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#450:: January Wrap-Up : : February What’s Up

February 1, 2009

4975_popup Nowtopia by Chris Carlson from AK Press In this post: a review of January and what to look forward to in February–on this blog, in the local lit scene, in the skies, and astrologically too!

For January 2009, my birth month, I set a goal of writing at least one post a day, getting over 50,000 page views, and having at least 50 subscribers.

How did I do? Well, I have published a total of 450 posts so far, and I published 35 posts this month, with at least one every day except on my birthday, and I want to thank you for helping me get there on the page views–as of this minute, on Feb 1, I’m at 50,800! I need a few more subscribers to get close to my goal–a BIG thank you to those of you who have subscribed!  If you’re not a subscriber yet, I hope you will click the little box in the upper right on the home page (click the banner image to get there) and not miss another word! I also achieved a google page rank of 5 (0-10, with 10 being oreality-checkne of 1,000 best sites on the web), a technorati rating of 45 and a rank of 126, 551 (that’s out of the millions of blogs out there…).

This month started off with a bang with a lot of interest in the New Year’s eve astronomy and astrology! That post has had almost 1,000 page views! I took you along to Joshua Tree National Park for New Year’s Eve weekend where I wrote 17 American Sentences, then to Macworld in SF where I wrote several posts (and picked up Guy Kawasaki’s book, and have a few more to come in February on people and products!) The following week I took you to the California Cultural Tourism Symposium (I have a few more posts up my sleeve on that too). I also wrote a series of posts along the theme of “Sing Songs, Heal the World” celebrating the Obama presidency; the blog To the Wire chosdisplay_thumbnailphp1e the one on Bruce Springsteen as a Top Blog post for the week which brought me many new readers. I ended the month with a posts about taking action and changing the world by riding bikes, and finished it with more music: Radiohead & Springsteen.

February will bring more global advocacy posts and updates on the bike rides we are planning in hopes you will join us or create your own! Also I plan a series of book reviews–that’s right, I have a collection of awesome, exciting, world changing books that I’m somewhere in and my goal in February is to spend some time soaking itribesn the hot tub and reading and reviewing: The Puzzle Box by Paul Squires, Tribes by Seth Godin, Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki, Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today by Chris Carlsson, author of Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration from (AK Press), on recommendation of Danika Dinsmore, Pronoia by Rob Brezny and on cover Groundswellthe recommendation of the Burning Moms, Groundswell by new Burning Mom Charlene Li (and Josh Bernoff).

In fact, this month, look for more book reviews and less poetry..unless life intervenes to inspire, of course! Plus I have a series about ski vacations that I plan to put up this month! If you have books or wine or anything else you’d like me to review, send it along or direct me that way, and let the Art Predator have at it! If there’s something you’d like to see me take on, please let images11 Pronoia by Rob Brezsneyme know!

Also on the calendar: for this Wednesday 2/4:  Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry Contemporary sound poets Christian Bök and Steve McCaffery will be joined by scholar Oleg Minin for an evening of readings in conjunction with the exhibition “Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910-1917.” Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. 7 p.m. Reservations required. (310) 440-7300…

Saturday 2/7: Chris Carlsson, the author of Nowtopia will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110…

and another  trip to LA  for a Santa Lucia Highlands wine tasting Monday Feb. 9 and maybe to the Moonday poetry reading in Pacific Palisades to see Steve Williams and M with a stop in between for burgers at Fathers Office in Santa Monica..

and locally, Mary Kay Rummel at the Artists Union Feb 10, and Dian Sousa on the last Saturday of the month at Bell Arts Factory.

And what’s up from an ASTRONOMICAL perspective in February? Well in addition to this week’s smiling moon and winking Venus (the closest it’ll be for 3 years and visible at sunset for one month more only!), according to my 2009 Tidelog, the most interesting event in the sky is the full moon lunar eclipse February 9–which most of us in the US won’t even notice, but early birds on the west coast may see some rosiness in the morning’s setting moon (from about 615am-645am). If you’re up early, you’ll also see Jupiter.

And from an astrological perspective,  check into Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology or read what has to say:

The first month of 2009 is almost over and February is upon us. The cosmos signals that the times, they are a changin’, and we wish everyone the best in these tumultuous economic times.

Mercury turns direct on January 31 (or February 1 depending on your time zone like here on the West Coast), and the first Mercury retrograde of 2009 is now officially over. Let the misunderstandings, confusions and fuzzy thinking end and new conversations begin anew!

Mercury turns direct in pragmatic Capricorn (my sun sign), so it’s time to get a stable plan together. Finish projects that may have been on hold during Mercury retrograde. Whether it was due a muddy mind, unforeseen delays, someone’s non-committal behavior or any other confusion, the barriers should lift now and give way to progress.

The gates have been lifted, encouraging you to charge forward. Whether you want to move ahead with a new job, fresh business venture, creative project, relationship, you name it (or all of the above!)  — get going! Cosmically speaking, there’s nothing stopping you! Mercury’s trine to serious Saturn indicates that the support you need is there for you. However, Mercury’s wide conjunction to feisty Mars, and a square to the impetuous Aries Moon, caution you to not overreact to anything. As you move forward, let things develop at a sensible pace!

February begins with feisty energy as Venus enters the pioneering sign Aries on February 2, and active Mars enters independent Aquarius on February 4. Yet, in the midst of these themes, Saturn and Uranus oppose each other again on February 5 when they return to the same tug-of-war (change vs. experience) that was in play last November 4.

Saturn and Uranus will be exactly opposite each other on Thursday February 5, forming what is known as an ‘opposition’ in astrology — two planets positioned 180 degrees apart. This is the second of five such oppositions that started on November 4, 2008, and it will continue until July 26, 2010. These oppositions always come in a cycle, and happen approximately every 45 years. The last time these two planets formed oppositions was 1965 to 1967, and before that from 1918 to 1920.

Saturn is the planet of authority and experience, and represents the tough and conservative disciplinarian, while Uranus is wild and unconventional — the maverick planet of change.

Saturn and Uranus are mortal enemies in mythology, and their combined energies in astrology signal tension and transformation. Issues that have been festering beneath the surface emerge, and the rules of the game shift. Uranus energy brings innovation through instability. Sudden and unexpected events shake our foundations and force us to look at things in a new way.

Drama, destiny and new ideas come together for an exciting second week that ends on Valentine’s Day weekend. The lunar eclipse of February 9 brings a culmination to the energy of the solar eclipse of January 26.

The first lunar eclipse of 2009 takes place on February 9. A lunar eclipse always occurs during a full Moon, when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon, casting its shadow on the Moon. Eclipses also come in pairs, and this eclipse follows the solar eclipse of January 25-26.

We tend to be more emotionally expressive during a full Moon, and this time around, that bright orb in the night sky is no exception! Meaningful change is upon us. This eclipse in Leo emphasizes emotional reactions, and psychic sensitivity, spiritual instincts and emotional connectedness will all be heightened during this period. There will be feelings of freedom as blockages melt away. Let go of beliefs that don’t correspond with your current reality and you’ll be able to see the present in a new light. You’re free to redefine your personality and your image. A new hairdo or new clothes would do you a world of good!

A old phase ends and a new one begins. Whatever part of your life is not in sync with your true life’s purpose will be the most affected This is revealed by where this eclipse falls in your personal chart.

Teamwork is the message as Jupiter and the north node conjunct on February 13. Then Mercury enters Aquarius on February 14, encouraging independent thinking and new ideas for a memorable and romantic Valentine’s Day!

Altruistic Aquarian themes continue the week of February 15 as Mars, the north node and Jupiter travel together in this humanitarian sign. First, energetic Mars conjuncts the north node on February 16, when you are encouraged to turn your attention to your future. Then, your desires and actions are amplified with Jupiter conjunct Mars on February 17. The Sun’s entrance into spiritual Pisces on February 18 reminds you to spend quiet time for reflection.

Think before you speak the week of February 22, as communicative Mercury, active Mars and outgoing Jupiter travel together in inventive Aquarius. First, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter on February 23, when you and everybody else will have a lot to say! Then the dialog heats up when Mercury conjuncts Mars on March 1. In the middle of this, it’s time to start something with the new Moon in sensitive Pisces on February 24. The Mars quincunx Saturn on February 28 causes you to adjust your plans.

So what did you read here last month? Here’s the Top 11 posts from December 31-January 31:

Last Day of 2008: Saturn Retrograde
Martin Luther King walked so Barack Obama 198
Chris Ringland’s Ebenezer Shiraz 2006
Poet Nanao Sakaki: 1923-2008–Congratulations 123
To heal the world, sing songs part 2: Bruce 106
on being a mom…a poem 103
Solar Eclipse & 3:15 Experiment strikes 93
Ashes: a poem & Joan Didion
Fun Game: Throw Your Shoe at President
Gamesh (aka Ganesha) 315 Experiment Poem 80
Help Art Predator Land the Best Job

And in case you’re curious, (and since I haven’t done this since September!) here’s Art Predator’s Top 12 highest page views of all time (November 4, 2007-Jan. 31, 2009):

Inspirational: Next Lunar Eclipse 2/20/08 4,943
Chris Ringland’s Ebenezer Shiraz 2006:
Last Day of 2008: Saturn Retrograde
I am a scary smelly skeleton pirate:
Fun Game: Throw Your Shoe at President
Halloween: Ms Frizzle & calavera 712
on being a mom…a poem 670
dia de los muertos & pan de muertos
whew! plus the best chocolate frosting 632
Gamesh (aka Ganesha) 315 Experiment Poem 592
about art predator 557
These Brothers They: A Memorial Poem 492
17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2009 12:54 am

    Very excellent numbers. “February begins with a fiesty energy,” lets get fiesty. Very much looking forward to what you have in store for us as the Year Of Doing Things progresses. Bring it on,

  2. February 2, 2009 3:09 am

    Feisty… all right!

    There’s so much here to look through! I have to go mud up the drywall Baby’s been putting up (yes, during the party!). I’ll check in with you later. Are you still up for working on our 3:15’s? I’ve only got about 8 posted.

    I also wanted to go back and make a comment on that Rush Limbaugh remark.

    February is MY birth month. :-)

  3. February 2, 2009 3:31 am

    i think for me it is always the year of doing things–but this year maybe it’s the year of REALLY doing things and MAKING money too!

    i love mud of all kinds except that which flows out from under my foundation because of …well, no need to be THAT FEISTY!!

    happy birthday, danika!

  4. February 2, 2009 6:37 am

    I’m down with REALLY doing things and MAKING MONEY doing them. :-)

    I know you have drywalling experience. I suck at mudding corner beads. We might as well have built the bedroom from scratch as much as we’ve rebuilt it.

    So much on your post to respond to… I haven’t even gotten to the astrology part yet.

    I think I’m just going to make your book list my list… looks yummy. I’d say we should read them together, but I’m a notoriously slow reader. I don’t just read the words, I bathe in them.

    Congrats on all the love coming your way. I enjoy the variety of your posts, the Gwendolyn-ness, the pronoiac socialist feminist hippie outlaw bicyclist pov.

    Speaking of pronoiacs… check out Bresny’s list of Pronoiac people:

    Hmmm… one post per day, huh? Well, so far I haven’t missed a day in Feb.

  5. February 2, 2009 4:04 pm

    Hey, AP – You won the door prize! It’s a copy of Pronoia – how is that for synchronicity?

    Have you bought it yet? if not, don’t worry, it’s coming in the mail. If you have bought it already… do you want a second copy or should I send something else?

  6. February 2, 2009 4:05 pm

    Wonderful stats and wonderful overview of your blog. I loved your posts at inauguration time.

  7. February 2, 2009 4:35 pm

    Thank you Julia! And thanks for regularly reading and commenting on my blog over the past year!

    Yay, I won the door prize! And Paul and I were just saying how much fun we had–thank you for throwing the blog warming party!

    And no, I don’t have a copy of Pronoia yet!

    Let’s start our book club by reading Nowtopia! Then Tribes? Then Pronoia?

    Anybody else want to join us?

    We could also just read all three at the same time, with some Puzzle Box thrown in.

  8. February 2, 2009 5:53 pm

    I’ll have to pick up Nowtopia! I had fun, too. I was just talking to Larry about having a rotating blog party! :-)

  9. tothewire permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:43 am

    Yes, this should have been the pick! Enjoyed start to finish!

  10. February 9, 2009 12:50 am

    yes i agree!congratulations on setting your goals and meeting them!
    my wife is right this should have been the pick!maybe we need you to send us a link to your pick each week?
    that would be easier for me.trying to keep up our blog and read everyones new post daily or at least every week.

  11. dorian9 permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:07 am

    hello art predator – i’ve read your comments on tothewire’s blog, and finally made it to your blog. i knew i’d like what i’d see just from your blog name. lo and behold your header picture is none other than burning man – a couple of good friends of mine have done burning man since inception and it’s one thing i’ve procrastinated on doing, going on ten years! love the astronomical perspective for this my birthday month, love your blog!

  12. February 9, 2009 2:24 am

    To The Wire, so glad you enjoyed this post!

    And Lawman, so glad you chose the 10 Reasons why I’m the best person for the best job post! I may need you to help corral readers to support my application!

    And Dorian, so glad you finally made it over here and are finding it to your liking! It’s quite eclectic so check back regularly–you never know where I’ll be and what I’ll be writing about enxt but I almost guarantee it will be different and entertaining!

  13. February 9, 2009 3:59 am

    at your service mam! lol

  14. February 9, 2009 3:59 am

    hey there dorian good to read you here!

  15. February 9, 2009 7:04 am

    Hey AP – have you thought of adding the Huff Post’s blog book to your list? You may not need it, though… haha. I picked it up and some is not news to me, but still thought it was a worthwhile read. Generate many ideas…

  16. February 9, 2009 7:20 am

    I wish we had a decent non-chain bookstore in town…maybe tomorrow in LA I’ll get a chance to go check it out!


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