What's Going On?
Big, Big Fall Harvest = Surrender, Get to Work & Bring it In!
Hola Amigos -
Here is the Fall 2006 edition of the Astro Blog, and it's big. Huge, even.
As we are now smack dab in the middle of the fall harvest season, this issue
is pretty much entirely consumed by that. And as is pretty much always the
case, this one finds me smack dab in the middle of what is probably the
quintessential Gemini dilemma, "What to say, how to say it, what to not say,
and how not to say it." Hmmmmmn. There is so much going on right now I
don't know where to start. The most logical at this point is to start at the
beginning. So here we go.
The advent of fall always brings both harvests and surrenders. Last year was
the most memorable on record, with Katrina and the Cindy Sheehan-inspired
political awakening in America. Last year it was intense but focused. This
year the harvest is a lot more diverse. This time we've got a little
something for everyone. And everyone seems to know it this time. Even the
most unconscious of folks seem to be feeling things a little more than
usual. Even the most unaware are sensing the changes in the air. Even the
most unlikely are expressing an interest, a curiosity. And that just rocks
So here today's menu.
For the conservatives and Capricorns, we have some major traditional
religious observances. For the Aquarians, trend watchers and science geeks,
we have some major new information handed down from the world's astronomical
and astrological communities. For the Sagittarians, Gemini's and info
junkies, we have the bi-annual solar and lunar eclipses, guaranteed to give
you more knowledge than you had (it's what they do), as well as all the
power and responsibility that accompanies knowledge of any sort. For those
of you who need more external structure (code for everyone who is NOT an
earth sign), we have the Fall Equinox, a regular astronomical event marking
seasonal changes. For the Scorpios and drama mongers, we have the pending
crucible of the fall Mercury Retrograde, which is occurring entirely in
their sign. And for the Leos, Virgos and Libras among you, or any of you
needing ego adjustments and reality checks, there have been some fat, fat,
fat stelliums moving through Leo, Virgo, and now Libra. And soon, Scorpio.
As usual, there is also a do's and don'ts section, though this one is
slightly modified and exceedingly concise (and at the very end), as well as
a couple of short rants. Last but not least, for those of you who didn't see
it, I am attaching a copy of my latest Santa Barbara Newspress "Woman!"
Magazine article. This issue's topic is success in business, and it ran on
Sunday, September 10th.
Okay, so with that said, here we are at yet another seasonal transition.
Summer has turned to fall, and in the fall you can count on two things. One
is the end of the glorious rockin' party that is summer. At this point,
we've all had a really good time and are doing our best to stagger homeward.
The other thing you can count on is once summer ends and we do get home with
our memories it is time to get back to business. And how. This means facing
and paying the tiny but enormous issue of the balance due: when the party is
over there always seems to be some sort of tab to pay and some cleaning up
to do. Hate that.
And this time, as the party was a big one, the joy it brought, as well as
the tab and the mess, are similarly sized. This fall, the usual harvest
holidays and astrological events are all clumped together. One the one hand
this builds the energy and the tension, literally forcing thing to a head on
personal, familial and community levels. But it also increases the odds that
some real positive gains occur and the foundation is laid for better things
in the next year. Don't miss that part, or skip over it.
So the question we're all asking about now is, as my father would say,
"Okay, what's the damage?" That, my friend depends upon your values - what
is truly important to you. As you begin to assess your personal situation,
how you respond depends on who you really are, where you are in your life
and how that is currently working for you. As usual, the fall is a really,
really good time to do values clarification on personal, professional and
familial levels. This fall it seems to be more important than ever. I am
seeing a lot of folks doing that. I am sending a lot of other folks to do
that. So, using the usual mathematical approach, let's begin to add this up
in a sort of chronological order. Tracking back a couple of weeks, I have to
say the stage was first set by the big honking deal with Pluto.
Honestly, I am getting more questions about this (still) than I have ever
gotten on anything astronomical or astrological. Ever. And from more diverse
kinds of individuals. I was even interviewed by a newspaper journalist, and
they actually put some of my quotes in the article right next to those of
astronomers. Seriously. This thing is really getting to people.
What you have to keep a toehold on here is some humility. Remember, what we
actually know for certain about our world, both scientifically and
spiritually, is actually quite small. I know. I am sorry, but it is true. If
we are doing things right, we continue to learn more and more all the time.
As we do, it changes how we view what we already knew, or thought we knew,
and as it does we have to reclassify and recategorize some things. We also
have to create whole new definitions for other things. That's just what the
process looks like.
And that is exactly what just happened. Basically, over the course of the
summer, both the American astronomical community and the International
astronomical community made a series of scientific announcements, based on
hot new data, that creates new specificity and guidelines for determining
what is a planet, what is an asteroid, and what is a dwarf planet. Given
the new evidence, Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet, and some
other heavenly bodies were added to that category.
For you Aquarians and science geeks, there is a lot more detailed and
specific information out there. And some great websites. I am sorting
through a lot of it now and working on a page for my website on this which
will hopefully synthesize the best of the new information and determinations
into easily digestible chunks and point those of you who want more info in
the right direction.
For me, the Pluto announcement is no big deal. As I said in the newspaper
article, it doesn't matter what kind of celestial body Pluto is classified
as, because scientific classification does not change it's astrological
meaning. And Pluto's astrological meaning has not changed. Pluto will
continue to rule the sign of Scorpio. It will continue to represent depth,
meaning, and solving mysteries. It will also continue to rule wealth, power,
sex, crime, and corruption. Called by some "the great renewer", Pluto is
considered to represent the part of a person that destroys in order to
renew, yielding the deepest of all possible spiritual transformations. The
phoenix from the ashes, so to speak. In the Hindu faith, Pluto contains
elements of both the God Shiva and Goddess Kali.
What is more significant than Pluto's reclassification, in my opinion, is
that we are finding so many new celestial bodies. I love that. Every time
there have been a new discoveries such as these, it has coincided with new
discoveries and major changes here on earth. As above, so below. To me, the
Pluto demotion pales in comparison to the Xena - or, pardon me, Eris
announcement, which has received a mere fraction of the publicity.
What is this Eris, you ask? Basically, new advances in space technology have
enabled us to now see out past the boundaries of what we knew. We can now
see beyond Pluto, and what we are seeing is some of the specific objects
that have composed the ring of dust and debris scientists have for years
called the Kuiper Belt. We knew it was out there, we just weren't sure
exactly what it was. While we still don't know everything, in the last 18
months we have come to know a lot more than we did.
The bottom line is that some of the debris out there in the Kuiper belt is
actually big, asteroid and dwarf planet-sized objects. One of these objects
was first called 2003 UB313 (everything starts out as a number) and then
later Xena. Another development to come out of the conferences this summer
was the renaming of Xena to Eris, And the official classification as a dwarf
planet. Now that it is official, astrologers are rushing to try to determine
what meaning to ascribe to her. And I mean rushing - though right now it
looks very much akin to the defensive line of a football team after the ball
has been hiked to the quarterback, all energy and drive and extreme focus
but not very precise. This will take some time, but there have been some
I feel particularly validated by these rough drafts of astrological meanings
for Xena/Eris. I have felt for years and said repeatedly that I think the
real global issue of the day is integrating male and female energies and
creating more gender equality. So what is the current consensus among
international astrologers about Eris's meaning? The integration of the male
and female energies and the redefining of gender roles. Yeeehaw!
All the planets and asteroids travel around the sun at different rates of
speed. Generally the longer a planet stays in your sign or in your chart,
the more time it has to influence you. Which explains why Xena/Eris, which
is currently estimated to spend 560 years in one sign, may have a formidable
influence on society. That makes Eris not only a powerful force, but the
most powerful one to date, astrologically.
Eris is currently at 20 degrees Aries, the sign of the divine male, anger,
aggression, violence and war. It has been in the sign of Aries since about
1926. Figuring out a complete definition for Eris, as well as figuring out
which sign it will be affiliated with, will take years, maybe even decades.
But, once again, it is all about the process, isn't it? We must look to the
issues of the times for some clues. Here are some of the more obvious.
A big issue of the day is that of the sharing and stewardship of the earth's
resources. Understanding that we - all the world's people - have to come
together to solve the worlds problems has been slow in coming. It is amazing
to me that people are still arguing that it must happen. Until we agree on
that, the details of how we get there are irrelevant. As I have said, I
think a key piece of our coming together as the world's people to solve our
common problems just happens to be one of the biggest issues facing society
today, which is gender integration.
One facet of gender integration is more about tone and style. There remains
an ongoing struggle about how to address and solve problems. Do we work in a
more feminine way, negotiating and collaborating, trying to compromise and
create the best possible solution to the problem at hand. Or do we resort to
cowboy diplomacy, going our own way regardless of the consequences. And how
do we decide - where is the line?
Another facet of gender integration is how in most industrialized societies
now, both home and in the workplace we routinely find ourselves in the
middle of gender-based power struggles. Creating true gender equality in
relationships, in politics, in business, in education, and in positions of
power and authority is a tall order. While there have been many
advancements, fundamentalists are answering this by restricting rights,
information and freedoms. Whether you are male or female, learning how to be
in a body on this planet is fraught with peril. I think the biggest dilemma
for women is in finding positive female role models to pattern ourselves
after. I think the second biggest dilemma is in finding ways to ask for and
obtain equality in their day to day lives.
The tricky part with this is that most women don't even ask, or at least not
often enough. And frequently when we do, we are not responded to positively,
which demands that we step out of our indoctrination, expected gender roles
and comfort zone in order to get our needs met. Which isn't fun for anyone.
The thing to remember is that with the notable exception of Glenda the Good
Witch, nice girls pretty much never make history. Sometimes to play with the
boys you have to play hardball. And sometimes it's just that the proverbial
squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Okay, next came a partial lunar eclipse on Thursday, Sept 7th. I've gotten a
lot of questions about this, too. This lunar eclipse occurred when the Sun
was in Virgo and moon was full in Pisces. I think the eclipses are things
(like the Mercury Retrogrades) that people really don't understand at all.
Not only that, I think it is a place where people can lapse into some real
magical thinking. Eclipses in general, and this one in particular - where
it's energy is combined with so many other energies and is therefore more
powerful - are places where folks can fall into a groovy new age fantasy
that something big and external will change, everything will be wonderfully
different, and all they have to do is show up. The biggest and most obvious
trap in that kind of thinking is that people can mistakenly think they don't
have to participate in these processes.
Now Virgo-Pisces oppositions are sort of famous for balancing fact and
fiction. While ultimately a good thing, the process can feel a little
humiliating. This fall I have seen a lot of people really crash when reality
intrudes upon the magical fantasy.
I don't think the eclipses bring change as much as they bring the
opportunities for change. Whether people take those opportunities or not is
highly variable. Basically there is one solar eclipse and one lunar eclipse
(each) twice a year, usually within two weeks of each other. Every now and
again there is an extra one thrown in for good measure. Usually that two
week time period is a time when something that has been hidden becomes
revealed. Usually on many levels, generally at least two: a macro level and
a micro level.
On the micro level, the personal level, something you didn't know about
yourself suddenly becomes undeniable. In screaming neon letters 80 feet
high. It is an awakening, a new awareness, the first step in any change.
From that awareness you can then choose differently and make personal
changes in how you live your life.
The other level - the macro level - is transpersonal. It is bigger than you,
outside of you. Usually this has to do with your families and your
communities, the people you are associated with. Often this takes the form
of some major revelation on a local, state or national level which again
forces you to become more aware and then you have the opportunity to choose
THE DAY OF DAYS
So the Pluto/Eris announcements and the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, while
magnificent and intense, only really set the stage for the real drama, which
took place during the week of September 18th.
General Eisenhower, who at the time was supreme commander of the Allied
Forces, called D-Day the "Day of Days." He said that for many reasons. One
of them being that a lot of people were being asked to dig down deep within
themselves and make great personal sacrifices for the sake of a greater
good. I think the 22nd is a sort of spiritual day of days, for we were being
confronted with the need for us to all do something very similar.
Astrologically and spiritually speaking, rarely are there days when there is
so much activity. Or so much pressure. We all have been asked to surrender
our delusions and bad habits for the sake of ourselves, our beloveds, and
the strangers we share the planet with.
Friday the 22nd was a massive, massive day. Many things happened on this
day. One of them was the New Moon. Honestly, this may disappoint some of you
but I wasn't really going to talk about this. A new moon is a new moon.
'Nuff said, nothin' really special about this one. However, a goodly number
of you have asked me about it, which tells me more needs to be said.
Especially given the compounding effect that concurrent events will have.
Thanks to those of you who pressed.
A new moon is a time of new beginnings, and this one was in Libra,
the sign of the quest for balance. Given that, now is a great time to start
new projects and endeavors. Or to make a fresh start at something that you
have not been successful at to date. It is an exceptionally good time to
start something that will bring new balance or restore balance to some area
of your life. Especially given all the other things going on.
One of them is the Annular Solar Eclipse, also happened on Friday the 22nd.
I hear it was visible best over the Atlantic Ocean. This event marked the
close of the two weeks of revelation that the eclipses bring us twice a
year. If you are paying attention, you most likely got some redundantly
clear indicators in the last two weeks of exactly where your life is out of
balance. And exactly what needs to happen to restore that balance.
Also that day we have the Fall Equinox. This event marks the halfway point
between the summer solstice and the winter solstice. For me it is the point
at which the days become noticeable shorter, and where the shift from summer
to fall, even here in Southern California where the change is such a subtle
one, becomes readily apparent. For many ancient cultures, this was a time of
assessing the quality of the harvest. It was also a time when the community
came together to determine what was needed to get the group safely through
the cold dark days of winter. Though we are no longer an agrarian culture,
that would be a good sort of thing to be doing now, especially given the
And if all that wasn't enough, Friday September 22nd was also the day when
the Sun moved from Virgo into Libra. When the Sun moves from one sign to
another, as it does about every 28 days, the general tone changes. Also the
inherent opportunities and urges of the moment will change. Now that alone
would be a lot, but there has been a stellium (a group of planets that are
close together) that have been traveling together since July. In this case,
Mercury, Mars, the Sun, and Venus. At that point, it wasn't just that the
Sun moved into Libra, everything was in Libra.
Astrologically speaking, Libra and Virgo are very similar in certain
respects. Both have very pure motives. Both are very selfless and
other-directed. Both can be so selfless, that they get lost in and around
other people. As a result, both can be pretty angry. As I said before, Libra
is all about the quest for balance. The most common misconception about
Libra is that most people think of it as being both balance and balanced. It
is neither. Libra is about the actual work of bringing something that is out
of balance into it. But the thing they lose sight of is creating balance is
a process. First you have to become aware that something is out of balance.
Then you have to be sufficiently motivated to do the work to make the
change. Most people don't realize that most people have to get pretty angry
about something to before they are sufficiently motivated to show up
differently, make changes or take decisive action.
Because of that, Libra can be a pretty angry sign, for Libra both is and
rules the dynamic tension that brings about the changes that bring about the
restoration of balance. This fall, with so much in Libra, we are seeing a
lot of dynamic tension between people with shared problems struggling to
find better solutions. We are also seeing very troubled individuals
virtually staggering under the weight personal imbalances. On a national
level, we have seen this particularly among men. Since the Sun moved into
Libra we have seen a record number of men, both in leadership positions and
in smaller roles, seem to spontaneously combust in attempts to right wrongs
and make sense of their worlds. Especially in the last week.
In my practice I have seen this especially for people born in 1953 and 1954,
the heart of the McCarthy years, who have a natal Saturn-Neptune conjunction
in Libra. That current stellium in Libra is sitting right on that
Saturn-Neptune for you guys, demanding that you create more and better ways
of finding balance.
Traditional Fall Holidays
Then we have the more traditional Holidays. The fall always brings at least
two, the Muslim and Jewish high holidays. This year, the harvest season
holidays began with the Jewish New Year. The 11 day celebration began on the
next day, Saturday September 23rd with Rosh Hashanah and will end with Yom
Kippur on October 2nd. Also known as the Days of Awe or the Days of
Repentance, these holidays carry the heart and soul of Judaism. It is a
festive, yet pensive time. It is considered to be a time for personal
introspection and prayer; it is also a time for gathering together with
those you love and catching up on events of the past year, as well as
sharing hopes and dreams for the year to come. I love that. Two very
important themes of this holiday are repentance and charity.
Also happening right then is the beginning of the Muslim Holy Month of
Ramadan. As is the case with many ancient cultures, the Islamic calendar is
lunar, and Sunday, September 23rd marked the beginning of the 9th month of
the year. A major focus of this holy month is to celebrate the anniversary
of when the Qu’ran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed. Two primary
practices during this time are for Muslims to fast during the daylight hours
and to read the Qu’ran in its entirety during the course of the month.
Themes of Ramadan include inner reflection, the practice of devotion, self
control and denial of pleasures, and an ever-deepening surrender to God.
What I find so fascinating about this part is that the Muslim and the Jewish
high holy days are occurring at the roughly same time. Last year, they
happened on the same day for the first time in 30 years - for the first time
in a generation. When Ramadan and Rosh Hoshanah happen concurrently, it is
called by the Muslim’s “God’s Surprise.” It doesn’t happen very often, but
when it does it is always interesting. And not in the ways you would expect.
Call me old fashioned, but for some reason when I first heard this I had an
expectation that these sacred conjunctions would yield something similar to
that famous Christmas Eve and day during World War I when the Allies and the
Germans on the front lines of France had a spontaneous cease fire and a
series of meager and impromptu yet magnificently meaningful celebrations
Mais, non. Au contraire.
If anything, at their most basic level, these moments have been prone to an
increase in hostilities rather than a cessation of them. We saw that last
year, and we are seeing it again now. This is where you sort of have to step
back and summon up everything you can remember ever having been taught about
cultural diversity. Different people just have different values. While some
religions, such as Buddhism, are against violence in any form, some
fundamentalist Islamic sects interpret acts of violence and war against
non-Muslims as the ultimate act of faith. Oh well. The thing you have to
remember is that fundamentalism - whether it is Christian, Jewish or Muslim
- is a response to modernism. An extreme response, but a response
nonetheless. Fundamentalism in any form is an attempt to stop the clock, to
turn back time, to revert to a time other than the one you are in. And you
can't really ever do that. It's futile.
It is interesting to note here that the last three American presidents have
made a deliberate and well-publicized point of not initiating violence
during Ramadan for fear of upsetting the members of the global Muslim
community. Unfortunately, the policy of not initiating or taking part in
acts of violence during Ramadan is not a standard to which all Muslims hold
themselves, in fact, it is a point of great controversy with the faith
itself. At it’s most generic level, when you look back at the historical
record. I think the years when Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan have coincided have
been heralds of greatly increased hostilities in the mid east, particularly
towards Israel. I think it would be silly to expect anything different in
the coming year.
A word here about earlier harvests, lessons learned, and knowledge we
already have from prior experiences. Or not. The thing I think is important
to remember here is that if you are attentive and deliberate, each harvest
will be built on what we have observed to be the best practices of the prior
seasons. The best predictor of the future is the past.
And oh, how quickly we forget. One of the biggest lessons of Prohibition was
that we cannot legislate morality. One of the biggest lessons of the World
Wars was that we cannot remain isolationist, refusing to participate
constructively in world affairs. Another big lesson of that era is that one
nation having a weird, loopy, idealistic moment cannot stand alone
successfully against the rest of the world. And it certainly cannot take on
the whole world and win. Especially when many of the major tenants of their
national philosophies are morally wrong. Yet another lesson of that time is
that we have pretty much established that killing everyone who doesn’t agree
with you doesn’t work. As a strategy, it really breaks down over the long
haul, as the more people you kill the more the ones remaining stop agreeing
with you, and pretty soon you have to kill just about everyone, which
includes you and your soul.
One of the biggest lessons of most wars is that they tend to stimulate the
economy at first, but if you don't start winning that war fast, the war will
bankrupt you. The world’s biggest empires have been brought down by
allegedly defensive wars that they could not win or even sustain. Is this
starting to sound familiar? One of the biggest lessons of the world’s
various political revolutions is that a whole bunch of hungry, angry,
uneducated poor people can and will bring down a regime if they are inspired
by the right charismatic leader with the right message at the right time.
The Soviet conflict in Afghanistan and it’s aftermath - taught us (or
should have) that it will happen even quicker if that charismatic leader has
a line on a good arms dealer or two. During this harvest season, it would be
really cool if we could keep the lessons of these prior harvests in the
forefront of our thoughts, prayers, and attempts at strategic planning.
With that said, no matter how grim the winter's forecast may look, there is
always something to be grateful for and proud of. Don't forget to
incorporate gratitude into this harvest rituals, as well. And humble
surrender. We’ve all got a lot of ugly work ahead of us - individually and
as a nation. More than most of us have seen in our lifetimes, and certainly
more than we’ve seen as a nation since the great depression and World War
II. These problems aren’t going to fix themselves, and the plans we have
been using don’t seem to be getting anyone the results they wanted. It would
be a good idea to come up with some new ones. If you want a different
harvest, you have to use different seed.
There is a heavy, ever increasing burden on those of us in leadership
positions on any level right now: corporate, governmental, community and
familial. For forty years Americans have had a tendency to kill or seriously
discredit anyone that stuck their neck out politically. Anyone who rocked
the boat too hard got thrown overboard. As a result, very few have been
brave enough to stick their necks out or to demonstrate any real leadership.
As a result, since the late 1960’s most of our leaders have been either
spineless, mentally ill, completely immoral, or some combination thereof. As
a result, what we seem to have harvested from that is a culture of
Now one of the things I love about history, astronomy and astrology is that
they both tell us about the nature of our world and of our universe. They
tell us where we have been and where we are likely to go next. Like history,
astronomy and astrology can show us both the past as well as possible future
THE UPCOMING MERCURY RETROGRADE
So speaking of history, and the possibility of history repeating itself (and
how those chances grow exponentially when we are scared or unconscious),
this brings me to my last agenda item. We have the last Mercury Retrograde
of the year looming right around the corner. This one starts on Saturday,
October 28th at 25 degrees Scorpio and goes direct on Friday November 17th,
at 9 degrees Scorpio.
Now, what I love about Scorpio is that it rules depth and meaning - Scorpio
is always trying to bring us more of both. However, Scorpio also rules the
darker, seamier side of things, the slimy underbelly of humanity. When
Mercury is Retrograde here, it is just harder for people to get on the good
foot and stay there for more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time. Seriously. We
are constantly confronted by our shadows, and dogged by our demons. And this
time we have a whole herd of them, and no one to blame but ourselves.
Unfortunately, like the fateful election of 2000 in America, we once again
have a Mercury Retrograde on election day. A crucial, midterm election day.
And not just any old Mercury Retrograde, mind you. A Scorpio Mercury
Retrograde, famous for crime and corruption, to boot. As well as a stellium
of other planets in Scorpio, who are not just along for the ride. I cannot
begin to tell you how unhappy this makes me. The only thing I can say here
is be sure to vote, and do not under any circumstances use the electronic
voting machines. Especially if you live in Ohio.
So this brings me to my current political rant. If everyone is clear that
the last 2 national elections were stolen (one of them during a Mercury
Retrograde), and if we are clear that an upcoming election is happening
during a Mercury Retrograde, I think we need a plan. On a national level, it
boggles my mind that we aren't doing more than talking about election reform
and election fraud prevention. Go ahead, call me a naïve and simple Gemini,
but I can't believe it's not happening. I think the Democrats need less of
an election strategy and more of a "how not to have this one be stolen"
strategy. In this respect I think the only folks that are more disappointing
than the Republicans are the Democrats. I don't understand why we aren't
beginning to talk about rescuing democracy in this country. We cannot export
what we do not have, and we not only do not have it, we haven't had it in
DO'S AND DON’T'S
So that brings us sort of current, to real time. In closing, your do's and
don't's list this time is very short. Very short. As fall is a time of
harvest, we are all being confronted by the results of the seeds we have
sown over the course of the last year. Do invest some time and energy in
assessing where you are this fall and how it feels. For the areas of your
life where you are happy and like what you are living, do more of what got
you here. In the areas where you are unhappy and don't like what you are
reaping, bite the bullet and make the appropriate changes. Do it now while
you can and before it gets worse. The hard part is that fall is also a time
of surrender. We are all being asked to be in reality, to surrender to what
is, and to offer up the less productive beliefs and behaviors that are
standing in the way of peace, faith, community harmony, and success.
On that note, and getting back to my Gemini dilemma, when I write, I speak
about what I see. Some people love it. Some people don't. My Aries rising
lives for this and does it without flinching. But my more mutable Gemini
sun, can't always, but is learning. Always learning. In the last year, there
have been more of you who would have me use my gifts in service of politics.
And I see your point - I see where the road is going. Astrology has been the
mistress of politics and politicians since it's inception, and it would be
silly of me to think I could avoid that. But in doing so there are inherent
risks and consequences. But in not doing so there are also inherent risks
and consequences. So even though I know it is the right thing to do, I have
been hesitant to step in to the thick of that fray. As a result I have done
so gradually over time, thanks to those you who have patiently supported me
in finding my way. For all of us, this fall's harvest, and the coming
election, is stepping up that process. If you need help finding your way,
call me, we'll figure it out.
Blessings to you -