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[Witch Way] Volume #3 Issue #5 -- Happy Samhain!
October 13, 2010
Hi, Happy Mabon!

Ken's Korner

Welcome again to Witch Way. We’ve just entered the last quarter of the year, and it won’t be long before we bid farewell to 2010. That means it’s Fall, and most of us are getting ready for Samhain. I guess that makes this the unofficial start to the Holiday season.

Let me just get this out of the way now and say, Happy Holidays! Since it’s such a generic term, created for the politically correct, they won’t mind if I hijack it for my own use. If they do mind, they won’t say anything, for fear of offending someone.

Of course, these are the same people who believe that everyone thinks just like they do. Because everyone so obviously believes just as they do, these people try to make choices for others that they would make for themselves.

Some of these choices actually make sense to most people, such as yielding for pedestrians, or slowing down the speed limits in school zones. The problem is that it never occurs to them that not everyone believes exactly as they do. We’re all guilty of it, we look at situations and think the right choice is obvious, but someone else may look at that same situation and come to a completely different “obvious” choice.

The reason I bring this up is because if you live in the US, you know that we are about to hold elections in a couple of weeks. Unless you live under a rock, you can’t help but be inundated with campaign ads every five seconds, for or against one politician or another, sometimes both.

Now I’m not going to tell you who I think you should vote for. First off, I don’t know who may be running for what office where you live, and it’s really none of my business who you vote for, or against.

I would however encourage you to do some research before you vote. You certainly can’t base your vote on the political ads because their entire purpose is to persuade you to vote for a particular person. There is no law that says a political ad has to be honest, and very few of them have anything close to facts they can use to back them up. Especially ads that attack the other candidate.

If you are reading this, you have the best tool a Democracy (or in our case, a Representative Republic) ever had, for finding everything you ever wanted to know about a candidate. You have the Internet. You can go online and find out how an incumbent voted on any and all bills. You can find out exactly who is running for what office, and how they say they feel about the issues.

You can also find out what prospective laws are being voted on in your area. The full text of each proposition should be available to read. Read them. Read them slowly and carefully. One of the best ways I’ve found to figure out what the law really says, is to read it slowly, and translate it into everyday English. Many people have been fooled into voting for something, because the wording was purposely written to make the average person think they were actually voting against it.

One resource I have found for just this purpose, is Ballotpedia. This site gives information on candidates and ballot measures across the US.

I have always felt the best voter is an informed voter. The last election, everyone voted out the Republicans, and voted in Democrats, hoping to get change. Really the only change we got was the name of the party running things in Washington. This time, instead of voting people in or out because they belong to a particular party, try finding someone with a message that resonates with you.

We get the government we deserve. I truly believe that. As long as people vote for the lesser of two evils, we will have a government that is the lesser of two evils. Not until we start voting for people who will represent what we believe, will we get a government that represents us.

However you decide to vote, do it thoughtfully, and with intent. This too is a form of magick.

Blessed Be,

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A Monthly Column For Astrological Insight


The primary subject of this month’s column is the upcoming mid-term elections in early November. There isn’t a whole lot new happening astrologically from mid-October through mid-November (the Venus retrograde that will be occurring during this time was discussed at length in last month’s column), but after presenting the transits’ effect on the election I wanted to run an idea I have for short-term change in the column’s format by all of my readers.

But first things first: What do the stars say about the upcoming election? The transits seem to indicate this is going to be a “business as usual, only more so” kind of event. Although it may look a little different —fewer incumbents may be elected this time around than is typical, and control of one or both houses of Congress may even shift to the other of the two major parties —many of us may get our hopes for change up only to have them disappointed yet again.

It appears unlikely there will be any substantial shift in the direction or content of policy as a result of who gets elected this November. Despite all the press it’s been getting, the transits indicate that the Tea Party is unlikely to achieve anything memorable (like getting one or more candidates elected) this election-cycle, and the same would seem to be true for the other “third parties” out there.

What does look likely is some kind of massive federal spending increase we can’t really afford around election-time, probably involving health-care generally and Medicare Part D in particular. In summary, those who approve of the legislative track we’ve been on will probably be quite happy no matter who ends up holding their local Congressional seat on November 3rd.

Very briefly, the transits that are telling me all this are:
**the transiting South Node forming a conjunction with the U.S.’s natal Jupiter in Cancer (which I interpret as indicating a large expense “at home” we can’t afford),
**transiting Saturn in Libra forming a square to the U.S.’s natal Sun in Cancer (something we as a nation started in 2003 to make ourselves “safe” hits a major legal or partner-based roadblock), and
**transiting Jupiter in Pisces forming an opposition to the U.S.’s natal Neptune in Virgo (optimistic idealism regarding “hot button” issues blinding us to the reality that it’s still “business as usual”) while the Moon forms a conjunction with natal Neptune in Virgo on Election Day (the electorate gets swept away by groupthink).

In the spirit of full disclosure, there is another transit occurring near but not on the election—transiting Pluto forming a conjunction with the transiting North Node—that could contradict my analysis (it would indicate that the 2010 election will be a disruptive “growth experience” for all of us here in the U.S.) if it is in effect at the time of the election, but my understanding of how transits work leads me to believe that it won’t be in effect.

Also, some astrologers believe that the Cardinal T-Square will have its major manifestation (a highly disruptive event) at election time rather than this summer when the transit was at its most exact, but once again this is not an analysis I agree with. Time and events will tell which interpretation —if either —is correct.

The change in format for the column that I mentioned earlier involves the astrological topics I discuss each month. The format I’ve been using is to talk about major transits (relations of Planets’ current position to each other, to natal charts, and also individual Planets’ current retrogrades) that happen from the middle of one month to the middle of the next, and to discuss predictive astrology —what astrologers call “mundane” astrology —based on that.

The format I’m considering would involve writing a four-part series where I talk specifically and comprehensively about one outer Planet each month —Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto —and describe its effect in general as well as how its current placement in the sky (independent of its relationships to other Planets) is affecting us here on Earth.

This would shift the column’s focus temporarily, and it would have the benefit of presenting some important but non-predictive elements of astrology (while still having immediate relevance to our lives), but it would mean I would not be discussing many specific transits as they happen from mid-November through mid-March. After I’ve written these four single-Planet columns, I’m planning on returning to the old format unless you, my readers, tell me otherwise.

So, if you find you like the idea of hearing about one Planet per column for a few months, please take the time to write me an email and let me know. However if you feel that you would prefer that I keep doing what I’ve been doing in discussing transits as they come up, please take the time to write me an email and let me know that as well. If enough people tell me they’re happy with the format as-is, then I will keep the format as-is.

Any feedback —positive or negative —is of course always welcome.

As we move further and further into Autumn, it becomes clearer that it truly is the Fall of the year. Leaves fall off of trees, the Sun begins to “fall” out of the sky earlier and earlier each day, the mercury in thermometers starts to fall consistently lower at night, and as it becomes inescapable that summer is truly over the necessity to decide what will keep us warm in the upcoming winter falls heavily upon many of us. Autumn can be a bittersweet time, but there is much beauty to be seen in this part of the year. The changing leaves and sepia-toned sunlight are very pretty when they appear in this Scorpio season, but their beauty cannot be kept by the trees or by us past their brief time in this world.

Of course, you could say all of those poetic things about Halloween candy, too. I wish you all a “hauntingly” beautiful and tasty mid-Autumn.

Jim Trader
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NOTE: This is not a typical “horoscope” reading, breaking astrological influences down by Sign for a given period of time. The information in this column should apply to most people, most of the time. If you have any questions, or want specific personalized information on how what’s going on in the heavens affects you, contact Jim Trader.

Time Of The Season

Here we are again at the one holiday that seems to define who we are as Witches; Samhain. This holiday has become almost as commercial as Yule, and I honestly don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I know a lot of Witches who avoid all the hype around this time of year because they feel that it somehow undermines the facts about who we are.

Other Witches I know absolutely love this time of year, and go hog wild over decorating, and really enjoy being part of the holiday. We already know the traditions and history of Samhain, and Halloween. I have gone over them in Witch Way since the beginning, and if you missed them, you can look them up online at CyberWitchcraft.

Instead, this month I want to talk more about the season in general, and less about the specifics of the Sabbat.

Every culture around the world has some celebration at this time of year. This is the last harvest festival of the year. All the fruits and vegetables have long been harvested, and now it is time for the gourds and grains. Last month I talked about grains, and how important they are to us. Now that all the hard work of harvesting the crops is almost complete, it’s only natural to celebrate that the end is in sight, and hopefully, how bountiful the yield has been.

This is also the time when the land begins to hibernate. Depending on how far north of the equator you are, you may be seeing anything from lush green, to completely barren trees by now. Here at 39 degrees North Latitude, the leaves are turning bright fall colors. Here that is mostly yellow and gold, though some imported trees are also red.

I can feel the cold snap in the air each morning when I get out of bed, and a warm day is now in the 70’s, instead of the 90’s we had just a few weeks ago. The wind howls sometimes all day, as the cool air rushes in to replace the warm air of summer. It’s exactly the opposite of what happened back in March and April.

Having spent so many years paying attention to the world around me, I find that it is much easier to see the cycles as they happen. It used to be that one day it was hot and sunny, and it seemed the next there was a foot of snow on the ground. I was just too busy with my job, and my life to pay much attention to what was going on around me. The change was so gradual that I never noticed the signs.

Now, I notice the changes. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but paying attention to what is going on around me, seeing the signs of the seasons, has also caused me to see things in my life that I didn’t see before. Once you start paying attention to the world around you, you also see how that world affects you, and the little things you do without realizing.

Small things affect you in ways that you never realize. Suddenly, your life just seems to fall apart for no apparent reason. Yet, if you had only looked a little harder sometime earlier on, you would have seen the little things you were doing, that lead to this point. I have found that looking around, seeing the little things, keeps the big disasters from happening, because I can correct things long before they become big. Small changes are so much easier to make than large ones.

It’s at these times of the year that I look at where I am, and where I’m headed, and try to make the changes needed to get where I want to go. It’s the changing of the season that reminds me, because I take the time to notice the change around me. I don’t have to mark my calendar to remind me. I simply take a look outside, not once a week, or once every few months, but every day.

There’s an old saying about taking time to smell the roses. I would paraphrase it to say, take time to notice the seasons. When you are young, the years seem to last forever, but as you accumulate more of them, they start to go faster. Take the time to look at the season you are in because it will be gone all too soon.

Certainly you can look forward to the warmth of Spring and Summer, but use the time gifted to you in Fall and Winter to make the plans for what you want to do when the weather warms again. That way you don’t waste a moment of the warmth, trying to figure out how to proceed. That is how our ancestors did things, and in this age when no one seems to have any time, it’s more important than ever to take the time to get things right.

If you live in the southern hemisphere, you have just entered Spring. Hopefully you planned well enough in the past Winter that you can put your plans into action without wasting a moment of the warm weather still to come.

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Until next month, may you be blessed in all that you do, or as we usually say,

Blessed Be,
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Ken Biles

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