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26 January 2018 @ 04:40 am
Hello LJers!

I've friended several new people today to reconnect me to one of my favorite things about LiveJournal, the *people* themselves. I love the clever ways people use their LiveJournals. I love reading journal entries. I love how distinct and personal each LJ is, and I love the kinds of people it attracts!

I am looking forward to getting to know my new friends better.

Have a wonderful Friday! xoxoxoxo

Love & light,

25 April 2018 @ 04:39 pm

There is nothing more relaxing, more universal, more breath taking than listening to 1960s rock music.

...there just isn't.  🎸☀️🎸

25 March 2018 @ 03:42 pm

I was riding on a city bus yesterday when I overheard a kid in the seat behind me brag to his friend proudly, “The only book I read is Facebook.” Those words will haunt me for the rest of my life, but I’m not surprised people think it’s cool to be stupid. Since the invention of television, children have grown up watching shows that portray stupid people as heroes. If you expose children under the age of 10 to stupid role models, they’ll take their icons’ behavior for granted and mimic them. Their brains will soak it up and build neural pathways around it. So it will shape their behavior in ways they don’t understand even if they try everything consciously possible to dis-incorporate the stupidity they’ve witnessed from their perception of reality:

If you told a child they couldn’t watch stupid television programming during the most impressionable age-range of their life because it will warp their minds as surely as watching hardcore pornography and violence, that wise little kid will ask you, “Then why do adults spend so much time and money going out of their way to create stupid television programming and try to stream it onto every screen in the world?” The shortest answer is that adults are stupid and thus unreliable.

Don’t believe the hype. It’s not cool to be stupid. It’s stupid to be stupid. It’s uncool to be stupid, and there’s a very practical reason why. The world is a mind-bogglingly complicated place to live, and it’s unforgiving. You get one shot to build a successful life, and it only takes one stupid mistake to ruin everything. The quality of your life depends on how well you understand the world and how well you solve the waves of problems that wash past you every day. The only tool you have to solve those problems and make the most of your life is your brain. Being stupid is being mentally crippled. Being smart is being mentally healthy and strong. So whatever benefit there is to looking cool by being stupid are far outweighed by the fact that it will ruin the rest of your life in more ways than you could ever comprehend.

I don’t need to pull out philosophical reasons to convince you it’s uncool to be stupid. This isn’t a concept you have to take on faith or work up the strength to live by. This is a warning. Stupidity is what makes life suck. The dumber you are, the less you’ll be able to cope with life, the more you’ll fail and the harder your life will be. The smarter you are, the more effortlessly you’ll waltz through more difficult problems for bigger rewards. Living a confused, helpless life isn’t cool. Living a brilliant, fulfilling life is cool.

But it’s not all about you. The world is a small place, and everyone’s problems rub off on the people around them. Your stupidity makes everyone’s life around you harder. Even when smart people do something stupid, it makes everyone’s lives around them harder. When you’re old enough you’re going to be put in some kind of position of authority over people younger than you. Then your stupidity will have the force of God in those young people’s lives. Stupidity affects everyone, and it’s like litter. When everyone litters a little bit it all adds up to a trashy country. When everyone celebrates littering, the whole country goes to hell in a handbasket. Then we leave a trashy country for the next generation to clean up when they could have been building a better world (on top of the better world we could have created instead of creating mountains of trash.

It’s not cool to be stupid. It’s tragic to be stupid. You’re worth more than that. Your neighbors deserve more from you, and humanity needs more from you. Don’t be stupid, and don’t let your friends be stupid. Stupid hurts everyone, especially stupid people.




What is a house?

Astronomically, the positions of the houses in a natal chart are calculated using the person’s time of birth and geographical birth location. While the zodiac signs and the planets in the zodiac signs are based on the earth and the other planet’s revolution around the sun, the houses and the planets in the houses are based on the earth’s own rotation about its axis.

Astrologically, each house represents a different function of your life, and all the houses together encompass all the parts of a human’s full life.

What do the houses represent?

Here are the life functions each of the houses represent:

  • House I: Identity, expression

  • House II: Possessions, money

  • House III: Communication, early education

  • House IV: Family, your roots and home

  • House V: Creativity, children, sex

  • House VI: Service, healing, routine

  • House VII: Relationships, marriage

  • House VIII: Death, the occult, transformation

  • House IX: Travel, philosophy

  • House X: Career, reputation

  • House XI: Associates, organizations

  • House XII: Secrets, dreams

So what does this mean for my chart?

Every planet in your chart is in a house the same way it is in a sign. 

What if I have empty houses? Did I do something wrong?

You did nothing wrong! Everybody has a few empty houses since there are 10 planets and 12 houses, and they are not necessarily bad. They simply mean that the part of your life that empty house rules won’t be too consciously prominent in your life. Of course an empty 7th house won’t mean you won’t get married and an empty 5th house won’t mean you won’t have children. It simply means your relationships or children won’t be a consciously prominent part of your life.

What are stelliums?

A stellium is when you have 4 or more planets or luminaries (i.e. Mercury…Pluto or sun or moon; nodes, asteroids, and points like Vertex or rising or midheaven aren’t counted) in one house or one sign. It is also debated that a stellium could also consist of 3 personal planets or luminaries (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) as well. The sign or house in which the stellium is present will be very prominent in your life.

What are the different kinds of houses?

The twelve houses are divided into three groups: the angular houses (1st house, 4th house, 7th house, 10th house), the succedent houses (2nd house, 5th house, 8th house, 11th house), and the cadent houses (3rd house, 6th house, 9th house, 12th house). The three groups of houses are similar to the qualities or modalities of the zodiac signs. The angular houses (which are accepted as the most important) are similar in quality to the cardinal signs, the succedent houses are similar in quality to the fixed signs, and the cadent houses are similar in quality to the mutable signs.

The twelve houses are also divided into four other separate groups: the houses of life (1st house, 5th house, 9th house), the houses of wealth (2nd house, 6th house, 10th house), the houses of relationships (3rd house, 7th house, 11th house), and the houses of endings (4th house, 8th house, 12th house). These classifications are similar to the elements for the signs. The houses of life correspond with fire, the houses of wealth correspond with earth, the houses of relationships correspond with air, and the houses of endings correspond with water.
Sun/Ascendant: Lots of physical energy. Self-esteem strongly influences self-expression. Father often played an important role in the development of the self and the self-expression, for better or worse. Independent, tendency to look at oneself instead of others to decide how to express themselves (this can be altered by other placements).

Moon/Ascendant: Emotions are either actively hidden or naturally and openly expressed. Mother often played an important role in the development of the self and the self-expression, for better or worse. Prone to obvious moodiness. Tendency to shyness. Nostalgic. Emotional state heavily influences how they carry themselves and they may like to change their appearance frequently.

Mercury/Ascendant: Come across as witty and intelligent. There is an air of juvenility around them. Often skilled with their hands and at crafting. Talkativeness is common and there’s a tendency to express oneself mostly through words, the attention span can be small at times.
Aspects between Mercury & the Ascendant other than the Conjunction are usually of less importance as both are rather passive points when it comes to aspects.

Venus/Ascendant: Is viewed as beautiful and/or attractive, regardless of actual appearance. Very charming and well-mannered. A people person, sometimes with the tendency to be a push-over or people pleaser. Diplomatic and has a fine eye for beauty and aesthetic as well as other people’s talents. May be prone to shallowness at times.

Mars/Ascendant: Fierce and passionate, has an active and confident approach to the world. May at times come off as “too strong” or aggressive. Determined, assertive, and action-oriented. Doer instead of talker personality. Tendency to be competitive and approach people and things as challenges. Prone to be irritable and condescending towards those who are more passive.

Jupiter/Ascendant: Extravagant and noticeable expression. Loud and grand personality, even if not actually loud or tall. Tolerance and expansion are big themes, tend to not care too much about what others think or do. May be prone to a god or superiority complex. Curious personality and eager to see and experience a lot. Possibility to indulge too much in any form of abundance.

Saturn/Ascendant: Disciplined and controlled. Mature personality. Tendency to be more quiet and take the role of the observer more than that of the actor. Can come across as intimidating and prefers to keep their circle small. Very resilient, tenacious, and reliable. Prone to pessimism that is perceived as realism by the native. Cold demeanor, may feel as if they aren’t allowed to be themselves.

Uranus/Ascendant: Spontaneous, eccentric personality. Wants to surprise and shock people, may enjoy changing themselves and/or their appearance a lot. Prone to detachment and a feeling of being, or having to be, “above” others. Strong intuition and likeable but may be hard to get to know on an intimate level. Skilled at technological things. Future-oriented. Idealistic views and a strong wish to revolutionize their surroundings. Tendency to escape conflicts and push people away.

Neptune/Ascendant: Very sensitive and incredible intuition. Has an exceptional imagination and skill of visualization but has a tendency to use these to escape reality by daydreaming excessively. Spaces out a lot and tends to feel “far away”. Intuitively spots dishonesty in others and very empathetic. May be unsure of who they are and can be unstable and easy to manipulate.

Pluto/Ascendant: Extremely ambitious in going after their goals and dreams. Tends to come off as unapproachable and someone who doesn’t show all of themselves. Resilient and tends to go through lots of transformative phases. May be autoaggressive or even masochistic. Strong willpower and urge to grow as an individual. Prone to paranoia. 
08 March 2018 @ 11:50 pm
Fellow LJers,

Does anyone know how to tag shared posts to your own LJ?  Or how to delete/edit a shared post?  I can't figure that out.

08 March 2018 @ 11:48 pm, reposted by paradisekendra
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Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: "Suits"

The 80s: The Decade That Made Us is an amazing documentary. It's doesn't have the inspirational, 'feel good' vibe that The Sixties and Seventies documentaries have, but still, it's amazing. The '80s are such a caricature of itself that you find yourself giggling at it despite the excess, corruption, and regulated greed.  The '80s really was the last decade of real distinction.  If a movie, song, or photograph is from the 80s, you know it.  There's no mistaking it. The 1990s and 21st century, on the other hand, can more easily be mistaken for other eras.

So many of the things that Millennials are dealing with today began in the 1980s. Wall Street, corporate pirates (Donald Trump!), hostile mergers that took away our power, all of it emerged in the '80s. The 1980's obsession with instant power resulted in the loss of career advancement, promotions, pension plans, healthcare benefits, privacy, freedom, and our right to the truth.

Corporate mergers in the 1980s increased 4,000%.  So it is no wonder that all of the information we are receiving today is the same; there are fewer voices providing it to us.  One thing that DID belong to the people in the 80s was the product consumption.

Customer was king, and customers made the rules. Don't mess with Coca Cola's formula, for example. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Did you know that it was intentional that the cellular phone was created in the form of a great big brick? I thought it was a tech issue but no, they wanted it as BIG as possible. Like everything else in the 80s, BIG was in fashion. The more people that could see you with your great big brick phone, the better! They even sold "fake" brick cell phones so you could pretend you had the same status symbol as the wealthy. This 'putting your cell phone in your purse discreetly' shit was not the point of the 80s. lolololol. WHO KNEW? ;)

The excess was remarkable. "Greed Is Good". It's the loudest part of the 80s. It's the fun part, in a sense, because it's the caricature. It's the fantasy. The creation of the valley girl, the yuppies, credit card debt, young people spending all their life savings, charity going global, it all began in the 80s.  We also had our first reality show with televangelists, Jim & Tammy Baker and we had our heroes who untangled hypochondriac myths, like Ryan White.

The biggest difference between the 1980s and today was the desire for glamour and the good life. In the 80s, soap operas ruled our culture, both daytime and primetime. From Luke and Laura to JR Euing, soap operas were BIG. As in, 80s big. Soap opera glamour, mcmansions, diamonds, fashion, and big time success. These onscreen fantasies boosted real life desires and ambitions to excel far beyond our parent's dreams. (Which is exactly what entertainment is supposed to do.)

Today, entertainment is predominately focused on grim ugliness and the lowest lows of life. 21st century entertainment greatly effects our ambitions and our desires. There is now status in being low class and projecting yourself as having as little education as possible. Hence, my current rebellion is to have class and education. My iconoclastic spirit continues to thrive. ;)

The 1980s gave us was the ability to record our own movies for the first time in history. Suddenly, WE the people had the ability to record movies on an affordable camcorder, pop the tape into the VCR and watch it immediately. This was a significant change in power. Before, the film and music industries were the only ones who had the access and the ability to record. Now, the individuals had the power to record their own lives, thoughts, and experiences.

Today, we are reversing this power yet again, returning these freedoms to the giant corporations in exchange for fast and instant access. Facebook, Netflix Streaming, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Smartphones, etc. are all resuming control of our music, films, and even our family photos.

It's a simple exchange: the power to own in exchange for instant access. We are currently exchanging the power to own our own entertainment (DVDs, photos, CDs, movies & video clips) for the addiction of instant access that these corporations provide us.

Like in the '80s, voluntary addiction consumes our freedoms. It's the cautionary tale we are going to have to re-learn. Consequences for a future that we have made into our present.

We are living in a Gen X world. A 1980s world. A world that the Gen X generation created and currently, rules. Consumption rules us again, but this time, without the glamour.



🎧 Saturn Enters Capricorn Podcast 🎧

Steven Forrest shares some introductory thoughts about Saturn's time Capricorn through 2018.

For more astrology podcasts ➡️ Astrology University Podcasts

07 February 2018 @ 09:26 am

I light some candles and prepare to restore my silver antiques. I can feel the stresses of my day fall away as I gently wash away the rust.

There’s something magical about feeling the weight of the metal against my fingers and watching the years of collected dust fall away, revealing the beauty of its original form. Like magic, it comes back to life before my eyes.

The process restores something in me. As a Virgo, an Earth sign whose specialty is healing and maintenance, it’s a natural form of therapy to bring something valuable to its purest and brightest state. Holding something ancient in my hands, something that has been in existence long before me and something that will continue to stand the test of time, it’s quite powerful. The faith in continuity, in our artistic creations lasting, and in being in the presence of something that was made to last, and last… and last.

It connects and grounds me. It balances me.