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by Gary Brand - written January 11, 2007,
published in the February 2007 edition of Echo* newspaper

Last month’s article was about what we can expect during 2007 but I omitted the Mercury and Venus retrograde periods from it.  Mercury retrogrades three times each year and these periods last an average of 22 days but the effective period, the time during which we see the effects manifest, lasts two months because it includes the times when Mercury appears to move slower than its normal speed before and after the retrograde.  The first Mercury retrograde is February 14 – March 8 with an effective period of February 4 – April 2, the second retrograde is June 15 – July 9 with an effective period of May 27 – July 26, and the third retrograde is October 12 – November 1 with an effective period of September 16 – November 15.  These dates are for the Eastern Time Zone.  Venus retrogrades once every 17 months and lasts about 45 days (it is actually retrograde July 27 - September 8) but the effective period lasts for six months (May – October).  The great astrologer/astronomer Johannes Kepler pointed out that Mercury retrograde is the most potent of all retrogrades because this planet has the most speed to lose (J.K., p. 13 (1601/1942)).  You can read about the potential effects of Mercury retrograde or Venus retrograde by clicking on these links.

Two images of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa, were
taken on September 7, 1996 by the Galileo spacecraft. These two images of Jupiter's moon, Europa, make it look like a big, cracked ball of ice, an apt description considering that its crust of ice is thought to be some 60 miles thick!  These images were taken on September 7, 1996 by the Galileo spacecraft.  The left image shows the natural color appearance of the moon while the right image is a false-color composite combining violet, green and infrared images to enhance color differences in its crust.  Dark lines are fractures in the ice crust, some of which are more than 3,000 kilometers (1,850 miles) long.  The bright white area with a central dark spot to the lower right of center is a relatively recent impact crater 50 kilometers (31 miles) in diameter.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

During 2006, I learned first hand how important and powerful intentions are and, when linked with prayer, they can manifest as miracles.  Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines intention as “1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result” and “8. the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.”  The first definition contains two Mars keywords – act and action – and the second definition includes three Jupiter keywords – benefit, prayer, and religious offering so I submit that an intention and its results are astrological functions of Mars and Jupiter.  The second definition defines intention as a person or thing and, because the benefit or result is through prayer and giving, it is an act of faith.  Both of these definitions are key to understanding my recent, powerful experience with intention.

Carlos Castaneda in his book The Active Side of Infinity said, “Intent [synonym of intention] is a force that exists in the Universe.  When [those who know how]... beckon intent, it comes to them and sets up the path for attainment....”  I interpret this to mean that intention is an existing force or power that we can invite into our consciousness and, when we do, it shows us the path to follow to achieve the object or goal of our intention.  Force is a Mars keyword and attainment is akin to achievement, a Jupiter keyword, so this definition also fits the symbolism of these two planets.

Favorable aspects (angular relationships) or a reception (one planet in the essential dignity of another) in a birth chart between Mars and Jupiter offer the person an innate ability to manifest profound results through intention.  Although such people are often described as “lucky,” fortunate circumstances and outcomes in their lives are consciously created and obtained through intentions.  Most people are not born with such a favorable relationship between Mars and Jupiter in their birth chart but we can all apply the force of a passing (transiting) aspect between Mars and the position of Jupiter in our chart or an aspect from transiting Jupiter to the position of Mars in our chart to discover the path, through prayer and intention, to some result we seek.  However, these Mars/Jupiter transits are merely opportunities to recognize that the power to create whatever life we are intent upon creating continually resides within our conscious mind.

My experience with the power of intention began while my wife was in Martha Jefferson Hospital (in Charlottesville, Virginia) for three weeks (in ICU for two weeks) during July and August 2006 with a life-threatening case of pneumonia in both lungs.  We are among the estimated 47,000,000 Americans without health insurance because we were both self-employed at the time and the cost of comprehensive coverage for both or either of us would considerably lower our standard of living so we aren’t willing to make that kind of sacrifice.  In addition, we seldom use the traditional health care system or its providers and prefer to take responsibility for maintaining our good health by eating well, taking supplements and herbs, exercising frequently, and consulting practitioners of alternative medicine, such as those who advertise in Echo*, so it is also difficult to justify the expense of such a policy from a usage standpoint.  Although we have thought about purchasing catastrophic medical insurance policies to cover most of a medical catastrophe like her episode of pneumonia, she is close to Medicare eligibility and in good health so we were hoping that we wouldn’t need it.  Isn’t it pathetic that the U.S., one of the richest countries in the world, doesn’t have universal health care coverage like every other developed nation?  In terms of health care coverage of our citizens, we are like a third-world country.

During my wife's hospitalization, I was informed by hospital staff that we earned too much money to qualify for Federal aid or any of the programs offered by the hospital that would reduce our bill.  The person in billing also informed me that the bill at that time (one week before my wife was discharged) amounted to $60,000.  I was quite disheartened by this news but I told all of my friends and anyone else who would listen that my intention was that the hospital bill would somehow be “taken care of” by the end of 2006 because I was determined that we were not going to labor for the rest of our lives to pay off that debt.  I also asked everyone with whom I spoke and the members of my church (Unity Church of Charlottesville) to pray for Marianne’s full and speedy recovery, for our prosperity (she had no earnings during her hospitalization and recovery), and that the hospital bill would be taken care of by the end of the year.  In late October 2006, we finally received the bill for $64,423 and the billing department said that they would determine our monthly payments based on our latest Federal Income Tax return.  I was confident that this debt would go away by the end of the year and had drafted a letter that I was going to send to liberal Democratic members of Congress asking for their help in finding a foundation, institution or charitable organization that could help us.  However, by the first week of December, I began to doubt that the hospital bill would be taken care of by year's end.  Less than a week later (on December 11, 2006), we received a phone call from the hospital billing department informing us that a board that makes decisions about unusual cases like ours had met and decided that if we paid $250 by the “end of the year,” they would write-off the rest of the bill!!  This was truly a miracle created by intention and prayer.  Our deepest gratitude to all who contributed to this amazing outcome through your prayers and visualizations and to the staff of Martha Jefferson Hospital.  We all have the power to create amazing outcomes like this through our intentions and Wayne Dyer’s book The Power of Intention has been an inspiration for me.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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