Chiron in Aries: The Challenge of Individuating
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Chiron is now in Aries, for the first time since 1977. This is about the quest for individuality in the most deeply personal way: the cultivation and growth of your soul. There are challenges associated with doing this, which I plan to address eloquently and in a way that you will find reassuring and helpful. Read more...  

Mars Retrograde: Background, and Deep Background

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

Dear Friend and Reader:

As you know, Mars will be retrograde for most of the summer, for two months beginning on June 26. Mars retrogrades happen every other year, and each is distinctive. It’s not just the sign where it happens that defines the unique property of the retrograde, but primarily what is happening with the outer planets that describe the invisible background layer of existence.

Wifi signals as they would look if we could see them, on the national mall. Most of us live with 24-hour wifi, plus many other bandwidths of radio signals — microwave, bluetooth, smart meters, ordinary radio and TV, etc., cascading over us all the time — part of why it’s so difficult to sleep.

Mars retrograde in Aquarius, as discussed last week, is about the social patterns of society. Given the connection of Aquarius to the internet, we will have a study, conscious or not, in what impact the internet has had on consciousness and social patterns.

We got an example of this with the Mars retrograde two years ago, when we all wondered how exactly the Donald Trump candidacy had any buoyancy at all, when during prior election cycles he would have sunk like a block of concrete. The answer is what the internet has done to consciousness and intellect.

Part of what is happening is that the structured nature of a literacy-based culture is degrading back to the tribal, oral and rumor/mythology based society that long predates it. Much of the insanity we are seeing in the world right now is associated with the inability to distinguish truth from hearsay or opinion, and further, the opinion that there is no truth. This is a form of nihilism.

Mars retrogrades are not evenly distributed through the signs. Far to the contrary. Of note, the forthcoming Mars retrograde in Aquarius will only be the second in living memory. Mars was retrograde briefly in Aquarius in 1924 and 1939; and it was retrograde entirely in Aquarius in 1971. Interestingly, during the only Mars retrograde that people might actually remember, Chiron had recently arrived in Aries.

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The Greatest Day of My Life (so far)

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Psychedelic Eric McLuhan (1941-2018) in Manhattan last Oct. 13. Photo by Eric.

Dear Friend and Listener:

I begin tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM with a tribute to Eric McLuhan, who died on Friday while he was traveling in Bogota, Colombia. He was down there for the opening ceremonies of a doctoral program at University de la Sabana. I tell the story of the one day that I spent with Eric, in Manhattan last autumn.

I also read the chart for the Sun ingressing Gemini, which it does a little later tonight, and give a reading of Mars retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn, which begins in late June.

Our musical guest is U2, and I take you on a tour of some of their work, spanning from October to mid-career through Achtung Baby and their work with Brian Eno under the moniker Passengers. I include a detailed reading of Bono’s charts — one of my more detailed celebrity readings ever.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Saturday, May 26, 2018

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You may be struggling to get more for your money, a better deal, or at the least, a clearer arrangement with close associates or living partners. It is true, clarity is efficiency, and for the moment, I suggest that the fewer words the better. You’re in a position where you must assess the integrity of someone or something.

As Trump Pulls Out of N. Korea Summit, Women Activists Head to DMZ to Promote Korean Peace Process

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President Trump has canceled plans for a June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. A top official in North Korea’s foreign ministry said Friday that Kim Jong-un is still willing to meet with Trump at any time and that the cancellation of the summit was “extremely regrettable.”

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Friday, May 25, 2018

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You must at this point apply a test of loyalty for the people who come into your home. Define loyalty as you see fit, and make your own reality-check to see whether the qualifications are being fulfilled. You have learned much about being able to hold together your own definition of who you are.

Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for June 2018

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The matter of belief is one of the most pressing issues of our day. We live in a time when to believe something is to think that makes it true. I am not sure where the subtle elements of proof, substantiation and credibility went, though you will want to claim them back. David Bowie in one of his earlier songs admonished his fans, “Don’t deceive with belief,” suggesting that to believe something is a form of a lie.

NFL Bans National Anthem Protests On Same Day Video of Police Tasering of NBA Player is Released

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The NFL has announced it will fine teams if players refuse to stand for the national anthem before games. But players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem. Over the past two seasons, dozens of players have knelt during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Dream: You are standing by the edge of the ocean, gazing out into infinity, and you feel infinitely small next to it. The water begins to rise, and touch your feet, and you now feel that you’re connected to this ocean in some way, but that it’s unimaginably different than you are.

DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party Should Stay Out of Primaries, Let Voters Decide

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Voters in several states Tuesday determined a number of key primaries, and it was another big night for female Democrats. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor.