Purging and Patience: Sun-Pluto and Mercury Storm

By Amanda Painter

By Amanda Painter

If you emerged from last week’s Libra equinox and New Moon feeling as though things are slightly off-kilter, you’re not alone — but don’t blame the Moon or the change of season. Pluto and Mercury are the two planets intensifying in influence as we head into the weekend.

Lights on bicycle wheels; photo by Amanda Painter.

Lights on bicycle wheels; photo by Amanda Painter. Click here for larger version of photo.

Let’s begin with Pluto.

As the Sun has moved into Libra, it’s begun to encounter the Uranus-Pluto square. This is our current era-defining aspect, the one making seven exact contacts between 2012 and 2015 — the astrology shaking up the world as it breaks open old systems and ushers in something new. The Sun will square Pluto first (exact Oct. 4, but has been in effect for days); shortly thereafter, it will oppose Uranus (exact Oct. 7).

Pluto is kind of like the subterranean bulldozer in Capricorn. The Sun represents your ego consciousness, or how you express your Self out in the world.

Squares tend to be an internally felt aspect — something akin to a lever being applied in some facet of your life. You have a choice: take hold of the lever and self-direct your response to any sense of pressure you feel, thereby owning and integrating it; or try to hold your position against the tension building within.

Which option sounds more productive and least wasteful of energy?

Sun in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn puts this dynamic in signs having to do with balance, justice and relationships (Libra) and institutions, structures and the past (Capricorn). Translation: pay attention to how free you feel to express yourself in your relationships, especially those with ‘traditional’ structures.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

By Planet Waves


You’ve been dealing with deep personal doubts, a feeling of groping in the dark and perhaps fear that you are going to be stuck in a situation longer than you like. But you are awakening now to a profound truth that may come as a solid hunch suggesting the ground beneath your feet is laden with more potential than you first realized.

No More Heads in the Sand

By Planet Waves

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Carlos Cedillo, our Mayan astrology columnist, writes: “As we make it our intention to interact only with beings who are 100% of the Light, those entities who are less than 100% Light begin to fall away from our consciousness. As more and more human beings become aware of their own spiritual light potential, there is no more room in our hearts and minds for those beings who have sought to control and manipulate us into giving them our spiritual life-force energies.”

New Edition of Planet Waves FM :: Into the Eclipses and Mercury Rx — and Into the White House

By Eric Francis


In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I cover the forthcoming Mercury retrograde, the eclipses of October other facets of upcoming astrology. In the second half of the program I give a brief synopsis of the world situation and offer a few responses, touching again on the theme of the seemingly endless war that we find ourselves waging against someone or something.

Inner Space Monthly Horoscope for October 2014

By Eric Francis


Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Venus is in your sign, which is offering encouragement to use charm instead of force, and an even deeper challenge — to use authenticity rather than any form of pretense. That means all truth, all the time. Instead of sugar coating reality in some way, present the facts instead of your emotional reaction to it, or concealing it. The direct statement of ‘what is so’ is influential in ways that you may not be used to. Registered readers may see all 12 signs.