Astrological chart: Thomas Jefferson

Author of the Declaration of Independence : April 13, 1743 , Shadwell , Virginia , 1:54 AM , LMT (Source: Doris Chase Doane). Died, July 4, 1826 , Monticello , Virginia, 1:53:48 AM , LMT used.

(Ascendant, Aquarius, with Uranus in Capricorn conjunct the Ascendant from H12; MC, Scorpio with Pluto in Scorpio conjunct the MC and North Node; Sun in Aries; Moon in Sagittarius; Mercury in Pisces; Venus in Taurus; Mars and Saturn in Leo with Saturn conjunct the Vertex; Jupiter in Virgo; Neptune in Cancer conjunct Chiron)

The Essential Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, America’s most distinguished “apostle of liberty”, is best known as the principal author and draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, the document which altered forever the relationship between the American Colonies and England, and precipitated America’s War of Independence, the Revolutionary War. Jefferson became America ’s first secretary of state, its second vice president and, from 1800-1808, the third president of the United States . He was responsible for pushing through the Louisiana Purchase , which more than doubled the size of the American nation. A man of strong idealism, he was an early advocate of the total separation of church and state and for the duration of his life the most eloquent American proponent for the preservation of individual freedom as the core meaning of the American Revolution. He was a staunch enemy not only of foreign imperialism and despotism, but opposed a strong central government (advocated by the Federalists) as a return to the abuses which the Revolution had defeated. A man of many and varied talents, he was also an inventor and scientist, a passionate lover of music and literature and a distinguished architect. He was both the architect and founder of the University of Virginia .

An Astrorayological Overview

Although Jefferson can easily be linked to the first ray through his ongoing interest in government, his unspectacular manner, his preference for working largely through the written word and in committee, and his intelligent and versatile power of manifestation upon the physical plane link him, arguably, more closely to the seventh ray and the Department of Master R., just a Benjamin Franklin can be similarly linked.

The strong first ray which comes through Aries (his Sun Sign) makes it a sign which claims its independence—fitting for one who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Aquarius (his Ascendant) is also rebellious and non-conformist in its attitudes, not to mention democratic. Uranus so close to the Ascendant further indicates genius, the will-to-transform and, again, the urge for independence—an insistence on breaking with the status-quo and doing things in a new and better way.

We see many strong seventh ray indicators which would support the expression of a seventh ray soul. The three signs which constellationally transmit the seventh ray (Aries, Cancer and Capricorn) all hold important planets—the Sun, Neptune and Uranus, respectively. The principal planet of the seventh ray, Uranus, is rising, and tells of Jefferson ’s role in breaking up an old order (Capricorn in the twelfth house) and restructuring a new. Destructive Pluto is in the ninth house of philosophy and world view and quintile reformative Uranus just as it is preservative Jupiter, enhancing Jefferson’s power to destroy old thoughtforms and replace them with a new perspective—a vision of fruitfulness and creativity.

A further conduit for seventh ray energy might be considered Jupiter (transmitting the second and seventh rays) in Virgo (distributing the second and sixth rays, but much associated with seventh ray qualities). Certainly, Jupiter in Virgo (hierarchical ruler of Virgo—indicating the eventual complete fulfillment of the Christ-impulse) and, in this case, esoteric ruler of the Aquarius Ascendant, would give the capacity to be aware of and handle the many particularities of administration, and attend with caution to the wording of any document. This Jupiter, in a modest position for Jefferson, is yet important, for it demonstrates a wisdom (second ray Jupiter) in nurturing (Virgo) the birth of a new nation (Virgo), and a willingness to do all those many little things which have to be accomplished in such an enterprise. Jefferson had that willingness to work “behind the scenes” (so characteristic of the seventh ray which works quietly and carefully to bring all to consummation). This quietude is, in part, suggested by the placement of Mercury (the esoteric ruler of the Aries Sun Sign) in retiring Pisces. What he wrote, however, certainly had a pralayic effect upon the old order.

First ray indicators are also strongly present, staring with the Sun in Aries exoterically ruled by Mars (with its first ray component) placed in first ray Leo. Uranus in Capricorn is strongly seventh ray, but can be interpreted in a first ray manner as well.

There is, as one might expect, much of idealism and enthusiasm in Jefferson ’s chart. There is a kind of grand trine in fires with the Sun in Aries trine sixth ray Mars in Leo which trines the idealistic Moon in Sagittarius—though the Moon does not complete the wheel by returning the trine to the Sun. As well, all the signs which distribute the sixth ray hold planets—Jupiter in Virgo, Moon in Sagittarius and Mercury in Pisces.

In Thomas Jefferson we have an individual of foundational importance to world freedom—Uranus in Capricorn conjunct an Aquarius Ascendant. Capricorn is associated with documents and formal codifications of law. Certainly, Jefferson produced a new(Uranus) document (Capricorn) which set forth the rationale (Mercury in Pisces exactly sextile to Uranus in Capricorn) for a new order (Uranus) in which freedom (Uranus) would prevail. He was not a military figure (as was George Washington) but was willing to take great risks (Sun in Aries, Uranus rising, Moon in Sagittarius) to ensure the birth (Jupiter in Virgo) of freedom. In some deep way he must have been connected with the Sirian influence from which the Law of Freedom emanates. He also appears to have been closely connected with the mode of procedure, characteristic of the Count (Master R.), just as Franklin seems to have been. While other rays can be discovered in Jefferson’s life—the first, for independence and self-reliance, the fourth for beauty of form and music (Venus in fourth ray Taurus), the sixth for idealism, and the fifth (fifth ray Venus in Taurus in the third house of mind square sensory Mars in Leo and opposed to investigative Pluto in Scorpio with scientific Uranus rising)—it is the seventh ray, the ray of the new order, which shines through his life most clearly. Jefferson’s fierce spirit of independence (Sun in Aries and Mars in Leo, plus the first ray) served the coming of what in his higher moments he must have envisioned as a New World Order, unimposed and arising naturally and voluntarily from the cooperation of free individuals.

Confirming the Chart

There is no actual birth record for Thomas Jefferson. The chart which is most used is a rectification by Doris Chase Doane. We will examine the chart in various ways to confirm its potential accuracy.

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To quote Heather Williams, H.W., M., “Translation is the creative process of re-engineering the outdated software of your mind.” Translation is a 5-step process using syllogistic reasoning to transform apparent man and the universe back into its essential whole, complete and perfect nature.  Through the process of Translation, reality is uncovered and thus revealed. Through word tracking, getting to the essence of the words we use to express our current view of reality, we are uncovering the underlying timeless reality of the Universe.

Sense testimony:

Invalidating, acting adverse, not listening or appreciating or enhancing one’s value is slavery.


  1. Truth is advertent (as opposed to inadvertent) strength, and freedom is Its only option.
  2. Truth is one value of Reality and Action Now-Spirit and Soul of Being is the Invisible High Seer of Intelligent speaking I Thou.
  3. The Truth is one Powerful Healthy Working Agreement proudly praising improving all there is.
  4. To come.

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 Orgasmic Living (by Robert McEwen, H.W., M.)

I have lived as an Androgynous being much of my life.  Labels of straight, gay or LGBT are not relevant to the invisible essence of my experience of   orgasmic androgynous living.  It is a creative force of nature itself. I grin lots when the erroneous boundaries of self are experienced as an “I-Thou” relationship.  There is no separation or projections then. That oneness unfolding and blossoms into a blissful experience of love, a celebration of the inner wedding!

Then there is a partner, or  the enhancement of partner commitment through loving communion. It includes the experience of the “valley orgasm:” longer lasting and continuing waves of energy moving through the body. It is the heart level of sexuality.  The chakras opening up and the energy flowing intensely during orgasm of the body and mind union.  Nature, or energy modulated for lengthy bliss.  To flow together in this dimension is also available to us.

The male and Female spark explodes which is the ecstatic expanded experience producing altered states of consciousness. It encompasses the “cosmic orgasm:” the timeless, boundless state where orgasmic waves move through all the energy centers. Cosmic orgasm can and does occur spontaneously to anyone, but as a practice, it can replenish the life force with release through the crown of the head. The truth is we are capable of experiencing orgasms in multiple dimensions. Energy centers, called chakras (meaning “spinning wheels” in Sanskrit) are not anatomical structures in the body but are clusters of oscillating energy. Chakras function like electrical transformers, lowering the vibrating rate of life force energy, called Prana in the Vedic system and enabling it to flow through the body. We are actually an organized combination of several energy systems around a unifying field. If we could see the subtle light bodies around us there would be lights vibrating a spectrum of colors and frequencies.  We “FEEL” this orgasmic union ourselves and some times with a willing loving partner.   This is a “heart” orgasm.

–Robert W. McEwen, H.W., M.

I have been getting emails and calls about the “Orgasmic Living” article I shared.  The challenge of finding this transcendent orgasm might be as simple as discovering our innate ability to let go.  Begin with developing a daily routine of learning to physically recognize where and how stress lives in your body and practice releasing it.   Practice simple relaxing breathing  The prana or “chi” is energy.  The life force is felt and can take you to  mysterious and compelling territory of experiencing sexual pleasure. Learn what is erotic to you.  Releasing our control is simultaneously the path and the reward into the transcendent and mysterious human orgasm.

Working towards developing your  erotic pleasure capacity is key.  Let go of guilt and know you are worth being one with the life force.  You ARE the life force! You are a unique complex combination of synergistic energy systems.  This gets beyond stereotypes of typical turn ons that are cultural conditioned.  Repression causes stress so let go and experience erotic sensual pleasures.  Let go of guilts, laugh at the fears you might have taken on  and experience the pleasures that awaken you!  Have fun! Get with your loving playful partner that shares  with you.  Be blessed in this sacred love.

R.W. McEwen, H.W., M.
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Carl Bernstein at White House Correspondent’s Dinner 2017

Carl Bernstein (ca. 1972) at left

“Follow the lie.”
“Sustained inquiry is essential.”
“It’s rarely the story you think it is when you begin your investigation.”

–Carl Bernstein (born February 14, 1944) is an American investigative journalist and author. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Bernstein was teamed up with Bob Woodward; the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal. Wikipedia

The Global Challenges Prize 2017: A United Nations 2.0

In November 2016, the Global Challenges Foundation launches a new prize competition, a quest to find models of global cooperation capable of handling the most pressing threats to humanity. The New Shape Prize will offer US$5 million for the best ideas for a global governance frameworks to better manage the threats posed by four interlinked ‘mega-risks’: climate change, environmental damage, conflict (including nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction) and extreme poverty.

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The Poetry Connection

Bernie Sanders, reading Rimbaud at a Civil Rights sit-in…

Bernie was the first American politician in my lifetime that came close to my alignment. On the political chart I fall close to my hero Tony Benn and Mahatma Gandhi.

With that said, I believe everyone brings something to the table. Listen to those who you don’t agree with, listen not just to reply, but to their soul and its longings, their dreams, their fears. You might find there is more commonality than not. Find the light in the “Other”… There is no Other, once it is all examined.


“Our fear of artificial intelligence? It is all too human” by Madeleine Chang

Alicia Vikander appears in “Ex Machina” a science fiction film about artificial intelligence, a fast-developing field that raises bias questions for tech creators. Photo: Associated Press

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April 21, 2017 (

Alicia Vikander appears in “Ex Machina” a science fiction film about artificial intelligence, a fast-developing field that raises bias questions for tech creators.

The classic sci-fi fear that robots will intellectually outpace humans has resurfaced now that artificial intelligence is part of our daily lives. Today artificially intelligent programs deliver food, deposit checks and help employers make hiring decisions. If we are to worry about a robot takeover, however, it is not because artificial intelligence is inhuman and immoral, but rather because we are coding-in distinctly human prejudice.

Last year, Microsoft released an artificially intelligent Twitter chatbot named “Tay” aimed at engaging Millennials online. The idea was that Tay would spend some time interacting with users, absorb relevant topics and opinions, and then produce its own content. In less than 24 hours, Tay went from tweeting “humans are super cool” to racist, neo-Nazi one-liners, such as: “I f— hate n—, I wish we could put them all in a concentration camp with kikes and be done with the lot.” Needless to say, Microsoft shut down Tay and issued an apology.

We need to hold the companies who make our AI-enabled devices accountable to a standard of ethics.

As the Tay disaster revealed, artificial intelligence does not always distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in human behavior. The type of artificial intelligence frequently used in consumer products is called machine learning. Before machine learning, humans analyzed data, found a pattern and wrote an algorithm (like a step-by-step recipe) for the computer to use. Now, we feed the computer huge amounts of data points, and the computer itself can spot the pattern then write the algorithm for itself to follow.

For example, if we wanted the artificial intelligence to correctly identify cars, then we’d teach it what cars looked like by giving it lots pictures of cars. If all the pictures we chose happened to be red sedans, then the artificial intelligence might think that cars, by definition, are red sedans. If we then showed the artificial intelligence a picture of a blue sports utility vehicle, it might determine it wasn’t a car. This is all to say that the accuracy of AI-powered technology depends on the data we use to teach it.

When there is bias in the data used to train artificial intelligence, there is bias in its output.

AI-controlled online advertising is almost six times more likely to show high-paying job posts to men than to women. An AI-judged beauty contest found white women most attractive. Artificially intelligent software used in court to help judges set bail and parole sentences also showed racial prejudice. As ProPublica reported, “The formula was particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.” It is not that the algorithm is inherently racist — it’s that it was fed stacks of court filings that were harsher on black men than on white. In turn, the artificial intelligence learned to call black defendants criminals at an unfairly higher rate, just like a human might.

That algorithm-fueled artificial intelligence amplifies human bias should make us wary of Silicon Valley’s claim that this technology will usher in a better future.

Even when algorithms are not involved, old-fashioned assumptions make their way into the newest gadgets. I walked into room the other day to a man yelling, “Alexa, find my phone!” only later to realize he was talking to his Amazon Alexa robot personal assistant, not a human female secretary. It is no coincidence that all the AI personal assistants — Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa — marketed to perform to traditionally female tasks, default to female voices. What is “disruptive” about that?

Some have suggested that AI’s bias problem stems from the homogeneity of the people making the technology. Silicon Valley’s top tech firms are notoriously white-male dominated, and hire fewer women and people of color than the rest of the business sector. Companies such as Uber and Tesla have gained reputations for corporate culture hostile to women and people of color. Google was sued in January by the Department of Labor for failing to provide compensation data, and then charged with underpaying its female employees (Google is federally contracted and must hire in accordance with federal law). There is no question that there should be more women and people of color in tech. But adding diversity to product teams alone will not counteract the systemic nature of the bias in data used to train artificial intelligence.

Careful attention to how artificial intelligence learns will require placing antibias ethics at the center of tech companies’ operating principles — not just an after-the-fact inclusion measure mentioned on the company website. This ethical framework exists in other fields — medicine, law, education, government. Training, licensing, ethics boards, legal sanctions and public opinion coalesce to establish standards of practice. For instance, medical doctors are taught the Hippocratic oath and agree to uphold certain ethical practices or lose their licenses. Why can’t tech have a similar ethical infrastructure?

Perhaps ethics in tech did not matter as much when the products were confined to calculators, video games and iPods. But now that artificial intelligence makes serious, humanlike decisions, we need to hold it to humanlike moral standards and humanlike laws. Otherwise, we risk building a future that looks just like our past and present.

Madeleine Chang is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @maddiechang

Terminology: Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, proposes that the mass communication media of the U.S. “are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function, by reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions, and self-censorship, and without overt coercion”, by means of the propaganda model of communication. The title derives from the phrase “the manufacture of consent,” employed in the book Public Opinion (1922), by Walter Lippmann (1889–1974).

Chomsky credits the origin of the book to the impetus of Alex Carey, the Australian social psychologist, to whom he and co-author E. S. Herman dedicated the book. Four years after publication, Manufacturing Consent: The political Economy of the Mass Media was adapted to the cinema as Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992), a documentary presentation of the propaganda-model of communication, the politics of the mass-communications business, and a biography of Chomsky.

Five filters of editorial bias

The propaganda model for the manufacture of public consent describes five editorially distorting filters, which are applied to the reporting of news in mass communications media:

  1. Size, Ownership, and Profit Orientation: The dominant mass-media outlets are large companies operated for profit, and therefore they must cater to the financial interests of the owners, who are usually corporations and controlling investors. The size of a media company is a consequence of the investment capital required for the mass-communications technology required to reach a mass audience of viewers, listeners, and readers.
  2. The Advertising License to Do Business: Since the majority of the revenue of major media outlets derives from advertising (not from sales or subscriptions), advertisers have acquired a “de facto licensing authority”. Media outlets are not commercially viable without the support of advertisers. News media must therefore cater to the political prejudices and economic desires of their advertisers. This has weakened the working class press, for example, and also helps explain the attrition in the number of newspapers.
  3. Sourcing Mass Media News: Herman and Chomsky argue that “the large bureaucracies of the powerful subsidize the mass media, and gain special access [to the news], by their contribution to reducing the media’s costs of acquiring […] and producing, news. The large entities that provide this subsidy become ‘routine’ news sources and have privileged access to the gates. Non-routine sources must struggle for access, and may be ignored by the arbitrary decision of the gatekeepers.”
  4. Flak and the Enforcers: “Flak” refers to negative responses to a media statement or program (e.g. letters, complaints, lawsuits, or legislative actions). Flak can be expensive to the media, either due to loss of advertising revenue, or due to the costs of legal defense or defense of the media outlet’s public image. Flak can be organized by powerful, private influence groups (e.g. think tanks). The prospect of eliciting flak can be a deterrent to the reporting of certain kinds of facts or opinions.
  5. Anti-Communism: This was included as a filter in the original 1988 edition of the book, but Chomsky argues that since the end of the Cold War (1945–91) anticommunism was replaced by the “War on Terror” as the major social control mechanism.

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Cassini spacecraft sends back closest-ever photos of Saturn

NASA caption: An ethereal, glowing spot appears on Saturn’s B ring in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. There is nothing particular about that place in the rings that produces the glowing effect — instead, it is an example of an “opposition surge” making that area on the rings appear extra bright. An opposition surge occurs when the sun is directly behind the observer looking toward the rings. The particular geometry of this observation makes the point in the rings appear much, much brighter than would otherwise be expected. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 28 degrees above the ring plane. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini wide-angle camera on June 26, 2016.

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April 28, 2017

The Cassini spacecraft, on a historic and eventually fatal orbit that dives between Saturn’s body and its rings, has re-emerged from its first dive and fired back some closest-ever photos of the planet’s atmosphere.

NASA lost contact with the spacecraft yesterday during the dive, but reacquired contact just before midnight last night with its Deep Space Network Goldstone Complex in California’s Mojave Desert.

NASA said in a news release:

“In the grandest tradition of exploration, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has once again blazed a trail, showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare,” said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

As it dove through the gap, Cassini came within about 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of Saturn’s cloud tops (where the air pressure is 1 bar — comparable to the atmospheric pressure of Earth at sea level) and within about 200 miles (300 kilometers) of the innermost visible edge of the rings.

The agency explains that the gab between the rings and Saturn’s atmosphere is about 1,500 miles … a narrow window for a spacecraft being guided from so far away.

NASA’s Cassini probe is preparing to end it’s twenty-year stellar mission. Launched back in 1997, the spacecraft has been orbiting the gas giant Saturn since 2004. For the last thirteen years, Cassini has been sending back a trove of data around the planet and its rings. Now that the mission is coming to an end, NASA engineers want to sacrifice the craft for some unprecedented views of Saturn. In particular, NASA will maneuver the craft to dive through a gap in the rings, before plummeting Cassini into Saturn, or one of it’s 60 moons.

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“No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before. We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with Saturn’s other rings, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like,” said Cassini Project Manager Earl Maize of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape.”

Cassini will make its next dare-devil dive through the gap on May 2.

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New word: “Fluffer”

A fluffer on set of a gay pornographic movie handing a lubricant to an actor

A fluffer is a person employed to keep a male adult film star erect on the set. These duties, which do not necessarily involve touching the actors, are considered part of the makeup department. After setting up the desired angle, the director asks the actors to hold position and calls for the fluffer to “fluff” the actors for the shot. Fluffing could also entail sexual acts such as fellatio or non-penetrative sex.

According to some pornographic actors, such as Aurora SnowJames Deen and Keiran Lee, fluffers do not actually exist, saying that the role might have existed in the past, yet was displaced in 1998 with the increase of Viagra; however, according to pornographic actress Sabrina Deep, fluffers do exist and can have a decisive impact on a production. Hunter Skott, who has worked as a fluffer, contended in an interview that “fluffers are only used for a gangbang or bukkake, not for regular [porn] movies”. Sloane Steel, formerly of, said much the same.

In popular culture

In the 1998 videogame Fallout 2, it is possible for the player to become a fluffer for a post-apocalyptic studio engaged in the porn industry.

The 2001 film The Fluffer was about a film buff with a crush on a porn star who is straight, for whom he would end up working as a fluffer in gay porn. A four-minute short comedy film also titled The Fluffer was released in 2003.

In the 2003 fourth episode of the TV series Nip/Tuck, Matt McNamara‘s one-night stand with a pornographic “fluffer” (Marnette Patterson) results in a sexually transmitted infection scare.

In an episode of New Girl entitled “Fluffer”, a male character is described as an “emotional fluffer” for the female lead, providing her sentimental stimulation which allows her to maintain a more active sex life with a different man with whom she has been having sex.

The term fluffer has also been adopted by the real estate industry to refer to a person that stages homes, and as a term for a maid who fluffs pillows, or in general cleans and prepares work equipment. These two usages of the term predate the pornographic usage, which came into use in the 1970s.