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MY RANT ON KILLING

I am opposed to assault weapons or automatic weapons except in a military environment.  Since there has never been a time of true *peace* in the world… people that enlist in the military understand that there is a 50/50 chance they will engage in lethal combat.  Unfortunately, we have to look at the BIG picture here.  Since the 1980’s I have told people about a magazine run out of Switzerland called Armada.  It is the magazine of every piece of weaponry that has been built by any country and manufacturer – for purchase.  Want a tank?  Fact is if we are going to have a real discussion about gun control —- it’s an onion with lots of layers.  Killing machines are part of a global industry.  Go check out http://www.armada.ch/  

We as a global society have appended different meanings for killing and the type of killing.  In some cases we sanitize it – as a source of justification.  That is particularly true of hunters.  One favorite is… ‘They care more for the land than so-called environmentalists and animal advocates because they thin the herds’… except they don’t take down the sick and the old … those they leave for the so-called *natural predators (and by their own distinction, the human hunter is not a *natural predator* – but it definitely is the most sophisticated predator).  They go for the biggest and healthiest — so stop the bullshit, ok. Wildlife manipulation by humans has resulted in how many extinctions?  We actually have agencies that remove natural predators like big cats, wolves, etc., so to  inflate the herds or flocks – to justify the need for hunting.  It’s called the DOI and its daughter agencies of the USF&W, BLM, BIA etc., and killing for them is a business.

Say it for what it is.  And while we’re on the subject of killing – in this case animals – I don’t consider a guy in fatigues, in a blind, covered in urine, with a semi-automatic rifle & scope or power bow … hunters.  How about you match your size and weight – with just a knife – against those animals.  If you can take them down by strength – then you are a hunter.  Right now – you are a killer using technology.  No skill here folks.

In that same context, I truly feel that if a person had to engage in hand-to-hand combat in a struggle of survival – that depended on sheer human strength – and not weapons – we might see less violence.  For all the sophistication of weapons – globally – we have just become more lethal unnatural predators and killers.  The religious radicals want to take out as many people as they can.  Many of their plans begin with Strap on Explosives.  Do we call them deranged or mentally ill?  Why not.  I think they are and hiding behind some deranged interpretation of *religion*.  I don’t care if it was Crusaders, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Shiite, Sunni, Seik (sp?) Hindu – whatever.  Killing is killing.  It is removing the lifeforce of something or someone.  It should be treated with the gravity of what it is.  OK – I am what is considered extreme.  I attach persona to just about everything… trees, flowers, ants, bees, all creatures great and small, human and non human.   Animate and inanimate.  I think my home has feelings… which is why we are waiting until we have amassed funds to restuff and upholster our LR & DR chairs because they deserve better than being tossed in a landfill.  I have adopted abandoned teapots that no one wanted because it was chipped.  Sure I could buy a new teapot … but why?  I use this one and it has a second life.  For me – life is incredibly precious – not just human – but all life.  I recognize what it means to kill, want to kill, or have someone killed that you love.  Up close and personal.  So I need to ask what distinguishes a guy in Israel who blows himself up in order to kill as many Israelis (Jew and non-Jew) as possible, and the guy in Connecticut who did the same thing but his target was adults and children – and his mother.

I think anyone who wants to kill – humans or animals – is mentally questionable.

Killing is killing and in that moment, that person has achieved supreme control – taking life away.  Hollywood has sensationalized killing – they have to own that, and stop with lame CYA *excuses*.  They mock – truly – Rockwellian (or whatever the term is) values.  They aren’t just *entertainers* — they are *influencers* and have to own it – good or bad.  Once upon a time – there was some kind of review board before films could be released.  I think someone has to monitor the lack of common sense in all medias, all types.

I am opposed to parents that permit their children to become obsessed with violent *games* that enable them to – in a virtual reality – kill whoever the enemy is, rather than teaching them how to care for the elderly, children, animals, friends.  How many parents have essentially used these *games* as pseudo-babysitters.   I am equally opposed to parents that encourage their children to kill animals under the guise of being environmental conservatives, and it is a fight I will never stop.   In some states children can have access to guns before a permit to drive.

Under the flag of free enterprise, we have permitted an industry to blossom that’s sole purpose is to create more violent, realistic, shoot-em films.  We have a place called Hollywood that gives awards for creating films that terrify and scare audiences.  The more gore… the better.  Clearly, left to our own discretion… we don’t know what is bad.

I think we need to recalibrate our internal compass.  We need to stop lamenting about how sweet, innocent and simple life once was… as we indulge in all of the trappings of a throw-away society today.

The *PC* crowd has made it unfashionable to question or critique dubious behavior or conduct.  That is a big part of the problem… this *anything goes* society is realizing that maybe not so good afterall.   Those that know me know I will never turn away from bad behavior, especially if someone or something else is being intimidated or remotely threatened.

The Divine & Magic

I do not understand this religious issue in this country.  Some religions are *sacred* while others are up for assault and condemnation.  For me – I pray every day that there is something more intelligent out there than what is occupying planet earth at the moment.   The human species is a parasite on the planet, consuming *renewable resources* until depletion and then extinction … everything is secondary to the * human species* and thus expendable. I truly wish that these *great* religions would stop promoting life-after-death and promote “good behavior” on this plane, this incarnation, this lifetime.  Stop taking all of our planet for granted as if it was put here for our enjoyment and abuse.  The planet is more than a rock with a lot of creatures living on it.  It, we, and all *living things* including the planet and its core, are part of the fabric of this planet.  We’re not visitors and there isn’t another option out there at present.  Life after death is still a little sketchy at best – so for those *faithful* that want to kill as a means of entering paradise… that’s fine… just don’t take others with you.  It’s a personal choice.  I also don’t resent the organized religions and their individual expression of *holy days*.  I do resent those who feel threatened by them and the attempt to remove *divine* from our lives and landscape.  Any religion who does good, who embraces tenderness, love, caring, stewardship and responsibility doesn’t threaten me.  Any religion who espouses death, martyrdom, assassination of non-believers – IS A THREAT to me.  God isn’t threatening… the human species is.   I hope there is a God… actually, I pray there are multiple deities that take mercy on our collective stupidity and bring enlightenment.  I want to believe that. I want to believe in the magic

Nothing so soon reconciles us to the thought of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping around us. Seneca.

My parents were Stoics.  I’m not kidding.  I didn’t realize it until I became a student of philosophy.  I am not a fan of the European Philosophers – with the heavy religious overtones; I’m an “Ancients” girl.  I have lots of heroes… but my #1 Hero is Socrates, and second (IMHO)  enter Seneca … and his words of wisdom…

Let no man presume to give advice to others that has not first given good counsel to himself.
Seneca.

The origin of all mankind was the same: it is only a clear and a good conscience that makes a man noble, for that is derived from heaven itself. It was the saying of a great man that, if we could trace our descents, we should find all slaves to come from princes, and all princes from slaves; and fortune has turned all things topsy-turvy in a long series of revolutions: beside, for a man to spend his life in pursuit of a trifle that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man’s business.
Seneca.

If anger is not restrained, it is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Seneca.

We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it.
Seneca.

It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful; but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige many that are not so.
Seneca.

Nothing so soon reconciles us to the thought of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping around us.
Seneca.

The body being only the covering of the soul, at its dissolution we shall discover the secrets of nature—the darkness shall be dispelled, and our souls irradiated with light and glory; a glory without a shadow, a glory that shall surround us; and from whence we shall look down, and see day and night beneath us: and as now we cannot lift up our eyes towards the sun without dazzling, what shall we do when we behold the divine light in its illustrious original?
Seneca.

What is death but a ceasing to be what we were before? we are kindled and put out, we die, daily: nature that begot us expels us, and a better and a safer place is provided for us.
Seneca.

What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles is little more than choice to him that is willing.
Seneca.

As fate is inexorable, and not to be moved either with tears or reproaches an excess of sorrow is as foolish as profuse laughter; while, on the other hand, not to mourn at all is insensibility.
Seneca.

We are sure to get the better of Fortune if we do but grapple with her.
Seneca.

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depends upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance,—and so quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
Seneca.

He that does good to another man does also good to himself; not only in the consequence, but in the very act of doing it; for the conscience of well-doing is an ample reward.
Seneca.
Let no man presume to give advice to others that has not first given good counsel to himself.
Seneca.

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The origin of all mankind was the same: it is only a clear and a good conscience that makes a man noble, for that is derived from heaven itself. It was the saying of a great man that, if we could trace our descents, we should find all slaves to come from princes, and all princes from slaves; and fortune has turned all things topsy-turvy in a long series of revolutions: beside, for a man to spend his life in pursuit of a trifle that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man’s business.
Seneca.

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If anger is not restrained, it is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Seneca.

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We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it.
Seneca.

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It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful; but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige many that are not so.
Seneca.

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Nothing so soon reconciles us to the thought of our own death, as the prospect of one friend after another dropping around us.
Seneca.

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The body being only the covering of the soul, at its dissolution we shall discover the secrets of nature—the darkness shall be dispelled, and our souls irradiated with light and glory; a glory without a shadow, a glory that shall surround us; and from whence we shall look down, and see day and night beneath us: and as now we cannot lift up our eyes towards the sun without dazzling, what shall we do when we behold the divine light in its illustrious original?
Seneca.

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What is death but a ceasing to be what we were before? we are kindled and put out, we die, daily: nature that begot us expels us, and a better and a safer place is provided for us.
Seneca.

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What must be shall be; and that which is a necessity to him that struggles is little more than choice to him that is willing.
Seneca.

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As fate is inexorable, and not to be moved either with tears or reproaches an excess of sorrow is as foolish as profuse laughter; while, on the other hand, not to mourn at all is insensibility.
Seneca.

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We are sure to get the better of Fortune if we do but grapple with her.
Seneca.

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The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depends upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance,—and so quit a certainty for an uncertainty.
Seneca.

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He that does good to another man does also good to himself; not only in the consequence, but in the very act of doing it; for the conscience of well-doing is an ample reward.
Seneca.

Earth signs in major configuration

This is a post I received this morning from ElsaP, one of the clearest and most *understandable* astrology sources.  She lets me know what I need to know, in short, concise, words.  The best way to learn a little about astrology is what the planets rule, like Mercury, 3rd house, communications, short travel, brothers and sisters… etc.  I’ve decided to start publishing some of my mothers *stuff* — for the astrology classes she taught in Ramapo, Clarkstown and Orangetown over the years.  She provided great handouts for basic overview and introduction of planets and forces.  In the meantime, here is Elsa’s headsup for the coming week underway.  My comments will be in BOLD print.

“The Sun leaves Aries for Taurus on Thursday, forming a grand trine in Earth with Mars in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn.  Jupiter is also in Taurus and if you don’t like the Earth signs, you best hide under the bed through the weekend, because there is more to come.

Friday is prelude to the New Moon in Taurus which takes place just after midnight on Saturday morning. If you’re out Friday night, I’d be scouting for opportunity.

 
Some think of Taurus as a boring sign. If you’re bored by love, money and self-esteem, then I see your point. Personally, I like this very stable sign and if you want to better understand Taurus under this new moon, think about the Charging Bull on Wall Street.   There is something reassuring about that bull. He represents wealth and solid self-esteem which are things that just don’t go out of style.

[Sidebar: My brother was a Taurus.  He had a love and appreciation for the finer things in life; art, music, pomp and ceremony, literature.  My aunt nurtured his love by taking him to the finest galleries in the NY-Tri-State area (I was in tow).  My father introduced us to classical music.  Daddy had his prize collection of vinyls (I have a few to this day, including Carmen), and Thomas and I used to rake leaves and sift dirt to Saint Saens, Grieg, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.  My father would put the speakers up to the windows in the living room and pipe the music out … LOUDLY.   My mother would say “Tommy, can you turn down the volume? and if that didn’t start an argument… Daddy would answer, I can, but to really appreciate it, you need to be able to hear it.  (and that usually started the argument).  As a result of our music appreciation upbringing, I too developed a love of the classics – and Thomas went on to the really heavy masters (that I didn’t have an appreciation for, i.e. baroque and monastic).

Taurus is ruled by Bacchus… indulgence in food, wine, lavishness.   The Bacchanal is a musical interpretation of Bacchanal worship, who is also known as Dionysus.  For your listening pleasure, here is a link to the Bacchanal from San Saens “Samson and Delilah.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPsYHmyKEBw.


Sunday, the love fest in the earth signs continues but at this point you’ll probably notice the brilliance in the air.  This is because on Monday, Mercury and Uranus form an exact conjunction in Aries (see Mouths and Minds on Fire).  Mars (Aries) in Mercury’s sign (Virgo) aspects the conjunction so we are really going to see some fresh ideas out of this.  Most definitely jot down what comes to mind because the ideas will be fast and also fleeting.
 
To understand this energy, imagine playing Jeopardy on crack. It’s mental stress but some people love it. It’s via an aspect like this that we get crackpot ideas; stuff like electricity or the Internet or the audacity to think you can land on the Moon.
 
We have a grand trine in earth on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so people will be calm. We’ve got plenty of chaos ahead, so enjoy the peace while you have it.  
If you want to talk about these issues or anything else, please schedule a phone appointment or contact me for an email consult.
 
I am now offering Lunar Return reports for less than $5 each if you buy the whole year.  I also have a variety of astrology reports for just $10.  Check them out here.
 
Thanks and best wishes for a great week,
Elsa P

So let’s talk astrology for a second : Keeping Your Cool – Week of March 26, 2012

This morning I received a post about this week … and it is spot on.  Two steps forward, one backward… situations that could become *testy* if given room… and just a lot of energy out there.  I subscribe to ElsaP for her interpretations of the transits and I must give this lady credit.  She is good.  Anyway, as I’ve written before, I am still a student of astrology, making a deeper dive is on my bucket list, and I have integrated astrology into my life.  For you initiates out there… keep track of your life, start to *read* the energy – positive and negative.  Step back when you feel angst or when someone has crossed into your aura.

The following is her *heads-up* alert.

This whole week looks like a traffic jam to me.  The arrangement of cars changes constantly but no one is going to sail through these next days without a variety of encounters with others.

Not all the the meetings will be jarring or stressful. It’s possible to fall in love in a traffic jam.  People who can keep their wits and sense of humor in the chaos will be fare best.

Thursday we have two grand trines for support, but Mercury, Mars and Saturn are all retrograde and people are fed up with delays. It’s like being stuck on the freeway in Los Angeles.  The weather’s nice, but you may be pissed off anyway.  Note that you get to choose what you focus on. The Sun also squares Pluto exact on Thursday.  This is difficult energy to deal with – See Transit Watch for details.

Friday, the Moon in Cancer forms a T-square with the Sun, Uranus and Pluto. It’s a safe bet someone gets their feelings hurt.  Whether this is because they’re oversensitive or because the other person has a shocking (Uranus) ego (Sun) on steroids (Pluto) will be debated.

The Moon squares Saturn on the weekend while Mars opposes Neptune and Chiron and both configurations are worrisome. Work and service would be positive expressions of this energy but some will be depressed (Moon Saturn) and act as their own worst enemy.  To avoid this, boundaries are key.  My advice is you stay out of the confused fray if at all possible.

Monday is ego day with the Moon in Leo and the Sun exalted in Leo.  If you’ll allow me mine, I’ll allow you yours and we won’t have to come to blows.

Tuesday begins the shift of planets into Mercury-ruled signs which will end our week with a flourish.   Venus enters Gemini, the Moon enters Virgo and then Mercury turns direct on Wednesday morning opening the floodgates for communication of all kinds (see details)

Last, continue to watch your step around Virgo and Gemini this week. Here’s the PSA on that.

If you want to talk about these issues or anything else, please schedule a phone appointment or contact me for an email consult.

I am holding a workshop on the Uranus Pluto square 2012-2015 – you can check that out here. It’s starts on April 4th.

I also have a variety of astrology reports for just $10.  Check them out here.
Thanks and best wishes for a great week,
Elsa P

Return to San Francsico in search of meaning…

 

My mother was a very unique personality wrapped up in a Scorpio Sun, Capricorn Ascendant.  She was raised to believe that she could be anything or do anything if she put her mind it.  She proved it when she became a real estate broker in 1965, started her own business, and then became a builder and real estate developer- all on a high school education.  Mom was way ahead of her time on so many levels … and not so much on others but that is perfectly O.K.  So, after my father died, and my mother realized that their opportunity to correct and get straightened out from their very sad marriage that had dissolved (due to any number of reasons) into distance – ended abruptly on November 19, 1971 when my father died.  She couldn’t get over that it was finished.  The man she fell in love with at 13 … was dead and they couldn’t talk, yell or make love anymore.

That began her search.  Until that time, I was the one who my parents used to compare to my grandmother – and it was clearly  understood that my grandmother was a witch.  Not a bad witch… but someone who had the gift of prophecy, and a very unusual relationship with animals.  She consulted tea readers and mystics routinely with the money she earned washing people’s clothes.  My grandfather was a policeman, but in addition to my mother and aunt, my grandparents took in their 4 cousins.  Their mother had died, and my grandmother thought her brother was incapable of caring for his children in between his drunken stupors.   His name was Willy and my grandmother wanted to punch him in his nose on many occasions (but didn’t).  Anyway, my grandmother – my mother’s mother – was pretty unique too, it seems.  She was (before getting married and raising children) a big-board operator for New York Telephone in the early 1900’s (1907 ish).  She was one of those girls on skates that you see.

The stock I came from on the maternal side was pretty solid … though I cannot comment too much on my paternal side because of extenuating circumstances.  I really didn’t know my father’s family other than very casually.  Sad but true.

Everything after November 19, 1971 was different…

My mother was truly lost, and years later she confided that she wanted to commit suicide but couldn’t leave Thomas and me with that burden.  She wanted out.  Everything she thought would *work out* came crashing in.  I was only 17 and viewed my father’s death as divine intervention.  I had said to my mother – quite openly – “ma, if daddy is not going to recover and be better than before, it will be so much worse.  you two are going to kill each other some day, and I’d rather daddy die.”  It wasn’t said in malice.  My father had become a very violent man.  The police were at our house routinely because I was routinely having him arrested.  We traced it back to a bad head injury in 1960 when the back of a moving truck’s door came down and knocked him out. He was out cold.  He probably sustained a bad concussion at the least or maybe worse.  Shortly thereafter his personality started getting twisted.  He had terrible headaches.  My parents didn’t believe in going to the doctor unless it was REALLY bad.  I guess being knocked out cold, having blinding headaches that no number of aspirin would stop, changing personalities and becoming violent and menacing.. wasn’t enough of a red flag.

My parents adored each other. Truly.  They loved each other passionately.  I used to compare them to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.  They fought passionately, were extremely disruptive, embarrassed the crap out of Thomas and I on any number of occasions…. and one time when I was skewing my mother about her marriage and my father and their relationship I said “ma, you and dad could have whatever twisted type marriage you ended up with… what you didn’t have the right to do… was inflict it on everybody else.

When my father died on November 19, 1971 – her world crashed and nothing made sense anymore.  That began her journey into metaphysics, the esoteric and astrology.  I was extremely dismissive of her new found knowledge cause I just thought astrology was for the birds.  I attributed all magic and experiences to the universe (yes, I started young, in kindergarten).  I had a very personal relationship with trees and would sit in the woods for hours with the jack-in-the-pulpits, moss, leaves, and animals.  I was reluctant to all the praise she gave astrology and over the next 20 years, I grew to see its merits.  My mother said her proudest moment was when I said to her “ma, i don’t understand how or why it (astrology) works… it just does.”  She was thrilled.  You see, every year, at christmas, one of my stocking stuffers was an astrological ephemeris for the year.  I still have them – all.  Gradually, I would make notations, then observations, then connections, and then summaries.  Wow.  I could be in the office… and *feel* transits (particularly mercury and mars; communications and energy/action).  There is something to it… even if I don’t thoroughly understand the all of it.