Donald Trump, Our Spiritual Teacher

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Tonight’s program [play episode here] leads up to a discussion of Donald Trump as the embodiment of the Kali archetype. Yes, he’s a half-baked, weak and tweaky version of Kali, but one who’s no less attempting (and potentially succeeding at) embodying the destructive force of the cosmos.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

Tonight’s program [play episode here] leads up to a discussion of Donald Trump as the embodiment of the Kali archetype. Yes, he’s a half-baked, weak and tweaky version of Kali, but one who’s no less attempting (and potentially succeeding at) embodying the destructive force of the cosmos.

Hey, that’s not Donald Trump! It’s Kate Bush.

Many spiritual traditions have documented this phenomenon, from Hinduism to Tantra to the work of Carlos Castaneda.

The program begins with a discussion of the Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, who will be offering their final conference later in the month at the Menla Center in Phoenicia, New York, a short hop from where I’m sitting.

You can also find out more at the Grandmothers’ own website. I’m planning to be at much of the event, from Aug. 24 through Aug. 28.

I also give a detailed reading of the Leo New Moon chart [which you can view in detailed format, or simplified format]. I discuss Mars ingressing Sagittarius, and that story developing into Mars conjunct Saturn, square Neptune, which takes place approximately between Aug. 23 and 28 — interestingly, during the final meeting of the Grandmothers’ Council.

If you want a focused discussion of the Leo New Moon in video format, here is the most recent Planet Waves TV.

My musical guest is Kate Bush. I devote a whole section to discussing her music, her approach to life and art, and her astrological chart, which I’ve rectified to Virgo rising. If you don’t know Kate’s music, you are about to enter a universe on the level of a teenager discovering Pink Floyd, only in full-on feminine form. It was David Gilmour of Pink Floyd who discovered Bush and who made sure that she had a proper demo tape, and thus the outstanding career that she’s had. Here is her 2010 album Aerial on Amazon and iTunes.

I’m now working on BALANCE, your 2016 midyear reading. It will take me about two weeks from now to pull that together; the price will increase during that time, so I suggest you get in early. I’ll be sending out an email soon asking how you keep in balance in these crazy times, and using your ideas to develop my readings.

Thanks for tuning in, and thank you to our Planet Waves members who make non-profit Planet Waves FM happen every week.

Lovingly,

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. Designer: Lizanne Webb. Finance: Victoria Pomante. Astrology Editor: Amanda Painter. Astrology Fact Checker: Len Wallick. Copy Editor and Fact Checker: Jessica Keet. Eric’s Assistant: Cortney Britton. Client Services: Amy Elliott. Media Consultant: Andrew Marshall McLuhan. Research, Writing and Editing: In addition to those listed above, Planet Waves is produced by a team consisting of Fe Bongolan, Kelly Janes, Amanda Moreno and Carol van Strum.


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Dear Friend and Reader:

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If you are a Leo — or have a Leo Moon or Leo rising — why not take the lead and treat yourself?

Tonight’s New Moon in your sign, right after Mars enters Sagittarius, has some beautiful energy to help you start this month — and your solar year — right.

While Mars is pointing the way, the Sun and Moon are trine Saturn.

Translation: if you’re willing to put in a little energy, your goals should be attainable. Let your birthday reading show you how to keep momentum going, navigate challenges and find the inner quiet that will fuel your creative urges and your journey down the path of healing and growth.

“Eric, I’m so glad I’ve found you. I’ve been listening for a few years. A few years that have been really difficult, and I always find something of great value in your charts and commentary.” — Catherine Sullivan

Eric will be recording this reading soon, so it’s best to pre-order today to secure the discounted price of $24.97. Once the reading publishes, the price will increase. The reading will include two audio segments of at least 30 minutes each, plus a video tarot reading and summary.

Time is golden, and this reading will help you spend it well.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

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2 thoughts on “Donald Trump, Our Spiritual Teacher

  1. Amy Elliott

    I know this is going to sound dreadfully cheesy – but I am awestruck by your analysis of Trump’s chart. Utterly blown away. In the midst of all the hate he inspires against him and around him, you actually had the compassion and the maturity to find the kernel of pain and misery that must be contained within his sick heart.

    Teacher, healer, beautiful specimen of humanity: words cannot express my admiration, gratitude and deep regard.
    <3

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