Petrichor

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The three major pyramids in Giza, Egypt. From left to right, the Pyramid of Menkaure, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Khufu (also known as The Great Pyramid). Photo by Mark Fischer / Flickr under Creative Commons.

Steve Guettermann suggests we live in a quandary: we are to care for our planet and one another, yet lack the mental capacity to know why. Conscious human evolution is the tool we have to unlock the secrets of life and release ourselves from this bind. Steve contemplates these ideas and more after a post-rainstorm walk, the Earth’s sweet smell filling him with joy and gratitude.

We Must Remember History

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As Madalyn Aslan explains, the US is a Cancer nation, born on the 4th of July. The sign Cancer, more than anything, consists of memory. This is how Cancer, a crab, survives. The crab is our oldest living creature on earth – five hundred million years old. A survivor, above all. Memory is crucial. We must remember history. And that we have choice.

Our ‘Coming of Age’ Age

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Guest-author Steve Guettermann writes, “Our time has many names, including New Age, Aquarian Age, Information Age and Computer Age. Those all sound positive. However, in other circles our time is known as Kali Yuga: the Age of Quarrel and Conflict, or the Iron Age. Whatever we call it, our time seems to be a Coming of Age age.” He explores what we’re here to learn, which may well be how to choose conscious evolution.

The Jaglavak

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Member of Cameroon's Mofu tribe looking at a termite nest.

Using a documentary about the reciprocal relationship between the Mofu people of Cameroon and the Jaglavak ant as a starting point, guest writer Steve Guettermann discusses “sacred reciprocity.” That is, spoken and honest prayerful intent, offered from a place of gratitude and abundance (rather than “behaving to have”), even during a Dark Night of the Soul.

Return to the Great Mystery

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“I agree with your analysis and thoughts about what is fueling the social rupturing we are seeing today. I am an amateur student of history and there is a deep underlying pattern that I have seen that holds true for most of humanity’s experiments in social living, at least as we know of it.” Reader Sally responds to Eric’s letter about anger.

The laughing man and the search for Canadian sponsors

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Marcy Franck, newly arrived in Chios, Greece on July 24. Photo by Marcy Franck.

Despite being met by laughter when Marcy Franck introduces herself to a Canadian man on the phone — she says she is an American trying to help get a Canadian sponsor group for a particular Syrian family to relocate — Marcy is persevering. Are you at all interested? Do you know any Canadians with a humanitarian streak? Marcy will be assisting the process every step of the way. (And we won’t tell Trump.)

Pulling Back the Veil: The Astrology of Modern Activist Culture and the Work Yet to be Done (Part 2 of 2)

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This year’s Democratic National Convention, with its masses of protesters angry at a “rigged system” and “the death of democracy,” came on the heels of the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which was in play most intensely between 2012-2015. The timing parallels the infamous Chicago DNC of 1968, remembered for its anti-war protests and police violence, which occurred shortly after the Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo from 1965-1966.

Understanding Trump’s Use of Language

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Part 2 of George Lakoff’s series on Trump. “Some in the media (Washington Post, Salon, Slate, Think Progress, etc.) have called Trump’s speeches “word salad.” Some commentators have even attributed his language use to “early Alzheimer’s,” citing “erratic behavior” and “little regards for social conventions.” I don’t believe it.”

Understanding Trump

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George Lakoff is Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. His website is georgelakoff.com. In this first of two articles about Donald Trump, he ponders how the Republican presidential candidate fits in with the conservative worldview, how he charms his supporters — and how the Democrats can fight back.

Hospital Hotel Parts 3 and 4: Shopping Spree and Special Delivery

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Marcy in the amazing warehouse filled with clothing, shoes, toiletries, and snacks sent or purchased by private donors. Humanity lives in every box, piled high to the giant ceiling. Photo by Marcy Franck.

Freaking out because she cannot buy everything that’s needed despite generous donations, Marcy Franck calls a friend who has volunteered on Chios, Greece, and is told to look in Toula’s warehouse. Suddenly, the list of requests begins to feel manageable — although the delivery process makes Marcy question the unintended consequences and implications of her good intentions.

The Hospital Hotel, Parts 1 and 2

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Photo by Marcy Franck.

Everyone lives in the camps, whether you are elderly, pregnant, seven days old, or have a broken leg. But the UN attempts to help some of the most vulnerable; they live on Chios in the “Hospital Hotel.” Inside you’ll meet the kindest people in the world with stories that will shatter you. Marcy Franck takes special orders for its residents in these first two parts of a four-part series, and meets a pair of incredible individuals.