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    Your Burning Man 2019 Horoscope

    Each year, as the month of August winds to a close, more than 80,000 people meet in the Nevada desert for a now iconic event known as Burning Man. This event is one that people often have a difficult time describing and with good reason. It's a diverse event where artists of all stripes engage in a celebration of free will and freedom of expression. Though some might call it a "festival," which might have you thinking something like Woodstock or even Coachella, that really doesn't do it justice and participants balk at the term. How many festivals do you know that have an entire city built for them? Black Rock City is exactly that and is built around a month before the event each year. There is even an airport provisioned just a little bit away from the city. In 2004, co-founder Larry Harvey drafted the 10 Principles of Burning Man which might help you get some idea of what it's all about, if you're not familiar.

    The First Burn

    ​The Chip Witch's first Burn was in 1994.

    In researching this, my assumption was that the original event occurred at the time of the first solstice (the given date is June 21st, 1986, though there are other indicators it actually began the year prior). The time of the summer solstice in '86 was 4:24 pm UTC or 9:24 Pacific time. This makes sense from an astronomical standpoint but anecdotes about the event vary and it was difficult to pin down the exact time. Given the event began as a bonfire party, I do lean towards dusk, but people in California are weird. In this case, however, that's a very good thing. Trying to imagine what, at the time, was just a small gathering on a beach burning this human wooden effigy tickles me, what can I say? 

    At the time, that one was only 8 feet tall, but The Man has been getting bigger every year as are the number of people attending the events. It would ultimately be moved to Nevada after a series of mishaps involving, of course, the cops, a misunderstanding resulting in the Man being dismembered by chainsaw while in storage and a Ryder moving truck. 

    I won't go into the original event chart too much but wow, the first thing I noticed was the Moon conjunct Uranus/Neptune in this chart. This tends to indicate a serious weirdness that doesn't always turn out so well, but when they do, it's pure magic. Mysticism, drugs and alcohol and a higher appreciation for the arts and other creative expressions tend to ignite under this overwhelming sense of imagination running free. There are, point of fact, a number of indicators that lean towards this original event being something of an impulsively taken action that may or may not have been initiated to cope with other things. Having said that, the potential for growth, change and definitely, innovation of community is also fairly evident in a big way

    In any case, this chart sets the stage for looking into the event charts for this year as we compare and contrast a few things within them.


    What's Up in 2019?

    Playa Art

    Though there is much to be said about this inception chart, the Main Burn chart and the Temple Chart, as well as their interactions, let's focus on the Main Event to give you some idea of exactly what the tone for the week ahead will be. 

    I'm not sure I need to point out that this event, taking place the day after a New Moon in Virgo, is conjunct Mars and all of this is possibly fueled by a rebellious Uranus retrograde shaking things up. But, there, I did anyway. Both that New Moon and the event chart for the Main Burn itself have some intense and just awesome Venus influences which do indicate an on-the-whole pleasant cycle just getting started here. The ruler of this event chart, Mars, happens to be tucked there into the 6th house but, if you'll notice, that house is kinda packed? That would be a stellium, and the majority of the planets in that stellium are in Virgo, though it's not a sign based triple conjunction. Still, pretty intense. 

    Let's unpack that a little. In astrology, a stellium is where you'll have three or more planets in the same house or sign and it packs a hell of a punch. Astrologers argue a lot over whether a stellium is 3 or 4 planets: but astrologers argue over a lot of things and you can't take that too seriously. This stellium happens to involve Mercury, The Sun, The chart ruler Mars, Venus and The Moon. Rule of thumb in such cases, by the way: you've got to have two planets that aren't Mercury, The Sun, or Venus. Now, here's the thing about this - in electional astrology, the chart ruler is pretty important to begin with but, even if the rest of this chart was potent, this stellium means this area is the key area of note. The other thing about this is, these are all personal planets, meaning they have a much more obvious impact. Given this is an event that involves the burning of a huge effigy and is attended by thousands, that is a lot of intensely directed personal emotions of each individual there but also: damn near by-definition a concentrated energy of the times we live in. 

    You know, that's kind of a complex blend of energy, but it's also going to be combined with this heavy sense of purpose.

    All of this happening in the 6th house, this kind of makes a lot of sense: usually when you've got a big focus on the 6th house it denotes a need for a break. Thing is, though, that's an awful lot of Virgo emphasis there, too. This particular burn could be a critical turning point, in either the event itself or for those attending it. All that focus tinged with things like anxiety over trying to be perfect, worries and otherwise can mean that downtime after the burn is entirely necessary before making any decisions based on the excitement of the week. Do not run off to Area 51 after this. Probably won't end well. 

    All that said, Mars being in Virgo tends to temper impulsive action with analytical skill. Not the strongest placement for Mars you could ask for, but not terrible. Though there is quite a bit to be said for this chart, looking at the Moon (it's in Libra), in terms of aspects and harmonics this looks really great. There might be a few surprises for people who've never been, but that sounds a bit on the "Duh" side - except those surprises will be in the side of those they care about that they're with. Chilling out and allowing the interplay of freedom and creativity to flow there should prevent any weirdness on that front, which brings us to the second part. 

    To see the outcome here, you look at the ruler of the sign it's in. Venus, also a part of that stellium and conjunct Mars, you pretty much cue the porn music. Venus's placements and aspects indicate a really nice attention to detail, beer goggles, overdoing it and well, engaging in a lot of acts of service, which ordinarily would all sound typical. However, in these cases, while I am aware of the theme of this year's event is Metamorphosis, it may well be deep change through romantic love and actually, not just something that winds up a lovely story to tell but something more longstanding.

    The Burn in 1986

    Sure, times long past, but I was curious what the chart looked like in '86.

    2019 Burn Chart

    Here you go! The 2019 Man Burn!

    1986, 2019 Man Burn and Temple Burn

    All three in a single image. Please feel free to share (though I'd love it if you'd link back here with credit, as the ads on this site are how I pay for the Burn, myself!)

    Uranus
      Retrograde
      Uranus
     

    Five Things as Uranus Enters Retrograde

    As Uranus enters retrograde in Taurus, here are five things to take into consideration through next January when it will return to its normal path. In a nutshell, Uranus is pushing you to break with the comfortable, so take these points with an eye towards making some progress on things you've just let slide until now. Let Uranus do its job and ride the wave (and be prepared for any upheavals).

    ​Retrograde 11 August, 2019
    ​Opposition
    28 October, 2019
    ​Direct
    11 January, 2020

    Five Things to Consider...

    Sudden Changes Can Lead to Long Term Goals 

    Complacency is the enemy of progress, and with Uranus retrograde, things can get a little wobbly. Take advantage of this and be prepared to pivot. Be nimble and take advantage of the opportunities as they're presented. Don't let rapid changes take you by surprise.

    Higher Self-Awareness Means even the Clueless might have a Clue! 

    Hey, sometimes even the idiots get something right, especially when a consistent flow of random events give them plenty of options from which to chose - all creatively interesting. While you can take advantage of this (and we recommend you don't tell anyone), perhaps it's more appropriate to simply be aware that the office doofus might get some kudos for a while when they get lucky. Just smile, give a Nancy Pelosi clap, and say, "well played."

    Having Fun in New and Interesting Ways is a Thing!

    Between the Moon and Venus's influences, this retrograde should remind you that finding fun in new and interesting things should be something to keep in mind. Try that new bistro. Accept that invitation. Listen to the new band. Go to Burning Man!

    Upheaval is in the Air. Are you Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

    Want an insight into someone's thought process? Ask them what they'd do if they had a 24 hour heads-up on the zombie apocalypse. Me? I'm headed for Costco! A large building made out of cinderblocks and big metal doors filled with enough supplies to last years. What's your plan?

    Technology Might Fritz - Even More than a Mercury Retrograde!

    Mercury is known for the havoc it causes to technology, but don't forget that Uranus rules when it comes to electricity, and that's always something that can ruin your day. Especially now, with solar activity at a minimum, Uranus's influences can be significant. When the solar wind is light, cosmic rays are able to penetrate much further into the solar system, affecting life and systems at a much higher level than during active solar periods.

    Indeed, this is one of the main focus areas here at ChipWitch, and we'll have a lot more to say about this as time goes on - and be sure to check Retrograde Today every day, as we monitor solar metrics in real time!

    (PS: Click on the image - this shirt is for sale :-))

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    The Zodiac

    "As Above, So Below" is only the beginning...

    This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth:

    As below, so above; and as above so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles.

    And since all things exist in and emanate from the One Who is the ultimate Cause, so all things are born after their kind from this One.

    The Sun is the father, the Moon the mother;

    the wind carried it in his belly. Earth is its nurse and its guardian.

    It is the Father of all things,

    the eternal Will is contained in it.

    Here, on earth, its strength, its power remain one and undivided.

    Earth must be separated from fire, the subtle from the dense, gently with unremitting care.

    It arises from the earth and descends from heaven; it gathers to itself the strength of things above and things below.

    By means of this one thing all the glory of the world shall be yours and all obscurity flee from you.

    It is power, strong with the strength of all power, for it will penetrate all mysteries and dispel all ignorance.

    By it the world was created.

    From it are born manifold wonders, the means to achieving which are here given

    It is for this reason that I am called Hermes Trismegistus; for I possess the three essentials of the philosophy of the universe.

    This is the sum total of the work of the Sun.

    Sadoul, Jacques. Alchemists and Gold. Spearman, 1972. Fulcanelli interpretation of The Emerald Tablet, p. 25,26:

    The Zodiac & The Superposition Principle 

    What, beyond the poetry does this have to do with astrology? The Three Essentials Hermes Trismegistus was referring to are alchemy, theurgy, and astrology, though you'll note, this "power" he's referring to there doesn't exist as a one way path, nor does it "originate" in any one place between the cosmos and down here on earth: it is in fact, above, below, within and without. As opposed to an abdication of personal power to some far flung deity or planet, this is an avid endorsement of owning it.

    The zodiac, by definition is not just your Sun sign. In fact, it is simply defined as being: "a belt of the heavens within about 8° either side of the ecliptic, including all apparent positions of the sun, moon, and most familiar planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces)"

    While there is a common misconception that the dates listed on your horoscope would be where the Sun moves through each one of the corresponding constellations, that's not really the case. This is because astronomy and astrology are a bit like a pair of sisters that look very similar but are not. Your "sign" is actually something that was defined roughly 2000 years ago by someone who was working with solstices and equinoxes, that is, the changing of the seasons, for the most part. Since then, the very slow movement of the Earth's axis changed those points, shifting them around 30° West, relative to the constellations.

    Having said all of that, don't ask us about your sign changing, and Ophiuchus is a constellation, not a sign. We'll entertain quite a lot, but we're not quite edgy enough for that one. This is also not a particularly new rumor, but one that often makes the rounds even though by this logic: 88 actual constellations provides a hell of a lot of wiggle room.

    Interesting sidenote, another translation of The Emerald Tablet comes from Isaac Newton,whose Three Laws of Motion would later be used to prove Bernoulli and later Fourier's wave equation in respect to The Superposition Principle. However, you can't deduce it from those three laws. It's complicated. The zodiac is not, just be sure your vibrations are proper.

    Atlas CERN
      Education
     

    Quantum Effects and Intent

    It has been said that with focused intent, all things are possible - and this is a fundamental tenant of what we do.

    "For the last four hundred years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call 'physical reality.' Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct. We humans are much more than we think we are, and Psychoenergetic Science continues to expand the proof of it."

    — William A. Tiller, Ph.D. (Stanford University)

    In one mind-over-matter experiment conducted by Dr. Tiller, a group of individuals put their awareness on an electrical circuit which contained a crystal. They then implanted an intent that the pH of water would either go up or go down. The circuits were wrapped in aluminum foil and shipped overnight to a lab across the country, turned on, and set beside a water sample. The room was isolated so that people did not enter, and all environmental factors of the room were carefully monitored.

    Despite the precautions, the water samples did respond exactly to the mind power as the meditators intended. PH rose or fell according to the intentions a full 1.5 pH.

    While a single experiment cannot prove the phenomenon, it illustrates the hypothesis, and shows that experimentation suggests that there are, indeed, effects worthy of more study. Much like a new drug or supplement that shows promise, looking more closely into what's going on is clearly indicated. At a minimum, working towards reproducible results can eliminate the counterargument that anecdotal evidence is no evidence at all.

    But we have much more than anecdotal evidence, even now. While showing how intent can be used is problematic, the fact that it exists is, surprisingly to some, not in dispute.

    Read that again - it's not in dispute!

    Quantum Effects and Intent

    Many people with little or no interest in quantum physics may have heard the phrase that, "the observer affects the observed." This is a reference to the mind-bending physics experiment, the "double slit experiment."

    The double slit experiment works like this: If a particle, say a photon, is fired through a single slit in a barrier, it will appear as a dot on a target on the other side of the slit. You could think of it as a bullet going through a narrow doorway and leaving a hole on the far wall. However, if you have two slits, the particle does something strange and somehow forms a wave pattern instead of a dot. If the path of the particles are knowable, they responds as particles. When we don't know the path, they respond as waves.Is the photon passing through one slit or both slits at once? Is it colliding with itself on the far side, or is something else happening? The question can't be answered because the moment scientists install a detector to see what's going on, you no longer see the wave pattern, and it only registers as a particle. This phenomenon is known as "collapsing the wave."

    The bottom line is that when there is no detector, you see a wave pattern, and when there is a detector, you observe particles. This has been termed "the observer effect". Somehow, the process of recording observations with a detector consistently changes the outcome of that experiment.

    Manifesting Intent, Yourself

    From its beginnings, spell-casting and intent have been inseparable. Even in cases where a spell has a clear desired outcome, intent can play a part in the shaping of that outcome. Understanding where much of the intent comes from and how it affects the outcome can help improve your craft.

    Much like the double-slit experiment, there is much more "going on" that we simply don't understand, but the end effects can be seen and measured.

    Quantum effects weren't known more than a few decades ago, but still existed. Knowing them now gives insight into how modern technology and components can be used along-side traditional methods. Using modern components in your spells can leverage these quantum effects for even better results.And as we learn more, we can adapt and improve.

    Many of our components and methods are new, and their efficacy is encouraging, both in immediate results as well as hinting and what's to come. This is what we do, daily, at The Chip Witch, and what we offer to you.


    The Double-Slit Experiment

    Particles behave as waves unless observed. It appears that observation directly affects reality!

    quantum generatorThe Chip Witch uses a random number generator, in real-time, by measuring the quantum fluctuations of the vacuum. The vacuum is a sea of virtual particles appearing and disappearing all the time. This result is due to the fact that the vacuum still possesses a zero-point energy. Consequently, the electromagnetic field of the vacuum exhibits random fluctuations in phase and amplitude at all frequencies. By carefully measuring these fluctuations, we are able to generate ultra-high bandwidth random numbers.

    The following data is a real quantum random set of five unsigned integers as used in our products: 3229 19714 61082 4329 29587

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