The matter of belief is one of the most pressing issues of our day. We live in a time when to believe something is to think that makes it true. I am not sure where the subtle elements of proof, substantiation and credibility went, though you will want to claim them back. David Bowie in one of his earlier songs admonished his fans, “Don’t deceive with belief,” suggesting that to believe something is a form of a lie.
For you, at this moment, the truth is a matter of survival; especially professionally. Any short-term gain that may be had by frosting over some gritty aspects of reality will not serve you well, or serve you for long. You don’t need to spill your guts, though you do need to account for all of the available facts, and do so in a way that you’re prepared to support, and vouch for.
In tonight’s show I offer a tribute to Eric McLuhan, who died on Saturday while he was traveling in Bogota, Colombia. I tell the story of the one day that I spent with Eric, in Manhattan last autumn. I also read the chart for the Sun ingressing Gemini, which it does a little later tonight, and give a reading of Mars retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn, which begins in late June. Our musical guest is U2.
When the Sun arrives in Gemini, it will make aspects to a bunch of planets and points that are located early in their respective signs. These include Chiron in Aries, Uranus in Taurus, Venus in Cancer, Transpluto in Virgo, M87 (a massive galaxy) in Libra, Pholus and Quaoar in Capricorn, and Mars in Aquarius. If there’s an opportunity for the world to change overnight, this might be the opening.
Mars is associated with (or, in astrological terms, ‘rules’) the spectrum of experiences from desire, to sexual desire, to wanting a new car, to pushing yourself into others, to aggressively making demands; and its range extends to all-out war, murder and mayhem. These things exist along one spectrum. And since we all have Mars, we all exist somewhere — or various places, at various times — along this spectrum.
In tonight’s Planet Waves FM, I look at the chart for the Taurus New Moon, which takes place at 7:48 am EDT (11:48 UTC) Tuesday, May 15. In that chart, Mars is about to enter Aquarius, where it will be retrograde most of the summer; and Uranus about to enter Taurus, something it has not done for about 84 years.
This week brings one of those clusters of events: the New Moon in Taurus, followed by Uranus entering Taurus for its try-out phase, and Mars entering Aquarius, putting it in position for the retrograde that begins in about six weeks. Yet while all of these represent beginnings, the 36 hours between now and the New Moon and ingresses are clearly the ends of cycles.