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Tidbits for Tough Times

by PMH Atwater

So many people have contacted me about the strange energy that is present virtually everywhere now, that it feels right to me that I share a few things with the hope of being helpful.

Most of you know that, among many other interests, I am also an astrologer. Not your usual kind. I practiced the type of astrology most of you are familiarwith from 1971 until I died in 1977. After I died everything changed for me, especially my understanding of astrology. Now, those former skills have woven their way into the energy world around me that I can easily see and interact with. In that sense, I tend to approach the subject in a much simpler, practical way that is very participatory for me – something I feel as well as see. With that said, let me begin.

Since last fall, but becoming much more intense since the election, we have been dealing with Uranus in Pisces opposite Saturn in Virgo. That’s just astrological talk that hardly covers all that is happening now and what is coming, but at least it establishes some general terms.

Using symbols and myth, Uranus (an air sign) is considered the heavenly flashlight that highlights what needs to be seen. It is also considered a lightning bolt in the way it zips right to the subject at hand – like a rebel, a no-nonsense change agent and transformer that says in essence “we’ve been doing this long enough – time to change.” When Uranus is in a sign important to you, its passage through your life feels as if someone is pulling the rug out from under your feet – fast and unlooked for, and, without any particular direction or consequence. Think of “change for the sake of change.” Pisces, in this case, represents the traditional way of doing things, what we are used to, the world of cultural norms that is passing from view. Pisces means emotions, feelings, intuition, imagination, creativity, security, privacy, religious and spiritual needs. Uranus does not function well in Pisces, a water sign, so it tends to splash around a bit, upsetting people and tossing over “applecarts.”

Saturn is often called the disciplinarian, the task master, that teacher who insists that you learn what you need to know through hard work and practical application. Saturn settles into routines quickly and forms systems and structures that carry the burdens and opportunities of life in ways that are dependable and eventually profitable. It is an energy form that sticks and stays and is true to its calling, for as long as it takes. Virgo, in many ways like Saturn, is also practical and down-to-earth, an energy that can be counted on to get the job done no matter the sacrifice. Virgo is the sign of harvest, of preparing for the up looked for, of ensuring survival and good health. Virgo serves, but usually in a more mental way, quick with words and plans and lists and categories for everything.

If you want a job done, you call on a Virgo.

Right now these two giants, Uranus and Saturn, are opposite each other in a push-pull twisting “grab” that tends to foment struggles, arguments, disappointments, depression – between people, between political parties, between schools of thought, between countries, between businesses and banks, and on and on. It is a challenge to be positive when you feel as if you are being torn apart. And that’s the rub: Uranus’ job is to tear apart and separate anything Saturn holds on to. Yup, Uranus says we must change. We cannot live as we have before. And Saturn says, there is no way I am going to give up what I have and what I have gained in life.

What is happening now is a tug-of-war of astronomical proportions that is affecting every household, every business, every individual. No one and nothing is exempt. The response has been all-out-war between differing sides, be it Republicans and Democracts, home buyers and banks, car makers and unions, husbands and wives, food and the money to buy it, medicine and health, regulation and common sense. The war is not “overseas,” it is everywhere there are people and cultures who refuse to change the “tried and true.”

We must change. And we do that by listening to each other and coming up with compromises.

Did you hear that world?

No one is going to win this war. There are no winners. Not Islam versus Christianity, not America versus Russia, not teenagers in full rebellion versus the law, not drug dealers versus governments. There are no winners in the traditional sense. This type of energy is relentless, and it will become much more intense throughout March, April, May, the rest of this year, into next year – and – please -lookout for the time of July and August of 2010. Lay low those months. Don’tpush it. Take it easy. Avoid trips and moves and investments – anything of importance. There is no appreciable relief until late 2010. Then the pattern changes into a different frequency of energy shifts.

If you have been feeling pushed, almost to the point of panic; if you are feeling up against a wall with no where to turn; if you feel like closing in on yourself; if you feel overly emotional as if all you wanted to do was cry; if your back is going out and you cough or fall or hit yourself in some fashion; if you feel betrayed by the people you trusted. . . please know all these feelings and others like them are normal now. . . they are typical responses to a relentless pressure that offers no definable way out. The known way just dissolved.

Just when it looks like “the end” is at hand, know that we have lots of help available. Really. Pluto is in Capricorn. I’m not going to explain this one, suffice it to say that the message here is: re_______ (fill in the blank). In other words: redo, remodel, reassess, resew, recycle, re_____________________. What worked during the Great Depression? Just that. Small businesses that sprang up everything, filled with people with ideas of how they could help – a little here, a little there – all kinds of ideas of how they could provide whatever service or product or skill was needed. People filling in, doing what people do best – inventing.

What hurt us before were buyouts, big businesses buying up little businesses, forming huge corporations that separated the source of need from the individual who could provide it. Profits became a dirty word because of how grossly large and unfair and uncaring the businesses became. Wealth is wonderful, as long as it services and uplifts and educates and builds what can be used in ways that make sense. There is nothing wrong with the banking business and corporations, as long as they remember whom they serve and what their purpose is in the greater scheme of things. Lose that and you have greed. Greed only becomes a problem when it takes over common sense. Capricorn insists on common sense. It insists on the practical. It insists on saving and investing and growing in proportion to its mission.

“Bring it down” says the opposition of the giants. “Let’s start over again,” says Pluto. Look at the good already coming from this: families who actually eat together and talk to each other, meals being cooked at home, people sharing tasks and hardships – helping each other, neighborhoods and communities watching over children and seniors and anyone else who needs a helping hand, food banks that are aligning with farmers for a more direct alliance that works, neighborhood gardens, people learning how to compost and also learning about simple medicines and health care that is inexpensive and dependable.

Do you know what the single most helpful thing was that was done during the Great Depression that enabled people not only to survive but thrive? Storytelling. People telling other people their stories, what happened to them and what they learned. Funny stories. Family stories that hold people together. Spiritual stories, dreamy stories, how-to stories. STORYTELLING!!!!!!!!!! People talking to each other and sharing their lives with each other. STORYTELLING!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s the little things that will save us and enhance our lives and make the days to come not only livable but wonderful. And compromise and sharing and giving and looking out for each other. If you are depressed, volunteer to help someone else. Can’t get the energy to clean up your place? Clean up someone else’s place and watch your energy, your drive, increase by leaps and bounds. Feel like crying, grab some crayons or paint and create something or write a book or stories or draw or dance. Each and every person has within them the heart to survive and thrive. If we help each other, that will increases many-fold. Want to help out the people in Illinois who were laid off by Caterpillar? Send their food-bank $1. That’s all you need to do, or any charity that is addressing the needs of those who have been laid off or lost their jobs. Foodbanks. Free clinics. Send them $1 a month. If enough people send these wonderful service centers $1 a month, there will be enough money not only to supply all the needs of the people in that area, but in surrounding areas as well.

Don’t forget prayer and meditation. Prayer works if given freely and without limitations. It is not our job to be God. It is our job to offer the God Within and Without, that Presence, that Truth, that Sacred Holiness, our voice in humble thanks, knowing that our request for healing and guidance and comfort will be answered as surely as day follows night, in accordance with whatever is best for our/their highest good and the highest good of all concerned. And meditation, the greatest stress relief there is, a timeless way to tune in to that which is true and worthy. . . to center in the Silence of our Soul.

Invent a new business, create a new service, hug your friends and family, and get busy. We have a society and an economy and our very lives to rebuild, recreate, and reshape. This is an exciting time, really a blessed time for all. Want to give up? Well, when you give up, you get yourself out of the way, you make room for God/Allah/Source/The One Mind. Sometimes, giving up frees us from the limitations of our own set beliefs, so we can surrender to that Power Greater Than Ourselves.

AS A SPECIAL TREAT, I want to recommend a musical CD called “Fearless.” It is the creation of Claudia Carawan – exceptional, professional, all heart, original, wonderful, incredibly uplifting. Claudia writes most of her own songs. Unlikemany spiritually-motivated songsters who calm and soothe, this woman’s musicis upfront, real and powerful, and authentically moving. Her creation is exactlywhat we need to get us up on our feet and doing all that we can and more. “Fearless” is the perfect music for what is happening today. My husband and I have a copy and we play it often. Highly recommended!!! (No connection here; she doesn’t even know I am doing this.) Access her website at and find out how to obtain
your copy. Play it. Be fearless!

Many blessings to all of you, PMH Atwater

P. M. H. Atwater, L.H..D.,, is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978. To date, she has published nine books on her findings. Some of her work has been verified in clinical studies, including the prospective study done in The Netherlands and appearing in Lancet medical journal, 12-15-01. In 2005 she was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the International Association For Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists, as well as an honorary degree from a school in Sri Lanka. She has also conducted the first major study of the new generations of children that compares objective research with mystical revelation and prophesy. This was published as Beyond the Indigo Children by Bear & Co., Rochester, VT, 2005. The addendum to this book that updates the material is located on her website ( as “Beyond the Indigo Children EXTRAS.” Continuing her interest in divination, she has authored three books on Goddess Runes, the latest being part of a kit by the same name, produced by Galde Press, Lakeville, MN, 2007. Four DVDs of talks she has given are available as of 2007, along with “As You Die,” a presentation for the deathbed that talks a person through physical death as death occurs and the separation of the soul.


by PMH Atwater L.H.D.

On March 13, 2009 I sent out a mass mailing from my website, an article entitled “Tidbits for Tough Times,” for the purpose of offering some context to the type of changes we are all going through. This mailing is a sequel, again offering context, but going a little further with a few specifics.

Please understand, we are not just going through a downturn or a recession or a depression right now. We are caught in what is termed “The Great Shifting.” I had a DVD on this at one time that explained in detail what was meant by this. The main crux of that presentation is this:

The Great Shifting refers to the Cosmic Year (in astrology), and how every 25,920 years a full rotation of the zodiac is completed. A Cosmic Month lasts around 2,160 years, and is what we call an “Age,” like the Age of Pisces or the Age of Aquarius (not here yet, by the way, contrary to some rather sensational claims being made lately). This massive cycle of 25,920 years is almost beyond anyone’s ability to fathom. This kind of shift is not just a paradigm shift; it is evolution in our time. We moderns have a pretty good working knowledge of the last hundred years or so, maybe even a couple of thousand, but 25,920 years ago? Only our indigenous people have that memory.

The Great Shifting is here. Now. Everywhere.

The energy of the wheel’s turn represents more than a cycle; it spirals. That means: before the next lift upward to higher levels on the spiral, there is always a dip, a downturn. Spiral downturns can last a while – a year, a decade, or longer. There is logic to this, a harmonic rhythm, that suggests a Great Plan is taking place, one that follows a Higher Consciousness than our own. The Mayan Calendar is based on this, tracking the development and growth of consciousness itself.

As this rotation completes itself and we move up another octave of vibration (evolutionary phase), we face a myriad of other challenges, in tandem to larger ones. Last time I spoke of Uranus opposite Saturn, a particular push/pull we all have been feeling. In review: whatever we have depended on before, whatever seemed solid, dependable, and true, is now falling apart. We feel as if “the rug” is being pulled out from under us. We didn’t do anything in particular to cause this. We were living our lives, making our plans, looking forward to even better times ahead, when, all of a sudden things came to a screeching halt. And it seems sudden, even though this condition has been long in coming. We didn’t recognize it because we weren’t looking.

Uranus in the sign of Pisces is opposite Saturn in the sign of Virgo. The biggest changes that we are dealing with, then, cover religion (church, doctrines, how we worship); spirituality (belief, values, personal relationship with Deity); philosophy (how we live, how we order ourselves, what motivates us); creative imagination (what pleasures us and why, the arts, invention and innovation); security/privacy (are we safe, can we protect what we have); emotions and feelings (do we disappear into WebWorlds or drugs – which detach us from touch and foster a loneliness that is stark and depressing). These changes are in direct opposition to the logic we once trusted that covered employment, savings, investments, banks, social mores, schools, what we possess, how we dress, what defines us as practical/dependable human beings, our very sense of good health and the “miracle” of pharmaceuticals and chemicals (which supposedly make our lives and our food and our world “better”).

What we once depended upon, what we built with our sweat and effort – that is what’s at risk. Uranus rips apart what Saturn puts together. . . for the purpose of waking us up to our own follies so we can transform, shift, redo, remodel, refit that part of our lives and our world that is being affected. This tugging energy between the two extremes has been in our laps for about a year now, and will continue until almost the end of 2010, bringing with it major adjustments in how the world works. Whether positive or negative depends on us.

A big clue, in not only how to survive what seems an unendling crises, but actually in how to thrive and succeed in spite of all, is….Pluto in Capricorn, through 2024. It’s that wonderful down-to-earth Capricornian energy that will make the difference. When you think of Capricorn, you think of “the turtle that wins the race” because Capricorns don’t know the meaning of the word “quit.” This energy pattern is constant, dependable, resourceful, practical, hard-working, prepared, ambitious, willing to begin small and work up, good with investments, keeps on, refines, remodels, restructures, reinvents, refigures, protects, guards, builds, has an alternative (usually numerous alternatives), desires success and is willing to succeed, double-checks, able to sacrifice for a goal, is there to help/serve when needed. Although Capricorn can seem a cold, cruel taskmaster (not being prone to displays of emotion), the truth is this patterning is infused with a sense of tradition, pride, devotion, and compassion. Thrift is the middle name of Capricorn, but so is the miracle of patience. When you think “Capricorn” . . . think wisdom.

All of this, the Great Shifting, is a natural cycle, another in evolution’s march toward the TRANSFORMATION of our world, our very being. None of the current economic systems are sustainable – not capitalism, not socialism, not communism, not theocracy, not tyranny. And no governmental or political leader in any country has the know-how, the training and vision, to find a lasting solution. It will take all of us together. There is already a flood of people, ideas, and muscle coming forward to do the job, in ways that honor the tough choices ahead.

Excellent teachers are popping up everywhere, with workshops and models that show exceptional promise. A new consciousness is not only rising, it is fostering one miracle after another: like turning mushrooms into a substance that eats up road oil; creating classrooms that can handle the new spatial-visual minds; spinning new fabrics from the trash we throw away; and so forth. Capricorn is our clue, remember? Begin small, be creative. Read about what is working in Ode, the new magazine for intelligent optimists ( We subscribe. I hope you will, too. Support your local newspaper; subscribe to that, too.

While we’re at it, let me share a few more things:

  • People are dying younger and quicker than before. Death and dying are now important topics. New books/sources I can recommend –
  • Light on Death, The Spiritual Art of Dying, J. Phillip Jones. 2007,Mandala Publishing, San Rafael, CA.
  • Final Journeys, A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort At The End of Life, Maggie Callanan. 2008, A Bantum Book, NYC.
  • As You Die, P. M. H. Atwater. As both a CD or a DVD through Atwater’s online bookstore,, or from
  • Transition Guides, a volunteer service, teaching The Art of Conscious Dying to caregivers. Contact Diane Goble. Refer to the Marketplace in Diane has a section there with contact details.
  • For those ready to view death through “the eyes of the soul,” read We Live Forever, P. M. H. Atwater. 2004, A.R.E. Press, Virginia Beach, VA.

More thoughts for you:

  • Methods of health and healing need revising. Costs are soaring out of sight while Medicare covers less. Excellent alternatives to allopathic medicine are such modalities as homeopathy, vitamin and mineral therapy, herbs, energy medicine, complementary health care, naturopathy. No doctor can heal you; patch you up, yes, but not heal. That’s up to you. Educate yourself.
    I practice alternative healthcare methods and they work. My doctor is a osteopath/homeopath who believes in the power of prayer. M.D.s are great for emergencies (I’ve had a few), but they seldom bother with general care (doesn’t pay enough). We must be more proactive. Start with a good diet, exercise, yoga, thankfulness, prayer, meditation. Cranial-sacral therapists are life-savers, so are good SCIO machine operators (a type of energy healing). Good healers, certified and licensed, are virtually everywhere now. Check credentials and references. Avoid drugs if you can.
    Vitamin D – the last two years, medical research has uncovered the almost unbelievable healing power of Vitamin D. Google for the latest findings. You may be as stunned as I was. Few doctors are up to speed on this. Example: how many know that people of color are at the most risk – because – the pigmentation that softens their skin and keeps them from burning…..shuts out Vitamin D. How much do we need? That’s the stickler: you must have a blood test to know, then another one maybe two months later to make certain what you are taking is doing the job. I take 20,000 units daily. For me, this is just right. Within one week of taking Vitamin D, skin problems virtually disappeared. My dermatologist was amazed. I urge you to look into this and see what applies to you, especially if you have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or other medical conditions where Vitamin D could make a difference. We are not helpless. We have free choice. Use it.
  • There’s nothing like community, even a community of minds, where people get together on occasion, talk to each other, help each other, laugh with each other. How many of you still throw lunch or dinner parties with your neighbors and friends? Do you even know your neighbors? Visiting, having fun in a group environment, is an invaluable investment in caring and love. We human beings need each other. And we need to talk with each other. Television and computers serve an important function, but they should never dominate your life.
  • Too many electronic marvels can bake your brain. What many people are calling “the problems associated with ascending into higher energies” – things like short-term memory loss, forgetfulness, being fuzzy-headed, vertigo, energy drain, abdominal weight gain, bloating – are really the result of the accumulated effects from excessive exposure to mercury, toxic metals, aluminum, Aspartame, cell phones, electromagnetic pollution, and so forth. We are reaping the results of a lifestyle that has stretched us further than our physical bodies can adjust to. We need to do some rethinking here, and change some of our laws.
  • Don’t get too caught up in “2012.” The Mayan Calendar, and all other known ancient calendars, recycle themselves in the sense that they were set up to operate “forever,” whether or not advanced times were actually described. The Mayan Calendar is no exception. Astrology tells us that transformational changes continue for decades to come. We have a ‘window” of opportunity here to recreate our world in wonderful ways. It won’t be easy, but it’s well worth the challenge.

The more I listen, the more I notice, the easier it gets to navigate my way through life…. And the more I AM. Danielle, Global Psychics Inc.

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