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by Robert Wilkinson

I just realized yesterday would have been the 160th birthday of the one who created the detective novel, giving birth to one of the best known fictional characters of all time. He was also a famous investigator of spiritual phenomenon.

From Wikipedia,

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish-born writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels….

Doyle had a longstanding interest in mystical subjects…. in Southsea in 1887, influenced by a member of the Portsmouth Literary and Philosophical Society … he began a series of psychic investigations. These included attending around 20 seances, experiments in telepathy and sittings with mediums. Writing to Spiritualist journal Light, that year, he declared himself to be a Spiritualist and spoke of one particular psychic event that had convinced him.

He was a founding member of the Hampshire Society for Psychical Research in 1889 and joined the London-based Society for Psychical Research in 1893…. During 1916, at the height of World War I, a change came over Conan Doyle's beliefs prompted by the apparent psychic abilities of his children's nanny, Lily Loder Symonds. This, combined with the deaths he saw around him, made him rationalise that Spiritualism was a "New Revelation" sent by God to bring solace to the bereaved. The New Revelation was the title of his first Spiritualist work, published two years later. In the intervening years, he wrote to Light magazine about his faith and lectured frequently on the truth of Spiritualism.

War-related deaths close to him certainly strengthened his long-held belief in life after death and spirit communication, though it is wrong to claim that the death of his son, Kingsley, turned him to Spiritualism, as is often stated. Doyle came out as a Spiritualist to the public in 1916, a full two years before his son's death….

Doyle found solace supporting spiritualism and its attempts to find proof of existence beyond the grave. In particular, according to some, he favoured Christian Spiritualism and encouraged the Spiritualists' National Union to accept an eighth precept – that of following the teachings and example of Jesus of Nazareth. He was a member of the renowned supernatural organisation The Ghost Club…. Doyle believed that many cases of diagnosed mental illness were the result of spirit possession….

Many of the spiritualists’ claims were debunked over the years, and while Doyle stayed faithful to his beliefs in paranormal powers and occurrences, he also spent years in useless public fights with skeptics of spiritualism. Still, he’s known for one great big thing – he created Sherlock Holmes, the greatest “consulting detective” of all time, loved by millions around the world to this day.

Which reminds me: I once did a talk to a Sherlockian group in Austin many years ago, where I delineated the chart of the Master Detective, as his birthday is given in various parts of the canon. A great good time was had by all! If I can find the transcript which was published way back when in a newsletter format, I’ll do a rewrite and publish it here for your enjoyment.

Yes, even fictional characters have birth charts! And given the longevity of this particular character, I have no doubt that his legacy took significant turns during the transits since he first was introduced on the world stage. I’d even bet the publication of A Study in Scarlett corresponded to a significant transit in Sherlock’s chart!

So here’s to a Master Wordsmith and spiritual investigator. Even if he got some things wrong about the invisible world (don't we all, from time to time?), he still gave the world a fantastic legacy loved to this day.

© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson

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by Robert Wilkinson

Today we explore specifics of the Superior Conjunction of May 21 at 1 Gemini. This “fusion of life and mind” will impact the rest of the Mercury direct period, as well as the first part of its next retrograde up to the Inferior Conjunction coming on July 21 at 29 Cancer.

To remind you, the superior conjunction occurs when Mercury (mind) conjuncts the Sun (life) when in direct motion, while the inferior conjunction is when Mercury (mind) conjuncts the Sun (life) when Mercury is retrograde. Each operates as a fusion of Life and Mind, but in each “Mind moves in a different direction.”

When either conjunction happens, it indicates that signals, messages, and ideas from either outer sources or subconscious sources will fuse with the life principle. This sets the tone for the lessons involving how our minds are relating to our lives during the weeks which follow the inferior conjunction.

Since its last retrograde, Mercury in direct motion has been moving faster than the Sun. It has now caught up to the Sun and making a “superior conjunction,” beginning a several week period when mind will race ahead of life, heralding things to come when the Sun transits the span Mercury will show us over the next few weeks. The degree of any superior conjunction shows how our perceptions have caught up with our lives, which can bring forth a new expression of our light.

As I mentioned yesterday, this Superior conjunction at 1 Gemini happens on the exact degree of the Moon in the November 2018 Full Moon chart. This begins a fusion of Life and Mind with identical themes as we experienced in late November and early December 2018.

By way of comparison, the last Superior Conjunction at 10 Aquarius was on the exact degree where Mars went stationary retrograde last June. That means the period after the Superior Conjunction in late January brought a time of forward movement in February and March 2019 related to how that Mars RX period played out in our lives. While the period between June and October 2018 was a time to withdraw from our own and others’ projections, and plan anew, and we found what had been “popular” before that time was no longer popular after that time, the Superior Conjunction helped us understand how what we left behind in 2018 was related to our lives in February and March 2019

The Sabian Symbol for the Superior Conjunction

The Solar-Mercurial degree symbol for the Superior Conjunction at 1 Gemini is “A glass-bottomed boat in still water.” In "the Astrology of Personality, where Rudhyar uses the original Dr. Jones' class notes on the symbols, 1 Gemini is said to be a phase of "Depth of realization in a consciousness constantly in touch with the sources of life," and "sensitiveness to collective images."

In the Astrological Mandala, he says this degree involves "the revelation of unconscious energies and submerged psychic structures." Here we become aware of the "hidden contents of man's collective Unconscious" if our "boat," or ego, has a "glass bottom" allowing us to see that which is below normal perception. He states that our conscious mind must be somewhat "translucent" so we can become aware of the "psychic depths below the normal level of consciousness."

He goes on to say that in this discovery process this is a stage of vision, where we find that which we did not know existed. Here "a new dimension of reality is perceived by the earnest inquirer." He says it falls in the span of Zeal, and is the first degree of the actional level of the scene of Discovery in the Act of Differentiation.

According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, the degree is one of "alertness to ramifications of experience," and the need we take action that benefits us if we would "capitalize on any particular opportunity." This shows that even inactivity is of value if it allows us to "regrasp our destiny" to our advantage, since it gives us the ability to touch "the transient stream of everyday affairs."

He offers us the keyword of CURIOSITY. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree is "high competence in the estimation of life's potentialities."

So we'll use the ”fusion of life and mind” through the next Inferior Conjunction to look forward, anticipating things to come while being moved by a seeing how we’ve opened to a new depth understanding, or can now “see beneath the surface” of routine life. We will again take a new look at some things we’ve discovered since last November, or in some way the next few weeks will open up a a new curiosity which will help us “regrasp our destiny.”

What’s Up After the Superior Conjunction?

At this conjunction, mind is no longer following life, trying to catch up to it. Now mind races forward as herald, catching glimpses of knowledge, perception, and understanding that shows us where life is headed in the near future.

Also remember that when Mercury outraces the Sun and moves ahead of it, it no longer "leads the light." Now "Life" leads "Mind" even as Mind blazes the trail the Light will follow these next few weeks. This is the time when we stretch out into the future, with a period of looking back coming in July at the next Mercury retrograde.

In this chart, now that Mercury no longer leads the Sun, it leaves Venus as the “entry to the Light.” Venus in Taurus gives us a fairly enjoyable and natural entry to our lives at this time, and substantiating what’s been set into motion since last February. So again, our way to “anticipate the Light” is through relationships which are reliable, enjoyable, and natural.

Venus will lead the Sun until the next Inferior Conjunct between Mercury retrograde and the Sun at 29 Cancer, after which Mercury will briefly lead the Sun until it too conjuncts Venus while retrograde on July 24-25 at 27 Cancer. Then Venus will resume “leading the Light.” The study of which planet leads the Sun is a crucial but often overlooked part of the study of how the planets work in sequence.

This Superior Conjunction can fuse foresight and life experience to see how new forms of light, life, and perspectives can come forth these next few weeks. Because this “fusion of life and mind” takes place in the first third of Gemini, we enter a time of discovery, seeing greater actional, personal, or material discoveries which will reveal a dimension of life below the surface of everyday living.

This will give us a chance to articulate our Light fused with “the Guide of Souls” to find new discoveries and new ways of understanding the information that comes to them as a result of where their Mind leads their Life. This will open doors of perception wherever it falls, and many things will “come together in the Light of Mind” as we now move forward into a greater potential for demonstrating our wisdom as we dance at the intersection of Fate Street and Freewill Street on Eternity Boulevard.

As I have pointed out in the first article about the Superior Conjunction, during this Superior Conjunction at 1 Gemini we will have “a fusion of life and mind” that will help set a platform in the house where this conjunction occurs in our charts. In blending these principles we will see a shift in our affairs, attitudes, and understanding about those things symbolized by Mercury in Gemini, as well as the houses where we have Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.

Natal points in harmony with 1 Gemini will see productivity, understanding, stabilization, and unique qualities come forth in that chart house. Natal points in friction with 1 Gemini will see turning points, blocks, braking action, and release of potential. These are the primary “Life-Mind” fusion lessons through the next Inferior Conjunction coming on July 21 at 29 Cancer, a degree which will give us alternative views of the past so we can weigh and judge the various possibilities coming in August and September.

The Lunar Influence and the Backdrop to What’s Happening

The Moon is at 3 Capricorn for this Conjunction. That means the focus is on growth through new experiences, where we must “temper our longing by an evaluation of the end results” of achieving that which we long for. As it falls in the first decan of Capricorn and is opposed Mars and trine Venus and Uranus, there will be tremendous emotional releases as well as regenerations. Just don’t get aggravated at the wrong things, or struggle with things you don’t need to struggle with.

This Superior Conjunction is entirely future oriented, and opens up depth understanding. This is an extraordinarily intuitive Conjunction as it’s exactly quintile Neptune, as is the Moon. Listen to the inner voice which will whisper wisdom into your mind, and see distractive arguments as means to detach and redirect on necessities.

The Superior Conjunction falling in Gemini makes Mercury the worldly ruler of the conjunction. As Mercury is in one of its home signs in Gemini, it is its own dispositor and very secure in its own self-awareness and self-expression. Mercury, “the Guide of Souls” which allows us to coordinate the visible and the invisible in our lives, weaves the spiritual into the material so we are the perfect fluid expression of our Soul. Mercury, being very well aspected in this chart, offers us an adventure in adaptation as we move forward into the next adventure.

Summing Up

Because it falls at 1 Gemini, this Superior Conjunction is totally future oriented, and begins a period where we can learn what we need to in order to take full advantage of the compression of energies coming this Summer. This is an intensely spiritual conjunction, since it makes a quadranovile to Jupiter in Sagittarius, a quadrelftile to Saturn, a quintile to Neptune, and a sextile to Chiron. This indicates the need for faith in action, and accepting those who “speak our language” while letting go of those who do not.

From here, even though Mercury will outrace the Sun for the next few weeks, it’s going to begin to slow down in speed, and will go retrograde at 4:15 pm PDT on July 7, 12:15 am BST July 8. The Mercury retrograde station will happen at 5 Leo, a degree of the “permanence of basic elements in nature underneath temporary changes” and “steadiness of self-knowledge.” July will give us a look back at how we’ve achieved enduring works over time, again learning about how Mercury functions from a retrograde “review and return” perspective.

As I explained in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend, Mercury’s duality is “Life/Death,” so we can get a new look at how our consciousness and responses are either creative, destructive, or both, to cite the venerable Kabalistic Arhat Paul Foster Case. Mercury is where we learn if our mental processes are creating chaos and disorganized scattered conditions through ambivalence, and thus come to see how to use discernment to coordinate various functions to bring forth perfect knowing how to do whatever needs to be done. As it is the ruler of the conjunction, understanding its influence as a factor for weeks to come is crucial to the smooth operation of what moves forward from here.

Because we’ll be dealing with Mercury retrograde energies beginning June 19 when it enters its shadow zone, you should also take a look at the appropriate chapters in my book A New Look at Mercury Retrograde. You can find out all you need about the coming Mercury Retrograde in Leo and Cancer, as well as the houses it occupies in your chart.

Here's the Amazon link to where you can order your paperback edition of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde. You can also find it on Kindle or Nook. It’s a great reference source where you can check out possible ways the coming Mercury retrograde effect could play out in July and August 2019.

Copyright © 2019 Robert Wilkinson

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by Robert Wilkinson

On May 21 At 6:07 am PDT, 2:07 pm BST, we will experience the "Superior Conjunction" as Mercury catches up with and passes the Sun at 1 Gemini, the degree of the November 2018 Full Moon. This will help us update our perceptions based in what we withdrew from between June and October 2018 and how it impacted late November and early December 2018.

The Superior and Inferior Conjunctions are important points in the dance Mercury and the Sun do each year. So just what is the difference between the Inferior and Superior Conjunctions of Mercury with the Sun?

Mercury conjuncts the Sun two different ways. When Mercury is direct in motion, it's called the Superior Conjunction. When Mercury is retrograde, it's called the Inferior Conjunction. These conjunctions of the Sun and Mercury mark important points showing how our life and mind are fusing past and present to vitalize the future. Each represents a “hot spot” in how our life and mind relate to each other.

Mercury symbolizes our mind, eternally racing forward or backward. The Sun symbolizes our life-in-the-making, illuminating the integrity of the moment. It holds a steady pace while all the other planets move in their orbits. When the Sun and Mercury conjunct, it allows the mind to evaluate and process past, present, and future experiences.

In understanding the meaning behind the process in which Mercury speeds up and slows down, we can understand how to navigate the fluxes and flow of our life experience. By knowing the timing appropriate to the moment, we can learn what to do and when by taking advantage of these never-ending periods of life.

I explain a lot more about Inferior and Superior Conjunctions, and how the mind operates when racing forward and looking backward, in my book A New Look at Mercury Retrograde. There's a lot of material on Mercury Retrograde in the signs, houses, what it means for each sign, when it happens, and Mercury Retrograde celebrities and historical events you'll never find in any other source.

Here's the Amazon link to where you can order your paperback edition of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde. (Just make sure you get the most recent 2nd edition and not the ancient 1st edition.) You can also find a Kindle ebook copy of at that link, as well as via Barnes & Noble’s Nook. In the book you will find countless possible ways this Mercury “Superior Conjunction” effect could play out over the next 4 months.

What follows elaborates on how this “fusion of life and mind” at the current Superior Conjunction at 1 Gemini will affect all of us. In part 2, we’ll go into greater depth about this particular Superior Conjunction.

Mercury Retrograde and the Superior and Inferior Conjunction

There are two critical points in the Sun-Mercury cycle. One is at the “Inferior Conjunction” of Mercury with the Sun when Mercury is retrograde, and the other is at the “Superior Conjunction” which occurs when Mercury is direct in motion and again catches up to conjunct the Sun. So the Inferior Conjunction of Mercury retrograde is always followed by a Superior Conjunction when Mercury is direct, which leads in turn to the next Inferior Conjunction during the next Mercury retrograde.

The Inferior Conjunction brings insights from the past, or subconscious imagery from earlier times, to the life and vitality symbolized by the Sun. They can be reflections leading to new insights about past or present life coordination issues, or signs and signals, messages or symbols from the personal or collective subconscious, and/or they could be new or alternative insights about some part of the life experience, also symbolized by the Sun.

The Superior Conjunction also “brings the news” from the past to our Life/Light symbolized by the Sun. These are the Mercurial messages that come after the retrograde period has ended, with Mercury (Mind) bringing its insights to our Life to be used as Mercury moves ahead of the Sun and our mind again outraces our Life.

The Sun is the Law of our Light-Life, the Central Order of our personal Solar System of our material, emotional, and psychological affairs. All conjunctions to our Sun are important fusions of parts of our life, affecting the era to come, whose length is determined by the particular planetary cycle engaging our Sun.

As an aside, the Sun can only make “inferior conjunctions” with Mercury or Venus when they are retrograde. All other Solar conjunctions to planets happen when they’re direct. It could be said the Solar conjunctions with Venus when it’s retrograde are a sort of “inferior conjunction” with those parts of life symbolized by the retrograde planet.

Anyway, the Inferior Conjunction between Mercury and the Sun always happens when Mercury, the planet of mind, is retrograde and “looking backward” at a recent span of experience it crossed when originally direct in motion. After the Inferior Conjunction, it's still retrograde for a brief period, after which it goes direct in motion. It then speeds up, eventually resulting in the Superior Conjunction when Mercury conjuncts the Sun about half way between the previous and next retrograde period. That’s happening right now, and will impact the immediate future.

After the retrograde period Mercury goes stationary direct. It then takes all it learned from the first period when it initially transited those degrees which became its retrograde span, along with the second period when it actually retrograded over the span, and in the third phase it puts it all together when it again traverses the span of degrees during its new direct motion phase.

When Mercury is direct in motion, it again brings mind in direct connection to our life, symbolized by the Sun. That’s been going on since the last Mercury retrograde period in March 2019. After its retrograde period Mercury again conjuncts the Sun one or two signs later, and about four months after that it again goes retrograde, preparing for another Inferior Conjunction when it again delivers all it has learned since the last Superior Conjunction.

Mercury's direct motion period is when it directly learns, evaluates, classifies, divides, and generally dissects reality. The mind (Mercury) races ahead of the life (Sun) and gets as far ahead as it can before it begins to slow and turn inward, look backward, listen to other beats, other drummers, other interpretations, other ways of weaving the experiences of life into something we can understand from a different point of view. This is how we gain perspective, and is essential if we are to learn the many ways the Higher Self both is and is not.

The experience we get through Mercury retrogrades that give us perspective allows us to become well rounded in our knowledge and ability to apply our knowledge, skills, and talents in ways which fulfill our purpose on this Earth. It is said that Mercury, or Hermes, is the "Guide of Souls." If that is true, then perhaps looking back with a different perspective may help us to reconsider our footprints in time, and choose to re-think some of our assumptions which are not leading us to our Higher Self. Then we can consciously choose a different way to coordinate our mind, feelings, and lives, and begin to live a more fulfilled sense of purpose.

Mercury retrograde periods are an extremely important period of getting signals that can lead you to your Soul. Take an unusual view, look back with a new perspective, see the patterns, both productive and destructive, and then when it goes direct, implement your new insights and perspectives into new ways of seeing, communicating, and envisioning.

At this Superior Conjunction at 1 Gemini, we will have “a fusion of life and mind” which will help set a platform where in blending these principles we will see a shift in our affairs, attitudes, and understanding about those things symbolized by Mercury in Gemini. Natal points in harmony with 1 Gemini will see productivity, understanding, stabilization, and unique qualities come forth. Natal points in friction with 1 Gemini will see turning points, blocks, braking action, and dynamic releases of potential.

In the next article in this series, we will explore the specifics of this May 2019 Superior Conjunction in Gemini, and what its lessons hold for us over the next several months.

© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson

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by Robert Wilkinson

Tonight we send out a huge birthday salute to one of my favorite songwriters of all time, the amazing Peter Townshend, powerhouse behind the band known as the Who, the best live band I've ever seen. If you don't know who he is or what he's written, prepare for a treat like few others!

Pete Townshend (19 May 1945) is a multi-instrumentalist and force majeure, whose work is beyond amazing. One of the most prolific songwriters in history, many of his songs are profound, extraordinary in their breadth and scope of imagination, and sometimes deeply disturbing and haunted.

I saw the Who 6 times between 1967 and 1976. They were a unique pyrotechnical sonic spectacle, and were the first to pioneer the destruction of their instruments as a work of performance art. Even though it started by mistake, it became a standard of their act, and was the influence imitated by Jimi, the Yardbirds in the movie Blow Up, and a hundred acts since then.

At the forefront of it all was Peter Townshend, thrashing at his guitar, making windmill moves that hit on the strings until his fingers were bloody. As Pete leapt with both feet in the air, Roger Daltrey was slinging the mic in circles that grew ever wider until the mic went straight up to the ceiling only for him to jerk it down at the exact moment he needed to sing, yell, or scream some memorable line into it.

Keith Moon had the biggest drum kit I'd ever seen, and played every one of those drums and every cymbal including both bass drums going simultaneously, a powerhouse pounding out rhythms and counter rhythms no other drummer had ever done, or has ever done since. He played a thousand beats a minute in every form imaginable, and destroyed his kit after every performance I ever saw. I also gather he blew up more hotel toilets than any person in history, but that's a story of "Moon the Loon."

Through it all John Entwhistle stood stiff and tall, expressionless, pounding out bass lines that with the drums created the most frenetic lead rhythm section imaginable. Basically, John created the concept of bass as a lead instrument, with Keith on drums as another "lead" instrument, leaving Pete's guitar to carry the rhythm. All of this was held together by the songs, sonic and powerful and soaring and deep and driving and ringing the hall until the audience just stood there in awe.

The Who at their peak are generally considered one of the best rock bands in history, right up there with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. They played both the Monterrey Pop Festival AND Woodstock! And I'm not kidding when I say they are generally accepted as performing the most exciting live concerts ever done! They were certainly the most electrifying I’ve ever seen, and I saw some amazing shows back in the day.

Pete wrote what are considered the first "rock operas" in pop music, beginning with "A Quick One," moving into "Rael," and then the masterpiece "Tommy." He followed with "Life House" (never quite completed) and "Quadraphenia." He's still composing and occasionally performing, but not in amplified settings due to tinnitus.

Unfortunately, since bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle have been dead for years, he and Roger are the only original members left. Still, whether with or without Roger, if he ever decides to tour again, and I'm within a few hundred miles of the venue, you can bet I'll find a ticket somewhere!

So for your enjoyment of what was in an era of sonic sounds, smashing guitars and singular concerts unlike any other, for your enjoyment, here's The Who, the best live band I’ve ever seen! Immerse yourself in the videos you're about to see, since the energy is kinetic from a now gone era. Music videos first, then a ton of amazing live performances!!

We now go back in time to some music videos of the Who doing their early hits from 1965-67!

Pete once called this early hit “straightforward Kink copying.” Here's a promotional video done in 1964 for their first smash hit, "I Can't Explain." (They're VERY young!)

Here’s an early gem from 1965, a video of the Who lip-synching to the awesome studio version of “Substitute” John's "lead bass" pumps big time!

"The Kids Are All Right"

"Happy Jack"

A rare (and very twisted!) gem! I found the original studio version of a song John wrote for the B side of "Substitute," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

This one's a lost gem! From an uncompleted movie in 1964, back when the Who were known as the High Numbers, here's "The High Numbers performing "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying."

Here's The Who on the last "Shindig!" show in 1965! Last year I had all three in a medley, but this year it’s disappeared. Still, I found all three tunes, so keep dancing to "I Can't Explain," followed by "Daddy Rolling Stone," and we close with major attitude, "My Generation."

From the Happy Jack album, stills set to the studio cut of Entwistle's "Doctor, Doctor."

Some live performances! From the Beat Club, 1967, "I'm A Boy,"

Another from the Beat Club, January 1967, a live performance of "Happy Jack"

Another of my favorite tunes from that era! Here are the Who live at the Marquee Club in 1967 doing “So Sad ‘Bout Us.”

From the Happy Jack album, the audio track "Run Run Run."

From French tv in 1965, here are the Who live doing the great Martha and the Vandellas hit, “Heat Wave”

From 1967, "I Can See for Miles," and here's "I Can See for Miles" from 1969.

Also from the album The Who Sell Out, the prototype for Tommy, the soaring "Rael."

Here are the Who on the Smothers Brothers Comedy House in 1967, lip synching the first tune and doing the second live, which is strange! Here they are in a “live” performance of “I Can See for Miles.” And I found it again! Here’s the video of “My Generation” (with occasional commentary) where Keith had stashed many more cherry bombs than usual in his drum kit, guaranteeing a huge explosion at the end of the song while Pete destroys his guitar! This was a standard feature of their shows back then, culminating in Moon’s drum set literally exploding on stage, disrupting the television signal and creating ear damage for Pete! Here's the finale. No encores after this one! ”My Generation”

While I can’t find all their video footage from the legendary “Summer of Love” Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, I did find two real gems and a reconstituted gem! This is the Who at their peak! They were truly an act to catch back then!

“Substitute”

"Summertime Blues"

Between “Summertime Blues” and “A Quick One” here’s one of their greatest tunes, the oh so controversial masterpiece "Pictures of Lily."

The closer was a performance that made history! Here's where the pyrotechnics were in full expression!! "My Generation"

Here’s their entire set (audio-only) from the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 “Summer of Love!” The Who Live at Monterey Pop 1967 – Whole set

Last year I had the video, but it’s disappeared. So here’s the audio from the legendary Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, of the Who doing their classic "A Quick One"

These are live performances set to stills. From the BBC sessions, some early hits you may not have heard.

"I'm A Boy"

"Anyway Anyhow Anywhere"

"Pictures of Lily"

"Substitute"

Live at The Fillmore East in 1968, the entire one hour show! The Who Live at the Fillmore East - 1968

From that show, the opener! "Summertime Blues"

Two years ago I had almost the entire 1969 set at the Isle of Wight, but they disappeared last year. This year a few reappeared. It's b/w, but it's still the Who! Here are a few clips of that historic performance.

“Heaven and Hell”

“Young Man Blues”

“Christmas”

“I’m Free”

"We're Not Gonna Take It" and "See Me Feel Me / Listening To You.”

The original set list was “Heaven and Hell,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Fortune Teller,” “Young Man Blues,” “It’s A Boy,” “1921,” “Amazing Journey/Sparks” “Eyesight To the Blind,” “Christmas," "The Acid Queen," "Pinball Wizard," "Do You Think It's Alright," "Fiddle About," "There's A Doctor," "Go To The Mirror," "Smash The Mirror," "I'm Free," "Tommy's Holiday Camp," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "See Me Feel Me / Listening To You,” “Shakin’ All Over.”

From their appearance at Woodstock in 1969:

"Sparks"

"Pinball Wizard"

”We’re Not Going to Take it” (includes "See Me Feel Me") (This is one amazing performance!)

"Summertime Blues"

"My Generation"

Pete's closing solo

Here’s the Woodstock performance of "I'm Free"

We’ll close the Who’s set at Woodstock with an audio-only clip of the pounding rocker “Shakin’ All Over”

Here’s the entire 65 minute audio-only set of The Who Live At Woodstock – the entire set

Last year I had their Woodstock performance of the next song, but it’s disappeared. So instead, using cut in shots of Tina Turner from the movie, here’s a live video of the Who performing "The Acid Queen"

From the album Tommy, here’s the studio version of one of my favorites! "I'm Free"

From the same year, here’s an hour and 13 concert of the Who Live at London Coliseum in December 1969! The Who Live at London Coliseum - 1969 (Last year’s clip was over 2 hours but it’s disappeared.)

Here are a few from the show if you’d rather hear individual tunes than the whole show. As usual, they kicked it off with John Entwistle's troubled tale of morality, "Heaven and Hell"

"I Can't Explain"

(Last year I had their performance of “Fortune Teller” but this year it's nowhere to be found)

“Tattoo”

The video is still not available, but here’s the audio of

"Young Man Blues"

"Happy Jack"

"A Quick One"

"Overture from Tommy"

“It’s A Boy”

“1921”

”Amazing Journey” and "Sparks"

“Eyesight to the Blind”

“Christmas”

Audio’s lousy, but I found the video again! “The Acid Queen”

“Pinball Wizard”

“Do You Think It’s All Right?”

“Fiddle About”

“Tommy Can You hear Me”

“There’s A Doctor”

“Go To the Mirror”

“Smash the Mirror”

“Sally Simpson”

“I’m Free”

“Tommy’s Holiday Camp”

“We’re Not Going To Take It”

“See Me Feel Me”

Here’s a great 15 minute medley from that show. The Who Live at the London Coliseum 1969 (My Generation, We’re Not Going to Take It, Love Reign O'er Me, Overture)

Before we leave the 60s, here’s an audio-only full 2 hour show! The Who Live in Amsterdam – Sept 1969

And here’s another hour and 22 audio-only from that same tour! The Who Live in Ottawa – Oct 1969

From the film Listening to You, the full hour and 2 set of their performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival! The Who at the 1970 Isle of Wight

A great video score! It’s a 55 minute set of the Who at Tanglewood in 1970! The Who Live at Tanglewood - 1970

”Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!” From 1971, their biggest hit, "Won't Get Fooled Again."

From the same time, live in the studio, the Who cranking out "Who Are You”

Live at the Young Vic in Spring 1971, an audio hour and 15! The Who At the Young Vic - 1971

These are more live performances set to stills. From the Odeon Cinema, Newcastle, October 30, 1971:

"Summertime Blues"

"My Wife"

"Bargain"

"Behind Blue Eyes"

Here's another great audio-only performance in Long Beach, California from December 10, 1971 of "Bargain"

Here’s a great hour and 24 audio-only show from December 1971 in SF! The Who in San Francisco - 1971

I found 4 great video clips of the Who’s performance at Voorburg in 1973! First, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which we’ll follew with “Pinball Wizard,” then “Summertime Blues” and close with “My Generation”

All the single clips I had last year from their Cow Palace gig in SF on 20 November 1973 have disappeared, but I did find these with Keith before he collapsed! “I Can’t Explain” and “Summertime Blues”

Here’s a b/w clip of the entire hour and 52 show, and they rock from the first note! The Who Live in San Francisco – 1973.

The short clip from the 1973 Cow Palace show with Keith Moon collapsing has disappeared, but I found this clip from a documentary, where the story of his collapse begins about 4 minutes in. Keith Moon Collapses on stage at the Cow Palace.

Last year I had two clips from the show featuring the songs where Keith lost it, but both “Magic Bus” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” have disappeared. After Keith collapsed, they called for a drummer from the audience, and Scott Halpin volunteered. Whether brave or foolhardy, he had one unique experience! Here are the Who with Scott on drums doing "Spoonful." He also sat in on “Naked Eye” and “Smokestack Lightning,” but they’re nowhere to be found this year.

From London in 1973, an audio-only clip of "Love Reign O'er Me"

From the same year in Philly, and audio-only clip of "Dr. Jimmy" from Quadrophenia, Pete's scathing social commentary. You can find the original studio version of "Dr. Jimmy and Mr. Jim here, complete with very raw lyrics and the much better sound quality!

From 1973 on UK tv, the rock anthem "Long Live Rock."

From Charlton in 1974, "Baba O'Riley"

I was at this show! In past years I had all two hours on one clip, as well as all the single clips, but this year they are nowhere to be found. However, I did find some audio-only clips from that show. This is solid, kinetic, explosive rock as only the Who did it!

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Substitute”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “I Can’t Explain”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Boris the Spider”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Drowned”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “However Much I Booze”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Dreaming From the Waist”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Behind Blue Eyes”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Amazing Journey” and “Sparks”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Acid Queen”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Fiddle About”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Pinball Wizard” and “I’m Free”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Tommy’s Holiday Camp”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “We’re Not going to Take It”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “My Generation” and “Join Together”

TheWho Live at the Summit November 1975 – “My Generation Blues”

The Who Live at the Summit November 1975 – “Naked Eye” and “Roadrunner”

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by Robert Wilkinson

Tonight we celebrate the life and work of the amazing composer and musician Mike Oldfield.

Mike Oldfield (May 15, 1953) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has given us some of the most beautiful and haunting music ever created. His compositions blend rock, folk, world beat, electronic music, and other eclectic musical styles.

This year I can’t do a complete bio and tribute, but I did find some outstanding pieces to celebrate his birthday!

First, the tune that introduced Mike to the world! For your enjoyment, a live 1973 or 1974 BBC performance of “Tubular Bells”

Here’s another great live performance of “Tubular Bells”

Here’s the best version so far. From 1979, part 1 of “Tubular Bells” which we’ll follow with “Tubular Bells Pt. 2”

Here’s an entire 65 minute concert live in Germany of Tubular Bells II

From 1980, an entire 1 hour 8 minute concert! Mike Oldfield at Knebworth

Also from 1980, a full hour on Rockpop! Mike Oldfield at Rockpop

Last year I had his 1981 Montreux of this song, but it’s disappeared. So instead, from his performance at Dublin in 1980, an audio-only version of “Punkadiddle”

From 1983, a live 42 minute concert! Mike Oldfield “Crises” Live At Wembley 1983

Here’s Mike’s monster 1982 #1 hit, clearly one of the most amazingly haunting and beautiful tunes ever written! This clip is a rare acoustic live performance in 1985 by Mike Oldfield with the original vocalist, Maggie Reilly, of “Moonlight Shadow” (And yes, I’ve included some amazing electric performances of this song down a few!)

From 1984 on Peter’s Pop Show, Mike Olfield in a great performance of “Poison Arrows” and “Discovery”

A year later in 1985, also on Peter’s Pop Show, Mike and Anita Hegerland giving us “Pictures in the Dark”

Live on the German television show Diskothek Mic Mac in 1986, “Pictures in the Dark”

From 1998, the original music video featuring Cara Dillon bringing life to Mike’s “Man In The Rain”

Also from 1998, Mike and the amazing Pepsi Demacque at the London premier of Tubular Bells III performing “Man In The Rain”

And now for four different offerings of Mike’s #1 hit, the hauntingly beautiful “Moonlight Shadow.” First, following up on the previous clip, from “Tubular Bells III” live in London 1998, here’s Mike Oldfield accompanied by stunning vocals by Pepsi Demacque, performing “Moonlight Shadow.”

Here’s another great live offering by Mike, this time with Anita Hegerland, of “Moonlight Shadow”

We now move and groove into a fantastic live performance by Hank Marvin and the Shadows of Mike's “Moonlight Shadow”

We’ll close this brief tribute with a live performance by Mike for VH1 In 1999 of “Moonlight Shadow”

If you just can’t get enough, for our encore we have a bunch of great studio work!

His second studio album, released in 1974 after Tubular Bells but hit #1 before Tubular Bells! "Hergest Ridge Pt. 1" and "Hergest Ridge Pt. 2”

From 1975, “Ommadawn Pt. 1” and here’s 8 minutes from “Ommadawn Pt. 2”

Here’s the entire 39 minute album in one clip! “Ommadawn.”

Here’s the entire album Platinum

From 1982, Five Miles Out

“The Songs of Distant Earth” (1994)

“Music of the Spheres” (2008)

We’ll close this show with a great 1998 live set on television! For your enjoyment, from the Jools Holland Show, Mike performing "Serpent Dream", "Secrets" and "Far Above The Clouds"

To find out more about this amazing talent, here’s The Mike Oldfield website.

Tubular Bells blew my mind, and it’s only gotten better since then. Thanks for the great tunes over the years, Mike. By all means, keep doing what you're doing. It's beautiful....

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by Robert Wilkinson

Our Saturday afternoon show features two greats who had birthdays this week, Big Joe Turner and producer Erik Jacobson, the man behind the Lovin' Spoonful, Tim Hardin, Sopwith Camel, and "Spirit in the Sky!"

First, the “Boss of the Blues!” From Wikipedia, "Big Joe" Turner, Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to the songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never happened without him." His greatest fame was due to his rock-and-roll recordings in the 1950s, particularly "Shake, Rattle and Roll", but his career as a performer endured from the 1920s into the 1980s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, with the Hall lauding him as "the brawny voiced 'Boss of the Blues'".

From another era, here’s the shouting blues of Big Joe Turner!

First, a live tv performance at Showtime at the Apollo from 1954! “Shake Rattle and Roll.” From the same show, “Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop”

Live in the 40s, here’s Big Joe knocking out “Ooo Ouch Stop”

From 1966, a live performance of “Flip, Flop, and Fly”

Also from 1966, “Hide and Seek”

From the movie Shake, Rattle, and Rock, “Feelin’ Happy”

We’ll close these live performances with “Rockin’ Daddy”

From 1951, “Chains of Love”

From 1953, the studio version of “Honey Hush”

Kick it up with “Rock the Joint Boogie”

“Night Time is the Right Time”

“How Long Blues”

We’ll close this tribute with a standard he recorded in 1956! “Corrine Corrina”

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Besides Big Joe Turner, we’re also celebrating the birthday of Erik Jacobsen (May 19, 1940), producer of the Lovin’ Spoonful, Sopwith Camel, Tim Hardin, Norman Greenbaum, and Chris Isaak. Today we celebrate his music!

First, he produced Do You Believe in Magic, Daydream, Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, What’s Up Tiger Lily, and You’re a Big Boy Now for the Lovin’ Spoonful. For a good sample of his work, here’s The Lovin’ Spoonful – Greatest Hits You’ll also find a lot more at The Happy 2019 Birthday Celebration for John Sebastian.

He produced the first four albums by the legendary Tim Hardin. For your enjoyment, Tim Hardin 1

Tim Hardin 2

Last year I had the entire album Tim Hardin 3 – Live in Concert, but it’s disappeared. So I found a few of this live masterpiece.

“Lady Came From Baltimore”

“Reason to Believe”

“Misty Roses”

“Lenny’s Tune”

“Don’t Make Promises”

“Tribute to Hank Williams”

“Last Sweet Moments”

Here’s the Sopwith Camel, who had one gigantic hit! Here's their gigantic hit “Hello Hello,” followed by the entire album!

“Hello Hello” and the Sopwith Camel First Album.

Here are two from that album that typify the 60s! First, the grunge protopunk of “Cellophane Woman” and the etherial psychedelia of “Maybe in a Dream”

In one of the more ridiculous music videos ever done, “Hello Hello” and in a final nod to this unique offering, it seems they were still performing in 2011! From Berserkley, “Hello Hello”

We’ll close this brief tribute with one of the classic pioneering songs, full of fuzz, distortion, and a memorable groove! For your enjoyment, Norman Greenbaum giving us the protypical “Spirit in the Sky”

© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson

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by Robert Wilkinson

The next two weeks, emblematic of the Wisdom coming forth for the world in the next year, puts us all at a major turning point. This is a time of renewal, regeneration, and preparing for a brand new world coming forth in 2020 and after! The aspects show a high amount of irrational choices and changes ahead, so consider this a practicum for rewards to be received and powers to be demonstrated over the next 12 months!

We are offered a deeper connection to the One which will result in an elevated view of a bigger picture. There is a tremendous amount of unique or specialized interactivity, and those who have the right attitude will find themselves “welcomed into a new nation” by November.

The First High Moon of Spring offered us new freedom and a larger life and purpose. This renewed and revitalized the Northern Hemisphere in preparation for this Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio, also known as the Wesak Festival, where the “Buddha Wisdom” comes forth which will be distributed to the world at the next Full Moon, known as “the Christfest.”

Remember we still have a lot shutting down due to past Solar Eclipses at 16 Capricorn, 21 Cancer and 19 Leo. These are helping us get organized, question what success really means, and let go of old “social rigidities” to be happier.

Those Solar Eclipses, along with other ones still in play, are allowing us to “shed skins” wherever we have 9, 19, and 30 Pisces, 28 Aquarius, along with 29 Leo, 10 Virgo, and 21 Virgo. As you can see, that involves a large part of our charts! Add various Lunar Eclipses in play for several months after they happened (including the recent one at 1 Leo/Aquarius!) and you can see areas where we’ve been eliminating things we no longer need. All our losses associated with these signs have left voids which will attract life contents more appropriate to who we are now.

Major Aspects and Configurations

We have a very mixed bag of aspects in play at this Full Moon, with only one primary frictional configuration created by Venus conjunct Uranus with both semisquare Neptune and both sesquisquare Jupiter which is square Neptune. This gives us three points in a “Great Octile,” in play via the Rhombus Diamond energy anchored by Uranus and Neptune.

I’ve explained some of the frictional configurations related to the Rhombus Diamond in action at this Lunation in earlier parts of this series. As usual, there are some barely separating partile aspects, indicating a lot has been going on in the immediate past and NOW.

Besides the aspects mentioned above, major inner planet aspects in play involve the Moon triseptile Venus, biquintile Mars, quindecile Jupiter, septile Saturn, triseptile Uranus, and tredecile Neptune; Mercury is conjunct the Sun, decile Mars, triseptile Jupiter, bielftile Neptune, trine Pluto, and septile Chiron; Venus is quindecile the Sun, biseptile Saturn, and biseptile Pluto; and the Sun is triseptile Jupiter, quindecile Uranus, quintile Neptune, and septile Chiron.

Outer planet forming and partile separating aspects include Mars quadranovile Saturn, sextile Uranus, biseptile Neptune, quadranovile Pluto, and square Chiron; Jupiter is semisextile Saturn and Pluto, and biseptile Chiron; Saturn is biseptile Uranus and sextile Neptune, in a “frustrated conjunction” with Pluto; Uranus is semisquare Neptune and biseptile Pluto; and Pluto is in an off-again, on-again quintile with Chiron. Obviously the aspects made from Jupiter out are long term influences.

In this chart, we are moving into a new era of more oppositions than in many months. This one has two forming oppositions with Sun conjunct Mercury opposed the Moon. This makes the main “Tension of Opposites” specific to late Scorpio, though as Mars moves through Cancer it will make for a long term impending tension Cancer and Capricorn. Wherever oppositions happen in your chart will give you many realizations about natural roles to play with others who share your energies. You’re preparing for a larger life and purpose involving anticipating powers to be developed to use in a form of “planned group behavior.”

All oppositions provide us an opportunity for genuine spiritual breakthroughs through the need to resolve and transcend “the Tension of Opposites.” Where oppositions fall, the signs they’re in and the houses ruled by the planets in opposition are subject to profound tensional awareness, leading to realizations and healthy polarizations in many areas of our lives. The task is always to find the appropriate third and fourth energies and approaches to achieve healthy productive movement with maximum awareness.

This month, as I mentioned earlier, the oppositional awareness is providing a high specialization via Neptune making a quintile and tredecile to the Lunation. This will yield unique gifts and circumstances involving areas around 1-2 Gemini/Sagittarius, 3-8 Cancer/Capricorn, 9-14 Leo/Aquarius, 15-20 Virgo/Pisces, 21-26 Libra/Aries, and 27-30 Scorpio/Taurus. If you have a planet or angle in any of these zones, be open to some very special wisdom which will help you free your inner power, break up old complexes, take inner guidance, intensifying your striving, and get ready for a new life adventure coming later this year!

Now that the very powerful Uranus biseptile Pluto is coming back into orb, it signals that how we handled the now separating Saturn biseptile Uranus will determine which “awakenings” will occur in our lives, since Saturn gave us the structure for the unique beginning Uranus always signifies. The biseptile is an irrational aspect of the 7th harmonic series. Saturn gave us the beginnings of the structure which will now be infused with Uranian awakenings, which in turn will affect the group activity to come when Saturn again biseptiles Uranus this December.

This biseptile between the planet of “Spiritual Mastery and Spiritual Friendship” and the planet symbolizing the Divine Revolutionary who follows their own path to their Higher Destiny will dominate the landscape for a long time to come, so expect some major choices and changes which will help you shape your destiny and live your higher purpose. I have termed the evolutionary pattern created by the biseptile “the Grand Irrationality V.2”, and it most affects planets and points near 20-24 Capricorn, 11-15 Pisces, 2-6 Taurus, 24-28 Gemini, 16-20 Leo, 7-11 Libra, and 28 Scorpio-2 Sagittarius.

Now that Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto have all gone SRX, it indicates recent weeks are a threshold and we are now looking back, retracing steps, relearning lessons, and preparing for forward movement in these planetary areas of our lives later this year. We now sprout the seeds to “transcendent security,” remember a deep wisdom by feeling Neptune’s subtle signals, and Uranus encourages us to awaken to the value of universal things, preparing to let go of all that would obstruct a new quality of life coming to us all this Summer, rendering many old things obsolete. We will “return to Source” and draw power and vision from ancient standards. Show strong Love!

Even though Uranus is now in Taurus, what we substantiate and confirm in coming years is directed related to what we learned when Uranus was in late Aries in Summer 2016 through early 2019. We now know what corner of the universe we’re supposed to be in, and are clear about our part to sing in “the Cosmic Choir.” The coming period is one of major choices and changes on a global level related to these planets helping humanity’s metamorphosis. Those who learn how to use these dynamic invisible spiritual energies will become effective Spiritual units of Consciousness in the body of Humanity in the future.

There are quite a few spiritual aspects in play among the traditional planets at this Full Moon. Of the series related to destiny and “fate,” we have an extraordinary number, including 3 septiles, SIX biseptiles and FOUR triseptiles. That’s a jaw-dropping number of 7th harmonic, irrational “destiny producing” aspects! Other spiritual aspects this month show 2 quadranoviles and only one bielftile, but also an higher number of specializing aspects than usual, including 3 quindeciles, 1 decile, 1 quintile, 1 tredecile, and 1 biquintile.

For those new to the craft, quintiles and biquintiles are 5th harmonic aspects, septiles and triseptiles are 7th harmonic aspects, noviles are 9th harmonic aspects, deciles (semi-quintiles) and tredeciles are 10th harmonic aspects, the elftile series are 11th harmonic aspects, the quindecile is a 15th harmonic aspect, and the vigintile is a 20th harmonic aspect. Each of these has a unique function in the phase relationship of the two planets in aspect.

The 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th harmonic aspects are specializing and bring forth partially or fully developed quintessential elements of the planets involved. The 7th harmonic aspects help us make choices to fulfill our destiny, and the novile series aspects (9th harmonic) represent entry or exit points of periods of gestation which can bring forth possible spiritual developments. The 11th harmonic aspects involve situations where there is a need to transcend and master some form of duality by making a leap of faith.

The various aspects in all these different harmonic series indicate points where the theme of the Whole Cycle becomes clear, whether through major developments or minor refinements in the process. Each aspect shows a phase relationship, specific to the special and unique circumstances of that particular Whole Cycle. It's how we can know when to work, when to play, when to create, when to imagine, when to have faith, and when to mobilize!

If you want to know more about these aspects, when you’re done here please go to The Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – Quintile, Tredecile, Decile, and Biquintile, The Specializing Aspects Pt. 2 – The Quindecile and Vigintile, and The Spiritual Aspect Series – The Novile, Septile, and Elftile Harmonic Aspects where you’ll find more about the meaning of these aspects and the glyphs associated with them. Also, remember that all of these set up harmonic resonance void points all over our charts.

Element Balance

We have now returned to a radically imbalanced element distribution. Of the traditional 10 planets, there is 1 planet in Fire signs, 3 in Water, 6 in Earth, and return to no planets in Air. This shows a major emphasis on Earth (Practicality and Grounding) and Water (Feelings and Experiencing Life on Deep Levels), with the only Fire (Inspiration and Light) provided by Jupiter, and with Air (Relatedness and Communications), these qualities will have to come from within us.

Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, things are very out of balance, even though there’s almost a balance between cool and hot. Still, remember that with so much Earth and Water, this combo makes either mud or bricks, depending on how you work with the material. So while some will find a sensitivity as they organize things so they further an “enlightened self-interest,” others will find themselves “stuck in the mud” of defensive calculations.

The current sequence at present of Deciding, Feeling, and Thinking

We’ve been through several different sequences over the past few months. There are six patterns, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. This Lunation continues the current pattern. As a process of moving through events, the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience over the next 4 weeks involves leading with our feelings, then thinking, and then making decisions to do what we must.

This pattern leads with feelings, and then seeks ideas and understanding based in those feelings. This pattern leads with its instincts, and then seeks information to confirm or deny those feeling impressions. Rather than move back into a feeling reference after we get new information, we have to make a decision and then act on the basis of what will move us toward that vision.

This pattern feels its way into ideas, visions, interactions, and understanding. After that, rather than go back to feelings to try to verify the idea or vision, it’s important to make a decision and act on it. Once we’ve moved everything forward that one step, then a new feeling-experience will naturally arise that points the way to the next view or information needed to again move it forward one step.

So feel, flow, experience, since these will lead you to information and understanding. When your understanding leads to a clear vision, then see the fundamental fact, or act that must be done to move it all one step forward. Let your feeling and experience follow your actions, and let your mind follow your feelings into new views and understanding that can help you make decisions that you’ll act on.

Go with the flow while opening to deep and vast feeling experiences, since these will lead you to a different of understanding of how to achieve what you are trying to achieve. Then when you’re gotten clear in your view, then you’ll know what decisions and actions to take. When you’ve done what you needed to do, a new experience will be felt, which will lead to new understanding, and then the next action to take.

Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend

Because Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn, it is the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. We are past the dominant “co-equal rulerships” between Jupiter and Saturn, since the yearly transits from Sag to Pisces are now pretty much over. Still, even as standalone influences they exert a powerful influence on all affairs ruled by either of them.

Because Mars was in a Saturn-ruled sign from March 17 through November 15, 2018, Saturn was a very powerful influence on all Mars-related events of that time, which of course meant Saturn was the backdrop to Jupiter in Scorpio for that entire time. Everything governed by Mars and Jupiter ultimately had Saturn as the background to what was happening!

2017 and 2018 were an extraordinary period, due to Saturn trine Uranus dominating most of those years. Their 2017 Fire trines stabilized Electric Fire and distributive “Fire by Friction,” which led naturally to the 2018 Earth trine helping us ground our efforts in practical ways. These helped us blend the past and future, the established with the innovative, and make the structure of our lives unique.

This Full Moon finds “the Light of Saturn” front and center due to the aspects in play! It is a powerful force determining destiny with three biseptiles from the Moon and Venus and to Uranus, and Mars’ quadranovile has been an acceptance of some fundamental realignment we’ve all been through wherever we have early Cancer in our charts. The Saturn/Pluto combination biseptile with Uranus puts us all at a major fork in the road of destiny where we’re rehearsing new roles for the future. The biseptile to Uranus makes this a crucial point of “choice and change” in the Saturn-Uranus “dance of individualization” in our lives.

I explain how these two awaken us to our Higher Powers to take conscious command of our destiny in my book Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization, and in Capricorn, teaches us how to construct an “organized personal structure” to the Uranian energies making our spiritual life come alive.

It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers. Even those with little or no understanding of astrology will benefit from understanding why you had to make certain choices at crucial times that shaped your life in profound ways.

Each time you read any section of this book you will find new insights about your power to steer your personal evolution. You will understand how to throw off all the attitudes and memories which have held you back from finding and living the life and purpose. Through your journey of self-discovery, you can find ways to live your life on your own terms, and fulfill your purpose for being alive as an Eternal having human experiences!

If you’ve haven’t already gotten your copy, you can go to the Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend page on Amazon and this should be all you need to order your copy. It’s also available on Amazon and as an ebook on Kindle, so if that’s more to your liking, go for it! If you would, whether you’ve gotten the ebook or the paperback, please write a review on the Amazon site, since the more reviews, the more of a boost they give it.

Summing it Up

This Full Moon will continue to open us to excellent opportunities to balance how we express our Higher Self through the mindful choices and changes we’ll make these next two weeks, as well as the entire year. This Wesak marks a major renewal for many, a surrender for others, an anticipation of a new future and new work for others, and a burying of the past for others. Enjoy your life renewal this year, and show appreciation for your mature wisdom which brought you here.

The World Teaching of this Wesak will begin to spread on a global level at the next Full Moon at 26 Gemini/Sagittarius. Clearly many will find a cause or a mission, or become a “standard bearer” of some sort. Extraordinary things are promised to those who use this year to train for group work, practice using power in skillful ways, and are able to “think in the future,” which will arrive by 2020!

We are still finishing humanity’s “liberating ordeal,” when we can use the inner strengths and powers we tapped in past months, and can find assistance from Devas and Angels who bring “divine help when human efforts seem to fail.” Again, learn the power of forgiveness to create space for Grace to enter your Life. When new adventures beckon, embrace them with warmth, since you might find Spiritual Brothers and Sisters from past lives along the way!

As I reminded you earlier, we are still within the effects of Eclipses from the past. These are shutting down major things wherever they fell. Jupiter has now finished a year of expanding our opportunities based in the voids created by the Eclipses in Scorpio, and is now expanding opportunities left by the voids of past Eclipses in Gemini and Sag. We’ve had a year of eliminating all that would hold us back, and as the Eclipses continue to remove some people and considerations from our lives, it will create space to “join together with the band!”

The past two years have led us all to blend the old with the new, the traditional with the innovative, throwing us into an adventure in higher awareness where we can demonstrate confidence and heart strength. We now are living a new identity, a new love, a new spiritual awareness, and a new spiritual expression in grounded ways, so keep your mind and heart open and keep coordinating your body, feelings, and mind to demonstrate a stable and harmonized Soul energy.

Two Meditations

Because life seems to be a never-ending experience of out-breathing elements of the past and in-breathing elements of the new, it is useful to remember that when we are moving through major changes, and something new is introduced into our lives, it means that something else must leave, or has already left, to provide space for the new to be embraced. And lesser wisdom must give way to greater wisdom, and old forms give way to newer realities.

While sometimes having to say goodbye to older, lesser ways of life can be a drag, it is important to remember that even though life can occasionally be painful, we do not have to suffer. And as we learn to break the link between pain and suffering, we heal our part of humanity and the world.

For your contemplation, a final meditation I offer each month at the end of our Full Moon journey of exploration.

We are Light. All things are composed of Light in various frequencies that express as limitless forms. Some light frequencies are of greater density than others.

All shadows result from light hitting a dense object. Psychological shadows too. Therefore, it’s good to become as translucent and translucid as possible to dispel lurking shadows.

If you must look at and/or deal with shadows, whether your own or another’s, then refocus your Light on the object being illuminated, since that form is the source of the shadow.

Find the correct 4 angles of illuminating whatever you want to focus on, and all shadows will be dispelled. Then you’re seeing things with an illuminated mind, and can act accordingly.

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The next meditation is a universal prayer offered to us by the Tibetan Master D.K. many years ago. I used to say it every day, and still say it every Full Moon. In 1976 I changed a few words to make it more universal. For your consideration,

The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the mind of God
Let Light stream forth into the minds of All,
Let Light descend on Earth

From the point of Love within the heart of God
Let Love stream forth into the hearts of All
May Christ return to Earth

From the center where the Will of God is known
Let Purpose guide the little Wills of All
The Purpose which the Masters know and serve

From the center which we call the Human Race
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

Again, as I’ve offered you many times before, when you see the title "The Christ" if you are so inclined please substitute "World Teacher," "Bodhisattva," "Imam Madhi," "Krishna," “Kristos,” "Avalokiteshvara," "Maitreya," "Messiah," or any other term used to describe this Great Being. And if you substitute “Enlightened Ones” or “Wise Ones” for “Masters” I doubt it would offend anyone.

© Copyright 2019 Robert Wilkinson

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by Robert Wilkinson

Our Friday night show celebrates the life and music of one of the greatest, Mister "Little" Stevie Wonder!

Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950) is one of the most creative and well-loved musical talents of the 20th century. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, activist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace, this child prodigy who has been blind since infancy is a master musician who has given us some of the most memorable tunes in history. Star at 13, superstar at 21, this musical genius is a man for the ages!!

He is an amazing and extraordinary talent, and his music has been part of the soundtrack of my life. When I saw him years ago he introduced his band by their astrological signs, which let me know he's totally wired into "groovin' on the one!" His shows are simply amazing in their ability to bring forth Oneness in The Love. And he is one of the only blind people in history to drive a car.....

For your enjoyment, “Little Stevie Wonder!”

From 1964, very live and very in the groove on his chromatic harmonica, “Little Stevie Wonder” doing the first part of the tune that first blew the doors down, the amazing “Fingertips”

Here’s a great clip from 1963 of the exciting rave up that got everyone’s attention and got them hitting the dance floor by the millions, “Fingertips Part 2”

Also from early in his career, live on the Mike Douglas Show, here’s Stevie performing “Up Tight” and “Place in the Sun”

From 1974, an entire 31 minutes of an extremely funky Stevie Wonder Live at Musikladen

We are told this is a rare performance. Live on “Soul Train,” here’s Stevie live performing a medley of “My Cherie Amore,” “Sir Duke,” and more

Here are some great performances with some more added to round out the sound! If you didn’t catch them then, catch them now!!

Live at the Apollo in 1985, an ab-fab live performance by Mister Stevie Wonder of his very funky sendup to Duke Ellington and other jazz legends, the chart-topping “Sir Duke”

In the same spirit, here’s a live performance in Japan in 1982 of his tribute to the Prophet Bob Marley, the very danceable reggae masterpiece, “Master Blaster”

From sometime in the 80s, Mister Stevland offering up a live groove on television with “Sir Duke” and “I Wish”

From 1968, Stevie live on tv performing the classic “For Once In My Life”

From 1969 on the This is Tom Jones” television show, Stevie live giving us “A Place in the Sun,” “Up Tight (Everything’s Alright,” “It’s Not Unusual,” “Nothing’s Too Good For My Baby.”

Here’s Stevie live on Sesame Street in 1973 doing his hugely funky dance hit, “Superstition”

Leaping forward 20 years to 1993, here’s Stevie in a duet with the great Tom Jones of “Superstition”

From The Right Time, Stevie and Tom giving us “Blame It On The Sun”

Here’s a rare treat! Stevie and Stevie Ray Vaughan live doing “Superstition” and “Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down”

Live in London in 1995, here’s Stevie live performing his masterpiece, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” From the same show, “Master Blaster” and “Overjoyed”

From Live at Last, A Wonder Summer’s Night in London 2008, “Overjoyed,” which we'll follow with “My Cherie Amour” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”

From the same 2008 London show, a great performance of “Part Time Lovers.”

From 2009, Stevie Wonder and Sting in a great live performance of “Higher Ground” and “Roxanne”

Here’s a great sentiment for these edgy times! Here’s Stevie live in London 2009 performing “Don’t You Worry “Bout A Thing” and from the same gig, “Lately,” “I Wish” and “Isn’t She Lovely”

From his live performance at the White House in 2009, here’s Stevie doing his smash hit “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” From the same gig, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”

2 years ago I had the entire 52 minute performance, but this year it’s gone. Better luck next year!

Also from 2009 at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, here’s Stevie and the great BB King in a live duet of “The Thrill is Gone”

Speaking of awesome duets, here’s Stevie and the legendary Ray Charles in dueling keyboards doing Stevie’s monster hit “Living for the City”

Here’s a great performance from 2010 in Glastonbury of “Human Nature” and “If You Really Love Me”

Here are three full shows! First, from 1985, live in Budokan, a full one hour 7 minute show! Stevie Wonder Live in Japan 1985

From 1988, an hour and 13 live in Japan! Stevie Wonder Live in Japan 1988

And from 2011, an hour and 23 of! Stevie Wonder Rock In Rio 2011

If you still haven’t had enough, I found audio only clips of 4 of his best albums in their entirety. Just hit play and kick back to some great background music that grooves! And of course, if you feel like dancin’, Stevie’s good for happy feet!

The entire 1972 Talking Book album

Also from 1972, the entire Music of my Mind album

From 1973, the entire Innervisions album

From 1976, the entire Songs In The Key of Life album

For a rare treat, here’s an audio-only offering from 1975 by the Prophet and Stevie in Jamaica, “I Shot the Sheriff”

From the show “Biography,” here’s a great 6-part documentary on Stevie Wonder! If you want to learn about this American musical treasure, check it out!!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

I found it again! Here’s a great 74 minute documentary giving us the inside look about one of his greatest albums, Songs In The Key of Life. For your enjoyment, the story of Songs In The Key of Life.

For our closer, a 55 minute video concert from 1972! Stevie Wonder Live in NY - Wonderlove

For our encore, a concert that seems apropos for our birthday boy! From 1989, the full 2 hour CBS television special Stevie Wonder Live in London – The Birthday concert

For our second encore, 2 hours and 14 from 2008 in London! Stevie Wonder - Live at Last: A Wonder Summer’s Night

Thanks for everything over the years, Stevie. To be one of the best at what you do, and one of the most loved for what you do, puts you in rare company with the legends of all time! May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live! Just watch out for those crazies on the road when you’re behind the wheel....

Copyright © 2019 Robert Wilkinson

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