Four Styles of Prostration

The impulse to reverently lower one’s head is downloaded into our DNA. The body is driven to assume the shape of varying degrees of prostration, no matter how godless or irreverent we think we are. Why? Because moving the atomized Aries head in the direction of the pressed-together world of the Pisces feet captures, with more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: August 2017

Eclipseograde!

Eclipse is in the air. Mercury Retrograde too. How nimbly will you navigate this “Eclipseograde?” Depends on how elegantly you straddle the Leo/Aquarius polarity and become “you without you,” “space with a face.”

Eclipseogrades demand unusual amounts of humility and self-reckoning. Why? Because, in their zeal to upgrade individual and collective consciousness, Eclipseogrades more>

Astrodharma Tour Guide for July 2017

THE HEAVENS ARE emotional this month. Thought you might like to download this handy chart (from the upcoming Styles of Awakening Training) so you can track- and bring a tender witness to- your ego’s unique brand of reactivity. The point? You can catch these personal narratives playing out; that means they are happening within a more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: July 2017

DARTH PLUTO MEETS SHOCK JOCK URANUS

THE FIRST DAYS of July shudder and quake into an intense, shadow-erupting full Moon (conjunct Pluto/opposed Mars) on the 8/9th. Notice: awareness is being pummeled with emotional content. Digest! Egos feel extra-vulnerable now and are, therefore, prone to icy assertion and control. The slightest tinge of a threat or more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: June 2017

INTER-BEING: THE ULTIMATE SAFE-HAVEN

JUNE IS A STAGE SET for electrically charged communication and the sly art of interBeing. The Venus/Pluto square has finished purging the shadow elements of our relationships and the jerky, gas/brake motion of the Mars/Saturn opposition is fading fast. Now comes the gutsy, “fear forward” energy that is Venus conjunct Uranus more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: May 2017

 

YOU AND ME AND KIM JONG UN

YOU AND ME and Kim Jong Un have something vital in common: all three of us are wrapped in a trance-inducting membrane that we were conditioned to call “my face.” Day after delirious day, all three of us keep missing what this rubbery constellation of features more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: April 2017

PSYCHIC BOOMERANGS AND THE RISE OF THE 10 MINUTE MONK

APRIL IS A BARRAGE of backwardation. It begins with the continuing Venus Retrograde (until the 15th) followed by Saturn retro on the 6th, and Mercury and Pluto going retro on the 20th. A key player in this orgy of introspection is Saturn, who forms a more>

Venus Retrograde: A Six Week Crash Course in Meditative Relating

MARCH BEGINS with a six week crash course in meditative relating (Venus retrograde, March 4- April 15), accompanied by an fortuitous “finish the project” trine between Mars and Saturn (March 1-15). Next comes a body/mind house-cleaning ceremony on the full Moon in Virgo on March 12th. Yes, its time to pull out the juicer more>

Awakening in the Age of Trump

SINCE THE ELECTION of Trump, a stunning number of so-called “spiritual” people have shown their true colors. It appears that many consider mental violence — so long as it is accurately demonizing — a valid step towards Self-realization.

Regardless of whether folks are for or against Trump, most seem to agree that the U.S. more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: February 2017

 

ECLIPSE SEASON IS UPON US!

THE FIRST WEEK of February is a ramp up to the Feb 10th Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Leo. To understand this fertile patch of darkness we’ll need to dive into the Leo/Aquarius polarity.

Aquarius is the part of the ego that loves humanity, but is ambivalent about the more>

Full Spectrum Vision: The Enlightened Endgame of The Styles of Awakening Training

IMAGINE RECEIVING “a three-month astrology reading.” That’s how Gen from Boulder, Colorado described the Styles of Awakening Training. Surely, it would be (as another Styles graduate put it) “a rare opportunity to develop full spectrum vision.”

An intriguing phrase, no? But what, exactly, does “full spectrum vision” mean? Best to begin with what it’s not: more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: January 2017

DEATH CAFE

A GOOD METAPHOR for this year is the increasingly popular Death Cafe — where people “drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.” Here we have the friendly detachment of Uranus forming an unlikely alliance with death-reckoning Pluto in a way that inspires deeper Jupiter meaning and perspective. This “camaradarie-through-self-reckoning” theme continues throughout all more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: December 2016

IT’S ALWAYS TOO EARLY TO DESPAIR

Fast on the heels of the November 29th New Moon in Sag which conspired to pivot us onto a more adventurous, soul-liberating trajectory, our thoughts become more sober and strategic as Mercury enters Capricorn on December 2nd.

And with good reason. The second half of December is a more>

Astrodharma Transit Report: November 2016

THE INNER GAME OF THRONES

Good news! The drama of the U.S. presidential election makes Game of Thrones look like a game show. What’s so good about that? Well, it means that samsara is doing its job. The smell of ego is becoming so nauseating that we’re being driven to a choice point: become septic more>

The Hillary & Donald Show: A twisted mindfulness practice for a twisted election

This emotionally charged U.S. presidential election- when harnessed as a meditative self-inquiry practice- has the power to expose and release us from our go-to styles of aversion and reactivate the sublime, soul-seeing awareness that we truly are. Here’s the practice:

  Step One: Exaggerate your disdain

As you watch, listen to or speak about the more>

Relational Reset

 

NOW THAT THE Mercury retrograde/eclipse season is over, we enter a well-earned grace period.

On September 30th the New Moon in Libra (conjunct buoyant Jupiter, trine mergey Neptune) set an amorous, opportune tone for the month. A great time to nourish and reinvigorate our relationships.

How? By listening others into Being. By playfully more>

September 2016 Transit Update

ECLIPSE SEASON: ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT ONTO YOUR LIFE PATH

REMEMBER LAST MARCH? For many, it was a mind-bending morph into a new life. Why? Because it was an unusually Piscean eclipse season. Six months later, we find ourselves passing through another pair of Solar and Lunar eclipses. This time, however, the life-pivots unfold in the shadow more>

Soul-Seeing Skills: Why you need ’em & how to get ’em

 

FOR MOST OF US, the road to a stabilized “fullness of Being” is painful and bumpy. Over and over, life says, “upgrade your soul-seeing skills or suffer.” By grace, we eventually confess: It’s nothing short of masochism to abandon our true position as awareness, itself. Finally, we learn to move as a timeless more>

Hillary & Donald: Astro-Buddhist Mind Trainers Extaordinaire

 

 

AS AN ASTROLOGER, I practice a form of extroverted mysticism. The object of worship: the divine personality embryonically displayed in the face of everyone. “Sin?” Absenting myself from soul-seeing relationship.

This means I am vocationally obligated to recognize Hillary and Donald as the stinging zen sticks that they are; to take the more>

August Transit Update: Whale Song Then Media Fast

 

 

THE PROBLEM WITH meditation is that it turns most conversation into subtitled whale song. Weird. Why not let The Incomprehensible speak for itself? Indeed, according to the latest computer data-mining, ego is preoccupied with only six thematic story lines:

1) Rise-fall-rise, 2) Fall-rise-fall, 3) Rise-fall, 4) Fall-rise, 5) Steady fall, 6) Steady more>

July 2016 Transit Update: Stepping out into the dream of doer-ship

THE FIRST HALF OF 2016 was, for many, a disorienting faith-tester. With the help of a paradigm-melting Pisces eclipse season followed by a slew of introspective, postponing retrogrades, the Saturn/Neptune square slowly, inexorably drained the lifeblood from our miserably secure roles and relationships. Remember: Neptune is a mercy killer. She prefers slow, imperceptible atrophy and more>

June Transit Update: Brainstorming the second half of 2016

JUNE IS A TRANSITION month from “two steps forward, one step back” into slow-building forward momentum. Now that Mercury retrograde has gone direct on May 22nd, the contours of the second half of the year (July through December) start to become clear. Giddy plans stop backfiring because they’ve fermented into something nonconceptual and heartfelt enough more>

May Transit Update 2016: The Soul Grows Through Subtraction

FOR THE FIRST TIME in a decade, we have 5 planets retrograde at the same time (Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto). Don’t fall for the idle gossip. A pensive concern lurks behind the apparent frivolity. Instead, be nondual: applaud the pompous, pumping smokestacks of the great Oz, but speak directly to the faceless face more>

April 2016 Transit Update: The care and feeding of a worm hole

ADMIT IT: THE SOLAR and Lunar eclipses of March sent you free-falling through a psychedelic worm-hole. Seduced by the spoon-bending logic of Pisces, ego lost focus, loosened its grip, and released you into a current of karmic inevitability. Poor little flesh-puppet; he was miles downstream before it occurred to him to start clutching at his more>

Intuitive Recognition Skills for Aquarius    

AS YOU READ through this list of Aquarian characteristics, please remember that they do not so much point to a separate somebody, as to the One Being attempting to dream lucid in a particular kind of ego. In other words, don’t fall for the trait bait! What you are witnessing is the outer circumference of more>