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.

Send More Chuck Berry!

Posted by Len Wallick

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Len Wallick offers a heartfelt tribute to seminal rock-and-roll musician Chuck Berry, who died Saturday in his Missouri home at age 90. Appropriately, his passing took place just as the era-defining Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries was still exact to the degree, and closely opposed to his natal Libra Sun.

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.

Downside Up

Posted by Len Wallick

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Venus enters Aries today to begin the weekend. As the weekend comes to an end, Jupiter will station retrograde in Libra. In those two events, Len Wallick sees an opportunity to transcend outmoded notions regarding both astrology and your life.

Imbolc: In the Belly of the Stars

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

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February arrives at the depth of winter in most of the Northern Hemisphere, when we live in the shadow of cold, rain and snow. Within February’s first few days lies one of the four high holidays — or sabbats — of the pagan calendar, called Imbolc in Celtic times; one of the four “cross-quarter days.”

Mercury Conjunct Pluto, Refugees and Airport Protests

Posted by Eric Francis Coppolino

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Sunday, Mercury formed a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn. Two months ago, prior to Mercury retrograde, I suggested that the most obvious symbolism in the retrograde process involved a near-conjunction between the two points. Then Mercury backed off, and crossed back in to Sagittarius, where it made a near-conjunction to the Galactic Core, and then went direct.

The New Colossus

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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.