Mars is now retrograde in Aquarius.
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There is some astrology happening: unpredictable, powerful and potentially challenging. It could shake up the social order, encouraging you to break out your individuality amid the tribal environment. Mars retrograde will shuffle your thinking -- your preconceptions and ideas about how things are -- and give you something tangible to consider, something real and immediate. Read more...  

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Eclipse in Leo-Aquarius, and the Courage in Truth

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

The Sun entering Leo today begins the process of two eclipses on the Leo-Aquarius axis. The first takes place Friday: a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius, conjunct retrograde Mars — followed by a partial solar eclipse in Leo itself.

We’re also approaching the peak of the summer season, with the Sun in its sign of rulership; and one of the cross-quarter days, Lughnasadh (pronounced lunessa), celebrated by neo-Pagans the first week of August, as the Sun nears the Leo midpoint.

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A total lunar eclipse in progress, in 2014, over Katmai, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Apart from the eclipses, the standout aspect of the week is retrograde Mars opposite Pallas, with both conjunct the nodes.

Pallas is the goddess of protection, law and diplomacy, placed on the cutting-edge North Node of the Moon. This shows a potential direction we might head in: trying to work things out. That might require letting go some of the “strong ego” quality for which Leo is famous.

Mars retrograde in Aquarius describes either a group dynamic, or one person expressing their individuality, pitted against a group of some kind. So we have two dynamics set up against one another, amplified by the nodes. The setup is more a question than an answer. Which dynamic rules? How does the group treat the individual? What is the relationship between the one and the many?

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Mars and Eclipses: Welcome to the Internet

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

Dear Friend and Reader:

It’s been a banner week for insanity here on the planet. The whole Russia crucible came to a boil, over and over again, as Trump stood side-by-side with a man who will go down in history as the greatest KGB agent ever. While that is not your team, one should give credit when due. He knows how to get things done.

Partial solar eclipse on Nov. 3, 2013. Next week’s total lunar eclipse will be followed by another partial solar eclipse. Photo by er Guiri.

The issue of potential Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm election is so vital because that is really the only political potential for any justice or correction of our current situation, slim though it may be.

Our federal legislature is just amazingly lame at the moment; and while a Democratic sweep is no guarantee of anything, it would at least represent some movement away from the stranglehold of one political party controlling all three branches of government, and both houses of the legislature.

When will it be time to heed the words of James Madison: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Monday, July 23, 2018

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Are you grieving the loss of the original woman you once were who you may have sacrificed to goals you did not really want or were forced to give up in order to survive in the world? The fact that you can feel at all is evidence that she is still alive within you for she is the part of you who feels.

Monday Morning Horoscope for July 23, 2018

Posted by Amy Elliott

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The lunar eclipse marking the beginning of your birthday month is pretty exceptional astrology, potentially rivaling last year’s momentous eclipse at the very end of your sign. The current event is encouraging you to shine like the star at the heart of our solar system, which rules your sign, and is symbolic of the gift you have of leadership and of example.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Sunday, July 22, 2018

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I had a shocking moment a few years ago, which I still process daily, when I read in the work of Alice Miller that all children in our society are abused. The reason, she says, is because the structure, patterns and climate of our culture are inherently destructive, negligent and insensitive to the needs of defenseless growing young people.

Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Saturday, July 21, 2018

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As much as a deep intuitive sense has been calling you in the direction of increased devotion to erotic and creative experience, there have been many other factors that have been getting in the way. It’s fair enough to wonder: does it always need to be this hard? I suggest, however, that you not let any adversity or lack of success keep you from trying, and from persisting in your experiments.

As Ethiopia & Eritrea Sign Deal to End 20 Years of War, Will Political Prisoners Be Released Next?

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A historic peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea ends 20 years of a “state of war” that saw 70,000 killed and thousands of families separated. Responding are Ethiopian writer Awol Allo, a lecturer at the Keele University School of Law in the U.K., and Vanessa Berhe, an Eritrean human rights activist.