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Your Horoscopes — Week Of January 29, 2018 (

Aquarius | Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

Low-Risk Mutual Funds and Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds might seem like a safe bet. But then, picking a racehorse based solely on its name is never the way to go.

Pisces | Feb. 19 to March 20

You will be torn between two equally worthy suitors, one who is kind, selfless, outgoing, supportive, and loving, and one who is attractive.

Aries | March 21 to April 19

Unexpected and startling events in the coming days will compel you to become more familiar with your monthly menstrual cycle.

Taurus | April 20 to May 20

Your future as a songwriter ends almost before it begins when you find that someone has already compared the depth, power, and beauty of their love to an ocean.

Gemini | May 21 to June 20

Attempts to run away from the problem will fail this week when the problem turns out to be a short-circuited treadmill.

Cancer | June 21 to July 22

The universe has a funny way of balancing things out. Prepare to lose your other eye by the end of the month.

Leo | July 23 to Aug. 22

All of those hurtful mother-in-law jokes will come back to haunt you this Friday when you suddenly run out of hurtful mother-in-law jokes to tell.

Virgo | Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

People say you’re a control freak, but if you had your way, they’d say it a little slower and maybe even a touch louder.

Libra | Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

There is a time and place for everything, except for your loud and incompetent scat singing.

Scorpio | Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

For centuries, fire was a sacred symbol of vitality and strength. Keep this in mind as you roll around frantically on your kitchen floor this Thursday.

Sagittarius | Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

Look to nature for encouragement and inspiration this week. Do this for as many ungodly hours as it damn well takes.

Capricorn | Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

The judge will sentence you to three weeks of community service work at a nearby park, which is exactly what you were doing when the cops picked you up.

Democracy at Work: Richard Wolff Schools Jordan Peterson on Marx

Start at 16:30 in:

the new symbolization
Published on Dec 23, 2018

Half hour abridged version here:
A very serious response to many of the commenters below…

Wolff gives a crash course on what every responsible citizen, Peterson included, should know about capitalism, as shown by one of its most insightful critics.

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Gwyllm Llwydd – Psychedelic Dreamwork

Portland Psychedelic Society
Published on Jan 27, 2019
Gwyllm Llwydd pursues his art in Portland Oregon, where he lives with his family. Well traveled in the paths of surrealism, dreamwork, mystery schools, arcane metaphysics, psychedelia, and community action, his art explores the hidden dimensions of human consciousness. His works are sold throughout the world and include the latest issue of “The Invisible College Magazine,” for which he is the editor and publisher, and a new illuminated edition of Fitz Hugh Ludlow’s Victorian era psychedelic classic The Hasheesh Eater. Most recently, Gwyllm has taken up a life-long goal of giving talks on Art and its relationship to personal and spiritual evolution. He sincerely believes that community, art, love, and opening up your mind are part of the puzzle (among many) to a Brave New World.

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Hermann Hesse on Solitude, the Value of Hardship, the Courage to Be Yourself, and How to Find Your Destiny

By Maria Popova (


“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” the young Nietzsche wrote as he contemplated what it takes to find oneself. Somehow, this man of stark contradiction, cycling between nihilistic despondency and electric buoyancy along the rim of madness, has managed to inspire some of humanity’s most surefooted spirits — among them, the great German poet, novelist, painter, and Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877–August 9, 1962), who drew from Nietzsche’s philosophy the most humanistic ideas, then magnified them with his own transcendent humanity.

Some of Hesse’s most emboldening ideas about our human responsibility to ourselves and the world unfold in his “Letter to a Young German,” written to a dispirited youth in 1919 and later included in his 1946 anthology If the War Goes On… (public library), published the year he received the Nobel Prize — the same stirring piece that gave us Hesse on hope, the difficult art of taking responsibility, and the wisdom of the inner voice.


Hermann Hesse

Decades before E.E. Cummings asserted that “to be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight,” Hesse writes:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngYou must unlearn the habit of being someone else or nothing at all, of imitating the voices of others and mistaking the faces of others for your own.


One thing is given to man which makes him into a god, which reminds him that he is a god: to know destiny.


When destiny comes to a man from outside, it lays him low, just as an arrow lays a deer low. When destiny comes to a man from within, from his innermost being, it makes him strong, it makes him into a god… A man who has recognized his destiny never tries to change it. The endeavor to change destiny is a childish pursuit that makes men quarrel and kill one another… All sorrow, poison, and death are alien, imposed destiny. But every true act, everything that is good and joyful and fruitful on earth, is lived destiny, destiny that has become self.

Echoing Nietzsche’s insistence that a fulfilling life requires embracing rather than running from difficulty, Hesse exhorts the young to treat their suffering with respect and curiosity, and adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngMight your bitter pain not be the voice of destiny, might that voice not become sweet once you understand it?


Action and suffering, which together make up our lives, are a whole; they are one. A child suffers its begetting, it suffers its birth, its weaning; it suffers here and suffers there until in the end it suffers death. But all the good in a man, for which he is praised or loved, is merely good suffering, the right kind, the living kind of suffering, a suffering to the full. The ability to suffer well is more than half of life — indeed, it is all life. Birth is suffering, growth is suffering, the seed suffers the earth, the root suffers the rain, the bud suffers its flowering.

In the same way, my friends, man suffers destiny. Destiny is earth, it is rain and growth. Destiny hurts.

Long before Simone Weil contemplated how to make use of our suffering, Hesse holds up hardship as “the forge of destiny” and adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngIt is hard to learn to suffer. Women succeed more often and more nobly than men. Learn from them! Learn to listen when the voice of life speaks! Learn to look when the sun of destiny plays with your shadows! Learn to respect life! Learn to respect yourselves! From suffering springs strength…

Writing fifteen years after he made his exquisite case for breaking the trance of busyness, Hesse returns to the sandbox of selfhood — solitude:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngTrue action, good and radiant action, my friends, does not spring from activity, from busy bustling, it does not spring from industrious hammering. It grows in the solitude of the mountains, it grows on the summits where silence and danger dwell. It grows out of the suffering which you have not yet learned to suffer.


Solitude is the path over which destiny endeavors to lead man to himself. Solitude is the path that men most fear. A path fraught with terrors, where snakes and toads lie in wait… Without solitude there is no suffering, without solitude there is no heroism. But the solitude I have in mind is not the solitude of the blithe poets or of the theater, where the fountain bubbles so sweetly at the mouth of the hermit’s cave.


Photograph by Maria Popova

Learning to be nourished by solitude rather than defeated by it, Hesse argues, is a prerequisite for taking charge of our destiny:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngMost men, the herd, have never tasted solitude. They leave father and mother, but only to crawl to a wife and quietly succumb to new warmth and new ties. They are never alone, they never commune with themselves. And when a solitary man crosses their path, they fear him and hate him like the plague; they fling stones at him and find no peace until they are far away from him. The air around him smells of stars, of cold stellar spaces; he lacks the soft warm fragrance of the home and hatchery.


A man must be indifferent to the possibility of falling, if he wants to taste of solitude and to face up to his own destiny. It is easier and sweeter to walk with a people, with a multitude — even through misery. It is easier and more comforting to devote oneself to the “tasks” of the day, the tasks meted out by the collectivity.

In a sentiment the poet May Sarton would echo in her stunning ode to solitude two decades later, Hesse adds:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngSolitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.


Photograph by Maria Popova

Two millennia after Seneca admonished that “all your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched,” Hesse exults:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngBlessed be he who has found his solitude, not the solitude pictured in painting or poetry, but his own, unique, predestined solitude. Blessed be he who knows how to suffer! Blessed be he who bears the magic stone in his heart. To him comes destiny, from him comes authentic action.

In consonance with Seamus Heaney’s lyrical insight that “the true and durable path into and through experience involves being true… to your own solitude, true to your own secret knowledge,” Hesse addresses the young:

2e292385-dc1c-4cfe-b95e-845f6f98c2ec.pngYou were made to be yourselves. You were made to enrich the world with a sound, a tone, a shadow.


In each one of you there is a hidden being, still in the deep sleep of childhood. Bring it to life! In each one of you there is a call, a will, an impulse of nature, an impulse toward the future, the new, the higher. Let it mature, let it resound, nurture it! Your future is not this or that; it is not money or power, it is not wisdom or success at your trade — your future, your hard dangerous path is this: to mature and to find God in yourselves.

A century later, the entire piece remains a spectacular and deeply insightful read, as does the whole of Hesse’s If the War Goes On…. Complement this particular fragment with Ursula K. Le Guin on suffering and the other side of pain, Louise Bourgeois on how solitude enriches creative work and Elizabeth Bishop on why everyone should experience at least one long period of solitude in life, then revisit Hesse on the discipline of savoring life’s little joyswhy books will survive all future technologythe three types of readers, and what trees teach us about belonging and life.



According to the Astrology Forecast February 2019, this month will be hopping!

Astrology Forecast February 2019 – Moving On, Through, Forward, and Along

To listen to Astrologer Kathy Biehl discuss the Astrology Forecast February 2019, click the player below.

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but it also stands to be one of the most hopping.

We’re still figuring and sorting out January’s gear shifts, epiphanies and breakthroughs – not to mention the chaos and revolution of the past few years — but that’s not hindering action. February is serving up round after round of moving … on, through, forward, ahead, along.

First up in the Astrology Forecast February 2019: the next big phase in expressing ourselves in a group context. The Aquarius New Moon February 4 ushers that in, moving us on (that phrase!) from the lessons of two and a half year Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle, which ended with the eyepopping blood moon lunar eclipse of January 20-21. The wrapping up will play out for months. In the meantime, updates are rolling out now in your heart, self-acceptance, and networks.

This New Moon occurs on the degree of the Aquarius lunar eclipse of August 2017. Think back to how chapters ended and social circles rearranged in or because of the events of that summer. The new or next phases in situations arising now have a connection to them.

That eclipse was also on Robert Mueller’s sun, about six months into his term as special prosecutor. And lo and behold, the days after this New Moon have the issue of one his cooperating witnesses, Trump’s former attorney/fixer Michael Cohen, testifying before Congress. He was scheduled to do this voluntarily just after the New Moon, on Feb. 7. In advance, in January, conflicting info leaked (Jupiter square Neptune) that Trump may / may not have instructed Cohen to lie to Congress in his previous testimony. Cohen postponed his February testimony on grounds of threats to his physical safety and to his family (which if true are the federal crime of witness tampering and potentially additional fodder for the special prosecutor), and the House Oversight Committee responded by subpoenaing him to appear. All this before February even began, with more to come at and soon after the Aquarius New Moon. #ThereIsNoSuchThingAsCoincidence

As these unroll we’re soon feeling more than thinking, grokking more than verbalizing, picking up and transmitting messages more by telepathy and dreams than by talking and texting. Mercury finishes his annual tour of Aquarius on February 10, when he drops from high in the sky into the all-connected waters of Pisces. By the 20th he enters the degrees he’ll retrace when he retrogrades at the beginning of March, which means matters from the end of the month may well come up for revisiting next month.

Mid-month brings overlapping rounds of moving on, through, forward, ahead, along. An action is impassioned, spontaneous, risky, unconventional and explosive. (Let’s everyone visualize that last one being metaphoric!)

This is part of the graduation exercise for the independent study course in self-starting and self-actualizing you’ve been taking (consciously or not) since 2010. Warrior god Mars, the planet of push and ruler of our motivation and drive, is meeting unpredictable, liberating change agent Uranus on the 13th, then heading for the slower, calmer, weightier earth of Taurus the next day.

Mars is at maximum (fire)power before that shift. He’s accentuating daring, boldness, aggressiveness, frustration, anger and courage, any or all of which will explode without warning (or visible provocation). Then he throttles back into a mode that doesn’t sit well with him (or some of us): slow, steady, methodical, sensual, practical. This is a formula for artisans and with craftspeople, for making things tangible, real, bankable.

This crossover reactivates the cosmic shoves of May 15-16, 2018. Watch for (and engage in) practical, tangible movement on the paradigm shifts that broke open then.

This time around, we’re more proactive and self-reliant, with clearer boundaries to boot. Chiron, the embodiment of our abiding wounds, is ending some eight years in Pisces and starting an eight-year tour of Aries, over February 18-19.

Chiron in Pisces blurred energetic and emotional boundaries, mingling individual pains and wounds with those of other people and humanity at large. His time there heightened the experience or awareness of issues involving underdogs, the powerless and refugees; empathy and compassion; martyrdom, victimization and scapegoating; and the far-reaching effect of a butterfly’s flutter – or a tossed pebble sending ripples out in a pond.

Something might hit critical mass on his way out the door – a healing crisis, maybe. The switch is underscoring and running with the revitalization we’ve received from Uranus in Aries, so it’s unlikely we’ll be down for long. Instead, we’ll shake off the water and implement new and improved behaviors. Adopt a superhero role model, or create one based on yourself.

Clear-eyed analytical feedback – with more than a touch of ESP – comes with the Virgo Full Moon, at the first degree of the sign, on February 19. The rational and nonrational ends of the usual Full Moon equation have changed places. Your heart is spotlighting what needs improvement; your mind is off in the clouds with Neptune, spinning dreams and fantasies and magic.

Meanwhile, reason has hold of the goddess of love as well. She’s conjunct cosmic rule-enforcer and Über-adult Saturn, making desires sober, worldly, realistic and looking for containment and commitment.

And yet, she’s still susceptible to nonrational impulses and abandons. Cravings with the pull of a tractor beam are at work, as she joins the subterranean, primal power of Pluto on February 22. It’s the call of nature, the itch that demands to scratch, the lure of the abyss, or a volcano, or raw intimacy with a fellow human, possibly the scariest attraction of all. As the two planets of love and desire fuse, Jupiter’s whipping up Mercury, casting us as leads in our own little romantic comedies (or would that be a dark indie film?) and making us believe wild dreams are coming true.

Trickery? Miracle? We might not care which. Clarity is possible on February 23, when Mercury and Pluto open a doorway to candor. By the end of the month, opportunities and motivation arise to push ourselves on, through, forward, ahead, along. In superhero costume or not.

About the Astrologer

Kathy Biehl is an astrologer, Tarot master and Best American Psychics member who helps individuals and businesses understand (and laugh about!) themselves, their options and the people in their lives.


Translators:  Melissa Goodnight, Richard Branam, Hanz Bolen, Mike Zonta

SENSE TESTIMONY:  Concentration of wealth and information unbalances the commonwealth of individuals and communities.

5th Step Conclusions:

1)  Truth is a diffuse, indivisible, Self-informed community of well-being (commonwealth), construing/elucidating Itself perfectly and equally.

2)  All is One Infinite Consciousness Beingness, everywhere equally present as the limitless treasure of intelligent wherewithal — forever endowing and sustaining every perfect individuation of the common good.

3)  Truth is Aloha Communal Community, this Relationship is the Indivisible Cosmic Consciousness, Being I Am that I Am, this System is the Self Commanding Volition of Uniformity of Self Informed: Newly Morphed Continuum rendering Permission to Live Life Thrivingly.

4)  All one mind Individuated is clearly knowing powering doing appreciating all with self evident sound agreeable well being.

Joke about a drunk guy

A police officer sees a drunken man intently searching the ground near a lamppost and asks him the goal of his quest. The inebriate replies that he is looking for his car keys, and the officer helps for a few minutes without success then he asks whether the man is certain that he dropped the keys near the lamppost.

“No,” is the reply, “I lost the keys somewhere across the street.” “Why look here?” asks the surprised and irritated officer. “The light is much better here,” the intoxicated man responds with aplomb.


The New American Story | Marianne Williamson | TEDxBerkeley

TEDx Talks
Published on Mar 8, 2018

Making it her personal goal to break the norms tying society down, Marianne Williamson gives a moving talk on activism, empowerment, and the politically tumultuous climate. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. For the last 35 years, she has been one of America’s most well known public voices, having been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, & Bill Maher. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four of these were #1. The mega best seller A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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