Giving a Hoot


Introduction by Mark Lerner (November 28, 2018): Nancy de la Vierra wrote this crystal-clear and inspirational feature for the Scorpio-Sagittarius 1992 issue of our pioneering astrological magazine – Welcome to Planet Earth. Nance’s observations and her writing style, in my estimation, are always profound, thought-provoking and poetically-measured, to coin a phrase. [Nance was a deep student and researcher of the best poetry, novels and plays, and when we met in 1989 and for well over 25 years afterwards, she usually read three books a week. Her vocabulary was immense; her I.Q. at genius levels.] Because we have a current presidency wrapped up in total narcissistic, over-the-top, “me-ism,” something Nance truly detested as a wave moving throughout our era of human evolution, were she alive now I am not sure she could even write this kind of beautifully evocative story. The truth is – not just in the Pacific Northwest, but globally, on land, in the waters, and throughout the atmosphere – I am constantly inundated with reports of the gigantic percentage of species being decimated, and with extinctions happening year after year. The Northern Spotted Owl – Nance’s focus in this article – is still very much an endangered species for the reasons she spells out below. And, curiously, the invasion of another species of owl – the barred owl – larger in size and very different in its living habits, migrating west from other areas of our continent, has become another dynamic in northern spotted owls leaving the forests out here and possibly going extinct – if humanity does nothing to reverse the calamitous climate change affecting all of Mother Earth. At her birth, Nance’s most elevated planet (at the potent beginning of the zodiac, 1 degree of Aries) is Pallas or under its ancient Greek name Athena – the Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, Problem-Solving, Strategizing, and associated with its animal totem and spirit, the Owl. Nancy de la Vierra’s Giving a Hoot begins now…


I have found it especially difficult to put pen to paper on the subject of the much maligned Northern Spotted Owl. I have been asked to address this issue, and it is not due to a lack of passion or interest, but a surfeit. As I ruminate in my retreat high in the Oregon Cascades, I hear a Steller's Jay make his presence known outside my door. I'd like to think he is thanking me for the black oil sunflower seeds I have distributed for him and his forest companions, but I don't have a lot of confidence in that assertion. Of late, when I hear the politicians (especially Bush and Quayle) gravitate towards this subject, it really sets my teeth on edge. Their apparent total lack of sincere und