Thursday, October 22, 2020

Dan & Christina Stafford

          Christina at 17                                                     -                       Dan at 16                                                 

The question is are we blood cousins?


Friday, October 9, 2020

Age of Aquarius – the Next Chapter

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Astro Butterfly <>
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2020
"When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius"
5th Dimension

Every 2,150 years approximately we have a new Astrological Age.

The much-anticipated Age of Aquarius begins when the March equinox point moves out of the constellation Pisces and into the constellation Aquarius.

When will that be?

There's no firm consensus among astrologers as to when the Age of Aquarius will begin (or has already begun!).

Most claim that the Age of Aquarius arrived during the 20th century, while others claim it will arrive in the 24th century.

One thing we do know, however, is that it takes around 200-300 years to gradually transition from one age to another.

And right now, we are transitioning from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius.

We can already witness the Aquarian influences. Technological advancements, science, and the internet are the trademarks of Aquarius – and they are all already here.

The Age of Aquarius' ultimate goal is individual freedom and liberation.

Having liberated ourselves from the collective karma of humanity during the Age of Pisces, which is now coming to an end, we are gradually starting to transition into having more and more individual freedom (Aquarius).

What can we expect from the Age of Aquarius?

Let's try to find the answers by looking at the previous Ages. Before the Age of Pisces, we had the age of Aries, and before that the Age of Taurus, we had the Age of Gemini, and so on. We only have historical records dating from the Age of Leo:

Age of Leo (10,800 BC to 8,600 BC)

The Age of Leo was thought to be the "Great Golden Age".

This is when the Ice Age ended and the climate began to warm up. "Warming up" = Sun (Leo).

The cultures of the world during this time worshipped the Sun, the ruler of Leo. Solar gods and deities were paid the highest respects during this Age; cat worship (Lions in particular) also became prevalent.

Age of Cancer (8600 BC to 6500 BC)

The Age of Cancer was the age of the "Great Mother" and goddess worship. Figurines of voluptuous Mother Goddess from this period are found all over the world. This is when the matriarchal culture was at its peak.

Humans started agriculture and farming, which allowed them to build homes, 'domesticate', and settle down (home and family are Cancer symbols).

Cancer is a water sign, and this age was brought in by the Great Floods, as depicted by multiple myths and stories for example the Noah's Ark, or the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Age of Gemini (6500 BC to 4000 BC)

During this age, humans began to develop their intellect, as well as languages and written communication.

The Age of Gemini is also when people began to move and trade both crafts and ideas between tribes and different cultures.

The emergence of myths and stories about "Twins" (Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, or Enki and Enlil).

The Garden of Eden is an Age of Gemini myth. Once Adam and Eve tasted the fruit from the "tree of knowledge" they 'became aware' that they were naked, and were thereafter driven out of Eden.

The story's message is that with greater awareness (intellect/Gemini) comes choice and consequence.

Before the Age of Gemini – during the age of Cancer – human consciousness was tribal, not individualistic.

It's only with the Age of Gemini that humans began to perceive reality through duality – e.g the separation of subject and object/Gemini; this is when individual consciousness was born.

Age of Taurus (4000 BC to 2000 BC)

The Age of Taurus is when money and banking were invented.

Money and wealth became the key drivers for growth during this age. Humans improved farming which led to the development of cities and settled life.

Bull worship could be seen in many cultures during that time as well as the worship of nature spirits and fertility goddesses.

Age of Aries (2000 BC to 0 AD)

The general peacefulness seen in the Age of Taurus eventually came to an end – the Age of Aries is when the Iron Age with its weapons, warfare, and the great military cultures emerged.

Mythology became hero-centered – depicting the hero-warrior winning their way to glory.

History from this age has left us the myths of heroes and warriors: Moses, Hercules, Spartacus, Alexander the Great. Masculine gods challenged the established feminine goddesses, and matriarchy was replaced by patriarchy.

The Age of Aries is also when monotheistic religions (one consciousness vs. multiple gods) were born.

One particularly important archetype of the Age of Aries was Moses. Moses condemned the worship of the "golden calf" – a symbol for the bull – symbolically 'declaring' the end of the Age of Taurus and the beginning of the Age of Aries.

Moreover, Moses also spoke about "what comes" once the energy of the Ego is channeled through heroic actions.

The process of individuation – which eventually culminates with the "death of Ego" – was a prerequisite for finding the "Promised land" – a metaphor for the Age of Pisces' transcendence.

The Age of Aries' process of individuation was necessary; this is how we humans developed courage and ownership of our destiny. However once "Aries/me-first" energy was fully embedded in our consciousness, it was time for something different… it was time for the age of Pisces.

The lamb of God that was sacrificed at the birth of Jesus was a symbolic end of the Age of Aries and the dawn of the New Age of Pisces.

Age of Pisces spanned from approximately 0 to 2000

After 2000 years of wars and military development, a different approach was needed.

As the Age of Pisces emerged, humanity came to the understanding that the ego development (from the Age of Aries) was not enough; and that the ego must be channeled through something greater.

The Age of Pisces introduced the concepts of surrender, compassion, kindness, charity, empathy, and sacrifice.

The warrior-hero ideal of the Aries age evolved into the transcendent ideal of the saint. The Age of Pisces has been the age of great world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

As with any astrological age, the animal symbolism is strikingly literal. The symbol of Christians is the fish. Jesus' disciples were fishermen.

At the heart of Jesus' (and other religious leaders) teachings, was the idea that we should love each other because we are all 'one', and because to hate someone, meant to hate oneself.

Jesus initiated the age of Pisces with his sacrifice; it was through sacrifice that our "sins" were washed away. Pisces indeed is connected to the symbols of "sins" or "karmic baggage", but also, with the opportunity to be released and redeemed from these through sacrifice and surrender.

The symbol of "Pisces" is two fish that swim in different directions, yet they are tied together by an umbilical cord. This image is a symbol for the "ego" and the "soul" that have different agendas, yet are part of the same 'whole'.

The higher purpose of the Age of Pisces is understanding that separation is just an illusion and that we can become 'whole again' when we reconcile the Ego and the Soul, or the YIN and YANG parts of our psyche.

This process of reconciliation is not easy, but it's only when we find our inner unity, that we will be able to step into the Age of Aquarius with awareness.

Age of Aquarius (2000-4000)

As long as the ego is separate from the soul, we won't have freedom and progress (Aquarius' higher manifestation), but instead will have division and will continue to attempt to use machines (weapons, robots, or the internet) to justify one side of the story – either "the ego" or "the soul".

However, sooner or later, at the end of this 'cosmic battle', when we'll reconcile the YING and the YANG, and we will eventually find a "New Renaissance" – or the triumph of Aquarius' highest values: humanitarianism, knowledge, reason, innovation, and people who work towards a greater goal.

As we are shifting from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius, we will learn that each individual is important – not as an amorphous mass easy to maneuver (Age of Pisces).

Every single one of us is born for a reason, and we all can bring our own contribution to the development of society. Every single one of us can make the world a better place.

Aquarius is the opposite sign from Leo. Leo is what makes us unique. Leo is the creator, the leader. Aquarius takes Leo's unique qualities to the "next level" putting them into a higher context.

"Me" is put into the use of "We" – so that we can create something much greater than the sum of individual efforts. But of course, to get to "We", we need to acknowledge each person's unique qualities.

In Greek mythology, Aquarius is Prometheus, the Titan God that stole fire from the Gods and gave it to humans. The fire is, of course, a symbol for the light of knowledge, but also, quite literally, Aquarius is a symbol for electricity and other types of renewable energy.

During this new Age, we can expect new types of energies to be discovered. Other likely developments are artificial intelligence, space travel, and connections with other forms of life.

Aquarius is the most global sign of the zodiac – it rules networks and communities based on a mutual vision. In the next 2000 years, there's no more place for top-down, hierarchical cultures or extreme political doctrines.

Aquarius is a democratic, egalitarian sign; the types of top-down systems that have dominated our society in the last millennia will simply cease to work.

The Age of Aquarius will come with a completely different "operating system" – something we haven't seen yet… at least in the last 26.000 years.

We have, of course, started to witness the influence of the Age of Aquarius already since the late 18th century, with the discovery of Uranus (Aquarius' modern ruler) which also coincided with the discovery of electricity.

These Aquarian influences have since then intensified, especially in the last 50 years.

Jupiter Conjunct Saturn December 21st, 2020 – The Age Of Aquarius

The next "Age of Aquarius" moment is December 21st, 2020, when Jupiter and Saturn meet for the first time in millennials, at 0° Aquarius.

What are the chances to have the 2 slowest moving visible planets of our solar system meeting exactly in the 1st degree of Aquarius?

The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on December 21st, 2020 may well be that final 'cosmic push' that will mark the official beginning of the Age of Aquarius.

Change is around the corner and will come sooner than we expect. Humanity's next chapter is currently being written, right in front of our eyes.

Astro Butterfly

13 Cherry St #92768, Seattle, WA 98104-2205

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, And Two Of Mars

Moon, Saturn, Jupiter

Mars over our house

Zoom in on Mars - it was more red to the naked eye.

Taken this evening over Temecula, CA with a Galaxy S10.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fascinating Skles Right Now...

 We had a pretty spectacular view last night. Half-moon with Jupiter close by and Saturn a little above and left, all near the Western horizon at about 1:30 above if straight up is 12:00. At about 10:30 and slightly East, Mars was red and very bright. Mars is nearing its closest approach to Earth in their respective orbits.

This is NOT last night's skies, but it IS over Temecula on our Street. I'll try to get some pics tonight & update. - Dan

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Nimoy, Lit By Grace...

Nimoy Arrives...

For some reason I had a recurring daydream about a crystal skull joining my altar.

Being a self-described "shamanic tech geek," I have named him Nimoy.

Yes, he is named for the actor who played Spock first. \\//_

Nimoy is currently charging under the LED Desk lamp in my office. I also plan to give him some sun as well.

Once the photonic charge is completed, Nimoy will join my raven altar and receive periodic sonic charge from Zing, my Tibetan singing bowl, and also from Thrum, my Autumn drum. 

What I like about Nimoy is his unique set of imperfections and inclusions. There are flecks of Mars orange in his crystal, and many uniquue microfractures.

The bwst is the rainbow mandala he presents when lit.


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Shhhh. A Little Present For My Brother...

My brother plays Blues harmonica and guitar.

I recently discovered an outstanding new Blues radio channel ( ) that is loaded with fresh Blues and 99.5% commercial-free.

They are supported by selling their own brand merchandise and donations. I ordered a couple of their awesome tee shirts, and received a few of their guitar picks as a bonus.

That gave me the idea to do this for my bro:

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Texas Instruments TI-35 Plus Vintage Calculator Repair

I bought my TI-35 Plus scientific calendar in 1990, the same year my son was born.

It was purchased to get me through my Aircraft Electronics math courses at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin. I graduated from that program with honors & a 3.9 GPA, straight-A student in the Spring of 1993.

The calculator served me well for a few years, but then it was relegated to my tool box after I started math courses at MSOE, where a TI-88 graphing calculator was mandated.

I later gave the TI-88 to my stepson, who was taking a dual-bachelor of engineering program at UI Champaign-Urbana around Y2K.

By then the batteries in the TI-35 (Eveready 357) were long-drained and cheap drugstore calculators were all over and abundant.

Still, I kept the TI-35 around, more for nostalgia than anything else.

Well, here in August of 2020, I pulled out the vintage TI-35+ and attempted to put fresh batteries in after a little rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip (Standard electrical contact cleaning technique I learned in the Air Force) to clean the green oxidase fuzz off the battery contacts. 

The calculator turned on, but the display was super dim, and I had to turn the calculator at a steep angle to see the 30-year-old monochrome black LCD display, but the calculator worked and was able to do calculations.

After trying several other new batteries in the calculator, I began to suspect that the plastic contact tabs were broken.

I did a search online to see if it might be possible to get the old calculator repaired, and all that came up was people talking about repairing their own.

One fellow was talking about cleaning the contactors with Scotch-Brite, which I don't have handy. However, I do have fingernails and paper towels. Paper can often act like a super-fine sandpaper. I used my fingernail to clean the worst of the oxidase off, and then used the paper towel piece to polish it until they shined.

The result was a fully-functional 30-year old scientific calculator, and an old friend brought back to life, as you can see below.

The part of the contactors that touches the battery must be thoroughly cleaned and polished.

A working TI-35 Plus after 29 years sitting idle.

I took it one step further: After 21.5 years in long-distance telecommunications and working with DC power cabling, I had learned the benefits of Noalox. What Noalox does is coat the metal with conductive grease (has zinc suspended in the grease for conductivity) and prevent the oxidation that naturally occurs when two dissimilar metals come into contact. This is made worse by the flow of electrical current. I put a Q-tip dab of Noalox on each contactor.


Friday, August 7, 2020

Blogger Finally Getting Development Work From Google!

I have been using Blogger-dot-com blogs since around 2002. Google bought it circa 2004, if I recall correctly.

I have been doing several updates on the style of my *Spell Book* poetry blog ( ) on Blogger.

I don't think Google had put any development effort into Blogger in a decade or more. All of a sudden in the past couple of weeks, I am noticing some definite modernization of the layout and post editing interfaces. This is good news, because it makes it more likely that Blogger will be maintained.

Now if they just upgrade the mobile version design...


Sunday, August 2, 2020

A Love-Hate Relationship With The Modern Web & Smartphones

There is more information at our fingertips than has been the case for all of human history, and it has never been a tougher slog to read it.

There are things I love about smartphones and the modern web, and things I despise.

I'll save the love for last... In each category.

Let's dive into smartphones first, and what makes reading information on one such a colossal pain in the ass:

* Notifications - Yeah, yeah, I know you can turn off notifications for this and for that. I know you can turn off all notifications. 

The former is a butt-load of work to go through and tweak. You have to find the individual notifications in some dark creepy sub-basement corner of your smartphone settings and hunt them like rats in underground Chicago.

The latter leaves you the equivalent of deaf and blind in cyberspace, locked in the bubble of some pocket cyberververse of your own making. It's peaceful, but it's isolated and you have no idea what might be hitting you like a bad radiation field or a missed grocery request from your spouse. (I'll let you decide which is worse)

Why the hell isn't there an easy way to just touch a button on an interesting article that's like "Shields up, Keptin!"?? I mean right there in the browser or app?? One that resumes notifications to your specified settings (The rats you thought were cute) as soon as you leave the web page. Even the Enterprise turns the shields off after the intergalactic conference is completed and the diplomats have beamed back to their own ships.

* Video and audio ads - These winky-blinky, blast your eardrums and speakers out demons from advertising Hell are better-suited to advertising ADHD drugs than actual products. I'm here to read something, which requires focus and concentration. You know, the very things your advertisement just destroyed? It's like dropping a dump truck load of raw sewage in the middle of my rented beach cottage on my ten-minute vacation. Seriously, screw you. Not only do I not look at those or listen to them, I actively seek ways to disintegrate them, and if I could, their creators. Remember the "shields up" button? I mean seriously, these things are the Borg of the cyberverse. 

* Screen dimming - even when I can finally get to a relatively peaceful bubble of information, as soon as I leave my finger off the screen for a few seconds, it dims, completely disrupting my focus as I desperately attempt to prevent the dreaded screen lock from shutting down the phone. This is particularly annoying when I am working one-handed in the place where reading on smartphones is both most common and most appropriate, if you catch my whiff. Another use for the magic button.

I want a button that's the equivalent of Castiel drawing Anokian wards, Sam & Dean pouring a salt circle, and Rowena casting a loud spell over a burning smoking crystal bowl of bat nards and unicorn teeth.

I miss Blogger blogs. I might just go back to reading them exclusively because they are generally quiet, well-decorated, thoughtful, and best of all, non-distractive. They are the web version of British print magazines. (I say British because they dont generally do the asshat trick of "continued on page 897" when the part of the article you're reading is on page five. 

I even used to read the ads in print magazines, it was part of the fun and didn't piss me off. Static banner ads the same as long as they didn't get to the point of cluttering the entire page.

So what do I love about reading on smartphones? Portability, of course! They take up less room in that appropriate place than a stack of magazines, and you don't need a clip-on light to read yourself to sleep.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 2020 Forecast - Astro Butterfly

August 2020 may be the Leo/holiday/let's-have-some-fun season… but this particular August is as cardinal and action-packed as you can get.
Mars in Aries squares the BIG 3 – Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn – for the whole month of August!
We have the individual (Mars in Aries) vs. the establishment (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn).
But that's not all war. In addition to the tense Mars squares, August will also bring us multiple sextiles and trines, including two grand trines – in Earth and Water signs. Yes, in August we will also take the time to smell the roses.

August 2nd, 2020 – Sun Square Uranus

August starts with a BANG. The Sun is square Uranus. The Moon joins the outer planet stellium in Capricorn. Mercury in Cancer opposes this stellium. AND Mars in Aries squares it.
August 2nd gets the gold medal for the most intense day of the month. Try to keep your cool (if you can).

August 3rd, 2020 – Full Moon In Aquarius

The Full Moon is at 11° Aquarius and it is square Uranus at 10° Taurus. This is a key Full Moon because 1) it is in Aquarius, so it will give us a taste of the upcoming Age of Aquarius 2) it triggers the Saturn-Uranus square.
If you want to know how 2021 will be like (spoiler alert, still difficult, but MUCH better than 2020) pay attention to this Full Moon.

August 5th, 2020 – Mercury Enters Leo

On August 5th, 2020 Mercury enters Leo – and our thinking and communication become more proud and confident. No more hiding behind a rock (Mercury in Cancer). Speak out. Deliver that message. Roar the truth.

August 5th, 2020 – Venus Conjunct North Node

On August 5th, 2020 Venus is conjunct the North Node of the Moon at 26° Gemini. Venus has been in Gemini for a looong time, exposing the duality and the double standard of our society.
Venus conjunct the North Node is the silver lining – because yes, everything happens for a reason.
The North Node always asks "What's in it for me?". Reflect on what was going on in your life in the past 4 months, and especially during the Venus Retrograde (May 13th-June 25th).
How can you turn the confusion, the conflict, or the contradiction into an opportunity? Into something that can work in your favor?
Let Venus guide you in finding the best approach moving forward. Listen to your feelings, to what makes sense to you, to what 'feels' right.

August 7th, 2020 – Venus Enters Cancer

Great news!
On August 7th, 2020 Venus enters Cancer. 'Great news' not only because Venus feels good in the sign of the Moon, but also because Venus finally changes signs after a record of 4 months spent in the sign of Gemini.
What needed to be done has been done. What needed to be said has been said. Now it is time to take a deep breath and make sense of all this with our heart.

August 13th, 2020 – Mars Square Pluto

On August 13th, 2020 Mars (23° Aries) is square Pluto in Capricorn.
This is INTENSE and this is just the beginning. Mars square Pluto is not for the faint of the heart, however since this aspect lasts for no less than 5 months, we will all have to deal with it.
Mars is our personal will and Pluto is the universal will. Aries is the individual and Capricorn is the institution.
People have been fed up with how the world operates for a long time now, building up frustration and hopelessness.
The unusually long Mars-Pluto square could be that last straw. Mars triggers Pluto. Yes, Pluto is powerful, but Mars is in domicile in Aries. Pluto may be up for a surprise. The Age Of Aquarius is around the corner.

August 15th, 2020 – Uranus Goes Retrograde

On August 15th, 2020, Uranus goes retrograde. Every time Uranus changes direction, the world seems to turn upside down.
The usual advice you get when you deal with Uranus is to "expect the unexpected" because this is what Uranus does. It disrupts the status quo. It changes the unchangeable. It moves the unmovable – yes, even when Uranus is in Taurus.
But worry not. Uranus only brings those changes that are truly needed, so you can move forward with your life.
You've probably heard this hundreds of times, but every time we have a Uranus transit, and our reality does get disrupted, this remains a great reminder.
You will be especially influenced by Uranus' station if you have planets or angles around 10° Taurus.

August 17th, 2020 – Sun Conjunct Mercury

On August 17th, 2020, the Sun is conjunct Mercury at 25° Leo which means we are already in the middle of the current Mercury cycle which started on July 1st, 2020.
What's interesting about this Mercury-Sun conjunction is that it is at the apex of an aspect pattern called Yod, or Finger Of God.
The aspect is called "Finger of God" because it literally looks like someone pointing to something very essential about our mission in life.
Pay attention to any insights that come to you around this date, especially if you have planets or angles around 25° Leo.

August 18th, 2020 – New Moon In Leo

On August 18th (in the Americas) or August 19th (in Europe/Asia) we have a New Moon at 26° Leo. The New Moon is conjunct Mercury and it is trine Mars in Aries.
Leo is the sign of creativity. But what is creativity?
Creativity is not about following trends. Creativity is who you are. The process of creation, at its core, has nothing to do with the world outside – with other people, or with learning new things.
It is simply about connecting to our inner selves and allowing that light to shine through.
The Sun rises every day, giving us warmth and light. The Sun doesn't need to be something that it is not.
The New Moon in Leo is our yearly reminder that all we have to do is BE. When we truly connect to ourselves – with our true selves – we automatically know what we need to do. Being ourselves fully is the greatest gift we can give to the world.

August 20th, 2020 – Mercury Enters Virgo

On August 20th, 2020, Mercury enters Virgo. Mercury in Virgo is the very best Mercury placement (Mercury is both in domicile and in exaltation in Virgo).
So if you were planning to do "Mercury things", Mercury in Virgo (August 20th – September 5th, 2020) is the best time of the year to undertake them.

August 22nd, 2020 – Sun Enters Virgo

On August 22nd, 2020, the Sun enters Virgo.
Welcome to the Virgo Season, or that time of the year when you can wear your Virgo hat and do what Virgos do: get organized, take care of your health, get new routines in place, learn new things, and become more productive.
This year the Virgo season will also bring a beautiful Grand Earth Trine with Jupiter in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus.
Something to look forward to, especially during these turbulent times. The Grand Earth Trine will be active from August 25th until September 10th.

August 24th, 2020 – Mars Square Saturn

On August 24th, 2020, Mars in Aries squares Saturn at 26° Capricorn.
If Mars square Pluto is an explosive aspect, Mars square Saturn is an implosive aspect. By no means less intense, but inside Saturn's rings, we have no choice but to contain whatever comes as a result of our actions.
With Mars square Saturn, we have to clean our own mess.
And this can be extremely extremely frustrating… but also extremely extremely productive and rewarding.

August 26th, 2020 – Venus Opposite Jupiter

On August 26th, 2020, Venus is opposite Jupiter along the 17° Cancer-Capricorn axis.
As mentioned, in between Mars squares, Uranus retrograde or other disruptive aspects, August will also give us opportunities to smell the roses and enjoy life.
Venus opposite Jupiter is one of these opportunities.

August 30th, 2020 – Venus Opposite Pluto

August 30th, 2020 Venus in Cancer is opposite Pluto in Capricorn.
If Venus opposite Jupiter is about enjoying life, and focusing on what's positive and inspiring, Venus opposite Pluto is about peak experiences of any kind.
Many people say that the purpose of life is happiness. But what is even more important than feeling good? Feeling alive. Having the complete human experience.
And this is what Venus opposite Pluto will deliver.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The New Age of Aquarius | Jessica Adams

The Great Compressions of early 2020, 2021, and 2022 - Aquarius Papers - Global Astrology

Llewellyn's 2021 Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2020 to Mabon 2021 - Suzanne Ress, Jason Mankey, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Melissa Tipton, Kerri Connor, Kate Freuler, Mickie Mueller, Blake Octavian Blair, Tess Whitehurst, Susan Pesznecker, Ivo Dominguez Jr, Charlie Rainbow Wolf, Michael Furie, Llewellyn - Google Books

Five Planet Stellium In Aquarius: February 1st-18th, 2021 – Important! | ElsaElsa

Stellium in Aquarius Square Mars & Uranus: February, 2021 | ElsaElsa