Archive for April 7th, 2011


Neptune in Pisces: The Scoop on the Big Blue

April 7, 2011

Neptune through adaptive optics

Image Credit: Utahskies

Neptune, the 8th planet, almost star-like in binoculars, shows it’s beautiful blue color in telescopes. Neptune gets this beautiful blue coloring from a layer of Methane in its upper atmosphere.  ~ Source The Utah Skies Report

Astrologists Round-Table

Aquarius Papers ~ Fact Checking and Separating Fact from Opinion

Aquarius Papers ~ Neptune in Pisces

Neptune and Collective Mythologies ~ AstroTableTalk

A Place in Space ~ Neptunian Survival Tricks (and the Magic of Disillusionment)

Brian Clark ~ Pelion: The Land Apollo Loved

Stirring the Pot

 In Australian Slang, “blue” means to make a mistake (I made a blue with the paperwork); or to have a fight (I had a blue with the old man).  Esoteric Astrology places Neptune as the ruler of Cancer, with Pluto as the ruler of Pisces. I do wonder, in the reviewing of the collective mythologies, if the mythologies of astrology will be subject to an overhaul?  Only seems fair, right? 

Seems to me that Neptune in Pisces could translate into a lot of Pluto do-doo in the Fourth House.  Pooper-scoopers at 12 paces!

PooperScooper Barbie

Neptune In Cancer ~ Always Astrology

The generation born just before World War I had Neptune in Cancer. The fantasies will tend to be more emotional in nature and center around things connected with the sign of Cancer ~ such as domestic matters and homeland ~ Bob Marks

Neptune: Brainstorming normal

 From Parallel Perception: Shamanic Dreaming: I am the dreamer who dreamt my child, who was taught by the Dream Maker, the old nagual Lujan. He taught my child and my child returned to me, the dreamer, who became the awakened man that transmits the inner child through the stories of the dreams. The Dream Maker is my benefactor. He found me in the dream of an adult.

I was in a building, in an elevator on the eightieth floor, when enormous fear engulfed me – I knew the elevator was going to plummet to the ground and suddenly I was traveling downwards at a massive speed. I bent my legs and grabbed hold of the railing, afraid that my legs would be snapped backwards at the knees from the impact, and as I braced myself I heard an explosion and a thunderous sound manifested all around me. I had arrived and was not injured at all. [Read more]

Neptune Rocks!

 Image Credit: Cognitive Dissonance

all the leaves are brown
and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
on a winter’s day

I’d be safe and warm
if I was in L.A
California Dreamin’
on such a winter’s day

stopped into a church
I passed along the way
well, I got down on my knees
and I pretend to pray

you know the preacher likes the cold
he knows I’m gonna stay
California Dreamin’
on such a winter’s day

all the leaves are brown
and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk
on a winter’s day

if I didn’t tell her
I could leave today
California Dreamin’
on such a winter’s day

~ California Dreamin’ , 1965

The Mamas &  the Papas


The Symbols of HeLa

April 7, 2011

Three-color staining of HeLa cells

Image Credit: Invitrogen™

The Muse

When the exact time of Henrietta Lack’s death in 1951 was provided in Rebecca Skloot’s biography, I knew I would be too curious to not look at the natal chart for the birth of the HeLa cell line.  I’m still working this, using the Kozminsky Symbols for a change, however the Sabian Symbols are fascinating too.

My perception is that the natal chart of HeLa, speaks very much to the journey of Dr George Gey, who propagated this immortal cell line, distributing it freely and without compensation to the researchers and laboratories, who did profit from HeLa. 

Speaking of George, reminds me of the symbol for the Transneptunian Zeus at 27° Leo

Kozminsky Symbol

27º Leo: A bleeding hand holding a thorny orange branch on which the fruit is growing.

Denotes one who will be compelled to gain experience through suffering, losses, and deceit. He is sincere and affectionate, and will sacrifice much to help another. He is aided, patronized, and advanced, and from his former sufferings his fame springs. It is a symbol of Approval.

Sabian Symbol

27º Leo: Daybreak – the luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky.

Transforming power of creative impulses as they bring ideas to concrete manifestation. Stirring to opportunity. Soul-power.
 NB: On October 4 1951, when Henrietta Lacks “died” and HeLa was born, the Sun was transiting Leo conjunct the natal Zeus.  The HeLa cell line is propagated from the cancer cells that grow like crabgrass.


 HeLa born on Thursday, 4 October 1951. Baltimore, MD. 

Asclepius, Neptune and IC, all in Libra, share the same degree 19° Libra:

Kozminsky Symbol

A lion rising from the blood of a wounded soldier.

Denotes one of powerful and active mind and magical knowledge who knows the extent of his own force and ability, and, knowing it, he concentrates and suffers to give birth to an ideal of strength and nobleness combined-a strength and nobleness fitted to govern men and to demonstrate even to the weak that the concretion of abilities is the key to individual greatness. It is a symbol of Mastery.

Sabian Symbol

19º Libra: A gang of robbers in hiding.

Protest against the perpetuation of unearned social privileges and wealth. Repudiation of bondage. Challenge to custom.

Hygiea and North Node in Pisces, in the 8th House, share 10° Pisces:

Kozminsky Symbol

10º Pisces: A man sweeping together quicksilver which has fallen from a dish and has scattered in all directions.

Denotes one of an active, volatile mind, alert and restless, possessing knowledge and the power to acquire knowledge. There is, however, danger of his ideas leaving him and being scattered in parts where they are not appreciated. When he fully recognizes the gift with which he has been blessed he will by concentration draw it unto himself and bestow it on those who will hold it to advantage. It is a symbol of Teaching.

Sabian Symbol

10º Pisces: An aviator in the clouds.

Transcendence of normal problems. Gaining of celestial responsibilities. Consummation of the highest ideals. Coronation

Separation anxiety

The Daughter

Deborah Lacks first learned of her mother’s legacy when, at age 23, she was contacted by researchers performing genetic tests on her family, according to Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The book, released yesterday, traces the legacy of a medical breakthrough from the donor tissue and the tissue donor’s family to technological and legal innovations. “It’s so much more than a science book,” Skloot says. “It’s about the people involved in the science.”

Henrietta Lacks, an African-American farmer from Roanoke Virginia, died of cervical cancer in 1951 at age 31. A sample of cancer cells taken from Henrietta during treatment — without her knowledge — grew in culture and produced the first immortal cell line, known as HeLa (for Henrietta’s initials). HeLa cells are ubiquitous in the biological sciences due to their so-called immortal properties, such as being able to grow or divide indefinitely and withstand freezing. The cells were used in creating the polio vaccine and have also been involved in controversial experiments that gave rise to bioethics legislation.

Henrietta died when Deborah was two years old, and Deborah didn’t know anything about HeLa cells until a researcher called the family in 1973 to ask if they would donate blood for genetic testing. The researchers wanted to find genetic markers with which to identify the HeLa line. HeLa cells had contaminated other cell cultures and researchers hoped that DNA from the Lacks family would help sort out what was what.

[Deborah died in 2009, before the book about her mother was published. A very troubled woman, Deborah died peacefully at home of a heart attack, smiling.  Her family felt she was glad to be with her elder sister Elsie, who died in 1955,  and  her mother, Henrietta. ]