Forget Astrology: Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize for Literature

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In this edition, I focus the astrology on the conjunction of Mars and Pluto that takes place Wednesday, the day of the third presidential debate. I cover the movement of Pluto through Capricorn, the potential influence of Mars, and also look ahead at both Mars and Pluto aspecting the Uranus-Eris conjunction.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

OK, I don’t forget the astrology, but much of this week’s program is devoted to Bob Dylan, who has won the dubious distinction of the Nobel Prize for Literature. That’s in tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here].

I say dubious because the Nobel family made its wealth in weapons and explosives, and it was only at the end of Alfred Nobel’s life that he tried to redeem himself and will his considerable fortune to a trust that would give out prizes for great achievements. And this year, the committee awarded Bob Dylan the prize for literature.

Hey, we all knew the guy could write. And he influenced every lyricist who ever heard one of his songs, and taught a bunch of other people what you can do when you focus your words and your ideas onto the page.

The name Planet Waves is a Dylan turn of phrase, so it’s fair to say that the name of our organization was written by a Nobel laureate. If you’re curious about his chart when I go over it, you may see it here.

In this edition, I focus the astrology on the conjunction of Mars and Pluto that takes place Wednesday, the day of the third presidential debate. I cover the movement of Pluto through Capricorn, the potential influence of Mars, and also look ahead at both Mars and Pluto aspecting the Uranus-Eris conjunction.

We also take a visit to Standing Rock, with some help from Amy Goodman and Democracy Now. Amy was charged first with criminal trespassing (a stretch, given that the ‘criminal’ part means you intended to commit some other crime while trespassing), but that was dropped and the prosecutor decided that her TV coverage was more along the lines of rioting. The judge threw that out. We have that report, and also a check-in at the scene of the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota.

With love,

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“Words fail me when I try to express my amazement at and gratitude for your incredible talent. As everyone else tells you, you are describing my life (and helping me through).” – Joyce Smart, on a previous Scorpio reading

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Democracy Now! — Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.

One thought on “Forget Astrology: Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize for Literature

  1. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Eric: Even though the rapid news cycle of our times has long since left the Nobel News behind, i’m still not over feeling both the warm glow of gratification and utter astonishment of Bob Dylan being so honored. Special thanks for including Dylan’s natal and progressed charts. With your recent class on the astrological houses still fresh in my mind, it occurs to me Bob still has a few changes to take us through. The Nobel acceptance ceremony will be interesting.

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