisces.

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AGE OF PISCES BEGINS – AGE OF ARIES ENDS Fagan-Bradley Ayanamsa 221 C.E.

The Celebration of Christmas – From Rome to Constantinople

The celebration of Christmas spread over the next several centuries throughout the Roman Empire, from the Western capital of Rome to the Eastern capital of Constantinople which acted as a gateway between East and West. Christmas was promoted in the Christian East as part of the revival of Nicene Christianity following the death of the pro-Arian Western Roman Emperor Valens at the Battle of Adrianople in 378.

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Christmas Celebration in Constantinople in 379 A.D.

 

Christmas festivities were introduced in the Eastern Roman Empire at Constantinople in 379, and at Antioch in about 380 AD. After the collapse Western Roman Empire in 411 AD, the celebration of Christmas ceased during the remainder of the 5th century. During the Dark Age (500 – 800 A.D.), Christmas Day was overshadowed by the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th), which focused on the visit of the magi. However, the medieval church calendar was dominated by Christmas-related holidays.

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The prominence of Christmas Day increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope in Rome on Christmas Day in 800 which marked the transition period from the Medieval Dark Age to the Early Middle Age (800-1066).

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Early Middle Age – Charlemagne Is Crowned Holy Roman Emperor

 

Also, William the Conqueror, the first King of England, was crowned on Christmas Day 1066, which marked the transition of the Early Middle Age to the High Middle Age (1066 – 1307).

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Early Middle Ages – William the Conqueror Crowned at Westminster Abbey, England, on Christmas Day 1066

Christianization of Europe

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After the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D., the Christianization of the Germanic peoples began. Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the celebration of Jesus’ birth, with many elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations throughout Europe who were later converted to Christianity from 300 – 600 A.D.

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English historian Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum contains a letter from Pope Gregory I (Pope from September 3rd, 590 to his death in 604) to Saint Mellitus, who was then on his way to England to conduct missionary work among the pagan Anglo-Saxons. Pope Gregory I, suggested that converting heathens would go easier if they were allowed to retain the outward forms of their traditional pagan practices and traditions, while recasting those traditions spiritually towards the Christian God instead of to their pagan “devils”: “to the end that, whilst some gratifications are outwardly permitted them, they may the more easily consent to the inward consolations of the grace of God.”

Many pre-Christian elements, such as the Yule Log (a specially selected log burned on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in a number of countries in Europe) and the gift giving from the ancient Roman Festival of Saturnalia, became integrated into Christmas over the centuries. The burning of the Yule Log, the decorating of Christmas trees, the eating of ham, the hanging of boughs, holly, mistletoe, etc. are all historically practices associated with Yule.

Church missionaries from Rome found it convenient to provide a Christian reinterpretation of popular pagan holidays such as Yule and allow the celebrations themselves to go on largely unchanged, versus trying to confront and suppress them. The Scandinavian tradition of slaughtering a pig at Christmas (Christmas ham) is probably salient evidence of this. The tradition is thought to be derived from the sacrifice of the boar to the god Freyr at the Yule celebrations. Halloween and aspects of Easter celebrations are likewise assimilated from northern European pagan festivals.

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 Norway: Jul

The main Jul event for Norwegians is on Julaften on December 24th, the evening of the main feast, is served and gifts are exchanged. Almost all Norwegian breweries produce traditional beer, juleøl, and a special soda, julebrus. Jul dishes are also served on Julebord, where people from work gather around early December to feast and drink alcoholic beverages. Also, seven types of cookies, julekaker, traditionally baked by the mother of the house, are prepared. There is also the Julebukk or Nyttårsbukk tradition of which it is common for children to pay visits to neighbors where they are given candy, nuts, and clementines. The children may dress up and go out every day between Juleaften and New Year’s Eve. Adults also dress up later in the evening and Drammebukk by paying visits to neighbors in much the same way as the children, but the main difference is that adults are given drinks instead of candy. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Denmark: Jul

In Denmark, Jul is celebrated on December 24th, which is referred to as Juleaftensdag. An elaborate dinner is eaten with the family consisting of either roast pork, roast duck or roast goose with potatoes, red cabbage and gravy. For dessert rice pudding is served, traditionally with an almond hidden inside. The lucky finder of this almond is entitled to a small gift. After the meal is complete, the family gather around the Juletræ and sing Christmas carols. When the singing is complete, the children often hand out the presents. They are opened and this is followed by candy, chips, different kind of nuts, clementines and sometimes the traditionally Gløgg (mulled and spiced wine with almonds and raisins), which is served hot in small cups. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Sweden: Jul

As in many other countries in northern Europe, Jultomten brings the presents on julafton (Yule Eve), December 24th, the day generally thought of as the main Jul day. Many swedes watch Kalle Anka och hans vänner, a compilation of Disney films. Almost all Swedish families celebrate with a julbord. The common part of almost all julbord is the julskinka (baked ham). The julbord is served with beer or julmust and snaps, the dishes of the julbord may vary throughout Sweden. Businesses traditionally invite their employees to a julbord dinner or lunch the weeks beforehand, and people go out privately to restaurants offering julbord during December, as well. Swedes also enjoy glögg like in many other countries of Scandinavia. After the julbord, the presents are distributed, either by Jultomten or a family member, and usually from a sack or from under the Christmas tree where they have been laying all day or for several days. In older days a julbock (yule goat) was an alternative to Jultomten, nowadays it is used as an ornament, ranging from sizes of 10 cm to huge constructions like the Gävle goat. The next morning, some people attend the julotta, an early morning church service on jul day. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Shetland Islands: Yules

In the Shetland Islands of Scotland the Yules are considered to last a month beginning on December 18th and ending January 18th. The main Yules celebration occurs in between, on December 31st. The rest of Scotland eventually adopted “Hogmanay” (the name of the New Year’s presents) as the festival’s name. (Source: Wikipedia)

Neopaganism

Neopaganism

As forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have very different origins, these representations can vary considerably despite the shared name. Some celebrate in a manner as close as possible to how they believe that the Ancient Germanic pagans observed the tradition, while others observe the holiday with rituals culled from numerous other unrelated sources, Germanic culture being only one of the sources used. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Germanic neopaganism: Yule

In Germanic Neopagan sects, Yule is celebrated with gatherings that often involve a meal and gift giving. Further attempts at reconstruction of surviving accounts of historical celebrations are often made, a hallmark being variations of the traditional. However, it has been pointed out that this is not really reconstruction as these traditions never died out – they have merely removed the superficial Christian elements from the celebrations. Groups such as the Asatru Folk Assembly in the U.S. recognize the celebration as lasting for 12 days, beginning on the date of the winter solstice. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Wicca: Yule

In general, many Wiccan-based sects favor a plethora of sources on winter solstice holidays to recreate a type of Yule holiday. While the name “Yule” is used, it is not a reconstruction of the historical holiday. Wreaths, Yule logs, decoration of trees, decorating with mistletoe, holly, and ivy, exchanges of presents, and even wassailing are incorporated and regarded as sacred. The return of the Sun as Frey is commemorated in some groups. In most Wiccan sects, this holiday is also celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Wassail: Yuletide Beverage

Wassail is a hot beverage of mulled punch associated with Yuletide. Historically, the drink was a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with slices of toast. Modern recipes begin with a base of wine, fruit juice, or mulled ale, sometimes with brandy or sherry added. Apples or oranges are often added to the mix. While the beverage typically served as “wassail” at modern holiday feasts with a medieval theme most closely resembles mulled cider, historical wassail drinks were completely different, more likely to be mulled beer, or mead. Sugar, ale, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon would be placed in a bowl, heated, and topped with slices of toast. Some recipes also call for beaten eggs to be tempered into the drink. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Wassail Song (traditional English)

Here we come a-wassailing
among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand’ring
so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Good master and good mistress,
as you sit beside the fire,
pray think of us poor children
who wander through the mire.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Bring us out a table fine
and spread it out with cloth;
Bring us out a farmer’s cheese,
and some of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Oak King battling Holly King

Druids: The Solstice, Mistletoe, and the Oak King Battling Holly King

On the Solstice, druids would gather by the oldest Mistletoe clad Oak. The Chief Druid would make his way to the mistletoe to be cut whilst below, other Druids would hold open a sheet to catch it, making sure none of it touched the ground. With his Golden Sickle, and in one chop, the Chief Druid would remove the mistletoe, to be caught below.

The early Christian church banned the use of mistletoe because of its association with Druids. The holiday is observed in a manner that commemorates the death of the Holly King identified with the wren bird (symbolizing the old year and the shortened sun) at the hands of his son and successor, the robin redbreast Oak King (the new year and the new sun that begins to grow) (Farrar & Farrar [1989] 1998: 35-38). The Battle of the Holly King and Oak King is re-enacted at rituals, both open and closed. The battle is usually in the form of words but it has been known for there to be sword battles. The scene above depicts the Oak King’s final strike against his brother, the Holly King and to ultimate victory, at least for the next six months. (Source: Wikipedia)

Eggnog: Post-Revolutionary America

Eggnog

In the early days of the United States, celebrating Christmas was considered a British custom and fell out of style following the American Revolution (1775-1783). It wasn’t until 1870 that Christmas became a federal holiday. However, Eggnog is traditionally consumed throughout the United States from American Thanksgiving through the end of the Christmas seasons every year. The word eggnog seems to have been an American invention, first appearing in the late 1700s. However, no one is sure where it came from. It may have evolved from nog, an old English name for a variety of strong beer, or from noggin, a small wooden mug used to serve drinks in taverns.

In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira, or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the British colonies during the early 18th century.

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George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, one of the Founding Fathers, and first President of the United States, was a fan of eggnog. Washington had his own eggnog recipe and ordered his servants that it be prepared and served according to his specifications during his Christmas celebration events at his home and plantation at Mount Vernon  and during his Presidency (1789-1797).

8:00pm – Guest arrival with eggnog served and dancing

10:00pm – Seated supper

Midnight – Dancing resumes

5:00am – The last guests leave

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The first President’s brew wasn’t an eggnog for the fainthearted, given its alcohol content (Note the Mars-Jupiter Conjunction):

George Washington’s Eggnog Recipe

One quart of heavy cream
One quart of milk
One dozen tablespoons sugar
One pint brandy
12 Eggs
½ pint rye whiskey
½ pint Jamaica rum
¼ pint sherry

Directions: Mix the liquor first, then separate the yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let sit in a cold place for several (3-5) days before serving. The recipe ends with a congenial “Taste frequently.”  Nobody could tell a lie after having a few cups.

Great Britain: The English Christmas Revival

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A Christmas Carol is a  novella by Charles Dickens (1815 – 1870), first published in London by Chapman & Hall publishing company on December 19th, 1843. A Christmas Carol met with instant success and critical acclaim, telling a story of a bitter cold-hearted old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his psycho-spiritual death-rebirth transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by  the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) and the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley. The tale of Scrooge’s spiritual redemption since Christmas 1843 has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday among the eighty-eight English-speaking nations throughout the world.

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The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas Cards and Christmas Trees. Also, Christmas Carol singing took a new lease of life during this time. Dickens, being perfectly in-tune with British culture, published his story at precisely the right moment (Note: Mars-Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction Dec 1st, 1843),  which reflected a widespread bourgeoisie interest and desire to reinvigorate Christmas and its ancient customs.  Since 1843,  A Christmas Carol remains popular—having never been out of print —and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media. (Source: Wikipedia)

Yule Time Celebration

The United States:  The Globalization of Christmas

On June 26th, 1870, Christmas was formally declared a United States federal holiday. Christmas is the most widely celebrated holiday of the year in the United States, commonly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike with various traditions.

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The first electric lights on a family tree were used in 1894 during the presidency of Grover Cleveland. It was placed in the second floor Oval Room of the White House. The Cleveland Family tree decorated with red, white and blue electric light bulbs, delighted the president’s young daughters.

In the 20th century during the onset of the Industrial Revolution (circa 1900 during the Uranus-Pluto Opposition),  Christmas began to become peak selling season for retailers in the United States, along with many nations around the world. Sales increase dramatically as people purchased gifts, decorations, and supplies to celebrate. In the United States, the “Christmas shopping season” traditionally starts at the commencement of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at noon, with the arrival of Santa Claus who always closes out the parade, welcomed into Herald Square in Manhattan. The parade is presented and sponsored by the U.S.-based department store chain Macy’s.

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During the Roaring ’20s – a period of dramatic economic expansion and social experimentation – many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation European immigrants who quickly reached middle-class status and were proud of their new American heritage, and sought to celebrate the American holiday season of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had loved in Europe. The tradition started in 1924 at 9:00 am in Manhattan, New York (Note Jupiter in Sagittarius rising in the Event Horoscope). With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event.

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Edgar Cayce Natal Horoscope Rectification

Edgar Cayce in 1910
Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American Christian psychic, healer, spiritual teacher, and mystic, who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, astrology, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while under a self-induced hypnotic trance. Other abilities that have been attributed to Cayce include astral projection, prophesying, mediumship, viewing the Akashic Records or “Book of Life”, and seeing auras. Cayce said he became interested in learning more about these subjects after he was informed about the content of his readings, which he reported that he never actually heard himself.  Biographer Jess Stearn gave him the nickname, “The Sleeping Prophet.”  A nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), was founded to facilitate the study of Cayce’s work. A hospital and a university were also established.

Cayce became a celebrity toward the end of his life, and he believed the publicity given to his prophecies overshadowed the more important parts of his work, such as healing the sick and studying religion. Today, a total of 14,306 of his readings are available at A.R.E. Cayce headquarters in Virginia Beach and an online member-only section along with background information, correspondence, and follow-up documentation. Historians now consider him the true founder and a principal source of the most characteristic beliefs of the American “New Age” Movement and modern Christian Mysticism.

Edgar Cayce’s Birth Time

Biographer Thomas Sugrue from “There is a River”,  quotes Cayce’s grandmother (p.59) “I heard the first squall you made at three o’clock exactly”, as his birth time. Report 4 reading 254-2 quotes a letter which Edgar Cayce wrote to Ms. 516 on September 16, 1935 which he states, “…I was born on March 18, 1877, in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, at 1:30 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. However, I have had several astrologers tell me it was impossible for me to have been born at that time, else I would have been a girl. But this is the actual record from my parents, the physician, and the birth certificate record…” Thus, according to Edgar Cayce’s own account, his birth certificate listed his time of birth as 1:30 PM. The kind of
time isn’t mentioned, but Local Mean Time (LMT) was observed cities-map-of-kentucky_hopkinsville_beverlybefore November 18, 1883. Also, Cayce’s location of birth is usually given as Hopkinsville, Kentucky, but the information on the
Cayce Readings CD-ROM published by A.R.E. says he was born on a farm near Beverly, Kentucky, about seven miles south of Hopkinsville.

In 1996, a rectification by astrologer William Stickevers, sponsored by the Edgar Cayce Center of Japan and under the advisory and oversight of Mark Thurston, Ph.D. using A.I.R. Rectification software module, resulted in a 1:10 PM LMT birth time based on the 28 documented events from Cayce’s historical biography.

28 Documented Events from Cayce’s Historical Biography

  1. On June 18 1881, Edgar witnesses the horse accident which causes the death of his grandfather.
  2. On March 16, 1886, had his first mystical vision of a bright and beautiful lady with wings. The Lady told him his prayers had been answered and offered him whatever he wanted most in life. His request was “to be helpful to others, especially to children when they are sick.”
  3. On January 1, 1894, the Cayce family moves to Hopkinsville.
  4. On March 14 1897, Cayce becomes engaged to Gertrude Evans.
  5. On December 14, 1899, he returns home and forms a partnership with his father, Leslie Cayce, then insurance agent.
  6. On March 24, 1900 a partial paralysis of the vocal cords makes him unable to speak beyond a whisper.
  7. On March 31, 1900 gives his first psychic reading under hypnosis.
  8. On August 3, 1902 returns to Hopkinsville regarding the medical situation of regarding a little girl called Aime Dietrich, a case which played an essential pivotal role in the future historical development of the Cayce readings.
  9. On June 17, 1903 married Gertrude Evans.
  10. On September 1, 1904 Cayce opens a photographic studio with business partner Frank Potter.
  11. On December 23 1906, a fire destroys all the art work he has on consignment.
  12. On March 16, 1907 first child born, son Hugh Lynn Cayce.
  13. On October 9, 1910 The New York Times publishes ‘Illiterate Man Becomes A Doctor When Hypnotized’, a long article on Edgar Cayce’s psychic powers.
  14. On April 22 1911, Cayce first validates the doctrine of reincarnation in reading 4841-1.
  15. On May 17, 1911 second son Milton Porter dies.
  16. On September 21, 1911 Cayce acquires his own studio Photographic in Selma (Alabama).
  17. On October 10, 1922 the Birmingham Post-Herald quotes Cayce as saying that he had given 8,056 readings total.
  18. On September 10 1923, hires permanent secretary, Gladys Davis who was then 18 years old. From that time on, she will be part of the Cayce family.
  19. On September 15, 1923 this becomes another pivotal turning point in the Cayce readings, which played another essential pivotal role in the future historical development of the Cayce readings validating the metaphysical foundation of astrology and the concept of reincarnation.
  20. On October 15, 1926 Cayce’s mother Carrie Cayce died.
  21. October 11 1928 the Cayce Hospital Opens in Virginia Beach.
  22. On September 22 1930 Atlantic University opens its doors.
  23. On July 7, 1931 the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.) was incorporated.
  24. On November 4, 1937 Cayce’s father Leslie B. Cayce died.
  25. On March 1, 1943 Cayce’s living biography, “There is a River” by Thomas Sugrue published.
  26. On September 1, 1943 Cayce rises to national prominence with the publication of a high-profile article in Coronet magazine: “Miracle Man of Virginia Beach” by Harmon Bro.
  27. On Sep 17 1944, gives his last reading, resulting in a total of 22,362 since 1900.
  28. On January 3, 1945 Cayce dies from exhaustion and illness due to post stroke complications.
Rectified Horoscope for Edgar Cayce for
March 18, 1883 at 1:10 PM LMT  Beverly,  Kentucky.
Edgar Cayce Natal Horoscope rectified by astrologer William Stickevers in 1996

 

Cayce’s General Characteristics

Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,18,0,30):

Cayce was a nurturer and a protector and prone to what has sometimes been referred to as the “Atlas Syndrome”, carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. He took his responsibilities to others very seriously and often took on more than his share of their troubles as well. Though he appeared (and indeed often was)

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Cayce and his wife Gertrude

rather passive, he possessed much quiet inner strength and the ability to flow with, endure, and emerge again and again from life’s inevitable adversities. He was apt to be surrounded by people who relied and depended upon him, and though he derived much satisfaction from providing, giving, and being needed, he could also let himself be drained emotionally and/or financially by taking care of other people and not caring sufficiently for himself.

Cayce had a very strong need for security and was a “safety-first” creature, disinclined to make sudden changes or to take new directions which involve risk and unpredictability. Any break from the past was very difficult for him and he needed a great deal of support when trying to make even healthy and positive changes in his life or habits.

Cayce was very retentive. He held on to (sometimes clung to) the people, places, and ways which he was familiar with. He also tended to both hold in and hold on to feelings, and he may have needed to learn to express and let go of old feelings and past conditioning.

Physically, he was apt to be hearty and substantial, with a tendency to be stout. Unless other astrological factors indicate otherwise, Cayce could also be downright lazy, especially when it comes to exercise. He instinctively chose comfort over challenge. (This is true in a broader sense as well, not only regarding physical exercise).

Cayce’s strengths included depth of feeling, patience, and generosity. The qualities he needed to cultivate included initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.

Fire is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,18,0,30):

Cayce was likely to be overly humble or unsure of himself and to look to others for inspiration, motivation, reinforcement, and approval. Tending to be somewhat passive, it would’ve been recommended that he learn how to take initiative and motivate himself.

A lack of warmth (either physically, emotionally, or both) may have been evident in him, which can show itself physically as a low energy level, paleness and lack of color in the skin, or a tendency to be easily chilled, and emotionally as a marked coolness or aloofness with little spiritedness, joyfulness, or enthusiasm for living. Eating warming, spicy foods, living in a warm, sunny place, and using fire in your daily life (lighting candles, using a wood stove or fireplace for heat) would’ve helped to balance him. Also, spending time with warm, cheerful, positive-minded people and developing a philosophy based on spiritual optimism could have stirred up his own zest of life.

Positively, Cayce was unlikely to be egocentric and have a capacity for great patience and peacefulness.

Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,18,0,30):

Cayce tended to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. He felt and experienced but did not necessarily understand or reflect upon his experience, and thus found it hard to communicate or talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say could be hard for him – he did not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may have become inflexible or limit your experience of life. A broadening education and exposure to different cultures and types of people would have been very beneficial to him. Otherwise he would’ve been apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside his own circle. (Arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation may reflect this).

Cayce also tended to distrust people who are free with words or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than himself. He learned much more readily by watching, doing, or apprenticing than by reading or by being told about something.

Cayce’s Approach Life and How He Appeared To Others

The following is a description of Cayce’s basic stance towards life, the way others saw him, the way he came across, the face he showed to the world.

Cancer Rising:

Cayce appeared gentle and soft, and acted rather reserved with others until he knew them well and felt it was safe to be open with them. He had a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and were deeply attached to the past:

Cayce and his sons Hugh Lynn and Edgar Evans
Cayce and his sons Hugh Lynn and Edgar Evans

his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes

or moves away from what is known and safe could be very painful and difficult for Cayce. He tended to cling and hold on to people, memories, possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, was very important to him.

Cayce approached life emotionally and subjectively and was sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, he was often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something FELT right, or it didn’t.

Cayce’s emotions and personal loyalties tended to color his thoughts and opinions. He viewed life from a very personal perspective and often could not mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He was apt to be concerned primarily with how something affected him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may have been very patriotic and feel that whatever “my country” does is right without really knowing much about the other nation’s policies or point of view. Put simply: if it is good for me and mine, it is good. If it is not good for me and mine, it is no good.

He was tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cared about, and had a very strong nurturing, motherly nature (regardless of your gender). Cayce empathized with others and intuitively sensed the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he was easily moved by others’ pain, and was often the one others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.

Cayce’s moods fluctuated and changed frequently and he was sometimes open, sometimes withdrawn emotionally. He communicated non-verbally and appreciated a person who could pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.

He never forgot either kindness or unkindness shown to him.

Sun Trine Asc.:

Cayce radiated a sense of pride, self-assurance, and a definite awareness of his own importance. It was hard for others to ignore him when he was present, and his personality may have overshadowed or dominated the scene.

The Inner Self: Cayce’s Real Motivation

Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Pisces:

In addition to Cayce’s strong personal loyalties and the devotion he felt for his nearest and dearest, he had great compassion and sensitivity to people of all walks of life. He had a gift for understanding and appreciating a wide variety of art styles and life styles.

His good heart and innocent, unsuspecting attitude could have made him a victim of others’ greed.

Sun in Pisces:
Edgar Cayce fishing
Edgar Cayce fishing

At heart Cayce was very gentle, impressionable, and receptive -a dreamer. The world of his imagination, feelings, and intuition were as real to him as anything in the outer world, though he may have had trouble verbalizing or interpreting his inner experiences in a way others could understand. Mystical, artistic, musical, emotional and imaginative, Cayce had a rich inner life, though he may have seemed rather unobtrusive and quiet outwardly. He usually kept to himself.

Cayce had great sensitivity and empathy with others, and he often sensed things psychically or intuitively which proved to be correct. He was tolerant, forgiving, and nonjudgmental, accepting people unconditionally regardless of their flaws, mistakes, or outward appearance. He had deep compassion for the suffering of any fellow creature and often felt others’ pain as if it were his own. He sympathized with the needy, the disadvantaged, the misfits of society. He was capable of giving selflessly, living a life of devoted and compassionate service to others, as a healer, physician, social worker, or minister. However, he tended to give indiscriminately, to let others take advantage of his kindness, and to encourage the weak to remain so by becoming dependent upon him. He had little sense of boundaries, of limits, of knowing when to say “no”. Moderation and self-discipline were not his strong points.

Cayce was a lover and a peacemaker rather than a fighter, and he tried to avoid open conflict. He would likely patiently ignore or “tune out” problems and hope they will go away by themselves, rather than directly confronting them, and he tended to lack the positive fighting spirit that is sometimes necessary to overcome challenges. He was fluid, open, nonresistant, and somewhat passive. He did things in a subtle, often covert, manner.

His gifts also have lied in the realm of the creative, artistic, or musical, for he had a great sensitivity, inspiration, and limitless imagination. He likely responded very strongly to beauty and to love.

Cayce’s faults included a tendency to be lazy and negligent, and to wallow in self-pity rather than taking strong, definite action to change his life for the better. He also tended to become so detached from his immediate environment that he lived in a disorderly, chaotic sort of hodgepodge, though this probably bothered those around him more than it bothered him.

Sun in 9th house:

World travel, foreign cultures, and studies which expanded his intellectual horizons and broadened his understanding of the world are very attractive to him.

Cayce had a philosophical turn of mind and was concerned with seeking answers to the big questions of life or getting the overview of any situation. Abstract concepts and/or plans for the future occupied his mind much of the time.

Sun Square Jupiter:

Cayce had big aspirations and the desire to succeed in life in a grand way. He tended to exaggerate, to promise more than is possible, and to misjudge through being overly optimistic. However, he never lost his hopes for the future. Restlessness and discontent with responsibilities and limitations in life could be troublesome for him.

Sun Conjunct Mercury/MC:

He had a harmonious balance between your body, soul and spirit. He likely enjoyed intellectual challenges from others, but tended to form his own mental attitudes and philosophies of life. He was interested in studying human nature and matters of health.

Sun Conjunct Saturn/MC:

Cayce’s courage to face life seems to have been a bit on the low side and he was prone to worry a lot. Fear of his own inadequacies could distort his perspective and deplete his strength to go on in the direction he chose.

Sun Conjunct N. Node/MC:

Maintaining contact with his friends and associates was very important to Cayce and he kept in touch with them through their shared interests. His friends were likely to be very supportive to him in everything he did.

Cayce’s Mental Interests and Abilities

Mercury in Pisces:

Cayce was more of a poet than a rational scientist, for his mind did not function in a strictly logical, linear fashion. The language of music, art, or poetry was natural to him, and he was also able to think in highly abstract and symbolic terms. Translating his thoughts and impressions into concrete, everyday language may have been difficult for him at times and consequently he may have appeared less intelligent or at least less quick-witted and verbal than others. This would have been especially true of him as a child, and he probably daydreamed a good deal also. Cayce was intuitive and able to sense what others’ thoughts and feelings were, even before they said anything to him. He often formed an opinion about a person or situation without much factual knowledge of them, and his impressions were usually correct. Cayce could be somewhat absent-minded and he became so immersed in his own thoughts that he overlooked things in his immediate, tangible environment. He was extremely open-minded and believed that anything is possible. Intangible or spiritual forces seemed just as real to him as anything in the concrete world. His imagination and his sympathetic understanding of other people were two of his greatest gifts.

Mercury in 8th house:
Edgar Cayce on the counch used for the readings (Photo courtesy ARE)
Edgar Cayce on the counch used for the readings

The mysterious and the unknown fascinated him and he investigated the supernatural or something that is hidden or taboo. He needed to know what was going on behind the scenes. Cayce was also deeply curious about or astute about economic, political, or social power, big business, and the motives and powers behind the social facade.

Moon Sextile Mercury:

Cayce had talent for establishing rapport and communicating with people, great personnel skills, and he was adept at dealing with the public. He communicated concern, interest, and the ability to listen, which encouraged people to open up and confide in him even if they do not know him well. He created closeness with others by talking to them (even gossiping will do), or by writing intimate, personal letters. Women felt he understood them.

Mercury Conjunct Venus:

He appreciated aesthetics and had a fine sense of form, design, and beauty. He could have developed considerable technical skill as an artist, designer, craftsman, or creative writer. Cayce could have also sold objects of beauty – artistic products, cosmetics, jewelry, etc.

Cayce had the ability to please and harmonize well with others and tend to ameliorate relationships between people. His sense of humor, tact, and personal charm were of great benefit to him in any work with people on a one-to-one level.

Mercury aspects Venus and Mars:

He could also be very direct, even brutally frank, in the way he communicated.

Mercury aspects Moon and Mars:

Cayce’s desire to make a point sometimes overrided his receptivity to others’ views. He could be a good listener but often it was hard for him not to speak out.

Mercury Sextile Mars:

Cayce had a sharp tongue and ready wit, and enjoyed intellectual competition, problem solving, and demanding intellectual work. In a debate, he knew how to drive his point home. Cayce also possessed quick reflexes and dexterity and could be an excellent tennis or racquetball player. Any sport which involves a dynamic exchange between the players would have a suitable for him.

Mercury aspects Moon and Saturn:

Although he was perceptive and attuned to the personal, human side of any issue, he was also capable of considerable intellectual detachment and objectivity. Cayce combined the qualities of being subjective and intuitive with a rational, analytical approach. Cayce had an introverted frame of mind and he tended to dissect or deeply analyze his own and other people’s inner lives and experiences.

Mercury Conjunct Saturn:
Bible group leader
Bible group leader

His mind was serious and deep, and he would always offer an opinion on any matter until he had thoroughly considered and studied it. Cayce had excellent powers of concentration and enjoyed studying or thinking deeply in solitude. Cayce had an aptitude for research or doing mental work which requires precise, organized thinking, attention to detail, and a methodical approach. Cayce was conservative and something of a skeptic, and may have been narrow-minded and closed to new ideas, especially if there was no concrete proof or scientific verification of them. Socially, he was rather reserved, uncommunicative, and uncomfortable with light, frivolous conversation.

Mercury Conjunct Moon/Mars:

Cayce was impatient, a bit nervous and easily irritated. Although he was sensitive to criticism, he could also be insensitive to the feelings of others.

Mercury Conjunct Venus/N. Node:

Cayce had a strong desire to keep in contact with like-minded people and tended to discuss love problems with them. Cayce seemed to be especially drawn to children and young people and was always welcomed and appreciated by them.

Mercury Conjunct Jupiter/Pluto:

Cayce had the ability to influence others to his way of thinking and could have done well in a propaganda campaign. Cayce thought in big dimensions and had a gift for speaking. Cayce was interested in subjects that encompassed a larger view of the world.

Mercury Conjunct Saturn/N. Node:

Cayce formed his own conclusion about things and may have had some difficulty in exchanging his thoughts and ideas with others, although they regarded his ideas as having a good foundation. Most of his conversations tended to have a serious overtone.

Cayce’s Emotions: Moods, Feelings, Romance

Moon in Taurus:

Cayce was even-tempered and peace-loving, he was not easily ruffled or given to emotional displays. Cayce had a calming effect on more high-strung or volatile people, and an emotional steadiness that others find soothing. Though gentle and not easily provoked, he was tremendously stubborn and will resist any change which requires an emotional adjustment, such as changes in his home life or marriage.

Cayce sought security and loyalty in love, was extremely devoted to his loved ones, and provided a warm, nurturing atmosphere for them. However, he tended to cling and seek to keep others from changing.

A great deal of physical affection, closeness, and touching was essential to his well-being, and he had a tendency to overindulge in sensual comforts and pleasures. At times he substituted food for emotional comfort and love.

Moon in 10th house:
Original Virginia Beach Hospital Building, circa 1929
Original Virginia Beach Hospital Building, circa 1929

Cayce worked well with the public and had an instinct for what the public wanted and would respond to. Having a “nest” was not especially important to him, and he may have invested more of his emotional energy into his career or public life than in his private life. Providing for and caring for others in a professional capacity was very likely.

Moon Trine Mars:

Cayce was assertive and confront difficulties in a direct, no-nonsense sort of way. Cayce could not tolerate self-pity or passivity, and he could be rather brusque with others’ emotional problems. “Stop crying and DO something about it” might have been his motto.

Moon aspects Mars and Saturn:

Although he could get hot under the collar rather easily, he also had a certain degree of emotional self-control and composure which enabled him to rein in some of his more aggressive tendencies.

Moon Sextile Saturn:

Cayce was dedicated to the people he cared about and conscientious about meeting his responsibilities, especially to family. Family solidarity and cohesiveness were very important to him and so, therefore, were the traditions, rituals, and memories that keep the bonds strong.

Cayce was apt to do more than his fair share in the family, to go the extra mile, but this was satisfying rather than burdensome to him for the most part.

Venus in Pisces:

Tremendously soft-hearted and sympathetic, he gave very selflessly and devotedly to those he loved and often allowed others to become overly dependent upon him. More compassionate than passionate, he may have become romantically involved with someone because they needed love and he wanted to help them, rather than out of mutual pleasure or attraction.

Cayce was drawn to sensitive, imaginative, gentle souls -poets, musicians, dreamers – or to someone he felt he could have a deep spiritual relationship with. Cayce idealized love and had a very beautiful, romantic vision of what love could be.

Venus in 8th house:

Cayce craved very intense, deep, emotional relationships, and would even prefer a stormy, tumultuous relationship to one which is smooth but lacking vitality and passion. Cayce loved wholeheartedly and expected all-consuming, total devotion and attention from his partner. Casual, light relationships held no appeal for him.

Venus Conjunct Saturn:

Intimacy did not come easily to him and he may have appeared cold or unfeeling to others due to his emotional reserve and caution. Perhaps due to painful relationships and separations in his early life, he did not trust others very easily and it took a long time to take down all of his barriers and defenses. Cayce may have felt that he had few friends or people that really cared about him.

Venus Conjunct Mars/Pluto:

Cayce had a very erotic and sexual nature and often may have found himself drawn to another person by a kind of inner compulsion. Cayce could become quite obsessed by someone and had a tendency to control and manipulate his loved ones.

Cayce’s Drive and Ambition: How He Achieved His Goals

Mars in Capricorn:

Cayce was serious about his ambitions, and disciplined, dedicated, and tenacious in pursuing his objectives. His drive and energy was directed toward practical material accomplishment and achieving concrete results. Cayce also strived to be in a position of authority and social influence; he enjoyed being the person who is in command.

Cayce was hard-working and capable of foregoing immediate comfort in order to achieve his long-range goals. Cayce could easily become a workaholic and was very responsible and conscientious about doing a thorough job.

Realistic and pragmatic, he was an excellent strategist. Cayce attained success by formulating a conservative and workable plan and following through with it. Cayce was not a gambler when it came to attaining his goals; he depended on his own efforts and perseverance rather than good fortune. Cayce had a natural shrewdness and instinct for business or organizational management.

Mars in 6th house:

Cayce expected to work hard for anything he accomplish and he had no patience for people who didn’t pull their own weight. Work was a passion for he at times, and he pushed himself too hard. Cayce could be too demanding of the people he worked with also.

If his energy was not invested in a job or career, he could become a fanatic about his health, and he may have exercised or “worked out” vigorously and perhaps excessively.

Mars Sextile Saturn:

Conscientious, responsible, and serious about his work, he accomplished a great deal through his dedication. Cayce was the person who followed through, quietly sustained the effort, and kept on going in spite of tedium, setbacks, or dry spells. This was often the key to his success. However, he was humble about his accomplishments and contributions, and may thus not received the recognition or recompense he deserved.

Mars Square MC:

Cayce was intensely competitive, and may have engaged in furious battles of will, numerous conflicts, and possible public controversy, on his way to gaining his objectives. Cayce could be drawn to activities that were dangerous, in the line of fire, so to speak. Cayce put himself on the line. Anger or recklessness could be his downfall.

MC Conjunct Sun/Neptune:

Cayce was sensitive to everything around he and soaked up experiences like a sponge. Cayce needed to avoid becoming depressed when things did not go his way. Cayce also needed to overcome being somewhat timid and to build up his own self-image.

MC Opposition Jupiter/Asc.:

Cayce had a strong desire to acquire wealth and may had the good fortune to live in affluent circumstances. His pleasant and harmonious personality made him very popular, and he was like to have a large circle of friends.

Growth and Expansion: Areas That Cayce Enjoyed

Jupiter in Capricorn:

Cayce had an innate shrewdness, and the ability to develop a clear strategy and follow it carefully in order to reach his goals. Cayce also had a natural sense of order, structure, and self-discipline. Cayce was likely to excel, both because he was ambitious and because it is very important to he to do a professional job, no matter what field he was in, or how humble the task.

Jupiter in 6th house:

Cayce had a positive and constructive attitude toward work and what other people might consider drudgery. Cayce enjoyed helping people improve their lives, and the more service he rendered, the more benefits and rewards he found coming back to him. Promoting health in some manner was a very good avenue for him.

Jupiter Trine Neptune:

Cayce was very broad-minded and tolerant, and he had a rich, colorful imagination. Cayce did not struggle with life as much as most people; he was inclined to follow the path of least resistance.

Jupiter Opposition Moon/Uranus:

Cayce had good vision and foresight and his aspirations and objectives were likely to be aimed high. A certain element of luck seemed to surround him, and he was both lucky and successful in his enterprises.

Areas That Challenged Cayce Or Were Difficult For Him

Saturn in Pisces:

Cayce often had a sense of longing or homesickness for something he could not name or specify, and he may have had both a great attraction toward, and fear of, mysticism and parapsychology.

Overcoming feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, loneliness, or over-sensitivity was an important task for him.

Saturn in 8th house:

Fear of the unknown, of change, and/or of death may have plagued him. Cayce strongly resisted changes and transitions rather than greeting them with curiosity or a spirit of adventure, which made them much harder for him.

On another level entirely, he was very careful about joining forces, and especially his material resources, with others. Cayce wanted to keep his own and other people’s property and assets very distinct.

Saturn Conjunct Mercury/Venus:

His attitude toward life was quite serious and he was very thorough. Cayce had the need to be by himself and think out everything very carefully before he take action. Cayce may have enjoyed doing some type of creative art work shaped from hard or heavy materials.

Saturn Conjunct Venus/N. Node:

Around others he was somewhat humble and shy and preferred to be by hismelf. Cayce tended to limit his contact with others and associate only with like-minded people. Cayce was inclined to be cool and reserved even toward those he loved.

Saturn Conjunct Jupiter/Pluto:

At times circumstances seemed to be pushing against him, and he may have had to withstand severe challenges. Cayce probably had to work harder than others in order to succeed, turning him hard and cold-hearted in his decisions because of it.

Unconcsious Patterns of Behavior Which Cayce Would Instinctively and Habitually Revert To When Under Stress

Node in Pisces:

Cultivating the qualities of empathy, gentleness, and compassion would have help counterbalance his deeply ingrained perfectionism and critical nature. When under stress, he was apt to try to rigorously analyze and to focus on what needed to be corrected or improved, and he could easily become problem-oriented, losing sight of the big picture and of what is working.

Node in 8th house:

Cayce was most likely to wrestle with these issues in relationships that were more than superficial or casual – in particular where he and another had merged emotionally, legally, or financially. Cayce would have seen these issues arise in close partnerships of any kind, especially when there was a mutual dependency on one another. Dealing with in-laws, inheritances, and legal matters involving joint custody, shared assets, and resources was also a part of this.

Node Conjunct Mercury:

“Work smarter, not harder” might have been a motto for him.  Writing, teaching, recording, transcribing, dialoguing, negotiating, mediating, communicating, or facilitating clear communication would be significant activities for him to pursue.

Node Conjunct Venus:

Learning to give and receive affection, love, and pleasure would have been beneficial to Cayce. Learning to respond to, appreciate, and create beauty, art, harmonious surroundings and relationships. Being aware of aesthetics and doing things in a gracious, pleasing manner. Enjoying life, nurture friendships, and cultivating his ability to love and to receive love.

Node Conjunct Saturn:

Developing self-discipline and learn to handle responsibility better would have benefitted Cayce. He shouldered an inordinate amount of responsibility and burdens which at times limit his activities and opportunities in life. This was a maturing and ultimately strengthening process, however. Cayce was also likely to be given positions of tremendous responsibility, whether he really wanted such job or not, usually because he had made real effort and some sort of substantial contribution.

There may have been considerable obstacles in his path – more adversity than others seem to face – and his task was to learn to understand pressure and persevere.

Node Conjunct Moon/Mars:

Cayce cooperated with others in a vigorous and energetic way. His motto seems to have been “one for all and all for one”, and he felt strongly connected with others. In fact, he looked upon other people as necessary for a worthwhile life.

Originality and Imagination

Areas Where Cayce Was Creative, Unique, Unstable, or Compulsive

Uranus in 1st house:

Cayce was an unconventional and innovative person, and he was seen as a rebel, reformer, or highly unusual in his manners, appearance, or attitudes. Cayce enjoyed being unpredictable, and he did not conform to the standards that other people had set. Above all, he was an individual, and he did what he pleased regardless of customs and norms. His environment and life circumstances may have changed frequently and abruptly.

Neptune in 10th house:

Cayce was a very idealistic person, and he want to see his ideals, hopes, and dreams made concrete and real in the everyday world. Cayce was driven to put his ideals into action.

When young he may have been rather aimless or confused about his place in the world. In early adult life it is likely that he struggled to find ways to express his imagination, fantasies, and ideals in his career. Work that involved compassionate service (such as medicine or the ministry) may be his calling. If he lacked personal integrity and honesty, he quickly went to the opposite extreme and he could con others through dishonesty and trickery. Music, art, film-making or entertainment was also areas in which he was well-suited.

Pluto in 11th house:

Cayce may have had a deep aversion to groups, associations, clubs, or organizations of any kind. Any such group he became involved in is likely to be either for intense personal growth, change, and healing, or centered around social change and revising society in some manner.

Neptune Conjunct Pluto/MC:

Cayce was inclined to be very imaginative and likely to have occasional clairvoyant visions. But he should beware of strange pursuits that could lead him on the wrong path and eventual disappointments.

Pluto Conjunct Venus/Asc.:

Cayce seemed to had a powerful influence on everyone and others was strongly attracted to him. Cayce had a great need for attention or flattery and may have been a bit fanatic in love. His love experiences were likely to be very deep and intense.

Generational Influences: Cayce’s Age Group

The Subconscious and Emotional Drive of Cayce’s Age Group

Pluto in Taurus:

Cayce was part of a 30-year group of people who were highly motivated by practical concerns. There was a very strong psychological need to feel that there is a firm foundation and a solid basis for one’s life. There was an irresistible urge to make sure that the basics were taken care of and everything was built on a solid foundation. Consequently, his generation worked hard to improve the economy, ensure adequate food supplies, maintain and build roads and buildings, increase productivity, and develop other facilities that were essential foundations for a healthy, thriving economy.

There was a strong tendency to measure the value of something by its utilitarian value. For example, in education and research the emphasis was on ideas of practical value and there was little support for more purely theoretical research.

His generation was pragmatic and productive, and was driven by a need to build and DO things. This concern with practical affairs often becamesunbalanced, and a rampant materialism with little regard for humanitarian, ethical, and spiritual values often developed in his age group.

There was also a strong sensual craving in his age group, and a great deal of emphasis was placed on physically comfortable surroundings and good food. Romance was particularly important to his age group, and a great emphasis was also placed on the physical attractiveness of the opposite sex.

A small minority of members of his age group were likely to be uncomfortable with the practical and materialistic atmosphere of the times, and consequently became alienated and antagonistic towards the social norm.

Uranus Square Pluto:

Cayce was also born during a period that lasted approximately 7 years and was characterized by extreme restlessness and an impatient, dynamic attitude towards life. Cayce was part of a group of people who could be agent provocateur for the counter cultural forces that demanded change and progress in society. Cayce did not tolerate being restricted by authority , and his age group rebelled with force and anger against oppressive situations.

The Ideals and Illusions of His Age Group

Neptune in Taurus:

Cayce was part of a 14-year group of people that was very practical and down-to-earth in their religious philosophy and spiritual outlook. His age group incorporated its ideals and visions into everyday life, and investd more time and energy than other generations did in beautification projects, developing parks and recreation areas, and preserving beautiful or unique natural wildlife areas. Building construction was also done with careful attention to the aesthetic quality, and his generation found it difficult to understand how other age groups could erect buildings with so little aesthetic appeal.

His age group did not speculate a great deal about spiritual and metaphysical matters. Cayce was more involved in utilizing his imagination and intuition in practical, artistic ways rather than exploring metaphysical issues. Some of the art and music of his generation is among the world’s most beautiful.

What is New and Different in Cayce’s Age Group

Uranus in Leo:

Cayce was part of a 7-year group of people who were unusually self-willed, and inwardly self-assurred. Cayce was part of a group that defied authority and insisted on having its own way. Parents and school teachers found that it was extremely difficult to discipline his age group. Governments that were repressive to individual expression and freedom met a great deal of resistance from his age group, and he tended to rise up against any form of tyranny and oppressive rule.

 

Photographs used by permission courtesy of the Edgar Cayce Foundation – Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

 

Oil Price Plunge Will Be The Black Swan Trigger for Next Global Crisis

On December 23rd the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 18,000 for the first time after data allegedly showed the U.S. economy posted its strongest growth in more than a decade! The DOW has tripled its March 2009 lows, trading at 18.5 times forward earnings, higher than the 10-year average of 13.9.

DJIA Graph 2005 - 2014

However what you probably don’t know is that when the DJIA just blew past 18,000, high yield debt is starting to crash again, and Bloomberg’s Commodity Index for Industrial’s
(BCOM:IND) dropped below the 2008 financial crisis lows of 125, for the first time.

INDU and BCOM

The collapse of the commodity prices  is considered a “leading indicator” by most Wall Street pundits of where the broader markets are heading and this is an ominous trend in regards to the stock market. Because prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, the high yield debt of the bond market that is based on the price of commodities and energy prices collapsed first.

Below is a clear example of what happened with the commodity markets that led up to the financial crash of 2008.  The graph below of the U.S. High Yield B Total Return Index Value shows that high yield bonds began crashing early September, two weeks before the Lehman Stock Market Crash on September 15th 2008:

Commodity Markets Leading Up to the Financial Crash of 2008

US High Yield B Total Return Index Value

However, the U.S. stock market did not crash and bottom for nearly another 3 months (early December) AFTER the debt collapse of the corporate junk bond market:

DJIA Sept-Dec 2008

High Yield Debt,  the Commodities Market, and Junk Bonds

The point is, what happens to high yield debt is often an excellent indicator of what is about to happen to stocks and nearly 20% of the commodities market is composed of energy bonds. Because of the declining price of oil, the panic in energy bonds is starting to infect the broader markets. So if you really want to know where the stock market is heading in 2015, keep a close eye on the market for high yield debt by looking at the recent activity on the high yield debt on the the junk bond market.

iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG) First Trade Horoscope

iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG)

Above is the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG) ETF first trade horoscope.
The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, high yield corporate bonds.

DJI vs HYG

Since the beginning of November, junk bonds have been falling steadily on the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG), as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has continued to reach new heights…

Keep in mind that the dynamic, as shown above, is one that is neither sustainable or tenable, nor is it one that will persist indefinitely. Either junk bonds will rebound or U.S. stocks will start falling.

Blackbox Planetary Transit Forecast to the
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG) ETF First Trade Horoscope

iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG) Blackbox forecast 2015

The blackbox planetary transit forecast to the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd (HYG) ETF first trade horoscope portends a period of extreme volatility and drastic price changes. For the Uranus-Pluto square alignment throughout 2015 will continue to exert tremendous downward pressure on the high yield corporate bond market — a testimony that the junk bond market will continue to fall in the coming months ahead.

Baltic Dry Index 1985 - 2014

In addition, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI), which is one of the best leading indicators of economic activities, measures the demand to ship raw materials and precursor materials to production.  The BDI indirectly measures global supply and demand for the commodities shipped aboard dry bulk carriers, such as building materials coal, metallic ores, and grains. As of now the BDI is at the lowest point since 2008.

Due to the recent  collapse of commodity prices along with  massive fleets of credit-driven malinvestment-based shipping vessels, the BD just plunged back below 1000, now at its lowest for this time of year since 2008.
BDI 2014

Keep in mind, not only are commodities crashing but Crude Oil is cliff-diving:

Crude Oil Prices 1990 - 2014
Meanwhile, the $9 trillion carry trade is starting to unwind.

The following is an excerpt from a recent Zero Hedge article

Oil’s collapse is predicated by one major event: the explosion of the US Dollar carry trade. Worldwide, there is over $9 TRILLION in borrowed US Dollars that has been ploughed into risk assets.

Energy projects, particularly Oil Shale in the US, are one of the prime spots for this. But it is not the only one. Economies that are closely aligned with commodities (all of which are priced in US Dollars) are getting demolished too.

Just about everything will be hit as well. Most of the “recovery” of the last five years has been fueled by cheap borrowed Dollars. Now that the US Dollar has broken out of a multi-year range, you’re going to see more and more “risk assets” (read: projects or investments fueled by borrowed Dollars) blow up. Oil is just the beginning, not a  standalone story.

If things really pick up steam, there’s over $9 TRILLION worth of potential explosions waiting in the wings. Imagine if the entire economies of both Germany and Japan exploded and you’ve got a decent idea of the size of the potential impact on the financial system.

And that’s assuming NO increased leverage from derivative usage.

In many ways 2014 is the new 2007 with all the negative potential but 1000 times more explosive going into 2015, as  similar economic patterns that were in play going into the financial crisis of 2008 are now happening once again, with the stock market becoming completely divorced from economic fundamentals as the “real economy” continues to disintegrate.

President Barack Obama signs the Omnibus Spending Bill in Washington

Another Ominous Sign of Financial Trouble

Five “Too Big To Fail” Banks U.S. With More Than $40 Trillion Each In Exposure To Derivatives

Another ominous sign that we are heading towards a financial trouble is President Obama recently signed omnibus spending plan that changed several provisions in the Dodd-Frank law  that restricted derivative trading and the use of depositor money for Wall Street gamblers.

What that means is bankers can use depositor money and if or when the markets blows up and the banks are in trouble again, depositors (checking and savings accounts, along with trust funds, and pensions) will be on the hook for trillions of bad bets by the Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks.

There are 5 TBTF banks in the United States that each have more than $40 trillion in exposure to derivatives of various types. They are as follows:

JPMorgan Chase

Total Assets: $2,476,986,000,000 (about $2.5 trillion)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $67,951,190,000,000 (more than $67 trillion)

JPMORGAN CHASE & CO.-JPM

Goldman Sachs

Total Assets: $915,705,000,000 (less than a trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $54,564,516,000,000 (more than $54 trillion)

GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC.-GS

Bank Of America

Total Assets: $2,152,533,000,000 (a bit more than $2.1 trillion)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $54,457,605,000,000 (more than $54 trillion)

BANK OF AMERICA-BAC

Morgan Stanley

Total Assets: $831,381,000,000 (less than $1 trillion)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $44,946,153,000,000 (more than $44 trillion)

MORGAN_STANELY-MS

Citibank

Total Assets: $1,894,736,000,000 (almost $1.9 trillion)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $59,944,502,000,000 (nearly $60 trillion)

CITIGROUP INC.-C

Citigroup was the driving force behind recent legislation to use taxpayer money to insure banks against losses in the risky derivatives market. Citigroup has increased the amount of derivatives on its books by 69% since 2007. Americans already bailed out Citigroup during the financial crisis to the tune of $45 billion, plus $2 trillion in emergency loans!

Oil Derivative Contracts and Bailouts (and Bail-ins)

300 Trillion Derivative Losses

Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts stated that he thinks that the legislation was passed because of the trouble that has been brewing from the oil derivatives, which is now estimated to be nearly $300 trillion in future derivative losses! 

Why else would  Citigroup be pushing this bailout to Congress in such a hurry?  Simple, because the TBTF banks have placed some very bad bets on oil derivative contracts and are going to need another massive bailout,  or rather I should say a “bail-in”, when they come due in the coming months ahead.

Keep in mind that the recent bill was a bad deal for Main Street when both Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Ted Cruz  – who are total polar opposites in the political spectrum  – but not on this issue, voted against it. About 40 Senators also voted against it from both parties, but it was not enough to stop it from going to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Below is the 2015 planetary transit multi-blackbox forecast to the five TBTF banks in America:

TBTF 5 Major Banks Blackbox Forecast 2015 - 2016
TBTF 5 Major Banks Blackbox Forecast 2015 – 2016

If we look  further into the longer planetary cycles that are now in operative over the forth-coming months ahead we can see heading for another global crisis.

Barbault Planetary Cyclic Index

barbault-example_1900-2000

Before we proceed, lets review quickly what the Barbault Planetary Cyclic Index is. The Cyclic Index (the graph above), is the sum of all the angular distances between the pairs of the outer planets, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The Cyclic Index has proven to be one of the most accurate predictive tools for mundane astrologers for determining  economic growth and political relations among nations.  According to astrologer Andre Barbault, the sum waxing phase (ascending line) of each planetary pair are considered periods of stability and evolution (constructive growth, development, expansive, progressive with optimism and diplomacy ) while the waning phase (descending line)  are periods of crises and involution (contraction, decay, recession, pessimism, war and destruction).

The next and final Uranus-Pluto square alignment will occur on March 16th 2015.  During this period, Mars will enter Aries and conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. This highly dangerous and volatile planetary combination that augurs powerful shocks to the system, drastic changes in financial position, titanic power plays and attempted takeovers, accelerating market volatility, major market corrections, currency crisis, bank panics, and often unexpected and sudden large-scale economic failure.

Final Uranus-Pluto Square in 2015

Since 2008 the United States  has wallowed in slowly degrading financial conditions, hidden by bogus economic statistics, suppressed interest rates, reckless monetary policy, and artificial stimulus (TARP/QE – central banks pumping cheap money into the financial system), in an attempt to prop up and  manipulate stock prices and equities markets in an attempt to prevent a deflationary depression.

QE History with the S&P 500

Projecting forward, the final Uranus-Pluto alignment in the Winter of 2015 occurs during which time the Cyclic Index makes its precipitous downward plunge, descending 497 points from its peak in May 2014 at 996 to 456 in March 2022, indicating that we are heading into a perilous period where the damage control that was put in place in 2008-09 by the central banks and government will begin to wear-off.  The excessive rationalization and applied perception management on the part of the government pontificated by the mainstream media will begin to lose credibility with the general populace as day-to-day uncertainty  fraught with “high strangeness” increases, as “volcanic shocks” to the global system continue to intensify.

Barbult Index 2011 - 2027Today we have the greatest debt bubble in history. And we also have the greatest asset bubble in history that includes stocks, commodities, and real estate.  The last time an asset bubble burst was in 2008 because of the subprime crises, due to a small tranche of loans that went bad, which triggered a financial panic and a debt crisis to follow.

Barbault Planetary Cyclic Index_2010-2020

Now have a similar scenario which is very likely to occur again and mundane astrological portents augur major trouble ahead as geopolitical and financial shock-waves continue to accelerate and intensify with tremendous pressure on oil derivatives along with the debt underpinning the energy sector. This will likely trigger major turmoil and trouble in the derivatives markets as oil and energy derivative contracts come up short and invoke expected margin calls that will trigger the next global crisis.

2014 - 2015 Cartoon

Prediction:

Things will quickly unravel as we enter 2015, and the populace will soon forget much of the recent propaganda that the U.S. economy is growing strongly and that job creation is robust, for the world has NEVER been in a more precarious economic, financial, and geopolitical situation that it’s in right now. As those Derivatives go bad, it will exert massive and insurmountable losses in the Credit Default Swap (CDS) markets, which in turn will take out the major banks. For it is clear we are about to undergo a period of pain, change, and crisis as we witness radical events of collapsing global currencies along with the breakdown and collapse of unsustainable, obsolete, and untenable systems of finance and banking.

US Betting Odds Favor A Clinton Presidency in 2017

Looks like Vegas Oddsmakers have been very busy as of late on the upcoming Presidential Race in 2016. Seems oddsmakers are much more optimistic of Hillary Clinton’s political future in 2016 than they are of Jeb and the rest of the GOP wannabe’s. Now the the question is what do they know that we don’t that makes the great Hillary such a early favorite?

US Politics Betting

Could it be someone in Vegas has deep-state connections with America’s Advanced Oligarchy and knows no matter what goes down with the economy in the forth coming months ahead,  Hillary Clinton will be the star of the upcoming presidential reality T.V. show?

Commentary: From my perceptive there’s no discernible difference left between Democrats and Republicans, other than in spin language that is pre-polled and pre-cooked for the sole purpose of faking the concept of elections. What once was a proud American democracy has been turned into a more civilized version of professional wrestling that rolls into town every four years, where the candidates pretend to fight each other with over the top issues, but sleep in the same bed once the reality T.V. show is over and the audience has gone home.

The First Christmas Celebration – 336 A.D. in Rome

[Updated article here: Christmas Celebration in History from 336-2016]

 

The first Christmas celebration by the early Christian Church occurred 331 years after Christ’s Crucifixion in Jerusalem – April 3rd, 33 A.D. (during the Lunar Eclipse at 5:12 PM LMT) and Pentecost –  which is considered to be the inception date of the Roman Catholic Church. In an old list of Roman bishops, compiled in 354 A.D. these words appear for 336 A.D.: “25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.” Translation: December 25th, Christ born in Bethlehem, Judea.

Iulius_I

Pope Julius I – the bishop of Rome (from 6 February 337 to his death in 352), declared the nativity celebration of Christ on December 25th because it coincided with the pagan tradition of Winter Solstice.

First Christmas Celebration Rome - 336 A.D.

Above is the  horoscope of the first Christmas celebration that occurred in Rome on December 25th  336 A.D. during the first Mass upon sunrise 7:30 AM Local Mean Time. In the first Christmas celebration event horoscope, we note the placement of the Moon in Pisces. Many Christian symbols for Christ use the astrological symbol for Pisces, the fish. The twelve apostles were called the “fishers of men,” and early Christians called themselves “little fishes,” and a code word for Jesus was the Greek word for fish, “Ikhthus.”

We also note from the first Christmas Celebration horoscope, the ingress of Uranus on the cardinal axis at 0 Aries, and the Neptune-Pluto square alignment, both mundane astrological portents that augur Christianity’s remarkable rise to prominence from a tiny persecuted cult to the established religion that would dominate in the medieval West over the next 1,500 years.

Neptune-Pluto alignment often coincides with profound historical transformations within the collective, that usher in the seeding of a new cultural  worldview that sets in motion the destruction of old one. During the  Neptune-Pluto square alignment during the early 4th Century, there was a”changing of the Gods”, as powerful archetypal subterranean forces were unleashed that lead to the destruction the of the Roman Empire and the death of its Gods, as a nascent underlying matrix emerged based on the metaphysical beliefs and dogma of Christianity, that offered spiritual comfort and the prospect of salvation, decreed by the spiritual authority of the Church, that would later eclipse Roman authority and rule, by the early 5th Century.

Finally, the first Christmas Celebration by the early Church occurred within 40 years of the precessional shift into the sign of Pisces that occurred in the late 3rd Century in 292 A.D., which was the last year that Sun last rose in the constellation of Aries in both the tropical and sidereal zodiac at the Spring Equinox. The Edict of Milan, an agreement to treat Christians benevolently within the Roman Empire occurred in February 312 A.D.,  20 years after the precessional shift into the sign of Pisces.

AGE OF PISCES BEGINS - AGE OF ARIES ENDS

Note: Many modern and church historians are in agreement that Christ began his ministry during the month of October in 29 A.D. -“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near”, during in the 15th year of the Emperor Tiberius’ reign. This satisfies the statement in Luke 3:23 “And when He began his ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age…”  Also 2nd Century Christian scholars, such as Irenaaus, said that Jesus “was beginning to be about thirty years of age” [Against Heresies h, II, xxii, 5]. The generally assumed date range for when John the Baptist was active, based on the reference to the reign of Tiberius in Luke 3:1-2, is from about 28-29 A.D., with Jesus beginning to preach shortly thereafter.  Based on the reference in John 2:13 to the Temple being in its 46th year of construction, scholarly estimates for Jesus’ Temple visit in John 2:20 are around 28-29 A.D., when Jesus was “about thirty years of age”. By working backwards from this, it would appear that Jesus was born in 3 B.C.

Christianizaton of Northern Europe

After the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in 410 A.D., the Christianization of the Germanic peoples began. Chuch missionaries from Rome found it convenient to provide a Christian reinterpretation of popular pagan holidays such as Yule and allow the celebrations themselves to go on largely unchanged, versus trying to confront and suppress them. The Scandinavian tradition of slaughtering a pig at Christmas (Christmas ham) is probably salient evidence of this. The tradition is thought to be derived from the sacrifice of boars to the god Freyr at the Yule celebrations. Halloween and aspects of Easter celebrations are likewise assimilated from northern European pagan festivals.

Pope Gregory I
English historian Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum contains a letter from Pope Gregory I (Pope from 3 September 590 to his death in 604) to Saint Mellitus, who was then on his way to England to conduct missionary work among the pagan Anglo-Saxons. Pope Gregory I, suggested that converting heathens would go easier if they were allowed to retain the outward forms of their traditional pagan practices and traditions, while recasting those traditions spiritually towards the Christian God instead of to their pagan “devils”: “to the end that, whilst some gratifications are outwardly permitted them, they may the more easily consent to the inward consolations of the grace of God”.

Yule Time Celebration

Christmas as we know it today is essentially a fusion of ancient pagan practices and several hundred hundreds of years of adopting secular and religious traditions. For many of the symbols and motifs associated with the modern holiday of Christmas are derived from traditional pagan northern European Yule celebrations. The burning of the Yule log, the decorating of Christmas trees, the eating of ham, the hanging of boughs, holly, mistletoe, etc. are all historically practices associated with Yule.

JulNorway: Jul

The main Jul event for Norwegians is on Julaften on December 24th, the evening of the main feast, is served and gifts are exchanged. Almost all Norwegian breweries produce traditional beer, juleøl, and a special soda, julebrus. Jul dishes are also served on Julebord, where people from work gather around early December to feast and drink alcoholic beverages. Also, seven types of cookies, julekaker, traditionally baked by the mother of the house, are prepared. There is also the Julebukk or Nyttårsbukk tradition of which it is common for children to pay visits to neighbours where they are given candy, nuts and clementines. The children may dress up and go out every day between Juleaften and New Year’s Eve. Adults, as well, dress up later in the evening and Drammebukk by paying visits to neighbors in much the same way as the children, but the main difference is that adults are given drinks instead of candy. (Source: Wikipedia)

Juletræ and sing Christmas carolsDenmark: Jul

In Denmark, Jul is celebrated on December 24, which is referred to as Juleaftensdag. An elaborate dinner is eaten with the family consisting of either roast pork, roast duck or roast goose with potatoes, red cabbage and gravy. For dessert rice pudding is served, traditionally with an almond hidden inside. The lucky finder of this almond is entitled to a small gift. After the meal is complete, the family gather around the Juletræ and sing Christmas carols. When the singing is complete, the children often hand out the presents. They are opened and this is followed by candy, chips, different kind of nuts, clementines and sometimes the traditionally Gløgg (mulled and spiced wine with almonds and raisins), which is served hot in small cups. (Source: Wikipedia)

julaftonSweden: Jul

As in many other countries in northern Europe, Jultomten brings the presents on julafton (Yule Eve), December 24, the day generally thought of as the main Jul day. Many swedes watch Kalle Anka och hans vänner, a compilation of Disney films. Almost all Swedish families celebrate with a julbord. The common part of almost all julbord is the julskinka (baked ham). The julbord is served with beer or julmust and snaps, the dishes of the julbord may vary throughout Sweden. Businesses traditionally invite their employees to a julbord dinner or lunch the weeks beforehand, and people go out privately to restaurants offering julbord during December, as well. Swedes also enjoy glögg like in many other countries of Scandinavia. After the julbord, the presents are distributed, either by Jultomten or a family member, and usually from a sack or from under the Christmas tree where they have been laying all day or for several days. In older days a julbock (yule goat) was an alternative to Jultomten, nowadays it is used as an ornament, ranging from sizes of 10 cm to huge constructions like the Gävle goat. The next morning, some people attend the julotta, an early morning church service on jul day. (Source: Wikipedia)

HogmanayShetland Islands: Yules

In the Shetland Islands of Scotland the Yules are considered to last a month beginning on December 18th and ending January 18th. The main Yules celebration occurs in between, on December 31st. The rest of Scotland eventually adopted “Hogmanay” (the name of the New Years presents) as the festival’s name. (Source: Wikipedia)

Neopaganism

Neopaganism

As forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have very different origins, these representations can vary considerably despite the shared name. Some celebrate in a manner as close as possible to how they believe that the Ancient Germanic pagans observed the tradition, while others observe the holiday with rituals culled from numerous other unrelated sources, Germanic culture being only one of the sources used. (Source: Wikipedia)

Asatru Folk AssemblyGermanic neopaganism: Yule

In Germanic Neopagan sects, Yule is celebrated with gatherings that often involve a meal and gift giving. Further attempts at reconstruction of surviving accounts of historical celebrations are often made, a hallmark being variations of the traditional. However, it has been pointed out that this is not really reconstruction as these traditions never died out – they have merely removed the superficial Christian elements from the celebrations. Groups such as the Asatru Folk Assembly in the U.S. recognize the celebration as lasting for 12 days, beginning on the date of the winter solstice. (Source: Wikipedia)

Wassiling

Wicca: Yule

In general, many Wiccan based sects favor a plethora of sources on winter solstice holidays to recreate a type of Yule holiday. While the name “Yule” is used, it is not a reconstruction of the historical holiday. Wreaths, Yule logs, decoration of trees, decorating with mistletoe, holly, and ivy, exchanges of presents, and even wassailing are incorporated and regarded as sacred. The return of the Sun as Frey is commemorated in some groups. In most Wiccan sects, this holiday is also celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. (Source: Wikipedia)

Crockpot WassailWassail is a hot beverage of mulled punch associated with Yuletide. Historically, the drink was a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with slices of toast. Modern recipes begin with a base of wine, fruit juice, or mulled ale, sometimes with brandy or sherry added. Apples or oranges are often added to the mix. While the beverage typically served as “wassail” at modern holiday feasts with a medieval theme most closely resembles mulled cider, historical wassail drinks were completely different, more likely to be mulled beer, or mead. Sugar, ale, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon would be placed in a bowl, heated, and topped with slices of toast. Some recipes also call for beaten eggs to be tempered into the drink. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Wassail Song (traditional English)

Here we come a-wassailing
among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand’ring
so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Good master and good mistress,
as you sit beside the fire,
pray think of us poor children
who wander through the mire.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Bring us out a table fine
and spread it out with cloth;
Bring us out a farmer’s cheese,
and some of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.

Oak King battling Holly King

Druids: Oak King Battling Holly King

On the Solstice, druids would gather by the oldest Mistletoe clad Oak. The Chief Druid would make his way to the mistletoe to be cut whilst below, other Druids would hold open a sheet to catch it, making sure none of it touched the ground. With his Golden Sickle, and in one chop, the Chief Druid would remove the mistletoe, to be caught below.
The early Christian church banned the use of mistletoe because of its association with Druids. The holiday is observed in a manner that commemorates the death of the Holly King identified with the wren bird (symbolizing the old year and the shortened sun) at the hands of his son and successor, the robin redbreast Oak King (the new year and the new sun that begins to grow) (Farrar & Farrar [1989] 1998: 35-38). The Battle of the Holly King and Oak King is re-enacted at rituals, both open and closed. The battle is usually in the form of words but it has been known fo there to be sword battles. The scene above depicts The Oak Kings final strike against his brother, The Holly King and to ultimate victory, at least for the next six months. (Source: Wikipedia)

America: Eggnog

Eggnog

Eggnog is traditionally consumed throughout the United States from American Thanksgiving through the end of the Christmas seasons every year. The word eggnog seems to have been an American invention, first appearing in the late 1700’s. However, no one is sure where it came from. It may have evolved from nog, an old English name for a variety of strong beer, or from noggin, a small wooden mug used to serve drinks in taverns.

In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira, or sherry  to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the British colonies during the early 18th century.

George Washington

George Washington, the Command-in-Chief of the Contiental Army during the American Revolutionary War, one of the Founding Fathers, and first President of the United States, was a fan of eggnog. Washington had his own eggnog recipe, and ordered his servants that be prepared and served according to his specifications during his Christmas celebration events at his home and plantation at Mount Vernon,  and during his Presidency (1789-1797).

The first President’s brew wasn’t an eggnog for the fainthearted, given its alcohol content:

One quart of heavy cream
One quart of milk
One dozen tablespoons sugar
One pint brandy
½ pint rye whiskey
½ pint Jamaica rum
¼ pint sherry

Directions: Mix the liquor first, then separate the yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let sit in a cold place for several (3-5) days before serving. The recipe ends with a congenial “Taste frequently.”

Nobody could tell a lie after having a few cups.