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You May be a Martian

Psychic medical diagnostician Edgar Cayce often talked about astrology while in a trance state, mentioning reincarnation and past “sojourns” in various planetary realms, highlighted in the horoscope. I’ve read a number of books on Cayce’s astrology in the past, but I could never quite make sense of it all. Now, having completed Ry Redd’s Toward a New Astrology (1985), it’s finally come together in my mind.

Redd studied the Cayce astrology readings extensively and also researched Kabbalah, Rudolf Steiner’s works and Hindu astrology, studying with Dr. B.V. Raman. He correlates Cayce’s emphasis on “Persian” astrology with Hindu Brahmin techniques for lokas (or planetary dimensions) described by the horoscopes, which he found to often closely parallel Cayce’s statements. He also addresses planetary strength, such as planets near the Midheaven, as indicating planetary emphasis in a past life. So, for instance, with an angular Mars, a recent planetary sojourn may have been in the Mars realm. You may be a Martian! I know I am.

This is one of the most intriguing astrology books I’ve read in a long time. Redd has done a tremendous amount of research and his conclusions make sense. He includes numerous horoscopes and compares them with Cayce’s interpretations, discussing famous reincarnations, Mercury, and challenging and flowing aspects in the charts.

Ry Redd’s book is still available from second-hand book dealers online and I’d highly recommend it to those interested in Edgar Cayce, astrology and reincarnation:  Toward a New Astrology: The Approach of Edgar Cayce

Ry Redd was born on March 30, 1945 at 6:45 AM in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with several chart factors showing an emphasis on reincarnation. An angular grand cross (with the Ascendant and Sun rising, Saturn conjunct the IC, Neptune on the descendant and the Midheaven) accentuates the physical vs. the spiritual. Pluto, the planet of reincarnation, closely trines his Sun, sextiles Neptune and is placed Out of Bounds in declination. And Saturn on his IC (representing the past) is nearly exactly parallel the North Node.



Ted Cruz and NYC’s Astrological Values

Texas Senator Ted Cruz took aim at New York City values in the Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. Is he onto something? We can clearly see where he’s coming from astrologically.

Cruz said that, “Everybody understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal and pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage and focus on money and the media.” When we look at the horoscope of Greater New York, what jumps out is Jupiter conjunct the Ascendant in Libra (see chart below). Jupiter is the planet of the media and big business. It’s the ruler of anything big, which may be one reason why the City is the largest in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.

The sign of Libra is associated with all relationships, especially love relationships. Margaret Sanger opened the first free women’s health clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn on October 16, 1916 with the Sun and Mercury in Libra. (She had Venus in Libra.) Sanger saw women from many diverse backgrounds, including immigrants (Jupiter ruled of course) and provided information on birth control.

New York State was certainly not the first to legalize gay marriage. But the Marriage Equality Act went into effect with Saturn in Libra when it was very close to conjoining NYC’s Jupiter and Ascendant. Legislation is a Jupiter issue and both marriage and equality are Libran themes.

But why has Ted Cruz singled out New York? His horoscope resonates with it. He was born on December 22, 1970 and like Greater New York, he also has Libra rising, along with the Moon and Uranus in Libra, both conjoining the City’s Jupiter and Ascendant! Cruz may not like New York, but he has certainly garnered a tremendous amount of media attention from NYC’s Jupiter in Libra. And as Mayor deBlasio pointed out, he’s also received many campaign donations from New Yorkers as well.

Greater New York

Greater New York was consolidated into 5 boroughs on January 1, 1898 at 12:01 a.m.

Margaret Sanger was born on September 14, 1879

The NYS Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July 24, 2011

Ted Cruz was born on December 22, 1970 at 1:00 a.m. in Calgary, Canada.

Margaret Sanger’s biography, A Life of Passion, details her first health clinic. Margaret Sanger Life of Passion

Kumare and Neptune

Vikram Gandhi, a disillusioned Indian-American philosopher who’s followed gurus across India, returns to the U.S. to impersonate one himself. As Kumare, he collects followers in Arizona, trains them in his own form of yoga, listens to their problems and advises that the answers lie within. Along the way he transforms the lives of many of his devotees and is profoundly changed himself. Gandhi is the creator, director, writer and star of the wise and funny film titled Kumare.

How many references to Neptune can you find in the first paragraph? Film of course. And disillusionment is typical of Neptune, since its idealism can lead to illusions. While both philosophy and inter-cultural relations are often characterized by Jupiter, Neptune in this case is more appropriate. Vikram’s studies and research in the U.S. and India have given him information, but not faith. He seeks inspiration from gurus, who are supposedly on a spiritual path, and visits India only to be disappointed.

By impersonating a guru, Vikram takes on a Neptunian disguise and renames himself. He grows his hair and beard, walks barefoot, adopts his grandmother’s accent and wears flowing robes. Traveling to Arizona where he won’t be recognized, he attracts over a dozen followers who want to devote more time to learning yoga, meditation and a spiritual approach to life. Vikram as Kumare, after months in the role, becomes something of a mystic himself, always insisting that “I am not who I appear to be.”

The devotees pour out their hearts to their guru, as they each grapple with life’s challenges and find in him a willing listener and leader. Kumare takes them seriously, meets with them regularly and schedules individual sessions, apparently for no fee. As the devotees find inspiration, Vikram/Kumare becomes more earnest in addressing his followers’ needs, yet avoids interfering in their decision-making process. He has influenced them and they have influenced him in some ineffable Neptunian way. It’s almost as if, in coming together, the group has evoked what it needed; the faith of the guru himself somehow didn’t matter.

Over a month after the end of the seminar, having shaved his beard, cut his hair and returned to western garb, Vikram goes back to Arizona to reveal himself. His students are shocked and only a few are angry but most don’t care. One has lost 70 pounds, one has left an unfulfilling relationship to become a yoga instructor herself, and a stressed-out lawyer has grounded her emotions with her new practices. This is surely a Neptunian story all around, abounding in both deception and transcendence, and the film reminds us of the blurred lines between illusion and reality.

Kumare premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 13, 2011 with the Sun and Mars in Pisces. It was released on June 20, 2012 with Jupiter in Gemini and the North Node in Sagittarius both squaring Neptune in Pisces. See more about Kumare.