Trivium Today

John-Logan explains the importance of using the art of Trivium which includes grammar, logic and rhetoric – in debates, arguments and conversations in an age of social media and political and social divide.

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The “Guilt Trip” as a form of Psychic Attack

There are as many forms of psychic attack as there are personality types in this world. One of them is the famous “guilt trip” in which a person takes out their frustrations on another person who failed to meet their egoic and usually childish demands. Everyone has experienced being either on the receiving end or the giving end of a guilt trip. Many have experienced both.

An example of how a guilt trip might play out is the following scenario:

A widowed mother gets used to her 38 year old son swinging by on Saturdays to bring her food, mow the lawn, walk the dog, and fix whatever things have fallen apart in the house. One Saturday he gets called to an important business meeting. He calls her that morning to explain that he won’t be able to make it this time and apologizes that he won’t be making it. She is very displeased and in a whiny tone she accuses him of not letting her know much sooner that he wouldn’t be able to make it, because she was planning a huge meal and wanted to introduce her to one of her friends that day. He had no idea about what he would be missing, but he did in all fairness call her as soon as he knew about his change of plans. He goes to the meeting, feeling queasy the whole time, with the weight of guilt upon his shoulders. He replays the conversation that was had over and over like a broken record inside his head, questioning his own morality. He wants to leave the meeting early so he can placate his mother, but simultaneously feels anxious and afraid of what kinds of things she will say. She pretends to be very hurt while holding a grudge and insinuating that he was very inconsiderate to her and that his actions threw her whole entire schedule off. She has taken zero responsibility for her frustrations, and obviously has come to take his services for granted, as though he should feel obligated to do such things for her. In his tension and anxiety he comes up with another excuse to avoid her the following Saturday and the guilt trips intensify via telephone messages. He feels like a horrible son, but at the same time a bit relieved. She brews with toxic anger and pushes him away for awhile… until he falls back into her trap.

There are of course a multitude of ways that guilt trips can be laid. People lay guilt trips according to their own temperaments. A guilt trip can come from a person of nearly any age, race or gender. It can be subtle and difficult to identify or or outright obnoxious.

Types of Guilt Trips

  • The “Silent Treatment”
  • Playing the strong victim – crying, whining, complaining
  • The passive aggressive guilt trip – it was all a set-up from the start
  • Anger, insults, accusations
  • Emotional blackmail (leads to verbal abuse or physical violence) – the vengeful guilt trip
  • Sometimes all of the above, but in stages, not necessarily in order

Although guilt itself serves a specific function in the human psyche it can also undermine one’s confidence, energy levels with the ability to focus and make rational decisions. One major problem with guilt is that the people who have done the most harm tend to have the least amount of it, if they have any at all. The other portion of the population suffers enormously with the burden of guilt looming in their subconscious that they have internalized from parents and other adults and caretakers from a very young age. Some people learned early on how to toy with other people’s guilt reflexes in order to manipulate them. Those are the people you need to watch out for.

People are not just guilt tripped by individuals but in some cases by their general community or by the country they were born in. Remember, “The majority is not always right.”

In order to defend yourself against a guilt trip you first need to understand what and how another person is targeting your weaknesses. They know you well enough to know what your triggers are and where you feel inadequate. They know if you feel like you owe them something and they will continuously tug on the cord they have hooked into you. You may or may not actually owe them something but this should be clarified as soon as possible. If you do owe, then pay them off immediately and cut the cord that exists between you. If you don’t, then cut the cord. Yes that is easier said than done. Here are suggestions for doing so.

Tell them you are done interacting with them, or that you are taking a long break. Don’t bother to explain why because they will only use your explanations against you. Trying to reason with a person who is in the mode of doling out a guilt trip is like trying to reason with a drunk person.

If they are aggressive and won’t take no for an answer block their number. If they intrude upon your living and working environment notify them that if they do it again you will file a restraining order. If they cross that boundary again, follow through with your word. Do not make this statement if you don’t intend to follow through! Your hollow threats will be used against you.

Take a long bath or shower yourself. Light a candle and some incense. Listen to your favorite album.

Take a vibrational flower essence of Black Cohosh for releasing toxic people from your life.

Hold, wear or place Turquoise, Aquamarine, Amazonite and other stones with similar blue-green colors in your environment. They can help you speak your truth and protect you from the lies and accusations of others.

Defending yourself is especially tricky when the person who guilt trips you is your spouse or other close relative. It may not be appropriate to just eliminate that person from your life altogether but it’s important to establish healthy boundaries in your relationships to these people. There is no substitute for knowing your own psychology well enough to control your reactions and steer your own course. Discrimination is key.

New Age Deceptions and Tools of Destruction

I have learned from many teachers on this subject. Some of you have been heavily steeped in New Age while others avoid it like the plague. Some don’t openly express their orientations and others simply aren’t affiliated. I’m certainly not the first to notice and outline these details in depth. Although I have spoken a bit about the New Age movement in a podcast with astrologer Willow, this is my first time compiling a written list of its many deceptions.

a joke that summarizes the New Age

What the New Age is and what it does:

  • The New Age is an umbrella term used to describe a broad range of ideas, products, and musical styles that weave various beliefs and practices from different cultures that have been popularized in Western nations since the 1960s. Since that time, numerous New Age cults have gained widespread public interest. During the New Age emergence, self help books, Tarot cards, astrology, and alternative forms of healing became more socially accepted. This was in many ways helpful in people’s mental, psychic and spiritual evolution. What also occurred was increased experimentation with psychoactive substances, unprotected sex with multiple partners, and occult rituals which wound up causing permanent damage either physically or psychically or both. Examples of New Age ideologies include those of the book and movie, “The Secret”, the channeled messages of Abraham, alterations of Christian beliefs and and Buddhist practices designed to compliment the modern lifestyle and mindset. Thinking positive, forgiving everyone, destroying the ego and casually calling upon angelic beings for various purposes are all encouraged – despite complications that may ensue.

  • The movement was largely introduced and heavily influenced by the author and occultist Alice Bailey. She was among the first public speakers to mention the New Age and also frequently spoke of the New World Order. Born in England in 1880, she married a 33 degree Freemason and eventually gained a great deal of prominence the Theosophical Society. Although she claimed that her work was a continuum of H.P. Blavatsky’s work, it was a contradiction to much of the Theosophical work and research that had been done before her. Unlike Blavatsky, she did not create elaborate references in her books to credit the sources that inspired her. The majority of her books were said to be channeled or telepathically dictated to her by “Master Djwhal Khul”. Bailey wrote a series of books on “Esoteric Astrology” which combined astrological symbolism and very far-fetched New Age ideas together in a matter-of-fact way. This work was said to be the “basic occult science for the future”. Well, that’s a confident statement.

    In “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy” she informs readers that the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima was a good day for humanity and that the new atomic presence in the atmosphere will help to “quicken the dawning of the New Age”. To offer an idea of where much of the New Age mumbo jumbo of today may have begun (you know, like when you hear someone waxing poetic about how suffering has a cosmic purpose that elevates the soul to the seventh dimension and if you just spin your anus chakras 3x per day you will conquer the dragon and ascend to the next level of cognizance), the Hiroshima bomb was “the greatest spiritual event which has taken place since the fourth kingdom of nature, the human kingdom, appeared…” Not to mention “the Second World War, “with all its unspeakable horrors, its cruelties, and its cataclysmic disasters – was but the broom of the Father of all, sweeping away obstructions in the path of His returning Son.” Need I say more? Reference link – https://blavatskytheosophy.com/14-good-reasons-to-reject-the-alice-bailey-teachings/ Bailey also happened to believe that world leaders are under the sway of a “benevolent” spiritual hierarchy. Nothing said of world leaders could be further from the truth!

  • The New Age world view is seen through rose colored glasses – no matter how widespread the atrocities, how deep the injuries, how severe the injustice. Ugliness and crime can all be overlapped with positive thinking, “transcended”, “forgiven”, or “transformed” with special magical techniques. The New Age theme song might as well be Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.

  • Promotes the dissolution of boundaries – the ideas that “We are One” and “All is Love” no matter what, no matter what, no matter what. Preaches tolerance like a mantra. Utilizes hypnosis. Indirectly or directly promotes infidelity, loose sexuality, polyamory, the destruction of the family unit between mother, father and child/children, and in individuals the loss of true selfhood (self knowledge and self respect).

  • Tends to foster narcissism and the “holier than thou” attitude that resembles the very religious hierarchies and fanaticism that New Agers pretend to reject. In doing so they create a new hierarchy and engage in constant virtue signaling. They claim to be open-minded but once they are hooked into a certain ideology they cling rigidly to it. In so doing they form their own cults.

  • Glorifies image above inner truth and beauty, but pretends to glorify the spirit above matter. Uses glamour in the name of spirituality. Ultimately desecrates spirituality. Bastardizes the use of crystals, yoga and natural healing so that they become trendy. This is not to criticize those who use these modalities but to criticize the way that nothing is sacred in society – everything is whored.

    Angelic imagery, fairies, unicorns and various pantheons are frequently exploited. Authors who teach manifestation skills with an emphasis on self-fulfillment or lecture on how to highlight the positive and ignore the negative are regarded as all-knowing and wise. Famous people in the music and movie industries who promote New Age ideas and practices are worshiped as idols or regarded as heroes. Children are encouraged to emulate these people.

  • Expertly camouflages itself as the opposite of what it truly is. Hides behind long established religions and their dogmas, terminologies and traps. Borrows sacred traditions from various ethnicities. Poses as philosophical, truth-seeking, and compassionate but steals from philosophy while furthering the destruction of intuition and moral values in individuals and nations. According to the New Age, evil does not exist.

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Astrology and the California Fires

California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850 after the Mexican War and a treaty was signed between Mexico and the United States. Its first capitol was situated in San Jose, so this is the location used for casting an astrological chart for California. The Golden State was birthed during a conjunction between Uranus and Pluto at 29 degrees of Aries, which marked an extremely volatile period in history.

Uranus represents change and Pluto represents the masses. The 29th degree is the final degree of any sign, with the greatest impact, especially when it comes to world events. California came into being in the midst of the Gold Rush, and people came from all across the globe to witness and partake of the radically shifting economy.

When these fires started, Jupiter was at 29 degrees of Libra was making an exact opposition to California’s Uranus and Pluto at 29 degrees of the fire sign Aries. With Jupiter, things happen on a massive scale and magnitude. It was said that 9,133 fires burned 1,381,405 acres of land. The fires raged through several cities, destroying entire neighborhoods in Lake, Napa, Butte, Mendocino, Solano and Sonoma counties. In December of 2017 Southern California was also hit by a series of fires that were exacerbated by unusually powerful Santa Ana winds. These fires forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes, as the largest fires burned approximately 307, 900 acres of land.

Uranus’s exact Return occurred in early May of 2018. By this time many Californians had long been dislocated, in search of their new homes, or already living in different states and countries. Some lost everything they had and to this day are struggling to reintegrate back into some sense of normalcy.

Curiously a second series of fires began shortly after Uranus Retrograde moved back into Aries from Taurus at 29 degrees this year on November 6th. 2018, forming a Grand Cardinal square to the nodal axis which just moved into Cancer/Capricorn on November 7th and Venus Retrograde in Libra. This second series of massive fires struck California on November 8th with the Camp Fire in Paradise, Northern California being by far the deadliest fire ever. Over a thousand people are still missing. Beginning that same week there were fires raging throughout Malibu and Ventura county in Southern California, with yet more staggering destruction of buildings and homes in addition to land. It was determined that the Malibu fires were started by humans.

California’s first Uranus return occurred between 1933 – 1934, as the United States slowly began to emerge from the Great Depression. Coinciding with the early inklings of this transit, California experienced the first of its most deadly fires to date on October 3rd of 1933 in Griffith Park, Los Angeles which killed 29 people. On a similar note, earlier that year on March 10th there was a huge earthquake in Long Beach, Los Angeles. Some say the quake was actually caused by early oil drilling methods.

By now most of us have seen images throughout the internet of California’s fire damage, spotting the strange patterns of metals, wood and other constructs burnt to a crisp, leaving rows of trees still standing. It is claimed that DEW, standing for direct energy weapons have been purposely aimed at the land to make way for new railroads as part of the Agenda 21 rollout plan. Many argue that this is just part of a huge conspiracy theory. As a California native I witnessed much of this destruction with my own eyes, and with every fiber of my being know that these fires were not and are not mere “wild fires”.

One has to ask if California was engineered in such a way as to conduct widespread social experiments on people from all races and walks of life, from day one. These experiments may seem harmless in and of themselves but have long been used for nefarious ends by the elite who profit from our ignorance and chaos.

Uranus will make it’s third and final hit to 29 degrees of Aries during late February and early March, before it moves into Taurus on March 6th of 2019. Uranus transitions have seldom been easy but so much damage has already been done…hopefully the North Node in Cancer helps people and animals to regain stability and to find comfortable homes.

I did what little I could to help my community recover from the fires while living in California but now I must simply hope and pray for the safety of all my loved ones and all of the innocent lives in this state being impacted in such huge ways. Even if we don’t have definite answers to what’s going on, we will benefit from exploring the possibilities and acting according to what we find.

Surviving Scorpio Season in 2018

Scorpio season is known as the “scariest” if not most sensitive and emotionally charged time of year. It rules the Tarot card Death, which symbolizes closure, irrevocable change and transformation, sometimes actual physical death.

Death is a certain point or phase that has been reached on the Fool’s journey of self-discovery that is represented by both Tarot cards and the Zodiac. He or she suddenly experiences a mysterious emptiness. There may be overwhelming feelings of sadness for known or unknown reasons. Within view is a skeleton on a white horse, and a rising sun in the distance. This figure of death is a messenger of what has been, what is and what is yet to come. Steps cannot be skipped. Grief must be processed before moving on. All that is certain is that something new will eventually be born out of the old.

                                     Death

Death can mean so many things and there is a reason why death often causes people to think more of life itself. As people brush close to death or experience the loss of something or someone they held dear they may reach deeper in their heart or mind for meaning. When there is loss there is gain – as the saying goes when one door another one opens. There is no birth without death or death without birth. They are interlinked. For this reason Scorpio is associated with both death and sex. Sex is what brings forth new life. 

In any case, the end of a specific phase of life has been reached and must be acknowledged. Ancient ones honored such endings with rites of passage. It can be helpful in this modern day to recreate rituals that help us to psychologically and physically make the shift from one way of life to another, weather the shift relates to age, relationships, livelihood or other circumstances. My own shift is recently having relocated from America to the Netherlands. Even if this doesn’t become my permanent home, it represents the end of a chapter of life, in no uncertain terms.

Flower Essences to Support Radical Change

There are several flower essences that can help to emotionally, mentally, and spiritually make life altering shifts and to cope with deep loss and even death itself. These are just a few that may be useful during this time.

  • Angel’s Trumpet – This is a flower essence that assists making conscious shifts between the worlds. It can be of support during major life transitions. It can also be a source of comfort during the time of death.
  • Borage – Borage essence brings courage and joy to the heart. It may be especially helpful when there is impending death of a pet or loved one, or even immediately after the loss has occurred. It may serve as an emotional balm, gently softening the harsh stab of loss and grief.
  • Walnut – the Bach flower remedy that is most often taken to promote mental stability right before, during and after home or work relocations, divorce and break-ups, and the death of loved ones.

Scorpio Transits

The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23rd with a Full Moon in its opposite sign Taurus to follow on the 24th. Adding to the intensity of this year’s Scorpio season are the transits of a Retrograde Venus and Jupiter’s final degrees in this sign. These are further heightened now by Mercury also in Scorpio, soon to enter a Retrograde pre-shadow phase (Retrograde from November 17th until December 6th) in which it will move into Sagittarius and later back into Scorpio.

Venus Retrograde in Scorpio is dredging up many buried emotions, revealing the hidden motives or inner workings of people and things while causing tremendous introspection and reevaluation within the contexts of close interpersonal relationships. This is an incredibly heart wrenching time for some. Difficulties may not necessarily lie with significant others but the theme of revisiting personal values is likely to be present in partnerships. Issues around trust could spring up with just about anyone for any reason. Another area of great concern or focus could revolve around finances.

Jupiter has been in Scorpio since October 10th of 2017 and will complete this transit by November 8th. For the past twelve months many of us have been provided with ample space and experiences that have supported us in truly recognizing what’s working and not working in our lives. The whos and hows of deep betrayal both on micro and macro levels have become painfully obvious. At the same time we’ve been offered some amazing tools, resources, and information to make corrections and upgrades. Jupiter at the tail end of this trek through Scorpio indicates there is one last piece of the old life yet to leave behind before we can take bold actions moving forward. It may be the last piece but it’s not the least important. It may actually be the most huge and troublesome thing we missed earlier even though it was right in front of us the whole time. This awkward thing, whether real or symbolic, is so old that we’ve become quite accustomed to lugging it around. It’s time to ditch that shit.