Archive for August, 2015

by Kit Walker


This month our exploration in non-dual astrology continues with a look at the Virgo/Pisces polarity. We are now having the full moon in Pisces (with the Sun in Virgo), conjunct Neptune in Pisces (the ruler of Pisces is Neptune), but we will be dealing with this polarity a lot in the coming months because Jupiter has also recently entered Virgo and will be there for around a year, opposing first Neptune and then Chiron, both in Pisces.

Last month we looked at the Aquarius Leo polarity and saw how perhaps this polarity is about the process of attention, and its connection to the heart. So now we take it a step further, where we activate the substance of awareness in the body’s circuitry. Mercury is the ruler of Virgo (as well as Gemini), and in Virgo, Mercury is turned inward, much like the quality of Mercury retrograde. It rules the nervous system, and also the intestines, which are responsible for absorbing the nutrients from food. So the Virgo process has to do with our ability to metabolize and digest our experience.

Virgo’s Mercury is an introspective one. The mirror of Mercury is turned towards ourselves, for the process of self inquiry, and self-reflection. The creative output of Leo is put under the microscope, as Virgo deals with minute details. The self-critic is activated. The useful is sorted from the useless. It is the time of harvest, when the wheat and the chaff are separated. And it is preparation for the transition to the world of relationship (Libra), and selfhood (Aries).

Mercury is the alchemical substance in Virgo. The Virgo process involves sealing the alchemical vessel, so that heat and pressure can build inside the vessel of the soul. The way to seal the vessel is to not project. The temptation of un-evolved Virgo is judgement, to project our own shortcomings onto others. But when the alchemical vessel is sealed, hermetically (Hermes is Mercury), then we always turn the mirror back on ourselves. Any projection is simply an energy leak in the cauldron of the psyche. Thus, in the heat generated, the creative envisioning mind is developed, the power of dreaming in full awareness.

When Virgo and Pisces work together as one, we have discriminating awareness, or discriminating (Virgo) wisdom (Pisces), as the Tibetans would call it. This is when the critical mind works as the servant (Virgo) of the compassionate heart (Pisces). The true process of correction is activated, with the compassionate view (Pisces), and forgiveness. Criticism can be compassionate and constructive, without losing any of its impact.

In New Age circles these days there is a tendency to favor the Pisces end of things, which, without Virgo, tends to idealize, put on the rose colored glasses, and live in a fantasy world. So critical thinking, discriminating awareness, is often put down as “negative”. People tend to want to escape (Pisces) into “spiritual” things. When the Piscean escapism activates, the Virgo end degenerates into a kind of neurotic perfectionism, judgmental towards self and others, and depression from never being able to live up to ideals.

But clearly now more than ever, we have to wake up from this glazed-over “spiritual” trance of pseudo positivity, and start seeing with a more critical eye. This will be important for the next year of Jupiter in Virgo. Let’s face it, there are some things going on here on Planet Earth that need to be criticized! Let’s let go of this deadly political correctness, that chokes the flow of truth in so many ways. We are entering a great phase of correction now, with Jupiter entering Virgo. Also the moon’s North Node is just entering Virgo, which means that this is a very positive direction for us now. It is time for us to work together, to cooperate (Virgo), to bring the compassionate vision (Neptune) into reality, by embodying it (Virgo), and to change the things we cannot accept. Hexagram 18 in the I Ching comes to mind : Work on What has been Spoiled…




Windows 10 Features


Windows 10’s warm reception has been sullied by concerns over data collection, usage tracking and spying, which is enabled in the new operating system by default. In fact, many people have avoided updating to Windows 10 solely due to concerns surrounding these issues.

We told you how you can opt out of much of these data-collecting features, and we also pointed you to six free tools that will help stop other Windows 10 functions that may compromise your data.

But as it turns out, Windows 10 isn’t the only Microsoft operating system collecting your data without your knowledge.

Since the initial wave of Windows 10 privacy concerns washed over the web, people have been looking at Microsoft’s terms and privacy policies much more closely than they had been in the past. As it turns out, it didn’t take long for new issues to arise.

As noted in an article on gHacks, new updates pushed out recently to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 include features that introduce some severe data collection and tracking features that some users will be uncomfortable with.

There are four updates in question, and descriptions of each one taken from Microsoft’s website follow below.

KB3068708 This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708) This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet been upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

KB3075249 This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels.

KB3080149 This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

According to the report, Microsoft bypasses any edited instructions in the Hosts file and exchanges data with and, possibly among others…


It’s not just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 are also tracking you – here’s how to stop them



Submitted by IWB





by Waking Times

Video – Accused of selling food that makes the planet sick, McDonald’s continues to use all types of opportunistic advertising to attempt to make people believe that they care about the welfare of communities. Yet, next to Walmart, McDonald’s is the second worst paying corporations in the United States.

RT’s Abby Martin discusses a new ad released by McDonald’s that uses tragic events to sell Big Macs, and why this is just the latest egregious act the fast food giant has committed.

A Perfect Example of Opportunistic Advertising



Since people first started drinking alcohol, the search has been on for a way to go heavy on the pour but light on the hangover.

Unfortunately, two new drinking surveys suggest that search is probably futile.

One poll, conducted in Canada, concluded that if you drink to excess, you’re going to have a hangover — no ifs, ands, or buts.

A second poll, conducted in the Netherlands, suggested that chasing your liquid poison with food or water ultimately does little to improve the hangover experience.

“There is a big difference between severity of hangovers and the symptoms people experience during hangover,” acknowledged Joris Verster, a member of both study teams. Verster is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, and psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

“For example, some people have headaches, others are nauseous, others are just tired. Given this, there is no clear definition of a hangover,” he said.

But one thing is clear, Verster said, “the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover.”

Verster and his colleagues are scheduled to present their findings Saturday at a meeting of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Findings presented at meetings are generally considered preliminary until they’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The survey team pointed out that past research has suggested that between one-quarter to one-third of drinkers routinely attest to being immune from hangovers.

But the Canadian survey found little evidence to support this notion.

Nearly 800 Canadian students were asked to subjectively discuss their single heaviest drinking experience during the previous month.

Specifically, the students were asked to note the amount of alcohol consumed and total time spent drinking. All were also asked to indicate if they’d had a hangover, and, if so, to describe its severity.

While just over 30 percent said they didn’t have a hangover, only about 10 percent of those individuals actually had an estimated blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) that exceeded 0.08 percent, the study said.

A BAC of 0.08 percent is the point at which American drivers are considered legally impaired, according to the U.S. Governors Highway Safety Association.

What’s more, nearly 80 percent of the supposedly “hangover-free” group registered an estimated BAC below 0.10 percent, while just 2 percent had a BAC of 0.20 percent or more, the study found.

The second survey focused on 825 Dutch students who offered details concerning their latest bout of big drinking and the hangover that followed.

Drink totals were tallied, and investigators noted whether food and/or water was also consumed either right after drinking (before bedtime) or the following morning once a hangover was already underway…

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One of the critical aspects of the abduction phenomenon is that abductees all say the same thing about what is happening to them, even though they do not share knowledge of each others’ experiences. For example, it would be interesting (albeit trivial) to know where aliens come from. If the abduction phenomenon is psychologically based—and therefore, not real—some abductees would simply invent a home base for the aliens, just as they are imagining every­thing else. We would then have a variety of origin theories. In fact, abductees seldom describe a “home base,” because the aliens they encounter do not choose to give this information. Nor do aliens ever reveal the ultimate reason for why they are here. If the phenomenon were psychological, we would be given a wealth of reasons.

Knowing how aliens got here matters to scientists. They under­stand the immense difficulties of our going to other solar systems or galaxies with our technology and conclude that it is unlikely for others to travel here. They assume that we are just an insignificant planet in an ordinary solar system. Therefore, there is no reason for aliens to come here. This line of argument is, of course, nonsense. It does not matter how aliens got here or where they come from. Nor does it matter where the Earth is in the galaxy. The only important question is: Are they here? If the answer to this question is “Yes,” the next most important question is: Why are they here? The anecdotal evidence strongly indicates that they are here; the question “why” is what I am exploring in this book.

Scientists, debunkers, and skeptics have many reasons to ignore or discount the abduction phenomenon. No one disputes that peo­ple claim to have been abducted. Thus, the phenomenon is either psychological or experiential—there are no other options. Because the experiential explanation is, for many, too unlikely to consider, debunkers and skeptics put forth myriad psychological explana­tions for it. They cite faulty hypnosis, false-memory syndrome, sleep paralysis, popular-culture osmosis, sexual abuse in childhood, fears of the new millennium, hysterical contagion, self-hypnosis, the will to believe, myth and folklore, and many more explanations.

I have read over thirty-five different—and, for the most part, mutually exclusive—debunking explanations to account for abduc­tion narratives. All the debunkers have a common mind-set. They do not know the accurate evidence for the phenomenon; they ignore the evidence they do know; they distort the evidence to conform to their explanations. I have found no exceptions to this. Most skeptics fail to realize that competent abduction researchers are also famil­iar with psychological explanations and have thoroughly examined them. No serious researcher wants to mistake psychological accounts for experiential ones. For debunkers, however, any explanation—no matter how divorced from the evidence, no matter how outland-ish—is preferable to the idea that abductions are real.

The abduction phenomenon does not lend itself to facile answers. Here are some aspects of reported abductions that must be accounted for in any explanation:

  • When people are abducted, they are physically missing from their normal environment.
  • People are sometimes abducted in groups and can con­firm each others’ reports.
  • Bystanders sometimes see people being abducted.
  • When returned to their normal environment after an abduction, people often have marks, cuts, bruises, broken bones, and even fully formed scars (a biological impossibility) that were not there before the abduction.
  • When returned, people sometimes have their clothes on inside out or backward, or they are wearing someone else’s clothes. In these cases, they clearly remember dressing themselves correctly beforehand.
  • Most of what abductees describe has no antecedents in popular culture.
  • The abduction phenomenon cuts across all social, political, religious, educational, intellectual, economic, racial, ethnic, and geographic lines.
  • The abduction phenomenon is global. People describe the same things in the same detail worldwide, regardless of cultural differences.
  • Abductions occur at all times of the day and night, depending on access to the abductees and when they will be least missed. Abductees need not be sleeping.
  • Abductions begin in childhood and continue with vary­ing frequency into old age.
  • The abduction phenomenon is intergenerational. The children of abductees often themselves report being abductees, as do their children.
  • Abductions are unrelated to alcohol or drugs…






“To study the self is to forget the self.”

by Eihei Dogen

As all things are buddhadharma, there are delusion, realization, practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings. As myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death. The Buddha way, in essence, is leaping clear of abundance and lack; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.

To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening. 

Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas; those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings. Further, there are those who continue realizing beyond realization and those who are in delusion throughout delusion.

When buddhas are truly buddhas, they do not necessarily notice that they are buddhas. However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddha. 

When you see forms or hear sounds, fully engaging body-and-mind, you intuit dharma intimately. Unlike things and their reflections in the mirror, and unlike the moon and its reflection in the water, when one side is illumined, the other side is dark.

To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind, as well as the bodies and minds of others, drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.

When you first seek dharma, you imagine you are far away from its environs. At the moment when dharma is authentically transmitted, you are immediately your original self.

When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind, you might suppose that your mind and essence are permanent. When you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that nothing at all has unchanging self. 

Firewood becomes ash, and it does not become firewood again. Yet, do not suppose that the ash is after and the firewood before. Understand that firewood abides in its condition as firewood, which fully includes before and after, while it is independent of before and after. Ash abides in its condition as ash, which fully includes before and after. Just as firewood does not become firewood again after it is ash, you do not return to birth after death.

This being so, it is an established way in buddhadharma to deny that birth turns into death. Accordingly, birth is understood as beyond-birth. It is an unshakable teaching in the Buddha’s discourse that death does not turn into birth. Accordingly, death is understood as beyond-death.

Birth is a condition complete this moment. Death is a condition complete this moment. They are like winter and spring. You do not call winter the beginning of spring, nor summer the end of spring.

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass or even in one drop of water.

Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not crush the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky…





“Dude, man, let’s like, start a revolution, maaaaan…”

by Jay Dyer, Contributor,Waking Times

The Matrix, as I’ve joked many times, is one of those perennial topics in philosophy 101 classes that tends to evoke the most inane and mindless “philosophizing” by the mind-warped morass of modern morlocks. Yet still, it is a film that is packed with esoteric symbolism, philosophy, “predictive programming,” and all other manner of poppy culture engineering. In this analysis, we are going to go elucidate themes, motifs and symbols missed by other sites, as we consider one of the system’s principal works of self-flattery. Interestingly, of all films to analyze in the way sites like mine do, this the most obvious seems forgotten in the haze of the now umpteen hundred Eyes Wide Shut analyses.

The Matrix begins with a computerized image of the Warner Bros. logo, a phone ring, and a conversation between Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) about watching “him” (Neo, Keanu Reeves), and whether the line is secure. The implication is that the communications are all surveilled (think of how few knew of the mass NSA surveillance that existed at the time the film was released). The viewer sees the screen morph into 1s and 0s and the now-famous green screen code. From the outset, this is to signify that the audience, as with Eyes Wide Shut, is in the dark. It is the movie going public that is about to enter into the videodrome “matrix,” as they step into the theater to see what will be a largely CGI Hollywood production. The audience is not only stepping into the matrix of the videodrome, but as the overall message of the film will convey, lives out lives occupied almost entirely in an engineered world of simulated reality. In this regard, The Matrix will operate on multiple levels, from the conspiratorial/geo-political, to the psychological, to the metaphysical.

In the first scene, the viewer is shown a motel called “Heart O’ The City,” where bumbling police enter room “303.” Numerology does play into the film, especially since binary code is the very heart of computers. “303” is the equivalent of 33, and Trinity is caught trying to dial into the “real world” to escape her inner-matrix watching of Neo. Alchemy and numerology place a high value on the number 33, being the highest degree of Scottish Rite Masonry. Manly P. Hall speaks of 33 as highly significant for alchemy because 3×3=9, the number of the emanations from the One, and conversely as the number of initiation. We can therefore speculate that, given the many examples of masonic and occult symbols and referents in the film, this is very likely the paradigm from which the film was crafted. The heart is also crucial to alchemy, inasmuch as the heart and intellect must combine to produce balance. “Trinity” is also a triadic symbol and name, so the usage is not accidental. Trinity will function as the feminine principle to Neo’s masculine principle, as they join to complete the alchemical mystical union in the trilogy of Matrix films. Trinity here is not used here in the common Christian sense, it is meant in the sense of a gnostic feminine principle, sophia.

Agent Smith and his cronies quickly arrive and exemplify jurisdictional control over the local police: In terms of actual politics they represent the shadow intelligence establishment. The Matrix will operate on one level as an allegory for this intelligence world. The Agents are controlled by cold, calculating numeric logic, with no empathy or emotion. Through an “informant” (Cypher), they had intercepted the transmission and are on the case of tracking down this “Neo.” In the next scene, we see Neo and some interesting images appear on his computer screen in his apartment. An image of “Morpheus,” said by “British Intelligence to be an international terrorist” on the run from authorities. Given the hints at 9/11 that are in the film which premiered in 1999, we can surmise this was intentional as another key to unlocking the multiple layers of meaning and “programming.” Morpheus is shown as wanted by Arab news sites like An-Nahar, giving the impression Morpheus is a bin Laden-esque “terrorist.” On a deeper, esoteric level, the establishment was weaving into the narrative hints and clues to 9/11, especially with the infamous date on Neo’s file.

Neo is asleep listening to Massive Attack on his headphones, and the lyrics are “Feels like something I’ve done before….” This will be meaningful later in the film, as the narrative the trilogy presents is one of cyclical history. Neo is not the first “Neo,” but one among a series of avatars and Neos that had previously come before. On his screen appears a sudden message telling him to wake up because the matrix has him. This is “waking up” in the Buddhist sense of “enlightenment,” as the film will also be filled with ideas from far eastern philosophy. Neo’s apartment is shown as “101,” the very image of binary code, and he is instructed to follow the “white rabbit,” a reference to Alice in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland is also a classic allegory for both the intelligence world, the conspiracy world, mind control and the psyche and its journey, as well as having other esoteric connotations that fit perfectly with the interpretation presented here. Neo then meets visitors who pay him for his hacking skills and invite him to a skanky goth bar. Neo opens Baudrillard’s book Simulacra & Simulation to the chapter “On Nihilism” where he hides his stolen data and sees the rabbit tattoo on his friend’s shoulder. He decides to “unplug” and go out to the goth bar and there meets Trinity…





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