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…