The Nuge turns 51 today! Love him or hate him? He really doesn’t care. He’s from Detroit–check. Rocker-check. Touring since ’67. But it goes downhill from there—crazy conservative political views, ardent defender of killing innocent animals for the hunting sport, and hog-wild supporter of gun-ownership. Whatever you want to say about the Motor City Madman–at least he’s a true embodiment of the fiery Sag spirit!
Stop identifying with the world created by your mind, and a new world will open up before you. – Amma
This is the first time in all of 2009 that all of the outer, collective planets are direct. Can you feel the speed?
Life is poised to get mighty wonky this month, so fasten your seat belts. Mars will go into reverse gear on December 20th, sending you right off the rails just before Christmas. If that weren’t enough to add to the drama of the holiday season, Mercury follows suit on the 26th in Capricorn. As always back everything up; work on the integrity between thought and word; and be kind to your elders. This is also not a time to mess with authority figures, or Capricorns for that matter. Everyone is in a bit of an energetic holding pattern while Mars and Mercury are out of phase, so be patient, reflective and flexible.
The gigantic Lunar Eclipse in Cancer on the 31st of December marks the culmination of a very tense and intense year indeed. Family issues, old emotional patterns and ancient muscle memories get triggered over the next several weeks so be sure to be gentle with yourself. Don’t push The combination of the Mercury and Mars retrograde plus the eclipse is guaranteed to throw major monkey wrenches into several of your plans, so be as flexible as possible. In fact, this might be one New Year’s Eve where staying home never felt so good.
Just as you felt like you were building up some momentum, you’ll be forced to slow down and more carefully reconsider your creative options. The New Moon in Sagittarius on December 16th will restore your faith and allow you to ask the bigger questions in life like why are we here? You may feel like you’re swimming through some pretty heavy emotional wreckage-but the Sagittarius influence will remind you to turn problems into figgy pudding.
In a recent Q and A with Ammachi, the question was posed: “What can we do to turn this crazy world around and stop suffering so much?” Her reply: “Know yourself, have compassion, and be happy
From the Zodiac Dance performance September 2008 at the Merce Cunningham Theater in NYC.
Featured Dancer: Elizabeth Elisheva embodying the fiery, free-spirit of Sagittarius. YouTube disabled the audio, but the silent version offers an interesting experience to watch just for the archer-inspired movements alone. If you have a copy of Leonard Skynrd’s “Free Bird” handy, you can sync it to the video for the full effect.
The 17th card.
The Star is about breaking the bounds of karmic patterns–going beyond the limitations of the personal (indicated by the seven stars above the woman’s crown, representing the personal planets)–Saturn being the last of the seven on the boundary between the collective and the personal. As I’m writing this a woman announces in this cafe, that her baby will be born February 9th–the sign of Aquarius associated with this card. The Star reminds us to have hope in the future and to lay ourselves bare by revealing our authentic selves.
Woody is a consummate Sagittarian–witty, philosophical, frank, clumsy and forever searching for the meaning of life. In terms of expanding the horizons of humor and filmmaking, say what you will about Woody, but has there ever been a more brilliant filmmaker who tackles the battle of the sexes, neurotic mid-life crises and psychoanalysis better?