That Scorpio Eclipse and Mercury Stationing Direct

By Amanda Painter

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Amanda Painter writes: “Even if you are feeling a sense of pressure or fear about impending changes right now, try thinking of these few days less as an “ultimatum” and more like someone holding the door open for you. Actually look for the person(s) in your life acting in some capacity as a coach, guide, cheerleader, “creative birthing assistant” or emotional midwife. This person will be mirroring back to you what you might otherwise be afraid to see within yourself, despite (or even because of) the intense inward focus of this Scorpio eclipse.”

The (Mostly) Good News Issue

By Amanda Painter

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This week’s issue of Planet Waves’ environmental newsletter focuses primarily on environmental advances: the success of trans-border forested corridors for tigers moving between India and Nepal; the empowerment and training of Mongolian herders to use ‘camera traps’ to collect snow leopard data; rebounding vulture populations in India; China halting logging in a wide swath of state-own forests; and the success of community-based sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso. The fly in the ointment? The EPA’s approval of Dow’s new herbicide containing an Agent Orange ingredient and glyphosate.

Solar Eclipse, Mercry Direct and the Chart of Thom Yorke

By Eric Francis


We are in one of the most interesting astrological weeks in ages — on Thursday, the Moon, Venus and the Sun enter Scorpio at about the same time, followed by an eclipse of the Sun. Then two days later, Mercury stations direct in Libra. This is a lot of movement and it may have you feeling like you’re in the squeeze, under unusual stress or not knowing what to do.

Time Capsule — Mercury, Venus and the Scorpio Eclipse

By Len Wallick

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Len Wallick writes: “With the Sun, New Moon and Venus all conjoined in the first degree of Scorpio for the occasion of a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, there is bound to be some closure for you to deal with. The key thing is to decide now not to have endings be your only focus, lest only endings fill your time capsule. For astrological periods are nearly always being completed and initiating at the same time. In this case, you will also want to be mindful of what beginnings you put into your time capsule.”