Archive | April 2016

Full Moon Earthquake Alert

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Earthquake zones in yellow

Today’s full moon is nothing unusual, but the hype generated around it has grown due to the past week’s mega earthquake activity experienced in scattered parts of the globe. To begin with, a full Moon or new Moon is described as a “syzygy” which is actually the alignment of any three celestial objects. Gravitational forces are at their maximum, so today we will feel the pull. Besides that “The same force that raises the ‘tides’ in the ocean also raises tides in the [Earth’s]crust,” according to an astronomer with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Some experts say there is nothing to worry about but others are naturally rattled.

And naturally so. When seven major earthquakes hit the Pacific Ring of Fire in just a few days, everyone is going to sit up and take notice. First a spate of quakes hits Japan’s south, not killing many but still displacing hundreds of thousands, who sit in shelters this weekend. Then Ecuador is struck by its worst quake in 70 years, killing hundreds and displacing hundreds of thousands more. The country is now a disaster zone. Just like Nepal, who still sits in a state of disaster despite their quake occurring a year ago already. And it’s a repeat of the Nepal quake that is now being feared. “The current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude” according to a University of Colorado seismologist. And did we even notice the other large quakes that hit Tonga, Philippines, Vanatu and Fukushima (5.8 On the Richter scale) last week? Probably not. And the smaller ones in Pakistan and Nepal? Yes that’s more activity in Nepal and more deaths in Pakistan due to earthquake activity in April so far. The already injured Nepal area is seismologically fragile, and thus we see the current recurring tremors which have resulted in quakes earlier this year, killing people in Manipur, India, and in China. It is this precariously unstable Nepal situation, now compacted by the Ring of Fire quakes this past week that have the world so concerned. From China to America, experts are awaiting “the big one” which can even bring accompanying tsunamis, as we have seen in the past.

Of course earthquakes occur all the time and this is nothing new. Even the next Nepal quake, which is immanent according to experts, could occur today or in 50 years. But now Jim Berkland, a former US Geological Survey scientist, who has already once famously predicted a major quake, reckons that mega quakes usually strike at a new moon or full moon because of the gravitation effect on the Earth, and is predicting one today, on this full moon. Well he is not far off because just last night – within 24 hours of the full moon moment – another quake did hit Ecuador. He also observes that 20 of the last 25 mega quakes have occurred during new or full moons. Due to the gravitational pull on our crust, and the fact that solid earth as well as the ocean tides are affected, what to speak of our human bodies and minds. But that’s another topic. Naturally some scientists dispute this theory. But there is another man, Franks Hoogerbeets from Netherlands, who is not a scientist, but studies planetary alignments. He released a video on his website last month already predicting a series of quakes in this part of April, culminating on the 22 or 23. And here we are. Not all his predictions in the past have been accurate but these were, and even though some remain sceptical, experts all agree that the US west coast, and the Nepal region are long overdue for another “big one”.

One earthquake predictor even takes into account the “missing pets” adverts in the newspapers, saying that more animals go missing or seem to flee just before a major quake. That may have some validity, as vague or speculative as it seems. We can only wait and see what the rest of this month holds for us seismically, while having our helmets and life jackets at the ready. After all, the quake on 26 December 2004 in south east Asia that put the word “tsunami” in our lexicon after killing 300 000 people, occurred on a full moon. And that was one of the biggest in living memory. Despite all the speculation, one thing is certain. We are living in unstable times, with natural disasters occurring so often that we have become somewhat desensitised to them. To make matters worse, our world is so politically and economically unstable too, that these disasters which leave people in ruins and rubble overnight, are not repaired, and as a result communities from Pakistan, Nepal, Haiti, Japan and now Ecuador remain in ruins for months and years to come, set back decades in the blink of an eye.full moon earthquake activity

So although we like to keep a positive attitude and always hope for the best, we need to remember that life on earth is a razor’s edge. There is danger at every step, and death can come at any minute. Therefore, in this age of instability, we need to keep focused on the goal of this human form of life, namely to have the right state of consciousness at our time of death so that we can attain transcendence, go back to Godhead, and never have to take birth on this planet ever again. Unless, of course, you wish to continue the great service to fallen humanity of facilitating the liberation of all before returning yourself. Why settle for anything less?


The grand trine emerges

Jupiter trine PlutoThe current fiery grand trine between Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto has been active for a while now, with Jupiter trine Pluto since the former slowed down to exact alignment in mid March. Since then Jupiter has been slowing to his eventual station in early May 2016. From then onward until late June he will build up to another exact trine with Pluto. So from now until late June this healthy alignment will prevail in waves of opportunity.

Primarily the trine aspect facilitates smooth interaction between the planetary archetypes concerned. Considering the earth signs involved, An opportunity to ground or make real or realise some aspect of the Jupiter/Pluto trine now could manifest itself to all of us in our own personal individual ways. Pluto is the more hidden terrain of the Underworld, the unconscious; and Jupiter is the greater benefic, so instead of seeing dark repressed unconscious contents of the psyche, we have the chance to have revealed to us magnificent gems of perception. Jupiter will facilitate a solution, an answer, to the question, a meaning to the madness. Jupiter is like the teacher or doctor, for example and Pluto means more the soul doctor, the druid, the shaman, sangoma, priest or analyst. Although the threefold miseries affect us all in different ways, there can be windows of insight into the madness that sometimes seems to the plight of Kali Yuga. If you have access to a rare source of information or inspiration, whether from the external or internal teacher, a glimpse of meaning can prevail, and Jupiter’s alignment with Pluto offers that for us throughout their wide trine from mid March through to late June, those two dates being the most exact of the trine alignment. Nevertheless throughout the duration of the three month period they will never be more than 3 or 4 degrees away from exact alignment, so the opportunity for their archetypes to play themselves out, for their particular modes of nature to be in play, will certainly be within our reach, according to our receptivity.

This is a perfect time for teachers to get their message across, for us to receive from the teacher, whether internal or external, great wisdom, or to even implement a course of learning, or build or establish a place of teaching. The inspiring temple spires are but an external allusion for the eye of the people to look upward, look higher; while inside the temple the books of wisdom await receptive ears. Teachers or priests are there to be questioned. A sacred place can of course look like any number of shapes according to your practice, and the teacher can arrive from any source, but feel the inspiration you will, and you’ll know it. And that gives confidence in the plan, meaning to the brief pass through this life. For some life is a war, for some a mission, ans so it is when we remember it. And to be shown what valuable part we can play by using our life time in the service of the great mission, one that started before we were born and continues after our death, is truly remarkable, significant and memorable. Use these next few months to allow the access to that truth.

Remember too that Jupiter, as a hot gassy body, expands whatever it touches, and once inspired with the plan, we may find that the ego, having had the audience of the source of his or her inspiration, may feel a degree of inflation like a puffed up puri, a feeling called shadow bhava, which certainly is to be avoided. Confidence and over-inflated ego should not be confused. Confidence in the sense of having meaning and purpose and the conviction that they can be fulfilled, is always optimal, even if the manner is still unknown. Confidence is also faith. As the hymn goes: “We rest in Thee and in Thy name we go.” That hymn could have been written by any number or religions on this planet. Having confidence enables one to inspire confidence in others. It’s contagious. It’s good for the health, both mental and physical. Confidence and faith is also common sense, for the cosmos has worked for all this time and so will certainly continue harmoniously unfolding for now. Tyrants come and go. Even in Kali Yuga there are still remote hills to retreat to if that is what you need to hear your teacher. And freedom of speech still facilitates the transmission of knowledge in the land of us fortunate few. So confidence, inspiration and the desire to share a worthy post, when tempered with the view that everyone has the same potential to realize meaning, not just us, is a healthy balance now.

Ultimately this is a perfect time to transform for the better, to improve and upgrade your situation on the ground, by which I mean your foundation on the earth, your physical health, material home and income, your constitution – whether philosophical, political or dietary. Ground your being in a healthy way and see how the world reveals its meaningful mysteries to you.

Mercury joins the Jupiter/Pluto duo, making a grand trine alignment between the three of them, both this week in mid April, as well as mid May and early June 2016. Mercury here activates the trine and upgrades the potency or opportunity for the flow to take place during that week, the meeting, breakthrough, reform, peace deal, transmission or general facilitation of the boon or beneficial influence. Be sure to time your schedule accordingly or look out for opportunities during those dates.


Knowing thyself – Comparative systems of personality categorization

Astrology and PsychologyAstrology is popular because people like to know about themselves. There is an inherent desire to know ourselves, whether ego-driven or soul driven in the quest for self-actualization, and the 12 character divisions in the zodiac give us a ready system by which to explore our natures systematically, at least on the material plane. Discovering the real original constitutional identity of our eternal personalities is something else altogether and only a lifetime of deep spiritual practice and introspection will really reveal that true self, the Atma, covered now by the conditioned and karma based zodiacal ego type. Still the astrological system of personality description appeals to the ego in all of us. Astrology, however, is not the only system of compartmentalized character definition. There is also the Chinese astrological division of 12 types, the Enneagram division of 9 types, the esoteric division of the 7 rays, and numerous others. One that you may find interesting is the system of 9 team functions evolved by Dr Meredith Belbin.

Understanding human nature, our own as well as others’, goes a long way in avoiding clashes with co-workers due to simply differing styles of being. And smooth human interaction is the key to success in any field of life. Astrology divides personalities into 6 extrovert ( fire and air signs) and 6 introvert (earth and water signs). Dr Belbin’s system has only 9 types so the correlation is not exact, but 5 of them are extrovert and 4 are introvert, and you might be able to identify with one or perhaps more of the types. Just as in astrology we are comprised of numerous signs in our horoscope depending on where all the planets are located, similarly we can be made up of more than one specific type of worker, although one type may predominate.

The 9 team roles

1 The Plant: They plant the seeds that the team nurture to completion. Serious-minded ideas person, genius with imagination, intellect and knowledge. They solve difficult problems. However, they can be up in the clouds, inclined to disregard minor practical details and protocol, focusing more on big issues; lose interest quickly. Sensitive to criticism and praise, on their own wavelength. Extrovert or introvert and happy to work alone.

2 The Resource Investigator: Takes the ideas and develops them. Relaxed, enthusiastic, communicative and popular. Can contact useful people, respond to challenges, diplomatic negotiator, think on their feet, optimistic, preserving the team from stagnation. However, can lose interest without positive feedback or once initial fascination has passed. Uncritical. Extrovert so need the stimulus of others.

3 The Co-ordinator: Calm, self-confident, controlled. Unifying force within a team. Usually a respected member with natural air of authority. Good delegator, usually team leader, can extract skills from others and keep the focus. Not necessarily exceptionally creative or intellectual. Extrovert.

4 The Shaper: Dynamic, full of nervous energy, outgoing, impulsive, impatient. Drive and readiness to challenge inertia. Achievement oriented so can push others. Secondary team leader, appearing confident but may have self-doubt only reassured by results. Can rise above problems and carry on regardless, handles (and sometimes causes) confrontation or unpopularity. Extrovert.

5 The Monitor Evaluator: Stable, intelligent, though unexciting, unemotional. Can analyse and judge large sums of material or data or others’ contributions with discretion and objectivity. However, can be tactless and damaging to moral, hard to motivate. Introvert.

6 The Team Worker: Supportive, sensitive, social, recognizing emotional undercurrents. Good listener and diplomat, loyal, popular, mild. Good for team spirit, uncompetitive, though lack dynamism. Introvert.

7 The Implementer: Turns plans into actions, organised, self-disciplined, hard-working without self-interest. Like schedules, budgets and systems. However inflexible, slow to change or adopt new ideas. Introvert.

8 The Completer: Painstakingly orderly, conscientious, anxious, perfectionist with a capacity to deliver what they promise. However they tend to worry unduly, reluctant to delegate, nit-picking. Introvert.

9 The Specialist: Highly specialised knowledge in an area, though little interest in other areas. Drive, dedication and single-mindedness, providing rare knowledge but unable to focus on bigger picture. Dislikes close supervision. Introvert.

The introvert/extrovert labels are not always hard and fast so there could be variations but generally a working group functions well with a mix of the above types and not too many of the same type. Some of us can apply our secondary style if this occurs, which may relate to the Moon sign in astrology. To be really successful a team needs at least one good Co-ordinator, and preferably only one Plant. Team size and tasks vary considerably so some may double up and play two roles. Also too many Team Workers, for example, may not supply enough drive. In other words there is an optimal balance of types to really succeed and there are also certain combinations that are less likely to succeed at all. Knowing this really helps everyone involved. And more importantly, when we realize that people are born with and learn certain natures, and that they are unlikely to change their core style of being on an ego level, then we give up trying to change them, but rather learn where to apply their unique style and temperament in the group endeavour. That is a big secret to success in social dynamics and relationships generally. By knowing your skill set and weaknesses you can fit yourself into the right position in the team. Otherwise it’s up to the Co-ordinator or Monitor Evaluator to help you find your position rather than artificially expecting the impossible.

I’m sure students of astrology can see correlations in certain of the above types and certain zodiac signs, and should feel inspired to discover the matches, thereby learning more about human nature and themselves. The Vedas describe 4 fundamental social types, based on your nature and actions, and anyone can be any of the four types, if they inherently manifest, or can cultivate, the qualities of that type, whether intellectual Brahmana, military/political Kshatriya, mercantile/agricultural Vaishya or artistic/crafty Sudra. And all are equally qualified to access transcendence, for ultimately despite the external social ego differences, we are all animated by the same non-different conscious spiritual particle of the soul, the Atma, whose qualities of eternal blissful consciousness are there, even if temporarily covered by the ego types found in the zodiac signs or the system mentioned above.

References: How to build a great team by Ros Jay (2003)

                       Bhagavat Purana Translated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami