Full Moon: 11 Taurus 58

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A full moon in Taurus is a magical passage of spacetime! – thats the first thing I want to say.

With that sentiment plastered above, lets zoom in on the major influences this time around. The ruler of the FM is Venus, currently powerful in her domain of Libra. She’s been hovering with Jupiter under his torchlight, gazing at the contents of dark and hidden places. In her highest forms, she has just accepted a re-commissioning assignment; It is understood that this is a process requiring faith that legible signs will be posted along the journey.  As she continues on her trajectory, her receptors now easily align with the one god in the pantheon who is absolutely itching to lay down an enlightened and somewhat progressive law: Saturn in Sagittarius. He picks up on a struggle our Venus is having with an Other entity; He’s magnetized by the potential opportunities.

Of course, that’s not how she sees it. Venus is truly IN opposition to a fiery Uranus and abhors a confrontation. But…lets reflect a moment over the last couple of years, says Saturn…For a long time, personal authority has felt quite lost, unquantifiable,  and then (hopefully!) somewhat found. At some point we’ve cobbled a practical balance, been obliged to proceed by taking relatively extreme measures on our exposure filters. We’ve developed a working default platform because…well, because needs must. And that platform and its components are tech in your life toolbox. (What’s more, all the contents of your toolbox are lit up at this full moon, inviting a thorough inventory.)

And guess what? This platform, it travels well! The guiding set of principles or ethics that has formed via incessant encounters with unusual people and goings on will serve you well in your one-to-one relations and particularly should you find yourself in a disturbing, distasteful –or-  arresting and uplifting exchange over the week before and after the moon peaks. You will know how to optimally read the other person’s motivation before engaging judgement. You can celebrate the originality in others while still maintaining your own head space. *

What have you learned about the unfamiliar – and consequently, yourself –  these last couple of years? How have you matured from your previous orientation on matters related to your Sagittarian life sector and how does that impact your Physical Security life sector? (And I am curious to know if you would you say you have retreated or advanced from some point of view/perspective.)

There’s more…

We’ve got Neptune diffusing what could be obstinacy and loosening clenched fists if we’re tuned in to our highest potential. In fact, while the gravity of this full moon will seem as palpable as a good shoulder hug, the feeling associated with the experience is likely to feel quite giddy. Yep. 🙂

This full moon is my favorite moon of the year. It’s emotionally focused on the luxurious fixedness of our flesh and blood bodies on a bountiful life sustaining planet. As in, can you register the wealth on tap within your reality?

Thats my wish for you, tribe mates…

– weaver

 

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*Opportunity to Observe: Mercury enters Sagittarius on November 6th, retrogrades from 29’18’ to 13’0’ between December 3rd and 23rd and finally enters Capricorn on January 12th. Think of the first lap of Mercury through Sag as a journey, be it mental or physical in your case. Accept that you cannot clearly imagine your destination point at this time – and that this is a blessing. 🙂

 

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Full Moon: 13 Pisces 53

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…WHOOSH…

Generally speaking, a full moon brings revelation, culmination, closure to an issue within the themes of the house wherein it occurs. A fuller, deeper reflection of the state of affairs (moon) is presented to the individual (sun) who then makes the appropriate adjustments and changes. For those with natal placements in proximity of a full moon, it’s all clear as a bell; the writing is on the wall*. The next step is obvious. Yet here we have a full moon in Pisces, conjunct the ruler of Pisces, Neptune, for a maximum dose of whatever the zeitgeist is exhaling. Neptune seeps beneath our radar most of the time. To fully grasp the significance of this full moon, check out some thoughts on the Sea God here and particularly here. The rest of this post should then make more sense.

Ideally, this full moon speaks to a thorough cleansing; of conscious awareness meeting itself in the Great Mysteries and returning with earth-realm tech support. If you can visualise a co-creative plan around these images, you walk on sometimes difficult but holy ground. Flow forth.

The very best generalised thing I can say about this span of days is that it may well allow the majority of us to break free from the undertow of eclipse season. A culmination of personal side effects on the more physical levels of life, so to speak (like, could I start finding my bearings again?!). This much uncontained water can push us floating off again. Frankly, I think a good whoosh is preferable to the endless whirl I have been in lately. By Sunday, may ‘the waters’ recede.

With the moon in Pisces, in Neptune’s borderless lap, the only thing worth keeping in mind is the GRACE that you have enjoyed thus far in life, the blessings/good fortunes that have come to you through no conscious earning on your own part. The most simple kinds of truth are the only ones that count. Kindness with no strings attached. On this humble, broad bandwidth we can venture forth in faith.

Emotional overload – plummeting or soaring – is possible. I am counseling on hitting the pause button when it comes to acting out on any drama that arises with Others. If at all possible, contemplate the opposing perspective after some rest with the aim of best outcome for all. There is a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, however, a lot of good a bridge does you if you can’t see for certain where to step on! With that said, …
If, within your circumstance, you feel confident and at peace about ‘a way across’ that you see, by all means Go For It.

You can get a bit more traction with the sun; it is trining Pluto: any thoughts, intentions and actions rooted in the common good are blessed and approved by the Recycling King as good building stock – that means you will see real-world results in due time. There is great potential here for increasing your antifragility status (you can find out more about that here). I just saw a quote yesterday in an immigration office, of all places, that seems perfect for this moment,

‘If you are busy judging people, you have no time to love them.’ – Mother Teresa.

Perhaps it is useful to remember that ‘loving’ in this sense can mean being in a state of acceptance of an Other’s composite existence. Just start there and yes, expect miracles. They are somewhat common when you are looking for them and these are particularly magical times!

– weaver

*[or the symbolic message is in the cloud in your tea, which in this moon’s light it may be 😉 ].

 

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Personalised Energy Coaching      weaver@neptuneandtheoak.com

Sunday Surfing 02/10/16

 

Galactic Seed Planting

A head full of readings from our recent new moon made me pause on an article about the European Space Agency and it’s Rosetta that got so explicit about the craft’s final moments.  geek.com reports that ‘Rosetta executed its final maneuver at 2200GMT on September 29th, sending it down to the surface. 14 hours later, it made contact with the comet and the signal was lost. The ESA calculated that Rosetta was probably moving at roughly 2 miles per hour when it hit…The history-making probe now rests on a smooth patch of ground in the Ma’at region of 67P. It’s gone, but not forgotten.’ The ESA had two choices, evidently: 1. Let the small and fragile craft sail on into space-time or 2. Execute it’s deposit. Other reports that I read relayed that the ‘smooth patch of ground’ is actually surrounded by ravine-like walls that regularly spew gases and dust and the ESA wanted some of that content on Rosetta’s way down. I imagine that smooth patch is composed of ongoing sediment build-up.

I realize that not everyone thinks like me (ha!) but darned if that didn’t sound like a galactic –scaled seed planting to me, whether it crossed their minds or not. I decided to check if astrowiki had an inception chart for the European Space Agency and it does… but its not a very good one because it lacks a time. Still, we’ll take what we can get and it isn’t really so crucial for this type of fun. The ESA data puts the new moon in Libra in conjunction to ESA’s Pluto rx, opposite it’s Mars in Aries, trine a Gemini Sun, and sextile Neptune rx in Sag. All of these aspects are tight. I find that interesting.

Bayer Buys Monsanto

Well, this story could occupy a professional journalist full time so I am only going to put a primer out here at this point, mostly courtesy of Bayer as a matter of fact, and some of my thoughts. When I first heard about this I was so sad. My childhood-based idea of Bayer is all about aspirin = pain relief. ’nuff said!  But seriously, that is really it. I’ve never used pharmaceuticals otherwise, except for antibiotics less than a handful of times. All I know about Monsanto is ‘seeds are intellectual property’ (huh? oh, like corporations are people, right?) and youtube is filled with farmers swearing that by the second year, all the crops succumb to one problem or another and they have no money left to buy more seeds, let alone survive; we do not know the long-term repercussions of gene or trait manipulation in seeds. In other words, I am not really qualified to critique but I am super skiddish, to say the least, of Monsanto and can only say, in my weak defense, that I have simply never thought of Bayer specifically when fuming about pharmaceutical companies. Further, it seems that Bayer has quite the reputation for cruising below radar.

Not.any.more.

First clue that this is stellar news is a specific website Bayer has put up about it’s buy-out that starts the reader off in a section called, ‘Social Disclaimer’ wherein they list all the reasons why we shouldn’t take this as a done deal. Included in the list is ‘the impact of indebtedness incurred by Bayer in connection with the transaction and the potential impact on the rating of indebtedness of Bayer; the effects of the business combination of Bayer and Monsanto, including the combined company’s future financial condition, operating results, strategy and plans’.

So, show me the money, baby.

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And then you arrive at the rather dreamy section entitled, Compelling Strategic Rationale, and read that

Pro forma sales of the combined business amounted to EUR 23 billion in calendar year 2015. In combining Bayer and Monsanto, we are well positioned to benefit from a cyclical upswing in the Ag market and we expect to create substantial value for our shareholders. For Bayer shareholders, we expect the transaction to provide accretion to core EPS (earnings per share) in the first full year after closing and a double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year. We have confirmed sales and cost synergies assumptions in due diligence and expect annual EBITDA contributions from total synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three, plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years.

Farmers will benefit from a range of new, superior solutions aimed at helping to advance the next generation of farming and to address some of society’s most pressing challenges:

  • Integrated product portfolio across crops and indications with a comprehensive offering of Seed and Crop Protection products;

  • Creation of a leading platform in Digital Farming; and

  • Leading innovation capabilities and R&D technology platforms, with an annual pro-forma R&D budget of approximately EUR 2.5 billion.

First thing to note here, from what I understand of Digital Farming, this is really a logical and super helpful application of technology. I will look into this more. Otherwise…

More ‘show me the money, baby’ In other words, you should be so fortunate as to be well positioned for an upcoming agricultural upswing which, i guess, means hungry people..? If you, who don’t worry about your next meal, can afford to buy the stock, you should. Just double check the fine print:

Bayer intends to finance the transaction with a combination of debt and equity. The equity component of approximately USD 19 billion is expected to be raised through an issuance of mandatory convertible bonds and through a rights issue with subscription rights. Bridge financing for USD 57 billion is committed by BofA, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan.

(Cash doesn’t actually mean cash, silly!)

Creating Value for All is defined thus: ‘The combined agriculture business will have its global Seeds & Traits and North American commercial headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, its global Crop Protection and divisional Crop Science headquarters in Monheim, Germany, and an important presence in Durham, North Carolina, as well as many other locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Digital Farming activities for the combined business will be based in San Francisco, California.’ After all, writes Bayer on it’s own behalf, ‘We can build on an extensive track record of integrating a diverse range of international businesses…Since 2005, we have acquired and successfully integrated a number of multi-billion Euro businesses.’

I think that has been below most people’s radar…(Not.any.more.)

A Wall Street Journal online article excerpt (by Jacob Bunge and Christopher Alessi) concerning the buy-out:

Seed makers, having laid off thousands of employees and mothballed some research projects, regard mergers as a way to cut costs while more deeply integrating the development of new seeds and chemicals.

Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. are pursuing a merger, and Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta AG agreed in February to a $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp., a state-owned company that sells generic agricultural chemicals.

So it’s not an isolated event, it’s just the biggest in a global bunch. Now the phenomenon has our attention and the proverbial oxygen is being sucked up into this FEAR that we must FIND some way to feed 3 or so billion more people in the coming decades. Like our own little household doesn’t overwhelm us as it is, sometimes.

A commenter on the WSJ article put out some excellent points: since EU and German public policy is to ban GMO agricultural products, how does Bayer, a German corporation, justify buying a corporation whose main line of business is GMO? And the press releases say there is very little overlap, but Bayer makes pesticides, and Monsanto’s gene modifications enable lower pesticide use, so how are the two businesses not competing with each other?

I don’t have anything else to offer on this issue at the moment so while the lawyers are frantically greasing wheels, lets focus on what we do have some control over and that is our own microcosm, our own life philosophy and some wisdom from Nassim Taleb of Black Swan fame…

On Antifragility

There is a reason the elephant is the biggest land creature nature has designed. This was the biggest that could afford to be built: if there is a scarcity of water, the elephant must ‘pay up’ far more than the mouse and will suffer far sooner.

I am regional, not national, in orientation.

The only way you can understand life is if you have something at risk.

When the bridge collapses, you don’t call the owner of the last truck that managed to cross the bridge, you call the engineer of the bridge.

Specialty causes you to be a lot more fragile…you are less robust to changes in your environment…organically things develop in a way to become more robust…

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