Identity and Violence in the Global Village

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Violence serves a purpose, which is to help people forge identity. It’s not the only way, but it’s the one most often chosen. In this case, most of what we have is virtual violence, since I doubt anyone reading this was at the scene. It’s all a media event, transmitted digitally. What is the impact of this? In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I look at these issues carefully. I investigate at the astrology of the purported shooter, and of the event, and where the two meet.

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Dear Friend and Reader:

The Global Village is where we live. It’s the “space” where the whole world has been drawn together by instantaneous electronic communication. When a violent event happens, the shockwaves go through the village, magnified by hundreds of millions of people who are impacted and thereby become involved.

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Violence seems to be a given in our society, which seems perpetually at war; where hundreds of people are shot to death every week; and where carnage is the most compelling thing on TV (whether in ‘fiction’ or ‘nonfiction’ form).

The question is, what function does violence serve? People complain about violence, and then blockbuster films based on death and destruction succeed wildly. The vast majority of people — Republicans and Democrats — favor stricter (as in actual) background checks and a ban on military-grade weapons for civilians. Yet they keep re-electing politicians who do nothing.

Violence serves a purpose, which is to help people forge identity. It’s not the only way, but it’s the one most often chosen. In this case, most of what we have is virtual violence, since I doubt anyone reading this was at the scene. It’s all a media event, transmitted digitally.

What is the impact of this? In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM [play episode here], I look at these issues carefully. I investigate at the astrology of the purported shooter, and of the event, and where the two meet. [See charts here.]

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PS — I am aware that reports that this incident was staged or false flag are circulating widely, and are being given credence. The video of apparent crisis actors is disturbing, as are obvious problems with how the crime scene is being described. For our purposes, whether this event happened as described, or some other way, the effect is the same. If you’re one of those people who is asking questions, I encourage you to keep going. Plenty is being posted to my personal Facebook page by other readers.

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Astrology of Mass Shooting at Gay Club in Orlando

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In this week’s Planet Waves TV [play video here], I look at the charts for Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando. These shooting incidents would be meaningless if they did not comment on us and our society. Mars in Scorpio factors prominently into the event chart. It also factors into Omar, the presumed shooter, who had his natal Sun right underneath Mars where it is now. This takes us back to the earliest discussions of this Mars retrograde — it’s about the intersection of religion and sex.

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This Week on Planet Waves

It probably goes without saying that we are all horrified by Sunday’s mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the LGBT community.

— With love from the Planet Waves editors

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Astrology of Mass Shooting at Gay Club in Orlando

Eric looks at the charts for Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando. These incidents would be meaningless if they did not comment on our society. Mars in Scorpio factors prominently into this chart, which invokes earlier discussions of this Mars retrograde — it’s about the intersection of religion and sex.

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Less Than Shocking, No Less Horrid

This week, Eric considers the horrific mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. He examines the intense current astrology and its contacts to the chart of the presumed shooter, and asks some tough (and incredibly important) questions about sexual repression and violence.

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On Thursday, Uranus aligned in a conjunction with Eris for the first time since 1928. Because Uranus goes retrograde and then direct, there will be three conjunctions in close proximity, just like with any Uranus event. In this week’s edition, Eric discusses the implications for humanity, our identity and how technology is shaping us.

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Tapping into an introspective Mars retrograde now in Scorpio, Rob Moore reflects upon being on the receiving end of unwanted advances as a young adult. But he found there was something valuable to take from it. From youth to midlife transition years, Rob considers how our priorities can notably change.

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Wicked Little Witnesses

Recently, Amanda Moreno found herself caught in a war of ideas with a friend. Since then, she has been thinking about how one person’s version of realism can be another’s idealism, ultimately echoing this question: How do we keep from being distracted by these seeming standoffs and instead be the change?

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Calling Emily Doe

What is it to lose your body? The statement by Emily Doe, the Stanford rape victim, went viral as Uranus and Eris approached their conjunction in Aries. Fe Bongolan examines the broken justice system for rape cases, and the political, social and legal machinery determined to keep women silent.

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Any difference to be made in the wake of the fear and grief felt by so many since last week will not be made by nations, corporations or cultural institutions. Rather, it will be you. Len Wallick reflects on the events in Orlando, offering that the astrology supports us to empower ourselves with compassion for others.

3 thoughts on “Identity and Violence in the Global Village

  1. Amy Elliott

    Heidegger was a Nazi, apparently. Explains a lot.

    Yes, it’s funny how many New Agers seem to embrace philosophical dualism, with its roots firmly in Judaeo-Christian ideology, along with Zoroastrianism. Not exactly new.

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