My Dear Friends and Clients,

It always takes me a few days to decide whether I want to enter into the fray of commentaries about such a horrific event. It also depends on how busy I am at the time with my own work and travels.

After looking at the Astrology charts involved in this event I felt there were some useful things to be aware of as we process what took place at the Pulse nightclub that night.

I could say that, it seems to me, that the horrific events of June 12th were a long time coming.

There are always two levels at which we can view these kinds of events: the personal and the collective. We can look at what we know about the Astrology chart for Omar Mateen and see what personal dynamics and karma he was dealing with in his life. We can also look at the signs and symbols that give us clues as to what the collective lessons and messages are for us.

On the collective level there are the obvious factors. 49 dead more than that injured in a gay nightclub on Latino night, those being two of the minorities suffering from recent collective judgments and hatred lately. Donald Trump’s invective against Hispanics, and the local state battles against transgender members of the LGBT community’s right to use the bathroom of their choice.

My ‘long-time coming’ comment, however, is derived from an episode I saw on Saturday Night Live several years ago. There was a skit inspired by the televangelist Pat Robertson’s recent warning to the City of Orlando, which had just had a very prominent Rainbow Gay Pride Parade, to beware of having invoked God’s wrath, citing that that area is vulnerable to a lot of terrible hurricanes.

The skit on SNL, which I found hilarious at the time, was an elaborate ‘Christian Weather Report’ covering moral ‘hotspots’ around the country. Now I view the judgmental comments and warnings of Pat Robertson having gone out to a pretty large audience at that time more somberly.

As we know in the metaphysical community, everything is energy. All actions begin at the mental and emotional levels before manifesting at the physical level.

On June 13th, the day after the shooting, the planet Neptune, planet of unconditional love and compassion, but also of confusion, victimhood and martyrdom, stood still. We say Astrologically it ‘stationed, ‘ in this case, turning retrograde. This always gives the planet a much greater depth and intensity at the time of the station.

On June 17th, the day I am writing this, we have an exact squaring of the on-going Saturn/Neptune Square occurring this year. This symbolizes, as I said in my June forecast:

‘A peak moment of this on-going tension between that which you can touch and that which you can never touch.’

I would say that we saw this in the Saturnian hard-edged response of Donald Trump, creating the illusion that with his kind of Saturnian toughness the vulnerability of Neptunian victimhood can be totally controlled and defended against.

Those of us in the more Neptunian experience of the vulnerability of things, acknowledging the fact that no amount of immigration laws or gun control is going to give us complete protection from the kinds of forces which lead to this kind of event, have to face that vulnerability and the Neptunian ‘test of faith’ that that entails.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t try to do something Saturnian, especially around our national insanity around guns. I might point out, however, that Britain, a country with strict gun laws, had to experience the recent shooting of a member of Parliament as this Saturn/Neptune square was becoming exact.

I would also say that the freak event in these same days of a two year old boy being pulled into the Neptunian waters and swallowed by an alligator in the very city of Orlando is also an indicator that Saturnian control over any kind of vulnerability to the unseen and unknown is a complete illusion. The vulnerability is always there, especially as the world seems to be responding all over the place with the challenging ‘program’, which tends to manifest within any difficult Neptune aspect. This program is something I have repeated often. For those of you unfamiliar with what I call the ‘victim/victimizer’ program here is my explanation:

Simply put it is where, if you don’t want to be a victim, you feel your only option is to be a victimizer. And if you don’t want to be a victimizer and don’t see another way out, you tend to identify with being a victim. And to my mind there is no way out of this victim/victimizer program except one. That is the way of the positive side of the planet Neptune, to unconditional love and compassion, spiritual faith and surrender, to where there are no victims and victimizers. There are only us frightened little boys and girls doing the best we can with the karmic lessons we are dealing with.

This Saturn/Neptune square is clearly really stimulating this kind of ‘test’ right now. We can clearly see this in the heated debates in our political arena, the British ‘Brexit’ referendum, diverging attitudes towards refugees and several other instances around the world, and probably, within our own lives.

Hilarion has given us a valuable exercise to help us to avoid being trapped in the ‘victim/victimizer’, which I will share at the end of this newsletter.

In an effort to have some further insight into the significance of this particular event in Orlando we can look at the Astrology chart for the moment of the shooting. In this chart we can see that there was a virtual ‘Grand Cross’ of tension engaging the on-going Saturn/Neptune Square. The Moon was in analytical, at times critical, Virgo, and square, within one degree, to the Sun. The Sun was in intellectual, at times critical, Gemini. The Sun was also in the Gemini 3rd House of mind and intellect, and the Moon was in the Virgo 6th House of practical detailed work and service in daily life.

Orlando Pulse Shooting
CHART: Orlando Pulse Shooting

The Sun was widely square to Neptune and opposite Saturn. And the Moon was widely square to Saturn and opposite Neptune. These wide aspects or ‘orbs’ are warranted because, as Astrologer Liz Greene once said, it is because the Sun is so large and the Moon moves so fast.

At this moment of the first shots Saturn was in the 9th House of philosophy and belief system, which in an individual indicates someone who has, in previous lives, had difficulty in believing anything they couldn’t touch and need to develop a greater spiritual faith in this life.

Neptune was in the 12th House, the house of the hidden deeper unconscious. Clearly this moment catalyzed the personal and collective experience of all of these issues, and this is the ‘birthchart’ for the on-going lessons and legacy of this event.

One ‘clincher’ to this is the fact that the sign rising at the moment of the shooting, the self-image of this event, was the very first degree of the sign Aries, a sign ruled by Mars, the planet of courage and action, but also the God of War and the planet of violence and aggression.

I listen to a lot of National Public Radio and the BBC during my solitary life here in the mountains and I view all of the Gemini/Virgo, 3rd House/6th House energies in this chart as relatable to all of the intellectual, analytical obsession with the technical details and facts over what could have been done or can be done to fix this, all rather oblivious to the need to feel deeply what is really going on in the soul and psyche of the world right now, serving in some sense as a kind of ‘mental smokescreen’ of activity in dissociation to the deeper feelings and realities.

Omar Mateen

We do not have an exact birth time for Omar Mateen but there was a lot going on the day he was born and give us unique insights into the soul and psyche of this man, especially when understood through the Astrological Karmic pronouncements of the Master Hilarion*.

CHART: Omar Mateen

First of all, Omar Mateen was born with a Jupiter in Pisces in square to Saturn. For such an afflicted Jupiter in Pisces Hilarion says:

In affliction, Jupiter here tends to exaggerate sensitivity to the point sometimes of incapacitating the individual. The main lesson is balance and moderation in the emotional responses to the feelings that are picked up due to the increased sensitivity.

This Jupiter , being square to Saturn, would definitely set him up to be challenged by the ‘victim/victimizer’ program. In this present period of his life he was having probably the most intense ‘exams’ on this part of his chart. The Neptune in Pisces square Saturn going on in the sky for all of us, was hitting this Jupiter in Pisces square Saturn in his chart exactly. Neptune was about to conjunct his Jupiter, right after having squared his Saturn. And Saturn, having recently conjuncted his Saturn (the infamous ‘Saturn Return’), was about to square his Jupiter. This would certainly entail a pretty major test of his ability to rise above the victim/victimizer’ program. A test he obviously horribly failed.

There is more, however. The other major tension in Omar Mateen’s chart is a Sun/Mars/Moon ‘T-Square’. The Sun in opposition to the Moon (thus the Full Moon), but both the Sun and Moon are in square to Mars. One thing about that is the likelihood of violence or aggression in his childhood. He was reportedly both bullied by others and had a history of fights and aggression against others (being both victim and victimizer).

We don’t know the houses in his chart without a birth time, but there is nonetheless a very clear Scorpionic sexual theme here. He had the Sun in Scorpio conjunct Mercury in Scorpio and Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, conjunct Venus in Scorpio. That’s a lot of Scorpio.

Here are some Hilarion pronouncements for these placements:

Venus in Scorpio:

Scorpio Venus here, whether afflicted or not, is badly placed by sign. Scorpio is the detriment of Venus (opposite a sign it rules), and it is very difficult for the pure love feelings to manifest for anyone with this placement. Instead, the love nature tends to be clouded with physical urges, and the resulting passionate nature can and often does lead to sorrow through loss of the one for whom the affection is felt. The essential lesson here is to realize that love can be complete without having to manifest at the physical level as well. The emotional side of love is an integrated thing and does not need the physical side. This is not to say that the two must be divorced — quite the contrary. When a true love/affection relationship exists for a man and a woman at the purely emotional level, it natural that it should wish to express through the physical body as well. To deny such an expression will actually damage the emotional side in the long run. The trick is to see that the emotional side of love does not depend on or draw any strength from the physical side.

And for Mercury in Scorpio:

Scorpio Mercury here if afflicted brings a tendency to be mentally preoccupied with sexuality to an excessive degree. There is also a tendency to develop an “earthy” or sexy voice. The main lesson is to think less about sexual matters. Well-aspected, Mercury here gives an ability to do well financially.

The Mercury in Scorpio was afflicted by a square to Mars in Aquarius adding to the general theme around thinking and sexuality:

Aquarius Mars here is in a mental or airy sign, but one ruled by the combination of Saturn (original ruler) and Uranus. In the first place, it endows the individual with considerable mental energy, regardless of aspect. In addition, it can lead to a tendency to allow the mind to play excessively with notions of sexuality, sensual fantasies, etc. This is the primary difficulty with the placement, but the strength of the mental gifts is usually such that it suffices merely to become aware of the tendency in order to bring it under control. Generally speaking, this is quite a positive placement.

And while we are on the topic we might as well be reminded of what Hilarion says about someone who has the Sun in Scorpio:

The Scorpio individual is one who, in a previous life, killed himself as an act of atonement for some act, which he regarded afterwards as being so horrible and detestable as to unfit him to continue living. As a result of this self-destructive act, certain of the darker kinds of energies were tapped into by the soul, which on the one hand give to the Scorpio a deep grasp of the meaning of regeneration through sacrifice and death, but on the other hand lend certain qualities of power over others, a win-at-any cost attitude, little patience with ideals of fair play and honor, and in his darker moments, a mocking echo of the self-destructive urges that fuelled the original act in the previous life. The great task and challenge for the Scorpio is to manifest the regenerative side of his nature, to rise above the lower self on the wings of an eagle. (The higher animal symbol of Scorpio), and to show to others by his own life, the true meaning of the myth of the Phoenix, rising purified from its own ashes. Few Scorpios succeed fully at this task, especially in the past Piscean Age, when few solid guideposts were available to the seeker after spiritual understanding, and chaos and destruction were seen on every hand. But in the new Age of Aquarius, it will be largely the Scorpio side of individuals (whether Sun-sign Scorpios or not) which will be in evidence. As the understanding of man opens up to the energies of the new age, his spirit will literally take wing and soar to unimaginable heights of wisdom, love and creative power.

When you read the Wikipedia entry for Omar Mateen there are a number of references to quoted individuals indicating that Omar Mateen was struggling with his own homosexual tendencies:

Sexuality speculation

People who knew Mateen have speculated that he might have been gay or bisexual. A male friend of his from 2006, when the two were in police academy together, said that Mateen went to gay clubs with him and that Mateen once expressed an interest in dating him. Club-goers also recalled Mateen dancing with another man.[52][53] One classmate, who asked not to be identified by name, said Mateen asked him if he was gay.[54][55]

The Orlando Sentinel and The Palm Beach Post reported that at least five regular customers at the Pulse nightclub had seen Mateen visit the venue on at least a dozen occasions. Sometimes Mateen drank in a corner by himself “and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent.”[2][54] A witness, who recognized Mateen outside the club an hour before the shootings, told investigators that Mateen had been messaging him for about a year using a gay dating app called Jack’d. He gave his phone to the FBI for analysis, along with his login details for the application.[56] A third witness said that Mateen had tried to pick up men at the nightclub.[57] Yet dozens of witnesses told the Tampa Bay Times that they had never seen Mateen at the nightclub.[13] A spokesperson for Barbara Poma, the owner of the Pulse nightclub, called the statement that Mateen had been a regular patron “untrue and totally ridiculous”.[58]
Mateen’s father Sidiqque denied that his son was closeted, saying, “If he was gay, why would he do something like this?”[55] Two days later, after multiple reports questioned whether Mateen was homosexual, Mateen’s father said, “I didn’t see any of it and I don’t believe that was the case.”[59] However, during an interview with the Brazilian television station SBT Brazil, Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, claimed that his father called him gay while in her presence.[60][61] Following the shooting, Mateen’s father stated, in an online video in his native language, Dari: “In this month of Ramadan, the gay and lesbian issue is something that God will punish,” though “the servants of God shouldn’t have anything to do with it.”[62]
The Wall Street Journal reported Yusufiy as saying that “[he] did feel strongly about homosexuality”.[55] Yusufiy, when asked if Mateen was gay, said she “didn’t know” and recalled that he had confessed to going to nightclubs.[52][53][63] Gawker reported that Yusufiy’s fiancé, Marco Dias, told Brazilian media in Portuguese that she had told him that Mateen had “gay tendencies”.[64] He also added that his family and others believed he was gay, and that “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media”.[60][61]

Mateen, being born a Muslim, whose father purportedly supported the Taliban, living in Florida, a state with both openly gay communities and a fair bit of Southern Christian homophobia, would relate to all of this sexual energy and thinking about sex being deeply hidden and repressed, especially with that Plutonian propensity for hidden repression.

I believe that this was a large contributing factor, in addition to the Jupiter in Pisces/Saturn tension, to what tests and challenges Omar Mateen was dealing with and led to his choice in how to react to those tests in the horrific way he did.

It does seem, however, that he was also a candidate for manifesting the collective lessons and tensions we are experiencing at this time. This event has made me think of some of the horrible Southern Christian invective I heard on local AM radio stations as I drove through parts of Florida some time ago. I can’t imagine that they can be continuing to proclaim their judgments against homosexuals with quite the same passion. And if they are, they are probably less likely to get a passionate response.

Myself, I am always happy, when I am doing a reading for a gay client, to be able to share with them what Hilarion has said about those who are drawn to a homosexual lifestyle. He basically said that, in most cases, it is simply a situation where a soul has been recently incarnating in a particular gender, but it has been seen that it would be useful for them to move out of the lessons of that gender. And so their guides arrange for them to incarnate in the opposite gender, knowing that they may find it difficult to adapt to the opposite sexual expression. For those who find it too difficult they simply seek physical and emotional nurturing among those of their own sex. He adds that in the eyes of the Creator homosexuality has never been a sin.

One very poignant, positive result from this otherwise horrendous event I heard about: within the outrush of expressed compassion for the LGBT community, was an interview with a professor at Yale who is himself both Muslim and gay. He admitted it engenders somewhat of a dual identity within himself. The poignant moment for me, however, was his reading of a letter by a Muslim woman apologizing for her past judgments against gays, with a hope that this event could cause a dissolving and a healing of this kind of judgment and criticism within the Muslim community itself.

I have heard of a similar kind of confrontation/healing taking place within the Latino community. Apparently some of the victims that night were not yet ‘out’ with their homosexuality with their parents or family.

In ending this newsletter I would like to share two things: a Mahatma Gandhi quote, and the Hilarion exercise I mentioned earlier.

Gandhi was once asked what he thought about Christianity. He said: “I think it’s a great idea. Someone should try it some time.”

We all know that Jesus said to ‘Love thine enemy.’ I do believe that that is the only way to get out of the ‘victim/victimizer’ program and to not be adding to the vibrations of hatred and fear already affecting our collective psyche. Of course this is easier said than done.

To help in transitioning from where we may find ourselves to that level of Love, Hilarion has given us a ‘Love- Generator’ exercise. I haven’t been able to locate in which book this was written, but here is the gist of it:

First of all you visualize in front of your closed eyes the person you love the most in the world. You then visualize a beam of pure love and light moving from your heart to theirs, allowing time for this to reach a kind of peak of purity and vibrancy.

Then you do the same with someone you also feel great love for. Then for someone whom you love but maybe not quite as deeply. And then with someone whom you like a lot. And then someone with whom you feel a casual kindness. And then with someone whom you know but don’t have a strong like or dislike for. In each instance allowing that same peak of purity of light and love to build between your heart and theirs.

Then you move on to someone for whom you have a mild dislike. Then someone for whom you have a stronger dislike. Then someone with whom you may feel challenged by feelings of anger and resentment. Again taking the time to allow the same love to build, knowing that they, as are you, are just a frightened little boy or girl doing the best they can. Ultimately you can carry it to whatever ultimate ‘figures of evil’ you are challenged by on the world stage, such as Omar Mateen, Hitler, or perhaps Donald Trump.

In the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, following the resurrection, Jesus appeared to different spiritual brotherhoods around the world. When he appeared before the priests at Heliopolis Egypt he said to them:

“ I lived to show the possibilities of man. What I have done all men can do, and what I am all men shall be.”

I feel that this exercise is a good way to come a little closer to that ultimate destiny.

Steffan Vanel

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