Monthly Archives: June 2018

Cancer 9 ~ “Don’t let your dreams slip away.”


“Don’t let your dreams slip away.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 99

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 9° A tiny nude miss reaching in the water for a fish

This is a symbol of the eternal and unsullied freshness of soul as it enters every new experience with an unabated enthusiasm and thereby both substantiates its divine estate and brings enduring significance to whatever it may touch. Here is the absolute lack of inhibition which enables man to grasp the reins of control in every realm he decides to make his own, and the unquenched and simple curiosity which virtually makes it impossible for any potentiality of being ever to escape him.

The keyword is INCLINATION

When positive, the degree is ingratiating and irresistible capacity for self-expression, and when negative, continual indiscretion as a bar to any appreciable achievement.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-social-responsible.

Legs Diamond ~ Wish Song

Wish Again, Big Bear by Richard J. Margolis

Big Bear caught a fish. The fish was shiny and very upset.

“There’s been a mistake, there’s been a mistake,” Fish yelled, flipping and flopping in Big Bear’s net.

“I don’t think so,” Big Bear said politely. “You’re just what I want for lunch.”

Fish thought fast. “Nonsense!” he said. “Don’t you know I’m a wish-fish? Instead of eating me you should ask me to grant you three wishes. That’s what wish-fish do–they grant wishes.”

In the end Bear didn’t eat fish, even though the “wish fish” hadn’t really been able to grant the three wishes bear had asked for; instead wish fish and bear had become friends, and friends don’t eat friends, you see.

So, there is a larger, more over-arching reality to which all our desires may find common value and appreciation. You just have to want it–that “greater” reality. Zero-sum game stuff. Reach low, lift high, then take aim at the stars!

Don’t ever let go of your dreams—don’t let them slip by—but always allow that there may be a greater purpose being served while you wait for your dream to come true. Just, no matter how long it takes, remember always:

“Don’t let your dreams slip away.” Saijin

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Cancer 8 ~ “The depths and the heights of it.”


“The depths and the heights of it.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 98

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 8° Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade

This is a symbol of the upward reach of consciousness towards spirit, or of the necessity in all worth-while experience that events in some fashion make their continual and stimulating contribution to whatever values the self may be building into its own nature. The habiliments of higher implication are always available for a lower life to wear experimentally, thus sharing in what as yet it has not been able to assimilate to itself.

The keyword is APPROPRIATION

When positive, the degree is unlimited assurance in any projection of self into a superior dimension of reality, and when negative, an ingenuous substitution of affirmation for accomplishment.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-social-receptive.

Nothing without Love

To put it quite bluntly, humanity is ‘sexing’ itself to death. …

What is the cause behind all this? It is the natural ramification and outgrowth of the materialistic worldview which prevails today. If we are really nothing more than just highly evolved apes and soulless collections of cells…and if there is no actual meaning or purpose to life…and if spirituality is just an outdated superstition…and if when we die we literally completely cease to exist…then it would seem fairly reasonable for people to be vulnerable to the message of advertising and brain-washing (and even more deviant control methods) to engage in heightened sexual activity (even perverse sexual activity) as a driving force behind the indoctrinated view that their extremely temporary and very limited period of existence might soon rob them of the opportunity for “bliss”? The blind leading and controlling the blind—getting them to believe and accept all their dogmas–to the point of ad nauseam–without even considering to stop and question these ideas and motives with any depth. The masses have adopted the old slogan of ‘Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die!’ adapted from Helena P. Blavatsky read more:

So, what’s appropriate? What’s “Appropriation” all about? These rabbits aren’t nude and humping! They are dressed up and on parade! I imagine they are here to give us a message and to ask ourselves the questions we’ve been ignoring. Nothing like a fully-clothes rabbit with a stop-watch yelling, “I’m late! I’m late!” Never too late, March Hare. But let us indeed stop and consider what true bliss might be if we took a much needed look at….

“The depths and the heights of it.” Saijin

Image: Tantric Sex; Alice in Wonderland, the March Hare

Cancer 7 ~ “Are you coming or going?”


“Are you coming or going?”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 97

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 7° Two fairies on a moonlit night

This is a symbol of nature’s illimitable potentialities on the side of the release she offers man from his physical or psychological involvement, and of the necessity that he achieve some measure of lightness in self-expression as a balance for the strain of everyday existence. Here is an exaltation of fancy as a dynamic factor in all self-realization, and of the quiet moments of experience as a real opportunity for self-orientation. The magic of selfhood lies in its ability to rise above whatever may threaten its well-being.

The keyword is ASCENDANCY

When positive, the degree is a transforming sensitivity or a healing imagination, and when negative, a senseless retreat to make-believe.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-social-sensitive.

Deb Oh – Revolving Door

The Revolving Door

“The revolving door is an amazing invention. Think about it: What’s better than a door that’s never really open?”

I would rephrase that quote: “What’s more mysterious and alluring than a door that’s never really open, but never really closed?”

“Apparently, the first revolving door was invented in Germany in 1881 by a man named Bockhacker – ten years after the unification of Germany… Legend has it that Bockhacker was originally going to call his revolving door ‘The Uber-Sexy Entry Experience’ but was talked out of it by both his mother Chlodwig and his aunt Engelbertha.” Read more:

So, what we know is you are one or both of the fairies. (Psst! Sabian symbols are about you!) And we know that you are on a moonlit night. Marc Edmund Jones gave this symbol the keyword, Ascendancy. But did Elsie Wheeler see them ascending or descending? She must not have said…. Hmmm. So, my question is:

“Are you coming or going?” Saijin

Image: Fairies, Magical Creatures

Cancer 6 ~ “Watching it come together.”


“Watching it come together.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 96

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 6° Game birds feathering their nests

This is a symbol of the unlimited degree to which the spirit of man may develop and preserve its initiative by utilizing the natural course of things in the world at large, and of the satisfaction anyone may know through his conscious participation in a group destiny. Individuality flourishes whenever it is able to establish its personal rights over some desirable segment of reality, and thereupon justify its own being by fulfilling the expectation of others.


When positive, the degree is high intelligence and skill in enlisting the potentials of experience for the service of self, and when negative, unnecessary concern over everyday security.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-social-experimental.

National Symphony Orchestra, warming up!

The Assembly

Have you ever watched birds building their nests? I have. Oh, they weren’t game birds, but nevertheless, it was quite fascinating to watch. Two of them were working on it. Their first attempt had failed when they chose a slanted beam which would not support their intention. Then having chosen a much more balanced place, they began their labors again, flying off and returning with twig or leaf in their beaks, they labored together once more. It didn’t look to me as if their creation would be very solid. But I shouldn’t have doubted! Their nest-building skills were amazing. I watched as they wove and intertwined each little item, each treasure, into this shelter where their eggs, their soon-to-be offspring, would be laid, hatched, and nurtured. The final touch was the softer selections—the little delicate things that would be closest to their young.

Out of chaos, order. Apply your skills and intelligence. Work together with others who have the same common goals.

The video selection, an orchestra warming up, provides good analogy. Each player must tune his instrument and warm-up, get situated just so. Then when the conductor comes out and taps his baton, the community of musicians are no longer individuals, but are working together in sections, playing their part, all according to a “score” or master plan which the conductor has. Now the beautiful symphonic may be performed.

“Watching it come together.” Saijin

Image: Harpie’s Feather Duster, photo credit:

Cancer 4 ~ “To let ’em know what’s coming.”


“To let ‘em know what’s coming.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 94

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 4° A cat arguing with a mouse

This is a symbol of man’s necessary establishment of a set in mind or realization as a preliminary to any entrance into personal experience, and of his tendency to enjoy the preparatory more than the consummatory phases of his participation in reality. Here also is the eternal effort of human nature to get outer acceptance or social sanction for its inborn desires, as well as inner or intelligent and practical confirmations for the values it has made its own.

The keyword is JUSTIFICATION

When positive, the degree is a gift for persuading others to accept the motives of self and to co-operate with its ends, and when negative, interminable quarreling with the nature of things.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-physical-responsible.

Wicked Game

Doppelgänger ~ In Ancient Egyptian mythology, a ka was a tangible “spirit double” having the same memories and feelings as the person to whom the counterpart belongs. [Wikipedia]

It takes one to know one. That’s why you’re willing to argue this point with something that will inevitably be your prey. You aren’t ignorant in this matter. In fact, you have no doubts—you know. But before they fall as victim—(clue—they being that within yourself which is showing up small, as lower self, which you’ve now surely conquered in spirit, but now are about to do in its entirety…)—honor demands that you recognize the integrity of this lower manifestation. Surely it has served you! As an opponent, perhaps outward as a projection, but most certainly inward, for it is part of your reality! You “recognize” it. But now it must go, but not without a full understanding of your judgment upon it. Of course it will protest! Of course! If it could understand, then it would not be appearing as a “mouse”. In honor, therefore, state your case clearly and accurately; argue if necessary, until you reach the point of understanding that there is no possible accomplishment to be made here. Now, go forward and conquer. That’s what cats do. Mice know that, silly cat!

We might, indeed, call this a “khat” (Egyptian for the physical body, “ba” being the soul, and “ka” the etheric double) with Mooshika (Hinduism–the mouse, who became the vehicle of Lord Ganesh)! Think elephant-in-the-room! Because Ganesh was too heavy for the mouse to carry, the mouse asked that Ganesh be merciful and make himself light so that he might be able to carry him. Ganesh in this manifestation, with mouse vehicle, is the “All Pervasive” and remover of obstacles. Think about it!

We simply must know when to attack and justifiably conquer then consume….

“To let ‘em know what’s coming.” Saijin

Image: Keanu Reeves and Paul Mounet

Cancer 3 ~ “A thousand chances for change.”


“A thousand chances for change.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 93

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 3° A man all bundled up in fur leading a shaggy deer

This is a symbol of the pioneer or trail-blazing instinct in the human heart, and of the self’s insistent determination to strengthen itself in its own highly individual roots. Here is a repudiation of most normal experience as unnecessarily self-limiting in its accepted opportunities and boundaries. Life is taken as real or rewarding only as it can be carried on from something known to some unknown which will provide a real challenge ahead.


When positive, the degree is unlimited self-reliance in and through every possible phase of self-expression, and when negative, self-imposed handicaps and a needless acceptance of everyday restrictions.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-physical-receptive.

Uncle Kracker – Follow Me

You may be experiencing technical difficulties. If so, please stop and count your blessings. Now go be a blessing out there. You know—out there—anywhere—just get up and go do it. Come, follow me! Thank you. This has been a Public Service Announcement.

North Star stuff… Hit it! On Dasher, on Dancer…

Dasher – he loves to go fast!
Dancer – completely extroverted
Prancer – a bit vain, though affectionate
Vixen – slightly tricky
Comet – good-looking and easy-going
Cupid – affectionate and brings people together
Donner – loud, especially when singing
Blitzen – fast as a bolt, electrifying!

“A thousand chances for change.” Saijin


Cancer 2 ~ “Prepare for a smooth landing.”


“Prepare for a smooth landing.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 92

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 2° A man suspended over a vast level place

This is a symbol of man’s capacity for an illimitable overview of his experience in advance of his involvement in its details, and of the infinite ramification of possibilities he is able to uncover in the world he seeks to make his own. Implicit in the negative symbolism is the poise in act by which he escapes the bondage of any random compulsions, and a leisure in perspective which preserves his free choice.

The keyword is CONTEMPLATION

When positive, the degree is an exceptional spread of comprehension and a continual self-orientation of understanding, and when negative, a flighty transcendence or an impatience with all immediate or down-to-earth considerations.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-physical-sensitive.

Landing it after the gliding phase: The Ten Most Dangerous Airports

Holy Kaw! “In a gliding phase, a perched landing is arguably the most challenging.” University of Illinois scientist Aditya Paranjape.

Taking off is easy. Landing’s the hard part. Landing in the palm of a caring hand is even harder. You have to plan for it. What goes up—in this 3rd dimension—must come down. Make sure you are prepared for both the ups and the downs of it. Just saying!
So while you’re up there enjoying the view and contemplating the vastness of it all, please take a few moments also to…

“Prepare for a smooth landing.” Saijin

Image: Bird robot sticks landing to perch on palm

Cancer 1 ~ “It was right there all along.”


“It was right there all along.”

The Span of Expansion

Phase 91

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Cancer 1° A furled and an unfurled flag displayed from a vessel

This is a symbol of the extremes to which an individual will go in the practical allegiances with which he meets the various situations in life, and of his capacity to compromise or reverse any stand he may take whenever this suits his ultimate ends. Here is his inflexible determination to further every ambition, and his consistent preparation for every eventuality that might be anticipated. He is unhappy except as he somehow can feel himself safely a step ahead of himself.

The keyword is ADAPTABILITY

When positive, the degree is a gift for highly profitable adjustment in every developing relationship with others, and when negative, vacillation if not complete instability.

The formula is: sustaining-critical-universal-specializing-physical-experimental.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go at Burning Man!

Are you sufficiently individualized? Just asking…

“Only when a human being is sufficiently individualized to pit his desires for power and for the possession of what he wants against the traditional ways of thinking and acting of his community, does the possibility for that man to choose really begin. His moral choice is based on the co-existence of two opposite motives for action and on the conflict between these motives. Morality, as the term is usually understood, implies therefore a situation of conflict: individual against community.” Dane Rudhyar, pg. 272, The Planetarization of Consciousness.

“It was right there all along.” Saijin

Image: The Strawman Thinking

Gemini 30 ~ “To think that I thought it through.”


“To think that I thought it through.”

The Span of Restlessness

Phase 90

Air Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Gemini 30° Bathing beauties

This is a symbol of human excellence on the side of purely natural endowment, and of the soul as wholly inadequate except as it is able to meet some need of everyday experience with the elements inherent in its make-up and so free from any or all responsibility to anything other than itself. Here individuality gains a needed assurance through the phases of its being which prove immune from change or loss. A person becomes himself as he is able thus to stand radiant and reliant among the total of his fellows.

The keyword is CHARM

When positive, the degree is a special capacity for bringing the familiar desires and interests to an enduring representation of worthiness, and when negative, regression to childish vanities.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-generalizing-spiritual-inspired.

Jekyll & Hyde – This is the Moment

“Fear can turn to love. You’ll learn to see, to find the man behind the monster, this… repulsive carcass who seems a beast but secretly dreams of beauty secretly… secretly.” Phantom of the Opera

“To think I thought it through.” Saijin

Image: The Phantom of the Opera

Gemini 29 ~ “Deal with what’s in front of you.”


“Deal with what’s in front of you.”

The Span of Restlessness

Phase 89

Air Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Gemini 29° The first mockingbird in spring

This is a symbol of the contribution of aesthetic experience to the strengthening of self at core, given emphasis by the skill in imitation through which any vicarious participation in life is enhanced. Here man’s aspiration becomes articulate far in advance of his self-refinement, and as a result the promise in his given case may be manifest in achievements of which he would be quite incapable in normal course. At the least he is called to attempt a self-revelation which will add real stature to his role in everyday living.

The keyword is QUICKENING

When positive, the degree is consistent stimulation to others in all human affairs, and when negative, annoying self-assertiveness.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-generalizing-spiritual-responsible.

Sturgill Simpson ~ Turtles All the Way Down

Immortal Quickening: The One in the Many and the Many in the One

We’ve got our little mockingbird sitting next to a pinecone to show just how much is going on in that little head of his to be able to imitate so many sounds! This particular symbolism represents the capacity we have to interact with many different ones—to speak their “language”, to communicate to others in ways they will understand best, to not get so stuck in just one way of being. It’s an ability we can continually develop as we expand our social environments.

The mockingbird can also symbolize annoying behaviors, such as the erudite one, he who seems to know everything and never stops chirping about it in order to let others have a chance to speak.

Regardless of the objective perception, our little mockingbird is a little brainiack! What about us?

I think in this regard, we need to consider our own brain and how it works. Let’s go for the gusto and look at the pineal gland, which is historically symbolized by the pinecone in nature. Here is a wonderful resource to read through or to at least bookmark and study later:
Here’s another resource, which I was just given the link to today: “The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions. In it, Signe Dean reports, “We found a world that we had never imagined.” Read More:

Study? What? Well, I don’t know! How did the little mockingbird come to be able to imitate so many sounds? Was he born with those sounds just spewing forth? Did she listen and learn? Did he practice over and over again? I don’t know, quite frankly.
But, as a human, I know that if I’m going to be able to provide such a variety of “noises” to be able to communicate with a variety of other human beings, then I’m going to have to study. So, when it comes to the brain’s abilities, I suggest starting with the two links above to wet your whistle!

“Deal with what’s in front of you.” Saijin

Image credit: Mockingbird and Pinecone