1/21 :: Women’s Voices Heard Around the World

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The buck stops now. We do have that opportunity now. You might say that Nessus includes all that stuff about misogyny and boundary issues and sexual transgression. Nessus is on the South Node, the release point of the zodiac. And this weekend, women of the world spoke up. There was both an embrace and a vast letting go. This was not an angry protest. This was a loving protest, a statement of presence, an experiment in raising our collective voices.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

I saw Amy Elliott’s headline about Nessus, below, and thought: well, that about sums it up. The buck stops now. We do have that opportunity now. You might say that Nessus includes all that stuff about misogyny and boundary issues and sexual transgression. Nessus is on the South Node, the release point of the zodiac.

And this weekend, women of the world spoke up. There was both an embrace and a vast letting go. This was not an angry protest. This was a loving protest, a statement of presence, an experiment in raising our collective voices.

Tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here] begins with a crowd sculpture, recorded by Amy Jacobs and edited together by me, and I get chills every time I play it. The very sound of women’s voices in unison, expressing what has long, long, long needed to be said out loud, to our world today, sends me spinning with joy.

In the first segment I offer a summary of what happened and what I think it means. In the second segment, Amy Jacobs and I speak for about half an hour about what we learned this weekend, and in the last segment I offer my views on why the supposed issue of “woman” is very much about sex and sexuality: about biology, and humanity, and consent, and claiming who one inherently is.

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Nessus on the Nodes: the buck stops now

Dear Friend and Reader:

The Sun is now a few degrees into Aquarius, cruising steadily toward the sign’s New Moon next week. Before we get there, however, an aspect takes place that got my attention: Tuesday at 10:25 am EST (17:24:45 UTC), the centaur Nessus will be exactly conjunct the lunar South Node.

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Statue in Rouen, France, of the abduction of Deianeira, wife of Hercules, by Nessus. Photo by Frederic Bisson.

This aspect has been a long time coming; its significance is lent mainly by the nature of the moment in which it happens.

I personally am quite partial to working with the lunar nodes, to some extent because they often represent the journey being undertaken in miniature form. The South Node is where you start from, and the North Node is where you’re going to. These two points by themselves can be rich with information.

Eric has written about Nessus many times, discussing its relationship with abuses of all kinds. Where Nessus is present, there’s some karma to be worked out, and usually some past transgression to bring to justice. Melanie Reinhart’s catchphrase for Nessus is “the buck stops here”; I suspect Nessus passing the South Node would be “the buck stops now.”

A line has been crossed, and denial is impossible; the only course remaining is the path toward acknowledgment, assertion and the enacting of justice. For some, this might involve a personal journey to let go of the negative programming of the past, and come into the full human measure of independence and freedom.

If that includes you, remember that the process is likely to be gradual and take it one step at a time. Give yourself the space and the patience you need; and safeguard your mental health in whatever ways work best for you. Your experiences are valid; listen to your instincts.

There would seem to be an air of necessity about this journey that is sometimes associated with Pluto transits. Learning must and will take place. How it happens is up to us.

With best wishes,

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Amy Elliott

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Your extended monthly horoscope for January was published on Thursday, Dec. 22. We published your extended monthly horoscope for December on Wednesday, Nov. 23. We published the Moonshine horoscope for the Cancer Full Moon, by Len Wallick, on Thursday, Jan. 12. Your Moonshine horoscope for the Capricorn New Moon was published Thursday, Dec. 29. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope on the first Friday after the Sun has entered a new sign.


Monday Morning Horoscope for Jan. 23, 2017 | By Eric Francis Coppolino

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Some say it’s safer not turning your fantasies into reality. The wisdom of tantra would say that you’re only safe doing so, because the imagination is slippery and unwieldy until you focus your feelings on what’s solid and verifiable. True, one takes various risks doing anything physical, though it would seem that’s why we all incarnated in bodies. Why dream about art when you can make art? Why imagine how a photograph might look, when you can create that picture? Why pretend to know how good something might feel, when you can go explore the experience and find out? Well, there’s a good reason. Entering a space of physical emotion means that you open yourself up to the full spectrum of feelings, including the potential for pain and fear. Many prefer to avoid those possibilities, or become nervous when things get a little too real. Yet you want and need to be real.


Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Your wildest hopes and dreams are actually possible, though it helps if you know what they are. You’re finally starting to figure out that you don’t need to count on the worst happening. You see your own potential. Yet in order to dial in the deeper and bolder possibilities, you must allow yourself to be different, and to stand out from others around you. It’s one thing to know you’ve got something else going on; it’s another thing to step into your true identity no matter what others may think. When you’re really growing, that threshold of not caring what others think is a great place to arrive. You can feel like you finally have your priorities in order. You might also shock yourself with the recognition of how much energy you’ve invested in trying to conform to expectations that have absolutely nothing to do with you. The excellent news is: you no longer need to live that way.


Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Mercury’s current link to Neptune is bestowing you with a touch of clairvoyance. Listen to your hunches, particularly around matters of career and finance. You really can see around corners and peer through walls, if you will look, and use your subtle senses. What may surprise you is how much you care, and how deeply touched you are by what seemed to be something work-related. The depth of your feeling and your desire for the right thing to happen represent a calling for you. Your need to participate, and to offer your energy, are providing you direction. You’re getting to feel what it’s like to actually be needed and to have the opportunity to do something that’s both necessary and beautiful. Feel within yourself for confirmation that this is the right thing. Sit quietly for a few minutes and ask; consider carefully what you hear.


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — A close partner is likely to provide you with information that you are looking for. You’re more inclined to trust only what you personally discover, though what you learn is close enough to count as such. What you discern from any source, you still must consider and assimilate. You seem determined to take your life in a new direction. You seem obsessed by your need for trust rather than fear to direct you, and that’s the way you’re being guided. One result will be a new sensation of emotional freedom, like you have your options open and have space available to stretch out and explore. Let that need, rather than attachment, guide you. As you open up, you’ll be called in the direction of your deepest passion. Give yourself permission to follow: to be in love with life, in love with your potential and in love with yourself.


Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — The Sun is now in your opposite sign Aquarius, which looks like it’s taking some pressure off of you. It’s also reminding you to ask for the help you need, and to remember that many hands make light work. People love you, and they’re willing to provide support to make your life better and easier. Ease is the very thing you need the most. Taking a relaxed, calm approach to your affairs will remind you that you’re safe, and help you to notice how many caring people are around you. If you allow your energy to flow, everything and everyone in your environment will seem more relaxed and open. You may find yourself deeply moved by the feeling that people care, and that life does not need to be such an uphill struggle. So, be honest about what you need, and take any opportunity to share something you have, or to share yourself.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Most people accept that if you’ve been hurt in the past, you should be more cautious in the present. If opening up creates vulnerability (that same logic goes), maybe it’s better not to open up. Yet you know better than that. Your current situation is inviting you to let go of those things that have happened which you don’t want to happen again. It’s not necessary for them to be repeated, and you can choose to let go of painful situations without shutting down or closing yourself off to the love and affection of those near you. Support others in being the best people they can be, by holding space open for their most positive potential. From that space of being open and suspending judgment, it will be easier to feel whether you belong in any situation. Just remember: you don’t need to run toward someone, or run away. Genuine emotions are involved. You’re in a deep place; move gently and intentionally.


Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You have all the confidence you need. You don’t need anyone to give you permission. You don’t need to know any more than you do; you merely must use your abundant knowledge and experience. If anything, the real lesson of what develops over the next few days involves you figuring out just how much wisdom you possess. Remember that whatever may have happened in the past, every new situation is unprecedented. Using even the most refined skills is a creative act, because you must respond in the moment to what is new about that occasion. You are in a quantum healing zone. Keep your mind fresh and alert to everything and everyone in your environment. You’re approaching a moment of deep exchange, where you discover you have what someone needs, and they have what you need. Be generous and open up to receiving sincerely what you’re offered.


Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — The challenge you face is nothing more or less than stating your needs honestly. That’s all that stands between you, your deeper pleasure, and honest commitment. You need to defend your point of view or what you want; you don’t need to be demanding. You merely need to be real. That may be challenging enough because you must work your way through some denial or emotional fog. You may need to override your concern that being honest did not work well in the past. I would propose that the real sticking point is guilt: that if some negativity enters the equation, it’s because you feel bad about making your needs known. That guilt has a way of messing up the vibes. It’s not necessary; though stepping beyond it can take some courage, and learning how not to feel guilty about not feeling guilty. Keep it simple; love will guide you past all of that.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You remain well-supported, grounded and strong. You’re also unusually sensitive, and may find yourself reacting spontaneously to influences in your environment. Remember that the crisis of any family member or living partner is not necessarily your crisis. Pay attention to that boundary. You may feel inclined to be of assistance. You may have just the healing balm or reassurance that someone needs, though you would be wise to keep some emotional distance. Not a lot, just a little: just enough to remember that you’re in a facilitating role. One thing you can do is advocate for justice where you notice that advocacy is needed. Your voice will matter. Your opinion can make an actual difference. This will be all the more meaningful if you get no personal benefit from the outcome.


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Trust what you say. Trust that your words are helpful and meaningful, even if you didn’t plan to say quite that thing. This is not always easy, especially if you have a tendency to be confident in the moment when you open your mouth, and then regret what you said a little while later. The challenge you face is to trust all the way through: when you feel moved to speak, and after you’ve said your piece. This is what it means to have actual faith in yourself. How do you get there? If you practice being moved by love every time you take action, you can fall back on that. If this is your habit, you’ll know that what you say is motivated by healing. Therefore, be gentle, and be real, and listen to how others respond to you without judging those responses. Be available to take part in any conversation that you start.

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— Zlatka Sirakova, on a previous Aquarius reading

Dear Friend and Reader:

On Thursday the Sun entered your sign, beginning a new solar year for you. As Eric explains in one of your upcoming readings, your true calling is leadership. But if you don’t currently feel like a leader, what do you do and where can you find sound, inspirational guidance?

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“I never gave Sun sign astrology much credence until I opened myself to your readings. Thank you!” — Mary, on a previous Aquarius reading

If you have an Aquarius Sun, Moon or rising sign, you have some significant options now and going forward. But you’ll need to activate them consciously. This might mean focusing on your self-esteem, your sexuality and relationships, your career, your spiritual health and healing, or another facet of your life. Your Aquarius reading will touch all the most important bases.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You know what your priorities are. Most people do. You have the strength and independence of spirit to act on what’s important to you, without making a big drama about it. The potential point of conflict is what you must give up to gain something that you want. You might ask yourself if this is really a sacrifice, or whether, in the alternate, you would be shorn of something you really don’t want. This, too, is a matter of your priorities, which have changed in recent years. You can make today’s decisions based on what was important in the past, or what is important today. Getting clear about this can represent a genuine moment of clarity. Why is it worth being alive, today? What values have remained consistent through your entire life? Just recognizing this will be a revelation.


Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You have the option to stay open — perhaps more open than you’ve ever been. You have it in you to increase your sensitivity and your passion, and therefore to live more fully. You’re keenly aware that life has pain, loss and strife, and that many people are in pain. It’s not possible to be open to some of life; to be open at all, you must be open to everything, and you know that intuitively. You have the option to be a true artist, to remain sensitive and alive and stretch into life more fully as you do. You would do this out of respect for your own existence: live more fully and celebrate all of life. Extend yourself and be a friend to everyone. Remember above all that your example is vitally important to the people around you. What you say matters, though how you respond to life and how fully you offer yourself to existence matter more.

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7 thoughts on “1/21 :: Women’s Voices Heard Around the World

  1. Eric Francis Post author

    Thank you Robyn Landis for this comment about the new http://PlanetWaves.fm

    Eric, this Planet Waves FM is so, so, so, so, SO good. It was such a balm. I LOVED it. I so appreciated SO much of what you said. First of all, to hear someone just plain sounding so upbeat and positive and jubilant when so few have sounded that way about anything to do with any of this. ( I, ironically, had been bracing and brisk and pragmatic in the days and weeks after the election, felt like i was handling it really well, and trying to share that perspective, but the grimness of the reality hit me in a sort of delayed reaction in these cold, gray, wet, stark first weeks of January. I’ve been in a funk, wondering if maybe I was wrong, but hearing you speak some of what I’d been seeing as opportunities—and just being practical and stating all the very important facts non-judgmentally—was healing and re-invigorating.

    Secondly, i felt like you helped me understand the true meaning of the marches MUCH better (I, like you, have a hard time with huge crowds so I did not go—I was supportive of course and impressed by the turnout but I’ve never been a big “march” person (I do activism in other ways) and though I was not cynical, I was having trouble seeing what it would accomplish beyond some great feelings and symbolism. You clarified that and put that in perspective for me, while also being very clear that there IS a precedent for such events not being followed up sufficiently and we do need to watch that. I appreciate how you urged us to not let this be just one day, without taking anything away from the significance of the event which you evoked so eloquently.

    Third, you acknowledging the thing about Hillary being impossible to get excited about (I hadn’t heard you say that before, maybe i missed it) was affirming. The DNC insisting obtusely and selfishly on running her against DT, despite handwriting on the wall, cutting off their nose to spite their face, has been a sore point among many of us, especially those who were super excited about Bernie Sanders and who believe that untampered, fair, free primary elections could very well have produced a Sanders not Trump presidency. I have felt more alone in recent months expressing my grief over that as for some reason people seemed more outraged about HRC not winning than about how she got to be a candidate in the first place, which has seemed all but forgotten by most.

    To hear you simply and without rancor state pragmatically “A candidate nobody could get excited about…a couple few people maybe did for reasons that couldn’t really qualify as excitement… darn near impossible to have any positive sentiment about HC particularly if you understand who she was and where she was coming from.” It was very refreshing. I feel that so strongly and I see that stated so rarely.

    On a similar note, i ALSO appreciated you coming out and saying about Obama “the appearance of being a liberal… conceals what is really going on…he was masterful at this.” Again, I haven’t often dared to say such things because of the outcry from my liberal community, and especially the outsized tidal wave of adulation and sentimentalism and revisionism that was abundant as he went out—it made me queasy and I felt alone in seeing that. I could understand it, of course, especially in contrast to what was coming in, but it felt simplistic and naive. And I liked him, I voted for him twice, I liked a lot of what he did, but not all of it and i have no illusions about the machine he was part of and some of what it did in the last 8 years.

    Most of all, what you said about the opportunity Trump gives us to organize—the way it is easier to than under a Clinton or Obama presidency. This is exactly what I had been saying at first, in all kinds of ways (one way I put it once was that Clinton would have been like American continuing to snort coke surreptitiously in the bathroom, whereas Trump is America passed out in the gutter with a cheap bottle in hand and pants unbuttoned—it’s out in the open, including many things he only represents and verbalizes but did not invent or create. He brings to the fore so much that needed work anyway.

    And I felt it maybe had the potential to keep fire lit under the asses of many who would sit back comfortably and snooze through a different presidency. But I felt like that POV sort of got defeated out of me in the last couple of months between other people’s dire negativity, and Trump’s own exhausting grossness (like gee, maybe it IS worse than I thought). You made me feel not crazy or naive to think what I thought in the first place. You said it well and it reignited that sensibility in me again, especially from someone whose perspectives overall I trust. I really needed that.

    I loved when you said “Don’t direct rage at Trump, but take advantage of the fact that he is a galvanizing force and provides an organizing platform in what will likely be a brief period of time.” I hope it is brief! But also, that you distinguished this: idea of simply “resisting Trump’ hasn’t made sense to me, although i haven’t yet exactly known what TO do. The way you laid out how activists have to figure out and do “power analysis” was enlightening.

    And that was just the first 22 mins! Wow. Packed. Just rich.
    is this shareable with everyone ?

    And being also a fellow 1964 baby :) I enjoyed the heck out of the Helen Reddy memories! Even went to Youtube and found a great 1973 live performance to groove to!

  2. Pisces SunPisces Sun

    So, I participated in a record-number march in Florida. Sarasota had more than 10,000 marchers and less than forty miles to the north marchers in St. Petersburg, FL, where I marched, came out more than 20,000 strong, in full solidarity to affirm the feminine! The mayor of St. Petersburg, it’s representative and former Governor Christie and many other local politicians and activists addressed the group and then an eighth grade young lady led the group in the iconic hymn: “We shall overcome” before we began our march.

    Marchers spanned across the generations and although at least 90 percent were women, men and children were among those giving non-verbal expression to their activism. As with those messages expressed on posters at other places, messages were diverse but the strongest message was concern about Trump denigrating women. I was especially impressed about the number of young children and the number of older women (in their late 60’s and up) that were marching, some walking with canes and on scooters!

    As for me, I have never walked in a march before and hadn’t planned to do so until that morning. I felt compelled to get there and away I went. I am so glad that I did because it allowed me to shout out my concerns for the first time and in solidarity with others! The feeling was exhilarating!

  3. Catherine Witherell

    I loved this episode too! It gave me a framework and a purpose. I feel energized and like I’m in the right place and time to lend my hard won sense of self and strength to this important moment of our history.

    I DID send both of my kids when they were around 17 and 19 to a 2 day comprehensive sex education course called “Basic Sensuality”. It’s a lecture course with homework that they had to do after the first day of class basically about learning about their own and any possible partners’ bodies and sexuality. Their dad and I were introduced to the group who teaches it in the SF Bay Area of California (yeah, we’re the fringe and some of us do unusual things) They are still around and teach many other courses on Communication, Man Woman relating, Sensuality, and group living and they promote a philosophy of responsible hedonism and pleasurable lifestyle. It’s not your mainstream fare yet but it’s wonderful and has served us well.

    There’s also a newer group a little further north of the Bay Area called “One Taste”, which is really taking off now, that teaches many courses on these topics as well as extended orgasm and I believe that in a few years they may be a growing force in a new movement toward pleasurable living and expression. It has begun.

  4. LizzyLizzy

    Truly wonderful email, Robyn Landis, that expresses everything I feel.” And I felt it maybe had the potential to keep fire lit under the asses of many who would sit back comfortably and snooze through a different presidency.” Yes. Thank you Robyn and Eric, for making me feel less alone in all this business.

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