Dear Friend and Listener:
In tonight’s Planet Waves FM [play episode here] I have an interview with Melanie Reinhart, author of Chiron and the Healing Journey. This is really the latest installment of a conversation that’s been going on for about 19 years, by phone, on Skype, at conferences and by email.
The interview begins about one hour and 40 minutes into the show, and lasts a little more than an hour.
Before we get there, I talk about the current astrology, featuring that interesting pattern currently developing between Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune. That morphs into Mars opposite Pluto on July 2. It’s going to be a rather lively Independence Day weekend.
I just discovered that the new series of Twin Peaks episodes began two months ago, and I have a review for you. David Lynch is again at his best, illustrating why things are so crazy on the planet. In essence, people are in a kind of daze, which provides the perfect opportunity for dark forces to work through us.
Juan Christian Guerrero summed it up best. “In its original run and as continued today, Twin Peaks is the most appreciably accurate, overdue, and total condemnation of extant Radical American Evil to have occurred as a cultural phenomenon since Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho — and outdoes that work in its doing so by vast degrees.”
Our musical guest is Radiohead, with samples of their 1997 album OK Computer. Much like David Lynch, Radiohead is bringing the news of what’s happening in the world, through one of the most influential records in rock history.
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Just in time for the Great American Eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, you’ll have access to a helpful, excellent video astrology reading. These will be done by sign and rising sign; each reading is about half an hour. You can pre-order now for the best price: $66 for all 12 signs. The price for all 12 will gradually increase in $11 increments over the next few weeks, capping out at $111 once we publish.
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 happening. 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.