Festival of Eclipses and Jerry Garcia at 75

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Today would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday, and commemorating that I have a musically rich program. I’ve squeezed my brain, my iTunes library and the internet to find the best of Jerry for those listening for the first time, or with new ears.

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Dear Friend and Listener:

[Play program here] Today would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday, and commemorating that I have a musically rich program. I’ve squeezed my brain, my iTunes library and the internet to find the best of Jerry for those listening for the first time, or with new ears.

Jerry Garcia photographed by Robbi Cohn, friend of Planet Waves, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 30, 1995.

I’ve skipped over the 25-minute jams and the frightening hard rock, and begin with Garcia the bluegrass player; then play a gospel tune before offering a few well-chosen Grateful Dead numbers.

Today’s edition of Planet Waves FM takes you on a tour of the world, beginning with the question: how often do you freak out? Then we look at eclipses both lunar and solar, considering the implications thereof. Monday’s lunar eclipse happens with the Moon and Sun at 15+ degrees of the fixed signs — at Lammas or midsummer holiday, and setting off the Aries Point.

The pace of events is already moving faster than anyone can keep track. Developments from four days ago seem like they happened months ago.

Then two weeks later, the solar eclipse is all over the United States of America and also all over the chart of Donald Trump. What is the connection? Are astrologers really “freaking out” or is there just a low-key conversation going on? Here’s the shrieking, white-hot sphere of pure rage that in 2012 The Onion predicted would be the 2016 GOP frontrunner.

After going over the astrology, I give a brief talk on The Gemstone File, which we published with your help last week. What was it like to publish 250,000 pages from the files of Monsanto, GE, Westinghouse, Dow, DuPont, the EPA, the Navy and the Air Force? It was just what you would expect!

Finally, in the Realm of Tantra, I consider what it means that Anthony Scaramucci broke the autofellatio barrier, which I take as a segue into understanding the power of inappropriateness. All of tantra takes place in the realm of taboo. If it’s “normal” or “socially acceptable,” it’s in the way.

Planet Waves FM is funded by your contributions to Chiron Return. You make this program possible. Thank you for your continued generosity.

With love,

PS — Songs on tonight’s program are: Whiskey in the Jar; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Uncle John’s Band; Lazy River Road; Terrapin Station; Ripple and then Ripple covered by Jane’s Addiction.

Planet Waves

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I’ve been a devoted student of eclipses since beginning astrology. Here’s some of my earlier writing, published before the grand cross and total solar eclipse of Aug. 11, 1999. These few paragraphs below will give you a feeling for just how significant eclipses are. This one is one of the most important in American history, which I’ve covered here.

Eclipses are astrology we can’t deny. If there is a conjunction between Saturn and Uranus, it’s invisible, and while many people may experience changes, only astrologers and their merry bands of readers and students know what’s shappening. Yet when the Sun vanishes, you can be sure that normal activity will come to a stop.

Our busy world will pause, and everyone, from herbicide activists nestled in the hills of Oregon to rock stars in Nashville, will stand in the silent shadow of the cosmic order with the astonishment of small children coursing in their hearts.

This doesn’t happen often, and you can imagine the awesome power of so many people embraced in a kind of simultaneous, captive meditation as everything around them momentarily ceases to be normal. Call it a reality lapse, only it’s one into which the real reality can flow very easily.

In terms of their astrological meaning, eclipses of the Sun follow this image of collective awareness and radical break of continuity. Whether you can see the eclipse does not matter; part of the miracle of astrology is it works anyway. As many of us are discovering personally, eclipses are expanded moments of often uncontrollable, unpredictable change. They also bring the civilization and its communities together, usually through important collective events and the media.

Eclipses are evolutionary gateways, which is another way of saying that when they show up, we do a lot of growing in a short time. Delays are compensated. Old accounts can be wiped clean. While each is unique, eclipses often feel like being shot through a funnel of space-time, and we emerge somewhere different than where we entered. The key to making the best use of them is to move with the energy, not cling to anything or anyone too tightly, and to stay open.

Literally, breathe, communicate, feel, love, observe and receive. Remember your intentions. The sense of panic that sometimes accompanies them yields nicely to awareness and revelation, mental conditions that are more natural than we often realize.

Planet Waves

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12 thoughts on “Festival of Eclipses and Jerry Garcia at 75

  1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    Speaking of “freaking out” – and I’m not sure if this gets mentioned in the FM broadcast; have not had a chance to listen yet – but according to Newsweek of all places (Newsweek! Is writing about astrologers!), astrologers are “freaking out” about what the Aug. 21 eclipse could mean for Trump:


    It’s a pity they did not interview you, Eric — some of what gets quoted from the astrologers interviewed is not bad, but the Newsweek writer does spend a good few words on the “doom and disaster” interpretations from classical astrology.

    Interestingly, I saw on FB a post by Carlos Cedillo about the Mayan astrology for the eclipse, and he sees the Mayan symbols as actually indicating a *positive* boost for Trump in some way. So, that is intriguing. What I think all astrologers seem to agree on, though, is that whatever happens — negative or positive for Trump — it will be significant.

    1. Amy Elliott

      Let’s hope that we can take ‘positive’ to mean ‘a lesson for his soul that he cannot possibly fail to learn’. Admittedly, that’s a long shot.

  2. Glen Young

    Also, In the Realm of Tantra (?), on the1a.org: Reporting The Saga Of R. Kelly “This is a trail, two and a half decades long, of dozens of young African-American women whose lives have been ruined by R. Kelly,” says journalist Jim DeRogatis
    I believe R. Kelly to be an Aquarius, and Uranus stations retrograde tonight. The parents keeps saying their daughters suffer from Stockholm Syndrome; a conditioned made famous by Patty Hearst.

  3. Amy Elliott

    It sounds as if Tantra has similarities with Zen Buddhism, in the sense of challenging and subverting the usual process of thought. It’s clear from the reactions to Mooch’s mini meltdown that there’s a lot of repression about.

    Just wondering: is there a difference, philosophically speaking, between how we should receive and process conscious, enlightened acts of breaking taboo (such as your T-shirt) and unthinking outbursts like the Mooch’s? Doesn’t a lack of understanding or self-awareness, as in the latter case, poison the well?

  4. Sue Edwards

    Thank You to everyone!

    What I’ve been “seeing” (and it has never wavered) is that we are all involved in one of the grandest experiences. Each and very single one of us is participating in our own Soul’s growth, including Donald. (Who’s purpose is/was to trigger change.)

    We’re being pushed out of our comfort zones. Many of these comfort zones have been illusions, anyway, and we’ll be better off living Real.

    Oftentimes we need to see mirrors of our lower human natures in order to inspire us to rise above them. We all may be wounded but we don’t have to act like wounded animals.

    One subject I would mention is that of Grace. There is nothing of Grace in either Donald or the Mooch’s self expression. Both being exceedingly insecure and both investing their sense of Self Worth in appearances of wealth. If they didn’t feel like losers on the inside,winning would not be so important to them on the outside. In terms of Power, neither has what I would consider Real Power. They have no power over their own Reality, being unable to emotionally and mentally cope with facing it.

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      “We all may be wounded but we don’t have to act like wounded animals.”

      Always a good reminder. For sure, those mirrors showing our lower natures are uncomfortable to look into. But boy, are they ever informative!

  5. Sue Edwards

    {{Hugs}} Amanda,

    We might ask ourselves why is it uncomfortable to look into our lower natures. If and when we do, we most likely find the programming of Judgement & Rejection, which gives birth to such ideas as Guilt and Shame. So, of course, we try to separate ourselves from such things through denial.

    The problem is that in order to uplift something, I have to first embrace it, not try to separate myself from it. That means applying Loving Understanding leading to Compassion, instead of the Damnation/Rejection moral code.

    Fear of Death is not the same as Love of Life.

    To Love means to Value. What is the value of any Society based upon a lack of it?

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      Sue, absolutely. Yet I’ve noticed something interesting in my journey to heal guilt and shame and not let it hold such sway: that when I “apply loving understanding leading to compassion” to my own “mistakes” or lapses in values / good judgment, it can/could look very much like a lack of remorse or lack of acknowledgement of the full impact of my choices. At least, it seems sure to look that way to someone who is not on a similar healing path.

      We can apologize (and do so sincerely, with empathy) for pain we’ve caused others. But that does not mean we have to become a slave to their pain by continuing to beat ourselves up with shame and guilt. They might not understand how we could possibly feel compassion for ourselves, or how we could “embrace it,” as you say. That sets up some interpersonal tension that is not always easy to navigate. I guess releasing attachment to “being understood and accepted” by the other is part of the equation.

      And of course, that seems to run counter to our “tribal” impulses, so well illustrated by this Aquarius Moon.

  6. Sue Edwards

    Dear Amanda,

    You’ve succinctly described what emotional manipulation is all about. Just as physical force is used to control, so is the use of emotional force, which is exactly what emotional manipulation Is. It just happens to be one of my pet peeves. My mother abused me with it, unknowingly, simply because she did not understand what she was doing. Physical rape is often seen as appalling whereas emotional rape is “OK”.

    Just as you mentioned, the “tribal” pattern every single one of us have been taught. We can call it “taboo”, “superstition” or “sin” and it’s all the same. It’s a cause for Judgement and Rejection by the group, which used to bring on survival issues and fears of being without the group. What I’d like to point out is that the person rejected by the group has grown beyond the group and is made far stronger a person without it.

    Have you ever seen a two- story teepee?

    Probably not. The point where all the sticks meet to lean upon each other is not a stable foundation to build upon. There’s also another problem with the configuration of the teepee. With all those sticks leaning upon each other for support and an appearance of “uprighteousness”, every stick has to conform. If one stick moves or wiggles, it upsets all the others. This is where the rules and control mechanisms come into play. So as not to upset the rest of the leaning sticks.

    So far, throughout the Ages widely known, this leaning stick or teepee formation has been the pattern for our civilizations and societies. To grow beyond this, is to become pillars instead of being a bunch of leaning sticks. Pillars grouped together form a solid and stable foundation for growth.

    Esoterically, Aquarius reads as “group consciousness”. There is a “group” implied that has nothing to do with Mass consciousness. It’s a group risen above the level of Mass consciousness, rather than like a group of cattle clumped within the herd. I guess I could call it a group of pillars and it takes a lot of work transforming from a leaning stick into a pillar, just as you have expressed.

    Between my mom and being raised Catholic I was beaten over the head with emotional manipulation. It’s calling card is the Guilt Trip, with reward points for frequent flyers.

    This is where our choice of Values and Value systems comes into play. “Guilt”, “shame”, etc., are all by-products of a Value system based upon deficits or lacks in substance of character. It is the one who Judges, who condemns and rejects, that is the one who is lacking in Worth.

    This choice of valuing deficits is a result of the Ideal we choose, where whatever ideal we choose is the type of person we will strive to become. If we choose to worship a limited ‘god’, then when we ourselves express these same limitations we can call ourselves “Righteous”.

    A limited unlimited or an impotent omnipotence are just plain dumb ideas, much less ideals but they are the ones most of us have been pursuing. Love is limited, tolerance is limited, acceptance is limited, mercy is limited, etc. The threat of exclusion is used to control behavior so that it conforms to the group. Mustn’t upset the teepee.

    I understand about our attachments to our desires to “Being understood and accepted”. But if we aren’t being Real, then any understanding and acceptance we receive isn’t going to be Real, either. Besides, we can only give as good as we got. If our Love and Compassion is limited then that’s the limit we’re going to be able to extend. Being disappointed and frustrated is our fault if we go looking for water in a well we know is dry.

    The realization that helped me tremendously when it came to being immune to emotional manipulation is the realization that my emotions are MINE. No one else crawls into my head and tells my hypothalamus which peptide to produce. This also means that your emotions are yours, just as everyone else’s emotions are theirs. Hurt feelings are the responsibility of the one experiencing them. It’s avoiding this responsibility and accountability for our own emotions that manipulation relies upon.

    Eventually, I discovered that it was very simple. A relation of cause and effect. If I desired to be Understood and Accepted, all I had to do was Be understanding and accepting. (and not expect to find it where I know it is not).

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      Sue — you echo many ideas I am familiar with (many of which have gotten frequent airing by Eric and others at PW, especially regarding guilt, emotional manipulation, and group versus mass consciousness). But I have to say, I’ve never seen the teepee/pillar analogy! Thank you for that illustration — it’s a good one.

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