A talk I gave at a Seven Daughters of Eve zoom Church 4/26/20

The following is a talk I gave at a Seven Daughters of Eve zoom Church broadcast on April 26, 2020. It centers on the astrology of the next month or so, and has a bit of a God thing going, as we were “in church”. Here it is:

I’m glad, so unbelievably glad you are here. Thank you. Thank you for being here with me, and thank you for being here with each other. Can we breathe deeply now, is that possible? Wherever we can breathe, let’s send our gratitude, and where we struggle to breathe let’s send our deepest love.

Sibyl wanted me to tell you about something we have been talking over the last couple of years: It’s a star named Regulus.

On November 28th, 2011, the fixed star Regulus finished it’s journey through Leo (as we see it here on earth) and arrived in Virgo. This star moves very slowly. It has been in Leo for around 2160 years.

Here on earth we see Regulus in Leo as aligned with and symbolic of the juedo-christian and islamic religions that have been so popular and influential.

The move of Regulus from Leo to Virgo symbolizes a move from a masculne, heart centered and performative religion to a more feminine, nature oriented,  humble, and cerebral religion. It is in that spirit that we gather today.

It’s beautiful to feel our connections. I want to tell you some things about the moment that you are in. You already know them, but sometimes hearing the words helps us to open to our reality and to heal.

How many of you right now are ready to trust in God as you conceive it?

How many here today believe that you can not be separate from God, that you are a spark of limitless flame?

There is no way on this earth, to meaningfully separate the vibrations of your molecules from the vibrations of the molecules surrounding you. There is no way to extricate yourself from the limitless power of creation.

In a world of surprises, God would like to know, where is your fire? Where is your fire to care for those you encounter?

Everything will stop you now, and everything will not let you rest.

On this day, regardless of biology we are all capable of birth. Rebirth, and what comes before it: literal or cosmic gestation. We are born for these times. Not for any other. The facts speak for themselves.  Since nothing is reasonable now, no matter how logical we become, there is always another facet, another dimension, another open or shut painful window with a painful view. Are you distracted?

Don’t believe that there can be one single answer to a complex problem.

Who is it that is trying so hard right now? Is it you? Are you trying so hard to begin? Or to hang on? Have you given up, or, are you waiting to be rescued? Is there a message you are trying to send?

Swept along on the tides of history, is that what they say? You are being moved. Everything will stop you now, and everything will not let you rest. Rebellion and control. This will go on for a couple of years.

What is it, that crosses from animal to human, and in a blink, from human to human, and back to animal, to human, to human animal? It turns out, it’s quite a lot!  Infinite communal communication.

What have we all been trying to say????

We are married to the future, which is to say the present, to our own genius and technological selves.

Today the sky above the planet earth can be described with the following pile of words:

The Sun is in Taurus conjunct Uranus, the Moon is in Gemini conjunct Venus. Neptune in Pisces squares the Moon/Venus conjunction. Mercury and Chiron are on the opposite sides of Aries.  Mars in Aquarius trines the Moon/Venus conjunction. Jupiter hugs Pluto who stations retrograde at 25Capricorn. The North Node is at 0 degrees Crab.

You are newborn, and your assistance is needed in the birth of others. This time we are waking up to, is a summer of frustration and a summer of grief.

Almost nothing is easy, and as you make your choices, you will not even know for certain if you are lying, or if someone else is. Perhaps it’s not about the truth as we might ordinarily recognize it? Perhaps you are both in a state of longing, or perhaps you have returned to your truest selves?

We have been frozen in order to unlock. Your own hand at the key site of your own heart.

People return to us after long separations. Virtually, or literally. Projects restart, stop and restart again. There is always another facet, another dimension.  Infinite communal communication.

You can stop now, You can stop looking for a way out, we are all going further in. There is a lot of fighting in the time to come, and no one can offer any protection, except as a mother gives to a child.

It’s worth imagining that everyone you encounter has already been your mother. Or that each person you see is your beloved child and you are now reconciled with them after so many days apart. There is no way to meaningfully separate the vibrations of your molecules from the vibrations of the molecules surrounding you. There is no way to extricate yourself from the limitless power of creation.

The dead are among us. Can you take time, some time each day to remember the dying? Can you open your heart to those who have lost the ones they love?

Allow yourself to imagine your own death. Take a deep breath and feel that you are breathing, you are alive and here with us.

 

 

 

 

Love YOU!!!!

 

XoX

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The end of Chiron in Pisces, the transition to Chiron in Aries

The following bit of writing is a speech I gave on December 21st 2018 at the Whitney Museum in NYC. I wrote this piece for an event which was part of a series called 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens by playwright and performer Sibyl Kempson and her theater company, Seven Daughters of Eve. I had been working with Sibyl for a few years on the themes and symbolism for these solstice and equinox performance happenings. She is a frequent collaborator, (we do the StarShine Show podcast together with Tei Blow, a link is coming soon!) and a passionate and generous human. I’ve been reminded by the sky to look at this writing again. Chiron is has been tres active these last three months, So here we are, paralyzed, held into place as we discover what hurts.

 

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I want to say also, that there will be a lot of waste. It will take too much time. You won’t be able to get it right. That’s it. You are doing it, move ahead.

We are all trying so hard right now to not let go, of our lives, our impossible circumstances, the reality, the facade we have constructed, and at the same time we can see that we have to. We have to tear the past in half even as part of what we are tearing is ourselves, and our desire to maintain, to have an understandable, a comprehensive structure under which, and even more importantly within which we can live.

That is gone now. You are holding it like a piece of paper and the wind will rip it from your hands and you will watch it taken from you, as the wind takes things, in it’s own time and without regard for meaning in the way you are able to understand it.

There is no constructed meaning. It’s humbling, and standing there is not enough. You will be forced to move your legs, your feet, even your arms and the rest of you. You will have to carry yourself to another place. And as you go you will see the earth reshape itself around you. New colors, new objects. No security.

On February 18, 2019, Chiron will move from Pisces, where it has been since  February 8, 2011, to Aries where it will be until June 19, 2026. A new individuality is coming. We will step out of a collective sense of pain and responsibility in to a personal one.

And in order to do that, we will have to risk being seen in ways we have not dared before. Our underbelly will be showing, and we will have to stand there, and acknowledge it. YES. That is my soft underbelly, that is my fierce source of power. I will draw myself up like a warrior. I will not wait for these problems to solve themselves. Because that’s part of it, right?

We are waiting, and now, even if, even as, we are pushed out the door of the airplane, already teetering at an unthinkable, and yet absolutely logical, a measurable distance from where we are going, even if we are pushed, at some point, and that point is now, we will still have to jump. Make the choice. Not with words, with your feet, your arms and hands with your blood, split open your solar plexus to allow the new energy access to your heart. Your head will be throbbing, and you will have a headache that doesn’t leave for weeks. Let it in. Let it work it’s entire way through your body. Say YES. That’s who I am, that’s who I need to be.

 

 


Love YOU!!!!

XoX

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Something New

Hey Y’all,

It’s been a minute! Here I am! How ARE you????

Oh my goodness THIS TIME.
This inexpressible time, that we will try (you and me together) to express.

I have new projects in the works and I will share them here.
Some Fun Stuff with Sibyl Kempson of Seven Daughters of Eve & Tei Blow It’s errr ummm a

PODCAST and possibly eventually so much more. I’m starting a new site too. I’ll link it here, so ahhhhh watch this space.

If you have been longing for a consult, hit me up, reach out, it’s on!

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

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Thank YOU

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…and so the sand has run out. O!Lightning Astrology blog is, for this time, and perhaps for all time, over.

I am so truly grateful for the encouraging letters and for the paypal subscriptions. I believe I have canceled all those today, if anyone needs me to address their account, for whatever reason, just let me know.

It has been an unbelievable privilege to write to you all and to be read by you. Thank YOU.

I would like to express my profound appreciation for my clients over the years. The trust you have shown me is immense. I have adored working with each one of you, and on that frontier I will never stop.
Please don’t be shy.

I am still available for classes, for private consultation, for parties, if you would like to contact me, please do! I am happy to hear from you!!!

xoxo.lightning@gmail.com

I do have an idea for a new project, perhaps with collaborators, and video…?
It could happen, and if it does, I’ll make sure to post about it here.

No question, it’s a turning point for many people, and I wish you all the love, joy, sweetness that this earth has to offer. Be Brave, Stay Safe, See you soon, I hope!

Much Love and all the Best,

Omie

p.s.
I’ll leave up the archives as long as I’m able.

Love YOU!!!!!!

XoX

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May 22, 2017

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It’s the twins! Gemini now. So soon, ALREADY!
Two or more perspectives everywhere you look!

What potential do you hold in your hands?
What possibilities?
Some of it is out of your control.

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Saturn slows change but does allow avenues for progress.
Mars moves to oppose Saturn, and our Uranus/NN Grand Fire Trine continues.

A sudden break?
A sudden break because you have created the possibility of a new situation?

Fertile soil allows the seed to sprout.
Past performance counts here.

What’s your track record?
What have you done lately?

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Venus moves to square Pluto, that’s friction; power plays, people from the past,
Love, Money, Control, Weakness, Desire, Secrets
What you need at odds with how you want to receive it.

Ghosts of past relationships, and the positions you inhabited in order to stay in them.
Transformations you endured or embraced in order to escape.

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Potential solutions continue their water faucet drip of possibility.
Are you collecting?
Will you be ready when the spillover arrives?

Talk to people.
Gemini collects, disperses, disseminates, disassembles, reconfigures, connects.
Connections are the framework.
A web of relationships and perspectives neither correct nor incorrect.

All information is valuable.

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Change your framework and you change your situations.
What is possible depends on who you ask, and what resources they have:
Emotional, Financial, Knowledgeable.

What do you need?

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Still recovering from the Values and Money puzzle of our Venus retrograde.
Our alliances are not at peak performance, we use them anyway, while imagining what ramification that use implies… It’s hard to be certain

What does it mean to be on someone’s side?
How much do you agree, how much do you let it slide?

What do you take as payment?

It’s the dark of the Moon now,
Gemini New Moon is on Thursday.

What house does Gemini occupy for you ?
That’s where will you see a beginning.

What sorts of connections will you make?

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, & don’t be surprised if clarity evades you.
Stay flexible, move fast, expect others will do the same.
Things change. No one will wait.

Guess, investigate, hope, connect, talk, and keep moving.

Choices are so often made in the dark, in the half-light of hope and anticipation,
or is that the half light of fear, of insecurity, and trepidation?

Choices made with a flickering electric current,
by feel, or by what is almost feel, the heat before you actually touch.

Add an extra large bundle of compassion to your backpack full of ambivalence and scrutiny, you might need it for yourself as much as for others.

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

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The Power of Gemini Mars/Mercury in Taurus, Grand Fire Trine

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Mercury is about to move to Taurus where he will slow down, think in concrete terms, make lasting choices. Because of the larger set up in the sky he will want to make them quickly,  it’s a rulership thing.

Mercury in Taurus only wants to move once he is sure, that is, once he is sure that he is certain that he is sure. Ruled now by an Aries Venus, who in turn belongs to a Gemini Mars. How fast can it happen?! Oh yeah! But are you certain it’s what you really want?!

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Mercury, Venus, and Mars, about to cover new ground now, 7 league boots.

What are you going to do about the money? Or with the money?
What is the long term prognosis?

Which next steps are yours to take?
Beaucoup developments bring opportunities, opportunities bring change.

It’s in your hands, or one end of it is, anyway.
What are they doing to the other end?

Many, many, vantage points which you can use to look at the facts.
But the facts themselves are bald enough for anyone.
Nary a hair was there.

You can’t un-know what you know, so what do you make of it?
What comes after this?

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A sense of perspective may be near impossible to generate.

Remember the one you used to have, the one you had to retire as the new generation perspectives came out, growing larger, and larger, until they were unwieldy, holding too much encompassing vast information with a devout abandonment of hierarchies. Too much to hold.

But your still holding it, aren’t you?

And what’s more you can’t put it down. Look away, blink. Does this change everything? Does this? Impossible to say, but you’re a liar if you assert your mind is unaltered.

What is it you know that you are grateful to know, that you are lucky to know, that you don’t want to know, that you are heartbroken from knowing?

What is it that you need to remember? If you close your eyes will you remember it? If you open them? How do things seem to move in strobe lighting?
What’s next?

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

 

This picture is of a resort in Morocco, let’s just imagine a walk in that garden…

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Scorpio Full Moon, May 10, 2017

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~ As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.~ *

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How’s that Truth Serum going?

How do people react when you play the cards you are holding?
It’s interesting, right?
What a pivot.

Have you had any new ideas?
What on earth are you going to do with them?

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Mercury conjunct Uranus rules the day, setting our massive North Node/Mercury/Uranus/Saturn Grand Fire Trine in motion. Mars in Gemini aligns with Jupiter to pit actual reality against fantasy, via a square to Neptune, with excellent results.

You may be more than a little busy running to keep up, but it should be way beyond worth it. This is an a perfect Moon to stand your ground as an adult. Be brave, stay rational, keep your eyes open, take your steps and let reality unfold. Half the battle is knowing where your boundaries are, the other half is recognition.

Recognition. Not only pattern recognition, although that plays a part, it’s also about knowing what’s yours to keep and what is not. What to say, and what to let slide right on by. Time is an element in conversation, as it is in any development. There are developments now. We are on a journey.

Love YOU!!!

XoX

*Rumi ~ I know I know, Rumi!!! But Rumi is fantastic!

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Saints to Light the Way:

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~ Everything in Our World Did Not Seem to Fit

Once they started invading us.
Taking our houses and trees, drawing lines,
pushing us into tiny places.
It wasn’t a bargain or deal or even a real war.
To this day they pretend it was.
But it was something else.
We were sorry what happened to them but
we had nothing to do with it.
You don’t think what a little plot of land means
till someone takes it and you can’t go back.
Your feet still want to walk there.
Now you are drifting worse
than homeless dust, very lost feeling.
I cried even to think of our hallway,
cool stone passage inside the door.
Nothing would fit for years.
They came with guns, uniforms, declarations.
LIFE magazine said,
“It was surprising to find some Arabs still in their houses.”
Surprising? Where else would we be?
Up in the hillsides?
Conversing with mint and sheep, digging in dirt?
Why was someone else’s need for a home
greater than our own need for our own homes
we were already living in? No one has ever been able
to explain this sufficiently. But they find
a lot of other things to talk about.

Naomi Shihab Nye ~ all this via the incredible Wait-what?

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May 8, 2017

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So Ummmmm…. how’s it going?

What kind of shock waves have you encountered?
What is taken away now? What security is removed?

A zap jolts you out of your assumptions, and a surprise happenstance or stray conversation sends you in a new direction.

As though from an endless source of wisdom, a thought emerges.
What is it?

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Your understanding, your direction, your vision, clearer and clearer?
Gosh I hope so!

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

~ Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying . . . or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do what needs doing.” Look inward. Don’t let the true nature of anything elude you.
Only there, delight and stillness . . . when jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of the harmony if you keep going back to it.
– Marcus Aurelius
The Meditations
translation by George Long ~

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What Happens in May 2017 ?

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I had a dream I lay down in a swamp, and floated away to another city.
As I lay in the current, I drifted off, and when I awoke (within my dream,) my head was itching fiercely. Blood was pouring down my face, stinging my eyes. I climbed out of the swamp, still scratching my scalp to ribbons, only to find I had grown giant bunny ears, and the blood was as a stag growing antlers. My bunny ears had pushed right through. I wadded back in, to rinse my face and hands, then as I stretched out in the silty water, the current began again to carry me off, until at last, sleeping and dreaming for who knows how long, I opened my eyes, ankle deep, by the side of a bridge. The swamp had shrunk to a reedy mud puddle, and I was a bunny girl on the outskirts of a foreign city, far from home.

Venus has moved past Chiron at the tail end of Pisces. Whew! She is at 1 degree Aries, and within a reasonable sextile to Gemini Mars at 6 degrees.

Mercury hovers at 24 Aries, Uranus is at 25, Saturn is at 26 Sagittarius. There’s about to be a Grand Fire Trine next week, along with a Scorpio Full Moon, as the North Node moves to Leo.

Now, it’s all about that Mercury.
Information is the name of the game, AND the game it’s self. Do you suddenly have any good ideas?! The North Node is vibrating the hell out of 0 Virgo. Everything that comes up could have real life impact. No theoretical debate is relevant. It’s all real world implications.

We are within the realm of our Mercury storm, collecting, assembling, and assessing information to be used, and used potently once Merc goes direct on the evening of the May 3rd. You may want to give it a day to shake out, its hard to hit a moving target. Stay FLEXIBLE.

Pluto Strengthens the Sun, Saturn’s influence is beneficial here. What happens is about long term massive structural changes, but don’t count on concrete specifics until Mercury leaves Uranus, well into the middle of the month. In other words: Think on your feet! Roll with it.

Not everyone’s life will alter drastically, after all, how could it? This is Fire biz, so people with late degree Fire and Air signs benefit more than those without, but it will impact society on a collective level as well, make no mistake!

For the changes May brings cliches do it best:

Wildly unpredictable,
Enormous capacity for growth,
Unique and drastic paradigm shifts are yours for the taking!

Does it sound like I’m selling you a pyramid scheme?
I possibly am! kidding!!!
Or will you sell it yourself?!


If you want a change you can have one, provided you do the work
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If you don’t want a change you might have one anyway, and because of this, we all need to bring our A-game.

We have finally arrived at the exciting part of 2017!
You can look back here at the overview if you like:Astrological 2017

On May 9 2017, just before the massive Full Moon in Scorpio, the Nodes of the Moon move from being North Node Virgo/South Pisces, to North Node Leo/South Node Aquarius.

How do you use your genius to expand your creative success and sparkle?
How does your individuality fuel your creativity?
Follow your own path.

We have nearly 6 months of a North Node/Saturn/Uranus Fire Trine to tap into.
If you have been longing for a real permanent change, that takes you ahead, you WILL have the chance to make your move. Plan well, work hard, and leap with multiple contingency plans. Here is where your airplane takes more than tiny puddle jumps. You really get it off the ground!

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As it turns out, Saturn is beautiful, take a look!

May is where you get unstuck if you were sticking, and get some traction (and some shocks!) while you build your empire if you were already kicking @ss.

With Mercury stationing on Uranus this week, expect all sorts of surprise information. AND what YOU say may be someone else’s surprise! Disconnections, sudden re-connections. It’s ELECTRIC!

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We will have this Grand Fire Trine from May 10- November 15.

That’s a long time to be helpfully guided as we work toward our goals. Fire is all about BELIEF. Can you believe in yourself? I know I know, in what capacity??! lol! How about in what you are doing, your ability to focus on and accomplish your goals?

Are these goals, YOUR GOALS something worth believing in?
If they are, use that to find your faith.

Fate lends a hand here, setting up your challenges or delivering the landscape you will labor within. If you have been frustrated with the pace of the last two years, or have felt yourself being squeezed to death, or hung out to dry, by the late degrees of Saturn in Sag, this configuration opens the window.

Not to escape Saturn’s rigors. Oh No.No.NO WAY. Saturn is retrograde, and He will insist you finish what you started. BUT, the window lets in the breeze, the breeze carries in the birdsong. The birdsong reminds you of when you learned to whistle, whistling makes you think to call your uncle who is the best whistler in the family, and your uncle has life changing NEWS for you!

Love YOU!!!!

XoX
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After the Taurus New Moon, April 28, 2017

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I should totally know better by now.
There is a crack in the facade of whatever money/love/values situation you had going. More so if you are Venus ruled. The New Moon cracked it, and Uranus/Mercury sure as f*ck didn’t help. Am I here to tell you that’s a good thing? To let the light in, peek under the hood?

After I don’t even know how many years, I have come to the conclusion that the New Moon in Taurus is never fun. Never,*** even when it’s completely worthwhile. Could it be that Taurus doesn’t like changes?! LOL! sigh,

Earth changes are mountain slides and earthquakes, they are cracks that open to real Earth’s molten core.

And that is just what we have here. Structural changes that are essential to our development. Growth. Or Growths. Ewww.

Love YOU!!!!

XoX
*Jean Hugo
** photo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo
***at least never with Venus and Uranus in Aries

~ The interior life is often stupid. Its egoism blinds it and deafens it; its imagination spins out ignorant tales, fascinated. It fancies that the western wind blows on the Self, and leaves fall at the feet of the Self for a reason, and people are watching. A mind risks real ignorance for the sometimes paltry prize of an imagination enriched. The trick of reason is to get the imagination to seize the actual world – if only from time to time.
– Annie Dillard ~

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