A Scorpio Sky and Mars-Pluto Brewing: Go Deep

By Amanda Painter

Mercury has been in direct motion for nearly a week (hallelujah!), although it’s still shaking things out at a slow speed; the last of the October eclipses occurred a week ago. Likely you are beginning to get your bearings again after what might have felt like a giant release-valve being let off.

Photo by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter

As you do so, are you noticing a pull to feel things more deeply? We have a cluster of planets in Scorpio now: the Sun, Venus, asteroid Pallas and, later in the sign, Saturn. That’s a lot of Scorpio for a culture that tends to orient on mental activity, with so much information and trending so-called news stories and “social networks” at our fingertips.

With so much Scorpio, the draw is to go deeper: deeper into your emotions; deeper into potentially transformative experiences; deeper into your erotic urges and desires; deeper into your understanding of cycles of life and death.

Is it really any wonder that we get Halloween this time of year, with its emphasis on scary stories and images of death, ghouls, witches and so on? The nights are getting longer, and being afraid of the dark is ubiquitous. Yet many people are even more afraid of “going deep” than they are of the darkness night brings.

Then again, perhaps they are versions of the same thing. Both the dark and the depths ask us to surrender our surface-level perceptions, our daylight-based ego consciousness of our place in the world and who we are in it. To go deep or to be in darkness, we must allow ourselves to become vulnerable in some way.

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Food for Thought

By Amanda Painter

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In this week’s issue of Planet Waves’ environmental newsletter, we cover: the surge of web-based services and mobile-phone apps designed to divert unwanted food to those in need; recent testing of fish in Oregon for levels of toxin above ‘safe consumption’ limits; discover of GMO soy in two brands of baby formula; two lawsuits launched against the EPA’s approval of Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide; and the day U.K. wind power outpaced nuclear.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

By Planet Waves


Today’s Oracle takes us to the Gemini monthly for June 1, 2001 Everyone is a control freak. It’s just merely a matter of what we strive to control, that’s all. In a manner of speaking, artists are fascists, writers are tyrants, musicians are maestros, chefs are chiefs; and those without a creative purpose, without a […]

The Scorpio Alignment, What’s Happening in Canada and a Tribute to Presidential Astrologer Joan Quigley

By Eric Francis


In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I recap what has been happening in Canada, and consider the situation with Jian Ghomeshi, the CBC reporter who was fired for alleged sexual misconduct and who has sued his former employer. I consider what seems to be the newly emerging “BD/SM defense,” akin to the “rough sex defense,” and the problems associated with the discussion of sexual boundaries in the context of alleged crimes. In the second half of the program I offer a tribute to the life of Joan Quigley, the astrologer to the Reagans, including reading her chart. My musical guest is Bjork, who also gets a chart reading and a shout-out from one of her most avid fans.

Joan Quigley, Astrologer to the Reagans, and What’s Brewing in the Astrology Charts for Canada

By Eric Francis


This week I am switching up the horoscope schedule a bit. Today I am posting the Sex By Sign monthly edition, a new column (actually, a weekly but with one monthly edition mixed into the cycle). I began this column in July and that is part of our Core Community membership. Thursday I will be posting an extended-length Inner Space for November as the weekly horoscope.