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The Universe Is Conspiring to Help Us Up Our Game to Prepare for This Fall’s Karmic Final Exam

The Web in the Womb—Joan Pancoe

“We are a hundred thousand years beyond insanity. Plato does not speak of this. The physical beauty of men and women is not an image here. Lovers are alive to the extent that they can die. If you want to more alive, love is your true health.” —Rumi

Dear One,
Earth School is definitely NOT out for Summer! But rather, with so many outer planets in retrograde motion, our karmic lessons are primarily directed within our own Beings in terms of how we’re choosing to respond to all the ongoing challenging external circumstances now, which I call FGOs (f**king growth opportunities:)).
So, with Jupiter, Chiron, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde, with Uranus following in mid-August, the planetary energies are swinging the pendulum of our focus from outer events towards going as deeply within as we’re willing to go and encouraging us, with all this inner momentum, to up our game spiritually so we’re as strong and stable internally as possible.
To make the most out of this season, it behooves us to take a much-needed break from overloading with too much “news” and instead spend as much time as possible on gathering our forces—from mind/body/spirit practices and communing with Nature—for what is to come in the Fall when most all of the outer planets station direct and a collective karmic final exam is presented in external reality to test our spiritual mettle.

Every Summer season, there are a plethora of outer planet retrogrades encouraging us to go within and replenish our beings.  But now, because of many factors, the energetic pendulum is swinging further inward than perhaps ever before, until it reaches a still point with no motion at the core of Being. These energies, if we allow them to, will help us stabilize at the level of our true timeless identity—outside linear space and time. 
In the Fall, the pendulum will be swinging outward again into external reality with exceptionally high velocity, starting with Karmic Teacher Saturn stationing direct on September 30, followed very soon after by Transformer Pluto’s direct station on October 4.
Consequently, we need to prepare this Summer to be as ready as we’re capable of for phase two of this particular cycle of karmic lessons coming our way on all levels—inner and outer—of witnessing more and more of that which has been known and safe falling away. Phase one actually began when Trickster of Awakening Uranus moved into comfort-loving Taurus on March 6, 2019. For more:
All Your Stagnate Comfort Zones Are Going, Going, Gone

I call it a “final” karmic exam only in the sense that what is coming is not a minor pop-up quiz or midterm, but rather a major global test of how we’re all doing with the challenges we’re facing en mass.
Life, as the ultimate guru, is teaching us about how to be in the world but not of it, as we witness—ideally from a place of inner emptiness, timeless presence and equanimity in the Flow—-more and more out-moded structures and anti-growth comfort zones in external reality and our personal circumstances fall away. All this to inspire us to be right here and right now—fully present and alive and, in point of fact, with the potential to feel more joy in Being than ever before.
Added to the internal challenges of adjusting our attitudes to accept and work with What IS, just as it is, is the ongoing conjunction of buoyant Jupiter with destructive Pluto, with the retrograde hit from June 30 still resonating all Summer. This brings us alternating emotional waves of over-the-top optimism and legitimate foreboding which we need to learn to ride skillfully so we don’t get swept away in a catastrophizing undertow.  For more:

JUPITER/PLUTO NEWSFLASH: Mother Nature’s Bitter Medicine and the Deeper Game Plan Behind It All

Pluto is stationing direct this Fall in structure-loving Capricorn and will not move into Aquarius until 2024. Pluto rules transformation through cycles of death and rebirth. His energies and function are a natural part of the Divine or Tao, best epitomized by Shiva the annihilator and Kali the devourer. Haha. For more:

 Owning Our Inner Pluto Before . . . It Eats Us for Lunch

As Pluto stations direct on October 4, we’ll definitely be witnessing the next phase of devastation heating up, through the coronavirus as well as earth changes. That’s why it’s so imperative that we take the time during the relatively calmer period of this Summer to go deeply within to the touchstone of our timeless nature. So that, going forward, we’ll have the bedrock foundation of our witnessing, soul-level identity for much needed inner stability at the core of Being.
As we are now firmly ensconced in the Kali Yuga (spiritual Dark Ages), it would be good if we remind ourselves daily that our souls chose to be born in this most interesting of times in the evolution of consciousness. During this period in human history, we have the opportunity to be in the vanguard, leading the way towards the Light of unity consciousness—i.e., one Being, billions of faces—which will play out over the next few millennia in the Age of Aquarius.
Taoist philosophy is all about learning how to go with the Flow, accepting whatever presents itself without resistance. It can also help us maintain a veery long-range perspective on witnessing the whole Earth Game playing out—especially necessary at times like these. In other words:

“When a cat falls out of a tree, it lets go of itself, becomes completely relaxed, and lands lightly on the ground. If the cat made up its mind that it didn’t want to fall, it would become tense and rigid and would just be a bag of broken bones upon landing. 
 In the same way, it is the philosophy of the Tao that we are all falling out of a tree, at every moment of our lives.  As a matter of fact, the moment we were born we were kicked off a precipice and we are falling—and there is nothing we can do to stop it. 
 So, instead of living in a state of constant tension and clinging to all sorts of things that are actually falling with us because the whole world is impermanent, be like a cat. Don’t resist it.” 
ALAN WATTS

This may be one of my favorite quotes of all time as it epitomizes Wu Wei (aka going with the Flow), which I aspire to live by on a daily basis. It means we get to choose whether to: fight a riptide, take other’s “stuff” projected at us personally or resist surrendering fully to the Flow of Life especially when it’s knocking us down.
Or, we can hold the faith that whatever is pushing at us is a form of spiritual resistance training—to make us stronger and more flexible—and that the Flow will always carry us in perfect time to the other shore. In the uber-turbulent environment we’re living in, being “like a cat” is spiritual pragmatism at its highest. 

Just days after Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 the entire global financial infrastructure collapsed. Transformational Pluto’s function in Capricorn until 2024 is to continue to break down all obsolete structures in government, politics, economics, corporations and society. For, sometimes in order to change at all, as Nature teaches us, there needs to be death before there can be rebirth. 
So now, we’re definitely in the death phase, out of which a new higher order of structures will eventually be born. This, of course, is happening, not just for the United States but for the entire planet. And Pluto, in partnership with Mother Earth’s bitter medicine of the coronavirus, is just doing his job. For more: “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga (Darkest Age)”

And while, certainly, the present Pluto-ruled deadly pandemic is a cataclysmic, ongoing global event, one of the reasons the USA is getting hit the hardest, from an astrological perspective, is because America is experiencing its Pluto return right now. The exact return, at 27° Capricorn, occurs in February, 2022. Not so very far away, as Pluto moves veery slowly and thus has the most impact of any planet.
Pluto takes 248 years to make a single orbit around the Sun and return to its place in the birth chart. So, a person can’t have a Pluto return—but a country can—and the USA is in it now. As, with Pluto presently located at 25° Capricorn, we’re well within the ‘orb’ of exactitude.  In fact, with a Pluto transit like this, two degrees distance is negligible, as the “train” is on the tracks and it’s accelerating this Fall towards full impact.
So, whether you primarily identify with archetypal roles such as:

  • A solitary monk, who prefers to meditate alone in her cave and send out a tone of peace and equanimity into the mass consciousness.
  • A mad mystic who loves to experience the bliss of unity consciousness in all dimensions while simultaneously being fully embodied and enjoying Leela, aka the Earth Game, as Cosmic Play. For more: LEELA
  • A warrior of the heart—whose passion is to be an activist out in the world for growth and change—whether through communications, creativity or, literally, fighting for human rights.

Quite likely, you may feel as if you’re some combination of all of the above. But whatever our innate passion and mode of expression is, it’s time to up our game to the next level and consciously use our distinctive gifts to affect the tone of the mass consciousness globally through our chosen vehicles of manifestation in the ripple effect, in every word, thought and deed. Starting from where we are right now by working on dissolving any limiting beliefs or fears we’re still attached to that feed and churn the deep divisions in our society. No small feat!
It’s time to accept that all of us are volunteers in experiencing Earth School as being like a colossal alchemical cauldron that contains, among many other ingredients:

  • The ever-accelerating energies of the Quickening, which I define as the bombardment of the Earth plane with high-velocity frequencies of cosmic and galactic energy as a Divine catalyst to speed up the evolution of consciousness of the human race. For more: The Quickening Phase II Is Here to Rock Your World
  • The Pluto station of the USA, which implies a breakdown of all that needs to die so that new structures in a more enlightened order can be born over time.
  • All the souls incarnate that are so mentally ill, traumatized, asleep and ignorant that they only know how to react from a place of root-chakra fears for security and survival.When we mix this group with all the souls who remember their timeless nature and operate from a place of faith in the Divine Flow in all its permutations, we have an ever-deepening schism in the mass tone. For more:  GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH ALERT: “It’s Time for the Witnessing Protection Program!”

So, one could say that Galactic Alchemists are presently stirring the pot to transmute all the disparate ingredients listed above, as they increasingly turn up the heat, and that we are all cooking in what I call the “experiment now in progress” (aka the Earth Game).  All this to heal our collective karma of harming ourselves and the planet by not remembering who we truly are and why we’re really here at all. For more:
If This Were Your Last Incarnation, What Would You Do?

On a personal note, I’m happy to report that I’m in a very good space these daze—both internally and externally—as I’m experiencing more inner contentment and joy in Being than ever before.
While I’m channeling almost daily phone readings in my in-full-bloom secret garden in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village, (good real estate karma for sure:)), I’m amazed to discover that, as things keep getting more chaotic on the planet, it just seems to be calming me down more. Hmmmm, what sort of cosmic trickster magic is this? I’ve a feeling that some of you are feeling this way as well (just keeping it to yourselves:)).
I read a story this past March about William Shakespeare, who was forced, because of the plague of 1606, to vacate his busy and very entertaining theater-life in London and retreat to his family farm. There, in under a year, he wrote the majority of his greatest works during his quarantine.
Little did I know at the time, (well, maybe a little:)), that, three months after reading this, my 2nd chakra energies (creative/sensual) would finally be freed up enough to be transmuted into a cocreative channel for art again.
In fact, last month I started receiving very insistent visual downloads, for the first time in almost thirty years. During my three-decade hiatus from making art, all my downloads completely switched to a verbal mode and went into channeling these newsletters, my books, lots of teaching and lecturing, as well as many articles on my website. So, the upshot is, I’ve started making art again and am presently blissed out while working/playing on a serpent series in pastel. YAY!
Contributing factors to this major switch-over in the modalities of my downloads are that, with the quarantine, I’ve been freed from the day to day external distractions of being out in the world, and also, there’s the fact that my life partner has been working out of town since March. Again, another bad news/good news scenario.
But, not to worry, I’m still getting plenty of downloads for these newsletters. Although, as you may have noticed, there’s starting to be more lag time between them, as I’m busier than usual with doing readings, making art and sitting in inner stillness.

Last but not least, I am so here for you!  Therefore, if you’re experiencing any anxiety, feelings of dread, or emotional instability, please feel free to borrow some of my absolute Faith in the Flow on the psychic plane right now as you’re reading this.
This means that you too can access the witnessing perspective that everything playing out now in Earth School is part of the Divine plan for maximizing soul growth for each of us amidst, what I like to call, all the Divine Order-ly Chaos of our present state of affairs.
As Ras Dass said: “We are in the perfect circumstances for our Souls to learn whatever they designed this whole game to learn. As the process of karmic fruition speeds up, our lives get freer and freer from attachment and we create less and less karma.”
It’s important to know that it’s more than just possible, it’s optimal, for the mass tone and our mental health, to be peaceful and blissful even in the Kali Yuga. By choosing to move from the ego/little self/personality view of things to the timeless witnessing perspective of our souls, we can observe everything playing out in this 3D plane of duality—all the dark and light, death and rebirth, bad news and good news—from a much bigger-picture, longer-range, broader perspective.

If you’re feeling ready, I would love to schedule a psychic and/or astrological phone reading to help you make the absolute most out of these extremely challenging times by exploring your personal probabilities during the upcoming final karmic exam. Please check out my Services menu and feel free to reach out to me by phone or email anytime to discuss creating the perfect customized session for you or your loved ones.
If you’re interested, in your session, I can transmit some psychic empowerment practices so that you can viscerally experience during our session the opening of your vertical channel to receive delicious, cocreative Divine Love energy directly from Source.  Like I always say: “Eliminate middle management:)!”
There’s an infinite supply of Source energy available as our birthright in the cosmic ocean of consciousness, and every soul has equal access. So, I encourage you to dive in, as the water is more than just fine and, of course, absolutely safe
.Diving more deeply than ever before and sending out pure aliveness with a smile,

J   O   A   N

The Guardian of the Void—Joan Pancoe

“If you wish to gain merit and become one with the divine, then develop your virtue and extend it to the world.
Let go of all conflict and strife. Practice unswerving kindness and unending patience.
Avoid following impulses and pursuing ambitions which destroy the wholeness of your mind and separate you from the Integral Way.
Neither become obsessed with circumstances nor forego awareness of them.
To manage your mind, know that there is nothing, and then relinquish all attachment to the nothingness. —Lao Tzu
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NEWSFLASH
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  My own personal “Joan Pancoe YouTube Channel” where I’ll be sharing audio versions of current newsletters such as this, as well as other channeled info of timely and timeless interest, for those of you who prefer to receive your consciousness-expanding downloads through me by listening to (I’ve been told) my hypnotic voice.
Please check out YouTube as early as later this week for this feature, which is in the works right now.
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Do you feel the need for some help in dealing with “the Quickening” of energies now? Then it’s time for a daily mind/body/spirit practice that feeds your Soul! If you’d like to learn what keeps me sane, serene, internally stable and grounded, please check out my:
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Since the pandemic began, I’ve been writing a newsletter every two weeks (instead of my usual 4-6 weeks) to support maintaining equanimity with a spiritual perspective in the Flow. To read these pandemic writings, which started on March 8:
NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
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Also, of timely interest, from the Archives:
Five Stages of Mourning in the Kali Yuga
Your Fall 2019 Prescription for Maximizing Wellbeing: The Witnessing Protection Program and the Post-Traumatic Soul Growth Protocol
How to Be in Paradise During a Cosmic Flu Pandemic
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In my last newsletter, I wrote a brief synopsis of Trump’s birth chart, which some of you may have missed. So please check it out, if you’re interested, here:
TRIPLE ECLIPSE INTENSITY ALERT: Hearts and Minds Are Being Blown Wide Open All Over the World
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To read more about the archetypal Trickster energy that Trump epitomizes in his chart (among other sadder things):
Embracing the Unexpected: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Uranus (but were afraid to ask)
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To help catalyze an opening to a higher perspective, I’ve written a number of articles on body karma, astrological themes, spiritual teachers, addiction, aliens, meditation and much more:WRITINGS
Most pertinent to read now:
“Becoming ONE with the Inner Guru . . . Or How to Make Saturn Your BFF”
INFINITE ABUNDANCE:Owning Our Inner Jupiter
On Pleasure, Joy and Bliss
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TRIPLE ECLIPSE INTENSITY ALERT: Hearts and Minds Are Being Blown Wide Open All Over the World

Going with the Flow II   Joan Pancoe

“What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make His way home?”

Lyrics by Joan Osborne  


Dear ONE,
What if, from the far future, we could look back at this time in human history with 20-20 hindsight? My channeled downloads tell me that we would see that, because of all the seemingly senseless chaos and loss which occurred in an ongoing cascade in 2020 and beyond, there was catalyzed a mysterious alchemy.  And that this alchemical process infused the 3D experiment now in progress with more wisdom and compassion from hearts and minds being blown open than could ever have been realized under any lesser circumstances.

On June 5, we’re kicking off the first of our bi-yearly Eclipse seasons since the pandemic began. These planetary events always ratchet up the intensity as they set up the themes and tones for the next six-month period and beyond. Think of Eclipses as Full or New Moons which are turbo-charged with cosmic rocket-fuel. So, if you think we have quite enough intensity going on all over the planet already—well, all I can say is: There’s always room for more!

For, just as there are infinite levels of all dimensions, including the Void, so too are there infinite levels of depth available to be realized at every point of our journey, especially if we’re not primarily externally goal-oriented.

So, cultivating a taste for intensity (I used to say ‘intensity” was my middle name:)), is especially relevant as, over the next month, we have a much rarer set of three eclipses occurring, rather than the usual pair. The first Eclipse on June 5 is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius opposing the Sun in Gemini, and the following two are a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer on June 20, followed by a July 4 Lunar Full Moon Eclipse in Capricorn.

This Eclipse season brings us the FGO (f**kin growth opportunity) of assimilating all the intensity of outer reality into a cohesive Mind/Heart (Taoist don’t differentiate) perspective of how to make the absolute most spiritually out of our present conditions. This is especially the case this Summer with the retrogrades of Transformer Pluto, Karmic Teacher Saturn, Philosopher Jupiter and Lover Venus all encouraging us to go within to form our own truth.

How do we cultivate our own perspective on the Truth? Well, firstly, we must accept that it will be a relative, not absolute, truth as we are, after all, in a relative plane of duality. Then, we need to be willing to move to the timeless Witnessing perspective of the Soul, which gives us a more objective, longer-range view of reality playing out without the filter screen of our usual ego-colored glasses. 

And, most importantly, it’s time to stop allowing ourselves to be force-fed fear-inducing data in the guise of objective truth by the 24-7 news cycle, whose job it is to keep us watching, like observing a continuously repeating video of a train wreck in slow-mo. This mostly negative slant creates potentially toxic, pre-digested “junk food” which can make us ill in body, mind and spirit if we over-imbibe.

So, while we can continue to watch or read news with our discriminating mind, it’s best to keep it to a minimum, just enough to witness the pulse of the mass tone and the particular doings in our vicinity. But then, it’s time to back away from our news delivery systems so that we’re not inundated with so much skewed info that we allow it to affect our core tone of faith in the Flow.

Here’s some news to help tip our perspective more towards “glass half-full” rather than “the sky is falling:”
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/22/environment-pandemic-side-effects-earth-day-coronavirus
 

The June 5 Eclipse is especially significant as it’s the first in a new cycle conjoining the Moon’s Nodes, newly into Gemini/Sag since last month. What this means is that, with the North Node of Destiny entering Gemini as of May 7 for 18-months, we’ll have the opportunity to start seeing the Divineor each soul’s innate awakened nature—shining out through their physical eyes.

From the bus driver to the bus rider, from the homeless to all essential workers—whether in hospitals, groceries, pharmacies or delivery men or womenall Buddhas or Christs in disguise. I heard one essential worker say, after she had just barely survived the coronavirus, that she felt “sacrificial,” as she had no choice but to risk her life to go to work to feed her kids.

With the Gemini North Node of destiny, we’re not speaking of some high-minded metaphysical philosophy (that’s the Sag South Node of our karmic past).  But rather, it is to viscerally experience everyone as part of Source or the Divine, God or the Tao, as our new normal perspective. This has been happening for me over the last few decades and, believe me, it changes one’s view of everything.

This new way of seeing our fellow souls is actually being awakened in us by the Quickening and the global existential crisis we’re all in. In addition, the North Node of Fate now in Gemini is delivering us to a new level of our planetary Karmic/Dharmic Mission as it guides us by encouraging clear and objective positive thinking until 2022.

My definition of being a mystic is one who experiences unity consciousness as the true nature of reality. In other words, seeing the Divine, Source or the Tao in everything and everyone with no separation or boundaries: One Being, billions of faces.

So, now, we get to choose which direction to go in: Towards becoming a mystic in practice (Gemini North Node) or sticking with an exclusive, over-righteous spiritual philosophy that believes we are all made of the same Source energy in theory, but in practice—not so much.

Taking the high road means we need to let go of our attachment to the Sag South Node of our Karmic Past, which is epitomized by seeing others as “less than” in terms of innate potentials. It’s about walking our talk, rather than clinging to a karmically-regressive, (not to mention, hypocritical), spiritual belief system.

We always have free will about what to do with our karma or destiny once it is presented. Free will is like a “stacked deck”—which means “the fix is in.” In other words, our karma is already loaded into the game. And, as I always say, we can do it now . . . or we can do it later. Go for the growth, that is.

At the moment of his enlightenment, The Buddha, said it best:
“How strange—all living beings have the fully awakened nature, but none of them knows it.  And because of that they drift and sink from lifetime to lifetime in the great ocean of samsara, in suffering.” 
 

How do we deal with a world in which we find ourselves surrounded by so much chaos and all the varieties of mental illness and forms of madness which this is triggering? I’ve found that the Taoist philosophy of going with the Flow, or Wu Wei, is most helpful, as it provides an internally peaceful view which naturally allows for a very long-range perspective on the whole Earth Game to permeate our relationship with Life as the ultimate guru.

Here’s one of my all-time favorite quotes on Wu Wei by Alan Watts:

“When a cat falls out of a tree, it lets go of itself, becomes completely relaxed, and lands lightly on the ground. If the cat made up its mind that it didn’t want to fall, it would become tense and rigid and would just be a bag of broken bones upon landing.

“In the same way, it is the philosophy of the Tao that we are all falling out of a tree, at every moment of our lives.  As a matter of fact, the moment we were born we were kicked off a precipice and we are falling and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

“So, instead of living in a state of constant tension and clinging to all sorts of things that are actually falling with us because the whole world is impermanent, be like a cat. Don’t resist it.

A few years ago, I wrote:
“The witnessing perspective is the optimal protection from being infected by the tone of the mass consciousness, which is always the lowest common denominator—particularly so now in the Kali Yuga.  For, if we’re still following the news at all, we’ll be witnessing more and more chaos, as some who are mentally ill act out life-and-death dramas that trigger pockets of mass hysteria to arise. We can also expect more reports of seemingly “surreal” acting out as if we’re watching an alternate universe or twilight zone based on fake news and fear (false evidence appearing real) in certain sectors of the population.

Would you like to know where you stand on a spiritually-based mental health continuum? For a baseline read, check out these spiritual truths and contemplate how self-evident they are to you:

  • 1. All beings are part of one greater divine Being.
  • 2. The Universe is made up of energy and ALL energy is conscious.
  • 3. The gold standard of energy is love in all its forms.
  • 4. Everyone is doing the best they’re capable of, and no one on the personality level chooses to be mentally ill.
  • 5. We’re powerless over other people’s karma playing out; therefore, all we can do is take care of our side of the karmic street and set a tone of equanimity in the Flow.
  • 6.  Cultivating bodhichitta—i.e., compassion and loving kindness, without judgment for those who are suffering due to illness in body, mind or spirit—is taking the highest road spiritually.

For more: YOUR TRIPLE ECLIPSE DOWNLOAD SURVIVAL GUIDE: How to Safeguard Your Sanity with the Witnessing Protection Program

Globalism, or internationalism, is the perfect political metaphor for holding a spiritual vision in the Light of: One Being all connected through the hearts of each of us forming the heart of the world, i.e., the Divine Heart. And, while we all have equal access to our birthright of an infinite supply of unconditional love from the Universe, we don’t all remember this truth yet. 

So, it’s up to those of us who can claim this birthright to send this Divine love out as compassion to all suffering beings on the planet—asleep, ignorant, mentally deranged, fear-based or otherwise—as lost souls, confused children, if you will. The Dalai Lama puts it best:

“From the Buddhist point of view, the Chinese officer who is committing the cruel act against the young boy is initiating a new cycle of negative karma. In the case of the child, there is a closure of a particular karma that the child is experiencing. The perpetrator of the crime is in fact an object of more compassion and mercy than the child.”
 

In light of the present schism in terms of reactions of how to be in the Flow during the pandemic, the perspective I would like to share is about how to consciously prevent as much, what I’ll call, “karmic collateral damage” as possible.
Here are two quotes to set the tone:

“Freedom does not mean you have the right to endanger the lives of others through your own irresponsibility and ignorance.” —Robert Reich

“Now is the time, if ever there was one, for us to care selflessly about one another.” —Dr. Anthony Fauci

This means that: Anyone who chooses to put their own desires for gratification first, beyond essential needs like food or shelter—if it is done at the expense of even possibly harming another human beingis incurring karmic collateral damage.

Operating from this higher level, with the heart/mind blown open, means taking conscious responsibility for only taking actions for the highest good of all concerned, not excluding ourselves in this, of coursebut also not excluded anyone else’s well-being.

I wrote about a similar subtle form of negative karma in my newsletter:  
SPRING 2017 SOUL-LEVEL CURRICULUM: The Karmic Consequences of Entitlement (and it might not be what you think)

Here’s an excerpt:
“From my experience with facilitating thousands of past-life regressions, I’ve been reminded that in the lives in which there was the most abuse of power, the most karmic poo-poo was incurred. And, that some of the greatest karmic gains come from past incarnations with the most suffering.

The wheels of karma grind exceedingly slow but exceedingly fine, and it all evens out in the end. Everybody, sooner or later, especially evil clowns or malignant narcissists, get theirs, rest assured. So, that’s just one less thing to ever be concerned about!  (Unless you’ve been veery naughty:).)    

“Hell hath no fury like a narcissist denied,” says Sandy Hotchkiss, author of Why Is It Always About You?” In her book, she explains that a sense of entitlement actually has nothing to do with real self-worth. Instead, a person with an entitlement complex is similar to a small child who never learned that he or she is not the center of the universe. They throw tantrums when outsiders don’t meet their demands. 

How do you know if you have a sense of entitlement? Here are some of the main signs:  
1. You impose unrealistic demands on others.
2. You tend to feel sorry for yourself if things don’t work out the way you want them to, and you advertise it openly, in melodramatic ways to get attention.
3. You have been called a bully, manipulative, ruthless, egotistical, vain or a liar.
4. You believe that you deserve happiness and success, and you go to great or extreme lengths to get it, often at the expense of others.
5. You punish people when they don’t do what you want, either by gossiping, spreading rumors, giving them the silent treatment, or by shouting and being verbally abusive.
6. You tend to see other people as competition or a threat.
7. You exhibit many double-standards in your behavior and interactions with others. For example, it’s OK for you to be late or forget something, but it’s absolutely not OK for someone else to do the same.
8. You tend to take more in friendships and relationships while the other person gives.
9. You look out for yourself first. Your needs and desires are more important than anyone else’s most of the time.
10. You have a hard time negotiating or compromising in a situation.
11. You believe that you are a priority and you should always come first, even at the expense of others.
12. People often seem to be offended or upset by what you say.
13. Generally, you think that you are better or more important than other people, and that other people should see this as well and respect you.
14. You want to be admired and adored.
15. You find it second nature to assert your dominance or superiority over others, and you enjoy doing it.

The above list is excerpted and edited from: https://www.davidwolfe.com/15-signs-entitlement-complex/

Quite an ugly list, no? That’s why so many of us feel appalled while observing the antics of Trump and his most rabid followers. Even if we only identify with a few of the above entitlement traits, Trump is still an amplified mirror to our darkest selves or shadow sides individually and en masse.

I studied his birth chart at depth before the 2016 election and did a reading about it on Fox news radio, no less. I will reiterate now what I said then: Trump is authentically being true to himself. He’s a Mars/Leo Rising showman who just loves the sound of his own voice.

 Added to this, with Trickster Uranus conjunct his Sun and North Node in Gemini, he genuinely exemplifies an archetypal trickster energy.  So, most of the time, when he lies or changes his mind 180° on any issue, he’s actually just allowing whatever he’s thinking at the moment to come out of his mouth with no filter or discriminating awareness of potential consequences. (We don’t need to get into his Venus/Saturn conjunction in uber-sensitive Cancer which indicates feeling empty, lonely and unloved no matter how big his cheering crowds are).

For more on archetypal Trickster energy:
Embracing the Unexpected: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Uranus (but were afraid to ask)

So, while Trump is certainly playing out his own humpty-dumpty karmic fall from grace—in this life or a future one—he’s also, in his trickster role, being a catalyst to spark the masses to rise up out of their unconscious stupor and more proactively choose the Light—or not.

While it’s true that the more egregious abuses of power are, the more karma incurred, even very subtle levels of selfishness and entitlement can be harmful to others and to our own spiritual growth, and thus create karma (i.e. unfinished business or baggage) to be resolved at some future time—in this life or beyond.
For more on the nature of karma: 
 If This Were Your Last Incarnation, What Would You Do?

In closing, on a positive note: On December 21, 2020 we’ll have the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction at 0° Aquarius which, without doubt, any astrologer would say is a huge beacon of hope. Then, in 2023, Pluto will move into Aquarius until 2042 and during this period everything will slowly start being transformed. We’ll get to witness all the old values of Pluto in Capricorn falling away. 

This means that money, materialism, external power and mindless consumerism will be gradually replaced as priorities with the Aquarian values of honoring the higher mind and intuition, more global collaboration and a deeper multi-dimensional understanding of the world.

And finally, I would love to schedule a psychic and/or astrological phone reading with you to help make the absolute most out of these extremely challenging times. Please check out my Services menu and feel free to reach out to me by phone or email anytime to discuss creating the perfect customized session for you or your loved ones.

Breathing deeply and sending out pure aliveness with a smile,
J   O   A   N

“No mud, no lotus.”

“Imagine that the Earth is the tree and we are the leaf”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“The whole Universe is my true personality.”
Anonymous Zen Master

 

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