New Moon: 6 Taurus 27

 

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Rest and Abide

 

Generally speaking, there is a beautiful simplicity to a new moon in Taurus. It’s a call to steer the body into a comfortable position and rest it long enough for the mind to find its matching harmonious frequency: Here there is no clutter, only blissful sufficiency.

 

Since the new moon in Aries 28 days ago, we’ve been called to stake our claim and take on the proverbial plough harness. We should feel tired and we should heed that feeling. Yet, there’s another reason to pause. Just as we must fit our catnaps or zone out times around the demands of life, we will need contemplative time to consider how our grand plan has had to shapeshift for the hard earth of reality. This just can’t be rushed; the mind’s strategic survival structures need time to get the message that it’s really alright to chill out. And then, whilst snoozing or strolling or staring out the window, a ‘fix’ or a peaceful acceptance can come.

 

And so, generally speaking and regardless of any and all matter hitting the fan, the Universe invites you to rest and abide as much as possible. Continue to pace yourself, too, watching that Mars in Gemini doesn’t scatter your energies all over the place, but diversifies the ways in which you progress towards your target.

 

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Meanwhile, we’ve got a longer cycle coming into its 2nd of three passes: Mercury in conjunction with Uranus in Aries…

 

Time flies when you are swamped, right? Since the turning of the year, many of us have determined where our personal energy is best channeled and begun the necessary networking and bridge-work. We are on our way. We’ve been exposed to different points of view and consciously or not, refined our own perspective. Along the way, we may well have had breakthroughs or surpassed our expectations in a particular area of relating to other/s and, in doing so, were impressed with what ‘çame out’ of us. Yes! We navigated best we could between a rock and a hard place, came out on a new ledge…and watched ourselves transform that position using a combination of our own lessons learned (maintaining flexibility) and fixed gaze on our long term goal/s (holding consistent)…

 

And now, over the course of this week, another cycle is rising – A hardwired sequence of thoughts/behaviors/assumptions/prophecies will be forced to a sudden stop. Somehow, lightning strikes and there is suddenly ‘space’…a split second later, there sits a new thought and it blows our mind. Wow! It’s as if what we finally grasp as being True in one area of our life must also hold to be true in a general life-creed sense; like ripples of evolution in all dimensions.

 

Mercury plus Uranus in Aries = shocking, piercing, penetrating, of high art/craft, progressive, authentic, inspired by something greater than Self, life changing. So, sure, you could shout and scream, attack with a knife or enlist a posse to encircle and crush the enemy camp. Certainly, this isn’t gentle energy and you may well be on the receiving end from someone who probably desperately needs some time out. The bottom line is that this energy is on tap for ALL of us even as we must individually wield it. Let’s be Taurus about it: slow to anger, quick to see that this, too, shall pass. Let’s keep on doing our best to apply these symbolic descriptors towards peaceful co-thriving.

 

Wishing you a magical new moon,

 

          weaver

 

 

 

On Cycles

 

Pluto stations retrograde on April 20th opening a tunnel into our approach to the natural cycle of endings and beginnings through September 29. This review may bring to our awareness where we may not be allowing the natural “death” of something to take its course by regenerating in a transformed state. Before change can happen, we need to let go of the old, the tired, the worn out, the dysfunctional. If we can keep everything moving through their natural cycles, we remain constantly refreshed. Pluto’s subtle alchemic process is a quiet, under the radar energetic force that works regardless of how conscious we are of it. The more aware we are, however, the greater traction we may experience in becoming at one with the magical rhythms of the cosmos.  – Gray Crawford (link)

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New Moon: 7 Sagittarius 43′

 

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The Sabien symbol for  7-8 deg Sagittarius:

Within The Depths Of The Earth New Elements Are Being Formed

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A new moon is the perfect time to set an intention in keeping with its purview of the space. This new moon covers 2.43′ – 12.43′ Sagittarius. Checking your wheel for which house/s of life experience this covers and coming up with a statement of intent on these matters is a wise, judicious, beneficial, faith-exercising and mind expanding thing to do. 🙂

Tip: your level of awareness in these matters will also inform your assessments concerning value exchanges, emotional or material, with others. Intend to expand your awareness!

– weaver

 

Full Moon: 22 Gemini 26

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A 5-star Tip From Gray Crawford: The Full Moon in Gemini is a gateway into the first exact opposition between Jupiter and Uranus in their current cycle, as in the dark Moon of the forthcoming waning lunar cycle Jupiter will form an exact opposition with Uranus on 26 December 2016.  The opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries, with Saturn in Sagittarius forming a trine to Uranus and a sextile with Jupiter, is one of the dominant aspects of astrology in the year ahead.  We are only at the beginning of getting a sense of what these transits will mean for us in our lives, and although there are already signs of potential meaning there is  such an unexpected, shocking quality to Uranus that becomes strikingly catalyzed through an opposition with Jupiter, that its impossible to know fully what to expect given that experience can rapidly shift and change with sudden developments that come seemingly out of nowhere.  In the tension between the opposition between Jupiter and Uranus, it will be fruitful to make space away from relationships in order to attune within to everything being activated from external sources.  There is dynamic inventiveness found within these aspects to express into all manner of creativity that needs channels of release that will support its flow, rather than projecting it at walls of resistance that will only block and repress it.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Cyclical Upswing

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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