Intermission – The Viva Combusta! New Year’s Eve Soundtrack

Musically speaking, I’ll remember 2015 as the year I completely gave up on any current mainstream music. I love generic cheesy pop songs as much as anyone, but most of the stuff I’ve heard released this past year I won’t even dignify by referring to it as “music”. Maybe I’m just becoming prematurely curmudgeonly, yelling at other people in my age group as if they were youngins to get off my lawn with their fake, soulless, auto tuned to death garbage. Music today isn’t real like it was back in my day, whippersnappers!


Mostly, though, it boils down to being at the halfway mark of the Pluto in Capricorn years. Pluto giveth and Pluto taketh away emormous amounts of power, and in Capricorn a good chunk of power issues are focused on corporations, mega industries and major profits. The music industry obviously is a small but visible part of the mix. It’s a common theme in music that the quality suffers the more businessmen and image makers/fakers take over, that’s certainly not a recent development. Pluto does has a way of exposing things deeper than ever before for what they are at their core, and since Pluto moved into business oriented Capricorn the soundtrack to our lives doesn’t seem to even try to hide its single minded focus on sacrificing music for corporate monopolies. Tidal was one example. Look at these people signing a music contract like they’re signing a peace treaty at the United Nations or some such thing. The good thing is Tidal and similar money grabs weren’t  the complete success they were hyped up to be. Pluto can really go to some people’s heads, making them drunk on what they perceive to be power, but not everyone’s buying what they’re selling, literally and metaphorically. As we reach the halfway mark of the Pluto in Capricorn era we’re so much more aware of what’s going on behind the curtains and in the shadows of big business, Big Brother, Big Pharma/Agra etc and the more we encourage others to become/stay more vigilant and aware the less successful their manipulative and unfeeling tactics will be. Dams will break, eventually,  but like everything Plutonic it is a multilayer process and we’re not near finished yet.


In the meantime, the soundtrack sucks, which is really all I’m getting at here. It sucks because it is a reflection of the environment we’re in. At some point after the dams break, music -and creativity in general- will regain inspiration and reflect our recovered senses. Until then I’m shunning current mainstream arts and this New Years Eve I’m just chilling with old favorites. I have Mars in Taurus; Taurus often likes comfy, solid classics because Taurus endures and likes things that withstand the test of time, aging like wine (versus aging like milk.) It makes me nostalgic for musical eras I wasn’t alive in. Here’s some classics I’ll be listening to:












That last one forms the base of one of my favorite dancehall songs:



“My mind is divine mind”… if Jimmy Cliff can’t make you happy, nothing can.





And what’s New Years Eve without disco



Feel free to share your New Years Eve jams in the comments sections if you’re so inclined.


This playlist/Pluto in Capricorn era rant is a poor substitute for the article I originally intended to write, which was going to be a synopsis of the astrology of 2016. Between the holidays, readings, and tech issues (an early taste of Mercury retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn) time just got away from me. Very quickly then: 2016 is a sort of shapeshifting year courtesy of an emphasis on the mutable signs of Pisces, Virgo and Sagittarius, four Mercury retrogrades  (we just had three in 2015), a substantial Mars retrograde that will pack a punch, and the ongoing Saturn-Neptune squares. The Uranus-Pluto squares will be all but over by the end of January, and we will lose the tension and panic it created. We will also lose what was an incredible impetus, instigator, a major potential for changing the narrative. The emphasis on the mutable signs and retrogrades/rewinds in 2016 means the dust will settle some but we’ll be challenged to adapt to more subtle changes. I quoted Hunter S. Thompson in an article previously; “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”… this is a good mantra to have at the onset of the year.


I’m keeping fingers crossed that the music gets a little weird, too. On that note, I’d like to thank/shout out one particular local Oklahoma college radio show, the excellent Hi-Fi Heresy, for playing only obscure, corporate free, and sometimes unknown punk, protopunk, garage, blues, surf, psychedelic and psychobilly gems spanning all decades. It’s still the only time I’ve heard Captain Beefheart on the radio. If you’re so musically inclined, you should try to stream it. Not only is it quality and class but after the hour is done you’ll realize what a crime it is that so much of this music didn’t get the success it deserved because it wasn’t “commercial” (read: profitable) enough. Smaller pockets of inspiration and creative life abound outside the mainstream and are well worth taking the time to find.


Happy 2016!





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Cage Rattling and Nerve Snapping At The Uranus-Pluto Square Finale

“Wow, that escalated quickly” is something I’ve heard more than I’ve wanted to over the past couple days. Many of the readers here have noticed the uptick in temper flares and bad moods and high pressure situations blowing up as well. I have written before that December would be a nasty month due to Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn moving back into their last tight square with each other (the last exact square was back in March of this year), with Mars in Libra in detriment throwing fuel on the fire by squaring Pluto and opposing Uranus. It does bear repeating again, however, to emphasize the instability and potential for harm as well as potential during this brief but intense period.


I do not know why anyone would see someone about to snap and decide to push them to their breaking point, but that seems to be exactly what a lot of people are doing at the moment. Thing to remember is, the bust ups and blow ups we’re seeing now and will continue to see in December,  especially the next week or so, do not need much provocation to ignite. This final gasp of the Uranus-Pluto square is the culmination of all seven of the previous exact squares since the aspect first began in 2012. Think of how much your life has changed since then. It’s only been a little over three years but man, anything before that feels like such a distant memory. It has not been an exaggeration to call our experiences, both personally and collectively, as intense life altering experiences these past few years. As anyone who’s ever been in a hostile long term relationship or environment knows, you can put up with a lot of shit for a long period of time but usually the breaking point comes from something seemingly petty and stupid, the proverbial squeezing the toothpaste from the wrong end. There are a lot of “the straw that broke the camel’s back” scenarios playing out right now and that will continue to play out. Losing ones mind over minor things is an unhealthy way of expressing “I’m officially over it/done here”. Seen from one perspective,  it is better this way, to have all the necessary endings happening at once so that they are no longer strung out.  It does not feel that easy, of course, for those who are on the receiving end of the most loss or separation. But know that they would have happening anyway, and sometimes it is better to let things end or leave under their own steam.


If it feels this tense for the strong, healthy and sane of us, then you can imagine how this is affecting those not stable or sane. As some of the headlines have shown us this week, the sky this December shows the potential for more violence than usual. Landmines are everywhere. Those who are easily provoked and hot tempered by nature are finding their buttons being pushed more than usual. This is a time when we should all be on high alert for those unstable people or situations that seem like they might be getting out of control. Cool heads are not prevailing and things can escalate without much warning. Even if you are right, even if it is you who is being pushed, even if you’re entitled to be angry, it would be better to let it go and walk away this month rather than engage. Even if confrontations are only verbal and non violent they can still cause a lot of damage. Road rage also seems to be getting more frequent.


It is not just those who want to harm others that should be watched out for; those with a tendency for self harm should be watched, or take extra care of yourself if it is you who feel the need to self destruct. Like everything else, this too shall pass! Not all sudden shakeups will be intentional; there is a lot of potential for major accidents here so again use caution and judgement.


The Moon will be in Libra all weekend (December 5th and 6th) conjunct Mars and so it too will be aspecting the Uranus-Pluto square. The Moon is however we define our inner “home”, our comfort zones, our sanctuary  and right now no place really seems safe anywhere we look. The Moon shows us how we deal with life on the emotional level and this weekend emotions will be running on high octane fuel. There is a lot to be said for “letting it all out” of course, and indeed keeping anything inside that’s gnawing away is bound to blow up, but fine line between healthy and productive “venting” and straight up chip-on-the-shoulder combative temper tantrums. Mars in Libra also makes its exact square to Pluto in Capricorn at 14 degrees this Sunday at 2:52 PM CST, and makes its exact opposition to Uranus in Aries at 16 degrees this Thursday the 10th at 7:31 PM.  This weekend and next week is fever pitch of the Uranus-Pluto energy.


For those of you watching how this is all playing out on the global scale, it is worth noting that both David Cameron and Vladimir Putin have their Suns at 14 degrees Libra, meaning the hotted up Moon and Mars in Libra will be passing over their Suns in the thick of the action the next couple weeks (exact this weekend). Both will be key players spurred into taking the actions that will define the manifestations of the Uranus-Pluto square in their respective countries. The bizarro diplomatic vote (Libra) in the UK to attack (Mars) Syria was itself a manifestation of this energy and a taster of what is just around the corner. Here in the US, it isn’t one politician in general but the entire country that will be taking the hit. Using the Sibley chart for the USA, our country has Saturn at 14 degrees Libra in the 10th house of public image and destiny paths, and we as a country  will also see the Moon and Mars make their conjunctions to the nation’s Saturn this weekend. For us, it was the recent San Bernardino shooting that was a taster. Smaller pockets of insanity that do not make the national radar can still occur around us, so be aware of your surroundings. Using the Sibley chart again, the US has a 12 degree Sagittarius ascendant, which means transiting Saturn, currently at 8 degrees Sagittarius, is at the end of the 12th house and will be crossing the ascendant not too long into the future.  Saturn crossing the ascendant is a watershed event in any chart; the public deterioration of any of the numerous causes for concern here these next few days and weeks with Mars-Pluto-Uranus in affect will be the runners up of that changing point.


In the background,  we are still dealing with the emotional hangover from the first exact square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, exact on November 25th. As stated previously, Saturn in Sagittarius wants to know better so that it can do better. The square to sensitive, psychic Neptune in Pisces continues to drop the veil and show us that yes, we know better but no, we certainly are not doing better. History repeating itself at this juncture on planet Earth really doesn’t make any sense, but here we are. Saturn is, among other things, our visible leaders and authority figures, and Sagittarius is the big picture broadcast; the square to Neptune in Pisces continues to leave us both more perceptive and more disillusioned with what is coming out of our “leaders” mouths. While not directly influencing the Uranus-Pluto square the Saturn-Neptune square is definitely adding a pivotal parallel narrative, and more to our plates than we may feel we can handle.


Seen from a higher perspective, the inherent high energy instability that is stressing our nerves this December,  and especially the next several days, creates opportunity for quick and meaningful change unlike any other. The future is always unwritten,  and it’s never too late to grab the wheel and drive in a better direction. To do that, it does require the awareness as well as the gumption to make it happen. It may not be fun to go through, but what happens when such impetus to act is gone? The sensible and savvy folks will see the opportunity this month and run with it. Fighting the good fights, not the petty ones…


Mars in Libra will be in mutual reception to Venus in Scorpio til the end of December, and while this won’t provide major relief it can create enough of the necessary creative outlets and drives to channel the friction. The New Moon in Sagittarius on the 11th is also a more buoyant spot on the horizon. When you find these sweet spots working in your life, make every effort to chill and enjoy them.


If you can’t beat the insanity this month, at least do what you can to not join in!