Haiku: Shine

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Waiting for so long
Mysteries will be revealed
We shine forever

Copyright Francis 2021

Haibun: Something Stirring

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The spring song of a great tit
halted my winter walk;
the next day he was there again,
marking out his territory
so early in the year.
Then the incessant cooing of doves
on our rimy roof,
interrupting my morning ablutions.
Though it’s cold outside
and my heart is playing the blues
there are signs,
signs of something new,
much more than mere signs
of an early spring
which nature corresponds.

Something is stirring
Winter birds are singing spring
They sense what’s coming

Copyright Francis 2021

Jupiter in Aquarius Square Uranus in Taurus Transit — Diamond Fire Astrology (Reblog)

Jupiter in Aquarius Square Uranus in Taurus pushes forward into a new revolution in innovation, creativity, and adjusting the new horizons. This may be re-inventing self with new ideas, new education, and teaching one’s self to be self-disciplined, and thinking of long-term gains versus short-term gains. This might bring up a serious amount of impatience […]

Jupiter in Aquarius Square Uranus in Taurus Transit — Diamond Fire Astrology

The Upcoming Age of Air — Embrace Positive Change

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On December 17 2020 Saturn leaves one sign of his rulership and enters the other — Aquarius.

On December 19 Jupiter also enters the Waterbearer, where the two conjoin exactly in 0 degrees Aquarius on December 21, the day of the winter solstice. The two are already effectively within orbs of a conjunction in the latter degrees of Capricorn.

The symbolism could not be more emphatic, in my opinion. This is the true date of the Great Migration, where the Grand Conjunction, which occurs every 19.6 years, moves into another element, on this occasion from earth into air.

Threshold of the Age of Air

This, I contend, is the threshold of the Age of Air, where gross materialism will finally be let go. For two hundred years humanity has been led blindly from one disaster to another, in an almost endless sequence of war and revolution. Whilst there has seemingly been an improvement in certain material conditions and a great growth in our population, we have never been more misled, or confused.

Aquarius and air signs in general (Libra, Gemini), represent thought, the mind, communication, relationships and equity. There will develop a lightening of our civilisation, away from materialism and more towards the merging of science and spirituality, which were always effectively the same discipline.

The Great Migration

The last time this Great Migration occurred in the early 13th century, that is moving from the earth element into air, we had developments like the Magna Carta (1215) and the birth of great men and philosophers, such as Thomas Aquinas and Roger Bacon. According to the extant records, the 13th and 14th centuries represent the gestation of what we now call the Renaissance.

Whilst there were naturally many negative aspects, it was generally a time of cultural flowering, more openness, experimentation; yet it was also a highly spiritual age. Life was far from perfect, of course, yet our understanding of the past is not always accurate. We are victims of thinking that everything in the past has to be less advanced than our own times. This is not true.

One Step Back — Two Forward

So the way I see it, the first twenty years of this new Age of Air, influenced by the fixed air sign of Aquarius, will be a time of making new foundations in philosophy, science and spirituality. There will be new modes of governing ourselves; in fact, the concept of government is about to change fundamentally.

Whilst we will begin to slowly free ourselves from the previous grossly materialistic culture, we will also start to harken back to previous ages and realise that much wisdom has been foolishly and forcibly removed from our civilisation. We must go one step back to go two forward, so to speak.

The Birth and Death of Kings

This change, I believe, is inevitable. Traditionally, the Great Conjunction every twenty years represents the ‘birth and death of kings’. The migration into another element strongly indicates deeper, more fundamental change, spiritually and structurally.

It will not be easy, of course, but it is absolutely necessary for our long term well-being, culturally and spiritually. We shall be able to look forward towards freedom, whilst working within certain eternal, fundamental spiritual realities which cannot be ignored.

Let us embrace this change — it is, after all, ‘written in the stars’ of our Creator.

Copyright Francis 2020

Is Life ‘A Simple Game’? The Visionary B-Side from 1968 — Astrology Musings

This is one of my favourite Moody Blues’ songs, composed by keyboardist Mike Pinder in 1968, at a time when the world was convulsed with anger, riot, division, assassination and talk of revolution. *Please take note of the lyrics.

Released as a B Side to ‘Ride My See-saw’, and later covered wonderfully by The Four Tops, I think this song captures the mood of the time — but most especially and prophetically, of our own time, all these years later. It’s a call for clarity, truth and justice. But most important of all, it is visionary.

This fantastic song did not appear on one of their albums until the 1974 double disc, ‘This Is The Moody Blues’.

The Great Mutation into Air Signs

I think we are, right now, ‘on the threshold’ of a more free, social, meaningful and humanitarian age. The birth pangs are all around us, symbolised in the sky by the up and coming Great Conjunction and Great Mutation, that is Jupiter and Saturn conjoining closely at 0 degrees Aquarius on December 21 2020. This marks the first transition of this Great Conjunction fully into the Air Element (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) since the early 13th century. This new Age of Air will last around 200 years and will transform our materialistic civilisation.

Many people thought the Sixties were such an enlightening time, that we were entering the so-called Age of Aquarius, but I contend this was wrong, spurred on by the false, illusory trends of a social revolution. Amidst all that manufactured chaos of the late Sixties, ‘A Simple Game’ appeared, a truly hopeful and visionary creation that speaks to us all the more now.

But times of transition are always difficult, fraught and often protracted. I wish Godspeed to us all on this new and hopeful journey.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020