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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 New Moon was 15 degrees of Pisces this morning (March 6th PST). A conjunction to Pisces’ ruling planet Neptune has been greatly intensified the energy surrounding this week and day. Neptune is the planet of higher aspirations, visions and sometimes confusion and deception. Pisces can be wise and compassionate or a martyr and one who avoids facing reality.

In addition, Mercury just went Retrograde at the last degree of Pisces on March 5th and Uranus has made it’s re-entry into the earth sign of Taurus where it will transit until April of 2026. Shocks, reversals and changes of plans have been occurring and may still be expected during the next few days.

This New Moon is a rather intense one. It squares it’s original planetary ruler Jupiter which is currently transiting Sagittarius. Some of the themes that may be widely experienced and may need to be dealt with immediately are a trespassing of boundaries, extreme narcissism, thievery, manipulation, emotional blackmail. Some may be drawn more toward tending of those who are sick, homeless or otherwise destitute.

Whatever is happening during this time requires some major adjustments and probably a few upgrades. Positive manifestations could include creative inspiration, generosity, fertility, prosperity, emotional release and spiritual attunement. Things should mellow out a bit this weekend when the Moon enters Taurus, especially Sunday and Monday.

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.

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.

Chiron’s final sweep through the last degree of Pisces accentuates all the qualities of this sign, both positive and negative. It makes everything pertaining to the Piscean themes of sacrifice, addiction, escapism, transcendence, loss, and alternate realities seem more intense and awesome. Whatever is going on now and has been since the beginning of the month seems more consuming, painful, magical, or nebulous than usual. Some people are blissfully carrying on while for others everything just…hurts. Really bad.

The good news is that this too shall pass. Hang in there. Every day is a new day. Remember that failure is sometimes what ultimately leads to success and greater understanding. Good fortune could be just around the corner. When one door closes another one opens.

Pisces is a water sign, ruled by Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter pertains to travel, the higher mind, education, expansion and opportunities. Neptune relates to water, illusions, mirrors, tears. Weather and water related disasters have been extreme and emotions have been running high. Dreams are vivid and strange.

There may be many completions that you’ve been struggling to make with people, places, things, habits, feelings or ideas. It’s time to let go and move on. Trust the inner voice of wisdom that speaks to you from within your heart. Your place in the universe is unique and you may not realize how it helps those around you.

The Wounded Healer comet has been transiting Pisces since April of 2010. It briefly entered Aries last year, in April 2018 but then went Retrograde moving back into Pisces on September 26. It will reenter Aries on February 18th and transit this sign until 2027. More on this transit later.

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