On Seeking Clarity, and the Quest for True Vision

By Eric Francis

Dear Friend and Reader:

In our moment of history, it’s difficult to see anything clearly — ourselves, our lives, the world, the future, even the past. We live with a feeling of being constantly on edge, or on the edge, often straining for clarity. Respecting this state of existence, my 2016 annual edition is called Vision Quest, and it’s focused on our need to go beyond clarity; my intent is to help you discover and focus a vision for your life. That’s what the planets are describing, and what I am hearing.

First, though, I have a short story for you, about the spiritual path we call astrology.

One of the first spiritual books ever given to me was Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. Written by Richard Bach while, unbeknownst to him, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was becoming an international bestseller, this book helped put a lot of people on the spiritual path — maybe even you.

Illusions is the story of an unusual man named Donald Shimoda whom Bach met while flying around the country in his antique biplane, hopping from hayfield to hayfield out in places like Kansas. This was Bach’s version of a Vision Quest.

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Live the Questions Now

By Amanda Moreno

Photo by graywacke/A Landing a Day

Amanda Moreno is quite sure she has been swimming in a sea of Piscean contentment lately, and has been a bit wary of having her head in the clouds. This week, she explores the dissolution and re-emergence of scripts and the importance of having containers where we can be in flux with questions of belief at both the personal and collective levels.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

By Planet Waves


So much is about to change, and people are going through all kinds of not-so-subtle transformations — but in truth, you’re the one who is growing by the hour. Yesterday’s fears are about to become today’s strengths. Yesterday’s uncertainty is becoming today’s clear, vital message from the cosmos that you have the right to exist.

Reclaiming the Erotic Body, one pole at a time

By Amanda Painter

Photo by Michele Beck.

Removed from the limited context of a strip club, women-only pole dance classes offer a safe space in which to liberate a form of feminine sexual power that has been repressed, cut off, shamed out of existence, misunderstood or misdirected in the lives of many women. Performance artist and filmmaker Michele Beck’s documentary “My Erotic Body” explores the transformative power of this dance form.

Hanging On

By Judith Gayle


At this time of year, I usually mention my ancestors who came to this continent aboard the Mayflower. Of the seven who made the crossing, only two survived that first year: John Howland, a young bond servant to John Carver, suspected author and signer of the Mayflower Compact, and another, Elizabeth Tilley, child of Pilgrim parents, who eventually married.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

By Planet Waves


Once again, it’s time to make a career move. Make it a big one, and do it now. Reach for something you really want to accomplish. I have no doubt whatever that this has been on your mind; if you’ve noticed nothing else the past year or so, it’s how confined you are, and how much you yearn for blue skies and mountaintops.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

By Planet Waves


You’ve got some complex ideas that you don’t really understand. Why should anybody else? But they are serving a purpose, which is to gradually guide you toward the light of freedom and simplicity. Living deep inside a maze is not a way of keeping yourself safe. And the ideas you think are dangerous are actually made more of common sense than any other ingredient.

A Year of Gratitude: We Are Still Here

By Eric Francis


Among the many thank-yous I have to offer, one stands out prominently: Planet Waves is still here. Earlier this year, after a major website overhaul and making many other improvements and after seven consecutive years of growth, Planet Waves encountered some financial trouble.