Jude's Threshold

A Tapestry Blog of Astrology, Politics, Art, and Social Concerns

Draft in America? Five for the Dance

Follow http://cosmicpersonadesigns.blogspot.com/2007/07/five-for-dance.html

for a peek at a smidge of artwork, Five for the Dance. I perpetrated this drawing with Prismacolor Oil and Rexel Derwent Watercolour pencils and it has a ballet-esque flavor which you might find appealing especially if you love the dahnce.

And you may as well know that the Muse de Bad Poetry lighted upon my brow earlier today and caused a Stars Over Washington post with poem + instituting-the-draft info here:


so there you go:  art, poetry, and war grumpiness to be found with very little effort on your part! Why are you still here? ;p


Jude’s Threshold – Welcome!

Hello and Welcome to Jude’s Threshold!

Tonight I’ve signed up with WordPress for the first time–but I’m already blogging here and there like on Political Astrology at: http://www.starsoverwashington.com where you’ll find opinion and starry-based comments on America, on Washington DC, and on the politicians who infest them…it’s got a certain linky richness, and videos, too!

From the Astrology sites’n’blogs of my esteemed colleagues to Politics and articles of all sorts…check out my stellar Links List at Stars Over Washington.

Then you’ll find cosmic and archetypal art to be viewed at: http://cosmicpersonadesigns.blogspot.com   IF you’re 17+, that is! (no cheating please–there’s enough of that in Washington);

But everyone may view my latest Moon Art drawings at http://secretmoonart.blogspot.com  or read Mr.A. Cat’s rather ill-humored, politically inspired limericks plus view a few spiffy cat photos of merit if you slink on over to http://limslimericks.blogspot.com.

And if you like tropical fish — which must be appreciated while the oceans still have any, that is — check out http://dreamyfishart.blogspot.com where my drawings attempt to blend the reality of Saturnian form–botanically-drawn fish portraits–with Neptune’s nebulous dreams, because fish dream, too. And because Neptune’s realm is the sea, and because I’m fond of lovely fish who dream themselves into colorful and fanciful surroundings.

Also I have a new ‘tapestry blog’ woven of various themes containing articles, photos, artwork, news links, Astrology links, and more at Two Hours You’ll Never Get Back, yet not to fret – checking it out won’t hog up a full two hours unless you’re a very s l o w reader.

Before I mosey there are a few words to say about this blog’s title:  Jude’s Threshold.

Threshold is a word associated with the planet Saturn as ‘Guardian of the Threshold’ as it relates to what Astrology and other systems call The Call to Adventure.

Saturn is known by many names:

the taskmaster, the lesson-bringer, Old Man Saturn, the senex, Cronos or Kronos…and then there’s no one’s favorite: The Grim Reaper.

He guards the threshold of experience and the Next Step–the Choice at the Crossroads–and will never bring loss where it is not warranted and timely.

In fact, he often brings long-term rewards for long-term efforts — not the Jupiter kind of reward, because Jupiter’s kind is winning the lottery, or the great job offer you get because your brother works for the company.

You know, it’s the gift for little if any effort expended, always nice, but often short-lived. And this must be why lottery winnings seldom last past the first year or so, no matter how large the treasure…that’s why people often say, easy come, easy go. Because it does.

Now a good example of a difficult Saturn transit  (a word for when a planet ‘visits’ or reaches a point or another planet’s zodiacal position) is when the Old Man conjuncts (crosses, or tromps upon) our natal (birth) Ascendant, the rising point in the chart which represents the person, the physical body, the self.

The Ascendant describes the mask (persona) which is: how we see the world and how the world sees us. Whew! Does that make sense or am I babbling? Okay, I’m babbling sense, if you’ll but take it that way.

So when Saturn crosses/transits our Ascendant (ASC), he brings regret for past mistakes and an unavoidable accountability for them, along with extra responsibilities, fear, and perhaps paranoia as well. And yes, achy bones including teeths, and/or itchy conditions, for Saturn rules the skeletal system, the choppers, and the skin.

My prime example for this transit was during Hurricane Katrina’s devastation when Saturn conjuncted George Bush’s natal ASC…and we heard him utter, for the first time EVER, that he was ‘accountable’ for the sorry response to Americans dying in attics, stranded without food, water, or assistance (thanks to the ‘reorganizing’ of FEMA, brought to us by the Bush administration and its higher ups.)

Past mistakes? I’ll say. Still ongoing, too, although New Orleans seems to be doing better of late – hurrah! 

(For Bush, this transit also involves the misdirected energies expended on invading Iraq, but that’s too much to encompass with this mere introductory post tonight.)

Well, Saturn/Katrina/Bush’s ASC is a pretty harsh example, but Saturn can be harsh when his gravitas (another of Saturn’s words, as is gravity!) is not respected and his lesson of responsibility is taken too lightly. For along with authority comes responsibility and I suspect the buck that once uprightly stopped at the Oval Office’s desk was a Saturnian buck, don’t you? Realistic Saturn prefers things on the up-and-up which is a real challenge for Washington, isn’t it?

Recognizing Saturn’s gifts isn’t always easy…that would be one of Jupiter’s favorite lofty and happy-go-lucky words…easy! But Saturn’s serious note adds to life’s symphony as no other energy can for where would an orchestra be without the tuba and the bass bassoon?

Written by Jude Cowell

May 20, 2007 at 2:11 am

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