The deaths of two people at a sweat lodge outside of Sedona have raised many questions. Led by self-help guru James Arthur Ray who achieved fame after appearing in the film “The Secret” and on Oprah’s television show, between 55 and 65 people gathered in a sweat lodge at Angel Valley Spiritual Retreat. The sweat lodge itself was a temporary structure about 415 square feet and about 4-1/2 feet tall, made of poles and tarps and blankets. The participants had been in the sweat for more than two hours according to a New York Times article.
The sweat was part of a program called “Spiritual Warrior.” According to Ray’s website, this program is designed to push the boundaries and the self-imposed borders of the practitioners. A colleague of Ray’s, John Assaraf, says that these retreats are meant to push the limits of participants’ endurance and “transcend pain.”
I’ve been studying what I call “performance technology” for over 20 years and have used it in my own life and with my clients. The work I call “Visioncrafting” is derived from these philosophies. It’s extremely unfortunate that the tragedy of these deaths is being used to mock the “self-help movement” and undermine the whole idea of personal transformation.
On the other hand, this idea of pushing people beyond their limits is one that I have never found beneficial. My earliest experience with these ideas was with the program EST in the early 1970s. I never attended an EST program (with three planets in Libra and Venus opposite Jupiter, I have no need to challenge myself in this way), but friends who did told the tale of being humiliated in front of a roomful of people and not allowed to leave the room to take care of nature’s […]
I had nearly forgot about Jeff Skilling, mastermind behind the fall of Enron in one of the largest corporate scandals in history. But it appears that after being sentenced to 24 years in prison, he will get a hearing before the Supreme Court on what seems to be a technicality – a definition of “honest services.”
Speaking about Jupiter (good fortune) changing direction! Jupiter has been in trine formation with a trine from Jupiter to Neptune in Skilling’s chart – the trine that bestows great creativity but which also, in an undisciplined character, can seek easy justification and use that creativity to get out of trouble. His natal Jupiter trine made him lucky; we’ll see if his luck will hold out with Jupiter making a trine to his natal chart.
I profiled him a couple of years ago and did a fantasy rectification for entertainment purposes only. Check it out.
Jupiter changes direction today, moving forward again after several months of retrograde travel. When planets change direction they slow down to a crawl and their influence becomes more powerful than ever.
Jupiter’s influence is all about good luck and good fortune, as well as confidence and our potential for growth in all areas. There is a tendency towards generosity but also of indulgence. Jupiter is in Aquarius now, where it has been aligned with Chiron and Neptune since the early part of 2009. In Aquarius, Jupiter is even more idealistic than usual, and this year Jupiter has been working overtime to promote ideals of fairness and social justice under the Aquarius banner. That battle has brought up a lot of chinks in the social fabric, with the pressure of Chiron to resolve unhealed wounds, and the insistence of Neptune to go beyond that which is practical.
Jupiter will catch up to Chiron and Neptune in November and the three planets will travel tightly together again until the conjunction peaks once again in February. These three turned retrograde within a day of each other at the end of May, causing us to look back and do the work of healing the past that has been required. With Jupiter moving forward again we will be able to move forward once again and put the benefits of this work into action.
I’m going to be off on Monday the 12th for my birthday, and my solar return is at 4:44 pm which if you’ve been following my Facebook updates is pretty hilarious. For the past few months I’ve been seeing repeating numbers everywhere.
At any rate, if any of my astrologer friends feel like giving me a gift perhaps you might like to take a stab at my solar return chart which I’ve posted here. My natal chart is here. With Pluto conjunct my Mars in the return chart it looks like I’ll be developing my Will (Mars) all year. Geez, I thought I was done with Pluto! And Jupiter in the return chart making a square to natal Jupiter should be interesting.
(To my non-professional readers, the solar return is the time when the Sun returns to its place in your birthchart. The chart for this event can be used to get a sense of the energies that await us in the coming year.)
Take a stab if you like – I’ll be back Tuesday with more exciting astrological news!
If you’ve watched any TV over the past week, chances are you’ve seen the trailer for the new 2012 movie starring John Cusack. The special effects in this trailer are absolutely incredible, and it appears this will be a really terrifying movie. It’s a joke in my house that I can’t watch a movie unless it’s rated PG, and I think I’ll have to skip this one until it comes to the small screen in my house where I can fast forward through the scary parts. Which might be all of it.
For some reasons humans love to scare themselves, and nowhere is this more true than in the doomsday business. You may remember 1999 when we were sure all of the power grids were going to collapse because of the way digits were recorded in computers. For thousands of years humans have been predicting the end of the world, and now the famous Mayan calendar will end on December 12, 2012.
Maybe it’s the Saturn that sits right on my Sun, but I tend to be a bit skeptical about many of these things so I was glad to see an article about a Mayan Indian elder who pooh-poohs the idea that the world will end next year.
Saturn will enter Libra at the end of this month and will form a square to Pluto that will closely align in early November, just in time to see this frightening movie about the end of all civilizations on earth which is being released on November 13. Coincidentally, the exact square from Saturn to Pluto peaks on the 15th.
When the Lord of Karma (Saturn) and and the Lord of Death (Pluto) collide t can shake people up. The last time they met was between August and November of 2001 and […]