“Big Wednesday” is a classic surf film from 1978, directed by John Milius and starring Jan Michael Vincent, William Katt, and Gary Busey as three surfer dudes who “Come of Age” surfing 20 foot waves in Malibu on a mystical day known as “Big Wednesday”—sometime in the seventies. World champion surfer Peter Townsend, from Coolongatta, Australia was hired as a stand-in for Vincent, and another Aussie, Ian Cairns, handled Busey’s surfing scenes. Another Australian surf pro, Bruce Raymond, was paid $200 a day to wipeout, or in his words, to “Eat Shit.” Eating shit, in this case, consisted of being held underwater for up to a minute, as the world’s gnarliest washing machine pounded him mercilessly. Although the action was purported to have taken place in Malibu, the surf footage was actually shot at Sunset Beach, Hawaii over a period of two months. Finally, there was the perfect day—“Big Wednesday”-when the swell was 10-12 feet with 18-foot faces. During the biggest swell at Sunset, director Milius instructed Townend to speed down the line of the set waves and pitch himself off the end of his board—seven times! On Wednesday July 1st we are getting the cosmic equivalent of “Big Wednesday. The surf will definitely be up in the “Ocean of Milk.” At 00:51amPDT Venus and Jupiter make their long awaited conjunction at 28 degrees Cancer, in Ashlesha nakshatra. Asuraguru (Venus) and Devaguru (Jupiter) assemble their forces for the churning of the Kshirasagara—the Ocean of Milk—to bring the prized Amrita, the nectar of immortality, to the surface. Mount Mandara has been uprooted and carried to the spot to act as the pestle, and is held in place by Lord Vishnu himself in his Kurma (tortoise) avatara. The King of the Nagas, Vasuki, is summoned to act as a churning rope. The presiding deity of Ashlesha (the “entwiner”) is the Naga king, so Vasuki is in his element here. As the Devas pull back and forth on Vasuki, great waves are churned up and things begin to come to the surface—most notably: Dhanvantari (physician of the gods), Lakshmi (goddess of riches), Jyeshta (goddess of poverty), Chandra (the moon), Airavata (Indra’s white elephant), Kalpavriksha (the wish fulfilling tree), the dreaded Halahala (consumed by Lord Shiva), and, finally the Amrita. The big churning tomorrow will be augmented by the full moon at 7:20pmPDT—16 degrees Sagittarius in Purvashada nakshatra. The presiding deity of Purvashada is Apah, the goddess of Water. On the opposite side of the zodiac sits the Sun, at 16 degrees Gemini, in Ardra nakshatra, symbolized by a teardrop. The main star of Ardra is Betelgeuse, the bright red star in the upper left-hand corner of Orion. Ardra is the legendary home of Rudra, the “Howler”, the destructive aspect of Shiva sometimes referred to as the “Bringer of Storms”, or the “Bringer of Tears.” Adding another “Oceanic” element to the mix, Neptune (Lord of the Oceans)—at 16 degrees Aquarius, in Shatabhisha nakshatra (One Hundred Physicians)—forms an exact trine with the Sun at 2:10pmPDT on “Big Wednesday.” The presiding deity of Shatabhisha is Varuna, the Lord of the Oceans, who is often depicted holding a pot of Soma (Amrita). In the great churning of the Ocean of Milk on “Big Wednesday”, the waves will be huge, and many things will surface, including the Amrita. Whether we get barreled or wipeout depends entirely on us—we won’t have the luxury of a stand-in to do our surfing for us.