Citizenship in the Community, the Russian Connection and what LGBTQIA is So Blatantly, Obviously Missing

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I start with a discussion of the current eclipse pattern, which leads into the Russian connection and the resignation of Michael Flynn, the now former national security advisor to the president. The Russian connection is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I start with a discussion of the current eclipse pattern, which leads into the Russian connection and the resignation of Michael Flynn, the now former national security advisor to the president. The Russian connection is going to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Constitutional attorney Steve Bergstein in New Paltz. Photo by Eric Francis.

In the second segment, I look at the forthcoming Pisces astrology (Sun conjunct the South Node and Sun conjunct Nessus, followed by an eclipse of the Sun) as being an opportunity to unravel vexing past issues, and as a way to embrace the potential for quantum healing.

As it’s Valentine’s Day, I ponder why LGBTQIA — the new version of LGBT — leaves out self-sexuality when so many people so obviously experience this as their primary sexual orientation.

Then, in a special extended last “hour” of the program, I speak with Stephen Bergstein, constitutional attorney and historian, about how you can have an impact on the political situation. Steve tells many stories, including the burglary of an FBI field office that led to the discovery of the COINTELPRO program — all that spying on activists that happened in the 1960s and early 1970s.

My musical guest is Love, with selections from their 1967 album Forever Changes. You can get that on Amazon or iTunes.

Planet Waves is part of the nonprofit Pacifica Radio Network. We are sponsored by your memberships to Planet Waves, and by things like The Book of Your Life annual readings.

Thanks for tuning in.

With love,
eric

P.S. Here is a link to the Compersion collection of articles, which includes a link to my archive at Sexuality.org.

Planet Waves (ISSN 1933-9135) is published each Tuesday and Thursday evening in Kingston, New York, by Planet Waves, Inc. Core Community membership: $197/year. Editor and Publisher: Eric Francis Coppolino. Web Developer: Anatoly Ryzhenko. Special Project Designer: Lizanne Webb. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Eric’s Assistant: Ellen Dockery. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Ellis Marshall McLuhan. Music Director: Daniel Sternstein. Bass and Drums: Daniel Grimsland. Additional Research, Writing and Opinions: Amy Jacobs, Cindy Ragusa and Carol van Strum.

Aquarius and Pisces Birthdays: Eclipse Companions

“When there’s an eclipse on the horizon, every event or development becomes a step on the way into its vortex.”
– Eric Francis Coppolino on Feb. 13

Dear Friend and Reader:

We just experienced a lunar eclipse in the relationship house for Aquarius; in less than two weeks, we’ll get a solar eclipse in Pisces. We’re in The Eclipse Zone.

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If you have your Sun, ascendant or even Moon in one of these two signs, how are you stepping into the vortex? Or to put it another way: where are you putting your attention and focus, and what are you noticing as you make those choices?

In every audio birthday reading, Eric draws a clear connection between your present moment and environment, and long-term patterns that stretch into the past and into the future — and which influence your options. So much potential is available to you every minute of every day. Yet with so much distraction and cultural chaos, it’s essential to have someone help you clarify what matters most — and what you can do about it.

If you’re a Pisces (or would like to give a gift to one), you can pre-order the 2017 Pisces Birthday Reading for the discounted pre-order price of $19.97.

This reading will include two audio segments of astrology (at least 30 minutes each), plus a tarot reading (either audio or video) and extended written description of your sign. You may download the audio portions and listen as many times as you like as the year progresses.

“I ordered my Sun sign and my Moon/ascendant (same sign). I was blown away by how accurate and useful the information was. I’m on my third reading and it’s turning out to be one of my most accurate astrology readings to date. If you’re on the fence about buying a reading, trust me, it’s high-quality information and outweighs three lattes, two beers, and a month of Netflix.”
– Stefani Quane

 

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If you’re an Aquarius, good news: Your two audio astrology portions are available for instant access. (The tarot segment will publish a little later, and we’ll let you know when that’s ready.) You can still order the Aquarius Reading here for a discounted price; the price will increase again when Eric finished the tarot portion.

As Eric wrote on Monday, “we’re in the pattern-clearing / pattern-setting zone of the cycle. Think of this as a time to clarify and refine your intentions, to which you commit by taking action.”

Are you ready to take some action?

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

P.S. You can listen to samples of the Aquarius Reading here and here — recorded as the lunar eclipse warmed up.

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Aquarius Run, Pisces Eclipse, Quantum Healing

The Sun is in the last few degrees of Aquarius, set to ingress Pisces Saturday morning; that is followed by a solar eclipse in Pisces about a week later. When there’s an eclipse on the horizon, as Eric Francis writes, every event or development becomes a step on the way into its vortex.

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The Jaglavak

Using a documentary about the 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”).

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What Do We Do About These Flesh-Eating Zombies?

There’s a proto-fascist in the White House, and a large group of people who are still in denial. What exactly are we supposed to do? In this week’s full Planet Waves edition, Eric offers some thoughtful ideas. Among the most important involves a tool we have and the other side definitely doesn’t: humor.

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Full Moon Mandala: Eclipse Action

Friday night, there was a Full Moon in Leo (with the Sun in Aquarius). But this was not just any Full Moon; it was also a penumbral lunar eclipse. As Amanda Painter describes, the chart for this eclipse, which contained a “mandala of aspects,” beautifully illustrated our collective moment.

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Your Valentine

The astrology of Valentine’s Day 2017 as read by Len Wallick encourages you to release exclusive attachment to pervasive commercialization of the event, so as to embrace your own humanity — and that of others. It would follow that you should also fully embrace your own unique experience.

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Democracy Now! Pick of the Week

Immigrant communities across the country are on edge after federal immigration agents arrested over 600 people in the past week in the largest raids since Donald Trump became president. Raids were reported in 11 states, including California, New York, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, among others.

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It’s the attack on democracy, stupid!

Jen Sorensen takes a snapshot of how much trouble people seem to have with connecting the political dots.

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2 thoughts on “Citizenship in the Community, the Russian Connection and what LGBTQIA is So Blatantly, Obviously Missing

  1. sally

    For what it’s worth, I often see LGBTQ+ with the “+” standing for all future and present iterations of non-mainstream identity that aren’t captured by the OG acronym.

  2. Geoff Marsh

    LGBT+ is still the commonly-used inclusive term in the United Kingdom. Queer is a derogatory term for homosexual which was reclaimed by OutRage! in the UK during the post-hippie era of gay activism. I feel further additions to the acronym, while attempting greater inclusion, seem only to alienate through excess of diversity. Adding S or M, representing Self-sex or Masturbation, would cause confusion with Sado-Masochism, IMO.

    The reason for the lack of incorporation of masturbation in the gay cannon is probably due to the fact that liberation involved coming out of the closet. In other words, stop wanking and start fucking. Bringing your sexuality out onto the streets in pride parades is only liberating if you also bring it into your bedroom. Why else are you trying to convince others of the validity of your lifestyle?

    I think we need more encouragement from the likes of Steve Bergstein. His analysis of political history from the ’60s and ’70s is spot on and, hopefully, still applicable today. It’s not often, these days, that I hear someone who rekindles the spirit of that era. There is indeed much the individual can do today despite indications to the contrary. Keep the faith and honour your cause.

    Love’s album “Forever Changes” is a master work, the first and a definitive psychedelic album. The tracks selected for this blogcast provide an introduction to the album most arthurly.

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