I realized I've never actually stated any parameters for commenting, since I believe in free speech and feel people can pretty much say what's on their minds. That said, due to a recent swarm of spam and some other rude and presumptuous comments along the way, I feel I should let visitors to this site know where I'm coming from regarding comments.
I'm sure I speak for everyone in the community when I say we all like constructive comments that are more-or-less related to the topics being discussed. Just about anything that informs, enlightens, or opens profound, thoughtful, civil, or compassionate dialog is all right by me. I've been a lot of places and exposed to many cultures, and have maintained this site for years so it could be a gathering place for all kinds of people and their wisdom. I believe my readers have a wealth of knowledge that we can all learn from, since this site, being global, attracts people from almost everywhere in the world.
All truth-seeking Souls are welcome here, regardless of local circumstances and belief systems. This site is primarily astrological and metaphysical, as you may have noted. That would seem to open a lot of ground for exploration and dialog.
Still, I do appreciate it when people keep comments related to the subject of the post, since it opens room for a focused discussion. And I've noted from people sharing their topic-related experiences with others that often the comments exactly address many questions other readers have. This wisdom-sharing helps us remember we're not alone in what we're striving to learn.
I used to get more than a few comments asking me for personal chart interpretations in the comment stream. While I tried to empathize, and understand people want to know as much as possible about their personal situations, sometimes it hijacks the dialog away from the topic.
That's why I just cannot provide coherent or timely answers to some questions. It's not because I don't like you or think ill of you. It's because I may not have enough information or time to provide an answer for what are sometimes very complex personal questions.
Usually my work load doing professional readings for people and my fairly active private life prevent me from answering. Again, it's nothing personal. For many years I attempted to answer every question, but the volume of traffic become overwhelming.
One thing: PLEASE DO NOT double post your comment or question on two or more streams. That is very annoying and bumps other legit comments off the sidebar, which makes it hard for me to answer. If you accidentally post twice in the same stream because the comment software was too slow, I understand, and delete those that are posted within minutes of each other. Still, give the software a chance to post your comment before you send it again.
If I see your comment and can answer it, I will. If not, please don't just repost thinking you'll get my attention and an answer. You will, but you may not like the answer, since we all are students who are answered by the Host in the order we raise our hands.
That applies to me as well. We're all in this classroom together, and I'm just the guy who shows up to give you what I can. There are others that observe and take note of individual and group effort and striving. Ultimately they're the Ones who decide what's happening here.
That doesn't mean this is "channeled material" or some Higher Beings "are in charge." It's as simple as this: there are classroom rules in any learning environment. I'm holding the center as best as I can within the larger Whole of the evolutionary leap now happening globally.
I should remind you that this is a very well known blog internationally with major search engine traction, so please take thought before you write things that probably should not be written in a comment stream able to be picked up by Google and put on page one or two. You just don't know who might find and read your comment, and it's easier for you to edit how you phrase what you say than to email me later asking me to delete it. I will do that, but still, it's easier for you not to write it in the first place.
Though I'm usually booked up in advance, those who have major life decisions to make probably should contemplate setting up an in-depth taped session with me and have their personal questions answered without the world looking through the window. Our tribulations should not be available for all the world to read about.
That said, many of you who make it here are leading what Rudhyar called "the symbolic life." Since we're all living archetypes, I try to make it welcome and safe for all to share their stories with this community. At some point, the more aware and effective you are, the more your life experiences will impact others in profound ways. Even then, some things still should not be discussed in a forum that can be googled.
I have found from my occasional political (and it seems more and more, my environmental) posts that the most rude or shrill comments come from those who tend to think I am misguided or ill-informed regarding matters important to the common good. Oh well. It's my cantina, and I am fairly knowledgeable about political (and environmental) realities on both macro and micro levels, having done years as a political consultant, futurist, and strategic analyst wearing many types of hats.
I try to keep up a spirited and vigorous public dialog in those streams, but often find people go strident or silent when I don't immediately agree with them. I think a public dialog should be civil without a need to go ballistic or withdraw completely from the dance. In that sense, I believe we can play vigorous tennis without trying to take off each other's heads.
There's a caveat here. While I'm pretty open to alternative views in the comments, as far as I'm concerned, posting knowing disinformation is a bannable offense, and the comment will not be published. Nor if it is rude, disrespectful toward any commenter, or inappropriate. And yes, it's my standard of what that means, since it's my cantina. This is not a democracy.
I always remove spam as soon as I can, since I believe that if someone wants to advertise their product or service on my site, they should ask me first so that if it works within the Spirit of this blog we can come to an agreement. Ask me if you want to leave a link to something relevant, good, or important, since I tend to delete self-serving promotionals and especially links to somewhere suspect.
A warning here: NEVER click on a name of a "commenter" if it's a link. It probably will redirect you to some other site, and could very well place a worm or virus in your system. If you want to connect with someone who has commented, there are ways to figure that out. Basically, since I have little tolerance for comments that smell like mischief-making, I've decided they will be immediately deleted.
Abusive, nasty, cruel or just plain crazy comments will not be published if I believe they're over the top, or are meant to hurt or hijack our usually open, gentle, and benevolent atmosphere. To cite noted jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., free Speech does NOT mean we have the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater and create social destruction. As proprietor of this joint, I feel this is a pretty reasonable approach to take to preserve the common good.
For the most part, wonderful people from all over the world find their way here. Many comment, while many thousands more don't for whatever reasons. I hope that all who come here can find some forms of community, wisdom, and encouragement from both the posts and the comments. I've seen streams where people served to help each other in moments of uncertainty, doubt, or despair, and that's always a good thing, since ultimately we're all in this together.
Aum and blessings,