This Hot Mess

By Eric Francis

Occupy Wall Street protest at Times Square, October 15, 2011. Photo by Eric Francis.

Dear Friend and Reader:

If you dare to watch the news, you may get the idea that civilization is unraveling, or at best, that the political situation of the United States is so mired in its own insanity that it’s never going to get out of the swamp.

We are watching, silently for the most part, while every major problem that affects the world is being ignored. We are watching while war and epidemics spiral out of control — and yet while everything else is being made into an issue.

F-15 protest against the then-imminent war against Iraq, taken from Hungerford Bridge, in Embankment, London, Feb. 15, 2003. Photo by Simon Rutherford / Wikimedia.

All aspects of life — success, failure, education or the lack of it, poverty, wealth, gender, economics, one’s skin color, the food we eat, one’s internal organs (especially if female), the heat that prevents you from freezing in the winter, all communications from the most private to the most public, the meekest personal choice and even the subtlest emotion, are all subject to being politicized.

That is a weird word, and a stranger concept. In our time of history where it seems the destiny of humanity and every other species is being gambled, we are all standing at the intersection of the personal and the political.

Every last thing we desire, need, think or do can be turned into a political commodity, processed by spin doctors, spliced into a 30-second ad and force-fed back to us with an emotional charge designed to manipulate — that is, politicized. Our political systems, that is, the structures that supposedly run society, are nakedly answerable to nothing but the power of money. We all watch as the opinions of ordinary people and the wellbeing of ordinary people are ignored.

We are told there are issues, but nearly all the time, ideology is merely packaging designed to motivate political contributions.Congressional representatives, who must seek re-election every two years, spend their entire terms fundraising for the next election.

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Planet Waves Monthly Horoscope for November, 2014

By Eric Francis

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — There is a sober quality to your charts this month, though it may take you a little while to catch onto that. You will the moment you get your mind out of the clouds, and away from any idealistic visions of how things might be. There are times for idealism and there are times to be fully focused on what is happening right now. Detailed readings for all 12 signs and rising signs are available in this edition of Planet Waves.

Following the Eclipse — Mars and Neptune

By Len Wallick

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Len Wallick writes: “After the monumental confluence of events centered on today’s Scorpio solar eclipse has peaked, there will be no letdown for astrology if Mars and Neptune are any indication. So don’t let yourself down. Take the time to take care of yourself. Also take care to follow through. Honor transitions and commitments equally, and you will be one with the celestial flow.”

Scorpio Eclipse Live Call-In Edition of Planet Waves FM

By Eric Francis

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This is a replay of Wednesday night’s live edition of Planet Waves FM, which focused on the solar eclipse in Scorpio, Mercury stationing direct, and a diversity of themes and subjects that our many callers brought to the conversation. We talk about the progressed horoscope, what it is and how to use it; horary astrology; and why you want to ask your clients a few questions before you try to read the chart. There are no musical breaks, just a lot of dialog between me and our subscribers.

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.”