Avocados and more avocados

 

A little levity from the news:

One of the fallouts of Hurricane Irma was that about 125 avocados fell from our tree, the entire crop all at once. Of course, there is no way that we could eat all those avocados, which would be ripening about the same time. So I’ve been giving away grocery bags of avocados, leaving them at places where people gather or pass by. With one bag, I included a note about it being a great opportunity to make guacamole. I came home after dropping them off and noticed on my iPhone that the word of the day in Words with Friends was…guacamole! Synchronicity!

So how did that synchro play out? The next morning out of the blue Trish and I were offered a small editing project with a tight deadline. We finished it in a few hours and made $375. Not bad, especially since it was quite easy. The guy liked it and says he’ll call on us again. Interestingly, the store value of the avocados we gave away is just about what we were paid for the editing!

Here’s another one. I’ve been working on a mystery novel in which the main character, Jake, has the ability to travel out of body, but I’d been stuck for a couple of days. Nothing I did seemed to work. Finally, one evening I came up with the idea that Jake has trouble  getting out of body, and it’s right at a point where he needs to do so. He’s frustrated and blocked—sort of like I’d been feeling.Then, as I was working on it, I received an e-mail from Wes Meeks, whose out-of-body experiences have been featured here. But he told me he was feeling frustrated because he couldn’t get out of body, nothing was working. He basically told me that he was having the same problem as my character! So, for me, that means I’m on the right track with the novel!

My suggestion for Wes, btw, was to watch for synchronicities.

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Mexico City Quake and Planetary Empaths

 

On the morning of September 19, 1985, an 8.0 earthquake hit Mexico City and at least 5,000 people died. Ever since, on the anniversary of the quake, drills are held in Mexico City to commemorate the event and to keep the residents up to speed on what to do when a quake hits.

On September 19, 2017, 32 years after that 8.0 quake, the people of the city held their drill and several hours later, the city was struck by a 7.1 quake.

That’s a global synchronicity.

At the same time, Maria, a category 5 hurricane with a central pressure of 909 MB, lower than that of Irma two weeks ago, was headed for the northern Caribbean islands – many of them still recovering from devastation that Irma delivered on September 10.

Several days ago, we received an email from a woman who was experiencing planetary empath symptoms. We posted about it, put it up on facebook, and received additional information from other empaths.

So what’s going on? It certainly appears that these empaths pick up information in advance on these various disasters, through various physical symptoms that they’re learning – slowly – to decipher. Four years ago, we started a static page on our blog where empaths can post whatever they’re feeling. It’s a running record of this strange phenomenon.

And in most instances, there’s usually a disaster – natural or man-made – within several days.

So, my question to you planetary empaths – have your symptoms abated? I wish there was some way you all could come together and try to figure out: 1) the nature of the disaster – volcanic, quake, fire, wind, terrorist attack 2) the location 3) a time frame 4) the extent of the devastation.

Most of the comments from empaths included some common symptoms – a clicking sound in the ears, persistence anxiety, weeping and grieving for no specific reason. Several people commented about possible conflict with North Korea.

So, please let us know if your symptoms have abated or continue.

PS Our friend Alexis Brooks who has a radio show called Higher Journeys, did a recent show on 11:11 and has some info on planetary empaths as well. Take a listen here.

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Calling Planetary Empaths

(wave painting by Megan)

UPDATE: As tonight, September 18, Maria is a cat 5 with 160 mph winds. Could this be what empaths were tuning in on?

Maria will be hitting many of the same islands that Irma did. Puerto Rico is supposed to get a direct hit.

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The last round of empath emails occurred several days before Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. This evening, I received this email from Angela Willhoft. Anyone else feeling symptoms? She feels something may be  coming up within 24-48 hours:

Hi, there, we were talking on messenger about global empathy a couple of months ago and I wanted to touch base again. I am experiencing an uptick in my symptoms, which mimick anxiety. I wanted to tell you I feel something is coming, something global, or a major event on the global stage. I usually feel this within 24-48 hours of the event. I have been trying to document this sort of thing and I guess I just enlisted you, also, haha. Please let me know if you would rather I keep this to myself. But I figured since you study it…. I pray this is nothing.

Thanks and best regards,

Angela Willhoft

 

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OKJA – the movie

 

If you love animals – or if you’re just a lover of good stories – then rent Netflix’s original movie OKJA. Here’s a summary:

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.

 The bottom line here is that OKJA is a genetically modified pig that the Mirando Corporation has created – along with thousands of others like her – for food. Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain)plays Johnny Wilcox, the face of the Mirando Corporation, a drunk zoologist and fading TV star who detests his job but is so morally compromised he can’t help himself. Tilda Swinton plays the head of Mirando Corp – a nut case by any definition of the word. But the real stars of this film are a young Korean actress Seo-Hyun Ahn and her friendship with the lovable and intelligent OKJA.

The friendship between these two speaks to the friendship all animal lovers have with their animal companions, with wildlife, and is reminiscent of Babe, the Pig, but larger in scope and far more emotional. By the end of this movie, Megan and I were sobbing and I am seriously reconsidering becoming a vegetarian.
For several years in the 1990s, Rob and I became lacto-vegetarians. We still ate eggs, cheese, and fish, but no other meat. This came about as a result of listening to Diet for a New America as we crossed the Hopi reservation. I think it was during that trip that I had my last hamburger – at a restaurant on the reservation. I can’t say I’ve missed them. Or hot dogs. Or steak. Or pork. My body, in fact, developed an allergy to beef, something I discovered when, a year into this new diet, I had some soup that turned out to be beef-based, and got violently ill.

When my dad moved in with us during the late nineties, he asked if we could eat something other than fish and veggies and fruits. So we re-introduced chicken and turkey into our diets. But after watching OKJA, I’m going back to that lacto-vegetarian diet. It means finishing off or giving away the turkey paddies and chicken in our freezer, but after watching this movie, I don’t think I can even look at meat without feeling nauseated.

The real beauty of this movie, though, aside from the human/animal love, is that it illustrates the lengths to which each side goes to perpetrate their cause. The corporate guys are as morally questionable as the animal activist groups and the techniques they employ to accomplish their agenda.

And yet, in the end, the real message is about the power of love between human and animals.

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The Trickster Strikes Again

The Independent is a British newspaper and one of it’s freelance reporters, Harry Cockburn, wrote a story about a carjacking in Kent, Washington that was published online Aug. 28. The only reason the story received any attention is that someone took a video of the carjacking as it happened, catching the carjacker being dragged down the street.

The headline of the article read: Carjacker in America dragged down the street with pants falling off. You can see it here. Apparently, the man was identified as a perpetrator of several such carjackings. But this one was caught on video and he lost his pants.

That in itself might seem like the trickster event, but it takes on a more hilarious nature when you see the video and look at the name of the reporter. Dale Dassel, a regular visitor to the blog, sent this one and noted the trickster synchro. But he pointed out something else that seems quite hilarious. The Independent or whoever put up the video blurred out the lower part of the man’s body after he lost his shorts, and the blur follows the SUV down the road!

For my part, I wasn’t familiar with The Independent and wondered if it might publish spoofs, like The Onion, and just made up the reporter’s name as part of the joke. But no, it’s a legit British publication, and Harry Cockburn is indeed a reporter, apparently a freelancer. And the perpetrator apparently made several carjacking attempts that same day. What was he on, we wondered. He ended up arrested and in the hospital and so did several of the driver’s whose cars he attempted to carjack.

Thanks, Dale. We love these trickster synchronicities!

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PS Now that we have power and internet again, we’re moving forward. Our hope is that the Caribbean islands, Cuba, Miami,the west coast of Florida recover quickly from Irma!

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WHILE WE WAIT FOR IRMA

Noah (big dog) and Nigel (little pup) are getting acquainted while we wait for Irma.

The hurricane is forecast to hit the Florida keys as a cat 5, with winds of 160 mph. However, the track has shifted farther to the west of Florida, with a landfall in the keys, then in southwest Florida. Ft Myers, Sarasota, Tampa. This is good news for the east coast of the state in that it won’t get the cat 5 winds. It means that Fort Lauderdale and parts of Miami are no longer in the “cone of uncertainty.” But the storm surge on both coasts is going to be huge.

Forecasters caution people not to focus on the exact track because Irma is so huge it will cover the entire state. BUT. And it’s a big BUT. The spot where the eye makes landfall is critical to everything. That area within the eye wall will experience the greatest winds and potential destruction.

I’m not a TV binge watcher. But in the last 3-4 days, I’ve become a binge hurricane track watcher. There has never been a storm like Irma – Andrew was as strong, but not as large. Andrew moved from west to east across the state in just 4 hours.  Irma is traveling south to north and will take about 24 hours to traverse the state.  Irma set a record for the longest period of time – 35  hours – that a hurricane has maintained a speed of 185 mph. With more than 5 million people evacuated, it’s being called the largest mass evacuation in Florida and possibly the largest evacuation in the history of the U.S.

Given how large this storm is and how far it’s going to push into the southeast – to Tennessee – getting back to normal is going to take time. A lot of it. It’s estimated that millions will lose power and it’s unlikely that it will return quickly. We downloaded an app called Zello Walkie-Talkie- and have tried it out with friends in Asheville, Orlando, and points farther south. Snopes says it doesn’t work without WiFi or broadband. That’s not exactly true. It will work with a minimum broadband signal. It was used in Houston and the aftermath of Harvey, so we’ll see how it performs during this storm.

Tomorrow we wind up our preparations. Close up the last few shutters, make sure backup batteries are fully charged, that our supplies are situated at various spots in the house. We have a safe area – the back bedroom and bathroom of the house – and my walk-in closet. All the art and  travel memorabilia  that decorated our walls has been wrapped up in plastic garbage bags, taped shut, and stashed in high, safe spots. We have a generator for the aftermath, gas in our cars, propane for the grill, food, ice, coolers, and more than 100 bottles of water.

So, tomorrow by noon, outer bands of tropical storm force winds move in. After that, my hope is that the track moves farther west and out into the gulf, where Irma, a sentient beast,  dies.

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Staying in place

We didn’t evacuate. The path of the hurricane shifted to the right yesterday morning, September 6, along the east coast, and we were concerned about the shortage of gas en route to Atlanta. So we moved to plan B – staying with a friend in  Cassadaga, then learned that the town was under an evacuation order because the buildings are so old.  So here we are.

Today, the county of Palm Beach asked residents to stay where they are because of gas shortages. Lines at the pumps around town were half a mile this morning to twice that this evening. As of tonight, 30 percent of gas stations across the state are empty – and that’s not good for the people who are under mandatory evacuations from the Keys and Miami-Dade County.

Our house is concrete – with a wooden addition that makes me uneasy. We have accordion pull shutters, easy to close up. I have removed stuff from the walls- like Megan’s paintings, memorabilia from our travels, photos, other art – and sealed them up in garbage bags and taped them shut. They’ll go into the dish washer and oven when the storm moves in, and in high spots around the house.The dish washer and stove are appliances ensconced within the counter (or under it)  and are considered to be solid “safe” places.

We’re fortunate in that our town, Wellington, is structurally strong. No high rises, most of the electrical poles are concrete, the roads have been raised recently, the drains enlarged so that runoff of water is much better. And yet. Lake Okeechobee, the largest fresh water lake in the state that  supplies drinking water to most of us,  is about 39 miles from us. If its dike is breached and the water pours into the numerous canals around here, no telling what might happen. Maybe nothing. Maybe another Katrina.

Our local Publix has been out of water for several days. Today, the other aisles looked nearly as empty as the water aisle in the above photo. Fortunately, I bought water – plastic, bottled water, not known to be environmentally friendly, folks, but readily available and when you’re hot and thirsty, it does the trick. And now there’s none left in this town.

I’ve always been fascinated by hurricanes because they seem almost sentient, conscious in some strange, unknown way, but this one is too close, too personal, too powerful. My hope is for a shift farther to the east, so that Irma does what Matthew did last summer, the eye staying out to sea. Irma, though,  is much larger than Matthew, so that every part of the state will the impacted in some way. Hey, maybe Mar del Lago will be inundated, a trickster thing.

And yet, today,everything seemed pretty normal and we took Noah and Nigel to the dog park. They waited patiently for squirrels. For dogs, life is infinite, timeless, unfettered by hurricanes.

 

 

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IRMA

WE ARE GOING TO EVACUATE TO ATLANTA. WINDS ARE NOW GUSTING TO 220 MPH. NO NEW POSTS WILL GO UP UNTIL THIS STORM IS OVER. HOPEFULLY, THAT WILL HAPPEN SOON!

Hurricane Irma.

I’ve been watching this system since it came out of Cabo Verde a week or so ago. It has concerned me since it first formed.

Initially, I felt that a high pressure system developing across the central U.S, would do what forecasters were saying – keep the system south of the U.S. But as we’ve gone through this Labor Day weekend, the track – that awful dome of uncertainty- has crept steadily north of the Leeward Island and Cuba and Florida.

My first check is usually the National Hurricane Center. Over the years, I’ve found their forecasting to be accurate. They were right about Harvey – but predicted 25 inches of rain, with a possibility of as much as 48 inches, something that appalled them because it seemed so unlikely. Instead, the final total was 52 inches.

My other checks for reliable information are the Weather Channel, the Weather Underground (but they don’t post often enough) Accuweather, and the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel’s hurricane center. I also listen to the planetary empaths, who days before Harvey hit Houston were emailing us. (scroll down to the latest entries)

There’s a lot of talk on all these weather sites about the American and European models for forecasting the paths of these hurricanes. And the spaghetti models have been all over the place – throughout Florida, veering away from Florida and out into the Atlantic, staying South and tracking through the gulf. But most of the models comes through Florida. But the bottom line is alarm: Irma is now a cat 4 hurricane with 140 mph sustained winds and gusts of 165 mph. Its central pressure is 943 mb; Wilma, the strongest hurricane on record, has a mb reading of 882.

Our house is concrete, with a wooden addition added several years after it was built in 1994. There are two skylights that were supposedly built to Hurricane Andrew standards – to withstand cat 5 winds. I somehow doubt this. During Wilma in 2005, which struck us and stalled when it was only a cat 2, those skylights vibrated and hummed and I felt extremely uneasy about being anywhere near them. Fortunately, Wilma, in spite of her stall, moved rather quickly. We were without power for 10 days in the aftermath, our Dusky Conure, Kali, died, and everything commercially was shut down.

Last year, Hurricane Matthew was predicted to hit West Palm Beach as a cat 4 or 5 and, in the 11th hour, veered away from the coast and we got nothing more than a bad thunderstorm and several hours without power. But it tore up the coast, just offshore, and went inland around St. Augustine and the devastation was bad.

Today, we went to the dog beach, taking all three dogs for a fun day in the sun. But we stopped at our local Publix first to buy some sandwiches – and found that the water aisle was cleaned out. Empty. I think that’s the moment when I realized Irma may not be like Matthew. There’s a collective knowing that happens with hurricanes. It’s as if people sense, at some deep level, that they’d better pay attention and stock up. The caveat to this is that Harvey was so recent, the scenes so heartbreaking, that people generally are more aware now. But.

The bottom line here is layered. I don’t think our house, even with hurricane shutters, can withstand winds of 160 mph. We live 39 miles from Lake Okeechobee, the second largest fresh water lake in the U.S., which supplies water to all of South Florida. It’s surrounded and enclosed by more than a 100 miles of a dike built in the 1930s, reinforced in the 1960s, and still at risk. When the lake level reaches 15 feet or higher, water is released into the surrounding canals and rivers, just as it was in Houston, and that potentially puts millions of people at risk.

Astrologically, what concerns me is that in late October 2005, when Wilma hit, Jupiter had just entered Scorpio, which it will enter again on 10/10 this year. My dad had died a month earlier, when Jupiter was in its final degrees of Libra, as it is now. Some of the broad astro patterns were the same. That worries me more than anything.

I really don’t relish the idea of standing on the rooftop of our house with two dogs and two cats and whatever else we can salvage waiting for an airboat rescue.

The day after Harvey devastated Houston, Rob remarked that 52 inches of rain would leave Wellington underwater and maybe it was time for us to  get the hell outta Dodge.

And go where? Back several years ago, it was estimated that the evacuation of the 4 southernmost counties that include  the keys, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach – would take 3 days. Now, given the population growth, it probably would take twice that time. The only thing worse than waiting on your rooftop for rescue is being stuck in an endless line of traffic on an interstate as the flood waters around you keep rising.

And rising.

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The Many Worlds Theory

If the Many Worlds Theory of quantum physics is correct, that all possibilities are possible, then there’s a world where Bernie Sanders won the Democratic candidacy and the election, Imagine it.

If Bernie stuck to his agenda, and he probably did because he’s a no bullshit kind of politician, then in his first six months in office, he managed to push through universal health care in the same way that Obama pushed through Obamacare, by bypassing a do-nothing repug congress. Medicare for all. A human right. And maybe he even got his free tuition thing passed and forgave all those kids who are facing a hundred grand or more of college/grad school debt. Radical, right? And maybe that upper one percent of uber wealthy individuals and corporations now face the biggest tax bill ever – called, this is what you owe!

 There are moments in my day when I actually envision this reality – and embrace it. Then I remember that the debates were stacked in Clinton’s favor, thanks in large part to Dennie Wasserman Schultz, and that at some point MSNBC got the call from higher ups that Clinton should be the candidate. That was sad and pathetic, really. I would love to see a female president – but give me an Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, an Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, not a tired Clinton with too much baggage. Yeah, Clinton had the experience, she’s smart, she’s savvy, she knows how politics works. But she lacked Bernie’s vision and his passion, that most of all.

I know others have said this, but it bears repeating. Bernie would have beat Trump, even with the Russian hacking, because he had the powerful youth vote, those twenty and thirty somethings who are drowning in college and grad school debt, and who, under this administration, won’t be able to afford basic health care if the repug health care bill passes.

Trump and his infantile administration is setting this country back by fifty years, maybe more. How is isolationism a plus? Why should we bond with Russia on cyber security? Putin is a despot like Hitler, Pinochet, Mussolini, Maduro, and, yes, like Trump.

Do we, collectively, as a country, a nation, need Trump for some esoteric reason that should be obvious – but isn’t? Isn’t the whole Russia connection so obvious now that we can proceed with impeachment? With unfit to serve? If he’s impeached or deposed, of course, then we have Pense, OMG and WTF, worse by far, but more subtle and we should all be watching The Handmaid‘s Tale to find out how that would be. The entire Trump administration should be thrown out. Give us a new election.

That’s the Many Worlds Theory I’m advocating for now.

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A Probable Neighborhood?

After hearing us on Whitley Strieber’s Dreamland, Carol McElheney wrote us about a baffling experience she had in 2002. It seems to  involve probabilities in Riverside, California, a place she had once lived and knew well.

“In 2002 I went to Perris CA for a herding trial with my dog Tycho. We were staying in Hemet in a hotel. It was raining really hard even as we arrived in the area on Friday evening. As we were dropping down the hill into the valley, I thought about visiting my grandparents’ graves; just then the smell of cigar smoke filled my car. Memories of my Grandpa.

“Each day’s trial only took a few minutes, so Saturday I decided to visit Riverside. It was still raining really hard, to the point of interfering with visibility. I got to Riverside (15 min away) and went to where the cemetery was supposed to be, and found an empty weedy lot surrounded by chain link.

“I had a paper map (no cell phones back then) and drove around for a minute, looking. No cemetery. I had been there quite a few times to put flowers on my grandparents’ graves, but now it did not exist. Next I tried to find my Grandma’s house. The street and numbers were there but the big Tudor house with the tall trees was gone. It was a bunch of newer houses. The numbers fit, but the street looked nothing like I remembered. There were tall trees there, so I can’t see how they could have torn down Grandma’s house, cut down her trees, and built those houses and put in mature trees on a paved street with sidewalks. My aunt’s house was gone. The whole terrain was altered.

“Next I decided to look at MY old house. I lived on a cul-de-sac so certainly I’d see something familiar. Nope. Numbers were right but my old craftsman bungalow was gone, replaced with another old house. All this time it was raining really hard. On a Saturday, early afternoon, I did not see another car or human being out and about. Even with the rain, someone would be out shopping, you’d think. I had the feeling that if I got out of my vehicle I’d disappear forever.

“I decided I’d seen enough. I took Magnolia Blvd to University to get back to the freeway to return to Hemet. University Ave used to be a vibrant boulevard catering to UCR students; bookstores, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops. Now it was a boarded up ghetto mess with graffiti all over. Nobody to be seen but very creepy.

“I made it back to my hotel safe and sound; I had never felt so safe as I did when my room card worked and I saw my stuff in my room, all normal.

“In 2010 my Dad passed away and we buried his ashes next to his parents in the cemetery I couldn’t find. It was where it was supposed to be. My cousin was there and she said Grandma’s house and her old house are still standing.”

I asked Carol how long the experience lasted and for any other details she could recall:

“I’d estimate this experience lasted about two hours. I spent a lot of time looking for the cemetery, thinking I was lost. Ditto my Grandma’s house, but by then I had an inkling something odd was going on. I did have my dog with me, but it wasn’t unusual for him to ride quietly with me. I just knew that I’d better not stop and get out.

“Later I heard about Whitley’s similar experiences, getting off the freeway using a nonexistent exit that led to a strange neighborhood. The only thing about this version of Riverside that was really odd was University Ave; the way it was spray painted and blighted, but it had been a while since I’d been there and I figured it might have fallen on hard times. But no cemetery? What did they do with the bodies?

“Another odd thing about this was the rain. I had never seen it rain so hard and so steadily with no wind. Not a soul was out and about, driving or on foot on a Saturday. You’d think someone would be running an errand. Weird.”

 

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28 years ago- Happy Birthday, Megan!

28 years ago today, our daughter, Megan, was born in a Fort Lauderdale hospital. She was 6 pounds 6 ounces, had a fuzz of blond hair, these incredibly blue eyes, and the most beautiful skin I’d ever seen. The first thing I did when a nurse handed her to me was take in these details and then count her fingers and toes. All there.

Then I really looked at her hands, at the delicately formed fingers and thought, Are those fingers going to be typing away before too long, writing books? At the time, I had no idea what talents her soul held or how deeply I would come to value her quick laughter, her ease with people, the way she would shape her world. And I certainly didn’t have a clue that one of her talents would be art.

That elephant, the first in a series of wildlife paintings she’s doing, left me speechless the first time I saw it. Those eyes. The detail. The incredible color. The utter majesty she has captured of these magnificent animals. A friend asked if she did her paintings on photographs – in other words, painted on top of a photo. She does not. Megan has a blank canvas in front of her, her phone to the left with a photograph on it of whatever she’s going to paint, her paint brush in her right hand, and her easel of paints wherever they’ll fit.

The photo of the elephant she had looked nothing like her rendition. It was in black and white. She studied the photo for awhile, then she looked at her easel and started mixing colors. Since I’m not an artist, I don’t have any idea how she selects colors, how she sees it all in her head, how her unique perceptions result in a painting like this. But perhaps it’s like writing. When you’re really tuned in to what you’re writing, when you’re in that creative flow, the words move through you and out of you, just as the colors do for Megan. As she says on Instagram, “I’ve never met a color I didn’t like.”

She’s also writing a novel and from what I’ve read of it, the words flow out of her just as the colors do.

So Megger, here’s to your 28th year and may it be the best year ever! You are our greatest creation and we can’t wait to see what other masterpieces you create in this wildlife series and eagerly await the completion of your novel!

Happy birthday!!

 

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HARVEY

I’ve hesitated writing a post entitled Harvey, just that name alone unattached to anything else. I’ve resisted because it seems to empower the name, the event. But when I think about it, I realize this hurricane/tropical storm/rainmaker is like Trump himself. It won’t go away. And that, I think, is the global synchro here.

Regardless of how many records Harvey breaks – or how many laws Trump breaks or how many stories seem to piece together the Russian hacking of our 2016 election,  both of them stick around. They won’t fade away, move on, allow us to live in any sort of semblance of peace.

If you Google Harvey, you’ll find all the records it has broken – the 50 inches of rain, the horrific flooding, scenes worse than Katrina. If you Google Trump and climate change, you’ll find he’s a denier. His pick for the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is proof enough of that. The man is a climate change denier, who says that “science shouldn’t dictate American policy.”

Seriously?

And suppose science hadn’t dictated NASA’s explorations?

Or medical discoveries?

Or geographical discoveries?

If Trump is the human face of America’s collective shadow, then Harvey is the physical manifestation of that shadow’s destruction.

The message here is clear.

Democracy is an experiment. Right now, it’s hobbling along with a powerful free press that Trump despises, a dysfunctional congress where one party owns all three branches of government but can’t accomplish anything, and a few outspoken Repub critics. Few Dems support the progressive vision Bernie Sanders stands for, so who  are they now other than the minority?

C’mon, Democrats. Step up! You guys are the ones who established Social Security, Medicare, the safety nets that keep the country compassionate. Where are you now??

Harvey, Trump, the two are inseparable. Everything else? We’re collateral damage.

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Houston & Harvey & Planetary Empaths

What’s happening in Houston is unprecedented. Worse than Katrina, worse than Andrew. The National Hurricane Center was predicting tons of rain for the area long before the storm made landfall, but the city was not under an evacuation order. And now emergency responders are stretched to the max and FEMA’s director has announced that they will be in the area for years – not days, not weeks, not months, but for years. The fourth largest city in the U.S, isn’t just dying, but may become history.

As in, once upon a time there a city called Houston…

Several days prior to the solar eclipse on August 21, we received an email from a man in northern California who was stumbled across our posts on planetary empaths and was experiencing some pretty severe symptoms. He felt it was pointing to some event that was upcoming in the U.S. I contacted some of the other empaths and asked if they had been experiencing any symptoms. And yes, they were.

Here’s the link for our planetary empath page. You’ll see the posts from Brandon as the top comments after the introductory material. At first, Rob and I thought these symptoms might be related to the solar eclipse – some sort of terrorist event in the path of the eclipse. But that wasn’t the case. The symptoms seemed to be related to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath in Houston.

These empaths are tuned into something. They feel it in their bodies, their emotions, in their guts. It often leaves then helpless and depressed because they can’t pinpoint what it is, where it is.

From Debra:

I asked: Have your symptoms subsided?

CJ says hers have, but debra’s haven’t. She just posted this comment on the post that’s up today:

My symptoms haven’t subsided.
I have met 3 other people with similar symptoms. They did not know about planetary empths. Lots of vertigo/dizziness among them all.

From Brandon, on August 25, the day before the hurricane hit:

On Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 3:30 PM, Brandon Timm <timmbr@gmail.com> wrote:
Been watching the storm develop and intensify today. Also watching the computer weather models. Yes I am a weather geek and can read them. lol. This may very well be what I was feeling. I have often thought that I may not just pick up on just the earth itself but the people it affects. For example I may have felt the japan quake because of the large number of people affected by it. One of the weather models, hopefully wrong, is showing rainfall between 40-50 inches in a 5 day period. If that was to hold true this would be the largest rainfall total ever observed in North America. The fact that this storm is so close to one of Americas largest cities may be a good reason why me and many others have been feeling off. This looks to be on par with Katrina.

Other empaths have reported that their symptoms persist. So who are these empaths? How can we help them develop their abilities so they can pinpoint where and when??

Is that even possible??

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Something’s happening here…

…but you’re not supposed to believe it. It’s what MSNBC’s Chuck Todd recently called ‘the real fake news.’ What is it? It’s astrology, and we might as well add the paranormal, UFOs and alien encounters. In other words, the stuff we write about here.

Unfortunately, talking heads like Todd are so wrapped up in the Trump world, that the ‘big picture’ beyond politics eludes them. Specifically, Todd dismissed the idea that dramatic events occur around the time of complete solar eclipses. He listed the years of other complete solar eclipses, but didn’t bother to analyze what happened on those years. He took the easy route saying that big events happen all the time. So if Donald Trump abruptly resigns before the end of the year, don’t expect Chuck Todd to see any link to the eclipse, other than a mere coincidence.

We addressed how the mainstream media and mainstream science dismiss the paranormal and UFOs in BEYOND STRANGE.

Here’s a snapshot from the book on the very issue.

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Seers among us have said that in the future, today’s scientific community—despite all of our technical wonders—will be seen as ignorant. Ignorant of a pervasive reality, of the overwhelming evidence of the presence of intelligent beings from elsewhere. And also largely ignorant of the reality of so-called paranormal abilities. Our mainstream scientists will be seen as men and women with their heads literally buried in the sand. Not only are they in denial of what is, but they are avidly fighting against the consensus among an expanding sub-culture that accepts the reality of an alien presence, of extraterrestrial and interdimensional travel, and of our own abilities that transcend the six senses.

Fortunately, there are some bold scientists exploring the frontiers of our knowledge in these realms. But they do so at great risk of being ostracized by their colleagues.
Colm Kelleher, a biochemist and cancer researcher, is one scientist who has explored UFOs and the paranormal when he became involved with the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), a so-called ‘fringe’ research group initiated and funded by billionaire Robert Bigelow. Kelleher is well aware of the fringe designation and the stigma attached to this type of research.

In an interview that appeared in an article in Business Insider, “Kelleher is quoted as saying: “The vast majority of scientists dismiss this type of research as being absolutely worthless…There’s a real aura of ridicule and trivializations surrounding the UFO field which makes scientists run a mile the other way. To many scientists, studying UFOs is really a career killer, and that hasn’t changed in 50 years.”

Scientists exploring unusual matters, such as UFOs and the paranormal, risk their academic standing among peers, and endure ridicule, scorn and mockery. It’s not just scientists, though. Pilots and military personnel who report UFOs or take an interest in the subject can lose their careers. Journalists can’t cover the subject without attracting suspicion that they are mentally deranged or have lost their abilities to separate facts from fantasy.

The mainstream media plays a major role in ignoring and dissing the reality of an other-worldly presence. As Ben Mezrich wrote in The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway, “The lack of acceptance of outer-worldly phenomena, in the face of a staggering number of witness accounts and radar evidence—page after page of radar data clearly showing unidentified blips, from Roswell to radar tracking Foo Fighters during World War II to the numerous UFO sightings near nuclear bases all over the world—was akin to primitive beliefs that the world was flat. When history was written in the future, it would consider UFOlogy the greatest ball the fourth estate has ever dropped.”

The government and military play a cagier role, denying interest, yet continuing to secretly explore these realms. While the reality of UFOs were largely dismissed in the Blue Book and Condon reports from the 1960s, investigations have secretly continued to this day. When we reported a case in Quebec in nine parts on our blog in 2012, an array of military and intelligence agencies took an interest. In fact, an investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police—Canada’s equivalent to the FBI—spent eight hours on the blog examining those posts. (It must’ve been a slow day!)

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Here’s Chuck Todd’s take on astrology and the August 21 eclipse.

 

 

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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey meandered in the Gulf of Mexico for what seemed like days, as a tropical depression, then became a tropical storm that moved into Central America. Now it’s back in Gulf of Mexico and is predicted to slam into the Texas coast as a major hurricane – cat 3 or higher. In fact, the National Hurricane Center’s 4 PM CDT discussion is alarming. I added the red type.

Key Messages:

1. Harvey is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall, bringing life-threatening storm surge, rainfall, and wind hazards to portions of the Texas coast. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed by tonight, as tropical-storm-force winds will first arrive in the hurricane and storm surge warning areas on Friday.

2. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for much of the Texas coast. Life-threatening storm surge flooding could reach heights of 6 to 12 feet above ground level at the coast between the north entrance of the Padre Island National Seashore and Sargent. For a depiction of areas at risk, see the Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic at hurricanes.gov.

3. Devastating and life-threatening flooding is expected across the middle and upper Texas coast from heavy rainfall of 15 to 25 inches, with isolated amounts as high as 35 inches, from Friday through next Wednesday. Please refer to products from your local National Weather Service office and the NOAA Weather Prediction Center for more information on the flooding hazard.

4. The Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map is available on the NHC website. This product depicts a reasonable worst-case scenario – the amount of inundation that has a 10 percent chance of being exceeded at each individual location. This map best represents the flooding potential in those locations within the watch and warning areas.

Author Whitley Strieber, who co-authored The Coming Global Superstorm with Art Bell, the basis of the movie The Day After Tomorrow, has an excellent post on this potentially devastating hurricane. If the storm stalls just off the Texas coast, as the hurricane center says it may, then Strieber believes we may be seeing another Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina.

Keep Texas in your thoughts, folks!

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A Tarot Synchro

 

At some point in late 1300s, playing cards were first seen in Europe. According to tarot historian Tom Tadfor Little, it wasn’t until 1440 that the cards which would become the origin of the tarot were first mentioned in a letter from the Duke of Milan.He requested several decks of “triumph” cards to be used at a special event. The letter differentiated triumph cards from regular playing cards. Apparently, the game of triumph was similar to bridge. There were four suits with cards numbered one through ten and also court cards that included a queen, king, knight and page.

The deck also included 22 symbolic picture cards that did not belong to any suit and 21 of them were permanent trump cards.. The game spread quickly to all parts of Europe. Around 1530, people began referring to it as tarocchi, an Italian version of the French word tarot.

Then in 1781, in France and England, followers of the occult discovered tarot cards and began using them as a divination tool.

That’s the official history.

But there are some tarot experts who believe the cards originated in ancient Egypt and survived the great fire that destroyed the library at Alexandria. At its height, the library, established in the 3rd century B.C., held anywhere from 40,000 to 400,000 papyrus scripts. Among these people, the tarot are cards are considered to be the hieroglyphic keys to life.

Regardless of which theory you subscribe to, the 22 cards of the major arcana can be seen as Jungian archetypes common to all people as they journey through life. But since the 1700s, life has changed dramatically and the archetypes have constantly evolved. In fact, since my friend Phyllis Vega, and I published Power Tarot in 1998, look at the big events that have impacted our lives and changed the way we live:

9-11

the birth of the TSA and Homeland Security

the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan

the rover exploration of Mars

Hurricane Katrina

the birth of Facebook, Google, Twitter and social media

the introduction of the iPhone, the iPad and other Smart devices

the first black president

a meltdown in the housing market, the recession

the Affordable Care Act, the closest thing the U.S. has to universal health care

renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba

the hacking of the 2016 election by Russia

the election of a businessman to the presidency

an acceleration in racism and divisiveness

an acceleration of climate change

instantaneous communication and news 24/7

And that’s just for starters. We are more connected to each other than ever before and yet, increasingly more disconnected from ourselves. As a result, the archetypes represented by the major arcana are evolving even more quickly.

This idea is the basis for a workshop I’m teaching at the Cassadaga Bookstore on Sunday, October 8. So today I was writing up my notes for the evolving archetype of the Justice card, key 11, and experienced an odd synchro. I use my mini Rider-Waite deck for this. Its depiction of the Justice card is at the top of this post.

I took a break to pull my own card for the day – using the Tarot of the Cloisters, a beautifully illustrated round deck. I shuffled the deck, fanned out the cards, and selected one. What did I pull?

The Justice card.

The universe definitely has a sense of humor.

Will justice prevail in the trump presidency? Will special prosecutor Robert Mueller find the evidence he needs? Perhaps.

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The Great American Solar Eclipse

It’s being called the Great American Eclipse because for the first time in 99 years – the path of a total solar eclipse traverses the U.S., 14 states in all.  The areas of totality are indicated on the map.

Here in South Florida, we’ll have 81 percent totality, enough so that the afternoon will turn to twilight. I just received our eclipse glasses on Friday. After a frantic hunt locally – sorry, sold out; sorry, sold out – I ordered them online, through a NASA approved site. They were sold in packets of 5 and because I ordered them so late, I paid an additional $15 for expedited shipping. So, 30 bucks for five pairs of glasses. Not too bad. We gave three pairs away, and tomorrow afternoon around 1:25, Rob and I will be in our backyard to watch it unfold.

The time of greatest darkness here will be shortly before 3 p.m. We’re considering going to our dog park to watch some of this because the area is wide open and we’re curious about how animals may behave. Not the dogs, but the wild critters – birds, squirrels, insects.

Here is NASA’s site on the eclipse. For the astrological perspective, check out Susan Miller’s site. And then get out there at some popint and if you don’t have glasses, do the old grade school science thing – pinhole in a piece of paper, place another piece of paper under it, and watch the progressive shading as the moon eclipses the sun. Better yet, borrow someone’s glasses!

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Global Synchro: Kennedy, McCain, & Health Care

In an email exchange this evening with Nancy Atkinson, whom we initially met through blogging, she pointed out one of the most interesting global synchros that Rob and I completely overlooked.

But first, some background info here. Glioblastoma – GBM – is a highly malignant tumor that generally grows in the cerebral hemispheres of the brain, but can be found anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. Beau Biden and Ted Kennedy died of it. John McCain has been diagnosed with it. Whitley’s Strieber’s wife, died of it. Nancy’s husband, Rich, now has it.

Now here’s the synchro Nancy pointed out.

In May 2008, during contentious debates on Obamacare, Ted Kennedy, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, was diagnosed with GBM. He made numerous trips to Washington during the last year of his life to fight for what eventually became the Affordable Care Act. Kennedy died in 2009, at the age of 77, and the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – was passed in 2010.

Skip ahead to 2017. During contentious debates to repeal Obamacare, John McCain was diagnosed with GBM and underwent surgery, so the vote on the repeal was delayed until he returned. And when McCain returned, he did the unthinkable – he voted against repeal.

Even the New York Times noted the “eerie parallels.”

But this goes well beyond eerie parallels. It’s a global synchronicity:

Both men are/were senators, giants in their respective parties who have/had served as senators for decades.

Both had been diagnosed with the same type of brain tumor.

Both were voting/fighting for a major health bill that would impact millions.

Kennedy was fighting for the Affordable Care Act that would enable millions of Americans to get health insurance. At the time McCain was diagnosed, the Republicans were trying to repeal the ACA (Obamacare) by scaling back Medicaid – the largest health insurer, and doing away with the mandate. They hoped to ram the bill through a vote with little time for anyone to read it. It was estimated that the Republican version would rob 24 million people of their health care and give tax breaks to the very rich. They needed McCain’s vote to pass it.

So then the trickster stepped in. When McCain returned to the senate, he did an about face, voted against the repeal, and it failed.

No telling why McCain voted against it. Perhaps his diagnosis drove home the point that not many people would be able to afford the surgery he had – $60,000-$70,000- or the cost of the follow-up care he will require, chemo, radiation, experimental drugs. And if the ACA was repealed, people who depended on Medicaid – the poor, elderly, and very sick children – would be shit outta luck.

Thanks, Nancy, for pointing out this synchro, and you and Rich are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Podcast with Whitley Strieber

 

Back in July, we joined author Whitley Strieber for a discussion about some of the high strangeness stories in our new book Beyond Strange. Whitley has posted it on his website. Priscilla, who had a time travel experience in the Florida keys, joined us for the second half of the show.  It’s always great fun and insightful to talk with Whitley about these inexplicable experiences! Here’s the link for the show. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Stolen Bikes

In the 17 years we’ve lived in our house, the neighborhood had been remarkably safe. It’s just a single street that loops around, 30 or 35 homes, suburban, close to good schools etc,. But over the years, Rob and I have experienced a few thefts – loose change from Rob’s car when he hasn’t locked it, a generator in our garage for hurricane season, several bicycles. The most recent theft was the other night – two bikes.

Rob closed the garage door when we got back from the dog park, but our cat, Simba, was still outside so I opened the garage door halfway  in the event that it rained or he wanted to come in. About an hour later, I walked out into the garage to call him, and realized my bike and one of Rob’s was gone.

I’ve had my bike for 8 years – since my last one was stolen out of the garage – and this theft pissed me off. Most evenings, Rob and I ride our bikes down toward our neighborhood park with Nika and Noah racing along the sidewalk parallel to the road. I loved my bike. It was comfortable, perfectly suited for my body type, legs, feet. In the winter, when the air is much cooler and fit for human habitation, I enjoy riding it through the equestrian area near our house.

Rob called the cops this morning, so that we can eventually file an insurance claim, but I no longer had the paper work on the bike and couldn’t recall the make, model, etc. Our neighbor, Annette, who is on vacation, has bought the same model bike, so I texted her and told her what had happened and why I needed the bike model. Her response is an interesting synchronicity:

I just got back from a long bike ride and I’m sitting here trying to catch my breath and I checked my phone and then you ask me what kind of bike I have…What a synchronicity. Sorry to hear about your bike getting stolen.”

 I’m no fan of these kinds of synchronicities. There’s a victim mentality here, the law of attraction as our daughter is quick to point out. While I have never felt like a “victim” in this neighborhood, I do feel like a “victim” in the current political climate and wonder if this is how it manifests itself for me.

Trump policies getting you down? Trump chaos confusing you? Wondering if/when the dude will be impeached? Hey, no problem, let us show you the way the law of attraction works.

 Steal our bikes.

Try to steal our health insurance, our dignity, our democracy.

After awhile, this kind of thinking, of yourself as a victim of a larger system, whatever it is, starts manifesting itself in your personal life. I think it’s time to stop listening to and reading the news.

At any rate, we’re now looking for replacement bikes on offerup.

 

PS And found two good bikes!

 

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Backlash, Whiplash

No doubt we’ve all  heard plenty of opinions about what happened over the weekend in Charlottesville and how the president responded. The tragedy wasn’t personal to him. He knows the young woman who died no doubt didn’t support him. But the perpetrator and his racist, Nazi, KKK, alt.right compatriots are his supporters. So he just read what his staff had written for him, first blaming the ‘many sides,’ then two days later getting more specific about the violence-prone racists. But there was no passion in his words either time, and he didn’t reject their support. After all, he is the one who has emboldened the masses of hate-mongers on the right with his birther conspiracy and his race-baiting campaign.

Monday afternoon I decided to meditate on the question about why, in the year 2017, we are still dealing with hate groups marching in the South with torches, carrying semi-automatic weapons, and baseball bats. Haven’t we progressed past those days of segregation and lynchings? The Nazi slogan ‘blood and soil’ was shouted out right along with ‘take America Back.’ Back where, to white-only bathrooms, poll taxes for blacks? Why not AM radio and black and white TV as well?

I put those thoughts out as I drifted into my meditative state. Finally, I let it go and cleared my mind and waited to see what, if anything, might emerge. Almost immediately an answer came to me in a vision and a voice. I saw a speed boat idling on a body of water. On board was a woman I’ve never seen before. The boat suddenly sped forward and she fell back in her seat.

The woman turned, looked at me and  said: When we move rapidly ahead, there’s a reaction in the opposite direction. That was it. The comment to me referred to those Americans who feel threatened by change and are fighting to hold onto the past, who see the direction of the racial make-up and the growing political power of minorities as a reason to get angry. That fear and anger brought on the election of a completely unqualified buffoon, a man only interested in his own legacy, his own success, his own pride at the expense of anyone who blocked his way.

In the vision, the woman fell back into her seat, but she didn’t fall overboard, and the boat continued on. That to me suggests that we have a rocky path ahead, that there will be more incidents like what happened in Charlottesville. That’s especially true if the perceived leader of the alt.right, D.T., is removed from office – a growing possibility. But the country moves ahead.

 

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SPAM

When I was a kid, spam was the gross stuff that came out of a can. Now it’s the gross stuff that ends up in your email, your blog, your website. I’m not sure what the purpose is. Spammers must be getting paid by someone, somewhere, to advertise something, but c’mon, some of these spams are ridiculous.

First, there’re the spammers who leave long messages in Chinese, Japanese, or Russian. No telling what they’re advertising or advocating.

Then there are the spammers who write about how women can produce breast milk when they aren’t pregnant. This one sounds sort of kinky to me, but honestly, what woman would want to produce breast milk when not pregnant?

Then there’s the usual porn spam announcing live videos of threesomes! Foursomes! And child porn, yes siree, pull up your seats and bring your popcorn.

But one of my favorites – and this guy hasn’t stopped by for awhile – was from a guy who has a serious mental issue about American women, how awful they are – unfaithful, shallow, the pits. One evening, I actually went to his website, clicking onto it from Google, not the blog, and read a couple of his nauseating posts about how many hits he was getting from men fed up with American women. Asian women were the way to go, they were grateful, wonderful, compliant etc. etc.

Several times, we got spams about consulting a particular psychic. I noted the psychic’s name, tracked down his email address, and wrote him and asked him to stop spamming our blog. He emailed me back and claimed he didn’t know anything about it. Yeah, sure. The spams kept appearing.

Then there are the real psychos, the ones who might follow you into a dark alley some night and do unspeakable things to you if they catch you. I think of them as the shadow people, the truly disenfranchised, bitter, sorry souls who have nothing but time on their hands and can’t think of any better way to use that time.

I don’t get any of it. Why would people who speak Chinese or Japanese or Russian spam a blog written in English? Are they paid by how many spams they send out? Do they, on their job resumes, list SPAMMER as their profession?

I used to see spammers as an annoyance. Now I’m beginning to regard them as individuals with such serious mental problems that they belong in padded cells, pumped up on anti-psychotic drugs.

Then there are the hits that come from government agencies – the NSA, DEA, DIA, FBI, the acronym spy agencies. They don’t leave comments, spam or otherwise, and usually appear on posts we write about aliens, abductions, contact, the truly weird stuff. Early on in this blog’s life, those hits were unnerving. I kept expecting to encounter a man in black at our grocery store. Now they’re just puzzling and lead me to believe that the government doesn’t know much more than the rest of us about alien life or things that defy science, that they’re struggling to piece things together.

So, dudes, spammers and spies alike, go feast on these two books and leave us alone, okay?

 

 

 

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What is it?

This is a night-blooming cactus in our backyard. But what’s this:

It’s greater than God and worse than the devil. Rich people want it and poor people have it. If you eat it, you die.

Any guesses? Think about it. Send us your answer. If no one gets it, I’ll provide the answer tomorrow. One clue: the Peaceful Warrior knows the answer!

 

 

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Mercury Retrograde Alert

Advance warning. Buckle up! Mercury – the planet that rules communication and travel – turns retrograde two days from now, on August 12, at 9 p.m. EDT, in earth sign Virgo at 11 degrees. On September 5, it turns direct in Leo. Mercury rules both Virgo and Gemini, so those two signs will feel the impact most strongly. However, everyone feels these retrogrades to some degree.

During Mercury retrogrades, miscommunication is often rampant, electronics and appliances break down, it’s unwise to launch new projects or sign contracts. Instead, follow the rule of the three Rs: revise, review, reconsider. Mercury also rules moving parts, so it’s wise not to buy a car or electronic device during the retro.

If you’re traveling during this period, try to go with the flow because you may experience delays or abrupt changes in your schedule. It’s also probable that you’ll return to the location you’re visiting at some point within the next year or so.

Mercury will still be retrograde on the day of the solar eclipse, August 21. Since this eclipse will be total in some parts of the U.S., solar power grids may go down and cell phone coverage may be spotty. California and North Carolina, the two states that have the largest solar power infrastructure, are preparing natural gas backups.

And just in case you missed the post about what this solar eclipse may portend, here’s a link to it.

And, a shameless plug, in The Biggest Book of Horoscopes Ever, you’ll find all the info you could possibly need for successfully navigating 2017-2019, monthly roundups for all 12 signs.

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An Eerie Trump Synchro

Global synchros may be more common than we realize, and often underscore the idea that the universe actually has a sense of humor! This one involves a series of books written by Ingersoll Lockwood in the late 1800s: Baron Trump’s Marvellous Underground Journey.

 It’s about a wealthy kid, Baron, who lives in Castle Trump. His adventures start with a man named Don, the “Master of all Masters, who convinces him to travel to Russia, where the discovery of a portal enables him to travel to other lands.

Newsweek wrote about the coincidences in the books and noted that with Ingersoll’s final book in the series, The Last President, “the link to Trump are once again abundantly clear. The president’s hometown of New York City is fearing the collapse of the republic in this book, also titled 1900, immediately following the transition of presidential power. Some Americans begin forming a resistance, protesting what was seen as a corrupt and unethical election process.”

What’s especially interesting about this synchro is how it has taken off among internet conspiracy theorists. They believe the portal to other worlds in the books supports a theory that the Trump family has had access to time travel for many years ― through the president’s uncle, engineer John Trump. Apparently John Trump had access to the papers of Nikola Tesla, who was researching time travel, and this knowledge enabled Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.

This synchro is similar to one involving Edgar Allan Poe and his unfinished sea novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, where Poe seems to have tapped into the future. The tale includes a scenario about three men and a sixteen-year-old boy who are drifting at sea in a lifeboat after being shipwrecked. Desperate, on the brink of starvation, they decide to draw lots to determine which of them will be killed and eaten. The cabin boy, Richard Parker, picks the dreaded short straw and is promptly stabbed and consumed.

On July 25, 1884, forty-seven years after Poe stopped working on the novel, a 17-year-old cabin boy named Richard Parker was killed and eaten in a similar incident. Young Richard Parker was on his first voyage on the high seas, boarding the Mignonette in Southampton, England bound for Australia. But when the ship reached the South Atlantic, it was pummeled by a hurricane and sank. The survivors, who had boarded a lifeboat, had few provisions and after 19 days became desperate. The men discussed drawing lots to choose a victim who would be eaten by the others, but settled on Parker, who had become delirious from drinking seawater. The remaining crew survived on Richard’s carcass for another thirty-five days until they were rescued by the S.S. Montezuma, aptly named after the cannibal king of the Aztecs.

Both of these stories illustrate how creativity enables us to tap into the future. We talk about this in a chapter of our book on precognition, where we cover writers, artists, and musicians who tapped into the future through their work.

But the Baron Trump synchro is one of the eeriest we’ve come across!

 

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#137, again

Today as I left the dentist’s office, I got on the elevator on the second floor and glanced at my watch. It was 1:37. As soon as the doors opened on the first floor, the first thing I saw through the glass doors were the numbers on the building directly across the road: 1037. I haven’t had a 137 synchro since 2012 and immediately wondered what it meant.

But first, a recap on this number.

Wolfgang Pauli, a physicist and Nobel laureate, was an early supporter of Jung’s theory on synchronicity and investigated the phenomenon as well. He had a rather striking experience with a set of numbers. Pauli was confounded by one of the unsolved mysteries of modern physics, the value of the fine structure constant, which involves the number 137.

A prime number can be divided by 1 and by itself. Or, put another way, a prime number is a positive integer that cannot equal the product of two smaller integers. That makes 137 a prime number and a particularly baffling one. In Deciphering the Cosmic Number: the Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung, Arthur I. Miller provides a brief, but fascinating history about the number 137 in the world of quantum physics.

The number became so baffling to physicists that the great Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, said that physicists should put a sign in their offices to remind themselves of how much they don’t know. The sign would be simple: 137.

Not only is 137 “the DNA of light,” as Miller puts it, but also is the number associated with the Kabbalah. In a system that sounds very much like numerology, Miller explains that in ancient Hebrew, numbers were written with letters, and each letter has a number associated with it. “Adepts of the philosophical system known as the Gematria add the numbers in Hebrew words and thus find hidden meanings in them.” In Hebrew, the word Kabbalah has four letters that add up to 137. Not surprisingly, physicists began referring to 137 as a mystical number.

Pauli certainly found this to be the case. He wrestled with its implications most of his life. When he was admitted to the hospital at the age of 58 and learned he would be in room 137, he supposedly said, “I will never get out of here.” And he was right. He died shortly afterward.

The last time I experienced a cluster of 137s was when Rob and I were in Toronto, where I was interviewed for William Shatner’s show,   Weird or What?  I was supposed to talk about the Pauli effect –  i.e., the spontaneous breakdown of laboratory equipment in his presence. This psychokinetic effect was to be presented as a possible theory for what was happening to a woman who believed she was the victim of government mind control. And since we were there to talk about Pauli, it seemed fitting that we experienced a clusters of 137. It was as if Pauli welcomed us to Toronto, then showed us around, and waved good-bye as we left. That photo at the top of the post is from Toronto.

But back to today’s 137s. When I got in the elevator and looked at the time, then exited the elevator and saw my second 137, I wasn’t thinking about Pauli. However, I associate this number with the DNA of light and with synchronicity, and suddenly remembered we have a proposal circulating on creativity and synchronicity. The rapid succession with which the two “sightings” occurred (the 15 or 20 seconds it took the elevator to reach the first floor) bodes well, I think, for this proposal “seeing the light” – getting sold.

 

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The Singing Stone

Occasionally, we put up blog posts that have previously appeared. This is one of them, and it was old enough that at first I didn’t remember it. It’s a good one and worth bringing back for an encore. Here it is.

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Since we often write about our books here, we like to plug other people’s books from time to time. This one, Synchronicity, Science & Soul-Making, by Victor Mansfield, has been around awhile, published in 1995. In fact, when we wrote our first synchro book, The 7 Secrets of Synchronicity, Mansfield’s tome on meaningful coincidence was one of our reference sources. The writing is somewhat academic in tone, as might be expected from a physics professor, but the pages are filled with an abundance of interesting stories.

Here’s one from a young woman who was preoccupied with a question that repeated itself over and over again in her head: Who am I? “I have carried it for years through studies in psychology and philosophy and it has been the foundation for many hours of meditation.”

Her story began with a friend telling her that the Havdensvanee (or Iroquois) name for Seneca Lake was Ganadasege ti karneo dei. He told her the spirits of the lake love to hear the old name as no one says it much any more. And they respond, he added.

“I am a person who believes in the living nature of our surroundings and so, without much hesitation, decided it was a friendly gesture to go to the lake and chant the name. I frequent a particular beach, so I grabbed my coat, hat, and my mother, who was visiting me, and headed to the beach one cold blustery October morning.”

She and her mother walked along the shore, both chanting the ancient name for the lake. At one point, she felt warmth. She continued on and it was cold again. She backed and found the place of warmth. For some reason, she thought, she was being called to this particular place on the lake’s edge. She looked down and scanned the small rocks until her gaze fell on a peculiar stone. It was smooth and black and had several hollows in the surface that seemed to form eyes, two nostril holes, and a gaping mouth.

She stopped chanting and picked up the stone. She felt it was important for her to take the stone home. She kept it by her bed and at night before turning off the light she would pick it up and ask: What song am I to hear? The stone offered no response.

One day her brother-in-law came to her house and picked up the stone. He blew into one of the holes. Suddenly, a sharp whistling emanated from the stone. He kept blowing until he discovered eight distinct tones. They named it the ‘Singing Stone.’

She continued asking the stone what song she would hear, and one night she got an answer. She came home late one night from a philosophy class, stood outside and gazed at the stars awhile. When she went inside, she had an impression that she should look at her bookshelves. She was drawn to two books, one of Native American stories, the other by Ramana Maharshi, a Hindu sage.

Opening it, she was stunned to see: The Story of the Singing Stone. Her spine tingling, as she read about the story of a girl’s long search for the Singing Stone, a stone that would be magical for the one who found it. She searched in the four directions, but was unable to find the stone. One day, she stood on a bluff and looked down to see her family below, their arms open, beckoning her. “Welcome home Singing Stone!”

The book went on to interpret the tale as addressing the question: ‘Who am I?’ The young seeker was the Singing Stone.

The woman picked up the second book, and opened it to a chapter entitled, ‘Who am I?’ She realized the stone had answered her through the story. She was the Singing Stone. This was her song.

As if that story within a story was not strange enough, I should add that I’m in the midst of writing a meditation book, based on the meditation classes I teach, and recently I was working on a new meditation. It’s called: ‘Who am I?’

Postscript: 2008 was a significant year in Victor Mansfield’s life. His last book, Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge, was published and included an introduction written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Victor gave a copy of the book to him during a visit to Colgate University, where he taught for 35 years as a professor of physics and astronomy. Also in April, he was the co-recipient of the Sidney J. and Florence Felten French Prize for inspirational teaching. He died of lymphoma June 3, 2008.

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That meditation book mentioned  that I was writing at the time is called Jewel in the Lotus: Meditation for Busy Minds. It was published in 2015 and includes a meditation called “Who Am I?”

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