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“We are a hundred thousand years beyond insanity. Plato does not speak of this. The physical beauty of men and women is not an image here. Lovers are alive to the extent that they can die. If you want to more alive, love is your true health.” —Rumi

Dear One,
Earth School is definitely NOT out for Summer! But rather, with so many outer planets in retrograde motion, our karmic lessons are primarily directed within our own Beings in terms of how we’re choosing to respond to all the ongoing challenging external circumstances now, which I call FGOs (f**king growth opportunities:)).
So, with Jupiter, Chiron, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde, with Uranus following in mid-August, the planetary energies are swinging the pendulum of our focus from outer events towards going as deeply within as we’re willing to go and encouraging us, with all this inner momentum, to up our game spiritually so we’re as strong and stable internally as possible.
To make the most out of this season, it behooves us to take a much-needed break from overloading with too much “news” and instead spend as much time as possible on gathering our forces—from mind/body/spirit practices and communing with Nature—for what is to come in the Fall when most all of the outer planets station direct and a collective karmic final exam is presented in external reality to test our spiritual mettle.

Every Summer season, there are a plethora of outer planet retrogrades encouraging us to go within and replenish our beings. But now, because of many factors, the energetic pendulum is swinging further inward than perhaps ever before, until it reaches a still point with no motion at the core of Being. These energies, if we allow them to, will help us stabilize at the level of our true timeless identity—outside linear space and time.
In the Fall, the pendulum will be swinging outward again into external reality with exceptionally high velocity, starting with Karmic Teacher Saturn stationing direct on September 30, followed very soon after by Transformer Pluto’s direct station on October 4.
Consequently, we need to prepare this Summer to be as ready as we’re capable of for phase two of this particular cycle of karmic lessons coming our way on all levels—inner and outer—of witnessing more and more of that which has been known and safe falling away. Phase one actually began when Trickster of Awakening Uranus moved into comfort-loving Taurus on March 6, 2019. For more:
All Your Stagnate Comfort Zones Are Going, Going, Gone

I call it a “final” karmic exam only in the sense that what is coming is not a minor pop-up quiz or midterm, but rather a major global test of how we’re all doing with the challenges we’re facing en mass.
Life, as the ultimate guru, is teaching us about how to be in the world but not of it, as we witness—ideally from a place of inner emptiness, timeless presence and equanimity in the Flow—-more and more out-moded structures and anti-growth comfort zones in external reality and our personal circumstances fall away. All this to inspire us to be right here and right now—fully present and alive and, in point of fact, with the potential to feel more joy in Being than ever before.
Added to the internal challenges of adjusting our attitudes to accept and work with What IS, just as it is, is the ongoing conjunction of buoyant Jupiter with destructive Pluto, with the retrograde hit from June 30 still resonating all Summer. This brings us alternating emotional waves of over-the-top optimism and legitimate foreboding which we need to learn to ride skillfully so we don’t get swept away in a catastrophizing undertow. For more:
JUPITER/PLUTO NEWSFLASH: Mother Nature’s Bitter Medicine and the Deeper Game Plan Behind It All

Pluto is stationing direct this Fall in structure-loving Capricorn and will not move into Aquarius until 2024. Pluto rules transformation through cycles of death and rebirth. His energies and function are a natural part of the Divine or Tao, best epitomized by Shiva the annihilator and Kali the devourer. Haha. For more:
Owning Our Inner Pluto Before . . . It Eats Us for Lunch

As Pluto stations direct on October 4, we’ll definitely be witnessing the next phase of devastation heating up, through the coronavirus as well as earth changes. That’s why it’s so imperative that we take the time during the relatively calmer period of this Summer to go deeply within to the touchstone of our timeless nature. So that, going forward, we’ll have the bedrock foundation of our witnessing, soul-level identity for much needed inner stability at the core of Being.
As we are now firmly ensconced in the Kali Yuga (spiritual Dark Ages), it would be good if we remind ourselves daily that our souls chose to be born in this most interesting of times in the evolution of consciousness. During this period in human history, we have the opportunity to be in the vanguard, leading the way towards the Light of unity consciousness—i.e., one Being, billions of faces—which will play out over the next few millennia in the Age of Aquarius.
Taoist philosophy is all about learning how to go with the Flow, accepting whatever presents itself without resistance. It can also help us maintain a veery long-range perspective on witnessing the whole Earth Game playing out—especially necessary at times like these. In other words:

“When a cat falls out of a tree, it lets go of itself, becomes completely relaxed, and lands lightly on the ground. If the cat made up its mind that it didn’t want to fall, it would become tense and rigid and would just be a bag of broken bones upon landing.
In the same way, it is the philosophy of the Tao that we are all falling out of a tree, at every moment of our lives. As a matter of fact, the moment we were born we were kicked off a precipice and we are falling—and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
So, instead of living in a state of constant tension and clinging to all sorts of things that are actually falling with us because the whole world is impermanent, be like a cat. Don’t resist it.”

This may be one of my favorite quotes of all time as it epitomizes Wu Wei (aka going with the Flow), which I aspire to live by on a daily basis. It means we get to choose whether to: fight a riptide, take other’s “stuff” projected at us personally or resist surrendering fully to the Flow of Life especially when it’s knocking us down.
Or, we can hold the faith that whatever is pushing at us is a form of spiritual resistance training—to make us stronger and more flexible—and that the Flow will always carry us in perfect time to the other shore. In the uber-turbulent environment we’re living in, being “like a cat” is spiritual pragmatism at its highest.

Just days after Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 the entire global financial infrastructure collapsed. Transformational Pluto’s function in Capricorn until 2024 is to continue to break down all obsolete structures in government, politics, economics, corporations and society. For, sometimes in order to change at all, as Nature teaches us, there needs to be death before there can be rebirth.
So now, we’re definitely in the death phase, out of which a new higher order of structures will eventually be born. This, of course, is happening, not just for the United States but for the entire planet. And Pluto, in partnership with Mother Earth’s bitter medicine of the coronavirus, is just doing his job. For more: “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga (Darkest Age)”

And while, certainly, the present Pluto-ruled deadly pandemic is a cataclysmic, ongoing global event, one of the reasons the USA is getting hit the hardest, from an astrological perspective, is because America is experiencing its Pluto return right now. The exact return, at 27° Capricorn, occurs in February, 2022. Not so very far away, as Pluto moves veery slowly and thus has the most impact of any planet.
Pluto takes 248 years to make a single orbit around the Sun and return to its place in the birth chart. So, a person can’t have a Pluto return—but a country can—and the USA is in it now. As, with Pluto presently located at 25° Capricorn, we’re well within the ‘orb’ of exactitude. In fact, with a Pluto transit like this, two degrees distance is negligible, as the “train” is on the tracks and it’s accelerating this Fall towards full impact.
So, whether you primarily identify with archetypal roles such as:

A solitary monk, who prefers to meditate alone in her cave and send out a tone of peace and equanimity into the mass consciousness.
A mad mystic who loves to experience the bliss of unity consciousness in all dimensions while simultaneously being fully embodied and enjoying Leela, aka the Earth Game, as Cosmic Play. For more: LEELA
A warrior of the heart—whose passion is to be an activist out in the world for growth and change—whether through communications, creativity or, literally, fighting for human rights.

Quite likely, you may feel as if you’re some combination of all of the above. But whatever our innate passion and mode of expression is, it’s time to up our game to the next level and consciously use our distinctive gifts to affect the tone of the mass consciousness globally through our chosen vehicles of manifestation in the ripple effect, in every word, thought and deed. Starting from where we are right now by working on dissolving any limiting beliefs or fears we’re still attached to that feed and churn the deep divisions in our society. No small feat!
It’s time to accept that all of us are volunteers in experiencing Earth School as being like a colossal alchemical cauldron that contains, among many other ingredients:

The ever-accelerating energies of the Quickening, which I define as the bombardment of the Earth plane with high-velocity frequencies of cosmic and galactic energy as a Divine catalyst to speed up the evolution of consciousness of the human race. For more: The Quickening Phase II Is Here to Rock Your World
The Pluto station of the USA, which implies a breakdown of all that needs to die so that new structures in a more enlightened order can be born over time.
All the souls incarnate that are so mentally ill, traumatized, asleep and ignorant that they only know how to react from a place of root-chakra fears for security and survival.When we mix this group with all the souls who remember their timeless nature and operate from a place of faith in the Divine Flow in all its permutations, we have an ever-deepening schism in the mass tone. For more: GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH ALERT: “It’s Time for the Witnessing Protection Program!”

So, one could say that Galactic Alchemists are presently stirring the pot to transmute all the disparate ingredients listed above, as they increasingly turn up the heat, and that we are all cooking in what I call the “experiment now in progress” (aka the Earth Game). All this to heal our collective karma of harming ourselves and the planet by not remembering who we truly are and why we’re really here at all. For more:
If This Were Your Last Incarnation, What Would You Do?

On a personal note, I’m happy to report that I’m in a very good space these daze—both internally and externally—as I’m experiencing more inner contentment and joy in Being than ever before.
While I’m channeling almost daily phone readings in my in-full-bloom secret garden in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village, (good real estate karma for sure:)), I’m amazed to discover that, as things keep getting more chaotic on the planet, it just seems to be calming me down more. Hmmmm, what sort of cosmic trickster magic is this? I’ve a feeling that some of you are feeling this way as well (just keeping it to yourselves:)).
I read a story this past March about William Shakespeare, who was forced, because of the plague of 1606, to vacate his busy and very entertaining theater-life in London and retreat to his family farm. There, in under a year, he wrote the majority of his greatest works during his quarantine.
Little did I know at the time, (well, maybe a little:)), that, three months after reading this, my 2nd chakra energies (creative/sensual) would finally be freed up enough to be transmuted into a cocreative channel for art again.
In fact, last month I started receiving very insistent visual downloads, for the first time in almost thirty years. During my three-decade hiatus from making art, all my downloads completely switched to a verbal mode and went into channeling these newsletters, my books, lots of teaching and lecturing, as well as many articles on my website. So, the upshot is, I’ve started making art again and am presently blissed out while working/playing on a serpent series in pastel. YAY!
Contributing factors to this major switch-over in the modalities of my downloads are that, with the quarantine, I’ve been freed from the day to day external distractions of being out in the world, and also, there’s the fact that my life partner has been working out of town since March. Again, another bad news/good news scenario.
But, not to worry, I’m still getting plenty of downloads for these newsletters. Although, as you may have noticed, there’s starting to be more lag time between them, as I’m busier than usual with doing readings, making art and sitting in inner stillness.

Last but not least, I am so here for you! Therefore, if you’re experiencing any anxiety, feelings of dread, or emotional instability, please feel free to borrow some of my absolute Faith in the Flow on the psychic plane right now as you’re reading this.
This means that you too can access the witnessing perspective that everything playing out now in Earth School is part of the Divine plan for maximizing soul growth for each of us amidst, what I like to call, all the Divine Order-ly Chaos of our present state of affairs.
As Ras Dass said: “We are in the perfect circumstances for our Souls to learn whatever they designed this whole game to learn. As the process of karmic fruition speeds up, our lives get freer and freer from attachment and we create less and less karma.”
It’s important to know that it’s more than just possible, it’s optimal, for the mass tone and our mental health, to be peaceful and blissful even in the Kali Yuga. By choosing to move from the ego/little self/personality view of things to the timeless witnessing perspective of our souls, we can observe everything playing out in this 3D plane of duality—all the dark and light, death and rebirth, bad news and good news—from a much bigger-picture, longer-range, broader perspective.

If you’re feeling ready, I would love to schedule a psychic and/or astrological phone reading to help you make the absolute most out of these extremely challenging times by exploring your personal probabilities during the upcoming final karmic exam. Please check out my Services menu and feel free to reach out to me by phone or email anytime to discuss creating the perfect customized session for you or your loved ones.
If you’re interested, in your session, I can transmit some psychic empowerment practices so that you can viscerally experience during our session the opening of your vertical channel to receive delicious, cocreative Divine Love energy directly from Source. Like I always say: “Eliminate middle management:)!”
There’s an infinite supply of Source energy available as our birthright in the cosmic ocean of consciousness, and every soul has equal access. So, I encourage you to dive in, as the water is more than just fine and, of course, absolutely safe
.Diving more deeply than ever before and sending out pure aliveness with a smile,


“If you wish to gain merit and become one with the divine, then develop your virtue and extend it to the world.
Let go of all conflict and strife. Practice unswerving kindness and unending patience.
Avoid following impulses and pursuing ambitions which destroy the wholeness of your mind and separate you from the Integral Way.
Neither become obsessed with circumstances nor forego awareness of them.
To manage your mind, know that there is nothing, and then relinquish all attachment to the nothingness. —Lao Tzu

Author's Bio: 

JOAN PANCOE is a gifted trance channel, karmic astrologer and spiritual teacher in private practice in New York City since 1976.

She is the creator of psychic therapy, ™ a ten-session intensive that utilizes altered states to help release karmic blocks and experience and integrate the soul level of consciousness.

Joan is the author of Openings: A Guide to Psychic Living in the Real World and Cosmic Sugar: The Amorous Adventures of a Modern Mystic, under the pen name, Leela Jones.

In addition, she is a teacher of Tantric and Taoist energy arts and has had three solo shows of her art in New York City.