Full Moon: 22 Virgo 13

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On the Art of Refining Our Labor

Virgo is all about practical, real-world service that is rooted in the spirit of All-Oneness Pisces: what we do for another, we actually do for our Self; Kindness to another is truly kindness to one’s self since I am and You are together on this organic rock spinning though the mysteries of shared chemistry and space.

When we think about parental love, it’s so easy to understand – now, think about a world where we could hold on to the truth of sibling’s keeper logic. To serve apparent needs according to the agenda and the trajectory hoped for by the Other and not what we opine as best is a central characteristic of this axis.

 

We are about to adjust our homing signal to somewhat different frequencies and our success will rely upon a clear-eyed unromantic understanding of what we are physically and emotionally capable of sustaining.

 

We’ve recently noted the eclipses and since cycles build on cycles, we can connect some dots here.

In the first half of February, the solar energy of Leo bounced its universal light off of the moon: remember that you are unique. Your inner spark can fuel connections which lead to mutual satisfaction and trust. Leo protects, provides, performs and creates and every one of us has a Leo facet made for taking up these activities. We are encouraged to be thinking along these lines now…

But let’s not forget who we are doing this for, what our audience, tribe, loved one is saying that they want or need from us. In the second half of February, the moon lined up in between us on earth and the sun – and the symbolism sought to return us to the bedrock material of the All-One. The wise mind and the heart will daily calibrate our caretaker spirit to the perspective of those on the receiving end.  It has to be rooted there or we might quickly drown, sinking under a load of self-imposed menial tasks that no one would miss if we just stopped doing them. And that brings us neatly and squarely to today’s full moon in Virgo.

The universe invites you to come to terms with reality as pertains to those you feel connected to now and those people and themes just on the horizon of your world. We are about to adjust our homing signal to somewhat different frequencies and our success will rely upon a clear-eyed unromantic understanding of what we are physically and emotionally capable of sustaining.

Of course, there may be some who we will door-mat for without hesitation – yes, just note well why you choose to serve.Virgo works are all the jobs that have to get done: from paycheck work to errand running, from laundry to sterilising the bathrooms. We may be launching new migrations, projects, classes, family units, careers –  in what ways will we regularly refill our inner wells of fortitude? Let us begin as we intend to go on.

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The universe has some tips for us:

Whatever tremors and quakes you are experiencing in your Capricorn sector, Pluto is ultimately drilling for you – to hit a rich vein that can serve as a source of sustenance.  If you will keep cleaning away the rubbly junk broken up by the proverbial jack hammer, your daily itinerary, to-do lists and people priorities will literally be that which is still standing/part of your reality over the coming months.

Mars is now in Taurus: dont scatter your energies; Choose a few desires and Lock Focus.   Be the horse that pulls the cart. Conserve energy when possible. Repeat.

Saturn, our Teacher and The Boss, will have us constructing, testing, deconstructing and perfecting our weight-bearing lines from April 6th until August 26th (back from 27’48 to 21’11 Sag and forward again). We can choose to worry about what this may mean for us OR we can SEE and celebrate the synchronicity between the Leo eclipse launch with its first harmonic reply and your upcoming work in the school of life!

There may be concepts or systems that we come to see in the near future we’ve been misunderstanding, persons we’ve misjudged, a stubbornly hard-wired fear or a lie that rears its head between now and August 26th. These experiences contain lessons meant to be APPLIED so that we can forge on with our skills and talents. How cool is that?! When our stress levels rise, we can remember that Time is on our side when we are building for the long haul. We won’t be running late, we’ll be getting it right.

A very satisfying Virgo full moon to you,

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On being in business: “Its just a very small percentage of your energy being spent on the big picture. Like, you know generally where you are heading for, and the actual path is going to be some sort of zig-zaggy path in that general direction. You try not to deviate too far from the path that you want to be on – but you are going to have to, to some degree.”  – Elon Musk

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In Appreciation and Respect

Dear President Obama,

I write to respectfully but urgently request your intervention in the very troubling situation unfolding at and around the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. As you know, over the past day, scores of law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear and supported by military style vehicles forcibly removed hundreds of peaceful protesters who had gathered to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. There are disturbing reports of officers using sound cannons, pepper spray and rubber bullets. The authorities have already arrested at least 140 people.

The first priority must be protecting the safety of the peaceful protesters. That is why I urge you to direct the Department of Justice to send observers to protect the protestors’ First Amendment rights to protest the pipeline. I also urge you to request that North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple remove the National Guard from the camp, as the military presence only threatens to inflame an already tense situation even more. Lastly, I urge you to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to stop construction within a mile between Highway 1806 and the Missouri River to help reduce tension.

The second priority is suspending all federal permits for this project until the Army Corps of Engineers completes a full cultural and environmental review. To my mind, the Corps should have never approved this project on an expedited basis in the first place. If Completed, the pipeline will transport nearly 20 million gallons of crude oil every day, potentially threatening dozens of bodies of water, including Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. Since the Missouri River provides drinking water for 10 states and 28 tribes, a major spill from this pipeline cold threaten the drinking water of million of people. That is a risk we simply cannot afford to take.

The Dakota Access Pipeline would also be a huge blow to our fight against climate change. According to one report, burning the oil transported through the pipeline would produce carbon emissions equivalent to 21 million cars or 30 coal plants. If we have any hope of avoiding the worst consequences of climate change, we should not be building new oil pipelines that lock us into burning fossil fuels for generations to come. Rather, we should be building clean energy infrastructure to transform our energy system away from climate change causing fossil fuels and toward renewable sources of energy.
 
Moreover, it is deeply distressing to me that the federal government is putting the profits of the oil industry ahead of the treaty and sovereign rights of Native American communities. I understand the Standing Rock Sioux have sued to stop the pipeline, citing the very serious environmental concerns, encroachment on culturally sensitive lands, and violations of tribal treaty rights to a meaningful consultative role in the federal permitting process. To my mind, it is simply unacceptable to build a project like this, in one of the poorest counties in the nation, without the approval of the Native American residents who live there.

Mr. President, you took a bold and principled stand against the Keystone pipeline – I ask you to take a similar stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the meantime, I urge you to take all appropriate measures to protect the safety of the Native American protesters and their supporters who have gathered peacefully to oppose the construction of the pipeline.

 

Bernard Sanders, United States Senator

 

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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The Household Gods, J. Waterhouse