Saturday, May 28, 2022

The End of the Enchantment: Johnny Depp v Amber Heard and the Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction in Pisces

A very dark fairy tale about a younger woman enchanting an older man. Or something else altogether? The very public defamation cases began the day before the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces (JNcP) on April 12, 2022. This particular astrological configuration happens once about every 166 years. Its occurrence is so infrequent its passage would seem to herald some significant shift in the collective consciousness. 

Within the time frame of the last JNcP, the Abolitionist Movement (1830-1870) was well established by March 1856, and its campaign to end institutionalized slavery in the United States would ultimately prove successful, turning the tide of Neptunian consciousness against the abhorrent and untenable sanctioned practice of the dehumanization of one race by another. [Note: All research and quotes in this post regarding the history of slavery in the United States are from]

During the few years before and after the actual JNcP, the federal government passed more laws which further entrenched institutionalized slavery in the United States. In 1850, Congress passed The Fugitive Slave Act which "required all escaped enslaved people to be returned to their owners and American citizens to cooperate with the captures.” In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott decision that “Black people—free or enslaved—didn’t have legal citizenship rights.” 

However, as the conjunction drew close and passed, these outcomes outraged members of the Abolitionist Movement and anyone who supported it so that fierce opposition was galvanized:

“Founded in 1854 as a coalition opposing the extension of slavery into Western territories, the Republican Party fought to protect the rights of African Americans after the Civil War.”

And in the actual year of the conjunction, 1856:

“In one of the most heated moments in the debate, proslavery Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina, resorted to beating antislavery Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with his cane on the Senate floor.”

Neptune travels slowly, and the Civil War which began in 1861 lasted through 1865. In 1862, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and in 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery in the United States was ratified by Congress: Nine years after the exact Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. It’s significant that the physical assault by Preston Brooks against Charles Sumner happened so close to the actual conjunction, within 60 days.

It’s likely that the verdict for the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard cases (JDvAH) will be delivered by June 11—within 60 days of this most recent JNcP. Brooks assault on Sumner was a personal one, but it erupted from the depths of a delusional and noxious belief system: that one human can own another.

An interesting point of timing for the current JNcP conjunction is that Amber Heard sought a Temporary Restraining Order against Johnny Depp 6 years ago, on May 27, 2016. The inception of #MeToo is reported as 2006. Similarly, in alignment with the prior JNcP, the Abolitionist Movement and individual expressions of the conflicts surrounding it, spanned a period of time. These tidal movements, along with their individual expressions, surfaced and swelled over a considerable period of time from the human perspective of a 70-80 year life, but in the blink of an eye from a cosmic perspective.

So what is the underlying issue we might be facing now? Another oceanic wave of facing human brutality: another representation of accepted practices of interpersonal violence. In the past decades, researchers like Bessel Van Der Kolk have increasingly shifted beyond the concept of Post-Traumatic Stress caused by a singular event to Developmental Trauma caused by: uhm … the way we “raise” our children?!?!

Interpersonal violence involves the intentional use of physical force or power against other persons by an individual or small group of individuals. Interpersonal violence may be physical, sexual, or psychological (also called emotional violence), and it may involve deprivation and neglect. 

Interpersonal violence is a pervasive public health, human rights, and development challenge (Rosenberg and others 2006). Its effects reverberate through families, communities, and nations and across generations. It is a leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults in most parts of the world. Exposure to interpersonal violence increases individuals’ lifelong vulnerability to a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems. Interpersonal violence directly affects health care expenditures worldwide; indirectly, it affects national and local economies—stunting development, increasing inequality, and eroding human capital (WHO 2008). Injury Prevention and Environmental Health James A. Mercy, Susan D. Hillis, Alexander Butchart, Mark A. Bellis, Catherine L. Ward, Xiangming Fang, and Mark L. Rosenberg

It seems everyone can agree that both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard experienced developmental trauma in their respective childhood home environments. My best guess is that their defamation cases, playing out so sensationally, so publicly, and so globally are doing so precisely because: SO MANY OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED AND/OR BEEN PERSONALLY TOUCHED BY DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA and/or INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER.

Is the 166-year cycle seeded each time Jupiter conjuncts Neptune in Pisces about facing some ugliness that lies beneath the surface (Neptune), and expanding it in such a way (Jupiter) that the collective can no longer deny that ugliness, and so resolve it through a real evolution and transformation of first individual, and then collective consciousness? Evolution and transformation to higher levels of consciousness being the province of Pisces.

A bit more of the JNcP specifics of JDvAH:

  1. BEAUTY & GLAMOUR/Hollywood: Neptune in Pisces: What is truly beauty/beautiful? And when are looks deceiving? 
  2. MONEY/MONEY/MONEY Pisces and Neptune are the realms of water and both these actors made the bulk of their fortunes in watery films: Pirates Of The Caribbean/Aquaman
  3. LOVE & CHARITY: Neptune in Pisces: Sublime merging or drowning? And is charity truly charity when it's self-promotion?
  4. REALITY: What is it? It can be really hard to grasp as Neptune dissolves and/or shifts the very ground we stand on and of course the Neptunian-Piscean escapism into drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
  5. The TRUTH-INTEGRITY of Jupiter v. the LIES-DECEPTION of Neptune's dark side.
  6. The Psychiatric/Psychological Industry: Neptune in Pisces is the domain of “mental illness”. Neptune conjunct Jupiter could be “mental illness” writ large. Or maybe the inaccuracy? unreliability? of psychological diagnoses. The psychiatric industry practice of creating victims and itself perpetrating trauma through labeling and projection.
  7. Victimhood: What is victimhood? What and when is someone a victim? Is victimhood addictive? So very Neptune in Pisces.
  8. Jupiter is the domain of Law and also What We Believe. Jupiter conjuncting Neptune can open us to new ways of considering and taking action regarding any and all of the items listed in 1-7. Rarely without plenty of confusion and uncertainty first.
Update 6/03/22: And the final question: Is purposely shaping a narrative by removing significant facts, presenting other facts completely out of context, and repeatedly making baseless claims about another individual, any individual, an act of interpersonal violence? And if the answer is: yes, then are ALL the highly paid functionaries of mainstream media perpetrators of a 24x7 stream of interpersonal violence?

Perhaps we should all give thanks to the numerous lawyers of YouTube who provided actual legal commentary on the trial, among them: legal bytes, andrea burkhart, natalielawyerchick, hoeg law, and emily d. baker, for protecting us from one more assault.

By all accounts:
into the courtroom,
light shined,
thunder rolled.
And cleansing rain fell.

Lest we ever forget the glorious Camille Vasquez.

Though she be little, she is fierce — William Shakespeare 


Friday, May 27, 2022

The Girl Who Watched for Elves: Audiobook

The Girl Who Watched For Elves, A Fairy Tale Short has been rendered into Audiobook format on Google Play! 

Stay tuned for the release of other Audiobooks in the Once Upon A Time Today collection: 

Dreaming of the Sea

The Tree Hugger


I am Lilly Dane

Friday, April 1, 2022

A Thousand Years Prayer

 As Jupiter approaches Neptune in Pisces we can imagine ...

a humanity in harmony with Nature, Mother Earth, the galaxy, the universe, the Cosmos.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sleeping Beauty ... A VERY Contemporary Retelling

I would like to introduce you to something beautiful. Something inspired. Something profound.

Watching Advanced Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Poetry with Marie Belle will require less than 3 minutes of your day, but it might transform your conception of the female body forever.

Marie Belle PR
Taking a Trauma-Informed Perspective to Yoga with Marie Belle - Podcast

I watch it and see Sleeping Beauty … a VERY contemporary retelling.

Fairytales re-surface to be mined again and again. In the simplicity of their plot structures or “tale-types”, they are templates for unformulated experience and ripe for projection. Their motifs, symbols and themes easily arouse desires, emotions, and thoughts otherwise pushed aside or kept at a distance that yearn for expression if not embodiment.

They are also easily re-written.

Traditionally, Sleeping Beauty tells the tale of a female infant cursed to die at the age of sexual blossoming. However, life, fate, good faeries intervene. The curse is transmuted. She will not die, she will only fall into a deep sleep from which she may be awakened by a kiss from her beloved/betrothed.

And as the female infant-child-adolescent sleeps, so does the world around her.

Emergent consciousness. We are all being given the opportunity to see the world in new ways. Right now. This is happening. 

Witness: A princess, not asleep but “lost”; the female, not an infant but an adult. Enclosed within cement-concrete-metal bars and wires, high rises, palm trees, and urban sprawl —the modern dark woods or deep forest.

A sleeping populace.

On the horizon, an ocean — metaphysical source of nourishment.

The ultimate twist: “Magic” arrives in the form of a yoga mat.

A very contemporary retelling indeed.

No prince charming with soft lips to kiss. This female-princess-woman has encountered  a completely distinct — dare I say — novel Other. 

She has encountered A Practice.
I found myself falling in love, in silence, exploring, beyond the thinking mind.

Beyond the stories locked up inside of this ribcage.

I was not lost, I was being re-routed, my inner compass was redirecting me to this space of becoming more myself. 

I love this practice. 
— Marie Belle PR


Not only is it stunning in its poetry, its stunning in its convergence with … 

Watch the video again and ponder some of these quotes from Molly McCord’s Channeled Cosmic Messages for the Decade: 2020 to 2029.

one of the best things that  humanity can do at this time is to continue to develop our spiritual and intuitive gifts; to get out of the mind, to understand the significance of the body

as the energies within each of us evolve, we change the consciousness of humanity, and we change the matrix of energies on the planet

health and the human body are changing in this decade in a very significant way

the removal of impurities that our bodies have normalized holding: this is the energetics of the human body changing into a more pure form

the rising energies of body consciousness, respecting and loving the human body, of not taking it for granted

one of our strongest gifts at this time in our lives and in the earth’s existence is understanding the power of our hearts, the power of our bodies, the power of our intuition: how to honor all of our energies and moving away from over-reliance on the mind


Two final thoughts.

  • Marie Belle PR is my yoga teacher. (And yes I am honored to say that!) When she speaks of Advanced Ashtanga I am most certain that she is speaking of the practice and postures beyond what is traditionally known as the Primary Series. (Uhm … those displayed in her gorgeous video!) But I experience her Advanced Ashtanga as evolved Ashtanga … an Emergent Ashtanga. An anthropologist of that particular style of yoga, she has traveled to India and studied at the source along with many diverse teachers of the lineage throughout the world. And then she takes it further. With a grounded understanding of what may or may not be right for a particular body in a particular pose. With language that allows for discovery, rather than dogmatic alignments that ultimately impose injury. With curvilinear sensibilities. Both reverent and irreverent, I strongly recommend her On Demand 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

  • After watching the video, I could not help but think, in this age of #MeToo, that those wounds that are too deep, those wounds that are too entangled in the body, those wounds that leave us feeling hopeless: that they may never be fully healed. Here, a way to healing is offered. Not with words. No. Not verbally. But by a woman taking full possession of her body. The beauty, the dignity, the agency are breathtaking.
And so Sleeping Beauty awakens in a new, revelatory and extraordinary way.