A Friendly Reminder About Rationality

Posted by Eric Francis

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In the 18 years we’ve been publishing Planet Waves, the Internet has become viciously competitive, with thousands of new websites offering free astrology held to none of the standards that we work for every day. Search engines have given way to social media, unleashing chaos. I am here to ask you to please renew your subscription, or sign up for one.

The world is changing fast, too fast to keep up with.

Like me, I am sure you’re concerned that it’s not changing in entirely positive ways. People are on edge; there is a tide of fear that comes in and out regularly, seeming to get higher every time; and many people are wondering where rational thought went.

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Photo by Jeff Bisti.

Part of where it went is out the window, as the Internet came in and took over our lives and our society. The Internet, so amazing in so many ways, is shortening attention spans, and turning the world into a kind of shared hallucination.

There seems to be neither time nor space for depth, for reflection or for careful thought. We are drowning in an ocean of superficiality and nonsense.

Planet Waves is one place where we’re keeping the lights of sanity on. We devote ourselves to honest, thoughtful and life-affirming astrology.

We provide a refuge in times of crisis, chaos and confusion. Planet Waves FM, my weekly music and talk program, provides a sane, calm environment where thousands of people tune in every week.

We are preserving the integrity of the printed word, and of ideas. We believe in ethics, which means never stooping to “clickbait” or fear tactics, or making promises we cannot keep.

We hold ourselves to the increasingly rare standard of making sense. Go ahead. Call us old-fashioned.

We do all of this without advertising or corporate sponsorship. You know who we answer to (you); this means you have a clear, uncluttered space to read and reflect.

We need your help to keep doing this.

In the 18 years we’ve been publishing Planet Waves, the Internet has become viciously competitive, with thousands of new websites offering free astrology held to none of the standards that we work for every day. Search engines have given way to social media, unleashing chaos.

I am here to ask you to please renew your subscription, or sign up for one. This is especially important now, when people are outside and sales are slow — though we must maintain our workflow.

To do the work we do requires supporting a staff of people who do things like proofread, fact-check and research my articles. We maintain a complex web infrastructure that requires constant care and attention.

It does not take much in the way of resources. My experience as a student editor taught me how to do a lot with a modest budget, devotion and creativity.

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We’re all becoming more conscious where our food comes from. Think of Planet Waves as organically grown, locally sourced astrology and journalism. That’s exactly what we are, created by people you know.

Increasingly, Planet Waves is supported by one-time purchases of my readings. It’s necessary that we have steady income through the year. We count on your involvement; we cannot do what we do alone.

Please sign up for a Planet Waves membership, or resubscribe. There are many options.

We have regular priced Core Community membership billed monthly, or monthly at a discounted level.

You can sign up for one year. Or you can upgrade to a Backstage Pass. If you need a sliding scale option or want to become a major donor, please write to us at cs@planetwaves.net.

Every subscription helps. Your subscription will make an immediate difference. The world is in a state where cooperation is needed now more than ever, as is supporting the people and organizations who share your values.

Planet Waves does not run on hope. We run on devotion and love, and we offer this to you. Please send some back our way.

Thank you so much.

Lovingly,
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PS — I am aware that many people are going through tough times financially. Your subscription makes it possible for us to provide peace of mind and a refuge even for those who cannot afford to pay. If that includes you, we understand. You can help by spreading the word about Planet Waves, and please feel welcome to explore the many services that we offer to the world. Thank you.

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