Universal Festival Calendar for April, 2014


The Universal Festival Calendar for April 2014, and its Mythic Prelude “Under Siege” — about the spectacular alignment of April 21, with planets assaulting all four sides of Hard Heart Castle, the collective human heart — is now online at http://www.danfurst.com/prelude—april–2014.html. If you’d like to see a broadcast from the Hard Heart News studio in Kiev Ukraine, with Lord Saturn and Mercury the Messenger themselves, and hear about why the extremely powerful planet combination coming this month is the most transformative of the year, and possibly the strongest of the entire Uranus-Pluto dynamic of 2012 – 2015, Check out this month’s UFC. Here’s an excerpt:

To introduce the fighters in what could be likened to a tag team match if anyone actually wanted to work with anyone else: all four corners of the system of domination, manipulation and control — the establishments of government, finance, education and religion (Jupiter); science, technology and media (Uranus); military and enforcement powers (Mars); and espionage, encryptation and propaganda (Pluto) — are not linked hand in hand and cheek by jowl as usual, working smoothly if not happily to keep their people fooled, fat and frightened, but are now so divided that each one is against all of the others, seeking to save only itself as they hear the girders groaning, they smell the first faint fumes, feel the brick dust falling on their backs, and fight to get out of the rotten structure before it falls on top of them. Naturally, they try to stir as much fear as they can in everyone else, in hopes that this emotional energy wave, however dark and heavy, will implode and shore up their ruin for just a little longer.
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Universal Festival Calendar, February 2014


The Universal Festival Calendar for February, 2014 is now online, complete with its mythic prelude “El Señor de Las Rosas.”

It shows in more detail than last month’s UFC how the extremely turbulent and transformative dynamics of this year, the climax of the Years of Awakening from 2012 to 2015, will unfold in a birth rhythm that intensifies with the Full Moon of Feb. 14 – 15. An excerpt:

If the world and the brushfires of the human heart are as turbulent as this now, then what can we expect at the major seismic events of April, June and December, and in early 2015? And what will be our best strategies for getting ourselves, our families and our communities through the black winds and the white water we’ll have to negotiate this year?

What the Moonlight Shows
If you read the UFC and other things like it, you already know. By now we could probably form the main ideas into a litany of other set of mantras. Be the change you want to see in the world. Feed the bird of love rather than the wolf of fear, and make sure your well of courage holds more than your well of doubt. Make generosity an art form. Build community, and make it joyous. Create a resumé as compelling as the Dalai Lama’s: “I am a Buddhist monk.” Do what is needed — more on this soon — to get better health in all ways. And memorize what Arun Gandhi said in March, 2002 at Unity Church, Diamond Head for the first Season of Peace in Hawaii.
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Into the Cauldron: Universal Festival Calendar, Nov. 2013


The astral dynamics are building toward the intensely transformational events of Nov. 1 – 5. The new Universal Festival Calendar for November, 2013 is now up at http://www.danfurst.com/prelude—november.html, complete with its mythic prelude, “Into the Cauldron.”

pardonerWhat does Chaucer’s famous Pardoner’s Tale have to do with the intensifying money melee and capitalist cockfight of the fast devolving world economy? How do the Black Moon of Nov. 3 and the New Moon that follows two days later on Guy Fawkes’ Day embody communal forces of creativity that are building all through our planetary intentional field? What herbs is Lady Cerridwen brewing in her cauldron, and what energies do they offer us? Here’s a piece of her recipe:

cerridwen“Black currant for self-acceptance. Cohosh for opening to love, and Blackberry for the sweetness of the heart reward that awaits those who practice love in patience and active waiting. Eyebright for graceful growth. Jasmine for the scent of spirit. Kidney beans for speaking our truth. Lavender for ecstasy.” And much more.

All blessings for Samhain and All Saints’ the Scorpio Black Moon and the pyrotechnics of Guy Fawkes’ Day. Keep Holding That Frequency.

Astrocartography: Your Personal Planet Energy Lines

Greetings and Blessings. I’m writing to let subscribers to Aquarian Airlines and the Universal Festival Calendar know that tomorrow, on Wed. October 9, I’ll be the guest of my dear friend and mentor Leslie Zehr on the second webcast in her series Contemplating the Universe . . . and Everything in It. Our topic will be Astrocartography: How to Find Your Personal Planet Energy Lines.

The timing of this simulcast depends on your location. It begins at 10:00pm GMT/UTC in London. Peru is 5 hours behind GMT. One way to check the time for your area is the Happy Zebra worldclock site.

To join us by phone, call (001) 206-402-0100, and enter Guest Code: 632840#

To join us over the web, click this link: http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=46470090. This page has a clock that shows you exactly when we’ll begin in your area.

Io Cartography

The map you see here is mine, for Ecuador and Peru. We’ll cover this map and others, like the New York and LA maps of Robert de Niro. Exciting stuff. Please join us!

Back in the Air

Greetings and blessings, and many thanks to all who have kindly written in the last two months to ask what happened to Aquarian Airlines, and my old Hermes3 website, and me. I am still among the living, and most grateful for the good wishes of those who’ve wondered if Aquarian Air had crash-landed, or was stuck in the hangar with mystery conditions that have been taking much too long to repair.

In February-March, with the expert help of my creative partner Mark Wilcox, I launched my new website at www.danfurst.com, which now hosts my Universal Festival Calendar, astrocartography readings page and events pages such as Sacred Sounds Egypt 2013. Hermes3 is still online as the ancestor site that hosts UFC issues from 1998 through Feb. 2013, all listed in the UFC Index, pages about the Play of Freedom and Sacred Sounds, and When It Rained in Egypt, which will be revamped in the months ahead, with complete new music.

Even so, though — did the hiatus really have to run four months as it has? Yes, I’m sorry to say, as I am just recovering now from severe illness and exhaustion triggered by 3 1/2 months of travel in Egypt, Europe and South America. It has been best lately to take it slow, and recover.
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Singing in the King’s Chamber

If you love to sing, then it’s only a matter of seconds before the impulse to do it hits you when you visit the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid. You’ll probably find the ideal spots at once, either at the center of the room, or at that mysterious stone box. It has long been misidentified, not surprisingly, as a sarcophagus, that is a “flesh eater,” so called because this word was coined by Greeks to describe a special funerary limestone that had the effect of decomposing a body quickly. This sarcophagus fantasy is a very strange choice for Egypt — but then many things about conventional Egyptology are very strange. If a king’s body had been placed here, then it would have been mummified to prevent decay. Why would it be put in a box that was designed to eat it fast?


It’s easy enough to assume, though, when one looks at the box, that a royal body could have been interred in it. It will accommodate a person over six feet, or nearly two meters tall. Four people can stand along either side of the box, two more at either end, so that twelve can accompany and enhance the true purpose of this box: the alchemical process of the person lying inside.

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Sacred Sounds Egypt 2013 is Still Open

Thanks to those who have already committed to Sacred Sounds Egypt 2013, and sent their payments and information. And thanks too to those of you who are doing your best to join us, juggling questions about money, time off from work, relocation plans and everything else.
It’s still possible to come aboard, as Vantage Travels has extended their deadlines as late as they can. But the window of opportunity is getting narrower.
As Scaramouche always used to say in the commedia dell’ arte — The time for action has arrived. We have 2 places still available. Here are the main numbers:
We need to know by a week from now — that is, Sun. Feb. 24 — who will be joining us. Ideally, though, as Mercury goes retrograde on Saturday Feb. 23 and our plans and communications can go weird from this day until March 17, we’d like to know by Friday the 22nd who’s in, as this is the last day of the business week for sending deposits.
Leslie, Vantage and I are doing everything we can to make this unique adventure as widely available as it can be to those who’d like to join us. Sacred Sounds Egypt 2013 will almost surely be the last tour of its kind that can be offered at such a low price, a portion or even less than half of what other agencies are charging for their journeys. We are creating for Egyptians and expats living in Egypt a special Upper Egypt Only option (8 days, March 17 – 25) for people who know the Cairo and Sinai sites well, but would like to join us for the journey to Minya, Abydos, Dendera, Luxor, down the Nile by boat to Aswan, and back by air to Cairo. We are also opening out Giza pyramids and King’s Chamber visit to local people who’d like to join us.

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The Aquarius Dark Moon of Feb. 9 – 10, 2013

We are now in the Moon’s monthly blackout, when she is invisible for three days, and thus brings us into a time when intuition, imagination and dreams — in short, all avenues of perception and action beyond the limited calculating faculties of the intellectual mind — are worth more to us than material things and alleged “facts.” The climax of this time, when the Moon overtakes the Sun in conjunction, has been recognized since ancient times as a moment when our psychic receptivity and our capacity to dream big and bold are at their peak. That’s why we form our intentions for what we aim to realize, personally and communally, two weeks from now at the next Full Moon — and, much more importantly for this Dark Moon, how we intend to play the entire year ahead.


Why is this Dark Moon so uniquely important this year? For openers, it’s the first Aquarius Dark Moon since Dec. 21, 2012. It begins a powerfully charged week of sacred days and festivals from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, all of culminating on Feb. 14 on World Sound Healing Day and One Billion Rising, both of which aim to unite great numbers of people all over the Earth in Aquarian communal events that will uncork the harmonics of chant and rhythms of dance to lift and move us toward our grandest common goals. There is more on this — and on why Aquarius the Water Bearer is pouring milk and stars from his urn — in Cunning as Serpents, the Universal Festival Calendar mythic prelude for February, 2013.
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Sacred Sounds Egypt 2013: The Other End

The excitement is building for Sacred Sounds Egypt 2013, and now, as we’ve just passed the Capricorn New Moon — sacred to teachers and black-clad comedians everywhere, Leslie Zehr and I are happy to report that the group of travelers who’ve committed so far to our journey includes an expert in the energetics of sacred sites, a teacher of sacred geometry, two astrologers, and other spiritual adventurers whose gifts and passions will unfold as we go along.

The best news for the moment is that Vantage Travels has agreed to extend our payment deadlines: to Feb. 6 (from Jan. 11) for deposits, and to Feb. 27 (from Feb. 11) for balances. So if you’re among those who wish your wallet had more time to recover from Christmas and New Year’s — we have more time now, as much as we can get and still be able to reserve the best domestic flights. For information on timing, fees and conditions, please see our registration page.

You can see our itinerary page for the entire range of places we’ll visit over the 15 days from March 13 to 28. But we’ll look briefly here at two striking images, by Kauakea Winston of Photo Resource Hawaii, showing sites from the top and the bottom of our journey.
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The Capricorn Dark Moon of Jan. 11, 2013: Hidden Allies

The first Dark Moon of 2013 is here. For those who are new to this special term and its place in the lunar cycle, the Dark Moon is right in the middle of the two days when the Moon is not visible, at the moment when Moon and Sun are in the same position in the zodiac wheel. This is the time when our psychic receptivity is greatest, and our power to form personal and collective intentions, and to drive them with powerful currents of emotion, is at its peak, so that we can build the maximum potential for intentions that we will launch and release two days later when the first thin crescent cup of the New Moon appears.

As we understand better the importance of the Dark Moon, more and more people now are holding Dark Moon ceremonies, like the Sacred Sound Medicine Circle I’ll guide tomorrow afternoon (Jan. 11) at the Pachamama Viva Holistic Center in Yucay, in the Sacred Valley near Urubamba, Peru.

Naturally, this Dark Moon gets special attention because it’s the first one to follow Dec. 21, 2012, and thus to follow the turning point of the sacred drama that we’ve played from the summer of 2010, and will keep playing until the spring of 2015. Since very ancient times, this Moon in the pitch blackness of early winter has been linked with the Hindu rites of Makar Sankranti — see this month’s Universal Festival Calendar — and has been sacred to Hekate and other protective and punitive emanations of the Goddess, for this moment in the cold and silence of the Dead Moon has always seemed, above all in northern countries, a time of retribution and payback for the mistakes of the past year.
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