Tonight’s Planet Waves FM starts off with astrology, though it ends somewhere else. Eric begins with a discussion of the Libra New Moon, which is a rather exciting specimen: it’s exactly opposite Uranus, the planet of invention and revolution. It’s also making a beautiful shape with centaur Pholus and the Galactic Core.
It’s been a while since Venus was in your sign. Though much else is buzzing around your solar chart for the next few days (for example, many alignments between planets in Libra and those in other signs, particularly Aries), you now have something helpful and special and beautiful: the goddess herself, sitting with you taking tea right on the front porch.
Today I’ve got some news for you about Jupiter in Scorpio, a one-year transit that began this week. But first, I have a call to action. The world is in crisis. We are seeing the effects of global warming manifest before our eyes: as successive hurricanes pounding coastlines and inland areas; as rising sea levels; as droughts followed by massive fires that are brought on by complex groups of conditions that all come back to the planet heating up.
This week, Mercury and the Sun form a stunning conjunction in your sign. This is a bold reminder that your life is your own. You must make your own decisions. You are responsible for your own sense of security. You make your way in the world, as the leader of your life. Yet it’s essential that you not be stuck in the feeling that you must “go it alone.”
Once again, we’re being confronted with a mass casualty incident involving firearms. This is on the heels of every other kind of disaster, or the threat of one, in rapid sequence since the Aug. 21 eclipse. By now every American has heard the story: someone set up a position on the 32nd floor of a resort hotel in Las Vegas, and opened fire on a country music festival across the street.
I look at the impact of mass shootings in the context of so much other difficult news, and consider this in the context of the extended nervous system known as the internet. We hear from Marshall McLuhan, who debunked the idea that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” The program also includes a reading of the event chart [view chart here].
Another mass shooting chart with Pholus and Nessus in the angles — Nessus 10th, Pholus 7th. The new kind of war. I have two definitions of that. One I’ve outlined in an article called “Here At the Edge of the World.” That will google up; in that context I mean a war in which the environment is the weapon.
The astrology this week is so interesting, with so many things happening, that it’s difficult to describe or even suss out. Yet the Sun newly placed in your sign is conjunct a meaningful asteroid called Vesta. That gives you clear direction: hold the space around you open, and observe what happens. You don’t have to do much, or say much, or be anyone other than who you are.
Tonight I have for you some healing balm, in this world of threats of bombs. Here’s something: at the moment, we are quite literally on the brink of nuclear war, or some nuclear exchange, with North Korea. This mutual insanity is being fueled by the noose closing in around Donald Trump, who is likely to act in ever-stranger, more insane ways as his crimes come closer to being exposed. What can we do about it? One thing we can start with is simply waking up.
Since late summer, planets have been streaking through your sign; which often indicates the feeling of being driven, an increase in activity and commitments and, for you, a restless and nervous buzz. This culminates with something that is fulfilling and which arrives with a sense of completion and contact: a conjunction of Venus and Mars on Oct. 5.
Every experiment needs a control of some kind, and astrology, removed as it is from any known law of cause and effect, provides the perfect null value. The charts and other tools used by astrologers provide information about the timing of celestial events, but no information whatsoever about their relevance to mundane life.
In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I focus exclusively on Trump’s threat to wage nuclear war against North Korea. Putting the nuclear arsenal into Trump’s hands was the whole problem with having him be president. Well, it was one of the problems, but it’s the genuinely existential threat. Nobody should have the power to detonate a nuclear bomb, and certainly not this person, who casually asked the generals why nuclear bombs were not used more often.