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The Affairs of Captain America

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Everything in the world was proceeding normally and calmly as usual, and life was simple — that is, until Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, interrupted MSNBC’s regular programming last Friday afternoon (Nov. 9) at 2:51 pm EST with the news that David Petraeus, the chief of the CIA, had resigned due to an extramarital affair. This is an unusual kind of news for the days after a presidential election, which are usually pretty sedate.

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General David Petraeus and his biographer-turned-mistress, Paula Broadwell, in July 2011. Photo: U.S. Navy photographer.

Were we to have heard no more, had it all ended there, that story would be pretty interesting. Petraeus, described as a well-respected retired four-star general who had overseen the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, had resigned from his relatively new job as the head of one of the world’s top spy agencies — over an affair?

Can’t the chief of the CIA keep that kind of thing quiet? Wouldn’t he have lots of help doing so?

If you follow astrology, you know that this is a fitting story to have breaking just before a total solar eclipse in Scorpio, one that had additional impact due to being the first solar eclipse in that sign in 17 years. I said in that morning’s edition that this eclipse would dredge up the ancient silt from the bottom of the Scorpio lake, and spread it all over the land.

The timing, less than three days after Pres. Obama won re-election, was also interesting and to many suspicious, giving rise to a diversity of theories as to what might have happened (most of the more paranoid ones are being proffered by FOX News and some Republican politicians).

It’s worth considering: was this news delayed to protect the president’s re-election bid, or was it a botched attempt at an October surprise that happened a week too late? Was it a ploy to drag down his newly won second term?

Or was it a diversion from the fact that Petraeus was about to testify before members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees the following week, speaking on the CIA’s role in the attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, this past Sept. 11? Would the scandal discredit Petraeus, who had promised to tell the truth? [Despite having resigned, he was scheduled to testify at 7:30 Friday morning in a closed session.]

The Benghazi attacks were supposedly prompted by a video making fun of Mohammed, resulting in a protest at a consulate where things got out of hand [covered in Planet Waves]. The attack turned out to be a pre-planned military assault on the compound, which killed Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three members of his staff.

One right-wing theory is that the State Department intentionally neglected security at the consulate, resulting in the deaths of Stevens and his staff — or worse, that someone on Obama’s team ordered the guards to stand down and let the attack happen.

This is being ascribed by some to be the product of “some insane political motive” of Obama’s, as one conservative characterized it, though few want to state it out loud. The clear implication of this viewpoint is that Obama is a pro-Jihad Muslim sympathizer or actual Muslim — and an enemy of the United States, aiding the enemy. In case you’re wondering what part of the fuss is about, and what some are blaming Obama with, this mindset is lurking just below the level of what’s broadcast on the news. It’s also an indicator of how much can be made of how little, and the ways in which these events might be further politicized.

Yet considering this theory, what purpose would have been served by allowing Stevens to be killed with the election just two months off? And what about all that money the Republican-controlled House of Representatives did not approve for embassy security? It would seem more likely to be either a colossal screw-up of a covert operation, or potentially the work of Obama’s enemies in the CIA or the military.

For its part, the CIA stirred up suspicion when it ‘got the story wrong’ in the days after the event. They originally went with the ridiculous out-of-hand protest over the Mohammed movie version of events, an obvious cover story, then the story morphed a few times — and now the CIA seems to have been directly involved in Benghazi.

Two of the security agents killed were CIA contractors. Reportedly only seven members of the 30-member ‘consulate’ staff were part of the State Department. By some reports the ‘consulate’ that was attacked was actually a CIA compound involved in a program to buy back weapons sold to the Libyan government before they got into the wrong hands — and it was holding Jihadist prisoners there. (Paula Broadwell spoke about the prisoners in a public presentation recently, information that she presumably got from Petraeus.)

In a similar version of events, the CIA had the prisoners at what’s called a ‘forward observation post’ (FOP) involved in the weapons buyback program (called “locate and neutralize,” or LOCNEU) just half a mile away from the supposed consulate. In any event, the CIA was closely involved with this supposedly diplomatic outpost, the primary mission of which may have been to funnel the weapons out of Libya and into the hands of Syrian rebels.

The Benghazi controversy was brewing through September and October, though the only notable time it came up during the campaign was in the second debate, when Romney tried to claim that Obama hadn’t acknowledged that the incident was terrorism. In fact he said it was terrorism on Sept. 12, which moderator Candy Crowley confirmed. That was pretty much Obama’s knockout punch of the evening. (This also reveals how superficial the debates really were.)

On Tuesday afternoon Nov. 6, just before Mercury stationed retrograde on Election Day, we’re told that Petraeus was informed by his boss, a guy named James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, that he should resign due to the scandal. Here, we have a manifestation of the Mercury retrograde factor on Election Day, though it was temporarily behind the scenes.

Quitting, Clapper said, would be the noble thing to do, despite this ending a long and storied career by one of the most respected generals in recent history. (Even Jon Stewart portrayed Petraeus as Captain America in a way designed to be flattering rather than mocking.) Petraeus submitted his resignation, Obama is said to have taken a day to consider it, and news that Petraeus was stepping down broke Friday afternoon.

For years, it seems like going back to childhood, I have been ranting about how the Aries Point, the first degree of the zodiac (00+ Aries, the location of the Sun on the vernal equinox), has a theme of “the personal is political.” This chart for the news breaking, posted below, has the Aries Point rising — to the degree, describing an event that’s both personal and political and which as a result is likely to have a far-reaching effect.

Any one degree of the zodiac rises for just four minutes each 24-hour period, and when Andrea Mitchell went on the air in Washington, DC, the Aries Point was precisely the degree that was rising, indeed to one-sixth of a degree. The chart is an Aries Point bull’s-eye. The position of the ascendant depends on the location of the chart; the chart is cast for where Mitchell was at the time of the newscast.

We were about to see just how personal the political could become. Petraeus (as the story goes) was discovered by the FBI to be having an affair with his biographer — intelligence analyst Paula Broadwell, West Point graduate and daughter of the military academy’s superintendent. She would be the central casting mistress for a four-star general. As it happened, he became chief of the CIA and was taken out by an FBI investigation into the affair, despite the fact that everyone acknowledges that no crimes had been committed.

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Chart for Andrea Mitchell breaking the story about CIA chief David Petraeus. Notice the Aries Point on the far left side of the chart — the 00 and the Aries symbol in the outermost wheel. That is the Aries Point rising, exact to one-sixth of a degree. Each degree of the zodiac rises for about four minutes a day. Mars, the ruler of the ascendant, can be seen on the top right of the chart. It’s conjunct the Galactic Core, which is not shown in the display. See full chart here. See glyph legend here.

Then over the following 48 hours, the story became more complex, when we were told how this information got out in the first place. Apparently the scenario comes back to Tampa, Florida — home of porno shops, fried chicken and the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), the center from which the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are being run. Lots of generals hang out there.

A socialite named Jill Kelley, who with her husband hosts parties for dignitaries visiting CENTCOM, was friendly with some of those generals, perhaps a little too friendly, and she got some threatening, jealous emails telling her to keep away from Petraeus.

Kelley had a friend in the FBI and he got an investigation going. She turned over her computer to investigators. By tracking internet addresses (called IP addresses), and prying into one inbox after the next, FBI agents discovered that the threatening email sender was Paula Broadwell, a famous author. They discovered that she was having an affair with Petraeus, about whom Broadwell had written a book.

Emails from the same address — KelleyPatrol — had also gone to a diversity of generals, warning them of Jill Kelley’s seductive and flirtatious ways.

With access to the email accounts, the FBI kept fishing, and discovered that Kelley was involved in a salacious correspondence with another four-star general, John Allen, commander of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Allen was, this very week, up for promotion to the top NATO job in Europe; that appointment was put on hold and is unlikely to materialize. For what it’s worth, all of these people are married to others not named in this story. So it’s a pretty good sex scandal, with an impressive cast of characters, set within a sensitive, potentially explosive moment in history.

While it’s possible to describe, the problem with this whole scenario is how few of the facts add up to something cohesive. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but as one of my readers said, as you study the facts, it’s not like putting together a puzzle; it’s like sifting through the pieces of five different puzzles mixed up in a box.

Or it looks like we are peering into the rarely seen private world of military aristocrats as it goes through the upheavals of a power play of some kind, in a morph of Peyton Place and the myth of Pandora’s box.

It remains true that a sex scandal is just about the only thing left that can rivet the attention of American media consumers, and sex scandals are always worthy of suspicion. One of the reasons that sex scandals are so appealing is because few people feel sexually clean, or right with themselves. When the drama gets projected outward, we get some relief from that pain. So it’s possible to get a real hook into the public with one of these dramas.

Yet as the fireworks go off and the clouds of hazy smoke rise, I keep wondering what exactly is all of this drama designed to obscure? And at the same time, what message is it sending?

A general having a mistress is about as surprising as teenagers making out on Saturday night. It is not a national news story, not a crime and not inherently a breach of national security. Then that general became CIA chief. So what is the FBI, which is supposed to be protecting us from kidnappers, the mafia and terrorists, doing investigating him, especially if no crime was committed? There would seem to be some kind of war going on inside the government. It almost looks like a mob bloodbath — or a total farce.

Are we to believe the head of the CIA to be so feckless that he forgot about the numerous programs designed to spy on American citizens, which copy every email and text message, and may record every single phone call? All of that is well documented; it’s old news.

Are we to believe that a woman reared in the household of a top military officer, who graduated West Point and was trusted with security clearance, would actually send anonymous, potentially harassing emails to top-ranking military officials — while in the midst of an affair?

Are we to believe that the FBI can get a federal warrant to enter the private email inbox of the CIA chief, who is not suspected of a crime? Who signed that warrant? Was there even one?

There are other freaky twists. Supposedly, the FBI agent who spurred the investigation went to Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, at least 11 days before the election — because he thought the investigation had stalled. FBI agents are supposed to stay far away from political activity. They are not freelancers. Yet this tells us that Cantor knew about this for at least 11 days and sat on the information? He knew about the situation before Obama did?

Are we to believe that the timing of this whole thing is an accident? It strains credulity — all of it. One thing to remember is that people involved in espionage and intelligence-gathering are accustomed to leading lives woven of deceit. Many of them know nothing else, and as a result don’t even know who they are. When the lid is lifted off of that box, it’s almost always disgusting in there.

There are plausible elements to the narrative; secret love affairs are common, especially among wealthy men. Women can get catty and competitive. Powerful people make mistakes and can get in beyond their depth, thinking they’re invincible — such is the nature of hubris. All of this adds intrigue and aura to the story. It has a kind of universal appeal, especially when we get to see the mighty and the powerful fall from supposed grace.

Let’s take a closer look at the chart, and then consider a real conspiracy — the biggest one of all.

As mentioned, the chart has the first degree of Aries rising. That gives the chart far-reaching impact as well as describing an event with staying power. The Aries Point is also an image of how all this personal baggage is being unpacked before the world. The private emails of top generals and people they’re intimate with are at this moment being read by investigators. (There is some irony here in that American citizens have been spied on in the name of supposed national security, and now a spy chief and top general have been ensnared in the same rationale.)

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Chart for the news of the Petraeus resignation breaking on MSNBC one week ago today. Saturn, which represents Obama, is in the 8th house, to the right side of the chart, in mustard yellow. (It’s just outside the 8th but it’s within five degrees of the cusp, making it part of the 8th.) It’s in Scorpio. This suggests that we’re looking at a scandal that Obama could be dragging through much of his second term, if it’s exploited. See full chart here. See glyph legend here.

This is a chilling reminder that there really is no such thing as privacy, and chill us is precisely what it does. We’re reminded again when we see scenes of FBI agents carting off Paula Broadwell’s iMac and file boxes, during a “visit” to her home (that’s what it keeps being described as), supposedly with her permission.

Setting aside the narrative (which is easy to get lost in) these facts and images are designed as a kind of threat to the public. The message is that there’s is no inner sanctuary, no place where we’re safe from scrutiny, no space for intimacy in the world. Every keystroke is recorded and can be used against us. It’s as horrifying as the telescreens on the walls of every room in the novel 1984, recording everything that happens.

The ascendant of this chart is Aries, so we can look to Mars for more information. The Mars/Aries thing is appropriate for a scandal focused on the military. We find Mars in Sagittarius in the 9th house — with global influence. There is no doubt that this is an international military issue. It’s not merely a case of the spy who loved me, though we do see the mistress/lover looming over the western horizon — that’s Venus in Libra in the 7th house (blue planet on the right, above the dark line). She looks like a decoy.

Mars (and the question of what happened) has even wider influence due to the fact that it’s in a conjunction to the Galactic Core. Think of the GC as being so high you can’t get over it, so wide you can’t get around it. To me this says, “this issue — whatever it is — lurks behind everything.”

If we are looking for the involvement of, or impact on, Obama, we can look to the 10th house, the house of “all the way to the top.” This is the house of high office, admiralty and the presidency. The 10th house has Capricorn on the cusp — indeed, the first degree of Capricorn, an extension of the Aries Point. For more information we look to the ruler of Capricorn, which is Saturn — which represents the president.

Saturn is in Scorpio and the 8th house. The 8th is the house of death and transformation. This describes a troubled presidency — unless it’s handled cleverly, this whole issue could follow Obama through his entire second term. The Republicans have lost everything, and they have nothing to lose. They have no other issues to work with, except to go on the offensive against Obama.

The problem is that he may be involved — at least in the sense that he’s the political arm of the Military-Industrial Complex, which I wrote about two weeks ago. He has a secret role in this, or at the very least he knows a lot more than he can say at the moment; Saturn also rules the 12th house, because Aquarius is on the cusp (Saturn is the traditional ruling planet of Aquarius). It’s as if his hands are not clean of the karma of this chart — or he may be playing two roles, or being influenced by forces much larger than he is. We know from the history of the Kennedy administration that this is true of any president.

The Common Thread

One thing that everyone involved in this scenario has in common is involvement with the military or some spy organization. Everyone is involved with warfare. And the minds of all media consumers are consumed by the notion that some people had sex or sexy email exchanges. This romanticizes things, which in turn conceals from thought that in the background of everything is warfare.

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Frame of Collateral Murder, the video of the U.S. ambush on unarmed civilians in Baghdad in July 2007. The voice from the helicopter is saying, “Light ’em all up. C’mon, fire!” Photo from Collateral Murder.

Petraeus is being presented to us as a hero who fell from grace. In fact, he presided over the fraudulent, botched and illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which have killed, injured and displaced millions of people the past 11 years. Everyone in the media seems to be missing this point — what sponsors all of this madness is murder.

Petraeus is offered to us as a venerated general, who served his country well. Consider this fact. Petraeus took command of operations in Iraq in January 2007. On July 12, 2007, there were a series of airstrikes in Baghdad conducted by a team of two U.S. Army Apache helicopters. Crew members reported that they had seen a group of nine to 11 men, two of whom were war correspondents for Reuters — Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen. They claimed the men were armed when in fact nobody was. A journalist’s camera does not look like a rifle.

In three incidents concentrated within 20 minutes, helicopter snipers (firing 30mm cannons, bullets nearly two inches wide) shot the journalists, killed at least 12 civilians, fired on a man crawling for cover and fired on a van, killing two children, and fired a rocket at a building where people had run for cover.
They acted with approval of their higher-ups. None of the people killed were militants.

This incident was revealed in the video Collateral Murder, given to WikiLeaks by Pvt. Bradley Manning, who is currently facing charges for turning over this and many other documents, without which the public would know little about the truth of the atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Baghdad helicopter attack, in which 12 to 18 or more civilians, including children and journalists, were killed, happened under the watch of David Petraeus. After an Army inquiry, there were no repercussions for those involved.

Commenting on the report, Julian Assange told Democracy Now! that, “The tone and language [of the report] is all about trying to find an excuse for the activity… It’s very clear that that is the approach, to try and find any mechanism to excuse the behavior, and that is what ended up happening.”

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American helicopter about to fire on a van full of civilians, including several children. The voiceover on the cockpit video says, “Come on!” — as in shoot. Photo from Collateral Murder, a WikiLeaks project.

Assange also said, “There were three families living in that apartment complex, many of whom were killed, including women.”

The WikiLeaks files are brimming with incidents like this one — thousands of them. And with the exception of the WikiLeaks files getting their brief moment in the sunlight, countless civilian murders and military atrocities have been concealed and unaddressed.

David Petraeus is not a guy who had an affair. He is a war criminal. It was on his watch that this massacre happened and was covered up. Often the tone of an organization will be set by its leader, especially in a strict top-down structure like the military. As the old saying goes, “Shit rolls downhill.”

The nature of this whole love affair charade is to conceal that fact, and to conceal that many of the people involved are also war criminals, involved with mass murder. That Petraeus took a bright young woman as his lover reveals that he has human tendencies. It’s the good part of the story, the part where there is a spark of life — though in the context of things, just a little one.

It’s also a ruse to cover up far more important events, their impact and the real motives behind what’s happening. A lot of bad things happened when David Petraeus was on duty. That he covered his chest in an ever-expanding pile of medals and decorations is just more coverup.

And at the moment, war rages on and on — in Afghanistan, in Iraq (by mercenaries known as contractors) and with Israel and the Hamas pounding one another.


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Mars Jumps Into the 2012 Aspect

Friday morning, the Moon made a conjunction to Mars, right before Mars enters Capricorn, which will continue to stir the pot.
The world is still vibrating after the first solar eclipse in Scorpio since 1995. That happened Tuesday, and will help us set patterns for the coming six months or longer.

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Mars on the cardinal cross is one of those moments when the 2012 astrology, in particular the Uranus-Pluto square, might go up like a gas pipe. Mars first aspects Neptune (pretty mellow, imaginative, lusty) then over the week it will make a square to Uranus and finally, a conjunction to Pluto.

That’s the moment when you may look out your window or turn on the TV and think you’re living in the early 1960s, with all the excitement, or the early 1970s with all the scandal in government. That will be a switch — all the recent retro movements have pointed us back to the days of slavery, the time before women’s suffrage, prohibition and the 1950s.

As you feel that bust-loose, cut-loose energy of Mars setting off the Uranus-Pluto aspect (in effect from Friday through the end of the month), just make sure you direct your thoughts and your actions as consciously as you can, and make course corrections as early as you can, should you make an error.

On the immediate radar, Saturday is what’s called the interior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun. This is the midpoint of the Mercury retrograde cycle we’re in; it’s a slightly shorter one than normal. This is a triple conjunction, actually, of Mercury, the Sun and the North Node. This looks like a morph of sorting out your purpose for being alive, searching yourself for some emotional clarity, and opening up the sexual dialog with yourself, with partner(s) and with anyone else who belongs in the conversation.

Mercury will station direct on Nov. 26, so from now we have 10 more days to go. That event will come with another new wave of intrigue, though let’s read this book one chapter at a time. Remember that Mercury is making a series of squares to Neptune — check your facts. Check your opinions. Don’t take anything for granted.


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Hostilities Escalate Between Israel and Hamas

Israel and Hamas are on the verge of all-out war. Israel pounded positions in the Gaza strip after Hamas fired rockets deeper into Israel than it ever has, striking hundreds of times. Air raid sirens were heard in Tel Aviv for the first time since the Persian Gulf War.

Three Israelis and 20 Palestinians were reported killed, and 235 Palestinians have been wounded. The conflict began Wednesday when Israel killed Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari in an airstrike and destroyed dozens of rocket launchers.

An Israeli defense forces spokeswoman reported today they were “recruiting” 16,000 reservists in preparation for a ground invasion; there are already up to 2,000 troops at the Gaza border, according to an anonymous Israeli official.

World leaders are trying to stem the escalation. French President Francois Hollande has begun talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other world leaders, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said. However, it would seem that that the two entities have irreconcilable differences, as Hamas is an Islamist terrorist group that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.

And in a conference call with reporters, Ben Rhodes, U.S. deputy national security adviser, said, “We’ve urged those that have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt and some of our European partners to use that influence to urge Hamas to de-escalate.”

A planned ceasefire set for today, to accommodate a visit by Egypt’s prime minister, failed when both sides reportedly continued fighting.


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It Ain’t Over Till Mercury’s Direct

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., is facing a GOP vow to block her nomination by President Obama to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are leading the charge to obstruct any Senate confirmation of Rice, based on her handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Rice spoke on several Sunday morning news programs about the incident, citing information given to her in a CIA briefing. Republicans in Congress claim she intentionally lied to them.

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U.N. ambassador Susan Rice saying on ABC what she was told by the CIA — that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was not premeditated. Republicans are saying she intentionally lied, and is not qualified to be Secretary of State.

Omaba issued a challenge to the senators earlier this week. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” the president said in his first post-election news conference.

“And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous.”

Meanwhile, in Mercury retrograde style, Mitt Romney continued the campaign well past Election Day. Though Romney conceded the presidential race, he continued to campaign. In a leaked recording of a conference call with his donors, Romney blamed his loss on “gifts” Obama has given to supporters — especially blacks and latinos.

“What the president — president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said. “What the president did is he gave them two — two things: One, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the DREAM Act amnesty program; number two, put in place ‘Obamacare,’ which is — which basically is $10,000 a family. I mean, it’s a proven political strategy, which is, give a bunch of money from the government to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you. The giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with.”

Romney goes on to whine about young people and college students, saying: “Forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, ‘Obamacare’ also made a difference for them because, as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.”

Not all Republicans are amused; even the governor of Louisiana has distanced himself from Romney’s remarks, calling them wrong and divisive.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives kept its leadership on both sides of the aisle. John Boehner will retain his position as house speaker, and Nancy Pelosi will remain minority leader.


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BP’s Payback: A Drop in the Bucket

British Petroleum (BP) said Thursday it will pay $4.5 billion in fines — including a $1.3 billion criminal penalty, the largest in U.S. history — and other payments to the United States government in connection with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the spring of 2010.

Early on Thursday, BP said it would plead guilty to 11 felony misconduct or neglect charges relating to the deaths of 11 workers.

Later in the day three federal indictments were handed down: two manslaughter charges for BP well site leaders and a charge of obstruction of Congress and lying to federal investigators for BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico.

The explosion, coinciding with the first of two ingress of Chiron into Pisces, led to millions of barrels of oil leaking into the water. The health of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem was further damaged by the widespread use of Corexit, an oil-dispersant that caused oil to sink to the ocean floor, where it can enter the food chain when ingested by microorganisms.

The charges and fines do not address the widespread death of wildlife or any ongoing health problems being experienced by emergency workers and those in the Gulf fishing community. In March, BP agreed with plaintiffs’ lawyers to pay claims from the local seafood industry and medical claims stemming from the oil spill, from a trust the oil company set up for such payments.

BP says it is in advanced talks with the U.S. government about settling criminal claims related to the spill. BP would still be subject to claims other than those pending criminal claims, including federal civil claims and claims for damages to natural resources.

“In particular, this settlement does not include what is potentially the largest penalty: fines under the Clean Water Act,” reported The New York Times. “The potential fine for the spill under the Clean Water Act is $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel spilled. That means the fine could be as much as $21 billion, according to Peter Hutton of RBC Capital Markets in London.”

The news comes the same week that the Paris-based International Energy Agency says the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia’s oil production by around 2020 with the aid of controversial extraction techniques such as “fracking” and horizontal drilling, which involve blasting rock formations with chemical-laden fluid.


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A Rolling Jubilee for the 99%

The Occupy Movement, criticized by many last year for being too diffuse and disorganized with its ideas, seems to be finding its stride in taking action — first in quickly organizing post-Sandy relief efforts, and now with a movement to bail out people in debt. Called “Rolling Jubilee,” activists are raising money to buy distressed debt from financial firms, often for pennies on the dollar, then canceling it so that borrowers don’t have to repay.

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Video still from Rolling Jubilee video, courtesy of Democracy Now!

Usually the third parties that buy debt from financial institutions try either to collect on it or ‘bundle’ it for resale. The Rolling Jubilee, however, is acting to “liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal,” according to an interview Thursday on Democracy Now! with Pamela Brown, a Ph.D. student in sociology at the New School and one of the organizers of the Rolling Jubilee.

“We came together, and we started to talk, and we realized that debt was really the tie that binds the 99 percent. It’s the intersection of Wall Street and our lives,” said Brown. Rolling Jubilee grew out of a coalition formed in the Occupy Movement earlier this summer called Strike Debt; debt is shaping up to be a virtual battleground, replacing Zuccotti Park. As of Thursday, Rolling Jubilee had raised over $185,000 in online donations — a drop in the $13 trillion of U.S. consumer debt, yet still enough to buy $2.5 million worth of defaulted loans.

It’s not enough to truly impact the system or jeopardize the cheap price of debt, but that’s okay. The point is to expose the predatory debt system. Find out more at strikedebt.org, where you can download The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual.


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Scorpio Eclipse Over Sesame Street

In a quick turnaround befitting a Scorpio New Moon during Mercury retrograde, a young man who had accused Kevin Clash, the voice of popular Sesame Street character Elmo, of having sex with him when he was underage has recanted his story. The man, who has not identified himself, now says the relationship was adult and consensual, in a statement released through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm Andreozzi & Associates.

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Kevin Clash and Elmo survived the eclipse but are still on leave from Sesame Street.

The news broke Monday morning, and the accusation was recanted the following day. The original accusation that Clash had engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old was released by Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street” in New York, when they announced Clash would be taking a leave of absence.

Clash, who is gay, has a grown daughter from a previous marriage. He denied the charges immediately; soon after the accuser recanted, Sesame Workshop stated, “We are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode.”

The accuser first contacted Sesame Workshop in June. They immediately launched an investigation and met with the accuser twice and also with Clash. The unidentified man is currently in his 20s; sex with a person under 17 is a felony in New York if the perpetrator is over 21.

Clash announced Monday he will follow through with his leave of absence “to deal with this false and defamatory allegation”; there has been no word from Clash or Sesame Workshop as to when he may return to the show.


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Russia Loses Contact With Satellites, ISS

In a classic case of Mercury retrograde mischief, a broken cable outside Moscow was the culprit behind the Russian space agency Roskosmos’ loss of communication Wednesday with its civilian satellites and its portion of the International Space Station. State-run news agency RIA Novosti had cited an unnamed source as saying Russia lost the ability to control most of its civilian satellites and send commands to the space station. However, once communications were reconfigured, the space agency said, all operations were back to normal, and the departure of a Russian, an American and a Japanese astronaut from the station, scheduled for November 19, would take place as planned. Military satellites were not affected.


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Planet Waves FM :: Blue Studio Series :: (sex conversations)

This week I introduced a new Planet Waves FM audio series: conversations with Planet Waves readers about sex. These are not really interviews; they are an exchange of ideas, in an informal, freeform format. We’ll be hearing from people — so far, women — of a diversity of ages and sexual orientations. In the first installment, I speak with Nora, a 56-year-old mom and grandmother, who has discovered her freedom and is now exploring erotic adventures.

In the second edition of the Blue Studio Series, my guest Cat and I take up the question of what it means to be your own lover. Cat is one of many people who has a preference for being her primary sex partner. We talk about her selfloving journey, how she feels about it and how she relates to the world around herself as her own lover.

Here is would-have-been Senator Christine O’Donnell’s anti-masturbation revival video from MTV’s Sex in the 90s.Her last line really says it all…


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Your Monthly Horoscopes — and our Publishing Schedule Notes

Tuesday, Nov. 20, we will publish the Moonshine horoscope for November by Genevieve Hathaway. Friday, Nov. 23 we will publish the extended forecast for December. There will not be a weekly horoscope that day.Inner Space for November was published Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The November Monthly Horoscope was published Friday, Oct. 26. I recommend reviewing the monthly horoscope at the end of the month. The October Moonshine Horoscope was published Tuesday, Oct. 16. Please note that the longer monthly horoscope is being incorporated into the Friday issue after the Sun has entered a new sign; Inner Space still publishes on Tuesdays.


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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 #926 | By Eric Francis

Scorpio Birthdays This Week

If you have a birthday anywhere in the neighborhood, or if you’re born with Scorpio rising, this is the year that you have the opportunity to get clear with others. Get clear about what? Your shared priorities — what some would call the most important things in life. They are also the most intimate. While this astrology suggests that you have a lot to discuss with partners about money, that’s not really the issue — the driving forces behind your values are the things to focus on. To do that, you need to be clear with yourself. You’re in a position where the values of another person could be influencing who you think you are. It’s easy to get lost in this maze, that is, to have others define you, without your even being fully conscious of that fact. This is the time to get conscious of the way these interactions work and the influences they hold over you. To do this will take some soul searching as well as some guts, but you’re a Scorpio — you have the strength to do it. Note — I’ve prepared an extended birthday report for Scorpio and Scorpio rising, which you can get at this link.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — For a child, work is play. That’s the space to get yourself into as you reach for some of your best accomplishments of the year, or indeed the past few years. It will be easier to use astrology to describe this. There are two things going on in your solar chart right now. One is that Mars is about to reach your midheaven, the career and achievement angle in a chart. Pluto has been there for a while, warming up the territory; Mars (the Aries planet) arriving there represents some tangible, conscious move on your part. There is the potential for you to over-reach or push a little too hard on the power attribute of Mars conjunct Pluto, so I suggest you take it easy and focus on the work at hand rather than making it about you. Meanwhile, the meaningful asteroid Child has arrived in your sign. This is suggesting to appreciate the moment you are in, to look at the world through young eyes, and to maintain what Buddhists call beginner’s mind. There are several ways these points could interact: at worst, childish tantrums or control dramas, and at best, a fresh, ongoing appreciation of work well done.

Hello Aries — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). If you would like to hear your Aries birthday reading, please visit this link.


Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Your charts continue to emphasize your current relationship situation(s), a fact that’s not going to change for a while. Immediate factors suggest that it’s time for a careful
review of the past, including the way that mental habits have influenced your choices and in particular, the words you have spoken and the impact they have had. One choice you have is to build your new encounters on the heap of what has happened in the past. Another is to seek understanding about what has happened, and to re-evaluate your role, and that of everyone else. If you choose to camp out in a fixed point of view, you will miss the subtleties and indeed miss the many opportunities for nourishment that come from true understanding. It’s worth considering the history of all the ways you orient your existence on relationships and in particular, your concepts about them. Life when actually lived is not scripted, the end is not pre-determined and it’s not a role play. It’s something different, indeed, something much easier.

Hello Taurus — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). If you would like to hear your Taurus birthday reading, please visit this link.


Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You seem to be making a profound decision about yourself, though I suggest that as a metaphor you imagine that you’re putting on a glove. That’s the feeling — it’s a choice, and something that you slip into, contoured to who you are and what you want. It facilitates your dexterity rather than getting in the way. You can apply that image to everything you’re trying to work out in your life right now. The slipping in and the dexterity are emotional rather than physical — though the most physical aspect of the experience involves your use of time, and the way you fit your priorities into time. The conscious use of time is one of the distinguishing factors of maturity and adulthood. Factors in your chart are informing you that the time has come to get a handle on this aspect of your life, which also translates to knowing your priorities and then being in emotional harmony with them. The emphasis is indeed emotional; the hand slipping into the glove is your emotions fitting snugly into your mind.

Hello Gemini — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). Have you listened to your birthday reading? Click here for an hour of astrology plus a tarot reading by Eric.


Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Remember that sex is an experiment. It’s also an interesting morph of expressive, relational and introspective. It’s not always easy to get your partner onto this page, or to find someone who is — and it’s easy enough for you to forget. Yet right now this experiment is calling you in a profound way. It’s as if your fantasies are aching for exploration and expression, yet you are wavering in your balance between ‘external’ and ‘internal’ focus. This may manifest as questions about what you will and will not say — about what you want, need and want to do. I recognize the potential delicacy of this situation, and the edge you may be perched on. What I suggest is this: get clear with yourself in words, over a series of days. Describe to yourself what you want, preferably in writing or recorded, that is, in a form you can retrieve. Then take the leap and share it with someone you trust. This may or may not be the person you would prefer to explore with; the first step is to transcend your inhibition about sharing. If you notice fear or shame, work with these things consciously, and tap the erotic energy they contain.

Hello Cancer — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). To hear your birthday reading for the year ahead, please visit this link.


Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — As you take care of the details of your home, perhaps digging yourself out of some physical or financial disarray, I suggest you consider as deeply as you can what it really means for you to feel safe in the world. I say this recognizing that there are many people who have not felt safe for one minute since the day they were born. Others have grown up in the midst of so much turmoil that it’s difficult for them to have enough of a sense of what safety feels like to recognize it when it comes their way. Still others associate violation, pain or chaos with a kind of psychological ‘safety’ that’s really just a form of familiarity. There are a scant few people who actually know what it means to be held. Current aspects are inviting you to sort out where you are along this spectrum. You’re verging on a breakthrough of understanding what it really means to feel safe in your environment — particularly emotionally. I would remind you that part of this involves knowing where your boundaries are, and knowing when you’ve reached one of them.

Hello Leo — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). To hear your birthday reading for the year ahead, please visit this link.

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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — I’ve been doing a series of interviews with my readers about how they feel about sex, and what they think about it. One impression I am getting is how vital it is that we know where we stand with ourselves, and that we be willing to push the edges of what feels good, of what we need and most of all, what we want. Your solar chart tells me this is a topic that may be on your mind. It seems like you may be wanting to come to terms with, or understand in a deeper way, something that you’re not so sure about. You may be wrestling with a question from your past, or some element of your erotic psyche that is making you question yourself on a deep level. I recognize this may be uncomfortable at the same time that it’s deeply alluring and inviting. I know that sex and sexuality are sold to us as controversial. I can tell you that when you are settled with yourself in this aspect of your life, you will feel much better — and you have that opportunity now.

Hello Virgo — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). To hear your birthday reading for the year ahead, please visit this link.


Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) —
For Libra and Libra rising, I’ve been developing the theme of self-esteem in recent columns. This is because Saturn, the Sun, Mercury and a recent total solar eclipse have been dancing around the sign next to yours — your solar 2nd house, Scorpio. As a matter of psychic structure, Scorpio is the region of the zodiac that holds the keys to how you feel about yourself, which includes the ways you can learn to feel better about yourself. Because Scorpio is involved, you have the special karmic mission of ‘self-esteem’ translating to making peace with some of the deepest matters we encounter in a physical lifetime: the mysteries of sex and death; questions about our cosmic origins; and the often contradictory nature of the human emotional body. Because the questions go so deep, they are not your average matters of self-respect. Yet what this gives you is profound access to your humanity. Libra is one of the most creative and multifaceted energies on the wheel of life. There is a reason: you are drawing from a deep well.

Hello Libra — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). To hear your birthday reading for the year ahead, please visit this link .

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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — You may feel like you don’t understand yourself, or like you have so far to go before you do. If that’s what’s going on for you now, I suggest you take it as a reminder of how far you’ve come. Yes, your questions are real, and they may seem to lead to more questions rather than simple answers (or any answers at all). Yet while you’re doing this, some things are available to you that are not available to others who do not get so deeply involved with the mysteries. One thing is that your self-inquiry provides you with energy that will fuel your passion and your art. You are capable of being free from the kinds of judgments that ensnare so many people. Perhaps most significantly, you can groom this into curiosity that gives you a truly interesting life. If there’s a catch, here it is: this all becomes valuable and life-affirming to the extent that you put it to use. Guide these feelings into some tangible means of expression, thought or relating. For the next few weeks, writing may lead you to some deep spaces. Be generous with yourself.

Hello Scorpio — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — A lot is brewing inside that wide-open space you contain. Your imagination may be running away with you. The astrological picture is one of passionately emotional fantasy, the sensation of astral contact with others, or a driving urgency to connect with yourself. If you’re on the edgy side of these emotions, you may be experiencing fear, self-doubt and uncertainty about existence. It’s possible that you’re feeling lonely and craving contact of a kind that you cannot describe, much less admit to someone else. I would propose that all the emotions I’ve described here are part of the same thing. Fear and passion are closer than we usually admit. They can masquerade for one another, they dance with one another, and one can lead you to the other in unexpected ways. You are safe feeling all of these things. You are safe in your longing and your desire for contact. It is safe to imagine anything you want, whether you think it’s possible or not.

Hello Sagittarius — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).


Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Mars is about to ingress your birth sign, and that’s likely to arrive with a bolt of energy and the release from anxiety you may not have noticed you were experiencing. If you did, it may have come in this form: is anxiety the cause of inaction, or is inaction the cause of anxiety? When this riddle resolves itself, it suddenly may not matter which was the cause and which was the effect; action itself is a form of relief. Focus helps you clear up the blurry edges of your thoughts, and expressing energy gives you more energy rather than consuming anything. As the next week progresses, this sensation may build. I suggest that you invest yourself into your choices and actions without hesitation. Practice living as if you have total confidence in yourself. Think of it as a gift you give to yourself. Dare to go beyond any feeling of doubt, taking confident steps. Fear is an emotion and it rarely speaks the truth. What we think of as freedom always takes courage, and offers courage as its first reward.

Hello Capricorn — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).


Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — One purpose of this past Tuesday’s total eclipse of the Sun in Scorpio was to blow through what felt like a glass ceiling that has held you down for so long. Yet what was this thing exactly? It was anything but transparent, so glass really isn’t a good metaphor. This was really about coming to terms with the darkness of the world, including some of your worst fears, your struggles with authority in various forms, and your fear of your own power. You have a tendency to whitewash the world in a philosophy of love and light, yet this doesn’t do anything to change the reality of a planet obsessed with control, survival and scarcity. The authentic expression of goodness depends upon a root into grief and suffering. Generosity depends upon awareness of the ways people deny one another. Freedom demands that you know how fragile freedom really is, how few people it actually exists for, and how much responsibility it entails. If you can do this, you will start to make contact with the true nature of trust.

Hello Aquarius — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).


Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Be clear about what you want to do, and also about the results that you want. You are now in possession of your vision and you know something about the method you’re pretty sure will get you there. Put all these ingredients together with faith in yourself. Remind yourself continually the ways in which you’ve succeeded at challenging things in the past, if you need a hedge against any lack of confidence — the truth is, you can afford to believe in your abilities and the virtues of your mission. Now, however, is the time to get your traction in the form of results. Take action and trust the action that you take, and recognize when something you do bears fruit. This may come in many forms, so I suggest that you not be attached to any one — at this point everything leads to one destination. Therefore, motivate yourself to be persistent, trust your passion and never let the hesitancy or self-criticism of others deter you.

Hello Pisces — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).


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Not Just a River in Belgium

Dear Friend and Reader:

For the first time, the United States experienced a terrorist attack on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, incident. This happened at an American consulate (not an embassy, but the extension of one) in allegedly newly democratized Libya. The attack killed the venerated American ambassador to that country, J. Christopher Stevens, three of his staff members and a number of Libyan guards who tried to save his life. Stevens felt safe in Benghazi, which we’re being told is why he didn’t ask for a stronger security detail.

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“Hero” by Charlie Lemay.

As events of the week developed, other U.S. embassies came under attack, including in Egypt and Yemen. As of press time, American and German embassies in the Sudan were also affected by protests or attacks — all supposedly in reaction to a film that insults Mohammed, which I will get into in a moment. [One problem with the Egypt scenario is that the embassy in Cairo is located on a street that is blocked off by tanks and barbed wire. Our correspondent who was just there writes, “I’m not sure how the protesters got past these guys, unless (Pres. Mohammed) Morsi let them.”]

What we’re witnessing is an eruption of the Uranus-Pluto square, which gets more interesting next week. Seen another way, it’s the latest episode in a kind of trumped-up pseudo war between certain factions in the United States and certain Muslim factions — a war that’s been going strong since the American embassy in Iran was seized in 1979, and which is now business as usual.

I describe it as ‘trumped-up’ and ‘pseudo’ because what we’re seeing, and being told, seems propagated. When I listen for three minutes running, everything starts to sound like an excuse or bad explanation, fogging over what agendas are operating under the surface.

There’s a way to make the various narratives make sense, though there are many facts missing, and indeed the whole thing has become something susceptible to numerous opportunistic agendas that are inserting themselves into the situation. My agenda is what you could call Amerocentric, because I’m interested in the United States taking responsibility for its conduct in the Middle East. I would also caution against the ruse of religion that we’re being told is motivating events, as I described last week.

The modern history of the Middle East, and the involvement of the U.S. there, also makes me suspicious. For example: when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were ‘elected’ in 1980, it was with the help of the Iranians who were holding the American embassy and its infidels hostage in the name of Allah. The Reagan campaign cut an arms-for-hostages deal that included having the hostages held until Reagan was in office (they were released during the inauguration).

Then early in the Reagan-Bush administration, weapons were sold by the U.S. government to the Islamist Iranian militants newly in control of the country. The profits were used to fund the CIA-backed and trained militants in Nicaragua called the Contras, whom Congress had cut off and banned from funding. That sounds like a wild conspiracy theory; it became known as the Iran-Contra scandal.

Remember proud, tall Lt. Col. Ollie North and his lovely secretary, Fawn Hall, and her stash of government-sponsored lingerie and crates of shredded government documents? The good, the bad and the ugly? The ‘bitter bile’ in the throat of Mr. Reagan, when he claimed to have just found out? Col. North getting fired, and the forced resignations of Bud McFarlane and Cap Weinberger? And Old Ronnie Ray Guns mysteriously not getting impeached? (That batch of Republicans learned a lot from Watergate.)

At the time, the U.S. was official enemies with Iran and official allies with Iraq (meditate on that, Grasshopper), which two countries were themselves engaged in a long, vicious war — the now nearly forgotten Iran-Iraq War. The U.S. was arming both sides, selling weapons to its friend Iraq above the table (which we later accused them of having) and to its enemy Iran under the table, using the profits to wage war in Central America. I think we have to be careful in interpreting the current situation in light of this kind of convoluted agenda.

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“Beyond” by Charlie Lemay.

Just a few years later, the same administration — now with Pappy Bush as president — would bomb its old friend Iraq in Operation Desert Storm, leaving Saddam in place for future use.

A decade later, under the command of Baby Bush and his boss Dick Cheney, we were back, getting revenge for 9/11 against the people who didn’t do it — and that Iraq war has not, in truth, ended. It’s still being fought by American mercenaries known politely as contractors, provided by companies which are being paid vast amounts of money. That motive is enough to perpetuate wars, whatever the apparent conflict, or the excuse to wage them, may be.

I believe that we’re now witnessing another chapter in that pseudo war, the kind of conflict wherein you have no idea what the issues are, or who is on what side, or whose side — the kind of war that George Orwell wrote about in 1984, when the enemy changes in the middle of the newscast, mid-sentence. If you take a longish view of history, this particular Christian v. Muslim saga goes back further: the tribes of Abraham have been bashing it out for 13 centuries.

Sticking to this week, however, here is how I would sum up the known facts in capsule format. We know that Libya has just been through a huge turmoil, involving the end of the reign of Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed one year ago in the wake of Arab Spring. On Tuesday, J. Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, was visiting the consulate in Benghazi, when militants supposedly associated with Gadhafi attacked the building with rocket propelled grenades and other improvised devices, setting it on fire.

This incident, we are told, was sparked off by an American-made video called “Innocence of Muslims,” mocking Mohammed as a womanizer and child molester. This was promoted by Koran-burning ‘minister’ Terry Jones and his publicist, an Egyptian expat blogger named Morris Sadek. Word got out that this was not merely a file on YouTube, but allegedly a blockbuster hit film in the United States (watch the ridiculous trailer here). This reminds me of the butterfly flapping its wings in the Alps causing the hurricane in Texas.

The video recently had Arabic subtitles added, which we are told sparked a protest outside the Libyan consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night. While that protest was going on, a bunch of heavily armed militants arrived at the scene, and the consulate came under attack, and then caught fire. In the process, the ambassador — who was visiting, and did not live there — was killed, along with his staff members and the scant few Libyan guards who were supposedly keeping the place safe.

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“Eclipsed” by Charlie Lemay.

Note, we were supposed to be hardening (as in fortifying) all of our diplomatic facilities starting in the early 1990s. I guess this one got left off the list, despite well-known threats in that very area going back years. Based on that one fact I find it strange that this incident in Libya even happened. I say that knowing we live on Planet Shit Happens. Yet this just seems to be the equivalent of driving the president through the crowd in an open limousine — in 2012.

American press reports say that U.S. officials don’t know whether the militants were aware that Stevens was in the consulate, or they just got lucky. I think they knew, since he was there for a public event this week. The attack seemed carefully planned, rather than spontaneous, giving rise to a whole diversity of questions, such as: what was their real agenda in attacking the consulate? Was it to gain power internationally, or to impress local warlords? Was it religious and political as we’re being told, or was there a business motive?

Before we move on to my planned topic for the week — denial — let’s consider the astrology of the Libya incident. There are a few things about it that are more than a little startling, particularly its similarities to the United States Sibly chart (considered by most astrologers the primary birth chart of the United States) and a chart from the summer of 2001 that, in a real sense, predicted the Sept. 11 incident about a month before it happened. The chart includes a rare aspect, the Saturn-Pluto opposition. Notably, a critical document, called the Aug. 6 Presidential Daily Brief, was written the day of this 2001 astrological event, which was written the day the opposition was exact, and which I discuss in more detail in the current edition of Planet Waves FM.

First, let’s consider the chart of the Libya incident; then let’s consider two others. The charts are presented separately, side-by-side (and for users of mobile devices, vertically).

When you see a chart, look at the ascendant first. An astrology chart is a real map, and the ascendant is the eastern horizon. That’s the bold line sticking out to the left. The ascendant is where the story of the chart begins — with the 1st house of the chart. ‘Ascendant’ translates to rising sign, and often, to the rising degree. The rising degree is very specific to a chart (including your own birth chart) because that degree ticks up rapidly, once every four minutes or so.

The degree rising in this chart is 12+ Gemini, which, without looking, reminded me of two other charts. Almost any seasoned astrologer will recognize it.

The first is the United States Sibly chart, which has the opposite degree rising — 12+ Sagittarius. In both of these charts, 12+ Gemini/Sagittarius are on the horizon, the most sensitive line in the chart. Not only is the United States involved in what happened (in some way besides being the victim). These two charts are like mirror images of one another, which is exactly what’s going on between the lunatic fringe Christians with blogs in the United States, and some batshit crazy Muslims with bombs halfway around the world.

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First, look at this simple chart — these two planets, Saturn and Pluto, were aligned at 12+ Gemini/Sagittarius in the weeks before the Sept. 11 incident. This axis lines up to the degree with the United States chart, and the chart for the Benghazi incident earlier this week. To see this, open up the chart file and look to the left side of the wheel.

By one analysis, these two groups of religious fundamentalists are locked in an ideological argument that they hope will ignite the war of the civilizations. I find many Christian extremists to be the more disturbing of the two, as they are convinced that the apocalypse is coming, and that it’s their job to help bring it on. This whole scenario is being enabled by the American political system; few people seem to have the guts to call it what it is.

These are interlocking, even interchangeable philosophies, which support one another in their dysfunction. Yet they also support one another in what they’re trying to accomplish, so the dysfunction itself may be a kind of fog thrown over the situation.

In the Benghazi event chart, we see that theme show up boldly. Last week I described the sickness disguised as religion, hiding another agenda — emanating from the sign Sagittarius. There’s a planet shown in Sagittarius, to the right side of the chart — that would be Pholus, the volatile little centaur planet that often shows up angular (on the horizon, or high up) in charts for attacks and shootings. That’s combined with Ixion (amorality, raping and killing for its own sake) and Hylonome (the cry of the poor; the song of war). If you’re curious how this fits in, please review last week’s issue.

These points are in Sagittarius, on the horizon, so we have an image of religious militancy showing up at the moment this attack happened. Yet this too shows up in a mirror effect. Notice that orange thing right below the horizon. That’s Jupiter in Gemini. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, but it’s rising, in Gemini (its opposite sign). This translates to “I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off of me and sticks to you.” Yet Jupiter also is about benefit, and the question here is: who benefits from this? It seems to me that the mutuality of these charts points to some mutual gain.

Whatever the Sagittarius side of the chart is about, the Gemini side of the chart is also about. So we see mutual reflections of Christian and Islamic fundamentalism — yet meanwhile a lot of other things happen, and while vast resources are at stake (Libya, for example, is extremely wealthy, nearly all of it from oil.)

But now take a look at one other chart — the middle chart in the set of three. That’s for a rare aspect that happened in the summer of 2001, one month before the Sept. 11 incident. By rare, I mean that the last time it happened before 2001 was in the mid-1960s — the opposition of Saturn and Pluto. This is the clash of the immovable object with the unstoppable force. Take a look at the location of those planets — 12+ Gemini and 12+ Sagittarius. Most astrologers have this axis memorized, because it fits so closely with the Sibly chart, and predicted — or should have predicted — the Sept. 11 incident.

Yet in truth, Sept. 11 was more than an incident. It represented a massive shift in priorities both in the U.S. and the Middle East. Just moments after the Cold War ended, the U.S. got involved in a massive military and national security buildup, and a rollback of individual rights, which many people understand was the real agenda for Sept. 11 and its aftermath. Which brings me to my original topic for the week.

Psychologists Speak Out About 9/11 Truth

That topic is denial. Specifically, I’ve been developing the theme about how people respond to the mounting evidence that the official story of how the Sept. 11 incident happened cannot be true. I cover this in this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM, available here (and in the section below).

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Les Alyscamps, a medieval cemetery in Arles, France. Photo by Charlie Lemay.

The main problem with the official story is that steel-framed skyscrapers don’t just collapse in their own footprint at free-fall speed unless they are demolished by explosives. The first time skyscrapers ever fell down, allegedly from a fire, was on Sept. 11, 2001, and it happened to three of them — one of which, WTC 7, wasn’t even hit by an airplane. Note that the main towers of the World Trade Center were designed to withstand airplane strikes, because there are so many planes coming into the New York-area airports. The airplanes hit both buildings toward the top, where there was far less load on the frames of the buildings.

None of this is a conspiracy theory; rather, it debunks a conspiracy theory — the one given to us by the government. This debunking is based on a scientific examination of the debris from the buildings, videos and samples of the dust, all of which contain little balls of molten steel (which could only be created by a very, very hot incident). This information is coming from engineers and architects who design this kind of structure so that it will stand up in a hurricane, and be safe to go inside.

More than 1,000 of them have joined together as an organization called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Recently, they released the final version of their documentary, called Explosive Evidence. You can watch a one-hour version of that documentary here.

Most people don’t know that this information exists. Many people who do hear about it doubt it, though I would be curious to talk to anyone who watches this documentary and see what they have to say about it. To some extent, resistance to the truth about 9/11 is gradually dissolving, if only because it’s normal to be suspicious of something so huge and powerful as government, particularly one so power-hungry as that of the United States. That, and many people see that the main results of what happened that day were two long, pointless wars, and a lot of money spent spying on Americans, searching their bodies at the airport, ramping up paranoia and making everyone feel like a suspect — always in support of yet another war or security measure to keep us safer.

Many people recoil at any notion that the towers were not taken down by airplanes hijacked and flown by Muslims, and they overlook how ridiculous so much of the official story is. Many people have no idea about WTC 7, which was not hit by an airplane. There were several fires in the building, then it just imploded on itself. The weird thing is that the developer and leaseholder of the building said he authorized its demolition [see top recording] — but that begs the question how anyone would get a demolition team in there with explosives, read the blueprints, consult engineers and set the whole thing up, all in the midst of the horrors of Ground Zero on day one.

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“Aries” by Charlie Lemay.

And what about the fact that WTC 7 included the offices of the Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC, which regulates Wall Street)? What the heck happened to all those documents? All those offices and their files and computers and vaults were all intentionally demolished, if you believe Silverstein who admitted this in 2002 in a PBS interview for a program called America Rebuilds.

Yet to accept any of this — no matter how obvious — is dangerous to your peace of mind — and your view of the world.

Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, put it this way. “Most of us who have lived with the events of 9/11 have, as a result, experienced some kind of trauma. It can be very difficult to come to terms with what actually happened at the World Trade Center. In fact, someone told me recently, ‘I wouldn’t believe what you’re telling me even if it were true’. Our petition signers with psychological expertise have stepped forward to offer their insight.”

Marti Hopper, a clinical psychologist and trauma specialist, said, “We know this had a very severe and traumatic impact on a large majority of the population. At this point we have nine years of hard scientific evidence that disproves the government theory about what happened on September 11, and yet, people continue to be either oblivious to the fact that this information exists or completely resistant to looking at this information. So the question becomes why? Why is it that people have so much trouble hearing this information? From my work, I think we would be remiss not to look at the impact of trauma” as a potential cause.

Robert Hopper, another clinical psychologist, added: “Many people respond to these truths in a very deep way. Some have a visceral reaction like they’ve been punched in the stomach. To begin to accept the possibility that the government was involved, it’s like opening Pandora’s box. If you open the lid and peek in a little bit, it’s going to challenge some of your fundamental beliefs about the world.”

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“Warriors” by Charlie Lemay.

Dorothy Lorig, a counseling psychologist, put it this way. “If we can think of our world view as being sort of our mental and emotional home, I think all of us will do just about anything to defend our homes, to defend our families. So I see that with people, and I saw that with myself when my brother tried to talk with me about it. Don’t mess with me, don’t mess with my home, don’t mess with my comfort with how things are. About a week later, I read a lengthy article by Prof. [David Ray] Griffin about why he believes the official account of 9/11 cannot be true. It was a very well researched article. It was in my office at the time, I sat there and I felt my stomach churning. I thought maybe I was going to be sick. And I leaped out of my chair and ran out the door and took a long walk around the block, around several blocks, and just broke down.”

Lorig continued, “I understand now that what was happening was my world view about my government being in some way my protector, almost like a parent, had been dashed, and it was like being cast out into the wilderness. I think it’s the closest way to describe that feeling. And I sobbed and I sobbed, felt the ground had completely disappeared beneath my feet, and I knew at some point during the walk that I knew that I was going to have to become active in educating other people about this. That for me to retain any sense of integrity I was going to have to take some action. I couldn’t just let something like this go.”

Robert Hopper explained further: “9/11 Truth challenges the beliefs that our country protects us and keeps us safe, and that America is the good guy. When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created. In response to that, our psychological defenses kick in and they protect us from these emotions. Denial, which is probably the most primitive psychological defense, is the one most likely to kick in when our beliefs are challenged.”

And, explained Frances Shure, a licensed professional counselor: “What some of us will tend to do is deny the evidence that’s coming our way and stick to the original story, the official story, and to try to regain our equilibrium in that way. Another thing we can do is decide to look at the conflicting evidence, and be sincere and be open-minded and look at both sides of the issue, and then make up our mind about what reality is.”

That’s the thing: looking at the issue and making up your own mind. Why? So that you — and your society — can heal from the injury. This is a little like why there are Holocaust museums all over Germany.

About That River in Belgium

I’ve spent countless hours studying the charts for the Sept. 11 incident, teaching internationally on the topic and writing numerous articles over the years, starting in 2002, when I figured out that what we’re told happened at the Pentagon was a sham. In doing this work, I’ve used both my investigative skills and my skills as an astrologer, and all the evidence points to the same conclusion: that nothing we’ve been told adds up.

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“Sunblock” by Charlie Lemay.

If you’ve read any of my prior work, you may recall that the keynote of the main Sept. 11 chart is that Mercury was rising right at the moment that Flight 11 struck the North Tower. This planet about a message, and wings, that represented some secret enemy, was precisely in the degree rising.

Not only that, Mercury was trine Saturn, suggesting collaboration between the ‘terrorists’ and the ‘government’, which are basically interchangeable. I cover that carefully in detail in several articles — including this one.

Lately I’ve been working with the charts, and I noticed that there’s also an asteroid right in the ascendant, exactly conjunct Mercury (again, all exact to the degree). The asteroid is called Sauer. I’ve gone digging on this asteroid many times, because it shows up at odd moments, only to find that it’s the name of a river in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

This past weekend, reviewing the 9/11 charts for this article, I noticed it right there in the Sept. 11 ascendant and I was determined to find out what the heck this thing was. Turns out that Sauer is not about the river, nor is it literally about the taste sensation of sourness (the German translation, and a suitable enough symbol of the bitter taste of this incident).

With a little help from some Facebook friends, I learned that it’s named for Dr. Carl G. Sauer — a flight dynamics engineer who worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — the private entity behind NASA, which is part of Caltech University — starting in 1952. Out of the rubble and the lies and the politics and the wars was lurking a name and an identity.

Sauer was no ordinary rocket scientist. His bio says, “His work has included mission designs for advanced spacecraft propulsion systems, including solar electric ion propulsion, nuclear propulsion and solar sailing. His database of potential spacecraft trajectories to hundreds of comets and minor planets is an invaluable resource for mission design work at JPL.”

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This is a list-type display of the ascendant of the Sept. 11 chart. Note the proximity, indicated by the number 14, of the ascendant (which is the 1st house cusp), Mercury and Sauer. They are occupying the same degree of the zodiac, which happens to be rising. Each degree is rising for about four minutes a day — the image of a fleeting moment.

Gee whiz. A flight dynamics engineer who understood how to get a spacecraft to an asteroid (not exactly easy — try to think through the steps, when you’re aiming for a moving object so far away you can barely see it with a telescope), with Mercury conjunct it, in the chart of a very, very strange airplane crash. Sauer was so advanced at this, and had made such a contribution to space travel system design, that he got his own planet named after him.

One of the first things that the name of an engineer so prominent in the chart suggested was: this was engineered. More to the point, it’s a reminder what humans are capable of, and how extraordinary science is. To rig up some bullshit like 9/11 does not require a high order of intelligence or technology — merely some half-decent media skills, money, no conscience, and most of all, a motive. If you want to understand the motive, look where all the money went.

The presence of a planet named for the eminent Dr. Sauer is also a sad reminder what human intelligence can do when used for a worthy cause, and what else we could be doing with our precious national resources, that is, after we feed a few hungry people and end a few wars.


Additional research: Astrodem, Genevieve Hathaway, Christine Farber, Stacia Kilpatrick, Len Wallick, Lizanne E. Webb.


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Saturday is the Virgo New Moon

Saturday evening is the Virgo New Moon. That’s the Sun and the Moon aligning in the sign Virgo, as we go into the last week of Northern Hemisphere summer. Mercury is positioned in late Virgo, under some pressure as it makes its way into Libra and onto some big adventures.

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Virgo New Moon, with Mercury at 28+ Virgo close to the Libra cusp. Note that weird little thing Transpluto — a hypothetical point — has transitioned into Virgo. Incredibly, it’s been in Leo since the 1930s and is now taking three years to change signs to Virgo.

This is the time of year when life seems to grow even busier than it usually is. The change of season comes with a surge of energy; the Sun enters a cardinal sign (Libra) on Sept. 22. The days are now noticeably shorter, and there’s the sense of rush that comes with our bodies knowing that winter is impending.

But I’m a little ahead of the story — I’ll cover the equinox in more detail next week. We’re now looking at a New Moon that is dialing in at least three big themes. The first one is: get your work done. The Sun, Moon and Mercury in Virgo are providing a push in that direction. You will need to be efficient, if you’re at all planning to enjoy some of these last dependable warm days. Virgo at its best is all about efficiency.

Second involves what you eat. Did anyone read about that new retrospective study claiming that organic produce is no more nutritious than McVegetables? This New Moon chart makes a comment about the importance of food: of labeling and reading labels; of knowing the ingredients; of eating lower on the food chain, and locally whenever possible.

Third, there is a warning about people who are too religious for anyone’s good, and who turn God into an ego trip, or use God to advance some other agenda. I guess this happens a lot. That said, beware of religiosity — which basically means faux piety, with added shamltz. There is no need for a spiritual excuse for anything, or a spiritual explanation, except maybe if you actually see someone walk on water. In the day-to-day affairs of life, ethics and personal responsibility are more than enough to win the day. So don’t fall for anyone preaching the gospel of anything other than honesty and goodwill.

As for Mercury ingressing Libra — when it does, it makes aspects to a number of minor planets located there, as well as to the Uranus-Pluto square. This will continue to stir up the news, though personally, watch out for the sense of involvement in something that feels out of control. Keep a grip by watching what you say, what you agree to verbally and what you put your signature on. Simply put, my advice for this week is: mean what you say, and say a bit less than you mean.


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Feed the little birds, show them you care…”

Scotts Miracle-Gro, the world’s largest marketer of residential-use pesticides, was sentenced Friday to pay the largest penalty ever issued for criminal violations of U.S. pesticide law. The company will pay more than $12 million in criminal and civil fines for illegally treating wild bird products with deadly pesticides, falsifying EPA pesticide registration documents, marketing and distributing unregistered pesticides and pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, distributing and selling unregistered, canceled or misbranded pesticides, submitting false registration documents to EPA and state regulatory agencies, and selling pesticides with false labels.

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Please check your birdseed; if it is made by Scotts, dispose of it safely so that birds and other critters cannot get to it.

“The Scotts’ settlement is unprecedented in terms of the scope of corporate-wide noncompliance addressed, the number of pesticide products involved, and the far-reaching nationwide noncompliance of Scotts’ products,” states the EPA. “This settlement holds Scotts accountable for its corporate-wide product noncompliance and results in a significant number of potentially harmful pesticides removed from commerce.”

A list of the products involved can be found here.

Scotts wild bird seed products, including Country Pride, Morning Song, Scotts Songbird Selections and Scotts Wild Bird Food, were poisoned with Storcide II (chlorpyrifos-methyl) and Actellic 5E (pirimiphos-methyl). Neither pesticide is approved by EPA for use on bird feed, and both are known to be highly toxic to birds, fish and other wildlife. Chlorpyrifos-methyl is also implicated in the world-wide disaster of Colony Collapse Disorder that has wiped out global populations of bees and other pollinators.

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Miracle-Gro or Miracle-Kill? Monsanto and Scotts team up to poison our water and food — and that of every other living critter.

For at least four years, from 2005 to 2008, Scotts sold more than 73 million packages of the tainted birdseed, of which only two million were successfully recalled. As recently as 2010, these products could be found in retail stores, suggesting a possible cause of mass bird die-offs worldwide in recent years. Separately, a class action lawsuit against Scotts Miracle-Gro seeks damages for the company’s willful distribution and sale of poisoned birdseed products nationwide.

Scotts CEO Jim Hagedorn summed up the company’s response in a press release following the sentencing:

“As we reach closure on these issues, it’s important for all of our stakeholders to know that we have learned a lot from these events and that new people and processes have been put in place to prevent them from happening again. Our consumers are at the heart of our business, and I hope they’ll see our openness, cooperation, and acceptance of responsibility are all a part of our commitment to provide products they can trust and rely upon.”

Scotts Miracle-Gro, it should be noted, is also the exclusive distributor of Monsanto’s Roundup in the U.S. and much of Europe, profitably sharing Monsanto’s long, sordid history of fraudulent practices in testing and marketing its products. Monsanto’s safety tests for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, were conducted by the notorious Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT), master formulators of fraudulent “magic pencil studies” supporting manufacturers’ pesticide registrations. Amazingly, IBT found no effects in the uteri of glyphosate-exposed test rabbits — which all turned out to be males.


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‘iManners’ or ‘iFascism’?

Chances are, at some time you’ve wished you could magically turn off the cell phone of the obnoxious person sitting in front of you at the movies. A new Apple patent could give that power to businesses such as movie theaters and airlines. Given the eroded liberties of our post-9/11 world, we need to ask: at what price?

U.S. Patent No. 8,254,902, otherwise known as “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device,” was granted to Apple in late August, and would allow phone policies to be set to “chang[e] one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device” if a certain event occurs. In other words, students taking a test for school could not link up to the internet to cheat; once the play begins, actors would not get distracted by a Justin Bieber ring tone; you wouldn’t have to worry about your plane navigating itself to the middle of the ocean instead of your airport due to excessive in-flight phone use.

Unfortunately, it also means that governments in countries and municipalities with civil unrest (increasingly common around the globe, thanks to the Uranus-Pluto square) could prevent you from photographing police brutally beating your neighbor who was peacefully demonstrating within a specific area. It also means that the rare need to call for emergency assistance could be inadvertently blocked in an area in which connectivity has been cut. There is no guarantee Apple will ever implement this new technology — patents often go unused. The question is, are you ready to give up further civil liberties in favor of a civil night of entertainment?


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The Detective Writer and the Felon: Two Literary Birthdays

Amid the mind-numbing memorials for the carnage and deceit of 9/11, we take time to honor the birthdays of two remarkable authors whose prolific works in unique fashion celebrate life and humanity in defiance of adversity and death.

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O. Henry.

O. Henry (September 11, 1862 — June 5, 1910) was the pen name of William Sydney Porter, who created the pseudonym for stories published while serving time in federal prison for embezzlement. (He’s influenced by a 12th house Taurus Moon, among other things, which imparts a stubborn fixation on, and insecurity about, financial and material resources.) His immensely popular tales, such as “The Ransom of Red Chief,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Cop and the Anthem,” continue to resonate today as ironic commentary on the twists and foibles of our all-too-human comedy.

O. Henry’s chart illustrates the twists and foibles of his life, too. His 5th house (risk-taking and play) hosts his Sun conjunct Saturn in Virgo, and the two square a Uranus-South Node conjunction in Gemini. Translation: he was just as careful with his writing (creative risk) as he was with his embezzlement (financial risk) — though obviously not careful enough with the latter, and its karma. His Gemini planets suggest that the surprising (Uranus) criminal behavior and surprise twists to his fiction come from the same place, all with a sense of duality regarding the things he valued most.

Last November, President Obama cited O. Henry in an appalling mock ceremony granting presidential pardons to a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys, which prompted a petition for a presidential pardon of O. Henry. In a twist that O. Henry himself would appreciate, on Tuesday the U.S. Postal Service issued an O. Henry “Forever” stamp in honor of former federal prisoner number 30664.

Incidentally, his Mercury (also in the 5th house, but in early Libra) squares his Part of Fortune and Vesta in Capricorn. It seems his incarceration in the very structured institution of federal prison (Capricorn) really was the best possible thing to focus his devotion to writing and ground the expansive nature of his Jupiter conjunct Mercury. Those planets form an Aries Point T-square with Neptune in early Aries; once O. Henry got his writing going, using Neptune’s powers of illusion for good, the personal/collective magic took over and continues to this day.

Were she still with us, Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 — January 12, 1976) would be 122 years old this Saturday. The best-selling novelist of all time, with some 4 billion copies of her books in print, “The Queen of Crime” explored the depths of our capacity for deceit and the extraordinary number of ways devised by humans to kill each other. Her continued popularity taps into our ever-present awareness of death, and nostalgia for long-lost virtues of courtesy and civil behavior — the latter qualities influenced by her beauty-and-balance-loving Libra Moon and Mercury.

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Agatha Christie; PA photo.

Christie’s chart is strong with Virgo: a perfect picture of the precision and efficiency needed to write as many complex mystery stories as she did, and the ability to serve her characters and her audience. She has Virgo rising, and her Virgo Sun is in the 1st house, square her lunar nodes; putting her writing ability to work was a matter of self-evolution as much as self-expression. (Her Virgo Saturn conjunct her Part of Fortune in the 1st house underscores that putting precision and structure in the service of her identity as an author would assure success.)

Mercury rules Christie’s chart (as the ruler of her ascendant), and it is in the 2nd house in Libra. It was important to her to construct her stories elegantly, and her two famous protagonists balance each other in their different approaches and characteristics.

Christie’s life spanned two world wars, women’s suffrage, the spiritualist phenomenon, Einstein’s discovery of relativity, the flapper era, and the slow fade of the British Empire. In imminent danger of death by bombing in the Battle of Britain, she wrote the final adventures of her beloved protagonists Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot and hid them in a safe for over 30 years before publishing them in 1975 (when Poirot became the only fictional character ever to be given a front-page obituary in The New York Times). Looming ever in the background of her tales is the shadow of war and its increasingly global weapons of mass murder.

That global/personal theme is no accident. Her Moon, at 1+ Libra, is opposite Pholus at 2+ Aries. That is an Aries Point placement: her books have had mass contact with the world in a personal way — another thing she and O. Henry have in common, in addition to their Virgo Saturn and Libra Mercury. In Christie’s case, we see how Pholus lets the genie out of the bottle: she is often cited as the most widely translated author in the world, and her books show no sign of waning in popularity.

“From what you read and hear nowadays,” Christie wrote in Hallowe’en Party (1969), “it seems that murder under certain aspects is slowly but surely being made acceptable to a large section of the community.”


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Fae Speaker — Purple Henry is this week’s musical guest on Planet Waves FM.

Planet Waves FM :: What Do You Believe About 9/11?

In this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I cover one of the most pressing questions about Sept. 11: What we believe and don’t believe, and why. I base my discussion on a segment of Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out, a documentary about some of the flaws in the official story — specifically, they don’t match up with the laws of science. But what about human nature?

This edition also covers Saturday’s Virgo New Moon. My musical guest is Purple Henry, also known as Fae Speaker.


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Planet Waves monthly horoscopes provide a broader perspective that surveys the themes of the coming month and often, the weeks that follow. The September Monthly horoscope was published Friday, Aug. 24. Inner Space for September was published Tuesday, August 28. The August Moonshine Horoscope was published Friday, Aug. 17. Please note that the longer monthly horoscope (published Friday, Aug. 24) is being incorporated into the Friday issue after the Sun has entered a new sign; Inner Space still publishes on Tuesdays.


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Friday, September 14, 2012. Weekly Horoscope #917 | Eric’s Zodiac Sign Descriptions

Virgo Birthdays This Week

The central question of your life for the next year is: what nourishes you? You seem to be on a spiritual quest of some kind, but I always wonder what these things cover for. Spirituality in many of its forms is like eating McDonald’s when what you want is a good home-cooked meal — and I suggest you go for the latter and not the former, in all aspects of your life. That means real conversations and authentic companionship — which is to say, people around whom you can be yourself, and people you trust are comfortable being themselves around you. It’s not worth “trying to make someone fit” in your life; either they fit in a holistic way or they don’t. I mention this because you may have the notion that someone will change, or that you can shape the relationship to suit you — though I strongly advise against that. Be sensitive to what is so, and you will be a lot happier. Note, I’ve done a full treatment of Virgo birthdays at the Virgo birthday report.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Aries (March 20-April 19) — You may feel like you’re using your work as a distraction from relationships, though the things you need to address with partners will be presenting themselves soon enough. It’s likely that they will take initiative, though you’ll need to do some sorting out to determine what’s really on the minds of the people close to you. Take some time; give yourself at least a day or two between learning something and deciding what it means. Meanwhile, you seem to have a lot on your plate, in terms of what you need to get done, and you may have the feeling that time is closing in. There are a number of projects that have a one-week time frame on them, though several that you will need to complete by the end of Friday (or Saturday at the latest). That means you’ve got to prioritize, based on relative importance, and on which projects have been delayed the longest. Once those are out of the way, you’ll feel better.

Hello Aries — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Taurus (April 19- May 20)

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You seem to be invested in a situation that’s approaching a moment of truth. Said another way, that’s a checkpoint where you reconcile with yourself and someone else involved in the scenario, and clear up any factors of denial or deception that may be present. The reason that these are so popular is really a matter of convenience, in the short-run, anyway. One of the first things to check is whose conduct in the situation is self-serving rather than mutually supportive. This is another way of asking whose agenda is dominating? Who benefits, and who pays? Ideally, those things would be distributed more or less evenly, and if they’re not, it’s time to figure out why. This includes a number of emotional dimensions to the situation. When it comes to hidden material and motives, however, you’re the one in the best condition to investigate what’s going on for you — and I suggest you do precisely that. If you do, you’ll learn quite a bit about yourself.

Hello Taurus — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). If you would like to hear your Taurus birthday reading, please visit this link.

Gemini (May 20- June 21)

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Get ready for the pace of your life to pick up — and for an adventure that will take you through next week. This may translate to a wild ride, though in order to keep some control over your affairs, I suggest you stay a step ahead of yourself. Nearly anything or anyone that you’ll encounter is already in place, pretty much where you expected it to be. If you think things through, you’ll be able to eliminate most of the elements of surprise. That will leave you clear to consider your responses. I suggest that you err on the side of saying less rather than more; and that you take fewer chances with what you say and do. That’s going to be the challenging point, as you may be inclined to take bigger risks than are appropriate, given the challenges associated with the situation. I suggest you proceed slowly, taking one step at a time — and responding rather than reacting.

Hello Gemini — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). Have you listened to your birthday reading? Click here for an hour of astrology plus a tarot reading by Eric.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Focus your mind, and center yourself emotionally. I understand the challenges of doing so, given the current planetary setup. It’s as if you’re living underneath an invisible reservoir of things to do that keeps spilling its contents onto your head. What is not increasing is the time you have to accomplish all these things, so I suggest you ramp up your level of organization and basic maintenance. You’re wrapping up one phase of accomplishment (though it may not feel like that yet) and are about to take up a whole new agenda. Based on this information, I suggest you begin to set aside all new activities associated with the old agenda, focus on wrapping up what you’ve taken on, and then prepare to move on to a new phase of experience. Focusing your mind will work; criticizing yourself will not, and it’s vital that you not only know the difference, but act on it. Devote yourself to what must be done each day, and make sure you feed your spirit along the way.

Hello Cancer — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). To hear your birthday reading for the year ahead, please visit this link.

Leo (July 22- Aug. 23)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — I know this sounds strange to say, however, feeding your doubts does not build your confidence. Understanding your limitations and working with them would be the counterpart to that. Confidence translates to faith in yourself. You know you’re working with confidence when you can stand up to a challenge, rather than worrying about whether you’re going to be able to get it done. Still, emotionally, you may be walking a fine line here. You may feel like every time you do something vaguely bold, you pay for it in insecurity and uncertainty. Note carefully the presence of any guilt that you may feel, or shame that may be associated with feeling ‘too’ ambitious. If you’re picking up any of this toxicity, I would propose that it’s associated with the feeling of exceeding a boundary or challenging someone’s authority. Look into that and remember, taking authority over your own life usually implies taking it away from someone else — even if you didn’t know they had it.

Hello Leo — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed). Did you miss your birthday reading? Click here to order an hour of astrology plus a Tarot reading by Eric.


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Virgo (Aug. 23- Sep. 22)

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Saturday’s New Moon in your birth sign is about developing self-esteem. New Moons represent the commencement of a new cycle, and in your own sign this is distinctly personal. The self-esteem question may surface first with the feeling that something is missing. You may discover that you’re looking at yourself in a narrow, biased way. One of the first steps you’ll take in getting to a better place is opening up your perspective, and taking a more balanced view. I suggest you gather the information that you need to do that, rather than allowing yourself to be backed into a situation where you feel like you’ve got no choice. If you start to feel like you have just one option, the very first thing to do is make up other options. This will help you exercise your best skill, which is your flexibility. You have others, of course; using your skills and talents is the best way to cultivate them, which is to say, use and develop them — and as you do, one positive result will be the actual feeling of self-respect.

Hello Virgo — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You may be wondering what’s brewing behind the scenes, though you could just as well look at what’s obvious. I know there seems to be a strange kind of pressure leaning on you. Various planetary factors describe a crisis of maturity. This makes sense given how that’s been the theme of your life for most of the time that Saturn has been in your sign — particularly now that this phase is coming to a close (Saturn leaves your sign on Oct. 5). Here is the thing to remember: You’re bigger than the parts of yourself that you don’t like. You’re bigger than your problems. You’re stronger than any disruptive influence that comes in through a relationship. It’s easy to lose sight of that. Yet keeping this in focus is a key element of this sometimes-elusive thing called growth. At the moment, however, you’re in a kind of blind spot, which gradually opens up over the next few days. Remember to take the issues one at a time, start slowly and build momentum.

Hello Libra — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 22)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — You have every advantage now — particularly if you know what you want, and focus on that. It seems that a high priority is making a particular relationship work, or getting that relationship started. My impression, however, is that you’re figuring out that your most important relationship is to yourself. That means living differently, especially given Scorpio’s famous desire for involvement with others. Though you’ve been here before, this is likely to feel like a radically new orientation for you, as you shift your identity away from ‘relationship partner’ and in the direction of ‘whole person’. If you’re doing this sincerely, then you will likely be experiencing some sensation of being in unfamiliar territory. However, this is not the time to say ‘I tried being myself, but it didn’t work, so I went back to whatever I was before’. Rather, it’s time to stick with the feeling that you need to stretch, and ultimately, to let go of something, in order to be 100% you.

Hello Scorpio — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — You have a lot going for you — though I suggest you carefully avoid being too full of yourself. This can come up in subtle ways, though one thing that would help is if you check in with others, find out how they’re doing and listen to what they say. By all indications your own life is on solid ground; you have the respect of the people you work with and you have respect for your own talents. I suggest, however, that you let others do all the praising, while you invest yourself in paying attention to what’s influencing the people you care about. You could easily project your own sense of success or accomplishment onto them, or worse, be seen as someone who is competitive with the people you love. In any situation where desire is a factor, make sure you carefully take everyone’s wants and needs into account. The more you do this, the more others will be willing to give you what you want — or rather, the more they’ll feel the opening to do so.

Hello Sagittarius — Eric has written a new description for your sign that you have access to from this link (no password needed).

Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 20)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — If you’re feeling the urge to be spiritual, I suggest you go for practical. ‘Spiritual’ is almost always a ruse, and too often it’s a cover for egotism. It’s almost always a way of saying that the allegedly spiritual person is better than someone else, and too often it’s used as an excuse for hypocrisy. If spiritual means anything at all in real terms, that would be about ethics, honesty and friendship to the people in your environment. This is why I suggest you stick to practical, which is to say, love is what love does. Get away from theory and get down to the business of taking care of the people you love, and the people who take care of you. This is likely to extend into your professional life, an aspect of yourself that has been under major development the past three years. That comes down to one theme: your professional relationships are real, and call for the same respect as anyone else.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It’s time to stop being envious of anyone’s success, and to take the risk and enter the territory yourself. You’ve been getting this message for a while, and it’s not about to let up anytime soon; in fact it’s in the process of making a translation from desire to necessity. Here is one thing that might be helpful at the beginning of this trip: You associate success with a feeling. Sometimes it’s the feeling of power, but whatever it may be, you crave it emotionally. And that seems to be the thing you’re not going to have for a while, so therefore I suggest you come up with another metric. One useful one could be that you’re succeeding as long as you keep deepening your understanding of yourself, and of how the world works. That may not be tangible enough for you, though I would propose that it’s a lot more tangible than the feeling of success, especially if that feeling is one of authority over anything but yourself.

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Pisces (Feb. 19- March 20)

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You’re under less pressure to accomplish great things — and therefore, more likely to do so. Making it big in the world is only occasionally linked to talent alone; many extremely talented people live in obscurity while others get all the glory. Success is also not linked to how ambitious you may be feeling at the moment. Rather, it’s about your intentions, your preparation and timing. Fortunately, those are the things you’ve got going for you right now. You’ve been on this page for a while, and I suggest it’s where you keep your emphasis. Preparation is on two levels — your awareness of what’s going on around you, and learning the facts of any situation you find yourself in; and it includes personal preparation, which means taking a step when you’re ready to take it. This brings me to the question of timing. Readiness is an important part of this, and so is being aware enough to know when to pause, and when it’s time to make a move — even if you don’t feel quite ready.

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