Comet Lovejoy Marks the Start of 2015

December 28, 2014

cometlovejoy Behold. According to Sky & Telescope magazine, Comet Lovejoy reveals itself  just below the brilliant blue-white super-giant star known as Rigel in the familiar constellation of Orion in January, 2015.  Lovejoy should remain visible through the month, reaching maximum brightness at mid-month.

To find Rigel, look first for the three familiar stars that mark Orion’s belt. You’ll see three stars in a short, straight line. A line drawn downward at a right or 90-degree angle from Orion’s Belt takes you to Rigel. Just below that you can spot the greenish Comet Lovejoy.

Since antiquity, sky watchers have understood that the sparkling celestial travelers we call comets serve as Skysigns of importance. What might this easily discernible comet portend for 2015?

The Pathway of Comet Lovejoy

The Pathway of Comet Lovejoy

One can hope that the distinctively named Comet Lovejoy – emerging in conjunction with Epiphany in early January –  is in fact an omen for love and joy. Only one thing we know for certain: change is in the air.

With this in mind, we turn to the inspiration of poet Sara Teasdale:

Winter Stars

I went out at night alone:
The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my Spirit’s wings
I bore my sorrow heavily.

But when I lifted up my head
From shadows shaken on the snow
I saw Orion in the east
Burn steadily as long ago…

The Three Kings - Epiphany approaches

The Three Kings – Epiphany approaches




Mercury Retrograde: Time to Change the Pickle Juice of the Mind

May 28, 2014

Mercury is about to retrograde again, as it does for about three weeks, three times a year, every year.

pickleJIt’s a fine time for recollection, repair, reorientation, and rejuvenation. Pretty much any activity that begins with a “re-“ is favored, while initiating new projects or activities generally requires extra care and things that do move forward often require later revision.

The upcoming dates for Mercury Retrograde are June 6 through July 2, 2014; and then later in the year October 4-25. Intuition is accentuated during these periods, and “coincidences” seem more commonplace.

The general theme of Mercury as it appears to back up in the sky is to get re-oriented in life before the planet goes Direct, and then to move forward with the flow. That theme brings to mind for me a teaching from Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi. I had the privilege of studying with him, and interviewing him at length in the early 1990s. I was impressed with his warmth, wisdom, and wry sense of humor.

Rebbe Zalman

Rebbe Zalman

One of the many gems of soul wisdom he offered was an admonition to “change the pickle juice of the mind” from time to time. The weeks of Mercury Retrograde are ideal for just this soul refreshing activity.

Here’s how Rebbe* Zalman put it: “Every so often we need to change the pickle juice of the mind. If you hang onto disappointments and resentments, and stew in them, then every thought and feeling you have is going to have some of that flavor. It’s nobody else’s responsibility to do anything about that, though you can certainly ask for help. But, ultimately, you’ve got to change your own pickle juice.”

* In Jewish tradition there’s a distinction in honorific terms. One explanation: a Rabbi hears what you say with your mouth, a Rebbe hears what you are saying with your soul. A teenage boy once asked a Rebbe, “Do we believe in reincarnation?” The Rebbe’s answer was short and on point for the boy’s soul: “Yes we do believe in reincarnation. But don’t wait until then.”

Falling Into a Supermassive Black Hole – Spring, 2014

February 18, 2014

galaxy Note Well: A news story from The New York Times (2.18.2014) reports: “A gas cloud named G2 is about to collide with Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy…”

Our galaxy, which we know as the Milky Way, is known as Hunab Ku in Mayan Cosmology.

The noteworthy galactic event that the Times reported on is on track to play out in March or April of this year, in the vicinity of Sagittarius A, which astrologers reckon as located at about 27 degrees of Mutable sign Sagittarius. This degree of the sign of the Archer marks the very center of our Milky Way Galaxy – Hunab Ku). The galactic event that astronomers are tracking will unfold this Spring just as the much-heralded Grand Cross of 2014 is manifest in the Cardinal signs of the Zodiac.

Metaphysicians regard these planetary and stellar events as noteworthy in accord with the ancient astrological dictum of correspondence: As above, so below.

Hunab Ku - by Jose Arguelles, is a Mayan-derived symbol for the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way

Hunab Ku – by Jose Arguelles, is a Mayan-inspired symbol for the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way

To quote again from the Times article: “…(this) black hole lies just 26,000 light-years from Earth. (The actual event, of course, took place 26,000 years ago.)” This means that the gas cloud G2 was drawn into the center of our galaxy (Hunab Ku), some 26,000 years ago, but it has taken the light from that event that long to reach earth.

This 26,000-year span matches the cyclic period of time defined in the Mesoamerican (Mayan) Long Count Calendar.

The Long Count calendar was  famously forecast to complete, and then to roll over into the start of a new cycle (5th World) at or near the date of December 21, 2012, just a year and three months ago.

Click here to read the rest of the Times article about the impending Black Hole event of 2014. Click here to watch a Youtube video clip simulation of the Gas Cloud being drawn into Hunab Ku – the center of our galaxy.

Artist's impression of the event (image from

Artist’s impression of the event (image from

Metamorphosis 2014: Some Key Celestial Portents

December 26, 2013

According to Chinese astrology, 2014 is a year of the Wood Horse, a year characterized by high energy and dazzling spirit.

By Chinese reckoning the year of the Horse is a cycle that gets underway not with the Capricorn New Moon on January 1, but rather with the Aquarius New Moon on January 31.

celestsideAs a symbol, Horse portends a wild ride of swift personal and planetary metamorphoses. Under Horse’s hard charging influence there is said to be scarce middle ground. Thus, we may well see extremes in all realms of human endeavor – from finance to romance — and also climate conditions that exceed known boundaries.

Decisive action, not procrastination, is the recommended course. In a Horse year, events move swiftly, with some people galloping toward their goals, and others galloping into fences or off a cliff. Seek meditative insight, sages advise, evaluate carefully, then take swift and focused action.

Western astrologers derive a similar characterization for the year from their system of studying the stars and planets. Through that traditional lens, the major portent is the ongoing transit of the planet Uranus in the sign of Aries in square (90 degrees) to the planet Pluto now transiting in the sign of Capricorn.

The celestial pattern symbolizes a process that has been playing out since the Spring of 2012, and it perfects (becomes exact) seven times. The final three perfections of the epic Uranus-Pluto Square lie just ahead in 2014 and 2015. They symbolize a time of even more raucous and fundamental change.

April 21, 2014 – at 13 degrees Aries Capricorn
December 15, 2014 at 12 degrees Aries-Capricorn
March 17, 2015 at 15 degrees Aries-Capricorn

The complex, world-changing pattern of these squares symbolizes revolution, upheaval, power (nuclear, financial, and political), resistance and breakthroughs. They portend ongoing metamorphosis for individuals, for relationships, and for systems of business, government, and life support.

More to come…

Four Comets Converge Upon Our Solar System

October 29, 2013

Four comets

Sky Signs all around. Behold the glorious overhanging firmament! Astrophotographers are busy at work  in the early mornings of Autumn, 2013, capturing images of the bonanza of comets now visible in the early morning skies.

You need a good-sized telescope to see these comets, however, but with the Moon now waning as we head toward the momentous November 3 eclipse at 11 degrees of Scorpio (and the 4th momentous square of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn) we have darker skies and better observing conditions. Eyes aloft! As above, so below.

Above is Comet ISON, photo taken by Damian Peach. The other Comets above, and now in outburst mode as they arrive in the inner realm of our solar system, are Comet Encke, Comet Lovejoy and Comet LINEAR.

The Whirling Rainbow Year

August 15, 2011

For an understanding of how traditional Daykeepers and native elders of North America regard the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, check out my ebook Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012. It is a swift, powerful and penetrating look at this era from the vantage of the wisdom traditions that have been anchored on this land for 20,000 years or more. The book explores how these traditions may bear upon the present in a helpful manner.

You can read the eBook on any Smartphone, iPad, Nook, Kindle, Smartphone computer, or whatever — 10 different eformats.

Review from “Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is a stunningly powerful little book. It puts the whole 2012 story in a new, more authentic, and vastly richer and more hopeful context. By seeking out the traditional keepers of medicine wisdom for our era, and having traveled the road of adventure with them, Steven McFadden has assembled a matrix of powerfully intersecting tales, all true and all with immediate relevance. I loved this amazing little ebook.”

Blasting into Overdrive

February 20, 2011

On March 11, 2011 the planet Uranus will enter the tropical Zodiac sign of Aries, and immediately begin to mirror a new and electrifying epoch of human history.


If you feel the pace and fervor of personal, national, and international events has been intense, they take four deep breaths, center yourself, and step forward boldly in the directions you need to move.  Everything is about to get exponentially more intense — as reckoned by the classical themes of the planet Uranus and the sign Aries.

Uranus, aka Prometheus, bears the energy of revolutionary electric ethers, the fifth element symbolized by the two parallel wavy lines. It is said to rule lightning, electricity, technology, airplances, space ships, computers, smartphones and all devices digital. It also symbolizes conditions of awakening, enlightenment, upheaval, revolution, and insight, and sudden reversal.


Aries is the first of the 12 Zodiac signs. Its symbol is the ram, and it’s a field of energy noted for being active, yang, and conducive to swift, straight-ahead action.  Aries does not sit and contemplate in quiet when something new is thought necessary. It just lunges forward in an effort to make it happen. Consequently, the Aries impulse can often express itself without a plan or a strategy, and so find itself butting head on to immovable, or at least seemingly immovable, obstacles.  Aries is the initiator.

With Uranus entering Aries on March 11, the fiery, intense, inspiring waves and bolts of energy will — for the next seven years — surge through the ethers and be part of our lives on personal, social, cultural, political and technological levels. We are blasting into overdrive.