Friday, June 19, 2020

Solstice June 2020: what in the world is going on???

"For my part I know nothing with certainty but the sight of the stars make me dream" 

- Vincent Van Gough

Greetings Fellow Earthlings and Lovers of the Night Sky

Police brutality protests
Black Lives Matter protest in St. Louis
It’s been quite the chaotic dance since I last wrote in early March. Lockdowns, border restrictions, oodles of information and misinformation, global pandemic spread leading to over 8.5 million infected and near 500,000 related deaths, unprecedented social protests, and a lot of stay-at-home realities triggering massive layoffs, school and business closings and significant social reorganization. And we're not even at the half-way mark of the year!

At the moment I’m residing in the western suburban area of Philadelphia with my younger sister and husband since South Africa’s borders are temporarily closed to tourist and non-residents alike. This is the longest stretch for me in the USA since 2017. Such a different reality here than South Africa. I had thought I’d be in South Africa by now enjoying its extraordinary star-filled winter night sky. But the Universe had other ideas and plans!

So what in the world is going on for the next six months? I’ll state it up front: based on the coming astrological cycles of 2020’s second half, and further fueled by the chaotic intensity from the first half, amplified events await! Yet generational-changing opportunity becomes more available through renewed group focus and intention. 

We are part of an extraordinary shift in consciousness now underway whose social, economic and political ramifications cannot yet be fully understood. This is more evident today than it was in 2008 when Pluto first entered Capricorn and the world financial structures mightly shook. This is fertile virgin ground for significant global changes over the next 10 years.  What is created now will be the catalyst for all that follows.

Societal structures built on the back of slaves over many generations and further institutionalized into various societal and economic structures simply have never worked. Instead their mores have created horrific social problems, and have proven demeaning/degrading to the compassionate humanity resident within everyone. As transformative Pluto nears its Aquarian ingress in 2023, recent global protest events about police racist policies and behaviors, catalyzed by acts of brutality and fueled by an unseen pandemic, signal loudly that there is no going back, and what is to come will make today's events seem rather trivial.

Further amplifying this Aquarian wave, the solstice arrives this coming Saturday (June 20th) at 5:43 pm EDT (9:43pm GMT) and on the 21st from the Middle East to the International Date line. A mere 9 hours later, the new Moon arrives on the 21st (except for the West Coast US west to the International Date line where it will be the 20th) to meet the Sun at the solstice point 0° Cancer. New Moon day also includes an annular eclipse of the Sun, commencing at sunrise near the Congo of central Africa, sweeping across the Middle East, northern India, China and Taiwan before ending at sunset further southeast in the Pacific Ocean. For anyone not in the Moon’s shadow, the event is visible on-line via this YouTube link.

Here's the New Moon chart:

New or Full Moons on the solstice are not rare occurrences. However, having a solar or lunar eclipse on a solstice day does tick the rare box. This year’s solstice solar eclipse is the 3rd of 5 consecutive events where either a partial, annular or total solar eclipse occurs on the June solstice. First two events were in 1982 and 2001; the coming two will be in 2039 and 2058: each 19 years apart. 

Prior to 1982, you would have to go back to 1870 to find a solar eclipse on the solstice. After 2058, the next solar eclipse on the solstice won’t be until 2242 or almost 200 years later. So symbolically, we are at the mid-point of a grand eclipse solstice series spanning 1982 to 2058, or 76 years. 

Annular Solar Eclipse courtesy NASA
Annular Solar Eclipse courtesy NASA
A solar or lunar eclipse (this is the 2nd of 3 consecutive eclipses starting with June’s earlier Full Moon) are pay attention moments. An eclipse portends an intensification of social and geophysical events in the weeks leading up to and after the eclipse. This pattern is particularly magnified when the eclipse occurs at a solstice or equinox point.

For historical purposes: the 1982’s solar eclipse (partial) would represent the energetic door opener to events unfolding over the 76-year period through 2058. In 1982, conflict in the Middle East intensified, President Reagan’s completed his first term, Prince William of England was born on that June solstice, and US banking system laws were radically changed to allow much easier borrowing practices and currency transactions, President Leonid Brezhnev of then Soviet Union died, and the Latin America crisis intensified. These events along with others were pattern activators which continue to ripple across current events.

The events of 2001 speak for themselves. That year included an epic Saturn/Pluto opposition in Gemini/Sagittarius. Also, almost 3-months after the solstice eclipse, September 11 mayhem occurred, changing the world in ways that continue to spin and reorganize.

And here we are now near the mid-point of 2020 with the next 6 months portending a more intense vibration than the first six months. 

Life Path Astrology Consultations:

For anyone ready to explore in greater depth the unique dynamics of their natal chart, or for previous clients ready to update their chart for the current planetary transits, private one-to-one sessions with me via Skype (audio recorded) are available. Gift certificates too! 

Great change presents great opportunity. My personal astrological counseling session is designed to help you create meaningful strategies for adapting and shifting with the current planetary changes. You can schedule on-line by going to this link where you can access my appointment calendar. I’ll be available for session work beginning in early July.

So what’s in store in the current transit cycles?

Well straight away, 5 planetary energies are now in retrograde, including Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. 3 days after the solstice, Neptune turns retrograde with Uranus to follow come mid-August. That's quite a lot of inward energy. Internal energy builds tension patterns much like a volcano building pressure. While Mercury/Venus retrogrades will be short lived, Mars will be longer term as it too turns retrograde in August. Here's more specifics:

1. Mercury Retrograde - Shadow energy started on June 2nd at 5° Cancer; stationed retrograde at 14° Cancer yesterday (17th), stations direct at 5° Cancer on July 12th and leaves the retrograde shadow on July 26th. 14° Cancer is opposite where Saturn in Capricorn stationed direct motion with the Moon’s south node in September, 2019. In short, Mercury’s Cancer themes are vividly revealing where life has not been nurturing, and families and communities have been fragmented, abused and disenfranchised due to heavy-handed Saturnian (law enforcement, politics, corporate behavior) actions. Recent protest underscore the intensity of this vibration.

2. Venus Retrograde stations direct on June 25th at 5° Gemini. Feeling inward ladies? Look no further than the Venus retrograde. That inward directional vibration ought to start lifting come month-end. Certainly a potent time for introspection and renewal.

Venus and its blazing beauty re-enters the morning sky tomorrow (18th) positioning right next to the waning Crescent Moon. Quite the visual and a very rare sight. Venus’ new theme for the next 18 months is Gemini (previous theme established in late 2018 was Libra and its focus on relationship). Gemini vibration augurs unpredictable energetic shifts in the Venus related areas of money, possessions, relationships and self esteem/self-worth. That translates into Gemini-like instability, quick shifts, and spontaneous opportunities for new and more meaningful connections and creative expressions. Venus leaves the retrograde shadow on July 29th.

3. Saturn, now retrograde (since May 11th) in early degrees of social-minded Aquarius, returns to Capricorn on July 5, 2020 through December 14, 2020 for its final passage in its home sign until 2047, carrying with it the intensity of social protests that have been stimulated since around the equinox in March. 

Saturn exited Capricorn into social justice/futuristic Aquarius just as US state-enforced lockdowns started to be enacted and social distancing practices became the norm. Further, its coming six month long final transit in Capricorn re-triggers the intense association with Jupiter/Pluto that started in May 2019 and temporarily ended in March 2020, leading to the amplified events over the past 5 months. 

Both Saturn and Pluto archetypal tendencies point to the breakdown of structures, but go about it in very different ways. Saturn imposes limitations (eg laws/rules), where Pluto melts down/transforms with reckless abandon. The violent aspects of recent protest represents a poignant example of these two divergent energies. 

Historically, any aspected association between these two archetypes has always proven intense, life changing, and revolutionary in scope/scale/effect. Add an expansive Jupiter to the mix and that intensity increases significantly. Last time Jupiter was in close direct association (conjunction) with Saturn and Pluto was way back in the 15th century in the sign of Cancer. Yes, these are very unique and potent times in which we live!

And to be clear, intensity in and of itself does not mean the end of the world is nigh. However, it does signal the energetic field now being ripe for substantive shifts/changes due to its uncertain and perilous nature. As I explained in my March blog, this intense association is preparing us for the coming Aquarian wave when Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023 (last there during the final stages of the American and French revolutions in the 1700’s). Recent racial tensions and related protest are symptomatic of the dynamic Aquarian shift now underway in our social, political and economic models.

By the time Pluto completes its Aquarian transit in 2043-44, life’s societal structure as we know it today will either be replaced by a more dynamic/progressive and socially empowered world, or one bearing the heaviness of onerous group control similar to what we see in China today. As history reminds us anon, societal choices have long-term consequences and implications, especially during times of great turmoil. Recent and surprising US Supreme Court decisions in favor of LGBTQ rights in the work place and continued protection of DACA immigrants underscore the societal shifts now underway with many more to come. There is always a silver lining in turbulent times.

4. Which brings me to Mars and its coming retrograde in September. Mars will enter its home sign of Aries on June 27 and station retrograde at 28° on September 9th. Further, it will create a dynamic square period (highly challenging) with Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto commencing in early August through late December.

At the solstice, Mars is at 25° Pisces, near Nepune, and both in sextile to Pluto/Jupiter in Capricorn. Such a dynamic offers a more compassionate, empathic vibration to Capricorn's otherwise harsh expression. Reflecting instead of reacting creates purposeful connection in any type of engagement involving Capricorn's rules, laws, governance and corporate affairs.

Mars’ retrograde ends on November 13th, then leaves its retrograde shadow on January 2, 2021. Ordinarily Mars transits a sign in 6 weeks. However, during its retrograde it remains in one or two signs for over 6 months. That’s a lot of inward intensity, particularly when its movement is within its own ruling sign.

It’s worth noting Mars retrograde beginning in its home sign of Aries occurs very infrequently - last one was 1941, which augured the events of World War II including Pearl Harbor. Mars in Aries is aggressive, direct and unbounded in its quest for new ground. In retrograde, that energy turns inward creating a lot of potent, bound, critical tension similar to the fuel created by a reined wild horse.

Of course, there’s more to this Mars intensity due to a Scorpio Mercury Retrograde around the US election followed by a penumbral lunar eclipse in late November and a total solar eclipse in December. I'll cover these cycles in a future blog. Suffice for now to know the coming months are chock full of critical tension that seeks a meaningful or otherwise destructive focus. Which will it be?

Here’s some suggestions how to entrain and flow with this building energy for the second half of 2020:

  1. Avoid conspiracy theories, and especially unproven medical suggestions regarding virus control. Neptune in its home sign of Pisces and in sextile (60°) to Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto is spawning a wave of fake news and delusion, especially on social media and corporate controlled media outlets. Neptune also rules the unseen, such as viruses. This shadow of Neptune can easily stimulate addictions, such as alcoholism and drug use. That’s a very slippery slope to navigate. The alternative, especially now, finds positive reinforcement from receiving body-centric therapies to replenish, rejuvenate, strengthen and reorganize your body’s energetic field. That includes exercise and following a healthy diet.
  2. Stay present, grounded and keep your energetic channels clear and open to new opportunities.
  3. Embrace uplifting pursuits, reorganize your life to match your current circumstances and build meaningful social networks with others in your communities that speak to your soul essence.
  4. Embrace progressive Aquarius-like efforts to make this world more sustainable, progressive, connective, healthier and inter-active rather than its current Capricorn-like state of racial/national suppression, hostility, extreme income disparity and environmentally abusive, government-sanctioned actions.
  5. Find quiet time to reflect, reorganize and uplift your spirit in support of a more meaningful world for generations to follow. Children being born now carry the energetic intensity of the current period. They will not be denied their soul mandate to shift this world into a more meaningful reality. In that spirit, number 2 suggestion above equally applies to the youngest of generations.
  6. Let go of your need to know or attain certainty. It's a futile exercise at the moment.

Questions for reflection:

What legacy do I want to create for future generations?

What serves my soul purpose now?

How can I become a more effective voice/advocate for progressive change?

How can I stay informed without being overwhelmed by information?

How can I better nurture myself and strengthen my body core? If a parent, how can I support my family to do the same?

Coming Zoom Program:

I am planning a free 90-minute Zoom talk for early July that’s open to 100 people. If there’s greater interest, I’ll schedule a second program. The date is predicated on my computer being repaired and returned to me by the end of this month (thank you Mercury 😉 ). So stay alert for coming announcements. 

In this program I plan to discuss in a more organic fashion current events as they relate to the 2020 astrological transits, the coming transit cycles including Saturn’s return to Capricorn, and the Mars retrograde. I'll also draw some Voyager Intuition cards as guidance for the coming days.

Further, I plan on offering such a program every two months for the remainder of 2020 to discuss the rapid shifts and momentous events now unfolding on planet Earth. There will be time allotted for written questions related to current events or coming cycles. Due to the allotted time, questions cannot be personal in nature, e.g. “what should I do?”.

There is no charge for the presentation. Donations are welcomed and for that you’ll receive an audio recording of the talk. Again, participation is limited to 100 (Zoom limitation). You can access Zoom on your web browser, or download their application on your computer or device app (IOS or Android). This manner of group connection is very Aquarian and an indicator of what’s is emerging. Again. Specific details, including links will be provided by month-end via this blog or via my Facebook page, or through my newsletter mailing list. 

Conclusion: As constrained as current circumstances may seem in terms of social distancing, event cancellations, health stresses etc. we are at a nexus of a great sea change in our human evolution. Our actions today will create the foundation for future generations. In an Aquarian sense, such actions serve the greater good rather than exclusively the individual self. The Aquarian words of John F. Kennedy said it perfectly: “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Substitute "the World" for "your country" and you have a 21st century version of that stirring quote. 

Sat Nam

Starman, Joseph Mina

Malvern, Pennsylvania

June 18, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Coronavirus: Neptune in Pisces and the Coming Virgo Full Moon

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” Joseph Campbell

Greetings from the Western Cape of South Africa
Western Cape, South Africa
photo by Joseph Mina
It has been a little over a year since I last posted here. I am finally emerging fully from a very strong three- year Neptune-type cycle to my Mercury in Pisces (communication) and Saturn in Virgo (structure), which has altered my communication and empathic abilities, perspectives about life, enhanced my photographic skills, and elevated the astrological and bodywork skills I share with others. It also inspired my transient move to the Western Cape of South Africa. It's affirming to now emerge from Neptune's fog-like influences with a much clearer understanding of my next steps on this life journey.

Neptune transits are challenging for anyone due to their lack of specifics and direction. Archetypal Neptune also rules the realm of the unseen, including bacteria and viruses. Personal Neptune transits convey deep spiritual meanings and guidance that is beyond the realm of rational thought and the seen. Literally it is the messenger revealing our soul-collective mandates for humanity's evolution. And, depending on an individual's circumstances and soul mandate, can be a period of delusion, depression and strong confusion.

Since June of last year, Neptune has been in strong supportive aspect with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, and most recently the January Capricorn surge (see Full Moon chart below). 

This potent, trans-generational archetype, rules the mystical sign of Pisces. Its epic, once-in-a-lifetime transit of its home sign that commenced in 2011 and completes in 2027 (occurs every 165 years or so) has strongly amplified Pisces' themes such as compassion and empathy (or lack thereof), spirituality, water (including intense storms/drought and climate shifts), music, imagery, illusion and delusion including drugs, the primal natural-world vibe, and humanity's global evolution. And we still have seven more years to go!

Now just half-way through its Piscean journey, Neptune lines up in direct opposition with the coming Virgo Full Moon on March 9th. Most of the planetary aspects at Full Moon are contained like book ends between the South Node in Capricorn (the coming end of the Industrial Revolution model) and Venus/Uranus in Taurus (the coming Aquarian age (Uranus) and deeper connection to the Earth (Venus/Taurus). In between those end points is a very potent mix of energies spanning just 4 signs. This intensity has been in play since early January. Children born recently under this configuration are here to create epic changes in the coming years.

Further, to emphasize how its influence highlights Neptune's dance with the illusion of time, this Full Moon connection occurs the day after the switch to daylight time in the US and Canada.

In short, such a strong Full Moon on March 9th will further amplify world-wide concerns now surfacing about the Coronavirus. Here, the Moon in Virgo, which focuses on matters of health, occurs just as Mercury stations at direct motion at the very end degrees of Aquarius. This has been quite the Mercury Retrograde (Feb 17-Mar10)! Mercury's Aquarius placement at Full Moon serves as a communication standard bearer and indicator for the coming Aquarian age and its very different Earth/societal dynamics.

A Virus Cell
And as an aside here and germane to the Coronavirus, the actual news beyond China of this mysterious virus and its potential effects occurred as Saturn and Pluto neared exact conjunction in rule-driven Capricorn on December 31 while the Moon transited Pisces. To further underscore this dynamic, a very strong surge of Capricorn energy including a strong Solar eclipse were further energizing the field. Such timing mirrors the serendipity and timing of the Universe...right there!!

Two-years ago I wrote the emerging energetic world script pointed to greater intensity in 2019 and even more in 2020. The 2020 part has occurred just as limiting/structured Saturn has comes into close or exact aspect with transformative Pluto in Capricorn. Intensity on all levels has now become the norm for the time being (they were in opposition on 9/11/2001). These two archetypal dynamos remain in orb until March 22 (just past the equinox), then come close together again in Capricorn between early July and December 17. Yes, we are in for quite the energetic ride over the coming months. 

In all respect, awareness is power. In that vein it is helpful to know certain astrological frequencies are now mirroring an amplification of Earth energies through changing climate and strong Aquarian based societal changes. What lies beyond 2020? I’ll write more about 2021 and beyond potentials in a coming article.

Specific to viruses, recent information about the Coronavirus has been elevated rapidly to world-wide awareness (Pisces) during the Pisces part of the current Mercury retrograde. This has triggered deep fears, which has seen powerful rippling/adverse effects in the world's financial markets (Capricorn). In Neptunian fashion, this dream has become a nightmare for governments (Capricorn) attempting to control/contain/deal with a viral outbreak.

So who do you believe? What do you believe? Stay informed and use reputable news sources. The illusion of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram memes would not necessarily fall under the reputable category. 

And most importantly, are you at danger of contracting the virus? Well, yes and no. Depends on circumstances and your state of health. Recently, I wrote an article about the important role viruses and bacteria play in the Earth's circle of life including their transformative effects.
On The March: Zimbabwe 2019
photo by Joseph Mina
A Brief Look Down The Energetic Hallway

As transformative Pluto and rule-driven Saturn complete their final passages through Capricorn (Pluto first entered Capricorn during the financial disruptions of 2008), all things Capricorn such as politics, rules, law, business, corporate structures and organizations will undergo further amplification and strong transformative changes over the coming months through 2023. 

In that year, Pluto will move into the sign of Aquarius, working its energetic transformative effects in the realm of future events and technology (including robotics), and most importantly social justice and equality. Saturn by contrast moves into Aquarius this coming March 22, just after the equinox; staying in early degrees Aquarius until July 2 when it returns for one-last Capricorn pass and Pluto interaction. 

Saturn's Aquarian passage over the next two-and-a-half years will literally set the energetic stage for Pluto's 20-year transit in 2023-2043 in Aquarius, as it redefines the societal rules and structures that will prevail in the coming years.

Now is the time to energetically prepare for this huge energetic surge by strengthening your body and attuning to your spirit and its life-mandates. The last time Pluto transited Aquarius was just after the American Revolution of 1776. History is a great reminder, teacher and guide. In the 21st Century, that guidance becomes all the more important for the continued health and well-being of all people.

Lastly, strong cycles will unfold later this year as Venus retrogrades Gemini in May/June (replaying its epic Sun transit vibration of 2004 and 2012), and Mars will retrograde in Aries in Sept/Nov, including the US Presidential elections, which occurs during Mercury Retrograde in Libra. Stay tuned!!!

Exciting Coming Event:

Power Of Presence Hawaii Retreat - September 2020
South Kona Coast and City of Refuge
photo by Joseph Mina
My partner Charissa Rousseau and I are offering a 10-day Hawaii Retreat this coming September on Hawaii's Kona Coast on Big Island. This Retreat occurs during a potent Mars retrograde in Aries. Mars is about taking action and starting new endeavors. Its retrograde period is the perfect time to go within to seed those very energies.

To assist you, we have planned five group bodywork sessions, guided interactions with Hawaii's dolphins, guided meditations attuning to the light-bridge connecting Africa massive and wise elephants and animals with Hawaii's cetaceans, and yoga and movement. There will be insightful astrological and spiritual discussions, night sky tours, and a deeper connection to Hawaii's culture and temples through the eyes and hearts of local Hawaiian elders. You will also take a transformative day journey to Pele's mystical home at Volcanoes National Park. And in the nurturing department, organically-based catered meals and powerful camaraderie with like-minded souls will provide immense support in your growth and Hawai'i transformation.

All in all, this framework will form a very strong template for this transformative retreat. I'll post more in the coming days about how you can join us for this powerful life-altering experience.

My Life’s Focus of Service
Over the past 28 years, in addition to understanding and working with astrological cycles, I have practiced a body-centered therapy called Quantum Alignment Bodywork. This modality, which continues to evolve in concert with the Earth’s rapid changes, works with the various energetic fields of the body (picture a large bubble surrounding the body). As with my own personal life choices, and the bodywork I receive on a frequent basis, my intention behind my work is to add strength and depth to the body’s energetic field, rather than stopping body’s symptoms. Quality of life is paramount to me rather than a focus on longevity.
Sunset Group Bodywork Session - Hawaii
photo by Joseph Mina
Further, upgrading the body’s various energetic strategies has now become paramount to match and become in tune to this rapidly changing 21st century vibration. It logically follows: the stronger and more energized the body functions, the greater the opportunity to make healthier and more creative life-giving/receiving choices for everyone. Healthy people always make healthy choices.

In my bodywork sessions, I work specifically with a person’s overall energetic field and related body’s innate intelligences accessing and activating specific combinations of energy meridians and other places of passive tension ready to shift/change. My intention is always to use the least amount of input to create the greatest amount of change, trusting in the body’s innate wisdom to reorganize the energetic fields accordingly. Further, I find working with groups of people, instead of the common one-to-one, much more energetically powerful than anyone could possibly experience by themselves. This mirrors the emerging Aquarian mandate of creating a healthy society through group interaction and collaboration. As such, anytime a healthy energy field is occupied by a like-minded group of people, the potential for a more enriched exchange increases significantly and exponentially.

Service To The World:
Recent Selfie 😎
As I near the ripe young age of 70, I find my love for traveling and sharing both astrological perspectives of this revolutionary time, as well as bodywork sessions with groups of people more and more exciting. Today I feel more energized, more alive and more connected than I did just 20 years ago. The power of frequently receiving powerful bodywork modalities, eating organically, exercise etc. is a lifestyle I passionately embrace.

Since I began offering sessions back in 1992, I have served over 20,000 people. That very thought is quite humbling. Likewise, i am ever grateful to local promoters who contact me for purposes of visiting their community to offer programs, or to work with their retreat group. This type of exchange is always an energy stimulating one for all concerned.

If you are interested in my working with your community or retreat group, or would like an insightful astrological consultation during a very transformative time, please contact me at
Lastly, the name Gemini Awakening, something I created a long time ago with my former partner Kathryn Andren, is finally fading away as Neptune's influence in my chart also wanes. That name will soon be replaced by Core Activation, which best expresses the current energetic pace and higher intention behind the modalities I practice in this emerging Aquarian age. 

I look forward to serving you in new and exciting ways.

Sat Nam

Joseph Mina
Stellenbosch, South Africa
March 5, 2020

Coronavirus: Ally or Foe???

“A virus can change the fate of the world; power has nothing to do with being tiny or giant! Power is something related to the power hidden within you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan, Turkish author, poet and playright.

The Role of Viruses and Bacteria

In general, viruses and bacteria are a natural part of the Earth’s eco-system. Each serves a very specific function in the circle of life. That circle of life comprises the many living parts of the Earth’s various elemental energy fields.
Example of a Virus
Viruses represent aggressive agents of change whose function is basically degenerative, i.e. to breakdown energetic forms.  A virus requires a living host in order to function. Their introduction into any living system from an external source creates tremendous pressure within a system, literally forcing within that living system the release of bound-up internal energy. For purposes of this article, bound up energy would represent energy that is trapped, contained and not easily accessible within a living organism. A viral presence creates intense tension patterns that ultimately requires some sort of body release or purging in order to reestablish equilibrium and flow.

Noted biologists Dr. Bruce Lipton contends through his research viruses do not invade the body. Rather they are drawn into a living host by the very cells within that host requiring change, much like a magnet draws metal to itself. In other words, cellular memory/awareness within the cell’s structure actually possesses the innate capacity to accept or reject a virus based on the functioning needs of the cell. This is quite a profound and telling aspect to the body’s overall strategy for survival and healthy expression. More can be learned on YouTube via Dr. Lipton’s series “The Biology of Belief”.

Equally profound is the natural cleansing or purging process that is activated to rid a host of whatever no longer serves its overall functioning. If any living host exists in a depleted energetic state (quite usual for those struggling with any infection or degenerative condition), that exchange of energy can literally lead at a minimum to a temporary purging within one or more of the body systems, for example a lung infection or the flu, and at worst, a complete breakdown of the system leading to death.
Bacteria is another aspect of the natural world that serves a critical purpose. Bacteria are astonishingly resilient and able to mutate as the need arises. The persistent use of antibiotics in our current-day culture, an unnatural and human-based medical technique originating in the 19th century, has led to the evolution of stronger and even more resilient strains of bacteria. No matter what the human approach here, bacteria has shown it has a more intense and persistent answer. Medical professionals are highly concerned that existing antibiotics will soon lose their ability to counteract newer mutated strains of bacteria.

Bacteria possess the amazing ability to shape-shift or change their energetic frequency to match the health-related state of a living organism. This includes the need to naturally purge or release any substance no longer necessary for the healthy functioning of a living organism. If that entity is in an overall healthy state, then most bacteria will function in a positive or beneficial way adding strength to the body systems. The abundance of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract is one of many examples.

By contrast, if the organism is in an overall depleted or toxic state (some refer to this state as being “sick”), the balance of bacteria shifts or changes into a more degenerative form to literally de-organize or breakdown the organism’s energy field into a lower, more efficient form of useable energy.

One example of bacteria’s ability to mutate is found in dead flesh in the form of edible fish or meat. The natural tendency of anything that ceases to function is to decompose through the action of certain types of bacteria. In turn, this returns the physical matter to a lower level of organization from which it can reorganize into something new.

As bacteria requires heat to function, reducing the ambient temperature in something dead slows down this natural bacterial action to prevent rapid decomposition. Humans created refrigeration for this very reason. Prior to refrigeration, many people died due to poor hygiene in the food supply by eating bacteria laden foods.
Hence, bacteria, both beneficial and degenerative create a specific balance in a living organism that mirrors its overall state of health. Without this balance, an organism would not be able to function.

Further, on at least a human level, the overall chemical state of the body’s fluids such as blood or lymph fluid requires the system to be in a somewhat alkaline rather than acidic state. If the body is too acidic, bacteria will set in motion a process to rid the body of those parts creating higher acidity. People whose diet is mostly acidic will be generally unhealthy, showing various symptoms of that unhealthy state.

In the bigger picture, if a population (human or non-human) lives in an environment that is toxic (a human-made phenomenon), then the spread of disease in that environment through viral and bacterial action will become rampant and rapid. That’s because the Universe is built on the principle of expansion, reorganization and the efficient exchange of energy. Equally the natural world sets in motion anything necessary to free-up energy into a more flowing state. In order to expand, grow or be more efficient in its energy expression, a living organism or environment must be in a healthy and vital state. Otherwise, the overall system needs to break down so a more healthy energy state can be reorganized and expressed.

The Expanding Human Population
Centuries ago, the Earth’s human population began to rapidly expand. More and more people led to the formation of cities, where many people lived unnaturally in close proximity to each other. Lacking adequate sewage treatment for waste, the local environment became more and more toxic. The naturally induced remedy was a purging of the system, or said another way, the spread of viruses became rampant. For example, in Europe and Asia during the 14th century, great plagues swept across populations living in unsanitary states literally killing millions of people living already in toxic conditions. This viral and bacterial purging was necessary to restore the overall earth environment to a more healthy or balanced state.

The greatest challenge facing humans today is the rapid growth of population (over 1 billion people have been added to the Earth in just the past ten years or about 150 people every minute). The current population is now nearing 8 billion people. Just 50 years ago, the Earth’s human population was one-half this number. Like a snowball rolling down a mountain, its initial size begins very small, but can rapidly increase as it gathers speed (more energy). Hence, the greater energy required to sustain a huge population places extreme pressure on the natural environment of the land, sea, air to provide sufficient energy to sustain the healthy state of a massive population. Environmental degradation runs counter to this energetic flow. As such, unless there is a massive shift of awareness, the overall Earth’s systems will breakdown or change if those very natural systems are extremely stressed and unable to no longer function. In the short-term (geologically speaking) that may lead to an environment hostile to human existence.

Most scientist world-wide now agree we are at that tipping point of sustainability.

A Rapidly Changing Planet and Climate Change

Meanwhile, the Earth itself is undergoing a huge upward shift in its vibration. Life is now moving faster and faster reflecting this enormous vibrational change. Societies and cultures are likewise changing, attempting to adapt to these intense environmental shifts.

Zimbabwe Children
Photo By Joseph Mina
Children developing in utero in this higher vibrational state reflect greater abilities and faster behavior due to more advanced nervous and body systems. The rapid shift of technological advancements over the past ten years, such as computers, advanced mobile phones, tablets, networks etc also reflects this rapid upward shift in energy. Hence, the increasing pressures of more and more people together with a change in the Earth’s vibration now trigger enormous questions with no simple answers about how humans will be able to exist, function and thrive in a healthy fashion in this rapidly evolving 21st century. That script has yet to be written or revealed.

Yet notwithstanding answers, such questions are best understood and addressed first on an individual level. Here, the healthy functioning of any person requires a healthy state of living. Eating organically grown foods, daily exercise and quiet time, adequate rest, working and living in a healthy environment, having healthy relationships with others, and refraining from toxic behaviors, such as smoking, represent the ideal that supports a healthy and enriched existence. More so, functioning on this level requires a strong internal physical energy core supported by healthy beliefs and positive attitudes.

Yet “no man is an island”. We coexist with others in a myriad of ways, sometimes expansively, other times deficiently. Because human society is extremely dynamic, highly changeable, and made up of many fluctuating parts, maintaining such a healthy state on an individual level can prove to be quite challenging unless a societal mandate exists for all peoples to coexist in a healthy, sustainable fashion.


Mosi-oa-tunya (Victoria Falls)
photo by Joseph Mina
Because of such rapid Earth and societal changes, receiving effective body therapies on a more regular basis has now become an integral part of a person’s overall healthy life choices and strategies. A significant increase in the number of practitioners offering such health-related therapy services throughout the world is a poignant indicator of such needs.  Immediate focus of protecting oneself from viruses/bacteria is a futile, short-term strategy. Better to strengthen your body’s inner core for the days ahead.

In that respect, it’s important to remember no state of existence is immune from change. Change is inevitable. Yet growth, going beyond your comfort zone, is always optional.  The ultimate question: will you make choices for change and growth proactively, or allow your life circumstances to be dictated by passive or unhealthy decisions? The former state creates positive outcomes; the latter state invariably leads to challenging outcomes.

Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow via Netflix introduced a much bigger audience to recent trends in the wellness field that reveals natural-based opportunities now available for strengthening the body’s inner core. If you are a Netflix subscriber, search for “GOOP”. Otherwise, a search on YouTube for Goop will reveal a myriad of wellness and life-style related podcast that may help you make better, informed choices.

And therein lies the crux of the matter. Awareness is power. Using that power to effect positive changes on the Earth, not only benefits future generations, but most importantly helps you to attune to the natural world around you, and supports initiatives that add more life to life. That’s quite the contrast to degrading and mutating the environment (pollution, radiation, GMO foods, habitat and species destruction, vaccines, etc) to attain very short-term and myopic outcomes (usually financially/politically driven) that adversely affect a quality of life essential for all to grow and prosper.

As always, the choice is ours.

Sat Nam
Joseph Mina
Stellenbosch, South Africa
March 3, 2020

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Total Lunar Eclipse January 20/21: The Internal Roar

"Always remember, you have within you the strength, patience, and passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman - American Abolitionist and political activist (1822-1912) 

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Greetings from the Western Cape of South Africa

Almost a year has past since my last blog entry! "Best laid plans of mice and men." At various points of 2018 I had great intentions about weighing-in on the very significant transiting cycles of 2018, but Neptune and its fog-like cloak thought otherwise. I'll share much more about my dance of surrender with Neptune in a future blog. Suffice it to say for the moment Neptune has brought me many gifts in my career realms of bodywork, astrology and imagery. And equally, Neptune has been dissolving (on-going) that which no longer serves my soul-journey. So onto the issue at hand: the coming Super Moon total lunar eclipse.

Cut To The Chase Version:

Starting a year with two significant lunar cycles, i.e. a partial solar eclipse in Capricorn (January 6) and Super Moon total eclipse in Leo (January 20/21), portends a year of great change (possibly upheaval), introspection, intensity (perhaps greater than witnessed so far this decade), and significant beginnings. This is a potent time to tap into your inner passion and let it roar. Three significant