Today is Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Hebrew date is 17 Shevat 5778
Islamic date is 16 Jumada-I 1439
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 1 Muluk
Mayan Long Count is 184.108.40.206.9
Julian Day is 2458152
Today’s Birthdays: Jacques Philippe Marie Binet (1786-1856), Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913),
James Joyce (1882-1941), William Artis (1914-1977), An Wang (1920-1990), James Dickey (1923-1997), Sonny Stitt (1924-1982), Elaine Stritch (1925-2014), Stan Getz (1927-1991), Judith Viorst (1931), Tom Smothers (1937), Mary-Dell Chilton (1939), Graham Nash (1942), Al McKay (1948), Farrah Fawcett (1949-2009), Brent Spiner (1949), Ralph Merkle (1952), Shakira (1977).
“His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.”
— James Joyce
Reader Responses to ‘Take a Step Back’
Dear Friend and Reader:
In last week’s edition, called Take a Step Back, I did my best to explore the different angles of what aspires to be a feminist awakening. I’ve heard that saying “we must also protect boys” is an allegedly false equivalency to “we must stop the abuse of girls.” To me it seems more like an actual equivalency than a false one, and I asked my readers to explain this to me in language that a child can understand.
My position is that we must protect the vulnerable, period. While we have this issue in front of us, we must address the whole thing, all at once; meaning, the abuse of female and male people. This seems sensible enough. Also, if most aggressors are men, we could be more curious how they came to be that way.
I was curious what reasoning would come back — and, as you’ll read, many colors of the rainbow came out. The emails came in over the following four or five days. We’ve included them all. Few were in language that a child or teenager could understand, which is my reference point for what an adult can comprehend and act on. This is lengthy; we’ve lightened up the text with illustrations by the incomparable Lucinda Abra, magus of mixed media.
I noticed something: not a single man replied. Not one. While we have a majority of female readers, there are definitely men in the audience. One third of those who clicked on the article on Facebook were men.
To me, this is a testimony to how afraid men are to enter this discussion. If they cannot enter it at Planet Waves, where exactly would they feel safe? That may be a bigger question than we recognize.
One of my Facebook correspondents recently commented, “I’d also like to say that it is generally VERY hard to discuss sexual needs with men. The vast majority of the times I have done that, the men have gotten offended or defensive and then shut down.” I have noticed this as well.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Full phase and enters Waning Gibbous phase on Feb. 3 at 1:48 pm PST / 4:48 pm EST (21:48:28 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Aquarius (Partial Solar Eclipse) on Feb. 15 at 1:05 pm PST / 4:05 pm EST (21:05:07 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Virgo on March 1-2 at 4:51 pm PST / 7:51 pm EST (00:51:15 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Virgo and enters Libra on Feb. 3 at 1:47 pm PST / 4:47 pm EST (21:47:00 UTC).
Sun Degree: 14-15 Aquarius.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury opposite Thereus 8:16 am PST / 11:16 am EST (16:15:41 UTC).
— Jupiter opposite Bienor 9:04 am PST / 12:04 pm EST (17:04:16 UTC).
— Venus square Deucalion 9:44 am PST / 12:44 pm EST (17:44:18 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Feb. 2
(The Day of Class) | Aquarius Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Passion is messy; and if you want some, you’ll have to get wet and sweaty. Don’t stop to fold your clothes first, just throw them on the floor. You’re on solid ground proceeding with people you share an understanding with on the mental level; that’s always been the essence of who you are, and what distinguishes you from most others.
|Current Aquarius Weekly Horoscope
This week, there’s a Full Moon eclipse in your opposite sign Leo. Think of this as a tune-up of your relationships, particularly on the emotional level. It might feel like a pressure release.
|Current Aquarius Monthly Horoscope
You don’t need a conspiracy theory to understand your life. It’s a fact that the elements of your existence have come together by design, most of which was based on your own intentions, choices and actions.
Written in the Planets
With a variety of planets and asteroids making aspects to a veritable herd of centaurs today, do you feel like your inner life is more of a race, a rumble or a frolic? Astrologically, centaur planets tend to relate to raising awareness around issues from the past (including those we’ve inherited from parents and ancestors) so we can set about healing them. With many of these centaurs in fixed signs, keep your antennae tuned for any fixed patterns that might be ripe for reconsideration, release or re-patterning. This phase of time between eclipses can be especially useful for this kind of activity.