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The Occult in Politics

Trump crystal ballNo matter what side of the political spectrum you sit, it is fascinating to read about Steve Bannon's fascination with the occult as this article points out. But it is not unusual - there are many television specials linking right wing politics with occult activities. But most have occurred in ancient or pre-21st Century times.

According to Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation writer Mitch Horowitz:

There is a long-standing intersection between mysticism and conservatism in America. This marriage extends back to the late 19th century when globetrotting occultist and Russian noblewoman Madame H.P. Blavatsky depicted America as the catalyst for a revolution in human potential in her 1888 opus “The Secret Doctrine.” “It is in America that the transformation will take place,” Blavatsky wrote, “and has already silently commenced.”

Generations of occult writers echoed Blavatsky’s theme of America as a Holy Grail among nations, possessed of a “secret destiny,” as Manly P. Hall put it, and thus married esoteric spirituality to patriotic ideals. This partnership has flourished out of view of most mainstream observers—and significantly impacted American culture, including the look of our currency.

In 1935, then-Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace, a former Republican and mystical seeker who went on to become Franklin Roosevelt’s second vice president, approached FDR with a novel idea: mint a coin with the mysterious reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States—the eye-and-pyramid surrounded by the Latin maxim “God Smiles on Our New Order of the Ages.” Both men were Freemasons with a taste for portentous imagery—and were on the lookout for epic, unifying symbols for the recovering nation. (Wallace had spoken of the need for a “New Deal of the Ages.”) Roosevelt was so taken with the 1782 image, with its Masonic undertones and message that worldly achievement is incomplete without higher ethics, that he personally supervised its installation on the back of the dollar bill, making a previously arcane insignia into an indelible symbol of the republic.

President George H.W. Bush brought new attention — and unintended infamy — to the concept of a “New World Order.” In his Sept. 11, 1990, speech to a joint session of Congress, Bush sought to celebrate the possibilities of international trade and cooperation that could follow a swift victory in the first Gulf War: “Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective—a new world order—can emerge … An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony.” Little was he aware that his use of the term would inspire a generation of conspiracy theorists to notions of a hidden, sinister global plan.

Conservative metaphysics extend beyond geopolitics. One of Richard Nixon’s confidants — in addition to the Rev. Peale, whose church he also attended—was insurance magnate W. Clement Stone, a right-wing activist, benefactor of the famous ESP lab at Duke University, and collaborator to Napoleon Hill, author of the mind-metaphysics classic “Think and Grow Rich.

Bill Clinton took a dim view of parapsychology. During a period of post-Cold War cost cutting in 1995, he eliminated the CIA’s budget for its psychic-spying program. Jimmy Carter, by contrast, admired the “remote viewing” operation. The year of Clinton’s cuts, Carter told a group of Emory University students that during his presidency, clairvoyant spies helped identify the coordinates of a crashed Soviet spy plane in Central Africa, netting a significant intelligence gain.


Horoscope for the Week of August 28, 2017

BeyonceDon’t be surprised if we feel a bit more dramatic, expansive and generous now. Ply the crowd and see how you can get what and who you want with the minimum of effort. Oh just pay the price later!

(Beyonce has Mars in Leo)

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Aries may have too much partying on their plate now ... but come to think of it, can there ever be TOO much partying? The end of summer energy not only brings you fun but also a bit of romance on the side. The fates say that you need to moderate the tempo a bit so that you can fully enjoy every festive moment. So eat, drink and be merry. For tomorrow we diet.

Turn your home into the epicenter of activity now, Taurus. Invite some folks over who you have been meaning to see but never had the chance. Add a few familiar faces and see who and what can happen. For those with a few to-do projects on their list, tackle them now. You may be able to get a few helping hands to lighten the load. Float and delegate.

You seem to know just what to say to get people to do your bidding. So think carefully before you unleash an army for your personal errands. You don’t want them to run amok and be too hard to control. Geminis can be more flirtatious than usual. Use it wisely. You don’t want to attract hordes when a couple of able bodied arm candies will do.

If you see it and you want it you can buy it. But how much stuff do you really need, Cancer? Too much may become too much now. Try instead to manage your money wisely and frugally. Fight off any temptations that you really know may not yield you as much happiness as you expect. Splurge on experiences. Uhh, you mean like a first class trip to Paris?

This is your time to shine, Leo. Jump into the center of the social swirl and see who you can meet and greet and sweep off their feet. You are in it for yourself (don’t tell anyone...) So be sure to make some long deferred dreams into a reality. You can take even a mediocre idea far. Who knows? You may even be elected to political office.

There may be secrets that you are trying to keep hidden now. But they will find a way to leak out anyway. Don’t panic, Virgo. It is all for the best, and you know it. Unleash yourself from things that only hold you back. In this era of letting-it-all-hang out, you will find that your small indiscretions are nothing compared to others. Go big or go home.

There will be more activities coming your way now so try to free up as much time as possible so you can fit everyone in. Libras are naturally sociable so this can become a time of opportunity to expand your influence. Try joining some new organizations that can give you more exposure. Be sure to use extra sun screen for all of that glare.

How far and fast can you ascend the corporate ladder? For those Scorpios who have been hard at work on their professional success, the road is now open and fast. For those who might have been slacking off a bit too much, you have a rare opportunity to make up for lost time. Get ready to make your mark on the world. Make it more than a smudge.

It is an expansive time for you, Sagittarius. That means that you need to get out of your rut and see the world with fresh eyes. You may have a chance to travel but even if you don’t get out of your neighborhood, use your time to explore your surroundings with the intent to be surprised and charmed. Who knows who is waiting for you in some faraway corner?

Even if you are not feeling especially sexy, others will think that you are the top sirloin of the menu. Why ask why? Just enjoy. Use your current zestiness as you will, Capricorn. You can attract anyone you set your mind to attract. Be discerning but don’t be solitary. Sometimes an audience of one is all that you need to put on a great performance. Bravo!

This is a good time to take a look at your current relationships to see what is and what is not working. Buff up the good and work on the challenges, Aquarius. All will go well and it will be worth it. For those on the prowl, check out some new hotspots and see who you can spot. You may find that you may see many spots before your eyes. Lucky you.

Have you been celebrating throughout the summer, Pisces? If so you should start to consider getting in ship shape for holiday cruise season. That might mean more exercise, less fatty foods and a general wellness regime. But don’t cut out all of the sweets. Sometimes someone sweet is just what we need to help get us focused on our health.

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of August 25, 2017

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of August 25-31, 2017:

6, 10, 15, 26, 28, 31, 60, 78

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month

The Total Solar Eclipse

Lunar eclipse 2012Today marks the total solar eclipse that will be visible across a wide swath of the Continental United States. I for one, will be happy when it is all over. August has seen both a lunar eclipse and now a solar one. They tend to follow each other but this month the eclipses have been particularly powerful.

From an astrological perspective, Eclipses are a time of heightened emotion. We may want action NOW but anything we consecrate during an eclipse is based too much on emotion and not enough on practical sense. Take a sensible pause ten days before and three days after an eclipse before you do anything of import. Then if it still makes sense, go for it.

There are several resources that you can use to map out the eclipse cycles. The best is to use an Ephemeris which is a book that contains all planetary cycles and not only has all the eclipse tables but also contains other useful information such as the schedule for void of course moons, full moons, new moons etc.




In New York City, the Solar Eclipse will begin happening at 1:23 PM and end around 4:00 PM on Monday, August 21.  The peak time will be around 2:44 PM and at that point, the city will experience about 70 percent totality, according to the Amateur Astronomers’ Association of New York <http://www.aaa.org/partial-solar-eclipse-in-nyc-august-21-2017/> .

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