A Break in the Weather

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Dear Friend and Listener:

I don’t know if this is going to be any calmer of a week than we’ve grown accustomed to this year, though the astrology has finally let up. The fifth inner-planet retrograde of 2018 ended on Thursday; Mars has made a conjunction to Neptune and is heading for Chiron; and we’ve experienced the Sagittarius New Moon conjunct the Great Attractor.

iMac selfie right after finishing tonight's program, at my audio desk in The Place of the Way.

iMac selfie right after finishing tonight’s program, at my audio desk in The Place of the Way.

In honor of all of the above, we have a magnificent edition of Planet Waves FM for you tonight — the first marking our 20th anniversary of publishing. The program came out a little longer than I was planning and will be excellent for a long winter night, perhaps two nights, or a long car drive.

I begin with the current astrology in the first segment. In the second, I tell the story of the origins of Planet Waves, and how I went from being a news / business / investigative reporter into developing the field of news astrology.

In the third segment, I give a summary of the current status of the Mueller probe into Russian meddling with the 2016 election. It’s not really proper to call it “collusion.” It’s more like a merger between Moscow and Washington. Apropos of that discussion, here’s the sentencing memo for Michael Cohen that I read from.

Then I offer a short sample of my interview with Bob Schmidt, who left the Earth plane last week. If you find this 15-minute sample interesting, the whole recording is waiting for you.

Finally, this week I bring back Tantra Studio, featuring an interview with my friend Cat, who runs a sex club in New York City. The conversation focuses on how she manages to run a safe, comfortable and moreover friendly and sane sex play space in midtown Manhattan right in the middle of the gender wars. She speaks from a personal standpoint as well as the maitre d’ of the establishment.

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With love,

Planet Waves

7 thoughts on “A Break in the Weather

  1. Geoff Marsh

    The astrology might be quieter this week but here in the U.K. there seems to be a debate about exactly where we are in the calendar.

    With so much holiday preparation underway I felt certain that this must be the middle of December but 48 MPs have just signed a letter calling for it to be the end of May.

    The matter should be settled fairly quickly – the result of a vote is due to be announced around 21:00 UTC today with the Sun exactly opposite my natal Saturn. This might explain why I’ve been seeing a great deal of The Tower card in my tarot readings lately.

    1. Amanda Painter

      “the end of May” — good one, Geoff! I’ve been noticing the US-UK exchange rate has been more favorable for my side of the pond lately (at least, more than usual; the GBP is still stronger). Makes me want to find a reason to head back over.

  2. Geoff Marsh

    Well it has just been decided by Conservative MPs that this is not the end of May after all, Amanda. So we are now assuredly back in the middle of December and excess spending can continue.

    I suspect the pound sterling is going to be beset by Brexitosis for a good many moons to come, so visiting bargain basement Britain could be an on-going attraction. The cost of foodstuffs that we import from Europe is likely to rise, however, so it might be a good idea to bring with you essential items that only grow in warmer climates than ours.

        1. Amy Elliott

          Don’t forget though that we also have a shifting demographic, with younger people being more left-leaning; plus there are the non-voters. And yes, I’m aware that this may be a hopelessly optimistic outlook. But I think it’s a reasonable one, even given everything the press is doing to smear Corbyn.

          1. Geoff Marsh

            There is a saying, Amy. If you don’t vote left when you’re young you have no heart; if you don’t vote conservative when you’re old you have no sense.

            I’m sure the younger generation know exactly what the press is up to and I suspect that they don’t give much credence to what the papers say. The press is, after all, just a set of influencers, sponsored by those who seek to benefit from their promoted viewpoints. The feedback from their own generation on social media is surely much more relevant to their political outlook.

            The Conservatives, known as the Tories for those outside the UK, are now defending their position on both sides. Their traditional enemy is the left but their current adversaries are the far-right. In my view, it’s interesting that the Conservatives – who support the establishment and try to keep things much as they always have been – is the only party to have had a women leader, and not just one but two. Isn’t that rather radical?

            Smears for fears? Makes me think of Donnie Darko and the song played at the end of that film, “Mad World” written by Tears for Fears. Jeremy Corbyn is being treated by the press in much the same way that Michael Foot was. “Let’s kick his stick away.” The press is the establishment in action, and you can’t expect any other response from them than the one you’re receiving. Get used to it.

            I don’t mean to be pessimistic, it’s just that down here, as I know you must be aware, the politics are right-wing. This is, after all, the Deep South of England. Right-wing doesn’t mean to say they’re right, though.


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