Poker Machine Compulsion

 Here’s another strange sequence of numbers that Michael Patterson experienced over a period of time in the 1990s. He heard Rob and me when were on Grimerica, a podcast whose hosts are as knowledgeable as they are mysterious. His antenna twitched when we mention 1111, a number that has held some significance for him.

Around 1990, Michael was living in New South Wales, working for the Department of Family and Community Services, in an office building that had 5 floors and a bar on the ground floor. He was on level 3.

He was going through a time of intense intuition that kept him safe on the roads, not only avoiding a couple of accidents that would have certainly killed him, but alerting him to police, so he wasn’t caught speeding. At the time he was working in a job where nearly all the people who had regional roles had lost most of their point on their licenses from speeding offenses. In addition to his new job, his marriage finally imploded and he moved, and had very little with him. He celebrated his new life by buying a brand new CD player.

“So this particular day, a payday, I went to a store near the office during my lunch break and paid a $20 deposit on a selection of CDs that cost me $120 in total,” he writes. “I expected to pay the $100 balance over the next three or four pays. That afternoon I developed a powerful compulsion to go downstairs to the bar. Now, I do not drink during the day generally, and never during working hours, so that was not an idea I was about to go along with urge. However, my mind became invaded by the idea to the point where I could not think about my work. Finally I packed up some papers and headed down to the bar, bought a small lemon squash and settled down to work. Not a problem. After half an hour I decided to have another lemon squash.”

The bar, he explains, had two new poker machines. These were electronic, actual poker machines that played real poker. You put 20 cents in the slot, got a hand, selected cards to keep, discarded, got replacement cards. He’d never played before but had 20 cents change, dropped a coin in. Royal flush. It paid $100. He went immediately to the shop next door to the office building and paid off his CDs.

He didn’t think much about the incident, but was grateful it had happened. In the intervening months, he occasionally dropped a coin into the machine but never got another royal flush. No repeat of that compulsion until 20 months later, after he’d relocated to Dubbo in Western New South Wales. New job, new town.

“One Friday evening, not long after I’d settled there, I’d gone to the video store and got a good selection of movies. I’d bought some wine and a roast chicken. I was planning an indulgent night in – all alone. As I settled down in front of the telly with my roast chicken and wine, I was overwhelmed by a compulsion to go out to a pub. At 6 pm in Dubbo on a Friday night, it’s not a good time to go to a pub, nobody is there. I resisted. But resistance was futile. My feet began tapping, my mind went haywire. There was no hope of focusing on the movie.”

He gave into the impulse, drove into the town center, went into the first pub. It was nearly empty. He had a beer, decided to leave. On his way out, he dropped 40 cents into a solitary poker machine. “Second go I get a royal flush and win $100. Then I remember this has happened before. I go home to a lukewarm roast chook, with $100 in my pocket, thinking I could have done without this interruption.”

Months later, he’s in Sydney for a couple of nights, the impulse returns. Now he gets it. Michael goes to the nearest pub, buys a beer, sticks a coin in the poker machine, gets a royal flush, wins $100 and leaves.

This happened again 6 months later. Same MO. The compulsion, he drops 20 or 40 cents into the poker machine, gets a royal flush, wins his 100 bucks.

Again, about 6 months later, he experienced his last pattern in whatever this was. This time, he doesn’t even bother buying a beer. He finds a 10 cent machine, drops in his 10 cents, gets a royal flush, wins his $100.

So, what the hell is going on with this kind of repetitive pattern?

As Michael concludes, “Yes I have played the machines in between times, but mostly every idly with loose change, testing whether winning is associated with me deciding to play. There have been times when I have had a strong sense that I would win, and did – but never anything major – usually around $40 – $300 once.

“Through experimentation I have concluded that without an intuition that I will win I do not. I have not had an intuition for years now, and when I have played (out of experimental interest – risking no more than $20) I have not won.

“I have had no repeat of the overwhelming compulsion. Every time it happened I responded. At first I resisted and was overcome and then I went with the flow. Every time I got a royal flush in 2 coins. Every time I won $100. But only the first time was that precisely the amount of money I needed. At none of the other times was I in any particular need.

“What was it all about? Now, about 22 years after the last experience I have never had anything remotely similar, but I have a sense of the message I was intended to get.

“There are spirits around me who have the power to do stuff – not only induce me to do things but to make the world coincide with an intent they have. They did that in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2008 in gross ways –and they are doing their thing this year as well.

“In a way I kinda knew what was going on, but confusions about worthiness of intervention and other nonsense made me stupid.

“I am not unfamiliar with strong and overwhelming impulses to act in ways that have changed my life. But the poker machine series stands out as particularly remarkable (but not the most influential).”


Interestingly – synchronistically? – when I added my 2 cents at the end here, this post came out to 1,111 words.

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The Power of 9



We’re talking about 9’s today. Bashar has 9 minutes of comments. In part, you will find out why the speed of light reduces to a 9–at least if you stick to miles per second and not get into the metric conversion.

According to the Bashar website, “Bashar is a multidimensional being, a friend from the future who has spoken for the past 34 years through channel Darryl Anka.  He has brought through a wave of new information that clearly explains in detail how the universe works, and how each person creates the reality they experience. Over the years, thousands of individuals have had the opportunity to apply these principles, and see that they really work to change their lives and create the reality that they desire.”

These principles sound very similar to what other self-help advocates of our time are writing and speaking about. So either Bashar is addressing us regarding the psychological issues of our time or self-help folks are picking up on the way of the future.

But does it all come down to the #9?


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A Synchro or a Spy Alert?

’Morning Joe’ Scarborough recently told a personal story that is either quite a synchronicity or evidence that we are being spied upon through our phones and computers by simply being in the same room with the digital devices. Here’s what happened.

Joe, who is over 50, decided to take up running. But he found entering the activity at his age to be a bit embarrassing. He talked about it at home, but swears he never did any on-line research about the subject or e-mailed anyone that he was going to become a runner. He actually wanted to keep quiet about it.

Yet, soon after his at-home conversation, ads and articles began to pop up on his computer about advice and products for runners over 50! Go figure. A serial synchro? Or can our devices now listen to us? I’m hoping for the former, but fearing the latter.


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April 15 New Moon


Sunday, April 15, should be a very good day for most of us. Mercury, which has been retrograde since March 22, turns direct at 5:21 a.m. EDT. A new moon in Aries (26 degrees) happens that evening at 9:57 p.m., so you get to experience the full impact of his new moon.

Aries is the innovator of the zodiac, the entrepreneur, the risk-taker. She’s basically fearless. When she spots an opportunity, she pursues it. She doesn’t think about it, mull it over, analyze it to death. She acts. And because she acts, she’s often described as being impulsive, but in a suspicious sense, as though impulsiveness is a trait you should squash, smother, silence.

But an impulse is often a signal from the inner self that you’re on target and should leap ahead. And this new moon has a powerful backup in that vein – Uranus forms a close conjunction to it at 28 degrees.

Uranus, the planet of sudden, unexpected events, promises abrupt surprises that seem to come out of nowhere. Positive surprises. Fire signs – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius- certainly benefit from this new moon, but so do air signs – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. But all of us have Aries somewhere in our charts and that should be the area where the surprise opportunity occurs.

Pluto, the planet of transformation, will be at 21 degrees Capricorn, forming a challenging angle to this new moon (a square). This could create power plays with an authoritarian despot in your life. If you feel that happening, remove yourself from the situation. Walk away. Keep your mouth shut. But because the square isn’t as tight as that of Uranus, the encounter may remain as just one of many possibilities.

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What Happened at Ariel


The events at the Ariel school in rural Zimbabwe in 1994, investigated by famed UFO/alien researcher and Harvard psychiatrist John Mack, is going to become a documentary!  The trailer is riveting.




















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Synchronicity in Clewiston

I’m re-posting this synchro from 5 years ago because there’s an undercurrent of optimism in it that seems to be badly needed in the world right, especially in the U.S.,where the trump chaos reigns supreme.


When we were on Open Minds radio in the spring of 2013the host, Alejandro Rojas, asked if aliens can control synchronicity. The question is a good one and came up again one day in November 2013, when we had lunch with a woman who has had encounters for the last twenty years.

Sandy and her second husband, George, live on Florida’s West coast, we live on the East coast, so today we met them for lunch halfway across the state in the town of Clewiston. We’ve been corresponding with Sandy ever since she got in touch with us in late September,  after having read Aliens in the Backyard. During the years of her encounters, she has kept meticulous notes and journals about what transpires and had sent us some of her journal entries.

We planned to meet at the Clewiston Inn but it turned out the inn doesn’t serve lunch until the tourist season begins in a few weeks. So we ended up at the Tiki Bar, an open air place on the shores of Lake Okeechobee. On Sundays, it’s  also a biker bar. Dozens of Harleys roared in just as we arrived, but we got a waterside table and talked for the next three hours.

Sandy is a retired veterinarian whose specialty was animal neuroscience. Her encounters have never involved the classical abduction scenario, medical experimentation, or being taken into a craft. Some of her experiences of these beings – whom she refers to as energies – sound utterly terrifying to me, but over the years she has learned to control her fear and now works consciously with these entities. She has names for them – Watcher, Marshal, John – which makes it easier for her to distinguish them in her journals.

During the course of our conversation, we also talked about synchronicity. She feels that ever since these encounters started, the entities “arrange” major events through synchronicities, that they actually generate the synchros. Her move from Maryland to Florida and her meeting George 17 years ago are two such events. This part of the conversation led into a discussion about free will. She says that even when these synchros were occurring, she had the free will to make different decisions, to go in another direction.

Interestingly, this is echoed by Bernard Beitman, a professor of psychiatry at University of Virginia, who just finished a book on meaningful coincidence. “A synchronicity presents you with an option but it doesn’t mean you should make the choice that seems to be suggested.”

But Sandy chose to heed the synchronicities and not only moved to Florida, but ended her first marriage to Jay, a physician. Jay’s encounters included abductions that were sometimes so horrible  she had to throw herself over him to calm him down.   The entities “scolded” him for being coldly objective and subsequently taught him to meditate and to open his mind and heart. He and Sandy remain friends and although he no longer has encounters, his life has completely changed – for the better.

We asked her what she thought the beings’ agenda is. “Maybe it’s about helping humanity evolve.”

Sandy says that her intent is to work with these beings and record the experiences. She tries not to judge or dissect what happens, but because she’s such a left-brain person it can be challenging to simply remain open, without fear. “The beings are teaching me to manage the powerful energy that comes in when they’re present. I’m learning to work with matter and to move in and out of dimensions, even to strange worlds and different times. The space/time jumps are my favorites.”

Whitley Strieber has also written about these space/time jumps. I think he calls them time slips. For Sandy, they seem to happen suddenly, without warning, and she finds herself in some sort of parallel world/dimension with people whom she knows. In one experience, she found herself as a convention of scientists and asked the woman next to her what year it was. The woman whispered, “We’re not supposed to talk about dates.” But Sandy kept pressing her for the year and the woman finally said, “19…” And that was it.

Judith Orloff, an M.D. and author, wrote about something similar in Second Sight. In between lives, she visits and lives with her soul family, people she knows only from the between state.

Sandy, like Strieber, believes there may be some connection between the entities and the dead. She also is convinced that since her encounters started in 1994, her intuitive abilities have deepened.

“I think paradigm shifts start as localized ripples like this that eventually spread and grow large enough to change how we think and function as a society,” she says.

If so, then perhaps one day synchronicity will be understood as the unifying force that it certainly appears to be.


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Repeating Numbers

Canadian Judi Hertling, whose synchros we’ve written about before, recently sent me her record of repeating numbers and speculates that these numbers correlate to events. The numbers, she said, showed up everywhere – on clocks, receipts, TV, magazines etc. – and are usually combined with sadness.

“The event appears to happen within four days of numbers appearing repetitively. Is this a universal warning for sensitive to send more light into the world?” she asks. “Or something else?”

Are these repetitive numbers related to planetary empaths?

Here is her record:


Nov 11, 12, & 13/20 12:22, 10:10, 11:11, 12:12, 1:11, 2,22, 4:44, 555, 10:10,

1:11 , 2:22 (repeating over 3 days prior to event).

Nov 15/2015 Event: Paris Attack 130 killed.

 Nov 30/Dec 1/2015: 11:11, 2:22, 3:33, 11:11, 12:12, 4:44.

Event: Mass Shooting in California


March 19/2016 10:10, 11:11, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55, 12:12. 1:11

March 21/2016 Event: Belgium Bombing.

July 6/2016 11:11, 1:11, 3:33, 5:55, 10:10, 11:11. 1:11. 222.

July 7/2016 Event: Dallas Shootings.

 July 13/2016 10:10, 11:11, 1:11, 3:33, 4:44, 12:12, 12:22, 111

July 14/2016 Event: Nice Attack.

July 20/2016 11:11, 3:33, 4:44, 10:10, 12:12, 111, 222, 11:11

July 20 & 21/2016 Event Munich Attack.


Sept 30 & Oct 1/2017: 10:10, 11:11, 12:12, 1:11, 333, 444, 5:55, 11:11, 12:12,

2:22, 12:22, 1:11. (Repeating over 2 days prior to vent).

October 2/2017: Event Shooting Las Vegas 58 Dead, 528 Injured

 October 29 & 30/2017: 10:10: 11:11, 1:11, 3:33, 5:55, 10:10, 11:11, 1:11.

October 31/2017: Event: Terrorist drives rental truck into cyclists and

pedestrians in New York. 8 Dead and at least 15 injured.

 Sat. Nov 4/2017: 11:11, 1:11, 3:33, 5:55, 10:10, 12:12, 1:11, 5:55

Event: Mass shooting in Texas Church. 26 Men, women

and children died.

Nov 20/21 2017 222, 333, 444, 11:11, 12:12, 1:11, 3:33, 5:55. (repeating)

over 2 days.

Nov 24th Event Terror attack in Egypt. 305 dead.

Nov 25/26/2017: 333, 444,10:10, 12:12, 3:33, 5:55, 10:10, 1111, 12:22

Nov 27th. Event: Terrorist Attack Iraq.

Dec 17/ 2017 1111, 12:22, 222, 4:44. 5:55

Dec 19th Event: Train derailed in Washington.

Dec 26 & 27/17 10:10, 11:11, 333, 444, 10:10, 12:12, 12.22 1:11

Dec 28th Event: Apartment Blaze Bronx, 12 people dead


Jan 19 & 20 2018 11:11,1212, 12:22, 10:10, 11:11, 1212.

Jan 23rd Event: School Shooting, Kentucky. 2 dead, dozen injured.

Feb 13, 2018 10:10, 11:11, 333, 444, 555, 10:10, 1212, 12:22, 1:11 2: 22.

Feb 14, 2018 Event: School Shooting Florida. 17 Dead.

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Striped Shirts Galore

Here’s a visual synchronicity that was posted in a Facebook Synchronicity site. At first, I thought it might be a prank on synchronicity. In other words, a family all dressed in the same t-shirts, for whatever reason, waiting for a bus. But on closer inspection, I noticed that the shirts are not all the same. The one on the standing woman doesn’t have a black neck ring and the one worn by the seated woman looks somewhat different from the one on the man to her left. I think that a family set would probably be identical, bought at the same time and place.

The kicker is the second pic someone poster in the comments showing a girl riding by on a bike wearing a similar black-and-white striped t-shirt. Zebra power!

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Jung’s Castle

In 1975, I was a social worker in Vero Beach, Florida, and totally hated my job. The people who really needed assistance – food stamps and health care, the most basic needs – couldn’t get it. I can’t imagine what sort of system exists now for these things under the trump admin. But hey, full disclosure, I cheated on the forms so that an elderly couple who ended up in my office could get both.

Chris, one of the women I worked with, had lost her husband and needed a respite. “Let’s go to Europe, Trish.”

So we saved our $ and during that summer of 1975, we went to Europe for six weeks. My one and only trip. In Switzerland, our first stop was Zurich, a city I didn’t particularly like. The only thing I waned to see was Carlo Jung’s castle on the shores of Lake Zurich. I’d been pretty much obsessed with Jung’s theories since discovering the I Ching when I was 18, where he’d written the introduction to the Richard Wilhelm edition of the Ching in 1949 and introduced the concept of synchronicity.

Chris didn’t know anything about Jung or the I Ching, but was ready to explore. So one morning we set out on a train for Bollingen. The train was late getting in and leaving, which turned out to be a synchro for  what happened later. When we got to Bollingen, I didn’t have a clue where Jung’s place might be. So I asked someone, a woman, who pointed the way.

Lake Zurich was impressive back then. I don’t know what it looks like now, except through Google. But that afternoon, Chris and I approached the castle from the back, where a young man and a dog were inside a fenced yard. I went up to the fence and introduced myself. The man was Jung’s grandson.

He looked like the pictures I’d seen of a younger Jung and spoke a broken English, a good thing since I didn’t speak a word of German. I asked him about the castle – did it have electricity now? Yes, it did. His parents, he said, had electricity installed after Jung died in 1961. Then we started talking about the I Ching, synchronicity, astrology, Jung’s mysticism, what it was like for him as Jung’s grandson. Some 20 or 30 minutes later, I walked back to Chris, my mind totally blown.

I don’t remember the train ride back to Zurich. I don’t remember much of our journey through Switzerland after that except the country has fantastic cheese. I realized, though, that if the train we’d taken from Zurich had been on time, I wouldn’t have met Jung’s grandson. This encounter, brief as it was, seems to have dominated my fascination with synchronicity – what it is and isn’t, how it works, why it works, and why it may be the answer to a quantum riddle about the nature of reality.

Quantum physicist David Bohm talked about the deeper order in the universe, an implicate or enfolded order out of which everything else is born, even time and space. In Bohm’s view, the explicate or unfolded is our external reality.

Synchronicity lies along the border between the two, our most accessible, conscious path into the mystery of it all.



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Back to Cartagena…and beyond


A few weeks ago, our daughter Megan asked us if we wanted to join her and a couple of friends on a week-long trip to the Colombia coastal destinations of historic Cartagena, the mountain village of Minca, and the beach town of Santa Marta. We said, why not? We’d done it before in the mid-‘80s when we led adventure tours to South America for several years.

When I mentioned this upcoming trip in April to a radio show host who had recently interviewed us, he wondered what we were doing going to such a dangerous destination. Actually, Colombia was far more dangerous in the ’80 at the height of the drug wars and the growing presence of FARC, an armed revolutionary movement. The drug trade still exists but more  low key, and the revolutionary group has finally made peace with the government after decades of fighting. In our tours, we never stayed anywhere for more than a few days before moving on or returning to the States, and we never had any problems—not in Cartagena, Bogota, Santa Marta, or the Colombian Andes (Boyaca).

The only place we did encounter some trouble was on one of our three trips into the Upper Amazon traveling from Leticia, Colombia to Iquitos, Peru in a converted rubber boat. Interestingly, what happened to us also involved a fascinating and unlikely synchronicity.

Here’s the story.

Everything began well. We had a group of seven or eight people with us. The sleeping quarters we tiny and we had to double up, but it was an adventure. Each day we would take side trips in the rain forest with a local guide and we stopped in a couple of native villages. It was the third day of the trip and we were all below deck watching the movie, Fitzcarraldo, when we were nearly thrown from our seats as the ship hit something. It was the dry season, the river was unusually low, and we’d struck a sandbar. We were stuck, unable to move. Ironically and synchronistically,  it happened we were at the point in the movie where the rubber boat carrying Fitzcarraldo—which was also traveling in the Upper Amazon—struck a sandbar!

In the movie, the crew had to drag the ship through the jungle to another tributary.
Fortunately, we only had to get out of the boat and stand in waist deep water with the piranhas while the crew pushed the vessel off the sandbar. I recall it took at least a couple of hours. Fun times. No one was eaten by piranhas and no blow darts were shot at us from the jungle! Another synchro: our converted rubber boat was the sister ship of the rubber boat was used in the movie!

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Rob, Bruce, and Filming for an Ancient Aliens Episode



So, here’s the setup. Rob and his co-author for Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, Bruce Gernon, are going to be on an episode of Ancient Aliens called Earth’s Black Holes. This was the scene today, March 30, at Wellington’s Aero Club, an aeronautical community where some of the filming took place.

These interviews involve time travel, UFOs, aliens (of course) and teleportation – Bruce’s strange and harrowing journey through the Bermuda Triangle. Everything they talked about is recounted in Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, the idea that these black holes are located all over the planet.

One of the stories is about John Murphy’s experience in Bermuda in 1964, when he was in the Navy. It’s one of the best and most convincing time travel stories I’ve ever read. It also has reincarnational undercurrents, something the production people didn’t want discussed since the show is, after all, about aliens!

There were 8 crew members with 4 vans filled with equipment. They had rented an eight-seater plane and earlier in the day had flown out to Andros Island, filming in flight. The afternoon filming took place outside a hangar at the Aero Club. Sandy McAdams, whose hangar it is, has 3 incredible planes in his hangar and gave me a little tour of these incredible crafts. One of them, an experimental craft which you can see in the background of this photo, weighs 2200 pounds, flies 300 knots, and makes it from Wellington to Canada in just 5 hours, flying at 28,000 feet. The cabin is pressurised but Sandy says he carries oxygen just in case.

Bruce on camera. This is the 38th documentary Bruce has done since the publication of  his and Rob’s book The Fog. He said  it was the most professional.

Rob, waiting his turn!

The episode will air in late May or early June. Stay tuned!

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Carol Bowman

I first met Carol at a Border’s Bookstore. I was just perusing the aisles and the above book literally fell at my feet. That type of synchro is sometimes called the library angel, but this time it was the bookstore angel.

I read the book at a furious pace and at the end of it, I was so blown away I contacted her. That was in 1998, I think, so 20 years ago. In the years since, Carol wrote Return from Heaven, another stunner, about reincarnation within the same family, and has had an active regression therapy practice.

Now, for only the fifth time, Carol is offering a 3-day intensive training to teach past life regression therapy. The training is open only to practicing therapists, hypnotherapists, counselors, and health care professionals who intend to use past life therapy with their clients.

Carol teaches past life therapy methods she learned from pioneers in the field and has perfected over the last 30 years. The training will be held at the Tenemos Community Retreat “Nature’s Sanctuary” in West Chester, Pa from May 4-6. If I were a counselor or therapist, I know where I’d be spending that those 3 days!

Check out her facebook page for more information.

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Full Moon in Libra and Beyond…and trump

Full moons are about completions, the harvest, the illumination of some facet of your life. Full moons often bring news, too. On March 31, the full moon at 10 degrees Libra should be a beauty for air signs – Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and for fire signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius – if you adhere to a few simple guidelines.  Here’s why:

There are some challenging aspects from Saturn (structure, authority, government, responsibilities, discipline) and from Mars (physicality, sexuality, ambition, action) which are both in Capricorn at 8 and 7 degrees respectively. The angle these two planets make to the moon are called squares – 90 degrees with a 5 degree leeway on either side. Also, the moon is opposed to Mercury (communication) at 12 degrees Aries, which is still retrograde.

Squares cause friction, oppositions involve conflict and tension. So, my advice is to think before you speak, particularly if you’re irritated or angry. Don’t rush to get anything done or to be somewhere on time. If you’re late for work or an appointment, keep to the speed limit. With Mars squaring this moon, the possibility for a speeding ticket is enhanced. If you have authoritarian despots in your life (Saturn) avoid conflict by simply removing yourself from the situation.

As I was writing this, I wondered how this full moon would impact trump’s chart.

Transiting Saturn is in his 5th house, the outer circle at 8 Capricorn, and is directly opposed to his natal Mercury (communication) in the 11th house, inner wheel, at 8 Cancer. Since Saturn represents discipline, something he lacks, he’s going to be fighting his inner demons on or around the time of the this full moon, anxious to tweet something that his advisors advise against. Because this is an opposition, the pressure within him will be cranked to the point where he may not be able to hold back.

However, I think the real shit show will begin around May 15, when Uranus – the planet of sudden, unforeseen surprises – enters Taurus. Right now, you can see Uranus at 27 Aries, moving through Trump’s 9th house along with Venus at 00 Taurus. Uranus is never subtle. In March 2011 when Uranus (rules earthquakes) entered Aries (the warrior), there was a 9.0 quake in Japan that resulted in a tsunami and the meltdown of Fukushima. The quake on May 15 may be of a different sort. The 9th house represents, among other things, the law and lawyers. Could this transit possibly result in legal action against trump in the Mueller investigation? Or from one of the lawsuits that Stormy Daniels has filed against him?

Uranus rules his natal 6th house of daily health and work. Another possible ramification of this transit is a sudden disruption in his daily life (which has become business as usual from the guy who says he likes chaos) or a sudden health event- heart attack, stroke. Because of a retrograde – where planets appear to be moving backward relative to the earth – Uranus moves back into Aries the day after the mid-term elections. It then enters Taurus again on March 10, 2019 and remains there for 7 years.

However all this shakes out for trump and the rest of us, one thing we can expect is the unexpected.

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A hug or a hump?’

The relationship that has developed between Noah and Nigel is interesting. There’s something very human in this hug, Nigel’s legs holding and surrounding Noah’s upper body like this, the human equivalent of, Oh wow, you’re my dude, forevermore!

But Nigel hasn’t been fixed yet. Several vets have cautioned against it until Nigel is a year old. New research suggests that Golden Retrievers fixed before a year are more prone to cancer. So we’ve been waiting. But Nigel is now 9 months old and if this is a hump rather than a hug, then it’s time, dude, I’m sorry, but it’s time.

Still… there’s something in this photo that suggests, well, You’re my bro, dude. You’ve been showing me the ropes.  You’re my mentor. I love ya.

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March for Our Lives

Here’s the face of the March for Our Lives movement. This young woman’s powerful speech really says it all.

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A Crushing Synchronicity

<> on March 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

We’ve often noted that when shocking tragic events occur, there are related synchronicities and premonitions. That was again the case with the collapse on March 15 of a pedestrian bridge on the campus of Florida International University in Miami. One hundred and fifty tons of steel and concrete crashed down on several vehicles killing six people. Two of the vehicles were so badly crushed that the cars had to be towed away with the bodies still inside.

In this instance, the collapse triggered memories of premonitions related to another bridge tragedy that was oddly related to this new construction disaster.

Within hours of the collapse, I (Rob) received two emails from friends in Minneapolis who both noted that the bridge designer was the same one that had designed the new 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis that replaced the bridge that collapsed in 2007 killing thirteen. One of my correspondents, Barbara, an architect, said that from watching the video of the collapse, it appeared to be a construction problem, not a design issue.

Then, she went on to tell me about premonitions relating to the earlier collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis. “A few days before the incident, my boss told me his wife told him she had a strong premonition there was a problem with the (35W) bridge, and oddly I’d had a jarring dream of the collapse myself,” she wrote.

“In the dream I am looking toward the bridge but I’m captivated by a large building close up. Later I understood it was there to block my view.

“This dream building is clad in black glass and behind that I can very faintly see its skeleton structure. I recognized the structural system—it is used often in bridges. (But it is upside down….if it were a bridge.)

“As I wrote this into my dream journal, this famous line pops into my mind, ‘Now you see as through a glass darkly, but then you shall understand.’

“That dream internally hung around me and dogged me ….. until the bridge collapsed. Then all it’s metaphorical elements revealed themselves. That mysterious dream, sadly, made perfect sense.”

Barbara has since wondered why she had that dream, and why was the insight into it blocked until shortly after the collapse?

She also noted something significant that might provide an answer to her questions about the dream. “About 6 weeks prior to its collapse, I experienced something very weird on that bridge. As I drove onto it (and I rarely drive in that area), I almost immediately began feeling a lot of abnormal movement. I told myself, call MnDOT and report this. Then I began ruminating about calculations used in design—they’re always way past minimum. I talked myself out of calling.”

To this day, she regrets not having acted on her hunch after driving over the bridge, and she even feels guilty about it. And maybe with good reason. She added: “A later news report said that the bolts at the south end of the bridge (where I drove onto it) were subsequently found to have failed. They were not caught in inspections.”

Barbara’s dreaming self might’ve been warning her about what was to come. Considering her unwillingness to report her troubling thoughts, the black-clad building symbolically blocked her view of what was to come. In essence, the dream was telling her she was unwilling to look closely at her concerns about the bridge.

Emergency personnel respond to a collapsed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the Miami area. The brand-new pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a highway crushing several vehicles. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

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Mercury Retro Alert!

Well, here we go again. Mercury in Aries turns retrograde today and travels back through that sign until it turns direct on April 15. The last retro we had was in December 2017 and the next one is in late July.

Mercury rules communication, travel, electronics, anything with moving parts. It rules both Gemini and Virgo. During these retro periods, my advice consists of a list of DO NOTs and AVOIDs:

Don’t make travel plans. But if you happen to be traveling, there may be sudden changes in your itinerary. Last year when we went to Cuba, we bought our tickets during a Mercury retro and the only snafu concerned our dogs.

Don’t buy appliances, electronics, or a car. I’ve done all three during retros and usually regretted it.

Don’t sign contracts unless you don’t mind revisiting the terms later on. We did sign an astrology contract during a retro and things were screwed up until that contract was done.

Don’t move unless you can embrace chaos!

Double check the time for all your appointments.

Communicate as clearly as possible with everyone. The potential for miscommunication is enhanced.

Don’t start new projects. It’s best to review, revise, and reconsider.

And in the event that you think Mercury retrogrades are just astrological hype, keep this story in mind. On November 7, 2000, Mercury had been retrograde since mid-October – first in Scorpio, then it slipped back into Libra and at 9:20 p.m., it turned direct in that sign. When Mercury stations – which means it’s about to turn retrograde or direct – the potential for miscommunication is strong. But for that date, the station caused bedlam because it was election day in the U.S.

Astrologers were predicting chaos and, sure enough, at 7:49 p.m., NBC decided they had enough data from exit polls in Florida and Tom Brokaw called the state for Al Gore. With Florida’s 25 electoral votes, it meant he had won the election.

However, shortly after 10 p.m. – less than an hour after Mercury had turned direct – Brokaw backtracked and said that George W. Bush had won the state and the election. We all know what ensued after that – the endless dispute over the chads on Palm Beach County’s ballot and the eventual decision by the Supreme Court that Bush was the 43rd president of the U.S.

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