A Quick Look at Bolsonaro

SUN 30th degree of Pisces

Sabian Symbol = The Great Stoneface

“The Power of Vision”


Focus on: Keeping to your vision. Believing in something and pursuing it. Sticking to your guns.

Watch our for: Emulating the greatness of others at the expense of being yourself. Casting expectations in stone, and thereby being rigid. Basing belief on fear or false gods.

Given the moon symbol (below), and Bolsonaro’s long history as military captain and congressman, there is now the sense of his time having come. Given this is the last Symbol of the 360, there is something ultimate about it too.

Given he recently held up Winston Churchill’s Memoirs of the Second World War as a personal bible, one wonders in what image he molds himself. War fans and UK patriots will forgive me if my take on Churchill encompasses alternative views to e.g. the Gary Oldman movie, and questions whether, for instance, the bombing of Dresden was in fact a war crime, not to mention an assortment of atrocities in India.


MOON 24th degree of Aquarius

Sabian: A Man Turning His Back on His Passions and Teaching from Experience

“Giving Something Back”

Second round of the presidential election in Brazil

Focus on: Advancement through self-sacrifice. Recognising the hollowness of selfish goals. Service.

Watch out for: Merely playing at the above. Allowing personal hangups or pet projects to escalate into political affairs.

Pluto opposition Moon suggests that his ascent to power is partly fuelled by a deep seated (m)other wound, which may be his unraveling in the end. One wonders to what extent these passions (daemonic energies) still run the show.


NORTH NODE 2nd degree Capricorn

Three Stained Glass Windows, One Damaged by Bombardment

“Restoring the Whole”


Focus on: The presence of the divine, or spirit in life, a holistic view, and how this is all too easily corrupted or shattered.

Watch out for: Using strength to dominate. Despising the weaknesses of others, which is a projection of your own. Guilt and therefore destructiveness of self and others.

The image here is of a damaged trinity. Given the moon reading, one is again tempted to suspect deep personal wounds, which, unexamined, fuel outwards projections. Given his notorious attitudes and behaviour towards women, one is tempted to pick the feminine as being the wounded aspect––though it may just as well be the (un)holy child.


SOUTH NODE 2nd degree Cancer

A Man Suspended Over a Vast Level Place

“On Hold”


Focus On: Seeing all things as equal. Seeing from on high. Wide vision therefore wise decisions.

Watch out for: Lack of groundedness. Feeling “out of it” or of not being accepted, when it is rather you who do not accept it.

Being early in Cancer, which is all about watery feelings requiring protection by a shell of some sort, this symbol suggests that these emotions are out of touch, that something has not landed yet. Equally, that the shell has not yet formed. It begs the question of how the man got up there in the first place, and what will bring him down and when. Forgiveness of self and mother?

Bolsonaro’s nodal axis is indeed the classic ride out from the 4th house of Cancerian home and family into the 10th house of the big bad Capricornian world.

Given the caution of his moon symbol, and Mother Nature as extension of personal (m)other, we can only hope that the vast level plain of the south node is not a razed Amazon forest. That dire fate, Bolsonaro has campaigned, lies in his hands.


SATURN 21st degree of Scorpio

A Soldier Derelict in Duty

“A Question of Conscience”


Focus on: An uncompromising response to inner values. Being true to one’s conscience, even if it goes against the general grain. Finding ways to do what has to be done.

Watch out for: Performing soldierly duty at any cost. Kill or be killed. Giving up when the going gets tough.

As we are on the cusp of the next degree and therefore symbol, Hunters Starting Out for Ducks, the kill or be killed daemon seems most relevant. Research into JB’s history, particularly military exploits and failures, could be revelatory.

He has publicly and loudly declared that the military regimes of 60s and 70s Brazil did not go far enough in their murder and torture of dissidents. Is this the dereliction of duty he now feels compelled to address?

While it’s easy to judge Bolsonaro as a fascist, even a Hitler, if we wish to understand his intolerance towards the Amazon and its people (amongst other vulnerable sections) we must consider, as did Hitler, that he bears deep convictions of being right. We also recall Tony Blair avowing the same in the Iraq Enquiry.

Bolsonaro, Blair and Hitler, being possessed of (or by) such powerful daemonic energies, thereby create a powerful karmic wake. Trump too, though I doubt he believes he is right.

Taking a Matrix-like view, we can imagine them as powerful programs on some predestined course. Might we consider, imagine, speculate, contemplate what the inner life of these avatars might be like? All three can be accused of playing God in their actions to address the greater good at the expense of a great many. Indeed, is it God playing them, or something else?

Ultimately even the Devil is in the service of God/Spirit/Source (albeit in as roundabout a way as its is possible to imagine!)

Ancient traditions are universal in their reference to a Flood or cataclysm, which wipes the slate clean. Be it Inti, the Andean solar deity, who weeps at the chaos and corruption of his creation; be it Amateru, the Shinto equivalent, who retreats into a cave; be it Jesus, who “dies” on the world cross and is interred in a cave…

Are Trump, Blair, Bolsonaro and others still to come avatars of destruction, of Shiva, the Jajal, the karmic broom wagon at the end of this era? Who or what will roll back the rock? Who or what will emerge at the dawn of the new day?

© Nizami Thirteen, greatly indebted to Lyn Birkbeck’s Astrological Oracle.

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250px-Signorelli-Antichrist_and_the_devilCatching myself recently launching half-baked Facebook threads  with provocative mentions of “the Antichrist.” I’d better expand.

In traditional Christian belief, Jesus the Messiah appears in his Second Coming to earth, to face the emergence of the Antichrist figure.

Christianity decries the Antichrist as a false prophet – the Devil’s advocate  depicted in Revelations 13 and the famous painting by Signorelli. I am not concerned here with identifying this man as Dick Cheney, the Pope, or Binyamin Netanyahu, but with something more in line with Gnostic ideas:

The only one of the late 1st/early 2nd Century Apostolic Fathers to use the term is Polycarp (ca. 69 – ca. 155) who warned the Philippians that everyone who preached false doctrine was an antichrist.[13] His use of the term Antichrist follows that of the New Testament in not identifying a single personal Antichrist, but a class of people.

But let’s rewind. In the beginning was the Word, and the word was Om. Which is not a word in the same way ‘antichrist’ is a word, but the transcription of a sound – according to the vedas, the master sound that contains all others just as white light contains all the colours of the rainbow (and beyond). Om – whose correct pronunciation moves from a to o – is the alpha and omega of Mantra.

Whereas ordinary language bundles phonemes into words and sentences, the sounds of Mantra are manifestations of ultimate reality, which is beyond (and behind) ordinary human cognition – and therefore the perennial project of human endeavour. To see it, touch it, understand it. The Tower of Babel is perhaps the most famous fable of the outcome of that endeavour. The Tower touches the heavens and God strikes it down, its builders stricken with the bewildering affliction of tongues (plural). We fall from the unified language of Mantra, the stuff of which the world is made, into the babble of ordinary tongue.

shmnc-cch-box150Mantra, like the ayahauasqero’s icaros (not to be confused with Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, though we may well admit that myth here), have creative power. They are utterable vibrations that connect directly with the stuff of the universe. Shipibo textile patterns – to name one form I am familiar with, there are many others – are maps of such vibrations. If you prefer, we can say visualisations of the sounds, but this allows the idea that the patterns are creative interpretations of the sounds, which they are not. There is a science connecting sound and pattern. Different people produce the same sounds from a particular pattern.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that the universe is made of sound. Sound is energy, which we know from Einstein to bear a linear relationship with mass, that fundamental property of the material world. Matter is thick energy, if you like. Certain sounds are harmonious, others are unsettling or enervating. Certain notes played together on a piano sound strong (yang) or mysterious (yin). Others sound dischordant. If you are struggling with the idea of the universe being made of sound, ask yourself – Why do nice chords sound nice?

Perhaps you will say that ‘nice’ is psychological, a property of the mind, which is at the end of the day explainable with recourse to neurons and neurotransmitters, the transmission of electrons along myelin molecules and so on and so forth. In that case you would also say that consciousness, though science is not yet able to do it, is also explainable as atoms and electrons – and if need arises as quarks and charms and so on.

It seems strange in this postmodern, quantum – or even post-quantum – day to find reductionism so deeply entrenched. Anything that cannot be reduced to the theories of particle physics – God, for instance –  is often met with scoffing, sarcasm, cries to wake up. Anything that cannot be reduced to particle physics is seen as delusion. Consciousness is a sort of moot point, as it is taken on faith that one day it too will be seen to be a matter of atoms and electrons. This scientific faith is seen as better than spiritual faith, because science proceeds by hypothesis and repeatable experiment.

To be sure, spirituality has taken a bashing thanks in equal measure to the rantings of generally poor, uneducated and deceived people and the rich, educated and carefully selective eye of the television camera. It is easy to go from the irrationality of burning copies of the Quran or effigies of Barack Obama to the irrationality of “everything those people stand for.” Watching scenes of chaos following publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, or the refusal of protestants in Northern Ireland to lower the Union Jack for a day, we feel compelled to knock some sense into people.

350px-Confusion_of_TonguesBut lets rewind. In the Beginning was the Word, then there was the Fall – from Eden, of the Tower of the Babel. These two are very closely related, if not one and the same. Note, by the way, the paradox already encoded in ‘In the Beginning was Om’ – in the Alpha was Omega. The Fall happened because of Identification. Adam and Eve suddenly knew who they were. Adam knew the Names of Things. The Fall from Mantra into language takes place because of Identification.

Sounds produced are no longer of the same sonic substance as the universe itself but lie at a remove. The sounds now represent or encode. They require interpretation, which, if the sounds are to constitute communication requires the kind of convention Wittgenstein called a Language Game. I can crack a joke with you. You can tell me the world is made of quarks and charms. Well. You can try, but whether or not I buy it is a matter of language games. Do I play the same ones as you?

I don’t play the Consciousness Explained game. Because consciousness cannot be explained. (What does it actually mean to explain something anyway? But that’s another article.) The big difference between esoteric thinking and reductionist-materialist thinking is this:

  • Esoteric: consciousness is itself a fundamental property, like gravity or electromagnetic forces
  • Materialist: consciousness reduces to atoms and electrons.

Just as white light contains all the colours of the rainbow, so Om contains all the sounds of the universe. So far that is a description – a language game I am inviting you to play. So far you’ll either buy it or you won’t. Hopefully, when I add that those sounds of the universe are themselves aware – yes, conscious! – the game suddenly sounds more interesting.

You see – or should that be hear – this sonic stuff of the universe I’ve been talking about transcends the dualism of consciousness (in here) and matter (out there). It’s both a huge idea, and at the same time something as familiar as music. Subjective energies – moods, emotions, feelings – correspond to such objective wave-making as the plucking of a string or the beating of a drum.

The world is not as out there as we think.
[Carlos Castaneda]

In other words, the Subjective should not be relegated to mere epiphenomena – the pretty and pretty pointless patterns created by the firing of neurons – but should be carefully considered as our prima facie reality. Of course, as everyone knows, appearances can be deceptive. Learning happens when we discover we have been deceived, and – ideally – how we have been deceived. We move on with an improved idea about the world.

The problem for those who identify with the Consciousness Explained game of quarks and charms and so on, is that quarks and charms bear no relation whatsoever to ordinary human existence. They quite literally do not enter the frame. Indeed, highly specialised apparatus and conditions are necessary in order to observe events interpreted as phenomena of these invisible elements. Atoms and electrons are useful constructs for materials scientists. The rest of us need only observe that matter is made up – to the vast proportion – of empty space.

But the deniers of astrology and numerology and spirit and god and all the rest are seldom so rational. Even Richard Dawkins, the arch-materialist, fails to make the simple conceptual shift that awareness/consciousness is not phenomenon but noumenon. There is an old fashioned English word ‘nouse’ meaning ‘wits’. The matter is emotive because there is identification. To be precise: identification with the reductiveness of consciousness. Which is identification with the lying-at-a-remove of the Fallen. Identification with the husks of Babel.

Identifying oneself with something reducible to atoms and electrons is thus to play a game in which either everything – including consciousness and God – is similarly reducible or does not exist. Recruitment into this game is the function of the Antichrist – the Devil’s Advocate who arrives to explain Creation away as atoms and electrons. According to Biblical prophecy, the Reign of the Antichrist – interpreted successively in recent times as communism, capitalism, the New World Order – is a necessary precursor to the End of the World and the Second Coming.

In other words, perhaps the deathwish of identification with the material is necessary for human beings to realise the existence of spirit.

That said, what am I doing trying to rumble the mission of the Antichrist?


Full Blue Moon in Pisces Aug 31 2012

Pisces being the 12th sign, this full moon – the second full moon in August, making it a blue moon – is a major signal of 3rd dimensional karmic clearing. Take time in nature, at home, wherever, to sit with it, to contact the waters of mystery within.

“The cosmic message is that we can release whatever has been holding us back, including all sense of separation from Source and each other–All Are One.  We are balancing the masculine and feminine. Women must stand in their truth and men must open their hearts. The personal dramas for many people are intense because we are finishing our third dimensional karmic lessons….” Kelly Rosano, 2012.
Setting sun on Aug 31 2012, Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Setting sun 1700 Aug 31 2012, Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Full Blue Moon in Pisces 23:59 Aug 31, Kuala Lumpur

Full Blue Moon in Pisces 23:59 Aug 31, Kuala Lumpur