Monthly Archives: November 2012

Musings from the Human Design 43-23 “Genius to Freak” transit and Solar Eclipse

Today is the final day of an almost week-long Human Design transit of the Sun/Earth into the astrological opposition channel of the “Genius to Freak” 43-23 lighting up the Ajna(mind) center and connecting it directly to the Throat center in a uniquely individual mutative mode. What especially brilliant and or freaky things have you noticed coming out of your mouth or the mouths of your friends, family, and media this week? To add to the power of the message we had a Solar Eclipse in this very channel. The eclipse itself had the Moon and Sun in the 43 which is the gate/hexagram of Resoluteness or Deciding and connecting to the Earth in the 23 of Splitting Apart or Stripping Away. Hillary Barrett‘s I-Ching translation begins with several questions for every hexagram. Of the 43 she asks “What do you stand for?”, “How do you define yourself”, “What belongs in your realm and where do you need to make a clear break?”

The super new moon here indicates we are making powerful and hopefully conscious decisions this week, planting new seeds about who we are and what we are standing for in our lives while the 23 encourages us to go deep, strip our message down to the essential ingredients and let go of the worn-out concepts that are no longer true to who we are. These seed decisions will hold powerful energy over the next 6 months at least and are likely to affect and change our lives in the longer term as they sprout, grow and bear fruit.

I found myself engaged in a debate on Facebook in one of the Human Design group pages about what source material was best to recommend to the beginner. The person asking the question had specifically mentioned a book written by one of my wonderful teachers Chetan Parkyn and asked people’s opinions about it. Human Design was originally channeled through by a man who later changed his name from Krakauer to Ra Uru Hu and Chetan was an early student of his, the first to be certified to teach HD in the U.S. by Ra but later their paths diverged. Part of the growing pains of HD has been a division between those who have followed the teachings of Ra in a purist and I’ll term it religiously dogmatic way and those who have had their own revelations and  taken in the broader(some might say “incorrect”) perspectives and viewpoints of people who once studied with Ra and went on to have their own insights and interpretations such as Chetan, Zeno, Richard Rudd, Kim Gould, Bettina Gribben and others.

There was much written back and forth about the accuracy and clarity of the various sources and a great  undercurrent of  dogmatic intolerance from all positions. Many people standing firm, the 43 in action. Yet for me it brought up not only what I stand for but also what I have stripped away and what I am letting go of, recognition of which seems to have come courtesy of the 23. The resulting discussion led me to write a number of things I want to share with you and I think they are applicable whether you are “into” Human Design or not. It’s about the process of learning and becoming. Here are the two parts I want to share:

“Yes, each of us honoring our integrity and gaining access to insight through the voices we can hear. There are those of us out there(and I DO include myself in that group) That gave whole-hearted and open-minded effort to learning from Ra himself but found too much dissonance and ego static in the voice and phrasing and not enough light. For us it has been a blessing to be able to get the information to begin our own experiments from someone other than Ra. Is it heresy to say that in the beginning I simply couldn’t hear most of his message because the human straight masculine side of him carried so much flawed humanity and its own conditioning that it only triggered me and made it impossible to hear him?

Human Design didn’t come from Ra but rather came through him. Many groundbreaking and revolutionizing concepts have come through channels but one has to discern the difference between the material trying to come forth and the concepts, beliefs, and conditioning experiences of the channel which will color and shape the way the information comes out sometimes twisting it into distortion and narrow interpretation.

One of the great beauties of Human Design is that we can each of us step away from anything we’ve been told, free ourselves from what we have believed in the past, disregard the pressure exerted from those around us and conduct our own experiment. When we believe something to be true the energy of universal attraction will pull people and experiences to us that help to “prove” that belief. But when we open ourselves and our perception past the boundaries of our beliefs amazing new insights and experiences await us.

If I only look one direction I will never know what is standing right next to me waiting to touch me and be discovered. This group is in it’s foundation a small, intelligent, and hopefully compassionate step in the direction of seeking to understand and accept the diversity of possible viewpoint and perception available to everyone who comes to Human Design. There is strength and fertility in diversity so while I may not agree with what others have to write or have some other kind of experience it does not make my viewpoint or experience any more true or valid. It only makes it mine.

Once upon a time I had very strong reactions to what people said or wrote about Human Design. Viewing myself as a warrior of liberation I would strongly oppose what they wrote feeling I needed to “protect”, “correct” or “shield the innocent” (lol!) from practices I saw as damaging. Then I had a realization(thank YOU Levi Lovehammer!). What I realized was that I didn’t trust others to come to the same truth that I had. Not much liberation there! Only an invitation to follow yet another dictator. That distrust is the very antithesis of Human Design and I left it behind. It’s all much more fun and interesting this way and lo and behold I can listen to Ra and find things of value in what he says every now and then.” 😉

Later in the discussion another writer used the apples and oranges metaphor to indicate that Ra’s teachings were the apple and the rest us were oranges and that a person could eat oranges all her life and be told they were apples but they were in fact still oranges which led me to this “freaky” outpouring about the nature of the decisions we make and following our path to enlightenment:

“Use every choice, every experience, every personal interaction and insight to learn knowing there are no mistakes. Then use what we’ve learned to strip away the unnecessary layers allowing ourselves to become authentic. This is where we become powerful, enlightened, and a strong force for positive change in the world. I have long believed (my belief here. lol) that our only real job assignment is to become the most “ourself” we can possibly be. That each one of us is a unique, crucially important, uniquely needed answer to a question that was posed at the moment of our birth. When we come back to ourselves(whether that self is defined or not) we embody that energy, are that answer, and we interact and affect all who come into contact with us and our “light”.

There is a slight good-humored tease I often use with my Buddhist friends(and I was a practicing Buddhist for years). It goes like this: If Buddha became enlightened not by following the path of others but by following his own unique path what makes you think that by following his you will become enlightened?

What makes us have the unfounded worry that by following our own path we will be led astray? Eat an apple, eat an orange, why not a kumquat too or a papaya or rambutan but trust your own taste buds to tell you what is good for you.”

This also brought to mind a quote from my beloved partner “Big Don” Walker in a dance/theater performance titled From the Heart(he was a Heart to Throat manifestor, lol) a number of years before his death. The scene took place in front of a mirror at the ballet barre and Don was practicing plie and tendu while scrutinizing his form and perceiving his faults. As he saw more and more faults he grew smaller and more twisted to great comic effect but then at the end he had a revelation that straightened him right back up and he found his own beautiful shape, line, and form with the statement “I may never be Baryshnikov but neither will he… ever… be ME!” In the immortal words of that unique mortal Oscar Wilde who actually had his conscious personality nodes of the Moon in the 43-23, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”.

Slipping off the soapbox now and looking forward to tomorrow when this transit will be over and I’ll go back to having a completely open Crown and Ajna no longer with so much mental pressure wanting to express itself. And just look back at all the posts I’ve written here in just the last week or so. A great illustration of a Human Design transit at work.

You can read more from me here on my wordpress blog, and on my website and be my friend at my facebook page(Hal Bahr). If you are interested in learning Human Design from me you can go here, and I am always available for private Human Design, Astrological or my unique combination sessions looking at your natal charts, evolutionary intent, soul purpose, ways to identify and break through blockages, relationships, current trends and future possibilities and more. My services are listed on my website and you can always contact me with observations, questions or appointment requests by emailing or by phoning 541.897.0512


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My Mission Statement

As part of a continuing course I’m taking I had to come up with my mission statement. I thought I would share it with you. Image

My mission statement. To continue to grow in knowledge and understanding through the cooperative ventures I enter into with colleagues and mentors, my own experiment with Human Design, my interactions and research with my clients and my continuing endeavor to bring my unique vision of the practice of combining astrology and Human Design to assist my clients in identifying and removing blockages to evolutionary growth in their lives. To let my natural curiosity and open-mindedness continue to question and inform my practice and reform my dogma wherever it may exist. To use my evolving understanding to deliver information and advice of practical value to my clients, students, and listeners. To take advantage of my naturally-arising opportunities to teach, to write, and to speak to groups, astrological, HD, and general public, about the benefits of learning about one’s own and others Human Design and astrology to aid in personal growth, financial and business success, and bettering business, family, and love relationships. To help foster understanding, cooperation, and good-humored communication which then helps to foster a better, more cooperative, more understanding world where everyone is recognized, valued, and encouraged to work with the special gifts we each have to share and to help relieve the burden of trying to be what we are not. To continually grow stronger and more confident at being able to stand in the light of my truth and to share that light fearlessly, yet with kindness, humor, and compassion, with those around me. To do all of this while always honoring and being guided by my Human Design, my astrology, and most importantly my responsive inner truth/authority.

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Proliferation of Void of Course Moons, the beginning of a new era and a couple Mercury rx stories

ImageToday an astrologer/Tarot colleague of mine asked me what I thought the significance was of all the Void of Course Moon periods we are experiencing now. For those of you who don’t know the Moon goes Void of Course after it makes it’s last Ptolemaic aspect(conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition) to another planet until it enters a new sign. Void of Course Moon periods are generally agreed to be times that you don’t want to begin a new project or make an important decision as it will “come to nothing” though it is a fine time to finish off old business or do research and gather facts. The last couple years we’ve had several of the slow outer planets occupying the final degrees of signs so there have been fewer and shorter VOC Moon periods. Then one by one each of the outers, Pluto, Uranus, Neptune all entered into new signs leaving only Saturn  occupying a late degree. In early October Saturn entered Scorpio so right now we have all the outer planets in early degrees of signs and all the planets but Mars in the first half of signs. Mars is currently around 23 degrees of Sag so it means at this point we are having many VOC Moon periods and some of them are lasting more than 24 hours. After reading my response to my friend I decided it was worthwhile sharing with my readers too. Here it is.

The first thing that strikes me is not the VOC moon periods but rather the acknowledgement that all the planets representing the great gods of change are in early degrees of signs signalling a new era of sorts and pointing to new places and themes we must revolutionize(this has been going on/building up for some time but Saturn finishing up in Libra has been acting as a braking mechanism). There is a greater and greater push to do tangible things that provoke change. All the VOC moon periods speak to me of what can happen when we use that youthful energy(youthful folly – I-Ching) to initiate things without taking the timing into consideration. Many initiatives come to naught if they were not launched with attention to detail, practicality, and timing. On the other hand I find VOC moon periods to be excellent times to dream, vision, and employ non-linear techniques to problem-solving and to going deeply within to discover creative ways of changing ourselves and coming into alignment with the energy of the times.

Finally we are in the beginning of a Mercury retrograde period so back up your computer and pay special attention to the electronics in your life. Give careful scrutiny to any legal documents demanding attention as this retrograde begins in Sag which has a relationship to all things legal. A great time to reconsider, review, rethink your current philosophy and since this retrograde is in the Sacral gate 34 of Great Power in the HD chart a very good time to consider where your power is, where you are giving it away, and what you are using it for.

My own early Merc Rx story is that the electronic brain in my 2012 Chevy Equinox(what other car would an astrologer drive? lol) had been acting up for some time deciding I lived in Washington DC, arbitrarily resetting the time to 4 hours earlier, forgetting gps destinations whenever I would stop en route for gas or food. So I took it in 2 days ago to be reprogrammed but it didn’t take so I had to return it the next day, yesterday, for another reboot. I got it back and it was still downloading info. The repairman told me to keep it on for at least 30 minutes so it could finish the job. I drove around for over an hour while it continued downloading and never finished. I got home and decided to leave the key in the ignition so it could keep grinding away and then went into the house, forgot all about it and ended up taking a nap. When I woke up later I rushed out to my car to find that the battery had been drained and I couldn’t start the car. Who wants to bet that when I go out there today the brain will still have issues and I’ll have to bring it in again? On second thought don’t answer that. . .

My second Mercury rx story(it hasn’t even been retrograde for 24 hours and I already have two stories. This portends a very active rx period for me. wahooo!) is about re-writing and updating the current transit/sky story of my website After spending a couple hours re-writing and updating I pushed the publish button and got the first error message I’ve ever gotten while working on my site. Turns out all my work was lost, no update got done and I was forced to re-write what I had posted. I had done it all stream-of-thought without any external back up so it all had to be completely recomposed! I took the whole thing as a suggestion from the gods of communication that there was something that needed more thought and a different take so I spent the time redoing it and got a successful update accomplished. May your own Mercury rx period go smoother than mine and may you find the things that do have to be redone in your life are actually blessed opportunities to get things done more accurately, more clearly and much more successfully.


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Election 2012 and Mercury Retrograde

Election 2012 and Mercury Retrograde

Well here we are. Election day is tomorrow and there will be a blessed silence on many people’s phones and front door bells. Much has been written by astrologers about the fact that Mercury, planet of cognition, communication, counting, and things local will be turning retrograde at 6pm Eastern time tomorrow(Nov 6, 2012). There have been many predictions of doom and gloom, confusion and deception, and general chaos for finding out the actual outcome. Many of those writers have the thought that it may not be truly clear who won and who lost till Mercury again turns direct on Nov 26th or perhaps even later when it comes out of the retrograde “shadow”(where it began it’s retrograde) on Dec 14th.

A few weeks ago I was asked about this and had my own perspective on it. Today I got the internal push to share it with others. Before I do so though I’ll put this disclaimer out about my own personal bias and internal setting. In my own astrological chart I have Venus, North Node, Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury all making a closer or slightly looser conjunction to my 0 degree Scorpio Sun so I have a certain kind of innate optimism that rarely relates to the mutually-agreed-upon reality of circumstances surrounding any given issue. What I got a few weeks ago was that with Mercury still direct for most of election day and in fact relatively motionless from the Earth’s perspective and so exerting the most powerful influence(or reflecting the collective’s intense attention and the idea of everything coming to a halt for this moment) the message delivered would actually be one that is surprisingly clear and powerful. The winners in this election will be clear winners without ambiguity and a clear direction results(even if that direction is one of going backwards or the undoing of what was accomplished during the last 4 years).

Certainly there will be much attention to what led up to this result and what resources, techniques and devices were employed with the idea of re-evaluation and improvement for next time. The fact that the tabulation of votes will be done completely under the very start of a Mercury retrograde does certainly imply that the final results aren’t clear for a time, get mis-stated, or that some adjustment ends up being made before things are clear so it behooves everyone to not get too wound up about the initial results and to refrain from losing your mind at any time in the process.

Beyond the details of this election I have some other thoughts and musings which again play out of my own internal setting. No matter who gets elected president(a largely ceremonial position at this time in our history) and takes over control of the house and senate there are a few indisputable winners. The black-ops cabal of corporate, military industrial and financial powers-that-be continue to gain more power and influence while the common individual loses autonomy, prosperity and civil rights. This will continue to be the case as long as so-called Republican presidents and congress pass and sign laws that diminish the rights of the individual and so-called Democratic presidents and legislatures continue to endorse and make permanent these same changes. This will continue as long as the highest court in the land makes rulings that declare inanimate corporations to be “people” and awards them the same rights of “freedom of speech” resulting in unregulated wealth going into political action groups that have no oversight, accountability or any attachment to truth or the betterment of society. This will continue as long as politicians are not subject to term limits and there are no regulations on the money a political race can spend thus pressuring them into the bias of what gets them re-elected and who pays for the next campaign. This will continue until we as people band together in non-partisan nondenominational groups that provide the social pressure and education that gets a different idea elected to power.

It is interesting to me that this Mercury retrograde that is nearly upon us happens in the Human Design chart in the Sacral(life-force energy) center and specifically in gate 34 which is the gate of Great Power the only non-sexual gate in the Sacral center. Will we as individuals take the time to re-examine where our power lies, where we give it over to others and what we are using it for? With Saturn having just arrived in Scorpio there is great energy for us to recognize what is real and see who has their hands on the hidden wheels of power, what needs to be changed and putting the work into the transformation of that power and authority. There is also an equal amount of energy that is going into the the effort to retain, stabilize and increase this power by those already holding it. By next year Pluto will have moved into gate 38 in the Root center. 38 is the gate of Opposition and is part of a channel of human rights.

No matter the outcome of tomorrow’s election we all have a great deal of work to do over the next 2 1/2 years both in our public and private lives. That work will be more about paying attention to our own truths and banding together with others who share our perspectives rather than depending on someone else in a place of power to do the work for us. We will have to identify and actively oppose those principals that from our own perspective do not bring us or our society forward into greater health and vitality regardless of party affiliation, racial or economic background or religion. Will we do it? My internal setting is always set on yes we will. That’s where I’m casting my real vote and I’m looking around for people/groups/places to put my energy that are on that same trajectory. Who are you voting for and what are you going to do about it?


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